Corofin’s Gary Sice Looks Forward To The AIB GAA All-Ireland Senior Football Club Championship…

first_imgThe 1998 and 2015 club champions will face Nemo Rangers of Cork on March 17 at Croke Park, a clash of heavyweights at this level.The Galway five-in-a-row winners have had an arduous journey this year, twice needing extra time as they worked their way through Connacht, before playing almost the entirety of their semi-final victory over Moorefield with 14 men.As with the rest of the country, their preparations for the AIB All-Ireland club final have been hampered by the recent cold snap, but Sice downplays its significance. Now that the fields have thawed out, it’s business as usual.“Yeah it’s been okay, we’ve been lucky, we only had a day or two of snow down there,” he smiles. “Things seem to be drying up.“Everything is going to plan so far. Things are building up now a little bit. I’m teaching in the school now so things are getting wired up, so that’s good. It’s a pure football area so everyone is buying into it, which is great.”Martin Farragher was sent off in the opening moments of the semi-final win and his appeal was delayed because of the weather — with no decision made at the time of this interview. Farragher didn’t seem to make much contact with the Moorefield defender but had to walk to the line anyway.Many teams would have folded, but experience shone through for Corofin. In fact, it’s been a theme as another former champion, Na Piarsaigh, made it through their final-four hurling clash with Slaughtneil despite two red cards.“It was a tough game,” says Sice. “They were very organised, they were hungry, they hadn’t been there in a long time, but I think they might have underestimated how hungry we were.“We like the hard work, and the pitch was heavy in Tullamore and it didn’t help the game of football, and people said it was dour, but it couldn’t have been any other way with 14 on 15. We were just happy with the result and that’s what you want from a semi-final.“There was no panic, no panic at all. We didn’t really change our game plan or change our shape, we just went to work. That was the long and short of it, everyone put their shoulder to the wheel. Fitzy (full-back Kieran Fitzgerald) in particular started organising things and we drove on.”And so they are back to March 17, looking to regain a title they won three years ago. For the Galway side, whose last game at Croker was that final win over Slaughtneil in 2015, nerves shoulder certainly not be an issue. Been there, done that, they’ve worn the t-shirt.“Yeah it was the All-Ireland of 2015,” the forward explains of their last game at HQ. “A lot of guys have experience through county and what have you. So the idea of going to Croker… it’s a game, it’s not a big draw for us but it’s nice to be here all the same.“No,” Sice adds of nerves,” because a lot of our lads, one way or another, have experienced this. So they’ve been here and done it, so that won’t be an issue.”Corofin’s Gary Sice was speaking ahead of the AIB GAA All-Ireland Senior Football Club Championship Final taking place at Croke Park where they take on Nemo Rangers this Saturday, March 17th.For exclusive content and behind the scenes action throughout the AIB GAA & Camogie Club Championships follow AIB GAA on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat. Gary Sice of Corofin pictured ahead of the AIB GAA All-Ireland Senior Football Club Championship Final taking place at Croke Park on Saturday 17th of March where the Galway club will face Cork’s Nemo Rangers. For exclusive content and behind the scenes action throughout the AIB GAA & Camogie Club Championships follow AIB GAA on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat and www.aib.ie/gaa. Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile Gary Sice says the parish of Corofin is getting wired up as they prepare for the AIB All-Ireland club final on Paddy’s Day. Paddy Gumley of Nemo Rangers, left, and Gary Sice of Corofin are pictured ahead of the AIB GAA All-Ireland Senior Football Club Championship Final taking place at Croke Park on Saturday, 17th of March. For exclusive content and behind the scenes action throughout the AIB GAA & Camogie Club Championships follow AIB GAA on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat and www.aib.ie/gaa. Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfileprint WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email By Shane Stapletonlast_img read more

