first_img Press Association “Forget my situation, just in terms of the celebration of the manager and his achievements it is going to be an unbelievable day and one I can’t wait to be involved in. “I am actually a little bit glad (the attention will be on Moyes) in a way. I don’t want any fuss, I’ve not deserved the fuss, I’ve just been a player. Better players than me have left this club and have achieved more than me at this club.” After 303 appearances for the Toffees, the end is almost upon Neville. He wanted to extend his playing career elsewhere after not being offered a new contract by Everton but there may yet be a twist in the tale as Moyes’ move to Old Trafford throws up a number of possibilities. Neville, who will help with England Under-21 coaching duties at this summer’s European Championships, has not only been mentioned as a potential replacement for Moyes but as an assistant at United, where he started his career. But for the moment the midfielder is just thinking about showing his gratitude to the Everton faithful. “You never think it is going to get to this stage where you get to a point where you are leaving a club you have loved playing for, have captained and have a real special space in your heart,” he told evertontv. “We are at that time on Sunday. I just want the opportunity to say thank you. I also want to put my feet on that turf again, to wave and clap and do a lap of honour with the players and my family. “This has been an unbelievable period in my career. People say I’ve not won a trophy and, yes, that has been a big disappointment. But in terms of happiness, meeting friends, learning, growing up as a person this has been an incredible period.” Everton’s departing captain Phil Neville insists his final match at Goodison Park should be a celebration of manager David Moyes as he too is set to leave.center_img The Scot, whose contract expires at the end of the season, has agreed a six-year deal to become Sir Alex Ferguson’s successor at Manchester United. After 11 years at the club, where he has regularly had the Toffees punching above their weight, Neville believes Moyes deserves to take the plaudits. “With the events of this week for Everton, for me personally, the manager, players, supporters and chairman, it will be one of those special days we remember for the rest of our lives,” said the 36-year-old, whose eight-year association with the club will end next weekend. last_img read more


first_imgFortified by a cross-court winner to bring up break point at 3-2, Williams looked poised to seize control, but instead a tame forehand into the net to let Muguruza off the hook. Share on: WhatsApp – Barrage –It was the first of a series of vital escapes for Muguruza, who was matching Venus blow for blow in a series of bruising baseline rallies.Gifted two set point at 4-5, Venus couldn’t deliver the knockout blow and Muguruza over-powered her in a gripping rally to save the first before scrambling out of trouble on the second.Muguruza had the momentum now, her piercing ground-strokes gradually moving Williams into enough awkward areas to land the crucial first break at 5-5.Williams was rattled by Muguruza’s barrage, fatally allowing the Spaniard’s lob to drop in and present her with set points that she gleefully gobbled up.Muguruza was just six when Venus first won Wimbledon and the 23-year-old’s third major final appearance was dwarfed by Williams’ 16 Grand Slam title matches.But in all those finals, only Serena had produced the lethal power and poise Muguruza was showing and suddenly Williams was beginning to look her age.Still reeling from the shock of losing the first set, she served up a limp double fault on break point to hand Muguruza the lead at the start of the second set.Williams was shattered and Muguruza went for the kill so ruthlessly that in the blink of an eye she had broken twice more to take a 5-0 lead.Muguruza had spoken eloquently this week of etching her name onto the Wimbledon honours board alongside Venus, Serena and the other All England Club icons.It took one last blizzard of thunderous winners to ensure her dream would come true.center_img London, United Kingdom | AFP |  Garbine Muguruza stormed to her first Wimbledon title and shattered Venus Williams’ history bid with a majestic 7-5, 6-0 victory in Saturday’s final.Muguruza overwhelmed Williams with a supreme display of power hitting in 77 minutes on Centre Court to become only the second Spanish woman to win Wimbledon.Watched from the Royal Box by King Juan Carlos of Spain, the 23-year-old finally got her hands on the Venus Rosewater Dish two years after losing to the American’s sister Serena in her maiden Wimbledon final.Fittingly, it was Muguruza’s current coach Conchita Martinez who was the first woman to raise the Spanish flag at Wimbledon in 1994 when she defeated Martina Navratilova.