It’s been nearly two weeks since allegations surfaced that Matthews purchased HGH from a pharmacist currently under investigation by the FBI, and Matthews has done nothing to shed any light on his involvement – or noninvolvement. To say the Angels are annoyed is an understatement. They want Matthews to come clean so they can move forward from the whole ordeal, and his refusal to do so has steadily raised their frustration level. Moreno, growing more angry every day, is pushing for some sort of resolution by Opening Day. In the meantime, team officials have reportedly discussed everything from a suspension to outright voiding the five-year, $50 million contract Matthews signed during the offseason. But they’re stuck until Matthews speaks up. Hence their escalating level of irritation. Moreno has an ally in Selig, who dropped by the Angels’ training facility Saturday and offered total support. TEMPE, Ariz. – Baseball commissioner Bud Selig and Angels owner Arte Moreno stood shoulder to shoulder Saturday inside the press box at Tempe Diablo Stadium. Literally and figuratively. On the field below, the Angels played the Seattle Mariners. Upstairs a different contest was taking place, this one the on-going waiting game between embattled Angels outfielder Gary Matthews Jr. and the rest of baseball. ANGELS NOTEBOOK “Arte and I are absolutely on the same page,” Selig said. “I’ve read all of Arte’s comments and I’ve talked to Arte. I can say there isn’t a scintilla of difference between our positions.” Matthews was given the day off by manager Mike Scioscia and was dressed and gone by the time the Angels played the Mariners. For Scioscia, it was another day fielding questions about his new center fielder, and he, too, is pinning for an imminent resolution. “Any time something like this happens, silence is a distraction,” Scioscia said. “I know Gary’s got something to say and we hope he says it soon.” Selig agrees. “Whenever we have issues after all we have been through with (steroids) I have very serious concerns,” he said. “This sport needs to move away from all of this.” Matthews is holding that process up, firmly entrenched in a self-imposed cone of silence as his lawyers and public relations people sort through their options. Meanwhile, the rest of baseball stews. “I believe, naiv as some people may think, that (baseball) is a social institution,” Selig said. “Every one of us, when there is something that happens like this, we all have a responsibility.” Selig dispatched three investigators this week to Albany, N.Y., as part of his own inquiry, and said they’re working closely with federal investigators. He wouldn’t divulge any results from their efforts, and said any disciplinary action against Matthews at this point will come from the Angels, not his office. “This is an ongoing investigation, and I don’t want to do anything that gets in the way,” Selig said. “That’s up to (the Angels).” PEN-TASTIC Darren Oliver knows a good bullpen when he sees one. And the Angels have a potentially great one, according to the veteran left-hander. “All the pieces are definitely there,” Oliver said. Oliver was a big part of a dominant pen last year with the New York Mets, serving a long relief role and finishing with 4-1 record and a 3.44 ERA over 81 innings. He probably won’t log as many innings with the Angels, but his role will be no less significant. Oliver is expected to be the Angels’ primary left-handed specialist. He looks around the clubhouse and sees many of the same traits he saw last year with the Mets: Good camaraderie, a balanced group of pitchers offering ample versatility and a pair of dominant arms in Scot Shields and Francisco Rodriguez. “I don’t like to compare bullpens much, but it’s pretty clear the potential is here to do some big things,” Oliver said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
0Shares0000Kevin ‘Ade’ Omondi in action against the Leones Vegetarianos of Equatorial Guinea during their CAF Champions League first leg clash hosted at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on February 11, 2018. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYANAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 12- Gor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr believes that once he gets back to top fitness, Kevin ‘Ade’ Omondi will return to the national team, noting that he has immense potential to light up Kenyan football.Omondi returned to Gor Mahia at the beginning of the season after three and a half years out following an impressive trial period that captured Kerr’s attention. The forward scored the opening goal in Gor Mahia’s 2-0 win over Equatorial Guinea side Leones Vegeteranios in a CAF Champions League tie last weekend.