Camacho players beat Austria and have fun

first_imgCamacho, before the start of the game. Raul’s perfect matchIt was Raul’s big night for his four goals, his two goal passes. In total, he took part in seven of the nine goals of the match. In his twenty-first international match, with 21 years he already added nine goals in his private account. In Mestalla he had sealed his first target with the National Team, in December 1996 against Yugoslavia. Cañizares, Hierro, Marcelino, Urzaiz, Guardiola and Valerón above. Fran, Etxeberría, Salgado, Raúl and Sergi, Down. The eleven who beat Austria poses before the start of the clash. Matches the third biggest winThe 9-0 to Austria already became part of the most bulky results of the National Team winners until then. It was still far from 13-0 to Bulgaria, in Chamartín, on 21-5-1933 with six goals from Chacho and also 12-1 to Malta from 21-12-1983, with four goals from Santillana and Rincon, but they matched the two 9-0 previously achieved. Guardiola and Raúl celebrate Spain’s first goal against Austria. “Ay, ay, ay, ay / Sing and don’t cry / Because singing they rejoice / Cielito bonito, the hearts”. The irruption of MendietaGaizka Mendieta quickly became one of Jose Antonio Camacho’s favorite players. In total, he played 40 games with the absolute selection between 1999 and 2002, in which he scored 8 goals. Everything went well for Spain that Valencian night. Five minutes later he had scored Raul and at rest the score had already taken five. But it wasn’t just the goals. The most was the game. Tickets for the Etxeberría and Sergi bands; Pep and Valerón’s inside game, which seemed like they had been playing together for a lifetime. Fran took out his violin and nobody could understand how at 29 he only had nine matches as an international. It was the spring of 99, Spain came to that qualifying match for the 2000 Euro Cup that would have to be held in Belgium and the Netherlands, fourth with three points in a group of five teams. Ahead, it is not a lapsus, Cyprus (9 points), Austria (6) and Israel (4). Behind only San Marino. Victory seemed more than necessary. The slab of defeat in Cyprus in the first group match and that cost Javier Clemente’s dismissal was heavy. Almost as much as the still remembered World Cup in France 98.Fourth meeting of the Camacho era. First officer at home. He arrived undefeated. Two victories, Russia (1-0) friendly, and Israel (1-2), official and a draw, Italy (2-2), friendly. The team was in full transition after Clemente’s term. Alkorta, Luis Enrique and Kiko were missing due to injury. Mendieta controls the ball surrounded by Austrian players. By Nine times ‘olé’. And they could be more. Nine so many. And they could be more. A stadium, Mestalla, surrendered to the evidence by singing ‘el cielito bonito’, which was not a song from the land, not even from the country, but which was the first that came to mind the Valencian fans while contemplating one of the best matches of the National Team in its 100 years of history. Pep’s returnThe new coach recovered Pep Guardiola in that match, with whom he had not counted in the previous games and bet on an eleven clearly offensive and full of gamers. The stake was an ode to have the ball, occupy the opposite field, play the attack … Guardiola, Valerón and Fran together in the center of the field. Raul, liaison, with freedom. Up one of the most fit men in the Championship at that time, Urzaiz. An area auctioneer for a team with almost all football records. That, before an Austrian team led by the legendary Prohaska, stunned in his defense of five and overflowed by all sides, was a soccer and game match. The selection was a whirlwind from the first minute. Raul’s first goal was a foretaste of everything that would come next. Two walls. Three touches, Guardiola-Urzaiz-Raúl. Inside. And the second a genius of Fran with Raúl’s new thrust. And so on up to nine goals. The first part was a work of art. Video to put children in schools. Speed, control, game by the bands, interior passes, breaking unchecks … Guardiola marked the passage of the game. Valerón was running the ball. Fran drew indecipherable feints. Urzaiz was pulling the repertoire of the classic battering ram … and Raúl signed what was going to be his best night with the red one on his back. Munitis and Mendieta debuts. Camacho still had time in the second part to make Munitis and Mendieta debut, whom the local fans asked hard to open as an international just the day he turned 25. Hierro also caused a yellow card to serve the penalty in the next match against San Marino (0-6). What would not be the degree of fervor to which the public had arrived that after singing the l cute little sky ’, once the game was over, surrounded the team bus chanting one by one the name of all the players. The first had been against Portugal on 11-3-1934, five goals from Lángara, in qualifying match for the World Cup that year and the second against Albania on 19-12-1990 with Butragueño as top scorer, four goals.Two months after Mestalla’s game, in Villareal, very close, (5-6-99), that selection of Camacho with minimal touches, such as the entries of Luis Enrique, Morientes, Guerrero and Aranzábal, repeated the score against Albania, with Luis Enrique, three goals, of top scorer.After those two almost consecutive 9-0, the National Team has only improved that record once. Against Tahiti (10-0) in the Brazilian Confederations Cup in Brazil, in 2013. Fernando Torres added four goals. “I would have liked to score more goals.” Raúl demonstrates his voracity in front of the first microphone that approaches him after the game. However, his main partner during the meeting, Pep Guardiola, flees the protagonists. “The glory must be for the strikers, the most important thing in football is the goal.”That was not the first night in which the two proved to have a special connection within a pitch. In the same scenario of Mestalla, a few years earlier, on December 14, 96, the two had offered another master class in a match against Yugoslavia (2-0) with Clemente on the bench.last_img read more

