LEICESTER (4-4-2)SCHMEICHEL,SIMPSON, MORGAN, HUTH, FUCHS,MAHREZ, DRINKWATER, KANTE, ALBRIGHTON,ULLOA, VARDYCHELSEA (4-2-3-1)COSTA,PEDRO, OSCAR, WILLIAN,MATIC, FABREGAS,BABA, TERRY, CAHILL, IVANOVIC,COURTOISChelsea, after such a poor league season, confirmed their place in the knockout stages of the Champions League with a 2-0 win over Portuguese club Porto on Wednesday. It should give them a boost ahead of a difficult game on Monday.Remarkably, Leicester City face reigning champions Chelsea at the top of the table. The Foxes have 32 points – 17 more than the Blues, who are languishing in 14th place and just two points clear of the relegation zone.And at this stage of last season Chelsea were top – and Leicester were bottom. After 15 games of the 2014-15 campaign the Blues had 36 points, 21 more than they have now. By contrast, Leicester had 10 points, 22 fewer than they have now.Leicester are finding the net with ease; they have now scored three goals in each of their last three away games.Their latest success came at Swansea City last weekend when, for once, Jamie Vardy failed to score. He remains the Premier League’s leading scorer, with 14. But teammate Riyad Mahrez took over the limelight with a hat-trick in Wales.That was the ninth hat-trick of the season, just one short of last season’s total over the season.
Detroit Pistons forward Blake Griffin, right, and Houston Rockets guard James Harden react after Griffin was called for an offensive foul late in the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)HOUSTON— James Harden scored a season-high 43 points and Clint Capela added 27 as the Houston Rockets held off the Detroit Pistons to get their fifth straight win, 126-124 on Wednesday night.Houston has won eight of its last 10 after winning just one of its first six games and improved to 9-7 this season.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Rejected by family, gay athlete thankful for other support MOST READ 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 Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Detroit used a run to cut Houston’s lead to six points with about six minutes left before the Rockets scored the next eight points, with six from Harden to make it 113-99 about a minute later.But Griffin made three 3-pointers, with the first two on consecutive possessions, to fuel a 9-2 run that got Detroit within 115-108 with 3 ½ minutes left.James Ennis made a 3-pointer for Houston after that, but Griffin scored the next five points, with another 3-pointer to cut the lead to 118-113 with about two minutes left.Harden added a basket on a goaltending call, but Griffin made yet another 3 to make it 120-116 before his late errors.The Rockets scored the first seven points of the third quarter to make it make it 65-57. But Detroit scored the next eight points, with 3s by Reggie Jackson and Langston Galloway to tie it a couple of minutes later.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Houston went on another run after that, outscoring Detroit 9-2, to take a 76-67 lead midway through the quarter. Harden got the Rockets going in that span with a 3-pointer and Clint Capela capped it with four straight points.The Rockets were up 81-73 later in the third when Tucker got hit by Griffin on a screen and began complaining to an official. He received a technical foul, but that didn’t stop him from continuing to get in the officials’ face and yell at him, drawing a second technical and an ejection.The Pistons made both free throws from the technical but the Rockets scored the next five points, with a 3 from Gerald Green, to make it 86-75 with about four minutes left in the quarter.TIP-INSPistons: Detroit made 16 3-pointers to give the team at least 10 in seven straight games, a franchise record. … Luke Kennard missed his 11th game with a sprained right shoulder and coach Dwane Casey said that he hasn’t been cleared for contact drills and will still be out for a while.Rockets: Capela received a technical foul in the third quarter for hanging on the rim after a dunk. … Chris Paul added 20 points with seven assists.UP NEXTPistons: Host Houston on Friday night.Rockets: Visit Detroit on Friday night. The Rockets led by 14 with about five minutes left, but Blake Griffin made five 3-pointers that helped Detroit cut the lead to four points with about 90 seconds left. Houston struggled to contain Griffin late after defensive stopper P.J. Tucker was ejected in the third quarter after he received two technical fouls for arguing with officials.But Griffin had a turnover and a charge after his fifth 3 and Harden, who made all 19 of his free throw attempts, made two free throws to make it 122-116 with 19.1 seconds left. Ish Smith added a 3-pointer to cut the lead to three points with 9.6 seconds left, but Harden made two more free throws.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissGriffin was fouled on a 3-point attempt with 3.6 seconds remaining and made the first two free throws before missing the third. It was Harden at the line again after that, and he made both shots before Smith made a 3 at the buzzer.Griffin led the Pistons with 37 points and 11 rebounds Andre Drummond added 20 points with 11 rebounds for the Pistons. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments
