Nadal breezes into U.S. Open fourth round

first_imgNEW YORK, (Reuters) – Rafael Nadal cruised into the U.S. Open fourth round with a business-like 6-3 6-4 6-2 win over Chung Hyeon yesterday. The three-time champion took control of the match when he broke the South Korean’s serve in the first set to grab a 4-2 lead and never looked back on a sunsoaked Arthur Ashe Stadium court.Next up for Nadal is a last 16-clash with 2014 champion Marin Cilic, who came out on top in his slugfest with John Isner on the Grandstand court.Nadal had been on court for just over two hours prior to his third round match after defeating John Millman in straight sets on Tuesday before getting a walkover into the third round when Thanasi Kokkinakis withdrew. The second seeded Spaniard, who has been hampered by troublesome knees throughout his career, did not wear his usual tape on his legs during the match.“Tape is not working anymore,” he said with a smile during his on-court interview.“I am happy to be playing on hardcourts and I am trying to play a little more aggressive. Nadal will have his work cut out when he meets big-serving Cilic tomorrow, who defeated Isner 7-5 3-6 7-6(6) 6-4.Nadal said the key was to toppling an opponent like Cilic was holding serve and making the most of his opportunities when receiving.“Chances are not a lot, so you need to be ready to expect a very tough one,” he told reporters. “I need to be focused with my serve, as always. I need to be ready to accept the challenge that brings the competition in days like these ones.“And I hope to be ready to play my highest level, because that’s what I am going to need.”last_img read more

Alex Hales: England’s Eoin Morgan says ‘more time’ needed before batsman can return

first_img(BBC) Captain Eoin Morgan says it needs “more time” before Alex Hales returns to the England side, saying he could have “derailed” last year’s World Cup bid. Hales has not played for England since being removed from the World Cup squad in May 2019 for an “off-field incident” – reportedly failing a drugs test.Alex HalesEngland will next week name a training squad of 30 players with a view to playing Test and limited-overs matches.Seamer Chris Woakes said he would be happy to see batsman Hales, 31, return. However, Morgan said: “I’ve spoken to Alex and certainly see an avenue for him to come back – but when there’s a breakdown of trust, the only healer is time.“It’s only been 12 or 13 months since the incident, which could have cost us four years of hard work.“Given it could have derailed a World Cup campaign, it might take some more time.”  Cricket is set to return from the coronavirus shutdown in July and, with a revamped schedule likely to be congested, it could necessitate separate Test and limited-overs squads. Nottinghamshire’s Hales averages almost 38 in 70 one-day internationals and was the second highest run-scorer in last winter’s edition of the Big Bash League, Australia’s domestic Twenty20 competition.The men’s T20 World Cup is scheduled to take place in Australia in October and November this year, although the International Cricket Council are set to discuss whether it can still be staged at a meeting on Thursday.“It’s obviously not about performance with Alex,” added Morgan. “Playing cricket for England is about on and off the field, values we adhere to and Alex showed complete disregard for them.“He needs to build that up for as long as he can and then hopefully an opportunity will present itself down the line.”last_img read more

