Messi deal “impossible” – Holland

first_img The Barclays Premier League leaders have been linked with Messi following claims in Spain this week that the 27-year-old’s relationship with Barca coach Luis Enrique has broken down. Assistant-coach Steve Holland believes the sums involved in luring Messi away from the Nou Camp make the transfer impossible for any club. Facing the media in place of absent manager Jose Mourinho, Holland said on Friday: “Jose has made it quite clear that in this window his expectation is that nobody comes and nobody goes. “I recall him this time last year saying a similar thing, but a couple of things happened that made us reactive. Manchester United made a huge bid for Juan Mata. Sometimes you have to react. “But the hope and expectation is that nobody leaves and nobody comes. We’re happy with what we have. “This club conforms with financial fair play – we’ve brought one or two players in over the last 12 months but it’s quite clear that players have been sold to balance the books. “When you look at the numbers being mentioned around the Messi deal, I think it’s almost an impossible deal for any club working within the restraints of financial fair play.” Holland spoke to the media after Mourinho had withdrawn from the press conference to preview Saturday’s Premier League clash with Newcastle at Stamford Bridge in response to be being charged with misconduct by the Football Association. Mourinho faces possible disciplinary action for the comments made about match officials after last month’s 1-1 draw with Southampton, in which he spoke of a “clear campaign” against Chelsea. The Portuguese claimed the campaign is being orchestrated by “people, pundits, commentators and coaches from other teams” and labelled the booking of Cesc Fabregas for diving at St Mary’s on December 28 a “scandal”. Holland insists Mourinho has not been affected by the possibility of facing disciplinary action and insists he has the full support of the club. “Jose has been fine, very focused on the game against Newcastle, as we all are,” Holland said. “There is a frustration with all of us, it’s not just Jose but the coaching staff and players, at the accumulation of events that surfaced at the Southampton game with the decisions over Cesc. And to compound that he received a booking. “The scrutiny managers are under these days… I spoke to another manager the other day about a different matter and he said he couldn’t remember there being such an intensive period of games as this season. “That’s a view I’d share. The amount of games has been relentless and there has been a small period of time between the games. “At Chelsea every match is high profile with many live on TV. It’s human nature that at times the leader has those moments. Jose’s had the right influence on the players and is a highly-experienced manager.” Chelsea have seen an eight-point lead at the summit of the Premier League reeled in by Manchester City and now top the table on alphabetical order alone ahead of Newcastle’s visit. “When you have a lead like we had, people make a lot of it. And when that lead goes, people make a lot of that,” Holland said. “Nobody here felt it was ever a conclusive margin that meant the story was over. This is the most competitive league in the world. At any moment points can be dropped. “We’re disappointed we don’t have more of a cushion now, but at the same time the players have had an incredible first half of the season.” Chelsea have distanced themselves from the prospect of making a £500million move for Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi. Press Associationlast_img read more

Berg is the Word: Michael Pittman Jr. continues to show up in the biggest moments

