South Africa beat Argentina to finish third at World Cup

first_imgBy Julian LindenSOUTH African winger Bryan Habana and flyhalf Handre Pollard fell just short in their bids for individual records despite helping the Springboks to a 24-13 win over Argentina in the bronze medal playoff at the Olympic Stadium on Friday.Habana, who needed one touchdown to set a new outright record for the most tries by a player in World Cups, failed to get over the line in what was almost certainly his last tournament appearance and after being replaced 12 minutes from time, remains tied with New Zealander Jonah Lomu on 15.Pollard booted four penalties and one conversion to finish with 14 points in the match, taking his total points tally for the tournament to 93, four behind the Argentine flyhalf Nicolas Sanchez who replied with a drop goal, a penalty and a last-minute conversion to remain as the leading pointscorer.The Springboks, whose coach Heyneke Meyer had described the third-place playoff as akin to kissing your sister, dominated the game from the outset, finishing with two tries in the match between the two beaten semi-finalists.“Of course we would have loved to be playing tomorrow for the World Cup. Today we knew it would be tough tonight, we have a lot of respect for Argentina and a bronze medal is better than fourth place,” said Matfield, after his 127th and final appearance.“It’s been a fantastic career and I’m just happy we won the game tonight.”Both teams signalled their intention to run the ball from the outset but were unable to generate much genuine intensity after the disappointment of missing out on the final.The Springboks, beaten 20-18 by New Zealand, were rewarded with an early try to winger JP Pietersen, his fifth of the tournament, after spurning the chance for a penalty goal when the Pumas scrumhalf Tomas Cubelli was sinbinned for slowing down the play.Pollard landed the conversion from the touchline and added three more penalties as the Springboks went to the break leading 16-0.Sanchez opened Argentina’s account just after the re-start with a long-range drop goal but South Africa hit straight back with Habana throwing the last pass to Eben Etzebeth for the big lock to slide over.Habana, one of six survivors from the Springboks team that won the 2007 World Cup, had his chances to score, failing to ground a kick in goal then knocking on with the line wide open, but was unable to add to his tally of 15 tries, leaving him level with former New Zealand colossus Jonah Lomu.Sanchez and Pollard traded penalties before the Pumas, who probed all night without ever really looking like breaking through, got a late reward for their efforts when Juan Pablo Orlandi was driven over right in the final move of the match.Attention now turns to Saturday’s final at Twickenham when holders New Zealand take on Australia.last_img read more

Everton goalkeeper Howard ruled out for up to six weeks

first_imgEverton manager Roberto Martinez has revealed Tim Howard is facing up to six weeks out with a calf injury.The American goalkeeper missed Sunday’s 3-2 defeat at Newcastle with the injury suffered against Stoke on Boxing Day, and is now set to miss out until well into 2015.“Tim Howard will be out between five and six weeks with a calf injury,” Martinez said at his press conference ahead of the New Year’s Day game against Hull.Martinez may now look to bring in another goalkeeper to compete with Joel Robles, who deputised for Howard against Newcastle.“I thought Joel was very calm against Stoke and did well against Newcastle. But we will assess whether we need cover,” the Spaniard added. 1 Tim Howard last_img read more

Combined Arsenal and Chelsea XI – who gets the bragging rights ahead of Sunday’s clash?

first_imgArsenal and Chelsea go head to head at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday afternoon.So, to get warmed up for the blockbuster Premier League clash, we asked football fans on the talkSPORT Facebook page who would make a combined XI featuring players from both sides, based on current form and fitness?And here’s the general consensus on the Gunners and Blues players who should make the cut, with a few surprises along the way.Click the yellow arrow above, right, to discover the XI. 10. Left wing: Joel Campbell (Arsenal) 2. Right back: Hector Bellerin (Arsenal) 11 11. Striker: Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) 5. Left back: Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) 11 11 3. Centre back: Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal) 7. Centre midfield: Mathieu Flamini (Arsenal) 11 11 1. Goalkeeper: Petr Cech (Arsenal) – see the remaining 10 players to make a combined Gooner and Chelsea XI by clicking the arrow above 11 11 4. Centre back: Kurt Zouma (Chelsea) 8. Right wing: Willian (Chelsea) 11 11 6. Centre midfield: Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) 11 9. Attacking midfield: Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) 11last_img read more

