Solomon Islands to host 2023 Pacific Games

first_imgPic courtesty Solomon Islands PM’s Press Secretariat/Fcebook: Solomon Islands delegation led by PM Manasseh Sogavare with other Pacific islands delegates at a function for the Pacific Games bid in Port Vila The Pacific Games Council’s General Assembly voted in favour of the Melanesian country by one vote over French Polynesia, which also lost out to Tonga in the final vote for the 2019 Games.RNZI reports both delegations made their final presentations in Port Vila on Wednesday.The Solomon Islands government had promised to build a new national stadium in Honiara if it won the hosting rights.The President of the Pacific Games Council, Vidhya Lakhan, says the Solomons had a high-powered delegation to push for their case.”Solomon Islands had their Prime Minister, their Deputy Prime Minister, the Leader of the Opposition, the Deputy Mayor. I don’t think anybody was left back at home but they were here in full force. They did a pretty good presentation and were able to convince the General Assembly that we should meet in Honiara in 2023.”Solomon Islands will be the eighth country to host the full Pacific Games, after Fiji, New Caledonia, Papua New Guinea, French Polynesia, Samoa, Guam and Tonga.last_img read more

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BOURNEMOUTH VS MAN CITY

first_imgBOURNEMOUTH (4-4-2)BORUC,SMITH, FRANCIS, COOK, DANIELS,RITCHIE, ARTER, SURMAN, GRADEL,KING, AFOBEAGUERO,FERNANDO, SILVA, NAVAS,TOURE, FERNANDINHO,CLICHY, MANGALA, DEMICHELIS, SAGNA,HARTMAN CITY (4-4-2)Manchester City are fourth in the Barclays Premier League, a massive 15 points behind leaders Leicester City and four points adrift of Arsenal, in third.City have won just one of their last six Premier League games – against bottom club Aston Villa – while taking just four points from a possible 24 on offer.City lost 1-0 to Manchester United last time out, having drawn 0-0 at Old Trafford; the last time City failed to score in both games of a season against a single Premier League opponent was against Arsenal in 2010-11.Indeed, Manuel Pellegrini’s men have failed to score in three of their past four Premier League games. And Man City have lost 17 of the last 18 Premier League games they have been losing at half-time, drawing the other.On the road, City have won just five times this season in the league while scoring only 13 goals in their 14 games on the road. Only West Bromwich Albion (11) and Newcastle (seven) have scored fewer away goals.Overall, City’s away games have produced only 27 goals, the joint fewest of any BPL team, equal with Southampton (For 13, Against 14) and WBA (F11, A 16).And they need to win each of their remaining five away games to equal their number of away wins in each of the previous two seasons.Bournemouth have risen to 13th after winning three of their last four and are without Tyrone Mings, Junior Stanislas and Callum Wilson while there are tests for Harry Arter and Josh King.City are without Vincent Kompany and Raheem Sterling while there are tests for Kevin De Bruyne, Fabian Delph, Joe Hart, Samir Nasri, Yaya Toure and Nicolas Otamendi.last_img read more

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PPP supporters stage protest outside GECOM

first_imgOrganised by the Opposition People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPP/C), the protest was triggered by reports that the Elections Body will be going ahead with house-to-house registration despite the constitutional provisions for early elections.Waving placards and chanting various slogans, hundreds of Guyanese are voicing their concerns about the apparent threat to the country’s democracy.A woman who lives in the vicinity of GECOM’s Headquarters reportedly doused several protesters with water. This act of provocation caused the protesters to report the incident to the Police who have since arrested the woman.PPP/C Presidential Candidate Irfaan Ali contended that GECOM has a constitutional responsibility to ensure elections are held within the constitutional time-frame.In fact, elections ought to have already been held since March 21, 2019 – three months following the passage of a no-confidence motion against the government last year.Since the CCJ’s ruling validating the passage of the motion on June 18, 2019 – the Opposition has been calling for elections before September 18. Though it has been more than a month since the CCJ ruling, there has been no indication from GECOM or President David Granger regarding when fresh elections will be held.Amid reports that GECOM is going ahead with house-to-house registration, instead of elections preparation, Ali is questioning the motive.More details in the Saturday, July 20, 2019 edition of the Guyana Times. …woman arrested for dousing protesters with water A crowd or Peoples Progressive Party Civic (PPP/C) supporters are currently gathered outside of the Guyana Elections Commission’s (GECOM) Headquarters, demanding respect for the Constitution and the Caribbean Court of Ju stice (CCJ) rulings.last_img read more