Man United advance in Europa League

first_imgODESSA, Ukraine, (AP):Manchester United won for the first time in 10 away games in Europe and advanced to the Europa League knockout stage by defeating Zorya Luhansk 2-0 yesterday.Another defeat and a Feyenoord win in the other Group A match, and United would have been eliminated.But midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s first goal for United to begin the second half ended the team’s frustration, and Zlatan Ibrahimovic came through at the end for his seventh goal in his last six matches.”The first goal was magnificent,” Ibrahimovic said on MUTV. “He came in speed and had control all the way. Then the timing to put between the legs was beautiful. He killed the game by scoring.”United finished second in the group to Fenerbahce, who beat Feyenoord 1-0 courtesy of a Moussa Sow bicycle-kick goal.AZ Alkmaar qualified from second place in Group D after beating group winners Zenit St Petersburg 3-2. Ben Rienstra, Ridgeciano Haps, and Muamer Tankovic scored for the Dutch side. Giuliano pulled one back for Zenit, and Stijn Wuytens’ own goal settled the score.A 0-0 home draw with Group E winners Roma meant Romania’s Astra advanced with the Italian club.Saint-Etienne came from two goals down to beat Anderlecht 3-2 and claim Group C, after both had qualified.Fiorentina moved into the knockout stage from the first place in Group J after beating Azerbaijan’s Qarabag 2-1.Matias Vecino’s first goal of the season put Fiorentina 1-0 up an hour in, and substitute forward Reynaldo levelled in the 73rd. But three minutes later, Federico Chiesa netted the winner.PAOK finished second in the group after a 2-0 win over Slovan Liberec.Newcomers Osmanlispor made the round of 32 by beating Zurich 2-0 and finishing top of Group L.A PERFECT GROUP STAGESpain’s Villarreal are also through after beating Steaua 2-1, trailing Turkey’s Osmanlispor by one point.Group H winners Shakhtar Donetsk completed a perfect group stage record with a 4-2 away victory at Braga. Captain Taison and defender Serhiy Kryvtsov had two goals each.KAA Gent advanced with a 1-0 win at last place Konyaspor.Thirteen other clubs made the knockout stage in the previous rounds. Four sides qualified with two matches to spare: Four-time European Cup winner Ajax, St Petersburg, Shakhtar Donetsk and Schalke. The qualifiers after five matches were Roma, Anderlecht, APOEL, Athletic Bilbao, Genk, Krasnodar, Olympiakos, Saint-Etienne, and Sparta Prague.last_img read more

