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FA Cup fighting for relevance

FA Cup fighting for relevance

first_imgLONDON (AP):Within minutes of lifting the FA Cup in May, Louis van Gaal discovered how little the competition factored into the decision on his Manchester United future.United’s approach for Jose Mourinho to succeed Van Gaal emerged as the Dutch coach was facing the media at Wembley Stadium straight after beating Crystal Palace. Two days later, Van Gaal was booted out of United, paying the price for failing to secure Champions League qualification by finishing in the top four.It’s clear what the priority is now for English Premier League owners like the Glazers.United and the other 19 Premier League teams enter the FA Cup in the third round this weekend, knowing success in football’s oldest knockout competition has rarely counted less.What matters is making cash through the Premier League, which has eroded the FA Cup’s long-standing cherished place in the English football calendar over the last two decades.Van Gaal is one of several managers to leave their jobs despite reaching an FA Cup final. Alan Pardew, his Palace counterpart in May, was fired in December due to the London club’s lowly Premier League position.Going to back to 2013, Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini experienced the same fate as Van Gaal last year. Two days after winning the cup, Mancini was turfed out of his job.Perhaps the only manager the FA Cup has mattered to in recent years was Arsene Wenger, with successes in 2014 and 2015 easing some of the heat he has faced for Arsenal’s failure to win the Premier League since 2004.Wenger’s last cup final victory came against Aston Villa in May 2015. Given that Villa hadn’t won a major trophy since the 1996 League Cup or won the FA Cup since 1957, reaching the final was a proud day for manager Tim Sherwood. Five months later, Sherwood was dismissed and he hasn’t found another job.No current manager has more experience of the FA Cup and the debate about its lustre than Wenger, who has spent 21 years at Arsenal.”I have no special solution,” the Frenchman said. “But as well, when April comes and May comes and teams go to Wembley, it’s something special … it’s a big priority for us.”Arsenal travel to Preston tomorrow, which is 11th in the 24-team second-tier League Championship. Preston North End’s heyday was in the 19th century, winning the top tier twice and the FA Cup once. The northern English club’s last major honour was lifting the FA Cup in 1938.Here is a look at the pick of the third-round fixtures involving Premier League teams against lower-league sides.MAN UNITED-READINGUnited’s cup defence begins with a reunion as former defender Jaap Stam returns to Old Trafford. The Dutchman won the cup in United’s 1998-99 treble-winning season along with the Premier League and Champions League.”I’m not going to make a big thing of it because I’m not going to be waving,” Stam said.That’s because the next time he returns to United he hopes it is because Reading, currently third in the Championship, are back in the Premier League.TOTTENHAM-ASTON VILLASteve Bruce, whose Hull side lost the 2014 final to Arsenal, is midway through his first season at Aston Villa. There’s little doubt his main task is returning the team to the Premier League, but it is a place below Preston in 12th place, and seven points from the play-off spots.Tottenham are likely to use the cup on Sunday as a chance to rest the key players behind the five-match league-winning run, crowned by the victory over Chelsea on Wednesday that lifted Mauricio Pochettino’s side to third.last_img read more

“Green Machine” miss out on CAC glory

“Green Machine” miss out on CAC glory

first_imgGuyana’s national rugby team, the “Green Machine”, were well on their way to another Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Championship when they were stopped by a force called Jamaica.Guyana played impressively in their pool A matches, registering two wins out of three games. Their first game against Costa Rica got off to a great start, and after four tries and a beautiful conversion, the Guyanese team cruised to a 22-7 victory. Their next match-up set them against Mexico, who proved to be tough opponents, edging past the home team 14-10.Nevertheless, the Guyanese team kept their heads held high and after some regrouping, defeated Colombia 14-12 later that day.Advancing to the quarter-final round, the “Green Machine” were matched with long-time rivals Jamaica. The opposing team drew first blood with a successful try, pushing Guyana to make a comeback. Not long after, the local team saw the fruit of their labours, levelling the score 10-10. However, as fate would have it, Jamaica pushed through a successful try to edge past Guyana in the last few minutes of the game. Despite being knocked out of medal contention, the “Green Machine” went on to demolish Guatemala 24-7 in a placement match.Over on the athletics field, javelin thrower Leslain Baird and triple jumper Troy Doris both advanced to the final in their respective events.Baird completed a massive 74.72-metre throw but it was not enough to make the podium, landing him in fourth place. The event was won by Trinidad and Tobago’s 2012 Olympic champion Keshorn Walcott with a throw of 84.47m.Doris also missed out on the podium by a few millimetres. He made a leap of 16.43m, with the third-place leap coming from Miguel Van Assen – 16.96m.last_img read more

