NYC Marathon sets record with nearly 53,000 finishers

first_imgGretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Runners wait at the starting line during the New York City Marathon on Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)NEW YORK — The New York City Marathon has set a record for the most finishers of any marathon worldwide — 52,812.Organizers said Monday the total topped the mark of 51,394 from the 2016 NYC Marathon. The race through the city’s five boroughs Sunday was watched by more than 1 million spectators on a crisp fall day.ADVERTISEMENT BUY: ‘A Race Like No Other: 26.2 Miles Through the Streets of New York’ by Liz RobbinsLelisa Desisa of Ethiopia and Mary Keitany of Kenya were the men’s and women’s winners. It was Keitany’s fourth victory in New York. Desisa won this race for the first time.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 ChrissThe wheelchair winners were Daniel Romanchuk of the U.S. and Manuela Schar of Switzerland. LATEST STORIES Djokovic back at No. 1; replaces Nadal, whose season is overcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? MOST READ Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum View commentslast_img read more


MYS Dismisses ‘Deception’ in Basketball Crisis

first_imgThe Ministry of Youth and Sports has dismissed reports of using ‘deceptive influence’ in resolving the leadership crisis in the Liberia Basketball Association (LBA) and has assured stakeholders of the elections on Saturday, August 8.The Ministry clarified that FIBA Afrique has never written them to either set-up a caretaker committee or an interim leadership to steer the basketball leadership as was alleged by K-Delta female basketball owner, Abraham Samukai.Deputy Sports Minister Henry B. Yonton, Jr. told the Daily Observer yesterday in an exclusive interview in Monrovia that Mr. Fred Pratt, a former Secretary General of the LBA who is currently serving as a member of the Youth Development Committee of FIBA-Afrique disclosed to the Ministry text messages between him and the President of FIBA-Afrique Zone III Samuel Abuola suggesting the establishment of a caretaker committee.“Upon seeing the text messages, I told Mr. Pratt to tell the Zone III president to officially write the Ministry on what he suggested and unfortunately, the mandate is yet to come from the Zone III president or FIBA Afrique,” Minister Yonton said.He added “I was taken aback when Mr. Abraham Samukai said the Ministry was written – we were never written since we wrote FIBA Afrique to intervene, including a verbal instruction to Mr. Pratt to tell the Zone III president to write us – we were never written.”A week ago, Mr. Samukai accused the Ministry of ‘deception’ indicating that FIBA Africa contacted the Ministry to find out if something had been done to resolve the LBA leadership crisis.According to reports, AFIBA Africa wrote: “Is there a federation on the ground? Or is it a caretaker committee? Is the Ministry of Sports running the federation?”The second recommendation to the Ministry of Youth & Sports from AFIBA Africa said: “What your ministry can do is to hold an election or set up a caretaker committee and write to AFIBA Africa and the Zone immediately….”Minister Yonton said, the so-called revelation from Samukai was wrong and misleading and pointed out that Mr. Pratt is a prime witness.When contacted Mr. Pratt yesterday via mobile, who is also serving as the Assistant Secretary General of the Liberia National Olympic Committee (LNOC) confirmed sharing the text messages between him and the Zone III president with Deputy Sports Minister Yonton and Mr. Samukai.“It was true that Zone III president text whether there was a federation on the ground? Or a caretaker committee? And if the Ministry of Sports was involved in running the federation?” Mr. Pratt said.“It was also true that he suggested that the ministry can either hold an election or set up a caretaker committee and write to AFIBA Africa and the Zone immediately….”“But that was text messages between me and the Zone III president – who is a friend – but it was not an official mandate from either the Zone III or FIFA Africa – it was just a casual lecture between two friends,” Pratt said.Howbeit, Minister Yonton has assured stakeholders of elections on Saturday, August 8, as enshrined in the MOU.He said two weeks ago, 22 club presidents wrote the Ministry thanking her about the MOU and committed themselves to the elections.“If four or five clubs, who still believe they are aggrieved, there will be election as scheduled, so we want to urge them to join the wagon in the name of peace and the future of the Liberian youths,” Minister Yonton said.The Minister’s comment stemmed from a report that the aggrieved stakeholders would not honor the election.Mr. Calvin Diggs of the Flames basketball team said, Mr. Samukai isn’t part of the aggrieved party because he isn’t a president, but Minister Yonton said Mr. Samukai since the rigmarole as of January has been considered the ringleader owing to his involvement.It may be recalled that on June June 3, a MOU was signed between the aggrieved party – and the LBA leadership – Rufus Anderson and about reaching a ‘common ground’ for the holding of elections which were postponed four times.The LBA, according to the MOU on the 1st of July, set up a three-man election committee, headed by former Secretary of the Liberian Senate, Yanqueh Borsay.As of the 3rd of July, the distribution of congressional documents is ongoing and according to the guideline, included in the congressional documents, stakeholders would begin registration to contest the election.Since January 2015, the LBA and the aggrieved stakeholders have been fighting over “constitutional crisis” and embezzlement of US$15,000 following the hosting of a West Africa basketball tournament in Monrovia and questions were also raised on the expenditure of U$70,000 provided by the Liberian government.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


