Simpson on target for Rio

first_imgWestern Bureau:Three-time Olympian Sherone Simpson says she is on track to possibly run the fastest time she has in over a year, as she steps up preparations for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.Simpson, who was keynote speaker at the launch of this year’s Milo Western Relays Carnival yesterday at the Holy Trinity Church in Montego Bay, said she is fit and happy and is awaiting the national senior team trials, which is used to select athletes for major championships.”I think I am. I am healthy, and all aspects of my training have been improving, so I am very happy with that right now,” the Olympian told The Gleaner.”I am so confident, and my physical and mental readiness is there, so I am looking forward to what is ahead,” she said.Simpson, a multiple relay gold-medal winner as part of Jamaica’s 4x100m relay at the 2004 Games in Athens, Greece, and again at the World Championship in Beijing, China, in 2015, says that she is focusing on being technically sound.A fully fit and strong Simpson is in line to shatter the 10.95 seconds she won gold with at the Pan American Games last year in Toronto, Canada.RELAYS FAVOURITESimpson is expected to be part of coach Maurice Wilson’s Sprint Tech 4x100m relays team, as she set her sights on doing the double at Rio. As is now the norm, she will be using the Milo Western Relays as a launching pad for what is expected to be a very busy 2016.Excited at the prospects, Simpson acknowledged that if she qualifies for a fourth Olympics, it will be a pleasing achievement.”I would be so humbled. It would be unreal if I should make the Games, especially in the 100m and 200m,” she added.”So I am working hard towards that, and it will be such a blessing for me, and I would be so happy,” she stated.The 38th staging of the Milo Western Relays is set for the Catherine Hall Sports Complex in Montego Bay on Saturday, February 13.last_img read more

Pliskova beats Osaka on home soil to win Pan Pacific Open

first_imgTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal 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 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Pliskova broke Osaka for a second time to go up 5-4 in the second set and then hammered her sixth ace to secure her 11th career title.Pliskova needed three dramatic sets in each of her matches to reach her second final of the season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“I was just happy it didn’t go to a third set,” Pliskova said. “Naomi was playing so good all tournament but I think she was a little bit tired today.”The frustration was evident when Osaka double faulted in the ninth game of the second set to set up Pliskova’s second break. The 20-year-old tossed her racket to the ground before collecting her composure, but it was too late. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Karolina Pliskova, right, of Czech Republic, holds her champion trophy and Naomi Osaka, left, of Japan holds her runner-up trophy during the award ceremony of the Pan Pacific Open women’s tennis tournament in Tokyo Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)TOKYO — Fourth-seeded Karolina Pliskova beat Naomi Osaka 6-4, 6-4 on Sunday to win the Pan Pacific Open and deny the U.S. Open champion a win in her home country.Osaka, who upset Serena Williams in the final in New York, hadn’t dropped a set previous to Sunday’s final and was frustrated from the outset by the big-serving Czech player.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Indonesia ready to host 3rd Asian Para Games Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption It was the second time Osaka came up short in the tournament. Two years ago, Osaka lost in the final to Caroline Wozniacki, this year’s top-seeded player who was eliminated by Camila Giorgi in the second round.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

Good news Arsenal fans? The stat that shows the Community Shield is gaining title importance

first_imgCan the Gunners win the Premier League title? The traditional season curtain-raiser seems to have become more of a guide than in years gone by.Arsenal head into the new Premier League season full of confidence and boasting another trophy, as they picked apart Manchester City in the Community Shield on Sunday.Rival fans have been quick to curb the optimism of Gunners fans by pointing out the perceived lack of importance of the clash – ‘Oi! David Moyes won it last year!’ – but are they wrong to do so?In the entire history of the Shield, stretching back to 1908, of the 64 winners only 15 have gone on to lift the league title that season – just 23.44 per cent of all Shield winners.However, that percentage has improved in modern times, largely due to the increased frequency of high-calibre – that is, title-challenging – teams competing in the annual curtain-raiser.For example, since the advent of the Premier League, the top flight title has been won by seven of the 22 teams that kicked off their season with a Shield win – an increased rate of 31.81 per cent, since 1992.Over the last 22 years though, the landscape of English football has changed dramatically, and when looking at a more relevant time period to the present day – in this instance, from the start of the Roman Abramovich era at Chelsea (2003) and the establishment of five genuine challengers – that percentage increases further.Of the last 11 teams to win the Shield, five have gone on to win the Premier League that season, including a period of four successive years when Manchester United and Chelsea took turns in being crowned champions of England – resulting in a 45.46 per cent success rate.So while it’s far from a guarantee of title success, in recent times the title winners have tasted Shield success more often than in the more distant past. Arsenal fans perhaps therefore have slightly more reason to be optimistic of a title-tilt than those who were quick to dismiss their Wembley win against City.Their 3-0 victory can be interpreted in a million different ways, but there can be little doubt that this is an Arsenal side who at least look stronger than last season and if they can get off to another good start, as they did 12 months ago, could we be talking about potential champions?Arsenal fans, can you win the Premier League this season? Comment below… 1 Arsenal won the Community Shield last_img read more

