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No. 1 pick Fultz scores 10 points in 1st game since October

first_img“That is a great unknown,” team president Bryan Colangelo said. “I’m not sure I have the answer. We will have to … certainly not judge tonight as the sole case of what to expect going forward.”Fultz checked in to a standing ovation with 2:54 left in the first quarter and drove down the baseline for a quick basket. But Fultz — whose awkward shooting form made him a punchline in the NBA — fired an airball later in the quarter.Perhaps trying to force his shot too much, Fultz also had two shots blocked on the same possession. He was a pedestrian 1 for 4 with three assists in the first half.Fultz scored two baskets in the third quarter, missed a spin move in the lane and had another shot blocked.“It was a little bit of excitement and little bit of just like, I gotta help the team,” Fultz said. “Once I stepped on the floor, it felt great just to be back out there with my brothers.”He did not shoot a 3-pointer or attempt a free-throw. It was his gruesome, clunky form at the line that got him mocked on social media.“That’s what the media’s job is, to try to do what they have to do to get paid,” Fultz said.The fans hardly seemed to care.Fultz was cheered each time he touched the ball, and they went wild when he sank two jumpers late in the game. The 6-foot-4 guard out of Washington just may have a significant impact after all in the postseason.“I love these guys. They’re my guys,” Fultz said. “I’m just trying to be the best teammate I can possibly be.” “Just woke up and it was that day,” he said.His next two answers were as empty as his stat line since October.Did he do something to hurt his shoulder or just feel soreness?Fultz rubbed his face and stared straight without talking and grabbed a towel someone tossed him. His wiped his face during a few more seconds of awkward silence.Why not talk about the injury?Blank stare.Fultz sparked the 76ers at times in actions, certainly not words, in a reserve role.“He looked confident,” coach Brett Brown said. “I thought it was a real, sort of bold, gutsy effort that he made given where he was now where he is.”The 19-year-old Fultz played the 76ers’ first four games of the season before he was ruled out indefinitely in October with soreness and a scapular muscle imbalance in the shoulder.The Sixers aren’t sure what they’ll get out of Fultz as they push toward 50 wins. Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Joel Embiid had 20 points and 13 rebounds and Ben Simmons had 11 assists for the Sixers.Will Barton led Denver with 25 points.Embiid had perhaps his dunk of the season on a one-handed jam over Paul Millsap. Embiid raised the roof in celebration as the crowd roared and the replay was still on the big screen when the Sixers got the ball back and JJ Redick buried a 3.TIP-INSNuggets: Denver scored only 15 points in the third and blew an eight-point halftime lead. … Jamal Murray had 17 points and Millsap 16.“They got their defense into the game in the third quarter and we didn’t handle it well,” Nuggets coach Michael Malone said. “We started becoming tentative. We started playing against the shot clock.”Sixers: Waived G James Young. Young averaged 2.8 points in six games. … Simmons topped Allen Iverson to set the team rookie record for assists.UP NEXT:Denver plays Tuesday at Toronto.The Sixers host the Knicks on Wednesday. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Andy Murray resumes training after hip surgery Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew 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 “Then I realized it, and it was pretty dope. These fans are great, and I love them.”The Sixers and their fans wanted the No. 1 pick to play and — after five often-confusing months — they got him.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownREAD: Fultz returns to lineup for 76ersFultz scored 10 points and had eight assists in his first game since October, helping the Philadelphia 76ers beat the Denver Nuggets 123-104 on Monday night. Philadelphia 76ers’ Markelle Fultz, left, goes up for a shot past Denver Nuggets’ Torrey Craig during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, March 26, 2018, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)PHILADELPHIA — Markelle Fultz heard 20,000 fans chanting “Fultz! Fultz! Fultz!” and for a fleeting moment he thought they were serenading Philly’s most popular athlete.“I thought they were saying ‘Nick Foles,’” Fultz said of the Super Bowl MVP for the champion Philadelphia Eagles.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery MOST READ The first selection of the 2017 draft shot an airball, had three shots blocked and artfully attacked the lane, flashing glimpses of what has made him both a mystery project and prominent prospect.With Philadelphia having clinched a playoff berth for the first time since 2012, Fultz decided the time was right to return from the injured shoulder and busted confidence that had cost him all but four games of his rookie season.Fultz was on a media blackout in his absence and said nothing in his public return to clarify his situation.He basically ignored the first two questions about his shoulder, and instead thanked teammates and coaches for their support during rehab.Why was today the day to play?ADVERTISEMENT Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. 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Fly Jamaica promises repayment to passengers next week

