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Damien Comer Is PwC GAA/GPA Player Of The Month For April

first_imgGalway’s Damien Comer wins the football PwC GAA/GPA Player of the Month for AprilTipperary’s Jason Forde takes home the hurling accolade Damien Comer was a key player in Galway’s successful Allianz League division one campaign. The Tribesmen missed out on the 2018 title, with defeat to Dublin in the final; that was their only loss of the entire league. They battled hard in their decider with Dublin, with Comer causing problems throughout. He scored 0-3 on the day.Jason Forde had stand out performances throughout Tipperary’s league campaign, propelling them to the final. Despite defeat, the Silvermines GAA clubman scored a total of 2-12 when they met with Kilkenny in Nowlan Park.Commenting on the announcement, Feargal O’Rourke, Managing Partner, PwC, said: “As the sponsor of the PwC All-Stars, we are delighted to support excellence in young Irish talent.  Working together and making a difference are core values of our business and are also central to performance on the field.  “The April 2018 PwC/GAA/GPA Player of the Month kicks-off the 2018 PwC All-Stars Campaign.  The April Player of the Month winners have been recognised for their outstanding contributions.  Both players have demonstrated great teamwork, effort and commitment, just the vital qualities needed for success in sport and in business.”Speaking on behalf of the GAA, Uachtarán Chumann Lúthchleas Gael John Horan added: “Well done to Damien and Jason on their respective football and hurling awards after hugely impressive finishes to their league campaigns.“Damien played a starring role throughout Galway’s campaign helping them to another final while Jason’s scoring returns were the stand-out feature of Tipperary’s march to a hurling final appearance.“Being honoured by your peers is important and while congratulating both winners I’d also like to acknowledge the ongoing support of PwC for these awards.”Speaking on behalf of the GPA, Chairman and acting CEO Seamus Hickey said: “Congratulations to Damien and Jason on being honoured with this award. This award always holds a special significance for players when they have been chosen by their peers. “Both Damien and Jason are very deserving winners who have demonstrated great leadership and drive whilst playing with Galway and Tipperary respectively.  We look forward to seeing more of the same from both men in this summer’s championship.”print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email The first PwC GAA/GPA Player of the Month award winners for 2018 were presented with their trophies at a ceremony at PwC’s head offices in Dublin this morning.  Galway’s Damien Comer was announced as the football winner, while Tipperary’s Jason Forde picked up the hurling award.last_img read more

Eriksen’s agent reveals ‘several clubs’ are hoping to sign him this summer

first_imgTOTTENHAM star Christian Eriksen’s agent has revealed “several clubs” are hoping to sign his client this summer.The Danish star, 26, has two years left on his £70,000 per week contract at Spurs, but is wanted by the likes of Real Madrid.3 Christian Eriksen’s agent has revealed ‘several clubs’ are after his clientCredit: AFPMadrid reportedly see him as the eventual heir to another former Tottenham star Luka Modric’s throne in the middle of the park.Eriksen’s agent Martin Schoots has now suggested his client could be on the move, with Barcelona another team keen to sign him.Schoots revealed: “The only thing I can say is that concerning the interest of several clubs in Christian is that we prefer not to comment.”Christian wants to focus completely on the World Cup – just as he did before on qualifying for the Champions League with Spurs.3 Christian Eriksen is reportedly on the radar of both Real Madrid and BarcelonaCredit: PA:Press Association”But becoming a father for the first time very soon, there is even something bigger at the moment he is giving his attention to.”Meanwhile, Tottenham fans are also bracing for the worst regarding boss Mauricio Pochettino – who has hinted he would consider taking the vacant Real Madrid job.’HAVE TO LISTEN’ Pochettino admits ‘you have to listen’ when Real Madrid call despite just signing five-year Spurs dealPoch told El Confidencial: “When Real Madrid call you, you have to listen to them. Although in this case it doesn’t depend on me.”I have just signed a long contract with Tottenham and I am very happy here. I am happy at Tottenham because they let me work and we are growing together.”Mauricio Pochettino does not disregard Real Madrid move despite just signing new five year deal at Tottenham 3 Christian Eriksen could even follow Mauricio Pochettino to Real MadridCredit: REUTERSMOST READ IN FOOTBALLRETRACING STEPSJack Charlton’s granddaughter Emma Wilkinson ‘would love’ to visit IrelandROY RAGEFurious Roy Keane launched foul-mouthed rant at Pique over Fabregas friendshipPicturedTOP FORMBrazil icon Ronaldo soaks up sun with partner Celina Locks on yacht in FormenteraPicturedON THE PAOLPaolo Maldini shows off shredded physique at 52 while on holiday with wifeLive BlogUNITED LATESTMan Utd transfer news LIVE: All the gossip and updates from Old TraffordExclusiveLOCK CLOWNPaul Scholes flouts local lockdown rules by throwing huge 7-hour birthday bashPicturedMADD FOR ITPrem aces Dele, Maddison & Grealish enjoy hard-earned break in sun-soaked IbizaLive BlogBLUES NEWSChelsea transfer news LIVE: Havertz deal LATEST, Willian move updatesLive Bloggunners newsArsenal transfer news LIVE – Latest updates from the EmiratesMISS-RON IMPOSSIBLERonaldo LOSES Golden Boot race after axe from Juve squad for final gameWho Tottenham need to take their side to the next level in 2017-18last_img read more

