first_imgOn Saturday, the first match will measure, beginning at eleven in the morning, the two leaders of each formations, with a duel Suárez-Osaka which may very well be key to the end result of the tie between the Spanish, participant 55 of the world and the Japanese, former world primary, which occupies the 10th place in the WTA classification.If needed the doubles match this one would face, in precept, to the duo shaped by the Girona Aliona Bolsova and Barcelona’s Georgina García Pérez with Shuko Aoyama and Ena Shibanara.On this tie is at stake the qualification for the new ultimate section of the Federation Cup, to be held from April 14 to 19 in Budapest, with the presence of 12 nationwide groups in search of the world title. Castellón Sara Sorribes, quantity two, and Naomi Osaka, primary, will open tomorrow at 12.00 the qualifying spherical of the Federation Cup, which takes place this Friday and Saturday at the La Manga Membership Tennis Heart in Cartagena.The day on Friday will finish with the match between Carla Suárez and Misaki Doi, after the draw held on Thursday. The tie will be performed on this advanced positioned in the Cartagena deputation of Los Belones.After the Sorribes-Osaka, the conflict between the Grancanaria Suárez, #1 of the Spanish crew, and 2 in Japan, Doi.last_img read more

first_imgGretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Spurs: Host Orlando on Sunday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Jrue Holiday had 29 points and eight assists to lead the Pelicans. Anthony Davis had 17 points and eight rebounds after missing Thursday’s game with a sprained right elbow.San Antonio held New Orleans to 17 points in the opening period and 39 points in the first half, season lows for each team. While the defensive effort was a boon for the Spurs, the Pelicans continue to struggle after opening the season 4-0.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 ChrissAfter trailing 15-8, the Spurs moved out to a two-point lead with an 11-2 run sparked by Cunningham diving on the floor defensively for a loose ball.San Antonio’s bench played a key role, outscoring New Orleans’ 33-13, including 14 points by Marco Belinelli. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trae Young scores 24 as Hawks beat Heat 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 San Antonio Spurs’ Dante Cunningham (33) and DeMar DeRozan (10) scramble for the ball against New Orleans Pelicans’ Nikola Mirotic, right, and Jrue Holiday during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)SAN ANTONIO — DeMar DeRozan scored 26 points, LaMarcus Aldridge added 22 points and 12 rebounds and the San Antonio Spurs defeated New Orleans 109-95 Saturday, extending the Pelicans’ losing streak to five games.Dante Cunningham had a season-high 15 points, Patty Mills finished with 15 points, seven rebounds and seven assists and San Antonio won its fourth straight.ADVERTISEMENT Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal TIP-INSPelicans: New Orleans has been outscored by an average of 14.6 points in its five-game skid. . Davis grabbed his left knee in pain after colliding with Cunningham as the two went for a loose ball with 6 minutes remaining, but quickly smiled and rose after the initial burst of pain. . The Pelicans scored 17 points in the first quarter and 39 points in the first half, both season lows. Their previous season low for a quarter was 18 points in the second against Utah on Oct. 27, and 24 in the opening period against Denver on Oct. 29. New Orleans’ previous low for the first half was 45 points against Denver on Oct. 29.Spurs: DeRozan has scored at least 25 points in seven of the team’s eight games this season. The only other San Antonio player to do so was George Gervin in 1978-79. . The Spurs are 44-17 against the Hornets/Pelicans since they relocated to New Orleans in 2003. It’s the most victories against the city’s second NBA franchise by any team. . Cunningham had scored 20 points total in the team’s first seven games. His previous high was four points, which he scored in the team’s previous three games.UP NEXTPelicans: At Oklahoma City on Monday night.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View commentslast_img read more

