first_imgVan Barneveld, a decade after beating Taylor in a last leg shoot-out in the 2007 final, dished out a 5-3 win in the quarter-finals to set up a tie against Michael van Gerwen, who earlier beat Daryl Gurney 5-1.Taylor, the 16-time world champion and third seed, has now gone four years without adding to his unrivalled trophy haul after falling short against an opponent he has beaten 56 times since first playing him in 1990.Taylor’s illustrious history at the World Championship includes a 2009 win in the final against Van Barneveld, plus two semi-final victories since, but their latest meeting occasionally resembled a pair of battle-worn heavyweights trying to recapture past glories.A nervy opener went Van Barneveld’s way on a knife edge, before the Dutchman found some rhythm with a stylish 152 checkout. That, however, wasn’t enough to prevent Taylor completing the match’s first break of throw to take the second set.Taylor’s chest was puffed out throughout the third and Van Barneveld appeared hesitant, missing three doubles and going bust inside the same leg. Nobody looked more dumbfounded than Taylor when, having missed twice at double 20 for the set, Van Barneveld stumbled over the line to go 2-1 up.Taylor’s mood worsened and he was reduced to stomping angrily off stage when Van Barneveld, after an outstanding 167 finish on the bullseye, added a 120 checkout for a 3-1 lead.Three straight legs reduced the deficit for Taylor, who then hit a 12-darter and survived a wobble to put back-to-back sets together, and draw level at 3-3.Taylor’s worries were epitomised in the next set where he required a 121 finish to prevent Van Barneveld claiming a 4-3 lead. With his progression largely dependent on one shot at double 14, he missed.A stunning bullseye finish gave five-time champion Van Barneveld his first win over Taylor since the 2007 final.Earlier, Van Gerwen was scarcely troubled by 24th seed Daryl Gurney in a straightforward 5-1 win.The world No 1 started with aggressive intent, plundering two 12-dart legs including checkouts from 101 and 170 inside the first set.Gurney, whose run-ins with the Ally Pally crowd were consigned to the past, replied with a 142 finish then took the second set after both players missed a winning dart.Van Gerwen’s stunning 170 finish on the bullseye, his second of the match and his fourth of the tournament, put him 2-1 ahead before Gurney’s sprightly resistance began to fade.Gurney missed nine doubles to break Van Gerwen in the next set and duly found himself 3-1 down, before the Dutchman sneaked a closer set to extend his lead. The Dutchman routinely manoeuvred through his fifth set to stay in the hunt for a second world title.last_img read more

first_imgJan 15 (Reuters) – Highlights of Tuesday’s second day of the Australian Open, the first Grand Slam tournament of the year (all times GMT):0612 BOUCHARD RELISHING TEST AGAINST ‘GREATEST-EVER’ SERENACanada’s Eugenie Bouchard said she was in awe of Serena Williams ahead of a second round meeting with the 23-times Grand Slam winner.“I think she’s the greatest ever. So it’s just so cool that I’ll be able to share the court with her and an opportunity to see how I compare to one of the best players,” Bouchard said.“Her ranking is top 20 right now, but to me she’s always number one. I admire the longevity of her career, her dominance over such a long amount of time, how she’s come back so many times from injury, pregnancy.“I don’t want to talk about it too much and put her on too much of a pedestal because I have to play her in two days, but I love her.”READ MOREZverev overpowers Bedene to move into second roundRuthless Serena makes strong start in Melbourne return‘Vote for me!’ says political animal KeysBrave Murray bows out of Australian Open after epic comebackFederer serves up a dominant first-round win against IstominChampion Wozniacki through to second round with a comfortable winDimitrov bets on coach Agassi for Grand Slam breakthroughKerber untroubled as Australian Open campaign gets underwaySeamless Nadal drubs Australian Duckworth in Melbourne openerSharapova doles out dreaded double bagel to DartHalep faces tricky test against Kanepi in Melbourne openerAustralian Open order of play on Tuesday0535 CHUNG RALLIES TO BEAT KLAHNLast year’s Australian Open semi-finalist Chung Hyeon dropped the first two sets before sealing a 6-7(5) 6-7(5) 6-3 6-2 6-4 win over American Bradley Klahn.0500 ZVEREV OFF TO FLYER AGAINST BEDENEATP Finals champion Alexander Zverev stamped his authority as one of the main contenders for the year’s first Grand Slam, thumping Aljaz Bedene 6-4 6-1 6-4.The German hit 11 aces and 35 winners during a controlled display to prevail in a little under two hours.0445 KASATKINA FALLS TO BACSINSZKYRussian 10th seed Daria Kasatkina made a slew of mistakes in her 6-3 6-0 defeat by Switzerland’s Timea Bacsinszky to crash out of the tournament. Kasatkina served nine double faults and had 24 unforced errors to hand the advantage to her rival.0440 MUGURUZA TOO GOOD FOR ZHENGFormer world number one Garbine Muguruza defeated China’s Zheng Saisai 6-2 6-3 in 75 minutes.Muguruza, who has slipped to number 18 in the rankings after an inconsistent 2018, meets Johanna Konta in the second round after the Briton overcame local hope Ajla Tomljanovic 7-6(4) 2-6 7-6(7).0312 NISHIKORI SURVIVES SCAREKamil Majchrzak had eighth seed Kei Nishikori on the ropes with a two-set lead before severe cramps in his left quadricep and right hand forced him to eventually retire from the contest.With Majchrzak’s movement restricted, Nishikori levelled the match at two sets each and went ahead in the decider before the Polish qualifier retired with the score at 6-3 7-6(6) 0-6 2-6 0-3.0241 MERCILESS SERENA BLASTS PAST MARIASerena Williams began her quest for a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title with a 6-0 6-2 thrashing of Germany’s Tatjana Maria in 49 minutes to cruise into the second round.The American next faces Eugenie Bouchard who outclassed Peng Shuai 6-2 6-1.0143 PLISKOVA SAFELY THROUGHFormer world number one Karolina Pliskova eased past Czech compatriot Karolina Muchova 6-3 6-2 in 69 minutes to improve her record against qualifiers at all majors to 5-1.