first_imgMichael Pittman Jr. should go down as a USC great because of games like Friday night’s. After a relatively quiet first three quarters against Colorado, the senior wide receiver exploded for 156 yards and two touchdowns in the final frame against the Buffaloes, helping the Trojans overcome a 10-point deficit and earn a tight 35-31 victory. USC hasn’t had a ton of big games as Pittman has ascended to stardom, but it’s pretty difficult to think of one he didn’t show up for. Even as a seldom-used sophomore in 2017, Pittman made a massive impact in the contests that mattered most. Over a three-game span at the end of the season, he caught a third-down touchdown to jump start the offense in the team’s Pac-12 South-clinching win over Colorado, returned a punt for a score on a trick play against rival UCLA and exploded for seven receptions, 146 yards and a touchdown in USC’s close win over Stanford in the Pac-12 Championship Game. Pittman definitely fits that bill. Perhaps it’s a result of being the son of a long-time NFL running back, but Pittman seems to have a level of comfort under pressure and an understanding of these big moments that few players do. Besides his prolific performance against Utah, Pittman isn’t likely to show up in the USC record books in a major way. He could find his way into the program’s top 10 in all-time touchdown receptions, but his reception and receiving yard numbers won’t be nearly great enough to match all-time greats like Robert Woods and Marqise Lee. Because Pittman didn’t become a prominent member of the offense until his junior year, he just hasn’t had enough time to make that sort of impression with cumulative numbers. 2018 doesn’t bring back fond memories for any USC fan, but Pittman was a silver lining for much of it.  “The line just opened up and Kedon just threw a great ball. It just kept me in stride and I just kind of ran around the defense,” Pittman said of the clincher. Pittman’s performance this season has him shooting up NFL draft boards, and for good reason. He is showcasing not only a well-rounded skill set, but a propensity for excelling when the lights shine the brightest, which NFL teams love. But for the last few years, Pittman has been doing something that has greater long-term significance: solidifying himself as a certifiable Trojan great. Pittman was the biggest reason the Trojans nearly beat BYU and stayed within striking distance of Washington on the road. And Friday night, when USC needed a win to continue to control its own destiny in the South, he willed the team to victory with his dominant fourth quarter. His six catches for 155 yards and two touchdowns against Colorado (man, Buffalo fans won’t miss seeing No. 6 out there) were crucial to a team that, at that point, felt it could win the division again. USC fell apart at the end of the season, but it was certainly no fault of Pittman’s; he averaged six receptions for 109.8 yards and a touchdown per game over his final five contests.center_img But Pittman will leave his legacy on this program for his reputation as a big-game player.  People may forget Pittman’s first two catches on the game-winning drive, one of which was a tough, contested grab on third-and-10, because of how the possession ended. Pittman took a pass over the middle and turned on the jets to speed past the defenders before diving across the goal line for the go-ahead 37-yard score with just over two minutes left. Pittman’s 77-yard touchdown, in which he beat a defender to a jump ball and held off another on a long run to the end zone as the Coliseum erupted around him, is likely to be the defining play of this season. Pittman got to work almost immediately in the fourth quarter, reeling in a 44-yard touchdown along the left sideline with 11 and a half minutes left. He burned the Buffaloes on a vertical route, finding the hole between the cornerback and the safety in a blown coverage and retaining possession through a hit that forced his chin strap over his mouth. Guys who raise their games in the most important moments are incredibly valuable to their teams and earn the undying loyalty of their fanbases. It’s why Patriots and Lakers fans won’t hear a word against receiver Julian Edelman or former guard Derek Fisher  — those guys don’t have the numbers to qualify as all-timers, but they both have a track record of coming through in the biggest moments.  Expectations were high entering this season, and Pittman has certainly delivered. His 10-reception, 232-yard and two-touchdown game against a tough Utah secondary was one of the best receiving performances in USC history, which is not a statement to be taken lightly.  Aidan Berg is a junior writing about sports. He is also an associate managing editor for Daily Trojan. His column, “Berg is the Word,” runs every Monday.last_img read more

Wellington Council’s extended meeting brings little progress to Wheat Capital controversy

