Galway Athletics Report

first_imgDamien Landers and Rory Chesser of Ennis Track AC were next home, in a tight battle for the podium places, finishing in 24.29 and 24.35 respectively.  First Galway athlete over the line was Brendan McDonnell of GCH in fourth with a very good run in 24.43, ahead of fifth placer Andrew Annett of North Belfast Harriers who ran 24.48. Ennis Track took the Men’s team prize for the second year running with GCH in secondFirst three ladies (L-R): Regina Casey of GCH, winner Siobhan O’Doherty of Borrisokane AC andJane Ann Meehan of Athenry AC.In the Ladies section, Irish international Siobhan O’Doherty of Borrisokane AC stormed home to an incredible third title, clocking 27.50 for a well-deserved victory for the Tipperary native, O’Doherty finished ahead of top local athletes Regina Casey GCH in second with a personal best 28.38 and Jane Ann Meehan of Athenry AC who came home in 29.55. Rounding out the top five were Margaret Murphy of Mallow AC, and Emma Grimes of GCH. GCH also took the Ladies team title, ahead of Crusaders AC second.The race was once again a roaring success, thanks to the hard-working committee of Galway City Harriers, along with the assistance of hundreds of volunteers, the City Council and Gardai among others, all of whom contributed to making the race one of Galway great summer eventsHuge crowds lined the start at GTI on Fr Griffin Road, and the race routes through the City Centre, Salthill and the Claddagh and especially finish at South Park.  A Record number of runners finished the race in a field which saw thousands of Galwegians and many tourists and visitors from Irish and UK athletics clubs, take to the City streets to run this iconic event. The race was once again sponsored by the Galway Clinic. National League finalGCH, Galway Men and Galway Ladies squads all compete in the National Track and Field League final which will be held in Tullamore next Sunday. The League is a team based event and Galway City Harriers Men’s team under Cliff Jennings  will be aiming for a podium finish  in the Premier spurred on the likes of Sean Breathnach in the field and Cillin Greene in the sprints . Likewise Galway Ladies will also aiming high, with Sarah Finnegan’s charges  featuring athletes from GCH, Craughwell and other county clubs, such as walker Maeve Curley of Craughwell, Sinead Treacy of Craughwell  and Nicole Walsh of GCH on the track , and Emma O’Hara of GCH in the field .Galway Men will have the task of trying to secure promotion from Division One, under managers Sean McDermott and Michael Tobin, with Craughwell, Castlegar, and Tuam AC clubs forming the backbone of the squad. Galway Clinic Streets of Galway 8k First three men (L to R): Damien Landers of Ennis Track, winner John Travers of Donore Harriers, and Rory Chesser of Ennis TrackJohn Travers of Donore Harriers won the 33rd edition of the famous Streets of Galway 8k Road Race held Saturday evening last around the city  ,with a superb front running performance, befitting his National champion status. Travers, Irish international and National 1500m champion, took off in the first kilometer from the lead pack, and established an early lead, which he was never to relinquish, winning in a time of 23.56 to take his first Streets victory. Connemara 100Thomas Klimas won the 100 mile race in Connemara held all day  Saturday, winning in 15 hours 48 minutes, with Andrew Darcy second and Rex Brillantes third. First lady home was Nicola Duffy National Masters Track and Field Championships Many of Galway’s top Masters athletes will compete at the National Masters Track and Field Championships to be held next Saturday in final which will be held in Tullamore next Saturday, including Ian Egan of Tuam and Martin McEvilly, Majella Loftus and Sonya King of GCH.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email FixturesCaltra 5kFriday, 17 August, 2018 next sees the Caltra 5k, which will incorporate the Galway AAI 5k Road Race Championships.All Galway clubs are encouraged to have teams of women and men competing in this event.Registration on the day from 6pm at the Caltra Community Centre or at: Race start is at 7.30pmlast_img read more

Fan card violates rights of majority, says data commissioner

first_imgBy George PsyllidesAN identity card that aims to tackle sports-related violence contravened the principle of proportionality because it was imposed on all fans when the trouble was in fact caused by a small group, personal data commissioner Yiannos Danielides said on Wednesday.The fan card, an identity card aimed at lifting anonymity of sports fans, was voted in August as a part of a bill proposed by the government to clamp down on hooliganism.But Danielides said it violated the principle of proportionality since the trouble was caused by a small group of 50 to 100 people and not the vast majority of fans.The commissioner said his office had not been consulted by parliament, nor the justice ministry, when drafting the bill. But Justice minister Ionas Nicoalou rejected the allegation on Wednesday that the ministry had not consulted the commissioner’s office.Danielides proposed restricting the fan card to people between 15 and 30 years of age – a group which included most of the troublemakers, he said, adding that there was no issue of discrimination.The fan card is fiercely opposed by organised fans, ostensibly because it provides authorities with the means to keep tabs on them.The measure is meant to come into effect on January 1, 2015, but it is highly unlikely as the national sports organisation, tasked with implementation, does not have the resources to do it right now.last_img read more

