Simon says Sweden – Tomlinson eyes Scandinavian return in Tokyo 2020 preparation

first_img PLAYERS TO BE CHALLENGED Among the players Tomlinson must challenge to qualify for a regional Olympic spot is Brazilian Hugo Calderano, who starred at the recent Olympic table tennis competition in Rio de Janeiro. During 2016, Calderano rose from number 77 to number 31 in the ITTF world ranking. In Rio, he reached the round of 16 in the men’s singles. Other noted players from the region include France-based world number 157 Mexican Marcos Madrid and another Brazilian, Thiago Monteiro, ranked at 155. “It’s hard to compete with those guys,” Tomlinson estimated, “so it would be good to be on sort of more even footing with them the next time around.” Tomlinson expects to complete his UTech studies in 2017. Despite the respect the UTech Sports Management student has for Calderano and the region’s other fine table tennis players, he isn’t scared. He clearly feels that he can join Garfield Jones, Hylton and Michael Hyatt as Jamaican table tennis Olympians. “I have more experience,” said the young man, who has played on the European circuit and who has played in black, green, and-gold at the Commonwealth Games and World Championships. “Being able to draw on that experience to help in competition should help a lot,” he concluded. Simon Tomlinson, Jamaica’s table tennis champion, says he will head to Sweden to improve his game when his studies at the University of Technology (UTech) are over. Tomlinson has his heart set on competing for Jamaica in the 2020 Olympics and believes a return to Sweden will help him to train and compete at a level that will make this dream come true. “I’m still a student-athlete, so for the short-term, I’m focusing on finishing my degree,” he tabled in an interview at the Barbican Table Tennis Centre in Kingston recently. “Of course, I’m training as well as I can, given that I still need to focus most of my time on schoolwork. “As soon as that’s finished, I’ll be looking to go back to Sweden, go back to playing the league, to stay there long-term and be in a competitive environment to prepare myself for Japan (2020 Olympics).” Like his mentor, three-time Caribbean champion Stephen Hylton, the 24-year-old Tomlinson has trained in Sweden before. The Scandinavian country has produced three world champions in Stellan Bengtsson, Jan-Ove Waldner and Jorgen Persson, Olympic bronze medallist Erik Lindh, and three-time European champion Mikael Appelgren with Waldner, the 1992 Olympic gold-medal winner, regarded by many as the finest player of all time. After a lull, the Swedes are on the rise again. Aggressive left-hander Kristian Karlsson played his way into the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) World Cup semi-finals with another Swedish leftie, Par Gerell, in the quarter-finals.last_img read more

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Australian men’s tennis hit by infighting, Twitter rants

