Shock at sudden death of Christy O’Connor Junior

first_imgPictured are (l-r): Galway Bay Golf Resort Director Ronan Killeen; Mary Nash, CEO Galway Hospice; Christy O’Connor Jnr; Pat O’Grady; Michael Craig of Galway Hospice, and Bernie O’Grady, Lady Captain of Galway Bay Golf Resort.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Christy Junior is best known however for having played in the Ryder Cup twice. In 1975 he was a member of a losing Great Britain & Ireland team but in 1989 he was part of a European team which tied the match to retain the trophy. His win over then World No.1 Fred Couples was best remembered for a stunning 2 iron shot on the last hole at The Belfry which he left just 4 feet from the hole. Speaking to Gerry Murphy in 2015 at Galway Bay Golf Resort, Christy was asked what Couples said to him after he hit the shot of a lifetime?!…Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Christy O’Connor Junior is survived by his wife Anne, son Nigel, daughter Anne and is pre-deceased by his son Darren who tragically died in a car accident in 1998. There is widespread shock in the World of Golf this morning at the news that Irish golfing legend Christy O’Connor Junior has died suddenly while on holidays in Tenerife at the age of 67. As recently as last month, Christy handed over a cheque for over €200,000 to Galway Hospice after he had organised a very successful Celebrity Am-Am in Galway Bay Golf Resort, one of several courses he had designed, last July.center_img Born in Galway on August 19th 1948, Christy was known as “Junior” because he is the nephew of another leading Irish golfer Christy O’Connor. He turned professional in 1967 and five years later was part of the newly formed European Tour. Christy Junior made the top hundred on the Order of Merit in each of its first twenty-one seasons, with a best ranking of seventh in 1975. He won four European Tour events, while his best performance in a major came in 1985 when he finished tied 3rd in the Open Championship at Royal St George after shooting a brilliant 64 in the opening round to lead the tournament. As a senior he competed on both the European and the U.S. based Champions Tour, winning two Senior British Open titles and two Champions Tour events.last_img read more

2020 TG4 All-Ireland Ladies Football Championship Fixtures Revealed

first_imgDue to the limits on pitch usage at Croke Park this year, unfortunately it is not possible to play the TG4 All-Ireland Junior Championship Final there, and this fixture will be played at a venue to be confirmed on the weekend of December 5/6.The LGFA can also confirm the dates for the 2020 TG4 Championships, which will get underway with the first round of the Junior Championship on the weekend of October 24/25.   Round 1 of the Intermediate and Senior Championships will be played on the weekend of October 31/November 1, with Round 2 on the weekend of November 7/8, and Round 3 on the weekend of November 14/15.The TG4 Intermediate and Senior Championship semi-finals will be played on the weekend of November 28/29. The participants in the Intermediate and Senior Championships will have a two-week break  between the conclusion of the group stages and the All-Ireland semi-finals, and a three-week break between semi-finals and Finals.The group stages of the TG4 All-Ireland Junior Championship will conclude on the weekend of November 7/8, following three rounds of fixtures on consecutive weekends, followed by a two-week break before the semi-finals are played on the weekend of November 21/22.  The Ladies Gaelic Football Association would like to thank our colleagues in the GAA and Croke Park for their cooperation in relation to the December 20 double-header.Neutral venues for the group stages of the TG4 All-Ireland Championships and semi-finals, along with the TG4 All-Ireland Junior Championship Final, will be confirmed in due course.TG4 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Fixtures:Group 1Round 1 – Kerry v Cavan – October 31/November 1Round 2 – Cork v Kerry – November 7/8Round 3 – Cavan v Cork – November 14/15Group 2Round 1 – Tipperary v Galway – October 31/November 1Round 2 – Monaghan v Tipperary – November 7/8Round 3 – Galway v Monaghan – November 14/15  Group 3Round 1 – Dublin v Donegal – October 31/November 1Round 2 – Waterford v Dublin – November 7/8Round 3 – Donegal v Waterford – November 14/15Group 4Round 1 – Tyrone v Armagh – October 31/November 1Round 2 – Mayo v Tyrone – November 7/8Round 3 – Armagh v Mayo – November 14/15  Semi-Final 11st Group 1 v 1st Group 2 – November 28/29Semi-Final 21st Group 3 v 1st Group 4 – November 28/29FinalWinner Semi-Final 1 v Winner Semi-Final 2 – Croke Park, Sunday December 20TG4 All-Ireland Intermediate Football Championship Fixtures:Group 1Round 1 – Wexford v Offaly – October 31/November 1 Round 2 – Roscommon v Wexford – November 7/8Round 3 – Offaly v Roscommon – November 14/15Group 2Round 1 – Longford v Westmeath – October 31/November 1 Round 2 – Louth v Longford – November 7/8Round 3 – Westmeath v Louth – November 14/15Group 3Round 1 – Meath v Down – October 31/November 1 Round 2 – Leitrim v Meath – November 7/8Round 3 – Down v Leitrim – November 14/15Group 4Round 1 – Sligo v Laois; Kildare v Clare – October 31/November 1 Round 2 – Sligo v Kildare; Clare v Laois – November 7/8Round 3 – Clare v Sligo; Kildare v Laois – November 14/15Semi-Final 11st Group 1 v 1st Group 2 – November 28/29Semi-Final 21st Group 3 v 1st Group 4 – November 28/29   FinalWinner Semi-Final 1 v Winner Semi-Final 2 – Croke Park, Sunday December 20TG4 All-Ireland Junior Football Championship Fixtures:Group 1Round 1 – Wicklow v Carlow – October 24/25  Round 2 – Fermanagh v Wicklow – October 31/November 1Round 3 – Carlow v Fermanagh – November 7/8  Group 2Round 1 – Limerick v Derry  – October 24/25  Round 2 – Antrim v Limerick – October 31/November 1Round 3 – Derry v Antrim – November 7/8  Semi-Final 11st Group 1 v 2nd Group 2 – November 21/22  Semi-Final 21st Group 2 v 2nd Group 1 – November 21/22  FinalWinner Semi-Final 1 v Winner Semi-Final 2 – December 5/6   print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email THE Ladies Gaelic Football Association is pleased to confirm that the 2020 TG4 All-Ireland Intermediate and Senior Championship Finals will be played at Croke Park on Sunday, December 20. Croke Park to host Intermediate and Senior Finalslast_img read more

