Italy coach Roberto Mancini said Italy aim ‘to win’ Euro 2020 next summer and believes Roma forward Nicolò Zaniolo can ‘recover in time’. The Azzurri beat Holland 1-0 in their last match, but Zaniolo suffered a second ACL injury in 2020 and is set for another long recovery period. Mancini’s men impressed during the qualifiers and the coach stressed Italy should always aim to win the biggest championships. read also:‘Football can wait’: Italy coach Mancini ready to play Euros in 2021Advertisement Promoted ContentA Hit Song By Lil Nas X Is Beating A World Record As We Speak!The Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show YouWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Playing Games For Hours Can Do This To Your Body8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth8 Things To Expect If An Asteroid Hits Our Planet10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?20 Facts That’ll Change Your Perception Of “The Big Bang Theory”The Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love WithFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread Art “We go to win, Italy must always start to win, even when we don’t seem to be among the favourites,” Mancini told TgPoste. “With our history, we aim for the maximum result.” He hopes to have Zaniolo back in time for the championship next summer. “I spoke to him a few days ago, we hope to see him again as soon as possible,” Mancini added. “He’s a young lad, he has time to recover and join us for the European Championship.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading…
SHELLY Ann Fraser-Pryce is to see a doctor in Miami in about two weeks at which time a decision could be made as to whether or not she undergoes surgery on a troublesome big toe.The 2016 Olympic 100-metre bronze medallist had been bothered by the injured toe for almost a year.It hampered her preparation for the Olympic Games where she was attempting to become the first woman to win three consecutive Olympic 100-metre titles.She aggravated the injury while winning her 100m semi-final heat but was able to mine a bronze medal in the final won by her compatriot Elaine Thompson.According to the athlete’s publicist, Sherie Ranston, Fraser-Pryce visited her doctor in Miami on her way home from Brazil. He had her wear a protective boot which she will keep on for the next two weeks when he is to examine the toe again.The specific nature of the injury remains a mystery, SportsMax.tv understands.Initial reports said she was suffering from a fracture but later reports suggested it was not.Ranston said the athlete is reluctant to speak on the nature of the injury until there is certainty as to what it actually is.In addition to her two Olympic 100-metre titles, Fraser-Pryce has also won four individual World Championship gold medals including three 100-metre titles in 2009, 2013, and 2015. (Sportsmax.com)
When Tottenham Hotspurs signed Dele Ali from League One side, MK Dons as an 18-year old rookie, not many expected that he would be such a huge success within a short while. Encouraged by the success of Ali, the White Hart Lane side is set to gamble on another Nigerian greenhorn, Kion EteteIn what could be akin to Spurs’ success with the likes of Dele Alli and Josh Onoma, the North London club have already welcomed Etete for a period of trial.The lad is now making the best of the opportunity, as Etete is impressing Tottenham technocrats, who had good marks for the 17-year-old after a week’s trial with the English Premier League club. All fingers are now pointing in the direction of a repeat of the Alli saga for Etete. Tottenham are considering a move for Notts County’s pacy teenage forward Kion Etete. The 17-year-old had a week’s trial with the Premier League club culminating in a game for their Under 18s against West Ham at the weekend where he scored twice in a 5-3 win, in which Mauricio Pochettino’s son, Maurizio, put Spurs 1-0 up.Etete signed a professional contract with Notts County on his birthday in November. That came just weeks after being handed his first team debut, by then manager Harry Kewell, as a 16-year-old in the Checkatrade Trophy against Newcastle in October.He was linked with city rivals Nottingham Forest in January and has gone on to make six first team appearances for the League Two strugglers. Tottenham will continue to monitor his progress in the coming weeks.The youngster has played four League Two matches this season, and six in all competitions, all coming from the bench. His debut had come just weeks before, then-manager Harry Kewell handing him minutes in the Checkatrade Trophy against Newcastle United U-21s.Spurs will continue to track Etete’s progress before deciding whether to make a permanent move for the starlet.Tottenham have not brought in any new players since the arrival of Lucas Moura on deadline day in January 2018 and fans have been frustrated by the lack of activity, as has manager Mauricio Pochettino.Spurs