first_imgTrainerMts 41% MANDATORY PICK 6 JACKPOT RETURNS $53,312 25% $1,161,492 Peter Miller113 43% 25 27 1st 29 John Sadler90 40 ITM% $1,079,715 27 13% 39 36 25 52 $1,539,962 29 $1,523,404 (Current Through Saturday, April 6) 20 19% 63% 1st HRONIS, SADLER JOIN HOWARD & ‘SILENT’ TOM 32% 15 34 18 20% $1,733,956 Richard Baltas129 JockeyMts 59% 15 Win% 51% FOND MEMORIES RESURRECTED AT SANTA ANITASeabiscuit, Round Table, Damascus, Buckpasser, Ack Ack, Affirmed, Native Diver,Spectacular Bid, John Henry, Best Pal, Lava Man, Game On Dude, Zenyatta.This is Santa Anita.Woolf, Arcaro, Longden, Shoemaker, Pincay, McCarron, Stevens, Delahoussaye.This is Santa Anita.Molter, McDaniel, Jones, Whittingham, McAnally, Frankel, Lukas, Baffert.This is Santa Anita.Hernandez, Johnson, Denman.This is Santa Anita.The San Gabriel Mountains, brought vividly into focus from a spectacular sunrise in a backdrop borne idyllically by nature after eons of gestation, a verdant landscape Monet, to art’s misfortune, missed by a century.This is Santa Anita.Memories of the greatness that was and is blossomed in all its historic glory Saturday as 30,713 fans on track and countless others transfixed to their TV monitors and shoulder to shoulder at betting parlors witnessed a storybook saga featuring marquee players Bellafina, Vasilika, Roadster and Game Winner, and Gift Box and McKinzie.This is Santa Anita.Bob Baffert, after his leading Triple Crown prospects ran first and second in Saturday’s Santa Anita Derby, which he has won a record nine times: “It’s hard to get to this moment. There’s not a better feeling than there is today.“The fans, despite what they’ve been reading, they showed up. They’re here to watch good racing, they brought their families, they’ll always remember the Santa Anita Derby. It was so comforting to see all these fans here and get behind us.“They know at the end of the day we love our horses. We wake up worrying about them, we go to sleep worrying about them. To me, that’s what made this a great day.”This is Santa Anita.TRAINERS LOOK TO THE FUTURE AFTER BIG VICTORIESBob Baffert, Simon Callaghan and Jerry Hollendorfer assistant Dan Ward reported their respective stakes winners came out of Saturday’s races in good order, Roadster and Game Winner after running one-two in the Santa Anita Derby, Bellafina after capturing the Santa Anita Oaks and Vasilika after yet another smashing triumph, this in the Royal Heroine Stakes.“I got to run my big horses, they ran well and they both look good today, so that’s the main thing,” Baffert said Sunday morning. “The Big ‘Cap was a helluva race (in which his McKinzie was nosed out by Gift Box after a pulsating nose-and-nose duel to the wire).“All the fans showed up to watch those races. It was a good day.”While the Longines Churchill Distaff Turf Mile May 4 had been mentioned immediately after her 2 ¾-length triumph in the Royal Heroine as a possibility for Vasilika’s next race, Ward said Sunday her next start likely will come in the Grade I Gamely Stakes May 27 at Santa Anita, where the dazzling daughter of Skipshot has won 10 of 11 races.The Grade I, $500,000 Gamely is a Breeders’ Cup “Win and Your’e In” Challenge Race to be decided at 1 1/8 miles on grass.As for Instagrand, third by 2 ¼ lengths in the Santa Anita Derby after leading into the stretch, Ward said the Pat Day Mile “is the race to look at” May 4 at Churchill Downs rather than the Kentucky Derby, adding, “but he might still go in the Derby. He ran good yesterday.”“All my horses came out of their races well,” said Callaghan, who also sent out victorious Hostess ($53) and Maxim Rate to finish a nose apart in Saturday’s Providencia Stakes. “The plan is to keep Bellafina here until maybe six days before the Kentucky Oaks (May 3).”MANDATORY SINGLE TICKET RAINBOW PICK SIX JACKPOT PAYS $53,312.60Although early prognostications forecast Saturday’s Single Ticket Rainbow Pick Six Jackpot pool would reach approximately $3 million, Santa Anita’s popular 20 cent minimum wager, with a mandatory payout in place, generated a massive total pool of $5,352,827.With a carryover from Friday of $815,939 serving as a catalyst, $4,536,888 in “new” Rainbow Six money cascaded in, creating a pari-mutuel bonanza for the holders of 80 winning tickets, each worth $53,312.60.With a nine-race card in store today, the Rainbow Six will be comprised of races four through