“It’s a good start. I’m happy I saved some time on court… but it’s always tough to play a Czech girl,” Pliskova said.“I would say I’m lucky because I’m always playing them at every tournament, so I’m happy that I’m through.”0130 KEYS BUNDLES OUT LOCAL HOPEAmerican 17th seed Madison Keys, a 2015 semi-finalist at Melbourne Park, began her campaign with an easy 6-2 6-2 victory over Australian wildcard Destanee Aiava as they opened play on the main showcourt Rod Laver Arena.The 23-year-old Keys had too much power for the highly-rated Aiava and will meet either France’s Pauline Parmentier or Russia’s Anastasia Potapova in the second round.0010 PLAY UNDERWAY AT MELBOURNE PARKPlay got underway on schedule under sunny skies at 11 a.m. local time (0000 GMT) with the temperature hovering just under the 27 degrees Celsius mark with a forecast high of 33C.last_img read more

first_img1 Koke in action for Atletico Madrid Manchester City and Chelsea target Koke will soon be subject of a bid from Barcelona, according to reports in Spain.The Catalan side had their heart set on signing the Atletico Madrid and Spain marvel in the summer but the chance to sign Luis Suarez from Liverpool could not be missed and the bulk of their budget went on the Uruguayan.Barca bosses believe midfield lynchpin Xavi will leave the club soon and finding a replacement is at the top of their agenda.Barca’s attempts to land the 22-year-old in June were met with little encouragement from Atletico or the player so Madrid used the summer to offer the midfielder a new deal that runs until 2019 and includes a massive buyout clause of £55m.However, Atletico are facing testing financial times and manager Diego Simeone is likely to be asked to raise funds by selling one of his big stars during the upcoming transfer window, with Koke their most valuable asset.Chelsea are long-time admirers of Koke but the fantastic form of Cesc Fabregas and midfield partner Nemanja Matic means Koke is no longer a necessity and could not be guaranteed a starting spot.City, though – after a disappointing season so far – could look to freshen up their core with a move for the playmaker and set-piece specialist so Barcelona will be working hard to beat the Premier League side in the race for his signature.last_img read more

first_imgOpening statements were scheduled to begin today in Van Nuys Superior Court for a triple murder that destroyed a family four years ago and rocked a quiet Sun Valley community with violence. Julian Arturo Beltran, 32, faces three counts of murder for the 2002 slayings of estranged girlfriend Mariana Michelle Barahona, 24, and the couple’s two daughters, Marissa Beltran, 6, and Natalie Beltran, 2. He has pleaded not guilty to all charges in a case that Los Angeles police have labeled domestic violence. The couple had an eight-year relationship, but they were separated at the time of the murder. Beltran had walked out on the family three months before, authorities said. (818) 713-3746160Want 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 MORECalifornia’s bungled $1 billion accounting system Police said Beltran returned to their rented house on the 7400 block of Craner Avenue on Jan.23, 2002, and stabbed the three females to death. He then fled to Orange County, where after midnight he called 911 with suicidal threats. Orange County Sheriff’s deputies tracked the call to an intersection in Anaheim. When they arrived, Beltran stood outside his car with his wrists bleeding. He refused to drop his knife. Deputies said Beltran was likely trying to commit suicide-by-cop by approaching police with a weapon in the expectation that authorities would shoot him. Instead, they fired bean bag rounds at Beltran. During his arrest, police said Beltran admitted to the killings. Since then, he has remained at Twin Towers Correctional Facility in downtown Los Angeles. last_img read more

first_imgCardiff City manager Neil Warnock has opened up to talkSPORT about the experience of dealing with the tragic death of Emiliano Sala.Sala was on board a plane which crashed into the English Channel on January 21, just a few days after he had completed a record £15m move to the English club from Nantes. 4 The poignant tributes to Emiliano Sala outside the Cardiff City stadium gameday cracker 4 Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Bobby Reid holds up a t-shirt paying tribute to Sala after scoring against Bournemouth “I just think it does bring you together, I think everyone looks at everybody around the dressing room and it could have been any of us.“I think that’s the eerie part about it all, I think when you look at his family and the way they’ve been super and taken it on board and the mourning.“And, when it first happened, one or two of the lads took it really badly – especially a couple of the young lads.