NACAC gold for Ja triple jumper

first_imgTriple jumper Shanieke Thomas gave Jamaica its first medal at the North American, Central American and Caribbean (NACAC) Track and Field Championships in Costa Rica yesterday.Thomas produced a personal best and championships record of 14.23 metres to win the women’s triple jump final. The previous record was 13.22m, set by American Tombe Hurd in 2007.Thomas, a University of West Indies student, could book a ticket for the IAAF World Championships later this month as her winning distance put her past the 14.20m qualifying mark for the championships.Several other Jamaicans qualified for finals today.Leading the way were Shel-don Mitchell and Jason Livermore in the men’s 100m. Mitchell is the third-fastest qua-lifier. He won his heat in 10.07 seconds. Livermore finished second in his heat in 10.12 to be the fourth-fastest qualifier. Kemar Hyman of the Cayman Islands is the fastest qualifier. He won his heat in 10.05.false startingIn the women’s 100m, Sam-antha Henry-Robinson booked her final after capturing her heat in a championships record 11.01. World University Games silver medallist, Shimarya Williams, was disqualified for false starting.In the men’s 400m, Ricardo Chambers is through to the final. He finished second in his heat in 44.93 behind Lalonde Gordon of Trinidad and Tobago, who won in 44.64. Javere Bell was fifth in his heat and failed to advance.Bobby-Gaye Wilkins-Goode will run in the women’s 400m final. She captured her heat in 51.79. Her teammate, Sonikqua Walker, failed to advance after placing fifth in her heat in 53.26. The fastest qualifier is American Courtney Okolo, who set a championship record 50.82 seconds in winning her heat. The previous mark, 52.23, was set by another American, Debbie Dunn, in 2007.last_img read more

Nguyen knocks out Folayang for ONE lightweight title

first_img“Hats off to Eduard, he showed relentlessness,” said Nguyen after becoming the promotion’s only two-division World champion after adding the lightweight belt to his featherweight strap.Nguyen, however, was initially on the receiving end of Folayang’s early offense with the Filipino landing head kicks at will.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogFolayang (8-6) was also the first to assert his offense landing a spinning back fist at the start of the first round.And although Nguyen walked away with Folayang’s belt, the 28-year-old Aussie couldn’t help but feel hurt seeing his friend get knocked out. MOST READ Kingad fails to take ONE flyweight title as Moraes retains belt Alvarez ready to take risk vs Folayang, looks to end clash by ‘knockout or submission’ PLAY LIST 02:18Alvarez ready to take risk vs Folayang, looks to end clash by ‘knockout or submission’03:47PH’s Charly Suarez boxing lightweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)02:03MMA legends gather in Tokyo for historic ONE: New Era fight week02:14Carpio 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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMartin Nguyen pulled off the night’s biggest stunner after knocking out Eduard Folayang for the ONE lightweight championship Friday in the Legends of the World card at Mall of Asia Arena.Nguyen (10-1) found the sweet spot with 2:20 into the second round, ducking under Folayang’s spinning heel kick and connecting on a right straight that put the Filipino fighter to sleep.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny “Honestly I’m really hurt, I never wanted someone I know get through that,” said Nguyen. “We put our friendship aside but I couldn’t help but feel hurt after what happened to him.”Folayang had his four-fight winning streak snapped exactly a year after he won his first world title in Singapore. He did not appear at the post-fight press conference. ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’last_img read more