nine. Approximate post time for race four is 2:35 p.m. PT.BEER, CAMACHO SANTA ANITA’S 5K WINNERSOn a clear and cool morning, Christine Beer blazed the 3.1 mile course she has run so many times before in 35:55, followed by last-minute entrant Loren Lopez of Hospitality in Saturday’s annual 5K run for Santa Anita employees.Third among women was Wendy Thatcher, who decided to actually run, not walk the course, this year. Wendy and her running mate and colleague from Hospitality Billy Malone were proudly wearing their participant medals while working up in FrontRunner today.In the men’s division, lead pony rider Jesus Camacho jumped quickly from the starting gate and ran a very respectable 21:35, 109th overall out of nearly 5,000 participants. Following gamely for medals were Noe Meza of the Corp Yard and Rene Henriquez, who works on the starting gate.All in all, it was a great way to start Derby Day. Thanks to all participants for running and walking in this, the 25th edition of the Santa Anita Derby Day 5K !–Pete Siberell.Results in the women’s division: Christine Beer, Receiving Barn, 35:55; Loren Lopez, Hospitality, 38:32; Wendy Thatcher, Hospitality, 38:48; Mary Forney, TOC, 43:59; Lucinda Mandella, CARMA, 52:18; Natalie Rietkirk, CARMA, 52:18; and Voni Walker, Parking Operations, 1:02.52.Among men: Jesus Camacho, Racing, 21:35; Noe Meza, Corp Yard, 22:11; Rene Henriquez, Starting Gate, 23:41; Tim Craigmyle, Starting Gate, 24:06; Albert Razo, Plant, 28:36; Alec Jimenez, Corp Yard, 28:58; Billy Malone, Hospitality, 38:11; and Rey Solis, Accounting, 49:09.LATEST CONTENT FROM XBTV:MidCourt works 7 furlongs (Sherriffs) 4-7-19Once on Whiskey (Outside) and  Explorer works 5 furlongs (Baffert) 4-7-19Soi  Phet works 5 furlongs (Powell) 4-7-19Springs Eternal works 5 furlongs (Mandella) 4-7-19Kanthaka worked 4 furlongs (Hollendorfer) 4-7-19Zoe Cadman catches up with  Mike Smith to talk about  Roadster’s win in the Santa Anita DerbySimon Callaghan recaps  Bellafina’s win in the Santa Anita OaksImprobable works 6 furlongs (Baffert) 4-5-19Ameerah B (Outside) and  Koritsi work 5 furlongs (Sadler) 4-5-19Rickey B (Outside) and  Stone Hands work 5 furlongs (Sadler) 4-5-19Mantaray Island (Outside) and   Don’t Sell works 5 furlongs (O’Neill) 4-5-19            FINISH LINES: With the winter portion of Santa Anita’s meet ending this afternoon, Joel Rosario leads Flavien Prat in the jockeys’ race, 55-52, with each named on seven horses today. Doug O’Neill holds a 29-24 lead over Richard Baltas among trainers . . . Starting with condition book number seven, agent Tom Knust will represent jockey Agapito Delgadillo in addition to Martin Garcia . . . Santa Anita will be dark for live racing Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, and resume live action at 1 p.m. Friday, April 12. There will be simulcast wagering Thursday with free general admission and free parking. Admission gates open at 10 a.m. . . . Fun Fact from Steve Byk, host the popular “At the Races” on Sirius Satellite Radio: With Gift Box following Accelerate’s 2018 Santa Anita Handicap win yesterday, Hronis Racing, LLC and John Sadlerbecame the first owner/trainer combo to win successive Big ‘Caps since C.S. Howard and “Silent” Tom Smith did it with Kayak II and Seabiscuit in 1939 and 1940. $3,472,601 12 11 Mike Smith78 32 24 16 17 25 2nd $1,765,768 16% 14% 55 47% BEER, CAMACHO TAKE SANTA ANITA’S 5K RUNS 15 56%center_img 28 61% 29 25 43% 20 20 30 Drayden Van Dyke160 $2,195,260 Doug O’Neill184 Flavien Prat195 IT’S A GREAT DAY AT THE GREAT RACE PLACE 15 16% 47% $3,357,598 27% 24 FUTURE AWAITS SATURDAY’S STAKE WINNERS 64% Joel Rosario219 55% 15% 19% Rafael Bejarano167 48% $1,845,838 Money Won 27% 18 23 21 12 14 $1,099,199 Tiago Pereira175 Geovanni Franco215 38% Philip D’Amato114 $1,638,086 $1,549,246 ITM% Jerry Hollendorfer104 13 Win% 26 15% 20 Money Won 18 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS $2,336,730 16% 3rd 22 3rd 2nd Bob Baffert75last_img read more

