Alaska’s 89-74 loss to Meralco in the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup didn’t need much explanation from Aces head coach Alex Compton.ADVERTISEMENT There was no need for any quantification of the statistics that surrounded the game as the Aces “just didn’t make shots.”“We missed so many shots, part of that you got to credit to Meralco but sometimes you get wide open shots and we missed it,” said Compton as his team settled for the second seed with a 7-2 record.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownREAD: Meralco stops streaking Alaska, gains share of 2nd spot“We missed layups, we missed 12-footers, 15-footers, wide-open threes, and we missed a ton of them. Credit to Meralco we really got outplayed. The ball needs to go to the basket.” Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Alaska went 32-of-84 from the field and, two days after exploding for 14-of-24 from deep in a 120-11 win over NLEX, shot just 4-of-22 from downtown.And the Aces’ 74-point finish was their lowest production this Commissioner’s Cup—a conference where they averaged 109.6 points prior to facing the Bolts.READ: Alaska suspends Abueva indefinitely for going AWOLCompton said their seven-game winning streak before facing the Bolts was bound to stop and that their torrid shooting would inevitably meet its demise.“It’s not often that you win seven straight, somebody’s going to take you down,” said Compton. “You lose games in the regular season, we still have a lot of work to do if we want to worry about advancing in the playoffs.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Player of the Week: Pringle carrying GlobalPort on his back “We had a day where we went 14-of-24 from three against NLEX and now we’re 4-of-22. Sometimes that happens.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
La Côte d’Ivoire’s land borders, which were closed to Liberia due to the civil war a few years ago, are shortly to be reopened, Vice President Joseph Boakai has said.VP Boakai made the disclosure on Tuesday, August 9, when he spoke at the 56th independence anniversary of La Côte d’Ivoire.The VP, who represented President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, told the Ivorian Ambassador and his compatriots that the opening of the borders will ensure the full implementation of La Côte d’Ivoire-Liberia Quadripartite Agreement with the support of the international community. “We believe that this decision to reopen the borders between our two countries will create access to cross border trade, which has for ages served as a source of livelihood for many families in both countries.“I envision that the strong ties of friendship and cooperation subsisting between our two countries will be further strengthened as we continue to explore new vistas of partnership,” the VP assured.VP Boakai mentioned how satisfied he is that relations between the two countries have over many years transcended the temptation of sheer government to government interactions to a broad-based people-centered one. “Since Cote d’Ivoire’s independence, successive heads of state of Liberia and Cote d’Ivoire have enjoyed very cordial personal relationships reflective of our shared values, common ethnicity and traditions. “Although we both experienced the devastating effects of internecine conflicts and civil disturbances, we are now pursuing the path of peace through democratic governance, genuine reconciliation, reconstruction and respect for the rule of law.”The VP assured the Ivoirian Ambassador that Liberia will remain committed to their shared goals for the mutual benefit of both peoples and countries. Speaking earlier, the Ivoirian Ambassador, Dr. Feni Kouakou, thanked Liberia for hosting more than 250,000 Ivorian refugees, who fled to Liberia at the peak of the post-electoral crisis in 2010 – 2011.“The concerted action of our two countries with support from the UNHCR (Cote d’Ivoire-Liberia-UNCHR) led to the signing of the tripartite Agreement in June 2013 for the voluntary repatriation of Ivoirian refugees,” the Ivorian Ambassador said.He, however, urged the remaining 20,000 of his compatriots still in Liberia to return home in order to “benefit from the numerous programs in the socioeconomic make-up.”On his country’s cordial relations with Liberia, Ambassador Kouakou stated that the vitality of the Ivoirian-Liberian cooperation is also seen in the area of security.“Your government played an active role in the creation of the Joint Council of Chiefs and Elders (JCCEM) living along our common border. That original framework of concentration and dispute settlement between the brotherly people of Liberia and Côte d’Ivoire is a unique chance that needs to be experimented in the sub region,” he added.The first session of the Joint Council was held in October 2013 in Zwedru, and the second took place in January 2016 in Guiglo, La Cote d’Ivoire.