Northwestern State Names Anna Nimz Head Women’s Basketball Coach

first_imgNimz joins Pat Nolen Pierson, James Smith, Jennifer Graf, Brooke and Scott Stoehr, Jordan Dupuy and Bilderback as coaches whose first Division I job came at Northwestern State. “They seemed excited about things instead of being more reserved. What excited me is, when this broke, I got text messages from all three girls.” Nimz credited her time at both junior college programs for giving her insight into the totality of running a college basketball program, something that was evident in her two seasons at UTRGV. That list grew by one Saturday as Anna Nimz, the 34-year-old associate head coach at UT Rio Grande Valley, was named the 10th full-time head coach in program history. “Anna is a hard-working winner,” said UTRGV head coach Lane Lord, who took Nimz on his Pittsburg State staff as a graduate assistant after her playing career ended. With Nimz on staff, the Vaqueros led the WAC in scoring defense in 2018-19, produced five All-WAC selections and tallied the most WAC wins (10) in program history. Nimz arrived at UTRGV after eight years as a junior college head coach, spending five seasons at Labette Community College in Parsons, Kansas, before coaching three years at Kilgore College in Texas. In three seasons at Kilgore, Nimz posted a 58-36 overall record, reaching a pair of NJCAA Region 14 championship games. “To be 34 and to have an opportunity to take over a great program, in a place where you feel you fit, that’s important,” Nimz said. “I’m excited about the intangibles surrounding this opportunity.” A two-year letterwinner and team captain at Pittsburg State, Nimz spent the past two seasons as the associate head coach at UTRGV, helping the Vaqueros reach the 2019 Western Athletic Conference Tournament championship game and earn a 2019 Women’s Basketball Invitational berth. “It’s a place you can win,” she said. “It has a strong basketball tradition. The facilities put you in a position to excite kids. It presents itself as an exciting opportunity. I like the Southland Conference. It’s a very competitive, tradition-rich conference.” In addition to averaging 10.9 points and 3.1 assists per game in her two seasons at Pittsburg State, Nimz was named the Pittsburg State Outstanding Student-Athlete of the Year for 2006-07 and was named a Student Major of the Year in Health, Human Performance and Recreation. A two-time Pittsburg State graduate, Nimz was the 2008-09 Graduate Student of the Year in Health, Human Performance and Recreation. From Labette, Nimz was hired to rebuild a once-proud Kilgore College program that had fallen to seven wins in 2013-14. Hired in June 2014, Nimz took the standing Kilgore roster and improved from seven wins to 16 in her first season. Nimz takes over following Missy Bilderback’s decision to step aside two weeks after accepting the job March 17. Nimz’ hiring is subject to approval of the Board of Supervisors of the University of Louisiana System, which governs Northwestern State. “Anna’s resume also reflects one who leads by example and gets involved,” Burke said. “She is going to be a great addition to our department, our campus and in our community. She will place value on cultivating relationships and engaging all constituencies, including Lady Demon alumni. She has a tremendous work ethic and will work tirelessly to enhance the profile of the program.” Nimz took over the Labette program at 25 years old, giving her ample opportunities to grow in an on-the-job atmosphere. The similarities in Pittsburg and Natchitoches appealed to Nimz. She was Kilgore College’s Employee of the Year in 2016-17. That approach helped Nimz recruit three all-conference and three all-region players at Labette while five of her student-athletes earned scholarships to NCAA institutions. “I was able to meet with Lacee (Savage), Tristen (Washington) and Halei (Gillis),” Nimz said. “The thing that stood out is they’re ready to work. Every one of them mentioned making the conference tournament. I asked them if they wanted to make the tournament or put in the work to make the tournament. The responses I got back from them were great. I’m really happy with everything they brought to the table. “I enjoy the small town and heard how family-oriented the university is,” Nimz said. “I heard amazing things about the people in town and the people at the university. For me, that’s attractive.” Although unable to visit campus because of issues surrounding the novel coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic, Nimz was able to speak to several current Lady Demons during the interview process. The Lady Demon tradition also appealed to Nimz. “Anna brings successful head coaching experience and a commitment to the total student-athlete that is going to pay dividends for Lady Demon basketball on several levels,” Director of Athletics Greg Burke said. “She also exudes boundless energy and passion that will inspire and motivate the young ladies in the basketball program. People who know her describe her personality as ‘infectious’ and that will resonate well in areas such as recruiting, fundraising and public relations.” “She knows how to handle every facet of our program to the point I could leave for a week and she would not miss a beat overseeing the team. She will win games but academics and family will both be high priorities for her, too. People are going to love her because she will take an interest in them. She is going to make somebody feel important every day.” She followed with consecutive 21-win seasons, marking the first time in 21 years Kilgore College had won at least 20 games in consecutive seasons. Courtesy of Northwestern State AthleticsNATCHITOCHES, La. – The tradition-rich Northwestern State women’s basketball team long has enjoyed success with first-time Division I head coaches. Nimz began her coaching career at Pittsburg State as a graduate assistant, helping lead the Gorillas to their first 20-win season in 14 years while recruiting and coaching eight All-Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association honorees. “Having an opportunity at such a young age, being thrown into the fire, made me grow quickly as acoach,” Nimz said. ” I was going to clinics, watching videos, working through trial and error, and it made me grow into the coach I am today.  Labette provided me a great opportunity to step in and figure out who I was as a coach and I am forever grateful for that.”last_img read more


