first_imgThe incomparable Usain Bolt always challenges himself. Even though he is by far the best sprinter who has walked the earth, he has picked out a new target, smashing the 19-second barrier in the 200 metres.As monumental as that seems, the tall man from Trelawny is just the one to do it.He might have done it in 2010. After all, he had run world records of 19.30 and 19.19 seconds in the 2008 Olympic Games and the 2009 World Championships, respectively, and looked unstoppable. A 19.56-run solo at the Jamaica Invitational that year confirmed for me that the barrier was within reach.The numbers all seemed to add up. He stormed through a 44.2-second 4x400m relay anchor leg at the Gibson Relays and, on a rainy night in the Czech city of Ostrava, he stepped the second fastest time ever for 300 metres – 30.97 seconds.Injury and the desire to take it easy after three tough championship seasons intervened. He and guru Glen Mills wanted him healthy and fresh to defend his World and Olympic titles in 2011 and 2012. You know the rest. His victories in those seasons and this year at the World Championships have increased his lead over the rest of history’s best.For anyone to take his place, a new sprint king will need five world records, four of which need to be set in major finals, four individual Olympic gold medals and seven individual World Championship gold medals. That’s a tall order.Still at itHe could have chosen to rest on his laurels. You’ve seen football teams head for the corner flag to preserve a result. Not Bolt. He’s still on the attack.His choice to chase the 200 world mark is interesting. It seems almost to be an admission that the 100-metre record – his stupendous 9.58 from the 2009 World Championships – is safe. On top of that, the 200 is his favourite event.Perhaps he will run more early-season 400-metre races to build the endurance required to fight the fatigue in the last part of the 200. In the process, his longstanding 400m personal best of 45.28 seconds may fall. In fact, any serious effort would certainly put him under 45.I’ve always thought he is the only the athlete who could break Michael Johnson’s world record of 43.18 seconds. The wonderful American set that mark at age 31 in the 1999 World Championship final. Interestingly, though Bolt has always disavowed any interest in the 400m, he will be 31 in 2017, the year he has pinpointed as his last as an active athlete. That’s a flight of fancy.In the meantime, his 200 performances are so good that you almost see him breaking the record already. He has the only sub-20 by a junior – his 2004 Carifta time of 19.93 seconds and every major title on offer since 2008.Brilliant on the curve, his long strides carry him clear of every sprinter who has ever graced the track.Are you going to tell him that sub-19 is a barrier too far? I won’t.n Hubert Lawrence has made notes at track side since 1980.last_img read more

first_imgHere’s the top transfer-related stories in Monday’s newspapers…Karim Benzema is ready to leave Real Madrid and join Arsenal for a club record deal, but only if the Gunners make their interest official with a £50million bid in the next 48 hours. (Daily Star)Meanwhile, manager Arsene Wenger has admitted Arsenal are ready to take a gamble and dip into the transfer market before the window closes – but only on the right players. (Evening Standard)Barcelona star Neymar is open to moving to Manchester United, though it is unlikely he will make the switch this summer. The Brazilian is reportedly attracted by United’s history and the Premier League, and the club may move to sign him next summer if a deal can’t be done before September 1. (The Guardian)Tottenham face fierce competition in their pursuit of Saido Berahico, with West Brom boss Tony Pulis telling press that he dropped the winger for Sunday’s clash with Chelsea because 15 clubs have registered an interest in signing him. Spurs had a bid rejected for the England Under-21 international last week but are confident they can land the forward with a second £22milllion offer. (Evening Standard)AC Milan CEO Adriano Galliani has confirmed talks over a loan move for Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli, but has warned the Italian that ‘this is absolutely his last chance’ and must make the most of the switch. (La Gazzetta dello Sport)Juventus are on the verge of signing 27-year-old Chelsea winger Juan Cuadrado on a season-long loan, according to the Italian club’s chief executive Giuseppe Marotta. (Sport Mediaset)And here’s the latest headlines…Reports – Manchester United in talks to sign Barcelona star NeymarChelsea news: ‘Have no doubt the champions will break the bank to sign Stones!’ How fans reacted to defending at West BromExclusive – Les Ferdinand reveals Leicester and Crystal Palace had bids rejected for Charlie AustinBrendan Rodgers: Liverpool can land psychological blow with win at ArsenalSunderland hero Micky Gray banned by the club after slamming chairman Ellis Short‘It’s nothing serious’ – West Ham boss Bilic cools Andy Carroll injury setback fearsMauricio Pochettino ‘very angry’ after flaky Tottenham let lead slip once againExclusive – Hat-trick hero Callum Wilson hopes to fire Bournemouth to Premier League safety this seasonVideo: Man United targets combine to lead ten-man Bayern Munich to dramatic late winlast_img read more

