Gold drought about to end: Russians 1-2 after short program

first_imgSteam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Medvedeva had not lost a competition in two years until she was beaten by Zagitova at the European Championships in Moscow. That set the stage for a showdown with a glaring spotlight — as the Russian fans are hoping for a high-profile success at this Olympics where the nation is officially banned because of a doping scandal.The youngsters responded with world records. Yet neither thought they had done their best.“I’m satisfied with my performance today. It was not my best, but it was OK,” said Medvedeva, who held the record for a few minutes with a score of 81.61. “All the battle is still ahead.”A group of Russian fans swayed together in the stands and chanted her name when that number was posted.Three skaters later came her training comrade, who put down a more difficult program, including a triple lutz-triple loop combination that outdid Medvedeva’s flip-toe loop combo.ADVERTISEMENT Osmond, in her best performance of the season, nailed everything with speed and precision to wind up third with 78.87 points. Daleman looked confused and made a gesture with her hands as if to say “What happened?” after going down on the second half of a combination jump. She was seventh Wednesday.“I left nothing out on the table and I’m really glad I could do that,” said Osmond, the 2017 world silver medalist.Italy’s Carolina Kostner, the bronze medalist at Sochi and, at 31 the veteran in this field, struggled and wound up just ahead of Daleman.It was not a strong showing for the Americans, each of whom had a major mistake.Nine days after becoming the first U.S. woman and third overall to land a triple axel in the Olympics, Mirai Nagasu came down on two feet on the jump, then fell to the ice. While the rest of her program was clean, Nagasu’s chances for an individual medal to go with her team bronze were damaged. Nagasu, 24 and the fourth-place finisher at the Vancouver Games, earned 66.93 points, a season’s best, but was ninth.“Sometimes it isn’t the right day, and today was one of those days,” Nagasu said. “This isn’t a sport where mistakes are forgiven. You only get one shot.”U.S. champion Bradie Tennell went first among the 30 skaters, hardly an advantageous position. She led for 2 hours, 40 minutes until the upper echelon began skating and Japan’s Kaori Sakamoto passed Tennell. A fall on the back end of a combination jump — Tennell had been virtually perfect with her jumps in her breakthrough season — was costly.“It was definitely unexpected. I don’t remember the last time I made a mistake in my short program, especially on the jumps,” Tennell said. “But things happen. We’re all human. We all make mistakes. You just have to get up a keep going. I’m definitely a fighter. I do not give up.”Tennell ended up 11th, one spot behind Karen Chen, the 2017 American champ. Chen put a hand down on her triple lutz and couldn’t finish a combination jump.“I’ve been nailing that every day in practice and I expected myself to, and to not be able to do that was a huge disappointment,” she said. “For sure, I was a little flustered after that. But I sold my program the best I could, got the most points I could and I’m proud of that.” Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano MOST READ UAAP volleyball: Ateneo still on a roll, survives Adamson in 5 sets Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Alina Zagitova or Evgenia Medvedeva will almost certainly take gold in one of the Winter Games marquee events after they went 1-2 in the women’s short program Wednesday with the highest scores ever. The 15-year-old Zagitova and the 18-year-old Medvedva train with the same coach, hang out together and set world records just minutes apart.With a dominating lead over the field, their friendly competition is the main drama left when the women compete in the free skate Friday. With all of Russia waiting for the first gold medal of the Pyeongchang Olympics, you’d think their relationship could become frayed, but only on the ice.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“We can talk about anything to each other,” the 18-year-old Medvedeva said, “and when we take the ice it’s sport and we must fight. Every competition I feel like (is) a little war.”Added Zagitova, 15: “We are friends first and rivals second, because you have to have competitiveness in sport.” LATEST STORIES UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer The United States’ worst top placement in a women’s Olympic event since the games resumed in 1948 after World War II is sixth. Getting that high will be a huge challenge.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson In this combination of photos, Russian athletes Alina Zagitova, left, and Evgenia Medvedeva react as their scores are posted following their performance in the women’s short program figure skating in the Gangneung Ice Arena at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018. They will compete for the gold in the free skate Friday, Feb. 23. (AP Photos/Bernat Armangue)GANGNEUNG, South Korea — Friends, rivals, and soon, medalists.The only question is: Which Russian teen figure skating star will end the nation’s gold medal drought?ADVERTISEMENT Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. So, another world record, 82.92.And again the Russian fans rocked back and forth, this time chanting Zagitova’s name.“Well done to her,” Medvedeva said. “She did everything she could.”Not exactly, Zagitova said.“A few imperfections,” she explained.Oh really?“I’m happy I was able to cope with my nerves and skate well, set a world record,” she added, “but I’ve still got something to work towards and I can’t afford to relax.”Medvedeva had set the previous record for a short program in the team event last week, when her team won silver. Zagitova handled the free skate.Russia had never won Olympic gold for women until Adelina Sotnikova took home the medal in Sochi. The nation could have two straight after the free skate.Canada’s Kaetlyn Osmond and Gabrielle Daleman, second and third respectively at last year’s worlds, had varying success. Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City View commentslast_img read more

