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10-man ‘Charlie’ ease past St Mary’s College

first_imgSecond-half goals from substitutes Kemar James (56th, 88th minutes) and Ashawn Ricketts (73rd) lifted 10-man Charlie Smith High to a 3-0 win over St Mary’s College in Group D of the ISSA/FLOW Manning Cup at the Anthony Spaulding Complex yesterday. In a lacklustre first half, the home team failed to register a shot on target but had the better possession, while the visitors came closer to scoring with a two long-range efforts. However, the introduction of James and Ricketts at the interval paid dividends almost immediately with James racing on to a pass over the defence to put a delicate lob over the St Mary’s College custodian 11 minutes into the second half. Charlie Smith looked much more positive after going in front, but they suffered a set-back when Zamario Sinclair was shown a straight red for an off-the-ball incident on 72 minutes. EXTENDED LEAD The Jerome Waite-coached team, however, extended their lead a minute later, thanks to Ricketts’ solo effort. The midfielder cut inside from the right, leaving two defenders in his wake before beating the goalkeeper with a looping shot, albeit with the aid of a deflection. After squandering a number of easy scoring chances, Charlie Smith sealed the win two minutes from time when James redirected a low cross from six yards. Waite said that it’s the dream of every coach when they make substitutions that it bears fruit and he was pleased to see his two early changes got the job done. “It is always good when youngsters can analyse the game from the bench that when they go into the game they can make a difference,” he said. But although satisfied with three points, he admitted it wasn’t their best display and believes his young team has to improve. “It was a spirited performance although we started a bit tentative, but as the game progressed, they came into their own. There is room for improvement in all departments as we made some silly mistakes,” Waite concluded.last_img read more

Lue refutes Smith in Russell’s case against JADCO

first_img SYSTEM UPDATES He admitted seeing the notification to respond to JADCO’s letter and update whereabouts, however, he thought Quinn was dealing with the situation properly. Meanwhile, Smith admitted assisting Lue with the ADAMAS system updates for Russell, but stated that he never knew she was updating at the time. Lue, however, insisted that he (Smith) knew she was updating and assisted her step by step all the way. “I knew nothing of the system, so I called and spoke with Smith and he told me I needed a password and user name. I contacted Andre, who gave me the user name and password, and I called back Tajae, who told me where to go and walked me through the process,” she said. “I said I was putting in the info, when I put in the info the page would change colour, so he would say do this … and he said all was fine after we ended,” she stated. The next hearing is scheduled for Thursday, November 17. The files and exchange of written submissions will be due on November 7 at 4 p.m., while the transcript from the typist is due on October 24. JADCO’s lawyer Lackston Robinson spent the majority of yesterday’s cross-examination of West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell trying to prove that the 28-year-old was tardy in submitting whereabouts information to the national anti-doping body. However, the cricketer said although he asked Judith Lue and then Wil Quinn to oversee his whereabout updates, he still tried to meet JADCO’s whereabout requirements, but communique from JADCO left him baffled and confused as he felt his whereabouts was being updated by a third party, as his very busy schedule and not knowing how to update information on JADCO’s ADAMAS website made it very difficult to make updates himself. Russell also argued that JADCO never extended an invitation to him for any of their educational sessions, despite his many visits to the agency. “Whether or not you had difficulty manoeuvring the ADAMAS system, did you go to JADCO to seek assistance to manoeuvre ADAMAS,” Robinson asked. Russell replied: “I’ve been a professional cricketer for seven to eight years and I have been involved in the system for four to five years, and they have never mentioned about an educational session. I always try my best to reach out to JADCO, but there was no support,” he said. “I’ve never tried to abandon the system, and that’s why I got my agent involved, but being all over playing cricket it is rough,” he stated. Russell explained that he was extremely confused about the third filing failure, as Quinn was overseeing the situation and his schedule was very hectic during that period. “I thought we were getting somewhere with JADCO. But I was surprised when I was training at Sabina that I heard some females talking about my whereabouts not being updated. So I went there (JADCO) same time and got it updated, but in the evening when I reached home I got a filing failure package at my gate,” he explained.last_img read more

