first_imgMarie Fleming and husband TomTHERE were emotional scenes today at the funeral of Donegal native Marie Fleming, the multiple sclerosis suffer who had campaigned for the right to die at a time of her choosing.Ms Fleming passed away last week, months after losing her legal bid to change the law here.But her partner Tom Curran told mourners at her funeral in Avoca, Co Wicklow, that Marie loved life. He said she was a unique, beautiful person who “had strength and determination beyond belief.”Mr Curran said caring for his partner for the last two decades was the most important thing he ever did in his life.She is survived by her children Corinna and Simon and stepson David, as well as two brothers, a sister and grandchildren.Corinna read a letter that her mother had written for the service. In the letter Marie thanked her legal team, saying it was better to have tried and failed then not to have tried at all.In a message for Tom, she had written: “Thank you for loving me, caring for me.” HEARTACHE AT FUNERAL OF DONEGAL RIGHTS CAMPAIGNER MARIE was last modified: December 22nd, 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:AvocadonegalMARIE FLEMINGMSTom CurranWicklowlast_img read more

ONE: Despite last-minute opponent change, Danny Kingad ready for anything

first_imgLATEST STORIES “It happened a little less than two weeks before the bout, so it was certainly nerve-wracking,” he said. “But I’m happy that (Kichukov) stepped up to take this bout. My preparations for my return to action will not be futile.”Kingad acknowledges the challenge of changing his gameplan in short notice, but the key for him is his ability to adapt on the fly during the match while also playing it safe inside the cage.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“It’s a different opponent, so there are definitely some things you have to change up. But anything can happen in a bout and that’s always my outlook on it. You go into a match, and you have to adapt inside the cage,” he said.He continued: “Expect that I will be a better competitor inside the cage. My team has prepared a good strength and conditioning program to level up my cardio. I made sure to sharpen my striking. I also invested time in my ground game.” MOST READ Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Corey Brewer to sign with Thunder Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgivingcenter_img Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding PHOTO FROM ONE CHAMPIONSHIPRegardless of who is opponent is, Danny Kingad (5-1) promises to bring the same grit when he returns to the cage on ONE: Visions of Victory at Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on March 9.Originally slated to face Gianni Subba, the 22-year-old Team Lakay fighter was left with two weeks to prepare for his new foe Sotir Kichukov (9-2) after the former was called up to battle Reece McLaren following the pullout of ONE Flyweight Champion Adriano Moraes.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next A victory for Kingad would allow the Baguio native to get back to title contention after failing to claim the flyweight title last November to Moraes via a first-round submission.But more than anything, he’s taking that setback as a chance for him to grow as a competitor as he builds himself back up to once again be a worthy challenger for the championship.“It’s not a defeat. I think of it as a lesson. It has served as an inspiration and a reminder to work hard and push myself to the limit in training,” he said. “The end of my 2017 left a bad taste in my mouth. My desire is to redeem myself and start my 2018 by winning my match against my Bulgarian opponent. I don’t want to sit here and be relaxed. I don’t want him to take my winning moment away from me. My mind is focused on getting that victory.”“I’m still young, and there are a lot to learn in this sport. I believe great things are ahead of me.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Watch: Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma dance at Zaheer Khan-Sagarika Ghatge wedding reception

