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  • Top five halfbacks in the NRL

    first_imgHere’s a look at which halfbacks the writers at NRL.com rate most highly heading into 2017. 5. Mitchell Pearce (Roosters)2016 stats: 11 try assists; 12 line-break assists; 344 kick metres per gameSomething tells me 2017 is going to be a big year for Mitchell Pearce. After missing the first eight weeks of the 2016 season for disciplinary reasons, the Roosters halfback made an impressive return to rugby league; one that would have been even better had he not been hampered by a niggling calf complaint. The arrival of Luke Keary at Bondi will take some pressure off him in the halves and should allow him to play his natural game. Blessed with plenty of talent – but weighed down by expectation – Pearce is off-contract at the end of 2017 and will be keen to shine with his name already being thrown around for State of Origin. 4. Daly Cherry-Evans (Sea Eagles)2016 stats: 16 try assists; 12 line-break assists; 282 kick metres per gameManly’s recruitment of rock-steady five-eighth Blake Green will provide the stability Daly Cherry-Evans needs to play his natural game. The Sea Eagles were never able to settle on their halves combination in 2016, with DCE sharing playmaking duties with Jamie Lyon, Dylan Walker, Apisai Koroisau and Matt Wright at different stages of the year. That’s a lot to ask of any halfback, and the constant chopping and changing took its toll on Cherry-Evans. The 2013 Clive Churchill Medallist will need to rediscover his famed running game if the Sea Eagles want to return to the top eight next year.   3. Shaun Johnson (Warriors)2016 stats: 18 try assists; 24 line-break assists; 254 kick metres per gamePerhaps the most dynamic player the game has ever seen, Shaun Johnson is the sort of guy who keeps opposition edge forwards awake at night as they try to think up ways of how to stop him. Blessed with incredible speed and unparalleled footwork, Johnson has the ability to tear a game apart in the space of five minutes. That’s the Johnson we all love and wish to see every week. However, like the Warriors, the prodigiously talented playmaker can drift in and out of games, and it’s that sort of inconsistency that has seen them miss the finals for the past five seasons. But with Kieran Foran set to join him in the halves next season, is Johnson’s best still to come? 2. Cooper Cronk (Storm)2016 stats: 23 try assists; 19 line-break assists; 282 kick metres per game Just when you thought Cooper Cronk couldn’t get any better, the maestro churns out one of his best seasons to secure his second Dally M award. The Storm are a well-oiled machine with Cronk their conductor, and the 33-year-old shows no signs of slowing down as he enters his 14th season in Melbourne. To make matters worse for opposition defences, Cronk will be reunited with his partner-in-crime, Billy Slater, with the pair set to wreak havoc on the rest of the NRL in 2017. 1. Johnathan Thurston (Cowboys)2016 stats: 25 try assists; 24 line-break assists; 280 kick metres per game In the relentless battle for rugby league supremacy, there are no two ways about it: Johnathan Thurston is the king in the north. The Cowboys halfback has long carried his team on his back, but now has support in key positions that has allowed him to play his own game. There isn’t a player in the NRL who steps up in the key moments like JT does – just ask the Broncos – and as he’s gotten older, Thurston has remoulded his style to keep him two steps ahead of the game.last_img read more

