Stephens wins first Grand Slam, routs Keys for US Open title

first_img“This journey has been incredible and honestly I wouldn’t change it for the world.”Stephens made only six unforced errors in the match to 30 for Keys, who had 18 winners to 10 for the champion.It was the first final set of a US Open women’s championship match where the loser didn’t take a game since Chris Evert beat Evonne Goolagong 6-3, 6-0 in 1976.“I didn’t play my best tennis today and I’m disappointed in that but Sloane was very supportive and if there’s someone I have to lose to today I’m glad it’s her. Sloane is truly one of my favorite people.“If you told me two months ago I’d be holding a US Open finalist’s trophy I’d have been really happy and proud of myself.”ADVERTISEMENT Winning start 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 Learning about the ‘Ring of Fire’ “I should just retire now,” Stephens said. “I’ll never be able to top this. Talk about a comeback. Things just have to come together and the past six weeks they really have.”With the 15th victory in her past 17 matches, Stephens became only the fifth unseeded player to win a women’s Slam title, although Latvia’s Jelena Ostapenko managed the feat at this year’s French Open.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogThe only prior unseeded US Open women’s champion was Kim Clijsters, who came back from retirement to take the 2009 title.“It’s incredible,” Stephens said. “I had surgery January 23. If sone told me then I’d win the US Open, it’s imposssible I’d say, absolutely impossible. End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Break new ground Presented with the winner’s check, Stephens said, ‘That’s a lot of money. Wow,” but then handed the check envelope to best pal Keys, who she sat next to after the victory rather than on opposite sides of the umpire’s chair, to take hold of the winner’s trophy.“Maddie is my best friend on tour,” Stephens said. “I told her I wished there could have been a draw. I’m going to support her no matter what and she’s going to support me no matter what.“To stand here with her today is incredible — that’s what really friendship is.”Keys, seeded 15th, and 83rd-ranked Stephens each fought off injuries to reach the title showdown.Stephens returned at Wimbledon and slid to 957th in world rankings before semi-final runs at US Open tuneups in Toronto and Cincinnati, while Keys underwent her second left wrist surgery after the French Open and won a tuneup title at Stanford.Stephens will jump to 17th in Monday’s world rankings while Keys, who took hom $1.825 million as runner-up, will rise to 12th.Stunning finishIn the first set, Stephens broke to seize a 3-2 lead, Keys swatting a forehand beyond the baseline to surrender the game, and Stephens broke again when Keys send a backhand long to take the set after 30 minutes.Keys made 17 unforced errors in the opening set to just two for Stephens, both in the last game.In the second set, Stephens broke with a forehand crosscourt winner past on outstretched Keys to grab a 2-0 edge, then broke again on a double fault for a 4-0 lead, Keys swatting the ball with her left hand as it bounced back at her. MOST READ Heart of a champcenter_img LATEST STORIES Keys forced triple break point in the fifth game but Stephens saved them all and held to 5-0.The end came after 61 minutes on Stephens’ third break and championship point when Keys netted a forehand.Hands on hips, Stephens simply stood for a few seconds with a stunned expression, then smiled and made a tiny fist pump before going to the net to share a teary-eyed hug with Keys.Neither Keys, 22, nor Stephens, 24, had ever reached a Slam final, only the seventh time in the Open Era (since 1967) two first-timers met for a women’s Slam title.But it was the second time in three years it happened at Arthur Ashe Stadium after Flavia Pennetta beat Roberta Vinci in 2015’s all-Italian final.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson View comments Mayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sloane Stephens, of the United States, reacts after beating Madison Keys, of the United States, in the women’s singles final of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)Sloane Stephens, sidelined for 11 months by a left foot injury until returning in July, captured her first Grand Slam title by routing fellow American Madison Keys 6-3, 6-0 in Saturday’s US Open final.Stephens took a $3.7 million top prize from the biggest victory of her career, pitted against one of her closest friends in the first all-US final since 2002 on the New York hardcourts.ADVERTISEMENT A costly, catty dispute finally settledlast_img read more

