Angelo Binaghi, president of the Italian Tennis Federation (FIT), assured this Friday that he sees “optimum odds” that the Masters 1000 in Rome can be organized between September and October, after the occasion was postponed as a result of coronavirus.“There’s a good probability that the Rome Masters will be played in September or October. We’re in contact with worldwide establishments, in explicit with the ATP, which has an Italian President and Chief Government Officer. I believe there’s unity between gamers and FIT and Masters 1000 tournaments in normal, “stated Binaghi in statements revealed by the Italian media.“The luck of tennis is that it’s not a sport that’s played as a workforce, there are not any contacts, which implies that as quickly because the emergency is over it can be doable to return to arrange tournaments nationally and internationally, “he added. The event in Rome was scheduled for Might 4-17, however the well being disaster attributable to the coronavirus brought about its postponement till a date to be determined.FIT’s precedence is to arrange the event on the clay courtroom of the Roman Italic Discussion boardThough Binaghi was prepared that it could possibly additionally be played in cement and out of doors of Rome.“I don’t know methods to give an actual date, even when our aim was to arrange the event between September and October, earlier than or after Roland Garros. However in order to play it we will additionally contemplate the concept of enjoying on cement between November and December, maybe on the indoor courtroom. It wouldn’t be the primary time, Pietrangeli received as soon as in Turin, however our precedence stays Rome in September or October, “he stated.
Top cricketers from within the Windies setup and around the Caribbean will be on show as the Cricket West Indies (CWI) Regional Super50 bowls off next week Thursday in Trinidad and Tobago.The Windward Volcanoes celebrate their title win last seasonThe tournament itinerary, released recently by the Barbados Cricket Association (BCA), stated that the tournament runs from October 3 to 28, and will see Group A games hosted in T&T while Group B will be staged in Barbados.Group A will feature Trinidad & Tobago Red Force, Canada, West Indies B and Guyana Jaguars while Group B consists of Barbados Pride, Leeward Islands Hurricanes, Jamaica Scorpions, Combined Campuses and Colleges (CCC) and the United States.Defending champs Volcanoes, who upset the Pride in last season’s finale, will commence their campaign against multiple-time champions Red Force at their home turf of Queen’s Park Oval, while Canada and Windies B will clash in a day-night contest at the Brian Lara Stadium on the opening day.Group B action on October 4 gets underway with a clash between the Scorpions and CCC in a 09:00h start at 3Ws Oval. Pride will then take on Hurricanes in the feature match at 14:00h at the historic Kensington Oval.The top two teams from each group will qualify for the semi-finals which will be played at Kensington Oval on October 25 and 26, with the final slated for October 28.
Crystal Palace have confirmed the appointment of Frank de Boer, meaning all 20 Premier League clubs finally have a manager ahead of the 2017/18 season.But just because they are in a job now doesn’t mean they will stay in that role for a long time.If a manager struggles to match the ambitions of the club they work for, they will be shown the door and a new coach will be brought in.It is the cut-throat lifestyle of football management.So, who is the favourite of the 20 Premier League managers to be shown the door?Sun Bets have provided the odds on the first manager to leave their post in 2017/18, and you can see them all by clicking the right arrow, above…*All odds correct as of June 26, 2017 Ronald Koeman (Everton) – 33/1 to be the first manager sacked 20 20 20 20 Mauricio Pochettino (Tottenham Hotspur) – 50/1 to be the first manager sacked 20 20 Marco Silva (Watford) – 2/1 to be the first manager sacked 20 Pep Guardiola (Manchester City) – 50/1 to be the first manager sacked Frank de Boer (Crystal Palace) – 8/1 to be the first manager sacked 20 20 20 David Wagner (Huddersfield Town) – 6/4 to be the first manager sacked Chris Hughton (Brighton and Hove Albion) – 5/2 to be the first manager sacked Antonio Conte (Chelsea) – 66/1 to be the first manager sacked – click the right arrow to see the remaining Premier League mangers ranked by the odds they will be sacked first Mauricio Pellegrino (Southampton) – 4/1 to be the first manager sacked 20 20 Jose Mourinho (Manchester United) – 50/1 to be the first manager sacked Mark Hughes (Stoke City) – 10/1 to be the first manager sacked 20 20 20 Tony Pulis (West Bromwich Albion) – 16/1 to be the first manager sacked 20 Jurgen Klopp (Liverpool) – 50/1 to be the first manager sacked Paul Clement (Swansea City) – 3/1 to be the first manager sacked 20 Slaven Bilic (West Ham United) – 12/1 to be the first manager sacked 20 Craig Shakespeare (Leicester City) – 5/1 to be the first manager sacked Sean Dyche (Burnley) – 5/1 to be the first manager sacked Arsene Wenger (Arsenal) – 40/1 to be the first manager sacked 20 Rafa Benitez (Newcastle United) – 7/1 to be the first manager sacked 20 Eddie Howe (AFC Bournemouth) – 20/1 to be the first manager sacked