“Because it doesn’t happen, things like this don’t happen. It’s like, whatever comes along next you have to do deal with it.” 4 REVEALED PREMIER LEAGUE LATEST Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card no dice REVEALED Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Sala’s body was recovered after the crash The Bluebirds have taken Sala to their hearts tense huge blow shining Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City After a desperate search for both the Argentine and pilot David Ibbotson, Sala’s body was discovered, but Ibbotson is still yet to be found.Asked how the horrific events have affected him and all those at the club, Warnock told Drivetime: “You wake up and you don’t think about anything else, other than the boy and his family.“It is so strange that football almost becomes irrelevant at times.“It’s one of those things that you’re almost looking on from a distance and it was nice to get back playing, I must admit.“It was something to take your mind off of everything that was going on.“When you’ve got a group of boys like I’ve got, and fans like I’ve got, it doesn’t half help you when you’re in this situation. Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT “I get criticised because every club I go to people say I tend to say that about all of them.“But these have been exceptional, the fans here.” 4 “You wake up and don’t think about anything but the boy and his family.”“Football becomes irrelevant at times.”“When you look around the dressing room, it could have been any of us.” Neil Warnock talks to @talkSPORTDrive about Emiliano Sala’s death 🙏— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) February 11, 2019 Kenneth Zohore’s late winner at Southampton last weekend prompted emotional celebrations with the ecstatic players and the travelling Bluebirds in the away end.With tributes still pouring in and a temporary memorial placed outside the club’s stadium, Warnock heaped praise on the fans who raised awareness across the globe.“It just seemed surreal,” he added. “It just seemed like it wasn’t happening.”“It has been so traumatic but the fans…I’ve never heard anything like it.last_img read more

first_imgThe appointment will also see former Celtic captain and current under-18s’ coach, Stephen McManus stepping up the position of reserve team coach to work alongside Tommy McIntyre.The Premiership champions announced the move 24 hours after extending their 100% start to the domestic season with a 1-0 win at Hamilton. Former Celtic defender Darren O’Dea has returned to the club as manager of the under-18s.O’Dea, who has been capped 20 times for Republic of Ireland, played for Celtic for six years between 2006 and 2012.During his time in the Hoops he won two league titles, a Scottish Cup and a League Cup, scoring a goal in the 2-0 final win over Rangers in 2009.He re-joins Celtic from Motherwell where he was part of the academy coaching staff.last_img

first_imgRenfrow and Elder were transported to and lodged in the Dubois County Security Center.  LaRoche was assisted by the Ferdinand Police Department.Arrested and Charges:Derek T. Renfrow, 26, New Albany, INShane L. Elder, 19, New Albany IN– Possession of Cocaine, Level 6 Felony– Possession of Methamphetamine, Level 6 Felony– Possession of a Schedule II Controlled Substance, Class A Misdemeanor– Possession of a Schedule IV Controlled Substance, Class A Misdemeanor– Possession of Marijuana, Class B Misdemeanor A weekend traffic stop for a violation resulted in two men being jailed on several drug charges.Derek T. Renfrow, 26, New Albany, INShane L. Elder, 19, New Albany INOn Saturday morning, Master Trooper Brian LaRoche pulled over a vehicle for speeding on Interstate 64 at the Ferdinand exit.  LaRoche identified the driver as 26 year old Derek T. Renfrow and the passenger as 19 year old Shane L. Elder, both of New Albany, and learned that the two were coming from Harrison County.During the course of the traffic stop, LaRoche gained consent to search the vehicle.  LaRoche found a small flashlight that, rather than containing batteries, was packaged with a bag holding a white powder substance that field tested positive for cocaine.  The flashlight additionally contained a bag with Zanax and hydrocodone pills, as well as a bag containing marijuana.  Both Renfrow and Elder were placed into custody.While searching Elder, LaRoche found a bag containing a powder that field tested positive as  methamphetamine.  LaRoche later learned that the methamphetamine belonged to Renfrow, but was being held by Elder.last_img read more

first_imgU.S. Senator Todd Young (R-Ind.) today hosted a ceremony with U.S. Navy Secretary Richard V. Spencer announcing the Navy’s intent to name a guided-missile destroyer in honor of Senator Richard G. Lugar at the Indiana War Memorial in Indianapolis. The future warship will be named USS RICHARD G. LUGAR. Senator Young was joined by the Lugar family and members of the Indiana delegation for the event.“When Senator Richard Lugar passed away in April of this year, Indiana and the entire country lost a great statesman. It was clear to me in the days after his passing that our country needed to do something significant in his memory that recognizes his legacy as a Navy veteran, a public servant, and Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee,” said Senator Young. “Today, we announced such a tribute. A future Naval guided-missile destroyer will now be named in his honor.”