With the sporting world shut down for the next few months, at least, it’s hard not to think back on the great memories sports have given us, right? I have been blessed in my sportswriting career to cover more incredible moments and games than I could even begin to count.The shortlist includes a pair of 15-over-2 upsets in the NCAA Tournament (Lehigh and Middle Tennessee) and four World Series Game 7s (2014, 2016, 2017 and 2019). The one that tops them all, though? The most points Virginia had allowed in a game all season was 68, in a loss to West Virginia on December 5. UMBC scored 74 — 53 in the second half! The Cavaliers had held opponents to 53 or fewer points for an entire game 15 times during the season.”To come in,” Jourdan Grant said, “and beat the No. 1 team in the country — not the No. 1 seed, but the No. 1 team in the country — in the fashion that we did? It’s just a crazy feeling.”He wasn’t wrong then, and he isn’t wrong now. I was sitting courtside the day the impossible happened. March 16, 2018: the day a 16-seed finally knocked off a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. The University of Maryland-Baltimore County traveled to Charlotte to play the Virginia Cavaliers, who were not only a No. 1 seed, but the No. 1 overall seed in the tournament that year.March Madness 2018: 16-seed UMBC stuns Virginia in historic upsetUMBC dominated the best team in the country on that day, winning by 20 points (74-54) in a game that didn’t even feel that close, somehow. This wasn’t how it was supposed to happen, how the tiny 16-seed was finally going to stun a 1-seed Goliath. There was supposed to be a buzzer-beater, or a hold-on-to-your-seats final few minutes as the clock slowly ground its way to 0:00.I’ve seen enough March Madness upsets in my day — the FaganJinx is real, folks — to have a pretty good feel for how these things tend to develop.This contest was unlike anything I’d ever seen. The game was tied 21-21, at halftime, and even though the Cavaliers weren’t winning, the game was being played at their pace. It seemed just a matter of time before Virginia — which was 31-2, had rolled through the powerful ACC with a 17-1 record and cruised to the ACC Tournament title — exerted its will.But then, to borrow from my buzzer file that day …UMBC came out of halftime like it was playing Delaware State, not the best team in the nation. Joe Sherburne drove to the rim, scored and was fouled. He made the free throw to put the Retrievers up, 24-21, and then he knocked down a 3-pointer.27-21.Layup by K.J. Maura. 3-pointer by Jarius Lyles.32-24.3-pointer by Sherburne. Three free throws from Lyles.38-24.Layup by Lyles. Another layup by Lyles.45-29.They were relentless. Confident. Aggressive. Undaunted.The outcome wasn’t even remotely in doubt for the final stretch of that unforgettable game. The fact that I had time to file a lengthy buzzer story — a normally abbreviated column filed right at the buzzer — for the biggest upset in NCAA Tournament history was incredible, too. We somehow went from UMBC needing a miracle to win to Virginia needing the same sort of miraculous event.MORE: Ranking the Top 16 #FaganJinx upsetsThe Retrievers spent the last 10 minutes or so doing three things: extending their lead, grinning from ear-to-ear and laughing as the crowd in Charlotte — it was the last game of the day, a start time shortly after 9:30 p.m. ET — was going mildly crazy.Lyles, UMBC’s star player, finished with 28 points, 23 of those in the second half. Only one player had scored more than 28 points against Virginia all season, and Lyles needed only 11 shots from the field (he made nine of them) to get to 28.”I was in a zone, man,” Lyles told me in the locker room after the game. “I get in those zones from time to time. I don’t think anybody can stop me when I get in that zone. Credit to my teammates for getting the ball to me and coach for giving that confidence to me.”