“Today, the economic domain remains a challenge in our cooperation and that is why you President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and your brother President Alassane Ouattara are working to organize, in the shortest possible time, the 6th Session of the Great Joint Commission of Ivoirian–Liberian Cooperation in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire.”Amb. Kouakou corroborated what the VP had said earlier about the reopening of the land borders, and assured that their side is “making all the necessary arrangements for (their) opening shortly.”The program was well attended by senior government officials, including Foreign Minister Marjon Kamara; Gender Minister Julia Duncan-Cassell; and Monrovia City Mayor Clara Doe Mvogo; and envoys from the various diplomatic missions represented in Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Severe Thunderstorm Watch issued for B.C. Peace and Fort NelsonSevere Thunderstorm Watch issued for B.C. Peace and Fort Nelson
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Environment Canada has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for the B.C. Peace and Fort Nelson. The forecast calls for a possible thunderstorm Friday afternoon.The storm could produce heavy winds, large hail and heavy rain.See the full warning below.- Advertisement -Issued at 2016-06-24 17:35 UTC by Environment Canada:Severe thunderstorm watch issued for:Fort Nelson, B.C. (088100)Current details:Conditions are favourable for the development of severe thunderstorms that may be capable of producing strong wind gusts, large hail and heavy rain.Large hail can damage property and cause injury. Intense lightning is likely with any thunderstorm that develops. Heavy downpours are likely to cause flash floods and water pooling on roads.Advertisement Severe thunderstorm watches are issued when atmospheric conditions are favourable for the development of thunderstorms that could produce one or more of the following: large hail, damaging winds, torrential rainfall.Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email email@example.com or tweet reports to #BCStorm in British Columbia and #YKStorm in Yukon.More details on the alert are available here.The latest status and details on all alerts, including alerts that are not part of your subscription, can be found here: http://www.weather.gc.ca/warnings/index_e.htmlAdvertisement
0Shares0000England’s striker Harry Kane is adamant England have enough quality in other positions to be successful in the 2018 World Cup © AFP/File / Adrian DENNISLONDON, United Kingdom, Oct 7 – Harry Kane insists he isn’t England’s only hope of a successful run at next year’s World Cup.Gareth Southgate’s side booked their place at the finals in Russia with a lacklustre 1-0 win over Slovenia at Wembley on Thursday. England’s wretched display somehow ended on an upbeat note when Kane stretched to convert Kyle Walker’s cross in stoppage-time.The Tottenham striker, named England captain for the night, was one of the few players to emerge with any credit as he continued his hot streak.Kane has followed up successive Premier League golden boots with a blistering run of 14 goals in nine games for club and country.He has now struck 11 times in 22 appearances for his country and looks one of the only genuine world class talents available to Southgate.But Kane is adamant England have enough quality in other positions to help him shoulder the burden in Russia.“It isn’t down to just me, it’s down to the whole team,” Kane said.“We’ve all got to work together as a unit. I feel physically great, every game I expect to score so I have to keep it going.“When you’ve got someone scoring goals it helps and hopefully I can continue that from now until then, we’ll see what happens.“But I don’t want to get too far ahead of myself personally and I don’t want the team to get too far ahead of themselves.“I just have to keep doing what I’m doing for club and for country and see what happens next year. We can’t put any limit on what we can achieve, we just have to go there and see what happens.”England defender Gary Cahill was relieved to see Kane’s latest display of predatory finishing put a flattering gloss on his team’s spluttering display.– ‘Gushing with confidence’ –But the Chelsea star agrees with Kane that England must get quality contributions from other areas for Southgate’s men to have any chance of making a sustained run in Russia.“He’s in great form and he must be gushing with confidence,” Cahill said.“He must feel like he’s going to score every time he takes the pitch. Not even one, it’s like ‘how many am I going to get today?’ He must have that kind of mentality.“But every good team has people who contribute all over the pitch. He’s been fantastic for us but you don’t want to go into a tournament with everything on Harry Kane.“We want him to be in fantastic form but we want everyone to contribute. Going into the tournament we want everyone to have the kind of confidence he’s showing at the minute.