Newport bow out of Munster Intermediate championship

first_imgThe Tipperary side went down 1-15  to 1-12 against Lismore of Waterford in the provincial semi-final, which was played at Fraher Field, Dungarvan.Eamon McCormack got their goal but Newport will be dissapointed they didn’t take other opportunities that came their way.Monaleen of Limerick and Kerry’s Kilmoyley meet in the other last four tie tomorrow afternoon.last_img

Five things we learned in European football this weekend

first_imgBarcelona’s MessiParis, France | AFP | Barcelona, Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain all moved closer to retaining their domestic titles this weekend, but there were plenty of other talking points in Europe.AFP Sport takes a look back at the action as Borussia Dortmund and Ajax claimed big victories, and a famous old name lifted silverware in France.– Luca Zidane is in Zizou’s plans –Zinedine Zidane gave his son Luca just a second start in goal for Real Madrid against La Liga’s bottom side Huesca, the 20-year-old getting his chance with Thibaut Courtois and Keylor Navas missing. However, the young Zidane may not be starting again any time too soon — he conceded twice as Real needed a late Karim Benzema goal to win 3-2.“When I give Luca a game, I am not giving my son a game, I am giving a game to a member of the Real Madrid squad,” insisted the coach. Luca had been completely sidelined by former boss Julen Lopetegui earlier this season.Real have now won both games since ‘Zizou’ returned, but there were less than 50,000 at Sunday’s game at the Bernabeu, underlining the apathy amongst supporters just now.– Baby boom for Dortmund –Borussia Dortmund fans will have feared the worst when Marco Reus pulled out of their Bundesliga clash with Wolfsburg to be at the birth of his first child.Yet it proved to be a good day all round for both Reus and his club. Even without their talismanic captain, Dortmund snatched a 2-0 win over Wolfsburg to go top of the Bundesliga.As Bayern Munich were held to a 1-1 draw in Freiburg, Paco Alcacer’s injury-time brace saw Dortmund go two points clear at the top.Just a few hours after full-time, Reus and his partner Scarlett Gartmann announced the arrival of their baby daughter.“There are some things which are more important than football,” said Dortmund’s sporting director Michael Zorc. Yet Dortmund will no doubt be relieved when Reus returns in next week’s title-race showdown against Bayern.– No excuses for Ranieri’s Roma –Roma president James Pallotta blasted his side’s 4-1 defeat at home by Napoli, saying Claudio Ranieri’s side need to “stand up and show they have balls”.Ranieri won his first match against Empoli after taking over from Eusebio Di Francesco but now has two losses on the trot against SPAL and Napoli.“Everyone knows what’s gone wrong this season and that’s why we had to make changes,” said Pallotta on Twitter. “But the time for excuses is over. The performance against SPAL wasn’t acceptable and today was even worse.”Last year’s Champions League semi-finalists slumped to seventh and are four points adrift of the top four.“These players have to stand up and show they have balls,” said Pallotta. “No more alibis for anyone.”– Dutch title race back on –The fight for the Dutch league title is very much on again after Ajax beat leaders PSV Eindhoven 3-1 in Sunday’s big game in Amsterdam, despite playing most of the second half with 10 men after Noussair Mazraoui’s red card. The Champions League quarter-finalists — who face Juventus next week in that competition — were grateful to a Dusan Tadic penalty and a late David Neres goal to win it as they moved to within two points of the reigning champions with seven games remaining. It was a first defeat since early December for Mark van Bommel’s PSV side.– Strasbourg cap rise back to top –Strasbourg seized the rare chance to steal the limelight from Paris Saint-Germain in France as they won the League Cup by beating Guingamp on penalties in the final in Lille. Lionel Carole scored the winning spot-kick in the shoot-out after a 0-0 draw in a game that was largely forgettable, but certainly not for fans of the Alsace side. It is the third time they have won the trophy, and it caps a remarkable rise back to the top for the 1979 French champions. They were relegated to the fifth tier in 2011 after going into liquidation, but returned to Ligue 1 in 2017 and will now be playing in the Europa League next season.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Hard Times Behind Suicide In Red Bank

