Wozniacki in her first Miami Open final

first_imgKEY BISCAYNE, Florida (AP):Caroline Wozniacki has finally made her first Miami Open title match.The part-time Miami resident rallied past second-seeded Karolina Pliskova, 5-7, 6-1, 6-1, meaning the No. 12 seed will play in tomorrow’s championship match against No. 10 Johanna Konta or No. 11 Venus Williams.Wozniacki, playing on Key Biscayne for the 10th time, was clearly the fresher player, as the match went along on an 80-degree sunny afternoon. She wasted three set points in the opening set, then was barely challenged the rest of the way.”I got a good start to the second set and that kind of got me fired up,” Wozniacki said.Wozniacki took 62 of 104 points played in the final two sets, recovering after letting the first set get away. She won the first three games of the second set with Pliskova giving her racket a toss afterward and then controlled the rest of the match.The former world No. 1 went over the $23-million career earnings mark with the win. A win tomorrow would send her to No. 8 in the world.”It’s extremely special,” said Wozniacki, who has been a courtside spectator at some Miami Heat games in recent years. “Having a place here, training here in the off season, playing kind of on home advantage … I’m extremely excited.”last_img

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January 20, 2020 | by

Wozniacki wins 2nd China Open title, Del Potro stumbles

first_imgMOST READ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption LATEST STORIES View comments 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 Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal The unseeded Sevastova downed U.S. Open champion Naomi Osaka in the semifinal, but couldn’t handle the second-seeded Dane’s punishing groundstrokes.Though Sevastova threatened late in the second set, Wozniacki broke in the ninth game to wrap up the title, the 30th of her career.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissWozniacki said eight was her lucky number and, having won in Beijing eight years ago, she “felt it was my year.”“Last time was different. I was 20 years old,” Wozniacki said. “A lot has happened since then. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Basilashvili saved all seven break points he faced against the Argentine.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “I think I just really appreciate still being here, playing well, being able to win these titles.”Sevastova said she had seen a path to victory in the second set before Wozniacki slammed the door.“I think the second set should have been closer. Maybe I had even chances to win it,” Sevastova said.In the men’s final, big-hitting Basilashvili collected his second title of the year after winning in Hamburg.U.S. Open finalist Del Potro has the consolation of having qualified for the ATP Finals in London next month.ADVERTISEMENT Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark poses with the winner’s trophy after beating Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia in the women’s singles final in the China Open at the National Tennis Center in Beijing, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)BEIJING — Caroline Wozniacki defeated Anastasija Sevastova 6-3, 6-3 to win the China Open and her third WTA title of the year on Sunday, while Nikoloz Basilashvili of Georgia beat top-seeded Juan Martin del Potro 6-4, 6-4 in the men’s final.The victory was Wozniacki’s second title in Beijing.ADVERTISEMENT Boys rescued from Thai cave play friendly match in Argentina Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img

