Boys rescued from Thai cave play friendly match in Argentina

first_imgLATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title View comments A day prior, the Wild Boars soccer team participated in the opening ceremony of the Youth Olympic Games, which are taking place from Oct. 6 to 18 in the South American country.Thomas Bach, president of the International Olympic Committee, called the boys “brave” and said they “showed us all the importance of sports values.” They were loudly applauded by thousands of people attending the event.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 boys and their coach became well-known after they got trapped in a cave on June 23. They were found by two British divers and brought out in a daring rescue mission that ended on July 10.Nearly 4,000 athletes between the ages of 15 and 18 will participate in the youth games. Young soccer Thai team Wild Boars play a friendly match against River Plate youth team at Monumental stadium in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018. The team made up of 12 boys and their coach, who were trapped in a flooded cave for almost three weeks in Thailand, are guests in Buenos Aires during the opening days of the Youth Olympic Summer Games. (Eitan Abramovich/Pool via AP)BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — The 12 boys and soccer coach from Thailand who were found in a partially flooded cave once again found themselves capturing the media’s attention on Sunday.The team played a friendly match against the prestigious River Plate youth soccer team of Argentina — which was somewhat of a dream come true for the young Thais who want to become professional soccer players.ADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption MOST READ Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plumcenter_img Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew UFC champ could face fine, suspension for post-fight fracas Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taallast_img read more

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Solskjaer warns Man United at risk of falling further behind

first_img0Shares0000Manchester United warning — manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer fears the club could have further to falls unless the side raise their game © AFP / Paul ELLISMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, May 5 – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has warned Manchester United are in danger of slipping even further down the Premier League unless his players improve and is resigned to missing out on the title again next season.Solskjaer believes Watford, Everton and Leicester are among the teams with genuine ambitions to overtake United and climb into the top six over the next 12 months. The United manager has argued his players have failed to reach their potential this season, with the club sixth in the Premier League and facing a huge job to finish in the top four and qualify for next season’s Champions League.Solskjaer, whose side are away to already-relegated basement club Huddersfield on Sunday, has acknowledged he has a significant job to revitalise the fortunes of a club who have not won the Premier League for six years.And the former United striker has already written off their chances of finishing top next season.Indeed his more pressing concern is to ensure the Old Trafford club, who headed into the penultimate round of league fixtures, a huge 27 points adrift of leaders and reigning champions Manchester City, do not fall further behind.– ‘Title not realistic’ –The manager will attempt to strengthen his squad over the close season, but he still does not expect to be challenging the likes of City and Liverpool for title honours next term.“It is not realistic,” he said. “Of course, I’m an optimist but I don’t think that’s realistic, because the two teams now at the top of the table they are far ahead of the chasing pack.“We have to make sure that we are getting closer and moving that way up the table and not looking over the shoulders because there are big clubs, good clubs wanting to chase that top six.“You’ve got Leicester, Everton, Watford, probably Newcastle, you’ve got clubs that want to chase us. We have to make sure that we are ones who chase those ahead of us.“You don’t suddenly catch 27 points in one season, you’ve got to take it gradually,” he explained.“Hopefully we can produce better performances and they (City and Liverpool) can produce worse and we’ll get closer.”A number of players are set to leave Old Trafford at the end of the season, including captain Antonio Valencia, while midfielder Ander Herrera and forward Juan Mata are both out of contract.Meanwhile intense speculation surrounds the futures of midfielder Paul Pogba as well as forwards Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku.Solskjaer does not expect to make a significant number of signings, though, and will instead focus on improving his existing squad, with increased fitness a priority.“We’ve got to get it right on the pitch with the ones we have; it’s not just about signing players,” he said.“It’s about making sure that the ones here get the maximum out of their potential, because we do have so many good players here, and that’s my job, to work with them.“At the moment, I’m responsible for the performances. I’m the one that should get that flak if there is some,” added Solskjaer.“The fitter you are the more you can do. It’s a basic principle I’ve got. If you look at the stats over the last few years I don’t think anyone would be shocked or surprised by them. We’re going to build on their fitness.”United have gathered just seven points from their past seven league matches, severely damaging their chances of qualifying for next season’s Champions League.The manager, who won 14 of his first 17 matches in charge at United after replacing Jose Mourinho in December, has made clear that performances have slipped since then, and that some of his players will, as a result, be on their way out of Old Trafford.“You give people a chance, but sometimes, you’ve got to be ruthless and say: ‘Sorry but you had your chance’. I’m not afraid to do that,” Solskjaer insisted.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