Without Curry or top seed, Warriors face different playoffs

first_imgTwo years ago, Golden State put its focus on going for a record 73 victories and lost to LeBron James and the Cavaliers in the Finals. Then late last season, the Warriors were gearing up for that inevitable Finals rematch with rival Cleveland while Durant worked back from a knee injury before capturing his first title and becoming Finals MVP.For Kerr, the goals lately were simple: find some rhythm and return everybody to health. He used 27 different starting lineups — yes, a huge number — in a big jump from his first three seasons coaching Golden State. Last season there were 14 different starting five combinations for the Warriors on the way to a second title in three years, 12 the year before that and just eight during 2014-15 as the franchise won its first championship in 40 years.And this time around, the Warriors didn’t even know their opponent until Wednesday night, meaning Golden State’s video crew worked overtime preparing for all the possible opponents.“Basically we spend most of our time trying to predict what’s going to happen, and we’re all wrong,” Kerr quipped last week. “And the next day we reshuffle the deck and we guess again.”Golden State will still look a lot different when the ball goes up at Oracle Arena without Curry.The two-time MVP is expected to miss the entire first round after spraining the medial collateral ligament in his left knee March 23 on the very night he returned from a six-game absence with his latest ankle injury. It was bad luck, too, as center JaVale McGee fell into him.Curry’s absence as a floor leader and heart of the team hurts.“They’ve been pretty fortunate here in that the injuries hadn’t been the long ones where guys are out 10-15 games. It’s been three or four games or maybe a five-game stretch,” Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said. “It’s something different, but I really do feel like everyone would love to struggle and be 57-22 if you can consider that struggling.”Golden State finished 58-24, dropping 12 home games — something unheard of the previous three years when they were barely blemished with only nine losses total at one of the NBA’s most imposing stops.The Warriors want to re-establish that energy and swagger at home. Immediately. Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Germany tops FIFA rankings despite loss to No. 2 Brazil The Golden State Warriors are used to being the best out West, a top target that everyone in the NBA seeks to unseat.It’s just a little different this time.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 crownNot that Kerr is overly concerned. Golden State’s coach thinks the Warriors will be just fine when they open their best-of-seven series against No. 7 seed San Antonio at home Saturday afternoon.“We’re going to have new life when the playoffs start. And I’m well aware of what a long, difficult season it’s been,” he said. “So many things have been thrown at us here the last month, especially all the injuries, which have really shaken up our rotation. That’s made it difficult on everybody and our players. But they’re fighting and that’s the main thing. LATEST STORIES Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) lies on the court during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz on Tuesday, April 10, 2018, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Alex Goodlett)OAKLAND, Calif. — Stephen Curry on the sidelines again, this time with a hurt knee. No longer the sure-thing No. 1 seed. Steve Kerr piecing together rotations based on who’s available through illness and injury.It hasn’t exactly been an easy course this season for the defending NBA champions.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READcenter_img Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ “We’re going to be all right.”During one especially tough stretch, all four All-Stars were out because of health — Curry, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson. Golden State dropped seven of 10 at one point last month, then lost its final regular-season game by a jaw-dropping 40 points Tuesday night at Utah.Yet, now, everybody is relishing a new season.“It’s not a carbon copy of last year by any stretch,” Curry said. “But I know for sure we have the guys and the IQ and the resiliency to understand how we’re going to accomplish our goal this year and not compare it to last year. Because I’m sure you can ask any championship team along the way that’s trying to repeat or whatever the case is, every journey is defined by different circumstances.“Injuries, the fact that we have been in the 2 spot for about two weeks now with really no chance to climb or fall, so you have to fight human nature in that sense. I think all that we’ve invested in our game, in our team and in our identity over the course of the last three, four years will show up when the time is right.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Kerr didn’t worry about the record. He was too busy mixing and matching just to get through games over the past month.“It’s been a long haul, for sure. I was hoping that we would be heading into the playoffs healthy, obviously everyone wants that,” he said. “But this is all part of it, it’s all part of the journey. This is our journey this year. Every year’s different, so it’s been a bumpy road but here we are. I’m really proud of our guys.”And the rest of the league still realizes what it’s up against.“You can’t count these guys out, and I don’t think anybody is counting them out,” Pacers coach Nate McMillan said. “They’ll get their guys back and they have enough guys I think they can survive until they get everybody back.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Malditas’ WC stint bleak

