Putin meets Nurmagomedov, hails his win over McGregor

first_imgThe brawl also featured two men from Nurmagomedov’s entourage climbing into the cage and attacking McGregor.Nurmagomedov told Putin on Wednesday he was sorry that he lost self-control, but that he had heard McGregor’s camp insulting his father and his country.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissPutin joked that he would ask Nurmagomedov’s father, who was also present at the meeting, not to punish him too severely.The president added that “not just you, but all of us can jump out like that if assaulted.” Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum LATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crowncenter_img Jimmy Butler: I was ‘brutally honest’ with Wolves Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Khabib Nurmagomedov is held back outside of the cage after fighting Conor McGregor in a lightweight title mixed martial arts bout at UFC 229 in Las Vegas, Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018. Nurmagomedov won the fight by submission during the fourth round to retain the title. (AP Photo/John Locher)MOSCOW — Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has met with Khabib Nurmagomedov to congratulate him on winning the UFC lightweight title, and defended the fighter’s actions in the brawl that followed his victory over Conor McGregor.Putin hailed Nurmagomedov’s “convincing” victory in the highly anticipated mixed martial arts bout in Las Vegas on Saturday, and said the champion’s decision to then climb over the cage and fight with members of McGregor’s corner had been provoked by insults.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

Former WWE star Punk’s fight future could be in TV booth

first_imgCarpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award “Somebody at home is probably thinking, ‘Hmm, that’s barbaric, I can’t relate to that, I’ve never been punched in the face,’” Punk said. “I kind of want to humanize everybody, get to the bottom of their story, who they are and why they do what they do.”The 40-year-old Punk’s story is that he’s still an MMA fighter, though he faces an uncertain future in the sport after two decisive losses in UFC. Punk, the stage name of Phil Brooks, brought a wave of publicity to the sport when he made the jump with just a dash of true MMA skills. Punk never threw a punch in a loss to Mickey Gall in 2016 and was pounded in a unanimous decision defeat to Mike Jackson at UFC 225 in June. UFC President Dana White said Punk should “call it a day” and was likely finished with the promotion.Punk realized the clock is ticking on his fighting career.“Since my last fight, I’ve been juggling a half-dozen things,” Punk said. “I kind of gave myself a deadline of the beginning of the new year to find out what is coming next. I don’t rule anything out, absolutely not.”So, after initial pause when he was offered the job, Punk took the leap into broadcasting for a promotion that was founded in 2006 and helped launch the career of Kimbo Slice and current UFC fighters Paul Felder and Jim Miller. Led by President Rob Haydak, CFFC has become one of the more prominent developmental MMA organizations in the industry. It’s the type of organization that perhaps Punk would have benefited from had he become an MMA pro earlier in his career.ADVERTISEMENT “I did things backward,” Punk said, with a laugh. “I jumped in the deep end. But everybody’s path is different. I do think there needs to be a feeder system where people can get their feet wet.”With a third UFC fight out of reach, Punk said he had no regrets about the gutsy transition from wrestling to fighting.“I was presented with an opportunity that, if I was talking to you today and didn’t do, I’d regret,” Punk said. “I absolutely do not regret my decision one bit.”Punk, who held the WWE championship for 434 days before an acrimonious split with the company, could be funny and ferocious on the mic. His promos helped him rise on the card and soar in popularity with fans as much as his “best in the world” talent. He dabbled in commentary on WWE shows (“look at her jumping around !” he said of future wife AJ Lee) and his comfort in front of the camera helped with his transition into acting.Punk found bliss as a comic book author and co-hosted the Netflix obstacle course competition show “Ultimate Beastmaster.”Yet, five years — and one nasty, victorious lawsuit — later, Punk is still remembered by wrestling fans who chant his name at WWE live events.“You stop it and five years later people still talk about you? Fans still chant your name? That’s powerful to me,” Punk said.He waded back into the sports entertainment world when he made a rare autograph signing in September before a major independent wrestling show that sparked rumors he would lace up the boots one more time. Punk continued to rule out a wrestling comeback.“I don’t pay attention,” Punk said. “People seem to get upset when I say that.”But they can still catch him in combat sports, where he’s prepping to scrutinize fights, and at Roufusport MMA Academy where he continues to train should another fight arise. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil “Y’all can’t get rid of me,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal LATEST STORIEScenter_img Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum FILE – In this Sept. 10, 2016, file photo, CM Punk stands in his corner before a welterweight bout at UFC 203 in Cleveland. Punk went 0-2 in UFC and has given himself until the new year to decide if he wants to keep fighting. Punk hopes to stick in the sport as a mixed martial arts announcer. (AP Photo/David Dermer, File)CM Punk’s next move in mixed martial arts is assuredly safer than stepping inside the cage.Punk, who made the ballyhooed move from WWE straight to UFC in 2014 , is set to turn in headlocks for a headset when he takes the microphone for the Cage Fury Fighting Championships card next month in New Jersey .ADVERTISEMENT Warriors guard Curry will sit out three-game road trip Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MOST READ Punk with a live mic?This is the wrestler that made “pipe bomb ” part of the WWE lexicon when he crossed his legs on stage and cut a scathing promo about the state of his career and the industry that left even insiders curious about the legitimacy of the stunt.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissBut the straight-edge superstar is set to play it straight when he helps call the action on the CFFC card on Dec. 14 at the Borgata in Atlantic city. Punk will provide color commentary with play-by-play broadcaster Mike Gill and analyst Brian Palakow for the show scheduled to air on UFC Fight Pass. Cesar Balmaceda will fight for the CFFC interim lightweight title, one of three championship bouts on the card.Punk would rather pack a punch with viewers for a night than take one in a fight. View commentslast_img read more

