HURLING: BUNCRANA EDGE OUT EUNANS IN U14 CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL ‘HUMDINGER’!

first_imgBuncrana 5 04; St. Eunan’s 4 02.The spectators in Convoy’s Centre of Excellence for the county ‘A’ hurling final were treated to fine weather, fine drama and to great commitment from all thirty plus players.Buncrana won it in the final minute with a goal from Cathal Óg Wilson. It could so easily have gone the other way. Not thirty seconds earlier a strike from Eunan’s excellent Shane O’Donnell had goal written all over it but for high heroics from the Buncrana keeper, Óisín Kelly. The final minute reflected drama from the throw in by referee Hugo Wallace.Buncrana got the scoreboard ticking with a point from Aaron Craig. Shane O’Donnell got his first of three goals and followed with a couple of points.Aaron Craig on twenty minutes hit the Eunans net. Niall O’Doherty followed with a point for the Scarvey boys.When Letterkenny’s Ethan Doherty rattled the Buncrana goal Eunans had taken control. The Buncrana mums and dads looked worried. Their sons had swept all before them up till this point. They were League and County Féile champs and favourites to complete the treble.The O’Donnell Park manager, Gordon Randles’ boys were fighting tooth and claw and led by a goal with halftime beckoning. Matty Mulholland a touch of class from Inis Eoghain then nets and equalizes . The end of the first half. All square.Early after the restart Eunans miss from the penalty spot. Buncrana get another three pointer through Cathal Óg .Eunans step up to the mark: Shane O’Donnell’s two strikes score to the value of six points. The Letterkenny lads lead by a goal. Buncrana mammies are more worried. Niall O’Doherty points a free. The difference is two points. Jason McLaughlin’s fine goal leaves Buncrana a point to the good. Eunans attack : wide, wide, save. And again attack, attack, spectacular save. Ryan Hegarty points for Buncrana .The last sixty seconds will live long in the spectators’ memories. Both squads shone. Managers Cathal Wilson and Gordon Randles and their coaching teams have very fine players for the future. Both teams were praised by the Donegal County Minor Board for a terrific game of sporting hurling.HURLING: BUNCRANA EDGE OUT EUNANS IN U14 CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL ‘HUMDINGER’! was last modified: June 13th, 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)Tags:14 HUrling ChampionshipbuncranadonegalSt Eunanslast_img read more

