Chelsea snatch late victory, Arsenal and City win

first_imgJohn Terry grabbed a stoppage-time winner as leaders Chelsea showed their Premier League title mettle by snatching a 1-0 victory over Everton on Saturday having looked set to suffer another damaging blow.The Chelsea captain strained every sinew to get a faint touch to a Frank Lampard free kick in the 93rd minute and keep his team a point clear of Arsenal who thrashed Sunderland 4-1 and three ahead of Manchester City who beat Stoke City 1-0.After drawing their last league game against West Bromwich Albion and suffering a chastening FA Cup defeat to rivals Manchester City, Jose Mourinho’s side were looking for a morale-boosting return to form.Yet they looked sluggish for most of the match and after finally sparking into life they came up against a stubborn Everton rearguard that only crumbled deep into added time.West Brom’s Matej Vydra snatched an 86th-minute equaliser to earn a 1-1 draw against Fulham, denying the London club a win that would have moved them off the foot of the table.Fulham stay a point behind Cardiff City whose sorry season hit a new low after a 4-0 home defeat by Hull City.Hull are now six points clear of trouble and one point behind West Ham United who continued their recent resurgence with a 3-1 win over Southampton.last_img read more

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Ronaldo hits out at ‘small time’ Iceland in Euro draw

first_imgPortugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo has criticised Iceland’s ‘small mentality’ while saying they were fortunate to earn a 1-1 draw against his team in their European Championship Group F opener in St Etienne on Tuesday.Winger Birkir Bjarnason cancelled out Nani’s first-half opener for Portugal in Iceland’s maiden appearance at a major tournament but Ronaldo, who equalled Luis Figo’s record of 127 caps for his country, was dismissive of his opponent’s tactics.“Iceland didn’t try anything. They were just defend, defend, defend and playing on the counter-attack. It was a lucky night for them,” Ronaldo told reporters in France.“We should have three points but we are okay. I thought they’d won the Euros the way they celebrated at the end.“It was unbelievable. When they don’t try to play and just defend, defend, defend, this in my opinion shows a small mentality and they are not going to do anything in the competition.”Portugal next face Austria in Paris on Saturday and conclude their group stage campaign against Hungary in Lyon four days later.last_img read more

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Motivated Djokovic sets sight on Federer with machine-like precision

first_imgNovak Djokovic underwent surgery to fix an elbow problem 12 months back and in the process seems to have also eradicated any remaining glitches in his game, handing out an incredible mauling to Rafa Nadal in the Australian Open final on Sunday.With his record seventh crown at Melbourne Park, Djokovic moved ahead of Pete Sampras as third on the men’s all-time list of most Grand Slam titles (15) and probably more poignantly just two behind Nadal.Roger Federer is still out in front with 20 and the debate on the sport’s greatest player has mostly centred around the Swiss master and the Spaniard.But Djokovic has most certainly thrown his hat into that ring and the mark remains a motivation for him.“Of course, it motivates me,” said Djokovic, who earlier posed with his trophy for “the most beautiful and the most expensive” photograph of the night with four Australian tennis greats including Rod Laver and Roy Emerson.“Playing Grand Slams, biggest ATP events, is my utmost priority in this season and in seasons to come. How many seasons are to come? I don’t know. I’m not trying to think too much in advance.“I do want to definitely focus myself on continuing to improve my game and maintaining the overall well-being that I have mental, physical, emotional, so I would be able to compete at such a high level for the years to come, and have a shot at eventually getting closer to Roger’s record. It’s still far.”In their last meeting at Melbourne Park seven years ago, the Serb needed a record five hours and 53 minutes to beat Nadal in the title clash in a match regarded as a classic.On Sunday, he needed little more than a couple of hours to clinch his 15th Grand Slam trophy and third in succession after winning Wimbledon and the U.S. Open. The victory also tied his career Grand Slam final meetings against Nadal at 4-4.CLAY CHALLENGEThe biggest challenge for Djokovic this year will come at the French Open once again from Nadal, where the 32-year-old has won a record 11 titles.“I have to work on my game, my claycourt game, a bit more, more specifically than I have in the last season,” said Djokovic, who completed his first ‘Nole Slam’ in 2015-16.“I am already playing better. But, I mean, clay specifically in order to have a chance and shot at the title. The ultimate challenge there is to win against Nadal.”The 31-year-old played like a man possessed as those present at the packed Rod Laver Arena, which boasted strong support for Nadal, were left shaking their heads in disbelief at his utter dominance.Djokovic had five breaks of serve while conceding only a single break point against an opponent, who was yet to lose a set en route to the final.He committed nine unforced errors while hitting 34 winners, often under pressure and off balance.That was after giving away only five unforced errors in his semi-final thrashing of Lucas Pouille.“Back-to-back semi-finals and finals, I think I made 15 unforced errors in total in two matches,” he said. “It’s quite pleasantly surprising to myself, as well, even though I always believe I can play this way, visualize myself playing this way.“At this level, as I said, under the circumstances, it was truly a perfect match.”last_img read more

