Davis signs new Southampton deal

first_img Southampton midfielder Steven Davis 1 Southampton midfielder Steven Davis has extended his contract until 2018, the club have confirmed.The 29-year-old had entered the final 18 months of his contract and there were rumours that his time at the club could be coming to an end.But Davis has quashed those suggestions by committing his future to the south coast club, where he arrived from Rangers back in 2012.The Northern Irishman told the club’s official site: “I’m delighted to have signed a new contract. I’ve enjoyed my football since I came here and the club is progressing.“I’d like to win trophies and continually try to improve our league position, and I feel we can do that at this club.”last_img

Abuse from fans exacted mental toll, says former top ref

first_img0Shares0000Former Super League official Ian Smith told AFP a culmination of many years of taking flak from fans and then leaving the Rugby Football League (RFL) after almost two decades meant he hit rock bottom in 2016 © AFP/File / PAUL ELLISWARRINGTON, United Kingdom, Jan 30 – For many fans the referee is a pantomime villain and fair game for abuse but former Super League official Ian Smith has spoken of the huge toll constant criticism had on his mental wellbeing.The 52-year-old told AFP a culmination of many years of taking flak from fans and then leaving the Rugby Football League (RFL) after almost two decades meant he hit rock bottom in 2016. But Smith turned the corner with the help of the Offload project, sharing his experiences with other men in an effort to improve mental health in the northwest of England — a role he says has given him a new identity.He says being a referee — despite having his two touch-judges alongside him — was a lonely role, although during a match he would not have the time to register the abuse.“Fans are just passionate and desperate for their team to win,” Smith says. “We are the pantomime baddy aren’t we?“They become blinkered when the decisions don’t go their way so that amount of negativity, and when people constantly tell you you are poor and some of the language can be choice it chips away at your mental wellbeing.”The frank and engaging Smith says his post-match assessments of his performances would affect weekends spent with his long-time girlfriend and sometimes he would not want to leave the house.“That stress becomes a little bit more, you become more anxious and six months into a season you realise emotionally and mentally you aren’t in a very good place.”Smith did not confide in his colleagues as he felt that would reveal a weakness and they might wish to benefit by taking a big game from him. He says the fans do not register there is a human being wearing the referee’s shirt.“A lot of people you have contact with afterwards and at social events say ‘my word that Ian Smith, he is actually a good bloke’.“The shirt is the facade and it is the shirt they are shouting at, not necessarily at the person behind it.“However, there is a person behind that facade and if he is not mentally strong and has fallible points it is hard for him to get over sometimes.”– ’10 feet tall’ –Smith says after he had cut ties with the RFL he felt he had lost his identity — it was not just a job but “a vocation, a love”, and he put on a brave face to his girlfriend and his daughter from a previous marriage.“I had no reason to get up in the morning,” he says. “It was my life and there was a void that I just couldn’t fill with any sort of other work.Former Rugby League referee Ian Smith leads an ‘Offload’ mental health session in the Warrington Wolves dressing room in Warrington on January 23, 2018 © AFP/File / PAUL ELLIS“I would have loads of masks so when she (his girlfriend) came home from work I had been an emotional wreck a lot of the day trying to find work I didn’t really want to do.“However, half an hour before she came back I would say ‘right, come on, put happy mask on, yeah, yeah everything is fine’ when it really wasn’t.”Their relationship has survived — when he hit a wall in July 2016 he came clean to both her and his daughter and his life changed for the better once he heard about the Offload project.Offload is a men’s mental fitness project involving a number of rugby league clubs — Salford Red Devils, Warrington Wolves and Widnes Vikings — and charity Rugby League Cares, delivered by former players and officials at the clubs’ stadiums.The content is devised by the State of Mind Sport charity.“I was advised ‘just tell your story — there are like-minded men on it who have all got their own back stories and some of which might resonate’,” says Smith.– ‘Bullying’ –“The trigger of emotional bullying and negativity — people in all walks of life and industries can feel that and when I told my story people would say ‘yeah that happened to me in the factory or workplace’.“Every time I tell my story and get feedback from the guys feels like my own therapy class, makes me feel 10 feet tall, gives me a reason to get out of bed in the morning.”Smith revelled in the role of facilitator at last week’s Offload fixture — which attracted around 50 attendees — mixing humour with emotion and acting as the catalyst for some lively discussion.“When I left the RFL my identity had gone. Now I have a new identity and I am a presenter for Offload and State of Mind,” he says.“I have so much more to give and I can’t wait to continue this journey.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Don’t be a LUNATIC! Rio Ferdinand tells John Stones to snub Chelsea for Man United move

