Koniel is the new 400 meter hurdle champion

first_imgThe 22 year old has increased her personal tally in the XV Pacific Games to three gold medals.She was part of the successful PNG women’s 4x400m relay team and also grabbed gold in the 800m individual event.While team mate Sharon Kwarula clocked 60.17s, for silver and repeating her performance in the 2011 Pacific Games where she finished behind Betty Burua (PNG).  And finishing third for the bronze medal was Malia Maketalena Tongia of Tonga 61.89sBurua was unable to defend her title after injuring herself in the 100m hurdles yesterday.“I feel down for Betty and dedicate my win to her,” Koniel said after winning the event.  PNG maintains its dominance in the women’s 400m hurdle winning gold in the last three Pacific Games.last_img read more

Foster’s Fairplay | Farewell Germaine

first_img Following Mason’s untimely passing, thoughts turn now to the way in which the nation can pay tribute to an athlete who has broken barriers while competing for Jamaica, Land We Love, as well as being so gracious in the execution. National honours come immediately to mind. Having said that, there is hesitation. A recent experience informs that the process to recommend someone thought to be worthy is a very awkward one. In filling out the required form, a lot more is required than a mere rehearsal of the nominee’s performances that triggered the idea. One would have thought that an account from a witness to a particular act or series of acts, should be sufficient, especially when there is corroboration from elsewhere or can be easily checked. Not so, as the feeling is that unless details of the individual’s background are cited, the exercise is one of near futility. Foster’s Fairplay, with all said in mind, issues two calls to the Minister holding the sports portfolio. First, given the contribution to the sport by Mason, consideration should be given to granting him a posthumous award. There is no intention to steer the minister’s mind in any particular direction as to the type of award to be offered. There is not even a compulsion that it should be under the heading of an existing one, as there should be no difficulty in creating a suitable one. The honourable lady is blessed with good judgement, and has over time, clearly shown that she is alert and sympathetic to the deeds of our athletes when they don the black, green and gold. In Mason’s case, his attributes, as already described, stretch even further. Whatever she might miss, there are enough knowledgeable individuals in her midst to afford the quality advice necessary. Once the decision to take the suggested advice is cemented, the second ask is that the system of nomination be streamlined and made less cumbersome to recommend a candidate. Germaine Mason’s image and the qualities he has left with us who follow the sport should be indelible. Let them be recognised as a memento to his family and friends. Rest well, soldier. • For feedback email lauriefoster2012@gmail.com Tributes Jamaica’s sporting family lost one of its finest sons this past week, when outstanding high jumper at both senior and junior levels, Germaine Mason, left us tragically as a result of injuries sustained during a motorcycle crash on the Palisadoes Road. It has been a bitter blow to all who were privileged to know him. The comments on social media, as the news took a telling effect early on Thursday morning, succinctly sum up the nature of the young man. They depicted a humility of spirit which was in alignment with his admirable disposition and demeanour, as he displayed his skills in an area of competition where Jamaica had not before him medalled at the global level. That happened for the first time in 2000, when he took a silver medal at the World Junior Championships in Santiago, Chile, followed by bronze in 2002 at the subsequent staging on home soil of the biennial event. In 2003, he proceeded to a still personal best Pan American gold at 2.34m, which broke Jamaica’s record for the event, and equalled it while taking silver for his new country, Great Britain at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Competing at the 2003 World Indoors, he copped a bronze medal. Foster’s Fairplay worked as a journalist covering several competitions in which the Wolmerian participated. The experience was made extra special given not only his gentlemanly attitude when approached, but to be selfish, his journalist-friendly behaviour at all times. There was an incident while this columnist was covering the Kingston-staged World Juniors in 2002. It is recounted to further demonstrate the air of cordiality that he carried, even when dealing with virtual strangers. There was an embargo placed on this journalist to interview athletes, following a comment that had made team management a bit uncomfortable. Mason was approached. In low apologetic tones, he expressed a reluctance to oblige for the reasons given. However, he escorted this surprised journalist to a secluded area and did what he was required to do. A story on his performance was made on the back of an act of goodwill to someone he was meeting for the first time.last_img read more