first_imgAUTHENTIC ‘LOOKS GOOD’ AFTER SHAM ROMPBob Baffert was sitting pretty Sunday morning after Authentic emerged in good order from his authoritative 7 ¾-length victory in Saturday’s Grade III Sham Stakes, the West Coast’s first major steppingstone to the Grade I, $1 million Santa Anita Derby on April 4 and beyond that the Kentucky Derby on May 2.“He looked good this morning,” said the two-time Triple Crown-winning trainer (American Pharoah in 2015 and Justify 2018). “He’d never done that, and I think it was the noise,” Baffert continued, addressing the colt’s ducking to his left in midstretch and again a sixteenth out in the one-mile Sham.“He heard the noise, he went to the rail, and when he saw the rail, he got scared from that, so I think we’ll either use ear plugs or blinkers next time, but his competition might be a little closer to him in his next race, and that might help, too.”While the Grade II San Felipe Stakes on March 7 was initially mentioned as Authentic’s next race, little if anything is written in stone when it comes to racing, particularly on Baffert’s often 11th hour agenda.“I’m not sure right now,” he said.Stay tuned.RACING FAREWELL FOR OMAHA BEACH BUT NOT MIKE SMITHMike Smith is poised for another major conquest, this in the Grade I, $3 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational at a mile and an eighth at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 25.The 54-year-old Hall of Fame rider doesn’t have much space left on his glowing resume in a career that began in 1982 when he won 36 races and his mounts garnered $109,111.That’s tip money in today’s inflated economy. Last year, Smith’s mounts earned just over $10 million and he hopes to get off to a rousing 2020 aboard Omaha Beach in the Pegasus.Trained by Richard Mandella for Fox Hill Farms, the son of War Front captured the Grade I, seven furlong Runhappy Malibu Stakes on Dec. 28 at Santa Anita, but Smith sees no reason he can’t successfully negotiate the additional three furlongs.“He won the Arkansas Derby at a mile and an eighth, and in the Breeders’ Cup (Dirt) Mile, other than getting away real bad and having a lot of kickback, he ran the mile pretty easy,” Smith said Sunday morning at Clockers’ Corner.“His next race, a mile wasn’t going to hurt him. As a matter of fact, it probably would have helped us in that situation, so I’m not really worried about the distance . . . I’m riding for a man like Mr. Mandella, and he can get them ready for anything they have to do.”Like Omaha Beach’s legion of fans, Smith, too, is ambivalent about the colt’s retirement to stud following the Pegasus. “He’s starting to really come around, and there’s no telling what he’s capable of achieving,” Smith gushed. “He’s got that kind of ability, but hopefully he’ll retire nice and healthy before becoming a stallion.”While the racing career of Omaha Beach nears its end, for Mike Smith at 54 and his agent of 15 years Brad Pegram, they still see Emerald City at the end of the Yellow Brick Road.“In a career that has its ups and downs, I’ve been extremely blessed,” Smith said. “Even my downs are pretty good, other than when I broke my back in 1998 (he suffered two broken vertebrae in an Aug. 31 spill at Saratoga and was sidelined more than five months).“Hopefully, I can finish out my career on an upswing. I don’t think I’d ride off into the sunset. I’d still like to hang around and do some things in TV or publicity, but I plan on riding another few years.”Amen to that.STORM THE HILL RETURNS TO SPRINT IN LAS CIENEGASStorm the Hill shortens up in Saturday’s Grade III Las Cienegas Stakes for fillies and mares, four and up, at 5 ½ furlongs on turf.The six-year-old mare is coming off five straight races of a mile or longer, including a fifth in the Grade I Matriarch Dec. 1.“She’s won sprint stakes twice at Santa Anita,” said trainer Phil D’Amato, alluding to the Grade III Senator Ken Maddy in 2018 and the Unzip Me in 2017. “She’s doing very well. She breezed this morning (five furlongs on the training track in 1:00.40) and should be set to go.”Flavien Prat was aboard for the drill and rides back in the Las Cienegas.FINISH LINES: Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner Storm the Court worked five furlongs under Flavien Prat today in 1:01.60 for trainer Peter Eurton, who plans to attend the Eclipse Awards Dinner Jan. 25 at Gulfstream Park in hopes that in a wide open division, the son of Court Vision is named two-year-old champion male of 2019. In all there were 223 recorded workouts Sunday, 31 on the training track . . . Clockers’ Corner celebrated the life of trainer Gary Sherlock this morning with friends and family enjoying a repast of delicious sandwiches and sweet pastries thanks to the efforts of Rosie Ybarra, Debbie Baltas, Aiden Butler, Nate Newby, Isabel Estrada, cooks Tony and Isaac, baker Colt and Geovanni Franco‘s agent, Jimmy Giannone. Sherlock died last Sunday at the age of 74. One of his horses, stakes winner Show It N Moe It, runs in next Sunday’s $75,000 Kalookan Queen Stakes with Sherlock’s long-time assistant Edwin Alvarez listed as trainer . . . Santa Anita is dark for live racing Monday through Thursday, Jan. 6 through Jan. 9, resuming live racing with first post time 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 10. There will be simulcast racing Wednesday, Jan. 8, and Thursday, Jan. 9 in the Paddock Room starting at 10 a.m., with free General Admission and free parking.LATEST CONTENT FROM XBTV:FEATURES:XBTV Sunday: What to Watch for at Santa Anita Park on January 5th, 2020Quick Questions With Trainer Eddie TrumanWORKOUTS:Storm the Court (Eurton) 1-05-20Ax Man (Baffert) 1-05-20Grinningeartoear (Koriner) 1-05-20Storm the Hill (Behind), Just Grazed Me (Light Blue Cap) and Violette Szabo (Red Cap) (D’Amato) 1-05-20Flagstaff (Sadler) 1-05-20Vallestina (Meah) 1-04-20Speed Pass (Outside) and Mucho Gusto (Baffert) 1-04-20Bolo (Gaines) 1-04-20Higher Power (Outside) and Aggressivity (Sadler) 1-04-20Time is Now (Outside) and Show Business (Mandella) 1-03-20Show It N Moe It (Sherlock) 1-02-20 GOOD NEWS AT 54: SMITH TO CONTINUE RIDING STORM THE HILL IS BACK SPRINTING SATURDAYcenter_img AUTHENTIC WON’T ‘DUCK’ HIS FUTURE RIVALSlast_img read more

