Frantic, fantastic finishes

first_imgWas watching the Daytona 500 on Sunday when an NBA game broke out … The last two minutes were all you needed to see of The Great American Race. Same deal as hoops. The first 400 miles were for snoozing – and so many commercials it made me nostalgic for the Super Bowl. The next 100 miles were for momentum-killing, time-consuming, contender-eliminating wrecks. Credit David Gilliland, pole sitter and former Inland Empire racer, for the presence of mind to drive across the infield, after surviving that final wreck, to finish eighth. The Nextel Cup circus moves to Fontana this week. And the great local subplot is this: Can track president Gillian Zucker & Co. finally sell out the race? Can they scrape up 90,000 people willing to see guys drive in circles for 500 miles? Sounds like a hard sell, until you remember the Dodgers can move 150,000 tickets in a weekend, and USC put 90,000 in the Coliseum six times last fall. It’s ludicrous now, but Roger Penske’s original idea was to circle the California Speedway with stands, taking capacity to 200,000-plus. Zucker couldn’t get 200,000 to her track at the point of a gun. The NBA’s half-speed star showcase reminded us: Baseball’s all-star game is the only one worth watching because it’s the only one with players trying to win. If New Jersey veteran Jason Kidd is available, the Lakers have to trade for him. Even if it puts them into luxury-tax territory. Kidd is 33 but still averages nearly a triple-double: 14.3 points, 8.0 rebounds, 8.7 assists. The current Lakers won’t survive the first round of the playoffs, and their biggest need is at point guard. Kidd makes $18 million, so the Lakers would need to send Kwame Brown and a couple of others (Chris Mihm, Aaron McKie?) to the Nets to make the trade finances work. Doesn’t it seem as if the Lakers ought to have two superstars? Yes, they should. West and Baylor, West and Chamberlain, Kareem and Magic, Shaq and Kobe, Kobe and Kidd? And, no, Lamar Odom doesn’t count. In case you’re wondering, NBA All-Star Game “Viva Las Vegas” crooner Wayne Newton, who looks mummified, is only 64. Yeah, I thought he was older, too, but he was 21 when he did “Danke Schoen” in 1963. Just saw Shaquille O’Neal miss a dunk in the first few minutes of the game. What is Shaq’s vertical leap these days? About the width of a doughnut? The only man-made objects astronauts can see from outer space: The Great Wall of China and the Day-Glo suits worn by TNT courtside reporter Craig Sager. The NBA seems open to the idea of a franchise in Las Vegas. Which would be a big mistake. The League’s young millionaires don’t need to live and work in Sin City. Then there’s the idea that Las Vegas can be to the NBA what Los Angeles is to the NFL – the perpetual threat to current franchise cities who won’t put up a new building. That’s OK. If you saw that dark and weird basketball commercial with all the people weeping and in anguish … it’s about Nike’s new Air Jordan XX2 model. The music is from Mozart’s “Requiem Mass in D Minor,” specifically the section entitled “Lacrimosa” – so-called because it moved the composer to tears – and is supposed to represent Michael Jordan crushing the home team with a last-second shot. (Thanks to the shoes.) By the way, when Jordan hit the late shot to lift North Carolina over Georgetown in the 1982 NCAA title game, the final score was 63-62. Same as in the commercial. Gerry Wright deserves to keep the San Bernardino Valley College basketball job, now that he wants it – and has led the Wolverines to the Foothill Conference title and a 26-6 record. “Sir Jamalot,” as he was known at Iowa and San Gorgonio High School, may be a better coach than player, and that’s saying something. Phil Mickelson blew a tournament victory on the 18th hole? You could knock me over with a feather. Tiger Woods skipping a tournament he never has won in 11 tries (the Nissan Open) tarnishes his winning streak. Count on Landon Donovan to say what he thinks about Mexico’s national team players, who refused to exchange jerseys or shake hands after their latest loss (2-0) to Donovan and the U.S.team. “I guess there’s always an optimistic part of me that hopes they will somehow have changed but it never happens,” Donovan wrote in an e-mail. “It’s despicable, disrespectful and inhumane … unfortunately we’ve come to expect that from them and I don’t see ever that changing.” USC’s basketball team has more physical talent than does UCLA. But the Bruins are mentally tougher and better-coached (by Ben Howland). Which explains their two narrow victories over the Trojans, and their escape at Arizona State – three days before the Trojans lost there. USC could be the Pac-10 team to beat, a year from now, if it keeps its underclassmen and adds O.J. Mayo while UCLA loses Arron Afflalo and Darren Collison to the NBA. If Humboldt State wins the CCAA men’s basketball title by a game over Cal State San Bernardino or Cal Poly Pomona, and the NCAA Division II West Regional gets dragged to the soggy woods of Arcata, we may want to reflect on The Photo – the pictorial evidence that Grayson Moyer’s “buzzer-beating” shot that gave Humboldt a 65-64 victory over Dominguez Hills on Jan. 6 shouldn’t have counted. The Photo shows the ball on Moyer’s hand and nothing but zeroes on the game clock. Kudos: To the Lakers, who free up $15.6 million in salary cap space this summer as Brian Grant’s contract expires. Condolences: To the Lakers, for paying Grant $15.6 million two years after they waived him. Lookalikes: Wayne Newton, King Tut. Where are they now? King Tut is in Cairo’s Egyptian Museum. Wayne Newton will appear at the Yavapai (Ariz.) College Performing Hall on Friday. They said it: “The last 40 laps were insane.” – Jeff Burton, after finishing third in the Daytona 500. And finally: Was watching the Daytona 500 when a demolition derby broke out. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img If you tuned back in (as I did, after a nap), during the 15 minutes of red-flagged dead time, you saw all that mattered – the two-lap sprint to the finish won by Kevin Harvick. While half the field wrecked and Nextel Cup officials sat on their yellow flags until Harvick hit the finish line. Mark Martin, leader when the crash occurred, was robbed. But NASCAR fans probably are fine with it thanks to the last-lap wrecks and because a guy (Clint Bowyer) crossed the finish line on his roof, and on fire. Yeah, that’s great racin’. And some people say Ultimate Fighting won’t catch on. H.L. Mencken knew his audience when he wrote, 80 years ago, “Nobody ever went broke underestimating the taste of the American public.” Too many cars, going too fast, in too little space, with everyone crazy to gain a single car-length, and mayhem a certainty. NASCAR at Daytona? Sure. But the I-10 at rush hour, too. last_img read more

