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first_img 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 Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals And the 26-year-old Romanian, who currently has no clothing sponsor, confirmed she would wear the same “lucky” red dress in Australia that she used while registering a dominant victory at the Shenzhen Open a fortnight ago.She found the outfit on the internet and hoped it would bring the same results in Australia.“Was a (web)site, in China actually, and one of my managers helped me, and in 24 hours I had the outfit, and it was perfect. I was lucky,” she said.But lucky dress or not, she will need to overcome her poor record at Melbourne Park where she has lost in the first round in both of the past two years when she opens on Tuesday against Australian wildcard Destinee Aiava.Former number one Wozniacki is riding high in the rankings again after reaching eight finals in 2017, with victories in Tokyo in September and at the season-ending Tour Championship. ADVERTISEMENT “I think I’ve improved everything,” said Wozniacki ahead of a first-round clash Monday with Romania’s Mihaela Buzarnescu.She lost in the Auckland Classic final last week to Germany’s Julia Goerges, but said the rain-disrupted tournament had been tough, ideal preparation.“It was a good start to the year,” said Wozniacki.Dangerous floaterIn-form Svitolina last week won the Brisbane International after picking up five WTA Tour titles last year, more than any other woman.The Ukrainian believes hard work in the off-season is paying dividends. “I’ve started to play more consistently,” she said. “I’m stronger physically. I have a different look to my game.”World number six Karolina Pliskova lost to Svitolina in the Brisbane semi-final but also will be a contender for a maiden Slam behind one of the biggest serves on tour.Britain’s world number nine Johanna Konta could figure despite a stuttering start to the season.She reached the at least the last eight in both of her Australian Open appearances to date, but slumped out of the Sydney International in the first round and faces a tricky opener against competitive American Madison Brengle.The most dangerous floater is 2008 champion Maria Sharapova, who is back in the world’s top 50 for the first time since returning from a 15-month doping ban and will open against unseeded German Maria Tatjana. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. With the 36-year-old Williams not ready yet to return, the tournament could be there for the taking by a host of players yet to win a Grand Slam led by top seed Halep, Wozniacki and fourth-ranked Elina Svitolina.Last year there were two first-time major-winners while Serena was on maternity leave — Jelena Ostapenko at the French Open and Sloane Stephens at the US Open.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkBut their chances in Melbourne look slim: Stephens hasn’t won a match since her Flushing Meadows triumph, and Ostapenko was far from her attacking best in first-round defeats in Shenzhen and Sydney recently.Wimbledon champion and world number three Garbine Muguruza is battling injury problems which could further aid Halep’s hopes.  View comments Simona Halep of Romania reacts during her women’s singles quarter-final match against Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus at the WTA Shenzhen Open tennis tournament in Shenzhen in China’s southern Guangdong province on January 4, 2018. AFP PHOTOSimona Halep will sport her “lucky” red dress and Caroline Wozniacki says she is playing better than ever as both aim for a first Grand Slam victory when the Australian Open starts on Monday.The world’s two top-ranked players will spearhead the charge to succeed Serena Williams at year’s first major left wide open by the withdrawal of the defending champion and new mum.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hourscenter_img Fun-loving Federer having a ball at 36 Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina LATEST STORIES Former champions aiming to go deep into the tournament include evergreen 37-year-old Venus Williams, who last won a Slam in 2008 but last year reached two finals — in Melbourne and Wimbledon — to get back to world number five, and Angelique Kerber.The German won in Sydney at the weekend and will hope to recreate her stunning run to the championship in Melbourne two years ago after a poor 2017 which saw her drop outside the world’s top 20.Victory for Venus would see her eclipse Ken Rosewall as the oldest player ever to win a major.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

first_imgIt’s been a hectic week for Tori Pena as Monday in Switzerland she clears 4-40m qualifying standard for world champs in Daegu.Then she jumps on a plane arrives Dublin Friday to defend her pole vault title won at 4-15 in 2010.There was never any doubt as she cleared a new championship best performance of 4-20m and asked that bar be raised to 4.41 to attempt yet another new record but it was not really on and that was that.. Job done…selection confirmed….title defended and back out of Dublin Monday heading for Croatia and a period of training prior to departure for Korea . . Towards the end of day one Teresa Mc Gloin lined up in the 5k and always in the lead group offf a slow pedestrian pace she had little difficulty retaining a medal position when the pace increased holding on for bronze her first individual senior medal on the track ever so not only was she pleased but her coach Mark Connolly and her many supporters delighted for her .Now Teresa to chase a team spot for Ireland in cross country come the winter so that begins in the weeks ahead and will be underlined at training weekend in Ballyliffin in September.PATSY McGONAGLE’S ATHLETICS REPORT was last modified: August 7th, 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 ACpatsy mcgonagle’s athletics reportlast_img read more

