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COUNTDOWN TO CROKER – PICTURES OF THE DAY

COUNTDOWN TO CROKER – PICTURES OF THE DAY

first_imgEbb & Flow waiting hard on the final at Michael & Anne Watters house in Tullycleave, Ardara!!THE wacky things Donegal fans get up to never cease to amaze.Here’s all your pix for today – thanks to everyone who sent in pictures as the clock ticks to All-Ireland Final Sunday.Send yours to [email protected] Sara and Lea Keelan whose mum comes from Glenswilly but now lives in Monaghan show there true colours for DonegalCarndonagh’s Obama-style makeover of Jim McGuinnessPicture of Conal Hunter and Daniel ‘Don’t like getting wet’ Gallagher from Maghery, Dungloe. Both lads love their sailing so thought what better way to fly the Donegal flag than dying some of their sails in the county colours. They can be seen out in Dungloe Bay with these flying most evenings although the bottom of the boat is seen as often as the top!!! Pic Siobhan HunterCathair Browne (6), son of Eugene and Kate Browne from the Crossroads, Killygordon. Unfortunately the wee fella won’t get to go to the All Ireland even though he was at every other game this year (apart from the Tyrone game as Mum and Dad were on their honeymoon!!!). I know he would love this to be published, a fine young man and hopefully he will have other chances at going to see Donegal play in an All Ireland. Sending the wee man big love from Brisbane (I went home after 5 years away from Donegal to his Mum and Dads wedding this June) — thanks, Érin O’Ruain (Best Friend of Eugene Browne) Done!In the photo with John 3:7 at Houston Station on the morning of the Cork match, from left to right; Laura Ferry (Sweeney) – Gweedore, Yvonne Sweeney (Burtonport girl, turned Laois girl), Mr. John 3:7 himself, Seamus O Connor and Maureen Scully (2 Laois natives up in Dublin giving support to Donegal for the day) and Ciaran Ferry – Gweedore…Brid Sweeney produced another memorable pic from the Rosses  COUNTDOWN TO CROKER – PICTURES OF THE DAY was last modified: September 14th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:COUNTDOWN TO CROKER – PICTURES OF THE DAYlast_img read more

NORWICH CITY STAR RETURNS TO RAMELTON FOR TODAY’S RELAY FOR LIFE 5K

NORWICH CITY STAR RETURNS TO RAMELTON FOR TODAY’S RELAY FOR LIFE 5K

first_imgRelay for Life Donegal Ramelton 5k will be set of by none other than Norwich City Football Club Player and Ramelton Born Kyle Callan McFadden all in aid of Relay for Life.Registration is from 6pm at Ramelton Town Hall and the run and walk is from 7pm.  NORWICH CITY STAR RETURNS TO RAMELTON FOR TODAY’S RELAY FOR LIFE 5K was last modified: April 19th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:NORWICH CITY STAR RETURNS TO RAMELTON FOR TODAY’S RELAY FOR LIFE 5Klast_img read more

I didn’t sleep the previous night: Hanuma Vihari on opening in Boxing Day Test vs Australia

I didn’t sleep the previous night: Hanuma Vihari on opening in Boxing Day Test vs Australia

