It’s just a farce, says Diack of doping allegations

first_imgPARIS (AP):With his federation embattled by widespread doping allegations that could lead to a reshuffle of Olympic and World Championship podiums for more than a decade, International Association of Athletic Federations (IAAF) president Lamine Diack defended his organisation’s anti-doping record and dismissed the accusations as a “joke” yesterday.Diack, who will be stepping down later this month after 15 years at the helm of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), also questioned the timing of the reports, which came out three weeks before the track and field World Championships in Beijing, which run from August 22-30.”They are playing with the idea of a redistribution of medals,” Diack said at the International Olympic Committee (IOC) meeting in Kuala Lumpur. “It’s possible, if we prove with the new techniques at our disposal that someone doped. Otherwise, it’s a joke. Just three weeks before the World Championships, there is something behind.”Thousands of filesDiack spoke after German broadcasting outlet ARD and the Sunday Times newspaper in Britain said they obtained access to the results of 12,000 blood tests involving 5,000 athletes. The leaked files came from the database of the IAAF.The report found that 146 medals – including 55 golds – in disciplines ranging from the 800 metres to the marathon at the Olympics and World Championships were won by athletes who have recorded suspicious tests.The Sunday Times said that 10 medals at the 2012 London Olympics were won by athletes with suspicious results, and that in some finals, every athlete in the medal positions had recorded a dubious blood test.”There is a film and a newspaper who are asking questions,” said Diack. “We are going to answer them all, but it’s not (just) because someone has a suspicious profile once that he was doped. When people say that there are medals to be redistributed from 2001 to 2012, it’s just a farce.”The IOC has previously stripped medals from athletes who have been retroactively found guilty of doping offenses dating back to the time of the Games. The IOC also stores Olympic doping samples for 10 years for possible retesting.IOC president Thomas Bach said it is up to the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) to investigate the allegations, including that one-third of medals in endurance races at the Olympics and World Championships from 2001 to 2012 were won by athletes who recorded suspicious blood tests.”If there should be cases involving results at Olympic Games, the IOC will react with zero tolerance with our usual policy,” Bach said. “But at this time, we have nothing more than allegations. We have to respect the presumption of innocence of the athletes.”Diack, who also suggested that the allegations were timed to overshadow the IAAF presidential election on August 19 that will pit Sebastian Coe against Sergei Bubka, did not specify which countries could be interested in a redistribution of medals.His comments appeared to leave former WADA President Dick Pound perplexed.”I’m not sure what he meant. Whether he’s worried about it’s too long, too late to do some of those, or who knows,” said Pound, who is heading a WADA commission investigating earlier allegations of widespread doping and cover-ups in Russia, particularly in track and field.Anti-doping scientist Robin Parisotto, who reviewed the data obtained by the media outlets from the period covering 2001 to 2012 with blood doping expert Michael Ashenden, has been critical of the IAAF, saying many athletes appeared to have doped with impunity.Diack denied any wrongdoing by his federation, claiming that the IAAF “has done everything for doping control” over that specific period.”No one has been destabilised; we are stronger than that,” he said. “Everything that has been done in the fight against doping has been made by IAAF.”The reports also alleged that more than 80 of Russia’s medals were won by athletes with suspicious tests, while Kenya had 18 medals won by suspicious athletes. ARD said it has evidence of human growth hormones being used by Russian runners.The Russian athletics federation said it was “disturbed by the seriousness of the allegations”.last_img read more