“The fearless mentality — that’s the way he is at the minute.”After dismal early exits from Euro 2016 and the World Cup three years ago, there is little expectation that England will do better this time.Even their fans seem to have given up after they spent most of the Slovenia qualifier entertaining themselves by throwing paper aeroplanes onto the pitch.“From the fans’ perspective, if you look at the last time we won anything for England it was a long, long time. So naturally they don’t expect. But I’d like to think everyone is positive and behind us,” Cahill said.“I think to go into the latter stages would be looked on as a success if I’m being honest.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Real Madrid ‘obliged’ to keep title race alive in El ClasicoReal Madrid ‘obliged’ to keep title race alive in El Clasico
Three parties favouring independence for the prosperous region from Spain retained an absolute majority in the Catalan parliament on Thursday.On the field, Madrid are the more needy side with the European champions trailing the league leaders by a mammoth 11 points at the top of La Liga albeit with a game in hand.“It will be a massive game,” said Real captain Ramos. “It is the biggest game in the world.“We are obliged to win more than ever for the situation we are in to try to keep ourselves in the fight for La Liga.”For the first time an El Clasico will kick-off at lunchtime as La Liga seeks more attention from Asian viewers with a potential audience of 650 million around the world tuning in to see Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi go head-to-head once more.Barcelona have become ever more reliant on the brilliance of Lionel Messi and the Argentine has responded with 18 goals already this season © AFP/File / JAVIER SORIANOAnd Ronaldo could be paired with Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale for the first time this season.Real’s ‘BBC’ front three haven’t played a single minute of action together, largely due to a series of injury problems for Bale.However, the Welshman returned to play his part in the Club World Cup success with the semi-final winner over Al Jazira.Ronaldo is also “100 percent” fit to play according to coach Zinedine Zidane despite the Portuguese returning to training with the rest of his teammates for the first time this week on Friday.“He is 100 percent, he trained today and that is all that interests me,” said Zidane, who unlike Ramos has tried to play down suggestions Madrid must win to remain in the title race.– ‘Significant advantage’ –Barca boss Ernesto Valverde believes the spectacle on the field will not be affected by the reception the Catalan giants receive.Valverde’s men also visited Madrid in October to face Atletico Madrid without problems amid heightened political tension following violent clashes in a banned independence referendum called by separatists.Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo (C) is “100 percent” fit to play in the El Clasico according to coach Zinedine Zidane despite only returning to training with the team for the first time this week © AFP / PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU“The atmosphere tomorrow will be good, I have no doubt about that,” said Valverde.“We went to play at Atletico Madrid close to October 1 when there was a lot of talk about the reception we would get and I think as a football man it is one of the best atmospheres I have seen. There was a good feeling between the teams, the fans and I expect tomorrow will be the same.”Madrid were the last side to beat Barca and in some style with a 5-1 aggregate thrashing in the Spanish Super Cup back in August.But, since then, the Catalans have bounced back under Valverde’s guidance to go 24 games unbeaten in all competitions.To recover from Neymar’s departure to Paris Saint-Germain for a world record fee, Barca have become ever more reliant on the brilliance of Messi and the Argentine has responded with 18 goals already this season.“It will be important for us to win this game for what it means,” said Messi as he picked up his award for being the top scorer in La Liga last season this week.“A game against Madrid is special, it is at their place and we would take a significant advantage over them if we win.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale (C) has suffered a series of injury problems but returned to play his part in the Club World Cup success with the semi-final winner over Al Jazira © AFP/File / PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOUMadrid, Spain, Dec 23 – Real Madrid are “obliged” to beat Barcelona on Saturday (1200GMT) to maintain any hope of retaining La Liga in an El Clasico clash handed extra intrigue by the political cloud overshadowing “the biggest game in world football”.Barca could face an even more hostile atmosphere than normal in the capital in the wake of regional elections in Catalonia.