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US gymnastics gold medalist reveals abuse by team doctor

first_imgOSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson “People should know this is not just happening in Hollywood,” Maroney said. “This is happening everywhere.“Wherever there is a position of power, there seems to be a potential for abuse,” Maroney said.“I had a dream to go to the Olympics, and the things that I had to endure to get there were unnecessary and disgusting,” she said.Maroney, from Long Beach, California, said one incident of abuse occurred during the 2011 World Championships in Tokyo.She said Nassar gave her a sleeping pill “and the next thing I know I was all alone with him in his hotel room getting a ‘treatment.’”“I thought I was going to die that night,” she wrote, adding that she hoped her statement would encourage others to speak out.“Silence has given the wrong people power for too long, and it’s time to take our power back,” she said.Nassar was involved with USA Gymnastics for nearly three decades and worked with the country’s gymnasts at four separate Olympic Games.His case was part of a wide-ranging scandal which forced the resignation of USA Gymnastics chief Steve Penny last year.Penny was accused by victims of failing to quickly notify authorities about abuse allegations. “It happened in London before my team and I won the gold medal, and it happened before I won my silver (in vault in London),” Maroney wrote.Maroney posted her statement with the #MeToo hashtag, the campaign encouraging women to denounce experiences of sexual abuse that has swept across social media in the wake of the wave of allegations targeting Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.“Everyone’s words over the past few days have been so inspiring to me,” Maroney said in the statement on her Twitter account @McKaylaMaroney.“I know how hard it is to speak publicly about something so horrible, and so personal, because it’s happened to me too,” she said.‘Not just happening in Hollywood’Maroney is the most high-profile US gymnast to speak out so far about sexual abuse by the former team doctor.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ More than 350 gymnasts were reportedly abused according to an investigation by the Indianapolis Star.In a statement, USA Gymnastics praised the “courage” of  Maroney and others “who have come forward to share their personal experiences with sexual abuse.”“Because of their strength in coming forward, predators can be held accountable for their actions,” USA Gymnastics said. “We, like so many others, are outraged and disgusted by the conduct of which Larry Nassar is accused.“We are sorry that any athlete has been harmed during her or his gymnastics career.”USA Gymnastics added that it was “strengthening and enhancing our policies and procedures regarding abuse” and was committed to working to “keep our athletes as safe as possible.” /cbbSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next US Olympic gymnastics gold medalist Mckayla Maroney (left) revealed on Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017, that the team’s former doctor, Larry Nassar (right), molested her from when she was 13 years old until she left the sport in 2016. AFP FILE PHOTOSWASHINGTON, United States — Olympic gold medal-winning US gymnast McKayla Maroney, inspired by the “Me Too” movement, revealed on Wednesday that she was molested for years by former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar.Maroney, 21, said in a statement on Twitter that Nassar, who is facing trial on more than 20 counts of sexual assault, began molesting her at the age of 13 and it continued throughout her gymnastics career.ADVERTISEMENT Carlos Yulo bags 2nd gymnastics gold, settles for 2 silvers PLAY LIST 05:09Carlos Yulo bags 2nd gymnastics gold, settles for 2 silvers07:01In front of hometown crowd, Carlos Yulo captures SEA Games gold02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)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 “Dr. Nassar told me that I was receiving ‘medically necessary treatment that he had been performing on patients for over 30 years,’” Maroney wrote.“It started when I was 13 years old, at one of my first National Team training camps, in Texas, and it didn’t end until I left the sport.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“It seemed whenever and wherever this man could find the chance, I was ‘treated,’” she said.She said the abuse even occurred during the London 2012 Olympics, where Maroney was a member of the “Fierce Five” US squad which won the team gold medal. 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MESSENGER OF PEACE

