Stoke youngster George Waring joins League Two promotion chasers Oxford on loan

first_img1 Stoke City prodigy George Waring has joined League Two outfit Oxford United on a one-month emergency loan.The 21-year-old forward has yet to make a senior appearance for Mark Hughes’ side but has impressed for the club’s second string this season.Waring spent time on loan at Barnsley last year and netted six goals in 19 appearances in League One, but now he has decided to drop down a league to try and help Oxford’s promotion push.The deal was ratified by the FA in time for Waring to be included in Michael Appleton’s squad for Tuesday nightt’s clash against Exeter City, where victory would cement them in the automatic promotion spots. George Waring [right] last_img read more

McKnight’s day is coming fast at USC

first_imgThe fluid running style only heightens the anticipation among those who broach the subject. A running back who can turn a game around? A guy who is already zig-zagging through coverage teams on punt returns? The fans want Reggie again. They’re not going to get him. McKnight will introduce himself at the appropriate time, and all the folks who are breathlessly waiting for the next gamebreaker will likely have more breathtaking moments. But they will be his own, not some apparition from a bygone era. How do we know this? In early August, one assistant coach was asked for an honest assessment of the 19-year-old prodigy. “Ridiculous,” came the answer. “There’s no secret why we wanted Joe McKnight so badly,” offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian said. “We’ve seen what a guy who was similar to him was able to accomplish.” Now, is it up to McKnight to live up to the expectations built by the 2005 Heisman Trophy winner? Can a kid who has already been the primary subject of a long profile in Sports Illustrated from his high school days be the shining star on a team seemingly overflowing with talent? “I really haven’t thought about that,” McKnight said. “I just don’t let things get to me. I stay away from it.” The excerpt in SI was from Hurricane Season, a book documenting John Curtis Christian School’s football season when life was interrupted by Katrina two summers ago. It not only detailed the plight of Louisiana and one football team, but also McKnight’s home life. Or lack thereof. For accuracy’s sake, McKnight was asked about the depiction. “I just heard about it,” he said, “but I never read it.” At every turn, McKnight flashes reminders of Bush. And then comes the next turn, in which McKnight and those shepherding him in his career push aside any comparisons. “I just laugh,” McKnight said. “It feels good to be compared to him, but I’m not there yet. He’s on a way different level than me.” Still, there’s little doubt that McKnight is the rising tide that raises all ships. His last two seasons in high school resulted in state championships for the Patriots. “I think Joe grew up in our environment where he knows the importance of team, and knows the importance of how he fits into that scheme,” said his high school coach, J.T. Curtis, in a phone interview from River Ridge. “He is not a person with a huge ego, not an `I’ guy, and that is going to serve him well in college. Just give him the opportunity to compete and he will not worry about his feelings being hurt. “He’s not Mr. Superstar.” Long before camp opened, the USC legend surrounding McKnight began to grow. Coach Pete Carroll watched only a snippet or two of videotape before he was convinced of McKnight’s talent. When McKnight arrived, he was prepared, unlike many his age entering the college game. He wanted not only to get on the field, but he wanted to grasp the mental aspects. And that served him well during his period of inactivity. A knee injury two weeks before the season opener could have been a severe setback for the average freshman. McKnight’s sprained knee simply meant more time studying tape. “He’s a sharp kid and he takes his football seriously,” running backs coach Todd McNair said. “He has a good approach at a young age.” McKnight has shown a knack for adapting. “Nah, I’m not bummed out, and I think I need to show a little more,” McKnight said. “But the coaches are caring for me and what my best interests are. I think I’ve done OK.” Yeah, just OK. During the first week of camp, Carroll already had his assessment. “His ability is jumping out,” Carroll said at the time. “He’s doing something every day, like we always talk about. We look for guys with spark every day and after a while you just know those guys are the right guys.” There are hints that Saturday against a wounded Stanford squad could be the moment. But whenever McKnight’s talent surfaces, then comes the tricky part. Everyone involved in the program understands that if/when McKnight does become more than a contributor, the pressure of being a marked man will mount. McKnight appears to be equipped for it with a quiet resolve, an ability to remain on an internal track that outsiders have no chance of seeing. “He’s not real needy. He goes about his business,” McNair said. “I don’t think he’s a real serious homesick projection guy. … He’s similar to Reggie in that way. Reggie kind of stayed to himself a little bit.” Which would be fine for USC. And the final question: What is it about Joe McKnight we haven’t yet learned? He shakes his head slowly and a tiny smile emerges. “People are going to have to find out for themselves,” he says. “I really don’t know either.” phil.collin@dailybreeze.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! COLLEGE FOOTBALL: The Trojans’ freshman is compared to Reggie Bush. By Phil Collin STAFF WRITER Is it showtime yet? AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityUSC can’t wait for the unveiling. The Trojans have talked and talked, but so far, it’s only been baby steps for Joe McKnight. Soon, perhaps Saturday, we’ll see McKnight walk the walk. And what a dazzling stroll it promises to be. It seems that all anyone knows to this point is that almost every time McKnight’s name pops up, it’s accompanied by two words: Reggie Bush. A soft-spoken kid from River Ridge, La., the 6-foot, 180-pound McKnight possesses flat-out speed plus moves that might break an opponent’s ankle. Hmm, we’ve seen that act before. McKnight has only offered glimpses of his act so far, but there was a familiar reverse-field run and a punt return that was nearly broken for a touchdown against Washington State. last_img