DD Culture: Fantastic events in the Northwest this fortnightDD Culture: Fantastic events in the Northwest this fortnight
DD Culture: Shaun Hannigan previews some great festivals and events across County Donegal and Derry City, from guitar rock to classical music and aerial dance to ballet.GiselleBallet Ireland present the romantic classic Giselle.The haunting story of love and betrayal, choreographed by Ludovic Ondiviela (formerly of the Royal Ballet) comes to An Grianán Theatre Letterkenny on Saturday May 27th. Betrayed by Albrecht, Giselle dies broken hearted, but her spirit returns to protect and forgive her now-repenting lover from death at the hands of the vengeful Wilis. Ballet Ireland’s 21st century telling of this romantic classic reminds us of how it feels to have your heart broken, but still yearn to love.“Ballet Ireland’s Giselle is an absolute joy…it is modern, moving, magical and memorable.” The Arts Review.Visit angrianan.com or call 074 91 20777 for tickets. Duke SpecialThe enigmatic Belfast songsmith returns to The Balor Arts Centre Ballybofey on Saturday May 27th.From his debut album 2005’s ‘Adventures in Gramophone’ to last year’s ‘Look Out Machines!’, Duke has consistently delivered excellence in the studio. His sublime 2007 offering ‘Songs From The Deep Forest’ went platinum, was nominated for the Choice Music Prize and delivered his most successful hit single ‘Freewheel’.Playing live is where Duke really shines with his theatrical style shows making him one of the hottest live tickets in the country.For this Balor gig expect a glimpse into his latest musical adventures, liberally sprinkled with favorites from his previous 12 releases. Visit balorartscentre.com or call 074 91 31840 for tickets.Measha BrueggergosmanWalled City Music Festival The Walled City classical music festival will be held in Derry from May 31st to June 4th. Leading Canadian soprano Measha Brueggergosman opens the 9th annual festival alongside Cathal Breslin (piano) at The Glassworks on Thursday June 1st, with a programme including Ravel, Barber, Duke Ellington and John Cage.The Ulster University Music End-of-Year Showcase will be held at Christ Church (1.15pm) and The Glassworks (7.30pm) on Friday June 2nd.It will feature final performances by students from classical to jazz, pop and rock, alongside special guest Cara Dillon. Saturday night at The Glassworks features Sabrina Hu (flute) Ioana Petcu-Colan (violin), Ruth McGinley (piano), Gerard McChrystal (saxophone) and Kim Vaughan (cello).The festival closes with a gala concert at the Millennium Forum featuring the Ulster Orchestra. Tickets available at Millennium Forum box office.LyIT Design Department Graduate ExhibitionThe Graduate Exhibition by students from the Department of Design and Creative Media at LyIT runs from June 1st to 8th at Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny.It will feature work by approximately 70 final year students from the varied disciplines within the Department. The students produce innovative and exciting work in the realms of Digital Media, Product Design, Motion Graphics, Visual Communication and Graphic Design.It is open Friday 2nd and Tuesday 6th to Thursday 8th, 11am to 5pm daily. Admission is free and everyone is welcome.Rock musician Rory GallagherRory Gallagher FestivalRory Gallagher International Tribute Festival 2017 takes place from Thursday 1st to Sunday 4th June in Ballyshannon, the town where the world’s greatest Guitarist was born.Rory was born at the Rock Hospital in 1948 and since 2002 the Rory Gallagher Festival has celebrated his music and life, with over 10,000 fans now attending the Festival annually from all over the world. 2017 highlights include – Band Of Friends (Gerry McAvoy, Ted McKenna & Marcel Scherpenzeel), Ten Years After, Bernie Marsden Band (Ex. Whitesnake), Little Taste Of Rory (John Wilson, Richie McCracken & Sam Davidson), Pat McManus Band, Johnny Gallagher & The Boxtie Band and the Eric Bell Band.Visit rorygallagherfestival.com for tickets and further information.They fly through the air …There are two nights of aerial performances coming up at An Grianán Theatre on June 2nd and 3rd comprising of shows by performers from Ireland, Costa Rica and the Netherlands. OnOn Friday June 2nd at 9pm Fidget Feet, Ireland’s foremost Aerial Dance Theatre Company, led by Stranorlar’s Chantal and Jym Daly, present ‘Hang On’. The show mixes aerial skills dance, performance, original live music and video art. OnOn Saturday June 3rd at 7.30pm there are two shorter shows: ‘Flashback’ by Danzaire Aerial Dance Company from Costa Rica, an aerial dance piece about an angel falling to earth and experiencing