Conor McDonald is a major doubt for Wexford’s Leinster Senior Hurling Final with Galway on Sunday week.The star forward will have a scan on an ankle injury sustained in training last weekend and his chances of featuring in the final have been rated as ’50-50′.Meanwhile Wexford manager Davy Fitzgerald’s revealed that he’s considering watching the game from high in the stand rather than patrolling the side-line.
Sammy and his dog Moss.Congratulations to Sammy Long from Carrickmagrath, Ballybofey and his Dog Moss winners of the Singles Championship at Irish National Sheepdog Trials 2015 held in Tullyvolty, Johnstown, Kilkenny.This was a three day competition with 150 competitors in the singles section.Sammy also competed in the Brace Section of the competition with his pairing of ‘Moss & Sam’, after holding the lead for two days they finished in the runners up spot. Sammy with ‘Moss & Sam’ have been Brace Champions in 2009, 2010, 2012 & 2013.Sammy & Moss will now Captain the 15 Strong Irish Team to compete at the International Sheepdog Trial to be held in Lockerbie, Scotland in September. Joining them on the Irish team are fellow Donegal men James McGee (Ballybofey) & James McCloskey (Carndonagh).We wish Sammy & Moss and The Irish Team all the very best at the 2015 International Trial.Sammy Long with Grandsons Sam (on the Right) & Joe (on the Left) & his Brace Dogs: Moss & Sam – lead the field for 2 days finishing in the Runner-Up spot. They will also represent Ireland in the Brace Section at the International in Scotland in September. NOTHING ‘SHEEPISH’ ABOUT SAMMY AND MOSS’ ALL-IRELAND WIN! was last modified: August 18th, 2015 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:BallybofeydonegalSammy Longshepdog trials
OAKLAND – The Warriors’ latest championship banner will be raised. The Warriors’ latest ring will be presented. And so before their season opener against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday at Oracle Arena, the Warriors will have a visual reminder of what drives this franchise.“I’m going to soak it all up,” Warriors guard Klay Thompson said. “It’s going to be fun.”How long will that fun last? Perhaps from October to June. Once again, the Warriors are projected to win another NBA …
A display of the Clivia miniatra cultivar ‘Kirstenbosch Splendour’, bred by the garden’s bulb expert Graham Duncan grows in the planted avenue of camphor trees on the Kirstenbosch premises. This image was selected as the cover photograph for the garden’s centenary publication, written by South African ecologist Professor Brian Huntley. Kirstenbosch has become an international showcase of South Africa’s natural beauty, and a leader in botanical and zoological science, research and conservation. (Images: Adam Harrower) The builders of Kirstenbosch: in 1973 Brian Rycroft presented gold watches to eight Kirstenbosch stalwarts, each with more than 25 years’ service. From left, Abraham Basson, William Basson, Frank Krieger, David Mclean, John Fredericks, Brian Rycroft, George Basson, Nicholas Josephus and James Nicholas. A photograph from the 1920s shows the slopes on which the protea and erica sections were developed in the 1960s. (Images: Sanbi) MEDIA CONTACTS • Belinda van der Merwe Random Struik +27 21 460 5400 RELATED ARTICLES • Kirstenbosch best place to picnic • Citizen science to toads’ rescue • Floral wealth in caring hands • Research output rises, papers double Wilma den HartighIn 2013 the world-famous Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens in Cape Town celebrates its 100th anniversary. A beautiful coffee table book, written by acclaimed South African ecologist Professor Brian Huntley, has been published in honour of the garden’s centenary.Kirstenbosch: the most beautiful garden in Africa, tells the story of the garden’s establishment, its setbacks, triumphs and the remarkable people who helped to make it what it is today – an internationally renowned botanical, science and conservation facility.Through vivid photographs, art work, valuable archive material and the author’s detailed, yet accessible writing style, Huntley tells the tale of a garden that has captured the hearts of many people for centuries.The book is the first comprehensive account of the history and progress of the botanical facility since Compton’s 1965 publication, Kirstenbosch, Garden for a Nation, which went out of print many decades ago.Compton’s history only covers developments at the botanical garden until around 1963, and subsequent publications lack coverage of the important developments of the past two decades.Huntley says the approaching centenary inspired him to write an updated account of the Kirstenbosch story.“When I retired I wanted to write something that brings the history of the garden into popular media and I wanted it to be technically accurate and visually attractive,” he says.And the book achieves both objectives.A combination of beauty and scienceIn the book Huntley tells how Kirstenbosch grew to become an international showcase of South Africa’s natural beauty, and a leader in botanical and zoological science, research and conservation.Huntley believes this makes it one of the best gardens in the world.