Second Chances

17 Jun 19
Neutral Ground - A Women's Football Blog

Spain and China PR battled to a 0-0 draw which saw both teams go through to the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup knockout stages. Spain progress to the Round of 16 as Group B runners-up on four points, tied with China who are ensured of a best third-place spot. Germany won the group with a […]

17 Jun 19
Cambridgeshire Cats

The Cambridgeshire Cats travelled down to The Nest, Mill Hill Rugby Club, for what was hyped as the toughest game of the season so far. The history between our two sides was one of low scoring defensive battles decided most often by a single score, with the home side most often the victor. Both teams […]

17 Jun 19
Torsade Literary Space

Tourmaline Palma (conclusion)                   And these pains, depressions, madnesses, that waved across the city, were the reason her people, quarantined within a color-wheel of central sectors, had not by force been disarmed. The pills given at the health clinic would finish David, not his back and his […]

17 Jun 19
Musings of A Streaming Junkie & Wannabe Critic

Brothers or not, we’re seeds taken from the same sack meant to bear fruit. A seed gone bad must be weeded out. Just like when we cleaned lentils. I had never heard of French actor Alain Delon until I was reading an article about the controversy surrounding him being awarded with an honorary  Palme d’Or […]

17 Jun 19
The Beacon

Editor’s note: In light of the recent non-fatal car-train collision at the Pleasant View Road crossing in Plymouth , as well as the city’s petition to the state railroad commissioner to study the adequacy of warnings at six city crossings following the restart of a cross county rail line, The Beacon is reprinting our story from The Review, Dec. 18, 1984.

17 Jun 19
The Brighton Dad Blog

Originally posted: May ’18. You know that feeling that you get when you know your life is about to change? That short period before something happens that turns your day to day upside down? Yeah, that’s what happening now. That’s what’s going on with me. A little background. In 2011, I was fired from my […]

