WALSHY ON WEDNESDAY: BATTLE OF THE SAINTS, McGEEVER’S CROKER TIPP AND PACKIE ON ‘THE BOY KEANE’

first_imgMaxi CurranBY PADDY WALSHOH WHEN THE SAINTS…..It’s the match many would have billed as the dream final but at least we get to anticipate the pairing of the Saints in the semi-finals of the Donegal Senior Championships following impressive performances last weekend. Didn’t make it to MacCumhaill Park for Sunday’s evening clash when St. Eunan’s put the clampers over their old rivals, Glenswilly, but I did see St. Michael’s do a demolition job over Malin in the day’s other quarter-final at O’Donnell Park.Difficult to believe that this was the same Malin team that took care of a fancied Gaoth Dobhair in their final group game.A hefty exodus from the stands midway through the opening half might have suggested Malin supporters were beating the hastiest of retreats at an early stage in the proceedings but it was just in response to a tannoy announcement urging motorists to remove their vehicles from illegal parking berths near the ground.Had only Liam Bradley been able to park his defence as easily with St. Michael’s easing into a half-time lead of 2-8 to 0-2 and never looking likely to allow the Inishowen men back into it in the second. Indeed it was only a late goal that put some measure of consolation on the scoreboard for Malin as they were comprehensively taken apart. Long, long before the finish, Malin heads were dropping and St. Michael’s supporters were dreaming. Perhaps Liam Bradley’s head was filled with other matters such as the vacancy for Derry senior manager but whatever this was a hugely disappointing day for his current side.St. Michael’s, meanwhile, never took the foot of the accelerator as they hit Malin right from the start and had it all wrapped up even before all the half-time draw tickets were sold. I thought Michael Langan was excellent along with Ciaran Gallagher – apart from an energetic display throughout he ghosted through the Malin defenders to score his team’s second goal – and Andrew Kelly but every player wearing red did their bit.St. Eunan’s were equally impressive by all accounts in their dismantling of Glenswilly – pointing to a semi-final pairing that will, as the old Carlsberg advertisement declared, be worth waiting for.Not that the men from Kilcar will be focusing too much on that side of the draw. Again, going on reports and the result, they too impressed in their win over Four Masters but should find Naomh Conaill a tougher nut to crack in the second semi-final even if the Glenties team were far from dazzling in their quarter-final win over Termon.THE KINGDOM TO BE TOPPLED – TWICE! Will Kerry do it on Sunday? Not if Charlie McGeever has anything to with it. And he will have in his capacity as manager of the Tipperary Minors who face the Kingdom in the All-Ireland Final (the main event really as Charlie won’t be looking on it as any sort of curtain raiser).A narrow squeak it may have been but a two point win over Kildare in the semi-final has brought them to the ultimate – within touching distance of an All-Ireland title for both the Derryconnor man and his team.You should never mix politics with sport, they say (and whoever they are, I wholeheartedly agree) but McGeever did draw on a famous election slogan as he anticipated Sunday’s Final. “Anybody looking at us in the All-Ireland semi-final would use the old Fianna Fail saying, ‘a lot done more to do’ because there was much more to give,” he told the ‘Irish Examiner’ this week.His Tipp side have already faced Kerry in a Final this year but lost out in the Munster Minor showdown.  The sweet taste of revenge hovers invitingly over the Tipperary team as they go in search of glory with a Donegalman at the helm. Let’s admit it, sometimes we gave these Minors matches a miss but it’s fair to say a fair percentage of us here in McGeever’s native patch will be tuned in and becoming self-declared Tipperary men, women and children for the day.And who will we be rooting for in the afternoon’s other encounter? Difficult one to call but it’s safe to say that the two best teams in the county are competing in it and I wouldn’t be surprised if it ends in a draw and less surprised if the Dubs ultimately put one over on their old rivals.McGUINNESS TO FOCUS ON THE BUSINESS END OF THINGSFor those of us who once watched the wild-haired one in the colours of his county or his club side, it’s a fairly safe bet that we would never have envisaged him at some time in the future delivering, say, a talk to the Irish Management Institute’s annual conference.All those suits and suavity would hardly have been the most apt company for the man who occupied the midfield sector for Donegal and Naomh Conaill, one Seamus Mag Aonghusa, or to give him his better known title, Jim McGuinness, as he will indeed be introduced to the members of the I.M.I. at that conference in Dublin’s Sandyford at the end of the week.A guest speaker at the event he will, of course, be familiar to most of his audience of business