Funniest Tom Brady memes after beating Roger Goodell in ‘Deflategate’ suspension

first_imgNEW YORK — The only thing that wound up getting deflated in a New York federal courthouse was NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell oversized ego.Tom Brady has been completely exonerated by a federal judge, who decided to vacate the New England Patriots legendary quarterback’s four-game suspension and effectively stomped all over Goodtell’s weak case against the NFL’s golden boy.With the vindication, Brady is set to play next Thursday in the Patriots’ home opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers.Social media wasted no time whatsoever mocking the commissioner and exalting Brady through hilarious memes and tweets that Goodell will probably not appreciate.Take a look:last_img read more

5 questions for a new year, starting with Tiger Woods

first_imgKAPALUA, Hawaii (AP) — The new year in golf is consumed by an old topic, this time with a twist.Instead of wondering when (or if) Tiger Woods will play, the question now is how will he play?And here’s another question: Who ever imagined a time when the guys he beat for so many years would be rooting for him to play better?“I think we’ve proved that golf does not need Tiger to be successful,” Brandt Snedeker said last month in the Bahamas. “That being said, golf is better when Tiger is around. I don’t think we need Tiger necessarily any more. We all want Tiger. I think golf is a better product, it’s better TV and I want to see Tiger play again. It’s fun. You see the crowds he brings and he still has an innate ability to do something only a couple of guys can do.”No one commands attention like Woods. The biggest problem for golf might be battling the perception that it matters only when Woods is playing.Compared with last year, that’s a nice problem to have.There remains a battle for supremacy, minus any talk about a “Big Three.” Europe has to face a Midwestern crowd, this time in the Solheim Cup. Two of the majors are going to courses that have never held one — Erin Hills for the U.S. Open, Quail Hollow for the PGA Championship.The first tee shot of the year is Thursday. Answers to a few topics will take months to sort out.TIGER WOODSBy most accounts, Woods made a successful return in the Bahamas, except for the one that matters. He finished in 15th place out of 17 players and 14 shots out of the lead. But it was a start, and a healthy one. The best bet is that Woods will return at Torrey Pines at the end of the month, and with each event, the measure will shift form his health to his score.Jack Nicklaus is mostly curious about his motivation, and he speaks from experience. Nicklaus won his 16th and 17th majors at age 40, and he refers to his final major in the 1986 Masters as “an accident in many ways.”“It’s really difficult when you’ve had as much success as I had over a long period of time to charge your batteries, day after day, and go back out and say, ‘Man, I want to do this again.’ That’s what he’s going to have to do,” Nicklaus said. “Whether he can do that or not, I don’t know. That’s going to be the question.”THE BATTLE FOR NO. 1Jordan Spieth started last year at No. 1, won three times and fell to No. 5.Spieth, Jason Day and Rory McIlroy were separated by 0.76 points of their world ranking average going into last year, so some movement was inevitable. Day has been at No. 1 since the end of the March, and while there is slightly more separation at the top, there are a half-dozen players or more who could end 2017 at No. 1.McIlroy came on strong at the end of the year. Dustin Johnson won the U.S. Open and was the PGA Tour player of the year. Henrik Stenson won his first major and became a threat every time he teed it up. Hideki Matsuyama ended last year by winning four of his last five tournaments.A different player has finished No. 1 for the eighth consecutive year. Odds are this will be the ninth.MAJOR MYSTERIESNo one knows what to expect at the U.S. Open for the second time in three years. The USGA took golf’s second-oldest championship to Chambers Bay in the Pacific Northwest in 2015, and now heads to Erin Hills in the middle of Wisconsin.The last time the U.S. Open went to two courses in a three-year span that had never held a professional major was Hazeltine (1970) and Pebble Beach (1972). Then again, Pebble had been around since 1919 and hosted the U.S. Amateur four times. Erin Hills opened in 2006.The PGA Championship is going to Quail Hollow, the North Carolina club’s first time holding a major, though it has held the Wells Fargo Championship since 2003.CUPS RUNNETH OVERThe Americans will be going for a third straight victory in the Solheim Cup when it goes to Iowa this summer. Nothing brings out passion in team golf quite like the United States vs. Europe.The Presidents Cup also holds some intrigue. The International team has lost six straight times and has won only once since the Presidents Cup began in 1994. More pressure would seem to be on U.S. captain Steve Stricker, not only because the Americans haven’t lost since 1998, but because he is the likely Ryder Cup captain for 2020 at Whistling Straits in his native Wisconsin.Speaking of Ryder Cup captains, expect the next American skipper to be named next week. But those matches are two years away.WHAT WILL PHIL DO NEXT?Phil Mickelson was runner-up at a major for the third straight year since his last victory, which was the 2013 British Open at Muirfield for his fifth major. The focus, as always, will be whether Lefty can complete the career Grand Slam at the U.S. Open.At age 46, and having gone through two hernia operations in the offseason, it would seem a victory anywhere would suffice. Mickelson, however, shouldn’t be ruled out after last year. He made 10 birdies in a Ryder Cup singles match against Sergio Garcia. He shot 267 at the British Open, matching the fourth-lowest score in major championship history. Just his luck, he got only a half-point against Garcia, and he was runner-up at the Open.,KAPALUA, Hawaii (AP) — The new year in golf is consumed by an old topic, this time with a twist.Instead of wondering when (or if) Tiger Woods will play, the question now is how will he play?And here’s another question: Who ever imagined a time when the guys he beat for so many years would be rooting for him to play better?