Dortmund hold Madrid to top group

first_imgMADRID (AP):With a late equaliser by substitute Marco Reus, Borussia Dortmund drew 2-2 with defending champions Real Madrid yesterday to win Group F and set a scoring record of 21 goals in the group stage of the Champions League.Karim Benzema netted in each half at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium to give Madrid a 2-0 lead, but forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang pulled the German side closer in the 61st, and Reus struck the equaliser in the 88th.Madrid were left with the consolation prize of matching the club’s 34-game unbeaten streak that had stood since the late 1980s.Dortmund finished the group with 14 points, two more than Madrid. Legia Warsaw, which defeated Sporting Lisbon 1-0 in Poland, finished third with four points to qualify for the Europa League.Cristiano Ronaldo was held scoreless for the fourth straight time in the Champions League, again missing the chance to become the first player to score 100 goals in European competitions. His total remains at 98.Benzema opened the scoring from close range in the 28th, completing a low cross by Dani Carvajal from the right flank. The Frenchman added to the lead in the 53rd with a firm header after a well-placed cross by James Rodriguez.Aubameyang scored from inside the area and then set up Reus’ equaliser after a quick counter-attack.Aubameyang’s goal helped Dortmund match the previous record of 20 group-stage goals, a mark that had been achieved by three other clubs: Barcelona, this season and in 2011-12; Madrid in 2013-14; and Manchester United in 1998-99.Dortmund’s campaign this season included 6-0 and 8-4 routs against Legia.The draw allowed Zinedine Zidane’s team to match Madrid’s unbeaten run set under coach Leo Beenhakker in the 1988-89. Madrid haven’t been defeated since April at Wolfsburg in the quarter-finals of last season’s Champions League.CLOSE CHANCESRonaldo’s best chance on Wednesday was a close-range shot that struck the far post in the 78th minute. He had also come close 10 minutes earlier with a right-foot strike that forced a difficult cross-handed save by Dortmund goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller.He remains the competition’s all-time leading scorer with 95 goals, two more than Lionel Messi, who netted his 93rd in Barcelona’s 4-0 win over Borussia Moenchengladbach on Tuesday. It was Messi’s 10th goal in the group stage, one short of Ronaldo’s record of 11 achieved last year.Ronaldo only scored two goals in this season’s group stage, his worst mark since joining the Spanish club in 2009.ScoresBayer Leverkusen 3 – 0 MonacoClub Brugge 0 – 2 CopenhagenPorto 5 – 0 LeicesterJuventus 2 – 0 Dinamo ZagrebLegia 1 – 0 SportingLyon 0 – 0 SevillaReal Madrid 2 – 2 Borussia DortmundTottenham 3 – 1 CSKAlast_img read more

