Captain Stafanie feels like a ‘superstar’

first_imgStafanie Taylor, the Jamaican who led the regional women’s cricket team to its first ICC World T20 title, was treated to a welcome-home ceremony fit for a heroine inside the Pineapple Lounge at the Norman Manley International Airport yesterday.In attendance at yesterday’s event were Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange, who also represents the Spanish Town constituency from whence the cricketer hails; and Wilford ‘Billy’ Heaven, president of the Jamaica Cricket Association, who praised the Jamaican for having “team spirit that we have never seen before”.It was Taylor’s third time at the World Cup and first in the leadership role, having been appointed captain in September last year.”The road has been really rough, I can tell you being the captain and the leader. It left me with no friends,” she joked.”When we got into Barbados, I got a reception that I’ve never received before; I felt like a superstar when we arrived in Barbados yesterday, and today, it was like a reminder of feeling like a superstar,” she told the media.The 24-year-old said thanks to the fans, supporters, sponsors and her family at home who were eagerly awaiting her arrival.”Today, it is Spanish Town day,” joked Grange, who said all the people of the Caribbean will be talking about her constituent for years.”I am really happy to be here again. Stafanie has been a source of inspiration for many of us. Years from now, we will be talking about this little girl from Gordon Pen in Spanish Town that led a band of heroines from the Caribbean and made history in Kolkata, India,” said Grange.She added that “a big session” will take place for Taylor in Gordon Pen today and also assured that plans will begin soon to rehabilitate the Stafanie Taylor Oval at Eltham High School, where Taylor’s talent blossomed while a student there.Taylor, who was named Player of the Tournament for her consistent contribution, was named captain of the ICC Select World T20 team of the tournament, which includes fellow West Indies player, Barbadian all rounder Deandra Dottin.Patrick King, director of customer solutions, Digicel, which is the main sponsor of West Indies cricket, said his organisation remains proud to be a part of the ascendancy of the game in the region.The West Indies men’s team also won the World T20 title, on Sunday in England, and in February, the West Indies Under-19 team won the ICC Youth World Cup in Sri Lanka.last_img read more