All’s quiet for Cubs at fan convention

first_imgView comments Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina The Chicago Cubs settled five of their six potential arbitration cases before the start of their annual fan convention on Friday, including a record $10.85 million, one-year deal for third baseman Kris Bryant. But they remain at an impasse when it comes to another free-agent addition or a big acquisition via trade — a common refrain during one of the slowest winters for baseball in a long time.“We’re not done. We have confidence in this group if this is the 25 we end up taking to spring training,” president of baseball operations Theo Epstein said. “But realistically, we’d certainly like to add another pitcher. I like the talent that we have right now, but I think we could certainly add to the depth, and you can do that through depth moves or you can do it through adding another real quality pitcher and bolster the depth even more that way.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“I mean, look, we’d make a move tonight if we could, but it’s not there for us, so we’ll be patient and keep working on it.”Chicago made a couple of big moves early in the offseason, signing free-agent pitchers Tyler Chatwood and Brandon Morrow. Chatwood is ticketed for the rotation after finalizing a $38 million, three-year contract on Dec. 7, and Morrow could replace Wade Davis at closer after he agreed to a $21 million, two-year deal. Side-arming reliever Steve Cishek also agreed to a $13 million, two-year contract with the reigning NL Central champions last month. MOST READ Cameron embraces groundbreaking role with Sporting KC 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson “We’ve never ruled anything out with him,” he said.Bryant’s one-year contract broke Ryan Howard’s record for a player eligible for arbitration for the first time. Howard was awarded $10 million by a three-person panel in 2008.The Cubs also reached one-year deals with right-hander Kyle Hendricks ($4,175,000), shortstop Addison Russell ($3.2 million) reliever Justin Wilson ($4.25 million) and infielder Tommy La Stella ($950,000). The team exchanged figures with reliever Justin Grimm, but Epstein said he hopes to strike a deal before an arbitration hearing.Hendricks had 16 wins and a major league-low 2.13 ERA in 2016, and went 7-5 with a 3.03 ERA last season. No matter what happens before opening day, he said the expectation of another long playoff run remains in place.“That’s our standard these days,” he said. “I think you have to keep raising the bar for yourselves. But where we’re at right now … there could still be a couple pieces coming in, but we’re not worried about that.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Since then, it has been mostly quiet.Epstein and the Cubs were one of the finalists for Japanese two-way star Shohei Ohtani before he signed with the Angels. They met with Darvish last month, and remain interested in re-signing Arrieta after the right-hander played a key role in their 2016 World Series title and three straight appearances in the NL Championship Series overall. They also have been linked to Cobb, who played for manager Joe Maddon and pitching coach Jim Hickey in Tampa Bay, and Holland makes sense after Davis departed for a big free-agent deal with Colorado.Some of baseball’s other top teams also are circling the same free agents as Chicago, but Epstein sounds content to let the market play itself out at this point.“I don’t think it’s that hard to be patient because you always have a certain amount of resources to work with,” he said. “You have a certain pie and you want to try to do the best deals you can, not to be cheap or not to be thrifty or anything, but just because you want to put the best team on the field that you can and maximize every dollar and put yourself in a great position for this year and for next year and for the year after.”Arrieta, who turns 32 in March, appeared to be headed out of town after blossoming into one of baseball’s best starting pitchers in Chicago, going 68-31 with a 2.73 ERA in the previous five years with the Cubs. But he remains on the market and Epstein is leaving the door open for a reunion.ADVERTISEMENT Chicago Cubs president of baseball o right,perations Theo Epstein, checks his phone during the Cubs’ annual baseball convention Friday, Jan. 12, 2018, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)CHICAGO — There was no surprise return for Jake Arrieta. No dramatic entrance for Yu Darvish, Alex Cobb or Greg Holland, either.Kris BryantNot even close.ADVERTISEMENT Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompsonlast_img read more

Ox was right to pick Liverpool, says Klopp

first_imgThe England international is set to make his first start on Tuesday in the League Cup at Leicester.“I thought it made complete sense for Alex to change club and to come here,” said the Reds boss. “He has settled in perfectly. He knew at least all the England players and a few others.“He is a really nice lad so it is easy for him to settle into a new team. He knows the situation.“He played all the games for Arsenal from the beginning and now he comes here and is on the bench so it looks, ‘Oh, not the best decision’, but it is long-term thing.“We want to use him and to prepare him also. It is all good from this side at the moment.”Klopp dismissed suggestions Oxlade-Chamberlain’s development had been stunted at Arsenal.However, he hoped to bring out more in a player whom he believes was still growing under Arsene Wenger’s leadership.“A new start is very often a kind of relief, that’s how it is,” he added.“You are in a situation with your old club – and I don’t say this about Alex specifically — and you accept it and it is difficult to make the next step.“Arsenal changed a lot since Arsene is there. I am sure they didn’t always play with three at the back and with wing-backs and so Alex played in different positions when he was there.“It is the highest quality if you can play in different positions in the Premier League. That says a lot about you.”Klopp will also give first starts of the season to third-choice goalkeeper Danny Ward and midfielder Marko Grujic among a series of changes as he juggles four matches in 11 days.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is set to make his first start for Liverpool against Leicester in the League Cup Tuesday © AFP/File / Paul ELLISLONDON, United Kingdom, Sep 19 – Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has reassured Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain that he has not made a mistake in swapping the Emirates for Anfield despite a lack of game time.The 24-year-old left Arsenal in a £35 million ($47 million, 39 million euros) deal on transfer deadline day but has so far been restricted to just 57 minutes in three substitute appearances, having previously started all four matches for the Gunners and also two for the national team.last_img read more

