WI arrive without Dwayne Bravo

first_imgKOLKATA, India (CMC):West Indies arrived here early yesterday from Dubai to begin their final preparations for the Twenty20 World Cup, which is set to bowl off here today with qualifying matches.The 2012 champions spent the last two weeks in a preparation camp in United Arab Emirates (UAE), where they also played four unofficial T20 warm-up games – two against Zimbabwe in Sharjah and two versus English County Warwickshire in Dubai. They won all four fixtures.The Caribbean side play their two official warm-up matches at Eden Gardens, taking on hosts and powerhouses India on Thursday and Australia on Sunday.Bravo in New DelhiMedia reports here said star all-rounder Dwayne Bravo was not with the team at the hotel yesterday, having flown to New Delhi following his arrival from Dubai.However, a team official said the veteran T20 specialist would return in time for the Windies fixtures.”He has some personal commitments in New Delhi. He will return in time,” media reports quoted an unnamed team official as saying.West Indies are also awaiting a replacement for opener Lendl Simmons, who was forced to opt out of the squad last week after failing to recover from a back injury. The Trinidadian played no part in the camp in UAE.In recent weeks, West Indies have been hit by a number of high profile withdrawals from the squad. Kieron Pollard pulled out with injury, off-spinner Sunil Narine chose to complete the rehabilitation of his bowling action, while left-handed batsman Darren Bravo opted to represent Trinidad and Tobago Red Force in the ongoing Regional four-day championship.West Indies have been installed in Group A of the T20 World Cup and will play alongside South Africa, Sri Lanka and England.The winner of Group B in the qualifying tournament beginning today will join West Indies in Group One.last_img read more

Gardner underlines teamwork at U-13 launch

first_img “We expect you (teams) to play fair football, have a good season, and may the best team win,” said Hopeton Gilchrist, the competition match coordinator. Christopher Denny, VMBS’s VP of sales and services, outlined that company is proud of the almost three decades commitment to both youth and football development in the west. “The competition has contributed to the future of football,” said Denny. “It has honed the skills of many, some of whom have moved on to play nationally and internationally. It has also fostered camaraderie within the school communities as parents, spectators and general supporters band together for each successful staging,” he added. Defending champions Granville All-Age and Barracks Road Primary kicked off the first match in the competition at the UDC playing field in the second city. May the best team win Best choice “Sometimes you are on the field and want to shoot to goal but the best choice is to pass the ball to your teammate because he is in a better position to score. At the end of the day, that’s what is more important for the team,” he added. Gardner further urged the young players to eat right, train hard and above all else, be disciplined and never give up on their dreams. “There were many times when I wanted to give up when I used to be in England, the weather got cold and the going gets tough, but there was a motto that I grew up on, and that was, ‘a quitter never wins and a winner never quits’,” he noted while wishing the teams all the best in the competition. The 2017 competition will feature six zones and the top two teams from each zone will advance to the quarter-finals. The keenly contested tournament is expected to run for two months, and in addition to cash prizes, the teams and their respective players will also be up for best defender and top goalscorer, among other sectional prizes. Former English Premier League football player and former Jamaica national football star, Ricardo ‘Bibi’ Gardner, brought the message of teamwork to the future generation of footballers at Wednesday’s kick-off of the 27th VMBS/St James Football Association Under-13 football competition in Montego Bay, St James. Gardner told the 31 primary school football teams that there is no room for selfishness on the field and everyone should instead be a team player who makes decisions that benefit their respective squads. “You should remember that the game of football is not only about you but is about the entire team,” said Gardner, who currently coaches the National Under-20 men’s team.last_img read more