Rutan: NASA moon return plans are ‘stupid’

first_imgSpaceShipOne designer Burt Rutan called NASA’s new moon program “stupid” and said the Federal Aviation Administration is creating a stifling regulatory environment for private spacecraft. Speaking at the International Space Development Conference on Thursday, the aerospace maverick – who for decades has produced unconventional aircraft out of his Mojave plant – expressed optimism for affordable space flight. But he criticized NASA for what he said is its failure to strive for the breakthroughs necessary to make that happen. Rutan said NASA is rehashing existing technology to achieve its goal of sending astronauts back to the moon by 2020. “That program makes absolutely no sense,” Rutan said, speaking at the conference’s opening-day luncheon in a hotel near Los Angeles International Airport. “They are forcing that program to be done with technology we know already works. They are not creating an environment for breakthroughs to occur.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsRutan said he talked with NASA Administrator Mike Griffin about the moon effort. He said Griffin told him that if Rutan were in his position, he would do things the same way. Rutan said Griffin is right, with one exception: “I would have held a big press conference at the very beginning, invited all the aerospace media, and I would have said: ‘This is stupid’ and turned around and go back to my office and go back to work.” NASA officials could not immediately be located for comment after Rutan’s speech. Without major technological breakthroughs the general public will not be able to go into Earth orbit and on to the moon affordably, Rutan said. “I do want to go to the moon in my lifetime,” Rutan said. “I would like to see my grandchildren go to the more interesting moons of Saturn and Jupiter. Our key is going to be capitalizing on programs with the kinds of risks the Apollo guys did take.” Rutan also challenged the Federal Aviation Administration policy toward private spaceflight, which is geared toward protecting the uninvolved public instead of the paying passengers and crew. That approach threatens the viability of the new industry, Rutan said. “We have superprotection for those who are at a tiny risk, but no protection for those who buy a ticket and who are at risk,” Rutan said. “Those who will die will be the ones we know are at risk.” The FAA needs to identify and encourage safety breakthroughs and require private industry to use those breakthroughs, Rutan said. Rutan said spaceships that have aircraft-like operations should be regulated like airplanes. Among the people in the audience was Patricia Grace Smith, the FAA’s associate administrator for commercial space transportation. In an interview after Rutan’s speech, Smith said the policy of protecting the uninvolved public is mandated by Congress. “Our policy is: We want to enable the industry,” Smith said. “We don’t want to be a hindrance. So far we haven’t.” The FAA has the ability to grant experimental licenses to allow spaceships to fly so safety enhancements can be developed, she said. Under those licenses, spacecraft cannot carry paying passengers. For spacecraft regulated to take passengers, the FAA policy is to allow them to fly as long as passengers give “informed consent” in regard to the risk. “It’s the American spirit that people should be allowed to take the risk they want,” Smith said. As for regulating aircraft-like operations, Smith said that was the approach taken with Rutan’s SpaceShipOne, which in 2004 became the first privately financed, privately built craft to go into space. Rutan’s rocket plane won the $10 million Ansari X Prize as the first reusuable private spaceship with flights from Mojave Airport, where it was built. SpaceShipOne’s White Knight carrier plane was regulated like an experimental aircraft, she said. When SpaceShipOne took off, it was regulated like a rocket; when it glided back to Mojave Airport, it was regulated like an airplane, she said. Among other comments from Rutan: He finds amusing the millions of dollars being spent on spaceports when there are no spacecraft to use them yet. Rutan said he believes small, private companies will lead the way to affordable space travel. “I don’t believe Boeing and Lockheed will be players because they don’t believe it’s possible,” Rutan said. Rutan’s space conference talk offered no insight into his next spacecraft, which he is building for British tycoon Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic company to fly space tourists on suborbital flights. Virgin Galactic has said it expects to charge $200,000 a ticket, and that more than 100,000 people have expressed interest “There’s a lot of money out there that will be focused on a new industry if we solve the problems of making a robust spacecraft fly,” Rutan said.160Want 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

