Iceland’s Gunnarsson says Ronaldo did not ask him who he was

first_img Upd. on 22/11/2016 at 03:06 CET 17/06/2016 Iceland defender Aaron Gunnarsson has denied Cristiano Ronaldo asked him who he was after the his country’s 1-1 draw against Portugal.  Sport EN However, speaking in a press conference on Friday, Gunnarsson has revealed that it is not true.  “He said ‘inside’ [the tunnel], there was no problem,” he said.  German newspaper Bild claimed the Cardiff player’s request to exchange shirts with the Real Madrid man was met with what can only be adjudged as an arrogant remark. “I asked him for his shirt and he said ‘inside’. The rumours are not true. “[Ronaldo] wasn’t asking who I was. He’s not like that as a person, even though I don’t know him.  “I am tired of this story now, I want to focus on the next game, it’s in the past and I’ve got nothing more to say.”last_img read more

Galway Handball Round Up

first_imgMulkerrinsBrothers Through to Al-Ireland Final The first game was a tight affair with the Galwaypairing going 8-5 ahead before the Cork men scored seven aces in a row to lead 12-8.The Mulkerrins’ called a timeout and this helped them regain the momentum asthey claimed six aces in a row to lead 14-12. Older brother Martin struck someexcellent shots in the back of the court to allow his brother Diarmuidopportunities at front wall kill shots, which he duly took. The Liscarroll club men refused to lie down andreclaimed a 19-16 lead. The Galway pairing won the next three points to levelthe game for the seventh time at 19 points apiece. A Diarmuid Mulkerrins killshot off an excellent serve pushed the Galway pair 20-19 ahead and one pointaway from the opening game. Martin Mulkerrins struck an unreturned serve togive the Moycullen man the advantage.The underdogs responded to losing the opening gameby establishing a commanding 10-0 lead. The Cork men managed to pin theiropponents back in the court with some excellent serving and roof shots. TheMulkerrins brothers reduced the deficit to 15-8 but it was as close as they gotas their opponents closed out the second game to force a tiebreaker.Relihan and Hedigan went 3-0 ahead before the Galwaypairing struck eleven unanswered points to take a three-point lead. Martin wasable to dictate the play from the back of the court as he frequently pinnedHedigan back in the court and forced errors from the Cork man. The Mulkerrinsbrothers went 16-6 ahead as they began to read their opponents serves and forcethem back in the court. They won four of the next six aces to lead 20-8. Theyserved it out at the second time of asking to win on a final score line of 21-198-21 21-8.The Moycullen men now face the reigning championsDiarmuid Nash and Colin Crehan in the final in two weeks time. All-Ireland Doubles Semi FinalsEmeraldMasters B DoublesPierce Lalor/Brendan McNeela (Galway) beat TonyCurrie/Philip O’Neill (Antrim) 14-21 21-18 21-20Over70 DoublesMorgan Darcy/John Kelehan (Galway) beat RichardMurphy/Seamus Graham (Antrim) 21-5 21-6SilverMasters B DoublesGraham Casburn/Morgan Duggan (Galway) beat SeamusMcCrory/Rory Grugan (Tyrone) 21-15 17-21 21-7Over35 B DoublesKevin Gamble/Fiontán Gamble (Antrim) beat KieranHanley/Patrick Ward (Galway) 21-6 21-12JuniorDoublesSeamus Conneely/Conor Noone (Galway) lost to JordanO’Neill/Mark Rainey (Antrim) 4-21 15-21Under21 DoublesDiarmuid Mulkerrins/Cian Ó Chonghaile (Galway) beatMatthew Sweeney/Dermot Boyle (Monaghan) 21-1 21-0LadiesJunior Doubles: Aisling Ní Mhaoileáin/Eimear Ní Bhiadha (Galway)walkover against Caitlin Conway/Elizabeth McGarvey (Tyrone)print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Martin and Diarmuid Mulkerrins progressed to theAll-Ireland 4-Wall doubles final after a tiebreak victory in their All-Irelandsemi final against Daniel Relihan and Michael Hedigan. The Moycullen pairingare in their first doubles final together after a tight battle against theirCork opponents.last_img read more

