Upper Central Corentyne beats Western Berbice in BCB Under-15 cricket

first_imgUNDER-15 action continued over the weekend in Berbice as the Berbice Cricket Board (BCB) Inter Zone competition gained momentum at two venues across the county.At the Port Mourant Community Centre in Berbice, Upper /Central Corentyne defeated Western Berbice by 19 runs in a closely contested match. Batting first, the Upper Corentyne batsmen rattled up 243 for 9 from their 50 overs. Among the runs for Upper Corentyne was their captain, Jonathon Rampersaud who hit a magnificent 72, while Mahendra Gopilall contributed 48.Bowling for Western Berbice, B. Lakeram took 3 wickets for 66 runs, S. Roopnarine 3 for 57 while D. Joseph took 2 for 47.In their reply, Western Berbice fell short of their target by 19 runs. D. Joseph and S Shaffie scored 44 and 32 runs, respectively. Batsmen D. Miller made 21 while S. Roopnarine contributed 16 and A. Alexander 28.Bowling for the Upper Corentyne, J. Rampersaud took 4 for 57, M. Pottaya 3 for 49, and J. Sandia 2 for 31.Over at the Albion Community Centre ground, New Amsterdam/Canje defeated Lower Corentyne by a massive 225 runs in their game. Batting first, NA/Canje scored 255 with Zeynol Ramsammy scoring 89, Tomane Caesar, 77 and Avishkar Persaud, 21.Bowling for Lower Corentyne, Leon Cecil, P. Gamesh, R. Goderdhan and T. Mahnal took one wicket each.In their reply, Lower Corentyne were bowled out for 30 runs in 11 overs. J. Persaud took 6 wickets while Niquan Samuels took 2.With two wins, Upper Corentyne is leading the points table, while Western Berbice and NA/Canje are tied on one win each.Lower Corentyne have lost both of their matches and will look to defeat Upper Corentyne in their final match to save face.The competition continues on Saturday. Western Berbice will battle New Amsterdam/Canje at the Blairmont Community Centre, while Lower Corentyne will engage Upper Corentyne at the Jai Hind ground in Albion.last_img read more

FIFA Rankings: Nigeria Now Fourth in Africa

first_imgNigeria is now placed fourth in Africa and retains her 44th spot in the world with 1,427 points, as against October’s 1,431 points, in the FIFA/Coca Cola Rankings released on Thursday.Tunisia who led the continent’s teams in the last rankings dropped to second place behind Senegal, with the North Africans dropping four places to 26th in the world with 1,493 points.Senegal now top the CAF teams with 1,505 points and places 23rd in the world. Morocco rests in third place, with Congo DR in fifth, after garnering 1,440 and 1420 points as world 40th and 49th respectively.Belgium, France and Brazil remain unchanged as the highest ranked with 1,727, 1,727 and 1,676 points respectively.According to a report on the FIFA website, defeats for the leading duo in the UEFA Nations League resulted in both dropping six ranking points.Brazil , though still 50 points behind France, added seven after wins over Uruguay, who is seventh-ranked and 55th-placed Cameroon.Meanwhile, the big climbers include African quintet of Mozambique (117th, up 5), Angola (125th, up 5), Sudan (127th, up 8), Comoros (143rd, up 5) and Gambia (166th, up 7).The rise of Kosovo (131st, up 6) was also notable as it took them to their highest ranking position till date.The next FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking will be published on Dec. 20.(NAN)Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Sumner Newscow weekly poll: The Wellington Heat question

first_imgThe Wellington Heat has started things up again in year 2 at Sellers Park. What’s your view? I am so excited that NBC Baseball is in Wellington. They are great for the town. I like the fact they are here, but I have yet to see them play. I have my reservations of them being here. I have no opinion either way. View Results Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (4) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +3 Vote up Vote down trphilippi · 323 weeks ago I am truly glad they came to Wellington. It is about time Wellington gets something to see.I really love baseball and this team is great. So far we have won 5 out of 5 games this year. Report Reply 0 replies · active 323 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down VOTE NO SKLBOND · 323 weeks ago I am excited about the new year and this group of guys look unstoppable. Keep on rocking the ball park HEAT. Report Reply 0 replies · active 323 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Just me · 323 weeks ago Not voting as my answer is not there. Am I right in understanding they will not be back next year? Fill me in Cue… Report Reply 0 replies · active 323 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down eugene philippi · 323 weeks ago The Heat is here to stay and to deny them community support would be a gross mistake. I am up in my years and have been to every game. I’ve witnessed how well the ballplayers interact with our youth and that is the bottom line. If any of you citizens believe that this community is dying, then you need to attend a ballgame or t wo!!!!! Report Reply 0 replies · active 323 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments  Loading …Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

