Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Yulo tallied 14.600 points to wind up on the podium in the men’s floor final.Artur Dalaloyan of Russia took home the gold medal with 14.900 points while Kenzo Shirai of Japan was a close second with 14.866 points.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 Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Eyeing an encore MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew 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 Carlos Edriel Yulo of The Philippines competes on the floor exercise during day nine of the 2018 FIG Artistic Gymnastics Championships at the Aspire Dome on November 2, 2018 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by KARIM JAAFAR / AFP)Carlos Yulo won a historic bronze medal for the Philippines in the 2018 FIG Artistic World Championships Friday at Aspire Academy Dome in Doha, Qatar.The 18-year-old Yulo, the youngest among all participants, bagged the country’s first medal in the world championship.ADVERTISEMENT Artur Dalaloyan is the 2018 Men’s Floor World Champ🥇🥇 Dalaloyan RUS – 14.900🥈Shirai JPN – 14.866🥉Yulo PHI – 14.600 – 1st ever medal!Results 👉 https://t.co/N66JL7iOy6Women’s Vault next @DohaGym2018🎥👉 https://t.co/N66JL7iOy6#DohaGym2018 #GoGymtastic— FIG (@gymnastics) November 2, 2018 Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum View comments
Back in businessJerry Toliver has done it once again. The Funny Car driver who introduced Mad magazine, World Wrestling Entertainment and Schick’s into drag racing, unveiled another first-time sponsor, Rockstar Engery Drink, for his return to the class after a two-year layoff. He hopes to have his Toyota on tour by March in Gainesville, Fla. Pit stopsTony Schumacher, who completed the greatest comeback in NHRA history to win the Top Fuel championship in 2006, was officially awarded a trophy and watch symbolic of winning the fourth quarter voting for Driver of the Year. NASCAR’s Jimmie Johnson won the 2006 award. … Greg Anderson said his team learned from a mistake on Friday, rebounding to take the top qualifying spot. “I’ve had a great weekend so far,” said Anderson. “I’ve had a ball this weekend. We have a lot of neat new things we brought to the track this weekend. It took a lot of work over the winter. You never know what you have until you get here.” Schumacher won his fifth No. 1 at Pomona Raceway, and third in the Winternationals, with a run of 4.472 seconds at 331.36 mph. Scelzi saved the best for last, vaulting to the top with a pass of 4.692 at 333.49 on his fourth and final qualifying run. “Running four passes in a row like that is more impressive to me than being No. 1 qualifier,” said Schumacher, the U.S. Army-sponsored driver who is the three-time defending champion. POMONA – For Tony Schumacher and Gary Scelzi, teammates for Don Schumacher Racing, consistency was the goal during qualifying for the Winternationals. Being that both finished atop the Top Fuel dragster and Funny Car fields, the goal was achieved. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Thorgan Hazard has turned a loan move to Borussia Monchengladbach into a permanent switch Borussia Monchengladbach have signed Thorgan Hazard from Chelsea.The 21-year-old had previously been on a season-long loan at the Bundesliga club, who have now shelled out around £6m to make the move permanent.The attacking midfielder, who joined Chelsea in 2012 shortly after his older brother Eden moved to Stamford Bridge, failed to make a single appearance for the Blues.Instead the Belgian was loaned to SV Zulte-Waregem for two seasons before heading to Germany last summer.Hazard’s permanent move to Monchengladbach has seen him sign a contract until 2020 with the German club, although Chelsea are thought to have a buy-back clause.The Belgium international has made 25 appearances this season for Monchengladbach so far, scoring one goal. 1
John Barnes has offered his backing to Brendan Rodgers, insisting he can lead Liverpool back into the Champions League.The Reds boss is coming under increasing pressure after a run of four Premier League games without a win and, with Jurgen Klopp reported to be keen on the job, there is a strong appetite for change among the Anfield faithful.But Barnes believes it would be a bad move ditching Rodgers right now, and wants supporters to rally behind the Northern Irishman.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, the former England star said: “I’m hoping Liverpool fans will stick with Brendan, stick with the team, and support them.“We haven’t got an alternative because changing Brendan at this time or even before Christmas I don’t believe is a sensible option or will achieve anything – so let’s support him.”Rodgers led Liverpool back into the Champions League following a five-year hiatus in 2013/14, when the club came so close to winning the Premier League.They finished outside of the top four last season and have started this term in disappointing fashion, but Barnes insists Rodgers can turn things around if given the chance.“I believe Liverpool will get it right to challenge for fourth,” he said.“I understand the expectations and, as to whether they can come back and win the league or finish second, probably not, but I still believe if people stick with the club then can we challenge for fourth.“Brendan is the right man for this team, this squad, as it stands. If you are talking about bringing someone in in January or the end of the season and spending lots of money and changing the whole situation around from a playing perspective, maybe then you can start talking about changing the manager. But I don’t believe another manager can come in and work with this squad of players that they have.“I really believe we haven’t got the quality that we had. We have lost Suarez, Gerrard, Sterling and Sturridge. We are relying on Coutinho for our creativity. Apart from that we have got good, honest, hard-working players, great harmony, great togetherness, as we showed in our performance against Arsenal, and I think we can get back to that.“I don’t think we can will ever get back to the football we played two years ago because we have not got the players for that but I think if we support them we can turn it around.”
