Blackwater junks KIA

first_img“I expected a bounce-back, but not like this. I am mildly surprised,” Isaac said after the rout. “While reviewing the tape [of our last game], I noticed that we lacked the energy and I asked the players to play with energy tonight.“I got that from them from both ends of the floor,” he went on. “I told them after the game that if we play with the same kind of energy, who knows how far that will take us in our last three games.”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’GlobalPort snapped TNT KaTropa’s two-game winning streak with a 119-112 victory later in the night, climbing to a level 3-3 card in the process.Stanley Pringle scored 30 points and had eight rebounds and import Murphey Holloway had 24 and 17 as the Batang Pier dealt the Texters their third loss in seven games. Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles ANTIPOLO—Coach Leo Isaac was looking for a bounce-back from his Blackwater crew and got something he didn’t really expect.Two days after losing horribly, and a day after making a blockbuster trade, the Elite flaunted their best form yet and dealt KIA Picanto an ugly beating, 118-97, Friday night that enhanced their playoff chances in the PBA Governors’ Cup at Ynares Center here.ADVERTISEMENT Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay LATEST STORIES 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 Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies But the old reliables were there for Isaac, with import Henry Walker shooting 25 points, grabbing 11 rebounds and issuing seven assists in just over 36 minutes as Isaac found the luxury of giving the NBA veteran some rest with the lopsided outcome.JP Erram had 16 points and 14 rebounds, and Mike DiGregorio started out at the point to finish with 16 after making all of his five attempts from beyond trifectaville.KIA, meanwhile, all but bowed out after taking its eighth straight loss even after parading a new import in Geron Marquis Johnson, who scored 28 points but had nine of the Picanto’s 19 turnovers.Meanwhile, San Miguel Beer parades new import Terik Bridgeman against slumping Alaska in a Petron Saturday Special Game at 5 p.m. at AUF Sports Arena and Cultural Center in Angeles City.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The Elite established franchise marks in points scored in a quarter, 40 to open up against the Picanto, and 70 in a half, for a 39-point lead going into the third as Blackwater rebounded from a 117-96 loss to TNT KaTropa to rise to a level 4-4 card and stay in the playoff hunt.“We are very positive of our playoff chances,” Isaac said. “We will face whatever challenges are in front of us in our last three games. The team is ready.”Chris Ellis and Dave Marcelo, Blackwater’s new acquisitions from Barangay Ginebra in a trade completed on Thursday, did not see action yet.Isaac said that he asked Ellis and Marcelo to report for practice on Monday and the duo, who enjoyed respectable playing time while with defending champion Barangay Ginebra, will have to earn their minutes with the team.Ellis and Marcelo will have some form of motivation with the Elite’s next game slated against the Gin Kings on Friday.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Profitable, yes; never again, please! View commentslast_img read more

Petalcorin in ‘best shape’ as faces Nicaraguan foe for IBF world title

first_imgGov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal LATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum “I have worked so hard to prepare for this fight and claim the World title,” said the 26-year-old Petalcorin. “I am so hungry for a title belt. Alvarado’s record is very impressive but I will treat this fight as a matter of life and death. I will go for the win.”If Petalcorin wins, he will be sixth Filipino to currently have World titles.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 ChrissThe southpaw from General Santos City won the vacant IBF Pan Pacific light flyweight title and was once the WBA World light flyweight champion after scoring a technical knockout win over China’s Yiming Ma in Beijing in 2015.Petalcorin has been training in Sanman Gym in General Santos City, the breeding ground of iconic Filipino sluggers like the legendary Manny Pacquiao and Rolando Navarette, under the tutelage of head trainer Fernando Lumacad and assistant coaches Jonathan Baat and Marquil Salvana. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Miami Heat score 45 in the third, roll past New York Knicks Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title View comments Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown “I am in the best shape so far, I have sacrificed a lot and gave my everything for this fight,” said Petalcorin who has so far sparred for 110 rounds with four different partners. “Alvarado is a world class fighter but fights are won in the gym and I am confident I am 100 percent ready.”Alvarado, meanwhile, is not taking Petalcorin lightly.“Randy is a champion and a good fighter but I need to bring that belt home to Nicaragua,” said the 29-year-old Alvarado who lost two of his chances for the WBA World light flyweight title losing in 2013 and 2014.“My country is filled with conflicts and tragedies and this win will be my gift to the Nicaraguan people,” said Alvarado. “We anticipate Randy’s condition and we did our best to be in better shape than him. I have done everything in the gym.”The main event will be broadcast on ESPN5 at 7 pm.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew 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 Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Randy Petalcorin. Photo from his Facebook accountAnother Filipino pugilist is taking his chance at boxing gold as Randy Petalcorin takes on Nicaraguan Felix Alvarado for the vacant IBF World light flyweight title on Oct. 29 at Midas Hotel and Casino Tent in Pasay City.Petalcorin (29-2-1) is on a six-fight winning streak and has won 10 of his last 11 fights but Alvarado (33-2) is no pushover either with a string of 15 straight wins under his belt.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more