Utah Utes basketball: Jim Boylen thrilled with O’Brien’s big game

first_imgSALT LAKE CITY — Anyone who has been paying only casual attention to the Utah basketball team this year is probably asking the question, “Where has this J.J. O’Brien been all year?”O’Brien was a revelation Wednesday night in the Utes’ 82-72 victory over New Mexico, as he scored 18 points, grabbed 10 rebounds, had a pair of assists and a steal in 33 minutes of action.The answer to the aforementioned question is, “sitting on the bench,” although it wasn’t because his coach didn’t think O’Brien was any good. The freshman from Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., had to sit out six weeks with a stress fracture in his foot and watch in frustration as the Utes struggled in the early part of the season.But now he’s back and don’t blame coach Jim Boylen if he says, “I told you so.””I’ve been preaching that I thought J.J. O’Brien could be special, and I tried to be humble about it,” Boylen said. “But I thought he could be a really special player. I’m thankful he’s healthy, because he’s a difference-maker for us.”O’Brien showed that from the opening tip as he made Utah’s first two baskets on drives to the rim.”I was just trying to be aggressive,” he said. “Driving the ball is a strong suit of mine, so that’s what I was trying to do.”Later he scored on a spin move inside, scored on a couple of follow shots off rebounds and also sank his first 3-pointer of the season.O’Brien has gradually been working his way back and showed a glimpse of what he could do with a 13-point, 11-rebound performance in a loss to BYU last week. He said he feels more comfortable every game after having to sit out for most of the season because he was injured after the first game.”It was very frustrating being out,” he said. “Coming in and starting right away I had expectations from the fans. Being out was a big setback, and I tried to see the game from a different perspective sitting on the sidelines.”But I always knew my opportunity would come — rebounding, playing defense, stuff like that and showing my versatility. Coach Boylen has been talking about that third scorer. I’ve been working hard to help my team and today it was me.”After scoring the first two Utah baskets of the game, O’Brien scored 10 points in the first half when Utah took a 45-31 lead. Early in the second half, he sank a 3-pointer from the right angle, then made a three-point play inside.Then, after scoring his 18th point with 7:20 left, he created a Lobo turnover by forcing a jumpball under the New Mexico basket.The 6-foot-7 O’Brien played guard in high school and even played point guard this past summer, according to Boylen. With Utah being thin inside with Jay Watkins out for the year, O’Brien gives the Utes needed inside help along with his guard skills.”He has versatility with that big body and ability to handle the ball,” Boylen said. “He’s a physical presence for an 18-year-old freshman with a high basketball I.Q. That’s where he’s really special. He’s a special, versatile guy.”e-mail: sor@desnews.cocm U. tames Lobos for consecutive wins Relatedlast_img read more

Less trains, more cars

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Language lessons a lifeline

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Galway Hurling Fixtures For Next Two Weeks including Championship Fixtures

