The Galway Tribesmen were eventual winners on Saturday last when they a secured a narrow victory against the Athboy Longhorns to secure the Republic Of Ireland title. The team now will do battle against the best that Northern Ireland has to offer in the All Ireland Final next Saturday in the clubs biggest game in their short history. print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Fresh from their win the previous week against the Dublin City Exiles, the men from the West started the game where they left off last week and had the Longhorns under pressure from the start. The Tribesmen were awarded a scrum as early as the 2nd minute close to the Longhorns line but were unable to capitalize on this early pressure. The first points of the game went to the Longhorns when they were awarded a kickable penalty on the 14th minute mark and their Irish International Casey Dunne duly slotted the ball between the posts to register two points.The Tribesmen however, maintained the pressure, led by their captain Andrew ‘Mika’ Atonio and quickly replied with a well worked try by winger Eddie Weaver in the corner. With an unsuccessful conversion attempt this put the Tribesmen ahead 4-2.Both teams tried everything to try and gain the advantage but both teams were unyielding in their defence and it difficult to see where the next points were going to come from.The question was answered on the 35th minute when the Alan McMahon stepped up for the Tribesmen and cleverly slotted over a drop goal. The one pointer gave the Tribesmen a 5-2 lead and this was score when the half time break arrived.The match resumed with the Longhorns in robust form and they immediately stole a march when Simon Deevy burst over from close range to put the Meath men in the ascendency. With Dunne slotting the conversion over this gave them an 8-5 advantage over the men from the west.However, it wasn’t long before the Tribesmen were back in the hunt, when ‘no nonsense’ prop forward Jason East making a significant contribution for the second week running, added a further 4 points to the Galway men’s tally. With Peter O’Neill converting this gave the Tribesmen a lead of 11-8.As the game progressed, both teams displayed tenacious defence and try scoring opportunities were few and far between despite the impressive running displays of Deevy for the Longhorns and Jacob Spargo and Jason East for the Tribesmen.The Tribesmen have come into a rich vein of form at the right time of the season and they were virtually faultless for the remainder of the game. The Longhorns, however were guilty of a couple indiscretions which were punished by the boot of Peter O’Neill who secured two further penalty kicks to add 4 further points for the Tribesmen. The tension was running high as the clock ran down but the Tribesmen maintained their impenetrable defensive wall. The game finished at 15-8.The Tribesmen now march on to the All Ireland Final next Saturday at the Carlisle Grounds in Bray, where they face the winners of the Northern Ireland league, the Ballynahinch Rabbitohs, in which the winners will be crowned the best team on the Island of Ireland. This has been a monumental season for the Tribesmen who started off the season with a ground breaking tour to North Wales and are now on the verge of lifting the trophy that will confirm them the best team in country!The final kicks off at 2pm at the Carlisle Grounds in Bray, Co Wicklow, Saturday 6th August.
Sheppard takes on Gallegos for the World K1 Atomweight title that night in a fight that is sure to have the crowd on their feet from the Bell. Both fighters have an out and out style so this one could be a classic. Details of the fight card for Whitney Sheppard’s World Title fight with the German Evelyn Gallegos in the Clayton Hotel on Saturday September 1st have been revealed with a total of fifteen fights confirmed for the evening with the first fight at 7pm. There will also be two International Ireland V France K-1 fights with Cian Mc Cormack from Kinvara taking on the European Thai Boxing Champion Marvin Bonnemains who’s currently in Thailand training for the fight.Thomas Scarry from Moylough will also lock horns with another tough Frenchman in Tony Fauconair who’s flying in from Bordeaux in a 90kg K-1 battle.The card will also feature five Irish Title Fights on the night with Sean Ryan from the Neale taking on Justin Cannon from Dublin at -60Kg International Rules, Corey O’Malley from Ballybrit takes on Adam Nally from Athlone at -60Kg Full Contact, Alex Fitzpatrick from Tuam takes on Evan McCann from Dublin at -69.5 International Rules and we have two more Irish Title fights featuring Ciaran Healy from Meath against Shane Lawless from Athlone for a K-1 Title and Tipperary’s Chloe Quinn who faces Kerrie Doyle from Carlow in Full Contact.Seven more undercard fights will warm the fight fans up so it should be a cracking night in the Clayton. The Fight Card For The Clash At The Clayton Headlined By Whitney Sheppard’s Challenge For The IKF Aorld Atomweight Title. print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email
It’s day two of the Curragh’s Derby weekend with the first race off at 3.15pm and two group races. The Group 2 Comer Group International Curragh Cup at 3.45pm and the Group One Pretty Polly Stakes at 5.25pm. George McDonagh reports… print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Our best bet is Westwood (10/1 E-Way) running in the 6.25pm.