first_imgAs our nation’s leaders continue to aspire for sustainable peace in Liberia, Messengers of Peace (MOP)-Liberia, from its embryonic stage in 2008 has remained committed to peace in Liberia.There is no bigger sign of this commitment than our foundation values of advocacy for Peace Education and non-violence through the concept of volunteerism. We remain the bearer of peace messages and take the lead role for Peace Advocacy involving youth in Liberia.One of the hallmarks of MOP-Liberia is the meaningful involvement and active participation as well as engagement of young people in advocacy programs for peace. At MOP-Liberia, what we have discovered in our nascent years of existence is that at the heart of most Liberian youth is the quest for peace to prevail.Our values, as presented last week, are centered on preparing young people in schools and communities for peace and non-violence through the transfer of knowledge and skills.In keeping with those goals, young people are actively involved in peace building initiatives such as the “21 Days of Peace Activism in Liberia” Community Sensitization Campaigns and formation of peace clubs in schools. They are also challenged to find a practical application of acquire information during the mentoring programmes.We are always willing to do the little things that contribute to the attainment of sustainable peace in Liberia. MOP-Liberia’s vision is to become one of the great Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), youth driven, voluntary movement in Liberia and theSub-region which stands for key peace values and is not afraid or reluctant to stand up for peace and non-violence.MOP-Liberia is a conscientious objector to any form of violence anywhere in the world. It remains committed to the key peace values of hard work, building trust, honesty, tolerance and respect for human dignity and diversity.As MOP enters its sixth year of operation, it has earned a reputation for not just being passionate but is recognized as an organization with a compassion for peace and is an advocate for non-violence. These are traits valued by several institutions (The Carter Center-Liberia, Liberia Peacebuilding Office, United Nations Mission in Liberia, United Nations Volunteer Programme, International Alert, Shirley Ann Sullivan Educational Foundation) and more international and local partners that MOP collaborates with as we execute our programmes on Peace buildings in the country.MOP takes very seriously its responsibility to provide a peace loving and child friendly environment for young people from different cultural backgrounds in all learning environment in Liberia.Our mission is to inculcate our shared values to young people in the various peace clubs (in schools and communities) spread across the country.It is our expectations that young people who benefit from our programmes and inculcated with our core values would be great examples of the dedication and commitment that MOP-Liberia stands for.Peace, above all. Peace First. Let Peace Prevail.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Market vendor gets $20,000 bail on simple larceny charge

first_imgCarpenter’s theft allegations at Canal Number Two As ‘D’ Division Police continue their investigations into a string of larceny offences committed over the last several months at Canal Number Two Polder, West Bank Demerara, a market vendor from the area was recently placed on $20,000 bail for allegedly receiving stolen property from a carpenter.Nineteen-year-old Avenash Mohan of South Section, Canal Number Two Polder was arraigned before Wales Magistrate Rochelle Liverpool on an allegation that on April 8th he fraudulently received Mohamed Rasheed’s laptop — worth $120,000 — from carpenter Anand Bhola of South Section, Canal Number Two, knowing that the laptop was either stolen or fraudulently obtained. The court heard that the electronic device was recovered by Police.Unrepresented by legal counsel, Mohan denied the charge and was placed on $20,000 bail. He was ordered to return to court on July 5 for statements.Anand Bhola, a fellow resident of South Section, Canal Number Two, was earlier this month arraigned on two separate occasions before this magistrate on allegations of theft. At the first instance, the stolen items amounted to $564,000, and at an appearance one week later, he was slapped with three additional charges.The carpenter and father of two was first accused of breaking and entering the premises of Lakeraji Ramdyall at South Section, Canal Number Two between January 3 and 4, 2018, and stealing items amounting to $185,000.Represented then by Attorney-at-Law Paul Fung-A-Fat, the defendant was further accused of breaking and entering the dwelling house of North Section, Canal Number Two resident Mohammed Rasheed, from whence he allegedly stole property amounting to $379,000. This included two power drills and the aforementioned laptop computer that Mohan allegedly received from Bhola.The carpenter had entered not-guilty pleas on both charges, and was granted $160,000 bail pending trial, which will continue on June 7, 2018.At a court appearance one week later, Bhola further denied that on April 24, 2018, at North Section Canal Number Two Polder, he stole 15 ‘Mamey’ fruits belonging to farmer “Deoranie”, and 16 oranges and 15 lemons belonging to Kaopattie Samaroo between December 1, 2017 and December 31, 2017.He has further been implicated in a break-and-enter and larceny incident which occurred between June 25th and August 8, 2017 at Canal Number Two, where he was accused of stealing items valued at $140,000 from “Etwarie’s” dwelling house.Magistrate Liverpool has placed the unrepresented Bhola on $20,000 bail on each of the two simple larceny charges, and $60,000 bail on the break and enter and larceny allegation. He has been ordered to report to the Wales Police Station one Friday in each month as the case continues.last_img read more