FA announce it will investigate West Brom ‘coin throw’ incident

first_img1 Chris Brunt argues with fans The Football Association has announced it is investigating the incident in which an object was thrown from the crowd at Chris Brunt after today’s FA Cup tie between Reading and West Brom.The Baggies lost 3-1 and after the game Northern Ireland star Brunt believed a coin had been thrown at him by the fans and struck him in the face. He said: “I was walking towards our supporters at the end, and they thought it was okay to throw a coin at their own players. I’m disgusted.“If they want to come forward and say they don’t like what they’ve seen then that’s fine. Fans are frustrated we were 1-0 up and lost.“They paid a lot of money to come, but a small minority spoilt it. There were young kids there. I was absolutely disgusted and ashamed.”last_img read more


first_imgTHE number of people from the rest of the Republic visiting Donegal during July increased by a massive 800%, a survey has found.The website ebookers.ie said the number of visitors coming to the real Ireland up here was TEN TIMES greater than the average increase.The number of Irish tourists in the county was twice that of the nearest other county – Wicklow. Jen Quinlan from bookers.ie said: “The unprecedented hot weather we have experienced so far this summer has meant we have seen a strong increase in the number of bookings for Ireland.“Oversees bookings are remaining steady, but the heatwave has caused an increase in domestic bookings that is great to see.”Failte Ireland spokeswoman Louise Tolerton welcomed the figures.She said: “This is great news and supports what we have be hearing from the industry over the last two months. We have had a great summer so far and the good weather has definitely given a boost to the tourism sector with a spike in Irish people holidaying here. “Irish holidaymakers are very weather dependent and traditionally will book their breaks at the last minute.“This year with the good weather there’s been a rush to traditional Irish holiday spots. The soaring temperatures will surely impact on the tourism sector’s performance for 2013, along with the boost from The Gathering.“Ireland is a great place to holiday and our Discover Ireland home holiday campaign has been working well over recent years to encourage more people to enjoy what is on their doorstep.“With a few more weeks left of the traditional summer break, there is still time to take advantage of what is here in Ireland.” SUNNY JULY SAW MASSIVE 800% INCREASE IN DONEGAL STAYCATIONS was last modified: August 13th, 2013 by John2Share 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:donegalebookers.ieholidays in DonegalStaycationslast_img read more

