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Republic Of Ireland Supporters Hold Table Quiz In Galway On October 10th

first_imgGerard Blair, Dominick Walsh and Stephen Deady of the RISSCW joined John in studio to talk about the club and the quiz! Audio Playerhttps://download-galwaybay.sharp-stream.com/RISSCW%20TABLE%20QUIZ.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. The RISSCW (Republic Of Ireland Supporters Club Western Branch) will be holding their now annual Table Quiz in the Dail Bar Cross Street Galway on Wednesday October 10th starting at 8.30pm.center_img Dominick, Stephen and Gerard of the RISSCW with John in Galway Bay FM following their interview about the quizprint WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

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Usman Khawaja confident of Boxing Day Test return

first_imgKhawaja has missed Australia’s past two Tests with a hamstring strain and must prove himself fit in Sydney Thunder’s Big Bash League clash with Melbourne Stars if he is to be included in the Test XI for Boxing Day at the MCG.He said he was confident of being ready to take on West Indies at the MCG from next Saturday and expected to know exactly where he stood following Sunday’s hit-out in Melbourne.”If there’s one thing that gets real sore after a T20 game, it’s my hamstring,” Khawaja said.”It’s going to be a test and I’m not going to go out there and nurse it in any way because I want to test it. I don’t want to go into the Boxing Day Test match not having that confidence.”I want to go out pretty hard.”In Khawaja’s absence, Shaun Marsh made the most of his opportunity in the first Test against West Indies in Hobart with 182, making him hard to displace.The Australian selectors are faced with a difficult choice between dropping Marsh or opener Joe Burns or excluding Khawaja.Khawaja was excellent in the opening two Tests of the summer against New Zealand, with two centuries, and said he would be happy slotting into any position in the top order.The 29-year-old said he could not guarantee he would not break down again but was comfortable with how his hamstring was feeling.”If I had any doubts, I wouldn’t go in but that’s not to say I’m not under risk,” Khawaja said.”There’s always a risk coming back from [hamstring] tears.”I’ve done everything I possibly can to get back to this point. I’m confident but I can’t predict the future.”AAPlast_img read more

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Dramatic win in Dambulla for Aussie captain Warner

