World Cup winner Wilkinson to retire at end of season

first_imgBy Josh ReichToulon fly-half Jonny Wilkinson, whose last-gasp drop goal secured England World Cup glory in 2003, will retire from rugby at the end of the season, he announced on Monday.The 34-year-old will look to end his 17-year senior career on a high when he leads holders Toulon in the Heineken Cup final against Saracens on Saturday, followed a week later by the Top 14 decider against Castres when his side seek to win a first French championship in over two decades.“I would like to take this opportunity to formally announce my retirement from playing rugby,” he said in a statement on Toulon’s website (“It goes without saying that I have an enormous number of people to thank for their support from all around the world but especially here in France and in England.”Wilkinson made his Test debut in 1998 at the age of 18, becoming England’s second-youngest international, with his second Test a 76-0 thrashing at the hand of Australia in the so-called ‘Tour of Hell’.From that inauspicious start he went on to play 91 Test matches for his country, despite suffering a number of serious injuries, helping them to the 2003 World Cup title and runners-up four years later.He played six Tests for the British and Irish Lions, and is the second-highest Test points scorer behind New Zealand’s Dan Carter with 1246.Noted for his unique kicking stance that was later replicated by players around the world, he was deadly in front of the posts and unflappable in the most highly-charged of match situations, never more so than the 2003 World Cup final against Australia in Sydney.While he did not like to be defined by his drop-goal in the last minute of extra-time that won England their first and only world championship, it is undoubtedly the image that comes to mind for rugby fans the world over.The highs were also matched by lows, Wilkinson suffering a succession of injuries with his refusal to shirk a tackle and general bravery on the pitch leading to a litany of serious knee, arm and shoulder problems.After the 2003 World Cup final, he did not play another Test for England until February 2007, having been invalided out of the Lions tour to New Zealand in 2005 after the second Test.He helped England to a grand slam in 2003 and further Six Nations titles in 2000, 2001 and 2011.“For four years from 1999 to 2003 he was one of the greats of the game,” former England international Stuart Barnes told Sky Sports.“He sealed his reputation as England’s greatest fly-half of all time. Through injury and loss of form, he rather lost his way a little bit but the way he is finishing his career and playing brilliantly is quite incredible.“You wouldn’t say he was the most naturally gifted player but the work he has put in to become the player he is is quite astonishing. He is undoubtedly the greatest professional in terms of work ethic that professional rugby has ever seen.”At club level he spent a decade at Newcastle Falcons, and then moved to France in 2009, where his late-career revival helped Toulon to their first Heineken Cup title in 2013 and to this season’s decider against Saracens.“This however is not at all the time to be concentrating on this as I would like to focus all my attention and energy on the team and these final two games of the season,” added Wilkinson, who will celebrate his 35th birthday a day after the final.“I sincerely thank you all for everything you have given me and for making these last 17 years something I will never forget.”His last match will be the Top 14 final against holders Castres in Paris on May 31, when he can sign off on his career by leading Toulon to its first French championship since 1992, having been runners-up in 2012 and 2013.last_img read more

NBA: Warriors spend $150K on champagne at nightclub after title win

first_imgChina reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak According to TMZ, the newly crowned NBA champs blew through roughly around 300 bottles of premium champagne at Oracle Arena, as players drenched both fans and personnel after claiming the Larry O’ Brien Trophy. Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The team went on to commemorate its victory by bringing the party to the Harlot Nightclub in San Francisco, where it reportedly spent $150,000 (over P7 milion) on the sparkling wine.The hefty tab included bottles of the fancy liquor custom 6-liter Moet & Chandon Nectar Rose, which was estimated to go for $15,000 (over P700,000) apiece, “if you could buy them,” the report said.  Khristian Ibarrola /raRELATED STORY:Fil-Am fan who asked Klay Thompson to sign toaster invited to Dubs’ victory paradeADVERTISEMENT Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite LATEST STORIES For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working MOST READ Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in Golden State Warriors celebrate NBA crown with street parade View comments Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Swing Out Sister back to PH this April Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte Steph loves champagne. (So do I). Alchemy sent us this pic of the Warriors at the Harlot Nightclub in San Francisco.— Lisa Fernandez (@ljfernandez) June 13, 2017Before celebrating with their hometown fans during the team’s victory parade in the Bay Area on Thursday (Friday in Manila), the Golden State Warriors held a soirée of their own after blowing out the Cleveland Cavaliers in five games in the 2017 NBA Finals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new groundREAD: Golden State Warriors celebrate NBA crown with street paradeADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

