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first_imgPrices as follows:Hogan Stand (No Concession) – €40Cusack Stand – €40Terrace – €25FAMILY TICKETS:-Family Tickets- Cusack and Davin StandsAdults – €40 Juveniles – €5Students & Senior Citizens (Cusack & Davin Stand Only):-Purchase full price tickets and get rebate of  €10 with valid I.D. at Block D, Stiles 1 to 5 in the Cusack Stand.(Rebate can only be claimed on entry into the stadium via BLOCK D)Wheelchair Tickets:-The Wheelchair Ticket and Assistant’s ticket is €40Group & Club Pass.Group Pass- Juveniles U-16 €3 each (you are permitted to bring 1 adult free with every ten Juveniles) any additional adults pay full price for their tickets.  Deadline is Tuesday 16th Aug 2016Club Pass for adults- €10. Max 50 tickets per club, one application only per club.  Deadline is Tuesday 16th Aug 2016Forms can be downloaded from http://www.gaa.ie/tickets/club-offersTickets are now on general sale online and via the SuperValu/Centra stores.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Sunday 21st August 2016 GAA Football Semi FinalMinor: 1.30pm Donegal v GalwaySenior: 3.30pm Tipperary v Mayocenter_img Please see below the event and ticketing details for the GAA Football All Ireland Semi Finals on 21st Aug in Croke Park.last_img read more

first_imgNorthwestern State will take on No. 1 seed Stephen F. Austin in the semifinals of the conference tournament tomorrow afternoon at 1:30 p.m. CT. Balanced effort across the board from you guys.  Offensively, defensively, you had 12 digs, 12 assist. What’s the difference between this match and the other two against Sam Houston? The Lady Demons were even more impressive defensively in the second set, holding the Bearkats to a -.088 hitting percentage while hitting .200. Northwestern State’s first team all-conference selection senior right-side hitter Mackenzie Neely led offensively with three kills in eight attempts. Senior outside hitter Stacey DiFrancesco led defensively for the Lady Demons with five digs as senior setter Emily Johnson and sophomore libero Bailey Martin combined for another six. Sam Houston State’s freshman outside hitter Brooke White had a set high six digs. “Yes, yes.  Offense is a huge part of the game.  I think our offense has been very good until a couple of weeks ago.  I know we have a setter with a bad back.   We have some health issues we don’t talk about a lot.  I am being very up front and honest with you.  We got about four players out … uh … we just got some injuries that we are struggling through.  And I think they are coming to the forefront.” “Our offense was terrible.” Northwestern State captured the first set 25-16 with strong defense, holding Sam Houston State to a -.070 hitting percentage. The Lady Demons hit .167 for the set as redshirt-junior outside hitter Caiti O’Connell led with four kills on six attempts for a .500 hitting percentage. Sophomore setter Natalie Jaeger made a set high eight digs in the opening set for Northwestern State. All told, the Lady Demons hit .198 on the night while holding Sam Houston State to a -.026 hitting percentage. Caiti O’Connell led offensively for Northwestern State with eight total kills on 13 attempts. Natalie Jaeger recorded 12 digs for the Bearkats to lead on defense. Sam Houston States’ Wells-Gibson had a match high 12 kills for the Bearkats, while sophomore libero Claire Kilpatrick tallied a match high 17 digs. “When our middle went down a couple weeks ago, and I did not think that she could get in.  Then all of a sudden she gets out here and practices like a crazy lady and this is exactly how I feel you are asking me.  I had already turned in my line up and it is kind hard to sub out two people for one. I thought we took too long to get started after that.  I think it was our lack of… we just been out of sync for the last couple weeks.  And I don’t know what it is. I think that the match could have gone either way at particular times.  But for me, I don’t know. I just don’t think my team has played that well the last two weeks.  I just don’t know what to say other than that. It is not anything in particular that they did.  They played good.  But you are asking me to compare the three times we played each other. I don’t know.” Box ScorePhoto GalleryNo. 5 Northwestern State 3, No. 4 Sam Houston State 0NATCHITOCHES, La. – Tournament host and fifth seeded Northwestern State defeated fourth seeded Sam Houston State 3-0 (25-16, 25-17, 25-23) in the Southland Volleyball Tournament Friday evening to wrap up quarterfinal action. The Lady Demons move on to the semifinals for the second year in a row after reaching the championship match a year ago. “Started to turn it around…” Obviously you have played great defense all year long. But did you foresee holding a team like that to a negative three percentage? “Oh, I completely agree. I think tonight all of our hitters were on.  