UAAP exec Saguisag clears low cash prizes for Cheerdance winners

first_imgGretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum “It is likewise a move more consistent with the mission of the UAAP to promote amateur sports among the students of the member universities where the primary motivation is the pursuit of school pride instead of monetary gain,” Saguisag said.“It is a reminder that in the UAAP, you do not always have to finish first in order to win.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe UAAP Board enlightened the public as to why cash prizes for podium finishers’ in this year’s UAAP Cheerdance Competition were significantly lower as compared to previous editions of the midseason spectacle.RRebo Saguisag, executive director of the UAAP, cleared that the cash drop is for the benefit of all UAAP member schools.ADVERTISEMENT “The Cheerdance Grant is supposedly for the benefit of the cheerdance program of all the member-universities. A bigger chunk is now distributed among the eight member schools of focusing on the top three finishers,” Saguisag said in a statement.Fans on Saturday were surprised with the sharp drop of cash incentives, which were cut down to a staggering 86% compared to the previous season, for this year’s top three finishers.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 ChrissThe National University Pep Squad, which shone the brightest in the competition, was given a cash prize of P50,000 while first and second runner-up Far Eastern University Cheering Squad and Adamson Pep Squad received P30,000 and P20,000, respectively.Last year, the champion squad was awarded a whopping P340,000 while the second and third placers brought home P200,000 and P140,000, respectively.  Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? 2nd placer FEU embraces challenge to be on same level as NU in UAAP Cheerdance LATEST STORIEScenter_img Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal View comments Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil 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 MOST READlast_img read more


first_imgMinor League Section 2DateTeam 1ScoreScoreTeam 2VenueComment24-Jun-2011BundoranNaomh MhuireBundoranConceded by BundoranU-14 Div 1 LeagueDateTeam 1ScoreScoreTeam 2VenueComment23-Jun-2011Naomh Mhuire3 – 123 – 13Four MastersNaomh MhuireU-14 Div 2 LeagueDateTeam 1ScoreScoreTeam 2VenueComment22-Jun-2011Kilcar1 – 145 – 8Naomh ColumbaKilcarU-14 Div 1 LeagueDateTeam 1ScoreScoreTeam 2VenueComment22-Jun-2011Dungloe2 – 83 – 11Na RossaDungloeU-14 Div 2 LeagueDateTeam 1ScoreScoreTeam 2VenueComment22-Jun-2011Naomh Brid3 – 113 – 3BundoranNaomh BridU-14 Div 1 LeagueDateTeam 1ScoreScoreTeam 2VenueComment22-Jun-2011Naomh Conaill5 – 132 – 5Aodh RuadhNaomh Connaill20-Jun-2011Dungloe1 – 74 – 12Aodh RuadhDungloeU-12 Competition Group BDateTeam 1ScoreScoreTeam 2VenueComment20-Jun-2011Na RossaPettigoNa RossaConceded by PettigoU-12 Competition Group ADateTeam 1ScoreScoreTeam 2VenueComment20-Jun-2011Four Masters2 – 102 – 9Naomh ConaillFour MastersU-12 Competition Group CDateTeam 1ScoreScoreTeam 2VenueComment20-Jun-2011Naomh Columba1 – 72 – 14DungloeNaomh ColumbaU-12 Competition Group ADateTeam 1ScoreScoreTeam 2VenueComment20-Jun-2011Killybegs2 – 96 – 6BundoranKillybegsU-12 Competition Group CDateTeam 1ScoreScoreTeam 2VenueComment20-Jun-2011Naomh Mhuire4 – 71 – 2Aodh RuadhNaomh MhuireU-12 Competition Group BDateTeam 1ScoreScoreTeam 2VenueComment20-Jun-2011Naomh Naille3 – 170 – 3Naomh UltanNaomh NailleGAA: SOUTHERN BOARD RESULTS was last modified: June 26th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:GAA: SOUTHERN BOARD RESULTSlast_img read more


first_imgFROM NEIL DOHERTY IN GLASGOW: Kilmarnock won the Scottish Communities League Cup for the first time in their history today.It was a hugely disappointing day for the Hoops fans who travelled to Hampden including a large Donegal contingent.It just wasn’t Celticis day. Celtic’s Gary Hooper, Anthony Stokes and Scott Brown and Killie’s Dean Shiels and Paul Heffernan all had efforts saved in a frenetic first half.Killie keeper Cammy Bell was the man of the match pulling off incredible save after incredible save.Bell denied Stokes and Victor Wanyama after the break.Dieter van Tornhout headed Kilmarnock ahead six minutes from the end and Celtic could not find a leveller, with Stokes booked for diving when most fans thought it should have been a penalty. Having lost in the final of this competition on six previous occasions, Killie were also trying to win their first trophy since 1997’s Scottish Cup triumph.“You have to believe to achieve and we worked hard on getting the boys to believe,” Killie manager Kenny Shiels told BBC Scotland after the 1-0 win over Celtic at Hampden.“Celtic are a young team and there is always that strain on them to succeed, so we talked up their Treble chances.“I knew it would be difficult for them if we kept the ball because Celtic were the team under pressure.”Kilmarnock goalkeeper Cammy Bell several fine saves and substitute Dieter Van Tornhout, celebrating his birthday, won it for the underdogs with a header on 84 minutes. “Celtic are a fantastic team and they will go on to to be very successful,” added Shiels.“But they were gone in the last 10 minutes.”Neil Lennon complained about the penalty claim, but said his hurt at losing was put into perspective by a suspected heart attack suffered by Killie’ player Liam Kelly’s dad at the game.“My sympathies go to [Liam] and his family,” added Lennon. “All my thoughts go with the family. “It makes my pain pale into insignificance to what he’s feeling.”Congratulations to Kilmarnock.THE HOOPS REPORT: KILMARNOCK BEAT CELTIC IN LEAGUE CUP FINAL was last modified: March 18th, 2012 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:THE HOOPS REPORT: KILMARNOCK BEAT CELTIC IN LEAGUE CUP FINALlast_img read more


