‘Champs’ 2016 is now consigned to the history books. In some cases, it has unearthed, and in others, cemented a more than fair share of awesome talent. It never ceases to amaze how much is being done with so little. In this regard, Foster’s Fairplay, focusing on the future at the world level, will be looking in particular at two athletes, drawn from the many coming to mind. That the country is now the envy of the world in the area of sprints is impatient of debate. The recent feats of the Kingston College (KC) phenom, quarter-miler Akeem Bloomfield and sprinter Nigel Ellis out of St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) and described in knowledgeable quarters as the real deal only serves to drive home the point. Coming from a history-making 44.93 at last year’s world spectacle event, Bloomfield has his compass set beyond that stage. So confirmed coach Neil Harrison, who sees the World Junior Championships in July and a spot on the Rio Olympics team as the season’s chief objectives. Although no such crystal-ball glance is coming from Ellis’ camp, a wise coach must see the repeat 10 teens as a promise of things to come. Another point to be made here is that the cash-rich Bahrain trek has claimed a couple of the nation’s fast men who were understudying the Bolt, Blake, Powell top rung. Ellis, barring being steered in that direction, could ‘run in’ on one of the vacancies created. A few years ago, the highly respected track and field legendary disciplinarian and JAAA president, Neville ‘Teddy’ McCook, was hosting a top-ranked administrator in the business. Enthralled with the island’s outstanding global performances, the visitor requested to be taken to where “these fantastic athletes did their training”. The pride-ridden ‘Teddy’ headed for the North Street campus of his own KC. After about one hour of watching some of Jamaica’s most gifted young athletes, the seemingly impatient guest, with a flight to catch, asked if they could relocate to the spot, as previously requested. With no regard for his shortness of stature, Teddy drew himself to full height, made a two-handed, all encompassing sign and said, “You are standing on it”. Against this background and an ever-mushrooming storehouse of talent with less-than-adequate quality or quantity of proper facilities for preparation, a recent comment by the sport’s world governing boss is quite interesting. That Usain Bolt has rescued the sport has become almost a clichÈ at forums across the world. Well, Lord Coe is calling for “more Usain Bolts”. Once the suspicion that such call is a request for a lifeline to be thrown to a badly drug-tainted sport is accepted a way forward can be sought. Typically, what is not mentioned is the role played by the equally excellent, coach, Glen Mills, who has stage-managed the Bolt act. However, that is for a different story at another time. Having said all that, there can be but a single response to the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) president’s musings. There is a role here for Dr Warren Blake, local athletics’ top man. Picking up on the ‘more Bolts wanted’ comment, he should meet with the good upper house British parliamentarian and assist him and track and field to rise above the ongoing Russian drug debacle. Coe should be invited to assemble his IAAF executive in an initiative to afford Jamaica the infrastructure pivotal to enhance its already glorious product. The Coe remark could not have come at a more opportune time, with a new Government taking office. For a start, a synthetic track in every parish would be handy. A travelling cadre of talent scouts, fuelled by some of the current high-performance-oriented coaches, would also have to be slotted in. Much like Coe, the Jamaican president needs to turn a few things around. This would be a lasting legacy to his tenancy. Image cleaning is required both in Monaco and here, and Coe has left a door open. Enter, Dr. Blake. For Feedback, email email@example.com. FANTASTIC ATHLETES
In the co-main event of the evening it was a battle of the unbeaten as Dylan Lielke took on Dane Newall in an amateur featherweight title fight. Lielke entered the fight with a record of 4-0 while Newall was 6-0. The fight went the distance with Lielke winning by unanimous decision.“I was trying to mix it up so it wasn’t so obvious I was trying to shoot in and take him down. I knew I had to take him down, it’s where I had the advantage I thought. I guess I was right because I ended up winning that way but it was hard. He’s a tough guy; he was strong he was hard to get down he was hard to keep down. He’s a really skilled guy so I’m happy I won,” Lielke said.Aside from the obvious emotions that come with a win, Lielke also said he was relieved to have come out on top given how demanding it is to prepare for a fight.