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Former Boyz Opposed On FIFA Plans


first_imgThe Reggae Boyz’ 1998 World Cup goalkeepers, captain Warren Barrett and his number two, Aaron ‘Wildboy’ Lawrence, have contrasting views on the proposal by FIFA to expand the tournament from 32 to 48 teams.Barrett says that many would welcome the change, but he does not see the reason to increase the numbers: “I think that is watering it down a bit. For the World Cup, the most prestigious tournament in the world, teams need to work hard to get there. It should not be watered down to accommodate or commercialise the sport. I would rather it stayed at 32,” he said.”If they are increasing it and the format remains the same, maybe I would support it. If you are going to have that knockout stage, I won’t agree with that. If teams are going to play one game and get knocked out and go home, it makes no sense. For the group stage, you have at least three games, so you get a chance to make it to the knockout round. I would stick with that format,” he added.Barrett’s number two during the ’98 campaign, Lawrence, holds a contrasting opinion as he believes that it would be good for developing football countries and aspiring players from these countries.”I would be for it. I don’t think it will water it down because you would give more countries a chance to showcase themselves. You have countries with good talent and ability, and they never got a chance based on how difficult it is in their region. So you will see more football, and more countries will get an opportunity to show their skills on the big stage,” he said.However, both agree that merging the CONCACAF and CONMEBOL confederations’ World Cup qualifiers would be detrimental to Caribbean teams.”It will be more challenging for the Caribbean teams. Teams like Costa Rica, Mexico, and the US might not mind, but for smaller nations like us, Trinidad, Haiti, Cuba, and the top teams in the Caribbean, will find it a lot more difficult to qualify. I certainly wouldn’t welcome that change,” he said.While Lawrence stated: “I am not for that (merging the qualifiers), the (present) play-offs where we are at we will have more chances of going through, and they (CONMEBOL) will probably have more teams from that side than our side, so I am not supporting that one.” livingston.scott@gleanerjm.comlast_img read more