More lightning means more new wildfires in Fort Nelson region

first_imgAs of this morning, there are 11 active fires in the Fort Nelson zone, with the largest new fire located approximately 85 kilometres northeast of Fort Nelson at around nine hectares large. The largest fire in the region is still the Tsea Lakes fire 75 kilometres northeast of the city,, which remains 240 hectares in size. The Prince George Fire Centre has 61 firefighters and four helicopters working to contain that fire, and keep it from growing. It’s expected fire activity will slow down over the next few days due to cooler conditions and rain showers. Drier conditions should return to the area heading into the long weekend.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Stars to face Egypt, Togo in 2021 AFCON qualifiers

first_img0Shares0000Harambee Stars players line up before their Africa Cup of Nations tie against Tanzania at the June 30 Stadium in Cairo on June 27, 2019. PHOTO/CAFCAIRO, Egypt, Jul 18 – Harambee Stars have been drawn in Group G of the 2021 African Cup of Nations qualifiers and will face off with Mo Salah’s Egypt, Togo and Comoros with the first round of matches scheduled for November 7-11.While this will be the first qualification meeting between Kenya and Egypt, Togo and Comoros have been familiar foes before. Full AFCON 2021 Qualification drawGroup A: Mali, Guinea, Namibia, Liberia/ ChadGroup B: Burkina Faso, Uganda, Malawi, South Sudan/SeychellesGroup C: Ghana, South Africa, Sudan, Mauritius/Sao TomeGroup D: DR Congo, Gabon, Angola, Djibouti v GambiaGroup E: Morocco, Mauritania, CAR, BurundiGroup F: Cameroon, Cape Verde, Mozambique, RwandaGroup G: Egypt, Kenya, Togo, ComorosGroup H: Algeria, Zambia, Zimbabwe, BotswanaGroup I: Senegal, Congo, Guinea Bissau, EswatiniGroup J: Tunisia, Libya, Tanzania, Equatorial GuineaGroup K: Ivory Coast, Niger, Madagascar, EthiopiaGroup L: Nigeria, Benin, Sierra Leone, Lesotho0Shares0000(Visited 52 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