Pensioner’s home destroyed by fire

first_imgAn unoccupied house located in Ann’s Grove, East Coast Demerara (ECD), went up in flames early Wednesday morning.The fire started about 05:00h at the Lot 34 Canal Dam, Ann’s Grove residence.According to reports, the house belonged to an 80-year-old pensioner, Elaine Pollard, who is currently in the United States of America (USA). Her two-storey wood and concrete home was left in the care of a fellow villager, Safraz Baksh.The 42-year-old vendor of Main Street, Ann’s Grove, said he was awakened aboutThe ravaged house at Ann’s Grove05:30h, by a neighbour who informed him of the fire. He immediately went to the house, but upon arrival at the scene, he saw the entire building engulfed in flames.At the time, the fire tenders from the Mahaica fire Station were there trying to douse the flames. However, they were unable to do so before the building was destroyed.So far, the estimated losses are unknown, and it is unclear as to whether the house was insured. The owner has since been informed. Meanwhile, investigators from the Guyana Fire Service are currently looking into the fire, trying to determine its origin.last_img read more

Stalemate ends as RUSAL agrees to recognise workers union

first_imgFiring of sticking workersRussian owned bauxite company, RUSAL, has agreed to recognise the Guyana Bauxite and General Workers Union (GBGWU) as the authorised and legitimate body that represents bauxite workers in Guyana.GBGWU President Lincoln LewisThis has now put an end to weeks of stalemate between the company, Government and the workers union. The agreement was made on Tuesday when the union and the company met with representatives of the Labour Department. Following the meeting, the two sides agreed to meet again on Friday to discuss the way forward on the 90 employees that were dismissed from the company.After the meeting, President of the GBGWU, Lincoln Lewis told the media that the two parties (RUSAL and the GBGWU) had decided that they need to meet bilaterally, and this process will commence on Friday.“We have to work together in the interest of workers, in the interest of the company, in the interest of the nation. That’s where we are and just looking for a way forward, that’s it,” Lewis said.He explained that the Union will submit to the company today; its list of items that it would like to form part of the agenda for discussion, while RUSAL will also submit to the GBGWU what it considers to be important for the discussion.“We believe that this exercise is going to be one where we start building of trust and confidence in our relationship because it is necessary that both sides work together. All that we are doing now is that we are going to talk about normalcy. How we will get back to normalcy…they are open to dialogue, not recommendation,” Lewis stated.Representatives of RUSAL leaving the Labour Department during a previous meetingThe GBGWU President noted that in the list that his Union will be submitting to the bauxite company, the topics for discussion include future negotiations between the two parties and the establishment of occupational health and safety committee.Blocking of Berbice RiverMeanwhile, in relation to the present situation where the dismissed workers and sympathisers who blocked off the access road and river to RUSAL’s operations in the Upper Demerara area, Lewis said that this form of protest by those affected continues.“We have not discussed the issues one by one. We will supply the list of the issues that we do have by tomorrow (Wednesday) and we will meet to discuss. In the meantime, the strike continues.”Meanwhile, in a joint statement by both the bauxite company and the GBGWU, it was stated that the bilateral talks are scheduled to commence Friday.These decisions were taken at a conciliation meeting under the chairmanship of Chief Labour Officer, Charles Ogle.On March 4, the GBGWU and other major trade union representatives were met with grave disappointment when they turned up for a meeting with representatives of the Labour Department and aluminium company, RUSAL.Instead of being able to start discussions with the aim of resolving the issue of the 90 workers being dismissed by the company, the team of trade union leaders were met with the news that RUSAL had requested not to meet with them unless Lewis was absent from the meeting.Sixty-one workers were fired by the Russian-owned company after they protested a one per cent salary increase, which they said was agreed to by Government. Following a meeting with Government, RUSAL refused to reinstate the workers and subsequently dismissed 30 more persons from the department in order to temporarily close it as a result of the strike actions.last_img read more