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Poll: Arsenal or Barcelona – who will reach the Champions League quarter-finals?

first_img1 Poll: Arsenal or Barcelona – who will reach the Champions League quarter-finals? Arsenal will meet Barcelona in the Champions League last 16 after the draw was made on Monday morning.The Gunners will be big outsiders to win through to the quarter-finals, with Barca boasting a formidable front three in Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar.But we want to know whether you think Arsene Wenger’s side can spring a shock…last_img

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Aura Letterkenny celebrates 10 healthy years in the community

first_imgAura Leisure Centre Letterkenny are celebrating 10 great years of health, fitness, fun, family and friends:With so many great memories from the pool deck, the gym floor and the Aura Arena we don’t know where to start! We just want to say a big thank you to all of our members young and old and here’s to another 10 great years.Aura Letterkenny have taught 100’s of young Letterkenny kids how to swim over the years and the gym teamed have helped so many of the great people of Letterkenny reach their health and fitness goals over the past 10 years. It has been great to see. The Aura Letterkenny Operations Manager Aine Temple says “I’m delighted to be part of the team in Aura Leisure Letterkenny, I am extremely proud of being at the helm of a Leisure Centre and Arena that is at the heart of the community, we have over 100 clubs and societies that use the centre as well as our members, schools and guests and I love nothing more than soaking up the energetic atmosphere on daily basis, the team in Aura Leisure and Letterkenny in general have welcomed me and my family with open arms over the past number of years and I am looking forward to being part of the Letterkenny community and being part of the Aura Leisure family for many more years to come.” As part of the Aura Leisure mission Aine wants the Leisure Centre and the staff to be embedded in the community and this is done through working with local sports and athletic clubs.Aura Letterkenny hosts a number of clubs from Letterkenny and the Donegal region including the Swilly Seals, Letterkenny Rovers, LAC, Blaze basketball, Maiden City FC, FAI Coaching Academy, Doe Swim Club, 247 Triathlon Club, St. Eunans, Letterkenny Gaels, Finn Harps, Rathmullan Celtic, Tommy McClafferty Kickboxing, John Wilkie Karate and the Donegal Sports Partnership. Aine and the team would love to see these affiliations and partnerships grow along with the success of all of these clubs and their members.Aura Leisure Letterkenny are also proud to offer the hardworking people in Pramerica, United Healthcare, HSE and other large local companies a corporate rate on memberships and the team at the leisure centre are open to working with many more of the businesses in the local area.Over the past 10 years the Aura Arena has hosted a number of national and international acts including Nathan Carter, Riverdance, The Tubridy Show, Daniel O’Donnell, Kenny Rogers, Jedward, Keith Barry and many more. Aura Leisure have also hosted a number of events in the Arean including the Ulster Irish Dancing Championships, World Jiu Jitsu Championships, World Fitness Federation Irish Championships, Wedding Fairs, Home Shows, The Donegal Road Safety Show, Fidget Feet Aerial Dance Show, Donegal Marathon, and the 247 Try a Tri.In September Aura Arena will be home to the European Amateur Boxing Championships and in 2020 the Arena is hosting the World Tug of War Championships which is expected to draw over 10,000 people from all over the world to Letterkenny.On Saturday July 15th Aura Letterkenny will host a family fun day and BBQ to celebrate their 10th birthday. This event will be hosted in conjunction with No Barriers. Registration for the No Barriers races opens at 1pm and the races will commence at 2pm.There will also be free entry to the Family Fun Swim from 2:30-4:30pm where the pool inflatable and slides will be open. The event will finish the afternoon with a BBQ and refreshments from 3-5pm. There will also be a draw for one lucky person to win membership for life and bouncy castles, face painting and fun for all the family from 2pm.Aura Leisure’s Chief Executive, staff and members are absolutely delighted with how the Aura Leisure Centre and Arena in Letterkenny has progressed over the years and with how our loyal membership has increased, it’s just another step on our way to helping make a healthier, happier Ireland! We’ve also got a brand new website for all our Letterkenny members to use. In 2016, as a result of all this great feedback, the decision was made to re-design the Aura website. In January, we teamed up with our designers to start work on what we want to be an ‘award winning’ website and we launched it on April 11th 2017 – www.auraleisure.ieAura Letterkenny celebrates 10 healthy years in the community was last modified: July 13th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:Aura Leisure CentreFamily Fun Dayno barrierslast_img read more