THE LONG AND SHORT OF IRISH SOCCER – WALSHY ON WEDNESDAY

first_imgLONG AND THE SHORT OF ITWhile much has been said and written about the Republic’s much improved second half display against Poland, the bare fact is that we dropped two points at home whatever way you look at it.Sure it could – and was three minutes away from being so – have been worse had it not been for substitute, Shane Long, drifting into space to get on the end of Wes Hoolohan’s headed pass to secure the equalizer. by Paddy Walsh, Donegal’s Top Sports ColumnistWalshyAnd while Long and several of his team-mates raced in the direction of the corner flag to acclaim the goal, there was Jonathan Walters picking the ball out of the net in an effort to speed up the kick-off and, perhaps, push for a winning score. Not to be but at least he saw the urgency of the situation and wasn’t happy to accept a share of the spoils.With all the possession the home side enjoyed in that second period, we should have created more and been in a position to go on and win it from early on.On the plus side, Martin O’Neill’s men recovered with a few tactical changes from a below par opening half which saw the Poles dominate for long spells and go into a deserved lead midway through it. As predicted last week, Shay Given, got the nod over David Forde, and couldn’t be faulted for the goal, coming as it did through a series of defensive errors out on the right.“It would have been really interesting if we’d got it [the equalizer] five minutes earlier; we might have had a second had it not come a little bit too late but we created a lot of chances, hit the post and the crossbar and on another night we could have snatched the win,” the Lifford stopper summed it up.Fellow Donegal international, Seamus Coleman, enjoyed a much better second half and indeed could- should – have netted the equalizer when put into a more than half decent position by the generally disappointing Robbie Keane (how he was allowed stay on the field for the full ninety-five minutes is baffling seeing as he contributed so little).There was a mixed night for the other two players this county can lay half a claim to – both James McCarthy and Aidan McGeady only showing in fits and starts (and more fits at that).There were plenty of positives to take from the game but we won’t be able to take any from the game against Scotland in the summer if we repeat this result even with the best of performances. UNITED IN SOCCER? DON’T THINK SOIt’s June 25th, 1982 and forty-seven minutes into the World Cup Finals meeting of Spain and Northern Ireland, Gerry Armstrong is smashing home the goal that wins the game and shocks the footballing world. And the entire island of Ireland is on its feet in rapturous celebration. Our cross border neighbours have pulled off a big one and the soccer brethren have united in hailing a stunning victory, achieved with ten men after Mal Donaghy’s sending off.Switch forward eleven years, Windsor Park, Belfast, November 17th, 1993. And Republic of Ireland midfielder, Alan McLoughlin, has cracked home a 78th minute equalizer for Jack Charlton’s team that will propel his team to the 1994 World Cup Finals in the U.S.But this time the celebrations are divided. True, there were many football followers in the likes of Derry and Strabane who were leaping off their feet but for the vast majority sandwiched into Windsor Park that night, it was a bitter finale to a game that Northern Ireland didn’t need to win but did their very utmost to trump the Republic’s World Cup ambitions. You certainly couldn’t have argued with their determination on that night of nights – the other teams in the group would have expected nothing less – and you certainly would have admired Jimmy Quinn’s stunning volley that put Billy Bingham’s team in front.But it was the sheer bitterness and hatred that poured down off the terraces that evening that stands out. Yes, the Troubles were a factor but only part of it.I remember watching the game in the Central Bar in Letterkenny and that hostility and sheer venom fairly crackled off the T.V. screen and those brave Republic fans – and I know a few of them – who were actually present at the match will tell you that the intensity of animosity was much, much worse in close proximity.And none of it helped by the sight of host manager, Billy Bingham, heading down the touchline to his dugout after half-time and inciting the locals to more poisonous malice.It was a letter in Monday’s ‘Belfast Telegraph’ from a Donegal based correspondent that got me thinking of that particular encounter and, indeed, Northern Ireland’s adventure in Spain in 1982.A Scotsman, residing in Muff, Daithi McGonigal, hailed the “wonderful achievement” of the Irish rugby team in claiming the Six Nations title.