The good, the bad and the ugly of the Rio Games

first_imgRIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Michael Phelps won more medals than anyone else, again. And then he said farewell, also again. Usain Bolt kissed the finish line good-bye after enhancing his Olympic legacy. Simone Biles and Katie Ledecky delivered under the burden of enormous expectations. Two strangers went from rivals to forever linked by a display of kindness, an entire nation seemed to celebrate a tennis match, and a gold medallist scampered home to avoid legal issues after a robbery story unravelled. The Rio de Janeiro Olympics was not perfect. But there were moments — some great, some dreadful and some downright ugly — that will not, and should not, be forgotten. Here’s a look: MEDAL LEADERS The U.S. dominated the medal count, a rare romp in a non-boycotted games (there’s still more medals to win Sunday, but the margin of overall victory could be the most in a fully attended games in 68 years). Phelps won six medals, five of them gold, to increase his career haul to 23 Olympic titles and 28 medals overall. Ledecky and Biles each won five medals, Biles gets to carry the U.S. flag into the closing ceremony, and U.S. shooter Kim Rhode has now won a medal in six consecutive Olympiads — and might not be done, either. BIGGEST EMBARASSMENT Another easy pick, even in a games where an Egyptian was sent home after failing to shake an Israeli judo opponent’s hand. Ryan Lochte is a 12-time Olympic medalist, and the odds that he’ll have a chance to ever swim for a 13th are as murky as some of the pools were in these Rio Games. Lochte’s story that a robber put a gun to his head quickly unravelled, his three teammates who were companions that night all were left to answer legal questions after he scurried home, and more repercussions from the U.S. Olympic Committee are likely coming. “It’s traumatic to be out late with your friends in a foreign country — with a language barrier,” read part of the apology that Lochte released on social media Friday. Maybe so, but it bears noting that language barrier or no language barrier, the incident occurred after Lochte left a night out at … Club France. So it would seem like not all foreign atmospheres struck him as traumatic before now. BEST COACH Due respect to Mike Krzyzewski, Geno Auriemma, Martha Karolyi and the Japanese wrestling coach who found himself getting bodyslammed twice in celebration by women’s gold medalist Risako Kawai, this one goes to Ans Botha — the 74-year-old great-grandmother who guided South Africa’s Wayde Van Niekerk to Olympic gold and a world record in the men’s 400. Her style is simple. When the smile goes away and the voice gets stern, it’s time to get serious. In other words, sort of like most great-grandmothers. “She’s an amazing woman,” Van Niekerk said. “Her work … I think it speaks for itself.” BEST COUPLE Decathlon champion Ashton Eaton of the U.S. and his wife, heptathlon bronze medalist Brianne Thiesen-Eaton of Canada, would be a very easy selection here. But what Kate Richardson-Walsh and Helen Richardson-Walsh did was even more rare. They’re married, and played for the same gold-medal winning British women’s field hockey team. In a games that had more openly gay athletes than ever before, theirs was a moment that surely resonated with many around the world who don’t know the first thing about field hockey. “To win an Olympic medal is special. To win an Olympic medal with your wife standing next to you … we will cherish this for the rest of our lives,” Kate Richardson-Walsh said. BREAKOUT STAR We asked. You voted. Narrowing the list of potential candidates to four — Simone Manuel (four swimming medals), Joseph Schooling (beat Phelps for a gold in the pool), Monica Puig (whose tennis gold was Puerto Rico’s first Olympic title in any sport) and Ibtihaj Muhammad (the barrier-breaking fencing medalist) — AP asked its Twitter followers to have a say in deciding this one. The response was overwhelming, and one-sided: Puig is the breakout star of these games. Reduced to tears many times after draping the Puerto Rican flag across her body after the gold-medal match, Puig beat two of the world’s best five players to win the title. “To do this for my country is everything,” Puig said. The Olympic ideal, personified. BEST BACK-AND-FORTH When the U.S. women’s football team was ousted by Sweden (and former U.S. coach Pia Sundhage), American goalkeeper Hope Solo raised eyebrows with her assessment of the match. But her former coach had the perfect rebuttal. “We lost to a bunch of cowards,” Solo said. “It’s OK to be cowards if you win,” Sundhage countered.center_img BEST FINISH Bolt kissing the finish line after his ninth and final Olympic gold — in nine final races — was a perfect ending. He ran the anchor leg of the 4×100-metre relay for Jamaica, won emphatically to become the third athlete ever with nine golds in track and field, and insists that this will be the end of his Olympic career. “Nothing left to prove,” Bolt said. He’s right. “I am the greatest,” he added. Right again. BEST ACT OF SPORTSMANSHIP An easy pick. In the women’s 5,000-metre heat, Abbey D’Agostino of the U.S. and New Zealand’s Nikki Hamblin — strangers before that day — were involved in a tumble. D’Agostino helped Hamblin up, encouraging her to finish the race. D’Agostino tore a knee ligament in the fall and obviously couldn’t finish. Hamblin wound up finishing last of 17 in the 5,000 final, so neither left with a medal. Instead, they got so much more. “That girl is the Olympic spirit right there,” Hamblin said of D’Agostino. “I’ve never met her before. Like I never met this girl before. And isn’t that just so amazing?” Yes, it is. BIGGEST OFF-FIELD STAR A tough category, especially after Leslie Jones of “Saturday Night Live” parlayed hilarious Twitter commentary into an invite to Rio. Matthew McConaughey hung out with everyone from the U.S. women’s rugby team to Phelps, and Gisele Bundchen’s catwalk in the opening ceremony was one not to forget. But the pick here is Zac Efron, who flew to Rio just to surprise the U.S. women’s gymnastics team — particularly Biles, who doesn’t hide her enormous crush on the actor. He also saw Bolt and the U.S. men’s basketball team, but let’s face it, no one is going to ignore invites to hang with Biles and the U.S. gymnasts right now. BEST SPIN No one might have been better at their job during the Olympics than Mario Andrada, the spokesman for the Rio Games organising committee. When something went wrong it was his job to explain it — and do so with the world watching and listening. He and International Olympic Committee spokesman Mark Adams held daily hourlong briefings with reporters, and Andrada offered up some quote gems. So we’ll go ahead and award his head-scratching statements their own set of medals. The bronze: “Numbers mislead,” he said, as part of an answer about ticket sales and poor crowds. The silver: “Let’s give these kids a break,” he said of 32-year-old Ryan Lochte and his U.S. swimming teammates, after their incident. The gold: “Chemistry is not an exact science,” he said, talking about why the water at a diving pool went from blue to green. BEST BRAZILIAN MOMENT Stand up and cheer, City of God. One of your own is now an Olympic champion. Slums, or favelas, are everywhere in Rio — none more infamous than the City of God, which rose to fame through the 2002 movie of the same name that depicted life in the slum. Rafaela Silva grew up there, and she won gold in judo at these Rio Games. Now that’s a made-for-Hollywood story. And with that, it’s time to start thinking about PyeongChang and the 2018 Winter Games. When the cauldron in Rio goes out Sunday night, those games will be only 536 days away.last_img read more