I think it just comes down to everyone, you know Caiti, Glynna, Vanessa; everyone was going out their swinging with all they had. And I think that is a big part on why we won this because we were aggressive the entire time against them.” For tournament information, including a link to live stats, go to Southland.org. Semifinal matches of the tournament will be streamed live on the Southland Conference Digital Network.QuotesNorthwestern State Co-Head Coach Hugh Hernesman “We kind of put her on an island defensively. We put her in a position to dig a lot of balls and she did that. When she got the opportunity, she made those digs. That opportunity today for Natalie was to make some big plays and stand out. She is an unsung player in our program. She’s had a big year; she makes good decisions and plays with a lot of intensity.” “I really just think that tonight, we clicked on all facets of our game. Obviously, because it is a conference tournament, everyone comes out with a different mentality to really compete and do whatever it takes to win. And I think tonight, we definitely had that mentality and we were just ready to do whatever it takes to get the victory.” On facing Sam Houston’s Deveney Wells-Gibson The third set, it looked like you turned it around, but obviously… It certainly was a different outcome from when you guys came here (NSU).  It was a tough back and forth in the season.  From your estimation, what was difference between the meetings from before and tonight? “Each time around we had a good game plan against them. The first time we played them we didn’t execute it at all. The second time we played them, we executed it but struggled offensively which was why we lost. Today, we really came together.” On winning its first match in three tries vs. SHSU this season Northwestern State Setter Natalie Jaeger “I think it definitely was different from when we played them in the past.  But I think again, a lot of that is credit to our blockers.  Our blockers did a great job.  Defensively we left it all out on the floor.  And we really executed the system that we out to execute tonight.” Offensively, Caiti O’Connell hitting .462, Glynna was good. Again, kind of the same thing on offense as it was on defense.  From your stand point, do you agree or disagree? You touched on a little slow offensively. “I would be remised if I didn’t acknowledge the career that Deveney (Wells-Gibson) has had at Sam Houston. She is probably one of the best this conference has ever seen. We blocked them early and we served really well early.” Sam Houston State Head Coach Brenda Gray A little too late at that point On the play of NSU sophomore Natalie Jaeger In the third set, Northwestern State hit .222 and clinched the match with a 25-3 victory. The Lady Demons continued their defensive presence but Sam Houston State improved its hitting percentage to .081. Mackenzie Neely and Caiti O’connell combined for six kills for Northwestern State, while Bailey Martin contributed four digs. Sam Houston State first team all-conference senior outside hitter Deveney Wells-Gibson had a set high six kills on 10 attempts for the Bearkats.last_img read more

first_img By warren rappleyea Staff Writer Middletown North girls wrap up another successful season Lions have bright future ahead of them FARRAH MAFFAI Middletown North’s Heather Zito completes her balance beam routine at Friday’s state gymnastics meet at Old Bridge High School. It was another successful season for the Middletown High School North field hockey team and, with most of its players returning, even better things may be in store down the road. The Lions finished at 14-6-1 and won the Shore Conference’s Class A North crown for the third successive year. Middletown North also went to the finals of the conference tourney, downing quality teams in Ocean and Wall along the way, and reached the second round of the NJSIAA Central Jersey Group IV tournament. “It took us a while to find out which girls fit in which positions, but we had a set lineup for the playoffs, and that helped us quite a bit,” coach Bill Lafalce said. “Last year we had mostly seniors, so we had to move some players around and change a few things this season.” Only two seniors, fullback Elena Marszallwicz and midfielder Jaimee Famando, started