Americans over-promise, under-deliver in SKorea

first_imgYet there were far more times when flipping the channel was the better option.No amount of soaring visuals or tear-jerking features or hokey patriotism could gloss over this reality: Team USA did not live up to expectations at the 2018 Winter Olympics.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkThe flame was set to be doused Sunday night on a games that produced nine golds but only 23 medals overall, which represented the country’s lowest output since 1998 and, more perplexing, far below the U.S. Olympic Committee’s own target.If not for those shredders out at the snowboard mountain, who accounted for nearly half the golds (four) and seven medals in all, these Olympics would’ve been a total flop for the Americans. MOST READ Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Someone’s got some ’splaining to do.They should start with whoever came up with that full-screen slide, presented to the USOC last year, projecting the Americans would take a minimum of 25 medals, set a supposedly realistic target of 37, and even threw out the laughable possibility of making off with 59 if absolutely everything went according to plan (and, presumably, a bunch of nations didn’t show up).Short of persuading the international blue bloods to come up with a few more sports Americans might be good at — snow basketball, anyone? — there are some serious areas of concern that must be addressed right away.Hey, the clock is already ticking on Beijing.Speedskating might be the biggest trouble spot, especially since it’s produced more U.S. winter medals than any other, but women’s figure skating and men’s Alpine skiing aren’t far behind.ADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano LATEST STORIES Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tsukii seizes kumite Gold, focuses on making Olympics next PLAY LIST 01:24Tsukii seizes kumite Gold, focuses on making Olympics next00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player awardcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gamboa-St. Clare comes back to stun Perpetual Help Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed All were underachievers in Pyeongchang.Long-track speedskating made off with a single bronze, when it was projected to win at least three medals and had a target of four. While the powers-that-be wisely stayed away from the game plan that produced a Sochi shutout — hey, let’s train beforehand in totally different conditions than the Olympics and break in a new suit that actually makes us slower — the results were only marginally better.Some of the explanations were downright bizarre, such as Joey Mantia’s take after he came up about a second short of a bronze medal in the mass start. Remember, this is the guy who was reigning world champion.“I, ultimately, didn’t train hard enough or specific enough for this event,” he said.In what might have been the final Olympics of his brilliant career, Shani Davis didn’t have anything to say at all. He blew off the media by slipping out a back door, having produced finishes of seventh and 19th in South Korea.The future doesn’t look all that bright, either. With hardly anyone taking up the sport through traditional paths, speedskating has relied heavily on former inliners to keep up with the world. This team included four skaters from Florida and two others from North Carolina, all of whom crossed over from wheels to blades.But the U.S. is no longer a dominant inline force on the world stage, so that farm system could be drying up.Then there’s figure skating, the sport that largely drives the NBC gravy train. It was held to a pair of bronze medals in Pyeongchang (which, in fairness, was just one shy of its USOC target) and has fallen completely off the map on the women’s side.Fallen being the operative word.Mirai Nagasu, Karen Chen and Bradie Tennell all went down in the short program on the way to finishing ninth, 10th and 11th. What a tumble for the nation that produced seven gold medalists in women’s figure skating from 1952 in Oslo to 2006 in Turin. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours FILE – In this Feb. 21, 2018 file photo, Bradie Tennell, of the United States, falls while performing during the women’s short program figure skating in the Gangneung Ice Arena at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea. Tennell, Mirai Nagasu, and Karen Chen all went down in the short program on the way to finishing ninth, 10th and 11th – a tumble for the nation that produced seven gold medalists in women’s figure skating from 1952 in Oslo to 2006 in Turin. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)GANGNEUNG, South Korea — They had their moments, without a doubt.From a nerve-wracking victory in women’s hockey to the fun-loving guys over at the curling sheet to Shaun White’s spiraling run of redemption, the American athletes gave the folks back home some compelling reasons to stay up to all hours of the night.ADVERTISEMENT Russia and Japan are now the countries to beat. That doesn’t seem likely to change anytime soon since those two are also dominating at the world junior level, which usually serves up the next generation of gold medalists.With Lindsay Vonn and Ted Ligety likely on the way out, Alpine skiing is heading for a major changing of the guard after winning only one gold and three medals at these games.That was the fewest U.S. victories since 2002, the fewest podium finishes since 2006. The USOC had targeted four medals and the national governing body totally missed the mark, hoping for seven.Ligety’s fifth-place showing in the combined was the only top 10 from the men in the individual events.“We know we have to go into a rebuilding phase and develop some young skiers,” U.S. Alpine director Patrick Riml said. “Hopefully next time around, we can be competitive and perform on a high level.”Yep, there were some must-see moments for American at these Olympics.Just not nearly enough.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer View commentslast_img read more

