Preservation for Powell – Sprinter could race less in 2016 to enhance Olympic medal chances

first_imgAsafa Powell could be looking to cut back on the number of races he competes in before the Olympic Games in Rio next summer as he aims for his first individual medal in the Olympic men’s 100 metres. At the International Association of Athletics Federations World Championships in Beijing, China, in August, the 32-year-old sprinter was among the favourites to win a medal in the 100 metres but finished seventh in 10 seconds flat, the same time as his sixth-placed American rival, Tyson Gay, and French champion Jimmy Vicaut, who was eighth. Powell had a season best of 9.81s going into Beijing, but suggested that his heavy racing schedule may have sapped his ageing legs for the final. “I had a long year. I just have go back and analyse to see where I went wrong in the season. We ran 13 or 14 races before the World Championships, and that’s probably something we shouldn’t do,” said Powell. NO INDIVIDUAL OLYMPIC MEDAL The athlete, who won gold as a member of Jamaica’s sprint relay team at the Olympic Games in 2008, has never won an individual Olympic medal. He has two bronze medals in the blue riband sprint at the World Championships in 2007 and 2009 to go along with the relay gold he won this summer. Rio would be his fourth Olympic Games, having first represented Jamaica in Athens in 2004 when he was favoured to win but finished out of the medals in the race won by American Justin Gatlin. Powell expressed gratitude for being able to represent Jamaica again and make another global 100-metre final. “The greatest thing is that I went to the world championship and made the finals as one of the favourites,” he said. “I am still happy just to be in it. I have been doing this for years now, and I love it. Just to be out there smiling and hearing the crowd cheer you on, it’s a great honour and privilege.”last_img read more

Disappointing debut for Mkhitaryan as Arsenal lose to Swansea

first_img0Shares0000– It was a disappointing debut for Henrikh Mkhitaryan as Arsenal suffered a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Swansea City on Tuesday night in an English Premier League played at the Libert Stadium.LONDON, United Kingdom, Jan 30 – It was a disappointing debut for Henrikh Mkhitaryan as Arsenal suffered a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Swansea City on Tuesday night in an English Premier League played at the Libert Stadium.A poor error from Petr Cech gifted Swansea all three points against Arsenal as the Welsh side came from a goal down to win the match. Nacho Monreal gave the Gunners the lead on 33 minutes when Mesut Ozil played a lovely ball to the back post for the Spanish defender to slide home.It didn’t last long, though, as the Swans equalised just a minute later when Alfie Mawson slid the ball through to Sam Clucas, who made no mistake with a calm finish past Cech.And the Arsenal keeper was at fault for Swansea’s second when Shkodran Mustafi rolled the ball back to Cech and the keeper’s sliced clearance fell straight to Jordan Ayew to finish a gift-wrapped present.There was still time for another as Clucas grabbed his second late on when he finished superbly from close range.Henrikh Mkhitaryan entering for his Arsenal debut.The final action of the half saw Granit Xhaka flash a shot well over the crossbar from 18 yards out on 44 minutes after Iwobi’s ball into the box was blocked.Ozil drew a routine save out of Fabianski with a low strike just outside the area on the right two minutes after the restart, but a howler from Cech gifted the Swans the lead on 61 minutes.Monreal’s throw-in was played to Cech by Mustafi, but the keeper fluffed his clearance under pressure from two attackers, and Ayew tucked the ball into the left corner of the net from 12 yards out.Iwobi failed to hit the target with an effort from 20 yards out that sailed over the bar on 65 minutes, while Dyer spurned a gilt-edged chance six minutes later when he fired fractionally wide of the right post from 13 yards out after he was let in by Mustafi’s poor defensive header.Another mistake from the Gunners sealed a remarkable win for the Swans four minutes from time. Monreal’s poor clearance was pounced on by Tom Carroll, who fed Ayew and the Ghanaian made his way to the right byline before Mustafi diverted the ball into the six-yard box, where Clucas smashed home.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


