O’Brien: Still plenty to play for

Posted On Sep 21 2020 by

first_img England are in the driving seat following their 12-6 victory in Dublin on Saturday and the only unbeaten team remaining in an unpredictable tournament. The defeat at the Aviva Stadium was deflating for Ireland, who have lost Jonathan Sexton and Mike McCarthy to injury for the trip to Murrayfield – but O’Brien refuses to give up hope. “There’s still a lot to play for. The Six Nations is and it isn’t out of our own hands,” the Leinster openside said. “If we leave ourselves in the best possible shape, there will be a slip-up somewhere for the other teams down the line.” Flanker Sean O’Brien insists Ireland must be ready to pounce on any errors by their RBS 6 Nations title rivals when they resume their championship against Scotland. Press Associationcenter_img He added: “Anyone can beat anyone on any day. If we leave ourselves in the best possible position, we can do no more than that.” Ireland will also be missing Cian Healy in Edinburgh after the loosehead prop was banned for three matches for his stamp on England’s Dan Cole. Although there is confusion over whether Healy can play for Leinster on Saturday, he is definitely unavailable against Scotland and France, subject to any successful appeal. Sexton has a grade two hamstring tear that usually requires four to six weeks to heal, making him a major doubt to face France in the penultimate round of fixtures, while McCarthy has damaged the medial ligament of his right knee and will be in a brace for two weeks, at the end of which his fitness will be reassessed. More positive news was received on the remaining injuries incurred during a brutal clash against England. O’Brien, centre Brian O’Driscoll, full-back Rob Kearney and lock Donnacha Ryan are at varying degrees of fitness, but all should be available to face Scotland. “We’re looking forward to getting back on the horse against Scotland. It’s a good game for both teams,” O’Brien said. “Our errors, as a team and as individuals, stand out from the England game. They cost us. “A few of them happened within minutes of each other and put us under a bit of pressure and they kicked a couple of scores from that.” last_img read more


Irish tee off in British Masters

Posted On Sep 16 2020 by

first_imgIn his second tournament as a professional, Paul Dunne will be looking to follow-up on his impressive performance at the Dunhill Championship last week as he’s among the early starters today at Woburn.Padraig Harrington, Shane Lowry and Darren Clare are also in this week’s field.Graeme McDowell is another early starter this morning – after a disappointing 2015, the Ulsterman says he’s already firmly focused on next year.last_img


Tokyo 2020 paratriathlon test shortened due to bad water quality

Posted On Sep 16 2020 by

first_img The swimming section of a paratriathlon test event for Tokyo 2020 was cancelled Saturday due to high levels of bacteria in the water, the latest in a series of difficulties over water quality and temperature.The International Triathlon Union (ITU) shelved the swimming leg after tests showed levels of e-coli more than double the acceptable standard. SUBSCRIBE TO US COMMENT “It was regrettable,” he said, vowing to step up preparations for Sunday’s Mixed Relay, the last in the four-day competition. Former British paralympic triathlete Clare Cunningham tweeted that staging a duathlon was “a completely different race” that “puts some athletes at a huge disadvantage racing in their tri classification.” “Disappointing for all,” said Cunningham.Tokyo 2020 organisers have won widespread praise for their preparations but extreme summer heat and poor water quality have given them a headache at test events, with less than a year to go until the Olympic Opening Ceremony.Competitors at a marathon swimming test event on Sunday complained of smelly water and high water temperature at Odaiba Bay, the location for long-distance swimming and triathlon.READ| Tokyo Olympics 2020: You’ll Never Believe What The Medals Will Be Made FromOrganisers are desperate to avoid the embarrassment of the Rio Olympics in 2016, when the pool used for diving events turned an unsettling shade of green overnight.Brazilian officials also had to scramble to clean up the bay used for sailing and windsurfing that was plagued by sewer bacteria and filthy with rubbish.In October 2017, Tokyo 2020 organisers were left red-faced after tests revealed levels of e-coli bacteria more than 20 times higher than international standards, sparking doubts about the venue’s safety.At the time, the organising committee blamed prolonged summer rain that had brought pollutants from offshore for the high readings between late July and early September.A year later, organisers said that tests using underwater “screens” to filter the water had successfully reduced bacteria levels at the venue.They tested single and triple-layer screens — some 20 metres (66 feet) long and three metres wide — and found that both were effective in bringing bacteria down to safe levels although the triple screen, expected to be employed during games time, worked best.  It was the most recent disappointment at a test event for Tokyo 2020 organisers, after the women’s triathlon run was also cut short due to extreme heat in the Japanese capital.Despite this, French triathlete Cassandre Beaugrand was taken to hospital with suspected heatstroke.READ| I Want To Retire After Tokyo Olympics, Says Mary KomAround a dozen competitors and spectators fell ill at a rowing test event, also due to high temperatures, as Tokyo swelters through a deadly heatwave.”I’m so sorry for athletes that we could not prepare the competition conditions effectively,” Shinichiro Otsuka, managing director of Japan’s Triathlon Union, told reporters. LIVE TV Last Updated: 17th August, 2019 12:14 IST Tokyo 2020 Paratriathlon Test Shortened Due To Bad Water Quality The swimming section of a paratriathlon test event for Tokyo 2020 was cancelled Saturday due to high levels of bacteria in the water, the latest in a series of difficulties over water quality and temperature.center_img The 70 paratriathletes instead competed in a “duathlon” format with two runs and a bike race. WATCH US LIVE Written By First Published: 17th August, 2019 12:00 IST Press Trust Of India FOLLOW USlast_img read more


