Western Bureau:Two down, one to go and that one is the Olivier Shield title, one that Omar Wedderburn, the St Elizabeth Technical (STETHS) head coach, wants desperately to complete a stunningly successful year.Having already stashed away the Ben Francis KO crown and the daCosta Cup title, STETHS now have a chance of winning a third title to cap what Wedderburn admits to be a fantastic campaign.”We are just enjoying ourselves; two titles with a really young team is an excellent achievement, but the work is not yet done. JC are a fine school with good talent and they want this as much as we do, but we hunger for it and that could make the difference,” Wedderburn said.STETHS will enter the Olivier Shield without their leading scorer Michael ‘Diddy’ Kerr.The prolific striker, with 29 goals to his name, has undergone surgery on a broken ankle, an injury he picked up in the daCosta Cup final against Dinthill. But Wedderburn is confident his unit can overcome that setback with a resounding victory.”Kerr will be missed, no question about that. But we have a squad of players that are all capable of delivering what is required. We definitely are going out there to win it for him as he has been a very important part of our success so far,” he said of his injured goalscorer.STETHS is seeking a second hold on the Olivier Shield, with their only lien so far coming in 1999 and with JC somewhat a familiar foe, having defeated STETHS for the crown in 2013, Wedderburn is eyeing payback.”Looking back to that year, it means they now have another chance to do it to us again, but we are not looking at it from that point of view. We are in this final to win,” he stated.
BAKERSFIELD – The last four minutes of the first half and the first four minutes of the second half have been problematic for the Cal State San Bernardino Coyotes all season. But the 12th-ranked Coyotes bucked that trend and surged to a 74-66 win over host Cal State Bakersfield Friday at the Icardo Center, keeping their CCAA conference title hopes and West Region title quest alive. The Coyotes (21-5, 17-4) remain one game behind CCAA front-runner Humboldt State heading into the regular season finale tonight at Cal State Los Angeles. Humboldt closes out the season at Cal State Stanislaus. “We just need to keep winning and if Humboldt slips, Humboldt slips,” Coyotes coach Jeff Oliver said. “If they don’t, then it’s in the hands of the NCAA committee.” “It’s seems like we get a big lead and then we get too comfortable,” Ortiz said. Ivan Johnson turned in perhaps his best all-around game of the season with 21 points and a season-high 13 rebounds before fouling out for the eighth time this season. “This is my last year. I have to step it up in case these are my last few games,” Johnson said. Ten Coyotes figured in the scoring with Prentice Harris adding 11 and Ortiz 10. Geoffrey Clayton chipped in with seven points and five assists off the bench. It was the last game in a storied series with Bakersfield set to move up to Division I. Bakersfield finishes with a 19-16 record, although the Coyotes have won 14 of the last 19, including both the season. The crowd was more passive than has been the case in years past, most likely because Bakersfield is not eligible for a conference title. It also was the first win since 1993 for the Coyotes at the Icardo Center. Bakersfield has played regularly at a city arena since 1998. WOMEN Freshman center Florida Siaosi tallied 14 points and snagged 10 rebounds and point guard Krista Arase handed out 10 assists as Cal State Bakersfield cruised past visiting Cal State San Bernardino 78-56 at the Icardo Center. The Roadrunners (22-6, 19-2), who would lead the CCAA if they were eligible for a championship, led 45-26 at the half and were never threatened. Bakersfield scored 56 points in the paint and 15 at the free-throw line. The Coyotes (16-10, 12-9) are ranked No. 7 in the West Region. Vanessa Wilt had 13 points, six rebounds, two blocks and two steals. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! This time they excelled when they have typically faltered. The game was tied at 28 with 3:09 left in the first half but Cal State ended the half with a 7-0 run on put backs by Jason Gilzene and Ivan Johnson and a 3-pointer by Marlon Pierce. Cal State opened the second half with a 14-1 run, going up 49-29 on a pair of free throws by Lance Ortiz. “That has been a problem and we have talked about it,” Oliver said. “We have talked about communicating and having good senior leadership on the floor and tonight that showed. Then in the end we got sloppy.” The Coyotes, ranked second in the West, still led by 18 with 8:16 to go, 62-44. But the Roadrunners (14-14, 13-8) came back, getting within single digits for the first time at 64-56 with 1:51 left on a runner by Zeke Andrews. A couple Roadrunner 3-pointers and a few Coyote turnovers later, the game was in jeopardy. A putback by Andrews with 18 seconds made it 70-66. Two free throws by Chet Johnson put the gane away and a Greg Williams dunk was the exclamation point.
