ICC praises Shiv as role model

first_imgDUBAI, United Arab Emirates (CMC):Cricket’s world governing body, the ICC, has praised recently retired West Indies batsman Shiv Chanderpaul as “a role model for millions”.The 41-year-old Guyanese called time on his international career last week, after playing 164 Tests and finishing as just one of 11 players to score in excess of 10,100 Test runs.”Shivnarine Chanderpaul will be remembered as a reliable and extremely effective batsman. He was remarkable with the way he could adapt his style, mixing solid defence and attack, to the demands of the situation,” ICC Chief Executive David Richardson said.”For nearly two decades, Shivnarine not only excelled with the bat, but with his sporting attitude and quiet determination, becoming a role model for millions of youngsters.”Chanderpaul scored 11,867 Test runs to be second on the all-time West Indies list behind legend Brian Lara and seventh on the international list.He scored 30 Test centuries and finished with an average of 51.Chanderpaul also served as West Indies captain, leading the regional side in 14 Tests.While known for his attritional run gathering, Chanderpaul also excelled in the shorter formats, stroking 8,778 runs from 268 One-Day Internationals at an average of 41.His career was effectively ended last May when West Indies selectors axed him ahead of Australia’s tour of the Caribbean, following failures against South Africa and England.last_img read more

Blake Griffin explodes for 50 points as Pistons outlast 76ers in OT

first_imgJapeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum MOST READ He scored 22 points in the second quarter and had 28 in the half, despite missing his first six free throws. He also dunked on Embiid with 3:50 to go in the second quarter.Jackson had 23 points and Ish Smith scored 21 for the Pistons, who are 3-0 for the first time since 2015-16, the last time they made the playoffs.In overtime, Griffin and Smith had 3-pointers to give the Pistons a 126-120 lead. But Redick had a traditional three-point play and then a 3-pointer as the 76ers tied it at 128-all with 2:03 left.Detroit took the lead for the first time since late in the first quarter as two Griffin free throws put the Pistons up 111-110 with 3:09 remaining.Then, down the stretch of regulation, the teams traded the lead six times, with three ties.ADVERTISEMENT Redick had 30 points and scored a 3-pointer while being fouled by Reggie Jackson after the Pistons point guard made two free throws to take a 130-128 lead.The 76ers were without Ben Simmons, out because of back tightness.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 ChrissGriffin faked a handoff on the final play and drove the lane for the basket, getting fouled by Robert Covington. He made the ensuing free throw for the win.Griffin was 20 of 35 from the field, going 5 for 10 on 3-pointers, scoring his most points as a member of the Pistons for the second straight game. 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 After Embiid missed a 3-pointer and Reggie Bullock missed a runner in the lane, Dario Saric had an open look on a 3-pointer but missed it in the closing seconds, forcing overtime.Markelle Fultz tied his career high with 13 points, knocking down a long two-pointer for the game’s first points and later making his second career 3-pointer.Reggie Jackson added 17 points for the Pistons.TIP-INS76ers: Rookie guard Landry Shamet made his first career start for Philadelphia. The 26th pick out of Wichita State had five points in 24 minutes. . Mike Muscala, acquired in a three-team trade from Atlanta this offseason, made his debut of for the 76ers after missing the first three games with a sprained ankle. He scored five points in 17 minutes.Pistons: Andre Drummond was ejected with 40.8 seconds left in regulation after his second technical foul. . Glenn Robinson III, acquired as a free agent from Indiana, did not play after logging 33 minutes combined in the first two games.BEN’S BAD BACK76ers coach Brett Brown said Simmons is questionable for Wednesday at Milwaukee after leaving Saturday’s game against Orlando in the first quarter.“He didn’t feel as comfortable as we would’ve wanted,” 76ers coach Brett Brown said before Tuesday’s game. “It’s just one of those thighs that with a back-to-back game and giving him the best chance we could give him to possibly play (Wednesday), we felt like it was wise to sit him tonight.”UP NEXT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Detroit Pistons center Zaza Pachulia (27) celebrates with forward Blake Griffin (23) after a basket by Griffen during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers, Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018, in Detroit. The Pistons won 133-132 in overtime.(AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)DETROIT — Blake Griffin scored a career-high 50 points and had the game-winner after he was fouled on a driving layup with 1.8 seconds left as Detroit topped Philadelphia 133-132 in a wild overtime thriller on Tuesday night.JJ Redick’s four-point play with 5.6 seconds left in overtime set up Griffin’s dramatics, while Joel Embiid, who had 33 points and 11 rebounds, missed a potential game-winner at the buzzer.ADVERTISEMENT Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? LATEST STORIEScenter_img Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew 76ers: Wednesday they will play Milwaukee, which has won its first three games. The Bucks are averaging 118.3 points per game, which was tied for second-most in the Eastern Conference entering Tuesday’s games.Pistons: Thursday they host Cleveland, which will be on a back-to-back after playing host to Brooklyn on Wednesday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title FIFA proposes annual Club World Cup Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Curtis Resigns from ANC

