Connacht renews several players’ contracts

first_imgRyan was the side’s main injury concern after picking up a calf injury, but has been named in Nigel Carolan’s starting 15. JP Cooney, Shane O’Leary and Danny (Keelter) have all signed on to continue with the Pro12 winning side for the coming season.Meanwhile Rory Moloney has been promoted from the Connacht Academy to join the senior ranks.Elsewhere, Leinster’s James Ryan is expected to captain the U20 Ireland side, as they prepare to face Wales tomorrow in the Rugby World Championships.last_img read more

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Rafa Nadal beats Dominic Thiem to win 12th French Open title

first_imgRafael Nadal maintained his stranglehold on the French Open by beating Austrian fourth seed Dominic Thiem in four sets to lift a 12th men’s singles title.The Spaniard won for the third straight year at Roland Garros with a 6-3 5-7 6-1 6-1 victory in a high-quality final.The 33-year-old is the first player to win 12 singles titles at the same Grand Slam and has now won 18 majors overall.“I can’t explain what I’ve achieved and how I feel. It’s a dream,” said Nadal.“To play for the first time in 2005 – I never thought in 2019 I’d still be here. It’s an incredible moment and very special for me.”It leaves the left-hander two Grand Slam titles adrift of Switzerland’s Roger Federer, who he beat in the semi-finals, and three clear of Serbian world number one Novak Djokovic, whose bid to hold all four majors was ended by Thiem.The second seed slid to the red dirt in triumph when he clinched victory on the second match point, lying behind the baseline with his arms outstretched as he contemplated the magnitude of his achievement.With clay plastered over his back, he clambered to his feet and took the acclaim of an enthralled Roland Garros crowd which has become accustomed to seeing him triumph.Thiem, 25, suffered his second Grand Slam final defeat after losing in three sets to Nadal in last year’s final.last_img read more

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“Michael Essien was the midfield general in my time”- Stephen Appiah

first_imgFormer Black Stars skipper, Stephen Appiah, has picked out former Chelsea midfielder, Michael Essien, as the most excellent midfielder he played with in Black Stars team.Essien and Appiah featured prominently in the team as Ghana made its FIFA World Cup debut in 2006 and they were key parts of the team during the tournament as Ghana reached the last 16 in Germany.Appiah was speaking on a live Instagram chat put together by Betway on Saturday, May 9.He recounted the various midfield partners he worked with in his time in the national team in response to questions he was asked by fans who had joined the live chat.He mentioned names like Derek Boateng and a few other but he rated Essien very highly.“I played with Michael Essien a lot and sometimes with Derek Boateng. In that very popular match against South Africa in Kumasi in which we won 3-0, William Tiero (who played for Liberty Professionals at the time) was in that match and I must say that he played very well that day. I even think he was the best player on that day.I enjoyed playing with a lot of midfielders in the national team but the Bison (in reference to Essien) was the Bison. He was the general.”Appiah and Essien’s chemistry was on full display when they combined for Ghana’s second goal in South Africa in a 2-0 win in the 2006 World Cup qualifiers.Appiah lofted the ball for an Essien header late in the game to seal the result and push Ghana to the 2006 World Cup in Germany.last_img read more

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Breast milk bank opens in Portland for babies

first_imgPORTLAND — The Northwest Mothers Milk Bank opened Thursday in Portland.Mothers can donate extra breast milk to the bank. It’s screened, pasteurized and distributed to hospitals for premature and sick babies whose mothers do not have sufficient milk.KGW reports (http://bit.ly/178zHtT ) any milk remaining will be available for families to buy.The co-executive director of the Northwest Mothers Milk Bank, Joanne Ransom, says human milk is especially valuable to premature babies. It decreases the risk of serious illness and shortens their time in a hospital.last_img read more

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