Three things we learned at the World Cup

first_imgRussia rejoicesThe hosts started their tournament with trepidation over how a side that had failed to win a game in eight months would cope on the biggest stage.Those fears have proved unfounded as for the first time since 1970 when the Soviet Union reached the last eight, Russia has a World Cup quarter-final to look forward to.Russia’s awareness of their own limitations helped thwart and frustrate Spain for 120 minutes as despite enjoying just 26 percent possession they held out for penalties after a 1-1 draw.And from the spot, Fyodor Smolov, Sergei Ignashevich, Aleksandr Golovin and Denis Cheryshev held their nerve, while goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev provoked jubilant scenes of celebration stretching from 80,000 at the Luzhniki around the country with his two saves.Iniesta’s sad farewellFinal touch: Andres Iniesta played his final game for Spain on Sunday © AFP / Francisco LEONGHe will forever be remembered for the most important goal in Spain’s history to win the World Cup eight years ago, but Andres Iniesta’s international career ended in sad fashion among delirium for the hosts in Moscow.Dropped to bench for a tournament game for the first time in 12 years, Iniesta still nearly won the game with Spain’s best effort to break down the mass ranks of Russia resistence.His low strike from the edge of the box produced one of precious few good saves from Akinfeev before penalties.His final touch after 131 caps was to put Spain in front in the shootout with the calm assuredness that has personified a stunning international career.But it wasn’t enough as Koke and Iago Aspas were denied by Akinfeev from the spot.“Sometimes the endings aren’t the ones you dreamed of,” said Iniesta.Modric’s reliefBailed out: Luka Modric celebrates with Croatia goalkeeper Danijel Subasic © AFP / Martin BERNETTICroatia captain Luka Modric has had a difficult year in his homeland.Charged with giving false testimony for his role in a corruption case that saw former Dinamo Zagreb chief Zdravko Mamic sentenced to six-and-a-half years in prison last month, Modric’s popularity has dipped despite continued brilliance on the field for his club Real Madrid and country.His despair was therefore understandable when he missed a penalty three minutes from the end of extra-time that could have cost Croatia a place in the last eight.Modric didn’t hide in the penalty shootout. His second effort was one of just three of Croatia’s six spot-kicks on the night to beat Kasper Schmeichel as the Dane’s heroics couldn’t prevent a 3-2 shootout defeat thanks to three stunning saves from Danijel Subasic.Croatia now have a golden chance to match their previous golden generation’s run to the semi-finals in 1998 when they meet Russia in Sochi on Saturday.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Hosts’ hero: Igor Akinfeev saved two Spain penalties to put Russia in the quarter-finals © AFP / Juan MabromataSAINT PETERSBURG, Russian Federation, Jul 2 – Penalties dominated the second day of last 16 action at the World Cup as hosts Russia shocked Spain to set up a quarter-final meeting with Croatia, who advanced on spot-kicks over Denmark.Here, AFP Sports looks at three things we learned today at the World Cup.last_img read more

Chelsea sack Conte after two years in charge

first_img0Shares0000Conte sacked as Chelsea managerLONDON, United Kingdom, July 13 – Chelsea have sacked manager Antonio Conte after two years in charge.The 48-year-old Italian, who returned to pre-season training this week, had one year remaining on his contract. Conte won the Premier League in his first season and the FA Cup in May, but the team finished fifth in the league last season, missing out on Champions League qualification.Ex-Napoli manager Maurizio Sarri is expected to succeed his compatriot at Stamford Bridge.Should Sarri be appointed, he would be Chelsea’s ninth full-time manager since Roman Abramovich bought the club in 2003.During three years with Napoli, Sarri did not won a major honour but guided the club to second, third and second again – behind Juventus in 2017-18. The former Empoli manager was named Serie A Coach of the Year in 2016-17.Chelsea announced on Friday that Conte had “parted company” with the club, with a two-line statement that ended: “We wish Antonio every success in his future career.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Paul Were, Wanyama named for Ethiopia clash