“Hockey, boxing and cricket are also organised on an All-Ireland basis, so why is there not an All-Ireland soccer side?,” Daithi posed the understandable question, adding: “As the late Ian Paisley once said: “United we stand, divided we fall.”Notwithstanding the fact that Northern Ireland are on the verge of qualifying for next year’s European Championship Finals following that win over Finland at the weekend, I don’t believe too many in their camp would be in favour of such a united front at this particular time (or, perhaps, any other time you can name).For some of us on this side of the border that experience from twenty-two years ago still rankles and would undoubtedly colour – it certainly does mine – any ambitions of an All-Irish team going into battle.Yes, things have changed over the past few years and the bitterness may have been eroded somewhat from that November night but I still feel it would cause more trouble than its worth.And should the North qualify for the 2016 Euro Finals, how many of us would be able to shed our disquiet and lend them our full support as we had done way back in 1982?DONEGAL TAKE HARTEMickey HarteJust like Tyrone, I didn’t make it to Ballybofey last Sunday but by all accounts Donegal were in control right from the first whistle. That impressive display in the Kingdom was seemingly matched by another cohesive performance that ensures survival in the top rank for another year.The criticism the team, both management and players, took for that abysmal display against Monaghan obviously resulted in much soul searching and the outcome of that has been a better shape to their play and a more fluid approach.Not that Rory Gallagher’s men can take all the credit. For it appears that Tyrone were a shadow of their former selves and were a well-beaten team long before the end.Even the emerge of the normally influential Sean Cavanagh at half-time failed to ignite the spark that once was Mickey Harte’s side.When they return for that Ulster Championship Preliminary found clash on May 17th, we can surely expect better things from them. But I’m not sure. And I believe we could be watching the end of an era and the final days of the Harte regime.DIRECTIONLESSBig surprise that Finn Park wasn’t teeming with a mass of screaming schoolgirls last Friday night given the invitation handed out on social media earlier in the week.Somebody asked that Zayn Malik come along to the Ballybofey venue for the match against Cobh Ramblers – even going as far as suggesting he could avail of a half-price offer from the soup stall. Now only a vegetable would turn that down.Didn’t see him there myself but that’s not to say he wasn’t smuggled in under cover of a blue and white jersey and scarf.Who he, the odd one out there might be asking? To which we can only furnish the clue that Harps are only going in the one direction this year.Though they’ll need to improve vastly from the hoof and hope game that dominated a particularly scrappy display against the league’s basement boys.But good to see French striker, Wilfried Tagbo, on the mark with a well taken opening goal and also to see Kevin McHugh net his first score of the new campaign. Hopefully, he can surpass last season’s dismal – for him – tally of four.MARTY ON THE MOVEJockey Martin HarleyThere I was trawling the television stations on Saturday afternoon when this Donegal accent caught my attention on Channel 4. And when I saw the face that went with it and it, and the rest of him, sitting aboard a horse and being interviewed at Doncaster racecourse, I guessed Marty Harley had just ridden another winner (always so sharp on these occasions, I am).Naadirr had just romped home in the 2.35. and a modest Marty was given him his mount due credit. “He’s immense”, declared the Letterkenny man.The same for which could be said of the rider who followed that up with a third place on Moonharib in the 3.45.The new flat season is upon us – look out for more winning enclosure appearances from Rathdonnell’s favourite son.WHITE ONCommunications Minister, Alex White, is ruffling a few feathers in the Irish Rugby Football Union with his determination to ensure future Six Nations matches are open to terrestrial television viewers.He is considering adding Ireland’s home games in the tournament to the list of free-to-air events and will bring a report on the issue to the Cabinet soon.Hopefully, he will win out. But the I.R.F.U. are apparently opposing such a move and will be battling hard, it seems, to send the coverage SKY wards.It appears that the rugby authorities have forgotten just how popular the sport has grown here, thanks, in very large measures, to the continued coverage by the likes of R.T.E. and TG4.PASSING GAMEThe death has been announced of Gaelic Football, formerly of Croke Park and other venues.Deceased, who had been in ailing health for some time, was well known throughout the country where he had been hugely popular for several centuries.Mr. Football, who is survived by his siblings, Hurling, Camogie and Handball, had been an energetic figure throughout his lifetime.Born in Thurles, County Tipperary in 1884 – though many say he was active long before that – he enjoyed a very large fan base and was a frequent visitor to Donegal.One associate, Mr. Joseph Brolly, spoke passionately about him this week: “He was a marvellous sight in his prime but I felt that he was losing touch with his roots in recent times.“He actually took ill in Donegal where they had to wrap him in a blanket which I don’t think helped him at all.”Acknowledged another former friend, Mr. Jarlath Burns: “I saw this coming a long way back but I’m still hopeful I can bring him back to life.”Mass (defence) at high noon. No flowers. Donations in loo alongside deceased.THE LONG AND SHORT OF IRISH SOCCER – WALSHY ON WEDNESDAY was last modified: April 1st, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Walshy on Wednesdaylast_img read more