regularly, and both were key performers. Marszallwicz led the team with 12 assists and handled a lot of responsibilities, such as penalty corners and free hits, while Famando, in her third varsity campaign, helped control the middle of the field. Forward Mary Hern and midfielder Lauren Benedetti, the Lions’ other two seniors, contributed valuable minutes off the bench. Other key players included Kaitlyn Faalan, a junior forward, who led Middletown North with a team-record 20 goals. Sophomore wingers Annmarie Lopresti and Corrine Monahan added 14 and 12 goals, respectively. Monahan also contributed 11 assists. Sophomores Ashleigh Pecherski and Caitlin Browne were instrumental in the middle, and the Lions’ defense was outstanding throughout the season. Goalie Katie McGowan, a junior, sparkled, posting eight shutouts. The defense included juniors Allison Corvo, Lindsay Harris, Samantha Mazzucola and Jackie Matthew, as well as sophomores Amanda Wichnick and Allyson Dunzello, and reserve goaltender Allison Walker, who did well in limited action, including a 4-3 victory over Manasquan in her first varsity start. “This turned out to be a very balanced team,” Lafalce said. “We had to move a few people around, but once we got to a set lineup, everything fell into place. We were able to beat some very good teams in the playoffs, and that gave the girls a lot of confidence. The best thing is that most of the girls will be back next season.”last_img read more

first_imgThe 26-year-old is not convinced the 6ft9 Briton offers much insight into the type of bout they can expect in Cardiff.Speaking to Andrew Gourdie and Jim Kayes on RadioLIVE, Parker admits he appreciates the support, but is happy with the sparring partners they have assembled.”Tyson Fury’s a great guy, but with all due respect to him, I don’t think it’s the right person to spar because he moves around well for a big guy and he doesn’t come forward, and he’s a lot taller.”So I think Kev [Kevin Barry] and our team have done some research and we found guys that we think that doesn’t have everything Joshua has, but each of them have bits that we can see or help us prepare for what he brings.”We want guys to come forward and we can just smash them, and for them to throw everything at us – the kitchen sink – and just try and knock us out. But with Fury, as the fighter he is, he’s a smart fighter who doesn’t stand there, who doesn’t absorb a lot of punches and likes to move.”Parker instead wants boxers who will bring a certain level intensity during sparring, and take punishment as good as they give it. He believes that will be key to beating Joshua and becoming the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world.”He’s dominated fighters that stand in front of him, that don’t move – all they do is protect themselves and I think a lot of fighters already go into the ring scared because of the power he possesses,” Parker says.”I want to fight a fight that’s going to be a fast-paced fight.”I think movement, speed and just different angles – I think that’s how we are going to attack Joshua.”In what would be the biggest fight of his career by some distance, Parker won’t completely rule out bringing in Fury, but he is doing it for experience rather than frame.”I think a person that has already been there, done that, to have him around so he can say some encouraging things, he knows how the opposition, a lot of them, how they roll and what they do.”last_img read more

first_imgMarcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member He used a total of five words to respond to his first question about the opportunity to play with Westbrook again:“I’m excited to be here.”Later, Durant said more directly, “I don’t want to talk about it.”At other times, he became philosophical, minimizing the significance of contract talks, trades or when stars change teams.“It’s not real-life problems,” Durant said, so he prefers to “just block it out.”He added: “Stuff you guys may think is important, I don’t really think is important at all, so when I look at it that way, it’s pretty easy to me.”Ultimately, which five players are on the court at any given time will be up to West coach Steve Kerr.So far, Kerr has been coy about how he’ll handle his rotations. Of course, the Golden State coach used to work in TV, so he knows as well as anyone how to maintain intrigue. LATEST STORIES Tenorio: We were not there mentally View comments Reunited on the Western Conference All-Star team for this weekend’s event, Westbrook and Durant will have to practice together on Saturday and play together on Sunday.If either of them expects it to be awkward — particularly after the way they barked at one another in a recent regular season game — they weren’t discussing it on Friday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnREAD: Durant leads Warriors over Thunder in return to OKCWestbrook smirked and responded to questions about any potential awkward interaction with Durant, who left the Thunder over the summer to join the Golden State Warriors, with thoughts on New York City’s Fashion Week. Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In this Nov. 3, 2016, file photo, Golden State Warriors’ Kevin Durant, right, celebrates in front of Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, in Oakland, Calif. The next time Russell Westbrook walks into a locker room for a game, Kevin Durant will be there. Get ready for the perhaps the best subplot of All-Star Weekend. The former Oklahoma City teammates and now rivals play as Western Conference teammates Sunday night, Feb. 19, 2017. AP FILE PHOTONEW ORLEANS — Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant had plenty to say at their first NBA All-Star appearance since splitting up as teammates in Oklahoma City.Just not about one another.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Municipal councilor nabbed for indiscriminate firing in Leyte 98% of residents in Taal Volcano’s 14-kilometer danger zone evacuated – DILG MOST READ 15 Taal towns now under total lockdown Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Poe chides LTFRB exec over termination of motorcycle taxi pilot study Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely “Man, you know what? Fashion week has been great. You seen fashion week? You been paying attention to fashion week?” Westbrook responded to a question about Durant. “There’s a lot of great-looking things at fashion week, man. I’m looking forward to new collections.”Later came another, more general question about playing with four members of Golden State on the West team — Durant, Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green — and Westbrook shot back:“What’s your favorite fashion brand? What you like?”READ: NBA: Westbrook unimpressed with ex-teammate DurantFor his part, Durant was curt, or vague or sometimes critical of the media for obsessing over things that aren’t important. Not to him anyway.ADVERTISEMENT Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board memberlast_img read more

first_img‘It’s not my shame’: Why Filipino women are calling out sexual misconduct on social media View comments Duterte promises to look for funds to establish rail transport in Cebu ‘1917’ takes top honor at the Producers Guild Awards Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite LATEST STORIES Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties NBA: Westbrook’s 35th triple double powers Thunder win MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town ‘Bad Boys for Life’ debuts so good with box office top spot Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Toronto Raptors forward Serge Ibaka (9) lands a strike on Chicago Bulls center Robin Lopez (8) during a scuffle during second half of an NBA basketball game in Toronto, Tuesday, March 21, 2017. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)Chicago Bulls center Robin Lopez and Toronto Raptors forward Serge Ibaka were each suspended one game without pay by the NBA on Wednesday for exchanging punches during an altercation.Ibaka, who was born in the Republic of the Congo but plays internationally for Spain, and US 7-footer Lopez were given technical fouls and ejected from the game after swinging blows with 3:58 remaining in the third quarter of Toronto’s 122-120 overtime victory over visiting Chicago on Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT Ibaka will miss the Raptors’ game Thursday at Miami while Lopez will serve his ban Wednesday night when the Bulls play host to Detroit.Raptors assistant coach Jamaal Magloire was fined $15,000 for pushing Bulls forward Nikola Mirotic, who was born in Montenegro but also plays globally for Spain, and acting as other than a peacemaker during the same altercation.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnAt 42-29, the Raptors are on a three-game win streak and one-half game behind Washington for third place in the Eastern Conference.The Bulls, 33-38, are two games behind Miami for the eighth and final East playoff berth. Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcoslast_img read more

