Usain Bolt joined Michael McCallum as the most successful male athlete in the history of the RJR Sports Foundation National Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year Awards, while Elaine Thompson signed off on a brilliant year with her first hold of the top sportswoman title at Friday’s glitzy ceremony at the Jamaica Pegasus. Bolt, who helped himself to three gold medals at the Rio Olympic Games was as expected handed his seventh Sportsman of the Year award, while Thompson’s double sprint gold, sprint relay silver, 60m World Indoors bronze and 100m Diamond Race victory earned her a first hold on the prestigious award. 110m hurdles Olympic champion and 60m hurdles World Indoor champion Omar McLeod and swimming star Alia Atkinson, who broke the short course 50m breaststroke world record, equalled the 100m breaststroke world record and won three medals at the World Swimming Championships were named as runners-up to the Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year. Bolt was delighted with his latest triumph and left the stage with a message to the youth. “I am from Trelawny. I never thought I would be on this stage as one of the greatest ever, hard work pays off so if you want to be great, work towards what you want, never give up. I have gone through a lot but I have never given up once, use me as n example to work to be the best you can be,” Bolt said. Thompson was thankful for her win. “Huge thank you to my coach Stephen Francis in motivating and believing in me and for investing his time in me. Thanks to my fans in Jamaica and across the world for their invaluable support,” Thompson shared. Super athletics coach Stephen Francis was presented with the Sagicor Iconic Award, while champion trainer Wayne DaCosta was the recipient of the Chairman’s Award. Triathlete Llori Sharpe won the inaugural VMBS Youth Award, while chairman of the RJR Sports Foundation selection committee Mike Fennell was presented with the Global Lifetime Achievement award for his year’s of service to sports administration. The People’s Choice Performance of the Year award went to Calabar’s Christopher Taylor for his anchor leg run, which led his team to a win in the 4x400m Open relay at Champs 2016. Awards were also presented to teams as well as category awards to each sporting discipline. Certificates of Merit were presented to Douglas Beckford (squash), David Bernard Snr (fitness instruction and cricket), Lawrence Henriques (motor sports), Audrey Thompson (sport in western Jamaica and netball) and Susan Wates (equestrian). Guest Speaker Olivier Gers, the recently appointed CEO at the IAAF hailed Jamaica’s impact and success in international track and field and spoke to the association’s efforts to reform athletics and develop it into a leading global sport.
Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ “I live my life very Amish-like,” Towns said. “Other than video games, I don’t think I have a reason for electronics. It’s a life that I’ve always loved.”___76ERS AT HEAT76ers lead 2-1. Game 4, 2:30 p.m. EDT, TNTNEED TO KNOW: It’s simple: The team that has imposed its will is 3-0 in this series. Philadelphia took the pace where it wanted it in Games 1 and 3. Miami out-toughed the 76ers in Game 2. The Heat have to find a way to keep Philadelphia’s 3-point shooting in check; the 76ers made 18 shots from beyond the arc in Game 3. Joel Embiid is back from a concussion and a broken bone around his eye, and an already-confident Philadelphia bunch seems to have even more swagger now.KEEP AN EYE ON: 76ers guard Marco Belinelli. The 76ers are 25-6 when he plays and 14-1 when he scores at least 15 points. In this series, he’s 13 for 27 on shots from 20 feet and deeper, and many of those makes have been daggers for Miami.PRESSURE IS ON: Heat center Hassan Whiteside . Backups Kelly Olynyk and Bam Adebayo have played a combined 145 minutes in this series, while Whiteside has played only 41, with 11 points, nine fouls, seven turnovers and three field goals in the three games. There’s no room for error now for Miami, so either Whiteside will figure it out fast in Game 4 or the Heat will get someone else into his spot.HISTORY LESSON: This is the fourth time in Dwyane Wade’s career that the Heat have trailed an Eastern Conference opponent 2-1. In the three previous Game 4s in that scenario, Miami has won all three with Wade averaging 26.7 points in those second-round games against Indiana (2004 and 2012) and Toronto (2016).