“What distinguishes a proper botanical garden of global standing is a combination of flora, landscaping and strong science and education programmes,” he says.A fascinating story, told by an expertHuntley is an internationally respected conservationist with over 45 years of field research and management experience in many African ecosystems.Since his retirement from the South African National Biodiversity Institute (Sanbi), he’s been working as a consultant to several UN agencies on conservation projects.What sets the book apart is Huntley’s personal love for the gardens. He has a long-standing relationship with Kirstenbosch spanning over 50 years. During this time he lived on the premises for 19 years, which afforded him the privilege of daily walks in the garden and the opportunity to get to know it better than just about anyone else.“Over the years, I got a good sense for the seasons in the garden,” he says.He also dedicates numerous pages to the garden’s conservation and education initiatives, and its links with the community.Ensuring that the garden can be enjoyed by people from all walks of life, and not only tourists visiting Cape Town, is a strong priority for staff at Kirstenbosch. Through its school programmes more than 20 000 underprivileged children have an opportunity to experience the beauty of Kirstenbosch every year. And by staging its popular annual series of concerts, Kirstenbosch brings in thousands of cultural and nature lovers to experience the beauty of music outdoors on a summer evening.Compiling the bookEven with so much knowledge about the gardens, Huntley says writing the book was no small feat.“A significant amount of research went into it,” he says. “I had to trawl through databases, archived photos, reports and information going back a century or two.”The book draws on information included in the annual reports published since 1914 by the National Botanic Gardens of South Africa, by its successor, the National Botanical Institute, and from Sanbi.He also included oral history accounts provided by people who have worked at Kirstenbosch for many years.“I’ve picked up many anecdotes and accounts as time went by,” he says.Huntley’s informal tone ensures that the book doesn’t read like a science journal or a history textbook, but more like a conversation about Africa’s most beautiful garden.Uncovering the unexpectedWhile looking through archive photographs, Huntley came across a few surprising facts about Kirstenbosch.“What surprised me is that in the early days of the garden, the first 10 to 30 years of its existence, it was very shabby and makeshift,” he says.Kirstenbosch wasn’t as sophisticated and pristine as it is today, yet it was very well supported.“Supporters in those days were of the highest standing in government, business and society. They were all very passionate about it and believed in the importance of the garden,” he explains.“What people don’t know is that the gardens came from very humble origins.”World-class research and scienceAn extensive range of new and ongoing research takes place at Kirstenbosch. This includes studies at global scale on topics such as climate change modelling and at continental level in specialised fields such as plant taxonomy.Scientists also undertake national research that includes biodiversity assessments, species conservation and vegetation mapping of South Africa.A molecular laboratory, established in 2000 at the Kirstenbosch Research Centre, has made it possible to pioneer research on the evolution of proteas, other fynbos plants and animal groups with special importance in South Africa, in particular reptiles and frogs.“Our national obsession with the big, hairy mammals means we have tended to overlook our lizard fauna,” Huntley says in the book.The Protea Atlas Project, which has been ongoing at Kirstenbosch since 1990, has led to the compilation of probably the biggest, most accurate, geo-referenced database of information on the distribution and abundance of any family of plants, anywhere.This unique database, put together by a small in-house team and hundreds of volunteer field workers under the leadership of scientific officer Tony Rebelo, provides researchers with information to test responses of species to changes in environmental factors.Kirstenbosch in years to comeGoing forward, Huntley believes one of the most important challenges for Kirstenbosch is to maintain the highest standards of professionalism in horticulture, visitor amenities and research.“It must retain its position as a leader in this field,” he says. “It must also remain a centre of innovation.”And is there any part of Kirstenbosch that Huntley thinks of as his favourite little nook? He can’t single out any.“There are too many good places,” he says. “If you wander around the garden, around every corner you will find something nice.”• Slideshow image courtesy of the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens.