The Donegal Sports Star Awards November review reveals a very special month for talented Kilcar and Donegal player Ryan McHugh. On the first Friday of the month McHugh received his GAA/GPA All-Star at the annual awards function in Dublin. It was Ryan’s reward for an outstanding season and completed a unique family achievement as both his father Martin and brother Mark were previously honoured at the All-Star Awards. The younger McHugh was also named the Donegal County Board’s Senior Player of the Year and traveled with the All-Star team to Abu Dhabi and Dubai along with fellow Donegal players Neil Gallagher and Michael Murphy. Ryan was also a member of the University of Ulster Jordanstown side that won the Ryan Cup, defeating DCU after extra-time at Inishkeen. His father Martin was the manager while Paddy McBrearty scored 0-7 and Downings man Lorcan Connor came on as a second half sub. The Donegal Sports Star function takes place on Friday the 27th of January in the Mount Errigal Hotel with a number of the November sporting achievers expected to feature among the nominees for the 41st Awards. Staying with GAA there was a national success for the county as Donegal took the Masters Shield title with 0-13 to 0-10 victory over Offaly in Clonberne, Co. Galway. Following her U.S. triumph Avril McNamee was named the Donegal County Board’s Handball Player of the Year. And in hurling there was a similar accolade for Danny Cullen from the Setanta Club who was named Senior Player of the Year. At the beginning of the month Cullen and Padraig Doherty of Burt picked up their GAA/GPA Nicky Rackard awards.Young Kilmacrennan motorcyclist Rhys Irwin was confirmed as the 2016 Irish Masters 125/300cc champion. Irwin enjoyed a memorable year on his 125 CC Asprilia with two new lap records for both the National and International Mondello race tracks and 100% race wins scoring maximum points all season. Irwin so impressed the Judges at this year’s Masters series that he became the youngest of only six riders nominated for the prestigious ‘Young Rider of the Year Award’.In November Trentagh jockey Martin Harley had top three finishes in four races in less than two hours at Lingfield Park Racecourse in Lingfield, Surrey. He had two winners as well as a second and a third place. His first winner was on Alfred Hutchinson at odds of 11/4. Harley then came second on Keep It Dark (12/1). That was followed by a third place on Costa Filey (9/2) and his second winner was on Seve at odds of 5/2.In the middle of the month Letterkenny’s Meg Carr and Patrick Quinlivan brought home a combined total of 12 gold medals from the Special Olympics Northern Regional Gymnastics Finals, which took place in Lisburn. 15-year-old Meg from Hawthorn Heights won gold on the floor, beam, bars and vault as well as picking up gold overall in her category. 34-year-old Patrick from Long Lane in Letterkenny won gold on the floor, parallel bars, high bars, rings, vault and pommel horse as well as picking up gold overall in his category.In badminton there was an impressive victory for Sam Magee and Joshua Magee at the Bitburger Grand Prix gold event in Germany. The Irish pair defeated their higher ranked opponents of Yong Kai Terry Hee and Kean Hean Loh from Singapore in two games 21-15 21-16. At the same tournament Sam and his sister Chloe lost 2-0 in the semi-finals of the Mixed Doubles to Swedish opposition.The Ryan family from Kilmacrennan had to battle desperately to make it through to the third round of the RTE 1 Fittest Family Show. Up against three other families the Ryans struggled in the two challenges ending up fourth. But dad Danny and his two sons Keane and Jordan with daughter Alannah battled back in the eliminator to qualify for the third round. And on the last Sunday of November the Ryans family remained on course to reach the final after producing arguably their best performance of the season to date when knocking out one of