Body of missing miner pulled from Cuyuni River

first_imgThe body of 28-year-old Yannick Janniere, also called “Kayzim” of Stewartville, West Coast Demerara, was on Friday morning pulled from the Pepper Hill River Mouth, Cuyuni River.The discovery was made two days after Janniere disappeared while attempting to swim towards a drifting boat to save himself.It was reported that Janniere and several other workers were loading a dredge and other equipment belonging to their employer onto a pontoon for transportation to another area.However, as the men were finished loading the equipment onto the pontoon and were ready to journey to the other location, the boat that was attached to the pontoon unloosened and the pontoon began to drift downstream.Janniere reportedly jumped from the pontoon into the rough waters of the Cuyuni River and began swimming towards the drifting boat.He swam for about 200 metres before he disappeared under the water. His fellow workers raised an alarm and some even jumped into the river in a bid to rescue him, but he has not since been seen.The incident was reported at Bartica Police Station and an investigation was launched. The man’s body was taken to the Bartica Hospital Mortuary.last_img read more

RCMP seeking public’s assistance in tracking down wanted man

first_imgBabin has 3 outstanding warrants for his arrest in relation to assault, breach of an undertaking, driving while prohibited, and driving while disqualified.Police say he was last known to be in the Chetwynd area in the early morning hours of November 13, 2014.Babin is described as being 5’10 in height; 165 pounds, dark shoulder length hair, brown eyes, and may or may not have a moustache.- Advertisement -Police consider Babin as armed and dangerous and are advising the public not to approach him but immediately call 911.last_img read more

Pogba deletes tweet following Mourinho axe

first_imgUnited announced the decision to move on from Mourinho after the club’s worst start to a season in 28 years was confirmed with defeat at Liverpool on Sunday.Pogba was an unused substitute at Anfield as United were convincingly outplayed.Mourinho has clashed with Pogba this season, announcing in September the 25-year-old had been stripped of the vice-captaincy.Spot on! Plenty of clubs in Europe doing fine without him!!— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) December 18, 2018The pair were filmed by Sky Sports News having an animated disagreement on the training ground later that month.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Pogba deletes cryptic tweet following Mourinho sackingLONDON, United Kingdom, Dec 18 – Following Jose Mourinho’s sacking as Manchester United manager on Tuesday morning, Paul Pogba posted a cryptic tweet – but then quickly deleted it.In a photo, the France international playfully stared sideways into the camera, while in the accompanying text he invited his followers to “caption this!” and included the hashtag #heretocreate – the slogan to a marketing campaign by his sponsors, adidas. The social post, which also went up on Instagram, may have been scheduled in advance by Pogba’s PR team.Sky Sports football pundit Gary Neville was not impressed by the tweet and responded later on Tuesday morning.“ Caption This “You do one as well !— Gary Neville (@GNev2) December 18, 2018” rel=”noopener” target=”_blank”>The former Manchester United defender tweeted: “” Caption This”…. You do one as well!”Fellow Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher was in agreement with Neville.He tweeted: “Spot on! Plenty of clubs in Europe doing fine without him!!”Former United defender Patrice Evra was unhappy that Pogba’s fractured relationship with Mourinho continued to grab headlines, even after the latter was sacked.The thing that is annoying me the most right now is why are people so focused on @paulpogba and Jose Mourinho. Let’s focus on rebuilding something solid instead of being in a playground. Doing this is only disrespecting the badge, from now we only need positivity. #ManUtd #MUFC— Patrice Evra (@Evra) December 18, 2018last_img read more

