Aaron Gordon and Dwyane Wade have finally cleared the air over the controversial finish to the 2020 NBA Dunk Contest, which apparently bothered Gordon to the point he released a diss track on Wade three months after the fact.Wade was roundly criticized for giving Gordon a 9 on his final dunk, which featured him jumping over a 7-5 Tacko Fall. That ultimately led to Wade’s former Heat teammate, Derrick Jones Jr., winning the title with a 48-47 in the final round. When Wade and Gordon talked about the contest via Instagram Live on Friday, Gordon even joked that only two people thought Jones deserved the title: “You and D-Jones.”MORE: Gordon drops Dwyane Wade diss track over Dunk ContestThat said, Wade said he didn’t feel Gordon lost the dunk contest wholesale — just that particular round (which happened to be championship-deciding). He offered some pretty compelling arguments as to why he scored Gordon the way he did too, adding that he gave Jones a 9 in an early round as well.”If it was total score you would have won,” Wade said. “They didn’t total it up. It was by the rounds of the dunk. On the last dunk, three judges felt you did a 9 out of 10. We didn’t feel you lost the dunk contest overall. It was about the dunk.” D-Wade explains to Aaron Gordon why he gave him a 9 out of 10 in the dunk contestFair point? 🤔 pic.twitter.com/cX0FA6YYg2— Ball Realm (@TheBallRealm) May 2, 2020″There’s only a couple of people that think D-Jones should have won, though … You and D-Jones.”D-Wade and Aaron Gordon clear the air about the 2020 dunk contest *NSFW*(via @DwyaneWade ) pic.twitter.com/bah7OwEDzt— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) May 2, 2020As for the diss track? No hard feeling there, either. Gordon said it was a way to vent some feelings in a way that gave people perspective on the situation while keeping things “light-hearted” and “uplifting.””You’re a legend, and I’ll never take real, real shots at a legend,” Gordon told Wade. “That’s OG, that’s just respect. And so I did it in a way that I thought people would enjoy.”Dwyane Wade and Aaron Gordon discuss Gordon’s rap about dunk contest. No hard feelings. Lots of laughs. And wine. Via Wade’s IG page. pic.twitter.com/fIflhi0c6h— Will Manso (@WillManso) May 2, 2020So, there you have it. No beef between Wade and Gordon — just respect.
Popular owner Oneil Hinds (O’Shaun Connection) has hit the ground running at the start of the new season, thanks to four winners including the grey ITALIANO who romped the opening James B. Dawes Memorial Trophy over 1300 metres at Caymanas Park yesterday. Hinds and trainer Neive Graham teamed up for a second winner on the nine-race card when highly fancied PERSIAN BELLE (2-1) made all in the fourth race for $250,000 – $210,000) claimers over 1820 metres, winning by six lengths from PERFECT FLYER (5-2) who chased him relentlessly. The seven-year-old gelding, ITALIANO, running as the 1-4 favourite with former champion Omar Walker again in the saddle, shot past early leader AGAKHAN (2-1) leaving the half mile and breezed home by five lengths from 2-1 chance GOLDEN BULLET in a field of seven $450,000 $400,000 claiming horses. PERSIAN BELLE, on the other hand was ridden by Kerry-Gayle Robinson. Significantly, both horses were claimed, but Hinds was not perturbed. “That ‘s the nature of game, you would like to keep horses when they win and do well for the most part, but there are others out there in the claiming marketplace with an eye for an Italiano or Persian Belle and as the owner, it’s best you lose them as winners,” said Hinds who finished sixth on the list of top owners last year with 18 winners and $81 million in stakes. “I can’t complain about my numbers in 2015, but the plan is to finish higher in the standings this season even though most of my earnings will come through claimers,” added Hinds ,who owns the O&S Tack Room (horse supplies and accessories provider) located on the Caymanas Park compound.
Inspired by his passion to educate the nation’s children, members of the Central Executive Committee of the People’s National Congress on Sunday honoured President David Granger on the occasion of his 73rd birth anniversary, by making a generous donation to three students who were successful at this year’s National Grade Six Assessment (NGSA).President David Granger and the three students who received laptops in his honourThe three students are 11-year-old Kenneth Edwards from Rivers View Village, who topped the Cuyuni-Mazaruni Region with 505 marks; 12-year-old Angelina Balgobin from Bath Settlement, who gained 492 marks and 11-year-old Natalia Squires, who obtained 515 marks, securing a place at Queen’s College.Each student was presented with a laptop computer, printer, voltage regulator and a $25,000 gift certificate which is redeemable at Austin’s Book Store.The drive to make education accessible to children across the 10 Administrative Regions was kick-started in 2015 with the launch of the Five Bs (Bus, Bicycle, Boat + Breakfast and Books) programme, when the President celebrated his 70th birthday shortly after taking office.This overwhelmingly successful initiative has attracted widespread support from corporate Guyana and even private citizens.