Lisa Leslie, 34, who sat out the 2007 season to give birth, is entering the twilight of her WNBA career. Now, the pick allows the Sparks to select an impact player who they can build around for the next decade. Senior Sylvia Fowels of LSU, an athletic 6-foot-6 post player, and 6-5 Candace Parker of Tennessee – if she elects to make herself available – are thought to be the cream of the crop. Parker, who sat out a year because of an injury, is eligible to come out with her senior class. Forward Tasha Humphrey of Georgia (6-3) and guard Candice Wiggins of Stanford (5-11 ) are others who are expected to be top candidates. “Does it make the Sparks future look bright? Yes,” Toler said. “It’s not about the dynasty because you’ve still got to play. … We are going to wait to see who is available and draft accordingly.” The Sparks, who tied with Minnesota for the worst record in the league at 10-24 last season, selected Sidney Spencer of Tennessee 25th in the 2007 draft. She finished second in the vote for WNBA Rookie of the Year. Earlier this month, Cooper predicted the Sparks would land the No. 1 pick, get some top free agents to go along with Leslie and Spencer and bring a WNBA title back to Los Angeles. Arguably the Sparks’ biggest need is in the backcourt, where they struggled last season when Temeka Johnson missed all but 11 games. The sharpshooting Spencer, along with Spanish guard Marta Fernandez, should continue to see much of the ball in 2008. After coming over from the Liberty during the season, Sherill Baker averaged 8.5 points in just over 20 minutes a game and should continue to develop. Mwadi Mabika started 23 games and averaged 8.1 points and 3.8 rebounds per game. Still, a floor leader might be an early second-round option, especially with Johnson’s health in question. Atlanta, an expansion team added to the Eastern Conference last week, was automatically awarded the No. 4 pick. The date of the draft, traditionally held after the NCAA Women’s Final Four, has not been determined. The remaining draft order, based on team record, is the New York Liberty with the seventh pick, followed by the Seattle Storm, Connecticut Sun and Sacramento Monarchs rounding out the top 10. The Detroit Shock, Indiana Fever, defending champion Phoenix Mercury and Liberty wrap up the first round. Last year, Phoenix became the first team to win the No. 1 pick despite having the longest odds – 2.5 percent. The Mercury selected Lindsey Harding and minutes later traded her to the Lynx for veteran forward Tangela Smith. The lottery was conducted by league officials and representatives from the accounting firm of Ernst & Young at the WNBA office in New York. News services contributed to this story.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.But on Tuesday, when the WNBA held its draft lottery in New York to determine the selection order for six teams, everything in the cosmos fell right in place for Coach Michael Cooper and the Sparks to win the lottery and receive the No. 1 overall pick in the 2008 WNBA draft in April. The Sparks had 341 chances out of 1,000 (34.1 percent) to win the top spot. “I feel great right now,” Sparks general manager Penny Toler said. “It’s about the universe lining up. It’s a great day for the Sparks. It’s a great day for L.A. When something like this happens. You have to enjoy the moment.” The Chicago Sky will draft second followed by the Minnesota Lynx, the new Atlanta franchise, the Houston Comets and the Washington Mystics. Toler agreed that this is one of the most pivotal moments in franchise history. The ball club is entering a transition period. WNBA: The foundation for the club’s next generation could be determined. By Earl Williams STAFF WRITER Last season, the moon, stars and planets didn’t line up perfectly for the Sparks to make the playoffs.
