Diamond Debate | De Grasse favoured in Doha speed test

first_imgRaymond ‘KC’ Graham: What a start to the Diamond League season, especially in the men’s 100 metres, where the likes of Justin Gatlin, Andre De Grasse and Asafa Powell will clash in Doha today. Andre Lowe: This one should be really exciting. We know Doha will be nice and hot and some of the best will certainly be bringing the heat in the short sprint in what will be a good indicator of what awaits later this season in the sprints. Raymond ‘KC’ Graham: And how could I forget the South African, Akani Simbine, following his legit 9.93, 9.98, 9.92, 9.94 and 9.95 seconds times so far this season? The highlight of the World Relays came in the preliminary round of the 4x100m when De Grasse looked into Gatlin’s face while overtaking him on the anchor leg. Andre Lowe: Gatlin will want to send a message to the youngster and will also have fond memories of his last 100m race in Qatar, which came at this same meet two years ago when he ran a blistering 9.74 seconds in a big win. Raymond ‘KC’ Graham: Yes, but Gatlin ,at 35, does not have that same top end speed he showed in 2014 and 2015, and a younger De Grasse, at 22 , despite not having a history of blazing-wind legal times in the 100 metres, look set to be the man to take over in the event with the exit of Usain Bolt. Doha could be the start of this. Andre Lowe: Well Gatlin ran under 9.90 seconds three times last season, so he still has some speed for sure. I do think that given the schedule of the South African season, Simbine will arrive here in the best shape. He just won his national championships a couple of weeks ago and is responsible for three of the top-four and five of the top seven times so far this season. Raymond ‘KC’ Graham: Yes, he is the form man, but remember in Rio, he finished behind Gatlin and De Grasse and I don’t think that will change today as the pedigree of Gatlin and De Grasse, along with Powell, could be too much for him despite this being early in the season. Andre Lowe: Powell struggles against Gatlin, and De Grasse has shown an appetite for the big occasion. I spent a day with him at his training base last week and can say that he’s already in good shape and is eager to continue to raise his reputation in Doha. I’m going with De Grasse over Gatlin. It’s a toss up for third place between Powell and Simbine, who, let’s not forget, has already beaten Powell in his young career. Raymond ‘KC’ Graham: I like De Grasse to beat them all despite his previous best being 9.99 before his 9.91 in Rio. He will have to run faster, though, to win here and I think he will and I give him the win over Simbine and Gatlin with Powell in fourth.last_img read more

Liberia’s President Apologizes To Mother Of Slain Teenager

first_imgShe came to say how sorry she was.Today, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, president of Liberia, visited the poor neighborhood of West Point, now under quarantine after suspected Ebola patients fled a treatment center a week ago Saturday. On Wednesday, during protests over the quarantine, 15-year-old Shakie Kamara was shot in the legs by security forces. He died the next day of blood loss and hypothermic shock.Sirleaf went to talk with the angry residents, who have complained that the quarantine is unfair, that they can’t lead their normal lives, that there isn’t enough food for them.And she went to apologize to Eva Kamara, mother of Shakie.Freelance photographer Tommy Trenchard, covering the visit for NPR, spoke to Eva Kamara afterward.”She said it made her very proud that the president would come and talk to a poor woman like herself,” Trenchard reports.Kamara was in tears for part of the conversation with the president.The overall reaction to the president’s visit among West Pointers was mixed, Trenchard adds. People wanted to let Sirleaf know the hardships they are facing because of the quarantine. “A lot of people were saying we’re hungry, we don’t have food to eat,” he says.But he didn’t sense a lot of anger directed toward Sirleaf: “It’s important to remember that people here, even those who would vote for the opposition, have a strong respect for the office of the president.”West Point residents want Sirleaf to lift the quarantine so they can resume their normal lives. But the government is unlikely to lift a quarantine until three weeks have passed since the West Point treatment center was attacked — that’s the time it takes for Ebola to emerge after contact.During the visit of roughly 40 minutes, Sirleaf was surrounded by her entourage. One member occasionally handed out cash as the president made her way down the main road.”At one point,” Trenchard says, “she commented to two guys who had just received a thousand Liberian dollars [about $12 U.S.]. She said, ‘Don’t spend it on drink.’ “Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