P W D L GF GA GD PtsLeicester City 31 19 9 3 54 31 23 66Tottenham 31 17 10 4 56 24 32 61Arsenal 30 16 7 7 48 30 18 55Man City 30 15 6 9 52 32 20 51West Ham 30 13 11 6 47 35 12 50Man United 30 14 8 8 38 27 11 50Southampton 31 13 8 10 41 32 9 47Stoke City 31 13 7 11 34 37 -3 46Liverpool 29 12 8 9 45 40 5 44Chelsea 30 10 11 9 45 41 4 41P W D L GF GA GD PtsWest Brom 30 10 9 11 30 37 -7 39Everton 29 9 11 9 51 41 10 38Bournemouth 31 10 8 13 38 50 -12 38Watford 30 10 7 13 30 32 -2 37Swansea 31 9 9 13 31 40 -9 36Crystal Palace 30 9 6 15 32 40 -8 33Norwich City 31 7 7 17 32 54 -22 28Sunderland 30 6 8 16 36 55 -19 26Newcastle 30 6 7 17 29 55 -26 25Aston Villa 31 3 7 21 22 58 -36 16
– to support establishment of a unity Government Former House Speaker Ralph Ramkarran, SC, in his weekly column dubbed “Conversation Tree”, has called for the establishment of a third party, noting that this could help to make the Government more responsible and ensure that the revenues earned from the emerging oil sector were properly utilised.According to him, with the current circumstances facing the Opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) and the deteriorating economic conditions facing the one-seat majority coalition, together with the pending establishment of an oil economy, are enough reasons to have a high degree of political unity.Ramkarran believes this is necessary especially at this given point because it will help Guyana to preserve and safeguard the billions of dollars likely to flow into the nation’s coffers from oil, instead of it being dissipated in waste, extravagance, and corruption.“Having failed to establish inclusive governance, which both parties supported when in Opposition but failed to implement while in office, now is time for Guyanese to be offered a different kind of political party,” he said, adding that Guyana needed a party with a programme of unity.The former House Speaker views this as a way out of what he described as the debilitating ethno-political controversies and insecurities which have dominated Guyana’s politics. He said it has only bred suspicion, antagonism, and political unilateralism.“This third party can do so by recognising the existence of the two major parties, the support they receive and seek as its fundamental goal to encourage these two parties to work together for the future of Guyana. Decades of political effort, including the mandate of the electorate in 2011, have all failed.”Ramkarran said if the third party wins the majority, it should accept the task of Government in order to prevent a constitutional crisis, pointing to the fact that under the Constitution, the party obtaining a majority or plurality must hold the presidency.However, he said until the Constitution is amended, the party should be obliged to fulfil its constitutional mandate, but, not being committed to power, would propose a re-examination of this and other provisions. He said, “The difference is that, in accordance with its primary purpose, it will invite the other major parties to share in the Government in accordance with their percentage of support.”Further, if a majority is not achieved, the prominent Attorney is suggesting that the third party remain in Opposition but strongly advocate and agitate for the establishment of a unity Government of the major parties.“If the major parties recalcitrantly resist the call for unity, the third party will support the party that agrees to implement its policies of constitutional reform leading to inclusive governance and for economic and social reform, including strong measures against poverty, crime, and corruption,” he further suggested.Ramkarran reasoned that for decades, experts have concluded that the divisions created by ethno-political rivalries are major reasons for Guyana’s underdevelopment. As such, he said a third party would not seek to replace the two major parties. It will seek to make them winners, with both serving in Government.“The supporters of these parties will remain supporters and should not see it as a betrayal to support the third party, whose objective would be to ensure that there are no losers in elections,” he stated.But equally important, Ramkarran said, the third party must never fall victim to the lure of political office. It must have a higher purpose that resonates with the Guyanese people – unity. “The unity that will be created is now a vital necessity. …Electoral pressure must be brought to bear,” he added.
