Upperchurch Drombane and JK Bracken’s win in county senior football championship

first_imgSpeaking to Tipp FM Sport Bracken’s manager Jim Mullen was thrilled with a superb performance by his charges. Photo © Tipp FM In the county senior football championship Upperchurch Drombane were too strong for Cahir last night in Cahir as the Church ran out 3-13 to 3-9 winners.Killenaule registered another victory as they hit 2-22 against a Drom Inch side who registered 2-9 on the night.In Boherlahan, the JK Bracken’s overcame a big first half deficit to beat Kilsheelan Kilcash by a single point 1-14 to 2-10.last_img

Oleguer: Spain is a militarised state

first_imgBarcelona Ex-Barcelona star Oleguer brands Spain a militarised state Ignasi Oliva Last updated 2 years ago 16:09 30/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Oleguer Barcelona Getty Barcelona Primera División Barcelona v Las Palmas Las Palmas The former Blaugrana defender shares his thoughts on Catalan independence ahead of Sunday’s planned referendum on secession from Spain Oleguer Presas (Sabadell, 1980) is a blessing for any reporter, regardless of their thinking or beliefs. A Champions League winner with Frank Rijkaard’s Barcelona in 2006, he also played for Ajax alongside a young Luis Suarez, he has a degree in economics and is also a published author.A former defender who was at Barca between 2001 and 2008 before spending three years at Ajax, Oleguer has long been known for his forthright views on Catalunya and while still a player, he published a book entitled ‘The Road to Ithaca’, as well as several articles that made waves at the time.Barcelona 14/1 to beat Las Palmas 2-1 Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. After his retirement in 2011, he joined left-wing pro-independence political party CUP (Candidatura d’Unitat Popular) in 2012 and ahead of Sunday’s referendum vote for self-governance and separation from Spain (which is not considered legal by the Spanish state), he spoke exclusively to Goal about his vision and that of a significant sector of Catalan society on the eve of 1-O (abbreviation of October 1).What is happening in Catalunya?”We find ourselves in a situation in which the majority of a democratically elected parliament has a very clear mandate to carry forward a referendum for self-determination. The Spanish state considers this not to be legal and is skipping fundamental rights and liberties of the Catalan people in order to avoid it.” The Spanish government assure that it won’t take place. The Catalan government and CUP say it will. So will the vote go ahead on Sunday?”I’m convinced we will vote. The militarisation of a referendum is not something we can consider positive, but the Catalan people have shown on infinite occasions that the route they are seeking to resolve the conflict is peaceful and democratic, with the wish to decide what they want to do, without depending on the state for permission.”Do you believe Catalan society is fractured?”I perceive that there is a wish to fracture it. I believe that in the moment that the referendum was formulated, there was no fracture at all in Catalan society, but obviously in the last few days we have seen situations that nobody likes. To give you an example, an officer from the Policía Nacional was detained in a bar because he threatened the customers with a gun. That is making the situation tenser. There have also been threats and aggression against people hanging posters in the street. That tension appeared in the moment when there was interest in making the situation tenser. We have had many years without incidents of any kind and where the people have expressed their desire to vote and to resolve the conflict peacefully. Aside from that, in terms of the language or in more social terms, I don’t think we live in a fractured society as it is said in Madrid. Not at all. We live in a plural society with different visions about life and that is the wealth we have.”En 2007 Oleguer fue uno de los embajadores del Barcelona en la visita a Nelson Mandela.Lately, we have heard many different arguments, both for and against the ‘procés’. One of those surrounds the possibility of Barcelona and Catalan football leaving the Spanish competitions. Do you think the creation of a Catalan league is possible?”I don’t even contemplate that because I believe it has little relevance. It’s an argument that has been shot down on occasions. There are Andorran clubs playing in Spanish competitions in football and basketball. In the end, when there was talk of creating a European Super League, Barcelona were always there. I understand that an elite club like Barca or like Espanyol would maintain their prestige without a problem and that the sport could continue to develop its business and I think that it is in everyone’s interest that the Catalan clubs and others can participate in the competitions as they have up until now. If it is something that worries anyone, I would say they can be relaxed because there are interests that are in [our] favour.” Do you see yourself as an example of the dialogue after passing your wish to Luis Aragones (the coach of Spain at the time) that you did not want to play for the national team?”I don’t think so because