Texas’ future lies with Young

first_imgBEVERLY HILLS — The Texas Longhorns’ drive to the national championship depended on Vince Young. So does their future. It won’t necessarily be a pass or run that makes the difference. Instead, it will come down to a personal decision he makes with his family. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson It would be hard for Young to make a wrong decision for himself. Leave now and he likely will be one of the first players drafted, perhaps even the No. 1 pick overall by his hometown Houston Texans. Stay in college and Young is the front-runner for the Heisman Trophy next season. The deadline for declaring for the draft is Jan. 15. If he stays, pencil in the Longhorns as the 2006 preseason No. 1 and make reservations for the Fiesta Bowl, the site of the Bowl Championship Series title game. The Longhorns are built to repeat their title with Young. Texas would return 14 starters, including most of an offense that averaged 51 points in 2005 and won the title by beating No. 1 USC 41-38 in the Rose Bowl on Wednesday night. If he leaves, Texas is left with a lot great talent around untested freshman quarterbacks. Young’s backup this season was fifth-year senior Matt Nordgren. The only other scholarship quarterback on the roster was freshman Colt McCoy, who didn’t take a snap. The Longhorns expect to sign at least one quarterback this year. Young’s stunning performance against USC showed just how hard he would be to replace. Not just his game-record 467 total yards and three touchdowns, but his intangible leadership in crunch time. “He’s the best big-game player I’ve ever seen,” senior tight end David Thomas said. Brown won his first national championship and didn’t feel like talking about Young’s future the day after the game. He wanted the players to savor the win before worrying about the future. “How many people get this moment?” Brown said. “We want our guys to enjoy it.” But he also said that he will not try to pressure Young one way or another. In eight seasons at Texas, Brown has had nine first-round draft picks and none left school early. “He’s done as much for the University of Texas as any single athlete in any sport has ever done. How ungracious for us to try to force him into making a selfish decision,” Brown said. USC quarterback Matt Leinart faced a similar choice after last season. With two national titles already won and a Heisman Trophy in hand, he stayed in college and brought his team all the way back to play for a third championship. Young and Leinart talked about that decision at the Heisman ceremony in New York. Young said Leinart told him to “go with your heart.” Young rushed for 1,050 yards, passed for 3,036 and accounted for 38 touchdowns this season. Stay or go, the Longhorns return two of their top rushers in Jamaal Charles (878 yards, 11 TDs) Ramonce Taylor (513 yards, 12 TDs) and all of their top wide receivers. They must replace Thomas, one of Young’s favorite targets and one of the most consistent players the last three seasons. On defense, they will have to replace All-Americans Rod Wright at tackle and Michael Huff at safety. Huff won the 2005 Thorpe award as the best defensive back in the country. Like last season, an early-season matchup with Ohio State could chart the course for a national championship or sink it. Texas won 25-22 in Columbus back in September and the Buckeyes travel to Austin for the rematch. The Longhorns will start the season with a 20-game winning streak, the longest in the nation. Texas returns to spring practice on Feb. 24. Maybe Young will be there, maybe not. “Next year’s team hasn’t won a game,” Brown said. “There’s not going to be another Vince Young. We can win football games at Texas because we won them before Vince got here, and we’ll win them afterwards.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img Whether the quarterback returns for his senior season or leaves for the NFL will have a huge impact on Texas’ chances of defending its first outright national championship in 36 years. “I’m just so proud of the work by this whole football team,” Young said Thursday. “Basically, (I’ll) sit down with my family members, talk with coach (Mack) Brown, a guy I truly, truly, respect. I know that my future is pretty blessed right now.” last_img read more

