Connacht claim rare Munster scalp

first_img He converted Peter O’Mahony’s 10th-minute try and kicked two penalties in very difficult conditions, before a brilliantly engineered try by Kieran Marmion – started and converted by Craig Ronaldson – got Connacht back in touch. Keatley’s third successful penalty made it 16-7 to the visitors at half-time, only for wind-backed Connacht to respond with 17 unanswered points in the third quarter. Well-worked tries from fly-half Ronaldson and lock Aly Muldowney were both converted by Darragh Leader, with Ronaldson’s replacement Miah Nikora landing a 55th-minute penalty. Although they threw everything at Connacht in a gripping climax, Munster endured a scoreless second half thanks to some defiant, disciplined defending from the hosts. This interprovincial tie started as it finished with Anthony Foley’s side pinning Connacht back in their 22. After returning captain O’Mahony forced his Connacht counterpart John Muldoon to concede a ruck penalty, Keatley gave the visitors a seventh-minute lead. Connacht’s maul defence has been particularly strong this season, but they were found wanting when O’Mahony found space to power over in the left corner with support from BJ Botha and Duncan Williams. A superb conversion was swung over by Keatley for 10-0 and he soon added a second penalty, as Connacht desperately tried to bludgeon forward through their pack and lively centre Bundee Aki. Press Association Connacht claimed the prized scalp of provincial rivals Munster after fighting back from 13 points down to clinch a memorable 24-16 New Year’s Day victory in gusty Galway. The westerners’ first win over Munster since December 2008 – and only their second in the last 42 meetings – saw them extend their unbeaten home record this season to eight games. Ian Keatley, the former Connacht fly-half, used his knowledge of the famed Sportsground wind to help Munster lead this hard-edged Guinness Pro12 derby 13-0 by the quarter hour mark. It took some terrific interplay between the home backs, on the half hour, to finally carve open the Munster defence. Man-of-the-match Robbie Henshaw gobbled up Ronaldson’s pinpoint kick over the top and he rode a tackle before passing for the supporting Marmion to dive over to the left of the posts. Ronaldson drove over the conversion to close the gap to six points and just as the tide seemed to be turning, a high tackle by Aki on Simon Zebo allowed Keatley to close out the first half’s scoring. However, Connacht made the ideal start to the second period, Henshaw again hurtling through the Munster midfield and although Aki was hauled down close to the posts, a quick recycle saw Ronaldson crash over past two defenders. The Connacht fly-half injured himself in the act of scoring, so winger Leader stepped up to add the conversion and make it a two-point game – 16-14. The centre pairing of Aki and Henshaw did some further damage before an offside decision saw Nikora boot Connacht in front with 25 minutes remaining. A storming carry by Quinn Roux soon got the westerners back into scoring range and from a subsequent scrum, the fast-breaking Marmion was stopped just short before Muldowney muscled over from a couple of metres out. The home crowd roared with delight as Leader added the extras from the left and despite Paul O’Connell and company clawing their way back to the 22 through countless phases, Connacht survived a spate of late onslaughts to ensure they started 2015 with a considerable bang. last_img read more

Anthony Stokes eyes Republic and Celtic comebacks

first_img Six months on the sidelines at Celtic left the Irishman fearing his chances of joining Martin O’Neill’s squad for this summer’s European Championship were over. But now, after agreeing a six-month move to Easter Road, the striker reckons he still has time to convince the Republic boss to take him to France – even if he is playing outside Scotland’s top flight. The 27-year-old previously spent a season in Edinburgh side after joining the Leith outfit in 2009, when his tally of 24 goals in 48 matches earned him a £1.2million move to Parkhead. Now he is hoping to rediscover that form after his frustrating start to the campaign. Stokes said: “Of course I can win my Ireland place back. It’s down to me to put in the performances that will take me there and work on my fitness to get it back up to 100 per cent. “I need to kick on and do my talking on the pitch. I don’t see any reason why I can’t win my place back. “I haven’t spoken to Martin in the last while and there’s been no assurances. I just want to go out, perform and get my fitness levels up. I haven’t played consistently for five or six months now so I just want to get back into things.” Hibs boss Alan Stubbs fought off interest from Inverness, Dundee United and from clubs down south to land the former Arsenal, Falkirk and Sunderland frontman. But, with the lure of pipping old adversaries Rangers to the Ladbrokes Championship title on offer, Stokes admits he had just one destination in mind when Hoops manager Ronny Deila opened the door for a loan move. “I just thought it was the right move for me,” he said. “I was familiar with the surroundings here, I know a lot of the players and it’s a great club. Press Association “I was here for a season a few years back but really enjoyed my time here. “I’m looking forward to my season and really pushing on. “There were other offers but I normally get a gut feeling or a hunch on these things and I just thought it was a good opportunity. Hibs have had a good season so far and hopefully we win something. “I’m here to be competitive and win titles. We’re obviously in the Championship but that makes no difference to me. I just want to help Hibs in any way we can. “Am I here to stop Rangers winning the league? Well it would be nicer for us to win it.” Stokes last featured for Ronny Deila’s team in August and was forced to apologise after sending an ill-judged tweet when left in the stands at Inverness last month. That episode helped earn him a two-week club ban but he has not written off his Hoops career following talks with chief executive Peter Lawwell. “My future is still at Celtic,” he said. “There is an option there for me to go back and I’ve got another year left on my contract. “That is my plan. I had a brief conversation with Peter and I told him in no uncertain terms I want to go back at the end of the season. “I just hope I can get myself in the best shape possible, put in some performances and go back a better player. “My relationship with the gaffer is absolutely fine. There has been no issue in the background. I haven’t really had a look in this season but it is what it is. “It’s easy to start saying things on Twitter but that was down to frustration. I apologised for it, I retracted it. There’s nothing I can do now other than move on.” Anthony Stokes believes he can fire himself back into the reckoning for Euro 2016 after returning to Hibernian on loan last_img read more