first_imgThe Competition and Consumer Affairs Commission (CCAC) has been forced to intervene in the situation with Fly Jamaica and its passengers, as the airline has failed to begin payments to their inconvenienced customers, since the crash-landing of the Boeing 757 aircraft on November 9, last year.The Public Relations Officer (PRO) of CCAC, Allison Parker on Tuesday told Guyana Times on Wednesday that the airline was recently written to by the Commission, after it received several complaints from passengers. She said the airline has since assured the Commission that it will begin repayments in the new week.She however noted that Fly Jamaica had also made a similar commitment to begin reimbursements since February. Parker explained that the airline would be summoned to a meeting should it fails to meet this most recent promise. She added that if the commitment is not met then the next move would be for the matter to be brought to the attention of CCAC’s Commissioners who will deliberate on the way forward.It has been well over four months since a Fly Jamaica aircraft, destined for Toronto, Canada, crash-landed at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) in Timehri, East Bank Demerara, leaving hundreds of passengers stranded, and who are yet to be reimbursed.Passengers, who not only were onboard the crashed aircraft, but others who booked their flights ahead of their actual travel date, are also still waiting in suspense for their monies to be refunded.Several fuming passengers reached out to this publication as recent as Friday last and complained that although they were promised a refund by the end of last month, they are still waiting with no word from the company.One person said she contacted the travel agent with whom she booked the flight but was informed that the agents are also awaiting word from Fly Jamaica on the matter.Meanwhile, another passenger explained that he was promised that payments would have commenced since last month, however, there is no sign of the airline moving towards this.Other affected passengers have turned to social media to complain of the customer service being provided by Fly Jamaica, as telephone calls to the airline are seemingly going unanswered. Persistent persons have said they would have exhausted their efforts to contact the local office, only for their calls to be forwarded to voicemail and answering machines.A representative from the airline recently told sections of the media that it was considering resuming services by mid-March.last_img read more

Second hospital for city?

