Nicola McGeady joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.Liverpool left it late to beat Bolton on Wednesday night and move into the fifth round of the FA Cup and Coral’s PR manager revealed they are third favourites, behind Arsenal and Manchester United, to win the competition.She also looked ahead to Liverpool’s Premier League clash with Merseyside rivals Everton this weekend and the north London derby between Tottenham and Arsenal.And she discussed Harry Redknapp’s future after he quit as QPR boss, claiming Aston Villa and Newcastle could be potential destinations for the 67-year-old.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast
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Madeleine in Donegal, pictured second from left in April 2007. She disappeared in Portugal two weeks later.British police from Scotland Yard will return to Portugal next week to question seven suspects in the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.Three of those facing questions have been questioned before.Police officers will travel to Praia da Luz to hold meetings with senior Portuguese detectives about the girl who went missing more than seven years ago. The McCanns have strong links to Donegal with relatives in the county. Madeleine visited her in April 2007, a few weeks before she disappeared.Portugese police have granted permission to UK officers interview up to seven suspects – three of whom have already been questioned once before.In June Scotland Yard detectives shadowed three searches of wasteland near the Ocean Club but no obvious clues were found.Some materials gathered in the search were sent for forensic examination but officers were not hopeful of a breakthrough in the investigation. MADELEINE: POLICE TO RE-QUESTION THREE SUSPECTS was last modified: August 27th, 2014 by John2Share 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:donegalmadeleine mccannportugalScotland Yard
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24 January 2011After a day of high drama on a full Umzimkulu River in KwaZulu-Natal, defending champions Hank McGregor and Abby Adie retained their titles in the Global Trader Drak Challenge Canoe Marathon on Sunday, capitalising on mishaps that derailed their challengers.McGregor started the 38 kilometre final stage from Swartberg Road bridge outside Underberg to the Hopewell farm, close to the Coleford Resort, side by side with two former winners of the race, Len Jenkins and Ant Stott.The trio quickly reeled off the first eight kilometres into Underberg before setting off into the notorious Underberg Gorge.Tripped upMcGregor was the first paddler to be tripped up by the feisty river, when his paddle wedged between some rocks and almost flipped him out of his kayak. Against the odds, however, he managed to recover and the front bunch remained intact and shared a laugh about McGregor’s close call.The race was effectively reduced to a two-horse race when six-time champion Stott fell out of his boat at the end of the Underberg Gorge, leaving McGregor and Jenkins to race away on the second half of the stage.Both got through the Lower Gorge unscathed, before McGregor made his break a kilometre-and-a half from the finish.‘I pushed the pace’“I pushed the pace in the last 25 minutes so that Len (Jenkins) didn’t have the jump on me. Messed up in the FastDrak (a race over the same course but run on a single day), and I didn’t want that to happen again,” explained McGregor, who got his nose ahead for the sprint finish to win the race by just two seconds from Jenkins.Stott completed the stage alone to wrap up third almost three minutes behind the leaders.“Today was my day,” said a delighted McGregor. “I was lucky and I am stoked with the win.”Jenkins was generous in defeat, and said he had battled with his fitness so early in the season. “I have also been doing a lot of mountain biking, which has eaten into my paddling training,” he said.Seasoned Gauteng racer Jacques Theron wrapped up fourth place by holding off under-21 star Brandon van der Walt who, despite recovering from a bout of tick bite fever, constantly hounded Theron and his Gauteng ally Piers Cruikshanks.DelightedJust as delighted as the men’s winner McGregor was Howick racer Abby Adie, who retained her title in the women’s division, after starting the final stage nearly a minute behind Robyn Kime.The lead was unchanged when Kime approached her nemisis, “The Mineshaft” chute, down Scotstons Weir on the outskirts of Underberg. It was the same place where she took the second of the swims that scuttled her 2010 title challenge.Once again, she saw her chances of winning the GT Drak disappear in the churning water at the foot of the weir as she took another swim.