the favourites the Broadhursts from Louth.And there was more success for the Ryan family at the Irish Provinces Rowing Championships in Limerick. Dad Danny, from the Boxfit Club, took the lightweight men’s 2000 metre title in the 40-49 age group with a time of 6:34. He was also second in the 500m sprint open age group event and son Keane was third, Another club member Bernard Doohan, was third in the Heavyweight 2000m 30 -39 age group and a new PB. The Donegal men took second in the team relay 2000 m with Paul McGonagle of Kincasslagh Rowing club joining the Ryans and Doohan.William Duffy, a student at Deele College Raphoe won an ISKA K1 kickboxing title at the White Horse Hotel in Derry. And his older brother Damian had a ‘Four Nations’ win in the 72kg category. There was success for Loreto Community School’s Grainne Russell at the Loreto Schools National Swimming Finals at the Aquatic Centre in Dublin. Grainne won gold in the 50m Freestyle. Two days later she was in the medals again taking bronze in the 50m Butterfly with the Swilly Seals at the Ulster Grammar Schools Finals in Ballymena. Grainne was also recently on a training trip with the Ulster Schools Swimming squad. In underage GAA an U16 side from the St Eunan’s Club reached the Paul McGirr Final with a big 4-13 to 1-5 win over Magherafelt in Dromore. At the start of the month Letterkenny A.C.’s Nikita Burke and Noreen Scanlan were first and second respectively in the Ulster Novice Cross-Country Championships at the Finn Valley Centre. Donegal also won the women’s team event. A week later Chris Johnston (Finn Valley) and Catriona Jennings (Letterkenny A.C.) were the respective winners of the Donegal Senior Cross-County titles in Stranorlar. The pair also led their teams to gold medals in the respective categories.Arlene Crossan, Janine Boyle and Summer Lecky were all honoured at the Ulster Council Athletics Awards in Monaghan after representing Ireland at the European Youth Championships in Tbilisi. Meanwhile Milford’s Mary O’Donnell and Alysha Heron from Fanad picked up Senior and Youth Volunteer Awards respectively at a Community Games function in Salthill, Galway. In boxing three Donegal fighters from the Illies Golden Gloves Club claimed Ulster senior titles at the Dockers Club in Belfast – Martin Lynch (Middleweight), Garbhain Friel (Light Heavyweight) and Davitt Tsotsoria (Heavyweight). But there was a massive disappointment for Brett McGinty who suffered a controversial defeat ending the St. Johnson lad’s World Youth Championships ambitions in a last 32 contest against Slovakian Andrej Csemez at the Sibur Arena in St Petersburg. Welterweight McGinty who fights out of the Oakleaf ABC in Derry appeared to have done enough to qualify for a place in the last 16. Kilcar were crowned Donegal All-County League Division 1 champions after a 2-16 to 3-8 victory over Naomh Conaill in Glenties. The LYIT Ladies Gaelic football side had a huge 19-point win in Belfast with Sarah Jane McDonald, Lucy O’Flynn and Áine O’Reilly scoring the goals.But the Downings dream of a first Ulster Final appearance came to a disappointing end when Andy Connor’s side lost 0-13 to 0-6 to Monaghan outfit Blackhill in Owenbeg. In Gymnastics the Finesse Gymnastics Club enjoyed major success at the GymStart Challenge held at the DCU Sports Complex in Dublin winning a gold and seven silver medals. At the start of November the Donegal Jiu Jitsu team took the overall title at the inaugural “Irish Brazilian National Championships held at the Aura Centre in Letterkenny. There was double gold for Laghey blue belt William Timoney. Other gold medal winners were John Brown, T.J. McMenamin, Marcus Monaghan, George Henderson, Stephen McGlynn, Jevgenjis Kurakins, Igors Devours, Raymond Hutman, Niall Timoney, Edgars Gailis and Francie McGinleyOn the soccer front Letterkenny won Julianne Herrity had another super season with the Carson-Newman Eagles in America. On the back of her performances the 27-year-old, was named on the South Atlantic Conference team of the year after scoring 16 goals. Herrity, who is studying for an MBA at Carson-Newman, in Tennessee, won the SAC regular season title and her club also defeated Wingate Bulldogs to win the SAC Tournament final. Herrity scored the opening goal in the final for the Eagles with Holly Talbut-Smith from England getting the second.Ballybofey man Johnny Dunleavy was a member of the Cork City squad that won the FAI Senior Cup with a dramatic last minute injury-time victory over Dundalk at the Aviva. Seamus Coleman captained the Republic of Ireland to a superb 1-0 win over Austria in Vienna