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No. 4 Nicholls Knocks Off No. 2 SFA for First Ever Tournament Title

first_img“This was a complete buy-in from this team,” Nicholls head coach DoBee Plaisance said. “They’re my warriors.” Barrios again led the Colonels’ charge with 22 points and five boards, joined by three teammates scoring in double figures. Williams finished 4-for-8 from three-point range while Barrios went 3-for-4. A game that saw five fourth-quarter lead changes fell in favor of Nicholls as sharp shooting and defense down the stretch proved the difference maker. The Colonels finished .511 from the field (24-47) while holding the Ladyjacks to .397. With Marina Lilly hitting two free throws with eight minutes to go in the game, the Colonels nabbed their first lead of the game, 56-55. SFA would regain it at the 5:58 mark with a Taylor Jackson triple before Airi Hamilton put Nicholls back up two at the final media timeout. Nicholls opened the third quarter with a Tykeria Williams three to bring the team back to within single digits at 40-31. Another three from her with 7:22 to go in the third closed the gap to the closest since SFA’s opening score at six points. In fitting fashion, she again drained back-to-back threes to make it a two-point ball game at 50-48 with 2:04 on the clock. The Colonels got off to a dreadfully slow start, not scoring until a Cassidy Barrios jumper just three minutes in to make it 7-2. SFA would push the lead to 13-2 at the first media timeout. Led by eight points from Imani Johnson, the Ladyjacks would take a 23-11 after the first quarter. The Colonels weren’t done with their run, as a Barrios trey pulled her team to 55-54 entering the fourth quarter. Williams would ice it at the free throw line as the No. 4 Colonels earned their first ever Southland tournament championship..@Nicholls_WBB claims their first @SouthlandSports championship. pic.twitter.com/oh1BKVn0pD— CBS Sports Network (@CBSSportsNet) March 11, 2018 Nicholls began to hit its stride through the second period, using a 6-2 run to pull the score to 25-17. The two sides would trade baskets while SFA allowed the Colonels to stay just within striking distance. A comfortable lead remained in the No. 3 seed’s hands however, as Kellogg’s side entered halftime up 40-28. With the score 62-60 in favor of Nicholls with 4:41 to play, Riley Harvey put up a three-pointer and layup back to back to pull SFA back within one with just under 2:00 to go. The Colonels endeavored to slow the game down and another Hamilton layup put them up 68-65, forcing Kellogg to call a timeout with 24.5 to play. “We knew they would come barreling back,” Plaisance said of the game’s back-and-forth runs. “We knew we had to amp it up and keep the pedal to the floor down the stretch.” The 2018 NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship bracket will be announced tomorrow on ESPN at 6 p.m. CT. A victorious comeback was not to be though, as the ‘Jacks missed two threes in a row in an effort to tie the game. A near turnover resulted in a foul on Nicholls, giving SFA possession for one last shot with 4.8 seconds to go. However, a five-second violation on the inbound gave the ball right back. “The third period was the difference for us,” SFA head coach Kellogg said. “We lost a bit of our identity after halftime.” “We pride ourselves on those after-timeout plays,” said Kellogg. “We simply didn’t execute on that one when it mattered.” “From the beginning of the season, we had a motto: ‘We’re all we got,” Barrios said. “We knew we were the number one team, and we proved that today.” SFA got three huge performances out of Chanell Hayes (17 points), Imani Johnson (13 points) and Riley Harvey (16 points), but was unable to sustain their lead after halftime. The Colonels put up 26 points in another huge tournament third quarter and held SFA to 15 in the same span. The Player of the Year was off and running yet again, with 20 points to her name after three periods. Led by Williams, the Colonels were a combined 6-for-7 from behind the arc in the third period alone. Box Score | Photo Gallery | CBSSN Replay | HighlightsKATY, Texas – Nicholls women proved that they were not a one-off spoiler team in the 2018 Southland Conference Basketball Tournament. The Colonels capped a huge tournament run with a 69-65 win over No. 2 Stephen F. Austin, earning their first ever NCAA Tournament bid. At the intermission, SFA’s Chanell Hayes led all scorers with 13 while Barrios registered 12 for Nicholls. “It’s another game on the schedule,” said Plaisance. “Let’s check the box. We’ll be warriors and we’re going to fight.”ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAMCassidy Barrios, Nicholls (MVP)Stevi Parker, Stephen F. AustinChanell Hayes, Stephen F. AustinTykeria Williams, NichollsImani Johnson, Stephen F. Austinlast_img read more

