The Wright View: Super sporting spectacle

first_imgLast weekend provided a smorgasbord of sports that was just enough to make it the fantastic one the romantics promised. As I settled in front of the television, the English Premier League (EPL) set the tone on Saturday morning, with six games before noon and one game after. The 1-2 loss by Manchester United to Sunderland ensured that their manager/coach Louis van Gaal will definitely be looking for new employment later on this year. The afternoon game had a resurgent Chelsea Football Club, under the leadership of ‘super sub’ manager/coach Gus Hiddink, demolishing hapless Newcastle, whose players must now be looking at the possibility of life in the second tier of English football. Then, Saturday night served up two fantastic cricket matches, both one-day internationals (ODI). First, was the final of the ICC Under-19 World Cup, with the West Indians facing India, who were unbeaten in this tournament and had not lost an ODI since a defeat to England in the quarter-finals of the 2014 tournament. The ‘outsiders’ were the youngsters from the West Indies, who lost their three warm-up games against hosts Bangladesh, and who were beaten by England in the first game of the tournament. Later on that night, England and South Africa met in the final game of a five-match series, with both sides winning two games each, as South Africa rebounded from losses in the first two games. Then we came to ‘Super Sunday’ in the EPL, with third place Arsenal against leaders Leicester, and second place Tottenham against fourth place Manchester City. The supporters of Arsenal and Tottenham certainly felt the love permeating Valentine Sunday, as victories for both these clubs left them joint second in the League, with Tottenham ahead on goal difference. However, losing sleep to watch both cricket matches on Saturday night (which takes some doing) was well worth it, as the games were of an exceptionally high standard. In the England-South Africa game, the South Africans prevailed due in no small way to the batting of captain AB de Villiers and previous captain Hashim Amla. England lost the series mainly because after going two up, they formed the impression that South Africa were soft and changed their previously successful game plan to one of non-stop aggression. This was brilliantly exploited by the South Africans. The moral there – never count your chickens before they are hatched. In the Under-19 World Cup finals, the underdogs, the West Indies, triumphed because of (a) talent, (b) character and (c) a determination to relax and enjoy the game. After winning the toss and sending in the favourites to bat, the fast bowling duo of Alzarri Joseph and Chemar Holder ensured that India were always going to play catch up. They never batted out the allotted 50 overs and were dismissed for a paltry 145. The first wicket claimed by the West Indies appeared to be a ‘Mankad’, as I do not recall the wicketkeeper for the West Indies, Tevin Imlach, warning the Indian batsman, Rishabh Pant, that he had wandered out of his crease before removing the bails. The decision is recorded as a stumping as Pant was not attempting a run, but had in fact left his crease. According to the rules of the game he was OUT. Yet, not one murmur from those who condemned Keemo Paul for a similar dismissal in the match against Zimbabwe. I suppose that since it was the first wicket and India were supposed to win, that ‘Mankad’ was OK! Hmmm. Then in the run chase we saw a lesson in batting concentration from the young West Indian Keacy Carty, whose 152-ball 52 was instrumental in the victory, belying the fact that for the entire tournament, Carty had faced 132 balls and scored 60 runs. This victory validates my suggestion that the West Indies (senior team) withdraw from Tests and ODIs until this group of young men have two more years of experience playing international cricket. Then, and only then, should the West Indies return to international Test cricket and ODIs, thus ensuring that we have a legitimate chance of returning to a place in the top echelons of world cricket, instead of the present scenario where we are represented by people who don’t appear to care one iota for the West Indian fan! Well done young WI!last_img read more