Area teams chase state soccer titles

first_imgBY DOUG McKENZIE Correspondent This is the time of year when the very best high school soccer teams in the state begin to distinguish themselves. For a select handful of local teams that qualified for the NJSIAA state tournaments, last week’s play represented a start to what they hoped would be the road to a championship. For some, the state tournament came at the perfect time, as they entered the postseason playing some of their best soccer. For others, it was a chance to start anew. The Christian Brothers Academy boys soccer team entered the Non-Public South A tournament as the sixth seed. But as a team that is a perennial contender for the sectional crown, the Colts were hoping to take some teams by surprise en route to winning a title. They opened play with a game on Nov. 6 against a third-seeded Notre Dame team, which had championship aspirations of its own. Fortunately for CBA, the Colts offense was in high gear, as they scored two goals in the first half and three more in the second to upend Notre Dame, 5-3, and advance to Monday’s semifinal round. Scott Thomsen, Pat Rafferty and Jim Delnero each scored in a 13-minute span of the second half as CBA took a 5-2 advantage. Mark Pratico also had a goal and an assist while Tim Brennan notched two other goals for the Colts. CBA was clearly the better team in this one, outshooting Notre Dame, 16-8. CBA goalie Chris Vullo made five saves to preserve the win, as the Colts improved to 10-7- 1 on the year. CBA was hoping to have similar success on Monday when they took on St. Joseph of Metuchen in the semifinals. CBA entered this game with heavy hearts, as they sported black armbands to honor the memory of Brother Andrew O’Gara, president of CBA since 1991 and principal from 1979 to 1991, who passed away at age 80 on Saturday. However, the Colts persevered and scored a 2-1 overtime win, leaving them just two wins away from claiming their first Non-Public A. On Thursday, the Colts will play topseeded St. Augustine for the sectional title at Holmdel High School. The Raritan Rockets were the only other local boys team in action last week, as the Rockets took on Delaware Valley in the CJ Group II tournament. The top-seeded Rockets got a Pat Langan goal in the 53rd minute after Jim Armenti was taken down in the box. Once in front, the Raritan defense took it from there, preserving a 1-0 win over the eighth-seeded Terriers. With the win, Raritan advanced to Monday’s second round, where they took on Delran. Unfortunately, the Rockets’ dream of a sectional title ended there, when Vinnie Carollo broke a scoreless tie with a goal in the 64th minute and the No. 4 Bears knocked off the top-seeded Rockets. The St. John Vianney girls soccer team got the fourth seed in the Non-Public South A tournament, and made that seeding stand up with a 2-0 win over fifth-seeded Bishop Ahr on Nov. 7. Jen Mulvey scored two goals (her team leading 15th and 16th tallies of the year) as St. John Vianney dominated every aspect of the game to defeat the Trojans. After SJV failed to score in the first half, Mulvey finally put her team ahead 1:47 into the second half. Her second goal came in the 79th minute when she was open in the 18 and one-timed a shot from Fare to the lower left. Meanwhile, the Lancer defense, led by defenders Kirsten Danna and Freeman, held the Trojans without a shot on goal by winning nearly every 50-50 ball. With the win, SJV advanced to Tuesday’s second round, where they were to face eighth-seeded Pope Paul VI. With a win on Tuesday, the Lancers would have earned a spot in the sectional final, set for tonight at Holmdel H.S. The Holmdel High School girls also advanced out of the first round of the CJ Group III tournament with a 2-1 win over Ocean Township on Nov. 4. The 10th-seeded Hornets got the go-ahead goal from freshman Lauren Reidy at the 58:23 mark to break a 1- 1 tie. Reidy also had her hand in the Hornets’ first goal, setting up Angela Pento. With the win, Holmdel earned a shot at second-seeded Wall Township on Nov.7, where they saw their season come to an end with a 3-1 defeat. Holmdel finished the year at 10-10. The Raritan girls earned their spot in the CJ Group II tournament, but lost their opener 1-0 to No. 7 Delran, despite a strong game from keeper Samantha Lindo (10 saves).last_img read more

