20 Jan

Sports Briefs

first_imgNinth Annual Jamaica Bicycle Bash Bicycle enthusiasts from across the island are expected to converge at James Bond Beach in St Mary on Sunday, May 29, for the 9th Annual Jamaica Bicycle Bash. Whether taking part in the many games and competitions, showing off their bicycles, or simply enjoying the vibe with other cyclists, the day is designed to provide a fun-filled family atmosphere for riders of all ages. Crowd favourite “Rambolyimpics” will once again be a centrepiece of the competition schedule, along with the “Bunny Hop”, “Slow Race”, “Eliminator”, “Gladiator Circles”, and many others! Guests will also be treated to stunt demonstrations from the island’s best BMX stunt riders. Entry fee is $200 with a bicycle and $300 without. Gates open at 10 a.m. Russian tennis head backtracks MOSCOW (AP): The head of the Russian Tennis Federation backtracked on his comments yesterday, saying he didn’t mean to suggest that Maria Sharapova’s failed doping test could spell the end of her career. Russian news agency R-Sport had quoted Shamil Tarpishchev yesterday as saying that Sharapova’s situation is “bad” and that it is “very doubtful” that she will resume her career. “I only said that she can’t play now because no ruling on her case has been issued,” Tarpishchev later told the Tass news agency. Sharapova tested positive for meldonium at the Australian Open in January. She said she had taken the drug for a decade for medical purposes and didn’t know it had been banned for 2016. Sharapova remains provisionally suspended from competition pending a ruling from the International Tennis Federation. Kaka tops MLS salary list BETHESDA, Md (AP): Kaka remains Major League Soccer’s highest-paid player at just over US$7 million, and American goalkeeper Tim Howard will earn slightly more than US$2.5 million in his return to the league. Kaka, the former AC Milan and Real Madrid star, is earning a base salary of US$6.6 million from Orlando City, according to figures released yesterday by the MLS Players Union. Including a prorated share of compensation not specified to a specific year, his total earnings remain a league-record US$7,167,500. Toronto’s Sebastian Giovinco, the league’s 2015 MVP, has a US$5.6 million base and total compensation of US$7,115,556. US national team captain Michael Bradley, in his third season with Toronto, has a US$6 million base and US$6.5 million total earnings. Howard, the US starting goalkeeper at the past two World Cups, is joining Colorado next month after a decade at Everton. He has a US$2.1 million base and US$2,575,000 in total compensation. Steven Gerrard, the former Liverpool and England captain now with the Los Angeles Galaxy, has a US$6 million base salary and US$6,132,500 in total earnings. Former Chelsea and Manchester City midfielder Frank Lampard, who has yet to play a match for New York City this season, has a US$6 million salary. He is followed by teammates Andrea Pirlo (US$5.6 million, US$5,915,690) and David Villa (US$5.61 million).last_img read more

30 Dec

Five years of FSG – Liverpool’s seven lowest moments under their American owners

first_img 2. Spending £35m on Andy Carroll (January 2011) – In what was FSG’s first real statement of intent at the club, they had already sanctioned a £22m deal for Luis Suarez before they decided to go back into the market. With an eye-watering £50m profited from the sale of Fernando Torres to Chelsea, the Reds owners contrived to spend £35m on Andy Carroll – a player who had scored just 14 top-flight goals in his career. The move proved an unmitigated disaster, with the hefty price tag seen as a benchmark and a catalyst to inflated prices for English players ever since. He was shipped off to West Ham in August 2012 after the arrival of Brendan Rodgers. 7 7. Blackpool completing the league double over Liverpool (2010/11 season) – Liverpool’s league performances in the 2010/11 season left a lot to be desired after the dreadful and short lived Roy Hodgson era. Promoted side Blackpool, despite going straight back down, earned a pair of 2-1 league wins over the Reds, including at Bloomfield Road (pictured) in January 2011. 7 7 5. Luis Suarez racially abusing Patrice Evra (October 2011) – An unsavoury incident that would linger and ultimately undermine the brilliance of Luis Suarez, with his naïve choice of language in October 2011 costing Liverpool his services for eight games. Their vociferous support for the Uruguayan following the incident further tainted the club’s image. 7 7 Today marks the fifth anniversary of Fenway Sports Group’s takeover of Liverpool.In 2010, the American owners arrived with a vision and ambition to restore the Reds to their place amongst the elite of European football after a spell of instability under previous incumbents Tom Hicks and George Gillett.Liverpool have experienced some intense highs and some devastating lows – something so synonymous with being a follower of the Merseyside club – in that five-year period.The Baseball tycoons have, after last week’s appointment of Jurgen Klopp, worked closely with four managers, with Roy Hodgson, Kenny Dalglish and Brendan Rodgers all shown the Anfield exit.talkSPORT has collated seven of the lowest moments at Liverpool under FSG’s ownership – click the yellow arrow above, right, to see our list… 6. FA Cup semi-final defeat to Aston Villa (April 2015) – The Reds’ wholly underwhelming 2014/15 season hinged on appeasing the fans with some cup success, so an FA Cup semi-final against a beleaguered Aston Villa side offered a great opportunity to reach a major final. They were convincingly beaten at Wembley, though, as Brendan Rodgers became only the second manager in Liverpool’s illustrious history not to win a trophy during his managerial reign. 7 7 4. Crystal Palace 3-3 Liverpool (May 2014) – Liverpool then crumbled at Crystal Palace 3. Replacing Luis Suarez with Mario Balotelli (August 2014) – Liverpool’s transfer activity in the summer of 2014 has come under extreme scrutiny after the £75m sale of Luis Suarez, with more than £100m reimbursed on supposedly establishing a squad capable of building on their second-place finish the season before. After missing out on prime target Alexis Sanchez, the Reds’ infamous transfer committee plumped for the even more infamous Mario Balotelli as an alternative. One year and one Premier League goal later, Balotelli was on his way out of Anfield on loan. 1. Stoke 6-1 Liverpool (May 2015) – A dismal end to a forgettable season, May’s 6-1 humiliation at the Britannia Stadium was the first time the Reds had conceded six goals in a league game in over 50 years. What was supposed to be a fond farewell to arguably the club’s greatest ever player, Steven Gerrard endured a swansong to forget as the Reds conceded five first-half goals for the first time in the Premier League era. It came as a major surprise that Brendan Rodgers wasn’t relieved of his duties by FSG immediately afterwards.last_img read more

25 Dec

OHIO STUDENTS SAY ‘THANKS’ TO DONEGAL WITH FOOD MOVIE ABOUT COUNTY

first_imghttp://player.vimeo.com/video/50634432   BY KELLY MATOUSEKMy name is Kelly Matousek and I am a student at Ohio University in the United States. Last summer, myself and five other students from the university’s Scripps College of Communication studied abroad in Letterkenny and took classes at the Regional Cultural Centre.During our six week stay, we were required to create a documentary on the topic of our choice.We chose to focus on the current local food movement in the county and would love if Donegal Daily could see our final product! Feel free to share it as you wish, spread the word about what Donegal has to offer, and thank you for your time. We would like to extend a big thank you to everyone in Donegal for their support during production and we hope you enjoy our take on Donegal’s food culture!CLICK ON THE VIMEO LINK ABOVE TO VIEW IT  OHIO STUDENTS SAY ‘THANKS’ TO DONEGAL WITH FOOD MOVIE ABOUT COUNTY was last modified: October 4th, 2012 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:OHIO STUDENTS SAY ‘THANKS’ TO DONEGAL WITH FOOD MOVIE ABOUT COUNTYlast_img read more