first_imgYou go for a Pinoy vs Pinoy world title fight? Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames LATEST STORIEScenter_img The fifth placer will take Asia’s last spot in the World Cup.Either way, it will be a tall order for the Malditas as the Koreans (No. 16) and Vietnamese (No. 35) are both ranked ahead of the Filipinos (No. 72) by the international football federation (Fifa).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 crown“It’s not yet over for us,” said Benlarbi. “We will go out and try to play without pressure.” —CEDELF P. TUPAS Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 MOST READ The Philippines bungled its best chance to reach the Women’s World Cup for the first time, yielding to Southeast Asian powerhouse Thailand, 1-3, on Friday in the AFC Women’s Asian Cup in Amman, Jordan.But Malditas French coach Rabah Benlarbi remained defiant, saying the squad still has a chance to qualify via the fifth place playoff where it will play the winner of the Vietnam-South Korea clash in Group B.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Sachs taking control

first_imgLA HABRA – When La Habra High School plays visiting Eisenhower High in tonight’s wild-card round of the CIF-Southern Section Division II-AA boys basketball playoffs, the Highlanders will have a sophomore at the controls. But you won’t be able to tell that by the way Jordan Sachs plays. According to La Habra coach Mark Stewart, Sachs’ all-around game is solid. “For the amount of responsibility we’ve placed on him, he has responded very well,” Stewart said. “He has evolved really well in all aspects. He has the potential to be one of the best players La Habra has ever had.” Stewart isn’t just blowing smoke. He backs up his words with actions. Sachs, 16, played his freshman year with the La Habra freshman team, but was moved up to varsity for the playoffs. He said the biggest adjustment he’s had to make is the physical aspect of the varsity game. “There weren’t a lot of freshman players taller than me,” said the 6-foot-4, 170-pounder. “Now, I’m playing against guys 6-6 and 6-7 and weighing more than 200 pounds. “Definitely my game is more finesse than physical, but I don’t mind going low and banging bodies with the big guys.” Sach’s statistics give evidence to his impact on the program. He leads the team in assists (97), blocked shots (60) and steals (72). He ranks second in scoring (12.4 ppg), rebounds (167) and 3-point baskets (22, tied with Randy Nygren). He also leads in turnovers (105), but his 3.8 per game are usually due more to trying to make something happen rather than just carelessness. A priority tonight will be taking better care of the ball. “I know this is just another game, but the stakes are higher,” Sachs said. “Win and go on, lose and go home. I feel I definitely have to step up. Everybody has to step up.” Sach’s impact in Stewart’s game plan is best summed up when he says, “Dominique plays quite a bit, but he needs to come out to rest. Jordan is the one player I don’t consider taking out of the game.” roger.murray@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3046 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img “As well as running the offense, defensively we’re thinking of putting him on Eisenhower’s best player,” Stewart said. That suits Sachs just fine. “La Habra stresses defense, and I love playing defense,” Sachs said between classes Tuesday morning. “It’s pretty much my favorite part of the game, especially when we’re putting on full-court pressure.” As for his assists, Sachs is quick to cite the play of power forward/center Dominique Moreno, the team’s leading scorer (14.8 ppg). “Dominique takes a lot of pressure off me,” Sachs said. “He’s why I get a lot of assists. I feed the ball to him down low, and when he gets it, there’s always a good chance he’s going to score.” last_img read more