Huskies beat Junior Canucks in Dawson Creek

first_imgThe Huskies started the scoring only 1:33 into the game with a powerplay goal from Cole Calliou.  The Canucks answered back only four minutes later with a goal from Shell Watson.  Then the Canucks took the lead with a goal from Ryan Holtam on the powerplay.  To end the first, the Huskies then scored three more goals and the Canucks scored another two, to tie the game at 4 a piece.In the second it was all Huskies as they Dogs scored four goals to the Canucks one.  Jordan Gies, Cody Hildebrand, Trenton Forshner and Cole Calliou all scored for the Huskies, Adam Huttema scored for the Canucks. In the third period only one goal was scored and that was by Dave Marshell to help give the game a final score of 9-5 for the Huskies.The Junior Canucks will host Grande Prairie for their next game on Friday at the Memorial Arena.  The Huskies will travel next weekend to Whitecourt for a pair of  games.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Duo arrested with illegal gun, ammo

first_imgPolice ranks in Georgetown have arrested two males after they were found in possession of an unlicensed weapon.The discovery was made around 20:00h on Wednesday in Campbellville, Georgetown.According to Police reports, the ranks were on a mobile patrol on Dennis Street when they observed the two males, each riding a bicycle, acting in a suspicious manner.The officers decided to stop and search the men and during the process, one of them was found in possession of an unlicensed .380 pistol with six live rounds.Both suspects, a 32-year-old resident of Campbellville, Georgetown, and a 21-year-old resident of Thomas Street, Kitty, Georgetown, were arrested and taken into Police custody.The men are being processed for court as they assist with further investigations.In the monthly statistics at the end of February 2018, the Guyana Police Force reported that some 24 illegal firearms were taken off the streets to date, compared to 22 for the corresponding period last year.These include: 15 pistols, four revolvers, four shotguns, and one sub-machine gun. Moreover, 15 of these weapons were found in A Division (Georgetown-East Bank Demerara); four in B Division (Berbice); one in C Division (East Coast Demerara) and two each in F (Interior Locations) and G (Linden-Kwakwani) Divisions. No unlicensed weapons were found in D (West Demerara) and E (Essequibo Coast and Islands) Divisions during that period.last_img read more