first_imgMr. Curtis: “The party has failed to uphold the tenets of democracy upon which it claims to be built…” Montserrado Electoral District #17 representative aspirant George Varney Curtis has resigned from the Alternative National Congress (ANC). Until his resignation over the weekend, the ANC has been Mr. Curtis’ political home for the past year. In his letter of resignation dated July 18, Mr. Curtis said the party has failed to uphold the tenets of democracy upon which it claims to be built and is seeking national leadership positions in the context of wanting to give the country the best it deserves.“I believe political institutions are established based on principles that protect democratic precepts and promote honesty, sincerity and fairness in the execution of those principles. However, when these principles are breached and measurable actions are not taken to remedy the situation, then it warrants conscious minded people to take steps that are conventionally acceptable,” Curtis said in his letter. “ANC’s inability to conduct a simple district primary between two aspirants, when the required number of delegates was present, and failure to conduct same primary on June 22, when the same delegates were present and made up a quorum, and the ANC’s decision to indefinitely postpone the district’s primary, but at the same time, submitted one of the two aspirants’ name to NEC when there were unresolved issues, is a serious matter and brings lots of questions rather than answers as it relates to credibility.“The party’s inability to conduct same primary when NEC’s Hearing Office had ruled that the said primary be conducted within 72 hours as of Wednesday, July 12 to 15, and especially so when the ruling specifically mandated the party to hold the primary with the same delegates admitted into evidence during the hearing,” were also pointed out. These practices on the part of ANC suggest that the party harbors a preconceived mindset to have his opponent on its ticket and that “the primary was just a formality to validate the party’s dishonest, unfair and insincere manners,” Curtis stated.It can be recalled that Curtis on July 10 filed a complaint against the ANC for not holding the Montserrado District #17’s primary, most especially after collecting US$1,500 from him and his opponent in the race, Abraham C. Sesay, as registration fee to contest the primary. Addressing this newspaper over the weekend, Curtis said even though he has left the party, he will pray that the Supreme Court would not allow Sesay to contest on the ANC ticket.“We have to be honest and discourage all forms of corrupt practices, regardless of the persons or institutions involved,” he said. “ANC will pay my money back and forfeit this district’s seat in these elections. They will not succeed, no matter what.” Curtis said he is not barred by any law, including the Code of Conduct, from contesting October’s elections because his actions are within the confines of all legally accepted laws of Liberia. He said the party has received and signed for his letter of resignation on the same date (July 18) it was delivered and that a copy of he same letter was filed with the NEC.All efforts to get any response from the ANC proved futile as neither the press and public affairs office or the office of the chairman responded.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) – Advertisement –last_img read more

