The fall of Russia

first_imgEver since the break-up of the Soviet Union, Russia has consistently been a major power in world athletics. Its combined strength on the track and in the field crystallised in 2013, when the World Championships were held in Moscow. Powered by vociferous home support, Russia topped the medal table with seven gold medals in their haul of 17. Just two years later at the World Championships, Russia plummeted to ninth with just four medals, including two of the golden variety. The reasons for the fall of the Russians have become clear in recent months. Sadly, as indicated by a recent World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) report, there was manipulation of the drug testing process in Russia. The fall was fast. Even as recently as 2014, Russia placed fourth on the medal table at the European Championships. Great Britain, the top team, took home just one medal more than the Russians. In Beijing, host of this year’s World Championships, the Russian effort paled in comparison to past performances. Many fans made the comparison and wondered. The answers have emerged from a WADA team that visited Russia and it isn’t a pretty sight. NEW ATHLETIC CHIEF Since then, Russia has appointed a new athletics chief and fired coaches who have been implicated. When the full WADA report is published, it will show how much more needs to be done to completely clean up things in Russia. If that’s the end of the trauma athletics has to face, that would be acceptable. The worry is that French investigations of ex-IAAF President Lamine Diack will unearth problems elsewhere. All we can do is wait and see. Athletes who lost medals to drug-powered Russians will also face a long wait. When Marion Jones of the United States of America (USA) finally lost her gold for the 2000 Olympic 100/200 double, no one would guess that even now, some of those medals would not be awarded. With Jones out, the gold fell naturally to Ekaterina Thanou of Greece. She ran into drug-related troubles in 2004, but Tayna Lawrence, who crossed the line third in 2000, hasn’t got the gold yet. So those affected by the Russian misdeeds may need to be very patient. – Hubert Lawrence has made notes by track side since 1980.last_img read more

Olympics: US interested in Winter Games bid

first_imgLATEST STORIES Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ View comments The 2018 Winter Games start in February in Pyeongchang, South Korea. The Summer Games of 2020 will be held in Tokyo.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ USOC Chairman Larry Probst (Maxx Wolfson/Getty Images/AFP)Los Angeles — The US Olympic Committee wants to bid for the Winter Olympics, but is still mulling whether it would be better to seek the 2026 or 2030 Games.“I put a stake in the ground that we are interested in hosting the Winter Games,” USOC chairman Larry Probst told reporters on Friday as he discussed talks at the USOC Assembly in Colorado Springs, Colorado.ADVERTISEMENT Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? “Ideally, that’s probably 2030, so that there’s no confusion with preparations for 2028,” Probst added, referring to the Summer Games awarded to Los Angeles.The United States last hosted the Winter Games in Salt Lake City in 2002.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogUSOC board members discussed the pros and cons of possible 2026 or 2030 Winter Olympic bids on Friday, Probst said, adding that officials still need more information from the International Olympic Committee on the bidding process.Probst said the USOC wants to be part of the discussion if the IOC decides to award the 2026 and 2030 Olympics in one vote — as it did last month in choosing Paris for 2024 and Los Angeles for 2028. Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Pirates still peerless Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson In that case, the USOC could be interested in entering the next round of bidding.If so, they would need to select a bid city by next March, Probst said.Salt Lake City, Denver, Reno-Tahoe on Nevada’s border with California and other cities have expressed interest.“We really need more discussions with the IOC to understand their process and timing before we determine what our process is going to be,” USOC chief executive Scott Blackmun said.Probst said he has interpreted remarks from IOC president Thomas Bach about selecting a “more traditional” venue for the Winter Games as an indication that he wants them held in Europe or North America.ADVERTISEMENT 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 awardlast_img read more

