Swift’s Team Sky team-mate Lars Petter Nordhaug emerged from the chaos to win the first stage of the inaugural Tour de Yorkshire in front of huge crowds on the Scarborough seafront, but behind him several others were picking up the pieces. Almost a year on from the county hosting the Grand Depart of the Tour de France, the 174km stage again saw thousands lining the roads but the day’s racing was defined by a huge crash after a brief shower created a slippery descent as the peloton approached Grosmont, high in the North Yorkshire Moors. There was a warning when Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise’s Tim Declercq, one of two riders in a breakaway, went straight on at a corner and landed in a hedge before remounting. But with no race radio, the peloton approached unaware and chaos followed as several riders hit the deck, led by Swift and his team-mate Ian Boswell. “It was just really slippy,” said Swift’s team-mate Philip Deignan. “Normally the roads here are quite abrasive but that was real shiny. It just came on really quickly, the shower, just as we were coming in and it’s a 20 per cent descent so it was probably the worst moment for it to happen.” As Swift headed off to hospital, his remaining team-mates tried to regroup amid the confusion and Deignan and Nordhaug managed to get themselves into a five-man break which got away on the final climb of the day out of Robin Hood’s Bay. It came down to a sprint on the seafront, with Nordhaug beating Europcar’s Thomas Voeckler and Stephane Rossetto of Cofidis. “It’s great to take the victory,” the Norwegian said. “With all the spectators here it’s massive and I feel like I’m riding at home riding for Sky. This is really great. “The team were so strong today, riding all day to make it hard. We were riding for Ben Swift but he crashed pretty hard which is a shame. Then I had to try and do something.” After time bonuses were applied, Nordhaug led the general classification by four seconds from Voeckler. Deignan finished fifth to sit 10 seconds down. “This is cycling, the highs and lows,” said Team Sky sporting director Rod Ellingworth. “The thing is we always said from the beginning if we lose Ben, Lars is the guy, he’s next in line so for Team Sky it’s worked out but it’s sad for Ben, his home race and he was well up for it.” The same crash which accounted for Swift also did for NFTO’s Eddie Dunbar, at 18 the youngest rider in the field. The Irishman, who had been first over the biggest climb of the day at Rosedale Abbey, was taken to hospital with a suspected broken clavicle. The attrition had begun when Giant-Alpecin’s Kittel, who won the opening stage of the Tour de France in Harrogate last year, climbed off midway through the stage having fallen more than six minutes off the pace. The 26-year-old was racing for the first time in two months after a virus and his lack of training was no match for the rolling roads, which seemed to catch out many riders as the peloton splintered. Sir Bradley Wiggins, competing for the first time for his eponymous development team, elected to ride conservatively and stay safe with his attempt at the Hour record scheduled for June. He eventually crossed the line in 96th, almost 15 minutes behind the winners. Saturday sees the peloton take on a 174km route from Selby to York, where a bunch sprint is anticipated, before a tough 167km stage full of climbing between Wakefield and Leeds coincides with a wet weather forecast on Sunday. “Tomorrow should be pretty straight forward with a bunch sprint but the third day, from what I hear, is pretty brutal,” Deignan said when asked if Team Sky can defend their lead. “Lars is obviously in good form so I don’t think we need to be afraid of anyone.” Swift injured his right shoulder in the crash, but Team Sky later confirmed he had not suffered any broken bones. “I’m devastated that I’ve had to withdraw from the race,” Swift said on the team’s website. “I fell heavily on my shoulder and knew straight away that I couldn’t continue. Thankfully nothing is broken so hopefully it won’t keep me off the bike for long. “Congratulations to Lars Petter and the team on the great win. The Yorkshire crowd were absolutely brilliant today and really spurred us on, so a big thank you to everyone who cheered us on.” Cycling’s much-anticipated return to Yorkshire proved a brutal one as race favourite Ben Swift and star sprinter Marcel Kittel were among several casualties on the road from Bridlington to Scarborough. Press Association