“There’s so much build up and so much anticipation for the short period of time. As soon as it’s over you can finally relax because before you’re watching your weight and planning your next training session. It’s constant. There’s no time to relax until the fight is over,” he explained.Advertisement Ladies Catchweight Bout 140: Jamie Herrington def. Robin Combs via Submission (Arm-Triangle Choke) at 1:39 of Round 3Catchweight Bout 200: Travis Lussier def Riley Cassidy via TKO at 0:14 of Round 3Featherweight: Grey Patino def Joel Morin via TKO at 1:19 of Round 1Light Heavyweight: Ted Russell def. Dan Bradshaw via Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 1:22 of Round 1 For the home crowd and Brad Stewart the desired result didn’t pan out as new middleweight champion Brendan Kornberger controlled most of the fight up against the fence, and finished Stewart off on the ground in the third round by TKO as the official stepped in to stop the fight.“Our game plan was to come out and move around, test him out and see what he has to offer. It just so happened it went to the cage and he didn’t seem to want to take it off there too much. We went from there and worked, and worked, and worked. I knew I had five rounds, 25 minutes to work him and that was basically what we were going to do,” Kornberger said.Stewart admitted to being caught off guard by Kornberger’s strategy in the fight and not being able to counter his wrestling attacks.- Advertisement -“He was just able to wrestle and control me and I wasn’t able to defend it. He was really good at ducking under my punches and clinching me against the fence and relentlessly taking me down. We figured he was going to strike a little bit more. We didn’t figure he’d just go for the take down the whole time,” Stewart explained.If a rematch is something that presents itself down the road Stewart says he’s well aware his wrestling is something that will have to improve.“We’ll see how things go but if I do get the rematch I’ll really have to work on my wrestling. I’ll have to get my wrestling cardio up and be able to defend when someone does that. I haven’t had to deal with that too much so it was a real learning experience,” he stated.Advertisement Below are the rest of the results from Fivestar Fight League’s Vindicated:Catchweight Bout 195: Cory Knipe def. Tyler O’Brien via Knockout at 0:16 of Round 1Catchweight Bout 200: Brent Auger def. James Williams via TKO (Doctor’s Stoppage due to cut) at 2:20 of Round 1Welterweight: Matt Kertesz def. Brad Laboucan via Knockout at 1:10 of Round 2Bantamweight: Jarrett Vornbrock def. Yorkhander Martinez via Submission (Armbar) at 2:55 of Round 1Advertisement
0Shares0000Barcelona star Lionel Messi vows to do his best in the coming season under new coach Ernesto Valverde © AFP / Toru YAMANAKATOKYO, Japan, Jul 13 – Barcelona star Lionel Messi shied away from making major promises for the coming season Thursday, pledging only to do his “best” under new coach Ernesto Valverde.Messi said he was not familiar with Valverde’s style, but voiced cautious hope. “Well, I say the exact same thing I say all the time,” he said at the team’s celebration of a new sponsorship deal with Japanese e-commerce giant Rakuten at its Tokyo headquarters.“Whenever I start a new season, there is a very clear-cut goal, which is FC Barcelona would do its best,” said the Argentina international who recently extended his contract with the Catalan giants.“Personally, I am very happy and looking forward to starting a new season,” he said.“Everything will become new (under Valverde). We are hearing a lot about his very good reputation,” he said, adding that he held “hopes on the new beginning.”“We would like to do our best.”Teammate Arda Turan was more enthusiastic about the coming season.“It’s important that we are going to win all the titles this year. We can do it,” the Turkey international said.They were joined by Neymar and Gerard Pique for the media event with Rakuten founder and chief executive officer Hiroshi Mikitani.Rakuten’s four-year sponsorship deal, worth 55 million euros ($63 million) a year, will last through June 2021, with the option of a one-year extension.The e-commerce firm replaced Qatar Airways, Barcelona’s shirt sponsor since 2013.Rakuten signed the deal as it seeks to expand overseas.The company already owns J-League side Vissel Kobe and professional baseball team Rakuten Golden Eagles.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
