Gilas gets break: Iran resting Haddadi

first_imgMissile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano MOST READ Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite PH volleyball team names official spokespersons Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade Hamed Haddadi, left, Mehdi Kamrani, middle, and Nikkhah Bahrami share a laugh while heading back to the bench. Fiba.comGilas Pilipinas’ path to the Jones Cup Invitational championship got a boost after reports that Iranian center Hamed Haddadi might skip events for his national team to focus on the World Cup Qualifying tournaments next year.Fiba.com reported on Tuesday that Haddadi, easily one of the most dominant centers in the region in the last decade, would not be playing for Iran in the Fiba Asia Championship, an event that doesn’t count in the Qualifying process.ADVERTISEMENT Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission LATEST STORIES Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Haddadi embraces this time to rest to also allow younger players to develop.“They are young and need to be in camp for practice,” he went on. “If we want the national team to improve and be stronger, we should trust the young players and give them more time.”Iran has won five of the last eight editions of the Jones Cup and this would be the second straight year—if ever—that Haddadi would miss the multi-nation event.Gilas Pilipinas plays nine games in as many days starting Saturday against a club team from Canada and would wind up that hectic schedule—in what could go down as a game for the championship—against the Iranians on July 23.There’s no doubt that with Andray Blatche not in the roster and with PBA veterans not included, Gilas doesn’t have one man that can match up one-on-one with Haddadi.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Jones Cup also doesn’t count and with the event to be played starting this weekend in Chinese Taipei, Haddadi could also be skipping the event to get some injuries to heal and be 100 percent for Iran in the home-and-away games.“After the Fiba Asia Challenge last year, I had an injury and had to rest, but I still needed to play with Sichuan in China,” Fiba.com quoted the 7-foot-2 Haddadi, a former Memphis Grizzlies player in the NBA.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’“My injury got worse after, and now I need to rest this summer and be ready for the Asia Qualifiers,” he said.The Fiba Asia, which will be the regional championship, is slated Aug. 8 to 20 in Beirut, Lebanon. View comments IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation The Philippines is actually the defending champion in the Jones Cup after thumping everyone with a team made up of several Americans, including former NBA All-Rookie Team member Al Thornton, last year.In 2012, LA Tenorio was named MVP after Gilas defeated Team USA in the final day as Chot Reyes became the first Filipino coach to win the tournament.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Manchester City midfielder makes Middlesbrough loan move

first_imgMiddlesbrough have signed Bruno Zuculini on loan from Manchester City.The Argentine midfielder has penned a month-long deal with the Championship side.Aitor Karanka moved to bring in Zuculin after seeing Adam Forshaw pick up an injury and with Grant Leadbitter and Adam Clayton both just one yellow card away from suspension.Zuculiin began his career in his homeland with Racing Club before joining City in the summer of 2014.The 22-year-old has yet to start a competitive match for the Premier League club but does have some first-team experience following loan stints with Valencia and Cordoba. 1 Bruno Zuculini last_img