first_imgTwo hundred and fifty-one students graduated from the Georgetown School of Nursing on Thursday. This number comprises 110 professionally registered nurses, 56 midwives and 85 nursing assistants.Leola Charles, a graduate from the Professional Nursing Programme of the Georgetown School of Nursing, and now a registered nurse, has emerged as the 2018 valedictorian. Charles, along with others, received special awards for their outstanding performances and special skills demonstrated throughout their course of studies.This year’s graduation marks the school’s 31st Biennial ceremony, where scores of young professionals have received certification to provide services in the public health sector. The graduation exercise was hosted at the National Cultural Centre.In her valedictory speech, Charles encouraged her batch along with those who have completed other programmes, to be trailblazers in their respective fields, as they transition fully into the world of work.“Let us leave a trail that others will be proud to follow. Class of 2018, as graduates, we face many uncertainties in both the immediate and distant future; however, it’s up to us to make a difference to have people say honourable things about us and leave the impression that you never gave up on yourself,” Charles is quoted by the Department of Public Information as saying.Charles was the recipient of the Public Health Minister’s Award and the first-ever PAHO/WHO award among several others in recognition of her stellar performanceValedictorian Leola Charles receives her award from Public Health Minister Volda Lawrenceboth in theory and clinical practices.In her address to the gathering, Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence said since her appointment to the sector, she has worked assiduously with the faculty of health sciences and education to make necessary changes to nursing education.To this end, the Minister expressed her confidence in the graduating batch’s preparedness to be deployed into the public health system. She further added that the citizens of Guyana can be reassured of quality health services being delivered to them by these professionals.The graduates were also encouraged to demonstrate an excellent level of patient care as they all have an important role to play as servants in the public health sector.“We at the Ministry recognise that you are the pillars of a sustainable and an effective health system the core of the next generation of nurses on whom Guyana will depend for a resilient and robust health structure,” Minister Lawrence said.Midwife Ann Ferguson-Goppy, registered Nurse Melissa Emanuel and Nursing Assistant, Sherl Daniels, all excitedly highlighted their journey to completing their individual programmes.The graduation ceremony saw several persons from this year’s batch receiving special awards in the areas of interpersonal skills, management and leadership qualities and overall outstanding performances in theoretical studies and clinical practices.Among those graduating was Batch 125A, who was a part of approximately 200 students, who retook the State Final Examinations and attained 100 per cent passes in 2017. This batch received timepieces compliments of PAHO/WHO in recognition of their overwhelming performance.The Georgetown-based nursing school have over the years been hit by many controversies. Last year, 150 students who wrote the nursing exams, which were allegedly compromised, had to rewrite the exams.An investigation was launched after it was reported that the nurse’s examination papers were leaked before the sitting and assessment of 250 nursing students.last_img read more

first_img0Shares0000Gor Mahia striker Jacques Tuyisenge lifts his fingers to the sky after scoring.NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 17 – Rwandese talisman Jacques Tuyisenge grabbed a hat-trick as leaders Gor Mahia whip Kariobangi Sharks 3-1 to bounce back in a mid-week Kenyan Premier League match played at the Moi Stadium in Kisumu on Tuesday.K’Ogalo made a bold statement after last weekend’s 1-0 loss to struggling Mathare United with Tuyisenge scoring all the three goals in the first half to condemn Sharks in a difficult position to find footing. The win leaves Gor needing just a point to be crowned the 2017 KPL champions and that will be determined when they travel away to Ulinzi Stars on Sunday at the Afraha Stadium in Nakuru.Tuyisenge opened the account in the 11th minute after maximizing poor defence from Jeff Oyemba.He then doubled the lead in the 20th minute after connecting a Meddie Kagere cross before defender Wellington Ochieng picking him up to seal the win in the 36th minute and take his goal tally to 11, just one behind leader Kepha Aswani of Nakumatt FC in the race of the Golden Boot.However, Sharks found the consolation from the spot when Innocent Wafula handled the ball inside the box in the 68th minute for Masoud Juma to convert.Sharks will be looking to pick up from the loss when they take on giants AFC Leopards in the final of the GOtv Shield on Friday at the Moi International Sports Center Kasarani.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

