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Follow the Trace: Sports still alive and well
While the allegations of corruption and doping scandals and all the intricate details are good for news, and make for great ‘bar talk’ and verandah discussions, I think their importance to the average sports fan is highly overrated. We are more interested in the fortunes of our favourite teams, whether it be Liverpool, or Manchester United or Chelsea or Arsenal, or Barcelona or Real Madrid, and what they do week in week out on the football pitch than if ‘Sepp’ Blatter did or did not make a nefarious payment to Michel Platini. At the end of the day, sports is alive and well. Despite the moral and ethical dilemma at the administrative level of sports, the sports themselves are still very much intact and genuinely mean a lot to millions of passionate fans all around the world. Not important to fans The case could even be made that despite the confirmation of prevalent drug use in the sport of athletics, track and field is still very alive and well. Certainly, at the level of the Olympic Games and the World Championships, these events are no lesser spectacles than they were before. Simply seeing the world’s best competing against each other is still an attractive proposition for most sports fans. When, for example, Justin Gatlin faced off with Usain Bolt for the 100-metre World title in Beijing, it still was one of the most, if not the most, anticipated and well-watched sprint races in the modern history of the sport, despite Gatlin’s conspicuous history of drug use. Similarly, the scandals at the boardroom level of world football have in no way affected the attractiveness of the game itself. The UEFA Champions League, the Barclays Premier League, the Spanish La Liga and all the other major leagues of Europe are still appealing to the thousands and thousands of people who fill the stadia in support of their favourite teams, and this is in addition to the millions who religiously tune in across the world to indulge in the passion of the world’s simplest yet most popular sport. When the Olympics come around in the summer of 2016, no one will even remember the name Lamine Diack and what he might or might not have done. When the World Cup Finals come around in 2018, very few people, if any, will remember or care to remember the name ‘Sepp’ Blatter; we will all be submerged in another monthlong orgy of football. Track and field alive The year 2015 will long be remembered as the year when international sports suffered significant damage to its reputation. The massive corruption scandal engulfing the world’s most popular sport has seen several high-ranking officials of the governing body of football, including former president Joseph ‘Sepp’ Blatter and several of his former vice-presidents, already charged and tarnished. A similar fate seems to have befallen the world governing body of track and field, the IAAF, with its immediate past president Lamine Diack and other functionaries currently under investigation after allegations of corruption. Add to that the not unrelated issue of the widespread doping facing the sport generally, and specifically the significant allegations that athletics powerhouse Russia has been practising widespread state-sponsored doping. On the face of it, at least two of the world’s major sports are in critical but stable condition and fighting for dear life. Despite the sensational appeal of these developments, I think the sports of football and athletics are as strong and as relevant as at anytime in their history. The fact of the matter is that these scandals, for what they are worth, are at the administrative level of the sports, and except for the doping component, these issues have had no real negative effects on the integrity and the specific functionality of the sports themselves.
Santiago right in time to complete NU’s comeback vs DLSU
Alas heats up as NLEX earn playoff spot with win over Blackwater Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Santiago couldn’t get into the game in the early part of the fifth set as her team still hasn’t rotated enough for the middle blocker to get into position.La Salle held a 12-8 lead, needing just three more points to remain perfect in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament, but Aiko Urdas managed to score on a check ball to cut the deficit to 12-9.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkAnd trimming the lead wasn’t the only thing Urdas did, her point also allowed NU to rotate and that movement gave way for Santiago to enter the game.“I was nervous but I know I had to compose myself that even though I wasn’t on the floor we can win the game,” said Santiago in Filipino Sunday at Filoil Flying V Centre. