Surprised Vettel on pole in Valencia

first_imgThe defending drivers’ champion struggled for pace on Friday and was forced to use an extra set of tyres in Q2 to escape the cut – a gamble that paid off after a stunning lap towards the end of the final session secured his place on the front row beside second-fastestLewis Hamilton of McLaren.“Oh yes, we did the right thing in the end – it was a challenge, but well worth it” he shouted over the team radio.Vettel clocked a fastest lap time of one minute 38.086 at the Valencia street circuit, over three tenths faster than Hamilton and third-placed Pastor Maldonado of Williams.Vettel admitted he was surprised to have taken pole in such a dominant fashion.He said: “We had to put a second set of options in Q2. It was the right call because I don’t think my first lap was good enough.”“I knew going at the end (of the session(, if the track comes in a little more, it should be good enough to have a look at pole.“In the end it was a surprising gap. The boys have been working hard in the garage and at the factory to bring new parts. They seem to work. I’m looking forward to the race tomorrow.”Hamilton, 14th fastest on Friday, admitted he did not think he had the pace to qualify so high up the order and expects a strong challenge from Lotus drivers Romain Grosjean and Kimi Raikkonen who start fourth and fifth on Sunday.“I expected to be lot further back because we struggled all weekend with the set-up,” explained Hamilton.“The guys did a great job to get me a gap, and the car felt pretty good but I think the gap is quite big here.“Looking at the grid, because it’s so hot the Lotuses look massively competitive – they’ll be ones to watch out for tomorrow.”Nico Rosberg of Mercedes took sixth for Mercedes ahead of Kamui Kobayashi of Sauber and Nico Hulkenberg of Williams.Jenson Button made it to the top ten for the first time in three races in the second McLaren but will have to settle for ninth ahead of fellow Briton Paul Di Resta, the Force India driver looked set for a top five start but locked his brakes towards the end of his best lap and wound up tenth.Monaco Grand Prix winner Australian Mark Webber failed to make the cut after Q1 after having trouble with his car setup.The struggling 35-year-old will start 19th.“We had no DRS!” explained Webber, “We only managed four laps today. We put the options on because things were getting desperate, but it didn’t work out and it’s a bda time for us.”Both Ferrari drivers Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa failed to make the top ten shooutout, while Michael Schumacher wound up splitting the two Ferraris and will start 12th for Mercedes.Williams driver Bruno Senna was 14th ahead of Sergio Perez in the second Sauber.Marussia driver German Timo Glock was unwell and did not compete, he will start at the back of the grid in 24th.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000VALENCIA, Spain, June 23- Sebastian Vettel took a third successive pole position for Red Bull after clocking the fastest time during Saturday’s qualifying session for Sunday’s European Grand Prix.It was also the 24-year-old’s third successive pole in Valencia, his third pole of the year and 33rd of his career, equalling F1 legends Alain Prost and Jim Clark.last_img read more

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Excuse me, I’m tied up blogging