Blind Melon and Soul Asylum to play in Dawson Creek

first_imgDAWSON CREEK, B.C.  – One night – three incredible artists! On April 11, 2020, BLIND MELON, SOUL ASYLUM & special guest BIF NAKED, will take to the stage at the Encana Events Centre.Twenty-five years after the release of their self-titled debut, Blind Melon is returning to both the stage and the studio. Despite the fact that the band’s breakout single, “No Rain,” became one of the most indelible music videos of the ’90s, Blind Melon’s return is no exercise in nostalgia. With new members and new material defined by powerhouse harmonies, the band sounds both fresh and familiar.Soul Asylum has been inspiring an incredible level of passion for their music since 1981 when the band formed in Minneapolis. Soul Asylum’s indie success led to the band entering a platinum-level commercial breakthrough with 1992’s album Grave Dancers Union and 1995’s Let your Dim Light Shine. After a hiatus, Soul Asylum returned to action in 2006 with The Silver Lining and in 2018 Sony Legacy released a previously unheard live album, “Live from Liberty Lunch, Austin, TX”. Soul Asylum have earned themselves a loyal fan base and widespread critical acclaim.- Advertisement -Special Guest Bif Naked joins the lineup with another blazing live performance.  Rock star, writer and Humanitarian, Bif Naked has pushed the boundaries of acceptability since day one. Her screaming loud creative has never been muzzled as she has unleashed a continual and seemingly endless string of live performances, recordings, videos, quotes, sound-bytes, spoke word, and visuals that have established Bif Naked as one of the most acclaimed and interesting performers to grace the rock stage.Tickets will be available for purchase on Friday, NOVEMBER 8TH, 2019 @ 10:00 A.M..  Tickets are priced at $39.00 & $59.00 plus applicable fees.  Tickets may be purchased online at www.tigerboxofficeplus.ca by phone at 1-877-339-8499, and in person at the Tiger Box Office Plus location at the Encana Events Centre or at Systems Sound Source Ticket Outlet in Fort St. John.last_img read more


