Father testifies on pay for play at college hoops programs

first_imgBrian Bowen Sr. arrives at federal court, Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018, in New York. When Brian Bowen Jr., one of America’s brightest high school basketball stars, announced in June 2017 that he would attend the University of Louisville, a school that had not been on anyone’s radar as his possible destination, sportswriters called it a coup that “came out of nowhere.” In a trial that began Monday, federal prosecutors will argue that the signing wasn’t luck at all but the result of a payoff to Bowen’s father. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)NEW YORK — The father of a top-rated college basketball prospect testified Thursday that his son was offered thousands of dollars on the sly to play at major programs before a corruption scandal derailed the promising player’s collegiate career.At a federal trial over allegations about dirty money in college hoops, Brian Bowen Sr. said that an aspiring agent, Christian Dawkins, told the father he could pocket $50,000 if his son played at the University of Arizona, $150,000 at Oklahoma State or $100,000 at Creighton. Bowen said there was some interest from Oregon but didn’t recall a cash offer.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Bowen told a Manhattan jury it was his understanding the offers were being made by assistant coaches at the schools, though he never spoke to them directly about money. He said the Oklahoma State offer, which included an additional $8,000 for a car, came from then-assistant coach Lamont Evans, a defendant in the investigation who’s pleaded not guilty.Dawkins, former amateur coach Merl Code and former Adidas executive James Gatto, have pleaded not guilty to charges they committed fraud by secretly funneling money from Adidas to families of prospects to get them to attend colleges sponsored by the athletic wear company. The son, Brian Bowen Jr., eventually landed at Louisville, an Adidas school, after the defendants engineered a promise of $100,000 for his family. Bowen ultimately transferred to South Carolina, but was never cleared to play college basketball before opting to pursue a professional career.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissGatto’s attorney and a taped conversation in evidence at the trial have suggested the deal to sign with Louisville had to compete with an undisclosed offer to lure Brian Bowen Jr. to Oregon, which is sponsored by Nike. Oregon has denied it knew of any deal.“The criminal case announced last year charging the three men with fraud resulted in the school announcing that Bowen wouldn’t play for the Cardinals, though he could remain on scholarship if he chose to stay. It also led to the firing of Hall of Fame coach Rick Pitino – who was never named in prosecutors’ criminal complaints – as the investigation became public amid the school’s appeal of NCAA sanctions from its embarrassing escort scandal.” Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown This story corrects spelling of Merl Code’s first name.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew With chance for Final 4 slipping away, St. Benilde will still keep on fighting 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 Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Before his testimony about the alleged offers, the elder Bowen grew emotional when a prosecutor first brought up his son, who goes by the nickname “Tugs.”“Is Tugs in college?” asked Assistant U.S. Attorney Edward Diskant.“No, he’s not,” Bowen responded.When the prosecutor asked why not, Bowen dropped his head into his hands and wept, prompting the judge to call a recess.Brian Bowen Jr. now plays professionally in Australia.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

High Court Rotates Stipendiary Magistrates

first_imgAs part of efforts to improve the judicial system, the Supreme Court, Wednesday began the process of rotating Stipendiary Magistrates in and around Montserrado County.The intent is to enhance the performance of Magistrates which, the High Court said, was an important part of the ongoing judicial reforms.Magisterial Courts handle a variety of issues, including restraining orders, criminal cases with punishments of a fine not exceeding US$500 plus assessments or imprisonment not exceeding 30 days or both.These courts also handle landlord-tenant problems, as well as claim and delivery civil actions and issuance of arrests  and search warrants.According to the Supreme Court, Stipendiary Magistrates re-assigned were Nelson B. Chineh, Paynesville Magistrate Court, J. Kennedy Peabody, Monrovia City Court, James B. Cooper, Brewerville Magistrate Court, and John Gbetee, Gardnersville Magistrate Court.   Others include, Ernest B. Bannah, West Point Magisterial Court, Tweh Wesseh, Clay Ashland Magisterial Court, Edwin K. Gayflor, Bensonville Magisterial Court, and Joseph K. Watson, New Kru Town Magisterial Court.Unfortunately, Benjamin B. Dapoh, then Magistrate of Gardnersville Magisterial Court,  was the only person that was not re-assigned.He has been instructed to report to the Temple of Justice for re-assignment.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Suspect still at large