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January 18, 2020 | by

Lakers sign Tyson Chandler after buyout from Suns

first_imgView comments While the 36-year-old Chandler might not be the dominant defensive player he was in his prime, he could play regular minutes for coach Luke Walton while the Lakers attempt to find a winning groove in their first season with LeBron James.The Lakers host Minnesota on Wednesday night.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“Having observed our roster for the first 10 games of this young season, one of the areas that Earvin and I discussed with Luke that we desired to upgrade is interior defense and rebounding,” Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka said. “In Tyson Chandler, we addressed that need and so much more. We are excited that Tyson will bring championship-level experience that will solidify our veteran leadership and help positively shape our young core.”Chandler has been a standout NBA defender and rebounder for half of his life. He is the latest addition to a core of veteran Lakers newcomers around James including Rajon Rondo, Lance Stephenson, McGee and Michael Beasley, who returned to practice Tuesday after spending a week away due to an undisclosed personal matter. FILE – In this Jan. 19, 2018, file photo, Phoenix Suns center Tyson Chandler (4) looks to pass the ball during the team’s NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets in Denver. Chandler signed with the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, two days after reaching a buyout agreement with the Suns. The 36-year-old Chandler will provide needed frontcourt depth for the Lakers, who have relied on JaVale McGee and undersized forwards to guard big men during their 4-6 start to the season. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)LOS ANGELES — Veteran center Tyson Chandler signed with the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday, two days after reaching a buyout agreement with the Phoenix Suns.Chandler will provide needed frontcourt depth for the Lakers, who have relied on JaVale McGee and undersized forwards to guard big men during their 4-6 start to the season. Rookie center Moe Wagner still hasn’t made his debut while returning slowly from a knee injury, and Lakers basketball boss Magic Johnson didn’t want to wait any longer to bolster his team’s areas of need.ADVERTISEMENT Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown MOST READ Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal 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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college LATEST STORIES Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Lions close in on NC crown Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Chandler is joining his seventh team early in his 18th season in the league. He won a championship ring with Dallas in 2011, and he was the NBA’s defensive player of the year with New York in 2012 before earning an All-Star selection in 2013.He spent the past three seasons with Phoenix, and he averaged 6.5 points and 9.1 rebounds per game last year. Chandler has made more than 55 percent of his shots in each of the past 13 seasons, and his career .596 shooting percentage is the third-best in NBA history.A California native, Chandler attended Dominguez High School in Compton before going pro. He was the second pick in the 2001 draft by the Clippers, who immediately traded his rights to Chicago.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img

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January 18, 2020 | by

SPU demands daily fee from fired sugar workers to access fishing lands