Evans, Texas Tech to Sweet 16 after win over Florida


first_imgFor the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. “Once you get to this point, it’s just like, man, I’m not ready for it to end,” Evans said. “And here we are getting another week to prepare and play the game we love.”Evans scored 22 points, making the tiebreaking 3-pointer with 2 ½ minutes before his alley-oop pass on the punctuating dunk, as third-seeded Texas Tech beat Florida 69-66 on Saturday night in the NCAA Tournament.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkThe Red Raiders, in their second year with head coach Chris Beard, are going into the second weekend of the tournament for the first time since 2005.“It’s amazing. I feel like words can’t really describe this journey with these guys,” Evans said. “Coach Beard came in and said he was going to win. And after last season, it was a disappointment, he told us we were going to get to this tournament next year. We were going to make a run. And he kept his word.” Chiozza was limited to 27 minutes in his 139th and final game for the Gators because of foul trouble. He made his first three shots, and had three assists, in his first 10 minutes. He then missed eight straight shots until the final basket, and didn’t have another assist. He leaves Florida as the school career leader with 364 assists. He had 14 in two NCAA tourney games in Dallas.UP NEXTJust weeks before returning to Lubbock, after briefly holding the UNLV job, Beard’s Arkansas-Little Rock team upset Purdue in the first round of the 2016 NCAA Tournament as part of 30 wins in his only season there.The Boilermakers, who play Sunday night for a chance to get to the Sweet 16, surely remember that. MOST READ Prayer answered again: Loyola tops Tennessee on late jumper View comments Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Florida (21-13) fell short of the Sweet 16 — and the Elite Eight — for the first time in their last six NCAA Tournament appearances. The last time they didn’t make it to the Sweet 16 was in 2010, when the SEC team lost a first-round game to BYU.Texas Tech quickly erased a five-point deficit midway through the second half with nine straight points. Evans scored seven of those, and Smith — wo had a 360-spin alley-oop dunk from Evans in the tourney opener Thursday — delivered a follow-up slam.Evans drove the baseline for a reverse layup put the Red Raiders up 51-50. After Smith’s slam, Evans had a nifty spin move for a jumper and then added a three-point play after that.“We didn’t load to Keenan Evans a couple times when we needed that, at least a couple times. He got to the rim too much,” Florida coach Mike White said. “It’s very difficult to contain him. He’s big. He’s strong. He’s physical. And he’s got a really explosive first step.”Jarrett Culver, the hometown freshman for Texas Tech, had 11 points and nine rebounds.Texas Tech hasn’t been to the Sweet 16 since Beard was an assistant coach for Bobby Knight. But this is only the third NCAA appearance since for the Red Raiders.After his time coaching on Knight’s staff, and then for Pat Knight, Beard left Tech for more than a decade before coming back two years ago when Tubby Smith left for Memphis.“A lot of work went into this, but we’re just getting started,” Beard said. “I told the guys before this ever started … after the selection show, I was like, look, there’s 68 teams in the tournament. A lot of the teams will just show up to be a part of it, and it’ll overwhelm them.”Not these Red Raiders.LAST ASSISTS Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism While the next loss will end All-Big 12 guard Evans’ career, high-flying freshman Zhaire Smith is just getting started.Smith had 18 points, nine rebounds and seven assists, and was on the receiving end of an alley-oop pass with 29 seconds left that punched the ticket for the Red Raiders (26-9) to go to Boston to play Purdue or Butler next Friday night in the East Region.“He has no ceiling,” Evans said of Smith.Chris Chiozza did go the length of the court for a Florida layup with 25 seconds left before Evans lost the ball when trying to fight through a double-team after the inbound pass.The Gators gathered the ball after a wild scramble. Egor Koulechov and KeVaughn Allen both had 3-point attempts in the final 10 seconds that came up short.ADVERTISEMENT Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina LATEST STORIES Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Texas Tech’s Zach Smith (11), Zhaire Smith (2) and Keenan Evans (12), celebrate in the closing seconds of the second half of a second-round game against Florida at the NCAA men’s college basketball tournament in Dallas, Saturday, March 17, 2018. Texas Tech won 69-66. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)DALLAS — Keenan Evans treats every game like senior night and is doing all he can to keep playing for Texas Tech.Next stop: Sweet 16.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more


Despite failed UAAP Final 4 bid, UST program still on track says Ayo


first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew The Growling Tigers lost their chance at the Final Four after a disappointing 83-69 loss to University of the Philippines that put their record at 5-8 for sixth place.Ayo and the rest of the Tigers, however, aren’t the ones to stop after such a setback.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissREAD: UAAP: UP exploits Cansino’s absence, eliminates UST from Final 4 raceThe former UAAP and NCAA champion said he’d start preparing UST’s Team B and get his hands in a consultancy position with the Tiger Cubs. “I’m actually training the Team B and they’re already excited to play,” said Ayo Saturday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. “Just like yesterday I attended the practice of the under-15 team so everything’s on the right track.”“I’m overseeing everything for the grassroots to the seniors, so we’re still doing our job despite this loss. We want to correct the whole program.”Ayo added that his assistant coach Bonnie Garcia would be the head coach of the Tiger Cubs once the juniors’ tournament starts on Sunday.And even though he’s just a consultant, Ayo said he’ll be attending the Tiger Cubs’ games and even sit at the bench from time to time.“While handling the seniors, I’ll also visit the juniors as a consultant because I miss teaching those under-15, under-12 kids because that’s where I started,” said Ayo who had a basketball camp in his home province of Sorsogon. “I started teaching kids.”ADVERTISEMENT NU strikes golden double in UAAP taekwondo Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “We’re employing one system, one program, but coach Bonnie will still call the shots I’m just there to oversee things.” Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. It’s the end of the race for Aldin Ayo and University of Santo Tomas in the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball tournament.ADVERTISEMENT For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew 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 Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown MOST READlast_img read more