How depressing is your job?

first_imgDepression leads to $30 billion to $44 billion in lost productivity annually, said the report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The report was available Saturday on the agency’s Web site at http://oas.samhsa.gov The various job categories tracked could be quite broad, with employees grouped in the same category seemingly having little in common. For example, one category included workers in the arts, media, entertainment and sports. In the personal care category, a worker caring for toddlers at a day care center would have quite a different job from a nursing aide who helps an older person live at home rather than in a nursing home. Just working full time would appear to be beneficial in preventing depression. The overall rate of depression for full-time workers, 7 percent, compares with the 12.7 percent rate registered by those who are unemployed. Depression rates The percent of full-time workers age 18 to 64 reporting depression lasting two weeks or longer, by categories of occupation, as provided by the National Survey on Drug Use and Health using 2004 through 2006 data: Personal care and service: 10.8 Food preparation and serving related: 10.3 Community and social services: 9.6 Health care practitioners and technical: 9.6 Arts, design, entertainment, sports and media: 9.1 Education, training and library: 8.7 Office and administrative support: 8.1 Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance: 7.3 Financial: 6.7 Sales and related: 6.7 Legal: 6.4 Transportation and material moving: 6.4 Mathematical and computer scientists: 6.2 Production: 5.9 Management: 5.8 Farming, fishing and forestry: 5.6 Protective service: 5.5 Construction and extraction: 4.8 Installation, maintenance and repair: 4.4 Life, physical and social science: 4.4 Engineering, architecture and surveyors: 4.3 SOURCE: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.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 MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.During such episodes there is loss of interest and pleasure, and at least four other symptoms surface, including problems with sleep, eating, energy, concentration and self-image. Workers who prepare and serve food – cooks, bartenders, waiters and waitresses – had the second highest rate of depression among full-time employees at 10.3 percent. In a tie for third were health care workers and social workers at 9.6 percent. The lowest rate of depression, 4.3 percent, occurred in the job category that covers engineers, architects and surveyors. Government officials tracked depression within 21 major occupational categories. They combined data from 2004 through 2006 to estimate episodes of depression within the past year. That information came from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, which registers lifetime and past-year depression bouts. WASHINGTON – People who tend to the elderly, change diapers and serve up food and drinks have the highest rates of depression among U.S. workers. Overall, 7 percent of full-time workers battled depression in the past year, according to a government report available Saturday. Women were more likely than men to have had a major bout of depression, and younger workers had higher rates of depression than their older colleagues. Almost 11 percent of personal care workers – which includes child care and helping the elderly and severely disabled with their daily needs – reported depression lasting two weeks or longer. last_img read more

