Gasol agrees to three-year deal with Spurs—report

first_imgGasol, who won NBA titles in 2009 and 2010 with the Los Angeles Lakers, spent seven seasons with the Memphis Grizzlies before being traded to the Lakers in 2008. He signed as a free agent with Chicago in 2014 and San Antonio last July.In 64 games for the Spurs last season, Gasol averaged 12.4 points, 7.8 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.1 blocked shots as San Antonio went 61-21, the NBA’s second-best record behind eventual playoff champion Golden State.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’Gasol has career NBA averages of 17.9 points, 9.4 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.7 blocked shots over 1,119 games.By declining his $16.2 million contract option for next season, Gasol allowed the Spurs salary cap room to sign fellow free agents Rudy Gay, Brandon Paul and Joffrey Lauvergne and are in talks to bring back Argentine star reserve guard Manu Ginobili for a 16th season in San Antonio. Cavs star Kyrie Irving reportedly requests trade LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In this May 3, 2017, file photo, San Antonio Spurs center Pau Gasol (16) dunks the ball in front of Houston Rockets’ Clint Capela, right, during the second half of Game 2 in a second-round NBA basketball playoff series in San Antonio. A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press that Gasol has agreed to terms on a three-year contract with the Spurs. The 7-foot Spaniard and the team came to agreement on Friday, July 21, 2017, on a deal that is partially guaranteed for the third season. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)NEW YORK—Spanish 37-year-old free agent center Pau Gasol, a six-time NBA All-Star, has agreed to a three-year deal with the San Antonio Spurs, ESPN reported Friday.The contract, according to unnamed sources in the ESPN website report, will include a partial guarantee in the final season for the Barcelona-born star, who is set to start his 17th NBA campaign later this year.ADVERTISEMENT Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ MOST READ LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets 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 End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendcenter_img Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano View commentslast_img read more

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Bradley Beal’s 36-point night helps Wizards blow out Hawks

first_imgWashington Wizards guard Bradley Beal (3) passes as Atlanta Hawks forward DeAndre’ Bembry (95) defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, in Atlanta. Washington won 131-117. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)ATLANTA — Bradley Beal could tell early in the first quarter that the rebuilding Atlanta Hawks had no answer for him.“Just being confident, just being aggressive,” he said. “Getting to the free throw line helped me out a lot. Being aggressive in that aspect. Just pretty much taking what they gave me.”ADVERTISEMENT Young, the fifth overall pick in this year’s draft, took a hard spill 30 seconds later as he tried to shoot a 3 at the top of the arc, falling into Austin Rivers on the way down and getting his feet knocked out. Young landed on his back and elbows and stayed down before getting up to make one of three free throws.“I didn’t even see what happened,” Young said. “I was just in the air and I fell. My arms were numb, and it was hard to move. I was pressing on my free throws, pushing the ball instead of shooting it.”Beal answered with a runner and hit a pair of free throws on the ensuing possession to push the lead back to double digits.“He’s so crafty,” Young said. “He showed that tonight. With John being out, they were able to use him a lot more.”Rivers started in Wall’s spot and had nine points, seven assists and seven rebounds.TIP-INSWizards: It was the first game Wall has missed this season. Knee problems sidelined him for 41 games last season. Washington coach Scott Brooks didn’t have an immediate timetable for Wall’s return. … F Jeff Green was sidelined with back issues for the second time in the last three games. … Beal has scored at least 20 points 18 times this season. … Rivers opened on the floor for the first time since starting 59 of his 61 games with the Los Angeles Clippers last season. … Wall didn’t play in a win last January in Atlanta, and the Wizards still posted 40 assists. Reserve guard Tim Frazier dished out 14 in that game.Hawks: Reserve G Jeremy Lin left with a lower back strain and didn’t return after playing four minutes. … Collins got his fourth double-double at the five-minute mark of the third. … Bazemore started in place of F Taurean Prince, who injured his left ankle in Monday’s loss to Golden State and will miss three weeks. … Atlanta closed the third on an 11-0 run.UP NEXTWizards: At Cleveland on Saturday. Hawks: Host Denver on Saturday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil 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 MOST READ Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Beal drew Collins, a 6-foot-10 forward, out to guard him in the third quarter and quickly cut past him. Rookie point guard Trae Young closed in the lane too late as Beal drove for a layup and a 19-point lead.Beal took the ball to the rim often enough to get to the foul line and hit 10 of 13 free throws. The Wizards finished 27 for 32 at the line.“We have to play fast, and that was easier because we got stops defensively,” Beal said. “We were able to get out in transition and get some easy ones. We just continued to move the ball and share it.”The Hawks used a 45-point third, their highest-scoring quarter of the season, to pull within seven in the first minute of the fourth on Bazemore’s jumper.Young had a chance to make it a three-point game but missed a wild layup attempt at the 9:48 mark, and Tomas Satorsky followed with a 3-pointer to push the lead to eight.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Late rally lifts LeBron James, Lakers past Spurs Beal scored a season-high 36 points, Otto Porter Jr. had 20 points and 11 rebounds, and the Washington Wizards won their third straight game with a 131-117 victory over Atlanta on Wednesday night.Wizards star guard John Wall missed the game for personal reasons, but Washington still finished with a season-high 35 assists.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 ChrissBeal, with nine assists and nine rebounds, was a matchup nightmare for the Hawks, who began the night with the NBA’s third-worst record and lost their fourth straight. John Collins finished with 14 rebounds and a career-high 26 points, and Kent Bazemore added 22 points for Atlanta.Rookie guard Kevin Huerter was the first Hawks player assigned to guard Beal, and he was replaced early. Atlanta coach Lloyd Pierce tried several combinations but nothing worked for long. View commentslast_img read more