first_imgRemember this? Of course you do. Club Tir Chonaill is hoping to have more days like this…JIM McGUINNESS is set to attend the Dublin launch of Club Tir Chonaill later this week.The Donegal manager will be taking a brief break from putting the Donegal players through their paces at a training camp to attend the event at the Harcourt Hotel in Dublin on Thursday evening at 7pm.The club is aimed at raising funds towards the continued development of brilliant new facilities at Convoy. A presentation of the work in that area will also be made.McGuinness and his team are hoping Donegal fans based in the capital will be able to attend and support the initiative.JIM McGUINNESS SET TO LAUNCH CLUB TIR CHONAILL AT DUBLIN FUNCTION was last modified: May 14th, 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:JIM McGUINNESS SET TO LAUNCH CLUB TIR CHONAILL AT DUBLIN FUNCTIONlast_img read more

‘Most shameless player in football’ – Neymar slammed for crying

first_imgWhy is Neymar crying after scoring a tap-in in extra time loool— Lars (@VitesseChels) June 22, 2018 Neymar crying because he knows Jesus will start again for Brazil when it should be Firmino.— – (@AnfieldRd96) June 22, 2018 Neymar drops a 0/10 performance, does a rainbow flick after Coutinho wins them the game, and then starts crying like he’s just led his team to victory in the World Cup Final. Most shameless player in football and it isn’t even close.— Zach (@ZCalcio) June 22, 2018 Neymar crying after the whistle. Man you won the game bro. It wasn’t even the knockout rounds— Taintless Red (@TaintlessRed) June 22, 2018 Neymar scored Brazil’s second of two injury time goals as they snatched a late 2-0 victory over Costa Rica on Friday and was then seen crying at the final whistle.The Ticos gave a valiant effort but were ultimately beaten by the Selecao as Philippe Coutinho found the breakthrough in the first additional minute, before Neymar tapped in a second. Neymar crying after scoring an essentially irrelevant goal against Costa Rica – the guy is going to be an absolute wreck after he watches Ghost for the first time.— Sachin Nakrani (@SachinNakrani) June 22, 2018 Neymar couldn’t contain his emotions 1center_img Neymar crying hahahaha get up man this ain’t World Cup 2014, you guys don’t have to cry whenever anything happens— Ahmad (@ahmadf_o) June 22, 2018 After a frustrating game in which he had been largely ineffective and had a penalty taken away from him as the result of a VAR review, this moment became all too much for the Brazilian as he broke down crying at the final whistle.Fans were less than sympathetic however, with many pointing out that Brazil had just beaten Costa Rica in the group stage, not Germany in the final.Others used it as a chance to mock the 26-year-old for his attempt to win the penalty earlier in the match.You can read the best reactionary tweets below. Is Neymar crying or is he just covering his face from the embarrassment at the amount of times he threw himself on the floor? #BRACRC pic.twitter.com/JpTnUunoWV— Яσв Ɔнαρмαи (@GothicFrog) June 22, 2018 Neymar crying bc he is Coutinho’s shadow now..— 95 (@PiquebIinder) June 22, 2018 Why is he crying?!! Proving my point. Whinge bag 😂 #Neymar— Stephanie Roche (@StephanieRoche9) June 22, 2018 why is neymar crying has he just noticed his tattoos— joe (@mutablejoe) June 22, 2018last_img read more


first_imgA young woman from Leixlip is hoping to be crowned this years’ Mary From Dungloe.Kildare Mary Aoife KeeganAoife Keegan from Carton View in Blakestown will be competing in the Annual International Festival as this years’ Kildare Mary held in Dungloe on 26th July – 4th August.Aoife (19) is currently studying Social Science in UCD and has strong Dungloe connections. Aoife, whose mother is from Dungloe, said “It is a home away from home for me.” I spent all of last Summer there and my love for the area grew”.” My love for the county has grown so much and all my nieces and nephews are growing up there too.”“I can’t put into words what it would mean to win. It’s the first time a member of our family has taken part in the event and to be chosen as The Mary from Dungloe and it would be a real honour and mean the world to me to win it.”  AOIFE IS CHOSEN AS KILDARE MARY FOR INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL was last modified: June 12th, 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:Aoife KeegandonegalMary From Dungloelast_img read more

