Swan, Linden-Soesdyke Highway choppingThirty-two-year-old Malicia Andrews, of Swan Community, Linden-Soesdyke Highway, who was brutally attacked and chopped by her reputed husband during an argument has been placed on life support with her condition listed as critical.The mother of six was chopped to her neck and hand after she indicated to her now dead reputed husband that she wanted to end the relationship. The incident took place on Tuesday at Swan Village.Speaking with Guyana Times, Charmalita Adams, a sister of the injured woman, noted that Andrews has been unresponsive since she was admitted a patient atCritical: Malicia Andrewsthe Georgetown Public Hospital.As a result, she was placed on the life support machine after suffering breathing problems on account of the chop she received to her neck.“The doctor say she have to do another surgery today (Thursday); she gah go in theatre, but she can’t talk … all she doing is shaking she head,” her younger sister explained.Based on reports, the suspect, 39-year-old Ian English of Lot 11 Swan Village, who later took his own life, followed the woman to her mother’s home and demanded that she return home with him but she refused. It was at that time she informed him that she wanted to end the relationship.The suspect reportedly became enraged, armed himself with a cutlass, went into the house and dealt Andrews several chops to her body. After receiving the chops, the injured woman reportedly ran into the yard and collapsed.The suspect, believing that she was dead, collected a rope along with the blood-stained cutlass and fled the scene. Andrews was picked up and rushed to the Diamond hospital in critical condition and was later transferred to the Georgetown Public Hospital.English’s body was later discovered by Police ranks who were summoned to the scene after the chopping incident.The couple had shared a relationship for several years and had two children ages 13 and 2.
DONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUEREPORTSSUNDAY 01-9-2013 Brian Mc Cormick CupKeadue Rovers 2 Arranmore United 0Keadue Rovers are through to the Gweedore Area Final of the Brian McCormick Cup following this tough victory over Arranmore United at Central Park. The game was played in difficult conditions with a near gale force wind throughout. The away team were quick out of the blocks and won a penalty in the second minute when Gavin Mc Glanaghey was fouled in the area. The penalty kick was saved well by Keadue keeper Ben Boyle. Following good work from David Sweeney, Donal Rodgers found a bit of space in the box and found the net with a low shot from close range. Arranmore were unlucky not to equalise when Daniel O’Donnell hit the bar with a free kick. The home team went two goals up when Donal Rodgers was again on hand to stab home following another good move. Arranmore’s best chance of the second half came from a hooked effort which went just over the bar on sixty seven minutes. Keadue prevailed in the worsening conditions and qualify to play Glenea in next week’s Area Final. Best for Arranmore were Peter Dillon and Frankie Early. Best for Keadue were Ryan Greene, Donal Rodgers and David Sweeney. Referee: Ronan Floyd.Strand Rovers 0 Dunlewy Celtic 2This game was played in windy conditions in Maghery .Strand Rovers put on all the pressure in the first half but gave away a silly free kick in front of goal allowing Dunlewey to take the lead. Dunlewey played some nice football then for a while before “Strand” began turning the screw in search of an equaliser. Dunlewey then scored against the run of play when the ball was held up in air by the wind and it caught out the home defence.Glenree United 2 Cranford United 4Cranford got the result they wanted but didn’t have it all their own way. Glenree took the lead twice from Sosa and Weeman but those were cancelled out by Martin Mc Bride and Kyle Black before half time. Arthur Lynch scored a great free kick to make it 3-2 early in second half and Kyle Black sealed the win two minutes later with a good finish. Good team performances from both sides.Gweedore United 0 Gweedore Celtic 3This game was played in very windy conditions at Carrickboyle making it very difficult for either side to play football. Celtic went away with a victory over their local rivals. In the opening half chances were few and far between. It took a long range effort from Damien O’Sullivan to break the deadlock when he hit a good shot from 20 yards into the top corner to make it 1-0. In the second half the visitors were quickest out of the blocks and went two up in the 55th minute when Odhran Mc Nelis hit an excellent shot from 25 yards. The visitors went three ahead 10 minutes later when John Mc Fadden found himself one on one with Liam Mac Fadden in the United nets and Mc Fadden made no mistake securing the points for Gweedore Celtic. Odhran Mc Nelis who was outstanding on the day was the difference between the sides. Referee: Kevin Logue Tullyvinney Rovers 0 Castlefin Celtic 5Despite being down several players for this derby match Tullyvinney started with a few younger players against a well drilled Castlefin team .On two minutes a mix up between Sam Hegarty and SB Malley allowed Simon Mc Glinchey to tap home . Castlefin scored their second goal from a free kick which struck the unfortunate Sam Hegarty and flew into the top corner . Castlefin scored a further three goals and ran out comfortable winners firstly JP Malley robbed his brother