Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Los Angeles, United States — Floyd Mayweather has vowed to quit boxing once and for all after he emerges from retirement for next month’s cross-combat showdown with Conor McGregor.The 40-year-old former welterweight king, who retired with a perfect 49-0 record in 2015, said Tuesday there was no chance of him fighting again after he climbs into the ring with mixed martial arts star McGregor.ADVERTISEMENT LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission Manny Pacquiao on Floyd Mayweather: Let him enjoy retirement PLAY LIST 00:44Manny Pacquiao on Floyd Mayweather: Let him enjoy retirement02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)03:30PH’s Rogen Ladon boxing flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)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 The two men are to face each other at Las Vegas’s T-Mobile Arena on August 26 in what could become the richest bout in boxing history.Mayweather, who has already made an estimated $700 million during his two-decade career, is set for another eye-watering payday against brash UFC star McGregor.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’But irrespective of the result next month, Mayweather said he has already decided it will be his last fight.“I’m not the same fighter I was 21 years ago. I’m not the same fighter I was 10 years ago. I’m not even the same fighter I was two years ago,” Mayweather told reporters at the Staples Center. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet However he brushed off questions about his finances when asked.“We ain’t trippin’ on that,” he responded.For boxing purists, Mayweather risks blemishing an otherwise perfect record with a tawdry final episode that has been disparaged as a cynical circus-like stunt.Mayweather however waved away suggestions that if he was to win, and retire with a 50-0 record, there would be an asterisk against his last fight.“The last time I checked he’s still a professional fighter,” Mayweather said of his lightly-regarded opponent. “He’s a stand-up fighter. He never took a loss fighting straight up. I can’t overlook that, because one shot can end your whole career. He’s a tough competitor but it is what it is.”Mayweather forged his 49-0 record on the back of phenomenal speed and defensive reflexes, often being criticized for his unwillingness to go to toe-to-toe with opponents.Another boxing masterclass could well be in store for McGregor, but Mayweather is unfazed by the possibility that the Irish brawler may deploy mixed martial arts tactics if he struggles to lay a glove on the American.“That’s the referee’s job,” Mayweather said. “My job is to go out there and be a boxer, be a fighter. I’m pretty sure the referee’s going to be fair and fun.“I’ll leave all that up to the referee. My job is to go out there and fight against the guy that’s across from me.“The fans demanded the fight. McGregor wanted this fight, I wanted this fight. August 26, it’s going to be blood sweat and tears from the opening bell.” MOST READ LATEST STORIES View comments End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation Mayweather said he had discussed his plans to quit for good at a meeting with advisor Al Haymon earlier Tuesday.“I spoke to Al and told him. Today we had a meeting,” Mayweather said. “I can’t push my body, it’s gruelling. Training camp is gruelling. I can’t do it any more. Training camp is rough. It has to be my last one.“After taking a couple of years off I was okay. But then we ended up somehow making this fight happen. “Now I really know that this is it. Deep in my heart I know this is it.”‘Tough competitor’The build-up to Tuesday’s event saw Mayweather face headlines that he has filed for an extension to pay his 2015 tax bill.ADVERTISEMENT Expletives, excitement as Mayweather, McGregor face-off Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’
P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. To have zero injuries, DOH wants a total fireworks ban PLAY LIST 02:24To have zero injuries, DOH wants a total fireworks ban01:45Explosive Gilas Pilipinas not yet at its best, says Tim Cone00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award It’s too early to call a 19-year-old No. 1 pick a bust (right? … right?) but Fultz is certainly trending that way after a pitiful rookie year derailed by a mysterious shoulder injury, a broken shot and confidence issues. He played the first four games, missed 68 games because of injury, then was persona non grata in the postseason.Simmons-Embiid-Fultz were expected to form a trio of stars that would lead the Sixers to the top. Fultz’s ignominious first year instead made him more of a mystery than when the Sixers selected him out of Washington.Fultz said it hasn’t been discussed if he’ll play summer league.REDICK FUTUREJJ Redick said he enjoyed his season with the Sixers about as much as any over his 12-year career.Redick averaged 17.1 points and shot 42 percent from 3-point range on a $23 million, one-year deal.Will he return?Redick would like to return but it’s doubtful the Sixers would offer him that kind of cash, even on a shortened deal.FREE AGENTSThe Sixers are flush with cash to go on a