Trump welcomes college sports champions to the White House

first_imgMaryland lacrosse player Dylan Maltz, of Ashburn, Va., shows off his tie to President Donald Trump as Trump meets with NCAA championship teams at the White House, Friday, Nov. 17, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)WASHINGTON — Indoors and out, the White House was overrun with school spirit Friday as President Donald Trump welcomed college sports champions and declared them “great athletes.” Too many of them to fit in one room, the teams took up positions all around the mansion for separate photo ops with the president.In all, 18 NCAA teams attended the event at the White House; South Carolina’s women’s basketball team declined the invitation.Teams including the Texas A&M women’s equestrian team, Pennsylvania State University’s women’s rugby team, and the University of Washington’s women’s rowing team gathered around the White House grounds to be recognized for their championships.ADVERTISEMENT Trump posed for photos with the players throughout the Rose Garden, South Lawn and inside the White House and then sent them off to the Oval Office for a quick tour. At one point, the president playfully got into a wrestling pose with members of the Penn State men’s team.Chatting with the Ohio State men’s volleyball team, he popped a colorful volleyball into the air.When Trump spotted Maryland lacrosse attacker Dylan Maltz wearing a blue Trump ’16 tie, he pumped his hand and brought him to the front of the team’s riser near the South Lawn. “Look at that, folks,” Trump said, holding up the tie to journalists.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throneIn the Red Room of the White House, the NRA-backed Trump greeted the West Virginia’s co-ed rifle team by saying, “We saved the Second Amendment!” Then he asked, “So who is the best shot?” At another point, joined by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, Trump bowed his head in prayer along with members of the Oklahoma softball team.South Carolina coach Dawn Staley said after her team won the NCAA title in April that it would go to the White House if invited because “it’s what it stands for. It’s what national champions do.” She told The Associated Press in late September that she hadn’t received an invite and “that spoke volumes.” Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Danica Patrick to end racing career at next year’s Indy 500 Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In a statement Thursday night, Staley said the team did end up hearing from the White House but chose not to attend.“As I’ve been saying since our practices for this season started, all of our focus is on the season ahead,” she said. “The only invitation we are thinking about is to the 2018 NCAA Tournament.”Trump sparred with professional athletes earlier this year when NBA star Stephen Curry said his championship-winning Golden State Warriors didn’t wish to meet with Trump. The feud erupted as Trump was lambasting NFL athletes for kneeling in protest during the national anthem.North Carolina’s men’s basketball team said earlier this year it could not agree on a date for a visit. Trump hosted the Air Force Academy football team at the White House for a Commander-in-Chief’s trophy ceremony in May and the champion Clemson Tigers football team in June.Other champion schools at the White House on Friday included: the University of Oklahoma’s men’s golf, women’s and men’s gymnastics, the University of Maryland women’s lacrosse, the University of Virginia’s men’s tennis, Arizona State University women’s triathlon, University of Florida baseball, McKendree University’s women’s bowling, Texas A&M men’s indoor track and field, and University of Utah skiing.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Murray withdraws from Citi Open after tearful 3 a.m. finish