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson 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 Before Jaja Santiago could get a chance to lead National University and rip La Salle’s fighting spirit in the final period, she first had to agonize for a few minutes sitting on the Lady Bulldogs’ bench.ADVERTISEMENT Santiago’s impact was immeasurable and setter Jasmine Nabor knew the mere presence of their captain is enough to make them a better team than the Lady Spikers.“When she entered the game, it was like a big boost of confidence for us,” said Nabor, who had 53 excellent sets, in Filipino. “All the defense had to do was get the ball in the air, and it will be up to me to adjust and give it to the spiker.”Santiago, who had 27 points, put NU at the first match point, 14-13, with a brutal quick kill.Nabor then set up Santiago for another masterful kill this time, for the 15-14 match point before Aiko Urdas’ service ace ended the match, 26-24, 19-25, 22-25, 25-17, 16-14.“I knew that when I got back on the floor I will give my 100-plus percent,” said Santiago. “Jasmine gave me the trust and as long as she gives me the ball I will score in anyway possible, no hesitation.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City MOST READ Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano View comments Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer LATEST STORIES GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings
President Sirleaf Attends 44th ECOWAS Summit in Côte d’Ivoire
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has departed the country for a three-day official visit to Côte d’Ivoire.According to an Executive Mansion release, the Liberian leader is in the Ivorian administrative capital of Yamoussoukro to attend the 44th Ordinary Session of the Authority of ECOWAS Heads of State and Government.High on the Agenda of the Summit is the political and security situations in Mali and the development in Guinea Bissau.The President of the ECOWAS Commission, His Excellency Kadré Ouédraogo will present a report on the post-conflict situation in Guinea Bissa, which has fixed presidential elections next month on line with the ECOWAS-facilitated road map following the defense and security sector reforms in that country.The Summit will also listen to the status report on the situation in Mali by the mediator, President Blaise Compaore of Burkina Faso, and his co-mediator, President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria.The United Nations Secretary General’s Special Representative for West Africa and Chairperson of the African Union Commission is expected to address the Summit; while the Heads of State and Government will elect a new Chairman of the ECOWAS Authority to succeed outgoing Chair, Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara, who has held the position for the past two years.The Summit will also consider the 2013 Annual Report of the President of the Commission, the reports of the 71st Ordinary Session of the Council of Ministers and the Council’s 12th and 13th Extraordinary Sessions, and the report of the 31st Session of the Mediation and Security Council.While President Sirleaf is away from the country, the Minister of Internal Affairs, Mr. Morris Dukuly will coordinate the affairs of State in consultation with Vice President Dr. Joseph N. Boakai, Sr. Mrs. Sirleaf is expected back on Saturday, March 29.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Sports: CHAN 2018 Qualifiers: Liberia Face Mauritania Sunday
The Lone Star of Liberia squad that defeated Sierra Leone in a friendly encounter at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium Following days of intense training, the national soccer team Lone Star will this Sunday take on Mauritania in the first leg of the 2018 African Nations Championship qualification matches at the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex.The Lone Star under the guidance of Coach James Salinsa Debbah have been undergoing preparations at the George Weah Technical Center.Coach Debbah and his boys will be hopping to restore the hope of Liberians that the team can do better in continental competitions and also make the difference in Group G of the 2019 African Nations Cup qualifiers.The dismal performance of the team against Zimbabwe was frustrating to Liberians, with many calling for the resignation of the head coach.Sunday’s encounter will be a huge task for Coach Debbah to work with a team comprising of 26 local players, some of whom are described as “inexperienced,” after the Zimbabwe match.The CHAN tournament involves only players who play in the domestic league of each country.Defenders Prince Kennedy and Hilton Varney, who were among the local players in the Zimbabwe match, have been left out of Coach Debbah’s 26 local players.Many supporters criticized the two defenders for not performing up to expectation during the match in Harare.The Lone Star needs nothing less than a win, which will put the team in a better position ahead of the return leg in Mauritania on July 23.Meanwhile, four match officials from neighboring Guinea have been assigned to handle Sunday’s match.Center referee is Baba Leno; Moustapha Toure as assistant referee number 1; Issa Soumah as assistant referee number 2; and Aboubacar Mario Bangoura will serve as reserve referee.The winner between the two countries after the two legs is expected to face either The Gambia or Mali.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Fort St. John RCMP responds to stolen dog concerns