first_imgDomino competition killingThe main suspect in the murder of 38-year-old John Choong of Sisters Village, West Bank Demerara (WBD) is still at large.Dead: John ChoongThis was according to a Police source on Monday, who also noted that investigations are ongoing.Choong sustained head injuries during an altercation with another man at a domino competition on Father’s Day and died on Tuesday last while receiving treatment at the West Demerara Regional Hospital (WDRH).After the man’s demise, the suspect, who is said to be in his early 20s, went into hiding.Choong, a father of three, worked at the Wales Sugar Estate up to 2017, but later took up employment as a hire car operator. He would often play dominoes at Sideline Dam, Sisters Village on weekends.Reports are that some time after midnight on June 16, Choong and the suspect got into an argument and then a scuffle. The now dead man was reportedly pushed into a nearby drain where he hit his head.It was further reported that Choong received 10 stiches to his head before being released from the WDRH on June 17.He, however, went back to the Hospital on Monday, June 18, to clean the wound. On Tuesday, June 19, when he revisited the medical facility, he was admitted and succumbed one day later. A post-mortem proved that he died as a result of cerebral haemorrhage.A Police source had told this publication that Choong and the suspect had settled the matter before Choong’s wound turned septic.last_img read more

Gang battle is mayor’s top priority

first_imgNORTH HOLLYWOOD – Declaring it the most pressing challenge facing Los Angeles, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said Wednesday that he plans to pour $168 million into youth and anti-gang efforts next year as part of a broad plan to stamp out gang violence. In his second State of the City address, Villaraigosa outlined an aggressive agenda of gang-prevention and intervention plans, including naming a gang director in the Mayor’s Office and creating eight “gang-reduction zones” throughout the city. The mayor also used his address to begin answering growing criticism of his first 15 months in office, although he was greeted with a standing ovation from the invitation-only crowd as the strains of “I’ll Be There” blared over loudspeakers. “I believe the moment is now in the City of Angels,” Villaraigosa said. “Never before has this infinitely diverse city been more united behind a clear set of common priorities.” Villaraigosa said those priorities also include economic development, expanding services with more police, filling more potholes, and offering more summer jobs for youths and more affordable housing for the poor. He boasted of reducing the city’s structural budget deficit – the gap between revenues and expenditures – from $295 million to $200 million and said he hopes to cut an additional $138 million this coming year. But in marked contrast to last year, Villaraigosa’s address came as some around the city are beginning to question whether his visionary ambitions can be turned into practical gains. “I think he is still riding a high wave of popularity and he still seems to be everywhere in the city,” said Jaime Regalado, executive director of the Pat Brown Institute of Politics at California State University, Los Angeles. “But at some point – at some point soon – people are going to want to see concrete results to all that he has been talking about.” How will mayor pay? More challenging, said Jack Kyser, chief economist for the Los Angeles Economic Development Corp., is how the mayor will be able to pay for all he has promised at a time when city revenues are dropping because of a slowing real estate market. “The city, and all governments, are going to face problems this coming year,” Kyser said. “It’s easy to govern when you have all the money in the world. It’s more difficult in times like we will be facing.” While Villaraigosa talked about his efforts to reduce the business tax, run a more efficient city government and boost development across the city, he acknowledged the challenges. “Increasingly, like America from coast to coast, we are becoming a city of marble and cardboard, a city of prodigious wealth and withering poverty,” Villaraigosa said. “As a result, we waste more time stuck in traffic. We get less time with our kids. And we spend more days of the year choked by smog.” He called on city, business and community leaders to become involved, and touted the city’s environmental initiatives, including plans to clean up the Los Angeles River and get state funding for traffic and infrastructure improvements. The mayor said he also will soon be proposing a more in-depth program to reduce the city’s carbon footprint by reducing reliance on fossil fuels. Still, he declared his first priority remains combating gang violence. “In Los Angeles, we have more gang members than any city in the nation,” Villaraigosa told the audience of nearly 400 people gathered at East Valley High School in North Hollywood. “More than 39,000 youth and adults affiliated with over 400 different gangs. “Last year alone, gang violence claimed the lives of 272 Angelenos; 1,500 of our people were hit by a bullet discharged by a gang member’s gun.” “We cannot arrest our way out of this situation, as (police) Chief (William) Bratton has said,” Villaraigosa said. “We have to stop them.” Efforts to stop gangs The mayor said his proposed budget will include $168 million for anti-gang efforts, with a comprehensive program developed by his office with other city officials. The program spells out a broad approach that includes early identification, counseling, jobs and transitional programs for those already in gangs. It also includes parental counseling, tattoo removal and job creation. “Fighting gangs is fundamentally a question of putting people on a path to a productive life,” Villaraigosa said. The mayor said he also has begun a complete review of city spending on gang programs and is prepared to eliminate those that cannot prove their worth. He also called on state and federal leaders to help the city, renewing his call for the state to kick in $30 million to help develop city programs and for President George W. Bush to redirect money from the Iraq war. “Mr. President, it’s time to focus our challenges at home,” Villaraigosa said, drawing a standing ovation from the audience. “You see, we are losing too many children on the streets of America’s cities.” The mayor also said he will not be swayed from his efforts to reform the Los Angeles Unified School District. He said he is confident a reform slate he is backing will be elected to the school board May 15. And he said he senses that residents want more from the district. “Have no doubt: We are in the school-reform business to stay,” Villaraigosa said. “Angelenos, we have no alternative but to try.” rick.orlov@dailynews.com. (213) 978-0390 State of the city Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa outlined several new initiatives in his second State of the City address, including: Intention to name a director for gang reduction and youth development in the Mayor’s Office. One hundred sixty-eight million dollars in next fiscal year’s budget for youth and anti-gang efforts. Comprehensive review with city Controller’s Office of city spending on gang-prevention and intervention programs. Creation of eight gang-reduction zones where intensive services will complement stepped-up community policing. Plans to expand youth mediation and conflict-resolution programs in city schools. Pending announcement of a Comprehensive Climate Change Plan for Los Angeles, designed to reduce dependence on fossil fuel. Plans to fill 300,000 potholes and repair 575 miles of city streets next fiscal year. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Three things we learned from PSG v Man Utd

