LOS ANGELES (AP):NBA star Kobe Bryant has decided to retire after this season, ending his 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers.The 37-year-old Bryant made the announcement in a post on The Players’ Tribune yesterday. The third-leading scorer in NBA history wrote a poem entitled ‘Dear Basketball’ to announce his decision.”My heart can take the pounding. My mind can handle the grind. But my body knows it’s time to say goodbye,” Bryant wrote. “And that’s OK. I’m ready to let you go. I want you to know now. So we both can savour every moment we have left together. The good and the bad. We have given each other all that we have.”Bryant scored 81 points against Toronto on Jan. 22, 2006, the second highest-scoring performance in NBA history behind Wilt Chamberlain’s 100-point game.Bryant went straight from high school in suburban Philadelphia to the Lakers in 1996, and he earned five championship rings and 17 All-Star selections during two decades with the franchise – the longest tenure with one team in NBA history. Bryant also won two Olympic gold medals.But Bryant’s last three seasons have ended early due to injuries, and he played in only 41 games over the previous two years. He has struggled mightily in the first 15 games of this season, with mostly young teammates on a rebuilding roster, making a career-worst 32 percent of his shots and dealing with pain and exhaustion every day.In recent months, Bryant repeatedly said he didn’t know whether he would play another season, clearly hoping for a rebound in his health and the Lakers’ fortunes.Neither has happened, and the ever-impatient Bryant didn’t wait any longer to decide his future.
#KicksStalker: Jordan’s second shoe gets new life Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu But if Diaz is indeed interested in a trilogy bout, McGregor insists that it has to be in the 155-lb. division, which the Irish superstar currently lords over.“I’m the 155-pound champion, I faced him at 170, he beat me, then I rematched him at 170, I beat him,” he was quoted as saying in a BBC News report. “Now I’m the 155-pound world champion. If he wants that fight, he must come down”.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’After fighting above his weight class for their first two matches, “The Notorious” believes it’s only natural that the third match take place under his stipulations.“That’s a fair trade. I didn’t ask for the rematch at a lower weight, I asked for the rematch at the exact same weight,” he explained. “I thought that was a fair play move on my half and then I came in and I won. So now I won that, then I won the 155-pound title after that. If he wants to fight, he’s got to make that 155-pound limit.” Meanwhile, McGregor is expected to take some time off fighting after competing in the biggest fight of his life against undefeated boxing legend Floyd Mayweather Jr.He also made it clear that he is open to taking another boxing match if the right fight comes along. Khristian Ibarrola /raRELATED STORIES:Olympic medalist Michael Phelps challenges Conor McGregor to swimming raceLOOK: McGregor congratulates Mayweather, says he has ‘strong tools’ for MMAADVERTISEMENT Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies LATEST STORIES UFC fighters Nate Diaz (left) and Conor McGregor. AP File photoNow that Conor McGregor’s tenure inside the boxing ring has passed, it’s time to get back to the UFC and settle some unfinished business inside the octagon.Perhaps high on the UFC Lightweight Champion’s list is a grudge match against Nate Diaz, whom he engaged in two thrilling welterweight bouts last year.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles View comments MOST READ Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees
Prince George, B.C. – Prince George Cougars recent call-up Connor Bowie will be spending the remainder of the season with the WHL team.Bowie who was drafted in the seventh round (#133 overall) by the Portland Winterhawks and was traded to the Cougars at the trade deadline on January 10th as part of a package deal consisting of players and picks the Cougars received from the Winterhawks in exchange for Dennis Cholowski and Ty Taylor.Since being called up in early March, the sixteen-year-old has skated in seven games and scored his first WHL regular season goal and point versus the Winterhawks on Wednesday. He also boats a minus-three rating.- Advertisement -The Cougars currently sit in last place in the WHL’s Western Division standings with a 23-36-8 record and have five games remaining in their regular season.Bowie finished the Northern Alberta Midget Hockey League season with 27 goals and 27 assists in 27 games played.