Police search for distinctive stolen truck


first_imgFort St. John RCMP are searching for a stolen Ford F350 truck.Police say they received a call about the stolen black 2008 truck on Dec. 17.  It had been taken from a home in the Matthew’s Park area between 8 and 10 a.m. on Dec. 16.The truck is described as being a very distinctive Harley Davidson edition.  It has copper paint on both sides and approximately a 20 centimetre lift.- Advertisement -Anyone with information in regards to the theft is asked to contact the Fort St. John RCMP detachment at 250-787-8100 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.last_img


CAF team now set to inspect Kenya for CHAN in September


first_img0Shares0000CAF vice president COnstant Omari (R) with Sports Cabinet Secretary Hassan Wario after briefing the press at the end of CAF’s five day inspection tour on June 17 ahead of CHAN 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 21- The Confederation of African Football (CAF) inspection team will jet into the country on September 7 and not August 28 as earlier planned to assess the progress of preparations towards next year’s African Nations Championship (CHAN).The CAF delegation had announced during their last visit in June that they would be coming back for a make-or-break final inspection tour at the end of August, but Local Organising Committee (LOC) Deputy Chief Executive Officer Herbart Mwachiro says the dates have changed. There have been fears that Kenya would be stripped of the hosting rights for the biennial championship specially made up for local based players with the speed of progress in rehabilitating the proposed venues taking a snail’s pace.“Hosting rights for CHAN remain with Kenya until CAF officially say otherwise. There has been a widespread belief that we will not host but I am confident that we can be ready in time,” Mwachiro told Capital Sport.He says work on the venues has taken higher gear after the General Election and Nyayo National Stadium has already been closed down for renovations with Kenyan Premier League matches moved to Kasarani.“The contractor at Nyayo has already started work and all the other venues have work going on from a while back. The difference now is that things are moving on a bit faster especially after the elections. By the time CAF IS coming in September, everything will be on course,” Mwachiro further commented.The Nyayo National Stadium will be closed for renovation. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluThe current fears evoke memories of 1996 when Kenya was set to host the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) but pulled out with the tourney heading to South Africa.Already, word is that CAF has signalled South Africa and Morocco as potential replacements if Kenya fails.Football Kenya Federation boss Nick Mwendwa speaking to Capital Sport in a past interview said he was confident that Kenya would host the championship but called for better involvement from the government.But Mwachiro has said the government has already disbursed funds and it is now a task of racing against time.“Government has released the money and now it is up to us to work round the clock. It is a challenge but we can overcome,” he noted.Only the Kasarani Stadium ticked most of the right boxes during the previous inspection tour with the Kinoru Stadium in Meru also getting thumbs up. Kipchoge Keino in Eldoret, Kenyatta in Machakos and Nyayo in Nairobi left question marks.The CAF team was impressed with the transport and hotel infrastructure as well as some of the training grounds but the biggest headache remained the stadia.Four stadia are required to host the championship. Each must have at least four changing rooms, a well mapped out media tribune, television quality floodlights, standby generators, separate referees, anti-doping and event management offices as well as perfect internet connectivity.Representatives from CAF take a group photo with Sports Cabinet Secretary Hassan Wario and FKF boss Nick Mwendwa at the end of CAF’s five day inspection tour on June 17 ahead of CHAN 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluKenya has a lot of work to convince the continental body that it will indeed be ready in January with most of the facilities lacking the prerequisite requirements.During the June visit, the CAF team held meetings with government officials led by Cabinet Secretary Hassan Wario, all who gave assurances that the government is committed to host the championship.Kenya successfully hosted the IAAF World Under-18 Championship and FKF and its organising committee is now under pressure to ensure that football does not let the country down.Qualification for the championship is set to wind down on Tuesday.Fourteen teams have already qualified with only one slot remaining. It will be determined on Tuesday when Senegal travels away to Guinea with a 3-1 lead from the first leg.The qualification campaign has already claimed big casualties including defending champions DR Congo, South Africa and Ghana.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