FIFA takes control of Uruguay federation amid World Cup bid

first_imgThe intervention follows the AUF’s president, Wilmar Valdez, quitting a day before he was to stand for re-election last month. The vote was put on hold.FIFA says the electoral process “is not in accordance with the requirements of transparency as outlined in the FIFA and CONMEBOL statutes.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’CONMEBOL, the main South American soccer body, says there is “a lack of assurances” in AUF’s electoral process.FIFA and CONMEBOL stressed the “normalization committee” will run the daily business of the association, adapt AUF’s statutes to international standards and organize its elections. DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay — FIFA has taken temporary control of the Uruguayan soccer federation because of governance concerns as the country campaigns with Argentina and Paraguay to host the 2030 World Cup.FIFA said officials decided Tuesday to appoint a “normalization committee” that will run the federation, known as AUF, until Feb. 28, 2019.ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Peza offers relief to ecozone firms View comments ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hope floats Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil FIFA has yet to outline the formal bidding process for the 2030 World Cup.The postponement of the AUF vote came amid a corruption probe that has caused commotion in the South American country.Authorities are investigating whether there are recordings of Valdez discussing bribes to soccer executives and government officials during the purchase of lighting and security cameras for Uruguay’s stadiums.The 53-year-old Valdez became the AUF’s president in 2014 after his predecessor Sebastian Bauza resigned.Valdez’ temporary substitute is Edgar Welker, who accused FIFA of making the decision based on imprecise information given by CONMEBOL, the South American soccer body.The AUF is expected to decide soon whether it will extend the contract of coach Oscar Tabarez, who has led the national team for 12 years, taking it to three straight World Cups. He also lifted the 2011 Copa America for the Celeste.Tabarez is not expected to be on the bench on Sept. 7 when Uruguay faces Mexico in Houston.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES MOST READ Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Marcelo de Leon, the president of Uruguay’s referee association, told radio Sport that the intervention was requested by his colleagues, professional footballers and players of the national team.Several Uruguay players used their social media channels to share a letter in support to FIFA’s decision, saying it would bring “transparency, democracy and plurality to AUF.” They asked for a corruption probe to examine decisions made by the AUF over the last 20 years.In contrast, Uruguay’s government said FIFA has no right to intervene in the association.“There cannot be an international body intervening in a national body,” Education and Culture Minister Maria Julia Munoz said at a news conference. She said it is her ministry’s role to oversee whether private entities like AUF act in accordance with their own statutes or not.Uruguay stepped up its campaign to host the World Cup in South America in 2030 by holding events in Moscow during this year’s tournament.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Nagamootoo has much skill at deceit and deception

first_imgDear Editor,From his press conference held at the PNC Headquarters at Congress Place, it is clear that Mr Moses Nagamootoo has much skill at deceit and deception. When he asked the question, “Where is the Guyanese compassion?”, he opened himself to be accused of nakedly playing to the gallery, rather than focusing on the more important questions of the health of the nation’s affairs and the reasons for the political shellacking his party received at the just concluded polls.It would be remiss of me to let him get away with this glaring act of spinning the truth and replacing it with his usual convoluted misrepresentation of the facts. Please permit me, Editor, to list these few facts.Fact 1: This no-confidence motion tabled by the Leader of the Opposition was brought against a Government, not an individual. For the record and emphasis, this no-confidence motion is being tabled against the entire APNU/AFC (PNC-led) Government as a collective, and not against any individual.Fact 2: Whatever happens in Parliament when this motion is concluded will have ZERO impact on the personal affairs of His Excellency President Granger. After all, at this moment he is the President of all of Guyana, legally and legitimately. If the current APNU/AFC (PNC-led) Government of Guyana is to fall as a result of this no-confidence motion, the rules dictate that all current and former Presidents are entitled to a FULL presidential medical and pension package, which means in common parlance almost unlimited funds. So what is this non-sense from Mr Nagamootoo about compassion?We, the Guyanese people, including me, would rain down a ton of bricks on anyone if they attempt to mess with the medical benefits of any former or current President, because such an act would have been unconscionable and very un-Guyanese. But the truth remains: win or lose, Mr Granger’s medical benefits are fully protected and preserved, whether he is in office or out of office. This situation will not change; not now, not next year, not ever.Fact 3: Mr Nagamootoo, in his usually style of empty flambouyance, deliberately chose to side-step the record of his three-year-old APNU/AFC (PNC-led) Government. Instead, he sought to inject all sorts of innuendos, insinuations, words of intimidation, and wild inferences into his statements. And after all those theatrics, he and his team, with their tails between their legs, hid from the scrutiny of the Parliament on November 16, 2018 like cowards. What manner of people conduct themselves in such a milquetoast manner?With the kind courtesy of your pages, please permit my comments.Regards,Sasenarine Singhlast_img read more