that keeps Martin O’Neill’s side firmly on course to qualify for the 2018 World Cup Finals. And Coleman’s late goal earned a dramatic draw for Everton at Goodison Park in an English League Premiership match against Swansea. Ramelton native Conrad Logan kept a third successive clean sheet as his club Rochdale recorded a fine 4-0 home win over Walsall in League 1. The 30-year-old also played his part in keeping Swindon scoreless as Rochdale also won 4-0 at home and he didn’t concede in the FA Cup replay against Maidstone the previous week.In Secondary Schools swimming St. Eunan’s College had a number of medal winners at the Ulster Grammar Schools Finals in Ballymena. In the Junior Boys (11-14 yrs) there was silver for Cian Mulligan in the 50m Breastroke; in the Intermediate Boys (15-16 yrs) both Thomas Keys and Filip Blazesczek were bronze medal winners in the 50m Butterfly and 50m Breastroke respectively. In the Seniors (17+ yrs) where Nathaniel Giddy, Matthew Hegarty, Thomas Coyne and Jonathon Martin won bronze medals in both the Medley and Freestyle in the Team Relays. Martin also won bronze in both the 50m Breastroke and 50m Butterfly events. Coyle took gold in the Individual Medley and there was bronze for Giddy in the 50m Breastroke.For further information on the Donegal Sports Star Awards go to donegalsportsstarawards.ie, on Twitter Donegal Sport Stars or on Faceook at Donegalsport Starawards.Donegal Sports Star review for November 2016 was last modified: December 19th, 2016 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)
Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Hodgson is set to receive an increase on his current £2.5 million salary, but faces a difficult summer transfer window having been told there is little money for new players with the majority of signings having to be funded by player sales.He has also been informed he will have less money for player salaries next season, with the club planning to cut a wage bill that was £112 million in the 2016-17 season, the ninth highest in the Premier League. gameday cracker GAMEDAY review Premier League live: Man City vs Leicester feature in talkSPORT’s Saturday coverage 1 The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 targets REVEALED BIG PRESENTS UP TOP When Hodgson joined, Palace were rock bottom of the Premier League after losing their first four matches. His arrival prompted a revival and the Selhurst Park side ended up finishing 11th in the table.The 71-year-old’s deal is due to run out at the end of the 2018/19 season and Palace are understood to be eager to promote greater managerial stability having had four managers in the past three years. Alternative Premier League table based on expected goals – lucky Spurs? possible standings Roy Hodgson has reportedly been offered a one-year contract extension that would secure his future at Crystal Palace until 2020.The former England boss signed a two-year deal when he took over from Frank de Boer at the club last September, but is now being given the chance to stay for a further season, according to the Times. Latest Crystal Palace News revealed ANALYSIS Hodgson took Palace from 20th to 11th last season Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas smart causal Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Chelsea beat Spurs, Man United lose – What happened in the Premier League
A warm welcome, plenty of useful career advice and a jam-packed An Dánlann full of companies looking to recruit, is what’s on offer at the LYIT Careers Fair 21 October, 12-3pm. Admission is free. L-R: Registrar Billy Bennett, Catherine Lyster Careers Officer/ organiser with Paul Hannigan President LYIT. Pic by Clive Wasson.Letterkenny Institute of Technology is hosting a Careers and Postgraduate Studies Fair on Monday, 21 October, in An Dánlann sports hall from 12 noon to 3 pm. Admission is free.The fair offers a one-off opportunity to meet employers, review postgrad options and get plenty of free advice, all in one day and under one roof.The Careers and Postgrad Fair is an unmissable event for anyone who wishes to find out about job opportunities across a various industry sectors and also to explore postgraduate study options. A large number of national and local employers as well as, other colleges and voluntary organisations attend.“It’s a wonderful chance to talk to potential employers, regardless whether you’ve recently graduated or not,” suggests organiser Catherine Lyster, Careers Officer at LYIT.