Manuel Pellegrini insists Manchester City signed Nicolas Otamendi because he wanted a new central defender. The Chilean said: “(There was) not a change of mind in the last moment. We tried to buy a centre-back from the beginning of this new season. For different reasons we couldn’t buy before. Always in my mind was to bring in a centre-back this year. “We worked during the summer with different options. We moved a lot of different options. Finally we agreed that the best option was Otamendi but, I repeat, it was the idea I had from the beginning.” There were also reports that City defender Eliaquim Mangala, a £42million signing last year, could move to Valencia on loan as part of the deal for Otamendi. Pellegrini admits this possibility was raised but he refused. Mangala, who had a mixed first season at City, has started the new campaign well and Pellegrini wanted to retain him along with Otamendi, captain Vincent Kompany and Martin Demichelis. Pellegrini said: “There was a lot of talking about different options. The option that we wanted was to bring Otamendi here, so Otamendi is here. The conversation may have had a lot of options, but finally I decided that Mangala must stay here with Otamendi.” City this week bought Otamendi from Valencia for around £32million having previously given little indication they were seeking a player in that position. It was suggested the Spanish club may have pushed for the deal because they still owe City after agreeing to sign Alvaro Negredo for £24million last year, but manager Pellegrini says that was not a factor. Press Association
For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Live Streaming Cricket and Score Updates, England vs South Africa at Hotstar and Star Sports: South Africa chose to bowl and they struck in the first over with Imran Tahir getting the big wicket of Jonny Bairstow for a golden duck. Jason Roy and Joe Root smashed fifties but fell in quick succession but Eoin Morgan kept England in the hunt by going past 7000 ODI runs and blasting his 46th fifty in ODIs. Morgan and Stokes strung a partnership of 106 runs together before Imran Tahir sent former back to pavilion. England losing track in last overs, have lost two wickets (Jos Buttler and Moeen Ali) in quick succesion. Ben Stokes smashed 89 as England ended on 311/8. In chase, South Africa is off to a cautious start, with both batsmen seeing the initial overs closely. In Archer’s second over, Amla got hit on helmet and walked back to pavilion. Markram replaced him to the middle, but didn’t stay for long. The skipper, too didn’t stay at the wicket for long. Post this, the wickets kept tumbling for South Africa and they never really recovered, eventually fell short by 104 runs. Here are the details of When and Where to watch England vs South Africa World Cup 2019 live cricket match online and on television. You can watch live England vs South Africa opening match of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 on Star Sports Network and online on Hotstar. You can get details such as Live Cricket Match Streaming, Hotstar live cricket match today, live cricket score, Star Sports 1 Hindi Live Match, live cricket England vs South Africa match, World Cup match live today, cricket scorecard and much more. (LIVE SCORECARD)World Cup 2019, Opening match: England vs South Africa What time does the live coverage of the opening game of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 between England vs South Africa start?The ICC World Cup 2019 opening match between England and South Africa at The Oval will start at 03:00 PM IST. South Africa chose to bowl against England.Where will the opening game of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 between England vs South Africa?The opening game of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 between England vs South Africa will be played at The Oval in London.Where to watch online live streaming of the opening game of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 between England vs South Africa?You can watch the live streaming of the opening game of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 between England vs South Africa on Hotstar from 03.00 PM onwards.When is the opening game of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 between England vs South Africa?The opening game of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 between England vs South Africa will be played on Thursday, May 30 Where can I check the opening game of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 between England vs South Africa?You can follow Live updates and Live Score on english.newsnationtv.com. You can watch the live cricket match on Hotstar.Where can I watch the opening game of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 between England vs South Africa?The opening game of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 between England vs South Africa will be broadcast live on Star Sports 1, Star Sports Select HD. Hindi commentary will be available on Star Sports 1 Hindi. What are the teams for the opening game of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 between England vs South Africa?England: Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan(c), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler(w), Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Liam Plunkett, Jofra Archer, Adil RashidSouth Africa: Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock(w), Aiden Markram, Faf du Plessis(c), Rassie van der Dussen, Jean-Paul Duminy, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, Imran Tahir
