BOD grateful to bow out on a high

first_img Ireland boss Joe Schmidt confirmed Sexton suffered concussion, but reported the Racing Metro fly-half was “up and about” after the final whistle. Andrew Trimble also crossed for Ireland, as Schmidt’s men fended off a late French rally to edge home and win the Six Nations on points difference from England. “I think I tried to channel the emotions into the performance,” 141-cap Test world-record appearance holder O’Driscoll said. “I played fair today, and you can’t allow the occasion to get the better of you. “You have to try to make sure you’re the cog in the wheel for the team. “Emotions come afterwards and they did. I’m sure there will be a few tears – later on, with multiple beers on board, probably. “It’s a lovely way to finish out. I’ve had so much fun over the last 15 years, and I feel very grateful to finish in this fantastic way. “I got a frog in my throat on the final whistle all right. “You’re not yourself sometimes when you’re being interviewed. “It feels as though you’re trying to present a certain way. “After scenarios like today it comes out a bit more, particularly when it’s the end. You have to be as natural as you can. “Over the course of the next while, when it sinks in, I’m sure it will flood out. “When I pull the jersey off it will be hard, but it will come with a great sense of happiness to finish off with a great high after a lot of nearly moments.” Ireland head coach Schmidt said he will miss coaching “workaholic” O’Driscoll immensely. The former New Zealand schoolteacher said O’Driscoll’s legacy will start with Robbie Henshaw and Darren Cave picking up the slack in his absence, having learned international outside-centre play at first hand. “I’ve worked with Brian for four years now, and he’s a man I respect hugely,” the former Leinster boss said. “He’s a player I really enjoy coaching. His work ethic is massive. “If you think you’ve got to where you need to be, and you’re talented, to work so hard that you maximise those special attributes, the example he sets with his character… All that I will most certainly miss. “At the same time he’s been quietly grooming a couple of guys to come in. “I don’t think they can come in and fill his shoes straight away – they will have slightly smaller feet. “But hopefully they can grow into them.” Schmidt said Ireland’s stars have earned the right to celebrate an icon’s international retirement, especially after rejecting the emotion of O’Driscoll’s farewell all week. “We did it a little bit last week; there was a fantastic ovation in Dublin,” he said. “This week we did nothing. “I mentioned it once pre-game and it wasn’t mentioned at all, all week. “The team were very conscious of it, and it didn’t demand mentioning. “They wanted it to be special for him, and I think they achieved that.” The 35-year-old admitted he would be loath to take off an Ireland jersey for the final time after the breathless 22-20 win over France in Paris. The Leinster stalwart said he could not quite believe the time had come when he would never represent his country again. O’Driscoll accepted tears will be a certainty as he reflected on just his second win in Paris, 14 years after a stunning hat-trick announced his arrival on the world stage. “I played on for one more year hopeful to get a victory against the All Blacks – that didn’t happen – and to win a Six Nations, and that did happen,” said O’Driscoll, who will retire in the summer with a second Six Nations title to add to the 2009 Grand Slam. “You can’t have it all, but you take the bits that you get. “Not many people get to finish their career on their own terms – certainly not with high emotions like today. I’m extremely lucky and thankful to have been a part of a great, great team. “It’s been a fantastic Six Nations for us. I’ve enjoyed every second. “I don’t really want to take this jersey off yet, because I know when I do it’s the last time. “I’m dragging the a*** out of it a little bit!” Johnny Sexton had a mixed evening. He scored two tries, missed five points with the boot and was knocked out cold trying to tackle Mathieu Bastareaud. Brian O’Driscoll counted himself “extremely lucky” to cap 15 years of Ireland action with his second RBS 6 Nations title. Press Associationlast_img read more