first_imgHanuma Vihari has been punching above his weight ever since he made his India debut and that’s why he is ready to deal with “low expectations” in a bid to change the popular perception of not being good enough for the T20 format in the upcoming IPL.Vihari is back in the IPL, which starts March 23, with the Delhi Capitals after going unsold at the auction for three years primarily due to an unimpressive strike rate of sub 100.”I think because of the slow strike-rate of the past, people won’t have expectations from me, which can be a great thing. I take it positively, because now I have a chance to prove them all wrong,” Vihari told PTI in an exclusive interview.The Delhi Capitals have a star-studded top order with Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, skipper Shreyas Iyer and the indomitable Rishabh Pant in the ranks.Vihari knows it will be a fight to get into the playing XI but he is ready to don the role of a finisher the same way he agreed to open for India in unfamiliar conditions in Melbourne.”Honestly, given that I am playing the IPL after a three-year gap, I am ready to go out there and bat anywhere the management asks me to, whether it’s at the top of the order, or in the role of a finisher.”On my part, I am really in a great mental space and a great position as far as my game is concerned. I am really well-prepared for everything right now,” the 25-year-old Andhra batsman said.advertisementHe was a part of Sunrisers Hyderabad in 2013 but a lot has changed since then. He has scored loads of runs for India A and also struck a fifty against England on his Test debut.”I am excited, and fully ready for the season ahead with Delhi Capitals. Mainly because in these three years, I have developed so much as a player.”I am much more confident of performing now. Also, we have a great mix of Indian and foreign players. I am really looking forward to playing under Shreyas and Ricky’s (Ricky Ponting) leadership,” Vihari said.The soft-spoken Vihari feels his India stint will make a difference as it has upped his confidence so necessary in a slam-bang tournament.”It gives me a huge boost for sure. I think things have worked out quite timely for me. The IPL opportunity could not have come to me at a better time.”Told to open a Test innings with another rookie, Mayank Agarwal, against Australia at the MCG, Vihari managed only 8 off 66 balls.However, what the scoreboard did not reflect was the manner in which Vihari blunted the new ball attack and gave Cheteshwar Pujara the platform to set up the victory with a dogged hundred.”It was quite tough. At the international level, the challenge of opening the innings is totally different from domestic. The deliveries come fast, and they come high.”The openers obviously are targeted more because the opposition wants early breakthroughs. But it’s exciting as well because walking out there to bat in front of 80,000 people at the MCG is quite an unbelievable feeling. I didn’t sleep the previous night,” he said.He is most comfortable in the middle order but won’t mind facing the red cherry at the start of an innings if asked to do so once again.”Yes, I will do whatever is needed for the team. These are situations you face as a sportsman, and you have got to learn to accept it. Whether it’s playing for India or Delhi Capitals, I don’t want to be tagged as the guy who is not a team man. I want to be out there for our team,” Vihari said with conviction.The best part about that MCG innings was the vote of confidence from national coach Ravi Shastri and captain Virat Kohli.”They said I did a great job. The number of runs didn’t matter. Because of the start, it made Pujara and Kohli’s job easier after that.”The difference in confidence was evident as he toyed with the Vidarbha attack during his twin hundreds for Rest of India in the Irani Trophy.Asked if the Vidarbha attack bothered him considering he had played the likes of Stuart Broad, Jimmy Anderson, Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazelwood in the preceding months?”Well, the two challenges are different for sure. But against Vidarbha, the wicket was a challenging one. They are a quality side, and I needed to be on top of my game in terms of focus and concentration. I am happy I could score centuries in both innings.”advertisementFor him, his mother is the biggest source of inspiration, who has helped him stay grounded despite all the adulation coming his way.”My mother is still the same. She keeps telling me to remain humble and grounded. And she tells me not to settle, just because I have earned my Indian cap doesn’t mean I should stop chasing my dreams.”He was recognised at the airports on arrival from England and Australia but the best part was coming out and finding his mother waiting to receive him.”She makes it a point to be at the airport each time I am back from a tour. And of course, prepares my favourite dishes when I am home. Anything she cooks is amazing, but her specialty is a dry fruit laddu it’s tasty and healthy.”last_img read more

