Ernesto Valverde wanted to say goodbye to Barça on Tuesday with an open letter that the web has spread through its official channels. After saying goodbye to players and employees in the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper, he has written a few lines to give thanks. He goes with two leagues, a Cup and a Super Cup in his pocket. On tiptoe, without making noise and like a man. So he says goodbye. With sobriety and elegance. “Dear Culés: My stage as a coach of FC Barcelona has come to an end. It has been two very intense seasons and a half since the beginning. During this time I have lived very happy moments celebrating victories and titles, but also other hard and difficult ones. But above all I want to highlight the experience and affection that I have felt from the fans during this stage.I want to thank President Josep Maria Bartomeu and the Board of Directors for the opportunity they gave me to lead this team and their confidence during all this time. I would also like to thank the support and treatment of all the people who have accompanied me in the Club during these two and a half seasons and especially those who work in the first team and around it and with whom I have shared so many moments in the Ciutat Esportiva and on the move. Obviously I also want to thank the players for all the work and effort that allowed us to celebrate four titles s together, from now on I wish you all the luck in the world, as well as the new technician, Quique Setién. A hug to all.Visca Barça and Visca Catalunya “.
MOST READ LATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal In a loss Monday at Sacramento, Diallo became the first Thunder rookie ever to go at least 7 for 7 from the floor. He made both his 3-point tries on the way to 18 points.Westbrook’s 3-pointer 4:17 before halftime put the Thunder ahead 50-37.The Warriors, who held off the Thunder 108-100 in their season opener Oct. 16 and had won the last three matchups, trailed 60-46 at halftime with just 11 assists to 10 turnovers but opened the third with a 13-2 run to get within 62-59.While Golden State dropped 10 of its final 17 games last season, the Warriors hadn’t endured a four-game losing streak during the regular season since dropping four in a row from Feb. 26-March 2, 2013. They also lost six straight just before that in February ’13.CARE FOR PARADISEThe Warriors hosted the boys and girls basketball teams from the Northern California town of Paradise, devastated by the Camp Fire.Golden State COO Rick Welts and forward Jordan Bell greeted coaches Jerry Cleek and Sheila Craft, players and principal Loren Lighthall along with other evacuees before the game.Of the 31 players in attendance, 29 lost their homes in the fire.“It’s fantastic. It means so much to the kids,” said Cleek, who has been at the school 52 years.Golden State players and Kerr offered messages on the big screen in the second quarter. Six signed jerseys — by Curry, Durant, Green, Andre Iguodala, Shaun Livingston and Thompson — were being auctioned while the team also was raising funds through a CrowdRise site, with the Warriors to match up to $25,000. Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook, right, dribbles next to Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Oakland, Calif., Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)OAKLAND, Calif. — Three Thunder players were injured and Oklahoma City still left Oracle Arena with a lopsided win against the ailing, slumping two-time defending NBA champions.Russell Westbrook recorded his first triple-double of the season as Oklahoma City defeated the Golden State Warriors 123-95 Wednesday night, when Thunder rookie Hamidou Diallo was carted off on a stretcher with 7:17 left but avoided a serious injury according to the team after X-rays and Warriors doctors evaluated him.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “Just having each other’s back. When guys go down, we’re a family here and we have to have our brother’s back, and that’s what we’re going to do,” Westbrook said.Paul George had 25 points, nine rebounds and five assists and Steven Adams contributed 20 points and 11 rebounds as the Thunder sent the Warriors to their first four-game skid in nearly six years.Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson scored 27 points apiece, with Durant grabbing a season-best 14 rebounds for the Warriors, who were again playing without All-Star starters Stephen Curry and Draymond Green, as well as key reserve Alfonzo McKinnie.“It wasn’t pretty tonight, and it hasn’t been these last four games,” Thompson said. “If you want to take a positive out of it, that’s the first time we’ve lost four games in a row under Steve (Kerr). That’s pretty incredible.”Clearly in pain, Diallo moved himself off the court and was under basket for several minutes.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown OKC’s Terrance Ferguson returned from a two-game absence as he welcomed a baby, then went down at the 5:41 mark of the first quarter with a sprained left ankle and didn’t return. Nerlens Noel received stitches after getting hit in the face during the second quarter.