Meralco sends Garvo Lanete to NorthPort for 2020 draft pick

first_imgIn fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Meralco opens its campaign in the 2019 Philippine Cup against Blackwater on Saturday at Ynares Center in Antipolo.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View comments Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title MOST READ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebracenter_img Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history LATEST STORIES NBA coaches put priority on their health to cope with grind SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball PLAY LIST 05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball02:14Carpio 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 Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Garvo Lanete. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netMeralco continued to make some changes in its roster after shipping Garvo Lanete to NorthPort in exchange for the rights to the 2020 second round pick.The PBA approved the trade on Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT The deal came just less than a week after the Bolts acquired the services of much-improved guard John Pinto from Blackwater for Jason Ballesteros and a 2020 second round pick.Meralco is looking to improve on its 11th place finish in the Philippine Cup last season where it finished second to the last in the standings.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThe Bolts are coming off a semifinals appearance in the 2018 Governors’ Cup.Lanete played sparingly in the previous conference, logging only 7 minutes per game and averaging just 2.0 points.last_img read more

Senate Hosts ‘Unusual Guests’ in Chambers

first_imgSenators entering the Chambers of the Senate on Tuesday for the plenary of the 20th day sitting were greeted by scores of toddlers, kindergarten and pre-school kids of the Quality Foundation School from the ELWA Community.The kids, according to their handlers, out of curiosity had written the lawmakers through the Secretary of the Senate to allow them visit the Senators during session and observe their proceedings.The handlers said the kids’ desire was based on the fact that they wanted to see firsthand how the Senators debate issues leading to the crafting of some of the laws.The headmistress of Quality Foundation told the Senators that the children, even at such a young age, are being taught basic issues about the Constitution, as demonstrated by their enthusiasm while singing two stanzas of the “Lone Star Forever”. This was followed by their school’s ode, which spells out that Quality Foundation produces quality education. She said the school is living up to its name by ensuring that although they are just children, they will be molded with a solid foundation in order to produce the quality of education the country will depend on in the future.Most of the children attending the school, according to the school’s authorities, come from parents living in the ELWA Community, who are mainly marketers.Watching the Legislators on television debating in sessions is said to be one of the factors responsible for the interest created in what happens behind the walls of the Capitol Building. “Some of them are even dreaming of becoming lawmakers one day,” the headmistress told the Senate.Welcoming the children and their handlers, Senate Pro Tempore Gbehzohngar M. Findley assured them that the building was their property and that lawmakers were more or less caretakers.“One day you are going to wear the shoes we are wearing today, but you have to continue to be serious in your lessons, disciplined, respectful to those who impart knowledge to you, and above all honest,” Pro Tempore admonished the little girls and boys.On behalf of the Senate, Pro Tempore Findley presented an amount of US$50 as transportation for their unusual, but welcomed visitors.But the biggest surprise for the visitors came from the Senate Chairman on Public Corporations and co-chair on Autonomous Commission and Agencies, Senator Alphonso Gaye, who “on behalf of the people of Grand Gedeh County”, presented an amount of US$500 as “transportation.”Senator Gaye amidst laughter from his colleagues, told the gathering that Senators who are fathers and mothers will always be willing and prepared to identify with children who demonstrate that they can be counted upon to represent their people when the time comes.The visit ended with the Senators taking a photograph with the children on the floor of the Senate chamber.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Gunman trails Dental Surgeon from bank

first_img…escapes with over $150,000 in valuablesPolice are investigating an alleged robbery under arms committed on Tuesday on a 49-year-old dental surgeon attached to the Public Health Ministry, resulting in the loss of cash, mobile phones and other valuables.The victim has been identified as Debra Skeete of Jasmine Avenue, Eccles Housing Scheme, East Bank Demerara (EBD). According to Police information, the incident occurred at around 10:45h.Skeete reportedly left her place of work at 10:00h in her motor car and went to Republic Bank, Diamond Branch ATM machine, where she deposited some cash.The woman reportedly then travelled to the Bounty Supermarket in Grove, EBD and made purchases. Thereafter, Skeete drove to Eccles and parked on the bridge in front her home.It was then that she observed an unmasked male approaching her with a gun tucked in his waist. The perpetrator reportedly walked up to the victim driver’s side door and demanded that she hand over her hand bag.Upon seeing that the woman was hesitating, the suspect whipped out his gun, opened the car door, snatched her bag containing $25,000 cash, one iPhone valued at $40,000, one Samsung Galaxy phone valued at $35,000, bank cards, one flash drive value $7420, one identification card and NIS card. Inside her bag, also, was 60 pound sterling (equivalent to $80,000 Guyana currency).The bandit then ran to a waiting motorcycle driven by an accomplice. The duo then made good their escape in an eastern direction. The area was reportedly checked, persons questioned and thus far, no useful information has been received.last_img read more

