PBA: Phoenix turns back Columbian in Abueva’s debut

first_imgView comments “Defensively we don’t have that toughness because we gave up 37 points, not to discount Kia [Columbian],” said Alas. “Good thing we had a huge game from Eugene [Phelps] and of course Calvin being Calvin that’s why we pushed for his trade because we need that extra energy.”Phelps finished with 50 points, his third 50-point game in a conference opening game for his team, and 17 rebounds while Abueva had 12 points, 13 rebounds, five assists, and three blocks.Columbian had a chance to tie the game after Abueva’s free throw but Rashawn McCarthy turned the ball over with Jason Perkins picking his pass off with 17.4 seconds left.Perkins missed his two free throws but Phelps managed to gain extra possession and dished it to Matthew Wright who split his chances from the line to give Phoenix a 111-107 bubble with12 seconds remaining.Abueva, who played his first six years with Alaska in the PBA, was dealt to the Fuel Masters after getting suspended indefinitely from the Aces due to unexplained absences.ADVERTISEMENT Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ King topped the Dyip with 27 points with six boards while Akeem Wright had 25 points, 14 boards, and six assists.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Fuel Masters also opened the conference at 1-0 while the Dyip remained winless in their first two games.The Beast immediately displayed his trademark hustle for the Fuel Masters. He came up with a clutch block on Jerramy King with less than a minute remaining and notched a crucial free throw after his second offensive board to give them a 110-107 lead with 24.5 seconds left.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Phoenix head coach Louie Alas rued his team’s third quarter wherein Columbian outscored the Fuel Masters 37-28 to get to within five points, 84-79, heading into the fourth.Fortunately for the Fuel Masters, Abueva ran rampant in the fourth quarter to preserve Phoenix’ lead. Calvin Abueva is off to a strong start with his new club as Phoenix held off Columbian, 113-107, in the 2018 PBA Governors’ Cup Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil 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 LATEST STORIES MOST READ Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Trying time for Sri Lanka swimmer Peiris at Asian Games Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Peza offers relief to ecozone firmslast_img read more

