Blatche expects Taipei to play zone, says Gilas has to make shots

first_imgCoco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set The naturalized big man said that this early, the team is anticipating the visitors to test the Filipino shooters with their zone defense.After all, the Philippines struggled to put the ball through the rim as it shot 38-percent from the field and a measly 29-percent clip from downtown, where it also missed its first eight attempts from threes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throne“They’re gonna zone us a lot, and that’s from watching us play against Japan,” said Blatche, who finished with 13 points, 12 rebounds, five assists, three steals, and three blocks in the win. “They’re probably thinking that we’re gonna miss a lot of shots, but hopefully not.”Blatche, however, expressed confidence that the Gilas shooters led by Jayson Castro, Roger Pogoy, and Matthew Wright will be able to knock down shots. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Photo from Fiba.comAndray Blatche knows how important outside shooting is for Gilas Pilipinas if it wants to come out of the first leg of the 2019 Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers with a pair of wins.“We had a good job on defense, but we missed a lot of open shots and we got to look on that if we want to get better,” Blatche said on Sunday after wrapping up the team’s afternoon practice at Meralco Gym, on the eve of its clash against Chinese Taipei.ADVERTISEMENT Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny “Hopefully, we’ll be focused and hit the shots and play at a much higher level than Japan. If I get the ball and I see they double me, I have to pass the ball to the open man and hope he hits the shot. If I see my teammates struggling, if I have to take over, be aggressive, and try to get to the rim all the time, I will. It always depends,” he said.“The number one thing on my mind is the win, not to go out there and get a bunch of points. It’s about winning and playing the game the right way.” LATEST STORIES Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set MOST READ Gilas Pilipinas to go with same lineup vs Chinese Taipei Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene View commentslast_img read more

Broner: Vargas fight ‘very important for my career’

first_imgTruck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Track stars “This is a very important fight for my career,” Broner said Thursday ahead of the bout on Showtime. “I know that Jessie trained hard to beat me. This is a win that could take either of us to the next level.”A champion in four divisions, Broner (33-3-0, 24 knockouts) is coming off a loss to Mikey Garcia in July. Broner is at a crossroads in his career, according to Stephen Espinoza, the president of sports and event programming for Showtime.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“He’s been one of the most well-known fighters in the sport,” Espinoza said. “But he’s got to keep winning to be at that top level. And so he is at a critical juncture. He can’t really afford another loss and stay in that top tier of elite fighters. So this is a very important fight for him at this stage of his career.”The public critiques of his standing in the sport cause Broner to bristle. P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Despite his self-assurance, Broner left trainer Mike Stafford for Kevin Cunningham following the loss to Garcia. Broner was joined in camp by Gervonta Davis (19-0-0, 18 KOs) who will fight Jesus Cuellar (28-2-0, 14 KOs) for the WBA super featherweight championship on Saturday night.“Being with Kevin Cunningham in camp changed a lot,” Broner said. “It took a while to get used to it. This is the first camp I’ve done since I was kid with a new coach. There were no distractions down at camp. It was all work, no play.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Adrien Broner, left, poses for photographs with Jessie Vargas during the official weigh-in for a boxing match Friday, April 20, 2018, in New York. Broner will face Vargas on Saturday. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)NEW YORK — Adrien Broner danced as music pumped through headphones, a large smile and sunglasses affixed to his face during introductions.Then Jessie Vargas spoke, his opponent in the welterweight fight at the Barclays Center on Saturday night. And Broner’s outlook changed.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast MOST READ “I’m still one of the best fighters of this era,” Broner said. “When I’m done with my career, I will be one of the best to every lace up a pair of boxing gloves. I just can’t wait to give everyone something to remember on Saturday.“When (Vargas) stepped up (in weight class) and fought Tim Bradley and Manny Pacquiao, he lost. I’m a four-time world champion, so I don’t want to hear anything about my losses. Jessie Vargas is not as good as those guys I lost to.”Vargas (28-2-0, 10 KOs) is a two-division champion, coming off a 10-round unanimous decision over Aaron Herrera on Dec. 15.“He tries to be flamboyant, flashy (copy) of Floyd (Mayweather Jr.),” Vargas said of Broner. “But he doesn’t have the same faculties. He likes to be out there in the limelight.“I’m here to take care of business and here to entertain my fans. I’m a fighter. I’m not a hip-hop artist. I’m not someone that tries to stay out there for other reasons.”ADVERTISEMENT Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’last_img read more

