Four Nations: Australia hammer New Zealand 34-8 in final at Anfield

first_imgPlenty for Kidwell to considerThis competition was David Kidwell’s first as coach of New Zealand – and aside from claiming his first win in their 17-16 victory over England, little has gone right for him or his team.They were held to a draw by Scotland at Workington last week and at Anfield looked some way short of producing the sort of mercurial, against-the-odds performance that saw them win the Four Nations in 2014.New Zealand have now lost four times to Australia in 2016 – once in Stephen Kearney’s last game in charge and three times under Kidwell.There has been some speculation in the Kiwi press that Kidwell would benefit from a coaching mentor and right now there is plenty for him to think about.Shaun Johnson showed glimpses of the brilliance he possesses during the tournament but plus points were at a premium.New Zealand’s poor record in England continues – they lost a Test series against England in 2015 and have not won a Tri-Nations or Four Nations over here – and they will need to vastly improve if they want to threaten at the World Cup. How they lined upAustralia: D. Boyd, Ferguson, Inglis, Dugan, Holmes, Thurston, Cronk, Scott, Smith, Woods, Cordner, Gillett, Merrin. Replacements: Morgan, Klemmer, Frizell, S. Boyd.New Zealand: Kahu, Fusitu’a, Kata, Kenny-Dowall, Rapana, Harris, Johnson, J. Bromwich, Luke, Blair, Proctor, Ma’u, Taumalolo. Replacements: Brown, Taupau, Eastwood, Tapine.Referee: Ben Cummins (Australia) Aussies back on topAustralia coach Meninga is a Liverpool FC fan and must have been delighted with the ruthless performance from his team at Anfield.Meninga had targeted reclaiming the world number one ranking during this tour and that never looked in doubt on a chilly Sunday afternoon when their opponents were simply unable to answer the questions asked of them.The defending champions briefly rallied after Ferguson had touched down in the corner two minutes in and again for a period in the second half, but by and large Australia were utterly dominant.Brilliantly marshalled by halves Thurston and Cooper Cronk and hooker Cameron Smith, they built pressure, dominated field position and looked a class above the only team to have come anywhere near them in this tournament, their group game at Coventry ending 14-8.They targeted the defence of makeshift Kiwi half-back Tohu Harris, kicked penalties to extend their lead even when the game was surely already theirs and for most of the match showed a hunger and desire way beyond what the Kiwis possessed.One year before the World Cup, it is difficult to see on the form they have shown in England how any other team can prevent them from retaining their title.center_img Mal Meninga’s team went through the tournament unbeaten – and in wrestling the title from the Kiwis reclaimed the world number one ranking.With a quarter of the match gone, tries from Blake Ferguson, Josh Dugan and Trent Merrin plus a penalty from Johnathan Thurston gave the Kangaroos an unassailable 20-0 lead.That was 24-0 by the break as the ruthless Australians added to their score when Dugan touched down a kick from Thurston.Full-back Darius Boyd extinguished any hope of an unlikely comeback with a score shortly after the restart and although two tries from Jordan Kahu reduced the deficit, Australia’s Boyd Cordner had the final word with a late score.last_img read more

Jamaica female umpire for T20 World Cup qualifiers

first_imgST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC):Jamaican Jacqueline Williams has been named to stand in the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 qualifiers, which bowl off on Saturday in Thailand.The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) said yesterday’s decision had been made to fast-track the 39-year-old in order to get her named to the umpires panel for the 2017 Women’s World Cup.Williams recently made her international debut, when she officiated in the first games of the one-day international and Twenty20 International series on Pakistan Women’s recent tour of the Caribbean.”This along with her historic appointment to stand in the WICB Professional Cricket League Regional Four-Day tournament and involvement in the international women’s matches against Pakistan are all a part of her preparation and training,” said Roland Holder, the WICB’s cricket operations manager.”The WICB has also assigned Peter Nero from its International Panel of umpires to assist Jacqueline with the preparation process and in her development as an umpire.”Williams is yet to stand in a regional first class game, but is poised to become the first woman to do so on her return from the qualifiers, which wrap up on December 5.Eight teams, divided into two groups, will contest the Women’s World Twenty20 qualifiers, with the two top teams qualifying for the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 in India next year.Zimbabwe, Scotland, Papua New Guinea, the Netherlands, Ireland, China and Bangladesh will join hosts Thailand in the tournament.- CMClast_img read more

