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Keane pays tribute to Trapattoni

first_img “We were in contention to qualify for the (2014) World Cup but unfortunately we slipped up on Friday and last night we conceded a late, late goal. It is disappointing, the players enjoyed working under him.” The start of McCarthy’s international career was overshadowed by rumours he could switch his allegiance to Scotland, the country of his birth. After making his first appearance in a friendly against Brazil in March 2010, it was not until he played a competitive fixture the following year that the speculation ended. McCarthy feels he owes much to Trapattoni for bringing him into the fold. He said: “It took me a while to get into the team but thankfully I got in and he stuck by me. He gave me my chance. He has been good for me.” McCarthy was speaking as he was officially unveiled as an Everton player at a press conference on Merseyside. The former Hamilton midfielder joined the Toffees in a deadline-day move from Wigan last week – a transfer that may not have happened without Trapattoni’s co-operation. With the transfer deadline approaching on Monday, Trapattoni gave McCarthy permission to report for international duty a day late. McCarthy said: “I’m thankful that he allowed that to happen. A lot of managers would have said, ‘We want you in, fly over.’ “But with the time, at such short notice, it (the move) may not have happened – so a big thank you to him.” Defender Richard Keogh will forever be grateful to Trapattoni for handing him his international debut. The Derby captain earned his first senior cap against Poland in a friendly at the Aviva Stadium in February. Keogh said: “I have a lot to thank him for because he gave me my debut for Ireland and for that I owe him a lot, really. I thank him for that. “I think if you look at his record he has had a good spell and he has been great for the country and he leaves with his head held high.” Despite that, Keogh does feel the time may be right for a fresh approach. The 27-year-old, overlooked for the latest qualifiers, said: “The last two games – losing at home to Sweden and then in Austria – have not been great and maybe it is time for a change. “With a new manager coming in now it is a clean slate for everyone. I have heard a few names like Martin O’Neill and Mick McCarthy and if someone like that got the job it would be great because they are both good managers.” Ireland captain Robbie Keane has hailed departing manager Giovanni Trapattoni as a “credit to the country”. The veteran Italian has left his position by mutual consent after back-to-back losses to Sweden and Austria effectively ended Ireland’s hopes of reaching next year’s World Cup finals in Brazil. Trapattoni, 74, spent five years in charge of the Irish national team, guiding them to the Euro 2012 finals and taking them close to World Cup qualification in 2010. Press Association Keane, 33, Ireland’s record cap-holder and goalscorer, said in a statement: “I want to acknowledge the tremendous job that Giovanni Trapattoni did for the past five years for the Republic of Ireland national team. “In my view he has been a credit to the country and has carried himself with dignity as befitting a man who has given so much to world football. “It is always sad to see people go but we are all aware it is a part of professional sport. I personally want to thank him for what he has done and wish him well.” Team-mate James McCarthy has expressed his surprise and sadness at Trapattoni’s departure. Midfielder McCarthy has earned 18 caps since being brought into the national side by the former Italy boss in 2010. The 22-year-old said: “I’m gutted to be honest. He was a good manager and I enjoyed working under him. “It is a blow to all the players. It has just happened – I didn’t expect it to happen. “If you look at his record, how well he has done for Ireland, he has got us to the Euros and he fell short, just, of France in a (World Cup 2010) qualifier. last_img read more