Silver Spur Garden Club turns 50

first_imgThe Palos Verdes Peninsula-based Silver Spur Garden Club is 50 years old this year. But don’t let the lofty number fool you. These hands-on gardeners are as vibrant, natural and hardy as any of their favorite flowers. They are very active – meeting monthly, with guest speakers enriching their gardening know-how. Because they meet at homes, where members can view each others’ horticultural handiness, they limit their membership to 40, and there is a waiting list. “We are really a diverse group of women from many different countries. We have lots of areas of expertise, and we all share our knowledge. We’re like a close family,” said former president Jackie Johnson. A member for 35 years, Johnson has the longest tenure with the club. She and her husband specialize in growing bromeliads and orchids, but she has become proficient with dozens of plant species over the years. In fact, Johnson’s floral artistic design skills, honed in garden club meetings, won her the top prize out of 125 international entries in the Bromeliad World Conference’s artistic design competition in Los Angles. She also took home first-place honors in competitions in San Francisco, San Diego and Chicago. Typically, members of the Silver Spur Garden Club are not only great gardeners and hostesses with lovely homes and gardens, but they are gourmet cooks as well. Not surprisingly, guests often find edible flowers adorning luncheon plates or incorporated into salads, tea sandwiches or pastries. And, of course, the centerpieces are to die for. Among members’ gardens are exquisite Italian, Mediterranean, English cottage, coastal, container and succulent gardens, in addition to eclectic mixes. Member Julia Jones has about 150 topiaries in her garden. Club members also are diverse in age – from their 30s and 40s up to age 89.Lilian Bulat is the club’s sprightly senior member – she will turn 90 in January. Each club meeting includes artistic and horticultural sessions in which members bring new or different plants to display, or cuttings or plant divisions to share. The November meeting at the Mediterranean-style home of Jiovanna Ciccone featured a floral design demonstration by Redondo Beach bridal floral designer Lavorka Curic, owner of Flowers by Laurel. Assisted by Charlene Machen, Curic elicited oohs and aahs for her original holiday arrangements. “Brides ask me all the time to create something so special that no one has ever seen anything like it before. That’s what we go for,” said Curic, as she executed a two-tier arrangement with floating candles, orchids, burgundy roses and wine-colored gerbera daisies on a base of floating cranberries. Along with meetings, members also hold an annual spring tour of four gardens and a lovely outdoor luncheon and silent auction. Last year, they donated nearly $6,500 to nonprofits such as the South Coast Botanic Garden, Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy, Southern California Regional Occupational Center, South Bay Wildlife Rehab, Pennies for Pines and South Bay schools with gardening programs. The club also selects attractive home and commercial landscaping as recipients for Garden of the Season award – given to individuals or companies who significantly beautify their part of the world. “We just knock on doors and offer our award,” says Johnson. “People love it and over the years, a lot of these award recipients wound up joining our group.” The club also sponsors two bus tours each year to Los Angeles or Orange County botanical gardens, nurseries or other places of interest and at least once a year the club holds a couples party, usually in a private home. On Nov. 3, the group celebrated its 50th Golden Jubilee anniversary with a dinner at the Los Angeles Yacht Club in San Pedro, where members and their spouses celebrated and reminisced. Ask any member and you will hear sentiments similar to Johnson’s: “This group has enriched my life with wonderful friends and added greatly to my knowledge of plants and artistic design.” meredith.grenier@dailybreeze.com160Want 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

RALLY GETS OFF TO A FLYING START – IN PICTURES!

first_imgRALLY GETS OFF TO A FLYING START – IN PICTURES! was last modified: June 15th, 2012 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

BREAKING NEWS: MAN QUIZZED OVER MARY’S DISAPPEARANCE RELEASED WITHOUT CHARGE

first_imgA man quizzed over  the disappearance of Donegal schoolgirl Mary Boyle has been released without charge.Mary BoyleThe convict sex offender, who is from Donegal, was released just after 8pm this evening.A Garda spokesman said officers will continue to liaise with Ann Boyle, whose six-year-old daughter Mary vanished in March 1977. A Garda spokesman said “Pending further investigation a file will be sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions.“The man had been detained at Mullingar Garda Station under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984.“The investigation into the disappearance of Mary Boyle is ongoing. Gardaí continue to liaise with Mary’s mother, Ann Boyle.”Mary went missing from near her grandparents’ home in Cashelard, Ballyshannon on 18 March 1977. She was six years old at the time. All searches in the meantime for the missing child have proved fruitless.BREAKING NEWS: MAN QUIZZED OVER MARY’S DISAPPEARANCE RELEASED WITHOUT CHARGE was last modified: October 23rd, 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)last_img read more