0Shares0000Lionel Messi scored twice as Barcelona beat Liverpool 3-0 in the Champions League semi-final first leg on Wednesday. © AFP / JAVIER SORIANOBARCELONA, Spain, May 2 – Jurgen Klopp admitted Lionel Messi was “unstoppable” on Wednesday after he left Liverpool needing a miracle to reach the Champions League final.Luis Suarez poked in against his former club before Messi hit a late double, the second a stunning free-kick for his 600th Barca goal, as his team took a 3-0 lead from a pulsating semi-final first leg ahead of next week’s return at Anfield. “He’s unstoppable,” said Klopp afterwards. “Obviously we couldn’t defend the free-kick. What a strike. He’s a world-class player but I knew that already. It’s no surprise.”Klopp could only smile after Messi’s curling shot nestled in the top corner but this result was harsh on his side.They matched Barcelona in the first half, dominated them early in the second and could still have left with an away goal after Messi’s brilliant brace, only for Mohamed Salah to hit the post.“I said to the boys I was proud of how we played against a side like this,” Klopp said. “If you lose away it’s not a massive problem as long as you score a goal. That’s our problem tonight – it doesn’t make our life any easier.”Messi and Suarez did what they have done all season, their tallies now at 47 and 27 goals respectively in all competitions.It had been a breathtaking contest befitting two of Europe’s most exhilarating teams. The first half was electric, a reel of chances, breaks and blocks, while the second was tense, a tactical battle where Barca dared Liverpool to over-exert.The comeback will be even tougher for them given Barcelona, with La Liga wrapped up, will surely rest a host of players against Celta Vigo this weekend while Liverpool, a point behind Premier League leaders Manchester City, will have to be at full throttle again away at Newcastle on Saturday.“They can still make us suffer,” said Barca coach Ernesto Valverde. “The result is good but the tie is open.”– Scintillating –Messi was already fresh, after playing just over half the La Liga minutes he could have done in April, and he looked sharp early on, weaving through the centre while for Liverpool, the sensational Sadio Mane raced down the left.The attacks were scintillating but the defending was good too. Andy Robertson scrambled across to block Messi’s finish from six yards and moments later it was Sergi Roberto on the slide, preventing Mane from sprinting clear.Messi wanted a penalty when the ball jumped up on Joel Matip and Naby Keita went off injured in the 25th minute, replaced by Jordan Henderson.A minute later came the goal. Arturo Vidal sprayed the ball left to Philippe Coutinho, who cushioned back for Jordi Alba. Alba shaped to cross but instead curved a perfectly weighted pass to the near post, where Suarez nipped in.Liverpool came again. Mane scampered in behind then flicked the ball round Sergio Busquets. He should have scored too, Henderson’s cross finding him free from eight yards but the shot flew over.Barca took control just as Suarez began to lose it, irked by James Milner barging Messi into the sideboards after the Argentinian had danced past Robertson.But Liverpool were re-energised at the start of the second half. Marc-Andre ter Stegen pushed away shots from Milner and Salah, and held a Milner drive.Then Messi intervened, striking twice in seven minutes. His own run started the first, setting Sergi free to square to Suarez. Off balance, Suarez could only knee the ball against the crossbar but it came back for Messi, who chested and finished into an open net.Two was tough on Liverpool but Messi was not done. The free-kick was central, 30 yards out. He whipped it over the wall and into the top corner.Barca were delirious but Liverpool almost grabbed an away goal when a clearance on the line fell kindly for Salah, who hammered against the post. It could have been a lifeline. Liverpool are on the brink.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
1 Ipswich have announced the signing of Tottenham winger Grant Ward for an undisclosed fee.The 21-year-old has signed a three-year deal at Portman Road with the option of a 12-month extension.Ward was on loan at Championship side Rotherham last season where he made 43 appearances, scoring two goals.He was named Young Player of the Year and also claimed Goal of the Season at the New York Stadium.Ward failed to make a competitive appearance for Spurs after coming through the ranks, with his only other experience of first-team football coming while on loan at Coventry in 2015. Grant Ward has left Tottenham to join Championship side Ipswich Town