More to come! – Hyde promises to deliver continued success at CC

first_img WIN AGAIN With the passing of legendary Clarendon College (CC) coach Winston Chung-Fah serving as a motivator, current head coach Lenworth ‘Teacher’ Hyde was able to guide the daCosta Cup champions to their fourth Olivier Shield title with a 1-0 win over Kingston College (KC) at the National Stadium on Saturday. However, Hyde, who was the foundation on which Chung-Fah built his title-winning team in 1977, is promising that the double success of the 2018 class of Clarendon College players represents the mere beginning of what he expects will be a prolonged spell of trophy success. “I think this is just the beginning,” said Hyde after his team became the first rural outfit in 14 years to become out-and-out Olivier Shield champions. Glenmuir, were the last non-Corporate Area school to win the shield exclusively after doing so in 2004. They also shared the trophy with Bridgeport High in 2006. Not resting on his laurels, Hyde is already thinking ahead, and warned that his team is well-positioned to return to the top of local schoolboy football in the coming years, pointing to a bevy of unused players who will complement the returning players from this year’s squad for the 2019 campaign. “We are going to win this thing again and again,” added Hyde, a former national player. “Unnuh nuh see nuh balla yet, man. We are only losing four players, and when the players we have waiting on start playing, it is going to be sweet.” A good portion of the current Clarendon squad is recruited from other schools, and it seems Hyde may have to keep going into the market to build the dynasty as his Under-16 team failed to make it out of the group stage in this year’s rural-area under-16 competition. Under Chung-Fah, Clarendon not only won multiple titles, notably the daCosta Cup and Olivier Shield double in 1977 and 1978, but went on to become one of the greatest schoolboy football teams to have been assembled. Hyde, who was a starring member of that 1977 team, having matched one of his mentor’s accomplishments, is now looking to extend their march on schoolboy football. “I am happy we were able to win both titles for him (Chung Fah). He taught me everything I know about football, and I hope to pass on what I have learned from him to this generation of Clarendon players,” Hyde said. Clarendon College’s victory over KC conspicuously took place on the day Chung-Fah was laid to rest. “I was not able to make it to the funeral because I had to prepare for the game, but I know he must be smiling down with what happened here today (Saturday),” Hyde said. Chung-Fah, who also created local club Santos, is regarded as one of the greatest coaches in Jamaican football. He led Clarendon College to the daCosta Cup and Olivier Shield titles in 1977 and 1978 – their first titles in schoolboy football. Saturday’s triumph secured Clarendon’s fourth hold on the Olivier Shield. They of course defeated Cornwall College 2-1 recently to take the daCosta Cup title. Besides those 77/78 back-to-back daCosta Cup and Olivier Shield trophies, Clarendon College’s most successful period in schoolboy football came between 1991 and 1998, when they won four daCosta Cup titles in the seven stagings (no competition was held in 1997) in that period plus the 1998 Olivier Shield, which was shared with Dunoon Technical. Prior to this season, Clarendon last won the daCosta Cup in 2014 and were Ben Francis winners last season. They were beaten by Rusea’s in the daCosta Cup final last year.last_img read more

