May 31

Hugo Lloris admits Spurs are ‘missing something’ as skipper doubts title hopes

first_imgHUGO LLORIS says Tottenham’s title bid is “missing something” – and he does not mean points.The North Londoners are ninth in the table, already seven points behind early leaders Liverpool and five behind Manchester City in second, after a sticky start to the season.2 Keeper Hugo Lloris says Spurs might not know until later in the season what has been missing from their performancesMauricio Pochettino’s men have won just one of their opening four matches and drawn two.Keeper and captain Lloris said: “Liverpool and Man City have the experience and they are really competitive.”I think, at the moment, there’s something missing from us.“We will see later in the season because things turn very quickly in football.”The most important thing is we focus on ourselves, to get points, to get consistency in the league. And we will see where we are in the table in April, in March.WE EXPECTED BETTER“That is the moment when you can win or lose European places or trophies. At the moment, we don’t want to lose focus with that type of question.”Spurs kicked off the campaign with a 3-1 home win over newly-promoted Aston Villa.But after a creditable 2-2 draw at reigning champs City they suffered a shock 1-0 defeat at home to struggling Newcastle.Tottenham then drew 2-2 at Arsenal in Sunday’s North London derby in their final match before the international break.Lloris, speaking ahead of France’s Euro 2020 qualifier against Albania on Saturday, admitted: “Unfortunately at Tottenham we didn’t have the start we expected.More on SpursHARRY ALL FOUR ITKane admits Spurs must win EIGHT games to rise into Champions League spotGossipALL GONE PETE TONGVertonghen wanted by host of Italian clubs as long Spurs spell nears endBELOW PARRSpurs suffer blow with Parrott to miss Prem restart after appendix operationPicturedSHIRT STORMNew Spurs 2020/21 home top leaked but angry fans slam silver design as ‘awful”STEP BY STEP’Jose fears for players’ welfare during restart as stars begin ‘pre-season’KAN’T HAVE THATVictor Osimhen keen on Spurs move but only if they sell Kane this summerLADBROKES 1-2-FREE Simply predict Liverpool, Rangers vs Celtic and Arsenal vs Spurs scores this weekend and win £1002″Even though we got good results against City and Arsenal away from home, we should have done better against Newcastle.”We all know the importance of home games and when I talk about consistency, we have to capable of winning that type of game.There’s now already a gap between them – Liverpool and Man City – and us.”Tottenham release throwback sky blue third kitlast_img read more