Codere records 10X losses seeking vital lifeline

Posted On Aug 30 2020 by

first_img Related Articles StumbleUpon Submit Codere secures €250m credit lifeline on aggressive interest rates  July 14, 2020 Share Mozzartbet sets sail in South America taking over Meridianbet Colombia July 22, 2020 Embattled Codere SA has published its Q1 2020 trading statement, declaring group-wide losses of €97m as the company continues to seek vital funding for its operating units.The figure represents a 10X increase on its corresponding Q1 2019 losses of €8.6m, as Codere’s European and South American gambling venues have ceased trading due to the COVID-19 global pandemic. The Bolsa Madrid gambling group’s performance has been further dragged by severe South American currency fluctuations against $ and € trading.Reporting double-digit declines across all core operating markets, Codere saw its group operating revenue decline 21% to €278m (Q12019: €354m).Despite reducing operating expenses by €42m, the firm stated that its group costs savings could not offset unit-wide declines, as it recorded an adjusted period EBITDA of €40m (Q12019: €77m). The trading statement saw Codere update investors on its ‘cash position’ which will stand at €83m by the end of May trading, should the gambling group proceed to repay its deferred monthly bond coupon repayments.Maintaining its business units on an extended €130m credit facility, the operator said that its corporate debt has risen to €976 million with the company holding debt-net equivalents of €826m.This May, Spanish news sources reported that Codere had failed to extend terms of its debt repayment programme with US bondholders Silver Point and Abrams Capital. Shareholder eyes have turned to Chairman Norman Sorensen to learn how the company can raise vital capital and whether Codere will proceed to sell-off of company units to keep the business afloat during the next quarter.In its trading statement, the firm noted: “Together with these efforts to preserve liquidity, we have also launched a formal process with financial advisors, to raise an incremental €105 mm senior debt in order to provide the company with sufficient flexibility to bridge to the restart of our operations and to achieve a revenue run rate that allows us to start generating cash with sufficient room to face potential additional uncertainties in the next months.” Codere merges Italian fruit machine units forming CODWIN July 3, 2020 Sharelast_img read more


Lakers notes: Pau Gasol happy to stay put with team

Posted On Aug 26 2020 by

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error As if he unleashed the pent-up frustration stemming from three years’ worth of trade scenarios that never materialized, Pau Gasol stayed on the Lakers’ practice court showing off an array of post moves against a defenseless dummy.But as Gasol “murdered” the dummy as he joked afterwards, Lakers trainer Gary Vitti approached him with some somber news apparently delivered from Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak.“Mitch wants to see you,” said Vitti. But considering Gasol remained on the practice court well past the Thursday’s trade deadline that expired at noon PST, Gasol didn’t fall for the joke.“He’s been trying to have fun with it the last couple of days,” Gasol said, smiling. “It’s all good. We’re family here.” Kobe upset over Blake tradeKobe Bryant remained forever grateful for the Lakers front office granting him a two-year, $48.5 million extension even before his left Achilles tendon was fully healed. Even amid a season assured of a missed playoff appearance for the first time in nine years, Bryant expressed optimism last week that the Lakers would quickly reload during the upcoming offseason.Yet, Bryant appeared upset the Lakers traded Steve Blake to the Golden State Warriors for two seldom-used shooting guards in Kent Bazemore and MarShon Brooks, a move that saved the Lakers $4 million in salary and luxury taxes.“Not cool with @SteveBlake5 being gone AT ALL,” Bryant tweeted. “One of my closest teammates and psycho competitor. GS picked up gem.”Injury updateLakers guard Steve Nash sat out Thursday’s practice because of nerve irritation in his back and remains day to day. Lakers forward Nick Young partcipated in some of Thursday’s practice, but his status against Boston remains unclear. center_img Despite the Lakers dangling him in trade discussions for the third consecutive season, Gasol said he holds “no grudges or hard feelings.”“That’s what I preferred, to continue to play with our team and fight through this type of season,” said Gasol, who believes he will play tonight when the Lakers (18-36) host the Boston Celtics (19-36) at Staples Center after nursing a strained right groin that sidelined him for the past seven games. “Through adversity, you have to grow as a person.”Kupchak said “it’s absolutely an option” that the Lakers will re-sign Gasol when he becomes a free agent on July 1. But Kupchak added that it’s “unlikely” the Lakers will sign him to an extension beforehand because the Lakers want to maintain financial flexibility.Gasol also suggested he’ll have other options, too.“I’m pretty confident there will be,” Gasol said. “It’ll be nice to be in that position at least for a few days. Then I’ll be back in somebody else’s hands.”last_img read more