first_imgThe council is expected to approve a consultant contract for the new study on Tuesday. Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital serves 680 square miles of rapidly growing suburbia, and hospital President Roger Seaver says city approval for the master plan is needed for Newhall Memorial to remain the predominant provider of acute services in the valley. Santa Clarita planning commissioners last fall approved the plan, which allows for tripling the size of the nearly 333,000-square-foot campus. But a coalition of residents questioned whether the plan included an adequate balance of hospital and medical office space, and City Councilman Bob Kellar called for an independent study. The council is expected to approve a $47,500 contract with Atlanta-based Kurt Salmon and Associates Inc., with Newhall Memorial paying about $40,000 of that. SANTA CLARITA – With a fast-growing population and rising demand for health care, city officials are poised this week to seek a broader independent review of Newhall Memorial Hospital’s controversial proposed master plan. While the city initially had planned to review only how the 217-bed facility would be built out over the next 25 years, the new focus will include whether other hospitals also might be planning to build in Santa Clarita. And the timing appears right: Providence Holy Cross Medical Center said last week that it is considering buying a roughly 38-acre site in the Santa Clarita Valley just beyond city limits. “The city’s challenge here is to balance the land use issues – traffic, noise, quality of life … with the long-term health care issues,” said Paul Brotzman, the city’s director of Community Development. Patrick Smyth, senior manager overseeing the study, said his company works for top hospitals nationwide. “We’re going to provide an objective, unbiased perspective,” he said. Meanwhile, Providence Holy Cross has begun negotiating for property owned by Newhall Land and Farming Co. just outside city limits that would be suitable for a 200-bed hospital. “Nothing has been finalized because of entitlement issues,” said Kerry Carmody, an administrator for Providence Holy Cross. Providence recently opened a $47 million outpatient medical facility near Newhall Memorial and is spending roughly $115 million for a 101-bed expansion of its Mission Hills facility. Seaver and others said the region’s growth would be able to support two hospitals. “The numbers suggest if the projected population goes to 450,000 or more, the aging of the population occurs as we predicted and hospital trends stay similar to today, that suggests (there is room for) up to two hospitals in the Santa Clarita Valley,” Seaver said. Still, development is unlikely to come quickly. Hospital construction costs are estimated at $1.5 million a bed, and the approval process can stretch to seven years. Eastside community members – fed up with traffic jams and burgeoning development – have pushed for a hospital in their area. Carmody said completion of the cross-valley connector through the city could make the potential site accessible for all. Seaver said Newhall Memorial is not pursuing a second site but would not rule it out in the future. “It’s premature for us to consider a second site. The master plan is our focus, and the deficit in needs is our focus,” he said. “I have committed to others after we’ve achieved the short-run planning objectives; it’s possible we would then look at the timing and needs for a second site.” judy.orourke@dailynews.com (661) 257-5255 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

Device explodes on car in Las Vegas casino parking lot

first_imgLAS VEGAS – A device left in a casino parking garage exploded early Monday, killing a hotel employee who picked it up, authorities said. The man was removing the device from atop a car when it exploded shortly after 4 a.m. on the second floor of a parking behind the Luxor hotel-casino, said Officer Bill Cassell, a police spokesman. He declined to describe the device, but said initial reports that it was a backpack were wrong. Police said the blast was not a terrorist act but an apparent murder of a Luxor employee. No threat had been made against the Luxor, Cassell said. “We believe the victim of this event was the intended target,” Cassell said. He said another hotel employee narrowly escaped injury when the device exploded. Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agents were involved in the investigation, said ATF Special Agent Nina Delgadillo, regional spokeswoman for the agency in San Francisco.165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Gordon Absher, a spokesman for MGM Mirage Inc., which owns the Luxor, said he could not confirm that the victim was an employee. Aerial video showed no apparent damage to the parking structure, where entrances were blocked while police, firefighters and federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agents investigated. There was little damage around the vehicle and the hotel was not evacuated, police and a hotel official said. Cassell said the case was being investigated as “a homicide with an unusual weapon.” The Luxor, a pyramid-shaped hotel at the south end of the Las Vegas Strip, has more than 4,000 rooms and 6,000 employees. last_img read more

Russian WCup stadium finally gets its grass

first_img0Shares0000Workers in Samara prepared to install the pitch last August, but the grass is only now ready to be laid © AFP/File / Mladen ANTONOVMOSCOW, Russian Federation, Apr 14 – Russia’s perpetually late World Cup stadium in Samara had some good news to report exactly two months before kickoff: it is finally getting its grass.Twelve gleaming white lorries filled with rolls of the precious pitch arrived Saturday in the Volga River city from Germany. Photographs proudly tweeted by the regional administration also showed nine construction crane-type objects identified as “artificial suns” stationed outside the stadium.They will be suspended a few feet above the pitch once the grass is rolled out and start shining as much light as possible so that everything sticks in place.“The nine ‘artificial suns’ will warm up the grass so that it gets accustomed to Samara’s soil as quickly as possible,” the administration said.How long that takes will go a long way in deciding whether Russia has a big mess on its hands when the games begin on June 14.Russia is sparing no expense as it prepares to host the international football extravaganza at the height of a new spike in diplomatic hostilities with the West.More than $13 billion (10.5 billion euros) are officially going into stadium construction and refurbishments for the 11 host cities.Each is getting a new or refurbished airport and repaved roads. Hotels are being built in places few foreign visitors ever venture.The first World Cup to reach the former Soviet Union is meant to show off Russia’s might at every turn.But details, like the absence of grass at one of the arenas, threaten to scuttle those plans.Samara has been plagued by problems since construction began four years ago.Developers had to abandon plans to build a glass dome that looked like a flying saucer because it simply cost too much.The time it took to come up with a more budget-friendly alternative delayed development by nearly six months.The government filed a lawsuit — one of four against stadium builders across Russia — over the delay.The plan for the fancy German grass was drafted in the halcyon days when time was not an issue.The green stuff was meant to arrive before the Russian winter and take root during spring.But the stadium was not ready and there was no turning back by the time one the coldest Januaries on record stalled construction for another three months.Workers will be hoping that the heating lamps work well enough to make the pitch playable by the first test game on April 28.Samara is due to host its first World Cup match when Coast Rica and Serbia play on June 17.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Liverpool and Arsenal target ‘going nowhere’

