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  • TIME TO PUT UP OR SHUT UP AS TYRONE WAIT TO TEST DONEGAL’S RESOLVE

    first_imgThe talk is over. The preparation is complete. And it’s only their first championship game of the year.It may feel like something approaching a certain Sunday in September but for Donegal their test against Tyrone today may well define their defence of their All-Ireland title today.More than 17,000 fans, the majority of which will be wearing the green and gold of Tir Conaill, will pack into MacCumhaill Park this afternoon for the Ulster Championship quarter final (throw-in 4pm). Jim McGuinness is exuding a quiet confidence and has named the same starting fifteen players which busted out of the blocks against Mayo in last September’s All-Ireland final.Bu he knows there is no better tactician in the game than Tyrone boss Mickey Harte.He knows too that Donegal are no longer the underestimated surprise package they may have been to many teams last season.McGuinness and company have locked themselves away behind-closed-doors as the try to hone yet another formula to help them hold onto Sam Maguire. He knows himself that an over physicality and any cheap frees will be punished by the lethal boot of goalkeeper come free-taker Niall Morgan.And that’s before we mention the potency of veteran Stephen O’Neill and Sean Cavanagh.If Tyrone are looking to these household names, then Donegal will be hoping that the likes of Colm McFadden, Michael Murphy and Patrick McBrearty will continue the form they are showing for their clubs.All will be revealed at 4pm this afternoon as Donegal holds its breath and dreams of another long summer of championship football. TIME TO PUT UP OR SHUT UP AS TYRONE WAIT TO TEST DONEGAL’S RESOLVE was last modified: May 26th, 2013 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:donegalTyroneUlster Championshiplast_img read more

