Sammy slams ‘short of brains’ comment

first_imgKOLKATA, India (CMC): Captain Darren Sammy has lashed out at cricket broadcaster Mark Nicholas for describing West Indies as “short of brains” in a pre-tournament preview, and says the comment helped served as a catalyst for the side’s success in the ongoing Twenty20 World Cup. Writing before the tournament, Nicholas said West Indies were “short of brains, but have Indian Premier League history in their ranks”, a comment Sammy and the Caribbean side took great exception to. “How could you describe people with ‘no brains’? Animals got brains. We’re not an object,” an emotional Sammy told a media conference on the eve of the Twenty20 World Cup final here yesterday. “To me, that particular comment really set it off for us. You could see me talking about it. It’s kind of emotional, as for somebody who I respect and had good rapport with that particular gentleman. “To describe our team, who were defending champions four years ago, as we guys with no brains is really out of order.” West Indies lost just once in the preliminaries – to Afghanistan in their final game – to top Group 1 ahead of the semi-finals. They then produced a spectacular performance against tournament favourites India, chasing down 193 at the Wankhede Stadium on Thursday in Mumbai to book their spot in the final. Sammy said that because of the criticism, West Indies had become closer as a unit and were now highly motivated ahead of today’s final. “Everybody is entitled to his opinion. You guys (media) ask most difficult questions to get a good story. We understand that. The key for us is the belief in our own circle. Whatever they say, it does not really matter,” Sammy pointed out. “God doesn’t love the ugly, and we’re very wonderful and very beautiful men. That’s why we play exciting cricket. For us, all these things have happened before the tournament. That’s the passion, determination that we take on the field. It’s one more step. We believe that we could do it.” Highly motivatedlast_img read more

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2019 Cricket World Cup

first_imgDear Sir,Now that Cricket World Cup 2019 has ended, I would like to comment on the performance of the West Indies Team.To say that the performance of the West Indies Team was poor would be an understatement; it was more like atrocious and embarrassing, and at times too painful to watch.To begin with, the captaincy of Jason Holder was poor and lacked imagination. He does not possess that killer instinct to go for the jugular when West Indies are on top and their opponents are down and out.For example, against Australia, New Zealand, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, he was too laid back, and allowed things to drift; he did not seize the crucial moments.Also, his own performance was mediocre, and was the worst of all the captains at the World Cup.I strongly believe Clive Lloyd made a big mistake when he appointed Jason Holder as captain at the age of twenty-two. He should have allowed him to develop as a player first, and gain more experience before offering him the captaincy.As for the batsmen, although most of them are talented, many of them have technical flaws, and lack mental awareness to read the game. In other words, they do not know when to attack, and when to dig in and fight it out when the situation warrants otherwise.Many of them got out consistently by trying to hook balls that would have sailed over their heads, or by trying to pull balls to the leg-side at face height, when they could easily have left those balls alone. It was a question of poor shot selection.And Gayle was a big disappointment. As the most experienced batsman on the team, he should have been the lead batter, with the rest batting around him; but it was not to be, and that also hurt West Indies big time. He was a real let-down. He should go now, and give another young man a chance.And finally, the bowling was up and down; sometimes very good, and other times very poor. Let me say this: it was a shame that Kemar Roach was not selected for the earlier games. He would have made a big difference. He and Cottrell were our best bowlers. Shane Thomas has a serious fitness problem and should not be selected for 50 Over games, only 20/20 games.His pace drops drastically when he has to bowl 10 overs, and his fielding is very poor.We also needed another quality spinner. Nurse and Allen were no good. We desperately needed a Sunil Narine, and Russell should not have been selected with all the injury problems he has. Keemo Paul should have been selected instead.Editor, I cannot end this letter without mentioning the selectors. Until we have selectors who would put West Indies cricket first before their personal and fellow countrymen’s interest, West Indies cricket will continue to be in the doldrums. We must eradicate insularity from West Indies cricket, and to this end, the buck stops with Ricky Skerritt and Emmanuel Nanthan.Yours faithfully,Imtiaz Baccuslast_img read more

