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Coach of the Year award a ‘major blessing’ for Lennox Graham

first_img HURDLES CONDITIONING Lennox Graham, who was named the Atlantic Region Women’s Track and Field Coach of the Year in the United States on Monday, says he has achieved his “short, medium and long-term goals” with that coveted award, while thanking God for what he called a “major blessing”. Graham earned the award through a vote among his peers, the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. “I am feeling very blessed for sure. First of all, you have to get coach of the year from your conference, and to get it from my region is a big blessing,” he told The Gleaner in a telephone interview. Graham continued: “I am achieving the short, medium term and long-term goals right now, just helping to shape young lives and while at it continue to enjoy life,” he pointed out. The Jamaican is the head coach of Johnson C. Smith University’s men’s/women’s track and field cross country programme, where he is currently in his eighth year of guiding the Golden Bulls. “It (coaching) comes with a lot of challenges which people don’t see, but we persevere,” Graham continued. “To get the support from my peers and to be named top coach from my region is a blessing.” It was Graham’s first time winning the top award. “You don’t start a season thinking about awards. For coaches, the real deal is athletes; we focus on producing them, but when we get awards like these, we feel a big level of appreciation.” Graham is responsible for conditioning 100m hurdles World Champion, Danielle Williams, her sister, Shermaine, and 400m hurdler Leford Green. A former Kingston College (KC) student-athlete with over 14 years of coaching experience at the junior and senior level, Graham, himself a hurdling champion, won six Boys Champs titles. He is also a 1984 graduate of Alabama State University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration. Graham later earned his master’s degree in business administration at The University of New Orleans, in 2006. Meanwhile, fellow Johnson C. Smith coach, Steve Joyner, congratulated Graham on the institution’s website. “For all your exemplary years of contribution to Johnson C Smith University, the CIAA and NCAA college basketball, I applaud you. For your leadership of our department, I respect and appreciate you,” Joyner said. “For your latest achievement of being inducted into the CIAA Hall of Fame, I congratulate you! Through it all you remain humble and true to the student-athletes in your care. Hearty CONGRATULATIONS. “Coach J! “This is a truly deserving award for your excellent services to the CIAA over the past decades.”last_img read more

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Neymar admits exaggerated reactions at World Cup in ad

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? “You may think I exaggerate. And sometimes I do exaggerate. But the truth is I suffer on the pitch,” Neymar said in the ad sponsored by personal care products maker Gillette.Since Brazil’s elimination, Neymar only spoke about the defeat in Russia via Instagram. In the ad he tried to explain why he did not speak right after the Belgium game, which fostered even more criticism of his behavior at home.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“When I leave without giving interviews it is not because I only want the victory laurels. It is because I still haven’t learned to disappoint you. When I look impolite, it is not because I am a spoiled kid. It is because I have not learned how to be frustrated,” the player said.Neymar said his football style is akin to a boy’s that “sometime charms the world, sometimes irritates the whole world.” ″I fight to keep that boy alive inside of me, but not on the pitch,” he said. Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Michael Andrew caps breakout US Nationals with 50 free win On July 20, at his first public appearance after the World Cup, Neymar did not talk about his exaggerations. Instead, he said he wasn’t upset with critics that made fun of his theatrics in Russia.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs MOST READ “You may think I fall too much,” Neymar continued. “But the truth is I did not fall. I fell apart,” he said, in a reference to Brazil’s quarter-finals elimination against Belgium. “That hurts more than any step on an operated ankle.”The piece ends with Neymar’s pledge to be a new man less than a month after Brazil was knocked out of the World Cup.“I took long to accept your criticism. I took long to look at myself in the mirror and become a new man,” Neymar said. “I fell, but only who falls can pick himself up.”Neymar ends his ad asking fans to make a choice.“You can keep casting stones. Or throw these stones away and help me stand. When I stand, all of Brazil stands with me,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew AP PhotoSAO PAULO — Neymar used a sponsor’s ad to admit he exaggerated some of his reactions after being fouled during the World Cup in Russia. The video, published Sunday and broadcast on several Brazilian TV networks, features the striker accepting criticism for the first time and promising to pick himself up.The striker scored two goals in the tournament and was not too disappointing until his team got knocked out by Belgium in the quarter-finals, but fans and players have spoken much more about his theatrics on the pitch, which included dives, rolling and frequent arguing with referees.ADVERTISEMENT Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West 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 LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

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Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts clerk charged with assault

first_imgA clerk attached to the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts was on Wednesday charged and taken before the court for assault.Brian Chow was cross charged along with James Rampersaud and they both appeared before Magistrate Alex Moore, where they both pleaded not guilty to the offence.It is alleged that on June 11, at Alexander Village, Georgetown, they assaulted each other with intent to cause actual bodily harm.Chow however faced two other charges. The first alleged that on the same day at the same location, he damaged property belonging to Rampersaud valued at ,000.He was also charged with using abusive language towards Rampersaud which was a breach of a bond to keep the peace.Both parties were granted ,000 bail each and are to return to court on July 11.last_img read more

