Duo left out of Ireland squad

first_img “Guys are looking good, Marty (Moore) is back in full contact and he looks fine,” said Murphy. “Luke Fitzgerald is back in full contact and looks really good. “Most of the squad now are back on their feet and available for selection. “There’s no real update on Cian Healy, he’s progressing well. “He’s not doing full contact but he’s doing more or less the whole session yesterday and today. “He’s progressing reasonably well. “There will be quite a few changes (to the team to face Scotland). “The guys at the weekend did reasonably well. “It’s another opportunity to get more guys onto the pitch over these first two games, so I think you would expect quite a few changes and some guys who haven’t had game time will be coming back in.” Tommy O’Donnell’s dislocated hip has already ruled the Munster flanker out of the World Cup reckoning, and perhaps alleviated the need for another flanker to leave Ireland’s squad this week. “I haven’t actually been talking to Tommy myself, but it’s a massive blow,” said Murphy. “He had a great performance at the weekend and definitely was right up there fighting for a place in the squad. “For anyone at this stage, after putting in a really gruelling five weeks of training, it’s tough for him to miss out.” Murphy confirmed Ireland would not add a back-row replacement in the wake of the nasty injury O’Donnell suffered in Cardiff last weekend. “There’s probably no need in that position,” said Murphy, when asked if Ireland would boost resources. “Obviously it’s one of those positions that we have a lot of really talented players, so it does open up opportunities for other guys. “I don’t think we need to look at the squad at the moment.” Ulster hooker Rob Herring and Leinster centre Noel Reid have been omitted from Ireland’s World Cup training squad. Ireland must submit their final 31-man squad on August 31, and Schmidt could make further cuts to his training group later this week. Herring’s departure leaves hookers Rory Best, Sean Cronin and Richardt Strauss all-but nailed-on for the final World Cup squad, barring injury. Reid’s omission does little to clarify the midfield options, with some six potential centres remaining in Ireland’s World Cup training camp. “Two guys have gone back to their provinces this week and over the next while it’ll be an ongoing process,” said assistant coach Richie Murphy. “Rob Herring has gone back to Ulster and Noel Reid has gone back to Leinster. “We’re not here just to cut players and get rid of them though. “We’ll see how that is and when we feel we’re in a really good position guys will feed back to their clubs.” Tighthead prop Marty Moore and three-quarter Luke Fitzgerald are both fit for selection for Saturday’s warm-up Test against Scotland in Dublin. Leinster prop Moore and club-mate Fitzgerald have both now fully recovered from shoulder injuries, with both carrying strong claims to final World Cup selection if fit. Confirming Cian Healy is still battling his neck problem, Murphy said Ireland will look to mix up selection for Saturday’s Scotland visit, following on from last weekend’s 35-21 win in Wales. Press Associationlast_img read more

Georgetown faces tough test vs No. 14 Nova

first_img March 5, 2020 Georgetown faces tough test vs No. 14 Nova For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com Associated Press center_img TEAM LEADERSHIP: Omer Yurtseven has averaged 13.2 points and 8.3 rebounds to lead the way for the Hoyas. Jamorko Pickett has complemented Yurtseven and is maintaining an average of 9.8 points and 6.3 rebounds per game. The Wildcats have been led by Saddiq Bey, who is averaging 16 points and 4.8 rebounds.SOLID SADDIQ: Bey has connected on 44.7 percent of the 170 3-pointers he’s attempted and has made 16 of 37 over his last five games. He’s also converted 77.4 percent of his free throws this season.WINLESS WHEN: Georgetown is 0-12 this year when it scores 72 points or fewer and 15-3 when it scores at least 73.THREAT FROM DISTANCE: Villanova’s Samuels has attempted 110 3-pointers and connected on 28.2 percent of them, and is 4 for 16 over the past five games.DID YOU KNOW: Georgetown is ranked second among Big East teams with an offensive rebound percentage of 33 percent. The Hoyas have averaged 12 offensive boards per game.___ Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNo. 14 Villanova (23-7, 12-5) vs. Georgetown (15-15, 5-12)Capital One Arena, Washington; Saturday, 12 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: No. 14 Villanova presents a tough challenge for Georgetown. Georgetown has won three of its eight games against ranked opponents this season. Villanova won 79-77 at Seton Hall in its last outing.last_img read more