first_imgAndy Gray believes Manuel Pellegrini’s time as Manchester City manager is coming to an end.The Chilean’s side crashed out of the Champions League on Wednesday night, as Barcelona dominated their last-16 second leg clash to secure a 3-1 aggregate victory over the Blues.Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti, along with Atletico Madrid chief Diego Simeone, have been linked with the Etihad top job.And Premier League expert Gray expects City’s hierarchy to cut their losses with the ex-Malaga man.“I don’t think Manuel Pellegrini will be there next season,” he told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show. “Manchester City need change.“There’s a real good chance that they’ll go looking for someone else.“There are some top managers available at the end of the year and they might appeal to Manchester City.“It wouldn’t surprise me if Manuel Pellegrini is sacked.”last_img read more

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre “We need a consultant to tell us whether we are charging adequate fees,” said Eva Yuan-McDaniel, deputy director of planning for the Los Angeles Planning Department. “Some cases are close to full-cost recovery, and other cases are just unbelievably low,” she said. “If we can have full-cost recovery, that would be much less burden on the general fund – and that’s less subsidy with taxpayer money.” The planning-fee review comes as the city is facing falling revenues and a tightening budget. To lessen the drain on the city’s general fund – which pays for basic city services such as police officers, firefighters and street paving – Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s budget team has initiated studies to see whether Los Angeles needs to charge higher fees. Los Angeles taxpayers are subsidizing more than half the cost of processing new development approvals in the city, according to a Daily News review. In many cases, the planning fees developers pay cover just 40 percent of the expense of staff review and public outreach. In controversial or complicated projects, the fees might cover only 20 percent of the cost. Taxpayers pick up the rest of the tab, which can top $10,000 in some cases. Now, as Los Angeles leaders face a budget crunch and prepare to cut city services, the city has approved a $150,000 study analyzing the possibility of raising planning processing fees. About 13 departments are analyzing the need for fee increases or have recently completed analyses that have justified fee increases. This year, the city raised ambulance fees and fees levied when city crews clear brush on private property. Next year, the city will consider raising fees for animal services, transportation and the Police Department. “When we have a tough budget year, we look at whether we are really recovering the cost of providing a service,” Chief Administrative Officer Karen Sisson said. “It does cost us to provide certain services, and when our expenses go up, we need to make sure we can cover those costs.” Some community activists were surprised, however, that Los Angeles has not attempted to recoup the cost of processing new development applications – especially amid a building boom over the past several years. “All the fees have been going up for residents,” said Gerald Silver, president of Homeowners of Encino, who also cited recent increases in water rates and sewer fees. “It’s unfair to force the full burden of fees on the residents and then give away the store to developers.” But it’s not just the Planning Department. The Department of Building and Safety has not raised its fees in 14 years, even though the department’s workload has soared 80 percent in recent years. “We changed the way we do business. We’re doing more with less,” spokesman Bob Steinbach said. The Department of Building and Safety is now comparing its fees with other cities’ charges. Yuan-McDaniel, with the Planning Department, said the city’s planning-fee structure is so old and complicated – there are 160 different fees – that nobody has attempted to overhaul it. Politics has played a role, too. The business and development community does not always welcome fee increases. “It’s always been this notion of being business-friendly,” said Councilman Ed Reyes, who heads the council’s Planning and Land Use Committee and has pushed for higher fees. “We were not as aggressive in raising that concern.” With the city’s financial crunch – and new Planning Department leadership that has pledged to reform the project-approval process – Reyes said he is hopeful that L.A. taxpayers won’t keep subsidizing development for long. Holly Schroeder, with the Building Industry Association’s L.A. chapter, said the development community could accept higher fees – if the city eases the bureaucracy, which would save developers money. “Sometimes it takes longer to get a housing project approved than it takes to get a drug approved through the Food and Drug Administration,” she said. “If they had a real, rational, effective