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Campers evacuated from part of Peace Island Park

first_imgThe rest of park is still open, but the island will remain closed until water levels recede and the area is deemed safe.  Officials will now monitor water levels to make sure the rest of the park can remain open.If you have any further information, or pictures about this story, email Advertisement –last_img

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Fort St. John RCMP investigating truck set ablaze in Kin Park

first_imgFire prevention officer Curtis Redpatch says when the group of six firefighters arrived on-scene, the fire had already progressed to the point where it had gotten into the fuel tank.He says the fire took only a few minutes to extinguish and no injuries were reported.Cpl. Jodi Shelkie says the owner of the grey 2009 Chevrolet Silverado only noticed his vehicle had been stolen when the RCMP called him that morning.- Advertisement -The fire was discovered by a concerned resident on Saturday April 25, 2015 at 4:00 a.m.The RCMP is still trying to determine the exact cause of the fire and track down a suspect.Anyone who may have witnessed suspicious activity around the Kin Park area early Saturday morning is asked to call the Fort St. John RCMP at 250 787 8100 or Crime Stoppers at 1 800 222 8477.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Maradona calls for meeting with Argentina players

first_img0Shares0000Diego Maradona has been a vocal critic of Argentine football © AFP/File / Johannes EISELEBRONNITSY, Russian Federation, Jun 24 – Diego Maradona has requested a meeting with Argentina’s players in an attempt to inspire the struggling squad ahead of their crucial final World Cup group game against Nigeria.The two-time world champions must beat Nigeria in Saint Petersburg on Tuesday if they are to avoid a premature exit following a disastrous 3-0 defeat by Croatia. He said he would bring along other Argentina greats of the past for the motivational talk.“I would love to hold a meeting with them, with (Nery) Pumpido, with (Sergio) Goycochea, with (Claudio) Caniggia, with (Pedro) Troglio, even with (Daniel) Passarella if he wants to come, and with (Jorge) Valdano,” Maradona told Venezuelan TV channel Telesur.“We’re going to defend our honour, boys. It cost us too much to be where we are for Croatia to come and hit us for three goals and to leave with our arms crossed without anyone putting a foot in.”Maradona, who has criticised coach Jorge Sampaoli and striker Sergio Aguero in recent days, also took aim at Argentina Football Association (AFA) president Claudio Tapia in his latest outburst.“I’m furious and very upset inside, because anyone who wore that (Argentina) shirt can’t see it being trampled like that by a Croatian team that isn’t Germany, that isn’t Brazil, that isn’t Holland or Spain,” he said.“But there is a guilty party and the culprit is the president of the AFA. Everyone just accepted it when Sampaoli came in with computers, with drones, with 14 assistants.“I think there is a total lack of authority on Tapia’s part.”Javier Mascherano, one of the squad’s senior players, denied on Sunday that there was a rift between Sampaoli and the players.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Paris Saint-Germain steal a march on Arsenal and Liverpool in race for Ligue 1 star

first_img1 Alexandre Lacazette in action for Lyon Paris Saint-Germain have stepped up their interest in Alexandre Lacazette as they aim to pip Arsenal and Liverpool to his signature.The Lyon forward has been the stand-out performer in Ligue 1 this season, leading the league’s goal scoring charts with 27.Arsenal and Liverpool have both expressed an interest in the 23-year-old, who is thought to be considering a move away from his boyhood club.But, according to L’Equipe, PSG have stepped up their pursuit of Lacazette and are determined to sign the Frenchman.The Ligue 1 champions could be on the market for a new forward this summer as speculation grows around the uncertain future of Edinson Cavani.Manchester United have been linked with a move for the Uruguayan and if he were to leave Laurent Blanc has reportedly told PSG’s board to replace him with Lacazette.last_img read more

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Hamann’s verdict on ‘dire’ and ‘toothless’ Man United: ‘Champions League exit isn’t a surprise’