spending spree. The sometimes-forgotten part of The Process wasn’t just jettisoning players to lose and gobble draft picks. It was clearing money on the salary cap to put them in position to sign major free agents. The Sixers have $70 in committed salary next year, leaving them with about $31 million to play with this summer to make a run at LeBron James or Paul George or overpay a lower-tiered free agent. “If we all sat in that room when we met back in September, and said we’re going to finish third in the Eastern conference, we’re going to lose in the semifinals of the Eastern Conference, there’s a strong chance we all would have been hugging each other,” coach Brett Brown said. “The initial goal was to make the playoffs. The final piece is, if we’re going to do anything of any significance.”They did, which makes this offseason about as key as any in recent 76ers history for team president Bryan Colangelo.Here’s what else to know about the 76ers:FULTZ FLOPNo doubt about it, the Sixers got outplayed by Boston in the playoffs — and last year’s draft. It was a gut-punch for every Sixers fan who watched Jayson Tatum torch the Sixers while Markelle Fultz rode the bench. The Sixers, of course, swapped the No. 3 pick to Boston (who took Tatum) for the No. 1 pick (Fultz).ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames MOST READ SPEAKING OF LEBRONJames is a mentor of Simmons and their friendship could be a factor in the Cleveland star’s defection to Philly. Or not. Who knows what James will do this summer, and he could still have another month of basketball left to play. One Pennsylvania company paid for three billboards in Ohio urging James to sign with the 76ers this summer. James, who famously left Cleveland in 2010 and signed with the Miami Heat, could bolt again if he feels the Cavs and 76ers are both trending in different directions.THE BIG 3-0Simmons can drive the lane as well any guard in the league. He sure can’t shoot like the best, though.Simmons failed to make a 3-pointer this season (on 11 attempts) and Fultz didn’t make one either in just 14 games. Simmons attempted just one 3 in the postseason.He’ll have to establish some sort of long-range jumper to become a serious all-around threat in the NBA.“It just takes time, shooting the ball,” Simmons said. “It’s one of those things where you want to improve your game and get better.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding View comments — Was a 52-win season that ended with a five-game loss to the Boston Celtics in the conference semis just part of the learning curve on the way toward NBA titles?— Or are the Sixers destined to become a Toronto/Indiana-type of franchise where strong regular seasons end up with postseason disappointment and championships?FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownThose are suddenly fun problems for a team to have only two years removed from a 10-win season and serious doubts about the future of a rebuilding plan both condemned and praised by zealots on both sides. Joel Embiid (22.9 points, 11 rebounds) made his first All-Star team and seemed worth every bit of the $148 million, five-year extension he signed before the season. Ben Simmons was a regular triple-double threat and emerged as a favorite to win rookie of the year. Those two should anchor Philly’s run for the next decade, a Russell Westbrook/Kevin Durant tandem of sorts that should make them playoff regulars until they are in their 30s.Yes, there was a 16-game winning streak to end the regular season, a first-round playoff series win over Miami and so much hoopla over rapper Meek Mill that it seemed like the Sixers had the ingredients to throw a parade this season. There are serious questions ahead about who will team with Embiid and Simmons to form a championship core — and plenty of room to grow for both franchise stars. Philadelphia 76ers coach Brett Brown, right, talks with guard Ben Simmons before Game 5 of the team’s NBA basketball playoff series against the Boston Celtics in Boston, Wednesday, May 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)PHILADELPHIA — The Philadelphia 76ers have morphed from laughingstock to legitimate Eastern Conference contender in just two seasons.But just how far can The Process take them?ADVERTISEMENT ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ LATEST STORIES Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Hornets officially name James Borrego as coach Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident
NORTHRIDGE – On Feb. 21, 1965, Malcolm X walked onto a stage in New York’s Audubon Ballroom to preach his message of black freedom by any means necessary. It was a message he had delivered hundreds of times. But within moments, three members of the Nation of Islam rushed the stage. He was shot 15 times. “This was not somebody on a grassy knoll,” his eldest daughter, Attallah Shabazz, told an audience Monday in CSUN’s Northridge Center. “This was in a room like this.” Shabazz spoke to about 250 students and faculty – black and white, Muslim and non-Muslim – about her father’s legacy as an African-American and Muslim leader. “He didn’t leave this Earth knowing he would matter 42 years later,” she said. “That is a conversation I have with God: That if you live right, you will be remembered.” Shabazz was invited by the Muslim Student Association to highlight California State University, Northridge’s events for Black History Month. The event, co-sponsored by the Black Student Union and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, included a screening of the Malcolm X PBS documentary “Make It Plain,” followed by a half-hour Q&A with Shabazz. “A lot of us wonder why a Muslim organization (is) doing an event for Black History Month,” association President Zabie Mansoory said in a brief introduction. “An interesting piece of information: 40 percent of Muslims in America are African-American.” The film spanned Malcolm’s life – from teenage hustler to Nation of Islam spokesman to the movement’s antagonist and finally its victim – showing how radical his message was at a time when Martin Luther King Jr. was preaching nonviolence. Malcolm, whom the film said evaded service in World War II by telling the draft board he wanted to organize black soldiers to kill whites, told African-Americans that if they weren’t willing to fight for themselves, no one would be. “Who taught you to hate yourself from the top of your head to the bottom of your feet? … Who taught you to hate yourself as God created you?” he asks in the beginning of the film. After a falling out with Nation of Islam leader Elijah Muhammad, Malcolm underwent another transformation in 1964. He had attended hajj, the journey to Mecca that every able Muslim is instructed to do once. And he returned a Sunni Muslim, suddenly able to embrace nonblack Muslims, one of his many legacies. “Malcolm X is one of my heroes,” said Sarah Chaudhry, a 19-year-old Muslim of Pakistani descent. “He was one of us.” email@example.com (818) 713-3634 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Overall the project has a budget of $3.6 million, funded through $600,000 each from the Ministry of Education and the school district, $1.2 million from Fair Share funds and an additional $1.2 million that Electoral Area B residents voted to borrow in a referendum in January. Mierau’s work will only cover the construction, with other expenses like engineering and architectural work to be done separately at the school 30 minutes northeast of Fort St. John. The larger gym will be built as an extension to the building, with change rooms and storage space, and the possibility of bleachers in the future. The school’s current gym was built when it was only an elementary school back in 1969 and is now too small for the school’s older students. Materials that are in high demand, like steel, will be ordered first, and the plan is to have the roof of the extension on by the time winter hits, and the interior finished and ready for use by November or December. Secretary Treasurer Doug Boyd says so far the school is pleased with the layout and design of the gym, and expects it to be a “second to none” facility in the region. The current gym will remain as a multipurpose room. – Advertisement -At today’s Committee of the Whole meeting, Zone 5 Trustee Darrell Pasichnyk raised the question of whether any students at the elementary school will be displaced because of construction. Boyd explained that at some point students in the classrooms next door to the new gym will have to be relocated, and that he can’t guarantee there won’t be any disruption.
Southampton manager Ronald Koeman hailed the “unbelievable spirit” of his players after they toppled Manchester United 1-0 at Old Trafford on Sunday.Dusan Tadic sealed the match with a composed finish in the second half, sending Saints above United into third in the Premier League table.And, despite admitting his side enjoyed a little bit of luck, the 51-year-old claimed his team were worthy winners.“We defended well and the spirit was unbelievable from the players. We were a little bit lucky, but remember in our last game [against Manchester United] that United were the lucky ones.“If you win then you deserve to win. It is a compliment to our players on how they played with very good organisation today.”And the Dutchman admitted he was not surprised to see his side win at Old Trafford for the first time in 27 years, because of the positive performances against Arsenal and Chelsea in recent weeks.“We know that we have a strong team and we know that it was important at the end of December that we got a point against Chelsea and the three points against Arsenal.“It shows good belief from the players and that’s always what you need if you are not a big club and you have to play against a big one.“The players are not afraid of the name or the stadium and we’ve learned that in the last few weeks so I’m not surprised we won today.”Tadic’s winner sparked an over-zealous celebration from the Serbian winger, in which he was shown a yellow card for removing his shirt, and Koeman revealed his distaste for the 26-year-old’s actions.“It’s a stupid yellow card, it’s his fault. When it’s in the last minute of the season and you qualify for European football then it’s no problem, but I don’t like it. Keep that shirt on.“I can’t change that [celebration] on the bench but I can tell him now that I don’t like it.”