“We are lucky to have the chance to continue the love affair that this club has with European competitions,” Payet told reporters in Lyon, where Wednesday’s final will be played.Marseille are hoping the fact the game is being played on French soil will work in their favour, even if Diego Simeone’s Atletico are formidable opponents.“We can go down in history and leave an even bigger mark on this club,” Payet added, as excitement builds around France.Marseille’s glory days may be in the past, while their great rivals Paris Saint-Germain have become the country’s dominant force. But OM remain France’s best supported side.“I think the expectation in Marseille and across the country is quite extraordinary and our motivation comes from that,” said Payet, who is set to play as he recovers from a minor muscle injury that kept him out of his team’s 3-3 Ligue 1 draw at Guingamp last Friday.Coach Rudi Garcia surpassed expectations just by leading Marseille into European competition this season, yet now they have reached the final after a run that started in the third qualifying round last July.Garcia said: “This year we are celebrating the 25th anniversary of the only time a French team has won the Champions League. So we have a great example to go on and become the first ones to win the Europa League.”It is Marseille’s fifth European final overall — they lost the 1991 European Cup final on penalties to Red Star Belgrade, before disappointing defeats in the UEFA Cup final to Parma in 1999 and Rafael Benitez’s Valencia in 2004.The only other European trophy won by a French club remains PSG’s victory in the now defunct Cup Winners’ Cup in 1996.“We are lucky to be at Marseille, a club with a love affair with European competitions that goes back to the 1990s, and we are all eager to follow in the footsteps of our illustrious predecessors,” Garcia said.“We know that Atletico stand in our way and that it will be a very difficult mission, but that would make it an even greater achievement if we managed to win the trophy.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Dimitri Payet celebrating after Marseille beat Salzburg in the semi-finals © AFP / VLADIMIR SIMICEKLYON, France, May 15 – Marseille star Dimitri Payet is determined to go down in history by beating Atletico Madrid in Wednesday’s Europa League final as the club celebrates a quarter of a century since their greatest moment.They became the first, and to date only, French club to win the Champions League by beating AC Milan in the 1993 final, and now they are hoping to become the first team from the country to lift the Europa League trophy.
However, Rennes had cause to complain as Aubameyang should have been flagged offside before the second goal.With VAR not in use for the Europa League unlike the Champions League, there was no recourse for Rennes and the Ligue 1 side will also reflect on missed opportunities after the break as a historic European run for the club came to an end.M’Baye Niang struck the post and Sead Kolasinac’s last-ditch tackle denied Ismaila Sarr before the Bosnian wing-back crossed for Aubameyang to give Arsenal breathing space.Winning the Europa League also offers Arsenal and Chelsea the safety net of Champions League qualification should they fail to make the top four in the Premier League.But Arsenal boss Unai Emery, who won the Europa League three times as Sevilla coach, also wants the glory of a trophy in his first season in charge.“It is not only the possibility to go to Champions League, it is one title and we can feel the possibility to win one title,” said the Spaniard.Giroud scored his first hat-trick for Chelsea © AFP / Sergei SUPINSKYChelsea cruised into the last eight with greater ease as six Premier League sides will take their place in Friday’s quarter-finals draws with Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool and Tottenham in the last eight of the Champions League.After a 3-0 victory in last week’s last 16, first leg at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea were even more dominant in Kiev as Olivier Giroud scored his first hat-trick for the club.“We started very well. We wanted to start in this way,” Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri told BT Sport. “We played a wonderful first half and managed the game in the second half.”Giroud, who is yet to start in the Premier League in 2019 after the signing of Gonzalo Higuain, netted a first-half double, before Marcos Alonso slid home a third on the stroke of half-time.Frenchman Giroud completed his hat-trick before teenage winger Callum Hudson-Odoi rounded off the scoring.