Regional solution is only real hope to keep Iraq whole

first_imgBush’s speech was the culmination of a month-long, highly orchestrated game plan to change the political debate in Washington and the country. But in the end, the speech once again raised the question of what America’s mission in Iraq really is – and how long it will last. And it was an indicator of the balancing act that will likely consume the last 16 months of the Bush presidency, as he tries to hold together wavering members of his party with promises of further drawdowns as soon as conditions allow while still talking about a role in Iraq and the region modeled on America’s five- decade-long presence on the Korean peninsula. Many times over the past six months, he has told visitors to the White House that he needs to get to the Korea model – a politically sustainable U.S. deployment to keep the lid on the Middle East. That, of course, is a very different goal than the “victory” Bush was touting less than two years ago. But as strategies have come and gone, Bush’s language has changed in notable ways. From a promise four years ago that “we’ll stand down as they stand up” – only to discover that the Iraqi forces were not ready to stand up – Bush has pledged to use political progress to bring about security, then to use security of the population to bring about political compromise. WASHINGTON – President George W. Bush addressed three very different audiences on Thursday night, and he had to hope that each would hear a different message. To an American public overwhelmingly searching for an exit from Iraq, Bush said he was ready to take his first, halting steps toward drawdown – even if what he described as a “return on success” was more akin, in the eyes of his critics, to a recognition that he has run out of additional forces to keep the troop buildup he began this year going, and now has no other choice. To Iraq’s leaders, who failed to take advantage of what the Bush administration characterized in January as their last chance to reach political reconciliation, Bush’s message was that America would stay for the long haul. But at the same time he warned, once again, that time is running out to hold the country together. And to the insurgents who have been fighting to force the United States out of Iraq – and to the mullahs in Iran – Bush sent a clear declaration that the United States was not leaving, and that it would be a force to reckon with for years to come. He was sending the same message, his aides said, to Iraq’s Sunni neighbors, who fear that if America throws in the towel, the result could be even greater chaos and the rise of Tehran as the dominant regional power, perhaps backed by nuclear arms. On Thursday night, he talked about “success,” not victory, and suggested that the road ahead would be inching, province-by-province progress that would eventually enable the United States to focus on training Iraqi units, pursuing al-Qaida in Mesopotamia and containing Iran. “The more successful we are, the more American troops can return home,” he said. But it is a promise that Americans have heard before, and like Gen. David H. Petraeus’ last slide in his marathon presentation to Congress on Monday and Tuesday – a slide that showed projected troop levels – Bush offered no timelines. “He wanted to frame this week about a choice,” said Peter Feaver, a former senior official on the National Security Council who helped draft the troop increase strategy last year, and has now returned to Duke University, where he is a professor. “One choice is a withdrawal driven by progress on the ground, and it will be slower than you want. Or you can have withdrawals based on partisan politics, and the results will be faster, but the consequences more dire.” By framing the debate that way, Bush appears, at least for now, to have changed the dynamic in Congress. Democrats like the Senate majority leader, Harry Reid, who a few weeks ago was dismissing plans for gradual drawdowns as “weak tea,” are now talking about trying to legislate timetables that would be a lot slower than the quick withdrawal they once believed nervous Republican moderates would be willing to sign on to. That points to a tactical political victory for Bush, which is very different from the question of whether he can realize the grand goal he once described so optimistically: a free, unified Iraq, that would set off a democratic wave across the Middle East. For four years now, a president who was once brimming with optimism about Iraq has been forced to dial back his ambitions, and on Thursday night he even appeared to dial back on how quickly the Iraqi government must achieve the goals that, nine months ago, he insisted was the purpose of the troop increase. This time, Bush’s underlying message was that Iraq will operate on its own clock – and Americans should not expect to have leverage over its decisions.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