Kathleen Baker sets world record in 100 back at US nationals

first_imgMichael Andrew, who turned pro five years ago at 14, won the 100 breaststroke. He rallied from fourth to first in 59.38 seconds, beating a field that included three Olympians.“Now I’ve got a spot for Pan Pacs and I’ve sealed the deal for worlds,” he said. “I know there’s certain things I can still improve on to get faster and I’m ready to do it.”The men’s 100 back was a duel of current and former Olympic champions. Ryan Murphy, who swept the backstroke events in Rio, edged 2012 Olympic winner Matt Grevers, who at 33 is 10 years older.Murphy touched in 52.51 and Grevers in 52.55.Olympic champion Lilly King won the women’s 100 breast in 1:05.36. Zane Grothe won the men’s 400 free.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names LATEST STORIES ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins 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 Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Baker has been diagnosed with Crohn’s disease, which causes inflammation of the digestive tract that can lead to abdominal pain, severe diarrhea, fatigue and weight loss.Katie Ledecky dominated the 400 freestyle, leading all the way to win by 3.12 seconds for her third victory of the meet.She earned her 16th national long-course title, tying Natalie Coughlin for seventh on the career list.Of course, Ledecky has a long way to go to equal or exceed Michael Phelps’ record 61 national titles.“That’s super impressive,” she said. “I’ll have to keep swimming for like 20 years to be able to match that.”Ledecky was under world-record pace through 250 meters with the crowd cheering loudly before she dropped off and finished in 3 minutes, 59.09 seconds. It was the 10th-fastest swim ever in the event, with Ledecky owning the other nine best times.Baker was warming up when Ledecky was swimming her race.“I said, ‘Kathleen, I think what the crowd needs tonight is a world record,’ and she said, ‘Yeah,’” her coach David Marsh said.Olympian Leah Smith gave chase the entire race and touched second in 4:02.21. Another Olympian, Haley Anderson, was third.Ledecky also won the 200 and 800 freestyles. Kathleen Baker celebrates after her world record in the women’s 100-meter backstroke final at the U.S. national championships swimming meet Saturday, July 28, 2018, in Irvine, Calif. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)IRVINE, Calif. — Kathleen Baker had settled for a first-place tie in the 200-meter backstroke. In the 100 back, she wanted the attention for herself.Setting a world record guaranteed it.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Olivia Smoliga was second in 58.75 and 16-year-old Regan Smith took third in 58.83, a junior world record.Baker completed a sweep of the backstroke events in Irvine, having tied Smith for the 200 title.“It’s really special to be able to have a tie when we both do so amazing,” Baker said, “but of course I’m overjoyed with the world record and a first-place swim.”As a result, Baker and Smith earned spots on the U.S. team for next month’s Pan Pacific championships in Japan and next year’s world championships.Baker earned a silver medal at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics in the 100 back.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Olympic champ Biles triumphs in return to competition MOST READ DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? The 21-year-old Olympian won in 58.00 seconds at the U.S. national championships on Saturday night, lowering the world mark of 58.10 set by Kylie Masse of Canada at last year’s world championships in Hungary. Baker finished second to Masse in Budapest.“I’m sort of on cloud nine right now,” said Baker, known for keeping her goal times in her cell phone as a daily reminder.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“Right now it’s a 58.10 and I just broke that so now I’m going to put 57.99 down,” she said, laughing.Baker also took possession of the American record, bettering the time of 58.33 set by Missy Franklin in 2012. Franklin didn’t enter the backstroke events at nationals after having surgery on both shoulders 1 1/2 years ago. View commentslast_img read more

Bicycle thief jailed

first_imgA mason who stole a bicycle was on Thursday jailed when he appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.John Cameron was on trial before Senior Magistrate Dylon Bess and was sentenced to six months’ imprisonment for stealing a bicycle.The 20-year-old mason had initially denied the charge which stated that on June 8, 2019, at North Road, Bourda, Georgetown, he stole one bicycle valued $22,500 from Marlon Walcott.However, when the matter was called on Thursday, Cameron changed his not guilty plea to guilty.The prosecution’s case contended that on June 8 at about 08:00h, the Virtual Complainant rode his bicycle to his workplace and parked it. However, upon returning a few hours later, he noticed the bicycle missing.The matter was reported and CCTV footage in the area was examined. Cameron was seen removing the bicycle and as such, Police arrested him.The Magistrate, after listening to the facts, sentenced him to six months behind bars and placed him on a bond to keep the peace for one year.last_img read more