first_imgLATEST STORIES Canada’s Milos Raonic, left, is congratulated by Australia’s Nick Kyrgios after winning their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)MELBOURNE, Australia — The situation seems mostly nasty these days in Australian men’s tennis.Compared with the genteel nature of past stars like Rod Laver and Ken Rosewall and more recently, the likes of Pat Rafter over-ruling line calls and giving points to his opponents long before video replays existed, Australian men’s tennis is filled with Twitter rants, calls by one player for Davis Cup captain Lleyton Hewitt to resign, embarrassing on-court comments. And, to make matters worse, few decent results.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MOST READ The exception, in a big way, is Alex de Minaur, who advanced to the third round at the Australian Open and will play 17-time major winner Rafael Nadal on Friday. And John Millman gave a top performance before losing Wednesday in five sets to Roberto Bautista Agut.After that, it’s not pretty.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 ChrissSure Hewitt wasn’t always the consummate “good bloke” — as Australians like to say — in his day, arguing with chair umpires and fellow players and media, but he seems mild mannered compared with the likes of the self-imploding, dynamite-like duo of Bernard Tomic and Nick Kyrgios.After Tomic lost in the first round, he called on former No. 1-ranked, two-time major winning Hewitt to resign as Davis Cup captain. The two have been feuding for more than a year after Tomic claimed that Australia couldn’t win without him and Hewitt countered by saying Tomic wouldn’t be chosen for further international duty as long as he was in charge. Kyrgios posted a poll to his followers, asking whose match Hewitt was watching.He provided two options: “Demon” (de Minaur’s nickname) and “No one else”.Australian No.2 Millman and No.3 Matt Ebden were playing second-round matches at the same time as de Minaur. Kyrgios appeared to suggest that Hewitt only is interested in de Minaur, the teenager who Hewitt has been mentoring along with his Spanish coach Adolfo Gutierrez.Tomic and Kyrgios reached the Wimbledon quarterfinals as teenagers — Tomic in 2011, Kyrgios in 2014 — but neither has been past that stage at a major since.Kyrgios, who is Australia’s fourth-ranked player now, removed his Instagram post not long after. He also criticized Hewitt during the Brisbane International for not watching him or Kokkinakas play.John Newcombe, who won seven Grand Slam singles titles in the 1960 and 70s, including Wimbledon three times, urged Hewitt not to get involved in the argument.“I said to Lleyton the other day: ‘Things that are being said and all that, take the high ground,” Newcombe told the Australian Associated Press. ‘You don’t have to defend yourself. Everyone sees what you’re doing out there.’”“The general public can see what Lleyton’s doing, but every time Bernie (Tomic) gets a microphone he attacks Tennis Australia or someone in it.”Millman said after his loss to Bautista Agut that he’s felt “quite well-supported by the captain, by the coach, by the support staff,” but said he liked Tomic, describing him as “larrikin,” and Kyrgios, a “top bloke.”Perhaps Millman has the best solution. View comments In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titlecenter_img Tomic’s form wouldn’t see him chosen anyway for Australia’s Davis Cup first-round tie against Bosnia and Herzegovina in Adelaide in February, but Tomic went a bit further, suggesting Hewitt has a personal interest in players he is promoting.“No one likes him anymore,” Tomic said of Hewitt. “We have a lot of issues that not a lot of players are happy about. We all know who those players are. Myself, (Thanasi) Kokkinakis, (Nick) Kyrgios.”Hewitt wasn’t about to get involved in a stoush with Tomic, saying it was “Bernie being Bernie and losing and going on and complaining.”After Tomic’s comments, Kokkinakis and Kyrgios denied that they had any issue with Hewitt, but Kyrgios’s Twitter comments on Wednesday night during de Minaur’s match appeared to suggest otherwise.Kyrgios posted a screenshot on Instagram of Hewitt doing television sideline commentary from de Minaur’s players’ box during the Australian player’s five-set win over Swiss qualifier Henri Laaksonen.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history 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 “This stuff,” Millman said, “it’s in one ear, out the other.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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‘German Payday’ Resurfaces at Red-light

first_imgThe notorious acts being allegedly carried out by traffic control officers of the Liberia National Police (LNP) referred to only as ‘German Pay-day’, has resurfaced at the Red-light Market in Paynesville.According to several affected commercial drivers and private vehicle owners, ‘German Pay-day’ is the time police officers allegedly extort money from them during the weekend.Some commercial drivers told the Daily Observer that special budgets are set aside starting Friday of each week for the ‘German Pay-day’ activities at the Red-light, Waterside and Duala Markets.It may be recalled that in June this year, following public outcry against ‘German Pay-day’ at the three major commercial districts in Monrovia, the LNP leadership instituted some measures to remedy the troublesome situation.At the time, several police officers were arrested by their superiors for the alleged extortion and subsequently transferred to different areas in Monrovia and its environs.Petty traders and commercial drivers expressed gratitude to the LNP leadership and urged them to sustain the clamp down on errant (misbehaving) officers operating in the three business districts in Monrovia.Regrettably, at the three crowded business districts in Monrovia, police officers are heard saying ‘bring my German Pay-day now or else.’“Let’s be very frank with our leaders and government that the present salaries will not deter these practices by our police officers in Monrovia and other parts of Liberia,” an aggrieved LNP officer cried out.In some real encounters with LNP officers assigned to Monrovia’s business districts, several of them pointed out that their salaries and incentives are a nightmare.The LNP officers also claimed that for the past several years in Liberia, salaries and essential incentives have remained very low and highly unacceptable by most professional standards in other countries.Correspondingly, the ‘German Pay-day’ activities in Monrovia’s business districts continue to generate anger and frustration among the thousands of petty traders and small enterprise owners.Many small, medium and large business entities have on many occasions complained of the snail pace of conveying goods and services from one end of Monrovia to other areas due to the ‘German Pay-day’ spree.Central Monrovia businessman Thomas Hansen Kollie last weekend told the Daily Observer that commercial and truck drivers conveying goods and services on many occasions encounter LNP officers demanding their ‘German Pay-day’ tokens.“Our goods and services to some parts of Monrovia are delayed owing to the numerous LNP officers encountered at the intersections awaiting their ‘German Pay-day’ and Christmas gifts,” Mr. Kollie complained.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Denny Morrison and other skaters refusing to pay “team fee”