Tomko making bid for No. 5 spot in rotation

first_img Little said he has settled on the answers to two of the most burning questions of the spring: Who will take the mound in the season opener April 2 at Milwaukee and in what order the top twohitters, Rafael Furcal and Juan Pierre, will come to the plate. But he wasn’t telling. It is a safe bet Derek Lowe will get the ball against the Brewers. But there is a slight chance Little will go with newcomer Jason Schmidt instead, because that would push Lowe to the next day and would align Lowe to pitch the home opener April 9. The Furcal-Pierre issue still could go either way. “These two players have been leading off their whole lives,” Little said. “We don’t want either one of them to change a lot just because we’re suddenly putting one of them in a position to hit second.” LATE CALL Veteran catcher Kelly Stinnett spent Saturday coaching his kids’ flag football team in the Phoenix area while waiting for his agent to get him an invitation to spring training – any spring training. Sunday morning, he was walking into Dodgertown, fresh from a red-eye flight, having accepted a strangely-timed minor league contract from the Dodgers. Barring an injury to Russell Martin or Mike Lieberthal, Stinnett, 37, will spend the season at Triple-A Las Vegas – although the Dodgers likely would let him out of his deal if another team came calling with a major league offer. “We just wanted to add to our (catching) depth,” general manager Ned Colletti said. “We discussed it in a meeting and decided that was an area we needed to add to.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “That last starting spot is what I’m going after,” Tomko said. “I worked hard during the offseason and came to camp in as good a shape as I have ever been, and I have one goal.” Club officials would love to see Tomko reach that goal, especially since he is by far the most handsomely compensated ($4.1million this season) of the seven candidates. Tomko, who at the time was struggling as a starter, readily agreed to a request by manager Grady Little last July that he go to the bullpen for the rest of the season. VERO BEACH, Fla. – Brett Tomko staked a verbal claim to the vacant fifth spot in the Dodgers’ starting rotation Sunday. The veteran right-hander’s hope now is that his revamped pitching motion will help him stake that same claim on the field. center_img But after spending the entire winter changing his mechanics to keep the ball hidden from a batter’s view longer into his delivery, Tomko believes he can once again be an effective major league starter – especially since the glamor spots in the pen appear to be taken by closer Takashi Saito and setup man Jonathan Broxton. “I went to the bullpen with the intention of trying to help out and maybe work into being the closer,” Tomko said. “But we have a closer, and we have a setup guy.” He threw his first side session of spring training Saturday, after which he said this motion not only is more deceptive than his old one, but also less taxing. Tomko is scheduled to throw again today, but that became tentative when he turned his right ankle while walking in the yard of the home he is staying in. The ankle was slightly sprained. Little said he doesn’t expect it to affect Tomko’s throwing program. TIGHT LIPS last_img read more