“Two guys went into the chute ahead of me and I had to slow right down, losing all my speed going into the weir,” said Kime. “I then made a silly mistake. It was a stupid rookie error.”Comfortable victoryAbby Adie, on the other hand, didn’t put a paddle wrong on the tricky river and coasted home to a three-and-a-half minute victory over Kime. “I am thrilled to defend my title and I look forward to trying to make it three in a row next year,” she said.“I was cautious in the rapids once I took the lead,” she continued. “I had done my homework at Glenhaven Rapid, even though my line wasn’t the recommended line, but I backed myself, and it worked.“The other rapids were brilliant. Heaven and Hell Rapid was heaven!”Amanzimtoti surfski ace Michele Eder hung hang onto third place, despite also taking a swim at “The Mineshaft” chute. “I am still nervous of the rocks as I am quite new to river racing. I try to picture them as a foamie in the sea,” said Eder.Adie was touched to be the first recipient of the new Margie Oliver Memorial trophy, which honours the “mother of canoeing” who passed away five weeks ago.RESULTSMENHank McGregor 3:45.01Len Jenkins 3:45.03Ant Stott 3:47.43Jacques Theron (Gau) 3:51.32Brandon van der Walt (U21) 3:52.34WOMENAbby Adie 4:09.40Robyn Kime (WP, U21) 4:13.08Michelle Eder 4:23.14Hilary Jean Pitchford 4:26.36Alex Adie (EC) 4:33.23SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
Jitu Rai celebrates with his coach Mohinder Lal after winning the gold in the 50m Pistol Men’s event at the Ongnyeon International Shooting Range on Saturday. Photo: APIndia’s Jitu Rai on Saturday emerged champion in the men’s 50 metre pistol event to give the country its first gold medal from the 17th Asian Games at the Ongnyeon International Shooting Range while Indian badminton women’s team entered the quarterfinal after thrashing Macau 3-0 in their pre-quarterfinal tie at the Gyeyang Gymnasium.Jitu Rai’s gold was India’s second medal of the day from the shooting ranges. Shweta Chaudhry had won the bronze, the first medal for India from Incheon, in the 10m air pistol event earlier in the day.The World No. 5, who won the World Championship silver medal earlier this month to book the Olympic berth, shot a total of 186.2 in what was a rollercoaster final round. He had fired 559 in the qualification round to finish seventh and make the cut for the finals.The silver medal went to Vietnam’s Hoang Phuong Nguyen with a final score of 183.4 while China’s Wang Zhiwei settled for the bronze with a tally of 165.6.For the Indian Army shooter, 2014 Commonwealth Games gold medallist, it was a bumpy ride to the gold medal. Starting at seventh place in the final round, he jumped to fourth and again dropped to sixth before making a tremendous recovery to clinch the gold medal.Among other Indians in fray, Om Prakash and Omkar Singh failed to qualify for the final round finishing 10th and 16th respectively. Om shot 555 while Omkar had a score of 551.advertisementThe Indian team comprising, Rai, Om and Omkar, finished fourth and missed the team bronze by five points. The team gold was won by Chinese trio Pang Wei, Pu Qifeng and Zhiwei with a total score of 1,692.In badminton, India’s singles stars Saina Nehwal and P.V. Sindhu had comfortable victories while doubles pair of N. Sikky Reddy and Pradnya Gadre won convincingly in the third match of the tie.London Olympic 2012 bronze medallist Saina set the ball rolling for her team as she thrashed Wong kit Leng 21-6, 21-4. World No. 7 Saina, who came into the tournament, trained under Vimal Kumar at the Prakash Padukone Academy in Bangalore. She took 31 minutes to win the match over an inexperienced Kit Leng.Next up, double World Championships bronze medal winner and an in-form Sindhu completely dominated U Teng Lok 21-8, 21-9 to wrap up her match in 36 minutes.The doubles pair of Sikky-Pradnya defeated Zhibo Zhang-Rong Wang 21-16, 21-17. The Indian pair initially took time to adjust to get the momentum going in their favour and afterwards it was easy for them as they won in 45 minutes.Women’s team next plays a tough match against Thailand, who will be spearheaded by former world champion Ratchanok Intanon.The Indian men’s badminton team, however, lost to South Korea 0-3 in the pre-quarterfinals of the 17th Asian Games at the Gyeyang Gymnasium here on Saturday.Doubles pair of B. Sumeeth Reddy-Manu Attri, Kidambi Srikanth and recently-crowned Commonwealth Games champion Parupalli Kashyap, all lost their matches against the host nation.Srikanth, up against world No.7 Son Wan-ho, lost his match 14-21, 8-21 while the team of Reddy-Attri found the going hard against world No.1 pair of Yoo Yeon Seong-Lee Yong Dae, losing 12-21, 9-21 in an encounter which lasted just 35 minutes.The onus of keeping India in contention fell to world