Exciting Digicel Grand Prix finale

first_imgIt was close going in the Digicel Grand Prix finale – the G.C. Foster Classic, with Calabar holding a slim lead in the boys’ section and Edwin Allen taking control in the female category at the National Stadium.With eight boys’ finals scored, Calabar (42.5 points) held a slim lead over Kingston College (40) and St Jago (35), with Edwin Allen (52) a lot more comfortable in the girls’ title race, with Excelsior (39), St Jago (24) and St Elizabeth Technical (22) all in the mix.The elite athletes also shared the spotlight yesterday with Mico University’s Dawnalee Loney and Akan’s Javon Francis registering big wins in the 400m.Loney defeated a strong field in 52.36 seconds as Verone Chambers of Sprintec finished second in 52.40 seconds, ahead of teammate Ristananna Tracy (52.77).Running on strongly in the straight away, Francis won the men’s event in 45.94 seconds, ahead of teammate Peter Matthews (46.58) with Mico’s Marco Doodnauthsingh third in 46.72 seconds.Earlier in the day, Stephenie-Ann McPherson captured the women’s 100m in 11.65, beating her MVP partner Shericka Jackson into second in 11.76. Third went to Renea Medley of G.C. Foster College in 11.83 seconds.St Jago’s Joanne Reid recorded the first record among Grand Prix events, walking away with $25,000, after winning the girls’ Under-17 one lap contest in 54.49 seconds. Janelle Josephs of St Andrew High was second in 54.78 seconds, with third going to Holmwood’s Danielle Deer in 55.03 seconds.Edwin Allen’s Kevona Davis was also impressive, breaking the Under-17 girls’ 200m record with a 23.32 seconds win in the event.It was another good showing for throwers from Petersfield High, led by the talented Kevin Nedrick, who had a double win on the day.Nedrick captured the Grand Prix Under-19 Discus after a throw of 56.48 metres, getting the better of St Jago’s Roja Stona (54.28m), and Phillip Beckford of Excelsior finishing third with 52.79m. Earlier, he won the Under-18 Shot Put with 17.89m ahead of Kyle Mitchell (17.09m) of Calabar and Zico Campbell (16.98m) of Kingston College.QUICK DOUBLEChristopher Brown made it a quick double for Petersfield after taking the Boys’ Under-17 Grand Prix Discus with a mark of 50.90m to easily beat his rivals.St Jago’s Lushane Wilson was outstanding in the Grand Prix High Jump for Under-19 Boys’ after a winning clearance of 2.18m.Kingston College enjoyed a quinella in the boys’ Grand Prix Under-17 Long jump as Shaquille Lowe 7.08m got the better of Wayne Pinnock (7.03m), with David Tomlinson of Green Island capturing third place with 6.81m.Kingston College took the double in the long jump as Carey McLeod, on his final effort, soared to 7.79m. Roshane Dawkins finished second, with third going to Alexander Thompson of St George’s College with 6.80m.St Jago’s Tissana Hickling proved best among the Under-19 girls in the long jump Grand Prix event with a solid jump of 6.39m. Edwin Allen’s Annia Ashley also went over the six metres mark, finishing second with 6.05m. Camperdown’s Monief Heslop grabbing third with 5.63m.last_img read more

