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09Sep/20

Eoin Larkin retires from inter-county hurling

first_imgThe James Stephens player won 8 All-Ireland titles and 2 All-Stars during the course of his career.In a statement Larkin said he’s content to walk away now knowing he gave everything he could for himself and the team every time he walked out on the training pitch or pulled on a Kilkenny jersey.last_img

31Aug/20

Former Trinidadian politician Albert Sydney charged with sexual assault

first_imgA former temporary independent parliamentarian will reappear in court on April 5 after he was charged with sexual penetration and indecent assault of a 17-year-old girl earlier this month.Albert Sydney appeared before Magistrate Adia Mohammed in the Port of Spain Magistrates’ Court Friday and was granted TT$100,000 bail.The 43-year-old former legislator, who had participated in the Children Bill 2012, is alleged to have committed the offence at his home a week ago. He was arrested in a joint exercise involving officers of the Western Division Task Force and the Child Protection Unit.The arrest was made based on a report made by the 17-year-old girl that she was sexually assaulted by the accused.last_img read more

26Aug/20

Six Nations 2019: Team-by-team guide

first_imgScotland will be keen to continue the improvements of recent seasons, while for Italy the priority will be ending a Six Nations losing run which stands at 17 matches.Here we take a look at the teams and what each can expect from their 2019 campaign.IRELANDWho’s in charge?Joe Schmidt is nearing the end of his time at the Irish helm after announcing that he will leave the job at the end of the World Cup. Successor Andy Farrell is already on Schmidt’s staff and will be taking notes during this year’s championship.Rory Best has skippered Ireland for the past two years – a period of tremendous success for Schmidt’s side that has seen the team crowned Grand Slam winners and beat the All Blacks for the first two times in history. He is the oldest player in this year’s championship at 36.Who’s the key man?Ireland boasts World Rugby’s Player of the Year in the shape of fly-half Johnny Sexton. He has faced a race to be fit for the opener against England but will be key to Ireland’s success if he has shaken off the effects of a knee injury. Wing Jacob Stockdale – player of the tournament in 2018 – also poses a threat to any defense.What happened last year?Ireland completed the Grand Slam at Twickenham on the final weekend of the championship, consigning its opponents to a fifth-place finish. It was Ireland’s first clean sweep since 2009.What’s expected this year?Ireland has arguably enhanced its reputation since last year’s championship, picking up a series win in Australia, as well as a 16-9 victory over the All Blacks in November. If it can keep up that kind of form over the coming weeks, Ireland will prove themselves to be a serious contender for the 2019 World Cup.Not a bad haul!Well done lads. pic.twitter.com/v2Pssd7Xj5— Irish Rugby (@IrishRugby) January 24, 2019WALESWho’s in charge?Another coach preparing to say his goodbyes at the end of the year is Warren Gatland, who will stand down as Wales chief after 12 years in charge. The Kiwi has led the team to two Grand Slams during his tenure.Alun Wyn Jones is captain and, with 119 caps to his name, is rapidly closing in on Gethin Jenkins’ record of 129 appearances for his country.Who’s the key man?The battle for Wales’ No. 10 jersey is always fiercely fought and Gareth Anscombe appears to have his hands on the prize after starting the wins over Scotland, Australia and South Africa in November. Anscombe’s challenge will be maintaining his level of performance with Dan Biggar and Rhys Patchell snapping at his heels.What happened last year?It was an impressive second-place finish for Wales in 2018, although its failure to win a match on the road may be a lingering cause for concern ahead of a championship in which it faces three away fixtures.What’s expected this year?Wales has been faced with dreadful luck when it comes to injuries, with Gatland saying only a week and a half before the tournament that just 27 members of his 39-man squad had been able to train, with experienced campaigners Taulupe Faletau and Dan Lydiate among those missing altogether. The situation will likely see players such as Thomas Young and Aaron Wainwright given their chance – experience that could come in useful in Japan later this year. Of the sides contesting the Six Nations, only Ireland can better Wales’ record of 10 Test wins in 2018.It’s that time of year again. Dau fis llawn cyffro. #GuinnessSixNations pic.twitter.com/AF9VuyKfE0— Welsh Rugby Union (@WelshRugbyUnion) January 28, 2019SCOTLANDWho’s in charge?Gregor Townsend continued Scotland’s sustained growth in the competition last season, guiding the side to impressive victories over England and France.The captaincy has returned to scrum-half Greig Laidlaw, with John Barclay, who led Scotland in the 2018 championship, yet to recover from an Achilles injury that has prevented him from making his Edinburgh debut since joining from the Scarlets ahead of the 2018-19 season.Who’s the key man?Stuart Hogg has been the most eye-catching star of Scotland’s resurgence over recent years and made more meters than any other player in the competition last year.What happened last year?Scotland finished third but things could have been better had it not been for a slow start in Wales, where the Scots kicked off the championship with a 34-7 defeat. Their campaign will be remembered for the 25-13 win against England at Murrayfield – their first Calcutta Cup victory for a decade.What’s expected this year?With Italy heading to Edinburgh on the opening weekend, Scotland should have an opportunity to get into gear before welcoming Ireland a week later. Scotland is capable of upsetting the campaigns of other would-be Six Nations champions but, with trips to Paris and Twickenham on the itinerary, a challenge for the title looks unlikely.