first_imgVirat Kohli and his girlfriend Anushka Sharma set the floor on fire with their dance moves at Zaheer Khan and Sagarika Ghatge’s wedding reception at the Taj Hotel in Mumbai on Monday.After demolishing Sri Lanka in the second Test, Kohli joined in the celebrations with Anushka. Kohli smashed a record fifth double hundred in Test cricket as India annihilated Sri Lanka by an innings and 239 runs to take an unbeatable 1-0 lead in the three-match series.Kohli has now equalled West Indies legend Brian Lara’s record as the captain with most double tons in the longest format.This was Kohli’s first double hundred against Sri Lanka. All five of his double tons have come against different opponents – West Indies, New Zealand, England , Bangladesh and now Sri Lanka.He also joined former South Africa captain Graeme Smith and Rahul Dravid in 12th spot in the list of most double hundreds by batsmen. The list is headed by the legendary Don Bradman (12), followed by Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara (11) and Lara (9).Kohli is also the first captain to smash 10 international hundreds in a calendar year. He has four Test hundreds and six one-day international tons. The 29-year-old also has nine fifties across formats.The likes of Sachin and Anjali Tendulkar, Ajit Agarkar, Ashish Nehra, Yuvraj Singh and Hazel Keech also graced the occasion.Virat Kohli & Anushka Sharma At Zaheer Khan’s Wedding Reception Last Night in Mumbai!#Virushka ?? pic.twitter.com/lltmreBYJf- Virat Kohli FC? (@ViratsPlanet) November 28, 2017[PICS]: Virat Kohli & Anushka Sharma At Zaheer Khan & @sagarikavghatge Reception Yesterday! #Virushka ?? pic.twitter.com/kSuEtb2KXJadvertisement- Virat Kohli FC? (@ViratsPlanet) November 28, 2017Zaheer married Bollywood actor Sagarika Ghatge on November 23 in Mumbai. Zaheer had announced his engagement with ‘Chak de India’ star Sagarika earlier this year. The two were scheduled to get married on November 27 at a five-star hotel in Mumbai but the date was brought forward to November 23.Image Credit: Yogen ShahImage Credit: Yogen ShahZaheer debuted for India back in 2000 in Kenya and went on to become an integral part of Indian teams subsequently. Zak, as he is fondly called by his teammates, played 92 Tests and picked 311 wickets. In 200 ODIs, he pocketed 282 wickets and played a major role in India’s World Cup triumph in 2011.Image Credit: Yogen ShahImage Credit: Yogen ShahHe retired from international cricket in 2015 while Sagarika was last seen in Naseeruddin Shah-starrer Irada earlier this year.Image Credit: Yogen ShahImage Credit: Yogen Shahlast_img read more

Notes on Mike Gundy’s TCU Postgame Press Conference

first_imgIn case you missed Mike Gundy’s postgame press conference against TCU, here is a Cliff’s Notes version of what he said following Oklahoma State’s 44-31 loss to the Frogs.• Opening statement: “Well that wasn’t near as fun as the last game we played.” No, it was not.• Said OSU didn’t play smart or disciplined and got out-coached: “They had better plans, and their players executed their plans better.”• Said “it’s pretty simple” when you lose the turnover battle.• Said it was the first game OSU didn’t defend the run very well.• Said OSU “didn’t protect as well” as they needed to “at times.”• Said he thought Kenny Hill played with a lot of confidence and was “throwing the ball effectively.”• Said “we’ll rally back tomorrow. Guys need to let it soak in tonight. We gotta let it go. Come back ready to play the next game. Expect our guys to get over this and come back tomorrow with a smile on their face.”• Noted that OSU has to get more 3 and outs. Also said time of possession is a non-factor to Oklahoma State, but in this game it mattered because there weren’t any 3 and outs and TCU didn’t punt until the 4th quarter.• Said TCU’s safeties played high and OSU wasn’t able to run the ball as effectively. Didn’t hit enough underneath stuff when they were in catch-up mode. Said they ran the ball “ave-ruj” when trying to catch up.• Said 72 and 73 “have to make plays. When we lose guys, the next guy has to come in and make plays.”• Said the game plan has been the same for all four games. Said OSU was one block away three or four times from really breaking off a big run. Pointed at TCU’s “fast guys that tackle well.”• Said OSU needed to minimize mistakes and didn’t. Said again they got out-coached and that TCU’s guys were more aggressive from the beginning.• Said he wishes they could have the McCleskey pass back “now that it didn’t work.” They were trying to score fast and catch TCU off guard. “Gary’s defenses always play good.”• Said it will be difficult to come back re: College Football Playoffs but that you’re really never out of it. Said it’s hard to look beyond next week because of young players — “some areas where we’re fairly young.”• Said guys were focused and practiced really well leading up to TCU. “Enthusiasm, focus and willingness to work was really good.”• Said when you have 22 guys on the field and 6-8 of them are really young, nothing surprises him in college football. Too many variables. “We’re disappointed when we lose, but I’m not disappointed in our team.”• Explained the out-coaching thing: You have to look back at the game plan … “their packages for what we do vs. our packages for what they do, I thought they were better. It’s happened before, and we’ve won a game. I’m not so naive to think we always have a better plan than everybody.”• “We weren’t very disciplined.”• Explained the holding on the punt, said it was a freshman and they were in fair catch mode. Coached them a certain way and they still did it.• On the injuries: “We can’t do anything about it. We have to play the guys we have.” Said they just have to “keep rolling and go with it.”• Confirmed that they lost Larry Williams for the year. “Other guys have to step up and play.”• Didn’t consider an onside kick before TCU’s last drive but pointed at the TCU return that really put OSU in a bad spot.• Said Rudolph “got out of his box” on the fumble. “Without watching the tape, I’m going to say he played OK.” Said OSU didn’t do a good job of protecting him as they have been.• Said football “seems complicated from the outside, but it’s really not very complicated.” Said OSU ran the ball better last year, and TCU was playing catch-up then. This year was the opposite.• Said when they force OSU into three TOs and OSU forces TCU into one, it’s proof that their schemes were better. Also didn’t want to discredit TCU’s players playing hard.• Called their tackling in critical times “the difference in the games.”• Said they ask their players to “commit to a purpose” — the players did everything they were supposed to do. “I’m not down on these guys at all. They give effort. Their attitude is good. They play their butt off. The ball didn’t bounce our way. They made a few more plays. It’s part of life. You figure it out. You grow up. You come back tomorrow.”• Said he doesn’t want his players to come back “angry” on Sunday because “you just wasted a day.” If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