first_img0Shares0000Romelu Lukaku was Manchester United’s main man in their win over PSG© AFP Anne-Christine POUJOULATPARIS, France, March 7 – Manchester United reached the Champions League quarter-finals with a stunning 3-1 last 16, second leg success against Paris Saint Germain on Wednesday, going through on away goals after a 3-3 aggregate draw.Here are three things we learned from a dramatic and controversial clash in the French capital: United make historyNone of the previous 34 teams to a lose a Champions League knockout round first leg at home by two goals or more had advanced to the next stage.In fact, no team in the history of the European Cup had ever recovered from that position to progress.United had only prevailed in a single knockout tie in the Champions League since 2011, while their last away win in the knockout stages came eight years ago against Schalke.But that all meant nothing to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who showed why he has become Manchester United’s man with the Midas touch and, in the process, surely guaranteed he will be appointed as United’s permanent manager sooner rather than later.Not only did Solskjaer inspire his players by insisting “it’s never mission impossible, making history is the motivation” on the eve of the game, he managed to conjure the astonishing victory despite the absence of the suspended Paul Pogba and nine injured players.It is 20 years since Solskjaer scored United’s stoppage-time winner in the 1999 Champions League final against Bayern Munich.And once again, Solskjaer enjoyed a moment of late magic as Marcus Rashford buried the controversial VAR-awarded 94th-minute penalty winner to book United’s last eight berth.The debate about whether Presnel Kimpembe meant to handle Diogo Dalot’s shot will rage on.But while there was no trophy at stake in the last 16, this will go down as one of the greatest nights in United’s illustrious European history.Lukaku shines againMarcus Rashford celebrates with his teammates after his last-gasp VAR-awarded penalty took Manchester United through at PSG’s expense© AFP Anne-Christine POUJOULATWritten off as an overweight flop destined to leave United sooner rather than later, Romelu Lukaku has suddenly emerged as his side’s talisman after tormenting PSG with two clinical finishes.Lukaku had endured such a wretched time this season that he was cast aside in favour of Rashford when Solskjaer took over from the sacked Jose Mourinho.But injuries have allowed Lukaku an unexpected reprieve and the Belgian forward has seized his chance in spectacular fashion.There were less than two minutes on the clock when Lukaku alertly seized on Thilo Kehrer’s suicidal pass towards his own penalty area, held off Thiago Silva and rounded Gianluigi Buffon to score from a tight angle.Desperately needing a quick response after PSG’s equaliser, Lukaku — who hadn’t scored a European goal all season until Wednesday — was United’s hero again in the 30th minute.When Rashford tried his luck with a long-range effort, Buffon made a hash of his attempted save as the ball bounced in front of him and Lukaku, wisely moving in on the keeper in case of a mistake, was perfectly placed to slot home from close-range.Lukaku now has six goals in his last three games and his predatory performance in Paris will leave his name forever etched in the United history books.Night to forget for MbappeParis Saint-Germain’s Kylian Mbappe is consoled by Manchester United’s David De Gea.© AFP Geoffroy VAN DER HASSELTKylian Mbappe endured an agonising evening that started with a flash of his breath-taking talent, but ended in abject misery after his crucial miss played a key role in their exit.At 20 years and 76 days, Mbappe was the fourth youngest player to play 25 Champions League games.But that youth would betray him as he delivered an erratic display when PSG needed him most.Mbappe was instrumental in their 12th minute equaliser, accelerating away from Fred and Chris Smalling to whip over a low cross that Juan Bernat finished at the far post.But the France forward cost his team a quarter-final place when he lost his footing after Dani Alves’s pass sent him clean through on goal in the closing minutes.Rashford scored the winner soon after and the distraught Mbappe finished the night flat on his back with hands covering his face.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