Biggest names, record numbers for CPL T20 Draft

first_imgBRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC):Organisers of the HERO Caribbean Premier League (CPL) are reporting that a record number of local and international stars have registered for the Player Draft scheduled for next Thursday in Barbados.Players from 14 nations have entered the draft for the fourth instalment of the CPL, which takes place from the end of June until the beginning of August.Among the assembled overseas stars is a 34-strong South African contingent headed by prolific top-order batsman Hashim Amla, leg-spinner Imran Tahir, and fast bowler Morne Morkel.Sri Lanka will have 20 representatives in the frame, including legends Tillakaratne Dilshan and Lasith Malinga, who will be looking to join their compatriot Kumar Sangakkara.There will be 23 players from Australia in the draft, including the experience of Brad Haddin, Brad Hodge, and Michael Hussey, and a further 11 New Zealanders, including the likes of Nathan McCullum.A seven-member Bangladesh contingent features Shakib Al Hasan, one of the world’s finest all-rounders, while seven players from Afghanistan are in the mix.”Some of the leading names in world cricket have signalled their intentions to join the biggest party in sport at the CPL, so this year’s competition is sure to be our most exciting to date,” declared Director of International Cricket for the CPL Tom Moody.”Outside of our ‘marquee’ players, there are international players of the highest standard, including a host of World champions and a myriad players who continue to entertain and enrich the global game.”The list of West Indies talent in the frame for the six franchises this year includes stars Chris Gayle, West Indies World T20 captain Darren Sammy, and Lendl Simmons.COMPETITIVE ROSTERDarren and Dwayne Bravo are set to join the number-one-ranked T20 international bowler Samuel Badree, as well as Sunil Narine and Kieron Pollard.”It is, without doubt, our most competitive roster, and it is exciting to see such a high standard across the established and emerging nations around the world,” said Moody.”That players from 14 nations have entered the Draft illustrates the global reach of the CPL, and with a sizeable increase in the West Indies contingent, which is up by over one-fifth this year, it is clear that the T20 game is growing from strength to strength.”A statement released by the CPL on Tuesday said it is also expecting interest from North America as players from Canada and the USA, who recently competed in the Nagico Super 50 competition, aim to book one of the six coveted places.Two players each from England, Ireland, and Scotland, and one from The Netherlands will be the European representatives vying to secure a place in the CPL.Sixteen of the 157 West Indies players to register have already been retained ahead of the Draft, leaving 141 eligible for selection on Draft day.”This is 25 more than the 116 who vied for spots at last year’s Draft and represents a 22 per cent increase,” said the CPL statement.”Coupled with an 18 per cent increase in international player registration, this is further illustration of the CPL’s growing stature as one of the foremost tournaments in T20 cricket.”last_img read more

Tough TG – Edwards confident in Tivoli Gardens role

first_imgTivoli Gardens FC coach, Omar Edwards, knows all too well that his West Kingston-based team is one of the toughest to lead, but considers himself a disciplined tactician, taking on a job to lead the former champions to a respectable Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) campaign. Prior to Edwards, three coaches came and went for different reasons in a short space of time at the club. “When I talk to the players, they don’t back answer or give strong opposition, and that is really a plus to coach at a team like Tivoli Gardens. So far, they are responding positively, and I must say kudos to my players for doing that,” Edwards said at the Red Stripe Premier League Press Conference, yesterday. Edwards, who is assistant coach of the national Under-17 team, as well as head coach of Denham Town High school’s Manning Cup team, says despite losing two home games and winning two on the road, his charges’ performances have been encouraging. “We are playing some good football; we created several opportunities, but we are failing to capitalise on our opportunities at home. Some persons might say it is pressure playing at home, but we are really playing some good football,” he reasoned. “I was called to coach the team, and part of that is building, and I am going to do it to the best of my ability. Many have gone before me, and I know that Tivoli is a difficult place to coach. I have also spent over a decade coaching at Boys’ Town at the highest level,” he stressed. Ahead of a visit to league leaders Jamalco FC in Clarendon tomorrow, Edwards is eyeing a win. Tivoli Gardens are in eighth place on six points. “Jamalco has started the season pretty well. They have players on their team, [one] is the leading goal scorer, so in my opinion, they are doing something pretty good, but going to Jamalco, we are going for maximum points,” the coach noted He also noted that players at his high-school team, Denham Town, could find their way in the Tivoli Gardens team if they show enough ability. “If I believe we have players there (Denham Town High) who can matriculate into the Tivoli Gardens team, and they want to go there then certainly,” he outlined.last_img read more

Jakarta inspects restaurants to ensure food quality ahead of Asian Games

first_imgJAKARTA — The Jakarta administration is set to inspect restaurants to ensure their safety ahead of the Asian Games. Jakarta Deputy Governor Sandiaga Uno said the city would work with the Indonesian Asian Games Organizing Committee (Inasgoc) and the Jakarta Food and Drug Monitoring Agency (Jakarta BPOM) to implement the measure across the city.“We’re committed to ensuring food quality. We aim to introduce Indonesian cuisine to the world, hence we’re attempting to give the best food experience to foreigners [visiting for the Asian Games],” he said on Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT The inspections are aimed at ensuring food sold throughout the city is healthy and processed hygienically. “The food should be free from contaminants that might cause poisoning,” he added.Under the program, the city, along with Inasgoc and the Jakarta BPOM, will inspect restaurants and food vendors and give stickers to those that pass the inspection.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’The Asian Games will commence on Aug. 18 and run until Sept. 2. It will be participated by around 15,000 athletes and distinguished delegates from 45 Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) member nations, the largest number in Asian Games history. Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Renzo Gracie says ONE: Reign of Kings bout ‘not a farewell fight’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense teamcenter_img ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins 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 In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ LATEST STORIES Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? View comments Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displacedlast_img read more

