Uber will now let riders use pin codes to help them identify the right car

first_imgReports say that by the end of the week Uber riders will be able to use a four-digit pin code to verify they’re getting into the right car.With the new feature, Uber sends a four-digit pin code to the rider. Then, before getting into the car, the rider tells the driver the pin code. The driver enters the pin code into the app, and if everything matches up, the rider gets a notification that says “your ride is verified.”The new feature comes after a number of states have been pushing for more safety requirements for Uber drivers following the death of 21-year-old Samantha “Sami” Josephson, who was murdered in March after getting into the car of a man impersonating an Uber driver.Back in December Uber released a report that also raised concerns regarding safety. The report revealed that 464 people, mostly riders, reported that they were raped while using its services in the U.S. in 2017 and 2018, and there were more than 3,000 assaults reported in 2018.In New Jersey a law passed requiring ride-hailing drivers to display identification signs on the car’s front windshield or rear window. North Carolina passed a law requiring Uber and Lyft drivers to display lighted signs.Rebecca Payne, senior product manager at Uber, said that the best way to make sure you are getting into the right car is to check the license plate.last_img read more

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Essequibo vs Select U-17 abandoned after day three

first_img… Hand-in-Hand U-19 3-Day Inter-CountyTORRENTIAL rainfall on Thursday night led to not a ball being bowled yesterday on the third day of the Essequibo vs Select U-17 Hand-in-Hand U-19 3-Day Inter-County third round encounter at the Everest ground. As a result the match was abandoned.Earlier in the week, the opening day was heavily affected by rain. The Select U-17 had won the toss and sent in Essequibo to bat. Opener Kevin Christian fell early, dismissed by Anand Rajkumar for just four runs. When rain interrupted, Orlando Jailall was unbeaten on 13 as was Ameer Singh, who had six runs to his name. Essequibo were on 30-1.On Thursday, (day two), after a late start the Select U-17 turned in an impressive all-round bowling effort to skittle out Essequibo for 145. At stumps the U-17 were on 77-3 trailing by 68 runs.With the game ending as a no-result, it means that the Select U-17 will remain on 10.4 points while Essequibo remain at the cellar position on just 0.3 points.last_img read more

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RSPH calls for government to classify loot boxes as gambling

first_img Share Related Articles Submit Share YGAM focuses on BAME community engagement with CVR link-up August 21, 2020 GambleAware: Engage those with lived experience of gambling harms August 28, 2020 StumbleUpon Marc Etches to step down as CEO of GambleAware in 2021 August 14, 2020 The Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) has called for the introduction of legislation which would prevent gambling operators from acting as title sponsors for sports clubs in a new report published today.The report, entitled Skins in the Game, surveyed 1,025 young people between 11 and 24 across the UK. In this report, RSPH has called upon the new Conservative Government to introduce legislation which would classify loot boxes and skin betting as legally-recognised forms of gambling.Shirley Cramer CBE, Chief Executive of the Royal Society for Public Health, said: “Young people have told us that gambling and gambling-like activity are slowly but surely polluting hobbies and past-times that have traditionally been beneficial to their wellbeing.“Today, the vast majority of young people take part regularly in video-gaming and no doubt many will receive video games as Christmas presents. However we, and the young people we’ve spoken to are concerned at how firmly embedded gambling-type features are in many of these games.“The rise of loot boxes and skin betting have seen young people introduced to the same mechanisms that underpin gambling, through an industry that operates unchecked and unregulated on the back alleys of the internet, which young people can access from their bedrooms.“As with any public health issue, this is one that requires a combination of measures focusing on both education and regulation. Young people are not universally opposed to gambling and gambling-like activity; they simply want to be able to recognise where it appears in their lives and to make an informed decision as to whether to avoid it altogether, or to participate in a way that lowers the stakes for their health and wellbeing.”Loot boxes, which are purchased by two in five (40%) of young gamers, are items embedded within games, containing randomised rewards which are uncertain at the point of purchase. These can be cosmetic, such as ‘skins’ that change the appearance of an in-game character, or provide users with an advantage in gameplay.The research, funded by GambleAware, found that a majority of young people see both purchasing a loot box (58%) and taking part in skin betting (60%) as potential pathways into problem gambling.RSPH has subsequently outlined a number of requests, including: A commitment from the gaming industry to ensure gamble-free video and mobile games for under 18s; the development of a set of criteria and technology to identify spending patterns on loot boxes; A broader definition of gambling to be included in the Health Education Curriculum and introduced to young people at primary school; the development of education programmes which would help parents, carers and teachers to identify problem gambling behaviours; and the recognition of gambling harms as an issue for Mental Health Support Teams in schools and colleges.last_img read more