“There’s just been a lot of things on this road trip that have impacted any level of consistency, our rotation, of having any idea of who’s going to be playing,” Thunder coach Billy Donovan said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissDiallo’s left leg was stabilized as he was wheeled away to applause from the Oracle Arena crowd. Diallo was credited for rebounding Jonas Jerebko’s missed layup when they both went down hard.Westbrook began 1 for 6, then hit his stride, finishing with 11 points, 13 assists, 11 rebounds. It was his second game back since missing five with a sprained left ankle, then another when he welcomed twin daughters Saturday night. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Olympic referendum: Shall it be ‘Taiwan’ or ‘Chinese Taipei’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments Kerr appreciated the Warriors’ efforts to support fire victims during a “tragic time.”“We’re doing what we can and I think people will appreciate it, but obviously those people up there need much more than just to be able to come to a basketball game,” Kerr said. “I would urge everybody out there to chip in and help any way they can.”TIP-INSThunder: The Thunder improved to 2-4 on the road against the Western Conference. … G Alex Abrines was out with a viral illness. … OKC won at Oracle 125-105 on Feb. 6 this year.Warriors: The Warriors dropped to 8-2 at home, 5-1 facing the West. … Curry missed his seventh straight game with a strained left groin and will be out at least through Saturday’s matchup with Sacramento. He is scheduled to be re-evaluated that day. Green was sidelined for the sixth time in eight games — five of those nursing a sprained right toe while he also sat out last Tuesday vs. Atlanta because of a team-issued suspension. … McKinnie missed his fourth in a row because of a sore left foot.UP NEXTThunder: Begin a four-game homestand by hosting Charlotte on Friday.Warriors: Host Trail Blazers on Friday having won the last seven at home vs. Portland but lost two straight overall. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines?
GRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – Grande Prairie RCMP are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying a suspect wanted in connection to an armed robbery.On October 28, shortly after 4:00 p.m., RCMP say they received a 911 call of an armed robbery at a local business in Grande Prairie.According to Police, a male suspect entered the Source Adult Video store on 100 Avenue, covering his face and carrying a weapon. The male left the business with an undisclosed amount of money and departed on foot.- Advertisement -No injuries were reported.The male suspect is described as:Caucasianwearing blue jeans, black hooded sweater with grey and red sleeves, lighter coloured ball cap, dark bootscarried a dark coloured drawstring type bagAnyone with information regarding this incident is being asked to call the Grande Prairie RCMP at 780-830-5701 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.Advertisement
Manuel Pellegrini has refused to guarantee Vincent Kompany a return to the Manchester City starting line-up for Sunday’s Manchester derby.Kompany has recovered from a calf injury but was only named on the bench against Sevilla on Wednesday night as City claimed a dramatic last-gasp Champions League victory.He was also a substitute in the weekend win over Bournemouth having reportedly upset Pellegrini by playing for Belgium against his wishes during the recent international break.Pellegrini insisted that there is no rift between him and the 29-year-old after the 2-1 win over Sevilla, but he admitted his captain is not certain to start against Manchester United at Old Trafford.“We have a lot of different things to think about for the next game,” said the Chilean.“Vincent is just coming back from a long injury that kept him out for a month, and it was probably a risk to give him the responsibility to play in this important game.“Tomorrow we will start thinking about the derby and we will see the way the players recover.”talkSPORT has live and exclusive national radio coverage of Manchester United v Manchester City on Sunday, kick-off 14:05 Manuel Pellegrini with Vincent Kompany 1
1 Arsenal’s back-up goalkeeper David Ospina has returned to training.The Colombian has been out for almost a month with a shoulder problem, meaning manager Arsene Wenger has had to play Petr Cech in all competitions, including last week’s League Cup defeat at Sheffield Wednesday.But Ospina, who was in goal when Arsenal won 2-1 at White Hart Lane in September, is now back in full training and pushing for a place in the squad for Sunday’s visit of their north London rivals.Midfielder and club captain Mikel Arteta is also expected to be involved against Spurs after recovering from an ankle injury which has kept him out since September. David Ospina
