The Fort St. John Huskies held their final practice at the Pomeroy Sport Centre last night before moving back to the North Peace Arena. The session wasn’t the best work that the team has put forward so far, prompting the coaching staff to have a word with players to get it together as the practice went on.Assistant coach Todd Alexander wasn’t shy in his assessment of where the shortcomings were Thursday night, saying that the team didn’t come prepared to work hard on the ice.“If your work ethic isn’t there then you don’t have anything at all. That’s what we need to learn. We need to learn that we’ve got to show up and we’ve got to work, and we’re going to work every night. Some nights you just don’t have your game and that’s hockey. With travel and where you are in schedule you just never know when your A game is going to show up. One thing you can do each and every night is work hard. The boys just weren’t ready to work tonight for some of the drills and we had to have a chat about it,” he said.- Advertisement -As is the case in games he said practices are a team effort, and with that if one person isn’t working hard, the squad as a whole will suffer.“It’s a group issue; we talk about it all the time. We talk about it when we’re going out on the ice. Everybody is responsible. It’s not one guy, it’s a group, it’s a team game. You live together by the sword and you die together by the sword,” Alexander said.The team will be back on the ice for practice on Tuesday night with the skate getting underway at 7:45 p.m.Advertisement
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SACRAMENTO – Calling himself a proud Republican, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger defended his policies Friday in his first remarks to the Republican faithful since declaring his independence last month as a “post-partisan.” Addressing the state Republican convention in Sacramento, Schwarzenegger gently broached the issue of his party allegiance. At last month’s inauguration, he said that he’s not beholden to any ideology and will freely choose policies from the left and the right. “I sometimes get asked about my Republican values,” he said. “And I always say, without hesitation, I am a proud Republican.” Given his eclectic positions, the governor’s relationship with his party has always been complicated. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Conservatives held their tongues during last year’s governor’s race as Schwarzenegger signed laws they opposed, including one to reduce global warming by restricting greenhouse gas emissions. But with Schwarzenegger safely re-elected, many have felt emboldened to criticize him. Their anger grew with his proposal for universal health insurance, which they say raises taxes in violation of an election-year anti-tax pledge. A committee will consider a resolution against it today.
The district is contributing an additional $100,000 towards the project, and is looking to borrow the remaining funding needed from the Municipal Finance Authority. The vision became more of a reality when the trust’s board of directors approved a $250,000 grant to build a new clinic, which the district is hoping will retain doctors, improve access to medical services and decrease patient wait times.“Chetwynd’s four physicians currently operate from an aged, inefficient build that is poorly laid out for medical purposes, and does not allow the physicians to effectively deliver services to residents,” a press release reads. “The current clinic not only makes it difficult for the community to attract new physicians, but also reduces overall investment interest from the private sector.”The proposed facility, a $1.4 million project, would be the only clinic of its kind in Chetwtnd, housing medical offices, exam rooms and a waiting/reception area. A community wellness centre would be co-located in a general space at the clinic, where health education, group learning and outpatient services could also be conducted.- Advertisement -Some mental health services would also be relocated to the new clinic from their current locations at the Chetwynd Hospital.“A new medical building accommodating more than four physicians and also functioning as a multidisciplinary clinic has always been my dream,” head Physician, Dr. Anton Venter said. “To hear the news that this will become a reality was beyond my expectations. We should give the District of Chetwynd and each individual who worked so hard on this project a huge amount of credit for their proactive and problem solving thinking.”The trust’s $250,000 grant, the maximum allowance from its Economic Diversification Infrastructure program, is also subject to confirmation of other funding sources.Advertisement