Countrywide to aid injured vets at home

first_imgVeterans who returned from Iraq and Afghanistan with incapacitating wounds got a $1 million pledge from Calabasas-based Countrywide Financial Corp. on Monday that will help make their homes liveable. The home loan giant’s charitable arm began its outreach to seriously wounded veterans a year ago, donating $140,000 to the Washington, D.C.-based Rebuilding Together. The money enabled the charity to remodel homes of three wounded vets to help them cope with altered mobility, but Countrywide wanted to do more. With Monday’s donation, the company upped the ante considerably. In the next two years, the company hopes both to attract other corporate donations to Rebuilding Together’s “Serving Those Who Serve” initiative and to come to the aid of at least 70 eligible service people. “They have more courage and tenacity than most of us will ever have; we go to bed when we just have a headache,” said Karen Robertson-Fall, vice president of corporate giving for Countrywide. “They really are an inspiration.” The company announced the pledge in Virginia at the home of Jay Briseno, a 22-year-old veteran of the Iraq war. The civil-affairs specialist in the Army Reserve was shot in the neck while serving in Baghdad and now requires nearly constant care. Rebuilding Together used Countrywide’s money to repaint his parents’ basement where Briseno now spends nearly all of his time, install an emergency generator, rebuild the bathroom to make it wheelchair-accessible and construct a screened-in porch to give him a change of scenery. Rebuilding Together, which uses volunteer and paid labor to turn each dollar invested into $4 worth of work, hopes news of Countrywide’s donation will spur additional corporate support and heighten awareness in the veterans community that help is available. Only half a dozen prospective candidates have applied for the program so far. Due to military privacy regulations, Robertson-Fall said the company could not contact injured troops directly. Interested parties can visit to learn more. “All of us, no matter how we feel about the war, understand that our military men and women coming back need a place to turn after they’ve given these amazing sacrifices,” said Patty Johnson, president of Rebuilding Together. “Each situation is unique. There’s no one-size-fits-all. Every house needs special modifications for the family and the person who’s been injured. The support from Countrywide will make all the difference for these people.” (818) 713-3738 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgIt’s not often that cricket, women’s golf or women’s running grab the headlines in Donegal.But several Donegal sporting stars basked in a little bit of deserved limelight today.And athletes from Donegal do this every day of the week without many even getting a mention. Ann-Marie McGlynn, the ever-improving Lifford AC athlete, won the Strabane 10k.Meanwhile St. Johnston proved they certainly weren’t going to be stumped when they moved to the top of the Championship Section of the North West Cricket League when they recorded a 54 run victory away to Sion Mills.Across the border in Tyrone Kathleen Mc Gowan and Bridie Faulkner from Ballybofey & Stranorlar Golf Club contested the Lady’s Captain Day competition at Strabane Golf Club in the company of Redcastle Golf Club’s Mary Mc ArthurAnd who said sport isn’t part of our DNA in Donegal. Many thanks to photographer Gary Foy for capturing all three moments!Jubilation in the St. Johnston camp as the Sion Mills wickets kept falling. Pic.: Gary FoyAnn-Marie Mc Glynn of Liford AC on her way to victory in today’s 10K road race in Strabane. Pic.: Gary Foy Kathleeen Mc Gowan, Bridie Faulkner and Mary Mc Arthur. Pic.: Gary FoyCAPTURED ON FILM! WHY SPORT IS IN DONEGAL’S DNA was last modified: July 6th, 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:donegalSportlast_img read more


