It’s Ahoure or Gardner for 100m

first_imgK.C. Graham: All eyes will be on Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce today in the women’s 100m as there is speculation that she is not yet ready to compete with the big girls due to a toe injury.Lowe: She certainly isn’t ready and has said as much, noting yesterday that this is a test to see where she is. Still, she’s a fighter and will try her best I’m sure. However, after missing as much training as she has, it’s hard to see her winning here.K.C. Graham: And the field is a quality one as there are four sub-10.80 seconds athletes in the field although I do not expect much from Carmelita Jeter and it will be interesting to see how Blessing Okagbare runs here after being easily beaten by Elaine Thompson recently.Lowe: Fraser-Pryce won here last year in 10.81 but I doubt we’ll see that kind of time from anyone in this field today unless helped by wind. Nobody is in particularly great form and it might be an opportunity for another Jamaican, Simone Facey, who has gone 11.00 and 11.05 this year to make a good impression.K.C. Graham: I am really happy for Facey, who is making a big comeback this season and I expect her to improve on her season’s best of 11.00 seconds. However, I think they will all have to chase English Gardner, who likes this track and this is home for her as she has scored several wins in the past here including NCAA titles for Oregon. I think she could go sub-10.90.Lowe: She had a close win last year in the ‘B’ race over Elaine Thompson in 10.84 and like you said, loves to compete here in front of her fans from college days. She has also gone 11.04 this year too and has been bouncing around in the hotel and looking quite eager to step on the track.K.C. Graham: The race is going to be very close though as Barbara Pierre, the Indoor 60 metres champion, is bubbling with confidence while Ahoure and Bartoletta want to do well. I think Fraser-Pryce will just go through the motions here as coach Stephen Francis is a smart guy and is waiting for Rio but you know as a Nike athlete she has to show up for this meet.Lowe: I think she wants to do more than just show up here. She has missed several training sessions and is running out of time before trials. She won’t risk further injury – I don’t think, but she’ll certainly want to give herself and her coach a real opportunity to see just where they are at this point. I think Ahoure has this one covered. She’s been working well so far this season especially on the final phase. She wins a close one ahead of Gardner. A healthy finish will be key for SFP at this stage, a fast time would be a bonus and winning is not her primary focus here.K.C. Graham: You can take this trifecta to the bank my friend. It is Gardner from Ahoure from a fast finishing Okagbare for third.Lowe: Thank you but I’ll pass, my record so far speaks for itself so let me reiterate. Ahoure over Gardner. Third place is up for grabs.last_img read more

Batang Pier, Painters rise

first_img787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas Lebanon blows PH 5 to pieces 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson GlobalPort import Murphy Halloway loses possession on his way to the basket as two Kia Picanto defenders gang up on him. —AUGUST DELA CRUZGlobalPort dusted off the sluggishness and did away with the over-eagerness just in the nick of time to clip KIA Picanto, 102-90, on Sunday in the PBA Governors’ Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The Batang Pier got the workout it needed as they await the return of its main gun for a big game happening in less than a week.ADVERTISEMENT Teen gunned down in Masbate Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings “I’m not saying this as an alibi, but a three-week layoff was hard on our part,” coach Franz Pumaren said after his Batang Pier needed a big second half to turn back the Picanto. “We were so sluggish, it’s like the team was just excited to be playing again.”Import Murphy Holloway scored 29 points and had 18 rebounds and three others tossed in twin digits for the Batang Pier, who climbed to an even 2-2 record and picked up some confidence for their next game, which will be against powerhouse San Miguel Beer this Friday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’“It’s a weak team,” Pumaren said in jest when asked who they play next.Markeith Cummings scored 37 points in almost singlehandedly carrying the fight for the Picanto, who slumped to a seventh straight loss and are likely to become the first casualties of the season-closing conference.In the second game, Rain or Shine import J’Nathan Bullock scored 20 points and pulled down 14 rebounds as he led the Elasto Painters to a 105-73 blowout of TNT KaTropa. The local Painters also hit their mark with 16 three-pointers as coach Caloy Garcia wards rose to 3-2, a full game ahead of their victims.TNT’s new import Glen Rice Jr. produced 19 points and eight rebounds in his PBA debut.Pumaren likewise talked with some excitement because Terrence Romeo, the leading scorer for Gilas Pilipinas in the Fiba Asia Cup in Lebanon, could be returning for the game against the Grand Slam-seeking Beermen.Romeo anchored a torrid finish by the Filipinos on Sunday night that keyed a 75-70 win over Jordan for seventh place at Nouhad Nawfal Stadium in Beirut, Lebanon.Romeo, who scored 26 points in a 97-86 win over China, hit a triple, had an assist to Japeth Aguilar and forced the biggest Jordan turnover as the Filipinos prevailed in front of a huge crowd of overseas Filipino workers.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