May 26

Waqa set to join NRL’s growing Fiji contingent

first_imgPhoto: NRL (Former Roosters, Storm and Raiders winger Sisa Waqa is eyeing a return to the NRL and the Fiji Bati at the 2017 Rugby League World Cup). Waqa, who was a member of Melbourne’s 2012 premiership-winning team, will take the number of Fijians in the NRL to 23 if he can convince Storm coaching Craig Bellamy to sign him after a stint with French rugby union club, FC Grenoble.The 31-year-old recently returned to Melbourne, where his family had been living, after breaking his jaw and was offered a training contract with the Storm.Melbourne football director Frank Ponissi said a decision would be made on whether to sign Waqa before June 30 so he is eligible to play the remainder of the season.”He got injured just before Christmas and moved back about three weeks ago,” Ponissi said. “We will have a look at him over the next few weeks and if he comes up all right we will sign him for the rest of the season.”He is still a fair way off playing because he has been inactive for a while but he is showing good signs. This is his second week of training and we will probably give it another two weeks before we make a call.”I’m sure he will come into consideration for the Fiji side at the World Cup if he does sign for the rest of the year.”While he played most of his 95 NRL matches for the Roosters, Storm and Raiders on the wing, Waqa would offer the Bati versatility in the backline as he was considered a star five-eighth as a rugby union schoolboy in Fiji and modelled his game on former Wallabies great Stephen Larkham.He played one rugby union Test for Fiji in 2007 before switching codes to join Sydney Roosters in 2009.Waqa has also played centre for the Bati, who he represented at the 2013 Rugby League World Cup and in last year’s Melanesian Cup against Papua New Guinea.The signing of Waqa would take the Storm’s Fiji representation to three, along with star winger Suliasi Vunivalu and prop Tui Kamikamika.In total, there are 25 players eligible for the Bati who are currently playing NRL, including Fiji rugby sevens Olympic gold medallist Masivesi Dakuwaqa, who scored a try for Canberra’s NSWRL feeder team, Mounties, in his first game after joining the Raiders last week.Korbin Sims (Broncos)Masivesi Dakuwaqa (Canberra Raiders)Marcelo Montoya, Tyrone Phillips (Canterbury Bulldogs)Jason Bukuya (Cronulla Sharks)Jarryd Hayne, Ben Nakubuwai (Gold Coast Titans)Apisai Koroisau, Akuila Uate (Manly Sea Eagles)Suliasi Vunivalu, Tui Kamikamika, Sisa Waqa (Melbourne Storm)Daniel Saifiti, Jacob Saifiti (Newcastle Knights)Semi Radradra (Parramatta Eels)Waqa Blake, Campbell Regan-Gillard, Viliame Kikau (Penrith Panthers)Tariq Sims, Taane Milne (St George Illawarra Dragons)John Sutton, Sitiveni Moceidreke (South Sydney Rabbitohs)Kane Evans, Eloni Vunakece (Sydney Roosters)Kevin Naiqama (Wests Tigers)last_img read more

January 20

When Sobers ruled the roost

first_imgAs Australia piles on the runs against the West Indies in the current Test series ‘down under’, there are many cricket lovers in the Caribbean who remember when it was the regional side which piled up massive scores against all who came. Prior to the start of the Australia series, an emotional Sir Garfield Sobers broke down in tears as he bemoaned the state of the Caribbean game. “It was such a pleasure and joy to be able to do what I did. I don’t think we have that kind of person today. I don’t think we have that kind of person in West Indies any more, who is quite prepared to play and to give everything to their country,” the West Indies cricket legend said in October. Sobers became part of West Indies folklore when he smashed a then world record 365 not out against Pakistan during the third Test at Sabina Park on March 1, 1958. FLOW Foundation chairman, Errol K. Miller, remembers, as an 11-year-old boy sitting inside Sabina Park, the day Sobers made history. ETCHED IN MEMORY “I think that day sort of galvanised for me the passion I had for cricket at an early age.” While cricket, which was the most important game in the Caribbean for decades, has since lost its shine, Miller has not forgotten the impact of the moment. “I was there when it happened. I actually saw it. I didn’t have to read it in the newspapers. Of all the cricket fans in the world, only a certain amount could be in Sabina Park, and I was one of them.” He added that seeing the “spineless surrender” of the current team was often heartrending. “I used to almost cry sometimes for West Indies when they lost. I was so passionate about it. Now, I just go to bed, and in the morning I go online and see what the score is.” But he will never forget his place as part of history. “I was there, and nobody can take that away from me,” said Miller. HISTORICAL DAY It was a Saturday, but Miller was there as part of a group organised by his Clarendon College school sports master. “The way I was about cricket those days, I was not going to miss the opportunity to see the likes of (Everton) Weekes, (Clyde) Walcott and (Conrad) Hunte,” he told The Gleaner. “It was serendipity that the day we went was the day it happened.” Miller sat in the Eastern stand, which, in those days, had mesh wires to contain the crowd. “When play opened, Hunte was ahead of Sobers. When Hunte got run out – you know how Jamaicans are – some said Sobers got him out because he was ahead and Sobers wanted to break the record,” he recalled. “I remember Weekes played a sweet cameo for 39 while Sobers was going merrily on his way. Walcott came, and in typical fashion just bludgeoned the bowlers for 88.” The atmosphere was electric. The stands were jam packed with cricket-loving Jamaicans from all walks of life. Some came with mountains of food as they prepared for a full day’s sport. “(I) was just taking in all the sights and sounds and all the people; the noise and cheering. The frequent sound of “dollar” as Jamaicans used to use that expression when a four was hit.” He added that though the Pakistani bowlers were being smashed to all parts of the park, the team continued to field with passion. “One of the Pakistanis bowled 85 overs,” he said. That bowler was Fazal Mahmood, who took two for 247 off 85.2 overs as the Windies piled up 790 for three declared in their second innings. “The economy rate was less than three. The fielding was top class for the entire day, even though they were hunting leather for the entire day. That really impressed me, even though I was a little boy,” said Miller. He admits that at the time he had no clue of the Test batting record, and it was while sitting amongst the crowd that he started to grasp that something important was about to happen. “I just went because I wanted to see international cricket, but as I settled down and heard people starting to talk, you got the significance of what was happening around you,” he said. There was pandemonium when Sobers smashed the record run. “When Sobers broke the record, a host of people descended on the field,” said Miller. He recalled talk of abandoning play. “As a matter of fact, not only were they thinking of abandoning play for the day, but of abandoning the whole match. “Fortunately for him, it was not abandoned. The most emotional response of what was going around was that he probably would not have got the record,” said Miller. Miller, who was part of Clarendon College’s 1962 and 1964 Headley Cup winning team, said seeing Sobers’ display helped fan the flames of his love for cricket.last_img read more