Car-to-car shooting leaves one dead

first_imgPICO RIVERA – An adult Latino motorist was shot and killed in the predawn hours Monday at the corner of Slauson Avenue and Rosemead Boulevard, sheriff’s officials said. Shots were heard about 3:10 a.m. in the surrounding neighborhoods. Citizens, gathered in front of Jim’s Charbroiled Burgers in the 7800 block of Rosemead Boulevard, said they heard gun activity. “I heard a real loud bang,” said Helen Lavario, 72, who lives about a block away. “It woke me up, and then about 10 minutes later I heard a helicopter.” Just after 10 a.m., the body was taken away from the scene by the Los Angeles Coroner and a few minutes later the burgundy car, with a broken windshield and broken driver’s side windows, was towed away. An approximate three block radius was closed off to traffic on Slauson and Rosemead and smaller, surrounding neighborhoods until after 12:30 p.m. while detectives conducted their investigation, according to sheriff’s officials. “I’m not surprised by the shooting,” said Lavario, who has lived in the city for 55 years. “But the shootings usually happen on Beverly and Rosemead (boulevards),” she said. Pico Rivera public works and Southern California Edison crews worked to restore power to the traffic signs at the intersection. Businesses in and around the area were closed. sandra.molina@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsShe and others were watching from across the street as sheriff’s investigators took photos of the unidentified victim and the car, which was up against a utility pole near Yum Yum Doughnuts. “We believe it was a car-to-car shooting,” said Lt. Dave Smith. It’s unclear what the motive for the attack was, officials said. Ramiro Casillas, 38, who lives three blocks from the intersection, said he heard sporadic shots. “It sounded like shots were being returned back and forth,” he said. last_img read more

DONEGAL CENTRE OF INDEPENDENT LEARNING WINS NATIONAL AWARD

first_imgThe Donegal Centre of Independent Learning has won a major National Award at the Better Together awards at Dublin Castle last night.DCIL won the award for the Large Organisations at the Better Together awards. The fantastic organisation aims to have a positive impact on the lives of those living with disabilities in Donegal.DCIL do this through the provision of independent living services which empowers people to live a life of their choosing – and to remove dependency and enable them to live independent lives.General manager of DCIL Rosaleen Bradley along with her dedicated workforce have done amazing work with DCIL – and fully deserve their award last night.Her husband Shane Bradley said, “We won, we won, we won – thanks to everyone who voted for us. “Very proud of my wife and all that she has created and achieved for the Donegal Centre for Independent Living!”  DONEGAL CENTRE OF INDEPENDENT LEARNING WINS NATIONAL AWARD was last modified: December 10th, 2015 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:Better TogetherBusinessDCILDublin Castlenewslast_img read more

‘The Brendan Rodgers Effect’: Hibs fans hail new Celtic boss after cup final win

first_imgHibernian ended a 114-year wait to win the Scottish Cup on Saturday, stunning Rangers by winning 3-2 in the final at Hampden Park.And besides the obvious goalscorers, there’s one man in particular Hibs fans are delighted with.CELTIC FANS DELIGHT IN RANGERS’ SCOTTISH CUP FINAL COLLAPSEBrendan Rodgers was announced as the club’s new manager by Rangers’ fierce rivals Celtic on Friday, agreeing a 12-month rolling contract, and Hibernian supporters believe the annoucement of the former Liverpool boss before the final gave their side just the boost needed.RANGERS RELEASE STATEMENT CLAIMING ASSAULT AT END OF SCOTTISH CUP FINALCheck out the best tweets celebrating ‘The Brendan Rodgers Effect’ below… Anthony Stokes, on loan from Celtic, celebrates at Hampden Park 1last_img read more