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Sophomore defensive end Noah Spence (8) breaks up a pass during a game against Indiana Nov. 23. OSU won, 42-14. Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorInitially reported to have been suspended for the use of a dietary supplement, Ohio State sophomore defensive end Noah Spence’s three-game ban is because he tested positive for ecstasy, according to a Tuesday report by abc27 in Harrisburg, Pa.The report states Spence’s father, Greg Spence, said his son tested positive for “a small amount of ecstasy” prior to the Big Ten Championship game Dec. 7 against Michigan State.Greg Spence also said that the conference originally suspended his son for a year, according to the report, because it considers the substance to be a performance enhancing drug. He also said Noah Spence consumed the drug accidentally after taking an open drink from someone he did not know at a party.The Spence family appealed the year-long ban, and it was ultimately reduced to three games, according to the report, which stated that the NCAA considers ecstasy to be a “street drug,” which carries a lesser penalty. A second appeal was unsuccessful.An OSU spokesman said “we will have no further comment” on the situation in an email to The Lantern Tuesday.Attempts to contact Spence and his family for comment were unsuccessful Tuesday afternoon.The abc27 report also said the Spence family plans to file a lawsuit against the Big Ten.Spence led the Buckeyes with eight sacks in 2013 and finished second on the team with 14.5 tackles for loss. He figures to be a large contributor on the defensive side of the ball next season after serving his suspension.
Men’s soccer assistant coach Ian Gordona.Credit: Courtesy of OSU AthleticsThe Ohio State men’s soccer team has hired a former rival coach to try and kick start the program.The Buckeyes announced the hiring of former Michigan assistant Ian Gordona Monday, appointing him to the same position in Columbus. According to an OSU press release, he will also assume the role of recruiting director.Gordona, who spent the last two seasons at Michigan, helped guide the Wolverines to back-to-back winning seasons after a dismal 2011 season when the Wolverines finished 5-14-1 overall.Regardless of his recent affiliation with a heated rival, Gordona earned his bachelor’s degree from Ohio State in June of 2003 in history. Since then, he has coached 113 All-Americans, 66 Youth National Team players, 51 professionals and six National Players of the Year on top of four national championship teams.Gordona’s recent success has coach John Bluem excited for his return to Columbus.“We are delighted to have Ian join the staff,” Bluem said in the press release. “He is an excellent young coach, tremendous motivator and fantastic recruiter. He is a remarkable evaluator of young talent and will lead the way in our future recruiting efforts. He has incredible work ethic and will provide a strong role model for our student athletes.”Gordona is set to replace Taly Goode, who spent four seasons with the Buckeyes. Goode “left the program to move on to other opportunities,” OSU spokesman Alex Morando said in an email.According to Morando, Gordona’s salary is $47,000, while Goode’s was $40,609. Outside of football and men’s basketball, Morando said OSU does not have contracts for assistant coaches.Gordona, who was not immediately made available for comment, released the following statement in the press release.“It’s an honor and privilege to have the opportunity to be a part of The Ohio State University and the athletic department,” Gordona said. “I feel fortunate and humbled to have the opportunity to work with the men’s soccer program under the direction of coach Bluem and coach (Frank) Speth, as well as learn from the minds of the other great coaches this university has within its athletic department. My desire is to help build this program back to national prominence.”The Buckeyes finished the 2013 season with a 5-8-4 record – and won just one Big Ten game.OSU is scheduled to kick off its 2014 fall season Aug. 17 against West Virginia in an exhibition game at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