Kansas holds off Seton Hall to reach Sweet 16

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Kansas led just 31-26 at halftime, when Delgado had already piled up 12 points and 12 rebounds, and was forced to make some significant adjustments in the locker room.On defense, Self called for double-teams on Delgado whenever he got the ball down low, especially when Azubuike was sitting on the bench. On offense, he had his guys throw it to Azubuike on the block or rely on Mykhailiuk — by nature a 3-point specialist — to slash to the basket.Together, they helped the Jayhawks stretch their lead to double digits.Delgado kept the Pirates in the game, though. Azubuike went to the bench with four fouls with about 9 minutes left, and coach Kevin Willard instructed his own guys to go right back to their center.Delgado was so effective that Self gambled by putting ’Doke right back in the game.“He was the best player in the game,” Self said. “He was a man. We knew he was good. And not having Doke in there more hurt us, because physically he was able to get the best of us.”Seton Hall closed to 63-59 with 3:22 to go, but Newman answered with a 3-pointer and a pair of foul shots, and the poised Jayhawks never allowed the Pirates to come all the way back.“I thought it was an extremely well-played game,” Willard said. “I thought the kids left everything on the floor for both teams. I’m proud of the way my guys kept fighting back. You just have to give Kansas credit. They made a lot of big shots late.”SELF’S RECORDSelf improved to 35-13 in the NCAA Tournament with Kansas, highlighted by a national title in 2008. That breaks a tie with his predecessor and current North Carolina coach Roy Williams for the most tourney wins in school history. Williams was 34-14 with the Jayhawks. Morocco bid: $16B for 2026 World Cup venues, infrastructure The Jayhawks needed all of them.Azubuike stood toe-to-toe with the Pirates’ bruising Angel Delgado, and he drew enough attention on offense to spring his high-scoring guards for open looks. The result was a 28-point performance from teammate Malik Newman, 16 more from Svi Mykhailiuk, and a gritty 83-79 victory that pushed the top-seeded Jayhawks to their third consecutive Sweet 16.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“If ’Doke wasn’t able to come back from his injury, we don’t win,” coach Bill Self said. “I was hoping for 20 minutes. That was what I was hoping. And he could have played more.”Lagerald Vick added 13 points for Kansas (29-7), which converted every crucial play down the stretch to advance to the semifinals of the Midwest Region. The Jayhawks will face the winner of Sunday night’s game between Auburn and Clemson next week in Omaha, Nebraska. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism MOST READ LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victimscenter_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Delgado finished with 24 points and 23 rebounds in a virtuoso effort for the No. 8 seed Pirates (22-11), who snapped a four-game NCAA Tournament skid in the opening round. But he was less effective when Azubuike was in the game, a matchup that often sounded like battleships colliding.“It stinks, basically, to leave like this,” Delgado said, “because we had so much expectation. We wanted to win every game, be the best team in the tournament.”Khadeen Carrington finished with 28 points, many of them on 3-pointers in the closing minutes, and Myles Powell added 14 as the pair of guards tried in vain to keep Seton Hall alive.It was 71-66 with 53 seconds left when Devonte Graham made two free throws for Kansas. Carrington kept answering for the Pirates, but the Jayhawks were unflappable at the foul line.“I think it was the four-minute timeout, Coach told us in the huddle we were in the bonus. Just get down there, keep getting fouls,” said Newman, the MVP of last week’s Big 12 Tournament. “I was able to hit them quick and I was able to get to the line and make my free throws.”ADVERTISEMENT For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. 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 Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Kansas center Udoka Azubuike (35) celebrates after making a basket during the first half of an NCAA men’s college basketball tournament second-round game against Seton Hall Saturday, March 17, 2018, in Wichita, Kan. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)WICHITA, Kan. — Udoka Azubuike had practiced once in the last 11 days because of a lingering knee injury, and the mammoth Kansas forward’s three-minute stretch in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament was about as underwhelming as his herky-jerky free-throw stroke.He managed to go 22 minutes against Seton Hall on Saturday night.ADVERTISEMENT BIG PICTURESeton Hall was often rattled by a crowd that gave Kansas a hometown advantage. The game was played about 2 hours south of the Jayhawks’ campus in Lawrence, and about 90 percent of the 15,000-plus at Intrust Bank Arena cheered on the home-state school.Kansas survived without much production from Graham, who scored 29 against Pennsylvania in the first round. He took a wicked shot to the head from a teammate late in the first half, and wound up with eight points on 1-for-7 shooting.UP NEXTThe Jayhawks are headed to Omaha for the regional semifinals. They’ll play the winner of Sunday night’s matchup between fourth-seeded Auburn and No. 5 seed Clemson. Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters View commentslast_img read more

