Repair & Preservation of hand-made rugs

Restoration of Oriental, Persian, Turkish and Irish handmade rugs and carpets. Dedicated care for kilims, tapestries and embroideries. Liz Mansergh has over 22 years of professional experience working with antique carpets and tapestries, so you can rely on expert consultancy services and restoration.

Before: Antique rug in need of repair After: Restored, with no noticeable mend

Past clients include: Peter Linden Ltd, Blackrock; The Office of Public Works, Farmleigh; The Hon. Desmond and Mrs Penny Guinness, Leixlip Castle; Knight of Glin, Glin Castle; Mr Michael & Mrs Sarah Ramsden, Saskia Antiques & Sopwell Hall; Mr Alphonsus O’Meara, Dalkey.

Antique rugs, even old rugs, are becoming increasingly rare and so, if their condition is good, are ever more valuable. Heirlooms definitely should be looked after, but holiday souvenir rugs, too, can be rescued if accidents happen. And if the disaster is bad enough – a lovely rug can still be reincarnated as beautiful cushions.

Dec 30

It was very meaningful to us.

The move comes as the Giants (2-9) limp to the finish of a season in which they have 19 players on injured reserve, most notably along the offensive line and among playmakers such as Odell Beckham Jr. and Brandon Marshall.

“It’s up to us, honestly,” Westbrook said when asked how the team is going to turn the corner. “Just gotta figure it out and play the same way every night.”

Third quarters have been problematic all season for the Thunder, with opposing teams outscoring them by 9.9 points per 100 possessions.

“If he’s still there, we don’t know what their future plans are, if other people are there. And you have no idea what other teams will think of a 37-year-old quarterback. You don’t have any idea,” Archie Manning said, via

“Eli might say, ‘I’ve had enough. I’m feeling good. I’ve got a beautiful wife, three little girls, I’m healthy. And that’s it.’ So there’s no sense speculating.”

Archie also revealed that Tom Brady’s father, Tom Brady Sr., wrote him a letter commemorating Eli’s work with the Giants.

“He wrote me a beautiful message about what Eli has meant to the Giants and to the league,” Archie told ESPN Sunday. “His email summed up the way Eli has carried himself during all of his years with the Giants and how that type of thing is important in our league at a time when maybe some of those things are breaking down.”canadiens_1251_13898c25d2958a0c-140x140

Dec 27

North Dakota State, behind Stick, throttles Wofford in FCS quarters

Stick’s 7-yard run accounted for the only points in the second half.

“I’ve given this school 20 years of dignity,” Jurich says. “I would hope I would get a little bit in return, and I certainly haven’t yet.”

Time for a new Rookie Big Board, my ranking of the best rookies of the 2017 NFL season. Here’s my top 30, plus where each player landed on my final top 300 prospects list before the 2017 draft.

Kamara played only a few plays on Thursday night before a helmet-to-helmet hit sidelined him for the game, but he has been ridiculous since the Saints traded away running back Adrian Peterson. His loss was felt against the Falcons.

In 1989, the Bengals faced the 49ers in Super Bowl XXIII — in what would be Bill Walsh’s final game as San Francisco’s coach. And Cincinnati lost 20-16, and it lost the hard way.

What made Mirotic’s performance even more impressive Saturday was the fact that the Bulls didn’t get back to Chicago until Saturday around 2 p.m. after weather delayed their pilot’s arrival after Friday’s win, forcing them to spend another night in Charlotte. Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg is proud of the way his struggling team continues to play, and he enjoys being able to count on Mirotic again after playing without him for so long.

“He’s been really good both nights,” Hoiberg said. “Last night he didn’t shoot it great, but he went out there and gave us an edge on the defensive end. You can see it; he knows where to be, he’s in the right position, he’s engaged in his stance, came up with a couple key rebounds, but Niko’s a guy who’s been playing this game a long time at a high level. So to get that type of player back — I think he and Bobby have been terrific together in that second unit.”

