Princes take rugby rivalry to a new level

first_imgWith the Queen now aged 90, Prince Harry and Prince William will replace their grandmother as patrons of the English and Welsh rugby unions respectively, it was announced Tuesday.Britain’s long-serving monarch will step down as the patron of 25 UK organizations, including the Wimbledon Tennis Championships, the British Cycling Federation, the Institution of Civil Engineers and the Holocaust Memorial Trust.The Queen will pass the patronages on to other members of the royal family in the coming months.According to Buckingham Palace, she is patron of more than 600 organizations and will continue to represent hundreds of other charities and institutions.The decision follows the example set by her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, who resigned from a number of patronages when he turned 90 in 2011, Buckingham Palace said.The Queen has been patron of the English Rugby Union (RFU) since taking over the role from her father, King George V, in 1952. She has attended two World Cups in the United Kingdom, in 1991 and 1999.Both William and Harry are keen rugby fans and have served as vice-patrons to the Welsh and English unions since 2007 and 2010 respectively.They were pictured enjoying a good-natured rivalry during the 2015 Rugby World Cup when Wales upset host nation England in the pool stage.”His Royal Highness has been a great ambassador, not only for the Welsh Rugby Union, but for young people and for sport generally,” WRU president Dennis Gethin said in a statement.RFU president Peter Baines said it had been “a privilege and an honor” to have the Queen as patron for more than 60 years.”She has been a fantastic supporter of the union and we thank her for that and her contribution to the game of rugby in England,” he added.”Prince Harry has been a regular at England Tests at Twickenham … and a brilliant ambassador of our work in the community and our charities as well as internationally for the union as president of the 2015 Rugby World Cup.”last_img read more

Elche informs Oscar Gil that he cancels his renewal

first_imgThe case of the sides is the most striking. Juan Cruz is in the orbit of numerous First Division teams and It is very likely that it will be transferred in summer if Elche does not ascend. Its clause is four million euros and has a contract until June 30, 2021. If you don’t leave in June, you will do it for free when the next campaign is over. There are eleven finals left for the Elche fights for the new objective that has focused on its target: promotion of promotion to First. And that is the same time left to sports director Nico Rodriguez to tie the players he has in his sights: Juan Cruz, Iván Sánchez and Óscar Gil. Óscar Gil’s situation is more convoluted. The canterano signed a new contract on November 27, but the entity never returned it signed. The arrival of Bragarnik, five days later, stopped the operation due to the high amounts that the sports director Nico Rodríguez had accepted.The ilicitano side would charge 200,000 euros per course, almost double that of Juan Cruz, for example. His clause was going to rise to four million euros. A few weeks ago he received in writing the communication, dated mid-January, that canceled that improvement Therefore, the contract continues at the beginning of the season, with a clause of 500,000 euros. Oscar Gil is now a bargain in the market.Will be too Iván Sánchez, who will be free. His wish is to make the jump to First. And he hopes to do it with his current team. In case of not achieving it, it will be open to other proposals.last_img read more