process that would work, we’re willing to talk about fees paying a greater portion or all of that process,” Schroeder said. In the last few years, L.A. has begun charging full cost for projects that go through the expedited unit. Developers get more speedy service and pay for the staff hours it takes to process their applications. Based on bills sent to developers by the expedited unit, planning officials figure the current planning fees cover about 40 percent of the cost of processing an average project and only 20 percent of the cost of a more complicated or controversial project. Neighboring cities already charge higher fees than Los Angeles. The city of Santa Clarita charges among the highest planning and development fees in the region – yet it was recently ranked one of the most business-friendly cities by the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp. “We don’t expect our existing residents to pay for development,” said Robert Newman, director of public works for Santa Clarita. He said city fees are based on the staff time needed to process applications, and they’re updated about every five years. “We’ve had very few complaints on the fees we charge,” Newman added. Glendale charges slightly higher planning fees than Los Angeles, and it attempts to recover the full cost of processing development applications. “Even though we’re trying to set the fees at full-cost recovery, we’re nowhere near full-cost recovery,” said Jeff Hamilton, a senior planner with the city of Glendale. Still, Burbank charges fees significantly lower than both Los Angeles and Glendale. “Each year we’ve been trying to increase our fees little by little,” said Joy Forbes, deputy city planner with the city of Burbank. “But we always look at the cities nearby, and the council likes the fact that we’re always right under Glendale and Pasadena. “While we continue to increase fees, we’ll probably never be over those cities.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

first_img Ralph Krueger 1 Ralph Krueger insists Southampton will no longer be bullied in the transfer market – but the chairman was not so forthright about manager Claude Puel’s future.For the past seven seasons Saints have managed to finish higher than the previous campaign, a run made all the more remarkable by the revolving door at St Mary’s.Southampton’s run of beating the previous year’s finish has ended this season, but there is no end in sight to the speculation surrounding key players.Virgil van Dijk, Ryan Bertrand and Oriol Romeu are the latest targets as vultures circle overhead, although chairman Krueger has pledged this summer will be different to previous years.Welcomed by a small squad on “extremely weak contracts” upon his appointment during the 2013-14 season, the chairman said they needed to sell astutely and buy even smarter to build.That money has allowed the club to give the club strength with contracts, meaning they do not plan to sell any of the crown jewels.“Here we sit in the summer of ’17 and we now have 18 top, or above average, Premier League players under three or more year contracts,” Krueger said.“We actually have 12 players that have more than four years, so 49 months, left on their contract and even a couple with 61 months.“So 18 players have more than three years, gives us control over the summer for the first time.“We will decide if anybody goes and we will decide who comes in, in the best interests of the club.“We do not need to sell any player for the first time since I’ve been here.“I can make that statement and – unless football decides it’s in the best interests – we don’t need to do that.“I think that we’re moving into a new era at Southampton Football Club after three-and-a-half years of building this foundation of depth, where we have more than 25 players that can play a Premier League game.“We now need to consolidate. We’re going to do everything possible to keep the core in place because the one thing that has been lacking here is developing synergies within the squad because of the changes.“It has been difficult to maintain the synergies we would see at times during the season.“I think that’s one of the reasons we would like to keep the core in place to give the synergies an opportunity, and we are extremely hungry to push back into Europe next year. It is our obsession.”This season’s Europa League campaign, no matter how frustrating, has whetted the collective appetite at St Mary’s, so too the EFL Cup final defeat to Manchester United.Star turn Van Dijk was absent at Wembley through injury, just as he continues to be now – not that speculation over a summer move has halted.Asked if Saints could realistically turned down a £60million bid for him this summer, Krueger said: “Can we? Yes.“The big thing is here again I want to underline the strategy, less the detail.