The Latest: Giants’ Posey not sure if he’ll play this season

first_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus pandemic on sports around the world:___San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey says he’s still not sure if he will play this season. Associated Press July 4, 2020 ___The NBA announced the schedule Saturday for scrimmages at the Disney complex, with 33 games set for between July 22 and July 28.Each of the 22 teams that will be part of the season restart has been scheduled for three games.All three arenas at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex that will be used for the restart will also play host to the scrimmages.There will be between three and six games per day during that six-day span. The season will officially resume with the start of seeding games on July 30. MLS said the postponement would allow both teams to have additional training days in Orlando before opening tournament play.FC Dallas will now play its first tournament match July 15 against the Seattle Sounders.___Frances Tiafoe has tested positive for the coronavirus and withdrawn from the All-American Team Cup tennis tournament in Atlanta.Tiafoe was scheduled to face Tennys Sandgren on Saturday in the weekend tournament involving eight top American men’s players. The event is allowing a limited number of fans and not requiring masks, though will provide them if requested. Manager Brian Snitker said Saturday the four players, including right-hander Touki Toussaint and infielder Pete Kozma, agreed to have the team disclose their positive tests.Snitker said Freeman had a negative intake test before having a positive test on Friday. Snitker said the first baseman has a fever and “is not feeling great.” “It will be a while before we can get him back,” Snitker said.Major League Baseball has scheduled the 60-game season to start on July 23. Freeman is the biggest star in the sport so far to have his positive virus test publicly announced by his team.The 30-year-old Freeman set career highs with 38 home runs and 121 RBIs last season in helping Atlanta win its second straight NL East title. Tiafoe defeated Sam Querrey on Friday but was showing symptoms after the match and a test was positive. Tiafoe, a 22-year-old who reached the 2019 Australian Open quarterfinals, left the event site and was replaced by Christopher Eubanks. Tiafoe was captain of Team Stars, playing against John Isner’s Team Stripes.Top-ranked Novak Djokovic and three other pro players had tested positive for the virus after playing in a similar exhibition event in Europe. The pro tennis tours are suspended until August.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports ___The MLS Is Back tournament match between FC Dallas and the Vancouver Whitecaps has been postponed after six FC Dallas players tested positive for COVID-19.The group stage match was scheduled to take place Thursday. MLS officials announced the postponement Saturday and said a new time and date would come later.FC Dallas confirmed Wednesday that players had tested positive upon their arrival in Florida for the month-long tournament. The entire FC Dallas delegation is quarantining in their rooms at the walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort.Vancouver’s team is scheduled to arrive in Orlando on Monday. “There’s still some reservation on my end. I think I want to see kind of how things progress here over the next couple of weeks,” Posey said Saturday.Posey said he wouldn’t be surprised by any development right now, including the cancellation of MLB’s planned 60-game season. The U.S. has seen a surge in new coronavirus cases with a series of daily records in recent days.“It would be a little bit maybe naive or silly not to gauge what’s going on around you. Not only around you here but paying attention to what’s happening in the country, in different parts of the country,” Posey said. “Obviously unprecedented times right now so most definitely I’ve thought about it and talked about it with my wife quite a bit.”___Atlanta Braves four-time All-Star Freddie Freeman, reliever Will Smith and two teammates have tested positive for the coronavirus. Teams begin arriving at Disney for a brief quarantine followed by the start of their training camps on Tuesday.___The Indian Open golf event on the European Tour was canceled on Saturday because of the threat posed by the coronavirus pandemic.The tournament was initially postponed from March to an unspecified time later in 2020, but has now been scrapped following consultation with the European Tour and Asian Tour.The European Tour is due to restart this month with six straight events in Britain. The Latest: Giants’ Posey not sure if he’ll play this seasonlast_img read more

