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first_imgArum was one of the guilty, and admits he and fellow promoters did the sport wrong while chasing profits.“You’re 100 percent right for implicating me and the other promoters,” Arum said. “We went for the catnip, there’s no question about that. But what we did was shrink our product, and shrink the acceptance of our product.”The idea of bringing boxing back to prime-time network TV is not a new one. The secretive Al Haymon has put his stable of Premier Boxing Champions fighters on network TV for the last three years, though they have bounced around on different networks and have mainly of late been relegated to lower-tier cable networks.But Arum believes the strategy spearheaded by his stepson, Todd duBoef, to have a stable of boxers each fight three to four times a year on regularly scheduled ESPN cards will provide the same kind of name recognition and continuity that UFC has used so successfully in its TV model.Lomachenko will be a key test of that theory. The boxer who won two Olympic golds for Ukraine came to the U.S. to make himself a big name, and his appearance on a card heavily promoted by ESPN will go a long way to turning him into more of a household name.Rigondeaux also has two gold medals he won for Cuba and is undefeated in 17 pro fights. The big knock on Rigondeaux is that he is too defensive and won’t exchange in fights, though Arum believes that will change when Lomachenko pressures him Saturday in New York.“He’s got the Cuban style and doesn’t take chances to win decisions, but he can’t do that with Lomachenko,” Arum said. “Lomachenko won’t let him pile up a big points lead and then it becomes a real fight. I think Lomachenko knocks him out in the late rounds.”In an interesting programming note, HBO will also televise a card Saturday from Las Vegas featuring Orlando Salido, the only fighter to beat Lomachenko.The day after the Garden fight, Arum — who turns 86 on Friday — gets on a plane for Australia for Horn’s title defense next Wednesday against Gary Corcoran, which will be seen in the early morning hours in the U.S. on ESPN. There are plans for another Pacquiao fight in the spring as well as a Crawford fight, with the possibility the two will meet in the fall.There’s a long way to go, and promises have been broken in boxing before. But Arum believes the sport can overcome its own self-inflicted mistakes. The future of boxing is changing, or so Bob Arum believes. And nowhere is that more evident than the cardput together by the longtime promoter in the theater at Madison Square Garden.Vasyl Lomachenko and Guillermo Rigondeaux — one from Ukraine, the other Cuba — meet in a title clash that is as good as it gets in the lower weight classes. And they do on ESPN instead of pay-per-view or the premium cable networks that have dominated boxing in the past.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBrian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defenseBoxing is back in front of the masses. And so far the masses seem to like what they’re seeing.“A lot more people will be aware of these guys than if they fought on a premium network,” Arum said. “We have a much bigger megaphone with a 24-hour sports network.” Arum’s new alliance with the cable network giant started in July when Manny Pacquiao and Jeff Horn drew some 3 million viewers for their fight in Australia. Lomachenko drew decent ratings on a card of his own, and Terence Crawford was also featured in a Saturday night broadcast in August.And with 18 dates scheduled for next year on ESPN — many of them in the prime Saturday night slot — expect to see Top Rank’s best fighters on a regular basis on the network.“You’d have to go back to the ’70s to a time when all the big fights were on free TV,” Arum said. “In the ’80s we had less and less, and then we had none to speak of.”Boxing’s reliance on paid TV gave the top fighters big paydays over the years, and served promoters likeArum well. Showtime and HBO paid well for the big fights, and the biggest went to pay-per-view.But it was a flawed business model for long term success. Fans didn’t get to see their favorite fighters in the ring enough, and promoters treated each fight card as if it were a one-off event.ADVERTISEMENT It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson “Everyone was to blame, there wasn’t just one culprit,” he said. “It was the disease of being short-sighted.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales?center_img Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Rockets pull away for 112-101 win over Jazz Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours View comments Vasyl Lomachenko, of Ukraine, punches a bag during a workout at a Manhattan boxing gym Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017, in New York, while preparing for his Saturday WBO super featherweight title fight against Guillermo Rigondeaux. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)Boxing fans get an early holiday gift Saturday when two masterful fighters with four Olympic gold medals between them meet in an intriguing 130-pound title bout.The best part? It won’t cost them anything over their basic cable bill to watch it.ADVERTISEMENT Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set 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 awardlast_img read more

