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Top of the table clash tomorrow

first_imgMANCHESTER, England (AP):It sums up the erratic nature of this season’s Premier League that a match between Chelsea and Manchester United has been relegated to a mere sideshow just as the title race is getting interesting.Instead, this weekend is all about whether Leicester can pull off their biggest shock yet and finally be recognised as genuine title contenders.Leicester, who battled relegation all of last season, take a three-point lead to Manchester City tomorrow in a match between the top two sides in the league. A victory would guarantee Leicester at least a five-point lead with 13 matches remaining.Surely that would make them team favourites for the title and set up one of the most unlikely story lines in English football history.”It’s not a coincidence we’re top of the table,” Leicester midfielder Danny Drinkwater said. “This is team spirit at its highest. We won’t stop believing.”We’re staying on the ground but if we carry on the way we are, then why not have the belief (to win the league)? It would go down in history surely.”Even a draw would be fine for Leicester, who visit another title challenger in Arsenal the following weekend before a benign run of games.City, though, will want to send a message to Leicester’s upstarts and collect a fourth straight win in all competitions to take over in first place on goal difference.Seeking a third league title in five years, City have extra motivation for the run-in – giving departing coach Manuel Pellegrini a successful send-off after it was announced this week that Pep Guardiola would the club’s manager from next season.MANCITYBUILTTOWIN”Manchester (City) are built to win the title, to win the Champions League,” Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri said yesterday as he continued to downplay his team’s chances of winning the league.Asked who will win the title, Ranieri chuckled and said with a smile: “The others.”City said yesterday that captain Vincent Kompany is back in training after a six-week layoff with a calf injury.Chelsea – the defending champion – and Man United – a record 20-time champion – already are also-rans in the title race, although United will boost its ambitions of qualifying for the Champions League with a win at Stamford Bridge on Sunday. United is in fifth place, five points off the Champions League qualification spots and 10 points behind Leicester.Chelsea is 13th and can probably forget about making up ground to the European positions in the top five.Arsenal is winless in its last four league games and has dropped to fourth, behind Tottenham on goal difference, ahead of a visit to Bournemouth on Sunday.Also tomorrow, it’s: Liverpool vs Sunderland; Aston Villa vs Norwich; Newcastle vs West Bromwich Albion; Swansea vs Crystal Palace; and Southampton vs West Ham.Wayne Rooney often scores goals in bursts and the Manchester United striker is in the middle of another hot streak.He has scored seven goals in seven games after his latest strike, in a 3-0 win over Stoke on Tuesday that relieved pressure on manager Louis van Gaal.”He has his momentum,” Van Gaal said about Rooney, “but also the team is now playing more for him, I think. We have to wait and see where he goes with this rhythm of making goals, with this then he is a fantastic striker.”last_img read more

Toughest battle yet for Gilas Pilipinas

first_imgPHOTO BY TRISTAN TAMAYO/INQUIRER.netThere’s no two ways about it: Gilas Pilipinas will be facing its toughest foe in an official Fiba Asia World Cup qualifying match Thursday when it battles Australia Wednesday at Margaret Court Arena in Melbourne.And the challenge will be tougher after National coach Chot Reyes omitted Jayson Castro out of the 12-man squad along with another injured guard, Jio Jalalon, for the showdown of unbeaten teams at 4:30 p.m.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Named best point guard of the last two editions of the Fiba Asia tournament, Castro averaged 20 points in wins over Japan and Chinese Taipei in the first window.But an ankle injury sustained against Phoenix that was aggravated in the clash against Ginebra left Reyes with no choice but to sit out his top point guard.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“We tried to go hard in practice but he was not there at all,” said Reyes in an interview with TV5 (See related story above).Reyes said their approach won’t change as in their first two games of the window. MOST READ UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Valenzuela bids to regain crown in Ronda Pilipinas “There’s no difference whether we have Jayson or not,” said Reyes. “Obviously that’s a big part of our offense but in terms of approach and style of play, it’s basically the same.”Gilas Pilipinas will try to put up a determined stand against the Boomers, who will be led by Daniel Kickert and Mitch Creek. Kickert averaged 18.5 points and 5 rebounds in their first two wins in Group B, while Creek added 13.8 points and 5.8 boards.“They’ve got size they’ve got speed they’ve got shooting,” he said. “We’ll find little ways to throw them off their rhythm and who knows? We might catch them on their off night and that will allow us to be competitive.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City 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 LATEST STORIES It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacsonlast_img read more