Questions raised over whether Letterkenny bus is still operating

first_imgA lack of awareness and promotion of the Letterkenny Town Bus Service has been highlighted after a local councillor said he did not know if it was still on the road.Cllr McMonagle said confusion surrounds the operation of the urban bus as many people are unaware that it exists.Speaking at the Letterkenny Municipal District meeting on Tuesday, Cllr McMonagle asked for “an update on the current service, if at all there is one.” “In recent weeks I’ve been asked by people what is the timetable for the bus service. We have bus stops and people standing at them and there’s no bus coming.”Cllr McMonagle said there is an appetite locally for a working service and he called on the council to take whatever steps are necessary to upgrade and improve the current service.Cllr McMonagle was informed that the National Transport Authority now holds responsibility for the town bus. Director of Service, Liam Ward said the passing of the motion gives the local authority an opportunity to contact the NTA and seek improvements.Donegal Daily later confirmed with Doherty’s Travel, the operators of Letterkenny Town Bus, that the service is currently in operation as normal. The timetable is available on https://www.dohertyscoaches.com/coachservices.htm Questions raised over whether Letterkenny bus is still operating was last modified: March 13th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:CLLR GERRY MCMONAGLELetterkenny Municipal Districtletterkenny town buslast_img read more

Jose Mourinho laments timing of international break for Manchester derby

first_imgManchester United manager Jose Mourinho said the international break has made his plans for the Manchester derby a bit more “complicated” than he would have liked, especially with his South American players returning a day before the clash.With a bulk of the United squad away on international duty and striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic being given an extended break, Mourinho has been left with almost none of first team players to work with since Saturday’s last-gasp win over Hull City. (Also read: Marcus Rashford scores late, earns Man United 1-0 win at Hull)The former Chelsea and Real Madrid manager will also have first-choice right back Antonio Valencia and squad players, goalkeeper Sergio Romero and defender Marcos Rojo, arrive at the club’s training ground, 24 hours before the Sept. 10 fixture. “We keep eight outfield players and Sam Johnstone as the goalkeeper. We are going to lose the others and we don’t know the way they train, the way they recover, the life they are going to have with their national teams,” Mourinho told MUTV.”Some are coming back on the Monday before the Manchester City match but some are coming back on Friday. The day before Man City, we will still have Sergio Romero, Marcos Rojo and Valencia arriving.”It will be a complicated process but we know it is like this when we have these players. And I would love all of the players to go because it would mean that everybody is being selected for their national teams.”There was little love lost between Mourinho and Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola when the Portuguese was in charge at Madrid and the Spaniard led Barcelona. (Also read: Can Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho walk the talk in the Premier League?)advertisementThey will renew hostilities after the international break at Old Trafford with both sides protecting 100 percent records after three Premier League matches.last_img read more

New Categories Added to PM’s Youth Awards

first_img New categories and features have been added to the Prime Minister’s National Youth Awards for Excellence, which returns this November after a three-year hiatus. New categories and features have been added to the Prime Minister’s National Youth Awards for Excellence, which returns this November after a three-year hiatus.For the first time, awards will be presented for excellence in Innovation, Science and Technology and Environmental Protection.These are in addition to the traditional areas of Agriculture, Sports, Youth-In-Service, Arts and Culture, Journalism, Entrepreneurship, Academics and Leadership.Making the announcement at a press conference at the Ministry’s National Heroes Circle offices in Kingston on June 19, State Minister for Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Floyd Green, explained that the new categories were created to “send a clear signal to our young people that those are the areas to embark upon”.“Those are areas that are very important to our growth agenda, and they are important to our country in general,” he added.Meanwhile, the category of Journalism will now include e-Journalism in recognition of the increasing distribution of content via the Internet, while Social Entrepreneurship has been added to the Entrepreneurship award category.A special Jamaica 55 award has been created for 55 young persons who have demonstrated outstanding and consistent voluntary service at the community level.The awardees in the Jamaica 55 category will be eligible for project grants from the Ministry to further their community and youth development work.Mr. Green noted that the decision to reintroduce the PM Awards was to fittingly recognise young people’s critical role in transforming Jamaica.He is encouraging youths between the ages of 15 and 29, who excel in the various areas, to apply for the awards before the August 31 deadline.Jerome Cowans, who received the Award for Excellence in Leadership in 2011, said the national recognition has empowered him to continue his work in helping young people in his community. Jerome started a homework programme to help at-risk youngsters.His has gained recognition for his leadership skills from her Majesty the Queen, former United States President Barack Obama and the Nelson Mandela family.Introduced in 1998, the Prime Minister’s National Youth Awards for Excellence was created to recognise young Jamaicans who have excelled and contributed to national development in various areas. Since its inception, 165 awards have been conferred.Nomination forms can be accessed at the Ministry’s website at www.moey.gov.jm, www.youthjamaica.com and at Youth Information Centres islandwide. Meanwhile, the category of Journalism will now include e-Journalism in recognition of the increasing distribution of content via the Internet, while Social Entrepreneurship has been added to the Entrepreneurship award category. For the first time, awards will be presented for excellence in Innovation, Science and Technology and Environmental Protection. Story Highlightslast_img read more