0Shares0000Iceland midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson (right) celebrates after scoring against Croatia © AFP / Khaled DESOUKIGELENDZHIK, Russian Federation, Jun 27 – Gallant Iceland headed home heartbroken but unbowed after a premature end to their first World Cup adventure, ruing what might have been after a narrow defeat by Croatia.Iceland caught the public imagination with their fairytale run to the quarter-finals at Euro 2016 in France and waltzed through qualifying for Russia, topping their group, which included Croatia. At the World Cup they held their own in a section that also featured Argentina and Nigeria but were left to regret a string of near misses in their final match before Ivan Perisic sealed their fate with a last-minute winner on Tuesday.“It’s sad to go out after that performance. We had more inside us and thought we would go further in the tournament,” said Sverrir Ingason.“That was our best game of the World Cup, we had many chances to score,” added the defender, whose second-half header hit the crossbar.After Milan Badelj put Croatia ahead early in the second half, a Gylfi Sigurdsson equaliser from a penalty meant the Nordic side were a goal away from their first-ever World Cup victory and a berth in the next round.Fans support Iceland during their match against Croatia in Rostov-on-Don © AFP / Khaled DESOUKI“We left everything on the pitch today. We go home proud from our first and not last World Cup,” said striker Alfred Finnbogason on Twitter alongside a picture of his shot which whistled past the post.“We had chances to win it so of course there is disappointment,” said coach Heimir Hallgrimsson. “But we did everything we could. If you do that you shouldn’t be disappointed. We can look each other in the eye, hold our heads high.”– Bittersweet –Thousands of fans travelled to distant Russia from the tiny nation — with a population of just 330,000, the smallest ever to qualify for a World Cup — while almost 100 percent of TV viewers were reported to have watched the games.Hallgrimsson praised the close bond with their fans, famed for their so-called “Viking thunder-clap”, and said during the past six years the team had found its identity.“We have really found our way. Everybody is on board in terms of football style, in character and values, and how we should behave as national team members,” he said.Iceland drew their opening match 1-1 against Argentina before losing their second game against Nigeria 2-0.Goalkeeper Hannes Halldorsson, who saved a Lionel Messi penalty in the Argentina match, said he was optimistic about the team’s prospects.“There is a bright future ahead,” said the 34-year-old goalkeeper, who is also an accomplished film-maker, one of several members of the team with another job.The World Cup was a “great experience, albeit bittersweet having been so close,” Iceland football association official Omar Smarason told AFP.It was “one big chapter in the ongoing and rising history of Icelandic football. Success is not a destination, it is an endless journey. We hope to continue that journey for as long as we can,” he said.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
BY EMMET RUSHE, RUSHE FITNESS: Sometimes I feel like I’m in an endless cycle. It’s like I’m in the movie ‘Groundhog Day’ and I keep having to repeat the same things over and over again.This week, yet another magical weight loss product came to my attention and once again it was a trainer who was selling it.This time it was a coffee that if you drank once a day, you’d lose huge amounts of weight. Just by drinking coffee.! If I was an emoji, I’d be the one that bangs its head off of the wall over and over again.I get it.I get that for some of you, weight loss is hard and whenever one of these products comes on the market, you are willing to try it in the hope that it might be the answer to your weight issue.Deep down, you know that it won’t, but it’s the one that requires the least amount of work and you may even be able to stick to it, for a while at least.Ultimately, you will be back to square one once this ‘miracle cure’ runs its course and you have to go back to normality. Back to the matter on hand.Can coffee help you to lose weight?• Caffeine is found in almost every fat-burning supplement and with good reason.• Caffeine is one of the few natural substances that have actually been proven to aid fat burning.• Caffeine has been shown to boost the metabolic rate by 3-11%.• Caffeine can also increase the burning of fat, by as much as 10% in obese individuals and 29% in lean people.• However, these benefits can decrease for people who consume coffee daily.So far so good.What does that mean to someone hoping that just drinking coffee will have a profound effect on their weight?Not much. Kamal Patel from Examine.com sums up the effectiveness of caffeine on metabolic rate and fat loss.