first_imgDubreuil has won four World Cup medals in as many races in the 500 metres. He said the athletes were informed of a possible team fee in the fall when it was too late for them to find the money to pay it.“Some of our frustration is the money, but also the timing of it and learning about it in season when there’s no way to turn around and get a job because we’re leaving for World Cups and stuff,” he said.“Having to sign the (athletes’) agreement on short notice while we’re in Japan and telling us we need a lawyer ‘to read it with you before signing’ and we’re in Japan, how am I supposed to do that? The timing, they couldn’t have done much worse.”After winning a combined 13 medals at the 2006 and 2010 Olympics Games, the long-track team totalled two in Sochi, Russia, in February with Morrison’s silver and bronze.Morrison is concerned about the impact fees will have on developmental skaters, as well as the disconnect in the relationship between the long-track skaters in Calgary and the organization that oversees them.Advertisement Signing their athletes’ agreement without knowing for sure what they will pay is akin to signing “a blank cheque,” they say.“When they sent the agreement out, we actually didn’t know what the amount was, which is why a lot of us didn’t sign it,” Blondin explained. “We felt it was like writing a blank cheque. They could come back and say it’s $15,000.”So Blondin hasn’t received her Sport Canada funding for December, nor will she for January. The 24-year-old has won five World Cup medals, including two gold, in her first four events this season.“I had a little bit of flex in my budget, but right now I don’t have that flexibility,” she said. “I’m struggling right now and it’s not good. I’m stressed out.“You’re trying to focus on skating and there’s some mornings I think ‘why am I even here? I’m not being paid right now.’ It’s frustrating, the struggles of being an athlete with a low income. It’s hard and sometimes I wonder why I’m coming to the Oval every morning, but I do.”Advertisement Ottawa’s Blondin, double Olympic medallist Denny Morrison of Fort St. John, B.C., and Laurent Dubreuil of Levis, Que., are among some athletes who have not signed their athletes’ agreement with SSC.The athletes’ agreement is a contract between athletes and their national federation to fulfil certain requirements, such as wearing sponsors’ logos on clothing.Not signing the contract makes athletes ineligible to received their Sport Canada funding. Speed Skating Canada’s athletes’ agreement contains a clause requiring the skaters to pay team fees.Blondin, Morrison and Dubreuil haven’t signed the agreement because they have no official word from SSC on what the team fees will be, even though $1,200 has been informally discussed.Advertisement Athletes in other sports pay team fees to their federation to help cover costs of competing such as travel, accommodation and the transportation of equipment. The lugers, for example, will pay $1,800 in team fees this winter.The speedskaters haven’t had to pay team fees up until this point and are unhappy about the prospect.A reduction in Own The Podium funding and other revenue sources dropped SSC’s budget for 2014-15 by a million dollars from last year, according to chief executive officer Ian Moss.- Advertisement -“We’re running $750,000 less in our national-team budget,” Moss told The Canadian Press. “We’re looking at ways to cover that cost.A team fee would generate about $75,000, he said.But the timing and handling of the situation has spawned a second, serious financial issue for some athletes.Advertisement “A clause requiring you to pay team fees and it is an undisclosed amount, is that even legal to put into a contract?” the three-time Olympian asked. “It really kind of ruins the team morale as far as the relationship between athletes and Speed Skating Canada goes.“I want to stick up for the young athletes who it does affect,” Morrison continued. “I’m on my way out. I only have a few years left. If you give young athletes no incentive to stay in the sport, it’s not going to bode well for the future of speedskating.”Moss acknowledged the situation could have been handled better, but he said there is no escaping speedskating’s financial realities that didn’t become clear until September.Own The Podium funding is doled out based on a sport’s medal potential. SSC’s allotment for 2014-15 was $517,000 less than in 2013-14.last_img read more

