Mauger to coach Highlanders

first_imgThe Dunedin-based franchise confirmed Mauger as Tony Brown’s replacement at their headquarters on Tuesday morning. The 36-year-old has signed a three-year deal and beat out fellow Cantabrian Mark Hammett for the top job.Mauger, who played 46 tests and 89 Super games, signed on as an assistant coach in May, about a month before long-time Highlanders assistant coach Scott McLeod was confirmed as the All Blacks’ new defence coach.  Highlanders chief executive Roger Clark last week said McLeod’s departure meant the decision was a two-horse race between Mauger and former Hurricanes and Sunwolves coach Hammett. Mauger finished his playing career with Leicester (53 caps) in 2010, before returning home to New Zealand and assisting Canterbury’s NPC team. He went on to work as the Crusaders’ attack coach under Todd Blackadder between 2013-15, but left after the Crusaders missed the playoffs for the first time since 2011. He had a stint as Leicester’s head coach, but was sacked in March on the back of a frustrating campaign, which saw the English Premiership giants fail to progress from the pool stages of the European Champions Cup. Following Jamie Joseph’s and Brown’s departures to Japan, next season will be the third consecutive year the Highlanders have gone into a season with a new head coach. Mauger will be assisted by forwards coach Hammett, performance manager Jon Preston and assistant forwards coach Clarke Dermody.​The Highlanders are advertising for a defence coach to replace McLeod.  Photo: HENRY BROWNE/REUTERS (Former Crusaders player and assistant caoch Aaron Mauger will coach the Highlanders next year).last_img read more

Sports Briefs

first_imgMarcelo under fire for diveMADRID (AP):Real Madrid left back Marcelo has been widely criticised for diving against Wolfsburg in the quarter-finals of the Champions League.The Brazilian defender appeared to kick and headbutt Maximilian Arnold, then threw himself to the ground after pretending he had been hit in the face by the German midfielder.His antics in Real Madrid’s 2-0 loss in Germany on Wednesday led to a yellow card to Arnold, who could miss the semi-finals if he is booked again in next week’s second leg and Wolfsburg advance.Wolfsburg coach Dieter Hecking was still upset by the incident after the match and reportedly had an angry exchange with Marcelo in the tunnel to the changing rooms.Marcelo was booed off the field by fans at Wolfsburg Arena, while Arnold, who scored the second goal, said afterwards the incident was “part of football”.US women rout Colombia 7-0EAST HARTFORD, Connecticut (AP):Allie Long scored her first two international goals, and the United States routed Colombia 7-0 Wednesday night in the Americans’ first exhibition since five players filed a wage-discrimination action against the US Soccer Federation (USSF).Carli Lloyd, Alex Morgan, Hope Solo, Megan Rapinoe, and Becky Sauerbrunn filed an action last week with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, accusing the USSF of unlawfully paying them less than members of the US men’s national team. The union for the women’s national team is in a legal battle with the USSF, claiming it can terminate its labour contract. The USSF claims the deal runs through December.”We weren’t really thinking about all that stuff because at the end of the day, that stuff will work itself out,” Lloyd said. “We have to continue to make sure we are putting a good result out on the field.”The US team was not the only one fighting money issues. The Colombian team has not been paid in two months, reported last week.Kerber in last eightCHARLESTON, South Carolina (AP):Australian Open champion Angelique Kerber advanced to the quarter-finals with a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Slovakia’s Kristina Kucova at the Volvo Car Open yesterday.Kerber is the defending champion after winning the title in last year’s Family Circle Cup. The second-ranked German star was not at her best but was good enough to put away Kucova, who is ranked No. 142. Kerber broke her opponent’s serve seven times, including the final game.Kerber needed a third-set tiebreaker to win her opening match at the Volvo on Tuesday night. She quickly gained control over Kucova and won 10 of the final 13 games.last_img read more