All eyes on Loftus Road

first_imgLoftus Road is the centre of attention for today’s big west London derby between QPR and Chelsea. Terry will be under the spotlight.Inevitably the focus will be on Anton Ferdinand and John Terry after allegations that the latter racially abused the R’s defender when the two sides met in October. Terry strongly denies doing so.QPR manager and former Chelsea player Mark Hughes has continually stated that Ferdinand is relaxed about facing Terry despite the furore surrounding the game.Last night Hughes again insisted he had no doubt that the player was in the right frame of mind for today’s FA Cup fourth round clash.AdChoices广告Hughes said: “He’s very positive about the game and looking forward to it like the rest of us. He’s given me no sign that there’s anything weighing on him.”Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas is also adamant that he has no qualms about selecting Terry, who is sure to get a hostile reception from the home fans.Villas-Boas’ side will be out to avenge their 1-0 defeat against their neighbours three months ago.Blues duo Didier Drogba and Jose Bosingwa were sent off in that game, yet Chelsea dominated much of it even with nine men – perhaps a sign of the task facing QPR this afternoon.Click here to follow West London Sport on Twitter for updates from Loftus Road from around 11am.last_img read more

Man Utd Face Tricky Leicester Test at Old Trafford

first_imgUnited’s inability to win any of their last three games against Wolverhampton Wanderers, Crystal Palace and Southampton has made that 4-0 win over Chelsea feel like a distant memory and shifted a series of technical problems into clear focus, creating an atmosphere of pressure just a month into the new campaign.The Red Devils were especially criticised following the 1-1 draw with Southampton at St Mary’s, which saw United take the lead against a poor Saints side before somehow failing to add to their advantage – something you’d expect Liverpool or Manchester City to do against a lesser opponent on the back foot – even when the home side was reduced to 10 men for the final 20 minutes of the game.What those final 20 minutes displayed, above anything, was the lack of any seniority in an attack spearheaded by Marcus Rashford, whose talent is undisputed but went completely missing against Ralph Hasenhutt’s side, leaving United with no real focal point to bind together passing combinations in the final third.Despite youngsters Daniel James and Mason Greenwood both impressing, the dearth of goalscoring maturity in the last game prompted many to highlight whether United’s decision to sell Romelu Lukaku and loan Alexis Sanchez during the transfer window may have left them short in that department.Another area where United feel light is the midfield, which has struggled for consistent tempo in all four games so far this term. Indeed, following the club’s decision to sell and not replace Ander Herrera and Marouane Fellaini over the summer, the quintet available to Solskjaer comprises of Paul Pogba, Scott McTominay, Fred, Andreas Pereira and Nemanja Matic.For a season which is likely to contain over 50 games, United supporters may worry that their team does not have the mileage nor the quality in that area necessary to play at a consistently high enough level over a nine-month period in order to challenge for Champions League football next season.The meeting with Leicester, whose squad seems more balanced and energised than United’s, will serve as a useful indicator of whether the current crop of players at Solskjaer’s disposal are indeed capable of improving on their sixth place finish last season.If United are a team heading backwards, Leicester deserve to be recognised as a team heading inexorably in the right direction under Brendan Rodgers.Since taking over from Claude Puel in February, Rodgers has imposed his high-pressing, counter-attacking style on this Leicester team to devastating effect, energising the midfield and placing more emphasis on attacking the space in behind defenders for Jamie Vardy to exploit.The Foxes find themselves in third place in the Premier League table after four games – only Manchester City and Liverpool, once again the pacesetters for the division, are ahead of them – and their performances merit that standing.Following hard-fought draws against Wolverhampton Wanderers and Chelsea, Leicester have been good value for their wins over Sheffield United and AFC Bournemouth during which Vardy claimed three goals – including a sumptuous chip against the latter.Indeed, while Vardy has continued to impress, perhaps it is the midfield where Leicester can rightly feel they most notably eclipse United at this moment in time.Wilfred Ndidi has looked very solid in defensive midfield, while Youri Tielemans – signed for £40m over the summer and James Maddison, who is going from strength to strength, are enjoying excellent starts to the season. Any from that trio, you could argue, would improve the current United midfield, which is why it comes as no surprise that all three, especially Maddison, have been linked with moves to Old Trafford over the summer.United did manage to sign a Leicester player this summer in the form of Harry Maguire, who has been solid so far, but this loss does not appear to have greatly impacted Leicester at all, with replacement Caglar Soyuncu looking right at home in central defence alongside former United player Jonny Evans so far this term.From a Leicester point of view, there has perhaps never been a better chance to claim all three points at Old Trafford against a United team which is lacking balance and confidence.Earlier today, Liverpool welcome Newcastle to Anfield. The Reds have made probably the best start they could dream of, in pursuit of their holy grail, the Premier League title.After the completion of four match-days, the team has registered four wins and has already scored an impressive 12 goals, bettered only by arch-rivals, Manchester City.Once again the league crown is about to be subjected to a ping pong game between these two, and there really is no scope for even the minutest of mistakes. Last time around Jurgen Klopp’s men had accrued 97 points.This would have been enough for the title for all of the previous seasons, barring the last two where City got their hands on the trophy.As such, every single point will count, and to be frank, as dramatic it may sound – Liverpool’s best course seems to target 34 wins from the next 34 match-days. Such is the level of competition offered by the bald freak from the dugouts of the City contingent.For sure Newcastle is about to face their hardest task in the season, considering that the venue is Anfield.So far, the Magpies have registered a single win on the table, and ironically though, it was against Tottenham, and on the road as well.The moral is – the reigning European champions should not be too sure of the three points.Anfield could be touted as the biggest home advantage a team could be given at present in the world of this sport-Spanish champions Barcelona will provide sufficient testament to this statement.As of now, the 2018-19 Premier League runners-up were unbeaten in 21 of their previous 22 home ties. And the sole loss had come against Napoli, and that too in a friendly.Moreover, the Magpies have been unable to register a single win in the last 21 years at this dreaded venue.And in fact, the former 20 such clashes ended in four draws, and an unbelievable 16 wins for the hosts. In addition, they had also scored twice or more in 18 of these meetings.Going on, this season, the Reds are sporting a 100 per cent win-record, whereas their counterparts have recorded a single win. Count on the home team making it five wins out of five, and making the title-race more interesting.As has been the case for the past couple of years, the on-fire frontline will get to their job early on. And a goal-riot is probably in the making.Taking into account Newcastle’s win over the Spurs, Virgil Van Dijk and his backline will have to put in a focused shift though.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Manchester United face a tricky task today as they host Brendan Rogers’ in-form Leicester City side at Old Trafford. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men had made the dream start when they routed Chelsea 4-0 on the opening day and the Red Devils have not won since, however, having picked up just two points from subsequent matches against Wolverhampton Wanderers, Crystal Palace and Southampton. United could desperately do with a big result today, but Leicester won’t make it easy – the Foxes are unbeaten in their opening four Premier League matches so far this seasonManchester United will be desperate for a return to winning ways when they take on Leicester City at Old Trafford today after failing to win any of their last three Premier League games, while Leicester will feel confident of causing an upset following a solid start to their 2019-20 campaign.Despite only being four games in, failure to claim three points over the Foxes today would present serious existential questions of a Solskjaer team which has only won three of its last 13 games.last_img read more

