first_imgJim McGuinness can’t be considered a GAA great according to Roy Curtis.Award winning Sports Journalist Roy Curtis has aimed a final parting shot at Jim McGuinness, following his decision on Friday night to step down after four-years at the helm. However, Sunday World Sports Editor Curtis has been critical of McGuinness throughout his tenure and yesterday claimed he can never be considered as a GAA great.McGuinness completely transformed Donegal’s fortunes when he took over in 2010, and became the most successful manager in Donegal GAA history, winning three Ulster titles and one All-Ireland final. He stepped down after the defeat to Kerry a fortnight ago in the All-Ireland final, and won 20 out of his 24 championship matches in charge of Donegal, but according to Curtis he can’t be considered as a GAA great.Curtis wrote, “His achievements while substantial, do not place him among the top ten in the pantheon of managerial giants.“Brian Cody has won TEN All-Ireland’s, McGuinnes one, yet the latter is more often presented as the sort of figure to whom temples are constructed.“McGuinness was a fine coach, a contrary control-freak, a man who always seemed to this observer – just a little to fond of the image others cultivated for him. “McGuinness was a charismatic leader who found a way to the Promised Land, who made his people fulfilled.“But an all-time great, no, not when he cannot even be regarded as the outstanding leader of his generation.ROY CURTIS – “JIMMY WAS CHARISMATIC LEADER, BUT NO GAA GREAT” was last modified: October 6th, 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:donegalGAAJimmy McGuinnessnewsRoy CurtisSportlast_img read more

Raiders trade for QB McCarron, cut Martavis Bryant

first_imgGet Raiders news in your inbox. Sign up now for the free Raiders HQ newsletter.ALAMEDA — The Raiders identified their backup quarterback Saturday and said farewell to the “white tiger.”AJ McCarron, signed by the Buffalo Bills in the off-season to compete for the starting job, will join the Raiders in exchange for a fifth-round draft pick, the Raiders announced. Bryant, a wide receiver acquired from the Pittsburgh Steelers in exchange for a third-round draft pick, was released in the initial …last_img

Ind vs Aus: India beat Australia by 5 wickets, to play Pakistan in semis

first_imgIndia beat Australia by five wickets to set-up a World Cup semi-final date with Pakistan. Score | PhotosOnce again it was Yuvraj Singh, who charted India’s win with an all-round performance against the Aussies at the Sardar Patel Stadium in Motera, Ahmedabad, on Thursday.First he returned with bowling figures of 10-0-44-2 and then scored an unbeaten 57 to help India beat the four-time World Cup champions in front of a packed Motera stadium. Chasing 261, India got off to a good start with Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar putting 44 runs for the first wicket.In the ninth over Shane Watson got the vital breakthrough scalping Virender Sehwag on 15. He wanted to play a pull but mistimed it towards Michael Hussey at square leg. India lost their first wicket on 44.Soon, Sachin Tendulkar and Gautam Gambhir went on to forge a partnership.Sachin crossed another milestone by scoring more than 18,000 runs in ODIs. But post his half-century, Tendulkar departed with Shaun Tait scalping him on the first ball of the 19th over. He fell for 53 and India lost their second wicket on 94/2.A few minutes later, David Hussey claimed Virat Kohli with a full toss that was hit hard towards the mid-wicket region, but Michael Clarke ensured the ball didn’t go any further. Kohli fell for 24 and India fell to 143/3 in the 29th over.Post Kohli’s fall, Gautam Gambhir and Yuvraj Singh batted cautiously to thwart the Aussie plans. Gambhir went on to complete his half-century.But Gambhir’s innings came to a rather bizarre end when he got run out in the 34th after surviving two run out chances. An over earlier Ponting missed a chance and again Yuvraj and Gambhir got involved in a mix up, the two escaped only to see Gambhir walk back on the next ball on 50 with a run out against his name. India lost their fourth wicket on 168.advertisementThen it was the turn of skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni to take a walk. He whacked the ball off Brett Lee but Michael Clarke took a blinder in the outfield and he perished on seven. India were 187/5 in 38 overs.Finally Yuvraj Singh (57 not out) and Suresh Raina (34 not out) batted with gusto to see India home in the 48th over of the innings.Australia inningsEarlier, Ricky Ponting scored his fifth World Cup century as Australia scored 260/6 in their stiuplated 50 overs.Aussie skipper Ricky Ponting won the toss and elected to bat. Not an unusual decision considering the nature of the wicket.The wicket looked dry and there will be some turn in offer for the spinners. It was a good move by India captain MS Dhoni to give the ball to offie R Ashwin in the first over. And Ashwin did get the breakthrough albeit a bit late. On the last ball of the 10th over he scalped Shane Watson with his turner that crashed into his stumps. He fell for 25 and Aussies went down to 40/1.Post that wicket, Brad Haddin and Ricky Ponting got on with a fine partnership to put 70 runs for the second wicket. Brad Haddin went on to score his fourth half-century in the World Cup, but he could not carry any further as Yuvraj Singh got the man India wanted.Haddin went for a big hit off Yuvraj but failed to get the desired elevation and Suresh Raina took a fine catch to dismiss him on 53. Aussies lost their second wicket on 110/2.Yuvraj, who is on a purple patch at the World Cup, came up with another vital breakthrough to send Aussie vice-captain Michael Clarke home. A top edge off Clarke’s bat was taken by Zaheer Khan at mid-wicket. He departed for eight and Australia fell to 140/3 in the 31st over.Then it was the turn of paceman Zaheer Khan to join the party and he did it by scalping Michael Hussey with his slower ball that pitched on the off and turned in a little to take the batsman’s off stump. Australia lost their fourth wicket on 150.Later, Zaheer struck back to send back Cameron White on 12 with a caught and bowled written against his name. And Aussies went down to 190/5 in 41.2 overs.Towards the end of the innings, Ponting and David Hussey got on with a good partnership. They even took the Batting Powerplay to up the tempo in the 44th over. Ponting went on to complete his fifth World Cup and 30th ODI ton. Deep into the 49th over R Ashwin scalped Ponting on 104 with Zaheer Khan performing the final rites to reduce Australia to 245/6.advertisementFinally, David Hussey and Mitchell Johnson added 15 runs for the seventh wicket to help Australia score 260/6 against India.last_img read more