6 Professionals for Kenya Game

first_imgThe head coach of the national football team has named five professional players to face Kenya in international match day in Nairobi on Nov. 15. Coach James Salinsa Debbah is expected to use three debutantes in that match.They are Spain-based Joel Johnson and former Manchester City striker Alex Nimely. Nimely, who currently plays in Romania for FC Viitorul Constanta, will be making his first debut for the nation’s pride, Lone Star. Brazilian born Liberian goalkeeper Boison Wynney de Souza, 19, who plays for CD OLÍMPIC DE XÀTIVA in Spain’s Tercera Division (3rd division) will also make his international debut.William Jebor, Anthony Laffor and Oscar Dorley complete the lineup of players invited for the Kenya game. Invitations have been sent to the players and they will join local players by November 12 in Nairobi, Kenya, according to the Liberia Football Association. Meanwhile, 29 local based players have begun training at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium in preparation for the game. The players will be in training until the team departs on November 11. A 25 man delegation will fly to Nairobi, Kenya, to honor the international friendly. Coach Debbah and team are expected to use the Kenya friendly as part of preparations for the next round of African Cup of Nations qualifiers.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Etiwanda reaches D2-AA semifinals

first_img“We led 10-0 at the end of the first quarter, but it was a hard 10 points to get,” Etiwanda coach Robert Siler said. “I knew it would still be a game, because they are a talented and physical team. They are as good as anybody we have played all year.” Diamond Ranch 70, Monrovia 42 Diane Ortiz scored 23 points, grabbed eight rebounds, and had two blocks to lead the Panthers (28-1) past Monrovia (20-5) and kept their hopes alive to win a second-straight CIF Southern Section Title. Nina Earl contributed 17 points and seven rebounds for Diamond Ranch, which led 39-21at halftime on the strength of of 25 steals. Diamond Ranch’s title last year was in Division III-AA. Miller 72, Corona Santiago 38 RANCHO CUCAMONGA -In a test of defense and willpower, Etiwanda’s girls basketball team made some big plays in the final quarter to win its playoff game against Anaheim Esperanza on Saturday night. The Eagles overcame foul trouble and a stubborn defense to earn a 41-31 victory in the third round of the CIF-Southern Section Division II-AA playoffs. Etiwanda (24-5) will meet A. B. Miller in Tuesday night’s semifinals. “It was a very different type of game,” Esperanza coach Matt Roberts said. “We came out flat and had a hard time putting the ball in the hoop.” The contest matched two teams with impressive credentials and undefeated league records – Etiwanda winning the Baseline League and Esperanza topping the Sunset League. Esperanza set a school record by allowing only 37 points per game, but Etiwanda held the Aztecs scoreless until 5:39 remained in the second quarter. center_img Breanna Hall and Keisha Mackall each scored 16 points as the top-seeded Rebels (27-2) defeated the Sharks in the quarterfinals. Chloe Wells added 14, while younger sister Lola followed with 13. Miller plays Etiwanda on Tuesday at a site to be determined. DIVISION II-A Ayala 72, Placentia Valencia 36 Junior forward Rebecca Gardner had 26 points, 10 rebounds and six steals to pace the Bulldogs (26-3) past the Tigers (24-6) and reach the semifinals for the first time in seven years. Ariel Marsh contributed 19 points, including four 3-pointers, as Ayala gained a 36-18 advantage at the half. The Bulldogs then locked down on defense, allowing only two field goals in the second half. Ayala will face Perris at Paloma Valley at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. DIVISION III-A Colony 65, La Serna 43 Junior Amani Butler scored 20 points with 14 rebounds, 10 assists and eight steals to lead the Titans (18-10) to their first-ever finals appearance. Camille Buckley followed with 14 points and seven rebounds for the Titans. Colony plays Silverado at Long Beach State on Friday or Saturday. BOYS DIVISION IV-A Ontario Christian 65, Huntington Beach Brethren Christian 42 Justus Jones had 18 points and seven rebounds and John Oldengarm added 12 points and eight rebounds for second-seeded Ontario Christian (23-5) against fourth-seeded Brethren Christian (16-13) at Oxford Academy. The Knights advanced to the division finals for the second time in the last three years. Derrick Conner had 11 points for Brethren Christian. 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