first_imgBy Andrew CarmichaelRedundant workers of the Skeldon Sugar Estate are being charged a fee of $500 to pass through a cultivation dam to catch fish.The fee is being imposed by the Special Purpose Unit which was set up to oversee the privatisation of the sugar estates.The workers who were made redundant when the estate closed are now facing major difficulties as they look for new employment. Those who have decided to turn to fishing are now being charged a fee to travel through the cultivation dam to ply their trade.They catch fish and reap wild karela from the savannahs, which is located behindA former suger worker throws a cast net in hopes of making a good catchthe cultivation area, but is only accessible through the Skeldon Sugar Estate’s dams.According to the former workers, the SPU is holding out that the jobless men and women will not be given access if they do not have the pass which cost $500. The SPU is also issuing one month passes at a cost of $15,000.Already hit by hardship with the closure of the estate, many have turned to fishing to make a living while others catch fish in the savannahs to provide a meal for their families.Manam Singh, a former cane harvester who worked with the estate for 22 years and is a father of four, told Guyana Times on Wednesday that sometimes he buys the SPU pass and catches nothing. On Wednesday, he left home at 03:00h and at 10:00h returned home empty-handed.“$500 you have to pay plus you have to buy gas and carry thing to eat and the back dam; is more than $1500 you spending and catching nothing. I can’t afford to pay $500 per trip. It very hard, I got children going to school; three of them going to high school,” he told this publication.Initially, the ex-workers were not required to pay a fee to pass through the cultivation area but then a fee of $100 was charged which subsequently raised toThis woman picks wild carilla in the savannahs behind Skeldon Sugar Estate$500 for a one-time entry.Sibnauth Ramnarine, who worked as a cane harvester from 1982 to when factory was closed, cried out that the fee is too high.“Right now you getting nothing and to find $500 it is very hard now. You have to get gas money and you not catching $500 fish. It is very hard.” He added that while it was unreasonable to have to pay $100 monthly just to pass, use the cultivation daily get to the savannahs; they were able to live and accept that fee.Edwin Persaud, a pensioner, who has a sick wife, fishes for domestic purposes. According to him, sometimes he tries to catch enough to be able to sell a portion, but those days are seldom.“I have no other alternative. I have house rent to pay, water bill and light bill to pay. I have a sick wife and every month I have to find money for medication. This is harassment. I use to pay $100 to go in the backdam, now they want $500. If you buy $3000 for the month and you don’t get to go three or four days that that money confiscated.”Dhanraj Chatterpaul, who worked as a Pallman with the Skeldon Estate, says being asked to pay $500 per trip has created financial pressure on himself and his family.“Some days we leave home with $1500 and rain fall and we have to turn back. You already $500 for the pass and $1000 for the gas; that is $1500 you lost. I don’t know what they trying to do with us, it working out to about $15,000 every month. That is like we paying a loan. Jobs are not available now. I don’t know that they want us to go and do,” the angry man said.Chatterpaul said they were told that the SPU is charging the fee, so it can have funds to pay rangers, who are employed to ensure that cows do not enter the cane fields.“We want to know how out money have to pay cow watchman. They should look after that.”Chatterpaul also related that the security employed with the Skeldon Estate would take away their catch, quakes and cast nets and take them to the Police station.Mahadeo Singh compares their $500 fee to go into the backdam with the $7500 road service vehicles pay to use the road for an entire year and says it in not only unfair but unjust since it is the unemployed who are being asked to pay a fee.Apart from those who go to the savannah to fish, women are also forced to pay the same fee to pick wild karela; some for commercial purposes and others to make a meal for their families.“Is food and you don’t have to buy it, so we go and pick but if you don’t get a pass, the guards taking it away from you,” one woman said.Guyana Times was also shown several receipts from the former workers indicating that they have paid the fees as demanded by SPU.A circular from Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) dated September 13, 2017, indicated that fees of $100 per day were going to be imposed with immediate effect as from that date.last_img