FORECASTERS PREDICTING ANOTHER GLORIOUS WEEKEND FOR DONEGAL

first_imgTowns like Bundoran have launched successful marketing campaignsTHEY’RE not always right, but if TV forecasters are correct, Donegal could be basking in more glorious sunshine this weekend.Temperatures are expected to slowly rise tomorrow (Friday) with cloud clearing from the west on Saturday.RTE and BBC forecasters say we could get temperatures of around 15C on Saturday rising under clear blue skies on Sunday to around 17C. After another week of miserable economic news, at least we can look forward to some great weather.And the best bit – it’s FREE!With Easter holidays for many schools throughout the county starting tomorrow, the predicted fine weather is great news for families.And it could be more good news for the tourist and retail industries at a time when more visitors to the county are desperately needed. Failte Ireland says they expect visitor numbers to the North West to continue to rise in 2011 as more tourists seek something different from the usual attractions in Kerry and other southern counties.A report from the tourism body shows 14% of all holiday makers coming to Ireland visit counties Sligo, Donegal and Leitrim which are marketed as ‘Ireland’s North West’.FORECASTERS PREDICTING ANOTHER GLORIOUS WEEKEND FOR DONEGAL was last modified: April 13th, 2011 by gregShare 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:bundorandonegalFailte Irelandsunny weatherlast_img read more

Eight things which must happen for Tottenham to win the Premier League next year

first_img 8 8 8 5. Mauricio Pochettino must improve the fringe of his squad – A bench with Moussa Sissoko and Georges-Kevin Nkoudou on it isn’t currently going to give teams sleepless nights. Spurs may be producing young stars and not want to hinder their progress, but an upgrade on this French duo is needed if Spurs are to go all out for the Premier League title. Ross Barkley has been linked with a switch to the club, while others would like to see Gylfi Sigurdsson return, this would give them even more attacking threat and allow more rotation as Champions League football saps their energies. 8 1. Tottenham must keep their star players – Click the right arrow above to find out what else must happen for Spurs to win the Premier League next year… – These are exciting times for Tottenham Hotspur with their collection of young stars thrilling fans almost every week with their exciting brand of football, which combines technical grace and physical presence. They have a number of key stars and top teams in England and abroad are now coveting many of them. Eric Dier is being linked with Manchester United, Man City want Kyle Walker and Danny Rose, while Dele Alli is attracting interest from Real Madrid. Spurs will need to do all they can to hold onto their superstars, or risk fading after shining so brightly over two seasons. 3. Chelsea suffer a downturn in form – The Blues were relentless over the whole campaign and managed to grind out several wins when the going got tough, like in their title clincher against West Brom. Antonio Conte has transformed the Blues into a well-drilled team, which is mightily impressive given last season’s ragtag showings which saw them finish tenth. If Tottenham are to win the Premier League, they will need the Blues to slip up more often. 8 8. Manchester City struggle as Pep Guardiola overhauls the team – The Spaniard is beginning to get to grips with the Premier League and it won’t be long before they are a big force at the summit of the English top-flight. They are set to lose several stars in the summer as contracts come to and end, and this will mean Guardiola has to add several players to his squad. The best case scenario is these stars slot in like Gabriel Jesus but, if not, it may take another season of bedding in before they truly challenge for the title, and this could let Tottenham in. 2. Adjust to the Wembley pitch – If we just go on numbers then, yes, Tottenham Hotspur don’t have the greatest record at Wembley in recent years. But, losing to Monaco this season is no great shame, in hindsight and only their performances against Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions League deserved scorn this campaign. On another day, Spurs would have even won their FA Cup semi-final with Chelsea. But still, Pochettino’s team need to adjust to playing on a bigger pitch over a whole season, it will be tough and may slow them down a little, but there are ways around it. It wouldn’t be a surprise if we saw Spurs playing a back-three in every match at Wembley – injuries and suspensions permitting. 4. Manchester United continue to stutter as Jose Mourinho rebuilds – Last summer, the Portuguese boss wanted four players and signed them all, but now needs to do some more transfer business this year. Another overhaul could stall any Premier League title charge, especially if his next set of new boys takes time to bed in, like Henrikh Mkhitaryan did. The Red Devils are showing flecks of recovery, but it might still be a season too early for them to rival Tottenham Hotspur. 6. Avoid poor luck with injuries – This season, Chelsea, from start to finish, barely had to change their starting XI, as they had kind luck with injuries and suspensions. Tottenham, on the other hand, have, for extended periods, lost Harry Kane, Danny Rose, Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen, Mousa Dembele, Harry Winks, and Erik Lamela – and still managed to fight it out in the Premier League, Champions League, and FA Cup. Without the loss of those stars Spurs really could have challenged more for the title. 7. Hope European football tires out Liverpool – Jurgen Klopp’s side is known for their pressing, which has led to him blooding several youngsters in both the League Cup and FA Cup. But chuck in Champions League, or Europa League football on top of that and Tottenham will be hoping the Reds’ first-team stars begin to tire further. In recent matches, Liverpool have looked sluggish, especially without Sadio Mane, so if they tire having not seen one player reach 40 appearances this season, how will they handle European football? 8 Tottenham Hotspur sealed second place in the Premier League this season with their 2-1 victory over Manchester United – but how can they go one better and win the title?Last year, Leicester City stunned everyone to steal the silverware, while this season Chelsea returned to the top of the table after an anomalous campaign which saw them finish tenth.If you combine the two seasons, Spurs would actually be top of table, but what needs to happen for them to finally clinch glory in the English top-flight?Click the right arrow above to find out… 8 8last_img read more

