Sammy, Russell struggle as Hurricanes beat Thunder

first_imgHOBART, Australia, CMC:Neither Darren Sammy nor Andre Russell were in top form but Hobart Hurricanes proved stronger, dealing Sydney Thunder their first loss of the Australian Big Bash here New Year’s Day.Sent in at the Bellerive Oval, Hurricanes rattled up 163 for six and then restricted Thunder to 152 for nine, to win by 11 runs.Both teams now have similar 3-1 records heading into the last two weeks of the preliminary round.For Hurricanes, George Bailey top scored with 56 not out while Sammy chipped in at the end with 18 off 10 deliveries, including one six.Russell was uncharacteristically expensive, sending down four overs of pace for 40 runs without taking a wicket.When Thunder batted, Russell also failed to shine, scoring just eight from five balls with a six, to be part of a lower order slump.Captain Mike Hussey lashed 71 from 58 balls to power his side, but was one of only three players in double figures as Thunder lost five wickets for 13 runs at the end to lose their way.Sammy’s three overs of medium pace went for 27 runs.last_img read more

Nissan Open notes: Kim not happy about lack of exemptions

first_imgHad he played in another tournament, made the cut and earned more money, his thinking is that he could have finished high enough on the money list to avoid having to go through the grueling Q School. Kim finished in a tie for second in the Valero Texas Open last year and because he placed in the top 10 he automatically received a spot in the Southern Farm Bureau Classic, where he finished tied for 16th. Kim, however, is playing on a sponsor’s exemption at the Nissan Open – his hometown tournament – at Riviera Country Club. He shot 72-69-141 and made the cut, tied for 38th, 10shots behind co-leaders Phil Mickelson and Padraig Harrington. Yet, he’s still fuming. Asked if he would skip some future tournaments because he didn’t get exemptions last year, Kim said: “We’ll play it by ear. We’ll see what happens. I’m definitely going to remember that. … Right now, I’m going to play as many as I can.” Kim, however, can’t dictate his schedule like Phil Mickelson or Tiger Woods. He has to maintain his PGA Tour card and has just $15,500 so far this year. He believes he can still win the Nissan Open, which pays the winner $936,000. “I didn’t have a good first twodays, but I have a chance to play good this weekend,” Kim said. “I still feel I have a shot to win the tournament.” Pavin’s way: Corey Pavin (UCLA) struggled with his putter in the first round, which prompted him to put in some extra practice on the green. He had one three-putt Thursday but none on Friday, as he turned things around with a 66 and is seven shots back of the lead. Pavin won the tournament – which he’s played 23 times – in 1994 and 1995. He has a lot of experience on the course, although most people think he has more than he really does. Pavin, who played golf at UCLA, could play at Riviera after 2 p.m. He took advantage of that perk twice but not after that. “We teed off at 2 and it was dark by 5,” Pavin said. “We only got in 13 holes, and I didn’t want to play (just) 13.” Berganio back: David Berganio (Granada Hills) has battled three bulging discs in his back – and related injuries – for the last3 years. Now that Berganio is nearly healthy, things are looking up. He has played through a hamstring injury in the Nissan Open and shot a first-round 77 but followed with a promising 69 Friday. He was thrilled, even though he missed the cut. “It was tough to see a couple of my friends (on tour) and a lot of acquaintances do well,” Berganio said. “I was happy for everyone, but I felt like I was missing out. I knew I’d get an opportunity, and that I’d be back.” Last year, Berganio played in just two tournaments. But he was working on nursing himself back to health. After his round Friday, he was set to do his stretching exercises. Where art thou Rocco? Remember Rocco Mediate? He won the 1991 Doral-Ryder Open and four other PGA events. But the last few years, he’s struggled with a back injury, too. So much so that he thought about quitting. Mediate shot a 5-under par 66 Friday and is tied for seventh, sixshots back of the lead. Mediate birdied the par-3 fourth, a tough hole both days. “A lot of people don’t know that, but I had to ask myself that question (of whether to quit) lastyear,” Mediate said. “I’m still here.” Mediate had a stint as a Golf Channel reporter recently, but someday he’d like to start designing golf courses. He’s proving he can still play with the best of them. Last year, Mediate was tied for fourth after three rounds of the Masters. His back problem kicked in during the final round and he shot an 80. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Then the sponsor exemptions ran out. “I thought I was going to have an opportunity to get my card through sponsor exemptions, but I obviously feel like I got snubbed there,” Kim said. “I had to go through three stages of QSchool, which was tough, then I needed a break.” Kim has made the cut in only one of four tournaments this year, finishing in a tie for 45th at the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic. He took a month off after QSchool, which he attributed to his slow start. Kim said “he’s over it,” but it doesn’t sound like it. “I was 165th on the money list in two tournaments (with earnings of $338,067) that other people are playing 30 events (to get),” Kim said. “So, you know, if I finish second (and) 16th and don’t get an opportunity when people said they were going to give me an opportunity, that’s a slap in the face.” center_img PACIFIC PALISADES – Anthony Kim is a rookie on the PGA Tour, but he already has a big-time beef with some tournament organizers. Kim, who grew up in Studio City, went through all three stages of Q School to earn his PGA Tour card. He’s the youngest player on tour at 21, but he felt sponsors should’ve given him more exemptions for PGA events last year. last_img read more

