McConnell moves to Irish League side on loan deal

first_imgLetterkenny man Ryan McConnell has agreed an extension of his current contract with Finn Harps until the end of the 2017 season. The former Manchester United academy player will now join Ballinamallard Utd on loan for six months where the young defender will be hoping to establish himself in the Irish League side’s first team.Finn Harps F.C. wish Ryan well and hope to see him back for pre-season in January.  The club would also like to thank Liam Flatley well in his future career after he signed for Ballinamallard last week. McConnell moves to Irish League side on loan deal was last modified: July 28th, 2016 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:ballinamallardfinn harpsLoan dealRyan McConnelllast_img read more

Patriots-Seahawks Even Odds Pick

first_imgLAS VEGAS — The Super Bowl looks like a tossup in this gambling city, where more than $100 million will likely be riding on the game by kickoff.A flurry of early money on the New England Patriots moved the game to pick ’em at most major Las Vegas books after the Seattle Seahawks opened by as much as 2.5-point favorites.Oddsmakers say they don’t expect the line to fluctuate much over the next few weeks, with heavy betting anticipated on both sides.“You’re not going to see this one bounce around like you did last year,” said Jimmy Vaccaro of the South Point sports book.“Last year the whole world was in love with Denver early and there was a crush at the (betting) window. But this game is going to stay right around Seattle a 1-point favorite or pick ’em the entire way.”Some books opened Seattle a favorite while Tom Brady and the Patriots were still piling on points in the rain late in the third quarter of a blowout win over the Indianapolis Colts. The line quickly got knocked down, though, as money came in on New England, including a $10,000 bet at the South Point.“All smart guys looking to take a position early,” Vaccaro said of the early money. “The line really went down quick.”At the Westgate Las Vegas Superbook, the opening line favoring the Seahawks by 2.5 points moved quickly even before the Patriots-Colts game was over. Shortly after the game was over, the line was already at pick ’em.“Everyone remembers what they saw last,” oddsmaker Jeff Sherman said.The movement wasn’t quite as dramatic as it was last year, when the Seahawks were also favored by 2.5 points at most books in the opening lines only to see the betting public go so heavily on the Broncos that Denver was favored by 2.5 points at game time.Seattle ended up winning the game 43-8 and bookmakers had a big day, winning nearly $20 million on record legal betting of $119.4 million.The over/under for the game ranged from between 49 and 49.5 points at most books. Like point spread wagers, bettors can lay $110 to win $100 on whether the total number of points will exceed or be less than that number.This has been a banner football betting season so far for sports books in Nevada, the only place where full legalized betting is allowed in the country.Records have been set every month, and Sherman said he believes this year’s Super Bowl will set another betting record because the line is narrow and the teams are popular.“I definitely think it can be a record,” he said. “You have the defending Super Bowl champs who are as public a team as anyone. And New England is the same thing, they’ve been there for years.”For Sherman, setting the lines in the games may have been the easiest part. He and his fellow oddsmakers at the Westgate plan to spend Jan. 20-21 putting together more than 300 so-called “prop” bets on everything from which team will win the coin flip to whether one of New England’s offensive linemen will score a touchdown.Wynn Sports Book Director Johnny Avello said he plans to offer a wide variety of props, too, which could help drive a betting record.“I don’t see any reason why it can’t be broken,” Avello said. “The only thing that would slow it down is that people are tired of the Seahawks and I don’t think that will be the case.”(TIM DAHLBERG, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Esi Edugyan Patrick deWitt shortlisted for 100K Giller Prize

first_imgAdvertisement Twitter Esi Edugyan and Patrick deWitt will go head to head for one of Canada’s top literary prizes once again, with the celebrated writers shortlisted for the 2018 Scotiabank Giller Prize.Organizers announced this year’s five finalists for the $100,000 prize, which honours excellence in long or short-format fiction writing by Canadians, in Toronto Monday morning. They are:Songs for the Cold of Heart by Eric Dupont.Washington Black by Esi Edugyan.French Exit by Patrick deWitt.Motherhood by Sheila Heti.An Ocean of Minutes by Thea Lim. Login/Register With: Advertisement Washington Black, Edugyan’s latest novel, is also a finalist for the U.K.’s Man Booker Prize and the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize.Dupont, Heti and Lim are first-time finalists for the annual prize.‘Fruitful and interesting discussion’The jury includes journalist Kamal Al-Solaylee, Toronto International Film Festival executive Maxine Bailey and writers Heather O’Neill, Philip Hensher and John Freeman.“One of the nice things [during deliberations] was to hit upon books where everyone said ‘Yes, this one,’” juror Hensher noted shortly after the announcement. Facebook Canadian writers Patrick deWitt and Esi Edugyan are among the 2018 finalists for the $100,000 Giller Prize for Fiction. (Canadian Press) LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Former Giller-winner Edugyan and past finalist deWitt faced off in 2011, when their earlier novels Half-Blood Blues and The Sisters Brothers were nominated for several literary awards in Canada and the U.K. Last month, a Hollywood film adaptation of deWitt’s The Sisters Brothers screened at the Toronto International Film Festival. Advertisementlast_img read more