Talking Horses: What Strike The Tiger is doing these days, plus tips

Talking Horses: What Strike The Tiger is doing these days, plus tips

first_img John Gosden’s plea fails to move BHA panel on Rab Havlin French drug ban The Recap: sign up for the best of the Guardian’s sport coverage Since you’re here… Share on Messenger Wesley Ward reacquired Strike The Tiger at the end of his racing career, which went quite badly downhill in the years after his Windsor Castle success. The horse had sentimental value for Ward, having been his first Royal Ascot winner, and is now one of 13 retired racers that Ward apparently keeps in Florida. “He’s wonderful with all the horses,” Ward said of Strike The Tiger in quotes published by Thoroughbred Daily News. “He ponies Lady Aurelia by himself. He’s just a real gentle soul as a horse. I just can’t let him take her behind the gate because when he goes near the gate he acts differently because he remembers his old days as a war horse.” Ward also expects to run Happy Like A Fool and Elizabeth Darcy at York’s Ebor meeting next week. Those two-year-olds have been based in Europe since they ran at Royal Ascot, so Lady Aurelia would have had to make the journey from the US by herself if the trainer had not decided to send Strike The Tiger along to keep her company. Today’s main racing is at Salisbury, where Coconut Creme (3.50) is a very likeable 5-1 for the Upavon Fillies Stakes, a Listed affair. A Cape Cross half-sister to the Nassau winner Sultanina, she went close in a similar contest in May, beaten only by the useful Mori, and then ruined her chance in the 12-furlong Ribblesdale by refusing to settle out the back. Nearly two months later, she may have made significant progress in the interim and comes from the William Haggas yard that maintains a high strike-rate. She is preferred to the favourite, Playful Sound, who has already failed three times at Listed level. I’m surprised to be offered 12-1 about Seamster (2.50) in an earlier sprint handicap. His claiming jockey, Laura Coughlan, lacks experience but knows this one well enough, having been on him three times in the past fortnight, most recently when they won at Lingfield on Saturday. That ended a long losing run for Seamster, who had dropped to a beatable mark, and he could be up to defying a penalty. There will be more of an accent on speed here than on Saturday but he won over a fast five furlongs at Thirsk last year. I think the market has picked the wrong favourite in the Beverley claimer, which can fall to the course specialist Talent Scout (3.40) at 2-1. Meanwhile, On Alberts Head (8.20) is interesting at Bangor tonight, having joined Neil Mulholland from Richard Woollacott. He’s 12lb below the mark from which he won at Huntingdon in May last year and is on offer at 11-4. Tips for all Wednesday races  Read more Share on LinkedIn Horse racing tips … we have a small favour to ask. 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We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Salisbury 1.50 Ornamental 2.20 Laubali 2.50 Seamster 3.20 Rigoletto 3.50 Coconut Creme 4.20 Funky Footsteps 4.50 Fine Example Newton Abbot 2.00 Charlie Rascal 2.30 Gettysburg Address 3.00 Galizzi 3.30 Alcala 4.00 Ilewindelilah 4.30 The Geegeez Geegee 5.00 Vintage Paradise Beverley 2.10 Biddy Brady 2.40 Sir Derrick 3.10 Baileys Excelerate 3.40 Talent Scout 4.10 Barwell 4.40 Beverley Bullet 5.15 Regal Mirage 5.45 Kibaar Bangor 5.50 Dance Rock 6.20 Excellent Team 6.50 Court Dismissed 7.20 Lieutenant Gruber (nap) 7.50 Raleagh Mountain 8.20 On Alberts Head Kempton 6.10 Global Exceed (nb) 6.40 Sarasota 7.10 Elizabteh Bennet 7.40 Natheer 8.10 Precious Angel 8.40 Envisaging 9.10 Zamadance Topics Share on Twitter Support The Guardian Horse racing features Share via Email Share on Facebook Talking Horses Today’s best bet, by Chris CookAny punter who managed to collect at 33-1 when Strike The Tiger won at Royal Ascot eight years ago might be interested to know that the horse, now 10, is back at a British racecourse for the first time since that heady day. Now working as a ‘companion thoroughbred’, the gelding travelled over from the US to York with Lady Aurelia at the end of last week and is settled there alongside the filly who is favourite for next week’s Nunthorpe Stakes.  Share on WhatsApp Reuse this content Read more Share on Pinterestlast_img read more