“You know I really respect our lead in football, Les Reed is doing an excellent job, and Ross Wilson has taken on a big role assisting Les and leading our football-specific decisions.“They will continue next week once they’ve analysed the season and really de-brief completely, they will make then the football decision we need to make.“I’ll tell you again, we do not need to sell anybody.”Krueger says the club’s hunger for European qualification outweighs “hunger to set some record (sale)” and that any moves made will be because it is better for Southampton.While player speculation is sure to rumble, so too will the talk about manager Puel’s future.The man chosen to succeed Ronald Koeman last summer has struggled to win over fans – and it is understood some players – with Krueger giving a non-committal answer amid growing chatter of a managerial change.“In my role as a chairman, I like to have people expecting more and wanting growth and wanting development because that’s what we are expecting from ourselves and that’s what we are expecting within our staff,” he said when asked about frustrated supporters ahead of Wednesday’s match against Manchester United.“Again, the football analysis, let it take place when these games are over.“We have two really important matches – what a beautiful thing to finish the season with two home games in five days, so right now we want to celebrate the moment.“The bigger picture football-wise will become transparent as we move into next week and the week beyond.“It hasn’t been easy either to come in here as a manager, finishing eighth, seventh, sixth.“It was definitely tough circumstances with Europe and we’ll be looking at everything, and then we’ll again be clearer after the season’s over.”last_img read more

first_imgVirgil van Dijk has won a lot of admirers in the short space of time he has been a Premier League player.Having joined Southampton from Celtic in a £13m transfer in 2015, the 25-year-old defender has maintained the impressive displays he showed in Scotland.Liverpool were linked with a £50m deal for him and it’s something former captain Steven Gerrard even welcomed.WHY VAN DIJK IS SO POPULAR“I’d love to see him in a red shirt. I’m a huge fan,” he said.“I thought he was fantastic at Celtic and I thought we should have had a go for him back then.”Is Van Dijk among the top five best Dutch players to have played in the Premier League in the last 10 years? thinks so. 5 2. Robin van Persie – Imagine how many goals a fit Robin van Persie would have scored? The striker only managed to play more than 30 Premier League games in a season twice, but he was still vital to both Arsenal and Man United. Alex Ferguson spent £25m on him in 2012 after he scored 30 goals for the Gunners to win the Golden Boot and both Player of the Year awards, and he repaid Fergie with 26 goals, another Golden Boot and the Premier League title in the boss’ final season in charge at Old Trafford. 5. Virgil van Dijk – Is Van Dijk among the top five best Dutch footballers to have played in the Premier League in the last 10 years? thinks so. The Southampton defender has been so good that he is rated in the £50m bracket. “I thought he was fantastic at Celtic,” says Steven Gerrard, “and I thought Liverpool should have had a go for him back then.” The 25-year-old has been a Premier League player since moving to the south coast in 2015 for £13m, and won a lot of admirers since then. 4. Rafael van der Vaart – Van der Vaart only had two seasons in the Premier League, but what a couple of years they were. It was big news when Spurs signed the Real Madrid forward in an £8m deadline day deal as the club made their Champions League debut. “Tottenham is still in my heart,” he told the club in a 2016 interview and the player is still fondly remembered by fans, as you’ll see if you pop into any pub or chippy around White Hart Lane where faces light up at the mention of Luka Modric, Gareth Bale and Rafael van der Vaart playing in the same time. The Dutchman scored 24 goals in 63 Premier League games as well as providing 15 assists during his time in England. 5 5 5 1. Edwin van der Sar – Van der Sar retired from playing in 2011, but was vital to the 2008 Champions League final as well as three Premier League titles. He is one of the clubs’ greatest goalkeepers, but didn’t actually sign for the club until he was 34. United spent £2m on him and Sir Alex Ferguson has called him one of his best signings. “We really should have gone for him when Schmeichel left [in 1999]” he said. 3. Dirk Kuyt – Kuyt left Liverpool in 2012 having been there for six years during which time he scored 71 goals in 285 games. He worked his backside off for the team and the fact he scored so many crucial goals means he is one of Liverpool fans’ favourite players of recent times. There was the late goal to knock Man United out of the FA Cup in 2012, the decisive penalty against Chelsea in the 2007 Champions League semi-final shoot-out and two goals against Everton to seal a Merseyside derby win at Goodison in 2007. Let’s not forget a hat-trick against United in 2011, the winner against Standard Liege in 2008 or the goal against Cardiff in the 2012 League Cup final. 5last_img read more

