Column: A Super stinker, Patriots prevail but ugliness wins

first_imgIn fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra It was the only time all evening that either team reached the red zone.That brief burst of offense was enough to carry the Patriots to a 13-3 victory , but this game will be remembered as an unworthy finale to a thrilling season. Certainly not in the same league as that pair of captivating games we witnessed on conference championship weekend. Not even close to the Super Bowl classics that capped off the last two seasonsThose represented the NFL at its HD best.The latest Super Bowl should’ve been broadcast in black and white.It was straight out of the 1950s.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers That was then.This time, Zuerlein’s kick sailed wide left of the upright.Brady kneeled down one more time and it was over.Thankfully.Disney officials dutifully announced that Brady and MVP Julian Edelman would be visiting the Magic Kingdom on Monday.The folks at Mickey Mouse Land might want to reconsider their offer.It’s probably best to just forget this stinker of a Super Bowl.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next When Adam Levine ripped off his shirt during the halftime show, it was quickly apparent that tattoos would far outnumber points in the A-T-L.Come to think of it, Maroon 5 might have benefited the most from this one.Their lame, off-key performance was probably the highlight of the night.The Rams needed until deep into the third quarter to finally surpass 100 yards, on a drive that resulted in their only points. Greg Zuerlein booted a 53-yard field goal that tied the game at 3 with just over two minutes remaining in the period, and it looked like Los Angeles might actually have a chance to pull out a game it had no business winning.After Michel’s TD, Los Angeles gave itself one more chance. Driving briskly into New England territory, the Rams had first down at the 27 when Goff lofted a pass toward the right pylon with Brandin Cooks breaking into the clear. But Patriots second-string safety Duron Harmon, in the game after Patrick Chung sustained what looked to be a broken arm, came flying over to level Cooks just as the ball was slipping through the receiver’s hands at the goal line.Cooks conceded afterward that it was a catch he should’ve made, but he was hardly alone in that category.On the very next play, Huron came at Goff on a blitz. The young quarterback flinched with the safety in his face, wobbling up a pass that was easily picked off by Stephon Gilmore.New England drove the other way for the clinching field goal.With eight seconds remaining, the Rams sent on Zuerlein to attempt a 48-yard field goal, knowing the only remote chance they had to force OT was to get three points, pull an onside kick and heave a desperation pass toward the end zone on the final play.Zuerlein was money all season, and especially in the NFC championship game against the New Orleans Saints, when he tied it up with a 48-yard field goal and won the game in overtime with a booming 57-yard effort. LATEST STORIES “You’ve got to grind it out and find a way,” said Brady, delivering a drab quote that perfectly fit the occasion.Stephen Gostkowski clinched it for the Patriots, barely guiding a 41-yard field goal inside the left upright with 1:12 remaining to make it a two-score game.What a blessing.The last thing anyone needed was the Rams having any chance to send this monstrosity to overtime.Taking nothing away from a stout defensive effort by both teams, this lackluster affair seemed more the result of two offenses that never found their footing — especially the youthful Rams and their 24-year-old quarterback, Jared Goff.There were plenty of silly mistakes, the kind of plays you normally see when teams are working through the kinks coming of training camp. Both teams were flagged for having two men in motion at the same time. The Rams were penalized for a false start when lined up on second down needing less than a yard. One of their better plays was negated by a holding penalty. They even got caught with too many men on the field.“We just played bad today,” running back C.J. Anderson said.With just over a minute to go, after the Rams were called for yet another holding penalty, the press box announcer summed it up best after accidentally leaving his mic on.“Ughhhhhhh,” he moaned, snapping the assembled media out their slumber.It was the lowest-scoring game in Super Bowl history, eclipsing a 21-point snoozer in 1973 when Miami capped its perfect season with an ugly victory over Washington that had least had a bit of comic relief: kicker Garo Yepremian’s ridiculous attempt to throw a pass. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Tom Brady and the New England Patriots captured their sixth championship Sunday night, an amazing accomplishment that was overshadowed by the ugly way they won it against the stunningly inept Los Angeles Rams.An instant classic?FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsNo, this was instantly forgettable.The only touchdown finally came when the game was 53 minutes old, the Patriots reaching the end zone on Sony Michel’s 2-yard run after one of the few offensive highlights — Brady’s niftily threaded ball to Rob Gronkowski with three defenders around, resulting in a 29-yard play. 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(AP Photo/Chuck Burton)ATLANTA — The NFL should’ve ended the season two weeks ago.This Super Bowl was a hot mess, really no better than a sloppy preseason game.ADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? View commentslast_img read more