– Sevilla shocked by Slavia –Slavia Prague stunned Sevilla with a 4-3 win after extra-time to progress 6-5 on aggregate © AFP / Michal CIZEKFive-time winners Sevilla were beaten 4-3 after extra time to lose a thrilling tie against Slavia Prague 6-5 on aggregate.Twice the Spanish side came from behind to take the tie to extra time thanks to goals from Wissam Ben Yedder and Munir El-Haddadi. However, after Franco Vazquez had given Sevilla a 3-2 lead on the night, Slavia hit back and Ibrahim Traore’s winner a minute from time sealed a famous win for the Czechs.Napoli wrapped up a 4-3 aggregate victory over last season’s semi-finalists Salzburg despite a 3-1 second-leg loss in Austria.Another Serie A giant fell, though, as the highly-rated Luka Jovic scored the only goal of the night and the tie as Eintracht Frankfurt beat Inter Milan at the San Siro.Russian outfit Krasnodar suffered heartbreak as Goncalo Guedes scored a dramatic injury-time equaliser to send Valencia through 3-2 on aggregate after a 1-1 second-leg draw.Spanish sides have dominated this competition in recent years and despite Sevilla’s defeat will have two representatives in the last eight as Villarreal beat Zenit St Petersburg 2-1 to seal a resounding 5-2 aggregate victory.Benfica, runners-up in 2013 and 2014, were also taken to extra-time by Dinamo Zagreb but eventually overturned a 1-0 first leg deficit with a 3-0 win in Lisbon.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored twice as Arsenal progressed to the Europa League quarter-finals with a 3-0 win over Rennes © AFP / Ian KINGTONParis, France, Mar 14 – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang spearheaded Arsenal’s revival by scoring twice in a 3-0 win over Rennes to reach the Europa League quarter-finals 4-3 on aggregate, as Chelsea and Napoli also booked a last-eight spot on Thursday.The Gunners cancelled out their 3-1 deficit from last week’s first leg in France inside 15 minutes as Aubameyang swept home from close range before teeing up Ainsley Maitland-Niles to head home.
Residents in Gaoth Dobhair have set up a committee after claims that human waste is being dumped by some tourists staying in caravans in Port Arthur. The committee are attempting to establish who polices the area in order to resolve the situation which has now been described as ‘intolerable’. Members of the committee are attempting to establish whether the land is marked as a Special Area of Conservation, if so that would prohibit anyone being on the land.They’re also in contact with delegates from Glenveagh to get clarity on the matter.More than 70 people attended a meeting last night to discus the situation.At the meeting locals criticized the County Council saying they were aware of the situation and that they have done nothing about it. Officials from the council are expecting to visit the site next week.The nine-man committee which was formed last night will be chaired by Hughie Mac Giolla Bhríde.It was Mac Giolla Bhríde who first brought the on-going problem into the public domain, when he posted pictures of the human waste being dumped beside Port Arthur on his Facebook timeline.The pictures sparked an outrage amongst other locals and over 80 people attended the public meeting last night which was held in the Gweedore United club house.Locals expressed their annoyance at the situation and said something needed to be urgently done to resolve the issue.One local said he seen one tourist dump his waste into the water beside the pier, when the local approached him to ask why he did what he did, the local was told in no uncertain terms to clear off. Local councillors Micheál Cholm Mac Giolla Easbuig and John Sheamis Ó Fearraigh were in attendance at the meeting.Mac Giolla Bhríde said he realises the importance of tourists to the local economy, but reiterated that with 45-50 caravans camping on site with absolutely no sanitation facilities the area was now a health and safety issue.Mac Giolla Bhríde told Donegal Daily, “I don’t have anything against tourists, and people who attended the meeting last night concerned about the situation don’t either.“We realise the importance they play in the local economy, but the fact of the matter is there is absolutely no sanitation disposal facilities on site, and as a result human waste is being dumped in the quarry beside the beach. “It’s only about 100 yards from the beach, and the smell as you can imagine is foul, and the area is now full of bluebottles.Mac Giolla Bhríde believes there should be a proper camping site in Gaoth Dobhair because there’s such a demand for one in the area.He also said it was scandalous that there wasn’t even bins for tourists to put their rubbish into and said it was a disgrace there isn’t even a few port-a-loos on site at the beach.“You’ve between 40-50 caravans in the area and not one of them have any proper sanitation facility, they’re just going to the toilet in the quarry.“It’s disgusting and the situation has now become intolerable for locals living nearby, there’s not even bins to dump their rubbish so many just leave their rubbish behind too.“I spoke to James Browne from Gortlee Hire and he told me he has fitted several port-a-loos at beaches all over Donegal, so I can’t understand why a number haven’t been fitted here.“Port Arthur is a beautiful scenic area and has a beautiful beach, but the lack of these basic facilities is now causing a serious issue in the area.Mac Giolla Bhríde said the committee are having another meeting tonight and are hoping to establish who actually policies the area.“We’re having another meeting tonight and hopefully we can find out who exactly owns the land.“As I said I’ve nothing against tourists, many have come before in the past with caravans equipped with sanitation facilities, and they’re lovely friendly people who respect the area and clean up after themselves.“But this current situation can no longer go and, as it’s a health concern and it needs to be sorted ASAP.MEETING HEARS COUNCIL IS IGNORING CAMPING SITE WHERE HUMAN WASTE IS BEING DUMPED was last modified: July 23rd, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Gaoth Dobhairhuman wastePort Arthur