first_imgDEFENDING junior champions Denbigh high and senior champions, Holmwood Technical will take another step to defend their title when quarter-final action of the Rural ISSA Schoolgirl Netball Competition gets under way today at Manchester High starting at 10:00 a.m.After weeks of intense competition the top eight junior and senior teams have sorted out themselves and it should be interesting in both sections in Manchester today as close battles are expected with Montego Bay High, Manchester High, Dinthill Technical, Holmwood Technical, Glenmuir, St Thomas Technical and Bishop Gibson High have all joined Denbigh among the juniors.LEADING THE WAYDefending champions, Holmwood Technical, who are also all-island champions will lead the way among the senior teams. Also advancing with them are Denbigh, Manchester High, Herbert Morrison Technical, Thompson Town, Knox College and Anchovy High.The opening matches today among the juniors at 10am will see Holmwood going up against Glenmuir and Manchester High playing Dinthill. All four teams topped their groups in second round action, winning all five matches to finish on 15 points.Denbigh will go up against Montego Bay high at 11:30am, with St Thomas Technical and Bishop Gibson squaring off at the same time.Senior action will get under way at 10:45 am, with home team Manchester High facing Thompson Town and defending champions Holmwood going up against Glenmuir. The remaining games will begin at 12:15pm and will see Denbigh high meeting Herbert Morrison and Knox College playing Anchovy.last_img read more

first_imgJoshua FerreiraCFU Under-17 Football Championships…Playing at the Lionel Roberts Stadium, a 1-0 win over hosts United States Virgin Islands (USVI) on Sunday gave Guyana slim chance of qualifying to the second round of the championship after they loss their opening match to Jamaica 4-1 in the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Under-17 Championship.Joshua Ferreira netted in the 13th to give his team, the all important victory, as they face second-placed Antigua and Barbuda today from 14:00h.The win means Guyana are placed into third spot on three points and stay in contention of qualifying to the second round of the championship.Guyana’s squad for the event reads (Goalkeepers) Jonathan Copeland, Sese Norville, (Defenders) Jeremy Garrett, Cicil Jackman, Ackel Forde, Kevin Padmore, Cosmo De Santos, Javier Smith, Alwin Franklin (Midfielders) Rondel Peters, Lorenzo Miller, Tyrel Khan, Nicholas Mc Arthur, Roberto Case (overseas) (Forwards) Malachi Adonis, Joshua Ferreira (overseas), Daniel Floy, Kobe Durant and Omar Brewley.The tournament is scheduled to conclude on September 25, 2016 in Trinidad and Tobago.last_img read more

first_imgNewly certificated leaders at a recent PLI seminar in Monrovia (June 2019) Restoration Educational Advancement Program (REAP) in partnership with Pointman Leadership Institute (PLI), said they will hold a 2-day leadership seminar to enrich leaders from diverse sectors to foster leadership development, character building and good governance in their organizations, a release has said.According to the release, the seminar is scheduled to take place October 22-25, 2019 in the Joint Chambers of the Senate on Capitol Hill, Monrovia, focusing on Inspirational Trustworthy Leadership (The power of Character), and Responsible Leadership Ethics (Preventing Corruption).In Liberia, REAP/PLI have facilitated over 30 Anti-corruption and Ethics in Management Leadership seminars, and has impacted a cross section of over 5,000 participants within the judiciary, legislature and executive branches of government, as well as managers, professors, church leaders and others.REAP Founder, Mrs. Christine Tolbert Norman, said the goal of the seminar is to enhance participants’ leadership skills; develop moral standards that would help them in public and private sectors management; develop creativity, loyalty and initiative in followers; implement lifetime character development; and provide encouragement and motivation to the participants to infuse a high level of ethics into their areas of work.REAP/PLI began presenting seminars in Liberia since April 2005 with different service groups in and around the 15 counties.PLI is an international consortium of educators and former CEOs committed to providing training that will help leaders develop policies, strategies and attitudes needed for more dynamic leadership, and efficient organization.  