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Manuel, forced to move pieces in Extremadura

first_imgThe Uruguayan, who already missed the trip to Ponferrada, has not recovered from the blow suffered in a training and the same, the absence, could be repeated in the case of Kike Márquez. The coach of the azulgrana does not facilitate the call when the team acts as a local, so it will be necessary to wait for the previous hours of the crash to know or not the contest of Sanlúcar.The main question is to know who will occupy the right lane of the defense. Ale Díez is one of the men with the most team minutes and that of this match will be his first forced absence. Everything points to Ángel Bastos will leave the left to occupy that positionleaving Pastrana the left band. To the center of the field, Cristian Rodríguez, who already replaced Zarfino in El Toralínwill repeat, accompanied by Rocha. Regarding the crash, Mosquera talks about the importance that the matches that the team has left at home are already acquired. “We have to be better at home, and if we have to think that we must always win at home we will have to do it. Every game we have in the Francisco de la Hera It is a new step to build what we want to do. As a local we do well, but we are not accompanied by the parties for some things or for others “.He also talked about the rival, and about the similarity he sees in Mirandés Regarding your team. “It is a very similar team to ours. They play well in the opposite field and defend the same. They are similar, I do not say the same, but similar to us.” With respect to the wear that the set of Miranda de Ebro for staying alive in Copa del Rey, and also had to face the postponed clash against the Saragossa, Mosquera says he doesn’t know “if the Copa del Rey can condition them. But I, as coach of Extremadura, cannot focus on that. When they have the points they have and have reached where they have arrived, it will be for something. “ TO Manuel Mosquera, who is not very friendly to touch things when they work, you will have to move several pieces to meet yours before Mirandés of this sunday. To the already known absences of Ale Diez and Lomotey by sanction, that of Gio Zarfino To the center of the field.last_img read more

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Markieff Morris fined $15,000 for tugging on Seth Curry’s shorts

first_imgFormer Armstrong team manager gets lifetime ban from cycling Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Washington Wizards forward Markieff Morris, right, gestures in front of Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum after making a 3-point basket during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Monday, Oct. 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)The NBA fined Markieff Morris $15,000 for unsportsmanlike conduct on Wednesday after the Washington Wizards forward twice gave a tug on the shorts of Portland’s Seth Curry.Morris wasn’t even in the game at the time of the incident, on the final play of regulation in the Wizards’ 125-124 overtime triumph over the Trail Blazers on Monday.ADVERTISEMENT Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title MOST READ Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plumcenter_img Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Curry was in the corner of the three-point arc with his team in possession of the ball when Morris — standing near the Wizards’ bench, reached out and pulled on the back of his shorts not once but twice.Portland’s Damian Lillard, bringing the ball up the court, didn’t go to Curry, who gestured his impatience with Morris’s antics.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissNo foul was called, and Morris’s response to the fine on Twitter Wednesday was four laughing emojis.“It’s all good..At least we got the win!” he posted. View commentslast_img read more

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Tottenham star exits on loan

first_img1 Tom Carroll Swansea City have completed a season-long loan move for Tottenham’s Tom Carroll.The talented 22-year-old midfielder has been on the fringes at Spurs for the last two seasons and spent time on loan with Derby County before helping Queen Park Ranger earn promotion to the Premier League last year.And now Mauricio Pochettino has decided to allow the playmaker to move to the Jacks to gain valuable top-flight experience.Swansea manager Garry Monk, who is currently without Leon Britton and Jay Fulton through injury, will be able to call on Carroll in Saturday’s match with Burnley at the Liberty Stadium.last_img

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Toni Kroos – from small-town Germany to glory in Madrid