Chelsea boss admits Cesc Fabregas ‘needs to go’ amid Monaco rumour

first_img 2 Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Sarri insisted Fabregas should seek to complete an anticipated move to Monaco, after the 31-year-old appeared to bid farewell to Chelsea following last Saturday’s FA Cup win over Nottingham Forest.“In my opinion, he needs to go,” Sarri said.“You know very well the situation. You know very well in this club there is a rule: the renewal of players over 30 is usually one year. Latest Transfer News ADVICE 2 Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade The Blues boss said Fabregas had a “free day” on Sunday, refusing to confirm or deny reports the playmaker went to France to meet with Monaco.Thierry Henry, Fabregas’ former team-mate at Arsenal, is now Monaco boss.Henry said on Monday, according to Monaco’s official Twitter account: “Since I left Arsenal, we talk every two or three days and that hasn’t changed in recent days. Cesc is a player who interests every club.” BEST OF Maurizio Sarri has advised Cesc Fabregas to leave Chelsea for the good of his career.The Blues boss, speaking ahead of Tuesday’s Carabao Cup semi-final first leg with Tottenham, is now targeting a midfield replacement for the Spaniard. Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? no dice Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won “He has an offer for two years. I don’t want a very important player as Cesc unhappy.“If Cesc will go, of course we need a replacement.”Sarri said Fabregas suffered cramp against Forest and may not be available to face Spurs, although Eden Hazard and David Luiz were among those to suggest after the match that it was the Spaniard’s farewell. Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Cesc Fabregas is rumoured to be joining Monaco Maurizio Sarri believes the midfielder deserves to be playing regularly Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card MONEY REVEALED huge blow Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions REVEALED RANKED Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade last_img read more

NC May Be Closer to “Raising the Age”

first_imgThe tide may be turning when it come to prosecuting all 16- and 17-year-olds in North Carolina as adults. This month, a commission made up of members representing legal and law enforcement perspectives held its final meeting and declared that raising the age in North Carolina is a top priority.Ricky Watson, co-director of the Youth Justice Project at the Southern Coalition for Social Justice, said he and others have hope that “raise the age” legislation could move forward in the next session.“This time we might see this actually happen, because we seem to have a good deal of bipartisan support of people across the aisle, in addition to people that represent the district attorney’s office, the sheriff’s association, that we haven’t probably seen in the past,” he said.North Carolina is currently one of only two states nationwide that automatically try 16- and 17-year-olds as adults. Opponents of the practice point to scientific data that shows that a teen’s brain may not be fully developed to understand lifelong consequences, and argue that a long prison sentence in an adult population may actually push them towards a continued life of crime.Watson said while some heinous crimes merit a severe sentence, many juveniles are best served by rehabilitation and education, so they may become productive members of society.“If your kid does make a mistake, they are at a disadvantage from any other kids across the country. That criminal record can follow them for decades,” he explained. “Essentially it can effect their ability to get employment, to get scholarships, to get housing and qualify for loans.”The state commission recommends the state keep any 16- and 17-year-olds charged with misdemeanors in the juvenile system.last_img read more