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Hubert Lawrence | Time for a new track at Kirkvine

first_imgAt this time last year, we were all congratulating Calabar High School on the inauguration of the first synthetic track to be laid at a school in the region. On the day when the first McKenley/Wint Classic put competition on the new complex, athletes put spikes on the re-laid surface at the GC Foster College for Physical Education as they ran, jumped and threw at the Central Hurdles and Relays. It was a historic day. Now, a year later, with Kingston College far advanced with the laying of a synthetic track at its Melbourne campus, it’s time to think ahead. The Corporate Area is now well served with synthetic tracks with such facilities at the National Stadium, Stadium East, the University of the West Indies and Calabar. Add Kingston College and the logic becomes clear. The next new track should be outside of Kingston. The best bet is probably the Kirkvine Sports Club, just outside Mandeville. Located in the middle of a track and field hotbed, the Kirkvine field can probably hold a full eight lane 400 metre track. That could be the centre piece of a sports complex with amenities like a gym, a football field and stands adjoining the existing buildings. Mandeville is an easy location to reach. That makes Kirkvine ideal in so many ways. Manchester High School, DeCarteret College, Knox College and Community College, and Holmwood Technical, institutions whose graduates matriculate to the national senior team, are close by and would benefit from using the facility for specialised practise without having to make the journey to Spanish Town or Kingston. Clarendon, St Elizabeth, St Ann and Trelawny are all just around the corner. As proposed a year ago, such a facility would allow meets like the Carifta Trials to move across the country. It doesn’t take much to envisage the Trials in Montego Bay at the Catherine Hall Sports Complex and at Kirkvine as well as in Kingston. That would share the burden of travel costs more evenly between schools in the Corporate Area and those situated elsewhere. The MVP and the University of Technology go each year to the Western Relays, set in 2017 for February 11. Their presence boosts the popularity of the sport outside of Jamaica and inspires young ones who might normally see top stars on TV. It is awe inspiring to see little ones meet stars like Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Elaine Thompson and Asafa Powell in person on the warm-up field at Catherine Hall. Those little faces light up with the realisation that their heroes are real people and really nice people too. The flip side is that these exchanges tell the stars that they run for more than just themselves. Among top Corporate Area high schools, Kingston College is the only one that goes to the Western Relays on a regular basis. Travel budget restrictions and the presence of the well-run Camperdown Classic make a long trip to the Western Relays unwarranted for most other schools in Kingston and St Catherine. The movement of meets like the Carifta Trials from Kingston to Kirkvine to Catherine Hall and back would help to share the burden evenly.  Calabar doesn’t do meets that are contested on grass tracks. A synthetic track at Kirkvine might just tempt Calabar out of town for the long running Kirkvine development meet in January. That would be a bonus for the fans.  It was brilliant to see the opening of the new track at Calabar last year and there is much anticipation for the facility currently under construction at Kingston College. Logic suggests that Kirkvine should be next. Hopefully, a synthetic track for that mid-island location isn’t too far off. HUBERT LAWRENCE has made notes at track side since 1980.last_img read more



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Wireless surcharges to drop in California

first_imgCustomers will see the reduction on their monthly bill beginning Jan. 1. However, the PUC softened the blow on telephone companies by allowing the state’s two biggest carriers – AT&T and Verizon California – to increase rates by more than 2 percent for residential customers.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Consumers pay into the fund via a surcharge on their monthly phone bill. The money is used to reimburse companies for installing phone lines in rough terrain and rural areas where it can be costly. Cellular customers are not excused from the fees, even though they derive little or no benefit. An Associated Press investigation in January found that the monthly surcharges had enriched the state’s telecommunications giants by $1.6 billion since 2003, with 60 percent of that paid by cell phone users. Despite lobbying by the state’s largest carriers to keep the subsidies intact, the California Public Utilities Commission voted unanimously to reduce the payouts to phone companies by more than $315 million over the next two years, and to cut the surcharge on monthly phone bills by 40 percent beginning in January. Commissioner Rachelle Chong, who pushed the reduction, said the decision was driven by a surplus in the fund. “We looked at how much we collected and we have plenty of money because we have slightly over-collected,” she said. By Bob Porterfield THE ASSOCIATED PRESS SAN FRANCISCO – State utilities regulators Thursday ordered substantial cuts to the subsidies paid to telephone companies for providing traditional landline service in rural areas. Carriers will instead be allowed to levy a small increase on residential phone rates, while cellular users, who have traditionally paid the bulk of the subsidies, will eventually see a discount on their monthly bills. last_img read more



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Cage’s `Treasure’ sequel dumps `Legend’ from top spot