“I think we’ve proved that golf does not need Tiger to be successful,” Brandt Snedeker said last month in the Bahamas. “That being said, golf is better when Tiger is around. I don’t think we need Tiger necessarily any more. We all want Tiger. I think golf is a better product, it’s better TV and I want to see Tiger play again. It’s fun. You see the crowds he brings and he still has an innate ability to do something only a couple of guys can do.”No one commands attention like Woods. The biggest problem for golf might be battling the perception that it matters only when Woods is playing.Compared with last year, that’s a nice problem to have.There remains a battle for supremacy, minus any talk about a “Big Three.” Europe has to face a Midwestern crowd, this time in the Solheim Cup. Two of the majors are going to courses that have never held one — Erin Hills for the U.S. Open, Quail Hollow for the PGA Championship.The first tee shot of the year is Thursday. Answers to a few topics will take months to sort out.TIGER WOODSBy most accounts, Woods made a successful return in the Bahamas, except for the one that matters. He finished in 15th place out of 17 players and 14 shots out of the lead. But it was a start, and a healthy one. The best bet is that Woods will return at Torrey Pines at the end of the month, and with each event, the measure will shift form his health to his score.Jack Nicklaus is mostly curious about his motivation, and he speaks from experience. Nicklaus won his 16th and 17th majors at age 40, and he refers to his final major in the 1986 Masters as “an accident in many ways.”“It’s really difficult when you’ve had as much success as I had over a long period of time to charge your batteries, day after day, and go back out and say, ‘Man, I want to do this again.’ That’s what he’s going to have to do,” Nicklaus said. “Whether he can do that or not, I don’t know. That’s going to be the question.”THE BATTLE FOR NO. 1Jordan Spieth started last year at No. 1, won three times and fell to No. 5.Spieth, Jason Day and Rory McIlroy were separated by 0.76 points of their world ranking average going into last year, so some movement was inevitable. Day has been at No. 1 since the end of the March, and while there is slightly more separation at the top, there are a half-dozen players or more who could end 2017 at No. 1.McIlroy came on strong at the end of the year. Dustin Johnson won the U.S. Open and was the PGA Tour player of the year. Henrik Stenson won his first major and became a threat every time he teed it up. Hideki Matsuyama ended last year by winning four of his last five tournaments.A different player has finished No. 1 for the eighth consecutive year. Odds are this will be the ninth.MAJOR MYSTERIESNo one knows what to expect at the U.S. Open for the second time in three years. The USGA took golf’s second-oldest championship to Chambers Bay in the Pacific Northwest in 2015, and now heads to Erin Hills in the middle of Wisconsin.The last time the U.S. Open went to two courses in a three-year span that had never held a professional major was Hazeltine (1970) and Pebble Beach (1972). Then again, Pebble had been around since 1919 and hosted the U.S. Amateur four times. Erin Hills opened in 2006.The PGA Championship is going to Quail Hollow, the North Carolina club’s first time holding a major, though it has held the Wells Fargo Championship since 2003.CUPS RUNNETH OVERThe Americans will be going for a third straight victory in the Solheim Cup when it goes to Iowa this summer. Nothing brings out passion in team golf quite like the United States vs. Europe.The Presidents Cup also holds some intrigue. The International team has lost six straight times and has won only once since the Presidents Cup began in 1994. More pressure would seem to be on U.S. captain Steve Stricker, not only because the Americans haven’t lost since 1998, but because he is the likely Ryder Cup captain for 2020 at Whistling Straits in his native Wisconsin.Speaking of Ryder Cup captains, expect the next American skipper to be named next week. But those matches are two years away.WHAT WILL PHIL DO NEXT?Phil Mickelson was runner-up at a major for the third straight year since his last victory, which was the 2013 British Open at Muirfield for his fifth major. The focus, as always, will be whether Lefty can complete the career Grand Slam at the U.S. Open.At age 46, and having gone through two hernia operations in the offseason, it would seem a victory anywhere would suffice. Mickelson, however, shouldn’t be ruled out after last year. He made 10 birdies in a Ryder Cup singles match against Sergio Garcia. He shot 267 at the British Open, matching the fourth-lowest score in major championship history. Just his luck, he got only a half-point against Garcia, and he was runner-up at the Open. In this Dec. 4, 2016, file photo, Tiger Woods lines up a putt on the 17th hole during the final round of the Hero World Challenge golf tournament in Nassau, Bahamas. A new year starts with an old topic, with a twist. Instead of wondering when Tiger Woods will play, the question now is how will he play? (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)last_img read more