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Lack of transparency, infrastructure deterring investors from Guyana – US official

first_imgThe new Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM) at the United States Embassy to Guyana, Mark Cullinane, on Monday said that Guyana’s high energy costs, coupled with lack of transparency and security concerns, are deterring investors from coming to Guyana. Cullinane made the statements during a welcoming reception hosted by the American Chambers of Commerce (AmCham) at the Marriott Hotel as he commenced his new position in Guyana.A section of the gathering of the welcoming at the receptionAccording to Cullinane, “Guyana currently stands at 134 out of 190 countries in the 2018 World Bank Ease of Doing Business Report. Highlighting areas of need, the report listed taxation, energy, infrastructure, citizen security (and) lack of transparency. Guyana’s complex tax infrastructure, duties on imports, and expensive energy costs do, in fact, deter business investment”.In this regard, he explained the important role of the private sector in addressing these worrying trends.“The good news is that here in this room, these issues have solutions. This is where organisations like AmCham Guyana can truly help. They can and do help. Your members are already experienced to navigating the sometimes difficult process of doing business here and can provide guidance to existing, new and future members of AmCham Guyana,” the new DCM said.US Deputy Chief of Mission to Guyana Mark CullinaneThe new Deputy Chief of Mission will be replacing Terry Steers-Gonzalez.He served as Deputy Director of the Office of Canadian Affairs at the US Department of State. Prior, he was the Economic Counsellor at the US Embassy in Lima, Peru, and Counsellor for Environment, Science, Heath, and Technology at the US Embassy in Buenos Aires, Argentina.Cullinane also previously served as Political Advisor to Swedish and Finnish troops affiliated with the International Security Assistance Force in Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan.Only last month, US Ambassador to Guyana Sarah-Ann Lynch pleaded with the Private Sector Commission (PSC) to play its role in the fight against corruption.The Ambassador pointed out that the World Bank’s 2018 report on ease of doing business reflected a drop in ranking from number 126 in 2017 to number 134 in 2018, out of 190 countries.  Places like Iran, the West Bank, and Gaza ranked better than Guyana.She explained that this was linked to the fact that Guyana has high rates of taxation, energy, corruption and lack of transparency, coupled with a number of others.“In addition, the duties imposed on many imported items can be substantial, driving costs up beyond competitiveness.  I don’t need to tell you that the cost of electricity is one of the highest in the region, at more than 35 cents per kilowatt hour.  The power grid system is antiquated, resulting in regular power outage, forcing companies… to install their own power generation systems to cope with the blackouts,” the Ambassador said.On this note, the US Ambassador explained that the PSC can play a role in affecting a change by offering guidance to the Government in shaping legislation. Further, it can review policies by the administration and recommend changes.In the past, the coalition Government had been blasted by Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo for several acts of corruption.In fact, the US State Department had highlighted Guyana as corrupt, owing to a number of irregularities within various Government ministries.According to the State Department in its assessment of the situation, allegations of corruption continue to trouble Guyana. It cited the Transparency International (TI) 2017 Corruption Perception Index, which ranked Guyana at 91 out of 180 countries. To make matters worse, Guyana has since dropped to 93rd position in TI’s latest report.The index placed Guyana’s corruption perception score at 37 to tie with Gambia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Mongolia and Panama.Meanwhile, AmCham on Monday evening also bid farewell to the Managing Director of Republic Bank Limited, Richard Sammy, who will be taking up a new post in the twin island of Trinidad and Tobago.last_img read more