4 LANTERNS USL: WINS FOR ROVERS, HARPS, CITY AND COCKHILL

first_img4 Lanterns USL Results & Reports 27.04.14ResultsSwilly Rovers 2 1 Fanad Utd. Drumkeen Utd. 2 3 Derry City Res.Bonagee Utd. 1 2 Finn Harps Res.Cockhill Celtic 1 0 Letterkenny Rovers  ReportsDrumkeen Utd. 2Derry City Res. 3The first half of this game was fairly uneventful with the Drumkeen goal the only real highlight.That came on 17 minutes, David Shovlin ran from his own half and then played a good pass to Conor Carlin just inside the penalty area and he made no mistake as he calmly slotted it past the advancing keeper Mihael Lynch. Up to that point and indeed after that it had been scrappy enough, neither side were creating many clear cut chances. Derry’s only chance of note came on 22 minutes when Rory Patterson shot narrowly wide when the ball fell to him following a Derry corner. Drumkeen would have been happy enough going in a goal up at half time, they had a goal and they had managed to keep Rory Patterson quiet apart from that one chance, Patterson had a quiet first half and anytime he did get the ball Ryan Gildea was always in close attendance. The game really came alive at the start of the second half, a Drumkeen free went straight to keeper Michael Lynch, his long kick up the pitch was headed on by Rory Patterson into the path of Nathan Boyle who fired it home from the right side of the penalty box. Derry then had a couple of chances,  Conor McDermott  and Rory Patterson both had efforts saved by Stephen Conroy and Drumkeen then had a chance when Ronan Coyle just failed to get on the end of a Carlin cross from the right wing.Shortly after that the action switched to the other end and Derry took the lead, Nathan Boyle got the ball out wide right, he ran parallel to the end line into the box and shot across the goal into the net at the far post. Drumkeen kept going and got themselves level again 8 minutes later when they were awarded a penalty, Darren Mc Cready stepped up and  converted it to leave it all square again. That situation did not last long as Derry were back in front two minutes later, that man Boyle again. This time he ran through the middle and managed to get his shot away while under pressure from a Drumkeen defender. In the last twenty minutes Drumkeen tried hard but could not create another goal scoring chance for themselves. All the talk was about Rory Patterson before the game but it was Nathan Boyle who stole the show with his hat trick, based on that second half Derry will give everyone a good game and could upset a few more teams before the season is over. That win lifts them up to joint top with Cockhill. A disappointing result for the home team who will now find it very difficult to repeat their feat of last season when they pushed Cockhill all the way. The cup competitions may be their best hope of winning something this year. They now turn their attention to their Knockalla cup semi-final against Letterkenny next week and they are still well placed in the League cup.DRUMKEEN -Stephen Conroy, Michael Carroll, Dean Bonner, Ryan Gildea, Paddy Mc Laughlin, Philip White, Darren Cassidy, Darren Mc Cready, Ronan Coyle, Conor Carlin, David Shovlin, SUBS Eunan Kelly on for Coyle 66 mins, Chris Mc Bride on for White 66 mins, Gary Patton on for Shovlin 76 mins DERRY – Michael Lynch, Michael Barr, Dylan Mc Callion, Shane Mc Eleney, Ciaron Harkin, Ryan Doherty, Connor Barr, Caolan  Mc Laughlin, Nathan Boyle, Conor Mc Dermott, Rory Patterson, SUBS Paul Ramsey, Dylan Harkin, Adrian Mc Cauley,REFEREE- Tommy Mc Aree Swilly Rovers 2Fanad Utd. 1 A victory for Swilly in this local derby in front of a great crowd on this sunny evening. Swilly’s Gareth Colhoun crossed on seven minutes and David Fisher’s powerful header was just over. Fisher was then replaced by Darren Dunworth following a shoulder injury. Fanad’s Brian Mc Veigh went close for Fanad with a low drive on 17 minutes. Calvin Mooney with a delightful lobbed effort and a stunning Michael Mc Hugh 25 yard volley both within a minute put Swilly very much in control. Swilly lead 2-0 at the break. Swilly’s Gareth Wade was sent off on 51 minutes in controversial circumstances. Fanad pulled a goal back on 52 minutes when the impressive Daire Mc Daid delivered a fine free kick which was