first_imgTHE Donegal Junior Leagues were back in action following the Christmas break this weekend with a full programme of matches down for decision.Brian Mc Cormick Sports Premier Division  Glenea United 1   Drumoghill F.C. 1Glenea got their league programme back underway with a hard fought draw with Drumoghill. With both sides battling at the top of the table it was a close tense encounter.Drumoghill playing with the wind started the stronger and had the home defence under pressure but were finding it hard to create any clear cut chances. As the half progressed Glenea came more into the game but were also finding it hard to create any chances. Drumoghill opened the scoring on 42 minutes when a corner found Robbie Moore on the edge of the area and he fired a low shot into the corner of the net.In the second half it was the home team that started the brighter and forced a couple of good saves from the away keeper through efforts from Kevin Mulhern, Ciaran McFadden and a headed effort from Lee O’Brien. Drumoghill almost doubled their lead on 70 minutes when Liam O’Donnell got free down the right and his pull back found Jay Dee who saw his effort well saved by Joe Coll.As Glenea pushed for an equalizer they left themselves open to the counter attack and it took a last ditch tackle from Dean McCarry to deny Chris Malseed.Glenea equalised deep into injury time when the visiting defence failed to deal with Joe Coll’s long clearance allowing Kevin Mulhern to get onto the ball and his pullback was drilled home by Martin Ferry from close range. Team efforts from both sidesConvoy Arsenal 0     Castlefin Celtic 3(No Report Submitted)Kilmacrennan Celtic 2     St. Catherines 1 Kilmacrennan Celtic played hosts to St.Catherines on Sunday for an exciting premier division clash and it was the hosts that started off the brightest with the first goal of the game 25 minutes in from Michael McLaughlin.St. Catherine’s came back fighting and almost levelled the game when a shot from the edge of the box forced the Kilmac keeper into a fine save.The Killybegs men came out in the second half and piled on the pressure and they were rewarded just 6 minutes in when Breslin’s shot found the top left corner.Both teams pushed for a winner in fine fashion and it was the home side that came out on top again despite the best efforts from the St. Catherine’s goalkeeper it was Darren McGinley that somehow managed to keep a sideline ball in play and beat the defender only to hammer it into the top corner from the outside of his foot. St. Catherine’s tested the Kilmac defence but couldn’t penetrate as Liam McBride, Paul Rua, Ryan Shields and Noah Mailey were all on top form.Lagan Harps 2     Rathmullan Celtic 1Lagan picked up three hard earned points in this home win. For their part Rathmullan will be wondering how they went home empty handed.They had a great opportunity to take the lead on ten minutes when Kevin Doran raced clear.   However he blazed over from inside the area. He almost made up for this on seventeen minutes but Lagan keeper Darren McEvoy pulled off a great save.Lagan took the lead on 20 minutes. Lagan took a quick free and Mark Hunter’s cross was turned in at the back post by Mark Graham.They had a chance to increase the lead on thirty minutes when Oran Hilley put Kenny Doran through but he fired wide.Rathmullan responded with Paddy Sheridan shooting just over. Rathmullan got on top in the second half with Eoin Sheridan and James McCahill on top in midfield.McCahill missed a glorious chance on 60 minutes when Lagan failed to clear a corner but he blazed over from around the penalty spot.Lagan had a chance to increase their lead on seventy minutes when Mark Hunter put Philip Doran through but although he poked past an advancing keeper his shot lacked power and was cleared.Rathmullan finally got the goal they deserved when Paddy Sheridan’s cross was headed across goal and James McCahill fired home.Lagan regained the lead on seventy minutes when Glenn Gallagher hit a long free from halfway. Kenny Doran’s high leap distracted keeper Mark Gallagher and sailed in to the net.Although Rathmullan continued to press Lagan held out to the endMilford United 2     Kildrum Tigers 2(No Report Submitted)Temple Domestic Appliances Division One Gweedore Celtic 3     Gweedore United 1The Celts started this game like a house on fire and missed numerous gilt-edged opportunities through Chris McFadden and Tommy Diver.Against the run of play United took the lead through Ciaran Joe Thaug with a well-taken goal. The Celts started the second half with zest and intensity and Colin Ferry equalised on 48 minutes.They then took the lead through Ciaran Mc Hugh who scored with a sumptuous lob.Na Ceiltigh then secured the bragging rights over their Carrickboyle rivals when Tommy Diver slid in to finish well.Raphoe Town 2     Bonagee United 4(No Report Submitted)Erne Wanderers 1     Deele Harps 2(No Report Submitted)Glenree United 1     Cappry Rovers 1Most people had this game down as an easy three points for the away side but it was nothing like that.The home side played out the game in the manner that could keep them up in the league.Barney Boyce gave the home side the lead when he dinked the keeper from 18yards in the 43rd minute.The second half ebbed and flowed and threw up a few opportunities but none were taken until big Gerry Flynn headed into the net from close range to leave it all square in the 65th minute.A few more chances fell to both teams but none were converted which left the game all square at the finish.A fair enough result in the end. CT Ball Division TwoBallybofey United 3     Letterbarrow Celtic 0Any post festive cobwebs that may have settled on Finnside were well and truly blown away from the ranks of Ballybofey United when they hosted Letterbarrow Celtic at the Finn Valley Complex on Saturday night.So often the turn of year celebrations can derail the charges of many title contending teams and this was a fact that had not gone unnoticed by supporters of the ‘Fey as they awaited the resumption of League action and the visit of Letterbarrow for the first match in 2017.Letterbarrow arrived ready for the match and determined to give the league leaders a run for their money. That they did and it is hard to explain their table position going on this performance. It was the host team however who claimed the points.Three Alan Patton goals, two in the first half and one in the second, made sure that Ballybofey United retain top spot in the CT Ball Division Two of the Donegal Junior League for at least another series of matches.Copany Rovers 1     Eany Celtic 5(No Report Submitted)Dunkineely Celtic 2     Curragh Athletic 1This game was played in perfect conditions in Darney Park. With end to end play chances fell to both teams and the deadlock was broken when Conor Shovlin was taken down in the box and awarded a penalty in the 35th minute.The penalty was cooly slotted home by Martin Cunningham.Paul ‘the pensioner’ McGeoghan came off the bench and played a fantastic long ball which was flicked