first_imgAlmost €40,000 has been raised after another terrific Lord of the Rings white-collar boxing night organised by Letterkenny Rugby Club and Friends of Letterkenny Hospital.More than 1,200 people turned up at the gala night at the Silver Tassie Hotel to see 32 brave boxers give it their all. Co-organisers Brian Gribbon and Boyd Robinson said they had never expected Friday night’s event would match the inaugural even last year – but it did!“It’s hard to believe we all pulled it off again – but we did. It was a terrific night and tribute has to go firstly to the 32 boxers who gave up their time for the past two months for the event.“From the first fight it was a terrific night and I think anyone who was there will agree it was more than value for money. It was a great occasion,” said the lads.They also paid huge tribute to boxing coaches Danny Ryan, Brendan Ryan and Tommy Stewart who gave up their time to help all the participants. It was hard to single out a fight of the night but many thought the match between Highland Radio’s Kevin Collins and Padraig Breslin from Falcarragh was a breath-taking affair from start to finish.Another bruising encounter was between another Highland Radio man Barry White and John Curran.Brian Gribbon said he is hopeful they can raise around the same money as last year for both charities.“All the money is not in yet but we would be hopeful of raising the same kind of money as last year.“It was a terrific night and it was great to work alongside Friends of Letterkenny General Hospital again.“I don’t think there’s any question we can give it another go again next year,” he said. Indeed Mr Gribbon and his co-organiser Mr Robinson both had a bruising encounter themselves when they were coaxed into a hastily arranged ‘grudge’ match during he interval.But when it became obvious it was hard to land a punch wearing sumo wrestling suits, it was decided a dance-off was the only way to find a clear-cut winner.Needless to say chances of either receiving invitations to join a Strictly Come Dancing charity event are remote.The night was ended in perfect fashion when well-known singer and boxer on the night Karol Harvey led the other 31 boxers in an emotional version of the national anthem. “We couldn’t have ended the night on a more perfect note. I was very proud to be part of it,” said Brian Gribbon.EndsDDTV VIDEO: WHITE COLLAR BOXING RAISES ALMOST €40,000 AFTER KNOCK-OUT NIGHT was last modified: June 18th, 2011 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)last_img read more

Cesc Fabregas unhappy with FA Cup final snub and refuses to rule out summer exit

first_imgCesc Fabregas has questioned why he was dropped for Chelsea’s FA Cup final defeat to his old side Arsenal.The 30-year-old midfielder started four of the Blues last six Premier League games as Antonio Conte masterminded another Stamford Bridge title success.But Fabregas, who spent eight years at Arsenal before returning to Barcelona in 2011, found himself among the substitutes as Chelsea failed to secure the double following a 2-1 defeat.A controversial Alexis Sanchez goal opened proceedings for the Gunners, with referee Anthony Taylor over-ruling an offside decision having missed a handball from the Chilean in the build-up.Diego Costa levelled for a below-par Chelsea after Victor Moses had picked up a second yellow card for diving in the Arsenal box, only to see Aaron Ramsey head home the decisive goal three minutes later.Fabregas had been introduced in place of Nemanja Matic just after the hour mark, with the Spain international unhappy to have been given a watching brief beforehand.“I thought I was playing very, very well in the last few months,” he said.“I was in great form and it was a shame I didn’t start the game. I was playing very well and the team was winning, scoring a lot of goals and defending well.“That is football, you have to accept decisions. It is a bad day and a shame because we wanted to win. The most important thing is the team didn’t win.“Sometimes it is all about the coach’s decision. I don’t think I could have done much more this season, it is the coach’s decision and you have to respect that.“I’m sure he wants the best for the team and if he thinks that is the way to go you have to go with it, we are a team. It is between him and me. I have nothing against Antonio, he has done a fantastic job.“Of course every player wants to play more, it is in the genes of a winner and I am one of them. I’m here for whatever the team needs and I have shown that during the season.”Fabregas started just 15 games for Chelsea across the entire campaign and refused to rule out a move away from the club this summer.Asked if his lack of game-time has made him think about leaving, he said: “Not necessarily, but in football you can never say never.“Anything can happen but I have always said I feel very, very loved by the fans here and every time I have played I have shown I can play at the top level in this team. It is all about trying to change the manager’s decision.“It is still a good season. We go home with a bad taste because of what has happened but for sure we would rather win the Premier League than the FA Cup.”Fabregas was roundly jeered by the Arsenal half of Wembley as he made his way on to the pitch, but he has backed former boss Arsene Wenger to continue, with the Frenchman’s future set to be decided at a board meeting on Tuesday.“I will speak about his legacy when he stops training,” Fabregas said of Wenger.“I don’t think that is the case (at the moment), I think he can manage for a long time. Let’s not take anything away from Arsenal, they were better than us and reacted well against 10 men.“They scored and it made it very difficult because we were tired, the pitch is big and they have good passers of the ball.” Cesc Fabregas 1last_img read more