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew After taking a 5-0 lead in the opening-set tiebreaker, Murray dropped seven consecutive points to hand the lead over to Copil.But, yelling at himself or his coach rather frequently, Murray came all the way back to win and improve to 4-2 in his comeback.When he got to the sideline after the match concluded, he covered his face with a towel and cried, his chest heaving.“Just the emotions coming out at the end of an extremely long day,” Murray said, “and a long match.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “I’m giving my view right now as someone who’s just come back from a very, very long injury layoff. I don’t think I should be put in a position like that, when you’re expected to come out and perform the next day. I don’t think it’s reasonable,” Murray said. “And I’m disappointed with that, because I know that the weather’s tricky and I know it is for the scheduling, but it’s a very difficult position to be in.”Thursday’s play at the hard-court tuneup for the U.S. Open was delayed at the outset by about 3 1/2 hours because of rain.Showers earlier in the week jumbled the schedule and forced some other men to play two matches on Thursday.Asked after beating Copil how his body is holding up, Murray replied: “It doesn’t feel great, just now.”“I don’t know how you are expected to recover from that. By the time you’re done with all your recovery and stuff, it’s going to be 5:30, 6 o’clock in the morning. I’d obviously try and sleep as late as I can, but with the way your body clock is and stuff, you know, you might get a few hours’ sleep,” Murray said. “It’s not good. And it’s basically like playing two matches in a day.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View comments LATEST STORIES After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Andy Murray, of Britain, becomes emotional after defeating Marius Copil, of Romania, 6-7(5), 3-6, 7-6(4), during the Citi Open tennis tournament in Washington, Friday, Aug. 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)WASHINGTON — After playing until 3 a.m., then sobbing into a towel, Andy Murray made it clear he was not pleased with the prospect of having to play again so soon. Sure enough, he did not, instead withdrawing from his Citi Open quarterfinal Friday.Murray won a trio of three-setters, each lasting at least 2 1/2 hours, at the hard-court tuneup for the U.S. Open, part of his comeback from surgery on his right hip.ADVERTISEMENT Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Mavericks re-sign Salah Mejri to help back up DeAndre Jordan Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The three-time major champion cited fatigue when he pulled out of the Citi Open, hours before he was supposed to face 19-year-old Alex de Minaur for a semifinal berth. He also announced Friday that he was going to skip next week’s Toronto Masters.Murray’s 6-7 (5), 6-3, 7-6 (4) third-round victory over Marius Copil began at midnight and ended just past 3 a.m. on Friday, with about 100 or so spectators in the main stadium. Afterward, Murray told a small group of reporters that he “potentially” could withdrew from the tournament.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“Finishing matches at 3 in the morning is not good. It’s not good for the players. It’s not good for anyone, I don’t think, involved in the event. It’s not good for fans, TV. Nobody,” said Murray, a former No. 1 who had an operation on his right hip in January.Currently ranked 832nd, Murray ended an 11-month absence from the tour in June, playing just three matches before arriving at the Citi Open. ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial beginslast_img read more

Mayweather to face Japan kickboxer Nasukawa on New Year’s Eve

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew BUY: ‘Money: The Life and Fast Times of Floyd Mayweather’ by Tris DixonThat victory improved his boxing record to a perfect 50-0, but the format or rules for his meeting with the baby-faced Nasukawa were not specified by the Japanese mixed martial arts promoters RIZIN.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissREAD: 50-0: Mayweather stops McGregor in 10th roundMayweather posted a teaser photo on his Instagram feed at the weekend, showing him wearing kickboxing gloves. View comments Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum “I’m not really worried about the weight class or rules — it’s about me displaying my skills against another skilful fighter. I just want to entertain.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college “I want to give the people what they want — blood, sweat and tears,” Mayweather told a news conference in Tokyo after reportedly flying into Japan on his private jet.“It’s always been a goal of mine to go outside out of the US and display my talent. The world has never seen Mayweather compete live in (Japan),” he added, promoting the cross-code bout as an expansion of his businesses to the Far East.“I want to continue to build my relationship with Money Team Tokyo. We’ve been making some huge fights happen in the US, but we look forward to taking the Mayweather Promotions banner and the TMT banner worldwide.”Nasukawa, who is described in the press release as “perhaps the best combat sports prospect (Japan) has ever seen”, boasts a 27-0 record but has never competed as a professional boxer.‘Gym rat’ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Photo screen grabbed from Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s Instagram accountBoxing superstar Floyd Mayweather Jr said Monday he will come out of retirement to fight a Japanese kickboxer half his age, Tenshin Nasukawa, on New Year’s Eve in Saitama.The 41-year-old unbeaten American, who won world titles in five different weight divisions and was considered the best pound-for-pound boxer in the sport, out-boxed Irish mixed martial arts fighter Conor McGregor in his last fight in August 2017.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Booker hits last-second basket, Suns beat Grizzlies MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The 20-year-old with a bleached-blond quiff called it an “easy decision” to accept the offer to face Mayweather in Saitama, north of Tokyo.“It was a surprise offer but I accepted without hesitation,” said Nasukawa. “I don’t care what the rules are. I want to be the man who changes history. I’ll do that with these fists, with one punch — just watch.”Mayweather insisted Nasukawa would be no pushover.“He’s young and he’s undefeated so it’s obvious he’s doing something right,” he said.“This kid right here is an unbelievable talent, he looks like a gym rat,” added Mayweather. “He’s very special, he’s fast, he’s strong. I’m older now and when it comes to experience, I have it on my side. He has youth on his side and he’s going to bring a lot of excitement.”Mayweather, who stopped McGregor in the 10th round last year after coming out of retirement for a $275 million pay day, had been flirting with the idea of a rematch with the Irishman or facing McGregor’s recent MMA conqueror, the fearsome Russian Khabib Nurmagomedov.“I’ve been blessed to be in the sport a long time and to make over a billion dollars in the sport,” added Mayweather.“But this particular bout is special as far as giving people something they’ve never seen before. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

