Busy Fortnight Ahead For Galway Sports Fans

first_imgThat is not counting Galway United’s FAI Cup First round game on Saturday next as they make the journey to Wexford to take on North End United at 6pm and one of the biggest Athletics events in the country with the Streets of Galway 8k also taking place on Saturday evening next around the city starting at 7pm. print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email It is going to be a busy fortnight for Galway GAA Supporters with teams involved in All-Ireland Quarters, Semis and Finals between now and Sunday week. Next Wednesday night at 7.30 at the Gaelic Grounds, Tony Ward’s Under 21 Hurlers face Tipperary in the All-Ireland Semi-Final with Cork awaiting the winners while on Saturday; Donal O’Faharta’s Galway minor Footballers face Meath in the All-Ireland Semi-Final at 3pm followed by the All-Ireland Senior Football Semi-Final between Kevin Walsh’s Galway and Dublin at 5. Then Sunday sees Stephen Glennon’s Galway Senior Ladies face Mayo in the All-Ireland Quarter Final with the venue and time to be confirmed. On to the Following weekend and we have the All-Ireland Senior and Intermediate Camogie Semi-Finals and Sunday 19th of August, The All-Ireland Minor and Senior Hurling Finals with Galway and Kilkenny in the Minor Final at 1.30 followed by the Senior Decider between Galway and Limerick and half three.last_img read more

After further review

first_imgDoug McKenzieMonmouth program has a real home-grown feel to it Doug McKenzie Monmouth program has a real home-grown feel to it When Greg Schiano, the highly touted offensive guru from the University of Miami Hurricanes, took over the reins of the struggling Rutgers University football program last year, it was viewed as some kind of rebirth for a team that was struggling to keep its head above water in the Big East Conference. Schiano came in, and with him came an excitement that Rutgers football fans had never experienced before. A young coach who was being billed as one of the top offensive minds in the nation had finally agreed to come to New Jersey to build the national power the Rutgers community always felt it deserved. And from his introductory press conference, Schiano made it clear what his primary goal would be during his first few seasons at the helm. He wanted to establish a program that could keep its own. No longer would the top high school players in New Jersey be traveling outside state lines to launch their college careers. He would establish the type of program that would instill state pride in the blue-chippers who have routinely sought scholarships from Division I schools in other parts of the nation while rarely even considering staying home and playing for New Jersey’s state school. And while he has had some success attracting quality home-grown talent (i.e., Long Branch’s Berkeley Hutchinson), we are yet to see the type of transformation people expected, or hoped for. To be fair, these things take time, and Schiano should not be judged on his success after only one season. But the news coming out of the Rutgers camp has not been promising over the last few weeks, with a number of top recruits (including Hutchinson) being declared academically ineligible and four other players being suspended for breaking team rules — all this while the Scarlet Knights are preparing for a regular season which includes games against top-ranked Miami, Virginia Tech and Tennessee, three teams with national title aspirations. It looks to be another long season for Rutgers football, but again, it’s still too early to dismiss Schiano’s enthusiasm as a mirage. He didn’t get to where he is today by fooling people, and he deserves a fair chance to deliver on his lofty promises. Meanwhile, down by the Shore, another football program is trying to establish the same type of drawing power as Rutgers but is enjoying tremendous success. The Monmouth University Hawks enter this season ranked No. 8 in the nation in the 1-AA Mid-Major Top 10 poll. They return 17 starters from a 7-3 team last year and are expected to challenge for a Northeast Conference title. But the story at Monmouth this year is the recruiting class. Kevin Callahan, the only head coach in the history of Monmouth University football, has brought in what most people feel is the team’s finest recruiting class ever. And a glimpse at the list of new players reveals some of the top high school players from the Shore Conference and its surrounding areas choosing to stay close to home to play for a team that is ready to win now. Guys like Nick Castellano, the Jackson linebacker with a nose for the football, who brings his tenacious style of play to a team that already had a solid defense. Or Brendan Kennedy, the lanky quarterback from Middletown South, who led his team to a state title last year with his brilliant running and accurate passing, becoming the first Shore player to both rush and pass for over 1,000 yards in the same season since 1993. Throw in South’s Mike McClelland, a talented wide receiver who caught 46 passes last season for the Eagles, or Josh James, a bruising All-State tailback from Freehold Borough, and you begin to realize that Callahan is developing a trend here. Some of the top players the Shore Conference has to offer are deciding to stay in the area to play at Monmouth, giving the team a home-grown flavor that will not only help the team improve on the field, but add to the Hawks’ expanding fan base. Interest in the Monmouth football team is being piqued, and with quality local talent flooding the program, Callahan is successfully building a smaller version of the type of system Schiano promised at Rutgers. Building a winning tradition at Rutgers will not be easy. But keeping some of the state’s top football players close to home can be done. After all, they’re doing it in West Long Branch.last_img read more