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Thank you for your input. -4 Vote up Vote down WellyWonka · 294 weeks ago Let me be the first to call b.s. on Hamlin. I’m telling you, she’s hiding something. Receipt and expenditure audit will clear the air one way or the other. Report Reply 4 replies · active 293 weeks ago -9 Vote up Vote down WellyWonka · 294 weeks ago •The U.S. Department of Housing and Development has given the WCM an exceptional review for 10 years running after its annual audit. *****This is not a full audit-it only balances the books. Dig deeper-there is a misuse of funds or else she would welcome an audit to clear her name. Report Reply 2 replies · active 294 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down Guest · 294 weeks ago Was this a council meeting or a WHA meeting? I would think if it were a city council meeting the housing board would not be required to attend. Are members of the WHA paid to serve on this board? I don’t believe so, but the council and Ms. Hamlin are paid! I would not have attended that free for all either if I were a board member…what a joke this has become. Really council, REALLY? Report Reply 1 reply · active 294 weeks ago +17 Vote up Vote down resident2014 85p · 294 weeks ago “Eckert said he would be the person in charge of such an investigation but he would like to hear from both sides before making any recommendations. He said he was having a hard time getting hold of the other side.” Kudos to Eckert for wanting to get both sides of the story before going off and asking how to replace those who are obviously dedicated members of the WCM. Report Reply 3 replies · active 293 weeks ago +5 Vote up Vote down David Edge · 294 weeks ago What on earth could she possible have to hide? You sure do know a lot about the audits, Are you in close relations with such matters? Melissa has done nothing but good for the WHA and the people that have lived here, she is a good person with a good heart. Report Reply 4 replies · active 293 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down truthteller · 294 weeks ago I simply can’t believe all the nasty. unfounded, libelous allegations being thrown at Melissa Hamlin on this website by people who have absolutely no idea what they’re talking about. Cueball chastises me for being “rude” when I told someone to “get a life”, yet allows these kind of slanderous comments??? Report Reply 7 replies · active 293 weeks ago +16 Vote up Vote down WellMom · 294 weeks ago Why do I get the feeling this isn’t even something that should be put out for public consumption? Close the doors and have a non-biased third party mediate this mess. Both sides should be able to state their case and provide supporting evidence. You know there’s 3 sides to every story: my side, your side and the truth. So far it just seems like a lot of allegations, mud slinging and blame shifting. Report Reply 7 replies · active 293 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down Thirsty · 294 weeks ago What is the WCM , WHA and why are they acting like toddlers? I read this entire article and had no idea what it was talking about. Report Reply 5 replies · active 294 weeks ago +6 Vote up Vote down Jane · 294 weeks ago Have to say WOW! What a mess. I know many of the people involved on both sides and know them to be decent nice people. Likewise, there appears to be a couple on both sides that like to stir the pot which puts them in the limelight via controversy. I am surprised one of the people on the WCM board was allowed on another board after the upheaval on the library board. Someone needs to do their homework better before deciding board members. In addition, it concerns me that some of the Wellington City council members cannot hide their obvious affiliation with one side or the other. I hope some unbiased person or group can get to the bottom of this and get it over with. Report Reply 0 replies · active 294 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down David Edge · 294 weeks ago I love my home. (WCM) I love the people that work in the home that I am blessed enough to have and I love the life long friends and new family I have gained by living here. I hope you all have a Merry Christmas and try to understand. To the staff it’s more than a place they work and to the ones of us that live here they are more than just staff members. They become our friends, People we trust and love and know we can count on. I do agree on one thing, this had gone on long enough and it needs to come to an end. Report Reply 11 replies · active 293 weeks ago 12Next » Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Very little was accomplished at the Wellington City Council meeting #2 held at the Wheat Capital Manor today.All six council members were in attendance, but three Wellington Housing Authority board members: J.P. Buellesfeld, Kelli McComb and Darlene Ferguson were not.The council made the unusual motion at last week’s meeting to extend the discussion of problems between the WCM administration and three members of the WHA to today at the manor recreation room so that both sides could be represented. However, since the three members were not there, much of what was discussed were points already previously made at the council meeting and in Friday’s Newscow article (click here).Melissa HamlinWHA Executive Director Melissa Hamlin opened the meeting reviewing items related to the controversy including a timeline of the various e-mails from WHA Chairman J.P. Buellesfeld and incidents surrounding those e-mails.Hamlin also addressed what she felt were several discrepancies in the Newscow article and the comments section.Hamlin stated: •The e-mail for which three members of the staff  and their families were not to contact the board members was sent on Nov. 17. The impetus for which the e-mail was made: i.e. Mike Hamlin, Melissa’s husband, bringing the HUD guideline handbook to the office in a rude manner, occurred on Nov. 25.•Mr. Hamlin has never been in board member’s Kelli McComb’s office as was reported.•Ms. Hamlin had never named the candidates that were up for a job position, as was alleged by board members. Editor’s Note: Hamlin had never used names in describing job applicants, but at a press meeting held in early December, she did describe the relationships of the applicants to a WHA board member.   •The U.S. Department of Housing and Development has given the WCM an exceptional review for 10 years running after its annual audit.•Tim Nance was hired to do lawn care after the WCM fired the lawn care company previously to finish off the year.Wellington Mayor Roger Stallbaumer said he felt this could be worked out through open discussion by both sides. He said he met with Hamlin and McComb earlier last week and felt it was a productive meeting.Wellington council member Jim Valentine asked Eckert if an investigation was recommended. Eckert said he would be the person in charge of such an investigation but he would like to hear from both sides before making any recommendations. He said he was having a hard time getting hold of the other side.Wellington council member Vince Wetta asked Hamlin if she felt threatened for her job. Hamlin said yes she has especially after e-mails that said she needed to hire an attorney and not to contact the board members.WHA board member Dennis Guinn, one of two WHA members at the meeting, said he was worried if an emergency developed, for example a boiler going out, Hamlin would not be able to move forward because she could not contact board members.Wellington council member John Brand said he can’t blame the three members for not attending today’s meeting because it was before Christmas and they weren’t contacted before the meeting date was set by the council.Wetta asked hypothetically that if you got rid of the three WHA board members, who would you have to replace them? “I’ll be honest with you, it does feel kind of intimidating coming into a room like this when you have all these people here demanding answers,” Brand said.Hutchison responded by saying, “Oh, yeah, we are intimidating with all our wheel chairs.”Board member B.J. Tracy said the new bylaws state that advisory and authority board members can’t miss three meetings in a row. The Nov. 25 WHA meeting was canceled due to not having a forum.Council member Jan Korte said she felt an investigation is needed which would result with the city attorney making a recommendation. She felt the divisiveness stems from personalities not because of HUD stipulations not being adhered to.Wetta asked Hamlin when did this conflict between her and the WHA members occur. She said everything was fine up until the two hirings.Wetta suggested the city council should all attend the WHA meeting on Dec. 30. Stallbaumer said he worries that it could be a violation of the open meetings act if all the members were there.Hamlin said she no longer trusts the three WHA members anymore after they turned the information upside down in the newspaper. Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