PSG’s Di Maria blames LVG for regularly changing his position at Man Utd

first_imgAngel di Maria says he was unable to settle at Manchester United because his position kept changing under boss Louis van Gaal.The Argentinian joined United from Real Madrid for a British record £59.7million in 2014 but left for Paris St Germain in August – and he has no regrets about the move.Di Maria told BBC1’s Football Focus: “It’s more that they didn’t let me settle properly than I couldn’t settle.“I started a game in one position then the next game in another. I scored goals playing in one position, then the next game I was picked to play in a different postion. I don’t think this helped me settle.“It’s up to the manager to decide but I think the player should be comfortable in that position and adapt to it.“I left and that team are still playing the same way. Out of the European competitions, far from being champions of the Premier League.“I don’t think it was my fault, or the fault of my team-mates. Every time I was given the opportunity I did all I could but it didn’t work out as I hoped.“So I decided to leave, not only to he happy but to win things. That’s what I’m doing here.”PSG have already wrapped up the Ligue 1 title and are looking forward to a Champions League quarter-final against Manchester City.“I’m very thankful to the manager (Laurent Blanc). From the beginning he was clear where he wanted to play me and has never changed his mind,” Di Maria added.“He has given me total freedom to move where I need to move and I’m very happy here. It wasn’t the case over there (United).” Angel Di Maria is expected to miss PSG’s home match with Nice 1last_img read more

DONEGAL CYCLE GROUP RAISES OVER €120,000 OVER 7 YEARS FOR LITTLE ANGELS SCHOOL

first_imgDelighted staff members of the Little Angels who were present on Saturday night along with the proprietor of Maggies Alice Lynch.There was excitement in Maggie’s Tavern Carrickmore, St. Johnston, on Saturday night as The Around Donegal Cycle Group handed over the proceedings from this year’s cycle to the Principle of The Little Angels school Mrs Angela Keane and Vice Principle Mrs Margaret Kennedy.With this being the final year of the cycle the group wanted to go out with a bang and that they did when the cheque was rolled out to the sum of €18,225 bringing the total over the 7 years to a staggering €124,485.Joe McKean, Clement Clarke and Gerald Crawford with a breakdown of the total money raised over the 7 years.An astonished Mrs Keane thanked the members of the group and went on to explain to everyone present how the money helps the school invest in the most up to date technology which was recently recognised as the school was awarded the Digital School of Distinction award which recognises schools who strive for excellence in integrating ICT seamlessly within a school. Dancers from the Ursula Moore Academy of Irish Dancing after just returning from a trip to Florida entertaining guests on the night.The Around Donegal Cycle group would like to thank everyone who supported them over the past 7 years as your generosity helped us get to this figure.Members of the Around Donegal Cycle group presenting the cheque to Mrs Angela Keane and Mrs Margaret Kennedy.DONEGAL CYCLE GROUP RAISES OVER €120,000 OVER 7 YEARS FOR LITTLE ANGELS SCHOOL was last modified: July 11th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Little Angels Schoolthe around donegal cycle grouplast_img read more

COUNCILLORS CLAIM MORE THAN €866,000 IN EXPENSES FOR 2010

first_imgDonegal’s County Councillors claimed more than €866,000 in expenses last year, new figures have revealed.The 29 members of the council claimed a total of €220,000 under their monthly allowance payments – all of which is tax-free.The other allowances for board members are made up from their work on various councils and committees. The councillor who claimed the most money was former County Mayor Brendan Byrne from Carrick who claimed a total of €57,976 including €3,245 on foreign travel.And the councillor who claimed the least amount of expenses last year was Raphoe politician Frank McBrearty who was paid €22,055.That figure is made up of €5,331 through the monthly allowance and a further €16,724 in representational payments which is received by all councillors.Current Lord Mayor, Cllr Cora Harvey of Sinn Fein, claimed a total of €45,198 including her Cathaoirleach’s allowance of €20,959. Six councillors including Thomas Pringle, Dessie Larkin, Ciaran Brogan, Padraig Maclochlainn and Noel McBride all received a further €6,000 each as members of the strategic policy committee.In total members claimed €866,645 in expenses for 2010.EndsCOUNCILLORS CLAIM MORE THAN €866,000 IN EXPENSES FOR 2010 was last modified: May 6th, 2011 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

