Former Cork All Star says Tipp will be too strong for the Rebels

first_imgCorner back Michael Cahill is the latest doubt due to a training ground hamstring strain.McGrath says there’s good vibes coming from the Cork camp, but he doesn’t think they are quite ready to challenge the top teams in the heat of the championship yet.However former Tipperary All Ireland winner Paddy Stapleton from Borrisoleigh told Extra Time that he can’t see Michael Ryan’s side running away with the game at Semple Stadium this weekend either.Tipp FM’s live coverage of this Sundays Munster senior hurling quarter final between Tipp and Cork is in association with Mulcahy Car Sales Ardcroney, Nenagh and Raymie Ryan Lighting, Cashel. All Ireland winner Seanie McGrath says he can’t see a Rebel victory in the Munster Hurling Championship opener against Tipperary on Sunday.The former Cork selector was speaking on Extra Time with Ronan Quirke last night.Tipp are sweating on the availability of Jason Forde who’s appeal is being heard by Central Appeals Committee this evening, as well as injury concerns like Patrick Bonner Maher.last_img read more

Clayton Kershaw hasn’t turned back the clock — but he has turned up the speed

first_imgClayton Kershaw has not found a way to turn back time. But he has found a way to recover some of what it took away.Through his first four starts this season, the Dodgers ace has reversed a four-year slide in his fastball velocity, regaining two miles per hour on the pitch. He averaged over 91.5 mph in each of his first three starts — the first time he has held that much velocity for three consecutive starts since his first three outings in the 2018 season — before falling just short with an average velocity of 91.425 mph against the Seattle Mariners Thursday.Against the Angels last week (when he allowed just one hit in seven innings), Kershaw’s fastball averaged 92.5 mph — the highest it has been in a single start since the 2017 World Series.“(Velocity) is not everything. But I knew it was in there. So I think that’s what’s frustrating,” Kershaw said after the start in Anaheim. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The added velocity gives Kershaw more “margin for error,” Prior said and also makes his slider more effective.“Obviously the slider for him … when it’s good, it’s hard and it’s short and it basically just misses barrels,” Prior said. “I think that’s the other component. Now is the velocity the same on the slider even when his velocity is down? Sometimes it is. But I don’t think the movement and the sharpness of the bite is the same. That’s kind of the added benefit. Yes, it gives him some room on his fastball. But I think the arm speed also helps him lock in his really good slider.”BUEHLER STARTRight-hander Walker Buehler will take a 5.21 ERA into his fourth start of the season Friday — a slow start that recalls the 2019 season. Buehler had a 5.22 ERA after his first six starts last year, coming off a “slow-played” spring training prompted by some lingering fatigue from the 2018 postseason run.This year, Buehler was once again handled with care during the preseason after admittedly throttling back on his throwing program during quarantine.Prior said there has been “progress” over Buehler’s three starts.“First, we started to see the velocity start to tick up a couple starts ago. I think the last start his command started to tick up,” Prior said. “The slider, curveball haven’t been there for him yet. So that’s kind of handcuffed him in some situations where he wanted to throw it and it hasn’t had quite the bite that we needed and he’s paid the price for it. Or it’s just been balls which leads right back to more of a hard pitch.“But I think now we’re starting to see things slowly piece by piece being put together. Walker’s a guy who has some moving parts. I don’t necessarily mean from a delivery standpoint. But there’s a lot of things to get him to where he feels confident in everything. With a guy who’s featuring five plus-pitches sometimes, to lock all of them in at one time — those are the games when you see the 15-, 16-strikeout game. I do think we’re seeing progress. The goal with Walker is obviously to get him right but obviously get him right for the stretch run. As long as we see steps in the right direction we’re encouraged.”After that slow start in 2019, Buehler had a 2.88 ERA and held opposing batters to a .220 average over his next 24 starts.BAEZ OUTDodgers reliever Pedro Baez was placed on the 10-day Injured List before Thursday’s game with a strained right groin muscle.Baez has a 3.97 ERA in 11 appearances this season including giving up a solo home run in one inning of work Wednesday night. Baez allowed runs in each of his past three appearances and his velocity has been down this season. His fastball has averaged a career-low 94.4 mph.center_img “These last couple years, it’s been hard to figure out why it hasn’t been coming out the way I want it to. Obviously you grind and try to make good starts and stuff like that. We threw a lot of different things at it — our strength and conditioning guys, training staff, offseason stuff. Everybody did a great job with me, trying to figure out what works, what doesn’t work. I can’t pinpoint one specific thing. But all the things we’ve tried, there’s a lot of things that have stuck. It is gratifying, for sure.”Kershaw has been reluctant to talk about his visit to Driveline Academy last fall. The facility relies on sophisticated analytics to bring out more velocity in pitchers — Kenley Jansen and Alex Wood have also recovered velocity after visits to Driveline last offseason — and its devotees use a variety of weighted-ball exercises to improve arm strength. Kershaw could be seen doing the exercises during spring training in Arizona.Pitching coach Mark Prior gives the 32-year old Kershaw credit for being open-minded enough to look for answers.“Over time as we get older and he puts more miles on his body pitching, the body starts changing. Things start tightening. Things start loosening,” Prior said, aware of the history of back problems that has characterized Kershaw’s aging. “I think he was able to do some different things and attack it from a 360-degree approach to unlock some of the body to allow his arm to deliver the velocity that he was accustomed to.“I don’t think that’s anything that’s unusual for veteran pitchers especially guys that have been around for a decade to have to go out and … figure out where their body is in their 30s than it is in their young 20s. He spent a lot of time trying to figure out the right steps and the right things to do and now he’s seeing the dividends — in the velocity and in the command too.”last_img read more