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer MMA star Jones fined $205,000, license revoked over drug test Court orders arrest of Maguindanao massacre accused still at large PLAY LIST 05:52Court orders arrest of Maguindanao massacre accused still at large14:41Andal Ampatuan Jr., kin guilty for Maguindanao massacre of 57 people05:19Exclusive interview: Michael Bay ups the action ante in ‘6 Underground’—with 2,000 stunts02:14Carpio 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 MOST READ Both show Jordan leaping with his legs extended outward toward a basketball hoop with a ball above his head.Nike used its photo for the “Jumpman” logo — a silhouetted image of Jordan in the leaping pose in its photograph.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 folkRentmeester photographed Jordan while he played at the University of North Carolina. His photograph appeared in Life Magazine in a photo essay featuring U.S. athletes competing in the 1984 Summer Olympics.An email to a law firm representing Rentmeester wasn’t immediately returned. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew File – In this Oct. 17, 2017 file photo, The Michael Jordan “Jumpman” logo is shown on merchandise at the Charlotte Hornets’ NBA basketball fan store in Charlotte, N.C. A federal appeals court says an iconic Nike logo of a leaping Michael Jordan did not violate the copyright of an earlier photograph of the basketball star. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018, that the logo was based on a photograph of Jordan by Nike that was inspired by a 1984 photo by Jacobus Rentmeester. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — An iconic Nike logo of a leaping Michael Jordan that the company has used to market billions of dollars of merchandise didn’t violate the copyright of an earlier photograph of the basketball star, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday.The logo was based on a photograph taken by someone Nike hired. That photo was “obviously inspired” by a 1984 photo by Jacobus Rentmeester, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said. But the court in a 2-1 decision said the photos are unmistakably different in key elements.ADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City While the poses in Nike and Rentmeester’s photos are similar — Jordan in a leaping motion inspired by a ballet move — Rentmeester’s copyright does not give him a monopoly on that concept, Judge Paul Watford, writing for the majority, said.Among the significant differences in the two photos are the position of Jordan’s legs, the background and lighting, Watford said.“Just as Rentmeester made a series of creative choices in the selection and arrangement of the elements in his photograph, so too Nike’s photographer made his own distinct choices in that regard,” Watford wrote.The ruling affirmed a lower court decision dismissing Rentmeester’s 2015 lawsuit against Nike.  /mufADVERTISEMENT View comments LATEST STORIES Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbedlast_img read more

first_imgPelinka spoke publicly Wednesday for the first time since the Lakers’ remarkable offseason overhaul began, and the irrepressibly optimistic former agent radiated excitement about the future for a team that hasn’t made the playoffs in five seasons.“To get the commitment from LeBron James to come to the Lakers for four years was really the culmination of everything we’ve been working towards,” Pelinka said. “When LeBron chose to come here, it was the ultimate validation for the moves we’ve made and what we’ve been building since we started.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’The longest postseason drought in franchise history could be finished after James chose the Lakers in free agency. The club also added veterans Rajon Rondo, JaVale McGee and Lance Stephenson alongside their young core while parting ways with Julius Randle and Brook Lopez, among others.Pelinka and top executive Magic Johnson hope the result is a sturdy, defense-minded team with enough up-tempo offense to trouble the Warriors, the Houston Rockets and every other contender for the title. They only got one, although the Lakers still appear to be in contention for disgruntled San Antonio star Kawhi Leonard, who has a year left on his contract with the Spurs.No matter what happens, Pelinka said the Lakers’ series of one-year contracts around James will put them in position to have ample cap space again next summer, when several stars could be available to join James.Pelinka said the Lakers will have “an open training camp” in September, with only James guaranteed to be a starter. That means Rondo and second-year pro Lonzo Ball will compete to be Los Angeles’ starting point guard, a possibility that was welcomed by Rondo after he signed.Pelinka also said Ball will be fully healthy for training camp. The point guard has a torn meniscus in his left knee.Pelinka’s idiosyncrasies shone through again Wednesday, with the GM beginning his news conference by reading a passage from Brazilian author Paulo Coelho’s “The Alchemist,” a book recommended to him by former client Bryant and carried by James throughout the playoffs. The passage describes the process of making a decision being “only the beginning of things.”