17-year-old amateur misses chance to win US Women’s Open

first_imgQuote sheets were handed out featuring the congratulatory words of Lacoste, who is now 72 years old and lives in Spain. Lacoste’s father was famed tennis player and sporting goods clothier Rene Lacoste.Choi was tied with eventual winner Sung Hyun Park, also of South Korea, heading to the par-3 16th, one of the holes that President Donald Trump watched from his personal viewing box.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’“I came a long way from Korea and I had the United States president and his wife cheering for me and clapping for me,” Choi said through an interpreter. “I was quite thrilled. It was a big honor for me.”Then, trouble struck. Choi tried to be too perfect with her tee shot on the 139-yard hole and deposited it right into the lake. CEU rallies past Gamboa, inches closer to qf berth “Today, I hit the ball perfectly and I tried to hit that one more perfectly,” Choi said. “When I had a birdie on the 15th hole, I thought that I may have a chance. That went through my mind and other people were saying that I might have a chance, but at the 16th hole, my ball went into the hazard. That’s what happened. At the time I felt that all this work, all this hard work I put together was going to disappear, so I was a bit disappointed.”After taking a drop, Choi settled for a double bogey. With that went all hopes of winning.“The 16th hole is a tough hole,” said Choi, who used a 7-iron. “I was just trying to get through the hole, maybe with a par. Maybe I played that hole a little too aggressively. There were disappointing parts to my game and that was one. I tried to pull my shot and it didn’t happen. But I had to refocus back for the two remaining holes.”Choi rallied to birdie the 18th for a 1-under 71. She finished second at 9 under, two strokes behind Park.Choi took the lead with a birdie on the seventh hole and had a chance to take a three-shot lead at the ninth, but her birdie putt slide by the hole.ADVERTISEMENT Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation View comments Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend LATEST STORIES Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite South Korea’s Hye-Jin Choi is greeted by fans and tournament volunteers as she walks to the 16th tee during the final round of the U.S. Women’s Open Golf tournament Sunday, July 16, 2017, in Bedminster, N.J. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)BEDMINSTER, N.J. — With three holes left in the U.S. Women’s Open, Hye-Jin Choi was all set to re-write the record books.The 17-year-old South Korean was poised to become the second amateur to win the biggest title in women’s golf, joining 1967 champion Catherine Lacoste of France.ADVERTISEMENT A bogey on the par-4 10th hole dropped her into a tie for the lead with playing partner Shanshan Feng, and Park joined the group at 9 under with a birdie at No. 12.One bad shot ended her chances of winning.Choi wasn’t upset about losing the $540,000 second-place money.“Well, I mean it would have been nice if I could get the money, but I think my primary goal was to come here and compete, so for me, getting this second place in runner-up actually means more to me,” she said.It marked the second straight year she has been the low amateur. She tied for 38th last year at CordeValle in California.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcanolast_img read more

Matthew Wright, Louie Alas hope OT victories strengthen Phoenix

first_img“Phoenix of the past would’ve lost that game, especially after (Pogoy) hit that shot to tie the game. We would’ve crumbled by then,” he said. “But we stuck together, we’re becoming more experienced, and we’re becoming more of a veteran team,” With the victory, Phoenix now enjoys a 2-0 card, good for the top spot in the Philippine Cup. “We’re very happy with this win, but if we go 3-0, I think we’ll be happier since our upcoming assignment is a team coming off a great win,” Alas said.The Fuel Masters brace for a proud Columbian squad who are coming off a victorious outing over reigning champs San Miguel Beer. They lock horns on Jan. 23 at the Big Dome.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES 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 MOST READ “Hopefully they’ll be overconfident. It was their first game, they’re still young, so we’re gonna try and jump them early,” Wright said of the Dyip.“We’ve got more experience than them. We feel like we’re a better team, so hopefully it doesn’t go to overtime and we end the game in regulation,” he added.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ginebra PBA provincial games ‘coincidental’ but Willie Marcial happy for them Phoenix head coach Louie Alas. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netANTIPOLO — It wasn’t the rosiest of outcomes, but Phoenix star Matthew Wright and his coach Louie Alas hope that their narrow win over TNT will pay dividends down the line.“I’m just happy we won. [But] we really have to dig down deep in those kind of situations,” Wright told the press shortly after their 93-84 overtime victory over KaTropa at Ynares Center on Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra “Two overtimes in two games,” said Alas as he heaved a sigh of relief during the post-game presser. “[M]ore than the win, [I’m happy] with the experience to play a close game,” he added, noting that it affords them an edge in whenever they figure in such tight, testy situations.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“Last conference, we would lose in such games,” he added.Wright, the gunslinger who was at the forefront of the Fuel Masters offense that spoiled a career performance by RR Pogoy, couldn’t agree more. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View commentslast_img read more