SB on the edge of the penalty area and fired home . Then on sixty minutes a misplaced clearence by the SB Malley fell to Mark Carlin who fired home . Then Colin Carlin scored with a header from a corner . Best for Castlefin Simon Mc Glinchey , Mark Carlin .Best for Tullyvinney SB Malley , Billy Sweeney . Referee: Paul DohertyDeele Harps 2 Convoy Arsenal 1This match was reversed to Orchard Park, Convoy, on a great day for football. In an evenly contested game it was Deele who took the spoils with goals from Aidy Gallagher and Shane Gallagher. Convoy showed signs of a positive season ahead. Good team performances from the sides. Curragh Athletic 2 Lagan Harps 0In a first half that the home team dominated it took full back Chris Burns to open the scoring on forty four minutes. After good running from Ryan Carlin Burns, who started the move off, drilled home from inside the eighteen. Both John Mc Laughlin and Carlin had chances earlier but could not find the net. A very young Lagan Harps team did keep trying to play football but did not manage to trouble Roy Duffy in the Curragh nets in this first half. The second half was a similar affair however Lagan did create some chances and almost equalised when Ross Hamlyn forced a splendid save from Roy Duffy on sixty two minutes. John Mc Laughlin wrapped up the scoring for Curragh on eighty six minutes when he slide the ball home at the near post. Referee: Paddy MartinCappry Rovers 4 Drumbar F.C. 2Cappry Rovers recorded a home win in the Brian Mc Cormick Cup against Drumbar United by four goals to two in Cappry Park. Drumbar started the stronger and created numerous chances following a couple of corners. They took the lead when Adam Enright scored direct from a corner after ten minutes. Cappry equalised in the fourteenth when a cross from Dylan Ramsey was finished to the net by Alan Patton. The Home team had numerous chances to take the lead through Alan Patton, Kyle Lafferty and Brendan Mc Laughlin but the Drumbar defence and the keeper held firm. The visitors regained the lead in the fortieth minute when Shane Mc Loone scored with a volley to the top corner of the net giving Brendan O’ Meara in the Cappry goal no chance.The second half started with Drumbar looking to stretch their lead but it was Cappry who got on level terms in the fifty second minute through Kyle Lafferty when he scored with a low hard shot.Alan Patton got his second goal and Cappry’s third in the sixty fourth minute when he beat the offside trap to slice the ball past the advancing keeper. Drumbar had a few half chances to score but were unable to finish. Cappry substitute Pete Lafferty scored in the eighty eighth minute when he won the ball to head past the keeper. Decent team performance from Cappry. Best for Drumbar Shane Browne and Mark Butler. Referee: Martin Mc Anneny.Fintown Harps AFC 2 Dunkineely Celtic 3Donegal Town 2 Erne Wanderers 0Donegal Town came out on top in a closely fought affair. Neither side were able to score in the first half with Erne coming closest when a long range effort hit the bar. In the second half Donegal got the break through when Kevin Devaney’s free kick was nodded home by team captain JP Byrne. Erne dominated possession from then on but failed to carve out any clear cut chances while Donegal were always threatening on the counter. Donegal sealed victory when Kevin Mc Cafferty, who was excellent throughout, broke the offside trap which allowed Padhraic Mc Glynn to finish after Mc Cafferty’ s original effort came back off the ‘keeper. Good team performances from both sides with Marty Byrne and Mc Cafferty best for Donegal.Copany Rovers 1 Letterbarrow Celtic 0Copany Rovers hosted Letterbarrow Celtic at Killowen Park on Sunday. It proved to be a highly entertaining match, well balanced with plenty of chances on both sides. In the 36th minuteCopany broke down the left and David Graham found himself free on the edge of the box and with a well struck drive he gave Copany the lead. It remained 1-0 until the break. In the 53rd minute after a deep free kick from Thomas Given on the half-way line, with Letterbarrow’s defence hesitant, the ball broke to David Graham who was taken down for a penalty. The spot kick was well saved by Enda Kenny in the Letterbarrow goal. Letterbarrow should have equalised on the 70th minute when a long throw found James Mc Groary at the back post but Stephen Doherty made a good save. David Graham and Dale Duncan were best for Copany with Enda Kenny, James Mc Groary and Christie Burke best for Letterbarrow Celtic.Orchard F.C. 1 Kerrykeel ’71 F.C. 1Orchard F.C. and Kerrykeel ’71 played out an entertaining draw at Errigal College on Sunday. Kerrykeel took the lead on the half hour when Hughie Walsh capitalised on a poor back pass and shot to the net. The Rab’s Park men failed to make their dominance count for the remainder of the first half and went in with the minimal advantage. Orchard started the second half with a renewed urgency and midway through the period they found an equaliser. Kriss Mc Laughlin played a One-Two with Damien Watters and after outpacing the Kerrykeel defence he slid the ball past the outrushing keeper. The draw was a fair result.Milford United 2 Kilmacrennan Celtic 1Milford took an early lead with a well taken goal by Darren McLaughlin following good work by Jamie Heena. Milford, with the wind at their backs, pushed for a second but failed to create any great chances. Kilmacrennan attacks in the first