Broncos and Panthers set to deliver super finish to season

first_imgThe Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers are primed to provide a grand finish worthy of a landmark Super Bowl 50 on Sunday and cap a season of celebration by the National Football League.An estimated 190 million Americans and a worldwide TV audience are set to tune in for a game that has the hallmarks of an instant classic as Carolina’s top-ranked offence clashes with Denver’s number one defense in a Silicon Valley showdown for the Vince Lombardi Trophy.The game will feature two generational talents on offense with Carolina quarterback Cam Newton on the cusp of greatness and five-time NFL Most Valuable Player Peyton Manning playing what could be his last game, but the victor will likely be determined by the play of the defenses.“Our defense has just been exceptional all season long,” praised Manning. “They have led the charge for us to be here from the get-go.“Each game they had stepped up and done the job and they were awesome against Pittsburgh and against New England.“They are the reason we’re here and, like I said a couple weeks ago, I’m just glad that I don’t have to play against them this year because they are that good.”Still, the spotlight will not stray far from the two quarterbacks who bring contrasting styles and personalities to the championship game.Newton, 26, is a flashy, brash imposing quarterbacking cyborg who can beat an opponent with his arm and his feet.With a victory on Sunday the Panthers would find themselves with an 18-1 record, a Super Bowl and in the discussion about the greatest NFL teams of all-time.Manning, meanwhile, is a cerebral 39-year-old quarterbacking genius with an off-the-charts football IQ who operates primarily from the pocket.INTRIGUING CHESS MATCHA Denver defense that led the NFL in sacks can expect a long evening trying to contain Newton while Manning will engage in an intriguing chess match with a Panthers defence spearheaded by All-Pro linebacker Luke Kuechly that led the league in takeaways.“Newton is a special talent, a rare talent,” said Broncos coach Gary Kubiak. “This league has the best of everything.“I mean you look at some of the great throwers in this league with (New England Patriots) Tom Brady and (Green Bay Packers) Aaron Rodgers and those type of guys and then now you got a guy who’s got a combination of everything.“Not only beating people with his arm but with his feet, his ability to move around. A tremendous athlete that they’ve molded their offense around.”During the regular season, the Panthers were an offensive juggernaut averaging a league-high 31 points a game.In the playoffs, they have been even more explosive in piling up 80 points in two routs, including a 49-15 blowout of the Arizona Cardinals in the NFC Championship game that sent them through to their second Super Bowl.This has been far from a vintage year for Manning, who missed six consecutive starts due to a heel injury and when he did return, for the first time in his Hall of Fame career he stood on the sidelines – as backup to Brock Osweiler.Manning, who once threw seven touchdowns in a single game, had just nine in 10 games this season offset by 17 interceptions as questions over his age and diminishing arm strength became a recurring storyline.But like every great drama there are twists and in the regular season finale Manning came on in relief of Osweiler to lead the Broncos to a win, then steered Denver to narrow playoff victories over the Pittsburgh Steelers and New England Patriots.“I feel like I have a good understanding of the significance of playing in the 50th Super Bowl,” said Manning, who will be appearing in his fourth NFL title game.“This is a unique and special opportunity and obviously we’re going to take advantage of it.“There is no question it’s important to me, it’s very personal to me, and no question this season has had some unique challenges.” You will find more statistics at Statistalast_img read more

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Hunters hold off a fast finishing Seagulls

first_imgHunters lead in the second half by 4 points but could not hold as the Seagulls clawed their way back with a stunning performance.The Tweed Heads converted a penalty goal for 2 points which cut the lead to 2 points to 12-14.Than it was Shanon Walker that broke through to score as the Seagulls took the lead in the match for the first time with the score at 18-14.However, the Hunters fought back with more confidence sending in Atte Bina with a converted try to seal the match 20-18 over the Seagulls.This is the first home win for the Hunters at the new National Football Stadium – the home of the Hunters.last_img read more