A CO Donegal man is spending the first of at least three days behind bars after a vicious attack at his own brother’s wedding after party.Darren Kelly, from New Bungalow, Carrigans, but who now lives in Newtowncunningham, was remanded in custody at Letterkenny Circuit Court after admitting the violent attack.Judge John O’Hagan (pictured right) said he will sentence Kelly this Friday. Kelly faced a charge of assault causing harm arising out of an incident at the Fisherman’s Inn in St Johnston on the night of Sunday, May 9, 2010.Prosecuting barrister Patricia McLaughlin, outlining the case, said Kelly had attended his brother Anthony’s wedding the day before.Kelly, 28, had been drinking heavily until 6am on Sunday morning before going to bed.When he got up later that day, he started drinking again before going to the local pub for a so-called ‘After Party’ with close family and friends that Sunday evening.It was while he was at this party, he became involved in two altercations with another local man – lorry driver Leonard French.“Mr French said he was subjected to an attack by Kelly and that he was hit with a bottle and as he fell to the ground he was kicked on the face. While Mr French was lying on the ground, Kelly jumped on his head,” said Ms McLaughlin.She said Mr French, who is 52, was later admitted to Altnagelvin hospital where he was seen by a consultant at 4.40am in the early hours of Monday.He had to receive five staples to treat a deep head wound and also suffered cuts and bruises to an eyelid, his jaw cheek and lips.Pictures of the injuries were handed to Judge O’Hagan by Gda Peter Smith-Shankey who investigated the case.In his statement to Gardai, said Ms McLaughlin, Kelly had denied using a bottle in the attack.He said there had been a minor altercation in the smoking area of the bar with Mr French earlier in the evening.Later in the night, he claimed, Mr French had approached him again about the disagreement and had thrown a punch at him. He claimed to have punched him back.He did however plead guilty to assault causing harm.Judge O’Hagan then spoke to Mr French who was in court for the hearing and asked him if he wanted to add to the Victim Impact Statement which he had read.Mr French said he didn’t, however he told the judge that he still found it difficult to go out socialising, especially in the Carrigans and St Johnston areas.Barrister Peter Nolan, for Kelly, said the whole event was “an unfortunate local row on what was supposed to be a happy family occasion.”He said his client deeply regretted what had happened and was a man who was responsible when he did not drink.Mr Nolan said Kelly was in a stable relationship.Kelly then approached the bench, sat in the dock and apologised to Mr French for the attack.Judge O’Hagan told the court: “Once again we are here dealing with an assault and I would say that 90% of the cases I deal with are Section 3 assaults and they all arise in a pub or a club or a takeway after a club or pub.“The age difference here is stark. Mr French was 52 on the night of this incident. Mr Kelly was 25, less than half the age of his victim.“I’m advised that Mr French was prosecuted in the district court and that he may have been acquitted there.“It is clear that Mr French has lost his bottle as we would say; that his ability to go out has been severely hit.“Mr Kelly has no previous convictions. We have heard that when he has booze on him he is not a very nice person to meet.“I will remand him custody until Friday to give me time to decide what to do with him.”GROOM’S BROTHER BATTERED MAN AT WEDDING ‘AFTER PARTY’, COURT TOLD was last modified: January 30th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:CarrigansCOURT TOLDGROOM’S BROTHER BATTERED MAN AT WEDDING ‘AFTER PARTY’NewtowncunninghamSt Johnston
“Naked” Juice has been in the news recently as they have settled a lawsuit taken against them for $9 million dollars.The website for the settlement, NakedJuiceClass.com, explains that the lawsuit took issue with Naked Juice’s use of phrases like “100% Juice,” “100% Fruit,” “From Concentrate,” “All Natural,” “All Natural Fruit,” “All Natural Fruit + Boosts” and “Non-GMO. “The lawsuit claims that the [Naked Juice products] contain ingredients that are not “All Natural” and contain GMOs (or Genetically Modified Organisms),” reads the site. Some products are made with genetically altered soy, the lawsuit alleges.Are you surprised?Their parent company is actually PepsiCo and they have refuted the claims made by the lawsuit, but they still paid out $9 million in a settlement. Why pay out if they could have substantiated their claims?The thing is, ‘Naked Juice’ is not the first company to have been sued for falsely claiming that their products do more than they actually do. ‘Activia yogurt’ was sued in 2010 for their ‘health’ claims about their product, it was found that their yogurt was no different to any other yogurts and it cost the company $45 million dollars.In 2011 ‘Reebok’ agreed to a $25 million settlement over their advertisement for their ‘Easytone’ and ‘RunTone’ products that promised to tone your legs and butt.In 2013 ‘Sketchers’ were sued to the sum of $45 million for unfounded claims that their “Shape-Ups” could help people lose