first_imgMilford Ladies are through to the semi-final of the Senior Championship after a hard fought win against St Eunans in O’ Donnell park on Sunday on a score line 3-6 to 2-8. After winning the first leg Milford went into the match with a six point advantage but were caught cold at the start of the match & found themselves 1.5 to 1 point down after 15 minutes, they responded well and went in 3 points down at half time.The second half was a real battle under poor weather conditions,little to choose between both teams with milfords defence in particular outstanding, the six point advantage from the first leg was a telling factor and once Milford got their noses in front there was only going to be one winner. This was a real team performance with Aoife Gallagher and Michelle Doherty in particular outstanding, they go on to meet glenfin in co semi final on Sunday 10th August.GAA NEWS: MILFORD SENIOR LADIES THROUGH TO SEMI-FINALS OF THE CHAMPIONSHIP was last modified: July 29th, 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:GAAMilfordNoticesSportlast_img read more

first_imgWalshyFor a man who used to shout handball when he saw Barney Rock slot over a free for the Dubs on the Sunday Game, Paddy Walsh is watching his fair share of GAA these days. Donegal’s favourite sports columnist is back and writing about everything from the no-show by James McCarthy to why a Letterkenny Garda could have made the difference at Celtic Park against Scotland. Take it away Walshy. SEE YOU JIMMY (OR NOT AS THE CASE WAS…)So DID James McCarthy pull a sickie? And will he be skipping out on to the Goodison Park pitch next Saturday afternoon with a Lourdes medal round his neck and a starting place in the Everton line-up for their match with West Ham United? Chances are he will – though probably minus the medal – and we’ll all be nodding our heads in belated agreement with Roy Keane. We might never know – at least until the Scottish born midfielder’s autobiography hits the shelves – but is there a part of us that might share his possible apprehension at having to turn out at Celtic Park knowing that his every touch was going to be greeted with a blue chorus of animosity?Did his conscience stick in his throat that here, he would be, lining out for the native country of his grandfather against the nation where he was born and brought up? Perhaps. Or, perhaps, he really was carrying that injury and was in no fit state to face the Scots.No such problems for Aidan McGeady who, left to confront the barrage on his own (though the Irish fans did counter all the jeers on his behalf by chanting his name) turned out on the soil of his birthplace even if his performance wasn’t as solid as it had been in recent outings for the Republic.But then which Irish player could honestly say they had risen to the occasion on the night? Well, here’s one viewer and fan who didn’t think the overall display was as bad as some – Liam Brady, for instance – were making out? Not a classic game by any stretch of the Gorbals and certainly not the entertaining encounter that the I.T.V. highlights panel of Slaven Bilic, Glen Hoddle and Tony Pulis, might have had us believe. But I did agree with the latter trio that both teams had contributed equally to the derby atmosphere and the pitch battle.Would Martin O’Neill’s men have earned a point had that header not crashed off the crossbar at the end (the late, late show as George Hamilton, described it before switching back to Dublin for the Slate, Slate Show)?The onus was on Scotland to make home advantage count and it’s true to say that they did produce any of the better passing movements of the evening but you couldn’t say that this was a significantly below par performance by the Republic even if the subsequent comments in the R.T.E. studio and the following day’s newspapers might have convinced you otherwise.That being said, had the team only played with some of the verve shown by the eleven replacements – including Shay Given who pulled off a couple of top drawer saves – who lined up against the U.S.A. last night, we might have come home with something from Scotland. Indeed, perhaps had Robbie Brady being on from the start in Glasgow – what a peace of a free-kick he scored at the Aviva – the visiting team could have caused their hosts a lot more problems.Some promising young talent