Frustrated McIlroy not happy with Wentworth start

first_imgBy Tony JimenezBritish fans, starved of top-notch golf for seven months, turned out in their droves for the BMW PGA Championship first round on Thursday and the main attraction was world number one Rory McIlroy.The Florida-based Northern Irishman, back on home soil for the first time since October, was less than satisfied with an opening one-under-par 71 and showed his displeasure with the occasional flash of indiscipline.Defending champion McIlroy tossed his club across the fairway in frustration after playing an errant second at the par-five 17th.“I felt myself getting a bit angry out there which I haven’t been doing the last few weeks,” he told reporters at the European Tour’s flagship event.“I just need to stay in control of my emotions because I feel like… if I’m a little tired or a little fatigued mentally I’ll start to be hard on myself.“I feel like my patience was sort of wearing thin out there today so I just need to try and stay a little bit more patient.”McIlroy, who lost his cool when he hurled a club into a water hazard at the WGC-Cadillac Championship in Florida in March, is playing in his fourth tournament in a row this week, an untypically busy schedule for the 26-year-old.There was a real buzz of excitement at the start of the round. The gallery was six deep around the first tee and hundreds of fans lined the fairways.The four-time major winner had to settle for an opening bogey after missing the green with his approach but he bounced back like a champion by sending a majestic tee shot to 15 feet at the short second and rolling in his birdie putt.He moved one under by sending his approach to within four feet of the cup on the fourth but dropped a shot after missing the green with his tee shot at the short fifth and then reeled off six consecutive pars.McIlroy, who has already won three times this year, birdied the 12th and 14th but a bogey five at the 13th meant he finished six strokes adrift of early leader Francesco Molinari of Italy.“I didn’t feel like any aspect of my game was really off today but at the same time I didn’t do anything that good either,” he said.“Physically I feel fine. I got back to my room in the hotel last night at 4.30 in the afternoon and didn’t leave until 6.30 this morning so there was 14 hours of rest.“But mentally I could feel myself getting a bit down on myself out there. I need to be aware of that and be conscious that I just need to try to keep everything on an even keel.”last_img read more

Tiger Woods told police he took Xanax: report

first_imgWoods, 41, was found asleep at the wheel on May 29 and arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.A breathalyzer test showed no alcohol in his system, and the 14-time major golf champion has said an “unexpected reaction to prescribed medications” led to the incident.Xanax can be prescribed to treat anxiety and depression as well as insomnia.In the report originally released by authorities, Xanax was not among the drugs listed on a line for “medical conditions” which did include the pain reliever Vicodin and the anti-inflammatory Vioxx — although Woods indicated he hadn’t used Vioxx for a year.Woods announced in May that he had undergone a fourth back surgery that would keep him off the course for the rest of the 2017 season.He attempted a comeback after more than a year away from the game late in 2016, but played in just three tournaments.He is scheduled to be arraigned in Palm Beach County Court on July 5.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Tiger Woods announced in May that he had undergone a fourth back surgery that would keep him off the course for the rest of the 2017 season © GETTY/AFP/File / DONALD MIRALLEMIAMI, United States, Jun 10 – Tiger Woods told police that he was taking Xanax the night he was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, an unredacted version of the police report obtained by the Golf Channel showed.The version of the Jupiter, Florida, Police Department report made public Friday after a request by the Golf Channel contained material redacted from the version released to media last week.last_img read more