PLI has presented seminars in over 60 countries to over 555,000 leaders worldwide.REAP is a humanitarian, educational and non-profit organization with the mission of enhancing leadership at all levels, supporting women and youth empowerment, and strengthening community development initiatives for growth and a better society.PLI African regional director from South Africa, Quintus Smith, will lead some of the sessions during the seminar with the help of other licensed Liberians, including Mrs. Norman, Cllr. Abla G. Williams, Reverend Augustine Dorbor and Professor Kebbie Kortue.At the end of the seminar, each participant will receive separate certificates for each of the courses, books and a PLI identity pin.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgIt appears Fort St. John’s current mayor and council will all be seeking re-election to their posts in November’s municipal election. Election officers report that Bruce Christensen and Jim Eglinski have now filed their nomination papers for their respective posts of councillor and mayor. With just over a week left in the nomination period, only two non-incumbents have stepped forward for consideration for council, Trevor Bolin and Theresa Mucci-Rodgers. No one has yet filed to run against Jim Eglinski for the mayoral seat. Nominations close October 10th.- Advertisement –last_img read more

first_imgDon’t miss Paul Brandt with specials guest Jason Blaine at EnCana Events Centre on July 6th, 2009 Monday July 6th at the EnCana Events Centre.  Show starts at 7:30pm with the doors opening at 6:30pm.  Tickets go on sale Friday May 15th at 10am.  Get your tickets at or  You can also charge by phone, 1-877-339-TIXX.  Tickets are $42.50.In the short span of a decade, his name has become synonymous with Alberta, independence, and quality. Paul Brandt is the voice of Country Music in Canada. But these accolades haven’t come without a few twists and turns along the way. Ask Paul Brandt, and he’ll tell you they’ve been the product of years of give and take, faith, and grace, words from the first single, “Didn’t Even See The Dust”, off of his latest album Risk. Paul Brandt was born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. He had an interest in singing from an early age, influenced by the Gospel music he heard at the church his family attended. At age 13, Paul picked up the guitar, and immediately began writing his own music, playing the songs he’d write for family and friends. While pursuing his dream to be a doctor, Paul entered talent contests as a hobby, including the “Youth Talent Showdown” at the World Famous Calgary Exhibition and Stampede. On his third try, he was awarded first prize at that contest, and went on to garner attention from Warner Brothers Records in Toronto, Canada. Not ready to quit his day-job as an RN at the Alberta Children’s Hospital, the 22-year-old turned down Toronto’s offer of a record-deal, but told them he’d be interested in hearing what the Nashville office thought about his music. Paige Levy of Reprise Records in Nashville had flown up to Calgary to see Paul perform and offered him a record-deal, for which he accepted. – Advertisement -Within the short time frame of a year, Paul Brandt was making major waves internationally with his music. His debut album Calm Before The Storm was recognized as Billboard magazine’s Best Selling New Male Artist Album of 1996, and spawned hits “My Heart Has A History” and the #1 charting “I Do”, which went on to become a wedding standard. In 1997, Brandt ventured out on his own forming Brand-T Records and delivering 2002’s ground-breaking live-acoustic album Small Towns & Big Dreams producing hits such as “I’m Gonna Fly” and the title track. During the rise in popularity of Small Towns, in 2003, the Paul Brandt/Steve Rosen penned song “For You” was recorded for the Mel Gibson epic movie We Were Soldiers soundtrack as a duet by rock superstar Dave Matthews and the legendary Johnny Cash. This event, and the success of Small Towns continued to confirm Paul Brandt’s relevance to Country Music culture, and his contribution to the rich history of the genre. Now considered by some in the industry to be a “Nashville outsider”, such accusations only seemed to build Brandt’s popularity, especially with his rural fan following. The follow up, platinum-selling studio project This Time Around continued the landslide success for the start-up new label spinning off radio hits “Leavin’”, featuring Keith Urban on guitar, “Rich Man”, “Alberta Bound”, and the re-make of the 1974 C.W McCall classic, “Convoy”. Both projects were co-produced by Paul Brandt and his long-time music partner Steve Rosen, and both went on to top honours in the CCMA Album of the Year category. In addition to Paul Brandt’s hard work and dedication, he received the Allan Waters Humanitarian Award as well as “Country Recording Of The year” for Risk  at the 2008 Juno Awards.last_img read more

