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Martin O’Neill: Republic of Ireland ready for Germany test

first_img O’Neill said: “They’re very strong, naturally. They’re getting back to winning ways. They’ve had what they might consider a couple of hiccups along the way, including one against us. “But we know what we have to do. It’s a very difficult game for us, but we’re capable. We have to go with all the enthusiasm and determination that that brings. We’ve got a bit of ability as well. “They are class players, as is proven by them having won the World Cup just over 15 months ago, and it will be a tough night for us. But we’re ready for it.” O’Neill will hope to draw once again on the spirit which secured a 1-1 draw in Gelsenkirchen 12 months ago when John O’Shea’s injury-time equaliser snatched a potentially invaluable point, although the Sunderland defender will need no reminding that Germany’s last visit to Dublin in October 2012 saw them crush Giovanni Trapattoni’s side 6-1 in a World Cup qualifier. The manager said: “I think the best thing to do is give it everything you’ve got in the game and have no regrets at the end of the game. We have to be as positive as possible and attempt to go for the game.” O’Neill, who worked with his players for the first time on Monday morning, has issues with which to contend, with midfielders Glenn Whelan and James McClean both suspended for Thursday’s game after collecting third bookings of the campaign against Georgia last month and injuries threatening the participation of several other men. Defender Marc Wilson is yet to meet up with the squad after staying behind at Stoke for treatment on a calf problem, while Everton full-back Seamus Coleman and Derby counterpart Cyrus Christie did not train with the rest of the group and Coleman’s club-mate Darron Gibson was a late addition to the squad as he battles his way back to full fitness after a knee problem. Training will increase in intensity as the week progresses ahead of a contest in which O’Neill knows his team may have to play without the ball for long periods. He said: “I don’t think that is something the players are not used to. In international football, that sometimes happens.” Martin O’Neill has ordered his Republic of Ireland troops not to fear world champions Germany as they attempt to take a decisive step towards Euro 2016 qualification. Ireland welcome the Group D leaders to the Aviva Stadium on Wednesday evening knowing victory against either the Germans or second-placed Poland in their final two games would secure a play-off place at worst, but that anything less could prove fatal to their hopes. Joachim Low’s men suffered an uncharacteristically low-key start to their campaign, losing in Poland and drawing at home with the Republic in their second and third qualifiers, but have put together a run of five successive victories since to illustrate their enduring class. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Epstein Autopsy Shows Broken Neck Bones

first_imgAn autopsy performed on Jeffrey Epstein showed he “sustained multiple breaks in his neck bones.” According to reports, the bones broken in Epstein’s neck included the hyoid bone, which is near the Adam’s apple. This sort of break can happen when a person hangs themselves or dies by strangulation according to forensics experts.Autopsy finds broken bones in Jeffrey Epstein’s neck, deepening questions around his death https://t.co/81Pj7KuT0g— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) August 15, 2019last_img read more

Ronaldo faces possible tax fraud charges

first_imgCRISTIANO Ronaldo is facing possible charges of tax fraud in Spain.Prosecutors have passed a file to the country’s tax office, which will decide whether to press charges against the Portuguese Real Madrid striker.Reports in Spain say Ronaldo, 32, is suspected of defrauding 15 million euros (£13M) between 2011 and 2014.In December, leaked documents suggested Ronaldo had avoided tax on income from image rights allegedly held in offshore accounts. He denied the claims.Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho was also implicated in those claims – published after an international consortium of journalists obtained a trove of about 18 million documents. He also denied the claims.On Wednesday, Spain’s Supreme Court confirmed a 21-month jail term handed down last year to Lionel Messi – but the Barcelona and Argentina forward is unlikely to go to prison.Messi and his father Jorge, who manages his finances, were both convicted in 2016 of defrauding Spain of 4.1 million euros (£3.5M) in taxes.(BBCSport)last_img read more

