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Little to choose between Springboks and Wales in second semi

first_imgTOKYO (Reuters) – With South Africa feeling they are close to perfecting their attritional game-plan and Wales having long ago decided that defence can be the best form of attack, tomorrow’s second World Cup semi-final will probably not bring many surprises. While Springbok physicality and pragmatism brought an end to Japan’s effervescent run through the tournament last weekend, Wales made a meal of struggling past a France side reduced to 14 men for half an hour.The South Africans will not find it as easy to beat up a Wales side that prides itself on its suffocating defence tomorrow and Warren Gatland’s side will probably believe they cannot perform so poorly for two weeks in a row.Both sides have lost fine running backs to injury in the shape of South Africa winger Cheslin Kolbe and Welsh fullback Liam Williams — only encouraging the suspicion that this might be a forward-dominated game for the rugby purist. A titanic battle at the set piece between two big and experienced packs, plenty of kicking from hand all over the park and big men from both teams trying smash their way over the gainline can be expected.The band of fleet-footed outside backs might struggle to find room to shine, especially on a Yokohama International Stadium pitch likely to be at the very least damp from the typhoon season rains.  Six Nations Grand Slam champions Wales, disregarding three defeats in warm-up matches, consider themselves unbeaten in “competitive” contests since February 2018 and have won four of their last five games against South Africa.All four wins have come in Cardiff at the close of South Africa’s season, however, and the Springboks will feel they won the one of the five that mattered most, the 2015 World Cup quarter-final. The clashes have mostly been won by one or two scores and the expectation is that it will again be a tight affair with South Africa flyhalf Handre Pollard believing a single kick will probably settle it.Motivation should never be a problem in a World Cup semi-final but both teams have had a sense of mission driving them at this tournament.The 2011 semi-final loss to France after Sam Warburton was sent off has haunted Wales ever since and there will be a determination from a battle-hardened squad to send Gatland off at the end of his 12 years of service with some sort of prize. “You get these opportunities once in a lifetime potentially and you’ve got to grab them with both hands and make the most of it,” the New Zealander said this week.“It’s about having no regrets and that’s the message of this week.”South Africa have won the World Cup twice, of course, but they feel honour-bound to make up for a couple of years since the last tournament where they did not do justice to the famous green shirt. “I think we have been under pressure for the past couple of years to redeem ourselves,” said coach Rassie Erasmus.“We’ve been number five, six, seven in the world over the last three years since 2015, and we’ve got some proper hidings against almost all the teams. Now we are at that stage where we want to become number one in the world again.”A final against New Zealand or England, who play on Saturday, would be another huge mountain to climb for whoever comes out on top but both sets of players will be desperate to give themselves a chance to take on that challenge.last_img read more