first_imgBuncrana Ladies Golf NotesCarol McDaid (27) won last Friday’s 18 holes Stroke competition at Buncrana, his nett score of 65 giving her a three shot cushion on the chasing pack.The runner-up was Helen Gallanagh (21) who survived a break of tie with a 68. The best 30+ handicapper was Phillipa Porter.BUNCRANA LADIES GOLF NOTES was last modified: May 7th, 2011 by gregShare 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)last_img read more


first_imgDONEGAL V DOWNSaturday night saw Donegal get their first points in the Allianz League. In perfect conditions they ran out comfortable winners in Mac Cumhaill Park. Thanks to all the stewards, ticket sellers, programme sellers, flag holders, Sam Maguire carriers for making the match run smoothly. SENIOR HURLINGOur Senior hurlers started their Tain Club Hurling League campaign with a home game to Na Magha from Derry. New manager Don Browne decided to blood some young lads and this paid off. After a brilliant team performance in the second half, Mac Cumhaills won 1-15 to 0-11.We are away to Lisnaskea next Saturday at 2.00pm. Please contact Peter Moloney for supporters bus. A good start to the year, keep her lit lads.TRAINING Training for all adult players continues Tue and Thurs at 7.30pm sharp.U6 Boys and Girls. Astro pitch. Wed 5.30pm.U8 Boys and Girls. Astro pitch. Wed 6.30pm.U12 Football. Training resumes on Sat 23rd Feb 10.00am in the Handball Alley. Bring runners.U14 Football. Tue and Fri 7-8 both nights.REGISTRATION/MEMBERSHIPRegistration fee’s are now being taken. €30 per adult, €15 per juvenile, family member is €70. Registration fees have to be paid for by 31st March. If you have not paid by this time, you lose voting rights at the AGM. There will be a Minor Board registration night on Wed 13th Feb 7.30pm – 9.00pm.All adult registration fee’s should be paid directly to the Club Registrar- Stephen Lynch 0874147764.HANDBALLOn Friday 8th February Cormac Muldoone made the trip to St. Mellan’s in Monaghan where he met Down’s Shane Milligan in the U17 Ulster Quarter Final. Muldoone had been in top form in recent weeks, putting in endless hours of training to sharpen up for the occasion.It was evident from the start that his hard work had paid off as Down had no answer for Muldoone’s strength and skill.Following their success in Beragh, Sean Mac Cumhaill players rounded up again on Saturday 9th February to travel to Gort na Mona in Belfast which saw all the underage talent in Ulster compete for their chance to reach the Ulster Semi Finals.Gallagher again was first to the court in the U12 Singles where this time he faced up to Cavan.Now into the quarter final stages, Gallagher would undoubtedly be facing up to stiffer competition. Gallagher’s trade mark serve may have met its match against the young Cavan man, which meant that Gallagher had to step it up a gear and hold rallies to take each point. In the first game, Gallagher did just that winning the first game 15 – 10. The second game however saw a different game emerge as the young Cavan man served relentlessly to Gallagher’s off-hand. Now with the tables turned, Gallagher had to fight to get back in the game. Unfortunately, Gallagher couldn’t get back into the game and lost the second game 15 – 4. All to play for in the tie-breaker, Gallagher soon stepped it up a gear to take the final game 15 – 12. In the U14 Singles and Doubles category, these games seemed to follow suit with each match going to a tie breaker. Christopher Gallagher competed in the U14 singles division against Cavan also. Similar to his younger brother, Christopher took the first game on a score line of 15 – 12. However, it was Cavan this time that emerged the victor taking the next two games. Fintan Griffin and Jamie Bell were up next in the U14 Doubles against Monaghan. Just like the previous match the two boys saw themselves in a tie-breaker situation where they narrowly lost out 15 – 14 in the tie-breaker. Each and every player did themselves, their Club and County proud. Best of luck to Anthony Gallagher and Cormac Muldoone who will now fly the Donegal colours in the Ulster Semi-final this weekend in Kingscourt, Co. Cavan. COACHING VACANCIESWe currently have a number of coaching vacancies for the current year for the following teams:Boys football – U16’sGirls football – U14, U16 & U18Hurling – U14 & U18Camogie – various teamsPlease contact John Burke at 086/8185915 or Alan Martin 0861723899 if you are interested in coaching or helping out with any of the above teams.IRISH DANCING CLASSESIrish dance classes commencing this wed in Gaa centre 6 to 7 pm and 7 to 8 pm also Saturdays 4 to 5 pm and 5 to 6 pm qualified tutor reg with coimision le rinci gaelacha further info on 087 12613493G ASTRO TURF PITCHState of the art 3G Astro pitch is available. Please contact Terry O Reilly(0866095347) for times etcMAC CUMHAILLS LOTTOThere were no winners of the lotto this week.€2 weekly or a yearly subscription for the Club Lotto is €100€5 weekly or a yearly subscription for the Club Lotto is €240.Contact any club committee member for detailsThe jackpot will be €3500 next weekIF YOU’RE NOT IN, YOU CAN’T WIN!!!!!!!FOR SALEWe have club bags for sale. €15. Ideal for school bags. We also stock Mac Cumhaills shorts, socks and water bottles. Contact Alan Martin 0861723899SIGNS.Anyone wishing to take a sign in a prime location on a gable wall, please contact Alan Or Peter.MAC CUMHAILL’S BINGOMac Cumhaill’s Weekly Bingo is in the Villa Rose Hotel this week at 8.30pm. Everyone Welcome.We would also like to thank Alice Bonner for her continued support. Alice has kindly sponsored a hamper every week at the bingo.CLUBHOUSE BARThe Clubhouse bar is now taking bookings for parties: Contact Simon at 085 1503092 for more informationGAA NEWS: SEAN MacCUMHAILLS CLUB NOTES was last modified: February 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:Sean MacCumhaills Club noteslast_img read more