Chooks To Go willing to offer ‘max salary’ to full-time Gilas players

first_imgDuterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer LOOK: McGregor wears suit with ‘F you’ pinstripes to Mayweather presser Chooks To Go in its first of a four-year commitment with the national team.READ: Gilas banners young team for Jones CupMascariñas said his suggestion has been done before with the formation of Northern Consolidated under the leadership of San Miguel Corporation chairman Danding Cojuangco. The team achieved international success in the 1980s.“Financing a national team is not a new idea. Northern Consolidated in the past ran a very successful program and we want to do that again, hopefully,” Mascariñas said.Gilas Pilipinas team manager Butch Antonio praised Chooks To Go for its full support to the national team since their partnership was announced late last year.ADVERTISEMENT READ: 9 games, 9 days: Gilas PH opens Jones Cup bid vs CanadaAntonio also expressed interest in Mascariñas’ plans for the country’s men’s basketball program.“You have to give it to Chooks To Go. They have not relented in support. When they were unleashed, they were really unleashed,” Antonio said.READ: Myers to beef up Gilas in Jones Cup “With regard to that plan, it’s something we can expound and talk about. And right now, nothing is cast in stone, it’s not even put on any table for discussion but that is an option that can be cultivated,” he added. “Anything that can help the program, help the federation and help the Philippines in general then it’s something that we should really look at.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ronald Mascariñas, president and general manager of Bounty Agro Ventures Inc., whose holding company Chooks To Go is in its first of a four-year commitment with the national team, made his glitzy pitch during the team’s sendoff on Wednesday.READ: Gilas out to win Jones CupFEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’“We’re making this offer that we’re willing to finance full-time national team players if we can work something out with the SBP and the PBA,” Mascariñas told reporters.“As an incentive for them, we’re willing to give the maximum salary allowed in the PBA to the national player.” Ronald Mascariñas, president and general manager of Bounty Agro Ventures Inc. Photo by Mark GiongcoChooks To Go, a major sponsor of Gilas Pilipinas, is looking at the possibility of bankrolling the Philippine men’s national team.That’s if the squad will have players suiting up for the Philippine team on a full-time basis.ADVERTISEMENT View comments LATEST STORIES Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ 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 IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer MOST READ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Atin ‘to: Paul Desiderio etches a legacy of swag in UP Maroons’ lore

first_imgThis is ours.The myth, the legend, grew out of a called game winner last season, when Desiderio told his University of the Philippines teammates “atin ‘to” in a huddle before nailing a game-winning triple.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 ChrissHe didn’t need to repeat the words again, but everyone knew Desiderio would lay claim to the game when everything went down the line in overtime against the Adamson Falcons.“There was no play called, that was all him,” said UP coach Bo Perasol in Filipino, moments after a pulsating 89-87 victory Wednesday that propelled the Fighting Maroons to the UAAP Finals for the first time in 32 years. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Ang kapal talaga ng mukha nito,” Perasol joked.Promise fulfilled. #AtinTwo | @sonrdINQ @inquirerdotnet #UAAPFinalFour #UAAPSeason81 pic.twitter.com/SE0AXAU5bC— INQUIRER Sports (@INQUIRERSports) November 28, 2018“You all saw he had several misses already,” Perasol added. “But he knows that when it’s for the win, he’s going to shoulder the responsibility. He’s the one that always kept telling us, even when Juan [Gomez de Liaño] was in foul trouble and Bright [Akhuetie] was tired, not to have any doubts.”ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk MOST READ Atin ‘to.This is ours.The clock was winding down to the last 40 seconds and Adamson was ahead by a point when Desiderio nailed a wide open trey to give UP the lead, 87-85.After a tense sequence that knotted the count, Desiderio iced the final count with a short jumper.Atin ‘to.This is ours.The night before the game, Desiderio reminisced on his years in UP. He went through a lot. He watched the school go 0-14. He witnessed a one-win season. This was a program where a lone victory was enough cause for celebration.“For 30 years, we were the butt of jokes… the basketball team didn’t have the bragging rights,” Perasol said.Desiderio said he was glad to have witnessed the Maroons’ turnaround.“Before, we didn’t have prized recruits. We didn’t have budget,” Desiderio told the Inquirer in Filipino. “ Now, you can see the UP program is rising.” ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Fans fill up Philippine Arena for SEA Games opening PLAY LIST 01:02Fans fill up Philippine Arena for SEA Games opening01:26Filipino culture takes spotlight as 2019 SEA Games officially opens03:30PH’s Rogen Ladon boxing flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)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 awardcenter_img LATEST STORIES Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title And so is the team’s confidence, no thanks to a skipper whose belief in himself and his team never wavered.“I’m very, very happy especially since I am graduating already,” Desiderio said after his clutch performance that set up a Finals duel with overwhelming favorites Ateneo. “Whatever chance we have in the Finals, we’re going to grab it.”At the very least, the Maroons will have their captain on board for two more games. No matter how much of an underdog UP will be against the defending champions, Desiderio won’t let his team go down without a fight.He proved that with Adamson in the Final Four, where he wasn’t about to let a historic run come to an end just yet.Whatever happens against Ateneo, those final five points that booted out the No. 2 Falcons will be Desiderio’s enduring legacy—a swagger that frustrating seasons could not drown, a confidence that bad shooting nights cannot deflate.“Syempre, atin ‘to.”This is ours. GALLERY: UP Fighting Maroons return to UAAP Finals after 32 years Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThere’s one phrase that will be forever attached to Paul Desiderio’s college career.“Atin’ to.”ADVERTISEMENT For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. View commentslast_img read more