Tar Heels sweep past Duke

first_imgGreg Paulus had 21 points before fouling out, and Henderson finished with 16 for the Blue Devils (22-9, 8-8). Ty Lawson scored 12 points and Brandan Wright finished with 10 for the Tar Heels, who took control early with a hot start in front of a fired-up Senior Day crowd, dodged Duke’s second-half rally and pulled away for their fourth win in their last five meetings with the Blue Devils. Some of the luster had dimmed on this fierce rivalry after a spate of uncharacteristic losses by both teams. North Carolina, which was coming off consecutive road losses to Maryland and Georgia Tech, avoided its first three-game losing streak since 2003. Duke, meanwhile, already was assured of its first non-winning ACC finish since also going 8-8 in 1996. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Hansbrough had 26 points and 17 rebounds before suffering an injury that looked worse than it really was in the closing seconds of the No. 8 Tar Heels’ 86-72 win over 14th-ranked Duke on Sunday. It clinched the top seed in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament. Terry added 15 points in his final home game for the Tar Heels (25-6, 11-5), who swept the regular-season series with the Blue Devils for the first time in 11 years, avoided their first three-game slide under Roy Williams and gave the coach his 100th victory at his alma mater. But perhaps the lasting image of the intense rivalry is Hansbrough’s bloodied face, a scary-looking picture that evoked memories of center Eric Montross’ bleeding, shaven head after he took an elbow in 1992. The latest injury came with 14.5 seconds left, when Hansbrough went for a layup. After the ball left his hand, he was struck in the face by Gerald Henderson’s right elbow. “He got our guys in the air, and I came down on him,” Henderson said. “It’s unfortunate that it turned out like it did, but I wasn’t trying to hurt the kid or anything. It just turned worse than it was.” Hansbrough crumpled to the ground before he jumped to his feet menacingly and had to be restrained from Duke’s players while he was taken to the locker room. The officials reviewed the play and ejected Henderson, then later said in a joint statement that under NCAA rules he would be suspended for one game. After the game, Hansbrough had cotton in his nose while he watched his teammates cut down the Dean Smith Center nets and Williams said team doctors told him the center’s nose was not broken. Hansbrough did not speak to reporters after the game, but point guard Bobby Frasor said the player nicknamed “Psycho T” for his relentless focus had calmed down and was laughing about the near-confrontation. “He said, `Did you see me get up?’ ” Frasor said. center_img CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Blood ran from his nose and onto his lip, chin and the court. The latest bruised face of one of college basketball’s nastiest rivalry belongs to North Carolina’s Tyler Hansbrough. “Just a little bump and bruise,” teammate Reyshawn Terry said. “Nothing that a little ice can’t handle.” last_img

A year later, there is a big difference

first_imgA year ago it could be sensed, the development feeling almost tangible. UCLA had a razor-sharp focus and honed itself into a team capable of making a remarkable run to the national championship game. The Bruins won seven consecutive games entering the NCAA Tournament. They won the Pacific-10 Tournament with ease. Not after the Bruins put together their worst half of basketball all season in a stunning 76-69 overtime loss to the mediocre Cal Bears Thursday in their opener of the Pac-10 Tournament. Not after the Bruins lost their second consecutive game for the first time all season. Not after the Bruins put their No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament in jeopardy. “I don’t even care,” said UCLA coach Ben Howland. “It doesn’t matter who we play. If we don’t play any better than we are right now, any in the field of 65 can beat us. “The next game we play, we’d better play like it’s our last game. We’d better get back to that attitude and that toughness.” They were growing at exactly the right moment. Getting big plays from a variety of players. Stepping up its defensive intensity. Playing with confidence and purpose. Not a whole lot like this year’s edition. center_img Despite being 26-5 and ranked No. 4 in the country, the Bruins’ past two games have underlined concerns: An almost mysterious collapse at the line (they hit 15 of 29 free throws against Cal); trouble boxing out (they were outrebounded for the second consecutive game); a reliance on 3-point shooting (25 of 55 shot attempts were 3-pointers); occasional lapses with ball control (11 turnovers in the first half); and too-frequent slow starts. It was their inexplicable start against the Bears that really did them in Thursday. Turnovers, poor shooting and getting pounded on the boards (15-9) in the first half had the Bruins behind by as many as 16 points. UCLA looked disinterested. They played without fire, without energy, without an edge. The 16-16 Bears were more than happy to take advantage. “I thought our team got off to a good start,” said Cal coach Ben Braun. Arron Afflalo got off to a bad start, and it picked up speed. The Pac-10 Player of the Year suffered through the worst game of his career. Afflalo did not make a single field goal in regulation. He finished 1 for 7, had no rebounds, one assist, fouled out in overtime and saw Cal’s Ayinde Ubaka lead the Bears with 29 points, including several clutch shots, including two buzzer-beaters. “He had a bad game, probably his worst performance,” Howland said of Afflalo. “It was both ends. He knows it.” Cal took a 37-25 lead at halftime, came back out and awaited the inevitable UCLA charge. Something about trailing by 12 at the half seemed to get the Bruins’ attention. They started the second half by suddenly attacking the basket. Guard Darren Collison, 0 for 2 at the half with five turnovers, found his motor and the Bruins were rolling. They started the second half with a 20-4 run, caught and the passed Cal, leading by four with 6:57 to play. Maybe UCLA thought the Bears would roll over, feel like they’d given it their best shot, overachieved long enough. But the Bears came back, kept battling. Even after Collison scored on a drive to give the Bruins a 61-59 lead with 39seconds left in regulation, Ubaka answered with a drive of his own to send the game into overtime. The mighty Bruins were knocked off by a .500 Cal team. This wasn’t like losing at Washington on Saturday after clinching the conference title on Thursday at Washington State. This loss was more telling, of more concern. The Bruins probably needed at least one victory here to lock up a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tourney. Now they’re at risk, although with a No. 1 RPI and 9-1 record against ranked teams, they still seem likely to get the top spot in the West. Even if they fall to a second seed, they would probably be the highest-ranked team in the West and still get placed in the West region. But they will not arrive with great momentum, will not arrive putting fear into the hearts of opponents, as they likely would have had they won the Pac-10 Tournament. “When we get back and look at this game film, I’m sure we won’t see any silver linings,” Howland said. “That’s how we’re playing right now. It’s March 8, and that’s how we’re playing.” At this moment, the Bruins playing little like the team UCLA team that entered last year’s tournament. This team is where? “I don’t know,” Afflalo said. “We still have 26 wins. We’re still a great team. We’ll see who has strong character to be able to bounce back from this.” But this postseason appears to be nothing like last year’s. Steve Dilbeck’s column appears in the Daily News four times a week. stephen.dilbeck@dailynews.com (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Lake plunge set, if it’s cold or not