Chelsea’s new manager Maurizio Sarri has received a welcome boost with David Luiz insisting that he intends to remain at the clubThe Brazilian defender made just 10 Premier League appearances last season under Antonio Conte and had been expected to leave Stamford Bridge this summer.But now that Conte is gone, Luiz is looking forward to working under Sarri at Chelsea and has featured in both of the Blues’ pre-season matches.“I came back to Chelsea to stay,” said the 31-year-old, as quoted by Sky Sports.“When I took my decision to come back here from Paris it was to win the Premier League and to do something again with Chelsea, so I am very happy here.“I love Sarri’s philosophy. We play high, with a lot of possession in a technical way. He’s trying to help us every single day to learn quickly his philosophy.Maurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.“A new philosophy always takes time. But it also depends on us. If we’re dedicated every day and doing things every single day in training, we’re trying to learn quickly.”Luiz is unconcerned about the prospective competition he may soon face with Chelsea reportedly chasing new centre-back before the end of the summer transfer window.He added: “It is good to have fantastic players, more than just 11.“You have many players that can play in the starting XI, so it is a positive challenge for everybody.”Luiz is currently in his second spell at Chelsea after previously leaving the London club in 2014 for a two-year spell in France with Paris Saint-Germain.
Cagliari are currently locked in negotiations with Liverpool to sign Ragnar Klavan, according to Football Italia.The Estonia international is a target for the Italian club who are looking to strengthen their back line. Reports in Italy suggests that talks between Liverpool and Cagliari are going really well and the player could move to Italy this summer.Klavan signed for Liverpool back in 2016 from German club FC Augsburg and his current deal with the club runs out in the summer of 2019.Virgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.The 32-year-old has dropped in the pecking order at Anfield after the arrival of defender Virgil Van Dijk but more importantly the return to fitness of Joe Gomez and Dejan Lovren.Klavan spent the major part of his career in the Netherlands with Heracle and AZ Alkmaar. Cagliari are keen to complete the deal quickly as the Italian transfer window closes on Friday, August 17 by 19:00 BST.
Burnley defender Matt Lowton has revealed he’s confident about the team turning their poor form around.Sean Dyche’s men are currently 19th on the table after having failed to win any of their four Premier League games so far this season, with one draw and three defeats.The Clarets also suffered the disappointment of losing their UEFA Europa League playoff tie over two legs to Greek side Olympiakos.Matching last season’s finish of seventh looks a long way off at the moment but Lowton insists yearly improvement is always the target at Turf Moor, and despite the shaky start points out that fortunes can turn pretty quickly.“That’s what we’re looking to do year on year, we showed last season finishing seventh that we’re fully capable of doing it,” the full-back said, according to Lancashire Telegraph.Match Preview: Burnley vs Liverpool Boro Tanchev – August 30, 2019 Premier League leaders Liverpool travel to Burnley for the Matchday 4 of the 2019-20 Premier League campaign.“We need to turn our fortunes round very quickly at the minute but it’s a long season and if we string a couple of wins together we’ll be right back where we want to be.”One of the biggest concerns for Burnley in the early stages of the campaign will be defensively. Having conceded just 39 times in 38 Premier League games last season, they have now shipped nine in their last three games, including three at home to Watford and four away to Fulham.Lowton was a regular part of that defensive unit that so impressed last season and he admits they are ‘very disappointed’ at the gifts being offered up in the early stages of this season.“We’re very disappointed as a team, especially the back four or five. We’ve had meetings to try and put it right, the manager’s teams notoriously don’t concede a a lot of goals,” the 29-year-old said.“We’ve spoken about, we’re giving up a lot of chances, not just goals but teams are creating a lot of chances against us so we need to get back to being hard to beat.”