“That money will be paid back pretty quickly as developers contribute to the Art in Public Places Fund,” Freeland said. email@example.com (626)962-8811 Ext. 2717 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “He’ll be wearing a Yankee uniform,” said Hunt describing his plans for the Lidle sculpture. The completed piece will stand eight feet tall and cover eight feet in width. “His legs alone will be 14 inches in diameter,” Hunt said. Chris Freeland, assistant to City Manager Andrew Pasmant, said that when complete the statue will weigh nearly a half-ton. Freeland got the idea for the sculpture after visiting all 30 major league parks over the past several years. “They all have nice sculptures outside of them and that’s what we’re trying to do.” The city plans to appropriate $139,100 from its Art In Public Places Fund. Most of the money, $100,000, will be in the form of a loan from the general fund, Freeland said. WEST COVINA – A Texas artist known for his sculptures of rodeo images and historical figures plans to build an 8-foot bronze statue of Cory Lidle that will be installed in the city by fall. The City Council will vote on the design today at its meeting. The statue, when complete, will be placed in the Big League Dreams Sports Park at the former BKK landfill. The figure, which will depict Lidle delivering a pitch, will cost the city $99,600, according to city documents. If he is awarded the contract, the artist, Don Hunt, of San Antonio, expects to deliver the figure by Oct. 1, he said. Lidle, a former South Hills High School standout who pitched for the New York Yankees, was killed last Oct. 11 when the plane he was flying crashed into a Manhattan skyscraper.
Raheem Sterling in action for Liverpool Brendan Rodgers expects Raheem Sterling to see out his Liverpool contract.The Reds youngster has two years left on his deal at Anfield, but has told the club he wants to leave in the summer.The flyer’s contract saga took another twist on Thursday when agent Aidy Ward claimed Sterling “would not sign a new contract for £900,000-a-week”, meaning talks had been haulted with the club.But, speaking to the media ahead of their Premier League clash with Stoke, Rodgers claims the 20-year-old is not unhappy at the Merseysiders.“Whether there are talks or no talks, Raheem has two years left and I expect him to see that through. For me it’s quite simple,” he said. “How we like to work is to keep everything behind closed doors. We can only control what we do.“If he is fit, which at the moment he is, Raheem is available for Sunday. My relationship with him hasn’t been affected.“I’m sure talks will take place over the summer. I don’t see Raheem as being unhappy.”Sterling is reported to have told Rodgers he wants to leave the club before the 1-1 Premier League draw with Chelsea earlier this season, but the Liverpool chief has refused to confirm whether the starlet has asked for a move.“What Raheem said and didn’t say to me (before Chelsea) will stay between him and I,” he added. “I won’t sit here today and tell you about a private conversation with a player.” 1
Five male passengers, all illegal Mexican immigrants ranging in age from 17 to 35, were taken into custody. Some of the passengers told investigators that Garcia and a 17-year-old boy in the vehicle were both immigrant smugglers, said Alberto Lozano, spokesman for the Mexican Consulate in San Diego. Police said one person had been arrested on immigrant-smuggling charges. At the time, the vehicle was going toward the Mexico border, not away from it, police said. “They noticed they were being followed and decided they were going to go back to Mexico,” Cabrera said. Chris Bauder, president of National Border Patrol Council Local 1613, which represents Border Patrol agents in San Diego, including the one involved in shooting, said the agent followed his training. “Based on what I’ve heard, it sounds like they acted properly and did what they were trained to do. The suspect drove right at the inspector and posed a direct threat. His life was in danger,” Bauder said. Bauder said he did not know the status of the Border Patrol agent involved in the shooting, but noted that it is customary to be assigned to administrative duties pending the outcome of an internal investigation. He said it was easy for critics to say agents should have acted differently, but “when you’re out there doing the job, you respond. Your job is to apprehend people who are here illegally.” The American Federation of Government Employees used the shooting to call for improved benefits for U.S. customs agents. U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents began following the SUV after somebody reported seeing it pick up suspected illegal immigrants on the U.S. side of another border crossing nearby, said San Diego police Lt. Kevin Rooney. Three of the men in the Durango were from Mexico’s Baja California state and two were from Jalisco state. Cabrera said he did not know whether Garcia, who had lived in Texas, had a criminal record.