first_imgWest Ham are in talks to sign Besiktas midfielder Atiba Hutchinson, according to his agent.The 33-year-old has spent the last three years in Turkey following three successful seasons at PSV Eindhoven – but could now be on the move again.Slaven Bilic managed the Canadian during his time at Besiktas and now his agent, Niclas Jensen, says the Hammers boss wants to be reunited with him in east London.Jensen told Sporx: “Talks are going well but we still need time. West Ham are not, however, alone. There are other clubs that want Atiba.”Hutchinson has 12 months remaining on his contract and Besiktas could decide to cash in this summer to avoid losing him for nothing this time next year. 1 Atiba Hutchinson [left] in action for Besiktas last_img read more

first_imgLagan Harps FC News: Our men’s team drew 1-1 away to Convoy Arsenal. Kenny Doran was the scorer. This Sunday they are home to Kilmacrennan Celtic with a 2.00pm kick off.Our U18 girls progressed to the next stage of the WFAI national cup with a battling 3-1 win over Yeats Utd, Zoe Green (2) and Danielle Mc Devitt were the scorers.Our U16 boys progressed to the next stage of the national cup with a fine 5-1 win over Keadue Rovers. Jack Parke, Oran Downey, Dean Murray and Caoimhin Wheeler were among the scorers. Despite some good football, our U12s lost out to Carndonagh in the National Cup. After a 1-1 draw they lost on penalties. Evan Rodgers scored the goal in a great team performance.The U12 girls missed out on the national finals when they lost 1-0 to Buncrana and drew 1-1 with Yeats Utd in the North West area finals. Lucy Canning was the scorer. The girls had previously won the Donegal area and lost out to Buncrana on penalties in the Ulster area final.Our U14s put up a good performance, before losing 1-0 away to league leaders Cappry Rovers.Our U10s and U8s were in blitz action against Fintown Harps on Sunday morning. In our weekly lotto the numbers drawn were 1, 3, 19 and 20. 17 people had two numbers. Rosemary Wallace was drawn out and won €50. Next week’s jackpot is €7225.Lagan Harps FC men’s squad draw 1-1 to Convoy Arsenal was last modified: October 11th, 2016 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:CLUB NOTESLagan Harps FCManorSportlast_img read more

first_imgMexico captured its first world championship Sunday, and the first for a CONCACAF men’s team, routing defending champion Brazil 3-0 in the FIFA U-17 World Championship final in Lima, Peru. Carlos Vela, Omar Esparza and Ever Guzman scored for Mexico, which went 5-1 and outscored foes 16-3 in the 11th edition of the championships for under-17 boys national teams. Brazil had won three of the previous four titles. The U.S. finished fifth. Eleven Brazilian national championship matches were declared void and ordered replayed in the match-fixing scandal involving referee Edilson Pereira de Carvalho. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 TENNIS: Roger Federer captured the Thailand Open at Bangkok for the second straight year, defeating British teen Andy Murray 6-3, 7-5. Federer, ranked No. 1, has won 24 consecutive ATP finals, including seven this season. Kim Clijsters moved closer to reclaiming the No. 1 ranking, defeating Anna-Lena Groenefeld of Germany 6-2, 6-4 to win the Fortis Championships at Luxembourg for a fifth time. Jonas Bjorkman defeated third-seeded Radek Stepanek of the Czech Republic 6-3, 7-6 (7-4) to win the inaugural Vietnam Open at Ho Chi Minh City for his first ATP title since 2002. BASKETBALL: The Milwaukee Bucks have signed forward Josh Davis to a free-agent contract, general manager Larry Harris said. SPEEDSKATING: Apolo Ohno severely sprained his ankle and was forced to withdraw from the first World Cup meet of the year in short-track speedskating at Hangzhou, China. center_img WRESTLING: Olympic champion Armen Nazarian of Bulgaria won the gold medal in the 132-pound Greco-Roman division on the last day of the World Wrestling Championships at Budapest, Hungary. Justin Ruiz of the U.S. won a bronze medal in the 212-pound category after Margulan Assembekov of Kazakhstan was disqualified for three cautions by the referee. Hungary took the Greco-Roman team title with 41 points, ahead of Russia (27) and Turkey (26). Turkey’s Hamza Yerlikaya defeated Hungary’s Lajos Virag to win the 212-pound category, while the title at 265 pounds went to Cuba’s Mijail Lopez, who beat Hungary’s Mihaly Deak-Bardos. Daily News Wire Services 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