Comcast admits delaying, but not blocking, traffic

first_imgNEW YORK – Comcast Corp. on Tuesday acknowledged “delaying” some subscriber Internet traffic but said any roadblocks it puts up are temporary and intended to improve surfing for other users. The statement was a response to an Associated Press report last week that detailed how the nation’s largest cable company was interfering with file sharing by some of its Internet subscribers. The AP also found that Comcast’s computers masqueraded as those of its users to interrupt file-sharing connections. Internet watchdog groups denounced Comcast’s actions, calling it an example of the kind of abuse that could be curbed with “Net Neutrality” legislation. It would require Internet providers to treat all traffic equally – as has largely been the case historically. Comcast has repeatedly denied blocking any Internet application, including “peer-to-peer” file-sharing programs such as BitTorrent, which the AP used in its nationwide tests. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.On Tuesday, Mitch Bowling, senior vice president of Comcast Online Services, added a nuance to that statement, saying that while Comcast might block initial connection attempts between two computers, it eventually lets the traffic through if the computers keep trying. “During periods of heavy peer-to-peer congestion, which can degrade the experience for all customers, we use several network-management technologies that, when necessary, enable us to delay – not block – some peer-to-peer traffic. However, the peer-to-peer transaction will eventually be completed as requested,” Bowling said. The explanation is not inconsistent with the AP’s tests. In one case, a BitTorrent file transfer was squelched, apparently by messages generated by Comcast, only to start 10 minutes later. Other tests were called off after about five minutes, while the transfers were still stifled. Comcast’s statement did not mollify Markham Erickson, executive director of the Washington, D.C.-based Open Internet Coalition, a group that counts Google Inc. and eBay Inc. among its supporters. “What applications work, what don’t, and at what speeds? Only Comcast really knows,” he said. “Comcast is making arbitrary bandwidth allocation decisions slowing use of basic (programs) without being clear to consumers what they really get when they buy a broadband connection.” The Electronic Frontier Foundation confirmed the AP’s findings with its own tests – including spotting forged messages sent by Comcast’s computers to shut down connections. While BitTorrent connections might eventually resume after being shut down by Comcast, other file-sharing programs such as Gnutella could be more severely affected by the interference, preventing any kind of upload, said Peter Eckersley, staff technologist at the online civil-liberties group. “Characterizing that as delaying traffic I think is … a stretch. What they are doing is spoofing traffic or jamming traffic,” Eckersley said. “I think they are trying to create as much confusion about this story as they can because they’ve done something really scurrilous and out of line for an ISP.” Applications such as BitTorrent and Gnutella are often used to illegally share copyrighted files. Recently, however, several companies have started using BitTorrent to distribute legal files. However, users also reported Comcast blocking some transfers of e-mails with large attachments through an application that is fully in the legal sphere: Lotus Notes, an IBM Corp. program used in corporate settings. Kevin Kanarski, a network engineer for a major law firm, noticed the disruption in August and eventually traced the problem to Comcast. But he got the cold shoulder from the company’s customer support department. On Tuesday, Bowling acknowledged the problem, saying it was unintentional and because of a software bug that has been fixed. Kanarski said transfers started working again last week. “These are the kinds of software bugs you get when you have ISPs messing around with hacking techniques to get some applications running on their networks and not others,” said EFF’s Eckersley, who is himself a Comcast subscriber. “The bottom line is that if ISPs start regularly engaging in conduct like this, then kids in their dorm rooms or small startup companies that are trying to develop innovative new uses of the Internet are going to have to come and get permission from players like Comcast to get their protocols working properly,” Eckersley said. “That kind of veto over innovation would be very bad news.”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

Koeman wants players with ‘more productivity’ at Everton as Barkley set for exit

first_img1 Everton manager Ronald Koeman Everton manager Ronald Koeman will attempt to add some creativity to his squad in the summer transfer window.The Toffees struggled away from home this season, scoring just 20 goals in 19 matches, and after Romelu Lukaku (25) their second highest Premier League scorer was Ross Barkley with just five.Koeman has already warned Barkley, who risks being sold in the coming months having stalled on an extension to his existing deal which has a year to run, that he is looking for similar players to perform his role and the Dutchman is keen to add attacking options elsewhere.“A clear objective will be to bring in players who will have more productivity,” he told evertontv.“I expect that we can change that for next season.“If we can do the business we want to do this summer, the team for next season will be really strong, I believe.”Koeman and his players have now broken up for the summer but the manager will not be too far away when it comes to new signings.“On one side I will take a holiday and relax but, on the other side, as a manager it is totally different than as a football player because everyone knows we would like to do some good business,” he added.“I have that experience as a manager – I can deal with it, having a good holiday but also having thoughts of next season.“I will have my mobile phone close to me so if there is anything we need to discuss or I need to get a flight, I am available.”Barkley’s situation continues to drag on, despite Koeman insisting he wanted a decision from the England midfielder by last weekend.The Dutchman has spoken to the club’s board this week to discuss the matter but the issue appears far from being resolved.Former Everton midfielder Leon Osman said Koeman was not prepared to be held to ransom by any player and suggested Barkley, who has been attracting interest from Tottenham, would fit in well at Manchester United.“In football these days players have so much power. I just think Ronald Koeman is completely against that,” he told talkSPORT. Listen to the interview in full here.last_img read more