first_imgIt’s loud, with people cutting holes in the fence to get in at the corner of the ground where there are banks for standing.During his countless skirmishes with authority did Australia’s newest leader imagine this would be his fate? It is now. Nerves? Good luck telling with a bloke who bills by the hour in bravado.He calls heads, it falls tail. They’ll bowl, despite his acknowledged wish to do otherwise. “Looks a nice wicket,” Warner concedes.This is Dave’s Day One: how it happened, as it happened.3pm – Sri Lanka 2-42, 6 overs: Tillakaratne Dilshan 14, Dinesh Chandimal 15Fast, full and straight. Stumps pegged back. Mitchell Starc’s first over party trick really isn’t a bad one, nursing Warner nicely into this captaincy caper. Take a load off, Danushka Gunathalika.As much as this is Warner’s day, it’s also Tillakaratne Dilshan’s, this the 330th and final time he will walk out in a Sri Lankan ODI. To give a sense of the 39-year-old’s longevity, he debuted for Sri Lanka when the Millennium Bug was still a real and present danger.His presence gets the crowd going, now climbing trees in the outer in a throwback to simpler times. More by the moment as Dilshan dispatches a Starc half-volley then takes a ball from well outside off-stump to the rope on the other side of the ground as a reminder that convention has never been his thing.Meanwhile, Hazlewood’s return to favour earned Warner’s men a reward eight deliveries into his day. The bustling Bendemeer boy drew Kusal Mendis forward and prodding, the captain doing the rest at second slip.Arguably the most important local wicket. So far so good, even if new man Dinesh Chandimal’s driving looks on point.4pm – Sri Lanka 3-96, 19 overs: Dinesh Chandimal 36, Angelo Mathews 0A captain’s dream, John Hastings. Almost a year since his most unlikely return to international cricket, he’s back to toil on a belter of a track – what he does best. A maiden first up, and two from his second over, completely stunting any flow Dilshan and Chandimal built in their productive Starc counterattack.James Faulkner helped – only one boundary in the final four overs of the power play. The game is just where Warner needs before the accumulation phase: slow.Hastings and Faulkner’s initial four over forays conceding nine and 14 respectively preceded the introduction of Adam Zampa. His also-frugal beginning encouraged the incorrigible, Dilshan, following up an effective sweep with a nonsense chip to midwicket. After 10,920 runs, there would be no more with a 360-degree goodbye to the adoring fans.5pm – Sri Lanka 5-143, 32 overs: Dinesh Chandimal 62, Kusal Perera 5Zampa’d. That’s what Angelo Matthews was. He was Zampa’d. Handy to have a trademark with fewer than nine months’ international experience, but this is what it is to be trapped by the wrist spinner by a straight one colliding with leg stump via your pad. Usually after a DRS referral.Scoring just one, the Sri Lankan skipper had failed. The advantage to his counterpart should have been augmented when the reintroduction of Hazlewood brought another high-on-the-bat edge. It wouldn’t be: Warner grassing the straight-forward chance off Chandimal. It all went down when he was on 41. Might hear about that again? Feels that way; he’s beyond 50 now for the sixth time in his last seven starts.At least his seamers are doing the job. Nicely rotated to let Zampa at it from one end, short burts from Starc then Faulkner then Hastings are all effective, the locals now well behind the game. When Dhananjaya De Silva holed out, 30 had been added in 54 balls for the fourth wicket. They’re languishing.6:20pm: Sri Lanka all out 226, 49.2 oversStarc back: his in-swinging yorker again hits stumps, this time Kusal Perera’s. Rinse and repeat. The auxiliary quicks Hastings and Hazlewood continued to be tidy as a hotel bed, the former into the book when Thisara tried to slog his simple slower ball. Loved it too, the triumphant bowler.For all this middle-overs graft happy hour is never fun for the captain between sums and field tweaks and general chaos. But when Zampa came back and immediately had Seekkuge Prasanna out slapping as well, maybe they could shift them before 200?That would require shifting Chandimal first. The man Warner dropped continued his shrewd accumulation while Dilruwan Perera took on the attack. Warner had a chance to end the stand, missing a run out opportunity with three stumps to aim at, the target now beyond 200.Finally, the last of the three Perera’s gone when Hastings had him swatting to midwicket, the skipper again in the game with the catch, the quick finishing with orderly figures of 2 for 42.A Chandimal single to deep cover brings up his ton. He had a chance, sure. But integral in getting the hosts to a credible total. He finally packed it in without adding to the century, Australia’s death-over specialist Faulkner collecting the last, 2 for 44 his fine afternoon.All told, just about the perfect bowling performance to dine on with the best of them Zampa, claiming another 3-for, conceding only 38. He has skills.8pm – Australia 3-83, 17 overs (Bailey 19, Head 21)Amila Aponso hadn’t been hit for boundary of any variety in his only two ODIs to date, pocketing a man of the match in Colombo as well. Aaron Finch’s response? Hitting him over the cover rope first ball he bowled. That’s intent to match a solid start.But then… oh how Warner may rue that cut that wasn’t quite, caught at point, dismissed by his opposing number Mathews for 10. Dilshan with the snaffle – would it be right him for him end up a winner tonight, the retiring champion?That romantic narrative is helped by Finch, who won the first Aponso battle but comprehensively lost the war within a quarter hour, the second to fall when trapped LBW on 30. And Shaun Marsh. He may not always get out early, but when he does it sure looks awful with the catch he gifted to mid off defying a man of his talent through that region.So Bailey to do the tidy up work from three-for-not-enough again, then. This time with Travis Head, elevated to the top five and off his training wheels; he has expectations on him tonight. And he looks up for it with a cut shot reminiscent his coach Darren Lehmann.9pm – Australia 4-165, 33 overs (Bailey 54, Wade 27)Bailey and Head, Head and Bailey. A 50 stand, then the youngun’s highest international score when smashing Thisara Perera through midwicket. But when bowled on the back foot cutting at spin in the way the Test side learned the hard way that you can’t in these conditions, he was gone for 36 when 56 or 76 was needed to guarantee a win. Even so, another innings of some presence. More, please.Bailey and Wade, Wade and Bailey. The two from the stoic stand on Wednesday. Boundaries to each; Bailey’s reversing Aponso, Wade dancing Perera of the off-spinning variety. A review denied to save Wade, another reverse sweep from Bailey, then a cut to bring up his own 50. That should do it, from the guy who used to stand in as captain. Easy from here. Right?10:04pm – Australia win by two wickets with 24 balls to spareNothing is ever easy, you fool. Wade had been a stumping candidate throughout, and missing a sweep he was finished for 42. Very handy runs, and another step in the right direction.But platitudes are forgotten when Bailey from nowhere let’s one skip through off his pad onto his off stump on 70. A vital 70. The defining innings of the match, assuming they don’t mess it up. Four balls later, though? A filthy holing out from the guy who is meant to eat up these chases for dinner, James Faulkner. Uh oh.Balls left no longer the issue, 21 to get with three wickets in hand is the only equation. But all bowlers. Thankfully one is Starc, who long-handles over the long on boundary. Then the next over picks out the same spot, albeit on the bounce this time. Home now, yeah? Not that quick. Next ball, he is caught at that identical long on position. Here we go…Blimey, Adam. Zampa is deep in the crease and cutting off his stumps, but gets enough wood on a ball that otherwise would certainly have bowled him. The result was secured, even if the same player was dropped when the scores were level, appropriately enough. Phew.”To be brutally honest, we should have won that five wickets down,” said Warner when it was all over, reflecting on the 2-1 lead his side take into the final pair of rubbers. 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England have potential for much more, says Southgate