0Shares0000Gor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr giving out instructions to his players during their Kenyan Premier League clash against Bandari on March 3, 2018. Photo/RAYMOND MAKAHAYANAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 5- Gor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr says his side is motivated by the ‘underdog tag’ ahead of Wednesday’s CAF Champions League showdown against Tunisian giants Esperance in Machakos.The last meeting between these two sides ended in an 8-2 drubbing with the two-time African champs leaving Nairobi with a 3-2 result and topping up the cake with a healthy 5-0 win in the return tie in Tunis. “I have received so many calls and people in Tunis think that this is going to be a very easy win for Esperance. Well everyone has their own opinion and we respect them but for me and my team we are going in to win,” the tactician said.Gor Mahia will hand themselves a massive advantage if they win the first leg tie and Kerr is confident his side has what it takes to ensure they pick up the massive advantage from Machakos.“I think I have a good squad which can score goals and the best thing we can do from the first leg is ensure that we don’t concede an away goal because that will make things difficult for us. I have a feeling that we can always go away and score a goal,” the tactician offered.-Esperance arrive in Nairobi-Esperance FC players and officials arrive at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport on March 5, 2018 ahead of their CAF Champions League clash against Gor Mahia. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaEsperance have already arrived in the country and will be training at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on Tuesday evening ahead of the duel.Kerr insists that they are not afraid of the Tunisians and will be hoping to appease the spirits of the 1987 team that delivered a masterstroke of a performance to beat the Tunisians to the Mandela Cup.“What happened in 2014 remains in the past and now the players have to look at what is ahead of us and the opportunity that they have to create history. They should grab this opportunity because to some, it might never happen again,” he says.“We are mentally prepared and I trust the boys and their abilities,” the tactician further added.Gor Mahia are enjoying some good form in the Kenyan Premier League, having amassed 12 points out of four matches, a record that has come even as the tactician has been tinkling with his squad to manage the effects of fatigue with a tight calendar.Gor Mahia defender Wellington Ochieng in action against Equatorial Guinean side Leones Vegetarinos in a CAF Champions League preliminary round tie in Machakos. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAKerr will however miss the services of right-back Wellington Ochieng who suffered a twisted ankle during their tie against Bandari on Saturday, but he should have a huge squad to select his team from with no other injury.“It is such a shame that Wellington will not be part of the team because he was one of the players who were very excited about the Champions League. It was heartbreaking to see him in tears over the prospect of missing the game but I hope this will offer a motivation to his teammates on just how much this means to everyone,” the coach noted.Gor Mahia will still have a chance to make it into a continental group stage even if they lose to Esperance. They will drop down to the CAF Confederations Cup play-off with the pairings set to be done after this round of matches.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
1 Rangers have been accused of criticising a match official in such a way as to indicate bias or incompetence; bringing the game into disrepute; not acting in the best interests of football; and two other charges which partly relate to sportsmanship and acting towards the SFA with good faith.The club have been given until next Tuesday to respond with a hearing pencilled in for December 19.Rangers submitted an appeal against the yellow card during their win in Paisley on November 3 under one of the two premises allowed – that of mistaken identity – after Candeias appeared to do nothing untoward during a clash with Anton Ferdinand.After losing their case, Rangers stated it “defied belief” that Collum had been handed one of the biggest matches in Scottish football that weekend – Aberdeen versus Hibernian – while Candeias was suspended. LANGUAGE BARRIER BEST OF ‘Big Dunc is more experienced than Gerrard and Lampard and should get the Everton job’ ALMOST I told Rangers to beat Spurs to Luka Modric signing, reveals Ally McCoist scrap The club have been hit with five charges Latest Rangers News BOSS CLASSIC Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Rangers have been hit with five disciplinary charges from the Scottish Football Association