Derby County sign Burnley defender Jason Shackell

first_img Jason Shackell Derby County have signed defender Jason Shackell from Championship rivals Burnley.Shackell returns for a second spell with the Rams, moving for an undisclosed fee – understood to be in the region of £3m.The 31-year-old centre-back has put pen to paper on a three-year contract and becomes the seventh new arrival at the club this summer.“We’re thrilled that Jason Shackell has become our latest acquisition,” Derby head coach Paul Clement told the club’s official website.“He is an experienced defender at both Premier League and Championship level.“I know that the Derby County fans will know all about his qualities already, following his previous spell at the club.“We feel that we have made a number of exciting signings this summer and this one certainly falls into that category.“We’re delighted that he has chosen to join us and I look forward to working with him.”Shackell had only one season at Derby in his first spell but was ever-present for Nigel Clough’s side, making 49 appearances in all competitions before leaving for Burnley in the summer of 2012.He was ever-present in the top flight last season but Sean Dyche’s men were relegated back to the second tier. 1last_img read more


first_imgDONEGAL woman Maura Gallagher, a Foróige Youth Entrepreneurship teacher has been selected as Ireland’s best and will be honoured at the “Salute to the Entrepreneurial Spirit” Awards in…New York City!She will represent Foróige NFTE as a 2012 Global Enterprising Educator of the Year Winner, presented by MasterCard Worldwide.Maura is based in the Ballyshannon/Bundoran Neighbourhood Youth Project and will receive a commemorative award and an all expense-paid trip to the Big Apple.   DONEGAL WOMAN TO BE HONOURED IN NEW YORK FOR YOUTH WORK was last modified: March 7th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:BallyshannonbundoranDONEGAL WOMAN TO BE HONOURED IN NEW YORK FOR YOUTH WORKforoigelast_img read more


first_imgA Co Donegal cinema has now denied it has slapped a ban on the showing of steamy film ‘Fifty Shades of Grey.’Instead Cinema Inishowen in Buncrana say the reason for the no-show is because they cannot show it enough times!Chairman of the voluntary cinema, Adam Rory Porter, said he does not know where the claims that they banned the film came from. He said the real reason why they are not showing the film is because they did not meet the film distributor’s requirements.“We actually approached the distributor with a view to getting the film screened because we thought it will have huge appeal.“But we were tuned down because we did not fit their criteria.“They wanted us to show the film four times a day which we simply cannot do. “We are a small, non-profit cinema who only show one film a day in the evening time and a matinee on a Sunday.“There was no way we could show this film four times a day,” he said.St Mary’s Hall where the cinema is based belongs to the Diocese of Derry.But Mr Porter denied that this would have any influence over whether or not to show a film.“All films have a rating on them and we stick by that rating. To be honest we rarely get the new big releases because the distributor want us to show them four times a day which we simply can’t do. “I honestly don’t know where all this has come from because nobody I have spoken to said there was a ban at the cinema,” he said.CINEMA DENIES ‘FIFTY SHADES OF GREY’ BAN AND SAYS IT CAN’T GET ENOUGH! was last modified: February 5th, 2015 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