Sin-bins mandatory in grassroots leagues from 2019

first_imgEnglish football will continue its trials of temporary dismissals across 31 grassroots leagues in the new season before making ‘sin-bins’ mandatory for all leagues at Step Seven and below from 2019-20, the Football Association (FA) said on Monday.Sin-bins were introduced in select divisions in England’s Step Seven – the lowest tier of the National League system – and lower leagues last year, with the focus on countering dissent.Players shown a yellow card for dissent have to leave the field for 10 minutes.The trial was introduced after the International Football Association Board, the sport’s law-making body, approved the use of sin-bins at lower levels of domestic football worldwide in March last year.The FA said that it recorded an overall reduction in dissent in 25 leagues and a 38 per cent reduction in dissent across all leagues. Their study added that 72 percent of players wanted the scheme to continue.“I am delighted with the overall response towards last season’s trial of temporary dismissals,” Mark Ives, the FA’s head of judicial services, told the FA’s website http://www.thefa.com/news/2018/jul/30/sin-bins-300718?utm_source=t.co&utm_medium=referral.“While the fall in dissent across the leagues involved has been fantastic to see, it is the collective sentiment towards the scheme and desire to continue with it that have been particularly encouraging.”In 2018-19, the 31 leagues will also be joined by 61 other leagues across 16 counties that applied to participate in trials in the new season.“I’d like to thank the county FAs, leagues, clubs, referees, coaches and players involved for their commitment and enthusiasm towards improving the grassroots game and look forward to seeing the continued impact of temporary dismissals,” Ives added.last_img read more