following their criticism of referee Willie Collum.The Ibrox club launched a formal complaint against Collum and publicly criticised the match official and the SFA appeals process after failing to overturn a second yellow card received by Daniel Candeias against St Mirren. revealed Wolves advance to knockout stages, Celtic seal top spot in Group E, Rangers draw Fans think they know why Klopp and Gerrard signed new contracts on the same day fate Alfredo Morelos does the most Morelos thing ever during Rangers win McCoist tells funny Rangers story about Gazza and new Napoli boss Gattuso How Arsenal and Rangers can join Man United and Celtic in Europa League last 32 results McCoist’s bizarre tale about Big Dunc, a game of cards and a faulty homing pigeon Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos Storytime An official statement added: “Furthermore, it is understood that a number of people within the Scottish FA are in no doubt Mr Collum’s judgement was flawed and Rangers shall also now be submitting a formal complaint about the performance of this referee.“The manner in which he reacted to an incident involving our player made it obvious he did not give due consideration to his decision.“This is by no means the first time errors of judgement have been made in matches involving this official and clearly there is an underlying issue which requires to be addressed.”It later emerged that Candeias had been booked partly for “making gestures” towards the St Mirren defender seconds earlier after his side scored to make it 2-0.Rangers confirmed soon after the written reasons for their appeal failure were published that they had issued a formal complaint against Collum
Illegally dumped waste from a septic tank may have been to blame for the deaths of 32 swans in Dunfanaghy.Rangers examine the dead swan found in Mullaghduff yesterdayInvestigators have discovered the waste in a field next to New Lake where the birds were found last weekend.It is believed the material could have seeped into the lake and gradually killed the birds over the past month. Pat Warner, regional manager of the National Parks and Wildlife Service, said this is the most likely cause of the deaths.The carcasses of the birds have now been sent to the Department of Agriculture’s Regional Veterinary Laboratory in Sligo for analysis.It will take at least a week for those tests to come through and to show what killed the birds.As well as the discovery of 32 swans in Dunfanaghy, a further three birds were founds 30 kms away in Mullaghduff. Wildlife officers believe the three birds may have flown from the original flock in Dunfanaghy and then died. ILLEGALLY DUMPED WASTE FROM SEPTIC TANK MAY HAVE KILLED SWANS was last modified: May 10th, 2013 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:DunfanaghySeptic tankswans
Donegal manager Kevin McHugh gets cooled down by his side after their Foyle Cup success.Donegal U12’s Schoolboys manager Kevin McHugh says that he was absolutely delighted his side won the Foyle Cup on Saturday, but insisted that player development remains the key objective for his squad. His U12 Donegal Schoolboys side won the competition in convincing fashion by defeating a Cavan/Monaghan select side 2-0 in the final at the Brandywell on Saturday afternoon. It was the style of play produced by McHugh’s side that particularly caught the eye, and in the end there was no doubting that Donegal were deserving winners of the competition.A few months ago the same group of players were left heartbroken after losing the All-Ireland final on penalties to Waterford.They exacted revenge on Waterford in the quarter-final of the Foyle Cup, and McHugh was delighted they won the competition to erase the pain of the All-Ireland defeat.However, McHugh says that success for him isn’t determined by how many competitions his side win. “Look I’m absolutely delighted the boys won the Foyle Cup, it’s an unbelievable achievement and they thoroughly deserve it.“Losing the All-Ireland final to Waterford was difficult for them, but they showed great character all throughout the Foyle Cup, they’re a joy to work with.“The sole focus we have is developing technically good players all over the pitch, everyone of our players are comfortable on the ball, and they can all adapt to playing different formations.“We’re trying to develop all aspects of their game, and that includes tactical development.“We played several different formations over the course of the week, and the lads adapted to every one of them with ease, and that was very pleasing from a coaching point of view.McHugh, ably aided by assistant coaches Mel O’Donnell, James Doherty and Andrew Wilson have been working with the squad since November. He praised the work of his own staff, but also said the coaching the players receive at their own clubs is excellent.“We have the lads once a week, we’d like to get them more often that that, but it’s not always feasible.“The coaching they receive at their clubs is top class and that’s reflected in the success we had this week, we work with them once a week, but they’re with their clubs week in week out and those coaches deserve a huge amount of credit.