Students demand Chavez holiday

first_imgHispanic students and others staged small marches Friday to demand that the birthday of the late United Farm Workers leader Cesar Chavez become a national holiday and that Congress pass a legalization program for the nation’s estimated 12 million undocumented immigrants. About 875 students from 13 Los Angeles middle schools and high schools walked out of class or skipped school to participate in the marches, said Angie Levine, a Los Angeles Unified School District spokeswoman. About 100 marched in Sacramento and another 100 demonstrated in Oakland. As they walked down Cesar Chavez Avenue in Los Angeles, teens chanted in Spanish “Si se puede!” or “Yes, it can be done!” and waved Mexican and American flags. “If the government won’t do it, we have to come out here and force them to,” said Roberto Vera, 14, an illegal immigrant from Mexico. “Everybody is equal. It doesn’t matter where you were born.” In Sacramento, roughly 100 students trailed by police marched to the state Capitol, wearing brown ribbons representing Mexican culture and solidarity. “We deserve to take it (the day) off. My family has been farmworkers, and Cesar Chavez has meant a lot for our family – with the union, better health care and better wages,” said Leticia Sanchez-Mata, 16. Marchers on Oakland’s International Boulevard carried signs calling for unity and asked for recognition of Hispanic contributions to the country. Many called for reform that would allow immigrants who are working illegally to stay.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Cynthia Gomez, 16, agreed. “Just like Martin Luther King, Cesar Chavez is a hero to all Latinos,” she said. “We should honor him in the same way.” Cesar Chavez Day is a holiday for state employees and some school districts. The Los Angeles school district, which includes about 700,000 students, does not observe it as a holiday, said Levine, the district spokeswoman. Friday’s demonstrations paled in comparison to walkouts a year ago when about 40,000 students across Southern California protested by marching. Last year’s protests came days after a March 25 demonstration that brought 500,000 people to downtown Los Angeles in favor of immigration reform, an issue that’s been stalled in Congress since last summer. last_img read more

Bowl for Kids’ Sake raises over $24,500 for Big Brothers Big Sisters

first_imgOver $1,700 of that came from top fundraiser Morgan Armstrong, along with a silent auction for two airline tickets anywhere WestJet flies, that raised an additional $1,500. Bert Ambrose won the school challenge, having raised over $2,800, and Moose FM won the media challenge, raising $1,200 through its “Rent a DJ” campaign. All the money raised through the fun bowling event will go towards core operating costs for the local Big Brothers Big Sisters.- Advertisement –last_img

Discarded Origi is now a symbol of Liverpool’s penchant for the improbable

first_img0Shares0000Divock Origi scored a late winner for Liverpool against EvertonLIVERPOOL, United Kingdom, May 8 – Divock Origi, only playing in place of injured Firmino, upstaged lauded team-mates as well as Barcelona’s Lionel Messi to become Liverpool’s unlikely hero for the second time in three days as his double sent the Reds to the UEFA Champions League final.It felt rather fitting that, on a bewildering night that stretched the boundaries of the believable, neither Lionel Messi nor Luis Suarez settled the Uefa Champions League semi-final between Liverpool and Barcelona. Or Sadio Mane. Or Mohamed Salah or Roberto Firmino.Or, for that matter, Philippe Coutinho, back at the club who little more than 12 months before pushed Barcelona to part with £142 million (Dh680m) to ferry him to Camp Nou.Origi runs over to celebrates with Arnold after scoring the fourth goal to put Liverpool in the lead on aggregateNo, on a bewildering night at Anfield, the sort of night even Jurgen Klopp conceded bordered on the impossible, Divock Origi struck the decisive blow.To all intents and purposes, he should not really have been starting. Salah was out injured, Firmino too. With options limited, Origi was preferred to Daniel Sturridge, presumably because Daniel Sturridge doesn’t really feel like Daniel Sturridge any more.Conceivably, Origi should not really have been at Liverpool. The Belgian spent last season in the Bundesliga, on loan at Wolfsburg.The season before, he was limited predominantly to starts in the cup competitions, scoring away at Burton Albion and Derby County, at home to Leeds United. He started 14 games in the Premier League.Last summer, Liverpool tried to offload him. A return to Germany was mooted, this time in a permanent deal. Or perhaps back to France, to the same division from which Liverpool lifted him, in 2014, from Lille for £10m. Then age 19, he joined on a lengthy, five-year contract.Divock Origi heads the winner against Newcastle to lift Liverpool back to the top of the Premier LeagueSince then, Origi has spent two full campaigns on loan. He has played 62 matches for Liverpool in the Premier League, 24 times from the start.Yet on Tuesday night, Divock Origi helped make the seemingly impossible possible. He scored on seven minutes, as Liverpool snatched the early goal they craved, seizing back some semblance that they could actually clamber above the 3-0 defeat in last week’s first leg, against arguably the greatest player of all-time and undeniably one of the game’s great clubs.That they could become only the fourth team to turn around a three-goal deficit in a Champions League knockout tie. Previous to that, Origi had never before scored in the competition.Suddenly imbued with belief, Liverpool levelled the tie early in the second half, once more not through Mane, Salah or Firmino. But through Georginio Wijnaldum. Even then, he had not found the net before in the Champions League.But, with 11 minutes remaining, Origi settled it, sending Liverpool into a ninth European Cup final. He latched on to the latest of Trent Alexander-Arnold’s assists – the most remarkable of his 15 this season – and directed the ball high into the Barcelona goal.Liverpool’s Divock Origi is tackled by Everton’s Morgan Schneiderlin during their English Premier League match at Goodison Park on March 3, 2019.Amid the bedlam, Liverpool’s unlikely lad had displayed his penchant for the improbable. Against Everton in December, when the derby had creaked long past 90 minutes and with Jordan Pickford providing a mighty helping hand, Origi grabbed the winner.On Saturday, he entered the must-win encounter against Newcastle United only after Salah had been stretchered off, but departed as the guy who headed home the winning goal. Again late, again keeping alive Liverpool’s quest for a first top-flight title in 29 years.Then on Tuesday, Origi bookended a compelling and confounding semi-final second leg, lifting his European tally for Liverpool to four goals. He has a double against Borussia Dortmund in the Europa League quarter-finals; now, a brace in the most memorable of clashes with Barcelona.In the space of three dizzying days, Divock Origi has sustained Liverpool’s twin assault on their two most-coveted prizes. Which, when the curtain came down on a bewildering night along the banks of the Mersey, after Anfield grew hoarse as the players and their people chorused their famous old tune, felt rather fitting.-By The National-0Shares0000(Visited 5 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


