first_imgSunday, November 4 – Wexford champions prove too strong in Leinster clubCamross returned to action in early November after a month of drama. Darrell Dooley wasn’t started and one of the other players in the social media images was left out of the side also having started in the county final. Neither were used as subs. The third player in the photo started the game, his first start since the 2017 county final.Camross were 0-5 to 0-1 up early on but inspired by county player Conor McDonald, first-time Wexford champions Naomh Eanna of Gorey outscored Camross 2-8 to 0-2 leading up to half time to lead 3-10 to 1-8 at the break.Camross battled on in the second half but Naomh Eanna always had enough in reserve and they won by five points in the end.You can read the report of that game here. Monday, December 10 – Minutes of Hearing Committee made available at County Board meetingAt the Laois County Board meeting on Monday, December 10, minutes of the Laois GAA Hearings Committee meeting on October 19 were circulated to delegates.They explained the decision not to imposes a suspension on Darrell Dooley: “The Committee makes a finding that the Infraction is NOT proved. No penalty is therefore imposed.”The minutes also stated that: “In reviewing the video footage (at normal, slow-motion and frame-by-frame speed) it was noted by the Hearings Committee Members that Ross King entered the ‘melee’ at speed (ie with momentum) and, in our opinion, clearly intent on shoulder-charging Darrell Dooley. We believe from viewing the video footage that Darrell Dooley saw Ross King approaching out of the corner of his eye and turned towards him.“However, the Hearings Committee Members by majority decision were not satisfied that Darrell Dooley’s actions or reactions in that specific instant amounted to ‘striking with a hurley, either with force or causing injury’. On that basis our decision was made accordingly.”Wednesday, December 12 – Blow for Laois hurlers as King steps away from county panelHaving captained the Laois hurlers for the last two seasons, Ross King decides in December that he won’t be re-joining the Laois panel under Eddie Brennan.Eddie Brennan confirms the news to LaoisToday and in a later interview following the Walsh Cup loss to Carlow, he spoke generally about players not wishing to play for the county.“It’s something I just do not get. I just can’t understand why lads would not want to hurl for their county.“To me if you excel with your club, there should be a drive and a grá to do that and I think it’s something that, I suppose I said it from the start when I came in here, I think it’s something that has to be challenged a little bit.“I dunno, that frustrates me. I said to the lads, anyone I spoke to, there was no gun to anyone’s head, there was certainly going to be no pressure from my end of things. I don’t think anyone should be begged to come in and play for their county.Almost three months on from the incident King continues to receive ongoing dental treatment.Camross, meanwhile, will go for three-in-a-row in 2019 – something the club haven’t achieved since they did the five-in-a-row from 1976 to 1980.SEE ALSO – Leinster success in 1996 a standount Camross memory Pinterest WhatsApp New Arles road opens but disquiet over who was invited to official opening Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ Facebook WhatsApp TAGS2018 RememberedCamrossCamross v Rathdowney-ErrillDarrell DooleyRathdowney-ErrillRoss King Community Pinterest Twitter Community Twitter 2018 Remembered – Ross King, Camross, social media and a county final incident never to be forgotten On the first Sunday in October, Camross retained the Laois Shopping Centre SHC title becoming the first club to do back-to-backs since Castletown in 2003 and the first Camross side since 1993-1994. But the game was only one element of it all as a 25th minute incident that led to a serious facial injury to Rathdowney-Errill’s Ross King kicked off a series of controversial events in a story that just kept on developing. It was one that got uglier and more bitter as time went on – and as 2018 draws to a close, the fallout from it all is still very much evident on the club and county scene.King continues to receive dental treatment to two teeth knocked backwards from the blow.Sunday, October 7 – Camross 2-15 Rathdowney-Errill 0-19It was their 26th title in total and a significant achievement that saw them claim the league and championship double for the second year running. Read our match report of that game here. Sunday, October 7 – ‘Absolute disgrace what happened today’In the immediate aftermath of the game, Rathdowney-Errill manager John Delaney hit out at the refereeing decision that saw no red card handed out for the King incident.At the time Rathdowney-Errill led 0-8 to 0-5 but lost King to injury following that skirmish while midfielder Shane Dollard was forced off with a groin problem at the same time.“To be honest, I’m devastated,” said John Delaney outside a deathly quiet dressing room after the game. “County finals are just for winning.”Addressing the controversy after the game, Delaney said it was “absolute disgrace what happened today – if that’s allowed to happen in Laois hurling, I thought those days were over”.“I’m not going to go too much into it because I’m afraid what I’d say,” he added. “That shouldn’t be allowed to happen.“It turned the game. In fairness Camross got a few good scores in the second half against the wind and fair play to them.”Delaney said he spoke to the referee about the incident.“He told me he didn’t see it. But if he didn’t see it why did give a yellow card? The linesman saw it and told him but he said he didn’t see it.