Squad: David Forde (Millwall), Shay Given, Ciaran Clark (both Aston Villa), Keiren Westwood (Sheffield Wednesday), Darren Randolph (Birmingham), Rob Elliot (Newcastle), Richard Keogh, Cyrus Christie, Jeff Hendrick (all Derby), Marc Wilson, Glenn Whelan, Jon Walters (all Stoke), Seamus Coleman, James McCarthy, Aiden McGeady, Darron Gibson (all Everton), John O’Shea (Sunderland), Alex Pearce, Simon Cox (both Reading), Stephen Ward (Burnley), Harry Arter (Bournemouth), Paul Green (Rotherham), Anthony Pilkington (Cardiff), James McClean (Wigan), Robbie Brady, Stephen Quinn, David Meyler, Paul McShane (all Hull), Wes Hoolahan (Norwich), Robbie Keane (LA Galaxy), Shane Long (Southampton), Daryl Murphy, David McGoldrick (both Ipswich), Kevin Doyle (Wolves), Anthony Stokes (Celtic). Bournemouth midfielder Harry Arter has been called into the Republic of Ireland squad for the Euro 2016 qualifier against Poland on March 29. Press Association Arter, 25, was included among an initial 35-man party, named by manager Martin O’Neill on Thursday morning, which will be reduced before the players meet up on March 22. There was a place too for defender Paul McShane following his return to action at club Hull, although not for Crystal Palace counterpart Damien Delaney.
Other NBA contests find the Knicks at Washington, the Bulls hosting the Cavaliers, Orlando at Memphis, the Mavericks in San Antonio, and the Trail Blazers hosting Phoenix.NBA-NEWSAP Source: Cavs, Bickerstaff agree to multi-year contractCLEVELAND (AP) — A person familiar with the deal tells the Associated Press that the Cleveland Cavaliers and coach J.B. Bickerstaff have agreed to terms on a multi-year contract. The person spoke with AP on condition of anonymity because the contract has not been finalized. Bickerstaff took over the Cavs when former Michigan coach John Beilein suddenly resigned last month. Bickerstaff had been serving as an associated head coach under Beilein, who cited personal health issues as one of his reasons for stepping down after 54 games. Since Bickerstaff took over, the Cavs are 5-5.NHL-SCHEDULE Flyers seek ten in a rowPHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia Flyers, now a point behind Washington in the Metropolitan Division, carry a nine-game winning streak into tonight’s game at home against the Boston Bruins. The Flyers are 25-5-and-4 at home, where 21-year-old goalie Carter Hart has been nearly unbeatable — he has a record of 20-2-and-2 in home games.After losing eight of their last ten, the Pittsburgh Penguins are as close to missing the postseason as they are to first place in the Metropolitan Division, with just a month left in the regular season. They are looking to turn things around tonight in New Jersey against the Devils.In other NHL action, Tampa Bay skates at Toronto, the Canadiens host Nashville, the Red Wings host Carolina, the St. Louis Blues are at home against Florida, the Rangers are at Dallas and the Vancouver Canucks host the New York Islanders.NFL-LABOR The Providence, Rhode Island-based league also announced that it will limit spectators at all other sporting events for the rest of the spring season.VIRUS OUTBREAK-SANTA CLARASharks and NHL discuss what to do with San Jose gamesSAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — The Sharks and the NHL are still determining how to proceed with three scheduled games in San Jose, California, this month.Santa Clara County health officials have banned gatherings of more than 1,000 people in response to the spread of the coronavirus. The Sharks and the league say they will abide by the guidelines. The 35-year-old right-hander said his right side has lagged behind the rest of his body as he attempts to build strength in preparation for the season.Scherzer had made three spring training starts. He expects to pitch Sunday against the Mets and remain on track to start the World Series champions’ opener on March 26 at New York. Nationals manager Dave Martinez has not announced his opening day starter.In other news from spring training:— New York Mets outfielder Michael Conforto has strained an oblique muscle on his right side, but it’s too early to determine whether he will be able to play on opening day against World Series champion Washington on March 26. Conforto was injured Saturday while catching a flyball against the Nationals and returned to New York on Monday night to meet with Mets medical staff. Conforto was an All-Star in 2017 and set career highs last season with 33 homers and 92 RBIs while batting .257 with an .856 OPS in 151 games.HORSE RACING-MAXIMUM SECURITY Associated Press The Sharks have games scheduled for March 19, 21 and 29 at the SAP Center in San Jose. The could move those games to a neutral site, postpone them or play without fans in the arena.SPORTS-VIRUS OUTBREAKVirus concerns spread in Europe, touch on MLB opening dayUNDATED (AP) — With just over two weeks until baseball’s opening day, Texas Rangers catcher Robinson Chirinos says he is “a little bit” concerned about traveling to Seattle with Washington state having an outbreak of the coronavirus.Postponements, cancellations and empty-stadium games have become common outside the U.S. Baffert to train Maximum Security after trainer Servis was indicted on charges of using illegal substancesUNDATED (AP) — Owner Gary West is removing all of his horses from Jason Servis’ barn after the trainer was indicted on multiple counts of administering illegal substances and performance-enhancing drugs.That includes last year’s 3-year-old champion Maximum Security.West says the news of Servis’ behavior is extremely disturbing and disappointing. West and his wife, Mary, have sent horses to Servis for the past five years. West says horses will be taken away from Servis as soon as arrangements can be made with other trainers.Maximum Security is being sent to two-time Triple Crown-winning trainer Bob Baffert. — The Cleveland Browns have released Christian Kirksey after six seasons. The veteran linebacker was one of team’s leaders, but Kirksey and team couldn’t agree on re-working his contract. The 27-year-old made 54 starts for Cleveland but has been slowed by injuries the past two seasons. A chest injury last year kept him out of all-but two games.