first_imgSt. Michael’s GAA NotesChampionshipThe Quarter Finals of the Senior Championship takes place on this Sunday in O’Donnell Park in Letterkenny. The Reserves meet Four Masters at 1.00pm and the Seniors take on Malin at 2.30pm.  Good luck to both teams.All County LeagueBoth seniors and reserves were away to Dungloe on Sunday last.The seniors recorded a good victory winning on a scoreline of Dungloe 0-9 St. Michael’s 1-10.  The St. Michael’s scorers were: Andrew Kelly 0-3, Ciaran Gallagher 1-0, Christy Toye 0-2, and Liam Paul Ferry, Martin McElhinney, Daniel McLaughlin, Michael Cannon and Colm McFadden 0-1 each. Our reserves won on a scoreline of St. Michael’s 2-12 Dungloe 1-7.  It was a tough game to win with a good team performance and Keelan McGee, Denis Trearty and Barry McGinley playing well. All Ireland TicketsAny club member who wants their names in the draw for the All Ireland Football Tickets email secretary.stmichaels.donegalgaa.ie or text 0863084164 before Sunday 13th September.St. Michael’s Mini Lotto €5700 this weekThere was no Jackpot winner in the St. Michael’s Mini Lotto on Sunday night last; The numbers drawn were 4,5,7,8,11,12.  There were 19 4 Match no 5 winners. 28 people matched 4 and their names were drawn; the winner of the €100 was Vincent Greer Hornhead Road.  This weeks Jackpot be €5700. The Club would like to thank Brian and Margaret Anne Dolan, Molly’s Bar Dunfanaghy, Seamus Sweeney Kildarragh Construction Philadelphia, Shaun Langan Creeslough Pallets and Michael McColgan Dunfanaghy for their continuing sponsorship of the lotto jackpot, it is very much appreciated.Tickets are on sale in local businesses in Dunfanaghy and Creeslough and at the Bingo Session in Massinass Community Centre Creeslough on Sunday evenings, tickets for the St. Michaels Mini Lotto can now also be purchased on line anywhere at at onlinelotto on facebook . Drive Home in Style From The Bingo in CreesloughYou could win a car on every game every Sunday night at the Bingo Session in the Massinass Community Centre Creeslough by winning a house on 45 nos or less.  Check on 45 Numbers or less with the magic number in the panel and the lucky number drawn in the first five numbers of that game, you win the car or €10,000.  The normal Snowball is also in place every night. The Magic Number from 1 to 90 is drawn out every Sunday night before the bingo begins.  In addition every House winner will receive a free entry to the weekly lotto, this weeks Jackpot is €5700.  Congratulations to Grace Coll Chapel Road Dunfanaghy who won the Monthly Draw for the Television on Sunday night last.  The Club would like to thank everyone who supported this draw over the past few months. The single book is €8 and special offer for this Sunday night the 13th September only Double Book only €10, both books include snowball page. Bingo continues every Sunday evening at 8pm in the Massinass Community Centre. The €150 on the snowball game at the Bingo session on Sunday night last was won by Tommy Gallagher Fanmore.  The winner of the Door Prize was Hugo Brooker UK who took a Bingo Book and a Lotto Ticket.  This weeks Snowball will be €1020.Club GearMichael Murphy Sports & Leisure is now stocking St Michaels club gear in children and adult sizes. Initials can be embroidered on tops if requested in the shop.St. Michaels Minor BoardSmashing TimeAnyone with any old crockery/ cracked cups should leave them at the Portacabin in Creeslough as they will be needed for our annual Sports Day.RegistrationsAll players must be registered to take part in training or play games.  To registrar contact your manager or Suzi Roarty on 087 2849214.Cup/MugsThank you to all those who donated cups and mugs which is greatly appreciated, however we could still do with more donations please.Under 12’sTraining will now run on a Tuesday evening from 6pm to 7.00pm at the Bridge.Bus leaves Creeslough at 5.45pm sharp. €3 for the bus.  Gumshields essential. Some more challenge games will be planned.Under 13’sThe under 13’s kicked off to a good start to the season beating Cloughaneely, they went in at half time 3 points down but fought back in the second half to win.Under 14’sThe Under 14’s are playing Cloughaneely on Wednesday evening in the Division 3 final.Under 16’sThe under 16’s possibly play Urris in the quarter final on this Friday evening at a neutral venue.GAA NEWS: ST MICHAEL’S U13’S EARN EXCELLENT WIN OVER LOCAL RIVALS CLOUGHANEELY was last modified: September 8th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:GAASportlast_img read more