“Hopefully it will lead to things … happening that are bigger than our dreams could ever imagine,” Pelinka said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Los Angeles Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka talks about the acquisition of LeBron James and other free agents at a news conference at the NBA basketball team’s headquarters in El Segundo, Calif., Wednesday, July 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — Rob Pelinka says the Los Angeles Lakers aren’t trying to beat the Golden State Warriors at their own game.Instead, they’re building a team around LeBron James to do something different.ADVERTISEMENT Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names “I think to try to play the Warriors at their own game is a trap,” Pelinka said. “No one is going to beat them at their own game, so that is why we wanted to add these elements of defense and toughness and depth and try to look at areas where we will have an advantage.”Pelinka said the Lakers focused their free agency recruitment efforts on versatile, playoff-tested talents who can score and defend, instead of looking for elite players with only one specialty. He hopes the result will be a flexible, dangerous team under coach Luke Walton — and a different look around James, whose Cleveland Cavaliers teams often looked like a collection of perimeter shooters whose deficiencies were exposed by Golden State and others.Pelinka praised Rondo as a gritty guard whose championship pedigree will fill a void on the roster. He also described Stephenson as providing “an extreme toughness and an edge,” comparing his skills to Dennis Rodman’s contributions to Michael Jordan’s Chicago Bulls, or Metta World Peace’s work with Kobe Bryant’s late-career Lakers.“The road to the NBA championship has to go through the team that won last year, and we all know the guys up north have a special group,” Pelinka said. “But one of the ways to attack what they have is with defensive toughness. I think we saw that in the Houston series with some of the players that Houston has.”Pelinka’s desire for flexibility extended to the payroll as well. After years of trading away draft picks and acquiring high-priced veterans in an effort to win now with Bryant, the Lakers were overextended until Pelinka and Johnson spent the past 16 months creating enough salary cap space to sign two elite free agents.ADVERTISEMENT Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ MOST READ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Experiencing traffic? Book a ‘ride-sharing flight’ to your destination PLAY LIST 01:02Experiencing traffic? 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first_imgDear Editor,In 1986, Professor Ken Dans asked my sociology class for a show of hands of all without a relative in North America. The class had over 100 students and not one hand went into the air. It saddens me that in 2019 our Government is challenging the legality of the actions of one of its own Members of Parliament on the basis of his dual citizenship.Editor, I will leave the interpretation of the various Articles of the Constitution to the lawyers and offer instead my opinion. Since 1992, successive administrations have asked members of the diaspora to return and serve our nation in various capacities, the political parties have not been shy about asking for funds at well-organised diaspora events, where grandiose plans and schemes are unveiled, and involvement and support solicited. We have re-migrant incentives to lure Guyanese home. Is the APNU/AFC Administration now saying that your money and labor is appreciated, but any thought of contributing by way of service as an MP, must be accompanied by relinquishing your hard-earned citizenship of a foreign country, along with pension, health care and other social security benefits? I believe that to be an expedient position that cannot benefit our nation now or in the future.Editor, I have always taken the position that we should not have different levels of ‘rights’ for our Guyanese citizens. No one should enjoy less or more. Denial of the right to be of service in any capacity can be regulated by way of stipulated residency requirements. There exists no need to shut Guyanese out of Guyana. In their desperation to hold onto the perks of office, the APNU/AFC seem to have lost their morals and ethical compass.Should the courts ultimately decide that dual citizenship holders are barred from becoming Members of our Parliament, I would respectfully beg that the next Administration introduce legislation that corrects this inherent injustice.Respectfully,Robin Singhlast_img read more

first_imgTimes have been challenging to say the least for the Trackers as of late. The last win for the team came on October 26, and the team has a record of 5-11-1. They’re in fifth place in the Bear Slashing Division, one point ahead of the Fort McMurray Barons.After the weekend set, the Trackers get to enjoy some home cooking with games in Fort St. John and Dawson Creek on December 20 and 21 respectively.- Advertisement –last_img