first_img Sharon Runner said the roofing industry has some of the highest workers’ compensation rates and that fraud has helped push those costs up. The bill is being held because of concerns from the governor’s office that it would set a precedent for other industries. The Runners do not believe that would be the case and that the governor’s opposition could be overcome with better communication. The meeting also included a discussion on legislative efforts to extend deadlines on enterprise zones, designated areas in which state tax credits are offered in an effort to attract businesses and create jobs. Time is running out on several such zones throughout the state. While the Antelope Valley’s enterprise zone still has seven years to run, there is concern that legislative efforts to extend all zones might include language curtailing their use. Jim Skeen, (661) 267-5743 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The credit would be in effect for the first three years a company created the new jobs. Such a tax credit could useful in attracting work on the crew exploration vehicle, a spacecraft that NASA wants developed to replace the nation’s space shuttle fleet. The CEV would first be used for orbital flights and then for missions to the moon. Another topic of conversation was a bill that Sharon Runner, R-Lancaster, co-authored aimed at reducing workers’ compensation fraud. The bill is aimed at companies improperly claiming an roofing-industry exception from workers’ compensation insurance by claiming they have no employees. The bill, Assembly Bill 881, includes a provision for a surcharge to fund audits on the industry. “The roofers would like to police themselves,” Sharon Runner said. “The good guys feel they are paying for the bad guys.” PALMDALE – A proposal for a new tax credit for companies creating manufacturing jobs was a topic at a meeting convened with local business people and a Schwarzenegger administration official. In a meeting arranged by state Sen. George Runner and Assemblywoman Sharon Runner, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s deputy legislative secretary Moira Topp met with business leaders and economic development officials from Palmdale and Lancaster. “The objective was to sit down with a member of the governor’s staff and discuss economic issues – what California should be doing or should be doing differently,” George Runner, R-Lancaster, said afterward. “We are trying to change the business atmosphere in California.” One of the main topics of discussion was a proposal by George Runner to provide a partial sales tax exemption for the purchase of certain manufacturing equipment, recycling equipment, or research and development equipment for companies creating jobs that wouldn’t otherwise exist in California. last_img read more

first_img Results Story Links Four Drake University student-athletes and a doubles team advanced to the semifinals of the Missouri Valley Conference Individual Championship Friday afternoon during the first day of competition in Waterloo, Iowa.At No. 1 singles, Carmen Palumbo defeated UNI’s Harri Proudfoot, 6-2, 6-2 to advance. Newcomer Maria Tatarnikova also moved on with a 6-2, 7-6 win over Valparaiso’s Amanda Tabanera.Sophia Haleas also moved on with a 3-6, 6-1, 6-4 win against Bradley’s Victoria Sanchez-Bronzetti. Liza Petushkova received a first-round bye into the semifinals in the No. 2 singles flight.In doubles action, the Drake team of Joely Lomas and Carmen Palumbo moved on with an 8-3 win over their counterparts from Vanderbilt.The Bulldogs’ Friday winners will aim to continue their journey toward an MVC title during Saturday’s semifinal action. Drake MVC Individual ResultsSingles1 – Carmen Palumbo (DU) def. Harri Proudfoot (UNI) 6-2, 6-22 – Liza Petushkova (DU) bye to semifinal3 – Maria Tatarnikova (DU) vs. Amanda Tabanera (VU),6-2, 7-6 (7-1)4 – Sophia Haleas (DU) def. Victoria Sanchez-Bronzetti (BU) 3-6, 6-1, 6-45 – Lizzie Pam (SB) def. Kelsey Neville, 7-6 (3), 7-6 (5)6 – Dao Sysouvanh (VU) def. Megan Webb (DU), 7-6 (7-5), 6-2Megan Webb (DU) def. Val Caro (UNI), 6-3, 6-47 – Loreto Rubio (SB) def. Kendall Hunt (DU) 6-2, 6-0Hunt (DU) def. Morganne Borsch (UNI) 6-0, 6-1 DoublesDarter/Burger (MSU) def. Petushkova/Webb (DU) 8-6Lomas/Palumbo (DU) def. O. Czerwonka/Jhaveri (VU) 8-3Marjanovic/Sanchez-Bronzetti (BU) def. Neville/Tatarnikova (DU) 8-7 (10-8) Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