We will be at AFCON 2021, says Mwendwa

first_img“This is a good draw for us. I am excited to play Egypt in Nairobi and play them away. If we can be able to manage those two games we will be okay. I know Togo and Comoros will be desperate to qualify but as I have said before, we have to get back to AFCON,” Mwendwa told Capital Sport in Cairo.He added; “Now we need to concentrate on CHAN, qualify and then pick on the experience from there to stay focused for AFCON. I think it’s doable and if we can get our results in Nairobi, we will be there,”Mwendwa has also stated that the investment in the team will be more than it was for the 2019 showpiece in Egypt, saying the experience from Cairo has given the team more energy to focus on being better.“We have a good set of players and most of them will still be active in 2021. We will also get some who will show up in CHAN and we will be ready. We will make more investment. What we have done for this edition is the base minimum. We have time to think and plan,” Mwendwa further stated.0Shares0000(Visited 4 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Sports CS Amina Mohammed with Harambee Stars skipper Victor Wanyama, head coach Sebastien Migne and Football kenya Federation president Nick Mwendwa when she visited the team at their training complex in Marcoussis, Paris on June 9, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 19 – Football Kenya Federation boss Nick Mwendwa is confident Kenya can maneuver through its qualification group and qualify for a second consecutive Africa Cup of Nations at the next showpiece in Cameroon in 2021.Stars have been pooled with Egypt, Togo and Comoros in Group G of the qualifiers and Mwendwa believes they can battle it out to be among the top two.last_img read more

Messi would love Neymar reunion at Barca

first_img“He was desperate to come back,” Messi told Spanish newspaper Sport. “I don’t know if the club really tried or not.”Neymar scored 105 goals in 186 games for the Catalan club between 2013-2017, and has 51 goals in 58 games for PSG.The Brazil international was repeatedly linked with a return to Barcelona during the transfer window, although it has been suggested that neither club was convinced that the other was committed to making a deal.“I would have loved to have Neymar back,” said Barcelona captain Messi, 32. “I understand those people who are against his return and it’s understandable for what happened with ‘Ney’ and the way that he left.“But thinking about it on a sporting level, I personally think Neymar is one of the best players in the world and having him in our squad would increase our chances of achieving our objectives.”Neymar to Barcelona: Inside story of PSG striker’s summer transfer sagaMessi denied the Barcelona players asked the club to sign Neymar, adding: “We gave our opinions of whether it’d be good if he came or not but we never said they had to sign him.”Despite missing out on playing alongside the Brazilian again, Messi said he was “not disappointed”, adding Barcelona have a “spectacular squad and can achieve everything without him.”The Argentine forward joined Barcelona in 2001 and his current contract expires in June 2021.“My idea is to stay here for as long as I’m capable of playing at the required level and my body allows it,” he added.“This is my home. I don’t plan on moving to anywhere else as long as we keep competing and winning.”-By BBC Sport –0Shares0000(Visited 18 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Barcelona’s forward Lionel Messi (L) celebrates with Barcelona’s forward Neymar (R) after scoring a goal during the Spanish league football match against Celta de Vigo March 4, 2017BARCELONA, Spain, Sep 12 – Lionel Messi says he would have “loved” for Neymar to return to Barcelona as his arrival would have “increased our chances of achieving our objectives.”Neymar, 27, joined Paris St-Germain from Barcelona in 2017 for a world record fee of Sh25bn (£200m).last_img read more

Holders Liverpool fall to Napoli in UCL opener

first_imgJurgen Klopp’s side are the first reigning European champions to lose their opening game of the following campaign since AC Milan in 1994.Both Liverpool, who sit top of the Premier League after five straight wins, and Napoli remain favourites to progress from Group E despite Salzburg’s thrilling 6-2 win over Genk.Llorente joined Napoli this season after playing his last game for former club Tottenham in the Champions League final defeat by Liverpool in Madrid in June.He came on as a substitute and pounced on a rare Virgil van Dijk blunder after Mertens had opened the scoring from the spot to pandemonium among the crowd at the Stadio San Paolo.Liverpool also lost their group-stage match in Naples last season before going on to lift a sixth European Cup.Both teams could thank their goalkeepers for keeping the scoreline goalless for so long.Adrian made his Champions League debut in the Liverpool goal with Alisson Becker out injured, pulling off an impressive save from a Mertens volley just after the break.At the other end, Napoli goalkeeper Alex Meret was also at full stretch, denying Mohamed Salah with his fingertips on 65 minutes.Napoli’s Senegalese defender Kalidou Koulibaly had his hands full with Salah who had threatened to break the deadlock throughout the first half.Carlo Ancelotti’s side piled on the pressure early on, with Adrian pulling off a double save in the seventh minute from Fabian Ruiz before Hirving Lozano headed into the net from an offside position.Liverpool forward Sadio Mane dispossessed Insigne, forcing Meret into a save on 20 minutes with James Milner firing over.Salah finally managed to break free of the towering presence of Koulibaly, with Mane combining with Firmino who fired over.Firmino — making his 200th appearance for Liverpool — missed a chance to put the visitors ahead before the break with his header flashing wide.The breakthrough came eight minutes from time after Jose Callejon went down easily in the box under pressure from Andy Robertson, with Mertens slotting in the penalty after a VAR review.And Llorente pounced on Van Dijk’s loose pass to claim his first Napoli goal, sealing a famous win for the hosts.0Shares0000(Visited 15 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Sadio Mane (right) attempts to control the ball as Liverpool continued their positive start in southern Italy. Photo/COURTESYNAPLES, Italy, Sep 18 – Dries Mertens and Fernando Llorente scored late goals as Napoli defeated holders Liverpool 2-0 in Tuesday’s opening round of Champions League group stage matches.Mertens converted a penalty on 82 minutes and Llorente added a second in stoppage time as Napoli gained a measure of revenge for last season’s 1-0 loss at Anfield that denied the Italians a spot in the knockout rounds.last_img read more