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Minutemen back again on border

first_imgTHREE POINTS, Ariz. – Minuteman volunteers concerned about the continued flow of illegal immigrants across the border from Mexico gathered Saturday with lawn chairs, binoculars and cell phones for a new monthlong campaign aimed at raising public awareness of the issue. A year after their first watch-and-report operation along the border in southeastern Arizona, members of the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps embarked on a much larger effort in this state’s busy migrant-smuggling corridor. “I’m concerned about what’s not being done by the government – hasn’t been done for ages, apparently,” said J. Glenn Sorensen, a retired school administrator now living in Flagstaff. Sorensen, who was not involved with the Minutemen last year, said he thinks the organization has accomplished part of its intended purpose already, “to draw national attention to an insecure border. I don’t think anybody wants to close the border – I certainly don’t. Basically, I think they need to be secure.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event No one in the group had any illusions about their campaign’s effectiveness, since it targets a relatively short section of the border for just a month. However, it comes at a time when Congress is debating proposals seeking to reform immigration laws, which have drawn supporters of legitimizing illegal immigrants to demonstrations in cities across the country. “This is like sticking a finger in the dike,” said Ken Raymond, a retired electrical engineer and airplane mechanic from Tucson. At a rally kicking off the effort at a remote southern Arizona ranch Saturday afternoon, politicians and activists opposing illegal immigration gave fiery speeches calling for more border control. At least 200 mostly older men and women heard more than a half-dozen speakers praise their efforts and call the Minutemen heroes. Don Goldwater, a Republican candidate for Arizona governor, said he had a message for President George W. Bush. “Build us that wall – now!” Goldwater said, referring to a measure that would add 700 miles fences along the border. He promised that if elected, he would put illegal immigrants in a tent city on the border and use their labor to build the wall. Goldwater is a nephew of the late Sen. Barry Goldwater. 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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Manchester City 1-1 Southampton: Hosts go top despite dropping points at home