first_img0Shares0000At 5ft 2in and weighing just 105lb, Wanheng Menayothin is shorter and leaner than Floyd Mayweather but his powerful punching has earned him the nickname ‘dwarf giant’ © AFP / LILLIAN SUWANRUMPHABANGKOK, Thailand, May 1 – After a career laden with belts, cash and kudos, boxing great Floyd Mayweather Jr retired undefeated over 50 fights — but his flawless record faces an unlikely challenge from an obscure Thai fighter known as the “dwarf giant”.At 5ft 2in (1.57m) and weighing just 105lb (47.6kg), minimumweight Wanheng Menayothin is shorter, leaner and significantly less wealthy than Mayweather, who briefly emerged from retirement last year to fight MMA star Conor McGregor for a $100 million purse. If Wanheng triumphs on Wednesday afternoon he will equal Mayweather’s feat of winning 50 successive fights.His WBC minimumweight belt is on the line against Panamanian challenger Leroy Estrada.The fight, to be held outside the town hall of second-tier Thai city Nakhon Ratchasima, has none of the glitz or pay-per-view pull of a Mayweather bout in Las Vegas.But still Wanheng will enter boxing lore with victory — and, at 32 years of age, has time to go one better and match the 51 wins, one draw and no losses set by Mexican flyweight Ricardo Lopez.It is not just the box office power that differentiates Mayweather from the Thai, who turned to the ring at the age of 12 as a path out of poverty.While the prelude to Mayweather fights was defined by hype and trash-talking, Wanheng has adopted a more karmic approach.“I’m not feeling pressured, you win and you lose, and that’s the nature of sports,” he said at his gym in Bangkok a few days before defending his title.But he said he had trained hard with the aim of “equalling Floyd”.Nicknames also capture the difference between the pair.– Numbers game –In addition to “Money”, the American fought under the moniker “Pretty Boy” and “The Best Ever”, tags he still rolls out on a Twitter profile boasting more than eight million followers.With Wanheng, it’s more complicated.Fighters in Thailand often compete under the label of their gym, which is where his second name Menayothin — the name of his Bangkok gym — comes from.His legal name is Chayaphon Moonsri, while his most widely used nickname is the “dwarf giant” because of his small stature and powerful punches.But the boxer also fights under the alias “Five-Star Grilled Chicken” as part of sponsorship deal with Thai food giant CP Chicken.Should Wanheng win on Wednesday his name will enter the record books, but with an asterisk of sorts.Wanheng says he has trained hard with the aim of ‘equalling Floyd’ © AFP / LILLIAN SUWANRUMPHAHe has fought mostly low-profile Asian challengers on his home turf in Thailand.His rivals have been a mixed bag — one last year had 44 losses, while another in 2014 had 24.In December he tied Rocky Marciano’s 49-0 tally with a win over Japanese contender Tatsuya Fukuhara.Mayweather, meanwhile, had a much tougher ride defeating some of the sport’s all-time greats, including Manny Pacquiao and Oscar De La Hoya.The welterweight has 27 KOs to Wanheng’s 17.“With respect to Wanheng he’s never beaten anyone of note. In the west this fight will be nothing more than a trivial pursuit question,” Anson Wainwright, a boxing correspondent for The Ring magazine, told AFP, adding that matching the record would nevertheless be a “good achievement.”Carlos Costa, a boxing reporter covering the fight, said the 23-year-old Estrada also poses a unique challenge to Wanheng, 32.“He’s younger and fresher,” Costa said of Estrada. “He’s hungry for glory, and that makes a boxer always dangerous.”And the Panamanian is in no mood to help Wanheng into the history books, telling AFP “this is my opportunity to be a champion”.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