Lawrence: Greatest moment of my life

first_imgIt has now been 20 years since Jamaica’s historic appearance at the FIFA World Cup in France. Some of the members of that team recall some of the memories of that campaign for The Sunday Gleaner’s Rachid Parchment. Aaron ‘Wild Boy’ Lawrence was the understudy to captain and national goalkeeper Warren Barrett during Jamaica’s 1998 FIFA World Cup campaign. Although he did not get as much playing time as Barrett, he cherishes the memory of that tournament as a groin injury to the captain meant Lawrence got his chance to play in Jamaica’s 2-1 win over Japan. Rachid Parchment: What was your reaction at the final whistle on the day Jamaica got the 0-0 draw with Mexico to qualify for France 98? Aaron Lawrence: On that day, I was over the moon to know I’m a part of a team going to the World Cup. We made a dream become real and we got there. It was the greatest thing that ever happened to me in my life. RP: How much did that qualifying campaign unify the nation? AL: Throughout the whole campaign, everyone was like a family in Jamaica. Seeing people up and down the road with their flags, travelling from various parts of the country to come to the National Stadium to be a part of history, it was a joy for me to be a part of that moment. RP: Were you nervous about what it would be like to perform on that stage? AL: It was exciting to be there, to get to France and see all the different things and all the people. They welcomed us, and it was exciting. I even told my roommate, Robbie Earle, I was going to play in the final game. They said I was going to start in the first game (against Croatia), but it didn’t happen. So I said whenever I get a chance, I’m going to show Jamaica and the world that I am one of the nation’s best keepers ever. I proved it to them in the last game against Japan. RP: What else did you discuss with Earle? AL: I said to him before the Croatia game, ‘Robbie, yuh know yuh gwain score today? And when you score, you better salute me ’cause I tell yuh, yuh gwain score.’ And it happened. So it was fun for us. No one expected us to be there, and no one expected us to do well. So we just went to have a grand time. RP: Did you have culture shock being in France? AL: Yeah, man! There was a lot of different things we saw there. In the community we were based, people painted a house in black, green, and gold. It was overwhelming for us to see how the people reacted to us. It was a great feeling – travelling to different places and seeing how people react to you. RP: What was your feeling throughout the Japan game? AL: I thought, ‘We can’t lose this game.’ We targeted Japan because we said if we don’t win against Croatia and Argentina, which we knew was going be tough, Japan are not supposed to beat us. It was their first time at the World Cup, and we were more powerful in the football world back then. I told myself, ‘They can’t score on me.’ Even when they got that ‘fluke goal’, I was upset because it was poor marking, but afterwards, we tightened up and said we’re not giving up any more. We’re going to lock shop, and that’s what we did. That was one of the highest and greatest moments of my life. I have a son and a daughter, but in a football sense, it was the greatest moment of my life.last_img read more

Jagdeo tells Diaspora of assault on democracy in Guyana

first_imgLeader of the Opposition Bharrat Jagdeo has orated that there is an attack on democracy in Guyana and more specifically supporters of the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C).Jagdeo made this assertion at a gathering of Guyanese living in New York and assured them that the PPP/C will win the General Elections in 2020.“Guyana needs a spirit of community to ensure that we defend our people through these dark times. There is an assault on democracy, on the people of Indian origin and there is an assault on the supporters of the PPP…” he declared.Stating that he never imagined that Guyana would return to the days of “dictatorship,” Jagdeo asserted that in just one short year it hadOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeoreturned with “full force” and even worse, in some regards, than the Burnham era.“…from snatching peoples’ land that had transport, to the passage of new laws… the budget this year, and 140 new taxes were increased and largely targeting poor people, but mainly rural poor. And you know who live in the rural areas, it is mainly our supporters,” he added.Jagdeo has been constantly berating the Government for taking the country backwards, stating that they have no vision for development. He lambasted them about the slothfulness of the economy and the passage of bills that he believes would hamper growth, and not serve the people.“Our country has taken a turn for the worse…it is something that we have to live with, we are going to work hard and when the elections come again we are going to take back Guyana,” he declared.last_img read more

Amonde, Nelson Oyoo back in Shujaa team

first_img0Shares0000Nelson Oyoo offloads a pass during a Kenya Sevens training session at the RFUEA Ground on March 28, 2019. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaNAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 28 – Former skipper Andrew Amonde and speedstar Nelson Oyoo are among the senior players who have returned to the Kenya Sevens team ahead of next month’s Hong Kong and Singapore legs of the World Sevens Series.Also coming back to the team is Kabras Sugar’s Dan Sikuta and Homeboyz’s Jeff Oluoch as the team looks to stem the tide of facing the relegation axe following a tough start to the season. The team will miss the services of regular skipper Jacob Ojee who has been ruled out with school commitments.“I am happy that we have the experienced players back in the team and they will help the team earn points in the remaining legs,” head coach Paul Murunga said.Kenya Rugby Union vice Chair Thomas Opiyo also says the rest of the experienced players are still welcome to the team and is optimistic they will be back before the end of the season.“We are talking to everyone and we have been since January,” Opiyo said.Full Squad: Daniel Taabu, Vincent Onyala, Oscar Dennis, Augustine Lugonzo, Shaddock Munoko, Bush Mwale, Mark Wandetto, Andrew Amonde, Johnstone Olindi, Dan Sikuta, Nelson Oyoo, Jeff Oluoch, Eden Agero0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Ribery missed due to ‘injections fear’