first_imgA group of protestors from Donegal are embarking on an arduous walk from Malin Head to Dublin to highlight the effects of austerity measures on ordinary people, and asking the government to simply ‘walk a mile in our shoes.’The campaigners, who have formed the action group Donegal Action Against Austerity, have been holding public meetings in towns and villages across Donegal since early January, and have gained the support of thousands in their own county, and support from outside of Donegal is growing. The group also joined with other groups from rural Ireland last week to march on the Dail from O’Connell Street.“There is growing opposition to austerity measures, and it’s clearly not working and of no benefit to Ireland to continue on this track. Call it protesting, civil disobedience or whatever you like, people just can’t handle further attacks on their incomes, or tax hikes for the sake of paying the bondholders. Neither myself, nor my family, caused this mess but we all have to pay for it. There are many more families like mine around this country, and we will not survive additional burdens to be imposed by austerity. The dogs on the street know that more pain is on the way,” said Seamus Kee, the group chairman. The group expect to arrive in Dublin on 31st March, which the group say is symbolic, as it coincides with the payment of €3.1 billion of the Anglo promissory note, the household charge deadline, and also the Fine Gael Ard Fheis.Joe Murphy, an unemployed builder, who came up with idea of the walk explains that it was inspired by the Burntollet civil rights march in 1969, from Belfast to Derry. “We don’t know how many will join us on the walk, but we have been receiving messages of support from around the country. Even if people join us for a mile or two when we’re passing through their town, we would be delighted. ““We understand that other groups from around the country will be protesting at the Ard Fheis on the 31st, so we are asking as many as possible to join us on the last leg of the walk. We were down in Dublin protesting last week, and it will be good to be back there again. We cannot let the government forget about us again.”Businessman John McLaughlin understands that people might question the motives of the group, if not their sanity, and explains, “We are doing this for ourselves, our families, our friends and neighbours. We’ve sat back for too long, and we’re all guilty of it some way, but as far as we’re concerned, the time for sitting back is over. Austerity is affecting everyone from children to the elderly, but it only discriminates against the poor and vulnerable.” “But if people do stand up and be counted, they can change things. I have huge respect for the pensioners who rose up against the last government when their medical cards were threatened, and we might well see that again very soon. It goes to show what can be achieved if people put in even a little effort.”  DONEGAL PROTESTORS BEGIN ‘LONG MARCH’ TO DUBLIN was last modified: March 7th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Men’s Golf Awarded GCAA All-Academic Team

first_img Print Friendly Version The recognition is bestowed on squads maintaining a cumulative team grade point average of 3.0 or above (on a 4.00 scale) for the 2015-16 academic year. Drake registered a 3.32 GPA for the 2015-16 academic year. The Bulldogs were one of 208 teams who submitted GPAs of 3.0 or higher to earn All-Academic Team recognition. DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University men’s golf team was awarded the Golf Coaches Association of America All-Academic Team Award on Wednesday.last_img read more


first_imgMcBrearty was a sub todayKilcar march on with big winKilcar 3-12 Termon 1-08Kilcar showed just why they are among the favourites for the Donegal Championship this year when they cruised to victory against Termon yesterday afternoon. Even without the likes of Paddy McBrearty – who came on as a second half sub – the Kilcar men had too much in their locker for a Termon side who were anxious to avoid a heavy defeat to make sure they could progress on score difference should Naomh Muire win at The Banks.Goals from Cormac Cannon, Stephen McBrearty and Conor Doherty made all the difference for Kilcar as they marched on to convincingly top group 4. CHAMPIONSHIP: KILCAR JUST TOO GOOD FOR NERVOUS TERMON was last modified: August 30th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:championshipdonegalkilcarSFCTermonlast_img read more