talkSPORT’s transfer guru, Warren Haughton, joins Hawksbee and Jacobs to round up all the very latest rumours and gossip.Leicester may have managed to keep hold of Jamie Vardy this summer, but they seem to have lost the fight for N’Golo Kante, with the midfield general set to leave the Premier League champions to join Chelsea.The French international is thought to be on the verge of completing a £29million move and signing a five-year deal at Stamford Bridge.Our man in the know also provides an update with Arsenal’s striker search, with the Gunners set to miss out on Gonzalo Higuain, who is on the verge of a move to Juventus.Arsene Wenger has long been linked with a move for the Napoli man, but his £78m release clause has been a stumbling block and Juventus are happy to trigger a big-money deal for the 36-goal frontman.There’s also more exciting news from the window’s surprise package Middlesbrough, who are set to announce the signing of Borussia Dortmund defender Neven Subotic.At this and more in the latest Insider Trading transfer round-up – Listen above!Here are some of the latest transfer rumours from talkSPORT.com:Exclusive – Harry Redknapp reveals meeting with Dan Ashworth as FA search for new England bossChelsea FC transfer report: Blues agree £29m deal for Leicester midfielder N’Golo KanteClaudio Ranieri hoping N’Golo Kante stays at Leicester but says midfielder can leave if he is unhappyHuge Hammers boost! France sensation Dimitri Payet says he is ‘100 per cent staying at West Ham’Middlesbrough to sign Borussia Dortmund defender Neven Subotic in a deal worth up to £9mManchester United transfer news: Paul Pogba latest and why world record move could cost ArsenalNewcastle United transfer report: Magpies yet to receive any formal bids for star duo Moussa Sissoko and Georginio WijnaldumThe biggest done deals in Europe you may have missed from last weekMancini offers a little too much info when asked about Icardi’s future
Cllr Frank McBreartyCOUNTY Councillor Frank McBrearty Jnr has confirmed tonight that he has asked a special commission to investigate whether or not phone calls between him and his lawyers were illegally recorded by gardaí.Mr McBrearty was given a €1.5m settlement from the State after being wrongly considered a murder suspect in the death of cattle dealer Richie Barron. His legal team has told the Fennelly Commission that phone conversations with his lawyers were recorded by gardaí at the time.In a letter to the commission, it is also alleged phone calls made by Mr McBrearty’s father, Frank Snr, and his cousin Mark McConnell to their lawyers were also recorded at Letterkenny Garda Station.The Fennelly Commission was set up two years ago to investigate revelations that non-999 phone calls had been routinely recorded in certain garda stations over a 30-year period.The commission has asked Cllr McBrearty to make a formal complaint.The Morris Tribunal into garda corruption in Donegal was told of the alleged recording of phone calls between prisoners and their solicitors but investigating those claims were outside the remit of that inquiry.“I am now hopeful that this will be fully investigated by the Fennelly Commission,” said Mr McBrearty tonight.The Morris Tribunal found that gardaí had attempted to frame Cllr McBrearty and Mr McConnell for the murder of Mr Barron in October 1996.Mr Barron was not murdered. He may have been the victim of a hit and run incident.The case looks set to be re-opened with Mr Justice Niall Fennelly set to investigate if the McBrearty phone calls were made to solicitors were recorded.COMMISSION TO PROBE ‘RECORDINGS OF PHONE CALLS’ BY GARDAÍ IN McBREARTY CASE was last modified: February 10th, 2016 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:Fennelly CommissionFrank McBreartytapped phone calls
2 2 So if Real Madrid try and sign Eden Hazard, who do Chelsea bring in to replace him?One option is Napoli’s homegrown hero, Lorenzo Insigne, as The Sun report.The 26-year-old forward eventually signed a new contract with the club in April and will reportedly cost £45m, which Chelsea will have no problem paying if they really want him, especially if they sell Hazard.Hazard, also 26, has let it be known that he’d consider any approach from Real, which is not a shock considering their standing in the game, and it appears Chelsea are already looking at alternatives if he does leave.Here, talkSPORT.com looks at how Insigne and Hazard’s league stats from the 2016/17 season compare. Here’s how Lorenzo Insigne’s stats compare to Eden Hazard’s In addition, Insigne scored one goal in seven Champions League appearances as well as one and one assist in four Coppa Italia games, while Hazard scored once in four FA Cup matches.Stats courtesy of Opta and correct as of 13/06/17