first_img Pep Guardiola has now gone five games without a win as Manchester City head coach Manchester City’s run of games without a win extended to five on Sunday afternoon with Southampton securing a 1-1 draw at the Etihad.Nathan Redmond handed the visitors the lead courtesy of another defensive mistake from John Stones, before half-time substitute Kelechi Iheanacho pulled the tie level in a much-improved second-half performance from City – although they failed to make their dominance count and grab the winning goal.The point still moved City top of the Premier League table but only on goal difference, being level on points with both Arsenal and Liverpool.The hosts started the game on the front foot, an Aguero breakaway resulting in Forster catching well from David Silva’s delivery.However, Southampton were not fazed by City’s attacking threat, and Puel’s men looked to take advantage of their three-at-the-back system.Good link-up play between Austin and Redmond resulted in the former forcing a save from Claudio Bravo, before a wonderful cross from Tadic was shepherded back to the keeper by Kolarov – with Redmond lucking in the area.Saints were content to sit deep and allow City the ball, breaking dangerously into the space offered them – Tadic and Redmond combining well for a series of chances.And it was the latter who opened the scoring – although it came from City’s possession rather than any penetrating counter attack.Stones had the ball just outside the City area, and he played a blind pass towards Kompany in a central position.However, the pass was misplaced, and Redmond ran past the Belgian, and finished calmly having rounded Bravo.Stones seemed to have made amends just minutes later, as he converted De Bruyne’s free-kick, but it was disallowed after a wild celebration; Aguero had been in an offside position as the set-piece was swung into the area.Aguero went close with his first real shot of the game, sending wide from 20 yards, and it was long, hopeful shots which City were being restricted to as the opening period ended.Puel’s team were set-up perfectly in defence, and their attack was having a lot of joy against City’s questionable defence – especially goalscorer Redmond in a free role.Guardiola responded at half-time by bringing on Iheanacho for De Bruyne, and he was inches away from levelling the game 10 minutes in, only just failing to connect with a wonder Sterling cross.But just seconds later the Nigerian wonderkid did score, Sane’s pull-back converted well to bring City level.Iheanacho then caused chaos in the area with a pass across the face of goal which only just deflected wide for a corner, as the Saints were put on the back foot time and time again.Forster had to save wonderfully from Gundogan, followed up by a stop from Silva, with Bravo doing well to keep out Austin as the visitors mounted a rare second-half attack.The final minutes of the game were dominated by City, who pressed and pressed for a winning goal, but Guardiola’s men failed to find the breakthrough and ended the match with more points dropped at home. 1last_img read more

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Former President Gerald Ford, who helped nation recover from Watergate scandal, dies at 93