Son bade farewell to his Spurs team-mates after Saturday’s season-opening win at Newcastle and flew some 7,000 miles (12,000 km) to Jakarta for Asia’s regional Olympics, under a special deal brokered with the club.As Asia’s all-time Premier League top-scorer, and a huge celebrity in his home country, he will undoubtedly be the Asian Games football tournament’s biggest star.But more than national glory is at stake as nearly every able-bodied South Korean male — regardless of wealth or fame — is required to enrol by age 28 in the military, for a minimum of 21 months.Son is banking on the defending champions earning him a rare reprieve only permitted for elite sportsmen such as Olympic or World Cup medallists.At the Asian Games, only gold will be sufficient to avoid the call-up.While South Korea enter the Asian Games as favourites, the tournament features fellow 2018 World Cup contestants Japan, Saudi Arabia and Iran.But unlike those rival nations, South Korea has used its three wildcards — players permitted aged over 23 — to bring in its biggest stars.Son’s club side Tottenham have shown willingness to compromise, despite knowing the prolific forward could miss Premier League clashes against Fulham, Manchester United and Watford if his team reach the final.Son, who signed a new, five-year deal with Spurs in July, has been released in return for missing South Korea’s first two games at January’s senior-level Asian Cup, along with an international friendly in November.The Asian Games is not a FIFA tournament, so clubs are not obliged to make players available. Son missed the last edition, when South Korea beat North Korea in a tense final, after Bayer Leverkusen refused to release him.But both club and player know Son is approaching his peak playing age, and the toll two years away from any football could take on his career.– Military fatigues –In Son’s last appearance for the Taeguk Warriors, he scored in injury time as South Korea knocked defending champions Germany out of the World Cup in Russia.If they fail at the Asian Games, Son will swap Tottenham’s state-of-the-art new White Hart Lane stadium for life in military barracks, where up to 30 soldiers sleep in each room.On meagre pay of 310,000 won ($275) per month, soldiers are assigned to a range of duties, from riding tanks to standing patrol at the heavily fortified border with North Korea — with whom the South remains technically at war.An infamously spartan military diet has at least improved over the past decade, with soldiers in the mess served rice, meat or fish and soup, along with the national dish of kimchi.And Son may have other elite footballers for company.Goalkeeper Jo Hyeon-woo, who shot to prominence with a string of superb saves in the win over Germany, and Japan-based Hwang Ui-jo also face their last chances to avoid military service.But for Son the stakes are even higher, given his burgeoning career in football’s richest league.And while most top South Korean footballers can spend their service playing for the K-League’s military side Sangju Sangmu, Son is not eligible as he has never appeared in the domestic league.South Korea kick off their tournament against Bahrain on Wednesday, before further group matches against Malaysia and Kyrgyzstan. The final will take place on September 1.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000South Korea’s Son Heung-min scored in the 2-0 win over Germany that knocked the defending champions out of the World Cup. © AFP / BENJAMIN CREMELJAKARTA, Indonesia, Aug 14 – Son Heung-min has lit up the World Cup and the Premier League but unnervingly it is the Asian Games in Indonesia that could make or break the career of the prolific South Korean forward.Anything less than gold and Son, 26, faces a compulsory stint of nearly two years’ military service — a severe blow to the player, his national team and his club, Tottenham Hotspur.