1994 All-Star Team: Who were the players voted best in the US?

first_img 13 FORWARD: Hristo Stoichkov (Bulgaria)The Bulgarian Golden Generation’s shining star – 1994 Ballon D’Or winner Stoichkov. He bagged more goals than both Romario and Baggio, taking home the Golden Boot with six. He led his team past defending-champions Germany in the quarter-finals, scoring a 75th minute equaliser before Yordan Letchkov grabbed the winner for the most stunning result in the country’s history. At club level, he formed one of the most brilliant strike partnerships in domestic history with Romario at Barcelona, spearheading Johan Cruyff’s ‘dream team’. Stoichkov became an idol for the club’s fans as they won four-consecutive La Ligas between 1991 and 1994.talkSPORT will be with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with over 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network. DEFENCE: Paolo Maldini (Italy)Footballing brilliance runs in the Maldini family – Paolo’s father Cesare was named in the 1962 All-Star team 32 years prior to the World Cup in the States. In 1994, Maldini led the Italian defence to the final, playing both as a centre-back and a full-back due to the absences of his Milan and Italy defensive teammates Franco Baresi, through injury, Mauro Tassotti, due to suspension after the quarter-finals, and Alessandro Costacurta, who was suspended for the final. Somehow, Italy still kept a clean sheet against Brazil in the final, but the penalty shootout defeat means the man with more minutes than any other at a World Cup (2,216) has never lifted the trophy. 13 13 13 13 The 2018 World Cup is just around the corner, so talkSPORT.com are trawling through the archives to relive past tournaments.Today we are taking a look at the 1994 edition, won by Brazil in the United States. 13 1994 WORLD CUP ALL-STAR TEAM 13 MIDFIELD: Tomas Brolin (Sweden)Probably the only man who can claim to be in both a World Cup All-Star team and The Times poll of the ’50 worst footballers to grace the Premier League’. After guiding the Swedes to an incredible third-place finish in 1994, Brolin signed for Leeds United a year later. His once-glittering career never recovered from the move, and by the age of 28 he had retired from playing due to several injury struggles. 13 MIDFIELD: Krasimir Balakov (Bulgaria)Bulgaria were another surprise package in 1994, finishing fourth with the help of this man Balakov. One of the country’s ‘Golden Generation’, he made 92 appearances, scoring 16 goals. However, the nation’s major star was Golden Boot winner Hristo Stoichkov, who you will meet later… GOALKEEPER: Michel Preud’homme (Belgium)Meet the first-ever winner of the Yashin Award, given to the top goalkeeper at a World Cup. Preud’homme was considered one of the world’s best and most consistent shot-stoppers during his career, and he was voted the most impressive in 1994. Belgium reached the last-16 of the tournament but were eliminated by reigning champions Germany following a 3-2 defeat. Throughout the competition, he made a habit of producing spectacular and decisive saves. FORWARD: Roberto Baggio (Italy)Why did it have to be him? Il Divin Codino (The Divine Ponytail) will be remembered as one of the most talented players ever to grace a World Cup, but the lasting image will always be his decisive penalty miss in the 1994 final. He was the main reason Italy were there – he led the Azzurri to the final with three match-winning performances in the knockout rounds, scoring five memorable goals. The stage was set for him to win the World Cup for his country, and the world watched on in horror as he blasted Italy’s fifth penalty over the bar. He described the moment as the worst of his career, saying it affected him for years. Still though, what an icon. 13 MIDFIELD: Gheorghe Hagi (Romania)Nicknamed ‘the Maradona of the Carpathians’, Hagi is a Romanian legend. He was named the country’s footballer of the year seven times and was good enough to play for both Barcelona and Real Madrid. In the opening game of the 1994 tournament, Hagi scored argubaly the most memorable goal, curling a 40-yard lob over Colombian goalkeeper Oscar Cordoba. It was one of three goals Romania’s all-tie record goalscorer grabbed in the States, with another moment of brilliance coming in their shock 3-2 victory over Argentina. MIDFIELD: Dunga (Brazil)Along with Xavi, he is one of only two men to have played in a World Cup, Olympic Games, Confederations Cup and Continental Championship final. He captained Brazil side to glory in 1994, but struggled to replicate those leaership qualities as national team manager. During two spells in charge, his first was the more successful, winning the 2007 Copa America and the 2009 Confederations Cup, but he was dismissed after a disappointing quarter-final exit at the 2010 World Cup. He was reappointed in 2014, but a bitterly disappointing performance in the 2016 Copa America meant he lost the job once again. 13 13 DEFENCE: Marcio Santos (Brazil)Santos made the All-Star team for his exceptional defensive capabilities, not for his penalty taking. The Brazilian missed his spot-kick in the shootout against Italy in the final, but luckily for him, Brazil went on to win regardless. FORWARD: Romario (Brazil)This is a front three to be reckoned with. It features the three best players of the tournament. First up, it’s player of the tournament Romario. After a fallout with manager Carlos Alberto Parreira before the tournament, Romario was recalled from a ban to play the final qualifier against Uruguay, which Brazil needed to win or tie to top the group. Before the game, the striker said: “I already know what is going to happen: I’m going to finish Uruguay”. And so he did, scoring both goals in a 2-0 victory in front of the Maracana. He then went and made it Romario’s World Cup, scoring five times on Brazil’s way to glory and winning the Golden Ball. The most-watched World Cup in history, the average attendance per match was 69,000 – a record that stands to this day.Brazil were the victors, claiming their fourth World Cup and their first in 24 years, and viewers were treated to brilliant displays of football by the likes of Romania and Bulgaria. The final is best forgotten, with penalties deciding the match after a bore 0-0 draw in Pasadena.Roberto Baggio missed his spotkick to hand Brazil the World Cup, but the Italy icon still goes down in history as one of the best players at the tournament.Who else starred in the USA in 1994? The World Cup All-Star Team is named to remember the best performers, and you can see who was selected below…1994 FIFA WORLD CUPHosts: United StatesChampions: BrazilRunners-up: ItalyThird place: SwedenFourth place: BulgariaTop scorer: Hristo Stoichkok (Bulgaria) / Oleg Salenko (Russia) – 5 goalsBest Player: Romario (Brazil)Best Young Player: Marc Overmars (Netherlands) DEFENCE: Jorginho (Brazil)Jorginho played every game as the Samba Stars emerged from the 1994 World Cup victorious. The lightening quick, hard-working full back was one of the best of his generation and showed it in the United States. It was his cross which led to Romario’s winning goal against Sweden in the semi-finals. However, he suffered bitter disappointment in the final as he was forced off by injury after just twenty minutes. A young Brazilian named Cafu came on to replace him. 13 13last_img read more