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Game 2 ‘wake up call’ helps Petron get back on track for PSL crown

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—It could’ve been a perfect sweep for Petron in the Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference if not for its four-set loss to F2 Logistics in Game 2.The Blaze Spikers held a 13-0 record up until that loss, but that defeat jolted the team to fix their ways and show what the defending champions are made of.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next GALLERY: Magnolia back on top with PBA Governors’ Cup crown Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title MOST READ Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college 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 Petron had two days to figure it out, and it showed its might against the Cargo Movers in the Game 3 for the 25-22, 26-24, 25-23 sweet.“That was a wakeup call for us. We never thought of the sweep or that we didn’t lose a match because that’s not a good mindset,” said Reyes in Filipino Thursday at Filoil Flying V Center. “It was a learning experience for us that we shouldn’t think of the conference sweep.”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 ChrissReyes was also instrumental in Petron’s third set stand when she scored on back-to-back hits to give the Blaze Spikers a 19-16 buffer.The Blaze Spikers’ title win also moved them ahead of the Cargo Movers in the championship table with Petron owning four, the most in the league, while F2 has three. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Reyes said Game 3 itself was enough to show that the rivalry between the two teams is as strong as ever.The two teams did face each other four straight times in the finals and had two titles between them prior to meeting in the 2018 All-Filipino Conference championship round.“The rivalry is still there,” said Reyes who had nine points in Game 3. “You all saw how they fought. They didn’t want to lose and both teams came to fight.”ADVERTISEMENT ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloomlast_img read more