Families of fallen soldiers have varied reactions to Bush’s admissions

first_imgArnold Tyrrell, a machine operator in Polo, Ill., said Bush and his allies “are doing the best they can, for better or for worse.” Tyrrell’s 21-year-old son, Army Pvt. Scott Matthew Tyrrell, died in November 2003 from burns he suffered in Iraq. “I feel the administration did the best they could with what information they had and they acted on it,” Tyrrell said. “They’re saying, `OK, so we’re not perfect.’ You’ve got to jump sometimes and look back later.” John Adams of La Mesa, Calif., isn’t as forgiving. His 27-year-old son, Navy Lt. Thomas Mullen Adams, was killed in the war’s opening days when two Navy helicopters collided. “There has been a horrific mismanagement of the whole operation” in Iraq, Adams said. “It might be a small step for someone who has demonstrated extreme arrogance to acknowledge there were miscues.” He added: “It’s sort of like trying to unring a bell. It can’t really be done.” John Prazynski of Fairfield, Ohio, refuses to judge Bush a year after his son, 20-year-old Marine Lance Cpl. Taylor Prazynski, died from shrapnel flung by an exploding mortar shell. Prazynski has stayed active in support-the-troops efforts since his son’s death. He joined Bush and two wounded soldiers on opening day of the Cincinnati Reds’ baseball season for pregame ceremonies last month. “I’m certainly not going to pass judgment,” Prazynski said. “If you say, `Oh, gosh, now it’s hard, let’s quit,’ that would make us losers.” Celeste Zappala of Philadelphia has become a peace activist since her 30-year-old son, Army Sgt. Sherwood Baker, was killed by an explosion in Baghdad while deployed with the Pennsylvania National Guard. She said she was pleased to hear Bush sounding “somewhat contrite.” “But I can’t help but remember all the arrogance that has come before this day,” said Zappala, who attended another soldier’s funeral this week at Arlington National Cemetery. “I’m still really appalled that (Donald) Rumsfeld is still the secretary of defense. How many mistakes do you have to make before you step aside?” The Rev. Marc Unger of Exeter Baptist Church in Exeter, Calif., mourned the second anniversary Thursday of the rocket attack that killed his son, 19-year-old Army Spec. Daniel Unger. They had been exceptionally close, playing together on the church band, ministering to inmates at the local juvenile hall, and even practicing karate both were black belts. Despite his grief, Unger remains as supportive of the war, and of the president, as his son was when he died. “Bush is a good president, a good man trying to do the right thing,” Unger said. “He really cares. He has our absolute support.”`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 MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2The admissions by Bush and Blair drew strong, and divided, responses from families of soldiers killed in Iraq. More than 2,460 U.S. service members have died in the war since it began in March 2003. Blair, calling the violence in Iraq “ghastly,” acknowledged underestimating the insurgency’s determination. Bush said he regretted some of his “tough talk” such as saying Osama bin Laden was wanted “dead or alive” and challenging America’s enemies to “bring it on.” Some family members criticized Bush for owning up to mistakes only after his poll numbers and public support for the war have reached all-time lows. Others said they forgave the president and continue to support the goal of establishing a stable Iraqi democracy. Eddie Mae Owens of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., lost her nephew, Sgt. 1st Class Brett Eugene Walden, 40, last August in Iraq when a civilian fuel truck crashed into his Army vehicle. She says she still backs Bush’s tough stance. “I would rather have a president that’s tough than trying to placate our enemy,” Owens said. “You can always do Monday morning quarterbacking. You can always say you would have done things different if you knew what the outcome would have been.” SAVANNAH, Ga. – It’s been 10 months since a roadside bomb in Iraq killed Cathy Brunson’s son and three fellow Georgia National Guardsmen – not long enough to heal, she says, and too late to take much comfort in President George W. Bush’s admission he’s made mistakes in conducting the war. “No matter what is said or done now, it’s not going to bring back the 2,000-plus soldiers that were killed,” Brunson of Sylvester, Ga., said Friday, a day after Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair offered sobering acknowledgments of missteps in their handling of Iraq. Her son, 30-year-old Spc. Jacques “Gus” Brunson, a former prison guard, was among 11 Georgia citizen-soldiers killed over 11 days when the National Guard’s 48th Infantry Brigade deployed to Iraq last year. “For the families who have lost their sons, brothers, husbands, it is kind of late now to acknowledge that `OK, we did make mistakes,”‘ said Brunson, who keeps a photo of her son on her desk at the tax assessor’s office in south Georgia’s rural Worth County. last_img