Bruins skating on some thin ice

first_img “We can be a lot better,” UCLA coach Karl Dorrell said. “Defensively, we woke up at the right time, but we have to begin to fix some things,and to do some things better through the normal course of the game.” Brian Dohn can be reached at (818) 713-3607. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! At some point the magic will run out. It always does. UCLA, which moved up four spots to No. 8 in the Associated Press poll, trailed Washington by 10 points entering the fourth quarter, but won 21-17 three games ago. The Bruins (6-0, 3-0 Pac-10) were 12 points behind California in the final 15 minutes, and won 47-40 two weeks ago. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The Bruins spotted Washington State a pair of 21-point leads in the first half, then trailed 38-21 in the fourth quarter before rallying to force overtime, and eventually winning on tailback Maurice Drew’s 1-yard plunge. It makes for great theater, and has created a buzz around Westwood not felt since 2001, when the Bruins were ranked as high as fourth. Some credit the turnaround at Washington State to UCLA offensive coordinator Tom Cable, who verbally thrashed the defense at halftime. Cable, according to a few players, tossed in a few expletives and said they were playing, well, soft. But there were other adjustments, like having the linebackers get up the field more to force Cougars tailback Jerome Harrison to run from sideline to sideline rather than up the field. The Bruins also got their safeties more involved, and in the fourth quarter and overtime Harrison had 10 rushing yards — 240 less than he had the first three quarters. But why are these adjustments being made at halftime? Why not after the Cougars jumped to a 21-0 lead on the first play of the second quarter? center_img The euphoria of fourth-quarter comebacks overshadowed everything else the last two weeks, but after needing a third consecutive last-minute score to offset a terrible start, UCLA knows the situation is problematic. Even as players made the long walk from Martin Stadium to the visitor’s locker room after Saturday’s come-from-way-behind, 44-41 overtime win at Washington State, several shook their heads in disgust about needing to rally from 17 points down in the fourth quarter. last_img read more

Marvel’s superhero profits lose strength

first_img Marvel has traditionally licensed its main characters, such as Spider-Man, The Fantastic Four and The Incredible Hulk, to major Hollywood studios in exchange for licensing fees. But with the global box office take of the upcoming slate expected to be much lower than the $800 million that the first and second Spider-Man films each took in, Marvel is forecasting very few contributions from film licensing next year, spokesman David Collins said. He also noted that each film had different economic arrangements with the studios, but he declined to discuss those details. Marvel is hoping to capture a bigger share of the profits from future movies based on its characters by funding and producing some future films on its own, based on lesser-known characters such as Captain America, Ant-Man, Doctor Strange and Luke Cage. However, Bear Stearns analyst Glen Reid has described the terms of the financing arrangements Marvel made as “somewhat onerous.” In a note to investors, Reid said Marvel’s decision to take on production of some of its own films was a “path fraught with risk” since it won’t have a large portfolio of films in the works to reduce volatility. 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 MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Analysts surveyed by Thomson Financial had expected earnings per share of 30 cents on revenue of $100.3 million. Toy sales fell to $22.1 million from $48.2 million a year ago, and licensing sales dropped to $33.2 million from $64.2 million due to lower contributions from Spider-Man licenses, compared with last year when the movie “Spider-Man 2” was released in theaters. Marvel said it now expects to earn between $38 million and $53 million in 2006, far below the $111 million to $114 million it expects to earn in 2005. Morton Handel, company chairman, warned that 2006 looks to be a “difficult year for both toys and licensing.” Marvel also cited several other factors for the poor outlook in 2006 – “nominal” contributions from the three films based on Marvel characters due out next year, “X-Men 3,” “Ghost Rider” and “The Punisher 2”; $5 million in expenses as it builds up its own movie production arm; and $16 million in interest costs as it creates a new $525 million credit facility to fund new movies. NEW YORK – Marvel Entertainment Inc. reported a 32 percent plunge in third-quarter profits Wednesday and warned investors its earnings next year would fall well below analysts’ forecasts as revenue dries up from the blockbuster success of “Spider-Man 2.” Marvel also said its earnings from toy licensing would drop next year after the success of its Fantastic Four toys this year, and noted that it would incur significant expenses as it ramps up its own production of films based on Marvel comics characters. Investors punished Marvel’s stock after the announcements, sending the shares down $3.98, or 22.1 percent, to $14.06 on the New York Stock Exchange in heavy volume of 13 million shares versus average volume of 790,000 shares. Marvel’s net income fell to $23.4 million, or 23 cents per share, from $34.4 million, or 30 cents per share, a year ago. Revenue fell 40 percent to $81.1 million from $135.2 million last year. last_img read more