are now nine points off second-place Liverpool and just three ahead of fourth-place Manchester United haven picked up just one point in their last three games.Meanwhile, Notts County fans have now taken to Twitter to react to the news, begging Etete to stay but understanding that it’s hard to reject a club like Tottenham, believing that he’s probably already gone.Others want Etete sold quickly to ease the club’s financial issues, with some joking that a £7million fee would be needed to price him away from Meadow Lane as they backed him for a bright future.Etete has celebrated his 17th birthday in style – by signing a professional contract at Notts County and has been a regular on the substitutes’ bench in recent weeks and made his senior debut against Newcastle United U-21s in the Checkatrade Trophy last month.The teenager is now looking forward to working under new boss Neal Ardley.“Being around the first team has been a great experience for me and now I’m just going to be doing all I can to show the new manager what I can do,” Etete told the club’s website.“Under-23s matches will give me the chance to prove myself against older players from a higher level and I can still play for the Under-18s, which will keep me up to speed.”Etete, who turns 17 today, will have to put his celebrations on hold as he is due to face Southampton in the Premier League Cup later today.“It feels quite surreal as this is just the start of my day. I’ve got my first driving lesson and a Premier League Cup fixture against Southampton coming up later,” he said.Tottenham Hotspur’s first team drew 1-1 at home to Arsenal on Saturday afternoon in a dramatic, controversial encounter – but their Under-18’s were also in action.Spurs Under-18’s took on their West Ham United counterparts in a London derby at Hotspur Way last Saturday morning, with the game somewhat overshadowed by the North London derby.Kion Etete scored twice for Spurs, and if fans aren’t too familiar with his name in relation to Tottenham, that’s more than fair; he was a trialist for the game.The Notts County teenager, 17, has already made six first-team appearances for the League Two side, but was allowed to play for Spurs as a trialist last Saturday.Scoring twice in the first half is some way to make an impact, and the teenager has surely given himself a great chance of earning a permanent move to Tottenham this summer.Etete came through the youth team at Notts County and made his senior debut for the “Magpies” in a group stage match of the EFL Trophy against Newcastle United U-21 in October last year, coming on as a 76th-minute substitute. He made his EFL League Two debut in November, in a 2–2 draw with Port Vale and after the game he said “I was nervous because it was a big occasion and I just wanted to keep my head on the game”.His manager said afterwards, “Kion was excellent”.It, however, remains to be seen if he can reciprocate the success recorded by his compatriot, Alli at Tottenham.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Image Courtesy: BCCI/Gulf NewsAdvertisement cxkiNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs7cjajWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E79z8( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) c2ivWould you ever consider trying this?😱1wvCan your students do this? 🌚ba9Roller skating! Powered by Firework All the rumours and guesswork going on around regarding Women’s IPL is now over, as BCCI president Sourav Ganguly has confirmed today that the much awaited tournament will be taking place. The four team tournament, also knows as the Women’s T20 Challenge and the Challenger series, will be having its third season this year. The camps are also confirmed to be set up by November.Advertisement Image Courtesy: BCCI/Gulf NewsBack in February, the Women’s T20 Challenge was confirmed to feature four teams this year. After months of uncertainty amidst the novel Coronavirus pandemic in India, the tournament’s decision comes on the heels of the men’s IPL confirmation.2020 Women’s T20 Challenge: Sourav Ganguly confirms Women’s IPL is ‘very much on’The Women’s tournament will be scheduled in accordance to the men’s IPL 2020, which will take place in UAE between 19th September and 10th November. The confirmation came from Sourav Ganguly himself, before the commencement of the IPL Governing Council meeting on Sunday.Advertisement “I can confirm to you that the women’s IPL is very much on and we do have a plan in place for the national team also,” Ganguly spoke to PTI prior to the GC meeting.ALSO READ: UAE cricket board aiming to fill 30-50% of the stadiums during IPLAdvertisement The surge of COVID-19 cases in India was the main factor for the men’s IPL to be shifted to the United Arab Emirates, second time the tournament saw an abroad venue since the 2009 edition in South Africa. It was also the factor behind the delay in confirmation of the Challenger series, which saw its last two editions hosted in India.Image Courtesy: Sportzpics“We couldn’t have exposed any of our cricketers — be it male or female to health risk,” Dada continued, “It would have been dangerous. The NCA also remained shut because of COVID-19.”Although, the former Men in Blue captain said there are intentions to set up a camp for the women cricketers.