No.28 Kashyap, but the 28-year-old was stunned by world No.62 Lee Hyun Il.In weightlifting, India started their campaign on a dismal note as all three of them who took the field today finished in the bottom half of the table in their respective weight categories in both men’s and women’s divisions.In Women’s 48kg category, Khumukcham Sanjita Chanu and Saikhom Mirabai Chanu — the gold and silver medallist of the Glasgow Commonwealth Games — came a cropper by finishing tenth and ninth respectively in a field of 13 weightlifters.Another Commonwealth gold medallist Sukhen Dey, meanwhile, finished a lowly 12th in men’s 56kg category out of 14 lifters. Placed in Group B of men’s 56kg, where six lifters competed, Sukhen ended at fifth place with a total of 242kg (106+136).Kazakhstan’s Margarita Yelisseyeva ran away with the gold in women’s 48kg category with an effort 194kg (88+106), while Sri Wahyuni Agustiani of Indonesia settled for a silver with a lift of 187kg (80+107) and Togoeva Mahliyo of Uzbekistan bagged a bronze with a total of 187 (81+106).In men’s 56kg, North Korea’s Om Yun Chol won the gold with a total of 298kg, which is now the new Asian Games record. He lifted 128kg in snatch before a world record 170kg effort in clean and jerk.Thach Kim Tua of Vietnam (total of 294kg) pocketed a silver and China’s Wu Jingbiao (288kg) finished with a bronze.advertisementIn Wushu, India’s Sanathoi Devi Yumnam reached quarterfinals after beating Mubarak Kamalova of Uzbekistan in Women’s Sanda -52kg. Ghosal Saurav defeated Alsaraj Ahmad Khaleel Ahmad of Jordan 11-2, 11-4, 11-3 to enter quarterfinals of Men’s Singles event.Dipika Pallikal defeated Jinyue Gu of China 11-6, 10-12, 11-6, 11-4 to enter quarterfinals of Women’s Singles event and Joshana Chinappa defeated South Korea’s Song Sunmi 11-9, 11-7, 11-7 to enter quarterfinals of Women’s Singles event.In volleyball, India defeated Hong Kong 23-25, 25-18, 25-16, 25-21 in Men’s Preliminary Round – Group C match, and in basketball, India beat Palestine 89-49 in the Men’s Qualifying Round Group B Match.On Sunday, the events to take place are 10m Air Pistol Men’s Team Finals, Trap men’s Team Finals, Swimming, Water polo, Basketball, Cycling, football, gymnastics, Hockey, Judo, Rowing, Tennis, Shooting, Squash, Volleyball and Weightlifting.
LANSING – Rep. Phil Potvin, R-Cadillac, was proud to host Jeff Jennette, the superintendent for the Wexford-Missaukee Intermediate School District, during tonight’s State of the State speech at the State Capitol.“I was pleased to have Superintendent Jennette as my guest as we listened to Gov. Snyder’s speech,” said Rep. Potvin. “We have worked together on a number of initiatives, including snow day flexibility and job training legislation. Currently, House Bills 4750 and 4751, which would expand to ISDs – such as Wexford-Missaukee – their ability to provide education and job training programs for local job providers. Education and jobs training are crucial to growing the local economy and building the future of the state of Michigan.” 19Jan Rep. Potvin hosts Wexford-Missaukee ISD official for Gov. Snyder’s speech Categories: News,Photos
Vincent BolloréVivendi chairman Vincent Bolloré and other top executives of the media group met French football leaders on Friday to reassure them that they would not be disadvantaged by a deal between Vivendi and beIN Sports France, according to sports newspaper L’Équipe.Bolloré indicated that talks between the pair were at an advanced stage, without giving details, following speculation that Vivendi was preparing to acquire its pay TV rival, according to L’Équipe.Citing unnamed sources, L’Équipe said that Bolloré met Frédéric Thiriez, the president of the French profressional football league (LFP) and Jean-Michel Aulas, president of leading team Olympique Marseille, at Vivendi’s HQ and revealed to them that a deal with beIN Sport is in the offing, without giving specific details, in a move intended to convince the football chiefs that this development would not disadvantage them.It is likely that any deal would be studied by the country’s competition regulator, the Autorité de la Concurrence, amid concern that it could lead to a fall in the price of rights.Vivendi is set to unveil its annual results on February 18, raising speculation that a deal might be announced at this date.Last month a number of French analysts including those of BNP Paribas and Natixis suggested that the Qatar-owned beIN Sport might be interested in a deal, despite public pronouncements to the contrary, because it is under considerable financial pressure.Canal+ is similarly under pressure amid declining subscribers numbers in mainland France and a diminution in the top-tier sports rights it can deploy to build up its customer base.