17 Jun 19
The Scottish Sun
MARTIN O’NEILL has revealed his shock at social media criticism of Neil Lennon’s return to the Celtic dugout. Former Hoops gaffer O’Neill, who signed Lennon as a player at Parkhead in 2000, backed him to get the job for a second time. O’Neill is a big fan of Lennon’s managerial style And as Lennon returned for the start of pre-season training with the treble Treble winners, his ex-boss reiterated his support. O’Neill said: “This idea that Neil was cheap or the board were negligent in not looking elsewhere seems exceptionally unfair. Neil has more than proven himself to have the credentials for this job and I would have full confidence that he’ll do it justice. “When I heard there was some criticism towards Neil getting the job, I would have to say that it truly took me aback. Lennon returned to Parkhead after Brendan Rodgers left for Leicester “I’m not sure why that would be the case. “I really can’t get my head around it at all because I don’t think he put a foot wrong after taking over from Brendan Rodgers. “If I get the chance, I watch Celtic games on television and I’m not sure that the season had been entirely fluent for the duration of the campaign, for one reason or another. “So it was not a given that Neil would walk in there and get it right. “I think you have to be really appreciative of the kind of pressure he was under in those months — all the while as he was trying to win a Treble, which is no mean feat. “I sometimes wonder in this day and age whether there is an opinion that is as widespread as things are reported. “When I watched the Scottish Cup final I heard his name sung loudly and clearly. It didn’t seem to me that there was an issue there. “I do have cause to ponder at times whether the echo chamber of social media nowadays creates something that is not necessarily there. “The thing that really makes Neil such a good manager is his strength of character. [article-rail-section title=”most read” posts_category=”3″ posts_number=”6″ query_type=”popular” /] “And for me there is an easy answer when people are asking why Celtic have given him the job for a second time ­— he was the OUTSTANDING candidate for it. He has the personality to drive the club forward. “It is a huge season in terms of going for a ninth title, but he knows the club. “He has dealt with pressures in that job that no one else has had to. Having the mettle to cope with the intensity of this season will be huge.” Meanwhile, O’Neill believes the Scottish top flight would be more competitive with a strong Rangers challenge. He added: “That isn’t really Celtic’s problem. “You can only beat who is put in front of you and it’s not their responsibility to do anything other than be as successful as they possibly can be. “But over the last season I did get a sense that Rangers were getting a little bit stronger — and that’s no bad thing. “If they get a better presence, then I actually think that will help Celtic. It pushes you, it makes you look over your shoulder and keeps you on your toes. “I’ll say again that Celtic being the dominant force is not their fault. “They have been a club that’s been exceptionally well run.” Keep up to date with ALL the latest news and transfers from Scottish football plus fixtures, results and live match commentary  [bc_video video_id=”6048886693001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”Ex-Celtic star Erik Sviatchenko posts hilarious Twitter video in wife Anne Rudmose’s old Celtic top”]
17 Jun 19
Boston Herald
Between trades, free agency and the draft, the Patriots have brought in an interesting collection of reinforcements to defend their title as they go after championship No. 7 during the 2019 season. Between viewing one OTA session and the three-day minicamp, we had a chance to see these players and get a better idea how they might contribute going forward. Training camp will provide the best source for evaluating players, especially with full pads going on. But based on what we’ve seen, and what we know, which members of the new cast are going to have the most impact? At this stage, here’s the top five players we believe will provide the biggest bang, starting with the honorable mentions and proceeding in descending order. Honorable Mention — Sitting outside the top five are defensive tackle Mike Pennel, rookie defensive end Chase Winovich, rookie cornerback JoeJuan Williams and tight end Matt LaCosse. Of the group, Pennel was the toughest call. He should crack the top five down the road. The former Jet is a beast and will help up front stuffing the run. As for Williams, he got beat in coverage a few times but it was hard to totally assess him without contact allowed. Given what he brings to the table with his physicality and height (6-foot-3), he figures to be an interesting matchup defender in Bill Belichick’s defense. As for Winovich, what stood out beyond his long hair was effort. He practices hard. But in a non-contact setting, it was tough to gauge his pass rush ability. Need to see more. With Ben Watson serving a four-game suspension, LaCosse will likely start at tight end. He can catch and run a seam route. He could surprise and be a factor. Not convinced just yet. FOXBORO MA. – JUNE 6: N’Keal Harry hauls in a pass during New England Patriots mini camp at Gillette Stadium on June 6, 2019 in Foxboro, MA. (Staff Photo By Nancy Lane/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald) 5. N’Keal Harry – His talent is obvious. Some of the plays he made during OTAs and minicamp were spectacular. He could be a hugely impactful player for the offense. And the Patriots surely see that potential and want to tap into it. But he’s very much a work in progress. He still needs to learn about being a wide receiver in the Patriots offense, about precise route running and hitting the exact depth. Harry was given a lot of coaching help, not to mention pointers from teammates, namely Julian Edelman, on some of the nuances. He was involved in side sessions with Tom Brady and Josh McDaniels every day, and for good measure, had to deal with Stephon Gilmore in his grill in coverage. We’ll see how quickly he can adapt and put it all together. Once he does, and gains Brady’s trust, he could be a real difference-maker in the offense. 4. Maurice Harris – He got people’s attention given he was with the first group consistently, played in the slot, and made plays all over the field. He caught everything Brady threw his way, long or short. Most impressive was how well he high-points the ball and tracks it in the air.  