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Chris Paul leads Clippers to Game 1 win over Spurs

first_img Game 2 is Wednesday night.The Clippers led by 18 points (79-61) late in the third quarter and by 17 (86-69) early in the fourth before the Spurs cut that to nine (90-81). But a 7-0 run, starting with a 3-point play by Blake Griffin, restored order.• VIDEO: Chris Paul on Game 1 winGriffin had 26 points and 12 rebounds, Jamal Crawford scored 17 off the bench and shot 7 of 10. And DeAndre Jordan had nine points, 14 rebounds and four blocks.“They played harder longer,” San Antonio’s Tim Duncan said. Griffin agreed.“We came out with great energy and made stops,” he said.Kawhi Leonard led San Antonio with 18 points and Duncan had 11 points and 11 rebounds.The Clippers played outstanding defense, holding the Spurs to 36.6-percent shooting. The Clippers shot 51.3 percent.A big key to the victory was holding off the Spurs when they made that run to cut the deficit to nine points. With 7:35 to play, there was still plenty of time left for the Spurs to come all the way back.“You have two very good teams and there is no lead safe with either team,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “One of the things we talked about coming into this series, we were going to have to have great resolve.”Paul, in particular, was just a beast. He scored 13 of his points in the fourth quarter. His counterpart, Tony Parker, was impressed.“He does a little bit of everything,” said Parker, who tweaked an ankle but still played 28-plus minutes, scoring 10 points but had just one assist. “He got it going. He got his outside shot going. We try to take away the lobs and he made the shots.”Spurs coach Gregg Popovich was matter of fact when assessing the game.“The game was, their defense was better than our offense,” he said. “Their aggressiveness, their physicality, their athleticism really hurt us offensively.”Rivers referred to Paul just the other day as being a man on a mission. Paul has not been past the second round of the playoffs during his career, and that is always a topic of conversation once the postseason gets under way.Paul didn’t want to really go there postgame.“It’s not about my sense of urgency, it’s about the team’s sense of urgency,” he said.The Clippers, as an organization, have never been past the second round, either.It appeared Paul had that special look of determination in his eyes.“I don’t know, he was making shots,” Rivers said. “He put a lot of pressure on the defense. And what makes Chris and Parker both so good is if you try to take away their shots, then they beat you with the pass. If you try to take away their passes, they can beat you with the shot.”Paul beat the Spurs with his shot, and much more, in this Game 1 that had several big plays. One that really got the crowd going came midway through third quarter when the Clippers’ Matt Barnes got into a vicious wrestling match for the ball with San Antonio center Aron Baynes.The two went tumbling over photographers. When Barnes emerged from the fracas, he pounded his chest and the fans went wild.“I thought there were a lot of little moments for us in the game like that,” Rivers said. “Matt’s play, and I thought Jamal making shots in that stretch right before the end of halftime (was big).”Crawford had struggled mightily with his shot in the four games he played since coming back from missing 17 games with a calf injury. He said he’s starting to feel like himself again.“Yeah, I did,” he said. “I thought the days in between last game and this game, I was able to get some work in, get my conditioning right.”Not to be left out, Griffin threw down a tomahawk dunk in the third for a 77-61 lead that nearly brought down the house. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img Chris Paul of the Clippers admitted Sunday morning he woke up with butterflies.“Yeah, I guess, every game,” he said.They must have been gone by the time Game 1 of the Clippers’ Western Conference first-round playoff series rolled around Sunday night because Paul played spectacularly. He scored 32 points on 13-of-20 shooting, doled out six assists and grabbed seven rebounds and the Clippers came through with a rousing 107-92 victory over the San Antonio Spurs before 19,309 at Staples Center.• PHOTOS: Clippers beat Spurs in Game 1last_img read more