“Once I get Kevin to peak fitness, I think he’s gonna be a player to light up Kenyan football and I hope the Harambee Stars coach sees this. We brought him back because of his potential and he has been fantastic in the two games he has played,” Kerr said of the forward.Omondi who has always been a fan favourite for K’Ogalo’s green army earned a standing ovation when he was substituted in the match against vegetarianos and Kerr has promised more will be seen of the forward.Gor Mahia’s Kevin Omondi , Godfrey Walusimbi against Leonne Vegetarianos’ Mosso Ngueme during the first leg of the 2018 CAF Champions League played at the Machakos Stadium on 10th February 2018. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAThe British coach was also full of praise for new signing Ephraim Guikan who stepped off the bench to score the second goal with his first involvement of the match as well as defender Joash Onyango.“Ephraim’s a new player in the team and definitely it is a bit difficult for him finding play time especially with two good strikers in the team. But he’s had a good attitude and overall a very good striker,”“Joash has been terrific and has replaced Musa (Mohammed) very well. He knows it is very hard as a defender to play when the others are performing and he has been working very hard,” Kerr opined.The 2-0 result against Vegetarianos on Saturday earned the reigning Kenyan champions an edge ahead of the return leg tie to be played in 10 days time in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea.“The boys were brilliant; they did everything I wanted and even more. I thought the performance and attitude was fantastic straight from kick off. Credit to the Equatorial Guinea team because they came in with a plan but I am happy we can go to the second leg with the advantage,” the coach noted.Gor Mahia players jostle for space with Leones Vegetarianos. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAA win for Gor in the return leg will earn them a berth in the first round where they face the winner between Tunisian giants Esperance du Tunis and Mauritanian side ASAC Concorde. The two teams played to a 1-1 draw in the first leg played in Nouakchott.Before then, Kerr and his charges will switch their attention to their catch up Kenyan Premier League clash against Zoo Kericho on Thursday where the tactician is confident of bagging another three points.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)
The player from Nyanza Regional Champions Ombek won the prestigious Golden Boot Award (Top Scorer) after netting four goals during the national finals.“My dream since I was young was to one day play for a club in the Kenya Premier League and I am excited that Chapa Dimba na Safaricom has presented this opportunity and made it come true. My ultimate goal is to play for the national team and in future play for a club in international leagues,” said Ogot.His sentiments were also echoed by his club coach who gave him an opportunity to shine in the top flight competition.“The Chapa Dimba tournament gave us an opportunity to scout for young talent. He is a prolific striker and an asset not just to the club, but also to the country. He has the capability to fill in the gap that prolific players like Oliech left,” said Vihiga United FC head coach Mike Mururi.“Ogot’s future is promising. We hope he will adapt well in the team and assist us in winning crucial games in the top flight league in Kenya. Ultimately, we hope his talent will get him into the national team,” said Mururi.So far, Ogot has played two matches with Vihiga United Club, one of them with Bandari FC in Mombasa last month. This past weekend Vihiga United beat Waito 1-0 in a Kenya Premier League match.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Ben Ogot, who featured for Nyanza’s Ombek Red Devis in the Chapa Dimba National Finals was the golden boot winner. Photo/COURTESYNAIROBI, Kenya, July 13 – Chapa Dimba na Safaricom Golden Boot winner Ben Ogot got his wish to play in the Kenyan Premier League after he was handed the opportunity by Kenyan Premier League side Vihiga United.Ogot, commonly known as “Bensuda” signed a two-year contract until May 31, 2020. The gifted striker was instrumental in assisting his team Ombek Red Devils reach the semi-finals during the National finals of the Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom tournament held in Bukhungu Stadium, Kakamega.
Ayoze Perez in action 1 Ayoze Perez has signed a new contract with Newcastle and manager Steve McClaren is delighted.The forward has extended his stay at St. James’ Park for another five-and-a-half years having become a key player for the Magpies over the last 18 months.The Spaniard, who joined Newcastle from Tenerife in 2014, has scored five goals for the Premier League strugglers this term and has now been rewarded with a new deal, warding off interest from United.“Ayoze has proved himself to be a very good player and I am delighted he has extended his contract here,” manager McClaren said.“He has surprised me in terms of his ability. He can change a game, win a game and has scored some important goals for us this season. He has been a big plus.“There is a lot more to come from Ayoze and that will happen in a Newcastle United shirt.”