Konta downs Zhang to book Australian Open semi spot

first_imgJohanna Konta ground down Chinese qualifier Zhang Shuai 6-4 6-1 at the Australian Open on Wednesday to become the first British woman to reach the semi-finals of a grand slam in over 30 years.The 47th-ranked Konta battled nerves and a wayward serve at times but overpowered the 133rd-ranked Zhang from the baseline to wrap up the match in one hour and 23 minutes on a warm, sunny afternoon at Rod Laver Arena.After trading service breaks at the start of the second set, Konta roared to a 5-1 lead before sealing the win on the third match point with a lucky net cord that gave Zhang no chance.The last British woman to reach the semis of a grand slam was Jo Durie at the 1983 U.S. Open. Konta will seek to continue her fairytale run when she takes on German seventh seed Angelique Kerber for a place in the final.last_img read more

Anthony Joshua promoter says rematch with Andy Ruiz will happen

first_imgNCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption PLAY LIST 02:56NCRPO 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 award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu Hearn says “the fight will take place in (November or December) at a venue to be confirmed shortly.”Ruiz Jr.’s camp has not confirmed that the Mexican boxer has agreed to the fight.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsJoshua fell to the first loss of his professional career when he was stopped by Ruiz Jr. in the seventh round at Madison Square Garden in New York at the weekend.Ruiz Jr. now owns the WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO belts. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college NBI, BIR , PNP raid Illegal cigarette factory run by Chinese in Pampanga Solon urges Solgen to reconsider quo warranto petition vs ABS-CBN Heavyweights are suddenly fun once again Rio’s unsafe Olympic Park ordered closed by Brazilian judge Taal evacuees make the most of ‘unusual’ clothing donations, leaves online users laughingcenter_img Olympic rings arrive in host city on barge into Tokyo Bay MOST READ Anthony Joshua waits during the referee’s count after he was knocked down during the seventh round of a heavyweight championship boxing match against Andy Ruiz on Saturday, June 1, 2019, in New York. Ruiz won in the seventh round. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)LONDON — Anthony Joshua’s promoter says a rematch will take place between the British fighter and new world heavyweight champion Andy Ruiz Jr.Eddie Hearn says on Twitter that the contracted rematch clause was triggered Tuesday following talks with Joshua, his management team and his trainer, Rob McCracken.ADVERTISEMENT Deandre Ayton shines as Suns pound Knicks 11 nabbed for shabu, drug den busted in Maguindanao Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

