Photo: Getty Images (Seta Tamanivalu bursts through the tackle of Lima Sopoaga to score a late try against the Highlanders in Dunedin on March 4, giving the Crusaders a 30-27 victory. With 33 minutes remaining the Crusaders had trailed by 21 points). Official records note the Crusaders beat the Brumbies in the competition’s opening weekend, but the reality is the magnificent charge that has led to them equalling the 2002 champion side’s effort of 13 straight victories began in that second round fixture in Dunedin on March 4.Time might heal some wounds but for those south of the Waitaki River, the memory of the Crusaders screaming back from a 21-point deficit to stun the Highlanders 30-27 at Forsyth Barr Stadium must sting.Now for the re-match, and potential backlash, when the Crusaders host the Highlanders in Christchurch next Saturday afternoon.”To be back home at AMI Stadium, in front of what looks like it could be a sell-out crowd, it couldn’t be better really,” Crusaders assistant coach Brad Mooar said. “We can’t wait to get into our week to prepare.”That’s not a great surprise. Because the Crusaders, having eased past the Rebels 41-19 in Melbourne last Saturday night, are getting ready to lift the dust covers off the heavy artillery for the Highlanders fixture.All Blacks Owen Franks, Joe Moody, Codie Taylor, and possibly Scott Barrett if he has recovered from knee and ankle wounds, can add their might to the tight five.It is also hoped Matt Todd will have recovered from concussion to play at openside flanker in place of Pete Samu, who injured his ankle against the Rebels.All Black Ryan Crotty, if he has overcome concussion issues, should pair-up with Jack Goodhue in the midfield.Which then leaves the question of what to do with Israel Dagg, who, in his first game back from knee surgery, had a quiet outing at AAMI Stadium.All Black Dagg, who started on the right wing against the Rebels, was unable to contribute to the razzle-dazzle provided by some of his team-mates, and it now remains to be seen whether he starts against the Highlanders.Yet Mooar said the Crusaders coaching staff were satisfied with what Dagg provided.”It went absolutely to plan,” Mooar said. “He was going to get no more than 60 minutes, so he got through that. Like a horse getting back to group one racing, it will certainly help top him off. Mentally and physically he will be a lot better for it next time.”It seems unlikely 61-test veteran Dagg, who is hoping to qualify for the 33-strong All Blacks squad to play the British and Irish Lions, will start at fullback against the Highlanders because given David Havili’s form, it wouldn’t make sense to drop a player in such terrific touch.Highlanders coach Tony Brown, who may call in All Black Lima Sopoaga to start at No 10, is unlikely to have to remind his men of the earlier loss to the Crusaders, which was shrouded in controversy.Tamanivalu scored with three minutes left as the Highlanders, reduced to 14 men because Malakai Fekitoa had been harshly yellow carded, were exposed in defence.Following that win the Crusaders unearthed their self-belief, and they are now on the cusp of winning the New Zealand conference.As the season has progressed the Crusaders have varied their attack, and the tactic of using lock and captain Sam Whitelock down the right-hand edge against the Rebels, he was especially prominent in the first half, was of immense value.”He looked great out there, like a three-quarter,” Mooar confirmed. “He is enjoying getting the legs rolling, and getting into some space.”