first_img Ignacio Camacho Liverpool and Arsenal target Ignacio Camacho is going nowhere this month, according to Malaga’s sporting director Mario Husillos.Both Premier League clubs are in the market for defensive midfielders and have been linked with tough-tackling ‘Nacho’ Camacho.Husillos has revealed that offers have been made for the Spain international, 24, but he says Malaga will resist selling him during the January window.“There are offers for Camacho,” he told Canal Plus. “He is a national team player and a luxury that we are enjoying.“Big European teams have asked about him, but in this market he is not going to leave.“[I hope that he] stays for many years, he has a contract for four more seasons. For a long time we have been with the murmur that goes on and on here. When the big teams of Europe ask about him, there will be a reason.” 1last_img read more

Hundreds attend ‘An Evening with Roy Keane’ for Ronan Sweeney Rehabilitation Fund

first_imgThe Friends of Ronan Sweeney Rehabilitation Fund last night successfully hosted the sold-out event ‘An Evening with Roy Keane’ at the Mount Errigal Hotel.The event was hosted by broadcaster Claire McCollum, with football legend Roy taking questions from the audience. After a fall from his bedroom window in Sligo in May 2016, Ronan Sweeney sustained significant spinal injuries.Although Ronan has made substantial progress in the months following the accident and has been discharged from the National Rehabilitation Hospital to return to his home in Letterkenny, he has been left with limited movement in lower limbs.The Friends of Ronan Sweeney Rehabilitation Fund is aiming to provide vital resources to allow Ronan to explore spinal rehabilitation facilities, equipment, and mechanisms, to enable to best opportunity for Ronan to make a full recovery.For more information you can check out the official Facebook page for the Friends of Ronan Sweeney Rehabilitation Fund or if you couldn’t make it along last night and would still like to donate, you can do so by visiting Ronan’s Go Fund Me page.  Video credit: Joe Doherty  Hundreds attend ‘An Evening with Roy Keane’ for Ronan Sweeney Rehabilitation Fund was last modified: February 25th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:an evening with roy keanecharityfriends of ronan sweeney rehabilitation fundRoy Keanelast_img read more

MADELEINE: PORTUGESE MEDIA SHUN STORY OF MISSING GIRL

first_imgThe new Madeleine McCann appeal may have triggered headlines around the world but in Portugal the response has been muted, Sky News is reporting. The station’s Europe correspondent Robert Nisbet says newspapers and TV channels in Portugal aren’t giving it the same coverage.One man who lives near the apartment in Praia Da Luz, but didn’t want to be named, said it was “crazy” that the reconstruction is not airing prominently on Portuguese television. Nisbet says Portugese people resent the perception that local police failed to  properly investigate the disappearance of Madeleine.British police have issued photo e-fits of a German man they wish to question about the disappearance of Madeleine.BBC1’s Crimewatch programme will air a reconstruction tonight at 9pm.Our previous story is here: https://www.donegaldaily.com/2013/10/13/breaking-news-is-this-the-man-who-snatched-madeleine-mccann/  MADELEINE: PORTUGESE MEDIA SHUN STORY OF MISSING GIRL was last modified: October 14th, 2013 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:madeleine mccannmissingportugalsky newslast_img read more