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: John Jackson greets a Christmas that he wasn’t sure he’d see160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LOS ANGELES — Gerald R. Ford, who picked up the pieces of Richard Nixon’s scandal-shattered White House as the 38th president and the only one never elected to nationwide office, has died. He was 93. ”My family joins me in sharing the difficult news that Gerald Ford, our beloved husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather has passed away at 93 years of age,” former first lady Betty Ford said in a brief statement issued from her husband’s office in Rancho Mirage. ”His life was filled with love of God, his family and his country.” He died at 6:45 p.m. Tuesday at his home in Rancho Mirage, about 130 miles east of Los Angeles, his office said in a statement. No cause of death was released. Funeral arrangements were to be announced Wednesday. Ford had battled pneumonia in January 2006 and underwent two heart treatments _ including an angioplasty and a pacemaker implant _ in August at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. ”The American people will always admire Gerald Ford’s devotion to duty, his personal character and the honorable conduct of his administration,” President Bush said in a statement Tuesday night. ”We mourn the loss of such a leader, and our 38th president will always have a special place in our nation’s memory.” Ford was the longest living president, followed by Ronald Reagan, who also died at 93. Ford had been living at his desert home in Rancho Mirage, Calif., about 130 miles east of Los Angeles. ”I was deeply saddened this evening when I heard of Jerry Ford’s death,” former first lady Nancy Reagan said in a statement. ”Ronnie and I always considered him a dear friend and close political ally. ”His accomplishments and devotion to our country are vast, and even long after he left the presidency he made it a point to speak out on issues important to us all,” she said. Ford was an accidental president, Nixon’s hand-picked successor, a man of much political experience who had never run on a national ticket. He was as open and straightforward as Nixon was tightly controlled and conspiratorial. Minutes after Nixon resigned in disgrace over the Watergate scandal and flew into exile, Ford took office and famously declared: ”Our long national nightmare is over.” But he revived the debate over Watergate a month later by granting Nixon a pardon for all crimes he committed as president. That single act, it was widely believed, cost Ford election to a term of his own in 1976, but it won praise in later years as a courageous act that allowed the nation to move on. The Vietnam War ended in defeat for the U.S. during his presidency with the fall of Saigon in April 1975. In a speech as the end neared, Ford said: ”Today, America can regain the sense of pride that existed before Vietnam. But it cannot be achieved by refighting a war that is finished as far as America is concerned.” Evoking Abraham Lincoln, he said it was time to ”look forward to an agenda for the future, to unify, to bind up the nation’s wounds.” Ford also earned a place in the history books as the first unelected vice president, chosen by Nixon to replace Spiro Agnew, who also was forced from office by scandal. He was in the White House only 895 days, but changed it more than it changed him. Even after two women tried separately to kill him, the presidency of Jerry Ford remained open and plain. Not imperial. Not reclusive. And, of greatest satisfaction to a nation numbed by Watergate, not dishonest. Even to millions of Americans who had voted two years earlier for Richard Nixon, the transition to Ford’s leadership was one of the most welcomed in the history of the democratic process _ despite the fact that it occurred without an election. After the Watergate ordeal, Americans liked their new president _ and first lady Betty, whose candor charmed the country. They liked her for speaking openly about problems of young people, including her own daughter; they admired her for not hiding that she had a mastectomy _ in fact, her example caused thousands of women to seek breast examinations. And she remained one of the country’s most admired women even after the Fords left the White House when she was hospitalized in 1978 and said she had become addicted to drugs and alcohol she took for painful arthritis and a pinched nerve in her neck. Four years later she founded the Betty Ford Center in Rancho Mirage, a substance abuse facility next to Eisenhower Medical Center. Ford slowed down in recent years. He had been hospitalized in August 2000 when he suffered one or more small strokes while attending the Republican National Convention in Philadelphia. The following year, he joined former presidents Carter, Bush and Clinton at a memorial service in Washington three days after the Sept. 11 attacks. In June 2004, the four men and their wives joined again at a funeral service in Washington for former President Reagan. But in November 2004, Ford was unable to join the other former presidents at the dedication of the Clinton presidential library in Little Rock, Ark. In January, Ford was hospitalized with pneumonia for 12 days. He wasn’t seen in public until April 23, when President Bush was in town and paid a visit to the Ford home. Bush, Ford and Betty posed for photographers outside the residence before going inside for a private get-together. The intensely private couple declined reporter interview requests and were rarely seen outside their home in Rancho Mirage’s gated Thunderbird Estates, other than to attend worship services at the nearby St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church in Palm Desert. In a long congressional career in which he rose to be House Republican leader, Ford lit few fires. In the words of Congressional Quarterly, he ”built a reputation for being solid, dependable and loyal _ a man more comfortable carrying out the programs of others than in initiating things on his own.” When Agnew resigned in a bribery scandal in October 1973, Ford was one of four finalists to succeed him: Texan John Connally, New York’s Nelson Rockefeller and California’s Ronald Reagan. ”Personal factors enter into such a decision,” Nixon recalled for a Ford biographer in 1991. ”I knew all of the final four personally and had great respect for each one of them, but I had known Jerry Ford longer and better than any of the rest. ”We had served in Congress together. I had often campaigned for him in his district,” Nixon continued. But Ford had something the others didn’t: he would be easily confirmed by Congress, something that could not be said of Rockefeller, Reagan and Connally. So Ford it was. He became the first vice president appointed under the 25th amendment to the Constitution. On Aug. 9, 1974, after seeing Nixon off, Ford assumed the office. The next morning, he still made his own breakfast and padded to the front door in his pajamas to get the newspaper. Said a ranking Democratic congressman: ”Maybe he is a plodder, but right now the advantages of having a plodder in the presidency are enormous.” It was rare that Ford was ever as eloquent as he was for those dramatic moments of his swearing-in at the White House. ”My fellow Americans,” he said, ”our long national nightmare is over. Our