Chinese Amb. Zhang YueAthletes of the Liberia National Wushu Association (LNWA) are expected for the first time to demonstrate their skills at the Chinese Embassy, located at Oldest Congo Town, outside Monrovia.Chinese Ambassador Zhang Yue and staff, senior officers of the Chinese peacekeeping police – UNMIL, Youth and Sports Minister Lenn Eugene Nagbe are amongst those who are expected to grace the “skill show.”The demonstration program is scheduled on Friday, August 28, at 6:00pm.The President of the LNWA, Fred Pratt, made the disclosure to the Daily Observer yesterday in an exclusive interview in Monrovia.Mr. Pratt said the delay of the “skill show” was owing to the outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).He indicated that Wushu performance is intended to formally create awareness of the new Chinese martial art in the country as well as seek moral, technical and financial support from the Chinese Embassy.The Wushu boss said 20 athletes are expected to perform Wushu, and the program would last for two hoursLiberia Wushu was founded on February 11, 2011 and was accredited by the International Wushu Federation (IWF) on November 15, 2011 at its 11th Congress on October 9, 2011.Liberia’s former Taekwondo heavy fighter and champion, Master Russian Junior Pewee, is the vice president for training and chief master/chief trainer.Master Russian and Jumeil Smith underwent a 6-month training in Chinese Shaolin Martial Arts (Wushu) in Zhengzhou, Henan, China from June 13 to December 13, 2012.In 2013, Master Russian recruited over 70 students to practice the art and presently, according to reports, about 35 students have acquired black belt in Wushu.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The Baksh family of La Grange on the West Bank of the Demerara (WBD) was plunged into a state of mourning at the dawn of January 1, 2018, when their only son died following an accident a few metres away from their home.Dead is 24-year-old Aslam Baksh of Lot 65 La Grange Old Road, West Bank Demerara.Dead: Aslam BakshAccording to the Guyana Police Force, the young wash bay attendant died following a two car smash-up at Meer-Zorgen, at around 02:15h on New Year’s Day.Investigations revealed that the dead man was a passenger of motorcar HC 7477 driven by 42-year-old Vijay Bidoor of Goed Fortuin, WBD. Amanda Rickyram, 28, of Unity Street, La Grange, WBD; Gobin Dannyram, 29, of 225 Goed Fortuin; and Diana Chand, 19, of Cemetery Road, Georgetown were all passengers of the same car proceeding South along the Meer-Zorgen Public Road when HB 4105, proceeding in the opposite direction, drove into their path and collided with them.They all sustained serious injuries and were rushed to the West Demerara Regional Hospital and later transferred to the Georgetown Public Hospital where Baksh died while receiving medical attention.The dead man’s father, Karim Baksh told Guyana Times that the family received a call about the accident at around 05:00h and immediately rushed to the hospital.“My son was working at a wash bay and he and the boss man and two other friends was coming home when the accident happen. I was made to understand that while they was coming home, a car was coming from the next side towards the (Demerara Harbour) bridge and like the man was drunk or something and then he think he turn to go on the bridge, he turn on their car,” the man related.The elder Baksh further stated that his son died at about 09:00h on January 1. He noted that Aslam sustained severe head injuries along with a broken nose, jaw and half of his tongue was severed.“He got head injuries, he broke his nose, jaw, tongue cut out, lost all his teeth and his brain damaged, he was semi-conscious when we see he and lil bit after we see he, them tell we that he dead,” the elderly man stated.When this publication visited the accident scene, several shattered pieces of glass and other car parts lined the side of the road along with bloodstains and motor oil.Police have Bidoor in custody assisting with investigations while the other driver remains hospitalised. Investigations are ongoing, and a post-mortem examination is expected to be conducted today.
1 Manchester United’s excellent pre-season run under new manager Louis van Gaal continued with a 3-1 victory over Premier League rivals Liverpool in Miami.Steven Gerrard’s penalty had given Liverpool the lead at the Sun Life Stadium, but Wayne Rooney, Juan Mata and Jesse Lingard scored to ensure United ended their US tour unbeaten.The win over Brendan Rodgers’ side meant United lifted the International Champions Cup – the pre-season tournament that contained eight of Europe’s best teams.It has been a perfect start to Van Gaal’s reign, with the Dutchman having guided his new side to wins over LA Galaxy, Roma, Inter Milan, Real Madrid and now Liverpool.The International Champions Cup, and the Chevrolet Cup, which Van Gaal won after United beat the Galaxy a fortnight ago, will not take pride of place in his packed cabinet.But the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager will at least be happy to go back to Manchester with five wins under his belt and an enhanced knowledge of his squad.United