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Marina with some of her sculptures which are due to be presented at the Horse Racing Ireland awards next weekIrelands top racehorses, jockeys, trainers and owners over the past 10 years all of one thing in common. They each have a piece of sculpture which started out life as a bag of clay in a Co Donegal studio.The artist behind the works of art – Marina Hamilton from St Johnston – will next week see her sculptures presented to the current cream of Irish racing for the tenth year in a row. The distinctive blue horses were first presented at the Horse Racing Ireland awards in 2002 and over the past decade they have been given to some notable winners.They include Princess Haya of Jordan, Film director Jim Sheridan, Michael O Leary trainers Aidan O Brien, Willie Mullins and Dermot Weld, jockeys Ruby Walsh, Kieran Fallon, and Barry Gerraghty to name but a few.“It’s a great thrill to know that there’s piece of my sculpture sitting in the palace in Dubai and in the home of one of Hong Kong’s richest families who owned the horse Sea the Stars, says Marina.Marina pictured with trainer John Ox and jockey Michael Kinane after they picked up their award following the success of their horse Sea the Stars“When you think that each horse started out from a bag of clay in the studio at home and then travelled around the world before ending up on a mantle piece, it’s quite a journey “It was a great honor to be asked to make the awards for Horse Racing Ireland. They wanted the sculptures to be distinctive and they also liked the idea that each one was hand built and no two were exactly the same. Little did I know that ten years on I would still be making them.”Marina has made a around 60 blue horses for the awards and five of them are now on the mantle piece in jockey Ruby Walsh’s home, while Aidan O Brien has three in his home.It is a busy time for Marina as she is also preparing for the National Crafts Fair in the RDS in Dublin this week and when she comes home she plans to open her gallery in St Johnston in the run up to Christmas.Marina’s work can be viewed online at www.marinahamilton.net or on facebook Marina Hamilton Painter and Sculpture. Her studio number is 074 9148903. WHY MARINA IS THE ‘MANE’ WOMAN IN DONEGAL was last modified: December 4th, 2012 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:Horseracing IrelandhorsesMarina HamiltonSt Johnston
SUICIDE leaves behind bewildered relatives and friends who are left to cope with the aftermath.Thankfully there are some great charities out there such as Living Links.And this weekend Kellys XL shop at Illistrin and the local community are getting together to raise much-needed funds for the charity which has done so much to help people in Co Donegal. The 5k walk and run leaves from the shop at 3pm this Sunday, with registration from 1pm.Entry fee is €5 for walkers, €7 for runners – or €10 for a family, running or walking on a fully marshalled route.It’s an ideal opportunity to stretch the legs, get a better 5k time for the more serious runners – and of course raise money for Living Links.And when you get back to Kelly’s XL, free refreshments will be provided. Donegal Daily is proudly supporting this initiative.* If you have been bereaved through suicide, go to www.livinglinks.ie COPING WITH AFTERMATH OF SUICIDE: UNIQUE 5K EVENT THIS SUNDAY was last modified: October 12th, 2013 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:5k charity walk5k runIllistrinKellys XLliving links
The Am Am Club Classic will be held on the 17th September. This is a major fundraiser for the club and once again will be sponsored by Collier;s Funeral Services, so keep that date free and play to support all the work being done on our course to maintain our high ranking in the top 100.Our senior’s secured two and a half matches at home against Portsalon and will need to produce top form to advance in the away leg.The ever consistent Declan Haughey was the winner of the Glenside Bacon sponsored Sunday Competition one point ahead of Hugh Boyle Results Sunday 14th August 1st Declan Haughey (13) 40pts2nd Hugh Boyle (15) 39pts b.o.t.3rd Eamonn Mc Guinness (17) 39ptsCat A J.E.Thompson (9) 37ptsCat B John R Quinn (12) 37ptsCat C Charlie Diver (21) 38ptsFront Nine Aidan O’Connell 22ptsBack Nine Paul Cooney 21pts.Fixtures Sunday 21st August Single Stableford sponsored by D.P. Barry & Sons.Golf News: Narin & Portnoo’s Declan Haughey won by a whisker on Sunday was last modified: August 15th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:golfNarin and Portnoo