Bruins’ Harwell excelling despite his past hardships

first_img “We would sleep in the car and wouldn’t eat for a day. There were times when things were rough. It was like, ‘Man, this is a reality check,”‘ Harwell said. “Now, I’m living it up. Living on my own, in a dorm. It’s great, but back then, I look back and I didn’t know if I was going to eat one day, or sleep or shower.” Harwell said he and his brothers showered at friends’ houses, and went to the library after school to do homework because there was no light in the car at night. The state got word of the situation, and declared Ruby an unfit mother, Harwell said. According to Williams, who is 34, Ruby suffers from “mental issues.” Harwell’s father, David, lives in Fort Wayne, Ind. The older siblings were out of high school, some in college. Brigham, Brent and Byron were placed in foster care. Williams visited regularly, and planned to become their guardian. But he and his wife, Jamila, who have four kids, were raising their own family, and the resources weren’t in place to add. So Harwell went to foster care for most of seventh and eighth grades. “Foster care is not nice,” Harwell said. “From sixth grade through high school, I can name so many friends, and their parents, that helped me out. I love the Rodgers (Bill and Sheri). I played on their basketball team and every summer they took me to Palm Springs and paid for everything — clothes, food, a place to stay.” Harwell said he didn’t see his younger brothers much, but that started to change when Williams, a bank manager, gained custody of Brigham before his freshman year at Los Altos High of Hacienda Heights. The Williamses gave Harwell a structured family unit. Joe said Brigham did whatever it took to chip in. He would cut grass in the summer to earn money, and was a baby-sitter for his now 5-year-old nephew, Jeremey, who is autistic. But after two years at Los Altos, the Williamses moved into a bigger home in Chino Hills. Harwell, though, was fitting in at Los Altos, and didn’t want to transfer. That’s when a neighbor, who worked in the Hacienda Heights area, stepped in. The neighbor made the one-hour drive each day to drop off and pick up Harwell at Los Altos. Through all of this, Harwell, who said he had very little contact with his parents during high school, never was in trouble and maintained a B average in school. “I’m so proud of him,” Williams said. “You’re not going to find a guy that is as humble as him, and as genuinely a good person. … I can’t remember having to ever tell Brigham, ‘Did you get your homework done?’ He worked so hard, and that’s why I’m so proud of him.” Harwell also turned into a tremendous football player. Conquerors coach Greg Gano said Harwell, who played defensive end, finished his career one-half sack shy of former USC standout Shaun Cody’s school record. As a senior, Harwell had 22 sacks. “We could have given the sack to get the record, but Brigham would never have taken it,” Gano said. “Everything he gets, and everything he got at Los Altos, he deserves. He’s a very loving kid. When he comes back, you don’t shake his hand, you give him a big hug.” Harwell played defensive end as a freshman at UCLA, but in the spring was asked to move to defensive tackle, a position he did not want to play coming out of high school. Although Harwell was willing to make the move, Williams stepped in and met with Bruins coach Karl Dorrell. Harwell also sought advice from several of his high school coaches, and chatted with Cody online. A transfer was contemplated, which Williams said he initiated, but Harwell, maintaining UCLA was the right place for him, stayed. He has 14 tackles for the Bruins this season, and leads UCLA’s defensive linemen with five tackles for loss. “There’s two things that attracted us to him,” Dorrell said. “One, he’s a great person. And two, for his background, for all the things that he’s had to endure, and for him to be as good a student as he was, and keep focus on being as good a football player as a student, those are things that were really, really intriguing, and special, about him. He takes a lot of pride in everything he does.” Things are falling into place for Harwell. The Williamses became guardians of younger brothers Brent and Byron, now 16 and 15, respectively. Harwell’s dad attended the Sept. 10 game against Rice. Also, after being out of contact with his mom for a while, Harwell got her phone number about a month ago, and the two talk every weekend. “She watches every game on TV, and I talk to her and let her know everything is good,” Harwell said. “My mom, she’s my hero. Even though she has problems, she cared for us really well, no matter what. … It got to a point where we got older and she couldn’t do it anymore.” Ruby is living in a hotel in Arcadia, and the family remains fond of her. “We still love our mom, but right now there’s nothing we can do,” Williams said. “Brigham says, ‘That motivates me to do something, to help my mom.”‘ But all is not perfect. Harwell said his 26-year-old brother, Daydrain, “is messed up on drugs,” and the family has been unable to locate him. “(Brigham) could have felt sorry for himself and folded it up, and he didn’t do that. He never made his family situation a deterrent,” Gano said. “Of any kid I coached, I think Brigham had the most fun on the football field. I think it was his outlet.” — Brian Dohn can be reached at (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! LOS ANGELES — — The family car was cramped, but Brigham Harwell, his two younger brothers and his mom called it home for a bit. Later, the foster home provided shelter and food, but being detached from his family caused mental anguish for Harwell until his older brother, Joe Williams, stepped in and became his legal guardian. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “I think about where I’m at now, and I can’t even describe it. It’s a long time coming,” Harwell said. “I don’t know how I made it. It’s help from family and friends. Without my brother, Joe, I believe I wouldn’t be here right now.” Harwell sprained his right ankle last Saturday against Cal, but expects to play this weekend. It is no surprise Harwell rebounded so quickly, because he has been doing it for many of his 20 years. “Sometimes I listen to the stuff he’s told me about, and I’m like, ‘Wow, I’d be crying like a little girl,”‘ said UCLA defensive tackle Kenneth Lombard, one of Harwell’s best friends. “What I admire about him is, he doesn’t complain about those things. One thing you never hear from Brigham, and I mean never, is ‘Woe is me.”‘ It was difficult, Harwell recalls, because his parents divorced when he was in the fourth grade. He has six brothers and two sisters, and remembers his mother, Ruby, exhausting every option to provide for the family. But the expenses became too high, the burden too expansive. Harwell said by the time he was in sixth grade, his mom couldn’t afford to pay the rent, so Brigham, younger brothers Brent and Byron, and his mom began living in the car. center_img Growing up was not easy for Harwell, nor his family, but UCLA’s starting sophomore defensive tackle shows no signs of bitterness or resentment for what he had to overcome. In addition to being a superb student, he is a star in the making on the football field, humble and quiet. But he believes he did not miss out on much growing up, and one day hopes to care for a mother deemed unfit to care for him. last_img read more

