Sharapova reveals failed drug test

first_imgLOS ANGELES (AP):Tennis star Maria Sharapova says she failed a drug test at the Australian Open.The five-time major champion took full responsibility for her mistake when she made the announcement at a news conference yesterday in Los Angeles.”I know that with this, I face consequences,” Sharapova said. “I don’t want to end my career this way and I really hope I will be given another chance to play this game.”The 28-year-old Sharapova said she tested positive for meldonium, which she said she has been taking for 10 years for numerous health issues. Meldonium, which is thought to be widely used by Russian athletes, became a banned substance this year under the WADA code and Sharapova claimed she didn’t notice its addition to the banned list.”I take great responsibility and professionalism in my job and I made a huge mistake,” Sharapova said. “I let my fans down. I let the sport down that I’ve been playing since the age of four, that I love so deeply.”Boosts exercise capacityMeldonium, also known as mildronate, is a Latvian-manufactured drug popular for fighting heart disease in former Soviet Union countries. Meldonium treats ischemia, or lack of blood flow, but can be taken in large doses as a performance enhancer that increases exercise capacity.WADA President Craig Reedie told The Associated Press that any athlete found guilty of using meldonium would normally face a one-year suspension.The ITF’s anti-doping programme announced in a statement that Sharapova will be provisionally suspended starting this weekend while her case is examined.Sharapova said she tested positive in an in-competition test at the Australian Open, where she lost to Serena Williams in the quarter-finals on January 26. Sharapova hasn’t played since then while recovering from a forearm injury and she had already dropped out of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, which begins this week.Several athletes have tested positive for meldonium since it was banned in January, including two Ukrainian biathletes and Russian cyclist Eduard Vorganov. Earlier yesterday, Russia’s Ekaterina Bobrova, a European champion ice dancer, told local media she had tested positive for meldonium.Sharapova said she began taking meldonium for “several health issues I had back in 2006,” including a magnesium deficiency, regular influenza, “irregular” heart test results and early indications of diabetes, of which she has a family history. Sharapova and her attorney declined to say where Sharapova was put on the drug or where she gets it now, citing the ongoing process with the ITF.”I have to take full responsibility for it,” Sharapova said. “It’s my body, and I’m responsible for what I put into it.”Reedie said he was unaware of Sharapova’s case until she announced it at the news conference.”I understand the drug is sold particularly in Eastern Europe,” he told the AP in a telephone interview. “You can almost get it over the counter. For stronger versions, you might need a prescription. There has been a whole rash of these cases since the first of January when it appeared on the banned list.”last_img read more

Manager charged for assaulting wife

first_imgA manager found himself before the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts after he reportedly assaulted his wife.Paul Gittens admitted that he assaulted Alesia Gittens on June 24, 2018 at Prashad Nagar, Georgetown.According to reports, on the day in question, the defendant was demanding the keys to his home after he and the Virtual Complainant (VC) encountered issues, but was refused.As such, he reportedly became angry and a scuffle ensued between the couple during which the defendant reportedly dealt the VC several blows to the body.He was later arrested and charged with the offence. When questioned, the defendant told Magistrate Fabayo Azore that it was a complicated situation.He was fined $10,000 with an alternative sentence of 14 days in prison.last_img

