Reformed Copa del Rey shows the way for pure drama of domestic cups

first_imgShare on: WhatsApp Barcelona needed two late goals to come from behind and beat Ibiza while Valencia were taken to penalties by Cultural Leonesa who, in the previous round, had knocked out Atletico Madrid.“In my seven years in the first team, I have never experienced anything like this,” Atletico’s Saul Niguez said.Sacrifices have been made. Lower teams playing at home kills the dream of walking out at Camp Nou or the Santiago Bernabeu and also denies those same clubs a larger slice of revenue.And in this year’s tournament, Real Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia and Atletico Madrid were still able to sit out the second round, instead using the days to earn close to 10 million euros contesting the Spanish Super Cup in Saudi Arabia.Lucrative competitions, further away, featuring only the world’s wealthiest, are likely to become more common.Next year, 24 clubs, including eight from Europe, will play in an expanded Club World Cup in China while schemes for expanded Champions League and Europa League formats would push domestic cups even further down the pecking order.Liverpool are the reigning Club World Cup champions and their manager Jurgen Klopp has said neither he nor his first-team players will attend their FA Cup replay against third-tier opponent Shrewsbury on Tuesday.“We have respect for the players’ welfare and they need this time off,” Klopp said.Yet small but significant changes to the Copa del Rey have shown it is still possible for a simpler kind of drama, that all clubs can enjoy, to thrive.“Barca have La Liga and the glamour of the Champions League but the cup is a level playing field and a chance for us to bring them down to earth,” said Ibiza coach Pablo Alfaro before their 2-1 loss last month.“It’s one night, this is our dream and that’s what I’ve said to the boys, that it’s the most amazing competition for clubs like us.” Unionistas de Salamanca put up a spirited fight against Real Madrid in the last 32 of the Copa del ReyMadrid, Spain | AFP |  Alvaro Romero had just scored the biggest goal of his life, against Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey, when he asked for a change of career.“I’m actually a journalist so if there are any newspapers out there that want to hire me, I am available,” said Romero, the 23-year-old forward of third tier club Unionistas de Salamanca, who had briefly looked capable of knocking the 13-time European champions out of the cup.Romero’s goal, a curved finish at the end of a slaloming run through Madrid’s multi-million-euro midfield, remains perhaps the standout moment of a reformed and revitalised Copa del Rey that has provoked a joyous response in Spain.Unionistas hosted Real Madrid at their 4,000-capacity Las Pistas, last month, only six years after the club formed out of the ashes of UD Salamanca, who had just gone out of business.“I was surprised,” said Unionistas coach Jabi Luaces after Madrid won 3-1. “When I saw their team, we saw they respected us and it made me feel proud.”Romero was asked which Madrid player’s shirt he wanted. “I would take them all,” he said.Unionistas had the chance to play at home against the most famous club in the world not because of luck but a change in the rules that says any lower division team now hosts automatically.Second legs have been scrapped too, except in the semi-finals, and there are no replays, with matches decided on the night through extra-time and penalties.It means the likelihood of an upset is increased, as bigger clubs with deeper squads are denied the opportunity to field youngsters before finishing the job at the second attempt.It also ensures close contests go the distance. Mirandes, sitting 11th in Segunda, will play Villarreal at their Anduva stadium on Wednesday after beating Celta Vigo after extra-time and then Sevilla.“It is a format in which nobody can be complacent and those that are brave enough to gamble can win the trophy,” wrote Madrid newspaper AS.– Mirandes the outsiders –Mirandes will be the only team outside the top flight in the last eight but those that have advanced have survived the kind of contests full of emotion and atmosphere that made the result almost feel secondary.last_img read more

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England Golf Partnership shortlisted for top coaching award