first_imgThere are silly Paris Hilton thoughts to post, humorous cartoons to share, and someone’s got to make fun of San Francisco Assemblyman Mark Leno’s online Food Stamp Challenge Diary. (Actual entry: Day 3: “My energy is drained, I am seriously hungry and feeling a bit ornery (yes, major low blood sugar). When I get home I will enjoy my allotted bowl of cereal. This experience of hunger is much different from that experienced each year when I fast for 24 hours on Yom Kippur.”) Ahh, good times. The Daily News, like just about everyone else, is in love with blogs right now. Thanks to free and easy-to-use blogging sites, anyone can start an online journal, from politicians to that mild-mannered space engineer two houses down. Most won’t survive longer than the average house fly. Like the dot-com boom, for every 100 blogs that start up, one – maybe – will have any sort of success. And no one is really certain of the right formula for success. From a journalistic standpoint, the allure is that it provides a forum for those thoughts, jokes and comments that have no place in the actual newspaper, either for size or taste reasons. But it is getting a little out of hand. A person can’t make a single wry comment out loud in the opinion office without editorial-page editor Chris Weinkopf haranguing us to post it. “What you just said is the type of thing that should be blogged,” he commented after overhearing a conversation. It’s a wonder we have any time to put out an actual newspaper. I really wanted to write a real column for this week’s Viewpoint. It was going to be something about Metro’s public-transportation-killing, poor-people-hurting fare increase. I was going to do actual research comparing the forward-thinking bus policy in other areas to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s regressive policy. I was going to use anecdotes from my own experience riding the bus to and from work, and write about how that will end once the day pass rises to $5. I do have a hybrid car, after all. But all that ambition went by the wayside Thursday, when the Daily News opinion section launched its very own blog (www.insidesocal.com/friendlyfire/). I simply no longer had the time to write an in-depth, time-consuming column. I was just too busy blogging. Ha ha. But it’s not really a joke. It’s good practice, because one day – probably not so far in the future – we won’t have the time or need to put out an actual newspaper. Our news stories, reviews, op-eds and photos will exist only as digital files, not both digital and hard copy as they do now. The concept of deadlines will be moot, as will all work on an ASAP publishing schedule. What we do on the blog, or on the opinion Web page, will be our first priority. Putting out an actual newspaper page is what we do at the end of the day, just before we go home. I say “will,” but in truth, that’s the life more than a few staffers at the Daily News – and I suspect in newsrooms across the country – are living. It’s a hard adjustment for the traditionalists in the newsroom; a 24/7 news cycle seems like just another way for executives to wring more work out of their underpaid journalists. There’s definitely some truth to that. However, it’s also what the new generations of readers expect. When I tell my journalism students at California State University, Northridge, that they have to subscribe to a newspaper during the semester, they grumble as if it were an unreasonable request. They don’t understand why they must buy a copy when they can get all the content for free online. And more, it’s not only the Daily News or the L.A. Times they’re reading. My students have access at school, at home, on their PDAs and cell phones to news from all over the world from The New York Times, Slate, The Onion, El Pais, Le Monde and Al-Jazirah, not to mention blogs written from people all over the world providing firsthand accounts of history. Secretly, I agree with the students. More and more I eschew the paper version of the Daily News that is delivered to my very desktop in favor of the online version. It’s not just about fumbling around with the large pages. It takes a psychic shift of sorts to pull my creative focus off the screen to root through an oversized pile of paper. Why do that when I can just find the online version without shifting my body? I imagine that if even journalists are increasingly unwilling to handle a newspaper, it won’t be long until no one else will either. So this blogging thing isn’t just about fun. It’s about survival. Now, excuse me. I’ve a hot item involving a giant squid, some dynamite and a very famous governor that I’m just dying to post. Mariel Garza is an editorial writer, columnist and blog addict for the Los Angeles Daily News. She blogs at www.insidesocal.com/friendlyfire.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

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Watford 1-2 Manchester United: Depay and a Deeney own goal sends Red Devils top