___TRAIL BLAZERS AT PELICANS MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Broner: Vargas fight ‘very important for my career’ P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Pelicans lead 3-0. Game 4, 5 p.m. EDT, TNT.NEED TO KNOW: The sixth-seeded Pelicans are on the cusp of a surprising sweep of the third-seeded Blazers, and their margin of victory has grown in each game. They dominated Game 3, leading by as many as 20 points in the first half and 33 in the second. Veteran guard Rajon Rondo has masterfully run the offense, and the Pelicans have played unselfishly with a different scoring leader in each game: Anthony Davis with 35 in Game 1, Jrue Holiday with 33 in Game 2 and Nikola Mirotic with 30 in Game 3.KEEP AN EYE ON: Portland’s body language, intensity and aggressiveness. Guard Damian Lillard challenged the Blazers to ramp up those aspects of their game, stressing that the Pelicans were “a lot more aggressive than we were and we didn’t dish it back out. I think in the playoffs and in a situation like this, when a team is coming for you like that, you’ve got to maybe go out of your way to do it back, even if that means foul trouble or some altercations happen out there.”PRESSURE IS ON: Lillard. The Pelicans have sold out to stop the Portland star, who missed nine of 14 shots in Game 3. “It’s either going to be a tough shot, or I’ve got to give the ball up,” Lillard said. “I’ve got to trust making the right play, and when it comes time I’ve got to take my chances and I’ve got to take those tough shots.”INJURY UPDATE: Blazers starting forward Evan Turner missed Game 3 because of a toe injury in Game 2. The team did not update his status on Friday.___ROCKETS AT TIMBERWOLVESRockets lead 2-0. Game 3, 7:30 p.m. EDT, ESPN.NEED TO KNOW: The Rockets cruised to a 20-point victory in Game 2 despite only 12 points on a staggering 2-for-18 shooting performance by James Harden. After squandering their chance to steal Game 1 on the road in a three-point loss, the Wolves are back home in a big hole against the team with the best record in the NBA. They’ll need a big boost from a home crowd celebrating the team’s return to the postseason to send the series back to Houston for a Game 5.KEEP AN EYE ON: Gerald Green. The 32-year-old journeyman, once acquired by the Wolves in the franchise-altering 2007 trade that sent Kevin Garnett to Boston, made five 3-pointers in Game 2 for postseason career-high 21 points. 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 Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast And they want a win.The Timberwolves host the Rockets on Saturday night in Game 3. Earlier in the day, Miami takes on Philadelphia in the Eastern Conference and New Orleans hosts Portland, both in Game 4. Later, Utah visits Oklahoma City in Game 3.Towns tried his best to shrug off the bad vibes and stinging rebukes when speaking with reporters on Friday.“You dwell too much on the past, you forget that you’ve got to take care of the present,” Towns said.The chatter on TV and Twitter, he said, has escaped him.ADVERTISEMENT Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) drives to the basket over Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns during the first half in Game 2 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series Wednesday, April 18, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The first taste of the NBA playoffs for Timberwolves All-Star Karl-Anthony Towns has been rather bitter, thanks to the 3-point-happy Houston Rockets.The two-game totals tell a frustrating story for the 22-year-old: just 13 points, 5 for 18 shooting and a 2-0 deficit in the series against the Rockets. Towns has found himself the subject of pointed criticism from analysts, fans and even his own team.ADVERTISEMENT PRESSURE IS ON: Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau. Though cornerstones Towns and Andrew Wiggins are getting their first taste of postseason, Thibodeau and veterans Jimmy Butler, Jamal Crawford, Taj Gibson and Teague he brought in last summer have plenty of playoff experience. The Wolves have been largely directionless on offense against the Rockets and their underrated defense.INJURY UPDATE: Rockets forward Ryan Anderson, who has sat out the first two games with a sprained ankle, is likely to play in Game 3. Forward Luc Mbah a Moute, who dislocated his shoulder in the second-to-last game of the regular season, said this week he wouldn’t rule out a return in this series.