Ellen Lauds India’s Commitment to Liberia

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has lauded the continuous support of India and its community in Liberia, especially during such a difficult period in the history of the country where it is plagued with the deadly Ebola virus that has claimed several lives.The Liberian President also lauded the Indian community and their motherland (India) for their immense contributions to the commercial sector of the country, as well as for venturing into the industrial sector where, she said, more jobs will be created for many young Liberians to be employed.President Sirleaf made the commendation on Thursday, August 28, 2014, at the offices of the General Services Agency (GSA) where a donation was made by the Association of the Indian Community in Liberia (AICL) to help in the combat against the dreadful Ebola virus.The GSA compound presently  hosst the command and support unit of the National Task Force (NTF) on Ebola. The AICL donated assorted Ebola related items worth more than US$200,000 to the Ebola NTF.The donation consists of a wide-range of items including two ambulances, two thousand bags of rice, hospital beds, 24,000 bottles of water, household utensils, among several other items.President Sirleaf noted that the Indian Community, through its honorable Consul, has always identified with Liberia-and has and continues to be of great help to the state through its commercial activities that is helping to strengthen the economy of the country.She indicated that the epidemic is a challenge to everyone and as such it should be combated holistically, further lauding the Indian community for the donation, which she said will help enhance the work of the NTF.  The command and support center, headed by the National Task Force Coordinator, Dorbor Jallah, will take charge of the. She indicated that a true friend is known when one is in crisis — which has been truly exemplified by the Indians.She said Mr. Jallah and his team will determine the most critical areas where the content of the donation will be distributed. She expressed optimism that the donation will make a difference in the lives of those for whom they are ibtended. She pointed out that it is not just enough for one to sit on the radio stations, Televisions and make criticisms, but it is more courageous and patriotic to get out there and “do your part” as a citizen of this country. “If you do this and we shall have won this fight against the Ebola virus, it will be a victory for you and your country,” she said.The Liberian leader admitted to short-comings on the part of the government in confronting the Ebola disease, which can be frustrating when the required results are not forthcoming, but said there are clear signs that the fight will be won. “We need to combine forces to defeat naysayers. We will beat Ebola. I’m tired of hearing Ebola is real, I want us to now say Ebola will be beaten. If we win this fight we will win it for ourselves and our country,” President Sirleaf said.Meanwhile, President Sirleaf said that the level of support received from national and international organizations, multinational companies, business community and friendly countries and peoples, couple with the willingness and resilience of the Liberian people Ebola will definitely be defeated at all costs.In making the presentation to President Sirleaf, the Indian Consul General, Upjit Singh Sachdeva, said the enormity of the outbreak of the Ebola disease in the affected countries has made fighting the epidemic a global challenge, requiring an effective global response.Mr. Sachdeva, who is popularly known as Jeety, commended President Sirleaf for her extraordinary leadership in effectively and urgently responding to the outbreak and spread of the Ebola Virus.He said the AICL notes with satisfaction the measures put into place by the government to stop the spread of this deadly disease. “Accordingly, we have advised all of our members to abide by these measures,” he said.“The response by the international community, so far to combat the disease is very encouraging.”“The current outbreak of Ebola in Liberia is affecting the country in many ways. It is affecting the people; it is affecting all communities in the country; it is affecting the nation, and it is also affecting neighboring nations.The AICL boss said the situation has unfortunately led to neighboring and other states closing their air and land borders. This is severely hampering intra-sub-regional trade on which Liberia depends largely for the importation of some essential food items.He said the AICL, as one of several communities in Liberia, sees itself as an important stakeholder in the Liberian society. “As one of the communities in Liberia, we too are affected by the disease. However, we see it our bounding duty and responsibility to contribute our quota to the fight to eliminate the disease in our second home, Liberia,” Mr. Jeety said.The India Consul General indicated that despite the economic consequences on the business community, the AICL has advised all of its members involved in economic activities not to exploit the situation by unnecessarily hiking commodities prices.“Today, we are pleased to say that they are in solidarity with the Liberian Government and people by being concerned of this outbreak and have vowed to do all they can to curtail this virus,”“It is against this backdrop that we have come here today to present our donation as part of the national and global response to the fight against the disease,” he said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

