Donegal soldiers among those forced to take cover during Israeli bomb attack

first_imgMembers of the Irish Defence Forces from Donegal were among those forced to take cover during an attack from the Israeli Amry last week in South Lebanon, it has emerged. It is understood that nearly 50 Donegal soldiers, who are part of the UN peace-keeping force, were required to take four hours of refuge during the cross border attack between the Israeli Defence Forces and Iranian-supported Hezbollah.The Irish soldiers responded to the codeword “Groundhog” directing them to take cover in bomb shelters and to don helmets and body armour as the incoming fire from the Israeli forces fell in their area. The Defence Forces tweeted that Irish personnel were “out of shelters” and “resuming routine” on Sunday evening, several hours after announcing that they had taken shelter “as a precautionary measure” after the rockets were fired on Sunday afternoon last.Donegal soldiers among those forced to take cover during Israeli bomb attack was last modified: September 8th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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

Junior Springboks to face England for world title

first_img17 June 2014 South Africa will face England for the IRB Junior World Championship title at Eden Park in Auckland on Friday after a tough 32-25 win over the hosts, New Zealand, in the semi-finals on Sunday. The English thrashed Ireland 42-15 in their semi-final. The Junior Springboks’ victory was their second over New Zealand in the tournament, and, as had been the case in their first clash, they had to come from behind to defeat the Baby Blacks. Dawie Theron’s charges had dominated the first showdown up front and it became clear from the start that the Kiwis were intent on moving the big South African pack around the field to avoid a forward-dominated battle. It worked for a while.Opening try New Zealand went ahead early with a try to hooker Hame Faiva, although there was more than a hint of a forward pass when he received the ball. South African skipper Handre Pollard, however, brought his team back into the contest by intercepting a pass and racing through to score next to the uprights. After a controversial yellow card was handed to Baby Bok centre Andre Esterhuizen, the New Zealanders extended their lead and went into the break 15-10 ahead. South Africa’s forwards, though, began to take charge in the second half and with that control came three more tries as the Junior Springboks ran in four tries to three to clinch the win and a place in the final. With the scores level at 25-25, the victory was clinched just two minutes from time when hooker Corniel Els was driven over the Kiwis’ tryline from a lineout. Pollard, who became the all-time leading points’ scorer in the Junior World Cup history, added an excellent conversion from wide on the left to put the seal on a hard-fought win.‘Like a proper test match’ “It was like a proper test match out there,” South Africa’s coach Dawie Theron said after the game. “It was full of tension, drama and excitement and I’m immensely proud of the boys. “We kept our composure and I knew we were always in the game despite going behind at halftime and twice again in the second half. He added: “Credit must go the players. They showed huge fighting spirit and great composure to close out the game like that. Their composure can be attributed to what we do in training. During our sessions we keep the intensity high and always put them under pressure, because that is what you have to do to win games such as these.‘Handre Pollard was outstanding’ Theron also praised Pollard, saying: “Handre Pollard was outstanding with his leadership and he led by example with his play. His intercept try in the first half was no fluke. That was the result of pressure.” IRB Junior Player of the Year The South Africa skipper, who first played in the IRB Junior World Championships as a schoolboy, was on Tuesday named as one of the four finalists for the IRB Junior Player of the Year, along with England’s Nathan Earle, Ireland’s Garry Ringrose and Tevita Li of New Zealand. The public may vote on the shortlist on IRB Junior World Championships on Facebook. The results of the public poll will be considered, along with the original votes, when finalising the winner. “We started too slow, but that was due to the pressure from them,” Pollard said of his team’s victory over New Zealand. “We clawed our way back after they made all the play for most of the first half, and at five points behind at halftime I knew we could do it if we could manage to do a bit more with the ball.”last_img read more

