Basketball wants its own house

first_imgHaving a facility of its own to manage and host national camps, plus getting better financial aid would be on top of the wish list of basketball president, Mark Broomfield, when the new Government takes office.Broomfield says if associations, especially basketball, have a facility to call their own, it would greatly improve preparation for international tournaments and enhance programmes to develop local talent.”We want a facility to manage and operate on our own. For any sport, give them (associations) facilities, so they can develop programmes. As it is now, we don’t own any facilities. The minister of sports for the first time gave the national (basketball) team the opportunity to train indoors when we are preparing for international tournaments, so we can use the indoor centre free of cost.”The next step would be to have our own facility, where we have the keys and can have any training programmes and have access to it. We want also a facility that can be managed by the association, so we can have training when preparing for international tournaments, especially the youth programme.”If you have a home, you can have a camp and have access to courts. We have one that is used for netball, we want one for basketball as a home allows us to do things that you are not able to do if you don’t have a camp, and for basketball, we want our own facility,” he reasoned.Broomfield added that financial assistance could also be improved.”One of the improvements I would like to see is greater financial support for the associations, especially basketball. But I would love to see them continue the improvement of sport as it relates to government intervention,” he said.last_img read more

Rookie squad makes Sta. Lucia feel its sting

first_imgRookie team Iriga City passed its first major test with flying colors as it survived a gritty Sta. Lucia Realty side, 15-25, 25-20, 22-25, 25-16, 15-13, in the Chooks to Go-Philippine Superliga (PSL) Grand Prix Tuesday night at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Serbian reinforcement Tamara Kmezic was impressive down the stretch, carrying the Lady Oragons to their first victory in this prestigious club tourney bankrolled by Cignal, Mikasa, Senoh, Mueller, Grand Sport, Rebisco, Island Rose, Cloudfone, UCPB Gen and Asics.ADVERTISEMENT Kmezic, the league’s tallest import at 6-foot-6, fired 26 kills for a conference-high total of 28 points while local star Grethcel Soltones and Japanese reinforcement Saama Miyagawa chipped in 15 and 10 points, respectively.But more than anything, it was Kmezic’s intimidating presence on both ends that helped the Lady Oragons in the crucial moments of the fifth set.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“Sinabi ko sa kanila na kung mahina ang loob nyo, talo na tayo. So, dapat lumaban tayo hanggang sa dulo,” said Iriga City coach Parley Tupaz, whose wards crawled from a deep 5-11 hole in the fifth set en route to posting the morale-boosting victory in this tourney that has ESPN5 as official broadcast partner.“Siguro lucky lang. Pero step by step lang. Ganun talaga eh, since first-timer kami, tingin sa amin mababa lang. Kung sa sundalo, ikaw ang lowest kasi naguumpisa ka pa lang naman.” LATEST STORIES View comments MOST READ Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Stags earn another shot Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson True enough, luck was on the Lady Oragons’ side as Kmezic and Shyrra Cabriana engineered an oozing rally that left the Lady Realtors grasping for form.After trailing by as many as six in the fifth set, 5-11, Cabriana unloaded a bomb from the service box to make it 8-11 before Kmezic delivered back-to-back kills to inch closer, 10-11.MJ Philips then committed an attack error in the ensuing play before Kmezic knocked down a kill and a block, followed by another ace by Cabriana to give the Lady Oragons the match point, 14-11.“Sinabi ko kay (Kmezic) ‘to spike hard.’ Ang laki nya eh. Pero baka naga-adjust pa sya kasi iba naman ang laro ng Asian sa European,” Tupaz said.Philips fired 21 kills, three blocks and two aces for 26 points while Canadian reinforcement Marisa Field had 15 markers for the Lady Realtors, who fell short despite the presence of new head coach Jerry Yee.ADVERTISEMENT It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacsonlast_img read more