  • More arrests expected in FIFA probe – Lynch

    first_imgZURICH (AP):FIFA and embattled Presi-dent, Sepp Blatter, faced more pressure yesterday as Unites States Attorney General Loretta Lynch warned ofnew indictments in a widening investigation of corruption in international soccer.”We do anticipate pursuing additional charges against individuals and entities,” Lynch said in FIFA’s home city, citing unspecified new evidence gathered since the stunning May 27 arrests of seven people at a luxury hotel in Zurich.Lynch spoke at a news conference alongside her Swiss counterpart, Michael Lauber, whose separate investigation of money laundering appears equally threatening to FIFA and its soon-departing president.A total of 121 different bank accounts have been reported as suspicious by a Swiss financial intelligence unit to Lauber’s team of prosecutors, he said.massive amounts of dataThe two lawyers shared a stage on the sidelines of an annual conference of federal prosecutors, almost four months after the scale of their investigations was made public.The Swiss case could spread beyond the World Cup bids won by Russia and Qatar as prosecutors sift through massive amounts of data and documents seized from FIFA headquarters in May and June.Much of FIFA’s contracts and finances during Blatter’s 17-year presidency now seem open to investigation.”We have a lot of facts at the moment out of house searches and out of the documents we received,” said Lauber, when asked about an allegation that Blatter knowingly undersold World Cup television rights for the Caribbean in exchange for political support.The US indictment alleged a $10 million bribery scheme tied to Warner and Blazer voting for South Africa as 2010 World Cup host and bribery in broadcasting rights for continental championships in North and South America.Lynch’s warning that “entities” could be indicted prompted one question about whether the Miami-based CONCACAF governing body and South American body CONMEBOL could be formally charged.”If they used the US finance system, we certainly feel we would have the ability to charge them,” she said.”I think they have a lot to consider,” Lynch said of FIFA’s response to the cases. “To anyone who seeks to live in the past and to return soccer to the days of corruption and bribery, cronyism and patronage, this global response sends a clear message: you are on the wrong side of progress.”last_img read more

  • Diaz gets help from Mexican boxing stars for world title fight vs Sor Rungvisai

    first_imgLATEST STORIES “Like what I said before, we will need all the help that we can get to win in Bangkok this coming October,” Ernesto Salgado, Diaz’s trainer, said.We are happy that Juan Francisco Estrada reached out to us and spared a little of his time to work with Iran.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’The odds are stacked against Diaz, who will be fighting in his first world title bout against an experienced Sor Rungvisai (46-4-1, 41 KOs).But having Marquez, known to have one of the smartest minds inside the ring that made him a four-division champion, and Estrada, who is very familiar with Sor Rungvisai, surely boosts Diaz’s bid to claim the belt. View comments Iran Diaz. Photo from ONE ChampionshipBANGKOK — Mexican challenger Iran Diaz is getting all the help he can get ahead of his world title fight against Thai boxing champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai less than two months from now.After Mexican ring legend Juan Manuel Marquez took the role of adviser, Diaz tapped another one of Mexico’s boxing stars in Juan Francisco Estrada to be his sparring partner.ADVERTISEMENT Peza offers relief to ecozone firms ‘I’m a club man’: Mourinho insists Manchester United come before his future Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “He (Estrada) has given us some tips on how he thinks Sor Rungvisai competes, moves and strategizes inside the ring. It’s a big help. Sharing his insights on the Thai champion worked out in our favor,” Salgado said.Estrada, who has gone to war with some of the best fighters in the stacked super fly class including Sor Rungvisai, who barely beat him by majority decision six months ago.The 31-year-old Sor Rungvisai stunned the boxing world after toppling former pound-for-pound king Roman Gonzalez twice including a fourth-round knockout in their rematch last year.He is defending his WBC crown for the fourth time in the main event of ONE: Kingdom of Heroes on October 6 before his hometown crowd at Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand.ADVERTISEMENT Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced MOST READ 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 ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taallast_img read more