Six receive Arabian Awards

first_imgWOODLAND HILLS – Six political and civic leaders were honored by retired California Supreme Court Justice Armand Arabian in his eighth annual awards luncheon Thursday. Arabian, a longtime San Fernando Valley resident who was among the nation’s best-known and most-influential jurists, recognized the recipients during a luncheon at the Hilton Woodland Hills. The honorees included former Los Angeles Mayor and California Secretary of Education Richard Riordan and former state Assemblyman and San Fernando “Valley cityhood” leader Dr. Keith Richman. Community leader and 2007 Fernando Award recipient Gloria Pollack also was honored, along with LAPD Deputy Chief and Valley commanding officer Michel Moore. The award also was given to former California Lt. Gov. and record-company owner Mike Curb and Marlene Bane, an active volunteer. “The award appreciates the efforts over a lifetime of leaders who don’t have to give as much as they do. They make a difference in the world, and for that they’re honored,” said Arabian. The honorees all could claim years of political and community service in the city and state. Pollock, a relative newcomer who moved from New York state 13 years ago, said her activities – including on local chambers of commerce boards – have made her feel like a “Valley woman.” Bane, long active in Democratic campaigns with her late husband, Tom Bane, who chaired the Rules Committee in the state Legislature, joked that the selection committee needed one Democrat among the winners. And Riordan, now a partner in a law firm, ended the awards ceremony by saying the Valley “has the best and greatest people in the world.” A $1,000 scholarship was given to Tripti Gupta, a Van Nuys High School graduate currently majoring in biomedical engineering at USC. (818) 713-3731160Want 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

De Gea latest: Goalkeeper will NOT be frozen out of first-team, say Man United

first_imgManchester United have insisted wantaway goalkeeper David De Gea will not be frozen out of first-team affairs despite his failed attempts to leave the club.De Gea made it clear he wanted to leave Old Trafford for hometown club Real Madrid this summer, only for the deal to fall through late on transfer deadline day.Reports recently emerging from Spain suggested the player is concerned about his chances of playing under Louis van Gaal this season, while claiming the club will not consider him for selection unless he signs a new contract.The glovesman was sidelined by manager Van Gaal during August while the uncertainty over his future continued, but the club say De Gea will now be treated just like any other member of the squad.A United spokesman told Press Association Sport: “Those reports are absolute rubbish, the team will always be picked solely on merit.”The rumours claimed that De Gea may not get a fair crack of the whip for United, something that would be a big problem for him at international level for Spain with the Euro 2016 finals next summer.United are convinced, however, that De Gea will maintain his professionalism and compete for a first-team place against Argentina keeper Sergio Romero.Spain coach Vicente Del Bosque, meanwhile, has called for De Gea to “be professional and move on from this episode”, warning that he needs to be playing regularly at club level to remain in the international picture.“I hope that he starts playing again and is happy,” he said.”If he doesn’t play, it will be very difficult for him to come to the Euros.”United have now included his name in their Champions League squad, which means if he plays in the group stage he would be cup-tied should Madrid or any other club try to sign him in January – though it looks much more likely he will move on next summer when his United contract is set to expire. Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea 1last_img read more


first_imgThe community of Burtonport have expressed their disappointment and anger after local signage for a railway walk was vandalised.The damaged sign at Acres, BurtonportThe sign for the Burtonport Railway Walk was erected recently at a cost of €200 to the local people of the area.But the signage was ripped form its post this week at Acres, Burtonport. “It’s just so sad to watch something that is supported by 100s of community members and visitors alike, and which our community have collectively worked so hard on in terms of development and fundraising, get torn apart by mindless acts of thuggery,” said a spokesman.The section of reclaimed railway track has been developed into a beautiful walkway. and extends from Burtonport to Meenbanad and is approx 6.5 miles / 10.46 km return. ANGER AFTER SIGNS FOR BURTONPORT RAILWAY WALK WRECKED BY VANDALS was last modified: April 11th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Burtonport Railway Walkvandalslast_img read more


first_imgLast night’s launch of the Community Alert scheme in Raphoe/St Johnston.Over one hundred residents from the three Community Alert Groups in Raphoe and St Johnston last night attended the launch of the local text alert scheme at Ballylennon Church Hall. The three groups, DCSM, Binnion View and Glenmaquinn came together to launch their respective text alert schemes.The large attendance were welcomed by the three chairmen, Joe Boland, Bert Galbraith and Samuel Elton with Garda Siochana Superintendent Michael Finan and Inspector David Kelly addressing the crowd and officially launching the schemes. Superintendent Finnan said that it was great to see the three groups working closely together and that this could only benefit the whole area.He also said that it was time for the Garda to build relationships in the local communities.He said that the benefits of Community Alert schemes was evident in recent weeks as the alertness of individuals played a major role in the arrest of suspects in several serious crimes. Also addressing the meeting were Sgt Paul Wallace, area crime prevention officer and Vanessa Clarke of Muintir Na Tire.  TIME FOR GARDAI TO BUILD RELATIONSHIPS IN DONEGAL COMMUNITIES – TOP GARDA was last modified: October 23rd, 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:donegalRaphoeSt Johnstontext alert schemelast_img read more