executives or at least those who know anything at all about Gaelic Football or indeed, Glasgow Celtic F.C. Whatever the case, they will be duly impressed during his address when he talks on leadership and the qualities needed to make it to the top or indeed just to make it.A couple of years ago, I heard McGuinness deliver such a talk at the Adult Learner Fair in Letterkenny organised by the Donegal ETB. The packed function room in the Mount Errigal Hotel was held almost spellbound for an hour as he reflected on his own elevating career from a far from academic minded student at the Glenties Comprehensive School – he was, he told us, invariably first in the queue for the buses travelling to sporting events – to his third level studies and branching into sports psychology and leading his county to All-Ireland glory.Truly one of the success stories of the past few decades but again, I ask, could we have seen it back in the day when that frizzy haired midfielder got to grips with his opponents and any refereeing decisions that went against him or his team?Answers on the agenda for the I.M.I. annual conference.YOUTHS IN THE PINKCan’t in all honesty see anyone – Harps or U.C.D. – catch Wexford Youths after the latter’s victory over the students last weekend. The south-easterners have been the most consistent side in the First Division and have shown their mettle on many an occasion, coming back late on in games to turn defeat into full point territory.With Ollie Horgan’s men facing their longest trip of the season to Cobh – never an easy venue to get anything from least of all the three points necessary to keep the pressure on at the top – the Youths and the students meet again this weekend with Wexford enjoying a nine point advantage over the Belfielders.Had Harps not run up against that old stumbling block called inconsistency, they may well have been holding all the aces in the race for promotion but with seven points now separating them from the league leaders, that automatic rise into the Premier Division is looking as likely as University College Dublin accepting me for a degree course.A win for both U.C.D. and Harps might, just might, make it interesting again but even then I couldn’t see Wexford throwing away all their good work in the remaining matches.Striker Rob Waters will be, if selected, turning out against his old club on Friday night and we can only hope that he performs better than he did in Harps goal-less draw with Waterford United. He looked sluggish throughout, perhaps owing to lack of game time and I felt he should have been replaced long before he was with Harps looking more lively up front when Nathan Boyle came on.Lively is what they’ll have to be in Cobh if they are to shorten that journey home.WORLD CUP WONDER (AS IN WE WONDER CAN WE WIN IT?)The Rugby World Cup? I can’t see it. What I mean is I will be able to see it – after long years of trying, I’m almost proficient in using the old remote – but I can’t see the Boys in Green coming home with it.It was only a few months ago and certainly at the end of another successful Six Nations that some pundits were tipping Joe Schmidt’s side to go all the way but there’s been a lack of spark about the team in the warm-up games and while players will have performed with less of an edge than normal given the injury potential, they just didn’t look like a team with eyes confidently on the big prize.Schmidt will have his own ideas and will be encouraged, as we all can hope to be, at the fact that the Green tops will be facing the slight of Canada and Romania in their opening two matches in Pool D. Lose to either of those rugby minnows and we can start preparing for next year’s Six Nations but they do give the opportunity to sharpen up those edges in preparation for the sterner test against Italy and the real examination against Les Bleus in the final group game.Can we go beyond the quarter-finals where we have been halted in our tracks in the past? And can T.V.3 do justice to their coverage of the whole thing? At this stage, I believe we have a better chance of making the semi-finals.HOW IS GREAT BRITAIN A NATION?Last week’s European Championship qualifiers may not have provided the results Northern Ireland or Wales wanted to confirm their places in the Finals in France next summer but really it’s only a matter of time – as in next month – before Michael O’Neill and Chris Coleman can start preparing for a long awaited participation in the tournament.Thanks to their involvement in a group that didn’t require them breaking sweat in any of their games, England are already home and hosed, and for obvious reasons we, on this side of the Irish Sea, won’t be hoping Scotland join them.But were the Scots to qualify at the expense of the Republic, it would mean four “British” nations taking part in the Finals, undoubtedly unprecedented in the history of the competition.But not, as it happens, unprecedented in other fields of endeavour such as the recent World Athletics Championships in Beijing. There they