Napoli star’s agent responsible for failed move to Bournemouth

first_img1 Jonathan de Guzman’s agent is to blame for the collapse of the Dutch star’s move to the Premier League, according to an intermediary involved in the deal.The Napoli midfielder was all set for a deadline day switch to top flight new boys Bournemouth but the 27-year-old did not arrive on the South Coast to complete a medical.Sunderland were also in the hunt for the former Mallorca and Villarreal star but could also not finalise terms for De Guzman.And now, according to FIFA agent Vincenzo Morabito, the role of the Dutch international’s agent was the reason the transfer did not happen.“I tried to mediate between them, but the move collapsed due to the arrogance of his agent,” Morabito told Radio Marte.“We often see some agents think they are the owners of the player, forgetting it’s the club who buys his services.“There was an agreement for a £1m loan plus option to buy for £3.5m, but they dragged in other non-existent offers from Hamburger SV and Olympique Marseille.”It is not known whether Eddie Howe or the Black Cats will renew their interest in the versatile midfield star during the January transfer window. Jonathan de Guzman’ last_img read more

TRIPADVISOR SELECTS TOP TEN BEACHES IN IRELAND – BUT NO PLACE FOR ANY IN DONEGAL

first_imgThe beautiful Carrickfinn Beach.Leading travel website TripAdvisor have failed to select any Donegal beach in their list of the Top Ten beaches in Ireland.That has prompted some angry responses from Donegal residents both home and abroad who are dismayed at the fact that not ONE beach made it on to the list.We’re used to being overlooked in Donegal, and have been regularly dubbed ‘The Forgotten County’. But one thing we were always renowned for was having some of the most stunning beaches and scenery in the world.However, we now may need to re-evaluate that belief after leading travel giant TripAdvisor failed to select any Donegal beach in their list of the Top Ten in Ireland.One angry Donegal resident took to Facebook to express their surprise at Donegal’s omission from the list, “What an absolute joke of a selection from TripAdvisor, I’m sure there are plenty of other places in Ireland that are annoyed they didn’t make the list, but seriously how can we not get ONE beach on that list.Another posted under TripAdvisor’s post, “We have a number of the most beautiful beaches in the world here in Donegal, but we don’t make the Top Ten, did anyone even bother to visit Donegal? While another added, “I’ve been lucky enough to travel all over the world and see some beautiful places, but Donegal is up there with anything I’ve seen, can’t believe that’s not recognised in your selection.The Top Ten beaches selected by TripAdvisor were: No.1 – Inchydoney Beach, Clonakilty.No.2 – Derrynane Beach, Caherdaniel. No.3 – Inch Beach, Inch. No.4 – Lahinch Beach, Lahinch. N0.5 – Rossbeigh Beach, Glenbeigh. No.6 – Curracloe Beach, Curracloe. No.7 – Banna Strand, Tralee. No.8 – Kilmurvey Beach, Inishmore, Aran Islands. No.9 – Salthill Beach, Galway. No.10 – Portmarnock Beach, Dublin. TRIPADVISOR SELECTS TOP TEN BEACHES IN IRELAND – BUT NO PLACE FOR ANY IN DONEGAL was last modified: February 18th, 2015 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:beachesdonegalFeaturesnewsOmissionSelectionTop TenTripAdvisorlast_img read more

Wal-Mart beats estimates

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsIn the first quarter a year ago, one-time items involving taxes and a legal settlement drove up profits by $145 million, or 3 cents per share. Its overall revenue rose to $80.47 billion from $71.68 billion a year ago. That was in line with Wall Street’s estimate of $80.4 billion. Sales at Wal-Mart stores in the U.S. open for at least a year rose 3.8 percent in the first quarter. Known as same-store sales, the figure is considered the best measure of a retailer’s health. Wal-Mart shares rose 64 cents, or 1.4 percent, to close at $48.07 on the New York Stock Exchange. “The success of this quarter was the result of our focus on three goals: driving sales, reducing costs and improving inventory management,” said Scott. LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Wal-Mart Stores Inc.’s cost-cutting moves and improvement in its merchandise mix helped the world’s largest retailer post a 6.3 percent increase in its first-quarter profit. The results beat Wall Street estimates and sent its shares modestly higher. But Wal-Mart warned Tuesday that spikes in gasoline and utility prices will continue to leave consumers with less to spend and will pressure earnings in the months ahead. “We continue to see higher gasoline and utility prices affecting our customers around the world and this could pressure our results as we move into the second quarter,” said Lee Scott, president and CEO in a prerecorded message to investors Tuesday. Wal-Mart earned $2.615 billion, or 63 cents per share, in the three months ended April 30, up from $2.461 billion, or 58 cents a share, a year earlier. Analysts polled by Thomson Financial had forecast earnings of 61 cents per share. The company’s recent campaign to cut excess inventory – which has received a lot attention – is paying off. During the first quarter, U.S. store inventories were reduced by 2 percent. Overall first-quarter consolidated inventory levels were up 2.7 percent from a year earlier, exceeding the company’s goal of growing inventory at half the rate of sales. Wal-Mart said it also saw productivity improvements by better matching work schedules of its associates to customer shopping patterns. The company said it expects per-share profits of between 70 cents and 74 cents per share in the second quarter and $2.88 to $2.95 for the fiscal year. Wal-Mart said it expects same-store sales to be up between 2 and 4 percent for the second quarter. Wal-Mart’s earnings report came a day after discount rival Target Corp. reported a 12 percent increase in first-quarter profits, narrowly missing Wall Street estimates. It struggled with shrinking profit margins and higher selling and administrative expenses that rose faster than sales. Still, Wal-Mart faces a lot of financial pressures. The company has announced improvements to its health insurance, and chief financial officer Tom Schoewe said in a recorded call that the new costs would be among factors that will pressure earnings. Interest, insurance and utility prices are growing, too, he said. Company officials said improved productivity will offset the employee insurance costs. Moreover, Wal-Mart is more vulnerable to rising energy costs than rival Target since its core customers are in the low-income bracket. “Toward the end of the month, people tend to run out of money,” said Wal-Mart chief accounting officer Charles Holley. To inspire those shoppers to keep coming back Wal-Mart needs to keep doing what it is known for, he said. “I think what you can do is make sure you are offering the best possible prices on the staples you have out there,” Holley said. At the same time, Wal-Mart continues to woo its upscale shoppers with trendier merchandise. The company is renovating the company’s 3,000-plus stores, as part of its strategy to compete with Target and other retailers that appeal to customers with more money to spend. “We want that higher demographic customer to shop across the aisle,” Holley 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