He made a number of contested catches. At 6-foot-3, 200 pounds, with an early chemistry with Brady, and making it all look easy, the former Redskin receiver could have an instant impact. Harris said he was enjoying the process of getting to know the GOAT and getting better with him every day. But he didn’t want to make too much of their quick connection. He knows there’s still a lot of work ahead. “I’m just trying to perform the best I can and learn,” he said after the first minicamp practice. “The speed of the game is pretty fast, so I just got to continue to pick up on the plays and the defenses and stuff like that.” 3. Damien Harris — Sony Michel’s absence from minicamp allowed Harris to gain some important reps and get comfortable with the offense. It was also a reminder that it’s probably not realistic to ask Michel to carry a huge workload. The second-year running back recently underwent a scope on one of his two balky knees, a source confirmed last week. Someone else is going to have to carry the rock, and Harris looks to be a worthy fill-in. The third-round pick should get his share of valuable carries in 2019, and catch a few passes out of the backfield. He did have a few drops during the glorified passing camp, but seemed like a good enough pass catcher who would provide a semblance of run-pass unpredictability when he’s in the backfield. FOXBORO, MA – JUNE 4: Defensive end Michael Bennett #77 of the New England Patriots takes the field during a minicamp workout in Foxboro, Massachusetts on June 4, 2019. (Staff Photo By Christopher Evans/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald) 2. Michael Bennett — While he didn’t attend any of the voluntary workouts, Bennett left his training perch in Hawaii for mandatory minicamp. He seemed to enjoy his first chance to get to know his teammates, and be a part of a team with so many championships, as well as a history of star players on defense. Bennett, who is 33 and an 11-year veteran of the NFL, is determined to show he can still be an effective player as he gets older. Last season, he had nine sacks for the Eagles. He can play both defensive end and tackle. He’s a good fit in the Patriots defense. “Everything’s good,” Bennett said. “Great coaches, great players around. Definitely high standards out here, and that’s what I’m used to. “When I was a young kid, I always used to like watching the Patriots play on defense, and now I got a chance to be here. It just feels really good.” 1.  Jamie Collins — It was hard not to notice him at minicamp. He was one of the better defensive players. He was active and often disruptive whether it was batting down passes or making quarterbacks alter their throws with his long arms. He was especially a royal pain to Brady getting in passing lanes. Collins was also used on special teams with the punting units. He seemed highly motivated during the three-day mandatory camp and given his ability, that should once again translate very well in Belichick’s defense. If he stays the course, he’ll have a significant impact, particularly covering backs and tight ends, and blitzing. He only signed a one-year deal that could be worth up to $5 million. There wasn’t much guaranteed money, so it’s a prove-it kind of deal. Based on his efforts in minicamp, bringing him back will prove extremely beneficial. You can never have enough difference-makers in the defense.
17 Jun 19
The Irish Sun
ON Saturday morning, scores of League of Ireland players headed abroad to make the most of the mid-season break. Their teams’ fortunes may be put to the back of their mind as they look to get away from it all and recharge for the second half of the campaign. Dundalk players celebrate their 2018 success But here SunSport has taken a look at how the 10 ten Premier Division sides have fared so far and outlines where they might need to brush up. DUNDALK – 9 – EXCELLENT THE departure of Stephen Kenny as manager after six success-filled years left people wondering how his loss would affect the club. So far, the answer has been ‘not a lot’. Dundalk duo Pat Hoban and Vinny Perth After 21 games last season, Dundalk had accumulated 49 points, the exact same number they have collected under Vinny Perth this year. Their goals return has dropped from 53 to 40 but they have leaked just ten goals, one fewer than last term. They managed to get through a period when they were badly hit by injuries without serious damage and, since losing to Sligo Rovers in April, they have taken 31 points out of 33. It is hard to see who can stop them but an extended European run would be a challenge, while they also need to ensure a new contract for Pat Hoban does not become a distraction. SHAMROCK ROVERS – 7 – GOOD FOUR losses in their last eight games has ­dampened the early-season enthusiasm at Rovers, who dropped just two points out of a possible 36. The gap they opened up at the top of the table was a little misleading, with two games against bottom side Finn Harps taking place when other teams were not in action. Aaron Greene reacts to a missed chance against Bohs But, although a third derby defeat of the season to Bohemians will have meant they break up on a low, progress has been made. They have 17 more points on the board than they did at the same stage last season. Their first game back is at home to Dundalk. Win it and they are just two points behind but they need to score more goals. They are averaging 1.53 a game. The last time a team won the league with those sort of figures was when their boss Stephen Bradley played for Drogheda United in 2007. The average for the last five champions has all been over two. BOHEMIANS – 8 – VERY GOOD THE bottom line at Dalymount Park every season since the club went close to going out of business at the start of this decade has been to avoid relegation. But, having narrowly missed out on European qualification last year, as it turned out when Waterford were refused entry, a Europa League spot looks like a realistic ambition this time around. Bohs players celebrate their derby victory over Shamrock Rovers Friday’s win over rivals Shamrock Rovers left them six points clear in third, with one more game played than Derry City and one fewer than St Pat’s. Given Dinny Corcoran has scored seven of their 25 league goals to date, they will need to strengthen in attack, with their top scorer gone for the foreseeable future after breaking his ankle. But tying Friday’s derby hero Danny Mandroiu down to a new contract will ease fears that they might lose a talent who has lit up the League of Ireland in his first season in senior football. DERRY CITY – 7 – GOOD ALTHOUGH Kenny Shiels had won silverware — the EA Sports Cup — in his final season in charge, there was a sense that Declan Devine was inheriting a bit of a mess. To be in the mix for a European spot with a considerable chunk of the season gone represents progress for the former goalkeeper. Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe has been a standout for Derry City He has used the loan market well, bringing in David Parkhouse from Sheffield United as well as Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe from Colchester United. The Nigerian has been secured for the rest of the season but no deal has been struck for Parkhouse, prompting a move for UCD’s Conor Davis. Capturing College frontman Davis would help to ensure that they have a cutting edge up front and allow them to continue to be resolute on the road, where they have been beaten only twice in 11 games. ST PATRICK’S ATHLETIC – 6 – SATISFACTORY AN opening-night win over Cork City, followed by a stoppage-time clincher from Mikey Drennan against Sligo a week later, represented a perfect start for new boss Harry Kenny. But St Pat’s have struggled to achieve any consistency since. Mikey Drennan celebrates a goal against UCD They have dropped points against all of the other nine sides but are also one of only two teams to have defeated Dundalk. They have not been helped by the fact the absence of some players has led them to playing wing-backs when Kenny’s preferred system is a flat-back four. But their stand-out problem is a lack of goals. Keeper Brendan Clarke is having a solid season between the posts and Ciaran Kelly has shone. But, at the other end, only Drennan and centre-half Kevin Toner have scored more than once. They need Chris Forrester to start delivering. SLIGO ROVERS – 6 – SATISFACTORY ASK a League of Ireland supporter which club is most likely to have a player scoring their country’s first goal at the CONCACAF Gold Cup and the chances are they would say Sligo Rovers. The Bit O’Red has long had a tradition of casting the net far and wide for players. Dante Leverock is stretchered off against Bohs And the acquisition of Bermuda captain Dante Leverock, who netted against Haiti on Sunday, from Estonian outfit Trans Narva is a case in point. When Leverock was knocked out against Bohemians last month, their other Caribbean star, Romeo Parkes, came to the fore with a double to seal victory at Dalymount Park. They were two of 10 close-season arrivals and it looks like the team is beginning to gel. They are the only side to have beaten the top three, recording home wins over Dundalk and Shamrock Rovers, and have the potential to further climb the table. CORK CITY – 4 – MUST DO BETTER IT IS difficult to put any positive spin on what has been, so far, a difficult season which has already seen John Caulfield’s departure. Five consecutive top-two finishes — featuring one title win and four FAI Cup final appearances in a row, two of which were won — set high standards at Turner’s Cross. Cork City interim boss John Cotter It became clear rather quickly that they were going to be unable to match them this term and a parting of the ways with Caulfield seemed inevitable. John Cotter got his reign off to a great start with a win over Bohemians but since then the only team they have beaten is UCD, twice. Making up ground in the race for Europe is not impossible but looks unlikely. The fact that they are seeded in this year’s Europa League may offer some chance of getting through a round. WATERFORD – 5 – MUST DO BETTER THIRD from bottom will be a disappointment for a side which finished third last season but they have between one and four games in hand on every other team. But the problem is that, when they get around to playing those matches, they may have fewer options at their disposal than when they were originally scheduled. Waterford ace Aaron Drinan Aaron Drinan, Scott Twine and Hugo Keto’s loan moves have all ended while Aaron Simpson has also left, having only joined in April. Drinan was the only unqualified success at the RSC but, with the bombshell landing that two months ago that the Blues would be unable to play in Europe, there will be precious little money to add bodies to the squad. Worse still, they are vulnerable to losing key men such as Zack Elbouzedi, who picked up a shoulder injury during the Toulon Tournament, and Bastien Hery to rival clubs. They get back to action after the break with a home game against Bohemians. UCD – 4 – MUST DO BETTER AFTER nine straight league defeats, followed by a month without a game, UCD have it all to do to turn their season around. Collie O’Neill’s side had made an OK start to the campaign after winning the First Division last season. Neil Farrugia has been a bright light for UCD’s season But their poor run coincided with the onset of exam time in Belfield. Despite their struggles, keeper Conor Kearns, defender Liam Scales and attacker Neil Farrugia impressed sufficiently to get called into the Ireland Under-21 squad, although Farrugia later pulled out through injury. He is still sidelined and, when he does next play, it may not be for UCD as interest in him hots up. He, Scales, Conor Davis and captain Gary O’Neill are all wanted by other clubs and whether College can mount a successful survival bid may depend on their ability to keep their squad together. FINN HARPS – 3 – MUST DO BETTER GIVEN their geographical disadvantage and budgetary restraints, Finn Harps’ struggles this season will not have come as a surprise to anyone, least of all manager Ollie Horgan. Sure enough, they failed to record a win in their first 15 games. They then managed eight points from four matches, which hinted at something of a resurgence for Horgan and Co. But, since then, they have lost five on the trot, conceding 16 goals. Peter Burke’s struggles between the posts saw former Donegal keeper Mark Anthony McGinley line out in goal against St Pat’s on Friday. [article-rail-section title=”MOST READ SPORT” posts_category=”0″ posts_number=”12″ query_type=”popular” /] Horgan could really do with No 1 Ciaran Gallagher getting fit again. Although there is talent in their ranks with players such as Daniel O’Reilly and Mikey Place, it does not look as if they have enough quality to get themselves out of trouble. They are level with UCD on points but with three more matches played, their survival hopes may hinge on whether their rivals hold on to their best players. Ollie Horgan’s Finn Harps are struggling
17 Jun 19
Entertainment Blog