Encouraging Rice Production

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Samukai Peace Tourney Ends with Several Awards

first_imgA month long Brownie J. Samukai Peace and Unity Football Tournament ended over the weekend at Kebbah Town, near Barnesville, outside Monrovia.The tournament brought together several communities, including Openville, Beh-Wigne, Bend And Stop and Kebbah Town.In the soccer grand final, Bend And Stop team lifted the prestigious trophy and a cash award of Ld100,000; runner-up Beh-Wigne team received Ld50,000 and a trophy; and Kebbah team received a cash prize of Ld25,000 and a trophy.Two children soccer teams that participated in the tournament in the children category each received a trophy and a set of jerseys.Meanwhile, because of delays in the kickball and soccer final matches, the re-scheduled games will come on this Sunday, March 2 between Bend And Stop and Kebbah Community.On the same day, Referees will clash with a select side of the Liberia National Police.Presenting the awards to the teams earlier, Hon. Brownie J. Samukai, Minister of National Defense, in whose honor the games were played, said it was meant to unite and bring the various communities together to celebrate.He said the Ld325, 000 spent for the entire tournament, including the awards is to give the community a chance to be together, and meanwhile praised all the participants for their fair participation.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Mays makes pitch to fill the fifth spot

first_imgThus, five games in, the Dodgers are no closer to naming a fifth starter than they were when they arrived here almost three weeks ago. And manager Grady Little said they might not name one until the day they leave more than three weeks hence. “That decision could come right down to the end,” Little said. Mays, a pitcher who won 17 games for Minnesota in 2001, wasn’t believed to be even a serious candidate until Little identified him as one about a week ago. Mays missed all of 2004 after Tommy John surgery, then struggled with the Twins in 2005 before leaving as a free agent for Kansas City. When those struggles continued – he was 0-4 with a 10.27 ERA when the Royals released him last May – Mays briefly found himself unemployed until Cincinnati came calling three days later, albeit with a minor-league contract. That was when fate stepped in. Actually, it already had stepped in three months before. When the Reds were undergoing routine physicals at the start of spring training, pitching coach Vern Ruhle had been found to have multiple myeloma. The cancer put him out of commission for the season and, less than a year later, took his life. Ruhle’s unexpected absence created a domino effect in the organization in which bullpen coach Tom Hume became the pitching coach, Triple-A Louisville pitching coach Lee Tunnell became the big-league bullpen coach, and Single-A Sarasota pitching coach and former Dodgers pitcher Ted Power went to Triple-A. Upon signing with the Reds, Mays was immediately assigned to Louisville. It was there that he first met Power, whom he now credits with turning his career around. Furcal out Shortstop Rafael Furcal was out of action and will remain so for at least another couple of days because of discomfort in his right shoulder. “Anytime a player is in the training room, it’s a little bit of a worry,” Little said. “But he is getting better and better each day. It’s probably a two- or three-day process.” Saito throws Closer Takashi Saito, who has been on a regular throwing program all spring but has been limited in running because of a strained right calf, threw a brief simulated game on Sunday and will make his Grapefruit League debut on Wednesday. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! He wound up with two shutout innings in which he faced the minimum, gave up one hit, started a double play with a nice defensive grab and struck out two batters. He finished with a flourish, freezing Ryan Langerhans for a called third strike. Meanwhile, in Viera, Brett Tomko also was staking a claim to the fifth spot with two shutout innings of his own in a 6-2 loss to Washington. center_img VERO BEACH, Fla. – It is a long way from the career bottoming-out Joe Mays went through less than a year ago to where he finds himself now, and it is even farther to where Mays hopes to find himself in a few weeks. But the veteran right-hander took an encouraging next step on Sunday in his Grapefruit League debut for the Dodgers. Mays, in camp on a minor-league contract and one of several candidates for the vacant fifth spot in the rotation, came on in relief of Derek Lowe to begin the third inning of what became a 4-1 loss to the Atlanta Braves. last_img read more