All Blacks go for power against France

first_img0Shares0000New Zealand’s centre Ma’a Nonu (C) is tackled by Tonga’s lock Joseph Tuineau (L) and Tonga’s number 8 Viliami Ma’afu (R) during a Pool C match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup at St James’ Park in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, northeast England, on October 9, 2015. PHOTO/AFPCARDIFF, October 16- Ma’a Nonu won a battle with Sonny Bill Williams for a midfield start in New Zealand’s quarter final against France as coach Steve Hansen called out his big guns for Saturday’s crunch match.France coach Philippe Saint-Andre caused his own upset by dropping midfield powerhouse Mathieu Bastareaud for the game at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium. The match has reignited historical rivalries as France beat New Zealand in the 2007 quarter final at the same stadium. New Zealand in turn beat France just 8-7 in the final four years ago.“The big boys have to step up to the plate and the team that does this the best will move through to the next round. It’s as simple as that,” All Blacks coach Steve Hansen said when naming his side on Thursday.Captain Richie McCaw returns, having recovered from the leg injury that kept him out of the All Blacks final pool game against Tonga.He is one of four world players of the year, along with Kieran Read, Dan Carter and Brodie Retallick in a side which boasts an impressive 1,295 Test caps in total.Nehe Milner-Skudder won a contested wing berth in the powerful All Blacks side.The selection of Nonu ahead of Williams was always going to be a close call as was choosing between Milner-Skudder and Waisake Naholo.Wyatt Crockett will start at loosehead prop after Tony Woodcock’s campaign was ended by a serious hamstring strain in the All Blacks last pool match against Tonga.– Grudge match -Amidst mounting tensions, Hansen said there are great relations between France and New Zealand “apart from the Rainbow Warrior” — the notorious sinking of the Greenpeace flagship by French agents in 1985.He also had a dig at France’s Top 14 — the world’s wealthiest domestic rugby championship — saying it had made French rugby “dour”.France called up Morgan Parra and dropped Bastareaud to the bench among three changes to their side for the clash.Saint-Andre has handed starts to Parra, centre Alexandre Dumoulin and South Africa-born flanker Bernard Le Roux.The coach, who will leave his job after the World Cup, is also looking for aggression.“Against New Zealand we know that if we want to win we need to play on the front foot,” Saint-Andre said.“We know that if we don’t play well we are back home on Sunday with our head on the floor.”Parra comes in for Sebastien Tillous-Borde, who misses out on the match-day 23 altogether. South African-born Rory Kockott is named on the bench.Tillous-Borde has been one of Saint-Andre’s key men, starting 10 of France’s last 13 Test matches. Parra was favoured under Saint-Andre’s predecessor Marc Lievremont.But it will be only the third time Parra has linked up with veteran fly-half Frederic Michalak, who will retain kicking duties.“Morgan starts, he’s a big competitor. We’ve decided to start him and we’re counting on his leadership skills, especially with the forwards,” said Saint-Andre, still smarting from the 24-9 defeat by Ireland last weekend that condemned France to their unwanted clash with the All Blacks.“I expect first we get more ball than last week because the set piece wasn’t good.“We need more ball and to use it and play rugby. Last week, we were 70 percent in defence and only 30 percent in attack.”Captain Thierry Dusautoir is one of four survivors of the starting team that lost 8-7 to New Zealand in the 2011 final along with Parra, who then played fly-half, Nicolas Mas, a replacement this time, and Pascal Pape.Dimitri Szarzewski was also involved as a replacement like this time.Dusautoir also started in the famous 20-18 quarter-final win over the All Blacks in 2007, while Michalak and Szarzewski came on as replacements.Conrad Smith, Ma’a Nonu, Kieran Read, Richie McCaw, Jerome Kaino, Sam Whitelock and Owen Franks started for the All Blacks in the 2011 final with Sonny Bill Williams coming off the bench. Carter and McCaw played in the 2007 match.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