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Hard-charging Harvick

first_img“This had to be the wildest Daytona 500 I’ve ever watched,” Childress said. “I kept my eyes shut there for a little while it was so wild.” It took several moments for NASCAR to declare the winner, finally giving it to Harvick and spoiling what would have been the biggest victory of the 48-year-old Martin’s career. “I really wanted to win that thing,” Martin said. “They were going to have to pry it out of my fingers, man.” Harvick did just that, never letting off the gas as he charged from 29th to first in 22 laps. “My go-kart experience over the winter paid off, because I didn’t let off the floor and we just kept hitting things and the wall and bouncing off everything,” Harvick said. “But man, this is the Daytona 500. Can you believe it?” With the checkered flag in sight, Martin simply came up short – a mere length of a car hood – in a wild, wreck-filled finish. Harvick beat the sentimental favorite to win NASCAR’s premier race Sunday, six years to the day after Dale Earnhardt was killed on the final lap. Just days after his death, it was Harvick who was hired to replace him, and he rewarded Richard Childress with the car owner’s second Daytona 500 victory – Earnhardt won the other in 1998. After a cheating scandal nearly ruined the Great American Race, it was just the finish NASCAR needed to put racing back in the spotlight. Five teams were busted for breaking the rules during Speedweeks – including two-time winner Michael Waltrip, who broke the NASCAR code by tampering with his fuel before qualifying and humiliated Toyota in its Nextel Cup debut. The scandal put the sport in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons, and NASCAR ratcheted up its penalty process to prevent its biggest race from turning into a joke. Finishes like this one might fix everything. “Any time there’s a good race on the racetrack, it helps mend things,” Harvick said. “But I think it’s still going to take a little bit to get over some of the issues that happened.” For at least one night, the talk will be of the victory Martin had in his sight and the way Harvick yanked it from him. Martin, making his 23rd attempt at a 500 win, could see the checkered flag when Harvick barreled along the outside of him. Just as Harvick pushed into the lead, Busch wiggled behind them and bumped into Matt Kenseth to start a melee. Kenseth was spinning and Greg Biffle was, too. Bowyer flipped onto his roof and through the grass, flames shooting through the windshield. But Harvick and Martin continued to race side by side, waiting for NASCAR to call for a caution. When it finally came, Harvick and Martin were at the finish line, and Harvick was just barely ahead. The winning margin was .020 seconds, and NASCAR had to review the tape just to be sure who was going to Victory Lane. Harvick never doubted the outcome. “I got so excited at the end of the race, and I knew we had won,” he said. “I just didn’t realize how excited I was, and I punched the dang mirror out of the car. Just overexcited, I guess. Knocked the mirror right out.” Martin finished second, followed by Jeff Burton, Harvick’s teammate, and Mike Wallace, who raced his way into the 500. Fifth place was rookie David Ragan, the kid who replaced Martin when he left Roush Racing this winter after 19 seasons. Martin left the powerhouse Roush team because he wanted to ease his way into retirement, and he got the opportunity to do it with a partial schedule at Ginn Racing – a second-tier team bought last year by a Florida land developer trying to satisfy his love of NASCAR. The decision was questioned by those who wondered if Bobby Ginn could give the ultra-competitive Martin cars capable of winning. Boy, did he ever. “I haven’t even seen the finish. It is what it is,” Martin said. “We were inches or feet or whatever. We were short. It was so close, but it was second. I let it slip away, slip through my fingers, and I’m fine with that. I am very proud of what this team did for me this weekend.” Martin led 26 laps and was out front when a five-car accident brought racing to a standstill with five laps to go. It made for an agonizing 11 minutes, 39 seconds for Martin, who sat idly in his car trying to plot his strategy during the stoppage. When racing resumed with two laps to go, Martin seemingly needed only to hold off Busch in a sprint to the finish. He weaved high and then low to block Busch’s attempts, which may have briefly distracted him from Harvick. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – So focused was Mark Martin on hard-charging Kevin Harvick, he had no inkling of the chaos unfolding behind him. With less than a mile to go in the Daytona 500, Kyle Busch’s car was spinning. Clint Bowyer’s was upside down and on fire. Five other cars bumped and banged, careening into one another in a smoke-filled mass of twisted metal. last_img read more

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Imus’ last insult

first_imgDON’T pity shock jock talk show host Don Imus he got what he deserved, if 20 years too late. Imus got rich insulting Jews, Muslims and just about everybody else individually and collectively. It’s proof of the inexorable laws of karma that he fell over a despicable remark that needs no repeating (since everyone has heard it hundreds of times and probably repeated it themselves). But Imus didn’t get fired from his network talk shows for saying something hateful. It took five days of national controversy before advertisers decided to drop him. Without being able to profit from his insults, the networks pulled the plug. This was not a victory for civility in our cultural life, or a defeat for freedom of speech. It was yet another example of how the power of money determines the course of our cultural evolution in the face of the passivity of the public. Pornography, anti-social rap music, empty political rhetoric are all driven by their capacity to attract a lot of money. If middle America, the silenced majority, were to speak up as loudly as the fringes of society, we would have a healthier culture and, for that matter, more interesting talk shows. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Another petition launched on lack of caribou consultation