16 advance to finals of Carib Soca Monarch

first_imgSixteen of the 17 contestants vying for the title of Carib Soca Monarch are one stop closer following the semi-final of the competition on Saturday evening in the mining town of Linden.Those going through to the finals on February 16 are Jumo Primo, Lil Colywin, Static, Vanilla, Nesta, Sexy Berry, Miss Finesse, True, Ryan T, Real Proof, Passion, Vintage, Natural One, Sasha Melody, Stephen Ramplal and of course, reigning Soca Monarch Brandon Harding who will be defending his crown.The 17 competitors braved the stage to represent their communities in a bid to be crowned Monarch for 2019.Vanilla dishing out her tune in Linden on Saturday eveningThe spectators were on their feet jumping, waving, and gyrating to the songs which carried a wide range of themes. Making the night even more enjoyable was Master of Ceremony Malcolm Ferreira, who had the crowd rolling with laughter with his comical commentary and interaction with the crowd.Popular local artiste Kwesi Ace and the Fame Band gave a warm-up performance that led the way for the first singer and newcomer, Shaima “Sexy Berry” Muna with her song, “Goddess of Soca”. She was followed by Melissa “Ms Finess” Pestano with her “I don’t watch no face” performance.They were followed by soca veteran Jumo “Rubber Waist” Primo, who woke the crowd up with his song “Tribute”. With absolutely no costume or props needed, he had the crowd on their feet as he directed their attention to the variety of instruments on the stage as his tune pays homage to the musical instruments and its operators.A section of the band in full swingHaving been in the business for a number of years, Jumo’s performance was no surprise. However, Linden’s young monarch hopeful, Roderick “Static” Allicock did not hesitate to hint at his intent to take the crown. With his bouncy lyrics “tell Jumo to go his way, he old and grey” he had the crowd swaying with laughter and cheer.Lindeners also had an overwhelming response to the other home-grown artistes including, Lil Colwin with his extraordinary performance of “Full Access” and Collin “Real Proof” Prince with his “Push Back” performance.These Linden artistes did not disappoint as they were ranked among the best performers for the night, as their props with J’ouvert power, water, fireworks, backup dancers, exotic choreography and eye-catching costumes made the show even more satisfying.Stephen Ramplal and his back-up dancersAnother of the high-ranking performances for the night was Vanilla’s “One Voice” which spoke of the need for Guyanese to shun disparity and live in love and unity.Soca was on fire in Linden and the judges had a testing time during the elimination process. The competitors were assessed on their song topic, diction, party appeal, stage performance and crowd response among other things.Reigning monarch, Brandon Harding said, “This is a competition and I thrive on competition. I know I am up against the likes of Jumo and Vanilla and Nesta, and there are some really good songs and good talent who are in it to win it, however, the only person who will beat Brandon is Brandon,”Roderick ‘Static’ Allicock giving it his allThe Carib Soca Monarch will walk away with $1.5 million, while the runner-up will walk win $750,000, while there is $500,000 and $250,000 for third and fourth place respectively. There’s also the $100,000 “Best New Comer” prize going to the top novice.last_img read more

Man United to sign their next great midfielder or Fellaini Mark II?

first_img 6 Click the arrows for some of Manchester United’s possible midfield options this summer.With the pursuit of Arturo Vidal seemingly no closer to ending in his arrival at Old Trafford, and transfer deadline day approaching, can the Red Devils avoid ending up with Fellaini Mark II?Which midfielder would you like United to sign this summer? Comment below… Man United need to sign a top class midfielder – Click through the slideshow to see the midfield targets Van Gaal might sign – Manchester United’s defeat to Swansea has led to claims the club will spend big in the coming weeks in an attempt to address their deficiencies – and in particular, a light midfield – but the Red Devils should be wary. The Manchester side have made a habit of ‘panic buys’ in the recent past, over-spending on the wrong player, and a hastily bought new midfielder in particular could quite easily end up being another Marouane Fellaini. One buy that wouldn’t have came in a panic was Arturo Vidal, who the club had been looking at for some time, but just as David Moyes’ interest in Thiago Alcantara cooled last summer, so it seems the pursuit of Vidal may be scuppered by his age (27), injury history and low sell-in value in relation to a possible £40m fee. United need to look to alternatives, but can they avoid a Fellaini mark two? Click through the gallery above to see the midfielders United can target. 6 Luiz Gustavo – signed by Van Gaal before – click the arrow for more possible midfield signings – One slightly different option could be Wolfsburg’s Luiz Gustavo, who Van Gaal brought to Bayern Munich back in 2011. Gustavo is a pure defensive midfielder with the energy necessary to cover the entirety of the pitch, and would free up Ander Herrera and Juan Mata to focus entirely on creating goals. As a bonus, he can also fill in at centre back. Kevin Strootman – Van Gaal’s Dutch linchpin – click the arrow for more possible midfield signings – The injury that ruled Kevin Strootman out of the 2014 World Cup means his importance to Louis van Gaal’s Netherlands outfit has been somewhat forgotten in recent months, but the Roma man was the heart of the Oranje prior to his physical troubles. The playmaker is exactly what United need, happy either creating or scoring goals and, above all, capable of controlling a game. The Italians won’t let him go without a fight. 6 6 6 Jordy Clasie – the ‘Dutch Xavi’ – click the arrow for more possible midfield signings – Given Van Gaal’s faith in young players, one wildcard suggestion could be Jordy Clasie, another of his Netherlands World Cup batch. The Feyenoord man has somewhat exaggeratedly been hailed as the ‘Dutch Xavi’, but what is certain is that Van Gaal used him five times in World Cup qualifying, as well as twice at the tournament proper. Likely to be more easily available than Strootman, United may need to act quickly nonetheless, as Porto are also keen. 6 Miralem Pjanic – Strootman’s team-mate – click the arrow for more possible midfield signings – If Van Gaal can’t bring in someone he knows first hand, then an alternative could be Kevin Strootman’s Roma team mate Miralem Pjanic. The United manager will likely have had a chance to watch him first hand at the World Cup, and the Bosnian’s quality on the ball would certainly be an asset for the Red Devils. Axel Witsel – the acceptable Fellaini Mark II? – While there is a scarcity of quality midfielders available at the highest level, one man who could perhaps be tempted to move is Zenit’s Axel Witsel. At 25 the Belgian is approaching his peak years, so a chance to test himself at a higher level could be too much to ignore. Witsel marries all the qualities United need, with strengths both on and off the ball, and as a bonus, his understanding with Marouane Fellaine could even revive the other Belgian’s career.last_img read more


