Hornets whip slumping Lakers

first_imgOSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Kemba Walker had 19 points and seven assists, and the Hornets wrapped up a solid trip with their first back-to-back victories since Thanksgiving, beating the spiraling Lakers 108-94 on Friday night.Jeremy Lamb scored 17 points and Marvin Williams added 16 for the Hornets, who won three of four in the Golden State, including a shocking win over the Warriors to kick off the trip. The Hornets wrapped up the road swing by emphatically avenging their home loss to the Lakers last month.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“We’ll take it all day long,” associate head coach Stephen Silas said. “It was a great trip.”Six players scored in double figures for Charlotte, which has won four of six overall. Dwight Howard had 15 points and 10 rebounds while the Hornets had little trouble staying ahead of the Lakers after the opening minutes. Charlotte took a 16-point lead in the first half and stretched it to 21 in the third quarter.“It means a lot, because we’ve really been struggling on the road before this trip,” said Silas, whose team lost 12 of its first 16 road games this season. “To come on the road and get three wins, especially in the West, it’s really big for us. Hopefully we can carry home the momentum from this trip.”Lonzo Ball had 11 points and five assists in his first game since Dec. 23 for the Lakers, who have lost nine straight since Dec. 20. The rookie point guard missed six games with a sprained left shoulder, and he returned in limited minutes while rebuilding his strength.The Lakers’ faithful fans are even growing frustrated in what looks like a fifth consecutive losing season. They booed the Lakers after Lamb’s uncontested alley-oop dunk on a fast break put the Hornets up by 25 early in the fourth quarter.“They got hot and really never stopped making shots,” Brandon Ingram said. “Eventually you get tired of losing. I think a lot of guys on this team are used to winning.”ADVERTISEMENT Gohing bids farewell to Pocari Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense 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 Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson LATEST STORIES Charlotte Hornets center Dwight Howard, right, and Los Angeles Lakers forward Larry Nance Jr. reach for a loose ball during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Jan. 5, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES — With three wins in four stops on a leisurely paced road trip, the Charlotte Hornets unexpectedly hit their stride in California.The Los Angeles Lakers are still stumbling around.ADVERTISEMENT Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finalscenter_img MOST READ View comments OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Ingram had 22 points and a career-high 14 rebounds, but Los Angeles dropped to 1-12 since winning at Charlotte on Dec. 9. The Lakers (11-27) are in last place in the Western Conference.“Early in the year, if we had off shooting nights like we’ve had a lot of, we were still right in ballgames because we were defending our tails off,” Lakers coach Luke Walton said. “The biggest thing we need to get back to is playing defense like that. We’re going to get back to being a good defensive team, no matter what it takes.”TIP-INSHornets: Frank Kaminsky scored 12 points. He also got a technical foul in the fourth quarter for arguing a call. … Michael Kidd-Gilchrist added 13 points and eight rebounds.Lakers: Brook Lopez scored 11 points in his second game back from an eight-game absence with a sprained ankle. … Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez watched the game at courtside, as did comedian John Mulaney.GETTING SHOTSThe Lakers are the NBA’s worst 3-point shooting team, and they went 9 for 36 against the Hornets. At least they improved the NBA’s worst free-throw shooting percentage by going 9 for 12.HI DWIGHTHoward received the thunderous boos that have greeted him at Staples Center ever since he completed his single season with the Lakers in 2013 by spurning them to sign a free-agent deal with the Rockets. The Lakers haven’t made the playoffs since he left, enduring the worst half-decade in franchise history. “I don’t think about it,” Howard said. “At some point, they get over it. … I had a good time. I thought I played very well, despite just coming off of back surgery and also tearing a labrum, which I guess means nothing to people. Other than that, it’s always fun to come here and play in LA.”UP NEXT Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hornets: Host the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday in their first home game of 2018.Lakers: Host the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday night in a meeting of the NBA’s two worst teams.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hourslast_img read more