The Latest: Central Michigan cutting men’s track program

first_imgThe decision affects both indoor and outdoor track. Athletic director Michael Alford says the school is facing “a new financial reality” because of enrollment challenges and the coronavirus crisis.Scholarships for current men’s track athletes, including for new students this fall, will be honored for as long as they’re enrolled at CMU. Athletes can also transfer immediately if they choose.Elsewhere in the Mid-American Conference, Akron is cutting women’s tennis and men’s cross country and golf, and Bowling Green has dropped baseball.___The Belmont Stakes will be run June 20 in front of no fans as the first leg of horse racing’s Triple Crown. The New York Racing Association unveiled the new Belmont date Tuesday morning. This is the first year the Belmont will take place before the Kentucky Derby and Preakness. The Derby was moved to Sept. 5 and the Preakness to Oct. 3.The rescheduled Belmont will be 1 1/8 miles instead of the race’s trademark 1 1/2-mile distance that has been in place since 1926. It was last contested at a 1 1/8 mile in 1894.___The last candlepin bowling alley in the Massachusetts city where the sport was invented is closing, and management says the coronavirus pandemic is to blame. Colonial Bowling Center in Worcester is shuttering for good, manager Paul Wambach told The Telegram & Gazette on Monday evening. Tests were conducted on 748 players and club staff on Sunday and Monday.The league has not disclosed the names of the individuals who tested positive. They must self-isolate for seven days.___Spanish soccer club Málaga says it plans to fire some employees to improve its financial situation amid the coronavirus pandemic.The second-division club’s finances have been overseen by a public administrator since a judge replaced Qatari club owner Sheikh Abdullah Al Thani in February. More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 The Latest: Central Michigan cutting men’s track program Málaga says the measure is one of many being taken to “ease the difficult economic situation it is experiencing.” It says the “restructuring” is needed to ensure its sustainability.The club did not say which employees will be fired. The team is in 15th place in the second-division standings.___The German basketball league plans to finish its season next month in a closed three-week tournament.Ten teams will live in Munich and play at the Audi Dome without fans or contact with the outside world. The league’s seven other teams will not take part and their season will be declared finished. Associated Press The country’s players’ union says it will not be presenting trophies for the best players and coaches in the top two divisions of men’s soccer and the women’s first division.The union says the time is not right for “individual awards during this crisis period” and that the winners’s list will be left blank for 2020 in tribute to the medical staff “at the service of our society.”The awards were initially scheduled to be held last weekend.___Manchester United says it will refund fans with season tickets for the games they won’t be able to attend during the coronavirus pandemic. The five-time Ballon d’Or winner showed up for medical tests with the Serie A leaders.Ronaldo observed a two-week isolation period at his home in Turin after spending the lockdown period in his native Portugal.Ronaldo has not been alongside his teammates since helping Juventus to a 2-0 win over Inter Milan on March 8. He flew to his home island of Madeira, Portugal, after that.Serie A was suspended a day later when the Italian government ordered a nationwide lockdown. The league is hoping to resume playing on June 13.___center_img Two other unnamed people from the club gave “borderline” results in tests and another two had antibodies which indicated they had COVID-19 in the past.The Russian league plans to return on June 21.Rubin Kazan said Monday that defender Konstantin Pliev had tested positive for the virus but was “feeling fine.” Lokomotiv Moscow said last week that Peru forward Jefferson Farfan gave a positive sample and had symptoms including a cough, fatigue and fever.___The Premier League says six people from three clubs have tested positive for the coronavirus following the first round of checks. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Central Michigan is discontinuing its men’s track program, citing university-wide budget cuts. Each team will be allowed to bring 22 people to live in hotels closed to the public. Games will be played at the venue which hosted the basketball tournament at the 1972 Olympics.The plan was approved by the government of the state of Bavaria.League president Alexander Reil says the tournament offers “a certain return to normality” with strong health safeguards amid the coronavirus pandemic. The league has not played since March 8.___French soccer’s awards ceremony has been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. May 19, 2020 Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Inter Milan will play a series of friendlies next year to raise money for medical facilities in Italy and Spain.The three round-robin games have been dubbed the “European Solidarity Cup” and thousands of medical staff and carers will get tickets for their work fighting the coronavirus pandemic.Dates for the games will be set when the calendar for 2021 is clear and fans are allowed back into stadiums.___Cristiano Ronaldo has reported back to Juventus’ training center after a 10-week absence. Wambach said the fall-to-spring season provides most of the alley’s revenue. But the business has been closed since March and summer leagues usually start in April, so the business’s 91-year-old owner decided the time was right to close for good.Candlepin bowling was invented in Worcester in 1880, according to the International Candlepin Bowling Association, and the city once had more than 25 alleys. ___Russian soccer club Dynamo Moscow says a player and a coach have tested positive for the coronavirus and samples from four others gave atypical results.Dynamo says defender Roman Evgeniev was found to be positive in recent testing ahead of the league’s planned return next month. The club also says a goalkeeping coach had been diagnosed earlier. The club says he hasn’t had contact with other employees since early April. The Premier League season was suspended in March with United fifth in the standings. United has four home games left.The club wrote to season ticket holders to say “we share your disappointment that you will not be able to watch United in person from within the stadium, but we would encourage you to give your continued loyal support from the comfort and safety of your home.”Clubs are pushing to be allowed to play at their usual stadiums rather than in neutral venues as the police wanted.United is asking fans for their “co-operation not to travel to any stadiums at which we are playing on matchdays.”___last_img read more