West Ham target Slaven Bilic is set to part company with Besiktas, according to reports in Turkey.The Croatian has endured a difficult second season at the Istanbul club – they are currently third in the league behind Galatasaray and Fenerbache.And, according to NTVSpor, Bilic and Besiktas have now decided to part ways after holding talks on Tuesday.The news will only add to speculation that the former West Ham player is set to become the new manager at Upton Park this summer, with current boss Sam Allardyce still yet to sign a new deal.The 46-year-old is currently the bookies’ second favourite to become the new Hammers manager, with ex-Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez ahead of him.Bilic spent just over a year at Upton Park during from 1996 to 1997, making over 40 appearances for the east London club. Besiktas boss Slaven Bilic 1
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! With only one incumbent in the Nov. 6 Hawthorne school board election, voters have a chance to elect a board that may rise above the personal disputes of the past and get down to business. The candidates running for two board seats are Cristina Chiappe, who is seeking her third term; Eugene Krank, a businessman and physician with three children attending district schools; Alexandre Monteiro, a counselor and executive director of Moneta Gardens Improvement Inc., a nonprofit group that deals with health and human service needs; and parent Albert Sanchez. We feel voters should re-elect Chiappe, an adult school teacher who has the backing of the local teachers union. She authored the board’s “code of conduct” policy, which provides trustees with guidance on acceptable conduct during public meetings. Chiappe’s priorities include continuing the steady rise in standardized test scores, maintaining efforts to keep class sizes low and confronting the problem of soaring employee health-care costs in the district. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.We don’t have a strong opinion about who should fill the second board seat. Monteiro has a record of working to help needy families and creating health centers at school sites. Krank, who has served as a chess and basketball coach within the district, sees himself as a communicator with the diplomatic skills needed to work constructively with parents. He also advocates strengthening adult literacy as a way to help students. As a doctor, businessman and parent, Krank may bring some valuable perspectives to the board. On Election Day, we recommend that Hawthorne voters choose Cristina Chiappe and Eugene Krank.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2The San Fernando Valley Fair opens Thursday at Hansen Dam Sports Center, 11400 Foothill Blvd., Lake View Terrace. Hours are 4 to 10 p.m. Thursday, 4 p.m. to midnight Friday, noon to midnight Saturday, and noon to 10 p.m. Sunday. Regular admission is $7 for adults, $4 for seniors and children 6-11, and free for children 5 and younger. Fairgoers can expect the return of classic carnival rides and games, farm animals, typical fair food, and The Tigers of India Spectacular Show and The Heritage of the Horses Show. New this year, however, is a “Lights, Camera, Animals!” show by Hollywood animal trainer Kevin Keith, a circus show and Kid’s Town, where youngsters can build sand castles and get temporary tattoos. “We wanted to spice it up, make it exciting,” Garcia said, “You always want something new.” LAKE VIEW TERRACE – Celebrating its 60th anniversary, the San Fernando Valley Fair will begin its four-day run on Thursday, with new attractions complementing long-held traditions. The gates open at 4 p.m., with organizers offering half-price admission on opening day. “There’s nothing like an old-fashioned fair,” said Catherine Garcia, the fair’s chief executive officer. “In this location, in this area, we’re it. We’re that old-fashioned fair.” The theme is “Everyone’s Fair,” and organizers said they want Valley residents to take ownership of the event, expected to draw 30,000 visitors before closing Sunday. Live acts include a performance by Tierra, a group from East Los Angeles with a blend of rock, pop, jazz, r&b and salsa, on Friday. Other headliners include the Platters, Coasters & Drifters performing sounds of the ’50s on Saturday. For more information on the fair call (818) 557-1600 or visit http://www.sfvalleyfair.org/. firstname.lastname@example.org (818) 713-3699160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