Boys’ Town determined to stay in RSPL

Posted On Jan 20 2020 by

first_imgCoach of Boys’ Town Andrew Price says that his team is highly motivated to stay in the Red Stripe despite their last place.The Red Brigades showed resilience as they edged Maverley-Hughenden 1-0 in a relegation battle at the Barbican Complex yesterday. Boys’ Town scored courtesy of top striker Shamar Nicholson in the 90th minute.The Boys’ Town team ended with ten players as central defender Wayne Ellis was issued a second yellow card and ejected by FIFA referee Valdin Legister in the 66th minute.The winners dominated play, for the most part, but were let down by faulty shooting. Maverley-Hughenden’s custodian, Jovell Plunkett, made some spectacular saves, but could not stop the header by an unmarked Nicholson.GRATEFUL FOR VICTORY”The team showed a lot of resilience. We got many chances and could have won by a wider margin. However, I am grateful for this victory. The Maverley team didn’t want to win,” Price told The Gleaner.”Shamar (Nicholson) rose for the first time in the match and scored. We made some tactical adjustment after going down to ten players in the second half. We have to keep the momentum because a team like Boys’ Town deserves to stay in the league. We will fight to the end,” Price concluded.Nicholson, who pushed his tally for the season to 12 goals, just two behind Jermaine ‘Teddy’ Johnson of Tivoli Gardens, was naturally elated for scoring the all-important goal.”It is a great feeling to score the goal that gave us three points. When you look at the table you see that we needed to win the game,” the national senior team striker said.”The coach was telling me to jump and I did that and scored, so I am very happy,” he added.Maverley’s coach Anthony Patrick was very upset that his team lost the game.The win pushed Boys’ Town to 26 points, the same as Jamalco, who went down 1-0 to Reno. However, Boys’ Town remains in the cellar position as Jamalco has a better goal difference.Maverley-Hughenden are in tenth position on 28 points.Yesterday’s gamesBoys’ Town 1 Maverley-Hughenden 0Reno 1 Jamalco 0Harbour View 1 Montego Bay United 0Today’s games• 5:30 p.m. – Tivoli Gardens vs Waterhouse at the National Stadium• 8 p.m. – Arnett Gardens vs UWI FC at the National Stadiumlast_img read more


LIB Life Top Five Songs of the Week

Posted On Jan 14 2020 by

first_imgWe are presenting you with a countdown of the five popular songs in the nation right now. For this week, we have two new hot entries on the chart that debuted in fifth and four places respectively.Top five songs of the week ending Aug 31.1. Grace by Soul Fresh ft. Quincy B2. Crazy by Quincy B3. Bartender by F.A4. Yamayama Things by Waste Dem5. Pretty Mama by Teddy RideFor this week in fifth place, we have Teddy Ride with “Pretty Mama”. The meteoric raise of this song in the local musical industry has amazed many big DJs, among them notable Liberian DJ As a Boy, who has described the song as “a bomb about to explode.”In fourth place slot we have “Yamayama Things”. Released four months ago, the single has done much to hit the airwaves. The Bushrod Island native, Waste Dem, might be one of this year’s breakout artists if the song continues to hit the public. To know the driving force behind this song’s rise on the charts, one should ask the question, “What are Yamayama things?” Listen to the song. F.A is still remaining in third place with “Bartender”, which is gradually losing steam. However, he just released in a second video from the same album, Mr. F.A, called “Thank You”. In the video, F.A is seen in a church and on top of Ducor Hotel.“In life we all go through our ups and downs but, at the end of the day, we must look up and simply say “Thank You,” F.A said.Quincy B jumps two steps from fourth place on the chart last weekend to reach second place with “Crazy”. This single has been popular among the public because of its danceable tune.A few days ago the Afro pop artist released yet another feature hit single called “You’ll Stay Long Inside.” The phrase has been a popular Liberian colloquialism that leaves gossipers and naysayers to their own devices when there is nothing left to say about a particular issue. “If you come tell me that my girlfriend is rotten… you pah, you will stay long inside – da your business,” the song goes.Up at number one, Soul Fresh, the hottest rap duo in the country, reigns for a third straight week with “Grace”, featuring Quincy B. The home of JB, rap group’s head, was recently burgled. It is estimated that the thief might have walked away with clothing and other materials during the artists’ endorsement deal with XL energy drink gig promotion. LIB Life top five songs chart will be back next week, and hope we might get something new.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