Important Notice for Supporters Going To The Connacht Finals On Sunday

first_imgGalway GAA and the Pearse Stadium Committee welcome all Roscommon, Sligo and Galway Supporters to Pearse Stadium on Sunday next, 9th July 2017 for the Connacht Senior and Minor Football Championship Finals. We expect a capacity attendance! A Chara, The games on Sunday will result in increased traffic in the Galway, Salthill and Pearse Stadium areas and we urge all Supporters to plan their journeys and to arrive early in Salthill in order to avoid the delays.Supporters coming from Roscommon, Sligo and North Galway should travel to / from Pearse Stadium via the Quincentenary Bridge and to avoid the City Centre if at all possible.It is important to note that this is the designated route out from the Stadium after the game and all traffic lights on this route will be extensively manned by An Garda Síochána, to ensure that traffic flows effectively out of the City. (see Map attached)Again, we request all Patrons to travel and arrive early and to park legally and responsibly, at all times. Illegal and hazardous car parking on Amenity Greens is strictly prohibited and City Traffic Wardens and An Garda Síochána may ticket and issue fines to any offending vehicle owners.Designated Car Parks for supporters will be signposted at Colaiste Einde, St. Mary’s College, GTI, The Prairie and Galway Lawn Tennis Club.Finally, we appeal to all Supporters travelling to Pearse Stadium for the games to be conscientious, mindful and respectful to the needs of our local residents.In Summary:Please plan your journey and arrive early!Please use designated Car Parks and park legally and responsibly.Please be respectful and mindful of the needs of Local ResidentsEnjoy the day and travel home safely.Thank You for your cooperation.Seán Ó hEidhinRunai, Coiste Chontae na Gaillimhe.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

MAJOR AWARD NOMINEES: FRANK PINDAR FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

