Unflappable Parra helps Clermont end recent final hoodoo

first_imgBeaten two years ago by Stade Francais, Clermont also tasted the desperation of defeat in three of the past five European Cup finals – including three weeks ago against Saracens at Murrayfield.But on Sunday at Stade de France it was their turn to step up from the role of perennial bridesmaids and instead it is Toulon who are left to lament a final curse of their own, having been on the wrong end of four of the last six in the Top 14, although that record is mitigated by their 2014 triumph.In a clash punctuated by physicality and precise skill in equal measure, Morgan Parra proved the difference, the France scrum-half knocking over six out of six from the tee to finish with 17 points to add to Alivereti Raka’s scintillating first-half score.Josua Tuisova was the sole try-scorer for Toulon who, in the absence of Leigh Halfpenny on British and Irish Lions duty, turned to 21-year-old fly-half Anthony Belleau for kicking duties.Allez les gars  @RCTofficiel pic.twitter.com/eHXqhPU7CD— Leigh Halfpenny (@LeighHalfpenny1) June 4, 2017Belleau was unfortunate to twice see penalties strike the upright as he attempted to bring Toulon back to within three points in the second half, Parra showing him how it was done at the other end before Clermont staved off a stoppage-time surge from Toulon deep inside their own 22 to spark ecstatic celebrations at full-time.clermont CHAMPION DE FRANCE 2017 !!! #YellowArmy pic.twitter.com/rU8JaBPOX4— ASM Rugby (@ASMOfficiel) June 4, 2017It looked initially as though the contest could become one-sided as Clermont made a fierce start, rewarded by Parra’s sixth-minute penalty, before a stunning try started by Nick Abendanon’s steal close to his own line.Damian Penaud raced clear down the left and slipped the ball to Raka, who produced a devastating step off his left to leave Tuisova on his backside as he finished off a remarkable score.Parra further extended the lead with another penalty midway through the half before Toulon eventually managed to stem the yellow tide and got themselves on the board courtesy of Belleau.Clermont were reduced to 14 soon afterwards when Fritz Lee caught James O’Connor with a high shot that prompted tempers to flare between the two sets of players.And Toulon took advantage swiftly, working the ball wide for Tuivosa who returned the favour in dumping Raka on his rear end en route to touching down on the right despite the attentions of two further defenders.Parra’s penalty in injury time gave Clermont a measure of breathing space heading into the interval and he and Belleau traded further kicks early in the second period before the Toulon man twice struck the right-hand post with chances to bring it back to 19-16.Belleau was replaced by Francois Trinh-Duc, who took over kicking duties and brought Toulon back to within three with 10 minutes remaining, but from the restart Parra won a crucial turnover and as Toulon transgressed he exacted punishment by splitting the posts once more.As the clock ticked beyond 80 minutes, Toulon kicked for touch close to the line but they were unable to breach the yellow wall before them as Clermont’s battling at the breakdown earned them a penalty and secured a famous victory.#TOP14, Finale | #ASMRCTL’émotion est incroyable sur la pelouse du @StadeFrance. pic.twitter.com/YpdsnAGYnJ— TOP 14 Rugby (@top14rugby) June 4, 2017last_img read more

Panenka Awards: Fernando Torres talk with AS right after his retirement, nominated

first_imgACE The list includes from the report to the literary story, the documentary and the critic: The fifth of the Vulture (Movistar +), In the long night, the chain breaker (Echoes of the Ball), the Women’s World Cup (GOL), The first women’s football match (TVE), Zozulya as a symptom (The newspaper), The memory match (The nation), The revolution of two soccer sisters in the Karakórum (El País) and interviews with Joan Capdevila (Jot Down), Iñaki Williams (SER) and Leo Messi (RAC 1). Panenka magazine will present its annual awards that distinguish the best journalistic works of the year on Monday in Barcelona. The gala will insist on its sixth edition in what the publication calls “extolling football culture” and will redirect the focus of the lawn towards professionals who tell what happens on the lawn.The interview with Fernando Torres in Japan right after the announcement of his retirement and published in AS by Javier Gómez Matallanas is among the eleven nominees for the journalistic piece of the year. The ceremony will also reward the best photographer, the best book, deliver three Antonín awards and also make several mentions.The format.The publication stands out from the talk with Fernando Torres his multimedia presentation with prominence for the photo, the video of the interview and a complete infographic of Miguel Ángel Fernández. A sample of the determined editorial commitment of AS by The long-form format.last_img read more