Brutal is beautiful for the Bruins

first_imgSACRAMENTO Listen, it counts. Got that? It’s a victory, it moves the Bruins on. That for most of the night it was the biggest mess of a game ever played on hardwood is ultimately beside the point. That you wanted to cover your dear children’s eyes just to protect them from being permanently traumatized, really just irrelevant. It was either the greatest display of defense since the ’85 Chicago Bears, or the worst half of college basketball in the history of mankind. Personally, I’m going with the history of mankind. “They’re a really good defensive team and we’re a really good defensive team,” said Indiana coach Kelvin Sampson. “It’s going to be this kind of game.” If true, these two “storied programs” should be banned from playing each other ever again, punishable by a lifetime of having to listen to Anna Nicole Smith updates. We repeat: UCLA led at the half, 20-13. That’s really hard to do. On St. Paddy’s Day, maybe the Hoosiers would have been better off starting five leprechauns. Awaiting the winner in the Sweet 16 was Pitt. At the half, they were probably planning on sending their JV to SanJose. The Bruins missed shots from all over the floor, but particularly those of the 1-foot variety. “We missed layups,” Howland said. “We missed some good shots.” That was the half that should have caused Lorenzo Mata to loose his lunch. I know a lot of people at Arco will feeling a tad nauseous when UCLA went more than sixminutes without a field goal. And the killer was, Indiana was even more wretched. Really, it was unbelievable. Seventeen points in a half? Teams from second-grade rec leagues score more, and half of them can’t dribble. “Maybe UCLA’s experience helped them in the first half,” Sampson said. Right, just imagine the first half if UCLA wasn’t so experienced. The Bruins appeared to have partly settled their ship at the half, when they came out and scored the first seven points of the second half to take a 14-point lead. They soon pushed it to 16 and it was looking like a forgettable blowout. Maybe the Bruins relaxed, maybe Howland started thinking about his matchups next week against his former school Pitt, maybe as he suggested, he didn’t use his bench enough and his starters began to fatigue, maybe the Bruins just got a tad bored. And maybe just no team ever, anywhere, can continue to shoot 17.9 percent. The Bruins were still up by 12with less than 4 minutes to play, when the Hoosiers began to crawl back. Lance Stemler hit a pair of 3-pointers, Roderick Wilmer hit another and a 10-foot bank shot and it was a tight game. When Earl Calloway scored on a drive, it was a 49-49 score with a minute left. “Even with all that adversity, we still put ourselves in position to win the game,” Sampson said. Yet in the end, the Hoosiers could not overcome going just 10 of 21 from the free-throw line, or the Bruins coming up with the biggest play of the night when they needed it most. After Arron Afflalo – who was just 2 of 11 from the field – put UCLA back in the lead by hitting four free throws, the Hoosiers tried to inbound the ball with 38 seconds to play. Luc Mbah a Moute deflected Stemler’s pass out of bounds. Then Stemler had to try and inbound directly in front of the UCLA bench, which can be said, became a bit vocal. “Believe me that wasn’t easy for Stemler to take the ball out in front of our bench,” Howland said. “And then he’s guarded by Luc’s 7-foot wing span.” Mbah a Moute again deflected the pass, it was picked off by Darren Collison and he was immediately fouled. He made both free throws, and that was the end to your Indiana comeback. It made for an unexpectedly exciting finish to an otherwise completely forgettable postseason game. In the end for UCLA, it didn’t matter how brutal it was, only that it moved the Bruins on. Steve Dilbeck’s column appears in the Daily News four times a week. (818) 713-3607160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! They call it the Sweet 16, not the Bittersweet. It doesn’t matter how you get there, if you slip on banana peels or pummel every team in sight. The idea is to get there. UCLA won, or survived, or escaped, or stumbled and got up. See, the big numbers that matter the most are the ones that had UCLA defeating Indiana 54-49 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. All the other ones should be typed out and burned in some kind of cleansing the soul ceremony. Like maybe they carry demons or a deadly virus. Just try to purge them from the memory books. Like you were a Stanford swim coach. “We did not have a great offensive game,” said UCLA’s master of understatement Ben Howland. Yeah, and Napoleon had a bad Waterloo. The only good thing to be said about UCLA’s horrendous first half is, against all strands of common sense, Indiana had a worse one. UCLA shot 26.9 percent in the first half, and Indiana shot 17.9percent. UCLA made 1 of 5 3-pointers, and Indiana went 0 for 5. UCLA somehow managed to score 20 points, and Indiana scored 13. last_img read more