ONE champion Brandon Vera nothing but grateful to Filipino fans: I owe you more than a smile

first_imgBut the charismatic fighter assures that he’s nothing but ready to grind it out in the ring.“I work out every damn day, I train twice a day. From a 48-hours shoot, uwi muna ako, then training. So am I ready to be in the center of that ring? Hell yes.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “Before I moved to the Philippines, being a champion was just a cool thought. I figured was something attainable even if I didn’t really work hard at it. I didn’t understand all of this until I moved to the Philippines. Kasalanan nyo,” he said with a smile.“I used to only work 1-2 times a week, I promise. Kita niyo mataba pa ako nun. I was never really in shape like I’m supposed to. Pero dito, sa mga mukha nyo, on your smiles, naisip ko, [expletive] I owe you more than a smile.” Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Brandon Vera during the press conference for ONE: Conquest of Champions at City of Dreams Manila. PHOTO FROM ONE CHAMPIONSHIPONE heavyweight champion Brandon Vera is nothing but grateful for the Philippines, which has given him a new perspective about his already-illustrious career.Establishing his roots in the country two years ago, Vera, 41, has been embraced by Filipino fight fans wholeheartedly even at the tailend of his career.ADVERTISEMENT, who has also taken up acting in Philippines starring in the highly-acclaimed “Buy Bust,” had to stay in shape while doing the grind of a filming a movie.“I came here, we started filming a movie. Showbiz here is hard. 14-18 hour shoots. Locations, sometimes di ka na uuwi. But showing up here, moving here, dealing with traffic and location sets and entertainment world and the grind, now naiintindihan ko na [what it takes].”With Vera out of the cage for two years, ONE Championship could not have made his return harder against Cerilli, who has won all but one of his five fights by way of knockouts.“To come back is already scary, then for them to find this monster. Parang ‘okay, welcome back, ito yung kalaban mo. Game ka?’ Sabi ko, subukan natin,” said Vera.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college P8.2 M shabu may be linked to PNP’s ‘biggest 2019 drug haul’ PLAY LIST 02:25P8.2 M shabu may be linked to PNP’s ‘biggest 2019 drug haul’00:50Trending Articles01:283 Maguindanao cops nabbed in drug bust facing dismissal02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Broken down in its simplest form, I have so much to be thankful for about the Philippines, said the Fil-American champion in Filipino Tuesday during the ONE: Conquest of Champions press conference at City of Dreams Manila.Vera, who is making his second title defense of the heavyweight title against Italian bet Mauro Cerilli, said that the support of Filipino fans made him understand hardwork better.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chrisscenter_img Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Giannis Antetokounmpo, Eric Bledsoe lead Bucks past Nuggets LATEST STORIES Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum View comments Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taallast_img read more

Chinese Provide US$3.3M Grant to AFL

first_imgThe Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) through the Government of the People’s Republic of China has provided US$3.3M as the country’s support to the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL).The money is provided by the PLA as support to the AFL to purchase additional logistics and other equipment that would enhance the AFL’s contribution to the country’s social and economic security.The provision of the grant, according to Chinese Ambassador to Liberia, Zhang Yue, became necessary now that the Engineering Company of the AFL has become a well-trained and well-equipped contingent, having made a significant contribution to the fight against the deadly Ebola epidemic and the development of the Liberian economy.Ambassador Yue signed on behalf of the Government of the People’s Republic of China, while the Deputy Minister of National Defense, Joseph Johnson, who proxied for the Minister National Defense, Brownie J. Samukai, Jr., signed on behalf of the Ministry.Mr. Johnson said China’s provision of military assistance to Liberia was a meaningful gift from the Chinese people to the AFL during the current fight against the Ebola virus disease (EVD).In the past decade, the Chinese Diplomat said, China has attached great importance to the grave security concern by the Liberian Government and people.However, he disclosed that in recent years, with the development of bilateral relations, the exchanges and cooperation between the People’s Liberation Army of China and the AFL have been gradually deepened.