A ferry packed with passengers had a bizarre stand-off with a huge basking shark.The Tory Island ferry docks in the harbour.The ocean giant came face-to-face with the Tory Island ferry off the coast of West Donegal and refused to budge.The boat had to cut off its engines as it made its way out of Tory Island harbour on its way to Magheroarty Pier. The shark, which measured up to 5 metres long, stubbornly refused to swim out of the ferry’s way.The basking shark had been swimming around the harbour for up to two hours before the encounter.The ferry was full of day-trippers to the remote island and other islanders on their way out to the mainland.A basking sharkAmong the passengers on board the ferry was the King of Tory Island, Patsy Dan Rodgers. King Patsy said “It was a huge creature and very stubborn. It just refused to get out of our way.“It was great for the children because they got to see the shark up very closely.“It eventually gave in and swam away but it certainly took its time.”Hundreds of the creatures, which survive on microscopic plankton, have arrived in Irish waters with many off the coast of Donegal.Emmett Johnston, who runs the Basking Sharks Study project said it is the greatest number of sharks in Irish waters since 2010. It has been the perfect year to set up the Basking Shark Summer Camp which saw a group of secondary school pupils get up close and personal with the creatures.FERRY IN BIZARRE STAND-OFF WITH HUGE BASKING SHARK was last modified: August 11th, 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:basking sharkferryTory Island
The liquidated property of one of Donegal’s best-known furniture firms has been put up for auction with a knock-down reserve price of €250,000.There was shock recently when Flanagan’s Furniture went bust.The company and its assets were put into the hands of the liquidator David Carson of Deloitte and Touche. Now the liquidator has put the 7.65 acre site at Ballymacarry, Buncrana, up for auction on June 27th next.The premises also includes several loading bays, a canteen area and a large office space.The company in voluntary liquidation is Flanagans of Buncrana Ltd.Ironically Flangan’s Furniture has reopened again at a different premises. However anyone who had vouchers with the old Flanagan’s Furniture store is being referred to the liquidator. FAMOUS DONEGAL FURNITURE FACTORY PUT ON MARKET FOR KNOCK-DOWN PRICE was last modified: June 9th, 2012 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:auctionFlanagan’s Furniture
OMAHA, Neb. – Coming off a thrilling 2-1 win at KentuckyThursday in the first round of the 2015 NCAA Men’s Soccer Championship, the Drake men’s soccer team travels to Omaha, Neb., to face a familiar foe and longtime rival in the Creighton Bluejays, Sunday afternoon in the second round at Morrison Stadium. First kick with the Bluejays is set for 1 p.m.and the match will be broadcast by on FoxSportsGo.com.Drake (13-4-3) earned its first NCAA win since 2009 on the strength of a pair of goals by two of its veteran defenders. Redshirt junior James Grunert (Muskego, Wis.) scored the game winning goal in the 74th minute for the Bulldogs after the teams swapped goals in the first half.Grunert’s goal came off a beautiful cross by fellow defender sophomore Mason Leonard (Overland Park, Kan.) from the edge of the 18-yard box as Grunert, who was left unmarked, was able to head it in far post. The goal is the third of the season for Grunert, and the first assist of the season for Leonard.Senior defender Alec Bartlett (Overland Park, Kan.), who transferred from Creighton in 2012, scored the first goalThursday in the 19th-minute (18:14). Junior James Wypych(Wellington, New Zealand) sent a corner kick to the left edge of the box that hit Bartlett in the chest and was blocked by Kentucky goalie Callum Irving but Bartlett finished it for his second goal of the season.Kentucky answered with the equalizer just over a minute (19:39) later on its own corner kick as Kevin Barajas headed in ball to the far post by a diving Darrin MacLeod (Waterloo, Ontario). It was the first goal allowed by MacLeod and the Bulldogs defense since the regular season finale versus Bradley on Nov. 7. MacLeod finished with three saves in the game.With the win over Kentucky, Drake is now 4-2 all-time in the NCAA Championship, losing its only contest in 2008, while going 3-1 in the 2009 event, falling one match short of reaching the College Cup.Creighton (17-3-0), who departed the MVC in 2013, earned a first-round bye as the No. 12 national seed after finishing as runner-up in the regular-season and BIG EAST Championship to No. 3 overall seed Georgetown. The Blue Jays are led by Fabian Herbers, who leads the BIG EAST in goals (15), assists (12) and points (42). Herbers repeated as BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year honors in 2015 and is joined by two-time BIG EAST Midfielder of the Year Timo Pitter, who has eight goals and three assists on the year.The then No. 1 ranked Bluejays rallied to beat the Bulldogs, 2-1, back on Oct. 6. Drake led for nearly 75 minutes of the midweek match before Creighton tallied a pair of goals for the comeback win. Sunday Drake is trying to snap a four-game losing streak to Creighton with the winner advancing to play the winner of No. 5 North Carolina and Coastal Carolina onNov. 28 or 29. Print Friendly Version