Irving returns as Celtics past Timberwolves

first_imgCarpio 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ View comments Whiteside, Wade carry Heat past 76ers Celtics: Host Indiana on Sunday night. They lost 97-91 to the Pacers at home last month.Timberwolves: Host the Warriors on Sunday, the only visit to Minnesota by the defending champions on the schedule for this season. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano LATEST STORIES Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Boston Celtics’s Kyrie Irving, left, chases a loose ball as Minnesota Timberwolves’ Andrew Wiggins, right looks on in the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, March 8, 2018, in St. Paul, Minn. The Celtics won 117-109. Kyrie led the Celtics with 23 points. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)MINNEAPOLIS — The presence of Kyrie Irving this season has made the Boston Celtics more of a dynamic team with the ball.They’ve become quite the force on the other end of the court, too, as the Minnesota Timberwolves again found out.ADVERTISEMENT GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Irving returned from a one-game absence to help Boston fend off Minnesota, finishing with 23 points, seven rebounds and eight assists in a 117-109 victory over the Timberwolves on Thursday night that clinched a spot in the playoffs for the Celtics.“That’s one of the goals,” Irving said. “Just glad we got it out of the way pretty early.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkAl Horford added 20 points, eight rebounds, six assists and tough defense on Karl-Anthony Towns for the Celtics, who stayed two games behind Toronto in the Eastern Conference race with their sixth win in seven games. They have three more losses than the Raptors.Marcus Morris added 17 points for the Celtics, whose good vibes were tempered a bit by the hard landing Jaylen Brown took on his back after a dunk late in the third quarter. He was able to walk off on his own with 14 points, evaluated for concussion-like symptoms and taken to a hospital for precautionary testing. UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson “I was terrified. I mean, I know what that fall is like,” said backup Marcus Smart. “I’ve done it in high school, the same way. For him to get up, that’s a strong kid.”Strength was the name of this game for the Celtics, who overcame a career-high 30 points by Nemanja Bjelica on 11-for-16 shooting, including 6 for 9 from 3-point range. Bjelica’s first 20-10 game in the NBA was ultimately wasted in the season-high third straight loss for the Timberwolves, who are still trying to find their way without injured All-Star Jimmy Butler. They trailed by as many as 18 points soon after halftime, too much to overcome some second-half surges behind Bjelica and 18 points from Taj Gibson on 8-for-10 shooting.“We have to understand how hard and physical you have to play,” Wolves coach Tom Thibodeau said. “I think that’s the difference right now between us being a really good team and being a good team.”The Wolves were within five at 88-83 in the fourth quarter, but every other time they were on the verge of cutting the margin to two possessions Irving and the Celtics had an answer on the other end.Towns finished with 15 points and 11 rebounds, and Jamal Crawford pitched in 15 points. But Andrew Wiggins went 1 for 8 from 3-point range and 6 for 21 from the floor for a too-quiet 13 points. He had four turnovers.ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours “They were the aggressor,” Wiggins said. “They were the harder-playing team.”FAST START, GET SMARTThe Celtics posted a 35-point first period for the second straight game, as they did to fuel their 105-89 win over Chicago on Monday. Morris helped them pull away with four jumpers in the final 3½ minutes of the frame, one from behind the arc.The Timberwolves had 11 first-half turnovers the Celtics turned into 18 points. Towns didn’t score for the Timberwolves for the first 15:22, until a 17-footer from the corner fell through the net, but Morris quickly answered with another 3-pointer. Smart put together a three-point play soon after and, less than a minute later, converted a one-handed dunk in one violent motion off a rebound to give the Celtics a 51-37 advantage that triggered a timeout by an angry Thibodeau.“He gets to his launch pad, he can get up there with the best of them,” Irving said.Morris and Smart helped the Boston bench outscore Minnesota’s 42-20.TOUGH TIMEButler’s absence has come at a most difficult time, with the Wolves in the throes of an unrelenting stretch of games. They lost at Portland and Utah on back-to-back nights last week, and they’ve got, gulp, Golden State coming to Target Center on Sunday. The following weekend, the night after a trip to San Antonio, they host Houston. The last game against the Rockets on Feb. 23 was when Butler hurt the meniscus in his right knee.“We’ve just got to play harder and just trust each other,” said Jeff Teague, who had 13 points and eight assists. “I don’t think we trusted each other tonight.”ROSE ARRIVESDerrick Rose signed with the Timberwolves earlier in the day , giving Thibodeau another experienced former player in the fold in the form of the 2011 NBA MVP on the roster. He was on the active list, but did not play.TIP-INSCeltics: Morris hit double-digits in points for the seventh time in the last 10 games. … Irving has scored 20 or more points in 45 of 59 games.Timberwolves: Wiggins had his streak of five straight 20-point games end. … Crawford went 1 for 6 from 3-point range and is 1 for 14 over the last three games.UP NEXTlast_img read more