Dimitri Payet – Transfer value INCREASED – Payet was announced as UEFAs official Player of the Tournament after three goals at Euro 2016 to take France to the final. Although West Ham are adamant Payet will stay at the club, there could be some big-money bids for the forward after his performances during the Championships. 16 Paul Pogba – Value DROPPED (click the arrow, right, to see whose transfer value has increased and whose has decreased post-Euro 2016) – While Manchester United are willing to pay £100m for Pogba, Real Madrid are not, which tells you that he didnt live up to his pre-tournament hype. He had a few good games after being dropped following Frances opening game but looked far from the worlds first £100m player in the final. Radja Nainggolan – Transfer value INCREASED – Chelsea were chasing the Belgium midfielder but they may have to pay Roma a bit extra after Nainggolans performances. The 28-year-old scored twice, including a stunner against Wales. 16 16 16 Mario Gotze – Transfer value DROPPED – Played as a false nine in the absence of a recognised striker, Gotze failed to stand out in France and would have seen his value drop. Liverpool and Tottenham are leading the race for the Bayern Munich man with Ancelotti not certain to keep him. Antoine Griezmann – Transfer value INCREASED – Six goals have seen Griezmanns stock rise even higher over the summer and could tempt the likes of Chelsea to stump up a huge fee to prize him away from Atletico Madrid, despite the fact the Frenchman recently signed a new deal. Alvaro Morata – Transfer value DROPPED – Morata did manage three goals but on the whole, like Spain, was fairly disappointing. Two of his goals came in the thrashing of Turkey in the group stages and although Real Madrid brought him back to the Bernabeu, they may not receive as much for selling him on to the likes of Chelsea or Arsenal as they would have hoped. Euro 2016 is over and Portugal shocked everyone to win it, despite losing Cristiano Ronaldo to injury.There were plenty of players who impressed during the tournament and others who did not live up to their billing before the Championship. Others may have secured glamorous moves on the back of their performances.But which players linked with a move to Premier League clubs have seen their transfer values soar and who could now be available on the cheap after some below-par performances?Click the arrow above, right, as talkSPORT looks at 15 players whose values have either risen or fallen as a result of their displays during Euro 2016. Emanuele Giaccherini – Transfer value INCREASED – He cant even get into the Sunderland team, but Giaccherini proved a vital cog in Antonio Contes Italian machine. The Black Cats are keen to sell the Italian and will be delighted with his performances which would have added a few million pounds to his price tag. 16 Harry Kane – Transfer value DROPPED – Kane was linked with Manchester United prior to the Euros but after a disastrous tournament in which he failed to find the net and took terrible set pieces, his value will have fallen in the eyes of potential suitors. Andre Gomes – Transfer value DROPPED – Manchester United, Chelsea and Juventus were all keen on signing Gomes before the tournament in France kicked off but the Valencia midfielder lost his place in Portugals starting XI to Renato Sanches and didnt even get off the bench for the final. 16 Joe Allen – Transfer value INCREASED – Allens displays for Wales have turned a lot of heads this summer, even earning him a spot in UEFA’s team of Euro 2016. With the Liverpool playmaker living up to his tag as the Welsh Pirlo. Sevilla and Swansea are both interested as it seems Jurgen Klopp is willing to let Allen leave, although is likely to get a lot more for him than he would have at the start of the summer. 16 16 16 16 16 Robert Lewandowski – Transfer value DROPPED – Lewandowski was hyped as one of the contenders for the golden boot but he failed to register a shot on target for the entirety of the group stages. He managed one goal in total but disappointed as Poland went out to eventual winners Portugal. 16 Moussa Sissoko – Transfer value INCREASED – Sissoko played like a man desperate for a transfer as he forced himself into the France first team at the expense of the likes of Kingsley Coman and Anthony Martial. His value will have rocketed as he plans his escape route from relegated Newcastle and he has previously stated he would like to play for Arsenal. Leonardo Bonucci – Transfer value INCREASED – After winning yet another Serie A title with Juventus, Bonuccis value was already high, even before he starred in the tournaments best defensive unit. Manchester City have already seen a £38m bid rejected for the centre back and with Chelsea expected to join the race then he could go for as much as £50m. Romelu Lukaku – Transfer value DROPPED – Lukaku was being linked with £60m moves to Chelsea, Manchester United and Bayern Munich but after a series of disappointing performances and some poor finishing against Wales and Italy, Everton will do amazingly well to get near that fee for him now. 16 16 16 Ricardo Rodriguez – Transfer value DROPPED – Rodriguez was tipped to make an impact at Euro 2016 after being linked with a move to Arsenal. However, he failed to create too much despite playing every minute of Switzerlands journey to the last 16, where they were dumped out on penalties. 16 Julian Draxler – Transfer value INCREASED – Draxler had a fine Euro 2016 on the wing for Germany and scored during the 3-0 win against Slovakia. Arsenal have reignited their interest in the Wolfsburg forward but the German side are holding out for £60m from the Gunners.