Arsenal interested in signing Liverpool star in free transfer this summer

first_img moving on The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade The likes of Sevilla and Napoli have been linked with an interest in Moreno, while he has also been linked with a stunning move to Barcelona.And it is now claimed Arsenal have joined the host of suitors lining up for the Spaniard on a free transfer.Moreno has fallen down the pecking order under Jurgen Klopp, with the defender now playing second fiddle to first choice left-back Andy Robertson.But, according to the Daily Mirror, Arsenal boss Unai Emery – who worked with the player during his time in charge of Sevilla – is ready to give the defender another chance in the Premier League. LIVING THE DREAM Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Alberto Moreno is set to leave Liverpool in the summer Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January The 26-year-old has a lot experience under his belt, playing in two European finals and being on the bench for last season’s Champions League final, but Moreno has come under fire from supporters for his defensive shortcomings.Nevertheless, Arsenal are said to be attracted to landing the player on a free and are considering making a move when he leaves the Reds.Liverpool, meanwhile, are planning for his exit and are said to be lining up long-term target and recent England debutant Ben Chilwell as his replacement. IN DEMAND Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland 1center_img Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti REVEALED targets targets RANKED Latest transfer news on talkSPORT.com Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer Arsenal are interested in signing Liverpool defender Alberto Moreno when he becomes a free agent in the summer, according to reports.The Reds are resigned to losing the 26-year-old left-back when his contract expires at the end of the season, with a host of top clubs said to be on his tail. LATEST last_img read more

COMMUNITY ALERT OVER: HUSKEY FOUND

first_imgCOMMUNITY ALERT OVER: A DOG missing in Killynure area of Convoy earlier today has been found.The Huskey Demon was returned safely to the owner, thanks to a DD reader.Alert now over. Thanks for all your help. COMMUNITY ALERT OVER: HUSKEY FOUND was last modified: January 27th, 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)last_img

WALSHY ON WEDNESDAY – DONEGAL DAILY’S BRILLIANT NEW SPORTS COLUMNIST SIGNS ON!