Spielberg collection produces stolen Rockwell

first_imgSpielberg is cooperating with the FBI and will retain possession of “Russian Schoolroom” until its “disposition can be determined,” the bureau said. The oil-on-canvas painting shows children in a classroom with a bust of communist leader Vladimir Lenin. Several after-hours calls to Spielberg’s publicist and attorneys were not immediately returned. The painting was nabbed in a gallery heist and resurfaced briefly in legitimate art forums before disappearing again. Mary Ellen Shortland, who worked at the long-closed Clayton Art Gallery, recalled Friday that someone from Missouri paid $25,000 for the painting after seeing it during a Rockwell exhibition featuring mostly lithographs. A Norman Rockwell work stolen from suburban St. Louis more than three decades ago was found in Steven Spielberg’s art collection, the FBI announced Friday. The painting, Rockwell’s “Russian Schoolroom,” was snatched during a late-night burglary at a gallery in Clayton, Mo., on June 25, 1973. The Oscar-winning filmmaker purchased the painting in 1989 from a legitimate dealer and didn’t know it was stolen until last week, the FBI said in a statement. After Spielberg’s staff alerted federal authorities, an FBI agent and an art expert from the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens in San Marino inspected the painting at one of Spielberg’s offices and confirmed its authenticity Friday morning. Early FBI estimates put the painting’s value at $700,000, officials said. The client agreed to keep it on display, she said, but a few nights later someone smashed the gallery’s glass door and escaped with the painting. “That was all they took. That’s what they wanted, that painting,” Shortland recalled. The gallery refunded the client’s money, and there was no sign of the work for years. Then in 1988, it was auctioned in New Orleans. Shortland recalled seeing the painting again in an advertisement for a small New York gallery, since closed, about 15 years ago. She estimated that the painting could be worth “hundreds of thousands of dollars” today, if it is in excellent condition. In 2004, the FBI’s newly formed Art Crime Team initiated an investigation to recover the work. Rockwell’s work often resonates with people because much of it captures moments from everyday life, such as a boy watching his father shave, family members saying grace over a Thanksgiving turkey or a young girl having a dress fitting. The artist died at age 84 in 1978. While “Russian Schoolroom” appeared in Look magazine, the artist is best known for the covers he did for The Saturday Evening Post. More than 300 Rockwell creations appeared on the cover of the publication.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

Manchester City outcast Samir Nasri offered to Fenerbahce

first_img1 Samir Nasri Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri has been offered to Fenerbahce, according to reports in Turkey.The 29-year-old does not seem to have a future at the Etihad after being shipped out on loan to Sevilla last season.Now another move away appears to be on the cards and it has been suggested that he could end up in Turkey.According to NTV Spor, Fenerbahce have been offered the former Arsenal man and they are currently weighing up whether or not they can afford him.It is unlikely that any switch to Istanbul would be permanent as his wages would probably cost them too much without some assistance from City.That would mean a loan deal makes most sense, although Galatasaray and Besiktas are also considering taking him to Turkey.last_img