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January 12, 2020 | by

Fort St. John challenged to walk and swim Trans Canada Trail

first_imgIn total, they stretch over 23,000 kilometres from the Atlantic to the Pacific to the Arctic Ocean.There are two portions of the challenge which include both walking and swimming. The goal on foot is to walk a total of 415 kilometres, which is equivalent to 1,220 laps around the Pomeroy Sport Centre’s Northern Vac Track. The goal is to cover the distance within the three month long challenge.As usual, the track is free to use.- Advertisement -If looking for an even greater challenge, there is also a water portion of the program. Participants will try to swim 33 kilometres, which is 1,320 laps at the North Peace Leisure Pool.Regular admission prices apply for those looking to hit the water as part of the challenge.The excitement begins Tuesday, January 15, with participants having until Friday, March 15 to achieve those distances.Advertisement For further information on the event, call 250-794-3262.last_img

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January 12, 2020 | by

Felix seeking improvement

first_imgLa Mirada coach Ralph Casas says her training schedule will be the same this year. “My expectations with Stephanie are is if she’s just Stephanie, she’ll do fine,” Casas said. “In terms of training, we’re not doing anything special. We’re focusing completely on strength. My philosophy is that a strong athlete is a healthy athlete. “But she is going to run fast because she is a naturally fast runner. There are no secrets to pushing Stephanie.” Felix does enough of that on her own, and the results have come easily for the junior, whose accomplishments also include a ninth-place finish at the CIF State cross country championships this past fall. In fact, Casas says sometimes he has to pull in the reins a bit on her training. “My job is to keep her focused on the long-range goal, to train smart,” Casas said. “She has a tendency to put forth maximum effort into everything. My job is to say, `No, we’re going to do it at this rate.’ ” Part of the exuberance to train comes from her love of running. Although she appreciates the cross country version a bit more, she just likes to compete. “Cross country is more exciting because of where you go and sometimes you don’t realize where you are going,” she said. “But track, sometimes its goes by really slow because you’re just running in circles. “(The season) is so far spread out to me. Even coming out again this year, I felt new. But I’m sure when I get to the end of the season, what I did last year will motivate me.” steve.ramirez@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3061 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The odds look very good for Felix, who was able to accomplish last season’s achievements despite very little experience. “I didn’t know what to expect,” said Felix, whose only previous experience running distances close to that came during her sophomore season on the cross country team. “It was kind of like my first year again. My freshman year I didn’t really run anything competitively, so I felt like it was my freshman year again, and I didn’t know how I would do or (how far) I would go.” She went far. Felix qualified for the CIF-SS preliminaries in both events. But she shined in the 3,200, finishing third in Division II at the CIF-SS championships with a solid 10:41.32. She followed that with a 10:42.40, which was good enough for fifth at CIF-SS Masters. Felix then completed her season with a respectable seventh-place finish at the CIF State championships, where she ran 10:55.18. Now she’s back for more, but her immediate goals have nothing to do with winning individual titles, either at CIF-SS divisionals or the State meet. For now, she just wants to get better. “I just want to do what I did (last year) and better,” Felix said. “I like to make it to State in the mile and 2-mile, if I can. I want to improve both my mile and 2-mile times. In the (3,200), I’m looking at (10 minutes, 30 seconds) or less, and the (1,600) I definitely want to break (five minutes).” center_img LA MIRADA – Stephanie Felix enjoyed a breakout season last year. The La Mirada High School junior placed among the top five in the 3,200-meter run at the CIF-Southern Section divisional and Masters meets, and she was also a solid seventh at the CIF State track and field championships. last_img
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January 11, 2020 | by