ultimately, there was no dialogue. I expressed my convictions and Luis understood them perfectly. If there was a person who didn’t feel motivated to be part of that collective, there was not much point in having the conversation. Perhaps the situation is somewhat similar to that of Catalunya, because for all the police that are sent in, they cannot force the Catalans to change their convictions. The only thing they will achieve is a militarised society, a situation I hope does not arrive. But I don’t think my case can be an example of dialogue because there wasn’t a lot to talk about.”Oleguer fue un jugador importante para Frank Rijkaard, con quien ganó la Champions League en 2006.Do you understand why Barcelona’s stance in favour of the ‘procés’ is offending fans of the club outside Catalunya?”I understand it, of course. Everyone has feelings for the things they like the most, but despite globalisation, many football clubs have regional roots and that is a good thing because each club has its own personality based on its history, that makes it feel proud and allows it to express ideas and convictions with calm and with respect.”Mixing politics and sport. Some have applauded Rafa Nadal for saying he is against the process, while Pep Guardiola has been criticised for declaring himself as pro-independence. Do you think there is fear of reprisals for elite sports stars when it comes to expressing certain convictions?”More than a fear of reprisals, I think it’s the fact that everybody wants to live calmly and anything that can cause controversy is something that people don’t like. It makes me laugh when there is talk of not mixing politics and sport because it only applies when the opinion goes against the ‘status quo’. But there are sportsmen and women who are emblematic of certain things, of banks that are evicting people onto the street, and nobody says those things shouldn’t be mixed. But when you say things that go against the grain, they are on top of you. I don’t expect everyone in football to have revolutionary ideas, but perhaps it would be good if there was less fear of these reprisals. The easiest thing is to keep quiet. And you also have to take into account the role of the press, be it in one direction or the other, they exaggerate when the sports stars speak up. I think these situations should be normalised and, as we say in CUP, living means taking part – everyone from their own stance because even though I have been excessively criticised for the things I have said, I have also been excessively praised in other sectors.”You played for Barcelona and Ajax, two clubs with important involvement at a social level for decades. Do you think the relation between football and politics is experienced in a more natural way by players in the Netherlands?”I don’t think so. I didn’t feel that during my time in the Netherlands. The footballers expressed themselves with the same desire to swerve problems as they do here. Both Ajax and Barcelona have positioned themselves at an institutional level, so I don’t think there is much difference between both worlds.”Indiscutible miembro del equipo de Ronaldinho, solía opinar sobre cuestiones de índole política y social.Would you have signed for a club that wasn’t in line with your convictions?”That is a question with a trick. They didn’t come in for me and it’s not something I even contemplated. As a footballer, you choose where you are going to play from the options you have and in my case, those were the ones I had. I was lucky enough to grow up at Barcelona, a club with political and historical convictions that are very close to mine. And after that I played for Ajax, another club where I felt very comfortable.”In a certain way, there are some similarities in politics and also journalism with the world of football, like talking about winners and losers and the analysis of sensations instead of reason. What do you put this lack of nuance down to?”It’s a product of the capitalist system in which we live, where the benefit takes precedence. We see that in the world of football and in the journalism that covers it, looking to sell the maximum number of newspapers possible and to reach the maximum number of visits. In that situation, what is prominent is controversy, and the search for winners and losers. Deeper conversations like the one we are having are not given space and that makes for a human loss where the only winner is the system itself, which continues to accumulate benefits.”What scenario do you see come Monday?”The one I see or the one I would like?” (laughs)Do they not coincide?”Not totally. Perhaps because it’s very difficult to predict. The state has already said it will try to avoid the vote and a lot of police have come in for that, so the vote may not take place with normality. But us Catalans are stubborn and conscious of what it is that we want, and that is to express our democratic right to vote and to self-determination. I foresee a great mobilisation clamouring for that right, and voting. Then we will see what the response is from this militarised state and whether the vote goes ahead with normality, with tranquillity. If more tension is generated, it won’t be from the Catalan people.”last_img read more