BY TIM MORRIS Staff Writer Red Bank Catholic High School’s Kevin Byrne (M) leads the pack during the opening 1,200-meter leg of the Penn Relays’ High School Boys Distance Medley Relay held Friday at Franklin Field in Philadelphia, Pa. Running in the middle of the pack is Christian Brothers Academy’s George Kelly (B). Byrne’s lead-off leg helped the Caseys set a new school record in finishing eighth, while Kelly started the Colts on their way to the Championship of America crown. PHOTOS BY TIM MORRIS The trophy was heavier than they imagined. But, heavier would the burden have been had they not won it.Christian Brothers Academy’s Distance Medley Relay team has had one goal since finishing second at the New Balance Nationals and that was winning the High School Boys’ Distance Medley Championship of America at the Penn Relays held at Franklin Field in Philadelphia. Pa. on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania. Christian Brothers Academy’s Mike Mazzaccari leads Central Bucks (Pa.) High School South’s Austin Gregor during the early stages of the anchor-leg 1,600 meters of the High School Boys Distance Medley Relay Championship of America race. Mazzaccaro’s late kick dropped Gregor and brought CBA the COA victory. Winning Penn is the goal of every CBA distance runner and its something that no Colts team had done since 1988.“Penn is the pinnacle of outdoor track,” said the Colts’ Mike Mazzaccaro.George Kelly, Dan Mykityshyn and Mazzaccaro, who led the Colts to the NJSIAA cross county Meet of Champions title in the fall and were three-quarters of CBA’s 4-mile relay national indoor champions, got help from sprinter Theo Foster on April 29 and fulfilled their goal of winning the ‘Penn Wheel,’ the Championship of America trophy.The Colts made it look easy running upfront the entire race winning it 10:13.04.“Everything went the right way for us,” said Mykityshyn.Running the lead-off 1,200 meter leg, Kelly did his job of not getting buried in the pack (18 teams were in the race). He ran a smart race and when Red Bank Catholic’s Kevin Byrne took off on the last lap, Kelly followed. His (Kelly’s) fine 3:06.72 was just behind Byrne’s 3:06.40, but, more importantly, the Colts were ahead of the other contenders (Warwick, NY, West Windsor- Plainsboro North and Ridgewood).Foster then put the Colts in the lead running the second fastest 400 split of the race (50.12).“It’s an honor having Theo on the team,” said Mazzaccaro.Watching the race unfold, Mykityshyn and Mazzaccaro, the team’s seniors (Kelly is a junior and Foster a sophomore), knew the race was going to be in their hands.Mykityshyn’s 1:58.91 800 meters kept the Colts in the lead with Central Bucks South from Warrington, Pa. close behind. It was down to a two-team race.“I did what my coach (Tom Heath) told me and that was go out a little harder,” said Mykityshyn. “I was thinking ‘I’m in the lead at Penn’My goal was to get the baton to Mazz in the lead.”Which he did with Bucks South, the last team to get into the COA, right behind.The anchor 1,600 leg quickly became a tactical race between Mazzaccaro and Central Bucks’Austin Gregor.Gregor shadowed Mazzaccaro who was running fast enough to keep the two teams ahead of everyone else, but, not punishing enough to try to drop Gregor.“I let him take over the lead, it was windy,” Mazzaccaro explained. “I knew I’d have the kick at the end.” Just before the bell lap, Mazzaccaro took the lead. “He countered my move quickly,” noted Mazzaccaro.As Gregory made his bid to break Mazzaccaro, the Colts stayed in his slipstream waiting to strike with his own finishing kick.With 200 meters to go, Mazzaccaro struck. Gregor struggled to match his speed and soon fell back. Mazzaccaro, knowing he had “put him away” got to enjoy the last few meters of the race crossing the finish line with his arms in the arm.“I usually don’t celebrate, but, this was something special,” he pointed out. “This is something I’ll never forget.”Mazzaccaro’s polished off the COA win posting a 4:17.31.Afterwards there was the victory lap where the Colts got to thank their legion of fans who had come to see them bring the wheel back to CBA.“It was huge,” Mykityshyn said of having the Colt fans at the meet. “In the paddock you could only hear the cheer for CBA. It was exciting.“Without a doubt winning Penn is not comparable to anything we’ve done,” said Mykityshyn.Away from Franklin Field, the Colts Phil Ragan medaled in the javelin. His 194-5 was good enough for fifth place.