home by Paul Murrin Jnr.Curragh responded with a goal on the 80th minute,a bullet to the top corner by Chris Darby which set up a nervous last 10 minutes for the Darney men.Lifford Celtic 4     Kerrykeel ’71 F.C. 0Lifford started well and went one up on five minutes after good work on the right between Daniel Lindsay and Matthew Carlin sent striker Ross Porter racing clear to finish past the keeper.Lifford extended the lead on 20 minutes when Matthew Carlin squared to Porter and the striker found the net from 15 yards.James McNulty nearly made it three but saw his header come back off the post.Lifford kept up the pressure in the second half and went close through Lafferty, Kevin McBrearty and Mark Mc Nulty.Jason Mc Brearty then made it 3-0 on 65 minutes when he took control of a long range pass from Lindsay and turned the Kerrykeel right back before blasting past the keeper.The fourth goal came on 80 minutes when Paul McNulty picked out Ross Porter in the box and the striker finished from 20 yards to complete his hat-trick.Cranford United 0     Whitestrand United 2A tight first half saw neither team able to break the deadlock although both sides had some good chances.After the break Whitestrand started brightly and Johnny Sweeney found Shane McGlade in space and his first time volley from 25 yards found the net, a fine strike.Cranford pushed hard for an equaliser but were undone by a good break and Paul Coyle cooly slotted away to seal the win Glencar Inn Saturday DivisionDrumbar F.C. 1     Arranmore United 1(No Report Submitted)Dunlewey Celtic 2     Orchard F.C. 3In wintery conditions it was the home side who took the lead when a crossed ball from Daniel Sharkey found Shaun McCafferty who volleyed home.It took Orchard time to find their game plan but they got back on level terms when Eddie Moore scored from closed range.The second half was nip and tuck as both teams looked for the victory.It was the visitors who took the lead when Luke Friel pounced on a defensive error but the home side got back on level terms when Micheal McCausland quickly latched onto a crossed ball and knocked it into Brendan McGeady’s path to score.Both teams worked hard and pushed hard for the victory and Orchard took the points when Mike Sweeney beat the defence to knock the ball past Ciaran Boyce.Fintown Harps AFC 0               Glencar Celtic 2(No Report Submitted)Saturday Reserve DivisionErne Wanderers Reserves 1     Donegal Town Reserves 5(No Report Submitted)Castlefin Celtic Reserves 6     Cappry Rovers Reserves 1Castlefin secured their first victory of the New Year when they defeated a young Cappry side on Saturday in Parkview.The hosts started the brighter and took the lead in the 10th minute when Stephen Roulston headed home after a Keith Nelis flick on.The home side doubled their advantage when another Nelis flick on found Simon Mc Glinchey at the back post and he made no mistake from close range.Cappry came more into the game and were rewarded for their pressure when Shaun Bannigan slotted home after good midfield play with 35 minutes played. In the second half the home side increased their lead when Roulston broke down the left squared to Brian Dooher who finished well.In the 60th minute Nelis finally got his goal when he took on three defenders on the left and slotted home from a tight angle.In the 72nd minute Gavin Mc Nulty made it five when he finished well after a Thomas Devlin through ball. In the 83rd Paul Logue got the final goal of the game when he volleyed to the bottom corner from 25 yards.Milford United Reserves 1     Glenea United Reserves 5This game was switched to Flag Pole Rathmullan with Milford’s pitch being unplayable.Glenea were awarded a penalty after 20 minutes for a handball.Martin Ferry made no mistake to give Glenea the lead. Milford had a chance to get back into the game 10 minutes later when they also were awarded a penalty for a handball. Conor Meakin saw his effort saved by the Glenea keeper.With only 35 minutes gone Glenea were awarded their second penalty, from a corner the referee spotted a push. Up stepped Martin Ferry again to make it 2-0.Five minutes later Michael McHugh broke the offside trap to give Glenea a 3-0 halftime lead.Milford improved in the second half but some slack defending allowed Chris Cannon space in the box to make it 4-0. On the hour mark Milford were awarded their second penalty of the game for holding just inside the box.With Adam Bolton taking over penalty duties he found the bottom corner to make it 4-1.With Milford pushing trying to get back in the game they were caught on the break. Michael McHugh beat the last defender one on one before smashing home his second of the game.Glenree United Reserves 1     Kilmacrennan Celtic Reserves 3(No Report Submitted)Drumoghill F.C. Reserves 1     Keadue Rovers Reserves 7Drumoghill were out-classed in the first half of this game by a strong Keadue team. Donal Rodgers was the hero of the day as he scored all six goals for Keadue in the first half.In the second half Drumoghill did pick up the tempo and took the game to Keadue and started to get a few balls in behind the Keadue defence.Ethan Cready scorer from Drumoghill before Daniel Bonner headed home to round off a strong team performance by Keadue.RESULTSFriday 6th January 2017Oscar Traynor TrophySligo Leitrim League                         0 v 4                   Donegal Junior LeagueSaturday 7th January 2017 Glencar Inn Saturday DivisionDrumbar F.C.                                   1 v 1                   Arranmore UnitedDunlewey Celtic                              2 v 3                   Orchard F.C.Fintown Harps AFC                       0 v 2                   Glencar CelticSaturday Reserve DivisionErne Wanderers Reserves                1 v 5                   Donegal Town ReservesCastlefin Celtic Reserves                 6 v 1                   Cappry Rovers ReservesMilford United Reserves                 1 v 5                   Glenea United ReservesGlenree United Reserves                 1 v 3                   Kilmacrennan Celtic ReservesDrumoghill F.C. Reserves                1 v 7                   Keadue Rovers ReservesSunday 8th January 2017 Brian Mc Cormick Sports Premier DivisionGlenea United                                  1 v 1                   Drumoghill F.C.Convoy Arsenal                               0 v 3                   Castlefin CelticKilmacrennan Celtic                         2 v 1                   St. CatherinesLagan