January 17

Mahaicony dormitory needs repairs, supplies

first_imgA dormitory in Mahaicony, Region Five (Demerara-Mahaica) which houses 20 Indigenous students, is in dire need of repairs and food supplies. The students who currently reside at the facility age between 12 and 16 and are all from the Indigenous community of Moraikabi, and currently attend Mahaicony, Hope, Belladrum, Novar and Bygeval Secondary Schools. Four of the 20 students are preparing to write the Caribbean examinations.Guyana Times has been told that even though 25 pounds of fish, one bag of potatoes and a quantity of sausages were supplied over a week ago, all that currently remains was some of the potatoes. This publication was also told that one kind-spirited citizen donated three trays of eggs and five packs of sausages on Friday. It was noted that this is insufficient to feed the 22 persons who reside there, which includes two guardians.While this batch of students only moved into the facilities in October, this publication was also told of the deteriorating conditions at the dormitory. It was related that one side of the compound’s fence is damaged and repairs are needed to the piping system.This newspaper has been made aware that officials from the region and the Education Ministry visited the facility over two weeks ago and it was promised that the many concerns would be addressed. However, the situation remains unchanged as there have been no follow-up visits. Guyana Times was on Saturday unable to contact Region Five Chairman Vickchand Ramphal.Moraikobai, the Amerindian village home to the 20 students, is located 10 kilometres up the Mahaicony River.last_img read more

January 12

Archers on target at New Totem outdoor shoot

first_img1st place – Tim Roberts2nd place – Andre Barrette3rd place – Bob PawlyshynMens Traditional:1st place – Gil Davis2nd place – Gerard Burtch3rd place – Lorne McBethLadies Traditional:1st place – Susan Davis2nd place – Sheryl Beaudin3rd place – Shelley NikolitsasTraditional Cub:1st place – Melvin Jarnigan2nd place – Cole Steiner3rd place – Brandon NicholBHRF:1st place – Erika Daisley2nd place – Kaylynn Peters3rd place – Caitlin MorashMens Open: 1st place – Ken Bouck2nd place – Cody Roberts3rd place – Jonathan DaisleyBHRM:1st place – Oleh Dutka2nd place – Curtis Harper3rd place – Colton Bruhs Over 90 shooters participated in the event with participants coming from as far as Fort Nelson. Below are the top finishers from each category:Future Bowhunter:1st place – Justin Lawson- Advertisement -Peewee:1st place – Kori Daisley2nd place – Vann HemplerAdvertisement 3rd place – Tristan HynesJunior Compound:1st place – Sam Barrette2nd place – Talia Daisley3rd place – Sarah MerlinAdvertisement Ladies Open:1st place – Julie Bouck2nd place – Ruby Mannila3rd place – Susan ReidMasters 50:Advertisement 3rd place – Emily GunterCub:1st place – Evin Booth2nd place – Taylor DutkaAdvertisementlast_img read more