Firearm licence fraudster granted bail reduction

first_imgHaving been placed on $80,000 bail for falsely pretending he was in a position to obtain a firearm licence for Andre Ash, 48-year-old Lawrence Gittens of Charlotte Street, Georgetown on Friday successfully applied to Georgetown Magistrate Leron Daly to have his bail reduced to $50,000.Gittens denied that between May 15 and 28, 2018, he obtained $250,000 from Ash with intent to defraud Ash by falsely pretending he could obtain a firearm licence for him.Informing Magistrate Daly that investigations into the matter have been completed, Police Prosecutor Sanj Singh made no objection to Gittens having his bail reduced.The matter will continue on July 27.last_img

GAA News: Buncrana outdo Kilcar in U21 Championship

first_imgWell done to our county U21 hurlers at the weekend. Once again the club was well represented in the Donegal jersey.Many thanks to all who helped and raised money at the club car wash this weekend. U21 Football:Well done to our U21 footballers on a great win over Kilcar in the U21 championship this week.Sean Clerkin’s men showed the potential of this squad and never looked in doubt. This panel saw some of the club minor players show their strength with Conor O’Donnnell, Ryan McElhinney and Noel McLaughlin putting in strong performances. Buncrana ran out 3 point winners ending, 2.14 to 2.11.Buncrana team: Sean Parker Andrew Doherty Conor Grant Noel Mc Laughlin Shane Mc Laughlin Stephen Doherty Aiden Stokes Caolan Mc Gonagle F-1 Bruce Waldron Peter Mc Laughlin Ryan Mc Elhinney 0-2 Darach O Connor 0-5(F-2) Shane Mc Clean 0-2 Conor O Donnell 1-3 Joseph Mc Grory 1-1. Sub Craig Doherty for Caolan Mc Gonagle (inj) Lee Mc Carron for Sean Parker. Final score 2-14 to 2-11 Minor HulersBuncrana minor hurlers completed the hatrick of county minor titles with a dramatic late win against rivals St Eunans.It was nip and tuck throughout with no quarter asked or given, it wasn’t a game for the purist but what it lacked in skill was made up for in drama.The Letterkenny outfit started the hungrier, boosted in their number by a few players from Dungloe whos physical presence suited a night that was punctuated by heavy rain making tidy stick work difficult.An early Eunan’s goal was matched by a great finish from Oisin Grant to the back of the net, both sides traded points from play and frees. Points from Daniel Deery, Ben Doherty, Arran Craig and 3 from Dylan Duffy meant the Scarvey boys went in at half time leading 1:6 to 1:4.The second half started brightly for Letterkenny, scoring freely to take a commanding 4 point lead and looking likely to go on and lift the trophy.The St Eunan’s keeper made 2 point plank saves and the crossbar was rattled, time was ticking on and goals where going to be needed.First up was Arran Craig to rattle the net from a narrow angle to leave the minimum between the sides, Eunan’s pushed it back to a 2 point game from a dead ball, it was moving closer to the final whistle when Dylan Duffy caught a high ball and was mauled to the ground leaving a 25 yard free. Up stepped Ben (roe) Doherty to rattle