first_imgBethany SoBadmintonBethany So was named the OUA female most valuable player in leading the Varsity Blues badminton team to the 2018 OUA title this season. The OUA all-star went undefeated in the No. 1 women’s singles and No. 1 women’s doubles action. So, a fourth-year student within U of T’s Faculty of Medicine, outscored her opponents 187-109 over four No. 1 singles matches, while topping the opposition 126-59 with partner Vivian Kwok in the No. 1 women’s doubles spot. Varsityblues.ca will highlight the nominees of U of T’s major awards – male & female rookie of the year, Dr. Clara Benson honour award, George M. Biggs trophy, as well as the male & female Frank Pindar and T-Holders’ athletes of the year – to be awarded at the 2018 intercollegiate athletic banquet on Thursday, April 5 at Chestnut Residence Ballroom. Michelle MillerCurling/FastpitchMichelle Miller earned all-star honours as a member of the Varsity Blues curling and fastpitch teams this season. On the field, Miller earned an OIWFA all-star nod after posting batting lines of .481 (batting average), .535 (on base percentage), and .769 (slugging percentage). She recorded five doubles and five triples, scoring 21 runs as the Blues went 13-5 and finished third in regular season action. On the ice, Miller was named an OUA second team all-star after her stellar play at the provincial championships. She helped the Blues finish atop the Pool A standings with a 6-1 record, before Toronto dropped a narrow quarter-final decision to Brock. Story Links Rachael JaffeWater PoloSophomore standout Rachael Jaffe earned 2017 NCWP goalie of the year honours as the Varsity Blues women’s water polo team won their fifth straight provincial banner in dominating fashion this season.  Jaffe allowed only one goal against in the semifinal victory over the Ottawa Gee-Gees (13-3) and championship final win over the McMaster Marauders (11-2). Prior to the season, Jaffe represented Canada at the 2017 U20 world championship in Greece. After the season, she was invited to train and travel with the Canadian senior women’s national team. Keiko MarshallFigure SkatingKeiko Marshall was a huge asset in the Varsity Blues figure skating team’s success this season. Marshall kicked off the season with a gold-medal performance in the senior silver similar dance as Toronto won the Fall Invitational. She followed that up by winning four medals to lead U of T to a first-place finish at the Winter Invitational. Marshall won the senior similar pair and helped the Blues to win the team synchro event and she also finished third in both the short program freeskate and senior silver similar dance. At the OUA championship, Marshall claimed three silver medals in the novice short program, senior similar pair and team synchro, while also earning bronze in the senior silver similar dance. The Blues claimed their third straight OUA championship banner.center_img The following Varsity Blues athletes were nominated by their coaches and chosen through the awards selection process as finalists for the Frank Pindar female athlete of the year award, given annually to a female athlete competing in a sport whose official season concludes with either an OUA or other university recognized championship event. Laura UpenieksGolf Laura Upenieks made history as she earned the 2017 OUA individual title in leading Varsity Blues women’s golf team to their sixth straight OUA banner this season. The Etobicoke, Ont., native broke the OUA women’s golf record, previously held by Waterloo’s Devon Rizzo (147, 2013), shooting an outstanding two-day total of 144 (71, 73), while also winning the Judy McCrae Trophy by the largest margin in championship history. Upenieks finished a whopping 13 strokes ahead of silver medalist Robyn Campbell of the Queen’s Gaels (157). The OUA first team all-star earned Varsity Blues athlete of the week and OUA Peak Performer of the week following the championships. Earlier in the season, she won the Waterloo Invitational and placed second at both the Toronto and Allegheny Invitationals. She also represented Canada at the 2017 FISU Games in Taipei in August.  Andrea BurleyMountain BikingAndrea Burley claimed the women’s A division overall title in leading the Varsity Blues mountain biking team to their first University Cup championship banner since 2006 this season. Burley won all four races, finishing first at Albion Hills, Mansfield, Ganaraska Forest and Hardwood Hills to win the A division. She was twice named the Varsity Blues athlete of the week for her stellar performances. For more information, scores and highlights on your favourite U of T athletes and teams, please visit www.varsityblues.ca. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Instagram, SnapChat and Facebook for the latest and greatest in Varsity Blues intercollegiate athletics.Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