January 11

Angels notes: Saunders making the most of limbo

first_imgThe left-hander made his spring debut against the Chicago Cubs and pitched a solid two innings, allowing a home run to Matt Murton but nothing else. He gave up a walk and recorded four of his six outs on fly balls to Vladimir Guerrero in right field. “I located for the most part,” said Saunders, who had his contract renewed by the club Friday. “That one pitch to Murton I tried to go in and left it out over the plate a little bit and he hit it good. Other than that, I felt my command was pretty good, so I was pretty happy.” You can excuse Saunders if he feels like he is in limbo this spring. As soon as Jered Weaver and Bartolo Colon are fit enough to join the rotation, the Angels are expected to send their insurance policy back to Triple-A. Weaver’s status remains up in the air, while Colon isn’t expected to be back until mid-summer at the earliest, even though he has impressed manager Mike Scioscia of late with his progress in rehab. So Saunders forges on like an intern who has to return back to college in the fall. For now, Saunders is aiming at being the No. 4 starter and making his season debut April 5 against the Oakland Athletics. Playing well: Gary Matthews Jr. is showing that the pressure of being implicated in baseball’s latest scandal might not hurt his play on the field. Matthews, who was named this week in an investigation of pharmacies selling human growth hormone, crushed a home run to right field. It was Matthews’ first right-handed at-bat in Cactus League play after going 0 for 4 from the left side. Making progress: Despite the fact his long-toss sessions have been stalled in the 110- to 130-foot range, Weaver insists he is making progress on his sore biceps every time he throws. The biggest reason for his optimism came at the start of camp, when he found out he had nothing more than tendinitis. MESA, Ariz. – Joe Saunders might have made a splash last season, but he still is fighting for name recognition. On a board entering the concourse at HoHoKam Park on Friday, the Angels’ starting pitcher was listed as “Jose” Saunders. center_img “After I got the MRI results that were negative, it kind of kicked me in the (rear) and made me work harder to get ready,” Weaver said. The fact remains, that with more than two weeks of camp now gone, there still is no date for Weaver’s first session from a mound. (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2731 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