first_imgGetting ready for the soccer season at LYIT.Societies, sport and much, much more were on offer at the Clubs and Societies Day 2015 which took place on campus at Letterkenny Institute of Technology yesterday. The event marked the start of the clubs and societies programme at Letterkenny I.T , and provides students, new and returning, with volunteering opportunities, sporting and recreational activities, both on and off campus.The programme has developed significantly in the last 8 years , with the societies programme growing from 8 societies in 2007 to nearly 40 societies in 2015. The array of activities catered for are outstanding, from technology based societies such as the ‘Android App Society’ and the ‘Ethical Hacking Society’, to the physical and activity based clubs such as the ‘Canoe Club’ and ‘Hillwalking Club’ to name but a few.The sporting programme at the institute has gone from strength to strength over the last few years, with the LYIT Men’s Soccer team playing at the highest level in the Colleges Football Association of Ireland league.This year the GAA Men’s team will contest the Trench Cup, and the league division 2 programme. It is hoped that the introduction of the ‘New Entrant Sports Scholarship Programme’ will significantly enhance this period of growth.The third level societies programme is an important part of the academic calendar and LYIT has now connected with the Board of Irish College Societies (BICS) and also, the Campus Engage network, supported by the Higher Education Authority, to expand the non-academic endeavours of societies at LYIT. If you want to know more about Societies and Sport at LYIT you can check out the clubs and societies website via the link; can paddle your own canoe at the college!WHY YOU JUST HAVE TO BE IN THE CLUB (OR SOCIETY!) AT LYIT! was last modified: September 24th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalLYITlast_img read more

Fantastic Beasts and fantastic films this week at Eclipse Cinemas

first_imgENTERTAINMENT: J.K. Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them comes to Eclipse Cinemas Lifford-Strabane this week, which sees Eddie Redmayne entering the wizarding world in an era before Harry Potter.Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them The adventures of writer Newt Scamander in New York’s secret community of witches and wizards seventy years before Harry Potter reads his book in school. Check out all our listings @ Kids Club Sat & Sun @ 12noon Tickets €1.80Loyalty CardsGet yours today      Christmas @ Eclipse Cinemas Lifford-StrabaneFantastic Beasts and fantastic films this week at Eclipse Cinemas was last modified: November 16th, 2016 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:Eclipse CinemasEntertainmentFilmsLiffordstrabanelast_img read more

Sweden edge past Switzerland to book spot in World Cup quarter-finals

first_img Sweden celebrate the match-winning strike The most exciting moment of the game undoubtedly came at the death when Lang barged over Olsson. A penalty was originally awarded to Sweden, with Lang sent off for the last-ditch challenge, but the referee corrected his decision and awarded a free-kick instead after watching the incident back.talkSPORT are with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with over 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network. VAR penalty review 3 3 Yann Sommer center_img The Swiss goalkeeper provided the game’s one moment of real quality with his save from Berg in the first-half and leaves Russia with his head held high.Moment of the match 3 Sweden needed a huge slice of luck to book their place in the World Cup quarter-finals at the expense of Switzerland.Emil Forsberg’s heavily-deflected effort midway through the second-half was enough for the Swedes in a game that won’t live long in the memory. England now know who they will face in the last eight should they beat Colombia tonight, and on this display, they will be licking their lips.talkSPORT will be live from the Spartak Stadium tonight to see if the Three Lions can do it.The opening 30 minutes were dull, as if both teams were recovering from belting out their national anthems.But the first-half ended with a flurry of chances for Sweden. Yann Sommer produced an incredible save from Marcus Berg, before Albin Ekdal spurned a glorious chance from just a few yards out.An awkward encounter continued that way in the second-half, and the game finally got the goal it deserved in the 66th minute.Space opened up for Forsberg on the edge of the box and his tame effort was heading straight into Sommer’s arms until it took a huge deflection off Swiss defender Manuel Akanji. A hopeless shot combined with hopeless defending.The Swiss piled on the pressure in their bid to reach a second-consecutive World Cup quarter-final, but Sweden were characteristically difficult to break down and held out for a historic win.There was late VAR drama to spice things up. Martin Olsson was primed to double Sweden’s lead in the last minute until he was fouled by Michael Lang, who saw red. The ref originally awarded a penalty but video replays showed the tackle took place just outside the box.Colombia and England will battle it out tonight for a chance to meet the Swedes at the Samara Arena on Saturday.Star manlast_img read more