By Jason ReedAustralia bid an emotional farewell to cricketer Phillip Hughes at a funeral in his hometown on Wednesday with a live coast-to-coast broadcast allowing a nation to unite in celebration of the life of a sportsman cut down in his prime.Eight days after Hughes was struck by a ball on the back of the head and six after he died from the catastrophic injuries that resulted, his family, friends and a host of cricketing greats gathered at Macksville High School.Cricket Australia Chief Executive James Sutherland spoke for many when he tried to make sense of the huge outpouring of grief that followed the tragic death of the left-handed batsman a few days short of his 26th birthday.“The wave of emotion that has washed over our country this past week tells us so much about the affection millions felt for Phillip and also about the privileged place cricket has near the heart of this nation,” he said.“Quite simply, the boy from this proud community of Macksville, personified the spirit of Australian cricket.“Ever since Bradman, the image of the innocent country boy playing in the backyard while dreaming of wearing a baggy green cap has become entrenched in our psyche. It’s our foundation myth as a cricketing nation.”Some 1,000 mourners, mostly locals with a smattering of luminaries including Prime Minister Tony Abbott, dabbed away tears and perspiration in the baking heat of the school hall with thousands more watching on screens in the sunshine outside.From the eulogies, they learned of a beloved son, brother, cousin and friend whose passion for cricket was matched only by his enthusiasm for the Angus cattle he helped raise on the family farm.They were also reminded of a small town boy with a prodigious talent for hitting a ball with a bat who headed down the coast to big city Sydney as a teenager and ended up playing 26 Tests for his country.Australia captain Michael Clarke broke down in tears for the second time in a few days as he paid public tribute to his former team-mate and friend.“Phillip’s spirit, which is now part of our game forever, will act as a custodian of the sport we all love. We must listen to it,” he said, struggling to contain his emotions.“We must cherish it. We must learn from it. We must dig in and get through to tea. And we must play on.“So rest in peace my little brother. I will see you out in the middle.”Australian greats of the game such as Shane Warne, Ricky Ponting and Glenn McGrath were in attendance, while Richard Hadlee, Brian Lara and India captain Virat Kohli represented the wider cricket world.New South Wales paceman Sean Abbott, who delivered the bouncer that dealt the fatal blow in a state match at the Sydney Cricket Ground last Tuesday, was also among the mourners.When he suffered the injury, Hughes was batting for a recall to the Australia side for the opening match in the Test series against India, which has since been rescheduled.Tributes continued to flood in from around the world on Wednesday, many joining the viral campaign to get people to place cricket bats outside homes, workplaces and at sports grounds in tribute to Hughes.Hughes’s own bat rested against the coffin throughout a service which concluded with ‘Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me’, the song Elton John dedicated to the cricketer when he played it in a concert in Munich last week.Clarke and fellow cricketers Aaron Finch and Tom Cooper joined Hughes’ father and brother among the pallbearers and delivered the coffin to the hearse, which then set off in a procession through the town.Hughes was cremated in a private ceremony.
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0Shares0000NEW DELHI, India, October 28 – Reigning champion Sebastian Vettel rattled off his fourth successive win of the season in the Indian Grand Prix here Sunday to tighten his grip on the title showdown with three races remaining.The 25-year-old German produced another flawless display to pull 13 points clear of Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso, who came in second, 10 seconds behind.Vettel, who led from piller to post to add this to his wins in South Korea, Japan and Singapore and his seasonal debut success in Bahrain, is seeking to become the youngest triple champion in Formula One history. Vettel’s Red Bull teammate Mark Webber took third with McLaren duo Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button in fifth and sixth.The only danger to Vettel in an otherwise seamless success came in the closing laps when sparks sprayed out from underneath his car’s front spoiler, but despite Alonso being alerted to the incident by his team over the car radio it proved a false alarm.Felipe Massa came home sixth in the second Ferrari ahead of his old friend Kimi Raikkonen of Lotus, Nico Hulkenberg of Force India, Romain Grosjean in the second Lotus and 10th placed Bruno Senna of Williams.It was Vettel’s 26th win and he revelled in his familiar trick of adding the fastest lap of the race in the final lap and then standing atop of his car to milk the applause from the crowd.Vettel, aiming to become Formula One’s youngest triple champion, said: “Two years and two wins here, it’s a very special Grand Prix, I don’t know what it is about this circuit.“A big thanks to my team, we’re all pushing very hard.