half were limited and Milford went in at the break ahead. Kilmacrennan began the second half brightly and were level within ten minutes when Gary Gorman headed home from a free kick. Milford pushed for a winner while Kilmacrennan looked dangerous on the counter attack. A Ciaran McGinley free kick was met at the back post by Jamie Heena who headed home to keep the tie alive with twenty minutes remaining. Milford won two one and the teams played extra time to establish a Group winner. When the extra time failed to separate the sides penalties were taken and Milford United prevailed. Best for Milford were David Curley, Joey Cullen and Peter Doherty. Best for Kilmacrennan were Gary Gorman and Timmy Burke. Referee: Mick Langan.THURSDAY 29-8-2013Brian Mc Cormick CupBallybofey United 2 Drumoghill F.C. 4Drumoghill F.C. secured all three points on their visit to Ballybofey United on Thursday evening and they will contest the Lifford Area Final on September 8th. This was an open match from the first whistle to the last. Experience told throughout as the visitors, with their seasoned team, controlled the play for periods. That said nothing should be taken from the efforts shown by the youthful Ballybofey United side who boasted of only four players who had Donegal Junior League experience to their name prior to the start of this season’s Brian Mc Cormick Cup. This coupled with the fact that all seven substitutes were in their first Senior Season augers well for the future of the Twin Towns outfit.Drumoghill took the lead after only three minutes when the home defence failed to deal with a corner and Carlos Rodgers headed home. Sixteen minutes later in the nineteenth minute Christopher O’ Donnell got the first of his two on the night when he converted from close range after another Drumoghill corner. Then on twenty nine minutes Liam O’ Meara saved well from Andrew Peoples who tried his luck from twenty five yards. On the stroke of half time Carlos Rodgers headed against the Ballybofey United crossbar. Ballybofey then broke and Conor Doherty sent a searching ball over the Drumoghill defence. Ballybofey’s Noel Quinn won the race to the ball but his shot rebounded off the legs of the Drumoghill keeper. Niall Mc Closkey picked up the loose ball thirty yards from goal and curled his shot high into the Drumoghill net to leave the minimum between the sides at the interval.The second half again started poorly for the home team. After four minutes David O’ Carroll did well on the right wing and after getting past P H Bonar he sent a powerful shot past O’ Meara. It was over as a contest five minutes later when again Ballybofey United conceded at a corner kick situation. Again Christopher O’ Donnell was the beneficiary as the home side showed defensive naivety. The introduction of three substitutions added some vital edge for the hosts. Aaron Mc Auley was only into the action when he shot narrowly wide after been set up by Conor Doherty. Another replacement Conor Scanlon found the net on twenty seven minutes but the home side had too much to do at this stage and the game. With time running down O’ Meara made another good save this time from Shane Mc Intyre and David O’ Connell missed a penalty after a handball in the home box. Best for Ballybofey United: Conor Doherty, Niall Mc Closkey and Dylan Laverty. Best for Drumoghill: Christopher O’ Donnell, Carlos Rodgers and Andrew Peoples. Referee: Victor RaineyGlencar Celtic 1 Whitestrand United 1Whitestrand broke the deadlock through Sean Martin who finished neatly after a through ball caught out the Glencar Celtic defence. Glencar started the second half brightly with Paddy Collins causing problems and going close on one occasion after a good run. Glencar made a double substitution bringing on Pajo Rafferty for Steven Browne and Sully for Decky Scanlon. They brought more fight to Glencar and shortly after their arrival Glencar had a penalty after Paddy Collins was tripped in the area. Pajo stepped up and converted his second spot kick in as many games. Glencar threw everything at the Whitestrand defence for the last 20 minutes but they stood firm in defence and saw out the draw.Referee: Ed MooreSATURDAY 31-8-2013Brian Mc Cormick CupBallybofey United 2 v Raphoe Town 2Despite the fact that there was little at stake when Ballybofey United and Raphoe Town met in the Brian Mc Cormick Cup on Saturday evening the two teams served up an enjoyable game of football. Ballybofey took the lead midway through the first half when David White profited from some indecision among the Raphoe defenders. Raphoe were level just before the interval when Michael Quinn scored in the scramble that followed a corner kick. Simon Mc Glynn, who was outstanding throughout, gave Raphoe a deserved lead after ten minutes of the second half as they had opened the half the brighter. Ballybofey never gave up and grew in stature as the half progressed. They introduced Darren Kelly, Christopher Darby and Daniel Mc Glinchey to the play and the youthful determination of the trio helped to complete Ballybofey’s comeback. Darby won a free thirty five yards from goal and Enda Corry stepped up to send a fine strike to the back of the Raphoe net. The game ended at two apiece, a fair reflection on the match. Best for Ballybofey United: Sean Duffy, Liam O’ Meara. Best for Raphoe Town: Jamie Gallagher, Simon Mc Glynn. Referee: Liam FarrenOSCAR TRAYNOR COMPETITIONWith the Donegal Junior League season up and running