Victory embellished the record for consecutive English league wins City had set in Wednesday’s 4-0 win at Swansea City and the breathtaking manner of it was further evidence of their apparent invincibility.Guardiola, who also saw substitute Gabriel Jesus miss a penalty, has equalled the run of 16 straight league wins he engineered with the great Barcelona team that won a La Liga and Champions League double in 2011.He is now three wins short of his own record for Europe’s five major leagues, which he set with Bayern Munich in 2013-14.Spurs were left to lick their wounds after a fifth defeat of the campaign — one more than in the entirety of last season — which sent them slithering down the table to seventh.It could have been even worse for Mauricio Pochettino’s men, who replied through Christian Eriksen, had referee Craig Pawson not shown only yellow cards to Harry Kane and Dele Alli for two ugly second-half fouls.The absence of David Silva due to what City described as “personal reasons” opened the door for Gundogan and the Germany midfielder seized the opportunity by scoring his first goal of the season in the 14th minute.Leroy Sane fired in a corner from the left with pace and dip and with Spurs distracted by Fernandinho’s near-post charge, Gundogan stole in unmarked to send a stooping header past Hugo Lloris.Pochettino had opted for a midfield diamond in a bid to deny City space in the middle of the pitch, but De Bruyne still found room to spring his team forwards with trademark piercing passes.The visitors gave their opponents only one moment of discomfort in the first half, Kane shaping a shot fractionally wide from the edge of the box.– Sweet revenge –Peripheral in the first half, Kane became a central figure early in the second as a fired-up Spurs tried to make a fist of it.He was fortunate to be shown only a yellow card after catching Sterling high on the calf and may have been saved by the fact Pawson had turned away to avoid being hit by the ball at the moment of contact.City almost had reason to rue Pawson’s leniency when Kane took aim from 25 yards and Ederson had to leap to his right to touch the ball behind.Eager to give Spurs something to think about at the other end, Guardiola sent on Jesus for Sergio Aguero, who tossed his gloves to the ground in disgust as he made his way off.Moments later City squandered a huge chance to double their lead as Sterling, leaning back, could only lift the ball over the bar after Lloris had jutted out a hand to foil Sane.The City bench erupted in fury shortly after when Alli caught De Bruyne high on the ankle in an awful challenge and was shown only a yellow card.But after receiving treatment, De Bruyne claimed sweet and immediate revenge, gathering Gundogan’s pass and surging into the box before unleashing a left-foot shot that beat Lloris for pure power.City could even afford to squander a penalty, Jesus driving the ball against the left-hand post and Sterling putting yet another shot over an open goal after Jan Vertonghen had caught De Bruyne.Sterling finally got his goal in the 80th minute, finishing off a slick move involving De Bruyne, Gundogan and Sane, and after Lloris had saved from Bernando Silva and Sterling, he walked in City’s fourth.Eriksen’s stoppage-time strike, a low effort with his left foot, offered scant consolation.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne celebrates after scoring during their match against Tottenham Hotspur in Manchester, north west England, on December 16, 2017 © AFP / PAUL ELLISMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Dec 16 – Kevin De Bruyne produced another virtuoso performance as Manchester City crushed Tottenham Hotspur 4-1 on Saturday to register a record-extending 16th consecutive Premier League victory.The Belgian maestro scored City’s second goal, after Ilkay Gundogan had opened the scoring, and Raheem Sterling added two more in a thumping win that provisionally sent Pep Guardiola’s men 14 points clear at the summit.
Steve Ó CúláinBOSSES at Údarás na Gaeltachta have announced a net loss of 37 jobs last year in its client companies nationwide, but jobs grew in Donegal with an extra 11 employed compared to 2011.More than 700 jobs were created last year with a further 670 in the pipeline.In a joint statement issued by Anna Ní Ghallachair, Chairperson and Steve Ó Cúláin, Chief Executive, Údarás na Gaeltachta, the organisation said export-led companies continue to show growth in sales and employment. Referring to Donegal, they say: “A total of 223 new jobs were created in the Donegal Gaeltacht in 2012. There were 1,878 full-time equivalent jobs in Údarás-supported companies in the Donegal Gaeltacht at year end.“New jobs were created in companies such as Euroflex Teo and R.A.Pacáistí Teo on the Gaoth Dobhair Business Park, Randox Teo in An Clochán Liath and, most substantially, Earagail Éisc in Mín an Aoire in South West Donegal, with an increase of 46 new jobs.“When job losses are taken into account, there was a modest net gain of 11 new jobs in the Donegal Gaeltacht. Companies in the tourism, construction-related, and services industries shed jobs. Éist agus Cuidiú Teo and Wiss Medi Teo on the Gaoth Dobhair Business Park ceased trading during the year with a loss of 32 and 10 jobs respectively.