Sanity must prevail on disclosure issue

first_imgLOS Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Police Chief William Bratton are asking for cooler heads to prevail as officers threaten to quit their gang and narcotics details if they are forced to sign financial statements as part of their anti-gang work. Yet what’s needed is not for cooler heads to prevail, but saner heads. The disclosure is part of the federal consent decree that was put into effect as a result of the Rampart Division scandal, when several anti-gang officers were accused of framing and assaulting gang members; and several officers were convicted. More than 600 officers are affected by this ill-considered provision of the decree, and if they go through with their threat to transfer to other duties, we could see a lot more traffic cops on the streets, which might ease traffic congestion, but certainly won’t help eradicate the gangs. According to Bob Baker, president of the Police Protective League, “If an officer fills it out, it becomes part of his record and can be subpoenaed in court.” This is a grave worry for any officer working gang or narco details. “I don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t want some gang member having access to my bank account or Social Security number,” Baker added. As Councilman Dennis Zine, a retired LAPD officer and former PPL president, put it: “After Rampart, the city disbanded the gang units, which led to an upsurge in violence. We don’t want to see that repeated. We had complete chaos and that’s why we have so many gang problems now.” L.A. is the only city that has a financial-disclosure caveat for its police officers, and there hasn’t been a police department or any other enterprise that hasn’t had its share of corrupt employees – no mater how rigorously they are screened. If saner heads prevail, they can simply go back to good old-fashioned police work and investigate when suspicion of a police officer gone bad arises. Investigate away and see if he’s a cop on the take or … has a wife who writes best-selling salacious novels or inherited his mega-wealthy Uncle Harry’s estate. Sandy Sand is a resident of West Hills and former editor of the Tolucan and reporter for the San Fernando Valley Chronicle.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! U.S. District Judge Gary Feess, who presides over the decree, should do a big rethink here. He has already turned down a request to lift the requirement, and is now considering a compromise that would instead allow for random audits of gang-unit officers. Whose side is Feess on? The gangbangers or the cops who are trying to keep the streets safe? Taking the side of the government – and exhibiting a most convenient memory – is former police chief and current City Councilman Bernard Parks, even though he opposed the consent decree in the first place. “We should not give in to the tantrums of a union that is spreading fear among its members,” Parks said. One has to wonder what Parks would call it when, in November 2003, he threw a hissy fit of a tantrum and raises for council members – himself included – became a matter of public debate. He said his raise was a “private matter.” If a raise is a “private matter,” what does Parks call full financial disclosure before an officer is accused of misconduct? last_img read more

Video: Great Gigliotti goal

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Crystal Palace 1-2 Liverpool: Reds battle back to seal FA Cup quarter-final spot