NPFL: Enugu Rangers go Three Points Clear

first_imgRangers goalkeeper, Nana Bonsu parried the effort towards the path of Cyril Olisema who somehow found a way to fire the rebound over the bar from three yards out.Akwa United eventually got due reward for consistent pressure on the stroke of half time after Fortune Omoniwari’s fearsome header off a Friday Ubong cross left Bonsu with no chance.Rangers should have taken the lead for the second time in the game on 55 minutes when Tope Olusesi came face to face with Olufemi but the United goalkeeper prooduced a big one-handed save to deny the striker.The save by Olufemi was a premonition that the home side failed to heed and on 61 minutes, Rangers struck again.Exceptional work by Ocheme Edoh on the left freed an unmarked Chisom Egbuchulam on the far side.The attacker’s first touch took out Olufemi and he planted emphatically into an unguarded net to send the Rangers bench into fits of hysteria.Rangers hammered the final nail into the Akwa United in the 74th minute through Enete Chebem who rifled home a well-controlled finished from the edge of the box.Omoniwari netted a late consolation but it was too little, too late as Rangers held out for the win. Rangers have now amassed 46 points from 26 matches.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Enugu Rangers have gone three points clear at the top of the Nigeria Professional Foootball League (NPFL) standings after they recorded a 3-2 victory over Akwa United in Uyo, yesterday.Harrison Ibukun’s own goal in the third minute put the Flying Antelopes in front as the defender failed to communicate effectively with goalkeeper, Kayode Olufemi. Akwa United had several chances to get back on level terms in the first half but profligacy and uncompromising goalkeeping by Nana Bonsu kept the Promise Keepers at bay.The home side had a great chance to get back on level terms in the 26th minute when Fortune Omoniwari fired in a free kick from 25 odd yards.last_img read more

Junior Golfers Begin Chase for World Ranking Points at Awa Ibraheem…

first_imgThe 6th edition of the Awa Ibraheem Junior Golf Championship expected to tee-off this weekend at Ikeja Golf Club has become the first junior golf event in the country that has secured the endorsement of the global body, R & A, to issue participant world ranking points.The event is scheduled to hold from October 17th to 19th at the Ikeja Golf Club in Lagos.Ninety players, have been screened by the technical team of the Nigeria Golf Federation (NGF) based on their National Order of Merit. They are all expected to be in Lagos for the three-day event. The sponsor of the tournament who is the President, Trustees of Ikeja Golf Club, Awa Ibraheem, said his passion to grow the game is well focused on the development of junior players.“There is quite a number of shaping that can be done to young athletes at this age. Apart from honing their skills, there is the need to sustain their interest.“I also use this platform to offer the exceptional players scholarship and encourage them to go to school or remain in school. I believe we will have well-rounded players when they do this. This will also preserve the heritage of the game,” observed Ibraheem who is also a former Captain of the host club.The first day of the event (October 17th ) has been set aside as the arrival and official practice day. The last two days (October 18th & 19th), are for main golf action where junior players will file out in different age grade categories for honours.The Director of Women & Youth Development, Nigeria Golf Federation, Ms Emy Ekong hinted that officials of the federation have been involved in the event from the planning stage and “it is all in the bid to be sure the international standards are met.”According to Ekong; “We have players that will compete in Under 9 years category, under 12, under 15 and under 17. This event is key on the calendar of the Federation, because of its importance and level of commitments of the team that puts it together. The World Ranking status of the event is also another point that confirms the quality of play at the event and organization that has been observed globally”.So far, entries for the 54 holes event cover major golf clubs in country including golf section of Ikoyi Club 1938 in Lagos; Ibadan Golf Club; IBB International Golf and Country Club, Abuja; Rosani Golf Club Ekiti; Lamingo and Rayfield Golf clubs in Jos; Otukpo Golf Club; Ibom Golf Club Uyo; Abeokuta Golf Club; Ibori Golf and Country Club, Asaba; Port Harcourt Golf Club; Golf clubs in Yola; Enugu; Bauchi and others.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Bookmakers react to Theresa’s ‘Snap Call’