A holiday gift for widow

first_img The four runners-up in the contest each received a few votes, but about three-quarters of the crew marked the index card on the bulletin below the copy of the Bundys’ letter. “This would be something nice for her, her husband passed away,” Engelbert Barrientos said after casting his vote. “It’s Thanksgiving and we have a lot to be thankful for. It’s nice to be able to help someone else.” Aquila, a faceless voice on speakerphone, was clearly stunned as Abramson explained how her story had touched him, his employees and a representative from Dunn-Edwards, which will donate the paint. Work will begin in January. “This is God’s work, through you guys,” she said, quite evidently holding back tears. Thank you so much. My children thank you. God bless you guys.” Patricia Farrell Aidem, (661) 257-5251 pat.aidem@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! VALENCIA – Josh Abramson’s eyes usually don’t fill with tears when he leads staff meetings at his Valencia painting company. But Wednesday’s gathering of some two dozen employees and others in the upstairs conference room at A. Albright Painting was special. The crew had gathered to hear about the five top nominees for a company contest – $5,000 worth of painting services for a deserving household – and to vote for the winner. “Oh, my God!” cried Sylvia Aquila of Acton, reached by phone after employees decided she would be the recipient of the company’s donation. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Abramson gave Aquila the good news via speakerphone. The workers who crowded the conference room listened in, wearing huge smiles and dabbing at tears as Aquila, a recent widow and mother of two, talked with Abramson. The staff had gathered for a monthly meeting – dining on pizza to celebrate a profitable month – and to hear the stories of those nominated for the painting services. Abramson read letters about families and one nonprofit organization in need, but became tearful and was unable to finish Terry and Linda Bundy’s story of Aquila, their neighbor in Acton. “Just last month, Carlos, her husband of 20 years, died suddenly of a heart attack,” the letter read. “He was only 40 years old. … She is left to raise their 9-year-old daughter and their 16-year-old son.” Carlos Aquila was stricken as he was driving about a block from the family home. His car swerved into a parked car and his son and a friend pulled him from his car and called 911. He died at a hospital. “There wasn’t even a chance to say goodbye,” the Bundys wrote. last_img read more


first_imgIT’S make or break for reigning county champions St Eunan’s as they host Dungloe in the SFC at O’Donnell Park this evening.The reserves throw in at 5pm with the seniors to follow at 6.30pm.The winners of the senior game are guaranteed a quarter-final spot with the men from the west confident they can cause an upset in Letterkenny this evening. Eunan’s can go through with a draw, but will want to show they are the better than the side which wilted so easily against Naomh Conaill last Sunday.The Glenties men were better in all departments.The Letterkenny side are once again without Rory Kavanagh who returns home next weekend, hoping the black and amber are still in the championship.A large crowd is expected for this Saturday evening clash, so supporters are warned to get to O’Donnell Park early.  GAA: MAKE OR BREAK FOR EUNAN’S AS DUNGLOE VISIT O’DONNELL PARK was last modified: August 29th, 2015 by John2Share 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:dungloeSFCSt Eunanslast_img read more

Armed Gardai raid properties connected to Irish brothers linked to manslaughter of 39 migrants

first_imgGardai have launched a series of raids this morning targeting two Irish brothers wanted in connection with the manslaughter of 39 Vietnamese migrants.The Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB) backed up by the heavily-armed Emergency Response Unit (ERU) swooped on addresses in Co Monaghan.According to the Irish Mirror, said properties allegedly linked to Ronan Hughes, 40, and his 34-year-old brother Christopher were searched. The fugitive brothers are wanted on suspicion of manslaughter and people trafficking.They have links to South Armagh and North Monaghan.Detectives in Essex urged the brothers, now in hiding, to hand themselves in after the bodies of eight women and 31 men were found in a lorry on Oct 23.Armed Gardai raid properties connected to Irish brothers linked to manslaughter of 39 migrants was last modified: November 7th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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)last_img read more