PNCR executive admits coalition failed to deliver manifesto promises

first_imgThe People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR) has publicly admitted to not fulfilling promises outlined in its pre-2015 elections manifesto after the coalition Government took office.President David GrangerThis admission was made by PNCR Executive, Aubrey Norton during the party’s press conference on Friday at its Congress Place, Sophia headquarters. In an attempt to defend the coalition’s failure to deliver on its promises, the executive said that no political party can deliver “all” its promises.The former presidential advisor, whilst responding to a question, which requested his views on the performance of his party, stated that the party is satisfied but further added that there are indeed a few unfulfilled promises but chose not to expound further.PNCR Executive Aubrey Norton“…the PNC is satisfied. We have delivered a lot of services, there are things that we didn’t deliver that we promised,” Norton said.Only on Thursday Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo called out President David Granger for misrepresenting Guyana’s reality. Jagdeo pointed to the issue of unemployment, high crime rates among other issues which continue to pervade Guyana, but noted that the President claims differently.The Opposition Leader further pointed to some broken promises of the APNU/AFC Government, this included the liberalisation of the communications sector which was not achieved, and the aspects of the Cummingsburg Accord which were unfulfilled, specifically the role of the Prime Minister in chairing Cabinet and aiding in ministerial appointments.“They broke all the promises. They broke every single one of these promises but either way, the people of this country are getting shafted. That’s it. What bothers me, though, is that he’s not pressed on issues” Jagdeo asserted at his weekly press conference.But most recently, sugar workers flogged the coalition Administration for failing to raise their salaries, which was a promise made during the 2015 campaign trail.President of the Guyana Agriculture and General Workers Union (GAWU), Komal Chand stated that the APNU/AFC coalition, since it took office five years ago, has done more harm than good to the thousands of persons employed in the sugar belt and that many persons continue to suffer as a result of the Administration’s actions or lack thereof.last_img read more

Who needs Suarez when you have a magician like Coutinho? Liverpool fans hail next ‘world class’ star

first_img Philippe Coutinho of Liverpool Liverpool have lost Luis Suarez this summer but, according to many supporters, they have another world class talent who is ready to step and be the team’s main man – Philippe Coutinho.The Brazilian has been impressive throughout pre-season and produced another outstanding display at Anfield on Sunday as the Reds demolished Borussia Dortmund 4-0 in their final warm-up game ahead of the new Premier League season.His fine performance, which he capped with a well-taken goal, left Liverpool fans raving, and made many forget all about a certain Mr Suarez. 1last_img

Capital One Cup round-up: Man United humiliated as MK Dons seal huge victory

first_img MK Dons celebrate their 4-0 win over Man United 1 Louis van Gaal’s start to his reign as Manchester United manager went from bad to worse on a drizzly night in Buckinghamshire, as his side were knocked out of the Capital One Cup by League One side MK Dons.It was a humiliating evening for the Red Devils, who were never at the races as two goals from William Grigg and on-loan Arsenal forward Benik Afobe secured a 4-0 win to see the Dons safely into the third round.Van Gaal perhaps underestimated his lowly opponents by naming an under-strength starting line-up, with Johnny Evans, Javier Hernandez and Anderson their most senior players.It was United’s first appearance in the second round since they lost to York in 1995, and it was a similar scenario this time around as an inexperienced back-four were torn apart by the third tier outfit.A mistake from Evans on the edge of the box gifted Grigg his opener, the forward calmly stroking the ball home into an open goal, and he notched his brace after the break when he nudged a cross past David de Gea with his chest.United continued to struggle in the second-half half and their exit from the first competition of the season was confirmed when Afobe, who replaced Grigg with 20 minutes left, notched his first after just seconds on the pitch, later putting the shine on a historic victory for MK Dons with a brace of his own, taking advantage of a series of defensive blunders to smash past De Gea.Van Gaal is still searching for his first win as United boss.Three other Premier League sides also suffered second round shock exits, with West Ham losing to League One side Sheffield United on penalties following a 1-1 draw after extra-time.Burnley also lost 1-0 to Sheffield Wednesday, while Leicester slumped to the same result at home to League Two Shrewsbury Town.West Brom, meanwhile, needed a penalty shoot-out to see off Oxford United.Elsewhere, Fulham claimed their first victory of the season thanks to summer signing Ross McCormack, the £11million forward’s strike sealing a 1-0 triumph over fellow Championship outfit Brentford, while Dwight Gayle’s first-half hat-trick led Crystal Palace to a 3-0 win at Walsall.There was also a frantic finale at Crewe, as Jermaine Beckford looked to have given Bolton a 2-1 triumph in the 90th minute before Marcus Haber immediately struck back to force extra-time.But the hosts failed to complete a fairytale comeback, as Beckford found the net again in the first-half of extra-time to send Bolton through 3-2.Capital One Cup second round results:Bournemouth 3 – 0 NorthamptonBrentford 0 – 1 FulhamBurnley 0 – 1 Sheff WedCrewe 2 – 3 Bolton (after extra-time)Derby 1 – 0 CharltonGillingham 0 – 1 NewcastleHuddersfield 0 – 2 Nottm ForestLeicester 0 – 1 ShrewsburyMiddlesbrough 3 – 1 PrestonMillwall 0 – 2 SouthamptonNorwich 3 – 1 CrawleyPort Vale 2 – 3 CardiffScunthorpe 0 – 1 ReadingSwansea 1 – 0 RotherhamSwindon 2 – 4 Brighton (after extra-time)Walsall 0 – 3 Crystal PalaceWatford 1 – 2 DoncasterWest Ham 1 – 1 Sheff Utd (Sheff Utd win 5-4 on pens)MK Dons 4 – 0 Man UtdWest Brom 1 – 1 Oxford Utd (West Brom win 7-6 on pens)last_img read more