first_img“Freezin’ for a Reason!” with hundreds of supporters of Special Olympics Santa Clarita Valley expected to jump into Castaic Lake is set for today at 1 p.m. Where to go Castaic Lake Recreation Area, 32132 Castaic Lake Drive, Castaic. Follow the signs to the lower lake. For more info Special Olympics Santa Clarita Valley, (661) 253-2121, or online at www.thepolarplunge.com.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The group expects to raise more than $50,000 as hundreds of brave souls are expected to take the polar plunge today, raising $50 each. A group of 20 community leaders – who have pledged to raise $1,000 per person – each started jumping into the lake once an hour Friday at 2 p.m., and they will continue until today at 2 p.m. Accompanying today’s plunge will be a free Winter Festival community and business expo with 60 booths at Castaic Lake from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. A heated tent will also be set up and parking for the event will be free. “(Today), it’s supposed to be 82 degrees,” Clark said. “So instead of a winter festival, it might be a summer festival.” If you go CASTAIC – A Special Olympics group wants its supporters to go polar – and plunge into Castaic Lake today. The second annual “Freezin’ for a Reason!” which will benefit Special Olympics Santa Clarita Valley, is being organized by the Santa Clarita station of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. “This year it really took off and more community members got involved and more people wanted to take part in it,” said Chris Clark, director of Special Olympics Santa Clarita Valley. The water temperature at Castaic Lake was 52 degrees Friday, according to an employee at the recreation center. last_img read more