Journeyman Watson finally gets chance to play in PBA

first_imgFrontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary ‘Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance PLAY LIST 01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance01:02Fajardo predicts there will be no sweep in PBA Finals01:33Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next His immediate impact is more impressive given that he only had three days to prepare for the duel against the league-leading Gin Kings.“I had like three days to prepare, but when you’re playing with guys like that, when you’re playing with June Mar (Fajardo), Alex (Cabagnot), (Chris) Ross, and those type of guys, they make it just really easy for me,” he said.Watson’s performance also backed up his credentials, much to the delight of coach Leo Austria.“He’s a big help and he’s a big factor for us. I’m happy for him that in only his first game, he played really well,” Austria said.Watson has had a pretty gaudy resume in his international career, leading his past teams to the championship and a runner-up finish with Hapoel Kfar Saba/ Kohav Yair in the Israeli National League last season.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president PBA IMAGESTerrence Watson is just grateful for the chance to finally suit up in the PBA after four years of courtship.“I’ve been studying and wanting to play in this league for the past four years, and every team I think kind of passed up on me,” Watson said.ADVERTISEMENT A veteran of the international leagues with stints in Iceland, Finland, and Israel, Watson finally got the shot to play in the PBA when San Miguel tapped him as its third import for the season-ending 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup.“They finally gave me a shot, so I’m just studying and I know they’re going for a Grand Slam. I’m just happy they brought me here to be a part of it,” said Watson, who replaced the underwhelming Terik Bridgeman.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAnd Watson made sure that the Beermen made the right decision in giving him the call.The 6-foot-5 bruiser impressed in his debut, tallying 28 points, 17 rebounds, four assists, two blocks, and a steal in San Miguel’s 107-103 victory over Ginebra on Sunday. MOST READ Kia coach Gavina praises players for ‘amazing effort’ in loss to Alaska Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City View comments E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  But he knows that when you’re tasked to backstop a team with the caliber of San Miguel, playing well isn’t good enough.“I’ve been playing basketball professionally for eight years now, so having that pressure is tend to happen,” Watson said.“There are a lot of guys who get cut if you don’t win; there’s always pressure no matter what team you go to. There’s pressure for guys in last place – they don’t want to finish in last place. The guys in the middle want to be up top, so there’s pressure for everybody. But I just have the pressure of wanting to win a championship and I think it’s good pressure to have.” BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMClast_img read more

WATCH: Get to know Ateneo’s Thirdy Ravena in 7 questions

first_imgThirdy Ravena needs no introduction.ADVERTISEMENT Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games But there are some things about the Ateneo Blue Eagle that some casual fans don’t know like what is his favorite thing to do aside from bouncing a rubber ball, or what’s the one food he can’t live without.Find out more about Ravena in this fun edition of INQUIRER 7.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight LATEST STORIES Argentina heads for World Cup, but hurdles still lie ahead LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READlast_img read more

Twice to beat or not, Tigresses ready for tough showdown vs Lady Spikers

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Injured Naomi Osaka pulls out of Stuttgart semifinal View comments MANILA, Philippines—University of Santo Tomas is heading into its first Final Four in three years, and against the defending champion at that, but head coach Kung Fu Reyes isn’t letting that inexperience get in his team’s way.ADVERTISEMENT Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated MOST READ SEA Games hosting troubles anger Dutertecenter_img UST finished the season as the third seed at 10-4 but could become the no.2 team if the Lady Spikers, 10-3, lose their final elimination game against Far Eastern University and lose the second-place playoff against the Golden Tigresses.Nevertheless, Reyes isn’t looking at that twice-to-beat advantage.“We’re going to fight, regardless of what the outcome is what’s important for us is we got to secure our 10th win,” said Reyes. “This will be another story for us, this will be a different trend, this will be a different fight.”“If they [the Lady Spikers] get the twice-to-beat so be it. We’ll work in the Final Four.”ADVERTISEMENT DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting The Golden Tigresses will enter a potential semifinals matchup against De La Salle and Reyes is already eyeing a firework of a series in the Final Four.“It’s a pleasure with us to play with the defending champions,” said Reyes after his Golden Tigresses wrapped up their elimination round with a four-set win over National University, 27-25, 25-17, 20-25, 25-16, Saturday at Filoil Flying V Center.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“We were 1-1 during the season so we’ll know who is the better team once and for all in the semifinals,” added Reyes.The Golden Tigresses took first blood in the season series with a sweep 25-20, 25-22, 25-17 but La Salle got retribution in the second round, 21-25, 25-23, 25-19, 26-24. Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess LATEST STORIES Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power gridlast_img read more