Nine-man Gor sail to Confed Cup quarters

first_imgGor had to play half the game without their coach Hassan Oktay, 55 without defensive midfielder Ernest Wendo, and 16 without left back Shafik Batambuze, all shown red cards by ‘trigger happy’ Morrocan referee Redouane Jiyed.The North African was issuing cards like confetti.Gor had an opening half to forget with their coach and defensive midfielder both red carded. Wendo was the first to see red on the evening, getting a straight sending off in the 35th minute after a high boot tackle on Vladmir Etson Antonio after a miss-control of the ball.Head coach Oktay was sent off just 10 minutes later after fiercely protesting a decision from the referee, his sending off coming just four minutes after he had been warned by the match official.Gor Mahia fans celebrate Jacques Tuyisenge’s goal against Petro Atletico during their CAF Confederations Cup Group D match at the Kasarani Stadium on March 17, 2019. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaBatambuze was then sent to the dressing room 16 minutes from time for a second yellow card in less than five minutes. He was handed the first after going to ground and taking time back up while the second was for blocking an opponent.Despite all odds stacked against them, the record Kenyan champions sailed through and earned a hefty Sh35mn payday for their efforts.Needing a win at all costs to progress to the quarter finals, the wave was clearly against Gor Mahia’s ambition. Other than the red cards swung their way, they had registered just two shots on target in the entire half.The first was in the fifth minute when Petro lost the ball in a dangerous position at the edge of the xix yard box. Boniface Omondi picked up, fed Jacques Tuyisenge but the Rwandese shot straight at the keeper.Petro were not defensive and also had their efforts at goal. In the 16th minute, Ricardo Job swung in a corner from the right but Wilson Pinto’s connection went wide.Gor Mahia midfielder Francis Kahata vies for the ball against a Petro Atletico player during their CAF Confederations Cup Group D match at the Kasarani Stadium on March 17, 2019. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaIn the 22nd minute, Ricardo had a clean shot at goal himself when he raced on to Tiago Leal’s delivery with a cross from the right, but the pint sized winger could not direct his header on target.Gor had much of the ball, but their decisions in the final third, especially Lawrence Juma’s in midfield always let them down. Their passes upfront were of poor quality and the front two of Tuyisenge and Nicholas Kipkurui had little to feed off.After Wendo’s sending off, the burden was always going to be heavy. Tuyisenge had to play alone upfront with Kipkurui dropping in to help in midfield.Gor should have gone to the break a goal up when they won a freekick in a promising position 20 yards from goal. Shafik Batambuze stepped behind it, but is curling effort went straight to the keeper with little trouble behind it.Two minutes on the turn, Ricardo had a brilliant opportunity when a cross off the right found him unmarked at the backpost but his shot under a bit of pressure from Philemon Otieno hit the side netting.Gor Mahia striker Nicholas Kipkurui vies for the ball against a Petro Atletico player during their CAF Confederations Cup Group D match at the Kasarani Stadium on March 17, 2019. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaIn the second half, it was evident Gor were scenting blood and Tuyisenge showed his instincts with a header just a minute after the restart off a Batambuze cross that went inches wide.Te minutes later, he sent the Kasarani Stadium into pandemonium.The Rwandese stepped up, shot to the far right to score perhaps what will rank as his most important goal for Gor.Tuyisenge should have added a second in the 70th minute when he was laid up by Francis Kahata, but his shot from the edge of the area was stopped by the crossbar.Even with Batambuze’s red card, Gor still attacked and were denied by the upright again when Juma was sent through on goal from the right.Shares(Visited 4 times, 1 visits today) SharesGor Mahia striker Jacques Tuyisenge celebrates after scoring Gor’s lone goal against Petro Atletico during their CAF Confederations Cup Group D match at the Kasarani Stadium on March 17, 2019. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaNAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 17 – Nine-man Kenyan Premier League champions Gor Mahia defended with their lives to see off a 1-0 victory over Angola’s Petro de Luanda and progress to the quarter finals of the CAF Confederations Cup for the first time in their history.Rwandese forward Jacques Tuyisenge scored the lone goal off the penalty spot in the 56th minute after Boniface Omondi was hacked down inside the box by Carneiro Augusto.last_img read more