QUIZ:The Ulster final is on in the Armagh City Hotel on Tues. 27th March.ALLIANZ Football Championship Finals:Roinn 1 Scoil Iosagain, Buncrana/Stranorlar v Gaelscoil, Leitir Ceanainn (Boys)Roinn 1 Scoil Iosagain, Buncrana/Stranorlar v Lurgybrack (Girls)Roinn 2 Tooban v Creevy/KIllymard (Boys)Roinn 2 Scoil Eoin, Moville v Scoil Aodh Rua & Nuala/St. McCartonsRoinn 3 Kilmacrennan/Gaelscoil, Buncrana v Dooish/SW winners (Boys)Roinn 3 Kilmacrennan/Bridgend v Castlefin/SW winners (Girls)Roinn 5 (Blitz final) Coimín/Belcruit/Leitir/Mín Tíne Dé/South winners /SW (c) (Boys)Roinn 5 (Blitz final) Stramore/Ranafast/Mín Tíne Dé/Drimnacross/South winners/SW (c) (Girls)INDOOR COMPETITIONS:Schools who have entered the boys (hurling) or girls (football) competitions are asked to be at the Aura, Letterkenny on Wed. 28th March @ 11.15am for registration. ROUNDERS: The finals of the rounders competitions (large & small schools) are fixed for 12th May 2012.MINI 7s: Schools who wish to send children (1boy and 1 girl per school) forward for the Mini 7s should contact their divisional rep. Schools are kindly asked not to nominate any child who has previously been sent forward for trials.WEBSITE: The board have recently launched a new website. The address is cumanndonegal.comRESULTS: All football divisions should be completed by now. Teachers are kindly asked to email all results from football competitons to Mel O’Donnell (PRO) ASAP at email@example.com SCHOOLS GAA: ALLIANZ CUMANN NA MBUNSCOL was last modified: March 27th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:SCHOOLS GAA: ALLIANZ CUMANN NA MBUNSCOL
U18 Girls defeat Milford:Our minors girls came through the second test of their championship campaign with victory over Milford in breezy Traigh a Locha on Tuesday evening.The girls faced into a strong breeze in the first half but made the brighter start, scoring two goals and a point with the first three attacks of the game. Hannah Shiels fired over in the first minute, with Caoimhe Walsh and Niamh Mc Devitt finding the back of the net.Milford replied and were in the ascendancy for the next ten minutes with our girls finding it difficult to break out of defence against the wind. During this period Milford found the back of the net twice and spurned a couple of other decent chances.Fanad came out of the blocks after this period and found their rhythm in attack! Caoimhe Walsh found the net for her second goal we scored five unanswered points, two each from Caoimhe Walsh and Lauren Carr with Hannah Shiels also finding the target. Aisling Howe played very well during this period dictating the play from centre half back. Rosheen Mc Ginley must also be commending for a fine bit of goalkeeping late in the half which prevented Milford from scoring their third goal. Half time score Gaeil Fhánada 3:06 Baile na nGallóglach 2:00. The second half never really caught fire as the first half had, but Fanad continued to hit the target adding three goals and three points to the first half tally, Lauren Carr, Mairead Coll and Caoimhe Walsh finding the net. Further points were added from Aoife Sweeney, Hannah Shiels and Caoimhe Walsh. Both teams are to be commended for battling performances in difficult conditions.Full time score: Gaeil Fhánada 6:09 Milford 2:01.This was a very good team performance and victory means that our girls will progress to the knockout stages in the A section of the competition.Rosheen Mc Ginley, Siobhán Sweeney, Eimear Mc Conigley, Gráinne Friel, Maríosa Friel, Aisling Howe, Michelle Mc Devitt, Mairead Coll (1:00) Niamh Mc Devitt (1.00) Orlaigh Carr, Hannah Shiels (0:03) Aoife Sweeney (0:01) Caoimhe Walsh (3:03) Lauren Carr (1:02) Áine Mc Ateer. Alannah Coll, Maria Dougherty, Eibhlín Shiels. Swilly Mulroy Parish League:Our hugely successful parish league continues onThursdays @ 6PM in Traigh a Locha. All parents and children are asked to be there at 5.45PM. The finals are scheduled to take place on Thursday August 25th. Please contact Martin McAteer, Tracey McBride and Patrick Heraghty for any further adviseFanad well represented in Buncrana Cup:Another proud day for the Fanad Gaels club as we were well represented at this year’s Buncrana Cup with 3 Fanad lads part of the squad that faced off against Monaghan and Armagh.Mark McAteer, Fergus Friel and Eoin McGonigle were all part of the panel and put in a huge effort to get there.Mark is a stylish, electric player born with natural ability. His small stature makes him very elusive in games and he has a bright future in both the Fanad and Donegal circles. Fergus is another gifted individual, his strenth and workrate are the two main assets of his game and he is showing all the signs of becoming a key asset to the future of Fanad Gaels. Eoin was recently called up from the U15 development squad, a massive achievement already in the early stages of his career. Eoin is a hugely talented goalkeeper and his experience of playing outfield has made him comfortable on the ball while his kickouts are a big part of his game. Donegal eventually finished third after a narrow one point defeat to Monaghan meant they missed out on the final.Senior Ladies:A huge congratulations to our Senior ladies side who qualified for their first championship final after disposing of McCumhaills in