Why Gretzky Had It Easy

One of the most interesting statistical nuggets I ran into while researching a piece about NHL goalies was the improvement in leaguewide goaltending over the past 30 years. It hasn’t just been a small improvement — the league’s save-percentage leaders during the 1980s and early 1990s put up statistics that would rate below-average in recent seasons.Here’s the league’s average save percentage since the 1983-84 season, when the NHL began tracking shots against:Save percentage rapidly increased during the so-called dead-puck era of the 1990s and early 2000s. It’s no coincidence that over that period, the NHL’s rate of scoring also dropped sharply. A lot of fans blame strategies such as the neutral-zone trap and left-wing lock for triggering the dead-puck era, but more of the blame belongs to better goalies.As for why goalies are so much better now, well, that’s a subject of much debate in hockey circles. One of the most popular explanations is that the sheer size of goaltending equipment has exploded since the 1980s. That’s hard to argue when you look at how pads have grown over time. But since pad size first became a talking point in the mid-to-late 1990s, the league has gone to some lengths (no pun intended) to police the dimensions of puck-stopping technology — and it’s had scarcely any effect on save percentages.Instead, I think a bigger reason save percentages improved so sharply in the 1990s was a dramatic change in the goaltending techniques being employed.During the 1980s, the prevailing style was still the so-called stand-up method, in which a goalie largely remains upright on his skates while making saves, using his stick and skates to stop low shots. In the middle of the decade, though, goaltending phenom Patrick Roy made his NHL debut. Emboldened by recent advances in arm and chest protectors, Roy used a different technique — the “butterfly” — wherein the goaltender drops to his knees to make saves, effectively sealing off most shooting targets along the bottom third of the net.Using the butterfly, Roy was sensational — he backstopped the Montreal Canadiens to the Stanley Cup as a 20-year-old in 1986 — and it wasn’t long before the butterfly style spread throughout the league. The effect was profound. Stand-up goalies who were the mainstays of the mid-1980s were almost completely phased out of the game within a decade, replaced by a younger generation who used the butterfly or at least a hybrid technique featuring butterfly elements.In retrospect, this seems like an obvious tactic — it’s a goaltending truism that the majority of goals are scored on shots at or near ice level — but older equipment made dropping low a dangerous proposition. Once falling to the ice became safer, goalies no longer had to rely purely on reflexes, instead being able to stop a greater percentage of low shots on technique alone. It’s no surprise that save percentages skyrocketed when one of the most common subsets of shots suddenly became much tougher.One final note: Watch the Wayne Gretzky highlight reel below and pay particular attention to the goalies in the early portion of the video, when the Great One was with the Edmonton Oilers.Compared with today’s game, you can really see the difference in goaltending technique (notice how many of the goalies tried to stop Gretzky’s shots without dropping to the ice). Modern goalies are more athletic and mobile, and, yes, their pads are plainly bigger. But they’re also using a style much more grounded in the probabilities of where pucks are shot. read more