TSU rank killed as boat capsizes in Potaro River

first_imgA young Guyana Police Force (GPF) rank attached to the Tactical Services Unit (TSU) is feared dead after the boat he was travelling in capsized in the Potaro River, Region Eight (Potaro-Siparuni).Dead: Special Constable Akeem HylesThe incident occurred sometime around noon on Friday in the Amatuk Falls area.The dead man has been identified as Special Constable 14536 Akeem Hyles, 22, of New Amsterdam, Berbice.According to a release from the Police, Hyles was in a boat with other Police ranks, members of the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) and representatives of the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC). The team was on its way to the conduct raids on illegal mining camps in the area during which the boat came into contact with the rough terrain and subsequently capsized.Police’s Public Relations Officer Ivelaw Whittaker reported that “the body has not yet been recovered and a search is in progress”.Whittaker went on to say that Hyles had departed the Ogle Airport Friday morning along with the other members of the Joint Services, who were dispatched to assist the GGMC in dealing with illegal mining being carried out in the Kaieteur National Park area.Guyana Times contacted F Division (Interior locations) Commander Rabindranauth Budhram, who confirmed there was an accident and that his ranks were on their way to the site at the time.Guyana Police Force extended sincere condolences to the parents, relatives and friends of Special Constable Akeem Hyles.last_img read more

Lakers notes: Kupchak takes trip to China

first_imgKupchak described the Chinese Basketball Association games as being “very competitive,” but said he couldn’t answer the question of whether a Chinese player might join the Lakers in the next decade. “In the next 10 years, I could see several Chinese players in the league,” Kupchak said. “I couldn’t say there’d be 30 or 40, but I can see multiple players in the league. Would one of those guys end up on a Lakers roster? I don’t know.” The Lakers took a step toward that end in hiring Gary Boyson, a Hong Kong-based scout, last season. Kupchak had not traveled to China before his January trip, although the Lakers have made two or three trips a year to Europe in the past decade. “There’s a chance that this year one of the players we went to see is going to be in the draft,” Kupchak said. “So this was the year (to go). Next year, although I can see basketball continuing to grow at a healthy rate there, the competitive nature there, I don’t know if there’ll be a draftable player next year.” Midseason review: Before the Lakers left for the All-Star break, coach Phil Jackson offered his thoughts on the first 50-plus games. Given the rash of injuries in training camp, Jackson was asked if he would have taken a 30-23 record back in October. “I told the team, `We’re not unhappy with what our record is, but we’re not happy with how we’ve played the last two weeks, the last three weeks actually,”‘ Jackson said. Jackson said he was hopeful that center Kwame Brown and forward Luke Walton could return from their respective sprained ankles soon after the break. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! One of the frustrations of the job for Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak is sometimes fighting traffic to attend a college game, only to watch the player he came to see sprain an ankle or struggle with foul trouble. But Kupchak was investing more than just a couple of hours on the Southern California highways when he flew to China in late January for a six-day scouting trip. center_img It was Kupchak’s first trip to the country and he went with a list of three or four prospects he wanted to see. Assistant general manager Ronnie Lester also made the trip, which Kupchak described Thursday as being “worthwhile.” Although Kupchak could not comment on the players he saw, 19-year-old forward Yi Jianlian is regarded as a potential first-round draft pick. Jianlian is a 7-footer who would follow Wang Zhizhi, Mengke Bateer and Yao Ming into the NBA. last_img

STUNNING! Check out this cracking goal from Liverpool youngster in Youth Cup

first_imgBen Woodburn showed exactly why he is rated as one of Liverpool’s most promising talents during the FA Youth Cup clash with Cardiff City on Wednesday night.The 16-year-old forward netted a brilliant goal at Prenton Park to help his side seal a 3-0 win, bringing down a long pass on his chest and coolly lobbing the Bluebirds ‘keeper without even glancing at the goal.last_img

DONEGAL STUDENTS GET READY FOR JAILBREAK 2014

first_imgDaire and PaulDONEGAL university students will today attempt a Jailbreak – to escape from Ireland.Daire Mc Mullin from Stranorlar, a student in Trinity College Dublin and pal Paul McDonagh-Forde are among 100 students who have 36 hours to travel as far away from Dublin as possible without spending a single cent!They are required to beg, borrow or blag their travel costs, regardless of the destination. It’s a charity based initiative and all funds raised are given to the students’ designated charities.Last year two students made it all the way to Buenos Aires, Argentina.Daire and Paul leave Kilmainham Jail today with the rest of the teams – and have until 9pm Sunday to get as far away as possible.Said Daire: “We’re really looking forward to it – and we plan a few surprises!” We’ll keep you up to date on their progress……..DONEGAL STUDENTS GET READY FOR JAILBREAK 2014 was last modified: February 22nd, 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:donegalJailbreak 2014Stranorlarlast_img read more