2017: A year of job loss, poor leadership – Jagdeo

first_imgThe parliamentary Opposition, the People’s Progressive Party (PPP), on Friday said 2017 was characterised by job loss and poor leadership.According to Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo, the year 2017 was an unprecedented year. Zeroing in on the economy, Jagdeo said Government has missed its economic growth target. “2017 has been an interesting year, with thingOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo (centre) along with Chief Whip Gail Teixeira, and parliamentarians Priya Manickchand, Juan Edghill, Odinga Lumumba, Pauline Sukhai, Clement Rohee, and Dr Vindhya Persaudhappening that were unprecedented. If you look at the economy, we have missed our growth target twice in the year… even a lower than budgeted growth target was not met. The Government in 2017 failed to unveil an economic plan for the country… a plan that was promised since 2015,” the Opposition Leader said.He added that Guyanese are given new promises for the future but without any proper economic policy, those promises are empty.“All we have is new promises that they will continue to work on a green state strategy for the future… which will be the economic plan for Guyana. So at this point in time, we are adrift once again. No leadership from the Government in the economic sphere. No coherent economic policy. We saw the Budget 2017 sand its draconian measures devastate the business sector and people’s lives.”Jagdeo pointed to the job losses in the year. He gave the experiences in the sugar sector as an example. The former President also noted the various scandals that rocked the country during the year. He referred to the US$18 million sitting in an unaccounted for bank account; the new Demerara Bridge crossing.“So you can characterise it as the year of significant loss of jobs. In the sugar sector, people were devastated. Nearly 5000 sugar workers were sent home. In almost all the other sectors people have lost jobs. And their promise that they will create thousands of new jobs has not been kept. In fact, our country has gone backwards.”“Thirdly, we have seen several scandals emerging. From procurement of drugs, single sourcing, to the infamous bridge contract, to the US$18 million that still remains in an account not provided for by our Constitution or our laws.”Jagdeo did not forget the unilateral appointment of a Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) Chairman. He pointed out that this act threw away decades of practise in which the two political sides worked together to fill the post.In summing up the year, Jagdeo said these occurrences combine to put Guyana’s democracy on a more tenuous footing than before.Parliamentary affairsAlso attending the press conference was party Chief Whip Gail Teixeira, parliamentarians Priya Manickchand, Juan Edghill, Odinga Lumumba, Pauline Sukhai, Clement Rohee, and Dr Vindhya Persaud.Zeroing in on parliamentary affairs, Teixeira slammed the parliamentary excesses and described the National Assembly as a rubber stamp. She also questioned the haste to appoint a Chancellor of the Judiciary, querying whether this may be to secure a more amenable decision in the cases before the courts, including the case of the GECOM Chairman.PatheticSumming up the country’s rate of implementing its major projects and the work of certain agencies, shadow Public Infrastructure Minister Juan Edghill described the Government’s performance as “pathetic”.He pointed out that in 2017, the country started the year with the establishment of Power Producers and Distributors Inc (PPDI) and a promise that Guyana Power and Light (GPL) would do better. However, he noted that the fact that blackouts continued into Christmas Day tells volumes. According to Edghill, there remains no comprehensive plan for energy.Pointing to the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA), he noted that despite declarations that 81 per cent has been expended, there are more works to be done.According to Edghill, pipe dreams are being sold. He recalled the promise for a waterfront development project and the road link between the East Coast and the East Bank. Instead, he noted that all the Ministry’s implementation projects were routine works.last_img read more