“(But we) can’t make excuses all about the one thing. Camross stood up like champions in the second half and won the game.”You can read the interview in full here.Wednesday, October 10 – Video emerges of county final incidentThe reaction to the whole incident was almost unprecedented for a county final controversy and by Tuesday evening/Wednesday morning slow-motion video footage emerged of the moment King sustained the injury. To some it cleared the Camross players of any wrong doing – others claimed it proved it was deliberate.Around the same time, photos from the Camross celebrations started doing the rounds. One showed Darrell Dooley in a hard hat holding a hurley with the caption ‘Tooth fairy does what he likes when he likes boom 26’. There was no suggestion that Dooley wrote the caption and it wasn’t from his account. A second image then circulated of three Camross players, Dooley included, posing by showing exaggerated smiles. This one wasn’t captioned.Watch the video footage here. Saturday, October 13 – Suspension handed out following county final incidentA coupld of days later Laois GAA proposed a two-game ban for Camross hurler Darrell Dooley following the county final incident that left Rathdowney-Errill’s Ross King with a serious facial injury.The Laois County Board carried out an investigation into the incident and the CCC met on Thursday night.Dooley was done for a Category 3 offence which leads to a minimum two-game suspension. A Category 3 offence in this regard, according to the rulebook, is for “striking with hurley, either with force or causing injury” or “attempting to strike with hurley, with force”.You can read the full report regarding that proposed suspension here Laois secondary school announces scholarship winners for new academic year RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Monday, October 22 – Councillors hit out at disgraceful hurling county final incidentThe saga was even discussed at a full meeting of Laois County Council.Cathaoirleach John King – father of Ross – a poll topper at the last election and whose area also includes Camross, raised the issue as he proposed a meeting to discuss safety in hurling.“We have to stamp out the troubles coming into the game. Otherwise we haven’t any future for hurling in Laois,” said Cllr King.Cllrs Brendan Phelan from Rathdowney and Noel Tuohy from Portlaoise also spoke on the issue as did Laois’s newest councillor, Pauline Madigan from Portlaoise, who addressed the images that went around on social media and said: “To see what happened was beyond disgraceful. Those that I have talked to have not found it one bit funny. You don’t kick a man or woman when they’re down.”Tuesday, October 23 – Camross suspension lifted as referee banned for county final incidentA couple of days later, the Laois GAA Hearings Committee lifted Dooley’s suspension.It also emerged that referee Anthony Stapleton – from Rathdowney-Errill and a supporter of his club on the day – was given a four-week suspension following an incident at the game involving the match officials. He was involved in an altercation after full time with referee John O’Brien.Thursday, October 25 – Ross King speaks about incident in national newspaper interviewWhile social media commentary of the saga was boiling, the first time Ross King addressed the whole thing was in an interview with Shane Keegan in the Times Ireland newspaper.The article was a 3,500-word question and answer style piece. Keegan, who has been wrting a column for the Times since he finished as Galway Utd manager, is a long-time friend and former soccer coach of King’s.King said that while he ran in to hit “the lad a shoulder”, it was his view that it was an intentional blow. And he was particulalry strong in his views on the photos.“To be honest, it was no surprise whatsoever to me. I just thought, this is the type of character you’re dealing with. But it didn’t bother me, I was emotionless to it because I wouldn’t have expected anything different.”You can read the full interview on the Times Ireland website. 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first_img 17/05/2016 Upd. on 22/11/2016 at 03:06 CET It will also be used in the 2016-17 Champions League season, although it is yet to be decided if the Europa League 2017-18 will use it or not. UEFA’s chief refereeing officer Pierluigi Collina said: “Goal-line technology and additional assistant referees complement each other perfectly. The main task of the AARs is not to control the goal line and decide whether a ball has crossed it; rather they are responsible for monitoring everything that is happening in the penalty area overall, aiding the main referee in making important decisions in the box. Sport ENcenter_img For the first time in a UEFA final, goal-line technology will be used. “Now, with GLT focused on the goal line, the additional assistants can focus exclusively on the control of other incidents in the penalty area, the most crucial area of the pitch.” Liverpool v Sevilla, the Europa League final, will feature it, along with the Champions League final on May 28 and then Euro 2016. last_img read more