___THUNDER AT JAZZSeries tied 1-1. Game 3, 10 p.m. EDT, ESPN.NEED TO KNOW: In the first two games, the higher-rebounding team has been the winning team, with Game 1 going to Oklahoma City and Utah taking Game 2. A critical part of this trend will be Thunder center Steven Adams and his presence on the floor. He played just 22 minutes in Game 2 before fouling out. The Thunder will have to do better against Utah center Rudy Gobert and forward Derrick Favors, who combined for 31 rebounds in Game 2.KEEP AN EYE ON: Russell Westbrook. He has taken a secondary role at times in this series, but that might change. With Oklahoma City’s inability to close in Game 2 after leading in the fourth quarter, Westbrook could look to be more of a scorer in Game 3. He’ll need more help from Carmelo Anthony, who has made just 11 of 31 field goals in the series.PRESSURE IS ON: George. The man who called himself “Playoff P” before the series began came out with 36 points and eight 3-pointers in the opener. He followed that with a dud, just 18 points on 6 for 21 shooting.INTRIGUING MATCHUP: Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell vs. Thunder guard Corey Brewer. Mitchell used his speed to slice through the Thunder defense for 13 of his 28 points in the fourth quarter of Game 2 . He was essentially unstoppable once he decided to stop shooting 3-pointers. The Thunder could be forced to put George on him more if Brewer struggles defensively again. The switch-heavy Rockets have double-teamed Towns to a stifling effect, and the Timberwolves sure haven’t helped their 7-footer out by getting him the ball in favorable situations in the post.“They’re coming to double. He knows that. He has to face up, be strong with the ball, make quick moves,” point guard Jeff Teague said. “But we have to figure out how to get him running, get him some easy buckets.”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 crownThe team’s struggles have taken a little luster off Minnesota’s first postseason home game in 14 years, but the fans who remember the Timberwolves reaching the Western Conference finals in 2004 will surely be eager to witness the playoffs in person no matter the daunting challenge in this first round.“This organization, all of our fans, they deserve this moment,” Towns said. View comments
Our young reporter Gloria Tamba reported Tuesday that China Union was shipping out to China 15,000 tons of iron ore from the Bong Mountain Range. Her story carried a vivid photo of raw ore being shipped out of the country. It was a photograph all too familiar in Liberia. The identical photo could have been retrieved from the archives of the Liberia Mining Company nearly seven decades ago—68 years to be exact—when this American company shipped its first consignment of iron ore to the United States from Bomi Hills in now Bomi County.Today, nearly seven decades later, we are still shipping our iron ore abroad and, amidst a cruel and twisted paradox (inconsistency, absurdity), we, Africa’s oldest independent republic, are unable make a single steel rod or sheet of zinc!The time has come in this country for us to say NO MORE OF THAT! As we say in our popular Quadrille dance, “Reverse the whole,” we need to step back and start demanding that we are no longer prepared to allow all of our iron ore shipped out of here lock stock and barrel. WE MUST HAVE SOME VALUE ADDED to the bountiful blessings that the God of nature has bestowed upon us. After nearly seven decades, it is about time.But how do we do it, when this government, thanks to Richard Tolbert and others, in the rush bring in US$16 billion investments, have signed away our natural resources to foreign companies to do anything they wish—and of course, we know exactly what they wish: to develop their own industries and leave Africa as the perpetual raw materials supplier.For true? Is that what God ordained for us, or is what we, shortsighted, listless (lazy) and unpatriotic, have ordained for ourselves?The Chinese are our friends. Why do we say that? Because not long ago they were exactly where we are today, poor, underdeveloped, deprived. But the Chinese have three things we Liberians lack: the Chinese are patriotic, they are hard working and they have a sense of personal and national purpose.He was here not long ago, but we have already forgotten him and the candid and serious advice he gave us before departing. Chinese Ambassador Zhou Yuxiao advised Liberians to use our natural resources to go into manufacturing. Few Liberians, including the Daily Observer, thanked him for his advice; but we apparently forgot it immediately after he left. Two weeks ago this newspaper reminded Finance Minister Amara Konneh to make good his pledge to equip all government offices with locally produced furniture. But a year later we see bid after bid calling for imported furniture for GOL offices. Yet the National Carpenters Union, including the branch in Ganta, Nimba County, is ready to produce furniture for local consumption. Yes, the Union is, admittedly, like all Liberian cabinet makers, handicapped by lack of modern training and inexperience. Yet so is China even today. We right here in Liberia, like