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsThe driver, Oscar Abraham Garcia Barrios, 22, of Tijuana, Mexico, died at the scene of a gunshot wound to the head, the San Diego County Medical Examiner said. No weapons were found in the vehicle, San Diego police Lt. Kevin Rooney said. Investigators have not said whether the driver had a criminal record. Mexican investigators were reviewing footage from security cameras at the border. “It’s worrying that someone was shot,” said Luis Cabrera, the Mexican consul in San Diego. “Let’s see what were the circumstances and determine if there was or was not excessive use of force.” The shooting took place on Interstate 5, about 75 feet north of the Mexican border, at the crossing that links San Diego with Tijuana. The crossing was shut down for nine hours while the shooting was investigated. SAN DIEGO – The Mexican government called for an investigation Friday into a shooting by two federal agents that left one person dead at the world’s busiest border crossing. A union representing the Border Patrol agent involved in the shooting defended the officer’s conduct. The shooting took place Thursday afternoon after U.S. agents surrounded a sport utility vehicle that was under surveillance on suspicion of immigrant smuggling, police said. The driver refused to get out, and when agents smashed the vehicle’s window with a baton, he accelerated in the direction of five U.S. agents blocking his path and “nearly pinned an agent standing next to the vehicle,” said San Diego police Lt. Jeff Sferra. A Border Patrol agent and a U.S. Customs agent opened fire. The Border Patrol agent’s shots proved fatal, police said. Both agents have been reassigned to administrative duties pending the police investigation.
Tír Chonaill Athletics Club NotesSuccess in Antrim at Ulster Club c/ships The Ulster club juvenile track and field championships held at the Antrim Forum, on Saturday – Under 14 and 15 and Sunday – Under 16 and 17 was a most successful experience for a large group of young Tir Chonaill athletes. From the first final on Saturday morning at 10.30am when Kate Mc Gowan skimmed over the 80m hurdles for an impressive victory and time of 11.92secs to the final discipline on Sunday evening at 4.30pm when Karl Griffin, demolished the field in the U17 400m final for an equally impressive victory and very fast time of 50.00 secs. club athletes amassed an unprecedented number of podium places with ten victories, six 2nd and nine 3rd individual placings.Day 1Kate McGowan -U15 – from Clar near Donegal Town, had a busy day. In addition to winning the hurdles she won her heat of the 200m and in a closely fought final recorded a time of 26.17secs for 2nd – three hundredths behind Mc Guckin 26.14secs from Lisburn. A best of 4.88m was good enough for 3rd in the Long Jump. Ruth Gillespie.Lough Eske, a member of the AVS schools record breaking Irish schools relay team was 3rd in the U15 80m Hurdles. Eva McMullan,U15, from Creevy, Ballyshannon, had a busy and successful day. She qualified via heats for the 100m and 200m finals. In the former she ran 13.40secs for 3rd and 28.32secs for 5th in the later.Niamh McGrory, Ballydevitt,U15, qualified for the 100m final where she finished 8th and later contested the 800m and ran 2mins 54.4 secs. Chloe Masterson,U14, Old Golf Course Rd., has been a member of the club for the last five years. On Saturday, a delighted Chloe, won two Ulster medals – a gold in the Hammer 18.43m, a bronze following a battling performance that found her coming from 5th at the half way stage and also finished 5th in the Shot Putt. Coaching of race walking was introduced to the club at a summer camp in 2010. On Saturday three club athletes battled for and finished 1/2/3 in the Under 15 2k event. Well done Sarah Timoney, Ballintra, Ciara Crawford, Frosses and Jessica Quinn, Frosses.When the recently