glanced home by Adam Seranna. Mc Hugh was denied by a clearance off the line by a Fanad defender on 76 minutes. Ryan Mc Daid then had an effort narrowly wide on 80 minutes. Fanad piled on the pressure in the final ten minutes but the points stayed in Ramelton. Former Swilly legend John Roulstone replaced Wade in the Swilly goal. Match referee was Vincent Mc Laughlin.Swilly Rovers: Gareth Wade, Duncan Patterson, Gareth Colhoun, Martin Boyce, Dylan Hegarty, Columba O’Donnell, David Fisher, Martin Mc Daid, Michael Mc Hugh, Laurence Toland, Calvin Mooney. Subs used: Ryan Mc Daid, Darren Dunworth, John Roulstone. Subs not used: Cathal Diver, Mark Wilson. Fanad United: Shane Graham, Kevin Murray, Daire Mc Daid, Declan Sweeney, James Mc Cahill, Jordan Mc Bride, Oisin Hassett, Conor Blaney, Adam Seranna, Johnny Logue, Brian Mc Veigh. Subs used: Caolan Mc Daid, Dean Mc Carry. Subs not used: Shay Durning, Kyle Burke, Conor Mc Gonigle, Darragh Harper. Champions Win Close EncounterCockhill Celtic 1Letterkenny Rovers 0 Played in near perfect conditions both sides cancelled each other out for much of the 1st half. Both sides struggled to gain a foothold in a scrappy affair. Chances were at a premium with defences on top. Letterkenny’s only chance of the 1st half fell to Stevie Okakpu when he ghosted in behind the Cockhill defence on 15 minutes, with only Cullen to beat he shot over from 15 yards. Cockhill had a major shout for a penalty on 40 mins when a Derek Doherty cross seemed to hit a Rovers defender’s arm but the Ref wasn’t having it. Half time 0 -0.Cockhill started the second half on the front foot and brought the game to Rovers. Mark Moran went close from distance on 50 minutes. Jimmy Bradley missed an open goal on 53 when the young Rovers Keeper misjudged a Gavin Cullen punt up-field. Malachy Mc Dermott seemed to have given the home side a lead on 60 when he connected from a Moran free but Ref Paul Duddy gave a free out for a foul much to the astonishment to the home side. Cockhill continued to press Rovers for much of the 2nd half but couldn’t find a break through a resolute Rovers defence. Cockhill freshened up their attack with the introduction of Gerry Gill and Garbhain Friel on 70 minutes and it was that combination which provided the only goal of the game. Gill swung a free into the box on 82 and the big centre forward rose to power an unstoppable header to the top corner. Rovers piled men forward for the remainder of the game, forcing the home defence to sit back but with Johnny Havlin in outstanding form Cockhill held out for a hard fought victory.Final score: Cockhill Celtic 1 Letterkenny Rovers 0. Harps get Second WinBonagee Utd. 1Finn Harps Res. 2An entertaining game played in the sunshine yesterday afternoon, Finn Harps came away with all three points, but yet again this season, Bonagee will rue a host of missed chances. The home side went ahead in the 19th minute, when a long ball into the area by Mark Harkin was met by the head of Kevin Barr, who scored from 6 yards.  Further chances fell the way of Aidan McLaughlin and Anthony Appiah in the first half, but the score remained one nil going in at the break.  The visitors began the second period brightly and deservedly drew level in the 58th minute, when a free from wide on the left caused confusion in the Bonagee penalty area, and Gareth Harkin capitalised on the hesitation to make the score one each.  Bonagee had an excellent chance to regain their lead, but somehow Appiah blazed over.  Harps got their winner in the 77th minute, when Graham Fisher crossed into the area where Daragh Black side footed home from six yards.  Ref Packie Coll Bonagee: Smyth, Lynagh, Harkin, Frankowski, Breslin, McBrearty, Doran (Murphy), A Harkin (McGee), McLaughlin, Barr & Browne (Appiah)Harps: Patton, Flanagan, McDermott, Scanlon, Gallagher, Curran, Henry, Fisher, Black, Buchanan, G Harkin  FixturesKnockalla Caravans Cup Semi-FinalsThursday, May 1st at 7pmLetterkenny Rovers v Drumkeen Utd. Sunday, May 4thSwilly Rovers v Cockhill Celtic4 LANTERNS USL: WINS FOR ROVERS, HARPS, CITY AND COCKHILL was last modified: April 27th, 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:Cockhill Celticdrumkeen unitedFinn Harps ReservesLetterkenny RoversUlster Senior Leaguelast_img read more