first_img1 Rio Ferdinand claims John Stones he would be a ‘lunatic’ to join Chelsea and has told the young defender he should make Manchester United his next club.The Everton centre-back is rated as one of England’s hottest prospects and has been the subject of two failed bids from Chelsea.The 21-year-old is understood to be eager to speak to Jose Mourinho about a switch to Stamford Bridge and the Premier League champions are preparing another improved offer.But Ferdinand has urged the starlet to think carefully about his future and hold out for a move to United, who are also believed to be keen on Stones.“If he goes to Man United, he plays every week so that’s the right club for him,” the ex-England captain is quoted as saying in several national newspapers.“If he goes to Chelsea, he’s not playing every week. He’s at that stage of his development where he wants to play every week. If you say to any young footballer to leave a club to sit on the bench, you’ve got to be a lunatic. You have to be.” John Stones last_img read more

UCLA men’s basketball: Banged-up Bruins facing huge test

first_img Yet to be determined is how the loss of several top players, and the lack of continuity from so many missed games, will affect UCLA as the NCAA Tournament progresses. “I’m glad we get to play a team like this right now, so if we win we know where we stand, and if we can improve.” said sophomore guard Arron Afflalo, who leads UCLA in scoring at 19.8 points per game. “And if things don’t work out and we lose, we know things we need to work on to get past the injury part of it, and maybe see that team again and become successful.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card A year ago, UCLA used a late February non-conference victory at Notre Dame as a springboard to the NCAAs, but Bruins coach Ben Howland would not indulge about the Mountaineers (13-3) providing an opportunity for a better seed this year. “I’m worried about getting in the NCAA Tournament, period,” Howland said. “Seeding is not on my mind.” UCLA (15-3) lost 49 games from seven players because of bumps, bruises and breaks. The biggest losses are two sophomores – wing Josh Shipp and center Lorenzo Mata. Shipp, who played in only four games, already is out for the season with a hip injury. Howland said UCLA was trying to get a “bone stimulator to try and stimulate” the healing process. But Mata remains out at least five to seven more weeks with a broken leg, and, even if he returns, the missed practice time will be detrimental. UCLA has been masterful overcoming injuries to nearly every member of its roster, but the long-term ramifications might be seen today when the 18th-ranked Bruins host No. 12 West Virginia. The Mountaineers have won 11 in a row, play the rugged Big East style, and possess the type of talent the Bruins could see as early as the second round of the NCAA Tournament. center_img Also on the list of concerns are point guard Jordan Farmar (ankle, two missed games), centers Michael Fey (groin/shoulder/ankle, 10 games) and Ryan Hollins (groin, six games), and power forward Alfred Aboya (knee, six games). “The way the year is going, yeah, the injuries are always going to be a problem for us in the postseason, but we really can’t think about,” said UCLA center Michael Fey, who missed 10 games with various ailments. “When it comes down to the Pac-10 Tournament and the NCAAs, we’re just going to have to deal with it.” There is also no guarantee versatile wing Cedric Bozeman will finish the season. Bozeman, a fifth-year senior, was the starting point guard the last time the Bruins had an extended stay in the tournament. He has missed the past seven games with a shoulder injury, but is hopeful of returning Thursday when UCLA plays at Oregon. However, Bozeman, who acknowledged he still has weakness in the shoulder, is experiencing tendinitis in his surgically repaired right knee. “(The injuries) hurt and it helps,” Bozeman said. “It’s 50-50. We allow other people to step up and get a chance to play, which could help us down the road. But it also sets us back a little bit because I think we can also be an even better team with everybody healthy. It’s a win-lose situation.” Freshmen Michael Roll, Darren Collison, and most notably, Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, all played well in the absence of others, but there could bea price. Mbah a Moute, averaging eight points and a team-leading 8.7 points, is playing nearly 31 minutes per game. Roll, a 3-point specialist, had his minutes increase dramatically, to 32 per game since Shipp stopped playing. “It’s tough to say how those things are going to work out because in the postseason, it’s a one-game elimination,” Afflalo said. “You’ll never know, ‘If we had this guy, this would have happened.’ (Depth) is definitely a luxury we do not have, and it’s the type of personnel we’re losing. We’re losing a lot of key guys.” Continuity is another issue. The injuries often leave eight or nine scholarship players for practice, and damages familiarity with one another in games. Also, freshmen usually wear down as a season goes along, as was evident a year ago with Farmar, Afflalo and Shipp. “The injuries are definitely hurting because guys have to play added minutes that they haven’t played before,” Hollins said. “Guys have to step up, but at least they’re learning now rather than being thrown in the fire later in the tournament.” Brian Dohn, (818) 713-3607 brian.dohn@dailynews.com 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