Bush vs. Congress: Fight is on

first_imgLawmakers also spent the day poring over 3,000 pages of newly released e-mails that provided a glimpse inside the Justice Department as officials planned the firings and then reacted to the issue as it ignited into a political crisis. The administration has voluntarily released e-mails from inside the Justice Department, but has drawn the line at releasing communications among members of the White House staff, citing the tradition that a president is entitled to advice from his aides that does not have to be couched out of concern that it will become public. The e-mails showed that the agency only gradually appreciated how seriously it had miscalculated the backlash the firings would provoke. As late as early February, D. Kyle Sampson, who stepped down last week as Gonzales’ chief of staff, suggested that the uproar would blow over, writing, “The issue has basically run its course.” With many Democrats and a growing number of Republicans calling for Gonzales to step down, Bush placed an early morning telephone call to his beleaguered attorney general to offer him “a very strong vote of confidence,” according to Tony Snow, the White House press secretary. Still, Gonzales’ support among Republicans appeared increasingly thin. “His ability to effectively serve the president and lead the Justice Department is greatly compromised,” Rep. Adam Putnam of Florida, chairman of the House Republican Conference, said. “I think he himself should evaluate his ability to serve as an effective attorney general.” Against that backdrop, the White House counsel, Fred F. Fielding, went to Capitol Hill to make what Bush called a “reasonable proposal” to permit members of the House and Senate Judiciary Committees to conduct private interviews with Rove and Miers as well as William Kelley, the deputy White House counsel, and Scott Jennings, a deputy to Rove. In a carefully worded letter to the committees, Fielding said the White House was prepared to give Congress “a virtually unprecedented window into personnel decision-making within the executive branch.” One of two Republican lawmakers who attended the meeting, Rep. Chris Cannon of Utah, said in an interview afterward that he had pressed Fielding on whether he “understood that a lie would be prosecutable,” even if the interview was not conducted under oath. “He said, `Yes, we understand that,”‘ Cannon said. Lying to Congress can be a crime even if the false statements are not made under oath. But Democrats dismissed Fielding’s offer as window dressing. Senator Harry Reid, the Democratic leader, suggested that the administration had misled him, and released a letter from the Justice Department that said it was not aware that Rove had played any role in the decision to appoint one of his former deputies as U.S. attorney in Arkansas. “I want to hear Karl Rove testify under oath about the role he played in this whole affair,” Reid said. But the Bush administration has been a fierce defender of presidential powers, and Bush said Tuesday that he would “oppose any attempts to subpoena White House officials.” Asked whether he would be willing to go to court over the matter, Bush said, “Absolutely.” Responding defiantly on a day in which tension over the affair played out on multiple fronts, Bush said he would resist any attempt to put his top aides under “the klieg lights” in “show trials” on Capitol Hill, and he reiterated his support for Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales, whose backing among Republicans on Capitol Hill ebbed further Tuesday. “We will not go along with a partisan fishing expedition aimed at honorable public servants,” the president told reporters in a brief and hastily convened appearance in the Diplomatic Room of the White House. The clash was set off by a growing Democratic inquiry into whether the White House let politics interfere with law enforcement by dismissing eight of the nation’s 93 U.S. attorneys. The dismissals and the way the Justice Department informed Congress about them have created an uproar in both parties, as Republicans and Democrats on Capitol Hill have demanded explanations. Tuesday’s confrontation was the sharpest yet between the Bush White House and the new Democratic majority in Congress on a matter of oversight, and it set the stage for a legal showdown over executive privilege. Democrats threatened to subpoena Rove and the others unless they testify publicly and under oath, while the White House vowed to fight subpoenas in court. In the Senate, lawmakers responded to the furor over the firings by voting overwhelmingly to revoke the authority they had granted the administration last year to install federal prosecutors indefinitely without Senate confirmation. WASHINGTON – President George W. Bush and Congress clashed Tuesday over an inquiry into the firing of federal prosecutors and appeared headed toward a constitutional showdown over demands from Capitol Hill for more information about internal White House deliberations. Under growing political pressure, the White House offered to allow members of congressional committees to hold private interviews with Karl Rove, the president’s senior adviser and deputy chief of staff; Harriet E. Miers, the former White House counsel; and two other officials. It also offered to provide access to some e-mail messages and other communications about the dismissals, but not those between White House officials. Democrats promptly rejected the offer, which specified that the officials would not testify under oath, that there would be no transcript of what they said and that Congress would not subsequently subpoena them. “I don’t accept his offer,” said Sen. Patrick J. Leahy, D-Vt., the chairman of the Judiciary Committee. “It is not constructive, and it is not helpful to be telling the Senate how to do our investigation or to prejudge its outcome.” last_img
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January 11, 2020 | by