‘If Women Feel Betrayed by Ellen, This Should not Be the End of Women…

first_imgMontserrado County Independent senatorial aspirant Miatta Fahnbulleh has said that she does not expect support or endorsement of her candidacy from the hierarchies of the Unity Party-led government, but there are many individuals who are wishing her well in disguise.Aspirant Fahnbulleh, who is popularly known as Aunty Miatta, said that the culture of protection of jobs and positions in the Liberian society had made people to be careful of openly expressing their political leanings, as many of them are afraid to lose their [government] jobs.But in spite of these, Aunty Miatta, who has been in the vanguard of women and children’s  advocacy for over 35 years, said that she stands as a formidable aspirant who will emerge winner of the toughest battleground on the Liberian political landscape—Montserrado County.The Montserrado County female aspirant spoke with the Daily Observer in an exclusive interview yesterday at the headquarters of her campaign team in Monrovia.Ms. Fahnbulleh is the daughter of Mother Mary Brownell, a household name in Liberia due to her advocacy work, especially during the Liberian civil crisis.  During that period, she organized women groups to engage leaders in the crisis to help bring an end to the war.Miatta said though she is not dependent on hierarchies of the government, she believes she will emerge as the winner of the ensuing election.“With the women of Liberia backing me as well as some well-meaning strong men who know the power of women [in] leadership, I’m definitely going to win this race.  I’m very positive about that.”Many may have felt betrayed by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf after overwhelmingly electing her on separate two occasions, said Fahnbulleh. However, that should not be considered the end to women supporting women for political participation.“I know what is being said in the background and I have heard on many occasions that many sisters and daughters are saying that they feel neglected by the President.  But I don’t think this should be the end for women participation in political leadership.“In an illustrated example,” aspirant Fahnbulleh said, “This situation is like a young girl who is dearly in love with a guy and this guy gives her with a broken heart. Does that mean she should not fall in love again? I will say no; when love presents itself again you have to give it a try.”The renowned and highly respected African musician and activist did not disclose whether she enjoys the full blessings of the President, but noted that the Liberian leader has endorsed the 19 female aspirants in the ensuing elections.Also, it is a fact that the President’s son is running for Senator.Miatta disclosed that many women were feeling reluctant to even participate in the voting exercise, but with her emergence they are now coming in great numbers to support her.“I believe in the empowerment of women, especially political empowerment, something we have been advocating for the past 35 plus years.  If others are now feeling reluctant and are no longer pushing the idea, we will continue to do so because we believe in the power of women leadership,” said Madam Fahnbulleh, who was a staunch supporter of President Sirleaf in both elections in 2005 and 2011, said.Her song ‘This Is Our Time’ reverberated throughout both elections, bringing inspiration to many women. The song also added some impetus to the process, but we don’t know whether it would be heard this time around. She is also the founder of Obaa’s Girls Educational Outreach, an all girls’ school.Meanwhile, Madam Fahnbulleh said that those desires that drive her most for which she decided to enter the race is to ensure quality education, most especially for girls, women and youth empowerment are the primary reasons for which she has entered the race.  She also wants to advocate for a better health care system.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Can We Be an Innovation-Driven Nation?