Las Vegas gambles it can land a team

Posted On Jan 11 2020 by

first_imgWhat Las Vegas really wants, though, is something more permanent – a team of its own. So far, the city has struck out trying to land one from the four major sports. Las Vegas may have the biggest hotels in the world, including a $7 billion resort complex under construction that other cities could never match. But it still looks with envy at more sedate places like Indianapolis that have teams – and titles. He’s been rebuffed for moral and financial reasons, but the fast-growing city now has a relatively affluent population of 2 million and might eventually prove so attractive it can’t be ignored. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “I think Las Vegas is the next great world city, and a component part of that has to be a major league team, be it NBA, NHL, baseball or football,” Mayor Oscar Goodman said. “That’s what makes great American cities.” A big part of the problem for Las Vegas is other American cities weren’t built on gambling. Leagues already wary of betting scandals are even more wary of committing a team to play in a place where betting is not only tolerated but encouraged. “It’s not about a moral crusade about gambling,” NBA commissioner David Stern said when announcing the All-Star game would be in Las Vegas. “It’s just about betting on basketball games.” To land the All-Star game, casino sports books agreed not to accept bets on it, a concession easily made since it’s an exhibition that hardly anyone bets on anyway. The casinos, though, made it clear they won’t do the same for an entire season. Goodman has made it his mission in recent years to lure some sort of team to town, even going so far as to show up at baseball’s winter meetings a few years ago with showgirls and an Elvis impersonator in tow. center_img LAS VEGAS – Nobody does a party like this gambling town, a big reason why the NBA picked it for an All-Star celebration that threatens to add a new definition to the word excess. There are so many A-list happenings on the glittering Las Vegas Strip that Sunday’s game almost seems an afterthought. It’s the first time the NBA has held the annual exhibition in a city that doesn’t have a team. There’s already talk about a return All-Star appearance in a few years. last_img read more


Hillsborough disaster police chief pleads not guilty

Posted On Jan 6 2020 by

first_imgHe faces 95 counts of gross negligence manslaughter following the fatal crush in the Leppings Lane end allocated to Liverpool fans.The former chief superintendent appeared via videolink at Preston Crown Court on Monday, confirming his name and entering his plea.England’s state prosecutor, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), had applied to lift a historical stay — an order preventing him being tried — on Duckenfield, which was put in place in 2000.Former Sheffield Wednesday club secretary Graham Mackrell, 68, also pleaded not guilty to one charge involving the stadium safety certificate and one health and safety charge.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Former South Yorkshire Police chief superintendent David Duckenfield was the match-day commander on the day of the Hillsborough disaster © AFP / PAUL ELLISLONDON, United Kingdom, Sep 10 – The police commander at the 1989 Hillsborough football stadium disaster pleaded not guilty on Monday on the first day of his manslaughter trial over the death of 95 Liverpool supporters.David Duckenfield, 74, was the match-day commander at the FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest at Sheffield Wednesday’s Hillsborough ground.last_img read more


Sunderland’s Steven Fletcher: Joey Barton convinced me to make Marseille loan move

Posted On Dec 30 2019 by

first_img1 Sunderland striker Steven Fletcher Steven Fletcher has revealed he confided in Joey Barton and Yann M’Vila before making his surprise switch from Sunderland to Marseille.The Scottish forward joined the French side on loan on deadline day and made his debut against Paris Saint-Germain at the weekend.Barton spent a year on loan at Marseille, while M’Vila has vast experience of playing in Ligue 1 and Fletcher says their advice helped him make up his mind to leave for France.“When I was contacted by Marseille, Yann M’Vila and another French colleague told me to certainly go, not to hesitate, to enjoy it,” said Fletcher.“They know the club well and have helped me in terms of integrating myself. I had the chance to receive a text from Joey Barton and he advised me to profit from all the minutes that I will get to play at Marseille.”last_img read more