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Being `only’ 17 is fine

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! I can finally buy my own tickets to watch R-rated movies.That’s probably one of the things most people think when turning 17, other than it being one year away from being called an emancipated “adult.”After living a long 16 years, I find that every year comes with more fun, as we’re “allowed” to do more things; at 18, we are legal, and at 21, we can gamble.However, with age also comes more responsibilities because we’re expected to become more independent and make various, possibly life-changing, decisions.Life seems much more hectic now with the college application process looming, compared to 10 years ago when there was so much less to worry about.Saturday afternoons were “busy” when I had to wake up early to watch “Rugrats.” My afternoon schedule would be “booked” swinging across the monkey bars and gliding down the slides.The biggest decision I had to make was what cartoon I wanted to watch on Sunday.Then I had a bit more responsibility, learning how to make my bed and manage my own money from the allowance I earned. I dropped coins into a little pig.At school, all there was to think about was whether my classmates had cooties, and the most exciting part of the day was waiting for the afternoon to come so that we could all take our daily naps.Daily chores kept piling on with each year, as I set the dinner table every day, dusted my own room and folded the laundry.In high school, naps became a luxury rather than part of a daily routine. Instead of resting amused in front of the television, I had to wake up early Saturday morning and take the dreaded test of every high school student: the SAT.Now, in my senior year, I encounter choices that are significant to my future. Not only am I proving to be the most indecisive person ever in choosing colleges to apply to, but I have to summarize 17 years in a carefully chosen 1,000 words on all my applications.In a few months, I will ponder the possibilities of where I will spend the next four years.Besides making decisions this last year of high school, I find that I still have so much to learn before I go off to college. Although being able to make my bed and fold my laundry are good skills, they won’t be enough to help me survive college.I have to start thinking about how I’m going to provide for myself without my dad’s home-cooked meals. Without knowing my way around the kitchen, I’ll be living on Cup of Noodles every night.Even though I’m over 16, I sadly admit that I still do not know how to drive. I was anxiously waiting to turn 16 so that I could take my permit test, but when the time actually came, procrastination came along with it.I now find it imperative that I learn to take myself anywhere, since I can’t rely on others to do that for me in college, as I do in high school. In the not-so-distant future, I’ll also be expected to pay bills on my own.Despite the increasing number of responsibilities as I grow older, I’m going to enjoy my last year of being a “minor,” dining on home-cooked meals and staying worry-free about a job, all the while taking advantage of one less restriction: buying my own movie tickets. Tiffany Horn, 17, is a senior at Schurr High in Montebello. She plans to attend college and get a degree, possibly majoring in mathematics.last_img read more

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DDTV VIDEO: GLENSWILLY BEAT KILCAR TO REACH DONEGAL SFC FINAL

first_imgGlenswilly beat Kilcar to reach Donegal SFC Final – Video from Sept 11 from Jerome Quinn on Vimeo.WATCH highlights from Glenswilly v Kilcar in the semi-final of the County Championship. Video by JEROME QUINN MEDIA.View more GAA Videos on JeromeQuinnMedia.comDDTV VIDEO: GLENSWILLY BEAT KILCAR TO REACH DONEGAL SFC FINAL was last modified: September 12th, 2011 by BrendaShare 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:GAAglenswillykilcarlast_img read more

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Klopp confirms Liverpool starlet is close to loan move – with Rangers linked

first_img Harry Wilson is set to leave Liverpool on loan – is Rangers his destination? 2 Wilson caught the eye playing in Liverpool’s pre-season defeat of Chester The 21-year-old Wales international recently signed a new five-year deal with the Merseyside club after a successful spell at Hull City last season, where he scored seven goals in 13 Championship appearances.He also starred in Liverpool’s pre-season friendly against Chester, where he fired in a cool brace in a 7-0 win.He was expected to line up again for the Reds in Saturday’s friendly against Bury, but Klopp explained he has been omitted from the squad as he is nearing a loan switch.“Harry has a lot of interest in him from different clubs, so no risk now,” the German chief told Liverpoolfc.com.“[Playing] with a little bit tired legs during the game, that makes no sense. So Harry has a little session at home.” Jurgen Klopp has revealed Liverpool youngster Harry Wilson is close to leaving to club on loan, amid links with a move to join Steven Gerrard at Rangers. 2 Norwich City are apparently among the Championship clubs keeping an eye on the Welshman, while Old Firm rivals Celtic and Rangers have also been linked with an interest.Celtic were even said to have submitted an official bid to take the youngster on loan this term, only to have it knocked back by the Reds.And it is suggested this could be because he may be set to join his former Liverpool youth coach at Rangers instead, due to a unique transfer deal struck between the two clubs.Liverpool have agreed to let Kop hero Gerrard have first refusal on any academy starlets they are looking to send out on loan this summer.However, there are reports from Merseyside that the club would prefer Wilson return to the Championship.According to the Liverpool Echo, the Reds want Wilson to remain in England this season – handing a boost to the likes of Norwich, Derby County, Stoke City and Aston Villa, who are all said to be keen.Wilson first joined Liverpool as part of their Under-9s set up.He has four caps for Wales, scoring one goal, and broke Gareth Bale’s record as the youngest player to play for the nation when he made his Dragons debut at the age of 16.last_img read more