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North Peace Secondary Class of 2015 takes its final bow

first_imgThey cheered, they danced, they laughed and they sang.More than 300 North Peace Secondary School students donned themselves in crimson gowns and took the last steps of their high school careers during a graduation ceremony at the North Peace Arena Thursday afternoon.The afternoon was filled with parting advice and wisdom from teachers, local dignitaries and fellow students — and money. Lots and lots of money for some 190 students who received bursaries and scholarships along with their diplomas.- Advertisement -Class valedictorian Sarah Lyons told her peers to explore themselves, and to march forward in life calm and without the fear of failure, despite the anxiousness and anticipation that comes with moving on to a new chapter of life.“The truth is, the future is not set in stone and nothing is certain,” Lyons said.“But, we are a generation of resilience, creativity, and determination. And I have full faith that you can rise above the challenges that come your way.”Advertisement “Being gracious and grateful doesn’t cost you anything, and the returns are huge.”Taylor Mayor Rob Fraser told grads they are the future builders of the community, and play an important role in being part of a “made in the North” solution of addressing the ever present needs for professionals in the area.“Your community needs you. We need you to build a career here, start businesses here,” he said.To those students choosing to leave to pursue education and a life elsewhere, Fraser told them not to worry.“We’ll be waiting for you,” he said, “with a bigger and stronger community.”Advertisement It was standing room only at the arena, and family and friends erupted from their seats in cheers and hollers as the grads made their entrance, two by two, down the length of the arena.Teacher Crystal Pobuda, who shared master of ceremonies duties with Vice-Principal Jason Gill, worked the audience with jokes:“Why did the student eat his homework? Because the teacher told him it was a piece of cake!” and “Why did the student do his homework on the plane? Because he wanted higher grades!”About 190 students from the graduating class received bursaries and scholarships, including Makayla Chartrand, who earned a full tuition entrance scholarship to Trent University.Advertisement Other major recipients included Ben Blackmon, who earned a $8,000 scholarship from the University of Calgary’s DINOS Swim Team, and also took home a Dogwood District Authority Award, the Holly Hill Memorial Bursary, and the Rebecca Vecchio Memorial Bursary.Oluwafunbi Aboderin and Orinami Adam both took home $4,000 entrance scholarships to Carleton University in Ottawa. Shiphrah Ogigbah took home the B.P.O. Elks Lodge 288 Scholarship as the school’s top academic graduate.School District 60 Superintendent Dave Sloan told students to enjoy the moment, and recognize the friends who walked alongside them during their educational journey.As graduates, they now have a responsibility to improve the world, Sloan added. While the classroom taught them the ABCs, life will teach them about the two Gs, he said.“Make sure as you go to take time being gracious and grateful,” Sloan told students.Advertisement Acting Fort St. John Mayor Trevor Bolin, in Mayor Lori Ackerman’s absence, told students they achieved what many of them probably thought impossible.“The rest of the book called life is filled with everything you desire,” he saidlast_img read more