Harps                                     2 v 1                   Rathmullan CelticMilford United                                2 v 2                   Kildrum TigersTemple Domestic Appliances Division OneGweedore Celtic                              3 v 1                   Gweedore UnitedRaphoe Town                                  2 v 4                   Bonagee UnitedErne Wanderers                                1 v 2                   Deele HarpsGlenree United                                 1 v 1                   Cappry RoversCT Ball Division TwoBallybofey United                          3 v 0                   Letterbarrow CelticCopany Rovers                                1 v 5                   Eany CelticDunkineely Celtic                            2 v 1                   Curragh AthleticLifford Celtic                                   4 v 0                   Kerrykeel ’71 F.C.Cranford United                               0 v 2                   Whitestrand UnitedFIXTURESSaturday 14th January 2017            K.O. 2 p.m. (Unless Stated)Glencar Inn Saturday DivisionArranmore United                               v                      Dunlewey Celtic (K.O. 1 p.m.)Glencar Celtic                                     v                      Drumbar F.C.Strand Rovers                                     v                      Fintown Harps AFCSaturday Reserve DivisionKilmacrennan Celtic Reserves            v                      Erne Wanderers ReservesGlenea United Reserves                      v                      Castlefin Celtic ReservesCappry Rovers Reserves                    v                      Milford United ReservesDonegal Town Reserves                     v                      Glenree United ReservesSt. Catherines Reserves                      v                      Drumoghill F.C. ReservesSunday 15th January 2017               K.O. 2p.m. (Unless Stated)Ulster Junior CupCuldaff F.C.                                        v                      Glenea United (K.O. 1.30 p.m.)Ballybofey United                              v                      Drumoghill F.C. (K.O. 1.30 p.m.)Brian Mc Cormick Sports Premier DivisionKilmacrennan Celtic                            v                      Milford UnitedCastlefin Celtic                                   v                      Kildrum TigersRathmullan Celtic                               v                      St. CatherinesTemple Domestic Appliances Division OneRaphoe Town                                     v                      Gweedore UnitedGweedore Celtic                                 v                      Glenree UnitedCappry Rovers                                   v                      Erne WanderersDonegal Town                                                v                      Bonagee UnitedKeadue Rovers                                    v                      Deele HarpsCT Ball Division TwoDrumkeen United                               v                      Whitestrand UnitedLetterbarrow Celtic                             v                      Dunkineely CelticEany Celtic                                         v                      Lifford CelticCurragh Athletic                                 v                      Cranford UnitedCopany Rovers                                   v                      Kerrykeel ’71 F.C.Donegal League: All the reports, results and fixtures was last modified: January 8th, 2017 by Chris McNultyShare 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)last_img read more

first_imgLetterkenny has a new Senator after Jimmy Harte was last night elected to the Seanad.The popular businessman had polled very well in early counts which took place in the Dail this morning, being 4th overall out of 35 candidates and this evening he finally reached the quota.Senator Harte told donegaldaily.com tonight: “I’m delighted and honoured to have been elected to the Seanad. “I look forward to giving the whole of Donegal a voice in Leinster House.“I will also represent the views of all those I met throughout my extensive journey across the State in recent weeks. I want to pay tribute to all those who have supported me throughout both the Dail and Seanad election campaigns.”Senator Harte, the son of former TD Paddy Harte, secured 70 first preference votes and is in fourth place in the voting out of 35 candidates with nine seats up for grabs.He was joined by his delighted family inlcuidng his wife Mary and four children. He is the second Senator elected this time around from Donegal – with Fianna Fail’s Brian O Domhnaill elected yesterday.It means both constituencies in Donegal will have a voice in the next Seanad.UPDATED: JIMMY HARTE DELIGHTED AS HE IS ELECTED TO SEANAD was last modified: April 29th, 2011 by StephenShare 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:jimmy harteSeanad seatlast_img read more

first_imgDONEGAL football boss Jim McGuinness says it’s a “dream” for his side to take on Kerry in the All-Ireland Final.His side’s incredible six point win over reigning champions Dublin at Croke Park sent shockwaves through football – and the Dublin media who had all but written off Michael Murphy and his teammates.But Donegal were simply astounding today right through the squad and followed a stunning Minors victory over Dublin to complete the double over the ‘unbeatables’. “It hasn’t sunk in yet but it’s going to be a lovely journey home. To have the minor and senior team in the final is special moment,” said Jim.“We know all about Kerry and their tradition and what they’re going to bring and it’s a dream final for us in many respects.“We’re delighted, we came with a game plan and, in fairness to the lads, they executed it to the letter of the law.“I’m just very, very proud of them as I have been for the last four years regardless of the result today. Everything you ask of them they give to you. “We spoke about honesty in the build up and at half time and that’s what we got and they married that with the execution of the game plan so we’re delighted.”It’s a remarkable turnaround by McGuinness after last year’s defeat to Mayo; lifting another Ulster title and taking this brilliant team of players to a second final in three years.“There was a lot of soul-searching to be honest with you and it was a tough situation to be in but one thing you can’t fault is these lads’ character and I suppose we had a few very tough and serious meetings at the beginning of the year and the question was asked what do you want to be remembered for’ and I don’t think anyone wants to be remembered for a 16-point loss to Mayo,” said Jim.“They turned that around very, very well.”They certainly did. “We’re delighted to be in another final,” said captain Michael Murphy who had an outstanding game, with Karl McHugh the man of the match and Neil Gallagher and Rory Kavanagh outstanding throughout.“We’ll settle down and start getting ready to go back to Croke Park.”So will we Michael.Maith sibh. McGUINNESS: ‘IT’S A DREAM TO PLAY KERRY IN THE ALL-IRELAND FINAL’ was last modified: September 1st, 2014 by John2Share 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-IRELAND FINALdonegaldublinGAAJim McGuinnessKerrylast_img read more