weight and strengthen and tone their buttocks, legs and abdominal muscles.Just recently the weird looking, but hugely popular ‘Vibram 5 fingered shoes,’ (they look like feet) paid out $3.75 million for false claims of health benefits of their shoes.What does this tell us? Do you still think that such companies have your best interests at heart?Or are we so easily swayed by great marketing that we blindly buy products based on buzzwords and catchy advertisements?If you were one of the 70 million people who bought a pair of the $100 ‘Vibram’ shoes, you could be left with a sour taste in your mouth.But does the company regret their costly advertisement claims? I highly doubt it; after all they made over $700 million from their product and were only hit with $3.75 million of a law suit.I can’t be sure, but I think they will be just fine after that.The media has a huge influence on how we spend our money.You may have noticed that if you ‘like’ a page on Facebook, you will get a suggestion list that pops up with pages of similar interest to the one you have liked.What will also have happened with the page-like, is the advertisements that appear in the side bar will be for products that resemble what Facebook sees as your interests.Social media is the fastest way for companies to gather information on what you like and do not like.They can advertise directly to you and your interests at a fraction of the cost, instantaneously.Companies glean information from social media sites and we freely give over all of our information without even knowing it.Companies will always give fantastical claims for their products.It allows them to generate huge amounts of income in short periods of time and when (eventually) they get drawn over the coals over their false claims, the punishment is usually only a fraction of the profits they have made.When it comes to choosing products wisely in the health and fitness world, the best advice I can give you is this;If it sounds too good to be true……..etc.#TrainSmartIf you have any question on this article or for getting a tailored program to help you reach your weight loss/weight gain goals, please contact me through the link below.https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rushe-Personal-Training-and-Performance/120518884715118* Emmet is the owner and operator of Rushe Personal Training and PerformanceEMMET RUSHE’S FITNESS COLUMN: TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE was last modified: June 23rd, 2014 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:emmet rushefalse claimsfitness columnjuicelaw suitsNakedJuiceClass.com
Print Friendly Version The Commodores get out to an early lead in doubles and won courts No. 1 and No. 2, taking a 1-0 lead. Ben Clark kept Drake’s hopes for a comeback victory alive with a three-set 6-2, 2-6, 6-1 at No. 5. No. 22 Cameron Klinger put the Dores a point away with his 6-3, 6-4 win over Barny Thorold at No. 1. The Bulldogs finished the 2018 season with a 19-14 record after making their 11th appearance in the NCAA Tournament in program history. Vanderbilt 4, Drake 2May 12, 2018 at Khan Outdoor Tennis Complex(Champaign, Illinois) Senior Ben Wood grinded out a first set tiebreaker victory, but Billy Rowe came back to win the final two sets 6-3, 6-4 to secure the Commodore 4-2 win and end Drake’s’ season. Tom Hands put the Bulldogs on the board as he defeated Baker Newman, 6-3, 6-4 at No. 3 singles. Vanderbilt managed to go earn a 2-0 lead with a 6-4, 6-4 win from George Harwell over Finley Hall at No. 6 singles CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – The Drake University men’s tennis team suffered a hard-fought 4-2 defeat to No. 22 Vanderbilt in the first round of the NCAA Tournament Saturday afternoon at the Khan Outdoor Tennis Complex in Champaign, Ill. Full Schedule Roster “Vandy is a great team and we knew it would take one of our best efforts to come out on top. Coming out, Vandy showed its toughness in doubles and got on us early,” said Drake head coach Davidson Kozlowski. “We were hungry. We were determined. And we competed hard to take the first set on four courts. We put ourselves in position and put pressure on Vandy to respond. The team that Vandy has you know they were going to fight back and that’s exactly what they did,” said Kozlowski. Singles competition1. Cameron Klinger (VANDY) def. Barny Thorold (DRAKE) 6-3, 6-42. Daniel Valent (VANDY) vs. Vinny Gillespie (DRAKE) 4-6, 7-6 (8-6), 3-1, unfinished3. Tom Hands (DRAKE) def. Baker Newman (VANDY) 6-3, 6-44. Billy Rowe (VANDY) def. Ben Wood (DRAKE) 6-7 (5-7), 6-3, 6-45. Ben Clark (DRAKE) def. Maxwell Freeman (VANDY) 6-2, 2-6, 6-16. George Harwell (VANDY) def. Finley Hall (DRAKE) 6-4, 6-4 Doubles competition1. Cameron Klinger/Billy Rowe (VANDY) def. Barny Thorold/Vinny Gillespie (DRAKE) 6-22. Lachlan McPhee/Maxwell Freeman (VANDY) def. Ben Clark/Finley Hall (DRAKE) 6-23. George Harwell/Baker Newman (VANDY) vs. Ben Wood/Tom Hands (DRAKE) 5-4, unfinishedMatch Notes:Drake 19-14Vanderbilt 19-8Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (6,3,1,5,4)NCAA First Round – Match 1T-2:30 The Bulldogs battled back and managed to build some momentum in singles as they won the first set on four of the six singles courts.