Colorado Gets Nearly Two Feet of Snow on the First Day of Summer

first_imgSummer got a chilling start in Colorado with close to two feet of snow instead of sunshine. Snow markers at the Steamboat Resort in Steamboat Springs, Colo. showed what neared to 24 inches of snow.Snow began to fall on Friday  with elevations above 7,000 feet in parts of northern and north-central Colorado. Steamboat Springs saw 20 inches of snow on Friday.  Reports are showing even more snow can fall into Saturday night and early Sunday. According to meteorologists, this unusual snowfall is due to the atmosphere being warmer and moister than before. Meanwhile, in Florida, the National Weather Service issued a heat advisory for Saturday as heat indexes were up to 108 degrees.last_img

FL man contracts flesh-eating bacteria without touching water

first_imgA Florida man says he contracted flesh-eating bacteria without touching the water.Tyler King was working in Santa Rosa Beach last week when his left bicep suddenly swelled to three times its normal size.He went to the hospital where he was diagnosed with vibrio, a flesh-eating bacteria often found in brackish water.King is the third person in less than a month to contract a flesh-eating bacteria in Florida.Lynn Fleming, 77, died last week when she was infected after falling at a beach on Anna Maria Island.A young Indiana girl contracted the infection while swimming in Gulf along the Florida Panhandle. The 12-year-old recovered after having several surgeries to save her leg.It remains unclear if the cases are somehow related, but all have contracted the bacteria in Florida sparking safety concerns.last_img read more

Brathwaite looks to first-class cricket for Windies development

first_imgWEST Indies vice-captain, Kraigg Brathwaite, is of the belief that the development of the Digicel Regional 4-Day season as key to any success the West Indies may have in the future.Brathwaite, who steered the West Indies to a five-wicket win over Pakistan in Sharjah recently with a historic unbeaten performance including a century and half-century, said the players needed to return to the regional competition to continue honing their craft during what is a break for the West Indies.“We have a good group of young guys so it’s important for us to keep working,” he told reporters after his 60 not-out brought West Indies their only win against Pakistan.The victory for the West Indies, was the first in 19 months of cricket and the first overseas in four years. But now, there is a layoff that could put the West Indies right back where they started, struggling for positive results.“Obviously we have five months before the next Test series [but] we have first class cricket going on back home when we get back so it’s key for all the guys to go there and keep working hard,” said Brathwaite.According to Brathwaite, whose 142 not-out in the first innings and 60 not-out in the second made him the first opener in history to go unbeaten throughout a Test match, was well supported by Jason Holder’s 5-30 in the second innings, and Devendra Bishoo’s 4-77 along with Shannon Gabriel’s 3-67 in the first, believes the performances of the team showed all that was needed was hard work.“The same things you want to do in the Tests you do there so that when you come for the next Test series you will be ready and looking to win games.”Roston Chase scored a half-century in the first innings of the Sharjah Test, while Shane Dowrich scored 47 before returning to go unbeaten on 60 along with Brathwaite.Both those players are expected to play in the Regional 4 Day, which begins on Friday, November 11.(Sportsmax.com)last_img read more

Other Sports Kabaddi fiasco: Indian team doesn’t turn up, confusions galore at federation’s trials