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Maroons name State of Origin I team

first_img1. Billy Slater2. Valentine Holmes3. Greg Inglis (c)4. Will Chambers5. Dane Gagai6. Cameron Munster7. Ben Hunt8. Dylan Napa9. Andrew McCullough10. Jarrod Wallace11. Gavin Cooper12. Felise Kaufusi13. Josh McGuireInterchange:14. Michael Morgan15. Josh Papalii16. Coen Hess17. Jai ArrowCoach: Kevin WaltersGreg Inglis is the new Queensland captain, succeeding Cameron Smith, who announced his retirement from representative football earlier this month after 42 Origins for Queensland and 56 Test matches for Australia.Inglis has 30 Origin appearances to his name and has scored a record 18 tries.Don’t be fooled by claims Maroons are Origin underdogsInglis to lead Maroons with actions like BeetsonIt’s a new-look Queensland team with Smith, Johnathan Thurston and Cooper Cronk all retiring from the representative scene, with Ben Hunt and Cameron Munster the new halves combination and Andrew McCullough starting at hooker.McCullough and forwards Felise Kaufusi and Jai Arrow will make their Origin debuts in game one before a crowd expected to be in excess of 80,000, with more than 55,000 general public tickets having already been sold.”I’m really excited for those players and what they can do now. It’s their Maroon jumper,” coach Kevin Walters said.Walters described halves Hunt and Munster as “the future of the Maroons”.One young gun to miss selection is Knights fullback Kalyn Ponga, with Michael Morgan preferred in the bench utility role.”No doubt he’s going to play for Queensland one day, just when that is I guess that’s in the hands of the football gods,” Walters said of Ponga.Broncos captain Darius Boyd missed selection after 28 Origin games for Queensland, with Valentine Holmes and 2017 player of the series Dane Gagai preferred on the wings, while veteran front-rower Matt Scott also missed out after 22 appearances for Queensland, with Dylan Napa and Jarrod Wallace preferred as starting props.”The worst part of my job is ringing those players (like Darius Boyd and Matt Scott) and letting them know they’re not in the team,” Walters said.”Scotty’s been playing good footy for the Cowboys but we just thought it was the best interests of the team to leave him out.”Matt Scott for mine needs to play some more football yet. I said to him by no means is he out of the picture and he can play a role in this Origin series.”He’s been playing some good football for the Cowboys but we just felt that it’s in the best interests of the team, for game one, to go without him.” Queensland selector Gene Miles acknowledged the combination of Origin’s all-time leading try-scorers Inglis and Boyd but argued Holmes’s form was more compelling.”Darius Boyd was disappointed but Valentine, some of the tries he scored in last year’s games still stay with me and just at the moment we feel he’s the best option for us on the left wing,” Walters added.”I am concerned about the goal kicking but Valentine’s kicked, Cameron Munster kicked and Ben Hunt has kicked some goals this year so we’ll be right.”‘The series opener at the MCG is expected to be played before a crowd in excess of 80,000, with more than 55,000 general public tickets having already been purchased.Witness Australia’s greatest sporting rivalry when Origin comes to the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Wednesday, June 6. Tickets available at NRL.com/tickets.last_img read more