first_imgThe memo was provided to the AP by a government official who requested anonymity because the document was not released as part of the Pentagon’s official report into the way the Army brass withheld the truth. McChrystal was the highest-ranking officer accused of wrongdoing in the report, issued earlier this week. In the memo, McChrystal expressed concern that Bush and acting Army Secretary Les Brownlee might give speeches in which they misstated the facts about Tillman’s death. A former spokesman for Abizaid did not immediately return phone and e-mail messages. As for Brownlee, he told investigators he did not recall learning Tillman was killed by his fellow Rangers until several weeks after the fact. He did not discuss the matter with the White House, he told them. A spokesman for McChrystal said he had no comment. McChrystal was, and still is, commander of the Joint Special Operations Command, head of “black ops” forces. He has since been promoted to lieutenant general. Abizaid was in charge of American forces in the Middle East and Central Asia. In his memo, McChrystal said he had heard Bush and Brownlee “might include comments about Cpl. Tillman’s heroism and his approved Silver Star medal in speeches currently being prepared, not knowing the specifics surrounding his death.” McChrystal said he expected an investigation under way “will find that it is highly possible Cpl. Tillman was killed by friendly fire.” At the same time, McChrystal said: “The potential that he might have been killed by friendly fire in no way detracts from his witnessed heroism or the recommended personal decoration for valor in the face of the enemy.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “I felt that it was essential that you received this information as soon as we detected it in order to preclude any unknowing statements by our country’s leaders which might cause public embarrassment if the circumstances of Cpl. Tillman’s death become public,” McChrystal wrote April 29, 2004, to Gen. John Abizaid, head of Central Command. White House spokesman Blain Rethmeier said Friday that a review of records turned up no indication the president had received McChrystal’s warning. Bush made no reference to the way Tillman died in a speech delivered two days after the memo was written. But Rethmeier emphasized that the president often pays tribute to fallen soldiers without mentioning the exact circumstances of their deaths. The family was not told until May 29, 2004, what really happened. In the intervening weeks, the military continued to say Tillman died under enemy fire, and even awarded him the Silver Star, which is given for heroic battlefield action. The Tillman family has charged that the military and the Bush administration deliberately deceived his relatives and the nation to avoid turning public opinion against the war. Tillman’s mother, Mary, had no immediate comment Friday on the newly disclosed memo. SAN JOSE – Just seven days after Pat Tillman’s death, a top general warned there were strong indications that it was friendly fire and President George W. Bush might embarrass himself if he said the NFL star-turned-soldier died in an ambush, according to a memo obtained by The Associated Press. It was not until a month afterward that the Pentagon told the public and grieving family members the truth – that Tillman was mistakenly killed in Afghanistan by his comrades. The memo reinforces suspicions that the Pentagon was more concerned with sparing officials from embarrassment than with leveling with Tillman’s family. In a memo sent to a four-star general a week after Tillman’s April 22, 2004, death, then-Maj. Gen. Stanley McChrystal warned that it was “highly possible” the Army Ranger was killed by friendly fire. McChrystal made it clear his warning should be conveyed to the president. last_img read more

first_imgAfter losing twice at Chelsea in his first season as United boss, Mourinho, who won three English titles in two spells with the Blues, is growing accustomed to leaving west London empty-handed.This was an especially painful setback for Mourinho as a second defeat in their last three Premier League games leaves second-placed United lagging eight points behind leaders Manchester City.United haven’t won at Chelsea since October 2012, a barren run that now stretches to eight matches.While Mourinho licks his wounds, Chelsea manager Conte can take heart from a vibrant performance that keeps his fourth-placed team nine points behind City.Amid talk Conte was in danger of losing the support of his players over his intense training regime, Chelsea’s third successive league win was well timed for the Italian in the week when demanding Blues owner Roman Abramovich made one of his ominous visits to the training ground.Having reportedly torn into his players during a lengthy inquest into Tuesday’s 3-0 defeat at Roma, Conte wielded the axe as David Luiz and Antonio Rudiger were dropped.Just as significantly, France midfielder N’Golo Kante returned to provide his steadying influence after missing six games with a hamstring injury.In need of a fast start to set the tone, Chelsea thought they’d taken the lead when Marcos Alonso’s cross was turned into his own net by United defender Phil Jones, only for referee Anthony Taylor to disallow the goal for a push by Morata.United should have been ahead themselves moments later when Ashley Young’s cross exposed early fault lines in Conte’s revamped defence, but the unmarked Marcus Rashford headed over from close range.Tiemoue Bakayoko was equally profligate at the other end, the Chelsea midfielder firing wide from Davide Zappacosta’s cross.Without a goal in his last six appearances, United striker Romelu Lukaku was searching for the blistering form that followed his pre-season move from Everton.But the Belgian was largely anonymous and even when he turned on the edge of the Chelsea area for a low shot, Thibaut Courtois was able to push it away.