the attention of the League’s Oscar Traynor team manager, Stephen Corcoran, turns to selecting a panel which he hopes can progress to the later stages this season. Last term there wasn’t much between the teams in the group stages and Inishowen, who the Donegal League acquitted themselves well against, went all the way to the final. With this in mind Corcoran has organised two trials. The first will take place on Wednesday night next, 4th September, at the Curragh Athletic’s New Camp Complex in Killygordan commencing at 7.30p.m. The second, at a venue yet to be decided, takes place the following week on September 11th. The initial list for these trials is as shown below and the manager, who can be contacted on 087-1201952, will be in contact with each individual player prior to the trials.The League has also recently received their match schedule for the first three matches. This season’s campaign begins in Roscommon where the Donegal League will meet the Roscommon League on September 29th. Diamond Park, Ballyare will be the venue for the second match when last season’s competition runners-up Inishowen will be the visitors on October 27th. The third match will also be an away fixture on November 11th as the Donegal League visit Yeat’s County to play the local Sligo/Leitrim League. Last season three players from the Donegal League squad went on to represent Ulster in the inter-provincials and Christopher Sweeney of Gweedore Celtic received the ultimate Amateur honour when he was selected to represent his country. On receiving his International Cap from League Chairman John Joe Mc Cafferty and Secretary Christina O’ Donnell, Sweeney encouraged more players to make themselves available for the squad and further stated that he was very proud to receive such an honour. Team manager Stephen Corcoran has made it clear that the door is open and he wants to put as good a team as possible on the field in an effort to emulate the team of ’83 won the tournament for the Donegal League.Players for trails: Joe Coll, Declan Mc Garvey, Paul Sweeney, Ryan Mc Fadden, Denis Boyle, Kevin Mc Fadden, Kevin Mulhern, Michael Barry, Darren Mc Geever, John Harley all Glenea United, Joey Cullen Milford United, Paul Boyle Keadue Rovers, Garbh Gallagher, Ryan Carlin Curragh Athletic, David Mc Gee, Jamie Boyle, Oran Mc Nelis, Christopher Sweeney all Gweedore Celtic, Lee White, Johnny Robb, Kevin Mc Brearty, Mark Neeson all Lifford Celtic, Colin Carlin, JP Mailey, Emmett White all Castlefin Celtic, Darragh Patton, Eoin Sheridan, Shay Coyle, David Millar all Rathmullan Celtic, Gio Peoples, Joe Mc Carron both Orchard FC, Barry Rose Eany Celtic, Shane Gallagher Deele Harps, Paddy Collins Glencar Celtic, David Graham and David Duncan Copany Rovers.DONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUERESULTSTUESDAY 27-8-2013Brian Mc Cormick CupRamelton Mariners 1 v 0 Milford UnitedTHURSDAY 29-8-2013Ballybofey United 2 v 4 Drumoghill F.C.Glencar Celtic 1 v 1 Whitestrand UnitedSUNDAY 01-9-2013Brian Mc Cormick CupKeadue Rovers 2 v 0 Arranmore UnitedStrand Rovers 0 v 2 Dunlewy CelticGlenree United 2 v 4 Cranford UnitedGweedore United 0 v 3 Gweedore CelticTullyvinney Rovers 0 v 5 Castlefin CelticDeele Harps 2 v 1 Convoy ArsenalCurragh Athletic 2 v 0 Lagan HarpsBallybofey United 2 v 2 Raphoe TownCappry Rovers 4 v 2 Drumbar F.C.Fintown Harps AFC 2 v 3 Dunkineely CelticDonegal Town 2 v 0 Erne WanderersCopany Rovers 1 v 0 Letterbarrow CelticOrchard F.C. 1 v 1 Kerrykeel ’71 F.C.Milford United 2 v 1 Kilmacrennan CelticDONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUEFIXTURESTUESDAY 03-09-2013 K.O. 6.30 p.m.Brian Mc Cormick CupMulroy Celtic v Bonagee UnitedTHURSDAY 05-09-2013Donegal Area – Group 2 PLAY-OFFSt. Catherines v Copany Rovers( Venue & Time To Be Confirmed )SATURDAY 07-09-2013 K.O. 2 p.m. (Unless Stated)Old Orchard Saturday Division OneSt. Catherines Reserves v Castlefin Celtic ReservesGlenea United Reserves v Erne WanderersMulroy Celtic v Ramelton MarinersGlencar Inn Saturday Division TwoKeadue Rovers Reserves v Arranmore United (K.O. 1p.m.)Milford United Reserves v Strand RoversDonegal Town Reserves v Cranford United ReservesTullyvinney Rovers v Gweedore United ReservesCurragh Athletic Reserves v Glenree United ReservesSUNDAY 08-09 2013 K.O. 2 p.m. (Unless Stated)Brian Mc Cormick – Area FinalsDunkineely Celtic v St. Catherines / Copany RoversRathmullan Celtic v Milford UnitedKeadue Rovers v Glenea UnitedCastlefin Celtic v Drumoghill F.C.DONEGAL LEAGUE – ALL THE REPORTS, RESULTS, TABLES AND FIXTURES was last modified: September 1st, 2013 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:Donegal League
Well, that’s how to break out of a slump in a very loud fashion.The A’s exploded for six runs in the third inning of their series opener with the Detroit Tigers on Thursday at Comerica Park and never looked back. The 17-3 victory gave the club just its second road win in its last 13 tries.Here are some takeaways from what the A’s hope is the beginning of something meaningful:Bottom feedingThe last batter in Oakland’s lineup Thursday certainly was not the least. In fact, Josh …