Stephen F. Austin Comes up Short

first_imgOn a chilly night at Jaycees Field, in which the first pitch temperature was just 34 degrees, Washington State struck first, using a pair of walks and an SFA error to take a 1-0 lead after the top of the first. The Cougars extended that advantage to 2-0 in the third off an RBI single to left – the first of WSU’s two hits.SFA rallied with a run in the bottom half of the third as Dan O’Neill reached on a throwing error by the Cougar third baseman, allowing Matthew Dickey to score from third. That advantage stood until the sixth when Washington State used a two-RBI double to right to push across the tying and winning runs. The Lumberjacks mounted one last rally in the eighth, loading the bases off a single from Tyler Boxwell, a double from Eric DeJesus and a Dickey walk. But Conner Fikes lined out on a hard hit ball to center, ending the SFA threat. Washington State 4, Stephen F. Austin 3 The game capped the 2015 SFA Tipton Ford Baseball Classic at Jaycees Field and the Lumberjacks’ four-game season-opening homestand. The ‘Jacks now head on the road for the next four, beginning Tuesday evening when SFA heads to College Station to battle 22nd-ranked Texas A&M at Olsen Field. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. The Lumberjacks then took the lead in the bottom of the fourth off a pair of runs, the first of which came on an RBI blooper to right from Will Vest. With runners at the corners, SFA then successfully pulled off the double steal as Vest distracted the Cougar pitcher long enough for Anthony Soriano to slide home, giving the ‘Jacks the 3-2 lead. NACOGDOCHES, Texas – A late inning rally once again came up just short as Stephen F. Austin closed out the 2015 Tipton Ford Classic with a 4-3 loss to Washington State at Jaycees Field. The loss drops SFA to 1-3 on the year while the Cougars improved to 2-2. Starter Patrick Day went 3.0 innings in his collegiate debut, allowing two runs (one earned) with one hit and five strikeouts. Chris Hassold (0-1) was tagged with the loss after going 2.1 innings and allowing two earned runs on one hit and four strikeouts. Once again, the SFA bullpen was solid, allowing no Cougar hits over the final 3.1 innings with six strikeouts. The loss came despite the fact the Lumberjacks allowed just two Washington State hits all night, but both hits accounted for Cougar runs. The ‘Jack pitching staff gave up 11 walks on the night as well, helping the Cougars push across enough runs to get the victory. Nick Ramos led the way offensively for SFA, going 3-for-4 on the night. Four other Lumberjacks recorded hits with Vest notching the lone RBI on the night for the ‘Jacks.last_img read more