“Senator Lugar dedicated his life to his country, first through service in the U.S. Navy then through service in Congress,” said U.S. Navy Secretary Richard V. Spencer. “I am honored to name a future Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer after him. It is fitting this class of ship should bear Senator Lugar’s name, just as he served under Admiral Burke in life. This ship and her crew will continue his legacy of service, safeguarding the safety and security of America and her allies all over the world.” “On behalf of the entire Lugar family we are beyond grateful to Senator Young, Senator Braun, and U.S. Navy Secretary Spencer for their leadership that has brought us together for this wonderful occasion. Knowing that someday the brave women and men of the United States Navy shall set sail on the USS Richard G. Lugar to serve and protect the United States of America is an incredible way to honor our father’s legacy of public service to our country. He would be so humbled but also so proud at this moment. Richard Lugar loved his service in the United States Navy working with Admiral Burke and has a long and wonderful history of working with the men and women of the United States Navy in many capacities. We are honored to share this moment with each of you and our fellow Hoosiers,” said the Lugar Family. “Senator Richard Lugar is a towering figure in Hoosier history and one of the greatest statesmen ever to serve in the U.S. Senate, and all Hoosiers should be proud that the Navy has decided to honor his legacy of service in this way,” said Senator Mike Braun.In June, Senator Young and Senator Mike Braun (R-Ind.) introduced an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act that called for the Navy’s next unnamed Arleigh Burke Class Destroyer warship to be named in honor of the late Senator Lugar. As the sole authority to name Navy ships resides with the Secretary of the Navy, Secretary Spencer called Senator Young shortly after the amendment was introduced to inform him of the Navy’s decision to name a ship after Senator Lugar.  Senator Lugar volunteered for the U.S. Navy and served his country as an officer from 1957-1960, including as an intelligence briefer to then Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral Arleigh Burke. As Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Senator Lugar was a leader in reducing the threat of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons bypassing and overseeing the implementation of the bipartisan Nunn-Lugar program, which deactivated more than 7,600 nuclear warheads, millions of chemical munitions, and several thousand nuclear-capable missiles, and continues to perform non-proliferation missions in more than forty countries.last_img read more

first_imgAN ETHAN Coll goal sealed a 2-1 win for Kildrum Tigers and move the side into second place in the Donegal League Premier Division at the expense of Castlefin Celtic.Castlefin Celtic 1     Kildrum Tigers 2Kildrum left Castlefin with all three points after a hard fought 2-1 win in Parkview. The hosts started the brighter and took the lead in the 13th minute when Ian Ward latched on to a JP Malley flick on, he raced down the right and unleashed an unstoppable strike into the top corner.The visitors responded with a William Lynch effort but it was well saved by Anthony Sweeney in the home goals. In the second half the visitors drew level when Del Crossan was fouled in the box and Lynch slotted home the resulting penalty with 49 minutes played. In the 54th Emmet White went close with a free kick from 25 yards but it just went wide of the post.The hosts created another chance but a Matthew O’ Rourke header just flew wide after a Malley cross from the left.Castlefin looked more likely to hit the winner, O’Rourke again went close after a shot from 20 yards with 15 minutes left. In the 85th minute Castlefin were caught on the break when the ball broke to Kildrum’s Lynch and he played through Ethan Coll who broke clear and slotted home to give the visitors the lead.Best for Castlefin: Damien McAnenny. Best for Kildrum: William Lynch. Referee: Liam McLaughlinRathmullan Celtic 2     St. Catherines 2Sub Barry Rose netted a late, late equaliser for the visitors at the Flagpole as Rathmullan and St. Catherines were forced to settle for a point each.In truth, the result does little for either side in the scrap for points and the home side surely thought they had the game won when Kevin Doran volleyed them 2-1 in front on 90 minutes. On a wet and murky afternoon by the Seaside, there was plenty additional time from referee Joe McHugh and Killybegs made the most of it to snatch a share of the spoils. It was the Fishermen that got first blood.Ryan Cunningham stepped away from a covering challenge and slammed home a shot from 18 yards. Rathmullan weren’t behind for long however, skipper Eoin Sheridan rifling home a powerful low shot that had enough on it to evade the dive of Michael Mullin.The game was level at the break and, in truth, the second half was a tight affair which had all the hallmarks of being settled by a third goal if at all. It was the home side that duly found that elusive goal in the 90th minute with a goal of real quality. Dara Patton cushioned a long clearance from Mark Gallagher into the path of Ryan Connolly just inside the Killybegs half.Connolly’s diagonal pass was straight into the path of the marauding James Gallagher and his teasing left-footed cross found Doran lurking at the far post to divert the ball over the line with great control. That looked to be that, but a resolute visiting side summoned one last push. From a long punt, the ball was flicked goalwards and while Gallagher was alert to deny Dan Breslin, the follow-up was squared across the goal line and Rose was on hand to bundle home and prick Rathmullan’s late joy in the process. As is so often is, this was a battle from start to finish between these clubs and on a tough, tough day for football, both sets of players will eventually be soothed having not seen their efforts go unrewarded.Temple Domestic Appliances Division OneRaphoe Town 2     Gweedore United 2Raphoe Town and Gweedore United shared the spoils today in a 2-2 draw.Raphoe opened the scoring after 10 minutes when Colin