first_img Andrew Lyman – Brexit is no ‘doom & gloom scenario’ for Gibraltar gambling February 24, 2020 Related Articles Share Smarkets tips Keir Starmer as new Labour leader January 8, 2020 Share Bookmakers have had no time to ease back to work following the Easter Break as  Prime Minister Theresa May this morning called for an unexpected 8 June Snap UK General Election, in order to drive a clean mandate for Brexit.Reacting to the news, the majority of UK bookmakers have slashed the odds on a Conservative Party victory to 1/14 (91% chance of winning).  However, the still divisive matter of Brexit sees the chances of a ‘Hung-Parliament’ (no clear majority) outcome being priced at 5/1, which would severely limit PM May’s future political manoeuvrings.Updating the media, Betfair Spokesperson, Naomi Totten commented on early markets: “The Conservatives had already been the clear favourite to win both Most Seats and an Overall Majority in the next General Election and their odds have further shortened and now have around a 90% chance of both following Theresa May’s statement that she would seek a June 8 date on Tuesday morning.While bookmakers point towards a Tory victory, the Labour Party will start its General Election campaign having been issued the ‘longest odds’ in UK political history, with a number of bookmakers placing Labour at 14/1 to gain victory.Further bad news for the Labour Party sees bookmakers short of confidence for party leader Jeremy Corbyn who has been priced at ½ to be removed of leadership duties on or before the 9 June.Early political forecasts have placed the Liberal Democrats as the party who have the most to gain from the snap election call, but bookmakers note taht the Lib-Dems have a ‘long road to recovery’ pricing the party at 25-1.Issuing a market update Graham Sharpe William Hill Political Lead stated “The next General Election campaign has started badly for us – we face a £23,000 loss if the Election does go ahead on June 8 after the odds for a 2017 Election were shortened from 5/1 to 2/1. We took some £3million on the last General Election, and £5m on the US Election, so we anticipate huge betting interest on a June 8 General Election.”Meanwhile on the supplier side Mitsuya Fujimoto, CEO of Ganapati Malta, said that things are too muddled for business at the moment. He said: “In the wake of Brexit, UK business desperately needs security, stability and a clear vision. Today’s announcement is not going to help to sustain such stability in the short term. However, in the longer term, if decisively won, the General Election would bring Mrs. May a strong mandate to move forwards with her plan to secure the best possible deal for the UK, without distraction.“Britain is, and will continue to remain, the gateway to the rest of the world. It is a stepping stone for Far East businesses like ours seeking to break into and expand within European and American markets. This is why, on deciding where to establish our international headquarters three years ago, the pull of the UK was strong and remains so, despite Brexit. As a UK-based business with a global remit, we hope the UK government can move forwards quickly to provide the country with a clear direction of travel.”The 2017 Snap General Election sees another summer of political hijinks for the UK general public, following 2014’s Scottish Referendum, 2015’s UK General Elections and 2016’s Eu Referendum, in what appears to be becoming a ‘very British tradition!’ Submit StumbleUpon EU research agency demands urgent action on loot box consumer safeguards July 29, 2020last_img read more