Reports Differ on Kansas Evolution Debates

first_imgHow is the debate over evolution in Kansas going?  It depends on whom you ask.  MSNBC News focused on personal attacks between board members (see also the Lexington Herald-Leader).  The Discovery Institute, by contrast, focused on the content of the new proposed standards that allows a “common-sense” approach for teaching all the science about evolution, including the problems with Darwin’s theory.MSNBC’s title suggests that both sides are bickering, claiming “School board members hurl insults at each other.”  But if you look into the article, the only ones hurling insults are the evolutionists; the other side is just putting up their shields.  All Connie Morris said was, after being insulted, “Had you attended, you would have been informed.  You would be sitting here as informed individuals and not arrogantly calling us dupes.”  The article claims Morris mentioned the moderates by name in print, but does not say she insulted them like the Darwinists did; she only derided evolution itself, the article says.  The evolutionists, though, called the conservatives “dupes” of intelligent design advocates and their decision based on “absolute and total fraud.”  Judge for yourself which side is acting with civility and responsibility.    The majority conservatives had invited the pro-evolution moderates to come to the hearings, but they wouldn’t.  The Darwin Party could have contributed to the discussion, but chose to sit and pout.  If they had been listening, they would realize that the Board is taking no position on intelligent design.  The new standards are very mild.  They do not call for teaching creation or intelligent design, but only for permitting critical thinking about evolution such that it is treated like any other scientific theory, not like a sacred cow.  No advocates of a scientific theory would worry about that unless their position was weak.(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Picture of Union Minister urinating in public goes viral

first_imgA picture of Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh urinating in public with two armed security personnel guarding him has gone viral on social media, with trollers mocking the government’s Swacch Bharat Abhiyan launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi amid much fanfare. Mr. Singh is a fourth-term MP from Motihari in the East Champaran district of Bihar. In the picture, Mr. Singh is seen urinating against the pink-plastered wall of a building while two of his armed security personnel stand guard nearby. The date or the place, however, is not known but informed sources said the picture could be from Mr. Singh’s home constituency Motihari, which he visited recently on the occasion of Id. The Minister, however, could not be contacted for his reaction.The Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) tweeted: Kadi suraksha ke beech kendriya krishi mantri sookha prabhavit kshetr mein sinchai yojna ki shuruwat karte hue. Unhone Swacch Bharat Abhiyan ko bhi gati di (‘amid tight security, Union Agriculture Minister kicking off irrigation programme in a drought affected area…he also speeded up the Swacch Bharat Abhiyan). This was later re-tweeted by party chief Lalu Prasad Yadav. His younger son and Bihar’s Deputy CM Tejaswi Yadav also posted the controversial picture, asking people to “search [for the] red beacon in the photo”.last_img read more