WOMAN BLASTS ANIMAL GROUPS AFTER SWAN LEFT TO DIE IN HER SHED

first_imgA Donegal woman has slammed animal welfare authorities after they allowed an injured swan to die in her garden shed.Sparky the swanCaroline McGlynn pleaded with various animal welfare bodies to help the injured bird.Caroline’s father PJ Reilly rescued the swan after it hit a powerline in Burtonport, this week. Caroline put the swan, which they dubbed Sparky, into her garden shed and fed it.Over the next three days she rang at least four different animal welfare bodies pleading with them to help save the swan.Caroline revealed “I contacted a number of animal agencies and they said they would look into it.“I told them what had happened but that the bird was still drinking water but needed to be helped. “Unfortunately I didn’t get any help at all and the bird died three days later.Caroline Reilly-McGlynn who tried to save the bird.“The family were very upset and I can understand why.“We tried to help and save the poor creature but these so-called animal lovers didn’t even come out to try and help.“One particular person took the view that the swan was going to die anyway which I think is a disgrace.”So touched was Caroline’s dad PJ by the swan’s plight that he dug a whole in his own garden and buried it there with a plant on top of it. Caroline said the swans are regular visitors to her townland of Lackenagh.She has also revealed how Sparky’s grieving partner is still coming up to her father’s home closeby looking for the other bird.“It’s very sad to see it and my father is very upset by it all.“I don’t know for sure but the swan could have been saved if someone had bothered to take the time and come out and check it. “I always contribute to animal charities but this would certainly make me think twice in future if this is the kind of response they give to people,” she said.WOMAN BLASTS ANIMAL GROUPS AFTER SWAN LEFT TO DIE IN HER SHED was last modified: January 14th, 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:burtonportCaroline McGlynndeadISPCAswanlast_img read more

Supercross starts often decisive

first_imgANAHEIM – It’s the most exciting part of a supercross race. The engines rev, the gates drop and there’s mayhem to be the first to Turn 1. “A good start is 70 percent of the race,” Yamaha Troy 125cc series team manager Dave Osterman said. “It’s a rush, the ultimate rush.” A motorcycle race start easily is unlike any other in motor racing. The riders line up in a single row behind a gate that is about wheel high. Someone, usually a card girl, holds up signs signifying the amount of seconds before the gates fall. When they do, it’s a mad dash of 20 motorcyclists for one usually very narrow turn. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded cardIt’s unlike car racing in which the fastest qualifiers get the front spot and, typically, one of the fastest cars in qualifying will emerge in the lead. In supercross, any one of the riders could have the lead in the first turn or be on the ground because of a crash 30 seconds behind the leaders. “It sounds funny, but it’s pretty hard,” said Brett Metcalfe, who rides for Osterman’s team. “You have to stay consistent and focused.” The 21-year-old Murrieta resident by way of Australia was the most successful at it last weekend in Phoenix. He said it was his first holeshot “in a long time.” Metcalf again will be going for the holeshot in Saturday night’s Amp’d Mobile AMA series Lites race at Angel Stadium. Racing is scheduled to start at 7. “I’ve been working on it and it paid off,” Metcalfe said. How important can it be? In last weekend’s 250cc class race, series points leader James “Bubba” Stewart crashed on the start. By the time he got back on his bike, he was 30 seconds behind the leaders. He did, however, rally to finish third. center_img Metcalfe and his teammates say they practice their starts 20-30 times two or three days a week. By the time they are finished, the clutch needs to be replaced. Teammate Branden Jesseman called start practices necessary and boring. “You have to make sure you get your shifting down right.” he said. “You need to make sure your revs are right. You have to have enough traction in the rear wheel and have a good reaction time. The more you do it, when it’s time for racing, it’s more natural. You don’t have to think much about it. It just happens.” For the most part, it can be the make or break that a rider needs. “These guys are on very fast motorcycles,” Osterman said. “They’re all bumping into each other. They are all physically fit. No one wants to crash and get hurt. Everyone is going into Turn 1 and wants to be first. All of these guys have the same goal going into here. It’s pretty intense. It’s exciting. Bumping is not intentional, but it does happen. They funnel in there so fast.” keith.lair@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, ext. 2272 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