Japhet Tanganga reveals he broke down in tears before Spurs debut

first_imgJAPHET TANGANGA has revealed that he was moved to tears on the morning of his Premier League debut for Tottenham.Having only previously featured in the League Cup tie at Colchester back in September, the 20-year-old was thrust into the limelight when Jose Mourinho handed him a shock start against Liverpool last month.3 Jose Mourinho has taken a shine to young defender Japhet TangangaCredit: Getty – Contributor3 Tanganga looked unfazed against LiverpoolCredit: News Group Newspapers LtdAnd despite Spurs’ narrow 1-0 defeat that evening, the England youth international earned praise from pundits for his composed performance against arguably the best team in the world.Despite playing fearlessly, Tanganga has revealed that being thrown into the starting XI moved him to tears on the morning of the match.He told Tottenham’s official matchday programme: “I cried before the Liverpool game, when I made my debut. They were just tears of joy and it was just overwhelming.”I was sitting in my room and it came out but then I was like, ‘come on, fix up, you have a game today’, so I got up, showered and got ready.”I had just been waiting for that moment to get my opportunity, my dad had been waiting for it too and it just hit me.”If you had told me a week before the Liverpool game that I would have been playing, I would have laughed.”Things have changed so much.”Tanganga has been at Spurs since he was ten, and while he has had to remain patient for his chance in the first-team, the youngster has grabbed it by the scruff of the neck.SPURS NEWS LIVE: Follow all the latest news on Tottenham3 The 20-year-old has come up against top quality opposition, including Raheem SterlingCredit: AFP or licensorsLATEST TOTTENHAM NEWSHARRY ALL FOUR ITKane admits Spurs must win EIGHT games to rise into Champions League spotGossipALL GONE PETE TONGVertonghen wanted by host of Italian clubs as long Spurs spell nears endBELOW PARRSpurs suffer blow with Parrott to miss Prem restart after appendix operationPicturedSHIRT STORMNew Spurs 2020/21 home top leaked but angry fans slam silver design as ‘awful”STEP BY STEP’Jose fears for players’ welfare during restart as stars begin ‘pre-season’KAN’T HAVE THATVictor Osimhen keen on Spurs move but only if they sell Kane this summerYOU KAN DO ITKlinsmann quit Spurs to win trophies but says Kane’s better off stayingTURBULENT PAIRINGDrogba and Mido had mid-flight brawl after stewardess prank went wrongSince that Prem debut against Liverpool, he has also featured in subsequent league matches against Watford and Manchester City – as well as FA Cup clashes with Middlesbrough and Southampton.As well as Juan Foyth, one of those that Tanganga appears to have overtaken in the pecking order is club stalwart Jan Vertonghen.The decorated 32-year-old, who has played 307 times for the Lilywhites, was on the verge of tears after being substituted in the 3-2 win over Saints last night – with Mourinho opting to keep Tanganga on the field instead. Southampton boss Hasenhuttl rages at ‘joke’ VAR failure as Tanganga handball goes unchecked in draw with Spurslast_img read more