“Ever since 2004, through mutual military exchanges and cooperation, the MOD of China provided US$3.3M worth of military assistance and 201 training slots.”Also, in 2014, the Chinese Government provided the Liberian side with engineering equipment gratis to the value of US$4 million, and further sent an Engineering expert team to Liberia to train the Engineering personnel of the AFL for six months.In the words of the Chinese Envoy, China appreciates the achievements made by the Liberian Government to develop the national economy, speed up infrastructure construction and bring benefits to the Liberian people.Yesterday’s signing ceremony coincided with the conferral of “Distinguished Service Medal” on the outgoing Defense Attaché assigned at the Chinese Embassy near Monrovia, Senior Colonel Zhao Xizhang.As Defense Attaché in Liberia, Senior Colonel Zhao exhibited outstanding ability that led to a number of support initiatives to the AFL, leading to an increase in the number of training opportunities to personnel of the AFL, and the central administration of the MOD.He was the one who succeeded in securing about US$4 million worth of engineering equipment, spare parts and training for the Engineering Company of the AFL.At the peak of the Ebola crisis, Senior Colonel Zhao played an exemplary role in his Government dispatching to Liberia, in a speedy manner, significant consignments of anti-Ebola related medical supplies.  He was also instrumental in assisting his government to mobilize the Chinese military medical team to come to Liberia.  The team has constructed and is operating a modern Ebola treatment unit (ETU) in Paynesville, outside Monrovia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Gov’t Files Criminal Charges against Crane Currency

first_imgThough the approval for the printing of the L$5 billion new banknotes was granted by the Legislature on May 17, 2016, that co-defendant Charles Sirleaf (pictured) had earlier executed and entered into a contract with co-defendant Crane on May 6, 2016, eleven days before the Legislature approved the request for the printing.-Judge Boima Kontoe of Criminal Court ‘C’ authorizes the arrest and imprisonment of Joseph Dennis, CBL ’s deputy director, internal audit.Lawyers pressing for the conviction of several current and former senior officials of the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL), who have been detained in connection to L$2.645 billion unaccounted for, have brought criminal charges against Crane Currency, the company that printed the money.Crane Currency, the court’s indictment alleged, received US$835,367.72, as kickback after it agreed to print excess Liberia dollar banknotes that amounted to L$2,645,000,000, which was reported to have been infused into the Liberian market. Crane Currency is yet to be served with the indictment and the writ of arrest by prosecutors.Others who have been already charged and are being held are former executive governor Milton Weeks; deputy governor for operations, Charles E. Sirleaf; Dorbor M. Hagba, director of banking; and Joseph Dennis, deputy director, internal audit; as well as, Richard H. Walker, director of finance. Sirleaf and Hagba were arrested last Thursday, February 28, 2019, while Weeks surrendered himself to the police the following day.Weeks, Sirleaf and Hagba had since been detained at the Monrovia Central Prison pending the posting of their bond. Their indictments were served on them on the night of Tuesday, March 5, 2019, in their cell at the Monrovia Central Prison.Dennis and Walker were arrested on the night of Monday, March 4, 2019, at their respective residences by officers of Criminal Court “C’, in Monrovia, where they were served with their indictment. Dennis and Walker were later transferred to the Monrovia Central Prison after they could not afford their bond. The indictment alleged that between April 2016 up to and including August 2018, they conspired with co-defendant Crane Currency to execute two contracts for the printing of Liberian dollar banknotes in the amounts of L$5,000,000,000 and L$10,000,000,000 prior to the approval or authorization by the Legislature.