“The event is a valuable resource not just for job positions but also to get advice on securing employment or considering a career change.”Catherine outlines what will be available. “We will be running free seminars from experts on topics like interview tips, studying abroad, how to dress to impress, as well as running our CV clinic with a panel of 5 experts. People can bring their CVs on the day and get free one-to-one guidance. Of course, we’ll have the Jobs Wall with current jobs listed. Many professional bodies are coming too such as Engineers Ireland and the Accountancy bodies.” Over 50 local and national organisations will attend from the IT, Food, Business and Science sectors. Some well- known companies taking part include: Pramerica, Allergan, Allstate Northern Ireland, Ecoventi NI, United Health, specialist recruitment agencies and many more. Smaller businesses looking to recruit top quality staff for permanent, temporary and part-time opportunities will be there too such as, Safetech based in Letterkenny. For those thinking about setting up a business, government agencies will be there and the Donegal Business Boot Camp for young people (18-25) with big business ideas.Referring to the mix of exhibitors this year Catherine says, “I believe there is definitely more optimism, we’re seeing a wider spread of employers who are actively recruiting in areas such as, IT, renewable energy, food sectors, medical and agriculture. This event offers people the chance to talk directly to potential employers, professional bodies and to postgraduate education providers. Anyone who is looking to find employment, change career or is considering further study should definitely come along. All are welcome.”For those considering postgraduate study, representatives from prominent universities and colleges throughout Ireland will be attending to offer advice on their range of postgraduate study options.In addition to full-time study, many courses can now be completed on a part-time or distance learning basis. Universities taking part include Queens, University of Ulster, as well as universities from the UK and IrelandSome of the professional associations attending include Engineers Ireland, the accountancy bodies in Ireland and Nursing Careers, as well as voluntary organisations such as The Donegal Volunteer Centre. Voluntary work is a useful way for job seekers to develop valuable skills and many well known voluntary associations will be there. The free seminars line up is as follows: 10.30 – 11.30 am: Careers in Accountancy, and Applying to Postgraduate Teaching Courses in UK; 12 – 12.45 pm: Issues You Need to Consider if you Intend Working Abroad; 12.45 – 1.30 pm: How to Make an Effective Presentation – Essential Tips for Interviews and Presentations; 1.30 – 2.15 pm: Using LinkedIn in your Job Search; and 2.15 – 3 pm: Dress to Impress for Success.Seminars are on a first-come first-served basis. If you’d like to attend, please register with Brenda Hamilton, firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 074 9186855.The Careers and Postgraduate Studies Fair will be held at LYIT on Monday, 21 October, in An Dánlann sports hall, from 12 noon to 3 pm. Don’t miss it.SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE AT LYIT CAREER AND POSTGRAD FAIR was last modified: October 9th, 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:CAREERS FAIRLYIT
At least 40 jobs are to go at the RAP packaging plant on the Derrybeg Industrial estate.Management of the Rapid Action Packaging company told staff of the plans this morning.It is understood the lay-offs are due to be implemented from next week. Speaking today after the announcement of significant job losses TD Pearse Doherty said: “I am hugely concerned to hear this morning of significant job losses at the packing plant in my own home town. This is a devastating blow to the workers, to their families and to the wider area.“While the immediate concern is ensuring that these workers receive their full entitlements in terms of pay and redundancy, this company is still active and I understand that these layoffs will be temporary and I hope that the workers will be back at work shortly.“These job losses are announced after figures released by Sinn Féin yesterday which show that Donegal bucked the trend in terms of the number of full time jobs created by Enterprise Ireland in 2012 when 180 jobs were created for the region while 309 full time jobs were lost in the same period. Údaras na Gaeltachta created a net total of 11 jobs in Donegal in 2012.