Donegal has awoken following a night of carnage caused by severe flooding due to torrential rain.Houses were destroyed, trees were blown down and roads were literally washed away due to the force of the floods.Donegal County Council was forced to implement an emergency action plan as hundreds of people sought help following the flooding. Many were left trapped in cars as heavy rain literally surrounded many motorists.Others were left terrified that their homes were going to be submerged in water as burrens broke their banks under the weight of water.The morning after the night before. Clonmany roads after a night of heavy flooding. Pic by Jennifer Doherty.The Buncrana Road, between Donegal and Derry, was covered in several feet of water as stranded motorists had to be rescued by the emergency services.Hundreds of people posted videos online of the chaos including cars and jeeps being washed down streets under the force of flooding waters. One of the worst areas hit was the Inishowen Peninsula along the border with Co Derry where villages and towns including Burnfoot, Burt, Bridgend and Buncrana were badly hit.A number of roads became impassable and were closed down including Gleneely, Glentogher, Rashinney, Cloontagh, Quigley’s Point to Muff and Cockhill.Donegal County Council has advised people not to travel on roads across Inishowen this morning as a massive clean-up operation of debris gets underway.Both Clonmany Bridge and Cockhill Bride in BUncrana have been left damaged overnight with Cockhill Bridge remaining closed.The council is providing regular updates on their Facebook page which is linked to Donegal Daily. Other areas hit with heavy flooding included Ballybofey, Raphoe and Lifford.Huge bolts of lightning also lit up the Donegal skyline for several hours.The severe weather has affected power supplies at over 1,000 homes in Moville, Redcastle and Quigley’s Point.Power outages were reported in these areas and the ESB sent out crews to work overnight on the faults but many homes will not have power returned until later today (Wed). Senator Padraig Mac Lochlainn, from Buncrana, was on the ground in his constituency last night.Speaking from Burt last night, he said “The emergency services are overwhelmed dealing with this serious flooding crisis tonight.“Can everyone keep safe tonight and we will all then work together to get the financial supports that will be required over the next while.”Head of the Garda Traffic Corps in Donegal, Inspector Michael Harrison, issued a plea to drivers to remain vigilant and not to speed through flooded areas.We will contnue to bring you regular updates througout the day.Donegal awakes after a night of carnage caused by widespread flooding was last modified: August 23rd, 2017 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:councildamagedonegalFLOODINGInishowenrainfallriversROADS
Two quick-thinking Donegal students have been honoured for saving the life of their classmate at school.Ruby Hurst (20) and Odhrán O’Neill (19) acted quickly in a life or death situation last year when a fellow student collapsed suddenly after P.E. class.Thanks to their immediate CPR efforts on that fateful October day, the young person was given a chance to live. Ruby and Odhrán sprang into action when the emergency occurred and, as Odhrán sped to locate the school’s defibrillator, Ruby began ‘working’ on the student.Together they worked as a team to perform CPR while they awaited the arrival of the emergency ambulance.The end result was that they succeeded in keeping the student alive; their early intervention gave the student a chance.Both Odhrán and Ruby were both duly qualified in CPR after volunteering in a course run by Irish Water Safety in Ballyshannon. And when the hour of need came, they had the skills to act quickly and safely.Odhrán and Ruby were both honoured with the Community Safety Award at the inaugural Garda National Youth Awards on Saturday.Chief Collette Quinn with Award Winners Ruby Hurst and Odhran O Neill at the naugural Garda National Youth AwardsThe event saw 22 awards presented to over 100 young people aged 13 – 21 in recognition of their contribution to making their communities better places to live.Odhrán and Ruby were nominated by Principal Jimmy Keogh of Coláiste Cholmcille and highly praised for their decision to sign on for the life-saving CPR course.Young heroes used CPR to save classmate’s life was last modified: May 1st, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:colaiste cholmcilleCommunity Safety Awardinaugural Garda National Youth AwardsOdhrán O’NeillRuby Hurst