first_img Liverpool pair Daniel Sturridge and Alberto Moreno celebrate the former’s goal against Crystal Palace Liverpool battled through to the last eight of the FA Cup after coming from behind to beat Crystal Palace 2-1 at Selhurst Park.Reds fans were fearing another upset against what has become their bogey team in recent seasons, and it went to script when Fraizer Campbell put the hosts in front in the first-half.Brendan Rodgers’ side gathered themselves, though, and looked the more likely team to score ahead of the break, and fit-again Daniel Sturridge finally had the visitors level shortly after the re-start with a neat volley.The Reds boss called on striker Mario Balotelli at half-time to add attacking potency to his side, and the Italian proved his worth once again by playing a hand in the winning goal.His powerful free-kick was well saved by Julian Speroni, but the rebound was pounced on by Adam Lallana, whose first-time finish sealed Liverpool’s progression as they held on for the win.Right from the very start there was a sense there would be goals, as fans witnessed an end-to-end opening at Selhurst Park.Liverpool mustered the first shots on target but it was Palace who scored the first goal, the ever-dangerous Dwight Gale causing problems for goalkeeper Simon Mignolet, whose punched clearance only went as far as Campbell, who took advantage of a defensive mix-up to slot home into an empty net.The Redmen responded well, controlling possession and forcing the Eagles back with some neat, patient approach play, which concluded with Lallana seeing a snap shot well saved by Speroni, who was on hand again to deny Philippe Coutinho moments later.Liverpool were really heaping the pressure on Palace at it seemed they had got their break when Sturridge was tripped in the box, though the referee waved away claims for a penalty.Lazar Markovic was a livewire for the visitors and he was next to go close to the equaliser, beating three defenders in an electric run but lashing his shot over the crossbar from 20 yards.But Palace had a livewire of their own in Gayle, who was denied by a brilliant save from Mignolet, after the attacker did well to control a bobbling pass to go one-on-one with the Reds goalkeeper.Palace seemed content to sit back on their lead and hit Liverpool on the counter, and with pacey attacking duo Gayle and Yannick Bolasie it was an effective strategy, and frustration grew for Liverpool as they repeatedly saw their attacking moves break down.After the break, though, it took little time for Brendan Rodgers’ side to finally find the back of the net, Daniel Sturridge slotting a volley through the legs of Speroni to deservedly level from Jordan Henderson’s ball into the boxThe half-time introduction of Balotelli gave the Reds another dimension up front, and – following his game-winning heroics against Tottenham – the Italian was involved again to put his side in front.The Merseysiders failed to keep the momentum in their favour, however, as Alan Pardew’s Palace began to push on for their second, and the hosts had their own shouts for a spot-kick turned down after the ball pinged up onto the hand of full-back Alberto Moreno in the penalty area, though it would have been a harsh decision against the Spaniard.Palace’s superiority didn’t last long though, as the Reds managed to close out the win to take a step closer to Wembley. 1last_img read more