Constitution works. Our great republic is a government of laws and not of men. Here the people rule.” And, true to his reputation as unassuming Jerry, he added: ”I am acutely aware that you have not elected me as your president by your ballots. So I ask you to confirm me with your prayers.” For Ford, a full term was not to be. He survived an intraparty challenge from Ronald Reagan only to lose to Democrat Jimmy Carter in November. In the campaign, he ignored Carter’s record as governor of Georgia and concentrated on his own achievements as president. Carter won 297 electoral votes to his 240. After Reagan came back to defeat Carter in 1980, the two former presidents became collaborators, working together on joint projects. Even as president, Ford often talked with reporters several times a day. He averaged 200 outside speeches a year as House Republican leader, a pace he kept up as vice president and diminished, seemingly, only slightly as chief executive. He kept speaking after leaving the White House, generally for fees of $15,000 to $20,000. Ford was never asked to the White House for a social event during Reagan’s eight years as president. In office, Ford’s living tastes were modest. When he became vice president, he chose to remain in the same Alexandria, Va., home _ unpretentious except for a swimming pool _ that he shared with his family as a congressman. After leaving the White House, however, he took up residence in the desert resort area of Rancho Mirage, picked up $1 million for his memoir and another $1 million in a five-year NBC television contract, and served on a number of corporate boards. By 1987, he was on eight such boards, at fees up to $30,000 a year, and was consulting for others, at fees up to $100,000. After criticism, he cut back on such activity. At a joint session after becoming president, Ford addressed members of Congress as ”my former colleagues” and promised ”communication, conciliation, compromise and cooperation.” But his relations with Congress did not always run smoothly. He vetoed 66 bills in his barely two years as president. Congress overturned 12 Ford vetoes, more than for any president since Andrew Johnson. In his memoir, ”A Time to Heal,” Ford wrote, ”When I was in the Congress myself, I thought it fulfilled its constitutional obligations in a very responsible way, but after I became president, my perspective changed.” Some suggested the pardon was prearranged before Nixon resigned, but Ford, in an unusual appearance before a congressional committee in October 1974, said, ”There was no deal, period, under no circumstances.” The committee dropped its investigation. Ford’s standing in the polls dropped dramatically when he pardoned Nixon unconditionally. But an ABC News poll taken in 2002 in connection with the 30th anniversary of the Watergate break-in found that six in 10 said the pardon was the right thing to do. The late Democrat Clark Clifford spoke for many when he wrote in his memoirs, ”The nation would not have benefited from having a former chief executive in the dock for years after his departure from office. His disgrace was enough.” The decision to pardon Nixon won Ford a John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award in 2001, and Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, acknowledging he had criticized Ford at the time, called the pardon ”an extraordinary act of courage that historians recognize was truly in the national interest.” While Ford had not sought the job, he came to relish it. He had once told Congress that even if he succeeded Nixon he would not run for president in 1976. Within weeks of taking the oath, he changed his mind. He was undaunted even after the two attempts on his life in September 1975. Lynette ”Squeaky” Fromme, a 26-year-old follower of Charles Manson, was arrested after she aimed a semiautomatic pistol at Ford on Sept. 5 in Sacramento, Calif. A Secret Service agent grabbed her and Ford was unhurt. Seventeen days later, Sara Jane Moore, a 45-year-old political activist, was arrested in San Francisco after she fired a gun at the president. Again, Ford was unhurt. Both women are serving life terms in federal prison. Asked at a news conference to recite his accomplishments, Ford replied: ”We have restored public confidence in the White House and in the executive branch of government.” As to his failings, he responded, ”I will leave that to my opponents. I don’t think there have been many.” Ford spent most of his boyhood in Grand Rapids, Mich. He was born Leslie King on July 14, 1913, in Omaha, Neb. His parents were divorced when he was less than a year old, and his mother returned to her parents in Grand Rapids, where she later married Gerald R. Ford Sr. He adopted the boy and renamed him. Ford was a high school senior when he met his biological father. He was working in a Greek restaurant, he recalled, when a man came in and stood watching. ”Finally, he walked over and said, ‘I’m your father,”’ Ford said. ”Well, that was quite a shock.” But he wrote in his memoir that he broke down and cried that night and he was left with the image of ”a carefree, well-to-do man who didn’t really give a damn about the hopes and dreams of his firstborn son.” Ford played center on the University of Michigan’s 1932 and 1933 national champion football teams. He got professional offers from the Detroit Lions and the Green Bay Packers, but chose to study law at Yale, working his way through as an assistant varsity football coach and freshman boxing coach. Ford got his first exposure to national politics at Yale, working as a volunteer in Wendell L. Willkie’s 1940 Republican campaign for president. After World War II service with the Navy in the Pacific, he went back to practicing law in Grand Rapids and became active in Republican reform politics. His stepfather was the local Republican chairman, and Michigan Sen. Arthur H. Vandenberg was looking for a fresh young internationalist to replace the area’s isolationist congressman. Ford beat Rep. Bartel Jonkman by a 2-to-1 margin in the Republican primary and then went on to win the election with 60.5 percent of the vote, the lowest margin he ever got. He had proposed to Elizabeth Bloomer, a dancer and fashion coordinator, earlier that year, 1948. She became one of his hardest-working campaigners and they were married shortly before the election. They had three sons, Michael, John and Steven, and a daughter, Susan. Ford was the last surviving member of the Warren Commission, which investigated the assassination of President Kennedy in 1963 and concluded that Lee Harvey Oswald was the lone assassin. Clifford, an adviser to presidents since Harry Truman, summed up his legacy: ”About his brief presidency there is little that can be said. In almost every way, it was a caretaker government trying to bind up the wounds of Watergate and get through the most traumatic act of the Indochina drama. ”Ford … was a likable person who deserves credit for accomplishing the one goal that was most important, to reunite the nation after the trauma of Watergate and give us a breathing spell before we picked a new president.” ___ Associated Press writer Harry F. Rosenthal, who retired from the AP Washington bureau, contributed to this report. ___ On the Net: Gerald Ford presidential library site: http://www.ford.utexas.edu/last_img read more