Cazenovia freshman Rockwood part of Clinton girls hockey state title run

first_img Tags: Cazenoviagirls hockey Back in November, Cazenovia High School freshman Briana Rockwood joined 21 others from several area high schools to start a new season with the girls hockey team that is centered in Clinton.Now Rockwood is a state champion.Completing a 13-2-3 campaign, the Clinton Warriors, already the Section III champions, went to Lake Placid on the weekend of Feb. 8-9 and added the state title. Prior to 2019-20, Clinton had never won even a sectional championship in its brief history, with area girls hockey mostly dominated by Skaneateles.But with the Lakers having graduated several stars from its 2018-19 state finalist squad, Clinton had an opportunity to move up, and helped by Rockwood, who played forward, the Warriors didn’t squander that chance.First, though, Clinton had to endure a 2-2-1 start that included losses to Beekmantown and Ithaca, though impressive shutouts over Oswego (5-0) and Alexandria Bay (3-0) hinted at the team’s quality.center_img Of the Warriors’ next six games, three of them ended in ties, but amid that run included a first match-up with Sknaeateles on Jan. 6 at Allyn Arena that went 4-0 in Clinton’s favor as Rockwood got an assist against the Lakers.Then, starting with a 3-0 win in the rematch with Skaneateles Jan. 17 at Clinton Arena that included a goal from Rockwood, the Warriors would not suffer another blemish.Rockwood peaked with two goals and one assist in Clinton’s 6-0 romp over Massena Jan. 18, and would tack on another goal and assist in back-to-back 5-2 wins over Canton and Alexandria Bay to close the regular season.Entering the sectional playoffs, Clinton blanked 2-0 in the semifinals, then learned that Skaneateles had ousted Ithaca in the other semifinal – a big deal, since the Warriors had not beaten the Little Red in either of their earlier games.On Jan. 30 at Cicero Twin Rinks, the sectional final was decisive in Clinton’s favor. Led by Ella Greico’s pair of goals, the Warriors topped Skaneateles 4-1 and was a sectional champion for the first time.Now it was on to the state “Frozen Four”, contested in the same Herb Brooks Arena at Lake Placid where, 40 years earlier, Brooks coached the United States’ “Miracle on Ice” team to a gold medal.The Feb. 8 semifinal pitted Clinton against undefeated Salmon River. Abigail Kurdziolek’s second-period goal, assisted by Drew Kopek, was enough for a 1-0 victory as the Warriors’ defense held the Shamrocks to just nine shots.This set up the Feb. 9 final between Clinton and defending state champion Williamsville, and for two periods it remained 0-0, largely due to the work of Warriors goalie Hailey Billington, who would finish with 24 saves.With 8:32 left, Clinton, on the power play, inched in front when Lopata, off a feed from Kurdziolek, sent a slap shot into the net. The Warriors’ defense did the rest and, in another 1-0 decision, clinched the state title.For the season, Rockwood picked up four goals and earned five assists. She could be be a key player in 2020-21 as Clinton seeks to defend its sectional and state crowns.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story last_img read more