first_imgBut Le Gall now claims that Ribery could have played if the France team had listened to him rather than another doctor, while he also said Ribery’s own fears hampered his willingness to take such a route.“Franck belongs to a club where the treatment for all problems, whatever they are, starts from a base of injections,” said Le Gall.“He can have 10, 20, 25, 40 per problem, per year. We could have chosen this option, which we didn’t do.“The time came when he couldn’t cope with any more injections, so we didn’t do it because he’s afraid of injections.“There was no reason for him not to play at the World Cup but seeing as I’m less well known than certain others, they went to Professor Saillant,” said Le Gall, in reference to the sports medicine specialist who has treated the likes of rugby star Dan Carter and Formula One legend Michael Schumacher.“The exam at the clinic was very reassuring with Professor Saillant but he didn’t manage to get past the pain and we didn’t find any solutions for him to play with pain.“He has a lumbago (lower back pain) which has been going on for a few weeks. He had a three-week rest and then played one match he shouldn’t have (the German Cup final) where he came on (as a substitute) before having to go off again.”Le Gall said that if Ribery rests over the summer he will need six to eight weeks to recover, which should allow him to be fit for the start of the new Bundesliga season.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000RIBEIRÃO PRETO, June 13 – Franck Ribery could have played at the World Cup if he wasn’t afraid of injections, the France team’s doctor Franck Le Gall claimed Thursday.A week ago Bayern Munich star Ribery pulled out of the World Cup due to a back injury that virtually stopped him running.last_img read more

Two South Peace organizations get gaming grant funding

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A parent advisory committee in Chetwynd and the South Peace Child Development Society in Dawson Creek are two of 60 non-profit organizations in B.C. getting funding through the Community Gaming Grants program.The Little Prairie Elementary School Parent Advisory Council in Chetwynd will be getting $36,000 towards the construction of a new playground. The South Peace Child Development Society will be receiving $16,200 to upgrade its heating and ventilation system. The government is also giving $175,000 to the Caledonia Nordic Ski Club in Prince George to install a snowmaking system.“I have personally experienced the positive impact that not-for-profit organizations have in strengthening communities, and I consider it vitally important that our government supports their work,” said Municipal Affairs and Housing Minister Selina Robinson. “The first round of community gaming grants for capital projects generated tremendous enthusiasm and I am impressed by the quality and diversity of applications. Congratulations to all!”- Advertisement -In total, the Province is investing $5 million in non-profit organizations undertaking capital projects.last_img read more