Girls’ soccer roundup: Moorpark wins, gets shot at Hart

first_imgAfter suffering a left knee injury in the Musketeers’ Southern Section Div. II opening-round playoff loss last season at Hart, Paletta desired a second chance to knock off the two-time Foothill League champion. The junior produced a goal and two assists in a 3-1 wild-card victory at Quartz Hill to set up a rematch in Friday’s first round at the second-seeded Indians (22-3-1). “Just to be able to go back out there and prove them wrong is something I’ve been looking forward to,” said Paletta, who was sidelined the final 15 minutes of last year’s 3-1loss. “Some of the stuff they said last year was unnecessary and we’ve been waiting for the opportunity to play them again.” After surrendering an early penalty kick by Alexa Hale following a handball call in the box, Moorpark coach Frank Paletta switched his formation to move Kaitlin Paletta, normally the team’s sweeper, into the midfield. The Cal-bound standout responded by scoring the tying goal just before halftime and assisting on goals by Ariana Martinez and Stephanie Betancourt early in the second half. “When I put her up front, that made the difference,” Frank Paletta said. “It took us almost a half to figure them out, but I think we were just too fast for them.” Kaitlin Paletta has waited an entire year to return to the soccer field at Hart High of Newhall. On Wednesday, she made sure the Moorpark girls’ soccer team would secure another trip. center_img Kaitlin Paletta was sidelined part of the season with a right hamstring injury, but her return has helped Moorpark (7-4-8) go unbeaten in five straight games entering Friday’s contest. “It makes it a little more fun (playing offense),” Paletta said. “And somehow every time we do it, it works. We believe in each other more this year and as long as we continue to believe, we can do anything.” Paletta’s effort might have brought an unceremonious end to the coaching career of Quartz Hill’s Maury Cauchon, who has led the Rebels (13-7-2) to 10 Golden League titles. “It depends on a lot of things, but I don’t want to say one way or another because I still have the softball season,” Cauchon said. “I’m disappointed we couldn’t win at home, but they were a tough team and they had a lot more depth than we did.” Westlake 3, Pasadena 1: Kylie McDonald, who has signed with Pepperdine, scored twice and Bridget Berman added a goal and an assist for host Westlake (10-2-8), which plays Friday at Highland of Palmdale (12-4-7) following their Div. II wild-card victory over the Bulldogs (11-5-3). DIVISION IV Flintridge Prep 2, Righetti 1 (2 OT): Michelle Bigony converted a corner kick in the 95th minute for host Flintridge Prep of La Canada Flintridge (12-9-3) in a wild-card victory at Glendale Sports Complex. Lauren Von Der Ahe tied the score with 15 minutes left in regulation for the Rebels, who rallied after Righetti of Santa Maria (11-11-3) scored in the first 10 minutes. DIVISION V Oaks Christian 1, Crossroads 0: Freshman Lauren Lindstrom scored the winning goal for the second consecutive game for Oaks Christian of Westlake Village (12-6-1), which prevailed in the wild-card match at Crossroads of Santa Monica (8-11-1). Lindstrom completed a three-shot sequence , which began with Hannah MacKechnie, for the Lions, who will play Friday at fourth-seeded Brentwood (14-3-2). Noe Salter had three saves en route to her 10th shutout for Oaks Christian, which improved to 18-2-3 all-time in the postseason. in the 46th minute Nordhoff 3, Paraclete 2: Bianca Burright scored the winning goal with 15 minutes remaining for host Nordhoff of Ojai (15-9), which rallied for a wild-card victory over Paraclete of Lancaster (11-10-2). Kelsey Owen scored twice for Nordhoff, both on Burright assists. DIVISION VI Rosamond 6, New Community Jewish 2: Salma Tarik scored fourtimes for Rosamond (11-10-2), which plays Friday at third-seeded Viewpoint of Calabasas (15-3-3) following its wild-card victory at New Community Jewish of West Hills (8-4-2). Bishop Union 7, Santa Clarita Christian 3: Jennifer Fullerton, Kayla Gale and Alicia Ceroni scored for Santa Clarita Christian (6-12-2), which fell in its wild-card game against the host Broncos (19-3). erik.boal@dailynews.com (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