UG engineering student missing

first_imgA  family is pleading for the return of their 19-year-old son who has been missing since Wednesday morning.Harris Anthony Persaud, of 21 Granny Field, Cane Grove, East Coast Demerara (ECD), was last seen by his family about 07:30h Wednesday , and has not been seen or heard from since. TheMissing: Harris Anthony Persaudyoung man left home with the intent of attending classes at the University of Guyana (UG), where he is a second-year civil engineering student. He left home dressed in black jeans, a blue shirt and a black tie.The teenager’s mother related that he left home and went to classes at UG. She noted that according to information gathered from questioning his classmates, Persaud told his friends that he would be heading to work at H Nauth and Sons Construction Company, where he is a part-time employee. However, his employer revealed that the young man approached him and told him that he would have to attend evening classes and, as such, he would not be able to work.Persaud’s mother related that as far as the family was aware, he has no conflicts with anyone. She also stated that it was not like him to stay away from home for long periods, especially without informing someone.“He’s my only son, my eldest child and my baby,” the worried mother related. She revealed that her husband has been out searching for the young man since 04:00h Thursday. They are pleading with members of the public to assist them in finding the young man, or to share any information on the young man’s whereabouts with them.Anyone with information concerning Persaud’s whereabouts is asked to contact 678-6590, 257-0129, or the nearest Police Station.last_img read more

Coldest Night of the Year walk happening Saturday in Fort St. John

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The Coldest Night of the Year walk is taking place in Fort St. John for the second time this coming weekend.The fundraiser walk was started in Ontario in 2011 to raise awareness to the plight of those who have had nowhere to call home and have had to sleep outdoors, especially those whose circumstances might be very temporary. Organizer Faye Anstey said the event will be raising money to support Community Bridge in Fort St. John at this year’s walk, to support their programs to help individuals that have nowhere to go find a warm place to sleep.Children up to age 10 can participate for free. For youth aged 11-17 registration costs $40 dollars, which is waived with a minimum of $75 in donations. Adults 18 or older pay $40 dollars or can raise a minimum of $150 in donations. A toque will be handed out to anyone who pays or raises money for the event.- Advertisement -The event gets underway at 4:00 p.m. on February, 24th at Northern Lights College. For more information or to register visit the Coldest Walk of the Year Facebook page.last_img read more

Fifth ‘Harry Potter’ a film of the first order

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Harry Potter is as good as dead. Yes, yes, the seventh and final book in the “Potter” series isn’t due for another 11 days, but the latest “Potter” movie, the unremittingly bleak and occasionally brilliant “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix,” is a potent reminder that the Hogwarts kids have come a long way from the carefree days of baby-faced Quidditch matches and spells involving chocolate-flavored frogs. By the time you’ve worked through all the bad mojo that fills “Phoenix,” you can’t but believe there’s a eulogy in Harry’s future. If David Chase can kill off Tony Soprano (and, yes, people, that’s what he did), what makes you think that J.K. Rowling is going to spare Potter, who might to be forced die to vanquish the evil from within and without. “I feel so angry all the time,” Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) tells a confidante in “Phoenix.” “What if I’m becoming bad?” Harry isn’t becoming bad — he’s just becoming a teen-ager. And in “Phoenix,” the fifth entry in Rowling’s seven-book series, we see the boy wizard turning into a sometimes sullen, almost always solitary, self-doubting figure. On the rare occasions that we do see Harry’s stalwart friends Hermione (Emma Watson) and Ron (Rupert Grint), they’re usually tiptoeing around Potter, almost certain in the knowledge that he wants to be alone with his thoughts. Thoughts and nightmares. Harry is plagued by visions here, constantly seeing the dark presence of Lord Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes) in his dreams. The Ministry refuses to believe Harry’s contention that Voldemort has returned and has launched a propaganda campaign against Harry and Hogwarts headmaster Dumbledore (Michael Gambon). The Ministry wants them discredited — and silenced To that end, the Ministry dispatches a new professor to Hogwarts, Dolores Umbridge (Imelda Staunton, the best Potter baddie yet), a self-satisfied, supercilious woman whose frozen, plastic smile masks a fear and loathing of children. This diminutive pink lady seems an unlikely villain until she reveals a steely resolve to abolish any dissenting point of view, even (and especially, given the gleam in her eyes) if that involves physical torture and mental cruelty. The “Potter” books have always contained plenty of death and dark themes, but “Phoenix” takes the foreboding to a new level. It’s also the best and most fully realized “Potter” movie to date (slightly edging Alfonso Cuaron’s “Azkaban”), not to mention the shortest. To that end, credit belongs to director David Yates, a BBC vet, who, like “Pride and Prejudice” director Joe Wright, displays an impressive visual style in his leap to big-budget filmmaking. One look at “Phoenix’s” opening scene — two Dementors go after Harry and his cousin in the dull-grey, soul-less suburbs where Potter lives when he comes home from Hogwarts — and you know you’re in capable hands. The producers knew, too. Yates is already onboard for the next movie. Credit, too, screenwriter Michael Goldenberg for his concise adaptation. Whittling an 870-page book into a 2-hour, 19-minute movie takes care — and a cleaver — but “Phoenix” does manage to introduce a few new characters (Evanna Lynch steals every scene she’s in as the eerie, cheery oddball Luna Lovegood) while remaining focused on Harry’s inner (and outer) turmoil. (So why aren’t they bringing Goldenberg back?) We’ll learn Rowling’s resolution to Harry’s struggle in the next few days. Until then, “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” will satisfy the faithful and make more than a few Muggles understand what all the fuss was about in the first place. HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX Our rating: (PG-13: sequences of fantasy violence and frightening images.) Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Imelda Staunton. Director: David Yates. Running time: 2 hr. 19 min. Playing: Midnight screenings tonight. In wide release. Also playing at IMAX theaters with the last 20 minutes in 3-D. In a nutshell: Unremittingly bleak, occasionally brilliant adaptation.of book five in the “Potter” series. — Glenn Whipp, (818) 713-3672glenn.whipp@dailynews.com Blog: The Reel Deallast_img read more