Record purses, new turf highlight Monmouth meet

first_imgMeet ends with declines in handle, attendance OCEANPORT – Monmouth Park closed out its 2006 racing season Sunday with declines in handle and attendance, offset by bright spots such as the highest purses in track history, an increase of more than $1 million in total betting on New Jersey Thoroughbred Festival Day, the opening of a new turf course, and the seventh consecutive year with attendance of more than 40,000 on Haskell Invitational Day. Monmouth lost the most number of racing days ever, with the scheduled 91-day meet whittled down to 87 programs (even with make-up dates). A total of five programs were canceled – one due to extreme heat, one to rain for the June 12 turf program at the Meadowlands, one to rain and wind, and two to the unprecedented state government budget shutdown. Total daily handle declined 1.6 percent with a daily average of $2,354,237. On-track daily handle on Monmouth races was down 10 percent, a daily average of $580,824. Wagering in the building on both live and simulcast racing declined 6.5 percent to a daily average of $1,205,411. Average daily attendance slipped 7.5 percent from 2005, averaging 8,400 per day. The on-track declines were due in great part to the expansion of telephone and account wagering in the state. Handle figures that were once incorporated into Monmouth totals are now considered transmission wagering. Total wagering from all sources averaged $3,549,451, a decline of 2.5 percent from last year. Turf racing, always an important factor in total handle, was not conducted for the first six weeks of the 2006 meeting. The new turf course did not open until June 18. During the meeting, Monmouth offered its highest purse structure in history. Overnight purses averaged $325,053 per day (an increase of 5.6 percent over the 2005 figure), and total purses – including stakes races – of $364,678 a day, a gain of 2.5 percent over last year. “With online and account wagering moving out of its infancy, a decrease in on-track handle was anticipated and expected,” said Dennis Dowd, senior vice president of racing for the New Jersey Sports & Exposition Authority. “We were pleased to see our total handle off a very slight number as wagering in New Jersey transforms and will continue to transform with the advent of OTBs next year. “We believe that in the long run, the combination of online and account wagering coupled with OTBs and on-track handle will lead to overall increases in total handle that will provide benefits across the board to everyone involved,” he said. Dowd cited the new grass course – the venue for one of the strongest runnings ever of the United Nations Stakes (G1) at Monmouth soon after it opened in late June – as a major positive of the year. “We couldn’t be more pleased with the new turf course,” he said. “All those involved in bringing it to fruition deserve a lot of credit, and their hard work will continue to pay dividends to the Sports Authority for years to come. Not only was it a great success, but its safety (and the safety of the main track) is something that management and horsemen can be very proud of.” Dowd said that despite the shortfall in numbers, several aspects of the meeting have created a positive outlook for next year – Monmouth’s Breeders’ Cup season – and beyond. “While the numbers may not reflect an air of optimism,” he said, “it certainly exists at Monmouth Park. Record purses are always something to smile about, and it continues a five-year trend of offering increased purses annually. “The Breeders’ Cup and its impact are already being felt and as we close this year’s season and look forward to 2007, Breeders’ Cup Day and beyond, there is a bright future for racing at Monmouth.” Once again, Haskell Day on Aug. 6 was the highlight of the season at Monmouth. The day’s crowd of 42,318 was the fifth largest in track history, and the seventh straight year the event has attracted more than 40,000 fans. Bluegrass Cat won the $1 million Haskell, giving trainer Todd Pletcher his first victory in the race. The fourth annual New Jersey Thoroughbred Festival Day was the most successful ever, with a total of $3,971,782 wagered on the day. That was an increase of more than $1 million over the 2005 total of $2,961,900. Killer B’s – Broome, Breen, Bravo – win titles again For owner Ed Broome, trainer Kelly Breen and jockey Joe Bravo, the 2006 Monmouth Park season was a repeat of 2005. All three repeated as the leaders, with Bravo taking his record 12th riding title, Broome his third owner title and Breen his second training crown. Four horses tied with four wins for leading runner at the meet. Through Friday’s racing, Broome had 17 winners to lead all the owners, with Patricia Generazio second with 14 and Stronach Stables third with 13. Richard Malouf, whose horses are trained by Broome, had the highest winning percentage of any owner, with 10 wins, five seconds and five thirds from 25 starters, a winning percentage of 40 percent, and an in-the-money record of 80 percent. Broome shared last year’s title with 13 wins, tied with Peter Kazamias and Michael Gill. Breen, who won his first training title last year when he saddled 38 winners, had already topped that mark through Friday, with 40 winners from 160 starters, a 25 percent win average. The New Jersey native (born in Perth Amboy) went out on his own in 2000 after working as an assistant to Ben Perkins Sr. Bruce Levine, who was second last year with 26 wins, had 30 to be runner-up again. Eddie Broome was third with 28. Bravo has had a lock on Monmouth’s riding title for most of two decades and was the runaway leader through Friday with 124 wins. Jose Lezcano was second with 95, and Chuck Lopez third with 85. Bravo, a native of Long Branch, has now won four straight riding crowns. Injuries in 2001 and 2002 kept him on the ground, but he had taken the titles in 1999 and 2000. Bravo won six straight riding titles from 1991 through 1996.last_img read more