Monroe practices fully; S. Smith, Gillmore absent on Wednesday

first_imgOWINGS MILLS, Md. — After very limited participating in abbreviated workouts last week, starting left tackle Eugene Monroe practiced fully on Wednesday as the Ravens continued preparations for Sunday’s game against Cleveland.Sidelined since suffering a concussion on the first series of the season opener in Denver, Monroe was working in full pads with the rest of the offensive line and appears set to make his return. Second-year tackle James Hurst struggled mightily in the first quarter of the 2015 season.“I’m healthy now and preparing for this game,” said Monroe, who missed one game due to a concussion in 2010 with Jacksonville. “That’s all that matters. I feel back to normal. I feel good to go. I’m just excited for Sunday. That’s really all I’m focused on is this game.”Wide receivers Steve Smith (back) and Breshad Perriman (knee), tight end Crockett Gillmore (calf), defensive end Chris Canty (calf), and running back Lorenzo Taliaferro (foot) did not participate in Wednesday’s practice. Though Smith and Perriman are not expected to play against the Browns, head coach John Harbaugh said earlier this week that Gillmore and Canty have “a chance” to return this week.Pro Bowl right guard Marshal Yanda was a limited participant due to an ankle issue on Wednesday.The Ravens will face some interesting decisions at the return spots this week with Michael Campanaro now on injured reserve and Smith sidelined with lower back fractures. Veteran cornerback Lardarius Webb and the newly-acquired Chris Givens both have return experience, but Baltimore could choose to promote wide receiver Jeremy Ross or cornerback Asa Jackson from the practice squad to help out in the return game.Meanwhile, several Browns players missed Wednesday’s practice including safeties Tashaun Gipson (ankle) and Donte Whitner (illness). Pro Bowl cornerback Joe Haden (ribs/finger) was a limited participant after missing Sunday’s loss at San Diego.Below is Wednesday’s full injury report:BALTIMOREDID NOT PARTICIPATION: DE Chris Canty (calf), TE Crockett Gillmore (calf), WR Breshad Perriman (knee), WR Steve Smith (back), RB Lorenzo Taliaferro (foot)LIMITED PARTICIPATION: G Marshal Yanda (ankle)FULL PARTICIPATION: OT Eugene Monroe (concussion)CLEVELANDDID NOT PARTICIPATION: RB Shaun Draughn (back), S Tashaun Gipson (ankle), LB Craig Robertson (ankle), DE Randy Starks (non-injury), OT Joe Thomas (non-injury), S Donte Whitner (illness)LIMITED PARTICIPATION: DE Desmond Bryant (shoulder), LB Karlos Dansby (ankle), CB Joe Haden (ribs/finger), LB Scott Solomon (ankle), RB Robert Turbin (ankle), CB K’Waun Williams (concussion)FULL PARTICIPATION: DB Johnson Bademosi (elbow), RB Duke Johnson (ankle), QB Johnny Manziel (right elbow), T Mitchell Schwartz (thumb)last_img read more

Bag toss win puts Shannon on front row

first_imgEthan Dotson of Bakersfield, Calif., will start on the pole. BOONE, Iowa (Sept. 6) – Those California drivers are just as good at bag tossing as they are at wheeling their IMCA Modifieds. Cody Laney will start third, Jordan Grabouski fourth, Randy Brown fifth – making the California drivers 3-for-3 on the day – Kelly Shryock sixth, Jeff Taylor seventh and Jimmy Gustin eighth. Both had won Thursday qualifying features at Boone Speedway. Top four finishers in those events duked it out this afternoon in the Fan Zone to determine the order one through eight in the middle row.center_img D.J. Shannon became the second California speedster to win a front row starting spot in Satur­day’s main event at the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s, defeating Nick Roberts in a Friday matchup. D.J. Shannon won his Friday afternoon bag toss matchup with Nick Roberts to earn the middle of the front row starting spot in Saturday’s IMCA Modified main event at Super Nationals. (Photo by Nick Woolley)last_img read more

Suspect in killing of Delaware trooper ID’d after being shot dead in hourslong standoff

first_imgartolympic/iStock/Thinkstock(MIDDLETOWN, Del.) — The suspect in Wednesday’s fatal shooting of a Delaware state trooper was shot and killed Thursday after an hours-long standoff with authorities, according to the Delaware State Police.Various police agencies had surrounded the evacuated area in Middletown where the suspect barricaded himself in a residence on St. Michaels Drive in the Brick Mill Farm development.Police identified him as Burgon Sealy, 26. After he fled the scene of the shooting at the Wawa convenience store in Bear, Delaware, he contacted family members to say he had shot the trooper, police said in a news conference this afternoon.The family members then contacted law enforcement, who tracked Sealy to his home.Earlier Thursday morning, authorities managed to breach numerous windows with explosives but had not yet entered the home. Officers were attempting to make contact with the suspect and were continuing to attempt to persuade him to surrender, state police said.The armed suspect, believed to have been inside the residence alone, fired more rounds on authorities Thursday around 4 a.m. ET, according to state police. There were no reported injuries.The suspect exited the residence at 9:17 a.m. ET and “engaged police,” officials said. He was then shot by law enforcement and pronounced dead at the scene at 9:29 a.m. ET, state police said.Residents in the area remain evacuated. The Odessa Fire Company has opened its facility to temporarily house the evacuated residents.The standoff stemmed from Wednesday’s shooting that claimed the life of Cpl. Stephen Ballard, an eight-year veteran of the Delaware State Police.Around 10 a.m. ET Wednesday, Ballard observed a vehicle in the parking lot of a Wawa convenience store in Bear, Delaware. When the trooper made contact with its occupants, a struggle ensued, state police said.One of the two unnamed suspects then exited the vehicle and fired several rounds at the trooper, striking him. Ballard, 32, was treated at the scene and transported to a hospital, where he later died from his injuries, according to state police.The investigation into the fatal shooting is ongoing.One of the suspects was taken into custody without incident. The second suspect fled on foot before additional troopers arrived and had since barricaded himself in the residence, state police said.The suspect refused orders to surrender while continuing to fire at police officers.Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico Relatedlast_img read more