‘They have to fix it’: Guardiola fumes after VAR denies City

first_img“It was incredible it wasn’t a penalty in the first half (for the foul on Rodri in the box) but VAR said it wasn’t and then at the end they did.”Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino shared a touchline conversation with Guardiola immediately after the goal was disallowed and after the match the Argentine joked he was “in love with VAR”.“I didn’t agree when we started to talk about VAR, but sometimes you get the benefit like today and in the Champions League (last season),” Pochettino said.“Of course it is difficult to accept because we love the football from 30 years ago where it was more the decision of the referee – sometimes unfair things happen but at the end of the season we find a good balance.“But we need to accept a different era and technology is in football now. We need to accept that today it is a benefit for us and when it is against us we have to deal with it with patience.” Premier League VAR Manchester, United Kingdom | AFP | Pep Guardiola called for VAR to be “fixed” after Manchester City were denied a last-gasp winner in their dramatic 2-2 draw against Tottenham on Saturday.Guardiola’s side failed to win for the first time in 16 Premier League games dating back to last season as a result of the latest VAR row.The champions thought they had stolen the points when Gabriel Jesus fired home in stoppage-time, only for the goal to be disallowed for handball after a replay review showed Aymeric Laporte had flicked the ball on with his arm.It was the second time City have been frustrated by VAR against Tottenham following last season’s Champions League quarter-final second leg when Fernando Llorente scored for Mauricio Pochettino’s team despite a potential handball, while Raheem Sterling had what would have been the winner ruled out for offside.“I thought we left that situation in Tottenham in the Champions League last season. But it is the same. The referee and VAR disallow it. It’s the second time it’s happened. It’s honestly tough but it’s the way it is,” Guardiola said.“It happened last week with Wolves (against Leicester) and we saw for Chelsea on Wednesday — the keeper wasn’t on his line — Adrian in the penalty shoot-out. They have to fix it.“The whistle inside matches now isn’t quite clear. But they believe it’s hands with Llorente in the Champions League and sometimes they don’t.center_img Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Northwest Infrared Services in Olympia, Recently Received the Level III Infrared…

first_imgWebsite: www.northwestinfrared.com Facebook0Tweet0Pin0Brent Foster, owner of Northwest Infrared Services in Olympia, recently received the Level III Infrared Thermography Certification, the highest level of certification available.  As one of only a handful of thermographers certified at this level in the State of Washington, Foster is now qualified to train Level I and Level II thermographers, as well as provide advanced consulting for corporations. Foster can be reached at 360-786-6850 or brent@northwestinfrared.com.last_img read more