Video: Barcelona and Argentina star Lionel Messi makes juggling an orange look easy!

Video: Barcelona and Argentina star Lionel Messi makes juggling an orange look easy!

first_imgWhen you‘re Leo Messi, chilling on a shoot and all you‘ve got is an orange. 🍊 #BeTheDifferencehttps://t.co/wjACMSIyFf— Team Messi (@TeamMessi) November 10, 2015 Lionel Messi is currently sidelined with injury 1center_img Lionel Messi is well known for his immense ball control – but he showed immense control to juggle an orange!The Argentina and Barcelona attacker casually picked up the citrus fruit while waiting on the touchline of a shoot and he made it look easy. He is currently out injured, with Barca hoping he will return in the next few weeks, but he has not lost his touch while on the sidelines – see below!last_img

DANIEL RAKES IN THE CASH BUT SAYS MONEY IS NOT IMPORTANT TO HIM

DANIEL RAKES IN THE CASH BUT SAYS MONEY IS NOT IMPORTANT TO HIM

first_imgSinger Daniel O’Donnell is raking in the cash but says money means nothing to him.The Kincasslagh star, who recently lost his beloved mum Julia, made a profit of €3M last year.He has now declared he will take a break from the music industry in February 2015. He has now sold an incredible 10 million records but said of his financial success “I’ve never sung to make money. I just sing because I love it and the money is just a by-product of what I do.” DANIEL RAKES IN THE CASH BUT SAYS MONEY IS NOT IMPORTANT TO HIM was last modified: September 27th, 2014 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:cashdaniel o’donnellprofitlast_img read more

WIN AFTERNOON TEA WITH DANIEL O’DONNELL

WIN AFTERNOON TEA WITH DANIEL O’DONNELL

first_imgFancy having afternoon tea alone with just Daniel O’Donnell for company?Well that’s one of many prizes up for auction in aid of a campaign aimed at the revival of Ballyshannon’s once famous Allingham Arts and Literary Festival.The auction takes place at Dicey Reillys Bar on September 10th next And if having a chin-wag with Daniel isn’t your “cup of tea” then perhaps a coaching session with Packie Bonner is your goal.Both are just one of 50 or so auction items up for grabs.The auction will co-incide with the launch of an exciting weekend programme of events setting out details of the Arts Festival.The Auctioneer will be journalist Sean Perry and it promises to be a night of fantastic craic and entertainment with music by Sean Gibbons. Connor Carney, Festival Chairman, said the organising committee have been overwhelmed by the offers of support and auction items from the local and county wide community.Any individual or any Company who wishes to offer an item for auction should contact Connor at 0861966781 or Emer O Shea @ 087295707.The auction will coincide with the launch of an exciting weekend programme of events setting out details of the Arts Festival .The Auctioneer will be award winning journalist Sean Perry and it promises to be a night of fantastic craic and entertainment with music by Sean Gibbons.Connor Carney, Festival Chairman, said the organising committee have been overwhelmed by the offers of support and auction items from the local and county wide community. There is the opportunity of a great bargain – with items including a dressed salmon from PJ O Reilly, a music gig by Mayor John Meehan or will and succession advice from John Murray, Solicitor.Local artists including Celina Muldoon , Barry Sweeney and photographer Chris Kennedy have also volunteered items – if you are on the lookout for that special Christmas present .Other items include €100 vouchers from E&J oil and Sean Gibbons Music Teacher. Music Lessons and professional sessions from life coaches, chiropodists, golf pros and sports physios are all up for auction –these generous supporters have all volunteered 3 sessions each. A beauty hamper from Mai Kelly as well as 15 X “99”s from Pearse O Neill’s are among the diverse range of attractive items.A signed Donegal Football jersey is expected to be a popular item as is an aerial trip over Ballyshannon which has been donated by Andrew Fenton.A full list of items for auction will be published in the run up to the event and there will be a facility to place a reserve bid if you cannot make the event.Anyone wishing to place a reserve bid should contact the Committee Treasurer , Ms.Marina Flood @ 0868319672 The Organising Committee have secured 2 All Ireland Football Final tickets and will be hoping that this will generate massive interest in the auction on the night.For Further Information Contact Connor @ the above Number or Emer O Shea @ 0872957074 Allingham Arts FestivalWIN AFTERNOON TEA WITH DANIEL O’DONNELL was last modified: August 30th, 2011 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:ALLINHAM ARTS FESTIVALdaniel o’donnelllast_img read more