Companies to sponsor school zone signs

first_img– Advertisement -Fort St. John could be getting more radar signs in school zones thanks to local companies. Photo:  A local company hopes to bring more radar signs like this one by Duncan Cran School to Fort St. John – Adam Reaburn/Energeticcity.ca In a letter sent to Fort St. John City Council, David Ergang of Koda Transport says he has been working on a plan that would see more radar signs installed in school zones. The signs would be paid for by local companies in exchange for a sponsorship sign underneath the radar display.At an approximate cost of $10,000 per sign, Ergang says he has 10 companies that have expressed interest in sponsoring the signs. The City of Fort St. John would then be responsible for installation and maintenance of the signs.Director of Infrastructure and Capital Works, Victor Shopland, says it will cost the City $5,000 to $10,000 in maintenance costs each year. That cost did raise some concern among Council members.In the end, Council gave approval for staff to enter into an agreement with Koda Transport. Staff will also have discussions to see if the School District or any of the sponsors are willing to help with the yearly maintenance costs.Advertisementlast_img read more

Erstad now gives all to White Sox

first_imgWhen two reporters who cover the Angels showed up in White Sox camp recently, Pierzynski figured more attention was heading his way. After all, who could forget the role he played in the Angels’ playoff demise in 2005? Pierzynski soon realized, however, that this year there is a different White Sox tie to the Angels. “The Angels were a huge part of my career and I’ll have great memories, but when you step on the field, it’s time to win baseball games,” Erstad said, patiently taking the time for those who conveniently forgot about his competitive nature. “That’s how I feel against every team. It’s not just my personal vendetta against the Angels. It’s how I feel playing against anybody.” The White Sox and Angels will square off for the first time this spring March 17 in Tucson and again March 27 at Tempe. But the matchups Erstad is anticipating take place April 27-29 at Chicago and May 4-6 when the White Sox visit Angel Stadium. “Oh I might have a general idea of when the games are,” Erstad said with a smile when asked if he has marked the dates on his calendar. Unlike Tim Salmon last year, Erstad was shut down at the end of the season, depriving him of one farewell appearance or at-bat to receive acknowledgment from the home fans. “I don’t need that for personal stuff,” he said. “Obviously I have a very close relationship with the fans and the respect is mutual. It’s going to be tough being there, but when you strap it on, you can throw all that out the window.” The Angels are still discussing how to properly celebrate a fan favorite who now is in the opposing dugout. A video tribute is likely, at the very least. The hard-nosed Erstad isn’t sure what to expect when he comes back to Orange County. “I’m not expecting anything and I don’t know what will happen,” Erstad said. “Like I said, I have a lot of things to worry about before we get to that point.” Erstad was asked a tongue-in-cheek question about how he is getting along with his new teammate, Pierzynski, who was sitting at his locker a few feet away. Pierzynski, of course, took the bait, chiming in from a distance about reporters causing trouble. Erstad said there has been no reason to talk about the 2005 American League Championship, joking or otherwise. Pierzynski advanced to first base in Game 2 on a perceived dropped third strike, opening the door for a White Sox victory. “Hey, you guys know me, once the year is over and done with, you can close the book,” Erstad said. “That chapter is over. Things change and you just roll with it, just like I’ve said year after year. “My focus was what was going on in that Angels locker room and now my focus is what’s going on here. Find a way to make the team win. I have a one-track mind with these guys.” doug.padilla@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2731 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Erstad, the former Angel who had surgery on his right ankle this off-season, is getting a chance to earn a starting spot in either center or left field. “I’m very happy with how I feel and just getting back into the flow of playing again,” Erstad said. “I missed a lot of time and I’m just trying to get used to being on the field.” For the past two years, Erstad tried to grit his teeth and play through various injuries. It had an obvious impact on his game. “You have to find a way to make do with what you have and I did as best as I could and it wasn’t good enough,” Erstad said. “I’ll move on and go from there.” Erstad has heard about the small stir caused by a comment he made earlier this spring. While trying to let it be known that he is fully committed to the White Sox, he said the Angels were just another team. He said his desire is to kick the stuffing – so to speak – out of them. center_img TUCSON, Ariz. – Darin Erstad is doing just fine in Chicago White Sox spring camp. He’s playing well and feeling healthy for the first time in more than two years. He is even … gulp … getting along with A.J. Pierzynski, who has a nearby locker. last_img read more

