SPORT: Are you 40+ years old this year and still playing GAA or looking to play football for your county? Donegal Gaelic Masters are now registered to compete in the Gaelic Masters Association Championship this summer. Players who are interested in playing for the Donegal Masters team can register at the Player registration meeting which will be held at Mc Cumhaills Social Centre in Ballybofey on the 11th May at 7-30pm.All details of the management team, insurance, fees, championship, training and matches etc will be discussed at the meeting.For more information contact 0879604817 or email [email protected] the Gaelic Masters motto goes “We do not stop playing because we grow old. We grow old because we stop playing!” So come along and join the ranks of other 40 something players who are active and playing football within the county!ARE YOU 40? DONEGAL GAELIC MASTERS ARE LOOKING FOR PLAYERS was last modified: May 11th, 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) Tags:GAAGaelic MastersSport
Pedestrians in Letterkenny have become experts at playing ‘chicken’ due to the lack of proper crossings in the town, local election candidate Bernie Moran has said.The Fine Gael woman says that if she’s elected she will campaign for proper zebra crossings at key junctions in the town.“Up until now there seems to be this idea that if you put two white lines across a road in this town that motorists will stop. They rarely do,” said Bernie. “Motorists still have the right of way as far as I can see and there have been far too many accidents involving our residents – young and old – in recent times.”Ms Moran was speaking at the Convent Road in the town where an elderly woman was knocked down recently just seconds after leaving Black’s shop.“This is a terribly dangerous junction. The signage needs to change telling motorists to give way to pedestrians and, frankly, we need proper zebra crossings in this town and in this county,” said the Letterkenny Municipal District candidate.“I know many motorists do slow down and do stop to cross roads but not all of them do. “I have seen a few near-misses myself, particularly at the Oatfield Roundabout. I think it’s a disgrace that nothing has been done about this yet.“We can’t be talking about people getting out and walking and running for their physical and mental health and then asking them to just ‘chance it’ when crossing our roads in Letterkenny, particularly in the evenings.”Bernie Moran added: “I have yet to get a sane explanation for the current policy of drawing white lines on our roads and then asking our pedestrians to take their chances crossing.”Pedestrians ‘taking their lives in their hands’ in Letterkenny was last modified: May 1st, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
Part-time off-spinner Roston Chase took eight wickets as West Indies crushed England by 381 runs in the first Test in Barbados on Saturday.Chase seized his chance to shine in the absence of any specialist spinner in the team, picking up a Test-best eight for 60 at Kensington Oval in Bridgetown.West Indies, rank underdogs in the three-match series, bowled out England for 246 in the second innings after dismissing them for 77 in the first.They won with more than a day to spare in what can only be termed a shambolic display by the visitors, who were coming off a summer series win over number one ranked India.The England top-order all got starts in the second innings but only opener Rory Burns (84) turned it into a big score.#FunFact England was bowled out at Kensington Oval for the Barbados area code…246. Coincidence? #WIvENG #MenInMaroon #ItsOurGame pic.twitter.com/yfeewSTXOhWindies Cricket (@windiescricket) January 27, 2019Bitterly disappointed: Joe Root”Bitterly disappointed,” England captain Joe Root said in an on-field interview.”We’re a far better side than we’ve played this week and we’ve got to keep remembering how well we have played of late.”Statisticians reached for the record books to put the result into historic perspective, revealing only two occasions when the West Indies won by bigger margins by runs.They defeated England by 425 runs in Manchester in 1976 and dusted Australia by 408 runs in Adelaide in 1980.”It’s difficult to explain and hard to take,” Root added.”We didn’t underestimate them. It just showed how difficult it is to win away from home.”advertisementChase’s extraordinary figures – better than Shane Warne’s Test best of eight for 71 – were achieved even though he did not exact prodigious turn. He got just enough, however, to keep the batsmen on edge.Chase came into the match with a profligate test bowling average of over 40. He flighted the ball well but was aided by some poor shots by the batsmen.What’s his name!?!?! #WIvENG #ItsOurGame #MenInMaroon