Macandili replaces Lazaro in SEA Games lineup

first_imgDawn Macandili. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOKUALA LUMPUR — Dawn Macandili, the 19-year-old newly-acclaimed best libero of Asia, has replaced Denden Lazaro in the lineup for the Southeast Asian Games.With her no-nonsense defense, Macandili was plucked out of the reserve list to serve as the main foundation of defense of the Philippine women’s volleyball team.ADVERTISEMENT “Every game is important and we need all players to play their hearts out from start to finish,” added Vicente.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her Head coach Francis Vicente said they prioritised the health of Lazaro who was among the A-listers in the team brimming with highly popular players like Alyssa Valdez, Aby Marano, Jaja Santiago and team captain Mika Reyes.“We know how hard she worked and how eager she is in representing the country, but she will be a crucial part of the team in the next few years, we can’t risk it and aggravate her condition,” said Vicente.Macadili, however, is a wise choice as she just snagged the second best libero award during the Asian Championships where the Philippine ended 8th place out of 14 countries.Other members of the women’s team are Kim Fajardo, Gen Casugod, Maika Ortiz, Rhea Dimaculangan, Aiza Pontillas, Ces Molina, and Jovelyn Gonzaga.The Philippines will only have four games, two in the group stages, a game in the semis and a possible match in the finals.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ READ: Macandili not settling after winning AVC’s 2nd Best LiberoLazaro has been nursing a hamstring injury since after the team’s exhibition match prior to the Asian Championship in Binan, Laguna.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’With a huge following back home, the Philippine women’s volleyball team is counted upon to score as many victories as it can, battling Malaysia on Friday abd Vietnam on Saturday at MITEC Hall 1.Lazaro and another reserve Kim Dy are with the team which arrived Saturday afternoon here. Let the flames begin! Flying diver ignites SEA Games Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas Teen gunned down in Masbate Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano LATEST STORIES End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcanolast_img read more

Nimba Utd, BYC II Crowned Champions

first_imgNimba United was crowned “Football Champions” on Sunday when she defeated LISCR FC on penalties to win the 2014/2015 Championship after 120 minutes of action produced no goals.Nimba United, formerly Adorence FC – won the top league title for the first time in five years as they edged LISCR FC 3-2 on lottery shot following a goalless draw after extra time in the finals at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium in Monrovia.When the match tied 1-1, Nimba United’s goalkeeper Emmanuel Deanneh blocked a penalty attempt which psychologically scared LISCR players as they kicked two kicks away – causing their defeat.It took a total of nine kicks to settle the outcome on Sunday after Nimba United had missed their first two attempts.Victory for Nimba United also handed Coach Kollie Corvy, alias Coach Mission-the distinction of lifting his first championship title, unlike LISCR Coach Cooper Sarnor, who has never lifted the “Cup” at either at the County Meet or the national football league.LISCR played excellently but failed to display their winning tactics as Nimba United controlled most of the match. The Mountaineers’ skipper Titus Cooper was the star of the game, delivering a fine performance that had fans chanting his name throughout the 90 minutes.Referee Jerry Yekeh disallowed a goal from Nimba United in the 26th minute after claiming that striker Adetu fouled a LISCR defender before shooting the ball into the back of the net. The “Mountaineers” – as Nimba United is known – continued their dominance in the match. However, their lack of capitalization on goal chances saw them head into penalty kicks before becoming victorious.Nimba United’s triumph earned them the amount of L$1.2 million (US$13,636) as the cash price. They will represent Liberia in the 2016 Confederation of African Football Champions League.Fans of the un-favor champions described the “win” against LISCR FC as sweet victory, having struggled narrowly to top Group A with 19 points, putting Watanga FC behind with 18 points.Flattened LISCR FC was the favorite team; having topped Group B with 25 points.Sunday’s 4-3-3 plot was not only workable for Nimba United which caused the team satisfaction at the end of the encounter.Their scheme lineup included goalie Emmanuel Deanneh; defenders Edward Dean, Anthony Buogbor, Joseph Dennis and Kermue Kamara. Others were Wilton Ninneh, Sunnyboy Dolo and Barbue Kollie, Adetu Evanononye, Titus Cooper and Patrick Sengbeh.Earlier, in the first game, Mighty Dragons clinched the 2nd division champions on a 3-2 aggregate against ELWA United, in spite of their 2-1 defeat. In the first leg, Mighty Dragons whipped ELWA United 2-0.On Saturday, Barrolle escaped relegation with a 2-0 win over Joy Conquerors and BYC II was crowned champions of the Knockout (LFA Cup) after pinning Club Breweries, 2-1 in a lottery shot, after a goalless match.This is the second time for BYC II to win the knockout title. In the 2012/2013 league, the Blue Boys whipped Watanga FC 2-1 to clinch the title.In the 2013/2014 league season, BYC II grabbed the 2nd division championship.Already, Aries FC, Jubilee and Club Monrovia Breweries have been sent down (relegated) to the 2nd division; while Nimba FC, Sesay FC and Joy Conquerors have been sent back to the 3rd division.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