B.C. Premier Christy Clark calls LNG, Site C ‘big accomplishments’

first_imgGovernment sources suggest the legislature could be recalled as early as this summer to deal with Petronas, which has yet to make a final investment decision on the proposed LNG plant.There are currently at least 18 separate LNG project proposals in B.C. Clark has often said exporting LNG from B.C. to Asian markets represents a trillion-dollar economic opportunity that could create 100,000 jobs.Opposition New Democrat Leader John Horgan said the government recently amended legislation that ties B.C. into a fixed royalty-rate structure that favours Petronas.The New Democrats managed to rattle the Liberals in recent months, especially with questions about a Crown land sale in Metro Vancouver to a Liberal party donor at a greatly reduced price.NDP house leader Mike Farnworth said taxpayers were “hosed” when the government sold about 150 hectares of property in Coquitlam for $85 million when the land was appraised at $128 million.Advertisement Clark singled out the progress on BC Hydro’s $9-billion Site C hydroelectric dam and the proposed $36-billion Petronas-backed liquefied natural gas plant as the government’s top accomplishments in the spring session.The B.C. Legislature, which has been in session since February, adjourns Thursday after passing a balanced budget and debating, amending and adopting at least two dozen laws, including liquor, worker and education legislation.“If I wanted to look back on the last few months [Petronas] would be the biggest thing we’ve accomplished, along with the work we’ve done on Site C,” Clark told reporters in Victoria.- Advertisement -“That is a massive public investment in infrastructure that is going to create thousands of jobs for people and long-term, low-cost, reliable clean power for generations of the province,” she said.“Those are big accomplishments that I think people will look back at over the decades … and say those things really mattered.”Clark’s Liberals approved Site C late last year and construction is slated to start this summer, despite impending court challenges by First Nations.Advertisement Job agreement with unionsBC Hydro and the B.C. and Yukon Territory Building Construction Trades Council announced a jobs agreement on Wednesday that will see union and non-union workers at the dam.Site C will flood more than 5,500 hectares of land along the Peace River, create an 83-kilometre-long reservoir and provide enough power to light up 400,000 homes.Last week, Clark and Malaysian energy giant Petronas signed an agreement that could lead to the construction of a multi-billion LNG plant at Lelu Island near Prince Rupert.Clark said once Petronas-controlled Pacific NorthWest LNG secures project approval from its backers, she will recall the legislature to adopt legislation for the project, which would be the largest capital investment in B.C.’s history.Advertisementlast_img read more