FIANNA FAIL DEMANDS MORE GARDAI AFTER MEETING WITH DONEGAL TOP BRASS

first_imgFianna Fáil has reiterated its call for an increase in Garda numbers in the County following a meeting this week with Garda representatives to discuss crime in border areas.Deputy Charlie McConalogue and Fianna Fáil Councillors Paul Canning, Gerry Crawford and Patrick McGowan have met with Superintendent Michael Finnan and Inspector David Kelly in Letterkenny to highlight community concern about crime and policing in border areas.In a joint statement, the Fianna Fáil representatives commended the Gardaí for their recent work in making arrests following a number of burglaries in the Lifford, Raphoe, Manorcunningham and St Johnston areas. However, they re-iterated their belief that additional resources must be allocated to border areas in order to deter crime in the county.“The local Garda force must be commended for their work in the investigations following recent burglaries in East Donegal. However, as a party we feel that the drop in Garda numbers in the County is making it more difficult to have the level of Garda presence needed in border areas to prevent and deter criminal activity. As Garda numbers have fallen, instances of serious burglaries have increased. This is not a co-incidence.”Backing up the party’s calls for additional resources, Deputy McConalogue has outlined figures released to him in Parliamentary Replies from the Minister for Justice showing the sharp decline in the force over the last number of years“In 2008, the Donegal force was at an all-time high of 488 personnel. As of June 2014, there were 404 personnel. Through the same period, eight stations have been closed across the County and many Garda stations are left struggling for essential resources such as enough Garda cars to enable them to effectively police local areas. “Many Garda Stations are also struggling to reliably open for advertised public office hours as the staff numbers are not always available. The loss of 84 guards over six years means a real drop of visible presence and policing on the ground and the Minister must work with the Garda Commissioner to ensure that additional resources are allocated to our County.“While the Gardaí in the County are doing their best with the resources they have it is absolutely clear that the Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald must urgently take action to bring forward Garda recruitment and bring about an increase in Garda numbers in the County and in border areas,” concluded the Fianna Fáil representatives. FIANNA FAIL DEMANDS MORE GARDAI AFTER MEETING WITH DONEGAL TOP BRASS was last modified: July 25th, 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) Tags:donegalfianna failGardailast_img read more