Anyone who witnesses animal cruelty can also contact the SPCA. Their animal cruelty hotline is 1 855 622 7722. Cpl. Jodi Shelkie says the three dogs were reported stolen February 20 – February 22, 2015, and on March 5, 2015 one of the dogs was found dead from a gunshot wound. The other two dogs have not been recovered.The investigation into the two missing dogs, an 18-month-old pitbull and a 6-year-old tanned and black English Mastiff, remains active.“Missing animal files are always difficult for the police to solve,” Cpl. Shelkie writes. “These cases are especially hard when the missing dogs live in an area where they have not been fenced or tied up.”- Advertisement -Cpl. Shelkie adds, “If there is any evidence left behind then we can determine where the dog might be or what happened to it.”An example, according to Cp. Shelkie, is if an owner comes home to find their dog that was tied up or left in a fenced yard is gone.“Police investigators will have an indication of where the dog was taken from and can look for tire tracks, footprints or signs of predators,” Cpl. Shelkie goes on to explain. “But if a dog roams the property then there is no starting point to look for evidence.”Advertisement If you have any information regarding these missing dogs, contact the Fort St. John RCMP at 250 787 8100. If you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1 800 222 8477.In another case Cpl. Shelkie refers to as “an unrelated but corresponding file,” a 63-year-old Fort St. John resident was arrested on March 7, 2015 for assaulting his dog.Cpl. Shekie says a witness reported to police they saw a man hitting his dog beside a local area road, and later supplied a description of the man, the dog and the licence plate of his car.The RCMP is requesting a charge of animal cruelty while the dog is now in the care of the SPCA.Advertisement
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Saturday Afternoon Wrestling #1: Sweet FA on the box for Cup final…
Nearly every FA Cup final day between 1961 and 1987, when World of Sport’s Dickie Davies was the still the indisputable holder of ‘Broadcasting’s Best ‘Tache’ (before he would pass the comb to Des Lynam) and there were only four channels to choose from on telly, millions would tune in for a grunt ’n’ groan special before the big footy match.It became as much a part of FA Cup final traditions as Bovril, ‘Abide With Me’, something to do with a police horse and other misremembered bits of romantic nostalgia that occlude the deeper problems facing footballing culture in the 1970s and 1980s. Easy, easy!Indeed, the perception of Saturday afternoon wrestling being so popular on the box was so prevalent that notions of numerous matches featuring the likes of Jackie Pallo, Mick McManus, Big Daddy, Giant Haystacks, Kendo Nagasaki actually outstripping the viewing figures for the final have successfully passed from TV lore into hype-becomes-accepted-fact, in typical wrestling fashion. For a potted history of World of Sport wrestling on British TV, have a look about here.Minor quibbles over the, erm, reality of the situation aside, there’s no pre-final squared circle action to be found on British terrestrial telly any more. World of Sport wrestling was finally canned from ITV in 1988 – and no UK promotion has commanded enough mainstream attention to warrant the front cover of the TV Times since. WWE presented Extreme Rules last night and commentator JBL probably crowbarred in a reference to Manchester United’s twelfth FA Cup crown (I haven’t watched the show yet), continuing the glorious relationship between wrestling and footy, most recently and prominently celebrated with Wayne Rooney dishing out a slap to Wade Barrett. So that and this column will have to do.https://twitter.com/coachallan11/status/722506796246646784 https://twitter.com/RealMarkDallas/status/722516913029562369But should he be? Announced a year in advance, it has been clearly stated ICW’s hope is to pack out the 13,000 capacity venue. And there is no question ICW can sell tickets on a scale that no other UK independent can match.However, WWE consider the Scottish market one of their most prized customer bases, with one of the densest congregation of wrestling fans within their touring operations. ICW is the most visible domestic outfit in Scotland – quite possible the UK – and