Chapa Dimba winners get heroes’ welcome

first_imgThey received a majestic reception from their fellow students, happy villagers and the school principal Mr. Patrick Ligami.Saints came from a goal down to beat The Saints from Buture-Mumias 2-1 in an entertaining boys final.“I sincerely appreciate the entire team for a job well done. They have conquered every obstacle on their way to the regional trophy and the dream is almost a reality. Our aim is to become the national champs and we will give the boys all the support they need to get there,” said Patrick Ligami.–St. Paul Lugari Boys Principal.On their part, Bishop Njenga were happy to retain their title as the girls Champions from the region vowing to clinch the National trophy this time around.The Njenga’s triumphed after seeing off Kakamega’s Ibinzo Girls 2-0 with Sheila Wikonza and Maureen Omende scoring the goals in the second half.The two Lugari teams received a cash reward of Sh200,000 each and the bragging rights as the Western region champions.Mr. Patrick Ligami, the Principal of St. Paul Lugari Boys hands over the Chapa Dimba trophy to the members of Lugari Blue Saints during their celebrations in school. Lugari Blue Saints were crowned Western Regional champs of Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom.They have also secured an opportunity to represent Western region in the national finals scheduled for June 2019 at Kinoru Stadium, Meru County.During the tournament, Lavender Murumwa from Bishop Njenga and John Atem Kato from The Saints were named Most Valuable Players with Golden Glove award going to Stella Ahono of Bishop Njenga and Said Aleeyey of The Saints.Ann Malubi of Ibinzo and The Saint’s John Atem Kato won the golden boot in the girls’ and boys’ category respectively. The winners in each category went home with a cash reward of Sh30,000.At the grand finale, the winning boys’ and girls’ teams will each walk away with KES 1 million shillings in prize money. An All-star team will also be selected from the 8 regional finals to attend a training camp in Spain during which they will play against local youth sides.The championship now moves to Moi Stadium in Kisumu for the Nyanza regional finals set for 9th and 10th February.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Lugari Blue Saints Coach Ted Omnala is carried by the students from St. Paul Lugari Boys – AKA Lugari Blue Saints as they celebrate their victory in the Chapa Dimba Western Regional finals held at Bukhungu Stadium.NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 18 – Blue Saints and Bishop Njenga Girls both from Lugari were accorded a hero’s welcome as they arrived back from Bukhungu stadium parading their respective Chapa Dimba trophies to hundreds of fans as the celebrations progressed to their respective schools.Blue Saints Coach, Ted Omnala led the celebrations as they proudly showed off the trophy to their jubilant fans.last_img read more

Spector jury deliberates for 11th day

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LOS ANGELES – The jury in the Phil Spector trial will continue its 11th day of deliberation today, in the hopes of reaching a verdict on a charge that the record producer murdered actress Lana Clarkson more than four and a half years ago. The jury, who was given some new instructions after reporting an impasse a week ago, asked for a VCR Monday and buzzed twice during deliberations indicating they had questions. No reports were released on what the jury wanted to watch on the VCR, but during the trial they were shown a videotape of sheriff’s investigators interviewing Spector’s chauffeur. Driver Adriano De Souza is a key witness in the trial. He testified that Spector came out of his mansion with a gun in his hand and said “I think I killed somebody”, while Clarkson’s body sat slumped in a chair behind him. S[ector’s defense said a fountain, in the courtyard, and other noises made it difficult for the Brazilian-born driver to understand Spector. Spector, 67, is charged with second-degree murder. Clarkson, 40, died on Feb. 3, 2003, from a gunshot fired in her mouth. Spector’s defense said the shot was self-inflicted, either an accident or a suicide. last_img read more