people in other parts of the world, including America, we complain about “these cheap Chinese goods.”But guess what: the Chinese are proud and happy because the goods, however cheap, however inferior, are made not in America, Italy or Japan, BUT IN CHINA!It is about time that we start making things in Liberia and being proud of them. That is beginning in industry, the beginning of self discipline, the beginning of self reliance. Today, China is the world’s second largest economy, next to the United States! And the Americans are not taking kindly to the prospect that the People’s Republic will one day soon become the world’s leading economy.We Liberians must realize that WE HAVE GOT TO START FROM SOMEWHERE. The Ellen administration, which brought in the current investments, China Union, the Western Cluster, the oil palm investments that have swapped up millions of hectares of Liberian land, must begin NOW to renegotiate these agreements, so that some value added will be established and Liberians will, at long last, begin to MAKE SOMETHING and cease from being perpetually on the receiving end of industry.This is the way forward for Liberian raw materials. But the matter is in our own hands—nobody else’s.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
A Guyanese woman and her 10-year-old daughter were on Tuesday last found dead in their apartment in Nieuw Amsterdam, a village in District Commewijne, Suriname.The duo hailed from Sparta Village, Essequibo Coast, Guyana. Dead are 37-year-old Leelawattie Sookhoo and her daughter, Tisha Ahiram. According to reports, the discovery was made on May 24 after Police in Suriname received a report that the woman’s boyfriend who was supposed to be at work did not show up.When the Police arrived at the house to check for the man, they found that the front door of the building was locked with a padlock and thought that something was amiss.They subsequently broke the padlock and entered only to find the woman lying on the ground with a cord around her neck, while the child was on the bed in a semi nude state.Surinamese law enforcement officers have launched an investigation into the double homicide.The house in which the mother and daughter were found deadGuyana Times understands that the area where the woman lived with her children is known as a fishing area where many Guyanese reside. Nandranie Ahiram, a former mother-in-law of the dead woman, told Guyana Times that they received the dreadful news on Tuesday morning.She noted that the now dead woman was married to her son, but they separated a few years ago after she befriended the man she lived with up to the time of her demise.The former mother-in-law added that the mother of five returned to Guyana last December with her daughter, but despite the fact that one of her four sons begged her to reconcile the relationship with his father, she refused. She went back in January with her daughter, but her four sons remained with their father. She has no other relatives in Suriname, the former mother-in-law related.She noted that her son was devastated by the death of his 10-year-old daughter. Arrangements are being made for a member of the family to travel to Suriname to attend the funeral. (Bhisham Mohamed)
The squad will feature a new captain this year in Taylor Greatrex after discussion among the coaches and management. Vince says the leadership he brings made him the obvious choice to wear the captain’s C this season.“Our captain this year will be Taylor Greatrex. It was down in here a week ago, we sat down and talked about it,” he admits. “With his dedication that he has, and his spirit, it was a natural fit.”Greatrex adds that the appointment caught him off guard, but he feels privileged to be the captain of the team. He also notes that even though he is the captain, everybody needs to set the right example when playing the game.“A little bit yeah for sure, but either way it felt good. It’s an honour for sure; it makes me feel I can trust them as much as they trust me out there, and trust me to lead the team,” he explains. “I was also the assistant last year, so I think everybody’s got to be a leader on the team, and when everybody’s a leader, it makes your job a lot easier.” Advertisement Defenceman Dayne Pedersen says that it will be nice to be in a competitive environment against someone different than their own teammates, after not having any preseason games scheduled.“It’s probably going to feel pretty good for the boys,” Pederson says. “We’ve been waiting for a while to finally get going. We haven’t had exhibition games this year, so we’re all pretty anxious to get on the ice.”He goes on to say that he doesn’t feel the lack of a preseason schedule will have much of an impact on the squad as they open the year. Pedersen looks forward to the team showing what they can do, beginning with Saturday night.