Papers condole Atletico for cruel fate

first_img“Atletico Madrid again suffered the cruelty of football in a continental final.”After leading 1-0 for nearly an hour, Atletico let Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos equalise in injury time in the 93rd minute, sending the Champions League final in Lisbon into extra time.Over the next 30 minutes, Real tore apart a physically exhausted Atletico, scoring another three goals to leave the final tally at 4-1.Pro-Real daily Marca splashed a giant photo of Ramos roaring in triumph above the headline “La Decima!” — Real fans’ term for the longed-for 10th title — for which it thanked his “providential header”.The result echoed the last time Atletico reached the European finals in 1974 when Bayern Munich’s Hans-Georg Schwarzenbeck equalised 1-1 in the 119th minute. Two days later they played a deciding game, which Bayern won 4-0.“Forty years later, Atletico Madrid loses a European cup final, again. Forty years later, they do it following a very similar script to that of 1974 when a goal by Schwarzenbeck forced a deciding game in which Bayern had no opposition,” said an article in Barcelona-based daily Mundo Deportivo.“What a way to go!” for Atletico, read a headline in the paper, under pictures of dejected Atletico players and jubilant Real fans.Spain’s leading daily, El Pais, delivered a similar verdict.“The European cup was historically important as it crowned Real Madrid for the 10th time, its king of kings, and condemned Atletico in as cruel a fashion as it did four decades ago,” the paper said.“This time it was not a tall German who would frustrate Atletico but Sergio Ramos, who is a Real Madrid player in his genes.”Major sports daily AS said Ramos’s goal helped to make up for an error by Real’s goalkeeper captain Iker Casillas, who was criticised for letting in Atletico defender Diego Godin’s header in the 36th minute.“The Decima has to be special and it was. It could not just be another Cup, a win like others, or a similar happiness,” said AS sports writer Juanma Trueba.“The heroism, concentrated in the unbreakable faith of a team in the last minutes of standard play, was an infinite cruelty seen from the perspective of Atletico de Madrid,” he added.“Atletico were champions for 56 minutes, almost an hour, to which you have to add the six minutes they were champions 40 years ago. It happened the same way as it did then. When they thought they were victors, when everyone did, except Real Madrid.”The final made the lead story on the front pages of top general newspapers El Pais and El Mundo, which each ran photographs of the Real Madrid players roaring as a wild-eyed Casilla lifted the cup.“Heroes in Lisbon,” ran El Mundo’s headline.“Real Madrid’s legend grows,” said El Pais.A picture of the jubilant Real squad even made the cover of staunchly pro-Barcelona daily Sport.“La Decima came like a miracle,” it said.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000MADRID, May 25 – Spain’s press Sunday hailed Real Madrid’s 10th European title but highlighted the cruel fate dealt to Atletico Madrid, whose lead was snatched away in a painful reminder of their last such final 40 years ago.“The cruellest final, again, for Atletico Madrid,” ran a headline in the top-selling Marca sports daily.last_img read more

UNBC takes third place in Maclean’s University rankings

first_imgThe University took third place in the Primarily Undergraduate category, bested only by Mount Allison University of New Brunswick and Acadia University in Nova Scotia. UNBC President George Iwama says he is delighted with the news, saying “we have distinguished ourselves and our region by our strong standing in the national ranking of universities by Maclean’s Magazine”. He adds this justifies them claiming they are Canada’s top small university west of Atlantic Canada. Maclean’s University Rankings issue comes out tomorrow, October 27, 2011.- Advertisement –last_img read more

School District optimistic about getting funding for new northeast school in near future

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – School District #60 is optimistic that it will be getting provincial funding in the near future to start construction on a new elementary school on the City’s northeast side, and will be hiring a contractor to manage the school’s construction in the coming weeks.Peace River North School District Superintendent Dave Sloan said that the school district is going to be hiring a construction management firm in order to have its next project “ready out of the box” if and/or when the Ministry of Education announces that it will be funding the school’s construction. Sloan acknowledged that though the District’s preparations might be premature, District staff is optimistic that a funding announcement will be forthcoming.“There’s pent-up need in the community, and we’ve been demonstrating that need to the Ministry. The new Minister and the new government have been quite receptive to communities that are in need of additional schools, and we think we have a very good case.”- Advertisement -Sloan said that the window of opportunity is smaller than in other areas of B.C., since construction season tends to be much shorter than in Southern communities. He said that the School District is being pre-emptively ready in order to be in a better position to start construction than it was when the Province announced funding for the new Margaret ‘Ma’ Murray School. That school was originally scheduled to open in Winter 2017, but because of delays students won’t begin learning inside the school until this fall.“It’s way better to be too ready than to be surprised. With ‘Ma’ Murray, it was the same sort of process: get your ducks in a row and then hurry up and wait. When the announcement came, we weren’t as ready as we could have been. So, if and when we get another school, we want to make sure the timelines are tight from when the project is approved and when we open it.”last_img read more

Coral Daily Download – Will Van Gaal struggle to land trophies at Man United?

first_imgNicola McGeady joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.She joins Ray Stubbs, in for Alan Brazil, and Dominic Cork to discuss Manchester United’s new manager Louis van Gaal, following his presentation on Thursday.The Coral spokesperson claims the betting firm are unsure whether the Red Devils chief will be able to land any trophies next season.Plus, there’s an update on the latest golf betting odds on day two of the Open, and England are backed to win the second Test against India.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfastlast_img read more

WATCH: Hilarious goalkeeping mistake from Argentina international

first_imgIn a high pressure Champions League game, the one player that needs to be at the top of their game is a goalkeeper.However, Agustin Marchesin of Santos Laguna forgot this when his team faced off against Club America in the CONCACAF Champions League play-off.WIth the game tied at 0-0 in extra-time, Argentine international Marchesin faced a routine free-kick. The keeper should have made a simple catch, but the ball flew threw his hands and into the back of the net.Santos Laguna went on to lose, with Marchesin at fault for the 1-0 defeat.Watch the hilarious goalkeeping mistake above…last_img read more