Several injured in Linden highway accident

first_imgSeveral persons were injured on Sunday during a motor vehicular accident which occurred at about 10:15 hrs at the Millie’s Junction, Soesdyke Linden Highway when the driver of a motor car lost control of his vehicle.The motor car # PVV 5602 was at the time being driven by Beresford Harry, 49 of Lot 16 Water Lilly Road, Wismar Linden who sustained serious injuries to the head.The other occupants of the car who sustained injuries are Shakel McAlmont, 21 of Lot 19 Amelia’s Ward, Linden and Trecia Aulder, 28 of Mocha, East Bank Demerara.According to Police report, motor car # PVV 5602 was proceeding east along the northern side of Amelia’s Ward Public Road, Linden at a fast rate of speed when the driver lost control of the vehicle and collided with the Digicel signboard at Millie’s Junction then a wooden barrier on the eastern side of the said junction and into a clump of bushes.As a result the driver and occupants sustained injuries. The driver was rushed toOne of the unhurt passengers assisting to extract the driver from the vehiclethe Linden Hospital Complex (LHC) in an unconscious condition.He is said to have received traumatic injuries to the head. The injured were reportedly seen and examined by a doctor on duty and were admitted. The driver and Shakel McAlmont were however later transferred to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) for further medical treatment. Investigations are ongoing.last_img read more

U-18 Soccer Club fundraising to get to Grande Prairie

first_imgThe coupons being sold cost $10, and offer 6 buy-one get-one free pizza deals, as well as a free medium pizza.The event is raising money to help offset the costs of travel and rental time for an upcoming soccer tournament in Grande Prairie.The tournament will be taking place this weekend, where the local soccer club will take on Grande Prairie to determine their position in the provincials.- Advertisement -A victory would have the boys compete in the Tier 2 League, while a loss would result in them playing in the Tier 3 League.A victory would be substantial for Fort St. John, who has never played in the second tier.last_img

Round 5 of the Peace Motocross Association’s MX Series in Fort St. John

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The roar of two- and four-stroke engines will be filling the air as the Fort St. John Motocross Association brings motocross action to the Energetic City this weekend.Round 5 of the Peace Motocross Association’s MX series will be happening at the Fort St. John motocross track on Sunday. The FSJ Motocross Club held a work bee last Sunday in order to prepare the track for this weekend’s event. Riders as young as 4 years old from across the Peace Region on both sides of the BC/AB border are set to compete in 15 events.Registration for riders is taking place all day Saturday, and on Sunday morning from 7:00 to 8:00, with the races beginning at 9:30 at the Fort St. John motocross track located on 90th Street south of the Alaska Highway.- Advertisement –last_img read more

RCMP Jail and Bail Tomorrow

first_imgTwo local RCMP officers are hoping to raise more than 10,000 dollars for the Canadian Cancer Society with this year’s annual “Jail and Bail” tomorrow.The fundraiser allows members of the community to nominate one another to be arrested for “offences” ranging from posing as a senior to using sarcasm as a weapon. Offenders will be “jailed” in a pen in the Totem Mall and asked to pay a set donation in lieu of “bail.”Last year’s Fort St. John “Jail and Bail” raised nearly 30,000 dollars for the Canadian Cancer Society. Fort St. John RCMP Constable Jeff Jackson is participating in the fundraiser for the second year. [asset|aid=209|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=RCMPBailnJail_2_Pub.mp3] – Advertisement -The fundraiser is being held in conjunction with the Cops for Cancer Tour De North, an annual event that sees RCMP officers cycle from Prince George to Prince Rupert.Proceeds from the tour support pediatric cancer research and programs that benefit kids with cancer and their families. For those looking to have a friend or coworker apprehended, arrest forms are available at local businesses and the Fort St. John RCMP detachment.last_img read more

Is this proof Liverpool should sign player from their Premier League rivals?

first_imgJavier Hernandez continues to prove his doubters wrong after scoring the equaliser in Mexico’s 2-2 draw with Costa Rica.The Manchester United player headed in a brilliant leveller for the Mexicans, returning to the side after an adminstration error kept him out of the Copa America.With Louis van Gaal saying Chicharito was surplus to requirements at Manchester United last season, the 27-year-old was sent to Real Madrid on loan where he scored nine goals in 33 appearances.Reports suggest that Hernandez wants a return to Los Blancos, but on a permanent deal, although Madrid are reluctant to buy. Starting as a substitute for the majority of his career in England, and in Spain, the forward admitted a lack of first-team opportunites has left him very frustrated.But it is suggested that a host of Premier League clubs, including Liverpool, are after the prolific goal scorer – but the Red Devils seem reluctant to sell to rivals.READ: ‘I’D SOONER HAVE HIM THAN BENTEKE!’ – LIVERPOOL FANS SURPRISINGLY KEEN ON MAN UNITED STRIKERlast_img read more