LSU’s Russell standing tall

first_img“I started playing football at the age of six,” Russell said. “I’ve been playing quarterback ever since. I was always bigger and taller than other kids. I was always able to throw it a pretty good length of the field.” As he talked, Russell inadvertently may have raised a flag to the Oakland Raiders, who have the No. 1 overall draft pick and are in need of a quarterback. Russell’s size enables him to shake off would-be sacks and finish off throws downfield. And when he throws, he can be Elway-like in both velocity and distance. When asked how far he can throw, Russell uncomfortably ducked his head and quietly said 83, 84 yards. In the days leading up to the combine, Russell became the consensus No. 1 pick while Brady Quinn’s projections slipped to the bottom half of the top 10. “It’s kind of hard for a guy to slip when we haven’t done anything,” Quinn said. “I didn’t play a game for the past couple months. It’s kind of funny to sit back and hear some of that and you’re thinking, `Man, did I not like lift today? Did somebody in the weight room see me miss a rep?’ I’m kind of confused.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Russell’s strong Sugar Bowl performance for Louisiana State propelled him from relative obscurity to leaving Notre Dame’s Brady Quinn in his wake on his way to the No. 1 pick on every expert’s NFL mock draft board. As he was getting ready to address the media last week at the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis, Russell jokingly was introduced as a defensive lineman by former Dallas Cowboys executive Gil Brandt. center_img DENVER – JaMarcus Russell, standing just a hair taller than 6-foot-5 and weighing 265 pounds, draws double takes from first-time football observers. This guy plays quarterback? last_img

Exclusive – Man United board have pulled off major coup by signing Falcao, claims Purslow

first_imgFormer Liverpool managing director Christian Purslow claims Manchester United’s swoop for Radamel Falcao is a superb deal.The Colombia striker has joined the Red Devils on a season-long loan deal, with a view to a permanent move.United are believed to have paid £6m up front for Falcao, with a further £43m required if the 28-year-old stays at Old Trafford next season.And Purslow believes the club have pulled off a major coup.“Edward Woodward and the Manchester United board have had quite a lot of criticism in this window, but they have pulled off quite a smart deal at every level,” he told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show.“They could have afforded to sign him outright this summer. The problem is that this player is coming off the back of a cruciate injury.“If Manchester United paid the asking price, which is €50-60m, and his knee is not quite right, then they are left with him for four years on a huge wage.“They have decided to give him a year’s salary, which they can comfortably do given all their commercial interests, and decide at the end of the season.“Maybe this time next year they’ll be back in the Champions League and will complete on the deal.“It’s an option, not a guaranteed purchase. So, if things don’t work out, he’ll be back at Monaco.”last_img read more