coming through in the Irish ranks as was evident against the Americans. Hope hasn’t, after all, been eradicated by that defeat in Scotland. BANKS IN BALLYBOFEYA brief reference to a goalkeeping great in last week’s column prompted me to go rooting through the old book shelves in search of a publication that came out in 2006 entitled ‘Gordon Banks – A Hero Who Could Fly’.Banksy – what a goalkeeper and gentleman.Written by lifetime fan – or at any rate a fan as soon as awareness of the footballing world made him sit up and notice – Don Mullan, it’s a tribute to the man who kept goal for England and plied much of his club trade with Stoke City when they played out of the old Victoria Ground.One of the chapters recalls the author arriving home from school on a June day in 1970 to find a message written in lipstick on the sitting room mirror of his Derry home. ‘Don, see Journal, Gordon Banks coming to Donegal,” Mullan’s sister, Deirdre had scrawled. On the table she had left a copy of that day’s ‘Derry Journal’ with the back page facing up and revealing the main story: ‘GORDON BANKS WILL PLAY AT BALLYBOFEY.’ Having never seen his hero outside television, books and magazines, Mullan read and re-read the headline and no doubt pasted it and the story into the scrapbook he kept. Yes, it was true, Banksy was coming with his Stoke team to face Finn Harps – then managed by Patsy McGowan – in a pre-season friendly on Sunday August 2nd of the year in question.His father, he writes, wasn’t much into soccer but the younger Mullan didn’t have to ask him to take him to Finn Park for the game and so off they went.“My father had an inkling that the Stoke team would be staying at Jackson’s Hotel, Ballybofey, hometown of Finn Harps F.C. He pulled into the car park and told me to wait. I paid no attention as he went to the boot of the car and somehow managed to conceal from me the fact that he was carrying my scrapbook into the hotel. A few minutes later he emerged, elated and excited, beckoning vigorously. Puzzled, I followed him into the hotel lobby and immediately spotted my prized scrapbook with a tall man leafing through it. “Here he is, Mr. Banks,” my father said. And with that Gordon Banks turned around. Words cannot describe the meaning of that moment. To me, it was like being granted an audience with God.”The Stoke player’s “sensitivity and respect towards this Irish kid” was, Don Mullan maintained, a cherished memory that remained with him even as all hell broke loose around him in the city of his birth as the Troubles ignited. Indeed, they had already ravaged lives – four days after the ‘Journal’ had revealed the pending arrival of Gordon Banks, five people, including two children, had perished in a house fire in Dunree Gardens where petrol bombs were being manufactured.And on the very day Stoke were facing up to Harps, the first rubber bullet was fired in Belfast. Don Mullan also wrote extensively on the horrors of Bloody Sunday to which he was a witness. But an English goalkeeper had, as the flames caught hold, given a 14 year old boy some leverage away from what was unfolding all around him.As a young boy, myself, and living in the relatively peaceful surrounds of Letterkenny, I can remember Banks trotting out on to the Finn Park surface in that particular game and receiving a hero’s welcome, no more so from a teenager who could now boast of having a scrapbook signed by him.Stoke won 3-0, I recall, with Jimmy Greenhoff – who, along with brother Brian, would later go on to play for Manchester United – scoring twice.And no future boasts for a Harps player at the time to say that he had put one past the world’s greatest goalkeeper of that era.THE BURN IDENTITYTermon LadiesSomehow the words All-Ireland Final and Termon Ladies seem to settle comfortably in the same sentence. Destiny is another term for it.Having spent a few afternoons or evenings on The Burn Road watching my own young girl take part in blitzes and matches, I’ve seen at first foot the dedication and enthusiasm for the women’s game in this particular neck of the woods.Don’t they even place billboards on the nearby Letterkenny to Creeslough main road featuring large scale photographs of their successful teams – passing motorists knowing for sure that this a club that continues to go places.And where they’ll be going on the last day of this month is to Croke Park for the ultimate challenge following that two point win over Kilkerrin-Clonberne in last weekend’s semi-final in Galway.A couple of years back, when tuning into TG4 one Sunday afternoon, I got my first glimpse in the colours of Donegal of a 17 year old prodigy who looked as if she owned the ball on the field of play and appeared to possess a pair of magical boots. She, too, belongs on the big stage and in the context of