Latino partnership may triumph in contest for Theater Center

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake “If nothing else, this has been an informative roller-coaster ride,” said Tom Gilmore, a developer known for his downtown loft projects. “Which turn it takes now will be anybody’s guess.” The city report released Friday pleased Jose Luis Valenzuela, artistic director for the nonprofit Latino Theater Company. “I’m very, very excited that the recommendation came for the Latino Theater Company,” he said. “It’s been a very long process, but an important one.” The city called in 2003 for a new operator to take over the four-stage complex located in a 1916 bank building. What ensued was a lengthy process that involved political wrangling, complex funding questions, nasty accusations thrown back and forth, and a trip back to the drawing board. The City Council started the process again this spring, leading to the current bids. A partnership between a local theater company and museum gained ground Friday in a long-running contest to win control of the Los Angeles Theater Center. City analysts recommended that the Latino Theater Company and Latino Museum be granted a lease to operate the downtown performing arts facility. Now the City Council will decide between the theater company’s bid and that of Gilmore & Associates, a real estate development firm that has teamed with a different theater ensemble on a proposal of its own. Both sides have pledged to spend about $4 million renovating the city-owned building and to put on a diverse slate of productions. Gilmore & Associates, in conjunction with theatrical ensemble Will and Co., has offered a plan that includes four year-round theater series as well as educational programs, conference space, a bistro and art gallery. The Latino Theater Company proposes four nine-month dramatic series, art and theater educational programming, and space devoted to the Latino Museum of History, Art and Culture. The Latino Theater Company/Museum partnership has secured $4 million in grant money from the state Cultural Historical Endowment and another $50,000 from the Ford Foundation. Gilmore & Associates plans to pay a similar amount for renovations with its own money. The city report released Friday acknowledges “many similarities among the commitments from the respondents,” as well as their mutual lack of experience operating a theater. However, analysts wrote that they favor the Latino Theater Company because both it and the Latino Museum have established boards with a joint operating agreement in place for the new project. The report also points to the Latino Theater Company’s procurement of commitment letters from several theatrical production companies, as well as its state funding. While the process has drawn attention for its cultural and social implications, there is a political dimension as well, one that may gain more prominence now that the issue is headed to the City Council. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa recently nominated Moctesuma Esparza, the chairman of the Latino Theater Company’s board, to the Los Angeles City Employees’ Retirement System board. Gilmore was a supporter of former Mayor James Hahn. The issue next goes to the council’s Budget and Finance Committee, although a hearing date has not yet been set. Dan Laidman, (213) 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

Texas governor surveys damage

first_img President George W. Bush, who is staying this week at his Texas ranch, was briefed about the fires Thursday, according to White House spokesman Trent Duffy. The Agriculture Department is lending equipment and firefighters to help battle blazes in Texas and Oklahoma, Duffy said. Cross Plains, a working-class town about 115 miles west of Fort Worth, was the hardest-hit community, losing about 90 homes and several other buildings, including a church, Tuesday. Two of the state’s three deaths were reported there, including Andrew Shepard’s 89-year-old bedridden mother. Shepard, 45, who couldn’t get back inside his house to help his mother, was relieved by Perry’s arrival, saying “we’ll get more help by him seeing the devastation.” In all, the grass fires destroyed about 120 homes across Texas and about 75 in Oklahoma, authorities said. This year has been the fifth-driest on record for north and central Texas, where most of the fires happened. The annual rainfall in the Dallas-Fort Worth area is about 16 inches less than the average of about 35 inches. Oklahoma has received about 24 inches of rain this year, about 12 inches less than normal. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake In central Oklahoma, grass fires flared in windy weather Thursday, consuming hundreds of acres of land and threatening scattered homes. By late afternoon, the flames appeared to ease as firefighters gained the upper hand on the blazes, said fire Maj. Brian Stanaland. Many fires in Texas had been contained, but unseasonably dry and hot conditions persisted. The National Weather Service predicted a return of hazardous conditions Saturday, prompting fears that New Year’s fireworks could spark another round of fires. “It’s not going to be a good day to throw up fireworks,” meteorologist Alan Moller said. “This could lead to some really nasty fires.” Patrick Burke, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Norman, Okla., said little if any rain was forecast for that state over the next seven days. Strong wind and higher-than-normal temperatures were expected. CROSS PLAINS, Texas – Gov. Rick Perry toured this wildfire-ravaged town Thursday and urged counties to prohibit fireworks around the New Year’s holiday, warning “the state of Texas is a tinderbox.” Wildfires raced through grass dried out by the region’s worst drought in 50 years earlier this week, charring nearly 200 homes and killing four people in Texas and Oklahoma. Severe drought, wind gusts of 40 mph and temperatures reaching the low 80s set the stage for the fires. Authorities believe they were mostly set by people ignoring fire bans and burning trash, shooting fireworks or throwing out cigarettes. “Truly be careful with your activities, because people’s lives are on the line,” Perry said. last_img read more