“But we have a plan in place and we will have a camp for women, I can tell you that.” Ganguly added.While the BCCI prez did not confirm any possible dates for the Challenger series, internal sources confirmed that the tournament will likely be held between 1st to 10th November, similar to how the previous editions have taken place during Playoff and Finals week of men’s IPLs. However, the venues have not been revealed yet.The 2020 Women’s T20 Challenge will feature four teams. The two time champions Supernovas team, led by Harmanpreet Kaur, and the Trailblazers, captained by Smriti Mandhana will join up with former Women in Blue skipper Mithali Raj’s team Velocity from 2019, and one yet to be named fourth team included this year.The Supernovas are the two time champions of Women’s T20 Challenge. (Image Courtesy: IPL)If you like reading about MMA, make sure you check out MMAIndia.com Also, follow India’s biggest arm wrestling tournament at ProPanja.comRoger Binny raises doubts over MS Dhoni’s current ability and fitness150 Day Wait: Badminton players receive green light from the government to train from 5 August Advertisement
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SANTA ANITA OFFERS 20 CENT SINGLE TICKET RAINBOW PICK SIX JACKPOT CARRYOVER OF $157,053 INTO SATURDAY; FIRST POST TIME FOR NINE-RACE CARD IS AT 12:30 P.M.ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 7, 2020)–In addition to a pair of graded stakes on a nine-race program, fans will be greeted on Saturday by a carryover of $157,053 in Santa Anita’s popular 20 cent Single Ticket Rainbow Pick Six Jackpot.With a carryover from Sunday of $135,744 to shoot at, $93,072 in new money was wagered today, creating a total pool of $228,816.With no singleton, there were 415 consolation tickets with six winners, each worth $119.90.First post time for Saturday’s nine-race card is at 12:30 p.m. with approximate post time for the fourth race, leg one in the Rainbow Six, at 1:58 p.m. PT.The Grade II, $200,000 Las Virgenes Stakes, for 3-year-old fillies at one mile, has been carded as Saturday’s fifth race, with the Richard Baltas-trained Venetian Harbor installed as the 2-5 morning line favorite.The Grade III, $100,000 Thunder Road Stakes, for older horses at one mile on turf, will go as race seven, with Simon Callaghan’s True Valour pegged as the 7-2 early favorite in a wide-open field of 10.Santa Anita’s admission gates will open at 10:30 a.m. Saturday. For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.
Playoff positioning will be the biggest thing going in the minds of Batangas and Tanduay when the two teams part ways on Thursday in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.ADVERTISEMENT 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Ranking tourney Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation Chongson, however, argued that the only statistic he was mindful of is the wins, the losses, and especially the championships.“I can’t worry about stuff like that,” he said after the Rhum Masters shattered the record for most points scored and biggest winning margin. “The only record I’m after is the championship.”Batangas coach Eric Gonzales acknowledges that his side is coming in as underdogs in the tiff.“Honestly, we still lack experience compared with the Tanduay players,” he said, as he will bank on his leaders Joseph Sedurifa, Jessie Saitanan, and Cedrick Ablaza.However, the Batangueños are hell-bent on making it to the top six even after their close 70-66 defeat to Cignal HD last week.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES MOST READ Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission With the two squads currently tied at third place carrying their identical 4-2 slates, a victory is surely going to be a boost in the team’s bid to earn a spot in the quarterfinals.And that fact isn’t lost on Rhum Masters coach Lawrence Chongson, as they seek to stay in the running in the playoffs and, hopefully, a top two spot.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’“We’re really focused on the game against Batangas because we want to stay on top,” said the outspoken mentor. “One of us will get dropped because we are tied at three and four in the standings.”Tanduay got the necessary momentum builder it needed via a dominant 141-65 decimation of Zark’s Burgers last Monday, where the team also set two league records in the process behind Jerwin Gaco, Lester Alvarez, and James Martinez. End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Tip-off is at 3 p.m., to be followed by the all-important game between Marinerong Pilipino and Racal Motors at 5 p.m.Currently on the outside looking in, Racal (3-3) and Marinero (1-4) are just out for survival as both teams try to stay in the playoff race. Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ View comments Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite
WASHINGTON, DC – OCTOBER 05: Justise Winslow #20 of the Miami Heat dribbles around John Wall #2 of the Washington Wizards during the first half of a preseason NBA game at Capital One Arena on October 5, 2018 in Washington, DC. Will Newton/Getty Images/AFPMIAMI — Justise Winslow has agreed to a $39 million, three-year extension with the Miami Heat.A person with direct knowledge of the agreement confirmed the terms to The Associated Press on Friday night. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because Winslow isn’t signing the contract until this weekend.ADVERTISEMENT Later, Winslow confirmed that he would be signing the deal.“I’m just excited,” Winslow said. “I’m invested in this team, in this city. It’s nice to get it done before the season so I can just go out there and play, open mind, open heart. I’m committed to this team and committed to this city.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissWinslow averaged 7.5 points and 5.3 rebounds on 41 percent shooting over his first three seasons, playing mostly as a reserve. He was the No. 10 pick in the 2015 draft out of Duke.The contract means the Heat salary commitments for the 2019-20 season, when Winslow’s extension would begin, are about $135 million for 10 players. Winslow will make $13 million in each of the three seasons of the deal, though the Heat hold the third year at their option. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 LATEST STORIES Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum UE coach Silva happy to see former wards shine at NU: ‘They will always be family’ Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college View comments “We just stayed steady, stayed the course and we got a deal done,” Winslow said.ESPN first reported the sides reached an agreement.Winslow’s 2017-18 season got a boost when the Heat swung a February trade to bring back Dwyane Wade to Miami. Winslow was averaging 6.8 points before the trade; he averaged 9.8 points after Wade returned.“Justise is ready to make another jump,” Wade said earlier this preseason. “I think with him, the big thing is health. When he’s healthy, he’s a big part of this.”Winslow was held out of Miami’s preseason finale against Atlanta on Friday night, with Heat coach Erik Spoelstra making the decision to give him rest. Miami opens the regular season at Orlando on Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown
In the wake of the United Nations Mission in Liberia’s (UNMIL) drawdown, a joint security team comprising members of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL), Liberia National Police (LNP), and Liberia National Fire Service (LNFS) yesterday stormed the Ministry of Defense building in Congo Town, Monrovia, in search of suspected drug addicts. According to security sources, the building’s notoriety has surpassed the much-talked about and densely populated Peace Island community in Congo Town, commonly known as “540.”The Liberians were backed by their outgoing UNMIL counterparts. Several of the suspected addicts arrested in yesterday’s raid were immediately turned over to the LNP for processing and their subsequent hand-over to court, the Daily Observer was informed.Traffic connecting the main road to the Congo Town back road came to a standstill as commuters stood agape witnessing the event.However, according to sources, yesterday’s operations were intended to search, seize and arrest suspected drug addicts and hardened criminals.The exercise, the sources continued, has been carried out in several communities in Monrovia and other commercial districts, and is expected to continue in the coming weeks.Our sources hinted that the operation became a necessity because security forces have observed that the country is gradually becoming a potential haven for transnational drug dealers and traffickers.“The reason is because the country has porous borders that anyone can penetrate without the security noticing.” Prior to yesterday’s search, there had been widespread rumors that the abandoned Defense Ministry structure hosts an unspecified number of drug addicts and hardened criminals.Residents of the surrounding communities told the Daily Observer that until yesterday’s exercise, the building was inhabited by hardcore criminals, who made the area a no-go zone for them.“We have been very afraid to inform security people about the bad conditions around here as most of the suspected criminals over there continue to threaten our homes,” said a gentleman who identified himself as Morton.A female resident disclosed that they had remained silent on the situation owing to the fact that they have to protect their lives and properties from the marauding gangs that terrorize their communities.One resident described the move by the joint security squad as “timely” and urged the government and its partners to sustain the search operations in all parts of Monrovia and extend them across the country. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Piazon has been limited to action for Chelsea’s Under-23 side so far this term and a January departure has been mooted.It had been reported that Corinthians were keen on luring the Sao Paulo-born winger back to his home city when the transfer window opens.But now, according to Brazilian outlet Globo Esporte, the club’s president Andres Sanchez has denied that is the case.Sanchez has recently been in Europe and was photographed alongside Piazon’s agent Kia Joorabchian which only added fuel to the rumours. Latest Chelsea News shining gameday cracker Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won JIBE Chelsea outcast Lucas Piazon is not a target for Corinthians, the Brazilian club’s president has insisted.The 24-year-old has failed to make the grade at Stamford Bridge since arriving in 2012 and has spent time on loan at five different clubs in search if regular first-team football. Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? However, during what has been described as an ‘informal chat’ with the Brazilian press, Sanchez categorically denied any interest in Piazon.The former Fulham and Reading loanee is out of contract in the summer. Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars tense punished REVEALED REAL DEAL Piazon featured for Chelsea in pre-season, but has not made it into Maurizio Sarri’s first team REVEALED OFF Tottenham issue immediate ban to supporter who threw cup at Kepa Real Madrid ‘offer’ Isco to Chelsea in bid to ‘make room’ for Tottenham star Lampard appears to aim dig at Mourinho for handling of Salah and De Bruyne at Chelsea 1 Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Redknapp calls Son ‘petulant’, but Holloway says red card for Rudiger kick was ‘soft’ targets
HE’S kept you up to speed all year on Donegal Daily with his views on Donegal’s matches.Here is his final blog of 2012 from Cathal Mac Suibhne.(It’s a wee bit late this time; but you’ll understand why!) “We have him! Michael Murphy couldn’t have summed it up better.After possibly the most treacherous route taken to win any All-Ireland, Jim McGuinness brought us the title we have craved for so long. The scenes were incredible and the tears and drink have flowed in equal measure since Sunday evening.Many commentators have spoke of the journey the team have taken in such a short space of time and how they’ve come from nowhere to Champions in two years. Jim always believed though. Ireland’s National Library on Kildare Street in Dublin wouldn’t immediately spring to mind as the location for some sort of premonition as to a potential All-Ireland but it was there in late 2009 that I realised what we were missing. Myself and some of my clubmates from Ranelagh Gaels GAA club in Dublin sat in hushed reverence listening to the great manager of the day, Mickey Harte, offering his views on the game and it was fascinating.Listening to Harte, it was obvious that Donegal needed someone like him to turn our fortunes around; we needed someone with that obsession to win, the drive and the belief – we needed a Messiah.Six months later I watched Donegal’s U21s beat Tipperary in Parnell Park to qualify for the All-Ireland Final. It was clear that the players had a belief not often associated with Donegal players; they were so in tune with the game plan they were executing, every man knew his job and they trusted each other and played for their manager.When Michael’s penalty came crashing off that crossbar in Breffni Park in the dying seconds of the final, there was a sense of unfinished business. The Maestro and The Messiah had an All-Ireland to win.I first saw a young Michael in Cusack Park in Mullingar in a qualifier fixture in 2007. I hadn’t seen his Championship debut the previous week, instead listening to Raidio na Gaeltachta’s Seamus Mac Geadaigh describe the action while trying to drown out the noise of Oxegen’s main stage behind me. On that day we struggled to an extra time win in Carrick On Shannon.At the time every team was looking for a Kieran Donaghy type full forward after the Kerry man brought the Kingdom to an All-Ireland the previous year. Michael was only seventeen at the time but had the physical presence and the skill to suggest he could become a star. On Sunday he scored as good a goal as has ever graced an All-Ireland final with a trademark fetch-pivot-bang finish. He has scored so many of those in his career – Cork in the league this year, Derry in last year’s league, for his club in last year’s county final – but it remains a stunning piece of action to witness.It set the tone for a superb individual display from the captain and when Colm McFadden got the second goal soon after, it was hard to see