I’ve known Tom Lasorda more than 35 years, have been out on the town with him from L.A. to Las Vegas to Miami, and I have never seen him reach into his pockets for as much as 15 cents, much less $1,500. Nor, in countless social occasions, have I seen this man who’s been married 50 years to wife Jo in pursuit of other women. There are weird developments that unfold daily on this planet that leave one shaking his noggin in stunned disbelief, but the revelation earlier this week that the Great Dodger Blue in the Sky, Baseball’s Reigning Good-Will Ambassador, Mr. Red, White & Blue Anti-Drug, Pro-Family Values Advocate, Tommy Lasorda, is mentioned in a tell-all book by a former Hollywood madam defies credulity in my view because of a most pertinent Lasorda trait. In chapter 12 of her autobiography “Secrets of a Hollywood Super Madam,” one Jody (Babydol) Gibson, who was once convicted of running a prostitution ring and spent 22 months in prison because of it, alleges that Lasorda was a client and paid $1,500 in cash when using her service. Lasorda’s thriftiness has become legendary, and I just can’t imagine a guy who wouldn’t buy a round of drinks at an AA meeting coughing up $1,500 no matter how alluring the temptation. Lasorda and his Torrance-based attorney, Tony Capozzola, have vehemently denied Gibson’s claim, saying she’s seizing on Lasorda’s fame to promote her book. And on this level it’s certainly been working, as she’s been appearing on various TV and talk radio shows – she also has named other celebrities who allegedly used her women – and receiving a disproportionate amount of exposure for such a tawdry piece of junk. I mean, is my life enriched culturally by Babydol Gibson informing me that Ben Affleck, or Bruce Willis, or Sly Stallone also allegedly once upon a time employed her firm? As far as I’m concerned, 79-year-old Tommy Lasorda doesn’t need to take a lie detector test on this one because of his lengthy body of work – err, I mean restaurant departures – in which he holds the stellar distinction of skipping out on more tabs than any person in America history. If there were a category in the Guinness Book of World Records for such a phenomenon, I guarantee my guy Tommy would be at the top of the list. This is a man who would squeeze pennies out of a nickel, and who’s so cheap he’s been known to actually stick slugs in his penny loafers. Babydol can assert what she wants, but I know Tommy and it’s beyond my imagination to envision him handing over $1,500 in cash to anyone no matter what the circumstance because I’ve always known him to pass the buck – except when it has George Washington’s picture on it. … The late Dodger general manager, Al Campanis, used to tell this one about Lasorda’s famed tightness: “When Tommy was a scout for us, he’d always have on his expenses a 10 cent item and he’d call it PTA. I asked him what it was and he replied, `It’s for pay toilet paper at the airport.’ ” At least ol’ Tommy wasn’t inflating his expenses. … Babydol Gibson was all over the airways on Wednesday, but the first show she went on came Tuesday evening on the Joe McDonnell Experience on AM-570. … Spoke to the USC athletic director Mike Garrett at a luncheon Thursday at the Pacific Dining Car in downtown L.A., and asked him if he was concerned about USC facing serious punishment from the NCAA over the Reggie Bush controversy. “I’m not worried,” he said coolly. … Also spoke to Steve Sarkisian at the affair, and told the USC offensive coordinator he made a wise decision recently to turn down an offer to coach the Oakland Raiders and become Al Davis’ latest puppet. He nodded in agreement. … Detractors once referred to Oscar De La Hoya as Chicken De La Hoya, especially after his madcap late retreat against Felix Trinidad. So it was only fitting that Floyd Mayweather Jr. brought along a rooster the other day at a well-attended press conference in front of Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood. The feeling persists the pre-fight hype for the May 5 match at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas will exceed in excitement the fight itself, which I envision Mayweather easily dominating. … At the Mayweather-De La Hoya luncheon across the street afterward at the historic Roosevelt Hotel, there was Long Beach tough guy Bad Stu Ledsam, of all people, seated at a table alongside De La Hoya, as journalists peppered De La Hoya with questions. Has Bad Stu become a minder for De La Hoya? … The Clippers have reverted to their ill-starred past, with the awful knee injury to the promising young point guard, Shaun Livingston, climaxing what has been a disappointing season. I doubt the brittle Livingston ever will be faintly the same. … I’ve been told by a reliable source in Northern California that the former Stanford and Golden State coach Mike Montgomery would return to the sidelines if he could land a job at a university where he would have a chance to win a national championship like, well, Arizona. But the aging Lute Olson, much like Joe Paterno at Penn