MESSI WILL NEVER PLAY FOR HARPS, AND FUNSTON HAS WON THE PUSKAS AWARD – IT’S WALSHY ON WEDNESDAY

first_imgDONEGAL AND DANIEL GO HEAD TO HEADFinally we’re within touching distance of it. Sunday May 17th – a date we’ve been counting down to and scouring the usual outlets for tickets. Got yours yet?DanielMe neither. But here’s a dead cert. O’Donnell to start in the front line and you can take that as gospel. And here’s another cert. Donegal will – I repeat – will easily take care of Tyrone in Sunday’s Ulster SFC Preliminary Round clash and so what if you’re not at MacCumhaill Park to watch them roll over their North West neighbours. Particularly when you could just as well be on Dungloe’s Main Street watching the game on the big screen and with the added bonus of having ‘wee Daniel’ to perform for you.Nice touch that man. Not just the idea to raise funds for Dungloe Community Hospital with a gala concert or the fact that it is being done as a thank you for the care the hospital and its staff took of his late mother, Julie, last year in the closing days and hours of her life. No Dan the Man has decided to put the big screen in place at the Cope car park so fans – including himself – can watch events unfold from Ballybofey.An impressive line-up both there and in the Rosses should make for an entertajnjng afternoon and the fans will be winners at each venue. Except, of course, those from the O’Neill County.I know Rory Gallagher has been dismissing his team’s comfortable win over Tyrone in the Allianz League a couple of short months ago insisting that it would have little relevance to the Championship. He’s right there – league form and results count for nothing when it comes down to what is basically the only competition in town. Mickey Harte has lost a handful of players from his squad but even before that his team had lost something. And I don’t believe they’re going to find it in time for this year’s Ulster Championship even if Sean Cavanagh is back in the frame.Not that victory on Sunday will have the rest of the G.A.A. world talking up Donegal again as potential champions. But it will still represent a solid start as Gallagher attempts to emulate his predecessor’s golden reign.Meanwhile, back in Dungloe, Daniel to triumph and the pretty little girls from Omagh and their men folk to head back across the border only half happy with the day’s events.PUT IT THERE, JOHN!Not too often you get to be in the presence of a record breaking event in the sporting arena but such was the case for local athletics followers, this one included, who saw – and heard! – Finn Valley A.C.’s John Kelly throw a remarkable 18.61 metres in the 6kg shot putt in Lifford on Sunday. The popular young St. Johnston man not alone set a new Donegal record but also a National Junior record while making the qualifying standard mark for the European Junior Athletics Championships which are scheduled to take place in Sweden in July.You could hear his reaction in Strabane (seemingly they were even pricking their ears up in Sion Mills) as he celebrated the achievement with fellow competitors, coaches and family and friends, pumping his fists in the air and wearing a smile that broke clean through the afternoon clouds.Being one of those heathens who tend to concentrate soley on what’s happening on the track itself and too often ignoring events elsewhere, I couldn’t help but be drawn to the shot putt arena where young Kelly was going about his business with many a verbal accompaniment. And when he managed the decisive throw it was time for all of us to take note and applaud the performance.Warm embraces followed along with many a handshake and Bernie O’Callaghan climbing on the winners podium at the Lifford A.C. venue to get a photograph taken with the hero of the hour (to be more accurate the hero of many other hours, both past and future, by the sound of it). It was great to be present for it and to acclaim the younger Kelly, James, who also set a new Donegal and Ulster record in the under-16 putt with a throw of 17.81 metres in the 4kg category.And on an afternoon of some quality athletics between the showers, Letterkenny girl, Arlene Crossan, wearing the colours of Finn Valley, also achieved a European Youth standard with a leap of 5.80 metres in the long jump pit.A memorable day for Patsy McGonagle’s club and not forgetting the performances of many of the other young athletes on show.GOLDEN SHOTA handful of days after Mickey Funston netted the undisputed goal of the season (step aside, Stephanie Roche, there’s a new contender for the Puskas Award), the world of football was rocked to its very foundations this week when ‘Soccer Republic’ on R.T.E. actually mentioned Finn Harps and the club’s impressive start to the campaign. And even showed footage of the Bonagee Bomber’s score. As regular viewers will know, the First Division of the League of Ireland generally remains completely off limits to presenter and panellists on the weekly round-up programme formerly known as M.N.S.But