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Water polo roundup: Agoura one away from goal

first_imgThe Dons (22-8) held Casey Flacks, the Chargers’ speedy swimmer and scrappy defender, to one goal and three steals and forced Jillian Waldron and Emily Schmachtenberger to foul out late in the game. But coach Jason Rosenthal’s team had other weapons to complete the job. Alana Altmann and Talia Cognata scored added goals for the Chargers, who never trailed in a game that featured four lead changes and was tied three times. Schmachtenberger scored on an assist by Flacks early in the final period for a 6-4 lead. Agoura goalkeeper Sara Gralitzer finished with 15 saves. Santa Barbara beat Agoura 8-7 in last year’s Div. IV title game and the year before. The Dons also knocked the Chargers out of the playoffs in the semifinals in 2004. “It wasn’t the championship game but it feels really good to win,” Rosenthal said. “We didn’t blow them out, it was a close game. Like I told Mark Walsh (the Dons’ coach), I modeled our program after theirs because they were the model team.” OTHER DIV. IV GAMES “It feels just like we won CIF,” said Carly Clark, who led the Chargers with four goals, including the one that put the game out of reach with 1:44 left and a 7-4 lead. “To stop them from getting into the finals was what we wanted. Now we have to continue to keep playing as a team and do the right things in the next game.” Agoura will be Monday’s championship game instead of the Dons, who have been in the final the last nine years. The Chargers (25-6) will face Laguna Beach at the Belmont Pool in Long Beach for the Div. II title. The Agoura girls’ water polo team reached redemption Friday but is still short of its objective. The Chargers avenged three straight playoff loses to Santa Barbara, including two Southern Section championships, with an 8-6 Div. II semifinal win against the Dons at the William Woolett Jr. Aquatic Center in Irvine. center_img Cabrillo of Lompoc 9, Harvard-Westlake 6: Harvard-Westlake came within two goals of tying Cabrillo after holding top-seeded Cabrillo scoreless in the third quarter. But Cabrillo returned the favor keeping the Wolverines scoreless for 10:35 in the second half in a match at Pasadena City College. “It’s sour grapes right now because I wish we could’ve played better,” Harvard-Westlake coach Larry Felix said. “But for where some of them were two years ago to making the semis, I couldn’t be happier.” Nadia Dan led the Wolverines with three goals, one assist and two steals. Madison had nine saves including two stopped penalty shots. Arroyo Grande 12, Glendale 6: Glendale’s first semifinal appeareance in school history was spoiled by No. 2 Arroyo Grande, who scored four unanswered goals in the third quarter to pull away at Cuesta College. Sarah Wolff scored two goals for the Nitros while Shaggy Abolian and Vanuhi Ovasapyan added one each. – Ivan Orozco and Erik Boal 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Premier League diary: Down at the Palace, Moose can eat like a king!

first_img 6 Armed with supplies, I then watched Palace comfortably go on and win the game 2-0 before seeing Neil Warnock for the first time since May. I know what you’re thinking, how lucky Neil was to avoid me for four months –  there, I got it in first before the editor!After speaking to Neil, I noticed Palace’s players coming off after their warm down… There was time for a quick spot of lunch – lasagne – with Ray Houghton (Was there any left for Ray?! – Ed) and then a chat with Leicester defender Danny Simpson. I can’t remember exactly what he said to me (“Clear off and leave me alone?” – Ed) as he made his way to the dressing room, but trust me it wasn’t an angry confrontation (Judging by the look on his face, we’ll have to take your word for that! – Ed). 6 Leicester arrived at about 1.20pm – it’s normal for away teams to arrive about 90 minutes before kick-off. Straight away I caught up with my friend Kevin Phillips, who was making his first return to Selhurst Park since leaving earlier this year. Of course, it was his goal in the 2013 Play-Off Final which earned Palace their Premier League status, so for him it was always going to be a special afternoon. After a watchable first half I was among the first down to the Press Room to dive into the pies and sandwiches. (We pretty much knew that already, didn’t we? You’d beat Usain Bolt to the buffet table! – Ed) 6center_img Another week, another Premier League press box, and another free feed. It’s the diary of Moose’s season…I used to enjoy the banter with Neil Warnock when he was Alan Brazil’s breakfast co-host on talkSPORT, and on Saturday I got to see his Crystal Palace team in the flesh for the first time since he took over at Selhurst Park.You have to arrive early at Palace to bag a car park spot, and I arrived at the same time as James McArthur, who I’ve known for a while. James has been brilliant since moving to south London and seemed pleased to see a friendly face. 6 6 6 Not sure why so many of the players felt the need to scratch themselves, maybe someone in the press box had given them the itch (insert own Moose allergy joke here…).last_img read more