“Little League for esports” hopes to organize youth gaming

first_imgIn this Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018, image provided by Super League Gaming, New York Fury team competitors react during a Super League Gaming competition against a team from Boston at City Center 15 Cinema de Lux in White Plains, N.Y. Super League is trying to bring structure to an industry devoid of it at the youth level. The league was founded in 2015 and has teams in 16 cities for its three gaming titles: “Minecraft” for younger players, and “League of Legends” and “Clash Royale” for players as old as their mid-30s. (Maria Gambale/Super League Gaming via AP)WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — Christian Pineda plays a lot of video games, but he’s best at “Minecraft.” Hunched over a laptop in the front row of a half-full movie theater last month, the 13-year-old eagerly showed off why.“I basically know the controls like the back of my hand,” he said before turning his focus back to a tight match against a rival team from Boston. Christian claims to be shy at school, but here, he’s a vocal leader on a New York team of nearly 20 esports competitors, some as young as 6 years old. With a spot in the league finals on the line, Christian tapped away at his keyboard and excitedly discussed tactics with teammates.ADVERTISEMENT The group was strategizing over pickaxes and archers, not pitchers and catchers, but the focus on teamwork and communication could have come straight from the bench at a youth baseball game.At Super League Gaming events like this, that’s the goal.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“Like Little League for esports,” says Super League CEO Ann Hand.Super League is trying to bring structure to an industry devoid of it at the youth level. The organization was founded in 2015 and runs national leagues for three esports games: “Minecraft” for players in elementary and middle school, and “League of Legends” and “Clash Royale” for older players. Kids are often introduced to competitive video games via “Minecraft” before graduating to “League of Legends,” giving them a place to train and play throughout their teenage years and beyond — the “League of Legends” competitions don’t have an age limit. Super League Gaming has tens of thousands of players, although not all attend every live event, and its “Minecraft” championship has been turned into a reality TV show on Nickelodeon. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The hope is that Super League can close a major gap in the esports ecosystem for young gamers, particularly in the U.S. The industry is set to eclipse $1 billion soon, and there are more professional opportunities than ever. Pros in the NA LCS — the top North American “League of Legends” circuit — averaged over $300,000 in salary this season, and many colleges now provide esports scholarships. Careers in esports coaching or game design are increasingly in demand, too.But to pursue those jobs, players need to start early. Esports pros often peak in their early 20s, and elite talents in countries like South Korea are being identified before reaching middle school.The relatively weak U.S. gamer pool is holding back North American franchises from competing on an international stage. Esports powerhouse Cloud9 became the first NA LCS club to even make the semifinals at the League of Legends World Championship this year, and it only had one U.S. player in its starting lineup. The lackluster American feeder system was a talking point when NA LCS franchise owners met this summer.“A lot of our amateur system has fallen away,” said NA LCS Commissioner Chris Greeley. “I think we all agree that it is shallower right now than it could be and should be.”Riot Games, which publishes “League of Legends” and manages its professional circuits, is partnered with Super League and hopes the organization can boost the reputation of American gaming. Super League uses proprietary software to pair players with competition at the appropriate skill level, and its weekly in-person events allow for stronger development than if players were left to practice alone. Super League also makes it easier for pro franchises to scout players and evaluate their talent and makeup.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES 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 Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? NBA-best Raptors hand Clippers worst loss of season Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkcenter_img ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ “You can’t really just look at the best players online and use that as your primary way to find the next great pro because the problem is that you don’t know a lot about their behaviors,” Hand said. “Will they be able to handle the pressure of being at the Staples Center or Madison Square Garden?”Just like Little League, it’s not strictly about churning out elite talent. Super League also creates an in-person sense of community around gaming, one that allows parents to watch and even coach. Some have concerns about their kids spending too much time on screens, but at least with Super League, gaming happens in a social, supervised space — better than playing solo in a basement or bedroom.“It’s one of the best decisions we’ve made,” said Alon Rothschild, who drives his 11-year-old son, Frankie Capello, over an hour from Staten Island to compete with New York’s “Minecraft” team.The co-ed organization provides players with uniforms, tech support and access to its digital platform, which allows players to log into Super League competitions from anywhere. But it’s the in-person events that pull kids in.“You’re actually sitting next to each other and you’re talking,” Frankie said. “When you’re talking, you basically are getting the better experience with your friends. I love talking with my friends and doing this.”The league hasn’t turned out any professional players, though it’s taking steps to ramp up its gamer development. It has created a training program within its software for at-home use and is offering boot camps focused on helping players improve. Hand wants to begin hiring former professional gamers to coach at Super League events, too.Super League is also eyeing expansion into games like “Fortnite.” Although Super League’s player base is believed to be the largest of its kind in the U.S., it still represents a sliver of the gaming world, leaving a lot of room for growth before Super League is as synonymous with esports as Little League is with baseball.Getting there could be a boon in an already booming industry.“A kid who does play Little League is an MLB fan for life,” Hand said. “Cultivating that future fan through our youth leagues is really essential.” View commentslast_img read more

GCAA to get new headquarters this year

first_imgThe Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) is moving towards delivering its work plans and programmes in a more established and standardised manner, in 2018.At the Public Infrastructure Ministry’s year-end press conference last week, GCAA Director General, Lieutenant Colonel (ret’d) Egbert Field highlighted several projections that have been outlined by the agency to be accomplished in the new year.Field reported that the construction of the GCAA headquarters, which would beGCAA Director General, Lieutenant Colonel (ret’d) Egbert Fieldlocated at Providence, East Coast Demerara (ECD), would commence in 2018.  The Director General disclosed that land has already been acquired to house the headquarters. The new building is expected to maximise efficiency and the day-to-day operations of the agency.Secondly, Field stated that Guyana was expected to host the third International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) African States and Diaspora meeting, which would focus on promoting tourism and air linkages between African countries and the Diaspora, especially in the Caribbean States.Further, the GCAA hopes to meet an 85 per cent compliance target on ICAO standards. In 2017, a number of successes were recorded in the local aviation sector, including improvements to the air navigation services, aviation security, aviation safety and regulations, and air transport management.Additionally, the agency, in keeping with the Government’s green agenda, is moving to store files and other critical documents and information electronically. At least 33 per cent of the agency’s work is expected to be electronically stored in a digital collection. Meanwhile, 20 new Air Traffic Controllers will be added to the profession this year while capacity-building exercises for staff will continue.last_img read more