Dow up as investors briefly relax

first_imgA series of triple-digit losses over the past couple of weeks has gnawed a 6 percent dent in the Dow since it closed at a record 14,000.41 on July 19. The index, despite Friday’s robust gains, finished down than 1 percent for the week; the result of the heavy selling that preceded the Fed’s move. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose 34.67, or 2.46 percent, to 1,445.94, and the Nasdaq composite index rose 53.96, or 2.20 percent, to 2,505.03. Bonds slipped as stocks rose, with the yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note rising to 4.68 percent from 4.66 percent late Thursday. Traders who bet on how the Fed might alter rates expect the central bank will lower the benchmark fed funds rate at its next meeting on Sept. 18. Some investors are hoping for a cut in that benchmark rate even sooner. “If the cut in the discount rate succeeds in restoring confidence, then perhaps there is no need for the Fed to cut rates at the Sept. 18 meeting,” said John Lonski, chief economist of Moody’s Investor Service. He added, though, that the key line in the Fed’s statement Friday was its willingness to take more steps to prevent market volatility from harming the economy. “That means the Fed is prepared to make a rate cut if stability doesn’t come,” Lonski said. Gains were seen in all sectors of the stock market, but financial stocks, which have been battered by the growing problems in mortgage lending, saw particularly heavy buying. Dow component JPMorgan Chase & Co. rose 3.4 percent, while Merrill Lynch and Lehman Brothers rose more than 6 percent. The pummeled stocks of mortgage lenders also saw significant increases. The most actively traded stock on the New York Stock Exchange, and one of its biggest percentage gainers, was Countrywide Financial Corp. The home mortgage lender rose $2.48, or 13.1 percent, to $21.43. Energy and industrial companies also strengthened notably. The biggest gainers among the 30 Dow companies were aluminum producer Alcoa Inc. and oil company Exxon Mobil Corp., which both jumped more than 4 percent. Major European indexes recovered substantially after the Fed’s announcement from steep declines in earlier trading. Britain’s FTSE 100 rose 3.50 percent, Germany’s DAX index rose 1.49 percent, and France’s CAC-40 rose 1.86 percent. In Asian trading, which closed before the Fed lowered the discount rate, Japan’s Nikkei stock average had plunged 5.42 percent as the yen continued its climb against the dollar. The dollar briefly dipped below 112 yen for the first time in over a year, suggesting that some investors were taking their Japanese currency out of higher-yielding dollar assets. The dollar was mixed against other major currencies. Gold prices jumped. Advancing issues outnumbered decliners by about 7 to 1 on the New York Stock Exchange. Consolidated volume came to 5.01 billion shares, down from a record 6.13 billion Thursday. The Russell 2000 index of smaller companies added 17.20, or 2.24 percent, to 786.03. Crude oil futures rose 98 cents to $71.98 a barrel. Traders have been tracking the path of Hurricane Dean, which is threatening to head west into the Gulf of Mexico, where many oil installations are located.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NEW YORK – Stocks barreled higher Friday after the Federal Reserve did what Wall Street was clamoring for and cut its key discount rate a half percentage point. The move quelled investors’ credit worries, at least for the time being, and sent the Dow Jones industrials up about 230 points. The Fed – which had resisted lowering rates despite weeks of market volatility, and instead added nearly $120 billion in liquidity into the banking system – cut its discount rate to 5.75 percent from 6.25 percent. The central bank acknowledged that the stock market turbulence that has pulled the Dow down by hundreds of points a day was posing a risk to economic growth. “People were kind of baiting the Fed into doing something, and finally they did,” said Philip Dow, managing director of equity trading at RBC Dain Rauscher. “The playground monitor finally showed up, and it showed someone cares and someone is bringing rationality into the market.” But the central bank made no mention of lowering its target for the federal funds rate, which has stood at 5.25 percent for more than a year. The fed funds rate determines the rates that banks charge each other, while the discount rate only covers loans the Fed makes to banks. Many strategists believe the market won’t settle down until the Fed lowers the fed funds rate target, considered a more significant benchmark. If the market doesn’t get that rate cut, Friday’s gains may not stick, especially since it’s likely there will be plenty more news in the coming days and weeks of further troubles in the lending industry. Any mention of problems at subprime lenders or funds that invested in mortgages has sent stocks skidding over the past few weeks, and so have worries that tighter credit will stanch the flood of takeovers, which sent Wall Street to new highs earlier this year. “Today’s move, while helpful psychologically, didn’t really alter the stresses on the system,” said Hugh Whelan, managing director at Hartford Investment Management Co. “If you’re a leveraged financial institution, a leveraged individual, a leveraged hedge fund, on Monday when you walk in, you’re still facing the same stresses you faced today and yesterday.” Still, the Fed made it clear this wasn’t the only step it would take if the volatility continued. In its statement, the Fed said it “is prepared to act as needed.” The Dow surged 233.30, or 1.82 percent, to 13,079.08. The blue chip index stayed in positive territory the whole day, though trading was still volatile. The Dow rose more than 320 points in early trading, gave up more than half those gains, and then gained steam once more. last_img read more