“It’s all about building momentum and continuing off what you finished with in a previous season,” Rams quarterback Nick Stevens said of the bowl game following Colorado State’s regular-season finale. “It means a lot to us seniors.”canadiens_472_24e3db3b3734fc2f-140x140

Dec 25

Clarkson leads Lakers past struggling Hornets, 110-99

Jordan Clarkson believes he’s figured out the key to his NBA success: fried chicken and scary movies.

To make matters worse, starter Nic Batum re-aggravated his left elbow against the Lakers and left the game early.

Last week, our team sites at SB Nation told us which offensive linemen would make the best skill position players. This week, we’re giving defensive players their moment to shine.

We asked SB Nation’s NFL blogs which defensive lineman is the most underrated on each team. We ended up with a mix of rookies, young players, and seasoned veterans who aren’t household names but who are making a big impact this season. A couple of sites even chose to open it up to the entire defense and pick a non-defensive lineman.

Some of these guys are run thumpers. Some are getting after the quarterback. And some are filling in for injured teammates. They may not be showing up on the stat sheet or making a splash in the highlight reels. But all of them are unsung heroes for their respective teams, even if you’ve never heard of them.

That New Jersey law is the focus of a case that is scheduled to go before the Supreme Court Monday. Although judges will not render a decision until next year, if the court rules in the state’s favor, it could open up legalized sports betting throughout the U.S.

At issue is a 1992 federal law, the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, which barred all states but Nevada, Oregon, Delaware and Montana from offering sports gambling. Nevada is the only state to allow single-game wagering, while the other three offer much more limited options.

But the American Gaming Association told that, in addition to New Jersey, 14 other states have already proposed or already passed laws that would permit such gambling if the Supreme Court rules in New Jersey’s favor.canadiens_008_2feb3300b49862d0-140x140

Dec 22

No Seahawks players will be suspended for actions vs. Jaguars

No Seattle Seahawks players will be suspended for their actions at the end of Sunday’s game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, although the NFL is still reviewing the melee under the standard process, a league official told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Jack scored a season-high 19 points for a Knicks team that had lost six of eight, including a 116-104 defeat at Atlanta on Nov. 30.

This struggle can’t continue. Things fall apart; the (man behind the) center will not hold. Each franchise needs to fix its quarterback issues to even consider a return to postseason contention.

Tannehill, when healthy, is an above-average quarterback. He’s the man who guided Miami to its first playoff appearance in seven years thanks to 2016’s 10-6 campaign. He’s also played only 13 games over the last two seasons due to knee injuries and will be 30 during the 2018 season. In a division where beating the Patriots is paramount to postseason success, he’s gone just 2-5 against New England in non-Week 17 affairs. He’s never played in a playoff game.

The tight end called a meeting with the offense earlier this week to address its woeful performance over the last two weeks. In 23 combined drives against the Eagles and Falcons, Dallas (5-5) has scored just one touchdown and produced a measly 16 points.

“It was a good visit,” Witten said of the meeting (via “I think our guys understand what the task is and where we are in the season. Look, we’ve seen what we’re capable of doing. This offense, we know we have the right guys, the right players and the right coaches. So there is a lot of confidence that comes from that. You know, you just have to play better.”

Dak Prescott didn’t use the absence of Ezekiel Elliott and Tyron Smith as an excuse Sunday after a 37-9 loss to the Eagles. He will get Smith back against San Diego, but still plans to be accountable for the team’s performance.


Dec 19

That certainly wasn’t the case Monday night.

“We’ve got to find solutions somehow,” Gasol said, adding that the tough defense that was part of Memphis’ reputation for years is not part of the team’s mentality. “We always had a mindset here where we can have a tough night offensively, but if we don’t score, you don’t score.”

Bulls: Markkanen participated in the morning shootaround and got treatment afterward. But coach Fred Hoiberg said the prized rookie’s back continued to tighten. … Kris Dunn had 12 points, his career-high fifth straight game in double digits. … David Nwaba had 13 points and six rebounds.