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Germany sift through wreckage of World Cup debacle

first_img0Shares0000Mesut Ozil and Mats Hummels were two of Germany’s under-performing players © AFP / BENJAMIN CREMELVATUTINKI, Russian Federation, Jun 28 – World Cup holders Germany return home on Thursday desperately looking for answers following their historic exit, with head coach Joachim Loew set to suffer the consequences of a disastrous campaign.In one of the competition’s biggest ever shocks, Germany failed to reach the knockout stage of a World Cup for the first time for 80 years, but it was the meek manner of their capitulation against South Korea in their final game that really stung. “We all made mistakes,” admitted defender Mats Hummels after the stunning 2-0 defeat left them bottom of Group F — and he meant the players, Loew and team director Oliver Bierhoff.After 12 golden years in charge crowned by the 2014 World Cup win in Brazil, Loew is considering his future after getting his tactics so badly wrong and placing faith in former stars past their prime.Germany’s coach Joachim Loew is pressure to go after the holders’ shock first round exit from the 2018 World Cup finals © AFP / Roman KruchininThe sight of Mexico pouring through a porous German midfield during the first half of the defeat in the opener against Mexico was the clearest example.Hardly anyone in the German setup leaves Russia with any credit.Bierhoff, for example, is blamed for choosing the isolated base camp at Vatutinki, southwest of Moscow, which caused unhappiness among the players.“You didn’t get the feeling that we were playing at a World Cup,” was captain and goalkeeper Manuel Neuer’s damning appraisal.Germany even had the shame of having to suspend two of their team officials for over-exuberant celebrations in front of Sweden manager Janne Andersson after the 2-1 win that appeared to have saved their skins.After Italy in 1950, Brazil in 1966, France in 2002, Italy in 2010 and Spain in 2014, Germany join an infamous club of reigning champions knocked out in the group stage at the next World Cup.– ‘Stunned’ –“We’re all stunned — we’re shocked,” said Thomas Mueller, the pillar of the 2014 team who seemed strangely unable to influence events this time.Loew said he took responsibility for the failure, yet just 12 months ago he could do no wrong.He won the 2017 Confederations Cup, the World Cup warmup, with an inexperienced squad and seemed to be ready to make a spirited defence of their global title.Only last month, Loew signed a contract extension with the German Football Association (DFB) until 2022, but there are already calls for him to resign.Germany’s defender Mats Hummels (R) and Germany’s midfielder Mesut Ozil are just two of the 2014 World Cup winners who played poorly at the Russia 2018 finals. © AFP / BENJAMIN CREMELIf he goes, the 58-year-old’s misguided loyalty in senior players like Mueller, Hummels, Sami Khedira, Mesut Ozil, Toni Kroos and Jerome Boateng will have been a key factor in his downfall.All were shadows of their usual selves.If he stays, Loew will need to have a clearout and a rethink on how to nurture a new team.From the next generation of Germany starlets he unearthed at the Confederations Cup, only Timo Werner and Joshua Kimmich were rewarded with regular spots in the senior team.Loew only gave rising stars like Julian Brandt, Leon Goretzka, Sebastian Rudy and Niklas Suele first-team place when his 2014 winners were struggling, suspended or injured.Leroy Sane, the forward who shone for Manchester City last season, was cut from the final squad.Germany have stagnated, lacking tactical direction as Loew often toyed with different systems.Arrogance, something Loew was determined to keep out of his squad’s mindset, crept in.As German pundit Ralph Honigstein put it, “many players come across as one-man brand ambassadors”, more interested in gathering social media followers than focusing on football.A fierce debate in Germany over the divided loyalty of players did nothing to help cohesion after Ozil and Ilkay Gundogan — who have Turkish roots — met with Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who Gundogan called “my president”.– Shattered myth –Germany pride themselves on being “a tournament team”, which knows how to rise to the occasion, but that notion was blown apart in Russia.Having sailed through qualification with a perfect 10 wins, the writing was on the wall with just one victory in six pre-World Cup friendlies, and even then a shaky 2-1 win over Saudi Arabia in the days before flying to Russia.Germany’s forward Thomas Mueller (R) says the squad is ‘shocked and stunned’ by the early World Cup exit. © AFP / SAEED KHAN“The last time we played well was autumn 2017,” admitted Hummels, referring to the 5-1 crushing of minnows Azerbaijan in October.The first chance to make amends is on September 6 against France in Munich in the new Nations League, but it shows how far Germany have fallen that if they win it will be only their third victory in 10 games.Loew refutes suggestions German football is about to enter a dark phase, insisting “there are enough young players, who are very talented and ready to develop”.“We have to draw the right conclusions and do better,” Loew said.For now however, Germany have to get used to the unaccustomed taste of failure.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Zlatan wants £8m to sign, Real Madrid transfer hint and more United rumours