  • NEC Clears Dr. Mills Jones for October Polls

    first_imgMOVEE Presidential candidate Dr. J. Mills JonesFormer Central Bank Governor Dr. J. Mills Jones’ insistence to his partisans across the country that his name would be on the ballot for this year’s October 10 presidential elections came to pass when the National Elections Commission (NEC) certificated him last Thursday in Monrovia, party sources told the Daily Observer yesterday.Dr. Jones is the standard bearer of the Movement for Economic Empowerment (MOVEE).Known as ‘Poverty Doctor,’ Dr. Jones’ certification cleared the doubts surrounding the controversial Code of Conduct, though he had told his partisans that he had not violated any Liberian law to be barred from participating for political office. When the Code of Conduct was initially crafted and enacted and was upheld by the Supreme Court of Liberia, many Liberians had thought that Dr. Jones was its main target. This stemmed from the financial inclusion policy Dr. Jones implemented throughout the country that enabled market women and many of those who had no access to the banking sector to be able to get loans to manage their businesses. In his tours across the country, Dr. Jones told thousands of Liberians that poverty is not their destiny, that Liberia is a land of possibilities and therefore, through his MOVEE political party, he would change the destiny of the Liberian people.He told his partisans that “change is coming,” and that they can become part of that inevitable change. He has also wondered why, after 170 years of statehood, Liberia has not gained the level of development that befits her. Dr. Jones has also spoken against tribal politics, insisting during his tours in the country that those preaching tribal politics are those with nothing to offer the country.Dr. Jones’ certification last Thursday was celebrated at the party’s headquarters, and throughout the country. During visits to the Bong County towns of Salala, Totota, Bolola and Gbarnga, he dispelled the news that had reached hundreds of partisans about his denial to run for president. “My name will be on the ballot on October 10,” he told them as they cheered him on. At an occasion, market women who had earlier heard the news wept, but when they were told the story was not true, they began to praise the Lord Jesus Christ.At another occasion, Dr. Jones made reference to the national anthem of Liberia, which Liberians have been singing for over a century, that says “With our hearts united, We’ll shout the freedom, Of a race benighted,” and expressed disagreement over the part that says “of a race benighted.” He said “a race benighted” is against the development of the country, for which Liberians had been made to feel “ignorant, unenlightened and disadvantaged” a long time ago.Meanwhile, according to the National Elections Commission website, the MOVEE party members who are cleared along with Dr. Jones are Samuel B. Reeves, Jr., Vice President; Flomo, James C. R. Male Representative Bong District 4; Arthur Kangar, Representative Rivercess  District 1; Thomas W. O. King, Representative Montserrado District 11; Prince Leo Kponbowoe, Representative Montserrado District 1; Leo Mulbah, Representative Montserrado District 10; Olu Nangbah, Representative Gbarpolu District 1; Josephus M. Paye, Sr, Representative Nimba District 6; and Arthur Dee Whenyou, Margibi District 1.With the way now clear for Dr. Jones, and some candidates who were initially rejected by the National Elections Commission, many of their sympathizers told the Daily Observer there should be no distraction to derail the smooth operations of the road to the polls.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

  • Flyers go up 1-0 in best of five with Dawson Creek

    first_imgPast games this season against Dawson Creek have seen the Canucks mount late period comebacks but that didn’t happen Tuesday night as the Flyers locked down both ends of the ice.“Dawson Creek is a team that gets better throughout the game. We know that. The guys were able to keep doing it. In the past we’ve let up. We’ve gotten the lead and we stop skating. Tonight we didn’t stop skating,” Leriger said.Scoring for the Flyers were Josh Bruha, Jeff Fast, Adam Horst, and Jeff Shipton.Shots in the game were 36-18 in favour of Fort St. John.Advertisement FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – In a contest that was pretty tame for a playoff game the Fort St. John Flyers put forth one of their most complete efforts of the year. The team fell behind in the first 1-0 but came back to score four unanswered the rest of the way to take game one of the North Peace Hockey League’s west quarterfinal 4-1.After the Canucks opened the scoring with just over seven minutes left in the first the Flyers got the tying goal with 2:50 left in the opening frame. Fort St. John also held a substantial edge in the shots at 12-3.The Flyers took the lead on the power play in the second period seven minutes in, and the score held going into the third.- Advertisement -Fort St. John got the always valuable insurance marker early in the third just 3:50 into the period, and rounded out the scoring with a late tally with just over three minutes to play.Defensively the Flyers have been hammering home the importance of defensive zone play as of late and head coach Andrew Leriger said his club took another step in the right direction in that department.“Tonight was about 60 minutes. We’ve worked on defence dramatically. Last game against Spirit River showed that it’s starting to come and the guys were ready to play 60 minutes. It’s a brand new season. We know how to win and we know how to bring it when it’s time when you need to,” he said.Advertisement Game two of the best of five series goes Thursday night in Dawson Creek at 8:30, before returning to Fort St. John for game three the following night.last_img read more

