MATT DENTON Middletown High School North’s Tyler Downing won the boys pole vault at the Merli Invitational held at the John Bennett Indoor Athletic Complex in Toms River on Dec. 26. He scaled 10-6 to win the competition.
Arsenal’s hopes of finishing in the Premier League’s top four and qualifying for the Champions League are still in their own hands despite losing ground over the weekend, manager Unai Emery said on Tuesday.Arsenal, who were looking to move up to third over the weekend, now find themselves fifth in the table after Crystal Palace’s 3-2 win at Emirates Stadium on Sunday.With four games to go this season, Emery’s side are a point behind third-placed Tottenham Hotspur and fourth-placed Chelsea, although the latter have played a game more.“We have it in our hands,” Emery told reporters ahead of Wednesday’s trip to Wolverhampton Wanderers. “At the beginning of the season, after winter, we struggled in the table. We were in a worse position than we are now.“Our way is not changing. We are in our way at the end of the season with a big possibility to take our target. I’m still proud of our season, knowing that the key moments are now. Tomorrow is a big moment, match and challenge for us.”Emery brushed aside suggestions that mid-table Wolves, who have nothing to play for this season, might take their foot off the pedal. The newly-promoted side have an impressive record against the top six teams, picking up 13 points so far.“They’re going to push a lot tomorrow,” Emery said. “I worked one thing here very quickly, we are playing against all of the teams and they want to battle us, fighting and playing with a big motivation.“One is the motivation in the table for each player and one is the motivation against Arsenal. Every team wants to battle us because they respect us and also because it’s important to try to win against us.”Emery also refused to comment on whether midfielder Granit Xhaka would return from a hip injury but confirmed Aaron Ramsey (hamstring) and Barcelona loanee Denis Suarez (groin) would not be available.“I want to keep all the information we can have for tomorrow,” he said when asked about Xhaka’s possible return. “Sorry. It’s because I think it’s better for us.“You know Aaron Ramsey cannot play, Denis Suarez cannot play.”
…by PMThe year hasn’t even come to a close and our peripathetic (sic) PM has already clocked up million is airfare for himself and his better half. But then you really can’t blame the fella, can you? Promised a very onerous job description as a PM on steroids in a signed, sealed and witnessed Accord, what is he to do when he discovers he’s gotten Larwah?He might as well enjoy the ride (literally!! After all the only responsibility he actually got was to be the nominal head of “government business” in the National Assembly. And we emphasise “nominal” since when the Speaker looks over to check what the Government intends to do during sessions, he sure doesn’t look over to the PM!! And don’t say it ain’t so, Joe!!Anyhow, with the AFC’s support disappearing faster than a snow cone in Hell, the PM has obviously put some thought to how he can keep on getting those perks — apart from the jet-setting — that he’s become used to in his old age. How do you keep him down at Whim, once he’s seen the bright lights of Main Street??!! Come to think of it, the PM never did report back to the Guyanese people as to how were the digs on Main Street, after he threw out the rats from the ovens and had the place redone, refurbished, relit and air conditioned. And those land cruisers do have some real bright lights!!Anyhow, with the AFC having been confirmed as “dead meat” for some time now, we can discern the PM’s ploy to secure his sinecure in the post-2020 rigged future. He’s going to be the attack dog against the PPP in general and Jagdeo in particular. Did you see or hear him in action defending those dastardly PPPites who were attacking his dearly beloved Prezzie?Nagamootoo actually accused the PPP and Jagdeo of practising “domestic terrorism” and “guerrilla warfare” in Parliament with their placards and chants!! Domestic terrorism?? Wasn’t he amongst the PPP MPs who introduced and passed the local “Domestic Terrorism Act”? He’s supposed to have passed his legal exams…did he even read the Act? If Jagdeo terrifies him, that doesn’t count as “domestic terrorism”!! Even we all know he’s very domesticated!!But has he forgotten the fella who he swears was his political guru and after whom he’s patterned his life – Cheddi Jagan – behaved worse in Parliament? In fact, Cheddi actually knocked down law books and even the Mace – the symbol of the power of Parliament!!In fact, if the PM had any guts (Now! Now! Dear Reader…not THOSE guts!!) he’d act up in Parliament to get what Cummingsburg promised!!…about Police Top BrassIn the brouhaha over the Affaire Patterson, folks seem to be missing our Guyanese version of Stalin’s Great Purge extending into the Police Force. In the original version, of course, Stalin would extend the purge to every institution of the state in his quest to become the Supreme Ruler. Here, in grubby old Guyana, the efforts are inescapably on a smaller scale – but no less vicious and effective.First, they came for the PPP appointees in the Civil Service and Government “autonomous” corporations…thousands of them. And no one said anything. Then they came for the bigger ones via the “Forensic Audits” — which are the fig leaves, not to necessarily convict them of any crimes, since none was committed, but to murder the accused reputations.And now they’re turning on their “own”, because they’re not quite “PNC born”. They’re starting with the entire top brass of the Police Force, and where they’ll stop, who knows.If Joe Singh can be deemed not “fit and proper”, who cannot be purged?…by the ChronicThe Chronic claimed “the PPP hurled unsavoury comments towards Prezzie” when he was giving his speech. And what were these “unsavoury statements”, pray tell? “Pay the teachers more”! “More jobs for young people”.Ah well…this is a country just for old men!!