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FROM £14 TO €48 MILLION – LETTERKENNY CREDIT UNION CELEBRATES 50 YEARS

first_imgEugene O’Boyle retires after 48 years of service to credit unionMore than 100 guests including past and present committee members of Letterkenny Credit Union gathered last night to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the organisation.The evening recalled the history of the credit union which started life in 1962 with cash reserves of just a little more than £14. Today Letterkenny Credit Union has a balance sheet of an impressive €48M and more than 14,000 members.Micheal and Sadie Dawson don’t go home empty-handed!The Mayor of Letterkenny, Cllr Dessie Larkin, paid tribute to all volunteers who has helped people pay for everything from a car, to a house extension to simply getting over Christmas.“Letterkenny Credit Union has paid no small part in making the town what it is today.“From a car loan to holidays to house extensions, it has played a pivotal role in the success of Letterkenny and its people,” he said. Among those honoured last night was retiring director Eugene O’Boyle.The well-known Letterkenny man has served with the credit union for an outstanding 48 years.JJ Kelly, the longest credit union member, was also honoured.Tributes were also paid to many deceased members including Charles J Kelly and Brian Walsh.Treasurer James McMonagle said he was sorry that many other members could not be invited on the night as it was all the members who had made the credit union the successful organisation it is today.Other members present last night included Micheal Dawson and wife Sadie, Stephen McDaid, Susan Doherty and husband Declan, Cllr Tom Crossan, Mary Forde and Fintan Dawson. Among the many guests on the night was Eunan McIntyre, Donal Kelly and wife Jackie, Paddy and Bernie Walsh, Seamus and Mary Temple, Mickey and Kathleen Doherty, Paul Hume and Michael Gibbons.FROM £14 TO €48 MILLION – LETTERKENNY CREDIT UNION CELEBRATES 50 YEARS was last modified: December 7th, 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:50th anniversaryLetterkenny Credit Unionlast_img read more

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DONEGAL ON A DULL DAY AND IT’S STILL SPECTACULAR – PICTURE SPECIAL

first_imgWonder why Donegal is considered one of the most beautiful places in Ireland? These pictures by Cola B Photography reveal why. And it wasn’t even sunny!DONEGAL ON A DULL DAY AND IT’S STILL SPECTACULAR – PICTURE SPECIAL was last modified: June 27th, 2016 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