State and Bobby Bowden at Florida State, plans to keep coaching in Tucson even though there are ominous signs he isn’t nearly as effective at his trade as he once was. … I disagree with the pessimists who say Long Beach State can’t become a mid-major powerhouse like Gonzaga. Why can’t it? It’s just such shallow thinking that has prevented it from happening. … What quarterback is going to father the most kids before marriage, Matt Leinart or Tom Brady?. … I’ll be surprised if Pacman Jones is allowed to play football next season by the NFL. … All those years of being overweight and out of condition finally have caught up to the aging Shaquille O’Neal, perennially injured these days. … Whoever lands Ohio State’s Greg Oden in the NBA draft – and he will make himself eligible for it – will become an instant winner. He’s the best big man to come out of college since Tim Duncan. … I have no idea who will win the upcoming NCAA basketball tournament, but I’m hoping it’s Larry Reynolds’ Long Beach State team. If it is, I’m sure Reynolds then would get his contract extension. … They say Laker owner Jerry Buss is so mad at Vladimir Radmanovic that he would like to dump him. … Celebrity bodyguard Mike (The Hammer) DiMarzo will be in Maui the next 10 days coordinating security for an MTV video shoot. What a grueling assignment. … I must admit I always take the short view of life – never looking beyond coffee, or tea. … Unrestricted free-agent Jason Kapono of the Miami Heat figures to sign a contract in the off-season for at least five years and $25 million. He’s one of the most improved players in the NBA. … Spoke to CIF marketing whiz John (Mr. Mean Guy) Costello the other day, and he tells me Saturday night’s showdown between Artesia and Mater Dei has inspired record media requests. Incidentally, I have no idea if it’s true, but I once was told Mr. Mean Guy actually is a descendent of the late New York Mafia chieftain, Frank Costello. … Ever notice those who do the most talking at fitness centers are those who are most in need of getting into shape? … I doubt any newspaper has more informed reporters on mixed martial arts (MMA) than the Press Telegram’s Dynamic Duo of James Melroy and Miguel Lopez. These guys not only have covered all the big events staged by the various organizations – the Ultimate Fighting Championship, the Pride, the EliteXC and the World Extreme Cagefighting – in places like L.A. Las Vegas, Anaheim and Sacramento, but they also write regular stories on the fast-growing sport. These informative pieces not only can be read in this paper, but also on the Internet at www.presstelegram.com/mixedmartialarts. … The Angels knew they were upgrading themselves defensively in center field when they handed Gary Matthews Jr. that five-year, $50 million contract, but I doubt they realized they also might be get getting a guy with a sophisticated pharmaceutical knowledge. … Only injuries will keep the Dallas Mavericks from doing this season what they should have done last – winning the NBA title. … Steve Sarkisian says John David Booty’s caddy, Mark Sanchez, is further along in his development as a quarterback at USC than Booty, Leinart and Carson were at similar stages in their careers. … Injury-prone fight publicist Honest John Beyrooty, recovering from hip replacement surgery, not to mention a stress fracture of the left knee and a badly bruised right ankle, insists to me that Saturday night’s Showtime match at the Home Depot Center between WBC super bantamweight champion Israel Vazquez and Rafael Marquez will be a memorable brawl, but not to miss the undercard IBF flyweight title fight between champion Vic Darchinyan and Victor Burgos. “Vic Darchinyan is the toughest Armenian in the world,” says Honest John, casually forgetting who he is addressing. … I always have found the most effective method of making loyal friends is to congratulate them upon their failures. … Former Long Beach State and St. John Bosco pitcher Kevin (Brother of Dennis) Lamp, Muhammad Ali impersonator extraordinaire, has a unique way of dealing with his ex wife. “I speak to her only in my Ali persona,” he says. … I get the biggest kick out of seeing guys with keys attached to their belt loops. … Condolences to the Barbieri family of San Pedro for the passing of its patriarch, Van Barbieri Sr., 91, this week. He was a popular fixture in the Harbor area for a good portion of the 20th century. Funeral mass will be held Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church in San Pedro. … Doug Krikorian can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