Swansea defender Fernandez admits difficulties leaving Napoli last summer


first_img Federico Fernandez 1 Swansea defender Federico Fernandez has revealed how difficult it was to leave Napoli, and manager Rafa Bentiez, in the summer.The powerful Argentinean centre-back joined the club in August on a four-year contract for an undisclosed fee, believed to be around £7m.The Welsh club has enjoyed a brilliant start to the season, currently sitting in sixth place, after impressive wins against Manchester United, Everton and Leicester City earlier in the season. And Fernandez has played his part in seven of their 10 Premier League matches so far, after tearing himself away from Naples and the former Liverpool boss.“I was fine when I was in Naples, especially after the last year, the one with Benitez. Then came this opportunity. I thought about it carefully,” he said.“It was not easy: I talked to everyone, including the coach, I wanted to understand everything before I decided.“Then we found a solution for everyone. I had to take advantage of this great opportunity. I wanted to say ‘yes’ and I’m happy because we have chosen together. It was an important opportunity for me and for Napoli.”last_img read more


FAMOUS DONEGAL HOTEL PUT ON THE MARKET


first_imgJackson’s Hotel has been put up for sale.Jackson’s HotelThere was shock across the county in January when the Ballybofey hotel was put into receivership.Owners Margaret and Barry Jackson were left devastated after a receiver was appointed to run the day-to-day affairs of the hotel. Now the 138 bedroom facility has been put on the market.The luxury four star hotel boats full leisure centre facilities, 3 large functions suites, as well as separate bar and restaurants.The sale is being handled by DTZ Sherry Fitzgerald and a guide price on the hotel is on application.FAMOUS DONEGAL HOTEL PUT ON THE MARKET was last modified: July 24th, 2015 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:Ballybofeydonegalfor saleJackson’s HotelRECEIVERlast_img read more


18 dangerous driving charges for man after ‘extraordinary pursuit’


first_imgA Donegal man, who led Gardai on an ‘extraordinary’ 22 kilometre high-speed pursuit faces prison, a District Court Judge has said.Danny McBride, from Carrigart, appeared at Letterkenny District Court charged with 18 counts of dangerous driving following the chase between Kilmacrennan and Carrigart, which saw the defendant drive through junctions with the lights off at high speed. Garda O’Riordan spotted a white Volkswagen Caddy near Abbey Village, Kilmacrennan and activated the lights and siren. The van came to a stop before speeding off.Inspector Sean Grant said the vehicle drove through a stop sign and travelled through Kilmacrennan village at a speed in excess of 90 km/h.“The vehicle was going up to 100km/h in a 50km/h zone and was on both sides of the road,” he said.The court heard how the vehicle entered a junction on the wrong side before rounding two left-hand bends ‘completely on the wrong sid of the road’.“As he drove up the road, he clipped ditches and was driving very erratically,” Inspector Grant said.“The vehicle swerved left and just about avoided a collision with an oncoming car. At Barnes Lower, Termon, it was all over the road. He drove over the blow of a blind hill on the wrong side.”Inspector Grant said the vehicle traveled through multiple town lands at speeds in excess of 120km/h.“The vehicle was bouncing and sparks were flying from under it,” he said. “Some debris came off and hit the windscreen of the patrol car.”After traveling on the road for around four miles, the driver of the vehicle turned off the lights and went through a junction without stopping.Inspector Grant detailed how the vehicle sped through Glen village at more than 100 km/ph before overtaking a taxi.On the main Carrigart to Creeslough road, the vehicle again broke a stop sign and turned the lights off.“More debris came off as he accelerated towards Carrigart,” Inspector Grant said.“He went down past the Garda station in Carrigart still on the wrong side of the road. He turned right, slammed on the brakes at Gortnabrade and abandoned the vehicle, getting out on and making off on foot.”Gardai followed McBride, who entered a house, but could not find him.  Gardai arrested McBride some time later and charged him with 18 counts of dangerous driving.“One bad idea followed another,” solicitor for McBride, Mr Frank Dorrian, said.“This man is 31 and has no previous. This was one continuous act. One vehicle was encountered and navigated. It was lucky that there was no accident.“The circumstances were reckless and without heed as he continued the endeavour. The basis for his departure was that he believed himself to be impaired as he had been drinking.“The deviation from his ordinary standard of behaviour is quite spectacular. He apologises as profoundly as he can. It was unacceptable on any level. He has read an account and finds it hard to believe that this was he.”Mr Dorrian submitted character references for McBride which, he said, ‘reflected a change in lifestyle and attitude’.Judge Paul Kelly said it was an ‘extraordinary pursuit’.“The display of driving and the distance makes it impossible to deal with in any way other than a custodial sentence,” Judge Kelly said.“He could have stopped at any time. I fail to understand why he didn’t. The car was bouncing off the round, sparks were flying, he was clipping ditches. Even when he stopped, he eluded pursuit.”Judge Kelly adjourned the case to June 21 next and ordered a probation report as he ‘explores possible alternatives’ in the case.18 dangerous driving charges for man after ‘extraordinary pursuit’ was last modified: April 21st, 2018 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:CarrigartDanny McBrideJudge Paul KellykilmacrennanletterkennyLetterkenny District Courtlast_img read more