Egypt suffer blow as CAF kick out Ismaily

first_img0Shares0000Ghazi Ayadi (L) converted two penalties for Club Africain from Tunisia in a CAF Champions League group match against Ismaily in Egypt Friday that was abandoned due to crowd troubleJOHANNESBURG, South Africa, Jan 24 –  The image of Egyptian football took a knock Wednesday five months before hosting the Africa Cup of Nations when Ismaily were kicked out of the CAF Champions League over crowd trouble.CAF announced the expulsion in a letter and a tweet and the action stemmed from stone and bottle-throwing at a possible venue for Cup of Nations matches this June and July. “Ismaily FC fans had been throwing stones and water bottles at the assistant referee and the opposing team (Club Africain from Tunisia),” CAF noted.Egypt is no stranger to crowd trouble with at least 74 people, most supporters of hugely popular Cairo club Al Ahly, dying in clashes in Port Said seven years ago.When original 2019 hosts Cameroon fell behind with preparations, Egypt defeated South Africa 16-1 with one abstention in a CAF executives vote this month to decide who took over as Cup of Nations hosts.The referee was forced to abandon in stoppage time the match between Ismaily and Club Africain at the Ismailia Stadium on January 18 with the visitors leading 2-1.Expelling the Egyptian club leaves leaders CS Constantine of Algeria, TP Mazembe of the Democratic Republic of Congo and Club Africain in Group C.The last club to be kicked out of the Champions League at the group stage over crowd trouble was Etoile Sahel from Tunisia in 2012.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Arsenal-linked Bayern Munich star is STAYING with German giants, says agent

first_img1 The agent of Arsenal target Mehdi Benatia has rubbished claims that his client will leave Bayern Munich this summer.The defender has made just 13 league appearances for the German champions this season and it is rumoured he could be on his way out the door.Arsenal tried to buy the Moroccan in 2014, while Juventus and Roma have expressed an interest in signing the 29-year-old this summer.But Benatia’s agent, Moussa Sissoko, insists his client has not been holding any talks about leaving Bayern.“Could Benatia return to Italy?” Sissoko told LaRoma24. “I don’t think so.“There’s a meeting set for next week to talk to Bayern. There’s nothing with Roma, he’ll stay at Bayern.“Contact with Roma? It’s absolutely not true, there’s been nothing at all. Juventus? No, I haven’t talked to them.” Mehdi Benatia last_img read more