first_imgDonegal County Councillor Mick Quinn has called on the public to join a Sinn Féin organised picket against the planned €1.2bn bank bailout next week.The picket will take place in the Market Sq, Letterkenny 1pm on Monday 23rd January.Cllr Quinn said: “The Irish people are sick of unjust cuts and austerity combined with government lies which purport that new charges such as the household tax are necessary to provide services. “The reality is that the government is taxing the most vulnerable in order to pump money into a black hole in the banking sector.“Next week the government will pay another €1,200million to unsecured unguaranteed bondholders in Anglo-Irish bank.“The reality is that our grandchildren will be paying for the actions of reckless gamblers in Europe for decades to come.”He added: “I would invite everyone who wishes to demonstrate against this unnecessary bailout to join us on Monday.”  ANTI-BAILOUT PROTEST PLANNED FOR LETTERKENNY was last modified: January 19th, 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:Cllr Mick QuinnletterkennySinn Feinlast_img read more

Men’s Basketball Hosts Annual Media Day

first_imgStory Links Print Friendly Version Photo Gallery center_img With four official practices already in the rearview mirror, the Drake University men’s basketball team spent part of Thursday, Oct. 8, meeting with the local media to preview the upcoming 2016-17 season. The Bulldogs return 10 experienced players to the veteran roster while adding a pair of dynamic junior college transfers. Junior Reed Timmer returns as the Missouri Valley Conference’s top returning scorer after posting 16.8 points per game to earn honorable mention All-MVC honors as a sophomore. In addition to Timmer, five other returnees have experience as a starter while seven played 10 or more minutes per game last season. The Bulldogs have more than another month of practices before opening up the 2016-17 against South Dakota at the Knapp Center on Nov. 11.Below are videos of the Bulldogs talking about the upcoming season during Media Day.last_img read more


first_imgThe brand new Cooney’s Home and Garden store in Letterkenny.JOB VACANCIES: Cooneys Home and Garden in Letterkenny Retail Park is going from strength to strength and is looking to find dynamic individuals to become part of their team.The business currently employs THIRTY people and approaching their first year anniversary are looking to recruit for the following key positions.Retail Supervisor for Garys Pet World: This full time role has become available due to internal promotion.It requires retail experience with good merchandising skills and a passion for pets.This role could afford the right candidate a good opportunity for career progression within the company.Retail Supervisor for Our Garden Centre:This new exciting position will require the candidate to look after the day to day running of our successful Garden Centre.The successful candidate will have benefit of working with existing experienced team.Experience of working in a similar role essential.Warehouse operative:The role will require the candidate to look after the everyday operations involved in maintaining our Stores and Stock.Experience of working in a similar Warehouse environment would be preferred.The candidate must hold a C and a forklift licence.Attention to detail with the ability to communicate both verbally and written is essential.Online administrator: Experience in Magento and wordpress essential.The successful candidate will spend their day working on all aspects of our companies commerce.This is a full time position.Financial controller:Outstanding opportunity to join the management team of a fast-growing company, gearing up for a period of further growth and expansion.Reporting to the MD, the position will carry full operational responsibility for all aspects of the finance function, and for supporting strong profitable growth of the business.gary@petworld.ieT:+353 74 9176555M:+353 86 2520482 JOB VACANCIES: COONEY’S HOME AND GARDEN LOOKING TO RECRUIT NEW STAFF was last modified: August 11th, 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:Cooneys Home and GardendonegaljobsletterkennyVacancieslast_img read more