0Shares0000Chelsea manager Frank Lampard insists David Luiz did not go on strike before joining Arsenal © AFP / CHARLY TRIBALLEAULONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 9 – Chelsea manager Frank Lampard insists there was no rift with David Luiz after claims the Brazil defender went on strike before his shock move to Arsenal.Luiz joined Arsenal in an £8 million deal on Thursday after reportedly falling out with Lampard over what he perceived as a diminished role in the team. The 32-year-old was said to have become a disruptive influence at Chelsea’s Cobham base and did not train with the team on Wednesday before completing his switch to London rivals Arsenal on deadline day.Lampard was adamant he took the decision for Luiz to miss training and made it clear the pair had spoken amicably before agreeing the centre-back should leave.“We had some conversations over the last week, honest conversations because I know David well. And I think the conclusion of that was that he moved on,” Lampard told reporters on Friday.“There certainly wasn’t any strikes. And in terms of fall-outs, no, there weren’t. There were honest conversations.“The day that David didn’t train was a decision that I made because we were in the middle of this where we were talking and it was quite clear which way it was going.”– Necessary evil –Luiz spent six-and-a-half seasons with Chelsea across two spells, winning the Premier League and Champions League while playing alongside Blues legend Lampard.The former Derby boss was believed to have told Luiz — who was a regular in their Europa League-winning side last term — he would have to fight for his place, with Andreas Christensen and Kurt Zouma having been picked for Chelsea’s final pre-season friendly.Lampard, who was unable to strengthen his squad during the transfer window because of Chelsea’s transfer ban, accepts allowing players to join Premier League rivals like Arsenal is sometimes a necessary evil.“I don’t think you can always dictate where a player goes, it depends on the situation. This happened close to the deadline day,” Lampard said.“At that point, David was pretty clear at what he wanted, that Arsenal was the club.“Of course he is a good player, he has gone to a competitor, it’s happened before, it will happen again.”Lampard begins his Chelsea reign — in just his second year in management — with an intriguing trip to Manchester United on Sunday.The 41-year-old, who will make a late call on N’Golo Kante’s knee problem, said Blues winger Callum Hudson-Odoi is back in training following last season’s Achilles tendon injury.England winger Hudson-Odoi has entered the final 12 months of his contract and, while Lampard wants the 18-year-old to stay in west London, he says there has been no progress on a potential new deal.“No, on Callum there’s not. The clubs are talking. We hope Callum stays, simple as that,” Lampard said.“The better news is that he’s working hard on his fitness and is back out on the pitch.”0Shares0000(Visited 43 times, 1 visits today)
Finn Harps will bring their 2012 First Division campaign to an end tonight (SAT) when they welcome Longford Town to Finn Park (kick-off 7.45pm).Harps will be looking to end the season on a high, and still have an outside chance of finishing in fourth spot.A much improved second half of the season has somewhat been overshadowed by two defeats on the bounce in each of their last two outings. Having lost narrowly by the odd goal in three to Waterford at Finn Park two weeks ago, Harps then fell to a 2-0 defeat against bottom side SD Galway in Terryland Park last Friday night. “It was very poor, probably the poorest we’ve been in a long time,” said Harps boss Peter Hutton of last week’s performance. “I think subconsciously the players maybe thought it was going to be easy. We didn’t test their goalkeeper anywhere near enough and I think it showed that they wanted it a lot more than we did. They were more motivated and are fighting not to finish bottom.“But we shouldn’t have been lacking in motivation or desire because fourth place was still on the table for us going down there. We knew it was always going to be a tall order to try and finish fourth because of the gap between ourselves and the other teams. But, having gone on the ten-game unbeaten run and put ourselves in such a strong position, it’s disappointing that we didn’t see it out,” he added.Hutton will be looking for his troops to finish the season on a high on Saturday against a Longford Town team who saw their automatic promotion challenge fizzle out with three defeat in their last three games. However, Tony Cousins side still have a chance of going up via the play-offs.“Similarly to ourselves, they have been beaten in their last two games. But they’ll want to go into their play-off on the back of a good result to have their confidence up, so we’ll be expecting a fairly strong performance,” said Hutton of Longford. “That’s what you want, though. We wouldn’t want them coming up and not being competitive – it doesn’t do anybody any good.” “It’s hard to believe it’s the last game of the season, it has fairly flown in,” he said. “It would be nice to finish off with a win, particularly because it’s also our final home game and we’d like to reward the fans who have been fairly loyal to us, especially when the times have been tough. From my point of view, I just want to see a good, solid ninety-minute performance. The last couple of displays we have let our standards drop; we