New Mexico Bowl opponents Colorado State and Marshall followed similar trajectories on the way to Saturday’s matchup at Dreamstyle Stadium in Albuquerque.

Marshall (7-5) opened the season 6-1 before a 1-4 slide to close the campaign. The Thundering Herd lost three games in that stretch by less than a touchdown, including decisions of two points to UTSA and one point to Southern Mississippi in the final two games.

Likewise, Colorado State (7-5) opened 6-2, but went 1/3 down the stretch with losses of three points at Wyoming on Nov. 4, and a 59-52 overtime defeat against Boise State on Nov. 11 in which the Broncos rallied from a two-touchdown deficit in 1:41.

Johnson, who caught the 21-yard pass that got the Browns to the Jags’ 40-yard line in the first place, is a legit home-run threat out of the backfield from almost anywhere on the field. royals_088

Dec 15

Couture leads Sharks past slumping Senators 5-0

One game after needing a dramatic comeback to win, the San Jose Sharks started fast and rolled to a lopsided victory.

The Sharks had the first 10 shots on goal but were kept off the scoreboard thanks to a couple of big saves by Anderson. Pavelski hit the crossbar, too.

Coach Fred Hoiberg put the ball in Dunn’s hands during the final possession and the second-year point guard was fouled by Courtney Lee while driving to the basket.

“I want to be a leader for my team and I want to make the big plays,” Dunn said. “I know we have multiple guys who can make plays, but I definitely want to be one of them.”

Following a timeout, the Knicks — who scored 10 straight points to tie it at 102 — had a chance to tie or take the lead, but Kristaps Porzingis missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer.

Covington was being treated in the trainer’s room following the game. Brown said he injured his lower back and right hip. A timeout was called following the play and it took a few moments before anyone realized Covington was injured.

“There’s a picture somewhere of the pile of SMU players in that end zone celebrating,” said Dykes, whose first coaching job was at a Dallas-area high school. “I can promise you there’s a 13-year-old kid in the background celebrating with them somewhere.”

Two years later, Spike Dykes joined the Texas Tech staff as an assistant, and two years after that became the head coach, staying for 13 full seasons. The younger Dykes graduated from Texas Tech in 1993 and played baseball for a couple of seasons.panthers_032

Dec 12

The Lions will try to extend that winning streak this Thursday afternoon when they host the Minnesota Vikings.

With the win, the Saints improved to 8-2 and stayed ahead in the competitive NFC South and near the top of the jockeying for position in the conference. Washington fell to 4-6 and will need a miraculous run to salvage a frustrating season.

Here’s how the thrilling victory for the Saints went down:

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The Buccaneers haven’t been mathematically eliminated from the playoffs yet, but they’re looking like the longest of long shots after losing to the Packers 26-20 in overtime on Sunday. The Saints’ win on Sunday over Carolina makes them the clear leaders to win the division. The Panthers should still have a shot at a wild card bid. The Falcons probably need to win out to have a shot, and the Buccaneers will likely be watching the postseason from home yet again.

The Detroit Lions are 8-0 straight up and against the spread in their last eight home games played in the month of November.

Detroit is a 3-point home underdog on Thanksgiving Day at sportsbooks monitored by The betting underdog has gone 9-3 ATS in the last 12 games played between these two teams.orioles_014

Dec 07

His name was announced in the Golden State Warriors’ starting lineup but was obscured by a cloud of boos.

In the five games since Kyle Turris landed on in Nashville, the Predators’ newly formed second scoring line — also featuring Fiala and Craig Smith — has combined for 16 points, including seven goals. While we’ve already tooted Smith’s horn as a promising fantasy dark horse, Fiala merits his own turn. A breakout year could be in play for the 21-year-old sophomore.

While he isn’t seeing that much action, Kuemper is making the most of his opportunities with his new club in Los Angeles. Filling in for Jonathan Quick here and there, including a back-to-back start and relief appearance over the weekend, Kuemper sports a 1.62 goals-against average and .943 save percentage.