“The first set was tough. We both had a lot of chances. I’m glad I took mine,” Muguruza said.“Two years ago I lost in the final against Serena and she told me I would win one day. Here I am. Finally!”Venezuela-born Muguruza’s second Grand Slam title, following her French Open triumph last year, denied Williams, 37, in her attempt to become the oldest Wimbledon champion in the Open era.Back in the Wimbledon final after an eight-year absence, Williams had hoped to clinch a sixth All England Club title, nine years after she last lifted the trophy.Instead, she paid the price for a surprisingly nerve-ridden display that condemned her to a second Grand Slam disappointment this year following her Australian Open final loss against Serena.“Congratulations Garbine. I know how hard you work,” Williams said.“I tried my best to do the things Serena does, but I think there will be other opportunities.”Since winning her maiden Grand Slam title in Paris, Muguruza had endured something of a sophomore slump as her ranking dropped out of the top 10.But she has rediscovered her mojo on grass and will climb to fifth when the new rankings are confirmed next week.Remarkably, of her four tour-level titles, two are now Grand Slams.With persistent drizzle blanketing the All England Club, Williams and Muguruza were competing in the first Wimbledon final to begin under the roof, watched by a sell-out crowd including Hollywood actress Hilary Swank.Twenty years ago, Venus admitted she was a bundle of nerves when she made a losing Wimbledon debut against Magdalena Grzybowska and, in her ninth All England Club final, once again there was anxiety coursing through her error-strewn display.last_img read more


first_imgThis Monday, Sept. 8, 2014 photo provided by 2K Games shows Ronnie Singh, 2K digital marketing director, as he accomplishes the facial mapping process through a PS4 camera during a video shoot in Novato, Calif. (AP Photo/2K Games)LOS ANGELES (AP) — “NBA 2K15” is angling for a slam dunk with an innovative new way to put players in the game.The developers of the interactive basketball franchise are adding the option for gamers to digitally graft lifelike 3-D renditions of their faces onto virtual players in the series’ latest installment, set for Oct. 7. The process uses the camera for either the PlayStation 4 or Xbox One game consoles to create faces for wannabe Kobe Bryants and Kevin Durants.“It’s all done using the processing power of the next-gen systems,” said Jeff Thomas, vice president of sports development at “NBA 2K” developer Visual Concepts. “We’ve been talking about doing this for a number of years, but it really wasn’t possible until we knew the processing power of the next-gen machines. It took some time to get it right.”The technology utilizes the stereoscopic cameras for Sony’s PS4 and Microsoft’s Xbox One consoles to amass several angles of gamers’ faces. It then renders photorealistic 3-D models on screen that can be tweaked and placed onto the bodies of virtual players in the game’s career and online modes. The process requires a well-lit room and takes about three minutes.“That doesn’t sound like a lot of time,” said Thomas. “But if you think of things in milliseconds like you do when you make games, with the computer processing power inside that box, three minutes is like an eternity. That just shows how much math and things are required to compute these points in 3-D space, then construct a model that looks like you.”The face mapping marks the latest effort by a game creator to add virtual representations of players in a game, following similar endeavors, like EA Sports crafting virtual athletes based on still images of players’ faces, and developer Rare harnessing Microsoft’s Kinect camera to fashion cartoony avatars for its motion-detecting title “Kinect Sports Rivals.”When demonstrated for The Associated Press with a PS4 camera and console, the process required two attempts to generate an accurate hairless model, which was then further detailed with skin textures, hair and eye color. The available modifications are based on Visual Concept’s own library of facial features of actual NBA and Euroleague players.“That means there can’t be any more alien players,” said Thomas. “You used to be able to pull and tug players’ faces and create crazy noses and stuff. Because we’re referencing real people, it only allows you to create human-looking players. I think that’s a big deal. The combination of these techniques will give you a really solid-looking image of yourself.”For privacy-minded players who don’t want their console capturing a map of their face or those without a PS4 or Kinect camera, Thomas said they’ll still be able to create players from scratch using the game’s customization system, as in past editions of the series. He also noted that while the system can scan female faces, the game — like the basketball league — doesn’t include female bodies.Thomas expects the proprietary technology to evolve in the future and is hopeful it will be implemented in other games from 2K Games, which also publishes the “NHL 2K” and “WWE 2K” series, as well as the “BioShock” and “Borderlands” first-person shooter franchises.