10 months agoCrystal Palace boss Hodgson upset for crocked Souare

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Crystal Palace boss Hodgson upset for crocked Souareby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCrystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson was upset for Pape Souare after an injury setback in their FA Cup win over Grimsby.Hodgson hopes the injury isn’t serious.He said, “I’m very disappointed for him. I’ve worked with him for over a year and he’s done so well to get back from a horrendous injury, and he’s been out there every day in training trying his very best to get better and show me that he’s a good player. Unfortunately, he’s found a guy like Patrick van Aanholt in front of him.“Today was the day that I was hoping to get him on the field of play and show what he shows us in training and come off the field victorious and happy. To come off injured was a bitter blow, and it was an unfortunate thing where he was bowled over, fell awkwardly and picked up a shoulder injury. I can only hope that he can recover quickly, but it’s not a minor injury; it could keep him out for weeks.” last_img read more

10 months agoNeves proud playing with Moutinho at Wolves

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Neves proud playing with Moutinho at Wolvesby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveRuben Neves admits he’s enjoying playing with Joao Moutinho in the Wolves midfield this season.It has been a thrill for Neves to partner his compatriot after growing up a fan and ball boy at Porto, where Moutinho starred.Neves told the Mirror: “It was really special when he signed here. When I was younger I saw Moutinho playing and he was very good.“He was a reference for me as a ball boy and now to play with him, it is unbelievable.”Swapping Champions League football for the English second tier may have seemed an unusual move but he had his reasons: “The Championship allows you to grow as a player. It is very competitive.” last_img read more

10 months agoChelsea defender Christensen: Let’s get Spurs back to our place

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea defender Christensen: Let’s get Spurs back to our placeby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea defender Andreas Christensen is confident they can take care of Tottenham in the second-leg of their Carabao Cup semifinal.Spurs hold a 1-0 lead after victory at Wembley.But Christensen says: “t was a tough result. “I felt as though, especially in the second half, we had a good spell in the game.”We played good and had chances, and we probably feel as though we should have at least got a draw from it.”After we went 1-0 down it was good that we didn’t just think it was over, we kept going and we knew we just had to stay in the game because it’s over two legs.”We’re still in it and we think we can decide the game at home.” last_img read more

EU warns UNSC against military action in Venezuela

first_imgUnited Nations: European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini warned Tuesday that military action in Venezuela would be unacceptable and that a solution to the crisis should not be “imposed from outside,” putting the United States on notice. Addressing the Security Council, Mogherini said the standoff between President Nicolas Maduro and opposition leader Juan Guaido must be resolved though political, peaceful and democratic means. “We believe that no military development, from inside or outside of the country, would be acceptable,” Mogherini told a council meeting on cooperation between the European Union and the United Nations. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi Jinping”And a solution cannot be, and should never be, imposed from the outside.” President Donald Trump has repeatedly said that all options are on the table, refusing to rule out a US military intervention in Venezuela, which is in the grips of an economic meltdown that the opposition blames on the Maduro government. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo late Monday announced that the United States will withdraw all remaining diplomatic personnel from its embassy in Caracas, worsening already tattered relations. After Guaido declared himself Venezuela’s interim president, the United States and key EU countries France, Germany and Britain were among more than 50 countries that recognized him. Russia and China, two of the five veto-wielding council members along with the US, France and Britain, have denounced the US stance as blatant interference in Venezuela’s affairs and continue to back Maduro.last_img read more