“Caffeine has the mechanisms to increase metabolic rate and fat loss, but this is a mechanism that one can become desensitized to. Best usage for caffeine as a stimulant for weight loss should be intermittently and in conjunction with caloric deficits.”Things to note with this;1. You can become desensitized to the effects of caffeine, which will limit its effectiveness for fat loss.2. It has to be in conjunction with a caloric deficit. You cannot lose weight without one.Increasing metabolic rate and increasing the metabolism of fat may sound great, but if you are not in a calorie deficit, (eating less calories than you are expending through exercise and daily life) you WILL NOT LOSE WEIGHT. It is impossible.The “weight loss” coffee also has a list of other ingredients that supposedly help with the weight loss effects: • Chorogenic AcidAlthough the reductions seen with chlorogenic acid seem remarkable, the studies conducted at this moment in time are somewhat industry influenced and most of this can be attributed to its laxative effects.• Garcinia CambogiaAlthough there is some counter evidence, it tends to be less robust and for the most part there is no significant weight reducing effect of garcinia cambogia supplementation• PhaseolamineIt is not recommended as a first-line fat burner due to its inability to induce fat loss.• Cassiolamine + Green tea.There appears to be a slight but unreliable increase in fat oxidation (percentage of overall calories used coming from fatty acids rather than glucose) associated with consumption of green tea catechins.• L-CarnitineRates of fat oxidation appear unaffected following carnitine supplementationlimited studies in otherwise healthy youth and adults fail to note an effect on fat reduction.• GinsengRates of fat oxidation during exercise appear unchanged• ChromiumThere is no significant influence of chromium on weight in either healthy persons or those with diabetes, and although a possible interaction may occur in some instances of better glucose control or reduced appetite they are not frequent enough to establish a solid relationship to chromium.Out of all of the extra ingredients that this miracle coffee lists, only one of them (green tea) appears to have any effect on weight and that was minimal at best.It also begs the question, why not just have a cup of green tea and save some money?This isn’t the first article I have written on these weight loss products and it won’t be the last.They sell because the people selling them play on our fears and insecurities and make outlandish promises that they know their products cannot keep.But by that stage, they already have your money.The golden rule is always and will always be this – If it sounds too good to be true, it always is.#TrainSmartThis is your last chance to get signed up on my Fit In 42 program. There are a few spaces remaining and it starts this Monday the 9th of May. Message me through the link below for all the details.https://www.facebook.com/Rushe-Fitness-120518884715118/EMMET RUSHE’S FITNESS COLUMN: CAN COFFEE HELP YOU LOSE WEIGHT? was last modified: May 6th, 2016 by John2Share 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:Coffeedonegalemmet rusheweight loss
Derek McInnes is refusing to allow speculation over his future distract from Aberdeen’s bid for Scottish Cup glory.The Dons boss is reportedly being considered by Sunderland as a candidate for their managerial vacancy following the departure of David Moyes.But, speaking exclusively to Jim White on talkSPORT on Friday, McInnes insisted he is happy at Aberdeen and his only focus is on beating Celtic this weekend.Asked directly about the link to Sunderland, McInnes said: “I’m only thinking about winning this game tomorrow.“I’ve demanded focus from the players as well.“I am really happy at Aberdeen. It has given me so many good experiences and I still think there is more to come from us.“There has been a lot of speculation surrounding my players and we have still been getting impressive results.“The whole build up in the last six and seven weeks has all been for tomorrow and my complete focus is on that game.”Aberdeen, who finished second in the Scottish Premiership this season, go into Saturday’s Hampden Park showdown as massive underdogs.Champions Celtic were 30 points ahead of them in the league table and are yet to lose a domestic game under Brendan Rodgers.McIness, though, insists Aberdeen should not be written off and are well capable of ending the club’s 27-year wait for Scottish Cup glory.“Nobody expects us to win the game in light of the season Celtic have had, but there is still the same demand from myself on the players to make sure we put in a performance because we feel we can win the game,” he said. “We are capable of a performance we feel that can win the game and that is our sole intention. We are past the stage of just being glad to be there.“My team feel ready and ready to take the opportunity and if we play like we can, we have a chance.”