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonPlaying in just 1,249 theaters, about half as many as “Charlie Wilson’s War,” the musical “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” did almost as much business, coming in at No. 5 with $9.35 million. “P.S. I Love You” had a No. 6 opening with $6.5 million. The movie stars Hilary Swank as a widow whose husband arranged to send letters after his death to inspire her to go on living. Sony’s “Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story,” was a surprise bomb, taking in just $4.1 million despite good reviews praising John C. Reilly’s giddy performance. With five new wide releases this weekend and two more opening Christmas Day – the action-horror sequel “Alien vs. Predator: Requiem” and the family film “The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep” – Hollywood is banking on the holiday week to provide a big finish for 2007. The top 12 movies took in $153.5million, up 41 percent from the same weekend last year, according to box-office tracker Media By Numbers. Along with its domestic haul, the “National Treasure” sequel pulled in $22.3 million overseas. It is expected to take in more overseas than the $173 million the first installment did, said Mark Zoradi, president of Disney’s motion-picture group. Four-fifths of viewers for “Charlie Wilson’s War” were 30 and older, an audience that does not necessarily rush out to catch films in the first few days. Universal is counting on good reviews and word-of-mouth to build the audience. Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Media By Numbers LLC. Final figures will be released Wednesday. 1. “National Treasure: Book of Secrets,” $45.5 million. 2. “I Am Legend,” $34.2 million. 3. “Alvin and the Chipmunks,” $29million. 4. “Charlie Wilson’s War,” $9.6million. 5. “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street,” $9.35million. 6. “P.S. I Love You,” $6.5 million. 7. “Enchanted,” $4.15 million. 8. “Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story,” $4.1 million. 9. “The Golden Compass,” $4million. 10. “Juno,” $3.4 million. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Nicolas Cage’s “National Treasure: Book of Secrets,” the Disney sequel to its 2004 hit, opened as the weekend’s No. 1 movie with $45.5 million as Hollywood continued a holiday spree at the box office, according to studio estimates Sunday. The previous weekend’s top film, Will Smith’s “I Am Legend,” slipped to second with $34.2 million, the Warner Bros. hit raising its 10-day total to $137.5 million. The two films led a market filled with new releases, among them Universal’s “Charlie Wilson’s War,” starring Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts and Philip Seymour Hoffman. “Charlie Wilson’s War” debuted at No. 4 with $9.6 million. last_img read more



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UPDATED: SUMMER MAKES A SHORT RETURN

first_imgTEMPERATURES could reach 18C or 19C in Donegal today as summer makes a brief return to the county.We can expect long periods of sunshine throughout the day, say forecasters.However showers will return later tonight and continue off and on for the rest of the week. The good news is that temperatures will be higher than last week with highs of around 16C and overnight lows of around 8C.And there is some hope (though accuracy at this stage can be hard) that next week will see a warmer spell return.Peter O’Donnell of Irish Weather Online says of this weekend: “Slightly cooler again, not as grim as last week hopefully, but with showers at times. Highs around 15 C. This spell should ease during the following week which could turn quite warm eventually.”UPDATED: SUMMER MAKES A SHORT RETURN was last modified: June 14th, 2011 by gregShare 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:donegal weathersunnylast_img read more



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PICTURE SPECIAL – DONEGAL TOWN COMMUNITY BAND CROWNED ALL-IRELAND CHAMPIONS

first_imgThere was a joyous homecoming last night in Donegal Town for the all conquering Donegal Town Community Band who made it three-in-a-row at Fleadh Ceoil in Sligo.Brendan McMonagle, Mentor and Manager of the Donegal Town Community Band told Donegal Daily this win was “the sweetest of them all” as he addressed the homecoming crowd on the Diamond, Donegal Town yesterday evening.Just a few hours earlier the band won their third All Ireland Junior Band title in-a-row at the Fleadh Ceoil in Sligo. McGonagle thanked the band members, their parents and dedicated backroom team, he added, “The band trained every Tuesday all year but this week they trained 4 days for a total of 12 hrs to perfect their routine.Mayor Patricia Callaghan also congratulated the band and said they were a credit to the town and their families.Councillor Tom Conaghan, (a former All Ireland U21 manager himself) acknowledged the huge effort it takes to win one much less three All Irelands.One of the founding members of the reformed band Pauric Kennedy had the memory of his late father Peter’s in mind when he said, “Dad founded the original band and he would be so proud to see the success this band has achieved here today bringing three national titles home to a small town like Donegal. Liam Conneely, the band’s bus driver was singled out for special mention,”For his care and courtesy way and beyond the call of durty.Ernan McGettigan was his usual competent MC and Jonathan Kennedy organised the Reception lorry and PA, with one hand literally (he broke his arm last week!)PICTURE SPECIAL – DONEGAL TOWN COMMUNITY BAND CROWNED ALL-IRELAND CHAMPIONS was last modified: August 18th, 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:all-irelandDonegal TownFeaturesFleadh Ceoilnewssligolast_img read more