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SOCCER: COCKHILL CELTIC CROWNED 2013 USL CHAMPIONS

first_imgUSL Results & Reports 22.09.134 Lanterns USLResults Cockhill Celtic 3 2 Drumkeen Utd.Finn Harps Res. 6 4 Swilly RoversReportsCockhill Celtic claimed the 4 Lanterns Ulster Senior title for 2013 after a hard fought victory over second placed Drumkeen Utd on Sunday, their 3-2 victory giving them a second double in 4 years. Drumkeen needed a win to take control of their destiny with both sides still to face Kildrum and they certainly brought the game to Cockhill taking an early lead before a penalty and two late goals put the Inishowen men in the driving seat and despite a late flurry that saw the visitors pull back a goal, they couldn’t find the equaliser that would have pushed the destination of the title to the final game of the season. Cockhill Are ChampionsCockhill Celtic 3Drumkeen Utd. 2Cockhill claimed the 2013 Ulster Senior League title after a 3-2 victory over second placed Drumkeen United at a sun baked Charlie O’Donnell Sports Grounds on Sunday last. The home side needed the win to secure the title but the nerves played a part in this tense battle. Drumkeen, the visitors, settled the better and Seamus Nani Friel was an outlet right from the off when he forced a corner in the opening minute, Gavin Cullen was strong to punch the ball clear after it dropped inside the six yard box. Drumkeen then were forced into a substitute in the 9th minute when Chris Kyle was replaced by Mark Marley. Mickey Rogers side took the lead on 21 minutes when their latest signing Ronan Coyle got in down the right channel and after Cullen saved his initial shot he poked the ball goal wards but after Cockhill’s Kieran McLaughlin cleared the ball it bounced off the helpless Johnny Havlin into the empty net. Cockhill responded well and on 28 minutes Garbhain Friel curled a delightful ball from the right to the back post that just eluded Aiden O’Donnell’s outstretched leg with the keeper stranded. As the half ticked by Cockhill started to create more openings and Drumkeen’s keeper McCauley had to be smart to save from Aiden O’Donnell after a deep cross from James ‘Jimmy’ Bradley. Cockhill then were awarded a penalty on 39 minutes when Aiden O’Donnell was clipped by the outstretched leg of McCauley as he pounced on a week back pass from the Drumkeen rearguard. The ref issued only a yellow card as the ball was heading away from goal even though the keeper was the last man. Cockhill’s Friel held his nerve to side foot the ball powerfully past the keepers’ left hand to level the game at 1-1. Cockhill then had to replace O’Donnell with Mark Moran after O’Donnell failed to recover from the challenge by keeper McCauleyCockhill’s Moran had the first chance off the second period when he picked up the ball on the right skipped past Bonner in the left back area but his low drive fizzed past the far post to the keeper’s right. As the game entered the final quarter it was evenly balanced with Drumkeen having nothing to lose they started to play more open and stretch the game more. Oisin McColgan got caught under the ball for the home side and when Richie Moore picked up the ball he played a great low cross into the box behind the Cockhill defence but Carlin was late to anticipate. Cockhill opened up the visitors defence on 72 minutes but both Liam O’Donnell & Friel had efforts blocked in quick succession. Cockhill took the lead on 75 minutes when Malachy McDermott produced the games first bit of magic. Moran, who had looked lively since his introduction late in the first half, fizzed the ball at McDermott to the left of the Drumkeen Box 25 yards from goal, McDermott shifted the ball onto his right foot and sent a pile driver to the roof of the net much to the delight of the home bench & support. Cockhill went 3-1 up on 86 minutes when Moran made space on the edge of the area to shoot powerfully low into the net from 18 yards. This sparked real celebrations on the pitch as the Cockhill