SWAL Inducts New Officers

first_imgNew officers to run the Sports Writers Association of Liberia for the next two years were installed last Saturday at an installation program held at the YMCA on Broad Street, Monrovia.Keynote Speaker Mr. Dee Maxwell Kemayah, president of the Liberia Business Association (LIBA), called sports writers to venture outside Monrovia to identify those with talents that could be developed for the country.He said sports provide employment for the youths and therefore the Government of Liberia and private partners should work to ensure a sustainable empowerment for Liberian youths.He meanwhile appealed to the Ministry of Justice to bring to book those involved in the murder of Prince Toby Wleh (Solaris) who was murdered last weekend near his home in Island Clinic.SWAL president Roland Mulbah assured his colleagues of a robust leadership, pointing out that his administration will work to empower its members.—(See Tuesday’s edition for more.)Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Justice Minister Quits

first_imgJustice Minister and Attorney General, Cllr. Christiana Tar has resigned her post, alleging that her Ministry, among other things, has been excluded from conducting an independent investigation of allegation of fraud against the National Security Agency (NSA).She also contended that “the landscape of the Liberian Jurisprudence is being transformed in arbitrary and inscrutable ways that make it onerous to conscientiously find the way out” adding, “I cannot be Justice Minister and not supervise the operation of the security agencies under the Ministry of Justice (MOJ).”“If the President asserts that she does not trust the Ministry of Justice to independently investigate allegations of fraud against the National Security Agency (NSA), what is the rule of law?” she wondered.Cllr. Tah made these assertions when she addressed a press conference yesterday at her 9th Street office in Monrovia, returning the Justice Minister post back to the Ellen Johnson Sirleaf led administration.Cllr. Tah went on to say: “Cognizant of the President’s rhetoric of commitment to the rule of law,” and adding “my own painstaking efforts to help re-establish the foundations for justice and venerate defining principles such as the separation of powers in our nascent democracy and most importantly the duty of transparency and accountability that we owe Liberians as public servants, I believe that it is unconscionable for me not to resign with immediate effect.” Accordingly, she said she had asked President Sirleaf to accept the reiteration (repetition) of her notice to resign as the Justice Minister.Cllr. Tah disclosed that she first submitted her letter of resignation to the President on March 31, 2104, but that “for reasons best known to her, the President delayed acknowledgment of my letter and ultimately postponed consideration of my prerogative to resign from her cabinet appointment.” “It has become unbearable for me to persevere in name as the dutifully appointed Minister of Justice of the Republic of Liberia, when in reality concrete actions indicate a determination to systematically undermine and gut the portfolio of relevance and effectiveness,” Cllr. Tah said.She observed that the “landscape of the Liberian Jurisprudence is being transformed in arbitrary and inscrutable ways that make it onerous to conscientiously navigate. ““Amidst the prevailing interpretation of the doctrine of separation of powers and the ensuing blurring of the rules and roles of engagement, even within the executive arm of government itself, the investments of national and international stakeholders promoting the rule of law is being eroded by actions that contradict the values that underpin the fabric of our society,” she asserted.It can be recalled that last January, the Supreme Court of Liberia held the Justice Minister in Contempt of Court and barred her from practicing law for six months, rendering her ineffective as Attorney General and Justice Minister after she granted “compassionate leave” to FrontPageAfrica’s Rodney Sieh, in keeping with Section 34.20 read in concert with 34.2(d) of the Criminal Procedure Law, ILCL Revised pursuant to a public hearing on October 21, 2013.Cllr. Tah further disclosed that  on July 11, 2014, she  formally notified President Sirleaf by letter that she  had completed her six-month suspension imposed by  the Supreme Court on her license to practice law, “And that the Court had ordered that I resume practice,” Cllr. Tah said.She said President Sirleaf responded immediately, asking her to return to work and indicating that her resignation letter of March 31, 2014 would be discussed at a later date. “Out of deference for the Office of the President and in view of the national security crisis posed by the outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease, I obliged and continued with my schedule of duties, while in utmost good faith awaiting President Sirleaf’s convenience to ratify my longstanding decision to resign,” Cllr. Tah recounted.She said that while awaiting the follow up discussion with the President about her resignation she was “shocked and dismayed to learn that the Minister of Information, the official spokesperson for the government had issued an eight-page statement which pronounced the parody of justice in the Contempt Proceedings Against Christiana Tah, Minister of Justice and Counselor Beyan D. Howard,” adding “ as a classic example of judicial independence and equality before the law, irrespective of social class.”She said Minister Browne’s statement failed to acknowledge her pending resignation notice and appeared to be aimed at a preemption and/or retaliation of the prerogative to resign, which she sought to exercise nearly four months earlier.She said that she was particularly appalled that the Government chose to give its reaction to her matter with the Supreme Court while the nation was at the height of its fight against the Ebola Virus Disease.When asked by her friends and family why she tabled her decision to step down last March and decided to go back to work, she said she told them: “the answer is simple: Love of country!”“I believe that as a public servant my oath of office means that I pledge to deepen our collective learning and institutional growth, even if it entails humbling myself at great personal costs,” she stated, adding that “It is the same public spiritedness that informs my world view which underpins the ethical dilemma that has compelled my decision to unequivocally draw the line beyond which I cannot continue to fill the position of the Minister of Justice in name without the substantive support of the Chief Executive.“This is especially given that my allegiance is first and foremost to our nation. Having relented at retreating at the height of my own personal pain when my hard-earned professional asset was suspended and my credibility called into question, and having deferred to the President when she denied my prerogative to promptly exit her administration, it is with justifiable relief that I inform you that I can no longer continue to struggle to vindicate the portfolio designated for the office of the Attorney General and Minister of Justice of the Republic of Liberia when it is eviscerated and reduced to a pretext to legitimate and perpetrate arbitrary activities and inscrutable practices under the guise of “the rule of law,” Cllr. Tah declared.Resignation AcceptedMeanwhile, the Office of the President late last night issued a statement: “President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has received and accepted the resignation of the Minister of Justice and Attorney-General, Republic of Liberia, Cllr. Christiana Tah.  Cllr. Tah tendered in her resignation as Minister of Justice and Attorney-General, Republic of Liberia on Monday, October 6, 2014 at a meeting with the Liberian President at her Foreign Ministry office earlier today.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