first_imgThe 2004 NSW Country Championships were held last weekend with the Hunter Western Hornets taking out the Champion Permit title and Newcastle City being named as the Champion Club. The Hunter Western region claimed both the Mens and Womens Open titles with the Central Coast Men’s Open side fighting off Wagga to claim the Men’s Open crown for the second year running. Lead by Captain Dean Wilbow and a strong game from Dylan Hennessy, the Central Coast won an exciting 4-3 match. In the Women’s Open Wagga and Newcastle University fought out a tight, high standard match, with Newcastle University eventually claiming their first Women’s Open Country Title 4-3. Riley Sohier, Tournament Coordinator and a NSW Touch Development Officer for the Hunter Western Region, was extremely pleased with the running of the event and the standard of touch shown throughout the tournament. “The tournament was exciting, with a very high standard of touch played, it was a great effort from the Hunter Western Region and we’re hoping that will be reflected at next year’s NTL’s,” he says. “It’s great to see a promising future for the region, with Wallsend claiming the Mens and Womens 23 years double.” Newcastle City also showed they have a very bright future, claiming the title of Champion Club. Newcastle City won three of the senior titles on offer, with Newcastle University also claiming the Womens Open title. Both the Mens and Womens Under 23’s finished second to the Wallsend side. “We’d like to congratulate Joe Campbell and his committee for their many years of long, hard, yards. All the hard work has finally paid off for Newcastle City,” Mr Sohier says. The NSW Country sides will be named on the NSW touch website soon. The sides will travel to Victoria in October for the Australia Cup competition. “NSW touch, both players and staff, are looking forward to the tournament in Victoria. It will be the first time since the 1985 Nationals that NSW touch have toured Victoria,” says Mr Sohier. Final Results Mens Open: Central Coast 4 def Wagga 3 Player of the Final: Dean Wilbow (Central Coast) Womens Open: Newcastle University 4 def Wagga 3 Player of the Final: Linda Poolman (Newcastle University) Mixed Open: Kiama 8 def Peninsula 5 Player of the Final: Cherie & Darren Marsh (Kiama) Women 18s: Tamworth 5 def Central Coast 2 Player of the Final: Leica Le Brocq (Tamworth) Mens 18s: Kempsey 4 def Nelson Bay 1 Player of the Final: Patrick Smith (Kempsey) Womens 23s: Wallsend 4 def Newcastle City 2 Player of the Final: Rebecca Lang (Wallsend) Mens 23s: Wallsend (1) 5 def Newcastle City 3 Player of the Final: Jason Scott (Wallsend) Womens O/30s: Wollongong 3 def Wallsend 0 Player of the Final: Renae Sealey (Wollongong) Mens O/30s: Peninsula 7 def Doyalson 3 Player of the Final: Nathan Warren (Peninsula) Womens O/35s: Forster 3 def Mudgee 1 Player of the Final: Lyn Eason (Forster) Mens O/35s: Newcastle City 4 def Dubbo 1 Player of the Final: Robbie McCormack (Newcastle City) Womens O/40s: Newcastle City 2 def Port Macquarie 1 Player of the Final: Cherie Green (Newcastle City) Mens O/40s: Forster Tuncurry 5 def Central Coast 2 Player of the Final: Mark Koch (Forster Tuncurry) Mens O/45s: Wagga 3 def Wollongong 2 Player of the Final: Rodney Byrne (Wagga) Mens O/50s: Newcastle City 2 def Port Macquarie 0 Player of the Final: Michael Gallagher (Newcastle City) Champion Permit: Hunter Western Hornets Club Champions: Newcastle City By Rachel Moylelast_img read more