first_imgJose Mourinho has not even been officially announced as Manchester United manager yet but already he has outlined who he wants to bring to the club.The incoming Red Devils boss is thought to be intent on using his agent Jorge Mendes’ connections and clients to bring in some of the top players around Europe, with attack his main focus.On the other hand, he also has a number of current players to make a decision about as he begins his ruthless restructuring of the Old Trafford club in attempt to remould them into Premier League champions.talkSPORT have rounded up all the rumours surrounding Mourinho’s United targets and also the futures of some of the current Red Devils stars.Click the arrow above, right, to see the who could be making up Mourinho’s first team squad next season. David De Gea happy to stay – The Manchester Evening News have revealed that De Gea is happy to stay at the club now Mourinho is in charge. The goalkeeper was to seek a move away from Old Trafford had Van Gaal remained as boss but he is now keen to strike up a better rapport with Mourinho than he had with the Dutchman. 6 Karim Benzema identified as Mourinho’s top target – click the arrow, right, to see more Manchester United transfer rumours – Mourinho has identified Karim Benzema as his transfer priority this season, say the Independent. The incoming United boss managed the Frenchman during his time at Real Madrid and Benzema was pictured with a Red Devils crest in his house on his Instagram earlier this week. A Cristiano Ronaldo reunion? – The Portuguese superstar is available for £80m this summer, report the Daily Star. His agent, who also represents Mourinho, is the key driving force in the deal and has reportedly told United he can secure the deal as long as the Red Devils want Ronaldo, who is now 31 years old. 6 Three-way John Stones battle? – However, the Telegraph claim Mourinho will face a battle if he is to bring Stones to Old Trafford to partner Chris Smalling. Mourinho failed in his £40m attempt to sign him for Chelsea last summer and this time around he faces stiff competition from Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City as well as Barcelona. 6 Zlatan Ibrahimovic to be first through the door – Free agent Ibrahimovic is almost certain to become Mourinho’s first signing at Old Trafford and the Mail report the Sweden captain will demand £200,000-a-week over a two-year contract, as well as a signing-on fee of £8m. 6 Juan Mata has no problem with Mourinho’s arrivial – The MEN also understand Mata has no issues with Mourinho taking over as manager despite being jettisoned and eventually sold by the Portuguese while the pair were at Chelsea. While Mata would have preferred an alternative to the former Real Madrid manager, he is happy at the club and does not want to leave. 6 6last_img read more

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Double-killing of elderly couple was ‘unspeakable tragedy’, inquest hears