first_imgVICTORIA, B.C. – A petition of more than 12,000 signatures were delivered to the Legislature by BC Liberal MLAs Greg Kyllo and Doug Clovechok as an outline of their constituents disappointment with John Horgan and how the NDP turned out their caribou consultation.“While John Horgan finally realized the error of his ways and extended the online consultation period to May 31st, he’s still not bringing local officials directly to the table to discuss the potential impact of his policies,” says Kyllo, MLA for Shuswap. “My community has significant concerns around backcountry closures in particular, but these concerns are falling on deaf ears.”Sicamous Mayor Terry Rysz says that while he recognizes the value of caribou recovery, all parties need to work together to find a solution.- Advertisement -“The key concern for us is public consultation. We need to be at the table when they have these conversations because of the social and economic impact these decisions could have on places like Sicamous, Revelstoke and the Columbia Regional District,” says Rysz. “It’sincredibly important that we’re part of the conversation, and I think we can be a serious part of the solution as well.”Revelstoke Mayor Gary Sulz says a location-based solution is needed.“Stakeholders and community leaders in affected areas need to be sitting at the table, helping to finalize the government’s plan to address the caribou situation,” says Sulz. “Typing up an online submission doesn’t cut it. Our voices need to be heard loud and clear,face-to-face, so that the powers that be can truly understand why we’re so passionate about this issue.”Advertisement Columbia River-Revelstoke MLA Doug Clovechok says John Horgan and the NDP have utterly failed on this consultation effort.“Appointing the very capable Blair Lekstrom to oversee the rest of the consultation process is great, but as far as we know he will only be doing so in the Peace Region,” says Clovechok. “John Horgan continues to pick and choose who will help shape important decisions in this province that affect people’s livelihoods. It’s unfair, and our ruralcommunities deserve better.”At the beginning of April, a petition of 30,000 signatures was delivered by the Concerned Citizens for Caribou Recovery to the Legislature. Peace River South MLA, Mike Bernier, says the Peace Region cannot afford the potential shutdowns of industries due to the Caribou Recovery.To read more about that petition; CLICK HERE Advertisementlast_img read more

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Louis van Gaal v David Moyes: Damning stats but have United improved under the Dutchman?

first_img3 3 After 24 games in charge, Louis van Gaal has won 12 games – exactly the same as David Moyes. So is the Dutchman the real deal and have the 20-time champions of England improved under his stewardship? A year ago, Manchester United delivered 81 crosses against a Fulham side that went on to be relegated, leaving David Moyes ridiculed.Fast-forward to this season, and new boss Louis van Gaal is facing similar criticism with United’s identity crisis the centre of debate again.The Dutchman produced a four-page dossier to counteract claims from West Ham manager, Sam Allardyce, that United were a long ball team, but it is beginning to dawn on Red Devil fans that van Gaal may not be the ‘total football’ manager they thought he was.After 25 Premier League games in charge, van Gaal has won 13 games – one more than Moyes. So is the Dutchman the real deal and have the 20-time champions of England improved under his stewardship? talkSPORT takes a look…PointsUnited currently sit third with 47 points from 25 Premier League games under van Gaal, 12 points behind leaders Chelsea.At the same stage last season, Moyes’s Red Devils were seventh with 41 points from the same number of games, 15 points behind the team in first (Chelsea, again).Moyes’s team was more impressive that Van Gaal away from home, collecting 20 points compared to 16, but the Dutchman has a superior home record, amassing 28 points at Old Trafford, whereas Moyes took 21. Style of playThe first point to note is that Van Gaal has spent £141.7m on his United squad compared to Moyes’ £64.5m outlay.The Dutchman has tinkered with personnel and formations from day one – including moving Wayne Rooney into midfield and playing Angel Di Maria as a striker – but appears unclear as to United’s best system.Moyes stuck to a more traditional 4-4-2, with a four-man defence, two-holding midfielders, two-wingers and two strikers.The problem for the Scot though, is he almost tried to replicate his style at Everton and supporters grew frustrated at the perceived negative and cautious playing style.Under van Gaal, United have tightened up defensively and even though a new central defender is high on the shopping list, the Dutchman has done well considering United’s’ vast injury list earlier this season.However, United fans are accustomed to attacking teams from Sir Alex Ferguson’s era – bold, adventurous and risk-taking – and there is concern that van Gaal is pushing United too much towards a continental brand of possession football, with a lack of width and penetration that makes the Red Devils easy to play against. 3 SelectionMoyes drew criticism for ‘negative’ team selections and not dropping under-performing players such as Robin van Persie.Similarly, van Gaal has been reluctant to drop the likes of Van Persie and Wayne Rooney for sub-par performances. But the Dutchman exudes a steely arrogance and ignores fans’ calls for Radamel Falcao and Ander Herrera to be given a more prominent role.Van Gaal said he needed three months for his ‘philosophy’ to rub off on the team, but he continues to bemuse fans by deploying Rooney in midfield and Di Maria up front – and the British transfer signing continually cuts a despondent figure at Old Trafford.However, both Moyes and van Gaal have stayed true to United’s tradition to promote youth, with Adnan Januzaj, Tyler Blackett, James Wilson and Paddy McNair benefitting.Verdict:United supporters hoped Van Gaal’s association with ‘total football’ would promote a change in fortunes at Old Trafford following a dismal campaign last season.Comparing the Dutchman to Moyes is tiresome – van Gaal is worthy of Manchester United manager, and has a CV to prove it. But, one can only imagine the ridicule David Moyes would have endured if he lost 4-0 to MK Dons, drew at Cambridge and laboured to victory at Yeovil.Nonetheless, van Gaal should get United into the top four, and next season will be the real barometer by which the Dutchman should be judged on, but there’s no doubt a change in style is needed to appease the fans.Watch Louis van Gaal discuss his ‘philosophy’ prior to the World Cup last year:United fans, what do you think of van Gaal’s reign so far and do you think the Red Devils have improved under the Dutchman? Comment below…last_img read more