Miller’s grandkids reported missing

first_imgA developer who began his first company at age 20, Miller owns vast amounts of land in the East San Gabriel Valley and San Bernardino County. Miller sits on the House Transportation and Financial Services committees. He grew up in Whittier and married in 1972. Miller and his wife have three children. Preliminary reports indicated that the mother might be headed to Minnesota or Georgia. There was no vehicle description available. Miller did not return phone calls seeking comment Monday night. A press release issued by the Sheriff’s Department late Monday said Dejongh is a resident of Diamond Bar. The abduction was reported at 3:35 a.m. in the 22000 block of Cello Drive in Diamond Bar, the press release indicated. The Sheriff’s Major Crime Bureau is investigating the case. Anyone with information is urged to call the Sheriff’s Department at (909) 595-2264. (626) 962-8811 Ext. 2717, 2718 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 MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre The parents of the children are divorced, and there appears to be a custody battle between the two, sheriff’s officials said. Late Monday, sheriff’s officials had not issued an Amber alert and were unclear if an abduction or violation of a court order had taken place. The mother was identified as Jennifer Dejongh, also known as Jennifer Lopez, officials said. Miller, 59, represents the 42nd District, which includes Diamond Bar, Brea, Chino and Chino Hills. He was first elected to the House of Representatives in 1998. Miller attended Mt. San Antonio College and served in the U.S. Army in 1967 and 1968. DIAMOND BAR – The grandchildren of Rep. Gary Miller, R-Brea, were reported missing Monday night, officials said. “There is an initial investigation going on,” Los Angeles County sheriff’s Deputy Aura Sierra said. “We’re waiting for the lead detective to give us more details.” The three children – an 8-year-old and twin 6-year-olds – were reported missing about 1:30 p.m Monday. One of the children is named Brian, officials said. A sheriff’s report said they were taken by a “noncustodial mother.” last_img read more

Two Penny’s workers charged in store thefts

first_imgVALENCIA — Two employees of J.C. Penney at the Valencia Town Center were arrested Friday night and charged with grand theft and embezzlement. Nestor Alvarado, 28, of Palmdale, and Karla Jaco, 22, of Canyon Country, are accused of taking $70,000 worth of merchandise from the store, according to Santa Clarita Valley sheriff’s Sgt. Byron Wainie. “The loss-prevention people at the store had them under surveillance over the last nine months to a year,” Wainie said. “Most of the incidents were videotaped. They would ring up a large amount of merchandise, then delete some from the register and only pay for a percentage of them.” Wainie said store personnel are working to recover some of the items. Detectives from the Santa Clarita station are working on the case. The employees were booked at the Santa Clarita station. Alvarado posted bail Friday evening. Jaco remained in custody Saturday morning on $30,000 bail. She is scheduled to appear in Santa Clarita Superior Court on Tuesday. — Carol Rock, (661) 257-5252 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgGLENSWILLY GAA NOTESUnder 12s are back!The Under 12 team will get back into training on Monday next in the hall from 6pm (players asked to be there at 5.50pm). All players eligible to play at this age-group will receive a text or note. Please wear runners and training gear and bring a water bottle. Martin O’Donnell will take the players for the indoor sessions for the first month. All players are asked to come along.Players will receive texts throughout the season in advance of games and training.Table quizA table quiz in aid of the ladies board in the club will take place in Callaghan’s Bar on March 20th. All are invited to attend. Further details will be carried in the notes leading up to the night. could you please include the following in the club notes. Training resumes for u12 girls on Thursday 26th February, 6pm to 7pm in the GAA hall.Bag dayThe club has secured a very important fundraising opportunity through a pack-packing day at Tesco in Letterkenny.The day in question is Friday, March 6th and the club needs a commitment form as many bag packers as possible.If you can give a couple of hours (or more!) then contact either Bryan Faul or John McGinley. Under 12 girls back in trainingThe Under 12 girls will be back in training this Thursday, February 26th between 6-7pm in the hall.Keys wanted!Would any members who may have keys to the clubhouse, either outside or inside doors, please return them to any committee members. A new of keys have been cut but the club would appreciate any members who may have keys from a previous role would return them.Glenswilly/Churchill Community GamesCalling All budding young Artists !!!!!!!!!The Area Art Competition will be held on Sunday 8th March 2015 in Glenswilly GAA Club.The Competition is open to the following age groups ; U8 , U10 , U12 , U14 and U16.Pre-registration for the competition will take place on Monday 2nd March 2015 from 8pm-9pm in Glenswilly GAA Clubhouse.Entry will cost €2 per person.BingoBingo continues in the clubhouse every Wednesday starting at 9pm. The bingo is proving very popular and your support in greatly appreciated.New registration nightA new registration night will take place next Saturday, February 28th. Anyone wishing to be a member of the club and ALL players at all age groups must register before they can play. Adults membership is €40 and juvenile membership (under 18) is €15.GAA NEWS: GLENSWILLY UNDER 12s BACK IN TRAINING was last modified: February 24th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Glenswilly GAA noteslast_img read more