“A number of significant projects were approved by Údarás during the year which will involve a total investment of over €14m and the creation of approximately 60 new jobs when the projects are up and running.” Here’s their Review of 20122012 saw the enactment of the Gaeltacht Bill which provides a new strategic and operational environment for An tÚdarás. The Gaeltacht Act 2012 endorses Údarás na Gaeltachta’s role as the principal stakeholder in the regional development of the Gaeltacht and gives statutory effect to the implementation by Údarás of the 20-Year Strategy for the Irish Language 2010-2030 in the Gaeltacht. Following the enactment of the Gaeltacht Act a new Board was appointed to An tÚdarás.Údarás na Gaeltachta client companies created 700 new jobs last year. Total employment in Údarás client companies stood at 7,553 at 2012 year end, of which 6,933 are full-time jobs and 620 are part-time jobs. When full-time job losses are taken into consideration, there was a net loss of 37 jobs overall.Employment in the Gaeltacht2012 saw the lowest rate of job losses in Údarás na Gaeltachta client companies for well over a decade. Gaeltacht companies have stabilised their employment base, are more competitive and have a stronger export focus. Companies involved in the pharmaceutical, medical devices, food and niche manufacturing sectors increased their employment levels during the year. During 2012 export-led companies continued to grow sales and employment. Client companies trading in the domestic market experienced ongoing difficulties during the year. Companies operating in the services, tourism and traditional manufacturing sectors reduced their employment numbers during the year.670 jobs approved for the Gaeltacht during 2012Údarás na Gaeltachta approved projects during the year which are expected to create 460 new jobs and lead to an overall projected investment of €37 million by Gaeltacht companies.Many of these jobs will be coming on stream in 2013 and in subsequent years. Significantly, support for a further 220 new jobs was approved by IDA Ireland for the Údarás client company Bioniche Pharma which is located in Indreabhán, Connemara during the year. Mylan, the largest generics pharmaceutical manufacturer in Ireland and one of the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies, acquired Bioniche Pharma in 2010. Mylan announced during the year it is to expand its facility in Connemara and establish it as a centre of excellence for the company’s injectable pharmaceutical products and R&D processes.Economic Impact of Údarás client companies continues to increaseThe ABSEI* research undertaken by Forfás in 2012 shows that total sales in Údarás client companies stood at €784 million, an increase of 3% on the previous year’s figures, with a very positive 11% growth forecasted for the following year. Exports sales were up 10% to €452 million and further growth targets of up to 15% are expected next year, which will see record level exports achieved by Údarás client companies. Total exports, as a percentage of sales, in Údarás client companies have increased from 50% to 62% since 2009. Gaeltacht companies also have a significant impact in the Gaeltacht and domestic economy and this is illustrated by the 9% increase in its spend on Irish-produced materials, contributing €431 million in direct expenditure in the economy last year. Total payroll amounted to €190 million.Challenges for job creationAn tÚdarás believes it is important to highlight that, although the level of job losses has stabilised and is at its lowest level in years, the number of new jobs being created is not sufficient to maintain employment levels in the Gaeltacht. The fall-off in job approvals is due to a number of factors, which include the challenging global economic conditions, companies deferring expansion and capital investment plans, and also a substantial reduction in capital budget provision to Údarás. This restricted the operations of the organisation in its capacity to approve new projects and investments and develop modern business infrastructure.In order to attract inward investment, the Gaeltacht needs to be in a position to offer modern enterprises the most up-to-date physical, business and telecommunications infrastructure. The absence of access to high-speed broadband is still a challenge for companies in some Gaeltacht areas.Social Employment Schemes important in providing training and work experienceSocial employment schemes continue to play an important role in providing work experience and training for Gaeltacht communities. Údarás na Gaeltachta manages and administers the Community Employment Scheme, the Rural Social Scheme, Tús and the Jobs Initiative, which are funded by the Department of Social Protection. In 2012 over 960 participants and 47 supervisors were employed in 46 schemes throughout the Gaeltacht. These social employment schemes are central to community development and language maintenance programmes and activities in the Gaeltacht.Irish Language and Community Development ActivitiesUnder the Gaeltacht Act 2012, Údarás na Gaeltachta has a statutory function regarding the implementation of the 20-Year Strategy for the Irish Language in the Gaeltacht. The