January 10

Ronaldo’s slow start sparks Ballon d’Or race

first_img0Shares0000Real Madrid’s forward Cristiano Ronaldo will be looking to forget his early season struggles as the Champions League resumes © AFP / GABRIEL BOUYSMADRID, Spain, Sep 25 – Two games without a goal is run of the mill for most footballers, but for Cristiano Ronaldo it constitutes a drought.Ronaldo will be looking to forget his early season struggles as Real Madrid aim to lay down a marker in their quest for a third consecutive Champions League at Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday. The Portuguese remains the strong favourite to match Lionel Messi’s record of five Ballon d’Or wins for his starring role in guiding Madrid to a first La Liga and Champions League double in 59 years.However, Messi’s sensational form for Barcelona and the attention garnered by Neymar’s 222 million euro ($265 million) world record move to Paris Saint-Germain last month has starved Ronaldo of the attention he craves.All three were named as the finalists for FIFA’s Men’s Player Award for 2017 last week.It is Ronaldo, though, who has so far failed to hit his stratospherically high standards this season as Real have fallen seven points behind Barca in the La Liga title race.A five-game suspension for pushing a referee after being sent-off in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup has been the principle cause.Ronaldo described the ban as “persecution” on the part of the Spanish federation.But the punishment didn’t end with the ban as a rusty Ronaldo misfired badly as Real’s run of scoring in 73 straight games was ended in a shock 1-0 defeat to Real Betis last midweek.Ronaldo also fired a blank as Madrid edged past bottom of the table Alaves on Saturday despite having 18 shots across his last two games.“Cristiano is like he always is. When he doesn’t score you ask me about him, but he is calm,” insisted Real boss Zinedine Zidane.“He wanted to score which is normal, but it’s a long season and he always ends up making the difference.”– Messi irreplaceable –It would take something extraordinary to deny Ronaldo the Ballon d’Or after scoring 10 times from the Champions League quarter-finals on against a calibre of opposition such as Bayern Munich, Atletico Madrid and Juventus.Yet, Messi’s reaction to Neymar’s decision to forge pastures new at PSG has been a telling demonstration of who is really the irreplaceable figure at the Camp Nou.Barcelona’s forward Lionel Messi celebrates after scoring on September 12, 2017 © AFP/File / LLUIS GENEMessi has helped guide Barca to six wins from six in La Liga and a 3-0 thumping of Juventus in the Champions League scoring 12 goals in nine appearances in all competitions.Indeed, at club level Messi now has 43 goals in 2017 to Ronaldo’s 29.Neymar’s numbers are far more modest despite five goals in six games for PSG as he has adapted well to his new surroundings and new stature as the world’s most expensive player.One of the Brazilian’s motives for leaving the lure of Messi and Barcelona behind was reportedly his desire to win the Ballon d’Or.But at 25 his time is more likely to come in future years if Messi (30) and Ronaldo (32) begin to wane.Neymar will need to live up to the hype of his record price tag not just in Ligue 1 but at Champions League level to be crowned the world’s best and the visit of Bayern Munich to the Parc des Princes on Wednesday is his greatest opportunity to make an impact before January’s award ceremonies.Yet, despite the individual nature of the award, it is trophies that tend to tilt the balance of the Ballon d’Or and, having beaten his competitors to La Liga and the Champions League, Ronaldo remains the man to beat.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

December 29

Pianist set standard in field of jazz

first_imgMcPartland said she first met Peterson when she and her husband, jazz cornetist Jimmy McPartland, opened for him at the Colonial Tavern in Toronto in the 1940s. “From that point on we became such goods friends, and he was always wonderful to me and I have always felt very close to him,” she said. “I played at his tribute concert at Carnegie Hall earlier this year and performed `Tenderly,’ which was always my favorite piece of his.” Born on Aug. 15, 1925, in a poor neighborhood southwest of Montreal, Peterson obtained a passion for music from his father. Daniel Peterson, a railway porter and self-taught musician, bestowed his love of music to his five children, offering them a means to escape from poverty. In 2005, Peterson became the first living person other than a reigning monarch to obtain a commemorative stamp in Canada, where he is jazz royalty. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! TORONTO – Oscar Peterson, whose early talent, speedy fingers and musical genius made him one of the world’s best known jazz pianists, has died. He was 82. Peterson died at his home in the Toronto suburb of Mississauga on Sunday, said Oliver Jones, a family friend and jazz musician. He said Peterson’s family were with him during his final moments. The cause of death was kidney failure, said Mississauga’s mayor, Hazel McCallion. “He’s been going downhill in the last few months,” McCallion said, calling Peterson a “very close friend.” During an illustrious career spanning seven decades, Peterson played with some of the biggest names in jazz, including Ella Fitzgerald, Count Basie and Dizzy Gillespie. He is also remembered for touring in a trio with Ray Brown on bass and Herb Ellis on guitar in the 1950s. Peterson’s impressive collection of awards include all of Canada’s highest honors, such as the Order of Canada, as well as a Lifetime Grammy (1997) and a spot in the International Jazz Hall of Fame. His growing stature was reflected in the admiration of his peers. Duke Ellington referred to him as “Maharajah of the keyboard,” while Count Basie once said “Oscar Peterson plays the best ivory box I’ve ever heard.” In a statement, French President Nicolas Sarkozy said “one of the bright lights of jazz has gone out.” “He was a regular on the French stage, where the public adored his luminous style,” Sarkozy said. “It is a great loss for us.” Jazz pianist Marian McPartland called Peterson “the finest technician that I have seen.” last_img
December 27