first_imgMark Antony McGinley had a dream debut for Donegal.CATHAL MAC SUIBHNE GAA BLOG: Here we go then – Championship! Regardless of expectations or form, the first Summer day out is always a bit special. There’s a tingle of excitement in the air and the large crowd milling around Ballybofey long before throw-in illustrated this.As you get parked up, make your way down through the busy main street and hear the grate of the turnstiles upon entering the ground, plenty of memories come to mind of big knockout days gone by.Not long after getting settled in your seat, you hear familiar voices; you may or may not know these people by name, you may or may not know from what club they hail but it doesn’t matter – you’ve sat with them at previous games, heard them roar criticism and dispense encouragement. You’ve been through it all with them before and now you’re ready for another shot at glory. As is now the norm, the obligatory pre-match changes were announced as the teams warmed up. There was never really any doubt that Eoin McHugh would start after his fantastic league campaign. He and cousin Ryan play a central role in one of Donegal’s prime scoring plans, namely hitting teams on the counter attack.Some other norms came to pass at the throw-in as well including Michael Murphy heading straight for midfield as is now customary in Ulster jousts. He was quick to demonstrate the benefits of this with a beautifully played pass into Paddy McBrearty, who fired over the game’s opening score. Murphy has a wonderful range of passing and while his presence in front of goal is missed when he plays deeper, it does allow him to use other weapons in his considerable arsenal.The main advantage for a manager in preparing for the season’s first game is that the opponents are known since the previous October. That gave Rory Gallagher plenty of time to devise a plan to overcome his native county which primarily centred on pushing up on the Fermanagh kickout, stationing Anthony Thompson as a sweeper in front of the twin scoring threat of Tomas Corrigan and Sean Quigley and finally to be patient with the ball in hand.It can still be a little bewildering to hear the Donegal support’s indifferent reaction to the team holding possession when faced with a blanket defence. Like it or not Donegal, more than any other team, have played a part in developing this style of play so they know exactly what the other team are doing. Fermanagh had a green and white cordon across their 45m line but Donegal didn’t try to play risky long passes or attempt difficult long range scores. That is exactly what the defending team wants you to do because even if a few long range scores go over, that tactic alone will never win a match.So instead the hosts were quite happy to keep the ball moving and put into practice what they have rehearsed over and over on the training field – players running at different angles to receive passes, taking on a man when one on one with a defender and playing little one twos around static defenders in order to break that defensive barricade.The opening goal came from this, a delicious give and go instigated by the ever impressive Frank McGlynn created the crack in the defensive line and Odhran MacNiallais made no mistake when presented with the opportunity.Fermanagh had no joy in breaking down Donegal and were forced into going for some long range efforts. A couple of exceptional points got them back into the mix but when the big chance came their way after Neil McGee’s red card they were unable to take it.McGee was trying to burst out of defence and shrug off any would-be tacklers after claiming a ball from Quigley but in doing so raised his arm; once that happens it is an easy decision for a referee to make. Quigley’s penalty wasn’t particularly well placed but Mark Anthony McGinley in goal did brilliantly to not only save but crucially palm it well away from goal and not leave any chance for onrushing Fermanagh men to tap home a rebound.Despite his penalty miss, Quigley seemed to enjoy his afternoon in the company of Eamon McGee. The two were engaging in plenty of chat as soon as the contest started and in a modern game where the line between harmless mick-taking and disgusting sledging is a thin one, it was nice to see two lads who looked to be genuinely having a bit of craic with each other.The McGee brothers were part of the cohort of Donegal players who were traditional in their choice of footwear but as for the rest, the multi-coloured offerings on display shows that it is all about the look these days. The eclectic mixes of pink, yellow and orange boots certainly didn’t do MacNiallais or the McHughs any harm – the trio were amongst the standout players on show (literally!).Goalkeeper