ran, hurdled, jumped, and whatever else under the collective banner of Great Britain & Northern Ireland. They came home with four gold medals, one silver and two bronze, finishing fourth in the overall medal table. Nice haul if you can get it.Which you can if you give yourself a more than odds on chance by having access to athletes from four different countries to help you on the way.That has always struck me as a bit of an imbalance when the vast majority of competing nations do so as one (and, yes, I am aware that Ireland has had performers from Northern Ireland participating in the green singlet).But surely if the Britain and Northern Ireland soccer teams can go it alone in World and European competitions, the athletics fraternity can do the same. If only in the interests of fair play for all.FOR STEPHANIE ROCHE, READ CIARAN KILDUFFGoal of the weekend? Most of you will probably be awarding it to Christian Benteke for his spectacular scissors kick at Old Trafford on Saturday or even Anthony Martial’s effort in the same game.But brilliant as they were could they have been any better than the peach executed by Ciaran Kilduff for Dundalk in their F.A.I. Cup quarter-final tie against Sligo Rovers at Oriel Park?Did you see it? And if you didn’t check  YouTube and be prepared to be impressed. Kilduff got on the end of a Darren Meenan free-kick to guide the ball over Richard Brush’s head with the cheekiest of back flicks. We may even have a successor to Stephanie Roche as a nominee for the Puskas international goal of the year award.And then Ross Gaynor popped up with a stunning volley for Cork City in their Cup replay with our Candystripe neighbours – a weekend indeed of top quality strikes in the League of Ireland.Ah, but it’s a dead league, many will argue (mainly many who haven’t been at a domestic game in years, if ever) and the facilities are tripe.Quite a few L.O.I. grounds have improved their lot in recent times – there’s even talk that the Harps will move into their new stadium some time in the future – but too many, it has to be admitted, are threadbare and one of the images that caught this eye after watching Kilduff’s cracker was the sight of the handful of Dundalk fans dancing on the grass embankment behind the goal at Oriel Park. A grass terracing at the home of the current Premier League champions – and well on course to repeating the feat this season – hardly does much to promote the image of the League even if all four of the goals struck by the Louth team in front of that terracing showed a much better side to the product.POINTNG THE FINGERHands up the guilty out there who wanted to see British athlete Paula Radcliffe fail a doping test so you could all have a snigger at our media friends across the channel who climb on the highest of horses whenever focusing on competitors from other nations who have done the dirty or are under suspicion of doing so?Radcliffe has reacted quickly to a suggestion by the Tory M.P., Jesse Norman, who had referred to a London marathon winner with what the politician called “suspicious blood values”. Norman didn’t name the athlete but the finger was, according to Radcliffe, clearly pointing at her. And she has been quick out of the blocks to deny any wrong-doing where doping is concerned.I don’t believe that she is guilty of any misdemeanour when it comes to cheating. Paula Radcliffe has always struck me as an honest competitor who does things strictly by the book and has looked to her training regime – and not any illegal substances – as the key to her medal winning days on the track and the road.The shadow of doping does, sadly, hang over the entire sport of athletics but it nevertheless appears outrageous that an M.P. can use parliamentary privilege to cast serious doubts over the pedigree of an athlete such as Radcliffe without any shade of proof to back up that suggestion.Packie BonnerPUTTING SHAY ON THE SPOTPackie Bonner, a man from The Rosses who isn’t featuring on Strictly Come Dancing, revealed this week that his fellow Donegal netminder, Shay Given, wanted to take a penalty during the shoot-out against Spain at the 2002 World Cup Finals.The Lifford goalkeeper’s first words to Big Packie when the latter approached him to help put him in the right frame of mind before the spot-kick lottery, were: “I want to take a kick”.Reflecting back on it, Bonner maintained: “I found this unusual to say the least but I suppose that is the modern young player in many ways. They think they can do almost everything.”But who knows, it might even have altered the outcome. And we could have dined out, not just on one of our goalkeeping greats helping to get us through to the later stages of a World Cup (Italia ’90) but another one doing something similar at the other end of the field (Espana ‘O2).Meanwhile, look out for the big Cloughglass native’s memoirs, ‘The Last Line’ which will be published at the beginning of October.There’s a few references to the Boy Keane (Roy, not Robbie) in there and not all of them complimentary which should help with the sales.WALSHY ON WEDNESDAY: BATTLE OF THE SAINTS, McGEEVER’S CROKER TIPP AND PACKIE ON ‘THE BOY KEANE’ was last modified: September 16th, 2015 by John2Share 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:columnglenswillyN ConaillPackie BonnerPaddy WalshShay GivenSportSt EunansSt Michaelslast_img read more