Neymar could still face Real, no operation planned: Emery

first_img“Neymar is the first to want to play every match, he’s very focussed on Real. I think there’s a small chance that he’ll be ready for the match,” added Emery.PSG trail 3-1 from the last 16 first leg in Madrid two weeks ago and the loss of Neymar would be a huge blow to their chances of overturning that deficit at the Parc des Princes on March 6 and reaching the Champions League quarter-finals.Neymar suffered a cracked metatarsal in his foot and a twisted ankle in an innocuous looking incident against Marseille on Sunday night.And while Spaniard Emery said there is a possibility he’ll recover by next week, he was more pessimistic than he had been on Sunday night.“Today, after analysing Neymar, it looks less likely than it did on Sunday that he’ll be ready for this match,” said Emery.However, he was clear in his dismissal of a report published by Brazilian newspaper Globo Esporte on Tuesday morning that claimed a decision had already been reached for Neymar to undergo an operation, and that he would be out until May.– ‘Tranquility and patience’ –“Last night (Monday) the club issued an official statement: it said how the player was medically,” said Emery.“Things (like operations) aren’t decided like that,” he added, clicking his fingers.“You need discussions with the doctor, the player, his entourage.“To make such an important decision you need tranquility and a bit of patience.“Right now, I don’t think you need anything else. There’s a lot of information from outside, but the truth is what I told you, which is what the doctor told me.”Neymar was visibly in pain before he was stretchered from the pitch © AFP / GEOFFROY VAN DER HASSELTWhile PSG’s primary concern is having the world’s most expensive player available for their Champions League match next week, in Brazil it is Neymar’s participation at the World Cup that is most pressing.The 26-year-old captained Brazil to their first ever Olympic gold medal 18 months ago on home soil and is seen as crucial to their hopes in Russia in June and July.Were he to undergo an operation now and return to fitness in May, that would suit Brazil, who could then rely on a fully fit and fresh Neymar for the World Cup. Four years ago, Neymar missed the semifinal against Germany with injury and Brazil were thrashed 7-1.Globo had said Neymar would have a “pin” attached to his metatarsal bone and would be fit to return in May.Recovery from metatarsal injuries usually take weeks, if not months.Just last year, Neymar’s international team-mate Gabriel Jesus was out of action for two months after breaking a metatarsal playing for Manchester City.Former England stars David Beckham and Wayne Rooney spent six weeks on the sidelines with metatarsal injuries in the past.Earlier on Tuesday, AFP spoke to a number of medical experts who all set a downbeat tone.“It would be very risky as it’s a fragile bone in the foot which is difficult to protect,” said Jean-Marcel Ferrat, a former doctor with the France national football team.“(Playing against Real) could compromise the rest of his season.”Parisian osteopath Alain Gosp Server said such injuries normally take “three weeks to heal”.“It will all depend on his treatment but what’s sure is that he wouldn’t be at 100 percent (in eight days),” added Gosp Server.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Neymar still has a small chance of playing against Real, his PSG coach Unai Emery says © AFP / GEOFFROY VAN DER HASSELTPARIS, France, Feb 27 – Neymar still has a “small chance” of playing against Real Madrid in the Champions League and there are no plans for an operation on his cracked bone, Paris Saint-Germain coach Unai Emery said on Tuesday.“For Neymar there has been no decision to have an operation,” said Emery, denying an earlier report in the Brazilian press that the world’s most expensive player would go under the knife to fix the cracked bone in his foot.last_img read more

Tottenham striker’s future to be decided next week

first_img1 Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino says a decision on Emmanuel Adebayor’s future will be made next week.The forward is currently in his native Togo on compassionate leave after he used his Facebook account to reveal a series of complications within his family.Adebayor will miss Tottenham’s final Premier League game of the season against Everton on Sunday as well as the club’s post-season tour to Kuala Lumpur and Australia.“I spoke with him early in this week and we let him go to Togo to fix all his problems,” said Pochettino.“It is a difficult moment, it is hard for him. For all people that live this situation, it is not strange to understand the situation.“We need to take a decision for the future of the club but there is no decision yet. We need to take a decision next week.” Tottenham Hotspur striker Emmanuel Adebayor last_img read more