first_img Memphis Depay 1 Manchester United have gone top of the Premier League table after sealing a 2-1 victory over Watford at Vicarage Road, with Memphis Depay and an own goal from Troy Deeney clinching the three points.With Wayne Rooney, Anthony Martial, Michael Carrick, Antonio Valencia and Marouane Fellaini ruled out through injury and illness, respectively, Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal was forced to make a number of notable changes to his title-chasing side.Perhaps the most significant alteration forced the Red Devils in to playing without a recognised striker.Van Gaal opted to bring Memphis Depay, last season’s top goalscorer in the Dutch Eredivisie, back into his XI and handed the Netherlands international the job of leading the attack.Despite the plethora of changes, United started the match with a confidence and intensity that Watford found difficult to contend with.The visitors’ biggest threat looked to come from deliveries into the box, and after much pressure early on, it took only 11 minutes for the visitors to find the net, and it was Depay who got his name on the scoresheet.Ander Herrera whipped in a first time cross from the right flank, and Depay, who timed his run between the Hornets’ two defenders superbly, sweetly met the delivery with his left foot on the volley, giving Heurelho Gomes no chance.Following the opening goal the pace of the game calmed down but, despite still being in its early stages, it looked as though this would be a long 90 minutes for the hosts.Quique Sanchez Flores’ side, however, were almost gifted a goal when Ashley Young, starting at right back, was caught in possession by Deeney and the striker quickly surged forward. He played Odion Ighalo in, but the weight of his pass was poor, allowing United to recover. The game took a turn soon after when Herrera, while chasing down a ball, pulled up and instantly signalled to the bench to come off, forcing Van Gaal to bring Marcos Rojo on with Daley Blind moving into midfield.United still continued to dominate possession in the first half, but, Watford kept the Red Devils at bay, and with just the one goal between the two sides, the home side won’t have headed into the dressing room too discouraged.Just seconds into the second half, Gomes was forced into making a key save to deny Jesse Lingard from doubling United’s lead.Étienne Capoue gave the ball away in the centre of the park, allowing Depay to quickly break forward. The 21-year-old sent a clever reverse pass to Lingard on the right, but the youngster’s shot couldn’t beat an alert Gomes.United, however, were failing to impress in possession, subsequently allowing Watford to grow in confidence.Nathan Ake, on loan from Chelsea, looked promising on the ball for the home side, and after a clever ball on the left wing was able to run into acres of space on the left flank.The Netherlands Under-21 international sent a low cross into the box, which was met by Deeney. Deeney struck a ferocious shot at David De Gea but, fortunately for the Spaniard, it was straight at him.With United therefore failing to extend their lead, Watford’s pressure was increasing and it took a spectacular save from De Gea to deny the Hornets what looked certain to be an equaliser.Almen Abdi found himself with space in the Red Devils’ box, and his shot deflected off the head of Chris Smalling, resulting in a superb near post stop from United’s no.1.It looked as though Watford wouldn’t be able to grab an equaliser, but a poor decision from Rojo gave Deeney the opportunity to do so from the spot kick.The Hornets captain made no mistake – firing his penalty straight down the middle.This, though, was not the end of the drama.Having conceded, United pressed forward and won two corners in quick succession. The first forced Gomes into a crucial save, but the second resulted in Deeney deflecting a shot, going wide, from Bastian Schweinsteiger into the back of the net in stoppage time. United, therefore, despite their unconvincing performance, sealed three points that sent them – if only for a few hours – top of the Premier League table.last_img read more

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Vehicle flow from Tijuana blocked

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventAbout 50,000 vehicles pass through the San Ysidro port on a typical day, but protesters began waving flags and shouting slogans at passing cars in Tijuana on Monday morning, forcing many drivers to turn back. Tijuana police said they made at least 10 arrests. Pedestrian traffic was allowed through the port as normal and southbound vehicle traffic flowed south into Mexico. San Diego’s other major crossing, the Otay Mesa Port of Entry, remained open to traffic, De Cima said. The San Ysidro port, however, remained empty for the two hours that protesters sat in the roadway and foiled police attempts to clear a lane for vehicle traffic. Shortly before 3 p.m., police began routing a trickle of northbound U.S. traffic around the blockade through a southbound vehicle lane. SAN DIEGO – Several hundred protesters in Tijuana, Mexico, blocked vehicle traffic heading to San Diego on Monday, turning the world’s busiest border crossing into an empty parking lot for about two hours. U.S. authorities responded by closing the metal barriers in front of vehicle inspection lanes for “security purposes” about 1 p.m. at the San Ysidro Port of Entry, which links Tijuana with San Diego. However, Angelica De Cima, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Customs Service, which runs the port, stressed that the port remained open to the few vehicles able to make it through the crowd. “We are there to do our law enforcement mission but traffic is being interrupted by the crowd,” De Cima said. An hour later, police managed to move the crowd and open up a lane of traffic. About 4 p.m., a group of 150 protesters blocked the path of pedestrians exiting on U.S. soil, said Lauren Mack, a spokeswoman for Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The crowd protest lasted no more than 15 minutes and there were no arrests, she said. Meanwhile, protesters gathered on the U.S. side of the border and marched one mile toward the border Monday afternoon. California Highway Patrol officers dressed in riot gear waited at the border, but the peaceful protest never reached the San Ysidro port. San Diego police blocked the path on a bridge about 300 yards away and the crowd of 3,000 turned north and continued marching away from the border.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