first_imgChampions League winner Dietmar Hamann has offered his damning assessment of the ‘dire’ Manchester United team, insisting their early Champions League was not a surpriseThe Red Devils were slammed by fans and a host of former players after a 3-2 defeat away to Wolfsburg meant they failed to qualify for the last 16 for only the fourth time in their history.Louis van Gaal was forced to field a weakened team for the crucial clash in Germany, with the likes of Wayne Rooney, Ander Herrera, Morgan Schneiderlin and Antonio Valencia all on the sideslines with injury.It meant United ended the game with inexperienced starlets Nick Powell, Guillermo Varela and Cameron Borthwick-Jackson on the pitch.But Hamann insists their injury woes are no excuse and that the Red Devils’ exit shouldn’t have shocked anyone after weeks of poor displays.Speaking on the Colin Murray show, the former midfielder said: “I don’t think you can blame the injuries or the team selection because Manchester United have been dire for a number weeks now.“I don’t think anybody can be really surprised they didn’t go through. I’m not surprised. They didn’t deserve to go through and the way they’re playing at the moment I think things will get worse before they get better.“It’s a major disappointment for a club the size of Man United, for the money they spent and the players they brought in over the summer, to get knocked out in a Champions League group where you would fancy any of the English top four sides to go through.”Man United currently sit fourth in the Premier League but their position perhaps flatters their recent performances, and fans have become frustrated with Van Gaal and distinct the lack of goals produced by his system.The Dutchman responded to his critics following Tuesday’s game, insisting that, despite their disappointment it Europe, his team have still improved since last year.But Hamann disagrees and says the Red Devils are suffering from the fact that their meagre strike force ‘no longer puts fear into teams’.“But the thing that worries me most about Man United is the way they play. They are where they are in the league because they defend very well, but they’re toothless going forward.“A bit part of the problem is Rooney. He’s the top earner, he carried that attacking line for the last five or six years but he’s clearly not in the same form anymore and I think there are major question marks over whether he is going to get it back.“They brought in Memphis Depay, he came with a reputation but I think he’s a player who turns up once or twice a month and you can’t rely on him. Martial is still a young kid who is learning the game, Mata is in and out of the team and Jesse Lingard is a talented player.“But it’s not like Beckham, Giggs, Cole and Yorke. It doesn’t put fear into teams.”last_img read more

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Soccer: USL panel in driving seat with another win in FAI Inter-Pros

first_imgTHE ULSTER SENIOR LEAGUE representative panel are right in the mix to win the Michael Ward Trophy following a comfortable 2-0 win over Connacht in Cork this afternoon.Fanad United’s Davitt Walsh scored twice as Peter Moran’s team won for the second time in as many games.The USL selection will face the hosts, Cork, in tomorrow morning’s clash at Turner’s Cross and have given themselves a superb chance of adding to their Intermediate Interprovincial successes of 1998, 2013 and 2014. Moran made seven changes to his starting XI with Walsh one of those included from the start today. Sam Todd, Jack Blake, Laurence Toland, Ryan Varma, Chris Flanagan and Adrian Delap were the others elevated to the starting line-up.Walsh had been unavailable last night as he was in Dublin, where he was presented with a Gold Medal for Marine Gallantry, honouring his heroism in the Buncrana Pier Tragedy when he saved the life of four-month-old baby Rionaghac-Ann.The USL took the lead just after the half-hour mark as Walsh opened the scoring.After a fine move down the left, Laurence Toland whipped a dangerous cross towards the front post and Walsh expertly turned home.Midway through the second half, they doubled the lead. Having surged forward from full-back, Bonagee United’s Gareth Breslin was taken down in the penalty area and the referee awarded a penalty.Walsh stepped up and neatly tucked home to the goalkeeper’s right-hand side.Ulster Senior League: Harry Doherty (Cockhill Celtic), Gareth Breslin (Bonagee United), Conor Tourish (Letterkenny Rovers), Peter Doherty (Cockhill Celtic), Sam Todd (Derry City Reserves), Jack Blake (Derry City Reserves), Laurence Toland (Swilly Rovers), Ryan Varma (Cockhill Celtic), Chris Flanagan (Letterkenny Rovers), Adrian Delap (Derry City Reserves), Davitt Walsh (Fanad United).Subs used: Stephen Duffy (Derry City Reserves), Derek Doherty (Cockhill Celtic), Mark Moran (Cockhill Celtic).Results – FAI Intermediate Interprovincial TournamentFriday Ulster Senior League 3 Leinster Senior League 1Munster Senior League 1 Connacht 0SaturdayUlster Senior League 2-0 ConnachtFixturesSaturday, October 15 3.30pmMunster Senior League v Leinster Senior LeagueO’Shea Park, BlarneySunday, October 16, 10.45amLeinster Senior League v Connacht Ringmahon ParkMunster Senior League v Ulster Senior League    Turner’s CrossSoccer: USL panel in driving seat with another win in FAI Inter-Pros was last modified: October 15th, 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)last_img read more

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first_imgDeputy Thomas Pringle arranged a tour of the Dáil for Teacher’s and Pupils of St. Catherine’s Vocational School, Killybegs.The Deputy personally met them and brought them on the tour explained the whole history of Leinster House  and how it became the Houses of the Oireachtas.The students asked to meet Deputy Luke Ming Flanagan and Deputy Mick Wallace who came and spoke at length to them about the importance of Government and the need to reform it. Said Deputy Pringle: “Everybody enjoyed the day, teachers and pupils alike. They headed back to Donegal tired but very happy after the the long trip.”TD GIVES ST CATHERINE’S PUPILS TOUR OF OIREACHTAS was last modified: June 11th, 2011 by gregShare 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:st catherine’s killybegsThomas Pringle TDlast_img read more