first_imgDONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUEREPORTS SUNDAYBrian Mc Cormick Sports Premier Division Glenea United 2 Donegal Town 3Glenea’s challenge for league honours was severely dented with this home defeat.The home side started brightly and Ryan McFadden saw his close range effort cleared off the line after 10 minutes. The home side continued to press for an opening goal however it was the visitor’s that took the lead on 22 minutes when Benny Byrne headed home a corner with virtually their first attack. The home side continued to have the upper hand and went close to equalising through efforts from Dean Gallagher and Sean McBride. Glenea finally equalised on 35 minutes when, after good work by Darren Mc Geever down the left, his cross was nodded back by Dean Gallagher and Sean McBride fired home from 15 yards. In the 2nd half the home side continued to press for a lead goal and had efforts from Darren Mc Geever and Ryan McFadden well saved. The home side were stunned on 65 minutes when Donegal Town retook the lead through Conor Byrne with a well struck free-kick. The away side extended their lead on 75 minutes when Benny Byrne headed home his 2nd goal. Glenea tried hard to get back into the game but despite having a couple of half chances were unable to pull a goal back until the final minute when Sean McBride headed home a Denis Boyle free-kick. Team efforts from both sides.Referee: Paddy Duffy.Curragh Athletic 0 Cranford United 3Two goals from Kyle Black on thirteen and eighty seven minutes and a 57th minute Philip Buchannan penalty were enough for Cranford to collect all three points in Killygordon. To be fair to the home side, a lot of the play was very even, but Curragh just couldn’t just get through a resolute Cranford defence where Arty Friel dominated. For the home side Michael O’ Brien and Alan Boal tried hard with Dylan Quinn and Jason Mc Bride also playing their usual sound game. Good team effort from Cranford. Match Referee: Marty Mc LaughlinWatson Hire Division OneBonagee United 1 Castlefin Celtic 3 Castlefin collected all three points in a hard fought game against Bonagee on Sunday. Castlefin had early chances through PJ Mc Menamin and Kieran Brennan only to be denied by the Bonagee keeper John Carr. Castlefin took the lead in the 7th minute when Damien Doherty tapped home from a Ronan Tourish corner. Matthew O` Rourke increased Castlefin`s lead in the 22nd minute when he shot home from the edge of the box from a Kieran Brennan through ball. Two minutes later Damien Doherty scored his second and Castlefin`s third when he headed to the top corner of the net from a Ronan Tourish corner. Bonagee improved in the 2nd half and got a goal back in the 55th minute when Kieran Gibbons shot to the net from a Reece Short corner. For the remainder of the game Bonagee tried to get another goal back but could not get past the Castlefin defence. Best for Bonagee : Sam Murphy and Kieran Gibson. Best for Castlefin: Damien Doherty and Kieran Brennan. Referee: Liam FarrenLagan Harps 4 Eany Celtic 2Lagan gained a valuable win in their effort to beat the drop but were made to fight hard by a committed Eany side. Eany went close on five minutes when Paul Mc Groarty forced Conor Harley in to a good save. Lagan responded and Ruairi Crawford broke through but hit the post. Eany took the lead when a good through ball found Brendan Quinn and he finished well. Lagan hit the crossbar twice through Ruairi Crawford and Gio Peoples as they pressed. The equaliser arrived on thirty five minutes when Drew Connolly found Eunan Diver who scored a screamer from thirty yards. Eany were still threatening with Paul Mc Groarty and John Rose always dangerous. Lagan took the lead just on half time when Drew Connolly cut inside and struck a great goal from twenty five yards. The second half continued in the same vein with both sides committed to attack. Lagan went 3-1 up on fifty two minutes when Ruairi Crawford seized on a loose ball in the area and fired home. Eany responded and Barry Rose pounced on a defensive error to score. Lagan scored almost immediately again with another long range drive from Austin Marron. In an exciting game Ruairi Crawford and Austin Marron were Lagan’s best while Aidan Kennedy and John Rose were Eany’s best. Referee: Kevin Logue.Drumoghill F.C. 3 Kerrykeel ’71 F.C. 3 The Division One pendulum swung back in favour of Cappry Rovers after Mark Friel’s 96th minute equaliser for Kerrykeel in this pulsating fixture against Drumoghill FC at the Aura. It was no more than Kerrykeel deserved after a late double strike from Drumoghill FC had seemed to have secured all three points for the home side. Kerrykeel had raced into a two goal lead thanks to a double strike from Johnny Friel. Drumoghill bounced back to take a 3-2 lead before Friel dramatically slotted home an injury time equaliser to give both sides a share of the points. The visitors started brightly and were well worth their early lead. Paddy Mc Granaghan and Davitt Walsh were dominant in midfield throughout the opening exchanges and it was no surprise that they took the lead on 18 minutes. The architect was Marty Mc Ateer, whose fine run and cross was headed home powerfully by Johnny Friel leaving Regan with no chance. Drumoghill, keen to maintain momentum after a superb victory over Cappry Rovers, struggled to find any kind of a repost and before they knew it, it was 2-0. Again, it was Johnny Friel with a speculative effort from distance that zipped off the night surface and beyond the despairing dive of Regan. Drumoghill though, lack nothing in character and team spirit and grabbed an all important lifeline just before the interval. After forcing a succession of corners an ensuing bombardment of shots on goal eventually reaped a reward when Richard Tinney was on hand to deflect home Christopher O’Donnell’s cross-cum-shot to reduce the arrears in the 38th minute. Minutes later the home side almost forced an equaliser when Christopher O’Donnell rose highest to head against the crossbar but Kerrykeel survived. The second half produced an onslaught as the home side searched for a route back into the game. Although the pressure was relentless chances were few and far between. Drumoghill eventually resorted to efforts from distance in their bid to find a precious equaliser and it eventually arrived through Shane McIntyre. Taking possession from Crossan’s pass with 10 minutes remaining McIntyre’s dipping drive from 20 yards flew into the net and it was game on again. Both sides knew the importance of victory and it was a refreshing sight to witness both doing everything they could to secure those precious three points. They looked to be heading Drumoghill’s way when referee Lagan pointed to the spot on 82 minutes after Damien Crossan was upended inside the penalty area