UEFA Champions League referee behind bars after drugs and prostitution bust

first_imgImage Courtesy: GettyAdvertisement 5jkvNBA Finals | Brooklyn VsuwwWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eyk46z( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) w6wzrWould you ever consider trying this?😱2kh3wCan your students do this? 🌚z8jcRoller skating! Powered by Firework Over the years, a number of footballers have got themselves into many controversies, and some of them even faced jail time. However, its now a Slovenian referee named Slavko Vinčić, who has been arrested for being involved in prostitution and drugs ring in Bosnia and Herzegovina.Advertisement Image Courtesy: GettyFollowing a police probe in the country’s underworld, the UEFA Champions League referee has been found to be guilty of being linked to drugs and illegal firearms, and is also charged for his involvement in a prostitution ring.Vinčić was arrested with the possession of drugs and illegal firearms, along with Tijana Maksimovic, a Serbian model who is believed to be the head of the prostitution ring.Advertisement The ref was caught red handed by the police at the city of Bijeljina. According to official statement from the police, cocaine, illegal weapons and cash were also seized. Maksimovic was trying to cross the border into Croatia with three women. A total of 26 men and 9 women were arrested in the probe.Tijana Maksimovic (Image Courtesy: Instagram)“During the search of the house and vehicles used by the suspects, 14 packages of cocaine, ten pistols, three suits of body armour, over 10,000 euros in various currencies, phones and laptops were found and seized,” the statement from Bijeljina police read.Advertisement However, the referee himself has negated his involvement in the ring.“After a meeting with some business partners, there was an invitation to a party at a ranch to which we responded. After the police raid we were invited to an informative interview, where I explained that I did not know these people at all,” Vinčić spoke to the national media.Vinčić has been an international referee for FIFA since 2010, and was a team member for the legendary Damir Skomina at the UEFA Euro 2012.The 40 year old has also been the referee of a number of UEFA Champions League matches, most notably the Reds’ 4-1 group stage away victory over Genk back in October 2019, and City’s 1-1 home draw with Shakhtar Donetsk in November.If you like reading about MMA, make sure you check out MMAIndia.com Also follow India’s biggest arm wrestling tournament at ProPanja.comAlso read-‘Stone Cold Singh’ – John Cena’s nickname for Ranveer SinghFind out the only Indian who makes it into Forbes top 100 highest paid athletes! Advertisementlast_img read more

Leave world records alone – JAAA boss

first_imgPresident of the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA), Dr Warren Blake, says he does not support calls made by one of the sport’s most powerful bodies to reset all world record marks amidst the ongoing doping crisis affecting international track and field.Chairman of UK Athletics, Ed Warner, recently announced a list of suggestions his organisation believes will return credibility to a sport that has been reeling after a doping crisis, which has seen Russia banned after alleged ‘state-sponsored doping’ and former IAAF president Lamine Diack facing criminal investigations, after he was accused of taking a bribe to protect drug cheats.However, Blake was quite clear in his opposition of the proposals, which would of course see the five IAAF world records held by Jamaica removed from the books.Usain Bolt currently holds world record marks in the men’s 100m and 200m, with Jamaica also responsible for the best ever men’s 4x100m and 4x200m times in history. Merlene Ottey also has the best mark in the women’s indoor 200m.”I don’t think that this is a viable or fair suggestion because it would penalise athletes, who have legitimately worked hard and excelled, athletes who have never been under any cloud of suspicion or anything like that, and we in Jamaica, we have a few records that would go as well,” Blake responded when asked for his views on UK Athletics’ suggestion to reset the clock.”I know over time people have wondered about certain records, but I have always been of the position that if nothing has ever been proven against the people in question, no matter what the suspicions are, you can’t do anything about that. We have to accept those records,” Blake added.BOLT’S DETRACTORS”Everybody loves to target Flo-Jo’s (Florence Griffith Joyner) record (10.49 seconds in the women’s 100m) more than any other, but let us say down the years and we look at our own Usain Bolt, his record is similarly way ahead of the competition, granted that he has always been running fast from he was a little kid, but there are doubters in the world that seem to think that Jamaica has some magic potion giving to Bolt, so what do we say to those people?” Blake reasoned.The JAAA president, who himself has had to deal with public scrutiny and failed drugs tests by high-profile Jamaican athletes, underlined his belief that the sport will move forward, while showing his support of IAAF president Seb Coe’s response.”I have looked at the five points outlined by our president and I think there is a lot of merit in those plans,” said Blake.Among other things, Coe has promised to double the anti-doping budget to US$8 million, appoint a new chief executive by the middle of the year, establish a separate integrity unit for athletics before August’s Olympics in Rio and double the current international testing pool of athletes to 1,000.See related story on B4.last_img read more