— The Panthers have signed quarterback Kyle Allen to a one-year contract extension. Allen was an exclusive rights free agent, meaning the Panthers essentially held his rights. The 24-year-old Allen replaced Cam Newton in Week 3 last season. He started off his second NFL season by leading Carolina to four straight wins, but struggled down the stretch and was eventually replaced by rookie Will Grier.MLB-NEWSScherzer scratched from startUNDATED (AP) — Washington Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer was scratched from his scheduled start against Miami because of fatigue on his right side. Ravens guard Yanda retires, Browns cut lineback, Panthers extend QBUNDATED (AP) — Ravens guard Marshal Yanda is retiring after 13 seasons in which he was named to the Pro Bowl eight times and helped Baltimore win the 2012 Super Bowl.The Ravens made the announcement Tuesday morning on Twitter. Yanda will formally step down during a news conference Wednesday.The 35-year-old Yanda played in 191 games, including playoffs, and has been an anchor on the Ravens offensive line since being picked out of Iowa in the third round of the 2007 NFL draft. He was a first-team AP All-Pro twice and named to the second team four times, including last season.Elsewhere around the NFL: March 10, 2020 NFL and players put off deadline for applying tagsUNDATED (AP) — The deadline for applying franchise and transition tags to NFL free agents has been moved from Thursday to Monday by the league and the players’ union.The decision comes because the NFL Players Association’s members are still voting on a propsed labor agreement the owners already have approved. That deadline was extended by two days to just before midnight on Saturday.The last time to use the tags at Thursday made little sense. There would be different tag requirements under each collective bargaining agreement.NFL-NEWS SANTA ANITA FATALITIESRacing board finds no use of illegal medications in horse deathsLOS ANGELES (AP) — A report released by the California Horse Racing Board on a spate of horse deaths at Santa Anita found that no illegal medications were used on the animals and 39% of the 23 fatalities occurred on surfaces affected by wet weather.The long-awaited report focused on 23 deaths as a result of racing or training between Dec. 30, 2018, and March 31, 2019. The fatalities roiled the industry and led track owner The Stronach Group to institute several reforms involving safety and medication.The 77-page report found no evidence of animal welfare violations. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS-IVY LEAGUE TOURNAMENTS CANCELEDCAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — The Ivy League is canceling its men’s and women’s basketball tournaments because of concerns about the spread of coronavirus.The four-team tournaments were scheduled to be played Friday through Sunday at Lavietes Pavilion in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The Ivy League says it will award its automatic NCAA Tournament bids to regular-season champions Princeton women and Yale men. Ohio’s governor is calling for all indoor sports to be played without fans.All upcoming professional soccer games in Spain, France and Portugal and some others in Germany will be played in empty stadiums because of the outbreak.But, UEFA is asking governments across the continent to ensure the European Championship goes ahead in three months despite the coronavirus outbreak. UEFA says it’s “completely untrue” that European football federations had requested the 24-team tournament is moved to next year.Based on advice received from the World Health Organization, UEFA believes a city can host Euro 2020 games if it has the medical infrastructure to treat COVID-19 patients while still providing the necessary facilities to cope with tens of thousands of fans. That’s according to a person with knowledge of the planning. NBA-SCHEDULE Update on the latest in sports: Lakers host NetsLOS ANGELES (AP) — With wins in their last four games, and 11 of their last 12, the Los Angeles Lakers hope to continue that streak at home tonight against the Brooklyn Nets. It’s the first of three home games for the Lakers this week.The Los Angeles Clippers, meanwhile, play at Golden State — they’ve beaten the Warriors in both meetings so far this season.The Houston Rockets are trying to snap a four-game losing streak when they host Minnesota. The Rockets had won six in a row before hitting a rough patch. During their winning streak, the Rockets were looking to move up in the Western Conference standings and get one of the top three seeds. But now they’ve tumbled into sixth place in the West and need to find a way to get back on track with five weeks left in the season.After losing four straight at home, the Boston Celtics get back on the road against the Indiana Pacers.