Jayhawks feel at home in Manhattan

first_imgA basket by Rush and two free throws by Collins gave Kansas its first double-digit lead of the contest, 59-47, with 5:39 to go. Kansas State got to 68-62 on Clent Stewart’s layup with 46.9 seconds remaining. No. 10 Pittsburgh 71, at Seton Hall 68 Levance Fields scored seven of his 15 points in the final 2 minutes to help the short-handed Panthers hold off the Pirates. Levon Kendall had 14 points and eight rebounds and Sam Young added 11 points for Pittsburgh (24-4, 11-2 Big East), which was without injured 7-foot center Aaron Gray. The victory was the 100th for Pittsburgh coach Jamie Dixon (100-26), who reached the milestone faster than any coach in school history. No. 15 Butler 68, at Wisconsin-Green Bay 58 A.J. Graves had 20 points and Brandon Crone added 17 to as the Bulldogs posted the road triumph. Butler (25-4, 12-2 Horizon League) battled through a physical game after it had lost two of its previous three in the past nine days. Green Bay (16-13, 7-8) had won four of its previous five, but lost its 11th consecutive game against a Top 25 opponent after hitting just one field goal in the final 5:44. At No. 16 Marquette 80, Villanova 67 Freshman Lazar Hayward collected a career-high 18 points to lead the Golden Eagles. Hayward, who entered the game averaging six points per game, had 13 in the first half. Wesley Matthews added 16 points for the Golden Eagles (22-7, 9-5 Big East), who snapped a three-game losing streak. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MANHATTAN, Kan. – Freshman reserve Sherron Collins scored 20 points and led a key second-half run, and No. 6 Kansas beat Kansas State 71-62 Monday night to extend its winning streak in Manhattan to 24 games. Mario Chalmers added 17 points, Darrell Arthur had 13 points and 12 rebounds, and Brandon Rush finished with 11 points for Kansas (24-4, 11-2 Big 12 Conference), which has not lost in Bramlage Coliseum since it opened for the 1988-89 season. The Jayhawks’ last loss in Manhattan was a 58-57 defeat on Jan. 29, 1983, in Ahearn Fieldhouse. center_img Kansas trailed by one at the break and didn’t take control until the midpoint of the second half. Two 3-pointers by Cartier Martin and another by Lance Harris pulled the Wildcats (19-9, 8-5) even at 43-all with 11:12 to go. But Collins answered with a 3-pointer that ignited a 16-4 Jayhawks run. last_img read more

Gor moves top of KPL log despite Tusker draw

first_imgThe result sees K’Ogalo move to 10 points, same as Mathare United who have however, scored fewer goals compared to the record 16-time KPL champions.Once again, with the CAF Champions League in the horizon, Gor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr rung changes from the team that won 2-1 against Kariobangi Sharks on Sunday.He also changed his system, dropping to a 3-5-2 formation with Humphrey Mieno and Cersidy Okeyo both starting against their former employers partnering in midfield.Joachim Oluoch and Charles Momanyi were both drafted into the starting team as well, joining Harun Shakava in the three-man defense while Innocent Wafula plied the right wingback position.Youngster Eliud Loukwam signed straight from school at the beginning of the season was handed his debut for Gor, starting up as the point-man in attack alongside Ephraim Guikan.Tusker had the first two chances of the game, first, former boy Timothy Otieno trying to pick out Boniface Oluoch off his line with a dipping effort which went wide before Boniface Muchiri headed wide from a Robert Achema cross.In the sixth minute, a quick one-two change of passes at the top of the box between Loukwam and Lawrence Juma saw Wafula pick out the ball, but he had a heavy touch as he strode into the box with keeper Boniface Oluoch coming off to collect.Gor came very close to opening the scoring in the 14th minute when Momanyi rose decently to meet a Juma cross, but the ball evaded the target by a whisker.Gor Mahia forward Eliud Loukwam vies for the ball with Tusker FC’s Bonventure Khasabuli during a Kenyan Premier League match at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on February 28, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluFour minutes later, Loukwam had a brilliant opportunity to mark his debut with a goal, but he over-cooked the meal.Another one-two touch of passes saw Guikan set up Loukwam, but the youngster tried too many touches on the ball when he should have just tapped home one-time, his final effort being deflected for a corner.The frantic start however fizzled off as the pace of the game died down, each side playing cautiously. Tusker were sitting back and hoping to hit on the counter using the pace of their front three of Muchiri, Achema and Amos Asembeka.They should have punished Gor with 10 minutes left to half time after Momanyi lost the ball cheaply on the left. Otieno took up the gift, steamed forward to pick out Asembeka whose shot on the weaker left foot went inches over the bar.At the stroke of half time, Otieno had an opportunity to hit his former employers, but he headed over from a good position after being picked out by a Muchiri cross.In the second half, both coaches sought to shuffle their cards with Timbe pulling out Achema for Mathew Odongo while Kerr brought in Kevin ‘Ade’ Omondi for Wafula. Later, the tactician also pulled out Liukwam for Meddie Kagere.Tusker FC defender Eugene Asike heads the ball away under pressure from Gor Mahia’s Eliud Loukwam during a Kenyan Premier League match at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on February 28, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluHowever, the pace of the game couldn’t pick up until the final 15 minutes.In the 75th minute of the game, a swift counter attack saw Kagere spring with the ball upfield from the left before picking out Guikan’s run, the Ivorian facing veteran Duncan Ochieng one on one.Ochieng managed to block Guikan’s effort superbly with the forward managing to get a second bite of the cherry when the ball rebounded off the keeper. However, he slammed the ball on the crossbar with an open goalmouth.Seven minutes to go, Gor Mahia almost paid for that blunder but Momanyi cleared off the line when Jackson Macharia’s header skipped over Boniface Oluoch.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Gor Mahia’s Ivorian forward Ephraim Guikan vies for the ball with Tusker FC’s Collins Shivachi during a Kenyan Premier League match at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on February 28, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluMACHAKOS, Kenya, Feb 28- Ivorian striker Ephraim Guikan had perhaps what could be ranked as the miss of the season as Kenyan Premier League holders Gor Mahia was held to a 0-0 draw by Tusker FC at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on Wednesday.Guikan had the goalmouth at his mercy from four yards out with 15 minutes left on the clock but somehow failed to hit the target slamming the ball into the crossbar when it was harder to miss than score.last_img read more