Every time he touched the ball: boos. At the free throw line: chants of “cupcake.”

The Warriors routed the Thunder and Durant was brilliant, but the night was emotional. Durant and his teammates walked off the floor wearing cupcake shirts, a returned volley toward the fans.

If the small sample size doesn’t scare you, Subban’s numbers through three earlier games (2.06 goals-against average and .936 save percentage) offer much appeal.

When Durant takes the floor Wednesday night, there will still be some boos and cupcake chants. But the visceral, vitriolic animosity between Thunder fans and Durant is largely gone. One, because they got it out of their system with that night in February. And two, because the Thunder organization has pressed the conversation forward, rather than backward.

There were a lot of examples, like general manager Sam Presti’s message of “carry on” the day Durant announced his decision to leave. Or the metaphorical reminders of passing out baseballs, or pictures of MacGyver. But nothing sent the message stronger than what the front office did.steelers_014

Dec 05

Manning is 17-8 as a starter against Washington.

New York snapped a three-game losing streak with its 12-9 overtime win against the Chiefs. Quarterback Eli Manning, whose pregame speech was credited with providing a spark, will try to make it two straight wins.

“It’s a short week, but everyone here is excited about the opportunity to go play on Thanksgiving,” Manning told the team’s website.

He has completed 493 of 841 passes (59 percent) for 5,934 yards with 28 touchdowns and 23 interceptions vs. the Redskins.

“We felt there were a lot of really good options in terms of what might be out there,” Lynch said. “But ultimately, none of those things other than C.J., who we are happy with, were concrete.

“An opportunity presented itself. From the compensation that we ended up doing the deal for, we just really felt like it was a no-brainer. Garoppolo was a guy that we had really coveted.”

The Saints can start scoreboard-watching, as they’ve climbed to within range of the Eagles and are even with the Rams and Vikings atop the NFC. (Not to mention just ahead of the Panthers.) They need to keep handling their business, and against a team that had no answer for the Vikings on the ground or in the air, they should with their newly-balanced offense. Washington is already in danger of losing sight of the NFC wild-card teams.

A good (and rare) Thanksgiving rematch, with the Lions having won last year on a last-second field goal. The Lions have won four straight on their traditional Thanksgiving date, a little treat for those who are perpetually looking for a reason to fire Jim Caldwell. It’s a tall order to pull off this year with the way the Vikings are playing right now on both sides of the ball. Matthew Stafford’s Lions still have a habit of putting themselves in position to have to come back late; they can’t get away with that against this team.nike_steelers_2617

Nov 30

I’m very unpredictable, and it separates me from everyone else.

Postgame, the Drunken Bears change out of their cleats and head off to their regular bar, Ranalli’s in Lincoln Park. Usually the Bears will reward the MVP of the night with a special trophy: a can of Natty Ice. Nobody really deserved the MVP can tonight, so by default it goes to the player who scored the team’s only touchdown. “Please don’t write anything like, what they lack in talent, they make up for in spirit,” a Bears player jokes before heading off the field.

Stiff Arms captain Barnes’ stat line: one receiving touchdown, two-and-a-half beers consumed. He and his teammates have one more game to play tonight. Then they’ll go to Corcoran’s, a bar a couple blocks away, to celebrate with some black and blues: Guiness mixed with Blue Moon.

“The way you govern in this country is by being in the middle. I fully expected him to move to the middle and really provide leadership on immigration, secure the borders. But I was just appalled, right after his inauguration, how things started out, [with him] being more divisive and really being more polarizing on religion and immigration.”

“The roof bump, which got me 100 million views and is probably my craziest stunt of all-time, is a part of who I am,” said Janela. “I wouldn’t go back and change it.

Janela built momentum organically, and was asked to wrestle in the prestigious PWG Battle of Los Angeles this year.

“I’m shutting up a lot of the doubters,” said Janela. “People characterize my style as ‘garbage wrestling’ because of the roof bump, but Combat Zone Wrestling is what I grew up on and it’s what I loved in my teens. Why not live out my dreams?