Man found floating in Sylmar pool dies

first_imgSYLMAR – Neighbors attempted to revive a 56-year-old man who was found floating in his pool today, but he died at a local hospital, authorities said. After eating an afternoon meal in his home in the 14900 block of Youngdale Place, the man told his wife he was going for a swim in their backyard pool, said Brian Humphrey, spokesman for the Los Angeles City Fire Department. Sometime later the wife looked out and saw the man floating. Neighbors arrived and performed CPR on the man. Paramedics, who received an emergency call at 3:40 p.m., took the man to Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in Mission Hills where he was pronounced dead. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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January 3, 2020 | by

Tomko becomes a Padre

first_imgWith San Diego wrapping up its season series with Arizona this week, Jake Peavy went to Black and offered to face the Diamondbacks on three days rest. Black took him up on it, and the right-hander will pitch tonight on three days rest for the second time in his five-year career. The first time came on Sept. 26, 2004, when he allowed one run in six innings to beat the Diamondbacks. San Diego also recalled right- hander Clay Hensley from triple-A. Zambrano apologizes From news services Seeking a possible fifth starter, the San Diego Padres signed veteran right-hander Brett Tomko on Monday. Tomko went 2-11 with a 5.80 ERA in 33 games, including 15 starts, for the Dodgers. The club designated him for assignment on Aug. 24 to make room in the rotation for David Wells. The Padres don’t need a fifth starter until Sept. 15 against San Francisco. Tomko will be considered for the assignment, but Manager Bud Black said he’ll use Tomko primarily in relief. Carlos Zambrano apologized to Chicago Cubs fans one day after he criticized them for booing him following another poor performance. The Cubs’ ace, who recently signed a $91.5 million contract and is winless since July 29, said his apology came from his heart. He said he was sorry during a news briefing after he’d met earlier with team president John McDonough and General Manager Jim Hendry. Zambrano was rocked for eight runs, seven hits and walked five in 41/3 innings against the Dodgers. And he also ran through third base coach Mike Quade’s stop sign and was tagged out easily during an 11-3 rout Monday. Zambrano has a 9.56 ERA in three starts since Aug. 17, when the Cubs gave him a $91.5 million, five-year contract extension through 2012, and he is 0-5 with an 8.29 ERA in six starts since beating Cincinnati on July 29. “I will remember that,” Zambrano said of the fan reaction. “I don’t want to stink and (have) bad outings. I know the great moment of my career will come. “I don’t understand why the fans were booing at me. I can’t understand that,” Zambrano said. “I thought these were the greatest fans in baseball. They showed me today they just care about them. That’s no fair. Because when you are struggling, that’s when you want to feel the support of the fans.” Clemens to get shot Roger Clemens will have a cortisone shot today in his ailing right elbow and is confident he will be able to pitch again this season. But he also hinted that the injury is more serious than the diagnosis of “inflammation” in his right elbow that was announced by the team. Manager Joe Torre said Mike Mussina will take Clemens’ turn this weekend at Kansas City. For now, Torre is expecting Clemens will miss just one turn. Around the leagues Red Sox: Clay Buchholz, the rookie who threw a no-hitter in just his second major league start, will pitch out of the bullpen for the near future, Manager Terry Francona said. Buchholz doesn’t figure to start for Boston in the playoffs, but he might help out of the bullpen if he is prepared for that role. Brewers: Hoping to stabilize its struggling bullpen, Milwaukee acquired left-hander Ray King from Washington in exchange for a player to be named. King was 1-1 with a 4.54 ERA in 55 appearances for the Nationals this season. King played for the Brewers from 2000-2002. Royals: Kansas City recalled right-hander Luke Hochevar, a former Dodgers draft pick, and first baseman Justin Huber, and purchased the contracts of catcher Paul Phillips and first baseman Craig Brazell. Phillies: Philadelphia claimed catcher Pete LaForest off waivers from San Diego and recalled right-handers Geoff Geary and John Ennis. Miscellany: Bats seized from the Yankees’ Alex Rodriguez and Devil Rays’ Akinori Iwamura were examined by Major League Baseball and were in full compliance with bat regulations, the commissioner’s office said in a statement.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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January 3, 2020 | by

COUNTDOWN TO CROKER: McGUINNESS CLAIMS DONEGAL HAVE FINAL ALL SEWN UP!

first_imgMartin McGuinness stitching a Donegal jersey together, under the supervision of Kieran Kennedy, managing director, and staff member Josie Friel,from Lifford, during his visit to O’Neill’s in Strabane. Photo: Lorcan Doherty PhotographyThe North’s Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness will be supporting Donegal in the All-Ireland final.Speaking during a visit to O’Neill’s Irish International Sports Company Ltd in Strabane – who have made the jerseys for both finalists – the Derry man said he would be supporting only one team.He said: “While O’Neill’s has shown no favouritism by making the kits for both teams, my mother was from Buncrana and Donegal is in my blood so I will be hoping for a Donegal win on Sunday.” McGuinness’ mother came from Donegal while his father hailed form DerryMr McGuinness was invited by Kieran Kennedy, managing director of O’Neill’s to see at first hand the jerseys, shorts and socks of the two finalists being made.Mr McGuinness added: “O’Neill’s has been in Strabane for 40 years and is an important employer in the North West. It is one of the last large scale textile manufacturers in the north of Ireland employing almost 400 people.“The textiles industry is a very dynamic sector and is not without its challenges but the ability of O’Neill’s to respond and react to the needs and requirements of the market have played an important role in its continued success. “Well known for designing, manufacturing and selling GAA sportswear more recently O’Neill’s diversified into other sports including rugby union, rugby league and cricket“Having the opportunity to view the skill and dedication of the staff at O’Neill’s was very insightful.“The success of the company in Strabane over the last 40 years is in no small part due to the commitment, loyalty and dedication of their team. I wish Kieran and everyone at O’Neill’s every success for the future.”Kieran Kennedy, managing director of O’Neill’s said they were delighted to welcome the Mr McGuinness ahead of Sunday’s final to showcase the firm’s production facilities.COUNTDOWN TO CROKER: McGUINNESS CLAIMS DONEGAL HAVE FINAL ALL SEWN UP! was last modified: September 19th, 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:donegalmartin mcguinnessO’Neillsstrabanelast_img

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