first_img“Toni Kroos is a huge role model for me,” said teenager Ben Ole, a midfielder in Griefswalder’s Under-15 team, who has neither met Kroos nor seen him play live.“We can be proud that such a great star learned to play football in Greifswald.”Kroos rarely returns to the sleepy city, population just 50,000, where his father, Roland, still trains the first team and his success for Real and Germany is closely followed.The success of the Kroos brothers — Toni’s sibling Felix Kroos plays for second division Berlin-based club FC Union – is a point of enormous pride.“He (Toni) contacts us through WhatsApp, for birthdays or special occasions,” says his former coach Wolfgang Toeller, 60.“Answers don’t come back the same minute, but we are still friends with Roland and his mother.“Among my work colleagues, everyone is very proud of Toni, we always talk about him and comment on his performance.”– Precocious talent –Former football youth coaches of German national soccer player Toni Kroos, Wolfgang Toellner (L) and Hartmut Schmidt, pose for photographs at the ‘Volksstadtion’ stadium in Greifswald, northeastern Germany, on May 9, 2018. © AFP / Tobias SCHWARZThe club’s tree-lined stadium is where Kroos first dreamt of becoming a world champion.“It was there,” said Toeller, pointing to one of the training pitches.“I can still remember it clearly.“He was six years old, behind the hand-rail with his father, it was a youth team training session.“His father asked us if he could participate, we said ‘yes, why not?’.“Straight away, you could see he was so good that at the end of the training, we said: ‘He can come back when he wants to’.“Toni was very small, he was two or three years younger than the kids in the group, but you could see from the way he moved and his positioning, he was a natural.”Hartmut Schmidt, who shared the junior coaching job with Toeller, remembers the tiny boy with enormous talent.“He wasn’t going to school yet and couldn’t even write,” said Schmidt, 64.“I remember how his mother held his hand when he signed his first permit to play.”Kroos was born in January 1990, two months after the Berlin Wall came down.His father had played for Griefswalder and his mother, Birgit, is a former East German badminton champion.“They took great care of the boys, they took care of their nutrition, their sleep, and generally all that is important for athletes,” says Toeller.– ‘Hearts beat for Madrid’ –Kroos was 12 when he was spotted by Hansa Rostock, the biggest club in the state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and 100km (60 miles) west of Greifswald.To make sure the youngster had the support he needed, Hansa hired Kroos’ father as an Under-17 coach and the whole family moved.It was the first steps on the path to the Santiago Bernabeu.At the age of 16, Bayern snapped Kroos up for their youth academy, and he started his professional career there in 2007, creating two goals in just 18 minutes on his senior debut off the bench in a 5-0 drubbing of Energie Cottbus.He was sent on loan to Bayer Leverkusen for the 2009-10 season, but when Kroos returned to Bayern he was a key factor in winning the 2013 treble of Champions League, Bundesliga and German Cup.However, Kroos missed the 2-1 victory over Borussia Dortmund in the 2013 Champions League final at Wembley due to injury.A football jersey of German national soccer player Toni Kroos is pictured inside the club restaurant at the ‘Volksstadtion’ stadium in Greifswald, northeastern Germany, on May 9, 2018. © AFP / Tobias SCHWARZHe made 205 appearances for Bayern, but Kroos joined Real in 2014 after the German club’s chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge told him he “wasn’t a world-class player”.The huge amount of silverware Kroos has so far won in Spain — including a third straight Champions League title in Kiev last Saturday — has left the Bayern chief eating his words.Having a former Griefswalder FC player at Europe’s top club means there is a small enclave of Real Madrid fans in north Germany.“When Real played Bayern in the Champions League (semi-finals), our hearts beat for Madrid,” admitted Schmidt.0Shares0000(Visited 6 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Liverpool’s English midfielder James Milner (L) and Real Madrid’s German midfielder Toni Kroos vie for the ball during the UEFA Champions League final football match between Liverpool and Real Madrid at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev, Ukraine on May 26, 2018. © AFP / Sergei SUPINSKYBERLIN, Germany, May 30 – Minnows Greifswalder FC are a world away from Real Madrid, yet World Cup winner Toni Kroos is the local hero in the small north German city on the Baltic coast.Greifswalder, who have just won promotion from Germany’s sixth tier, is where Kroos started his career as a six-year-old before joining Hansa Rostock, then Bayern Munich and ultimately Real in 2014 after helping Germany win the World Cup in Brazil.last_img read more