first_imgPearse Stadium16:30Rahoon-Newcastle Moycullen 30-04-2017 (Sun) Round 3 Kenny Park16:00Castlegar Killimordaly Referee:  Peter Murphy Sylane19:00Sylane Round 2 Kilnadeema Pitch12:00Kilnadeema-Leitrim Kenny Park16:30Mullagh Meelick-Eyrecourt Kenny Park15:00Turloughmore McGettigans Bar Intermediate Hurling Championship – Group 1 V V V St Thomas V Ballinasloe16:00Clarinbridge V Pier Head Minor A Hurling Championship – Group 1 McGettigans Bar Intermediate Hurling Championship – Group 2 Senior Hurling League Group 2 Michael Cusacks16:00Michael Cusacks Round 7 Round 3 Referee:  Darragh Kelly Salthill Hotel Senior A Hurling Championship – Group 1 Referee:  David Dillon Castlegar Round 2 Round 4 V Kenny Park16:30Loughrea Referee:  David Cunningham Referee:  Richard Mc Nicholas Kilconieron12:00Kilconieron print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email V Salthill Hotel Senior A Hurling Championship – Group 2 06-05-2017 (Sat) Ardrahan16:00Ardrahan Sarsfields Ballinasloe18:00Ahascragh/Fohenagh Round 4 Round 2 Kenny Park18:00Beagh Referee:  Michael Conway Intermediate Hurling League V Annaghdown Liam Mellows Pier Head Minor B1 Hurling Group 1 V V Round 6 V V Loughrea Salthill Hotel Senior A Hurling Championship – Group 2 Kilbeacanty Pier Head Minor A Hurling Championship – Group 2 Ballinderreen16:00Ballinderreen Pier Head Minor A Hurling Championship – Group 1 Kilnadeema-Leitrim Portumna Pier Head Minor A Hurling Championship – Group 2 Round 4 Kiltormer Meelick-Eyrecourt12:00Meelick-Eyrecourt Referee:  Leonard Fay Referee:  Gerry Donoghue Loughrea13:30Portumna Pearse Stadium18:00Abbeyknockmoy Tommy Larkins McGettigans Bar Intermediate Hurling Championship – Group 1 V Pier Head Minor B Hurling Championship – Group 2 Round 2 Round 5 Craughwell Referee:  Ronan Stankard Loughrea18:00Ballinderreen An Spidéal Pier Head Minor B1 Hurling Group 2 Ardrahan Pier Head Minor B1 Hurling Group 1 Round 1 Padraig Pearses GAA Ground16:00Pádraig Pearses Oranmore-Maree Ballinasloe12:00Castlegar Referee:  John Keane Referee:  James Hoade Round 2 Round 4 Referee:  Vincent Burke V Cappataggle16:00Cappataggle Killimor Referee:  Peter Campbell Abbeyknockmoy V V V St Thomas Round 1 Referee:  John Mc Donagh Round 2 Round 4 Round 2 Skehana-Mountbellew/Moylough McGettigans Bar Intermediate Hurling Championship – Group 1center_img Round 2 Turloughmore Baile Doite Pitch & Clubhouse16:00Moycullen Pier Head Minor A Hurling Championship – Group 2 16:00Ahascragh/Fohenagh Tynagh/Abbey-Duniry Craughwell Referee:  Paul Fahy Referee:  Conor Quinlan Referee:  Kevin Egan Páirc an Chnoic16:00Mícheál Breathnach V Loughrea16:30Annaghdown V Round 4 Beagh V Portumna V Killimor12:00Killimor Round 4 Referee:  Christopher Browne Pier Head Minor B1 Hurling Group 1 Gullane’s Hotel Junior Hurling League Group 1 V Kinvara Ballinasloe16:30St Thomas Round 4 V Loughrea12:00Tynagh/Abbey-Duniry Carnmore Kenny Park18:00Gort Round 2 Pádraig Pearses Referee:  Derek Kelly Ballinasloe (Club Grounds)16:00Ballinasloe Kenny Park13:30Carnmore V V Round 6 Referee:  Ger O Connor Salthill Hotel Senior B Hurling Championship – Group 1 Referee:  James Lundon Ballinasloe18:00Tommy Larkins Bullaun16:00Sarsfields Ballinasloe17:30Athenry V V V V 05-05-2017 (Fri) Round 1 V V Rahoon-Newcastle V Referee:  Christopher Browne Barna16:00Cois Fharraige Pier Head Minor C Hurling Championship Kinvara V Killimor V V Tynagh/Abbey-Duniry Salthill Hotel Senior B Hurling Championship – Group 2 Bullaun12:00Sarsfields Ballinasloe19:00Meelick-Eyrecourt Castlegar Round 4 V Ballinasloe16:30Kiltormer V 01-05-2017 (Mon) Carnmore18:00Clarinbridge Round 2 V 07-05-2017 (Sun) Salthill Hotel Senior B Hurling Championship – Group 1 Senior Hurling League Group 2 Intermediate Hurling League Cappataggle Loughrea12:00Loughrea Oranmore-Maree Killimordaly16:00Killimordaly Gort GAA Grounds16:00Gort Salthill Hotel Senior A Hurling Championship – Group 1 Round 3 Kenny Park12:00Meelick-Eyrecourt McGettigans Bar Intermediate Hurling Championship – Group 2 Clarinbridge Salthill Hotel Senior A Hurling Championship – Group 1 V Round 4 Round 2 Salthill Hotel Senior B Hurling Championship – Group 2 Kilbeacanty Referee:  Eoin Shaughnessy V Kilnadeema-Leitrim V Liam Mellows Round 2 V V Mullagh/Kiltormer Senior Hurling League Group 1 Referee:  Derek Kelly Salthill-Knocknacarra Pier Head Minor B Hurling Championship – Group 1 Round 5last_img read more

