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January 20, 2020 | | Post a Comment

first_img VICTORY AND A DRAW After some intense and exciting contests, the Taylor Hall team from Roosters Block defeated Hardball 1-0 to earn the right to play the all-stars. However, the students were no match for the former international stars and they spent most of the game defending, although they defended gallantly, and earned themselves a 0-0 draw which resulted in a penalty shoot out which the all-stars won. For their efforts, each member of the Roosters team was invited to participate in an exclusive workshop with Ruud van Nistelrooy. Suwannee Stewart, Heineken brand manager, believes it was a fun-filled day and positive start to the tour. “They (students) may have lost the game on penalties, but we are rewarding them with an exclusive experience with one of the world’s greatest goal scorers,” she added Local fans will have a chance to meet Van Nistelrooy during the Heineken trophy stops at Margaritaville Ocho Rios and Pier 1 in Montego Bay. – L.S. After winning a $50,000 donation following his participation in the Heineken Power Scrimmage match at the University of the West Indies (UWI) on Wednesday, Arnett Gardens captain, Oneil Bigga’ Thompson, decided that he wants the benefits to be given to a school close to home. The Heineken Power Scrimmage match is a part of the build up to the arrival of the UEFA Champions League (UCL) trophy to the island from March 20 to 23 and Thompson is pleased the arrival of the illustrious trophy could have such a positive impact on normal young Jamaicans. “I talked to them (Heineken) this morning and told them I will give it (donation) to Boys’ Town Basic School, or something like that and this definitely makes me feel better, to know I can help a needy institution in my community. But it is always a good feeling helping somebody and you are helping kids that need it,” he said. Thompson, who had questioned the purpose of the trophy coming to Jamaica, is now convinced it will have a positive impact. “People start to understand the purpose of the visit. It needed to make an impact, it can’t be a case that it is just coming here,” he said. Other not-for-profit organisations that benefited are Catherine Hall Primary, Multi-Care Foundation, Saint’s Basic School and St Marks Methodist Basic School. Meanwhile, six university teams battled for the chance to face the star-studded Heineken All-stars team, which comprised former national players such as Ian ‘Pepe’ Goodison, Theodore ‘Tappa’ Whitmore, Thompson, Rafe Wolfe and Clyde Jureidini.last_img read more

January 10, 2020 | | Post a Comment

first_img0Shares0000Pierre Gasly will join Max Verstappen at Red Bull next season © AFP/File / Boris HORVATPARIS, France, Aug 20 – French driver Pierre Gasly will replace the departing Daniel Ricciardo at Red Bull next season, the Formula One team announced on Monday.The 22-year-old Gasly, who currently drives for Red Bull’s junior team Toro Rosso, will line up alongside Max Verstappen after Australian Ricciardo leaves for Renault at the end of the 2018 campaign. “It has been my goal to race for this team since I joined the Red Bull Junior Driver Programme in 2013, and this incredible opportunity is another step forward in my ambition to win Grands Prix and compete for world championships,” said Gasly.The Frenchman only made his Formula One debut at the Malaysian Grand Prix last October, but has scored 26 points for Toro Rosso this year, with a best finish of fourth in Bahrain.He is 13th in the drivers’ standings and has scored 24 more points than the second Toro Rosso driver Brendon Hartley.“Since Pierre first stepped into a Formula One seat with Scuderia Toro Rosso less than a year ago he has proved the undoubted talent that Red Bull has nurtured since his early career,” team principal Christian Horner said on the Red Bull website, adding that Gasly was “one of the most exciting young drivers in motorsport”.Red Bull have struggled for consistency this year, but have managed to win three races, with two of those coming from Ricciardo.Gasly will join one of his good friends in the paddock, 20-year-old Dutchman Max Verstappen, to form a particularly young and eye-catching driver tandem.Horner also pointed out that Gasly brings valuable technical experience, because Red Bull are switching engines next season from Renault to Honda, who already supply Toro Rosso.“Red Bull has always looked to fight for championships or victories and that’s what I want,” added Gasly.“I’m a really competitive guy and when I do something it’s always to fight for the best and top positions.”Gasly comes from a motorsports family and his four brothers all drive. He started karting at the age of six before advancing to single-seater cars, winning a first title in Eurocop Formula Renault 2.0 in 2013 before being recruited by Red Bull and winning a GP2 title in 2016.He is, one of his former mechanics said, “funny, endearing and perfectionist”. He is also known for his rare ability to analyse data from his car.With nine races left in a season that does not end until November 25 in Abu Dhabi, the announcement means that several of the top teams have already made significant moves in the annual game of musical drivers’ seats.Mercedes announced before the German Grand Prix on July 22 that they had locked their two drivers, Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas, to contract extensions.Then Renault recruited Ricciardo to beef up their challenge next season and that seems to have had a double knock-on effect, freeing a seat at Red Bull for Gasly and creating a crowd of three at the French team.One of Renault’s young drivers, Spaniard Carlos Sainz, like Ricciardo and Gasly a product of Red Bull’s driver development programme, announced last Thursday that he was moving to McLaren to replace the retiring Fernando Alonso.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

December 27, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgCELTIC travel to Madrid on Thursday evening (with a few Donegal supporters in tow) hoping to make the most of their reprieve in the Europa League.And manager Neil Lennon believes games against the Spanish giants – as well as Italians Udinese and French side Rennes (in the Celtic Breton region) – is a chance to allow players to shine.“It means a lot to be in this competition and I think it means a lot to the supporters,” said the Lurgan man. “It is a fantastic group and all we are looking for from the players is to do themselves justice.“We believe we have a very talented group of players who can develop into a very good team if we can keep them all together and this will be part of their development,” said Lennon.“But I don’t want them to see it as a learning curve, I want them to play strong and try to get a positive result and go forward from there.“Qualifying would be nice, but it is a top-quality group and I’m not looking that far ahead. “Thursday will be a good marker for us. Atletico will probably be favourites for the group.“But I’m hoping we can qualify and if we can maintain our home form that we have shown over the years then we have a very good chance.“Obviously our away form has to improve and if we can pick up some points away from home, who knows?”Neil is expecting a tough game against the Spanish side.“They have real quality and strength in depth. We watched them on three occasions, twice in La Liga and they were unfortunate not to get something against Valencia. “They won this competition not too long ago so their pedigree is up there with any of the clubs in Europe.“We know it’s going to be a huge game, it’s going to be a big jump in quality from what we are used to in the SPL but these are the games we want to play in and it’s a great challenge for us all.”Scott Brown won’t make the trip to Spain – but should return in time for Sunday’s Old Firm clash with Rangers.THE HOOPS REPORT: LENNON LOOKING FORWARD TO ATHLETICO MADRID TRIP was last modified: September 15th, 2011 by BrendaShare 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:Athletico MadridCeltic football clubdonegaldaily Celtic reportNeil Lennonlast_img read more