although WWE’s reach and penetration across all fan demographics is far deeper, they remain the visitors rather than the home team. Dallas’ army are vital to ensuring that Scottish fanbase continues to be fervent as they are and turn up in greater numbers. ICW’s immediate response to the show reveals was to stay cool and announce two guests with considerable WWE pedigree and resonance with fans – Kurt Angle and Hall of Famer Mick Foley. Bearing in mind how ICW has harnessed wrestling fans in Glasgow and beyond without bringing in such international firepower, it’d be inadvisable to bet against them exceeding their previous crowd record. #MassivePunt… I think Shane and Steph will make out on next week’s #RAW. Can’t wait. #WWE pic.twitter.com/87vDUlR7bP— Gorilla Position (@WWEGP) May 10, 2016 Crikey. After Ryback’s unprecedented tirade about conditions and pay at the start of May and Adam Rose’s astonishing tweet-delete-tweet again approach to his sixty day suspension for a second violation of the Talent Wellness Program (he was released too, this evening – the bloom is definitely off the Rose), it seems the most caustic criticism currently aimed at WWE is coming from their own on-air TV talent rather than mainstream media.Now seems a good time to pull a 20 minute chat I had with Rhodes backstage at Raw in London in April 2013 out of the archives, doesn’t it? And while I’m plugging away like a spunky TL Hopper in an Iron Man match, hit ‘Subscribe’ on my youtube.com/RobLeighWrestling account which contains (or will contain in the future ) audio from my interviews with the WWE likes of… The Rock, John Cena, Steve Austin, Ric Flair, Daniel Bryan, Hulk Hogan, Shawn Michaels, Bret Hart, Chris Jericho, William Regal, Jim Ross, Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose, Nikki and Brie Bella, Stephanie McMahon, Eva Marie, Paige, Emma, Nattie, Charlotte, Big E, Finn Balor, Sami Zayn, Wade Barrett, Sheamus, Paul Heyman, Cesaro, Mick Foley, Big Show, Mark Henry, Kofi Kingston, Kane, Michelle McCool, Layla, Rey Mysterio, MVP, Damien Sandow, Drew McIntyre and Drew Galloway, Fandango, Tommy Dreamer, Mr Kennedy, Bob Holly, Titus O’Neil, AJ Styles, Samoa Joe and Bobby Roode!There’s slow journalism and then there are takes so cold they could ice the injuries and aches of every wrestler in WWE’s locker room. You’ll notice a lot of the aspects looked at in this column so far are a bit… previous. That’s because i’ve taken a month off from WWE after departing talkSPORT’s Gorilla Position podcast – which you must definitely subscribe to, if you don’t already.The Wrestlemania hangover was mighty this year, more exhausting and headache-inducing than at any point in my ten years of reporting on WWE for national newspapers, magazine and their digital titles and . And like most hangovers, when your head is left swimming after consuming too much, the best remedy is often an industrial quantity of bacon and a big kip. So I’ve been kipping on WWE.There’s a lot made of ‘co-opted media’ – or ‘WWE mark media’ – by the Wrestling Twitterarti, but that is a discussion for another column. But in regards to Saturday Afternoon Wrestling, there is no requirement to be on message with WWE or any other promotion, there will be no unsubstantiated rumours presented as fact or truisms presented as news… and definitely no received opinions. The agenda is not about breaking scoops or chasing interviews or statements from press officers. But as WWE’s press and publicity operation – and wrestling on a wider level, as fringe culture enterprise – focuses ever more on the company’s own self-contained social media sphere rather than traditional media to drive awareness, I’ll be looking at how wrestling is presented and received outside of the newzsite and wrestling fandom circles.Plus, there will be GIFs.via GIPHY At last years NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn, Kevin Owen’s son and parents were ringside, with his little boy wearing opponent Finn Balor’s merchandise but cheering – possibly with more fervour than anybody else in Brooklyn’s Barclays Centre – for his dad.Following a bruising ladder match loss, Owens was down on the mat recovering from the punishment he had endured for a good whack of time, certainly until after the show had gone off the air. And in one of the most touching, genuine moments I’ve ever seen in a ring, Owens looked directly at his son without making any facial reaction as he was sprawled out – seemingly beaten to a pulp – but with one already outstretched hand gave the slightest flick of his thumb to let his boy know he would be okay. Just tremendous.Goes to show there’s a way of clueing in kids without spoiling the magic of wrestling… or taking a barrage of chair shots to the nut.Heading to the back…Are you an awesome illustrator that knows their Max Moon from their Mascarita Sagrada from their Mitsuharu