  • CATHAL MacSUIBHNE’S GAA BLOG: IT WOULD BE GREAT TO MEET MONAGHAN FOR FINAL RE-MATCH

    first_imgCathal MacSuibhneBY CATHAL MacSUIBHNE: A fourth provincial final on the bounce awaits for Donegal and while the test they will face in four weeks time will require a further step up in performance, the team can be pleased with today’s workout.Antrim were given little or no chance of causing an upset and thus came into the game with nothing to lose. Liam Bradley had his side setup well and they were intent on denying Donegal space and catching them on the break.Sadly they were forced to line out without the Johnston brothers, Ricky and Marty, following after the death of their father on Friday. Those changes meant that Sean McVeigh was given the onerous task of shadowing Michael Murphy and the full back immediately set about roughing up Donegal’s captain as best he could. Murphy is well used to close attention at this stage and despite being pulled and dragged all over the Clones pitch he was heavily involved in a lot of Donegal’s scores and finished up with three of his own.Jim McGuinness also made changes prior to throw-in; despite reports during the week of a full deck to choose from, the manager felt the game had come a few days too soon for Karl Lacey following a recent leg muscle complaint while Rory Kavanagh suffered a strain at training during the week and didn’t tog out today.Neil Gallagher’s ongoing injury troubles show no sign of abating, a tight hamstring forced him off just ten minutes into the game. Many of the big Glenswilly man’s contributions in recent times have been off the bench and he might well be kept in reserve in future games should his niggles persist.While the loss of Lacey and Kavanagh was unfortunate, it was encouraging to see trust being placed in the young duo of Darach O’Connor and Odhran MacNiallais – and they certainly repaid the faith shown in them. They were both on the scoreboard early on from their respective spots at wing forward and midfield. MacNiallais has always looked confident on the ball and his languid kicking style makes his left foot a potent weapon. O’Connor on the other hand, even going back as far as the McKenna Cup, has sometimes looked unsure in possession but he was intent on running at defenders today having obviously been encouraged by Jim and his staff to be more dynamic with ball in hand. He took his first point off his left and then later in the half received a wonderful outside-of-the-foot pass from his captain before turning inside two players and slotting over; the master and the apprentice working in tandem.To cap off a brilliant individual display he drove through the heart of the Antrim defence in the second half to fire home a goal that made sure of the win for his team and he deservedly got a standing ovation from the Donegal faithful as he left the field to be substituted later on.MacNiallais also pushed on in the second half, he finished with 0-4 to his name and would have been many people’s choice as man of the match. One point in particular showed his confidence and skill when he dummy soloed near the end line, fooling a Saffron defender, before cutting inside and slotting over the bar.The competition for places around the middle sector for Donegal is fierce at present with MacNiallais battling with Gallagher, Kavanagh, Christy Toye and Martin McElhinney for the two spots – on this evidence the Gaoth Dobhair man is at the head of the queue.McGuinness’ men were on top in the opening stages but Antrim fought their way back into the game and managed to gain parity as the end of the half approached. As is now customary for a team playing Donegal, they mirrored the game plan they faced and kept proceedings as tight as possible. Leo McLoone retreated to centre back in place of non-starter Lacey, leaving Kevin O’Boyle as Antrim’s spare man which resulted in Donegal having a free player for all of their own kick outs. Paul Durcan went short to Paddy McGrath and Eamon McGee for most of the first half and therefore the departure of Gallagher didn’t hamper Donegal too much.Antrim eventually pushed O’Boyle further up for the restarts, allowing Niall McKeever to compete in the air and his team mates were finding joy in attacking Donegal down the central channel vacated by Lacey. Generally there are two types of centre backs in the game – one who attacks like Leo and the more traditional version who holds the middle and keeps his defensive unit cohesive and disciplined.Lacey of course is worth his weight in gold because he is equally adept at both strands of centre back play and as we saw today, opposition attackers seem to find gaps that little bit easier when he’s not there.Jim made a further switch in defence early in the game as Frank McGlynn was instructed to shadow Kevin Niblock, with McGrath given licence to get up the field. On numerous occasions the Ardara dynamo strode forward into swards of open St Tiernach’s Park terrain unopposed and he was the primary source of many of the early scores. Antrim would have been delighted with their opening period display but as is generally the case with Donegal, the start of the second half is when the handbrake comes off. Derry felt the full force of the 3rd quarter blitz in Celtic Park last month and again today players surged forward in waves, annexing 2-4 from the Antrim rearguard inside thirteen minutes. As we’ve seen time and again, teams set up defensively at the beginning of games against Donegal and run out of steam but in truth they’d probably be better off going ultra-defensive at the start of the second half as that is undoubtedly when the damage is done.In a sense Donegal can find it easier to play against the better teams because those opponents come with their own game plan that they want to implement rather than focusing solely on how to counteract the McGuinness system.That system was moving through the gears nicely towards the end of the match but a much sterner examination of its effectiveness will be witnessed in the Ulster Final. The Championship capitulation of this Donegal team last year is still a sore point for many and is acting as a huge motivation for the players and management to make amends this year. What better way to make up for last year’s final defeat than a re-match with reigning Anglo Celt holders Monaghan?The Farney Army have to first get past Armagh next weekend and while the Orchard men won’t have any fear going into that game, it would be a surprise if they were to succeed. So barring a reversal of form, the province’s blue ribbon event will see the sides who have shared the last three titles go head-to-head. That same pairing could also lock horns in the minor match, with Declan Bonner’s charges assured of a place following their win in today’s early game. 2006 was the last time Donegal had both minor and senior teams competing on finals day with the names of McElhinney, Murphy and McLoone amongst those on the minor team sheet eight years ago. Croke Park was the venue that day and the outcome for Donegal read ‘won one lost one’ – for Clones 2014 we’re all hoping for two from two and a clean sweep.CATHAL MacSUIBHNE’S GAA BLOG: IT WOULD BE GREAT TO MEET MONAGHAN FOR FINAL RE-MATCH was last modified: June 22nd, 2014 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:AntrimCathal MacSuibhnedonegalGAA blogspotMonaghanlast_img read more