Dane: Proteas women are babies compared to Aussies

first_imgDane van Niekerk says South Africa’s ‘babies’ are ready to come of age in their ICC Women’s T20 World Cup semi-final against Australia.The Proteas reached the final four for the second time thanks to an unbeaten Group B campaign, while Thursday’s opponents have won the competition on four occasions.South Africa have eight survivors from their nine-wicket humbling at the hands of England in 2014 and Van Niekerk points to a remarkable turnaround.“Australia have been in so many semi-finals and finals. We are babies compared to them when it comes to experience,” said the captain.“I think about 2014 and we were shell-shocked that we got into the semi-finals.“You go there wanting to do well in a tournament, but it’s different to say you’re going to come and win a World Cup.“I don’t think we quite understood then what it meant mentally, physically. We’ve been on tour 54 days already, it’s not as if we’ve just come over here and are on a 20-day tour.“We’ve played the most international cricket out of everyone, it just shows the preparation and learning how to go about it. That’s helped us a lot in this World Cup.“We don’t want the heartache of 2017 again. It was very tough for a lot of the players and management, we’re definitely going to do everything we can tomorrow to make sure we don’t have that feeling again.”Van Niekerk was at the helm for South Africa’s other major disappointment, a two-wicket defeat to England at the 2017 Cricket World Cup.The Proteas’ group-stage victory over England this year was a statement about their evolution as a side and they backed it up with wins over Thailand and Pakistan.Key contributions have come from a variety of sources, with Lizelle Lee clubbing a century against Thailand and Laura Woolvardt a vital 50 against Pakistan.The raw pace of Shabnim Ismail has given their bowling attack x-factor, while the tactic of opening with Nonkululeko Mlaba’s spin has largely paid off.Also constant in their group stage campaign has been concerns over the fitness of Marizanne Kapp, laid low with a virus in recent days.Kapp will be assessed on the morning of the game with her participation still in doubt, and Van Niekerk reiterated the all-rounder’s importance to her side.“Everybody around the room knows how important Marizanne is for our side,” she said.“She’s not only one of the pace bowlers in the world, she’s one of the best all-rounders.“It is a semi-final, but a player’s health is more important than the game.“We’re lucky enough to have 15 very talented cricketers, so whatever decision is made I’m confident players will stick up their hand and make sure she’s not missed too much.“Sune (Luus) has put up her hand in Marizanne’s role with the batting. I’m not too worried but hopefully she gets up in good spirits so we can include her in the team.”For more sport your way, download The Citizen’s app for iOS and Android.last_img read more