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Kimanzi cautious as Eritrea lie in CECAFA wait

first_img0Shares0000Harambee Stars head coach Francis Kimanzi shares a joke with his assistant Zedekiah Otieno during a training session in Namugongo, Kampala on December 16, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluKAMPALA, Uganda, Dec 17 – Harambee Stars head coach Francis Kimanzi is playing his cardrs close to his chest as he prepares his side to take on Eritrea in the semi-final of the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup at the Lugogo Complex in Kampala on Tuesday.Kimanzi believes Eritrea will be a tough opponent and extra motivated especially noting that they are making their first semi-final appearance since 1994. “Every team in the semis wants to get to the next 90 minutes. It will be a tough match; they are there by merit and we are also here by merit. I am sure they will give their best and the luckier team in the tournament will be the winner,” Kimanzi told Capital Sport after the team’s training session in Namugongo on Monday.Stars made it to the last four top of Group B after winning all their three group matches, scoring four goals and conceding one while Eritrea were second off Group A having won two matches, drawn one and lost one.Midfielder Kenneth Muguna also bears the same sentiments as the coach and says the team will be cautious ahead of the duel, insisting they will not underrate the Eritreans.Harambee Stars midfielder Kenneth Muguna dribbles the ball during a training session in Namugongo, Kampala on December 16, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu“We have been following their performances online and from their results, it shows they are not an easy team. We will prepare well for them and we will not dare underrate them. We will go in play our best and get to the final because that is the minimum target we have for ourselves,” Muguna noted.This will be an interesting duel as the Eritrean squad is composed of up to 10 players who were part of their CECAFA Under-20 squad that lost 1-0 to Kenya’s Rising Stars at the same stage in Jinja in October.While they will be seeking revenge, Kenya will be out to assert their authority as one of the powerhouses of East and Central African football.Head coach Francis Kimanzi will be back on the touchline after serving his two match ban, but he is not enthusiastic about his return, instead focusing on helping the team get to the final.Harambee Stars players warming up during a training session in Namugongo, Kampala on December 16, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu“I really don’t see anything to be excited about getting back to the touchline. What is important is the players are happier that they are in the semis and will be giving their best to get to the final,” the tactician stated.He is expected to revert to his strongest starting team, the one that played the opening match against Tanzania. But, the performance of youngster Musa Masika in the semis, and the fact that he knows the Eritrean team having faced them in the Under-20 might see him earn a start.0Shares0000(Visited 17 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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THE HOOPS REPORT: CELTIC WIN TO TAKE SLENDER LEAD IN CHAMPIONS LEAGUE BATTLE