The Letterkenny Gaels minor team got their, and the club’s, competitive season off to winning ways with a hard fought win over local rivals Glenswilly at a wet and windy Páirc na nGael on Sunday.Both sides exchanged scores until half time with Glenswilly ending the first period with a one point lead.However the match ended with the Gaels coming out on top by the narrowest of margins with a winning score of 1.10 to 2.06. The goal was scored by Sean McDonagh who also shared the scoring on the day with Cormac Cannon and Paddy Doherty. Next on the fixture list is current minor club champions Buncrana at home next Sunday. GAA NEWS: LETTERKENNY GAELS DEFEAT GLENSWILLY IN MINORS was last modified: March 3rd, 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:glenswillyLetterkenny GaelsMinors
The Doherty family from Co. Donegal are seeing double AGAIN after welcoming two cute new arrivals to their clan.There was double delight for Moville couple Seamus and Elizabeth Doherty when they had their second set of twins this week on October 17th. Sienna and Travis were born at Letterkenny University Hospital ahead of their due date, and now they share the exact same birthday as their twin sisters Samera and Tameka.Four year olds Samera and Tameka were born on October 17th, 2013, and Travis and Sienna came into the world on October 17th 2017. Samera and Tameka (born 17/10/2013) Sienna and Travis (born 17/10/2017). Photo: Darren CrossanMum Elizabeth went into labour at home on Tuesday, despite the new twins not being due until October 23rd. No sooner was she in the maternity ward of LUH than she was taken for an emergency c-section.Both babies were born healthy and mum is doing well.Delighted Dad Seamus now imagines future birthday parties are going to be ‘mayhem’.Seamus told Donegal Daily: “When we got closer to the due date we thought it would be a nice if they were born on the same date. I said it would be a nice wish if it comes true. But what are the chances? “Now we’ll have four birthday parties at the same time. It will be great to get them all over in the one day but it will be mayhem.“Granny joked that she’ll have to take out a mortgage for Octobers because she’ll have five grandchildren celebrating birthdays in the month,” Seamus said.Tameka,Travis,Torin,Sienna and Samera DohertySeamus believes the identical dates are a pure coincidence, while their eldest boy Torin (7) was also an autumn baby, having been born on September 27th.Torin, Samera and Tameka are all excited to have two new siblings to care for, while mechanic Seamus and stay-at-home mum Elizabeth will be counting on their young helpers.“They can’t wait to get them home to start feeding them,” Seamus said. “It’s like a wheelbarrow now, it’s all in front of us,” he added.A cute coincidence? Family welcomes second set of twins born on identical date was last modified: October 22nd, 2017 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)
Two weeks ago, the media had a feeding frenzy over Tim White’s claim that his team found bones in Ethiopia from three hominid species lined up in a vertical row, showing a clear progression toward humans. Now, the fine print has come out. A review in Nature1 begins, “Deciding whether our ancestors evolved as a single lineage may depend more on philosophy than fossils” (emphasis added in all quotes). Rex Dalton wrote some juicy lines in his article that creationists will love, and evolutionists will insist are taken out of context (because evolution is a fact). You be the judge:The team suggests three species evolved as a single lineage between at least 4.4 million years ago and 2.9 million years ago – an era when humankind refined its ability to walk upright while developing new ways to live (see timeline below). The idea is one of the most contentious in palaeoanthropology. The fossil trove, reported earlier this month (T. D. White et al. Nature 440, 883-889; 2006) has confirmed [sic] some important aspects of the trail towards the genus Homo, which appeared around 2.3 million years ago [sic]. But experts are still bickering over the relationship between the species that have been found.Experts have squabbled over the relationship between Ar. ramidus, Au. anamensis and Au. afarensis ever since they were discovered.This month’s Nature paper makes a bold argument, and shows the Awash team seeking to put its mark on the record. Others in the field are impressed. “When you find 30 new hominid fossils, you are allowed a certain amount of conjecture,” says Bernard Wood, a palaeoanthropologist at George Washington University in Washington DC. “As always, they have done a fantastic