Spain’s famed bull run festival begins in Pamplona

first_imgPAMPLONA, Spain | Thousands of revelers crammed into the main square and adjacent narrow streets of northern Pamplona on Sunday for the start of Spain’s famed San Fermin running of the bulls festival — a potent mix of adrenaline and alcohol-fueled celebrations that span over a week.The fiesta, an uproarious blend of hair-raising daily bull runs and all-night partying, was immortalized in Ernest Hemingway’s 1926 novel “The Sun Also Rises.” The event still attracts huge crowds — and headlines of people being injured by the bulls — every year.Revelers wearing traditional white outfits trimmed with red neckerchiefs and cummerbunds gathered for the noontime launching of a firework rocket, which signals the beginning of the nine-day festival.Pamplona is located just south of the Rioja vineyard region, and wine has for centuries played an important role in the celebrations, which commemorate the city’s patron saint.On Sunday, festival-goers drank from traditional leather wine pouches, or delighted in spraying the liquid over each other. Others poured wine from balconies overhead.The first of eight bull runs is set to begin at 8 a.m. (0600 GMT) Monday when thousands of thrill-seekers will aspire to run alongside six fearsome bulls down a narrow 875 yards (800 meters) course through the city’s streets.Late in the afternoon the bulls will face matadors and be killed in the ring.Dozens of people are injured each year in the runs. Most get hurt after tripping and falling in the rush, but some are gored and trampled by the large, muscle-laden beasts.The fighting bulls used in the centuries-old fiesta can weigh up to at 1,380 pounds (625 kilograms) and have killed 15 people since record-keeping began in 1924.The regional government of Navarra said this year’s festivities would be patrolled by 3,500 police to keep the events as safe as possible.Animal rights activists protested Saturday, warning that 48 bulls are killed at the festival each year.Heckle reported from Madrid.last_img read more

Ambris shines with 100, but rain wrecks play

first_imgFLORENCE HALL, Jamaica (CMC): Sunil Ambris increased pressure on the West Indies selectors by carving out his fourth first class hundred, but rain allowed just 31/4 hours’ play, on the second day of the opening four-day Test against Sri Lanka A here yesterday. The 24-year-old struck 106 as the hosts, resuming from 236 for four, reached 364 for eight in their first innings before rain arrived 41 minutes after the lunch break to end play prematurely at the Trelawny Multi-Purpose Stadium. Though the rain abated, conditions kept players off the field and play was eventually called off late in the day. Ambris was supported by overnight partner Vishaul Singh who hit 81 while all-rounder Rahkeem Cornwall chipped in with 25. Left-arm spinner Malinda Pushpakumara claimed three for 104 while medium pacer Chamika Karunaratne picked up two for 61. Right-hander Ambris picked up where he left off on Wednesday’s opening day as he dominated the Sri Lankan bowling yet again. Resuming on 62, the Vincentian stormed to three figures in an innings, which included 12 fours off 156 deliveries in just under 41/2 hours, all told. The innings was a further reminder for the Windies selectors who ignored Ambris for the Pakistan, England and Zimbabwe series, despite his heavy recent scoring in the domestic competition. Ambris extended his fifth wicket partnership with Singh to 136 before adding a further 51 for the sixth wicket with Cornwall. In contrast, Singh’s innings was a patient one, lasting 219 balls in just under 51/4 hours and including four fours. Windies A were perched on 333 for six at lunch but only 15 overs were possible afterwards before the weather curtailed play.last_img read more