Nowitzki’s 20th season with Mavs ends early after surgery

first_imgThe 2011 NBA Finals MVP when Dallas won its only title, Nowitzki has said he intends to return if his body allows it. There is a team option on his $5 million contract, but owner Mark Cuban has often said Nowitzki will decide how long he plays, not management.The first foreign-born player and sixth overall in the NBA to reach 30,000 career points, Nowitzki is 232 behind fifth-place Wilt Chamberlain. But playing a supporting rather than leading role as his career winds down, Nowitzki is likely to get passed by LeBron James next season.Nowitzki has avoided surgeries most of his career. The most significant was arthroscopic surgery on his right knee before the 2012-13 season, which sidelined him the first 27 games. He was slowed at the start of last season by a sore right Achilles tendon.ADVERTISEMENT Shooting for immortality In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil 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 Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Dallas Mavericks’ Dirk Nowitzki (41) celebrates sinking a 3-point basket in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Portland Trail Blazers in Dallas, Tuesday, April 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)DALLAS — Dirk Nowitzki’s 20th season is over a few games early after the Dallas Mavericks star had surgery on his left ankle.Now the question is whether the 7-foot German will play as a 40-year-old after saying he intends to return for a 21st season, all with the Mavericks. Nowitzki could be the first to play that long with one franchise.ADVERTISEMENT The team said Thursday that Nowitzki underwent a procedure to clear out unhealthy tissue, called surgical debridement. It was performed at a Dallas medical clinic.Nowitzki, who turns 40 in June, played his final game of the season at home against Portland on Tuesday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownThe 2007 MVP didn’t make the final road trip, which started in Orlando on Wednesday. The lottery-bound Mavericks have games at Detroit and Philadelphia before finishing the season at home Tuesday against Phoenix.Nowitzki averaged 12 points and 5.7 rebounds in 77 games, a record for a player’s 20th season. The 13-time All-Star shot 41 percent from 3-point range, his first time over 40 percent in five years. He has career averages of 21.2 points and 7.7 rebounds. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims LATEST STORIES Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments MOST READlast_img read more

Steph Curry grateful for dad Dell’s influence in his career

first_imgIt was as if Stephen Curry’s road to the NBA was predestined.ADVERTISEMENT Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title MOST READ “I saw my dad and how he carried himself as a professional and it helped me transition into the NBA.”Dell played for five teams during his career where he won the Sixth Man of the Year award in 1994.Curry, though, has already supplanted his father’s achievements nine years into his NBA career having won three titles and two MVPs with Golden State.And even though he has achieved much more than his father did, Curry said he still works out with Dell.“He’s still around, he’s working out with me,” said Curry. “He’s rebounding the ball for me, contesting my shots, my mom as well is helping me, and I love to share those moments with my family.”ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Steph’s father Dell had been a quality role player during his 16-year NBA career and the younger Curry got to witness that journey up close.That early exposure to the NBA has instilled a sense of professionalism to Curry that he eventually embodied in own career.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’ Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday PLAY LIST 03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday01:00Steph Curry grateful for dad Dell’s influence in his career01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?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 Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titlecenter_img View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil “It’s amazing, obviously. I’m blessed to grow in a family that put me in the game of basketball,” said Curry during his press conference for his Under Armour Asia Tour Friday Shangri-La in Bonifacio Global City. Once an underdog, Nash enters Hall of Fame as innovator Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