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Starlet being eyed by Manchester United hints at move… to Paris Saint-Germain

first_img Tiemoue Bakayoko in action for Monaco 1 Manchester United target Tiemoue Bakayoko has revealed that he would struggle to turn down a move to Paris Saint-Germain.The Monaco starlet is on United’s radar having impressed in Ligue 1 since making his first team breakthrough.However, the defensive midfielder, rated at around £38m, has cast doubt over a future move to the Premier League by hinting that PSG could be his next stop.Bakayoko, 22, even admitted that the decision to turn down the Paris club when he was younger left him in tears.Speaking to Le Parisien, he said: “I had a trial in an international tournament in Nîmes and we played against Arsenal.“The opportunity to sign for the PSG youth academy presented itself after Montrouge. But my dad and my brother chose Rennes, the best youth academy at the time.“Not going to PSG hurt me, I even had tears in my eyes.“So if the opportunity presents itself, I will not refuse a move to PSG. But I am only 22, and I feel very good at Monaco.”last_img read more

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State 23rd in health ranking

first_imgDespite its image as the land of sunshine and tofu, California ranks 23rd in the nation for healthy living, down a notch from last year, according to a study released Tuesday. The good news: The Golden State has among the lowest rates of smoking, infant mortality and cancer deaths. The bad news: California has a relatively low rate of immunization coverage and high rates of infectious diseases and residents lacking health insurance. And in a marked finding, nearly one in four Californians is obese, up from one in 10 in 1990. In the past year, California has seen a slight decrease in work-related deaths, poor children, bad physical health days and cardiovascular- and cancer-related deaths. On the downside, the number of smokers, traffic deaths, premature deaths and uninsured patients has increased by a small margin. Among the other findings for California: Violent crime dipped to 526 per 100,000 residents, a decrease of 43 percent since 1990. The number of residents killed by cars ticked up to 1.3 per 100,000 miles driven. While the number of smokers in California has increased to 15 percent, the Golden State had the second-lowest incidence of tobacco use. Among the state’s “strengths” were the nation’s third-lowest infant mortality rate at 5 deaths per 1,000 births and the eighth-lowest cancer death rate of 191 per 100,000. Among the “challenges” cited were California’s high incidence of infectious diseases – nearly 25 per 100,000 residents; low immunization coverage of 78 percent. The study also noted 19 percent of Californians lack health insurance – fourth-highest in the nation – with an estimated 6 million to 7 million uninsured residents. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has declared health-care reform will be his top priority next year, with a proposal expected to be announced during his State of the State address in January. But the governor has been vague about what direction he will lean. In the past, however, he has opposed several proposals from Democrats, including a single-payer system and a plan to force employers to expand health coverage. He said Tuesday he and his staff are studying all options “so that no stone is unturned.” “One has to look at all the different options of how can we solve this, because it’s a very, very difficult issue, and very difficult to solve,” Schwarzenegger said. Democrats are expected to propose a wide range of their own proposals, including re-introducing single-payer, and expanding government programs for children’s health care. An independent health advocacy group is also circulating petitions to obtain the 373,816 signatures needed to qualify a single-payer measure for the 2008 ballot. Republican legislators favor free market-based approaches that use financial incentives and are expected to oppose any plan that involves tax increases or increased burdens on employers. In Los Angeles, some advocated for more education funding to help residents ward off infectious diseases in dense city neighborhoods, as well as the one in three emergency room visits caused by alcohol. “The public needs to be educated and reminded of the hazards of living in dense communities,” said James Lott, a senior vice president with the Healthcare Association of Southern California, which represents hospitals across the region. The stress of living in the Golden State, according to the study, causes nearly four poor mental health days a month. “That’s not bad,” said Dr. Joseph Harasztic, a Pasadena psychiatrist and a professor of psychiatry at USC. “I would figure California to be closer to the top of the most stressful areas. “I know I have more than 3.5 mental health days on which I feel stressed.” Harasztic said that Angelenos must learn to budget their time, be aware of their limits and learn to say `no.’ It’s especially important, he added, to exercise at least three days a week to reduce stress. The health report was compiled by the United Health Foundation, a not-for-profit a subsidiary funded by the UnitedHealth Group and a coalition of medical associations. Tuckson, a former health commissioner for Washington, D.C., said he awakens each day to 5 a.m. workouts. He said residents must strive to better their health, target health problems in their communities, invite visits by local health officials and call for more spending on public health. “For at the end of the day,” Tuckson said, “what’s more important than human survival? That’s what it’s all about.” Staff Writer Harrison Sheppard contributed to this report. dana.bartholomew @dailynews.com (818) 713-3730160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “It is more important than ever for the citizens, for the people of California to get motivated, to get involved and to make a difference in health and survival,” said Dr. Reed Tuckson, senior vice president of the Minnesota-based United Health Foundation and a co-author of the report. Californians, he said, must “make the choices today to have healthy behaviors – daily exercise, putting on a seat belt and deciding not to smoke tobacco.” The 17th annual America’s Health Rankings analyzed 20 health factors in all 50 states, from Maine to Alaska. Based on a variety of factors – such as smoking, medical care and living and work environments – Americans are nearly 19 percent healthier than in 1990, the study found, but just 0.3 percent healthier than last year. For the fourth year, Minnesota ranked as the healthiest state while Louisiana limped in at No. 50. last_img
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West Ham unveil navy third kit inspired by 1980 FA Cup triumph