Attawapiskat also facing health crisis residents

first_imgAPTN National NewsHousing conditions on Attawapiskat are capturing the headlines.But the sad truth is there are many challenges that the community faces.As APTN National News reporter Ossie Michelin found out in Attawapiskat, many are struggling daily just to stay alive.last_img

Bears Grant Matt Forte 4Year Extension

Bears Grant Matt Forte 4Year Extension

Matt Forte has been a rock-solid running back for the Chicago Bears for years, and the team has just not gotten around to showing its appreciation of the Pro Bowl running back.The sound and reliable Forte agreed to terms on a four-year contract worth roughly $32 million,The Bears had placed their franchise tag on Forte in March and the sides had until 4 p.m. today to reach an agreement. Without a long-term deal, Forte would have had to play the 2012 season under the $7.749 million tender or sit out the season.The deal is a sign of respect for Forte. He has been under-appreciated most of his career and when he sprained the medial collateral ligament in his right knee early in a Dec. 4 loss to Kansas City — shelving him for the season — it would not have been a surprise if the Bears held back on a new deal.Forte went into last season looking for an extension, but was disappointed when the sides could not did not reach an agreement with the Bears. There was a point where he believed he would be playing his last year in a Bears’ uniform because they could not come to terms.But look at him now. Forte got rewarded with a multi-year deal even though the team had not seen how he fared after the injury.Without Forte and quarterback Jay Cutler, the Bears struggled down the stretch and finished third in the NFC North, missing the playoffs with an 8-8 record.Still, Forte was so strong before his injury that he still got his first Pro Bowl selection. He finishing with 1,487 yards from scrimmage and 997 rushing in his fourth season. He averaged 4.9 yards per carry. Forte was the first Chicago running back to make it to the Pro Bowl since Neal Anderson following the 1991 season. read more

More people show interest in online pharmacies

More people show interest in online pharmacies

first_imgA survey released on Wednesday revealed that about 90 per cent people are interested in online purchase of medicines.The survey was undertaken by Consumer Online Foundation, one of the leading consumer organisations in India, and Bureau of Research on Industry and Economic Fundamentals (BRIEF).A total of 4,600 people belonging to all age groups were interviewed for the survey. Around half the respondents were in the age group of 18 to 34 years. Of all the respondents, 88 per cent were males, while 12 per cent were females. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’According to the survey, consumers belonging to the age groups 65 to 70 years and 35 to 44 years showed the highest intent to use e-pharmacy in the market.“Around 74 per cent of the respondents agreed that convenience in choosing the time and location for the delivery of orders would improve the acceptability of e-pharmacy in the market,” the survey pointed out.“Around 84 per cent of the respondents are of the opinion that low prices, discounts, and savings on purchases would be a big feature that would attract consumers towards e-pharmacy,” it added. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixAccording to the survey, 50 per cent of people said selling medicines without prescription is a norm and while 50 per cent of respondents admitted buying medicines from a chemist shop without prescription, 36 per cent never received any bill for the medicines bought. The survey also reveals that Drugs & Cosmetics Act, 1940 is the most flouted law in India with rise in medicines being sold without prescriptions and proper records through offline media. Founder of Consumer Online Foundation and Patient Safety and Access Initiative of India Foundation Bejon Misra said: “Government has set up a sub-committee to establish guidelines for online sale of medicines, scheduled to meet on July 8, for which the consumer survey finding can be helpful.”“The survey highlights the need for strict enforcement of all the existing laws and immediate legislation in place of the existing Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940. It can also bring changes in certain sections of all the other relevant laws to keep pace with changing timings and take stringent action against such criminals who are undermining the health and safety of the citizens,” he added.last_img read more