SportPesa back, pumps Sh682mn in football

0Shares0000Sports Principal Secretary Ambasador Peter Kaberia and SportPesa CEO Ronald Karauri with representatives from FKF, KPL, Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards. L-R Jack Oguda- CEO KPL, FKF boss Nick Mwendwa, Gor Mahia chair Ambrose Rachier and AFC Leopards’ Dan Mule. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaNAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 23- Betting firm SportPesa has announced a return to sponsoring sports in the country, but will only splash their cash on football for a period of three years, dropping their previous associations with rugby, boxing and rallying.The company on Monday announced a combined Sh682mn sponsorship for Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards as well as Football Kenya Federation and the Kenyan Premier League for a period of three years, a much reduced figure from the initial five-year contracts signed two years ago. “We have not renewed some of the contracts we had but we decided to choose some of the few we had because the taxation has changed so we need to support the ones we think we can sustain as long as the tax remains as it is,” SportPesa Chief Executive Officer Ronald Karauri announced.The company will give FKF Sh69.4mn which will go towards the FKF Cup which will now be known as the SportPesa Shield while they will also resume their title sponsorship of the Kenyan Premier League for Sh259.7mn over the same period.Gor Mahia who will have a bumper calendar participating in the CAF Confederations Cup will be sponsored to the tune of Sh198.6mn while their arch rivals AFC Leopards will earn a sponsorship of Sh156.4mn both over three years.Sports Principal Secretary Ambasador Peter Kaberia and SportPesa CEO Ronald Karauri address the press at the Sports Ministry Headquarters on April 23, 2018. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaMeanwhile, the government says it has been involved in the signing of the new contracts with Sports Principal Secretary Peter Kaberia saying they will ensure that each party gets its fair share of value from the contract without disruption.“We as a government decided we will participate in this procedure so that it will no longer be federations and financial groups going into agreements while we are on the outside. We want to be part of it and we want to be able to see what we can help with when the federations come to us for help after they sign the deals,” Kaberia said.Earlier in the year, the betting company which had spread its wings in almost all sports entities in the country had announced it would be stopping all its activities over the 35pc gaming tax law.The announcement comes as a huge relief to Kenyan premier League clubs which were almost on the verge of collapse with the league lacking both a title and broadcast partner.Over the weekend, players wore red armbands as a mark of protest over the league’s lack of financial muscle.SportPesa CEO Ronald Karauri, Sports Principal Secretary Peter Kaberia and Football Kenya Federation boss Nick Mwendwa address the press on April 23, 2018 and the Sports Ministry Headquarters. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu“I want to thank SportPesa for coming back despite the law on taxation. It has been difficult at the KPL with 18 clubs being without sponsorship and it has taken a great toll and this is a relief for us despite reduction of the amount,” KPL chairman Ambrose Rachier who also doubles up as the Gor Mahia chair noted.FKF boss Nick Mwendwa added; “I want to applaud SportPesa for coming back. It is a relief and we want to encourage them to do more in the long run. I also want to thank the ministry for coming on board because it has not been happening before.”Meanwhile, Kaberia said they will be ready to assist Gor Mahia in their CAF Confederations Cup campaign especially with the three away matches they have to play in Rwanda, Algeria and Tanzania.“If they present to us the budget then we will look at it and we will consider giving help,” Kaberia said.0Shares0000(Visited 4 times, 1 visits today) read more