The major and minor semi-finals of the inaugural George Tooke Shield Women’s Touch Football Competition were held last Saturday at Binalong.In the minor semi-final the Bungendore Tigerettes took on the Harden Hawkettes. The first half saw the Tigerettes jump to an early lead with touchdowns to Megan Brown, Cassie Fisher and Kody-Leigh Hirst. The Hawkettes were able to strike back with a touchdown to Kate Menz to reduce the margin to two with Bungendore taking a 3-1 lead into halftime. The second half saw both teams come out firing with quick touchdowns to Tigerettes’ player Georgia Buckley and Hawkettes’ Emma Manwaring. With the game in the balance it was Hawkettes speedster and a player of the future, Emma James who was able to cross for two quick touchdowns to bring the Hawkettes level. In a thrilling last 10 minutes, the Tigerettes were able to take the lead with a touchdown to Courtney Doyle. This was short lived with the Hawkettes striking back with a touchdown to Clare Smith. The game looked like it would go down to a drop off but with only minutes remaining, the Hawkettes were able to get over the score line with Shauny McEvoy scoring a touchdown to see the Hawkettes win 6-5 and progress through to the preliminary final. With this result, the Bungendore Tigerettes, who have played well under the guidance of Matt Pateman, are eliminated from the finals. In the major semi-final the Binalong Jersey Girls took on the Yass Girlpies. The first half started very similar to the previous game with the Jersey Girls jumping out to an early lead with touchdowns to Lisa Smith, Jess Howard and Madaline Brayshaw. The Girlpies were able to get on the scorecard with a late touchdown to Casey Edwards which would see the Jersey Girls take a 3-1 lead into half-time. The second half saw the Jersey Girls turn up the intensity and it wasn’t long before they had jumped away to a convincing lead with a touchdown to Rachel Fisher and two touchdowns to Bronwyn Pollack. The Girlpies were able to withstand pressure from numerous attacks from the Jersey Girls, but unfortunately it was too much with Madaline Brayshaw and Lisa Smith both scoring their second touchdowns. The Girlpies would not give up though and persistence paid off with a touchdown to Sartu Beck and Casey Edwards scoring her second touchdown. It would not be Yass’s day with Bronwyn Pollack crossing the score line late to notch up her third touchdown for the afternoon and sealing a 9-3 victory for the Jersey Girls.Speaking with Madaline Brayshaw after the match she mentioned it was all a bit emotional.“I would never have thought at the beginning of the season that we would be in the GF at the end of the competition. It is great for the girls and the town of Binalong itself.”With these results, Binalong will progress to the grand final and will wait to verse the winner of Yass Girlpies and Harden Hawkettes who will play in the preliminary final on Saturday in Harden at 2:00pm.Related LinksGeorge Tooke Finals
Allardyce responds to Everton boss Silva swipe: It wasn’t personal!by Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Everton boss Sam Allardyce has responded to a swipe from Blues manager Marco Silva.Allardyce urged Silva to sway from his ‘attractive’ style of football after the Toffees suffered defeats to Brighton, Tottenham and Leicester over the festive period, prompting a backlash from his Goodison Park successor in a press conference.“I don’t expect him to listen to me!” Allardyce told talkSPORT.“I was generalising about Everton overall, I wasn’t having a pop at Marco Silva.“I was saying that in the end, look at the previous four managers of Everton, including myself – all of them have been dismissed for one reason or another.“Marco Silva hasn’t yet, but pressure on him will depend on where they are in the league and winning football matches.“The press man who asked the question probably didn’t put it how I said it in that interview.”Allardyce also remarked: “I think you play out from the back when it suits you, and if you doesn’t suit you, you don’t play out from the back.“Everton is the only place where results haven’t given me time to go and do a better job than I did last season.“At the end of the day, it wasn’t my team. I inherited that team.“I was doing the best I could with the tools I had available. Moving on from there, they’ve spent a lot of money again, and where will they end up this season? That’s building expectation by the amount of money they spent.“I think there’s only four players that played when I was there, all the others are new players that were brought in this season.“The players themselves have got to find out about each other as they play every week and maybe that’s why they aren’t getting the results that the Everton fans would expect.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
LINCOLN, NE – NOVEMBER 24: General view of footballs used by the Iowa Hawkeyes before the game against the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Memorial Stadium on November 24, 2017 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)Your Guinness world record didn’t last very long, Odell Beckham. The New York Giants’ wide receiver set a world record on Thursday, catching 33 of New Orleans Saints’ quarterback Drew Brees’ passes in a minute with one hand on ESPN’s Super Bowl set in Scottsdale, Ariz. Iowa wide receiver Tevaun Smith one-upped the NFL star on Friday, snagging 41 passes using only one hand. .@TevaunSmith goes for @OBJ_3‘s one-handed catch world record and snags 41 in a minute! #GoHawks #Swarm2015 http://t.co/BnLBmRNutP— Hawkeye Football (@HawkeyeFootball) January 30, 2015Smith had two less catches in that one-minute video than he did during the entire 2014 season, during which he caught 43 passes for 596 yards and three touchdowns.