Achema joins Sony Sugar

first_imgAchema (right) in action for Tusker this year (Photo by Agency)KENYA – Ugandan midfielder Robert Achema has made a short-term loan move from Tusker FC to Sony Sugar in the Kenyan Premier League.Achema who is contracted at Tusker joins Sony Sugar on a six months’ deal in hope for more playing time.He had joined Tusker in December last year on a 2-year deal but has so far failed to tie down a regular spot in the first team.He joins Sony Sugar alongside Tom Adwar from Nakamatt FC and striker Ben Mwamlangala (from Chemelil) who signed two years contracts each.Achema has previously turned up for SC Villa, BUL FC and Sadolin Paints (now Kansai Plascon) before moving to Kenyan side Western Stima at the start of 2017.As a player, the robust offensive midfielder can play on the wing and also as a second striker.His new side Sony Sugar is based in Awendo and finished 9th on the table last season having garnered 45 points.The millers who are also one time Kenyan Premier League champions will commence the 2018-19 season with a home tie against Tusker FC on Saturday 8th December.In the same docket, the club has parted ways with former Lweza FC and Soana goalkeeper Salim Sowedi who has had playing time hard to come his way since switching from Muhoroni Youth.Comments Tags: Robert AchemaSony SugarTuskerlast_img read more

Hayes proud after Chelsea Ladies win

first_imgChelsea Ladies manager Emma Hayes spoke of her pride after watching her new-look side hold their nerve to book their place in the final of the International Women’s Club Championship in Japan.Hayes’ team included new signings Laura Bassett and Rachel Williams, who both joined from WSL rivals Birmingham City last month, as well as American Allie Long and Swedish defender Emma Wilhelmsson, who are on loan and trial respectively.As expected Chelsea started slowly but after midfielder Laura Coombs gave them a 35th-minute lead they seized control with England striker Eniola Aluko and Japanese superstar Yuki Ogimi appearing to have secured the win with strikes early in the second half.But Sydney refused to throw in the towel and goals from Renee Rollason and Jodie Taylor set up a grandstand finish, only for Hayes’ charges to stand tall and book a spot in Sunday’s final against Japanese double winners INAC Kobe Leonessa where a bumper crowd is expected.“I’m happy with the way the team performed,” said Hayes.Hayes’ team are in action again on Sunday,“To come all this way to Japan and play against the Australian champions is difficult in itself, but to do that in our off season and win the game shows what wonderful character and spirit we are building at Chelsea.“It took us a while to get going. We looked like a team out-of-season and Sydney started the game brightly, were sharp, quick to the ball and created a lot of chances.“But we hung in there and in the end the difference between the two teams was that we were more clinical in the final third.”The challenge facing Chelsea in Tokyo will be vast, and even the appearance of World Cup winner Ogimi in a blue shirt won’t sway the partisan home support away from INAC.But whatever the outcome, Hayes believes Chelsea are a side on the up as they continue their preparations for the start of the Women’s Super League in April.“In our next game we play one of the best teams in the world, and a team I have followed closely over the last couple of years, as a fan,” added Hayes.“I expect two teams with similar style. INAC too are in the middle of their season and I expect them to dominate possession.“We have to respect that we are still in pre-season, put in a solid performance and hopefully come away with something.“We’re in the middle of trying to bring players into our team for next season. We felt this was a good opportunity to experiment and bring some players on trial, but we select a game dependent on what our needs are.“At the moment I don’t know what we will do for INAC but every player is in consideration.”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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

QPR v Sheffield United line-ups: One Rangers change, Blades midfielder out

first_img Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook Embed from Getty ImagesDavid Wheeler comes into the QPR starting line-up for the game against the Championship leaders.Wheeler is in for the suspended Joel Lynch – Rangers’ only change from the weekend win against Wolves. The fit-again Jordan Cousins keeps his place in the starting line-up.Meanwhile, Sheffield United are without midfielder John Fleck, who is suspended.QPR: Smithies, Cousins, Baptiste, Robinson, Bidwell, Wheeler, Scowen, Luongo, Freeman, Washington, Sylla.Subs: Lumley, Furlong, Mackie, Manning, Smith, Ngbakoto, Wszolek,Sheffield United: Blackman, Baldock, Stevens, O’Connell, Basham, Lundstram, Clarke, Donaldson, Coutts, Carter-Vickers, Brooks.Subs: Moore, Hanson, Sharp, Stearman, Duffy, Lafferty, Carruthers.last_img read more