Galway and Roscommon to meet in FBD League final

first_imgAudio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Galway team v Leitrim: 1. James Keane (Barna), 2. Eoghan Kerin (Annaghdown), 3. Sean Mulkerrin (Oileain Arainn), 4. Declan Kyne (Clonbur), 5. Johnny Heaney 0-2 (Killannin), Gareth Bradshaw (Moycullen), David Wynne 0-1 (Moycullen), 8. Cein Darcy (Caherlistrane), 9. Sean Maher (Salthill Knocknacarra), 10. Eoin Finnerty (Mountbellew Moylough), 11. Evan Murphy (Salthill Knocknacarra), 12. Eamon Brannigan (St Michaels), 13. Frankie Burke (Annaghdown), Dessie Conneely 2-0 (Moycullen), Robert Finnerty 1-3 (Salthill Knocknacarra). Subs: Johnny Duane for Mulkerrin (Black Card), Kieran Duggan for Maher, Cathal Sweeney for Heaney, Barry McHugh for Burke.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Galway will face Roscommon in the FBD League final for the fourth year in a row after they defeated Leitrim by 3-6 to 0-8 in Clonbur yesterday and Roscommon beat Mayo in Hyde Park by 0-14 to 0-11. First half goals by Dessie Conneely (2) and a Robert Finnerty penalty gave Galway a 3-3 to 0-7 half time lead over Leitrim after playing into a strong wind. In desperate conditions, Leitrim could only manage 1 point in the second half as Galway registered points from David Wynne (0-1) and Johnny Heaney (0-2) to ease to a 7 point win. The win follows Galway’s 1-10 to 1-9 win over Mayo in Castlebar on Friday night so with 6 points out of 6 they qualify for the final against Roscommon on the 18th of February. Next Sunday’s round 5 clash with Roscommon is still scheduled to go ahead in Tuam Stadium despite the tie having no consequence to the final standings.center_img After the game in Clonbur yesterday, Kevin Dwyer got the views of the Galway manager Kevin Walsh…last_img read more

Raphoe school to get funding injection for sports hall

first_imgDonegal Minister Joe McHugh has announced that Royal & Prior Comprehensive in Raphoe has secured funding for works on its sports hall.“I am delighted to be able to confirm the news that Royal & Prior has secured financial support for much-needed repairs to its sports hall,” Mr McHugh said.“I have spoken to principal Howard Welch to share the news after the Department of Education confirmed a grant under emergency works for the sports hall. “It is a massive leap forward for the school. The roof is badly in need of being replaced and this grant will give Royal and Prior the security to engage with architects and designers to devise a plan for the hall and to work with the Department to see it through.Mr McHugh, Government Chief Whip, met Mr Welch and visited the school on a number of occasions and also raised the need for major repairs with Education Minister Richard Bruton.Mr McHugh said the school is renowned for the standard of badminton players it has produced – a long line of champions, not least Olympian Chloe Magee who spent many hours in the school sports hall on her long road to international stardom.He said “There are 575 pupils at the school, including 37 boarders, and it is only right that they have facilities that live up to the high standards of sports stars that have been produced here down through the years. “I also want to thank Minister Bruton who is only too well aware of the difficulties that the school has run in to and now the Department is stepping up to the mark to support Royal and Prior, the principal, staff and pupils and their dreams of producing more world beaters.Mr McHugh, Minister for the Irish language, Gaeltacht and the Islands, said: “An agreement like this is a huge boost for Royal and Prior and pupils, parents and staff should know this is recognition that their needs are being heard and acted on.“It sets Royal and Prior on the right path to developing facilities to host badminton events and it will create the right atmosphere to inspire the next generation of champions and olympians.”Raphoe school to get funding injection for sports hall was last modified: September 13th, 2018 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

COMPETITION: Win four tickets (plus wine) to see Pretty Woman at Eclipse Cinemas!

first_imgEclipse Cinemas Lifford/Strabane are bringing a classic rom-com back to the big screen next month – and we have a fantastic ticket package to give away to a lucky Donegal Daily reader!The iconic 1990 hit starring Richard Gere and Julia Roberts will be shown at the luxury Lifford cinema on two dates only – 2nd and 3rd February at 6pm and 8.30pm on both nights. CompetitionTickets are on sale now for these exclusive screenings. And we have FOUR to giveaway on our Facebook giveaway!That’s not all! The competition winner will receive FOUR complimentary wines – one for each ticketholder – as part of Eclipse Cinemas’ ‘Pour @ the Pictures’ deal.To enter the competition, simply click the link here to like and share the Facebook post: WomanAcademy Award nominee Julia Roberts (Steel Magnolias) and charismatic leading man Richard Gere (An Officer and a Gentlemen) light up the screen of this lovable rom-com. Edward is a rich, ruthless businessman who specialises in taking over companies and then selling them off piece by piece. He travels to Los Angeles for a business trip and decides to hire a prostitute. They take a liking to each other and he offers her money if she’ll stay with him for an entire week while he makes the “rich and famous” scene (since it doesn’t do for a man of his stature to be alone at society parties and polo matches). Romantic comedy (and complications) ensue.Get your tickets for this special screening now online at: @ the PicturesWine can be enjoyed by cinema-goers at selected movie screenings at Eclipse, available from the new Extras food and drink counter. For more info see: full cinema listings and more at Eclipse Cinemas Lifford/Strabane, check out T&Cs apply.COMPETITION: Win four tickets (plus wine) to see Pretty Woman at Eclipse Cinemas! was last modified: January 11th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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:competitioneclipse cinema lifford strabanepretty womanlast_img read more