Celtic cleared to introduce ‘safe standing’ area at Parkhead

first_imgCeltic are to introduce ‘safe standing’ to Celtic Park after being granted permission by Glasgow City Council.The Parkhead club had been in dialogue with authorities for over five years and have now been given the green light for change at their 60,000-capacity stadium through the installation of a rail seating system which can be found in stadiums in Austria and Germany.Initially, the rail seating area will accommodate up to 2,600 supporters and could be introduced for the start of the 2016-17 season.Chief executive Peter Lawwell told the club’s official website: “Celtic has worked tirelessly on this issue and we are delighted that this permission has finally been granted.“The introduction of rail seating at Celtic Park represents an investment in spectator safety.“Across football globally, the reality is that some supporters are choosing to stand at matches.“This is something we must accept and manage and also understand the positive effect which these areas have on atmosphere at matches.“Celtic’s primary objective will always be the safety and comfort of its supporters – this new system will now allow fans to stand safely at matches.“Rail seating has been in place in European football for some time and there has been considerable demand for some form of “safe standing” within the UK and particularly from our supporters.“We are sure the rail seating section will prove very popular with supporters and we look forward to its introduction.“I would like to thank Glasgow City Council for their support in delivering this measure and for the backing they have given to Celtic’s focus on safety at matches.”Independent Safety and Security expert Dr Steve Frosdick, who has been closely involved in Celtic’s work in this area and in the application to the city council, said: “This is a great day for the club and its fans. This is a pioneering move by Celtic and one which has spectator safety at its core.“For the first time in the UK, football fans will be able to stand to watch the game from purpose-built accommodation which is demonstrably safe.“The club and its fans are to be congratulated for the way they have worked together to make the case to the authorities.“Glasgow City Council and the emergency services are also to be commended, firstly for their rigorous scrutiny of the proposal and secondly for having the courage to grant the first approval.” 1 A general view of Celtic Park last_img read more

Newcastle legend Peter Beardsley accused of bullying by youth team player

first_img1 Newcastle United have launched an investigation after an allegation of bullying was made against Under-23s coach Peter Beardsley.It is understood 22-year-old midfielder Yasin Ben El-Mhanni has lodged a complaint against the former Magpies and England striker.The club are not commenting on the matter, but it is understood that a grievance meeting has been scheduled.It is not the first time he has found himself at the centre of claims of unfair treatment during his time working with Newcastle’s youth players.In 2003, he and Academy director Kenny Wharton were cleared after an FA Premier League inquiry dismissed allegations of bullying made by youth players James Beaumont and Ross Gardner.El-Mhanni rose to prominence after establishing himself as an internet sensation with his freestyle skills, and has doubled for Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar in television adverts.He joined the Magpies from Barnet during the summer of 2016, and has made two senior appearances, both of them in last season’s FA Cup. Peter Beardsley last_img read more