Watch: Overnight flooding leaves Donegal GAA pitch submerged

first_imgONE south Donegal football pitch has felt the brunt of Storm Lorenzo.Towney, the home of Kilcar GAA club, was entirely submerged in water following heavy overnight rain.It comes just a few weeks after Davy Brennan Memorial Park in Glenties, was left under a covering of water. Kilcar are set to face Gaoth Dobhair in one of the 2019 Donegal SFC semi-finals in Ballybofey on Sunday.South Donegal was hit by overnight flooding.“Donegal County Council would like to thank the local community for their assistance and support during this flooding event,” a statement from Donegal County Council said.“Donegal County Council can be contacted during normal business hours on 074 91 53900 and in the event of an out of hours emergency the Council’s Road Service can be contacted on 074 91 72288.   “For emergencies requiring the assistance of the Fire Service call 999 or 112.”Watch: Overnight flooding leaves Donegal GAA pitch submerged was last modified: October 4th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare 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:2019 Donegal SFCfloodedkilcarStorm LOrenzoTowneylast_img read more

Paddy Haughey: ‘Forgotten man’ of Donegal athletics to be honoured

first_imgSOMEONE once wrote that ‘to be forgotten is to die twice’ and on Sunday the Donegal Athletics Board will honour one of the forgotten. When the Athletics Team of the Millennium was selected in 2000 Paddy Haughey would have been an automatic selection if the selectors had known of his exploits. Committee members hope to set the record straight on Sunday when he is honoured posthumously by the County Board. He was born in Teelin in 1918 he joined the Army at the outset of World War 2 and was stationed in the Curragh where he joined Curragh Athletic Club. Paddy was successful in Defence Force championships at 10,000m on the track and over the country. He made his first National breakthrough in 1944 when he won the NACA Junior Cross-Country Championship and led the Curragh team to victory, he finished fourth in the NACA Senior Cross-Country Championships later that year. In 1945, Paddy again finished fourth in the national Senior Cross-country Championships and he led Kildare to the silver medals in the Inter-County championships and he was third in the National Senior 4 mile track championship.  In 1946 Paddy joined the Brownstown Athletic club in County Kildare, Brownstown is situated just outside the Curragh military camp and was affiliated to the AAU at that time and this opened up the possibility of International competition for him.  He finished second in the AAU Senior Cross-Country Championships, led Brownstown to the team title and was selected on the Irish Team for the International Cross-Championships which were held in Ayr in Scotland that year. Paddy became the first Donegal athlete to be selected to represent Ireland He finished in eleventh place in the race and was the second Irish scorer. Paddy also won the 10 mile road championships and third in the 3 mile track championship that year. In 1947 Paddy retired from the Army and went to work for Guinness in Dublin, he transferred to Donore Harriers Athletic Club where he continued to flourish finishing fourth in the National Senior Cross-Country Championships and leading Donore to the silver medals. He finished in the silver medal in the IAAB championships. He was again selected for the International Cross-Country championships which took place in Paris where he finished in thirteenth position and was second Irish scorer. He was also second in the AAU senior three mile track championship. In 1948 he finished third in the National Senior Cross-Country and led Donore to the silver medals again. Paddy was second in the National 3 mile track championship and finished thirty first in the International Cross-Country championships in Reading.  1949 saw Donore again finish in the silver medal position in the National Cross-Country Championships with Paddy a prominent scorer. He earned selection for the International cross-country championships which were held in Baldoyle. Ireland were not expected to feature in the top six teams but they confounded the critics Paddy finished fourth Irish scorer and the team won the bronze medals. The race was won by the great Alan Minoun of France Paddy retired from athletics after that race and moved back to Donegal when he retired from Guinness in 1983. He died in 1998 and two of his sons Al and Patrick still live in Killybegs. Paddy was the first Donegal athlete to be selected to represent Ireland, he was the first Donegal person to be selected for a major Championship and he was the first Donegal person to win an International medal. The International Cross-Country Championship began in 1903 and initially consisted of Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales, however other countries were quick to apply for membership and soon France, Spain, Portugal Belgium, Denmark, New Zealand, Holland, Tunisia, Morocco USA and Canada were taking part. At its peak the number rose to eighteen countries in total with over 200 runners taking part and was the major Cross-Country event in the World. The Championship lasted until 1972 when the last edition was held in Cambridge and it was replaced by the IAAF World Cross-Country Championship and the first Official World Cross-Country Championship was held in Waregem in Belgium in 1973.  Ireland hosted the event on nine occasions: Baldoyle 1905, Belvoir Park Belfast 1910, Belvoir Park Belfast 1920, Baldoyle 1925, Baldoyle 1931, Royal Ulster Showgrounds Belfast 1938, Baldoyle 1949, Leopardstown 1964,  Paddy Haughey: ‘Forgotten man’ of Donegal athletics to be honoured was last modified: November 26th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare 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