  • Alternatives to visiting emergency rooms this holiday season; planning ahead

    first_img“Emergency rooms are meant to help patients who have health concerns that require immediate care,” Media Relations Manager for the ministry, Kristy Anderson writes in a distributed press release. “This includes chest pain, tightness or discomfort; shortness of breath; internal bleeding; fainting or broken bones.’Anderson adds, “In most cases, your family doctor is the most appropriate person to see if you are not feeling well.”Of course, this is easer said than done for many Fort St. John residents currently without a family doctor, and therefore, it’s worth noting other alternatives before receiving care in the hospital.- Advertisement -To begin, for those who’ve secured a family doctor, consider seeing them before the holidays if you have any developing health concerns.You can also consider going to the Unattached Patient Clinic, although it’s always advised to call ahead at 250 262 5210.If you or a loved-one is dependent on pharmaceuticals, ensure you’re aware of the holiday hours for your local pharmacy or drug store, and that your prescriptions are up-to-date and filled prior to the holidays.Advertisement Call HealthLink B.C. by dialling 811 for confidential health information and non-emergency services. They’re available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.Finally, if you’re concerned about a possible poisoning or exposure to a toxic substance, call Poison Control at 1 800 567 8911.“Anyone who needs urgent medical attention should immediately go to the emergency department of their local hospital or call 911,” Anderson concludes.last_img read more