CRPF jawan killed another injured in Chgarh gun fight

first_imgRaipur: A Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) jawan was killed and another injured in an encounter with Naxals in Chhattisgarh Friday, police said.The skirmish took place in the forest near Chameda village in Dhamtari district when a joint team of CRPF’s 211 battalion and District Force (DF) was out on an anti-naxal operation, a police official told PTI. He said the patrolling team, comprising around 50 personnel of the CRPF and 10 of the DF, had launched the operation on April 3 in the interiors of Khallari and Borai police station areas. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’On Friday morning, when security forces were advancing through Chameda, around 150 km from Raipur, a group of Naxals opened fire on them, leading to a gunfight, the official said. He said Naxals fled when security forces retaliated. “Head Constable Harish Chand was killed in the incident while Sudhir Kumar got injured,” the official said. Reinforcement has been rushed to the spot and efforts are on to evacuate the body and the injured personnel, he added. The incident occurred a day after Naxals ambushed a team of security forces, killing four BSF personnel and injuring two others in Kanker district of the state.last_img read more

Guneet Monga to produce film starring Sanya Malhotra

first_imgNew Delhi: A coming-of-age film with actress Sanya Malhotra is on the cards for producer Guneet Monga of Oscar-winning short documentary “Period. End of Sentence.” fame. “We are doing a Hindi film. It’s a film with Sanya Malhotra. It’s a coming of age story of a young girl in a small town,” Monga told IANS here on the sidelines of a screening of “Period. End of Sentence.” organised by Netflix at The American Centre. Delhi is a common factor between the producer and actress, who has been noticed for “Dangal”, “Pataakha”, “Badhaai Ho” and “Photograph”. Also Read – ‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ has James Cameron’s fingerprints all over it: Arnold Schwarzenegger While Monga is awaiting to join creative forces with the “amazing” talent that Sanya is, she also has plans to expand her footprints into regional cinema. She has already taken a step ahead with Tamil film “Soorarai Pottru”, featuring superstar Suriya. It is being directed by Sudha Kongara. Monga, who leads Sikhya Entertainment, had a childlike excitement speaking of the project. “It is incredible to work with Suriya, Rajsekar Karpoorasundarapandian and Sudha. And it’s great that I am working with another woman director (after collaborating with Rayka Zehtabchi for ‘Period…’). It is a different experience because I don’t understand the language, but also because everyone is really happy and respectful. Also Read – Salman pays tribute to Vinod Khanna on ‘Dabangg 3’ wrap up “I love going to the sets. We all speak in English, but I don’t understand the dialogues. But we all understand the language of cinema. We have shot for a week, and now there is a schedule break and we will start again in a couple of weeks and then we go on three months of shoot,” Monga said. Malayalam and Gujarati films may also be on the anvil. “It’s a vision we are putting out in the universe and saying ‘one at a time’,” she said, adding that something may also be in development in the web space. For Monga, the fact that “Period. End of Sentence.” released on streaming platform Netflix, was quite a game-changer. “Netflix is changing the world. With ‘Period…’, they really made us reach out to 190 countries. The conversation has become very large and it has empowered us in many ways. I used to be very anxious about distribution at Cannes, distribution elsewhere… We were way ahead of our time. Now is the time when one can get out there and make an independent film because there’s a Netflix. ‘Masaan’ and ‘Zubaan’ have all got rediscovered by the digital world,” she said. The screening of “Period. End of Sentence” here was followed by a discussion on approaches to better menstrual hygiene management in India.last_img read more

Wrestling Ohio State takes home Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational hardware