first_imgSANTA FE SPRINGS – Jerry Alvarado secured a coveted spot at the head of a line of more than 800 shoppers waiting for the Wal-Mart in Santa Fe Springs to open at 5 a.m Friday.To do so, he arrived at 5 p.m. Thursday.With a few friends, Alvarado camped outside the front doors, with a shopping cart nearby and blankets to keep warm.“We kept each other company through the night,” said the 22-year-old Santa Fe Springs resident, who held a ticket entitling him to a laptop computer that employees gave to the first 35 shoppers in line.Los Angeles-area malls overflowed with shoppers Friday, many of them bargain hunters who woke up before dawn and headed to malls and stores on what is called “Black Friday,” the traditional start of the holiday season and one of the busiest shopping days of the year.Holiday sales could top $439.5 billion, retail officials said. The average consumer is expected to spend $738 this season on gifts, decorations, cards, candy and food, according to the National Retail Federation.Some retailers opened as early as midnight Friday to give shoppers an early start. Other retailers offered gift certificates, prizes and other perks for early shoppers.More than 100,000 people were expected Friday at the Glendale Galleria. At the South Coast Plaza, more than 2,500 shoppers were outside the doors of Robinsons-May when it opened at 6 a.m., plaza spokeswoman Debra Gunn Downing told KCAL9.At the Wal-Mart in Santa Fe Springs, the crowd flooded into the store and headed toward the electronics department, where computers could be had for $398 and recordable DVD players were going for about $80 a piece.People could be heard yelling over the din, instructing family members to grab video games, Gameboys, slow-cook roasters and other items.“It’s a madhouse back there,” said Henry Redondo, who lucked out and got a ticket for a laptop computer, after another early shopper changed her mind about buying it.Fermin Acevedo was one of the first to get in – and out after finding everything he needed. He had waited in line since 8 p.m. Thursday, so when the doors finally swung open, he was ready.“I knew where the stuff I wanted was,” the 42-year-old Santa Fe Springs resident said, carrying out a recordable DVD player and a portable DVD player for his wife. “I went through the clothing department to get around the crowd.”Because sales in November and December can account for half of a store’s annual sales and profits, the day after Thanksgiving has come to be known as Black Friday – when the bottom line moves out of the red and into the black.The recent dip in fuel prices prompted the National Retail Federation to revise upward, from 5 percent to 6 percent, its projection for holiday sales.“This will go down as one of the earliest and most promotional Black Fridays in history,” said Tracy Mullin, NRF president and CEO. “Many stores opened earlier than ever before and retailers offered unbelievable sales and discounts to get people shopping.”Last year, shoppers spent $22.8 billion on holiday gifts the weekend after Thanksgiving.Jack Kyser of the Los Angeles Economic Development Corp. projected sales in Southern California to grow 6 percent to 9 percent.Last year, sales grew 6.7 percent national, according to the National Retail Federation. sandy.mazza@sgvn.com(562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

first_imgGalatasary vs Club BruggeTurk Telekom Stadyumu, IstanbulTuesday, 26-11-2019 @8:55pmReferee: Ivan Kruliak (Slo)Galatasaray have endured an awful Champions League campaign, only picking up a single point and failing to score a goal. This was compounded by a 6-0 drubbing against Real Madrid three weeks ago, which eliminated them from the competition. The side have managed just six shots on target in their four games so far this season, looking second best against every team they’ve come up against.Injuries haven’t helped them, with main striker Radamel Falcao missing part of the campaign, but the fans are still bitterly disappointed with the state of their European challenge and there are increasing calls for head coach Fatih Terim to be relieved of his duties. For now, though, he remains in charge and leads his side into what looks to be the game that decides which of these two teams will finish third and qualify for the Europa League.Club Brugge haven’t fared much better in a tough group but a creditable 2-2 draw against Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabau has at least given them some cause for celebration. They’ve averaged two shots on target per game, not much of an improvement on Galatasaray, but hold a small advantage over their opponents coming into the encounter.A draw would suit Club Brugge in this game, as it would mean Galatasaray have to claim a victory at Parc de Princes to finish third in the group; they could well look to keep things tight knowing Galatasaray have struggled in front of goal this season.Lokomotiv Moscow vs Bayer LeverkusenRZD Arena, MoscowTuesday, 26-11-2019 @8:55pmReferee: Michael Oliver (Eng)Both sides can still technically qualify for the Champions League knockout stages but it looks very unlikely. There is still plenty on the line here, though, with the winner being the most likely team to qualify for the last 32 of the Europa League. Lokomotiv Moscow currently hold the advantage, with a single goal scored being the difference between the two sides at this point.Lokomotiv Moscow’s opening-day win over Bayer Leverkusen in the reverse fixture is what separates the two sides at the moment. But since then the Russians haven’t enjoyed a successful campaign, with two losses against Juventus and a 2-0 defeat at home to Atletico. They’ve averaged four shots on target in that time but only scored twice in what has been a disappointing run.The fortunes of Bayer