So far, the concerned nations of the world have not agreed on the right way to deal with the threat of Iran developing nuclear weapons. But that the discussions have even begun is, in itself, a sign that there’s some hope that pressure on Tehran will escalate soon. Representatives from the United States, Britain, Germany, France, China and Russia met in London on Monday for talks on what steps to take. And while Russia and China are pushing for more negotiations, rather than United Nations Security Council action, they will not stand in the way of a important convening of the International Atomic Energy Agency next month. The growing threat of nuclear development in Iran has been building for months, and it’s heartening to see that the world, particularly Europe, is finally beginning to take the threat seriously. 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!
The Manchester United goalkeeper saw his move to the Spanish giants fall through in 2015 For your chance to win £100K, sign up to play Dream Team Europe Fantasy FootballManchester United manager Jose Mourinho does not expect any underhand tactics from his “friends” at Real Madrid amid growing talk of a summer move for David De Gea.The 26-year-old goalkeeper has won the club’s Player of the Year award for the past three seasons and is contracted to the Old Trafford giants until at least 2019.De Gea penned that deal in September 2015 after a much-mooted move to Madrid collapsed in acrimonious circumstances, with talk now building over a renewed bid for the Spain goalkeeper.Real Madrid president Florentino Perez this week said “someone is messing around” when quizzed about the current speculation and Mourinho does not expect those at the club he managed for three years to resort to skulduggery.“With Mr Perez and his right arm Jose Angel Sanchez, they are some of the people in football that I can say that I didn’t work for them and it is over,” the United boss, in charge at the Bernabeu until 2013, said.“I can say that we are friends forever, big friends. I like them a lot, they like me a lot. We are friends and friends speak – not every day because they have their life and I have my life.“But friends speak, friends are open, friends don’t hide things, friends are honest.“So if at the end of the season I want one of their players or they want one of my players, it is not through the press that we are going to change messages or are going to send noises.“We will be very, very, very direct, so it is one of the clubs that I am not worried (about) at all because we are friends.“And if something has to happen, it will happen between us and not with you, so it’s the kind of club I am really cool with.”Asked if he was confident that De Gea, who says he is “very happy” and focused at United, would remain at Old Trafford, Mourinho said: “I have nothing to say, really, because, as I was saying, I am not going to speak about hypothetical things.“The only thing that is real is that he is my player, I am happy with him.“I know that he is happy with me and there is nothing else. Absolutely nothing else.”Speculation over De Gea’s future will roll on for months to come, as will that about Antoine Griezmann’s potential acquisition from Atletico Madrid.Willian, Victor Lindelof and Tiemoue Bakayoko are others reportedly of interest to Mourinho, who has confirmed targets are in mind for the summer.“I know the players I want,” he said, having earlier admitted up to four new faces could arrive at Old Trafford.“Of course, the start of everything is the qualities of the players you want but then, sooner or later, it has to end in the players you want.“And as I was saying, I try always to be objective, I try always not to participate in the summer histories of trying to bring players that everybody knows is impossible.“I am not going to tell Mr Woodward and Mr Glazers ‘bring me Messi’ – don’t spend the time until 31st August, so I am always objective.“The sooner the better and I know exactly what I want. I know what I want is possible, so let’s see if we can do that.”Mourinho’s focus now, though, is Saturday’s match against Watford and avenging September’s 3-1 defeat at Vicarage Road.Marcus Rashford scored the consolation that day but has struggled to match the goalscoring form shown when bursting onto the scene.“He is not anymore the surprise kid,” Mourinho said. “He is a player that everybody respects, that everybody knows and everybody knows the qualities.“It is normal he is in this period of transition where he is still a kid but not anymore the new kid in town.“I think next season will be very, very good for Marcus because this season is giving him experience at this level of responsibility, at this level of being a professional player at a club like Manchester United.“So I am really happy with Marcus, that’s why every match since the start of the season he is there, on the bench or in the line-up, or coming last 30, the last 20 or the last 10.“He said something the other day that made me really happy, which is he says he is learning so much, even in the tactical meetings and training sessions, so I think his future will be brilliant.“His present is good and we need him.” 1
Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ targets Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ ‘If my name was Allerdicio I could have managed Man United’ – Big Sam on talkSPORTThe England centre-half started his first Premier League game of the season in United’s 3-3 draw with Sheffield United last weekend.However, he was replaced by Jesse Lingard at half-time with United trailing by two goals.Jones endured a difficult first-half at Bramall Lane, allowing Lys Mousset to easily outmuscle him as the striker pulled the ball back to John Lundstram, whose shot was saved by David de Gea, before John Fleck converted the rebound to give the Blades a 19th minute lead. appointed LIVE on talkSPORT LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Astana vs Manchester United (Thursday, 3:50pm) – talkSPORT 2Braga vs Wolves (Thursday, 5:55pm) – talkSPORT 2Swansea vs Fulham (Friday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Newcastle vs Manchester City (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORTCharlton vs Sheffield Wednesday (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORT 2Tottenham vs Bournemouth (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2Southampton vs Watford (Saturday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORT rookie error on target Phil Jones is far down in the pecking order at Old Trafford Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship Getty Images – Getty Chelsea fan arrested for allegedly racially abusing Heung-min Son Liverpool transfer news live: Mbappe latest, Lille star wants to join Reds in future Phil Jones will celebrate 10 years at Manchester United in 2021.The 27-year-old was one of the most highly rated defenders in English football when he joined the club for £16.5million from Blackburn. PEP TALK Check out all the live commentaries coming up across the talkSPORT network this week However, it could be argued he has failed to fulfil his potential in 220 appearances for United and has received plenty of criticism from his own fans along the way.And The Athletic say Jones requested against a testimonial to celebrate his 10th year with the club when signing his new contract in February, joking that only his mum and dad would attend, asking: “Who else would turn up?”Jones is behind Harry Maguire, Victor Lindelof, Axel Tuanzebe and Marcos Rojo in the pecking order at Old Trafford and the return to fitness of Eric Bailly could push him further down. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:33Loaded: 10.57%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:33 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen latest Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti 1 LATEST update Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta statement Pep Guardiola gives Man City injury update and talks Christmas schedule stalemate Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman Despite winning the Premier League, FA Cup and Europa League with United, Jones is likely to be remembered for his hilarious facial expressions during games rather than his winners’ medals.He is currently United’s second longest serving player behind Chris Smalling, who was sent on loan to Roma in August.And Jones could follow Smalling out of the door next summer if his playing time does not improve.
“I asked him to let go and he wouldn’t. It took me a wee bit of time to calm down and walk away.“But when somebody puts their hands on you and you ask them to remove them and they don’t, it is hard to just back off.“I put my hands up to grab Zander to say get his hands off me. Then I retracted them because I had started to regain my composure.“There was no punch, no slap or anything like that though.” McCann denied striking Clark and plead his case for over four hours but was handed a two-game touchline suspension by an independent disciplinary panel at Hampden. Clark was also given a two-match ban for his part in the incident.The appeal was heard at the national stadium on Tuesday evening and found partly in his favour.Following the initial incident, McCann had flatly denied that he had been overly aggressive.“The spat at the end, I’m just a bit fired up,” he said. “I thought I was controlled during the match but I’ve gone over and words were exchanged and one of their players has put their hand on me and wouldn’t let go. Neil McCann has had a two-match ban for excessive misconduct reduced on appeal.The Dundee manager will now be suspended for just one game after an appeal panel upheld the original decision but decided that the punishment was too harsh. McCann will now be banned from the dugout for his side’s match against St Johnstone, the side against which the incident occurred.The Dundee boss was called to account after a touchline altercation with St Johnstone goalkeeper Zander Clark last month, where he appeared to have struck the opposition player during a heated confrontation.