One arrested after homicide in Kelly Lake

first_imgKELLY LAKE, B.C. – One man arrested after homicide in Kelly Lake.On Friday August 16 2019 at 7:38 PM Dawson Creek RCMP were called to a residence in Kelly Lake where it was reported that an assault had occurred.Upon arrival, police located a 54-year-old man who was fatally wounded. A 24-year-old man was arrested at the scene without incident.- Advertisement -North District Major Crime (NDMCU) was called to assist and now has conduct of the investigation.Morgen Lambert-Bouma, an Alberta resident, has been charged with second degree murder and remains in custody.He is scheduled to appear in Dawson Creek Provincial Court on Monday August 19 2019. Both men were known to each other and police have no information to suggest that the greater public is at further risk.Advertisement Anyone with information is asked to contact the Dawson Creek RCMP at 250 784-3700 or Crime Stoppers at 1 800 222-8477last_img read more

Liverpool are genuine Premier League title contenders this season, insists Gerrard

first_img1 Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has admitted that, for the first time in his career, he is confident the Reds will be genuine contenders for the Premier League title this season.The Merseyside outfit came agonisingly close to ending their 24-year wait for a top flight crown last term, finishing just two points adrift of winners Manchester City after dropping vital points against Chelsea and Crystal Palace at the end of the campaign.Luis Suarez’s prolific goalscoring form played a huge role in the Reds’ challenge, and though Brendan Rodgers will now have to manage without the striker following his £75million move to Barcelona, the club have strengthened the squad considerably this summer.Liverpool’s spending is expected to reach close to £100million as Southampton defender Dejan Lovren edges closer to an Anfield switch, with former Saints team-mates Adam Lallana and Rickie Lambert, as well as German midfielder Emre Can and winger Lazar Markovic, adding extra steel to an already impressive attacking outfit.Gerrard, Rodgers and the rest of the Reds squad kept their title hopes close to their chest last season in an attempt to play down their sudden rise back to the top of the table.But the skipper, who is desperate to add the Premier League title to his trophy haul, is pulling no punches this time around as the side aim to go one better than their runners-up spot.Reflecting on last season, Gerrard told LFC TV: “When you play at this level the margins are so tight, so when you fall short of something having been within touching distance the emotions are still going to be raw and will take time to get over.“The only way to do that is to go and achieve something this season. But the longer I’ve reflected upon it and analysed the season, you can look back and be proud of your teammates.“I think the fans will agree with me that the performance levels last season were incredible. Some of our performances were top-drawer.“I believe we are in a much better place now than we were this time last year. The reason being because we’ve got the taste, the know-how and the experience of being in a title race. If we can use the hurt of falling short last season in our favour then hopefully we can go one better.“I think this is the first time in a long time that I can be confident of telling people that we are the real deal and are real title contenders before a ball has been kicked.” Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard last_img read more