job.” But he and others are unconvinced by the Awash team’s conclusion: “This is only the first half of the rugby match,” says Wood.Meave Leakey, lead author on the Au. anamensis discoveries in Kenya, is more blunt. “I don’t believe this,” she says. “We do not have the specimens to fill the gaps.”The existence of other species would cloud or eliminate the argument for a direct lineage. “My prejudice is there are more lineages rather than fewer – more diversity,“ says Wood. “I have to concede these new data are dramatic. But we should beware coming out with a complete explanation when we don’t have all the evidence.”This argument frustrates White. “There were Martians there back then too,” he says. “And spacecraft all over the Pliocene – we just haven’t found them yet.”Similar arguments run for various phases of hominid evolution, for example whether Homo ergaster evolved into H. erectus, or whether they were two coexisting lineages – White advocates the former. But ultimately, the argument comes down to the point that more fossils could always be found, so it is unclear that the two sides will ever agree.One of Dalton’s subtitles is, “Theory of Relativity.” The context is the lineage of these fossils, but the subtext is the differing interpretations about their relevance to the human story. Everyone in this rugby match, however, can agree on one thing. The Ethiopian National Museum, which has the new fossils, is a nice place for the stadium. Dalton ends, “This strengthens the museum as an ideal centre to study human evolution.”1Rex Dalton, “Feel it in your bones,” Nature 440, 1100-1101 (27 April 2006) | doi:10.1038/4401100a.Didn’t we foretell this? Go back to April 12 when all the news media were slain in the spirit over White’s holey relics. We warned that “the field of evolutionary paleoanthropology is filled with rivalry, contradiction, deception, exaggeration and outright fraud.” Notice that Dalton’s depiction of rivalry applies not just to this case, but to “various phases of hominid evolution” – indeed, all of them. We also said, “Too bad the news media are all dupes; they think this is science instead of mud wrestling.” Our only mistake was getting the sport wrong. We should have known that rugby is more bloody.(Visited 44 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
There is a particular disposition some people possess that causes them to shift their focus, regardless of their role, from proactive to reactive. There are all sorts of benefits for holding this disposition, many of which are psychological, including solving problems, creating value for others, doing exciting work, receiving praise and recognition, and constant variety. The disposition is one of being a firefighter.The firefighter is called to put down a blaze that, left unaddressed, would cause some harm, great or small. The firefighter prides themselves on their ability to put out the fire, occasionally stomping out the fire, but more often than not leaving the burning embers to reignite another conflagration. After fighting the fire, the firefighter waits patiently for the next emergency, so she can rush into action, an act she continuously repeats.You can become addicted to fighting fires, and when you do, you will almost certainly have given up doing the proactive work necessary for producing the outcomes you are charged with delivering. How could one possibly find time to do their job when all these fires require your attention?Those adept at fighting back the inferno, large or small, will always find others with fires who request their aid, eliminating or resolving their challenge. Surely no one could extinguish the dumpster fire of their making without the firefighter.Between urgencies and emergencies, there is no time for any proactive work, least of all the kind that would prevent the fires from occurring in the first place, like clearing the brush that creates an environment conducive to fire. There are no processes put in place to prevent systemic and recurring problems, nor is there training others to solve the day-to-day challenges of their role. Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Now One can become addicted to fighting fires, leaving their real work undone, living in a reactive mode, stressed out, and unproductive. They have unmet commitments, unfinished important work, and missed goals.When something is on fire, put it out. Then, do the work to eliminate future fires and train others to put out fires themselves. But don’t let your real work suffer because you are addicted to fighting fires, not as a salesperson, not as a manager, and not as a leader.