“This is another good step (to the title) for us but there is still a long way to go.”Alonso commented: “It’s not easy at the moment to fight with Red Bull but we will never give up….”RESULTS1. Sebastian Vettel (GER/Red Bull) 1hr 31min 10.744sec2. Fernando Alonso (ESP/Ferrari) at 9.4373. Mark Webber (AUS/Red Bull) 13.2174. Lewis Hamilton (GBR/McLaren) 13.9095. Jenson Button (GBR/McLaren) 26.2666. Felipe Massa (BRA/Ferrari) 44.6747. Kimi Raikkonen (FIN/Lotus) 45.2278. Nico Hülkenberg (GER/Force India) 54.9989. Romain Grosjean (FRA/Lotus) 56.10310. Bruno Senna (BRA/Williams) 1:14.97511. Nico Rosberg (GER/Mercedes) 1:21.69412. Paul di Resta (GBR/Force India) 1:22.81513. Daniel Ricciardo (AUS/Toro Rosso) 1:26.06414. Kamui Kobayashi (JPN/Sauber) 1:26.49515. Jean-Eric Vergne (FRA/Toro Rosso) 1 lap16. Pastor Maldonado (VEN/Williams) 1 lap17. Vitaly Petrov (RUS/Caterham) 1 lap18. Heikki Kovalainen (FIN/Caterham) 1 lap19. Charles Pic (FRA/Marussia) 1 lap20. Timo Glock (GER/Marussia) 2 laps21. Narain Karthikeyan (IND/HRT) 2 laps22. Michael Schumacher (GER/Mercedes) 5 laps0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has recalled Andros Townsend to first-team training.The winger had been training with the under-21 squad in recent weeks after clashing with fitness coach Nathan Gardiner following Spurs’ win over Aston Villa.However, Pochettino insists that is all in the past and has recalled Townsend ahead of Spurs’ match with West Ham on Sunday.“On Tuesday he started training with the group again,” said Pochettino.“For me it was a problem that he has apologised to the people for. He is still young and needs to improve.“I forget the past, if he deserves to be in the team or squad it is not a problem. We need to forget that and give him the possibility to be in team.” Tottenham winger Andros Townsend 1
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card These were some of the reasons Prudential Equity Group chief investment officer Edward Keon mentioned Monday when he dropped his recommendation that investors keep 100 percent of their portfolios in equities. He now recommends that investors keep 55 percent of their portfolios in equities. The January employment report “began to rattle the cozy consensus that has been expecting just one or two more rate hikes from the Federal Reserve in 2006,” Bank of America strategist Thomas McManus wrote, saying the drop in the unemployment rate and indications of wage pressure were “particularly troubling.” The “potentially negative impact” of surprise rate increases spurred by the data “cannot be overlooked,” he wrote. Others on the Street are looking at the data, then switching to The Weather Channel. UBS economist Maury N. Harris wrote before Thursday’s release of unemployment claims, “Mild weather probably continued to hold down claims.” The bank’s economic note had a graph with a fever chart showing the temperature’s deviation from normal between January 2004 and January 2006. NEW YORK – In the good-news-can-be-bad-news world of Wall Street, recent data showing growth in employment and wages have worried some investors. Their fear: More jobs and higher wages could spark inflation and prompt the Federal Reserve to continue its march of short-term interest rate hikes. But the strong employment and pay numbers have become a source of contention on the Street. Some economists and strategists believe the employment and pay picture is less inflationary than the data would suggest. One of their arguments is that employment figures have more to do with unseasonably warm weather than economic strength, since more construction workers are on the job now than they would be during a colder winter. Among the data at issue is January’s unemployment figure, which sank to 4.7 percent, its lowest level since July 2001. The four-week average of jobless claims Thursday fell to its lowest level in six years, according to the Labor Department. Then there are employees’ average hourly earnings, which trailed inflation for most workers last year, but rose to $16.41 in January, up 3.3 percent from a year ago. “Some of the conditions that have ripened the growth outlook at the start of 2006 are unlikely to last into spring,” wrote Citigroup’s U.S. economist Steven Wieting. “Abnormally warm weather boosted construction activity in December. … Judging by a 46,000 gain in construction employment in January, the winter 2006 will go down as an unusually early and strong period for building activity.” But increased inventories of residential housing could mean slower construction come spring, Wieting wrote. Merrill Lynch North American economist David Rosenberg called jobs figures “weather distorted.” “As for the employment report, I think there’s a danger of overreacting over the message from it because this was the third warmest January in the past 112 years,” Rosenberg wrote. Ian Shepherdson, chief U.S. economist at High Frequency Economics, said he had “lingering suspicions that something is not quite right with the sudden plunge in (unemployment) claims over the past month or so.” But Thursday’s numbers convinced him the data “looks to be the real deal.” If claims stay this low, the labor market could “become almost as tight as at the peak of the ’90s boom,” he wrote. The signs of higher wages, which you’d expect to see in a tight labor market, are already