“The printing of and payment for the excess amount of Liberian dollar banknotes and the concealing of the actual amount of Liberia dollar banknotes in the amount of L$2,645,000,000 was geared toward defrauding the CBL and laundering the said amount,” the court document claimed.The document further alleged that Hagba, Walker, Dennis and Crane Currency knew and had reason to know that L$2.645 billion banknotes from the two printing contracts executed by the CBL and Crane Currency for printing of L$15 billion banknotes, proceeded to and did provide false information and reports on the actual quantity of Liberian dollar banknotes printed, supplied and delivered by Crane Currency to the CBL.Before that, the indictment claimed that Sirleaf then serving as acting executive governor, made a request through former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who happened to be his mother, to the Legislature. The intent was to print L$5 billion banknotes to replace the legacy notes and that both Houses, Senate, and Representative, through a joint resolution granted approval to the CBL for the printing.Later, the document alleged, a contract was executed between the CBL and Crane Currency that was signed by defendant Sirleaf and with co-defendant Crane for the amount of US$5,210,000 for the L$5 billion banknotes to be printed. It said though the approval for the printing of the L$5 billion new banknotes was granted by the Legislature on May 17, 2016, that co-defendant Sirleaf had earlier executed and entered into a contract with co-defendant Crane on May 6, 2016, eleven days before the Legislature approved the request for the printing.“Article II of the contract signed for the printing of the L$5 billion banknotes provides for the allowance of plus or minus 1.5% fluctuation in the actual quantity of banknotes to be printed due to practicalities of banknotes printing, and that the CBL and Crane Currency would treat such instances by mutual consent through the establishing of side letters,” the indictment said.But, it added the defendants printed L$5,146,250,000 new Liberian dollar banknotes with L$146,250,000 in excess of the approved amount. That through the contract amount for the printing of the L$5 billion was US$5,210,000, the defendants paid to Crane Currency US$5,611,469.58, an excess of US$401,469.58 when there were no side letters for the extra Liberia dollar banknotes printed as provided for in the contract.The indictment further explained that in July 2017, the CBL, through Weeks, requested approval from the Legislature to print additional banknotes for the purpose of completely taking the legacy banknotes in circulation from the Liberian market to replace same with the newly printed banknotes in order to have a single type of Liberian dollar currency.The Legislature, the record alleged, through a communication dated July 19, 2017, under the signatures of Mildred Sayon, Chief Clerk of the House of Representatives and Nangborlor Singbeh, secretary of the Senate, mandated the CBL to replace the legacy notes completely with the newly printed banknotes so that there would be a single type of Liberian dollar banknote, but that the appropriate details of the volume and denomination of the replacing banknotes be submitted to the Legislature prior to the printing and minting of coins.That contrary to furnishing the Legislature with the details requested, the document claimed that Weeks and Sirleaf had earlier executed a contract on June 12, 2017, with Crane Currency to print L$10 billion banknotes for the amount of US$10,121,689.20.The document again alleged that, in the printing of the unauthorized L$10 billion banknotes, Crane Currency printed L$10,359,750,000 banknotes L$359,750,000 in excess of the contract amount and that the defendants paid US$10,555,587.34 to Crane Currency for the amount of Liberia dollar banknotes printed. “US$433,898.14 in excess of the amount to be paid for the printing of the unauthorized L$10 billion banknotes,” the indictment alleged.Though the total amount of Liberia dollar banknotes contracted by the CBL to be printed by Crane Currency was L$15 billion and “the defendant had reported that only L$15,506,000,000 banknotes, including the excess resulting from the practicalities of banknotes printing, “Packing lists submitted to the investigation revealed that L$18,151 billion banknotes were printed, supplied and received by the CBL by air and sea from July 14, 2016, to February 19, 2018. This leaves a variance of L$2.645 billion, for which defendants have failed to account,” the court record alleged.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Two Kenyans set for tourney in Russia, to precede FIFA World Cup