us being beaten.Mayo deserve huge credit for forcing their way back into the game when it looked as if things were heading the direction of their previous finals.An eerie silence descended upon Croke Park for a while after McFadden’s goal, the stadium was packed but both sets of supporters seemed a bit shocked at the way things had unfolded early on. Mayo did get going again and showed they’re a fine side, narrowing the deficit to three by half time. Donegal always seemed to have an extra gear though and whenever they needed a settling score they got it, with the gap never less than three points.Mayo needed a goal but barely got a sniff. The McGee brothers were outstanding, with Eamon playing an hour with a yellow card to his name but showing fantastic discipline and composure, particularly in the second half. With younger sibling Peter also in the squad there’ll be three Celtic crosses adorning the mantelpiece.Mayo on the other hand lacked a bit of those traits and seemed to get too caught up in trying to unsettle Donegal. Cillian O’Connor in particular tried to rough up the elder of the McGees, preventing quick frees, throwing the ball away and then taking a pop shot at Anthony Thompson. These could be described as legitimate tactics in the modern game that are used by many teams but it didn’t seem to do Mayo any favours.Thompson got another box towards the end of the game from Aidan O’Shea but the teak tough Naomh Conaill man soldiered on and he’s another who’s had a hugely impressive year.Jim was as decisive as always on the line, taking off three players in Ryan Bradley, Patrick McBrearty and Leo McLoone who were playing well and making contributions. Jim is never slow to change things and when he felt he needed fresher legs the substitutions arrived. It was one of the side’s veterans who made the biggest impact with Christy Toye producing a fine cameo for the last fifteen minutes.As the final whistle got nearer and the finishing line came into view Donegal naturally retreated and ensured that their goal would not be breached. Paddy McGrath gave another brilliant corner back display and he’s had a super year. Indeed he was excellent all throughout last year too but it’s only now he’s starting to get due recognition from national media.Indeed not getting due recognition doesn’t stop with Paddy. So many pundits and so-called experts derided the team last year and seemed to think that what we produced against Dublin was the endgame in Donegal’s development. They either refused to believe that we were a work in progress or else just didn’t have the foresight to see what McGuinness was building.Mayo moved O’Shea to the edge of the square for a last throw of the dice in the closing stages. Close to the same spot where he unleashed his bullet for the first goal, Michael twice climbed highest to get his hand to the last two air missiles launched in the big Mayo man’s direction.He knew the finishing line and the Holy Grail was close and we needed a man to lead us there. It was fitting end to a man of the match display. Throughout the second half he was constantly giving encouragement to his team-mates, applauding their efforts and demanding more.Sunday was the start of an exciting time for the players and supporters alike. Donegal Town was packed last night and we were treated to Jim on stage with Daniel O’Donnell giving a rousing rendition of Destination Donegal.This week will go quickly for the players as they go a whistle stop tour of the county. It’s the weeks after that when they get a chance to properly reflect on their achievement that the satisfaction will really hit home.There are so many little aspects that we can look forward to that come with being All-Ireland Champions. Finding out who will we face first in defending our Ulster and All-Ireland crowns; how many All-Stars will we get? Which of our players will land the Footballer of the Year gong?There are also novel occasions like the team receiving a guard of honour in their opening games of 2013. The All-Ireland Final DVD will fill manys a stocking this Christmas around the county. Sam will be present at club functions and schools over the next few months as he gets reacquainted with places he hasn’t seen in two decades.The year started off with a McKenna Cup game against Jordanstown in O’Donnell Park and its interesting now to read back on all the early season reports knowing that it all ends up with Michael climbing the steps of the Hogan Stand to lift Sam.This could happen again in twelve months time, it could be twelve years time, who knows; so this is a time to be cherished – hold your head high, stick your chest out.We’re the best team in the land – soak it up, breathe it in. Donegal are All-Ireland Champions, what a thing to be able to say.SAM’S HOME: CATHAL MAC SUIBHNE’S DONEGAL GAA BLOG was last modified: September 25th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:SAM’S HOME: CATHAL MAC SUIBHNE’S DONEGAL GAA BLOG