Gervinho touch seals Gunners win

first_img0Shares0000SWANSEA, United Kingdom, March 16 – Arsenal bounced back from their Champions League exit to step up their challenge for a top-four Premier League finish as goals from Nacho Monreal and Gervinho secured a 2-0 win at Swansea City on Saturday.The win moved Arsene Wenger’s side to within two points of fourth-place Chelsea, 24 hours before Rafael Benitez’s side face West Ham United at Stamford Bridge. The Gunners struggled to break down Michael Laudrup’s side but eventually made the breakthrough when Monreal scored his first goal since arriving at the club in an £8.3 million ($13.2 million, 9.7 million euros) move from Malaga in January.Then, with Swansea looking for a leveller, Gervinho secured the win in added time. Wenger had called on his side to display the qualities they had shown in beating Bayern Munich in mid-week, when they went out of the Champions League on away goals.The message appeared to get through, with Arsenal pressing forward immediately and only narrowly failing to match their efforts in Munich, when Olivier Giroud had set them on their way with a third-minute goal.This time the early opportunity fell to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who tricked his way past Swansea right-back Angel Rangel before firing a right-foot shot that rebounded to safety off the crossbar.But Swansea were equally positive in their response and Rangel made his presence felt at the opposite end of the pitch when he broke clear in the visiting area, only to slice his shot wide.Swansea’s victory at Newcastle United two weeks previously had taken the League Cup winners to the 40-point target set by Laudrup at the start of the season, prompting him to set a new target of a top-half finish.His side looked capable of taking the first step towards that mark when Michu turned Per Mertesacker in the 17th minute, only to pull his left-foot shot across the face of Lukasz Fabianski’s goal.Fabianski had again been preferred to Wojciech Szczcesny in the Arsenal goal, with Szczesny taking his place on the substitutes’ bench alongside Thomas Vermaelen, the club captain.In Vermaelen’s absence, the centre-back pairing of Laurent Koscielny and Mertesacker had impressed in Munich and the duo again provided a solid barrier in front of Fabianski, denying Swansea for the rest of the first half.And with more luck, the visitors might have reached the interval ahead, as Oxlade-Chamberlain again hit the bar with another long-range effort after good work from the impressive Santi Cazorla three minutes before the break.Arsenal maintained their momentum after the restart, with Abou Diaby firing over from outside the Swansea box.The home side had looked like a team sat comfortably in mid-table, but they began to show more urgency as the second half progressed, with Michu and Pablo Hernandez firing over from good positions.But it was Arsenal who finally made the breakthrough, three minutes after Wenger had freshened up his side with the introduction of Aaron Ramsey and Gervinho for Oxlade-Chamberlain and Diaby.A period of sustained pressure brought about a corner that Swansea failed to clear effectively.The home defence was then stretched by a strong Cazorla run across the face of goal and when the home side again failed to clear the Spaniard’s low cross, Monreal was on hand to finish left-footed.Swansea pressed for an equaliser but were caught out on the break when Ramsey sped down the right before squaring for Gervinho to finish from 12 yards.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Kimanzi coy over Mathare’s title chances

first_imgVictory over the 2010 champions ensured the Slum Boys maintain their top five consistency since the beginning of the season, but Kimanzi, who guided Mathare United to their first ever KPL title in 2008, is keen to play down the significance of the feat with 14 round of matches remaining.“We have a short term objective of attaining 28 points in the second leg after managing 27 in the first leg. So if we can score more points than we did in the opening leg, then we will have achieved our target,” Kimanzi, who is the most qualified tactician in East Africa, affirmed.“The title will depend if we can hit our own target, if we can get over 28 points we will have achieved our target, then we will see what other teams have and see if we will be in a good position to win the league,” the former Harambee Stars head coach added.Mathare United head coach Francis Kimanzi is targeting over 30 points in the second leg.PHOTO/Raymond Makhaya.Kimanzi revealed after the game against Ulinzi that he was surprised his charges could manage to get into the system quickly after a month-long break and he was positive the good start will motivate the team to an unbeaten second leg.“We are surprised because we didn’t expect to get the rhythm after a break, sometimes you drop the tempo especially the mentality to fight but they did a good job. I didn’t expect we get the rhythm up to 80 percent after being forced to change our game plan.“By the time we were stopping the league for mid season we were losing the rhythm as Mathare United but today (Saturday) I didn’t expect we create many chances in a span of 20 minutes but more importantly we managed to get at least one goal.”Kimanzi bolstered his squad in the June transfer window recruiting three players, keeper Wycliffe Kasaya, Cliff Mandere Nyakeya from Gor Mahia Youth and Ronald Okoth Ronald from Western Stima.Wycliffe Kasaya is hoping to make a comeback to the national football team Harambee Stars.PHOTO/FILEOf the three, the head coach heaped praises on Kasaya, who returned to top flight football for the first time this season after plying trade at second tier side Nakumatt FC.“Kasaya won the game for us; he brought a different character in our defence and it’s very nice because it gives the opponent the opportunity to struggle to beat our back-line. He is still young and has room to improve and I think he is enjoying his stay here which is important,’ Kimanzi underscored.The last time Mathare United won the Kenyan Premier League title Kimanzi was at the helm of the team and eight years down the line, the UEFA B Licensed coach will be looking to repeat the same feat.If he manages to lift the title, Kimanzi will write another history with his old time club, having been the youngest coach to ever lead a Kenyan club to a national premier league title, then at 32 years.During his heydays as a player, he captained Mathare United to its first Moi Golden Cup trophy in 1998.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Mathare United head coach Francis Kimanzi gives instructions to players.PHOTO/Raymond Makhaya.NAIROBI, Kenya, July 4 – Mathare United head coach Francis Kimanzi believes the victory over Ulinzi Stars can lay the foundations for a possible Kenyan Premier League title challenge.Wyvone Isuza goal helped put the Mathare United within two points of leaders Tusker FC and saw them stay on track for their second KPL title as the season entered the grueling second leg.last_img read more