Top five BIGGEST PL clubs ranked by fans around the world

first_img 5 2. In second it’s Arsenal – the Gunners have the most fans of any Premier League club in 55 different countries, including the USA, Japan and Nigeria. Click the yellow arrow above, right to find out which Premier League club is the most popular around the globe 5 3. In third place it’s Man United – the Red Devils have the most fans of any Premier League club in 23 different countries, including China and India. Click the yellow arrow above, right to find out which Premier League clubs are the two most popular around the globe Research by Twitter has revealed where fans of Premier League clubs are located around the world and we have totted up the leading clubs in each territory to find out which team can boast the biggest spread of global support.Only five clubs can claim to be the biggest followed Premier League team in at least one country, and you can find out the top five by checking out the gallery above.*Twitter’s research looked “at the official Twitter accounts for each team, using their followers as an indicator of allegiance (as opposed to, say, instances in which people mention a team while watching an interesting matchup or talking about a team’s rival)”.Some interesting findings included:Liverpool are the most followed club in the United Kingdom and other territories with historic links to Britain, including Australia and New Zealand, plus the Republic of Ireland.Manchester United are the most followed club in the world’s most populated nations, China and India.Chelsea are the most followed club by number of countries in Europe, Central America, South America, the Middle East and Asia.Arsenal are the most followed club in the USA and Canada, plus Africa.What do you think of these results? Comment below! 5 5 5. In fifth place it’s Man City, who are able to boast the most fans* of any Premier League club in just one country… Bosnia (the Edin Dzeko effect, presumably). To find out which Premier League clubs are the most popular in the biggest number of countries around the globe click the yellow arrow above, right… – *According to followers on Twitter (see explanation below). 5 1. The most popular Premier League club in terms of countries around the world is Chelsea – the Blues have the most fans of any Premier League club in 81 different countries, including Russia, Brazil and Mexico 4. In fourth place it’s Liverpool – the Reds have the most fans of any Premier League club in 13 different countries, including the UK and Australia – click the yellow arrow above, right to find out which Premier League clubs are even more popular around the globe last_img read more


PLEA TO PUBLIC AS CORNCRAKE BEGINS TO ARRIVE BACK IN DONEGAL

first_imgFifty years ago, the rasping call of the Corncrake was an ever-present part of rural summer nights throughout much of Donegal and the rest of Ireland.The iconic corncrakeHowever, the population has dramatically declined since the 1960’s, and today these birds only remain in isolated coastal pockets and islands of Donegal, Connemara and West Mayo.Corncrakes over-winter in Africa and come back to breed in Donegal from early May onwards. Once the males arrive and select a suitable patch of habitat, they start to call in order to attract females. Once he has mated, he will move on to another site and attract another mate. Females remain in proximity to the mating site, and build a nest in vegetation tall enough to provide cover. They lay 8-12 eggs, and about two weeks after the first brood has hatched they mate again. Hatching typically peaks first in early June, then in late July. Chicks don’t learn to fly until they are five weeks old, and as a result females and their young can be present in meadows from early May until late August.Corncrakes have always had a close relationship with humans and, throughout much of its world range, the Corncrake breeds predominantly in habitats created and managed by farmers.A number of factors have led to the decline in the Corncrake population. The most significant has been a change in farming practices. Harvesting silage rather than hay means that mowing takes place when young flightless chicks are still present in the fields.Mowing has also become faster and is carried out from the outer edge towards the centre of the field, which creates an island of grass ever-decreasing in size as mowing progresses. This very often proves fatal to female corncrakes and their chicks, who need unbroken tall grass cover to run to safety. Predation by mink, foxes, feral cats and crows is another significant cause of mortality. Ireland and the rest of Western Europe’s breeding corncrake population overwinters in Sub-Saharan Africa, where no significant kills by trappers and hunters have been reported. A large Eastern European and Russian corncrake population overwinters in Northern Africa, where thousands of birds, representing a small fraction of the population, are killed every year. No significant threats to corncrakes have been found in wintering grounds.As a response to declining corncrake numbers, the Corncrake Conservation Project was created over twenty years ago. It is now run by the National Parks and Wildlife Services, and the project staff carries out an annual breeding census. This involves locating calling male corncrakes as they arrive and seeking landowner collaboration to protect them in their chosen breeding habitat. Landowners are offered a range of agri-environmental schemes including the Corncrake Grant Scheme which offers compensation for mowing meadows late and in a slow controlled manner, encouraging the survival of corncrake chicks,In Donegal, numbers have fluctuated over the years, yet remained relatively stable. Last year was the first year which saw a marked increase in corncrake numbers. Nationwide, a 44% increase was observed relative to 2012, with 189 breeding pairs recorded, 128 of which were in Donegal. These are the highest numbers recorded since the project began.However, numbers continue to decrease on the mainland, with offshore islands providing increasingly important habitat for the species. More than likely, this is due to low-intensity farming and fewer predators in insular locations.So what can we do to ensure the continuing survival of the corncrake in Ireland? Farmers have helped. Over the years, farmers throughout Donegal have collaborated with fieldworkers to ensure the corncrakes survival on their land. By delaying mowing as well as by mowing in a corncrake friendly manner, from the centre of the field outwards, they have helped to increase the rate of chick survival, as well as provide adequate cover for nesting females throughout the entirety of their breeding cycle. It is important to note that in most cases, protective measures are only carried out with the landowners consent, and in exchange for compensation.Pet owners can also help. Cats and dogs are a confirmed threat to corncrakes. Putting a bell on your cat’s collar will help prevent it from catching wild birds by providing an audible warning of your cat’s approach. Neutering is also encouraged; this has been suggested to reduce the urge to hunt in cats, as well as reducing the number of feral cats.Dogs should never be allowed to wander freely. As well as posing a threat to corncrakes and other ground nesting birds, wandering dogs are a risk to livestock. Even if they do not attack them, they can cause serious stress, especially to sheep at around lambing time.You can help. On the mainland, corncrakes breed along Donegal’s coastline from Malin Head to Killibegs, and sometimes may only call for a few days before mating. Once mating occurs, it is near impossible to locate nesting females and their chicks, as they do not call. In these circumstances it is difficult to record all calling birds without the public’s help. If you hear a corncrake calling, please contact the fieldworker for Donegal; Marie Duffy – 087 6563 527. PLEA TO PUBLIC AS CORNCRAKE BEGINS TO ARRIVE BACK IN DONEGAL was last modified: April 30th, 2014 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:Corncrakedonegalnesting seasonplealast_img read more