(REUTERS) – Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney intends to stay at the club, ending speculation that he could move to China.“Despite the interest which has been shown from other clubs, for which I’m grateful, I want to end recent speculation and say that I am staying at Manchester United,” Rooney said in a statement yesterday.British media had reported that Rooney’s agent, Paul Stretford, was in China to see if he could negotiate a deal for the England forward to leave United and join the fast-growing Chinese Super League.Rooney, 31, has been unable to command a regular starting place under manager Jose Mourinho and faces a race to be fit for a likely substitute’s role in the League Cup final against Southampton at Wembley on Sunday.He missed his club’s Europa League win at St Etienne on Wednesday with a hamstring injury and Mourinho said he could not guarantee that the player would still be at Old Trafford for the final year of his contract, which expires after the 2017-2018 season.In January Rooney broke Bobby Charlton’s club goal-scoring record but has fallen behind the likes of Paul Pogba, Ander Herrera, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Marcus Rashford in the competition for a first-team place.In the statement, on United’s website, he said: “I hope I will play a full part in helping the team in its fight for success on four fronts.”Rooney, who joined United from Everton as an 18-year-old, began the season in the first team, scoring in their opening Premier League match — a 3-1 victory at Bournemouth.Yet he has fallen down the pecking order under Mourinho, making only eight starts in 17 Premier League appearances this season, and scoring just two goals.Rooney, who joined United in 2004, broke Charlton’s Manchester United scoring record on January 21 when he scored their equaliser in a 1-1 draw at Stoke City — his 250th goal for the club.He is also England’s top scorer, overtaking the same player when he scored his 50th international goal, against Switzerland in September 2015.He hopes to add to his current tally of 53 — and 119 caps — but was dropped for the first time in his England career by manager Gareth Southgate for the World Cup qualifier against Slovenia in October, although he returned to captain his country against Scotland a month later.His hopes of beating Peter Shilton’s England appearance record of 125 internationals look doubtful, but if he had moved to China, where British media reported he could have more than doubled his current £300 000 ($376 230)-a-week wages, they would likely have been non-existent.
The USG Senate meeting on Tuesday night featured presentations from USG’s University Affairs Committee and Arts Committee.Director of University Affairs Andrew Menard updated USG Senators on several projects to improve the quality of USC student life, both on and off campus.University Affairs successfully reinstated a bus transportation service to LA Live for USC students. Though feedback has been positive, the committee wants to make sure students are aware of the service so that funding continues.“This is really big to publicize — if we don’t get people going, we might lose it,” Menard said. “Most of the feedback has been really good, but it’s important to get the word out.”In addition to reinstating the shuttle service, University Affairs had success in improving dorms on campus. So far, printers have been installed in Fluor, Parkside, New, North and Pardee for students to use.The committee is looking forward to further dorm renovations scheduled for summer of 2014.“We’re getting new flooring in Troy, as well as soundproof windows in New, North and Marks,” Menard said.University Affairs is focused on more immediate goals as well. Over the course of the semester, University Affairs plans on improving Campus Cruiser’s operating system, as well as extending hours for the Farmer’s Market on McCarthy Quad.After University Affairs presented, Fabiola Avina, director of USG’s Performing Arts Committee, gave a presentation to announce upcoming events her organization is sponsoring. These events include a visit by transgender performer Rebecca King, as well as the highly-anticipated USC Arts Week.“USC Arts Week is our biggest initiative this semester,” Avina said.Arts Week starts the week of March 31, and will include programs that showcase the artistic talents and interests of USC students.