Lineup is lacking for Lackey

first_imgBASEBALL: Absence of offense ruins the Angels ace’s third chance at his 17th victory. By Doug Padilla STAFF WRITER BALTIMORE – Just like that, the Angels’ well ran dry. Their account was overdrawn. Their tank hit empty. After scoring 28 runs in two games against the Baltimore Orioles, they couldn’t find their way to home plate Thursday in a 5-0 defeat. Somebody should have left bread crumbs along the path. The main stumbling block was Orioles pitcher Jon Leicester, who was making his second start of the season. The right-hander, who last faced the Angels when he was a member of the Chicago Cubs in 2004, gave up four hits in 52/3 innings. James Hoey, Chad Bradford and Jamie Walker held the Angels down the rest of the way. Despite the defeat, the Angels still maintain the largest division lead in baseball as they close in on the American League West title. “I wasn’t expecting this,” said Orlando Cabrera, who had one of the Angels’ five hits. “The kid (Leicester) threw pretty good pitches and (catcher Paul) Bako knows us a lot. He was mixing it up pretty good.” After getting crushed with their regulars, the Orioles went to a young lineup that produced. Luis Hernandez was at shortstop for Miguel Tejada. Scott Moore played at third and Brandon Fahey was at second. “They’re going to play hard no matter who’s out there and they have some young kids with some talent,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “But the game tonight was really won by Leicester throwing a good game, Bako catching a good game and their bullpen held. A young lineup was neither here nor there. They played good defense, made all the plays and pitched well.” While scoring 18 runs in a game typically is a good thing, Angels starter John Lackey is getting skeptical about it. Twice the Angels have put 18 runs on the board the day before a Lackey start and both times they have come back with a weak encore. When the Angels scored 18 against the New York Yankees on Aug. 21, they followed it with just two in a Lackey defeat to the New York Yankees. They put up 18 against the Orioles on Wednesday and then threw a doughnut up on the board a day later. “There’s only so much you can do, man,” Lackey said. “I felt pretty good. I felt like I pretty much got the max I could have gotten out of it. I should have held them to one run in the third.” The Orioles scored twice in that inning, one on a Moore double and the other on a seeing-eye single up the middle by Tike Redman. “That was a 10-hopper that got up the middle,” Lackey said. “Did they steer the ground ball?” In his last three starts, Lackey had solid chances at earning his 17th victory, but it wasn’t meant to be. On Sept. 2, the bullpen blew a one-run lead over the Texas Rangers as Scot Shields gave up four runs. Last Friday at home, Francisco Rodriguez blew a save in the ninth inning to ruin Lackey’s chance at victory. The Angels rallied to win it in 10 innings. The offense was on the hook for this one as Lackey had a solid effort by allowing three runs and nine hits in seven innings. His chance at a first 20-victory season is long gone. “It’s a shame for us that we can’t score when he pitches,” Cabrera said. “He always keeps us in the game. We all want him at least to get a chance to win a Cy Young. I feel pretty bad about it.” Lackey remains stuck on 16 victories and has watched the Cy Young field sprint on by him. Even teammate Kelvim Escobar has better Cy Young odds with his team-high 17 victories. The Red Sox’s Josh Beckett and the Cleveland Indians’ C.C. Sabathia have become the Cy Young favorites. “The only thing John can control is really how he executes a pitch,” Scioscia said. doug.padilla@sgvn.com160Want 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


first_imgBREAKING NEWS: DOZENS of families are being evacuated from their homes in Falcarragh after smoke from the latest gorse fire in Muckish covered the area.The heavy smoke from the blaze has spread in the direction of local townland Moyra and forced a number of people to leave.Up to 50 officers have been dispatched to the scene of the blaze which broke out a short time earlier. Dozens of acres of gorse have already been destroyed.At this stage there are no reports of any injuries or any damage to property.The latest blaze alert comes just a couple of hours after Acting Fire Chief Bobby McMenamin revealed that most gorse fires across the county are now under control.The fire at Muckish is being tackled by the army, the army helicopter which is dropping buckets of water on the fire and two fire brigades. The fire is also coming perilously close to Glenveagh National Park which is just a couple of miles away.As well as tackling the blaze it is understood that officers are also dampening down areas in its path to keep it from spreading.“The Muckish blaze has whipped up a lot of smoke and that has been spread in the direction of Falcarragh.“A number of houses have now been evacuated because of the smoke. People were beginning to feel the affects so they thought it was best to get out,” said a fire service source.Ends FAMILIES EVACUATED FROM FALCARRAGH AS SMOKE SPREADS FROM MUCKISH BLAZE was last modified: May 3rd, 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:Falcarraghfamilies evacuatedMuckishlast_img read more


first_imgA REPEAT of the chaos caused by the volcanic ash cloud last year could be repeated in the coming days.A new eruption has sent a huge cloud of ash into the atmosphere.If eruptions continue, the ash cloud could arrive over Donegal and northern parts of Ireland by Wednesday. BREAKING NEWS: VOLCANIC ASH FROM ICELAND HEADING OUR WAY was last modified: May 22nd, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalicelandvolcanic ash cloudlast_img read more