Iniesta agrees ‘lifetime’ contract at Barca

first_img0Shares0000Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta speaks after renewing his contract at the Camp Nou, on October 6, 2017 © AFP / LLUIS GENEBARCELONA, Spain, Oct 6 – Barcelona tied down captain Andres Iniesta for the rest of his career as the club announced on Friday the 33-year-old midfielder has agreed the first “lifetime contract” in Barca’s history.“It is a way of rewarding an exceptional player,” said Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu. Iniesta insisted, though, that he has not planned any future role with the club beyond his playing career.“The lifetime title doesn’t mean that I will remain here just for the sake of it. It isn’t my way of doing things,” said Iniesta.“When I don’t have the same force or importance I have always had things can always change.“Today I am hugely grateful for the confidence the club has shown in me.”Along with five-time World Player of the Year Lionel Messi, Iniesta is Barca’s most decorated player of all-time having won 30 trophies at club level, including eight La Liga and four Champions League titles.Iniesta has also made the second highest number of appearances in a Barca shirt behind Xavi Hernandez with 639 since his debut 15 years ago.“There is no other player in the club like him. He will be a reference for future generations,” added Bartomeu.“I always say to the kids in the academy, to fixate on him as a player and a person.”Barcelona unveiled a special jersey signed by midfielder Andres Iniesta after he renewed his contract at the Camp Nou © AFP / LLUIS GENEBorn in the central Spanish region of Castilla-La Mancha before joining Barca at the age of 12, Iniesta is a beloved figure across Spain as he scored the winning goal in the 2010 World Cup final.Normally determined to shy away from the spotlight, Iniesta repeated his call for cool heads and negotiation to prevent a spiralling political crisis over the battle for Catalan independence deepening.Hundreds required medical attention on Sunday as voters in a referendum on independence, deemed illegal by Spain’s central government, clashed with police.“One always tries to look at things with logic and sense. We hope that everything calms down,” he said.However, Iniesta will not be present as Spain look to book their place in next year’s World Cup later on Friday against Alicante in Albania as he has pulled out with a hamstring strain.– Messi next to renew? –Iniesta has previously tended to do his talking on the field as a fundamental figure in Barca’s most successful ever era.Alongside long-time midfield partner Xavi for both club and country, Iniesta formed the axis of Pep Guardiola’s legendary side that won 14 trophies in four years between 2008 and 2012.His previous contract was due to expire at the end of the season and doubts over his future were raised when he refuted Bartomeu’s claims that a deal “in principle” was in place last month.However, he refused to rule out retiring at the end of the season should he continue to be dogged by injury.“I will be here as long as my body, mind and all I have to give is enough,” he added.“Right now it is difficult to imagine what I will think in May or June.”Tying down Iniesta eases some of the pressure building on Bartomeu for his handling of both sporting and institutional matters in recent months.However, Bartomeu is still to convince Messi, who is also out of contract at the end of the season, to sign a new five-year deal agreed back in July.“The club want Leo to stay here and he wants to stay,” said Iniesta.“Hopefully, this story never ends because he is unique and is indispensable for success.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