Studdert is Q.H.’s stud

first_imgWhen the Quartz Hill High boys’ volleyball team needs a lift, the Rebels turn to Pat Studdert. And No. 11 delivers. The 6-foot-1 junior outside hitter has been instrumental in guiding Quartz Hill, seeking its first Golden League title since 2003, to first place heading into the final week of the regular season. “Without him … man, I don`t even want to think about it,” Quartz Hill coach Justin Harris said. “We rely on him so much. It’s no secret: To beat Quartz Hill, you have to stop Pat. “He’s a great all-around player He can get to any ball. He’s quick. He has great vision and leaping ability. His head is way above the net most of the time. Pat look’s down on the defense when he swings.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventStuddert averages 21 kills per match, with a career-high 35 against Canyon earlier this season and 30 last week when the Rebels (12-1 overall, 9-0 Golden) defeated two-time defending league champion Highland. Quartz Hill wraps up the league season against Palmdale on Friday and Antelope Valley next week. “I always make sure I know where he is on the floor,” Quartz Hill setter Brooks Eggerth said. “He’s my go-to guy. I just put the ball outside and let Pat put it away. He’s going to hurt the other team 99 percent of the time.” Studdert, a varsity starter since midway through his freshman season, showed promise during a solid sophomore season and has developed into one of the best players in the league. “I have a lot of confidence in my game,” he said. “I feel like I can get a kill every time. I want the ball and want to come through when it counts. Definitely.” Studdert wants to play in college, perhaps at a junior college before moving onto a Division I program. “He has all the skills. You don`t find too many kids like him around here,” Harris said. “He gets better every year, every month, every game. He gets noticed by coaches everywhere we go. It’s hard to miss him.” The Southern Section Div. III playoff draw will be announced next week, and Quartz Hill figures to go as far as Studdert take it. “One of our goals was to win league, and we feel like we’ve locked that up,” Studdert said. “Now its time to get ready for the playoffs. I don’t want to jinx us, but we feel like we can do something in the playoffs.” sean.ceglinsky@dailynews.com (818) 713-3607160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

SUPERB LINE-UP OF ENTERTAINMENT THIS BANK HOLIDAY WEEKEND AT THE PULSE VENUE

first_imgPULSE VENUE BANK HOLIDAY PREVIEW: With SIX rooms and NINE bars spread over two floors ‘The Pulse Venue is the ULTIMATE clubbing experience for revellers in Letterkenny. The Pulse was fantastic again on Saturday night last with Dara K playing the tunes in the CLUB. The Rock hill ramblers rocking the LIVE EXPERIENCE and Paul R boogieing in THE LIVING ROOM.And if dancing wasn’t for you customers could take in the relaxing vibe of the Secret Garden or tuck in to a delicious Pizza from the Pizza shack or go all out for the VIP experience in the Reserve lounge.Check out the Pulse Letterkenny Facebook page for pictures of the weekend.This Saturday Night we have DJ AHMED in The Club, DJ AHMED is the one of Irelands Entertainment Industry’s premier DJ’s, his name is synonymous with what’s happening in all the top clubs, concerts, festivals in Ireland. The WAXIES are playing in The Live Experience and PAUL R in The Living Room.On Sunday we have FUTURISTIC POLAR-BEARS in the Club with support act Dark9ine.In the Live experience we have Johnny B & Boogie men and our Paul R The Living Room.Why not go to our Facebook page Pulse Letterkenny for your chance to win free entry and a bottle of Bubbly.SUPERB LINE-UP OF ENTERTAINMENT THIS BANK HOLIDAY WEEKEND AT THE PULSE VENUE was last modified: April 28th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:EntertainmentFeaturesnewsPulse VenueWeekend previewlast_img read more

LETTERKENNY YOUTHREACH WIN DONEGAL MASTERCHEF FINAL

first_imgFEATURES: Congratulations to Letterkenny Youthreach who won the annual Youthreach Masterchef Final 2015 on 22 October.This annual competition takes place in each of the six Youthreach centres across the county in September and October to pick a centre team and culminates in the county final in the Letterkenny Youthreach centre each year. Teams of two from each centre competed to create a main course and dessert on a budget of €20.The final was judged by Donegal ETB Chairperson Bernie Mulhern, Highland Radio Breakfast Show DJ John Breslin and Ian Orr, Head Chef, Browns Restaurants.The three judges, who had a tough job picking a winning teams, praised the very high quality of the dishes made by all the learners.The winning dishes made by Team Letterkenny (Eddie Curran and Sheridan O’Callaghan) were mozzarella stuffed burger with roasted rosemary and garlic potatoes and homemade coleslaw, followed by chocolate brownie with a warm toffee sauce. The runners up were Team Gortahork (Emma Mc Mahon and Roisin Clark) who made warm duck, pomegranate and mint salad with grilled flat bread, followed by Tunisian orange cake and mascarpone ice cream.The other teams competing in the final were Team Ballyshannon (Joe Fee and Aaron Heraty) who made beef and vegetable stir fry, followed by black forest muffin; Team Buncrana (Mandy Doherty and Jodie Farrell) made deep fried goats cheese salad, followed by apricot apple rose.Team Glengad (Emer O Conner and Nadine Porter) who made cracking burger with fries, followed by double chocolate moose and Team Lifford (Adam Doherty and Josh Mc Bride) who made baked chicken and pesto on a bed of bacon mash, followed by lemon meringue pie.You can view more photos on the Youthreach Twitter account (@DonegalETB) and Facebook page (Donegal Youthreach).LETTERKENNY YOUTHREACH WIN DONEGAL MASTERCHEF FINAL was last modified: October 23rd, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Featuresnewslast_img read more