DD LOCAL: PARISH NEWSLETTER FOR DONEGAL TOWN AND CLAR

first_imgNEWSLETTER – TAWNAWILLY – DONEGAL TOWN AND CLARSt. Patrick’s Church, Donegal Town Fr. Willie Peoples 074-9721026Saturday 16th 10.00am Seamus Caldwell – Anniversary 6.00pm Winnie & Tommy Mulhern – AnniversarySunday 17th 9.00am Lorraine & Eddie Thomas – Anniversary11.30am Conor Sinclair – AnniversaryMonday 18th 9.30am For The Faithfull Tuesday 19th 9.30am James & Margaret Deffely – DeceasedThursday 21st 9.30am Birdie Gallagher – AnniversaryFriday 22nd 9.30am Special IntentionSaturday 23rd 10.00am Margaret Quinnlan – Anniversary6.00pm Cis Collins – Anniversary Sunday 24th 9.00am. 11.30am May Mc Callion – 1st AnniversaryMichael Thomas – AnniversaryMasses During the Week – Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 9.30am. Eucharistic Adoration- St. Patrick’s Church, Thursdays from 10.00am -9.00pm. All Welcome!Divine Mercy Chaplet & Benediction each Thursday evening at 8.00pm throughout the Lenten period.Scoil Aodh Rua agus NualaFirst Confessions for Holy Communion Candidates – 11th March at 7.00pm in St Patrick’s Church.First Holy Communion – 11th May at 11.00am.Service of Light for Gaelscoil na gCeithre Maistri Confirmation Candidates – 26th February in St Patrick’s Church at 5.00pm.First Confession for Gaelscoil na gCeithre Maistri – 20th May at 7.00pm in St Patrick’s Church.First Holy Communion – 25th May at 11.00am in St Patrick’s Church.Trocaire Boxes are available at the back of the church. They may be returned on Good Friday. Thank you.Recent Death – Philip Griffith, Bridgetown. Brother of Fr. Anthony. Funeral was on Thursday.St. Agatha’s Church, Clar Fr. Danny Mc Brearty 074-9721093Saturday 16th 6.30pm The deceased members of The Martin Family, The Glen – AnniversarySunday 17th 10.30am Brigid Meehan – AnniversaryMonday 18th 10.00am Special IntentionFriday 22nd 10.00am Keith Pearson – Months MindSaturday 23rd 6.30pm Joe Martin – AnniversarySunday 24th 10.30am Paddy, Mary & Peter Carr – AnniversaryMasses During the Week – Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday 10.00am.Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament – Tuesday from 3.00pm -7.00pm in St Agatha’s Church, Clar.Recent Death – Philip Griffith, Rushbrooke – funeral was on Thursday.St Vincent de Paul Your local St Vincent de Paul branch is nearby at 0871918912Service of Light – For Confirmation class from St Francis School – Wednesday, 20th February at 7.00pm in St Agatha’s Church, Clar.Confirmation – St Agatha’s Church, Clar on Saturday, 2nd March at 11.00am.First Confession – For the children from St Francis School on Thursday, 21st March at 7.00pm.FOUR MASTERS G.A.A. CLUBAre now accepting Membership. €50.00 per adult over 18 years of age .The Club is urging members and new members to pay their €50.00 fee as soon as possible. To registrar contact Michael Martin (087) 6198905 or any committee member. Michael will be available in Abbey Hotel Monday evening 18th February 9.00pm -9.45pm.COMMUNITY GAMESThe Community Games Art U8-U16, Model Making U10-U16 and Handwriting U10 is in the Millpark Hotel on Sunday 17th Feb 3.00-6.00pm. Registration at 2.30pm. All materials will be supplied for handwriting. Children doing art or model making must supply their own materials. Parent/guardian must accompany child to complete registration form. Registration costs €2 per child. 1st prize winners at this event will go forward to the county final in the Millpark Hotel Sun 7th April.SCOIL AODH RUA AGUS NUALA ENROLMENTSJunior Infant enrolments for September 2013 will take place on Tuesday 26th February between 1.00-2.50pm in the Nuala building. Enrolment forms available on the day or beforehand from the Secretary’s office. (Contact – 9722661)Parish Bulletin e-mail address is dtkiltd@gmail.comDD LOCAL: PARISH NEWSLETTER FOR DONEGAL TOWN AND CLAR was last modified: February 17th, 2013 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:DD LOCAL: PARISH NEWSLETTER FOR DONEGAL TOWN AND CLARlast_img read more

GAA: CAVAN GET NEW MANAGER AHEAD OF DONEGAL CLASH

first_imgCAVAN will have a new manager in charge when they play Donegal in the Ulster SFC opener next month.Terry Hyland succeeds Val Andrews following his resignation last week.Andrews stepped down from the position amid reports that players voted in favour of a change of management. Hyland’s name was put forward at a specially convened committee meeting and he received the unanimous backing of the club delegates, while Anthony Forde will take over as team trainer and selector.Hyland, who has been appointed on a four-year term, has led two successive Cavan U-21 sides to back-to-back Ulster titles and he will take charge of the Breffni men when the take on Roscommon in Saturday’s Under-21 All-Ireland semi-final.His first game in charge of the senior side will be the Ulster SFC preliminary round clash with Donegal on May 20.“This brings to an end a difficult week for the county. The chairman, officers and board congratulate Terry & Anthony and wish them every good luck as the commence preparation for Cavan’s USFC game with Donegal on the 20th of May,” a statement from the Cavan County Board read. GAA: CAVAN GET NEW MANAGER AHEAD OF DONEGAL CLASH was last modified: April 18th, 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)last_img read more