“My daughter’s death gave my life new meaning” – Ron Pilgrim

first_imgBy Lakhram BhagiratThe toughest thing many a father does is give away his daughter on her wedding day. It is something that Ron Pilgrim wishes he could have done for his first princess, but all he can do is wish.Little RonashaYou see, Ron’s only daughter, Ronasha, was, on September 1, brutally murdered by her uncle — all for a pair of gold earrings valued at less than $5,000.Ron explained that September 1 would forever be etched in his memory, as he vividly remembers digging through the mud for the body of his 18-month-old daughter, hoping and praying that God would grant him a miracle. However, after about 30 minutes of digging, he found Ronasha’s body, lifeless and covered in mud.“I don’t wish what I went through for any father. The hardest and darkest day of my life was digging in the mud for my daughter, and then taking (her) out of the mud. It was hard; very hard,” he laments.Ron is a 35-year-old single parent father who works two jobs to care for his children. He now puts all his efforts into making sure his two sons, Ryan and Ron Jr, are safe from all the elements.At around 03:00h on that fateful day, Ron’s youngest brother, Sherwin, entered his Lot 98 North Sophia home after breaking one of the windows. When Sherwin entered the house, Ron’s son Ryan, 12 years old, was up watching television, while Ron Jr, 10 years old, and Ronasha were asleep. Sherwin first attempted to toss Ron Jr through the window, but was unsuccessful; then he relieved his niece of her gold earrings, tossed her out of the window, then proceeded to dig a hole and bury her alive.This was done in the presence of her two brothers, and while their father was away at work.My first encounter with Ron was on December 22, when he came by the Guyana Times’ office to receive two new bikes, food hamper, school supplies and a gift certificate for the holidays, donated by the staff members of TVG/Radio Guyana and Guyana Times. After the presentation, I engaged Ron and we had a rather lengthy conversation, wherein he explained how he has been able to cope with his loss.What stuck with me was when he fought back tears to explain what life has been without his child. I have been around grave loss, and I have encountered grave loss as well, but Ron’s pain startled me. Generally, men are expected to be stoic and not show emotion, but he dispelled that stereotype when he spoke about raising his children on his own, playing the role of both mother and father, and attempted to describe his indescribable loss.“I can’t really describe how I feel, but it is like everything black now. No colour. I know I have the two boys, but I don’t know what happen; it is like I lose part of me, because she mother never really care for she,” Ron said while fighting back tears.Since Ronasha died, her father have been constantly working to take his sons out of their current place of dwelling. He explained that he was forced to take another job after Ryan and Ron Jr’s mother died in 2011.After the mother of his sons died, his mother helped to care of the boys, but that eventually stopped, leaving him as the sole caregiver. However, since Ronasha’s death, his mother has resumed caring for the boys during the weekends, and happily said they would be spending Christmas with her.During our conversation, he explained that his current home is not ideally situated for rearing the children, since the land would become swampy and flooded; but he noted that one day he would get his children out of there, since the memories of his daughter haunt him daily.“Since the girl died, life is harder, because for a time the boys were traumatized and them was frighten and so. It is like my daughter’s death gave my life new meaning, because I am a better man now and I care more for the two that I have with me,” Ron said.He noted that as the holidays gets closer he could only sit and think of how he would have spoilt his princess. He explained that the thought of buying her a doll and princess accessories brings a rare smile to his face, since he is still trying to cope with his loss.Ron told me that, growing up, he was always different from his brothers, since they are what he described as “thugs”. He added that two weeks prior to murdering his daughter, Sherwin had just came out of jail.“Is the drugs got them man so. Them does spend all their money on buying drugs, and always in some problem; but them don’t learn,” he declared.During my interaction with Ron, Ryan was there as well, and I was made to understand that he had witnessed everything his uncle did to his sister. He was very reticent about revealing what happened that night, but told me that his uncle was very vicious, and would have killed all of them if an alarm was not raised.For now, the Pilgrim family are picking up the pieces of their broken lives and trying to forge ahead. Ron still works extra hard to ensure that his children get the best he can afford. He is focused on making sure they get a quality education, so they could build themselves a career that would take them places.last_img read more