human feelings, emotions and memories, and ‘Hand in Hand’ by Maartje Fijen and Saar Rombout (Netherlands). A dancer and a circus artist meet and together they try to dance in the air and float over the floor.Visit angrianan.com or call 074 91 20777 for tickets.One Final Show-Stopper from Nerve Centre’s Musician-In-ResidenceMulti-instrumentalist Marty Coyle will bring the curtain down on his year as Nerve Centre’s Musician-in-Residence with the launch of a major new album and exclusive gig on June 3rd. Both are the culmination of a twelve-month journey which has seen Marty collaborate with over 100 local and international musicians from a diverse range of genres.The new album entitled ‘Basork’ combines the musical influences of twelve individual musicians and showcases their collaboration as an orchestral group.The unique, original compositions, influenced by everything from gypsy and folk to Irish and jazz will be performed, in their entirety, for the first time in Nerve Centre.Admission Free but booking essential – email firstname.lastname@example.org to book your place.The Melting PotThe Melting Pot Festival, a multicultural celebration incorporating many different ethnic cultures, will take place in Ardara from June 2nd to 5th. An eclectic mix of music, song, dance, food, workshops, exhibitions and displays will be celebrated over four days in the village.This event is an opportunity for national and non-national people of the region to integrate further and have some fun, a chance to break down barriers and learn more about each other’s’ ways of life. For more information go to: ardara.ie/event/the-melting-pot-june-bank-holiday/ or contact Martin on 087 6774069.DD Culture: Fantastic events in the Northwest this fortnight was last modified: May 24th, 2017 by Shaun HanniganShare 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:ArtsDD CultureEntertainmenteventsfestivalMUSIC
UUC 1st XV 58Letterkenny 1st XVLetterkenny travelled to Coleraine for their third away fixture in the first four league games of the season and for more than half of the 80 minutes were extremely competitive in all facets of the game. The half time score of 20-6 was reflective of a hugely improved defensive effort although lapses in concentration at times cost the Letterkenny side dearly. The student side came into the game with a much vaunted scrum but after several scrums found that the Letterkenny eight relished the physical challenge and had the better of the tight exchanges all afternoon. However it was off a defensive scrum that out half Ryan Mortimer had his clearance kick charged down and the bounce was kind to the oncoming UUC player for a simple touchdown and the opening score. Despite limited bouts of possession in the opening 20 minutes Letterkenny continued to pressurise in defence causing the home side to knock the ball on or spill possession. Unfortunately lapses in concentration from two 5m penalties allowed the home side to score two more soft tries. From the scrum platform, centre John Anthony McFadden had a few good runs and came within 5m on one occasion but the support was too slow to capitalise on the good field position. Promising runs by forwards Chris Digimas, Michael Foy and teammates brought no reward as they were too often followed by a breakdown infringement or a handling error. Towards the end of the second half some good Letterkenny pressure brought two kickable penalties which Mortimer converted.With Letterkenny still defending resolutely before the half-time whistle the referee warned stand-in captain Digimas that too many penalties were being conceded and at the next breakdown McFadden was shown yellow.From the second half re-start Letterkenny were attacking inside the Coleraine 22 when the ball was turned over and a long kick in behind the visiting back three found them unable to clear their lines effectively. The ball was knocked on and advantage played to the home side who passed the ball the width of the field to maximise their one man advantage and score near the corner. A very similar try followed shortly after where a promising Letterkenny position was relinquished too easily and the team found themselves gathering once again under the posts. The contest was effectively over by the time McFadden rejoined the action but to Letterkenny’s credit they stuck to the task until the end with some enterprising running but handling errors and turnovers were punished ruthlessly.Overall this was a much improved performance with a functioning scrum and lineout but nothing less than a concerted effort over the full 80 minutes together with improved discipline will be enough to compete against the better