first_imgAustrian woman Antonia Leifner watches agonisingly as the 5 pilot whales slowly die on the beach at Ballyness Bay, Falcarragh, Co. Donega. (North West Newspix)Locals reacted angrily yesterday after five Pilot Whales, which were part of a larger pod, were allowed to die over several hours on a scenic beach in Falcarragh.The whales were part of the pod of 13 whales which beached at Ballyness Beach in the early hours of Monday morning.The whales were saved on two occasions in an operation involving dozens of people and a local man using a JCB to drag the whales back out to deep water. However seven of the whales which were successfully ushered back out to sea beached again an hour later just before 5pm on Monday afternoon.Yesterday there were distressing scenes as the five surviving whales lay dying on the beach about a kilometre from the original beaching.Earlier in the day a total of seven of the whales were buried in a ten foot deep mass grave and covered in lime.A young Austrian woman, who is spending the summer, in Donegal was visibly upset. Antonia Leifner, 24, made numerous journeys to the water’s edge to gather water to pour on the dying animals.She said “I am so sad. I do not see why these beautiful creatures should be allowed to suffer like this.“This is not right. This is not humane. They should be put to sleep humanely,” she said.Other families walking on the beach were also visibly upset by the whales struggling to breath.Workers from the National Parks and Wildlife Service were on scene. Earlier in the day they had pleaded with people not to visit the beach to allow the whales to die in peace and not to interfere with machinery burying the animals.Regional Manager of the National Parks and Wildlife Service, Mr Dave Duggan, said he appreciated people were upset.He revealed the NPWS normally had two options to dispose of such animals including lethal injection and by firearm.“They are the two normal options but they were just not available to us. “Using an injection requires a very specialist chemical and we did not feel it was appropriate using a firearm on a public beach with members of the public about.“We appreciate it was distressing for passers-by but we had no option but to let the whales pass away naturally,” he said.Local county councillor Seamus O’Domhnaill, who has attended the scene for the past two days, said he appreciated that people were upset when they heard the dying whales gasping for air.“Of course it is upsetting but that is part of the reason why the NPWS asked people to stay away.“Hopefully the remainder of the pod will pass away and we can bury them humanely,” he said.A spokesman for Donegal County Council, who oversees the disposal of the dead whales said “In the interest of minimising potential environmental damage, it has been agreed to bury the carcasses at the beach.”All 12 of the beached whales have now died while there were also unconfirmed reports last night that another whale, believed to be the last remaining in the pod, had beached.ANGER AND FRUSTRATION AS REMAINING WHALES LEFT TO DIE ON BEACH was last modified: July 9th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:beachCllr Seamus O DomhnaillDave DuggandonegalFalcarraghwhaleslast_img read more

Mandolin onced used by Rory Gallagher to be donated to Ballyshannon museum

first_imgA 1920’s restored mandolin that Ballyshannon-born blues guitarist Rory Gallagher once used is set to be donated to Ballyshannon & District museum on Friday. The donation will take play on the same day thousands are expected to flood Ballyshannon for the Rory Gallagher International Festival on May 31. Gallagher used the vintage George La Foley mandolin to play several tunes following the discovery of the instrument in a bin in the early 1970’s Joseph Cohen outside the Belfast-based Crymbles Music Store.Upon hearing about the mandolin’s restoration, the blues guitarist suggested the stringed instrument be brought to Boosey & Hawkes Ltd in London for historical verification before playing several his songs.Belfast man, Cohen, will donate the instrument to the Ballyshannon and District Museum, on the top floor of Slevin’s Department Store, for permanent display on Friday at 11:30am.The event is opened to the public. Mandolin onced used by Rory Gallagher to be donated to Ballyshannon museum was last modified: May 29th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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