- Advertisement -“With the guys we got, I don’t think it’s a big worry. We’re just a big family, and we’ve all played hockey together,” he states. “We’ve all played together for a long time, [we’re] finally ready to get back on the ice as one, and show everybody what we can do for FortSt. John.”Meanwhile, according to Huskies General Manager Vince Pedersen, the team is excited to hit the road and open the season.“They’re ready to go, this is early for us this year starting on the 21st, usually we start on the 27th, 28th, somewhere in there,” he says. “Everybody is ready to go, their pumped, they want to do it.”Advertisement The Huskies play their first game of the year from the Memorial Arena in Dawson Creek. The opening face-off is slated for 8 p.m.
0Shares0000Everton’s new signing Wayne Rooney poses for a photograph with his club shirt at Goodison Park in Liverpool on July 10, 2017 © AFP / Paul ELLISLIVERPOOL, United Kingdom, Jul 10 – England’s record goalscorer Wayne Rooney insists Everton is ‘not a retirement home’ after making an emotional return to Goodison Park.Rooney rejoined his boyhood club on Sunday after 13 years at Manchester United where he was also the record goalscorer having broken another United icon Bobby Charlton’s mark last season. The 31-year-old believes he can bring back success to a club who have not lifted a trophy since winning the FA Cup in 1995.The former England captain is of the view that he can continue to enjoy success back at his first club.“I’m not coming into a retirement home,” said Rooney at his unveiling to the press on Monday.“I want to play, win and be successful. I feel good. I’m not fit at the moment but that will build up in the next few weeks.“I’m excited. I think it’s the right time and I’m ready for it.”Rooney admitted in May he had become frustrated by a lack of game time at Old Trafford, where he made just 15 Premier League starts last season.Rooney hopes he can get more regular games at Goodison Park to secure a place in England’s World Cup squad next summer.Two workmen welcome Everton’s new signing, English striker Wayne Rooney outside Goodison Park in Liverpool on July 10, 2017 © AFP / Paul ELLISThe striker has lost both his place and the captaincy since Gareth Southgate took charge, and knows he faces a battle to get back into the side.However, he suggested he can only start to think about his country if he is playing well for his club.“I’m focused on Everton, playing well for Everton,” said Rooney, who appeared at his first major finals for England at Euro 2004 and scored four goals.“If I do that Gareth Southgate will have a decision to make, whether he puts me back in the squad or not.“Hopefully my performances are good enough for Everton and he won’t be able to ignore me if they are.”– ‘A special moment’ –Rooney was a nine-year-old spectator at Wembley the last time they won a trophy, beating Manchester United in the 1995 FA Cup final.The club have waited more than two decades for a follow-up, and Rooney believes it is time to end that wait.“You play football to try to win trophies and that’s what we want to do,” said Rooney.“We want to be successful and we know the right man to lead us to it. It’ll be incredible to win something with Everton.“I was at the FA Cup final in 1995 when we won that and to win a trophy with Everton would be a special moment.”Rooney faces the challenge of settling into a squad which is losing last season’s leading scorer Romelu Lukaku to Manchester United in a £75m deal.Wayne Rooney signs autographs for supporters after giving a press conference at Goodison Park in Liverpool on July 10, 2017 © AFP / Paul ELLISManager Ronald Koeman does not expect Rooney to shoulder the burden of replacing the 25 goals that Lukaku scored in the league last season –- but says his team have to find a way to replace those goals.“We had a great striker like Romelu scoring 25 goals last season, but we needed more players with more productivity,” said Koeman.“It’s what we need to improve. I’d rather have several players scoring 10 goals. Wayne can bring that to the team.“The experience of Wayne is really important to bring over to the rest of the players.“He is an example for the younger players. I think we have missed a player like Wayne to have that experience in the team.“So far we are doing good business and you will see in the next weeks, maybe we will do more.”Rooney may be happy to have returned to the club he supported as a boy but his family too are ecstatic.“My eldest lad was the happiest ever, I think, and also my Dad who’s Evertonian,” said Rooney.“He’s gone off to watch me for the last 13 years at Manchester and now he’ll have a five-minute drive to watch me play again so I think he’s really happy.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