In Order to Eradicate Ebola, Ghanaian Prexy Wants Supports Expedited

first_imgThe Chairman of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), President John Dramani Mahama of Ghana, has called on international partners and friendly countries that have pledged to assist Liberia with human, financial and material resources in the fight against the dreadful Ebola virus to expedite the process.President Mahama said though several promised donations would adequately help in combating the virus in the Mano River sub-regions, the problem is that those resources are very slow in coming and as such, there is the need for the process to be fast-tracked in order to augment the government efforts in the fight.The ECOWAS’s Chair spoke Monday, September 15, when he paid “a solidarity visit” with President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. He was addressing a joint press briefing along with President Sirleaf in the Foyer of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Ghanaian leader revealed at the briefing that he had held talks with United Nations (UN) Secretary General, Ban Ki Moon, on the issue of expediting support to the governments of Ebola affected countries if the virus is to be fought effectively and contained. President Mahama revealed that his visit is to show solidarity from the people of Ghana to Liberia as the country goes through this difficult period.He had a brief bilateral discussion with President  Sirleaf prior to the joint briefing. The Ghanaian leader is expected to also pay similar visits to neighboring Sierra Leone and Guinea, which are also hard hit by the Ebola virus.He further indicated that his visits are also intended to advocate for the observation and guidelines agreed upon in Ghana by ECOWAS’s Ministers of Health in combating the virus.In order to contain the virus, which has claimed over 2000 lives in the affected countries, there must be massive education, awareness and sensitization and citizens must adhere to preventive measures provided by health experts, President Mahama said. Looking at the severity of the disease in Liberia, it is very clear that it is beginning to have grave impacts on the economy.In regards to decisions by other Africans countries to ostracized Ebola affected nations, President Mahama said that there is no need to isolate because that will create further problems, maybe economically, for the disease to be brought under control in affected countries. The Ghanaian President made a donation of assorted food items to aid Liberia’s fight against the deadly Ebola virus. These include 2,000 bags of rice, 100 cartons of chocolate, 100 boxes of milk and 100 carton of oil. The items arrived in the country on Saturday September 13, 2014. Out of the 2000 bags of rice 150 are already in the country, while the rest will soon be arriving. Reports indicate that all of the items donated are Ghanaian made products. President said the donation is Ghana and Ghanaians’ little way of identifying with their Liberians counterparts. President Sirleaf said her Ghanaian counterpart’s visit is a clear demonstration of the longstanding historic relationships that both countries share. She noted that President Mahama’s solidarity visit amidst this health crisis in the country will further consolidate the relationship.The Ghanaian leader’s visit, she noted, followed a conversation that they both recently held. The Liberian leader, on behalf of her government and the Liberian people, extended thanks and appreciation to President Mahama and the people of Ghana for the support in this difficult time. “President Mahama, Liberians will always remember you and your country that had always stood by us in times of difficulties. We are very grateful for your presence here with us. Ghana has always been a friend and partner to us and this we highly appreciate,” President Sirleaf asserted.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Help Needed for Fire Victims in Cape Mount

first_imgOver 200 victims of a fire disaster in Telor Town in Grand Cape Mount County are in need of financial and material assistance for quick recovery, the Liberia National Red Cross Society (LNRCS) has said.Telor is traditionally a fishing community of more than 1,000 inhabitants. The victims suffered a fire disaster on January 23. The township is also currently vulnerable to sea erosion given its coastal location, a Red Cross official said.The Disaster Management Team of the Liberian Red Cross, upon conducting a rapid assessment in the area, discovered that the victims need emergency shelter, cooking utensils, food, buckets and clothes to reestablish their lives. The Team, headed by its Coordinator, Ambullai Perry, has also recommended for the immediate relocation of the people to avoid the potential risk of sea erosion in the near future. Speaking to newsmen over the weekend, Coordinator Perry said there are many people who have been left in a vulnerable situation as a result of the fire and need immediate help.He said a meeting was held with the community that resolved for the relocation of the community to a site about 500 meters from the beach, where District Commissioner Haja Fahnbulleh has identified a land for the relocation. He said, as a key responder, the Liberian Red Cross is working along with its international partners to mobilize recovery materials in terms of zinc, nails, clothes, and cooking materials for delivery to the fire victims in the coming weeks. The Red Cross, he said, in recent weeks, donated several recovery items to 815 vulnerable people and victims of flood, storm and fire disasters in Montserrado County, and has further announced plans of reaching 2,000 disaster victims in 2016. The Liberian Red Cross acknowledges the support of partners to its disaster response effort and appreciates the Liberian government for their support, and has called for increasing support to reach the most needed.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Liberia Observes World Clubfoot Day