first_img28 Nov 2013 England Golf Partnership shortlisted for top coaching award The England Golf Partnership (EGP) has been shortlisted for a top award for a coaching programme which involves around 2000 talented young golfers across the country. The EGP’s County Academy Programme (CAP) will be in the spotlight at the finals of the UK Coaching Awards 2013 next Tuesday when it is one of three contenders for the ‘coaching intervention of the year’ award. The programme is run through the national network of County Golf Partnerships, which grow the game at grass roots level, and it offers coaching to youngsters with the potential to move into county age group squads – and beyond. It embodies the ‘Right Coach Right Place Right Time’ strategy of the Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA) and, over the past five years, this approach has helped to increase the number of youngsters involved from 700 to 2000. The coaching workforce – currently 360 PGA professionals and 140 qualified volunteers – has been supported and developed to meet the needs of the players and to both widen the base of the England talent pathway and to create lifelong golfers.   Jonathan Wright, the PGA’s Coach Education and Development Manager (England), said: “This approach has allowed CAPs to increase the opportunity for young players to be involved with an England golf talent programme for the first time.” He added: “CAP has provided a legacy that encourages professional, assistant and volunteer coaches to communicate and work with each other to develop their skills to meet the wants and needs of the players.” The strategy has created a well-supported workforce of more appropriately qualified and skilled coaches, involved more women volunteers and is continually monitored for improvements. Achievements include more players: •    reducing their handicaps •    becoming new club members •    aspiring to continue up the talent pathway •    see themselves as lifelong golfers The EGP’s County Academy Programme will be challenged for the coaching intervention award by StreetGames UK and by the Welsh Football Trust. The EGP brings together the amateur governing body, England Golf, and the PGA to grow the game with the support of the Golf Foundation and Sport England National Lottery funding. Caption: Coaching at a Dorset County Academy session.last_img read more

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Mt Sentinel off to provincials despite dropping final to Falcons

first_imgThe Mount Sentinel Wildcats ran out of gas in the quest to capture the Kootenay High School A Boy’s Basketball Championships Saturday in Nakusp.The Cats lost 68-62 to the Fernie Falcons in the tournament final.Mount Sentinel trailed for much of the contest, cutting the Falcons lead to two points in the final 30 seconds of the game.However, the Cats were unable to overcome the Fernie lead falling to the East Kootenay squad by six points. The Wildcats were led offensively in the tournament by Oliver Cougar and Johnny Johnson. Despite losing in the final the Wildcats still advance to the B.C. High School A Boy’s Basketball Championships as the second seed from the Kootenays.The Falcons enter the 16-team tournament as the top Kootenay seed.The Wildcats open against two-ranked BC Christian Academy Panthers of Port Coquitlam while Fernie meets Unity Christian of Chilliwack in round one games at the BC Championships.Sparwood Spartans defeated Grand Forks Wolves in the Kootenay tounament bronze medal game.Host Nakusp Cougars got past Salmo Falcons and Elkford Celtics in consolation action to finish in fifth spot in the seven-team tournament.The B.C. High School A Boy’s Basketball tournament is scheduled for March 6-8 at the Events Centre in Langley.last_img read more

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Apprentice defeats master in hurdles

first_imgPapua New Guinea won gold and silver in the men’s hurdles, as Wala Gime beat  veteran Mowen Boino to the finish line in a split second finish.Gime who learnt his hurdling trade  under the guidance of Boino at the Port Moresby Athletics Association, clocked 14.80 seconds, while Boino stopped the clock at 14.94s. Tuventino Galoiola of Samoa settled for the bronze medal with a time of 15.50s. Boino, who is competing in his last Pacific Games, thanked the crowd for turning up and also his family. “That is the track where I started and will end here.” He also waved a thank you flag to longtime Port Moresby based coach Naomi Polum for her support over the years.Both PNG medalists are products of Polum and have developed into world class hurdlers representing their country.last_img read more

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Father seeks answers for teenage son’s death

first_imgThe father of 14-year-old Rabindra Khagaram, who died after being treated for an ankle pain on July 21 at the Suddie Public Hospital said: “I will not rest until justice is being served”.Dead: Rabindra KhagaramIn an interview with Guyana Times, the angry father said he will not have closure of his son’s death until someone is held responsible.The now dead teen was a promising student at the Anna Regina Multilateral School but his life was snuffed out by a group of incompetent health workers at the Suddie Hospital.The father recalled that his son was taken to the medical facility twice on Sunday, July 21 – the day he celebrated his 14th birthday and was seen by two doctors. On his first visit, he was crying out for severe pain in his ankle. A blood test was done as well as an X-ray after which he was given some tablets and injections. He was then sent home.Upon his return home, the teen went to bed but soon after he developed a breathing problem. Without any hesitation, he was rushed back to the hospital where he was seen by another doctor who gave him another injection and sent him home again.The father further explained that his son went back to his bed but as his mother went to check on him at about 02:00h the following morning, she discovered that his body was cold and he was not responding. As such, for the third time, the child was taken back to the medical facility in an unconscious state.After a few hours, the parents received the devastating news. The teen was laid to rest after an autopsy proved that he died as a result of septic shock. Now, the father is of the belief that his son was killed due to incompetence“Why the doctors didn’t admit my son in the first place if they knew he had a serious infection which could cause him his life?”, he questioned.He is calling for a thorough investigation to be conducted into the real cause of his son’s death. He also thinks that the injections and tablets given to the child resulted in his son’s demise.The determined father told Guyana Times that “I don’t care if I have to sleep on the pavement in Georgetown, I will get justice for my son”. He is calling on the relevant authorities to look into the matter.Days after the young man’s death, Chairman of the Guyana Medical Council, Dr Navindranauth Rambarran related that if a report is made requesting an investigation, only then will the Council also become involved.“It has not been reported in that regard in the news. If someone, or when a complaint actually arises out of such an incident, the Medical Council can get involved. Any entity that has received the complaint, the institution itself can complain about it, the individual can complain and then by the law, the Medical Council can act on it in receipt of the complaint,” he had told Guyana Times.last_img read more