“What is clear from the above figures is the complete lack of a targeted Government job creation and job retention strategy for the North West region. Donegal is recognised officially as the most deprived county in the state and west Donegal in particular is suffering under huge deprivation, emigration and unemployment. What has the response of the Government been to this crisis? “Last year Sinn Féin launched a job creation plan with detailed proposals for a €13billion stimulus programme over four years which would create and retain more than 150,000 jobs. We have set out clearly how these jobs could be created and sustained through targeted investment in key industries. It is time for this Government to get its act together and develop a clear, comprehensive job creation strategy for the county. ” 40 JOBS TO GO AT GAOTH DOBHAIR PACKING PLANT – TD DOHERTY EXPRESSES CONCERN was last modified: February 19th, 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:Derrybeg Industrial estateRapid Action Packaging
DONEGAL Daily Weather Report, in association with The Mount Errigal Hotel, Letterkenny, home of the Josper Grill. Tel 07491 22700.Today’s Donegal Daily Weather: Today will be dry apart from some scattered showers or outbreaks of rain in places. It will be cloudy in many places but bright spells will break through as the day goes on. Highest temperatures of 10 to 12 degrees in mostly fresh west to northwest winds, the winds strong at first in northwestern and northern coastal parts. The winds will become moderate northwesterly during the afternoon.Sources: Met Eireann, BBC NI DRY WITH SCATTERED SHOWERS: THE DONEGAL DAILY WEATHER REPORT WITH THE MOUNT ERRIGAL HOTEL was last modified: April 17th, 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:Mount Errigal Hotelweather report
ATLANTA — The Rocket got rocked by the rookie. Then, while Roger Clemens shuffled uncomfortably on the mound, Brian McCann emerged from the Atlanta Braves dugout for a most unexpected curtain call. “I was just sitting back letting him enjoy it over there,” Clemens said. “What else can you do?” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 “There’s a thousand emotions going through my head right now,” he said. “I’m going to sleep a long time tonight.” While Smoltz’s performance was a long time in the making — he spent the past four postseasons as a closer — it was hardly unexpected for someone who’s long been one of baseball’s best big-game pitchers. Smoltz broke a one-day tie with Houston’s Andy Pettitte to reclaim the title of baseball’s winningest postseason pitcher, improving to 7-0 in the division series and 15-4 overall. Then there’s McCann, who was batting in the playoffs for the first time when he stepped to the plate in the second inning with two on and two outs. McCann was less than three months old when Clemens made his major-league debut for the Boston Red Sox in 1984. Now, the two were face to face — a video game-playing catcher who started the season with Double-A Mississippi vs. a seven-time Cy Young Award winner who stopped off in Houston on his way to Cooperstown. “Logic would say Roger has the upper hand in that situation,” Atlanta’s Chipper Jones said wryly. Not this time. With Smoltz on deck, Clemens missed with his first two pitches, then left a fastball over the plate. McCann connected with a 409-foot drive that ricocheted into the Braves’ bullpen in right field for a 3-1 lead. “A very hittable pitch,” Clemens said. “When a guy’s at this level, it doesn’t matter if he’s 21 or 41. He’s going to hit that.” McCann was urged back on the field by manager Bobby Cox, tipping his cap to the roaring crowd after becoming the first player in Braves history (including Boston and Milwaukee, too) to homer in his first trip to the plate in the postseason. McCann also joined Clemens in a more obscure record: biggest age gap between a pitcher and a batter who hit a postseason homer — 21 years and 200 days, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Another of the 18 rookies to play for the Braves this season, reliever Macay McBride, caught the home run ball in the bullpen and delivered it to McCann after the game. “That won’t sink in for a while,” McCann said. “(Clemens) is one of the greatest pitchers of all time. He just got a pitch over the plate and I connected. It was neat.” With the NL East champion Braves having bounced back from a 10-5 loss in Game 1, the series shifts to Houston. Twenty-game winner Roy Oswalt is set to go against Atlanta’s surprising 13-game winner, Jorge Sosa, on Saturday. The Astros hope Oswalt looks better than Clemens, who led the majors in ERA (1.87) at age 43 but was bothered late in the season by a sore hamstring and also was stung emotionally by the death of his mother. The Braves stretched their lead to 5-1 in the third. Adam