Laird fired home from close range. Raphoe dominated most of the first half however Gweedore pulled one back through Peter Barry with ten minutes remaining before half time.Raphoe started sharpest in the second half and were rewarded with a goal from Oliver Quinn. Missed chances  from Raphoe  saw Gweedore come back again with Ciaran McFadden equalising to level it all level at the full time whistleGweedore Celtic 4     Glenree United 2This game was played in dreary conditions at an Screaban.The Celts opened the scoring on 10 minutes through a Tommy Diver penalty after Eamonn McGee was taken down in the area.The second half was a much more lively affair and Glenree soon equalised 2 minutes into the half through Nicholas Ellis. Gweedore responded quickly and regained the lead just a few minutes later after Colin Ferry converted a long throw-in from Odhran Mc Niallais.On 60 minutes Andrew Kelly scored a great volley to level proceedings once again. Colin Ferry then latched onto a long ball from Joe Bonner and managed to dribble past three defenders before finishing with a well weighted chip over the advancing keeper. The Screaban men then put the game to bed when Eamonn McGee rose to flick home a Jamie Boyle corner.Micheal Mc Kelvey made a fantastic save from close range late on. The topsy-turvy game finished 4-2 to Gweedore.Donegal Town 5     Bonagee United 1Donegal started the game the better of the two teams and found themselves a goal to the good after 20 minutes.Daniel McHugh’s free kick finding the top corner. Donegal had a number of chances to double their lead in the first half but the Bonagee goalkeeper pulled of a number of fine saves.It was 1-0 to Donegal at half time. Donegal had a fast start to the second half. Stephen Curneen doubled Donegal’s lead on 50 minutes when he headed home Eoin Slevin’s cross to the front post.Daniel McHugh got Donegal’s third on 55 minutes with a neat chip over the Bonagee keeper. Ben Sweeney got Donegal’s fourth and Stephen Curneen rounded off the scoring for Donegal late in the game.Lee M Monagle got a late consolation goal for Bonagee when he turned his marker and finished well from inside the Donegal box.Keadue Rovers 3      Deele Harps 0Keadue Rovers were comfortable winners over Deele Harps at Central Park on Sunday in a vital battle just above the relegation zone.Keadue were ahead by the 10th minute when David Ward’s free kick from the left was flicked to the net by Sean Yank Boyle.It was still 1-0 at the break despite another good effort saved just before half time by the Deele keeper. After the break though, Deele were much the brighter with a number of efforts, the best of which was saved by Hugh Boyle in the Keadue goals in the48th minute.To their credit, Keadue started to get a hold on things just before the hour mark and went 2-0 up when Conor Greene was on hand to slot home at the far post after good work down the right hand side.They went 3-0 up on sixty five minutes when Corey Gallagher headed in at close range from a corner. At that stage Keadue introduced a few subs and still maintained a good attack with a number of chances falling to both Conor Greene and Ryan Greene and the home side ended the game much the stronger and could well have won by a greater margin.A solid and dogged team performance from Deele Harps while best for Keadue were Sean Yank Boyle, Danny Mc Glynn and Hugh Moy.CT Ball Division TwoDrumkeen United 4     Whitestrand United 1Drumkeen got the new year off to a winning start at home to Whitestrand on Sunday but the game was a lot closer than the final scoreline would suggest.The home team led by two goals at half time and it was no more than they deserved. The half time scoreline could have been a lot worse for Whitestrand only for their Keeper Paddy Kelly who made several good saves to keep Drumkeen at Bay.The deadlock was finally broken on 35 minutes when Paddy Kelly made another save but this time the ball came back out to Jason Moore and he made no mistake from eight yards.Having found it hard to get a goal Drumkeen got their second soon after. Aaron Doherty turned provider when his cross from the right was headed home superbly by Lee Kennedy to give the home team a two goal lead at half time.All the Whitestrand pressure eventually did pay off as they pulled back a goal from an unexpected source. They were awarded a free kick on the half way line which was taken by goalkeeper Paddy Kelly. We will never know if he meant it or not but his free kick went all the way and ended up in the back of the Drumkeen net.He tried the same thing a little later from a similar position but this time Michael Gibson was on his line and managed to get a hand to the ball and push it on to the crossbar. Drumkeen were getting a bit nervous now as they now only led by a goal, Michael Guthrie was introduced as a sub by Drumkeen Manager Sam Hegarty and it proved to be a good decision as the young player added a third goal when he calmly slotted the ball home from 8 yards to ease the home nerves and ensure the points were staying in Drumkeen.The home team added a fourth goal near the end which was a bit unfortunate for the Whitestrand keeper as a shot deflected off one of his defenders giving him no chance of saving it.Letterbarrow Celtic 1     Dunkineely Celtic 0This match was reversed to Darney Park after Letterbarrow’s pitch was unplayable.A minute of silence was held for Leo Gorman and Mary Gallagher. The match started with a frantic pace with Dunkineely creating many chances and nearly getting there just reward with a great effort by Aaron Byrne who was denied by the crossbar. Letterbarrow were awarded a penalty on the 56th minute which was slotted home by Alan