Sports Shorts

first_imgParade Magazine officially released its 32nd All-America team on Sunday in newspapers across the country. Rutgers women’s basketball saw its five incoming freshmen land on the first three squads. April Sykes (Crawford, Miss.) was named to the first team after averaging 25.5 points, 10.6 rebounds and 3.3 assists for East Oktibbeha High School this past season. Joining Sykes on the first team was Jasmine Dixon (Long Beach, Calif.). Dixon averaged 14.5 points and 10.4 rebounds per game this season for Long Beach Poly, winner of the California Division I State title. Brooklyn Pope, starring for Dunbar H.S. in Fort Worth, Texas, averaged nearly 25 points and 12.6 rebounds to earn a spot on the second team. Chelsey Lee (Miami, Fla.) was tabbed to the magazine’s third team. Lee, out of Parkway Academy, was named a Florida Class 3A First Team honoree last week. Nikki Speed (Pasadena, Calif.) also was named to the third team. The point guard averaged 12.1 points for Marlborough School. The Parade team, made up of 40 players, is selected by coaches, scouts, recruiters and media. Sykes was selected to the MaxPreps All-American first team last week, one of only five players to earn the honor. The second five on theMax Preps list included two Rutgers-bound freshmen, Dixon and Pope.last_img read more

Henderson hails Liverpool’s never-say-die spirit under Klopp

first_imgLiverpool captain Jordan Henderson believes the ‘never say die’ attitude instilled by boss Jurgen Klopp is an essential part of the team’s identity.The Reds were 25 points clear at the top of the Premier League when the programme was halted by the coronavirus pandemic.Henderson told Sky Sports News: “I feel as though that’s something the manager started to instil in the squad when he first came, right from the beginning.“I can remember him talking about never stopping and changing our mentality in a game. Always keep going, no matter what the score, right to the very end.”Henderson cited the fightback from 3-1 down to win a Champions League match against Klopp’s former club, Borussia Dortmund, 4-3 in 2016.The midfielder continued: “Look at games like Dortmund, coming back like we did, and little games in the Premier League that people might not have picked up on.“I think it’s a progression over a few years. This season has been massive, the consistency of it, it’s part of our identity that no matter what happens in a game we never stop and change our mentality until the game’s finished.”Henderson added that players are training and in touch with each other during the current coronavirus pandemic.He explained: “We’ve been given our own programme to do, to keep things ticking over. And we’re staying in contact.”last_img read more

Cellcom Partners with Facebook to Connect Liberia

first_imgCellcom Liberia Inc, announced at Mamba Point Hotel yesterday their exclusive collaboration in Liberia with Facebook to bring emergency internet access of key websites to their customers in Liberian through ‘Free Basics’ which is part of the internet.org social responsibility initiative by Facebook. In the presence of top government dignitaries including, Minister of Information Lewis Brown, Minister of Gender, Children & Social Protection Julia Duncan-Cassell, Minister of Youth & Sports Eugene Nagbe, Minister of Health Dr. Bernice Dahn, the Deputy Minister of Education Mr. Aagon Tingba, President of the Liberia Football Association Mr. Musa Bility, UNICEF Liberia’s Communications Manager Mr. Rukshan Ratman, Cellcom unveiled their ‘Cellcom’s Free Basics Campaign’ whereby their customers can, with immediate effect by dialing *777#, have emergency access to international news, sports, health, education, social networking and agriculture websites without using their data package.In 2012, when pioneering the internet revolution in Liberia with the advent of 4G internet service, Cellcom made a commitment to Liberians to increase their accessibility and affordability of the internet throughout the country. In launching this partnership with Facebook, Cellcom is giving access to the internet to their customers even if they have no data package or credit on their phones with Cellcom SIMs, officials said.“Cellcom is proudly doing its part to bring Liberians closer to the world by being the 7th in Africa and 18th in the world that Free Basics through Facebook’s internet.org has granted the rights to their platform,” officials said.Like in those other select countries, in Liberia only Cellcom users will have free access to Facebook (Data) and Facebook Messenger, as well as an additional 30+ varied websites such as bbc.com, superports.com, wikipedia.com and ask.com. In sync with Cellcom’s widest 4G network reach, including those in the rural areas, this commendable initiative will give, for example, a young student in Voinjama access to dictionary.com to help with her homework, a farmer in Kakata access to tambero.com for agriculture information, a doctor in Tappita access to malarianomore.org as well as UNICEFs Ebola information, the teacher in Paynesville access to thousands of books and the expectant mother in Edina access to pregnancy information on babycenter.com , just to name a few examples. As a tireless champion for the use of technology to benefit Liberians, Cellcom is aware that there are some people who have never had the opportunity to even use the internet in order to know the limitless font of knowledge it can bring to improve their lives, connect their communities and expand their knowledge of the world, officials said.During the program, Cellcom CEO Mr. Avishai Marziano said that “Connectivity is a human right. With ‘Free Basics’, we are not just helping people that don’t have access to the Internet, but we are really improving the country”. Effective immediately, Cellcom users in Liberia can make use of this exclusive international partnership to make sure that they are not left behind on the global stage.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Is a mobile counselling unit the best option?