here they were following up the showing of the Harps midfielder’s astonishing strike inside a spitful of seconds by spending  a minute or so reflecting on the table toppers, mainly courtesy of veteran pundit and former L.O.I. manager, Damian Richardson. “I think Finn Harps would be a great addition to the Premier League…I take my hat off to them, I’d love to see them back up,” Richardson maintained.Still top of the table after that narrow 3-2 win over Waterford United – the first goals Harps have conceded at home this season – and watched by none other than the local lion, Jason Quigley, who is continuing his climb up the international boxing rankings.Meanwhile, those who got along to Finn Park on Friday night will have noticed a host of Harps fans wearing ‘Roddy Collins’ masks. The bold Collins had, of course, the previous week indicated that he considered that Harps should be one of the clubs expelled from the league as part of a complete revamp.Down like a lead balloon in these parts – well, some of these parts anyway – and hence the ‘tribute’ to the Dubliner by home fans. And then, lo and behold, comes the announcement that Roddy has been appointed the new manager of Waterford United, last weekend’s visitors to Ballybofey. Two things: First signing: Roddy Collins Jnr.; secondly, both father and son to last until the end of the season if even that.SPECIAL DELIVERIESThe Special Olympics hasn’t had too much of a mention in these parts but it certainly deserves one this week.No less than three basketball teams from Donegal headed to the Antrim Forum at the weekend for the Ulster League Finals and all three returned with gold medals. And not just that but five of the overall squad were successful in the Skills Athletics category at the competition.“It was a brilliant performance all round from the two mens teams and the ladies team. They were just superb and we couldn’t be prouder of them,” coach, Chrissy Slevin from Convoy, tells me.The Men’s ‘A’ team claimed the Division One title; the Men’s ‘B’ side were victors in Division Three; and the Ladies team took the honours in Division One.Take a bow each team – you did indeed do your county proud. And here are the names who achieved those Ulster titles….Male ‘A’ team members: Daniel Cannon, Joe O’Hanlon, Michael Barrett, Michael Leavy, Michael O’Donnell, Christopher O’Donnell, Declan Storey, Stephen Dowds, and Oliver Boyle.Male ‘B’ team: Shane O’Neill, Shaun McCosker, Leon McDaid, Ethan Loghrey, Mark Duffy, Julian McIntyre, Dara Friel, Eugene McGeever, and Graeme Ballantine.Ladies team: Mary Strain, Siobhan McCay, Meliosa McDevitt, Treasa Barrett, Nicola McIntyre, Martina McGrath, Denise Kerr, Vicki Gill, and Marion Gallagher.Skills athletes: Anne O’Brien, Ronald Laird, Paul McLaughlin, John McGinty, and Janice Wylie.CAR TROUBLEThere’s a well-known Finn Harps and West Ham United fan (who shall remain nameless, at least until the end of this article) who was attending a work related event in a Letterkenny hotel and asked for a lift to his home in the afternoon (let’s just say it’s in the Bonagee/Lurgybrack area) after it was over. When he got there, being the eagle eyed sort he is, he noticed the car wasn’t where it was supposed to be and assumed his good lady wife had left it somewhere.“So where’s the car?,” he asks her when he gets through the door. You had it, he was told. And so he had – having driven it to his work place at the Congress Resource Centre on the Pearse Road earlier that day.Anyway, said red-faced Harper and Hammer was forced to stroll all the way into town to collect it.Fortunately he’s a keen walker is our Brian…STEVIE TEE (SHIRT)Apparently Steven Gerrard wasn’t quite taken with the reaction of the Chelsea supporters at Stamford Bridge despite many of them giving him an ovation when he left the pitch before the end of Sunday’s 1-1 draw. The Liverpool legend hadn’t forgotten the abuse he had taken – both during that game and in many previous outings against the Blues – after rejecting transfer advances from the London club on a couple of occasions.That may have been the reason young Alan Doherty was running around this week wearing a tee-shirt bearing an image of ‘Pool’s midfielder and the logo: ‘Slipped or fell at work? If so please contact Stevie G…’And on the back of the same tee-shirt a mock advertisement promoting the new Stevie G football boot coloured yellow and shaped like a banana skin!BARCA ORR HARPSNot quite the artistic first leg performance from Barcelona last night but still enough to see off the challenge of the German giants even on the back of that 3-2 defeat. Loved the one on Facebook from Letterkenny man, Martin Orr, after last week’s opening leg: “Ok Messi, you’re a great player but you’ll never play for Harps!”.MESSI WILL NEVER PLAY FOR HARPS, AND FUNSTON HAS WON THE PUSKAS AWARD – IT’S WALSHY ON WEDNESDAY was last modified: May 13th, 2015 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:columnFeaturesnewsPaddy WalshyWednesdaylast_img read more