The top 12 most creative PL players revealed and it could be a shock for some fans

first_img 12 12 12 1. Eden Hazard (Chelsea) – 89 key passes in the final third – It was probably exactly who you expected, wasn’t it? The brilliant Belgian was superb last season and, while cutting in from the left flank, was undeniably the best player in the Premier League. The stats bear this out and crown him the most creative player in the final third last season. 12 11. Leighton Baines (Everton) – 64 key passes in the final third – Click right to find out the most creative Premier League player… – England star Baines didn’t have a vintage campaign as the Toffees struggled for form but he was still pretty effective for Roberto Martinez’s side. 3. Stewart Downing (West Ham) – 79 key passes in the final third – Click right to find out the most creative Premier League player… – It may come as a shock the Hammers star is so high on this list but the England international really benefitted from Sam Allardyce’s change of style last year. Downing became the focal point at Upton Park and shone. 5= Cesc Fabregas (Chelsea) – 73 key passes in the final third – Click right to find out the most creative Premier League player… – The ex-Arsenal man was the unrivalled assist master last year. He made 18, full seven more than closest competitor Cazorla. His effectiveness tailed off in the second half of the campaign though, as Chelsea altered their approach on the way to the Premier League title. 8= Raheem Sterling (Liverpool) – 71 key passes in the final third – Click right to find out the most creative Premier League player… – Is he really worth £49million? Sterling is only joint eighth in this list having assisted seven goals last season. Manchester City will be hoping for more from him after stumping up such a huge fee. Then again, he should be in a team with better players, so should be well placed to improve his contribution. 12 4. Jesus Navas (Manchester City)- 76 key passes in the final third – Click right to find out the most creative Premier League player… – Raheem Sterling made five less key passes in the final third than Manuel Pellegrini’s Spanish winger. The £49m may well be replacing the ex-Sevilla star but he must improve on his creativity if he is to displace him for the whole campaign. Raheem Sterling is set to join Manchester City for a huge £49million fee but just what will he add to a side which already includes a number of creative talents.Manuel Pellegrini will be expecting some bang for his bang next season as he attempts to win back the Premier League title from Chelsea.Sterling’s ability to create, as well as score, in the final third will determine his success at the Etihad Stadium.But how does the England flyer compare to the best in the Premier League in terms of creativity?talkSPORT’s friends at OPTA have crunched the numbers and we’ve picked out the top 12 players who played the most key passes in the final third.Where does Sterling rank? Click the right arrow above to find out… 12 2. David Silva (Manchester City) – 84 key passes in the final third – Click right to find out the most creative Premier League player… – The Spanish magician is superb to watch and effective to boot. He’s been excellent playing off the left for Man City over the last five seasons but could now adopt a more central role with Sterling joining. Will it be detrimental to Silva, or will the England star complement him? 12 10. Dusan Tadic (Southampton) – 66 key passes in the final third – Click right to find out the most creative Premier League player… – Signing a fairly unknown midfielder from the Netherlands for £10.9m is usually a bit of a risk but Tadic certainly proved worth the punt for the Saints. He made seven assists for Ronald Koeman’s men, including four in one match against Sunderland. 12 12 5= Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal)- 73 key passes in the final third – Click right to find out the most creative Premier League player… – Questions are always asked of players swapping La Liga for the Premier League, but Sanchez took to the English top flight like a duck to water. A hatful of goals and assists came from the Chilean and he proved well worth the reported £35m fee. 12. Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) recorded 62 key passes in the final third of Premier League games in 2014/15. To find out which Prem players were even more creative last season, click the arrow above… – The German ‘assist king’ has had his ups and downs in his two years at Arsenal but in the second half of last season really turned on the style. If he can keep fit next season he could inspire a title challenge from the Gunners. 12 12 12 5= Christian Eriksen (Tottenham) – 73 key passes in the final third – Click right to find out the most creative Premier League player… – If the Dane can finally becoming consistent, Spurs are going to have one hell of a player on their hands. For spells of the campaign he was a match-winner but for others was just willing runner. He still racked up the key passes, mind you. 8= Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) – 71 key passes in the final third – Click right to find out the most creative Premier League player… – The Spain star was a real hit last season for the Gunners as he proved himself to be their most creative star. He made 11 assists to combine with the seven goals he scored, although several of those were from the penalty spot. last_img read more