South Africa, Tunisia, Egypt, Morocco, Seychelles and Kenya are the other countries that will be featuring in the championship which will has eight boys and eight girls jostling for honours.Of the three players, Quadri was the star performer for Nigeria winning the girls singles in the 14 and Under event of the West and Central Africa qualifiers for the African Junior Championship held January in Abuja before spicing it up with a historic triple title at the last ITF 18 and Under tournament in Benin and Togo in September – a feat that catapulted the 13-year-old to the top 500 in the world Junior rankings from her previous unranked status.Osewa, 14, had a memorable year by reaching the final of the AJC in Pretoria, South Africa which is Nigeria’s best outing at the tournament.On her part, 11-year-old Marylove, also made a lasting impression on ITF officials for her promising displays at the Junior Masters held in August in Morocco in addition to her eye-catching outings at the AJC events in Abuja and Pretoria.Osewa and Marylove will depart alongside Coach Mohammed Ubale on Monday while they will be joined on the same day by Quadri from her base in Morocco.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Nigerian trio of Oyinlomo Quadri, Marylove Edward and Michael Osewa will slug it out with their counterparts from six other countries in the 2016 ITF/CAT 14 and Under African Junior Masters billed for 7th -14th November in Nairobi, Kenya.According to the ITF, the three Nigerians were selected for the championship, which will see the top players bagging grants to feature in international tournaments in 2017, due to their impressive performances in ITF/CAT organised tournaments this year.
Umar and Ejaria, who both joined The Gers in the summer have not found their going so smooth at the Ibrox club, but the latter of the two could yet be around to receive Solanke other things being equal.This is sequel to reports out Queensland, indicating that Solanke is set for a move to Rangers, as he is unable to get much first team action with The Reds so far this season.Solanke could now be heading out on loan when the transfer window reopens in January, only for Rio 2016 Olympics bronze medalist, Umar to make way for him.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram LEICESTER, ENGLAND – Saturday, September 23, 2017: Liverpool’s Dominic Solanke during the Football League Cup 3rd Round match between Leicester City and Liverpool at the King Power Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda) Glasgow Rangers of Scotland attacker, Sadiq Umar is set to lose his spot in the team to incoming Nigerian-born striker, Dominic Solanke from Liverpool.Umar, who has been on loan at The Gers from AS Roma of Italy, has failed to impress Rangers’ boss, Steven Gerrard, and is set to give way to former Chelsea youngster, Solanke.While Umar is set to lose out, fellow-Nigerian-born attacker, Ovie Ejaria may still be around at Ibrox to say ‘welcome’ to Solanke in January.