At 94, golfer to play 94 holes in one day

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant `’We let everyone know before they tee-off that it’s Cy’s birthday again, so get out of his way; he’ll be playing through,” said Denny Sandifer, one of the pros at the par-59 Cimarron Golf Resort in Cathedral City, where Cy now lives. “Everybody loves the guy and thinks what he’s doing for breast cancer research is just wonderful.” In four years, Cy’s birthday golf outing – in memory of his stepdaughter, who died of breast cancer – has raised more than $100,000 for the Desert Cancer Foundation in the Coachella Valley to provide free mammograms for low-income women. “Last year we tested 650 women, and the money Cy’s raised has been a significant contribution to our program,” said Peggy Bilous, director of the foundation. “He’s a remarkable man.” Yeah, he is. You hate to be rude to people, but when you’re turning 94 and have 94 holes of golf to play in one day, you don’t have a lot of time to be shaking hands and smoking cigars. “When I’m playing, people on the course keep asking me how I do it,” Cy said Thursday. “I tell ’em it’s attitude. If you don’t feel old, you’re not old. “But I’ve got to hurry them up because I don’t have much time to be talking to people.” It’s tough enough with the local TV news cameras and reporters trailing him all day. He doesn’t need more distractions. And he doesn’t cheat out there, either, Cy swears. No mulligans – free shots to make up for bad ones. No kicking the ball out of sand traps or from behind trees. And no gimmes on the putting green. `’I average about two hours a round (18 holes) and don’t keep score. Don’t have time. My best round here was 10 over par, but not on my birthday.” None of what her grandfather is doing surprises anyone in the family, says Cy’s granddaughter, Vicki Braun of Woodland Hills. “I told my grandma when she was alive that my dream in life was to meet and marry a man just like my grandfather,” Braun said. “He’s been my father, my confidant, my best friend. “His whole life has been devoted to community service in the Rotary Club – and giving. And he still gives. When he told me what he was going to do when he turned 90, I said, ‘Papa, are you sure about this?’ “Well, he pulled it off that first year and every year since. And he’ll pull it off again Sunday. He just keeps on ticking. My grandfather’s amazing.” Cy figures he’ll be a little sore Sunday night, but it’ll pass. It always does. Monday morning, he’ll be up around dawn, knocking on the front door of his neighbor John Yorsky’s home. Telling his pal to hurry it up. They’ve got a 6:30 tee time. Dennis McCarthy’s column appears Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. Dennis McCarthy, (818) 713-3749 dennis.mccarthy@dailynews.com HOW TO HELP Send donations for the Desert Cancer Foundation to 67888 Marilyn Circle, Cathedral City, 92234, or call Cy Breen at (760) 321-6779. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! This Saturday night, on the eve of his 94th birthday, Cy Breen will eat a light dinner, say a little prayer to the golf gods and turn in early. He has a big day planned for Sunday. Every year since he turned 90, the former Woodland Hills resident has spent his birthday playing one hole of golf for every year he’s been alive. Yeah, that’s a lot of golf, even for a young pup – more than five rounds. Cy starts at sunrise and finishes at sunset, using a cart and two caddies – one on the front nine and one on the back. He tried using only one caddie the first year, but the 40-year-old guy couldn’t keep up. last_img