It’s about time the Gareth Bale era finally kicked off at Real Madrid

first_img Ronaldo scored 451 goals for Real Madrid, but has now left, leaving Bale in the spotlight at the Bernabeu 4 Bale was lethal for Real Madrid against Girona, whose defence felt the full force of his talent For five years Gareth Bale has stood in the shadow of Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid’s all-time record goal-scorer, picking up plenty of medals for his collection but more often than not struggling with injuries and difficulties in his adaptation to Spanish football, while his team-mate claimed the plaudits. 4 Real Madrid paid Tottenham £85m for Bale in 2013 and he has won the Champions League four times, a Spanish league title and the Copa del Rey in that time Smelling blood and with a newfound spring in his step, the Madrid man kept going, kept running tirelessly at Muniesa and anyone else who attempted to stop him. By the end of the night the Catalan defender had abandoned any attempt to get to the ball first and was resorting to bodychecks in an effort to block his opponent.The forward had one more moment of influence left in him. With just over 10 minutes left to play Bale picked up the pace again, tormenting Muniesa with his quick shifting of the ball from foot to foot, storming into the area and picking out Benzema perfectly with a pass on the outside of his left boot for the fourth and final Madrid goal in the 4-1 route.Lopetegui had seen enough. No doubt aware of the physical issues that have plagued him in recent years, the coach took his star off to standing applause from the Madrid away support with a goal, an assist, and an excellent, decisive second half performance under his belt. Is it a sign of a more influential Bale to come for Real this season? After losing 40 goals a season with the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo, the Real Madrid boss and support alike will hope so.Lee Roden is writing for talkSPORT on all things La Liga this season. Follow him on Twitter here. For a player who was the standout star of his team and commanded a huge fee when he left Tottenham, the frustration of playing at best second-fiddle should not be overlooked. Add to that the doubts among some sections of the Madrid fanbase about his capacity to succeed there, and it is in many ways surprising that the attacker isn’t at a different club by now. Offers certainly weren’t short in supply.After half a decade however, Ronaldo’s move to Juventus has finally opened the door of opportunity many felt Bale was destined to enter when he first moved to Spain in 2013. Tentatively, there are signs that the Welshman is ready to leave his true imprint on a new era for Los Blancos.A prequel of the shift was offered in the 2017/18 Champions League final, Bale’s stunning bicycle kick casting a tame Ronaldo in the background for once. The Portuguese subsequently chose an inopportune moment to reveal uncertainty about his continuity at the Bernabeu following the final whistle in a desperate attempt to claw back some of the attention.Bale didn’t even start that game – a sign of his diminishing importance among the Madrid ranks under Zinedine Zidane. Ronaldo’s exit to Turin, a change in coach and a lack of depth up front ensured a starting position would not be particularly difficult to come by this season however, and with three official games under his belt, the number 11’s list of contributions already bodes well.The 2018 European Super Cup was not a happy one for Madrid but for Bale on an individual level, picking up an assist for Karim Benzema’s initial equalizer following a surging run and cross on the right wing was a step in the right direction. He soon built on that in Los Blancos’ league opener against Getafe, an excellent left-footed cross from the opposite flank this time causing David Soria to flap and leading to Dani Carvajal’s opener that broke the opposition resistance. A standing left-footed finish in the area in the second half followed, sealing the win and opening the 29-year-old’s goalscoring account for the 2017/18 La Liga season. Those were tasters, and against Girona on Sunday, Bale truly started to enjoy his newly minted role as Real Madrid’s danger man in chief. His decisiveness in the opposition area and consistent, driving runs in the second half will live long in the memory of poor Marc Muniesa in particular, the man left flailing uncontrollably in his failed efforts to stop a Bale whose confidence soared as the game progressed.The match at Montilivi could have been very different for the Real Madrid star. In years gone by with Ronaldo around, it probably would have. In the first half Bale struggled to find his rhythm, switching from right flank to left, over and over in an attempt to come into contact with the ball and influence the match.More often than not he wasn’t obliged. After receiving possession, the first thing the likes of Toni Kroos and Marcelo used to do was look for Ronaldo. In the initial period on Sunday it was instead Bale who went looking for them. After the break that changed entirely. Perhaps Julen Lopetegui instructed his team to give the ball to the number 11 more often, or perhaps the player himself simply decided to step things up a gear when he did receive possession. Either way, in the second period Bale was absolutely lethal.The first sign of that came with only a minute played in the second period. In an effort to win back possession, makeshift left-back Muniesa stormed out of position but instead gave the ball away to Benzema. The Frenchman accurately weighted a pass through to Bale who was already deep in the space the defender had left behind, curling his subsequent shot slightly high.A second moment of target practice followed a few moments later, with Bale again appearing behind Muniesa to control a high ball then shoot, this time hitting the target and drawing an excellent save from Yassine Bounou.With just under an hour played, the tie delicately balanced 2-1 in Madrid’s favour and Girona encouraged by their home crowd to push for an equalizer, Bale finally punished them. The position on the pitch was the same – the space behind the opposition left-back – but this time the run was just slightly sharper. The forward burned Muniesa for pace, leaving him for dead and shrugging off a futile attempt to pull his white shirt, before bursting into the box unchallenged then sliding the ball beautifully into the net past Bono.It was the goal that killed Girona’s spirit and ensured the night would turn into a Madrid route rather than a nail-biting finale. And it was vintage Bale – the kind we haven’t seen frequently enough at the Bernabeu. 4 Gareth Bale scored for Real Madrid in their 4-1 win against Girona to make it two goals in two league games so far this season 4last_img read more