10 months agoAC Milan striker Cutrone: I’ve apologised to Gattuso

first_imgAC Milan striker Cutrone: I’ve apologised to Gattusoby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAC Milan striker Patrick Cutrone has apologised to coach Rino Gattuso for his strop during the stalemate with Bologna.Cutrone admits his reaction was wrong to being substituted.“It was all over in a flash. I know I was wrong, so I explained to the Coach that it was a misunderstanding,” Cutrone told“I have already apologised to him and the whole squad. I was hurt and there was a misunderstanding with the bench over whether I was able to continue or not.“I take the blame, but every player wants to be out there and my desire was to give a bigger contribution to the team.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img

Video: Watch This Short, Powerful Documentary About Clemson Quarterback Deshaun Watson

first_imgDeshaun Watson of the Clemson Tigers stands with head coach Dabo Swinney after the Clemson Tigers defeated the Oklahoma Sooners.MIAMI GARDENS, FL – DECEMBER 31: Deshaun Watson #4 of the Clemson Tigers stands with head coach Dabo Swinney after the Clemson Tigers defeated the Oklahoma Sooners with a score of 37 to 17 to win the 2015 Capital One Orange Bowl at Sun Life Stadium on December 31, 2015 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson is one of the best players in college football. He also has an excellent story to match his ability on the field. The ACC Digital Network and Havoline Football Saturdays put together a short documentary about Watson, covering his high school career and rise to five-star recruit, as well as the inspiration that he draws from his mother Deann, who survived a fight with tongue cancer during his high school career.Clemson fans will love this video, but it is worth a watch for all college football fans.last_img read more

Upside down Christmas tree trend going viral – but comes with a

first_imgTORONTO – For those who like to upend holiday traditions, this trend is for you: the upside down Christmas tree.This season, social media is rife with photos of inverted pines and firs that are adorning hotel lobbies, shopping centres and downtown atriums with gravity-defying drama.It’s a surefire showstopper for retailers eager to attract shoppers, but the over-the-top stunt is now making its way into some living rooms, with several retailers offering up kits for the home decorator willing to try something different.But these trendy inverted trees aren’t cheap.Most cost more than $200, although prices range from $60.99 for a modest three-foot model to $1,299.99 for a 7.5-foot pre-lit version.Calgary salon owner Dave Richards says he’s thinking about a purchase for next year, noting he already put up his Christmas tree several weeks ago, before he saw the latest trend.“I’m in the market for one at the end of this Christmas season if they go on sale — if any are left,” says Richards, who is known as DevaDave to his clients and friends.“In terms of space … it allows for more movement at the lower base of it. It’s definitely a conversation piece more than anything else and I think most people when they’re purchasing something like that it’s because they are hoping to make the corner of their home a little bit more interesting for guests and all that.“Is it weird? Hell yes. Very much so.”Richards suspects such a tree would be a good fit for his downtown hair salon, where he is a stylist and wig retailer who caters to cancer patients and people in the transgender community.But at home, he says he’s very much a traditionalist, with this year’s decor of balls, bells and angels driven by a white-and-silver theme. He also doubted his four-year-old son would approve of a non-traditional tree.“There are things that kids like (and) he wants his tree just ‘so.’ He’s fussy,” says Richards, admitting he’d otherwise consider a flashier display since he sometimes welcomes clients to his home and often entertains friends and family.A nine-foot Christmas tree hangs upside down in the hotel lobby of the Fairmont Vancouver Airport and it certainly seems to be a hit with guests and passersby, says marketing specialist Kate Francois.It’s the second year in a row they’ve flipped their centrepiece, which is festooned with mini passports, planes, suitcases and hand-painted blue and gold globes.“We’ve had a ton of interest, actually. We’ve had a few people come in just specifically for that, they weren’t even staying at the hotel but they wanted to come and photograph it,” says Francois.It’s certainly not for everyone, says interior designer Jane Lockhart, who set up an upside down tree for a commercial retail display a couple of years ago. But she adds that the trees do seem to be part of a broader trend of more radical home design, possibly fuelled by social media.After a year of disturbing headlines that at times felt like the world was warping into an alternate universe, an upside down tree might be just what some people need, adds Richards.“It’s a finger up at the establishment of making (Christmas) so commercial,” he says.But then again, many people find comfort in familiar rituals when times are tough, he muses.“There are probably hipsters who think it’s a great idea and it’s fun and funky,” he says. “But the tradition of going to the lot and buying a traditional tree …. people still want that.”last_img read more