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Ledford attacks Runner parolee announcement as political lip service

first_imgLANCASTER – Palmdale Mayor Jim Ledford accused Assemblywoman Sharon Runner of giving only lip service to controlling the parolee population in the Antelope Valley, an attack his opponent labeled as pre-election grandstanding. Holding a news conference in front of Runner’s Lancaster office, Ledford said Runner was giving the issue “a small amount of attention at election time” and that she lacked the drive to truly address it. Ledford said the region has become a dumping ground for parolees while Runner and her husband, state Sen. George Runner, have done nothing to stop it. “We are not passionate enough at the state level to keep this in check,” Ledford said. “We should have our fair share, but we shouldn’t have more than our fair share.” Sharon Runner, whom Ledford is opposing in the June 6 primary election for the Republican nomination in the 36th Assembly District race, said she has been working seriously on controlling parolees and that Ledford doesn’t offer solutions of his own. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinals“He keeps bringing up the problem, but he doesn’t offer solutions,” Runner said. “We’ve been working on the issue of parolees ever since I was elected three years ago.” Ledford said the city of Lancaster has more than 1,000 parolees, of which 300 are registered sex offenders. Palmdale has 725 paroles, with 153 of them registered sex offenders. Santa Clarita has just 63 parolees, Ledford said. “Where’s the equity?” Ledford said. “I would insist on a more equitable formula for distributing parolees.” Ledford did not offer a specific proposal on how parolees should be released. Ledford said he would also push for more parole agents. Runner said that she and her husband have gotten state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation officials to agree to stop sending prison parolees to the Antelope Valley unless they had valley connections predating their imprisonments. Correction officials also agreed to add more parole agents to watch local parolees and to start using Global Positioning System devices to track high-risk sex offenders, according to an agreement announced in February. In a pilot program, the GPS tracking devices are being strapped on the ankles of 40 paroled rapists and other high-risk sex offenders in the Antelope Valley. It is the first time GPS technology has been used to keep track of sex offenders in Los Angeles County. Ledford said last Thursday’s news conference to announce the tracking devices was pre-election campaigning by Sharon Runner. According to Runner, state officials’ decision to turn nearly a quarter of California State Prison-Los Angeles County in Lancaster into a reception center for newly convicted inmates will also have an impact on the number of parolees. Instead of 1,100 inmates serving out their sentences at the prison, those spaces will be filled by inmates being processed into the state prison system and who will be transferred to other prisons after about 90 days. That will reduce the number of families who relocate to the region to be close to imprisoned relatives, Runner said. Parole officials have said repeatedly over the years that inmates were not released directly from the Lancaster prison into the Antelope Valley and that they didn’t steer parolees to the valley – though they acknowledged that state law could bring in paroled offenders from other areas. State law says that parolees must be released in the county from which they were convicted, so Los Angeles County residents on parole can move anywhere in the county. Parolees usually come to the valley because they have family locally, officials say, which means the valley gets more parolees than Santa Clarita because it is more affordable for families. However, another state law says they must be kept at least 35 miles from victims or witnesses if their convictions were for a number of serious offenses, including murder, rape and child molestation. The agreement announced by the Runners in February said a regional parole policy will be implemented to restrict those types of parolees from being transferred into the Antelope Valley, though it allows exceptions for what the agreement called “bona fide victim concerns.” Under the old policy, a parolee who spent nearly 18 years in state prison for raping and molesting children in Pasadena was sent in 2004 to Lancaster, where his mother – a foster parent – lived. The Runners and other civic leaders protested to state officials about it. Lancaster sheriff’s station commander Capt. Carl Deeley said he found Sharon Runner helpful after he took over command of the station in 2003 and began trying to control the parolees who are responsible for a large amount of the valley’s serious crimes such as robberies, assaults and burglaries. Sharon Runner and her husband have both prodded state parole officials, who have responded with major changes and increased cooperation in the valley, Deeley said. “From where we started 21/2 years ago to where we are now is a major change,” Deeley said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more