Smiling Paedophile: Peter CorcoranA Donegal farmer has been jailed for 12 years for the sickening sexual abuse of seven children.Evil Peter Corcoran of Dunmore, Falcarragh pleaded guilty to 15 sample counts of indecent assault, sexual assault and rape between 1984 and 2000. His five male and two female victims describe Peter Corcoran as evil, very clever and opportunistic.Dressed in a suit and tie, the Donegal farmer showed no emotion when a sentence of 15 years jail with the final three years suspended was handed down today.Corcoran was only a teenager of 15 or 16 when he began abusing girls and boys in his area, some as young as seven or eight years old.One of the women gave evidence of her horror when years later he showed up as a guest at her wedding, having been told not to come.A man raped as a teenager by 43-year-old Corcoran said it was hard to come forward about the abuse because he was ‘very highly thought of’ in the community.In 2010, a male victim plucked up the courage to give a statement to gardaí and others followed.12 YEARS BEHIND BARS FOR SERIAL FALCARRAGH PAEDOPHILE was last modified: April 23rd, 2013 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:12 YEARS BEHIND BARS FOR SERIAL FALCARRAGH PAEDOPHILEPeter Corcoran
Can’t Pay Won’t Pay spokesperson Micheál Cholm Mac Giolla Easbuig has called on Sinn Fein to use Saturday’s water charge protest in Letterkenny to come out against the payment of the charges.He urged Padraig Mac Lochlainn TD to use the opportunity to end Sinn Fein’s “mixed messages on the water charges and come out in favour of a boycott of the charges.”He said, “Knowing Padraig he is very capable of being his own man. While others in the leadership of Sinn Fein have effectively refused to fight the water charges by declaring they will pay them, Padraig has a chance to show leadership when he addresses the crowd on Saturday. “I believe a great many Sinn Fein voters will join the march and are overwhelmingly supporting the boycott. To build the most effective boycott, we need the clear support of all those who are against the charges. I am calling on Padraig to come to our side on Saturday, show leadership and back the boycott campaign.”He added that the momentum is now with the non-payment campaign.“The government are in panic mode and are looking to offer concessions and sweetners to save their skins. But this has only come about through shock at the depth of opposition and the strength of feeling against their charges. It shows that if we stand together we can force them to back down. With massive protests on Saturday and a defiant message that we will not pay, we can demoralise the government and Irish Water further. If we continue to stand together, we can win.” SINN FEIN SHOULD USE SATURDAY’S PROTEST TO JOIN ANTI-WATER CHARGE CAMPAIGN – COUNTY COUNCILLOR was last modified: October 30th, 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:CampaignletterkennySinn Feinwater charges
I also gave some thought to recounting, in depth, some of my memories of the three Final Fours (1987, 1993 and 2003) Final Fours I covered in New Orleans. Ultimately, though, to do so from my perspective would be to trivialize the devastation that the city, and the rest of the Gulf Coast region, and so many thousands of human beings have suffered as a result of Hurricane Katrina. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 College comments Long Beach State’s players began organized workouts a week ago today, one day after the start of classes. Apparently senior Jibril Hodges, whose jump shooting helped the 49ers win seven of their final eight regular-season games last season, didn’t miss a jump shot all of last week. Highly touted transfers Mark Dawson (Pasadena City College) and Aaron Nixon (San Bernardino City College) looked as good as advertised and are likely to be on the floor as much as anyone for Coach Larry Reynolds’ team this season. Tory Jackson, a 5-11 senior from Buena Vista High in Saginaw, Mich., visited USC over the weekend. I’d planned to lead this column with several humorous references to spending my first “non-basketball’ vacation a six-day stint in Maui in many years last week and how tough it is to adjust to being