‘Disturbia’ mild tonic for spring blahs

first_imgMoviegoers continued to keep their eyes on the Peeping Tom thriller “Disturbia,” which fended off a weak batch of newcomers to remain No. 1 for the third straight weekend with $9.1 million. The top-12 movies took in an anemic $62.9 million, down 30 percent from the same weekend last year, when “RV” was the No. 1 movie with $16.4 million. Business seemed to be on hold in anticipation of a huge summer that will begin with Sony’s “Spider-Man 3.” DreamWorks and Paramount’s “Disturbia,” starring Shia LaBeouf as a housebound teen whose surveillance of neighbors uncovers a killer, raised the film’s total to $52.2 million after three weekends, according to studio estimates. Disney’s supernatural thriller “The Invisible” turned in the best performance among the weekend’s ho-hum debuts, taking in $7.6 million to open at No. 2. The movie centers on a teen trying to solve his own murder while trapped in a nether zone between life and death. Paramount’s “Next,” starring Nicolas Cage as a man whose ability to see into the future is exploited by federal agents trying to stop a terrorist nuclear attack, premiered at No. 3 with $7.2 million. Lionsgate’s “The Condemned,” with wrestler Stone Cold Steve Austin as one of 10 Death Row inmates dropped on an island to fight to the death for an Internet reality show, debuted in ninth place with $4 million. Yari Film Group’s comedy “Kickin’ It Old Skool,” starring Jamie Kennedy as a man who wakes from a 20-year coma and tries to revive his break-dancing career, opened at No. 11 with $2.8 million. Though movie attendance is up 1.2 percent so far this year from the same period of 2006, Hollywood has been in a lull in recent weeks as a huge crop of summer films looms, including the “Spider-Man 3” debut set for Friday, to be followed closely to the box office by DreamWorks Animation’s “Shrek the Third” and Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End.” “I think people are just absolutely ready for a big summer movie,” said Rory Bruer, head of distribution for Sony. “You can see by the box office over the last few weekends they’re ready, and it’s been a long time coming. I do anticipate it’s going to be an incredible weekend for us.” “Spider-Man” took in $114.8 million in its first weekend in 2002, a three-day opening that remained an all-time high until “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest” set a new record last summer with $132 million. In 2004, “Spider-Man 2” opened on a Wednesday before a long four-day Fourth of July weekend and took in a record $180.1 million in its first six days. “This was an incredibly slow weekend. To have a top movie come in under $10 million just shows how the marketplace is in a holding pattern,” said Paul Dergarabedian, president of box-office tracker Media By Numbers. “It’ll all be made up next weekend with `Spider-Man 3.”‘ 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img