first_imgGraphic content wanting: An inquest into the brutal double-killing of an elderly Donegal couple has heard how they died of severe head trauma.Jimmy and Kathleen Cuddihy, from Carndonagh, died on Wednesday, October 23, 2014, after their son, Julian, killed them. Julian was later found not guilty of murdering them by reason of insanity and is currently being detained in the Central Mental Hospital in Dundrum.Chief State Pathologist Professor Marie Cassidy said the couple both suffered severe head trauma due to ‘chop injuries’ inflicted with an axe.She concluded that Mrs. Cuddihy’s death would have been ‘instantaneous’, however, Mr. Cuddihy showed signs of trying to defend himself, with defensive wounds being discovered on his body.Prof. Cassidy said she attended the scene of the murder at the Cuddihy’s home at Churchtown, Carn, on Thursday, October 24.She said Mr. Cuddihy was found, face up, in a pool of blood in the kitchen, while the body of his wife, Kathleen, was in the hallway.Prof. Cassidy said both had ‘severe and significant injuries’.Julian Cuddihy, 42, arriving at a special sitting in Ballyshannon District CourtA port mortem investigation, which was carried out at Letterkenny General Hospital the following day, revealed that Mr. Cuddihy had a fractured skull.She said he had been struck at least four times with a heavy instrument, adding that they had been inflicted in ‘rapid succession’ while he was more than likely on the ground.Prof. Cassidy said these injuries alone would have been enough to cause his death but in addition to this, he also received six stab wounds, with a smaller instrument, to his face and neck.She said these were ‘shallow wounds’.Mr. Cuddihy also received ‘puncture wounds’ to his right artery. Prof. Cassidy revealed that the retired Carn School teacher was on warfarin, which would have made him bleed more, adding that he also suffered from heart disease.However she said this had no impact on his death as the head injuries he sustained would have been significant enough to kill a younger fit man, who no heart condition.Prof. Cassidy noted that Mr. Cuddihy also had bruising and scraps to his arm, which indicated defensive wounds caused during the attack.The State Pathologist said all of Mr. Cuddihy’s injuries were consistent with injuries caused by an axe, knife and scissors found at the scene.She concluded that cause of dead was severe head trauma as result of chop injuries.Prof. Cassidy also conducted the post mortem of Mrs. Cuddihy on the same day in Letterkenny.She said Mrs. Cuddihy, a retired nurse and charity volunteer, had an instant death. She said Mrs. Cuddihy’s post mortem revealed that she had one severe ‘chop injury’ to the top of her head, which would have knocked her to the ground. She then received six more of these injuries to the left hand side of her head. Like Mr. Cuddihy these were sustained in rapid succession.Prof. Cassidy outlined that Mrs. Cuddihy received no other blows to her body other than these seven blows to the head.She concluded that Mrs. Cuddihy’s death was due to severe head trauma due to the chop injuries she sustained.In both victims, Prof. Cassidy found that the couple died after they had eaten a potato based meal.*********THE deaths of Jimmy and Kathleen Cuddihy will forever be engrained in the minds of the local Gardai who attended the scene and who were involved in the investigation.Garda Inspector David Murphy said Gardaí serving in Inishowen on October 24, 2014, were met with ‘an unimaginable scene’ when they attended the Cuddihy home. He described the local couple’s killing as an ‘unspeakable tragedy’ for the Cuddihy family.Speaking at the conclusion of the inquest into their death, Insp. Murphy said the date of their death will forever be engrained in the family’s mind. However he said it would also be engrained in his mind and the minds of other Gardai involved in the investigation.“This was an unspeakable tragedy for the entire Cuddihy family and I would like to extend my sympathies and condolences to them,” said Insp. Murphy.“This tragedy stunned everyone.”Insp. Murphy paid tribute to the members of an Garda Síochana involved, saying they pursued Julian not knowing what they could meet, as he ‘wasn’t in a proper state of mind’.He also acknowledged Fr. George McLaughlin who attended the scene and provided a service for the family.**********Son killed parents ‘while the balance of his mind was disturbed’INISHOWEN’S coroner ruled that a popular Carn couple were killed by their son, ‘while the balance of his mind was disturbed’.Jimmy and Kathleen Cuddihy were killed at their home in Churchtown, Carndonagh, on October 23, 2014. Their son, Julian, was charged with their murder, however after a criminal trial in Dublin, he was found not guilty by reason of insanity.Speaking at the inquest into Mr. and Mrs. Cuddihy’s death, Dr. John Madden said the usual protocol in these types of cases was that a jury would come in and a verdict of unlawful killing would be found. However as Julian was found not guilty by reason of insanity, Dr. Madden said there was no need for jury and instead he would find an unusual ‘narrative verdict’. He said that both Mr and Mrs. Cuddihy were killed by their son Julian ‘while the balance of his mind was disturbed’.He said the death of the Cuddihys had shocked ‘not just Inishowen but also the whole of Ireland and beyond’.“I cannot understand what was going through Julian’s mind that day,” said Dr. Madden.