strategy places emphasis on integrated language planning at community level and the Gaeltacht Act 2012 establishes the statutory basis for the language planning process in the Gaeltacht.Language planning at community level presents challenges. The process is dependent on integrated support from government departments, state organisations and those providing services to the Gaeltacht community.The implementation of the 20-Year Strategy for the Irish Language is the overall responsibility of the Strategy Unit in the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and various working groups have been established by the Strategy Unit to advance the progress of the various measures. An tÚdarás will be working with the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and with Gaeltacht communities so as to develop effective strategies and language plans which will support language maintenance and development locally.During 2012 a number of working groups were formed consisting of representatives from the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Údarás na Gaeltachta, Foras na Gaeilge, The Department of Education and Skills, and An Chomhairle um Oideachas Gaeltachta agus Gaelscolaíochta (COGG). Gaeltacht community-based organisations will have a central role in the implementation of the Gaeltacht Act 2012. Údarás executives, in conjunction with executives from the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, organised two information sessions in the Gaeltacht areas, based on the Gaeltacht Bill as it was at the time, to establish the views of the communities. Information meetings will again take place early in 2013 to discuss the arrangements for the Gaeltacht Language Planning Areas, Gaeltacht Service Towns, and plans and opportunities concerning the language planning process in the Gaeltacht.Focus for 2013An tÚdarás will continue to implement its strategic plan for the Gaeltacht. Employment creation in key sectors which have the potential to contribute to sustainable economic development, including natural and marine resources, life sciences, ICT, tourism, niche manufacturing, engineering, food and other high-value commodities will be supported. Initiatives central to community development and language planning such as supports for childcare and pre-school education, youth development and training, all through the medium of Irish, will continue to be supported. All of these programmes are rooted in the needs of the community’s linguistic, social as well as economic requirements and form an integrated and comprehensive approach to development and language maintenance.The organisation will reorganise and restructure its resources and its work programmes to ensure implementation of its new strategy as outlined in the Gaeltacht Act 2012.We would like to acknowledge the support of IDA Ireland, Enterprise Ireland, Bord Bia and BIM for their support in implementing our enterprise development programme and look forward to enhanced co-operation with them in the future. We would also like to thank our former Chairman, Liam Ó Cuinneagáin and former Board members for their commitment and co-operation over the years in the implementation of the organisation’s objectives and look forward to working with the new Údarás Board in 2013.The Donegal GaeltachtA total of 223 new jobs were created in the Donegal Gaeltacht in 2012. There were 1,878 full-time equivalent jobs in Údarás-supported companies in the Donegal Gaeltacht at year end. New jobs were created in companies such as Euroflex Teo and R.A.Pacáistí Teo on the Gaoth Dobhair Business Park, Randox Teo in An Clochán Liath and, most substantially, Earagail Éisc in Mín an Aoire in South West Donegal, with an increase of 46 new jobs.When job losses are taken into account, there was a modest net gain of 11 new jobs in the Donegal Gaeltacht. Companies in the tourism, construction-related, and services industries shed jobs. Éist agus Cuidiú Teo and Wiss Medi Teo on the Gaoth Dobhair Business Park ceased trading during the year with a loss of 32 and 10 jobs respectively.A number of significant projects were approved by Údarás during the year which will involve a total investment of over €14m and the creation of approximately 60 new jobs when the projects are up and running.An tÚdarás recognises the need for a specific job-creation strategy for the Gaoth Dobhair Business Park and West Donegal in the light of job losses in recent years and is currently putting resources in place to give specific focus to attracting new investment to the area. Development works on the multifunctional Áislann Ghaoth Dobhair building are now complete. Further capital works will begin in the next few months on Aonad 23, previously occupied by Wissmedi, on the Business Park. This redevelopment and upgrade of the building will result in three independent advance enterprise units aimed at attracting enterprises in the medical devices and internationally traded services sectors.During the year, an tÚdarás, in co-operation with the North East Partnership, launched the ‘Innovation and Growth Programme’. Funded by INTERREG IVA, the programme will assist participating businesses in identifying strategic overseas partners and growth potential in international markets.A total of 286 people were employed on social employment schemes in the Donegal Gaeltacht at the end of the year, which are managed and administered by Údarás and funded through the Department of Social Protection.ÚDARÁS ANNOUNCES 11 EXTRA JOBS IN DONEGAL IN 2012 was last modified: January 21st, 2013 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:ÚDARÁS ANNOUNCES 54 NEW JOBS AT GAOTH DOBHAIR MEETING