first_imgThe victorious Moville Under 16 teamMoville u-16s ladies reclaimed the county title in a thrilling game vs Fanad Gaels in Convoy.Moville started the brighter and raced into an early two point lead before Fanad goaled with virtually there first attack, closely followed by a point from Aoife McDeveitt.However, the Moville girls soon settled down after this early setback and began to play the fast running game that had carried them to this final. They cut open the Fanad defence on 3 occasions to raise the green flag with goals from Sarah Jane Mc Donald, Roma Mc Laughlin. They picked off 4 additional points but Fanad, themselves playing well kept the scoreboard ticking at the other end with a goal from Éimear Gibbons and a point from Rachel Sweeney. Moville held a narrow lead at half time of 3-06 to 3-03.If the first half was exciting then the second half had everything that is good about ladies football. Fanad started brightly and soon leveled the game and then went ahead with scores from Michelle Doherty and Caoimhe Walsh.Moville responded before Fanad had a ten minute period of dominance in which they moved into a two point lead thanks to some strong running through the middle. With about eight minutes to go, Fanad were awarded a penalty which was brilliantly saved by Amy Canning.This seemed to spur the Moville girls on they pressurised the Fanad defence time after time. Great work from Miaread Coll in the centre of the field and Aisling Howe in the backline helped to contain the Moville forward. Sarah Jane Mc Donald goaled for Movillefrom a free on the 13m line and this was quickly followed by a couple of points to leave the Inisowen girls two points ahead.Fanad reduced the deficit to the minimum but from the resulting kick out, Roma Mc Laughlin picked the ball on her own 45 and drove forward before calmly slotting the ball over the bar form 30 m for the final score of the game to leave the final score 5-09 to 5-07.Niamh Cavanagh accepted the cup from Donegal Ladies President , Kenny Griffen. She thanked the girls for their hard work and commitment everyone who had contributed to the team winning the title and especially to manager, Paul Mc Dermott and his backroom team of William Mc Elhinney, Elaine Cavanagh, Sonia Mc Laughlin and Margaret Mc Donald.Fanad put up a brave fight against Moville GAA NEWS – MOVILLE RECLAIM UNDER 16A TITLE AFTER THREE YEAR ABSENCE was last modified: June 1st, 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:FanadmovilleUnder 16last_img read more