“But this shocked everyone. I sympathise with the entire Cuddihy family, and I would include Julian in that. He is in hospital now, getting treatment and getting better so I’m sure he must be horrified with what he has done.”Poignantly Dr. Madden said he had known the Cuddihys since he moved to Carndonagh in 1973 and one of their daughters had even babysat his children at a stage. He said Jimmy and his son James had been at his house two weeks before his death fixing a gate.“Everyone knew Jimmy from his sociable outlook and from his teaching at the secondary school,” added Dr. Madden.The coroner and retired GP also worked with Mrs. Cuddihy when she was a nurse.He added that he hoped the conclusion of the inquest brought some closure to the Cuddihy family and allow them to get on with their lives.On behalf of the Cuddihy family, James Cuddihy Jr said he would like to thank Dr. Madden and the Gardaí for the ‘professional manner’ in which they conducted the investigation and inquest.*******The Cuddihys were their ‘normal selves’ before their death – inquest heardTHE last people to see Jimmy and Kathleen Cuddihy before they died told their inquest that they were their normal selves before the tragedy that befell them.Mairead Porter Cuddihy, Jimmy and Kathleen’s daughter in law, said she was working in her and her husband’s building and engineering company behind the Cuddihy family home on Wednesday, October 23, when Kathleen rang her to say the dinner was ready.Mrs Porter Cuddihy said she called down to the house and collected two plates of dinner and brought it back up to the office for her and husband, James Cuddihy Jnr.She said they ate the dinner in the office and about five minutes later they received another phone call from Kathleen to ask if they wanted more potatoes, but they didn’t.Mrs. Porter Cuddihy said it was around 6.20pm when she collected the dinner from the home where she spoke with Mrs. Cuddihy. She noted however that she did not see her father-in-law, Jimmy, in the kitchen at this time.Meanwhile, Mrs. Mary McLaughlin Farren, who worked with Kathleen in the Good as New Shop in Carn, said she saw Jimmy around 5.20pm or 5.30pm.Mrs. McLaughlin Farren said she knew Kathleen since she was a child and they worked together in the Good as New shop in Malin and then Carn. She said Jimmy would normally leave her home to Malin every evening after they closed the shop. On the day of the couple’s death, Jimmy collected her as normal and took her home. She said her and Kathleen were a bit late in closing the shop that evening. She added that Jimmy was his ‘normal self’ and was driving the family car.*********‘I saw my mother laying in the corridor – I fell to the ground and screamed’THE SON and daughter of Jimmy and Kathleen Cuddihy said they ‘knew something was wrong’ when they couldn’t contact their parents, the day they were killed.Delilah Cuddihy told an inquest into their death, that she left her work straight away when she couldn’t contact her father on Thursday, October 24, 2014.She said she arrived at school that morning around 9am when she received a phone call from her sister-in-law to say she couldn’t get a hold of her father, Jimmy. He was supposed to take her to hospital that morning for an appointment.Giving evidence at their inquest in Carndonagh on Thursday, Ms. Cuddihy said it was ‘very unusual’ that her father’s phone was going straight to voicemail when she called him. She said she left school and drove straight to her parent’s house a short distance away.Similarly, her brother James Cuddihy, whose business is situated behind the Cuddihy family home, said he ‘knew something was wrong’ when he tried ringing them but couldn’t get them. He said the back door of the house was always open, but on this occasion it was locked and the blinds were closed.Mr. Cuddihy said he had also went to the Good as New Shop that his mother had been volunteering in but this was also closed.James called Delilah and when she came to the house he helped her to climb in a window, unaware what she was about to see inside. He said all he could here was screaming from inside the house then.“When I got to the house I met my brother James, he said the door was locked,” explained Ms. Cuddihy.“We found an open window and I got him to give me a leg up and I went in through the window. I found my mother laying in the corridor, I fell to the ground and screamed. I panicked and turned, went back into mammy and daddy’s bedroom and climbed out the window. I lay down on the concrete and screamed,” her statement read.Her brother James explained how he then tried to break down the back door but his legs were like jelly so he got one of his employees, Paddy Nelson to break it down instead.“I think I went into the house first,” he told the inquest. “I found my parents bodies, I knew they were dead, there was no need to check for a pulse.”Delilah said her brother came running out of the family home with his hands on his head, she said ‘oh Jesus is dad there?’ but her brother informed her they were both dead.This report originally appeared in this week’s Inishowen Independent newspaper and is reproduced by kind permission.Double-killing of elderly couple was ‘unspeakable tragedy’, inquest hears was last modified: July 27th, 2016 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:axeCarndonaghdonegalInishoweninquestJulian Cuddihylast_img read more