first_imgDublin player Diarmuid Connolly will be available for Sunday week’s All-Ireland SFC final against Kerry after having the red card he picked up against Donegal in the semi-final overturned following an appeal to the Central Hearings Committee.Connolly was shown a straight red card by referee Maurice Deegan after clashing with Donegal’s Marty Boyle in the second half of last month’s encounter at HQ.He was seen to strike Boyle in the face during the semi-final. But the St Vincent’s player produced what was called ‘new video evidence’ went in front of the CHC at Croke Park on Monday night.He was facing a four-week suspension which would have ruled him out of the clash with Kerry.Anyone up here surprised?BREAKING NEWS: CONNOLLY CLEARED OF DONEGAL RED CARD OFFENCE was last modified: September 5th, 2011 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)last_img read more


first_imgLas Vegas comes to Glenties tomorrow night (SAT) and it’s all for a good cause.Come along for night on the Vegas Strip but be careful you don’t lose your shirt or the rest!The cost of the night is just €20 which includes buffet, live music, champagne reception, disco and complimentary money for casino – which includes roulette, black jack, poker and rickety wheel. Professional dealers will be on hand to explain everything on the night; prizes for best dressed plus highest earners on the night.Prizes will include weekend breaks, vouchers and much more. The night will end with somebody earning the chance to win €1,000 so it promises to be a great night.For more info, check Naomh Conaill GAA facebook page or call 0861020471 or 0879329112LAS VEGAS COMES TO GLENTIES was last modified: February 15th, 2013 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:Las VegasNaomh Conailllast_img read more

Owenies Bar pool team lands a prestigious team title

first_imgOwenies Bar, Dungloe, won the country’s premier pub-team pool event in The Newbury Hotel, Mullingar, over the weekend.Runner-up in the event last year, the Dungloe team were pitted in a very tough round-robin group that included last year’s champions, Balreask from Meath. The lads struggled at times and just managed to scrape through in second place and qualify for the Sunday knockout stages.A comfortable 11-5 victory over The Fiddlers Bar, Athlone, got the confidence going and set up a massive match against Clarkes, Mullingar, winners of the inaugural event two years ago. Shaun Sharkey led his team in scintillating fashion, playing the sort of pool that demonstrates why he’s an International and the Donegal team emerged victorious from a high quality match.In the final they faced The Carnaross Inn from Kells, a team chock-a-block with international experience.The Owenies lads raced into a 8-2 lead with some great finishes from Liam Travers and Marty Boyle in particular.Their opponents slowly but surely closed the gap and were starting to look stronger when Shaun Sharkey took out another superb finish to steady the ship before Matthew Mahon potted an outrageous black to take the match on a 15-12 scoreline. The team would like to thank Finnian and Bridie Sharkey for all their support and C&C Windows and Doors for sponsoring tops. Also, great credit must go to the Westmeath Pool Association for running a great competition to a real professional standard. Owenies Bar pool team lands a prestigious team title was last modified: January 17th, 2017 by Chris McNultyShare 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

Tottenham and Man City ‘bid for French wonderkid’

first_imgTottenham and Manchester City both failed to sign Tanguy Ndombele over the summer despite submitting big-money bids for the Lyon aceNdombele, the midfielder, joined Lyon on a permanent basis earlier this year after spending the 2017/18 season on loan with the club from Amiens. Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Ndombele looks to have the potential to be one of the finest midfielders in the world game Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? targets RANKED Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Latest transfer news Ndombele caught the eye in Lyon’s shock defeat of Man City The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star three-way race Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Still only 21, Ndombele showcased his talents last term and earned admiring glances from all across Europe, but Lyon managed to hold onto one of their prize assets.He has stated this campaign as well as he ended the last, with his performance in Lyon’s Champions League defeat of Man City earning rave reviews, and it has now been revealed City actually tried to sign Ndombele over the summer. LATEST RMC has suggested that City offered £44.75m for the 21-year-old, while Spurs are also reported to have made a formal bid – though its value is not disclosed.With a range of excellent physical gifts, Ndombele has been typecast as nothing more than an athletic ball-winning midfielder, but his talents extend far beyond that limited skill set. moving on LIVING THE DREAM REVEALED TOP WORK targets 2 IN DEMAND He is brilliant at winning the ball from the opposition, but Ndombele truly excels in the transition phase. His ability to carry the ball forward after winning possession sets the youngster apart from numerous other midfielders his age, and in a few years Ndombele could be one of the most dynamic players in the world game. 2 Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer last_img read more