Rainfall warning continues for the B.C. Peace

first_imgA look at the radar in the Peace region as of 6:50 a.m. Friday.- Advertisement – A rainfall warning is still in place for the Peace Region, and with Environment Canada’s precipitation estimates, up significantly, the Peace River Regional District has responded, with an evacuation alert, for selected areas in the South Peace. It goes to areas south of Dawson Creek, including the communities of Gundy, Tupper, Tomslake, One Island Lake, and Kelly Lake.The regional district responded Thursday to Environment Canada information that puts the South Peace rainfall amounts by Saturday afternoon between 80 to 115 millimeters.However, the forecasts issued at 5 a.m. Friday, for Dawson Creek and Chetwynd,  put the estimated totals for today and tomorrow at those weather stations, between 70 and 90 millimeters, with showers on Sunday.The Fort St. John station estimate, is 45 to 60 millimeters today, and then showers on both Saturday and Sunday.Advertisement The rainfall warning also extends into the Alberta Peace withe Grande Prairie forecast carrying a rainfall estimate for today and tomorrow  from 65 to 80 millilmeters.We understand the RCMP in Slave Lake has already closed Highway Two at two different locations near that community, due to flooding. If you see any flooding in the Peace region, email contact@energeticcity-beta.mystagingwebsite.comlast_img read more

Time for dunkin’ Darby

first_img“It was a surprise I got selected,” said Darby, a native of Pacoima. “It’s 300-something schools and a lot of guys that can get picked. I’m going to try to put on a good show, not only for people at Long Beach State, but my high school and everybody who knows me.” Darby is 6-foot-5, 210 pounds and a powerful leaper, but he also has handicaps to overcome. Namely, his hands. The classic Dr. J dunk – taking off at the free-throw line – or Michael Jordan’s iconic splay-legged, tongue-wagging, one-hander? Darby’s hands are so small, he can only palm certain basketballs. “He always has to cradle the ball with two hands,” Coopman said. “He can’t handle it like a grapefruit like Michael Jordan.” Because he needed two hands to dunk, he also got in the habit of dunking off two feet. “I can’t jump off one foot real good,” Darby said. “I’d have to say my dunking is weird, a little unorthodox. I never really tried dunking off one foot and I never got accustomed to it.” Another place Darby has jumped in with both feet is the classroom. Ineligible under Proposition 48 standards, Darby saw any hope of going to USC or Seton Hall – his first two choices – dashed. He also had to sit out his freshman season, when the 49ers were 5-22. “Before I ever started playing, I wanted to transfer to Fullerton or Pepperdine,” Darby said. “My aunt told me it’s a good school and I decided to stay. It turned out real good in the end.” He had a 3.7 grade-point average as a freshman, earned his lost year back by staying on track academically, and is taking the two classes he needs to graduate in May with a degree in communications. “It feels good to make it this far – I’m the only one in my family who ever went to a university,” Darby said. Things also worked out well in basketball. He was chosen for the All-Big West freshman team in 2004, and was a key role player for the 49ers this year as they won the Big West Conference regular-season and tournament titles and reached the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1995. If his athletic ability catches anyone’s eyes, he’ll continue in basketball. But he’d like to go into broadcasting. “I want to work my way up from the bottom,” Darby said. “I’d like to be like Charles Barkley, except I’m not trying to be mayor or governor.” Even if it’s no slam dunk. billy.witz@dailynews.com (818) 713-3621160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Louis Darby is still formulating his game plan, but when he takes the floor tonight in Atlanta for dunking portion of the 19th Annual State Farm College Slam Dunk & 3-Point Championships, he promises to do something to get the judges’ attention. “Maybe I’ll try to find a celebrity and jump over them,” Darby said. “I’ve got a couple of tricks in my bag to wow the crowd.” Darby’s best trick may have been simply getting to Atlanta. The Sylmar High graduate is the first 49er to ever participate in the event. Darby managed to wrangle an invitation despite his rather pedestrian role as a sixth man who – judging from his 5.3per game scoring average – didn’t dunk all that often. As it turned out, half the trouble of being invited was asking. “Louis asked us toward the end of the season how they pick the guys for the dunk contest,” said Scott Coopman, the Long Beach State basketball team’s video coordinator and administrative assistant. “I didn’t know, so I called and they said this phone call is your nomination.” One day after practice, Coopman took a video camera out to the court and Darby, sometimes using teammates as props, laid out his best work. There’s the basic windmill, a between-the-legs, a leap over teammates and one where he stands behind the basket, tosses the ball off the back of the backboard, catches it and then twists into a 180-degree turn and dunks the ball. Coopman took those dunks, along with several during the season – including an alley-oop against UC Irvine – and put them on a DVD that he set to music and sent to the event’s promoter. Earlier this month, Darby was notified he’d been selected as one of eight contestants, along with Weber State’s David Patten, who began his career at Pepperdine. USC’s Eshaya Murphy and UCLA’s Noelle Quinn will participate in the women’s three-point shooting contest. The event will be televised tonight at 6 p.m. on ESPN, and shown again throughout the weekend. last_img read more