pic.twitter.com/XKn1KcsEOD Windies Cricket (@windiescricket) January 26, 2019One Test match doesn’t make a summer: Jason HolderDespite Chase’s heroics, West Indies captain Jason Holder was named man of the match after his unbeaten second innings knock of 202.”Really good test match for me personally. To come back the way I’ve come back I’m really pleased,” Holder, who missed the recent tour of Bangladesh due to a shoulder injury, said.”I’ve put in a lot of hard work over the last couple of months trying to get myself back to full fitness. I’ve had a lot (of emotion) bottled up for a long time.”He also heaped praise on Chase.”He bowled extremely well today. He got the ball in a really good area.”Holder warned that the result, though welcome, was only one match.”We’ve still got a long way to go. One Test match doesn’t make a summer. We’ve been in this position before, so lots of hard work to be done.”The second test starts on Thursday in North Sound on the island of Antigua.”We ticked a few boxes in this test match but it’s a matter of turning up in Antigua and doing the same,” Holder said.Also Read | Virat Kohli charms fans with autographs after India win 2nd ODI vs New ZealandAlso Read | It was a beautiful, beautiful time: Virat Kohli on his meeting with Roger FedererAlso Read | Mohammad Azharuddin praises India’s dominant performance vs New Zealand in 2nd ODIAlso See:
ESPN.At SEC Media Days this past Wednesday, Alabama head coach Nick Saban and ESPN college football analyst Paul Finebaum got into it a bit on the air regarding the legal situation involving Crimson Tide players Cam Robinson and Hootie Jones. When the cameras shut off, Saban apparently got even more animated with Finebaum – which a number of nearby reporters listened in on.It looks like the two are ready to hash it out again – or bury the hatchet. Finebaum took to Twitter Friday afternoon to announce that Saban will be in studio on his show this upcoming Tuesday. It’s a safe bet that Saban wants to clarify his position on the matter and address the confrontation the two had.Alabama Head Coach Nick Saban will join me next Tuesday in studio.— Paul Finebaum (@finebaum) July 15, 2016We’ll be tuning in, that’s for sure.
It takes an entire 25-man roster to make a winning baseball team — just ask the defending-champion Boston Red Sox. Sure, Boston had plenty of top-line talent at its disposal, but it also got key playoff contributions from the likes of Steve Pearce and Nathan Eovaldi, neither of whom was especially heralded when the Red Sox picked them up in midseason deals. Postseason history is littered with similarly unsung heroes from down the roster who step up in big moments.But what if teams didn’t need to rely on all of those non-star contributions? Instead, we want to find the opposite: teams that are too top-heavy, with lots of star power but few quality role players to help fill out the rest of the roster. These are teams who lack for diamonds in the rough — though the stars sure do shine brightly.For instance, if there was an NBA Jam for baseball, where teams could only use two players (let’s say a pitcher and a hitter), which club would come out on top? Here are the best team hitter-pitcher tandems in MLB this season,1Through games on July 23. according to the sum of the wins above replacement2Using JEFFBAGWELL (Joint Estimate Featuring FanGraphs and B-R Aggregated to Generate WAR, Equally Leveling Lists), our custom average of the WAR versions found at FanGraphs and Baseball-Reference.com. per 162 games across both players: 2NationalsAnthony Rendon5.9Max Scherzer9.014.9 17YankeesDJ LeMahieu6.7Masahiro Tanaka3.19.8 22Blue JaysEric Sogard3.2Marcus Stroman4.37.6 5AngelsMike Trout10.5Ty Buttrey2.613.1 In terms of two-man teams, the Los Angeles Dodgers’ combination of Cody Bellinger (10.1 WAR per 162) and Hyun-Jin Ryu (6.1) is easily the best in baseball this year. The former is having one of the best seasons in baseball history, and the latter has been the surprising pillar of one of baseball’s best rotations. Bellinger’s ability to play three outfield positions plus first base also helps in this hypothetical universe where he has to field all of the balls hitters put in play against Ryu. (In related news, no, I didn’t completely think through the mechanics of how MLB Jam would work.)Of course, the Dodgers are also arguably baseball’s best team in the real world. So that doesn’t do us much good here; we are, after all, looking for the teams whose fortunes would change the most depending on whether we look at their stars or the entire team. To that end, let’s break down the teams with the biggest differences in WAR ranking between their top hitter-pitcher duo and their full roster.According to that method, the team that would most benefit from an MLB