Published on December 20, 2016 at 7:42 pm Contact Matthew: email@example.com | @MatthewGut21 Syracuse has been ranked No. 7 in the 2017 Inside Lacrosse Face-Off Yearbook Top 20. Last year, it started the season No. 8.The Orange returns three All-Americans, seven players who started at least one game last season and 20 players who saw action in at least 10 games. SU finished 12-5 and as Atlantic Coast Conference champions before falling to No. 1 Maryland, 13-7, in the 2016 NCAA tournament quarterfinals.All five ACC teams are in the top 14 of this season’s preseason poll: defending national champion No. 2 North Carolina, No. 4 Notre Dame, No. 7 Syracuse, No. 8 Duke and No. 14 Virginia. Denver claimed the top spot, Johns Hopkins No. 12 and Albany No. 13.Head coach John Desko enters his 19th season at Syracuse, which has not won the national title since 2009.Syracuse opens the 2017 season, the program’s 101st, on Feb. 11. against Siena in the Carrier Dome. The rest of the schedule will be released later this month or early next. SU begins practice in three weeks.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Comments Facebook Twitter Google+
University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team (26-1-1, 20-1-1 WCHA) is hitting the road to take on Ohio State (9-18-1, 5-16-1 WCHA) this weekend in a series that may prove to be a rather unique obstacle for the Badgers.Wisconsin will not only have to battle the Ohio State’s crowd, but their smaller rink will result in a faster-paced game. For the first time this season, the Badgers will have to make adjustments to cope with quicker play and less room to work with.“We are a very good skating team and I think that the smaller rink [at Ohio State] kind of confines us,” junior forward Sarah Nurse said. “It’s a little frustrating to play in, especially because we are used to the ice surface at LaBahn.”Stamina will be crucial, as Wisconsin will need to be fresh on every shift in order to maintain momentum.“There is not really a lot of time or space, it’s more like watching ping pong where it [the puck] just goes back and forth,” head coach Mark Johnson said.So, it will be important for Wisconsin’s three leading goal scorers — Nurse and sophomore forwards Emily Clark and Annie Pankowski — to stay fresh throughout the entire game, and remain a constant threat to OSU’s sophomore goaltender Alex Lamere.The Badgers’ second and third lines will need also to be ready at all times to hop in and provide fresh legs.Key MatchupThis week’s key matchup is a battle between pairs. Wisconsin’s senior defenseman Courtney Burke and junior defenseman Jenny Ryan will have their hands full against OSU’s senior forward Kendall Curtis and junior forward Claudia Kepler.As the two leading defensemen in terms of plus/minus for the Badgers, Burke and Ryan will have to be relentless in their efforts to wear down the Buckeye’s two leading scorers.Ohio State’s Kendall Curtis has netted 13 goals and her teammate Claudia Kepler has accounted for 11 more. The dynamic pair are the only two players who have reached double digits in scoring for the Buckeyes this season.What’s on the LineWisconsin will certainly have more to lose this weekend as the team is trying to maintain their five-point lead over Minnesota, who are second in the WCHA standings.The Badgers have also quietly constructed an impressive eight-game win streak on the back of their refocused efforts since losing their first game of the season back in December.On the contrary, the Buckeyes will be playing with everything to gain against the visiting Badgers — a chance to play spoiler against the No. 2 team in the country that was responsible for handing them two 0-7 and 0-8 drubbings earlier this year.“They’ll be a tough team, and they want to beat us that is for sure,” junior forward Sydney McKibbon said. “We are ranked No. 2 right now so I think that every team in our league kind of wants to be one to knock us of off that, so we have that in the back of our minds.”The first puck drops 6 p.m. Friday night and then again at 3 p.m. Saturday at the the OSU Ice Arena in Columbus, Ohio.