first_imgRED BANK — Mark Gibson’s family has lots of questions about what went wrong.Gibson had lived in Red Bank for more than 15 years, had worked at a good job. But over the course of time, things had spiraled out of control, to the point that two weeks ago, Gibson made the terrible decision to end his life.According to Red Bank Police Lieutenant Eliot Ramos, Gibson’s body was discovered in his West Front Street apartment at approximately 1:05 p.m. on Jan. 27. And while the county medical examiner’s report is not yet completed, Ramos characterized his death as “non-suspicious.”Shocked and grieving family members last week acknowledged that Gibson, 50, had committed suicide.His father, Ron Gibson, speaking from his San Francisco, California, home this week, said Jan. 27 was the last day his son could be in his Red Bank apartment, as a sheriff’s officer was scheduled to arrive and serve Mark with his final eviction notice.“He was going through distress,” said his sister Kathy Gibson-Swing, of her brother’s last few months of life.Gibson, 50, had seen his life take a downward trend, most severely in the last few months, family members explained. His sister Connie D’Aura said Gibson over the years had grown somewhat distant from family members. But in the last few months he began contacting them asking for assistance, as he faced challenges in paying his rent and buying groceries.Family members wondered and worried about him, his sisters said last week, when they came to Red Bank to clean out his apartment and get his affairs in order.Gibson grew up in the Bay Area and had joined the Navy out of high school. Following his enlistment, he eventually made his way east working for AT&T at the telecommunications firm’s Staten Island location, and settling in in Red Bank, according to family members.“He was making six-figures, paying taxes,” the elder Gibson remembered.However, it appears he hadn’t worked on a regular basis for a number of years. He suffered a serious injury as a passenger on a motorcycle, which caused him to remain out from work on disability for quite a while, his sisters said. And when he returned to work, it was in another slot that was eventually earmarked for elimination as the company underwent downsizing and reorganization.Gibson, they said, didn’t file for unemployment after losing his job; instead he lived off his severance package, retirement money, an insurance settlement from the accident and the dividends from investments. But Gibson’s investments, his father said, took a hit in the 2008 financial meltdown, contributing to his son’s financial and emotional distress.“It was his lowest point to have to ask for money,” Gibson-Swing.“He was very independent,” sister Carol Rogers added.“There are a lot of people who don’t understand what it’s like to not have a job and be alone,” Gibson-Swing observed as she recalled her brother, who never married or had kids.Gibson’s difficulties extended beyond his inability to pay rent, and he began going most days to Lunch Break soup kitchen and food pantry, 121 Drs. James Parker Boulevard. There he would get a meal, some groceries and talk with some of the clients.“He seemed like such a nice person,” remembered Pam Elam, Asbury Park, who sat at Lunch Break, working on her word puzzles. “It’s so sad, so sad.”Medhat Michail, who goes by “M&M,” a Bank Street resident, said Gibson would often help him navigate on the facility’s computer, while Gibson would use it to actively search for a job.“He was depressed,” Michail said, recalling Gibson telling him the only thing he owned was his car, though it was rundown, and he couldn’t afford gas or insurance. “I asked him why didn’t he sell it,” Michail said. “He said it was the last thing he had and he didn’t want to give it up.”“I think he felt trapped,” Michail said.“I thought he was quiet, very respectful,” said Lunch Break’s executive director Gwendolyn Love.Lunch Break recently put a couple of computers in the main area, creating an Internet café to allow clients to look for work. “He was helping a lot of clients, helping with the computers,” which he seemed to enjoy,” Love said, remembering that she had asked him about working as a computer counselor. That idea seemed to appeal to him, Love said, but he declined, telling her he planned on moving in with his sister.After his final court appearance on the eviction notice, Rogers said, her husband planned to help Gibson move to their Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, home, where he could get things together and start fresh.At that point he began to search out social services but appeared to have become frustrated with the bureaucracy. His attempt to file for unemployment years after losing his job got him nowhere, with Gibson being told it was too late for benefits, according to his sister.It appeared that everything came crashing down with the final eviction notice. “It was almost like he got some shocking, horrible news that pushed him over the edge,” Gibson-Swing said.Her brother spoke three languages, loved art and music, wrote poetry. “You see how beautiful somebody is on the inside when they write something like this,” Gibson-Swing said of her brother’s poetry.Gibson had been treated for depression years earlier while still living in San Francisco, the elder Gibson said. And Mark had made an appointment to meet with someone from the Veterans Administration for possible treatment, the elder Gibson only recently found out. “So, he knew he was hurting,” he said.“I read somewhere that people who are very bright are able to mask depression,” he said. “And I think that was what it was in this case.”His phone had been cut off, his car was in no condition to make the trip to Harrisburg and it seemed there were only dead ends. “I just wish we would have been able to help him,” Gibson-Swing said.“Some people are just too proud to let people know their circumstances,” Love said. But there was help available, which Love said she finds really distressing.“You feel like you let him down, some how,” she said. “Because it should have not happened.”last_img read more

Cats grab bronze by stopping Elkford, Immaculata continues to shine with KVC title

first_imgLocal teams took it on the chin at the Kootenay Volleyball Classic Saturday at the Mount Sentinel High School gymnasium.Host Wildcats captured the bronze medal for the best finish for the three West Kootenay entrants.“As I mentioned before (tournament) the challenge with our team is to find ways to play beyond our ages (Grade 11’s and Grade 9”s),” Wildcats coach Joe Moreira told The Nelson Daily.“For some inexplicable reason we played most of our seven matches with a maturity and confidence . . . (which) caught me by surprise.”After dropping a semi final match to Kootenay rival Fernie Falcons, the Cats defeated Elkford in the consolation game to capture third place in the eight-team tournament.Immaculata of Kelowna, ranked second overall in the recent B.C. High School Girl’s A poll, won the tournament defeating the Falcons in the final.The other two West Kootenay schools, Trail’s J. Lloyd Crowe and L.V. Rogers Bombers of Nelson finished sixth and seventh, respectively.Prince Charles Comets of Creston took fifth with Enderby’s A.L. Fortune finishing in the basement.The Wildcats hosted a German touring team Tuesday before returning to the practice court in preparation for the prestigious UBC-O Invitational Tournament Friday and Saturday in Kelowna.Moreira is hoping to build on the recent improvements in Kelowna.“Hopefully this weekend instilled a measure of confidence that we will need for the balance of the season,” Moreira said.“Looking ahead, our zone tournament is really deep. Teams that have traditionally been AA are now A and are pretty strong this year.”Hawks get better with ageThe J. Lloyd Crowe Hawks played like champions, but didn’t get the results at the Kootenay Volleyball Classic at Mount Sentinel.The Hawks took silver medal winner Fernie Falcons to a deciding game — Crowe actually led the contest by early in the third game — before losing the round robin match in three games.The Hawks, however, did improve in the overall standings, nosing ahead of West Kootenay rival LVR into sixth spot.In the opening tournament of the season in the Silver City for both LVR and Crowe, the Bombers finished ahead of Trail in the overall [email protected]last_img read more