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THE HISTORY BOYS AS 14-MAN DONEGAL HURLERS SEAL PROMOTION WITH SUPER WIN OVER FINGAL

first_imgMine’s a double! Paddy HanniganDonegal’s hurlers have taken a massive step up – and forward – after winning promotion to Division 2B today.They beat Fingal 2-16 to 0-08 in the Division 2B/3A relegation/promotion final despite playing the entire second half with 14 men at Breffni Park.Paddy Hannigan struck two glory goals, one in either half, to help Donegal to a convincing victory which none of the pundits predicted. Jamesie Donnelly was given a straight red card following an incident with Ross McGarry as the teams went in at half-time.Donegal fans reacted with anger to the referee’s decision which seemed harsh – with no action taken against the Dubliner.But Hannigan’s goals – and nine points from Kevin Campbell – put the Donegal men out of sight of Fingal who couldn’t make the extra man count against a side destined for victory with superb performance all over the park particularly from Danny Cullen, Joe Boyle, Lee Henderson and Ciaran Matthewson.Ray Durack and his team deserve huge credit for taking Donegal hurling – played in this county for centuries – another step up the national ladder. The Ulster Championship is next, and another go at the Nicky Rackard Cup.  THE HISTORY BOYS AS 14-MAN DONEGAL HURLERS SEAL PROMOTION WITH SUPER WIN OVER FINGAL was last modified: April 13th, 2014 by John2Share 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:donegalhurlersPaddy Hanniganlast_img read more

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“CROKER UNDER THE LIGHTS AND AGAINST DUBLIN IS ALWAYS A BIG ONE”- RYAN MCHUGH

first_imgRyan McHugh faces Dublin for the first time since he scored two goals in Donegal’s epic All-Ireland semi-final win over the Dubs in August.Ryan McHugh is relishing the prospect of returning to Croke Park to face Dublin with memories of that glorious victory in August still fresh in his mind.Donegal’s last visit to Croke Park was painful for supporters and players as Jim McGuinness’s side lost their All-Ireland crown to Kerry.However, McHugh insists they’ll be no hangover from that defeat ahead of their blockbuster league clash with Dublin, who Donegal famously humbled in last year’s All-Ireland semi-final. McHugh netted two goals that afternoon and announced his mark on the game nationally in a superb performance that shocked the country.Donegal got their league campaign off to a flyer last week against Derry while Dublin suffered defeat to Cork.This weekend’s highly anticipated encounter between the two counties has all the ingredients to be a cracking clash, and McHugh is looking forward to it.McHugh told The Irish Daily Star, “Croke Park is something you look forward to so that’s not an issue. “We’re just looking forward to the occasion and hopefully getting something out of the game.“After getting the win (against Derry), we can look forward to Dublin now at the weekend.“We’re going to train as well as we can this week and then look forward to going back to Croke Park.“It’s the kind of fixture you want to be involved in. Croke Park under lights and against Dublin is always a big one.“It’s where we want to be – Division One. The best teams in Ireland are in it. “It’ll be a very competitive campaign this year but we’re all looking forward to it.“In the lead up we were only focused on Derry and we weren’t looking past them.“We’re delighted to get the win. We weren’t happy with our first-half performance and we felt we should have been doing a lot better.“We regrouped at half-time and we talked about it and then came out in the second-half and produced the performance we knew we were capable of. “That was good enough, thankfully, to get the win.”“CROKER UNDER THE LIGHTS AND AGAINST DUBLIN IS ALWAYS A BIG ONE”- RYAN MCHUGH was last modified: February 5th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Croke ParkdonegaldublinGAAHome-page SportnewsRyan McHughlast_img read more

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