Skynyrd leader in hospital

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsHe also won’t attend Tuesday’s Academy of Country Music awards, where he and his brother, Donnie, are nominated for duo of the year for their work performing as “Van Zant.” Their brother Ronnie Van Zant was a founding member of the Southern rock group best known for songs like “Sweet Home Alabama” and “Free Bird.” Ronnie Van Zant, Steve Gaines and backup singer Cassie Gaines were killed in a plane crash in Mississippi in 1977. The group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in March. Lynyrd Skynyrd frontman Johnny Van Zant’s emergency surgery to remove an inflamed appendix was successful, and he was recovering Friday in Palo Alto, the band’s management said. Van Zant, 46, had the operation Thursday night at Stanford University Medical Center in Palo Alto, after feeling ill for a few days, band manager Ross Schilling said. “I would like to thank all my friends and fans who have expressed concern and sent their prayers,” Van Zant said in a statement posted Friday on the band’s Web site. “I look forward to getting back on the road.” Three shows were canceled by the surgery: Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, on Friday; the U.S. Marine Corps base at Twentynine Palms, today; and Sunset Station Casino, Henderson, Nev., on Sunday. 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

IN PICTURES: ALL THE FUN OF THE CHURCHILL FAIR 5K

first_imgIT may have been damp on Friday evening, but that didn’t put off the runners in the annual Churchill Fair 5k.Results from the run can be seen here: https://www.donegaldaily.com/2011/07/15/athletics-results-of-the-churchill-fair-5k/Thanks to Grace Boyle for the pictures: IN PICTURES: ALL THE FUN OF THE CHURCHILL FAIR 5K was last modified: July 16th, 2011 by gregShare 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:churchill fair 5k run pictureslast_img

WIND KNOCKS OUT POWER TO SEVERAL HUNDRED HOMES

first_imgPower has been restored to several hundred homes across Letterkenny following strong winds.The gale force gusts knocked out the power supply yesterday evening but al homes have now been reconnected.The ESB say they are on standby as further gales are forcecast for today. However Met Eireann say they expect winds to decrease as the day goes on. WIND KNOCKS OUT POWER TO SEVERAL HUNDRED HOMES was last modified: December 29th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:ESBletterkennylast_img

HERO’S WELCOME FOR DONEGAL SKIPPER OF VICTORIOUS DERRY CLIPPER

first_imgThe crew of the Derry Clipper celebrate their homecoming with the city’s Mayor Brenda Stevenson.The Donegal skipper of the victorious Derry “LondonDerry” Doire yacht was given a hero’s welcome when the boat sailed into its home port this morning.The previous day, Sean McCarter, from Buncrana, steered the Derry entry to victory in the 14th race (from New York) of the round the world challenge.Several thousand people lined the quayside on the River Foyle to welcome the Derry Clipper home. The yacht was accompanied by a flotilla of around 20 boats,  including the Lough Swilly Lifeboat from skipper McCarter’s home town.Several thousand cheered and waved as the yacht docked to the sound of fireworks and “Danny Boy” and “The Town I Love So Well,” performed by the combined local church choirs.Buncrana man Sean McCarter, skipper of the Derry Clipper, is welcomed home by city Mayor Brenda Stevenson,Mayor of Derry, Cllr Brenda Stevenson, was on hand to “pop” the champagne and cases of Guinness were “at the ready” for the crew which had been “dry” since leaving New York just over two weeks ago.Speaking before coming ashore, Sean McCarter said he was “overwhelmed” by the welcome. He said: “After almost 40,000 miles it’s unbelievable to be sailing into Derry and even more so in first place.“We have had several boats come out to meet us at six o’clock this morning and the flotilla has been growing ever since.”He added: “We always knew it was going to be something special, but this is more than we expected.”The yacht’s arrival in Derry saw an emotional one for Andrew Taylor, the crew member who fell overboard in the North Pacific.Andrew, who was swept away from the yacht by high winds, was rescued after spending around 90 minutes in the water. His family were on Derry’s quayside yesterday to meet him for the first time since the dramatic incident.He said: “I’m fit and healthy. This is a big moment for me. I have spoken to my family over the phone but I have not seen them for months.”“It certainly has been very emotional day,” he said.“To receive such a great welcome in Derry is amazing, but to have mum and dad here as well makes it all the more special.” HERO’S WELCOME FOR DONEGAL SKIPPER OF VICTORIOUS DERRY CLIPPER was last modified: June 23rd, 2014 by johngerardShare 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:buncranaclipperdonegalmccarterseanskipperlast_img read more