Data of 800,000 Gap applicants on stolen laptop

first_imgBy Rachel Konrad THE ASSOCIATED PRESS SAN FRANCISCO – A thief stole a laptop computer containing unencrypted personal information of 800,000 people who applied for jobs at Gap Inc., the clothing retailer announced Friday. The laptop stored Social Security numbers and other data from people in the U.S., Puerto Rico and Canada who applied online and by phone between July 2006 and June 2007 for jobs at Gap, Old Navy, Banana Republic and Outlet stores. The incident came on the heels of a finding this week by the Canadian government that another international retailer, TJX Cos., hadn’t sufficiently encrypted data it stored from customer transactions, and that failure enabled hackers who intercepted wireless communications to steal data on millions of customers. The break-in gave hackers undetected access to TJX’s central databases for a year and a half, exposing at least 45 million credit and debit cards to potential fraud. Data about job applicants – who must often provide Social Security numbers, job histories, home and e-mail addresses and other information – is a favorite target of hackers. A security breach last month at online job site Monster.com exposed the confidential information of 1.3 million people looking for jobs. Gap said the laptop was lifted from the offices of a third-party vendor that manages job applicant data for the San Francisco-based clothier, but the company would not provide the vendor’s name or other details of the theft. The company said job applicants have not notified it of any instances of identity theft or fraud related to the incident. Storing data without encrypting it to protect it from hackers is contrary to Gap’s agreement with the third-party vendor, Gap said Friday. “What happened here is against everything we stand for as a company,” said Gap Chairman and CEO Glenn Murphy. “We’re reviewing the facts and circumstances that led to this incident closely and will take appropriate steps to help prevent something like this from happening again.” Multiple outside companies manage job applicant data for Gap, so not everyone who applied for retail work with the company had confidential data compromised. And the laptop did not contain Canadian applicants’ Social Insurance Numbers. Gap is notifying the affected applicants and offering a year of free credit-monitoring services with fraud resolution assistance. The company has also set up a 24-hour help line. Gap is working with law enforcement to investigate the theft.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

‘My agent is speaking to Fenerbahce’ – Arsenal star confirms transfer talks

first_img1 Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina has confirmed his agent is in talks with Fenerbahce.The Colombian is expected to leave the Emirates this summer as the Gunners move closer to a sensational swoop for Chelsea shot-stopper Petr Cech.Clubs in France had shown an interest in Ospina, who only moved to north London last summer after Arsenal coughed up £3.5million to sign him from Nice.But now the 26-year-old has admitted he could leave Arsenal with his representatives in talks over a move to Turkey.“They [Fenerbahce] are dealing with my agent,” Ospina is quoted as saying by Turkish newspaper Sabah Daily.“At the moment the only thoughts I have are for Colombia. I will not betray my team.” David Ospina last_img