completed throws cage was finalized at the AVS, the discipline of Hammer throwing, was introduced to the clubs programme. Matthew McClay, Ballintra,U14, threw 24.34m for a bronze medal performance and followed up with 23.51m in the discus for a similar winning position. Katie Hoad, Frosses,U15, finished 6th in the Hammer,7th in the Discus and 9th in her heat of the 800m.Mark Hegarty,U15, travels three times weekly from Kilybegs to train inn Donegal Town. It was all worth while, when he collected two silver medal medals in the 200m26.65secs and Shot Putt 10.79m. Daniel Gallagher,U15, Dunkineely, burst onto the scene, last March when he won the U14 Irish schools CC in Dublin. He ran the 800m on Saturday -2mins 13.42secs and 1,500m -4mins 30.43secs on Sunday in two very competitive races for 2nd place finished behind All Ireland champion Peter Gibbons from Letterkenny. The most unfortunate club athlete of the weekend was Christopher O’Loughlan,U15, from Mountcharles. In the process of qualifying for the 100m final he injured his leg.Christopher had to withdraw form the final and from his favourite event the 250m Hurdles. Hopefully he makes a quick recovery and will be back at club training very soon. Day 2Sunday was reserved for Under 16 and 17 competition. Club athletes continued the success story. The opening track final – U16 80m Hurdles –found mates Kelly McGrory, Laghey, and Emma Brady, Donegal Town, having a great battle with Anna McIlmoyle from Lisburn. Brady shot from the blocks and hurdled perfectly for an impressive win -12.48secs. Kelly edged Anna into 3rd place by one hundredth of a second.As the day unwound the Tir Chonaill pair set new standards with three emphatic victories. Kelly had to negotiate heats in both the 100m and 200m before recording PB’s of 12.79secs/100m and 26.24secs/200m while Emma in the 200m ran 39.14secs for a top podium placing. In the Pole Vault Hannah CampbelL, Inver,U16 and Clare Brady, Donegal Town,U17 won their respective age group competitions.Mark McGuiness, Dunkineely, U17 , ran 4mins 21.74secs for 4th in the 1,500m while Seann Kerrs, Frosses,U17, was 3rd in the 3k/10mins 3427secs. Karl Griffin, during the week, was selected as part of a fourteen member Irish team for the European Youth Olympics in Turkey, impressed on Saturday in winning the 800m –time 1min 54.76secs and followed upon Sunday with a 50 secs. 400m time victory.Congratulations to all the young athletes and a sincere thanks to the club coaches who weekly prepare, train and motivate and to the large group of parents who came along to support and help on both days. Mullaghmore TriathlonA large number of club members, MSC Tri members and local enthusiasts made the short journey to Mullaghmore on Sunday last for the popular ‘Sprint Tri’ and many recorded outstanding performances, P.B’s and won numerous catagory prizes. Congratulations to all. Club placings and times -hour/min/secs 12 Eoin Mc Manus 01:07:22 13 Kieran Mulligan 01:07:52 19 Peter Jones 01:10:18 23 Brendan Ruane 01:11:29 28 John Treacy 01:12:18 41 Damian Foley 01:13:18 43 Paul Mc Gowan 01:13:19 51 Damien Reid 01.13.58; 52 Ronan Mc Intyre 01:14:12 62 Nial Clancy 01:15:48 70 Ciaran Clancy 01:16:23 73 Alan Mc Loughlin 01:16:4381 Noel Hoey 01:17:47 90 Barry Duffy 01:18:33 93 Paul Mc Devitt 01:18:49100 Julie Mc Mullin 01:19:19 118 Rory O Neill 01:20:33 120 Terry O Brien 01:20:41 124 Canice Nicholas 01:20:54 128 Diarmaid Keon 01:21:18135 Amy Spratt 01:21:42 136 Cecilia Mc Guinness 01:21:43 140 Adrian Mc Kinney 01:21:56 170 Malachy Cullen 01:23:30 174 Jane Mc Devitt 01:23:44 198 James Mc Intyre 01:25:42 199 Donagh Keon 01:25:42 205 The Shams Meade 01:25:56 220 David Mc Loone 01:26:48 241 Eleanor Rooney 01:28:08254 Philip Mc Loone 01:29:13 286 Ann Morrow 01:32:33 287 Helena Kenny 01:32: Alaine Murray 01:52:18 7 Shane O’Donnell 17 Michael Mc Grath 18 Pat Mc Manus 26 Olivia Murphy 49 Chris Rogers Mary McLoone at Europa CupMary McLoone, with bests of 5.91m –Long Jump and 12.42m,-Triple Jump helped Ireland retain 1st Division status when the European Nations Cup was held in Turkey last weekend. In all twelve countries participated and the dreaded final two positions were relegated to Division 2 for 2012. Ireland finished 10th with Mc Loone’s Long and Triple Jump valuable points being part of the team totalOn Ulster teamThe following club athletes are part of the Ulster team for next Saturday’s Inter Pro in Santry. This competition doubles as a