Jamaicans Urged to Report Returnees who Breach Quarantine Orders

first_imgShe noted that elderly family members and those with chronic diseases could have poor outcomes if they become infected with COVID-19. Bisasor-McKenzie noted that all returning Jamaicans, whether they are high- or low-risk, are given a 14-day quarantine order and are required to contact the health authority immediately, if they develop a fever or any respiratory symptoms during the 14- day period. All Jamaicans who have returned to the island, will undergo health screening on arrival and if determined to be high-risk, will be required to do a COVID-19 test at a local health centre. Persons have a duty to stay home and you also have a duty to report it,” she said. The CMO, who was speaking at the Ministry of Health and Wellness’ weekly virtual COVID Conversations press briefing, held recently, said that everyone is “duty-bound” to report when a returnee breaches quarantine or becomes ill. Bisasor-McKenzie emphasised that it is an offence for any individual to leave their home within the 14-day period once they have been placed under a quarantine order. In the meantime, Dr. Bisasor-McKenzie pointed out that Jamaica is now moving away from testing all incoming passengers and will only be testing those who are deemed to be high-risk. “A negative test can become positive a day or two days later, so you must monitor yourself, and everybody in the family must monitor the person who has returned.” “At any time during those 14 days, even if you have done a test or if you are waiting on a result, you can develop symptoms. We have seen in the past few days, weeks, where we’ve had persons who have had a test and have developed symptoms within a 24 to 48-hour period and have not reported it, and during that period of time, when they should have been in quarantine, would have infected other members of their household,” Dr. Bisasor-McKenzie said.center_img KINGSTON, Jamaica – Chief Medical Officer (CMO), Dr. Jacquiline Bisasor-McKenzie, is encouraging citizens to report persons who have returned to the island and are not complying with the quarantine orders. “If we are going to keep Jamaica safe from COVID-19 and keep the number of cases below the numbers that our health system can manage, then every single soul has a responsibility to report as soon as somebody becomes sick and to ensure that all the persons who are returning from travel stay at home for the designated-period,” she said. “People in the community must monitor persons that they know have returned from travels, persons in the business place must monitor if they know that somebody has come in and is there in their office. They have a duty to say to the person, ‘you need to stay home’. “At any point in time, if you develop symptoms, you are asked to report it so that you can protect your family members,” the CMO added. “It is not that there is no risk, because everyone that has come from a country where there is the transmission of COVID-19 presents a risk,” she said, noting that what is most important is the monitoring during the 14 days that could be an incubation period for the disease. Persons, who return a positive test, will be required to isolate, while those who test negative will remain in quarantine until the 14-day period has ended. CMClast_img read more

C.K Akonnour focused on job despite insecurity

first_imgDreams coach C.K Akonnour has stated he is unperturbed about stories in the media regarding his safety.Akonnour’s job has come under scrutiny after leading Dreams to two successive away defeats conceding seven goals in the process.However, the former Hearts and Eleven wise coach says he is solely focused on his job“As a coach, I am solely focused because whatever is happening around the team is normal and this what happens because if you don’t do well you are criticized,” he told Joy Sports.“If you perform you are that best coach in the world and I have explained that for some time now and I have not changed because I am fully focused.”“I am willing to work to make the team better which we will definitely do that and whatever is happening around the team is normal because there are people wishing you bad luck to create stories out of it.” Dreams currently lie sixth on the league log. –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