Rangers ace Jermain Defoe puts cheeky Celtic fan in his place with class comeback

first_img LATEST SCOTTISH PREMIERSHIP NEWS “Come on, they are a better team up here!”But Defoe responds confidently: “Celtic?! We will see about that.”The striker got his first Ibrox goal courtesy of James Tavernier’s generosity. Rangers were awarded four penalties against the Buddies and the Gers skipper had already scored two and missed one, but gave Defoe the ball to get on target himself.Defoe said: “I said, ‘come on Tav, let me get my first home goal’. I felt quite relaxed about it. To be fair to him, to step up for the second one after missing took bottle. 2 2 Defoe is well on his way to becoming a fan favourite at Ibrox Defoe put the cheeky fan right in his place Defoe also has his first home goal after slamming home a penalty against St Mirren on Saturday.And now the 36-year-old has shown he can even have a bit of banter with fans of bitter rivals Celtic.Footage has emerged of a Bhoys fan accosting the striker outside of a Tesco in Glasgow.The Celtic fan is heard saying: “Defoe! You should have signed for Celtic mate!center_img Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos scrap Jermain Defoe is already well on his way to becoming a firm fan favourite at Ibrox.The Rangers striker, who joined on loan from Bournemouth last month, already has a chant after two goals in four appearances. “But he gave me the ball and for the captain to do that, it’s nice. It shows how close we are as a team and I’ve only been here for three weeks.“Everyone wanted to take one and I suppose it’s a good sign when forwards want to take penalties.“Listen, the points and the team are the most important thing and we’re delighted.” Not as if Jermaine Defoe in the Port is bizarre enough, but then you get this weird character still telling him to sign for them😂🤷🏽‍♂️ pic.twitter.com/Zr1r6mcCEr— Stu (@boag22) February 3, 2019last_img read more