first_imgDONEGAL SET TO STAGE A KNOCK-OUT IN ROUND FOURMichael MurphyDing-a-ling a-ling. Round Four. And the one guarantee is there’s going to be a knock-out in this one and the one sprawled out on the canvas will be heading home and no climbing back into the ring again this year.Donegal or Galway? A couple of months ago you would have confidently put your bottom dollar on Rory Gallagher’s men to overcome the Tribesman. But they’ve already tasted Ulster blood this year in the form of Derry and Armagh and won’t mind piling more misery on the Province.In Kevin Walsh – no relation but I’ll uncover one if Galway go on to win the All-Ireland – they have an emerging manager who has helped transform the county from basic also-rans to proper contenders.And yet, I don’t get a sense of real fear coming out of Donegal. Not over confidence but a measured approach that suggests they’ll be well up for it and won’t be sweating buckets in the dressing-room beforehand. The fact that it’s a C roke Park dressing-room won’t make any difference to this Donegal team who’ve been there before and worn the jersey, much more so than their opponents in recent times.The thrill of lining-out at G.A.A. headquarters is gradually being eroded with every passing year given that it was once the preserve of semi-finalists and finalists and is now open to the Round Four back door qualifiers which, I believe, is not particularly good for the game or the Championship but that’s a story for another day.Yes, Donegal will be without one of the most inflential players of his generation, Karl Lacey, and that does represent a bit of a blow to the solar plexus. And, yes too, they haven’t quite lit up this Championship series as yet in the manner we know they can.I still don’t believe they have the winning of the All-Ireland in them this year but they surely should have the beating of Galway particularly if they can start deploying Michael Murphy where he’s most effective – right up in the full forward position which can damage even the most hardy of defensive formations.Mayo await the winners in the quarter-finals – an added motivation for the Galwaymen who owe their Connacht rivals a beating or two. But they’ll have to wait for next year’s Championship to get that opportunity even if they’ll look back to 2001 when they became the first team to win an All-Ireland having come through the back door to get there.YOUTH HITTING THE HEIGHTS – AND THE LENGTHS The eyes and ears will be carefully focusing on far-off Tiblisi tomorrow, Thursday, but whatever the outcome from the Youth Olympics, our local athletes have already done us proud.Arlene Crossan – through to the Final of the Long Jump with a leap of 5.98.Sommer Lecky – through to the Final of the High Jump having achieved a jump of 1.72 m.Aaron McGlynn – through to the Final of the 800 metres, having coming home second in his heat in a time of 1:57:77.Little wonder Finn Valley A.C. hold the title of best club in Ireland.Cork athlete, Ciara Neville, has already claimed a gold medal for her country in the 100 metres at the event. Can the F.V. trio follow suit? It shouldn’t surprise any of us if they do.ULSTER SAYS YES! So how to beat Monaghan in an Ulster Final? How indeed? Ah yes, send the ladies out to do it.A couple of weeks after Rory Gallagher’s men saw their title wrestled from them, Davy McLaughlin had better joy – you couldn’t say luck because this was far from fortunate – when his charges created their own piece of Provincial history in the decider at Clones on Sunday.It may have been tight in the early stages but with Donegal heading in out of the rain at the half-way stage holding a three point advantage, it was put up to Monaghan to claw their way back into proceedings. And they found their opponents in no mood to surrender their lead or their grip on that coveted title.Once again, Geraldine McLaughlin wrote her way into the headlines, scoring 2-7 of her side’s total of 2-12 in typically deadly fashion.Coincidentally, the sports supplement of Monday’s ‘Irish Times’ carried a full-page feature on women’s football highlighting just some of the stand-out players in the game at present. No mention of the Termon woman who, earlier in the year, had helped inspire her club side to an All-Ireland title but it surely can’t be long before the national media start taking note of this remarkable sportswoman.As far as our county team is concerned, that talent isn’t just confined to the lively McLaughlin. Naomh Conaill star, Aoife McDonnell was named player of the match on Sunday after an inspirational performer but every single member of this team and additional squad deserve credit for the manner in which they disposed of favourites, Monaghan.It’s a pity the game didn’t