have been complacent.”Although Longford have only recorded eight victories in 38 attempts at Finn Park, four of those wins have come in each of their last four visits to Ballybofey.The three previous meetings between the sides this season have all finished in away wins.Last week’s 2-0 defeat to SD Galway was the first time that Harps had failed to score in a match since losing 3-0 away to Limerick at the end of June. Harps haven’t failed to score at home since Waterford United left Finn Park with a 1-0 victory five months ago.On the team front, Hutton welcomes back Ciaran Coll and Matt Harkin who missed the trip to Galway last week through suspension. Adam Clarke is a doubt though with a thigh injury. HARPS HOPING TO FINISH SEASON ON A HIGH AGAINST LONGFORD was last modified: October 14th, 2012 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:finn harpsFinn ParkLongford TownPeter Hutton
Lifford Strabane AC is delighted to announce the fixtures for its annual Spring 3 Race Series for 2017. Now in its sixth year, the Series is firmly embedded within the sporting calendar in the North West.It is also the traditional kick start for 5K runs, pre season training and burning off the Christmas turkey.Year on year, this Series has grown in numbers with over 350 in each race in 2016.From the competitive runner through to recreational joggers or walkers, this Series is about starting the New Year the right way and in the right frame of mind.For many, these races are about finding out how the Winter training has gone and setting a baseline from which races later in the year can be measured.Yet again, the club is delighted to have Dalys XL Supermarket, Lifford on board as partners and sponsors for the Series.A club spokesperson said: “Each year, we try to keep the Series vibrant and in 2017, we’ve added a new race in Strabane which is along the same route as the 5K held on Half Marathon Day last May, a good fast course for those looking for times.”The three dates are now as follows, Carrigans (15th January), Strabane (29th January) and Lifford (12th February).The spokesperson said: “All three events provide a unique opportunity for the local communities to come out and take part in a family friendly environment promoting health, fun, and providing no small measure of entertainment.“Each race participant will receive points, which are accumulated towards the overall Series winners across a range of race categories.“All three courses are AAI certified for accuracy and with chip timing at each of the races, participants can be assured of accurate times for each 5K event.“For all those looking to kickstart 2017 on the right footing, this is the Series for you. 3 races, 3 venues and an opportunity to benchmark a time in January/February against the same courses later in the year.”For any queries, please contact Brendan O’Donnell on 086-0489377, email email@example.com or Facebook Lifford Strabane AC 5K Spring Series.Lifford-Strabane AC’s Spring Series gets underway on Sunday was last modified: January 13th, 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)
Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Latest Premier League News 20 Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card 12. Wolverhampton Wanderers gameday cracker 16. Burnley 14. Fulham 9. Leicester REVEALED 20 20 Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury 6. Arsenal 20 shining Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT 20 20 13. Crystal Palace 20 Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? The Premier League season is under way and there have been plenty of thrills within the first month.With four games gone, Jose Mourinho has already had to fend off talk over his position as Manchester United boss, while the odds on Manuel Pellegrini leaving West Ham have plunged with the Hammers yet to pick up a single point.It’s still early days and anything can happen throughout the rest of the season, but it is always fun to speculate!So, with a week off from top-flight action due to the international break, we have fired up the famous talkSPORT.com super computer to predict the final league standings. silverware 20 20 19. Huddersfield (relegated) 20 20 Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City 11. Brighton and Hove Albion smart causal England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won 20 no dice 20 15. Newcastle United 20 20 3. Tottenham (Champions League qualification) 20 20 20. Cardiff City (relegated) tense 10. Bournemouth Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Ahead of the new season the, ahem, world famous computer tipped West Ham for a top eight finish after a string of seemingly impressive signings.Following their disastrous start, however, it looks that prediction could now prove way off.Here’s the predicted final 2018/19 table which should, of course, be taken with a pinch of salt…*And if you think you’re better at predictions than the super computer, then give the talkSPORT predictor game a go! 20 8. Watford huge blow 7. Everton 4. Chelsea (Champions League qualification) How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures 1. Manchester City (Premier League champions) 20 2. Liverpool (Champions League qualification) 5. Manchester United (Europa League qualification) 18. West Ham (relegated) Getty possible standings 20 17. Southampton REVEALED