Castlebar was the venue as Donegal finally ended their six year hoodoo of losing all their top tier away league matches and in the process booked a semi final spot in Croke Park next Sunday.The general consensus heading into the game was that the job had been done last week, division one status had been preserved and a top four finish was irrelevant. A manager can’t tell his players not to win a match though, it is not in players’ nature to ease off, especially a bunch as committed and driven as these Donegal lads.by Cathal MacSuibhne Cathal MacSuibhneWhat he can do though is train them hard in the days leading up to a game and any subsequent positive result is a bonus. Rory Gallagher admitted afterwards that championship preparations had been stepped up during the week and some tough training sessions had been endured.Yet still the players emptied their collective tanks yesterday and left everything they had on the MacHale Park turf, grounding out a draw in the process. Gallagher’s reaction as the umpire raised the white flag to signal a Donegal equaliser suggested he was more than happy to have chiselled out a leveller.Rory will have been delighted with the guts and attitude of his players throughout; it was a fractious encounter between two sets of players who’ve crossed swords on big days at Headquarters and bad blood still lingers. Finding themselves in that type of environment, in that cauldron, his boys didn’t back down. As the old adage goes, made famous by ex-England rugby player Will Greenwood, never a backward step.Donegal were out of the traps quickly with two scores on the board inside a minute. Odhran MacNiallais got the first and he finished up with three points to his name in another mature performance. Martin McElhinney continues to get better and better every time he puts on a Donegal jersey and with so many men missing from the middle third he was left to man the engine room, an often thankless task against the Mayo giants Barry Moran and Seamus O’Shea. The home pairing were in exceptional form, particularly in the second half and only for the poor decision making by the forwards in front of them and their failure to capitalise on the platform created around the middle, Mayo would have been victorious. It was similar to what happened in Tralee when David Moran and Anthony Maher dominated the midfield exchanges and is a bit of a worry for Gallagher and his backroom team. Mayo pushed up on Donegal kick outs, forcing them to go long. On a number of occasions in the second half, as Michael Boyle tried to utilise short restarts, Donegal defenders were penned into one corner of the ground and struggled to work their way out; it is something that other teams will take note of.With the margins so small at the top level these days, any little facet of play that may result in an advantage for your team has to be looked at and worked upon. Mayo are falling behind in this regard with Donegal, Kerry and Dublin ahead of them right now in terms of tactical acumen and game plans.There has been a lot of talk this week about the state of the game after last week’s horror show in Croker between Derry and The Dubs but any rule changes or sweeping alterations to the game won’t be happening any time soon so managers must look at the here and now. Whether they like what they see or what they face week to week is irrelevant because a coach’s job is to have his team prepared for whatever they might face.Mayo appear to have learnt little from the defeats they’ve suffered over the past few years. Yesterday their primary plan was to rely on the individual speed of the likes of Jason Doherty or Lee Keegan to burst through the defensive line rather than have any particular plan. When they come up against the full championship force of Donegal or even a Kerry or a Dublin defensive system, they could be in trouble.Aidan O’Shea was deployed in the full forward line for much of the game yet he didn’t receive a decent long ball all afternoon. This leads to him collecting the ball deep and trying to burrow his way through the massed defence; he ends up playing more like an inside centre in the Jamie Roberts mould. This tactic is of course bread and butter to the McGee brothers and they enjoyed their afternoon coming up against an old adversary. While Aidan is the better known figure nationally, it is his brother Seamus who is the real star for his side.Another star on show was Patrick McBrearty, who notched 1-3 to add to his eye-catching league tally. His wonderfully finished goal midway through the first half was an example of Donegal’s fluid passing with Frank McGlynn the instigator. The Glenfin man was involved several times in the move down the right wing and laid on the final pass for McBrearty to smash home. It was notable yesterday how many times Donegal players hand passed the ball to the man running off their shoulder without even looking. It’s instinctive; they know from having religiously practised such moves at training that there will be a green and gold jersey to collect possession from them when they need to offload the ball. Pele famously passed the ball to ‘no one’ in the 1970 World Cup Final for Brazil’s fourth goal; nowadays Donegal at times don’t have to look