Gang-tax measure approved for ballot

first_imgHahn authored the proposal, which is designed to bring in some $40 million a year to fund gang-prevention and -intervention programs. Chick this week renewed her opposition to placing the measure before voters so soon, saying she wants to finish a $500,000 audit of gang programs and develop a blueprint for officials to determine which programs to fund in the future. “I want us to be able to go to the voters and say this is what we’re doing right,” Chick said. “I don’t think we are ready to go to the voters in February and ask them to part with their hard-earned tax dollars when we don’t know what we will be recommending.” Chick’s audit follows a critical report by civil-rights attorney Connie Rice that questioned the effectiveness of the gang programs. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has made gang issues a priority and has budgeted $198 million this year for anti-gang programs. The Los Angeles City Council moved Friday to ask voters in February to approve a $30 parcel tax on every city property owner to raise funds to fight gangs. In a 12-0 vote without comment, the council instructed the City Attorney’s Office to craft language for a ballot measure on the plan. The move comes despite public opposition this week from City Controller Laura Chick, who has vowed to fight the measure if the council sends it to voters before her audit of city gang programs is completed. “I think February is the time to do it and I hope we can convince the controller to support us,” Councilwoman Janice Hahn said after the vote. Villaraigosa has said he hopes to work with Chick and the council to develop an agreement on when to ask voters to weigh a parcel tax. Hahn said she wants to assure Chick there will be guarantees in the measure in determining how money is spent. “Even if voters approve this in February, we won’t get a single dollar until next November,” Hahn said. “That gives us plenty of time to vet the audit and determine how the money should be spent.” An oversight committee will be created to determine how money is allocated and Hahn said she wants the panel to include an appointee from the Controller’s Office. “I can assure her and the public that not one dollar will be spent until the oversight committee approves it and it’s for programs we know will work,” Hahn said. “And I think the timing is right now. The two biggest problems in the city are gangs and traffic. “We can’t arrest our way out of the problem. We need to do more to stop young people from joining gangs and get those who are in gangs out of them. But Chick said she is suspicious of a proposed citizens oversight committee. “They haven’t proven to be terribly effective,” Chick said. “The only way they really work is if they have staff and a requirement for outside auditing.” Hahn said she has conducted her own polls that show 68 percent of voters would support the measure. The measure would require the support of two-thirds of voters to take effect. rick.orlov@dailynews.com (213) 978-0390160Want 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

LARGO FOODS WILL RE-PAY GRANTS TO ÚDARAS

first_imgLocal TD Dinny McGinley after government funding was announce for the Largo plant two years agoLARGO Foods, the company which closed its crisp factory in Gaoth Dobhair with the loss of 142 jobs, has promised to re-pay grant money to Údarás na Gaeltachta.The company was given €600,000 by the organisation two years ago.Maurice Hickey, the chief executive of Largo, said any monies due back to the semi-state organisation would be paid. The money was used to buy new machinery which will now be transferred to Ashbourne in Co Meath where the makers of Tayto and Hunky Dorys has 360 other employees.Seventy Donegal workers – of the 142 facing redundancy – are being offered positions in Meath.It’s thought that up to 15 of them will decide to move.But for employees with young families and mortgaged homes in west Donegal, such a move may prove impossible.  LARGO FOODS WILL RE-PAY GRANTS TO ÚDARAS was last modified: March 15th, 2014 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:largo foodsÚdarás na Gaeltachtalast_img read more

Pelosi urges ethics probe

first_imgHouse Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi on Thursday said Republicans had created “one of the most closed, corrupt Congresses in history” and urged the House ethics committee to investigate GOP lawmakers linked to lobbyist Jack Abramoff. “It’s hard for the American people to understand how corrupt it is here,” the California Democrat said at a news conference. In a letter to House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., Pelosi said Democrats expect the ethics committee to look into the “alleged violations of criminal laws and the rules of the House” by former Majority Leader Tom Delay, R-Texas, and three other Republicans with ties to Abramoff – Bob Ney of Ohio and Californians Richard Pombo and John Doolittle. Abramoff has pleaded guilty to federal conspiracy, tax evasion and mail fraud charges for his influence-peddling activities, but so far no member of Congress has been indicted. Pelosi’s letter did not ask the ethics committee to investigate an unrelated case involving Democratic Rep. William Jefferson of Louisiana. A former aide to Jefferson, in pleading guilty to aiding and abetting bribery of a public official, said Jefferson had demanded bribes for promoting business opportunities in Africa, according to court documents filed Wednesday. Pelosi didn’t comment on the Jefferson case, but stressed that “we have said all along that, Democrat or Republican, anyone who doesn’t follow the rules or the law has to be held accountable. That’s the difference between us.” Hastert’s spokesman, Ron Bonjean, said it was “hypocritical for Leader Pelosi to throw mud” when a fundraising committee run by the Democratic leader had been fined last year for improperly accepting donations over federal limits. He said Republicans hope Pelosi “will stop playing politics and will support our comprehensive lobbying effort that will help change the way work is done in Washington.” Pombo said Pelosi “has stooped to the level of Joe McCarthy” by seeking the investigation. “The fact remains that I have never engaged in any illegal or unethical conduct in my 13-plus years of service in Congress. Any assertion to the contrary is entirely false,” Pombo said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita160Want 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