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Confusion reigned supreme at the trials conducted by the Amateur Kabaddi Federation of India (AKFI), with a rival association’s players turning up for a match, that was never scheduled, against the Indian squads.Neither the men’s nor the women’s national team came for the trials as it came to light that a Delhi High Court’s order dated August 2, was completely misinterpreted by the petitioners from the rival New Kabaddi Federation of India (NKFI).The NKFI had conducted their own trials in Bengaluru last month and selected the men’s and women’s squads with an eye on a trial match against the national teams that took part in the Asian Games.Also Read | Javed Akhtar to cast his magic on Ashutosh Gowariker’s ‘Panipat’The NKFI’s allegation is that there has been rampant malpractices with regards to selection of the Indian teams for Jakarta Asian Games.The Delhi High Court order clause 9 (i) states: “The Amateur Kabaddi Federation of India—respondent no. 4 shall conduct a selection process which shall commence from 15th September, 2018 at 11 am.”There was no mention of any national teams required to take part in the trial process.When the petitioner’s lawyer Bharat Nagar was asked that nowhere in the court order it is stated that senior India teams need to come for selection trials, he replied: “Well that’s an interpretation. We will submit our prayer that we came for trials but Indian team didn’t turn up.”Read More | Massive fire engulfs Hotel Pamposh in Srinagar; blaze-fighting operation underwayWhen asked that since it was only mentioned trials, why did the players of the rebel body (NKFI), who got all kitted up, not compete against other aspirants, the advocate said: “But we had come here to play the national team.”It was a sorry sight for all those players whom NKFI had roped in promising a trial.In fact, it was learnt that most of the players who had come under the rebel association’s banner have not been part of national camp for a long time.As it eventually panned out the AKFI, following court orders, conducted an open trial where girls from all age groups competed in front of observer Justice SP Garg.Read More | Nuakhai 2018: The rice tale behind the harvest festival in OdishaThere was only one AKFI office-bearer, assistant secretary Deoraj Chaturvedi, who was present and he ran for cover when scribes asked him about the manner in which trials were being conducted.“Why are the trials being conducted?” he was asked and he replied: “I am only following the Honourable Court’s Order,” Chaturvedi replied.When asked what exactly is the Court Order, his answer was even more baffling.“I don’t know what the Court’s order is. You people please read it,” was his reply.“Please leave me as I am a paid employee. My post is that of assistant secretary but I am a salaried employee. My job was to get referees and look after arrangements and I have done that,” Chaturvedi said.When asked what will happen when these U-16 and U-19 girls win their matches, his answer was: “I don’t know”. last_img read more

On the Beat podcast: Florida State Recap

first_img Published on November 2, 2015 at 1:05 pm Related Stories FSU backup QB Sean Maguire roasts Syracuse in blowout winFSU running back Jacques Patrick uses big stature to bulldoze Syracuse defenseVisual breakdown: How FSU’s Travis Rudolph burned Syracuse’s secondaryRyan Norton’s ‘bad kick’ costs Syracuse late 1st-half TD in loss to Seminoles Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments AdvertisementThis is placeholder text This is episode No. 13 of the “On The Beat” podcast, where The Daily Orange beat writers discuss relevant topics in Syracuse football and men’s basketball.You can read all The Daily Orange’s coverage of football, including Syracuse-Florida State, here.If you have thoughts on the season, leave us a comment beneath the podcast. Thanks for listening.last_img read more