“This is just the tip of the iceberg,” said Thomas. “I think in the future that every triple-A title is going to want to have some sort of tech like this. It’s so much more engaging to actually look at yourself when you’re playing a video game compared to some random character.”___Online:https://www.2k.com/games/nba-2k15___Follow AP Entertainment Writer Derrik J. Lang on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/derrikjlanglast_img read more


first_imgKINGSTOWN, St Vincent, (CMC):Opener John Campbell plundered his second first-class hundred as Jamaica Scorpions turned the page on a series of ordinary recent performances with a strong effort on the opening day of their penultimate round contest against Windward Islands Volcanoes.The left-hander carved out a career-best 135, an innings that propelled the visitors to 284 for five at the close yesterday at the Arnos Vale Stadium.Paul Palmer celebrated his return to the team and to the captaincy with an unbeaten 31, while Test batsman Jermaine Blackwood scored 27 and Antiguan Devon Thomas, 24 not out.Off-spinner Liam Sebastien (2-74) and leg-spinner Keron Cottoy (2-91) finished with two wickets apiece.Opting to bat first in an attempt to reverse a trend of four consecutive defeats, Scorpions started positively when Campbell and Shacaya Thomas put up 39 for the first wicket.Thomas made 14 in just over an hour at the crease and his departure, lbw to Barbadian medium pacer Kyle Mayers, saw Campbell inspire three successive half-century stands to keep the innings going.He put on 72 for the second wicket with Barbadian Kirk Edwards, who made 24; another 58 for the third wicket with Andre McCarthy, who scored 20; and 53 for the fourth wicket with Blackwood.All told, Campbell struck 15 fours and two sixes in an innings lasting 192 balls and just under four and a half hours.He raised his first 50 off 80 balls with six fours and was unbeaten on 52 at lunch with Edwards on 17 as Scorpions reached a comfortable 85 for one.The post-lunch session also belonged to the visitors as Campbell dominated, racing to his hundred to be 122 not out at tea with the Scorpions on 197 for three.When he and Blackwood were out within 15 runs of each other in the final session to leave the Scorpions on 237 for five, Palmer and Devon Thomas combined to add 47 in an unbroken sixth-wicket stand.Palmer has so far faced 63 balls and counted four fours.last_img read more


first_imgA remarkable ceremony to mark the grave of one of Celtic FC’s founding members is to be held in Co Donegal on Saturday week.In conjunction with the Celtic Graves Society there will be a family ceremony in Frosses graveyard to mark the grave of Joseph Francis McGroary who 125 years ago was part of the committee responsible for founding Glasgow Celtic.Those who will attend the ceremony will include a member of Celtic FC, members of the McGroary family and members of the Association of Donegal Celtic Supporters club. All Celtic supporters are welcome to attend the event and flowers/tributes can be laid at the graveside.Born in Glasgow in 1865 his father Bernard was from Inver, Donegal and Joseph maintained connections with Donegal throughout his life, spending his last days in the town of Mountcharles.He was married in August 1888 in Mountcharles to his sweetheart Catherine Cannon from Drumkeelan. He was one of the first post-Reformation Catholic solicitors in Glasgow and active in the city’s Irish political scene.A pupil of St. Aloysius College along with other early Celtic figures such as John H McLaughlin and Joseph Shaughnessy he later represented it in elections for the city’s Catholic Union and was a member of the Irish National League along with other key figures in the foundation of Celtic FC. After meetings were held to establish a new Irish Catholic football club in the East End of Glasgow in late 1887, Joseph McGroary was one the club members elected to be part of, in Willie Maley’s words, ‘the Committee formed to carry through the great work’.Joseph was a Celtic committee member at various times throughout the club’s tumultuous first decade and played a significant role in the stormy debate over the direction the club would take in becoming a limited liability company in 1897.A colourful character, Joseph left Glasgow for Brooklyn, USA 1898 before returning to Mountcharles some four decades later, where he passed away in 1937. He provides a direct connection between the County Donegal and Celtic FC from the club’s earliest days.This commemoration has been organised in association with the Donegal Gathering and is one of a series of events designed to invite the Donegal Diaspora home in this year-long celebration of all things Irish. UNIQUE GRAVE CEREMONY TO REMEMBER CELTIC FC GREAT was last modified: August 28th, 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:celtic fcFrancis McGroaryFROSSESgravelast_img read more