GAA NOTES: FOUR MASTERS

first_imgFour Masters G.A.A. ClubThe €50 winners in the Annual Lotto for Week 40 were Peter Dunnion, Clarlougheske and Patricia Furey, Dublin. The numbers drawn were 1, 3, 15 & 16 with the jackpot now standing at €1,400.Club members, managers, coaches or administrators interested in either a First Aid/Defib Course or Defib Refresher Course on Saturday April 28th should book their place with Deborah Lacey (087) 2199730 as soon as possible. Adult Membership can still be paid to Registrar, Michael Martin and members are also still being sought for ‘Club Donegal’ at a cost of €200.00 for the coming season. Further information available from Sean Dunnion, Maeve Espey or Paul Timoney.The Senior Ladies had a convincing win over Robert Emmets in Mountcharles on Sunday last in their first game of the season. Their next fixture is this coming Sunday April 22nd against Termon in Mountcharles. The Under 14 girls had an away game to Bundoran on Tueday April 10th running out convincing winners by 4.10 to 2.00. Their next game is Tuesday April 24th against St. Nauls in Mountcharles. GAA NOTES: FOUR MASTERS was last modified: April 17th, 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:FOUR MASTERS GAA NOTESlast_img read more


CNA drive against upcoming election

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The governor has backed four measures on the ballot: Proposition 74, which lengthens the time it takes teachers to get tenure; Proposition 75, which requires public employee unions to get members’ approval before spending dues for political purposes; Proposition 76, which would limit state spending; and Proposition 77, which would set up a panel of judges for redistricting. The union is urging voters to reject all four measures, especially Proposition 75, which the CNA says would stifle the voice of nurses in health care policy and political debates. “We believe the propositions to be voted on are going to degrade the rights of the middle class and the working class of the state of California,” said Trish Gonzalez, a staff nurse at Children’s Hospital in Oakland. “It would create a double standard for working-class people as far as contributions to political action are concerned.” Officials with the governor’s campaign rebutted CNA’s assertions. “Proposition 75 will give public employees like nurses, teachers and firefighters a real voice and a choice as to how their union dues are spent,” said Todd Harris, spokesman for the governor’s California Recovery Team. LANCASTER – California Nurses Association leaders campaigned at Antelope Valley Hospital on Tuesday against the statewide special election and the ballot measures supported by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. Arriving in a recreational vehicle plastered with anti-election and anti-governor signs, CNA representatives passed out pamphlets and talked to nurses as they went into work through the emergency room entrance before being asked to leave by hospital officials after about two hours. “They were asked to leave because they were taking up too many parking spaces. We have limited parking, especially in the emergency department area,” hospital spokeswoman Jackie Weder said. With more than two weeks to go before the Nov. 8 election, the CNA is conducting a “Nurses Say Vote No in November” tour in the RV, visiting 32 cities in 29 days. Karen Maeshiro, (661) 267-5744 karen.maeshiro@dailynews.com 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