rode their luck at times in Miami – they could not handle Raheem Sterling for most of the night – but overall on this tour, Van Gaal’s men have performed very well.Rooney, who bagged four goals in the US, and Mata have been two of the best performers, along with Ander Herrera, Jonny Evans and Darren Fletcher.The players have reacted well to Van Gaal’s training techniques and the 3-4-1-2 system he has used successfully against the Galaxy, Roma, Inter Milan, Real Madrid and now Liverpool.More importantly, the atmosphere around the camp is in complete contrast to the edgy feeling that lingered around the team under David Moyes.Despite 24 hours of torrential rain in Florida, organisers attempted to raise the spirits of the fans with a flurry of pre-match fireworks.Once the smoke had faded the match began, and United were on top early on.They should have gone ahead when Ashley Young cut in from the left and found Javier Hernandez at the back post but the unmarked Mexican fluffed his shot.Van Gaal had to change his plans in the eighth minute when Antonio Valencia suffered an injury and was replaced by Luke Shaw.Liverpool then started to come into the game.Hernandez flicked Gerrard’s chip to Jordan Henderson but he could only head over.Liverpool’s biggest threat came from Sterling, who managed to find a pocket of space between Young, who had switched to the right-sided wing-back, and Phil Jones.Sterling drew a clumsy challenge from Jones in the 14th minute and the referee pointed to the spot.Gerrard converted to David De Gea’s right and Liverpool had the lead.The United stopper then had to stretch to deny Philippe Coutinho at his near post.United’s defence, which had looked solid all tour, appeared vulnerable to Liverpool’s pace.Sterling again broke through and was pulled down by Herrera but this time referee Mark Geiger told the winger to get to his feet.It was much the same story after the restart. Gerrard intercepted a bad pass from Herrera and found Rickie Lambert but his shot was weak.Sterling found the gap between Jones and Young again thanks to a cutting ball from Coutinho but Chris Smalling diverted the England international’s shot wide.Then, out of nowhere, the match swung in United’s favour.Hernandez sped down the right and cut out three defenders with a deep cross to Rooney who volleyed past Simon Mignolet.Two minutes later, Shaw slipped a cleverly disguised pass into Mata and he beat Mignolet with a low shot which flew in off Mamadou Sakho.Bizarre scenes followed in the 65th minute. Young’s looping shot beat Mignolet but bounced back into play off the goal frame and Rooney converted while the Belgian was leant on the inside netting.After viewing a replay, the referee chalked the goal off after it became clear the ball had bounced back into play off the stanchion, not the bar.Liverpool made a host of substitutions but they could not alter the course of the match. United were in control now and they rounded off the win when Lingard drilled Young’s pass past Mignolet with three minutes left. Manchester United celebrate winning the International Champions Cup
A drunk driver ploughed into a crowd of people and injured a man who was taking part in the Darkness Into Light charity walk, a court has heard. The man drove at speed through a crowd of 1,800 people and could have caused multiple fatalities. Gerry Hughes (25) of Clar Road, Donegal town, was four times over the drink driving limit when he drove through the route of the Darkness Into Light charity walk in Donegal town in the early hours of May 7th last.Donegal District Court heard that Hughes could have injured his own parents, who were also taking part in the charity event.Around 1,800 people were taking part in the charity event for Pieta house, a charity that aims to prevent suicide and self harm. The walk had started at 4.15 am and was making its way up main street in Donegal when Hughes drove through the crowd of walkers at 4.30am.Hughes, a lorry driver, admitted drink driving at Drimnaherk East, Donegal town and two counts of dangerous driving at Main Street car park, Donegal town, and at Ballydevitt, Donegal town.The court heard that Hughes had drunk between eight and ten vodka and Redbull drinks in a local bar that evening. He then drove his girlfriend’s black Mini Cooper at speed through the crowd of people. Participants were forced to jump out of the way as stewards and gardaí attempted to stop the car.Inspector Denis Joyce said one garda had to move out of the way of the car after trying to stop it.The car then struck a participant in the walk who was with his wife and his eight-year-old son.The man suffered soft-tissue injuries to his right hip and back.Hughes then crashed the vehicle, and a blood test showed he had a drink driving limit of 208 milligrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood.The court heard that Hughes had no previous convictions but had received cautions for a minor road traffic offence and a public order offence.Hughes made a full statement to gardaí and said he had no memory of the incident, and could not remember driving through the crowd or striking the pedestrian.He remembered drinking in a local bar with