Utah’s Zach Johnson joining ‘real’ Zach Johnson, Tony Finau at PGA Tournament

first_imgSALT LAKE CITY — It didn’t take long for Utah’s Zach Johnson to be mistaken for PGA Tour star Zach Johnson at this week’s PGA Championship at Bellerive Country Club in St Louis.“I’ve already been confused for the real Zach Johnson about 12 times today,” Johnson said Monday.The “real” Zach Johnson is the 42-year-old from Iowa who has won 12 PGA Tour events, including the Masters and the Open Championship at St. Andrews three years ago.Utah’s Johnson is a 35-year-old Davis Park assistant pro who grew up in Salt Lake and attended Cottonwood High before playing for Southern Utah. He is playing in his first-ever PGA Tour event after being one of 20 golfers to qualify for the PGA at the PGA Professional Tournament for club professionals in June.Before leaving for Missouri last week, Johnson said he doesn’t mind sharing the same name with the prominent golfer, who besides winning more than $44 million on the PGA Tour, won a Nike (Web.com) Tour event in Utah in 2003.“I welcome it — happens all the time,” Johnson said. “Trust me, I disappoint a lot of people.”To keep confusion to a minimum, the PGA is using his middle initial and listing him as Zach J. Johnson. He tees off at 1:05 p.m. MT on the back nine with Michael Kim and Seungsu Han. Zach H. Johnson will tee off at 12:48 p.m. off the front nine.Utah’s Johnson grew up playing at Mick Riley Golf Course, where he’d spend all day in the summer as a youngster. He played basketball and baseball until turning to golf full time in high school, but he says he was miles behind junior golfers his age such as Daniel Summerhays and Clay Ogden.It’s definitely been a goal of mine since becoming a PGA professional. I’m very excited. – Utah’s Zach Johnson, on qualifying for the PGA ChampionshipHe took the only golf scholarship he was offered by coach Richard Church at Southern Utah, although Johnson said he “had no business getting a golf scholarship.” He said he’ll always be grateful to Church for taking a chance on him.Johnson turned professional soon after college and won a few events, but his big breakthrough came in 2013 when he won the Utah Open at Oakridge Country Club. His other big professional victory came in the TaylorMade Championship at Pebble Beach earlier this year.In June he was one of 20 professionals out of 312 who started the tournament at the Bayonet Golf Course in Seaside, California, to earn a spot in the PGA by finishing in a tie for 12th place.“It’s definitely been a goal of mine since becoming a PGA professional,” he said. “I’m very excited.”He’s not expecting to contend for the title in his first PGA Tour event, but said making the cut would be “a lofty goal.” He said he received some good advice from other Utah club pros who have qualified for the PGA in recent years, including Tommy Sharp, Joe Summerhays and Chris Moody.“They are all good friends of mine. They said to soak it all in and have fun — to go to have a good time and enjoy yourself.”Two other golfers with Utah ties who are playing this week are Salt Lake native Tony Finau and Glenwild teaching pro Craig Hocknull, who also qualified for the PGA through the club pro tournament, where he also tied for 12th.Finau, who ranks No. 10 in the FedEx Cup standings, will be going for another top 10 finish as he heads into the PGA as the only golfer in the world to have finished in the top 10 in all three majors. This will be his fourth PGA after tying for 10th in 2015, missing the cut in 2016 finishing in a tie for 44th last year.Finau tees off at 6:17 a.m. MT off No. 10 tee with Jim Furyk and Xander Schauffele. It will be a Ryder Cup tryout of sorts, as Furyk is the captain of the team and Schauffele is just ahead of Finau in the Ryder Cup standings. Finau and Schauffele are considered as strong candidates for Furyk’s four “captain’s picks” for the team.Hocknull has been the director of golf instruction at the Glenwild Club near Park City since the spring of 2015. The 43-year-old is from Brisbane, Australia and played briefly on the Web.com Tour in 2012 and 2013. He tees off on No. 1 at 6:01 MT with Austin Cook and Alexander Bjork.last_img read more