SOLID DONEGAL SEE OFF GALWAY IN NATIONAL LEAGUE CLASH

first_imgMac Niallais: Had a good game for DonegalDONEGAL put on another solid performance today as they travelled to Galway in National League Division 2 and come home with two more points.Colm McFadden hit a stunning goal as Donegal finished on 1-16 to 0-12.Last week Christy Toye shone and this week it was the turn of Odhran MacNiallais and Dermot Brick Molloy to show they’re not just in this Jim McGuinness squad to make up the numbers. Michael Murphy and McFadden were as solid – and as brilliant as ever – Murphy pointing some superb frees.And Karl Lacey and Paddy McBrearty also put in very good displays for their county today. But it was the same across the pitch – goalkeeper Durcan finding his range today from kick-outs…with and against the wind and Kavanagh dominant in midfield (and hopefully not injured).Leo McLoone and Martin McElhinney also put in great performances, the latter in particular.Even sub Declan Walsh – on the pitch with just a few minutes to go – hit a point. To be fair, Galway threw what they could at Donegal with Paul Conroy and Eoin Concannon showing the west could be awake again in the Championship this year.Our nearest neighbours Derry – who stand in our way in that competition – are really bubbling up. They went to Killarney today and beat a good Kerry side by two points.Cathal Mac Suibhne will have his in-depth view later this evening. SOLID DONEGAL SEE OFF GALWAY IN NATIONAL LEAGUE CLASH was last modified: February 10th, 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:Division TwodonegalGalwayNational Leaguelast_img read more

ROSSES BOXER MC SHANE HOPING TO BOUNCE BACK WITH VICTORY TOMORROW NIGHT

first_imgRosses boxer Shaun Mc Shane will be hoping he can get back to winning ways tomorrow night in his clash with English fighter John Green at the Ravenscraig Regional Sports Facility. Mc Shane steps back into the ring for the first time since his narrow defeat to Polish fighter Marek Laskowski.Mc Shane was left frustrated by the tactics of his Polish opponent and was defeated narrowly on points. In what was only his second professional fight, Mc Shane has insisted he learned a lot from his last bout with the experienced Laskowski, and is confident he can defeat the unbeaten Newcastle-based fighter John Green.Mc Shane told Donegal Daily, “I’ve been training for the last five weeks for this fight, but with work commitments I’ve been finding it hard to give it 100%.“It’s not ideal, and I’m the type of person that likes to give everything 100% but I’m been unable to focus solely on the fight because of work.“It’s hard to get time to do everything, but you just have to do your best and hope it works out OK. Mc Shane has plenty of knowledge about his next opponent, but has admitted it’ll be a tricky fight, and that he’ll have to be at his best to succeed.Shaun McShane pictured with a few of his fans that travelled to Glasgow from Donegal to witness him win his first professional fight against Ryan Love.“I’m boxing a guy from England, and being a proud Irishman, I’ll need no motivation to fight someone from England.“I no all about him,  he’s a southpaw which is always awkward to fight against, but I’ve dropped down to lightweight for this fight which would be my natural weight.“In my two previous fights, I’ve been operating at light-welterweight and the last fighter was a welterweight.“It’s too much to be giving away, so I’m confident fighting at my naturally weight that I get the job done. Mc Shane says the hard work is done now, and it’s all about getting his head right mentally for what will be a difficult fight on Friday night.“The work is done now, we’ll have a few easy sessions this week just to keep weight right and we’ll see how it goes on the night, I’m looking forward to it and I’m confident.Mc Shane says he will take a break after this bout, as he needs to get key-hole surgery on his knees.“I’ll be looking forward to a break after this because I’ve been training pretty much non-stop since the new year, and I need key-hole surgery on my knee because it’s causing a few problems. “So hopefully, I can get a good victory now on Friday night, and have a wee break.Mc Shane thanked all his supporters who have travelled to his fights from Donegal, and the Irish Diaspora living in Glasgow for their support.“Thanks to everyone who has been following me so far on Facebook, and for all the updates and messages of good luck on my page, it’s much appreciated.ROSSES BOXER MC SHANE HOPING TO BOUNCE BACK WITH VICTORY TOMORROW NIGHT was last modified: June 5th, 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:boxingdonegalHome-page SportnewsShaun Mc Shanelast_img read more

Local Roundup: Arcata girls basketball captures title at home tournament

first_imgArcata senior point guard Vanessa Holland scored 15 of her team-high 18 points in the second half as the Tigers won their third straight game to open the 2016-17 season and captured their home tournament title with a 68-50 victory over Foothill on Saturday afternoon.Holland, who was named tournament MVP, was one of three Tigers to finish in double figures in the win, as junior forwards Kaylie McCracken and Kaylin Campbell had 14 and 11 points, respectively.McCracken and senior guard Ashley …last_img read more