Saving energy, one light at a time

first_img“Should we try and plan a rooftop candlelight party somewhere?” wrote Elizabeth C. Organizers emphasized that only lights not needed for safety should be turned off. More information is available at lightsoutla.com.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 MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The colorful glowing pillars at LAX airport will also go black for an hour. Los Angeles City Hall and their Department of Water and Power will flip off their switches, as will county hall, some UCLA buildings and downtown Los Angeles’ Music Center. Southern California Edison is suggesting people replace the lights they turn out with energy-efficient fluorescent bulbs, offered free if customers take a survey at www.sce.com/Feature/lightsout.htm. Still, the county’s participation is not as strong as what San Francisco has seen, said Brian Scott, the Lights Out director of operations. The Golden Gate restaurant association is organizing candlelight dinners, the iconic Bay Bridge’s decorative lights will wink off and a people bored with the dark can join the official party in a park near downtown. “In Los Angeles, it’s going as well as can be expected with the short time frame,” Scott said. “We’ve called the Getty (Museum) and other places, but haven’t heard back.” A boost came from local bloggers who have taken up the call for action, including sites like gossip blog Defamer.com, development-obsessed Curbed LA and the eclectic LAist.com. Comments on review site yelp.com laud the idea. “That’s a cool idea,” wrote Erin M. “I say light some candles and make some `lights out’ babies it’s well-known that more babies are born as a result of having blackouts.” All over the county tonight people plan to turn off their lights for an hour to save energy, and to occupy the darkened minutes with everything from candlelit dinners to “blackout babies.” The first ever Lights Out L.A. encourages residents to douse the lights from 8 to 9 tonight to save power, save the environment and make a statement. The event was inspired by plans for tonight’s Lights Out San Francisco, which, with a four-month head start on preparation, promises to have a bigger impact. Even with just one month of local outreach, Los Angeles, West Covina, Pasadena, Long Beach and Culver City have all gotten on board in a sort of trial run before the nationwide Lights Out America, planned for March 29. Tonight, the county’s 12-story Public Works headquarters – billed as the tallest building in the San Gabriel Valley – will plunge into darkness in Alhambra. West Covina City Hall will shut off unnecessary lights and employees in Pasadena have been encouraged to participate and spread the word. last_img

Man went berserk when told his social welfare was being cut off

first_imgA Judge has issued a bench warrant for a man who went berserk when he was told his social welfare payment were being cut off.Martin Nichols was due to appear at Letterkenny District Court in Co Donegal charge with threatening and abusive behaviour. Garda Harvey Maughan told the court that Nicols, aged 38, from Meadowbank, Letterkenny, became irate when told his payments would have to be cut off in the short-term.He picked up a chair at the Community Welfare Office at Oliver Plunkett Road on June 25th last and began waving it around in front of children and then began to abuse Garda Harvey.Garda Harvey said “He shouted ‘You can’t f**ing do that” and “I’m not afraid of the f****ing guards” before he picked up a chair and began waving it.“There were a number of families including children there as well as staff members. I decided to arrest him as the situation may have escalated.”The court heard that Nichols has 47 previous convictions.Judge Paul Kelly issued a bench warrant for the court to sentence the accused.Man went berserk when told his social welfare was being cut off was last modified: March 26th, 2019 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:ChaircourtcutdoleletterkennyMartin Nicholssocial welfarelast_img read more