Apple’s iWork Goes (Partly) Online

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#Apple#news#NYT#Product Reviews#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Apple today announced an online component to its iWork productivity suite. This, however, is not the rumored online version of iWork we were hoping for, as it only allows you to share documents online through iWork.com. After you share a document through the newly released iWork ’08 desktop software, your friends and co-workers can comment and leave notes on your Keynote, Pages, or Numbers documents, though the documents themselves can’t be edited online. Apple is releasing this as a free beta today, and Phil Schiller announced this as “the beginning of a great new service,” which leads us to believe that Apple is indeed working on a more advanced online version of iWork.According to Schiller, iWork.com will work on all the major browsers, including Safari, Firefox, and Internet Explorer. Documents are not only viewable online, but can also be downloaded.Apple also announced a Keynote Remote iPhone app, that will be available in the App Store for $0.99, as well as major updates to its iWork and iLife suites. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img frederic lardinois A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts last_img read more

OSU Raises $94,000 for Coaches vs. Cancer

first_imgProminent Oklahoma State athletics figures gathered at Stillwater Country Club for a golf outing in Stillwater and raised over $94,125 for the American Cancer Society on Monday afternoon.Your generosity has led to a donation of $94,125 to the American Cancer Society – a new record. Thank you, #OKState! #BeatCancer pic.twitter.com/Bd3iFbnHu0— OSUCvC CowboyClassic (@OSUCvCGolf) May 22, 2017The tournament featured OSU coaches Mike Gundy, Mike Boynton and John Smith, as well as alumni like Billy Bajema and Jimmy Graham and Morgan Hoffman.Some short-game work with @CoachGundy & former @CowboyFB TE Billy Bajema. #CowboyClassic pic.twitter.com/FjaIDLnJND— OSUCvC CowboyClassic (@OSUCvCGolf) May 22, 2017 That’s how the @PGATOUR guys do it. ??? @OSUCowboyGolf @KarstenCreek @Morgan_Hoffmann pic.twitter.com/AcGJu4DMg8— OSUCvC CowboyClassic (@OSUCvCGolf) May 22, 2017 Some #OKState celebs in the house as @okstate President @burnshargis & @OSUAthletics AD Mike Holder show their support. #CowboyClassic pic.twitter.com/xfsNHb8AsI— OSUCvC CowboyClassic (@OSUCvCGolf) May 22, 2017 Cowboy basketball is well represented at @OSUCvCGolf with @thacoachmike, Joey Graham & @KeitonPage tearing up Stillwater CC. #okstate pic.twitter.com/E2QRcMyt0R— Cowboy Basketball (@OSUMBB) May 22, 2017 Wouldn’t be a golf tournament without @OSUCowboyGolf & @OSUcowgirlgolf! Thank you to @OSUBratton & @CjonzeyOSU! #CowboyClassic pic.twitter.com/ys19rP43ZI— OSUCvC CowboyClassic (@OSUCvCGolf) May 22, 2017 While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. How awesome is this? @CoachGundy with Luke, who designed the #CowboyClassic golf balls. pic.twitter.com/tPprbOVR15— OSUCvC CowboyClassic (@OSUCvCGolf) May 22, 2017Watch the event’s highlights here:A star-studded #okstate cast turned out to raise money for cancer research while having a good time today. pic.twitter.com/jgRtIOE9yG— Oklahoma State (@OSUAthletics) May 22, 2017last_img read more

100 Days of Summer: Get to Know No. 59 Matt Hockett

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. We’ve made it to No. 59 in our summer-long countdown. Next up, an unheralded but extremely important specialist.How he got to OSUThe all-state punter from Norman High School grew up in Sooner country. In fact, his father holds a long-time administrative position at OU. But that didn’t deter the younger Hockett from accepting a chance to join Oklahoma State as a preferred walk-on. Like many kickers, Hockett was a two-sport prep star in both football and soccer.What he’s done in StillwaterSince arriving on campus, Hockett has served as backup punter to Zach Sinor and got his turn at kickoffs before Matt Ammendola claimed kickoff duties early last season. As a redshirt freshman in 2015, Hockett got spot detail at kickoffs and attempted one field goal and one extra point.AdChoices广告Role in 2017With Ammendola gunning for the place-kicking job vacated by Ben Grogan, Hockett may get another crack at kickoffs. Either way, he could be a rolled ankle away from either punting or kicking in either role. Every team needs a competent backup for their specialists.Noteworthy stats and highlightsAt Norman High School, Hockett was an all-state selection in both soccer and football. He averaged 43.3 yards per punt and 38 of his 45 kickoffs were downed in the opponent’s end zone.last_img read more