Aguero lifts City in FA Cup, Hughes’ Stoke crash

first_imgLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Sergio Aguero fired Manchester City to a 4-1 win over Burnley in the FA Cup, while Mark Hughes is fighting to remain Stoke boss after a 2-1 loss at minnows Coventry on Saturday.While City strolled into the fourth round, Chelsea face an unwanted replay after being held to a 0-0 draw at Championship side Norwich.City boss Pep Guardiola named a strong team including Aguero, Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling at Eastlands, but the runaway Premier League leaders fell behind in the 25th minute.Ashley Barnes blasted into the top corner after City defender John Stones sliced his attempted clearance.However, Burnley hadn’t won at City since 1973 and Argentina striker Aguero ensured that run continued.City, who last tasted defeat in domestic competition in their FA Cup semi-final against Arsenal in April, were level in the 56th minute when Aguero fired home from Ilkay Gundogan’s pass.Aguero then finished off a superb backheeled pass from Gundogan in the 58th minute.Sane prodded home to put the result beyond doubt in the 71st minute and Bernardo Silva made it four in the 82nd minute.Hughes could face the sack after fourth tier Coventry rolled back the years with a memorable cup result at their Ricoh Arena,.With Stoke in the relegation zone, it was reported this week that the club’s hierarchy had considered dismissing Hughes and whether he can survive any longer must now be in doubt.Coventry have fallen on hard times since winning the FA Cup in a classic 1987 final against Tottenham and now reside in League Two — their first time at that level since the 1950s — after a spell having to play their home matches in Northampton due to a stadium row.Jordan Willis put the underdogs ahead in the 24th minute with his first goal in a year.Willis conceded a 52nd minute penalty with a foul on Ramadan Sobhi and Charlie Adam stepped up to equalise.But Coventry right-back Jack Grimmer weaved his way through Stoke’s defence and side-footed past Jack Butland in the 67th minute.– Bournemouth escape – Chelsea manager Antonio Conte made nine changes at Carrow Road, with Eden Hazard rested and Alvaro Morata only used as a substitute for last season’s FA Cup runners-up.The result was a disjointed display from the Blues, who now face an extra match that will add to Conte’s frustration after his recent complaints about the draining effects of fixture congestion.The only flash-point in a tame tie saw Chelsea’s Antonio Rudiger square up to a fan after the supporter threw away the ball when the defender tried to retrieve it.At the Vitality Stadium, Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe made eight changes as he prioritised Premier League survival and it needed a second half revival from his understudies to rescue a 2-2 draw against Wigan.Northern Ireland forward Will Grigg gave Wigan a fourth minute lead from close-range and there was worse to come for Howe in the 29th minute when Emerson Hyndman’s own goal doubled the visitors’ lead.Yet Lys Mousset reduced the deficit for Bournemouth in the 55th minute and League One leaders Wigan, who won the FA Cup in 2013, were denied a surprise win by Steve Cook’s goal two minutes into stoppage-time.Newcastle had been tipped as potential upset victims, but they swept away fourth tier leaders Luton with a 3-1 win at St James’ Park.West Bromwich Albion won for the first time in 21 games in all competitions, 2-0 at fourth tier Exeter giving boss Alan Pardew his first victory since replacing the sacked Tony Pulis.Salomon Rondon’s long-range drive put Albion ahead in the second minute and Jay Rodriguez added the second goal in the 25th minute.Watford avoided more cup misery against giant-killers Bristol City with a 3-0 win at Vicarage Road.City had also won at Vicarage Road in the League Cup this season, but Watford avoided another embarrassing loss thanks to goals from Andre Carrillo, Troy Deeney and Etienne Capoue.Southampton won 1-0 at Fulham, Huddersfield beat Bolton 2-1, Swansea drew 0-0 at Wolves and Leicester were held to a 0-0 draw at third tier Fleetwood. Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Inslee Announces Easing of Outdoor Restrictions