Intelligent design wins at Kansas state school board

Intelligent design wins at Kansas state school board

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The vote was a victory for intelligent design advocates who helped draft the standards. Intelligent design holds that the universe is so complex that it must have been created by a higher power. Critics of the new language charged that it was an attempt to inject God and creationism into public schools in violation of the separation of church and state. But supporters of the new standards said they will promote academic freedom. “It gets rid of a lot of dogma that’s being taught in the classroom today,” said board member John Bacon. The new standards say high school students must understand major evolutionary concepts. But they also declare that the basic Darwinian theory – that all life had a common origin and that natural chemical processes created the building blocks of life – have been challenged in recent years by fossil evidence and molecular biology. In addition, the board rewrote the definition of science, so that it is no longer limited to the search for natural explanations of phenomena. TOPEKA, Kan. – Among mainstream scientists, there’s no real debate over Darwin’s theory of evolution – it’s considered a cornerstone of biology. But new science standards approved Tuesday for Kansas public schools cast doubt on the theory, a move that may cause scientists to see the state as backward. “This is a sad day. We’re becoming a laughingstock of not only the nation, but of the world, and I hate that,” said board member Janet Waugh, a Democrat. The state Board of Education approved the new standards in a 6-4 vote, revisiting a topic that exposed Kansas to nationwide ridicule six years ago. The new standards will be used to develop student tests measuring how well schools teach science. Decisions about what is taught in classrooms will remain with 300 local school boards, but some educators fear pressure will increase in some communities to teach less about evolution or more about creationism or intelligent design. “What this does is open the door for teachers to bring creationist arguments into the classroom and point to the standards and say it’s OK,” said Jack Krebs, an Oskaloosa High School math teacher and vice president of Kansas Citizens for Science, which opposes the changes. But John Calvert, a retired attorney who helped found the Intelligent Design Network, said changes probably will come to classrooms gradually, with some teachers feeling freer to discuss criticisms of evolution. “These changes are not targeted at changing the hearts and minds of the Darwin fundamentalists,” Calvert said. The vote marked the third time in six years that the Kansas board has rewritten standards with evolution as the central issue. In 1999, the board eliminated most references to evolution. Harvard paleontologist Stephen Jay Gould said that was akin to teaching “American history without Lincoln.” Bill Nye, the “Science Guy” of children’s television, called it “harebrained” and “nutty.” And a Washington Post columnist imagined God saying to the Kansas board members: “Man, I gave you a brain. Use it, OK?” Two years later, after voters replaced three members, the board reverted to evolution-friendly standards. Elections in 2002 and 2004 changed the board’s composition again, making it more conservative. Many scientists and other critics contend creationists repackaged old ideas in new, scientific-sounding language to get around a U.S. Supreme Court decision in 1987 against teaching the biblical story of creation in public schools. The Kansas board’s action is part of a national debate. In Pennsylvania, a judge is expected to rule soon in a lawsuit against the Dover school board’s policy of requiring high school students to learn about intelligent design in biology class. In August, President George W. Bush endorsed teaching intelligent design alongside evolution. 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