friends and the next memory he had was being arrested.He said he had been drinking all night, and had no memory of seeing the people taking part in the walk, although he accepted he drove through the crowd at speed.Hughes told gardaí he was extremely sorry. “I apologise to all the people and families,” he said. “I am extremely embarrassed about the whole thing. It is eating me up inside.”Hughes’s mother told the court that she had been doing the walk with her husband and her sister. When it was put to her by Mr Crawford that the car could have struck her, she replied: “Yes. He was very apologetic. I was horrified and very angry.”Mrs Hughes outlined to the court that her son had suffered from depression which had kept him at home for 18 months.She said her son was very apologetic. “He has told me he is carrying an awful lot in his chest.”Defence counsel Damien Crawford said that Hughes had been very busy at work in the days before the incident and he had drunk an unusual combination of drinks on the evening that he had not drunk for some time.Mr Crawford said Hughes had had a difficulty with depression, adding that he had a clean driving record. He said he remembered nothing about the incident other than there being a traffic restriction in place in the area and that he had become disoriented.He said the incident was completely out of character and it was due to a bout of drinking that did not agree with him.Judge Kevin Kilrane said Hughes had drunk so much on the night that it had obliterated his mind completely.“He was absolutely out of his mind and he can’t remember a thing. He can’t remember people scurrying out of his way as he drove through the crowd,” he said. “What happened here was absolutely shocking – driving at speed through a crowd of people who were lucky they were able to scurry and jump out of his way. It was a situation of absolute panic.“It is lucky that we are not dealing with multiple fatalities today. This is a shocking tale of woe from end to end, all caused by the consumption of alcohol.”Judge Kilrane said that Hughes came across as a decent, hardworking young man.Addressing Hughes, the judge said: “This is a shocking mistake you have made, but there is life after this mistake. I don’t want to think you will go into another episode of depression.”The judge said he would deal with the case as leniently as possible and disqualified Hughes for three and a half years for drink driving and fined him €200. He also fined him €400 for two dangerous driving charges and €200 for failing to stop for a garda.Charges of failing to remain at the scene were struck out.The disqualification was suspended until January 1st and Hughes made an undertaking not to drink and drive.Drunk driver ploughed into walkers completing ‘Darkness Into Light’ event was last modified: October 6th, 2016 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:Darkness into Lightdonegaldrink driver
Karen GuthrieDONEGAL Senior Ladies had a good win in their Lidl Division 2 clash with Meath in Trim today.Donegal dominated the first half hitting 13 scores – but Meath gave the home side some hope with goals from Kate Byrne, Ailbhe McHugh and Vikki Wall.The half-time score of Meath 3-03, Donegal 1-12 – a three point margin – wasn’t a fair reflection of events. But Donegal were able to find the back of net in the second half through Roisin Friel and Eilish Ward.Despite seeing Karen Guthrie sin-binned they were able to run out easy winners in the end on a scoreline of 3-17 to 3-08. DONEGAL LADIES IN IMPRESSIVE WIN OVER MEATH was last modified: February 28th, 2016 by John2Share 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:donegal ladiesLidl Division 2Meath Ladies
Latest Arsenal News silverware Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Unai Emery’s men scored in each half, with Nelson netting a rebound after just 18 minutes.The youngster followed in after Alex Iwobi’s effort hit the post and placed the ball home when it bounced back to him.Aubameyang doubled his side’s lead in the 64th minute with his strike landing in the bottom corner of the Lazio net.The English side then saw out the win as summer signings Lucas Torreira and Stephan Lichtsteiner made their debuts. Aubameyang found the net at the Friends Arena Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January LATEST smart causal REVEALED possible standings Arsenal have no time for another pre-season game and are set to kick off their Premier League season next Sunday.The Gunners face a tough task against defending champions Manchester City, who themselves are in Community Shield action tomorrow. 1 BIG PRESENTS UP TOP Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won REVEALED Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? gameday cracker NEW ERA Arsenal ran out 2-0 winners in their final pre-season friendly against Lazio on Saturday.Reiss Nelson and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang got the goals as the Gunners emerged victorious in Sweden. Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won targets How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures
The EFL are seeking urgent talks with Charlton owner Roland Duchatelet as the crisis-club hit a new low this week.Once regarded as a model Premier League outfit, the Addicks have endured nothing but misery since Duchatelet bought them four-and-a-half years ago. Charlton Athletic fans protest against Roland Duchatelet at the Valley PROTEST TOMORROW!It’s been another incredible week, with example after example of how Duchatelet is destroying our club.Join us tomorrow to show solidarity with modestly-paid #cafc staff denied their promised bonuses. pic.twitter.com/X8kwyC6MWF— CARD (@CharltonCARD) August 24, 2018It remains to be seen whether Duchatelet will agree to any meeting.He revealed plans to sell the club almost a year ago but has so far been unable to agree a price with interested parties.An Australian consortium was thought to be close to completing a takeover earlier this year but there has been little progress, with Duchatelet demanding a high price to sell. The staff, due to be paid the bonus at the end of July, have written an open letter over the matter, expressing their “extreme disappointment” at what they describe as “severely unfair treatment of loyal staff whose hard work and dedication have not been rewarded as promised.”A major demonstration has now been planned at The Valley on Saturday by coalition group Campaign Against Roland Duchatelet (CARD) ahead of the League One match against Fleetwood Town, with suggestions staff could strike and force the clash to be postponed.The EFL – the governing body of the Football League – are now preparing to get involved, with sources telling talkSPORT’s Jim White that they are seeking talks with club staff, the Charlton Athletic Supporters’ Trust and a face-to-face meeting with Duchatelet. 2 Getty Images – Getty Ten different managers have come and gone under the Belgian businessman’s ownership, they have suffered relegation to League One and attendances have plummeted to an all-time low.Duchatelet is actively trying to sell the club and Chartlon are currently without a chief executive, chairman or permanent manager, with Lee Bowyer heading into his sixth month as caretaker boss.Duchatelet, who has not attended a game in FOUR YEARS, has cut costs in a bid to make Charlton a more attractive proposition to investors but has left fans infuriated by reneging on a promise to pay club staff bonuses for meeting certain targets. Roland Duchatelet’s reign at Charlton has proved to be a nightmare for fans 2
2 Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade whoops Bag to be no larger than A4 Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Merchandise bought from a concession stand on the outer concourse or external stadium store will be sealed in a plastic bag because it is inside the security cordon and must not be broken until you are in the venue.A similar policy for the NFL’s International Series in 2018 saw hundreds of fans have umbrellas confiscated on a rainy day leaving them without cover while queuing for Wembley Park station for over an hour. The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 RANKED SORRY Most Popular Premier League Stories Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? New Wembley Bag Policy On the introduction of the new policy, fans will now have their bags searched at an ‘outer corden’, which could included an x-ray, before another check on both bag and the individual inside the stadium.If there are any disputes a bag gauge will be used to confirm the size of the luggage.If fans do require a bag larger than A4, for medical reasons or otherwise, they will have to contact Wembley prior to a matchday to get themselves a certificate. Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Tottenham Hotspur supporters have received another Wembley blow. gameday cracker Wembley believe the move will improve the experience for supporters, who are currently forced to line up for bag checks upon entering the stadium, but it will cause huge problems for travelling fans, and those heading to games following a day at work. Height 297mm (11.7 inches)Width 210mm (8.27 inches)Depth 210mm (8.27 inches) tense revealed Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City LATEST Quietly announced on November 1, and starting on Thursday, November 15 when England play the United States in an international friendly, fans will only be able to take in carriers smaller than A4 in size.The move is set to add further to the woes of Spurs fans who are fed up of the Stadium, which is already causing travel headaches, on top of several other gripes, with many now choosing not to attend matches. Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions 2 Tottenham Hotspur fans face further Wembley Stadium misery following the announcement of a stricter bag policy.Due to travel to the stadium for games until at least the end of December after major delays to their new stadium, supporters, if they do not adhere to the conditions, could be denied entry to matches if they do not comply with the new restrictions. Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion latest BEST OF scrap This fan will no longer be able to take their backpack into Wembley.
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