On The Importance of 10 Wins For Oklahoma State

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. The elusive 10-win season. Oklahoma State has seven of them ever. Ever! Four of those have come in the last seven seasons with a chance on Thursday to make that five in seven as the Pokes try to move to 10-3 in 2016 in the Alamo Bowl against Colorado. A quick look at some of the winningest teams of the last few years reveals good company for Mike Gundy and Co.Here are all the teams with 5+ 10-win seasons in the last seven years (since 2010).Alabama: 7Ohio State: 6Clemson: 6Oklahoma: 6Florida State: 5 (6 if it beats Michigan)Stanford: 5Boise State: 5Wisconsin: 5Oregon: 5Michigan State: 5Northern Illinois: 5OSU is the only team during bowl season that has a chance to join this list. LSU isn’t on it. Neither is USC. Not TCU. Not Baylor. Not Louisville, Georgia or Nebraska.“It’s big,” said offensive lineman Zach Crabtree on Tuesday. “It’s always something. I remember coming in here and Coach Gundy talking about that from day one. Any time you can hit double-digit wins at this level, it’s huge. Not many people in the country win 10 games a year, and so this game has big-time implications on it for us. We want this 10th win. It means a lot. It’s just the middle level of success, just puts you in elite company, and we’re there, and we want to stay there.”“Just for me, being here five years and having a chance to have three 10-win seasons, that’s unbelievable,” added senior receiver Austin Hays. “There’s probably I think Coach Gundy told us the other day, there’s only eight or nine teams in the last four years that have won more games than we have, and to be a part of this has just been so special, and then for the guys coming back, to beat a top-10 team in Colorado and to make that our double-digit win would just be huge for the guys coming back, to create that momentum going forward and to propel them into having a great year next year.”Defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer stunningly downplayed the achievement before it has been completed.“I don’t like to reflect and I don’t like to kind of summarize things until it’s all said and done, because if we don’t do it, we’ll be sitting back and saying, why couldn’t we get 10,” said Spencer. “But without skirting your question, we’ve had a string of success around here, and I try to get these guys just to think about the next game, and maybe when their career is over, look back and kind of see the superlatives.“I guess we just love to do things right. We love to win the right way. I loved for these guys to leave our program knowing that they’ve gained a lot about life, about being a brother, about sacrifice, and then if you can win 10 games and win bowl games, that’s an awesome thing, too. So I don’t want to diminish that at all. But I just love the process to go through with these young men.”When you win it leads to more winning. Success breeds success as Spencer said. Because success is what the future loves.last_img read more