Spurs’ pre-season trolling of Arsenal and Chelsea comes back to haunt them

first_img Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move 2 huge blow Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Before the season began, Tottenham offered fans what no other London club could do – a place to watch live Champions League football.And they could do it in a brand new 61,500-seater stadium.“The only place to watch Champions League in London,” they boasted in reference to the fact Chelsea and Arsenal finished fifth and sixth. REPLY RANKED shining 2 Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade The delay, though, not down to the club, has been a source of frustration for many fans and former player, Clive Allen, told talkSPORT he understands.“There’s a lot of talk that it’s nowhere near ready and there are still test events that need to take place.“As far as the supporters are concerned you can understand their frustration, it was all geared for Liverpool and it didn’t happen.“Really we don’t know when the first game will be.“It will be magnificent when it’s done, there’s no doubt about that.“But it is dragging on and it’s just a cloud hanging over the club at the moment.” Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Spurs have been advertising the new stadium as “the only place in London to watch the Champions League” but they’ll be out before it opens 😂😂😂— Carl Cooper (@CarlC312) October 24, 2018 Peak banter is Spurs advertising their stadium as the only place you can watch champions league football in London but as it stands it might not get to see any UCL game 😂— Gibbs (@GibbzBryan) October 24, 2018 Ahead of the current season, Tottenham advertised their new stadium as the only place to watch the Champions League in London Tottenham have been playing their home games at Wembley this season just as they did last season while White Hart Lane was redeveloped Spurs advertising their new stadium as “the only place to watch Champions League in London” and then going out before they actually open their stadium is the most spurs thing of all the time. #PSVTOT— Gerard Keown (@Gerardyk05) October 24, 2018 BEST OF Most popular football news ADVICE REVEALED MONEY Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Spurs (2) have completed the most champions League campaigns without a stadium. Ever.— Paul (@astro_PaulV) October 24, 2018They were then due to play Chelsea at their new home at the end of November, but that could also be moved to the national stadium. Meanwhile, the huge new club shop, which Tottenham say is the biggest in Europe, also saw mocking from rivals. Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury no dice However, Spurs’ rivals may have the last laugh if Tottenham are knocked out of the Champions League before they actually move into the redeveloped White Hart Lane.The first game there was due to be played on 15 September, but construction delays have seen them play their home games at Wembley, including all of their Champions League group matches.They lost to Inter and then Barcelona and drew with PSV to leave them with one point from three games. REVEALED Would love nothing more for Spurs new stadium never to see Champions League football!Imagine 😂— UpTheArse (@UpLeArse) October 24, 2018 Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester starslast_img read more