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Three exciting players Arsenal fans should take note of

first_img Andy Najar celebrates scoring against Arsenal Arsenal nearly had a rude awakening in their last Champions League clash as it took late goals from Kieran Gibbs and Lukas Podolski for them to earn a 2-1 victory over Anderlecht.The Belgians have arrived for the return in north London with unfinished business as they aim to stun their hosts and take the three points they missed out on in Brussels.And manager Besnik Hasi, who claims the Gunners underestimated them back in Belgium, will be looking to three of his starlets for inspiration as they look to triumph at the Emirates.Andy Najar, 21, grabbed his fair share of the copy last time out as the five foot seven inch midfield leapt above the Arsenal defence to head home an opener, while Hasi can also call on highly-rated duo Dennis Praet and Youri Tielemans.So talkSPORT takes a look at the triumvirate who could stun the Gunners tonight…Andy NajarMLS is beginning to produce some extremely talented young players and former DC United youngster Najar is just one example of a growing trend. The 2010 Rookie of the Year is still only 21 and has been converted from an outstanding right-back into a crafty and nimble winger with an enviable leap.He earned a $3million move to Anderlecht back in January 2013 and has continued to impress, with two World Cup appearances for Honduras the reward in Brazil ,and his progression was there for all to see with his goal against Arsenal.Youri TielemansThe most spoken about of the trio is Tielemans who, at the tender age of 17, is well on the way to stardom having played 29 times in the Belgian Pro League last year.Capable of both the effectively simple and the sublime, Tielemans has the ability to ping an inch perfect 50-yard pass or casually slot a slide rule through ball into a forward, so Arsenal will have to watch out for his guile as he looks to pick open their defence.Dennis PraetFlatteringly compared to Andres Iniesta by former team-mate Tom De Sutter, who also highlighted the youngster’s technique and composure on the ball, Praet turned down a move to Arsenal back in 2010 following a trial as he wanted to continue his studies in his homeland.His adaptability, which allows him to play on the left flank as well as centrally, is also a key ingredient to his success in Brussels, where he has already made more than 100 senior appearances and won three titles.According to Praet, he never met Arsene Wenger during his brief time with the Gunners and after tonight the Frenchman may wish he’d paid closer attention to the youngster and his talents. 1last_img read more

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Real considering Sh11.7bn Juventus bid for Cristiano

first_img0Shares0000Cristiano Ronaldo’s late penalty saw off a Juventus comeback and put Real Madrid into the last four of the Champions LeagueLONDON, United Kingdom, July 5 – Real Madrid are considering an offer of about Sh11.7bn (£88m) from Juventus for Cristiano Ronaldo.The 33-year-old Portugal forward is Real’s all-time top scorer with 451 goals. However his age, and Real’s need to reshape a squad that finished 17 points behind La Liga champions Barcelona last season, has encouraged the Italian champions to make their move.Ronaldo won his fifth Champions League title with Madrid in May.Since that victory over Liverpool in Kiev, Real boss Zinedine Zidane has left the club and been replaced by former Spain coach Julen Lopetegui.The five-time Ballon d’Or winner’s future has been the subject of intense debate over the past few years, and his relationship with Real president Florentino Perez has also been questioned.Any move would eclipse Juventus’ record transfer fee of Sh10.5bn (£79m), which they paid for Argentina forward Gonzalo Higuain in 2016.It would also be more than the Sh10.6bn (£80m) Real paid Manchester United for Ronaldo in 2009.Time for a change of guard at the Bernabeu?Reports of Cristiano Ronaldo’s unhappiness at Real Madrid have become an all-too-predictable annual occurrence, and in the past they have always resulted in the Portuguese having his ego stroked, his pay packet boosted and the problem solved.So when Ronaldo once again revealed his disenchantment with the club in the immediate aftermath of the Champions League final victory over Liverpool, at first nobody took him seriously.But this is starting to look a little bit different, and there’s a growing sense within Spain that this might actually be the summer when Ronaldo leaves Real Madrid.That suspicion has arisen partly because the club has not done too much – publicly, at least – to fight to keep him, fuelling speculation that all-powerful president Florentino Perez believes this is the right time to cash in.If Real can command a fee of 100m euros from Juventus, Perez could well see that as great business for a player who will be 34 by the end of next season.Lurking in the background is the figure of Neymar. For a long time it has appeared to be just a matter of time before the flamboyant Brazilian ends his Parisian sojourn and moves to Madrid, where his combination of prodigious footballing talent and enormous marketing power would make him a perfect signing.If Neymar does come this summer, it’s hard to see how both his and Ronaldo’s egos could coexist happily on the pitch or in the dressing room, and the older man would need to make way.Even if Neymar isn’t captured, Perez is also a big admirer of another PSG star, Kylian Mbappe, whose eye-catching World Cup performances have made him an even more appealing prospect.All things considered, it could well be time for a changing of the guard at the Bernabeu.‘Wages are the issue’It’s his wages which are the big problem because they are four times what Higuain, their current highest earner, is being paid.Juventus are interested, they have been talking to his agent, but it looks like this will be a very difficult transfer to pull off.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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COUNCIL EMPLOYS DEBT COLLECTION AGENCY TO COLLECT WATER RATES