Scotland conceded penalties in the 2-1 defeats to England and Japan but the VAR-backed decision to punish Sophie Howard’s challenge on Aldana Commetti left the team devastated.“We are just gutted just now,” Kerr said.“People will argue you can’t concede three goals but it does put you under pressure when you concede one. We didn’t deal with the ball around the edge of the box with the second one and obviously the third is a penalty.“I can’t really say any more about the decisions. We have been a victim of them every game. We still have to do better and see the game out but right now it’s a bit raw.” Scotland head coach Shelley Kerr believes match officials got it all wrong as the national team crashed out of the World Cup.A late penalty, controversially retaken, handed Argentina a 3-3 draw and ended Scotland’s hopes of progressing.Having been 3-0 ahead, Kerr admitted her side had let the South Americans back into the game but she was unhappy with the refereeing throughout.“I’m not even sure watching it numerous times,” Kerr said. “We were comfortable in the game. For 70 minutes we played well. The bottom line is we have conceded three goals but the first goal is from a free-kick, that changes the whole complexion of the game.“I’m gutted for the players, gutted for the support but I have to say the officiating was really, really poor.“Some of the decisions were appalling to say the least. “It doesn’t take away the fact we were comfortable in the game and conceded three goals but there is a ball on the pitch, we try and make a substitution and it’s just an absolute farce.”
Champagne corks are being popped in Carrigart after a local shop sold a ticket worth €6,172,404!Mickey Joe’s Country Store in Umlagh, Carrigart sold the €6 million ticket, with the other lucky ticket being sold in Westmeath.Owner Mickey Joe Gallagher celebrated the sale of the lucky lotto ticket earlier with staff members Helen McBride, Stephanie Hay, Helena Devenney and John Devenney. Photo: North West NewspixSpeaking to Donegal Daily, Mickey Joe says that the atmosphere is electric and everyone is over the moon.“Everyone is ecstatic and totally excited.”He said that although they have sold winning tickets before, this is their first time selling a ticket worth millions.“We had a girl get on Winning Streak a few months ago. We’ve had a couple of tickets in the thousands, but this is our first in the millions.” When the National Lottery contacted the store this morning to inform them that they had sold a €6 million ticket, Mickey Joe was speechless.“I said ‘what? Say that again’, it was hard to believe!”Photo; North West NewspixLast night’s jackpot of €12 million was split between the Donegal winner and the Westmeath winner – both wins were from quick pick plays.The winning numbers are as follows: 3, 7, 17, 21, 22 and 28, and the Bonus number is 2.Photo: North West NewspixNational Lottery Chief Executive, Dermot Griffin, said: “There will be some very happy players today when they check their tickets and realise they have had a life-changing win. “We are delighted that the Jackpot was shared. It is a huge amount of money that will make a difference to the winner’s lives.“With so many winners from Saturday it is so important that everybody to check their tickets to see if they hold winning numbers.”Picture Special: Mickey Joe’s Country Store celebrate selling €6 million lotto ticket was last modified: May 8th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:Carrigartlotto ticketmickey joe’s country storewin
Share This!©DisneyAs a child of the 90s, I have to say, I am super excited about the upcoming live action version of Beauty and the Beast. While Ariel got me into the Disney princess phenomenon, it was really Belle who was most like me, as I too always had my nose in a book.If you, like me are anxiously awaiting this film, I am happy to tell you that if you’ll be visiting either the Walt Disney World or Disneyland Resorts, you’ll soon be able to catch a sneak peek.At Walt Disney World, beginning February 10 through March 26, at One Man’s Dream in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Guests will be able to catch a preview scene from the film. In addition, two iconic props will be available for Guests to view – the yellow ballroom dress and the magical rose.In addition, at Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage, a performer will invite a father and daughter from the audience onstage where they will be able to participate in a magical moment prior to the show in which the performer will sing to them a new song from the film.Over on the West Coast, at Disney California Adventure, beginning February 10, the preview of Beauty and the Beast will be presented in 3D with special in-theater effects at the Sunset Showcase Theater in Hollywood Land. There will also be special props from the film available for Guests to view.The film preview will last approximately eight minutes.Beauty and the Beast will be released in theaters on March 17.