KCB hit with purge as three are suspended

first_img0Shares0000Happier times: KCB FC head coach Frank Ouna (left) with team trainer Humphrey Oyango and assistant coaches Ezekiel Akwana and Elvis Ayany during a past training session. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 4 – The management of Kenyan Premier League side KCB have hit the club with disciplinary measures, suspending assistant coaches Ezekiel Akwana and Elvis Ayany for promoting disunity in the team.The bankers who earned a return to top flight after three years have picked only one point off five games from a 0-0 draw with Bandari but have lost the remaining four to stay bottom of the 18-team log. According to a letter delivered to the three by club chairman, they will be suspended indefinitely and are barred from accessing the team’s facilities at Ruaraka until such a time as the management deems fit for their return.Akwana and Ayanya have been accused of failing to work as a unit in the technical bench while Ayany who is the club captain has been gravely accused of inciting the older players against the new recruits hence the club’s poor performance.“Our investigations have revealed that the KCB technical bench is not working as a unit which has contributed to the poor performance of the team. It has been noted with concern that you have contributed to this lack of unity of purpose within the technical bench,” the letter to both Ayany and Akwana read.KCB FC head coach Frank Ouna passes instruction to players during a past training session. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluOrenge’s letter read; “During the meeting, it was established that there is a lack of unity of purpose in the current KCB football team as evidenced by the various camps in the team. The lack of unity has been the major contributor of poor performance in the team,”“It is further noted that as the captain of the team, you failed in your responsibilities to unite the team and opted to incite the older KCB FC players against the newly recruited players.”Orenge has not had much playing time this season despite being the club captain and sources intimate that there had been growing displeasure that the newer players were being trusted more by head coach Frank Ouna.Akwana’s suspension however has raised eyebrows especially noting that he had been personally handpicked by Ouna when he was appointed to assist him in the side. Ayany had been the interim coach before Ouna’s arrival having taken over after John Kamau’s sacking.The bankers spent big in the transfer window to rake in an almost new team in entirety, but the investment in the playing unit has not translated to results on the pitch.Ouna’s men play on-form Kariobangi Sharks in Machakos on Sunday and hope for a turn-around in results with the club’s management said to be demanding big of the club.0Shares0000(Visited 4 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Manchester United manager vows to leave club

first_imgLouis van Gaal has vowed to walk away from Manchester United if he loses the dressing room.Should Van Gaal’s men drop into the Europa League after being handed a relatively easy Champions League group, it will come as a big blow to the Dutchman’s credibility.United may be third in the Premier League, but some supporters are not happy with the often dull style of play under the 64-year-old and rumours persist of unrest within the squad.Van Gaal insists he has a good relationship with his players, but should that change, he will leave his post.“The most important thing is the chemistry between players and staff,” Van Gaal said.“And when I have the feeling that the chemistry is there, I will always work to my utmost best.“But when I have a single feeling that it is not like that, I’m the first coach that quits and I have proved that already with my former clubs and former jobs.“Yes, of course because I always gave my clubs structure and I think structure is very important in a club, but also in a company, everywhere.”When asked about his relationship with his players, Van Gaal said: “It’s good.”As Van Gaal pointed out, he has walked away from clubs of his own accord during his 24-year management career.After falling out with a number of players, Van Gaal walked away from Barcelona during his second spell at the club and he left his role as Ajax technical director following a power struggle with then manager Ronald Koeman.Van Gaal also threatened to walk away from AZ Alkmaar in 2008 after finishing 11th in the Eredivisie, but was persuaded to stay on and led the club to the title the following year.And despite supporter opposition at some of his former clubs, Van Gaal believes he is still highly regarded wherever he has been.“I’m happy that when I’m gone, people are saying nice things about me,” he said.“It’s fantastic that people are saying when I’m gone, ‘Oh, he was very good, he gave structure and was the basis for other things’. But it’s not the most important thing for me. The most important thing for me as a trainer, coach and manager is the chemistry between me and my players and my board.“It should be good and otherwise I would be gone.” Louis van Gaal 1last_img read more