If we can’t shine, we shouldn’t be playing: Cummins

first_imgAUSTRALIA’s Pat Cummins, the world’s top ranked bowler, has launched the strongest defence yet to maintain the practice of shining the ball as the sport edges towards a return amid the COVID-19 pandemic.Cummins said a complete ban on shining the red ball in first-class formats, including Test cricket, would be unacceptable.The Australian Institute of Sport’s framework for the return of sport explicitly calls out “no shining cricket balls with sweat/saliva during training”.Using any artificial substance to shine the ball would fall foul of cricket’s Laws on ball tampering, although it has been reported the ICC is considering a change in playing conditions in response to the health hazards of COVID-19.Cummins, ranked No.1 in Test match bowling and No.4 in ODI cricket, said if there was risk of transmission of the coronavirus through shining the ball, the sport shouldn’t be played anyway.“I’m thinking that if we’re in a position where we’re really worried about passing on the coronavirus, if we’re going to be that careful that we can’t shine the ball, we can’t get close (to teammates), we can’t play the game as we normally would be, I don’t think we’d be playing in the first place,” Cummins said on a videoblog for his IPL franchise Kolkata Knight Riders.“Things are going to change in all sports and in the way we live around the world (but) I don’t want them to totally ban shining the ball.“I want them to come up with another option because I think it’s a big part of cricket.“Whether it’s saliva or something else, as long as we’re still allowed to shine up the ball to make sure it keeps swinging.“As a fast bowler, you’ve got to be able to shine the ball. Why everyone loves Test cricket is because there is so much art to it.“If you can’t shine the ball, that takes away swing bowling, that takes away reverse swing bowling.”Cummins comments follow that of Australia batsman David Warner, who said a ban on using sweat and saliva would be unnecessary, arguing that being in close confines to fellow players would be just as much of a risk factor.“You’re sharing changerooms and you’re sharing everything else, I don’t see why you have to change that,” Warner told cricket.com.au.“It’s been going around for hundreds of years now, I can’t recall anyone that’s got sick by doing that.“If you’re going to contract a bug, I don’t think it’d necessarily be just from that.With individual states moving towards easing lockdown restrictions that will allow training to resume, the AIS guidelines dictate that even at ‘Level C’ of activity, when most sports are allowed full training and competition, that shining a cricket ball with sweat or saliva will be outlawed.CA’s head of sports science Alex Kountouris, the former physiotherapist for the Australian men’s team, said while the governing body would restrict the practice at training, the decision on ball shining in competition would come down to the ICC.“From a training perspective to start with, we’re going to say, ‘Don’t do that’, but when it comes to playing games, that will be an ICC decision,” Kountouris said.“At the moment we want to get training up, that’s our priority.“There’s a sub-committee within the ICC. Everyone is sharing information and collaborating, we’re all working together. We usually get together every three months but we’ve just been meeting more regularly to discuss what is common and learn from each other … discuss how we can best share information and not be duplicating.”The topic has divided players, with a host of former internationals speaking out for an against, while leading ball manufacturers have also gotten involved.Kookaburra announced they were developing a special wax applicator to replace spit and saliva, while Dukes said their product could be sufficiently shined just by rubbing on the trousers.(Cricket Network)last_img read more

Ligue 1: Neymar Scores in PSG Debut

first_imgNeymar then assisted Cavani with an excellent through ball, before the Uruguayan passed to his new team-mate late on to score from six yards out.The 25-year-old Brazil international, who played on the left side but got involved centrally too, had a bright debut with plenty of flicks and tricks – although most of his shots were blocked before his late strike.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Neymar scored on his Paris St-Germain debut following his world record £200m transfer from Barcelona.The Brazilian had a hand in all three goals as PSG beat Guingamp to maintain their 100% start to the season.Jordan Ikoko opened the scoring with an own goal moments after Neymar’s pass to Edinson Cavani was cut out.last_img

Cats take camogie title

first_imgKilkenny will return to the Marble City with the O’Duffy Cup for the first time since 1994 today. Their senior camogie side ended a 22-year drought with a 1-13 to 1-9 win over Cork. It completed a successful day for the Cats at Croke Park, as their Intermediate side also saw off the Rebelettes 3-6 to 0-11.last_img