under a challenge from Patrick Mc Conigley. Up stepped Liam O’Donnell to hammer home his 17th goal of the season. Drumoghill thought they had secured a vital win until Kerrykeel’s late late equaliser. The visitors applied pressure during the closing minutes and were eventually rewarded when Mark Friel was in the right place at the right time to prod the ball home to level the scores. To be fair a draw was probably the fairest result as neither side deserved to lose a game which had been a wonderful advertisement for junior football.CT Ball Division TwoWhitestrand United 2 Raphoe Town 2On a cold and blustery day Whitestrand United took on Raphoe town at Whitestrand Park. The match was always going to be affected by the blustery conditions and this was the case in the early stages with both teams struggling to get to grips with the conditions. Raphoe hit the post with a header after 6 minutes. Whitestrand then tested the Raphoe keeper with a cross but otherwise it was a tight game with few chances. Then just before half time Paddy Gallagher scored for Raphoe when he floated his shot over the keeper.The second half started on an equally poor note when the referee sent Paul Lynch off for a second yellow card. Then Raphoe piled on the misery when Stephen Craig scored a second. The game seemed to be getting away from “The Strand” when Michael Sweeney stepped on the pitch. At about 70 minutes he stepped up to a free kick and found the top corner. It was a great strike and the impetus was then with Whitestrand and they found the equaliser when Anthony Fisher crossed for James Gallagher to nod home. This was a remarkable comeback by Whitestrand and they almost snatched an unlikely win when Michael Sweeney broke clear but fired narrowly over the bar. It certainly felt like a point gained and Raphoe must have felt like it was two points lost. Best for the Strand were Michael Sweeney and Eamon Martin.Glenree United 4 Dunlewy Celtic 1There was a minutes silence observed to the memory of Mr Patrick Breslin prior to this match.Glenree Park saw its team get back to winning ways having faltered in recent weeks. The reds scored four goals from great passages of play with Damien Nelis being instrumental in all.The first came on 20 minutes when the ball was won in midfield by Rogers who slotted Nelis through on goal. With his shot parried by the keeper Vinny McLaughlin was on hand to slot neatly home. Glenree quickly doubled their lead when Damien Nelis again rifled a low hard shot towards goal. The keeper couldn’t contain it and Paul Coyle tapped in from 4yards.The second half was a more tightly contested affair with Dunlewey asking most of the questions in the first 15 minutes. John Rogers then crossed the ball and Nelis stepped over the ball and continued his run and received the ball from John Coll and scored with a snapshot.Glenree introduced Dylan McBride, who is one of many prospects for the future, and his efforts assisted Daniel Mc Groddy who scored at the near post with the tightest of margins.Daniel Cannon scored a consolation goal for the visitors on 88 minutes. It was a good solid positive performance from a John Cunningham captained Glenree United and Hugh Cannon had a good game for Celtic. Referee: Gerry GallagherCopany Rovers 2 Convoy Arsenal 3Copany Rovers entertained Convoy Arsenal at Killowen Park. Convoy started the match putting Copany under pressure. The deadlock was broken in the 15th minute when a free kick from Copany’s David Graham was fumbled by the Convoy goalkeeper and Dale Duncan was on hand to tap in. It remained 1-0 at the break. Convoy levelled the score in the 50th minute following a corner which was not cleared properly and which fell to Ryan Carlin who slotted it home. Copany went 2-1 up in the 60th minute through a brilliant strike from Darragh Brogan. Convoy equalised in the 75th minute when Carlin got his second. The game was finished when Ryan Carlin completed his hat-trick from a poorly cleared free kick. Good performances from both teams.Ballybofey United 1 Drumbar F.C. 1Ballybofey United and Drumbar F.C. shared the spoils in this CT Ball Division Two match played at the Finn Valley A.C. Complex in Stranorlar. Drumbar will have been the happier of the two sides when they reached the interval on level terms. The home side totally dominated the opening period but didn’t turn their territorial advantage into goals. Drumbar took the lead mid-way through the second half when Shane Browne headed David Giblin’s cross past PJ Browne in the home net. Ballybofey United got the equaliser with fifteen minutes remaining when David White scored from the penalty spot. Neither side could add to their tally in the time that remained and it ended one apiece for the Division’s two bottom teams who produced an entertaining match on the day. Referee: Patrick MartinDeele Harps 0 Letterbarrow Celtic 0Deele Harps moved on to twenty seven points when they gained a draw against Sunday’s visitors to the Athletic Ground, Letterbarrow Celtic. They now trail the joint leaders by six points with a game in hand on both Copany Rovers and Whitestrand United in what is turning out to be a close battle for the CT Ball Division Two title.SATURDAYOld Orchard Saturday Division OneRamelton Mariners 1 St. Catherines Reserves 3St. Catherines overcame a spirited Mariners at Rab’s Park on Saturday afternoon.It was the Mariners who started much the brighter and after a lot of pressure took the lead on 27 minutes when Patrick Durning scooped home a flick on from Paul Gallagher. St Catherines equalised in the 43rd minute, against the run of play, when Willi Haikkenen converted from close range. It was the much fitter St. Catherines who dominated the 2nd half and deservedly took the lead in the 75th minute when Eoin O’ Donnell headed home from a corner. With time running out Willi Haikkenen added his 2nd in injury time. Best for Mariners were Eddie Boyce in nets and Joe Coyle in defence. A good team performance from St. Catherines. Referee: Barry HunterMulroy Celtic 1 Glenea United Reserves 2Glenea, playing with a stiff breeze, kept Mulroy penned in for large parts of the first half. They took the lead after Michael Gallagher picked up a stray pass and hit an unstoppable strike into the top corner. The home side created a few half chances towards half time. Their efforts were rewarded with a goal from Packie Mc Elwaine, finishing well after great work from Jerry Diver.In the second half Mulroy kept the pressure on and Eamon Sweeney was unlucky when his strike from thirty yards was finger-tipped over the bar by the visiting keeper. A game changing decision came when the Mulroy keeper was adjudged to have had control of the ball in the area and then proceeded to step out with the ball in his hands. The resulting free kick got through the wall and ricocheted off a