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O’Brien released from Ireland squad

first_img O’Brien was included in the provisional 32-man party for the games against Turkey, Italy, Costa Rica and Portugal when manager Martin O’Neill named it last week. However, he will now not join up and concentrate instead on his own fitness programme. A spokesman for the Football Association of Ireland said: “The Football Association of Ireland today confirmed that following discussions between FAI and West Ham’s medical teams, Joey O’Brien has been released from Martin O’Neill’s provisional squad to manage his off-season medical programme.” O’Brien will not be replaced in the initial party for the clashes with Turkey in Dublin on May 25, Italy at Craven Cottage on May 31, Costa Rica in Philadelphia on June 6 and Portugal in New Jersey four days later. West Ham defender Joey O’Brien has been released from the Ireland squad for their end-of-season friendlies. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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Alvarez readies for last Big Ten road match of career

first_imgComing into Barry Alvarez’s final season as head football coach at Wisconsin, expectations for success were not high. The Badgers began the season unranked, and no one, even Alvarez, considered this year’s team strong enough to make a run at the Big Ten title.”I didn’t even look at a Big Ten Title,” Alvarez admitted about his pre-season expectations. “I thought we had a chance to be a nice football team. With the people we were going to play, knowing what the majority of our league had returning, I didn’t know whether we’d be good enough to contend for a championship.”Nevertheless, the Badgers are 8-1 and this Saturday’s game against conference co-leader Penn State could decide the Big Ten Champion. Despite Wisconsin’s unexpected success, critics have been quick to discount their efforts.”People have a tendency to watch a football game and they want to critique it,” Alvarez said. “Everybody finds something wrong with the game because there’s so much in our sport, unlike in any other sport; you can question every play. That gives everyone a tendency, when the game is over, to look at what went wrong. No one talks about what went right; everybody wants to know what was the problem. I think that’s just the way it is, not just here, but anyplace.”Alvarez refuses to let criticism affect him or his team, and acknowledges that his assistant coaching staff has been instrumental in keeping his team focused. While uncertainty surrounds the future as the Alvarez era ends, the assistant coaches have excelled and the head coach humbly credits them.”What my staff has accomplished to date, is by far the best job that we’ve done with the inexperience coming in,” Alvarez said. “Even with all those things, they’ve been able to stay focused, they’ve been able to put a plan together to give the guys a chance to win, they’ve been able to motivate the players to play four quarters, make adjustments on the run. It’s been really a special coaching job by the staff.”Looking to Penn State:Saturday’s game will be Alvarez’s final Big Ten road game as head coach of the Badgers. Wisconsin, the league’s best offense, averaging 39.7 points per game, will face the league’s stingiest defense in Penn State, who allows just 16.1 points per contest, in a match up that could potentially decide the Big Ten Champion. If that weren’t enough, the game will be televised nationally and Penn State’s Beaver Stadium, which holds a capacity of 107,282 fans, is expecting a record crowd.”If that doesn’t get your motor running, there’s something wrong,” Alvarez said of his players. “That’s why I try to stay away from building the game up. You don’t have to because players understand it.”Instead, Alvarez will focus on scoring on Penn State’s tough defense and stopping one of the country’s most dangerous quarterbacks, Michael Robinson.”He’s very talented,” said Alvarez of Robinson. “He can do it all and he can hurt you in a lot of different ways.Newkirk stepping up:Freshman defensive tackle Mike Newkirk has recently stepped up as a big contributor in the makeshift Badger defense. He had six tackles including a forced and recovered fumble on homecoming against Purdue.”He’s played well,” Alvarez said. “He’s active in there, he plays hard. I think he’ll continue to get better because he’s so focused and wants to be good. He’s willing to put the time and effort in to improve.”Newkirk’s seen his playing time increase drastically since the Minnesota contest when redshirt freshman Jason Chapman went down with an ankle injury. Chapman is expected to return for significant action this week.last_img read more

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Former N.C. State QB Wilson transferring to Wisconsin

first_imgAfter a lengthy stretch of rumors and speculation, Russell Wilson will officially transfer to Wisconsin, the university announced Monday.After earning his degree at North Carolina State University, Wilson is eligible to play immediately. The 5-foot-11, 201-pound quarterback was released from his scholarship at N.C. State in the spring after the coaching staff reportedly became frustrated with his indecision to commit to either football or baseball. Wilson played for the Asheville Tourists, a Colorado Rockies Class A affiliate, this summer.While the decision to transfer to Wisconsin, which reportedly came down to the Badgers and Auburn University, is not surprising, it does significantly alter the team’s plans for the fall. After two-year starter Scott Tolzien graduated in the spring, the Badgers were faced with a open spot at the quarterback position. Redshirt sophomore Jon Budmayr, despite an inconsistent performance in spring practices, appeared to be the favorite to win the spot over redshirt freshman Joe Brennan and true freshman Joel Stave.“Russell will come in and compete for the starting quarterback position,” Bielema said in a statement released by the athletic department Monday. “This is an unusual situation, especially for a program that prides itself on developing players throughout their careers, as we do here at Wisconsin. However, this is a special situation and Russell is the type of player and person that fits very well with our team.”In three years at N.C. State, Wilson threw for 8,545 yards, 76 touchdowns and 26 interceptions. Wilson earned All-Atlantic Coast Conference honors each year, and in 2010, threw for 3,563 yards, 28 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. The Richmond, Va., native is also highly regarded for his athleticism, as evidenced by his 1,089 career rushing yards and 17 rushing touchdowns.Wilson appeared on ESPN’s “College Football Live” Monday afternoon discuss his decision. Sporting a bright red tie appropriate for the new quarterback of the Badgers, Wilson explained his interest in choosing Wisconsin over both Auburn and his professional baseball career.“I think that with their coaching staff and with the players that they have there with their experience and their tradition … I’m truly excited about it,” Wilson said, adding that he knows he’s not guaranteed the starting job over Budmayr. “I never want to be told I have the starting job. …Being the competitor that I am, I believe you have to compete every single day.”last_img read more