Teaching democracy via diplomacy

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2“It was fascinating,” said Renner, who participated in the program for the first time. “The kids didn’t feel they were doing school work. I teach a government class, and most of the students think that’s what government is like. \ taught them that these important issues are a part of it, too.” The program culminated with the video conference, during which Montebello students and their Russian peers focused on the subject of curfews. “The American kids were all very much against curfews,” said Renner, who teaches at Montebello High School. “While the Russian kids were more in favor of them from a safety standpoint.” The project is coordinated by the Constitutional Rights Foundation of Los Angeles and Chicago, a nonprofit that – along with nonprofit group Street Law Inc. – provides reading materials, discussion topics and directions on conducting structured group deliberations. “The key is deliberation,” said Katie Moore, the Constitutional Rights Foundation’s senior program director. “The difference between dialogue, discussion and the other d-words is that deliberation is looking at multiple sides of an issue in order to come to a knowledgable decision. MONTEBELLO – Whether they live in America or halfway around the world, teens will be teens. That’s what high school teacher Bill Renner found out when his students met “face to face” with students in Russia during a video conference that capped a program aimed at creating civic-minded citizens. The federally funded “Deliberating In a Democracy” program connects American teachers and students with counterparts in the developing democracies of Lithuania, Russia, the Czech Republic, Estonia and Azerbaijan. Using a blog-type Web site to communicate, Montebello Unified School District students and students in foreign countries discussed hot-button topics – from euthanasia to the Bush Doctrine. “In the end, you still may not be sure. But you understand the arguments on both sides,” she added. The program helps break the ice for teachers who sometimes feel stranded when discussing contentious topics, often because they simply don’t know how to go about it, she said. “The main focus of the program is for the professional development of secondary school teachers,” she said. In addition to the online discussions and the video conference, several district teachers recently returned from a weeklong exchange program in Russia. Sterling Schubert, a Schurr High School social studies teacher who participated in the project, said although teenagers across the globe are very similar, teachers in other cultures have to deal with different issues. “In Russia, they have quite a cultural clash between the students and teachers,” Schubert said. “The students were all born in or after 1989, the year the Soviet Union collapsed, and they never experienced the oppression under Soviet rule that their teachers did. It was interesting.” (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029160Want 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


first_imgGlenties – cementing links western Scotland and DonegalWE may not be the best of friends when Ireland take on Scotland at Celtic Park tomorrow night – but all will be forgotten later this month when Glenties hosts a weekend celebrating the cultural links between Donegal and western Scotaland.The connections between Donegal and the western fringe of Scotland will be marked during a weekend of ‘Myth, magic and music in Colmcille country’, which is taking place in Glenties from Friday 21th November to Sunday 23rd.Visitors from Scotland will include storytellers, singers and musicians. They’ll link up with some of Donegal’s best-known tale-tellers and players, including Vincent, Jimmy and Peter Campbell, Frank Galligan, Caoimhin MacAoidh and Martin McGinley. The weekend will feature ghost stories told where they happened around Glenties, and story-telling and singing sessions in both Irish and Scots Gaelic. There will also be fiddle workshops, lots of music sessions, and a gala concert in the Highlands Hotel on the Saturday night.Fiddler Denise Boyle, who has organised the weekend, said she’s delighted how it has come together.“We’ve got a really top-class bunch coming from Scotland, mainly from the western seaboard, which basically continues where Donegal leaves off,” she said. “It’s extra special for my family because we have lots of relatives on the island of Uist in the Outer Hebrides.”The weekend is being funded by Colmcille, a partnership programme between Foras na Gaeilge and Bòrd na Gàidhlig. Colmcille promotes the use of Irish Gaelic and Scottish Gaelic in Ireland and Scotland and between the two countries. Those travelling in from Scotland include fiddlers Jamie McDonald, Robbie Grieg, Simon Bradley and Anna Wendy Stevenson, flute player and fiddle Rachel Harris and guitarist and singer Kaitlin Ross.Uist-based Simon Bradley and his wife Anna Wendy are no strangers to Donegal, as Simon’s father Pearse lives in Buncrana. Simon’s tunes and his father’s poems were included in an acclaimed book, ‘Simon Bradley – Buncrana to Baleshare’. FORGET THE MATCH! GLENTIES SET FOR SCOTTISH/DONEGAL CULTURAL WEEKEND was last modified: November 13th, 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:CultureGlentiesScotlandlast_img read more