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GAA: ST EUNAN’S GAA CLUB NEWS

first_imgThe dates for the two semi finals and county final of Scór Sinsir were decided at a recent meeting of coiste scór Dhún na nGall. The first semi final will take place in Gleann Fhinne on Friday 15th February at 7.30pm and the second semi final will be held in Burt on Saturday 16th February at 7.30pm.The county final of Scór Sinsir will be held in Gleann tSúilí on Friday 22nd February. Anyone interested in taking part on behalf of the club are asked to contact Ofifigeach Chultúrtha & Teanga, Fergus McGee on 086 854 4445.The U6/U8 hurling and camogie has started again in the LYIT Friday’s at 6:30pm to 7:45pm. The U10 hurlers are in the Aura Wed at 7pm to 8pm. The U10/U12 camogie training has resumed again in the convent gym Wednesdays 7pm to 8pm. The U12 hurlers have resumed in the Aura at 7pm to 8pm Thursday’s. All new players welcome. Cost €3 per session. U12 Girls football is also up and running again between 6pm and 7pm in the Convent Gym. New members welcome.Training for the U14 girl’s football team for 2013 has started in the Game On indoor Astro Turf Centre at Lisnennan (Old Unifi Plant) on Wednesday’s at 6pm sharp (please arrive 10 mins early). This is open to all girls born in 1999 & 2000. The indoor sessions will run for 7 weeks until the end of Feb and each session will cost €3 per person.Anyone that wants to take part in “Last Person Standing” Fundraiser, contact Paul McGovern asap as it will start in less than 2 weeks (Allianz Leagues) and only fully paid up people will be allowed to take part. Entry fee is €10. Rules on club Facebook page.Managers are asked to contact Paul McGovern asap to book their slots on the training pitch for 2013, with slots filling up fast. The Minor Board will be holding a meeting in the next two weeks to arrange hand over of gear and to get a list of new equipment needed for new season, all team managers are asked to attend. Details in a few days. Congratulations to our members that were part of the Coláiste Ailigh team that claimed All-Ireland success last week and to Clodagh Brennan who was named Basketball player of the year at the Donegal Sports Awards last Friday.This year’s Senior Board Dinner Dance will take place in the Mt. Errigal Hotel on Friday, March 8th. Tickets will be on sale shortly.The Big Fight Night, Lord of the Rings 4 was launched last week and will take place on Friday, March 15th in the Mt. Errigal Hotel. Tickets are now available for a night not to be missed as St. Eunan’s pit their boxing skills against the Rugby club.There were 4 winners that matched 3 numbers in this week’s Lotto draw and they win €25 each. The numbers drawn were: 8-9-18-24. Sinead Halligan, Coalisland, Co. Tyrone (Adrian); Bridget Lyons, Kiltoy; Gareth McGlynn, Rockhill and Rosemary Hannigan, Magherennan (all card). GAA: ST EUNAN’S GAA CLUB NEWS was last modified: January 29th, 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:GAA: ST EUNAN’S GAA CLUB NEWSletterkennylast_img read more