City awards tender for 5 million water recovery facility

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Fort St. John City Council has awarded the tender to build Phase 2 of a water recovery facility to a local firm.At Monday’s meeting, councillors voted in favour of awarding the tender for the project to Fort St. John-based Knappett Industries Ltd. for the price of $5,037,664. Knappett’s bid was the second-lowest of the five submitted, however, city staff said that the  $4,186,000 bid from WL Construction had a major error and had to be rejected. Furthermore, the City’s General Manager of Integrated Services Victor Shopland said that even if the error hadn’t been made, WL’s submission would have been higher than Knappett’s. Including engineering work, the project will total $5,577,664.00, which is $1,922,336.00 under the city’s $7.5 million budget. In his report, Shopland said that there is still roughly $2,000,000 left in construction costs for the first phase of the project, 1, which had a tendered start date in 2017 and a completion date in 2018. He said that Phase 2 has a completion date some time in 2019.last_img read more

Friday is Pay it Forward Day in the Energetic City

first_imgThis year is the tenth anniversary for “Pay it Forward” Day, and LaBoucaine doesn’t expect the city to stop spreading random acts of kindness any time soon.“I think we’ll definitely continue with Pay it Forward Day. A lot of the people we support and the staff enjoy getting out in the community and returning the favor as well as doing those random acts of kindness.”The Lido Theatre and members of the Fort St. John Fire Department will be paying it forward by hosting a community barbecue Friday afternoon. The barbecue is free to the public and will feature a bouncy castle as well as movies inside the theatre. The two groups will also be fundraising for the Fort St. John Firefighters Charitable Society at the event. The barbecue will take place from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.Photo by the Lido Theatre.On Friday night the Lido will also host a by donation concert featuring Mark Kroos. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. while the show isn’t until 8:00 p.m.Photo by the Lido Theatre. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St John Association for Community Living is going to be celebrating “Pay It Forward Day” in the Energetic City this Friday.The Association for Community Living started “Pay It Forward” Day in 2009 so that all Fort St. John residents could perform their own random acts of kindness in the community.“We just want to create a ripple effect and encourage other people to participate in Pay it Forward.” Said the Executive Director for the Association for Community Living, Renee LaBoucaine. “It does put a smile on your face when someone does a good deed for you. Were hoping to continue the momentum, whether its as simple as saying “hi”, holding the door, or paying for someones coffee, whatever that act is that carries the momentum and moves it forward.”last_img read more

Grande Prairie RCMP execute search warrant finding large quantity of illegal items

first_imgGrande Prairie RCMP would like to thank the public for their assistance.If you wish to report a drug house in your neighbourhood,  please call the confidential tip line at 780-830-7444. If need to report a crime, please call the Grande Prairie RCMP at 780-830-5701 or call your local police detachment. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at or by using the “P3 Tips” app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store. GRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – On January 8, 2019, Grande Prairie RCMP executed a search warrant on an apartment on the west side of the city after receiving information from the public about a possible drug house.RCMP searched the apartment and located approximately $600,000 worth of illegal drugs. Canadian currency and firearms were also located during the search. The following items were seized as a result of the investigation;Approximately 4 kilograms of Crystal MethamphetamineApproximately 2.2 kilograms of CocaineApproximately 200 grams of heroineApproximately 5500 Oxycodone tabletsApproximately 950 Fentanyl tablets$93,880.00 in Canadian currency2 hand gunsThe investigation is ongoing and no further details are available at this time.last_img read more