Home prices, sales rise

Home prices, sales rise

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake Price records were set in Los Angeles, Ventura and Riverside counties. Riverside County’s median price passed $400,000 for the first time, settling at $405,000. DataQuick analyst John Karevoll said the record prices were surprising this late in the year and reflected robust new home-buying activity. “My understanding is that some builders are trying to close out the fiscal year by the end of November rather than December so some of that activity got time-shifted,” he said. Price records are expected this month, too. Annual price increases have been in the midteens for the region since April, an indication that prices are moderating. Appreciation should cool to the single-digit range by next summer, but prices probably won’t fall under year-ago levels, Karevoll said. The median price of a Southern California home hit a record $479,000 in November and sales remained near all-time peak levels, an industry tracker said Thursday. Continued strong demand and concern that mortgage rates will keep moving up drove the market, said the analysis from La Jolla-based DataQuick Information Systems. The November median price, the point at which half the homes cost more and half less, increased an annual 15.4 percent. Prices moved up in all six Southern California counties, with the gains ranging from a high of 23.2 percent in San Bernardino County to a low of 6.4 percent in San Diego County. Inventory is building, so buyers now have more choice than they did a few months ago, he noted. Last month, 27,637 new and previously owned homes and condominiums sold across the region, down 3 percent from October but up 0.6 percent from a year ago. A monthly dip is normal this time of year, the company said. The strongest November in DataQuick’s statistics was 1988, with 29,303 sales, and the weakest was 1991, with 13,537 sales. “Potential buyers typically get off the fence when interest rates are on the rise. That may account for part of last month’s high sales count,” DataQuick president Marshall Prentice said in a statement. Through the year’s first 11 months, consumers and investors have bought 326,746 residential properties, 134 fewer than the comparable period a year ago. “I think it’s very good news. A lot of people were of the mind that the housing market had changed,” said Jack Kyser, chief economist at the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp. “It continues to surprise you.” The report also showed that: In the Los Angeles County market, 9,066 properties changed hands, an annual drop of 3.6 percent. The median price jumped 19.5 percent to $497,000. In Ventura County, sales jumped an annual 12.1 percent to 1,235 transactions and the median price increased 20.7 percent to $612,000. Last month, the typical monthly mortgage payment that Southern California buyers committed themselves to paying was $2,238, up from $2,169 for the previous month and up from $1,830 for November a year ago. Adjusted for inflation, current payments are about the same as they were in the spring of 1989, at the peak of the prior real estate cycle. It might be too soon to call this market’s peak, though. DataQuick notes that indicators of market distress are still largely absent. For example, foreclosure activity is edging up from its bottom, but is still low. Down-payment sizes are stable as are flipping rates and nonowner occupied buying activity, DataQuick reported. Gregory J. Wilcox, (818) 713-3743 greg.wilcox@dailynews.com 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