first_imgEngland manager Gareth Southgate believes his team are “nowhere near” the level they will be capable of reaching in the future, he said ahead of the World Cup semi-final against Croatia.Southgate said that although England had made history in the manner in which they had progressed to the last four, there was the potential for much more.“We have to keep improving as a team, this team is nowhere near the level they are going to be capable of, partly because of their age and partly because over the next few years with us and with their clubs, they are going to have more and more big match experience,” he said“We are excited about the future but also we want to make the most of the opportunity we have on Wednesday as well.”Southgate said England’s dramatic improvement since Euro 2016, which ended with a humiliating defeat by Iceland in the last 16, was down to the FA’s backing.“We’ve got good support for the players and we’ve planned really well, watching hundreds of matches and learning as much as we possibly can and we are starting to see through the age groups some success because of that,” he said,England have reached the semi-finals for the first time since 1990.“We ere enjoying the journey, we came here to enjoy our football,” Southgate said.“We have been one of the youngest teams in the tournament and least experienced in the tournament and we were never quite sure how far this team go. The hunger of players has been there for everyone to see, we are proud of the style they have played.“We have won a game in stoppage-time, we have had to recover from conceding in the last minute, we have been through extra time, we have won on penalties, we have made several pieces of history — the biggest win, the first knockout win for 10 years, the first quarter-final win for longer…..We are looking to keep breaking those barriers down.”Southgate acknowledged that the team may have helped bring the country together in a time of political crisis.“Our country has been though some difficult moments in terms of unity and sport has the power to do that, and football in particular,” he said.“We can feel the energy form home and that is a privilege for us.”last_img read more

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Holder gives Windies fourth-day edge

first_img FAILED TO ADD LEEDS, England (CMC): Captain Jason Holder’s telling all-round contribution kept West Indies with their noses in front, but opposite number Joe Root was leading an England fightback, as the second Test at Headingley remained fascinatingly poised ahead of today’s penultimate day. At the end of an absorbing third day yesterday, England were 171 for three in their second innings – a lead of two runs after conceding a first-innings deficit of 169. Root was unbeaten on 45 and partnered by Dawid Malan on 21, while opener Mark Stoneman struck 54 to gather his first Test half-century in his second match at this level. Seamer Holder proved the Windies talisman, grabbing the key wickets of veteran opener Alastair Cook (23) and Tom Westley (8) to end with two for 44. The 25-year-old Holder had earlier helped lead a Windies rally as the Caribbean side were dismissed for 427 in their first innings after resuming the day 329 for five. He produced a cameo 43 off 54 deliveries while Jermaine Blackwood crunched a typically aggressive 49 in a 75-run, eighth-wicket partnership which proved invaluable after West Indies lost wickets off the first two balls of the day. Shai Hope, unbeaten on 147 overnight, failed to add when he nicked seamer Jimmy Anderson behind and wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich followed without scoring to a catch at second slip by Root off the next ball. However, Blackwood and Holder took the attack to England in an enterprising stand that took the total past 400. With the score ticking over, Holder holed out down the ground off seamer Chris Woakes in the fourth over following the first drinks break and in the next over, Blackwood misjudged a second run and was run out at the striker’s end. Anderson finished with five for 76 while Ben Stokes picked up two for 63. England were then given a solid start in their second innings by Cook and Stoneman, who put on an important 58 for the first wicket. The left-handed Cook played cautiously in a 63-ball knock that included two fours, while Stoneman struck seven fours in a 124-ball knock. Holder, whose nine overs on the trot before tea cost just 10 runs, got the breakthrough about 20 minutes before the interval when he beat Cook on a couple of occasions before finding the edge through to wicketkeeper Dowrich. Unbeaten on 35 at tea with England on 68 for one, Stoneman reached his half-century about half-hour after tea with a boundary to fine leg off Holder. Westley, on four at tea, escaped being run out when West Indies bungled an ideal chance with the right-hander stranded mid-pitch, but he perished in the next over, nicking a drive at Holder to Dowrich at 81 for two. Fast bowler Gabriel then returned to remove Stoneman with a superb delivery that angled in, straightened and rocked off-stump as the left-hander defended, leaving England stumbling at 94 for three. Windies had their tails up at this stage but Root, dropped on 10 by Kyle Hope at gully off pacer Kemar Roach, anchored an unbroken 77-run, fourth wicket partnership with Malan to steer England safely to the close. The right-handed Root has so far faced 82 deliveries and counted nine fours.last_img read more