West Ham have been drawn against Astra Giurgiu of Romania in the Europa League play-off round.The Hammers beat Slovenian side NK Domzale 4-2 on aggregate following a 3-0 victory in the first competitive match at the Olympic Stadium on Thursday night.After finishing seventh in the Premier League, Slaven Bilic’s men will be aiming to join Manchester United and Southampton in the group phase of Europe’s second-tier competition.It is the second season in a row that West Ham have been paired with Astra, who knocked them out in the third qualifying round in 2015.The Romanians had started their European campaign this year in the Champions League qualifiers, but earlier this week lost out to Copenhagen in the third round.Elsewhere in Friday’s draw, Fenerbahce of Turkey were given a tie against Swiss side Grasshoppers while Danish team Brondby tackle Panathinaikos of Greece and Czechs Slavia Prague meet Belgian outfit Anderlecht.The play-offs will be over two legs on August 18 and 25.DRAW IN FULL:Astana v BATEFC Midtjylland v OsmanlisporAS Trencin v Rapid ViennaArouca v OlympiacosLokomotiva Zagreb v GenkVojvodina v AZDinamo Tbilisi v PAOK SalonikaAEK v LiberecFK Austria Vienna v RosenborgBeitar Jerusalem v St EtienneAA Gent v ShkendijaIstanbul Basaksehir v Shakhtar DonetskFC Astra Giurgiu v West HamSonderjyske v Sparta PragueFenerbahce v GrasshoppersSassuolo v Crvena ZvezdaBrondby v PanathinaikosIFK Goteborg v FK KarabakhKrasnodar v Partizani TiranaMaccabi Tel-Aviv v Hajduk SplitSlavia Prague v AnderlechtMaribor v Gabala 1 Romanian side Astra knocked Slaven Bilic’s side out of the Europa League at the same stage last term
A THUG who stole a car on the night Garda Robbie McCallion was killed in Letterkenny was today jailed again for five years for driving a car at another Garda.He was also disqualified from driving for life in the sentence handed down today by Judge O ‘Hagan.Cathal Dunleavy (23), from Meentagh, Glenvar, Kerrykeel, Co Donegal, admitted driving an Opel Corsa car at Garda Patrick Geraghty at Milltown, Kerrykeel on October 18 last year. A 20-minute video, taken from a pursuing Garda car, was shown to the court as the prosecution outlined the seriousness of the 16 offences including a dozen dangerous driving charges and one of endangering the life of a Garda.Co-accused Gary Gibbons of Glenvar, Kerrykeel, could be seen on the video throwing beer bottles at the pursuing Garda car.Jailing Dunleavy, Judge O’Hagan said: “This is an appalling case, I don’t know what is in the blood of young Donegal drivers but it is absolute madness. The animosity and utter contempt shown towards the Gardai is staggering.“How someone wasn’t killed in this incident is an absolute miracle, we have already heard Garda Patrick Gerraghty say that he felt he was going to be seriously injured when you rammed into his patrol car which we saw on the video footage shown here today.“You had two female passengers in the back seat, one in her mid twenties and the other a 16 year old girl who was pregnant at the time, you drove at speeds of up to 150kph on country roads and I reiterate again that it was an absolutely miracle nobody was killed in this incident.”The incident followed a high speed car chase from Letterkenny to Fanad.Dunleavy was jailed for three years in June 2010 for stealing a car on the night Garda McCallion was killed on March 26, 2009. He was on bail at the time of that offence.His co-accused then Jamie Grenaghan was later jailed for seven years for causing death by dangerous driving.Dunleavy this week pleaded guilty to endangering the life of a Garda, 12 counts of dangerous driving and failing to provide a specimen of breath.Gibbons admitted causing criminal damage by smashing the window of a Garda car, throwing items at a Garda car which could have caused injury and allowing Dunleavy to drive his car.Garda Collins who was quickly on the scene to assist Garda Gerraghty in arresting Dunleavy, told the court when giving evidence how threatening Dunleavy was to both himself and Garda Collins when they took him to Letterkenny Garda station.Garda Collins told the court: “He wouldn’t co-operate with our investigations and refused to give a breath specimen, he then proceeded to threaten us, He said I’d love to jump over that counter now and jump on your F**king skull you scumbag, You will be got in the long grass, Castlerea prison is a holiday camp and I’ve no problem going back there.