Previewing the Schedule: How OSU Matches up Against a Rebuilding Pitt Defense

first_imgTulsa | S. AlabamaIn Week 3, the Cowboys head to the Steel City for the second leg of a home-and-home non-conference series with Pittsburgh. The Cowboys took care of business last year in Stillwater. Now let’s see how they do on the road.ParticularsWhen: Saturday, September 16, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. CDTWatch: ABC or ESPN2Where: Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (Capacity: 68,400)AdChoices广告Last meeting: September 17, 2016 — Oklahoma State won a weather-delayed battle in Stillwater 45-38. Last year’s meeting was the first between the two schools.OffensePitt welcomes a new offensive coordinator for the second-straight year. During the off season, Matt Canada was hired away by Ed Orgeron at LSU. Now it’s up to Shawn Watson, former QB coach and — at one point — acting OC under Charlie Strong at Texas. He has the task of replacing the production of starting quarterback Nathan Peterman and star running back James Conner.One of those needs looks to be filled by a west coast grad-transfer. Former USC starting quarterback Max Browne will play out the final year of his eligibility at Pitt. Browne won the Trojans’ starting job during fall camp 2016 but kept it for exactly three weeks before being supplanted by current Heisman favorite Sam Darnold. Browne was a five-star recruit and the No. 1 pro-style QB in the 2013 class according to 247 Sports.Browne does have some weapons like the nation’s top returning deep-threat, Jester Weah (24.2 yards per catch) and Quadree Henderson who racked up 164 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns in Stillwater last year.DefenseThe Panthers will be without seven starters from last year’s defense including defensive end Ejuan Price who led the ACC with 23.0 tackles for loss (No. 2 nationally) and led his team with 13.0 sacks in 2016 (two of those were of Mason Rudolph). Nine of the 12 leading tacklers at Pitt last year were seniors. But that 2016 team also ranked 106th in scoring defense, allowing 35.2 points per game and 109th allowing 2.9 points per drive. They were decent against the run and horrible against the pass.The 2016 Panthers ranked 127th out of 128 teams in opponent passing yardage allowed and allowed the most long passing plays from scrimmage in the nation (both plays of 10-plus and 20-plus yards). Its secondary will be without corner Ryan Lewis and safeties Terrish Webb and Reggie Mitchell, all seniors in 2016.Pitt does get some help in the form of junior strong safety and 2015 ACC Rookie of the Year, Jordan Whitehead, who missed the last three games of 2016 due to injury. Can Whitehead and some young corners help the Panther defense take a step forward? They’ll have to to keep up with the Pokes this year.Key MatchupPat Narduzzi, who is just in his third year at Pitt, has yet to assemble the talent to fit the type of defensive scheme he runs. The Panthers like to bring a ton of pressure up front, leaving their cover men on an island. We saw that last year and it produced record-setting performances from both Mason Rudolph and James Washington.Which looks something like this.ConclusionThis will be the stiffest competition the Cowboys will have faced to date and Pitt will be one week removed from their trip to University Park to visit rival Penn State. How much does that take out of the Panthers, and has their offense found its way under newcomer Max Browne? Can they stop anyone?As far as the Cowboys are concerned, they should be able to stretch the field against an unproven and isolated secondary. How does Oklahoma State’s own secondary match up against Pitt’s playmakers? How effective are the Cowboys at slowing down Pitt’s running game? These are questions we will likely get at least a few answers to in the first two weeks against Tulsa and South Alabama.Summer PredictionThe Pokes stay perfect and win one on the road in the neighborhood of 42-28. Pitt has too many question marks and too much to replace to keep up with the loaded Cowboys. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