  • Round-up: QPR and Bees signings close, Stones latest, Traore to see specialist

    first_imgQPR and Brentford are both close to adding a defender to their squads.United States international Tim Ream (pictured above) is discussing personal terms after Rangers agreed a fee with Bolton for the 27-year-old.And Brentford are tonight on the verge of completing a deal to sign right-back Maxime Colin, 23, from Anderlecht.However, the Bees have been dealt a blow with the news that summer signing Andreas Bjelland will miss the rest of the season after suffering a serious knee injury against Oxford.Chelsea are of course looking to sign a defender – John Stones. But Everton boss Roberto Martinez has again said that the England centre-back is not for sale.Martinez is keen to keep Stones at Goodison ParkThere continues to be speculation over the futures of various Chelsea players, with Italian media reports suggesting Juventus want both Ramires and Juan Cuadrado.Meanwhile, Armand Traore is due to see a specialist on Friday and QPR are hopeful he will be given the green light to return to action.Chris Ramsey has backed recent signing Grant Hall, insisting there is no sentiment involved in bringing in people who previously worked with the QPR head coach at Tottenham.Hall has been praised by R’s fans on Twitter for his debut display against Yeovil this week.Finally, Chelsea Ladies defender Gilly Flaherty has told West London Sport she believes her team’s attacking options could be vital during the title run-in.Follow West London Sport on Twitter Find us on Facebooklast_img read more

  • And the ‘Zero Energy Challenge’ Winner Is …

    first_imgAn energy-efficiency pilot program called Zero Energy Challenge, in which five Massachusetts builders competed to construct ultra-efficient market-rate and affordable homes, this week announced the Challenge winner.Bick Corsa Construction took the $25,000 top prize for a 1,152-sq.-ft. three-bedroom home the company completed last year in Montague for about $200,000. Occupied since December by its owners, Tina Stephens and Doug Clarke, the home has so far produced more electricity than it has used. The contest was sponsored by the state’s investor-owned electric utilities – National Grid, NSTAR, Unitil, and Western Mass Electric Company. A ceremony held on Monday at the Massachusetts State House featured distribution of a total of $50,000 in prize money (the second-place prize was $15,000, the third-place award $10,000) and a talk by Secretary Ian Bowles of the state’s Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs.Contest competitorsSecond place went to builder R. Carter Scott, of Transformations Inc., who worked with a price cap of $195,000 to construct a 1,232-sq.-ft. three-bedroom affordable home in Townsend that includes a well-insulated shell – R42 walls, R64 ceilings, and triple-pane windows – and a 5.7 kW PV system. The house earned a HERS verification rating of –2.30.Anne Perkins of Rural Development took third place for construction of a 1,392-sq.-ft. three-bedroom affordable attached home in Greenfield with a HERS rating of 18.7. The two-story building includes 3.42 kW PV system and solar thermal hot water.Fourth place went to engineer Mark Sevier for a 2,960-sq.-ft. market-rate three-bedroom in Sudbury that combines passive solar design with PV and solar hot water systems. The building’s HERS verification came in at 14.86.In fifth place was the nonprofit charity Bread & Roses Housing, whose 2,080-sq.-ft. affordable attached three-bedroom home in Lawrence is the first the organization has built to far surpass the Energy Star standard (a HERS maximum of 85) it has used for previous projects. Its contest home earned a HERS rating of 43.70.last_img read more

  • James Rodriguez: World Cup’s leading goal scorer going home!