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first_imgAdvertisement 6jfNBA Finals | Brooklyn VsuebfeWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E425l( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 9mkoWould you ever consider trying this?😱9g4tmeCan your students do this? 🌚yRoller skating! Powered by Firework Chelsea are on the verge of sacking Maurizio Sarri after the International Break. Maurizio Sarri was appointed as the manager of the Blues at the beginning of the season. The club management of Chelsea sacked Antonio Conte after winning two trophies in two seasons as the Blues failed to qualify to the Champions League in the previous season.Advertisement In this season, they brought in the former manager of Napoli, Maurizio Sarri. The Italian tried to introduce a new system at Stamford Bridge. He tried to play with a 4-3-3 formation. The best defensive midfielder of the Blues, N’Golo Kante had to play out of position under the management of Maurizio Sarri.Advertisement The results were positive for the Blues at the beginning of the season. They were unbeaten in first few matches. However, the flaws of the system of Maurzio Sarri became prominent after few bad defeats. After that, the Blues were unable to make a comeback in this season.After the defeat against Everton at Goodison Park, the hope of top four finish of the Blues in the Premier League this season is not looking very bright. So, the club management of Chelsea might take a decision about the future of Maurizio Sarri at Stamford Bridge very quickly.Advertisement Gonzalo Higuain and Eden Hazard’s brace enough for Chelsea to trash Huddersfield at home  Advertisementlast_img read more

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first_imgA GLANCE at the table, and everything looks good for Tottenham.Seven wins out of nine represents the best start the club has ever had in the Premier League.10 Tottenham are struggling – and the riches of Man City roll into town nextVictory over Manchester City on Monday would see them leapfrog the champions and, potentially, go top of the table.Nobody would relish that more than Mauricio Pochettino, whose smiles when he greets Pep Guardiola before the game will mask his deeper thoughts about the Catalan’s managerial progress.Yet the mood of the Spurs fans, brought into yet more focus by the manner of Wednesday’s disastrous Champions League draw in Eindhoven, paints a very different picture.Yes, 21 points is pretty good. Better than that, in fact.10 Mauricio Pochettino reacts during the disappointing Champions League draw with PSV EindhovenCredit: Rex FeaturesBut none of them have been blinded to the reality – that Pochettino’s side have NOT played well all season.And when they walk out on Monday evening onto a Wembley surface scarred by the residue of the Anthony Joshua world title win and three weekends of back to back NFL action, the scene will be emblematic of the campaign to date.The venue itself is part of the issue.Not so much for the players. After all, the final game at White Hart Lane was in May 2017. Erik Lamela’s last match there was in October of 2016 (in the surprise 2-0 win over City) while Davinson Sanchez and Lucas Moura are among those who never played in N17.Michel Vorm urges Tottenham to be more ruthless ahead of Monday night’s clash against champions Manchester City10 Harry Kane (centre) is yet to hit top form this seasonCredit: ReutersYet the Spurs fans were first told they would be moving into their magnificent new 62,000-seater home in August. Then in September. And now, it seems, not before December, if at all this year.Wembley will be packed with a crowd in excess of those who could fit into the club’s new home.But the absence from Tottenham is taking its toll.It has added to a feeling of frustration, impermanence and stasis, even if not, yet, decline.After all, in four years of Pochettino, Spurs have become part of the Prem elite.They have finished above everyone at least twice, never lower than fifth. But always fallen just, agonisingly short.Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino leaps to the defence of Hugo Lloris and says he is one of the best goalkeepers in the world 10 Wembley Stadium has become emblematic of Tottenham’s struggles this seasonCredit: Getty Images – GettyA summer in which the promised, expected renewal did not come – mainly because, against all internal anticipations, none of Toby Alderweireld, Danny Rose or Mousa Dembele left – caused additional stirrings.Despite all that, the stark figures look decent.Even after back to back defeats by Watford and Liverpool, they rallied.Spurs have won their last four in the league, conceding just one goal, when Brighton scored in injury time at the Amex a month ago.Yet they have scuffed and scruffed their way over the line in all four, doing just enough to win games that, in truth, they would only expect to secure far more easily.Injuries have been part of that. The wins over Cardiff and West Ham were achieved without four of Spurs’ best five players.10 Pochettino is unconvinced that Pep Guardiola has really had to build something, given the resources he’s hadCredit: EPADele Alli could join Christian Eriksen and Dembele in returning on Monday, although Jan Vertonghen is still out for more than a month.And Harry Kane, despite his seven goals in all competitions, is still seeking the absolute top form that will be needed to inconvenience whichever of City’s central defenders Guardiola selects.Of course, it is a good thing to win when you are not playing well.But you cannot keep on doing it.Indeed, if you keep on playing poorly, it will eventually catch up with you.In Europe it already has. Despite dominating most facets in Milan and Eindhoven, they trawled just a single point from the two away games and now need a minor miracle to escape the group phase.Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola warns his players he will not tolerate any sulking from those that don’t make the first-choice line up 10 Man City are roaring along again and remain favourites for the titleCredit: EPAAnd there is nobody designed to make a team look second – or third! – best than Guardiola’s team of all the talents.Pochettino would love to put one over Guardiola, more than anyone else.The Argentine believes the very best coaches should have to prove their worth by building from a lower base, making players more than they feel they are.When he looks at what Guardiola inherited in all three of his jobs, and the financial advantage he had in Spain, Germany and now England, he is unconvinced that the Catalan has really had to work for his success.But Pochettino also acknowledges City are a sensational team, boosted further by the return of Kevin de Bruyne, set for his first Premier League start of the campaign.10 Pochettino would love to get one over Guardiola after poor showings last seasonCredit: AP:Associated PressLast season, the aggregate score of 7-2 in City’s favour was, if anything, an understatement of the gap between them. The difference of 23 points was equally telling.Many of the Spurs fans who trudge along Wembley Way on Monday will be doing so with a sense of foreboding.Not just for the night, but for the season.The mood is not black, at all. But it is grey. They really need something to lift them. Something special. Something like that performance at the Lane two years ago…..10 Dele Alli celebrates after his goal in a 2-0 Spurs win over Man City in October 2016Credit: REUTERS/Eddie Keogh*WHEN two teams have one win in 18 games between them, it suggests things might be grim.And for both Mark Hughes and Rafa Benitez, this weekend’s clash between Southampton and Newcastle represents a must-win match.Defeat at home to Brighton last week put more scrutiny on Rafa the gaffer, with the Toon anchored to the bottom of the table.Lose another, especially at the hands of Saints side whose lone victory came at Palace on September 1, and Mike Ashley may start to wonder if the law of diminishing returns – and the effect of another relegation on any future sale price – might make a change a consideration.10 Rafa Benitez’s winless Newcastle face a must-win against struggling SouthamptonCredit: AP:Associated Press10 Crystal Palace are again struggling at the start of the seasonCredit: ReutersMOST READ IN FOOTBALLBRO MESSAGEBobby Charlton’s touching tribute to Jack revealed as he misses funeral serviceFRESH OUTFITMicah Richards pokes fun at Roy Keane backstage at Sky Sports studiosFALL OF TROYDeeney calls Sky reporter ‘cheeky b******’ after he asks about retirementSHOTS FIREDDenis Irwin’s son trolls Liverpool fans with savage Steven Gerrard tweetPicturedC’MON THE LADSRamos’ becomes dad again as wife gives birth to FOURTH son Maximo AdrianoVideoROY MEANKeane says ‘that’s why they never win anything’ as Villa celebrate staying upPicturedHARRY’S HEROES Kane says goodbye to Tottenham team-mates Vertonghen and VormRED LETTER DAYKeane and Neville urge Man Utd to invest big after securing Champions League*CRYSTAL PALACE fans learned last season that few starts are so bad as to be fatal.It was not until their eighth game – the fourth under Roy Hodgson – that the Eagles started to fly, with that surprise 2-1 victory over Chelsea that kickstarted their campaign.But a fifth consecutive Selhurst Park game without a goal will start to raise anxiety levels.It is great to get the odd away result but home form is normally the key to survival.Arsenal will travel over the Thames in bullish mood.The Eagles, desperately, need to show they have some claws.last_img read more

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first_imgUnder this alliance, named the “Coalition to Protect and Improve the Student-Athlete Experience,” individual institutions and conferences will continue to make their own decisions about benefits or other items in the new era of Division I autonomous governance. The 32 conferences of the Collegiate Commissioners Association (CCA) supporting the formation of the coalition are the America East, American, Atlantic 10, Atlantic Coast, Atlantic Sun, Big 12, Big East, Big Sky, Big South, Big Ten, Big West, Colonial Athletic Association, Conference USA, Horizon League, Ivy League, Metro Atlantic Athletic, Mid-American, Mid-Eastern Athletic, Missouri Valley, Mountain West, Northeast, Ohio Valley, Pac-12, Patriot League, Southeastern, Southern, Southland, Southwestern Athletic, Summit League, Sun Belt, West Coast and Western Athletic conferences. FRISCO, Texas – Faced with potential changes that could impact universities of all sizes throughout the country, a group of 32 NCAA Division I conferences, including the Southland, announced Thursday morning the creation of a coalition designed to protect and improve the student-athlete experience.  The coalition will serve as a loosely-knit forum for the conferences to join together to communicate the many benefits student-athletes receive and to provide input on ways to continuously improve the student-athlete experience. center_img “For generations, college athletics have been a crucial part of the educational experience.  Thanks to the way college sports are run, student-athletes gain an education, learn skills, and have opportunities in life.  But today, those benefits are being challenged,” said Craig Thompson, the commissioner of the Mountain West Conference.  “We’re proud of what has been done for student-athletes across the collegiate landscape, recognizing that athletics are an important part of the academic experience,” Thompson added.  “I’m pleased every Division I conference has joined together to protect and improve the college experience.”last_img read more

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