Record year as Buncrana reports shopping voucher surge

first_imgBuncrana Chamber of Commerce have reported a huge increase in the past two years, of local Buncrana Shopping Vouchers, which the Chamber operates for the benefit of local businesses. Sales have increased from €42,000 at the end of 2014, to almost treble that figure, with sales of just over €120,000 at the end of year for 2016.Welcoming the increase in the voucher sales, Chamber President Ryan Stewart said it is a huge endorsement of the ‘Shop Local’ ethos the Chamber is trying to promote. “At a time when exchange rates seemed to favour shopping in the north, it’s clear that the message is getting through, and has the support of local people. We have even had online orders for the vouchers from as far away as Australia, with people using the vouchers as a cost-effective way of sending presents home!”“As well as the rebranding and marketing of the vouchers, one of the main reasons for the increase is that more and more local employers are availing of the tax benefits associated with the vouchers. Employers can pay staff up to €500 tax-free in vouchers, which is ideal for Christmas bonuses, for example. If employers had paid their staff in cash, this would be taxed. We have been driving this message forward over the past two years, and it’s working for the benefit of all of our members.“You don’t have to be a Chamber member to avail of the tax benefits available by giving these vouchers to your staff, but you do have to be a member if you want to redeem these vouchers for cash from shoppers, so, in short, there’s €120,000 worth of vouchers which need to be redeemed, so join up now.”He thanked all the retailers who sell these vouchers saying they were inundated in the run up to Christmas, and did a great job promoting the vouchers to local shoppers. Buncrana Shopping vouchers are available from Macs Bookshop, SuperValu Buncrana, the Lunch Box, Farrens Mace and Bradleys Fahan.Mr Stewart is stepping down from his role in the Chamber this week, and has added that he has welcomed the support he received during his time in the Chamber.“It has been very rewarding personally, and I have to thank all of the local businesses, as well as the committee, who supported what we have been trying to achieve over the past two years. A new board is due to be elected next week, and I would strongly urge those in business locally to get more involved in the Chamber. The Chamber is now very well resourced to deliver even more value for the town, but input is needed. A small amount of your time can go a very long way.”Record year as Buncrana reports shopping voucher surge was last modified: February 15th, 2017 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

Anniversary of racing hero’s Grand National win to be marked in Donegal

first_imgThe 25th anniversary of horse trainer Terry Casey’s biggest achievement is set to be remembered near his hometown in Downings in 2021.Casey, who passed away in 2001, was widely celebrated in 1996 when his horse Rough Quest (pictured above) won at Aintree.Plans are now underway to enshrine this event into local history, after Councillor Michael McBride gained the backing of the Letterkenny Municipal District to mark the 25 year anniversary. It is not yet decided how Casey will be memorialised in Downings. However, Cllr McBride said the project would begin by liaising with the Casey family.Cllr McBride suggested that the council could mark a four mile point on the Downings to Carrigart path in a reflection of the length of the Grand National handicap steeplechase. He also suggested erecting a memorial statue of the horse and trainer in honour of Casey.Cllr Ciaran Brogan added his support to the idea, commenting that the memorial could have the potential to be seen as a tourist attraction.Anniversary of racing hero’s Grand National win to be marked in Donegal was last modified: January 16th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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

Amazing new interior video of Boeing VIP jet

first_imgBoeing has released a video of the amazing interior concept for its 737 VIP jet for elite customers.The concept has been created by SkyStyle and KiPcreating. Boeing Business Jets (BBJ) markets all Boeing jets for elite customers and it has sold 260 for corporate use.Boeing established the business unit in 1996 to tap the growing corporate market for its jets.Now BBJ offers a portfolio of ultra-large-cabin, long-range airplanes that are well suited for private, charter, corporate and head-of-state operations.The product line includes the BBJ MAX family and high-performance versions of Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner, 777, and 747-8.READ: It was a night, and a day and a night to remember. Since its launch in 1996, BBJ has delivered 233 jets of the 260 orders.“We continue to see a lot of customer interest in Boeing’s family of business jets and that is translating into new orders and a growing backlog,” said Greg Laxton, leader of Boeing Business Jets.“Customers seek more space and greater range, which is driving significant growth in the large-cabin segment.”Boieng BBJTwo of the new orders this year are for the BBJ MAX airplane, adding to a backlog of 19 airplanes and making the BBJ MAX one of the selling business jetliners in history.Based on the new 737 MAX airplane, the BBJ MAX delivers 14 percent better fuel efficiency thanks to advanced engines and improved aerodynamics. The model also features 787-style flight deck displays and multiple advanced new systems.The BBJ MAX family offers customers more range, comfort, and space than any business jet in its class. The jet is capable of flying 7,000 nautical miles (12,964 km) and features a lower cabin altitude, and bespoke interiors to match any preference.“The performance advantage of the BBJ MAX is a big sales driver,” said Laxton. “The airplane is perfectly suited for discerning customers who want to fly further without stopping.”The company celebrated the first BBJ MAX 8 flyaway in April 2018. Additional deliveries of BBJ MAX airplanes are expected in the coming months.last_img read more