Taylor, Carson, Lampkin All Headed to NFL Combine

first_imgThe Big 12 has a professional football player problem. This is no surprise to people who follow these things closely. Oklahoma State is certainly part of that, but this year the Pokes actually surpassed the Big 12 average in NFL Combine invites.Of the 19 Big 12 players invited to Indianapolis next month, OSU has three of them. Defensive tackle Vincent Taylor, running back Chris Carson and cornerback Ashton Lampkin will all take their talents to the next level to see how high they can move up draft boards.Other Big 12 invites include Rasul Douglas, KD Cannon, D’Onta Foreman, Dede Westbrook, Jordan Willis, Pat Mahomes, Seth Russell and Samaje Perine.I asked Taylor how excited he is to go to Indy.“I’m very excited being one of the guys from OSU to go as a junior,” Taylor told PFB. “I’m looking forward to going out there to do my best and just enjoy the moment because moments like this only come around once.”Lampkin got a 5.12 grade from NFL.com, Taylor got a 5.35 and Carson did not a grade on the following scale:“I think as a pro I will learn from some of the other guys who have been in the league and I think I bring my athleticism as a big guy,” Taylor told me. “I’m just looking forward to going in to contribute to any team that drafts me.”The Combine will take place from Tuesday, February 28 to Monday, March 6. Here is a full list of all the participants. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

‘Winter is not a good weather for me’

first_imgEredivisie Ghana’s Agyepong struggling with winter in Netherlands Evans Gyamera-Antwi Last updated 1 year ago 00:09 4/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Thomas Agyepong Getty Eredivisie NAC Breda The midfielder has revealed that he is having troubles with the cold despite being in Europe for several years Ghana and NAC Breda midfielder Thomas Agyepong has revealed that he is struggling to cope with the winter season in Netherlands.The 21-year-old, who joined the Dutch Eredivisie side on loan from Manchester City, has not been consistent in performance after recovering from an injury which kept him out for almost five weeks.”This weather is not for me. Due to the low temperatures, the muscles are hard and less supple, making these muscles even more vulnerable,” Agyepong told BN/De Stem. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp “For me, that applies to an extreme degree. I am an explosive player and come from a warm country called Ghana.Agyepong reminisced the first time he experienced such weather when he arrived in Scotland as on trial with Celtic at the age of 14.”It was so incredibly cold. I did not know what happened to me. We were not allowed to wear gloves, while white flakes fell from the air,” he said.’What is this?’ I had never seen snow before. My hands were frozen after training and I could hardly move my feet.”Do you know what I think is the worst? Go inside and then have to sweat out again for the second half. That is only cold,” he added.Agyepong made his debut for Ghana in the 5-0 drubbing of Ethiopia during the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualification in 2017.last_img read more