first_imgA LEADING sports news website has dragged a Letterkenny schoolboy into the north v south row over eligibility for international teams.The site – – is pointing to the fact that St Eunan’s College player Dale Gorman has opted to play for Northern Ireland U-16s as proof that the IFA in the north can make no complaints when players from the Republic opt to play for Ireland.Highly-rated Dale, who plays for Letterkenny Rovers, is the son of former Linfield and Finn Harps player/manager Anthony Gorman. The article has been condemned by sources at Rovers.“We hope that Dale isn’t going to be used in this row,” said one source.“They should leave the lad alone. He was ignored by the FAI. Fair play to him and his family for trying to give him a chance at a career in football.“All he wants to do is to play at his highest level and now he has been given that opportunity by the Northern Ireland set-up. This is nothing to do with politics – this is just about football. The vast, vast majority of people are delighted for him. “His dad Anthony is a genuine football man and has done a lot for both schoolboy and senior football. We hope it all works out for Dale,” added the source.LETTERKENNY SCHOOLBOY DRAGGED INTO NORTH/SOUTH SOCCER ROW was last modified: November 10th, 2011 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:IFAIRISH FOOTBALL ASSOCIATIONLetterkenny Roverslast_img read more

December 27


first_imgLast Sunday the Donegal league team defeated Drumbar 3-1 away. This week they are away to Letterbarrow Celtic. The under 12 team defeated an under strength Mulroy Academy 5-0. Jordan Nugent (2), Adam Murphy, Joe Harkin and player of the match Peter Carr the scorers for Brendan Carolan’s exciting young team.The under 14 team under the guidance of John Lafferty recorded a 7-0 win over a youthful Letterkenny Rovers team, with Donal Farren, Stephen Lafferty, James Carolan, Ciarian Daffan, Aaroan Mc Glynn, Oisin Purdy and Thomas Mullen the scorers.The under 14 Tigers game was postponed last week-end, and they travel to play Swilly Rovers this Saturday. The under 13 team play hosts to Monaghan Utd in the FAI national cup this Saturday. Kick off is at 2pm at Dry Arch Pk, All support welcome.The Donegal youth team defeated the Sligo league 1-0 in their opening inter league group match. The club was well represented with Paddy O Loan, Duncan Mc Intyre, Reece Short and Steven Keys all getting game time, while Sean “Budgie” Sandilands patrolled the sidelines. The youth team is due to play Rosses Academy away this Saturday.There was no jackpot winner last week in the clubs lotto draw. Numbers drawn were 5,6,8,11,14,15 lucky no. was 1. Next weeks jackpot is now €1525. There were three match five winners John Lafferty Dromore, Margo Haughey Caralina Park and Cyril Coyle Drumnahoe. Lucky no. winners Joseph Sweeney Drumany, Niamh Coyle Correnagh, Catherine Mc Monagle c/o Niall Callaghan, Senan Gallagher The Croft Glencar and John Carr Ballyare. Lotto plus winner’s €50 Oran & jack Mc Guinness Bonagee, €30 Paddy Maguire Swilly View and €20 Philomena Gildea Correnagh.The Christmas club is now open and merchandise can be viewed at the club Website or at the Club House. Tickets are now on sale for the clubs annual development draw with €7000 in prizes. Tickets are €10 each or a book of 3 for €20 and are available from all players and committee members. The draw which was due to take place this Sat.10th has been put back a few weeks. The club would like to offer their sympathy to the Coady family Manor, The Mc Ginty family Glenmaquin, and the Winston family Letterkenny on their recent bereavements.BONAGEE UTD CLUB NOTES was last modified: November 10th, 2012 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:Bonagee Utd club noteslast_img read more