Ombudsman’s concern over care of Donegal children with disabilities

first_imgThe Children’s Ombudsman has criticised the Health Service Executive and Tusla over a lack of records of children with disabilities who are in care in Donegal.Concerns were raised today over the unclear identification of the number of children in care in the HSE CHO1 area, which includes Donegal.Ombudsman Niall Muldoon highlighted issues in the working relationship between the HSE and the child and family agency, Tusla, which he said is affecting the supports and services available to some children in care with special needs. According to the HSE the identification of children with disabilities who are in care is still ‘in progress’ in Donegal, Sligo, Leitrim, Cavan, and Monaghan. Dr Muldoon accused the HSE and Tusla of being in disagreement over figures.The criticism comes a year on from Molly’s Case, a report published by the Ombudsman for Children in 2018.Molly’s case was centred around a girl with Down Syndrome and severe autism who was abandoned at birth.Molly was placed in foster care, but her foster family were forced to complain to the Ombudsman for Children’s Office (OCO) about the level of supports and services being provided by Tusla and the HSE. It emerged that this was an issue affecting 471 other children across Ireland. The Ombudsman’s office called on both agencies to work together to improve the services being provided to some of the state’s most vulnerable children.Tusla has now identified 483 children with a moderate or severe disability in their care, but the Ombudsman says the HSE is not in agreement on this figure as they cannot agree on the definition of a child with moderate or severe disability.Dr Niall Muldoon said: “Since last year some definite progress has been made, particularly for Molly herself but the working relationship between Tusla and the HSE is still of concern. It is not good enough that the HSE still has not identified the children in question.“These children are among the most vulnerable in the country. Many of them are nonverbal and therefore literally have no voice. Everything possible should be done to plan for these children and to provide the care that they need. We must also ensure that foster carers looking after these children are fully supported and that they are not fighting for services.“I will continue to monitor these issues for the next twelve months, engaging with both the HSE and Tusla.” Ombudsman’s concern over care of Donegal children with disabilities was last modified: April 8th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:children’s ombudsmanDisabilitiesfoster carelast_img read more

Mica the biggest issue facing Inishowen this election, Councillors told

first_imgCouncillor Martin McDermott has called on the Irish Government to further their urgency when it comes to the redress scheme in Donegal. In October, cabinet approved a redress scheme for private houses affected by bad blocks containing high levels of the mineral mica in Donegal.However, such plans have been delayed since the turn of the year and at a recent meeting of councillors in Inishowen on Tuesday, Cllr McDermott said the situation had been greatly ‘underestimated’. “You can see how bad the situation is with mica,” he said. “It is just mind-boggling when you start going around every second house and I think that we have even underestimated how bad the situation is out there.“I think we’ve underestimated the number of houses that are affected and I only started in my own local vicinity of Glengad, Culdaff and Malin Head.“I am just working in that small area and I am shocked by the number of houses that are affected.“It is a very serious issue at the minute and I know that the government are working on it but I think people are getting very anxious because it running on and on, and something has to happen very soon. “For the number of people that have big mortgages and build houses and they are falling around them,” he added.“It is a very serious issue and it is the main issue that will greet every councillor at doors in Inishowen in this local election.“It is without a doubt the main issue that will be meeting us at the doors and I think it is vitally important that collectively the nine councillors for Inishowen put on as much pressure as possible to get some elevation for these families.”Mica the biggest issue facing Inishowen this election, Councillors told was last modified: April 10th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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:MICAMICA Action GroupMica Redress Schemelast_img read more

49ers mailbag: Where does win over Saints rank in past 20 years?

first_imgSANTA CLARA — The 49ers will have a tough time topping Sunday’s sensational win over the New Orleans Saints. They’re still playing high-stakes football, and fans are still abuzz, so let’s open up the Week 15 mailbag via Instagram and Twitter replies:Was that the best regular-season game you have ever covered? (@brandon.pride)Absolutely. It started with the best first half I’ve witnessed – four touchdowns apiece! – and the dramatics never stopped. I started covering the 49ers in 2000, and the …last_img read more