first_imgFROM NEIL DOHERTY AT PARKHEAD: CELTIC will take a slender 2-1 lead into the second leg of their tie with HJK Helsinki after a first leg 2-1 win in the UEFA Champions League third qualifying round first leg.And the Hoops will be disappointed – they dominated the game and should have scored far more.Ramus Schuller scored for the visitors just after the break, against the run of play. But whereas in the past Celtic might have folded, the refused to fall back and came back within five minutes as Gary Hooper equalised.Charlie Mulgrew then headed the winning goal on the hour to give Celtic the advantage going into the return tie in Finland next week.The Hoops had dominated the first half, with Hooper hitting the side-netting after just 14 seconds.There was a superb atmosphere at Celtic Park and the returning James Forrest was on fire – heading just wide after 14 minutes. Joe Ledley then had three chances to score, missing the first – and a second shot from him a few minutes later forced Helsinki keeper, Ville Wallen, into a great save.His drive a few minutes later was blocked.After Helsinki took the lead just after the re-start, Celtic upped their game and Kris Commons – a changed man this season – saw his shot come off the post.The came Hooper’s great goal, set up by the brilliant Samaras who flighted a wonderful cross from the left flank.And just seven minutes later, Mulgrew headed home from a corner to give the Hoops the lead. Mulgrew almost added a third a few minutes later but his shot went wide.The Hoops had a good game tonight; there were some bright points.But we all hope they’ve just done enough so that we can progress to the next stage.“With the amount of chances we created I feel we can score away from home,” Lennon told BBC Radio Scotland. “The most important thing would be to try and keep a clean sheet.”“I’m pretty pleased with the performance,” added Lennon.“It’s obviously bitter-sweet with the away goal but to come away with a victory is pleasing.“They played very, very well and created a lot of chances. I was pleased with the fitness, they kept going and that was excellent.”CELTIC (4-4-1-1): Forster; Matthews, Wanyama, Mulgrew, Izaguirre; Forrest, Brown, Ledley, Samaras (Lustig 87); Commons (Stokes 63); Hooper (McCourt 87)Subs not used: Zaluska, Kayal, Rogne, F. TwardzikHJK HELSINKI (4-1-3-2): Wallen; Sorsa, Lindstrom, Lahti, Sumusalo; Perovuo; Mannstrom, Vayryen (Okkonen 74), Savage; Schuller (Pohjanpalo 84), Makela (Sadik 59)Subs not used: Sahlgren, Kansikas, Hakanpaa, PelvasMan of the match: Charlie Mulgrew THE HOOPS REPORT: CELTIC WIN TO TAKE SLENDER LEAD IN CHAMPIONS LEAGUE BATTLE was last modified: August 2nd, 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)Tags:THE HOOPS REPORT: CELTIC WIN TO TAKE SLENDER LEAD IN CHAMPIONS LEAGUE BATTLElast_img read more

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‘Stones and Laporte can be best partnership in history’, claims ex-Man City defender

first_img Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury MONEY Ahead of the Manchester derby on Sunday, Dunne compared the two with famous Manchester United centre-backs of the past and claimed they can be more successful than the lot of them.Speaking exclusively to 888sport, he said: “They are very different to when you go back over the years to the centre-back pairings that United had. Vidic and Stam, Bruce and Pallister even.“They were tough tacklers whereas the two City have – who are the only two centre-backs that Pep has bought – are completely within his profile of ball-playing defenders.“They don’t seem to be in positions to need last-ditch tackles. Former Manchester City defender Richard Dunne believes the club’s current centre-back pairing of John Stones and Aymeric Laporte can become the greatest in Premier League history.The champions have conceded just four goals in their opening 11 league games, with Stones and Laporte establishing themselves as first-choice ahead of Vincent Kompany and Nicolas Otamendi. REVEALED 2 BEST OF Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? REVEALED Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions ADVICE Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won huge blow Stones and Laporte have kept things tight at the back for Man City Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade RANKED The Red Devils are leaking goals, conceding 18 in their opening 11 games, and it’s no secret Jose Mourinho is desperate for a world-class defender to tighten things up.Dunne added: “It’s not easy for United because when you look around the world there is not that many centre-backs playing at that top level who they can get from other clubs.“Since the days of Ferdinand and Vidic United have struggled to get a settled two and I’m sure as soon as Mourinho has the opportunity he will change the two he has now for different ones.“At the moment he has Lindelof and Smalling but they don’t inspire confidence throughout the team and as soon as that transfer window opens I’m sure they will be out looking for centre-backs again.”Read the full 888sport interview with Richard Dunne, including his thoughts on how Manchester United must reinvent themselves from the boardroom down to compete with City. no dice Latest Football News Dunne made 345 appearances for Man City 2 “Instead they read the game really well and obviously with the team they have ahead of them – and Fernandinho in particular – they are not under so much pressure.“This brings its own issue though because they need to concentrate all the time and remain switched on.”“The understanding that they’ve got could make this a long-standing partnership and certainly the most successful in Premier League history.”Dunne, however, was less complimentary about United’s options at centre-back.last_img read more