first_imgDONEGAL Daily Weekend Weather Report, in association with The Mount Errigal Hotel, Letterkenny, Tel 07491 22700.Outlook – A good weekend ahead for Donegal, according to most forecasts. There will be lots of cloud, but loads of sunny spells too and temperatures creeping back up to 15C or 16C at times, with most of the wet weather further south and east of Ireland.FRIDAY … It will be a colder start again to Friday, but temperatures will pick up later in the morning with bright sunny spells. Met Eireann is forecasting some showers later in the day, especially over the north and east of the county, but BBC NI says it will be drier. SATURDAY …Saturday will be mainly dry especially in the afternoon with bright sunshine once again and temperatures of up to 14C or higher. Not a bad day at all.SUNDAY: Sunday will start misty and dull but it will soon brighten up and temperatures will rise once again to 15C or 16C. BBC NI says this is the best weekend day, with more sunshine than on Saturday.ENJOY…wonderful food from Donegal’s only Josper Grill, making mouth-watering meals for you and your family. To book a table at Dexter’s call The Mount Errigal Hotel, Letterkenny, Tel 07491 22700.  SUNNIER, DRIER, WARMER: THE DD WEEKEND WEATHER REPORT WITH THE MOUNT ERRIGAL HOTEL was last modified: May 2nd, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DD weatherdonegal daily weatherlast_img read more

first_imgSome of the best young actors in the county will take to the stage of the Balor Theatre, Ballybofey, over two nights next week for the annual Donegal Secondary Schools Drama Festival.Organised by Teresa McGowan and the award-winning Butt Drama Circle, the prestigious competition has been running for more than forty years.During that time, it has been giving the youth of the county the opportunity to perform in front of a live audience in a professional theatre. Although it’s a schools festival, members of the public are welcome to come along for what promises to be two great nights of theatre on Tuesday, February 6th and Wednesday 7th.The festival will be adjudicated by Maura Logue who will award certificates of merit to the participants, including plaques for ‘Outstanding Performances.’The adjudicator said she feels very fortunate to have again been invited to this year’s schools festival. Every year, she also delivers some wise words of wisdom for the young actors and to those in the audience.In honour of the late Ben Duffy, founding member of the drama circle and who arranged the purchase of trophies for each year’s festivals, the club has commissioned the Ben Duffy Perpetual Cup in his memory. The local St Columba’s College, Stranorlar will be the first on stage on Tuesday night with an extract from the classic ‘Big Maggie.’ Always to the fore in schools drama, Coláiste Cholmcille, Ballyshannon, will stage two productions – Alias Cinderella and another to be confirmed.Loreto College, Milford, will close proceedings on the first night with ‘Thank you for the Music.’Opening on Wednesday will be Errigal College, Letterkenny, with their production of ‘Ernie’s Incredible Illucinations’, followed by the Royal and Prior, Raphoe, with an adaption of ‘Blood Brothers’. Making their debut, and closing the festival, The Yard Youth Centre will perform ‘Unmask Ulinity’.House opens at 7:30 pm and the curtain will rise at 8 pm sharp each night. Entry is just €5, or a concession rate of €3, and patrons can pay at the door.Stage is set at the Balor for Schools Drama Festival was last modified: January 29th, 2018 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:BALOR THEATREButt Drama Circleschoolslast_img read more

first_imgPay and display parking machines are expected to be added to Larkin’s Lane on Lower Main Street Letterkenny this December.Parking issues in the area have been raised with the local council a number of times.Larkin’s Lane, LetterkennyBusiness owners have expressed concern with people parking their cars on the lane all day and blocking spaces for customers. Cllr Jimmy Kavanagh brought the matter to the council again this week and received a much-welcomed update that pay and display machines are in the process of being procured.It is anticipated that the system will be in place and operational by December.Pay and display on the way for problematic Letterkenny laneway was last modified: September 11th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:Cllr Jimmy KavanaghLarkin’s Laneletterkennyletterkenny-milford municipal districtlast_img read more