Misawa? Talk to me @ThatRobLeigh.And while you’re on the sosh, feel free to let me know your #Massivepunt predictions off the back of Extreme Rules and Raw tonight. This was a callout I used on GP to find out what big happenings listeners reckon may go down at an undetermined point in the future. But they must be BIG ideas – not ‘Finn Balor will link up with The Club’. Brass tacks: fantasy booking but without too much of a predictable element. And possibly daft as.So send me your #Massivepunt predictions (also using #SAW or #SaturdayAfternoonWrestling), I’ll find ‘em out then – as on GP – will summarily dismiss them.For instance: New Japan Best of the Super Juniors 2016 full preview & analysis https://t.co/hXrI5Jwose pic.twitter.com/9NEE0DWOww— Wrestling Observer (@WONF4W) May 18, 2016 The Cruiserweight Classic is far from the only showcase for wrestlers with lighter frames on the horizon: New Japan’s Best of the Super Juniors kicked off this past weekend and the Super J Cup is scheduled for a comeback in August after a seven-year break.Cannot wait for Will Ospreay’s clash with Jushin Liger. Here’s the schedule.https://twitter.com/SenorLARIATO/status/733590379883167744 Santino Marella and Christian both retired due to injuries two years ago and Zeb Colter, Hornswoggle and El Torito had also been absent from television due to associated acts being repackaged, with Colter and ’Swoggle also taking time off to recover from medical procedures.Alex Riley should curse Byron Saxton for being the latest commentary target of Kevin Owens’ attention because that period in NXT where he was taunted and shown up by Owens was perhaps the most memorable of his WWE run.Cameron enjoyed most of her air time on Total Divas and had pinged between developmental, the main roster and NXT without ever really managing to distance herself from being the person who tried to pin someone while they were belly down or told Steve Austin her favourite match ever was Melina vs Alicia Fox.via GIPHYA few days later it was revealed the Brooklyn Brawler, one of WWE’s longest-serving employees with over three decades of service but had been mostly occupied with producing duties for several years, had also been binned.What made this bout of bloodletting so peculiar is the way it was executed from a public relations standpoint, with termination of employment apparently grist for WWE’s social media and digital mill.Those released were announced one at a time, at irregular intervals, with one – rather than several – article on WWE.com that was overwritten and updated with each name in the headline (and consequently URL). As any SEO practitioner or digital journalist will testify, that’s a nonsensical way of going about trying to generate traffic.Could it be that those being released were receiving calls about their future as the process was being covered by WWE.com?Were the unusual article updates and decision to reveal names one-by-one happening in real time, and therefore had to be presented in such an inefficient way to avoid the possibility of one of the unfortunates getting word out first? I can’t think of any other reason to go about coverage in such a disjointed way.Initially, WWE digital head Joey Style tweeted the names out himself, simultaneously or maybe slightly ahead of the WWE account, but that soon stopped and the tweets were soon deleted. Probably best, it may have been interpreted as an unpalatable way to drive engagement with his own profile.In a very real way the departures of TAFKA Kyle Edwards, Rich Brennan and Alex Reyes, three non-senior members of the broadcast team who were passionate and informed fans as well as polished media professionals, in the days before and after the May 6 cull were more shocking losses than anyone let go on ‘Black Friday’.Edwards had been an engaging host of the ‘5 Things…’ historical YouTube short series. Brennan was the best voice for play-by-play and storytelling on WWE’s best show of 2015, NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn, before floating around as on/off lead commentator for SmackDown and a cracking chat jockey. Reyes displayed great chemistry and empathy with his interview subjects and reportedly believes a shared ‘die-hard’ enthusiasm for the company they worked for may have been considered an undesirable quality. All three have been very gracious about their departures, but going by talent alone they should still be there – and in better standing.Andrea D’Marco, Cathey Kelley and Mike Rome have recently been hired for similar hosting and backstage interview roles. Love your jobs, guys… but maybe don’t let on too much. We love going tonwork with Daddy! @HeathSlaterOMRB #daddysgirls pic.twitter.com/EGhYp2sh1y— stephie jean (@meanstephiejean) May 17, 2016 Dickie Davies broadcasting from Wembley Stadium on FA Cup final day in 1982 [Grab: YouTube] – Dickie Davies broadcasting from Wembley