Jose Mourinho eyes return to England

first_imgJose Mourinho insists his next move after leaving Real Madrid will be to return to the Premier League.Mourinho’s future at the Bernabeu has come under scrutiny as Real prepare to face Manchester United in the last 16 of the Champions League.The Portuguese, 50, has been linked to United, Manchester City and Chelsea.Asked when he expected to return to England, the former Chelsea boss said: “After Real. I love everything [about the Premier League]. He added: “Normally it will be my next step.”Mourinho has also been linked with Paris St-Germain – but made it clear he sees his immediate future back in England. But asked if he would replace Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson, Mourinho said: “I don’t believe so. I think we have to end our career at the same time. [Ferguson] at 90 and me at 70.”Mourinho was in charge of Chelsea from 2004 until 2007, during which time he won the Premier League and the League Cup twice, as well as the FA Cup.He has since managed Italian side Inter Milan, where he won his second Champions League title after capturing the trophy with Porto in 2004.Mourinho has been with Real since 2010 and won the the Spanish title last season.But with Real lagging 16 points behind La Liga leaders Barcelona this season, Mourinho’s press conference once again revealed his scarred relationship with the Spanish media. Local newspapers also turned their fire on Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney on Tuesday, with one labelling him “a freckled demon” and “a player and hooligan all rolled into one.”“I didn’t read this,” said Mourinho. “But if I can support Rooney I would just say I was called worse than that week by week.”Mourinho described the meeting with United as “the match the world wants to see” and he added: “It is the most important match in this round of the Champions League. When you see this press room completely full it represents what this match means to the world of football and everybody is waiting for a big football match.“That is what we want and if I know the culture of English football and of a manager like Sir Alex Ferguson then I don’t think they are thinking of anything other than to play a big match.“I hope the world gets what it wants.”last_img read more

Mike D’Antoni provided support for Lakers’ Nick Young during struggles

first_imgHOUSTON >> Through shooting slumps and diminished roles the previous two years, Lakers guard Nick Young relied on a key person for support.Amid clashes with former Lakers coach Byron Scott and annoying Kobe Bryant, Young turned to someone that Scott and Bryant had criticized.“It’s been good,” Young said of his talks with former Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni. “When I wasn’t doing too well, he was texting me.”D’Antoni said he “mostly touched base just to keep his head up.” Before the Lakers played Houston on Wednesday at Toyota Center, the Rockets coach also expressed sympathy for Young sitting the past week with a strained calf muscle in his right leg. Before, Young had averaged 13.3 points on 45.5 percent shooting under Lakers coach Luke Walton. “He’s a force on the floor. The biggest thing is he’s really into playing defense,” D’Antoni said. “He has unbelievable talent. It’s unfortunate he hit a little bit of a snag.”That might end soon. Young targeted his return for Monday’s game in Sacramento, though the Lakers reiterated his timetable depends on how his body responds in practice. Once he returns, though, Young anticipated he will play the same way he has under Walton and D’Antoni. Then, Young averaged 17.9 points on 43.5 percent shooting in the 2013-14 season. The Lakers then resigned Young to a four-year, $21 million deal.“He was a great coach,” Young said of D’Antoni. “The atmosphere was good for the players. He wasn’t too hard on guys.”The Lakers and D’Antoni parted ways after finishing 67-87 through two seasons full of injuries, mixed player support for his fast-paced system and poor defensive performances. But Young represented one of D’Antoni’s pleasant memories with the Lakers. D’Antoni called Young “very coachable” and “one of my favorite players.”“I liked his energy in practice, the games and in the locker room,” D’Antoni said. “There’s nothing about Nick I don’t like.” Scott hardly described Young that way. The two clashed over Young’s performances, personality and role. Meanwhile, Young averaged 13.4 points on 36.6 percent shooting in 2014-15 and a career-low 7.3 points on 33.9 percent shooting in 2015-16.“Every player needs confidence and somebody to believe in him,” D’Antoni said. “They all have talent. So it’s a matter of getting him in the right spot.”That included Young taking a charge, though D’Antoni joked “he was trying to get out of the way.”“It’s all about confidence; he was great with doing that,” Young said of D’Antoni. “He talked to me and let me feel like I’m a part of the team. He let me play without looking over my shoulders.”Thoughts and prayersWalton opened his pre-game press conference offering prayers and condolences to the family of D-Fenders video coordinator Adam Cave. Walton said the 22-year-old Cave died in a motorcycle accident.“I really enjoyed the few months I got to know him and he always had a smile on his face,” Walton said. “It’s really sad someone that young, that promising and that likeable is gone right now.”Before working as the D-Fenders’ video coordinator since Sept. 2016, Cave was a student assistant coach and video coordinator for the Pomona-Pitzer men’s basketball team. He previously interned with the Clippers and Sparks.In a statement, D-Fenders president Joey Buss praised Cave for his “energy, positivity and passion for this organization.” Buss also described Cave as “a favorite among our coaches, players and staff.“Adam came to work each day with the goal of making this team the best that it could be, and that is a lesson that won’t be forgotten with his passing,” Buss said. “We consider ourselves lucky to have known Adam.”Staff Writer Bill Oram contributed to this report.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