OSU then-redshirt sophomore Nathan Tomasello competes in a match against Arizona State on Nov. 13.Credit: Courtesy of OSUThe Ohio State wrestling team traveled to Las Vegas over the weekend, competing against multiple top-ranked schools, ultimately cashing in and earning a team tournament championship.Sunday’s conclusion of the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational saw the Buckeyes at the top of the podium with 118.5 points, where OSU had two individual titles in its respective weight classes, along with a runner-up and two third-place finishers.At 133 lbs. redshirt junior Nathan Tomasello captured the Buckeyes’ first individual title of the weekend along with his 2nd CKLV Invitational title of his career.  The final match was the highlight of Tomasello’s tournament, where he scored a match-winning escape in the third period to win 3-2 over Stevan Micic of Michigan.Micah Jordan, a redshirt sophomore at 149 lbs., finished first after a strong tournament performance in both the semifinal and final.  In Jordan’s title match, he scored a four-point near fall with a minute and a half left in the match over Pat Lugo of Edinboro.  This championship win marked his second straight CKLV Invitational title.Redshirt freshman Jose Rodriguez at 125 lbs. dominated in his semifinal match, cruising to a 17-3 technical fall.  In the final match, Rodriguez faced off versus top-seeded Joey Dance of Virginia Tech, where Rodriguez was taken down by Dance with six seconds left in the match, conceding a 4-3 loss.After falling in an upset defeat in the semifinal match 6-4, sophomore Myles Martin at 184 lbs. regained his confidence, bouncing back to a 22-7 tech fall over Steven Schnieder of Binghamton, taking him down nine times throughout the match to claim third place.  OSU redshirt freshman Kollin Moore at 197 lbs. rebounded after two early losses, also finishing third with a 9-7 decision victory over Jacob Smith of West Virginia.The Buckeyes return back to Columbus for their first home match of the season on Thursday, Dec. 8, where they face off against the No. 5 ranked Missouri Tigers at 7 p.m. read more

Trio of Buckeyes earn weekly Big Ten honors

Senior running back Carlos Hyde (34) breaks a tackle during a game against Northwestern Oct. 5 at Ryan Field. OSU won, 40-30.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorThree members of the Ohio State football team claimed individual Big Ten player of the week honors for their performances in the Buckeyes’ 40-30 victory over then-No. 16 Northwestern.The three players who earned honors after the Saturday game were redshirt-junior cornerback Bradley Roby, senior running back Carlos Hyde and freshman defensive lineman Joey Bosa.Hyde was named co-offensive player of the week after he sliced through the Northwestern defense on his way to a career-high 168 rushing yards and three touchdowns on 26 carries. He also caught four passes for 38 yards. Hyde further collected 15 first downs — 12 on the ground and three through the air — and scored the go-ahead touchdown for the Buckeyes with just more than five minutes left.“We didn’t run anything crazy, we stuck to our basic runs and our O-line was having success in our blocks and I was having success in the reads. They were just making it easy for me,” Hyde said after the game.Roby earned special teams player of the week after recording seven tackles on the night, two of which came on special teams. He also blocked the second punt of his Buckeye career, recovering it in the Wildcat end zone for what was OSU’s only touchdown in the first half.“They didn’t block me,” Roby said about the punt block. “I thought they were going to try to block me, but they didn’t, so I just went to go get it.”Bosa had five tackles in the game and sacked Northwestern quarterbacks two times on his way to being named freshman of the week in the conference. He also scored his first career touchdown by recovering a fumble in the end zone on the game’s final play.“They couldn’t really block us throughout that game, so we wanted to bring some heat,” Bosa said.The conference honors mark the fourth week in a row that at least one Buckeye has made the list. Junior quarterback Braxton Miller and freshman punter Cameron Johnston were selected after the team’s win over Wisconsin Sept. 28, redshirt-senior quarterback Kenny Guiton received the nod after throwing for six touchdowns against Florida A&M Sept. 21 and also won it the week before along with junior linebacker Ryan Shazier after OSU beat California Sept. 14.The Buckeyes are off this week but are scheduled to return home to take on Iowa Oct. 19 at Ohio Stadium. read more