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New Fort St. John hospital gearing up for move

first_imgThe hospital is nearing the end of its construction phase, and is shooting to get an occupancy permit around the middle of March, meaning Northern Health will have access into the building without any personal protective equipment. That means a lot of training is planned for April and May. Service commencement day, when Northern Health is handed the keys to the new facility, is still scheduled for May 31, 2012. Northern Health will be holding another community meeting on February 27 to update the public on the progress of the project and provide new pictures. That meeting will be held at the Quality Inn at 6:30 p.m. Project Director Tom Sparrow says educating staff on the move is important to keep everything flowing. “Based on the fact that it’s a new design, it’s very very important that all of our healthcare folks totally understand what that new design looks like and how they will effectively function within that area. Northern Health is also working to get all of the new equipment logistically placed into the new building, a process Sparrow describes as a “huge operation” that involves receiving the equipment, moving it in, installing it and certifying it and ensuring it it works properly. That’s all in addition to moving the existing equipment in the current hospital, along with the patients and residents. That move requires a “significant” amount of pre-planning, to ensure it is done properly and safely.- Advertisement -“Because of how important it is to safeguard our patients, our residents, our clinical and non-clinical staff, there is a huge amount of co-ordination, facilitation that has to take place not to ensure there is the safety of all concerned when we conduct the move. The actual physical move will take place over four to five days in mid-June.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Guus Hiddink rules out Didier Drogba reunion at Chelsea

first_imgChelsea interim manager Guus Hiddink does not expect Didier Drogba to return to Stamford Bridge this season after the striker announced his return to training with Montreal Impact.Drogba earlier this month had discussions with Major League Soccer over his future, but said reports he had retired from playing to join Chelsea’s coaching staff were premature.And that prospect appears to be over – for now.Hiddink, speaking after Chelsea’s 1-0 win at Arsenal on Sunday, said: “On the short-term, yes (there is no prospect).“But in the longer term we talked about players of a big influence or big image for this club, they are welcome.“There is no time issue on this.”The 37-year-old Drogba, who has a year to run on his contract with the Canadians, scored 164 goals in 381 appearances for the Blues, 157 of the strikes coming in 341 appearances in his first spell, which concluded with the 2012 Champions League victory in Munich.Suggestions of a move to Chelsea for a third time gathered pace when the former Ivory Coast striker watched the first match since the departure of Jose Mourinho alongside Hiddink and owner Roman Abramovich against Sunderland on December 19.Montreal Impact said on Sunday: “Forward Didier Drogba will not be present for the opening of the (training) camp, but he will be doing preparation work in view of the upcoming season.“He will join the team for the second part of training camp, which will take place from February 15 to 28 in St Petersburg, Florida.”Drogba wrote on Twitter: “On way to Qatar to do some preparation work for pre-season @impactmontreal.”Montreal’s season begins against Vancouver Whitecaps on March 6.Hiddink added: “I wish him all the best now for one of his last seasons.”last_img read more

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Sony OKs pasta-camera swap

first_imgA Missouri couple who found a jar of pasta sauce inside a box where a camcorder should have been said Tuesday that Sony Entertainment Inc. is giving them a new camcorder. Melisa Rittenberg, 36, of Perryville, said she was contacted by Sony on Monday, after talking to The Associated Press about the incident, which happened after the Rittenbergs bought the camcorder at a suburban St. Louis store. Rittenberg said she was told a replacement camera was in the mail. Phone messages left with Sony were not returned. “I’m satisfied because we’re finally going to get the camera we paid for,” Rittenberg said, though she remained angry that the store didn’t resolve the matter. Store manager Wade Trapp said his company had been in touch with the Rittenbergs and would follow up on the matter. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’The Rittenbergs paid about $1,600 for a camcorder last week. They said when they opened the box, they found a jar of Classico pasta sauce, a telephone cord and an electric outlet cover. The items were all positioned in the box where the camera equipment should have been, Melisa Rittenberg said. – Associated Presslast_img read more