Photos by AMC. NOS4A2 Episode 3 Recap NOS4A2 Episode 3 sees Manx searching Haverhill for the Strong Creative who has opened up the Shorter Way. Manx pays a visit to an old woman in the Essex County Psych Ward. Jolene and Manx had a run-in 50 years ago, when Jolene used her roller skates to travel […]

17 Jun 19
Alton Drew

The issue: Can Biden raise his electoral stock value in face of a Warren advance? Predictit.org is reporting that the lowest price traders are being offered for purchasing a “yes” contract on Joe Biden‘s chances of winning the Democratic nomination is $.26.  This means that if the elections were held today and a trader purchases […]

17 Jun 19
Sister Crawford

Another week has come and gone. And wow – it has been a very crazy week of stuff! This is a weird analogy, but I often feel like I’m riding on a train when it comes to weeks in the mission. Some weeks it feels like an old train that is moving slower than snail […]

17 Jun 19
Entertainment Blog

BEGIN SLIDESHOW GLOW season 3 trailer: Welcome to Vegas! Netflix has released the full trailer for GLOW season 3 as the show moves from Los Angeles to Las Vegas! Check it out in the player below and look for the new season to arrive on August 9! PB = PB || {}; PB.gptStandAlone = PB.gptStandAlone || […]

17 Jun 19
HlaMin

Updated : February 26, 2019 Ko Zaw Min Nawaday (EP70) and Ko Ohn Khine (M70) Edited by Ko Hla Min (EC69) The Class of ‘70 comprised of the first year intake students in 1964. There were 494 registered students, of which 67 were female. Most graduated in 1970. Some took sabbatical for a year or […]

17 Jun 19
Suzarever's Lounge

[Attack on Titan S3] [Spoilers] The Attack on Titan controversy / Hajime Isayama Appreciation post So "That Day" has finally been animated. Some months ago, a controversy popped up on Twitter again. After this episode you should probably know what it was about: WW2/Holocaust parallels I think it is better to openly talk about it […]

17 Jun 19

As my husband and I send our daughter and son on our 8th Teen Mission team this summer (they are going to the same country, one as leader, one as team member) I wanted to share what I’ve learned from this experience over the years. First, if God wants them to go he will provide. […]

17 Jun 19
A Practical Guide to Evil

“They who first look at the sun will never see aught else.” – Helikean saying It was just steel. There must have been thousands of longswords just like it in Iserre alone, decently crafted but nothing extraordinary. It was the work of some smith somewhere, not an enchanter or legendary artisan, so there was nothing […]