Wilshere set to stay in London and sign for West Ham

first_img Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer 2 Latest Transfer news from talkSPORT.com Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Wilshere was a firm favourite at the Emirates, having spent 17 years with Arsenal IN DEMAND LIVING THE DREAM Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father A deal is now close to agreement, with Wilshere set to pocket £100,000-a-week over three years at the London Stadium.According to The Sun, Pellegrini has assured the midfielder he can expect first-team football in east London.Despite being linked with Turkish giants Fenerbahce, the England international looks set to stay in London where he has a young family.Unai Emery, the man who replaced Arsene Wenger in the Emirates hot seat, could not offer Wilshere the same first-team opportunities and he duly decided to leave the club. LATEST REVEALED Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Wilshere is expected to stay in London with West Ham targets Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade moving on Having joined at the age of nine, the midfielder’s 17-year stay with the Gunners come to an end.However, West Ham are willing to take a chance on the England international, who was left heartbroken after being left out of Gareth Southgate’s squad to go to Russia.The 26-year-old has an extensive injury record, but managed to play 38 games for Arsene Wenger’s side last season as they reached the Carabao Cup Final and the Europa League semi-final. Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland West Ham United are closing in on a £100,000-a-week deal to sign Jack Wilshere.The former Arsenal midfielder, who announced he would be leaving the Gunners  last month, looks set to remain in London after positive talks with Manuel Pellegrini. 2 RANKED targets Such is the confidence the deal will be wrapped up soon, The Sun also claim Wilshere will be invited to Switzerland for pre-season training with the rest of the squad.Before joining Arsenal’s academy, the midfielder was in fact a West Ham fan owing to his family’s strong connections with the east London club.last_img read more

NRC points up for grabs as championship heads into fourth round

first_img Tags: Christaki FitidisJas MangatNRC Hassan Alwi won last years race in Fort PortalWith thirty nine (39) points separating NRC leader Jas Mangat from second placed Unisan Bakunda and only sixty (60) points from Christakis Fitidis, who is in third place, the fourth round race of the season promises to be thrilling.Jas Mangat and Joseph Kamya made a late withdrawal from the race this weekend. Team driver Mangat cited illness for his sudden decision to pull out.“My driver (Mangat) has been unwell. We thought he would be fine before Fort Portal rally, but it wasn’t the case. So we had to withdraw,” said Joseph Kamya.The Pilipili Rally Team’s absence in Fort Portal is anticipated to cause a shift in the NRC title chase with either a new leader or fewer points’ difference.Arthur Blick and Noella Blick have pulled out of Fort Portal rally just a day to the event.Aurther Blick will not take part in this weekend’s raceThe Shell sponsored crew revealed that their newly acquired Mitsubishi Evo X lacked several spare parts. Hence not fit to face the Fort Portal challenge.Now a more breathtaking race is assured this weekend with crews fighting for that top position. Key will be closing in on the championship chase.Unisan Bakunda will be at the edge of the competition for the top spot which could give him a chance to take the championship lead.Reigning National Rally Champion Christakis Fitidis who has just sealed a sponsorship deal with Oryx Energies, Susan Muwonga, Kepher Walubi all stand a chance to claim the lead too but only after finishing second or better.Hassan Alwi will start car number one on the road followed by Unisan Bakunda before Christakis Fitidis in third.The Two-wheel drive category will also produce its own fight between current leader Edwin Kalule and Timothy Gawaya among others.Winners of the first three round.-Mbarara – Jas Mangat-Jinja – Jas Mangat-Masaka- Posiano LwakatakaNRC top ten ahead of Fort Portal rallyJas Mangat/Joseph Kamya 200pointsUnisan Bakunda/Umar Kakande 161ptsChristakis Fitidis/Eric Nzamwita 140Susan Muwonge/Edmond Kyeyune 110Kepher Walubi/Anthony Mugambwa 105Ponsiano Lwakataka/Sam Mugisha 95Ashiraf Ahmed/Edward Kiyingi 908.Duncan Mubiru/Musa Nsubuga     759.Fred Wampamba/Paul Musaazi    6510.Hassan Alwi/Enoch Olinga         50Comments last_img read more