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Russia players find solace in thousands of World Cup fans

first_imgThe long-suffering Russians entered the biggest event in sport as its lowest-ranked nation but ended up coming up just short of reaching their first World Cup semi-final in 52 years.They lost to Croatia 4-3 on penalties after extra-time ended with the sides deadlocked at 2-2 in the Black Sea resort of Sochi on Saturday.“You were not the 12th player — you were the 12th, 13th, 14th, 15th and 16th players,” Cherchesov told the crowd gathered on a scenic hill overlooking Luzhniki Stadium.“We felt your support from the first second.”The national team has been gaining followers and drawing increasing political attention from government leaders with every win.Thousands of Russia fans greeted their World Cup team in a Moscow fan zone after their darmatic loss in the quarter-finals © AFP / Maxim ZMEYEVPresident Vladimir Putin has invited Cherchesov and his charges to the Kremlin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev came down into the players’ locker room after the loss.The men in red themselves sounded inconsolable on Saturday.Their mood appeared to have brightened by the time they had returned to Moscow to greet their worshipping fans.Forward Fedor Smolov received a rousing reception despite making a mess of Russia’s penalty kicks.“I am so happy to be a citizen of Russia,” he told the crowd.“No other team in the world has fans like we do.”Midfielder Denis Cheryshev dedicated his four goals — tied for second-most in the tournament behind England forward Harry Kane’s six — to “the whole country”.“Of course we wanted to go further,” he admitted. “Thank you from the bottom of my soul — we love you.”Other players took turns thanking supporters before the ceremony ended with a rousing rendition of the Russian national anthem.The entire ceremony was aired live on national TV.“Yesterday, there were tears,” said defender Sergei Ignashevich.“I had them and the guys did. They were tears from the loss, and tears of happiness. Thank you.”The 38-year-old came out of international retirement to play for Russia one last time after injuries depleted their defence.He called an end to his playing career earlier in the day.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Coach Stanislav Cherchesov and the Russia team greeted supporters at the Moscow fan zone © AFP / Maxim ZMEYEVMOSCOW, Russian Federation, Jul 8 – Thousands of cheering and flag-waving Russian fans thanked their disappointed players on Sunday after the host nation’s fairytale World Cup run came to a crushing end with a shootout loss to Croatia.Coach Stanislav Cherchesov led his team onto a stage to a heroes’ welcome in a Moscow fan zone on a sunny day that was meant to put a patriotic exclamation point on Russia’s ability to beat the odds.last_img read more