0Shares0000Tottenham striker Harry Kane celebrates after scoring their fourth goal during the English Premier League match against Liverpool at Wembley Stadium in London, on October 22, 2017 © IKIMAGES/AFP/File / Ian KINGTONMADRID, Spain, Oct 24 – It would take a world record Sh40bn ($294 million) fee to land the on-fire Harry Kane from Tottenham Hotspur according to Real Madrid president Florentino Perez.The English striker’s 13 goals in 12 games this season has sparked rumours he could be the latest star to swap Spurs for Spain following in the footsteps of Luka Modric and Gareth Bale. However, having had his fingers burned in paying a then world record 100 million euros for Bale in 2013, Perez is wary of trying to negotiate with Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy.“I think he is a magnificent player and, moreover, he is young with many years ahead of him to progress,” Perez told Spanish radio station Cadena Cope after attending FIFA’s annual awards.And Perez believes Levy’s reputation for delaying moves until late in the transfer window to get the best possible deal means he would want more than the 222 million euros Paris Saint-Germain paid to snatch Neymar from Barcelona in August.“No, (I haven’t asked the price) because if I ask, he will tell me 250 million,” Perez added.“We have made friends with Tottenham over the time it took to sign Luka Modric and Gareth Bale as with the two of them we ended up signing them on the final day of the window.“We ended up having a good friendship and he (Levy) always says to me when we win the European Cup: ‘Thanks for winning the European Cup with my players’”.Madrid’s feat in retaining the Champions League was rewarded on Monday as Cristiano Ronaldo won FIFA’s “The Best” player for the second straight year, whilst Zinedine Zidane picked up the best coach award and four other Real players – Marcelo, Sergio Ramos, Toni Kroos and Modric – joined Ronaldo in the team of the year.However, the European champions were unable to get the better of Kane’s Spurs in a 1-1 Champions League draw at the Santiago Bernabeu last week.And Kane will have another chance to show Madrid what they are missing when the sides meet again on November 1 at Wembley with top spot in Group H at stake.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Arsenal target Nabil Fekir has committed his future to Ligue 1 club Lyon until 2020.The 21-year-old striker, who scored 13 league goals for Les Gones last season, has been rewarded for his exploits at the Stade de Gerland with a year’s extension.Reports in France had suggested Fekir could have been tempted by a move to a top Premier League team – specifically Arsenal – had Lyon not qualified for the Champions League.But a second-placed finish in 2014-15 helped persuade him to press on with Lyon.Local boy Fekir, who made his senior debut for the Rhone-Alpes side in August 2013, told olweb.fr: “It was an easy decision. This club has captured my heart.“I want to help us improve. There was no hesitation as I wanted to continue my adventure here.”Club president Jean-Michel Aulas added: “He is one of the club’s – and France’s – brightest prospects.“His progress has been massive and he has shown he can handle himself well.“I feel that Nabil is happy where he is and it’s always nice to see that in a highly talented player.“We are convinced this is an investment in the future.”A statement published on Lyon’s official website on Wednesday revealed goalkeeper Anthony Lopes and versatile player Corentin Tolisso had also agreed to remain with the club for five more seasons.Tolisso, 20, was a near ever-present in the Lyon midfield last term.He said: “I’m very happy to have extended my deal. It’s a great reassurance for me and my family.“We have the chance to prepare well now and get the new season off to a great start.”Portuguese keeper Lopes, a regular fixture between the sticks for the last two years, added: “My plan was always to extend my deal with OL.“There were lots of rumours flying around but I never listened to them. The truth was quite different.” Lyon star Nabil Fekir 1
Portland Timbers won the MLS Cup final for the first time in their history as they claimed a 2-1 victory over Columbus Crew on Sunday.Former Aston Villa, Birmingham and West Brom defender Liam Ridgewell captained the Timbers to glory in a game which included a dreadful howler from Columbus’ goalkeeper Steve Clark after just 27 seconds.Check out the highlights in the video above.