first_img0Shares0000Paul Were celebrating in a past match with Harambee Stars.PHOTO/courtesyNAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 21 – Kazakhstan based speedy winger Paul Were returns to the national football team Harambee Stars after he was named in a 21-man final squad released by head coach Sebastian Migne to face Ethiopia in a back-to-back 2019 African Cup of Nations qualifier.The squad is largely comprised of players who took part in Kenya’s succesive 1-0 wins over Ghana (AFCON Qualifier) and Malawi (Friendly) in September. Also called in slipper Captain Victor Wanyama, who missed both matches due to injury while South African based Brian Mandela was once again called up after missing the last match due to suspension.Coach Migné has also named nine players in a standby reserve list in case of injuries to any of the players originally called up.Harambee Stars will first travel to Bahir Dar to face Ethiopia on October 10, before playing host three days later on October 14, 2018, at the Moi International Sports Center Kasarani.Full SquadGoalkeepersPatrick Matasi (Tusker, Kenya), Farouk Shikalo ( Bandari, Kenya)DefendersPhilemon Otieno (Gor Mahia, Kenya), Jockins Atudo (Posta Rangers, Kenya), Musa Mohammed (Nkana FC, Zambia), Brian Mandela (Maritzburg FC, South Africa), Abud Omar (Cercle Brugge, Belgium), David Ochieng (IF Brommapojkarna, Sweden), Erick Ouma (Vasalund, Sweden), Joseph Okumu (Real Monarchs, USA)MidfieldersDennis Odhiambo (Sofapaka, Kenya), Francis Kahata (Gor Mahia, Kenya), Ismael Gonzales (Las Palmas, Spain), Victor Wanyama (Tottenham Hotspurs, England), Anthony Akumu (Zesco, Zambia), Johanna Omollo (Cercle Brugge, Belgium), Paul Were (FC Kaisar, Kazakhstan)ForwardsPiston Mutamba (Sofapaka, Kenya), Michael Olunga (Kashiwa Reysol, Japan), Eric Johanna (IF Brommapojkarna, Sweden), Ovella Ochieng (Vasalund, Sweden)Reserve PlayersBrian Bwire (Kariobangi Sharks, Kenya), Benard Ochieng (Vihiga United, Kenya) Sosthenes Idah (Thika United, Kenya), Duncan Otieno (AFC Leopards, Kenya), Whyvonne Isuza (AFC Leopards, Kenya), Abdallah Hassan (Bandari, Kenya), Joash Onyango (Gor Mahia, Kenya), Cliff Nyakeya (Mathare United, Kenya), Allan Wanga (Kakamega Homeboyz, Kenya).0Shares0000(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


first_imgThe sun was almost shining and the conditions were perfect for Donegal to break the world record for the world’s largest human shamrock at LYIT yesterday.Unfortunately the numbers just fell short but the 502 people who did turn up had a great time.Click on play to see exactly what a human shamrock looks like form the air thanks to Aerielscape photography Donegal.  DDTV: SEE DONEGAL’S ATTEMPT TO FORM THE WORLD’S BIGGEST SHAMROCK was last modified: March 12th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DONEGAL. LYITshamrocklast_img read more

CHP officer dies after crashing his sports car

first_imgMidollo is survived by his wife, Diane, and his parents. (818) 713-3664160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WOODLAND HILLS – The California Highway Patrol was mourning another death of one of its own Wednesday, the seventh killed in a highway-related crash in less than a year. Derek Midollo, 39, of Oak Park, a training officer with the CHP’s West Valley station in Woodland Hills, died Tuesday after crashing his silver 1993 Ferrari Testarossa as he drove down Cornell Road near Mulholland Drive in Agoura Hills. Friends say he recently bought the car after saving up. “He served the community really well,” CHP Officer Leland Tang said of Midollo, an 11-year veteran of the department. “He was admired. … He affected and touched everyone at this office.” Midollo was driving at an undetermined speed when he lost control of the car and it hit a telephone pole, Tang said. A vehicle analysis to determine any mechanical defects is under way. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Midollo’s passenger, David Bjorklund, 30, of Chicago also was killed. The two apparently were friends who served together in the Navy, Tang said. A preliminary investigation found that the Ferrari swerved to the left across the northbound lanes, where it collided with a telephone pole and a large boulder, then flipped onto its roof. Officers on the scene reported major damage to the roof and right side, and the telephone poll had crashed halfway through. Both Midollo and Bjorklund were wearing their seat belts, Tang said. CHP spokesman Tom Marshall said the department was taking the death hard, and counselors were speaking with officers at the station. “This has been one of the worst years in our history,” Marshall said. “Even though he was off duty, a death is a death.” last_img read more