get the television coverage it deserved but to be fair to TG4, who have done a great job in promoting the women’s game in recent years, they were committed to the Tour de France and certainly couldn’t have afforded to miss the closing stages of the event on Sunday afternoon.I didn’t make it along to the Final in Clones and instead listened to Oisin Kelly go close to occasions to leaping out of my radio into the kitchen so excited was the Highland Radio commentator as the match wound its way to full-time.FLOOD OF CONGRATULATIONSSuccess also at the weekend for Donegal’s under-21 hurlers who edged out neighbours Tyrone to claim All-Ireland glory in the C Final at Celtic Park.Paddy Flood’s team won by a goal that came courtesy of the influential Eddie Lynch late on. Not exactly a thing of beauty – that’s the goal, not Eddie! – but nevertheless a thrilling way to help win your team a title.Manager Flood reckons quite a few of his charges will be challenging for places in the county’s senior team and who can argue.HARPS MUST NOT CONFUSE PASSION WITH INDISCIPLINEStudents. Just when you expect them to be out demonstrating on grant cuts and following that up with a couple of bevys in somewhere like the Cottage Bar on Letterkenny’s Main Street (where those of us who once occupied lecture hall space in the old Regional Technical College used to congregate of an afternoon), they go and take up football and prove pretty useful at it.Not that the students of University College Dublin might have counted the Cottage as among their pinting dens but they sure know how to play the beautiful game even so far as getting through the first round of the Europa League this season.We thought the second round second leg tie last Thursday might have taken the sting out of them but, no, there they were battling for all they were worth and proving a class above Finn Harps if only on the scoreboard.On Highland Radio on the day prior to the game at the Belfield Bowl, Ollie Horgan had warned of the influence of Robbie Benson and how he could change a game. And change it he did, around the time Packie Mailey had been forced to depart from the action with an injury, Benson rifling the ball past Ciaran Gallagher midway through the second half to ultimately seal the deal.It wasn’t enough to dislodge Harps from the top spot but it allowed U.C.D. back into a race they had been edging out of, albeit with matches in hand due to their European commitments, and will also have relieved Wexford Youths who threw away the opportunity of leap-frogging their Donegal promotion rivals by slipping up in Athlone.And that 3-1 win for the midlanders will steel them with firm resolve for their visit to Finn Park this Friday night where Harps will hope to have central defender, Mailey, back from that injury.Once again, however, the Harps disciplinary record is being called into question after the promise of improvements in the early stages of the season following a glut of red cards in the2014 campaign. Five yellow cards in the opening half alone at Belfield tells its own story and now Horgan – himself prone to the occasional tangle with officialdom – must line up without some key players for the key clash away to Wexford Youths the weekend after next.It may have some of the regular reserve players straining at the leash to be given the chance for inclusion but in the crucial run-in, Harps can ill afford to be without the likes of Kevin McHugh, Damian McNulty, Ciaran Coll, and Tommy McMonagle, who was dismissed – somewhat harshly it has to be stressed – near the end of Sunday’s game in Dublin.But without them they will be for that game in Wexford where Harps won by the only goal earlier in the campaign.BACK ON TRACKMark EnglishIt’s not just footballers that U.C.D. produce though strictly speaking the college can never say it produced Mark English even if he is a member of the athletic club there.The Letterkenny man showed something of his best at the Anniversary Games in London at the weekend when he not alone ran a season’s best in the 800 metres but in doing so had his entry form for the Rio Olympics officially signed.English emerged from the chasing pack to claim fourth in the race in a time of 1:45:49 and book his flight to Brazil next year.The only disappointment was the failure of the B.B.C. commentary team to even given him a mention during their live coverage of the race. To be fair, they’re normally not adverse to giving Irish competitors due recognition but despite his late burst at the finish the man who claimed bronze in the European Championships last year and silver at the European Indoors this year wasn’t deemed worthy of reference.Hopefully they will be talking about him at the World Athletics Championships