first_imgAnti-traveller image slammedMembers of the travelling community in Letterkenny have slammed a sign which was put on the door of a local café. The local travelling community held a protest outside Café Magnolia on Thursday last. However café owner Alison Carter said she denied being racist or anti-traveller. She said that all people were welcome in her café but anybody who misbehaved would be “chucked out of here.”Inquest – 30 years after woman died An inquest into the death of a Donegal Town woman has been held – 30 years after she died. Jean Morrow, 38, of Clar, died in January 1991. However because the death was not registered, no inquest was held. Pathologist Dr David Barry told Letterkenny coroner’s court that death was due to an overdose of barbiturates after Mrs Morrow took 90 sleeping pills.Case involving Senator adjournedThe case involving two men alleged of assaulting Fianna Fail Senator Brian O’Domhnaill has been adjourned to allow for Gardai to contact the DPP about the case. There were objections in court by solicitors Paudge Dorrian and Jacqui Sharkey that their clients accounts of events had not been investigated. Two men Cathal O’Donovan, from London and Jim Sharkey from Bayside, New York are charged with assaulting Senator O’Domhnaill on August 22nd last.War memorial to open The Inishowen War Memorial is to open next Sunday, June 26th at Fort Dunree – 93 years after the First World War ended.EndsNEWS IN BRIEF…..NEW IN BRIEF…..NEWS IN BRIEF was last modified: June 19th, 2011 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_imgSinn Féin whip on Donegal County Council, Cllr Mick Quinn, has expressed his disappointment at the decision reached by his fellow councillors tonight.Cllr Quinn said that it was a missed opportunity to finally make a stand for the people of the county who are suffering from continued austerity.Cllr Quinn said: “I am extremely disappointment that the much anticipated stand against cutbacks in Donegal has been wasted. “I am mystified as to what has changed since last Tuesday when the budget was rejected by Sinn Féin, Fianna Fáil, and Cllr Campbell.“The u-turn by some councillors gave the government parties the opportunity they needed to enforce a deeply unfair budget and save face for Minister Phil Hogan.“I am further disappointed at the nature of the vote as the Fine Gael/Labour/Independent grouping blocked any opportunity to debate their proposals or question their vague plan to raise hundreds of thousands of euro through ‘increased targets’.“Many people will interpret this as a reckless and desperate attempt to save their own skin at any cost. “As local representatives we were mandated, when elected, to represent the people of Donegal; young, old, sick and suffering. We were not elected to pass a budget for the sake of passing it.“This budget is wrong for the people of Donegal as we will not be able to provide basic services; particularly for the most vulnerable in our society.” CLLR QUINN: ‘CAMPBELL’S U-TURN HELPS PHIL HOGAN SAVE FACE’ was last modified: January 14th, 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:CLLR QUINN: ‘CAMPBELL’S U-TURN HELPS PHIL HOGAN SAVE FACE’last_img read more


first_imgGAY Byrne is spending his 80th birthday – in his beloved Donegal.Gaybo, with Kathleen and his two daughters and grandchildren, are looking forward to his milestone celebration on Tuesday.They’re spending their time at his holiday home in the Rosses…and going for a good walk! The television legend has been coming to Donegal with his family for 40 years.“We bought a little house in Donegal more than 40 years ago, and it has been a haven of rest and tranquility from a busy life ever since,” he said recently“Our family will always be run-ins, even after all that time, but we’re never made to feel that we are, and it has been always the warm welcome and kind generosity of the Donegal people that has made every visit a joy for us, just as if we were of their stock.“And it is the kind and welcoming friends in Donegal who have made us feel at home through the years,” he said. Gay will be celebrating his milestone birthday in Donegal with his family and is still in fine fettle as a result of his passion for walking, cycling and working.And although he continues to do his Lyric FM show, after eight decades on the earth he wants to enjoy life a bit more.He added: “I’m letting things go gradually, things I would be involved in, so I have more time to do what I want to do.” GAYBO CELEBRATING HIS 80TH BIRTHDAY IN HIS BELOVED DONEGAL was last modified: August 1st, 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:80th birthdaydonegalGay Byrneholiday homerosseslast_img read more