America Loves Curling — Until It Forgets About It For Four Years

It’s tough to say for sure, but I’m concerned that our boss, FiveThirtyEight editor-in-chief Nate Silver, may have developed a curling addiction these past few weeks: Luge38.750.50+38.25 Curling85.254.57+80.68 Figure skating79.504.97+74.53 Freestyle skiing3.750.45+3.30 Curling’s spike is even sharper in worldwide searches. Across the entire globe, curling-related search-traffic index goes up by 84 points in Olympic months, compared with non-Olympic ones. (By comparison, figure skating is only up 71 points during Olympic months worldwide.) Although gaining a passionate following during the Olympics has been a victory in itself for curling, these kinds of disparities have the sport’s leaders looking for a way to stay on people’s minds after the games end.“The Olympics have definitely driven growth and exposure, but the key for us is not to disappear between Olympics,” Patzke told ESPN. “You can get really popular for 17 days and then go away, you know?”Perhaps the next step will be for curling fanatics like Nate to keep tweeting during bonspiels that aren’t festooned with five interlocking rings everywhere you look. Alpine skiing9.502.28+7.22 (Check the timestamps on those tweets, by the way.)He’s not alone, though. Every four years, there’s a fresh volley of articles about how curling captures the attention of people around the globe — particularly Americans who tune in to the alien sport for the first time during the Olympics and get hooked. By now, writing with surprise about curling’s charms has become one of journalists’ favorite Olympic pastimes. The Cinderella run by the U.S. men’s team to Saturday’s gold-medal game has only intensified the enthusiasm.1The women’s team hasn’t quite had its medal breakthrough yet, finishing eighth in the standings at Pyeongchang.The hard numbers also support the notion of curling as America’s favorite quadrennial sports fling. If you look at nationwide Google Trends search data, you can see a massive spike in traffic related to the sport each February of a Winter Olympic year. Indeed, aside from figure skating — and occasionally other sports when they experience tragedy — curling consistently spikes highest in web searches among the Winter Olympic sports we don’t tend to think about over the rest of the calendar.2Admittedly, this is kind of an arbitrary list, but I included curling alongside sports that don’t draw much attention in the U.S. during non-Olympic years (so figure skating is in, but hockey is out) or ones that tend to rank low on subjective lists of Winter Olympic sports (cough, biathlon). Here are four examples: SportOlympic monthsOther monthsOlympic Spike Bobsled24.251.02+23.23 Ski jumping8.250.56+7.69 Skeleton8.000.05+7.95 Google’s data doesn’t go back further than 2004, but in an interview with ESPN’s Dotun Akintoye, USA Curling CEO Rick Patzke said America’s curling obsession can be traced to the 2002 Salt Lake City Games. “Salt Lake was our coming-out party in America,” he said. “NBC broadcast about 50 hours of curling. In Nagano in ’98, it was like 30 minutes.” Add in the U.S. men’s surprising bronze medal in 2006, and curling was off to the cult-sport races. Who can even say what kind of uptick in popularity the run by the U.S. men this year will bring?But for an Olympic darling like the “roaring game,” the flip side of big popularity during the games is waning interest, or generally no interest, in the 206 weeks in between Olympic sessions. According to the same Google Trends data as above, none of the sports we looked at had a bigger drop-off in its average search traffic index between months with the Winter Olympics and those without them. Biathlon8.250.17+8.08 Nordic combined1.750.00+1.75 Curling has the biggest spike in Olympic popularityDifference in average Google Trends search-traffic index between Olympic and non-Olympic months for selected Winter Olympic sports, 2004-18 Cross-country skiing9.502.38+7.12 Speedskating21.750.93+20.82 Google Trends search-traffic indices measure activity on a 0-100 scale, where the most active single month by any sport we examined is represented by a 100.Source: Google Trends Avg. Google Trends Index during … read more