Stadium on FA Cup final day in 1982 [Grab: YouTube] And while the former King has not ruled out a future return to wrestling, I believe he is more likely to be spotted on the cinema screen than in the ring after securing an early end to his expiring contract.What price for him to turn up in a new instalment of the Carry On series, reported to be ready for revival by Jonathan Sothcott – himself a WWE fan who was involved with Eliminators, the film Barrett took time off for last year to film? Barrett would certainly be able to escape an airplane spin without being hurled through a window, that’s for sure.There were few real surprises with the other releases. Damien Sandow, adored as he is for his invention and effort, looked to have been pegged as a spare body and tackle bag ever since his on-off program with the Miz ground to a halt at Wrestlemania 31 – going by what he told Rolling Stone, he seems to feel the same way. 6/11 heats up as GFW and @WeAreWrestlePro present an absolutely stacked lineup! Welcome @TheDamienSandow! pic.twitter.com/4hftCxfGNy— GFW (@GFWWrestling) May 10, 2016 Hailing Triple H’s role as “as custodian of history in honoring [his late father Dusty Rhodes] since his passing”, the note’s tone became angrier as he detailed how he had “pleaded” with creative to position him as Cody Rhodes once again, rather than Stardust. It had been believed he was keen to retain the supervillain character as fans on social media clamoured for it to be shelved.However, his strongest ire was directed at WWE’s flagship programming’s head writers for being “barely willing to listen to an idea I considered beneficial to more than one talent” and who he came to eventually believe are “two writers captaining a broken unrecognizable system”. 2 Cody takes the Rhodes less travelledAn extraordinary statement posted on Twitter last night from Cody Rhodes in which he expressed frustration at being unable to convince Vince McMahon and Triple H he could be their “star-player” and “it seems we have reached the point where neither saw that in me”. The 30-year-old was granted an exit from WWE after tweeting on Saturday night he himself had requested a release earlier that day – but WWE did not confirm whether it was legitimate or not before Sunday evening when Rhodes was given the ‘future endeavours’ treatment by company social media. https://twitter.com/RealMarkDallas/status/723495135145824256Realistically however, two WWE shows – and two TV tapings no less, the biggest draw available for UK fans – so close to ICW’s flagship event will mean some punters may have to make a difficult decision on who to shell out for. And while relations between the two companies have been cordial in public – the closest Dallas has come to criticising WWE was telling The Guardian last October he was ‘flattered’ to notice storyline and characterisation ideas being ‘borrowed’ – it has seemed strange that ICW were not named as a Global Cruiserweight Series/Cruiserweight Classic qualifier host.With all three British promotion having contributed footage to excellent Finn Balor hype packages that referenced his pre-NXT work, ICW looked to be in the frame for further collaborations, similar to London-based promotions PROGRESS and Rev Pro – who did present preliminary ‘Euro’ stage matches. Indeed, NXT boss Paul ‘Triple H’ Levesque confirmed ICW was on WWE’s radar when I asked him about British promotions during a conference call last December, before the CWC was rumoured to be planned. Honored to read some incredibly kind words from a childhood idol, now a good friend, @BretHart. Thanks Hitman. https://t.co/EKLnr9pBHc— Stu Bennett (@StuBennett) May 11, 2016 @StephMcMahon @WWE @ReganArts We hope to start talks shortly.— Stig Abell (@StigAbell) May 17, 2016 Good news for Stephanie McMahon – the Times Literary Supplement is keen to review her upcoming book!Prediction: **1/2. CHIKARA Chicka Boom BoomOver the 12 month period between last November and next November, WWE (and NXT) crews will have travelled to these shores SIX times for tours and live events. And the blooming British scene hasn’t gone unnoticed by other US outfits, either.CHIKARA are currently embarking on a seven-date tour of England, Scotland and Wales, following up the success of last year’s first four-show trip over here.via GIPHYThat 2015 tour was such a success for touring partners Fight Club: PRO that headliners Trent Seven, Tyler Bate and Dan Moloney (as well as FC: P regulars Mark Andrews and Pete Dunne, representing Attack!) were invited to get involved in CHIKARA’s standout King of Trios tournament, winning over US audiences to become the smash hit package of the series and making all the way to the semi-finals against AJ Styles and the Young Bucks. Having been embraced by CHIKARA’s home fans, Wolverhampton-based FC: P stars are key to attraction matches all over the bill – and there’s also