Motivator is out of Cup

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Within Reason wins Sunny Slope: Within Reason beat Bengal Lore by a nose to win the $81,675 Sunny Slope Stakes at Santa Anita. Within Reason, ridden by Martin Pedroza, took the lead of the six-furlong race from Bengal Lore coming out of the turn and the two colts pulled clear of the field as they dueled down the stretch, with Within Reason winning in 1:09 1-5. The winner paid $5, $3.40 and $2.20. Bengal Lore paid $3.80 and $2.40. Say Tomorrow paid $2.40 to show. A chestnut son of Five Star Day, Within Reason has won two of three starts for owner and trainer Brian Koriner. He earned $49,005 for the victory, taking his lifetime bankroll to 86,005. English Derby winner Motivator was ruled out of the Breeders’ Cup Turf and retired to stud after pulling up lame Saturday. The 3-year-old colt, trained by Michael Bell and owned by the Royal Ascot Racing Club, tweaked a muscle while training at Newmarket in Ascot, England, in preparation for next Saturday’s race at Belmont Park in New York. “It was nothing life threatening but it was enough to put him out of the Breeders’ Cup,” said Harry Herbert, racing manager for Royal Ascot. “We are all desperately disappointed because we felt he had a great chance of taking the race in America by storm.” In June, Motivator, ridden by Johnny Murtagh, won the Derby, England’s most prestigious thoroughbred race. That was the last of his four wins. center_img Spite the Devil repeats: Spite the Devil won the Empire Classic for the second straight year, beating Organizer by a length in the $250,000 feature at Belmont Park. Spite the Devil, ridden by Javier Castellano, covered 1 miles on a sloppy track in 1:50 4/5 and paid $20.40, $11.80 and $7 in the race for horses 3 years and older. Spite the Devil, a 5-year-old Devil His Due gelding, won for the first time in four starts this year and in his first race since finishing eighth in a nine-horse field in the Grade 2 Brooklyn Handicap on June 11. The victory was worth $150,000 for Elisabeth R. Jerkens, wife of winning trainer H. Allen Jerkens. Organizer returned $12.60 and $7.90, and Carminooch paid $6 to show. A real McDynamo: McDynamo bounced back to win a record third straight $200,000 Breeders’ Cup Steeplechase at Far Hills (N.J.) Races, beating Three Carat by nine lengths. Hirapour, last season’s champion jumper, was third. Understood finished fourth, followed by Mon Villez in the five-horse field, the smallest in the race’s 14-year history. McDynamo, an 8-year-old gelding, ran the 2 miles in 5:46.65, well off the course record of 4:53.80 set by All Gong in the 2000 race. McDynamo, who had lost five straight races since last year’s Breeders’ Cup Steeplechase, produced one of his best efforts in the Grade 1 race. “We had a little bit of rough season and he’s been beaten a few times this year but I always felt he had an excuse,” trainer Sanna Hendriks said. “I hadn’t given up hope. I felt he was the same horse he’s been.” McDynamo, ridden for the first time by Jody Petty, became the first horse to win the race three times while Hendriks equaled Jonathan Sheppard’s stakes’ record of three training victories. McDynamo, unbeaten in five races at Far Hills, went right to the front and led over all 14 fences. “He took the bridle and he did his job,” said Petty. McDynamo earned $110,000 for owner Michael Moran of Unionville, Pa. 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

More than 130,000 people to be paid tax refund before Christmas

first_imgRevenue is writing to 130,000 PAYE taxpayers who have paid tax but have not claimed any additional tax credits or reliefs in the last five years.It is reminding them that there is a four-year time limit for claiming a refund of tax.Revenue has issued letters over the last few years to assist taxpayers in claiming their due entitlements and ensuring they only pay the correct amount of tax. Analysis of a previous campaign suggests that the letters have a significant positive effect on taxpayer engagement with Revenue.Pat Murphy, National PAYE Manager in Revenue’s Personal Division, has timely advice for taxpayers.“You can claim a refund of tax paid if there are entitlements you are due but have yet to claim,” he said.“However, there is a four-year time limit for claiming tax refunds and the deadline for 2015 claims is December 31, 2019, so now is a good time to check that you have claimed all of your entitlements.” For taxpayers who want to make a claim, the quickest, easiest and most convenient way to do so is online using PAYE Services, which is available in Revenue’s myAccount portal.The services in myAccount are accessible on all mobile devices.Mr Murphy said: “Even if you did not get a letter from Revenue, you can review and update your tax record online at any time, using PAYE Services in myAccount.“When you submit a claim, it is processed and verified by Revenue and most online refund claims are paid within five working days.“So, there is still plenty of time to submit your claim and have your refund paid into your bank account before Christmas.” More than 130,000 people to be paid tax refund before Christmas was last modified: November 9th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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:CHristmasRefundrefundsRepaymenttaxlast_img read more