Mulroy defender and into the net to give Glenea the victory. Michael Gallagher was best for Glenea United, another team effort from home side.Orchard F.C. 6 Fintown Harps AFC 0Orchard took all three points against an under strength Fintown at Errigal college. They opened the scoring on ten minutes when “Chucky” slotted home from close range Eddy Moore added the second from three yards from a Niall Bonner free kick. On twenty minutes Niall Bonner shot home to the bottom left hand corner of the net after he beat his man on the edge of the box. Just before half time Niall Bonner added his second. Orchard added two more in the second half through the hard working “Chucky” and the old warhorse Sean Sweeney. Best for Orchard: Niall Bonner. Best for Fintown: Team PerformanceGlencar Celtic 3 Erne Wanderers 2Glencar got off to a flying start with Pajo Rafferty finding the net after 15 seconds. He nicked the ball off a defender and slotted home. Glencar piled on the pressure and good work from Garvan Grieve down the right ended with him crossing for Chris Malseed to rise highest and put the home side two up. Glencar had numerous chances to treble their lead but squandered each one. With five minutes left in the first half Grieve picked up a loose ball in midfield and played it to Brogan who found the net from 25 yards. Erne made a double substitution at half time and it worked in their favour. They were much more lively and had a hunger about them. Glencar found it difficult to find their rhythm in the second half as Erne pushed for a goal. They got their reward on the hour mark when one of the subs got in behind the Glencar defence and finished well. Glencar were then caught out with a route one ball from the Erne keeper. When a knock-on looped over Grieve David Dolan finished well. Erne pressed hard for an equaliser but all to no avail. Good team performances from both teams.Glencar Inn Saturday Division TwoArranmore United 3 Strand Rovers 0Arranmore welcomed neighbours Strand Rovers to Rannagh Park where the home side ran out 3-0 winners. The first half was an even affair with both sides having chances, notably from set pieces. The second half saw the home side up the tempo and take the lead in the 65th minute when Benny Mc Garvey converted a Daniel O’ Donnell corner following a goalmouth scramble. Arran double their advantage almost immediately as following a quick throw in Martin Proctor turned on the edge of the area and hammered the ball home from 20 yards to the surprise off the visiting keeper. Fifteen minutes from the end Arran made sure of the points as Christopher Mc Glanaghy found space out right following a good through ball by Proctor and he let fly from an acute angle but his shot across the keeper was measured to perfection as he found the far top corner with a brilliant strike! Darragh Hanlon had a great chance late on when he ran through one on one but found no way past the home keeper. Best for Strand: Team performance. Best for Arran: Christopher Mc Glanaghy and Mark Ward. Referee: Brian O’ KaneCurragh Athletic Reserves 1 Donegal Town Reserves 2The Curragh started this game very brightly. Gary Heaney’s powerful strike was well saved by the Donegal keeper. Curragh pushed hard for a goal and were awarded a penalty in the 30th minute when Shea Hannigan was brought down after a good run. Justin Mc Bride converted the spot kick. Curragh kept pushing for a second only to find the Donegal keeper in great form, saving from Gary Heaney and then Dan O’ Brien. Donegal scored in the 70th minute through Declan Brown. Donegal took the lead in the 85th minute from a Joe Mc Intyre strike. Donegal sealed this game in injury time with a Chris Hegarty strike.. Best for Curragh was Dylan Irwin. Team performance from Donegal.Tullyvinney Rovers 2 Keadue Rovers 0Tullyvinney Rovers got back on form, after successive defeats, with a home win against Keadue Rovers on Saturday. Aided by a strong breeze in the first half Rovers went on the attack straight away but had little end product. After 25 minutes Tullyvinney were rewarded for their efforts when striker Renato struck from the edge of the area through a group of Keadue players into the bottom corner of the net to put the home side one up. In the second half Keadue came more into the game, aided themselves by the strong wind, and had a number of efforts but didn’t troubled the Tullyvinney keeper.The home side then sealed all three points as Marty Alexander received a Sam Hegarty throw-in and found the net with a lob over the head of the Keadue ‘keeper, despite his best attempts to reach the ball. Tullyvinney then had goalkeeper Nigel Hegarty to thank for keeping the score at 2-0 with ten minutes to go as his wonder-save from point blank range denied Keadue the goal they chased to get back into the game. Decent team performances from both sides.DONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUERESULTSSATURDAYOld Orchard Saturday Division OneRamelton Mariners 1 v 3 St. Catherines ReservesMulroy Celtic 1 v 2 Glenea United ReservesOrchard F.C. 6 v 0 Fintown Harps AFCGlencar Celtic 3 v 2 Erne WanderersGlencar Inn Saturday Division TwoMilford United Reserves P v P Glenree United ReservesArranmore United 3 v 0 Strand RoversCurragh Athletic Reserves 1 v 2 Donegal Town ReservesTullyvinney Rovers 2 v 0 Keadue RoversSUNDAYBrian Mc Cormick Sports Premier DivisionGlenea United 2 v 3 Donegal TownCurragh Athletic 0 v 3 Cranford UnitedWatson Hire Division OneBonagee United 1 v 3 Castlefin CelticLagan Harps 4 v 2 Eany CelticDrumoghill F.C. 3 v 3 Kerrykeel ’71 F.C.CT Ball Division TwoWhitestrand United 2 v 2 Raphoe TownGlenree United 4 v 1 Dunlewy CelticCopany Rovers 2 v 3 Convoy ArsenalBallybofey United 1 v 1 Drumbar F.C.Deele Harps 0 v 0 Letterbarrow CelticFIXTURESSATURDAY 22-03-2014 K.O. 2p.m. (Unless Stated)Old Orchard Saturday Division OneGlencar Celtic v Fintown Harps AFCOrchard F.C. v Ramelton MarinersGlencar Inn Saturday Division TwoArranmore United v Keadue Rovers Reserves (K.O. 1p.m.)Strand Rovers v Milford United ReservesCranford United Reserves v Donegal Town ReservesTullyvinney Rovers v Gweedore United ReservesGlenree United Reserves v Curragh Athletic ReservesSUNDAY 23-03-2014 K.O. 2p.m. (Unless Stated)Brian Mc Cormick Sports Premier DivisionGweedore Celtic v Kilmacrennan CelticRathmullan Celtic v Lifford CelticCurragh Athletic v Glenea UnitedWatson Hire Division OneLagan Harps v Cappry RoversDunkineely Celtic v Bonagee UnitedEany Celtic v Gweedore UnitedCT Ball Division TwoDrumbar F.C. v Deele HarpsConvoy Arsenal v Ballybofey UnitedDunlewy Celtic v Copany RoversRaphoe Town v Glenree UnitedLetterbarrow Celtic v Whitestrand UnitedDONEGAL LEAGUE – ALL THE REPORTS, RESULTS AND FIXTURES was last modified: March 16th, 2014 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:Donegal Leaguelast_img