first_img“Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.”–  Steve JobsFor most people, the word “innovation” educes images of inventors, new technologies and new products. They tend to envision iconic images such as airplanes, computers, rockets, radios, TVs, cell phones, etc. This is quite understandable considering the impact of these devices on the development of the modern world has been marvelous. But what actually is innovation? A textbook definition of the word states that: “Innovation generally refers to renewing, changing or creating more effective processes, products or ways of doing things.” I thought that definition was very succinct but a bit too boring. So, I consulted the literature to garner insight on how great minds of the past and present perceive(d) innovation; and I found some interesting perceptions that enabled me understand the word in a better way.I first searched the writings of Peter Drucker who argues that, “Innovation is the specific instrument of entrepreneurship…the act that endows resources with a new capacity to create wealth.” W.  Edwards Deming on the other hand, suggests that, “Innovation comes from the producer- not from the customer.” But Steve Jobs puts it in a more succinct way: ““Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.” I like the way Jobs puts it; he reminds me of Liberia where we fail to encourage innovation and therefore we continue to follow others.I made the avowal above that we fail to encourage innovation because of two experiences that I have had and the experiences of many other young Liberians who had proffered innovative solutions but had been turned down for several reasons. My personal experience began in 2004 when I graduated with my first master’s degree. I had designed and written a system which I termed, “CENTINOL”, the acronym for Central Intelligence Network of Liberia and brought it to some officials in Liberia. My wish at the time was that the system would be adopted or be used as a framework for the development of a system that could be used by our security forces.  I was told then, that Liberia was not ready for such a system; and that was it!Most recently, I had requested the University of Liberia to allow me perform an action research which would ultimately lead to the development of an e-learning system. This system would be turned over to the University free of charge upon completion of the research. The proposal was Dead on Arrival (DoA) when it hit the office of one of the vice presidents (who is no longer within the employ of the University). I was told that the University was not ready for such an endeavor. SERIOUSLY? Are we not in the 21st Century? But yet, the University relies on an online  program that is done in Collaboration with an institution in India. So, are we leading or following?Over the years, I’ve come to realize that innovation is a concept which keeps driving businesses to find ways of doing things differently than how they were done before. Without innovation, organizations become stationary thereby losing their competiveness or competive advantage. New strategies, ideas, products, services, concepts, and methods must be incorporated more consistently if an organization wants to keep competitive and up to date in the market.For example, despite all of the recent promotions, organizational changes, etc, Novafone continues to remain the number three operator in the Liberian telecom market. On the other hand, even though Lonestar boasts of a larger number of subscribers, Cellcom “SEEMS” to be first to market when it comes to new products and services, thus giving it competitive advantage. So what makes Cellcom and Lonestar successful leaders in the Liberian telecom market? The answer is INNOVATION. Innovation forces competition which is good for the ordinary citizen, because it forces companies to emerge with better, if not the best, quality of products and services and sell them at lower prices.We need to develop a growing appetite for innovation in order to survive and thrive in a fast-paced and unpredictable time in which we live. In Liberia, some leaders question innovation when it is proffered, forgetting to know that innovation is actually what brings development. I think it is time our leaders strive to be open to new and brilliant ideas that can lead to robust business models, bringing a unique customer/citizen experience instead of turning down proposals and saying “we are not ready for that yet.”People and things are changing rapidly, hence, we need to respond to those changes by being innovative. Currently, for example, Liberians are getting addicted to new technologies, connectivity and speed. The ongoing expansion of the mobile ecosystem, coupled with demand for high-bandwidth applications and services such as video (sports), will continue to place pressure on the industry to increase the availability and quality of broadband connectivity. Innovation is what actually facilitates the response to the changes that are occurring. Now, if the innovative “practices” that are occurring among our mobile operators parallel those in other sectors, we will have a lot of factories. With factories or a strong manufacturing ecosystem, a lot of Liberians could be employed.We need to encourage, espouse and support innovation whenever it is suggested. We have to embrace innovation and not be intimidated by it simply because it takes us out of our comfort zones. Thinking out of the box is not such a bad thing, after all, a person who risks nothing, does nothing, has nothing. Success therefore comes only when we are bold enough to take risks and that’s what innovation is all about; risks. The fear of new ideas is the fear of progress. The fear of progress means prolonged underdevelopment. So, I ask the question again: Can we be an innovation-driven nation? I believe we can!Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Security in spotlight in Spain as football, cycling events take place