A man who terrorised a female taxi driver when he was a passenger in her vehicle has been hit with a heavy fine for his behaviour.Dean McKeever, aged 26, of Carrygauley, Letterkenny appeared at Letterkenny District Court charged with the incident which happened on September 26th, 2015.The court heard how the taxi-driver was left in a terrible state, and was forced to take six weeks off work due to the trauma she suffered. Inspector Goretti Sheridan read the victim’s statement of events from the day in question.It read, “I picked up two males, and McGeever got in the front of the car, I knew he was called McKeever because his friend was calling him that.“He started saying nasty things to me, he said ‘what time did you wake up this morning at, what time did you jump off him’?“His friend in the back seat kept telling him to shut up and cop on, but he continued his nasty tirade towards me. “I felt sorry for the boy in the back, as he kept pleading with McKeever to stop, but he didn’t pay any attention to him.“The boy in the back was giving me directions, and I just ignored McKeever, he kept saying, ‘Are you not speaking to me now’?“I pulled up where they wanted off, but he didn’t have any money, he pulled out a €2 coin, and I explained to him the fare was more than that.“He started hitting me on the shoulder with the palm of his hand saying ‘I’m only having the craic with you’ – I asked him to stop but he said he was only messing.“He then refused to get out of the car, he said ‘I’m not get out of this f***ing car’ – I went to drive off and then he pulled the steering wheel aggressively, then he grabbed the back of my hair very hard, and said he was going to jump out of the taxi and opened the door. “I had called for another taxi man to come and help me, and arrived shortly after this – it was my first bad experience in the taxi industry in twelve years.“I took six weeks off work due to the incident, but as I said it was the first bad experience I ever had working as a taxi driver.”Solicitor for the defendant Frank Dorrian said his client accepted that his behaviour was totally unacceptable, and that he has since found employment in the UK.Mr Dorrian said, “My client is now employed in Scotland, he’s working for a company who are carrying out the construction of a bridge, he’s doing very well since he relocated to Scotland, and the company he works for regard him as an excellent employee. “His behaviour in this case was unacceptable and he accepts that, he was angry with the world it seems, and he would have a problem with authority.“He thought he was being amusing saying what he was saying, when he was hitting her on the shoulder he was doing so in a friendly fashion, he can’t remember pulling her hair, but accepts it happened and is very sorry for his irresponsible actions.“He has engaged with the probation and welfare services and has addressed the issues he had with alcohol, and he’s willingly to compensate the taxi driver for her loss of earnings.”Judge Paul Kelly ordered the defendant to pay compensation of €2,500 to the taxi driver for her loss of earnings.He was also hit with two additional fines of €250 and €200 and was given six months to pay both.Man who terrorised female taxi-driver is fined €2,500 was last modified: September 21st, 2016 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)
Uganda has won two of their first four games in this year’s Gold cup (file photo)2018 Africa Gold CupUganda 47-29 MoroccoKyadondo Grounds, KampalaSaturday, 11-08-2018Uganda overcame a late scare to defeat Morocco 47-29 in the 2018 Africa Gold cup match played at Kyadondo Grounds on Saturday.John Duncan’s men survived a late comeback thanks to Pius Ogena and Solomon Okia’s two late tries (one apiece) that created an unassailable lead en route to the final whistle.Morocco had begun on the back foot when Phillip Wokorach opened the hosts’ account early but a second half surge by the visitors saw them come close to within three.Uganda required five tries from Ogena (2), Micheal Wokorach, Ivan Magomu and Okia to claim a bonus point victory.Phillip – who scored all Uganda’s penalties (three) and conversions (five), put up the Pearl’s first points when he kicked through a penalty in the third minute.Magomu later found well positioned Puis Ogena who broke through easily to touch down for the first try of the game.Morocco replied immediately as Micheal, Justin Kimono and Aaron Ofoyrwoth were beaten to the white chalk and when Noufal El Kadir successfully slotted in the conversion, the visitors were well back into the game.The North Africans soon made another infringement and Phillip used this opportunity to further extend the score to 13-07 off the tee.Eliphaz Emong