Origin of Agriculture Defies Evolutionary Long Ages

first_imgEvolutionists are at a loss to explain why agriculture arose suddenly in many regions relatively recently.At the University of Colorado, postdoc Patrick Kavanaugh does his best to tip-toe around an evolutionary conundrum: If modern humans were around for hundreds of thousands of years, why did agriculture arise so quickly just a few thousand years ago? The University press release promises new clues but no credible answers. We’ll see why when we think about their proposal.Vineyard below ancient Lachish (DFC)The invention of agriculture changed humans and the environment forever, and over several thousand years, the practice originated independently in a least a dozen different places. But why did agriculture begin in those places, at those particular times in human history?Using a new methodological approach, researchers at Colorado State University and Washington University in St. Louis have uncovered evidence that underscores one long-debated theory: that agriculture arose out of moments of surplus, when environmental conditions were improving, and populations lived in greater densities.The first-of-its-kind study, “Hindcasting global population densities reveals forces enabling the origin of agriculture,” published in Nature Human Behaviour, lends support to existing ideas about the origins of human agriculture. In contrast, they found little support for two other, longstanding theories: One, that during desperate times, when environmental conditions worsened and populations lived at lower densities, agriculture was born out of necessity, as people needed a new way of getting food. And two, that no general pattern exists, but instead the story of agriculture’s origins is tied to unique social and environmental conditions in each place.Senior author Michael Gavin, an associate professor in CSU’s Department of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources, said the findings and the general methodological approach may help explain other watershed events in human history.But it doesn’t explain it. According to evolutionary theory, modern humans identical to us emerged from “antique humans” up to 315,000 years ago, and lived in a variety of climates and habitats. Are we to believe that not a single man or woman had an entrepreneurial thought one day, figuring that life could be simpler by planting seeds?The press release and the paper are both remarkable for dodging that question. We know they are evolutionists, because they refer to natural and artificial selection in the paper (artificial selection, we note, is a form of intelligent design).Agriculture began with a critical innovation: the domestication of plants and animals for food production. Specifically, the pathway to agriculture started with low-level food production, including the cultivation of wild-type species. This cultivation continued for a number of generations, and in some cases thousands of years, before natural and artificial selection resulted in domesticated species used for food production.As Darwinians are in the habit of doing, they attribute everything to the environment. The climate got nicer. Populations got denser. Poof! Instant agriculture! What a shame that nobody thought of that earlier.Orchard, California (DFC)Update 6/08/18: A rare mention of the Garden of Eden made a press release reprinted by Phys.org. It comes from Prof. Achim Walter, professor of agricultural science at ETH Zurich. His article, “A brief history of agriculture,” is remarkable in that it does not mention evolution or long ages, either.The Garden of Eden has long since gone. Somewhere in Mesopotamia in the 8th millennium B.C. a cultural and technical revolution took place that presumably formed the context for the biblical fall of mankind and still today brings sweat to our brow. In a settlement between the Euphrates and Tigris rivers, somebody came up with the idea of cultivating collected seeds so that they could produce a grain yield. And so began the domestication of useful plants.Humans changed from hunter-gatherers who, so to speak, helped themselves in the Garden of Eden, to farmers who had committed the sin of behaving rather like God in intervening in the course of nature. It was a transition that bore fruit in the truest sense of the words, yet also created hardship – just as God had ordained.The planned cultivation of useful plants probably didn’t stem from any conscious desire to create a better society, but was born of necessity, as the high population density meant that hunting grounds were depleted. Archaeological findings show that the first arable farmers were smaller and less long-lived than the neighbouring clans of hunter-gatherers. Indeed illness and malnutrition were widespread among the farmers.Dr Walter does not seem to be promoting either Biblical history or evolutionary history, since his emphasis is on the downsides of agriculture (pollution, over-exploitation, wars, diseases etc.). His theology of the Fall and sin is unorthodox as well.We need tolerance and acceptance to appreciate that in one situation one solution offers advantages, and in another situation, another. Diversity in the field requires diversity of thinking and thorough analysis. We have tasted of the Tree of Knowledge and learned that there are no simple solutions. And so, some 10,000 years ago, we initiated a process that forces us time and again, by the sweat of our brow, to take good care of what is happening next with our nutrition.Undoubtedly Dr Walter is employing these Biblical references only as metaphors. Nevertheless, his only mention of evolution is “co-evolution” of crops and humans, presumably by artificial selection—a form of intelligent design as humans select the breeds they prefer.Except for Dr Walter’s very rare exception in the media, readers only get a choice of evolutionary theories embedded in long-age Darwin Years. It’s like having only three choices on the menu: fish sticks, fish balls, or fish cubes. What if you want salad, steak or chicken? Why must we always be offered three bad choices, none of which makes any sense?The reason is evolutionists’ hatred of Biblical chronology. All the problems evaporate if you accept the Genesis time frame: people have not been on the planet for hundreds of thousands of years or millions of years, but just for a few thousand. Our ancestors were smart. They didn’t need millions of years to learn how to make tools and plant seeds. They were agronomists from the beginning. Even after being cast out of Eden, they knew what to do, but it was harder work after sin entered the world. In just a generation or two they were building cities, using metals, and making music. Agriculture was all in a day’s work from the beginning. Noah’s family knew what to do again after leaving the Ark. He planted a vineyard.We know that evolutionists love to mock the Genesis account. Let them mock. We have some counter-mocking to do. To accept the evolutionary story, you have to dramatically underestimate human intelligence. Do you think for a minute that over 300,000 years, human beings who knew how to hunt, migrate, make tools and even travel on boats never ever, once in their lives, figured out that plants grow from seeds? Surely they gathered plants and saw the seeds in fruits and vegetables they favored. Surely they saw seedlings sprout from the ground. Who can possibly believe that they were so dumb that they never put two and two together? ‘Say, if I put this seed in a hole, and water it, my favorite food will come up!’ Nobody ever thought, ‘Say, if I hitch a pointed stick to this horse, it can carve a furrow to put the seeds in.’ Nobody thought, ‘Hey, maybe I could hop on this horse and let it take me longer distances! I think I’ll build a corral and keep several of them handy.’ Agriculture could have been born in one person’s lifetime. To accept the evolutionists’ theory, you also have to believe that the weather was terrible until just about 10,000 years ago (plus or minus). Humans, social though they are, had to live in small isolated populations as they hunted and gathered in the gloom of storms or drought. The sun didn’t smile on them till roughly 10,000 years ago. (We know that isn’t true from Neanderthal evidence alone, which stretches from southern Africa all the way to Asia.) Once the climate improved, then—and only then—human societies grew, and finally, finally, after all those hundreds of thousands of years, somebody thought of agriculture. What absolute lamebrains evolutionists make our ancestors out to be! The Bible teaches that humans were fully human, smart and creative from the beginning. They were probably better endowed with physical and mental powers than we are. Our only advantage is the collective learning over generations, and the ability to store it in writing. In just 6,000 years, we went from huts made of sticks to flying spacecraft to Pluto. Who can possibly believe that the invention of agriculture took 50 times that long? Absurd!The evolutionary story gets worse when you consider that their so-called archaic human species (Homo erectus, Neanderthal man and the lot) essentially had the same capabilities as Homo sapiens— tool making, controlled use of fire, long-distance migration, and more, even further back in their mythical time. This makes the long fuse before agriculture’s big bang even longer. How can anyone believe their tale? Long, long ages. Same old, same old. Every day the same diet. Boredom. Mammoth stew again. Jimmy wants his own cave bedroom. One day, not that long ago, instant agriculture! Maybe little Jimmy got hit by a cosmic ray and got the Farmer mutation. ‘Woo-hoo! Now we can feast!’ Why aren’t we all laughing at the University of Colorado’s ‘scholarship’ that presents such ideas under the guise of science? This stuff propagates around the web, regurgitated by reporters around the world. Ooo. Aah. Such wisdom. Science. Like terrified North Koreans, the peasants don’t want to be the first to stop clapping, even when their hands are bleeding and calloused. Dear Leader Charlie might be watching.The only motivation to believe these absurd notions is to glorify Darwin and Lyell (Charlie & Charlie) and their beloved millions of years. Charlie worshipers cannot ignore the fact that agriculture is recent, but they need a long time period to collect enough random mutations to get an ape to evolve a brain big enough to figure out farming. Do YOU need the long time period? We’re turning the lights on, folks! Read the paper. Read the press release. Evolutionists have NO ANSWERS. We give you the whole menu. With them, you only get the putrid, spoiled fish cubes. 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Indian Parliamentarian’s Business Born of War Reporting Puts Him In Billionaires Club