A left-footed XI featuring Arsenal, United and Spurs players

first_imgWould an ultimate left-footed XI beat a team of the world’s best right-footed players?A STARTING LINE-UP OF RIGHT-FOOTED PLAYERSScroll through the gallery to see the team where, unbelievably talkSPORT has had to leave out Sergio Aguero, Alexis Sanchez and Luis Suarez.Remember, this is just our team and not in any way definitive. In fact we’d like to know who you would pick if you disagree with any of the selections.Some players can shoot and pass with both feet, so in this case talkSPORT has gone with their strongest foot. 11 Goalkeeper: Hugo Lloris (Tottenham) Central midfield: Nemanja Matic (Man United) 11 11 Forward: Lionel Messi (Barcelona) Forward: Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid) Centre-back: Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham) Forward: Gareth Bale (Real Madrid) 11 11 Right-back: David Alaba (Bayern Munich) 11 11 11 11 Central attacking: Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) 11 Central attacking midfield: David Silva (Man City) Centre-back: Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus) 11 Left-back: Marcelo (Real Madrid) last_img read more

Watch Crawley Town player score calamitous own goal against Accrington Stanley

first_imgIt’s a horrible feeling for any player to score an own goal but this one is on another level of embarrassment. Crawley’s Jimmy Smith is the unfortunate victim in this case in his side’s League Two encounter at home to Accrington Stanley. The Red Devils were 2-0 up and cruising but the visitors got back in the game in bizarre circumstances. Josh Lenan seemingly dealt with a menacing Stanley attack only for his clearance to rebound off Smith’s head and into the net. Fortunately for Smith, the game finished 2-1 so it did not cost Crawley any points but it’s likely Smith’s team-mates will not let him forget this one in a hurry! Watch the own goal below… 🤦 Jimmy Smith 🤦 is caught in the wrong place as a cleared ball strikes him in the face to make a rather comical own-goal for @ASFCofficial against @crawleytown. #ASFC #Crawley.➡️ @EFL highlights from 9pm on @channel5_tv.— Channel 5 Sport (@Channel5Sport) January 27, 2018 The own goal left the crowd and many of the players rather confused center_img 1last_img read more


first_imgWHILE most people are looking forward to a romantic Valentine’s weekend next week, one Donegal business is making sure singletons are looked after – on an Anti-Valentine break!The Donegal Adventure Centre will be offering a welcome alternative to the couples packages that tend to dominate this weekend.The centre is inviting all single people, with no ‘significant other’ to join them in Bundoran for a great weekend of fun, activity and craic with other singles. The fun begins next Friday evening for check-in and some friendly meet & greet with other arrivals, and on to The Chasin’ Bull pub for some anti-valentines craic, games and pints!On Saturday the day starts with a fun session of rope climbing – followed by an afternoon surfing!Said a spokesman: “It’s a world away from the Valentine’s theme.“The emphasis is on enjoying yourself with your friends, and other people who are not wrapped up in hearts and flowers for the weekend. “On Saturday night, we all meet up in the rock hostel for a glass of wine, and then move on to The Chasin Bull for some live music, more craic and somewhere safe from the dreaded Valentine couple.”And the cost of this weekend, including 2 nights B&B and two activities, all of the above: 99 euro per person sharing.There is limited availability of twin/double rooms, and then rooms are 4-6 bed sharing. Groups of singles welcome, and single individuals very welcome. Dorms offered will be female only and male only sharing. For further information click or call 071 98 42418.DONEGAL CENTRE OFFERING ‘ANTI-VALENTINE’ WEEKEND! was last modified: February 5th, 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)last_img read more