Jam-style roster construction is the Chicago White Sox, whose top pairing of pitcher Lucas Giolito (6.2 WAR/162) and third baseman Yoan Moncada (5.2) is ninth among pitcher-batter combos. That placement for Giolito and Moncada is much higher than the White Sox’s overall team ranking in WAR (No. 26), making them baseball’s top-heaviest team in terms of leading twosomes. The Pale Hose edge out the Texas Rangers, whose top combo of pitcher Lance Lynn (7.6) and Joey Gallo (5.1) ranks seventh in MLB despite the team sitting only 15th in WAR overall.The Tampa Bay Rays, meanwhile, are on the opposite end of the spectrum to the White Sox and Rangers. Their leading duo of pitcher Charlie Morton (5.8 WAR/162) and second baseman Brandon Lowe (4.2) ranks just 16th among MLB’s top 1-2 hitter-pitcher punches, but Tampa as a whole is fourth in WAR on the basis of its impressive depth. Eleven different Rays are on pace for at least 2.0 WAR — the mark of a solid season — and, perhaps more importantly, only 10 Rays have 0.0 WAR or fewer (which is tied for the fewest of any team). Although Tampa Bay lacks star power, it has been able to build its 47 percent playoff probability by avoiding what Jay Jaffe calls “replacement-level killers”: players who produce little or no value in substantial playing time.Expanding the scope to the top five players on each team — and now looking at the ranking irrespective of positions — the Colorado Rockies emerge as another markedly top-heavy team. Colorado has four players on pace for at least 4.0 WAR — shortstop Trevor Story (6.0), third baseman Nolan Arenado (5.2), and pitchers German Marquez (4.7) and Jon Gray (4.0) — which helps to drive a top five tally that ranks 14th in the league. However, the Rockies also have 22 players producing at or below the replacement level. Several of those players were expected to have much better seasons (most notably Kyle Freeland and Daniel Murphy), but their actual performances have left Colorado ranking 22nd overall in spite of its productive core. 4DiamondbacksKetel Marte7.4Zack Greinke5.613.1 28MarlinsMiguel Rojas3.2Caleb Smith2.96.0 20RedsEugenio Suarez3.1Luis Castillo5.48.6 15BravesRonald Acuna Jr.5.8Mike Soroka4.710.5 9White SoxYoan Moncada5.2Lucas Giolito6.211.3 6AstrosAlex Bregman7.0Gerrit Cole5.912.9 16RaysBrandon Lowe4.2Charlie Morton5.810.0 21PhilliesJ.T. Realmuto4.1Aaron Nola3.87.9 27CardinalsPaul DeJong4.4Jack Flaherty2.26.6 7RangersJoey Gallo5.1Lance Lynn7.612.6 19PadresFernando Tatis Jr.5.5Kirby Yates4.09.5 14RockiesTrevor Story6.0Jon Gray4.610.7 12Red SoxXander Bogaerts6.7Chris Sale4.311.0 3BrewersChristian Yelich9.3Brandon Woodruff4.313.6 18IndiansCarlos Santana4.9Shane Bieber4.69.5 11TwinsJorge Polanco6.7Jose Berrios4.611.3 10AthleticsMatt Chapman7.3Frankie Montas4.011.3 30GiantsEvan Longoria2.5Madison Bumgarner3.15.6 29MarinersEdwin Encarnacion*2.9Marco Gonzales3.05.9 23TigersNicholas Castellanos2.4Matthew Boyd5.17.5 8MetsPete Alonso6.1Jacob deGrom5.711.8 13CubsKris Bryant6.3Cole Hamels4.410.7 A similar top-heavy split applies to the Milwaukee Brewers and Washington Nationals. Milwaukee‘s top five is led by reigning National League MVP Christian Yelich (9.3 WAR/162) and rounded out by Brandon Woodruff (5.0), Mike Moustakas (4.6), Yasmani Grandal (4.3) and ghost-ball master Josh Hader (2.8). Given that group, it would seem impossible that the Brewers are merely an average team (14th in MLB) according to overall WAR. Milwaukee’s problem isn’t even that the team uses a ton of replacement-level scrubs — it’s just that the Brewers lack solid role players beyond their top handful of stars. (In no small part due to down years from Lorenzo Cain, Jesus Aguilar, Jhoulys Chacin and Travis Shaw.)The Nationals are in a comparable situation. In terms of star-level production, you’d take Washington’s top-line group — Max Scherzer (9.0 WAR/162), Stephen Strasburg (6.8), Anthony Rendon (5.9), Patrick Corbin (5.1) and Juan Soto (3.6) — against just about anybody’s in baseball. By WAR, only the Dodgers have a better top five than the Nats, and only the Dodgers and Houston Astros have a better top 10. Yet Washington only ranks 10th in total WAR because the supporting cast has largely failed to meet expectations. (Trea Turner counts among that group, though his recent hot streak — highlighted by hitting for the cycle Tuesday — could at least signal another top performer reemerging in Washington’s galaxy of stars.)Finally, you have the New York Yankees who, like the Rays, consistently show up as a better overall team than their top performers would indicate. For instance, New York leaders DJ LeMahieu (6.7 WAR/162) and Aaron Judge (4.2) only rank 15th in tandem WAR — and the team’s top 10 also ranks just 15th — despite the Yankees ranking fifth in overall WAR. Some