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Tembec Curtails Production in Chetwynd

first_imgThe combined effect of these outages will reduce pulp production by 38,575 tonnes. Tembec indicated that these decisions were in response to challenging market conditions and the need to manage capacity, inventory levels and working capital in a prudent and disciplined manner. Tembec has announced a series of coordinated production curtailments including curtailments in Chetwynd.The Chetwynd, BC operation will shut down from November 15 to December 1.  Tembec has also announced the following curtailments at it’s other operations in Canada:*the Temcell mill located in Temiscaming, Quebec will curtail production by shutting one line of production until November 30- Advertisement -*the Matane, Quebec mill from December 1 to the 27*the Skookumchuk, BC softwood Kraft mill will take a two-week shut beginning on November 9 and will resume production on November 22.*La Sarre and Taschereau sawmill complexes will be idled for a minimum of two months, commencing on November 14thAdvertisementlast_img read more

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No longer Blue: Tkachuk traded

first_imgTkachuk has 20 goals and 23assists for 43 points, second most on the Blues, in 61 games. He waived a no-trade clause. The St. Louis Blues traded forward Keith Tkachuk to the Atlanta Thrashers on Sunday, getting forward Glen Metropolit, a first-round draft pick in 2007 and two other picks in return. It was the second trade for Atlanta in two days. The Thrashers acquired defenseman Alexei Zhitnik from the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday night for former first-round draft pick Braydon Coburn. The Thrashers were sixth in the Eastern Conference with 72points, but four teams are within two points of them. St. Louis also gets a third-round pick in 2007, a second-round pick in 2008. If Atlanta re-signs Tkachuk the Blues will also get a first-round draft choice in 2008. The San Jose Sharks acquired defenseman Craig Rivet from the Montreal Canadiens, finally adding a veteran defenseman to one of the NHL’s least experienced groups. San Jose traded defenseman Josh Gorges and its first-round draft pick this year for Rivet and a fifth-round selection in 2008. TENNIS: Tommy Haas successfully defended his title in the Regions Morgan Keegan Championships, beating Andy Roddick 6-3, 6-2 in Memphis, Tenn. The 28-year-old German won his sixth straight final and 11th title overall, becoming only the second three-time winner here. center_img WINTER SPORTS: Marlies Schild won a World Cup women’s slalom in Sierra Nevada, Spain, to clinch the season discipline title with two races remaining. The Austrian, who has now won six of the seven slaloms this season, also moved atop the overall standings. Mario Matt of Austria won a men’s slalom in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, for his seventh World Cup victory. Americans Bode Miller and Jimmy Cochran were among a group of skiers who failed to finish the first run. Jasey Jay Anderson of Canada won the parallel event at a snowboard World Cup meet in Seoul, South Korea. In the women’s event, World Cup leader Doresia Krings finished first, with Fraenzi Kohli of Switzerland second and Russia’s Svetlana Boldikova third. Austria relied on a solid team effort to win the ski jumping large hill team title at the Nordic World Ski Championships in Sapporo, Japan. MOTOR SPORTS: Former Funny Car champion Tony Pedregon set a national elapsed time record en route to his 33rd career victory, highlighting a record-setting weekend at Firebird International Raceway in Chandler, Ariz. “Hot Rod” Fuller and Kurt Johnson also raced to Top Fuel and Pro Stock victories, respectively, in the Checker Schuck’s Kragen NHRA Nationals, the second of 23 events in the Countdown to the Championship. WRESTLING: Olympic wrestling champion Rulon Gardner and two Utah men were rescued by a Lake Powell fisherman after surviving a small plane crash near Good Hope Bay in Utah on Saturday. Gardner was a passenger in the Cirrus SR 22 along with pilot Randy Brooks and his brother, Leslie Brooks, according to a news release from Becki Bronson, public information officer for Garfield County. The plane was flying low when it struck the water and all three men were able to get out of the plane before it sank. 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