the back of the net.Jubilation for Buncrana, devistation for Eunan’s! Buncrana were well served by the outstanding man of the match Fiachra mac Lochlainn, who when the chips where down dug deep to drive his team mates on, a young John Vaughan, Patrick Wilson and Paul Tourish were also best in defence. Up front it just didn’t happen and this squad will know that a step up in training will be needed if a third Ulster title is going to be won. This is no mean feat; 3 League and Championship wins back to back, also overturning the U16 championship loss to the same St Eunan’s side in 2014.St Eunans deserve great credit for their part in a thrilling match.The winning side was;Declan mc Carron,John Vaughan, Patrick Wilson, Enda o RourkeJames Doherty, Paul Tourish,Fiachra mav LochlainnBen (roe) Doherty,Niall O Doherty,Arran Craig, Oisin Grant, Daniel Deery,David Doherty, Dylan Duffy, Kevin Vaughan.Conor O Rourke, Pj mc Carron,Oisin Roe Doherty,Matthew Wilson,Jack Callaghan, Oisin Hegarty.U16 FootballThe U16s were up against Termon last Monday night. Termon are always a well drilled side and the boys knew a test was ahead. Buncrana started in determined fashion and went into a good early lead with goals from Ryan Hegerty (1-3), Matthew Mulholland (2-2)….half time score 3-8 to 0-4. The second half was a useful execrise in giving squad players and players coming back from injuries a chance of a decent run out….the highlight of the night came from dedicitated squad player Emmett ‘Winkers’ McLaughlin (1-1) who scored a long range goal and an excellent point. Final score: Buncrana 4-12 Termon 1-11.The result means the U16’s are through to the Div1 league 1/4 finals and will play Div 1 Championship later in September….well done lads.Super Valu kits Here is a great opportunity for us to received much need gear for our underage…..and it’s you that can help….Here’s how it works;With every €40 you spend with your real rewards card over the next 8 weeks you will received a voucher for the club of your choice (preferably Buncrana Gaa Club Og) drop this voucher into the box at the entrance to the toilets, if we manage to get 2000 vouchers we will all the mentioned gear FREE courtesy of our local Supervalu. Please start collecting folks.Recycling binBuncrana GAA has a recycle bin at The Scarvey. Anyone who wishes to place old clothes, shoes, curtains, towels etc. can do so. This helps raise funds for the club.Gaelic footballBoys & Girls:U6 Fundamentals Fridays at 6.30pmBoysU8 Boys Friday from 6.30pm ­ 7.30pmU10 Boys Friday from 6.45pm ­ 8.00pmU12 Boys Friday from 6.30pm ­ 8.00pmU14 Boys Friday from 7.00pm ­ 8.30pmU16 Boys Monday 7.00pmGirls:Reminder to everyone that our underage girls training has moved outdoors!U10s girls on Friday from 3:30 to 4:30pmU8s girls on Friday from 4:30 to 5:30pmU12, & U16 Girls on Monday 6.30pmU14 Girls Monday 6.30pmTraining in The Scarvey, bring gum shield, water and €2 for training contribution.GAA News: Buncrana outdo Kilcar in U21 Championship was last modified: July 25th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:Buncrana GAA noteslast_img read more