first_imgFacebook641Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Washington Governor Jay InsleeGov. Jay Inslee announced today a partial re-opening of some outdoor recreation activities.As of Tuesday, May 5, some outdoor recreation will be allowed with appropriate safety precautions, including: fishing; hunting; playing golf; and day use at state parks, state public lands managed by the Department of Natural Resources and at state Fish and Wildlife areas.“Outdoor recreation is one of the best things we can do to promote physical, mental and emotional well-being for Washingtonians during a time of great stress and isolation,” Inslee said. “And springtime in our state is Washington at its best and people want to be out enjoying outdoor activities in a safe and responsible way.“If we see a sharp uptake in the number of people who are getting sick or are not following appropriate steps, then we won’t hesitate to scale this back again. This is not a return to normal. This is only a beginning phase of relaxing outdoor recreation restrictions.”Public gatherings, events, team sports and camping, among other things, are not resuming at this time.Read the full plan on the governor’s Medium page.last_img read more

Thai tennis umpires get life bans for match-fixing, betting

first_imgJapeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA titlecenter_img MOST READ Three tennis umpires from Thailand have been handed life bans for match-fixing and betting offenses, including manipulating the official scoring system during matches, the sport’s anti-corruption body said.Anucha Tongplew, Apisit Promchai and Chitchai Srililai “have been banned for life from officiating at or attending any professional tennis events”, the Tennis Integrity Unit said.ADVERTISEMENT Following an investigation, all three admitted betting on matches at which they were officiating during lower-tier ITF Futures tournaments in 2017.They also manipulated scores inputted into the electronic scoring system “for betting-related purposes and personal profit”, a statement said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissA bombshell BBC and Buzzfeed report in 2016 alleged widespread match-fixing in tennis, with the game’s lower levels thought to be particularly at risk.Last month Oliver Anderson, a former Australian Open junior champion, was convicted of match-fixing after he admitted deliberately losing a set during a Challenger tournament in 2016. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES NCAA: Laminou ends up bloodied after sustaining cut near left eye Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