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GAA: CATHAL MAC SUIBNE’S DONEGAL GAA BLOG – ONE MORE TO GO

first_imgMe and Seamie Coleamn after the match!BY CATHAL MAC SUIBNE: Just one more obstacle remains for the Messiah’s men on September 23rd and after yesterday’s fantastic display you couldn’t bet against this Donegal team clearing it.Despite the excellent form of the team in this year’s championship, when they have done absolutely everything asked of them and more, they still came into this game as underdogs. That didn’t bother the team one bit and indeed the potential favourites tag in the final wont either. Almost every media preview in the lead up to the game sided with the Munster champions and so the team had to once again remind everyone just how good they are.It was helter skelter stuff to begin with, scores coming at both ends and a good pace to the game. Both sides moved the ball well and the accuracy from the teams ensured a high scoring opening period. Michael Murphy and Colm McFadden were both targeted with long ball early on and while there wasn’t a high number of scores coming off this ploy, it only has to work once for the net to bulge. While that didn’t happen the support runners coming through were able to pick off points with the likes of Karl Lacey and David Walsh profiting.Lacey was again magnificent and even showed his singing skills by giving us a quick blast of Jimmy’s Winning Matches during his on-field interview after the game. What was noticeable in that interview was how remarkably fresh Lacey looked; after playing the type of running game he does it would be more natural for someone to be struggling to stand. Yet he trotted of the pitch after that interview the same way he trotted on at the start of the match and it gives us another insight into the fitness levels attained by this panel of players.Mark McHugh had a quiet opening to the game but once he started to get on the ball he dictated the game as only he can. So much of the pre-match build up had focused on what Cork would try to do to nullify him but for the last 50 minutes of the game he swept and carried as he has done all year and no-one could get near him.As has happened in every outing this year the effort and energy expended by the opposition in trying to attack Donegal early on meant that when the blue touch paper was lit in the second half there was only one winner. The key ingredient in the winning of all Donegal’s matches this year has been the period after half time when the team raises their intensity and pummel their opponents with devastating raids and a relentless scoring rate.Cork’s players and their manager admitted afterwards that they lost the tactical battle but in truth Jim is always a step ahead of his rivals in that regard. Cork’s trump card centred on starting wing forward Ciaran Sheehan instead of corner back Ray Carey resulting in them playing with five defenders and seven attackers, although Fintan Goold dropped back to the half back line at times. It worked to a point in that Sheehan himself did well and got on the score sheet but overall their shape and setup didn’t bother Donegal.In much the same way that Donegal play, it doesn’t matter who attacks or who defends so long as someone does; it didn’t matter that Cork had an extra attacker because he was simply another man that had to be stopped, had to be tackled and had to be dispossessed regardless of the number on his back or what position he plays.Neil Gallagher gave an exhibition in old-fashioned midfield play, making several clean catches and outplaying the much vaunted ‘big men’ of Cork. Throughout the week, the physicality and size of the Cork side was viewed by many as a key advantage that would lead them to victory yet Big Neil set the tone in the middle of the field and was deservedly given the man of the match award. Alan Quirke was eventually forced to look for short kickouts such was the dominance of the Glenswilly man.The high fielding midfielder is one facet of the game that pundits lament about not seeing very often in these days of modern football but there was plenty of it illustrated yesterday. Another of the modern ills is of course the hand pass and Donegal are the prime target from the purists in this regard. At one stage in the first half yesterday the RTE website commentary displayed a statistic showing that Cork had hand passed the ball 100 times compared to Donegal’s 30; by the end of the game Cork out-hand passed us by 250 to 170.Almost all teams play in a similar way nowadays, the difference is that Jim McGuinness has taken the style that brought Tyrone three All-Ireland titles and almost perfected it – how perfect it is can only be judged in four weeks time.Now the chance is there for his team to claim their title and he immediately got the player’s heads focused by saying that the next four weeks will be the most enjoyable of their lives. Jim is always thinking of what’s coming next and even in the aftermath and the euphoria of the win he was getting down to business.For the supporters, before the ticket scramble begins in earnest, it’ll be satisfying being able to sit back and enjoy this Sunday’s second semi final waiting to see who’s next up to try and stop the Donegal juggernaut. After the terrific day we had yesterday it was all put in perspective with the tragic news about Termon GAA player Andrew Duffy, who lost his life after falling into the Grand Canal in Phibsboro after attending the game at Croker. Thoughts and prayers go out to his family.Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.GAA: CATHAL MAC SUIBNE’S DONEGAL GAA BLOG – ONE MORE TO GO was last modified: August 28th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:GAA: CATHAL MAC SUIBNE’S DONEGAL GAA BLOG – ONE MORE TO GOlast_img read more