– Rough treatment –Eden Hazard led the Chelsea response with a stinging 25-yard strike, forcing David De Gea into an agile stop.Mourinho has been criticised for adopting a cautious gameplan in big matches recently and, while he seemed more willing to let United go forward this time, he must have been furious with the way Chelsea were slicing open his defence.Andreas Christensen should have punished more slack United marking when he headed over from a Fabregas corner, before Conte finished the half raging at the officials after Antonio Valencia barged over Hazard.Hazard came in for more rough treatment after the interval, with Jones and Ander Herrara both booked for fouling the Chelsea playmaker.Hazard could have exacted immediate revenge when he found himself with just De Gea to beat from close range, but the Belgian’s hurried shot was easy for the United keeper.Hazard didn’t need to rue that miss as Chelsea’s pressure was rewarded in the 55th minute.United had only themselves to blame as Cesar Azpilicueta was allowed to advance unchecked down the right before whipping his cross towards Morata.Left untouched by the flat-footed Chris Smalling and Eric Bailly, Morata had time and space to bury his header past De Gea for his first goal in seven games.Mourinho sent on Anthony Martial and Marouane Fellaini, yet there was little threat from United until Fellaini squandered their last chance, shooting straight at Courtois in the closing minutes.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Chelsea’s Alvaro Morata (right) scores his side’s first goal with a towering header. Photo/DMLONDON, United Kingdom, Nov 5 – Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata condemned Jose Mourinho to another damaging defeat against his former club as the champions clinched a crucial 1-0 win over Manchester United on Sunday.Morata rewarded an enterprising display from Antonio Conte’s side when the Spain striker headed home early in the second half at Stamford Bridge.last_img read more

first_imgMourinho set his players the challenge of reaching the top four by the end of December when they returned from the November international break to begin a run of eight league fixtures in the run-up to the New Year.However, successive draws against Crystal Palace and Southampton, in which United produced below-par performances, has seen them slip to seventh and forced the manager to reassess that target.Mourinho, though, is adamant he still sees a top-four finish in May as realistic, despite not denying the comments he made to a Brazilian television interviewer after Saturday’s 2-2 draw at Southampton.“I don’t know if I said it or if I didn’t but if I used that word, it is not what I feel at all,” said Mourinho at his press conference on the eve of their match with in-form Arsenal.“We are eight or nine points from fourth, something like that.“I don’t think we need a miracle at all. We need a good run of results. We need to not waste points that we shouldn’t waste.”– ‘Need to perform better’ –Mourinho, who reportedly clashed again with French World Cup winning midfielder Paul Pogba after the 2-2 draw with Southampton, said if some players performed better they could stay in touch with the top four and then finish in the Champions League spots at the end of the campaign.“Last week, before the Crystal Palace game, I said what my hopes and targets were, at the end of December, to be in that position,” he said.“The target changed but let’s try to close the distance as best as we can and be very close to these positions.“We need some players to perform better than they are. We need to perform better as a team, but it would be far from a miracle.”United started the week eight points behind fourth-placed Arsenal, who are unbeaten in 19 league and cup games as they visit Old Trafford.Mourinho agrees that seventh place is not good enough for a club of United’s stature.Mourinho agreed it was unacceptable to be below Everton in the standings.“I can agree, in spite of the fact that the investment Everton made was phenomenal and obviously there was a great improvement in that team from last season in relation to this,” he said.“But I don’t think Everton will be in front of Manchester United at the end of the season.“There are six teams that should stay in the first six positions, season after season two of these teams are finishing outside the top four.“For example, last season it was Arsenal and Chelsea. And this season two of these six are going to stay outside.”Mourinho suggested Arsenal’s good league form may have been aided by manager Unai Emery resting a number of his senior players for their Europa League matches.“It will be a very difficult match for us because we are going to play against a good team in a good moment without having faced a backlog of matches because they are playing in the Europa League,” said Mourinho.“When you play in the Europa League, you normally play with second choices and give good rest to the players.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Jose Mourinho has all but given up hope of Manchester United finishing the year in the top four © AFP / Glyn KIRKMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Dec 4 – Jose Mourinho has acknowledged Manchester United are unlikely to meet his target of climbing into the Premier League’s top four by the end of 2018.However, the United manager has played down comments he made to Brazilian television suggesting that it would be a “miracle” if his team finished in the Champions League qualification places at the end of the season.last_img read more