DD TRAVEL: HISTORY MEETS HIP IN BEAUTIFUL KRAKÓW FOR A PERFECT WEEKEND BREAK

first_imgDD TRAVEL: Go to Kraków and see some of the world’s finest medieval architecture in a city basking in grandeur and history.For this reason alone, it is worth the short flight to this beautiful, civilised city for the perfect weekend break.It is truly a wonderful sight and soothes the soul in this age of plastic fast-food outlets, quick-fix tourist attractions and hen and stag parties. Flights are scheduled from Belfast International Airport with Easyjet and Ryanair recently announced new flights from Belfast to Kraków due to start this winter. Krakow is one of Poland’s oldest cities, dating back to the 7th century.While the rest of Poland was bombed during WW2, Poland’s second city and former capital escaped the destruction.Any exploration of Kraków’s Old Town should start with the ‘Royal Route’ – the historical coronation path of the Polish kings when Kraków served as the royal capital from the 14th century to the very end of the 16th century.Europe’s largest market square and Unesco World Heritage-listed site, Rynek Glowny, is lined with bustling cafes, bars and restaurants -it’s the ideal people-watching spot.Nearby is the gothic-style St Mary’s Basilica which dates from 1220. It is here where the city’s famous quirky bugle call is played every hour on the hour.Crowds gather to listen to the tune as it stops mid-melody in honour of the mythical trumpeter who was shot in the neck while warning the city of Mongol invaders.Overlooking the Square is the medieval Sukiennice Cloth Hall with its imposing colonnades and the touristy Belle Epoque café.South of the city lies the Jewish Quarter, the Kazimierz district. A vibrant Bohemian area with trendy bars, music and energetic nightlife.Checklist for an unforgettable trip to Kraków: *Wawel Hill and Royal CastleThe hill where for over 500 years Polish kings were crowned, housed and buried. It’s now a museum and separated into five sections including State Rooms and Royal Apartments.*Rynek GlownyChill out in Europe’s largest medieval town square.*Kazimierz contains Krakow’s hip Jewish neighbourhoodHome to the Old Synagogue and an example of buildings that survived the war. Steven Spielberg decided to use the old buildings and streets as the setting for his epic 1993 film Schindler’s List.The film attracted an influx of tourists and new businesses as a result.*Oskar Schindler’s factoryYou will also find what is left of the imposing Ghetto wall. Today the factory is a living historical monument, where you can see his former office and where he saved the lives of hundreds of Krakow Jews from the gas chambers.The modern museum tells the life stories of some of those he saved, as well as walking you through a reconstructed Krakow with scenes from history and confronting you with a ‘Hall of Choices’. *AuschwitzThe Nazis renamed the small town of Oświęcim, 44 miles west of Krakow, as Auschwitz in their Germanisation programme of Poland.Today, visitors can see the original brick barracks at the Auschwitz I camp, and the stark expanse of Birkenau.*Archdiocesan MuseumA few streets from the Old Town and easy to miss, lies this Museum ( Kanonicza St) which gives an insight into the life of Pope John Paul II. His vestments are displayed here along with his personal effects, such as his shaving kit, typewriter, jackets, scarves, gloves, camera, watch, boots, shoes, kayak and even his skis. There is also a replica of his study.*Eat wild boar stew with juniper berries and the rest…..From fine dining to Communist-era milk bars, Kraków is bustling with culinary gems to suit all budgets. Enjoy roast venison with porcini mushrooms, retro rustic dishes of stroganoff, tarts, cupcakes and every conceivable flavour of vodka.*Movida Cocktail BarJust has to be on the checklist. Great spot with great music and dreamy cocktails.Getting there: A number of operators service Kraków from Ireland. Ryanair start a new service from Belfast on October 30.DD TRAVEL: HISTORY MEETS HIP IN BEAUTIFUL KRAKÓW FOR A PERFECT WEEKEND BREAK was last modified: May 20th, 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:donegal daily travelguide toKrakowweekend breaklast_img read more

PICTURE SPECIAL FROM THE DONEGAL PRIMARY SCHOOL CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS

first_imgBY PATSY McGONAGLE: If I told you it was 23 degrees the going was good, you would never associate those conditions with cross country but that was exactly the scene at Finn Valley for the annual primary school cross country, bigger and better attended than ever with 1,000 plus youngsters taking the challenge from every corner of the region.The beautiful weather was an added plus for the cross country and with a positive response the scene was set with many future champions pushing to the front but possibly much more important a great learning oportunity for youngsters having a go for the first time ever.The results give a clear indication of the outcome but sufficient that the local organisers in partnership with the teachers had once again delivered an excellent enjoyable event – and all on their homeward journey at 1pm. PICTURE SPECIAL FROM THE DONEGAL PRIMARY SCHOOL CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS was last modified: September 28th, 2011 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:PICTURE SPECIAL FROM THE DONEGAL PRIMARY SCHOOL CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPSlast_img read more