Report: Grizzlies unlikely to buy out Iguodala, looking for trade

first_imgMemphis acquired a 2024 first-round pick from a Warriors … Earlier this week, word was that Andre Iguodala might face the Warriors in a playoff matchup for the Lakers next May.But that outcome has become less likely, according to ESPN’s Tim McMahon.Instead, it appears the Grizzlies — who took Iguodala off the Warriors’ hands as Golden State made room for guard D’Angelo Russell — would rather trade the former NBA Finals MVP than simply buy out his contract.And why shouldn’t they?last_img

Even in the Wild, Mice Run on Wheels

first_imgIn 2009, neurophysiologist Johanna Meijer set up an unusual experiment in her backyard. In an ivy-tangled corner of her garden, she and her colleagues at Leiden University in the Netherlands placed a rodent running wheel inside an open cage and trained a motion-detecting infrared camera on the scene. Then they put out a dish of food pellets and chocolate crumbs to attract animals to the wheel and waited.Wild house mice discovered the food in short order, then scampered into the wheel and started to run. Rats, shrews, and even frogs found their way to the wheel—more than 200,000 animals over 3 years. The creatures seemed to relish the feeling of running without going anywhere.The study “puts a nail in the coffin” of the debate over whether mice and rats will run on wheels in a natural setting, says Ted Garland, an evolutionary physiologist at the University of California, Riverside, who was not involved in the work. More importantly, he says, the findings suggest that like (some) humans, mice and other animals may simply exercise because they like to. 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In laboratories and bedrooms, they frequently log more than 5 km per night on stationary running wheels. But scientists didn’t know why the animals did it.One thing was clear: They seem to enjoy it. Mice find exercise rewarding; just as they can be trained to press a lever dozens of times to release a pellet of food or a dose of cocaine, the rodents will go to great lengths to unlock a running wheel when it has a brake on, and get back to spinning, Garland says. But is the drive to run normal, or is it an aberrant, obsessive behavior triggered by living in a shoebox-sized cage?Meijer’s work seems to have answered that question. On average, the backyard mice she and colleagues observed ran in 1 to 2 minute stints, roughly the same duration as that seen in lab mice, they report online today in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B. The team also set up a second wheel in a nearby nature preserve of grassy dunes and attracted a similar crowd of enthusiasts. The animals kept running even when Meijer removed the food from the garden site, although they came in smaller numbers, she notes. Sometimes the rodents were so eager to run that they couldn’t wait to take turns, she says: At one point, a large mouse sent a smaller mouse flying when it climbed on to the wheel and started running in the opposite direction.The fact that the wild mice and other animals were bold enough to enter the cage and use the wheel is “very weird,” but perhaps not as surprising when one considers that many domesticated animals also like to run on wheels, including dogs and chickens, says Justin Rhodes, a neuroscientist at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.Although the common house mice observed in the study tend to be more leery of novel structures than other species—an evolutionary adaptation to the human penchant for building mousetraps—Garland suggests that the wheel may provide a more secure way for the animals to run than darting across an open field. “There’s something attractive about being able to get in a wheel and run unfettered.”last_img read more