Swine flu alert in Jaipur after doctor’s death

first_imgAfter the death of a retired government doctor due to swine flu here, the Rajasthan government’s Medical and Health Department has geared up to check the spread of the disease and issued alert in the State capital.Flu-like symptomsAll government dispensaries, satellite hospitals and other government health centres were asked to pay special attention to patients with swine flu-like symptoms. V.D. Bohra, who retired from Sawai Man Singh Government Hospital here, had visited Hyderabad and some other cities in the southern States, where he felt unwell. His condition deteriorated when he came back to Jaipur last week.Dr. Bohra was admitted to a private hospital, which sent his swab samples to Ahmedabad for swine flu test. After he tested positive, he suffered multiple organ failure and was declared dead on Wednesday.Medical and Health Minister Kali Charan Saraf has instructed doctors and para-medical staff to remain alert to the symptoms of swine flu among the patients of cough, cold, catarrh and high fever and immediately start their treatment.According to the official sources, the Minister asked the Chief Medical and Health Officers in all districts to ensure collection of samples, availability of medicines, referral to specialists and prompt services of intensive care units and isolation wardslast_img read more

Those conspiring for President’s Rule in Maharashtra are insulting people’s mandate: Sanjay Raut

first_imgSenior Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut on Wednesday claimed there was a “consensus” between the BJP and his party before the Maharashtra Assembly elections on sharing the chief minister’s post.Amid the stalemate continuing over government formation in the state, Mr. Raut told reporters here that no fresh proposal has been received from the BJP or sent to it.He claimed farmers and the working class want a Shiv Sena chief minister and have hopes and expectations from the Uddhav Thackeray-led party.To a question on when there would be a consensus on the chief minister’s post, the Rajya Sabha member said, “There was a consensus on the post before elections.”Ruling out any new proposal for government formation, Mr. Raut reiterated that the Shiv Sena expects implementation of what was decided and agreed upon before the elections.“Why waste time on new proposals. We want a discussion on what was agreed upon earlier. No new proposal has been received or sent,” he said.On the possibility of imposition of President’s rule in the state, Mr. Raut said, “We will not be responsible for it. Those conspiring to do this are insulting the people’s mandate.”He said wherever Uddhav Thackeray and his son Aaditya Thackeray, who won the state polls from Worli seat in Mumbai, were touring to review crop losses due to unseasonal rains, the farmers and working class were looking at the party with hopes and expectations.“All are eager to have chief minister from the Shiv Sena,” he said.Mr. Raut refused to respond to a question on whether the NCP has agreed to share the chief minister’s post. “We will talk about it,” he said.The Sharad Pawar-led NCP on Tuesday said a political alternative can be worked out in the state if the Shiv Sena declared that it had snapped ties with the BJP.Sources in the NCP said their party wants Arvind Sawant, the lone Shiv Sena minister in the Union government, to resign before going ahead further with the Sena.There has been no headway in government formation after results of the state polls were declared on October 24.The BJP, which won 105 seats, and the Shiv Sena, which bagged 56 seats, are locked in a bitter tussle over sharing of the chief minister’s post and ministerial portfolios in new government, even 13 days after the Assembly poll verdict handed them enough seats to cobble up a coalition government.They won 161 seats together in the 288-member House, much above the halfway mark of 145.Besides, the opposition NCP won 54 seats while the Congress got 44 seats.last_img read more

Spurs defeat Knicks to stretch win streak to 7