first_imgFEARS ARE growing that Donegal will be snowbound again this week with up to six inches of snow being forecast for this Thursday – and not enough grit to keep the roads open.More freezing temperatures overnight left many secondary roads dangerous this morning.But it is this Thursday’s forecast which could be devastating for normal life, especially in the run-up to Christmas.  The snowstorm due to hit in 48 hours may close schools across the North West. Businesses have already been hit hard by two weeks of the Big Chill, only catching up last weekend when there were record days for many shops.However schools could be closed again this Friday and in to next week if the forecasters have got it right.And for once when it comes to Donegal both the Northern forecasters and the southern forecasters are in agreement that there will be substantial wintry showers this Thursday evening.They will be accompanied by very strong winds and thunder. More of the same is being predicted for Friday – with temperatures of around -6C overnight on Friday.Meanwhile councils across Ireland are appealing to the National Roads Authority for more grit to treat our roads network.There are fears once again that Donegal will be left short – which may mean the council may not grit the roads to later on Saturday and Sunday.SCHOOLS MAY CLOSE THURSDAY/FRIDAY AS SNOW HITS – BUT WILL WE HAVE ENOUGH SALT TO COPE? was last modified: December 14th, 2010 by gregShare 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

Producers collide in suit over ‘Crash’ cash

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 restaurant160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! On the eve of this weekend’s Academy Awards, a bareknuckle fight has broken out among the producers of one of the leading Oscar-nominated movies, “Crash,” over two of the things Hollywood cares about most: money and credit. Even as the last Oscar ballots were being cast late Tuesday, Cathy Schulman, a producer of “Crash,” filed a lawsuit that accused Bob Yari, her fellow producer and former partner, of acting from “greed and ego” in failing to pay at least $2 million in producing fees to her and her partner, the film’s executive producer, Tom Nunan. Yari had earlier sued the pair, claiming in January that they had taken funds owed to their joint production company, Bull’s Eye Entertainment. This morning, Yari, who put together the $7 million in financing for “Crash,” took out full-page advertisements in Hollywood’s trade papers with a ringing call to uphold justice and due process – or at least a show business version – by abolishing the secret panels that award credit for Best Picture. Yari was denied a producer credit in an arbitration by the Producers Guild of America in December, and denied again after appeals to both the guild and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which awards the Oscars. As a result, he will not take home a statue if “Crash” is named Best Picture on Sunday. Schulman and Paul Haggis, a co-writer and the director of “Crash,” are the only producers eligible for the prize, though the film has six producers in its credits. Tuesday’s legal complaint by Schulman and Nunan used strongly personal language with regard to Yari. It denounced what it called the “squalor of Yari’s ugly behavior” and claimed that the producer, a former successful real estate developer who created a Hollywood company in recent years, acted like “an impetuous child” toward Schulman after being denied producer credit. The complaint said Yari’s lawsuit was, in effect, retaliation for losing the producer credit in arbitration. Yari responded, “This lawsuit is a shameful misrepresentation of the facts concerning my partnership with Schulman and Nunan.” He said the lawsuit reinforced a pattern by Schulman of “deceitful and litigious behavior.” A lawyer for Yari, Neil Sacker, who is also a defendant in Schulman’s lawsuit, denied that Yari’s suit was retaliation. Because the budget on “Crash” was so small, many of the principal people involved – including the producers, the writers and the director – took no money during the production of the film, deferring fees until the film saw a profit. As is often the case with low-budget films, the principals also had deals to participate in the profits. Although “Crash” was filmed two years ago and has taken in $83 million at the box office worldwide plus millions more in home-video and DVD sales, the lawsuit alleges that Yari has not shown Schulman or Nunan any profit-and-loss statements and has not paid basic producing fees or profit participation. But Sacker said Schulman and Nunan had both been paid salaries as partners in Bull’s Eye Entertainment, and that their fees for producing “Crash” were not meant to be paid until all the overhead costs for Bull’s Eye had been recouped. “Most producers are not paid a salary,” Sacker said. “She was being paid a salary. Her fees were paid against her salary and overhead.” Melvin Avanzado, the lawyer for Schulman, disputed that. “He’s recouped everything several times over,” he said. “There’s been four movies on which there has been financing in which he has recouped. We just can’t tell how many times he’s recouped because he hasn’t given us an accounting.” Other producers on the film declined to comment on the dispute, or on the question of their being paid by Yari. “`Crash’ has been a great thing in my life, and I expect everyone to act honorably,” said Robert Moresco, a co-writer with Haggis who is nominated for the Best Screenplay Oscar. Haggis could not be reached for comment. “Crash,” a multicharacter story about racial tension in Los Angeles told through varying car incidents, is nominated for six Academy Awards: Best Picture, Director, Screenplay, Supporting Actor (Matt Dillon), Original Music and Editing. The film, which was made independently and acquired for domestic distribution by Lionsgate, became an unexpected hit and has been showered with nominations throughout the Hollywood awards season. In his open letter to the academy, published in both The Hollywood Reporter and Daily Variety today, Yari compared his speaking out against the arbitration process to Edward R. Murrow’s standing up to Sen. Joseph R. McCarthy’s authoritarianism, as depicted in one of the other Best Picture nominees, “Good Night, and Good Luck.” “Murrow reported on and exposed a dark period in our country’s history, when accusations and hearsay alone were enough to condemn,” Yari wrote. “Unfortunately, the lessons learned then seem to be forgotten now.” The lawsuits have cast a pall over celebrations scheduled for the next several days, including a gala dinner to be given by Lionsgate on Friday and the Independent Spirit Awards on Saturday. And there was a fitting, if unfortunate, footnote to the dramatic tension rising around the film: In the midst of it all, Yari’s publicist, Lynda Dorf, was involved in a minor car crash last Wednesday. There were no injuries reported.last_img