The reigning Rose Bowl champion Trojans enter the 2017 season with lofty expectations after last season’s dramatic sprint through the finish line. USC concluded last season with a nine-game winning streak, capping it off with a dramatic 52-49 victory over Penn State in the Rose Bowl.The blazing finish to the 2016 campaign has accelerated the USC hype train to the highest gear. A Pac-12 preseason media poll pegged the Trojans as favorites for the conference title, and they enter 2017 ranked No. 4 in the preseason Coaches Poll. Only Alabama, Ohio State and Florida State are ranked ahead. In order to meet these weighty projections, USC will need top-tier contributions from established veterans on both sides of the ball in the upcoming season. After losing numerous key players to graduation and the NFL Draft, the Trojans will also seek breakout performances from their new additions in order to aid the effort toward a national championship run.Here are some of the marquee players who will need to tackle big roles for the Trojans this season:Sam Darnold, redshirt sophomore quarterbackIt’s no secret that USC’s central asset comes at signal caller. Since being named the starter before Week 5 of the 2016 season, Darnold has transformed the Trojan offense into a high-powered unit capable of scoring from anywhere on the field. The quarterback was named Rose Bowl MVP after his 453-yard, five-touchdown performance in the Grandaddy of Them All in January.As a redshirt freshman, Darnold threw for 3,086 yards and 31 touchdowns while completing 67.2 percent of his passes. His standout first season as the starting quarterback has earned him national acclaim: In addition to being the preseason Heisman Trophy favorite, Darnold has been touted for several other honors, including the Maxwell (top player) and Davey O’Brien (top quarterback) awards. Whispers of Darnold being the top prospect in the 2018 NFL Draft have already begun following his breakout debut campaign.As Darnold goes, this Trojan offense will go in 2017. If he plays up to his projections as the top quarterback in the nation, USC fans can expect to see their team make a deep postseason run. “We’re just focusing on ourselves,” Darnold said. “We’re just going to continue to work hard … and good things are going to come from that.”Ronald Jones II, junior running backFollowing running back Justin Davis’ graduation, Jones will be called upon to spearhead the Trojan’s rushing attack this fall. During his sophomore season, Jones tallied 1,082 yards and scored 12 touchdowns on the ground. In a Week 8 contest against Cal last season, Jones gashed the Golden Bears’ defense for 223 yards and a score. “I’ve just been working hard in practice this offseason, trying to build up my stamina so I can take on more carries,” Jones said. Jones has undoubtedly put his rushing ability on display during his first two seasons at USC, but many will keep an eye on Jones’ development as a pass catcher and blocker in the season to come. Already on the preseason watch list for the Doak Walker Award (top college running back), Jones would be even deadlier if he contributes to the Trojan air attack.“[Catching passes] is not completely natural for me yet,” Jones said. “I’m working on the hands, though — they’re coming.”Deontay Burnett, junior wide receiverBurnett turned in a heroic performance during the Rose Bowl, hauling in 13 receptions for 164 yards and three touchdowns. One of the scores came late, and it tied the contest at 49-49 with 1:20 remaining in regulation. As a sophomore, Burnett developed a strong rapport with Darnold and was a key cog in the Trojans’ passing game. He caught 56 passes for a total of 622 yards and seven touchdowns during the regular season.As USC’s primary option out of the slot, Burnett can once again expect a high volume of offensive opportunities during his junior campaign. Daniel Imatorbhebhe, redshirt sophomore tight endEntering the 2017 season as a preseason watch list selection for the Mackey Award (top tight end in the nation), Imatorbhebhe is looking to follow up a strong freshman campaign with another successful season.Acting as a potent red-zone threat at tight end, Imatorbhebhe hauled in 17 receptions for 250 yards and four scores last year. In USC’s crucial win over then-No. 4 Washington, Imatorbhebhe posted career-highs in receptions (5) and yards (78) while also scoring a touchdown. Listed at 6-foot-3 and 235 pounds, Imatorbhebhe also has the physical frame to be an effective blocker for the Trojan offense. While Imatorbhebhe has been dealing with several minor injuries this fall camp — most recently a hip flexor issue — he is expected to be healthy and ready for the Trojans’ season opener against Western Michigan. Viane Talamaivao, senior offensive guardAny time an offensive line loses a pair of All-American tackles during the offseason, there is going to be a fair share of question marks leading into to the season. USC lost All-American linemen Zach Banner and Chad Wheeler (both are now in the NFL). Damien Mama, a starter on last year’s offensive line, also left the team to enter the