dugout emptied to celebrate on the pitch with the players. When the play resumed the Hoops retreated and defended deep knowing that they had a two goal cushion to see them over the line. That two goal cushion was reduced to one when Seamus ‘Nani’ Friel showed the other moment of magic in the game by curling a superb 25 yard free up and over the wall into the top corner. Drumkeen pushed for the leveller but really deep down knew that they really need a win to have the best chance to claim the title, as the visitors pushed and committed more men forward Friel had a chance to kill the game by squaring the ball but he delayed his pass and the chance was gone. The last chance arrived in the fourth minute off added on time but Eunan Kelly’s header under pressure was high and wide. The referee blew his whistle following the kick out and the celebrations began for the Cockhill Celtic FC players and faithful. Cockhill add the league title to the League Cup from last week making it their second Double in 4 years. Well done to all involved with the club. 10 Goals at Finn ParkFinn Harps Res. 6Swilly Rovers 410 Goals at Finn Park Finn Harps Res.        6Swilly Rovers                       4It was a Sunday morning goal fest at Finn Park as both teams approached this USL league game with what can only be described as an adventurous approach.The game was barely five minutes old when Dylan Hegarty, switched to a midfield role, burst through the middle before releasing the impressive Oisin Duffy on the right and Duffy swung in a perfect cross for the inrushing Hegarty to slot home. On 12 minutes Swilly stunned the home side by scoring again, Duffy finishing following some sloppy Harps defending from a Lawrence Toland corner. It was the Ramelton men who were next to concede following a corner kick , McGinty crossing for Derry man Emmet Coyle to make it 2-1. Ten minutes later and Rovers regained their two goal advantage when Blaine Curtis finished from the rebound after Rodgers did well to stop a fantastic Toland volley. Despite defensive frailties Harps continued their attacking approach with some very tidy possession football on view. Referee Stephen Toner awarded the home side a penalty just before the break which McGinty dispatched with confidence to round off a breathless first half.Both teams came out from the restart intent on continuing the emphasis on attack. Harps were first to draw blood when Buncrana man Johnny Bonnar slotted home to make it all even.Harps went ahead for the first time in the match on 69 minutes Bonnar finishing with an excellent curling shot from 20 yards. The home side might have felt they were in the ascendency at this point but a determined young Swilly side were having none of it – Marty Boyce rising to head home and incredibly it was 4-4.McGinty broke through to put Harps in front again on 70 minutes and sub Harkin increased the lead shortly before the final whistle.Credit to management and players on both sides for serving up an entertaining spectacle for the early risers on Sunday morning.Harps: Rodgers, Friel, Colquan, Sheilds, O’Hagan, Lonergan, Bonnar, McGinty, Barclay, Coyle, Buchanan subs Doherty, Henry, HarkinSwilly : Toland, Patterson, Toland, Boyce, O’Donnell, David Fisher , Declan Curtis, Hegarty, Duffy, Blaine Curtis, Dunsworth. sub Cathal DiverRef Stephen Toner.FixturesMonday, September 23rd at 8pmFAI UMBRO Intermediate CupFanad Utd. v Bonagee utd.Ref. P. Duddy2013 Intermadiate Inter Provincial Tournament, SligoFriday, Sept. 27th at 8pm Strand Celtic Community ParkUlster Senior League v Leinster Senior LeagueSaturday, Sept. 28th at 1pm ForthillUlster Senior League v Connacht Senior LeagueSunday, Sept. 29th at 10:30am Strand Celtic Community ParkUlster Senior League v Munster Senior LeagueSOCCER: COCKHILL CELTIC CROWNED 2013 USL CHAMPIONS was last modified: September 22nd, 2013 by John2Share 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:2013Cockhill Celticdrumkeen unitedfinn harpsUlster Senior League Championslast_img read more