their semi final on Sunday morning. A full match report is available on our Facebook page. Team and scorers: Rosheen Mc Ginley, Eimear Mc Conigley, Gráinne Friel, Roisin Carr, Maggie Friel, Maríosa Friel, Rachel Sweeney (0:03) Aoife Mc Devitt (1:02) Orlaigh Carr, Hannah Shiels (0:02), Lauren Carr (0:01) Michelle Doherty (3:00) Siobhán Coyle (0:02)Senior and Reserves:Our Senior and Reserve sides made the long trek to Dunkineely on Sunday and came away with mixed fortunes.Our reserves were beaten on a scoreline of 3-12 to 1-12. The game was evenly matched in the first half. Enda Coll was stroking over points for fun and an injury late in the first half curtailed his influence in the second half. Rudi Feenstra hit a customary goal while it was good to see Aidan McAteer, Tiernan Cushnan and Shaun McGovern put in solid shifts as they return from injury.Naomh Ultan were full value for their win based on their second half performance and inevitably their ability to take their goal chancesOur seniors were quick out of the traps and took an early three point lead. From there until the interval they did dominate possession, Mark Friel proving influential, but they went in at the break leading by only two points despite playing some nice football. The second half started well for Fanad, hitting the first two points. It was again nip and tuck for the remainder of the game. Naomh Ultan had Damien Quigley red carded but it didn’t deter the Dunkineely men and they instantly hit a goal to level the game. That was to be the last score and although Fanad had four chances to win it, they couldn’t find the point to take them over the line. Brian McVeigh was industrious while the two Seami’s were always a threat to Naomh Ultan.It’s still all to play for and there should be an exciting finale to the league. Fanad have Buncrana up next, to be played in Buncrana, and will have to be at their best to overcome a team who’ve all but secured promotion. Fanad did beat Buncrana earlier this season by 4 points. It was a more promising performance from the Fanad contingent in what’s been a season blighted by injury and emigration.Lotto Results:Numbers drawn:1, 5, 9, 10, 17. Bonus: 7No jackpot winner.€100 – Ronan McElwaine, Ballylar€50 – Bridie Friel, CoshiaGAA News: Gaeil Fhánada minor girls achieve massive win over Milford was last modified: August 16th, 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:GAAGaeil FhanadaMilford
Gomes, pictured on international duty with Portugal Lazio have joined the race for Tottenham Hotsour and West Ham United target Andre Gomes.The 24-year-old managed just six LaLiga starts for Barcelona during a disappointing campaign and now looks set to leave.Both West Ham and Tottenham have been linked with a summer move for the out-of-favour midfielder while Juventus are also keeping an eye on the situation.And now, according to El Mundo Deportivo, Lazio are the latest club to express an interest in signing Gomes.The Italian side are wary of interest in star midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, who is wanted by the likes of Manchester United, this summer.It has been suggested that Gomes will move to the top of their wish list should the Serbian ace leave during the transfer window. 1
Winking weatherman John Eagleton was forced to apologise to thousands of people across Donegal – after he got the outcome of Hurricane Katia wrong.The well-known RTE forecaster told listeners to Highland Radio at 10.15am that winds had peaked.But Mr Eagleton was forced to come back and apologise when power was knocked out to thousands of homes – including the radio station on which he made his prediction. More than 4,000 homes across the region lost power while trees were blown down across Donegal in Convoy, Glenties and on the Inishowen Peninisula.Mr Eagleton said he could not explain the sudden change in weather.He said the weather devices at Finner Camp showed winds were gusting at 56 knots and Malin Head which was gusting at 110kmp.He graciously came back on air and apologized to listeners for his earlier prediction. “What can I say – I can’t t stop the winds. The general figures are pretty steady there for the past couple of hours. There is a pressure surge but I can’t see it getting dramatically worse.“I apologise if I said there would be no power outage. If the whole of Donegal or the whole North West is out then that’s different.“The stats are still showing no major increase through the morning time but it’s not going to get any worse than it is now.“Perhaps the devices at Finner Camp is stuck at 56 knots,” he laughed.Ends RTE’S WINKING WEATHERMAN DOES U-TURN ON DONEGAL’S WEATHER FORECAST was last modified: September 12th, 2011 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:John EagletonRTE