Daily Sport launches ‘The Bet’ for all wagering audiences

first_img Submit PMU bets big on French football and rugby coverage July 19, 2016 Share Related Articles StumbleUponcenter_img Share Racing Victoria purchases Racing.com domain August 18, 2014 Grant Miller – The BetUK news and entertainment publisher Daily Sport Limited has launched new property ‘The Bet – ‘TheBet.co.uk’, seeking to deliver the most comprehensive and simplified free information portal for all sports betting audiences.Launched under the tagline of ‘The Bet is #YourBestBet’, the Daily Sport’s new property aims to deliver wagering news, information, stats, form and odds across all major sports, illustrated through simplified content and terminology to engage wider audiences with sports betting markets.The development of the Portal has been overseen by the Daily Sport owner and serial entrepreneur Grant Miller, who details to SBC that The Bet will be run by a ‘team of sports betting experts and journalists’ capable of not only communicating but further simplifying sports betting’s jargon, trends and customs towards a wider audience.Launching The Bet, Miller stated: “Never before has the sports betting punter had so much FREE in-depth information at their fingertips from a single source.”Furthermore, beyond news and information, The Bet will reward its player community with a range of racing breaks which will be launched by its in development ‘Racing Club’ in the near future.Miller added: “We plan to make The Bet the go to place for everyone from your professional gambler to your once a year punter than fancies that cheeky flutter.”last_img read more

Argentina ‘mutually agree’ to terminate Sampaoli’s contract

first_imgArgentina and manager Jorge Sampaoli have “mutually agreed” to terminate his contract in the wake of the team’s disappointing 2018 World Cup campaign.The 2014 runners-up went out of the tournament courtesy of a 4-3 defeat by France at the last-16 stage.Sampaoli, 58, took charge of his home country in May 2017 and the team scraped through qualifying.Physical trainer Jorge Desio and video analyst Matias Manna have also left with Sampaoli.The Argentina Football Association said: “Today, the Argentine Football Association and the former national team coach, Jorge Sampaoli, have mutually agreed to the termination of their contract.”The team only progressed from the group stages in Russia with an 86th-minute winner from Marcos Rojo against Nigeria. That came after Argentina drew their first game 1-1 with Iceland before a 3-0 defeat by eventual group winners Croatia.The loss to Croatia – which started with a dreadful error from goalkeeper Willy Caballero – was Argentina’s heaviest defeat in the group stage of a World Cup since losing 6-1 to Czechoslovakia in 1958.It was also the first time the two-time World Cup winners had failed to win either of their opening two group stage matches since 1974.last_img read more

Alex Ovechkin No. 699: Capitals star now one shy of 700 milestone

first_imgIt took more than two weeks, but Alex Ovechkin is finally one step closer to his 700th career goal. The Russian had been in the midst of a five-game goal slump, his longest of the season, but a home game against the reeling Montreal Canadiens provided a great opportunity to get back on the scoresheet. “From observing, I would say I think everybody wants him to get it and are trying hard for him to get it… let’s just play our game and it’s going to happen organically,” MacLellan told NHL.com on Wednesday . “It’s just going to take care of itself.”Ovechkin also weighed in before Thursday’s game. “I don’t think somebody thinks about it,” he said. “If it happens, it happens. It’s just a matter of time. Tomorrow, after tomorrow, whatever. We’re focusing right now to get our game better, to secure a playoff spot, and then we’ll move on.” Less than eight minutes into the first period, he took advantage and rifled a snapshot past Carey Price for his 699th career goal. Ovechkin has historically had the Habs’ number, with the goal on Thursday night being his 33rd career marker in just 50 games against Montreal. One goal away! Alex Ovechkin gets number 699 against Montreal. pic.twitter.com/joWEY56yTN— Sporting News Canada (@sportingnewsca) February 21, 2020There are only seven players in history who have reached the 700 goals mark: Wayne Gretzky (894), Gordie Howe (866), Jaromir Jagr (766), Brett Hull (741), Marcel Dionne (731), Phil Esposito (717) and Mike Gartner (708). Ovechkin is now eighth on the all-time scoring list, having passed Mark Messier (694) and Steve Yzerman  in January. MORE: Ovechkin honors Kobe, wears number 24The goal slump coming into the game had caused some within the Capitals’ organization to speak out, including GM Brian MacLellan.last_img read more