CRAZY PARKING: CAR BEING TOWED AWAY AT LYIT

first_imgAuthorities are about to tow this car awayA TOW lorry is on its way to LYIT in Letterkenny today as part of a clampdown on student parking.The car pictured here is blocking one of the main through routes in one of the car parks today.A warning notice has already been attached to the vehicle. Authorities say it will be towed away in the next hour. CRAZY PARKING: CAR BEING TOWED AWAY AT LYIT was last modified: March 7th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:CRAZY PARKING: CAR BEING TOWED AWAY AT LYITlast_img read more

Motorists warned of delays after Letterkenny crash

first_imgMotorists have been warned of a possible build-up of traffic following a crash on Letterkenny’s Port Road.The crash, between a car and jeep, took place around 4.30pm close to the entrance to Heiton Buckley and the LYIT.There are no reported injuries but traffic is slowing down as a result of Friday evening’s heavier than normal volumes. Motorists warned of delays after Letterkenny crash was last modified: July 28th, 2017 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:crashdonegalletterkennyLYITlast_img read more

Brentford v Norwich player ratings

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Giants put worst loss of season in rearview mirror with eight-run outburst

first_imgPHOENIX — For the last decade, the Giants have consistently counted on Madison Bumgarner in times of need.They likely won’t have that luxury for much longer, but after turning in their worst performance of the season in a shutout loss on Friday, the Giants sent Bumgarner to the mound to reverse their fortunes on Saturday against Arizona.Thanks to an offense that broke out with 11 hits, an ace who lasted 6 1/3 innings and a bullpen that took it the rest of the way, the Giants rebounded from a …last_img

Moths Navigate in the Dark Against the Wind

first_imgA moth weighs little more than a piece of paper, but it does things no paper blowing in the wind can do: it can navigate with and against the wind to get where it needs to go.    Science Daily reported on work by UK scientists who used “entomological radar” to monitor where the little insects go in the dark of night.  Their subjects were silver moths that migrate high in the air for hundreds of kilometers to their breeding grounds.  These moths, they found, “rely on sophisticated behaviors to control their flight direction, and to speed their long-distance journeys into areas suitable for the next generation of moths.”  The work was published in Current Biology.1    The scientists were not overly surprised that the moths take off on the most favorable days, and use the wind to their advantage.  What was most unexpected was that the moths are not at the mercy of the winds.  The article states, “the moths compensate when the wind direction is substantially off target.”    This ability, called compensation for wind drift, had been seen in low-flying insects like butterflies.  For moths to do this high in the air in the darkness of night means “the moths must have a compass mechanism,” similar to that found in migrating birds.  Though the research was limited to this one species, they suggested “that these mechanisms might prove to be widespread among large windborne insect migrants.”    The scientists calculated that the silver moths they studied were able to travel 300 km per night – achieving speeds of 30 km per hour.  How they achieve this feat is not clear.  Did they explain how evolution produced flight navigation in insects independently of birds?  No; they just assumed it: “Taken together, our results show that nocturnal migratory moths have evolved a suite of behaviors to facilitate successful migrations to temporary breeding and overwintering areas.”1.  Chapman, Reynolds, ouritsen, Hill, Riley, Sivell, Smith and Woiwod, “Wind Selection and Drift Compensation Optimize Migratory Pathways in a High-Flying Moth,” Current Biology, Volume 18, Issue 7, 8 April 2008, Pages 514-518.At the end of the press release, they tagged on a line about global warming.  The scientists should have focused, instead, on the remarkable evidence for design.  Can you imagine a featherweight machine that knows how to sail in the air?  We won’t even bother thinking about how similar wonders could have evolved separately in birds and insects, which are nowhere near each other on Darwin’s tree of lie (04/11/2008).Exercise:  Make a list of the items of hardware and software you would have to add to a 2-inch scrap of paper blowing in the wind to make it be able to arrive at a precise point 300 km away.  Extra credit: Add to your list how many more items of hardware and software you would have to build onto the paper for it to reproduce itself with copies that could fly back home, having never been there before.  Notice that this implies a requirement: the hardware needs to be lightweight enough to make your scrap of paper not plummet to the ground.(Visited 16 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Alleviate compaction to reduce yield losses

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest As a result of the wet spring weather there was a great deal of variability in corn and soybean fields in 2015. Early rainy weather caused wet soil conditions early in the growing season, flooded areas of fields, and resulted in fields that had to be replanted. Although in many cases the saturated soil conditions stunted crop growth, in some cases compaction is to blame. Field work this spring when soils were too wet or “marginal” created yield-limiting shallow compaction, smearing of the seed furrow, etc. In the 2012-01 issue of the C.O.R.N. Newsletter Randall Reader and Alan Sundermeier state that “Years of OSU Extension research on Hoytville silty clay loam showed that through compaction, 10% to 15% of the potential crop yield was being left in the field.” Horizontal root development and poor root development in general are indications of soil compaction. Sidewall compaction (affecting the corn plant pictured above) greatly limited root growth in some fields this year. Crop growth problems above ground such as stunting or Sudden Death Syndrome in soybeans can also be clues that compaction exists. In areas of fields where these symptoms existed, growers should determine if they have compaction and alleviate it when soil conditions allow for field work this fall or next spring.last_img read more