A dire Kite

first_imgSo I got my other half and her brother tickets to the Carling Cup final while I watched between my fingers as Fulham did the double over QPR.As bad decisions go, that’s right up there with the Decca record executive who turned down the chance to sign The Beatles by declaring: “Guitar groups are on the way out.”Which is exactly where Rangers will be in a few weeks’ time barring a remarkable turnaround in fortunes over the next 12 games.These include trips to Chelsea and both Manchester clubs, with Tottenham, Arsenal and Liverpool heading down to Loftus Road. Gulp.“Pogrebnyak bears a striking resemblance to Ivan Drago from Rocky IV, although he stopped short of shouting out ‘I win for me! For me!’”One thing’s for sure, if they play anything like they did on Saturday they might as well head back to the Algarve and put the Tiger Cubs out for the remaining games – at least they’d show a bit of spirit.I didn’t really see the point of this warm-weather training lark – soaking up a few rays before having to readjust to the cold harsh reality of the bleak midwinter.But then the sun came out on Saturday and I thought maybe Hughes had pulled off a masterstroke. Sadly, as in the reverse fixture, it only shone on Fulham.So what exactly did they work on in their week away?I’m guessing when the ‘How To Play At Least One Half With The Full Complement Of XI Players’ lesson was held, Samba Diakite must have nodded off.His approach to tackling is akin to watching Devon White in a china shop, clattering into everything – and after misdemeanour number four (or was it five?) everyone in the ground knew he was a red card waiting to happen.Everyone it seems except for Hughes, who later conceded it might be quite handy to keep all of his players on the pitch.Although after his little playground spat with Martin Jol, he must be adopting the mantra ‘Do as I say and not as I do’.The Malian international’s early bath duly came on 33 minutes and the only thing the fans around me found harder to comprehend was how to pronounce his name.The QPR boss lost his new ‘Kite’My favourite was the traditional British phonetic version – ‘Dye A Kite’ – which would make for a perfect chant to the tune of the Mary Poppins classic – if he ever stays on the pitch long enough to hear it.Fulham were already 1-0 up when Diakite departed, thanks to their frightening Russian powerhouse Pavel Pogrebnyak, who bears a striking resemblance to Ivan Drago from Rocky IV, although he stopped short of shouting out “I win for me! For me!”Pogrebnyak was a straight replacement for Bobby Zamora, who was as useful as a one-legged man in an a**e-kicking contest on Saturday after being strangely asked to plough a lone furrow up front.It was fuel to the fire for the mischievous away support, who chanted “Going down with Bobby and Mark!” – it was hard to disagree.I’ve never had anything against Fulham – indeed my great Nan used to regale me with her childhood tales of getting let into the last 10 minutes of every home match at Craven Cottage for nothing – but for a while on Saturday night I couldn’t stand the mention of them.It’s like being cheating on your girlfriend and initially blaming her for dumping you before waking up the next morning and realising it’s not her, it’s you.The benefit of hindsight is a wonderful thing – I’d have bought shares in Facebook and supported Barcelona for starters – but I was never in favour of getting rid of Neil Warnock, who rocked up at the Premiere of The Four Year Plan and referred to his old club as ‘we’. Bless.I’ve got nothing against Hughes but would Uncle Neil have done any worse than four points from five games against teams in the lower reaches of the Premier League?Would Warnock have fared any worse in recent weeks?That said, if Cisse had stayed on the pitch against Wolves, if Faurlin wasn’t out for the season, if Helguson hadn’t got injured, if other teams weren’t better than us…Predictably, a section of QPR fans have decided Joey Barton should carry the can after singling him out for disparaging chants – probably the same fans who were singing “He tweets what he wants!” a couple of weeks back.Yes, Barton was wrong to bawl out Warnock and hasn’t exactly set the world on fire since his arrival, but then neither has Shaun Wright-Phillips, who my cousin calls ‘Shaun-ohhh’ because every time he picks the ball up all you hear around you is “Go on Shaun…ohhh.”SWP’s old club Chelsea got back to winning ways with a 3-0 trouncing of Bolton but the axe continues to hang over Andre-Villas Boas, with the press stoking things up by suggesting Jose Mourinho was house-hunting in London.He has also been linked with the Spurs job should Harry Redknapp become England boss and I for one hope that’s where he ends up. I like Mourinho and it never sits comfortably with me when I’m fond of the Chelsea manager.As for Brentford, the 4-0 walloping of Carlisle, which saw two brilliant debut goals from teenager Saido Berahino was followed by a dour 0-0 draw at Scunthorpe – summed up by one fan who said: “Better than a kick in the nuts…but just as bad as a kick up the a**e.”And finally, out of curiosity I had a flick through the new Sun on Sunday last weekend and found this brilliant insight on the back page: “Samba Diakite’s sending off was QPR’s fifth red card at home this season. And it begs the question…have the Super Hoops got a discipline problem?”Answers on a postcard please.Follow Chris on Twitterlast_img read more