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Scotland prepares to take largest ever group to overseas Olympics

first_imgLuke Patience won a silver medal at London 2012, but had to requalify for this summer’s games after his partner Elliott Willis was diagnosed with bowel cancer. Patience will now compete with Chris Grube. Athletics PARowing PASwimming PAOther PA Rowers Katherine Grainger and Heather Stanning also have gold medals to defend, with Grainger competing at her fourth Olympic games after success in London four years ago.Michael Jamieson missed out in qualification for the breaststroke, but Ross Murdoch, Robbie Renwick and Hannah Miley will all compete in the pool for Team GB in Rio de Janeiro this summer.Hurdler Eilidh Doyle has enjoyed a successful year so far, setting a new personal record in the 400m race at the Diamond League event in Monaco earlier this month.Colin Fleming will also compete in the men’s doubles tennis along with fellow Scot Jamie Murray, who will be looking to add an Olympic medal to his collection of Grand Slam titles. Scotland has already broken records at the 2016 Olympics and that’s before the games have even started.A record contingent of Scots will be travelling to Rio de Janeiro for next month’s games, with 50 going to South America as part of Team GB.That contingent will surpass the previous record of 31 athletes sent by Scotland to an overseas game since the 2008 Olympic games in Beijing, with a number of Scots hoping to pick up medals in Brazil.Andy Murray will attempt to defend the gold medal he won in the men’s tennis in London four years ago, with the world number two and reigning Wimbledon champion focusing on delivering more Olympic glory.last_img read more

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Tanker Spill Closes I-40 Near Tennessee

first_imgAn overturned tanker truck has closed both eastbound lanes of Interstate 40 near the Tennessee state line.The truck was 95 percent full of tar, and spilled its contents.The N.C. Department of Transportation is working with the Tennessee Department of Transportation to advise drivers from the Knoxville area heading to Asheville and beyond that taking an alternate route is advisable.Drivers heading east on I-40 from the greater Knoxville area can take I-81 north then I-26 east to reach Asheville and continue through North Carolina on I-40. The interstate may reopen by 9 p.m.Traffic is utilizing the on and off-ramps at Exit 7 to continue on I-40. But the backup extended to the Tennessee state late before noon on Friday.Several NCDOT Incident Management Assistance Patrol (IMAP) vehicles are assisting with traffic control in the crash area, while the tar spill is cleaned up. That work could keep the highway closed until 9 p.m.NCDOT reminds motorists to drive with caution when driving through work zones and to move over one lane if possible when approaching IMAP vehicles with flashing yellow lights.last_img read more

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