Foxton. Dunkineely pushed on but couldn’t find the back of the net.Eany Celtic 3      Lifford Celtic 2A gutsy performance from a young Eany side saw their good run continue and another three points notched up when they brought Lifford Celtic’s unbeaten run to an end in Eany Park.It was the home side that started the brightest and strikers Mc Groarty and Griffin went close in the early exchanges. In the 20th minute a fine cross by Caolan Gaffney found Paul Mc Groarty in the box and he set Stephen Griffin up to fire home from close range.The visitors stepped up a gear and had a purple patch for ten minutes and this yielded a goal when Ross Porter found himself in space in the Eany box to score the equaliser on the half hour. The game looked like going to halftime 1-1 but Stuart Johnson made the most of another Mc Groarty cross and put Eany ahead in the 40th minute.Lifford came out in the second half and found some rhythm and got back on terms on the hour when Jason Mc Brearty scored after a fine breakaway run.Both sides worked hard for the three points but with ten minutes remaining Aidan Meehan stole in at the back post to get Eany’s third and decisive goal. Good team performances from both sides. Referee: Michael MulhernCurragh Athletic 1     Cranford United 4The game between Curragh and Cranford ended 4-1 to the visitors.The game was played in perfect conditions. It was Curragh to strike first after just 6 minutes with Gavin Sweeney latching on to a great Mikey Grant corner.Cranford pressed hard and on 35 minutes got their reward. Cranford led at the break 2-1 . The second have saw Curragh start well and pushed looking for a goal but Cranford stood strong.Glencar Inn Saturday DivisionArranmore United 1     Dunlewey Celtic 0This was a hard fought victory for the Islanders as Dunlewey made it very difficult for Arranmore.Dunlewey started better and with the aid of the breezy conditions made it very busy for the Arranmore backline. The home team gradually came into the game and Ruan Reynolds had a good effort come off the post. Shortly afterwards Martin Proctor should have done better when in a good position.On the half hour Arranmore took the lead when returning talisman Gavin McGlanaghey sprung the offside trap, rounded the keeper and tapped home.The second half saw Arranmore push on but couldn’t find the killer second goal as Declan Proctor, Martin Proctor and Gavin all went close. Dunlewey had 2 or 3 great half chances but were denied by great defending by Jason O’Donnell and Danny Rodgers, Arranmore again winning by the odd goal and defensively very strong.Good performance from both sides but despite been played out of position Chris Mc Glanaghey was best player on view. Referee: George ClintonGlencar Celtic 4     Drumbar F.C. 0(No Report)Strand Rovers 4     Fintown Harps AFC 0A cold and clear day was the setting for this encounter between Strand Rovers and Fintown Harps.The match started off cagey as both sides tried to implement their system from the off, chances fell to both sides early on but neither side could edge ahead until a brilliant cross from Matthew O’Donnell found Brendan Glackin on the far side of the box who put it away to give Strand the lead.Strand however couldn’t push on from this during the first half and the score at half time remained 1-0.The second half brought a lot of action starting with Stephan Glackin being sent off for Strand due to a poor challenge while being the last man, Fintown would have been glad for the advantage but Strand remained strong and soon after Michael Ward set up Paddy Glackin who scored to put Strand 2-0 ahead.After this the flood gates opened and Strand took complete control, Jack Doherty and Darragh Hanlon both scored to end this one sided tie.Saturday Reserve DivisionKilmacrennan Celtic Reserves P     Erne Wanderers Reserves P(No Report)Glenea United Reserves 2     Castlefin Celtic Reserves 2The top two played out a hard fought tension filled game. It was Castlefin that settled the quickest and had a couple of half chances that came to nothing. Glenea came more into the game and went close through a Chris Cannon effort.Glenea opened the scoring on 35 minutes when the away defence failed to deal with a through ball and allowed Martin Ferry to get free and he lobbed the ball over the advancing keeper.Castlefin pressed hard for an equalizer and went close with a free-kick. In the 2nd half Castlefin started strongly and equalized on 52 minutes when a corner found it’s way to Simon Mc Glinchey and he fired home from close range.Castlefin took the lead on 60 minutes when Keith Nelis headed home a corner.Glenea pressed hard for an equaliser and went close with efforts from Martin Maguire and Martin Ferry but were nearly caught out on the counter attack on a couple occasions.Glenea equalized on 85 minutes when Martin Ferry’s cross was deflected into the path of Lee O’Brien and finished at the back post.In the remaining minutes both sides pushed for a winner but it was Glenea that came closest when after good work by Aodhan Ferry, his pull back found Lee O’Brien but his effort was saved by the keeper. Team efforts from both sides.Referee: Michael McFadden.Cappry Rovers Reserves P     Milford United Reserves P(No Report)Donegal Town Reserves 7     Glenree United Reserves 0Ted Bustard was the star of the show scoring four goals in this convincing win for The Town against an understrength Glenree.Bustard opened the scoring on 30 minutes when he was first to react when the ball came off the Glenree crossbar to shoot home.The lead was doubled minutes later when Bustard struck again on 35 minutes and just before halftime a good run out of defence by Sean Kennedy who passed to