Published on October 3, 2013 at 11:01 am Contact David: email@example.com | @DBWilson2 Against Clemson’s potent passing attack, Syracuse will need all the help in the secondary that it can get. But as game day draws closer, Brandon Reddish’s status remains uncertain.The cornerback will be a game-time decision after running at Wednesday’s practice for the first time since the Tulane game on Sept. 21, SU head coach Scott Shafer said at his press conference on Thursday.“He’s doing well,” the head coach said. “He’ll be a game-time-type decision.”Reddish suffered a lower-body injury in the Orange’s 52-17 win over the Green Wave and missed the entire second half. On Wednesday, Shafer listed him as questionable for Clemson. The head coach sees him improving, but still isn’t sure if he’ll be ready in time for the biggest game on the Orange’s schedule.Keon Lyn and Ri’Shard Anderson are both listed as starters, along with Reddish, so they would get the call in the starting lineup should Reddish be unavailable. The bigger issue for SU is who fills out the depth chart behind them.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe No. 3 Tigers start three wide receivers, including perhaps the best in the nation, Sammy Watkins. Julian Whigham is listed as Lyn’s backup and would likely be counted on as SU’s third corner, although defensive back Wayne Morgan also said Tuesday that he’s been working at cornerback in case Reddish isn’t able to go.“He wants to play,” Shafer said of Reddish, “but we want to put the best interest of the team first and Brandon second and make a good decision on the rest of the season as we move closer.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+
Published on September 23, 2016 at 9:08 pm Contact Jon: firstname.lastname@example.org | @jmettus Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments Class of 2017 defensive end Jonathan Kingsley verbally committed to Syracuse on Friday, per multiple reports. CuseConfidential.com first reported the news.Kingsley is not ranked by Scout.com but received three stars from Rivals.com. He’s the second defensive end to join the class behind three-star Zach Morton.Kingsley was originally a Class of 2019 prospect but reclassified, according to Scout.com.The Nigeria native played the 2015 season at Eastern Alamance (North Carolina). He was ruled ineligible after the season and caused the team to forfeit all its wins, according to the Times-News.Alamance County police say Aris Hines and Brandi Thomason, who were charged with felony obstruction of justice and obtaining property by false pretense in May, used false documents to enroll Kingsley at the school. The couple is being investigated for a larger human-trafficking scheme that extends beyond Kingsley.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textKingsley is playing his senior season at St. Frances (Maryland) Academy this year.
Photo: All Ireland Poc Fada Championships, Facebook The All-Ireland Poc Fada finals in hurling and camogie will be held in the Cooley Mountains today.Defending senior hurling champion James McInerney, from Clare, puts his crown on the line, against a high calibre field that includes All-Star winning goalkeepers including Tipperary’s Brendan Cummins and Kilkenny’s Eoin Murphy.Tipperary’s representative in the U16 competition is Ryan Renehan.
ANAHEIM – Shohei Ohtani said through his interpreter that “nothing crazy really surprised me on or off the field” in his first year as a major league player.Maybe that means that Ohtani, the Angels’ 24-year-old rookie phenom, was the crazy and surprising one.As he prepared for his 104th and final game of the season Sunday, Ohtani had already accomplished a feat many thought impossible. His 3.31 earned-run average was the lowest of any Angels pitcher who made at least 10 starts in 2018. His .362 on-base percentage, .568 slugging percentage, 10 stolen bases and .392 weighted on-base average trailed only Mike Trout. Despite losing 22 games to an elbow injury, Ohtani established himself as baseball’s best dual-threat pitcher/position player in a century.“Overall I was able to have fun and enjoy everything when I was playing on the field,” Ohtani said through his interpreter. “That’s a really good thing to take out of this season. Unfortunately I’m very disappointed the team wasn’t able to make the playoffs. I’ll try to come back stronger next year and hopefully next year we’ll be in the playoffs.” “I feel that I made the right decision, and I feel that I made that more every day that I come to the field,” he said. “Every game that I play, I feel more and more that I made the right decision.”Rather than immediately accepting a doctor’s recommendation of Tommy John surgery on Sept. 6, Ohtani chose to play out the season as a hitter. He hit two home runs in that day’s game against the Texas Rangers.The Angels were already on the brink of postseason elimination at the time, so Ohtani’s presence in the lineup merely offered incentive for fans to tune in – and for American League Rookie of the Year voters to keep an eye on Ohtani’s gaudy stats.Among AL rookies with at least 300 plate appearances, Ohtani ranks first in OBP (.362) and slugging (.568), third in batting average (.286) and stolen bases (10), and fourth in home runs (22) and RBIs (61) through Saturday.Ohtani said that the most impressive pitcher he had to face was probably Justin Verlander. The best hitter he had to face was Mookie Betts. He might be honored alongside both of them when baseball’s annual awards are announced in November. Ohtani will undergo Tommy John surgery in the coming week to replace a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. When he is able to return as a hitter is uncertain. He will almost certainly not pitch before the 2020 season.In hindsight, 2018 might just be an appetizer to an already historic career.Ohtani and Babe Ruth (1919) are the only two players in major league history with 10 pitching appearances and 20 home runs in the same season. Ohtani and Ruth are the only players to hit 10 homers and wins four games as a pitcher. No one had ever hit 20 homers and struck out 50 batters in the same season before Ohtani.Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.When he left Japan for MLB last winter, Ohtani was able to choose from 30 destinations. He was allowed to sign only the standard rookie contract under MLB’s international signing rules, in addition to a limited signing bonus. Since the maximum signing bonus allowed varied by less than eight figures from team to team, the cost to sign Ohtani was not prohibitive.The Angels have missed the postseason each of the last four years. At 79-82, they are guaranteed a losing record in each of the last three. Does Ohtani regret his choice? Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
LOS ANGELES – Los Angeles Clippers co-owner Shelly Sterling said in remarks published today that she believes she is legally entitled to maintain ownership of the team and will attempt to do so even as the NBA pushes to remove her husband from the team he has owned for 33 years.Sterling, in remarks reported in the Los Angeles Times, described her long tenure as a “die-hard” fan of the Clippers and said she believes the sanctions against Donald Sterling, including a lifetime ban and $2.5 million fine, do not apply to “me or my family.”Shelly Sterling’s position presents a “wild card” for the pro basketball league as it faces its biggest crisis in memory, a league official who declined to be named told The Times. Her intention to hold on to the team is a wrinkle apparently not contemplated by NBA officials when they moved ten days ago to strip her estranged husband of ownership.The league moved against Donald Sterling after the website TMZ released a recording in which Sterling told a frequent courtside companion that he did not want to see her at Clippers games with black people. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver responded with the fine, lifetime ban and call for the league’s 29 other owners to vote to force Sterling to sell the team. Players, fans and other owners have signaled they would like to see a fresh start for the Los Angeles franchise, according to The Times. Broadcaster Ralph Lawler, the Clippers’ longest-serving employee, told the newspaper that Shelly Sterling’s plan to keep the team was understandable but that others in the organization were ready to move on.“I think in the eyes of the players and the coaching staff and the basketball staff, the page has been turned, and I think it would be difficult to turn it back,” Lawler said. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
With today’s anthropological tests in the FF BH Training Centre, the U-15 national team of our country has completed mini preparations.Head coach Zoran Erbez said about this gathering:“The boys worked hard and tried to fulfill everything that we from the technical staff put in front of them. However, it is evident that the break, caused by the coronavirus pandemic, left a mark on the players, and this was felt in this camp as well. In general, we can be satisfied, because the guys still showed a certain quality and it is clear that they are not in the national team by chance. Two players from the original list had problems with injuries, but we reacted quickly and invited their substitutions.”Erbez also added:“This gathering had its specifics, because we had to work according to some new measures due to the coronavirus pandemic. We acted in accordance with these measures. The maximum number of players we could invite was 22, so we checked some players who had been to gatherings before, but there were also a lot of those who were not in the U-15 team and had previously drawn attention to themselves. On the other hand, there are other quality players who were not at this camp, but they have previously confirmed that they have quality and will be with us again at the next gatherings.”Among the invited national team players was Kenan Lamadžema, who also commented on the preparations:“It’s a good feeling to be at a national team’s gathering again. The corona disturbed us, we had not been together for a long time and we are glad that we are slowly getting back on some normal track. We all did our best in these preparations and I believe we showed ourselves in a nice light. We tried. We also worked on our physical fitness during the break. That certainly made these preparations easier for us.”Player Marko Brkić stated:“We have finally got together. We missed this way of working, and we also miss the matches. We worked hard and the preparations went in the best order. As for me personally, I worked during the break as if there was no corona and I am in good shape.”The technical staff and the national team players were also visited today by the FF BH general secretary, Adnan Džemidžić, who received information on the preparations and testing of players from the head coach Zoran Erbez, and the head of the FF BH Education Centre, Munir Talović.