LaRoche hit an opposite-field double to bring home two more runs. The ball slipped under the glove of diving left fielder Orlando Palmeiro before rolling to the wall. With Smoltz on the mound — stiff shoulder and all — the lead was secure. This is what he yearned for after spending three-plus seasons as the Braves closer, a role that left his playoff fortunes in the hands of others. Smoltz had to wait an extra day to make this long-awaited playoff start, getting bumped from the expected Game 1 nod to give his shoulder a little extra rest. No problem, considering how long he already had waited. Back in that ’99 World Series, Smoltz’s last year as a starter before an elbow injury cost him an entire season and prompted his move to the bullpen, he struck out 11 in Game 4 against the Yankees. It wasn’t enough to keep New York from completing the sweep with a 4-1 victory. And the winning pitcher that day? Clemens, who was back to face Smoltz, now 38, in the oldest pitching matchup in postseason history. The Braves scored two more runs in the seventh against reliever Chad Qualls, even with two runners thrown out on the basepaths. Andruw Jones and Jeff Francoeur had RBI singles to give the shaky Braves bullpen a six-run cushion. Jones, who came into the playoffs mired in a 6-for-51 slump, followed up a Game 1 homer with three more hits, scoring each time. Chris Reitsma, who retired only one hitter in giving up four runs in the opener, gave up a leadoff single in the eighth but retired the next three hitters. Closer Kyle Farnsworth worked a 1-2-3 ninth. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! McCann hit a three-run homer off Clemens in his first postseason at-bat, sending John Smoltz and the Braves to a 7-1 victory over the Houston Astros on a drizzly Thursday night, tying the best-of-five National League Division Series at one game apiece. Smoltz picked up where he left off six years ago, pitching seven strong innings in his first October start since the 1999 World Series.
URA head into Friday’s game still unbeaten in the league (file photo)StarTimes Uganda Premier LeagueURA FC vs Nyamityobora FCMandela National Stadium, NambooleFriday, 02-10-2018 @04:00pmNAMBOOLE – URA FC will be hoping to go six matches unbeaten at the start of the 2018/19 Uganda Premier League season when they host Nyamityobora on Friday afternoon.The Tax Collectors have had a fairly good start to the league this season, winning two and drawing three of their first five games.However, Sam Simbw’s side are currently on a two game winless run as they have draw 1-1 against Maroons and 0-0 away to SC Villa in their last two fixtures.Their main concern going into the game should be the fact that they are not scoring enough goals.The Tax scored only four goals in their first five games which falls below average. However, they have been defending well, conceding only one goal and non coming at Namboole.Going into the game, The Tax Collectors have no major injury worries and will be banking on top scorer-Vitalis Tabu to try see them over the huddle.For Nyamityobora, they are in desperate need to start accumulating points as soon as possible if they are to avoid dropping back into the Big League on the first time of asking.James Odoch’s charges have lost a league high four games already this season including a 2-1 loss at home to Police in the last games.Captain Henry Wamala is still out serving an internal suspension and it is still not clear when he will return.However, Nigerian Center-back Calvin Barni Tar returns after overcoming an injury that forced him out of the Police game on Tuesday.Match Facts:This will be the first ever top flight meeting between the two sides.This will be URA’s third match against the newly promoted sides. The Tax Collectors have won the other two, 2-0 vs Paidah and 1-0 against Ndejje University.Sam Simbwa’s side are currently on a nine match unbeaten run which dates back to last season (W3 D6). Their last league defeat was in the 7-2 humiliation at the hands of KCCA in April.At home, they have also been fairly impressive, winning five of their last nine games (D3 L1).For Nyamityobora, they go into the game having won only one of their first five games in the top flight. All the others have culminated into defeats.Odoch’s side have conceded a joint second league high of 9 goals (level with Police Fc ). Only Maroons (10) Have conceded more goals than Nyamityobora.Nyamityobora will be attempting to gather their first point of the season away from home after losing both of their first two.Comments Tags: Nyamityobora FCStarTimes Uganda Premier LeaguetopURA FC