first_img0Shares0000Jadidi Ndambuki (left) and Myles Muriuki chatting after a recent training session at their school’s football ground. Photo/AMOS ABUGANAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 23 – June 2018 couldn’t come sooner for two teenagers from Parklands Baptist Primary school after being selected to be part of the sixth edition of the Football for Friendship (F4F) tournament that will precede the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Russia.Jadidi Ndakumbi and Myles Muriuki both 12-years-olds and class seven pupils in the school based in the heart of Westlands in Nairobi, have been given the chance to take part in the age group tournament. Jadidi for his silky skills on the pitch, and Myles for his exemplary leadership skills and journalist abilities impressed selecting coaches and teachers.To be part of F4F, an International Children’s Social programme implemented by Gazprom company – official partner of FIFA and the World Cup, an initiative that involves the young generation throughout the world in promoting the most important human values among their peers – friendship, equality, peace and respect for different cultures and nationalities intrigues  Myles and Jadidi,Jadidi Ndambuki exhibiting his juggling skills. The 12 year-old has been selected to take part in the sixth edition of the Football for Frienship tournament in Russia in June. Photo/AMOS ABUGAJadidi, who wants to be a professional football player in future, says God has answered his prayers to finally travel out of the country to meet other equally talented kids to socialize and get to learn their culture and make friends.“I have always loved to play football ever since I was a young boy, through the sport I have been able to make friends not only in my school but also kids from neighboring schools.Soon I will be able to meet many more young footballers from around the world,” Jadidi, the second born to Andrew and Lilian Ndambuki explained.Coach Stanley Achima (centre) instructing Jadidi Ndambuki to his (right) and Myles Muriuki in a recent training session. The two youngsters will be part of the footballer for friendship tourney in Russia. Photo/AMOS ABUGA“I will be supporting Argentina and Germany in the world Cup because I know they have the potential to lift the trophy, Though Brazil cannot be ruled out as well. It could have been better to support Kenya, but unfortunately they will not be at the World Cup,” he offered.Myles on the other hand caught the eye of the selectors for his dedication not only to tell his story but also that of his friends through the art of writing.“Through writing, I am able to tell the world my feeling and that of my friends, as a footballer, I like to document the happenings in our school football team, that is my passion for a while now,” Myles disclosed.“I want to be a journalist when I grow up, this is because the profession is fun and most importantly because I want to tell the world what is happening,” Myles the first born to Nicholas and Rachel Muriuki narrated.-Earn opportunity to train-Myles Muriuki (left) and Jadidi Ndambuki posing for a photograph. The two will be Kenya’s ambassodors at the 2018 Football for Friendship Tournament in Russia. Photo/AMOS ABUGAThe tournament will also be beneficial to the youngsters as the footballer will get an opportunity to be trained by some of the world best coaches and for the aspiring Journalist Myles, he will be guided further on how to tell his story and become  a better scribe.According to development coach Stanely Achima who has handled Jadidi from an early age, he describes the youngster as an extremely talented footballer and a good leader of the game.“His dribbling capabilities are a joy to watch, offensively  he scores a lot of goal and also  creates so many more  for the school’s under 12 team, he also falls back to help the team when we are under pressure. I have no doubt he will go far,” Achima who was part of the selecting committee lengthened.The Chairman of the Board of Directors of PJSC Gazprom Victor Zubkov, has good feelings about the tournament that will be marking its sixth edition.“F4F is supported by 211 countries and regions! For the very first time, young athletes from all parts of the world where football is played will meet on the same field. We live in an age where people all over the world seek to unite behind the principles of equality and respect for each other,” Zubkov noted.The tournament will bring together 32 International Teams of Friendship athletes of different nationalities, different genders and different physical abilities to play in one team.The age of players is 12. Each International mixed Team of Friendship will be trained by Young Coaches – football players of 14-16years from different countries.The tournament will run from 8-15 June 2018 and the youngsters will also have the opportunity to watch the opening ceremony of the 2018 FIFA World Cup and the first match pitting host Russia and Saudi Arabia at the Luzhniki, Stadium in Moscow.-By Amos Abuga-0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Ex-Aston Villa captain ruled out for four months with knee injury