WALSHY ON WEDNESDAY – THE DONEGAL DAILY SPORTS COLUMN

first_imgWalshy, Walshy – give us a wave!From a chat with Cork legend Pat Morley to losing his boxer shorts on a nag by a short head, sports fan and columnist Paddy Walsh lets rip once again on a week of sport.FOR ROBBIE, READ JOHNNYAltogether now – O’SHEA, O’SHEA, O’SHEA, OLE, O’SHEA! The memory of Robbie Keane’s late, late salvager against the Germans in the 2002 World Cup Finals was floating around this old head – and probably many another – as the clock ticked down to full-time last night in Gelsenkirchen. Happy days but surely not to be repeated against the same opposition? Surely there’s no way lightning strikes twice? As much chance of that happening as there is of – well – John O’Shea getting on the end of a ball in the penalty area and steering it beyond the reach of the world’s number one goalkeeper? Yeah, like let’s face reality here, we’re on our way to a 1-0 defeat in Germany and sure, we’ve hardly created a chance worthy of the name.Come on McGeady, play it back to him….right, Hoolahan, get it across….Ah, too long (and where IS Shane when you need him?)…..good man, Jeffrey Patrick Hendrick, switch it back into the middle…..Jeez, who’s that on the end of it. Bloody hell, it’s JOHN O’SHEA and it’s……IT’S THE EQUALIZER! We’ve done it again! And this time against the World Champions!O’SHEA, O’SHEA, O’SHEA, OLE, O’SHEA…..!John O’Shea – celebrated his 100th appearance with a cracking goal!And the ref blows for full-time and the Germans surround him looking for some added seconds so they can nip down the field and attempt to breach our Forde and ruin our celebrations. And there’s Robbie Keane on the pitch, which he vacated some time back to allow Hoolahan in, and it’s 2002 all over again and the ceiling in my sitting-room has a greasy mark where my head hit it and Dunphy, Giles and Brady are tearing up at least part of the script back in the R.T.E. studio and we’ve seven points in the bag (the same number of goals we netted against the Gibraltarans who will go to Germany in their next game full of no hope) and John O’Shea’s 100th cap will have written on it in large letters the legend ‘THIS IS THE ONE WHERE I SCORED SO LATE AGAINST THE GERMANS WE ALMOST MISSED OUR FLIGHT HOME’. Football, – as a man who knows all about his team scoring last minute goals once said – bloody hell.WANTED: OPEN DRAW (NO PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE NECESSARY)What have the football teams from Sligo, Mayo, Kerry and Cork got in common? Answer – they’ve already (a full nine months in advance) booked their places in their respective Provincial semi-finals for the 2015 Championship.Nice work if you can get it. Which you can’t if you happen to be playing out of the Ulster Championship when not alone, if you’re wearing the colours of Donegal and Tyrone next year, have you not automatically qualified for the semi-finals, you’re not even guaranteed a place in the quarters.No, for these two border counties there’s a preliminary round to be negotiated first before you can even consider venturing further afield in the competition. A positive result in that and you’re up against Armagh who may, or may not, depending on which particular Armagh team turns up on the day – the Orchard County invariably coming with the warning: ‘These Apples Can Occasionally Taste Sour’ – prove a difficult hurdle. For Kerry and Cork, meanwhile, there’s a seventy-minute tussle away from the Munster Final and a comparatively comfortable path into the business end of the All-Ireland. And probably so, too, if either did come up against Tipperary, Waterford, Clare or Limerick in a previous round given the lop-sided nature of the current Munster set-up in respect of decent teams.The same in Leinster, where despite the ability of the likes of Kildare, Meath or, perhaps, Carlow, to flatter to deceive, it’s going to be the Dubs who will both contest and win that Province’s competition – now as inevitable as a hotel rip-off during All-Ireland Final weekend in the capital – and again, no preliminary round though it’s nonetheless a confusing pathway to the semi stages.Meanwhile, New York – facing a preliminary tie against Galway – and London make up two of the sides in the Connacht Championship, hardly enough to have the likes of Mayo quivering in anticipation. How about hauling Paris and Beijing into the competition while the G.A.A. decision drafters are at it?The Provincial Championship has become – has indeed been for many a moon – much too imbalanced when some teams have the toughest of passages to get through and others can keep it in low gear on route to the real competition. So how can the whole thing be brought onto an equal playing surface? Tradition dictates that we must retain the Provincial set-up and to be fair it provides some of the lesser teams with the odd opportunity to win a trophy though quite a few of them have never availed of it.So here’s a possible solution. Start the Provincial Championship earlier and once it’s completed that’s it even for the winners. No automatic progress into the All-Ireland quarters. No link up at all between the respective tournaments. Instead they and every