And for Kobe’s next trick, 1 on 5?

first_imgA half-century later, after two transcendent games over the weekend, Kobe Bryant might deserve similar billing on the big board next to Staples Center and the 110 Freeway. Bryant went off in his return from a two-game suspension, following up a 48-point game against Philadelphia with a 50-point game against the Clippers. The 98 points were the most Bryant ever has scored in consecutive games. EL SEGUNDO – On the first page of the Lakers media guide this season, as part of a tribute to George Mikan, is a photograph of the marquee that greeted pro basketball’s then-biggest star when Mikan arrived at Madison Square Garden for a game in December 1949. It read: WED BASKETBALL GEO MIKAN V/S KNICKS. As legend has it, Mikan was greeted by his teammates before the game asking if they should wait in the locker room while he played one on five as advertised. Added Bryant: “Phil asked me with two minutes to go in the game (Saturday), he asked me if I needed a breather, just being funny. I said, `Coach, I’ve been shooting all jumpshots tonight. I’m not even tired.’ ” With his 45-point game against Memphis before the suspension, Bryant became the first player since Michael Jordan in 1990 to score 45 points or more in three consecutive games. The Indiana Pacers will get their crack at Bryant tonight, a game for which they sorely could use the suspended Ron Artest as a defensive stopper. The Pacers, who came into Sunday as one of the NBA’s top five defensive teams, could start out Stephen Jackson on Bryant. It is still a team game, but Bryant has accounted for nearly one-third of the Lakers’ scoring this season and remains on pace to become only the second player in the past 30 years (Jordan is the other) to take more than 2,100 shots in a season. ross.siler@dailynews.com (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img And Bryant might have topped it all with his explanation of the off-balance bank shot he hit with 11.4 seconds left Saturday night to beat the Clippers. “That’s H-O-R-S-E,” Bryant said. “Like when you’re a kid, you just play H-O-R-S-E in the backyard and you throw up all kinds of (stuff) and see if it sticks.” Bryant had 40 points in the second half against the Clippers, including the first 11 of the fourth quarter, and laid claim to the lead for the the NBA scoring crown over the weekend. He has scored 40 points or more in nine games and is averaging 33.7 points this season. He set one franchise record by hitting seven 3-pointers without a miss against the 76ers and nearly set another with his 40-point second half against the Clippers. Bryant had 42 points in a half against Washington on March 28, 2003. As Lakers coach Phil Jackson put it after Saturday’s game, “We’re getting immune to his heroics at times.” last_img