Bustard who converted for his hat-trick with a low shot. With the breeze in their backs Donegal dominated the second half and were awarded a penalty which Bustard duly converted.Gary Ward struck on 55 minutes to make it 5-0 with a fine individual goal.Sub James Byrne made it six with a header from a corner and Gary Ward scored in the last minute to make it 7-0 with a low shot coming in from the wing.Best for Donegal Bustard, O’ Reilly & Enright in midfield and a brave display by an understrength GlenreeReferee: Brian O’KaneSt. Catherines Reserves 6     Drumoghill F.C. Reserves 1St. Catherine’s played host to Drumoghill in Emerald Park on Saturday afternoon.Both teams started brightly, and within 15 minutes St. Catherine’s took the lead when the ball broke to Barry Cannon and he rounded the Drumoghill keeper to put the ball into the net and put St. Catherine’s one nil up.With 20 minutes gone St. Catherine’s went two nil up when Brandon Mc Brearty got the ball and slotted it into the Drumoghill net. Two minutes later it was that man again Brandon McBrearty getting his second goal of the game with a cool finish in the bottom corner of the net.Drumoghill created a couple of good chances but they came to nothing as the St. Catherine’s defence held them out. St. Catherine’s keeper Brian Smith then made a great save to deny Drumoghill a goal.Brandon McBrearty got another goal just before half time to completed his hat-trick and make the score four nil to St. Catherine’s at half time. The second half began with Drumoghill starting the better and creating some good chances but again they were denied by Brian Smith in the St. Catherine’s goal.Midway through the second half John Joe McGinley got on the scoresheet when he got the ball inside the box and from six yards out chipped the ball over the Drumoghill keeper into the net to make the score five nil. Drumoghill then pulled a goal back when the ball found its way to one of their players in the St. Catherine’s box and he put it into the net to make the score five one to St.Catherine’s.With time running out there was time for a sixth for St. Catherine’s, Nathan Moore finished nicely into the net to make the final score six one to St. Catherine’s.RESULTSSaturday 14th January 2017 Glencar Inn Saturday DivisionArranmore United                            1 v 0                   Dunlewey CelticGlencar Celtic                                  4 v 0                   Drumbar F.C.Strand Rovers                                  4 v 0                   Fintown Harps AFCSaturday Reserve DivisionKilmacrennan Celtic Reserves       P  v P                   Erne Wanderers ReservesGlenea United Reserves                   2 v 2                   Castlefin Celtic ReservesCappry Rovers Reserves                 P v P                   Milford United ReservesDonegal Town Reserves                  7 v 0                   Glenree United ReservesSt. Catherines Reserves                   6 v 1                   Drumoghill F.C. ReservesSunday 15th January 2017 Ulster Junior CupCuldaff F.C.                                     4 v 0                   Glenea UnitedBallybofey United                           0 v 2                   Drumoghill F.C.Brian Mc Cormick Sports Premier DivisionKilmacrennan Celtic                         P v P                   Milford UnitedCastlefin Celtic                                1 v 2                   Kildrum TigersRathmullan Celtic                            2 v 2                   St. CatherinesTemple Domestic Appliances Division OneRaphoe Town                                  2 v 2                   Gweedore UnitedGweedore Celtic                              4 v 2                   Glenree UnitedCappry Rovers                                P v P                   Erne WanderersDonegal Town                                             5 v 1                   Bonagee UnitedKeadue Rovers                                 3 v 0                   Deele HarpsCT Ball Division TwoDrumkeen United                            4 v 1                   Whitestrand UnitedLetterbarrow Celtic                          1 v 0                   Dunkineely CelticEany Celtic                                      3 v 2                   Lifford CelticCurragh Athletic                              1 v 4                   Cranford UnitedCopany Rovers                                1 v 4                   Kerrykeel ’71 F.C.FIXTURESSaturday 21st January 2017                        K.O. 2 p.m. (Unless Stated)Glencar Inn Saturday DivisionGlencar Celtic                                     v                      Arranmore United (K.O. 1 p.m.)Orchard F.C.                                       v                      Drumbar F.C.Strand Rovers                                     v                      Dunlewey CelticSaturday Reserve DivisionErne Wanderers Reserves                   v                      Milford United ReservesKeadue Rovers Reserves                    v                      Glenree United ReservesKilmacrennan Celtic Reserves            v                      Drumoghill F.C. ReservesGlenea United Reserves                      v                      St. Catherines ReservesCappry Rovers Reserves                    v                      Donegal Town ReservesSunday 22nd January 2017             K.O. 2p.m. (Unless Stated)Brian Mc Cormick Sports Premier DivisionSt. Catherines                                      v                      Milford UnitedKilmacrennan Celtic                            v                      Castlefin CelticConvoy Arsenal                                  v                      Drumoghill F.C.Kildrum Tigers                                    v                      Lagan