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FIFA suspends Blatter’s right-hand man Valcke

first_imgGENEVA (AP): FIFA suspended president Sepp Blatter’s right-hand man Jerome Valcke yesterday and ordered an investigation into alleged unethical conduct, throwing world football’s scandal-scarred governing body into further turmoil. Valcke, FIFA’s secretary general for the past eight years under the embattled Blatter, was hours earlier the subject of allegations over a deal for black market sales of tickets to 2014 World Cup matches. “FIFA today announced that its secretary general, Jerome Valcke, has been put on leave and released from his duties effective immediately until further notice,” the governing body said in a brief statement, which did not specify details. “Further, FIFA has been made aware of a series of allegations involving the secretary general and has requested a formal investigation by the FIFA Ethics Committee.” A call to Valcke’s mobile phone was not answered late yesterday. It was unclear if he was already in Russia, where the 1,000-day countdown to the 2018 World Cup kick-off is being marked today in Red Square, Moscow. The 55-year-old Frenchman’s main duty is overseeing organisation of the world’s most-watched sports event, which earned FIFA around US$5 billion for the 2014 tournament in Brazil. An alleged deal linked to that World Cup threatens to end Valcke’s FIFA career months early. The former television journalist and sports marketing executive has been scheduled to exit on February 26 with Blatter amid American and Swiss investigations of corruption. Earlier yesterday, a former FIFA ticketing partner made allegations about Valcke supplying top-category tickets to matches in Brazil, which were sold at three times face value. The marketing executive, Benny Alon, also made an unproven allegation that Valcke had been prepared to profit personally from the deal. Alon circulated a contract, seen by The Associated Press, to receive 8,750 tickets in the best seats for each World Cup from 2010 to 2018. The Israeli-American showed journalists copies of email correspondence, also seen by the AP, which appeared to show Valcke referring to potential ticket sales as “my pension fund”.last_img read more

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Kai Sotto juggles basketball, studies during Batang Gilas’ Fiba Asia stint

first_imgThe MVP votes are due, and let the annual debate begin Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ View comments 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 P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Kai Sotto. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netNot even attending to academic obligations kept Kai Sotto from playing true to form in the Philippines’ successful stint in the Fiba Under-16 Asian Championship.Sotto was the lone player from Batang Gilas allowed to use his cellphone throughout the team’s campaign in Foshan, China as he needed to finish his school work.ADVERTISEMENT Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’center_img Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ True to his word, Sotto delivered as he averaged 16.8 points, 13.5 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game to lead Batang Gilas to a fourth-place finish and a spot in the Fiba U-17 Basketball World Cup.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES The team has a no-cellphone policy during the course of the tournament to keep the players away from any distractions.The Ateneo standout admitted it wasn’t easy having to prepare himself for the game and meet his academic requirements at the same time.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“Before Fiba Asia we learned that I have summer classes. It’s hard because after every practice and game, every night I had to ask for my cellphone and some were wondering why I’m allowed to get my phone and they’re not,” said Sotto in Filipino.“It’s not that easy but I know that I will give everything because that’s the promise I told to myself that no matter what happens, I will give my 100 percent.”last_img read more

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13 Foreign-Based Players Invited for Liberia/Congo DR Match

first_imgLiberia’s Norwegian based striker Sam Johnson (L) and LISCR FC loaned forward Terrence Tisdell (R) celebrates his lone goal scored against Cape Town City in the CAF Confederation Cup Coach Thomas Kojo has invited 13 foreign-based players to form part of his provisional squad to face DR Congo in the upcoming encounter in Monrovia.Local players, under the guidance of Deputy Coach Sam Chebli, have for the past days continued preparation for the 2019 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers slated for September 9 at the Samuel Kanyon Doe (SKD) Sports Complex in Paynesville, outside Monrovia.According to a release from the Liberia Football Association, Coach Kojo, who is currently in Bulgaria heading a team of youthful Liberian players at the SATUC World Cup, invited Spanish-based goalkeeper, Boison Wynney De Souza of RCD Mallorca II, Joel Johnson Alajarin (right-back) of Charlotte Independence, Teah Dennis(center-back) and Adolphus Marshall (left-back) of Gudja United FC.Others are midfielder Mohammed Sangare of Newcastle United, who has received his first national team call-up, Murphy Oscar Dorley of Slovan Liberec, Sylvanus Nimely of Spartak Moscow II, and Norwegian- based Sam Johnson.The rest include Anthony Laffor, William Jebor, Terrence Tisdell of Mozambican club Costa do Sol, Seku Conneh of South Korea’s Ansan Greener and in form Liberian player Kpah Sherman, who plays for MIFA in Malaysia, completes the list of invited stars.Lone Star’s next opponent DR Congo, a country located in Central Africa, are currently seated second in the group with three points, following their 3-1 win over Congo-Brazzaville, while Liberia kicked of their qualifier campaign in Group C with a poor performance after losing 3-0 to Zimbabwe, a landlocked country in Southern Africa. The game was played last year at the National Sports Stadium in Harare, the capital.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Mega jackpot stirs lottery fever