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GAA PARISH ROW: CLUB VOWS TO FIGHT BOUNDARY CHANGES

first_imgST EUNAN’S club members have vowed to fight a plan by Letterkenny Gaels to impose strict parish boundary rules.The senior club met in Letterkenny last night and there was unanimous support from members.Many of them spoke of the heartache they would feel if they were forced to send family members to play for the Gaels. Under plans launched by the Gaels, St Eunan’s would draw players from the parish of Conwall and Leck whilst the Gaels would have sole access to players in the parish of Aughaninshin.This has caused uproar amongst diehard Eunan’s members – many of whom live in the Aughaninshin end of the town and whose families have been with the club for generations.Mediation between the two clubs has so far failed, mainly because St Eunan’s is angry that the Gaels is in breach of an agreement reached when the junior club was founded when both sides agreed to give players the choice of which club to join in Letterkenny without referral to boundaries.The Gaels however have since insisted on changing this agreement. Eunan’s sources believe GAA headquarters will back them.There is also the issue raised with donegaldaily.com by a GAA player who isn’t a Catholic.He told us: “I’m not a Catholic, yet the GAA which claims to be all-encompassing wants to make rules based on Catholic parishes. Legally in this day and age that can’t be right. The organisation shouldn’t be linked solely to one religion.”* Comments are welcomed by donegaldaily.com as long as they are fair and accurate, do not use foul language and are not defamatory of any individual or organisation.GAA PARISH ROW: CLUB VOWS TO FIGHT BOUNDARY CHANGES was last modified: September 16th, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:AughaninshinConwal and Leckletterkenny gaels gaa clubSt Eunan’s GAA clublast_img read more

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MAN FORCED OUT OF DERRY BY TERRORISTS JAILED FOR CO DONEGAL HIJACKING

first_imgA homeless man expelled from Derry by dissident terrorists has been jailed for his part in a terrifying carjacking incident in Co Donegal.Brendan Meehan, 21, of no fixed abode, was jailed for assault and hijacking a car in Muff last weekend.His solicitor Frank Dorrian told Letterkenny District Court that Meehan’s life had been ‘extremely sad’ and he had ended up on this side of the Border as a result of threats. “He has been in and out of care for his entire life and when he was forced out of Derry by elements there last weekend he literally found himself in Muff as he had nowhere else to go,” said Mr Dorrian.“He had no money and became involved in this incident.”The court heard that last weekend a local man in Muff was forced to stop his car when Meehan appeared in the middle of the road.The victim was forced out of his car and Meehan and two juveniles took the vehicle.The car was later found crashed just outside Muff.Gardai arrested Meehan and the two juveniles.The youths were later handed back to social workers in Derry City.Judge Paul Kelly sentenced Meehan to three months in prison for assault and four months in prison for hijacking the car.The sentences are to run concurrently.MAN FORCED OUT OF DERRY BY TERRORISTS JAILED FOR CO DONEGAL HIJACKING was last modified: January 31st, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:car-jackDerryLetterkenny District Courtmufflast_img read more

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Atheist Writes Cosmological Bible

first_imgFrom Genesis to Revelation, Lawrence Krauss has reality all figured out. A book reviewer in Nature is not so sure.Bombastic atheist Lawrence Krauss, having brought about A Universe from Nothing, now calls on his chosen deity — Chance — to inspire new scriptures. Chance returned the favor by picking  Krauss as its chosen vessel to pen the words. The new work is called The Greatest Story Ever Told … So Far. It was reviewed in Nature by Robert P. Crease.Forget the Odyssey, the Aeneid and the Bible — the story of modern fundamental physics, Lawrence Krauss argues, is greater than all of these. What could live up to such a billing?The tale has been told before, in outline and detail. Krauss’s retelling is fast (four centuries in 300 pages) and aimed at nonscientists. Its best parts are its explanations of difficult concepts. Its worst are where Krauss, a theoretical physicist, apparently feels competitive with the Bible and the humanities.Crease shares details about how Krauss compares scientific discoveries with events in the Bible:Krauss clearly thinks that his story deserves to displace the classics of the humanities. His book reveals why it can’t.Genesis is the big bang.Exodus is the 1930’s discovery of the short-range nuclear force (“It is silly for Krauss to analogize this period to the part of the Bible in which the Jews are enslaved in Egypt, but that’s the flavour of this book,” says Crease).Revelation opens with the Standard Model of Nuclear Physics.The Promised Land is the time after the Standard Model was accepted.Crease is not amused. He criticizes Krauss’s “sloppy analogies” and imaginary scenarios, like his message to the inhabitants of Plato’s Cave, “We’re accidents!” The reviewer finds the author guilty of arbitrariness, too:In Krauss’s oversimplified take, there are two answers to the question, ‘why are we here?’. The biblical one is to say that humans have a special status and that the Universe was made just for us. The other is to realize that the laws of nature are independent of us and that we are “the result of an accident in the history of the universe”. He opts for the latter.Apparently, materialism is just an option in Crease’s opinion, given that he gives a fair and respectful summation of the biblical view.(Visited 768 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Travolta donates his famous 707