sides in this league.Back Row: Ladi Yuno, Christopher Digimas, Gareth McGill, Eoin Freil, Ryan Mortimer, John Anthony McFadden, Eoghan O’Riain (Capt.), Conor Dunleavy, Rae Clarke. Front Row; Gary Canning, Michael Foy, Tony McBride, Shaun McGill, Evin Walsh, Craig Heron. Training continues on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7-8.30pm. All are welcome. Letterkenny welcome Civil Service to Dave Gallaher Park this Saturday 2.30 kick off.Letterkenny Rugby Club in association with main sponsor, Kelly’s Toyota, Letterkenny & Mountcharles.RUGBY: TOUGH AWAY DAY FOR LETTERKENNY RUGBY CLUB was last modified: October 6th, 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:LETTERKENNY RUGBY CLUB
Sam Allardyce defends Jose Mourinho, claims Man United outplayed SpursSam Allardyce defends Jose Mourinho, claims Man United outplayed Spurs
Sam Allardyce has launched a passionate defence of Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho.The pressure on Mourinho was ramped up on Monday night as his side were beaten 3-0 by Tottenham at Old Trafford – the heaviest home defeat of the Portuguese’s career. Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Jose Mourinho applauded his players after yesterday’s defeat, and insisted after the game they deserved to win Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener “I’ll tell you the stats and why Man United were so GOOD!” 👀Sam Allardyce launches passionate defence of #MUFC boss Jose Mourinho using facts and figures from last night’s defeat to #THFC 📈🤔 Do you agree with Big Sam? pic.twitter.com/506i291lp2— The Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast (@SportsBreakfast) August 28, 2018 gameday Before the Old Trafford clash, the ‘Special One’ had never lost two of his three opening games, but successive defeats to Brighton and Spurs have put his future under the spotlight.United ended the first half against Spurs on top but could not turn their superiority into goals – mostly through their own wastefulness.But, again, they were a shambles at the back and their opponents took full advantage after the break, with a Harry Kane header and a fine brace from the rampant Lucas Moura sealing a big win.Mourinho was in no mood to speak to the press after the game, cutting his press conference short and calling for more ‘respect’ from the media, making reference to his three Premier League titles – more than the other 19 Premier League managers combined. smart causal Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Jose Mourinho was in feisty mood after the defeat to Spurs How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures REVEALED England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won But while many have pointed the finger at Mourinho following the dreadful result, Allardyce has backed the boss and insists his side were merely the victims of a ‘freak result’.“I’ll tell you the stats and why Man United were so GOOD,” Allardyce said on Tuesday’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“United had 57 per cent possession, 23 shots at goal and five on target.“Tottenham had 43 per cent possession, nine shots on goals and five on target.“It’s only about Tottenham’s finishing that got them the victory – normally that result would never happen. Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? 3 Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won possible standings REVEALED 3 3 huge blow no dice silverware “So is it a freak result? When you’ve had 23 shots at your own place and you have not scored, that is not the manager’s fault. But the manager always gets blamed at the end of the day.“Mourinho has set his team up to attack, they’ve created enough chances and opportunities to win the game comfortably, they failed to take those chances and they ended up being sucker punched by some pretty poor defending.“It’s alright saying it’s a disaster, yes it is, because it’s 3-0.“But if you’re a manager, you’d be saying to your players: ‘Cut the silly mistakes out, keep getting this possession rate and shot rate, and we will win far more games than we’ll lose’. Latest Premier League news on talkSPORT.com Lucas Moura scored twice as Spurs ended their Old Trafford hoodoo Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury “All the hysteria around the result because it’s 3-0 – nobody is looking at the real facts!“The facts are, United did create more than Tottenham, they did outplay Tottenham, but unfortunately they missed their chances and their slack defending and some brilliant finishing from Tottenham was the difference.”Listen to Sam Allardyce on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast below!