first_imgIn Damian Lillard’s milestone night, Blazers turn back Pelicans Google Philippines names new country director Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants View comments SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte New York Knicks’ Emmanuel Mudiay (1) looks to pass as he is defended by San Antonio Spurs’ Dante Cunningham during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 15, 2019, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)SAN ANTONIO— Three weeks after hitting a low point with a “pathetic” performance on Broadway, the Spurs hit a high note against the New York Knicks.LaMarcus Aldridge had 18 points and 11 rebounds, and San Antonio beat the Knicks 109-83 on Friday night to extend its season-best winning streak to seven games.ADVERTISEMENT “It just feels good,” San Antonio forward Rudy Gay said. “Things are clicking. Playing defense. Even when the ball is not going in like we want it to, we’re still getting wins, and that’s how you know we’re getting better as a team.”Gay had 12 points in 19 minutes after missing two games and losing 10 pounds because of the flu.The Spurs dominated defensively, which was in stark contrast to what Popovich deemed a “pathetic performance defensively” in their previous meeting with the Knicks.New York snapped an 18-game skid at home, routing the Spurs 130-118 on Feb. 24 as part of San Antonio’s worst Rodeo Road Trip ever. The Spurs have had a greater sense of urgency since going 1-7 on that road trip and it continued against the team with the league’s worst record (13-66).New York had 16 turnovers and shot 41 percent from the field.ADVERTISEMENT “It’s more of a focus and them understanding that when we play good defense, we’re a darn good team,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said.DeMar DeRozan and Bryn Forbes each added 13 points for the Spurs, whose previous season high was five straight victories.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsNew York, which was without injured point guard Dennis Smith Jr., lost its eighth straight. Damyean Dotson had 21 points and DeAndre Jordan added 11 points, 13 rebounds and matched a career high with nine assists.The Spurs hold the league’s longest active winning streak and have won nine straight and 16 of 18 at the AT&T Center. MOST READcenter_img Spurs: San Antonio is 24-1 at home this season when leading after the third quarter. The Spurs led 82-69 entering the fourth. … DeRozan has 1,380 points this season, surpassing Dale Ellis (1,366) for third-highest total among non-rookies in their first season with the Spurs. Terry Cummings sits atop the list with 1,818 points followed by Artis Gilmore’s 1,479. … Forbes has 143 3-pointers this season after going 3 for 5 against the Knicks. He has the most 3-pointers in a season of any undrafted player in Spurs history.SAVE THE BATSWith bats buzzing the court at the AT&T Center recently during Spurs games, Fizdale was asked before the game what he would do if he saw one.“I like animals, I’m an animal lover,” Fizdale said. “Hopefully we can catch it and let it go where it needs to go.”The Spurs’ mascot, The Coyote, has emerged in three games in a Batman costume attempting to corral the winged mammals with a hand-held net. The Coyote successfully captured a bat on Feb. 2 during the team’s game against New Orleans. Fizdale said he would want a net, too, if a bat emerged.“Yeah, I mean we don’t want to hurt it,” Fizdale said. “It’s just a little bat. Our guys will probably freak out.”Fortunately for the Knicks, no bats were sighted.UP NEXTKnicks: Host L.A. Lakers on Sunday night.Spurs: Host Portland on Saturday night. Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Miguel Romero Polo: Bamboo technology like no other Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “When we beat them at our place, we limited our mistakes, our turnovers and stuff like that,” Knicks forward Kevin Knox said. “So, they came in with a little bit of a chip and we just didn’t respond.”San Antonio opened an 11-point lead in the first quarter Friday and maintained that double-digit advantage for much of the game.The Spurs had 48 points in the paint behind the starting tandem of Aldridge and Jakob Poeltl.Aldridge had 10 points and seven rebounds and closed with his 25th double-double of the season.“(Having Poeltl start at center) kind of frees me up to float a little bit and kind of find my shot in different ways,” Aldridge said. “I’m spacing the floor a little bit more. I’m not the focal point as the pick-and-roll guy all the time, so it kind of changes it up for me. He’s been active.”Poeltl had 12 points, nine rebounds and matched a career high with five blocks.Trailing 76-67, New York had an opportunity to pull closer but Kadeem Allen missed a contested layup as Aldridge raced back on defense following a turnover. Gay followed with a 3-pointer to extend the Spurs’ lead to 79-67.“We just had too many guys making too many mistakes and you can’t play with holes in the dam when the Spurs have you going like that,” New York coach David Fizdale said.TIP-INSKnicks: Smith missed the game with a sore lower back. Fizdale said the team is unsure how the injury occurred, but Smith is day-to-day. “His back just kind of went out on him,” Fizdale said. “He had a couple of collisions there during the last game (Tuesday against Indiana).” … New York is 7-30 away from home, which is one more road win than Cleveland, Phoenix and Dallas. . Mitchell Robinson blocked two shots, extending his streak of consecutive games with a block to 26. Among Knicks rookies, only Patrick Ewing’s 28 straight games with a block is longer in franchise history. … The Knicks’ previous win in San Antonio was Jan. 2, 2014, behind a double-double from Carmelo Anthony. . Forward Noah Vonleh did not return after injuring his right ankle in the first half. Fizdale said Vonleh will undergo an X-ray when the team returns to New York. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Pirates keep slate spotless, hand Knights first loss