Declan Bonner ratified as Donegal manager and vows to keep county competitive

Declan Bonner ratified as Donegal manager and vows to keep county competitive

first_imgDeclan Bonner says that Donegal can be ‘competitive’ after being officially named as the new senior team manager.Bonner was unanimously ratified as the new Donegal manager at a specially convened meeting of the county committee in Jackons’s Hotel in Ballybofey.The Na Rossa man has recruited Paul McGonigle as his number two and has been given a three-year term in the role, which will take him until the end of the 2020 season, with an annual review at the end of years one and two. “I hear the word transition mentioned,” Bonner told club delegates.“That is fair enough, but I would hope that we will be very competitive“We have taken a step or two back in the last couple of seasons and we have to look at that.  We have to adapt. We have become too one-dimensional and too predictable. That will take work on the training field.”Bonner has named Buncrana man McGonigle as assistant manager. McGonigle was a member of Jim McGuinness’s backroom in 2014 when Donegal reached the All-Ireland final. Bonner was proposed by Donal Breslin and seconded by Adrian Alcorn while McGonigle was proposed by Mickey McMahon and seconded by John Friel.Last month, Rory Gallagher – who has since been appointed as Fermanagh manager – stepped down following a meek performance in a 4-17 to 0-14 qualifier defeat by Galway.Bonner said: “A lot of things will have to change.“We have a fair idea of what is out there. I have been very close to the club scene and we hope to get players together sooner rather than later.”Bonner thanked his family, his employers, Findlater & Company, and his club, Na Rossa, for their support. The full make-up of Bonner’s backroom has yet to be confirmed. This will be done within the next fortnight with the October meeting of the county committee set to be put back to October 9 to allow for the ratification of the backroom team.Bonner had a previous spell as Donegal senior manager and was pipped to in the 1998 Ulster final by Derry during a three-year term.Bonner said: “It is an honour to be back as Donegal manager.“It is a big job and a big position. We have a lot of work to do. “It is a 24/7 job but I am prepared to give that commitment. That is what it takes.”It was here in the same suite of Jackson’s Hotel in 1997, on the night of his 32nd birthday, that Bonner was previously ratified as Tir Chonaill manager.Three candidates – Bonner, Cathal Corey and Sean Paul Barrett – were interviewed by the selection panel.Seamus McEnaney and Gary McDaid had been in the race initially before withdrawing their names before the interview process began.Donegal County Chairman Sean Dunnion said: “They put in a huge effort in coming forward. They presented themselves excellently and showed absolute passion for Donegal football and their vision for what they would like to bring. They had a huge effort in identifying members for their backroom team.“I know they are both very disappointed that they weren’t successful.”Dunnion refuted claims by Naomh Conaill delegate David Kelch that Corey, whom his club had nominated, was told at a second interview to strengthen his backroom team before being called back for a third time.Dunnion said: “He was not told to strengthen his backroom team. We discussed it but there was no indication that there would be a third interview.”It appeared likely that Donegal would hold off on making an appointment until the October meeting of the county committee – schedule for Monday-week, October 2 – but on Wednesday night, Bonner’s name emerged from the selection committee and a special meeting was convened.Bonner was the Donegal Under-21 manager for the last two years, winning an Ulster title earlier this year, while he won the Ulster minor title in 2014, when he took the Donegal minors to the county’s first-ever All-Ireland minor final.Bonner has been the front-runner for the post since the departure of Gallagher – who has since been installed as the new manager of Fermanagh – last month.Naomh Columba delegate Denis Ellis asked if any safeguards were in place to ‘protect clubs’ in relation to the availability of county players.Dunnion said: That was discussed with all the candidates. The conversation was more difficult this year as there is uncertainty in terms of what the playing season will look like.“We had discussions with all the candidates, but there is no absolute safeguards. We have a commitment to sit down with the CCC and the clubs to ensure maximum availability.”Declan Bonner ratified as Donegal manager and vows to keep county competitive was last modified: September 24th, 2017 by Chris McNultyShare 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:Declan BonnerLettermacawardNa RossaRory GallagherSean Dunnionlast_img read more