5TH ANNUAL BINNION MASS ROCK WALK TAKES PLACE TODAY

first_imgThe 5th Annual Binnion Mass Rock charity walk takes place today.The walk departs Maggies at 3pm and there will be refreshments and entertainment afterwards.All welcome to this fun though difficult walk!  5TH ANNUAL BINNION MASS ROCK WALK TAKES PLACE TODAY was last modified: July 17th, 2016 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)last_img read more

Watch: Donegal TV advert to be shown over Easter holiday period

first_imgA new 30-second TV advert promoting Donegal as the coolest place on the planet to visit in 2017 is set to air on TV3, 3be and 3e for one week in the lead into the Easter holiday period.This TV ad is part of Donegal Tourism’s extensive marketing initiative, which has been devised to promote the county nationally and internationally as the number one choice to holiday, highlighting Donegal’s recent achievement in winning the Coolest Place in the World to visit by National Geographic Traveller.“This campaign will also include national radio competitions as well as a targeted marketing campaign in Belfast, Derry airport, Donegal airport, Knock airport and TV screens in Connolly Station, Pearse St Station and Bus Aras in Dublin” says Sarah Meehan, Marketing Executive with Donegal Tourism Ltd. “An international campaign is also kicking off in Germany and France and Donegal Tourism have created a bilingual video in French and German which will be advertised to these markets in the coming weeks”.“Donegal will also feature extensively on the TV3 national events guide and the Donegal brand will be promoted at a number of important trade events”.The Go Visit Donegal website, along with the free smartphone app, continues to act as the primary calling card in Donegal Tourism’s marketing campaign and attracts approximately 250,000 visitors per annum and is supported by a full social media campaign and offline publicity campaign.Both the website and the app offer all businesses in Donegal a free opportunity for listing and this includes a free event guide listing for all festival and event organisers. Watch: Donegal TV advert to be shown over Easter holiday period was last modified: March 9th, 2017 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:donegalTV advertTV3last_img read more

Former Rangers owner Craig Whyte cleared of fraudulent takeover of club

first_img1 Former Rangers owner Craig Whyte has been cleared of a fraudulent takeover of the club.The jury returned a not guilty majority verdict after a six-week trial at the High Court in Glasgow.Whyte was accused of acquiring Rangers by fraud in May 2011. He denied the charge, and another under the Companies Act.The Crown alleged the 46-year-old pretended to then-owner Sir David Murray that funds were ”immediately available” on an ”unconditional basis” to make all required payments for a controlling and majority stake in the Glasgow club.Advocate Depute Alex Prentice QC told the court Whyte did not have authority over the funds used in the takeover and “induced” the Murray Group to sell, but defence QC Donald Findlay described the accused as “the fall guy” in the case.After two hours of deliberations, the jury found Whyte not guilty on both charges. Craig Whyte (centre) in 2015 last_img read more

Premier League fears Brexit will seriously harm brand’s global popularity

first_img Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT 3 latest Premier League bosses are becoming increasingly concerned Brexit will seriously impact the league’s competitiveness and global popularity.The government has been urged to abolish all restrictions on signing foreign players, or risk missing out on some of the best talent in Europe. 3 3 The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Top Football NEWS It has been accepted there it will be almost impossible for clubs to sign European players under the age of 18 like Arsenal did with Hector Bellerin and Cesc Fabregas, or how Manchester United did with Paul Pogba and Gerard Pique.Their case is supported by statistics proving football should be treated as a special case; the Premier League generates over £3billion in tax for the Treasury and directly employs over 12,000 people. Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions An exclusive by The Daily Telegraph has revealed the Premier League fear the next N’Golo Kante would not be granted a work permit after Brexit.With just over six months until the UK leaves the European Union, the Premier League hierarchy are still waiting for clarification on a number of key issues.Namely, they want to know if there will be a restriction on signing European players after Brexit and if clubs will have to fill a homegrown-player quota.There are fears the Football Association will use Brexit as an opportunity to increase the opportunities for young English talent – made more prevalent after Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate bemoaned a lack of English talent at his disposal. Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won silverware center_img The main of contention lies in the acquiring of work permits for top players.According to a study by Harvard data scientist Laurie Shaw, 591 of the 1,022 players signed by top-flight clubs in Premire League history with passports for a country in the EEA would not have qualified for a work permit. The Premier League is worried about the effect of Brexit revealed Shaw’s research shows that less wealthy clubs would suffer the most. Players like Kante and Riyad Mahrez would not have qualified for a work permit according to Shaw.Most players at clubs such as Leicester City do not feature regularly for top-60 international teams – meaning the competitive balance would skew in favour of far wealthier clubs who can afford to pay bigger transfer fees for players. N’Golo Kante and Riyad Mahrez joined Leicester City for relatively low transfer fees and helped the team to a Premier League win in 2016. But Brexit terms may mean they struggle to compete for top-level signings whoops How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings predicted Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Premier League clubs will not be allowed to sign European players under the age of 18 – like Arsenal did with Fabregas gameday cracker BEST OF last_img read more