first_img Andrej Kramaric Leicester have allowed club-record signing Andrej Kramaric to join Hoffenheim on loan for the rest of the season.Much was expected of the 24-year-old when the club beat Chelsea to the striker’s signature last January, with the Foxes paying Rijeka £9.5million for his signature.However, Kramaric has struggled to find his feet at the King Power Stadium and now will spend the rest of the season with the side bottom of the Bundesliga table.The Croatia international told Hoffenheim’s official website: “I’m very excited about this chapter with TSG and the Bundesliga and want to play my part in keeping the team up.”Kramaric has made just five appearances this season for the high-flying Foxes, with his only goal coming in a 4-1 Capital One Cup win at Bury.Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri understands the striker’s desperation to get first-team football, especially with Croatia playing at Euro 2016 this summer.“Andrej has the European Championships to think about this summer, so it’s important for him that he has the opportunity to play,” he said.“He is a fantastic player and a great professional but, in this moment, we have other strikers that are playing well.“I spoke with him to understand what he wants to do and a loan is a solution that works for everybody. We will watch him closely at Hoffenheim.” 1last_img read more

first_imgDunfanaghy Golf Club NotesJunior GolfCongratulations to our under 16s Fourball Team who have advanced to the county final after a nail biting second leg match against Ballyliffin. The boys held a 2-1 lead going into the away leg played on Sunday and needed something special to get through to the final. The first pair out were Conor Hanna and Luke Kelly. They were up against it playing against two very low handicap opponents and after nine holes found themselves four down. However, with some very consistent golf from Conor and some magnificent putting from Luke, they clawed their way back and eventually won their match on the 18th. The next pair out were James Sweeney and Tom McClintock. They also faced two opponents with lower handicaps but with typical grit and determination, they recovered from a three hole deficit, winning their match on the 17th. James and Tom are yet to be beaten in this competition. The final pair out were rookies Michael Dolan and Rory Kelly. Both boys showed great courage and fortitude and did absolutely everything that was asked of them. The two leg final will be played next Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th against Letterkenny. The home leg will be played on Saturday with tee off at 1:30 approx. Please come along to support our boys. This is the first county final that any male team in the Club has qualified for in many years so your support for John Hanna’s team would be most welcome. Past Captains’ Competition 2016The Past Captains of Dunfanaghy Golf Club gathered together again for their Annual Past Captains’ Competition on Saturday past.The weather was extremely pleasant as was the company and there was chat of how things had changed ‘since their day’. The club has lasted over 100 years so somebody has done something right along the way.The changes to the course and the clubhouse are evident to all and it is a credit to the current and past committees who managed these changes.With the weather so good the scoring was also excellent. The steady play of Michael Kelly was hard to match with no double bogeys in his round and a string of pars to finish with a steady score of 40 points.Nearest to Michael was Neil McGinley who pipped Nigel Doherty on BOT to second place with 38 points. Nigel took 3rd place also on 38 points.Gerard Dalton won the first nine with 20 points and Paul Burton lifted the second nine with 19 pointsAfter the golf all the Past Captains were treated to a fine meal in the Clubhouse and the chat went on for some time. This is an event which is appreciated by all the Past Captains of the Club and is a chance for them all to get together again.Our thanks to Past Captain Eugene Magee for organising the event this year.In our Wednseday Open Singles, Hugh Gallagher from Gweedore, playing off 5, came in with a tremendous score of 43 points, winning by four clear shots from Noel McGlinchey.In Saturday’s Open Stableford, one of our longest standing members, Knox Wilson took the honours with a great score of 41 points from Paul Smyth in second with 40.Cathal McMonagle won the monthly medal on Sunday with another very solid performance, coming home with a net 64. Peadar Curran was second with a 66.Competition Results:Wed 14th September – Open Single Stableford1st Hugh Gallagher 5 Gweedore 43pts2nd Noel McGlinchey 28 L/k 39ptsCSS 66/38pts Past Captains’ Sat 17th September1st Michael Kelly (13) 40 points2nd Neil McGinley (14) 38 points BOT3rd Nigel Doherty (12) 38 points1st Nine Gerard Dalton (13) 20 points2nd Nine Paul Burton (9) 19 PointsSat 17th September – Open Single Stableford1st Knox Wilson 41pts2nd Paul Smyth 40ptsGross Seamus O’Hanlon B&S 25 Gross pts3rd Colin Higgs 36ptsCSS 68/36ptsSun 18th September – Monthly Medal Stroke1st Cathal McMonagle 642nd Peader Curran 66Gross John Chambers 78 Gross3rd Frank Kelly 69CSS 67/37ptsEvents for the Week Ahead:Wednesday 21st Sept – Gents Open Single StablefordSaturday 24th Sept Gents – Open 4BBB StablefordSunday 25th Sept – Gents Club Single StablefordDate for the Diary – Ryder Cup Weekend.1st October Mexican ScrambleTeams of 4. €10 for Club members €25 for Visitors Food included in Price. Great Prizes.Winners will receive the Ryder Cup Trophy!The Vardon Lounge will be now only open for foodFriday 3-8Saturday 12-8Sunday 12-8 Golf: Dunfanaghy U16s make Fourball Team Final was last modified: September 20th, 2016 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