  • 2019 in review: Stars taste AFCON after 15yrs

    first_imgThat victory came in between 2-0 and 3-0 losses at the hands of Algeria and Senegal respectively with the two African giants ending up facing each other in the final, a match that the Algerians won 1-0 for their first African title since 1990.But for fans back at home, it was not the result, but the manner in which Kenya lost that pained them the most. For a huge select, it was felt Stars didn’t fight enough especially against the two giants.Harambee Stars head coach Sebastien Migne speaks tactical points to his players during a training session at the National Rugby Centre in Marcoussis, Paris on June 13, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluThe team had invested in preparations with a group of 26 players flying out for a three week training camp in Marcoussis, the outskirts of the French capital Paris.While in Paris, the team faced Madagascar in a friendly match, a game they won 1-0 before playing DR Congo in Madrid a week to the AFCON, drawing 1-1.-CHAN exit, Migne departureAfter their AFCON campaign in Cairo, the team came back home and immediately got to work, as they faced Tanzania in the African Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifiers.Back to back 0-0 draws and a penalty shoot out loss left Stars out of a first ever qualification to the tournament and the result left head coach Sebastien Migne as a casualty as he was fired from the job alongside his entire technical bench.Harambee Stars head coach Sebastien Migne walks into training during a session at the National Rugby Centre in Marcoussis, Paris on June 13, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluIt was what had been coming for a long time. His tactics and methods had been on the scrutiny as he was oft accused of setting up a defensive game plan, even when there was no need to.Sources intimate to Capital Sports that the Frenchman’s style had deprived most players of their freedom to play and they played ‘in fear’ as they did not want to be bashed by the tactician.During the friendly match against Madagascar in Paris, Migne fell out with winger Ayub Masika after he lashed out at him in the touchline accusing him of keeping the ball too much. It was the start of a frosty relationship between the two.-Tense momentCapital Sports can also reveal that there was a tense moment in the dressing room during the match against Tanzania in Egypt with skipper Wanyama furious with the coach’s tactics of allegedly playing a defensive shape against Tanzania.Wanyama is said to have been red furious and stated that they would not defend in the second half and the team will play the best way possible to ensure they won.Migne was eventually replaced by Francis Kimanzi, his assistant for the entire spell he was in Kenya.Harambee Stars head coach Francis Kimanzi during a past training session at the Kasarani Stadium. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluKimanzi took Kenya into the qualifiers of the 2021 Cup of Nations with the first match against Egypt ending in a 1-1 draw in Alexandria. It was an encouraging result for the side, picking up a point against the five-time African champions away from home.But, the second match was a lull, a 1-1 draw with Togo at home.But there was more than meets the eye in this match. Sources inside the team believe that former coach Migne ‘sold them out’ to his coaching godfather Claude Le Roy who is Togo’s boss.The team believes that Migne fed the tactician with info and videos on Kenya having been with the team for close to a year and with a huge amount of training and match day videos enough for any coach to prepare adequately for a match.-CECAFA performance Stars ended the year at the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup in Kampala, where the most talked about subject from their Uganda sojourn was not the fact that they relinquished the title, but the fact that they lost to Eritrea.Harambee Stars forward Oscar Wamalwa in action against Eritrea during the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup semi-final at the Lugogo Complex in Kampala, Uganda on December 17, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluThe Red Sea Boys were playing their first CECAFA Championship since 2012 and ended up thrashing Stars 4-1 in the semi-finals. It was the biggest loss for the national team in recent years.The team managed to bounce back with a 2-1 victory over Tanzania in the play-off, but Kimanzi left happy that his young squad had gained experience.-Players abroadIt was a tough year for skipper Victor Wanyama in the English Premier League with Tottenham Hotspur. A return from a long injury lay off saw him struggle for play-time under former head coach Mauricio Pochettino.The midfielder was often overlooked by the Argentine and hasn’t played much this season.Harambee Stars and Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Victor Wanyama celebrates a goal during a past English Premier League match.He had been primed to depart White Hart Lane in the summer, but a protracted move to Club Brugge in Belgium broke down in the final minutes as they could not agree on personal terms.He went back to Spurs and even with the arrival of new boss Jose Mourinho, things haven’t been better for the midfield workhorse. He has only made one appearance as an 82nd minute substitute in the Champions League against Bayern Munich.While it has been a tough year for Wanyama, the same couldn’t be said about striker Michael Olunga.The forward has been in blazing form in the Japanese second tier with Kashiwa Reysol, with the highlight of his season being the eight goals he scored in a 13-1 win over Kyoto Sanga in the final day of the season.Olunga’s form saw him score 27 goals and lay up nine assists for Reysol in 30 matches, contributing to 42pc of the team’s goals to help them back up to the J1 league.Olunga scored eight goals in Japanese Div 2 league as his club won 13-1He was also Kenya’s star man in terms of national team duty, scoring two goals at the AFCON and netting the single goal in the 1-1 draw against Egypt last month.Meanwhile, several Kenyan players have been on the move.Left back Erick ‘Marcelo’ Ouma made his big leap finally, signing for Swedish top tier side AIK from third tier club Vassalunds IF. He followed compatriot Joseph Okumu to the Swedish top tier with the former Chemelil Sugar man having signed for IF Elfsborg.Defender David ‘Cheche’ Ochieng also moved back to the Saudi leagues when he signed for second tier side Al Ansar.Winger Cliff Nyakeya also made his first pro move when he left Mathare United to join Egyptian side Al Masry.What lies ahead in 2020Stars will have another attempt at qualifying for the Cup of Nations. The qualification process for Cameroon 2021 will be completed in November.Harambee Stars captain Victor Wanyama tussle with Togo’s Koffi Franco and TAKORA Lalawela in 2021 AFCON Qualifier match played at the Kasarani Stadium on 18th November 2019. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAStars will face Comoros in back to back home and away matches on August 31 and September 8, then host Egypt at home on October 5 before travelling to Togo for the final group match on November 9.Statistically, 10 points are usually enough to see a team qualify for AFCON. Stars are on two currently and if they get maximum points in the home and away ties to Comoros, then they will only need a victory in any of their last two matches to proceed.But before the 2021 AFCON qualifiers Stars will kick start the journey to try and qualify for a first ever World Cup when the Qatar 2022 qualifiers kick off in March.The draw for the group stages is expected to be conducted in February.0Shares0000(Visited 22 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Harambee Stars players line up before their Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) match against Algeria at the June 30 Stadium in Cairo on June 23, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 25 – In a mixed year for national football team Harambee Stars, what stood out for the team was their first appearance at the Africa Cup of Nations in 15 years, taking their place in Group C with neighbors Tanzania and eventual finalists Algeria and Senegal.Stars came within just one point of progressing to the round of 16, but left Cairo with only one win, a hard labored 3-2 victory over Tanzania in their penultimate group match.last_img read more

  • NAOMH CHONAILL ‘JIVE IN’ WITH TWO FEET!