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Death and taxes…

first_img…conflate in GuyanaThe saying goes… “death and taxes are two of the certainties of this life.” Well, in Guyana, seems the PNC-led Coalition Government wants to change this to “death THROUGH taxes is now a certainty here”. Listening to their Finance Minister deliver his third budget speech in 18 months, even his colleagues on the government benches were thrown into deep shock.All they heard was a litany of gloom and doom. Back in the days of the first PNC regime, the populace used to glue their ears to the radio to hear what new taxes or “bannings” would be introduced to make their life even more miserable. It’s clear this government takes its vow to cleave to the ideas of their Founder Leader Burnham very seriously. During the PPP’s 23 years, they managed to introduce a new mantra – no new taxes!!But all of that’s gone and the old (not so happy days) are here again: taxes and more taxes will fall on the middle class and even the “used tyres” they can afford is banned. And we can start right there to deconstruct this budget to show that this government in general and this Minister in particular don’t know their a55 from their elbow when it comes to handling the economics of running a country.Even though the PPP was able to pull up our per capita GDP so we now qualify as a “medium income level” country – and not the Highly Indebted Poor Country tag we inherited from the PNC – we’re still a pretty poor country – still barely above Haiti in the rankings. Even Suriname next door has twice our per capital GDP. So why ban used tyres? These are affordable to our “middle class” who can also only afford used cars that are brought from Japan.Wouldn’t it be better to impose a minimum tire thread depth? Frankly, the “new tyres” that’ll be brought from China will be worse than most of the used ones imported from, for instance, the USA! Why? Well, one dealer told your Eyewitness when he goes to China to purchase tyres, the first question is “How much you want to pay?” Meaning you’ll get “new garbage tyres” if that’s all the dealer’s willing to pay. And in the Guyanese market, that’s all he can sell so that’s all he’ll buy.And we don’t have to elaborate on the elaborate hoax pulled by this government on their promise to “lower VAT”. By lowering it down by 2%, but now applying the 14% VAT on electricity and water, they’ve put in a thump and pulled out a plum – for themselves.The poor will now be further strangulated by taxes!…with no benefitsThe Minister didn’t mince any words on the sugar industry and its 17,000 workers supporting 70,000 persons directly and 150,000 persons overall. Subsidising the industry while it is reorganised to stand on its own two feet (management and workers) is now dubbed as “money wasted”!! Forget about its $52M CoI that recommended subsidising GuySuCo for three years while a buyer is sought.And rice? They’re on their own. No reduction of taxes on the inputs that farmers use to produce paddy. So what if rice farmers support almost 100,000 Guyanese? Death through taxes is certain, no? What about the working poor in the Public Service? “Later” for them too! Not even the Christmas Bonus the PPP used to give out.So, exactly what is this budget doing for the ordinary people? Zilch! Nada! Nyet! But maybe there’s a method to the madness. Probably expecting more persons to use their US visas, the Government’s increased the departure tax! They’ll make a bundle.Just so they can pay for their perks and 50% salary increases!…and sin taxesPity the youth men who may want to drown their sorrows in the imported beer they prefer. It’s an equal opportunity “sufferation” budget.So taxes been raised to the sky!last_img read more

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Hamilton says F1 will miss departing Alonso

first_img“We’ve had good times and bad times,” said Hamilton, speaking to reporters ahead of this weekend’s season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.“We’ve grown. He was obviously here before I was and achieved incredible things before I got here and also partly while I was here. It’s been a privilege to be in an era where he was racing…“Will I miss him? Yeah. I think the sport will miss him…”Alonso will be aiming next year to become only the second man to claim motorsport’s Triple Crown by adding a triumph at the Indianapolis 500, with McLaren, to his victories at the Monaco Grand Prix and 24 Hours of Le Mans.A decade on from his first of five F1 title wins, Hamilton also insisted that he never felt a personal sense of animosity towards Alonso.“I don’t feel like I ever had a personal issue with Fernando,” said Hamilton. “I think it was more how the team was run, or the situation we were put in, and how that was managed.“I don’t think we ever necessarily had an issue between us, except we were trying to beat each other and murder each other’s laps on the track.“Outside, we used to play NBA 2K, or whatever it was, together every now and then. It was always really quite harmonious outside…“I definitely think, naturally, we’re older — old men now and the respect between us, I’d like to think, is higher than it’s ever been and I don’t think that’s ever going to change.”– ‘Highest point’ of career –Hamilton added that he too had changed since 2007 and was now capable of coping with all of the demands and challenges thrown at him.“In 2008, I was still really a kid. I was still maturing…“Now, with age and experience, I’m able to do that. There’s not really anything you can particularly throw at me that I can’t handle.“I still have that ability that I had as a kid, but I have the mentality side of things, particularly, and the stability — and that centred approach…“That’s what allows me to drive and handle myself and steer myself through the year the way I do.”Looking back on his performances in 2018, Hamilton said: “I think, to this point in my life, this is the highest point of my career in terms of my own performance (and) how I perform with the team.“But I do believe there’s always areas to improve so we’ll definitely look at the season, at the end of this year, and there’ll always be areas you look at…“We didn’t win every single race — some mishaps particularly at the beginning of the year. There’s always room to improve so I expect to do that. That’s my expectation of myself.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Alonso and Hamilton repeatedly clashed while they were McLaren team-mates in 2007 © AFP / Andrej ISAKOVICABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, Nov 22 – Lewis Hamilton heaped praise on one of his most bitter erstwhile rivals on Thursday before declaring that he and Formula One will miss the retiring Fernando Alonso.Looking back after arguably his greatest season in a decade at the top of the sport, Hamilton said he had matured significantly since he and Alonso were antagonistic team-mates at McLaren in 2007 when a spectacular bust-up cast a shadow over their relationship.last_img read more