first_img Liverpool update ‘Champions Wall’ after ending 2019 as European and world champions Manuel Pellegrini’s side are due to wear this new third kit for the first time on Wednesday against Manchester City in the Premier League Asia Trophy semi-final.Following their return from China, the Hammers will play Fulham at Craven Cottage on July 27 and Athletic Bilbao at the London Stadium on August 3. Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS West Ham’s home kit for the 2019/20 season REVEALED 1 Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January TROPHY Lampard appears to aim dig at Mourinho for handling of Salah and De Bruyne at Chelsea Solskjaer gives Pogba fitness update and calls him world’s best all-round midfielder Our 2019/20 Third Kit is out now! 🔥⚒To be worn for the first time in today’s #PLAsiaTrophy match against Manchester City… 😍 pic.twitter.com/JV5gp4dizM— West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) July 17, 2019The Hammers revealed the third kit on Wednesday and is a navy design that is a nod to their 1980 FA Cup triumph.It also features the crest worn by Billy Bonds and Brooking and co. at Wembley on the back of the neck detail, along with pink detailing on the collar and shoulder.center_img targets Their retro claret and blue home strip and their white away shirts are a nod to classics worn by the likes of Trevor Brooking in the 1970s and 80s.The home jersey is a move away from how they have looked over the past few seasons, which have been mostly claret with a light blue trim. West Ham have revealed their new third kit for the 2019/20 season.The club and supplier Umbro have again taken inspiration from the 1980s with this latest shirt to be unveiled. The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star boost @WestHamUtd on Twitter JIBE deals New job LATEST Former Crystal Palace and West Brom manager Pardew takes over at Dutch strugglers last_img read more