3 GM cars on 10 Best list

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champGM placed three vehicles in Car and Driver magazine’s 10 Best list for 2008, which appears in the January edition that became available this week.That’s fitting, because in 2004 Lutz took over responsibility for GM’s global product development.And GM is the only domestic company to make the top 10.Eight models are repeaters.GM’s nameplates on the current list are Chevrolet’s Malibu and Corvette and the Cadillac CTS. It’s the first top 10 for the CTS and Malibu, while the Corvette has racked up 14 nods.General Motors spokesman Jeffrey Holland said that having three nameplates on the Car and Driver list is good news.“It really kind of reinforces the fact that General Motors is coming out with some super-good products right now. It shows that some of our hard work and diligence on our turnaround is starting to pay off,” he said.And he notes that the midsize Malibu is popular with consumers.“We can’t build them fast enough to keep them on dealer lots,” he said.The editors at Car and Driver were impressed, too.“This year, the strong showing by General Motors proves that the company’s stable management and consistent strategy is really starting to pay off. For the new Chevy Malibu to make our list demonstrates that, for the first time in about 20 years, GM can compete with the likes of Toyota and Honda in the important family-sedan segment,” said Csaba Cserecq, the magazine’s editor in chief.The Accord returned to the list, for a record 22nd time, but with a brand new Accord that is completely different than last year’s model. And it’s the 17th appearance for the BMW 3-Series.Winners are selected by 12 of the magazine’s editors, who rate cars on a scale of 1 to 100 with a focus on functional performance, driving satisfaction and value.To be considered, each model must be available in the U.S. by January 2008 and cost less than $70,000 or 22 times the average transaction price last summer.Manufacturers must also provide a vehicle for testing by the Car and Driver staff.Winners from previous years are renominated if they meet the price criteria, the magazine said.This is the 26th year for the 10 Best list, and imports have accounted for more than 50 percent of the winners.Alisa Priddle, senior news editor at, said that the three GM models are impressive – especially the Malibu, which she tested back-to-back with the Toyota Camry.“The Malibu was definitely a better performer than the Camry,” she said.greg.wilcox@dailynews.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Finally, some Christmas cheer for those beleaguered execs at General Motors Corp.Robert A. Lutz fulfilled a pledge to deliver “benchmark” cars after becominga top executive in 2001.The company finally cracked an exclusive motoring list. And in a big way.last_img read more

Ayman al-Zawahri urges Sunnis to expel friends of U.S.

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! CAIRO, Egypt – Al-Qaida’s No. 2 Ayman al-Zawahri warned of “traitors” among insurgents in Iraq and called on Iraqi Sunni Arab tribes to purge those who help the Americans in a new videotape posted today on the Web. Al-Zawahri’s comments were aimed at undermining so-called “awakening councils” – the groups of Iraqi Sunni tribesmen that the U.S. military has backed to help fight al-Qaida in Iraq and its allies. Some Sunni insurgent groups have fought alongside American forces, and the U.S. military has touted the councils as a major factor in reducing violence in war-torn regions like Iraq’s Anbar province. In the 90-minute video, al-Zawahri warned of the “presence of hypocrites and traitors among the ranks of the mujahedeen working and fighting for the Americans.” The mujahedeen “must throw out the bribe-taking collaborators from among their ranks, those who sold out their faith and fight under the banner of the cross. They must expose them to the Muslim world,” al-Zawahri said. “Those who support the Americans are despicable scum,” he said, calling on the “noble tribes of Iraq, those that defend Islam, to stand up to this scum.” “The tribe or clan that does not cleanse itself of traitors and apostates will be remembered in history for generations as one of the collaborators and traitors,” he warned. “But any clan or tribe that defends Islam and crushes traitors … will be remembered in Arab history with pride and glory.” The video was made in the form of an interview of al-Zawahri by Al-Sahab, the media arm of al-Qaida. Al-Zawahri – wearing a white turban and robes – sat in front of shelves of Islamic theology and law books, answering questions from an unseen interviewer. Earlier this month, the Islamic State of Iraq – the insurgent coalition in Iraq linked to al-Qaida – announced a new campaign against members of awakening groups.last_img read more

ReadWriteWeb Events Guide, April 30 2011

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Fil-Am forward Kamaka Hepa commits to Texas

first_imgTrump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors In a report by, Hepa shared that he believes he could be a huge help for the Texas basketball program as he walks the same path previously trekked by NBA stars like Kevin Durant and LaMarcus Aldridge.“At Texas, I just felt like I could help turn the program around. After talking to coach (Shaka) Smart and coach Darrin Horn, building a relationship with them, I just felt really comfortable with them,” said Hepa, who traces his roots to Pangasinan.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingThe 6-foot-9 Hepa saw action in the 2017 NBTC National High School Championship last March with Filam Sports USA, where he was named as the Defensive Player of the Tournament.His stellar showing also earned him offers to play college ball here in the Philippines, with some of his suitors namely Ateneo, San Beda, and Adamson. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games MOST READ View comments Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Palace: Robredo back to ‘groping with a blind vision’ Narvasa insists he’s ‘always ensured parity in all decisions’ LATEST STORIES Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans Fil-Am forward Kamaka Hepa will be playing college ball in Texas.The 17-year-old slotman, who is ranked as the top prospect from Alaska and 51st among 2018 recruits, has bared his commitment with the Longhorns on Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. However, Hepa opted to remain in the United States where he is ranked as a four-star power forward after his stellar showing for Barrow High School in Alaska, where he was hailed as Gatorade Alaska Boys Basketball Player of the Year Awards twice before transferring to Jefferson High School in Portland, Oregon.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more