Get your ticket! Countdown is on for St Eunans’ College big Silver Circle Draw

Get your ticket! Countdown is on for St Eunans’ College big Silver Circle Draw

first_imgThe start of St Eunan’s College big fundraising drive is now getting very close and tickets are being snapped up.The well-known Letterkenny secondary school has issued an appeal for funding to continue their close relationship with the Parents’ Association.The Parents’ Association work with St Eunan’s to promote the Letterkenny school in every way possible which allows them to provide the best possible facilities for their students. The Silver Circle Draw will see those who buy a ticket receive a chance to win one of 83 prizes.And with the number of tickets limited to just 500, your chance of winning is almost one in five for those of you who did well in maths at St Eunans!Every month participants have the chance to win prizes between €50 and €500. In month 12 there are 10 prizes ranging from €100 to €1000.All profits from the draw will be used for the benefit of our students, present and future. In the past cash raised from such draws has contributed to the renovation of computer rooms, new furniture and technology in classrooms, restoration of the football pitch and support in the science labs.The school would like to continue to provide their many extra-curricular activities including all sports, computing, science and maths activities etc.However, without extra financial support this will prove difficult if not impossible.The first draw takes place on 14th May and monthly thereafter. If you would like to support the draw your contribution would be very welcome.Tickets are available from Donegal Stationery Co. in Letterkenny or from any parents association member. A statement from the college read: “The level of extra-curricular activities and student supports put in place by the College is staggering but also costly.“We constantly strive to upgrade our facilities to provide our students with the best possible opportunities to learn in the classroom and to avail of sporting and other extra-curricular activities.“Students compete and succeed at the highest level in sports, computing, BT Young Scientist, Scifest and National Science and Mathematics quizzes.“Our boys have received recognition for excellent results at Junior and Senior Level including participation in Science Olympiads and Scholarships. This year we have a finalist in the Pramerica “Spirit of Community Awards. “In recent years, your help has contributed to a complete restoration of the front pitch including a training area constructed of fibre-sand, renovation of the computer rooms, new furniture and technology in classrooms and additional support in our Science Laboratories.“We also offer the widest range of subjects at Leaving Certificate level in the country enabling our students to prepare for life after school.“These include Politics and Society, Leaving Certificate Physical Education and Leaving Certificate Computer Studies.“European languages, Art, Music, Science, Business and Technical subjects. These are all supported and enhanced by contributions to our school.“We appeal to the families of current students and to past pupils and all residents in the community to support this fundraiser.“By signing up to this draw you will allow us to continue our good work and ensure that the College remains one of the leading schools in the country providing excellence in education for the young men of Letterkenny and surrounding areas.”Tickets for the draw which offers 83 chances to win prizes can be bought at Donegal Stationery at Lower Main Street or from any member of the Parents Association.Principal of St. Eunans pictured with Students Parent Committee and former students and teachers at the launch of the St Eunan’s Silver Circle Draw. Photo Brian McDaid.Principal of St. Eunans pictured with Students Parent Committee and former students and teachers at the launch of the St Eunan’s Silver Circle Draw. Photo Brian McDaid.Former student and teacher Michael Murphy and Eddie Harvey at the St’ Eunan’s Silver Circle Draw.Former St. Eunan’s student Michael Murphy at the launch of the St Eunan’s Silver Circle Draw pictured with students, Oisin Randles Conor Walker, Jack Winters, Liam Keane and Kai Mc Hugh Photo Brian McDaid.Former St. Eunan’s student Michael Murphy at the launch of the St Eunan’s Silver Circle Draw pictured with students, Oisin Randles Conor Walker, Jack Winters, Liam Keane and Kai Mc Hugh Photo Brian McDaid.Principal of St. Eunans pictured with Students Parent Committee and former students and teachers at the launch of the St Eunan’s Silver Circle Draw. Photo Brian McDaid.Get your ticket! Countdown is on for St Eunans’ College big Silver Circle Draw was last modified: April 24th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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:letterkennyparents assoicationSt Eunan’s Letterkennylast_img read more

Warriors expected to make a determination on Stephen Curry’s return Wednesday

Warriors expected to make a determination on Stephen Curry’s return Wednesday

first_imgOAKLAND – The Golden State Warriors will make a determination Wednesday on whether Stephen Curry (groin) will return to action during the team’s upcoming three-game road trip, according to a team spokesman.Curry, who injured his groin in a 134-111 loss to the Bucks last week, has missed the team’s last three games. During Curry’s absence, the Warriors have gone 2-1. Curry’s return would come at an opportune time as the Warriors are set to face the Houston Rockets Thursday and then have …last_img