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Louth tops shops per capita in Paddy Power dominated Ireland

first_imgShare BoyleSports signs Coventry City sponsorship August 21, 2020 StumbleUpon Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020 Louth, the smallest county in Ireland, has the highest concentration of betting shops in the country with 2.6 outlets per 10,000 population.As reported in the Irish Examiner, the county’s 33 betting shops puts it 50% above the national average of 1.8 bookies per 10,000 population. The other counties with the highest concentrations of betting shops are Carlow, Westmeath, Longford, and Meath.Conversely, Sligo has the lowest proportion of bookies with just eight in the county, a ratio of 1.2 shops per 10,000 population, while Cork has the third-lowest concentration of shops (1.4) despite having 78 shops, the second-highest amount behind Dublin on 259.Paddy Power has the largest presence across the country with 264 of the 862 shops equating to a 30% share. In fact, Paddy Power, Boylesports (249), and Ladbrokes (143) combined account for 72% of all bookmaker shops in the country.Only a select number of other operators have more than 10 branches, including Bar One Racing, Bruce Betting, Harrington Bookmakers, Tully Bookmakers, Track Sports, and Bambury Bookmakers.According to the Irish Bookmakers’ Association (IBA), more than 500 betting shops have closed in the past decade, which has contributed to a decline in the total stakes wagered from €3.6 billion in 2007 to €2.8 billion last year, a drop of 22%. Submit Related Articles Sharelast_img read more

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Bayern Munich beat RB Leipzig 3-0 to win German Cup

first_img Source: BBC Bayern Munich clinched their 12th domestic double by beating RB Leipzig 3-0 in the German Cup final.Bayern went ahead through Robert Lewandowski’s superb header before Kingsley Coman’s brilliant control and shot made it 2-0 in the second half.Lewandowski then added a late third with a deft chip over keeper Peter Gulacsi following a powerful solo run.Bayern were crowned Bundesliga champions for the seventh successive season last Saturday.The Germany goalkeeper, who was making his first appearance since 14 April, was alert to tip Yussuf Poulsen’s header onto the bar in the opening moments and he made a fine stop to deny Emil Forsberg early in the second half, too.But there were other chances for Bayern as Gulacsi saved well to keep out a swerving effort from Mats Hummels while Arjen Robben, who was making his final Bayern appearance, blasted over from close range with time running out.There was also a farewell outing for Franck Ribery who, like Robben, will leave Bayern this summer.But Rafinha, who is also parting ways with Bayern, was forced to watch on from the substitutes bench.Success in the DFB Pokal means Niko Kovac has led Bayern to a domestic double in his first season at the helm, one year on from beating them in the final when the Croatian managed Eintracht Frankfurt.last_img read more

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Miralem Pjanic to share the Locker room soon with Ronaldo?

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo leaves Real, Cristiano Ronaldo stays in Real. These days there were many speculations on the departure of one of the best footballers in the world.Speculations have begun when the Spanish authorities accused Ronaldo for tax embezzlement in the period from 2011 to 2014.Since then, they are “moving” Ronaldo to big clubs such as PSG and Manchester United, and Juventus’ legend Alessandro Del Piero has revealed what he thinks about Ronaldo’s possible moving to Juventus.“If Cristiano Ronaldo is not happy in Real and wants to leave, Juventus has plenty of room for him,” said Italian player.Since the speculations began, Ronaldo did not give any press statements, especially because his focus is on his national team, which has yesterday qualified in the semifinals of the Confederation Cup. When the competition ends, Ronaldo is expected to hold a meeting with Florentine Perez, after which the fate of the famous Portuguese will be known.Currently, there are speculations on Ronaldo sharing the locker room with Miralem Pjanić, which in the end would result in making a great tandem.(Source: fokus)last_img read more