who they are passing to – they just know he will be there.Conversely some of Mayo’s passing didn’t come from any coaching manual. On numerous occasions they attempted balls into the forward line using the outside of their boot which, while it may look pretty at times, is not the most effective way of delivering a ball. Ideally a forward wants a ball that isn’t spinning away from him, but rather being driven straight at him and hitting him on the chest; it is also the most difficult ball for a defender to try and get a hand to. The brothers McGee, along with Paddy McGrath, were managing to get their paws on most Mayo passes in the first half whereas ball played into McBrearty and Colm McFadden was hit direct and true and they were able to gather.Where the outside of the foot ‘screw’ technique is working and becoming more important as a weapon to beat the blanket, is in long range shooting. In Omagh and Clones yesterday, there were a lot of examples of point taking from distance and Mayo sent over some fine long range efforts too. Teams are somewhat over reliant on this method though, when a simple point taking opportunity presents itself many forwards nowadays are strangely passing the buck. Along with Donegal’s standout performer McGlynn, Karl Lacey was again very impressive in the half back line. Anthony Thompson gets more and more game time with each passing week and with an extra match now in the offing and the opportunity to get more minutes into the legs, we may see the best half back line in the land back together come Championship.Despite the efforts of Lacey and his comrades, Donegal struggled to keep the hosts at bay in the final quarter. Moran’s midfield dominance gave his side scoring chances aplenty but the majority of these were wasted. Moran produced a similar display in the league game at the same venue two years ago but that day Mayo had enough in their locker to push for home in the closing stages.Donegal hung in there and two brilliant points from Kilcar sharpshooter McBrearty kept them in the game. McBrearty has really stepped it up in this league series and it was great to see the team as a whole playing with confidence and authority despite being short their captain Michael Murphy.With Murphy’s club mate Neil Gallagher also missing, Donegal can be pleased with securing a draw such was their lack of bulk and height around the middle third. At times, McFadden was contesting kick outs with Moran after his namesake Hugh was black carded and Christy Toye had been substituted.The final act came via an unlikely source, Stephen Griffin taking his score brilliantly from a very tricky angle and with the breeze in his face. Griffin has flattered to deceive in the past at inter-county level but his talent has been seen plenty of times before at club level and in flashes with his county – hopefully he can get to the next level with yesterday doing his confidence the world of good.Another man thrust, unexpectedly into the fray was Ciaran McGinley; with the team short on options around midfield, it was a tough situation to enter into for your competitive debut. He didn’t shy away from the ball and took responsibility but found the tackling tough and was easily blocked down on one occasion when the room for the shot wasn’t really there. It might have seemed a bit harsh to be replaced again but it proved a masterstroke from Rory, with Griffin sending his team to Jones Road next Sunday.The end result, coupled with the Kingdom’s draw in Healy Park, meant Donegal had qualified for a last four joust with Cork. Mayo wastefulness cost them in the end, having had many chances in the closing stages. They are still struggling to find top class forwards and until they do they will fall short in major competitions. Cillian O’Connor remains their main marksman but he was unavailable for this clash; his brother Diarmaid got plenty of the ball but did little with it. Danny Kirby at full forward is a newcomer this year but doesn’t look like an inter county footballer and has a long way to go.Donegal will likely use the extra game they now face as a chance to work on a few ideas ahead of Tyrone in the championship and the likes of Thompson, Griffin and McGinley may see more action. That would leave five weeks before that May 17th date in Ballybofey; a potential league final, most likely against Dublin, would leave only three weeks of a lead in to that pivotal tie and that might be cutting it a bit tight. If Rory was offered the choice of a league final appearance or a win over Tyrone, the latter would be the call.LAST GASP DONEGAL DENY MAYO – CATHAL MacSUIBHNE’S GAA DIARY was last modified: April 6th, 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:Ctrahal MacSuibhnedonegalGAA diary
What injury? Klay Thompson looked as good as ever to start Game 4 of the NBA Finals Friday night.Unfortunately for the Warriors, Thompson was about all that was good offensively against the Raptors, who stunned Golden State 105-92 to grab a 3-1 series lead.The Warriors’ star guard, who sat out Game 3 with a strained left hamstring suffered in Game 2, returned to Oracle Arena with a vengeance. Any fears his hamstring would hamper him evaporated quickly as he buried six of his first nine …