first_img1 Former Aston Villa captain Ron Vlaar will be out of action for another three to four months after the free agent defender revealed he had gone under the knife again.The 30-year-old had been hoping to find a new club this summer having allowed his contract at Villa Park to expire, but another setback on his left knee appears to have halted his career prospects in the short term.An end-of-season MRI scan showed the Dutch international had torn his medial meniscus, as he did in January, and having a similar procedure twice in six months to try and remedy the issue has left Vlaar facing an extended spell on the sidelines.Revealing the news in a blog post, Vlaar wrote: “Instead of two days with crutches, there will now be a four to six weeks period. Instead of four weeks rehabilitation, it will now take three to four months.“On hearing this news it was a defining moment, I was stunned and I struggled to keep my composure. Even now when I think about it, the news is very hard to swallow.”Vlaar has been linked with Lazio and Southampton this summer and while his present situation may put off suitors for now, he is confident he can return to play for another five years.He added: “Where will this eventually bring me? At the level that suits me and I always aim for the highest goal – I’m sure I will be fine.“I will prepare myself so I will be able to play at least five more years at the highest level and for the Netherlands national team.” Ex-Aston Villa defender Ron Vlaar last_img read more


first_imgDonegal County Council announced that  roadworks will be taking place on the Ballybofey-Brockagh road between today and Wednesday.Although the works are confined between Elactagh Brdge and the Ardlaghan Junction, there is still a possibility of traffic delays. Donegal County Council apologises for any inconvenience caused by the roadworks.ROADWORKS MAY CAUSE DELAYS BETWEEN BROCKAGH AND FINTOWN was last modified: July 11th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:brockagh villagefintown villageroadworkslast_img read more


first_imgMichael Murphy scored a penalty as Glenswilly defeated St Eunan’s at O’Donnell Park.GAA NEWS: Four Masters, St Michael’s, Kilcar, Glenswilly, and Ardara all recorded excellent wins in the All-County League Division One.St Eunan’s 1-05 Glenswilly 2-08: Glenswilly exacted some revenge on their neighbours who defeated them in last year’s Donegal SFC final by defeating Maxi Curran’s side at O’Donnell Park. Since losing out to Gaoth Dobhair on the opening day of the season, St Eunan’s have won THREE on the bounce which included a fine away win against Kilcar in Towney.However, Glenswilly inflicted there second defeat of the league campaign with a deserved win earlier this afternoon.Brian Farrelly and Donegal captain Michael Murphy from the penalty spot scored the decisive goals for Gkenswilly while John Haran netted for St Eunan’s.Naomh Conaill 2-05 Kilcar 1-10:  Naomh Conaill got off to a dream start when former Donegal star Leo McLoone netted after just a few minutes gone.Kilcar responded well though and fought their way back into the game and played superbly to go in at the break four ahead.However, Naomh Conaill roared back into the contest when Cathal Ellis netted midway through the second-half to level.Kilcar didn’t buckle despite the blow the concession of the goal was tagged on a number of crucial scores to edge Naomh Conaill by two and secure a crucial win.Malin 2-6 Ardara 3-12: A brace of goals from Ryan Melly and a penalty from CJ Molly ensured John McConnell’s side left Malin with two precious league points after an enthralling battle.A poor start meant Malin trailed Ardara by NINE points at the interval but Liam Bradley’s side fought back and got back into the match when they scored TWO goals in a minute to roar back to life.Paul McLaughlin netted first and then Brendan McLaughlin but then Melly got his second and Molloy dispatched the penalty to ensure Ardara saw off the spirited challenge from Malin.Four Masters 1-07 Gaoth Dobhair 1-06: Four Masters made it two wins from two since new manager Conor McBride was appointed team manager.They earned a super win AWAY to Dungloe last week and followed that up with an excellent win over Gaoth Dobhair at home this afternoon.It was hard fought encounter with nothing between the sides but Four Masters showed great heart and character to get over the line and get another two vital points on the board.St Michael’s 2-12 Dungloe 1-10: (Full Match report below) League Division Two Results:Mac Cumhaills 1-12 Gaeil Fhánada 0-06Naomh Muire 1-11 Glenfin 4-08Termon 2-10 Bundoran 0-11Killybegs 1-03 Naomh Columba 0-05Cloughaneely 0-13 St Naul’s 1-10GAA NEWS: ALL THE RESULTS FROM THE ALL-COUNTY LEAGUE DIVISION ONE was last modified: April 26th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:All-County LeagueDivision OneDivision TwoGAAnewsreportsResultsSportlast_img read more