    first_imgDon’t jive in with two feet! The ‘volunteers’ for the Strictly Come Jiving.Folk about Glenties way aren’t known for diving into things feet first.That is unless it is fundraising for a very good cause.And it’s probably only their football club that certain men in the parish would agree to get involved in a dancing competition for. And so that’s exactly what’s in store, Strictly Come Jiving in the Highlands Hotel this Saturday, November 23rd.There are ten couples taking part on the night with doors opening at 7pm for an 8pm start with tickets priced at €15.The ten “very willing and able” dancing stars are1. Conal mcLoone & Laura mcFadden 2. Caolan Bonner & Ciara Molloy3. Seamus Campbell & Fionualla Harkin4. Gerry O’Donnell & Carol Gibbons5. Connie Doherty & Teresa McKelvey6. Shaun Boyce & Grainne McLoone 7. Eoin Boyle & Martina McGill8. Daniel Roog & Ciara Hennigan9. Tommy O’Dwyer & Denise Campbell10. Christopher Molloy & Brianna McDonnel The dancers are being taught by David Gordon from Manor & Shauna Molloy from Glenties.They have been practicing for 11 weeks and will put on an amazing display on the night. Some of them have never danced before and great credit must be given to each of them for their dedication and commitment.Jiving has become so popular with all age groups in the last few years. So come along and see for yourself the great work done by all.The Highlands Hotel is the place to be on Saturday night and thanks to them for sponsoring the venue for the last few weeks and for the event.Thanks also to the sponsors of each couple and the businesses for the donating prizes for the night.The winners will receive prizes sponsored by the Clanree Hotel In Letterkenny.NAOMH CHONAILL ‘JIVE IN’ WITH TWO FEET! was last modified: November 20th, 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:Naomh ChonaillStrictly Come Jivinglast_img read more

  • EXCLUSIVE: DONEGAL MAN FACES JAIL IN AMERICA AFTER ADMITTING HORRIFIC HIT AND RUN

    first_imgA Donegal man has pleaded quilty to charges relating to an incident in which an American woman was mowed down and left in intensive care with severe head injuries.Damian Crossan, 28, of Trentagh, was hauled off a plane moments before it was due to take off from John F Kennedy Airport in New York bound for Ireland.Now following a lengthy investigation Crossan, who had been living in the US for five years, has admitted the charges and will be sentenced on July 11th next. He faces two separate charges and if found guilty could go to jail for seven years for each offence.Police chief Michael Chitwood confirmed that the Donegal man had admitted his car had hit a woman on February 2nd last.The woman Jamie Timlin, was hit with such force by the car that her shoes flew off while she was sent flying through the air.She also suffered devastating injuries and remains in a critical condition in hospital.As well as broken hips, Ms Timlin, 32, also suffered numerous facial fractures and bleeding on the brain.Crossan has been charged with aggravated assault and related offences following the incident at Upper Darby, near Philadelphia on February 2nd last.Police Chief Chitwood credited the Delaware County Daily Times newspaper with helping to solve the hit-and-run.“Apparently, Crossan was looking in the paper every day to see what was being said,” Chitwood said. “Tuesday night he saw it online and immediately got a ticket for Ireland. The quickest one he could get was out of JFK.“He drove to New York and parked his pickup truck in the long-term parking lot of JFK.”According to the affidavit, the truck was located in the lot and showed signs of front-end damage consistent with an accident.It had a cracked front bumper, cracked turning signal light and red-paint transfer.“As a result of the story, we received an anonymous tip about the hit-and-run naming Crossan as the operator of the truck,” Chitwood said. “We were able to track down the owner, that eventually led us to his girlfriend who gave us the probable cause we needed.“Apparently, the night of the accident, Crossan was in a bar, had a fight and left. When he got home, he told her he hit someone by the Acme, which is near where she was struck.”According to Chitwood, police notified the Department of Homeland Security and the Port Authority of New York of the warrant for Crossan’s arrest and his intention to flee the country.“Luckily, we got him before the plane took off,” Chitwood said. “It was scheduled to depart when they got him.”“We faxed the warrant and Crossan confessed,” Chitwood said. “He admitted to hitting someone, didn’t know if it was a male or female, but didn’t want to go to jail.”“We had absolutely nothing before receiving the tip call,” Chitwood said. “Once again, our relationship with the media and the Daily Times and putting a photo in the paper resulted in an identification and arrest.”EndsEXCLUSIVE: DONEGAL MAN FACES JAIL IN AMERICA AFTER ADMITTING HORRIFIC HIT AND RUN was last modified: June 16th, 2011 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:AmericaDamian Crossanhit and runjaillast_img read more