Jones urges organisations to comply with NSC rules

first_imgIn a press briefing held at the NSC on Friday, Director of Sports, Christopher Jones, handed over a large amount of World Karate Federation-approved (WKF-approved) equipment to the Guyana Karate Federation (GKF), to aid in its competing in future tournaments on either the local or foreign scene.Sports Director Christopher Jones discussing fundingIn remarks, Director Jones said the GKF was able to receive the funding from the NSC because the GFK had followed standard procedure and had written a letter to the NSC, thus funding was allocated from the national budget as per request made by the GKF.Jones also said several organisations would say they aren’t getting any support from the Government or the NSC, but that situation can be rectified only if those entities would submit written request to the NFC.He disclosed that in terms of moving forward for the year 2019, the NSC had written to various associations and federations, inviting them to submit, by latest on August 20, their agendas, list of activities, and an estimate in terms of what those activities would cost. He disclosed that, “In all the associations and federations that we’ve written to and requested that information, submissions were received only from the Guyana Football Federation, Guyana Table Tennis Association, Guyana Hockey Board, and the Guyana Cycling Federation”.He anticipates seeing in 2019 a flurry of complaints from organisations that have been written to, expressing displeasure with Government that their athletes have to travel regionally and internationally and no funding is being provided.He explained that the information received from the four compliant organisations is what would form part of the National Sports Commission’s budget, and when Parliament would have approved that budget, funds would become available to those organisations in 2019.The non-compliant organisations, he explained, would have to depend on the NSC’s grants system in order to access small amounts of money; because, by their non-compliance with the NSC’s request, they would have made themselves ineligible to receive substantial funding.last_img read more

WCup group stage: five potential highlights

first_imgHow can anyone miss the opening game at the World Cup? It sets the tone for a month-long festival of football, even if in this case it brings together the two lowest-ranked teams in the competition.Hosts Russia will walk out onto the pitch at the 80,000-capacity Luzhniki Stadium ranked a lowly 70th in the world, three spots below Group A rivals Saudi Arabia, and without a victory in eight months.Will Stanislav Cherchesov’s Russia side do the host nation proud at the World Cup? © AFP / Alexander NEMENOVHowever, Russia has spent more than $13 billion on preparations for the big event, and President Vladimir Putin will be eager for the hosts to get off to the best possible start.In contrast, a defeat against minnows Saudi Arabia would heighten the prospect of Russia becoming just the second host nation to be eliminated in the group stage, after South Africa eight years ago.– Portugal v Spain –The standout fixture in the first round is this Iberian derby in Sochi, as Spain look to make an early statement of intent when they take on Cristiano Ronaldo and the reigning European champions in Group B.Cristiano Ronaldo will come up against plenty of familiar faces as Portugal face Spain © AFP / Francisco LEONGIt is the fourth meeting of the countries at a major tournament in the past 14 years, with the last coming at Euro 2012, when Spain won on penalties in the semi-finals en route to winning the title.Extra spice has been added to Friday’s game after Tuesday’s announcement that Julen Lopetegui will leave the Spain job at the end of the World Cup to become Ronaldo’s coach at Real Madrid.– Salah return? –Mohamed Salah has been in the headlines in the past few days thanks to the photograph of him posing with Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov at the Egyptian team’s base in Grozny.However, Egyptians will be more concerned about Salah’s fitness, with the Liverpool forward in a race against time to be ready for their Group A opener against Uruguay in Yekaterinburg on Friday.The 25-year-old is recovering from the shoulder injury suffered in a challenge with Sergio Ramos in the Champions League final against Real Madrid, when he was forced off the pitch in tears.Egypt are pinning their hopes on Salah after his prolific season in England, as the Pharaohs prepare for their first appearance at the World Cup since 1990.– England v Belgium –The very last group game will be played in the exclave of Kaliningrad on June 28, and it will be worth the wait, as these sides are expected to be competing for top spot in Group G.Kevin De Bruyne is just one of a host of Premier League stars in the Belgium side © AFP / JOHN THYSThe Belgians are ranked third in the world, and Roberto Martinez’s squad contains some of the best players in the Premier League, so there will be no surprises for Gareth Southgate’s England.The English have a talented young squad, and for once expectations at home are not over the top. It will be fascinating to see how they fare against Belgium’s golden generation, led by Eden Hazard, Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku.– VAR –Will the introduction of Video Assistant Referees cause World Cup chaos, or will it prove to be a welcome addition to the competition?VAR has been used to varying degrees of success in Serie A and the German Bundesliga, while FIFA used the system at the Confederations Cup in Russia last year and are confident it will help officials on the field.FIFA Referees Committee chairman Pierluigi Collina confirmed that VAR officials will wear full kit while watching matches © AFP / Kirill KUDRYAVTSEVFIFA director of referees Massimo Busacca admits the system has been rushed in for the tournament, but said: “We are ready, we know we must be ready as there can be no experiments here.”Controversial incidents will be replayed on big screens inside grounds so fans can see why decisions were reached. And, curiously, VAR officials in the Moscow control room will watch games in full kit.“VAR officials sweat with the stress — believe me,” said Pierluigi Collina, chairman of FIFA’s referees committee.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Mohamed Salah is battling to be fit for Egypt’s opening game against Uruguay © AFP / KARIM JAAFARSOCHI, Russian Federation, Jun 13 – The World Cup group stage will see 48 games crammed into two weeks. AFP Sport picks out the moments to look out for in Russia:– Opening match –last_img read more