Oklahoma State Has the Leading Rusher and Receiver in the Nation

first_imgWe had to wait until the numbers were tallied at the end of another week of college football, but it’s now official. After three weeks of (mostly) non-conference play, Oklahoma State has the No. 1 rusher and No. 1 receiver in the nation.Here are your top 10 receivers in yards per game.Screen Shot 2019-09-15 at 6.45.21 AM.pngAnd your top 10 rushers.Screen Shot 2019-09-15 at 6.45.36 AM.pngThese are astonishing numbers, especially Chuba’s. He’s on pace for nearly 2,300 yards. Even if he doesn’t reach anything close to that unlikely mark, he’s still nearly halfway to a top-20 season in OSU history.Let’s say he averages a pedestrian 75 yards a game the rest of the way (including the bowl). This is hard to imagine with OSU riding him like Seabiscuit. He would still end the year with 1,271 yards, which would be the 17th-best year in OSU history.Screen Shot 2019-09-15 at 6.47.18 AM.pngThe yards-per-game numbers are a tad more sobering. Chuba is still currently second to the goat, but he’s not likely to remain there. Here are the 10 best seasons in OSU history in terms of rushing yards per game.Screen Shot 2019-09-15 at 6.50.56 AM.png“I told [our offensive line] all week and all year that they’re the best in the nation,” said Hubbard after posting 256 on the ground against Tulsa. “I truly believe that. Those guys are special. Our offense — we’ve got playmakers — they’re going to double Tylan, and stuff just opened up.”As for Tylan, last season only one player averaged over 120 a game. Tylan finished third nationally at 115 a game. He’s currently on pace this time around for 1,690 yards, which would be the third-best season for a receiver in OSU history.The concern here, I suppose, is overworking both horses. And allowing teams to zero in on not what you do best, but the only thing you do. Though Chuba and Tylan have both seemed up to the challenge through three games. It’s not as if Oregon State, Tulsa and McNeese didn’t know who they are. They’ve still posted 911 combined yards (a fitting number) against teams that watched their film.So while it’s maybe a bit soon to lionize this pair in the OSU record books, it’s not to soon to call them what they’ve been so far in 2019. Oklahoma State’s defense might not be what we want it to be and Spencer Sanders might have a lot of room to grow. But as we head into the end of September, one thing is undeniable. To this point in the season, Oklahoma State has the best WR-RB combo in the country. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Tasmania and Victoria To Play In NRL Curtain-Raiser

first_imgThe Tasmanian and Victorian Women’s Open teams will compete prior to this game at 3.30pm. The two teams will play three games across the weekend, two at Wentworth Park and the other the curtain-raiser at North Hobart Oval.Touch Football Tasmania will be selling a limited number of tickets to the ‘Tassie Tussle’ in conjunction with the Melbourne Storm, available through the Touch Football Tasmania office and the Tasmanian 2012 NTL representatives. Tickets will be $15 each, or $10 for students/concession, while children under 15 years will get free entry. To purchase your tickets, please contact Maree Tomlin or Shannon Zuccala from the Touch Football Tasmania office on [email protected] or [email protected] will also be a ‘Tassie Tussle’ luncheon the day prior to the trial game to be held at the Wrest Point Hotel. Melbourne Storm legends Craig Bellamy, Kevin Walters and Cameron Smith will be interviewed at the event, while Peter Gee from the ABC will compere the event. For more information about the luncheon or the trial game, please click on the attachments below. Stay tuned to www.tastouch.com.au for more information in the lead up to the event. Related Filesa4_tussle_c-pdftassie_tussle_luncheon-pdflast_img read more

10 months agoWatford players ease talk of Europe

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Watford players ease talk of Europeby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWatford’s players aren’t getting carried away with their lofty table position.The Hornets’ return to form and a victory at West Ham that lifted Javi Gracia’s men briefly up to sixth made Europe one of the post-match buzzwords again. Watford defender Craig Cathcart said: “Since I’ve come to the club it’s been an uphill scale. We got promoted in the first year and we’ve managed to stabilise ourselves in the Premier League.“We’ve added top-quality players since we’ve been here and it’s just a pleasure to play for the club. Things are going really well.“But we can’t rest on our laurels too much. We need to take each game as it comes because we have a game against Chelsea in a couple of days. We have an experienced squad who have been in England quite a while now. We know we can’t look too far ahead.“Things can change very quick. If you’re not 100 per cent every game then you won’t pick up points. We’ve definitely learned from that the last few seasons.”Troy Deeney also said: “I let everybody else do the ambitions. We know what we have got in the dressing room.”We are not a bad outfit. But we’ve got to keep doing what we’re doing, be a bit arrogant in terms of knowing what we have got, but humble enough to know you have to work hard to win in this league.” last_img read more