Claregalway Ladies AGM

first_imgThe AGM of the Claregalway Ladies GAA Committee which was held on Monday 27th November in Knockdoemore was well attended. Chairman Tony King welcomed all to the Meeting.  Reports were presented to the Meeting from the Officers and all Managers. Again 2017 was a very successful year for the Club, Some of the highlights from the Managers were a big increase in numbers involved in the U8/10’s age group both players and Coaches, U-12’s despite a slow start to the Season finished the year very strong to retain the A Championship and also Fielded a very impressive Three Teams for Championship. The U-14’s won all 3 County Titles as well as the All-Ireland Sevens.  Sixteens won the Championship Shield and the second U-16 Team won their League. At Minor level the Mairead Meehan Shield was retained while the Juniors took the County Junior B Title. At Senior level the highlights was the Comortas in Mayo where the Girls won the Senior Final and they also won their first Connaught Sevens, There was some disappointment not having made the Senior League or Championship Finals. One of the other highlights for the Club was the visit of the New York U-17 Ladies to the Club in August. Treasurer Maura Murphy presented a detailed balance sheet and expressed the need for more fundraising to be undertaking in 2018 in which all members need to be involved. Tributes were paid to the outgoing officers Tony King, Michael Downes and Barbara Connolly who were stepping down from their roles after having served the Club very well for the past few years., Chairperson Elaine GoldrickVice Chairperson Eugene KearneySecretary  Lorna McNicholasTreasurer Maura MurphyPRO Jimmy GavinRegistrar Michael KearnsChild Welfare Officer  Edel NooneCounty Board Delegates> Eugene Kearney,Helen O’RiordanU-8 Elaine GoldrickU-10 Pat & Aoife ConnollyU-12 PJ Fallon, Ray QuinnU-14 Helen O’RiordanU-16  Eugene Kearney, Christine MoranSenior/Junior TBCThe incoming Executive of Claregalway Ladies GAA. L to R Lorna McNicholas, Jimmy Gavin, Elaine Goldrick, Maura Murphy, Edel Noone and Michael Kearns.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email The following Officers and Managers were electedlast_img read more

Trotman and the APNU/AFC committed malfeasance

first_imgThe horrible oil contract is no longer a secret, 18 months after the fact and only after the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) desperately tried to keep the details secret. Absolutely, Guyana was sold out by APNU/AFC. Whereas, Brazil, our next-door neighbour, got a US$700 c signing bonus from EXXON, Guyana got US$18 million. This US$18 million was kept a secret for 18 months in a secret bank account out of the reach of the Consolidated Fund. While many thought this secret US$18 million bonus was the reason why APNU/AFC wanted to hide the contract, several other egregious reasons are now apparent why APNU/AFC was desperate to keep the whole contract a big secret.Among the many reasons why APNU/AFC wanted to hide the details of the contract was that they agreed EXXON will not pay any Value Added Tax (VAT). This is the same APNU/AFC Cabinet that in 2017 forced the Guyanese people to pay VAT on electricity, water and Internet and introduced VAT on education. It is true they removed VAT on education for 2018, but they have kept VAT on so many other everyday living necessities for the Guyanese people. Yet one of the richest corporations in the world is being exempted from paying VAT. This is unfathomable, insulting, and one wonders who are these genius negotiators who allowed EXXON to bamboozle them so easily.The small signing bonus and the VAT exemption are egregious enough for us the demand that the responsible Minister be fired and to indict APNU/AFC for malfeasance, but the contract has even more egregious giveaways. EXXON will not pay any Corporation Tax. The small businesses in Guyana struggle to pay their Corporation Tax, but one of the largest corporations in the world is being exempted from Corporation Tax. They pay billions in corporate taxes in the USA and in Europe and other rich countries, but is being given a pass in Guyana, one of the poorest countries. This is surely a sweetheart deal for EXXON and Guyana is left holding worthless husk.The contract provides for Guyana to receive a paltry two per cent of the profits, but only after allowing EXXON to recoup all of its investment first before any provision is made for profit-sharing. But get this – our Government has agreed that EXXON will also be exempted from Income Tax. The ordinary Guyanese workers, many working for less than US$500 per month, must pay Income Tax, but EXXON’s management will not pay any Income Tax. Incredibly, the Government will pay the Income Tax for EXXON, a company that will earn billions of US dollars from Guyana will have its Income Tax paid for by the poor Guyanese people.If these truths make your blood boil, the giveaways are for the lifetime of the contract. They even inserted a clause that the contract cannot be re-negotiated. That the Guyanese people are angry is an understatement. Clearly, EXXON took total advantage of us. Trotman and his team were unequivocally overwhelmed by EXXON. We were sold out. Trotman, in typical APNU/AFC haughtiness and arrogance, is now bragging that he is a well-qualified negotiator with Harvard credentials, but that he left the negotiation to his GGMC team. Recognising the Guyanese people have caught on to the scandal, the incompetence and malfeasance, he is distancing himself from the fiasco and throwing his GGMC colleagues under the bus. Even if the negotiation was conducted by GGMC staff, Trotman has responsibility to approve and the buck stops with him, APNU/AFC Cabinet and ultimately, the President. They are all guilty.The APNU/AFC promised people a change. In May 2015, they took control of the Government. Now the change is apparent to all Guyanese. The change that APNU/AFC promised people turned out to be nothing but a platform of lies, fabrication, misrepresentation, misdirection, obfuscation. The examples of their lies and obfuscation are many and, in fact, it is at least one per day. At the heart of a pathological allergy to the truth is the dark underbelly of corruption. Nothing in their behaviour in the last 31 months effectively demonstrate this reckless governance model than the handling of the oil contract. Guyana was sold out, even as our Government abandons our sugar workers.last_img read more