of that is a bit misleading because of the Yankees’ injury problems: Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, Didi Gregorius, Aaron Hicks and Miguel Andujar have all missed significant playing time this year, among others. But it also speaks to how deep the Yankees’ roster truly is, with lesser-known contributors such as Luke Voit, Mike Tauchman and Gio Urshela keeping the team afloat in the face of so many star absences.If you had the choice, clearly it’s ideal to be a team like the Dodgers, who have the best star power and the best supporting cast. But teams like the Rays and Yankees prove that a deep stable of contributors can outperform more star-powered teams such as the Nationals, Brewers, Rockies, White Sox and Rangers — even if the latter group of teams would be a lot better if we could just play baseball using “NBA Jam” rules.Check out our latest MLB predictions. RkTeamTop Batter (WAR/162)Top Pitcher (WAR/162)Sum Major League Baseball’s most dynamic duos of 2019MLB teams with the best combination of a top hitter and top pitcher, according to the sum of both players’ WAR per 162 games 1DodgersCody Bellinger10.1Hyun-Jin Ryu6.116.2 25RoyalsWhit Merrifield4.5Brad Keller2.67.1 * Player is no longer with club. Data through July 23.WAR is based on JEFFBAGWELL — the Joint Estimate Featuring FanGraphs and B-R Aggregated to Generate WAR, Equally Leveling Lists.Source: FanGraphs.com, Baseball-Reference.com 24PiratesJosh Bell4.1Joe Musgrove3.17.2 26OriolesTrey Mancini2.7John Means4.37.0
OSU redshirt junior defensive end Tyquan Lewis leads the Buckeyes into Ohio Stadium as coach Urban Meyer greets each player before the Buckeyes’ 30-27 victory over Michigan on Nov. 26. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorLast season, the Ohio State football team relied heavily on its secondary — namely, safety Malik Hooker and cornerbacks Marshon Lattimore, and Gareon Conley — to be the playmakers and backbone on the Buckeyes’ defense.With the departure of this athletic trio for the NFL draft, however, the “Silver Bullets” will now lean on an experienced defensive line to lead the way for defensive coordinator Greg Schiano in his first full season at the helm of the defense.As spring practice began this week, Schiano said the team has some lofty challenges ahead of it after losing a handful of key components on the roster. However, Schiano said he is looking forward to working with the abilities and skill he has upfront on defense.“That’s a heck of a group and I think we got really elite defensive lineman, and I think we have the best defensive line coach (Larry Johnson) in America,” Schiano said. “So, when you put those two things together, it’s fun to work with those guys and I’m excited to see how it all comes together.”Among those upfront, redshirt senior defensive end Tyquan Lewis returned for his final year of eligibility after the devastating, shutout loss to Clemson in the Fiesta Bowl. Following OSU’s exit out of the College Football Playoff, Lewis said he substantially thought about his plans for the future, but collectively, said he is satisfied with his decision to come back.“After the game, I had a talk with my family, coach (Larry) Johnson, and I had to evaluate some things,” Lewis said. “There was a lot going into it, I had a lot to consider — the pros and cons and everything. I had to make the right decision, so I chose to come back and I feel that, that was what was best for me.”Schiano said that as challenging as it will be, he will need to find a way to get Lewis and a talented group of linemen on the field at the same time. With that, Schiano added that improvements can be made to the rotation of redshirt junior Sam Hubbard, senior Jalyn Holmes and sophomore Nick Bosa on the edges, and redshirt sophomore Dre’Mont Jones and redshirt senior Michael Hill at defensive tackle already implemented into the Buckeyes’ scheme.“Our plan is a very solid and great plan. It keeps everybody fresh. Nobody is playing, like, 70 plays and that’s a good thing,” Lewis said. “Nobody should have to put their bodies through that all the time, and the type of caliber players we have here, you win games like that — with great players.”Despite being the reigning Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year, Lewis said that he still has improvements to make as a pass rusher in his technique with his hands and hips. Lewis also said that when it comes to being recognized for his performance on the field, his main focus is on being the top player at his position.“I mean, I just want to be the best. I just want to go out and play hard for my teammates, that’s the main thing,” he said. “Whatever else comes with all the accolades, I mean, I don’t really get into things like that. I just accept them.”