first_img– Advertisement – Liberia joined other countries around the world on Saturday, June 3, to commemorate World Clubfoot Day. Clubfoot, commonly referred to as ‘turtle foot,’ is a birth deformity in which an infant’s foot is turned inward, often so severely that the bottom of the foot faces sideways or even upward. The condition can be corrected by surgical and non-surgical interventions.Although the day was observed for the first time in the country’s history, the Liberia Clubfoot Program (LCP) held appropriate activities including a parade by children with the deformity, those who have been successfully treated, and the day’s organizers throughout Paynesville, where the LCP headquarters is located.An indoor program held earlier in the day highlighted the history, statistics, treatment reports and future plans from the seven treatment centers across the country.This year’s World Clubfoot Day also witnessed the expansion of LCP activities, formerly the Faith Orthopedic Rehabilitation Center (FARCO) that functions in Sinoe, Grand Kru, River Gee counties and other satellite treatment centers in the entire Southeastern region.Some children who once suffered from clubfoot took part in Saturday’s activitiesLCP executive director Augustine Chiewolo said the observance of World Clubfoot Day in Liberia marks a significant milestone in the country’s history as it strives to eradicate clubfoot from the 15 counties.Mr. Chiewolo reiterated an appeal to the Liberian government for budgetary support to make the LCP an integral part of the Ministry of Health (MoH) in order to adequately treat the condition affecting hundreds of children.He said more than 200 children are born with club-foot annually, which is resulting to a large number of sufferers who are being discriminated against in academic settings and at social environments.Chiewolo called on the parents of children with clubfoot to take their children for treatment “free-of-charge by the LCP,” and urged them to get actively involved in tracing and treating clubfoot cases at the seven treatment centers and satellite clinics at Phebe Hospital in Gbarnga, Bong County, Ganta United Methodist Hospital in Nimba County, and CH Rennie Hospital in Kakata, Margibi County.Mr. Chiewolo is a Liberian medical expert and Ponseti specialist (The Ponseti method is a new worldwide treatment for children born with clubfoot). He cautioned community dwellers not to discriminate against children with deformities like clubfoot, but to consider them as one of their own by showing them love, respect and good care.Meanwhile, clubfoot can be repaired by casting or surgery, according to Web MD. Sometimes nonsurgical treatments such as casting can correct clubfoot. Casting is a method for correcting clubfoot in the hopes of avoiding surgery.According to Wikipedia, the Ponseti method is the most common non-surgical technique used. In this treatment, the doctor gently stretches the deformed foot into a more normal position and secures it with a cast. Every few days or weeks, the foot’s position is stretched even more towards a normal position and the cast is replaced.Over the course of six to eight weeks, clubfoot may be corrected without surgery. Casting is more successful for those with mild clubfoot and those treated within the first two weeks of birth.Babies and older patients who have severe clubfoot may not respond to casting. They need surgery to correct the condition.Reverend Bannie Wanyon, Coordinator of the LCP, said that with the commitment of volunteers at all the treatment centers, the entity will be in a better position to eradicate clubfoot from Liberia, in the West African Sub-region, and also on the entire African continent.Rev. Wanyon called on African leaders to support the treatment of clubfoot using the Liberia study as a test case.Organizers of the event shared good times with children that previously suffered from the deformityShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) An infant born with the deformity has had his affected foot straightened and bound in plaster until the foot sets to a normal position like the other one. The treatment is done here in the countrylast_img read more

Cane Grove cattle allegedly stolen, killed for meat

first_imgA Cane Grove farmer is now counting his losses after several of his cows were killed by unknown persons on Wednesday evening.Owner of the cattle, Gopaul, told Guyana Times that he would leave the animals at the backlands in the evening and would return for them in the morning. However, upon returning on Thursday morning to check on the cattle, only one calf was found.The man decided to file a report at the Police station, and was advised by officers on duty to conduct a thorough search for the animals.Upon returning to the area, the man said, he discovered remains of the cattle. Only the internal organs and heads were found, indicating that the animals were rustled to the location and killed for their meat.“When I went back, that’s when I see them, and only the parts that they didn’t want was there; so like they kill them for the meat and left what they didn’t want,” Gopaul noted.The man said he returned to the Police station, but little attention was paid to the matter.The farmer noted that it is a common issue in his community, and many persons have lost their cattle in similar fashion.He said he has lost a significant amount of money, and is trying to ascertain who could have committed the act. Only one of the cows was discovered alive, and even that one had suffered some cuts.“This is not the first time. This thing happening steady. I can’t say is who, and nobody is putting a stop to this matter. The one that I get back get a cut, so I think this one manage to get away,” Gopaul said.Just over two weeks ago, more than one dozen head of cattle were shot and killed in the backlands between Numbers 54 and 58 Villages, Corentyne, Berbice in the wake of rice farmers complaining that animals have been destroying their crops.last_img read more