first_imgPaddy Walsh has written more about sport than Eamon Dunphy has slated the Irish soccer team. The well-known Letterkenny man has written extensively for national and local newspapers as an analyst, a pundit but always as a fan. Today he writes his first column for Donegal Daily. We hope Walshy on Wednesday brightens up the middle of your week.  BRIGHT SKY (WITH SOME CLOUDS)It was while yawning my way through the Republic of Ireland’s opening European Championship qualifier that I realised maybe SKY television’s venture into the G.A.A. will have some benefits after all.Two All-Ireland semi-finals (three if you count – and you have to – the replayed Kerry/Mayo clash) of outstanding quality and thrills and a Hurling Final the like of which we can only hope will be repeated when Kilkenny and Tipperary meet again next Saturday week and each of them, I believe, featured on SKY Sports for an audience, many of whom, will have tuned in out of curiosity value. There’s a firm guarantee that they’ll be tuning in once more if they get the chance.I’ve always argued that we shouldn’t be selfishly hanging on to these games ourselves but, instead, be sharing them with other, many of whom believe the world starts and ends with the likes of soccer and the English Premiership. It’s doubtful if any game in this or any other season of recent vintage in England or elsewhere (even the World Cup) could have matched the Gaelic variety for skill and ability. Not to mention all-out commitment from a bunch of amateur players.I was jolted into wakefulness on Sunday when Aidan McGeady (we can now officially claim him as a Donegalman) notched those two goals, the second of which is already in the running for score of the tournament, to give Martin O’Neill’s men the start they needed in Georgia but didn’t look like getting until that magical intervention by the Everton man.I stayed awake for Tony O’Donoghue’s post match interview with O’Neill and the latter’s jibe at the R.T.E. presenter for negative questioning sparked a bit of a pop in the studio back in Dublin where Eamon Dunphy in particular took serious issue with the Irish boss and insisted that they were fully entitled to focus on the adverse aspects of the performance and the manager would have to deal with it. There was no ‘or else’ but you had a feeling that this won’t be the end of it and after helping to get rid of previous managers in the Ireland hot seat, out panellists are not prepared to be criticised themselves in any shape or form even if it is by a true footballing man.Sorry, I’m on O’Neill’s side on this one. Surely if they’re able to launch brickbats – and players such as McGeady have been the victims of many of them – he’s entitled to return one or two particularly when his, admittedly below par, team, contrived to actually win the match, his first competitive outing in charge?Anyway, it all makes for good television even if the match itself didn’t.Fortunately, R.T.E. still have Gaelic Games to enthral us though, at the very least, 16,088 of us won’t be sitting in front of the T.V. for the privilege of watching Donegal’s pending clash with the Kingdom.Donegal Daily revealed yesterday that said number of tickets had now arrived in the county (though, of course, there’ll be a lot more than 16,000 Donegal fans in attendance) and the scramble begins. Me? I’m just going to ask the Dub in the office for the tickets he had intended to use….CUP HOPESAfter a series of reasonably encouraging results, Finn Harps have now lost respective games against the team second from bottom in the First Division and the team at the very basement. 0-1 defeats in both encounters but defeats all the same and an end to any hopes they had of clambering into a play-off spot.In both matches Ollie Horgan’s men had chances to take a point or three but that has been the story of the season to date – squandered opportunities and lack of creativity. It has been a particularly disappointing campaign for Kevin McHugh who has only netted twice – for a striker of his long proven ability that falls far short of previous campaigns when you could rely on him to sit comfortably in the teens or twenties with his goals tally.In total, Harps have scored on twenty-three occasions and that lack of fire power – how Ruairi Keating has been missed since his loan spell expired – has lost them games and drawn too many (eleven to date).It’s been a struggle for Horgan to find any cohesive unit in midfield to aid the strike force and a rash of sendings-off haven’t helped the cause even if some of them have been bordering on the fringes of match officials deciding that the tesm’s reputation this season merits a red at any available opportunity. The latest example of that came in the Cup