A CIRCUIT Court judge has remanded three young men in custody after hearing how they were behind a series of violent incidents in Letterkenny.Judge John O’Hagan (pictured) slammed the actions of the men who tried to petrol-bomb a house before attacking tourists on a bus with wheel braces and bars.Three of the young men appeared before him at Letterkenny Circuit Court yesterday. The court heard how the young men Alan Parke, now 19, Caolan Mulhern, now 20, Eoin Orr and another man wore balaclavas as they attacked a house at Croagh Patrick in Letterkenny on September 6th, 2009.The attack saw the men firstly smash windows in the house which contained two people – one of whom was fast asleep.The men then filled wine bottles with petrol and soaked rags before throwing them through the window.Luckily the petrol bombs did not ignite, a detective Garda told the hearing.The men then drove into Letterkenny and became involved in an incident at a bus station on the town’s Port Road.The private bus had earlier left 27 men from Fermanagh on a stag party night out and was waiting for them to return when the men pulled up in their car.The young men attacked the bus with wheel braces, a car jack and iron bars after a verbal confrontation. Six of the tourists were on board the bus, three of them later taken to Letterkenny General Hospital to be treated for injuries.Gardai were called and found the men in a silver Toyota Avensis at a nearby garage forecourt a short time later.CCTV footage from Letterkenny Town Council later showed the full incident.When searched by Gardai, the car contained a 5 gallon petrol container with petrol, dampened rags, as well as car jacks and wheel braces.When interviewed all men admitted to being involved in the attacks.Garda Stephen McGonigle told the court that he believed the petrol bomb attack on the house was as a result of an argument over drug money.The attack on the stag bus arose after a comment was allegedly made between the two parties.Judge John O’Hagan said the young men were a nuisance and asked if this was what the people of Letterkenny wanted going on in their town.“The people of Letterkenny don’t want this. I don’t want this,” he said.He said he had to consider what sentences were appropriate for the behaviour.“What am I to do – give them sweets?” he asked.He added that they were lucky they did not cause themselves harm driving around with a five gallon drum of petrol.Judge O’Hagan said he felt sorry for the mothers and partners of the men, but he had to consider what they had done very seriously.The offences were well planned and pre-meditated. The gang members had worn balaclavas.“Where did they learn to make petrol bombs?” he asked.He also said several of the accused men had pointedly failed to cooperate with Gardai, only belatedly admitting their involvement after several interviews.The judge was sitting past 6.30pm last night because of the huge backlog of cases. He said he needed time to cool down and think about a sentence before giving his verdict.As he remanded all three men in custody to Castlerea Prison, he told them: “If I had sentenced you this evening, you would have been getting 18 months in prison.”He also said he had to think about the fact that the accused were three years younger at the time of the attacks.However, he remanded the three men in custody to Castlerea Prison to appear on July 27th.A bench warrant was issued for the fourth young man who did not appear.‘THE PEOPLE OF LETTERKENNY DON’T WANT THIS’ – JUDGE SLAMS GANG BEHIND ORGY OF VIOLENCE was last modified: July 11th, 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:balaclavasbusbus stationletterkennypetrol bomb attackstag party