MORE FREE GIFTS FROM HEALTHWISE PHARMACIES

first_imgTo celebrate the huge success of the Healthwise online photo and gift service, Healthwise Pharmacies are offering a free personalised photo mug with any online order.Simply log on to www.healthwisepharmacies.ie and place your order – enter the code MUG1 in the voucher section and add a free mug to your order.The Healthwise service continues to offer great value in photos and special gifts with the added convenience of online ordering from home. What sets Healthwise apart from others, is their ability to offer free collection from any of their network of pharmacies throughout Donegal, Sligo and Galway.This avoids the delivery charges which catch many people out when ordering other cheap or ‘free’ goods online.*Healthwise can also deliver any order directly to the home*This online service is available for all photo processing, enlargements, canvas printing and photo gifts, with the full range of products and prices available on www.healthwisepharmacies.ie Director Liam Grimley told Donegal Daily that they have been blown away with the popularity of the service.Grimley said, “We’re particularly proud of the regular feedback we get on how easy the website is to use, and on the quality of the products.“The demand for Photo Gifts such as personalised Mugs, T-shirts and Phone covers has been unprecedented, and is expected to grow further as Christmas approaches.As a thank you for recent support, Healthwise has decided to offer this free photo mug to all users.Click link below and order your free Photo Mug worth 4.99 ( Fuji charge 14.99 for the same mug ). These can then be collected in any Healthwise Pharmacy totally free of charge, or will be delivered directly to the home for a modest delivery charge.Click – Order – Collect Free Mug! ( N.B. No purchase necessary – simply process an order for Mug , enter the code, and collect totally free of charge ).MORE FREE GIFTS FROM HEALTHWISE PHARMACIES was last modified: November 7th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:BusinessFeaturesfreeHealthwise PharmaciesMug-Shotnewslast_img read more

BREAKDOWN IN RELATIONSHIP WITH McGUINNESS MAY HAVE LED McHUGH TO QUIT CLAIMS CASSIDY

first_imgFORMER ALL-STAR Kevin Cassidy has claimed that Mark McHugh may have quit the Donegal GAA squad because of a breakdown in relations with manager Jim McGuinness.Kevin CassidyKilcar player McHugh stepped away from the county team along with Gary McFadden, Antoin McFadden and Thomas McKinley.Donegal selector Damian Diver suggested later that McHugh made the decision as he was no longer enjoying his football. But Cassidy said that such claims are only adding fuel to the fire.“It has been said that [McHugh] is not enjoying his football and has no hunger or desire to play the game. I said earlier that if you are going to air your laundry in public then at least tell the truth,” Cassidy wrote in his Gaelic Life column.“By saying that he has lost his appetite you are only adding fuel to the fire and the rumour mill will go into overdrive,” he added.“Some of the stories flying about Donegal this week are not fair on the player or the team management and are becoming a major distraction for all involved. I feel the departure of Rory Gallagher has had a lingering effect on the squad. “Rory would have been popular within the squad and himself and Mark [McHugh] would have been especially close. And if relations between Jim McGuinness and Mark have drifted then this could well be a likely cause.”McGuinness announced last September that his trusted assistant Gallagher would not be returning this season as he looked to make changes to the coaching set-up.Gaoth Dobhair manager Cassidy said that if the pair have fallen out McGuinness should be doing all in his power to settle their differences as McHugh is too important to the Donegal style of play.He also said he didn’t believe that Donegal have the players to either replace the 2012 All-Star, or to develop a new style of play without him.“Whatever has happened Donegal cannot afford to lose players like McHugh he is too important to the way Donegal play… The game plan nearly hinged on how he played so to take him out of the equation leaves a massive gap to fill. I don’t think Donegal have the players to fill that gap, nor do I think that they have the players to develop a new system,” he wrote. “I feel that Jim should be doing all he can to persuade Mark to stay. If there are issues then be the bigger man for the good of the team and try sorting them out,” he added.The fallout from the four squad members’ departures is nothing new to Donegal, according to Cassidy, as a county that has always struggled to keep their internal affairs from the general public.BREAKDOWN IN RELATIONSHIP WITH McGUINNESS MAY HAVE LED McHUGH TO QUIT CLAIMS CASSIDY was last modified: May 14th, 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:donegalJim McGuinnessKevin CassidyMark McHughlast_img read more