MAN LEFT WITH LIFELONG EPILEPSY AFTER HORRIFIC SINGLE-PUNCH ATTACKMAN LEFT WITH LIFELONG EPILEPSY AFTER HORRIFIC SINGLE-PUNCH ATTACK
Ryan Gormley: JailedA young Co Donegal man was left with a brain injury and developed epilepsy which he will have for life after being hit with a single punch, a court has heard.The victim, Denis Keenan, was struck in a completely unprovoked attack outside the Four Lanterns in Letterkenny in December, 2011. He fell to the ground and struck his head and had to spend 15 days in hospital where he was treated for multiple cuts and an internal brain injury.Mr Keenan’s attacker appeared before Letterkenny Circuit Court yesterday.Ryan Gormley, 25, from Ballyarr, Ramelton pleaded guilty to a Section 3 assault.The victim said his life had completely changed as a result of the horrific assault as he had been diagnosed with epilepsy.“I also appear to be forgetful with every day events which is very frustrating,” said the victim in an impact statement read to the court.“I’ve lost the use my taste buds and I have no sense of smell; I have been unable to get a full night’s sleep since the attack,” he said.The court heard that in April 2012, four months after the attack, Mr Keenan was out with friends playing a game of pool when he suffered a seizure. His friends were able to put him in the recovery position and get him treated.Since that Mr Keenan has been unable to socialise with friends, fearing he may suffer another seizure.Garda Harvey Maughan said CCTV had showed the moment that had changed the 30 year old victim’s life forever.“He never got up again,” said Gda Maughan.The garda said the footage had shown how Gormley had tried to start a fight with another innocent bystander just moments before he struck Mr Keenan, from Ballaghdearg, Mountain Top, Letterkenny.Sean Mac Aodh, counsel for Gormley, said his client had just one previous conviction for dangerous driving in 2010.He had stopped drinking and was very remorseful for the horrible injuries inflicted on Mr Keenan.He realised what he’d done, he said.Gormley took to the witness box to personally apologise to Mr Keenan. He said the incident should never have happened.Mr Mac Aodh said his client was involved in cycling, raising thousands of euro for charity. He worked for part-time for a vegetable wholesaler and hoped to work there full-time.Judge Keenan Johnson said he had to weigh all the mitigating factors with all the aggravating factors of the case.He said Gormley was “fortunate” he hadn’t been charged with the more serious Section 4 assault charge, which has a maximum life sentence.However he said he would not let that colour his views on the Section 3 assault charge which was before him.Judge Johnson said Gormley’s guilty plea and remorse, which was genuine, was in his favour.But he had to balance that with devastating consequences of Gormley’s actions on Mr Keenan.The Judge offered his sympathies to Mr Keenan who sat at the back of the court and said he hoped the case could bring some sort of closure.He then jailed Gormley for three years, suspending the last 18 months of the sentence.He also ordered the attacker to pay his victim €10,000 in compensation within three years and bound him over to keep the peace for seven years.Judge Johnson said the attack on Mr Keenan was “all too common” these days.“People should be able to go out for the night without fear of being attacked like this,” said the judge.The Judge also criticised the State’s criminal injury compensation scheme describing saying it was wholly inadequate when it came to compensating victims like Mr Keenan.MAN LEFT WITH LIFELONG EPILEPSY AFTER HORRIFIC SINGLE-PUNCH ATTACK was last modified: March 4th, 2014 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:BallaghdeargballyaredonegalLetterkenny Circuit CourtRyan GormleySection 3 assault
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