first_imgAs a teenager, one of India’s new billionaires saw a sister die of a high fever because their father didn’t have enough money for a doctor.Ravindra Kishore Sinha has come a long way since the mid 1960s of his native Patna city in the central Indian state of Bihar, one of the poorest in the country.Today Sinha, 67, wears various hats.Read it at Forbes Related Itemslast_img

Novak Djokovic advances to Miami Open quarters

first_imgWorld number one Novak Djokovic beat Austrian Dominic Thiem 6-3, 6-4 in the fourth round of the Miami Open in Florida on Tuesday.Djokovic needed four match points before finally prevailing against the 22-year-old, whose thunderous forehands frequently had the Serb on the back foot. Thiem could not capitalise on his chances, however, and in the end Djokovic’s consistency proved the difference and he advanced after one hour and 50 minutes.”I stayed tough when it was most needed,” Djokovic told the ATP Tour website. “In the important moments I just tried to make him play, make him run.”He has very powerful strokes from the back of the court, so he either makes some really amazing shots, down the line mostly, and some great inside out forehands, or he makes a mistake.”It was a straight-set win, but far from easy.”Up next for Djokovic, who had nine double faults, his most in a three-set match since 2010, is a quarter-final against Tomas Berdych after the Czech beat Frenchman Richard Gasquet 6-4, 3-6, 7-5 in a contest that stretched nearly two hours and 30 minutes in blistering heat.Japan’s Kei Nishikori beat Roberto Bautista 6-2 6-4 to set up a meeting with France’s Gael Monfils, who got past Grigor Dimitrov 6-7(5), 6-3, 6-3.Bulgarian Dimitrov had knocked out world number two Andy Murray in the previous round. Another quarter-final pits Canadian 12th seed Milos Raonic against Australian 24th seed Nick Kyrgios.Raonic, who lost the Indian Wells final to Djokovic nine days ago, demolished Damir Dzumhur of Bosnia 6-0, 6-3 in less than an hour, while Kyrgios edged Russian Andrey Kuznetsov 7-6(3), 6-3.advertisementlast_img read more

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