first_imgWinning numbers for the record $370 million Mega Millions jackpot were announced Tuesday night from a special location: a studio in New York’s Times Square. The winning numbers were: 42-39-29-22-16, and the Mega Ball was 20. It wasn’t immediately known how many tickets were sold nationwide or who, if anyone, held the winning ticket. After the jackpot hit $355 million Monday, the 12 participating Mega Millions states agreed to move Tuesday night’s drawing from the game’s usual home in Atlanta to a Times Square street-level studio. Even though the temperature was a frosty 16 degrees, a handful of hopefuls showed up to watch the event outside the studio, waving their tickets in the air. The largest previous multistate lottery jackpot was $365 million in 2006, when eight workers at a Nebraska meat processing plant hit the Powerball lotto. The Big Game lotto, the forerunner of Mega Millions, paid out a $363 million jackpot in 2000.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The deadline for buying tickets back East was 10:45 p.m. But lottery players in Ohio who waited until late in the day to purchase their tickets were out of luck. The gaming system went down statewide at about 10:20 p.m., about 25 minutes before the deadline for placing wagers, said Mardele Cohen, a spokeswoman for the Ohio lottery. She said it’s unclear what caused the problem and that it would not likely be until Wednesday until the system can be reviewed. Earlier Tuesday, lottery players lined up at stores around the country in the hope of buying the winning ticket. New Yorkers bought more than 1 million tickets an hour, said Robert McLaughlin, the state’s lottery director. Virginia retailers sold about 8,550 tickets per minute as the drawing approached. The odds of winning the Mega Millions jackpot are about 1 in 176 million. last_img read more

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DONEGAL SPORTS STAR AWARDS REVIEW – WHAT A SCORCHER JULY WAS!