New judge named for Saddam’s trial

first_img160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BAGHDAD, Iraq – One day before Saddam Hussein’s trial resumes, court officials named a new chief judge Monday and ousted another jurist off the five-member panel trying the former Iraqi leader. The changes raised new questions about the fairness of the process and provided yet more signs of disarray in a trial already marked by delays, assassinations and chaotic courtroom outbursts by the former Iraqi ruler. The new chief judge will be Raouf Rasheed Abdel-Rahman, who like his predecessor is a Kurd. Abdel-Rahman serves on a backup panel and has been following the trial, officials said. Rizgar Mohammed Amin submitted his resignation as chief judge Jan. 15 after complaints by politicians and officials that he failed to maintain control of the proceedings. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card After Amin refused to withdraw his resignation, court officials had said he would be replaced by his deputy, Saeed al-Hammash, a Shiite. However, the government commission responsible for purging members of Saddam’s Baath Party complained last week that al-Hammash should not serve as chief judge because of his former membership in the former ruling party. Al-Hammash denied having joined the Baath party, and a U.S. official said Sunday that there was nothing in his background to prevent him from serving. On Monday, however, court official Raid Juhi said al-Hammash was being transferred off the case entirely and that Abdel-Rahman would be the new interim chief judge. Juhi insisted the move was not a result of the Baath membership allegation. The latest changes add to the charged atmosphere surrounding the trail since it began Oct. 19 and may further raise questions about the fairness of the proceedings. Two defense lawyers have been assassinated and a third fled the country since the trial began. Saddam and seven others have been accused in the deaths of about 140 Shiites following a failed assassination attempt in 1982 against the former ruler in Dujail, 50 miles north of Baghdad. They could be hanged if convicted. last_img read more


first_imgENTERTAINMENT: Eclipse Cinema  Lifford/Strabane are showing an Autism Friendly screening of Alvin and The Chipmunks Fast and Furr-ous tomorrow at 3pm.The cinema regularly screens Autism Friendly shows as part of their desire to cater for all needs and requirements. Tomorrow is also KIDS CLUB, and that means all tickets are just €1.80.Some of the films on display are Snoopy, Star Wars, Daddy’s Home and Creed.KIDS CLUB is also on Sunday, so you can avail of these sensational prices all weekend.Then during the week we’ve got CRAZY TUESDAY’S – where tickets all day are just €4.00. Over 50’s are sorted on Wednesday with tickets for just €5.And if the management at Eclipse Cinemas Lifford/Strabane hadn’t spoiled you enough on Thursday they’ve got a their special meal deal offer.For just €10 you could a ticket to any film of your choice, medium drink and popcorn.ALSO: The amazing Brookyln starring Saoirse Ronan is back for 1 week!Check out all our listings @ www.eclipsecinemas.comAUTISM FRIENDLY SCREENING OF ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS AT ECLIPSE CINEMAS LIFFORD/STRABANE was last modified: February 19th, 2016 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)last_img read more