Hamilton Instagram account emptied

first_imgIn the video, which has since been taken down, Hamilton shouts: “Boys don’t wear princess dresses” which led to the youngster covering his ears with his hands.The 32-year-old’s actions drew criticism on social media from users who felt his nephew should be free to wear whatever he wanted. 0Shares0000Mercedes’ British driver Lewis Hamilton gestures ahead of the Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix at the Yas Marina circuit on November 26, 2017LONDON, United Kingdom, Dec 30 -Lewis Hamilton’s Instagram account has been completely emptied as the fall out over his lapse of judgement when recently lambasting a nephew for wearing a princess dress continues.Four-time Formula One world champion Hamilton had shared a video with his 5.7 million followers mocking his nephew sporting a blue and pink dress and waving a pink heart-shaped furry wand over the Christmas holidays. Hamilton took down the Instagram post and later tweeted an apology, which has also now been deleted.He was further criticised for liking some of the replies to his Twitter post, one of which said he had no need to apologise to the “PC brigade”.”Yesterday I was playing around with my nephew and realised that my words were inappropriate so I removed the post,” Hamilton wrote in his Twitter apology.Now all that remains on the photo sharing site on Hamilton’s official page is the message ‘Dare to be the greatest. Inspire, spread love, and live every day to the fullest.’0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Lyon to rival Roma and Liverpool in race for USA sensation

first_img DeAndre Yedlin in action for Seattle Sounders 1 Lyon have joined Liverpool and Roma in the race to land USA starlet DeAndre Yedlin.The 21-year-old right-back, who was reportedly the lowest-paid player at the World Cup, impressed during his three substitute outings in Brazil, most notably in the narrow defeat to Belgium when he successfully shackled Chelsea star Eden Hazard.Yedlin, who is on the books Seattle Sounders, recently reiterated his commitment to the MLS side but Liverpool and Roma have both been tipped to bring him to Europe.However, sources in France claim Lyon have already sounded out the defender and his representatives and could now pursue a £2m deal.last_img read more

‘Heading the ball’ riskier for female players: study

first_img0Shares0000Mexican Katlyn Johnson (C) jumps for a header between Costa Rica’s Maria Salas (L) and Mariana Benavides at the 2018 Central American and Caribbean Games (CAC) in Barranquilla, Colombia, on July 30, 2018 © AFP / Luis ROBAYOTAMPA, United States, Jul 31 – Brain damage from heading a football may be five times more extensive in women than men, said a US study Tuesday based on nearly 100 amateur players.The report in the journal Radiology suggested that sex-specific guidelines may be needed to guard against head injuries in football, or soccer as it is widely called in the United States. “Researchers and clinicians have long noticed that women fare worse following head injury than men, but some have said that’s only because women are more willing to report symptoms,” said lead author Michael Lipton, professor of radiology, psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Albert Einstein College of Medicine.“Based on our study, which measured objective changes in brain tissue rather than self-reported symptoms, women do seem more likely than men to suffer brain trauma from heading soccer balls.”For the study, 49 male and 49 female players were given a form of MRI called diffusion tensor imaging (DTI), which analyzes the health of the brain’s white matter by looking at water balance in the tissue.Players’ ages ranged from 18-50, and both groups reported a similar number of headings over the previous year. Men reported an average of 487 headings and women 469.The scans showed that “the volume of damaged white matter in women soccer players was five times greater than for male players,” according to the report.The women had eight brain regions where white matter — which involves communication between different parts of the brain — were affected, compared to three in men.Researchers said the brain changes were “subclinical,” meaning the players did not report any altered thinking ability.But the changes remain a concern because they could be a precursor to further injury and brain damage, including cognitive decline and behavioral changes.“Before serious dysfunction occurs, it’s wise to identify risk factors for cumulative brain injury — such as heading if you’re female — so that people can act to prevent further damage and maximize recovery,” said Lipton.The study gave no formal reasons for the differences, but some experts suggest that neck strength, sex hormones or genetics could be to blame.About 30 million women and girls play soccer worldwide, according to the International Federation of Association Football, known as FIFA.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


first_imgA JUDGE has reprimanded a 53-year-old man who was attempting to start a cannabis grow house in his house in Donegal.Conal Gillespie admitted having seven half-grown cannabis plants and four dead cannabis plants in the attic of his Inishowen bungalow.Inspector David Murphy told Carndonagh District Court that the cannabis – worth around €700 – was found during a Garda search of Gillespie’s home at Carrowkeel, Quigleys Point on September 17. A defence solicitor said the 53-year-old is a highly intelligent academic and language translator.“This was essentially a bit if curiosity to him. It wasn’t a successful operation as evidenced by the dead plants,” said the lawyer.Judge Kelly told the defendant: “You’re a bit long in the tooth for this sort of operation Mr Gillespie.”Judge Kelly adjourned the case until December, ordering Gillespie to make a €250 donation to Clonmany Youth Club.DRUG GROW HOUSE MAN TOLD: ‘YOU’RE A BIT LONG IN THE TOOTH TO BE DOING THIS’ was last modified: October 26th, 2014 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:cannabischargescourt casequigleys pointlast_img read more