ROAD SAFETY AUTHORITY ONLY PAYING LIP-SERVICE TO IRISH LANGUAGE – CLAIM

first_imgIndependent political activist Micheál Cholm Mac Giolla Easbuig has today issued a further statement on the issue of the Irish Language and government outsourcing.The well-kwnon campaigner claimed yesterday that resources at the NCT centre in Gaoth Dobhair were not adequate to deal with people looking to have their business done in Irish.However the Department of Transport said it had made provisions so that anyone who wanted their NCT to be done through Irish could do so upon request. Mr Mac Giolla Easbuig said ‘There appears to be some confusion over my position on this issue. Let’s be clear here, I am not attacking workers in the Gweedore NCT centre, I am highlighting the issue of this Government’s mealy mouthed approach to the preservation of our language.‘I spoke this morning with workers in the centre to reassure them of this. I have spoken today also to officials within Roinn na Gaeltachta, who have confirmed for me that companies awarded government outsourcing contracts are not bound by the Official Languages Act.“Therefore these private companies are under no obligation to provide service in our native tongue in Gaeltacht areas, or indeed to up-skill workers that would like to be able to communicate in Irish with the consumer’‘In my mind one of the most important aspects of the language’s preservation is its use in day to day interactions, the statement from the RSA misses that point, it pays the usual lip service to Gaeltacht areas but lacks reality and practicality. ‘I believe there should be a strong policy in this area to help preserve the everyday use of the language and it takes all government departments to buy into this, not just Udaras and Roinn na Gaeltachta The soft words and platitudes about our language don’t sit well with the truth of Fine Gael privitisation ideology,” said Mac Giolla Easbuig.ROAD SAFETY AUTHORITY ONLY PAYING LIP-SERVICE TO IRISH LANGUAGE – CLAIM was last modified: August 23rd, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Picture Special: Excitement as Nobel prize winner Professor Campbell visits Mulroy College

first_imgExcitement was building all day in the corridors of Mulroy College in Milford as students and staff eagerly awaited the arrival of Professor William Campbell.Professor Campbell was awarded a quarter Nobel prize in Medicine in 2015 for his work with bacteria and a compound avermectin which can kill off the roundworms that cause river blindness. He is the second Irish person, after Ernest Walton (1951) to receive the prestigious award.A pin dropping could be heard as Professor Campbell told students about his life spent growing up in lovely Ramelton and his work in Trinity College which cemented his interest in worms. His collaboration with a Japanese scientist Satoshi Omura led to the amazing discovery of the microbe in soil samples collected in Japan.Students were regaled with tales of a fascinating professional life in science spanning five decades which led to the development and production of ivermectin, a chemically modified form of avermectin which has proven effective against a growing number of other parasitic diseases.The science teachers with Professor Campbell; perhaps one of their pupils will be the next Nobel Prize winner?Professor Campbell chatted with a number of students from Mulroy who themselves have been successful in the scientific field. He was very interested to hear about their endeavours in the Young Scientist competition. Conor Bradley and Dylan Mc Bride spoke to him about their current project which scooped the top prize in Scifest Donegal recently. He wished them continued success in the national final in November.A student commented that ‘this was a chance in a lifetime to meet a Nobel Prizewinner’, while Conor Bradley mentioned that ‘I couldn’t believe that after finding the antibiotic, it took a further 17 years to have the drug acknowledged. One thing that I learnt was never to give up trying.’Everyone was very sad when the bell went to signify the end of the school day.Students headed off buzzing with scientific enthusiasm. You never know, maybe the third Irish person who will win a Nobel prize was among that lucky group!Principal, Fiona Temple, on behalf of the Science Dept openly thanked Professor William Campbell for sharing his experience with the students.This was a historic day for the Science Deptartment in Mulroy College.Picture Special: Excitement as Nobel prize winner Professor Campbell visits Mulroy College was last modified: September 24th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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)last_img read more