first_imgA number of sports enjoyed super successes in July and many of the winners will be expecting to be in the frame for recognition at the end of the Year when the Donegal Sports Star Awards Committee commences their deliberations on the various categories.And already a number of names have emerged as the possible winner of the overall award which is currently held by Donegal GAA player Karl Lacey.Some of the stand out performers of the month included the boxer Meave McCarron who won bronze at the European Championships while there was also Mark English’s sixth place finish and PB time at the prestigious Olympic anniversary meeting in London. The rising star of Finn Valley’s John Kelly continued through July as the St. Johnston lad won a national shot putt gold which secured him a place on the Irish team for the Celtic International Games in Wrexham along with another FV athlete Blathnaid Patton (Triple Jump) and Tirconaill AC’s Kelly McGrory.There was international basketball success for twins Tadhg and Cian Hickey (Letterkenny Blaze) who helped the Irish U-17s to defeat England while in martial arts Josie Murray won two gold medals at the Jiu Jitsu at the International Brazilian Championships and in rugby Letterkenny lad Justin Allen was a member of the USA Rugby Boys High School side which toured Argentina.On the first weekend of the month there were six gold medals for Donegal at the Irish Juvenile Track & Fields Championships in Tullamore with the winners including the Kelly brothers John and James (PB) Shot; Finn Valley’s Blathnaid Patton (Triple Jump) and Aaron McGlynn (800m); Katie Hoad, Tirconaill AC (U-17 Girls Pole Vault) and Kelly McGrory in the U-18 400m hurdles.It was a busy July for Mark English which didn’t start off so well but ended on a high as the Letterkenny AC lad recorded a personal best in Santry of 1:45:32 for the 800m just 0.02 seconds outside the qualifying time for the World Championships. However he had made the time for Moscow after finishing 6th in a time 1.44.84 at the London Olympic Stadium. He also won silver at the National Championships at the Morton Stadium in the 400m. Fellow LAC member Brendan Boyce won gold and set a new PB in the 10km Walk at the same competition and Finn Valley’s Tori Pena was the winner of the pole vault.Tirconaill AC’s Mary McLoone took two silvers in the Long Jump and Triple Jump at the Morton Stadium and t the same venue Lifford’s AC’s Anne Marie McGlynn medal was second in the 5,000 metres while there was a bronze for Darren McBrearty in the 800 metres.The Tirconaill AC Women’s qualified for the league final in Sligo and both Letterkenny AC’s Ruairi Finnegan and Finn Valley’s Sarah Collins had seventh place finished finishes in their respective finals at the European Junior Championships in Italy. However, there was disappointment for Tirconaill’s Karl Griffin who failed to qualify for his final.In the middle of the month Brendan O’Donnell (Lifford AC) took gold in the U-15 Hammer Throw at the National Juvenile Track & Field Championships in Tullamore while club colleague Alan McGinley also picked up a medal. Also in Tullamore John Kelly took gold in the Shot Putt as did his club colleague Aaron McGlynn in the 1,500m.John Kelly’s younger brother James won silver in the discus. Blathnaid Patton, Niamh McGranaghan and Simone Crawford were also medalists while Jordan Byrne took silver in the walk. Caoimhe Byrne (Sliabh Liag AC) took silver in the U-16 Pole Vault. Tara Carr (Letterkenny AC) won silver in the U-17 high jump. Twins Tadhg and Cian Hickey helped the Irish U-17s to defeat England at the National Basketball Arena in Tallaght. The Kilmacrennan lads who are students at St. Eunan’s College play their club baskedtball with Blaze in Letterkenny.The big county boxing story came on the third day of July when Carrigart’s Meave McCarron won a bronze medal at the European Women’s Boxing Championships in Hungary and she only lost out narrowly on a place in the final and a silver medal. Three young Donegal boxers Bryan McNamee (Convoy), Brian Elliott (Letterkenny ABC) and Leon Gallagher (Finn Valley ABC) were selected to represent Ireland at the European Schoolboy Boxing Championships City West Hotel in Dublin.St. Johnston’s Ryan McBeth was picked for the Irish U-15 cricket side for the ICC European Championships while there was international cycling success for Letterkenny’s Conor McElwaine in Europe while Errigal CC’s Ciara Doogan was on the Irish Girls Team that competed in Holland.In the sport of equestrian Clodagh Barry (Newtown) and Lisa Moore (Ramelton) were selected for the young Irish horse riding team for European Championships in September in Belgium. At the TREC Ireland National Championships in Mullingar Christopher Pyper of Ramelton was the winner of the Grangeclare Cup for the highest scoring level 1 rider. Christopher and his partner Louise Edwards also finished second in the Level 1 pairs championship. In the level 3 individual category, Lisa Moore was placed 3rd and was the highest scoring young rider (U21) of the weekend.And at the National Show Jumping ChampionshipsPatricia Warren, based at Killult Stables in Falcarragh, produced the fastest clear round of the day to