POETRY AND POWER THE THEME FOR 2013 TIP O’NEILL DIASPORA LECTURE

first_imgThe power of poetry has been to the fore of many discussions over the last few weeks following the death of renowned poet Seamus Heaney.Cllr. Nicolas Crossan at the launch of the second Tip O’Neill Irish Diaspora Award this week in the Inishowen Gateway Hotel, Buncrana. The award and related events are being coordinated by Buncrana Town Council and Donegal County Council to honour one of Donegal’s most famous descendants, Tip O’Neill. Photo Clive WassonPoetry and Power and the Diaspora will be the theme explored by Professor Paul Arthur in his special lecture on Saturday 21 September 2013 at 11am in the Inishowen Gateway Hotel as part of the second year of the Tip O’Neill Irish Diaspora Award events.Paul Arthur is a well known lecturer from the University of Ulster and has played a significant role in bringing political adversaries together and in the process has gained the respect of all political parties in Ireland, north and south, as well as wider afield, particularly in North America. His media contributions during the Troubles and the peace process are well respected for their informed even-handedness. The 2013 Tip O’Neill Diaspora lecture will mark the connection of poetry with power with reference in particular to the 50th anniversary of JFK’s death and Martin Luther King’s “I had a dream” speech and the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s Gettysburgh address.Mícheál Ó hÉanaigh, Director of Services with Donegal County Council ,believes that Professor Arthur’s contribution will be a highlight of the Tip O’Neill Diaspora weekend of events.“I think this year’s theme is apt in its timing considering the recent loss of one of Ireland’s most prestigious poets. This lecture will appeal to many people from all walks of life as it has been shown over the last number of weeks that poetry transcends all boundaries and has the power to bridge differences and bring about change in a peaceful and long lasting way”This lecture is open to the public and is free to attend. To book your place email: fdoherty@donegalcoco.ie . The Tip O’Neill Donegal Diaspora event launch. Pic: Clive Wasson POETRY AND POWER THE THEME FOR 2013 TIP O’NEILL DIASPORA LECTURE was last modified: September 13th, 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)last_img read more