SC declines plea on Bihar AES deaths

first_imgThe Supreme Court on Friday refrained from intervening on a petition to examine the shortage of doctors in Bihar after the mass child deaths in Muzaffarpur district.A Bench, led by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, was urged by the petitioner, Manohar Pratap, to look into the large number of vacancies. But the Bench refused to do so and the Chief Justice said the judiciary was facing enough challenges in filling judicial vacancies. With this, the court disposed of pleas for directions following the child deaths, including for constitution of a medical board, advertisement of preventive steps and infrastructure improvement. It expressed satisfaction with the steps taken by the government.In a recent affidavit, the Centre informed the court of the constitution of an “inter-disciplinary, high quality” research team to ascertain the cause of the acute encephalitis syndrome (AES) outbreak. It said the decision was taken to “save precious human lives in future”. The government said the AES in Muzaffarpur dated back to 1995.On July 2, the Bihar government said the steps taken by the health authorities had helped to lower the AES fatality rate to 19%, less than the global rate of 30%.last_img read more

Upset with Lord’s defeat, BCCI likely to question Virat Kohli and Ravi Shastri

first_imgIndia cricket team’s poor show in the first two Tests in England has left the fans and also the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) disappointed.BCCI is in no mood to spare coach Ravi Shastri and his support staff or even captain Virat Kohli.BCCI is likely to pose a few questions to chief coach Shastri and Kohli depending on how the third Test against England pans out. India have already lost the opening two Tests with the third game of the series will be played at Nottingham from July 18.The Indian selection team will also pick the squad for the last two Tests after the third match.”The Indian team can’t complain that they were not given enough time to prepare. When we lost the South Africa series, the players spoke about tight scheduling and lack of practice games. It was after speaking to them that we decided that white ball matches will be held before the Tests,” a senior BCCI official told PTI on conditions of anonymity.Humiliation at Lord’s: Gut-wrenching defeat should come as no surpriseThe question doing the rounds in the BCCI corridors is why the Shastri-Kohli duo has been given a carte blanche in team management.”We arranged white ball matches first. It was on the senior team’s insistence that we send the India A team during the same time starting the concept of ‘Shadow Tour’. Two senior India players (M Vijay and Ajinkya Rahane) were accommodated for A team games. Whatever they wanted, they were provided. Now if results don’t come, the Board is well within its rights to ask questions,” the official said.advertisementAlso read: The curious case of Pujara and Dhawan: Constant Test struggles overseasIn fact, there is a possibility that if India lose the series, the Shastri-Kohli duo may not enjoy unlimited powers as it has been the case till now.”Don’t forget under Shastri and current support staff, we have lost major Test series in Australia (0-2 in 2014-15), South Africa (1-2 in 2017-18). Now we are in dire straits in England.”If you remember, BCCI removed Duncan Fletcher’s assistants Joe Dawes (bowling coach) and Trevor Penny (fielding coach) after India lost the Test series 1-3 in England. Shastri became the Director along with Sanjay Bangar, R Sridhar and Bharat Arun joining the support staff before the ODI series,” the official recalled.Time running out: How long can Indian batsmen keep failing overseas?BANGAR, SRIDHAR UNDER SCANNERA source in the BCCI said the performance of batting coach Sanjay Bangar and fielding coach R Sridhar’s is also being evaluated. Since Sridhar took over, the Indian slip fielders have dropped 50 catches.In case of Bangar, his biggest challenge was to get the players ready for tough away tours but even after four years, it is evident that he has not been able to provide a solution to their woes.Also read – Virat Kohli after innings defeat at Lord’s: We were outplayed and deserved to loseFormer India captain Sunil Gavaskar has suggested that at least one among the three national selectors should be a part of the team management for away tours.This is a model that Cricket Australia has followed for years now with one member of their NSP (National Selection Panel) being a part of the tour selection committee (captain, coach, vice-captain and selector).The other dilemma could be captaincy in case Kohli is not fit in time for the Trent Bridge Test, starting August 18. The batting mainstay’s old back problem has flared up again and left him in discomfort during the second Test.Normally, it is the vice-captain, who takes over the mantle but Ajinkya Rahane’s string of low scores make him an uncertain starter in the line-up.In that case, senior bowler Ravichandran Ashwin looks a likely candidate for the leadership role.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more