other county go into an open draw for the All-Ireland, a knock-out tournament with no back doors and no side windows to climb through in case they have a bad day at the office.This would give the sharp edge to the tournament that has been sorely missing in those earlier rounds when teams know they’ll, at least get another crack at the whip. And it would surely provide a much fairer structure than exists at present.DUNPHY’S GAMEEamon Dunphy – a good pundit but not a great pundit!And there it was perched on a stall at the car boot sale in Letterkenny last Saturday. Roy Keane’s autobiography. What? Car boot sale time already and it only having steamed off the presses?Okay, it was his first one. Published in 2002 and ghost written on that occasion by Eamon Dunphy whose own autobiography ‘The Rocky Road’ was released not too long ago (though he didn’t get Keano to ghost write it).Not so much a case of Autobiography 2002 versus Autobiography 2014 as a contest between Dunphy and fellow Dub, Roddy Doyle, who helped put the words down for ‘The Second Half.’To be honest, I didn’t read the original and I may not read the second one given that much of the content has already found its way into print via the newspapers.But almost forty years after it first sat on the bookshelves, I’d still strongly recommend Dunphy’s own original autobiography ‘Only a Game?’ – a professional footballer’s diary that was as raw and honest as they come (and sporting autobiographies come virtually on a weekly basis these days).Here’s a random paragraph from it, penned by Dunphy after he had been dropped by Millwall before a 3-2 defeat to Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough during the 1973-74 season:“So we went up to Sheffield. I wasn’t on the bench, I went as thirteenth man. You go into the dressing-room before the game, and you smile and say ‘All the best, lads’. What does that mean? If they do well you stay out. And when they get beaten, as we did last night, what do you do? You act. Because you can’t come in with a big smile all over your face saying ‘Great. Now you’ve been beaten I can get back in. ‘ Everybody else is sick. Bit you aren’t. You are pleased. So you come in and make faces; pretend that you are sick like the rest of them. But everyone knows that you are acting.”Like I say, still the masterpiece when it comes to footballers putting their thoughts on paper and their careers on the line.LEAGUE LEGENDPat Morley – thinks Pats were errr lucky against Harps in the Cup semi-finalThere can’t be too many players who can lay claim to scoring a hat-trick on their League of Ireland debut but I was chatting to one the weekend before last. And Pat Morley, former Waterford United, Cork City and Shelbourne striker, was able to recall the exact date and year of his rare feat.Finn Park, Ballybofey, November 25th, 1984, the Corkman knocking in his trio of goals in a 4-1 win for Waterford against the Harps.I was standing in the car-park at Richmond Park when he arrived to climb into his own vehicle for the trip south after his co-commentating duties on R.T.E. television during THAT F.A.I. Cup semi-final.And for a good twenty minutes, we talked football – or rather, he talked and I just listened, lobbing in the odd verbal for him to play around with and remembering some of his outstanding displays and goals including a strike against the mighty Glasgow Rangers when playing for Shels in Europe.He only broke off briefly when a handful of the St. Patrick’s Athletic players emerged from the dressing-rooms and headed for their transport. “Hey’, he yelled to Pat’s defender, Kenny Browne.” you should have got two yellow cards today”. And Browne and Morley exchanged some further banter with a distinct edge before the Pat’s quartet headed home (okay, they were home but you know what I mean).“He should have gone too,” the former L.O.I. marksman confirmed afterwards before conceding that the Dubliners were, by a city mile, the best footballing side in the league.An entertaining character is Morley who was quick to praise the Harps supporters and spoke of the potential of the club if they can only rise from the pit of the First Division.Any young goal-scoring Morleys floating about that might want to make a Finn Park debut, I forgot to ask him?Meanwhile, Longford Town arrived in the same Finn Park on Sunday having already clinched the First Division title and deservedly disposing of a generally lame Harps, still smarting from that comprehensive Cup semi-final mauling even if they did spark into life in the second period against the Midlanders.And all I could think of was while the Town brought along a couple of hundred supporters to join in the celebrations, how many would Harps have taken to ‘City Calling Stadium’ had the situation been in reverse?Sadly, it’s been a season that only occasionally flickered into life – a bit like that damn scoreboard at Finn Park.LATE BETHad some dough on a brilliant horse yesterday. It took nine horses to beat him….WALSHY ON WEDNESDAY – THE DONEGAL DAILY SPORTS COLUMN was last modified: October 15th, 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)Tags:Donegal Dailysports columnWalshy on Wednesdaylast_img read more