first_img0Shares0000Barcelona’s home football stadium Camp Nou, pictured in April 2017, will have heavily increased security during the opening games of La Liga football season, but the Spanish government will not cancel the sporting events © AFP/File / PAU BARRENAMADRID, Spain, Aug 18 – While Spain mourns following the terror attacks in Catalonia, security will be in the spotlight as two global sporting events get under way this weekend in La Liga and the Vuelta cycling race.After a three-month summer break, La Liga returns with 10 matches over the weekend, including three on Saturday, among them Atletico Madrid’s trip to newly-promoted Catalan outfit Girona. Thousands of police officers and security personnel will be mobilised in and around Spanish stadiums.The Vuelta, one of cycling’s three Grand Tours, begins in the French city of Nimes on Saturday but the three-week race enters Spain on Tuesday with a stage finishing in Tarragona. Thousands of spectators will line the route.Tarragona is only 20 kilometres along the Mediterranean coast from Cambrils, where a car rammed into pedestrians, injuring six civilians and a police officer early on Friday morning. One of the civilians later died.That incident came just hours after the attack in Barcelona, when a white van sped down the popular Las Ramblas avenue, packed full of tourists on Thursday afternoon, knocking people down and killing 13.Authorities in Spain — a country obsessed with football — have decided to go ahead with sporting events despite security fears.The LFP, the body that runs La Liga, confirmed that top-flight matches, including Barcelona’s home meeting with Betis at the Camp Nou on Sunday, would go ahead.A minute’s silence will be held before kick-offs around the country while Barcelona players will sport black armbands and players will wear shirts with ‘Barcelona’ replacing individual names on the back.– Maximum measures – Spanish cyclist Alberto Contador, pictured in July 2017, is a three-time former winner of the Vuelta cycling competition and says that the “best way to pay tribute [after the attack] is to carry on with our lives as normal” © AFP/File / PHILIPPE LOPEZ“LaLiga…hopes that supporters will be able to enjoy matches normally on the opening matchday,” the league said in a mail sent to AFP.Barcelona said that postponing Sunday’s game, due to kick off at 8:15pm (1815 GMT), had not been considered.The club were waiting for instructions from authorities about any additional security measures that may be required at the Camp Nou, the biggest football ground in Europe with a capacity of 99,354.“Given the increase in situations of danger, terrorism, the club have already taken measures to reinforce security,” said a club spokesperson.“The rule is to apply the maximum possible measures, and in extraordinary situations like this, apply them much more strictly.”In Nimes the same level of vigilance was being used by organisers of the Vuelta. They said on Friday that they were working with authorities to assure the protection of fans and of the event itself.The first two stages on Saturday and Sunday take place in southern France before Monday’s third stage in the Pyrenees concludes in Andorra.“Extraordinary measures” have been taken by the government of Andorra, with more agents mobilised and border controls reinforced in the tiny principality that borders France and Spain.The Vuelta, like most cycling races, is by its very nature eminently complex in terms of security with potentially millions of spectators lining roads and large numbers of people gathering in towns where stages begin or end.For riders, the scenes from Barcelona brought back memories of a similar attack in Nice which killed 86 people during last year’s Tour de France, casting a shadow over that race.“Just horrific scenes reminiscent of what happened in Nice during the Tour last year. Of course our thoughts and best wishes are with all those affected in this attack,” said Britain’s Tour de France champion Chris Froome.However, Froome and the rest of the peloton were refusing to let terrorism fears affect their build-up to the Vuelta.“It’s something you can spend a lot of time thinking about but it’s something that’s completely outside of your control, you just hope that you wouldn’t see anything like that personally,” Froome added.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Pellegrini laments Manchester City’s ‘surprise’ defeat to Stoke

first_imgManchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini conceded it was a ‘surprise’ for his side to lose 1-0 to Stoke at the Etihad Stadium. The Blues dominated possession and chalked up 17 shots, but it was the Potters who emerged victorious when former Manchester United striker Mame Biram Diouf found the winner with a brilliant 70-yard run and finish.It was a historic day for the visitors, who had lost their 12 previous visits to the Etihad and had not even scored a goal against City in the Premier League.And Pellegrini said following the defeat: “It was a surprise but this sometimes happens during the year. We tried everywhere to find the space to score but we couldn’t and then they score just once on the counter-attack and won the game.”There was a late shout for a penalty when Yaya Toure went down, but referee Lee Mason booked the Ivorian for diving – a decision which confused Pellegrini.“It was a clear penalty but he didn’t whistle so what’s important is the opinion of the referee, not what I think,” the Chilean added.last_img read more