Arsene Wenger says his health suffered in final years as Arsenal manager

first_imgFormer Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has revealed his health suffered in his final years with the club.The Gunners ended the 2017/18 season trophyless as the 69-year-old left after 22 years in charge last summer. 3 REVEALED BEST OF tense shining “So it was both a break-up but also a relief for me, because carrying that responsibility for so long, with all the obligations that come with it, it wears you out.“It’s extraordinarily difficult. And last year I felt I was beginning to pay the price health-wise.”Wenger won three Premier League titles and seven FA Cups during his time with Arsenal.Cesc Fabregas, who Wenger signed from Barcelona in 2003, was upset by fan abuse his former manager received in the latter years of his Arsenal tenure. Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move In February, he said: “My future is unknown – even for me.“I enjoy daily life now and I have been travelling a lot recently all over the world.“I am enjoying a little bit less pressure, and more freedom as well. But I miss the competition.” Arsene Wenger endured a tough final few years at Arsenal Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? REPLY Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS REVEALED ADVICE Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City gameday cracker center_img Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Wenger’s job came under scrutiny from Arsenal fans and he admits the pressure affected him ‘health-wise’.The Frenchman said: “In life there are some splits that you choose and some that are imposed on you.“In this case it was a bit of a mix of the two, because at a certain point, the fans need a change. In my last year it was becoming difficult. Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury no dice huge blow 3 Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ 3 talkSPORT is your home of live football! Here’s what’s coming up on talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2… Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Arsene Wenger gave Cesc Fabregas his first chance in English football He told BeIN Sports: “Some moments I was sad. He doesn’t deserve it for what he’s done.“In football, it’s all about today. What you’ve done yesterday, unfortunately, doesn’t count.”Wenger has been out of work since leaving Arsenal almost a year ago, and is unsure over a managerial return date. Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Accrington Stanley vs Sunderland (Wednesday 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Southampton vs Liverpool (Friday, 8pm) – talkSPORTNorwich vs QPR (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORT 2Huddersfield vs Leicester (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2Manchester City vs Brighton (Saturday, 5:30pm)Coventry vs Bristol Rovers (Sunday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2Watford vs Wolves (Sunday, 4pm) – talkSPORT Wenger won the FA Cup seven times as Arsenal manager and also won three Premier League trophieslast_img read more

Scott Brown: Confidence dented but we will bounce back

first_imgThe captain dismissed any idea tiredness had played a part in the defeat and said the depth of the squad meant they could handle a busy schedule.“[Fatigue’s] not an issue at all,” he said. “We can deal with this. “We’ve got a great squad and if you look at it we’ve got people coming back from injuries as well so we’ll be looking to kick on from then.”Brown reflected on the run that put his side in the history books and credited Brendan Rodgers with the lift that had set the team on the road to success. Celtic captain Scott Brown says there is no need for long-term concern after his side’s 4-0 defeat to Hearts.The midfielder said he and his teammates will respond to the end of their record-breaking 69-game unbeaten domestic run at Tynecastle.Brown welcomed a quick chance to put things right when they face Partick Thistle on Wednesday.“Confidence is a little bit dented with the way that we lost the goals and performed but we’ll bounce back,” he said. “It was fantastic, every single game since the manager’s come in,” he said. “It’s been brilliant. “He’s been a breath of fresh air to every Celtic fan and every player that’s come in, too. “We’ve enjoyed it and, don’t get me wrong we’re disappointed with yesterday’s performance, but it’s been a fantastic 69 games beforehand.”last_img read more

Community encouraged to engage in consultation over Gaoth Dobhair Sewerage Scheme

first_imgDeputy Pearse Doherty has strongly encouraged the local community to engage with the soon to be launched public consultation process into the Gaoth Dobhair Sewerage Scheme when it begins in the coming weeks.Deputy Doherty was speaking ahead of a scheduled briefing session on the scheme which is due to take place today in Gaoth Dobhair.Elected representatives will be given more details on the options being considered by the authorities in order to progress the delivery of the long-awaited waste water system. Deputy Doherty said “I very much look forward to attending today’s briefing session which has been organised by Irish Water and Donegal County Council to reveal the details of sewerage scheme which they’ve identified as being capable of meeting the waste water infrastructure needs of the Gaoth Dobhair area.“As has been well documented, the recent advancements which have been made to progress the delivery of the scheme have come about as a direct result of the action taken by my colleague MEP Matt Carthy and I and comes on the back our joint submission to the European Commission in May 2015 when we brought the state’s failure to deliver the scheme to the attention of the EU Commissioner.“This action led to the Commission issuing its ‘Reasoned Opinion’ last September in which it determined that the state was in fact in violation of Community law as it was not providing waste water collection services in Gaoth Dobhair, and that legal proceedings against the state would be initiated as a result.“As I’ve said before, Sinn Féin had no desire to go down this route however, successive governments had left us with no other option but to take this matter to the European Institution as the rights of local people were continuing to be denied by authorities here.” He added that today’s session should provide greater clarity in respect of the scheme design which the authorities are proposing to introduce here in Gaoth Dobhair, which they claim will not only meet the needs of local households and businesses, but which will ensure that the state will meet its obligations under the Waste Water Treatment Directive .“While today’s session is another step in the right direction in what has been the forty plus years saga in having this scheme installed, it’s important to stress that it is vital that the wishes and needs of the local community are listened to and respected, because whatever scheme is selected and constructed will only be successful if it receives the backing of local residents and business owners.“That’s why I am encouraging everyone in the Gaoth Dobhair area to have their say and be involved in the upcoming consultation process into the scheme which I’ve been informed is expected to commence later in the Spring.”Community encouraged to engage in consultation over Gaoth Dobhair Sewerage Scheme was last modified: March 3rd, 2017 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