win the Advanced Intermediate title in Mullingar.In GAA Naomh Conaill were crowned Division 1 U14 county champions for the first time in their history after a fantastic 5-8 to 2-13 win over St.Eunans. On the same night Killybegs won the Division 2 U-14 county title defeating Naomh Columba. Aodh Ruadh took the county minor hurling title after defeating Buncrana. There was some consolation for Buncrana who won the U-14A hurling final overcoming Aodh Ruadh.Despite a remarkable 3-5 from Milford’s Amber Barrett the Donegal Ladies Minor side suffered a heavy 10-18 to 3-6 defeat at the hands of Dublin at Breffni Park. After a ten match unbeaten run over three years Donegal surrendered their Ulster Senior Football Championship crown to Monaghan in Clones but maintained their bid for back-to-back All-Ireland titles by defeating Laois in a fourth round qualifier game. The Donegal Ladies senior side made their championship exit going down to Westmeath in a qualifier at Breffni Park.The big news in motorsport in the month was Declan and Brian Boyle in a Subaru WRC winning the Sligo Park Hotel Rally to take a 36 points lead in the National Championship. In rowing Sinead and Catriona Jennings competed in the national championships.18-year-old Justin Allen toured Argentina with the USA Rugby Boys High School side. Justin who is 6’10” qualifies to play for the USA through his mother Kathleen who is a native of Nebraska. He now plays his club rugby with the Portadown U-19s having moved from Letterkenny RFC.There was disappointment on the soccer front for the Inishowen League who lost the Oscar Traynor Cup Final 3-1 against the AUL (Dublin) at Tolka Park.Five Donegal players represented Ireland at the World Universities Games in Kazan, Russia. The men’s team finished fifth overall while the women’s side were sixth at the end of the competition. Letterkenny’s Cillian Morrison and Raymond Foy from Castlefin were the county’s male representatives while Donegal’s female squad members were Ciara Grant (Letterkenny) and the two Termon women Geradline McLaughlin and Roisin McCafferty. McLaughlin and McCafferty were only home briefly in Ireland from Kazan before heading off with the Sligo IT side to the European Universities Futsal Championships in Spain.Finn Harps players Darragh Black (Milford) and Chris Flanaghan (Letterkenny) have been included in a Republic of Ireland 1996 age group squad to play two friendly games against Ipswich Town on the 12th and 14th of August.Donegal Town lad Liam Martin made his European Champions League debut as a sub for Sligo Rovers in their 1-0 defeat at the Showgrounds against Norwegian side Molde. And Ramelton’s Barry McNamee played in both legs of the Europa Cup for Derry City against Turkish side Trabzonspor but the Candystripes lost 7-2 on aggregate. At the end of the month McNamee was selected to travel with the Republic of Ireland’s U-21 squad to the Faroe Islands for the opening UEFA qualifier game for the 2015 Euro Finals.There was great news for Kilmacrennan Celtic as Trevor Gorman picked up the FAI ‘Best Publication’ award on behalf of the club at the annual presentation function in Arklow, Co. Wicklow.Three Inishowen girls Roma McLaughlin, Sarah Jane McDonald and Nicole Gordon were members of the Republic of Ireland women’s U17s squad who won the international Carrickfergus Cup in Carrickfergus after two games against Northern Ireland. In the first game the Republic had a comfortable 6-2 victory with McLaughlin and McDonald among the scorers while Gordon also started the game.The second game saw a 2-0 win for the girls making it 8-2 on aggregate with McDonald getting her second goal of the competition. McLaughlin started the second game while McDonald came on as a sub.In the last week of the month the Inishowen U-13 Schoolboys did superbly well to win a top title at the Foyle Cup while the Donegal U-14 Schoolboys were runners-up in their final. The Lagan and Greencastle ladies also lifted cups in their respective categories.In the sport of swimming Inishowen man Ian Gaynor moved to Philadelphia to begin an international scholarship at Widener University. The 20-year-old Inishowen native was a member of the City of Derry Club.Letterkenny 24/7s Aidan Callaghan excellent triathlon performances continued as he finished 5th (second in his age group) at the National Championships in Athlone at the beginning of July. He followed that up by winning the Letterkenny 24/7 annual spring triathlon around Gartan Lake.There was success for schools athletes Kate McGowan and Kelly McGrory from Abbey VS who won three medals that helped Team Ireland finish second at the School’s Track & Field International at the Morton Stadium in Dublin. McGowan won two silvers in the 800m and Long Jump respectively while it was bronze for McGrory in the 300m hurdles. For further details on the Donegal Sports Star Awards visit donegalsportsstarawards.ie or find us on Facebook at DonegalSports StarawardsDONEGAL SPORTS STAR AWARDS REVIEW – WHAT A SCORCHER JULY WAS! was last modified: August 12th, 2013 by StephenShare 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:DONEGAL SPORTS STAR AWARDJulylast_img read more

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