September 21

Ferguson hails ‘exceptional’ Giggs

first_img “He has never carried any weight, has never suffered a serious injury and never misses a training session. He is still at the head of the pack during pre-season. He just has this insatiable appetite to continue playing. “He will play next year and who knows he could possibly play for another year after that. I am sure he will get to 41 and still be playing because he is such a fit lad.” As one of United’s few non-internationals, Giggs would appear to be a prime candidate to figure in Saturday’s Barclays Premier League trip to Sunderland. Already 15 points clear, Ferguson’s men can extend their massive advantage even further given Manchester City are not in action until later in the day. Yet Ferguson has an additional target to aim for, eclipsing the mark set by Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea in 2005, which in turn would end any lingering hope City have of hauling back that huge deficit. “The record is 95 points by Chelsea,” said Ferguson. “If we get to 95 points I would be absolutely delighted. That would be a fantastic season. And if we do get to that position, we have probably won the league.” It has been the best possible recovery by United after having the title snatched from their grasp by City striker Sergio Aguero with virtually the very last kick of last season. And one that Ferguson did not expect. “I expected it to be really tight,” he said. “The first point was that after last season, we wanted to make sure we didn’t lose it on goal difference, and that has improved markedly. But I never thought we would be 15 points clear at this stage of the season.” Press Association The Manchester United man’s one-year contract extension will take him past his 40th birthday, which will enable him to join Gordon Strachan and former Red Devils team-mate Teddy Sheringham in a very exclusive veteran’s club for outfield players. Yet Ferguson does not believe that will be the end of Giggs’ assault on the personal record books. “Ryan is an exceptional human being,” Ferguson told Sirius XM. center_img Sir Alex Ferguson is tipping Ryan Giggs to become the oldest outfield player in Premier League history.last_img read more

September 16

Women’s swimming captures first Pac-12 title in history

first_imgThe last time the USC women’s swimming and diving team won a conference championship, most of the current swimmers’ and divers’ parents were still in high school. The year was 1985 — a year before the then-Pacific 10 began recognizing women’s athletics — when the Trojans swam their way to the Western Collegiate Athletic Association title.Just over three decades later, the Trojans are conference champions once again.Led by solid veteran leadership and explosive young talent, the No. 4 USC women’s swimming and diving team beat the odds to defeat Stanford, the nation’s top-ranked team; Cal, the defending conference and NCAA champions, as well as six other teams to capture the crown. A year after the men’s swimming and diving team won their first conference championship in 36 years, head coach Dave Salo understood the impact that the win had on not only this team but the entire Trojan family that they represent.“There is nothing better than making Trojan alumni and fans proud of their Trojans,” Salo said. “The drought of team championships is over for USC.”Historically, USC has boasted several outstanding individual swimmers but hasn’t been able to put together the team effort it takes to win a collective title. That script was flipped this year, as the Trojans — despite only winning three events — won the championship by over one hundred total points.USC, who finished third in the 2015 Pac-12 Championships, posted a total of 1481 points. They were followed by No. 1 Stanford, who scored 1344, and No. 6 California, with 1306. From there, the gaps between schools widened: Arizona came in fourth with 1125 points, and UCLA, Utah, Washington State, Arizona State and Oregon State all finished with fewer than 1000 total points.One of USC’s individual winners, junior swimmer Chelsea Chenault, was there when the Trojans fell short of their goal last season.“It’s just an awesome experience to be the first team to ever win the Pac-12 Championship for our school,” Chenault said. “We’ve just been so strong, we’ve been fighting on this whole year.”Chenault was the individual winner in the 500-yard freestyle on Thursday evening, and freshman Elizabeth Stinson went the distance on Saturday night to win the 1650-yard freestyle. They would be the only two Trojans to win their individual events.“Nothing is more satisfying than a team championship, especially when it was as balanced as this was,” Salo said. “No one star propelled this. It was everyone taking responsibility and making a contribution.”USC’s other team victory came in the 800-yard freestyle relay on the first night of the championships, when the quartet featuring freshmen Kirsten Vose and Allie Wooden, and juniors Anika Apostalon and Chenault obliterated the school record with a time of 6:55.17. Their finish in the 800 free was good for an NCAA “A” cut time and is currently the nation’s top time in the event this year.While the Trojans certainly deserve to celebrate after their first-ever Pac-12 conference title, they won’t have long to relax. The NCAA Championships begin in mid-March at Georgia Tech, and with the confidence the team has built up after winning the conference title, it wouldn’t be surprising to see them in position to compete for their first national championship since 1997.“The lesson learned throughout this championship was that when we put our mind to something we can get it done,” Salo said. “But at this point, winning the Pac-12 championship was one of those events that can transform a team not just for the immediate NCAA championship but for many championships we may face over the next several years.”With only ten graduating seniors on the roster of 34 swimmers and divers — including fifteen talented freshmen — this may not be the last time we see the Trojans at the top of their conference in the near future.last_img read more

December 24

DD LOCAL: FINAL PLACES LEFT FOR DRUMKEEN SUMMER CAMP

first_imgDRUMKEEN NOTES Tullyvinney CupCongratulations to Everton F.C. from Drumkeen who won the Tullyvinney cup last weekend. They defeated a much fancied Kildrum Tigers 5-4 on penalties. The match ended one each after extra time with Benny Bonner getting the Drumkeen goal. A great achievement from the team with outstanding performances from veteran defenders Mo Deasley, Paul Leyden and Justin Deasley. AB FitnessThat’s the end of the boot camp, thanks to everyone who took part, brilliant improvements shown by everyone, next boot camp starts on Monday the 21st of July, everyone welcome and all types of fitness levels!. Check out our Facebook page AB FitnessCharlie Daly & H-Block Martyrs Sinn Féin Cumann DrumkeenLotto Results 09th July 01, 06, 13, 21. No jackpot winner. Sean Toner wins €100. Next week’s jackpot €2,575. Go raibh maith agat. Summer CampDrumkeen Community Childcare will be holding a Summer Camp for ages 3 years to 6 years, from Monday 14th July until Friday 18th July from 9.30-12.30. Please contact the service for more details on 074 91 34844. Places are limited on this fun filled week with only a few places remaining.Michaela Foundation Girls Summer CampLoreto Convent, Letterkenny 14th-18th July. Give your awesome girl a week of confidence building; trained leaders will deliver 5 days of totally tremendous activities in fun, faith, fashion, Irish and wellbeing. For more information and to book visit: www.the michaelafoundaion.comParish Hall Anyone wishing to book the hall should contact Charlie Quinn on 91/34010 or 087 7728608Drumkeen NotesAnyone wishing to have material included for next weekPlease Email: drumkeennotes@gmail.com or text 086 4083625 (Deadline Fri @ 8pm) DD LOCAL: FINAL PLACES LEFT FOR DRUMKEEN SUMMER CAMP was last modified: July 13th, 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:Drumkeen noteslast_img read more