Newcastle owner Ashley to stick by under-fire Pardew

first_img Mike Ashley is sticking with Alan Pardew Newcastle owner Mike Ashley has no immediate plans to replace Alan Pardew as manager, talkSPORT understands.Defeat at Stoke on Monday evening stretched Newcastle’s winless start to the Premier League season to six games and the away supporters made their discontent clear at the Britannia Stadium, with many holding banners calling for Ashley to axe Pardew.However, the 53-year-old’s job is not under threat for now, sources close to the club have told talkSPORT, and he will be in charge for Saturday’s trip to Swansea.Ashley has refused to comment publicly about the speculation over Pardew’s position, but he was reported to have told a journalist at a pub in London last week that he would end his reign if the Mapgies lost at Stoke.However, the sportswear magnate later insisted the comments were made in jest and, privately, he has vowed to give the former West Ham and Charlton manager more time to turn things around at St James’ Park. 1last_img read more

Cult of Southgate grows, England W Cup fever mounts

first_img0Shares0000Gareth Southgate is nearing sainthood status in England © AFP / Yuri CORTEZLONDON, United Kingdom, Jul 8 – England is basking in unexpected World Cup success as coach Gareth Southgate is elevated to national hero status, cathedral organs belt out football anthems and the country prepares to shut down for Wednesday’s semi-final.Clean-cut, waistcoated manager Southgate was not even supposed to be in Russia. Now he’s about to lead England against Croatia with a place in Sunday’s final beckoning. When the 47-year-old was appointed in November 2016 after Sam Allardyce left his post following a newspaper sting after just 67 days in charge, there was little fanfare.That’s all changed now. “Southgreat” trumpeted the Sun on Sunday. “Cry God for Harry, England and St George!” said the Sunday Telegraph.England, basking in a long summer heatwave, is starting to believe the team can reach their first final since 1966 after the young side saw off Sweden 2-0 in the quarter-finals on Saturday.Almost 20 million people in Britain tuned in, not accounting for the many more who watched in pubs and public viewing areas.Streets were deserted as people crammed into sweaty pubs, gathered around big screens or stayed home to watch the national side reach the last four of a World Cup for the first time in 28 years.Marks and Spencer, official tailors to the England team, declared Saturday #NationalWaistcoatDay in honour of Southgate and the team.England coach Gareth Southgate and captain Harry Kane celebrate their World Cup quarter-final victory against Sweden © AFP / Alexander NEMENOVThe manager has even been promised a lifetime supply of waistcoats from a firm in London.“I’m so impressed with Southgate’s performance, and with his choice of attire,” the founder Sir Plus, Henry Hales, told the London Evening Standard.Exeter Cathedral, in southwest England, tweeted a video of an organist playing the unofficial team anthem “Three Lions (Football’s Coming Home)” in an tweet entitled “To Russia With Love”.The song itself, released by the Lightning Seeds and comedians Frank Skinner and David Baddiel for Euro ’96, hosted in England, is storming up the charts again.Fans have also adapted another song, “Whole Again” by Atomic Kitten.“Looking back on when we first met, I cannot escape it, I cannot forget,” the fans chant.“Southgate you’re the one. You still turn me on and football’s coming home again.”– Social media star –Southgate was an accomplished defender for England and a clutch of Premier League clubs, but his managerial experience is limited to a spell at Middlesbrough and with the England Under-21sHe famously appeared in a pizza advertisement that played on his penalty miss in the Euro 96 semi-final shootout against eventual champions Germany.But he has gone from fall guy to hero, taking social media by storm, with the hashtag #GarethSouthgateWould used thousands of times by people imagining how he would help them out.“#GarethSouthgateWould siphon the petrol out of his own car and put it into yours, if he saw you parked up on the hard shoulder on a motorway out of fuel. He’d wave you off, then he’d wait for the AA (Automobile Association) to come get him, because that was his last few drops,” tweeted @DrawtyDevil.AmnestyUK tweeted: “#GarethSouthgateWould ensure we retain all our hard-won #humanrights after #Brexit.”Former British Paralympian Tanni Grey-Thompson tweeted: “#GarethSouthgateWould come all the way to London to make sure there was a ramp to get me off the train when he was only popping to Boro to get some milk.”Twitter user Claire Eubank tweeted a radically altered version of The Lord’s Prayer.“Our Gareth, who art in Samara, Hallowed be thy waistcoat…. For Thine is the semis, The Final and the Glory, For ever and ever. #It’s Coming Home.”Southgate’s rising profile has been a bonanza for lookalike airline pilot Neil Rowe, who even managed to temporarily fool BBC TV presenter and former England international Gary Lineker when he spied him in the crowd during the match against Sweden.“I signed kids’ napkins in McDonald’s in 96 after he missed the penalty, have been shouted at by Colombian fans and got free beers in the Irish bar,” Rowe told the BBC.Perhaps, though, the Daily Mirror summed it up best as to why Southgate has wowed the English public.“He is a gentleman.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Two men remanded after Gardai bust alleged forgery gang in Letterkenny