Young farmer reversed for one kilometre after seeing Gardai

first_imgA young farmer who reversed his car for more than one kilometre after seeing Gardai has appeared in court.Craig Anderson, aged 26, was spotted by Gardai driving a VW Passat at Ballyboden, Lifford on October 25th, last year. Anderson reversed the car back up a hill and failed to stop or pull in despite having a number of opportunities to do so.He eventually got the car turned and failed to stop the car despite the fact that Gardai had activated their blue lights.Gardai knew Anderson, of Hillcrest, Aughawee, Lifford, and he was later arrested.Solicitor Ciaran McLaughlin said his client was helping his father on the farm after he suffered a back injury.He said he was a hard-working young man but said he did have a number of issues.Letterkenny District Court heard Anderson has previous convictions for drunk driving, driving while disqualified and driving without insurance.He asked the court to consider compiling a probation and welfare report on Anderson which Judge Paul Kelly agreed to.He adjourned the case until May 17th next.Young farmer reversed for one kilometre after seeing Gardai was last modified: March 11th, 2019 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:Craig AndersondonegalfarmerGardaiLiffordReversedlast_img read more


first_imgLetterkenny Rugby Club starts back this weekend at Dave Gallagher Park in the Glebe at 09.30 for Minis and 10.00 for Youth – all details available at Boys and Girls are all welcome. Registration online or at Arena 7 on Saturday 1st 11.00 to 1.00   LETTERKENNY RUGBY CLUB IS BACK! was last modified: August 31st, 2012 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:Letterkenny RFClast_img read more


first_imgThe gang behind a series of ram-raids in Letterkenny claimed they were only out for a jog when nabbed by Gardai, can reveal.Thousands of euro of damage was caused to four shops and two cars were burned out as the men went on a crime spree in the early hours of yesterday morning.As well as breaking into the Wine Buff store, they also rammed the North West Hearing Clinic, Riverside Shopping Mall and Thomas Keye’s petrol station at Ballyraine. The men were eventually arrested in the Glencar are of the town when they tried to steal another car to make a getaway.An eye-witness to the men’s arrest told that he contacted the Gardai when he saw them trying to steal a car.The man, who asked not to be named, helped direct Gardai to where the men had hidden after being disturbed.“I never let on to them that I seen them and I stood on the road and waited for the guards to come up. “I called the station but couldn’t speak as I was on one side of the wall and they were on the other and I didnt want them to know that they were caught red-handed.“A Garda car came up the road and I directed/waived them into a house across the road, where they were in hiding.“I got the squad car to stop at the entrance to block their escape and all the men who had been in hiding thinking they were safe, ran towards the hedges and trees.“One of them slightly injured himself as he must have banged into a tree or fell over in the commotion. Myself and the other guard ran to block them getting through onto the road,” revealed the man.The man also told how the suspects acted very casually when apprehended by Gardai. “They didn’t seem too fazed by it all and claimed that they were only out for a jog,” he revealed.A car which had been taken from a driveway in the Glencar area was taken away on a pick-up lorry by Gardai for examination.EndsLETTERKENNY RAM-RAIDER SUSPECTS CLAIMED THEY WERE ONLY OUT JOGGING WHEN CAUGHT BY GARDAI was last modified: April 29th, 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)Tags:letterkennyRam-raidlast_img read more


first_imgCOUNTDOWN TO CROKER: Donegal senior manager Jim McGuinness told the assembled media at a recent press briefing for Donegal’s All-Ireland semi-final clash with Dublin, that his players are going to enjoy themselves.McGuinness said that no one player is more important than the other, and insisted that Paddy McGrath is just as vital to the Donegal team as Colm McFadden. McFadden has come under intense scrutiny following a number of below par performances this year.McGuinness made the reference to McGrath after he was quizzed on whether McFadden is still as important to Donegal as he was in 2012?McGuinness responded sharply by insisting no one player is as important as the other.McGuinness said, “If Paddy McGrath doesn’t do his job then their corner-forward does the scoring and that hurts us. McGuinness feels the dimensions of Croke Park will see Murphy, McFadden and McBrearty flourish, the trio usually receive special attention from other teams due to the deadly threat they pose.McGuinness insists his players are ready for the challenge, and on August 31st are going to enjoy themselves.Simply click on the video above to watch.DDTV – COUNTDOWN TO CROKER: MCGUINNESS “THESE PLAYERS ARE GOING TO ENJOY THEMSELVES” was last modified: August 19th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Countdown to CrokerDDTV: Jim McGuinnessMedianewsPress briefingSportlast_img read more