Donegal’s Best Dressed Shopfront winner is…

first_imgThe winner of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Best Dressed Shopfront Competition in Inishowen has just been revealed this morning. Glendowan Craft Shop has come out tops in the exciting competition which is being hosted to celebrate this year’s golf tournament at the stunning Ballyliffin Golf Club.The popular craft shop owners get a grand prize of €1,500 and a full corporate hospitality experience for their golf-themed display.  Briney’s of Clonmany came in second, with a prize of €1,000, and the  €500 third place award goes to O’Flaherty’s Bar in Buncrana. Glendowan Craft ShopWith well over 100 entries to the competition, the adjudicators had a difficult job in selecting the winner and were delighted with the standard of the entries.Announcing the winners this morning from Ballyliffin Golf Club Sinead El Sibai Senior Vice President of Marketing at Dubai Duty Free said: “We are delighted to sponsor the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Best Dressed Window Competition and would like to congratulate the winning entries.“It’s a great initiative that has brought all of the community together creating a wonderful sense of occasion in the region. The Dubai Duty Free Irish Open is a great sporting occasion, attracting the top golfers in the world, and we are looking forward to some magnificent golfing action this week.”O’Flaherty’s Bar in Buncrana.Cllr. Martin Farren, Cathaoirleach of Inishowen MD congratulated the winning entries and paid tribute to all the businesses and local groups who entered the competition saying “I have to applaud all the local groups and businesses in Inishowen for their wonderful sense of community and for the work they have done in showcasing Inishowen in all its glory. “The standard of entries into the competition was extremely high and Glendowan Craft Shop is undoubtedly a worthy winner of this competition as are Briney’s of Clonmany and O’Flaherty’s Bar in Buncrana who have come second and third. I would also like to thank the competition sponsors for their generosity and for their commitment to our community.”Briney’s of ClonmanyA total prize fund of €3,000 has been put forward by Dubai Duty Free, with first place winners receiving €1,500, second place €1,000 and third place €500, all generously sponsored by the airport retailer and title sponsor of the tournament.The lucky winner and guest will also be treated to full corporate hospitality on Sunday where they will enjoy lunch and all the golfing action from the comfort of Dubai Duty Free’s own private pavilion located on the 18th green at Ballyliffin Golf Club.Glendowan Craft ShopDonegal’s Best Dressed Shopfront winner is… was last modified: July 4th, 2018 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)last_img read more


first_imgVOTE FOR MOJO GOGOA TOP Donegal group on the verge of the big time are battling it out online to land a prestigious gig – alongside the Arctic Monkeys!And today is launching a campaign amongst our tens of thousands of online readers here at home and abroad to support the brilliant MOJO GOGO in their quest for stardom.The band – Singer, Niki Pollock and guitarist, Paul Rogers are both from Dungloe while drummer, Jordan Carty and bassist, Keelin Gallagher are from Donegal Town and Dunkineely respectively – have already rocked some of the country’s top venues. And now MOJO GOGO are in with a chance to play Benicassim in Spain from 14th-17th July with major artists like The Strokes, Arctic Monkeys and Arcade Fire.Drummer Jordan told donegaldaily: “We are based in Derry and we know donegaldaily has a huge following because we are on the site all the time.“We would love it if the whole county – and all your tens of thousands of readers – voted for us online.“It would be absolutley amazing to win and play alongside some of our favourite bands such as Arcade Fire, Strokes and Arctic Monkeys. “It’s fantastic even to get the chance to be in the competition and for people to hear our songs. It’s an absolutely huge opportunity for us.”Singer Niki added: “We would ask everyone to get online and vote for us. We would really really appreciate it.”The band has received a lot of attention in their short career and after releasing their debut CD, ‘The Rounce E.P.’ to some rave reviews, the band are surely on the up.They have played some of the country’s most respectable venues such as Whelan’s and The Village, and have dates booked in Radio City, The Sugar Club and an in-store in Tower Records, Dublin in promotion of their EP.One reviewer said of their: “Like a cross between Elvis Costello and Ska, MOJO GOGO are infectious, fun, and exciting!” So what are you waiting for go online now by clicking the link and vote for MOJO GOGO here:‘The Rounce EP’ can be listened to online can visit the band on: DONEGAL BAND HAS CHANCE TO HIT BIGTIME – AND YOUR VOTE COULD HELP! was last modified: April 14th, 2011 by gregShare 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:Donegal TowndungloeDunkineelyMOJO GOGOvote online nowlast_img read more