NFL arranges Colin Kaepernick workout for teams to assess ‘readiness,’ ‘level of interest’ in return

first_imgQuarterback Colin Kaepernick is expected to work out during a pro day-style showcase for NFL teams on Saturday, according to ESPN.The 32-year-old free agent, who hasn’t played in an NFL game since 2016, invited all 32 teams to attend his open workout. The NFL distributed a memo to orchestrate the Atlanta-held event, which will include an interview as well as on-field work, including quarterback drills. NFL POWER RANKINGSRavens, Packers, Vikings head north; Chiefs, Cowboys slip; Colts go southVeteran free agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s Saturday workout for NFL teams at Atlanta Falcons’ facility will include an interview, measurements, stretching and warm-ups, timing and other testing and quarterback drills— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) November 12, 2019The memo distributed to teams reads (per ESPN): “Earlier this year, we discussed some possible steps with (Kaepernick’s) representatives and they recently emphasized his level of preparation and that he is ready to work out for clubs and be interviewed by them. We have therefore arranged this opportunity for him to work out, and for all clubs to have the opportunity to evaluate his current readiness and level of interest in resuming his NFL career.”Kaepernick, of course, settled a lawsuit with the NFL in which former teammate Eric Reid and him alleged the league colluded against them following their on-field protests of police brutality and other manifestations of racism in the U.S.I’m just getting word from my representatives that the NFL league office reached out to them about a workout in Atlanta on Saturday. I’ve been in shape and ready for this for 3 years, can’t wait to see the head coaches and GMs on Saturday.— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) November 13, 2019The NFL arranged this workout opportunity for Colin Kaepernick, and teams will have the opportunity to evaluate his readiness and level of interest in resuming his NFL career. His agents have said he wants to return to the NFL, and the league hopes this provides that chance.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 12, 2019Kaepernick was a prolific dual-threat quarterback as a member of the 49ers, though injuries limited how often he played in his final two years on that team. He threw for more than 12,000 yards and ran for more than 2,000 in a little over six seasons. He also ranked above average in terms of touchdown and interception percentage in 2016, his last NFL campaign, and averaged 6.78 yards per carry.Kaepernick went 4-2 in his six playoff games with San Francisco.last_img read more

Another Republican joins primary race against Congressman King

first_imgARNOLDS PARK — A businessman from Arnolds Park is the fourth Republican to announce a challenge to Republican Congressman Steve King’s bid for a 10th term in the U.S. House.Steve Reeder is a commercial real estate broker. He’s kicking off his campaign at an Okoboji ice cream shop called The Nutty Bar Stand. Reeder says his campaign theme is “working together.” In a news release, Reeder did not mention King, but emphasized the need to “restore trust and confidence” in congress. Reeder, who is 58, is pledging to focus on rural revitalization and balancing the federal budget if he’s elected.Reeder will face Congressman King in a Republican Primary in Iowa’s fourth congressional district, along with State Senator Randy Feenstra, Woodbury County Supervisor Jeremy Taylor and former Irwin Mayor Bret Richards.last_img read more