Quest for a repeat

Columbus Crew vs. Real Salt Lake, Game 1Rio Tinto Stadium; Sat. Oct. 31 @ 6 p.m.Columbus Crew vs. Real Salt Lake, Game 2Crew Stadium; Thurs. Nov. 5 @ 8 p.m.Players to watch:Columbus – Chad Marshall. The 2008 Defender of the Year has sat out the last six MLS regular season games recovering from a knee injury. A healthy Marshall could make the difference for a team struggling to regain its mid-season formReal Salt Lake – Robbie Findley. The Real Salt Lake forward leads his team in goals with 12 on the season and was instrumental in securing Real Salt Lake’s spot in the playoffs with a two goal performance against rival Colorado Rapids.Key to the Match:Crew coach Robert Warzycha’s ability to find the right 11 players to begin the playoffs. Like a baseball manager trying to push the right buttons, Warzycha has tweaked his rotation at an almost dizzying pace. Perhaps a more settled lineup in the playoffs will see an increase in goals over the drought suffered toward the end of the regular season. This is a must in a series that is decided by aggregate goal totals. The MLS Cup playoffs are upon us. Following the regular season finale played in Columbus between the Crew and the New England Revolution, the once muddied playoff waters have cleared.The Columbus Crew (13-7-10) will limp into the playoffs, losers of three of their last four. The team is riddled with injuries, and failed to net a single goal in any of the losses.The Crew’s road to repeating their championship win begins Saturday at Rio Tinto Stadium in Utah against Real Salt Lake (11-12-7) in the first match of their Eastern Conference Semifinal Series. Conference Semifinal series are conducted in a home-and-home, aggregate-goal format. The lower-seeded team, Real Salt Lake, hosts the first game. The winners of the first four series advance to single-game Conference Championships that determine the MLS Cup finalists, according to the MLS rules of competition.By virtue of their victory over Columbus, New England (11-10-9) leapfrogged Real Salt Lake and will face the Chicago Fire (11-7-12) in their own semi-final series.Columbus coach Robert Warzycha addressed his team’s lack of recent scoring after the Crew’s defeat.“We have a week before the game. We have to look at the tape and find out what the best combination [of players] is going to be,” Warzycha said.His propensity to shift lineups is well documented this season. Last year’s coach, Sigi Schmid, attempted to use the same starting 11 down the stretch. Warzycha has not shown the same willingness to do so. He hasn’t always had a choice.“I don’t know who that 11 are going to be,” Warzycha said. “Hopefully, everyone gets a chance in the playoffs but the best thing would be to have one team. Knowing life, it’s not going to be possible.”“We’re not taking the momentum into the playoffs that we’d like to, but we’re capable of beating anyone,” Crew midfielder Adam Moffat said.So with the Supporter’s Shield, given annually to the team with the best regular season record, and home-field advantage throughout the MLS playoffs already in hand, was there a lack of motivation against the Revolution?“It was a game we still wanted,” Crew goalkeeper William Hesmer said. “You want to get into a rhythm.”Regardless of the lack of success at the regular season’s end, the Crew have much to be proud of. They are only the second team in MLS history to record two consecutive Supporter’s Shields, joining D.C. United who accomplished the repeat in 2006-07.“This team is making a statement winning last year and being first this year,” Warzycha said of his club. “This team doesn’t have to prove anything to anybody.”The Crew have played two matches against their first playoff opponent, Real Salt Lake, this season. The two teams split the regular season matchups with one win each.Crew captain Frankie Hejduk spoke about the club’s first round matchup.“We’re the champions,” Hejduk said. “We should be able to beat everyone. We’re going to have to go there prepared for a battle.”Even with so many questions lingering over the Crew concerning their health, their lineup and a sudden loss of scoring punch, there is another old sports adage that the other MLS playoff teams must reckon with: to be the best, you have to beat the best.At least for now, the Crew are the best. read more

Womens Gymnastics Ohio State wins quad meet against Rutgers West Chester and

Ohio State freshman Morgan Lowe performs on balance beam on Jan. 27 in a tri-meet against Minnesota and Illinois State. Credit: Megan Russell | Lantern ReporterThe Ohio State women’s gymnastics team (5-3, 2-2) claimed its second victory of the season in a quad meet at Rutgers on Saturday. The Buckeyes posted their second-highest final score of the season (195.850) to defeat Rutgers (194.800), West Chester (191.600) and Wisconsin-Whitewater (191.275).Ohio State took first place on uneven parallel bars, the first event of the night, with a mark of 48.875. On her second performance of the season, Ohio State senior Kaitlyn Hofland posted a 9.825 to take the top slot, followed by teammates redshirt sophomore Amanda Huang and senior Alexis Mattern, who both tied for second with scores of 9.800.The Buckeyes then claimed first on the balance beam with a 48.800. They held just a 0.025 lead against Rutgers in the event. Junior Jamie Stone led Ohio State with a career-high mark of 9.825 to earn second place. Freshman Morgan Lowe took third place in a three-way tie of 9.800 with Rutgers’ Erin McLachlan and Libby Groden. In its third rotation on floor exercise, Ohio State claimed its highest event score of the night with a 49.000. Stone led the team again, pulling a 9.875 to earn first in the event. Freshman Brooke Chesney earned a career-best 9.800 tally to tie for third place with Mattern.The Buckeyes finished the night with another season-high score of 49.175 on vault and swept the top spots on the podium. Lowe earned another career high with a 9.875 to tie for first place with Mattern. Sophomore Olivia Aepli earned a 9.850 to share third with Rutgers’ Jenna Rizkalla. Ohio State took home the gold with a 195.850 score, but not before Mattern gained another title. She placed first in the all-around competition with a 39.150 finish, her first personal win of the season. Ohio State returns home in St. John Arena for a co-ed meet against Penn State at 6 p.m. Friday. read more