a sports writer again. All things considered, though, I think any attempt at witticisms about sunning myself in front of the beach or the pool in Wailea, while power-reading novels and drinking Mai Tai’s, is strictly inappropriate right now. One of the Top 10 point guards in the national Class of 2006 (I saw him play well during the USA Basketball Youth Festival in June, and the Nike All-America Camp in Indianapolis in July), Jackson visited Michigan and Florida in the spring. Coach Tim Floyd already has a lot of backcourt talent in place (including sophomore Gabriel Pruitt and freshman Ryan Francis). But if Jackson is on campus a year from now, he’ll get a lot of immediate playing time, no matter who else is wearing a Cardinal and Gold uniform. Brandon Rush, brother of JaRon (a two-year starter at UCLA) and Kareem (formerly of the Lakers and now of the Charlotte Bobcats), was cleared for freshman eligibility at Kansas by the NCAA Clearinghouse last week. Rush, if you recall, was one of the high school (prep school, actually; he’s soon to be 20) players who entered the NBA draft pool last spring. But he withdrew a week before the June draft when it became apparent he wasn’t going to be chosen in the first round. He joins an already strong freshman class for Coach Bill Self that includes 2004-05 Best in the West selections Mario Chalmers and Micah Downs. Speaking of Best in the West selections … Jerry-Davon Jefferson and Seketoure Henry, seniors at Lynwood last season, are attending classes at a new prep school, The Patterson School, located in Lenoir, N.C. Jefferson and Henry signed letters of intent with UNLV and Arizona State, respectively, last November but didn’t meet NCAA minimum academic requirements to be eligible as freshmen. Both played well for the L.A. H-Squad (now called Team Danny Williams) over the spring and summer. Jefferson, and possibly Henry, is expected to submit his name into the 2006 draft pool. High school hoopla The Fullcourt Press/Pangos Fall Showcase, always one of the better fall “evaluation” events held in the West, is scheduled to be played Sunday at Dominguez High, beginning with a game expected to feature some of the best freshmen in the Southland. Play starts with the freshmen game at 10:30 a.m., followed by games involving sophomores at 11:45 a.m. and 1 p.m., junior games at 2:15 and 3:30, and seniors at 4:45 and 6 o’clock. Event director Dinos Trigonis said Monday that he expects the likes of Brandon Jennings (Dominguez), Demar DeRozan (Compton), Larry Drew (Taft) and Jrue Holliday (Campbell Hall) to participate in the 1 o’clock sophomore game. Among the better freshmen expected to play is another Dominguez player, 6-7 Aaron Moore, who played well at the adidas Superstar Camp in Suwanne, Ga. in July. There could be a dozen major college prospects from the Compton Unified School District (Dominguez, Centennial and Compton) alone. Patrick Christopher, a 6-4 guard at Dominguez (and a transfer from Mayfair in the spring), is expected to be one of the prime players in the final game in the Dons’ gymnasium Sunday evening. He’s scheduled to be back in Southern California in time after returning from a weekend recruiting trip to the University of Texas. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Paul McDermott’s Moville Minors are county A ChampionsMOVILLE Ladies have retained their county Minor A Championship title after a two point win over Fanad Gaels in one of the most closely contested finals in years.The 2-11 to 2-09 win at St Mary’s Convoy grounds this afternoon was end-to-end and entertaining.But Moville’s Eimear McLaughlin was player of the match and it was her ability to win the ball and take her scores which proved the difference in the end. Fanad Gaels led by 1-07 to 1-06 at half time and pushed on in the second half, with Caoimhe Walsh and Michelle Doherty excellent throughout.Ciara Harkin bagged a goal to put Moville a point ahead with Eimear McLaughlin adding points.But Hannah Shiels levelled with a free when it went into the net.With ten minutes left it was 2-09 each. Fanad had their chances but McLaughlin again and captain Nicole McDermott got the final two scores to queue celebrations in Inishowen. Moville captain Nicole McDermott receives the county trophy from County Chairman Hugh DevenneyLADIES FOOTBALL: MOVILLE WIN COUNTY MINOR CHAMPIONSHIP AFTER BATTLING WIN OVER FANAD was last modified: September 14th, 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:fanad gaelsmoville