first_imgEverton progressed to the final of the Tullyvinney Summer cup courtesy of a penalty shoot-out.Kildrum progressed to the final thanks to a 3-1 win over holders Charlie’s Bar.Everton and last year’s finalists Kildrum have progressed to the final of the Tullyvinney Summer Cup. Both sides progressed in what were thrilling semi-finals that were compelling for all in attendance.The standard of the competition continues to grow, and this was reiterated by the quality on show last night, with several former League of Ireland and Irish League stars in action along with current USL players. The tournament has seen some fantastic games already, but the game of the competition so far was the encounter between Charlie’s Bar and Kildrum.In a repeat of the 2013 decider, it was Kildrum who gained revenge for last year’s final defeat and booked their place in the final on Saturday.Semi-final results Kildrum 3-1 Charlies Bar The current cup holders relinquished their crown at the semi final stage against the side they defeated in the 2013 decider in the match of the tournament so far.Kildrum started much the stronger side with Shane Mc Ginty and Ronan Curtis dominating midfield but it was Charlies Bar who stuck the first blow with Kildrum caught playing a high line Conor Carlin couldn’t be caught and he scored a beautiful lob over the head of Michael Lynch in the Kildrum goal.Kildrum got back on level terms soon after when Declan Curtis was brought down for a penalty and the winger finished it to the keepers left.Charlies Bar were then awarded a penalty 1 minute later wen Conor Carlin was fouled but Jason McGrinders effort went high and over the bar.Strangely enough a third penalty of the half had to be given after a handball in Charlies Bars box, this time Blain Curtis scored with ease to send Kildrum into a 2-1 lead at half time. Kildrum in truth dominated the second half for large spells and got a 2 goal cushion when a Blain Curtis over-head kick found its way into the net after a deflection.A fourth penalty of the match was given to Charlies Bar with 4 minutes remaining but Michael Lynch produced a stunning save to deny the strabane men.Man of the Match – Ronan Curtis with Shane McGinty also having a fine game.Semi final results: Everton 1-1 Convoy – Everton win 5-4 on penaltiesEverton once again held their nerve to progress via another penalty shoot-out. The team made up of Drumkeen and Letterkenny men has gone through almost every game in the cup so far as underdogs but have proven stiff opposition in every game.After a tight first half which ended scoreless, early in the second half the deadlock was broken when Darren Harvey found the back of the net with Marty Vance proving a threat for the Convoy men.Everton began to take control of the game and went close on numerous occasions through Benny Bonner and Lee Guthrie but couldn’t find that finish until a through ball for Benny Bonner put him in behind the Convoy defence and he deservedly put Everton level with a sweet left footed finish.Eventually it was decided by penalties. with Paul Mc Cauley the hero with 3 fine saves and a goal of his own to win 5-4 after 7 pens each.Man of the match – Philip White with Benny Bonner and Paul McCauley close contenders.The final is on Saturday 12th with a 7pm kick off.Everton v Kildrum TigersAdmission: €5Presentation in Browne’s Bar, Crossroads, Killygordan after the match.Top goalscorer list:Blain Curtis – Kildrum – 6 goalsRyan Carlin – Convoy – 5 goalsRonan Tourish – Galacticos – 5 goalsChris McBride – Convoy – 4 goalsMark Carlin – Glacticos – 3 goalsDavid Shovlin – McGee’s Raphoe – 3 goalsBenny Bonner – Everton – 3 goalsDeclan Curtis – Kildrum – 3 goalsTULLYVINNEY SUMMER CUP: SWEET RESULT FOR THE TOFFEES AS THEY BOOK THEIR FINAL PLACE was last modified: July 11th, 2014 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:competitionevertonfinalKildrumnewsSportTullyvinney Summer Cuplast_img read more

Norton’s Historic Performance Earns A Pair of Valley Honors

first_imgDrake University senior guard Nick Norton’s historic performance this week earned him a sweep of the weekly Missouri Valley Conference Men’s Basketball awards. Norton was named both the MVC Player of the Week and Newcomer of the Week after setting the school record for assists in a game and recording the program’s second-ever triple-double in Saturday’s win over North Dakota State. Norton nearly averaged a triple-double on the week in the pair of wins by averaging 18.0 points, 10.5 assists and 9.0 rebounds in victories over Boise State and North Dakota State while boasting a 21-to-2 assist-to-turnover ration on the week. His 17 assists were the most for a Division I player in a triple-double since at least 2010 and are also tied for the fifth most assists in a game in that time according to Norton scored 18 points with a school-record 17 assists and career-high 13 rebounds to record the first triple-double by a Bulldog since 1989 and the sixth in the Valley since 1990. Those 17 assists bested the previous record, which had stood for nearly 40 years, by two assists and were tempered by just one turnover in 39 minutes of action. Norton and the Bulldogs return to action Thursday when they return to the road to face Milwaukee, Thursday, Dec. 6. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Young children? Help them enjoy a Halloween holiday, not a horror