first_imgAthletics Ireland has today named Irish pole vault champion Tori Pena on the World Championship team.Olive Loughnane (Loughrea AC), 2009 world silver medallist, as part of the 17 member team that will also compete at the IAAF World Track and Field Championships in Daegu, South Korea from the 27th of August to the 4th of September.The 35-year-old has raced sparingly all year, firmly focusing on making the podium again at these championships.  On this few outings she has displayed form, last racing at the Dublin Grand Prix of Race-walking in June where she finished second to Liu Hong of China. At the European Cup of Race-walking in May, Loughrea was hunting down first place when she was unfortunately disqualified for lifting. The Cork women plans to travel from her current training camp in the Sierra Nevada mountains in Spain, to a holding camp in Seoul and then onto Daegu.Robert Heffernan (Togher AC) who had the qualification standard for both the 20k and 50k walk has yet to decide to in which event he will compete. The Corkman, has had a trying season to date having to settle for 10th place at the European Cup of Race Walking in May and failing to finish the Dublin Grand Prix event in June due to injury which he has struggled to overcome. Any doubts however as to whether he would regain fitness for the championships were put to bed at the Woodie’s DIY Senior Track and Field Championships of Ireland this weekend when he impressively won the 10km walk after completing a 20km training session earlier in the day in Phoenix Park. Heffernan is always a contender at major championships producing his best ever performance at last year’s European Championships in Barcelona finishing fourth in both the 20km and 50km walk.  His best performance at a World Championships was in 2007 when he finished sixth. Colin Griffin (Ballinamore AC) who has just returned from attitude training in Levino Italy in preparation for the championships, will line up the men’s 50km walk. Griffin will be looking to change his unfortunate series of results from previous World Championships; in 2007 championships he was disqualified, while in 2009 the heat coupled with cramps resulted in the Leitrim man having to withdraw.Derval O’Rourke (Leevale AC) will compete in the 100m hurdles after securing her ninth national title at the running 13.24. O’Rourke is currently 17th in the IAAF ranking which includes nine Americans, of which only three can compete at the World Championships. However, as one of Ireland’s greatest championships athletes these rankings are more likely to be tossed aside by O’Rourke when she lines up in her fifth World Championships. Her last outing at these championships two years ago in Berlin produced a memorable sequence of performances, progressing through the rounds in 12.86, 12.73 and finally producing yet another Irish Record in the final of 12.67 to finish fourth.  At last year’s European Track and Field Championships she again set a new Irish record of 12.65 to claim the silver medal.Follow club-mate, Ciaran O’Lionaird secured his place on team when he produced one of the best performances by an Irish man over 1500m in recent years, running 3.46.46 at a meet in Oordegem Belgium just 6 days before  the deadline date for qualification. This time moved him to fourth on the all-time list surpassing Mark Carroll and is also qualification standard for the London Olympics. O’Lionaird who on scholarship in Florida State University has been form phenomenal form this year running his first sub 4 minute Mile and running personal bests in the 3000m and 5000m. He competed in the 800m heats at the senior championships at the weekend but withdrew from the final as he was not feeling well. The Corkman will gain invaluable experience at his first World Championships. Alistair Cragg (Clonliffe Harriers) achieved the 5000m qualification standard at the New York Diamond League, running a season’s best of 13.12.21. While this time is significantly off his personal best of 13.07.10 which he set in 2007, it is an improvement on the 13.21.66 best of 2010. At the London Diamond League Grand Prix, Cragg had a promising run over 3000m finishing fourth in 7:46.29. He followed this with an easy win in the 5000m at the national championships. Cragg has qualified for two previous world championships and he is looking to progress into the final which he has previously failed to do.There will be dual representation in the women’s 3000m with Fionnuala Britton (Kilcoole AC) and Stephanie O’Reilly (Sli Cualann AC), who both achieved the qualification standard at the Diamond League in New York. Britton has had her brightest track season in