    first_imgColombia’s James Rodriguez walks off the field in tears after his team’s 2-1 loss to Brazil Full of tears and inconsolable, the World Cup’s leading scorer is going home.Statistical Highlights | Match Photos James Rodriguez put Colombia back into the match against Brazil by scoring a late penalty Friday, but it wasn’t enough. The playmaker then broke down after his team lost 2-1 in the quarterfinals.”We are sad, but we are so proud because we left everything out there,” Rodriguez said. “We gave everything to advance. Men also cry, especially when you feel like this.”Brazil defender David Luiz, whose superb free kick turned out to be the deciding goal, tried to comfort Rodriguez, putting his arm around him. The players exchanged shirts and Luiz applauded Rodriguez as he slowly walked toward the tunnel.Before he got there, Colombia coach Jose Pekerman gave him a hug.”I tried to calm him down because he deserves huge congratulations,” Pekerman said.At 22, Rodriguez had become the most feared man among Brazil fans. His six goals are two more than Brazil forward Neymar has managed and his 80th-minute penalty ignited a late surge in Fortaleza that made the home fans tense.”He is an outstanding player, a huge talent, he has ambitions,” Pekerman said. “He has tried to do his best in a hard match. This is an elimination that leaves one of the best players in the World Cup out of the tournament.”One of his goals against Uruguay in the second round has been described as among the best of the tournament, when he chested down the ball and volleyed it past the goalkeeper.advertisementWhile Rodriguez couldn’t pull off a similar moment of brilliance to equalize against Brazil, there were glimpses of his talent. In a match that saw 54 fouls between both teams and many of them committed against Rodriguez, he was still able to drive forward and at times move past defenders with ease.When Radamel Falcao was cut from Colombia’s final 23-man squad because he failed to recover from a serious knee injury, many thought the South American team would exit the tournament at the group stage. But a new Colombian star has emerged and big things will be expected of him.”He will show in the future,” Pekerman said, “that he can be one of the best.”last_img read more

  • Olympic silver medalist says she also has testosterone condition

    first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting FILE – In this file photo dated Friday, Aug. 11, 2017, Burundi’s Francine Niyonsaba reacts after winning a Women’s 800m semifinal during the World Athletics Championships in London. Olympic and world championships medalist in the 800 meters, Niyonsaba, acknowledged in an interview with the Olympic Channel Wednesday April 17, 2019, that she has the hyperandrogenism condition that gives her high levels of naturally occurring testosterone.(AP Photo/David J. Phillip, FILE)Caster Semenya’s closest rival also has a condition that gives her high levels of naturally occurring testosterone and would be affected if track and field’s governing body implements a contentious rule to control hormone levels.Francine Niyonsaba of Burundi, who won silver medals behind Semenya in the 800 meters at the 2016 Olympics and 2017 world championships, said in an interview with the Olympic Channel that she has hyperandrogenism, the first time she’s spoken about it publicly.ADVERTISEMENT Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Blake Griffin misses another playoff game due to sore knee Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated LATEST STORIES Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hasslescenter_img And echoing the argument of Semenya, the 25-year-old Niyonsaba called the IAAF’s intention to force some female athletes to lower their natural testosterone levels or be barred from certain events “discrimination.”“I know people talk, talk, talk about me,” Niyonsaba said. “You can’t stop people talking. I like to hear people talking. That is motivation.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“I didn’t choose to be born like this. What am I? I’m created by god. So, (if) someone has more questions about it, maybe (they) can ask god. I love myself. I will still be Francine. I will not change.”Referring to the rule, Niyonsaba said: “For me, it’s about discrimination. It doesn’t make sense.” The IAAF wants Semenya, Niyonsaba and other female athletes with high levels of natural testosterone to lower them — either through medication or surgery — to be eligible to compete in events from 400 meters to the mile at top track meets like the Olympics. The IAAF argues that female runners with abnormally high testosterone levels have an unfair advantage.Semenya, the two-time Olympic champion from South Africa, is challenging that at the Court of Arbitration for Sport and the decision, now expected at the end of the month, could have serious ramifications for female runners.Semenya, Niyonsaba and possibly other medal-winning athletes could be forced to take hormone-suppressing medication for the remainder of their careers or give up their favored events. The IAAF has records that show numerous athletes have the condition but has never identified them because confidential medical details are involved.Previously, Semenya and Indian sprinter Dutee Chand were the only top athletes to say they had hyperandrogenism, and Semenya only said it publicly recently in written statements regarding her case against the IAAF.Semenya and Niyonsaba finishing 1-2 in the 800 at the last two major meets appears to strengthen the IAAF’s stance that hyperandrogenism gives runners a significant and unfair advantage. Niyonsaba rejected that.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue “To get on the podium is not easy,” she said. “It’s hard work. It’s a lot of sacrifice … Running to get good results is just about training. Nothing else.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more