first_imgJohn Travolta with his 707 in Sydney during a visit some years ago. Actor John Travolta has donated his famous Qantas Boeing 707-138 to the Historical Aircraft Restoration Society (HARS) based at Albion Park, approximately 90 miles (140 km) south of the city of Sydney in Australia.Mr Travolta statement reads; As many of you will know, flying is a passion of mine and I am just so grateful to be fortunate enough to count many hours flying such a beautiful aircraft.The aircraft was originally delivered to Qantas Airways in 1964 and was converted for private use after it finished its life with “The Flying Kangaroo”.I was honoured to have the 707 repainted in the original Qantas colours when I became the ambassador for the airline, and it’s so fitting that many of the volunteers at HARS are retired Qantas employees.The aircraft currently requires a lot of work to be restored to a safe flying state and having seen first hand the dedication and passion of people at HARS, I have no doubt this beautiful and historical aircraft will be flying again.HARS have an impressive track record of restoring historical aircraft and I have personally flown in a Super Constellation that they restored to flying condition from almost nothing.I am hoping to be part of the crew to fly the aircraft to Australia, supported by well qualified and experienced pilots and engineers.In making this announcement, I would like to mention the significant support given by the Bendigo Bank Oak Flats and Shellharbour Community Bank Branches who as a local organization, have been very supportive of HARS’ efforts in aircraft restoration.Thanks must also go to QBE Insurance (Australia) Limited Services for their significant support as well.I am truly excited by this project and am just so pleased that this beautiful aircraft, for which I obviously have very fond memories, will continue to fly well into the future.HARS is a not-for-profit organization and was formed in 1979 by a group of aviation enthusiasts interested in the preservation of Australian aviation history.It has built up an impressive collection of over both flying and static aircraft including a Lockheed Constellation and Douglas DC-3 and DC-4. It is without doubt the most impressive aircraft museum in the Southern Hemisphere. HARS is rumored to be trying to obtain a DC-6B, the sister ship to the Red Bull DC-6B, from Namibia.last_img read more

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Team South Africa totals 40 medals in Glasgow