first_imgDear Editor,If counselling is already available in each region, as recently pointed out by Chief Education Officer Marcel Hutson, shouldn’t the Ministry of Education ensure that all parents are aware of where and how this counselling can be accessed?Also, should there not be, at the minimum, trained lay counsellors at schools, to ensure each school has a minimum level of expertise to identify and refer all cases requiring counselling?And should there not also be a law mandating teachers to report issues such as suspected abuse, suicide ideation et al?As well, with the move to set up a mobile counselling unit, which will be driven into different areas (and) communities based upon the needs, how would this work for regions that can only be accessed by air?And what about the amount of time it would take to travel to distant areas such as, for example, Corriverton or the Pomeroon? And how effective would such a unit be, given that counselling is not a one-off measure, but has to be ongoing to ensure desired results? In fact has a cost benefit analysis been done with respect to this unit? With a pool of trained counsellors now available, would it not be less costly in terms of money, time and results to initially have all education districts staffed with trained counsellors who can also access other available needed resources? And with UG now offering a psychology program, secondary schools can also have their own counsellors within a few years.Sincerely,The Caribbean Voicelast_img read more

Burkinabe cleared to play as Namibia appeal fails

first_img0Shares0000JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, January 10 – Burkina Faso have been cleared to play in the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations after a legal bid by Namibia to have them disqualified failed, African football’s governing body CAF said on Tuesday.Namibia claimed Cameroon-born left-back Herve Zengue was ineligible to play against them in the qualifying competition and after two appeals to CAF failed, they took their case to the Switzerland-based Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).But a statement on the CAF website said the move to overturn the decision of its appeal board was dismissed with costs and Namibia must also contribute toward the legal costs incurred by the African body. The Cup of Nations will be staged in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea between January 21 and February 12 and Burkina Faso are in Malabo-based Group B with Ivory Coast, Angola and Sudan.Meanwhile from Lusaka, Zambia named a 23-man squad on Tuesday for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations between January 21 and February 12 in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea.The 1974 and 1994 runners-up play Senegal in their opening Group A fixture followed by matches against Libya and Equatorial Guinea, with the pool winners and runners-up advancing to the knockout stage.SquadGoalkeepers: Kalililo Kakonje (TP Mazembe/COD), Kennedy Mweene (Free State Stars/RSA), Joshua Titima (Power Dynamos)Defenders: Hichani Himonde, Francis Kasonde, Stopilla Sunzu (all Mazembe/COD), Kampamba Chintu (BIDVest Wits/RSA), Nyambe Mulenga (Zesco Utd), Joseph Musonda (Lamontville Golden Arrows/RSA), Davies Nkausu (SuperSport Utd/RSA)Midfielders: Felix Katongo, Nathan Sinkala (both Green Buffaloes), Isaac Chansa (Orlando Pirates/RSA), Noah Chivuta (Free State Stars/RSA), Rainford Kalaba (Mazembe/COD), Christopher Katongo (Henan Jienye/CHN), Chisamba Lungu (Ural Oblast/RUS), Clifford Mulenga (Bloemfontein Celtic/RSA), Jonas Sakuwaha (El Merreikh/SUD)Strikers: James Chamanga (Dalian Shide/CHN), Evans Kangwa (Nkana), Emmanuel Mayuka (Young Boys/SUI), Collins Mbesuma (Golden Arrows/RSA)0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Chelsea not so special? Why Nasri is right and Man City can be champions