Govt launches inquiry into David G boat accident

first_imgThe Government has launched an investigation into the circumstances which led to the boat accident last Wednesday in the vicinity of Bartica, Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni), in which four persons sustained injuries.Minister of State, Joseph Harmon revealed on Monday that a Board of Inquiry (BoI) has commenced after Colonel (Retired) Windee Algernon was sworn in as Chairman.Minister of State, Joseph Harmon at the swearing-in ceremony with Retired Colonel Windee AlgernonIn brief remarks following the swearing-in of Algernon, Minister Harmon noted that President David Granger had mandated that an inquiry be conducted to probe the circumstances which led to the accident.“It is required that you will look into the systems that were in place and whether in fact, there had been any breaches of those systems. [You would also] have to look at whether there is a need for Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for the David G vessels,” he stated.Colonel Algernon, in her address, has pledged to do her best, noting that inquiries should be conducted so as to prevent the reoccurrence of such incidents in the future.Reports are the three children injured in the accident – Sheniele Machette, Cleaveloyd Edmonds and Iola Thornhill – are students of the Bartica Secondary School, who would cross the river to attend school on a daily basis.However, they were returning home in the David G boat, captained by 21-year-old Kevin Adonis, when some mechanical difficulties were encountered which led to the accident. The four injured persons were air-dashed to the Georgetown Public Hospital, where they received treatment and were reported as stable. President Granger had later visited the Hospital’s Accident and Emergency Unit where he instructed that an investigation be launched into the matter.Meanwhile, Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni) Chairman Gordon Bradford had indicated earlier last week that the vessel was inspected by the Maritime Administration Department (MARAD).The Terms of Reference (ToRs) of the inquiry state that the Board is expected to investigate, examine, report and make recommendations on the causes, circumstances and conditions under which the accident took place and to determine whether any systematic or regulatory arrangements contributed to the accident and the extent to which, if at all, the Captain and the crew are liable.A report is expected to be presented to the Minister of State on March 27, 2018.last_img read more

THE CHRONICLES OF LEWIS: AUTHOR SAID NORTH DONEGAL ‘LOVELY’ – AND SOUTH DONEGAL ‘SINISTER’

first_imgCS LEWIS – SAID NORTH DONEGAL WAS LOVELY AND SOUTH DONEGAL WAS SINISTER!Chronicles of Narnia author CS Lewis wrote about a tale of two counties on a visit to Co Donegal, it has emerged.A lost collection of 11 letters found in an attic in England by the son of one of Lewis’s friends Captain Bernard Acworth have been given to Queen’s University in his native Belfast.“The letters were written to my father between the years 1944 and 1960 and he kept them and when he died they were just left in the loft really and I went through his letters much later and found them there,” said his son Rev Richard Acworth. “They contain insights into various aspects of Lewis’ private life, including when he married his wife at her bedside in hospital as she was dying of cancer and she seemed to make a miraculous recovery,” he said.“He also talks of visiting Donegal, describing the scenery in North Donegal as ’lovely’ and South Donegal as having a ’sinister character’.”Rev Acworth said his father, who founded the Evolution Protest Movement in the 1930s, and Lewis became quite close after he originally wrote to the author on the issue of creation.“I don’t know how they first met,” he said. “They began by discussing the subject of evolution and they became quite close friends. My father quite often stayed with him in Oxford and the later letters are more sort of chatty than the earlier ones.”He said the letters suggest that Lewis’s view that evolution and Christianity were compatible began to change later in his life.“My father was a convinced Christian, as was CS Lewis,” said Rev Acworth.“My father had a particular view: he was strongly opposed to the teaching of evolution of being certainly true and the full explanation of things and he got in touch with CS Lewis about this.“Originally Lewis was more or less agnostic on that subject but it seems in the course of the correspondence he gradually became much more of my father’s way of thinking.” Rev Acworth said Queen’s seemed a natural home for the letters, especially as his daughter Phyllida studied English there in the 1990s.She accompanied her father to Belfast for the handover.THE CHRONICLES OF LEWIS: AUTHOR SAID NORTH DONEGAL ‘LOVELY’ – AND SOUTH DONEGAL ‘SINISTER’ was last modified: August 21st, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