Political Belly-wuk

first_imgSatiricus was happy he’d made the break with the KFC. As he sauntered towards the Back Street Bar, he was pleased he didn’t have to put up with all the nonsense Nagga Man and Rum Jhaat were going on with much longer. There were no principles, he mused, just naked self-interest guiding them nowadays.”“Like yuh leadah dem ah get belly-wuk!” gloated Bungi as Satiricus sidled into his seat at the Back Street Bar.“Like you forgot I chucked in my membership with the KFC?” smiled Satiricus, as he reached for his beer.“Well, it’s a good thing you did,” said Hari. “Nagga Man and Rum Jhaat seems to’ve gotten bassidee since that beating they got at the LGE!”“And right afta, Jagdesh put dat no-canfidence lash pan dem!” smiled Cappo in delight. “W’en cow deh a pas-cha he nah remember dog and butcher deh till ‘e see am.”“When I resigned, I told them I was only the tip of a very large iceberg!” said Satiricus. “But Nagga and Rum Jhaat weren’t too fazed.”“Rail-ly?” asked Bungi. “Suh wha dem t’ink guh happin?”“Yuh na hear wha’ Green-Hedge seh?” asked Cappo. “Pee-‘n-See guh write wan new ‘greement wid dem?”“What he means,” said Satiricus cynically. “Is Nagga man and Rum Jhaat will get some bigger Larwah!”“Big tree fall down, goat bite he leaf!” laughed Bungi. “An’ ‘e cyaan grow back!”“Well, Sato!” said Hari. “Don’t get too bitter. They’ll soon be kicked out with new elections after the no-confidence vote!”“But how de PPCEE guh win w’en de guvment gat waan mo’ seat dan dem?” asked Bungi with a worried frown.“Like you fellas forget it’s not only me who’s fed up,” said Satiricus. “Lots of the MP’s are also sick and tired of Nagga Man and Rum Jhaat accepting doormat treatment from the Pee-‘n-See!”“But dem nah uh know who na guh vote fuh dem?” asked Cappo.“They’ll never guess!” said Satiricus with relish. “They don’t realise “nah because dog ah play with yuh he nah guh bite yuh!”last_img read more

Tiger frustrated after more Masters struggles

first_img0Shares0000Tiger Woods of the United States waits on the first fairway during the third round of the 2018 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 7, 2018 in Augusta, Georgia © Getty/AFP/File / Andrew RedingtonAUGUSTA, United States, Apr 7 – Tiger Woods admitted frustration and disappointment with slow progress in his comeback from back surgery after struggling off the tee again in Saturday’s third round of the Masters.The 14-time major winner, who had not competed at Augusta National since 2015 because of nagging back issues, fired a level-par 72 to stand on 4-over 220 after 54 holes in his first major since 2015. The 42-year-old American, who underwent spinal fusion surgery last year, had notched two top-5 finishes in tuneups last month to spark “Tigermania” excitement that he was ready to again contend in majors.But he hit only 4-of-14 fairways and again struggled with iron shots on a course where he won four green jackets after having no such issues coming into the week.“That’s why it’s disappointing and a little bit frustrating,” Woods said. “But I haven’t been sharp with them. Given the fact that I was playing well coming in, my practice sessions have been good, I just have not executed the way that I have been.”It’s not like Woods isn’t trying to solve his iron deficiencies.“I know what the problem is,” he said. “I’m struggling trying to fix it on the fly and trusting it.”Where Woods and his fans had dreamed of seeing him on Sunday chase a 15th major title, and first since the 2008 US Open, they will settle for him trying to shoot 67 or 68 and finish at par or better for the week.“I wish this week would have been a little bit better,” Woods said. “Hopefully tomorrow I can shoot something, get me to even par or even in the red. That will be a good goal tomorrow and hopefully I can get it done.”Once a maestro over Augusta National’s four par-5 holes, Woods is simply a mess now, 1-under on them for the week with two bogeys and a birdie Saturday.“Played the par-5s awful,” Woods said. “I’m hitting so many good putts. They’re just not going in. But I’m not hitting it close enough. I’m not getting up there and not taking advantage of the par-5s and consequently a good round is even par.”What he wants to see is improvement in his short game as a sign of progress to the long-term goal of competing in majors once again, his next chance coming in June’s US Open at Shinnecock.“Hopefully I can hit my irons better. It has been scratchy this week. I just haven’t gotten it done,” Woods said. “And when I did miss I missed in the wrong spots. My swing’s just off with my irons just at the wrong time.”Woods opened with back-to-back bogeys, his worst start of the week after finding bunkers at the first green and second fairway. He answered with 7-foot birdie putts at the par-3 sixth and par-5 eighth sandwiched around an 8-foot par-save putt at seven.– Staying dry –Woods avoided Rae’s Creek at the par-3 12th for the first time to make par.“I just couldn’t do it three days in a row,” said Woods who raised his arms in celebration when his ball cleared the creek. “I gave it a little bit more gas and made sure that I was long if I did miss.“I hit a good one in there. And missed the putt, but, hey, it’s a lot easier to play the hole from the green than it is dropping.”His third shot at the par-5 15th went 60 feet over the green and he needed three more to make bogey, but answered with a 5-foot birdie putt at the par-3 16th.Former world number one Woods, his blue shirt a reflection of his mood, will move from 103rd into the top 100 after starting his comeback outside the top 1,000 in the world rankings.“I was pretty far out there, I’m going to guess like over 1,400 or something,” Woods said. “But to gradually kind of build my way back into it, I’ve had some success in this comeback and I’m getting there.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