Lingard beauty gives United New Year cheer

first_img0Shares0000Paul Pogba played the ball across the edge of the box to his international team-mate and Martial curled a super effort into the top corner.LIVERPOOL, United Kingdom, Jan 1 – Jose Mourinho’s disappointing end to 2017 was quickly forgotten as goals from Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard earned Manchester United an impressive 2-0 victory against Everton at Goodison Park on Monday.The New Year’s Day win lifted United back into second place in the table, above Chelsea and, for 24 hours at least, to within 12 points of runaway Premier League leaders Manchester City. Martial capped a spell of United pressure early in the second half by shooting his side in front after Paul Pogba had found him in space 20 yards from goal.The striker took a controlling touch before producing a brilliant right-foot finish that flew into the top right corner of the Everton goal.It was a much-improved second half showing from United and one capped by a superb individual goal from Lingard that settled the outcome 10 minutes from time.After Luke Shaw won possession from an Everton throw-in, Pogba slipped through a pass which Lingard accepted, weaving his way through the midfield to the edge of the area before depositing an unstoppable shot into the bottom corner.Everton, seeking to bounce back from the first defeat of Sam Allardyce’s reign, had made a promising start and, with their captain Wayne Rooney keen to impress against his former club, the hosts enjoyed the stronger start.Youngster Mason Holgate met an early Rooney corner and headed over as Everton built pressure on a United side that had ended 2017 with a whimper.In the absence of injured pair Romelu Lukaku and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Mourinho had started with Martial as his lone striker but there was little early service for the French international.Pogba ensured the half ended with United in the ascendancy with a counter-attack that ended with him playing in Lingard whose shot was the latest in a long line to miss the target.But United were a far more dangerous proposition after the restart, creating a string of chances prior to their 56th minute opening goal.Juan Mata’s long shot was tipped over by Pickford before the Spaniard unleashed a curling left-foot attempt that clipped the post.Lingard sent Pogba through for the United midfielder whose shot, from a wide angle, flew across the face of goal.Pogba, playing in a more advanced midfield position than usual, looked in the mood to add to United’s lead following Martial’s opener, a skilful run into the Everton area after 63 minutes ending with a shot which was parried by Pickford.United looked likely to need that second goal after Allardyce made a double substitution, including the removal of Rooney, and Everton enjoyed their best spell of pressure.But a near-post header from Niasse, from a Holgate cross, was the closest Everton could come to an equaliser during that brief period of control.It required an excellent diving save from Pickford to keep out an 18-yard effort from Lingard, after more good build-up play from Pogba — although Lingard made no mistake when presented with a similar opportunity moments later.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

RESERVE CHAMPIONSHIP QUARTER-FINAL: RODGERS WONDER STRIKE SENDS DUNGLOE THROUGH

first_imgA late wonder-goal from Donal Rodgers sent Dungloe reserves into the championship semi-final.Dungloe midfielder Donal Rodgers scored a late wonder-strike to send Dungloe reserves through to the semi-final of the championship.Glenties led by two points as the clock ticked towards the final whistle, but brilliant play from Ryan Greene created the opportunity and he laid to ball to Rodgers who expertly dispatched his effort.Rodgers was outstanding throughout, and he showed brilliant composure to blast the ball into the top corner past the helpless Glenties keeper. It was a brilliant game of football, that ebbed and flowed throughout, and the and large crowd in attendance got their money’s worth.In an era of blanket defences and defensive tactics the norm, it was refreshing to see two teams go head-to-head with each other in an old fashioned type game which resulted in a high scoring contest.Brendan McGarvey and Ryan Greene also found the net for Dungloe, but Dungloe had good performances all over the pitch with Robert Wehrley, Jamie Sweeney and James Boyle impressing for Dungloe.While the introduction of Mark Boyle just before half-time also boosted Dessie Gallagher’s side. Naomh Conaill played their part in what was an enthralling contest, with a number of their players performing well throughout the match.But it was the match winner Donal Rodgers who was the difference between the sides, and the popular dark haired lothario will be the toast of Dungloe tonight.Final score – Dungloe 3-10 Naomh Conaill 2-12 RESERVE CHAMPIONSHIP QUARTER-FINAL: RODGERS WONDER STRIKE SENDS DUNGLOE THROUGH was last modified: October 19th, 2014 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:Donal RodgersDonegal Reserve championshipdungloeGAANaomh ConaillnewsSportlast_img read more