draft.Talamaivao returns this season as the most experienced player on USC’s offensive front. A four-year starter and former freshman All-American, Talamaivao is about the only sure thing on the Trojan offensive line at the moment. With an offensive line that currently looks like it could be playing musical chairs throughout fall camp, Talamaivao brings some security to an uncertain situation up front. Freshmen to watch on offenseWhile Jones is set to be the main tailback for the Trojan offense, USC may have found a nice accessory for its backfield in freshman Stephen Carr. Due to his impressive build (6 feet, 210 pounds) and running ability, Carr opened many eyes during fall camp after arriving as a high-profile, four-star recruit. At a team scrimmage on Aug. 5, Carr rushed for a pair of touchdowns and sparked plenty of conversation about what his usage will be this season. USC is looking toward its youth as a possible remedy for some of the unknowns it has on the offensive front. Freshmen Austin Jackson and Andrew Vorhees have both seen practice time on the starting units this offseason. Cameron Smith, junior linebackerSmith will be the undisputed quarterback of the Trojan defense in 2017. The Trojans’ leading tackler last season (83), Smith will maintain middle linebacking duties for Troy this fall. Smith was named to the Butkus Award (top linebacker) preseason watch list, and he will be expected to act as the hammer and leader of the defense after the graduation of linebacker and team captain Michael Hutchings. “I’m just so excited to be back out [at practice] preparing for the upcoming season,” Smith said. “All of the [preseason hype] really doesn’t mean much to us … we’re just focused on Western Michigan first.”Smith is one critical piece of a Trojan linebacker corps that includes a pair of other selectees for the Butkus Award watch list: senior Uchenna Nwosu and junior Porter Gustin. Rasheem Green, junior defensive end Last season, the Trojans dominated the line of scrimmage defensively largely thanks to nose tackle Stevie Tu’ikolovatu, who now plays for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. This year, the Trojans’ defensive line will be led by junior lineman Rasheem Green. The junior led the team with six sacks last season. USC will again depend on a veteran like Green to establish a pass rush up front in 2017. He has also shown an ability to chase down the ball carrier, as he recorded 55 tackles in 2016. Iman Marshall, junior cornerback Marshall made his presence felt almost immediately in January’s Rose Bowl Game: On the first play from scrimmage, Marshall intercepted Penn State sophomore quarterback Trace McSorely to set the tone for a strong Trojan start.In total, Marshall intercepted three passes as a sophomore in 2016, matching his three interceptions as a true freshman in 2015. With the departure of Jim Thorpe Award-winner Adoree’ Jackson from USC’s secondary, Marshall is expected to take the reigns of the Trojan pass defense. Expectations for Marshall’s 2017 campaign are generally high, as he was named to the preseason watch list for the Thorpe Award (top defensive back in nation). Whether Marshall matches these high expectations or not will greatly determine the effectiveness of USC’s defense in shutting down opposing passing attacks. Fresh faces up frontReplacing the production of a Rose Bowl MVP like Stevie Tu’ikolovatu with one player is unreasonable. However, USC is hoping that one of its most-touted acquisitions from its 2017 recruiting class can someday mold into an elite defensive tackle, like Tu’ikolovatu was for the Trojans. Freshman defensive tackle Marlon Tuipulotu has received a solid amount of reps with the first-string defense this fall. Many believe that Tuipulotu has the ability to instantly contribute to the Trojan defensive front. Listed at 6-foot-3 and 295 pounds, Tuipulotu brings a veteran, physical build as a true freshman. Michael Brown, redshirt freshman placekickerThis offseason, USC dealt with the loss of placekicker and Rose Bowl hero Matt Boermeester due to a violation of the student code of conduct. Boermeester is no longer on the team and is no longer enrolled at the University. That leaves placekicking duties this season to the leg of Brown.Brown, a former five-star kicking prospect, redshirted last season. During his career at Linfield Christian High School in Temecula, Calif., Brown hit a career-long field goal from 57 yards out. Brown’s performance in replacing Boermeester may be a vital component to USC’s success in 2017, especially if his number is called in late-game situations.Chris Tilbey, redshirt junior punterHead coach Clay Helton constantly stresses the importance of winning the battle for field position. At the center of that mantra is the left leg of Tilbey, who is now entering his second season as the Trojans’ punter. As a sophomore in 2016, Tilbey averaged 38.3 yards per punt. He recorded three punts of 50-plus yards and pinned opponents within their own 20-yard line on 18 occasions. The former Aussie Rules player will look to continue setting his defense up for success this fall.
