Huskies to open playoffs on home ice

first_imgThe Huskies will enter their playoff run sitting in fourth place, meaning that round one will have them matched up against the fifth placed Sexsmith Vipers.The Huskies should enter this best-of-five series with the Vipers brimming with confidence, as the team played Sexsmith six times over the regular season, and never lost to them.The Huskies also have the league’s second leading goal scorer on their roster entering the post season, as Robbie Sidhu concluded the regular season with 87 points (32 goals, 55 assists). Sidhu was only four points away from winning the league scoring title for this season. That honour went to Nolan Trudeau of the Grande Prairie JDA Kings, who finished the season with 90 points.- Advertisement -There are two other playoff games on the docket tonight within the league, as the second placed JDA Kings will welcome the league’s last placed team, the Dawson Creek Junior Canucks, while the third placed Whitecourt Wolverines play host to the Beaverlodge Blades.The league leading Peace River Navigators have earned a bye into the second round by finishing first in the standings.last_img read more

FSJ rink wins Peace Curling banner

first_imgFort St. John’s Men’s curling champions continued their strong form at the Peace Curling Association Dominion Bonspiel in Fairview over the weekend. Kelly Ollenberger’s rink beat a team from Grande Prairie in the final, to win the men’s banner, and the right to represent the region at the provincial championships next October. Ollenberger’s rink also includes team third Greg Ingram, second Don Hartman, and lead Clinton Ollenberger (Kelly’s son). – Advertisement -Congratulations to the team, and good luck in October.last_img read more

Man United not at Barcelona’s level, says Mourinho

first_imgIt came on the heels of a penalty shootout victory over Real Madrid after the teams drew 1-1 in their International Champions Cup friendly match..In terms of sheer talent, Mourinho acknowledged, Real Madrid and Barcelona have the edge.“I think at this time, the best players are in these two clubs,” he said. “We have to accept that as a reality. For us to play against both in a pre-season without any kind of pressure was very good for us.“Both played with their best team — (it’s) very, very good for us to measure against them,” he said, but added: “There is only one (Lionel) Messi. There is only one Neymar.“You can work very hard tactically to try to improve your team, but there are players who are special. Even as an opponent on the bench, it’s great to see their relationship with the ball,” he said.In the eyes of Mourinho, only Frenchman Paul Pogba in the United squad “showed that he had this level”.Nevertheless, Mourinho said he departs the US confident that his team have the qualities needed to thrive in the upcoming Premier League campaign.“We prefer to compare with the teams we play weekly in the Premier League. And we’re much more prepared for that very hard competition, which is a competition with a different style, with a different kind of players,” he said.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho (left) watches his team take on Barcelona in Landover, Maryland, on July 26, 2017 © AFP / Brendan SMIALOWSKIWASHINGTON, United States, Jul 27 – Pre-season matches against star-studded Real Madrid and Barcelona were good preparation for the rigors of the Premier League even as they demonstrated the Spanish giants’ superior level, Manchester United coach Jose Mourinho said Wednesday.With a goal from Brazilian striker Neymar, Barcelona defeated Manchester United 1-0 on Wednesday, handing the Red Devils the first defeat of their US Tour.last_img read more

United in talks with Mourinho over new contract

first_img0Shares0000Mourinho is currently midway through the three-year contract he signed when succeeding Louis van Gaal in May 2016.LONDON, United Kingdom, Jan 4 – Manchester United are in talks with Jose Mourinho regarding a contract extension.Mourinho is currently midway through the three-year contract he signed when succeeding Louis van Gaal in May 2016. It is believed talks between Mourinho’s agent, Jorge Mendes, and United began in October.United are currently second in the Premier League, 15 points behind leaders Manchester City, and have progressed through to the last 16 of the Champions League, where they will face Sevilla.Mourinho has admitted United are finding it difficult to compete with City and Paris Saint-Germain in the transfer market and suggested his squad requires massive investment to enable them to compete with Europe’s elite clubs.In October, he spoke glowingly about what is taking at PSG, who shattered the world transfer record last summer to sign Neymar from Barcelona for £198m and followed that up by agreeing a deal with Monaco for Kylian Mbappe worth £166m.“At the moment in Paris there is something special. Magic, quality, youth – it’s fantastic,” Mourinho said.In the same interview with French television, Mourinho expressed a “desire to do new things” and said he does not intend to finish his career at United.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