DONEGAL COUPLE HOPING TO ‘GRIND’ OUT SOME MUCH NEEDED CASH FOR WORTHY CHARITY

first_imgRonan and Lorraine Floyd on their wedding day.A Donegal couple have thought of a unique way to raise money for charity by hosting a day of grinds this weekend.Ronan and Lorraine Floyd are both qualified teachers and will deliver grinds to any students seeking some extra tuition.The cost of attending the grinds will go towards a charity effort close to the couple’s heart. They’re desperate to raise much needed finance for the James Connolly Memorial Hospital in Carndonagh.The hospital has a special place in the heart of their family, Lorraine’s brother has spent the last thirty years in the facility.A HSE bus service which previously took the permanent residents out of the hospital once-a-week to enjoy recreational activities has been cut due to a lack of funding.This cutback prompted Lorraine and Ronan to embark on a fundraising initiative to raise enough money to restore the service to the hospital. The couple who live in Ranafast are hoping to raise €5,000 to help get the bus back on the road.Lorraine and Ronan have decided to utilize their skills by delivering grinds this weekend at The Mount Errigal Hotel.The grinds will last from 10-4.30pm.All money raised from the grinds will go to restoring the bus service at the James Connolly Memorial Hospital.The couple hope that the fact it’s beneficial for students, and with all money raised going towards such a fantastic service, that it will encourage parents to enrol their kids into the grinds this weekend. Ronan Floyd told Donegal Daily, “We’re hoping we get a good turn-out, I’m going to teach Leaving Cert Maths on Saturday for both ordinary and higher level students.“I’ll test the water and see if there is a demand out there for people to avail of these extended grinds.“Lorraine teaches Irish so if it’s successful this weekend, we’ll host Irish grinds the following week.“I charge €35 for a 1-hour grind, so students will get six grinds for the price of two. “We’re charging €100 per head and every penny of that is going towards restoring the bus service.“Lorraine’s brother has been at the hospital for over thirty years and he loved getting out every week for the day.“It’s saddened the whole family that the service was suspended due to a lack of funding.“That’s why we’re hoping we can get a good turn-out this weekend and raise as much money as we possibly can.With more and more students availing of grinds in the run-up to the Junior and Leaving cert examinations, it’s a fantastic initiative which is beneficial for both parties.For more information contact Ronan on 0879842494 or Lorraine on 0749189857 or 0879525185.DONEGAL COUPLE HOPING TO ‘GRIND’ OUT SOME MUCH NEEDED CASH FOR WORTHY CHARITY was last modified: January 20th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:charityFeaturesfundraiserGrindsHSEJames Connolly Memorial HospitalLorraine FloydnewsRonan Floydlast_img read more

MASS ROCK TRADITION TO TAKE PLACE AGAIN IN WEST DONEGAL

first_imgThe tradition of the Mass Rock is being ‘resurrected’ this year on Sunday 5th June at 5pm in West Donegal.Everyone is asked to park at either Meenacross Social Centre or Maghery Centre where buses will run at 3:45, 4:00 and 4:15pm.There will be NO parking from Cleendra Brae to Meenacross due to health and safety reasons. People are encouraged to walk from both meeting points also. Those attending are asked to be mindful of the terrain and wear suitable shoes.Huge thanks is extended to the Houston family for allowing access to the site, Martin Duddy and Hugh White for providing bus service, and to Enda Mc Carry and his crew and all the stewards and volunteers.MASS ROCK TRADITION TO TAKE PLACE AGAIN IN WEST DONEGAL was last modified: May 17th, 2016 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:MAGHERYMass RockTRADITIONWest Donegallast_img read more

Tottenham miss out on talented midfielder as German giants seal deal

first_img Maximilian Philipp has left Freiburg Borussia Dortmund have completed the signing of Maximilian Philipp, the talented midfielder who was wanted by Tottenham.As talkSPORT told you this week, Dortmund were on the brink of securing a deal to land the 23-year-old from Freiburg.And now the German giants have confirmed the signing of Philipp, who has emerged as one of the best young midfielders of his kind in Europe.Sporting director Michael Zorc told the club’s official website:”We are happy that we have secured the transfer of Maximilian Philipp, who is highly sought after both here in Germany and abroad.“He is versatile and can play as an attacking midfielder, he has a good shot and he has a fantastic future ahead of him.” 1last_img