The Most Dynamic Players at Oklahoma State in 2017, Ranked

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. 6. Dillon Stoner: Ask anyone in the Jenks area who the best athlete to come through the area over the last few years is, and 80% will tell you Dillon Stoner. For Jenks, he was a punter, safety, receiver, wildcat quarterback, and kick-holder for extra points. The man does it all — he even took a snap out of the wildcat last season with the game on the line.5. Mason Rudolph: I wouldn’t consider Mason Rudolph to be an athletic freak, but I also would not say that to his face. At 6-foot-5, he towers over defenses and has every throw in the arsenal ready to unload at a moments notice. If he can perfect his short game (which looks worse than mine at times), he’ll grow into a bonafide first-rounder without question.4. J.D. King: Do not sleep on Georgia running backs. Period. J.D. King is a freak show who can lift heavier weight than the entire PFB team combined, and I can guarantee you he doesn’t skip leg day. He’s a fast runner through the gap, and while he isn’t the make-you-miss athlete that Chuba Hubbard is, he can hold his own by taking blows up the middle and pass-blocking like a pro.3. Tyron Johnson: It’s entirely possible we’ve overblown the Tyron Johnson hype, but it’s also entirely possible that everyone — including myself — absolutely can’t wait to see him take the field. The former five-star recruit is bound to breakout in 2017. It’s “bag year” as he calls it.2. James Washington: Washington returns as the NCAA leader in receiving yards and yards per catch, and with games like this against Pitt in 2016, I’d be stunned if he isn’t the odds-on favorite to win the Biletnikoff in 2017.I think everyone feels happy he chose football over tennis.1. Justice Hill: Mr. All-American himself earns the top spot as the most dynamic player for OSU in 2017. The expectation for Hill last season was to fill a role behind Chris Carson, but he supplanted the veteran early in the season, rushed for 1,000-plus yards, and launched himself into our list at No. 1 among OSU’s most dynamic players. When you can squat 565-pounds, I think that’s an automatic qualifier. Each year Mike Gundy and his staff bring in heavily evaluated (but not always highly-rated) prospects who overachieve on the gridiron. Players like James Washington, Jalen McCleskey and Brad Lundblade all come to mind when I think of players who have outperformed their projections and proven to be dynamic players in Stillwater.With that in mind, we’ve compiled a list of the most dynamic players at OSU entering the 2017 season, ranked. Similar to Bruce Feldman’s annual college football freak list, these are the do-it-all athletes OSU can’t do without.10. Zach Sinor: Name another player in the country who can pin punts inside the 10, launch his own Heisman website, and campaign at a national event like Big 12 media days. I’ll wait …….. OK, no one, right? That, my friends, is dynamic! Yes, I’ll admit I’m pandering to the #SinorForHeisman crowd, but I’m of the belief that he’s going to be one of the most crucial players in OSU’s push to win the Big 12 in 2017.AdChoices广告9. Ramon Richards: We’ve come a long ways from Richards’ freshman campaign that was biting on the pump fake after biting on the pump fake. Now, in 2017, he’s moved over to play safety — which could be huge for the senior in a 3-3-5 scheme, as Thomas Fleming analyzed. Regardless of what you think about his footwork or fundamentals, he always seems to be in the right place at the right time. His feel for the game — and now his ability to play multiple positions — makes him one of OSU’s most dynamic athletes. (Not bad for a high school quarterback turned defensive back!)8. Chuba Hubbard: For your troubles, I’ve listed out all the OSU athletes since 2010 who have run faster than Chuba in the 100-meter sprint:Tyreek Hill, 10.19That’s it. Hubbard’s 10.55 100-meter dash earned him fourth overall in 2015 IAAF World Youth Championships in Cali, Colombia in 2015. He can catch passes out of the backfield, he can get up the field through the heart of the defense, and he’s really, really, fast.7. Calvin Bundage: Bundage, a second-year player from Edmond Santa Fe, has all the physical tools to potentially take over as the No. 1 option at star linebacker. He’s a physical freak who has coverage skills like a safety, rushing skills like a defensive end, and punishing power across the middle like an inside linebacker.last_img read more