  • GAA NEWS: NAOMH ULTAN FACE RED HUGHS IN CRUNCH CHAMPIONSHIP CLASH THIS WEEKEND

    first_imgNaomh Ultan GAA NotesRoyal Flush Lotto –The Royal Flush Draw results for the weekend of the 12/08/2014 were 1, 8, 9 & 16, there was no winner of this week’s jackpot of €3500. Consolation prizes went to Adrian Nesbitt, Terence Byrne & Carmel McDaid.Ticket Orders for Donegal v Dublin All-Ireland Semi Final –Ticket orders for the All-Ireland Semi Final featuring Donegal and Dublin will be taken next Monday, August 18th in the clubhouse at 7pm.40th Anniversary Celebrations -​Many thanks to all who attended our celebrations on Saturday last. The day itself was a credit to the organizers as every aspect of it was thoroughly enjoyed by all in attendance.The hard working committee who had been working on the day for months in advance deserve great praise, a day that will go down in the memory of many young and old people in the club.Adult Football – Both team will be in Championship action over the weekend.First up are our reserves who will face Naomh Padraig, Lifford in Páirc Tir Chonaill in Donegal Town this Saturday, August 16th in the Quarter Final of the Junior B competition.Throw-in is fixed for 7:30pm. Then on Sunday, August 17th, our senior face Red Hugh in Páirc Naomh Ultan in their last round of the Junior Championship group stages. Throw-in for that game is 3pm. WIns for both sides will see the two advance to the last four of their respective competitions.Guess the Score –The winner of the guess the score competition for the Donegal v Derry game in May was Malachy Byrne, the club will be now also running the competition for the Donegal v Dublin game.SuperValu Kits for Clubs – Rooney’s SuperValu, Killybegs and Kavanagh’s SuperValu, Donegal Town have offered to help our club receive a free O’Neill’s training equipment kit through SuperValu Kits for Clubs.Every time you spend €20 in a single transaction in the above two stores you will receive 1 voucher. The till operator will hand you this pre-printed voucher along with your till receipt at time of payment. Drop this voucher in the Club entry box located at the customer service desk in store. When 1,000 vouchers have been collected, SuperValu will send our Club the kit for free.​Results of GAA National Draw April 2014 –WINNERS:1) Trip to 2014 International Rules Series in Australia- Match tickets, airline tickets & accommodation for 2 – Paddy Reilly – Trinity Gaels – Dublin2) Ultimate Football Package 2014 – 2 All Ireland Football tickets, All Stars banquet & trip with All Stars to Boston – Pat Clarke – Henry Joy Mc Crackens Moneymore – Derry3) 2 Corporate Box tickets & hospitality for Croke Park concert in 2014 – Edmond Barrett – Kiltane – Mayo4) Travel voucher to the value of €1,500 – Tomas Bourke – Clonoulty – Rossmore – Tipperary5) All Ireland Football Final Package 2014 – 2 Corporate Box tickets , corporate hospitality & 2 nights accommodation – Brenda & Ann Desmond– Laochra Óg – Cork6) All Ireland Hurling Final Package 2014 – 2 Corporate Box tickets , corporate hospitality & 2 nights accommodation – Tom Fogarty – Newport – Tipperary7) Shopping Voucher to the value of €1,000 – Brian Senior – Glen Rovers- Cork8) All Ireland Football & Hurling Final Package – 2 Premium tickets & overnight accommodation for both– Don Twomey – Kiskeam – Cork9) 2 Croke Park Premium concert tickets in 2014 – Chris Bogle – Urney – Tyrone10) Trip to New York St Patricks Day 2015 – Seamus Dowd – Four Roads Hurling – RoscommonClub winners from all four provinces include: Dublin, Derry, Mayo, Roscommon, Tyrone 2 from Tipperary and 3 from Cork​GAA NEWS: NAOMH ULTAN FACE RED HUGHS IN CRUNCH CHAMPIONSHIP CLASH THIS WEEKEND was last modified: August 12th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:GAANaomh UltanNoticesSportlast_img read more