Lopez Obrador backers seize toll booths

first_imgMEXICO CITY – Supporters of leftist candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador briefly took over highway toll booths Tuesday, giving thousands of motorists free passage to the capital as they escalated their demands for a full recount in July’s close election. A day before electoral officials were to begin a partial recount, Lopez Obrador’s die-hard backers were becoming more radicalized and said they were ready for a protracted fight. But the fiery former Mexico City mayor who ran his campaign on improving the lot of millions of poor has lost supporters who were turned off by his blockade of the city center. Some fear that while Lopez Obrador has urged his followers to remain peaceful, he might not be able to prevent demonstrations from erupting in violence. The protesters say they will not give up until they get a ballot-by-ballot review, setting the stage for a battle that could last weeks or even months. “We are here for democracy and we are not leaving,” said Armando Bolanos, 49, of a group representing migrants, farmers, small labor unions, academics and business owners. “If they kick us out, we’ll come back.” The Federal Electoral Tribunal has until Sept. 6 to declare a president-elect or annul the election. Fox is scheduled to leave office Dec. 1 after serving his one, six-year, term. Jose del Valle, a 60-year-old union leader manning a protest tent on Mexico City’s stylish Reforma Avenue, a main thoroughfare that passes through the city’s center, said the movement “is going to go as far as the people want it to go.” But he said demonstrators wanted to avoid violence. “We don’t want a revolution,” he said. “We want peace. … but if the authorities insist on maintaining the fraud, violence could break out in some parts (and) they’re going to be responsible for whatever happens.” Some question how long Lopez Obrador can maintain support for a movement that has brought traffic to a standstill on main thoroughfares and caused losses in the millions of dollars.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 MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesThe seizure of the toll booths prompted President Vicente Fox’s spokesman, Ruben Aguilar, to threaten for the first time the use of force. But demonstrators backed off before that could happen, abandoning the booths shortly after the end of morning rush hour. An official in Lopez Obrador’s party said the seizure of toll booths was the start of a week of new protests across the nation. Lopez Obrador activists who gathered in front of the nation’s top electoral court Monday night raised their fists in defiance and chanted “revolution.” They are likely to become even more angry after a partial recount, which is expected to confirm ruling-party candidate Felipe Calderon’s slight lead. The recount will start today and will wrap up by Sunday. It will review the ballots at 9 percent of the country’s 130,000 polling places. The court has denied demonstrators’ demands for a full recount, saying it would go against Mexican law. last_img read more

Maguire compared to ‘amateur’ Sunday league players after showing vs Liverpool

first_img Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:47Loaded: 20.74%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:47 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen Rashford is congratulated by Maguire after scoring against Liverpool Former Tottenham star Rafael van der Vaart blasted Harry Maguire after Manchester United’s draw with Liverpool – saying he could find amateur players capable of doing as well as the England defender.Maguire once again marshalled the defence as Marcus Rashford’s controversial first half strike gave United the lead, before Adam Lallana’s first Liverpool goal in 18 months made it 1-1 to earn the Premier League leaders a point at Old Trafford. 1 Preston vs Leeds (Tuesday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Ajax vs Chelsea (Wednesday, 5:55pm) – talkSPORT 2Nottingham Forest vs Hull (Wednesday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Genk vs Liverpool (Wednesday, 8pm) – talkSPORTPartizan Belgrade vs Manchester United (Thursday, 5:55pm) – talkSPORT 2Manchester City vs Aston Villa (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORTSheffield Wednesday vs Leeds (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORT 2West Ham vs Sheffield United (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2Burnley vs Chelsea (Saturday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORT Simon Jordan calls Man United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ‘a small-time manager’However, Van der Vaart was left unimpressed with what he saw from Maguire and went on to strongly criticise the England international after the match.“He can do something, but if he is worth so much money, Virgil van Dijk is worth £300million,” he told Dutch TV channel Ziggo.“If I am going to play with the amateurs on Sunday afternoon, I can easily find three who can do this. I mean that seriously.“A bit silly to say, but I really think so.”This is not the first time Van der Vaart has singled out Maguire, having labelled him the worst player on the pitch during England’s Nations League derby by the Netherlands in June.“It’s funny because during the Nations League, I was doing work for Dutch television,” he continued.“And I remember we were saying Harry Maguire was by far the worst player on the pitch.center_img “And then two months later, £80-£90m? Unbelievable.”Maguire moved to Old Trafford in the summer for £80m, a world-record fee for a defender, to become the third signing of the Ole Gunnar Solskjaer era after Daniel James and Aaron Wan-Bissaka.Back in September, ex-United captain Roy Keane spoke about the concerns he still had over Maguire“I think he’s done OK,” said Keane on ITV. “We were talking about how good he is on the ball, but defensively I still think he’s… I still have one or two question marks over him.“I always worry about his pace on the turn.“I remember the first goal against Crystal Palace where he’s not doing the basics, covering round his other centre-half.“Listen, he’s 26 years of age now, you’re worried if you’re pointing these things out to him.” Getty Images – Getty Check out all the live commentaries coming up across the talkSPORT network this week LIVE on talkSPORTlast_img read more