Colombia high court OKs some abortions

first_imgBOGOTA, Colombia – Colombia’s highest court has legalized abortion under certain limited circumstances. The decision is expected to embolden women’s rights groups across Latin America to use courts in their countries to try to roll back some of the world’s most stringent abortion laws. In a 5-3 decision handed down late Wednesday, the Constitutional Court overturned Colombia’s complete ban on abortion and ruled that the procedure would be permitted when the life of a mother is in danger or the fetus is expected to die or in cases of rape or incest. Women’s rights organizations in places as varied as Argentina and New York, where several groups that closely tracked the case are based, hailed the ruling. “This is a triumph for Colombian and Latin American women,” said Monica Roa, a lawyer in Bogota who brought the suit on the grounds that by banning abortion, Colombia was violating its own commitments to international human rights treaties ensuring a woman’s right to life and health. The court, explaining its decision Thursday night, said the life of a fetus could not be put ahead of the life of a mother and called the complete abortion ban “disproportionate” and “irrational.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsAdvocates of abortion rights say both arguments are applicable to other Latin American countries as well. “Human rights also apply to women and abortion falls within the sphere of human rights,” Roa said. “The courts cannot ignore that interpretation.” Her suit was backed financially by Women’s Link Worldwide, a Madrid-based group for which she works. But opponents in this heavily Roman Catholic region saw the decision as akin to legalizing murder. Cardinal Alfonso Lopez Trujillo, Colombia’s highest Roman Catholic Church official, told RCN radio here that the decision was “an attack on human life.” “The depenalization of abortion is a judicial stupidity,” Trujillo said. “The Constitutional Court does not have the right to say there is or there is not a crime. This is a bad decision, the fruit of international pressures that disrespect many Colombians.”last_img read more