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Manchester United sign treble winner’s son

first_img 1 Harvey quickly developed a good reputation within the academy and has reportedly impressed with his technical attributes, with some comparing him to Red Devils legend David Beckham thanks to his crossing from the right flank.He stayed with Valencia, even when his father and uncle Gary left in 2016 and signed a contract with the Spaniards.Now, though, he’s put pen to paper at Old Trafford, returning to Manchester United, where he previously spent a spell in the academy.Father Phil is currently manager of England’s Women, and was thrilled by the news, on Instagram: “Proud of you @harvey.neville 🔴⚪⚫ go follow your dreams!!!” Manchester United have signed Harvey Neville, the son of former star Phil, from Valencia.The 15-year-old has been with the Spanish side since 2015 when his father joined the club as a coach. The youngster himself was equally delighted having joined the club he loves, posting: “I am very proud and excited to have signed for the club I have supported my whole life 👹👹@manchesterunited.”And Gary Neville added his best wishes, commenting on Harvey’s post: “🔴⚪⚫ well done Harvey !! ❤”You can see talented 15-year-old Harvey score straight from a corner below.talkSPORT will be with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with over 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network. Harvey Neville, son of Phil, joins Manchester United. last_img read more

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CHILDREN BEING KEPT INDOORS AFTER CHILD ABDUCTION SCARE

first_imgPeople in Inishowen are keeping their children indoors in the wake of an incident in which two children were approached by a stranger.According to Cllr Ciaran MacLochlainn, parents on the peninsula are living in fear of the worrying incident.Two schoolchildren, one in Bridgend and the other in Buncrana, were approached by a man in a blue or silver-coloured car. The man is reportedly said to have offered them sweets to get into his car.Cllr McLochlainn said “There is a genuine fear and many parents are refusing to allow their children outside the front door.“It may turn out to be an innocent scenario but we must treat it seriously while the Gardai carry out their investigations.“After the horrific situation in Athlone, you simply cannot blame parents for being cautious.” The Sinn Fein Buncrana Town councillor said that many parents are now talking about not allowing their children out to ‘trick or treat’ at Halloween.He appealed to people and businesses to co-operate with Gardai and allow them to get to the bottom of the investigation.“Unfortunately people are having to have ‘that conversation” with their children about stranger danger and the evils that is in today’s world.“But people need to be extra vigilant and report any suspicious behaviour and to do simple things like taking note of license plates,” he added. CHILDREN BEING KEPT INDOORS AFTER CHILD ABDUCTION SCARE was last modified: October 4th, 2013 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:childrenCllr Ciaran MacLochlainnGardaiInishowenpervertsweetslast_img read more

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DONEGAL PRIDE! CHLOE MAGEE BEATEN AT OLYMPICS BUT HEAD HELD HIGH

first_imgPROUD: CHLOE MAGEECHLOE Magee did her county and her country proud today as she just failed to qualify for the last 16 at the London Olympics.There were huge cheers from the 6,000-strong crowd at the Wembley Arena as Chloe fought back time and again but she eventually lost by two games to one to the much more experienced Hongyan Pi.The 23-year-old Raphoe woman can hold her head high after putting in a superb performance. She said “I’m frustrated because I know I had the winning of that match” said the Raphoe girl. “But she was very clever and maybe her experience told in the end. But I’m pleased at least with how I performed today.”She took the first game 21-16 as the Chinese-born French opponent looked nervous.At 6-6 in the second game, Chloe committed a rare unforced error.But then Hongyan Pi also committed the same mistake before going on to take a 11-8 lead at the break. As Chloe closed down the lead she let a drop shot fall – but it was just in and Chloe hit the shuttlecock away in frustration.But she followed that with a great smash.The rest of the game ebbed and flowed – but Pi took the second game 21-18 despite some battling rallies from the Donegal girl.In the final game Pi went into the lead, before some cracking shots from Chloe saw her sneak into a 9-7 lead.Pi came back to level at 9-9 before the French woman smashed a shot to take the lead again. The a morale-boosting rally ended with a superb deft shot to level at 10-10.Pi got lucky as the shuttlecock just landed in and she led 11-10 at the half-way break.The French player then took a 14-10 lead before Chloe pulled back a couple of points, hitting a super smash at 16-13 to her opponent.But it wasn’t to be for the Raphoe girl as she lost the last game 21-14. “I’m frustrated because I know I had the winning of that match” said the Raphoe girl. “But she was very clever and maybe her experience told in the end. But I’m pleased at least with how I performed today.”By the time Brazil comes around in 2016, there’s little doubt Chloe Magee will be going a lot further at the Olympics.Chloe – you did us proud.DONEGAL PRIDE! CHLOE MAGEE BEATEN AT OLYMPICS BUT HEAD HELD HIGH was last modified: August 1st, 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:BADMINTONchloe mageedonegalRaphoelast_img read more

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