WET, COLDER, MISERABLE: THE DD WEDNESDAY WEATHER REPORT WITH THE MOUNT ERRIGAL HOTEL

first_imgDONEGAL Daily Weather Report, in association with The Mount Errigal Hotel, Letterkenny, Tel 07491 22700.Free Pint or Glass of Wine with all Josper Grill Main Courses today and every Wednesday.IT was supposed to be warm and sunny by now – but the forecasters were way off the mark last week and Atlantic fronts with loads of water on board will pound Donegal on Wednesday. After a wonderful April, May is turning into a very damp month so far.Light rain at dawn will soon turn heavier in the morning and will continue throughout the day, easing up around teatime before dying out. You might see some sunshine before dusk.It will be dry overnight before it all kicks in again on Thursday morning.Sources: BBC NI, Met Eireann, Sky. DONEGAL Daily Weather Report, in association with The Mount Errigal Hotel, Letterkenny, Tel 07491 22700.Free Pint or Glass of Wine with all Josper Grill Main Courses today and every Wednesday.  WET, COLDER, MISERABLE: THE DD WEDNESDAY WEATHER REPORT WITH THE MOUNT ERRIGAL HOTEL was last modified: May 6th, 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:donegalweatherWednesdaylast_img read more

Big plans unveiled for Letterkenny Kinnegar Jazz & Blues Festival

first_imgLetterkenny will be buzzing with activity at the beginning of July as the town hosts its first Jazz & Blues Festival. The event, in conjunction with Kinnegar Brewing, will be a three day festival of free live music in popular venues from Friday 5th- Sunday 7th July 2019. The Letterkenny Kinnegar Jazz & Blues Festival was officially launched this week at the Kinnegar Brewery, Ballyraine.Over the weekend, music fans can look forward to seeing a line-up of notable Jazz artists, including Grainne Duffy, Paddy Sherlock Band, Miranda Rosenberg and DD & The Delta Boys.Among the launch night’s attendees were publicans from The Orchard, Oasis, Warehouse Bar + Kitchen, Mc Ginleys and The Brewery.Launch of Letterkenny Kinnegar Jazz & Blues Festival, taking place on the 5th, 6th and 7th July 2019 in participating venuesSpeaking to Donegal Daily, Paddy Crossan, the Festival Creative Director said: “It’s great to see all the bars and local businesses in the town getting involved and working together for something of great benefit to the town as a whole.” The design of the festival gives festivalgoers the opportunity to explore the town as each participating bar will be providing entertainment during the day/night.Launch of Letterkenny Kinnegar Jazz & Blues Festival, taking place on the 5th, 6th and 7th July 2019 in participating venues“We would hope that this will be an annual festival if all goes well. This is an entirely voluntary run festival which is great as the people involved have so much passion and drive,” said Mark Black, Festival Director.The launch held had Kinnegar Brewery was quite something. Attendees received a full brewery tour of the site and even got sampling some of the up and coming products.“We are over the moon to have Kinnegar on board as festival sponsor. It was just the perfect fit – a growing brand for a growing festival. Not every town has their own brewery on their doorstep and we couldn’t thank Rick and Libby enough for getting involved on a dream that we turned into reality,” says Dermot O’ Donohue, Assistant Festival Manager.Launch of Letterkenny Kinnegar Jazz & Blues Festival, taking place on the 5th, 6th and 7th July 2019 in participating venuesThe Festival Committee would like to say a special thank you to Graphic Designer Aidan Spence for the festival’s logo design and Browne Printers for their launch night materials.A full programme of events and regular updates will be available on the Letterkenny Kinnegar Jazz & Blues Festival social media platforms over the coming weekend. Launch of Letterkenny Kinnegar Jazz & Blues Festival, taking place on the 5th, 6th and 7th July 2019 in participating venuesLaunch of Letterkenny Kinnegar Jazz & Blues Festival, taking place on the 5th, 6th and 7th July 2019 in participating venuesBig plans unveiled for Letterkenny Kinnegar Jazz & Blues Festival was last modified: May 9th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:EntertainmenteventsLetterkenny Kinnegar Jazz & Blues Festivalmc ginleysMUSICOasisThe Brewerythe orchardwarehouse bar + kitchenWhat’s on?last_img read more

Rude awakening for Letterkenny car owner after windows smashed

first_imgA Letterkenny resident had a shocking awakening on Sunday night after their car was damaged outside their home.The criminal damage incident occurred outside a house in Ardcrannagh, Gortlee on Sunday night/Monday morning at approx 1.45am.The car owner was awoken from their sleep to realise that two of their car windows were smashed. The passenger window and the rear windscreen of the car were targetted in the attack.Gardaí are appealing to the public for any information which may help with the investigation. If anyone saw anything suspicious please contact Letterkenny Garda Station on 0749167100 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800666111Rude awakening for Letterkenny car owner after windows smashed was last modified: October 22nd, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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