first_imgDonegal County Council has initiated proceedings against customers who have not responded or made any meaningful attempt to address the arrears on their account.Over the past two weeks, non domestic water supplies have been disconnected or restrictions and arrears accounts have been referred to a third party debt collection agency for collection.This course of action is planned to continue up to the end of this year with a number of further supplies being earmarked for disconnection/restriction in the coming weeks. Mr. Garry Martin, Director of Services said this action is not taken lightly.“However, we have been left with little option but to proceed with imposing these restrictions or disconnections. In tandem with this approach accounts were forwarded to an external debt collection agency”.To avoid any of these actions, the Council appeals to all users of a non-domestic water supply to ensure that all outstanding bills are paid immediately.The Council thanked all the customers who do pay their bills when they become due and who actively engage with the Council to comply with their obligations to pay non domestic water charges.  COUNCIL EMPLOYS DEBT COLLECTION AGENCY TO COLLECT WATER RATES was last modified: October 30th, 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:arrearsDonegal County Councilnon-domesticwater rateslast_img read more

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Men’s Basketball Throttles Illinois State, 87-62, To Improve To 3-0 In The MVC

first_imgDrake (9-7, 3-0 MVC) shot 8-of-16 from three-point range in the second half to stymie any Illinois State (8-7, 2-1 MVC) attempt to rally from a 14-point halftime deficit. Defensively, Drake held the Redbirds to 37.5 percent shooting to make ISU the fourth-straight opponent Drake has held under 40 percent. Box Score (HTML) Box Score (PDF) Photos at Indiana State 1/6/2018 – 1 p.m. “We were really focused and ready to play,” said Drake head coach Niko Medved “I thought we set the tone on the defensive end and we got into a rhythm on offense. The game is fun when you play team basketball on both ends.” DES MOINES, Iowa – Led by 28 points from Reed Timmer (New Berlin, Wis.) and three other Bulldogs in double-figure scoring, the Drake University men’s basketball team improved to 3-0 in the Missouri Valley Conference with an 87-62 win over Illinois State Wednesday, Jan. 3, evening at the Knapp Center. Drake held a 14-point, 40-26, halftime lead thanks to 17 first-half points from Timmer and extended that advantage to 20 points, 56-36, in the first six minutes of the second half with an Ore Arogundade (Chicago, Ill.) three-point play. The Redbirds got no closer than 15 points the rest of the contest as Drake continued to connect with efficiency from both the three-point arc and under the basket. Story Links “It’s huge, we’ve been through so much together,” Timmer said of the quick start to MVC play. “For us to stay together and have this start is big for us going forward.” Next Game: “We hustle and we do the little things, what you don’t have in one area, makes you stick to what you know best,” McGlynn said of taking on a taller front line. “I’m thankful to have teammates that keep putting me in good spots and I trust them.” The Bulldogs shot 50 percent from three-point range with 20 assists and just seven turnovers to sit in first place in the MVC standings and improve to 3-0 in the MVC for the first time since the 2007-08 season. The win was also the Bulldogs’ fourth straight to remain undefeated at the Knapp Center this season. The Redbirds were led by Keyshawn Evans’ 13 points in the loss, the Redbirds’ first to the Bulldogs in the last 10 meetings. Full Schedule Roster Junior Nick McGlynn (Stoughton, Wis.) led the charge in the paint – despite opening the game on a three-pointer – with 11 points and 13 rebounds for his fourth double-double of the season. Six of his rebounds were on the offensive glass as Drake held a 4-rebound advantage over the much taller Redbirds.  Live Stats 1350 ESPN The Valley on ESPN3 Listen Live Watch Live As he was battling inside, teammates continued to connect from the perimeter with freshman Jalen Gibbs (Waldorf, Md.) going 3-of-3 from the arc for 12 points while De’Antae McMurray (Alton, Ill.) and Graham Woodward (Edina, Minn.) each connected on a pair of three-pointers. McMurray finished with 12 points, seven rebounds, seven assists and just one turnover in 28 minutes. The Bulldogs take their unblemished MVC record to Indiana State for their next contest, a Saturday, Jan. 6, 1 p.m. matinee with the Sycamores at the Hulman Center.Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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SENSATIONAL BACK TO SCHOOL OFFERS AVAILABLE NOW AT THE DRY ARCH COMPLEX