Enterprise Ireland created 422 jobs in Donegal in 2016

first_imgEnterprise Ireland, the Government agency responsible for developing Irish business globally, reported that Enterprise Ireland client companies based in Donegal created 422 jobs in 2016, bringing total employment by Enterprise Ireland clients to 3,581.A total of 19,244 new jobs (full and part-time) in Enterprise Ireland supported businesses were created across the country in 2016.This brings the total number of people employed by Enterprise Ireland supported companies to 201,108 – breaking the 200,000 milestone of people employed in Enterprise Ireland supported companies for the first time ever. Digital Technology, Construction and Fintech were the key performing sectors.Paschal McGuire, Enterprise Ireland’s Regional Director – North-East and North-West, said Donegal companies performed well.“Despite global economic challenges in 2016, job creation by Irish companies in Donegal remained strong. As these results show, Irish companies have the capacity to create jobs in towns and cities across the country, with almost two-thirds of the new jobs created outside Dublin. We aim to build on this success to ensure that Irish companies in every region in Ireland are well positioned to continue to succeed globally, particularly in the context of Brexit.”Enterprise Ireland also published its 2017-2020 Strategy – Build Scale, Expand Reach. The strategy builds on the success of recent years and sets new, ambitious targets for jobs and export growth: · Exports – Grow exports by €5bn to €26bn per annum· Spend in economy – Increase spend in the Irish economy by €4bn to €27bn per annum· Jobs – Create 60,000 new jobs and sustain existing level of jobsKey priorities for Enterprise Ireland will be:– Driving innovation in Irish enterprise to unprecedented levels through new supports to reach the target of €1.25bn in R&D expenditure per annum by 2020.– Improving the competitiveness of Irish companies through our Competitiveness and Lean programmes and new client engagement model, which will provide targeted supports.– Increasing the reach of client company exports into new markets, with two-thirds of exports going beyond the UK.– Major focus on the Eurozone, targeting a 50 per cent increase in exports.Enterprise Ireland created 422 jobs in Donegal in 2016 was last modified: January 16th, 2017 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)last_img read more

CASSIDY – FAMILY IS MORE IMPORTANT TO ME NOW THAN FOOTBALL

first_imgGAA star Kevin Cassidy says he does not regret not being in Jim McGuinness’ side for Sunday’s All-Ireland semi-final saying there are more important things in life such as family.Cassidy was one of a several inter-county players who contributed to Declan Bogue’s book This is our Year, which revealed life from inside the Donegal camp.He was subsequently dropped by McGuinness signaling an end to his inter county career. “No I don’t [regret it], things happen,” Cassidy told Hoganstand.com. “I made a decision to help Declan out with the book, I did it. There are bigger things in life than football at the end of the day. Whether Donegal won one All-Ireland or 10 All-Irelands you are still working on a Monday morning, there is still family on a Monday morning and that’s the most important thing.”Cassidy is playing for the Donegal club in Boston this summer alongside Westmeath’s Dessie Dolan and said he was comfortable with the way his county career finished.“I had it straight in my head before I went,” he continued. “I knew they were probably going to win an Ulster title. I had to put the question to myself – if they went the whole way, would I be comfortable with it? “It was a decision I had to make for my family. We are out here having a great summer. I have no regrets. I hope to see Donegal in the final. I’ll be back for it hopefully.“When I make a decision I stick by it. I’m a great believer what’s for you, won’t go past you. If Donegal go on to win an All-Ireland fair play to them they are going to do it the hard way.”Cassidy also confirmed he would not play for Donegal again. “My [inter-county] playing days are over. There are plenty of other good players come through in Donegal who never won anything same as myself. We have to pass it on to the generation that is there. All the best to them.”He went on to compare Donegal’s approach to Cork in that both are powerful, hard running teams.“Jim McGuinness’s style is probably modelled a wee bit on Cork; big physical men and they are able to run, athletic as well.“[Donegal] have a chance without a doubt, we have to give them credit to where they got to this year, back-to-back Ulster titles, beating Kerry and back in the All-Ireland semi-finals. “Nobody is silly, Cork are favourites for the All-Ireland but we have seen favourites beaten before. It’s going to be a tough ask but, without a doubt, our boys are going to be up for it. It’s easy for me to say this here but I’d say whoever wins between Cork and Donegal is going to win the All-Ireland.”CASSIDY – FAMILY IS MORE IMPORTANT TO ME NOW THAN FOOTBALL was last modified: August 23rd, 2012 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:donegalJim McGuinnessKevin Cassidylast_img read more