TERMON U12’S CAPTURE PRESTIGIOUS JOHN MCALEAVEY SHIELD IN NEWRY

first_imgTermon U12’s travelled with two teams to Newry for the biggest underage football tournament in Ireland on Sat 7th June. They were the first team from Donegal to win honours at this prestigious tournament and brought home the John McAleavey Shield.In the qualifying stages they beat the mighty Clonoe from Tyrone , Cooley Kickhams from Louth and Sallins from Kildare before losing out to a very strong Lavey team in the final group game. They went on to defeat Cavan Gaels in the quarter finals, Bailieborough Shamrocks in the semi final before edging out Ballyhugh from Cavan after a titanic struggle in the final (after extra time).The second team played St Pauls from Laois, and our own Robert Emmets & Dungloe rivals from Donegal and again performed very strongly.Both sets of players played magnificent football, and showed the determination and skill required to compete at the very highest level. We were complimented on the performances of our team as a unit and are proud to report that Aaron Reid was nominated and shortlisted for the award of player of the tournament.Despite the ultimate accolade going to Enda Downey from Derry this nomination was the equivalent of a youth all-star award, and speaks volumes about his performances on the day. Among a team of stars, others to stand out were Martin Steele , Bobby Mc Gettigan and Stephen Black.On the second team Michael Trearty ,Caolan Dolan and Lorcan Callaghan were exceptional, but team coach Paddy Gallagher was most proud of the way both teams performed as a unit and played for each other.The club can be very proud of this crop of young footballers who were successful against the very best young footballers in Ireland.We topped the day off with some ice cream in the sunshine, then stopped for a well earned meal in Kelly’s on the way home before bringing the trophy back to the Lagoon where we were greeted by supporters, parents and a bonfire.Not only did we have a great day out, but the behaviour of all the players both on and off the pitch was exemplary and a credit to their parents, coaches and club. We hope the players continue to develop and enjoy their football & have no doubt they will have many more big days out.TERMON U12’S CAPTURE PRESTIGIOUS JOHN MCALEAVEY SHIELD IN NEWRY was last modified: June 10th, 2014 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:GAANoticesSportTermonlast_img read more

VOICE OF SPORT CHARLIE COLLINS: NO-ONE CAN SAY A BAD WORD AGAINST DONEGAL

first_imgThanks for this lads!FANS of the Donegal team are rallying around Jim McGuinness and his team after Sunday’s All-Ireland quarter-final defeat at the hands of Mayo.The Connacht champions were simply awesome at Croke Park in every part of the field.But some fans with short memories have been criticising the Donegal team. However among those leaping to their defence is Donegal’s Voice of Sport Charlie Collins.“Don’t let me hear one person complain about the lads,” said Charlie.“Bad day but too many good ones for that.”His words have been echoed on social media sites; with arguments over the match. One Facebook user blasted back at the critics: “Didn’t take you long to get off the bandwagon.”The players have taken to Twitter to congratulate Mayo.Mark McHugh admitted they were hungrier, but vowed: “This Donegal team is not dead yet.”Goalkeeping coach Pat Shovelin also said the team would be back and joked: “Summer off now so might get that bloody lawn cut.”And Padraig MacLochlainn, TD, said: “Thanks to this Donegal team for the wonderful year of 2012. “They will dust themselves down and rise again. Rory McElroy has demonstrated the highs and lows of sport psychology. Thats sport for you. They are all human at the end of the day. I hope the Mayo team go on and deliver a long overdue All Ireland victory for their fans.”And this picture (below) sums up what our gaelic games are about:Kevin  McGettigan from Kilmacrennan and his cousin Ava Munnelly Kildare/Mayo in Croke Oark for the big game:VOICE OF SPORT CHARLIE COLLINS: NO-ONE CAN SAY A BAD WORD AGAINST DONEGAL was last modified: August 5th, 2013 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:Charlie CollinsDonegal GAAMayolast_img read more