HARPS HOPING TO GET SEASON BACK ON TRACK AWAY TO WATERFORD

first_imgFinn Harps will be hoping to bounce back from their defeat last weekend when they make the long trip south on Friday to take on Waterford United at the RSC (kick-off 7.45pm).Although Waterford only won their first game of the season last weekend, at the seventh time of asking, Harps manager Ollie Horgan said that they will still provide a tough task for his team on Friday.“Waterford are a very difficult team to beat, especially down there,” said Horgan as he prepares for the trip to the south-east. “We were lucky to get a draw at home against them when we played them on the opening day of the season. They haven’t conceded in their last three games so they will be very difficult to break down.“They have loads of attacking options in their team including Vinny Sullivan, Willie John Keily, Conor Meade and Jack Doherty to mention a few, so we know they have the firepower to damage us.”Last weekend, Horgan watched his side lose for the second time this season in a 1-0 away defeat in Longford. However, the game was decided by a dubious penalty and Horgan felt his side deserved something from the game.“Had we been beaten by three or four, out the door if you like, we might be more content and I could stand here and say: ‘The better side won’,” Horgan said. “It’s hard. The penalty decision was very, very harsh. Really, there wasn’t a whole lot in it apart form that. It’s hard to take. It was a decent cross, nothing great. Packie seemed to stumble into it and he seemed to be pushed into it in a way, but that’s not for me to stay.“We didn’t get the rub of the green, but so be it. We won’t dwell too much on it. We matched them for most of the ninety minutes, but we got nothing out of it.,” said Horgan.“We limited them to a couple of chances. They are very strong at set pieces, their delivery and movement is excellent. We dealt with that, but then we conceded the penalty. Longford are a decent side with some serious players.”Although Harps were defeated 3-0 on their last visit to the RSC in June, they were unbeaten in their previous four visits there (3 draws and 1 victory). The two clubs met in the opening day of the 2014 season at Finn Park, with the game ending in a scoreless draw.Kevin McHugh remains out while Sean McCarron is also a doubt ahead of Friday’s trip to the RSC. Tommy Bonner serves a one match suspension for accumulating four yellow cards, while Keith Cowan serves the second of a four match ban as a result of his red card in the 1-1 draw with Wexford Youths a couple of weeks ago. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~TEAM NEWSSuspended: Tommy Bonner, Keith Cowan.Doubtful: Sean McCarron. Injured: Kevin McHugh (hamstring).Form Guide (last six league games)Finn Harps: W-W-D-L-D-L (8 pts)Waterford United: D-D-L-D-D-W (7 pts)~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Last six away games v Waterford United25-Mar-11 Waterford United 1-0 Finn Harps (First Division)09-Sep-11 Waterford United 0-0 Finn Harps (First Division)31-Mar-12 Waterford United 0-2 Finn Harps (First Division)27-Jul-12 Waterford United 1-1 Finn Harps (First Division)08-Mar-13 Waterford United 1-1 Finn Harps (First Division)28-Jun-13 Waterford United 3-0 Finn Harps (First Division)~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Finn Harps Goalscorers 2014Pat McCann – 3Ruairi Keating – 3 (1 in League Cup)Keith Cowan – 1James Doherty – 1Michael Funston – 1Paul McVeigh – 1Carel Tiofack – 1Sean McCarron – 1 (in League Cup)~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Finn Harps Results 2014 (Finn Harps scorers in brackets)19-Apr-2014 – Lg – Longford Town 1-0 Finn Harps11-Apr-2014 – Lg – Finn Harps 1-1 Wexford Youths (Keating)04-Apr-2014 – Lg – Shelbourne 2-0 Finn Harps29-Mar-2014 – Lg – Finn Harps 1-1 Galway FC (McVeigh)21-Mar-2014 – Lg – Finn Harps 5-0 Cobh Ramblers (Doherty, Tiofack, McCann 2, Keating)16-Mar-2014 – Lg – Shamrock Rovers B 0-3 Finn Harps (Cowan, Funston, McCann)10-Mar-2014 – LC – Finn Harps 3-2 Cockhill Celtic (McCarron, O’Donnell o.g., Keating)07-Mar-2014 – Lg – Finn Harps 0-0 Waterford UnitedHARPS HOPING TO GET SEASON BACK ON TRACK AWAY TO WATERFORD was last modified: April 23rd, 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:donegalfinn harpsOllie Horganwaterfordlast_img read more

HUNT FOR NEW HARPS BOSS STARTS AS BOARD ADMITS SEASON WAS “HUGE DISAPPOINTMENT”

first_imgThe board of Finn Harps Football Club has admitted this season has been a “huge disappointment.”That disappointment culminated in the resignation of Harps manager  Peter Hutton following last weekend’s last home game of the season.A statement from the board said they wanted to thank everyone who has helped the club this season. The club has also officially advertised the job of new manager.The statement read “The board of Finn Harps would like to place on record their gratitude to all club volunteers and supporters, and thank everyone for their hard work and loyal support throughout the 2013 season.“Since pre-season all board members and club staff have worked together to provide an increased budget to help facilitate a competitive First Division campaign.“However it is accepted by all that this season’s results and subsequent league position have been a huge disappointment to everyone associated with the club. “The board of Finn Harps FC will continue to work hard to bring the club forward both on and off the pitch and will keep supporters abreast of developments in the coming weeks.”Meanwhile, Finn Harps is inviting applicants and expressions of interest for the position of first team Manager. All applicants should hold appropriate coaching qualifications in compliance with FAI licensing criteria.Applicants can apply in confidence to The Secretary, Finn Harps Football Club, Navenney Street, Ballybofey, County Donegal or by email to applications@finnharps.com . Closing date for applications is close of business on Friday 25th October. HUNT FOR NEW HARPS BOSS STARTS AS BOARD ADMITS SEASON WAS “HUGE DISAPPOINTMENT” was last modified: October 10th, 2013 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:finn harpsManagerPeter Huttonlast_img read more