DONEGAL GIRL ARLENE CROWNED NATIONAL U-15 PENTATHLON CHAMP

first_imgArlene (centre) with her goldLETTERKENNY schoolgirl Arlene Crossan staged a stunning comeback to win gold in the National U-15 Pentathlon in Tullamore.Arlene had trailed her nearest rival Shannon Sheehy (Cushinstown AC) going into the final event – the 8oom – by seven points.But she won the race by a big enough margin to take gold, and finish 45 points ahead. Letterkenny AC athlete Arlene was crowned The Woodie’s DIY Combined Events U-15 Champion, the event including the 80m hurdles, the long jump, the high jump, the shot and the 800m. DONEGAL GIRL ARLENE CROWNED NATIONAL U-15 PENTATHLON CHAMP was last modified: August 12th, 2013 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:Arlene CrossanDONEGAL GIRL ARLENE CROWNED NATIONAL U-15 PENTATHLON CHAMPWoodies championshiplast_img read more

HERE COMES THE SUMMER! DONEGAL COULD HIT HIGH OF 25 DEGREES TODAY

first_imgGet the suntan lotion out and the shorts on – Donegal is set to bask in glorious sunshine this weekend.Although there may be the odd cloud about today, Met Eireann has promised uninterrupted sunshine across the county for Saturday and Sunday.And the good news is that the warm weather is to continue into next week. Parts of Donegal could reach as high as 25 degrees today, the warmest in the country.But the average temperature for most parts will be a very healthy 22 degrees.The sun couldn’t come at a better time with a raft of events on in every part of the county.The North West Garden Show will be in full bloom in Castlefin. The Donegal Live Event will see Alexandra Burke strut her stuff in Donegal Town.And there will be a real celebration of life in Letterkenny when the Relay for Life event takes place.So what are you waiting for? Get out and enjoy it!And it seems like the sun is going to some people’s heads!Kelly’s Centra at MOuntain op, Letterkenny are literally giving away BBQs. Their takeaway BBQ packs consist of 2x 4oz gluten free steak burgers 2x hot n spicy chicken skewers, 4x jumbo pork sausages, 4x buffalo chicken wings & a sweet chilli dipping sauce and all for priced at €6.99.HERE COMES THE SUMMER! DONEGAL COULD HIT HIGH OF 25 DEGREES TODAY was last modified: May 25th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Met Eireannlast_img read more

Driver who hit 2 gets house arrest

first_imgTAMPA, Fla. – A former elementary school dance teacher was sentenced to two years of house arrest early Saturday for speeding away after her car hit and killed two young brothers. Jennifer Porter pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of the March 2004 crash that killed Bryant Wilkins, 13, and his 3-year-old brother Durantae Caldwell. An 8-year-old sister and 2-year-old brother were injured. Circuit Judge Emmett Lamar Battles said he weighed Porter’s clean police record and the “extreme trauma” she endured during the crime in sentencing her to “community custody,” which he described as “a stricter form of probation – essentially house arrest.” Porter was also sentenced to three years probation, 500 hours of community service benefiting children and psychiatric treatment. The children were struck by Porter as they returned home from a community center near the newly opened elementary school where Porter was working. She drove to her parents’ home and did not come forward for five days. She said a white van had struck the children first, throwing them into her car, but investigators concluded the van was not involved. She has said she did not stop because she was too scared. Medical examiner reports said the boys died instantly. Witnesses said the 3-year-old was dragged about 150 feet. The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office received some complaints that Porter was not facing more serious charges. But officials said to warrant a vehicular homicide charge, prosecutors would have had to prove at least two violations, other than leaving the scene. Investigators estimated that she was driving 6 to 10 mph over the posted 30 mph speed limit, but they could not find a second traffic violation. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week She could have faced up to 15 years in prison if convicted at trial, and was previously offered a plea deal that would have sent her to prison for three years. But her attorney said Porter decided to plead guilty and hoped the judge would impose a lighter sentence. During a long sentencing hearing, the boys’ mother, Malissa Wilkins, sobbed and urged state Circuit Judge Emmett Lamar Battles to sentence Porter to the maximum three years. “I want her to be punished,” Wilkins said. “I want her to go to prison. I want her to see what it’s like to lose someone.” Wilkins declined comment after the sentence was handed down about 1:30 a.m. – as did prosecutor Kim Seace and Porter’s attorney, Barry Cohn. Porter is white and her victims were black, and some in the black community say she has been treated leniently because of her race and economic background. last_img read more