Leverkusen have been the opposite of their opponents this week, with three defeats in a row being ended with victory over Atletico last time out, keeping them in contention for qualification. Their conversion rate has been fairly average, scoring one in every three shots on target, but they’ll need to be a little more clinical in the final third to find the win in a tough game in the Russian capital.With a lot being on the line here, we can see this game being quite open, especially with each team knowing the other could pick up a result in the final group game.Real Madrid vs PSGEstadio Santiago Bernabeu, MadridTuesday, 26-11-2019 @11pmReferee: Artur Soares Dias (Por)Gareth Bale helped Real Madrid to victory over Real Sociedad from the bench on Saturday but his arrival to the pitch was met by boos and whistles. The Wales international will hope to start such an important game like this one but it remains to be seen whether that will be the case. Toni Kroos will return to the side after dropping to the bench at the weekend. Lucas Vazquez and James Rodriguez both remain sidelined for Zinedine Zidane’s side, while Nacho is a doubt.Paris Saint-Germain have both Neymar and Kylian Mbappe available and they are expected to start their first game together this season. Thomas Tuchel therefore has the difficult decision of leaving one of Angel Di Maria or Mauro Icardi out on Tuesday night. Marco Verratti has made the travelling squad for Tuesday’s game after missing out at the weekend through injury, but Ander Herrera, Layvin Kurzawa, Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting and Thilo Kehrer remain sidelined. Di Maria and Verratti will miss PSG’s final group game if they are booked against Madrid.Real come into this game in good form having won five and drawn one of their last five matches as they look to secure second in Group A. They were comprehensively beaten 3-0 in Paris on matchday one so Zinedine Zidane’s men will be desperate to avenge that disappointing loss.PSG have already qualified for the knockout phase but a point will see them confirm top spot in Group A ahead of Real with a game remaining.Paris Saint-Germain’s win against Real Madrid this season was their only one in the last six meetings between these clubs. PSG have lost three of their four away matches against Real Madrid. PSG have scored in their last 28 Champions League gamesTottenham vs OlympiakosTottenham Hotspur Stadium, LondonTuesday, 26-11-2019 @11pmReferee: Georgi Kabakov (Bal)Harry Kane, Jan Vertonghen and Tanguy Ndombele all trained ahead of Tottenham’s Champions League clash with Olympiakos. Kane looked to have taken a knock during Saturday’s win at West Ham, while Vertonghen has had a hamstring injury and Ndombele a groin problem. Meanwhile, Ben Davies was absent after sustaining an injury against the Hammers, with Erik Lamela and Hugo Lloris also out.Head coach Pedro Martins has usually elected to set Olympiacos up a little more conservatively in continental competition, looking to counter teams on the break. That is unlikely to change on Tuesday, with Andreas Bouchalakis accompanying Mady Camara and the more creative Valbuena in midfield.Spurs are unbeaten in their last five games in European competition against Greek teams (W3 D2), having lost two of the previous three between 1972 and 2011 (D1). Tottenham have never drawn a UEFA Champions League group stage game at home, with the north London side winning 10 and losing four. Olympiakos are winless in 12 UEFA Champions League games (W0 D2 L10), although one of the two games in which they’ve avoided defeat in this run was against Spurs on MD1, a 2-2 draw. Tottenham’s Son Heung-Min has scored five UEFA Champions League goals this season – he is the first Asian player to reach the tally in a single season in the competition. Olympiakos have lost each of their last six away UEFA Champions League games, last enduring a longer run between September 2001 and December 2003 (eight in a row). Tottenham’s Harry Kane has scored five goals in his last three appearances against Greek teams in European competition, after failing to net in his first two such games. Kane opened the scoring via the penalty spot against Olympiakos this season. Olympiakos have managed just two shots on target in their two away UEFA Champions League games this season and didn’t manage a single effort on target in their 2-0 defeat at Bayern Munich on MD4. Tottenham’s last two UEFA Champions League wins have been 5-0 and 4-0 victories over Crvena Zvedza; the only team in the history of the competition to win by four or more goals in three games in a row are PSG in October/November 2017.Crvena Zvezda vs Bayern MunichStadion Rajko Mitic, BelgradeTuesday, 26-11-2019 @11pmReferee: Bjorn Kuipers (Hol)Njegos Petrovic will miss FK Crvena Zvezda’s last group game if he is booked against Bayern on Tuesday. Milan Pavkov and Branko Jovicic are both sidelined for the home side for their penultimate Champions League group game. With Pavkov unavailable for FK Crvena Zvezda, Tomane is free to start upfront.Bayern Munich are still without Lucas Hernandez, Jann-Fiete Arp and Niklas Sule. Jerome Boateng is available again after serving a suspension at the weekend but is not fancied at Bayern and may not start here. Javi Martinez, David Alaba and Benjamin Pavard are all likely to be considered ahead of Boateng to start at centre-back. Ivan Perisic, Kingsley Coman and Leon Goretzka are pushing for starts on Tuesday night.Two heavy defeats to Tottenham have all but ended Crvena zvezda’s chances of finishing in the top two, and realistically their focus will be on securing third place and Europa League qualification.Bayern Munich have already booked their place in the last 16 having collected maximum points and they have won all three of their games under interim coach Hansi Flick.Man City vs Shakhter DonetskEtihad Stadium, ManchesterTuesday, 26-10-2019 @11pmReferee: Slavko Vincic (Slo)Manchester City record goalscorer Sergio Aguero will miss Tuesday’s Champions League clash with Shakhtar Donetsk at the Etihad Stadium with a thigh injury. The Argentina striker limped out of Saturday’s victory over Chelsea and joins left-back Oleksandr Zinchenko, Aymeric Laporte and Leroy Sane (all knee) on the sidelines. Spanish midfielders David Silva and Rodri are fit after suffering cramp at the weekend and veteran goalkeeper Scott Carson will be on the bench with Claudio Bravo suspended.Shakhtar Donetsk make the long trip to Manchester