TORONTO – Sherritt International Corp. (TSX:S) says it has reached a deal with the joint owners of a Madagascar mine that will see it transfer more ownership to cut its outstanding debt.The Toronto-based miner says it will shift a 28 per cent interest in the Ambatovy nickel mine joint venture to partners Sumitomo Corp. and Korea Resources Corp. in a deal that will eliminate $1.3 billion in partner loans from its balance sheet.Sherritt will be left with a 12 per cent stake in the mine, but remain operator until at least 2024.The company has struggled to make payments on its debt to the partners, and has been operating under a temporary deferral agreement while unable to make cash payments.Sherritt says the Ambatovy mine is the world’s largest finished nickel operation of its kind, with expected production this year of 36,000- to 39,000-tonnes of finished nickel and 3,300 to 3,600 tonnes of finished cobalt.The company also says it has had a fatality at its Energas S.A. power generation in Cuba due to an apparent electrocution.
NEW DELHI: Aam Aamdi Party’s South Delhi Lok Sabha Candidate Raghav Chadha along with Kalkaji MLA Avtar Singh kickstarted the Mega Jansampark Abhiyaan in Kalkaji legislative assembly. With this campaign, the AAP seeks to carry out a door to door campaign educating people about how Delhi can attain full statehood and how the people of Delhi would benefit from its full statehood. An individual and personalized appeal for votes and support is also made during the visits. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderRaghav Chadha said, “It gets very hot in the month of May and with summer vacations, many families plan outstation trips but I urge you to exercise your democratic right and duty and cast your vote in the upcoming elections on May 12, 2019. You can leave for your grandmother’s place right after elections.” He said, “With this, we are reaching out to each and every voter in our constituency and engaging with their families and talking about the work done by Delhi government under the leadership of CM Arvind Kejriwal in the past 4 years. We are urging people to to cast their vote for AAP in the upcoming elections.”
Left: Neil deGrasse Tyson, a celebrated astrophysicist, and Fabiano Caruana, the No. 2 ranked chess player in the world, chatted about baseball. Right: Peter Thiel showed up for the decisive tiebreaker round and had a grandmaster at his side to explain the games live. After the match — after the trophy presentation and the cake and the champagne — our photographer and I tracked down the Norwegian contingent at an after-after-party at a steakhouse a couple miles uptown. It was a festive scene. Holiday garland and lights festooned the bannisters and the restaurant was a cozy respite from the cold and rainy November day outside. Carlsen was sitting at a far table in the crowded dining room with about 50 others. He was eating. With a fork. Like a person. It was odd to see him with something other than a chess piece in his hand.I wanted to talk to him. I’d been watching him for hours most days for the past three weeks. But honestly I had no idea what I’d say. Carlsen famously hates interviews. But I was saved. “No questions. Definitely no,” his manager, Espen Agdestein, told us. “He’s very tired. We’re just relaxing.”I’m not Carlsen. But I understood. Left: While waiting for the title ceremony, Magnus Carlsen is finally able to relax with his father by his side. Right: Following his defeat, Karjakin was clearly disappointed while speaking to the Russian media. He confirmed rumors about travelling to New York with a Virgin Mary icon. Left: Magnus Carlsen, 26, at the World Chess Championship’s opening gala at the Plaza Hotel in New York City. Right: Sergey Karjakin, 26, tests the overhead lights in the playing hall. All photographs by Misha Friedman There are other internal chess-world squabbles. Agon Limited, the match’s organizer, filed an application for a restraining order and injunction against a number of popular third-party chess websites, just before the match began. The websites’ alleged transgression? Relaying chess moves live, which Agon saw as a violation. The application was denied by a judge in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, who wrote that “robust reporting of factual data concerning the contestants’ moves” best served the public interest. Agon’s CEO, Ilya Merenzon, told me that the company would continue to pursue the matter in court, and was also proposing legislation to cement their rights to the games they organize.I discussed the case with Macauley Peterson, the content director for chess24, one of the defendants, on the floor of the venue during one of the early games. He kept glancing away from me at people walking by. He said he was worried about who might be eavesdropping.The tournament’s organizers have declared their own victory, though, bragging that the 20-day biennial championship had drawn some 10,000 spectators to its location in the South Street Seaport. But that’s less than, say, half the average attendance of the worst team in baseball for any one of its 81 home games this year. And the event’s only two main sponsors were PhosAgro, a Russian producer of phosphate-based fertilizer, and EG Capital Advisors, a Russian investment management company. Not exactly Nike and Coca-Cola. Left: A branded vodka bar assured VIPs were sufficiently entertained throughout the tournament. Right: Ekaterina, a Karjakin family friend, flew in from Moscow just for the tiebreaker round. Spectators in the VIP lounge. A production team from Russia created an atmosphere for VIPs more often seen in Moscow than Manhattan. Tickets were expensive, but there were a lot of young fans at every game, especially on weekends. You had to elbow your way through knots of onlookers to get anywhere in the venue’s sprawling VIP