first_imgA local Donegal County Councillor has submitted a proposal to build better links between the Gaeltacht in Donegal and Scottish Gàidhealtachd to form stronger relationships between the two Gaelic languages. West Donegal Councillor and avid Gaeltacht campaigner, Cllr Michael Cholm Mac Giolla Easbuig, said the proposal, which was submitted at a recent Donegal County Council’s Irish Language Committee meeting, is now under consideration with the committee.Speaking to Donegal Daily, he said: “It was agreed as a council that we would work on this and make a connection with one of the (Scottish) islands to start with because our languages are very similar. “There has been no particular island has been proposed at this stage, but Barra Island has been suggested in the past because there is some connection there already.“This is to build cultural and meaningful relationships with other communities and the language which is very similar but not the same as our own.“There has been a tradition of connections between Sean-nós singers and the islands and community in west Donegal.“And I want to see that connection reestablished to learn and share experiences and, more importantly, that Gaeltacht communities, whether that be in Scotland or Donegal, are supporting each other and keeping the beautiful and ancient languages intact for the next generation.” Proposals submitted to build stronger language links between Donegal and Scotland was last modified: October 31st, 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


first_img“We have to give credit to the guy. He’s really willing to take the shot. That’s why he’s Terrence Romeo. In short, makapal talaga ang mukha niya,” said coach Franz Pumaren.“It’s a gutsy move. It takes one great player to be willing to take that shot.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Aces still had a chance to tie the game, but Calvin Abueva’s undergoal stab rolled out of the rim. Justin Harper split his freebies keeping the door open for Alaska, but Simon Enciso muffed his right corner trey in the final 3.0 seconds.Romeo dropped nine of his 26 points in the fourth quarter, on top of five rebounds and three assists. BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Harper topscored for the Batang Pier with 32 markers and 17 boards, while Stanley Pringle added 21 points, six rebounds, and five assists.Even Pumaren can’t deny that he was surprised with GlobalPort’s sudden ascent to the quarterfinals, as he looked back a month ago when his team seemed primed for an early exit.“I guess we surprised a lot of people. No one imagined us to be in this situation, to be in the quarterfinals. Just last month, I think most of the basketball fans, they were thinking we were ready to fold and go on a vacation,” he said. “I guess today’s game is a testament that the boys, they don’t want to go on a break yet.”What awaits, though, is a date against top-seed Ginebra, which will enjoy a twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals starting on Tuesday.“It’s going to be a tough series for us. Just a one-day rest and we’re playing the number one team — the team that’s on a streak. Hopefully, we can sustain the run,” said Pumaren.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netTerrence Romeo hit the game-winning shot and GlobalPort knocked off Alaska, 107-106, for the last quarterfinals berth in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena.Romeo buried a 3-pointer to put the Batang Pier ahead for good, 106-104, with 8.1 seconds left.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Wozniacki into second French Open quarterfinal Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games The loss capped off a disastrous run for Alaska, which fell to its eighth straight defeat.It also spoiled Abueva’s milestone night as he had a career-best 31 points, to go with 13 rebounds, three assists, and two blocks.Cory Jefferson led the Aces with 32 markers and 16 boards, while Chris Banchero chipped in 16 markers and four rebounds in the losing effort.Alaska missed the playoffs for the first time since the 2012 Governors’ Cup, and put a blemish on coach Alex Compton’s eight-straight playoff appearances.The scores:GLOBALPORT 107 – Harper 32, Romeo 26, Pringle 21, Guinto 8, Cortez 6, Pessumal 5, Anthony 5, Grey 3, Maierhofer 1, Mamaril 0, Forrester 0, Paredes 0, Pennisi 0.ALASKA 106 – Jefferson 32, Abueva 31, Banchero 16, Manuel 9, Exciminiano 8, Racal 3, Enciso 3, Galliguez 2, Cruz 2, Thoss 0, Pascual 0, Hontiveros 0, Dela Cruz 0.Quarters: 20-26, 52-49, 74-78, 107-106. BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast MOST READ LATEST STORIES Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PARlast_img read more