HARPS HAVE HOME ADVANTAGE AFTER QUARTER FINAL DRAW WITH AVONDALE

first_imgFinn Harps threw away a one goal lead but are still in with a shout of reaching the FAI Cup semi-final.The Donegal team had to travel all the way to Cork to take on non-league side Avondale Utd.And when Mickey Funston opened the scoring for Harps, it looked as if Ollie Horgan’s side were heading for the last four of the blue ribbon competition. But highly-rated Avondale managed to level the scores and the sides must do it all again on Wednesday night next.This time Harps are hoping that home advantage will help them save their season and qualify for the semi-final. HARPS HAVE HOME ADVANTAGE AFTER QUARTER FINAL DRAW WITH AVONDALE was last modified: September 14th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:AVONDALE UTDfai cupfinn harpslast_img read more

ALL YOUR WEEKEND GAA RESULTS

first_imgDONEGAL NORTHU16 Division 1 Championship Group 1Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment 09-Oct-2014 St Michaels 0 – 6 0 – 11 St Eunans Convoy-Pairc Naomh Mhuire Championship FinalU13 Division 2Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment 08-Oct-2014 Glenswilly 2 – 7 3 – 10 St Michaels Glenswilly-Pairc Naomh Columba Shield play-offU16 Division 2 Championship FinalsDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment06-Oct-2014 Naomh Colmcille Newtown 1 – 4 2 – 12 Cloughaneely Moyle Park Milford Div 2 Champ finalU16 Division 1 Championship Group 1Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment 06-Oct-2014 St Michaels 1 – 17 2 – 6 Buncrana Dunfanaghy Championship semi finalDONEGAL SOUTHUnder 13 Division 2Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment 09-Oct-2014 Four Masters 2 – 7 2 – 9 Dungloe ArdaraUnder 16 Championship Division 2Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment06-Oct-2014 Bundoran 1 – 15 0 – 9 Kilcar Bundoran Semi-final 2nd LegALL YOUR WEEKEND GAA RESULTS was last modified: October 12th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Donegal GAA resultslast_img read more

FINE GAEL NEED TO TELL BOSSES TO GIVE COCKHILL BRIDGE GO-AHEAD – Mac LOCHLAINN

first_imgDeputy Padraig MacLochlainnDonegal TD Pádraig Mac Lochlainn has called on Fine Gael elected representatives in the county to clarify what understanding they have been given by their Government colleagues after the latest response from the Minister for Transport, Leo Varadkar on Cockhill Bridge outside Buncrana.The Sinn Fein deputy says an answer to parliamentary question from him does not indicate any change in the “repeated failure” to fund a new bridge at Cockhill.Deputy Mac Lochlainn said: “I understand that local Fine Gael elected representatives have been giving assurances that a new bridge at Cockhill will be finally be funded by this Government. “If that is the case then I will be delighted and welcome it. However, the latest response that I have received from Minister Leo Varadkar does not tally with those assurances.“I am calling on the Fine Gael elected representatives to sort this out and let the people of Inishowen know what is the exact position and what assurances have they been given.“This is a long running injustice and the people of Inishowen need a solution”.  FINE GAEL NEED TO TELL BOSSES TO GIVE COCKHILL BRIDGE GO-AHEAD – Mac LOCHLAINN was last modified: July 2nd, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:buncranaCockhill BridgePadraig MacLochlainn TDlast_img read more