West Ham hit by new injury blow

first_img James Collins in action for West Ham 1 West Ham defender James Collins faces a race against time to be passed fit for their clash at Aston Villa as the club’s defensive injury crisis worsens.The Hammers are already without centre-backs James Tomkins and Winston Reid so have been forced to draft in 18-year-old Reece Burke to play alongside Collins.Now the Welshman has suffered a back spasm and is struggling to be passed fit for the Hammers’ trip to Villa Park.But a hopeful Allardyce said: “We’ve had a bit of doubt about James Collins with a back spasm but it should be ok.“It’s not 100 per cent but we’re hoping it might be alright.”last_img read more

Steven Gerrard to rejoin Liverpool on loan? I don’t think so, says MLS chief!

first_img Steven Gerrard 1 MLS commissioner Don Garber believes there is little chance of Steven Gerrard rejoining Liverpool on loan.The 34-year-old ended his 17-year spell at Anfield at the end of last season to join LA Galaxy.With the MLS campaign over in December, he has been tipped to make a brief loan return to Merseyside this winter.But Garber appears to have quashed speculation Gerrard could link up with Brendan Rodgers’ side again after journalists asked if that is a possibility.“I don’t think so. And I had not heard that was something that was being contemplated,” he said.“That doesn’t happen as much as it used to now. David (Beckham) knows very well that I was really upset when he went and played (on loan) in Milan.“I don’t believe we are going to see many more off season loans happening.”last_img read more


first_imgThis Finn Valley 5k Series kicks off this Sunday at 11am.Should you wish to pre-enter and haven’t done so ——email  FINN VALLEY 5K SPRING SERIES GETS UNDER WAY THIS SUNDAY was last modified: February 15th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:FINN VALLEY 5K SERIESlast_img read more


first_imgVIEWPOINT: Donegal Daily welcomes views of all shades. You can send yours to or leave a comment below. Today, Sean Ruddy on Government financial policy.SEAN RUDDY WRITES: Is there a need to cut social spending to revive growth? There is no historical evidence to support it. From 1945 to 1990, per capita income in Europe grew considerably faster than in the US, despite its countries having welfare states on average a third larger than that of the US. Even after 1990, when European growth slowed down, countries like Sweden and Finland, with much larger welfare spending, grew faster than the US.As for the belief that making life easier for the rich through tax cuts and deregulation is good for investment and growth, we need to remind ourselves that this was tried in many countries after 1980, with very poor results. Also, the world economy in the 19th century grew much more slowly than in the high-tax, high-regulation era of 1945-80, despite the fact that taxes were much lower n the 19th century (most countries didn’t even have income tax) and regulation was thinner on the ground. The argument on hiring and firing is also not grounded in historical evidence. Unemployment rates in the major capitalist economies were between 0% (some years in Switzerland) and 4% from 1945-80, despite increasing labour market regulation. There were more jobless people during the 19th century, when there was effectively no regulation on hiring and firing.So, if the whole history of capitalism, and not just the experiences of the last few years, results”. But the more likely explanation is that, by pushing these policies against all shows that the supposed remedies for today’s economic crisis are not going to work, what are our political and economic leaders doing? Perhaps they are insane. If we follow Albert Einstein’s definition of insanity as “doing the same thing over and over again, our leaders are really telling us that they want to preserve or even intensify,- in areas like welfare policy – the economic system that has served them so well in the past three decades.For the rest of us, the time has come to choose whether we go along with that agenda or make these leaders change course.Do we want a society where 50% of young people are kept out of work in order to bring the deficit down 3% in the next number of years? A society in which the rich have to be made richer to work harder at their supposed jobs of investing and creating wealth while the poor have to be made poorer in order to work harder? Where a tiny minority often called the 1% control a disproportionate, and increasing, share of everything, not just income and wealth but also political power and influence through control of the media, think tanks, and even academia. Maybe we do, but these choices need to be made consciously, rather than by default. The time has come to choose the kind of society we want to live in and we as a nation have to become more pro-active. The days of talking about these issues on street corners are at an end. Let’s start walking the streets and tell our political elite insanity shouldn’t be government policy.Sean RuddyOld Manse, Hillhead, Carndonagh, Co Donegal VIEWPOINT: ‘INSANITY HAS BECOME GOVERNMENT POLICY’ was last modified: February 8th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:Carndonaghsean ruddyVIEWPOINT: ‘INSANITY HAS BECOME GOVERNMENT POLICY’last_img read more