wing. Men in suits and expensive shoes crowded around TVs, watching the games and sipping martinis. The room was at a low murmur — equal parts English and Russian with an occasional dash of Norwegian. The clinking of glasses and the ratatat of ice in cocktail shakers punctuated the chess talk.Like a Russian nesting doll, a VVIP section had been set up for Peter Thiel, the Silicon Valley billionaire, and company within the VIP section. It was newly roped off and closely monitored by scary-looking bodyguards. Thiel, a Donald Trump supporter and a strong chess player himself, and Yuri Milner, the Russian billionaire venture capitalist, sat at a board inside. With apologies to Beyoncé, it was $6 billion at a chess table. Accompanying them: Bennett Miller, who directed “Foxcatcher,” about the wrestling-obsessed murderer and multimillionaire heir to the du Pont fortune, and the Icelandic grandmaster Hedinn Steingrimsson, who was giving them a private analysis of the ongoing championship game taking place just a few yards away.A buffet and wine bar had been installed for the guests from Silicon Valley who’d arrived that day, and bored-looking members of their entourages lolled on large couches, poking at iPhones. Word around the venue was that the billionaires had paid $50,000 for these privileges. (The match’s organizer wouldn’t comment on the figure.) Much later in the evening, some other journalists and I raided their buffet, eating what must have been thousands of dollars worth of cold mini tacos.“Are you security?” the writer Brin-Jonathan Butler asked one of the well-dressed, well-built men keeping close watch over the well-heeled chess lesson.“Something like that,” he responded ominously. “I wouldn’t bother them, if you don’t mind.”This World Chess Championship scene was somewhere at the intersection of Bond film, Trump fundraiser and museum gala. Watching an elite chess match in person is at once enjoyable and discomfiting. You follow the players’ actions — their moves, their mannerisms — for long stretches of time. You hang on each one and imbue it with meaning. You become so familiar with their moves that you can rattle them off later from memory: “queen to h6,” say, or “rook to e2.” You try to understand why the players did what they did. The moves can be beautiful or inscrutable or frustrating or disappointing. You try to imagine what you would do if you were in one of their chairs. You try to predict what they will do next. You try and make sense of their postgame explanations. But you aren’t them, and you can never really understand.On Wednesday, the final day of the World Chess Championship, hundreds crowded into the Fulton Market Building in lower Manhattan to watch, trying to understand. Magnus Carlsen, the defending champion, No. 1-rated player in the world and the closest thing the sport has to a rock star, was facing his challenger, Sergey Karjakin of Russia, in a series of speedy tiebreaker games. The 12 lengthy games that had stretched over the previous 19 days — I attended 11 in person — ended tied and the two grandmasters were back in their chairs in a soundproof glass box to break the deadlock. It was the biggest day in chess in many years. Carlsen, the former wunderkind, was clinging to his title and his legacy, while Karjakin and the Russians were hoping for a return to the days of Soviet chess hegemony. On the fourth game of the tiebreaker, and the 16th of the match, Carlsen attacked the Russian’s king, Karjakin resigned and the two shook hands. It was over. Despite the high-powered, moneyed interest, and its prime New York City location, the match was sparsely covered by the American press — as chess is generally — and given little attention outside the core chess world. It’s unlikely to increase the game’s reach or exposure as the organizers may have hoped. That did happen once in the States — in 1972 — but that was because of Bobby Fischer.The troublesome shadow of Fischer stretches over every conversation of chess’s success and future in the U.S. He was the best American player of all time, and its only modern world champion. His legacy is stained by his vocal anti-Semitism, and comments that he was pleased with the terrorism on Sept. 11, among other things. But in his chess prime, he carried the U.S. on his back while sitting at the board, having taught himself the game, largely alone, in a shabby Brooklyn apartment. And he won.While this year’s championship lacked the colorful characters and Cold War narrative of Fischer’s title run — although some journalists tried to revive them — it did have some of the controversy.Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, the president of the game’s international governing body, FIDE, was absent from the match, having been sanctioned by the U.S. for business connections with the Assad regime in Syria. Ilyumzhinov is no stranger to controversy. He insists he was abducted by aliens. They were wearing yellow spacesuits and nabbed him from his Moscow apartment in 1997, taking him away to a distant star. He considers chess “a gift from extraterrestrial civilizations.” But despite the controversy and the finances, what’s really missing from chess is a character.The U.S. has three players in the world Top 10, any one of whom could have a shot at challenging Carlsen for the title in two years. They’re undeniably fantastic players. But they seem less like compelling national characters — and less like artists — than Fischer did. They’re technicians, raised in a computer-chess age. Carlsen ended the match and extended his world championship reign with a beautiful move on Wednesday evening — whether he’d admit its beauty or not — sacrificing his queen to entrap Karjakin’s king. But in one of the postgame press conferences, Carlsen said chess was a sport and a science. For art, he said, you’d “have to look elsewhere.”