and Ogena later paired up brilliantly – exchanging crisp passes as they drew closer to the white wash but referee Rasta Rasivhenge halted proceedings for a knock-on.Uganda got another chance through Kimono who should have easily crushed over in the right wing but the star was bundled out on his way to the try line.Phillip made four in four when he capitalized on another mistake to post more three on the scoreboard just before Micheal placed it past the chalk after receiving from Okia who had outpaced his opponent on a loose ball.Magomu closed out first half action when Paul Ssekate released him for Uganda’s third try in between the uprights. The scoreboard read “Uganda 30-7 Morocco” as both sides strolled off the pitch for the mandatory break.On return from team pep talk, Morocco ran riot. Houcine Amroui broke Uganda’s defence open with powerful play to score a try.Even though it wasn’t converted successfully, Samir Janoui‘s efforts led to another following a heavy maul at the left corner of Uganda’s half.A medical break helped Uganda refresh and relax with Phillip’s successful penalty thereafter but Mounaim Bachar further struck, El Kadir delivering the extras.Morocco raised complaints of their player who was deemed not fit to continue under the directive of referee Rasta and his medical team.After a three minute long stand-off, the Ugandan crowd grew cold when Morocco closed the gap further when El Kadir kicked to put the home side with in within three points.However, Ogena sent the crowds into jubilation when he raced to restore a sizeable gap.Okia then sealed the win – beating three men to sprint round the Moroccan 22 metres to touch in-between the posts.Uganda who can now only settle for third place after Kenya’s 67-0 win over Tunisia – will face Zimbabwe in their last game of this year’s Gold Cup tournament next weekend.They have won two of their opening four games in this year’s competition.Uganda currently seats third with 10 points on the log while Namibia leads with 20, Kenya second with 17. The maximum points Uganda can get against Zimbabwe are five which will not be enough to dislodge Kenya or Namibia in case any finishes second.After the final round of matches, the first place team will qualify for the World Cup directly, while the 2nd place team will qualify for the Repechage competition.Uganda’s team that started against Morocco on Saturday:Martial TchumkamSsekate PaulMugerwa AsumanUhuru CharlesRobert AzikuByron OketayotBrian AsabaEliphaz EmongAaron OfoirwothIvan MagomuJames OdongoPius ogenaMichael OkorachJustin KimonoPhillip WokorachReservesJoseph TamaleCollins KimbowaSantos SentenzaSimon OletMusajja RonaldConrad WanyamaEric MulaSolomon OkiaComments Tags: Gold Cup 2018Rugby Cranes
The She Cranes celebrate Tuesday’s victory over Rwanda. (PHOTOS/AGENCIES)Zone V All Africa Games Women QualifiersMonday, 20-05-2019MTN Arena, Lugogo-Uganda 3-1 Rwanda (25-21, 21-25, 25-19, 25-17)-Kenya 3-0 Rwanda (25-13, 25-8, 25-10) LUGOGO – Uganda women Volleyball She Cranes, continued their perfect start to the ongoing Zone V All Africa games women qualifiers, defeating Rwanda three sets to one.This was their second victory of the competition following a three set to nothing win over Ethiopia on Sunday evening.As compared to the Ethiopia game in which the team cruised to victory, Rwanda put out strong resilience but in the end, could not match the Volleyball She Cranes.After winning the first set 25-21 but Rwanda rallied back to take the second but the same score.The third was a little easy for Uganda who triumphed 25-17 before wrapping the games by the same score in the fourth to run out 3-1 winners in the end.Uganda won the final two quarters to seal the game.“This result was so critical, noted She Cranes Assistant coach Shira Omuriwe after the game.“We thank God that the girls were fit and so they managed to step up. They knew what to do and I am grateful that we finally beat Rwanda.“It was tough because they have bigger girls so we had to make sure that the outside blockers are stationary and tried to stop the big girls.Uganda is now set to take on Kenya in the third game on Tuesday night but will have to be at their best if they are to topple the continental giants.“Kenya has big girls, they have mature players who have played this game for a long time, continued Shilla Omuriwe hinted.“We have told our girls not to have pressure, the win will be important but we just have to take a point at a time.Kenya has also won two games – three straight sets victories against Rwanda (Sunday) and Ethiopia (Monday).The winner of the qualifiers will book a ticket to the All Africa Games in Morocco later this year.Tuesday’ fixture Tuesday, May 21-Rwanda Vs Ethiopia, 6:00 PM-Kenya Vs Uganda, 8:00 PMComments Tags: All Africa Women QualifiersrwandaShira OmuriaVolleyball She Cranes