first_imgTwo men have been remanded in custody after Gardai raided a house in Co Donegal and found a range of stolen passports, false identity cards and stolen driving licenses.The men were part of a group of three people arrested on Tuesday morning when Gardai raided a rented house in Letterkenny. The third man was today released without charge.The two men who appeared at a special sitting of Letterkenny District Court are both Romanian nationals.Evidence and reasons for objections to bail was given by officers from the Garda Bureau of Fraud Investigation, Detective Garda Stephen Kelly and Detective Garda Paulina Szramozski.Legal representatives for both men, barrister Sean Magee and solicitor Kieran O’Gorman applied for bail which was objected to by Gardai.Having heard the bail applications, Judge Paul Kelly turned down both applications.He said he was refusing the applications on a number of grounds including the seriousness of the charges, the likelihood of both reoffending and the possibility that they could leave the jurisdiction.The first man charged was Ioan Barbuc, aged 25 of Glenoughty Close in Letterkenny.He was charged with four offences including having articles used to make forged documents and possession of a stolen UK driver’s license.He was also charged with possession of a stolen Irish passport and also the possession of a forged Romanian National Identity card.The second man, Andrei Ciocan, aged 31, also of Glenoughty Close, appeared on six charges.They included handling stolen property namely €1,100 in cash, possession of a stolen UK driver’s license and having possession of a forged Romanian Identity card.He was also charged with having possession of a forged Romanian driving license, possession of a forged Romanian Identity card as well as possession of a stolen Irish passport, Public Services Card and driving license.Judge Kelly remanded both men to appear by videolink to Letterkenny District Court next Thursday, April 25th when directions by the DPP are expected to be given in both cases.Two men remanded after Gardai bust alleged forgery gang in Letterkenny was last modified: April 26th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgCars left stranded on The PIer in Donegal Town. Pic by Rory O’Donnell.Donegal has been battered with overnight storms with many places flooded across the county.Parts of Donegal Town, Ballyshannon and Annagry have been badly hit.Power cables are down, a boat was washed up onto the pier at Bunbeg while the car park in Donegal Town was completely submerged in water. Our pictures show the impact of high tides and strong winds have had on Co Donegal overnight.A boat was washed up onto the pier at Bunbeg this morning. Pic by Neil Campbell.People are being warned not to go walking along the coastline as storm-force winds of up to 120 mph continue to last the county.Met Eireann have kept a status orange alert for Donegal and other parts of the countryA huge section of Annagry village was left under water. Cars parked overnight alongside The Pier in Donegal Town were left stranded with the fire services attending at first light.ESB crews have been called out across the county with a number of reports of downed powerlines.The ESB are currently fixing a powerline which has come down on the Carnmore Road in Dungloe.Hundreds of homes in Lifford, Newtowncunningham, Dungloe and Bunbeg are without power.Despite the storm-like conditions there are no reports of serious injuries. Send all your storm pictures to and we publish them as soon as we can.A large section of Annagry village was left under water this morning. Pic by James McDevitt.The tourist office in Donegal Town was in danger of being flooded this morning. Pic by Rory O’Donnell.A car left stranded on The PIer in Donegal Town. Pic by Rory O’Donnell.MAJOR FLOODING ALERT AS STORM CONTINUES TO RAGE ACROSS DONEGAL was last modified: January 3rd, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:AnnagrydonegalDonegal TowndungloeESBFLOODINGstormlast_img read more