“He also attempted to headbutt me and kick Garda Gerraghty before launching into another foul mouthed tirade in which he said I don’t care if I get 5 or 20 years you F**king scumbags will be got, and where is my lawyer you B**tard.”The court also heard that at the time of this incident Dunleavy had been disqualified from driving for 15 years for previous driving offences and had no insurance or drivers license. When giving his statement to Gardai he said the reason he drove the car was because he was the only person capable of driving the car.When sentencing Judge O’Hagan said: “It is not my responsibility to take revenge on you on behalf of society or the people of Donegal or for Garda Gerraghty whose life you endangered but I do have a responsibility to send out a message and make an example of you to all those other young drivers in Donegal.‘That this sort of driving is simply not acceptable and never will be acceptable, I’m sentencing you to 5 years imprisonment for endangerment and I think it is in the best interests of everybody that you never be allowed to drive on the roads again so I hereby disqualify you from driving for life.”Dunleavy has been in custody since being arrested following the incident which took place on the 18th of October 2012. He was taken back to Castlerea prison after the hearing were he will serve the remainder of his sentence.Gibbons will be sentenced later.VIDEO NASTY: GARDA McCALLION SUSPECT JAILED AGAIN AFTER NEW CAR CHASE FOOTAGE SHOWN TO COURT was last modified: April 26th, 2013 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:VIDEO NASTY: GARDA McCALLION SUSPECT JAILED AGAIN AFTER NEW CAR CHASE FOOTAGE SHOWN TO COURT
1 Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil Mesut Ozil cannot wait to start providing the ammunition for “ice cold” Alexandre Lacazette to help fire Arsenal towards Premier League glory next season.The 26-year-old’s protracted transfer from home-town club Lyon was finally confirmed late on Wednesday afternoon.The deal is understood to be a club-record fee which surpasses the £42.4million paid to Real Madrid for Ozil in 2013, and could end up as high as £52million.Lacazette plundered some 37 goals in all competitions during the last campaign and revealed linking up with the likes of German playmaker Ozil and Chile forward Alexis Sanchez was one of the major attractions to joining the Gunners, who will be competing in the Europa League next season having missed out on the top four.Ozil, whose own future remains the subject of speculation with only a year left on his current contract, is relishing the opportunity to create chances for such a clinical finisher, having set up some 42 Premier League goals since moving from Spain.“I am really looking forward to it. He is a very good striker who has scored many goals in Ligue 1, not just this season but in previous seasons too. We are really happy to have such a class striker here with us,” Ozil said on Arsenal Player.“From what I have heard he is meant to be very good, always hungry for goals and ice-cold when he gets into a scoring position. My friends who follow the French league know him well and have told me that I will definitely have fun with him on the pitch.“I hope that he will be able to take us further with his goals. I am sure he is happy to be here and to be able to play with us, and we are pleased to be able to assist him and help him to score as many goals as possible.”Ozil gave little away as to thoughts on his own long-term future in the brief interview with the club’s in-house media, having spent his summer with family in the sun to “build up my strength” after Germany selected a young squad for the Confederations Cup in Russia, allowing their established players an extended break.The 28-year-old World Cup winner is set to be part of the Arsenal tour to Australia and China, though, with Lacazette also expected to make the trip ahead of a home debut in the Emirates Cup at the end of July.Lacazette becomes the Gunners’ second major summer addition following the arrival of left-back Sead Kolasinac on a free transfer from Schalke.Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is expected to further strength the squad before the end of the transfer window, with Monaco’s Thomas Lemar and Leicester winger Riyad Mahrez both said to be targets.However, the arrival of the France forward is also likely to signal departures, with the Gunners now at their full quota of non home-grown players.Defender Mathieu Debuchy and Kieran Gibbs have both been linked with moves away, along with Spanish forward Lucas Perez and French striker Olivier Giroud, who is said to be wanted by both Everton and West Ham.Arsenal will also look to tie down the future of Sanchez, who was away with Chile at the Confederations Cup where La Roja were beaten by Germany in the final.The 28-year-old is out of contract next summer and there has been reported interest from the likes of Manchester City, Chelsea and Bayern Munich as well as big-money offers from China.