Beat writers split on No. 16 Syracuse’s matchup with No. 9 Army

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 21, 2018 at 10:56 pm No. 16 Syracuse (1-1) comes off a blowout, 15-3 loss to new No. 2 Albany last Saturday. The Orange looks to bounce back against No. 9 Army (3-0) on Saturday in the Carrier Dome. Army just took down then-No. 11 Rutgers in its last outing. SU lost, 14-13, to Army in the Dome last year, so the Orange will have two trends to overcome on Saturday.Charlie DiSturcoTango DownSyracuse 12, Army 10After an obliteration by Albany in the Carrier Dome last weekend, Syracuse has tasted both success — a 21-4 rout of Binghamton — and failure. This week poses an interesting matchup for the Orange, as it fell to Army last year on a game-winner. This game is going to be intense and SU is out for vengeance. For Syracuse to pull away from Army, it will have to rely on faceoff specialist Danny Varello, who enters Saturday after a 3-for-13 performance at the faceoff X last week. He nearly led a comeback in last year’s game and while Army sports a new faceoff specialist, Varello will be crucial to giving Syracuse’s offense more possession time. In a game that will remain close for its entirety, Syracuse will pull away at the end because of its veteran defense and successful man-down unit to date. Expect Varello to bounce back and SU’s offense to string together a way-better performance than its three-goal output to Albany a week ago.Matt LibermanSalute the TroopsArmy 13, Syracuse 10Coming off a historically bad offensive performance against then No. 4 Albany, Syracuse will have to generate more opportunities to keep up in this one. Army returns nearly its entire offense from a team that downed SU 14-13 last year in the Carrier Dome, and the Black Knights just took down a loaded then-No. 11 Rutgers (2-1) team that will give the Orange fits in a month’s time. Against Albany, Syracuse just couldn’t earn any possessions and its defense was gassed from playing the entire game. TD Ierlan walloped Danny Varello at the X, as the SU sophomore faceoff specialist finished just 3-13, the worst performance of his young career. Last year, in Ben Williams’ absence, Varello saw playing time in the second half of the Army matchup and nearly spurred a comeback victory. But Army’s then-senior Dan Grabher had never seen Varello before. Now the Black Knights have, and John Ragno is no slouch. The senior has won 67.6 percent of his face-offs including going 8-for-12 against Rutgers. If Syracuse wants to win, Varello must dominate the X, and I frankly don’t see that happening.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textJosh SchaferTime for warSyracuse 11 Army 9A week ago Syracuse suffered its largest loss at home under 20-year head coach John Desko. That’s something that hits a team’s pride, both Tyson Bomberry and Desko affirmed in the postgame conference a week ago. Army enters the game off an impressive win at Rutgers but it would be surprising to see them play spoilers two weeks in a row. Syracuse learned last week that without winning possessions at the faceoff X it can’t win. Army ranks only two spots above Syracuse in the national rankings for faceoff winning percentage. Look for the Orange to bounce back there and on the scoreboard. Commentslast_img read more

Atletico Look to Leapfrog Barca

first_imgEven Real Madrid are in touch, just four points back despite having gone more than eight hours without a goal at one point and having been without a permanent coach for two weeks before Santiago Solari was upgraded from interim to full-time boss.This season every time a challenger has clicked into gear they seem to click out again, in turn offering fresh impetus to their stumbling rivals around them.Barca were verging on the crisis in September before reeling off six wins and a draw away at Valencia. Then they were blown away by Real Betis, flattered even by the 4-3 scoreline.“We have managed to play the way we want against the big teams, but against other teams with less potential we have not,” defender Gerard Pique said.“If we want to win titles we have to be strong against everyone, the difficult ones and everyone else.”Atletico may have put a miserable start behind them but last month, they suffered their heaviest defeat under Diego Simeone, a 4-0 loss to Borussia Dortmund. Before the international break, they needed two goals in the last 10 minutes to beat Athletic Bilbao.The last time Atleti prevailed over Barca in the league was 2010 when they had Spain keeper David de Gea in goal and Argentina striker Sergio Aguero up front.Lionel Messi proved the difference in March with a bending free-kick, and in the summer too for Antoine Griezmann, who decided he would be better off in the lead role he holds with Atletico rather than playing second fiddle at Barca.Griezmann has not shied away from his craving to clinch the Ballon d´Or this year but despite winning the World Cup and Europa League, the sense is he will come up short, as he is not consistently dominating these kinds of fixtures in the way players like Messi do.There will be a battle of old against new in midfield, where Sergio Busquets, 30, goes up against Rodri Hernandez, eight years his junior.Rodri is still rough around the edges but has poise, judgement and the ability to set the tempo. Busquets has done that job at the highest level over the past decade but he has been among those most at fault in Barca’s worst performances this season.Any result at the Wanda Metropolitano will benefit sixth-placed Real Madrid, whose first game with Santiago Solari as their permanent coach comes at Eibar early this afternoon.Four wins, 15 goals scored and only two conceded the point to nothing less than a transformation, which gave Madrid president Florentino Perez an easy solution to fill the vacancy left open by the sacking of Julen Lopetegui.Solari has a kind run of fixtures until Christmas, broken only by a league clash against Valencia and Roma in the Champions League next week, which gives his side the chance to re-emerge as serious challengers to Barca’s crown.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Atletico Madrid have a chance to take advantage of a topsy-turvy La Liga campaign when they host champions Barcelona today with the chance to take thetop spot this weekend despite their own patchy form.Diego Simeone’s side are just a point behind leaders Barca despite having drawn five times and lost once, together as many matches as they have won. They are battling to overtake Barca alongside Sevilla and surprise package Alaves, who are both on 23 points with Atleti.Sevilla could potentially be leaders on Sunday night despite languishing in 13th place in September.last_img read more