first_imgMOST READ Romeo a champ, finally Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting St. Benilde struggled with JRU’s press, indeed, and turned the ball over 36 times but fortunately for the Blazers, the Bombers collected just 13 points from those errors.Yankie Haruna was the sole Blazer in double digits as he scored 19 points.CSB ended a two-game slide to go to 1-2 while JRU, under new head coach Louie Gonzales, fell to 0-2.In the high school division, National University survived a furious battle with La Salle Greenhills to prevail, 86-82.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Down 48-61 after a triple from Letran’s Fran Yu, the Pirates turned to twins JC and JV Marcelino to shred the Knights’ defense and spearhead a 9-0 run that trimmed the deficit to four.Nzeusseu finished with 20 points and 10 boards as Lyceum climbed to the Group B lead. Raymar Caduyac and JC Marcelino each added 18 while Jayson David chipped in 11.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsAllen Mina’s 30 points went down the drain for Letran. Mina also had six triples as he helped the Knights control the match early.Yu and Tommy Olivario added 15 and 10 points respectively. Duterte wants probe of SEA Games messcenter_img ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss In another seniors match, the College of St. Benilde Blazers blasted the pesky Jose Rizal University Heavy Bombers, 79-56, for their first win in three matches.The Blazers built leads of as many as 20 after a 20-6 start but the Bombers seemed to find a way to crawl back, with guard MJ dela Virgen knocking down a turnaround jumper that trimmed the lead to 55-50.But back-to-back boo-boos by the Bombers blunted their momentum and the Blazers went to Unique Naboa and Yankie Haruna for a 14-2 blast that opened up a 69-55 gap.“Their press gave us some problems and that is something we have to address especially when the NCAA season opens,” coach TY Tang said. “Luckily, our outside shots started falling for us.”“I hope that Unique will find the consistency come the NCAA season,” added Tang of his third-year point guard who grew up in New Zealand.ADVERTISEMENT Lyceum rallied from 13 points down to keep its slate clean and hand Letran their first defeat, 101-95, in the the Filoil Flying V Preseason Cup at Filoil Flying V Centre on Friday.A couple of put-backs, one each from big man Mike Nzeusseu and guard JC Marcelino gave the Pirates a pivotal 96-93 lead in the stretch that greased Lyceum’s path to a 3-0 record.ADVERTISEMENT Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, toolast_img read more

Russia’s World Cup star Aleksandr Golovin joins Monaco on five-year deal

first_imgAleksandr Golovin, one of the heroes of Russia successful World Cup 2018 campaign, joined Monaco from CSKA Moscow on Friday, the club announced.French media reported Monaco paid around 30 million euros ($35 million) for the 22-year-old, who played an influential role as Russia reached the World Cup quarter-finals on home soil.The versatile midfielder contributed a goal and two assists as the home team beat Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Spain before losing to Croatia on penalties in the last eight.”He is a talented young player, very prominent during the World Cup, but we have been following him for a long time,” Monaco vice president and chief executive Vadim Vasilyev said in a statement.AS Monaco are delighted to announce the arrival of Aleksandr Golovin from @pfc_cska on a 5-year deal until June 2023!#WelcomeToMonaco pic.twitter.com/Aoq1oAXbr0AS Monaco EN (@AS_Monaco_EN) July 27, 2018″He already has solid experience in the Russian first division and internationally.”Despite the competition of very large European clubs, Aleksandr has chosen the sporting project of AS Monaco, which will offer him the best conditions to continue his progress.”In his three seasons with CSKA, Golovin played 113 matches, including 23 appearances in the Champions League and Europa League. He won the Russian league title once in 2016.Golovin was linked by British media with both Chelsea and Arsenal in the close season window but the player chose the French club to begin a new chapter in a promising career.”This is a new adventure for me that I approach with a lot of ambitions,” Golovin said. “I am now very much looking forward to meeting the staff and my new team mates and to get going.”advertisementGolovin will boost Monaco’s midfield options after they sold Joao Moutinho and Thomas Lemar to Wolverhampton Wanderers and Atletico Madrid, respectively.(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more