SCHOOLS BASKETBALL: GLENTIES DO DOUBLE OVER PCC IN FINALS

first_imgChampions: Glenties 2nd Yr GirlsGLENTIES second year pupils have scored a double in the schools basketball finals for second years.The girls pipped PCC by a single point – whilst the boys had a more convincing win in their final.Folen’s 2nd yr Girls Schools Basketball Final 2014 REPORT: Glenties pip brave PCC in thrillerPCC 29Glenties 30St. Columba’s Glenties were crowned worthy 2nd yr County Champions when they defeated a gallant PCC side in Falcarragh gym on Wednesday last. Glenties were made work hard for their victory right until the dying seconds and their fitness proved a telling factor in the final outcome. Glenties dominated the first quarter with Rachel Mc Nelis getting them off on the right foot. Meghan Ruddy replied soon after with Mc Nelis again popping one in from close range to keep Glenties in the lead. The athletic Ellie Mc Innes got her first basket of the day in the 6th minute only for Ruddy to again reply with a nifty lay up. Glenties went up a gear as the quarter went on and further scores from Mc Innes (4), Mc Nelis (2) and a scoring rebound from the very tall Aeva Andersen eft the score after the first 7 minutes 12-4 in favour of the away team.PCC’s second five got things back on track in the second quarter with the skilled Orla Harkin getting the first two baskets, one after a steal at the half way line. Edel Ferry tagged on a free shot and the tigerish Roisín Duggan scored after a sleek fast break leaving the Falcarragh girls just a point behind. With their tails up and their defence being very disciplined, PCC gained three more two pointers from Orla Harkin and Edel Ferry respectively with Hannah Gallagher getting a first. PCC with their fast break game now playing dividends went in at the interval 17-12 up.It was in the third quarter that the game really kicked came to life with the rules allowing coaches Manus Brennan and Louise Diver to put out their strongest performing fives of the day. It was PCC carrying on from where they left off in the second with a basket each from Hannah Gallagher and a sweet back door cut from Meghan Ruddy. The influential Mc Innes and Mc Nelis got scores back for Glenties whilst Roisin Duggan restored PCC’s new found confidence with a drive in basket. Vicky Bonner then added to Glenties tally. The same player was then fouled and subsequently missed her free shots though Aeva Andersen made up with the rebound. That score gave Glenties great hope as the game entered overdrive at the twenty minute mark. The stylish Ruddy and omnipresent Mc Nelis for Glenties again traded scores to leave a mouth-watering fourth quarter teetering on the brink, with Alisha Kee tagging on another score for the Glenties girls. Half time score: PCC 25 Glenties 22.The noise in the hall cranked up a notch as the fourth quarter got underway and it was Ellie Mc Innes who got first blood for the south western side. It was at this junction that they put a stranglehold on the game as Rachel Mc Nelis put Glenties into the lead for the first time since the first quarter. Ellie Mc Innes, who was constantly up and down the court scored two more baskets, one in which the PCC rearguard were caught napping. PCC weren’t finished however as a superb outside shot from Orla Harkin and a Roisín Duggan lay up left the minimum between the sides and PCC in front, 29-28. Aeva Andersen who was a thorn in PCC’s side throughout responded with a jump shot and it proved to be crucial and put Glenties back in the driving seat. With both teams grappling for possession, and the game reaching fever pitch an inbound ball was given to Glenties on PCC’s baseline. Glenties smartly called a time out to calm things down for their team with 22 seconds remaining on the clock. The streetwise Mc Nelis intelligently kept control of the ball with help from her teammates and there was no way back for PCC with the hooter sounding and leaving Glenties champions 2014.Glenties were best served by the supremely fit Ellie Mc Innes, the rebounding skills of Aeva Andersen and the leadership of Rachel Mc Neilis whilst for PCC, Roisin Duggan, Orla Harkin and Meghan Ruddy were to the fore at every opportunity. PCC: Orla Harkin (8), Cora