| Hard work continues for @scotlandteam at Oriam! #AsOne pic.twitter.com/84AXJw46lE— Scottish Rugby (@Scotlandteam) January 28, 2019FRANCEWho’s in charge?Jacques Brunel took over not long before last year’s championship, following the sacking of Guy Noves. He almost got France off to a winning start in his first match in charge against eventual champion Ireland – Les Bleus undone by a last-minute Sexton drop goal in Paris.Toulon hooker Guilhem Guirado skippers the side, having held onto the role despite the change of coach.Who’s the key man?Center Mathieu Bastareaud sits on 50 caps and his experience should complement the wave of young talent coming into the squad. Romain Ntamack – son of former France international Emile – is among the youthful contingent and could make his debut.What happened last year?Victory over England in round four was the highlight for France but a series of narrow defeats limited its impact on the championship. The disappointment of a 15-13 home defeat to Ireland was compounded by a 32-26 loss at Murrayfield and a 14-13 reverse in Cardiff as it finished fourth. France dropped a number of players after they were involved in an incident on a night out following the Scotland defeat.What’s expected this year?France is, as ever, difficult to predict but if it could convert some of those narrow defeats into victories, there is no reason why it could not end up in the mix at the top of the table.Photo officielle !#XVdeFrance #NeFaisonsXV pic.twitter.com/yunXI6Nv5e— FF Rugby (@FFRugby) January 22, 2019ENGLANDWho’s in charge?Eddie Jones came under pressure for the first time in his England tenure in 2018. The team was unbeatable in the first 17 matches of his time in charge but last year lost six of 12 Tests – after losing only  one of the previous 23 under Jones.Jones has opted for co-captains over recent times but will begin the championship with a solo skipper in the form of Owen Farrell, with Dylan Hartley having been ruled out of the opener against Ireland due to a knee injury.Who’s the key man?It is difficult to look beyond Farrell – a man who has spent most of his time as a center under Jones and in a share of leadership with Hartley. The Saracens man was utilized at fly-half in November and, with the captaincy his for the time being, this could be Farrell’s chance to make both roles his own ahead of the World Cup.What happened last year?England’s disappointing 2018 kicked off with a shocking fifth-place finish in the Six Nations – a championship that saw the side beaten by Scotland, France and Ireland after it opened with wins against Italy and Wales. It was England’s worst performance since the 1987 Five Nations.What’s expected this year?An improvement at the very least. England will be underdogs for the opener against Ireland and how it fares in Dublin could set the tone for the campaign. France at home and a trip to Cardiff follow, so England is going to have to work hard for points early in the championship.Primed and ready to goThe countdown to the #GuinnessSixNations is ON #CarryThemHome pic.twitter.com/Qfn7Lkcpjg— England Rugby (@EnglandRugby) January 23, 2019ITALYWho’s in charge?Conor O’Shea’s time as Italy coach has failed to bring about much of an improvement in their Six Nations performances and he may be under pressure in 2019 to show the fruits of his three years at the helm.Stalwart Sergio Parisse has been a fantastic servant to Italy over the years and at 35 years old, with 134 caps to his name, he remains the figurehead of the national team. Who’s the key man?Matteo Minozzi would have this category all tied up based on his breakthrough performance last year, but a serious knee injury has ruled out the fullback. His absence puts the pressure on Jayden Hayward or Edoardo Padovani to perform at 15.What happened last year?Italy’s defeat to Scotland in its final match of 2018 means the side has lost its last 17 games in the championship, tied for the longest such run in Five/Six Nations histor with France’s 17-match skid from 1911-20. Italy’s run stretches back to 2015.What’s expected this year?With injuries to key players there appears little hope Italy can snap its skid and avoid going a full World Cup cycle without winning a Six Nations fixture.A year ago @Federugby were three minutes away from beating @ScotlandteamConor O’Shea wants to see his team rewarded for their efforts in the 2019 #GuinnessSixNations pic.twitter.com/bj6iT8v2aE— Guinness Six Nations (@SixNationsRugby) January 25, 2019 The 2019 Six Nations gets under way on Friday, when France host Wales in Paris.Ireland won the Grand Slam last time around and begins its campaign in Dublin on Saturday against England, whose Twickenham home was the setting for the defending champion’s crowning moment in 2018.last_img read more