Man United star ‘to meet’ with Juventus chiefs to discuss Old Trafford exit

first_img Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ De Gea could be finally set to leave Manchester United The Spaniard is entering the final year of his contract at Old Trafford and it is unclear whether or not he will remain in Manchester.United have an option to prolong the deal by another 12 months but, should an extension not be agreed with the Spaniard, he could leave for nothing in 2020.According to Italian publication Tuttosport, Mendes wants to bring De Gea and fellow client James Rodriguez to Turin next summer.The Colombia international is on loan at Bayern Munich from Real Madrid, but is unsure where his future lies. Jorge Mendes will be looking to facilitate the deal David De Gea will reportedly enlist the help of super-agent Jorge Mendes to ensure he can leave Manchester United to join Juventus.Mendes, who represents Juve’s star man Cristiano Ronaldo, also has De Gea on his illustrious books which include some of the world’s best footballers. LATEST RANKED James Rodriguez could join De Gea at Juve REVEALED “But he sees other clubs getting bigger and stronger, it is becoming more competitive.“And he is now 28,  is coming into his prime years so it is understandable that he may be looking.“But until somebody tells me he is leaving I think he will be fully committed. 3 3 The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January LIVING THE DREAM targets IN DEMAND Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland 3 Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade De Gea has been named the club’s player of the year in four of his seven seasons since arriving from Atletico Madrid in 2011.Eric Steele coached the Spain international in his first two campaigns in England and is not surprised he seemingly wants to leave.Speaking to the Goalkeepers’ Union podcast, Steele said: “If you ask David now, he is fully committed to Manchester United.“He has a fantastic rapport with the players, the fans, but he wants to be a winner and inevitably he might look at his pathway now and think ‘will I get that at Manchester United’ certainly at the moment they are still in the Champions League. targets Latest transfer stories from talkSPORT.comlast_img read more