GAA: ST MARY’S GAA CLUB NOTES


first_imgBingo on hall tuesday at 9 lotto results for tues 21/02/12 CK DN KK WW E Breen E MC Mullan EM Gallagher next weeks jackpot is €4050lottos available from any commitee member or contact oliver on 0879090376.Club Reg now due and must be paid by March 31st €3 for u 18 €20 for adults  Tickets are currently on sale for club development draw to take place on April 8th 15 prizes in total top prize of €50001 for €10 or 3 for €20 sellers will be around over the next few weeks or contact Paul Mc Mullan 0877857980St Patricks Day Ribbons will be on sale in Local Shops and premises in Drumkeen, Raphoe, and Convoy €2 per ribbon support your local area and  all proceeds go to Carers Ass and St marys Gaa Club GAA: ST MARY’S GAA CLUB NOTES was last modified: February 27th, 2012 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:GAA: ST MARY’S GAA CLUB NOTESlast_img read more


HISTORY GIRLS AS GAELSCOIL ADHAMHNÁIN WIN COUNTY GAELIC FOOTBALL TITLE


first_imgGaelscoil Adhamhnáin girls made history this year by winning their first ever Division 1 Cumann na mBunscoil title.The Letterkenny team managed by school principal, Colm Breathnach and teacher, Cliona Dunne were impressive winners over Scoil Íosagáin, Buncrana.This is the second title won by Gaelscoil girls this year as they also won the Letterkenny and District League earlier in the year. It was a fine team performance, however, special mention must go to Shannon Cunningham who posted many of the Gaelscoil scores. Shannon was part of the Co Donegal U14 team this year as was team-mate Sinéad Mac Intyre who gave another great performance in defence.Shannon was ably assisted in the scores by Erin Doherty, Ciara Devenney and Annie Mc Clintock who all got on the score sheet.Shauna Higgins worked tirelessly in midfield, whilst the defence was led by Sinéad Mac Intyre and Aoibhe Harrigan especially in the second half when playing against a strong breeze.Shona Higgins and Sinead Mac Intyre after the win Sinéad Mac Intyre and Shannon Cunningham – who both played for the County U14 team this year celebrate their success HISTORY GIRLS AS GAELSCOIL ADHAMHNÁIN WIN COUNTY GAELIC FOOTBALL TITLE was last modified: July 2nd, 2016 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:donegalgaelscoil ADHAMNÁINlast_img read more