win in Wexford when Damian McNulty received a second yellow for supposedly time wasting over a throw-in.Ah, the Cup. Now there is a chance for redemption and one to give us all a good send-off into the close season.Harps must travel once again to the deep south this weekend to take on Munster Senior League outfit, Avondale United. The Cork team overcame St. Michael’s in the previous round but even if the latter had gone through it was still going to prove another lengthy trip for the Finn Parkers (it’s a long, long way to Tipperary and all that).The home league match against Shamrock Rovers B (that’s ‘B’ for blundering by the league authorities in allowing the reserve team of a Premier Division team entry into the First Division) represented Harps sole fixture in Ballybofey sandwiched in between SIX away games, the Cup clashes included.High time for the setting up of the Finn Harps Training Fund though it’s unlikely that the very same sporting population that is more than willing to put hands into pockets and purses to back the Donegal G.A.A. team would do likewise for a financially pressed Harps who, it never seems to be taken into account, also feature a selection of Donegalmen in their ranks.Meanwhile, the Munster men will provide the sternest of tests for the visitors this weekend and a draw would be a decent result for the Horganites and provide another gate-sharing dividend from the replay to boot. That’s not to say a win, and a place in the semi-finals, would be turned away.One of the bright spot of Harps campaign this year has been an impressive defence and that will hopefully be instrumental in getting them through this tricky tie.BACKWARD STEPSIt’s twenty minutes past four in the morning and a kilted man is running through Temple Bar – backwards. Perhaps, not that unusual in Dublin’s cultural quarters at this or any time of the night but this particular individual is, in fact, a world champion at what is called Retro Running and he can trace his steps all the way back to Carndonagh.Garrett Doherty is backwards about coming forward!Didn’t know too much about Garrett Doherty before I spotted a reference to him in a lengthy article in a recent edition of the ‘Irish Times’ where reporter, Patrick Freyne, embarked on a 24 hour blitz in our capital city’s so-called bohemian area and came in contact with a wide variety of people ranging from stag parties to Swiss honeymooners. And the odd Retro runner.Doherty and his friend, Ashlynn, were returning from the nightclub Mother (the mammy of all such venues, apparently) when they encountered the I.T. man along the way or, rather, he took a keen interest because Garrett was running in reverse. In a kilt.The Donegalman, now based in Dublin, unzipped his jacket and showed the reporter his world championship medal. “You know why they didn’t want you writing with your left hand in the old days? They didn’t want you thinking for yourself. Retro Running is about thinking for yourself,” Garrett relates. “It makes you a better dancer, makes you type faster, makes you talk faster,” he tells Freyne.A couple of solid reasons there for someone like your sports columnist to take it up.Anyway, I Googled our, it seems, little known World champion from Carndonagh and find that he has been promoting Retro Running as a potential discipline in the 2016 Olympic Games.I’m behind him all the way on that one. There’s surely room for a sporting challenge in the Olympics that requires true stamina and strength and a good sense of direction (and, possibly, a rear view mirror).Particularly when you consider the Olympic Committee has itself taken a few backward steps in its time. Beach volleyball anyone…?RYDER TO THE STORMAnd just don’t get me started on the Ryder Cup.Paul McGinley – A Dub from Dunfanaghy?Listen, I know our almost very own Paul McGinley (and let’s face it, the man with Dunfanaghy blood flowing through his veins WAS supporting the Dubs in that little matter of the All-Ireland Semi-Final) is the European team captain and good luck to him (met him once and you couldn’t find a more civil being anywhere) but does anyone else believe that this is the most over-hyped competition in world sport?Two teams and not even a qualifying round. And basically the same two teams every time except when it was once upon a time the U.S.A. versus Great Britain and Ireland.Too late, you got me started and I’ll probably return to it once the thing swings into “action” at the end of the month.WALSHY ON WEDNESDAY – DONEGAL DAILY’S BRILLIANT NEW SPORTS COLUMNIST SIGNS ON! was last modified: September 10th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:finn harpsGAAGarrett DohertyIrelandMartin O’NeillPaul McGinleysports columnWalshy on Wednesdaylast_img read more