Coral Daily Download – Can Manchester City keep out Messi, Neymar and Suarez?

first_imgJohn Hill joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.The Coral spokesman looks ahead to Tuesday night’s Champions League clash between Manchester City and Barcelona at the Etihad Stadium.He also looks ahead to the action in the Championship, and assesses England’s chances of securing a third successive Six Nations victory against Ireland this weekend.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfastlast_img

Chelsea boss v Real Madrid missus – who do you think wins the war of words?

first_imgJose Mourinho has hit back at Rafael Benitez’s wife Montse, claiming she should ‘take care of her hubsand’s diet’ after she accused the Portuguese of leaving clubs in a ‘mess’.“We tidy up his messes,” said Mrs Benitez, of her husband’s habit of managing clubs after Mourinho has left them.“The lady is a bit confused,” Mourinho replied, after Chelsea’s International Champions Cup win over Barcelona.“Her husband went to Chelsea to replace Roberto Di Matteo and he went to Real Madrid and replaced Carlo Ancelotti.“The only club where her husband replaced me was at Inter Milan, where in six months he destroyed the best team in Europe at the time.“If she takes care of her husband’s diet, she will not have any time to talk about me.”So, who do you back in this war of words? Vote now! Jose Mourinho 1last_img read more

State proposes re-entry facilities for inmates

first_imgLOS ANGELES – State corrections officials shopped around a new recividism-reduction concept to officials from Pasadena and around the county Friday – the creation of small, local detention facilities that could prepare inmates for life on the outside. These secure rehabilitation centers, which could be made possible through the recent passage of AB 900, a prison reform bill signed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenneger in May, would house convicts serving the last six to 12 months of their prison sentences. The centers would target inmates considered by officials to have a high risk of committing another offense after release. Those inmates would receive special services such as substance-abuse treatment, vocational training, anger-management classes and housing and job placement, officials said. The centers could be built in counties and cities where inmates would be sent upon release, said correction officials, who presented the concept to various city, county and law-enforcement representatives at a downtown Los Angeles workshop, hoping for buy-in on the concept. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas City“There are opportunities for us if we acknowledge that these aren’t convicts, these aren’t parolees – these are citizens coming back into our communities,” said James Tilton, state secretary of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, who presented the workshop. He and other correctional officials called the workshop as a way to inform interested parties from the Los Angeles area about how the facilities might work in their communities. Corrections officials cited statistics showing that California prison inmates have a 70 percent likelihood of ending up back in prison after release. The creation of these “re-entry facilities” could be one way to decrease those numbers, officials said. “The system isn’t working,” Whittier Police Chief David Singer said, addressing workshop participants. “We need to do something to fix it.” Los Angeles County Assistant Sheriff Marvin Cavanaugh said he believes the time has come to look at giving pre-release inmates tools to survive in the real world. “We are now at the brink where re-entry programs … are exactly the right thing to do,” he said. If the facilities are implemented, city and county officials would need to work closely with local law-enforcement officials to make them effective, Singer said. Tilton said the practice of setting parolees loose in communities with no resources, training or job prospects makes investing in rehab programs the better alternative. “You should want one of these (facilities) in your backyard,” he said. “These are your citizens and your community, and if we don’t invest and give them some tools to come out and be successful, then you’re going to have people come back to a community who are going to commit more crimes.” While Tilton did not specify where any such rehab centers are in the works, he did say he has been working with officials from Los Angeles County cities, including Pasadena and those in the San Gabriel Valley, as well as throughout the state. Some officials have embraced the idea, others needed more information, hence the need for workshops such as Friday’s to spread the word, he said. (626) 579-6300, Ext. 4586 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