first_imgThe body of tragic Ballintra woman Elaine Morrow is expected to be brought back to Donegal this weekend by her family.Elaine, 23, died while on a diving trip in Australia on Monday week last, April 18th.She was scuba-diving with friends at Langford Island of the Whitsunday Islands when she failed to resurface with the rest of the team. Her body was found a short time later on the ocean floor but despite attempts to revive her, she was pronounced dead a short time later.The Queensland Coroner released Elaine’s body to her family on Wednesday last following a post-mortem.A spokesperson for the Queensland Coroner said an inquest in her death is yet to be made.Elaine’s tragic death led to a huge outpouring of grief in South West Donegal from where she had left in January to live in Australia. Local county councillor said the entire area was numb and still in disbelief at Elaine’s death.One of Elaine’s closest school-pals was international model Faye Dinsmore who said she was still finding it hard to accept the news that something so terrible had happened to someone she knew.EndsTRAGIC ELAINE BEING BROUGHT BACK TO DONEGAL AFTER DROWNING TRAGEDY was last modified: April 30th, 2011 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:diving tragedyElaine Morrowlast_img read more

South Africa ranks 31 out of 180 countries in the 2019 World Press Freedom Index

first_imgohannesburg, Thursday 20 June 2019 –  Brand South Africa welcomes South Africa’s performance in the 2019 World Press Freedom Index (WPFI). While the country’s ranking declines by three positions to 31/180 from 28/180 in 2018, South Africa remains in a strong position in terms of its global position in press freedom.Contextualising the decline, General Manager for Research at Brand South Africa, Dr Petrus de Kock notes that some threats were perceived to the freedom of action of journalists, which according to the survey includes cases where journalists were harassed or subjected to intimidation in cases of reporting on some sensitive issues including: government finances, redistribution of land, and corruption.Dr de Kock adds that “while these are some of the challenges raised by journalists through the WPFI survey, it is clear from the country’s performance in the index that South Africa maintains an extremely free press environment. South Africa’s improved ranking since 2013 illustrates a systemic strengthening of press freedom in a democratic society.”For a global point of reference, it is noteworthy that the 2019 WPFI reports that France and the United Kingdom rank just behind South Africa in terms of press freedom at 32/180, and 33/180 respectively. The United States of America ranks far below South Africa for press freedom, at 48/180. Two major African states Kenya and Nigeria rank 100/180 and 120/180 respectively.“This means that in both a global and African context, South Africa performs extremely well in terms of press freedom. The relevance of this index for South Africa, as a transparent Constitutional Democracy, is that the country has the duty to maintain press freedom, and to enhance the rights of citizens to not only access information, but also to be free to express opinions in public without any fear of retribution, or state sanction. In a global environment where journalists often have to do their work in the face of fear and threats to their lives, South Africa’s high ranking in the Press Freedom Index enhances the reputation of the Nation Brand,” said Dr de Kock.The WPFI ranks 180 countries for the level of freedom journalists have to perform their duties. It is based on an evaluation of pluralism, independence of the media, quality of legislative framework and safety of journalists in each country and region. Notes to the EditorAbout Brand South AfricaBrand South Africa is the official marketing agency of South Africa, with a mandate to build the country’s brand reputation, in order to improve its global competitiveness. Its aim is also to promote pride and patriotism among South Africans, to contribute to nation building and social cohesion.About Play Your PartPlay Your Part is a nationwide programme created to inspire, empower and celebrate active citizenship in South Africa.  It aims to lift the spirit of our nation by inspiring all South Africans to contribute to positive change, become involved and start doing. A nation of people who care deeply for one another and the environment in which they live is beneficial for everyone. Play Your Part is aimed at all South Africans – from corporates and individuals, NGOs and government, churches and schools, from the young to the not-so-young.  It aims to encourage South Africans to use some of their time, money, skills or goods to contribute to a better future for all.last_img read more