STUNNING – COL. CHRIS POSTS STELLAR MALIN PIC

first_imgCol. Chris Hadfield is certainly earning his keep as tourism ambassador with this beautiful picture posted from Malin Head today.Picture posted by @Cmdr_Hadfield – The Wild Atlantic Way“A sunset like no other, unbeaten January beauty on Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way. Like standing in a painting.”The retired Canadian astronaut was astronomically impressed with the Malin Head view commenting, “You don’t even see light this beautiful in space”. With more than a thousand retweets and favourites, Chris’ picture is promoting Donegal’s natural beauty as it rockets throughout the Twittersphere.Chris seems to have taken a shine to the Inishowen locals where he is now enjoying a traditional music session in McGrory’s, Culdaff.Col. Hadfield with Inishowen musiciansPhoto: @McGrorysCuldaffBefore the space jam, Chris had lunch in Harry’s Restaurant in Bridgend and visited a Buncrana school to learn some Irish, as he famously tweeted ‘as Gaeilge’ from space last year.  STUNNING – COL. CHRIS POSTS STELLAR MALIN PIC was last modified: January 13th, 2014 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:astronautchrisHadfieldInishowenlast_img read more

FIREWORK SUSPECTED OF SPARKING SEA SEARCH ALONG DONEGAL COASTLINE

first_imgA red flare spotted over Donegal Bay last night sparked a launch of the emergency services.Bundoran RNLI responded to the callThe flare was spotted by a member of the public between St John’s Point and Ballyshannon.Malin Head Radio coastguard were alerted and they contacted Bundoran RNLI. A major coastline search was carried out along the coastline to determine if any vessels were in trouble just after 10pm.However, information was then received that fireworks had ben let off in the area earlier.The search continued for a short while before it was stood down when all searches proved negative.  FIREWORK SUSPECTED OF SPARKING SEA SEARCH ALONG DONEGAL COASTLINE was last modified: September 7th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Foreign climbers go missing on way to Nanda Devi peak in Uttarakhand

first_imgAn eight-member team of mountaineers, including seven foreign nationals, has gone missing on its way to Nanda Devi East peak in Pithoragarh district in Uttarakhand, prompting the administration to launch a massive search-and-rescue operation.The team, which includes seven mountaineers from the U.K., the U.S. and Australia besides a liaison officer from the Indian Institute of Mountaineering, left Munsiyari on May 13 to scale the 7,434-metre peak.The team is said to have been missing since May 25 when it was supposed to return to the base camp, Pithoragarh District Magistrate V.K. Jogdande told reporters on June 1.The route to the peak begins from Munsiyari, about 132 km from the district headquarters. From Munsiyari to the Nanda Devi base camp, mountaineers have to traverse a distance of about 90km on foot.“Besides the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) search teams, we have sent a 14-member search-and-rescue team from Munsiyari to the spot this morning. The team comprises State Disaster Response Force (SDRF), medical personnel, revenue police and local villagers,” the district magistrate (DM) said.A SDRF team also left Dehradun in a helicopter on Saturday morning to conduct an aerial survey of the area but inclement weather hampered the operation, Mr. Jogdande said.“The team will make another attempt to carry out an aerial survey to trace the missing mountaineers as the weather improves,” the DM said.“An ITBP search team has reached Martoli village about 21km from Nanda Devi base camp. It will soon reach the base camp,” he said.“We have also sought helicopter sorties from neighbouring districts of Chamoli and Rudraprayag to trace the exact location of the mountaineers,” he said.The team leader, Martin Mortain, is a well-known mountaineer from Britain.last_img read more