LA Clippers’ Austin Rivers set to return Wednesday

first_img“Geez, he’s been killing it,” Rivers said. “And he’s been telling me every day, ‘When you coming back, man, when you coming back?’ “Rivers averages 8.1 points and 1.3 assists in 21.6 minutes for the Clippers. His father, head coach Doc Rivers, will welcome him back on the court with open arms.“Yeah, it’ll help, obviously,” the elder Rivers said. “I’ll probably take some time to get him in a rhythm, but it’s earlier than we thought. He had a great workout yesterday with the coaches and so, yeah, that’s a good surprise.”No timetableDoc Rivers confirmed that injured power forward Blake Griffin (quad tendon, fractured right hand), who has not played since Christmas night, has been shooting for about a week. But he also said that doesn’t mean Griffin is nearly back.“He’s not close or anything,” Doc Rivers said. “So, I mean, he’s just shooting the basketball.”Asked what’s next, Rivers said, “What’s next is his hand healing. It’s just going to take time. Again, there’s no way around that.”Griffin fractured his hand Jan. 23 when he punched team assistant equipment manager Matias Testi. Griffin also must serve a four-game suspension once he’s healthy; he was fined a fifth game’s pay for injuries he sustained punching Testi.A partially torn left quad tendon is what initially put Griffin on the shelf.This and thatWith buyouts in the fold right now, Doc Rivers was queried as to whether he’d like to add a player. “We’re always interested, if it’s the right guy,” he said. However, Rivers said, “If we went into the playoffs with what we have, I’m very happy.” … Rivers said he didn’t know whether he’ll sign forward Alex Stepheson to a second 10-day contract. He signed his first Feb. 20. PLAYA VISTA >> Austin Rivers walked toward a group of reporters assembled at the L.A. Clippers’ training facility ahead of Sunday morning’s practice. Although the team’s reserve guard was still wearing protection on his left hand, fractured Feb. 3 against the Minnesota Timberwolves, he was also wearing a sly smile.“First practice back,” he said. “Full practice. No limitations.”No wonder Rivers was happy. He has missed nine consecutive games and Monday night’s against Brooklyn (17-42) at Staples Center will make 10. He expects to return Wednesday when the Clippers (38-20) host Oklahoma City.“For sure,” he said, when asked if he’s chomping at the bit to get back out there. “I’m excited to get back and be with my teammates again and compete with them again. Just to get back playing.” Rivers is right-handed, so this is not his shooting hand. He said if it were, it might be a bit longer before his return. But he said he’s a quick healer and though his hand is still a bit sore, he’s ready to roll. From a conditioning standpoint, he indicated he has no concerns because he has been staying in terrific shape.“That’s all I’ve been doing is running,” he said. “I have good wind. I feel pretty good.”Rivers said he’s been shooting for about a week and his hand has undergone “a ton of therapy every day.”Starting point guard Chris Paul figures to be one of the happiest teammates upon Rivers’ return because Paul’s minutes have gone up since Rivers went down. Paul is averaging 33.1 on the season. Counting the game in which Rivers was hurt because the injury happened early, Paul has averaged 36.4 minutes the past 10 games.Paul has weathered that storm in tremendous fashion and is coming off a Friday victory at Sacramento where all the 6-foot star did was score 40 points, dole out 13 assists, grab eight rebounds and make two steals; for good measure, Paul made all 10 of his free throws.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

NHL trade rumors: Panthers deal goaltender James Reimer to Hurricanes

first_img Sabres owner Terry Pegula eager to end playoff drought NHL trade rumors: Senators, Maple Leafs have ‘tentative’ deal in place for Nikita Zaitsev James Reimer is apparently Carolina bound after Florida found its trade partner.According to TSN, the Panthers have traded the veteran goaltender to the Hurricanes for Scott Darling and a 2020 sixth-round pick. It had been reported that Reimer was on his way out of Florida since he is owed $3.4 million over each of the next two seasons. He has two years remaining on the five-year contract he signed with Florida in July 2016. Related Newscenter_img Darling won’t be in Florida for long, though, as the Panthers have placed him on unconditional waivers for the purpose of a buyout, the report noted. The buyout will save the Panthers $2.4 million in salary cap space next season and just under $200,000 in 2020-21. However, it will cost the team $659,000 in cap space over the next two years.After acquiring Scott Darling from the #Canes, the #Panthers have placed Scott Darling on waivers for the purpose of a buyoutWith 2 years left in his contract the buyout will last 4 years with the following cap hit2019-20 $1.233M2020-21 $2.333M2021-22 $1.183M2022-23 $1.183M pic.twitter.com/IQg4ELNieh— CapFriendly (@CapFriendly) June 30, 2019Reimer, 31, posted a 13-12-5 record in 29 starts with a .900 save percentage and a 3.09 GAA last season as the backup for the newly retired Roberto Luongo.last_img read more