a number of years setting personal best in the 3000m, 5000m. While in the steeplechase she has improved her best time which she set back in 2007, three times to 9.37.60. The Wicklow woman did not make the team for the 2009 World championships but at the 2007 championships she made the final and finished 12th. Stephanie O’Reilly (Sli Cualann AC) will compete in her first world championships after making her major championships debut last year at the European championships. This year O’Reilly’s performances have moved onto a new level with personal bests in 800m, 1500m, 3000m and 5000m, in addition to the steeplechase. Both athletes competed in the 1500m at national championships with O’Reilly second in 4.16.43, and Britton (Kilcoole AC) third in 4.18.03Double Para-olympian Jason Smyth (City of Derry) is named in the team after running a personal best of 10.22 in Clermont, Florida in May which is just four hundredths off Paul Hession’s Irish record. The Derry man is coached by Stephen Maguire and is based in Florida produced another solid performance to win the 100m in 10.52 at the nationals this weekend.Irish Record Holder Paul Hession, produced the performance of the national championships to win the 200m in 20.51 to gain the A qualification standard for both the Olympic. Hession’s had a seasonal best of 20.65 prior to this. Hession is a seasoned campaigner narrowly missing finals at the last number of major championships. The Galway man finished 10th at the World Championships in Berlin and will certainly will be looking for a solid performance.Joanne Cuddihy (KCH AC) was another to achieve the standard at the weekend winning the women’s 400m in a seasonal best of 52.15 which is the B qualification for the Championships. Cuddihy make the semi-final of the World championships in 2007. In the field events, Deirdre Ryan (DSD AC) and Tori Pena (Finn Valley AC) have been rewarded with selection after setting new Irish Records to achieve the B qualification standard. Ryan improved her record last in Germany of 1.93m which was also the B qualification standard for the World Track and Field Championships.  She followed this up with a championship best performance of 1.90 at the national championships. Pena has improved the Irish record six times this season, cumulating in the 4.40m which was set last Monday at the Nationales Stabhochsprung meeting in Switzerland to achieve the B standard.The women’s 4x400m team who set an Irish Record at the European’s last year 3:31.25 includes Irish record holder Joanne Cuddihy (KCH AC). It also includes regulars, Marian Andrews-Heffernan (Togher AC), Claire Bergin (DSD AC) and Michelle Carey (Dublin Striders AC). The new addition is U23 400m hurdles record holder Jessie Barr (Ferrybank AC). The squad have produced solid performances this year with a 3:30:11 run  at the team championships in Izmar in Turkey and a 3.31.43 at the recent Flanders Cup in Ghent the team ran 3:31.43, both inside the qualification standard of 3.32.00.Unfortunately the women’s 4x100m will not be travelling to the championships as the team has been hampered with injuries.Laura Reynolds (Mohill AC) and Brendan Boyce (Letterkenny AC) who both had the B qualification standard for walks events have chosen to focus on the World University Games in China.Kevin Ankrom commented “For our more experienced athletes this will be the opportunity for them to show their credentials. These championships will be successful for us if we achieve top eight finishing positions.  I am also excited about the new comers to the team such as Ciaran O’Lionaird and also about the potential of our women’s 4x400m squad.” Team Selection IAAF World Track and Field ChampionshipsJason Smyth (City of Derry) 100mPaul Hession (Athenry AC) 200mJoanne Cuddihy (KCH AC) 400mDerval O’Rourke (Leevale AC) 100m HurdlesCiaran O’Lionaird (Leevale AC) 1500mFionnuala Britton (Kilcoole AC) 3000m SteeplechaseStephanie O’Reilly (Sli Cualann AC) 3000m SteeplchaseAlistair Cragg (Clonliffe Harriers) 5000mDeirdre Ryan (DSD AC) High JumpTori Pena (Finn Valley AC) Pole VaultRobert Heffernan (Togher AC) 20km WalkOlive Loughnane (Loughrea AC) 20km WalkColin Griffin (Ballinamore AC) 50km WalkWomen’s 4x400m Team fromJoanne Cuddihy (KCH AC)Marian Andrews-Heffernan (Togher AC),Claire Bergin (DSD AC)Michelle Carey (Dublin Striders AC).Jessie Barr (Ferrybank AC).Team Management: Team Leader: Kevin Ankrom
Team Manager: Patsy McGonagle
Team Coaches: Steve McGuire: Call room/Warm-up Coordinator
Anne Keenan Buckley: Distance Coach
Pat Ryan: Walks support
Team Medical Support: Team Physio: Nessa Smyth
Team Physio: Kyle Alexander
Team Physio: Paul O’Neil
Team Doctor: Laoise GriffinFINN VALLEY’S TORI ON IRISH WORLD CHAMPS TEAM was last modified: August 9th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Finn Valley ACtori penalast_img read more