DEAL CLOSE! Aston Villa set to wrap up £10m deal for French midfielder

first_img1 Aston Villa are on the verge of signing Nantes midfielder Jordan Veretout.Liverpool and Tottenham were also tracking the 22-year-old, who has represented France at every youth level.However, according to L’Equipe, Tim Sherwood’s men are closing in on a £10m swoop for the Frenchman.Nantes president Waldemar Kita revealed on Monday that a deal was close and he was powerless to stop Veretout moving.“We are basically agreed on everything,” Kita told L’Equipe.“I am obliged to give in, he is 22, he has a big future and he will play for a great English club.”As well as the deal for Veretout, the Midlands club are also close to securing the signature of Jose Angel Crespo from Cordoba.Should they the duo complete their moves, that would take the number of summer signings made by Sherwood to EIGHT.Jordan Ayew, Jordan Amavi, Idrissa Gueye, Scott Sinclair, Micah Richards and Mark Bunn have all joined in recent weeks. Jordan Veretout last_img read more

Firm plans recovery center

first_imgNewhall Memorial’s transitional-care unit provides skilled nursing care, often to elderly patients who no longer need acute care but are not ready to return home. Two years ago, Newhall Memorial converted 29 of the unit’s 56 beds to acute care, and in April, hospital officials said converting the remaining beds might better serve the community’s acute-care needs. Acute care includes inpatient surgery, observation and intensive care. Dr. Gene Dorio, an outspoken advocate for the transitional-care unit who often makes house calls for his many elderly patients, said the proposed site is ideally located between Canyon Country and the west side of town. “It’s perfect for physicians and patients to be in without having to leave the valley,” Dorio said. “I hope they wouldn’t intend on closing our transitional care unit at (Newhall Memorial) until this one is open.” Task force members include Santa Clarita Councilwoman Laurene Weste; Councilman Bob Kellar; Pulskamp; Berens; Seaver; Robin Clough, director of recreation and volunteers at the Senior Center; Dr. Gene Dorio; businessman Duane Harte; car dealership owners and philanthropists Don and Cheri Fleming; and publisher Richard Budman. (661) 257-5255160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA CLARITA – A Sylmar-based assisted-living company is bidding on a long-empty medical building in Saugus to open a transitional care unit for recovering patients, a move prompted by Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital’s plan to close its in-house unit. Community members have been battling the planned closure, saying elderly and infirm patients need interim care after hospitalization, but the hospital says it needs the beds for acute care. “If our initial efforts are successful, we have the best of both worlds, more acute-care beds and a facility to take care of our elders now and in the future,” said Brad Berens, executive director of the Santa Clarita Valley Committee on Aging. Berens serves on the ad hoc task force formed in August by the city of Santa Clarita to find alternatives should Newhall Memorial close its recovery unit. In September, Roger Seaver, Newhall Memorial’s president, recommended converting the hospital’s 27 transitional-care beds to acute-care beds. Board members have not yet made a decision. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: John Jackson greets a Christmas that he wasn’t sure he’d seeIn the meantime, Golden State Manor Assisted Living, which operates a retirement assisted-living facility in Sylmar, is trying to buy the old Hillside Community Hospital on Golden Triangle Road in the heart of town. Now a commercial building, the former hospital closed more than 25 years ago. If the company succeeds, the city would fast-track its permits. “It’s clear from our perspective it’s in the community’s best interest to have a functioning and profitable transitional-care unit,” said City Manager Ken Pulskamp. “If we can facilitate that by expediting the permits, we’d be eager to do so.” Golden State, a for-profit entity, was formerly known as Astoria Terrace Retirement Residence. Company officials could not be reached Tuesday for comment. Seaver, who also could not be reached Tuesday, has said the soonest hospital beds could be converted is late 2007. However, if the demand for acute-care beds rises faster than predicted, it could hasten the move, the hospital has said. last_img read more