first_imgFROM NEIL DOHERTY IN GLASGOW: CELTIC take on Kilmarnock in today’s Scottish League Cup Final at Hampden with manager Neil wanting his players to remember the pain of last year’s League Cup final defeat to Rangers.There are quite a few fans from Co Donegal in Glasgow this weekend and they will add to the unique atmosphere – the game is live on BBC1 Scotland for those of you who didn’t make it.Last year Celtic lost 2-1 to their Old Firm rivals in extra-time at the national stadium which prevented them ultimately winning a cup double. Celtic are strong favourites – but Neil Lennon is warning against complacency.“I can use a lot of games to motivate the players, none more so than the cup final this time last year,” he said.“I think that will be a motivation itself.“But we have our own reasons for winning the cup and hopefully the players will concentrate on that. “Kilmarnock are a good team and Kenny (Shiels) has done remarkably well given some of the players they lost from last season.“I thought he might struggle with (former manager) Mixu Paatelainen leaving and the way they finished the season but they haven’t at all, they have actually improved.“They are in a decent position in the league and they are in a cup final so a lot of credit must go to Kenny and (assistant) Jimmy Nicholl for that.”The Celtic manager has had a rough week, following the death of friend Paul McBride and that ongoing court case involving alleged threats against him.Now he faces the tough task of picking a side. “Unlike the SPL games, we only have five substitutes instead of seven so there will be two berths that won’t be there,” he said.“The majority of the team picks itself and the rest will probably be a little bit of a tactical selection more than anything else.“There will be players disappointed that they won’t be starting the game but the team that starts won’t necessarily be the team that ends the game.”Lennon has left nothing to chance, revealing that his players have been practising penalties in case the match goes all the way. “They were practising on Friday but we are hoping it doesn’t go to that,” he said.“If it does the players will be well prepared for it but it’s all on that moment and how they are feeling themselves – I’m glad I won’t be in that position myself.”* LIVE BBC1 SCOTLAND, KICK-OFF 3PM© 2012 donegaldaily.com, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailyTHE HOOPS REPORT: LENNON URGES PLAYERS TO LIFT CUP IN TODAY’S FINAL was last modified: March 18th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:THE HOOPS REPORT: LENNON URGES PLAYERS TO LIFT CUP IN TODAY’S FINALlast_img read more