Briefs: Boxer Tapia in critical condition after apparent overdose

first_imgGOLF: Meaghan Francella made a 4-foot birdie putt and beat Annika Sorenstam on the fourth hole of a playoff to win the rain-delayed MasterCard Classic in Huixquilucan, Mexico, for her first victory on the LPGA Tour. Francella closed with a 69 for an 11-under 205. Bud Allin, a Vietnam War veteran who won five times on the PGA Tour, died Saturday of cancer in Hemet. He was 62. WINTER SPORTS: Lance Mackey maintained his lead in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race – but just by minutes. Mackey was the first musher to arrive in Koyuk, Alaska, taking about a 3-hour rest. He and his 13 dogs left Koyuk at 12:13p.m., 14 minutes before Paul Gebhardt arrived. Gebhardt didn’t rest long; he had his 10 dogs back on the trail after resting just 9 minutes. SOCCER: Abby Wambach scored two goals and Carli Lloyd got her fourth of the tournament, leading the United States over Sweden 3-2 for a place in the Algarve Cup final in Vila Real de Santo Antonio, Portugal. The U.S. will play Denmark in Wednesday’s final. Five-time world champion Johnny Tapia was hospitalized in critical condition Monday after an apparent cocaine overdose, the latest episode in the boxer’s turbulent life. Police spokeswoman Trish Hoffman said the 40-year-old Tapia was taken to Presbyterian Hospital in Albuquerque, N.M., after paramedics responded to an early morning call about a person who wasn’t breathing at a hotel room. FOOTBALL: A former Northern Colorado backup punter accused of stabbing the starter pleaded not guilty to charges of attempted murder and assault. Mitch Cozad is accused of leaving a 3- to 5-inch deep gash in Rafael Mendoza’s kicking leg during a Sept. 11 ambush. The judge scheduled the trial for July 30. TRACK AND FIELD: Coach Remi Korchemny, 74, agreed to stay out of elite-level coaching, marking the first time a U.S. Anti-Doping Agency case has led to a coach being banished for doping violations. SWIMMING: Four-time Olympic swimming champion Inge de Bruijn, 33, retired, saying there “no more challenges” left in the pool.center_img “It appears to an overdose,” Hoffman said. “He will be charged with possession of a controlled substance.” Tapia’s latest problem with drugs comes just two weeks after he won a majority decision over Evaristo Primero of ElPaso, Texas. That fight was billed as Tapia’s farewell performance. He has a 56-5-2 record. last_img read more