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Brighton winger Anthony Knockaert signs for Fulham on a season-long loan

first_img LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS latest Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ deals Matic one of two players for sale with ‘two Premier League clubs’ interested TROPHY Former Crystal Palace and West Brom manager Pardew takes over at Dutch strugglers Anthony Knockaert has signed for Sky Bet Championship side Fulham on a season-long loan from Brighton.The 27-year-old has scored five goals in 63 Premier League appearances for the Seagulls but has dropped back down to the second tier with a temporary switch to Craven Cottage. REVEALED Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Knockaert starred in the Brighton side which gained promotion in 2017 and was named EFL Player of the Season in the process.Fulham, who were relegated from the top flight last season, will be happy to have secured the signing following the exits of Ryan Babel and Andre Schurrle.They are also expected to lose teenager Ryan Sessegnon, who has been heavily linked with a move to Tottenham. BIG PRESENTS UP TOP center_img New job “It feels amazing to be here. I feel really welcome already. It just feels great to get this done and for me to be a Fulham player.” – Anthony Knockaert#TOTALKNOCKAERT pic.twitter.com/jyVd3PpqIN— Fulham Football Club (@FulhamFC) July 21, 2019The move is likely to become permanent next summer as Brighton confirmed an undisclosed fee has also been agreed between the two clubs.“It feels amazing to be here,” Knockaert told fulhamfctv. “I feel really welcome already. It just feels great to get this done and for me to be a Fulham player.“I can’t wait to get started and obviously help the club achieve its goal.“The goal is to get back to the Premier League where Fulham belongs. I have come here with the clear intention to get promoted and I want to help in any way that I can.” OFF FAREWELL Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Redknapp calls Son ‘petulant’, but Holloway says red card for Rudiger kick was ‘soft’ LATEST The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Liverpool update ‘Champions Wall’ after ending 2019 as European and world champions What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas targets last_img read more

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Neil Lennon: Cowdenbeath would have beaten Hibs today

first_imgFurious Hibs boss Neil Lennon blasted his players’ display at Pittodrie, claiming even a League Two team would have beaten them.They were defeated 4-1 by Aberdeen who benefited from an on-fire Gary Mackay-Steven scoring three and setting up one of the goals.The result left Lennon angry after they failed to close the gap on Rangers and remained fourth in the Premiership table.Lennon said: “First of all, I congratulate Aberdeen. They wanted it more, played the better football and were superior to us in all departments. “However, Cowdenbeath would have beaten us today with the attitude that we showed in the game. “We were abject, weak physically and mentally, really really poor and I have never seen that from my team before. It was unacceptable. “We started off alright but as soon as we conceded the first goal, we had gone. I did not see one spark from any player.”last_img read more

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Top Garda tells court they do not take part in “turkey shoots’ of sports fans

first_imgThe head of the Garda Traffic Corps in Donegal has said his officers are not taking part in “turkey shoots” to give out parking tickets to sports fans.Inspector Michael Harrison was speaking after a number of Finn Harps fans received parking fines at Letterkenny District Court. One solicitor claimed that his client had received a parking ticket on March 14th while numerous other cars around him had not.“My client came out and it was a bit like a turkey shoot, he had been ticketed but other cars around him had not,” claimed the solicitor.A number of other people also received parking tickets on the night on which Harps played Shamrock Rovers.However, Inspector Harrison said An Garda Siochana do not take part in “turkey shoots” and were merely responding to complaints by local residents.Indeed Inspector Harrison said he was a season-ticket holder at Finn Park and never had any trouble parking near the ground.“I want to put it out there that we do not go on turkey shoots and we don’t go out to county finals giving out tickets. We respond to complaints from residents.“On this occasion we received calls from residents at Navenney Street and Steeple View because cars were parked on the footpath,” he said.Judge Paul Kelly fined a number of fans €80 for illegally parking on the night.Among those fined on the day was a Finn Harps club official who was asked by Judge Kelly “Are you a Finn Harps supporter also?”, to which he responded he was!Top Garda tells court they do not take part in “turkey shoots’ of sports fans was last modified: January 11th, 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) Tags:donegalFinn ParkInspector Michael Harrisonturkey shootlast_img read more

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