Volunteer Opportunities

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake SCV Senior Center “10 Bucks to a Better Future” campaign: Contribute a minimum of $10 yearly to assure that the center will be available to meet every resident’s needs. Checks made payable to “SCVSC Annual Campaign” can be dropped off at or mailed to the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall, 91321, through February. For information, call (661) 259-9444. Santa Clarita Valley Food Pantry: The Food Pantry is collecting grocery store gift cards so that needy families can purchase the food necessary for a traditional holiday meal. Mail gift cards to, or drop them off at, 24133 Railroad Ave., Newhall, CA 91321. For information, call Executive Director Belinda Crawford at (661) 255-9078. S.C.V.-Newhall Optimist Club Toy and Food Drive: Donate nonperishable foods, unwrapped toys, turkeys and gift certificates. For information on drop-off locations, call Dee Gadbury at (661) 252-7313. Domino’s Pizza Thanks and Giving Campaign: Add a dollar to each order to benefit children at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Visit Automobile Club of Southern California is accepting donations to benefit Orthopaedic Hospital in Los Angeles and its affiliated Southern California clinics. Those who donate $5 or more will receive a stuffed bird, and those who donate $1 or more will receive a red wristband inscribed with the words “Helping Others.” Mail donations to the Auto Club, 23770 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call Kelly Clark at (661) 288-5500. Here are some opportunities to help the less fortunate during the holidays: Santa Clarita Valley sheriff’s station toy drive: Drop off new, unwrapped toys through Sunday at the sheriff’s station, 23740 Magic Mountain Parkway, Valencia, or at participating businesses. A storefront in the former Chamber of Commerce building will be open for weekend drop-offs. Call Deputy Gerri McCorkle at (661) 799-5164. Hunger Defense Fund food and toy drive: Drop off food, toys and monetary donations, 5-7:30 p.m. Wednesdays or 9-11:30 a.m. Saturdays through Dec. 24 at Hunger Defense Fund, 26450 Ruether Ave., Suite 208, Canyon Country. Call Wendi Lancy at (661) 299-9273. Michael Hoefflin Foundation for Children’s Cancer: Donate gift cards for families whose children have cancer to the Michael Hoefflin Foundation for Children’s Cancer, 28405 Sand Canyon Road, Suite A, Canyon Country, CA 91387. Call (661) 250-4100 or visit Prayer Angels for the Military: The Prayer Angels are collecting items to include in care packages that are sent throughout the year to troops overseas. For information about items that are needed or a list of drop-off sites, call Sharon Ventrice at (661) 755-8629. Barnes & Noble book drive: Visit the store at 23630 Valencia Blvd., Valencia, to contribute. Call (661) 254-6604. If your organization has a project designed to help the needy during the holiday season, contact Sharon Cotal at (661) 257-5256, fax her at (661) 257-5262, e-mail her at or write to her at 24800 Avenue Rockefeller, Valencia, CA 91355.160Want 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


first_imgThe Donegal Marathon is to officially go ahead again next year.After a hugely successful event this year, the Letterkenny-based race is to return again next year.More than 850 runners and walkers took part in this year’s event and the committee are now hoping than more than 1,000 will take part in next year’s event. The committee of the Donegal Marathon this week announced the return of the event for 2015 with a confirmed date of Sunday 23rd August, starting at 9.20am.The event saw runners come from as far afield as Australia, Germany, Switzerland, Spain, Germany, the UK, Northern Ireland.The event will again be based at Aura Letterkenny Leisure Centre with a route centred on Letterkenny and its surrounding hinterland.The full marathon route is currently being finalised after feedback from the 2014 participants and will be confirmed in the coming weeks. The half marathon route will remain the same and will again take in a loop of the Newmills area after exiting Letterkenny.Those looking to register early and avail of early bird rates can do so at www.donegalmarathon.ieThe website will allow participants to register and pay their fee in advance of the actual race as well as advising on training programmes and how best to prepare for the event.Brendan McDaid from Letterkenny Athletics Club and member of the Organising Committee said, “All round, last years event was a fantastic day with the support of the general public and in particular, all of the volunteers, resulting in a hugely successful event that everyone in Donegal should be proud of.“We would like to now build on this event going into 2015 and increase the numbers taking part. “The committee would like to thank the local community for their support in staging the 2014 event and look forward to working towards a successful event in 2015 with increased numbers of runners and walkers.IT’S OFFICIAL! DONEGAL MARATHON WILL GO AHEAD AGAIN NEXT YEAR was last modified: November 25th, 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:2014donegalHome-page NewsMarathonSportsuccesslast_img read more