trial for the Irish Under 17 schools International team –Kelly McGrory,100m and 4 x 100m relay; Karl Griffin 800m and 4 x 400m relay, Hannah Campbell and Clare Brady, Pole Vault and Mark McGuiness Steeplechase.European Youth OlympicsKarl Griffin, becomes the clubs most recent International when on Monday last he was selected for the European U18 Youth Olympics in Turkey. Karl will contest the 800m and will be a member of the relay. This is a great honor for the Ballydevitt lad, for his family, club and local community.David WilsonDavid Wilson, from Cully, in the late 1980’s represented Ireland in two World CC and one European Junior championship. The former club and AVS student went on an athletics scholarship to Illinois State in the USA. Subsequently, he settled in Chicago, where he works and still runs. He is a very welcome visitor at the moment and on Friday night last ran a remarkable time in the Lifford 5k of 15mins 32secs.Summer Camp The clubs very popular summer camp will run from Monday 4th July to Fri 8th July. Application forms have been circulated around the primary schools or can be found in Cara Pharmacy Donegal or Bundoran and All Sports Donegal Town. The age groups catered for -5 to 15 with an athletics specific focus for the 13 -15 age groupsATHLETICS: TIR CHONAILL CLUB NOTES was last modified: June 23rd, 2011 by gregShare 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:tir chonaill club notes and pix
Attention all potential students: CLOSING DATE THIS WEDNESDAY 7TH SEPTEMBER Ulster GAA’s commitment to promoting Irish language, culture and heritage has been reaffirmed by the announcement of the ‘Gaeilge sa Chlub’ scholarship scheme for 2016-17. Ulster GAA have just announced scholarships for GAA members applying for Ulster University’s Irish Language Diploma from September 2016 in what is the fourth year of this collaboration with Ulster University. Over 70 scholarships have been awarded to date and it is likely that this commitment from Ulster GAA will benefit a further 30 learners in the year ahead.The Gaeilge sa Chlub (‘Irish in the Club’) scholarship scheme for adult learners of Irish is a joint initiative from Ulster GAA and Ulster University which aims to promote the use of Irish within clubs throughout Ulster by providing financial assistance to GAA members who sign up for a Diploma in Irish Language course.Welcoming another year of the partnership Ulster GAA President Michael Hasson said, “Ulster GAA is delighted to once again encourage GAA members to take up the Irish language, to learn it and to use it. Through this joint initiative with Ulster University, GAA members of all ages across Ulster will be able to study Irish and gain a University qualification. We hope the successful GAA members who receive scholarships will come back and promote Irish in their own local club.”For further information on the Diploma in Irish, contact Mrs Ros O’Hagan at firstname.lastname@example.org or 028 7167 5277. (course at Cookstown and Magee) or Sharon McKee at email@example.com or 028 95367482 (courses at Belfast).Anyone interested in applying for the Irish Diploma Scholarships from Ulster GAA are asked to contact Fionntan O’Dowd for further information: 028 (048) 3751 7180 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
THE pensioner who runs a so-called ‘Bog Hotel’ near Inver is due in court in June to face charges of running a shebeen.Patsy Brogan, 73, will appear at Donegal District Court on June 27th next. Mr Brogan is accused of running an illegal bar on September 25th last year.He was cleared by a court a year ago of running a shebeen in a shed beside his home when Donegal County Council claimed he was in breach of planning laws.The judge in that case found the ‘bar’ was not unlike private bars in other homes in the country.BOG HOTEL OWNER TO FACE ‘SHEBEEN’ CHARGES was last modified: May 4th, 2011 by gregShare 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:Bog HotelinverPatsy Brogan
There is traffic chaos this evening form Derry into Donegal following a security alert.Many workers and students have been delayed after the alert on the Buncrana Road.An army bomb disposal team is at the scene in a bid to examine a suspect device. Traffic is being diverted but long delays are currently being experienced.EndsTRAFFIC CHAOS ALONG DERRY/DONEGAL BORDER AFTER SECURITY ALERT was last modified: September 26th, 2011 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)