first_imgBUSINESS: Management at the Dry Arch Complex have unveiled a whole host of sensational ‘Back to School’ offers at their popular store.It’s that time of the year again and the frenzy to get the children organised for going back to school has begun. As all parents know it’s an expensive time of year and everybody is on the hunt for a bargain.Well look no further than the Dry Arch Complex who have launched a ‘Back to School’ campaign.There are some fantastic offers available in-store for the rest of the weekend with prices being slashed on various products.So make sure and drop into the Dry Arch Complex and avail of the fantastic offers NOW! SENSATIONAL BACK TO SCHOOL OFFERS AVAILABLE NOW AT THE DRY ARCH COMPLEX was last modified: August 28th, 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:Businessnewslast_img read more

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St Johnston mother’s poignant moment at unveiling of Foyle drowning memorial

first_imgFrom the heights of Ard na Meala in St Johnston, the waters of the Foyle glisten in the distance below and the scene is almost postcard perfect.For Geraldine McDaid, the image brings a constant reminder of the evening a parent’s worst nightmare came true.The May Bank Holiday in 2008 was like most others in the sleepy east Donegal village – until disaster struck in the mid-evening sun. Three young boys were playing in the river when one of them, 13-year-old Brian McDaid, got stuck in mud and was swept away by the swirling tide.The image is a daily reminder for Geraldine of the day her ‘wee man’ was snatched by the sometimes-vicious waters.Last Friday, a service took place on the same evening commemorating a fateful evening 100 years ago when four youngsters – George Quigley, Patrick O’Donnell, James Dowds and James Orr – drowned in the Foyle.A tree in memory of those who have lost their lives in the Foyle was unveiled and Geraldine McDaid was asked to perform the duty of cutting the ribbon. Soon, a memorial made of Glentown Stone will be erected nearby and etched upon it will be the names of those who lost their lives in the adjacent river. The tranquil waters mask a sea of devastation for some, but a permanent structure will now mark out those victims even for those who may be unaware of the secrets of the tide.“To be asked to be a part of the commemoration of all the people who lost their lives in that stretch of the river, it was very poignant,” Geraldine says.“They wanted me to be involved on the evening.“It’s nice to know that my wain will always be remember, long after me, his brother and sisters are gone. It’s nice to know Brian’s name will be remembered around this town.”Sharon Fischer, a descendant of George Quigley, one of the youngsters who drowned in 1917, flew over from Canada to be at the service, while relatives of Patrick O’Donnell, including local priest Fr Oliver McCrossan, were also in attendance. “It was so nice to meet those people,” Geraldine says. “They were so glad to be a part of the service too. All the religions came together on Friday night.“I’m so glad I live in a place like this. What they’ve done and tried to do for me, I could say ‘thank you’, but that’s a small phrase you say when you get a cup of tea in a house. That wouldn’t be big enough for the thanks that I have.”The night of May 5, 2008, will forever be on the minds of Geraldine McDaid.Brian and his friends went to play and, as most youngsters of the area have done, they ventured to the river. Two of them came back and Geraldine cane still hear those haunting sounds of the 118 Rescue helicopter.“There is a goodness and a badness in that water – I see it every day,” she says.“Aww, it’s something I look at it so bloody angry at times. Why?“I saw the helicopter. I heard it hovering over the Foyle. I remember wondering: ‘Is that where my wain is?’“It moved over and I wondered again: ‘Is that where he is?’ I knew why they were there, but I didn’t want to accept why they were there. People were coming to my house, I knew why they were coming, but I didn’t want them there. If I accepted they were coming, I’d be accepting what was going to unfold.“You don’t want to think about it being real. To this day, I still don’t remember leaving the graveyard on the day of the funeral.”Geraldine McDaid in conversation with Donegal Daily’s Chris McNultyA search was mounted around 3.30 in the afternoon and at around 9 that evening Brian’s body was recovered, following an exhausting comb of the river.Geraldine remembers clearly talking with local fisherman Sammy Bovaird, oblivious to what was about to unfold. She can still see Brian’s dog, Shellby, tied to a post at the water’s edge and knowing deep down that Brian wouldn’t have left his trusted companion.“We got the wain back and I’ll always be grateful for that, for the efforts of those man and the women who did so much to get my wain back that night,” Geraldine says.“ I’ll never forget that. That God we did get him back. So many families don’t get the body back or they have to wait for weeks and, by that stage, the body is in an awful state.“I remember the guard from the sub aqua team coming in, still in his wet gear, and I put him out. ‘Don’t tell me what you’re coming here to tell me. Get out. I don’t want to hear it.’ I didn’t want him to tell me what he was going to. He was the one who brought the body in.”In the weeks, months and years since, Geraldine has been indebted to daughters Danielle and Araeya and son James.“There were times when you couldn’t cry in the house,” she says. “Every time I’d sit down and be on the verge of breaking down, it would be: ‘Ma, can I get this?’, ‘Ma, can I get that?’.“I was always glad for: ‘Ma, can I get?’. It kept me going on.”Just over nine years have passed and Geraldine, as any mother would, wonders what might have been.She says: “I always wonder what he’d be doing now. Would he have a girlfriend? Would I be a granny? Things like that.“We had no wifi at that time, the Wii was just coming out. We have so much technology now and we don’t have Brian. I’d give them all back to get Brian back.“I have everything belonging to him. His aftershave, his books, his school uniform, his Playstation and his games, and they’ll remain where they are.”She believes that water safety and swimming should be taught as a matter of form in all schools – ‘Water is not your friend’, she adds – and in particular in areas like St Johnston, towns and villages that are built next to bodies of water.And she remains appalled that the likes of the Foyle Search and Rescue and the Greencastle Coastguard have to battle for funding.“They are life savers – they really are,” Geraldine says.“You couldn’t credit those people enough. They bring so many people out of that water. Some of the sights they see are terrible. They should be supported way better than what they are.”St Johnston mother’s poignant moment at unveiling of Foyle drowning memorial was last modified: July 9th, 2017 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Brian McDaidfoyleFoyle Search and RescueGeraldine McDaidGreencastle CoastguardSt Johnstonlast_img read more

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Humboldt Crabs open 2016 season with 7-1 win over South Bay Sliders

first_imgARCATA >> On a night where first impressions were the norm, Crabs starting pitcher Jason Alexander might have made the biggest of them all.The Crabs’ new Friday night starter proved to fit the billing just fine, as the right-hander from Menlo College retired the first 12 batters he faced and took a perfect game into the fifth inning in Humboldt’s 7-1 win over the South Bay Sliders at the Arcata Ball Park.Third-year skipper Tyson Fisher wanted his team to set a good tone early on, and that’s …last_img

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