Moore, Jena De Groot, Emma Whoriskey, Clodagh Langan, Alexandra Halligan, Edel Ferry (3), Megan Ruddy (8), Roisin Duggan (6), Lorraine Doherty, Eilis Russell, Hannah Gallagher (4), Monica Morahan, Áine Gallagher, Catherine Hagney.Glenties: Clodagh Boyle, Tara Black, Áine Ní Mhurchú, Rían Boyle, Ellie Mc Innes (8), Vicky Bonner (2), Clar Gyo, Alisha Kee (4), Eileen Conway, Hannah Sweeney, Rebecca Gavigan, Sarah Arnold, Rachel Mc Nelis (8), Aeva Andersen (8).Folen’s 2nd Year Boys Schools Basketball FinalGlenties power way to win PCC 11Glenties 31A hungry and determined showing from St. Columbas, Glenties meant they were crowned 2nd Yr Boys champions for 2014 having defeated an out of sorts PCC at Falcarragh gym on Wednesday last.The Glenties team dominated throughout and set out their stall in the first quarter and their play was more controlled than PCC’s. The home side often took the wrong option when passing and shooting and the perhaps nerves of being the home team had a bearing on the outcome, particularly in the first half.Oisín Brennan got Glenties off the mark with a score, this after an early time out was called to gather together their game plan. Soon after they pressed on PCC at every opportunity and Shane Mc Devitt was instrumental in everything they done in attack . With the Falcarragh side failing to get to the tempo of the game two baskets from Ultan Brennan in the 4th and 6th minute left the score after the first quarter 6-0 in favour of the south west school.With two new fives on court in the second quarter PCC started brighter. Padraic Sweeney scoring the second free throw offered to him and Paul Doherty made sure with a fast break lay up. The home sides rhythm was affected by a head injury to the diminutive Neil Kelly. The Glenties lads then awoke from their slumber and with a number of free shots gained they piled on the pressure. Baskets from Jordan Watters, one from outside the key, Niall Mc Crossan and Cian Bennett respectively allowed Genties to pull away though Paul Doherty got a basket back for the seasiders to leave the half time score 14-5.The game followed a regular pattern in the third quarter and baskets from Niall Mc Crossan, Conor Mc Keown, Jordan Watters and Aaron Mc Hugh increased Glenties’ deficit. Kyron Glennon was PCC’s sole scorer in the third quarter and a wrist injury to the very talented PCC point guard Paul Doherty at this stage was the last thing they needed. HT 22-7.PCC were faced with a mountain to climb in the last quarter and weren’t helped with Aaron Mc Hugh getting the visitors another score. Sweeney replied to give hope to the Falcarragh side but further baskets from Gerard Mc Hugh and Mc Crossan put paid to any chance of a comeback. At this point PCC were being forced to shoot from outside and any chance they had wasn’t falling favourably for them. Two baskets each from Oisín Brennan and Ultan Brennan and a free throw from Ultan completed the Glenties scoring and resulted in the team in black running out easy winners.PCC, for their part tried hard in spurts but their effort was not sustained or composed enough despite the endeavours of Padraic Sweeney, Paul Doherty and Aiden Mc Fadden. Glenties on the other hand put in a terrific team performance and their fast break and high pressure game paid dividends time and time again to deservedly allow them to capture the Folens cup and run out convincing winners.Glenties: Eoghan Harkin, Aaron Mc Hugh (2), Ultan Brennan (12), Odhran Doherty, Oisín Brennan (6), Gerard Mc Hugh, Jordan Watters (4), Kevin Gavigan, Conor Breslin, Cian Doherty, Kian Bennett (2), Fiachra Breslin,Shane Mc Devitt, Niall Mc Crossan (4), Joe Sweeney, Conor Mc Keown (2).PCC Falcarragh: Aiden Mc Fadden, Fionn mac Fhionnaighle, Jason Wilkinson, Kyron Glennon (2), Padraic Sweeney (4), PJ Doogan, Adam Boyle, Adam Boyle, Paul Doherty (4), Neil Kelly, Shane Corless, Michéal Mc Hugh, Ultan Boyle, Andrew Doohan.Stephen Doohan co-ordinator Donegal Schools Basketball presents the “Folens” Cup to Glenties Comprehensive Captain Shane McDevitt.SCHOOLS BASKETBALL: GLENTIES DO DOUBLE OVER PCC IN FINALS was last modified: May 10th, 2014 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:2014basketballfinalsGlentiesPCClast_img read more