McGlynn’s 23 Points Help Drake Defeat Boise State, 83-74, In MWC/MVC Challenge

first_imgThe Broncos strung together a few quick runs to stay within striking distance late in the second half, but the Bulldogs stayed calm and executed on offense to maintain control of the game. With just under a minute remaining, the Bulldogs led by six points and Boise State resorted to fouling to extend the game. However, Drake held onto its lead and closed out the win by doing what the team did so well all game, hitting free throws. At the half, Drake was led McGlynn with 12 points and eight rebounds, both of which were game highs. As a team, the Bulldogs went 12-of-13 from the free throw line which helped to keep a comfortable lead for most of the half. The first half was highlighted by high-flying action, including a pair of alley-oops from junior forward Tremell Murphy that got the crowd to their feet. The second such play gave the Bulldogs a 42-32 lead over the Broncos going into halftime. Photos “Even late in games, you see a group that’s very connected and they trust each other. That’s a huge piece to having the kind of culture you want to have,” DeVries said. Next Game: Justinian Jessup led Boise State (2-4) with 21 points in the loss. vs. North Dakota State 12/1/2018 – 5:30 p.m. Live Stats 1350 ESPN Midco SN Listen Live Watch Live DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University men’s basketball was impressive in an 83-74 victory over Boise State Tuesday, Nov. 27, in the final MVC/MWC Challenge. The Broncos got into foul trouble early in the second half and Drake used that to its advantage, getting the ball into the post against a pair of defenders who would eventually foul out of the contest. “I was really proud of the guys tonight,” said Drake head coach Darian DeVries. “It wasn’t always pretty tonight, but I thought we did a good job getting the game going at a pace and flow that we wanted. Because of that we were able to get to the rim and gave us more scoring opportunities.”center_img Box Score (HTML) Drake (4-1) shot just 43.1 percent in the win, but was 28-of-34 from the free-throw line and outrebounded Boise State, 40-36. Full Schedule Roster Senior Nick McGlynn (Stoughton, Wis.) led the Bulldogs with a gritty performance that saw him pour in 23 points and match a career-high with 13 rebounds. He also blocked four shots on a night where the Bulldogs swatted 10 shots as a team. McGlynn’s performance was just the second 20-10-4 performance by a Bulldog in the past decade. Nick Norton (Bloomington, Ill.) added 18 points and four assists while Tremell Murphy (Griffith, Ind.) had 13 points and eight rebounds and brought the Knapp Center fans to their feet with a series of acrobatic dunks. Box Score (PDF) “Obviously this was another night we didn’t shoot it well, so we needed every free throw we could get to finish the game out,” DeVries added. Story Links Preview Drake’s next game will be Saturday, Dec. 1 at 5:30 p.m. against North Dakota State in Minneapolis, Minn., for the inaugural US Bank Stadium Classic. The game will be broadcast on Midco SN and available on ESPN3.Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

MUM OF TRAGIC GIRLS PAYS TRIBUTE A YEAR AFTER SECOND DEATH

first_imgErin (left) pictured with ShannonA CO Donegal mum who lost her two daughter to suicide within six weeks of each other today paid tribute to one of them on her first anniversary.The deaths of Erin Gallagher and her sister Shannon shocked the country last year.Erin (13) had been bullied and took her own life last October; big sister Shannon (15) died a year ago today. Their mum Lorraine left a simple message on her Facebook Page today.“All my luv 2 my precious daughter shannon who I luv with all my heart rip baby I never u xxxxxx u were my best friend in the world,” she wrote. MUM OF TRAGIC GIRLS PAYS TRIBUTE A YEAR AFTER SECOND DEATH was last modified: December 12th, 2013 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:Erin GallagherLOrraine Gallaghershannon gallagherSUICIDElast_img read more