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ERIN DEATH: EDUCATION BOSS CALLS FOR END TO MEDIA COVERAGE

first_imgTHE head of education in the county has called for an end to media coverage of Erin Gallagher’s death to allow the community and school to recover.In a statement Donegal VEC boss Sean Purcell said the community needed time to take in the death of the 13-year-old.Erin, from Ballybofey, took her own life ten days ago after being bullied. She was a student at Finn Valley College. “Following on public comments and private expression of concern and sympathy made on behalf of Finn Valley College, Co. Donegal VEC wishes to formally extend its sympathies to the family and friends of Erin Gallagher,” said Mr Purcell.“We acknowledge that in the circumstances, emotions are very raw and everyone will be looking for answers.  This is a very challenging time also for the students, parents and staff of Finn Valley College.“Understandably the media have been very proactive in exploring local concerns and issues of a wider context that have been sparked by these events.“Co. Donegal VEC wishes to state that the safety and welfare of its students are at the core of its policies and procedures. “Over the last week Co. Donegal VEC has discussed the issues surrounding the events leading up to the untimely death of Erin Gallagher.“Co. Donegal VEC wishes to confirm that the Management and Staff of Finn Valley College acted at all times with regard to the welfare of the students.“The Committee also wishes to acknowledge the care with which the Staff and co-operating agencies carried out their duties following this tragic event.“It is important that the school and Community be allowed time to grieve and readjust to every day routine. There are many raw emotions and feelings both in the School and in the Community and we would hope that the press and media will appreciate the need for space to enable the appropriate agencies and personnel to provide support at this difficult time with due regard to the safety and welfare of all.“Finn Valley College will continue to provide high quality education in a caring and positive environment.” ERIN DEATH: EDUCATION BOSS CALLS FOR END TO MEDIA COVERAGE was last modified: November 6th, 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)Tags:BallybofeyERIN DEATH: EDUCATION BOSS CALLS FOR END TO MEDIA COVERAGEErin GallagherStranorlarlast_img read more

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DRAW SPECIALISTS HARPS SAY GOODBYE TO PROMOTION HOPES

first_imgFinn Harps said goodbye to any chance of promotion last night albeit it in terrific fashion against Wexford Youths.Kevin McHugh scored but also missed penalty for Harps.The Ballybofey side twice threw away the lead and missed a penalty in what was a terrific game at Finn Park.Josh Mailey put Harps in front but Ben Ryan equalised for Wexford in the 15th minute minute. The evergreen Kevin McHugh put Harps in front again after an hour but he missed a chance to seal the points when he blasted wide from the penalty spot a short time later.McHugh’s miss was punished by Wexford who snatched a draw when they did what Harps couldn’t do by converting form the penalty spot.Both sides had chances to win the game at the death but it finished 2-2.For Harps it was their 11th draw of the season and promotion seems a dream at this stage.  DRAW SPECIALISTS HARPS SAY GOODBYE TO PROMOTION HOPES was last modified: August 2nd, 2014 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:finn harpsFinn ParkWEXFORD YOUTHS. DRAWlast_img read more

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ELECTED (LETTERKENNY): JAMES PAT McDAID (FF) CELEBRATES ELECTION VICTORY

first_imgJames and TeresaGLENSWILLY club man James Pat McDaid has been elected to take a seat for the Letterkenny Electoral Area on Donegal County Council.James Pat, pictured with girlfriend Teresa Canning, was the surprise package of the Fianna Fail election strategy in the area where 10 seats were up for grabs.“I want to thank Fianna Fail for selecting me to run in this election and all the support I got from the party,” said the 25-year-old. “I’ll be the youngest councillor in there and I’m hoping to be the voice for young people in there.“I want to thank every one who voted for me; I got votes from right across the political spectrum.“My canvassers asked the electorate to give the young fella a chance. I have been given that chance and I will ensure that chance is not wasted.”He added: “It is a very proud night for the McDaid family….the party’s in Glenswilly.”  ELECTED (LETTERKENNY): JAMES PAT McDAID (FF) CELEBRATES ELECTION VICTORY was last modified: May 26th, 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:fianna failglenswillyJames Pat McDaidletterkennylast_img read more

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