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NO ROOM FOR COMPLACENCY OVER DONEGAL BURGLARIES – TD

first_imgFianna Fáil Deputy Charlie McConalogue has said that burglaries and thefts continue to be a major problem across Co Donegal, despite the good work of gardaí on Operation Liath.Responding to a story from Mayor Frank McBrearty on Donegal Daily on Tuesday the Donegal Deputy commented: “The Justice Minister has hailed Operation Liath a ‘success’. While the excellent work of the gardaí involved must be certainly commended, we are a long way off tackling the increased crime rates in Donegal communities.“The reality is that there continues to be a very serious problem with burglaries, thefts and vandalism in many communities across Donegal. Older people living alone are feeling more vulnerable than ever. Many have seen their neighbours or friends targeted by criminals and others have seen the reports of terrible incidents here over the past number months. And they are watching as their local garda resources are cut to the bone. “Donegal has lost five local garda stations so far this year. The garda fleet in this region is totally inadequate. There are major gaps in the garda force in Donegal. In the face of all of this, our local gardaí are going above and beyond the call of duty every single day, despite being constantly undermined by the Minister for Justice Alan Shatter. In many cases these cuts are preventing them from doing their jobs as efficiently and effectively as possible.“There is no time for complacency about the extent of the crime problem in Donegal. New figures released by the CSO this week show that nationally, the number of burglaries has increased by 17% over the past year, while robberies, hijackings and extortions have jumped by over a third. More worryingly, only 1 in 4 burglaries and 1 in 3 thefts are actually detected.“The gardaí must be supported in their continued efforts to tackle these criminals and keep our communities safe. Right now they are being undermined at every turn as Minister Shatter continues to dismantle the force. We need to protect our local garda resources, maintain our local garda stations, ensure a safe and efficient fleet and lift the ban on recruitment in the gardaí.”Cllr McBrearty had criticised a three month delay from Justice Minister Alan Shatter to a letter he sent him complaining about Garda management in the county.  NO ROOM FOR COMPLACENCY OVER DONEGAL BURGLARIES – TD was last modified: May 2nd, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:NO ROOM FOR COMPLACENCY OVER DONEGAL BURGLARIES – TDlast_img read more

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DDTV: DONEGAL COMPANY OFFERING A TASTE OF THE REAL WILD ATLANTIC WAY

first_imgWild Atlantic Way Adventures is a new company which has set up in Clonmany on the Inishowen Peninsula.The company hopes to combine education, outdoor pursuits and craic to make Donegal a must-see places for visitors.Simply click on the DonegalTV video to see a taste of what the centre has to offer. DDTV: DONEGAL COMPANY OFFERING A TASTE OF THE REAL WILD ATLANTIC WAY was last modified: October 22nd, 2015 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:Wild Atlantic Way Adventureslast_img read more

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Council urged to find “long term” solution for digestate spreading in Grianan Estate

first_imgA local Donegal County Councillor has urged the local authority to find a long term solution for the spreading of digestate in Inishowen that took place over the summer to ensure it doesn’t happen again.The foul stench left hundreds of homes in the Grianan Estate in Burt affected by the smell, with schoolchildren being reportedly left sick and a family unable to bury a loved one in the area as a result.Residents and business owners filled Burt Hall in July in a public meeting to express their views over the issue.  Finn Valley company, Glenmore Estates, who attended the meeting, denied spreading chicken excrement, insisting it was what they described as digestate.Cllr Jack Murray said full commitment was needed to stop the spreading of the substance permanently in the future.He said: “There is a danger that this substance could be spread again in the future and that simply cannot be the case.“The company believe that pelleting would be a better option because that could potentially stop the smell, but I would ask the council to investigate the environmental effects that could have. “I would still question whether the substance would still be able to seep into the ground.“The spreading hasn’t taken place over the last couple of month but we need a commitment that it will not take place again in the long term.“It is not acceptable or fair on the residents and businesses in the area.”Council urged to find “long term” solution for digestate spreading in Grianan Estate was last modified: October 29th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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

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