Drugs row: Councillor McBrearty says drug arrests are down because there are no GardaíA FIANNA Fail councillor is at the centre of a Garda meeting controversy, it has emerged.Cllr Patrick McGowan had a meeting with the head of the force in Co Donegal; but colleagues say he shouldn’t have.Independent councillor Frank McBrearty has called on Chief Supt Terry McGinn to appear before Donegal County Council as a result of the controversy. “At yesterday’s Full Council meeting it was brought to my attention that Cllr McGowan was in a meeting with Chief Supt Terry McGinn in the Mayor’s office concerning a number of issues that were aired at a special meeting of the council the previous Friday and in particular the comments raised in a letter sent by the Chief Supt McGinn to the ETB.,” said former mayor McBrearty.“At yesterday’s meeting I asked Cllr Noel McBride the Chairman of the Joint Policing Committee was he informed about the meeting with the Chief Superintendent.“He informed me that he had no knowledge of any meeting. In comments made to the media yesterday by Cllr McGowan, they seemed to imply that the Cllr was representing the JPC, the council and the ETB.“After speaking with a number of my colleagues on the council it is obvious that Cllr McGowan and the FF party have gone on a solo run. “I am calling on Supt McGinn to address a full council meeting and update the members on her discussions with Cllr McGowan.“The action of Cllr McGowan has undermined the chairman of the JPC and the role of the members. After reading Supt.Terry McGinns comments to Shaun Purcell about reduced demand for drugs being due to the likelihood of emigration of persons in the 18-30 age bracket, I feel that the Supt should have addressed the elected members to explain her comments.“We cannot make accusations about our youth with no proof to back it up. I believe that the reason for the lower drug detection rates in Donegal are due to the fact that there is less garda activity in these areas due to lack of garda resources.” FIANNA FAIL COUNCILLOR ACCUSED OF ‘SOLO RUN’ IN GARDA MEETING was last modified: October 23rd, 2013 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 FAIL COUNCILLOR ACCUSED OF ‘SOLO RUN’ IN GARDA MEETING
Story Links BOULDER CITY, Nev. – The Drake University women’s golf team finished the first day of competition at the Battle at Boulder Creek in third place, Monday, Feb. 11. Battle at Boulder Creek – Rounds 1&2Drake 317-316–633 Day 1 Results Individual ResultsT12. Haeri Lee, 78-77–155T12. Aimee Gerschke, 80-75–15518. Sigurlaug Run Jonsdottir, 80-80–16023. Grace Dunn, 79-84–16336. Erica Olberding, 89-89–178 The Bulldogs will try to climb the leaderboard during the final round of competition Tuesday, Feb. 12. UNLV leads the team standings at 292-290–582.”I look forward to all of the ladies being able to take what they learned today and improving in their rounds tomorrow and I’m confident we can do it.” Print Friendly Version The Bulldogs fired a 317-316–633 to sit in third place, one stroke ahead Weber State on the 6,252-yard, par-72, Boulder Creek Golf Club.”Watching the ladies play today there was some rust on our games, and that’s to be expected in our first rounds of the spring,” said Drake head coach Rachael Pruett. “It can be tough this time of year for us to be practicing indoors all the time and then jumping right into competitive rounds of golf. I was proud of the way they stayed focused and fought through the bumps along the way. There were definite moments of glory and really great golf.”Haeri Lee and Aimee Gerschke led the Bulldogs with matching 155s. Lee shot 78-77, while Gerschke carded an 80-75. Gerschke’s second round featured four birdies and both are tied for 12th place in the individual standings.”I’m very proud of Aimee for shooting her career low this afternoon after a rocky start to her first round,” Pruett said. “She has put in a lot of hard work this off season and it’s paying off.” Sigurlaug Run Jonsdottir posted matching 80s for a 160 on the day while Grace Dunn went 79-84–163, and Erica Olberding posted an 89-89–178.