first_img Samir Nasri celebrates scoring against Chelsea last year Manchester City star Samir Nasri has claimed Premier League title rivals Chelsea aren’t special, in a stinging attack.The French star’s comments come with Jose Mourinho’s side seven points ahead of City, with 13 games to play.Given that detail you might wonder why he’s so quick to downplay the Blues but, with a little explanation, it’s clear Nasri knows his history.He said: “We will just try to get as many points as possible and wait for the mistake.“They won in the last minute against Everton, so maybe next time they will draw. We just have to win our games and see what will happen. The season is still long, they have the Champions League and the final of the Capital One Cup as well, so have a lot of games to play.“If we reach 90 points we will be champions of England. If we win all of our games, it will put pressure on Chelsea.”The Citizens have been notoriously strong finishers in the last few seasons and have twice won the title, in 2012 and 2014, despite being several points off the lead in both campaigns.Chelsea, however, don’t have quite the same record when they get to the home straight.Back in 2012, across the final 13 games Manchester City claimed 29 out of a possible 39 points, where as Chelsea could only muster a dismal 21.A year later Chelsea fared marginally better than the Citizens, garnering four more points over the same span (25), but last year Manuel Pellegrini’s men trumped their title rivals again grabbing 32 points in comparison to Chelsea’s 26 under Mourinho, to win the Premier League trophy.With their squad boosted by the return of Yaya Toure and Wilfried Bony, there is every chance Man City will once again have a strong end to a season.And if they can focus until campaign’s conclusion, it’s possible Nasri and company can beat Chelsea’s ‘not so special’ side to top spot once more.Who do you think will win the Premier League title? Comment below… 1last_img read more

Mall crawl for 2: 140 new shops to race through

first_img10:10 a.m., Melt: An appropriate name for a gelato kiosk near the food court. With all the heat from the crowd and the opening-day cameras, the gelato is melting away, but not before we grab a lick of Cookies and Cream – a little sugar rush to push us down the mall. 10:14 a.m., Coffee Bean kiosk: Who can resist good, strong coffee samples to wash down the sweetness and send us on our way? Veteran shoppers need food and coffee to power them through their search. 10:16 a.m., Metro Park: New shop, one of 55 women’s stores in the mall, offers music, clothes and books, a kind of mini-Urban Outfitters with an emphasis on skulls – on T-shirts, jewelry, even a skull tie for $9. Energy drinks are sold in the back. Betsey Johnson jewelry in the display case. 10:20 a.m., Bebe Sport: Filled with black and red and pink spandex, first in the Valley. 10:23 a.m., Global Feet: Footwear for those on the go, one of 28 shoe stores booked in the mall. $94 Diesel sneakers for adults, $50 for kids and toddlers. 10:27 a.m., Zara: Deemed the cutest new store, this Spain-based chain is big on jackets, long and short. $149 for a black-and-silver glittery swing coat with big buttons. A welcome import. 10:35 a.m., Forth and Towne, New York & Co., H&M: We pass storefronts for these highly anticipated stores but sadly their doors are closed. Scheduled to open later this month. 10:40 a.m., Lacoste: Easily wins for brightest new shop with its trademark crayon colors. 10:45 a.m., A/X Armani: Cute black-and-white polka-dot jacket. $160. 10:59 a.m., Carousel: After perusing all the stores in the new wing of the mall in less than 60 minutes (not a personal best, but close), our visit is capped with a ride on a snarling tiger on the two-story carousel. At $2 a pop, it’s an affordable way to rest the feet and relax after a whirlwind shopping spree. diana.charkalis@dailynews.com (818) 713-3760160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John Phillips 9:30 a.m., Preshop: After a quick VIP breakfast of vegetable strata and fresh berries, we headed off to the makeup tailgating party in a big white tent in the Nordstrom parking lot. There, representatives from all the major makeup lines “demo’d” new products. We chose MAC. The Bronze and Brazen lip color was a bit off-putting, but what really caught our eye were the MAC models – two men and a woman fully made up and clad in gold stretch outfits looking so very “Louis XIV meets Ziggy Stardust.” “We’re the MAC makeup `visuals,”‘ explained a sparkly Bradley Hughes. “People keep asking us when we’re going to perform,” complained a bronzed Eric Wilcox. 9:55 a.m.: The line of shoppers waiting to get inside Nordstrom snakes around the building. “We don’t want anyone to get hurt,” said a security guard, gently guiding an older woman out of the path of the eager throng. 10:01 a.m., Target: Nabbed a wide black cinch belt for $17.99, to be paired with a houndstooth dress and tights. The new two-story store has no lines yet; salespeople stand on alert, ready to serve. The Christmas aisles are bright and full of merchandise. Other cute items: pleated knit skirts in black and plum, $22.99. center_img CANOGA PARK – Grand opening. Nothing brings a gleam to a shopaholic’s eyes like those two little words. With the unveiling Friday of nearly 140 new shops at the Westfield Topanga mall, our hunger for fresh merchandise was insatiable. But what were two time-strapped editors on deadline to do? We hit the mall for a fast-paced spree to see what we could see (and eat and purchase) in just 90 minutes. Here’s what we found: last_img