When Vic Fangio was named defensive coordinator of the Chicago Bears in 2015, he took the helm of a ship that was essentially already at the bottom of the ocean. Not only were the Bears mired in a four-season playoff drought, but Chicago was also coming off consecutive seasons in which it fielded arguably the worst defense in franchise history.“We obviously aren’t a good team,” defensive end Jared Allen succinctly put it in 2014 after the Bears allowed consecutive opponents to pile up 50-plus points, a feat that had no precedent in modern professional football.Now, Chicago is under the direction of head coach Matt Nagy, atop the NFC North and in the midst of a three-game winning streak for the first time since the beginning of the 2013 season. But seemingly all anyone can talk about is Fangio’s defense.In its most recent victory, Chicago dismantled Tampa Bay’s then-league-best offense in a 48-10 bloodletting. Chicago’s front seven had Ryan Fitzpatrick and Jameis Winston, who made his season debut, running toward the nearest airport.Fitzpatrick and Winston haven’t been Chicago’s only victims, though.When it comes to getting at the quarterback, the Bears are off to the third-best start in franchise history. Even though the team had a bye in Week 5, its 18 sacks rank second in the league, one shy of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ 19. One-fourth of Chicago’s 16 best single-game sack performances since 2015 came in the first four weeks of this season. At 4.5 sacks per contest so far, Chicago is on pace to tie the NFL single-season sack record of 72, a record the Bears set in 1984.Chicago’s 11.6 percent sack rate1Sack rate is the number of sacks of the opposing quarterback divided by the quarterback’s total dropbacks, including passing attempts and sacks. is 1.5 percentage points ahead of the next-best team. If the Bears can maintain that pace, they would set the the fifth-best mark since 1980, according to Pro-Football-Reference.com. Chicago’s defense is collapsing the pocket better than perhaps any team.But here’s the remarkable thing about the Bears: They are racking up the sacks despite hardly blitzing.The Bears rank last in the league in blitzing, defined as sending five or more pass rushers at a quarterback who’s dropping back to throw, with 5.0 per contest, according to data from ESPN Stats & Information Group. If Chicago maintained its blitz average for the rest of the season, it would be the sixth-lowest rate since 2006, the first year for which data is available. Other teams have used this formula before. Most notably, Jacksonville last season was able to get to the AFC championship game and field one of the best defenses in football while ranking second in sacks and last in blitzes. Chicago’s defense is 7.6 points better than average this season, according to Pro-Football-Reference’s Defensive Simple Rating System. That’s the franchise’s best mark since the 1985 and 1986 campaigns, when the Bears went a combined 29-3 and won a Super Bowl.Blitz-less defenses aren’t always dominant; the 2006 Indianapolis Colts blitzed the least of any team for which data is available and were the fourth-worst defense in the AFC. But Chicago’s defense is dominating, leading the league in Football Outsiders’ Defense-adjusted Value Over Average,2DVOA is a statistic that “measures a team’s efficiency by comparing success on every single play to a league average based on situation and opponent.” while ranking no lower than third in pass and rush defense.This weekend, Chicago travels to Miami to take on a Dolphins outfit missing several offensive linemen, setting the stage for more defensive highlights from the Bears. A franchise long synonymous with hard-nosed defense and strong play from the linebacker corps has re-established its identity under Fangio.Check out our latest NFL predictions. This is in no small part a function of the Bears’ new $141 million linebacker. Khalil Mack, who became the highest paid defensive player in NFL history after the Bears traded for him last month, is tied for fifth in the NFL in sacks (five) and tied for first in forced fumbles (four). In terms of pressure applied, Mack is ahead of the pace he set in 2016 when he was named defensive player of the year. In Week 3 of this season, during the Bears’ 16-14 win over Arizona, the Cardinals went as far as tasking three men with containing Mack. Late in the second quarter, after Mack beat every last one of those Cardinals, his teammate Akiem Hicks swooped in for the sack.Mack is not only a transcendent talent capable of getting to the quarterback on seemingly every snap; his play has also raised the performance of his teammates. Mack, Hicks, Danny Trevathan, Aaron Lynch and Roy Robertson-Harris have accounted for at least 1.5 sacks apiece this season. “Those boys inside can raise so much hell, it’s outrageous,” said hell-raiser Richard Dent, a Hall of Fame defensive end and a member of the vaunted 1985-86 Bears defense, in an interview with The Athletic.Blitzing requires a defensive player to eschew coverage in favor of pressure. Like so many other aspects of football, the blitz is a risk-reward proposition. Get to the quarterback quickly enough, and the play is over — and you may have even created a takeaway. Get to the quarterback a step late, and he will likely find a target in the hole you’ve left.Leaguewide, blitzing is trending down, largely because the game has gotten faster and offensive efficiency continues to skyrocket. It seems that defensive coordinators are content to send fewer pass rushers at the quarterback and instead rely on their secondary in coverage. In four consecutive seasons, the number of blitzes faced by quarterbacks has dropped, according to data from ESPN Stats & Information. Opposing quarterbacks saw a 17 percent decrease from 2013 to 2017 in total five-man blitzes.Long a proponent of blitz-scarce schemes, Fangio oversees an optimal situation in Chicago, where the Bears largely abstain from blitzing — yet they still manage to get to the quarterback.“I think the ideal thing is you’d like to pressure when you want to and not feel like you have to,” Fangio told The Athletic. “If you can get to that point, then you feel pretty good.”Fangio was well ahead of the trend of blitz-less defenses. He has held an NFL defensive coordinator role each season since 2011, when he took that job with the San Francisco 49ers, and over that stretch, his defenses have always been among the league’s most blitz-reluctant outfits.