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GAA NEWS – RED HUGHS TO HOST CYCLE CHALLENGE

first_imgRed Hughs NotesLotto & 100+ ClubThere was no jackpot winning sequence in this weeks Lotto draw but Eunan Hannigan, Forest Park won €50. Next weeks Lotto jackpot is €2,950. The Lotto sellers in the coming weeks are: 14th September – Tommy McGlinchey, 21st September – Gerard McColgan and 28th September – Samuel Patterson. The winner of the 100+ Club draw this week was Katie Callaghan who wins €100. Thanks to all for their continued support of the weekly Lotto & 100+ Club.Minor Board After 3 weeks of very competitive games the local league has reached the final stages. It has proved to be a massive success for all the kids and indeed the adults looking after the teams. The U7 to U9 section finals are: (A) final The Glen v The Cross and (B) final Gleneely v Dromore. In the U10 to U12 section the final pairings are (A) final Gleneely v The Glen and (B) final The Cross v Dromore. This Friday 13th September is the date for finals starting at 6.30pm sharp. Good luck to all the teams in the final.The U12 girls had their last blitz of the year in McCool Park on Saturday. Both the A and B teams played great in all the matches. Well done girls keep up the hard work.Melissa Hamilton Memorial 5KWell done to all those who took part in the 5K fun run/walk on Sunday which was in aid of St Vincent de Paul and The Cochlear Implant Trust. A large crowd took part in the 5k and well done to all. Thanks to all those who helped out on the day and made the event such a great success.The Melissa Hamilton Memorial Cup (U12 girls blitz) was then held afterwards at the pitch. Well done to the teams Red Hughs, Castlederg, Aghyaran and Strabane. The final was a very competitive game with Castlederg taking on Strabane with the Strabane girls coming out the winners on a scoreline of 5 points to 3.Red Hughs Cycle ChallengeRed Hughs is holding a cross border cycle challenge this Sunday 15th September. Route starts at clubhouse and goes to Ballybofey, Barnes Gap, Castlederg via the Derg Line and back to the clubhouse with a total distance of approx 60km. All are welcome to take part. Registration is €10 per cyclist and registration is at clubhouse at 9.00am with cycle beginning at 10.00am. For more info see club Facebook page or contact Andy Doherty (087) 6843311, Kathy Kelly (087) 7647168 or Patrick Melaugh (087) 9742266 Red Hughs Golf ClassicThere are only limited places left for the Red Hughs CLG Golf Classic on Saturday 21st September at Ballybofey & Stranorlar Golf Club sponsored by Killygordon Animal Health. If interested you need to enter now or will there be no places left! Teams of four of any combination, entry at €80 per team with both ladies and gents welcome. There will be a selection of team prizes on the day with longest drive etc. A timesheet is in operation contact Karen at the golf club on (074) 9131093 or log onto www.ballybofeyandstranorlargolfclub.ie. All are welcome to come along and enjoy and all Red Hughs club members who don’t take part in the golf are welcome to attend the presentations and refreshments in the golf club later in the evening.Airtricity Meentycat WalkThe club will be taking part in the Meentycat Sponsored 15k Walk again this year which takes place on Saturday 28th September. Sponsorship cards are available from Liam Doherty (087) 6478122 or any member of executive. GAA NEWS – RED HUGHS TO HOST CYCLE CHALLENGE was last modified: September 9th, 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:Red Hughs GAA noteslast_img read more



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Wendell Named 2017 WBCA NCAA Division I Coaches’ All-America Honorable Mention