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When will the next “Mostar Red Bull Cliff Diving” take place? (video)

first_imgThe Old Bridge in Mostar will be hosting the world’s best male and female high divers for the fourth time on September 24th , according to competition organizers.The only Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series event where competitors leap from a UNESCO World Heritage site, Mostar holds a special place in the drivers’ hearts.Action’s centered on the 16th-century Stari Most bridge, which has a diving tradition stretching back almost 450 years.In a city with such a strong diving heritage, everyone wants to deliver a winning effort, so expect some big performances as divers fight for every last championship point.The Red Bull Cliff Diving World Championship, the most prestigious competition for the high diving, marks 10 years of existence this year, and five years since the Women’s Championship was introduced.For this celebration season, seven locations were chosen that were truly “classics” for the championships, and among them is Mostar, after hosting four spectacular competitions at the Old Bridge in the past four years.Jumpers from 12 countries will demonstrate their acrobatic skills in the USA, Spain, Portugal, Switzerland, Denmark, Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) and Italy. Men will perform at all seven, and women at five of those places.Last year, British Gary Hunt and Mexican Adriana Jimenez are winners of the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Championship that took place in Mostar last weekend. However, none of the Hunt ‘s jumps was among the top three rated jumps in the men category.Gary Hunt had three reasons for celebration at the fourth World Championship that was held on September 7 and 8: he recorded the third tied victory this season, came to the forefront of the overall order and became the first jumper who won at the Old Bridge twice.However, it is interesting that none of his jumps were among the top three in the competition in Mostar, and the same happened with the second-placed jumper Michal Navratil from the Czech Republic.Instead of them, the top three rated jumpers were the Mexican Jonathan Paredes and American Steven LoBue (fourth and fifth place), while among women it was Canadian Lysanne Richard (fourth place).last_img read more

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Wellington-El Dorado football rescheduled for noon tomorrow; other games rescheduled

first_img(Updated with other games) Sumner Newscow report — The Wellington-El Dorado football game has been rescheduled until Saturday at 12 p.m. at Butler’s BG Stadium.Gates will be reopen at 10:30 a.m.“We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause but want to ensure that our athletes, coaches, parents and fans from both schools remain safe in their travels in light of the recent flooding around the area and the threat of more storms approaching this evening,” said Wellington Activities Director Luke Smith. The cross country meet in Wellington on Saturday morning is still on schedule as of 2 p.m. today.In other Sumner County games:Belle Plaine at Cheney has been postponed until 6 p.m. Monday.Wichita Independent at Conway Springs has been moved up to 5:30 p.m. today.West Elk at Oxford has been moved up to 5:30 p.m. today.Caldwell at Attica-Argonia will continue as scheduled at 7 p.m. tonight.South Haven at Flinthills will continue as scheduled at 7 p.m. tonight.Follow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comment (1) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. 0 Vote up Vote down Darren · 204 weeks ago Please expand on the location, Thanks Report Reply 0 replies · active 204 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

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Walgren tourney back at Lakeside Pitch

first_imgThe rep season officially kicks off for Nelson Youth Soccer teams as the local association plays host to the annual Terry Walgren Girl’s Tournament this weekend at the Lakeside Facility.The 18-team tournament, which some years has exceeded 25-plus teams, begins the rep season for most Nelson teams.During the Easter Weekend some local teams ventured to the Central Okanagan for the Icebreaker tourney.The tournament hosts four divisions of competition — U11, U12, U13, U14, U15 and U16.A single game is on the schedule Friday — in the U16 division where two Nelson teams, U16 and U17 Selects meet at 5:30 p.m. All other divisions commence Saturday morning.Each division plays a round robin draw with the playoff round set for Sunday.Teams from Invermere, Kootenay South in Trail, Creston, Newport, WA., and Revelstoke join five teams from the host association in the three-day event.The Terry Walgren schedule can be found at http://www.nys.ca/index.php?submenu=concession&src=gendocs&ref=Reptourneys&category=RepNYS Boy’s Rep teams travel to Silver CityIn the greater Trail area teams from throughout the Kootenays will compete in the 17th annual Kootenay South Youth Soccer Boy’s Tournament.Nelson Select teams — U12, U13, U14 and U16 — have entered the weekend tourney. There’s also a West Kootenay U17/18 squad with Nelson players on the team.The complete schedule can be found at http://www.kootenaysouthsoccer.comlast_img read more

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A C Series player test positive for coronavirus

first_imgThe coronavirus continues to punish the Italian population, the country most affected in Europe by the epidemic. One of the last confirmed cases is that of a Pianese footballer, a Series C club (third division) located in Piancastagnaio, a small town located in the province of Siena. In the middle of Tuscany, one of the areas identified as “at risk”. The 22-year-old footballer could not play last weekend against the U-23 team of Turin Juventus after showing symptoms of fever and malaise before the meeting The player He voluntarily quarantined and the doctors tested him positive. Once the results of these tests were known, an ambulance moved him from his home to the infectious diseases department of Scotte di Siena.He began to find himself wrong on Saturday, at his concentration hotel, one day before facing the subsidiary of the bianconero team. He is currently in good condition, although still infected. After the crash, the rest of the teammates returned to Piancastagnaio together; while he returned home independently.last_img read more

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