17Aug/20

Larry Nance, Jordan Clarkson return to Staples Center to face Lakers

first_img Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs PreviousLos Angeles Lakers forward Michael Beasley, left, shoots as Cleveland Cavaliers center Ante Zizic defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Cavaliers won 101-95. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Cleveland Cavaliers forward Cedi Osman, left, shoots as Los Angeles Lakers center JaVale McGee defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Cleveland Cavaliers guard Collin Sexton, right, shoots as Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsCleveland Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson, left, shoots as Los Angeles Lakers center JaVale McGee defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers guard Josh Hart, left, and Cleveland Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson grapple for a rebound during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Cleveland Cavaliers forward Jaron Blossomgame, right, reaches for a rebound along with Los Angeles Lakers center Tyson Chandler during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball, left, shoots as Cleveland Cavaliers guard Jordan Clarkson defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers controlling owner Jeanie Buss, left, and actor Arsenio Hall laugh during the second half of an NBA basketball game between the Lakers and the Cleveland Cavaliers Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Cavaliers won 101-95. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Cleveland Cavaliers guard Alec Burks, right, celebrates along with teammates Collin Sexton, left, and Cedi Osman during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Cavaliers won 101-95. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Ingram, right, shoots as Cleveland Cavaliers center Ante Zizic defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Cavaliers won 101-95. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James gestures from the bench during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Cavaliers won 101-95. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma, top, shoots as Cleveland Cavaliers guard Jordan Clarkson defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Cavaliers won 101-95. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers forward Michael Beasley, left, shoots as Cleveland Cavaliers center Ante Zizic defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Cavaliers won 101-95. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Cleveland Cavaliers forward Cedi Osman, left, shoots as Los Angeles Lakers center JaVale McGee defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)NextShow Caption1 of 12Cleveland Cavaliers forward Cedi Osman, left, shoots as Los Angeles Lakers center JaVale McGee defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Expand How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years LOS ANGELES — Larry Nance Jr. stood near the perimeter of Luke Walton’s pre-game media scrum Sunday night, waiting to be noticed.His moment came when Walton was asked about Nance.“Larry does everything,” Walton said. “He’s versatile, he can play make. He will become a good 3-point shooter.” “It was very emotional,” Cavs coach Larry Drew said. “What he had done for the City of Cleveland, his stint there, it was emotional, and everybody was kind of wondering what kind of reception he’d get. And I was really happy to see the fans, they really embraced him being back there.”James was in the building early for the rematch for the Lakers’ pregame-shootaround, even though he’s missed 10 games with a strained groin. He could be seen pregame meeting with old friends with the Cavaliers, the tension dramatically ratcheted down since he wasn’t available to play.Larry Drew a fan of Ingram, KuzmaWhile the Cavaliers coach had a less stressful job without having to game plan for James, Drew likes some of the other talent on the team.He singled out Brandon Ingram and Kyle Kuzma as the Lakers who have stepped up in James’ absence.“Watching them, it looks like Ingram has been more aggressive off the dribble,” Drew said. “Kuzma … I’ve always admired his game from afar. I think both guys have the ability to take their games to another level.” Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersOn that last line, Nance snickered, before hugging his old head coach and heading to see the renovated Lakers locker room.It was a friendly air to a rematch between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Lakers, less charged than the November bout when LeBron James’ return to his last franchise consumed all the oxygen.Related Articles With Nance (out with a right MCL sprain) and Jordan Clarkson as former Lakers, there was a lot of pregame chatting between old teammates, friends among coaches and trainers and even stadium staff. It was the first Lakers home game for both players since they were dealt to the Cavs last February. Even the day before, Kyle Kuzma had been anticipating taking on Clarkson in his return to Staples Center.“I bet Jordan is pretty excited,” he said. “I’m guessing he’s going to try to give it all he’s got. Especially coming back to L.A., playing us.”The first match-up, which the Lakers won 109-105, was marked by James’ comeback in Cleveland, when he received a much warmer welcome than his first return in 2010 with the Heat. Even though it went smoother, it was still emotionally taxing. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more