first_imgAs spooky celebrations get underway across the county this weekend, the Donegal County Childcare Committee has tips for making Halloween more fun and less frightening for young children.Halloween is the time when scary skeletons, spooky ghosts and wicked witches roam the world. Some children love the thrill of Halloween horror, but younger children may find the noise, decorations, costumes and masks quite frightening. It can be hard to know what reaction your child will have, but let’s try to anticipate any potential problems to make the day fun for everyone.• Listen to your child and reassure them that you will be there to help them no matter what their worry is. Don’t dismiss their feelings and fears. Be aware of signs of stress or anxiety and find out what makes your child afraid and help them find ways to manage their anxiety. • Be aware that something that you don’t find scary can still be frightening for your child. Be patient. Try to remember what it was like when you were young.• Let them pick their own costume. Letting them pick something out that they like themselves, like a superhero or favourite cartoon character. This will encourage your child to discover the excitement of dressing up in costumes in their own terms.• Read some Halloween stories with your child. Choose books about Halloween that are friendly, not scary. Local libraries have good selections.• Create a Halloween feast and play fun games. Make treats such as ghost-shaped cookies and toffee-coated apples. • Cut out silly faces on pumpkins or create some fun Halloween crafts for kids.• Children may be afraid of masks or costumes. Ask trick-or-treaters to remove their masks when they call to your door, so your child can see that it is just a costume and not real.Remember, a 3-year-old who doesn’t want to participate in the Halloween activities this year will be at a completely different developmental stage next year. They may grow into the 4-year-old who wants to dress like a witch.Happy Halloween from all at DCCC!Young children? Help them enjoy a Halloween holiday, not a horror was last modified: October 25th, 2016 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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

Letterkenny Pipe Band fundraiser drums up €1,859 for LUH

first_imgThe Letterkenny & District Pipe Band has announced the total proceeds of a successful tractor run fundraiser held in August.A wide variety of makes and models of tractor turned out for the exciting event on 31st August.The tractor run and dance was held in aid of the Cardiac Rehab unit at Letterkenny University Hospital and in support of the band. A cheque of €1,859 was presented to staff at LUH by the proud band members.John Hegarty, Letterkenny Pipe Band presenting €1859 to Martina McDaid and Aoife O’Donnell the Cardio Rehab Unit at LUH. Included are L to R Band Members Emily McNutt, Abigail Gorman, Lee Hegarty (Pipe Major), Gabrielle Gorman, Louise Hegarty, Proinsias Mac A’Bhaird, Gemma Bates, Mark Speers and Tami McNutt Letterkenny Pipe Band fundraiser drums up €1,859 for LUH was last modified: October 26th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:Letterkenny & District Pipe Bandlast_img read more

Small-scale mills ‘to lower food prices’

first_img7 December 2012 The launch of the small-scale Kuvusa Maize Mill in KwaZulu-Natal province will go a long way towards promoting food security, beneficiation and job creation in South Africa, Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies said at the mill’s launch in Durban on Thursday. The mill forms part of the government’s Industrial Policy Action Plan (IPAP) small- scale maize milling initiative, which aims to improve food security in the country by reducing the cost of maize meal by at least 20%. “Food security is not only about the available quantity of food, it is also about the affordability of foodstuffs. The food price inflation has been higher than the overall rate of inflation in this country,” Davies said. “A very large section of our population is living on very low income, [and] that kind of an increase of a commodity that is a higher proportion of their shopping basket is devastating. “Localised production is the appropriate solution to our challenges in regard to food security in this country.”Contributing to industrialisation, job creation The project will also contribute to the industrialisation of the country, as well as create jobs in Durban and the surrounding areas – 27 direct and 120 indirect jobs having already been created as a result of the project. “There is an agreement among African ministers of trade and industry that for Africa’s industrialisation to become a reality, we need to promote value addition and industrialisation of our agricultural products that we produce in our continent,” said Davies. The maize-meal produced at the mills will be marketed at prices below prevailing market rates. According to the Department of Trade and Industry, this will introduce competition into a highly concentrated sector which has an unfortunate history of uncompetitive practices which have directly impacted on poor consumers’ ability to feed themselves and their families. There are also plans to open more small-scale mills in rural locations in 2013, said managing director of African Micro Mills and co-founder of Kuvusa Mills, Se Higgins. “Essentially by establishing these mills in rural areas we will be negating the rising cost of logistics by creating a parallel track of decentralised facilities wherein rural areas are incorporated into the main stream value chain,” Higgins said. “In addition to job creation and simultaneous provision of a route-to-market for emerging farmers, these commercially viable projects have important implications for lowering maize meal prices in rural areas by as much as 20%.” Source: read more