first_imgA Ballyshannon family has offered a substantial reward of €1,000 for the safe return of their beloved pet dog.Rudy, the missing white ‘Staffie’ missing since Monday.Rudy, a 4 year old pure white Staffie dog, has been missing since Monday last.The family are heartbroken and have appealed to anybody who may have spotted Rudy walking the roads to contact them. The family can be contacted on 086 2329673.  DONEGAL FAMILY OFFER €1,000 REWARD FOR RETURN OF MISSING PET DOG was last modified: January 8th, 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:BallyshannonMISSING DOGrewardRudylast_img read more

Carabao Cup: Depleted Liverpool eyes last four as they visit Aston Vill

first_imgThis will only be the second meeting between the two sides in the competition. (PHOTO/courtesy)Aston Villa vs LiverpoolVilla Park, BirminghamTuesday, 17-12-2019 @10:45pmRef: Lee MasonLiverpool will have to field a second-string side when they face Aston Villa in the quarter-final of the Carabao Cup on Tuesday night.With a semi-final clash in the FIFA Club World Cup on Wednesday night, Liverpool have been forced to divide their playing staff and will have almost only reserve players available for selection at Villa Park.U-23 coach Neil Critchley is expected to take charge of the side as Jurgen Klopp is with the senior team in Qatar.“It’s a great opportunity for all of us, myself included,” Critchley said as quoted by BBC Sports.“I’ll be very proud to lead the team out. To see the excitement in their eyes, it is so uplifting.”For Villa, they will see this as an opportunity to reach the last four as they take on an unfamiliar Liverpool side.Manager Dean Smith will however have a decision to make in goal, with usual cup ‘keeper Jed Steer remaining sidelined with an Achilles injury. Smith could stick with Tom Heaton or bring in his third choice, Orjan Nyland. Conor Hourihane will also be checked after the midfielder missed the Premier League defeat at Sheffield United but the Aston Villa manager was optimistic he would be available on Tuesday night. The likes of Ezri Konsa, Neil Taylor, Douglas Luiz, Trezeguet, Jonathan Kodjia and Jota might also get some game time.For Liverpool, Rhian Brewster will be assessed ahead of the game at Villa Park. The 19-year-old took a knock to the ankle in training and is an injury doubt. Curtis Jones and Neco Williams will not feature as they have joined the senior team in Qatar.This is only the second EFL Cup meeting between Aston Villa and Liverpool, with the other coming in the 2002-03 quarter-final – the Reds earned a 4-3 victory on their way to winning the competition that season. Liverpool have won on each of their past six visits to Aston Villa in all competitions, all coming in the Premier League between December 2011 and November this season. Aston Villa are looking to reach the semi-finals of the EFL Cup for the first time since the 2012-13 campaign; the last Englishman to lead the Villans to the semi-final stage was John Gregory in the 1999-2000 season. Liverpool have progressed from each of their past four EFL Cup quarter-finals (2011-12, 2014-15, 2015-16 and 2016-17) since losing 2-0 to Chelsea at this stage in 2007-08. Aston Villa’s Henri Lansbury has more assists than any other player in this season’s EFL Cup (five), despite playing only two matches in the competition. This is Aston Villa’s 21st and Liverpool’s 23rd appearance at the quarter-final stage – only Tottenham (24) and Arsenal (28) have appeared in the last eight more often. Liverpool have gone through on penalties eight times in the EFL Cup – more than any other team.The other Carabao Cup quarter-final matches – Wednesday, 18-12-2019-Oxford United vs Man City @10:45pm-Everton vs Leicester City @10:45pm-Man United vs Colchester City @11pmComments Tags: Aston VillaCarabao Cupliverpoollast_img read more