DDTV: SEE TINNEY’S TOYS OPEN FARM DAY – FROM THE AIR!

first_imgTinney’s Toys event ‘Fun on the Farm’ was a huge success last weekend.Hundreds of people turned up to ‘Make hay while the sun shone’ and boy, did the sun shine! Lots of budding little farmers had the chance to ride tractors, get their faces painted, have a jump on the bouncy castle and help ‘Farmer Tinney’ on the farm.Owner of Tinney’s Toys, Liam Tinney, said “It was great to see everyone out at the shop, having a great day in the sun and getting a little taste of the farm life!”Tinney’s Toys have a wide range of farm toys, outdoor toys, as well as children’s farm clothing and remote control toys.Check it out here www.tinneytoys.ie  DDTV: SEE TINNEY’S TOYS OPEN FARM DAY – FROM THE AIR! was last modified: September 9th, 2015 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:donegalFun on the FarmletterkennyTinney’s Toyslast_img read more

Donegal gets behind Anita’s amazing journey

first_imgA woman who is making great strides in her mission to walk again has received an outpouring of support from the Donegal community this week.Anita Jackson, aged 42, suffered a life-changing spinal injury from a horrific fall on what was meant to be the holiday of a lifetime in Kenya.Anita and her partner Manus Gallagher, 48, from Burtonport, were on a dream trip exploring Anita’s birthplace in 2016. But disaster struck on the first day as Anita was moving a sunbed and lost her balance, falling 8ft from a deck onto the beach below.“I was going to move a chair and I lost grip,” Anita recalled. “I remember so well trying to balance on anything I could, but I fell. It felt like I was falling forever.”“When I landed I looked at my legs and they were in a really weird position. I tried to stand up and I realised that they wouldn’t budge. I knew that something was wrong.”The force of the fall resulted in a burst fracture of Anita’s T12 vertebra and an incomplete spinal cord injury. “I just remember screaming and crying in pain and begging for painkillers,” she said.Anita underwent emergency surgery and spent three days in ICU before being airlifted back to London, where she and Manus lived at the time. A long and painful road of rehabilitation lay before her, with some doctors claiming she would never walk again.Anita Jackson after the accidentBut the brave and strong-willed woman has found a way of getting back on her feet with the help of the people of Donegal.Life in London became difficult after Anita was discharged from hospital, so they decided to move to Manus’ homeplace in Burtonport.“We didn’t know what was going to be ahead of us but we were sure of one thing. We would have the family support,” Manus said. Fortunately for Anita, the No Barriers Foundation was being set up in Donegal at the same time. The Letterkenny-based non-profit organisation had bought a robotic exoskeleton to provide world-class rehabilitation for people in the north west who have partial paralysis or limited mobility.For Anita, the Ekso Bionics suit meant that she would walk again with assistance – something she never thought would be possible in London.Anita Jackson walks with support from No Barriers physiotherapist Stephen McNally. (North West Newspix).Anita now travels to Letterkenny to walk for two hours a week with specially trained No Barriers physiotherapists. She has clocked up over 68,000 steps in the suit, with Manus cheering her on every step of the way.Through the revolutionary Eekso therapy, Anita has also found strength, happiness and hope. “Having the exoskeleton has been the best thing ever,” she said. “Walking feels like freedom. It’s like I’ve got my independence back. “Getting up, standing and walking has made me more positive. For that one hour I’m on cloud ten!”Anita Jackson with her partner Manus Gallagher. (North West Newspix).Anita compliments her walking therapy with the use of a Motomed machine at home. This leg and arm trainer has also shown major results during her rehab journey. “I was cycling on the Motomed one day and it went berserk, making noises and it came up on the screen to say I was cycling on my own. I couldn’t believe that my legs were doing the work,” she said.Anita is keen to build on this recent success, however, the Motomed is loaned to her by the HSE on a three-month rotation, meaning that she has it for three months before it is provided to another patient. “Everything I’ve done in those three months just goes backwards then. You lose everything you’ve been building,” Anita said.As Anita makes great progress, Manus decided to set up a GoFundMe appeal to raise €4,400 so she can have her own Motomed Vita 2. The couple were blown away by the support for the campaign, which has raised almost €4,000 in just one week.Anita said: “I’m so shocked and so grateful for how great people can be. That has really uplifted me. It’s more like I’m getting energy from all these people.”Anita also credits her progress to her positive mental attitude. She watches videos of other people who have recovered from spinal injuries to inspire her to achieve her own goal.She said: “Your mind controls your body, so if you are positive, eventually your body will respond to that. I keep listening to that and seeing people who have done that.“You need that hope and motivation.”If you would like to support Anita’s fundraiser to purchase a Motomed Viva 2 arm and leg trainer, visit the GoFundMe page here: https://www.gofundme.com/anita-jackson039s-spinal-injury-rehab-fundTo find out more about the No Barriers Foundation, visit:nobarriers.ieDonegal gets behind Anita’s amazing journey was last modified: March 25th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:anita jacksonburtonportfundraisergofundmemanus gallagherno barriers foundationlast_img read more