first_imgA bird-lover is traveling to Co Donegal after his rare missing bird of prey was spotted on Tory Island.Karl Lawlor has spent the past two weeks and a considerable amount of money looking for his rare falcon which escaped for his home in Slane, Co Meath.He even hired a plane in a desperate bid to locate the valuable bird (pictured right) but couldn’t spot it around Meath. Karl, 50, then got a lucky break when a holiday-maker spotted the rare bird which has a silver ring and a bell strapped to its claws.Owen Clarke, from Letterkenny, contacted Donegal Daily after he came across the bird while out walking on Tory Island.We then contacted Birdwatch Ireland in a bid to discover the species and origin of the bird.The organisation identified the bird as a rare hybrid falcon – a cross between a Gyrfalcon and a Saker Falcon. Niall Hatch of Birdwatch Ireland then recalled how such a bird had gone missing and contacted Karl who couldn’t believe his luck.Karl is today was making the 160 mile journey form his home to the remote island, nine miles off the mainland, to catch a ferry in a bid to recapture his beloved bird.“I can’t believe I might be able to get her back now. I have searched high and low since she disappeared. Nobody knows how much this means to me,” he said.Many of the island’s 150 inhabitants, including the King of Tory, Patsy Dan Rodgers, have also been put on alert for the bird which has been spotted several times in recent days.The island is rich in rabbits which the falcon is surviving on. Owen Clarke, who spotted the bird, revealed how he almost caught her.Owner Karl told Owen how to call the bird using a whistle and some baited meat.“I was only a matter of inches from it before it flew away. I honestly thought I had caught it for Karl.“He’s coming up himself now so hopefully he’ll have a little more luck than the rest of us,” said Owen. EndsBIRD-OWNER TRAVELS TO DONEGAL AFTER RARE FALCON FOUND ON TORY ISLAND was last modified: August 17th, 2012 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:Birdwatch IrelandFalconTory Islandlast_img read more

Temperatures rise to 104, seeds fall in tennis’ Australia Open

first_imgMELBOURNE, Australia >> On a day when shade was a valuable commodity in the searing heat at Melbourne Park, Roger Federer played it cool at the Australian Open.Six-time champion Novak Djokovic, however, complained about the brutal conditions during his second-round win over Gael Monfils, when the temperature peaked at 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit).Djokovic urged tennis organizers to be more flexible about the rules for drink breaks, time between points and suspension of play …last_img

Not just another exile novel

first_img27 September 2005South Africans like me living abroad might find the descriptions of our home country sketched in Troy Blacklaws’ Karoo Boy resonant with the memories we treasure in our own hearts – full of textures and colours and sounds we miss, painfully beautiful, exaggerated into the romantic.Non-South Africans reading with a more critical historical eye might wonder at the absence of political detail in a novel set in the era of Steve Biko’s death and the Soweto uprising. They will remark at the over-simplistic way “liberal” whites versus “conservative” whites and “good” blacks versus “bad” whites are pigeonholed.South Africans at home might label it another novel written by a South African in exile.There’d be merit in all of the above. Blacklaws, who lives in Germany, said of his debut novel: “I wrote Karoo Boy partly as a reply to Disgrace, as I found JM Coetzee’s South Africa relentlessly bleak. I have not shied away from violence and cruelty, but have focused on a sensuous, filmic evocation of South Africa, ending on a note of hope.“Coetzee writes of Africa with a scalpel. I write with a stubby, chewed pencil.”With his poetic style and liberal sprinkling of phrases that makes you smell Muizenberg’s beach and feel the sun blasting down on the Karoo, Blacklaws certainly succeeds in vividly colouring in Coetzee’s bleak landscape and adding hope to the South African story.“Filmic” it certainly is – in fact, South African producer Anant Singh has just acquired the movie rights to the book, after a bidding war with two UK-based companies. The script of Karoo Boy will go into production in 2006 and will be directed by South African commercials director Sunu Gonera.From Cape to KarooThe delicately woven novel tells the story of how 14-year-old Douglas deals with loss and grief after his twin brother Marsden dies in a freak accident. He has to leave behind a leisurely childhood of surf and sun in the Cape and move with his mother to a small and arid Karoo town where she turns to painting full time while he is left to deal with the tough local Afrikaner boys.Two friends lead Douglas on the journey through adolescence, helping him deal with his pain and find himself: the rebellious Marika, who lights the flame of teenage passion in him, and Moses, a petrol attendant who has been stranded in the Karoo after his dompas was stolen. Moses becomes a father figure in Douglas’s life and, by telling him of his own initiation time with the abakwetha, gets Douglas to see his time in Klipdorp as a rite of passage to manhood.Singh said of the book: “We immediately knew that it would make a compelling film and set out to acquire the rights. Karoo Boy is a story of grief and loss and about a special relationship between two individuals from vastly different backgrounds. It is a delicate yet absorbing story and will translate well into film.”Singh and Gonera have their work cut out for them if they are to attempt to capture the nostalgic beauty of South Africa in film the way Blacklaws has in this easy reading and sumptuous novel.Source: SA Timeslast_img read more