popping up in the data. But Merrill’s Rosenberg said they don’t bear scrutiny. “For those claiming that we have a humdinger of a tight labor market … and this is reflected in the average hourly earnings data – think again,” he wrote. He pinned most of the increase to jobs in information technology, where average hourly earnings went from a 2.5 percent increase a year ago to 6.1 percent now. Wages in the financial sector also jumped. For every industry seeing wage acceleration, such as education, health and construction, another industry is seeing wages fall, as is the case in manufacturing, leisure, hospitality, transportation and utilities, he wrote. The unseasonable increase in construction jobs is skewing pay statistics, too, he argued, pointing out that construction pay is 17 percent above the average for all industries. “The wage data reflected the mix of jobs last month,” he said. It “was not due to individuals demanding higher pay for what they were doing.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
1 Harry Kane celebrates the winning goal Harry Kane fired England to next summer’s World Cup but his last-gasp winner cannot paper over the cracks after Gareth Southgate’s men limped to victory against limited Slovenia.Dull, flat and uneventful all aptly describe a Group F encounter that may secure World Cup qualification but leaves just as many questions as answers – an all too common theme in recent matches.So underwhelming was this encounter that fans seemed more excited about paper planes landing on the pitch, with England offering precious little to shout about until captain Kane directed home to secure a stodgy 1-0 win in stoppage time.The Three Lions may be able to book their flights for Russia but this listless display against a the ranked 55th in the world only underlines the work that needs to be done to stop next summer ending up like the last World Cup or Euro 2016.After a dreadful opening period, Marcus Rashford, Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane had efforts in quick succession during a brief flash of second-half excitement – but there were also moments when Slovenia threatened to inflict a first qualifying defeat since October 2009.Such a ponderous performance tested fans’ patience, but those that waited around finally had a moment to enjoy in stoppage time as Kane beat Slovenia goalkeeper Jan Oblak from a fine Walker cross.While this did not feel like a particularly positive occasion, Southgate deserves credit for taking the reins in difficult circumstances following Sam Allardyce’s exit and steering England to the World Cup with a game to spare.The England boss can now use Sunday’s trip to Lithuania as a chance to experiment – a match Dele Alli is available for again having served a one-match ban against Slovenia.Sterling came in for Alli and quickly went about stretching the Slovenia defence, whose close attention John Stones claimed should have brought an early penalty.Possession failed to translate into clear-cut chances, though, and England’s play soon deteriorated.Slovakia took an early lead at Wembley last month when Rashford made a mistake in his own third and this time it was Sterling whose sloppiness put his side under pressure. Josip Ilicic ended up being threaded through, with Joe Hart appearing to catch him when sweeping up.No penalty was given and there was another sigh of relief when Roman Bezjak failed to connect with a cross against a struggling England side, whose captain Kane took aim for distance in a hopeful attempt.Oblak, Atletico Madrid’s superb goalkeeper, dealt with that comfortably and impressively swatted away a Jordan Henderson shot as Slovenia’s goal really came under threat for the first time.Play had long since stopped when Kane headed home a corner, with Oblak scampering across to tip wide Rashford’s free-kick before Manchester United attacker’s corner was flicked wide at near post by Gary Cahill.Unfortunately, half-time did not bring an injection of excitement and urgency and Slovenia had the first attempt of the second half through Bojan Jokic.The visitors were not pulling up any trees but nor were the hosts offering any serious threat, with England taking until the 63rd minute to muster a serious second-half attempt.Sterling bared down on goal as the hosts caught out Slovenia’s backline and played in Rashford to get a clipped attempt away that was too weak and hacked away by Rajko Rotman.A crucial, if unorthodox, block from captain Bostjan Cesar prevented Sterling from slotting home in the 65th minute, with Kane flashing a first-time strike just as fans began to get excited about something aside from aiming to reach the pitch with paper planes.Tensions threatened to boil over as accusing glances were aimed at Stones, while at the other end Hart, looking in discomfort, burst off his line to bravely throw himself in front of Tim Matavz.It was a brave save, and a poor decision not to call offside by the linesman, with Southgate turning to defender Michael Keane as a uninspiring replacement for Sterling.Walker saw a drive denied by Oblak as England pushed for a goal that arrived deep in stoppage time.Slovenia coach Srecko Katanec could only laugh as Walker cut out Oblak’s throw and cross for Kane, whose shot had too much for the otherwise impressive goalkeeper at the death.