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PICTURE SPECIAL – WIN UP TO €10,000 AT THE CAVERN KARAOKE CHAMPIONSHIPS

first_imgAbove is a selection of images from those who performed at The Cavern Bar Karaoke Championships on Wednesday night. There was a huge crowd in attendance at the Karaoke night, and with those battling for a coveted place at the World Karaoke Championships in Sweden, competition is intense.Add in the fact you can win €10,000 ensures it’s a great night for all to enjoy. If you haven’t secured a tickets for the big match, then make sure you get down to The Cavern on Sunday and watch the match on the big screens.With drink promotions available throughout the day, there’s no better place to watch the match than The Cavern Bar.PICTURE SPECIAL – WIN UP TO €10,000 AT THE CAVERN KARAOKE CHAMPIONSHIPS was last modified: September 19th, 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:EntertainmentFeaturesnewslast_img read more

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Donegal student wins Bord Iascaigh Mhara ‘Student of Year’

first_imgTwo Donegal based companies and a Donegal student have won BIM National Seafood Awards.A Lifetime Achievement Award was also presented to the family of the late Martin Howley of Killybegs.BIM hosted the inaugural Awards to celebrate Ireland’s €1 billion Seafood Sector which employs 11,000 people across the island. The shortlist featured 38 finalists from across the seafood industry in the fishing, fish farming, seafood processing and retail sectors. The finalists were selected for their outstanding contributions in the areas of Skills, Sustainability, Innovation and Competitiveness and winners in each category were revealed by at a Gala Awards ceremony in the Clayton Hotel, Ballsbridge.The Donegal winners were:Island Seafoods Ltd, Killybegs. Category: Sustainability – Green Processor of the YearIsland Seafoods is a family-owned and run business based just outside Killybegs, Co. Donegal. A verified member of Bord Bia’s Origin Green programme, their fish are fully traceable from “net to fork” and are caught in the North East Atlantic. Island Seafoods was the first company in Ireland to be RSS (Responsibly Sourced Standard) certified by BIM.Managing Director, Mick O’Donnell has been responsible for and integral in driving the green initiative within Island Seafoods. The company has a “squeaky clean carbon footprint” they say as they have their own Hydro-electric plant which saves over 350 tonnes of greenhouse gases a year. They are also moving into wind energy. Their state-of-the-art waste water treatment plant was commissioned in 1996 and is now seen as the standard for the industry.In addition to the above, Island launched a range in the last couple of years called “Atlantic Treasures” – this features ready-to-cook products such as Smoked Mackerel infused with Ginger, Chilli & Lime or Honey & Mustard. This range has won numerous Blas na hEireann, Chef’s Choice and Great Taste awards.Foyle Warrior Ltd, Greencastle. Category: Innovation – Best New Fishing Practive Award Foyle Warrior Ltd. has introduced new mesh netting on its vessel the Foyle Fisher, in a mixed demersal fishery in the Celtic Sea. The introduction of the new T90 mesh has resulted in major reductions in catches of undersize whiting therefore complying with new regulations.The quality of the catch is also greatly improved and the crew has to spend less time picking and sorting the catch. Less time spent handling the catch means more time fishing and greater profitability. Substantial improvements in fish quality also add value to the catch.Student of the Year – Barry Shaw, Killybegs.Barry Shaw is from Corkermore, Killybegs. He has completed his ‘Class 3 Certificate in Competency in Engineering’ at the National Fisheries College, Greencastle and is now serving his sea time on board a fishing vessel. Prior to the course Barry was serving his apprenticeship as a refrigeration engineer. He was always interested in fishing vessels so decided to further his career and knowledge of engines by doing the course at Greencastle. He loves doing his sea time on board the vessel “Ocean Fresh” and is just back from a trip off the coast of Africa. He said the travelling is fascinating as he is seeing parts of the world he has never seen before.LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD – MARTIN HOWLEYMartin Howley was born in Castleconnor on the Mayo/Sligo border in 1952. At 17, his school had a visit from BIM as part of a promotional campaign to recruit young men to the fishing industry. Martin immediately set off for Killybegs to begin his career. In the course of his apprenticeship Martin fished on several boats and in 1980 he joined Skipper John Bach as Mate on the MFV Western Viking, Killybegs Fishing Enterprise’s first RSW vessel. In 1981 Martin graduated to Skipper when the company purchased the MFV Jasper Sea and so began the phenomenally successful partnership of these two vessels and their skippers. In recent years Martin was joint owner of MFV Atlantic Challenge along with other vessels.Martin was a board member of the Killybegs Fishermen’s Organisation since it was founded in 1979 and became a well-known figure in Brussels where he fought unswervingly for all Irish fishermen. His final project as KFO member was his involvement in the setting up the Bio-Marine Ingredients Ireland plant in Killybegs. This work is ongoing and is a perfect example of the broad vision of a man who could see the benefits of combining the health supplement industry with a fisheries product. BIM’s CEO Tara McCarthy outlined the rationale behind the awards; ‘The Irish Seafood Sector contributes €1 billion in GDP to our economy and employs over 11,000 people predominantly in our coastal regions. The BIM National Seafood Awards provide us with the opportunity to celebrate the positive contribution of this valuable indigenous industry and recognize excellence and leadership across this diverse sector. It is an exciting time to work in seafood and the high standard demonstrated by our winners and all of our finalists bodes well for the future as we collectively aim to achieve growth as set out in the Government’s Food Wise 2025 plan’Donegal student wins Bord Iascaigh Mhara ‘Student of Year’ was last modified: November 21st, 2016 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

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Giants lose 50th road game, suffer sweep in St. Louis

first_imgClick HERE if you’re having trouble viewing the gallery on your mobile device.ST. LOUIS–The Giants lacked any desire to embrace the “spoiler” role.After trading Andrew McCutchen and losing Steven Duggar and Buster Posey to season-ending surgeries in the final week of August, the Giants’ roster had been decimated and the team’s spirits had been deflated.They were left with little ammunition to spoil any playoff hopes, but if they showed up to auditions for the job anyway, the Giants would not …last_img

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