2 Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions impact RANKED MONEY Shootout hero Scott Carson lived out a childhood dream by saving the decisive spot-kick as Derby secured a shock win at Manchester United.Frank Lampard gave his former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho a bloody nose in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday evening as the Rams recovered manfully from Juan Mata’s early opener. Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Bold and positive in possession, Harry Wilson levelled with an exceptional free-kick followed up by substitute Jack Marriott after Sergio Romero’s red card.Marouane Fellaini snatched a 2-2 draw at the death, but it merely delayed Derby’s delight.Former Liverpool goalkeeper Carson was the hero, getting down low to deny Phil Jones and secure an 8-7 penalty shootout win.“It’s nights like these that you dream of as a kid,” the former England international said.“I’ve been here several times and I’ve only ever got one draw. REVEALED LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won “You don’t normally get too many things when you come to Old Trafford so to make a penalty save and get us through to the next round is a night that we will all savour and remember.“It’s an evening that we won’t forget. I’m sure the fans who were here tonight will go home proud and be thankful that they came to see that.”Carson’s spot-kick save ended a run of 15 converted penalties by the sides, with the 33-year-old relieved to finally make a telling impact.“I wasn’t having much luck before that,” he told RamsTV. Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade 2 silverware Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move BEST OF Carson saves decisive penalty ADVICE REVEALED Carson celebrates with his Derby team-mates “Even when I was going the right side, they seemed to be really good penalties.“Both sets of players’ penalties were really good tonight. The question I was asking myself when he walked up was is he going to be confident enough to whip it.“He’s a centre half, I know he’s a good player with the ball, but I thought he was going to play it safe with a side foot and thankfully I went that side.“I did my best to not let it slip under my body but thankfully I got a hand down and it was strong enough to keep it out.”
A thoroughbred horse, which was born and bred by a Donegal horse breeder, was the toast of Cheltenham yesterday.Hunt Ball raised the roof at the world’s most famous horse-racing festival when it romped home to victory in the 5.15 Novices Handicap.It’s the horse’s seventh win out of eight starts for its owner, dairy farmer Anthony Knott. But Donegaldaily.com can reveal the horse was born and bred in Convoy by well-known horse–breeder Michael Slevin of Ruskey Lower.Michael is the grand old age of 91 and was a little under the weather to see the horse he bred claim a famous victory at Cheltenham.But his daughter Eileen Woods said he would have been the proudest man in the world to see the horse take victory.“My father always bred working horses up until he was 80 and then started to breed thoroughbreds. “He sold Hunt Ball a number of years ago and look how well it has done,” she told donegaldaily.com.Eileen revealed how she managed to persuade a number of friends to put a few euro on the horse because of her dad’s connections.“I’m not a big gambler but I got it at 7-1 and we won a few euro on it. I told a few people about it and I’m delighted they won as well.“But I’m particularly happy for dad. I can’t imagine the pride someone must have in breeding a horse that wins at Cheltenham,” she said.And that might not be the end we’ll hear of the seven year old Donegal-bred animal. His owner Mr Knott is thinking of entering him into the English Grand National and Hunt Ball has already been quoted at 50-1 for next year’s Gold Cup!© 2012 donegaldaily.com, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldaily Follow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailyDONEGAL-BORN RACEHORSE WINS AT CHELTENHAM was last modified: March 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:Cheltenhamconvoydonegaldaily.comEileen WoodsHunt BallMichael Slevin
Hall and the Bulldogs return to action on Friday as they host UAB at 10 a.m. and George Washington at 6 p.m. Print Friendly Version This week’s award is Hall’s first career Player of the Week honor. He collected three singles wins, including a league win, and a pair of doubles wins. Hall defeated South Dakota State’s Marco Paulo Castro (6-2, 6-1) at No. 4 singles. He then topped Iowa’s Jake Jacoby and Arizona’s Carlos Hassey to clinch wins over the Hawkeyes and Wildcats. ELMHURST, Ill. – For the third time this season a Bulldog was named Summit League Men’s Tennis Player of the Week as freshman Finley Hall received the honor Tuesday, Feb. 13.