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Gardai demand mandatory jail for assaults on officers after drunk driver with 84 convictions walks free

first_imgGardai have called for mandatory jail sentences for people who assault their members after a man with 84 convictions walked free from court after driving his car at an officer and seriously injured him.Paul McGillion was drunk and already disqualified from driving when he drove his Honda car at Garda Michael Kilcoyne in Letterkenny in July, 2015. Garda Kilcoyne was hospitalised and suffered “life-changing” injuries, according to Judge Terence O’Sullivan.McGillion, of Manorcunningham, pleaded guilty to endangerment as well as drink-driving, dangerous driving, driving while disqualified and driving without insurance.However, after hearing that McGillion, now 32, had turned his life around, was employed and had two children, Judge O’Sullivan suspended the three-year jail sentence he imposed on McGillion at Letterkenny Circuit Court.A visibly disbelieving Garda Kilcoyne shook his head at the rear of the courtroom but did not comment on the ruling after the case.But now the Donegal Garda Representative Association (GRA) spokesperson has called for the introduction of mandatory sentencing for those who carry out assaults on gardaí and members of the emergency services.Garda Brendan O’Connor stressed that he was not specifically referring to the McGillion case.But he said “If people faced mandatory sentences for assaults on gardaí and emergency personnel, including the use of a vehicle it would act as a deterrent, that protection isn’t there at the moment.”The Dunfanaghy-based garda said that gardaí face danger every day.“Yes, I do think that gardaí face danger, physical danger. People who choose not to stop in cars, put their own lives, the lives of the public and the lives of gardaí at risk. Such people are prepared to act with total disregard for anyone’s safety and mandatory sentencing should reflect the risks associated with their recklessness.”He said the issue of people using cars to avoid detection is happening time and time again.And he added that mandatory sentences for attacks on Gardai now need to be brought in.“Time and time again, we see people taking extreme action to evade detection and it’s our members who are exposed to extreme danger as a result. We believe that mandatory sentences would go some way to address this issue and provide better protection to all emergency service personnel,” he said.Two Donegal-based Gardai, Robbie McCallion and Paul McLaughlin, have already died in the line of duty by cars.Garda McCallion died in 2009 after being struck by a car during a botched car robbery at Tara Court in Letterkenny.The man who killed him, 19-year-old Jamie McGrenaghan, from Kerrykeel, pleading guilty to dangerous driving causing the death of the officer and was jailed for seven years with the last year suspended in 2011.After the case, Garda McCallion’s family said that it was vitally important that gardaí are adequately protected when they are carrying out their duty.In the statement the McCallion family asked the question ‘they protect us, who is going to protect them?’Meanwhile Garda McLoughlin, 24, died in December 2009 after being struck by a car being driven by drunk-driver Martin McDermott, 26.McDermott, from Raphoe, who had 91 previous convictions, was jailed for 7 years for Garda McLoughlin’s manslaughter.Gardai demand mandatory jail for assaults on officers after drunk driver with 84 convictions walks free was last modified: May 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)last_img read more

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Mane reveals funny text to Firmino before Liverpool’s win over PSG

first_img“You’ve all seen the ‘no look’ goals so I think he doesn’t need his eye to play.“I texted him saying, ‘You don’t need your eye’!”Firmino’s stoppage-time strike extend Liverpool’s 100 per cent record to six matches.But Mane insists he and the rest of the squad are not getting carried away as they sit top of both the Premier League table and their Champions League group.“It’s a great start,” he added.“It is too early to speak about anything, but it is very important for us to focus more because we are Liverpool, we are a stronger team, and we will try to do our best every game. 3 shining He did not train on Sunday or Monday as a result and there was doubts over his fitness for the Reds’ first Champions League outing of the season against PSG.But Mane was not prepared to give up on his team-mate and sent him a text 24 hours before the clash against the French champions that he simply had to play.Good job, too, because Firmino later came off the bench to score the winning goal in a stunning 3-2 victory.“I think Bobby doesn’t need his eye to play so I told him,” said the Senegal international after the five-goal thriller at Anfield.“I sent him a message on Monday saying, ‘Hey Bobby, come on, we need you’. 3 Fortunately this incident at Wembley left no more than a minor scratch on Firmino’s eye England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won possible standings Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade huge blow How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Firmino was forced off against Tottenham and sent to hospital “I think it’s a big result (against PSG) honestly. It is very important for us to keep going on our good run.“It was not an easy game because PSG are one of the best teams in the world, but we played very well and deserved to win.” Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Latest Premier League news on talkSPORT.com silverware REVEALED Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? REVEALED smart causal Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Firmino’s late strike earned Liverpool a great win at Anfield no dice Liverpool star Sadio Mane has revealed he told Roberto Firmino to declare himself fit for Tuesday’s Champions League opener against Paris Saint-Germain, texting his team-mate before the game: ‘We need you to play – you don’t need your eye!’Firmino started the Anfield clash on the bench after a severe poke in the eye from Jan Vertonghen in Saturday’s victory over Tottenham left the Brazilian with an abrasion to his left cornea. 3 Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester starslast_img read more