without the services of several key players including Moraes and Manor Solomon, while Yevhen Konoplyanka is a major doubt. They will likely have to bring in some fringe players to cover for their absences, with Andriy Boryachuk expected to start upfront and Tete due to come in on the right-wing ahead of Dentinho.Manchester City have won four of their five UEFA Champions League encounters with Shakhtar Donetsk (L1), keeping a clean sheet in each victory. Manchester City have lost only one of their last 13 home group stage games in the UEFA Champions League (W11 D1 L1) – winning each of the last four in a row, including a 6-0 victory against Shakhtar Donetsk in November 2018. Shakhtar Donetsk are unbeaten in their last three away UEFA Champions League matches (W2 D1 L0) – they have never gone four in a row without defeat on the road in the competition. Man City have won their last six home UEFA Champions League games, the longest current run of any side. The last English side to have a longer run were Chelsea, who won seven in a row at Stamford Bridge between March 2008 and February 2009. Shakhtar scored twice in the 90th minute of their 3-3 draw with Dinamo Zagreb on MD4, becoming only the third team to do so in an away UEFA Champions League game, along with Ajax at Thun in November 2005 and Spurs at Inter Milan in October 2010. Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has won nine of his 12 matches against Shakhtar Donetsk in all competitions as manager (W9 D1 L2) – he’s won more games against the Ukrainian side than he has versus any other in European competition. Shakhtar Donetsk’s Taison has carried the ball a competition-high 1,811 metres so far in the 2019-20 UEFA Champions League, with 1,049 of these metres seeing him make progress upfield (another competition-high in 2019-20). Manchester City’s Riyad Mahrez has been directly involved in more Champions League goals versus Shakhtar Donetsk than he has against any other team in the competition (2 goals, 4 assists). Raheem Sterling has found the back of the net in both of his Champions League appearances against Shakhtar Donetsk at the Etihad, netting in September 2017 and November 2018.Atalanta vs Dynamo ZagrebStadio Guiseppe Meazza, MilanTuesday, 26-11-2019 @11pmReferee: Sergey Karasev (Rus)Dinamo Zagreb have a real chance of reaching the Champions League knockout stage for the first time ever – and anything they can get away to Atalanta would surely boost their cause.The Croatian champions have invariably been makeweights in the group phase of Europe’s elite club competition, frequently suffering embarrassing defeats, but this season it is different as they have improved after getting to the round-of-16 in last term’s Europa League.Nenad Bjelica’s side are level on points with Shakhtar Donetsk in Group C, five behind leaders Manchester City and four ahead of Atalanta. With Shakhtar visiting the Etihad Stadium this week, there is a great opportunity for Dinamo to edge ahead of them going into the final round of matches.Also, Dinamo have already won 4-0 against Atalanta, which will give them confidence of enhancing their qualification prospects in San Siro, Milan where the Bergamo-based club are playing their Champions League home games.However, despite losing when they hosted Shakhtar, Atalanta held Manchester City to a 1-1 draw at the Giuseppe Meazza to collect their first ever Champions League point, so they are no pushovers despite having struggled to adapt to competing at this level.The matches between these clubs in 1990 were in the UEFA Cup first round, with Atalanta going on to lose their quarter-final against Inter Milan Dinamo Zagreb have not won any of their last 17 away matches in the Champions League group stage…and Dinamo lost 11 of the latest 14 of those games to nilJuventus vs Atletico MadridAllianz Stadium, TorinoTuesday, 26-11-2019 @11pmReferee: Anthony Taylor (Eng)Juventus manager Maurizio Sarri gave Cristiano Ronaldo the weekend off to keep his fresh for Tuesday’s encounter with Atletico Madrid. Federico Bernardeschi was forced off midway through the first half of Saturday’s 3-1 win over Atalanta and won’t play here. Sarri will hope to have Alex Sandro fit after the Brazilian missed out against Atalanta through injury, while Juan Cuadrado is back from a ban in Europe. Aaron Ramsey or Rodrigo Bentancur will replace Bernardeschi in the starting XI on Tuesday, while Paulo Dybala and Gonzalo Higuain compete for one place upfront. Blaise Matuidi was an unused substitute on Saturday and will return in midfield here. He will miss Juventus’ last group game if he is booked against Atletico.Thomas Partey and Saul Niguez will return to the side after missing Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Granada through suspension. Felipe and Mario Hermoso will continue at centre-back as Jose Gimenez has failed to recover from injury in time. Joao Felix made his return from injury at the weekend after a six-game absence and will push to start against Juventus. Kieran Trippier was at fault for the goal Atletico conceded against Granada at the weekend and could be replaced at right-back by Santiago Arias here.Juventus have won their last five matches in a row in all competitions but a point against Atletico here will seal top spot in Group D.Atletico have not yet qualified for the knockout phase and they face a hard test in Turin against Group D leaders Juventus on matchday five.Comments Tags: champions leagueMan CityPSGreal madridTottenhamlast_img read more

first_imgQPR manager Harry Redknapp has reiterated that he does not feel under pressure despite speculation about his future.The 67-year-old’s position is under scrutiny after a dismal start to the season that has left Rangers bottom of the Premier League after seven matches.But the former Tottenham boss said: “I don’t feel I’m under any pressure here. I’m at QPR, not at Man United!“I don’t lay in bed at night worrying. I can only do my best. I got the sack at Tottenham and I finished fourth.Is it time for Redknapp to go? Click here to vote in our poll“I didn’t expect to be in the top six or seven at the start of the year.“I knew it was going to be tough because of where we were – we came up last year after finishing fourth, pulling off a miracle and scoring a wonder goal when we were under the cosh with 10 men.“It was always going to be hard. We left it late to go into the market and I think we brought some decent players, we just need to bring them up to speed.“It’s just not easy when you throw a team together and we were late doing that. What can you do? You can only do your best.“We just need a win. One win and we can go up about six places. It’s not like we’ve played 20 games and are cut adrift.”Rangers face Liverpool at Loftus Road on Sunday and will again be without midfielders Joey Barton and Jordon Mutch, who both have hamstring problems.Niko Kranjcar is hoping to play despite suffering a foot injury in training this week.Meanwhile, Redknapp has described Les Ferdinand’s title at QPR as “stupid”.See also:The Redknapp recap: Harry on Liverpool, injuries, QPR fans and moreFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