Dylan Browne-McMonagle unfazed on the cusp of pony racing history

first_imgDylan Browne-McMonagle can feel the hands of history on his young shoulders.But the slight, unassuming Letterkenny teenager carries the weight of the possibilities well. His six-and-a-half-stone frame certainly isn’t weighed down by the prospect of penning a new chapter in pony racing history this weekend.The 15-year-old jockey goes to Athea in County Limerick for the last meeting of the year. Already, he has saddled a remarkable 75 winners this season.Already he has the Champion Jockey title secure, but four more winners at the weekend means he’ll eclipse Emmet McNamara’s season-best of 78 winners. Paul Townsend and Jack Kennedy came close to breaking it, but didn’t quite get there.Browne-McMonagle, though, is on the cusp.Last time out, in a hastily-arranged jaunt to Ballylongford in Kerry – after a meeting in Garvagh was called off – he saddled The Green Monkey, Four Stone Of Lead and Let It Go – to take him onto 75 for the year and clinch the Champion Jockey’s crown. “It was nice to get the 75 and get Champion Jockey,” smiles McMonagle. “That’s what I’ve been wanting.”He first came to prominence at the Dingle Races in 2015, riding three winners.That led to a visit to 20-time champion jockey AP McCoy, who invited him over.Last month, Browne-McMonagle was back in England with McCoy for five days and also spent some time with Grand National and Gold Cup winning trainer Jonjo O’Neill at his Jackdaws Castle base.The Errigal College student says: “I was over with McCoy. He was pre-training. It was very busy and I learned loads over there. That was the second time I was over. I learned a lot over there. It was brilliant.” Dylan Browne McMonagle with horse trainer and his uncle Adrian BrowneHe’s had a scholarship to the British Racing School in Newmarket and is already eyeing up a career in the pro ranks, akin to the path forged by Trentagh man Martin Harley.He returned from England to land four winners in Geesala, County Mayo.The season has been an already-memorable one, from a five-timer in Porthall to start 2018 off with a bang.The highlight was Dingle again. Over the three days, Browne-McMonagle saddled nine winners.Northern Star, Half Price and Five Stone Of Lead began the festival in style for the Donegal jockey. On the Saturday, Five Stone of Lead and Northern Star won along with Unhinged and Little Spirit. On the final day, Just For James and, once more, Five Stone Of Lead romped home.In the previous two years he’d had six and five winners at Dingle.“In Dingle, I had nine winners this year and that was amazing,” he says.“Five Stone of Lead won the three days down there. She was very good. She was great that weekend. She’s unbeaten this year.”His routine is intensely disciplined.Every day, without fail, he has dinner immediately after school and then it’s off to the beach. Usually, it’s Rathmullan, occasionally Downings for a change of scenery, with his uncle, Adrian Browne, to train the horses. Browne-McMonagle and Johnny Holian from Ballare ride them out. On a given day, there could be anything up to 12 horses to work.Dylan Browne-McMonagle preparing in RathmullanHe says: “We do about 15 minutes with each horse so we’d be late back.“Adrian, lifts me from the house every day after school. I just come in from school, get my dinner and it’s straight away to the beach with the horses. We’d have 10 or 12 every day down with us to ride out.“On a busy day we’d have 12 so it can be very busy.”Weight isn’t an issue for Browne-McMonagle who doesn’t ‘eat a lot of junk’ in any case.“More so, during the boxing, I’d have to watch the weight,” he adds.Somehow, he had time to ace his Junior Certificate examinations in June.For he doubles up his time in the saddle with a ruthless streak in the squared circle. In April, Browne-McMonagle, who boxes out of Letterkenny ABC, won the Irish Boy 4 title at 39kgs. In the final he scored a 4-1 majority win over Fr Horgan’s puncher Shane Stokes.Dylan Browne-McMonagle celebrates his Irish final win with Letterkenny ABC colleaguesHe’s won Irish, Ulster, North West Zones and Donegal titles in the ring in 2018. On Saturday night he was honoured by the Donegal Boxing Board, who presented him with the Jim White Shield for Most Improved Boxer at their annual awards.“From the end of April to the end of September I do the horses,” he says.“As soon as i finish the horses, I’m straight back into training again for the boxing. I went back in there a couple of weeks ago and the horses are still on.“I get to the beach early if I can now when there’s a cross-over. The training starts later for me now in the boxing because I’m in an older age group now so it works out better.”He already has his plan mapped out for the future.“I’ll do another year of pony racing and then try and sign under someone as an apprentice – I’m looking to do exactly what Martin (Harley) did,” he says.It’s all he’s ever known.“Everyone in the family has had horses so I’ve been around them all my life. I’ve been into horses since I was a wee tot,” he says with that affable smile.A four-timer in Limerick will give him his own place in pony racing’s pantheon.And yet he retains all the coolness that comes with a knowing blend of the Sport of Kings and the Sweet Science.You just wouldn’t bet against him.Dylan Browne-McMonagle unfazed on the cusp of pony racing history was last modified: September 26th, 2018 by Chris McNultyShare 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:Adrian BrowneAP McCoyDingleDowningsDylan Browne-McMonagleFive Stone Of LeadGeesalaletterkennyLetterkenny ABCMartin HarleyPorthallRathmullanlast_img read more