an All-Ireland Final, it doesn’t get any bigger.Not just a hugely talented individual but a hugely talented individual who knows the precise whereabouts of the opposition goal and how to get there.Geraldine McLaughlin’s tally of four goals and an equivalent number of points in the Ulster Club Final win over Donaghmoyne merely underlined the pedigree of the Termon girl but we’re almost not surprised anymore when she notches up those volumes of scores.In Galway she grabbed two goals and three points from her team’s total of 3-11 but contributed to all the remaining scores.But don’t, however, run away with the impression that this is a one woman band – this Termon outfit comes in many different influential parts and each of them merit the plaudits for getting this far in the competition.Francis Friel will bring his team to Croke Park for that showdown with Cork opponents, Mourneabbey, with the opportunity to claim their first ever All-Ireland title. More about it closer to the time.ANOTHER ULSTER EXITFor St. Eunan’s senior men, the Ulster semi-final is where their ambitions ended.Too many mistakes represented their downfall last Sunday and, some might suggest, too many matches but as they showed strongly in the closing twenty minutes of the match with St. Enda’s, that appeared to put the lie to that.But no disgrace to fall to the team that disposed of the kingpins of Ulster club football, Crossmaglen.PHILIP RIDES INTO TOWNPhilip DeignanDue to circumstances beyond my control – and, no, I wasn’t recycling a Saturday morning sleep – I missed Philip Deignan’s appearance at the An Grianan Theatre where, by all accounts, he played a starring role alongside his equally accomplished partner, Elizabeth Mary ‘Lizzie’ Armistead.Not too often you get two highly acclaimed cyclists under the one roof in Letterkenny but there they were – Jason Black and Sean McFadden!Seriously, as Jason pointed out, Philip who has never, despite his success on the international circuit, forgotten or ignored his roots, represents an inspiration to all of the budding young pedal pushers who were present.Last year, I paid a visit to the Deignan home on Letterkenny’s Ramelton Road where his parents, Gerry and Kathleen, were lending out some materials for a sporting exhibition that was subsequently staged in the County Museum.The pride in their son’s achievements was self-evident but more than that you could see, why and how, he has remained a fully grounded individual.JUNGLE JIMMYNo, I haven’t been watching it and won’t be any time soon. For here’s one television viewer who just hasn’t got it where ‘I’m A Jungle – Get These Celebrities Out Of Here’ is concerned. Extreme cruelty to cockroaches, I call it.But you’d have to be living in the garden shed and cut off completely from the world if you didn’t read or hear something about it – such as the fact that one Jimmy Bullard has been Tarzaned into this particular jungle.Remember him? Decent striker of a ball with a few goals behind him but never rising above the ranks of your Fulhams, Wigan Athletics or Hull Citys. Still it was with the latter team that he probably led one of the funniest incidents ever seen in the English Premiership.Hull were facing Manchester City away from home and after going in at half-time trailing by four nil, manager Phil Brown kept his team out on the pitch and, with the players seated in a circle, wagged his finger and his tongue at them (it appeared to work as they drew 1-1 in the second half).Anyway, precisely a year later in November 2009 at the same venue, Hull were losing by the only score of the game when they were awarded a penalty. Up stepped Bullard to rifle the ball home, prompting the team to repeat the incident of the previous season – with Bullard playing the role of Brown complete with wagging finger etc. Even the Manchester City fans lapped it up and, to be fair to him, so did Brown.And now here he, Bullard, is destroying all his credibility from that priceless moment by swinging into the jungle.Look out for Joey Barton in next year’s series – I certainly won’t – or has he already been in it?ON SCREENAnd the camera pans around Celtic Park before the kick-off and there’s O’Neill, Keane, Strachan, O’Shea, Naismith….and Dorrian?The eagle-eyed among you will have clearly spotted the popular Letterkenny Garda, John Dorrian, in the crowd at Friday night’s big game.Sadly, he couldn’t, nor could the Irish defence (and after all that’s what THEY were there for) put the shackles on Shaun Maloney before he netted that winning goal.DID JIMMY PULL A SICKIE AND JUST WHY DEIGNAN IS SO GROUNDED – WALSHY ON WEDNESDAY! was last modified: November 19th, 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:GAAJames McCarthyPhilip Deignansports columnTermon ladiesWalshy on Wednesdaylast_img read more