first_imgWhen West Yorkshire residents Geoff and Kate Tunstall decided to build a cottage on their property that would serve them well in their retirement years, they found themselves edging closer and closer to the energy efficiency and interior comfort typically attained by Passivhaus construction.And, well, a Passivhaus home – with a nod to Britain’s traditional wall-construction vernacular – is what the Tunstalls are in fact getting.The project, known as the Denby Dale Passivhaus, is being managed by Bill Butcher, a builder and co-founder of green-building supply company The Green Building Store, based in the Bolster Moor area of northern England’s Pennine Mountains, not far from the Tunstalls. Butcher told The Daily Mail that a couple of early designs for the home didn’t perform to Passivhaus standards when modeled on Passivhaus Planning Package software. But the final design – which includes cavity-wall construction and stone cladding typically found in the UK – met the standards entirely, and should be energy efficient enough to keep the Tunstalls’ annual heating bill under $120.The case for cavity-wallButcher noted that while cavity-wall construction materials are quite different from the wall construction components typically used for Passivhaus homes elsewhere, the former is far more familiar to builders in Britain and can be reliably insulated to the required thermal resistance and airtightness.“You can buy a Passivhaus flat pack from Germany, but the materials are completely different,” Butcher noted. “They use a solid wall and stick polystyrene insulation on the outside of the house, they don’t fit into the local streetscape here, builders aren’t familiar with them, and planning can be an issue. This Passivhaus is the first to be built using British construction methods, with blockwork, a cavity wall, and stone cladding.”The 1,270 sq. ft. of the three-bedroom house – which is being built in the garden of the couple’s Victorian home and is due for completion in the spring – will include a heat recovery ventilator and is designed to use 90% less energy for space heating than the annual average in the UK, which is about 150 kWh per square meter. (Click here to read the builder blogs about the project, which also include reader feedback.)But for all its thermal efficiency, as the Mail points out, the house won’t rank high on the UK government’s Code for Sustainable Homes register, mainly because points under that system are awarded for renewables like solar energy systems and woodchip boilers. Nonetheless, the project is of interest to almost everyone in the UK construction industry, for beyond its energy efficiency is its relatively low construction cost: about $227,000.last_img read more

first_imgThe Congress on Friday demanded that President Pranab Mukherjee dismiss Goa Governor Mridula Sinha for committing “constitutional impropriety” and “dereliction of duty”.The opposition party latched on to Sinha’s admission in an interview that she consulted Finance Minister Arun Jaitley before inviting the BJP for government formation in the State.“We urge the President of India to exercise his powers under Article 156 (1) and immediately dismiss the Governor of Goa for abdicating her Constitutional responsibilities and oath of secrecy,” Congress leader Pratap Singh Bajwa said.He said the President of India has already dismissed the Arunachal Pradesh Governor for similar acts of impropriety, saying this will act as a deterrent to other governors to work within constitutional limits.Bajwa said the Supreme Court has reiterated that it is the duty of the Governor to “act judiciously” while exercising their powers under Article 164 at the time of appointing the Chief Minister.“However, the atrocious admission of Governor Sinha conclusively proves that her actions were politically motivated under the clear instructions of the Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley,” he told reporters.Putting forth the Congress’ demands, the party’s Rajya Sabha MP said these revelations demonstrate that the act of the governor to consult the finance minister and not the President of India “is a serious matter of constitutional impropriety and an unpardonable dereliction of duty“.He asked that since the finance minister could not have advised the governor in government formation, “why should the Prime Minister not take action against the Finance Minister?.” “Or are we to assume that he was authorised by the dirty tricks department of the BJP?” he asked.The Congress leader cited an interview of Sinha where she made the “startling and audacious revelation”, and “shockingly accepted that she consulted Union Minister Arun Jaitley” to invite the BJP for government formation in the State.“This proves that BJP manufactured the Goa majority while the Governor acted in cahoots with the central leadership in Delhi,” he said.On Sinha’s claim that she heard that Congress could not elect their Legislature party leader nor get enough support, Bajwa asked “where did she hear it from? Did she hear it from anybody in the Congress party or was it ‘Akashwani’?” “How can she take such a decision without consulting the Honourable President of India or without studying its legal ramifications?” he asked.He said under the established convention in such a scenario, the Governor should have approached the President and submitted a report to him seeking guidance for the way forward.“Rather than consulting the President of India or the Attorney General of India, she consulted the Union Finance Minister who is a party in this case, hence indulging in massive Constitutional impropriety,” he alleged.The Congress party also alleged that the Constitution is left “bruised and battered, as yet again the BJP subverts the Governor for their own petty gains”.last_img read more