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


first_imgPeter Moloney , Northern Board secretary, presenting the cup to joint Captains Luke Gavigan and Chad Mc Sorley.The eagerly awaited Under 13 Northern Board Final was contested today by Sean Mac Cumhaills and An Tearman with the Finn Valley side taking the honours.There was very little between these teams when they met in the league last month. A large crowd had gathered for throw in in the Center of Excellence in Convoy. Referee for the match was PJ Scanlon.Mac Cumhaills started the better of the teams and Luke Gavigan opened the scoring after a min. Oisin Gallen and Jamie Keegan added to this and after 15 mins Mac Cumhaills were 6 points up. Termon fought back and were unfortunate not to get on the score sheet. Further points for Oisin Gallen (2f), Joel Bradley (1f) and Jaime Keegan (1f) gave Mac Cumhaills a commanding half time lead of 0-12 to 0-00.  This Termon team refused to lie down and came out all guns blazing for the start of the second half. They scored two quick goals, one from Ciaran Macan Duibh, and a point from Chonair Macan Duibh to bring them back into the game big style. It took another few minutes for Mac Cumhaills to settle down. A brilliantly taken goal by Conor Doherty gave Mac Cumhaills some breathing space. Further points for Joel Bradley Walsh, Anthony Gallagher, Chad Mc Sorley and Conor Doherty gave Mac Cumhaills the victory they deserved. final score was 1-19 to 2-03.Well done to both teams on an entertaining match.Best of luck to both teams in the All County Semi Finals.  Sean Mac Cumhaills Team. Ciaran Foy, Adam Dunnion, Kieran Barron, Shane Griffin, Aaron Gillooley, Austin Duignam, Alex Mc Geehan, Chad Mc Sorley(0-02), Joe Boyle, Anthony Bruton, Luke Gavigan(0-04), Coner Doherty(1-02), Joel Bradley Walsh(0-02), Oisin Gallen(0-04)Jaime Keegan (0-04), Joey Laverty, Sean O Donnell, Karl Doherty, Anthony Gallagher(0-01), Shane Rowan, Jack Burke, Niall Gallen, Jordan Gallagher, Cian Gallen, Odhran Byrne An Tearmann. Kai Mac Caffartaigh, Chonair O Cathaigh, Caolan Gallachoir, Eoin Macuailt, Chonair Macan Duibh, Oisin O Casaigh, Antoin O Grainne, Dara O Dochartaigh, Ciaran Macan Duibh(1-00), Chonair Mac Phaidin(0-01), Chonair Macan Duibh, Roibeard Mac Eiteachain, Stoifan Mac Daibhid,Seamus Mac Grainne, Dara O Ruisell, Aaron O Reid,Eimhin O Colmain, Marc Gallachoir, Oisin Mc Menamin, Sean hAlcoirn, Colm Gallachoir, Chonair O Casaigh, Adan Mac Elbhainn.Under 13 northern board champions Mac Cumhaills  CHAMPIONS! MacCUMHAILLS U-13 BOYS TAKE NORTHERN TITLE was last modified: October 12th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Mac CumhaillsNorthern FinalTermonU-13 Boyslast_img read more


first_imgPromoted postAura Letterkenny is putting the entire community on the right road to feeling better about themselves in 2014 with an offer to join the leisure centre for just €20 this month. Aura’s attractive membership offer is aimed at helping locals to forget about their wallet and focus on getting healthy together in 2014. There are so many in our community that just need that bit of support and encouragement – that’s where the team at Aura are on standby to support locals who want to kick start their new year’s resolutions or shed the excess of Christmas.“Taking up exercise is all about making that important first step. People should not be put off by price which is why everyone who joins Aura in January on a direct debit membership can enjoy their first month’s membership for just €20,” said Patricia Coyle, Operations Manager at Aura Letterkenny.“We want to help people to say “2014 was the year that we reached our goals”. This offer gives them a great opportunity to experience what Aura has to offer, to start as they mean to go on and to stop making excuses that don’t add up,” said Patricia.Those who sign up will receive their first month’s membership for €20. The standard monthly membership rates will apply thereafter. Everyone who becomes a member at Aura Letterkenny will receive a free fitness assessment with Aura’s fully trained gym instructors and they can count on their constant support and encouragement throughout the year.“The assessment will help to determine their fitness level and abilities and we will work with each new member to set goals to improve their fitness. Their progress will be monitored from week to week,” said Patricia.Aura’s wide range of fitness classes such as Aqua Aerobics and Indoor Cycling, have something to suit everyone including calorie killing, muscle conditioning and body toning workouts as well as classes which concentrate specially of problem areas like the bottom, legs and tummy.“Anyone who is serious about taking up exercise and getting into shape no longer has an excuse for not discovering how Aura can help them to achieve their goals. It could well be the best €20 that they spend this month” said Patricia.Booking and further information is available by visiting www.auraleisure.ie or calling 074 910 6422. AURA HELPS HONOUR NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONS WITH €20 MEMBERSHIP OFFER was last modified: January 7th, 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:Aura Leisure CentreJanuaryletterkennyofferslast_img read more

Proline bow out of CECAFA Kagame Cup

first_img Tags: APRCECAFA Kagame Cup 2019Green EaglesHakim KiwanukaHeegan FCproline fcShafick Bisasotop Proline were making their debut at the CECAFA Kagame Cup. (PHOTO/File)KIGALI – Uganda Cup holders Proline FC have been ejected from the CECAFA Kagame Cup after a 2-1 loss to Zambian side Green Eagles on Thursday afternoon.Proline had to win this match in order to qualify for the next round but they were denied a chance to do so as striker Kennedy Musonda twice for Green Eagles.The Zambians looked the better side and played with confidence whereas Proline looked lost and confused.Musonda scored an early goal in the 12th minute and also at the beginning of the second half he added another one.Minutes later, Hakim Kiwanuka scored a consolation but it wasn’t enough in the end.Speaking to the press after the match, Proline head coach Shafic Bisaso said his team had learned a lot in the tournament despite an early elimination.“We have identified mistakes we need to correct when we go back home so generally, we have learnt a lot from this tournament,” Bisaso saidAPR and Green Eagles are teams that qualified for the next round while Somalia based side Heegan FC and Proline are out the tournament.Comments last_img read more