first_imgWASHINGTON – Doctors are beginning to offer a new alternative to hip replacement – one aimed at younger, athletic baby boomers who’ve worn out their joints too soon. Now they no longer have to wait until they hit their 60s for a fix. It’s called hip resurfacing: covering a damaged hip’s ball and socket with smooth metal rather than cutting away worn bone and replacing it. The operation hit the U.S. market last spring with Food and Drug Administration approval of the British-designed Birmingham Hip Resurfacing System. U.S. competitors are in clinical trials that are expected to clear the FDA later this year. It’s not the first time orthopedic surgeons have tried resurfacing worn-out hips. But while earlier attempts failed, data from Europe suggest this latest approach uses longer-lasting materials, with the additional promise of a joint that might hold up – better than traditional hip implants – to the heavy recreation popular today among those in their 40s and 50s. “I do have people that call me and say, `My father had hip resurfacing in 1970 and it didn’t work; why are we doing that now?”‘ said Dr. Michael J. Anderson, an orthopedic surgeon in Milwaukee who estimates that about 15 percent of his hip implants now are resurfacings. His response: Comparing today’s resurfacing with yesteryear’s is like comparing a modern car with a Model T. Not everyone is a good candidate, specialists caution. Resurfacing isn’t for patients with thinning bones – part of the joint could break – or those who have poorly functioning kidneys that can’t eliminate microscopic metal particles produced when the joint’s reinforced pieces rub together. Moreover, while patients typically recover quickly, resurfacing is harder to perform than a hip replacement, and only a small fraction of the nation’s orthopedic surgeons so far are trained to do it. But interest is growing, as evidenced by a focus on hip resurfacing at next month’s annual meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, to deal with a growing demand for hip repair from ever-younger patients. Until now, because a standard hip replacement before age 60 is itself likely to wear out, “you might have told someone to soldier on for as long as you possibly can,” explained academy spokesman Dr. Scott Rubinstein of the Illinois Bone and Joint Institute. With the new resurfacing option, “people may be a little more aggressive” in treating younger creaky joints, he added. More than 400,000 total or partial hip replacements are performed each year, a number growing as the population ages. Typically, surgeons replace a hip by cutting off the femoral head, the joint’s ball, and replacing it with a metal ball mounted on a rod implanted deep in the thigh bone. A plastic socket replaces the original. Those artificial hips can bring tremendous relief to people crippled by hip pain. But the metal-on-plastic friction means the implants can begin wearing out in about 15 years, sooner if sports or other activities increase pressure on the joint. For the average 65-year-old, that’s no problem. A 50-year-old, in contrast, could very well wear out an initial replacement and have little thigh bone left to fit another. “You’re dealing with Swiss cheese,” is how hip replacement pioneer Dr. Mitchell Sheinkop describes the remaining bone. Enter resurfacing. Surgeons lightly shave the damaged femoral ball and fit a metal ball snugly over it. That ball rolls in a metal cup reinforcing the socket. The idea: Metal-on-metal shouldn’t wear out as fast, and if patients do need another replacement in 15 or 20 years, the thigh bone is largely intact. Doctors differ on what age is the cutoff for resurfacing, somewhere between 60 and 65, largely dependent on the patient’s bone strength. Nor do all insurers cover it. The implant costs about 20 percent more than a standard artificial hip, adding to the $35,000 tab. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

first_img Winston Reid in action for West Ham 1 Winston Reid is ‘highly unlikely’ to sign a new deal with West Ham.The defender has just six months to run on his current contract and is reportedly drawing interest from Arsenal and Liverpool.Manager Sam Allardyce has previously stated that he would be reluctant to see Reid leave, especially with the Hammers flying high in the Premier League.However, Allardyce has now confessed that Reid’s future hangs in the balance as the New Zealand international refuses to extend his contract at Upton Park.“There is no future for Winston Reid at West Ham at the moment because his contract ends on June 30,” said Allardyce.“I would say it’s highly unlikely that Winston is going to sign for us based on what people have said to me.”last_img read more