first_imgA 41-year-old man accused of murdering a teenager on Arranmore has gone on trial.Stephen Boyle, Austen House, Cambridge Road, Kilburn Park in London is accused of murdering Paul Boyle, 19, at Early’s Bar, Leabgarrow, Arranmore on October 3, 2009.Mr Boyle has pleaded not guilty to murder but guilty of manslaughter. Opening the trial Mr Paul O’ Higgins SC prosecuting told the jury the accused had admitted killing Paul Boyle but what they had to decide was whether this amounted to murder or a lesser crime of manslaughter.Mr O’ Higgins said Paul Boyle who was from Arranmore was out on the night of October 2, 2009 with his father and friends.The court heard Stephen Boyle left for London in 1988 and came back and forward to a house he built on Arranmore.He told the court while the group was in one pub the accused Stephen Boyle was talking to Paul Boyle.Mr O’ Higgins told the court the pair “didn’t get on well” and there was a row about money.He said Paul Boyle who worked for Stephen Boyle in London was of the view that he was owed £400 sterling.Mr O’ Higgins said Paul Boyle and his group moved to Earley’s Bar and Stephen Boyle arrived there later.He said Stephen Boyle came up with a Heineken glass and “stabbed it into Paul Boyle’s neck”.The court was told there were two major wounds and two minor wounds in his neck.It was also told Paul Boyle was brought to the mainland to Letterkenny Hospital but he died at 10.20am on October 3.Mr O’ Higgins said Arranmore has a population of 522 people and this killing caused “immense shock and sadness on the island”.The trial continues before a jury of six men and six women presided over by Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy.ARRANMORE MURDER TRIAL: ACCUSED ADMITS MANSLAUGHTER was last modified: January 31st, 2012 by BrendaShare 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_imgBY EAMON HARVEY Karl Griffin wins 800m at Athlone International meetEarlier tonight, Karl Griffin, UCD A.C. /Tir Chonaill, in a packed Athlone International Stadium, had the narrowest of victory over Irish 800m champion Niall Tuohy, U.L/Ferybank A.C. –Griffin 1min50.47secs;Tuohy 1min 50.48secs.The Donegal Town man, beaten by Tuohy in recent Irish Universities and Indoor championship finals battled his way from a 3metres deficit with 50m to go to shade the race. This is Karl’s final indoor race of the season and a second sub 1min 50.5secs qualification time for summers World Juniors.Earlier today the the Irish team for the IAAF World Indoor Championships to be held in Sopot, Poland from 7-9 March was announcedMark English, UCD AC/Letterkenny, who recently smashed the 800m Indoor record, gained selection while David McCarthy, West Waterford AC, who has strong Donegal connections, gets the 1,500m berth.Name Event Club Coach Amy Foster* 60m City of Lisburn AC David ReidMark English 800m UCD A.C Teresa McDaidRose-Anne Galligan 800m Newbridge A.C David FarrowCiara Everard 800m UCD A.C James NolanDavid McCarthy 1500m West Waterford A.C Chris Jones Claire Tarplee 1500m DSD A.C George Gandy* Amy Foster has decided not to compete at the World Indoor Championships in order to focus on the Commonwealth Games.KARL GRIFFIN WINS 800M IN ATHLONE AND GETS WORLD CHAMPS TIME was last modified: February 27th, 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:athleticsAthloneindoorkarl griffinWorld Junior Championshipslast_img read more