CLASH OF THE TOP TWO AS HARPS FACE WEXFORD YOUTHS

first_imgThe third quarter of the season comes to an end this weekend, and the top two in the First Division go head to head at Ferrycarrig Park with top spot the reward for the winner on Friday night.Only a point separates top of the table Harps and second placed Wexford Youths – although Friday’s hosts do have a game in hand against fourth in the table UCD.As usual, Harps boss Ollie Horgan is expecting another difficult game against a side who he tipped to be the ones to watch in the First Division prior to the start of the season.“Wexford home or away is always a difficult game,” said Horgan. “They turned us over in Ballybofey already and have added further quality to their already strong team in Willie Tyrell, Paul Cahalane, Chris Kenny and Shane Dunne. Asked if he would be happy with the offer of a point now, Horgan answered in the positive.“Of course we would be delighted to take a point from the game, but that is easier said than done,” he said.Last weekend Harps played out a scoreless draw with Athlone Town at Finn Park in a game where they had to play an hour with just ten men after Josh Mailey was red-carded in the first half. All things considered, Horgan was happy with the outcome at the final whistle.“It was a good game despite the scoreline,” he said. “Obviously the sending off didn’t help us but there was no guarantee that we would have won the game even if we had eleven on the pitch as Athlone are a good side. They had their chances in the game – even when we had full compliment of players on pitch.” While Harps were been held by Athlone, Wexford were taking on Shelbourne at Tolka Park and they too produced a scoreless draw. That draw was Wexford’s first deadlock of the season – all other games involving Shane Keegan’s side have finished with a winner in the game.Josh Mailey, because of his red card last weekend, sits the game out through suspension as will Damien McNulty. Packie Mailey injury hit season continues and he again misses out.This will be the eighth meeting of the two sides in the last sixteen months. In the previous seven meetings, only once has the home side emerged victorious – Wexford winning 3-0 in the penultimate game of last season. The other six games have seen three away wins (two for Harps) and three draws.The two meetings this season between the sides have both produced away wins. Thomas McMonagle’s goal was the difference between the sides in the first meeting at Ferrycarrig Park while Wexford ran out 3-1 winners at Finn Park in June.TEAM NEWSSuspended: Josh Mailey, Damien McNulty.Doubtful: Packie Mailey.Injured: None. FORM GUIDE (last six league games)Finn Harps: L-W-W-W-L-D (9 pts)Wexford Youths: W-W-W-W-L-D (13 pts)CLASH OF THE TOP TWO AS HARPS FACE WEXFORD YOUTHS was last modified: August 5th, 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:donegalfinn harpswexford youthslast_img read more

Comment: Paddy McGrath is a class act and he deserved an All-Star

first_imgCOMMENT: Paddy McGrath is a top class defender who enjoyed a fantastic campaign for Donegal in 2016 – but unfortunately he has yet again missed out on a coveted All-Star award. McGrath’s job for Donegal is an unenviable role, he’s always the player tasked with the responsibility to mark one of the opponents best players.But McGrath is never found wanting for Donegal. Never.He has time after time performed brilliantly for Donegal and has been without doubt one of their most consistent players of the last six seasons.He goes about his business without any fuss, but he never gets the credit he deserves.He may not be as technically or naturally gifted as his hero Damien Diver – but McGrath is one of the best defenders in Ireland – and he has been for a number of years. Conor McManus is one of the best forwards in Ireland, a class act who terrorised Donegal in the Ulster SFC final in 2015.This summer, Donegal faced Monaghan and Rory Gallagher’s side eventual got the better of them after a replay victory.One of the main reasons for Donegal’s win, was the incredible man marking job Paddy McGrath did on McManus.He nullified his threat from play, and while McManus was still deadly from placed balls, McGrath snuffed him out with deadly effect.It was another selfless display from McGrath who followed those two performances up with excellent outings against Tyrone, Cork and Dublin. He enjoyed a terrific year in 2012, but missed out on an All-Star, and this year he has again unfortunately missed out on being honoured nationally with an All-Star.Former Donegal manager summed up the type of player McGrath is with the following statement on him.McGuinness was speaking about McGrath, and an injury concern he had prior to Donegal’s All-Ireland U21 final with Dublin. McGrath had a broken jaw.“I saw the x-ray myself. Paddy said to the surgeon, ‘if I go out and get it broken again, what’s the worst that can happen’. “The surgeon told him, ‘I’ll fix it’.“Paddy said, ‘that’s OK then. I’m going to play in the game’. That’s the type of person that predominantly wins you football matches and I’m glad to have him in my team.”McGrath is similar to Frank McGlynn in many aspects, they stay out of the spotlight, and focus solely on their jobs for Donegal.Both are incredibly consistent, but McGlynn has got the recognition outside of Donegal, and his colleague McGrath deserves that too.He’s a class act, and one of the best around, I suppose we don’t need an All-Star to confirm that.But come the summer, and the start of the Ulster SFC – when Donegal take to the field, they’ll be a man in the corner and his name is Paddy McGrath.Thank god we have him.Comment: Paddy McGrath is a class act and he deserved an All-Star was last modified: November 3rd, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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