CATHAL MacSUIBHNE’S GAA DIARY: MIXED BAG FOR DONEGAL AFTER FIRST OUTING

first_img“Five long months have passed since humiliation in Croke Park but the New Year brings new hope to all counties and today, players and supporters alike were glad to be back in action.Cathal MacSuibhneThe result didn’t go to plan but they generally don’t for Donegal at this time of year so nothing much to worry about there.We’ve become used to battles with the Red Hand over the past few years and again the game’s two eminent minds patrolled the sidelines at O’Donnell Park. It was Mickey Harte who won the battle of wits as his charges reacted to and bettered the home side’s tactics and were deserving winners. Jim McGuinness will be more concerned with the wars of Summer rather than battles in January. Donegal started brightly in what was a good contest throughout considering the poor underfoot conditions and the fact that McKenna Cup fare can be sloppy at the best of times.What was clear straight away was the amount of time Donegal have spent on the training field concocting ways to win primary possession from their own kickouts. Key to Dublin’s All-Ireland win last September was the ability of Stephen Cluxton to find his men on his restarts and it was particularly evident in the final against Mayo. While Durcan isn’t in the same league as Dublin captain Cluxton, his low trajectory missiles are a hugely important part of Donegal’s artillery, especially when Neil Gallagher is unavailable.Donegal’s plan today was based on their two midfielders, Rory Kavanagh and Odhran MacNiallais, along with the two wing forwards, Gary McFadden and Marty Reilly, bunching at centrefield before a pair broke to either side; if their runs weren’t followed Durcan was expected to find his player. If the run was covered then Michael Murphy, stationed at centre forward when Durcan had the ball on his tee, would make a late run into the space vacated by the quartet and he picked up plenty possession in the first half from this tactic.It was working well but once Harte got talking to his charges at the break the possession dried up. This is the manager after all who deciphered Armagh’s 2002 All-Ireland winning kick-out strategy, thus helping his own troops to the Holy Grail the following year. Harte instructed his middle four to follow their runners while the ever impressive Tyrone full back Conor Clarke was well out in front of Murphy for kick-outs, allowing him to block the Glenswilly man’s runs where possible. In truth, Tyrone today looked as they always do – comfortable in possession, eager to work and, when chances came their way, clinical. Harte has the unique ability to fit new, upcoming players seamlessly into his setup and this was conveyed today by the last of the McGuigan brother’s to make their inter-county bow, Shay.For the time Donegal were on top in the first half, they took some excellent scores and the attacks from deep we’ve become accustomed to in the McGuinness era were working well. Eamon McGee, playing at full back, got a wonderful score after gathering possession on his own 21yard line before galloping up field and finishing a move that involved Reilly, Colm McFadden and Dermot Molloy.The hosts’ dominance wasn’t showing on the scoreboard and their cause wasn’t helped by Murphy’s penalty miss – this after failing to convert a penalty against the same side in Omagh last year. Credit must go to Niall Morgan who produced a fantastic save down low to his right.Michael soon made amends though; after a delicious pick-up on the run, he bore down on goal and fired a bullet into the same corner that his penalty attempt had targeted – there was no stopping this one.The captain repeated his pick-up trick early in the second half as he hoisted a fine point over the black spot while under pressure from his marker Clarke. Murphy though was the only Donegal player to register in the second half (0-2) and the game soon got away from the men sporting their new green and (predominantly) gold jerseys. Leo McLoone brought his good form from the recent challenge games into today’s match in his centre back role. This was the role Jim had initially planned for Leo back in 2011 and he was excelling in the role at the time, most notably against today’s opposition in a league game in Healy Park that year, but a nasty ankle fracture put paid to those plans. Plan B back then wasn’t too bad though, a certain Mr Lacey becoming Footballer of the Year in the No 6 jersey a year later. Whether McLoone stays there remains to be seen but it’s quite likely he will for the league, with Lacey being moved to wing back or possibly fulfilling a wing forward berth when he regains fitness.Bar the kickouts and Leo’s positioning, Jim didn’t provide much more new material in today’s game. The team have not gone down the Dublin/Mayo route of engaging the opposition higher up the pitch at their 45m line; instead Donegal stay on their own ‘45’ and try to dispossess and counter attack from there.Every All-Ireland winning team is mimicked by all the other teams the following year – we saw that ourselves last year – but aside from putting more emphasis on primary possession from kick-outs McGuinness wont be taking too much from the Dublin blueprint.For all the talk of black cards over the Winter we only saw one shown today and that was to Eunan’s man, Kavanagh. Seeing a game in action illustrates the ‘deliberate’ ingredient in the new rules – only when a referee is certain that one of the black card category fouls has been committed deliberately can he brandish his notebook. So it may not have that big an effect on inter-county games, aside from the few controversial calls that will inevitably be made. It will be the club players the length and breadth of the country that will really feel the full force of the new rules. Kavanagh’s midfield partner MacNiallais can be happy with his day’s work and the Gaoth Dobhair youngster will be looking to nail down a starting place for the league somewhere amongst the middle eight. His dainty left foot compliments his wonderful vision and on today’s showing he is a good option for McGuinness as a deep lying playmaker. His club form in the past shows too that he’s well able to get on the scoreboard which makes him an even greater asset should he be needed further forward.So all in all it was the proverbial game of two halves for Donegal – promising and encouraging in the first but outfought and out thought in the second. That’s what these games are all about though, finding out what is working, what isn’t and how to remedy those facets of play.Next stop Athletic Grounds this day week.CATHAL MacSUIBHNE’S GAA DIARY: MIXED BAG FOR DONEGAL AFTER FIRST OUTING was last modified: January 5th, 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:Cathal MacSuibhnedonegalGAA diarylast_img read more