ALLAN SSEKAMATTE: With only nine days to the start of football’s most prestigious tournament, the World Cup, several teams await kick of a first ball thinking that can win it.Amongst them is a rejuvenated Brazilian side that saw their 2014 campaign come to a humiliating end, losing 7-1 to eventual champions Germany.Brazil lost 7-1 to World Champions Germany in the 2014 editionFour years down the road, a change in tactical team has seen the five time World Cup winners storm this year’s finals with a 42 point tally accumulated throughout qualification in their South America zone.Beneath the glitz of Brazil’s talismanic forward Neymar Jr’s mesmeric opening goal in Sunday’s international build up victory over Croatia was evidence as to why bookmakers have installed the South Americans as favourites to win the Russia 2018 World Cup.The Samba Boys coach Tite’s ruthless streak was evident in his 60th minute substitution of Real Madrid’s four time Champions League winner Marcelo. Reason? Loss of concentration. The Brazil left back had consistently been robbed of possession by Andrea Kramaric and Ante Rebic while showing off his undoubted ball protection skills. Such an indefatigable desire to win has underpinned the former Corinthians coach’s excellent record of just one defeat in twenty matches and transformed the five time World Cup winners from rank outsiders to serious contenders.Tite has seen Brazil come from a laughing stock in 2014 to one of the best going into Russia 2018The Selecao’s World Cup temperament is legendary. Brazil are the only team to have played every one of the previous 20 editions of the global showpiece, emerging triumphant a record five times.Put another way, Tite’s thoroughbreds have one in every four chances of lifting Russia 2018, a favourite tag that they always held going into almost each and every World Cup since their first triumph in 1958.I witnessed similar seriousness when Brazil ended Germany’s two-year unbeaten record a few months ago during an international friendly.Although that sole defeat to rivals Argentina during qualification showed that Brazil aren’t infallible, the reigning Olympic Gold medallists are a team for the big occasion and you can count in them in Russia.Outside of that, Brazil’s midfield quintuplet of Casemiro, Paulinho, Fernandinho, Philippe Coutinho and Willian tops all rivals. The Casemiro-Fernandinho partnership although rarely used throughout the qualifiers and recent friendlies, playing in a 4-2-3-1 formation, provides excellent protection to the back four. All five, together with front runners Gabriel Jesus and Neymar Jr are blessed to be featuring for clubs ranked among the world’s top ten. Hence, they are used to high pressure games.Shabby custodianship has long been Brazil’s Achilles Heel. Not this time. Selecao number one Allison Becker is from the top drawer. Only Germany’s Manuel Neuer and Spain’s David de Gea are rated higher than the shot stopper who is attracting interest from Liverpool and Real Madrid among other top European sites.Factor in the X Factor brought to the team by Neymar Jr, and you have a team of world beaters, very much capable of going all the way in Russia.Naymer Jr shoulders most of Brazil’s hopes.Yet to celebrate his 26th birthday, the Paris Saint Germain forward has already demonstrated his leadership credentials by guiding Brazil to Olympic glory in 2016, overcoming a very good Germany side whilst scoring the winning penalty in the shoot out.With over 54 full international goals to his name, Neymar could get ever so close to Ronaldo da Lima’s tally of 62 during Russia 2018. He certainly has the skill, temperament and determination to chase Edson Arantes dos Nascimento’s all time record of 77 goals in 92 internationals. But to forever be mentioned in the same sentence as Pele, he must guide Brazil to World Cup glory, the first since Da Lima saw them past the finish line in South Korea and Japan, 16 years ago.Brazil last won the World Cup in 2002Comments Tags: topWorld Cup 2018