HarpsTemple Domestic Appliances Division OneErne Wanderers                                   v                      Gweedore CelticRaphoe Town                                     v                      Glenree UnitedDeele Harps                                        v                      Gweedore UnitedKeadue Rovers                                    v                      Donegal TownBonagee United                                   v                      Cappry RoversCT Ball Division TwoKerrykeel ’71 F.C.                              v                      Cranford UnitedCurragh Athletic                                 v                      Lifford CelticEany Celtic                                         v                      Dunkineely CelticLetterbarrow Celtic                             v                      Copany RoversDrumkeen United                               v                      Ballybofey UnitedDonegal League: All the reports, results and fixtures was last modified: January 15th, 2017 by Chris McNultyShare 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

first_img2 June 2015The challenge of how to address Africa’s massive $100+ billion annual infrastructure deficit is a step closer to being met, following a three-year project by the World Economic Forum (WEF) aimed at promoting public-private co-operation and identifying solutions to the bottlenecks that cause large infrastructure projects in the region to fail.The WEF-led Africa Strategic Infrastructure Initiative (ASII) was launched in 2012 and has consisted of two phases:Phase 1 – Fostering public-private collaboration: a methodology was developed to identify projects that were suitable for public-private collaboration and acceleration. Out of 51 individual programmes already earmarked under the African Union Commission’s Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa (Pida), three potential pilot programmes were selected: West Africa Hub, Rail and Port, Beira Nacala Corridor and the Central Corridor.At the outset of 2014, heads of state and business agreed to accelerate the Central Corridor in East Africa as a pilot project, given its potential for opening up landlocked countries and supporting secondary markets in the region.Phase 2 – Pilot acceleration: this was initiated in June 2014 with the Central Corridor, an integrated multimodal transport programme (port, rail and road) spanning Tanzania, Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). With an estimated $18-billion (R220-billion) investment requirement, acceleration work initially focused on the quality and quantity of data, aligning stakeholders, championing transparency and improving planning principles.With these barriers reduced, work has progressed to the stage where 23 cornerstone prioritized Phase 1 projects among the 121 sub-projects have undergone an independent technical review and been showcased at a market sounding – valued at $9.7-billion.Co-operation“The work that has been achieved since 2012 not only demonstrates that it is possible for the public and private sectors to co-operate effectively on large-scale infrastructure projects in Africa, it also proves that there is strong interest among financial investors to participate in programmes such as the Central Corridor. With interest rates remaining at historic lows, we now have a window in which to turn this interest into action,” said Alex Wong, the head of Global Strategic Infrastructure Initiative at WEF.Apart from project prioritisation and acceleration, the initiative has continued to develop innovative ideas and informative publications that support the delivery of African infrastructure. There is a paradox within infrastructure financing: while there is plenty of private-sector interest in financing bankable projects, the available project-preparation resources are insufficient to advance the projects to a bankable state.This means the pipeline of well-prepared projects is meagre, and investment opportunities are limited. A new report called A Principled Approach to Project Preparation, prepared in collaboration with The Boston Consulting Group and launched on 1 June, outlines a new approach to Infrastructure Project Preparation Facility (IPPF). It involves enhancing private-public collaboration during the earlier stages of projects, and designing them for effective and sustainable operation.“Early-stage project preparation and financing has been a perennial problem with African infrastructure projects, with the private sector understandably wary of contributing financially during early stages. However, we are confident that with a well-designed IPPF, we can now offer investors a reassuring vehicle that will enable us to bring them on board as early as possible,” said Patrick Dlamini, the chief executive and managing director of the Development Bank of Southern Africa and co-chair of the ASII.Nepad hand overWith Phase 2 at its conclusion, the WEF will be handing the initiative over to the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (Nepad) Agency on 3 June. Nepad will continue the work and replicate the acceleration for further pilots, using the tools and processes created over the past years, and adapting and enhancing them as they systematically progress through the remaining Pida programmes.The WEF will continue its contribution by facilitating public-private collaboration on infrastructure, with particular focus on sustainable development and financing.More than 1 250 participants are taking part in the 25th World Economic Forum on Africa in Cape Town, from 3 to 5 June. The theme of the meeting is “Then and now: reimagining Africa’s future”.Source: World Economic Forumlast_img read more