Ohio State senior Logan Melander performs on pommel horse against Michigan on Feb. 4. Credit: Daneyliz Rodriguez | Lantern reporterReturning from the Big Ten championships with their 14th conference title, the No. 3 Ohio State men’s gymnastics team prepares to hit the road for the NCAA championships. The journey, however, might not be the only thing on the minds of the athletes, as the Buckeyes mourn the loss of former team member, Larry Mayer, who passed away Monday evening.“We recently lost a member of our gymnastics family, and it was very hard for us,” said OSU coach Rustam Sharipov. “Larry Mayer was bright and a great athlete … Our thoughts go to his family and we are thinking of him. As for (the) NCAA championship, we’ve had some rough patches this season … but the guys work very hard and we are ready.”Mayer, 24, graduated in 2015 with a successful season, placing 10th on vault at the Big Ten event finals and seventh on vault at the team finals. He also won vault with a 15.150 against Michigan, and tied for second place on vault against Penn State with a 14.900. He was a two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection and a three-time OSU Scholar-Athlete.The NCAA championships start on Friday at the Christl Arena at The United States Military Academy at West Point.The championships qualifier begins Friday with two pre-qualifying sessions. The top three teams will advance to Saturday’s final session.Last season, the Buckeyes advanced to the 2016 NCAA championships with a second-place finish at the NCAA pre-qualifier at St. John Arena. However, it was Oklahoma who took home the title with a team score of 443.400 points. Stanford finished second with 434.050, while OSU placed third with 433.050.The Buckeyes will enter the championships ranked third in the all-around, second on pommel horse, third on rings, third on parallel bars and fourth on high bar.“We’ve basically just been making sure that everyone is healthy and everyone feels ready to go this weekend, but we’re actually so prepared that athletes who haven’t competed much this season will compete during the qualifier to give other guys a break,” said junior Seth Delbridge. “We’ve had a great season, and I just want to do the best that we can to earn the title. If we all go in with this outlook, I think we’ll do great.”OSU will compete in the first pre-qualifying session on Friday at 1 p.m. Team, all-around and event finals will take place on Saturday.
Everton manager Marco Silva says Southampton deserved to win and slammed his side for not being aggressive enough in their 2-1 loss at St Mary’s on Saturday.After a goalless first half, James Ward-Prowse opened the scoring to give Southampton the lead in the 50th minute.The hosts doubled their advantage 14 minutes later through Lucas Digne’s unfortunate own goal.Gyfil Sigurdsson reduced the deficit in stoppage time, but it was too late for the Toffees to find the equalizer and the game ended 2-1.“To be honest they deserved the three points,” Silva told Sky Sports.Premier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“They scored a fantastic goal when we started the second half better. We had a big chance before them in the second half, but they deserved it because they were more aggressive during the match.“When something that happens like that and you’re playing against teams that are fighting to really get out of the danger zone, we have to put in the same levels of aggression as them.“After that comes the quality above because, in that moment, we can show quality but before we have to be as aggressive as them and we didn’t do that this afternoon.“Of course we can speak about how they scored the goals. Maybe in one moment, we were better than them in the second half but they had some chances in the first half to do that.”