Solar powered computer to connect rural communities

first_img30 July 2014 Cape Town-based company Capsule Technologies has produced Africa’s first low-wattage, solar-powered desktop computer, the Impi Mk1. The hardy computer, built to withstand hot and dusty conditions, uses less power then an energy-saving lightbulb. It runs on the Android system and uses open source software to make it more accessible. With its 500GB hard drive and 4GB of Ram, the design features a standalone Computer Processing Unit (CPU) that allows the user to recycle e-waste by using secondhand hard-drives, keyboard and monitor. Franck Martinaux and Megan Vercuil, the team behind the computer’s design, told SAinfo this week that they wanted to develop a machine that used fewer resources, conserved energy and addressed the lack of infrastructure in Africa’s remote rural areas. “We wanted to offer the same chance to prosper for any African … rich or poor, in urban or rural areas, and to create the awareness of alternative means to get the same result, especially for people in those under-serviced communities where access to technology, services and information seems to be out of reach,” Vercuil said. It took Martinaux, a hardware and software designer and Vercuil, an IT and education consultant, a year to develop the computer, which runs off a mere 20 watts, as compared to the 200 to 400 watts used by an ordinary computer. “We identified a problem around the high electricity consumption of standard desktop computers and wanted to reduce the carbon footprint,” Vercuil said. “Ordinary computers can emit almost 220Kg of CO2 per annum. By using more efficient systems as found in the African computer range (such as the Impi Mk1) of PCs, this level of CO2 could be reduced by almost 70%, down to a mere 70Kg per annum. “But you can still do everything with 20W. Absolutely the same things as a standard laptop or a tablet,” she said. “IMPI Mk1 uses specialised systems, based on low-power computer processing units such as the Intel Atom 2550 dual core processor 1.86Ghz. These CPUs develop much less heat during operation, often less that 25% of the heat developed by a regular desktop CPU system.” Using it with solar power, Vercuil said, a typical application would be a school, a mobile ICT facility (container), or even an internet cafe where up to 20 machines could be powered and the cost of the solar panel optimised. “The computer comes with both an ethernet card and wireless card, and has built-in wireless mesh networking, which provides a community network between computers and does not need to be linked up through an internet service provider or cellphone subscription. This translates into a saving on infrastructure and monthly costs. “In addition, it uses Linux and Android and open source software like King Office or Libre Office, which has word-processing [capabilities] and spreadsheets. You can also access dictionary and wikipedia offline content,” she said. “We are developing the software layer to enhance Android to a top-level desktop environment which includes an ethernet network, printer drivers and CD burner software. This computer is as easy to use as a mobile phone is.” Vercuil said the computer was well-received during its prototype phase when it was tested by schoolchildren in Gugulethu and Khayelitsha, who enjoyed the game apps and the word processing apps in particular. She said they planned to do a more focused roll-out to gather evidence about the machine’s usability, performance and areas for improvement. “This is a work in progress since we became shortlisted for the Global Cleantech Innovation Programme to represent South Africa. “We are in talks with the Western Cape government to try and identify ways in which they may use, it such as MOD [mass participation, opportunity and access, development and growth] centres.” The company ran a Thundafund crowd funding campaign, raising R20 000 for research and development for the computer. The Impi MK1 is also an official project of the World Design Capital 2014, Vercuil said, which gave them “a great starting point for networking”. The computer is available from the company for R3  399, and Vercuil says they are currently talking to distributors. “Currently there are no products on the market that match our affordable price, and our expertise is specific. Computers are being sourced from overseas. “Our dream is to grow local expertise, and we are committed to use local people, whom we have committed to teach because currently services like firmware development for any kind of device are outsourced to India, and grow our economy at the same time by producing locally and create jobs.”last_img read more