Arsenal and Real Madrid target Kylian Mbappe will stay at Monaco for another season, according to reports in France.The 18-year-old has become the most wanted man in football after taking Ligue 1 and the Champions League by storm.Arsenal and Real Madrid are reported to be vying for the Frenchman’s signature, with suggestions both were prepared to pay in excess of £100m to sign him this summer.But, according to Le Parisien, Mbappe won’t be joining either club as he has decided to stay for at least another 12 months at Monaco.The French newspaper claims the striker will meet with executives from the Ligue 1 club after the current international break to tell them the news and sign a new deal until June 2020.Mbappe is said to believe remaining at Monaco will boost his development ahead of next summer’s World Cup in Russia. Kylian Mbappe has suddenly become the most wanted man in football 1
BY DONEGAL GAA FAN AND BLOGGER CATHAL MAC SUIBHNE: A statement of intent was delivered to the rest of the country at Clones yesterday; Donegal are now firmly amongst the All Ireland contenders and in beating a Tyrone team without hitting top gear the team illustrated the assurance and maturity that they’re operating off.A large green and gold contingent made their way to Clones yesterday and it was clear that there was a level of supreme confidence amongst the fans around the town. All the pundits had tipped us to win and while there was no way that the game was going to be as straight forward as some had predicted, we knew our form pointed to victory.The game panned out in a very similar manner to last year’s encounter; Tyrone did most of the running early on with Donegal happy to let them tire themselves out, safe in the knowledge that there was plenty more in the tank. While the goal chances at the end of the game caused many a heart palpitation around St Tiernach’s Park, Donegal always just seemed destined to come out on top and looked the better side. A definite pattern has emerged in many of Donegal’s championship games this year and last – the opening exchanges usually involve opponents running at us full of intent and belief that they can defeat the system. Inevitably our strength and know-how wears them down and when we hit or purple patch we can put teams away. Tyrone didn’t score for over half an hour in the second half yesterday while we scored five points in the same period. Donegal are so patient and controlled that they have an inner belief that the scores will come – that belief probably wasn’t there in last year’s All-Ireland semi final but you get the feeling if the situation presents itself again the team would be able to push on that bit more rather than waiting for the finishing line to come to them.Tyrone set the tone for a tactical chess game with their formation at throw in, Mickey Harte had a very clearly defined plan as to how to beat Donegal and they were close to pulling it off. Harte is the game’s eminent tactician, the only manager who can compete with him was the man in the other dugout. The game’s premier coaches went head to head and it was Donegal’s familiarity and know how of their own system coupled with their fitness and power that won the day.The amount was of switches at throw-in was mind-boggling and indeed hard to decipher exactly what was going on; it took quite a while for the game to settle down into any kind of pattern. Both teams favoured short kickouts rather than risking losing possession by delivering into midfield which was somewhat strange from a Donegal point of view considering the form that Neil Gallagher is in at present.His midfield partner, Ryan Bradley, had another terrific game yesterday and is playing like an All Star in the making if he keeps going. He is a prime example of the McGuinness effect having been a bit part player under previous bosses but thanks to the tutelage and guidance of Jim he has been transformed into an immense athlete of pace and power to go with the footballing talent that’s always been there. Losing Neil McGee early on was a blow and indeed some of the goal chances Tyrone created through high balls in his absence was worrying. On one occasion Neil’s brother Eamonn was one on one with Stephen O’Neill, a situation you generally don’t see with this Donegal team – thankfully after he won the ball O’Neill’s effort clipped the post.Karl Lacey had another fine game, not allowing Peter Harte to dictate things too much while carrying a huge amount of ball for his side. He popped over one of his customary points near the end too and a fit and on-form Lacey is imperative for an All-Ireland challenge.The chance of Ulster glory comes before that of course and Down stand in the way on July 22nd. They’re an exciting outfit with some top class forward talent but its hard to see how they will cope with the sheer size and speed of Donegal. Back to back titles would be an amazing achievement for this team and it’s a very real possibility. Three weeks time will tell all. GAA: CATHAL MAC SUIBHNE’S DONEGALL GAA BLOG – McGUINNESS’ MEN MARCH ON was last modified: July 3rd, 2012 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:CATHAL MAC SUIBHNE’S DONEGAL GAA BLOG