Tipperary have lost out to Dublin in their opening National league game in Parnell Park. Eamon O’Shea’s side created plenty of chances but lacked the killer instinct to take the game to Ger Cunningham’s Dublin side. At half time the Premier County were down by nine points after a lacklustre first half performance. Ger Cunningham’s Dublin side ran out twelve point winners in the end. The full-time score was Dublin 2-20 Tipperary 0-14.This was Tipp’s fourth round one league defeat in five years.Eamon O’Shea said after the match that Dublin had more determination than Tipp to win the 50/50 ball. He told Tipp FM Sport: https://soundcloud.com/tippfmradio/eamon-oshea-on-tipps-heavy-defeat-against-dublinGer Cunnigham was pleased with his side’s performance. He had this to say after the match: https://soundcloud.com/tippfmradio/dublins-ger-cunningham-after-his-sides-victory-over-tipp?in=tippfmradio/sets/tipp-fm-sportTipp will now host Galway next weekend in Round 2. Galway were up against Clare in today’s other Division 1A match-up in what was a nip and tuck affair at Pearse Stadium.The Tribesmen ran out one point winners against Davy Fitzgerald’s team. The full time score was Galway 2-15 Clare 1-17.
From Saturday, several women and two men begin gathering at the home of Linda Blessing in Port St. Lucie, Florida to engage in what Blessing called a “prayer battle.” By Tuesday morning the group which originally consisted of three men and two women increased to fourteen, 12 women and two men. For three days and three nights they prayed for the rescue of the 12 young soccer players, and their coach from Thailand’s Tham Luang Cave.Prayer WarriorBlessing, a deacon at a Pentecostal church in Port. St. Lucie, and a self- avowed “prayer warrior” said she had praying for the boys and the 25-year old coach since news first came on June 23 that they were missing after heavy rains entrapped them in the cave where they entered out of curiosity. “When I heard the boys were trapped and couldn’t be found I began praying privately with two other church sisters. I believed they would be found, and they were ‘Prayers began to be answered Like the rest of the world Blessing, who is originally from Aruba, the joy of the boys being found soon turned to anxiety. After they were found by divers on June 2 it was reported that the cave was flooded from the torrential rains, making it difficult to rescue them.“I knew that the good Lord didn’t allow those boys to found, bring relieve to their parents, then leave that cave to die, no, not my Lord. So I stepped up the praying. I needed a prayer battle. I needed help, so I called several church sisters and brethren to gather at my home over the past weekend to pray and fast for God to give strength and wisdom to the many rescuers to free the boys. Then Sunday morning God began answering those prayers.”On Sunday morning, news came that four boys were rescued from the cave, on Monday four more, and finally on Tuesday came the report that the other four boys and the coach were rescued.Blessing, could hardly speak to CNW on Tuesday morning, as her voice racked with emotion. Crying loudly as she spoke she kept repeating, “God is god, God is so good. Thank you, Lord. Thank you, Lord.”A rebirthShe sees the rescue of the boys as their rebirth. “It was like they were locked in the womb again and have been reborn. I hope we get a chance to learn what happen to these boys and the coach as they continue with their life. I feel they’ll be specially blessed after this. Prayers recued them.”A team of some one hundred Thai, US, British and other international engineers, rescuers, divers, and medical personnel toiled and planned since the boys and their coach were found to rescue them from where they were found some 2.5 miles from the cave’s entrance. The team delivered supplies, food and medicines to the boys, while plans were made to rescue them. The rescuers were challenged by time, trying to beat the approaching torrential Monsoon rains in Thailand. At one stage it was suggested the boys and coach may have to stay in the cave for four months until the rains ended.The recue each set of boys took some 10 hours each day. Divers swam under water some five-hours to reach the boys, who could not swim, fitted each boy in scuba suits and diving equipment, tethered each boy to a diver, and swam mostly under water to get out the cave.Rev, Allan Prescott, a British Anglican priest visiting Miami, told CNW on Tuesday morning, “This is truly evidence of the power of prayer. A lot of people were praying for these boys.” Then the reverend quipped, “I just hope God also hear us Britons praying that England wins the World Cup.”