first_img4 August 2014Team South Africa finished the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow on Sunday with a total haul of 40 medals, made up of 13 golds, 10 silvers and 17 bronze medals.While it was an improvement over the 33 medals won in Delhi in 2010, the team failed to replicate its fifth-place finish in the medal standings, instead finishing in seventh place this time around.The final weekend began in golden fashion for South Africa, and it was the lawn bowlers that continued to deliver the goods as Colleen Piketh and Tracy-Lee Botha combined for a tense victory over England in the women’s pairs.It came down to an extra end after the teams were tied at 17-17 after 18 ends, but Piketh and Botha then showed their mettle to claim three more shots and the title.‘The best feeling ever’“Just the fact that you do all the hard work, and all the preparation, and the fact that you can actually compete on the world stage and come out on top is the best feeling ever,” Piketh said in a post-final interview.Botha, who won two gold medals, said it was all about teamwork. “They both came in team disciplines and it is because of the team that I am sitting with two golds around my neck.“I couldn’t be more honoured and more proud of the lawn bowls in South Africa as well,” she added.With a Commonwealth Games record of five gold medals and two bronze medals, South Africa convincingly topped the lawn bowls’ medal table and contributed nearly half of the country’s title wins.Triple jump goldOn Saturday at Hampden Park, rain did not stop Khotso Mokoena producing an outstanding triple jump of 17.20 metres to capture the gold medal. That distance, a season’s best, was only five centimetres short of his career best, which is also the South African record, set way back in April 2005.Mokoena won a silver medal in the triple jump at the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne in 2006, but then chose to concentrate on long jump the following year. This year, he returned to the triple jump.“I think I’m much stronger now,” he reflected after his win in Glasgow. “I didn’t have a full season as I only started training three weeks before Nationals. To be frank, I’m not in shape at all, but Emmarie Fouche, his coach was able to sharpen me to get me to this level, which is awesome.“I’ve had a long career. I was down and tired and at the end of last year I wanted to quit, but Emmarie said I still have a chance. I looked at Dwight Phillips, who was still able to jump 8.6 metres at the age of 32 and 33. Now I’m back and hungry again.”Expressing his surprise at his superb showing, Mokoena concluded: “I didn’t expect to jump 17 metres this year. She put me through that. I felt I could have jumped 17.40 for a national record today, but I think I was just too excited.”Pipped on the finishing lineJohan Cronje ran a good race in a tactical, slow 1 500 metres final, but was pipped on the finishing line by New Zealand’s Nick Willis for the bronze medal.Kenya’s James Magut took the win a 3:39.31, with his team-mate Ronald Kwemoi in second place in 3:39.53 and Willis, who finished at an astonishing pace, third in 3:39.60. Cronje, who won bronze at the IAAF World Championships last year, was a mere five-hundredths of a second behind the Kiwi.The South African men’s 4 x 100m relay team ran a national record 38.35 seconds in the final of the event, but had to settle for fourth place. Jamaica, predictably, took the win in 37.58, with England in second and Trinidad and Tobago third.”I have the medal potential’After finishing 15th in the time trial, cyclist Ashleigh Moolman Pasio had told reporters: “I really hadn’t focused on this event. It’s the road race where I have the medal potential.”Those words proved prophetic as she claimed the bronze medal in a dramatic dice for the line with Australia’s Tiffany Cromwell. A photo was needed to determine who had crossed the line first and it showed that it was the South African by the tiniest of margins.England’s Lizzie Armitstead took the gold, with her team-mate Emma Pooley claiming the silver after the pair had worked very effectively together once a breakaway of seven riders had taken place.“I was concerned at the finish, and I really did not think that I had finished third, and I felt a bit down, and when I saw the photo-finish photo, I just couldn’t believe it,” Moolman Pasio said afterwards.“When we crossed the finish line, I just lunged and threw my bike and that’s what made all the difference.”Boxing bronzeTulani Mbenge claimed a bronze medal in the welterweight division of the boxing competition. He scored wins over Samoa’s Henry Tyrell, Kenya’s Rayton Okwiri and Guyana’s Eon Bancroft before going down to England’s Scott Fitzgerald in the semi- finals.Mbenge started confidently against the Englishman, moving well and finding his range early. Fitzgerald, however, appeared to rattle the South Africa’s rhythm by crowding him and moving forward. Nonetheless, it was a first boxing medal for South Africa since the 2006 Melbourne Games.Hockey playoffsThe South African women’s hockey team missed out on a medal when they fell 2-5 to New Zealand in a playoff for the bronze medal.The men’s team finished in fifth place. Down 2-3 to Canada in their final match, they turned on the style in the later stages of the contest to run out convincing 7-3 winners.Swimming medalsWhile bowls proved to be South Africa’s best source of gold medals in Glasgow, swimming produced 12 medals in total, including three gold, three silver and six bronze medals, which was good for fourth on the medal table, and good for the third most medals won.What is a little concerning, however, is that Chad le Clos was part of seven of the medals won, and some questions about the depth of South African swimming have been raised.Athletics improvementOn a positive note, track and field athletes delivered a much improved performance on their results of 2010 in India, finishing sixth on the table, after claiming three gold, four silver and two bronze medals, a total of nine in all.In Delhi, the team won two gold, two silver and one bronze medal and finished eighth.Sustained excellenceJavelin thrower Sunette Viljoen, although not a title winner, deserves special mention. After winning gold medals in Melbourne in 2006 and Delhi in 2010, she added a silver medal to her outstanding Commonwealth Games medal collection, underlining her sustained excellence over a long period of time.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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