McGinley, equally as standout with his resplendant tights, had a few erratic kickouts throughout the game but made amends with not only the penalty save but another point blank stop earlier in the half. With the incentive of playing with an extra man, Fermanagh had a decision to make at half-time – stick with the plan or change tack and go for it. They chose the latter, pushing much further forward in the second half, defending with a higher line but all it did was leave space in behind which Donegal were able to exploit. The Ernemen would have been better off keeping the game tight, wearing down the team with fourteen men and making their numerical advantage count in the closing stages.Donegal’s re-jig on the other hand worked a treat. Thompson was released from sweeper duty, a move that invigorated the team. Hugh McFadden took Thompson’s place and for the most part kept the Donegal goal under lock and key, allowing Thompson to charge forward in that unfussy manner of his.Once the first couple of white flags were raised at the town end of MacCumhaill Park after the change of ends, Donegal smelt blood. MacNiallais was again on the end of a composed, poised passage of keep-ball and he had the simplest of tasks to finish to the net.Plenty more keep-ball followed in the last strecth of the game, Donegal never really looking troubled thereafter.All in all it was the ideal performance for a Championship opener – a good test provided by the opposition, an excellent riposte by Donegal but still plenty to work on ahead of tougher tests.The main dampener of course will be the sending off of McGee as Monaghan lie in wait. One of the enduring images of last year’s championship was Conor McManus’ tap on McGee’s chest after scoring a point in the provincial showpiece. There’ll now be no duel between those two in the semi final in a fortnight and its an unwanted tactical headache for Rory as he plots his first win as Donegal supremo over the Farney county.CATHAL Mac SUIBHNE: SEMI-FINAL SHOWDOWN BECKONS AFTER SUPER DONEGAL SECOND-HALF was last modified: June 12th, 2016 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:BlogCathal Mac SuibhneGAAMark McGinleynewsSportlast_img read more

first_img Tags: Patrick MbowaSC VillaStarTimes Uganda Premeir LeaguetopURA FC URA are now 5th on the SUPL standings (file photo)StarTimes Uganda Premier League URA FC 1-0 SC VillaMandela National Stadium, NambooleSaturday, 02-02-2019NAMBOOLE – URA FC condemned SC Villa to a 6th loss of the StarTimes Uganda Premier League season on Saturday afternoon.Patrick Mbowa was the hero on the day for the tax collectors, scoring late in the first half on a hot day at Namboole.However, it was not a day filled with joy for URA as they lost influential duo of goalkeeper James Alitho and Captain Shafick Kaggimu, to injury.On a day that Villa handed three (Asuman Alishe, Suleiman Majanjalo and Saidi Keni) of their 13 January signings debuts, they struggled to cope with a spirited URA side eventually succumbing to pressure.Their best chance of the game fell to Ashraf Mandela who headed over Mike Sserumga’s lofted cross.As the record League champions struggled to create chances, top scorer Bashir Mutanda was also doing likewise. The former Kirinya striker could only look on as his shot from distance was saved comfortably by Alitho.URA lost Alitho to injury, replaced by Nafian Alionzo and the stopper was called into action later on to deny Habib Kavuma at close range.URA who looked a dull side in the second half, had Moses Sseruyide’s rocket rattle the crossbar and Shafic Kagimu earlier had his effort from a loose ball go an inch wide.The Victory send URA to fifth on the table with 25 points from 16 games.For Villa, they remain in 13th on 14 points.The other game played on Saturday:-Bright Stars 1-1 Onduparaka FCComments last_img read more

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — If Bruce Bochy spent spring training envisioning a magical last ride as the Giants’ manager, it didn’t take long for his team to dash his hopes.As the Giants hit the halfway point of the regular season on Friday, Bochy explained his frustration in the way the first 80 games have unfolded.“We’re disappointed,” Bochy admitted. “We look at a lot of these games and think we should have and could have won. A mistake here or there, just not quite executing with little things. That …last_img read more