Billions in bonds

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card “We have the demand for school construction and need a plan to make sure our kids are in adequate facilities,” he said. Runner authored the bill as part of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Strategic Growth Plan introduced during this month’s State of the State address that focuses on improvements for transportation, water, public safety, public service infrastructure and education. The bill applies to construction of elementary, middle and high schools, community colleges, higher education, vocational education and charter school facilities. Bonds would pay for bricks and mortar building projects and still require a one-half match from school districts applying for the funds. Locally, the Newhall and Castaic Union school districts are preparing to build up to five elementary schools to accommodate the proposed 21,000-home Newhall Ranch project. About $1 billion in the bill was set aside specifically for vocational and technical schools to build more auto shops, computer design schools and the like for students who are not pursuing college. That aspect of the bill is likely to win over some Santa Clarita parents who recently urged William S. Hart Union High School District officials to better prepare students pursuing vocational careers. Residents said that there’s not enough being done in local high schools to help these students and that too much of the district’s curriculum focuses on preparing those who are college-bound. Money has also been set aside within the school construction bond to build smaller high schools and charter schools. Community colleges would also be relieved of the Field Act, an extra layer of building earthquake inspections. Runner said the act doesn’t apply to schools in the California State University and University of California systems and shouldn’t apply to community colleges either. He said that, in the end, it could save community colleges with some construction costs. Regulations such as the Field Act hold up construction for new school facilities, said Dianne Van Hook, superintendent and president of College of the Canyons. “Community colleges pride themselves on responding quickly to the emerging needs of students and local business and industry,” she said. “However, we are often hampered by cumbersome regulations like the Field Act that are barriers to carrying out our mission.” If the bill passes, the proposed 10-year schedule voters would see at the polls is: $12.4 billion in 2006; $4.2 billion in 2008; $7.7 billion in 2010; $8.7 billion in 2012 and $5 billion in 2014. Sue Doyle,(661) 257-5254 sue.doyle@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA CLARITA – An education bill making its way through Sacramento could ultimately ask voters to approve $38 billion worth of funding over the next 10 years to build new California schools and update old ones. If the bill eventually is approved, residents every two years would vote on five different school construction bonds and could find the first on their ballots as early as this year, when they’ll be asked to approve a $12.4 billion bond, the largest one proposed. Hearings for the School Construction Bond started Wednesday and come at a time when money is running thin from previously passed school bonds, state Sen. George Runner, R-Lancaster, said Thursday. Runner’s district covers much of the Santa Clarita Valley. Runner said funds for modernization projects will be exhausted this spring, while dollars for new school construction will be depleted in about a year and a half. last_img read more

AMAZING PICTURE SURFACES OF MAN ON ERRIGAL IN 1957

first_imgThey just don’t take picture likes this anymore.jimmy Og on top of ErrigalThis picture appeared on the ‘Rare Irish Stuff’ website and shows a Donegal man resting at the top of Errigal.The picture first appeared in The Irish Press in 1957. The man is Jimmy Páidí Og who lived in Mín Na nGall.The journalist wh took the photo climbed up the back of Earagail mountain and to his surprise found Jimmy smoking his pipe with his sheepdog.He asked him how long he’d been up there, as he had seen no one in front of him, Jimmy said that’s because you walked up the back, and I walked up the front.Jimmy was a butcher and delivered meat on his bike. He was born in 1890, so he was 67 in this picture. AMAZING PICTURE SURFACES OF MAN ON ERRIGAL IN 1957 was last modified: May 17th, 2015 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)last_img read more

DONEGAL HOME ALMOST LANDED WITH €20,007 WATER CHARGE BILL

first_imgA homeowner in Ballyshannon was almost forced to pay €20,007 but for the fact that all water bills are capped.The home was the SIXTH highest in the entire country with a home in Clontarf in Dublin facing a bill of a whopping €45,786.The bills, which were not issued to customers, were as a result of major water leaks at the homes. But because of the cap on bills, no customer received a bill for more than €40 per single adult or €65 for two adults or more.During the first three months of water bills, more than 30,000 homes were identified as having leaks with more than €1,000 flowing away for homes.DONEGAL HOME ALMOST LANDED WITH €20,007 WATER CHARGE BILL was last modified: November 24th, 2015 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:Ballyshannoncappeddonegalwater billlast_img read more