Olympic community gathers in South Africa

first_imgRay Maota The coastal city of Durban is fondlyknown as South Africa’s playground. (Image: For more free photos, visit the image library) Fikile Mbalula, minister of sports and recreation, said the South African government has thrown their full support behind the hosting of the IOC. (Image: Bongani Nkosi) MEDIA CONTACTS • Anthony Edgar  IOC Media Operations  +41 21 621 6111 RELATED ARTICLES • First World Forestry Congress for SA • SA to host world’s richest golf event • SA becomes business tourism hub • 2011 Comrades draws big names Members of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) will converge on the coastal city of Durban, South Africa, for their annual general meeting from 4 to 9 July 2011. This is the first time that the committee meets on African soil.The meetings taking place at Durban’s International Convention Centre will form part of the 123rd IOC session, during which the host city for the 2018 Winter Olympic Games will be selected.The host city will be chosen from the three candidates – Munich, Germany; Annecy, France; and Pyeongchang, South Korea – by the IOC through a secret ballot voting system on 6 July 2011.The rivals submitted their final bid proposals to the IOC by the January 2011 deadline, which then passed into the hands of the IOC’s evaluation commissioners in February 2011.Also in attendance will be the heads of state of Germany, Korea, Hungary, the Netherlands and Denmark, as well as international sports administrators and royalty. The attendance of French President, Nicholas Sarkozy, is yet to be confirmed.A historic momentSouth Africa’s Sam Ramsamy, an IOC executive board member, promised all attendees “an unforgettable week in South Africa”.Ramsamy said: “This is a historic moment for Durban, South Africa and for Africa to host the International Olympic Committee for the first time on the continent. This is also the first time that such a group is assembling in South Africa and this provides us with abounding opportunities to showcase our economy, tourism, culture and our people.”Ramsamy expressed his gratitude for the honour, and gave his assurance that preparations are well underway and on track.“It promises to be a memorable event,” he added.Fikile Mbalula, the minister of sports and recreation, likened the hosting of the IOC to the hugely successful and widely acclaimed 2010 Fifa World Cup hosted by South Africa last year.Mbalula said: “As the South African government, we’ve thrown our full support behind the success of the IOC session. We look forward to constructive engagement with the leaders of world sport, and we look to continue entrenching our country’s positive reputation as a major international sports, tourism and events destination.”Mbalula said that the country would continue to bid for and host events across the sporting spectrum.Sports tourism in South AfricaIn an effort to sustain the legacy left by the hosting of the 2010 Fifa World Cup, South Africa’s national sporting and tourism bodies will launch the Sports and Events Tourism Exchange (SETE) during the 123rd session.SETE will take place in Cape Town at the International Convention Centre from 27 to 29 July 2011.The event’s aim is to develop more ways of maintaining South Africa’s tourism industry through sport.SETE will host academics and experts in sports, events and tourism, who will all share their knowledge and expertise on sustainable sports tourism.Roshene Singh, chief marketing officer of South African Tourism, said: “Globally, sports tourism is a multi-billion dollar industry and with South Africa’s proven capability of hosting major events, as well as our significant infrastructure footprint, it makes sense that we start pursuing sports tourism as a viable route towards achieving our tourism goals.”Singh said that the SETE event will offer tourism and sports bodies the chance to come together and collaborate towards making the most of national hosting of sports and mega events.“The World Cup was a major boost for South Africa’s international reputation,” she said, “but it is important to note that hosting ongoing sustainable events across all sporting codes in South Africa are equally important for us to drive future tourism and economic growth.”Secured opportunitiesAccording to the International Marketing Council of South Africa (IMC), 200 meetings and conferences have already been secured over the next five years and this is expected to boost South Africa’s revenue by R1.6-billion (US$238-million).Miller Matola, CEO of the IMC, said: “We welcome the delegates and guests to the 123rd general session of the IOC. The hosting of such a great event will make a direct contribution to tourism revenue and we are confident that the experience of delegates in South Africa will turn them into brand ambassadors for the country.“As a proud host country for the 2010 Fifa World Cup, South Africa delivered a truly memorable and world-class African tournament, as the world experienced Africa’s rich diversity and imbibed in the spirit of ubuntu; which relates to humanity’s interconnectedness.”Durban: South Africa’s playgroundDurban will be a hive of activity in the next nine days with three high-profile international events taking place almost simultaneously.On 2 July, Durban hosts one of South Africa’s most popular horse races, the Durban July, at Greyville Racecourse. Many other events and parties are planned throughout the weekend to coincide with the main attraction.Then from 4 to 9 July the IOC will have their annual meeting.On 7 July, a wedding reception for Prince Albert II of Monaco and his South African sweetheart, former Olympic backstroke swimmer Charlene Wittstock, will also be held in Durban. Albert is scheduled to attend the IOC gathering, after which the royal couple will spend their honeymoon in the country.In just nine days Durban will prove that it is truly South Africa’s playground.last_img read more