“I have to thank Mel, James and Andrew as well, they’re first class with the lads and they each bring something different to table, between us all we have a good dynamic team. McHugh says his side will take a much deserved break now and prepare for next season.Assistant manager Mel O’Donnell said the hunger, effort and dedication of the players was fantastic and said they fully deserve everything they achieved.“The effort they boys showed all week was immense, they’re a credit to themselves, their clubs and the county.“Training every Sunday since November, it’s not easy, it’s a tough slog, but their attitude and dedication is brilliant.“The attitude was second to none all week and this was reflected in them wining the competition.It was a great week for Donegal football, Letterkenny Rovers U11’s and the Donegal U13’s Schoolboys also won the Foyle Cup in their categories while the Donegal U14’s Schoolboys were defeated in the final.Well done to all teams and coaches involved.MCHUGH – “WINNING FOYLE CUP WAS GREAT BUT WE’RE ONLY INTERESTED IN DEVELOPING PLAYERS was last modified: July 29th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:donegalFoyle CupHome-page SportKevin McHughnews
Mariucci’s dilemma: Should he keep playing Joey Harrington, who has the NFL’s lowest passer’s rating and was booed off Ford Field by angry Lions fans last weekend? Or should Mariucci switch to Jeff Garcia, a 35-year-old coming off a broken leg and a shattered 2004 season with Cleveland? “You take a lot of things into consideration,” Mariucci said earlier this week. “But the bottom line is that it’s a matter of who I feel gives us the best chance to win the game. I really believe both guys are capable.” CLEVELAND — Calling it a controversy doesn’t come close to explaining Detroit’s quarterback situation. An ugly, festering mess might be more appropriate. Pity poor Lions coach Steve Mariucci, who has a first-place team and a second-or third-rate offense. He goes into today’s game against the Cleveland Browns with two choices for a starting QB, neither of them very good. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Too bad Mariucci can’t combine the best qualities of his two QBs: Harrington’s arm and youth, Garcia’s legs and experience, into one. Ladies and gentlemen, introducing Jeffy Garcington. Despite their quarterbacking conflict, the Lions (2-3) are atop the dreadful NFC North, and after playing the Browns (2-3), they’ll face division rivals Chicago and Minnesota in consecutive weeks with a chance to separate from the pack. They’ll only be able to do that if they can fix the league’s 30th-ranked offense, which was outscored by Detroit’s defense in a 21-20 loss to Carolina last week. Harrington, who has yet to live up to the expectations of a No. 3 overall draft pick (2002), has taken the brunt of the criticism. But Mariucci, who wasn’t expected to make a decision on his starter until gametime, has sheltered Harrington better than Detroit’s offensive line. “It would be crazy to point the finger at one person the quarterback,” he said. Last week, Detroit fans focused their hostility on Harrington, whose string of 37 consecutive starts the most by a Lions quarterback since Greg Landry from 1970-73 could be in jeopardy. That’s not surprising to Harrington, who is 16-33 as a starter. However, he isn’t about to give up. “I’m not in a spot I want to be in right now in terms of wins and losses and where this team is sitting, but that’s just more reason to keep working,” he said. “I’m not someone who’s going to quit just because I hit a little bump in the road. I don’t care how big that bump is, I’m going to keep fighting through it.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
The Ireland women’s rugby team claimed only their second ever victory over England in a tight Six Nations clash and Donegal player Larissa Muldoon was the hero.Ireland rugby hero Larissa Muldoon after she touched down for Ireland’s all-important try.The Ballybofey woman crossed the English line in the 50th minute for Ireland’s only try.Irish captain Niamh Briggs’ last-gasp penalty was the match-winning score, completing a superb comeback for Tom Tierney’s side after going in at half-time 8-3 half-time behind. Larissa was joined by her Donegal team-mate Nora Stapelton in the starting line-up.England had the upper hand after Harriet Millar-Mills touched down for England.Powerful work by her pack had Muldoon in the right place at the right time as she took a quick tap and got past full-back Lauren Cattell to touch down ten minutes after the restart.Ireland battled hard but could not find a way through the English defence. But their relentless pressure forced a penalty from replacement Hannah Field in front of her posts and Briggs, shaking off cramp, slotted the kick to send the crowd wild. DONEGAL STAR LARISSA THE HERO AS IRELAND BEAT ENGLAND was last modified: February 28th, 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:EnglandIrelandLarissa MuldoonRUGBY