a World of Sport legend in the mix for this 2016 Aniversario jaunt.Johnny Kidd, now 60, will battle CHIKARA founder Mike Quackenbush under WoS rules for one last time at the Manchester show in what is promoted as his final singles bout, with Director of Fun Quack making his own return to the ring after retiring three years ago. For full match listings and venues, click here.Give Botchamania Matthew Gregg’s Chikaramania 2015 video a squiz by clicking on the player below, especially if you’re not all that familiar with CHIKARA’s unique, child-friendly blend of cartoonish Lucha Libre, Japanese wrestling and vaudeville and – on this loop at least – Fight Club: PRO’s British strong style. So many of my fave times in WWE were with Cody Rhodes, both in front of & behind the camera. It takes balls to walk away, hats off.— Stu Bennett (@StuBennett) May 22, 2016 .@RealKurtAngle, @RealMickFoley & more to appear at @TheSSEHydro 20 Nov. Tickets: https://t.co/QxDW6wWuDQ #ICWHydro pic.twitter.com/X8HdMgNoxs— ICW (@InsaneChampWres) May 17, 2016 Although ZSJ has had to cancel appearances for the first time in his 12-year career – including a PWG title defence in California, a slot in PROGRESS Super Strong Style 16 tournament, his debut in Dublin for OTT, and dates for CHIKARA UK in Birmingham, Attack! in Wales and Rev Pro in London – he has reassured fans he will able to take on Kurt Angle next month at London’s York Hall.Hopefully that also means he on track to be a part of WWE’s Global Cruiserweight Series (as noted, recently renamed the Cruiserweight Classic – links and tags in my previous talkSPORT articles have been updated to reflect that), now due to tape over four dates in late June, July, August and September.Taking a #Massivepunt on how I expect that 32 (does that include those that took part in the qualifiers? It hasn’t been clarified) man tournament to play out, I would not be surprised for Zack to steal the shows and make the final, possibly matching up against Akira Tozawa and PROGRESS rival Tommaso Ciampa before falling to TAFKA Manny Andrade and La Sombre, Andrade Almas.His involvement in the CWC – also his WWE debut – has been key to the appeal of the entire WWE Network show concept and for him to miss out would be an awful disappointment both to his fans and fans who don’t know they are set to become admirers of his silky but lethal ring style yet.Most likely it would also be an awful disappointment to Triple H who – in another conference call – seemingly couldn’t contain himself as he revealed Zack and Noam Dar’s names to be among the first participants confirmed… ahead of their qualifying matches against Flash Morgan Webster and Josh Bodom respectively. To paraphrase Oscar Wilde (and I can’t guarantee that won’t happen all that often on this page): “To announce one participant for the Cruiserweight Classic may be regarded as a misfortune; to announce two looks like carelessness.”Not that Webster or Bodom allowed it to appear to be a cakewalk for their opponents.All three qualifiers were superb, full-blooded affairs with Dar dedicating his win to late star Kris Travis. Huge kudos to Webster for giving it lots of welly, even after dislocating his right shoulder and tearing ligaments in his left ankle during ZSJ’s terrific onslaught.https://twitter.com/Flash_Morgan/status/724358701600092160Congratulations also to Jack Gallagher, another technical marvel, who toppled ‘Bruiserweight’ Pete Dunne who must be considered a shoo-in for next year’s CWC, if it is confirmed as an annual happening. Make sure you listen to this ace chat between Gallagher and PROGRESS co-founder Jim Smallman on the Tuesday Night Jaw podcast.Technically speaking, Dar should’ve been DQ’d after outside interference from… me. Honestly, it wasn’t my fault. I mistimed some pre-show pints with friends who weren’t coming along to Live at the Cockpit and, having missed the first bout of the afternoon, was plonked in a first row seat by one of the corner posts. The moment of me being called upon to hold Bodom’s foot outside the ring as he was down on the mat with his legs wrapped around the post to allow Dar enough time to take a run up for a dropkick hasn’t made WWE’s YouTube edit, but my fist can be seen on WWE.com. And that’s the most anyone can ever dream of, isn’t it? Plus it helps to get guys over!😐And it builds a great angle for when you get your receipt😳 it looks good😖 I tried! 