Sam Allardyce tells talkSPORT he has pulled out of running for Everton job

first_imgSam Allardyce has told talkSPORT he is no longer interested in the Everton job.The ex-England boss emerged as a leading contender to take charge at Goodison Park after Ronald Koeman’s sacking in October.Allardyce, who left Crystal Palace in May, had expressed an interest in holding talks with the Merseyside club.But the 63-year-old says hesitancy from Everton over whether to offer him the role has resulted in him pulling out of the running.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, Allardyce said: “It never materialised as I thought it would unfortunately.“For me, such a long time without a decision, I had to make a decision myself.“The decision is that it is probably better it wasn’t me.“It is a fabulous football club. It would have been a fabulous job, but it just didn’t feel right.“I think when you’re sat in my position you want people to be decisive and feel like they want you. I didn’t quite get that feeling overall. They were hesitating that I was the man.”‘If Everton want Marco Silva from Watford, they should pay whatever is needed and get it done’, Richard Dunne sayslast_img read more

Equipment woes in L.A. stall flights

first_imgSouthern California’s air traffic was disrupted Monday for the second time in three weeks when a runway navigation system failed at Los Angeles International Airport and triggered delays for thousands of passengers nationwide. Officials were working to determine what caused the instrument-landing system for Runway 25-Right to fail at 9:17 a.m. The Federal Aviation Administration said there were delays of more than an hour for all flights headed to LAX from around the country. “The Federal Aviation Administration is looking at the equipment to determine what went wrong,” LAX spokesman Paul Haney said. “We did what we call turning the airport around to allow easterly takeoffs, and it took about 35 minutes to accomplish that. After that, it was a matter of playing catch-up to get the other planes out.” LAX, the world’s fifth-busiest airport, usually has two incoming and two outgoing runways. On July 31, the airport closed one arrival runway for a $333 million relocation project. To compensate, one of the departure runways was handling landings, too. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.It was the shared runway that had the problem Monday. Each landing strip is outfitted with its own instrument-landing system that acts as a beacon to guide planes onto arriving runways. By 10:45 a.m., controllers changed the landing configuration and reversed the direction of all flights, so the damaged equipment was not needed, FAA spokesman Mike Fergus said. The FAA also put a ground-delay program into effect for all airports in the United States and Canada, Fergus said, and the number of landings, usually about one a minute, was reduced to 32 an hour. The agency also transferred responsibility to San Diego for LAX air traffic control. An official with the National Air Traffic Controller Association said the equipment problem wreaked havoc with air service across the country. “There were planes all over the skies,” NATC spokesman Tony Vella said. “We’re not only talking about the airplanes trying to land, but we’re also talking about airplanes that (were) probably waiting at some other airport to get to Los Angeles. It was a mess.” Vella said the controllers organization will closely watch what the FAA determines caused the problem. Passengers at LAX were told to expect waits up to two hours before the system was able to catch up with all the incoming flights. Some flights were placed in a holding pattern as they waited for approval to land. Haney said pilots had been ordered to use the instrument-landing system because early morning fog and haze had created limited visibility at the airport. Haney said the equipment at LAX is considered state of the art so there was no immediate answer to what went wrong. Just three weeks earlier, more than 500 flights were delayed, diverted or canceled when a backup power system failed at the Palmdale air traffic control center that directs jetliners flying in and out of Southern California. The three-hour outage July 18 occurred while the center was running on backup generators that started automatically after a vehicle knocked down a utility pole four miles away. That problem backed up flights across parts of the Western United States and Canada and shut down all telephone, electrical and radar functions at LAX. The Associated Press contributed to this report. rick.orlov@dailynews.com (213) 978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more