Two houses have been destroyed as dozens of firefighters try to tackle a massive gorse fire in West Donegal today.The houses close to Drumnacart in Annagry were both engulfed by flames this afternoon.At present, there are eight units of the Donegal fire service at the scene of the blaze which is stretch out over a large area. The other seven fire units have also been mobilised in the event that other fires may break out in the county.There are no reports of anybody being injured after the two properties were destroyed.Scores of local people are also helping firefighters to bring the blaze under control.Firemen are dampening around several other houses in the area to prevent the raging flames from catching hold of dwellings. Local county councillor Micheal Mac Giolla Easbuig has been helping to battle the fires along with scores of other locals.He said that although now may not be the time to point fingers, a full investigation into the cause of the fires must be carried out.He also paid tribute to the emergency services including the fire services for their bravery and commitment to their local communities.“It’s sad to watch people being forced to move all their personal possessions and belongings from their homes not knowing if their home will be there when they return,” he said.The disaster comes just a day after the local council warned people about gorse fires as temperatures soar up to 23 degrees over the Easter Bank Holiday Weekend. Donegal County Council urged landowners and members of the public to exercise caution and to take all necessary measures to prevent the occurrence of wildfires involving material such as gorse, heather and similar.The council is also urging landowners and members of the public not to engage in activities that could cause wildfires – especially to those heading outdoors to take extra care with camping stoves, cigarettes and throw-away barbecues.“Householders or building owners in areas susceptible to wildfire are advised to remove or cut back any vegetation in the immediate vicinity of their house, building or oil tank to prevent wildfires damaging or destroying their property,” said a spokesman.Breaking: Houses destroyed by raging gorse fire as firemen battle to save others was last modified: April 26th, 2019 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:Annagryburndonegalfiregorsehouses
The devastated mother of murdered Buncrana women Danielle McLaughlin plans to visit the site where her daughter’s mutilated body was found.The Donegal woman was raped and killed in India in 2017. Local man Vikat Bhagat is currently on trial.The 28-year-old’s mother Andrea Brannigan told the Irish Mirror she wants to come face-to-face with the alleged killer. She said: “I will go to the site where her body was found. Locals and tourists have made a shrine there.“The farmer that owns the land gave them permission and they held a Mass service there on her anniversary.“There are loads of photos of Danielle and people can light some candles.“If the trial is on I’ll go to it when I get over there. I would like to see him but I don’t know what I’d say to him. Danielle would be for forgiveness herself but I have no feelings for him at all. “I’ll never get justice because Danielle is not here but I would like answers.”Ms Brannigan also criticised the Government for its slow progress on amending the Victim’s Charter to include Irish victims of crime abroad.Taoiseach Leo Varadkar told her following their meeting last September it would be amended in Danielle’s name.She was informed via email it would be finalised this summer however, a spokeswoman for the Department of Justice has said it is now being redrafted entirely, much to Ms Brannigan’s disappointment.The spokeswoman added: “The Victims Charter is currently being redrafted in its entirety, taking account of the arrangements being embedded in the criminal justice system for victims arising from the EU Victims Directive and the Criminal Justice (Victims of Crime) Act, 2017. “Work is well advanced with a view to finalising the Charter in the near future. Engagement will continue with the family of Danielle McLaughlin in the completion of this work.”The late Danielle McLaughlinMs Brannigan said: “I’m frustrated we don’t know yet what’s going to be included in it and we want to make sure it does help people who are affected by crime abroad.“People don’t know where to turn when something like this happens and I want support for families that are struggling.”Meanwhile, it’s understood Danielle’s murder trial could last a number of years. Yesterday the court heard from the eighth witness, one of 50 set to give evidence.Ms Brannigan said: “I don’t cope some days, it’s really hard.“I just want the court case over with.“I struggle when I see her friends moving on and she isn’t here.“I often wonder what Danielle would be doing now.”Mother of Danielle McLaughlin to visit site where her daughter was murdered was last modified: September 17th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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)