in Beijing next month. TOO QUICK ON THE DRAW?Roy KeaneHere, hold hard there. Did someone suggest we’ve been presented with a “favourable” World Cup draw?For all I’ve heard and read on the subject that appeared to be the general consensus among the footballing pundits here after the balls were pulled out in Zurich.Balls indeed. Wales? Going very well under Chris Coleman – and with one Gareth Bale in their ranks – and looking almost certain qualifiers for the European Championship Finals which is more than can be said for our lot. And Austria? Unbeaten home and away against the Republic in the equivalent qualifiers for the 2014 World Cup, albeit courtesy of a painful stoppage time equalizer at the Aviva Stadium which just about did for our hopes. And Serbia? One of the most improved sides in Europe and certain to sternly test us both in Belgrade and Dublin. Heck, we can’t even dismiss Moldova as an also-ran in Group D such is the measure of our own performances of late in attempting to make the boat for France.True, it could have been much worse given our fourth seed billing but it’s not exactly the picnic some have been portraying it as.Favourable indeed. To the Welsh, the Austrians and the Serbs. And the Moldovans might be having a good laugh as well.PREMIERSHIP PROMOTIONVery clever advertisement doing the rounds on television – remember it, the screen in the corner of your sitting-room you used to get all your kicks from before iPads, iPhones and social media arrived on the scene? – featuring Thierry Henry promoting SKY Sports pending coverage of the English Premiership.You catch snatches of some of the best moments from the self-styled “world’s best league” including Sergio Aguero’s last ditch title winner for Manchester City (er- did I say best moments?); Eric Cantona’s wonderful chipped goal against Sunderland at Old Trafford; the infamous spat between Roy Keane and Patrick Vieira in the Highbury tunnel; and a handful of other classic images besides. And in all of them, there’s Mons. Henry lurking in the goalmouth or watching from the stands or indeed standing a yard away from Mr. Keane during that heated pre-match exchange.Technology, huh? Amazing what it can do. And how you can so realistically place someone at a location where they weren’t.Of course, many of us are looking forward to SKY Sports doing a promotion of, say, World Cup qualifiers and having Mons. Henry standing near the goal-line watching himself hand the Republic of Ireland an exit pass at the Stade De France on November 18th, 2009.No, sorry, despite teams of psychologists continuing to treat me, I still can’t forgot. CAMOGIE GIRLS TAKE A BOW!In recent months this column has been following the fortunes of the Donegal Under-14 girls squad who were narrowly beaten by Tipperary in the All-Ireland Final after a replay but still can lay claim to an Ulster title.Time for camogie to get a mention this week and specifically the Letterkenny Gaels Under-14 girls who clinched the County Shield at the weekend.The girls were convincing winners over Four Masters at Tir Conaill Park on Friday night, putting in an impressive performance to take home the trophy.Well done to all and indeed to their opponents. Any team who reaches a Final is fully deserving of the credit that goes with it.My thanks to Gaels P.R.O., Mark McFadden, for forwarding on a report on the match and for acknowledging the driving force been the team, camogie coordinator Aideen Quinn, a native of Antrim.Indeed, I’ve seen Aideen’s commitment to the girls under-age teams and to the Gaels and this is due reward for her efforts over the years. And not forgetting coach Ann Marie Gibbons who put this team together.SPOT ON JOSEI love the story of the Mexican football fanatic who, not content with screaming at his T.V. set as the rest of us might do when watching his country concede a dubious penalty against Holland in the last World Cup took to twitter to declare: “no era penal”.But our hero, Josesomor26, wasn’t happy to leave it at that. And every day since the summer of 2014 he has tweeted that message to the Dutch F.A., FIFA and the Mexican Football Association.He finally, 392 tweets on, got a response from the Dutch authorities recently who insisted it was indeed a penalty.But it hasn’t stopped our Jose. He’s sticking to the spot on this one. No penalty. Or as they say down Mexico way: no era penal.MARATHON MANI’ve been asked to run the Dublin Marathon this year. But I’ve turned them down – it’s just too big an event to organise….PADDY WALSH ON WEDNESDAY: FLOODS, STUBBORN STUDENTS, ULSTER KNOCK-OUTS AND ENGLISH-MEN! was last modified: July 29th, 2015 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:Donegal DailyPaddy WalshSportlast_img read more