Humboldt Crabs beat Auburn Wildcats 5-1 to extend winning streak to eight games

first_imgARCATA >> As the summer has gone on, Crabs manager Tyson Fisher and pitching coach Eric Giacone have had the luxury of looking down to the end of the dugout and know, for the most part, the relief pitcher they send down to the bullpen is going to come in and get the job done.That was once again on display Wednesday night.Led by Kevin Calderhead, the Crabs’ bullpen picked up starting pitcher Junior Davis in a big way, throwing nearly five complete innings of shutout baseball in Humboldt’s 5-1 …last_img read more

Joburg-Pretoria by high-speed rail

first_img5 August 2011 Within five hours of its launch, South Africa’s new high-speed rail service between Pretoria and Johannesburg had attracted more than 7 000 commuters. The figure was considered groundbreaking for a public train established to reduce traffic between the province’s two economic hubs. After a few delays, the important city-to-city route was finally opened on 2 August. The first train, which left Hatfield in Pretoria at 5.26am for the Johannesburg suburb of Rosebank, ferried hundreds of commuters to work. According to Gautrain management, the train had accommodated 2 000 passengers by 7.00am, and just two hours later had added another 5 000 to that number. Gauteng Transport and Roads MEC Ismail Vadi was one of the first passengers. “Within 37 minutes from Hatfield we were in Rosebank,” he said, referring to a trip that could take up to two hours or more in peak traffic. Vadi added that he found the much-anticipated ride to be “smooth, fast, comfortable and safe”. At its maximum allowed speed of 160km per hour, it’s the fastest mode of transport in South Africa beside air travel. Commuter Mphengoa Phoko started using the train on its launch day. She used to drive daily from Pretoria to her workplace in Johannesburg, but said she will ride the Gautrain from now on. “It’s convenient and less stressful,” Phoko said, responding to a question from her seat. “After a long day at work I won’t have to concentrate on driving.” The Gautrain route between Sandton and OR Tambo International Airport in Kempton Park, which was launched just before the 2010 Fifa World Cup, has already ferried approximately three-million commuters in little more than a year. The Pretoria-Johannesburg route is expected to surpass that figure before the end of 2011, as it attracts thousands of people who commute to work daily. “Gautrain is the future for public transport in South Africa,” said transport minister S’bu Ndebele, hinting that in future the government may look at introducing such high-speed trains elsewhere. The much shorter route between Rosebank and the Johannesburg CBD is expected to go live later in 2011 after completion of outstanding work, bringing on board thousands of new passengers. Gautrain offers a reliable alternative for motorists who were previously not comfortable with the country’s public transport. “Leave your car at home; you can use it over weekend,” Ndebele said.Years of hard work The Gauteng provincial government, then led by former premier Mbhazima Shilowa, launched plans for a rapid rail system in 2004. “We travelled the length and breadth of the world, looking for technology,” recalled MEC Qedani Mahlangu. She said they inspected train stations in densely populated areas like London and Paris, and also visited countries like Spain and Switzerland to gain insight into rapid rail systems. The Bombela Consortium, which comprises international groups Bombardier and Bouygues Travaux Publics, as well as South African civil contractor Murray & Roberts and the Strategic Partners Group, became a private sector partner to Gauteng’s provincial government in 2005. Gautrain CEO Jack van der Merwe told journalists the government’s resolution to complete the project was commendable. “You can’t tackle a project like this without political support, you’ve got to have it,” he said. Up to 8 000 people worked on Gautrain during its construction phase. Mahlangu said the consortium also recruited South Africans who had left the country.Focus on infrastructure Now that Gautrain construction is almost complete, the government can focus on other public rail projects. It is to spend R30.2-billion (US$4.5-billion) over the next three years to improve services of the Metrorail trains, which transport millions of South Africans staying in townships around Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Eastern Cape and Western Cape provinces daily. Ndebele said the government’s plan to upgrade metro trains too is so that “you don’t have a Gautrain that’s comfortable and fast, but have a Metrorail that’s pedestrian”. Another critical project is the Moloto Rail Corridor in Mpumalanga province, which would see Metrorail trains transporting thousands of Mpumalanga residents who work in Pretoria. Ndebele’s department is still conducting feasibility studies on the much-needed project, which was first mooted by former president Thabo Mbeki some years ago. The government spends millions of rands each year on subsidies for private company buses for Moloto commuters. “Already we’re paying. We have to ask if that is the most effective way of using taxpayers’ money,” Ndebele said. First published by MediaClubSouthAfrica.com – get free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service.last_img read more