WEATHER ALERT: DELUGE OF RAIN SET TO HAMMER DONEGAL

first_imgWEATHER ALERT: Met Eireann has issued an urgent weather warning as torrential rain is set to hit Donegal.Donegal has been issued with a status ‘Yellow Warning’ as forecasters have predicted a deluge of heavy downpours is set to batter the county tomorrow.Motorists have been urged to drive with extreme caution, and have been advised not to undertake any unnecessary journeys if possible. Weather experts are predicting heavy rain (40-60mm) throughout the day tomorrow and tomorrow night, which will likely result in localised flooding in some areas.Other counties set to be affected by the torrential rain are Dublin, Louth, Wexford, Wicklow, Meath and Monaghan, Cavan and Donegal.STATUS YELLOW – BE ALERTThe concept behind YELLOW level weather alerts is to notify those who are at risk because of their location and/or activity, and to allow them to take preventative action. It is implicit that YELLOW level weather alerts are for weather conditions that do not pose an immediate threat to the general population, but only to those exposed to risk by nature of their location and/or activity.WEATHER ALERT: DELUGE OF RAIN SET TO HAMMER DONEGAL was last modified: November 12th, 2014 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:donegalHome-page NewsweatherWeather Alert: Met Eireánnyellow alertlast_img read more


DEPLETED HARPS FACE ATHLONE WITH ONE EYE ON PLAY-OFFS

first_imgWith Finn Harps knowing that they will finish the season in second place in this season’s First Division, Ollie Horgan takes his troops to Athlone Town on Friday with one eye on the promotion / relegation play-offs later this month.Harps will face either UCD or Shelbourne in the two-legged play-off semi-final with the first to those games set to take place in Dublin in two weeks time.However, Horgan’s preparations have been dealt a slight blow for Friday’s game in Athlone as no fewer than five of his squad are missing.  Damien McNulty is sidelined with a shoulder injury while Tony McNamee, Kevin McHugh, Wilfried Tagbo and Ciaran Coll are all suspended. Whether or not Horgan was going to use the last two league games to experiment a bit with other squad members ahead of the play-offs, he has no choice other than to do that on Friday.“We haven’t a huge choice in what team goes out on Friday with the numbers that are unavailable,” said Horgan.“We have scored just once against Athlone all season,” continued Horgan as he looks ahead to the game at Lissywollen.“They turned us over in Athlone already and secured a scoreless draw at Finn Park in the last two meetings with us.  They are a good side and on their day can beat anyone and have beaten anyone,” he said.  The likes of Wexford and Shelbourne and ourselves have already lost to them,” warned the Harps boss. “Their home form in particular has been good. They have a good mixture of experience and youth and will be very difficult opposition on Friday.  We approach this game the same as any other game.  The fact that a number of players are unavailable makes it a more difficult task,” he said.It was a 3-0 home victory against UCD two weeks ago that confirmed Harps’ runners-up spot in this season’s First Divison and also their place in the play-offs.  Horgan was delighted with the outcome of the game, but warned that UCD would be a different threat of it’s the same two sides that meet in the play-offs in a fortnight’s time.“The UCD game went well but they were without three key players and had a further player sent off after just 20 minutes,” said Horgan.  “It is great to get into the play-offs but that’s all it is.  We have a huge task ahead if we are to get by UCD (with a full team) or a Shelbourne side that have very good players in the play-offs.”Lissywollen has proved to be a difficult venue for Harps in recent times.  Harps have failed to win in any of their last five visits there, with four of those games ending in victory for the home side.TEAM NEWS Suspended: Tony McNamee, Kevin McHugh, Wilfried Tagbo, Ciaran Coll.Doubtful: None.Injured: Damien McNulty (shoulder).FORM GUIDE (last six league games) Finn Harps: L-W-W-D-W-W (13 pts)Athlone Town: L-L-L-D-W-L (4 pts)DEPLETED HARPS FACE ATHLONE WITH ONE EYE ON PLAY-OFFS was last modified: October 8th, 2015 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:Athlone Towndonegalfinn harpslast_img read more