A fortnight ago at the finishing ramp of the Donegal International rally I had a chance meeting with one of my old teachers from my national school days in Letterkenny. Master Martin McGonigley from Fanad was my teacher in 4th class at the old boys school.He always had the best car of all the teachers in our school and in the opinion of my fellow class mate Martin McHugh, he always said “McGonigley “ must have the best car in the whole world. Advertisement One ordinary school day in 1976 Master McGonigley landed to the car park above the cathedral with a RS2000, the first we ever seen.An RS 2000 Mk2 like our teacher Master Martin Mc Conigley arrived to school in in the 1970’sIt was bright yellow and had the drooped snoop with twin headlights, RS alloy rims bucket seats and that signature RS three spoke steering wheel. This week I met up with another one of my teachers Master Frank Breslin and got talking about old times at school and the change that is happening to the boys and girls schools this year.So this week I’m taking a detour by travelling a different road on a journey of bitter sweet memories from my days of going to national schools in Letterkenny.Roman Catholic Advertisement For a boy of Roman Catholic religion growing up in Letterkenny going to school was a real “roaming” journey. This year the boys school, Scoil Colmcille and the girls school, Scoil Mhuire Gan Smal change from boys only and girls only respectively to mixed schools.A half a century ago this year I started school in the town for the first time.In 1968 I made my short journey from Wolfe Tone Place in Glencar with my mother to my first day at school, Ms Anne Kelly was my teacher in baby infants.My first school Scoil Mhuire Gan Smal was an all girls school except for baby and high infants which had both boys and girls. I still have vivid memories of my first year at the girls school, walking along the single line in the halls in the centre of the terrazzo floors with my finger over my ’bheal’. Whilst getting smells of floor polish from the hall and whiffs of cow dung on a Thursdays.Thursdays were a big day in Letterkenny for the mart and while half of the infants class were out in the yard skipping, playing hop-scotch and tag. The other half thought they were big men leaning out over the wall watching the farmers landing into the town on tractors and trailers with cattle for the mart which was across the road from the girls school. a school photo from the early days at national school in Letterkenny.The aroma of cow dung was more likely to be from us boys dilly dallying into school on a Mart day looking around in amazement at Massey Ferguson’s, Grey diesels, Ford’s, Davy Brown’s, cattle trucks and cattle dealers. Not knowing that us townies we probably were stepping on cow dung and mistakenly carrying it in on our sandals or shoes to the class room.I also remember walking home from school with my mother, me full of stories about how good the school was and asking her was it as good for her when she went there. Her reply was a mystery to me, she didn’t go to that girls school and pointed across the road to the boys school, that’s the school I went to.Ugly Duckling I was on our best behaviour the day of the first school play. I still can remember standing to the left, high up on the stage as a member of the chorus, complete with a toy watch on my arm as I belted out the lyrics of ”There once was an ugly duckling”. First public appearance in the school play 1968 as part of the choirs in “Ugly Duckling” The hall in the Girls school Photo Brian McDaidI still have the faintest of memories of my aunt B, my uncle, Fr. Mark and my grandfather Pop Coyle in the audience miming along with me from the back of the hall. I would like to think that there was another person there that day to support me, my mother.But I was never sure and was happy enough to think that she was there but that I just didn’t see her in the crowd. Over the years I never really wanted to work it out not until this week, when I finally put these thoughts to paper and realise my mother wasn’t there in the hall that day but was terminally ill in Hospital.High Elephants Miss Breda Winston was my teacher in high infants which we always called high elephants which always got a laugh. At Christmas that year I went home on holidays as a five year old child and came back after Christmas after my sixth birthday on the 11th of January as a grown up following the death of my mother on the second day of 1970.My Teacher from the Girls school Breda Winston and myselfThat first morning back to school my teacher Breda Winston met me in the hallway coming into the school with my brother Neilus who started in baby infants in 1969. After we left him to his classroom and settled him in, she then took me and introduced me to the school principal, Mother Bernadine.I can still hear Ms. Winston saying, ‘This is Brian McDaid, son of Mary Ellen who passed away at Christmas’.Mother Bernadine reached out for my hand and paid her respect on the death of my mother. That was the one and only hand shake I ever got at the time of my mother’s death but it was enough that one person understood that this child had grown up very quickly.Boys schoolMaster Breslin was my teacher for