first_img Asia Durr Louisville Sophomore Guard Brooke McCarty Texas Junior Guard Katie Lou Samuelson Connecticut Sophomore Guard Tyra Buss Indiana Junior Guard Kalani Brown Baylor Sophomore Center Evelyn Akhator Kentucky Senior Forward Tynice Martin West Virginia Sophomore Guard Kelsey Mitchell Ohio State Junior Guard Feyonda Fitzgerald Temple Senior Guard Wendell scored 2,551 career points, which is the third most in Drake and MVC history and third among active NCAA Division I players. She is just the fourth Bulldog and eighth MVC player to score 2,000 or more points. Wendell was selected to the All-MVC First Team all four years of her outstanding career, a feat that has been accomplished by just six others in MVC history. She was tabbed MVC Player of the Week a league-high five times this season and 14 times in her career, a total that is second all-time in Valley history behind Stiles. Brittney Sykes Syracuse Grad Student Guard Brooke Schulte DePaul Senior Guard Alexis Peterson Syracuse Senior Guard In her freshman season, Wendell won a program-record eight MVC Newcomer of the Week awards and was named the MVC Freshman of the Year. She nabbed 268 career steals to rank second all-time at Drake, her career scoring clip of 19.8 points per game ranks third all-time at Drake and she made 230 three-pointers to rank fourth all-time at Drake. Lizzy Wendell Drake Senior Forward Katelynn Flaherty Michigan Junior Guard Kitija Laksa South Florida Sophomore Forward Karlie Samuelson Stanford Senior Guard Nina Davis Baylor Senior Forward Here are the student-athletes who received 2017 WBCA NCAA Division I Coaches’ All-America honorable mention: Monique Billings UCLA Junior Forward Shatori Walker-Kimbrough Maryland Senior Guard Name Institution Year Position Sydney Wiese Oregon State Senior Guard Allazia Blockton Marquette Sophomore Guard Napheesa Collier Connecticut Sophomore Forward Lexie Brown Duke Junior Guard Sophie Brunner Arizona State Senior Forward Rebecca Greenwell Duke Junior Guard Ariel Atkins Texas Junior Guard Jordin Canada UCLA Junior Guard Gabby Williams Connecticut Junior Forward Sophie Cunningham Missouri Sophomore Guard Lindsay Allen Notre Dame Senior Guard Diamond DeShields Tennessee Senior Guard Erica McCall Stanford Senior Forward Makayla Epps Kentucky Senior Guard This is the fourth postseason award for Wendell, who earlier this week was selected to the Senior CLASS Award All-America First Team. Last week, she earned AP All-America Honorable Mention accolades and the week prior was selected as an All-Region nominee for the 2017 WBCA NCAA Division I Coaches’ All-America team. Tori Jankoska Michigan State Senior Guard Wendell helped Drake tie a program record for single season wins with a 28-5 record in 2016-17. The Bulldogs finished 18-0 in league play to win the regular season title and then claimed the MVC Tournament title with three wins in three days. The tournament title gave the Bulldogs an automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament, its first NCAA appearance since 2007. Myisha Hines-Allen Louisville Junior Forward Jessica January DePaul Senior Guard Alaina Coates South Carolina Senior Center Brionna Jones Maryland Grad Student Center Ronni Williams Florida Senior Forward Breanna Lewis Kansas State Senior Center DALLAS – Senior Lizzy Wendell (Blue Springs, Mo.) of the Drake University women’s basketball team was named a 2017 WBCA NCAA Division I Coaches’ All-America honorable mention selection, the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association announced Saturday afternoon. Brianna Turner Notre Dame Junior Forward Wendell’s 19.8 career scoring clip ranks third all-time at Drake and sixth all-time in MVC history. She had the longest double figure scoring streak in MVC history at 102-consecutive games and scored in double figures in 124-of-129 career games. Wendell leads active MVC players in career 20-plus point scoring games with 66 and 30-plus point games with 11, including two 43-point career-high performances. 2017 WBCA NCAA Division I Coaches’ All-Americans: Teniya Page Penn State Sophomore Guard Leticia Romero Florida State Senior Guard Chantel Osahor Washington Senior Forward Kristine Anigwe California Sophomore Forward Arike Ogunbowale Notre Dame Sophomore Guard Mercedes Russell Tennessee Senior Center Shakayla Thomas Florida State Junior Forward Victoria Vivians Mississippi State Junior Guard In her final season, Wendell, who was named the 2017 Jackie Stiles Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year, averaged a league-leading 21.0 points and ranked among the top six in the MVC in assists (3.0, 5th), free throw percentage (74.3, 6th), shooting percentage (49.8, 5th) and steals (2.7, 2nd). Wendell’s scoring average ranks 13th in the nation, and she is the first MVC player to lead the league in scoring in three-straight seasons since Jackie Stiles of Missouri State led the league four straight seasons from 1998-2001. She scored 692 points this past season, a total that ranks ninth all-time in Drake and MVC single-season history. Kelsey Plum Washington Senior Guard Nia Coffey Northwestern Senior Forward A’ja Wilson South Carolina Junior Forward Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more



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