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Sturridge will not be rushed back into action for Liverpool, vows Rodgers

first_img Daniel Sturridge 1 Daniel Sturridge is close to full fitness but Brendan Rodgers will resist the temptation to rush the striker straight back into action for Liverpool.The prolific hitman, who has not played since August, is due to return to Merseyside on Friday having spent the past month in the United States undergoing intense rehabilitation for recurring thigh injuries.Rodgers admits he cannot wait to welcome back Sturridge, who netted 21 times last season, but he has vowed to ensure the former Chelsea ace is completely over his troubles before selecting him.“We have to take our time on this one – not just for us at Liverpool but over his career, what (treatment) has gone on hasn’t clearly worked as he gets a number of games and then is unfit,” said the Reds boss.“We are aiming to look after the medium and long-term here and he won’t be rushed.“We will assess him first, see where he is at and get the feeling from him. Hopefully he won’t be too far away.“As a footballer he is at a great age and if he can sustain his fitness he has already shown in his goals here – one of the quickest players to the goals record he has here – we are hoping he can stay fit and lead the charge for us over the next few years.”last_img read more

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Real Madrid team to play Juventus

first_img1 The Champions League is back tonight and Juventus take on Real Madrid in a mouth-watering semi-final first leg clash in Turin.Real geared up for the latest stage of their defence of their European crown with a rather fortuitous 3-2 victory at Sevilla at the weekend, with Cristiano Ronaldo unsurprisingly grabbing a hat-trick.No side in the Champions League era has ever retained the trophy, but with Ronaldo in the form of his life Los Blancos are more primed than ever to reach unprecedented waters.With Luka Modric and Karim Benzema still sidelined through knee injuries but Gareth Bale fully recovered from a calf problem, expect Carlo Ancelotti’s side to line up as below… 1center_img Gareth Bale last_img read more

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LOCALS OUTRAGE AFTER GAOTH DOBHAIR BEACH USED AS DUMPING GROUND

first_imgThe stunning Port Arthur beachLocals concerns regarding domestic waste dumping, littering and vandalism at one of Gaoth Dobhair’s main tourism spots, Port Arthur beach.The area has been blighted with an assortment of litter including mattresses, tiles and beer cans.Well-known local community activist Aodan O Gallchoir said “It’s disappointing to see so little respect being shown to our beautiful area. I’m not going to point fingers by saying who did it because I just don’t know, no one knows. A missing ring-buoy at the beach“Our aim now, as we are coming into the summer months that we get this cleared before it gets out of hand. Rubbish such as this will be cleaned up for gaoth Dobhair to maintain its pristine reputation of cleanliness which I am extremely proud of.”Locals said they were now calling on Donegal County Council to clean up the area or face losing tourists throughout the summer months. Some of the rubbish at the beautiful beachLOCALS OUTRAGE AFTER GAOTH DOBHAIR BEACH USED AS DUMPING GROUND was last modified: April 13th, 2013 by StephenShare 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:dumpGaoth DobhairPOrt Arthur beachlast_img read more

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Saudis won’t cut financial ties to Hamas-led government

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! RIYADH, Saudi Arabia – Saudi Arabia refused Wednesday to join an American effort to deny foreign aid to a Palestinian government led by Hamas, the second Arab ally in two days to rebuff Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. “We wish not to link the international aid to the Palestinian people to considerations other than their dire humanitarian needs,” Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal said through a translator. Rice sat at Saud’s side as he spoke, as she had stood by on Tuesday when Saud’s Egyptian counterpart said it was premature to cut off aid to a Hamas-led government. The top U.S. diplomat is making her first visit to the Middle East since Hamas swept Palestinian elections last month, stunning Washington and threatening the already fragile Israeli-Palestinian peace process. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant Both Saud and Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit said the world should not prejudge Hamas, signaling that the Arab world, like some European countries and Russia, is hedging its bets about whether and when to sever financial ties that keep the cash-strapped Palestinian government afloat. last_img read more

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Chelsea outcast wanted on loan by Serie A giants

first_img1 Baba Rahman spent last season at Schalke Fiorentina are considering snapping up Chelsea outcast Baba Rahman on loan during the January transfer window.Rahman spent last season at Schalke, but his long-term future remains unresolved.The defender has not kicked a ball for the Premier League champions so far this term.The full-back does not feature in Antonio Conte’s plans at Stamford Bridge with Chelsea expected to entertain offers for Rahman during next month’s window.And, according to La Nazione, Fiorentina are interested in signing the Chelsea outcast in a deal for the rest of the season.While the Blues are keen to ship the defender out in January, they cannot guarantee that Fiorentina will have an option to sign him on a permanent contract next summer.Rahman joined Chelsea from Augsburg in 2015 and has played only 23 times for the Blues since then.last_img read more

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Want to know a little more about Mary’s Meals?

first_imgHave you heard of Mary’s Meals but wanted to know a little more?Two information sessions regarding Marys Meals in Letterkenny will take place in the conference room at St Eunan’s Cathedral in Letterkenny on Friday 10th February between 10.30am and 12 noon and between 8pm and 9pm.During these times the work of Mary’s Meals will be explained and people will be available to chat to. All are invited to attend. Want to know a little more about Mary’s Meals? was last modified: February 6th, 2017 by StephenShare 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:Mary’s Mealslast_img read more

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