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DONEGAL FRIENDS TO TAKE ON EPIC RUN FOR ABANDONED BABIES

first_imgTwo Donegal friends are to take on an epic 100km run from Sligo to Letterkenny this weekend in aid of charity.Deirdre Boyle from Creeslough and Pauric O’Donnell from Letterkenny hope to complete the run in two days this Friday and Saturday.The pair are traveling to Uganda on July 19th to volunteer with the Loving Hearts Babies Home in Kampala, Uganda. They have been training hard for the 2.5 marathon run by clocking up to 70 miles each over the past eight weeks.“The level of support we have received from friends, family and strangers is absolutely fantastic – the generosity of Irish people knows no bounds. It’s a difficult challenge we’ve set ourselves but we’ll be keeping our focus on the reason we’re doing this and the kids who are going to benefit from it,” Deirdre explained.Neither Deirdre or Pauric are strangers to running with both running marathons in the past but nothing comes close to the task of running two Ultramarathons one day after another.Pauric added “It’s the hardest challenge we’ve ever set ourselves, but we’re confident that with the support we’ve received and in the training we’ve completed that we will be able to achieve our goals and raise as much as possible for the orphanage in the process.” The Loving Hearts Babies Home (www.lovingheartsbabies.com) is a place abandoned babies from 0 to 2 years call home.They are committed to observe and maintain the dignity and rights of the abandoned/orphaned babies by providing the basic individual needs as enjoyed by other privileged babies with caring families.Pauric would like to thank Danny Ryan and the rest of the Core Training Group from Letterkenny for helping prepare him for the run as well as John Grant, Damien McGoohan and Terance Boyle who are their support crew this weekend.Deirdre would like to especially thank her family and friends who supported her in the build up to the run including John Boylan, Conal McFadden and her sister Evelyn for all their training help and everyone else who has sponsored and offered help to her efforts!Special thanks also goes to Tommy Gallagher from CorePro Fitness, Letterkenny who worked hard as the physio for the guys and to Brian McMonagle who has generously donated the use of the HydroTherapy in Aura Leisure Centre to the runners in the build up to the weekend – something that Pauric and Deirdre found essential in their training recovery and run preparation. If you’d like to sponsor the guys, in the knowledge that every penny will be taken straight to those who need it, you can do so on their online donation page here…http://www.give2go.ie/profile/DeeboyleDONEGAL FRIENDS TO TAKE ON EPIC RUN FOR ABANDONED BABIES was last modified: July 4th, 2012 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:charityDeirdre BoylePauric O’DonnellSligo to Letterkennylast_img read more

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No. 39 Men’s Tennis Heads to No. 23 Minnesota

first_imgDES MOINES, Iowa – The 39th-ranked Drake University men’s tennis team travels to No. 23 Minnesota on Sunday at 1 p.m. The Gophers will be the Bulldogs’ sixth ranked opponent as Drake has a 4-3 record. Last weekend, Drake got back to its winning ways as it defeated Western Michigan 4-3 and Green Bay 4-1. In the latest ITA rankings, senior Ben Lott is ranked 76th in singles and 50th in doubles with Calum MacGeoch. Vinny Gillespie and Bayo Philips are tabbed 51st best with their 6-1 record. Minnesota will play Green Bay on Friday, prior to hosting Drake. The Gophers are coming off a close loss in their first Big Ten match to Wisconsin last weekend, falling 4-3. The Bulldogs’ schedule doesn’t get any easier as they travel to No. 35 LSU on Feb. 19, Louisiana on Feb. 20 and No. 30 Tulane on Feb. 21. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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