🙁 https://t.co/m4zlY9BzeJ— Dave Bautista (@DaveBautista) May 18, 2016 Injury update (https://t.co/fzeOh6dNHB) pic.twitter.com/9l84mBCvJM— ZSJ. (@zacksabrejr) May 19, 2016 #grateful pic.twitter.com/Rp0A2HBiae— Alex Del Barrio (@alexdelbarrio) May 20, 2016 “Please, God, no. No one wants to see that. Not even Vince Russo.” See?THIS SATURDAY on #SaturdayAfternoonWrestling >>>> A chat with World of Sport veteran Johnny Kidd… Extreme Rules cold takes…. Super Strong Style 16 hype… Why Brits are best when it comes to audiences…late, late thoughts on Chyna, media coverage of WWE’s April UK tour and, at this rate, SummerSlam 1992… Goodbye @WWE.. pic.twitter.com/bYkPYW628Q— Stu Bennett (@StuBennett) May 6, 2016 2 My one&only statement on the matter. No podcasts or tell-all nonsense. Thank you friends. pic.twitter.com/c5MNKw6spH— Hyrule Husky (@PrinceCGR) May 22, 2016 As an aside, check out this spot of passive agg on the sosh from Dave ‘Bats’ Bautista in reaction to some #hashtaghype for the announcement.Having spoken before to me about his love for Shakespeare, maybe the TLS should sign him up on the basis of his own literary credentials and have Dave as a guest reviewer? Then again, as with nearly every aspect relating to wrestling, the fix could very well be in. Maybe WWE and ICW are already collaborating together to engineer a localised wrestling boom, with both profiting from increased interest as WWE returns to whopping crowds boosted by intrigue in the local market leader for the twice yearly main roster trips…?Maybe that could even realise itself as an invasion storyline, the one storyline no wrestling promotion has ever managed to pull off satisfactorily… and maybe Irn Bru is made of girders and Roddy Piper was born in the Gorbals.What do you reckon, Roman?via GIPHY Zack will be backBest wishes for a speedy return to top form for Zack Sabre Jr, who suffered a serious cut to his arm earlier this month during a wXw match in Germany that required a trip to hospital. Big Daddy and Kwik-kik Lee (later and better known as Akira Maeda) teamed to face Crusher Brannigan and Tony Walsh on FA Cup final day in 1982 [Grab: YouTube] – Big Daddy and Kwik-kik Lee (later and better known as Akira Maeda) teamed to face Crusher Brannigan and Tony Walsh on FA Cup final day in 1982 [Grab: YouTube]
GAA NEWS: SCHOOLS NOTES
Football Championship:Fixtures for the 2012/13 season are now on the website. Teachers are encouraged to play as many blitzes as possible in their section in order to give the pupils as much game time as possible. Results should be recorded and the school with the most wins will qualify for the knockout stages in April.Mouth Guards: Teachers please note that from Jan. 1st 2013, it is compulsory for all players to wear mouthguards during Cumann na mBunscol football competitions. Players will not be allowed on to the field of play without one after this date. This is a directive from the National Committee of the GAA and will also be implemented at club level.Ulster Indoor Football/Camogie:The finals of the above competitions will take place in Cookstown, Co Tyrone on Thurs 18th April. Donegal will be represented in the football by Kilmacrennan NS and by Woodlands NS in the camogie. Best of luck to both these schools. Information regarding times and venue will be emailed to the relevant schools shortly.Rounders: Schools should now have their first round games played. Check fixtures email for next opponents if you have progressed to the next round.Committee Meeting:The next meeting will take place in Heaney’s, Ballybofey on Mon. 15th April @ 4.30pm. GAA NEWS: SCHOOLS NOTES was last modified: April 8th, 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:Cumann na mBunscoilGAA
Chelsea predicted line-up to face Huddersfield
Chelsea begin their 2018/19 Premier League campaign away at Huddersfield on Saturday.The match, which is a 3pm kick-off, will see Maurizio Sarri send out his first Blues side for a competitive match after taking over from Antonio Conte this summer. Kepa Arrizabalaga joined Chelsea from Athletic Bilbao 2 2 New signings Jorginho and Kepa Arrizabalaga are expected to feature, though Sarri was hesitant to confirm whether his new world record stopper would make his debut at the John Smith’s stadium.Matteo Kovacic meanwhile will need more time before making his first Chelsea appearance as he made it all the way to the World Cup final with Croatia.Eden Hazard and N’Golo Kante are not likely to return to Maurizio Sarri‘s side straight away, having only played for the first time in pre-season as substitutes on TuesdayHere is talkSPORT’s predicted line-up:
RELIEF FOR COUNCIL STAFF AS IRISH WATER TO OFFER 32 JOBS IN COUNTY
DONEGAL County Council staff who could face redundancy when Irish Water takes over the country’s water supply from local authorities have been given a glimmer of hope today.Irish Water will open eight centres across the country – and one of them will open in Donegal Town, creating up to 32 new positions.It means staff who could lose jobs at the council will be able to apply for the jobs. “This is good news for council staff,” said one staff member today. RELIEF FOR COUNCIL STAFF AS IRISH WATER TO OFFER 32 JOBS IN COUNTY was last modified: July 24th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:RELIEF FOR COUNCIL STAFF AS IRISH WATER TO OFFER 32 JOBS IN COUNTY