my 1st year at the Boys school. The name plate on the gable outside his class room said it was St. Columba’s, Convent which originally was the first all girls school in Letterkenny. This was where my mother, then Mary Ellen Coyle got her education.Names plates from the different school that boys attended in Letterkenny.Her cryptic clue now made perfect sense. Fr Servant, taught me in 2nd year, Liola taught in 3rd year and Master Martin McConigley taught us in 4th. All these classrooms were in various parts of what was originally St. Columba’s Convent for girls and was to the become Scoil Colmcille when it was extended.Names plates from the different school that boys attended in Letterkenny.This school has still two different nameplates on each opposite gable in memory of St Columba’s Convent school 1898 and Scoil Colmcille school 1956 to this very day.Back to the original. When we went into 5th we moved over to what was originally the first all boys school in Letterkenny, to St. Eunans Monastery. My aunt B now was the historian in the family, she told me this was the school that my uncle Fr. Mark attended and went straight from there to a job in the post office as a telegram boy, before he went on for the priests.It was also where Charlie my uncle won a scholarship to go to St. Eunans Collage. This school is now called the pastoral centre.That year we thought we were getting Fr Austin but ending up getting the new teacher a Derryman and landed on his first day with a mop of long wavy hair driving a light blue VW Beetle. His mane was Tom Reddin and boy could he sing.Any dream will doJoseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat written by Andrew Loyd Weber and Tim Rice was a broadway hit in 1968 and one of the songs from it, ‘Any Dream Will Do’ was also number one hit for Joe Cuddy in 1974.Master Tom Reddin who was the new teacher in the school when I was going into 5th class.But the only person that I ever heard singing it was our Derry born teacher Tom Reddin, he taught us that song and we were his chorus. Many a day we rattled the long sash windows as we raised the roof of our classroom singing that song at the top of our voices.St Eunan’s Monastery which we spent some of the natiolal school at. Photo Brian McDaid.From my memory we were only in the monastery for a couple of months to make room for younger classes to move to the new school, the present Scoil Colmcille Then were were on the moved back to the old school where we ended 5th and 6th class there . We had one more short move once a week to the hall in the new school for the all new subject of the day P.E.YouTube Back in the seventies we had our own YouTube event at the boys school. Master Reddin, ever the progressive teacher was ahead of his time. He came up with the idea of getting a television into the school but funds were low so he asked the students would anyone have an old telly at home. As it happened we did have an old telly but it was broke down and with the repairman.Names plates from the different school that boys attended in Letterkenny.Master Reddin sent me over to our TV man, who lived in the Burma to see how much it would cost to fix it. Long before YouTube it was TV tubes and valves were all the talk and that was what was broken on ourswith our TV all repaired, four or us out of 5th class were dispatched over the Burma with the money we collected from both our class and Fr Austin’s Class for the repaired TV and carried it back to the boys school.We must have been an odd looking sight walking along the Burma with a big black and white TV under our arm.There was nothing special about my school days. I have none of them yellow school reports that I needed to keep, but I still had good school days and memories both sad and happy. Both from girls and boys school old and new that shaped who I am.All of my teachers gave me something for life along the way for my future. My three brothers all went through this same path with a different combination of teachers.Eating out.When we were all at the boys school together we all met up every lunch time and went down the town for our lunch as there was no one at home. My father made lunches for the four of us and one for himself from a Milford loaf, a box of Galtee cheese and Summer County Margarine.He went to work in the ESB and worried about us all day. We would go down to Danny McLaughlin’s at the Market Square, get four cups of tea and quietly eat our own cheese sandwiches in his cafe.In putting this together this week I thank the principals of both the girls and boys school past and present and all the teachers. Including present day principals Ms. Irene Simmons and Mr. Pauric Cannon who helped with this write up and also two of my class mates Seamus McEwen and Gerry McKeever who refreshed a couple of old memories.DD Motoring: Motoring through school was last modified: June 28th, 2018 by Brian McDaidShare 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:Brian McDaidMemoriesmotorsSCHOOL
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