Earlier this week wrestling fans rushed to the Demba Diop Stadium in Senegal to see the monumental match up between Yahya Diop (Yekini) and Omar Sakho (Balla Gaye 2). The event didn’t start until seven in the afternoon but at nine in the morning fans were already camped outside the stadium. Laamb wrestling has become even more popular than soccer in Senegal, according to Magatte Diop, the director of sponsorship at Sonatel, Orange’s Senegalese subsidiary.Despite the massive size of the two combatants, the two wrestlers gracefully performed the “dance of champions” as drums and musical odes welcomed them into the arena. The dance was meant to repel black magic from the wrestlers before they stepped foot into the ring. Their “uniforms” consisted of magical talismans called gris-gris and before the match both men poured a protective bath all over their bodies. According Mbaye Gueye Dieng, a spiritual guide or marabout in the mystical Sufi tradition, “The gris-gris and baths are just for protection against negative tongues and eyes.” Despite all the physical training that goes on in order to get the wrestlers prepared for the big matches, many spectators believe that the spirits are the ones who determine the winner.“The most important preparations are made in the home of the marabout,” Dieng added.In order to be victorious in laamb, the wrestler has to get his opponent’s head, back, or both hands and knees to the ground. Only certain matches of laamb allow for punches, and these matches often gain the most publicity.Malick Thiandom, a sports broadcaster for Senegalese Radio and Television, said, “We used to wrestle for the honor of the village. Today…with the sponsors who inject lots of money to have visibility, it has become a breadwinner for lots of wrestlers.” Orange has become a major sponsor for the Senegalese sport. The most successful laamb wrestlers earn more than $100,000 per match, but the odds of most wrestlers gaining this much success are slim. Thiandoum admitted that he is constantly telling the youth not to pursue this sport in an attempt to gain financial success because there is a “gap” between what they believe and reality. Most combatants will earn less than $2,000 a year in the ring.The recent match between Yekini and Balla Gaye 2 was an example of one of the rare high-profile and high paying matches. Sources told the New York Times that each combatant received about $300,000 for the match. Yekini was defeated after two minutes and six seconds, his first defeat in over 15 years. Promoters are currently trying to arrange a match between the victor, Balla Gaye 2, and the last wrestler who was able to defeat him, Eumeu Sene. read more


first_imgKolkata: Trinamool Congress district president of Birbhum Anubrata Mondal has been admitted to SSKM Hospital with various ailments.According to hospital sources, a surgery may be performed on Mondal after some clinical tests. It has been learnt that the patient has been suffering from high blood sugar and high blood pressure. His condition is stated to be stable now. The patient has also complained of skin infection. He has been kept under observation at the Woodburn ward of the hospital. It has been learnt that doctors deferred the surgery after the various clinical tests confirmed that his blood sugar and blood pressure levels were much higher than normal. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe doctors will take the decision on surgery only after the sugar and pressure levels come to normal. A medical board has also been formed for the treatment of the Trinamool Congress leader from Birbhum. Mondal had visited a local doctor who had advised him to consult the doctors at SSKM on an immediate basis. Following the local doctor’s advice, Mondal visited the hospital. The doctors admitted the patient after primary check-up. He has been undergoing treatment at cabin number 105 of the Woodburn ward. The doctors said that he was also suffering from hypertension. Mondal will be kept under monitoring for the next few days. Many leaders of Birbhum district came to the city after hearing the district president’s ailments. As a result, party leaders are worried about next year’s municipal elections. It may be mentioned here that Mondal has been instrumental in strengthening the party’s organisation.last_img read more