Policemen stabbed by drunken Lethem man

first_imgPolice in Lethem, Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo) are hunting for a male suspect who reportedly stabbed two constables outside a nightclub in the border town on Sunday morning, a Police report said.Police spokesman, Superintendent Jairam Ramlakhan identified the injured ranks as Constables Samuels and Chichester.He said that the duo, along with other ranks, were standing outside the Lethem nightclub when  an intoxicated  male villager, known to the ranks, exited the club and repeatedly held onto the hands of the female rank, but  was rejected.The male ranks intervened and an argument ensued, during which the suspect whipped out a knife and stabbed Samuels and Chichester about their bodies before fleeing the scene.The injured Policemen were rushed to the Lethem hospital where Samuels was treated and sent away. However, Chichester was transferred to the Boa Vista General Hospital in Brazil, where he underwent two surgeries. He was stabbed to the wrist and abdomen; according to sources, his intestines were protruding. He remains hospitalisedPolice have not yet arrested the suspect, but investigations are ongoing.last_img read more

Carriers suspend routes as MAX groundings continue

first_imgSouthwest Airlines 737 MAX aircraft at Victorville, California. Image: KCAL9. Airlines are continuing to feel the impact of the Boeing 737 MAX groundings as American Airlines, Southwest Airlines and Fiji Airways suspend routes and Norwegian says the issue has affected passenger numbers.It still remains unclear when the troubled airliner will get back into the air as Boeing grapples with a new problem that has emerged in its bid to get regulators to accept a flight control software fix implicated in two fatal 737 MAX crashes.Carriers have been canceling flights and leasing aircraft to offset the loss of grounded  MAX aircraft and many have already indicated they will be seeking compensation from Boeing.Southwest has suspended 13 routes across the US and American dropped Dallas Fort Worth-Oakland due to the groundings.READ: Boeing sets aside $US100m for 737 MAX familiesAmong the routes suspended by Southwest, according to The Dallas News, are Boston-Atlanta; Austin-San Francisco as well as routes from Los Angeles to Pittsburgh, Tampa and Omaha and those from Oakland to Newark, Indianapolis and Minneapolis/St Paul.The MAX groundings also contributed to a decision by Fiji Airways to suspend its Nadi-Adelaide flights from July 20.“Like any successful airline, we are constantly reviewing and optimizing scheduled routes and the aircraft used to service them, to ensure we provide the best service for our customers,’’ a spokesman told AirlineRatings.“Taking into account a number of factors, including the aircraft currently available within our fleet, we have decided to pause our direct flights to and from Adelaide. All other routes remain unchanged.”Norwegian said this week traffic numbers in June were down by almost 22,000 compared to the same month last year to 3.5 million.“The total number of passengers declined slightly in June, due to the grounding of 18 Boeing 737 MAX and less charter capacity,’’ Norwegian chief executive Bjorn Kjos said.The company said it’s on-time performance in June, 70.9 percent, was also affected by the loss of the MAX aircraft and the need to use more wet-leased aircraft than normal.On the plus side, Norwegian is enjoying long-haul growth and said the delivery of a Boeing 787 Dreamliner in June meant it now had a fleet of 36 new and more fuel-efficient long-haul aircraft.International traffic in terms of revenue passenger kilometres grew by seven percent and Kjos said the number of long-haul passengers increased “considerably”.“Following a period of significant expansion and investments, I’m pleased to see that the June figures show 10 percent higher unit revenue and that our growth is slowing down, in line with our strategy of moving from growth to profitability,” he said.last_img read more