Ronaldo donates equipment to hospitals in Portugal

first_img(REUTERS) Cristiano Ronaldo and football agent Jorge Mendes joined forces yesterday to donate life-saving equipment to hospitals in Portugal, which are struggling to treat patients with coronavirus.The two will donate equipment for two wards at Lisbon’s Santa Maria hospital, providing the wards with 10 beds each, ventilators, heart monitors, infusion pumps and syringes, the hospital said in a statement.In Porto, the country’s second biggest city, the Portuguese pair will equip one ward at the Santo Antonio hospital with 15 intensive care beds, much-needed ventilators, monitors and other equipment. The three wards will be named after the men.“We want to thank Ronaldo and Mendes for the initiative which is so useful at the time the country needs everyone so much,” Paulo Barbosa, president of Santo Antonio’s administrative council, said in a statement.Although Portugal has only reported 2 362 coronavirus cases and 29 deaths, far fewer than in Italy and Spain, the country’s health system is already under pressure.During an interview with TVI television on Monday, Prime Minister Antonio Costa said the country’s public hospitals have 1 142 ventilators and private hospitals have a further 250.To tackle the crisis, the government bought 500 ventilators and four million masks from China.“We (the health system) will never lose control of the situation,” Costa said.However, health professionals on the ground have expressed doubts, especially at the lack of protective equipment.On Monday, the country’s medical association – Ordem dos Médicos – warned that hospitals lacked masks, gloves and protective visors.The nurses’ association – Ordem dos Enfermeiros – echoed doctors’ concerns and said some nurses are using swimming goggles to protect themselves.Of those infected so far, 165 are health workers, according to the country’s health secretary of state Antonio Sales.Portugal declared a state of emergency today with restrictions on people’s movements.last_img read more

How Syracuse alumnus Jarret Eaton overcame obstacles to earn spot at US Olympic qualifying

first_img Published on April 13, 2016 at 11:59 pm Contact Byron: Jarret Eaton found himself without a coach, sponsorship or agent last October. In 2012, he was crowned the NCAA Indoor Champion in the 60-meter hurdles. The Syracuse track alum was now forced to train alone in his pursuit to succeed professionally.Since graduating, Eaton supported himself primarily by working various odd jobs. At the front desk at a gym. As a sales associate at a local Express, a clothing store. Tutoring college students. Eaton couldn’t afford to purchase healthy brands of food. Massage treatments, heating pads and various proper recovery methods were out of the question. Every dollar had to be spent wisely.That’s kind of the culture for track and field until you get sponsored. Up until then, you have to survive.Jarret EatonEaton, who graduated from Syracuse in 2012, remains the program’s only national champion to date. He has used substitute teaching to fund a professional track career that was once on life support.But now, with a strong showing at the IAFF World Championships in Portland, Oregon, on March 20, Eaton has shown the potential to qualify for the 2016 Summer Olympics for the United States. That race, however, was indoors. When Eaton goes to the United States Olympic trials in July, he will need to finish in the top 3 in the 110-meter hurdles.“It honestly took me a while to get established to where I am now,” Eaton said. “It was almost four years ago since I won my first NCAA Indoor Title and now here I stand winning the USA indoor national title almost in the exact same fashion. I had to mature as a runner and a human being before I was going to be successful.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAfter graduating in 2012, Eaton continued training with Syracuse for a year and a half while racing professionally on his own. The adjustment did not go smoothly. As he was forced to find ways to provide for himself, track began to feel like a “labor-intensive job.”“In college, you’re not immediately stressed about money or food,” Eaton said. “I put a lot of pressure on myself every meet because I knew it was the only way to make it big. I felt like if I didn’t do well, I would be taking a step backwards.”Eaton’s father, Rodney, noticed his son frequently stressed about his financial situation.“I told him to relax, concentrate on track, and everything will come together,” Rodney said. “I always told him that if you make $100 a week, live like you only make $70. You’ll be able to save that way and you won’t live above your means.”In 2014, Eaton needed a change in scenery in order to piece his life together. He moved to Clemson, South Carolina, and discovered a new coach who was affiliated with Nike, which provided him a sponsorship. However, five months later, Eaton’s coach bolted for California and his sponsorship was gone.Eaton moved to Columbia, South Carolina, to find a new coach. While in South Carolina, he frequently switched apartments while searching for a stable living situation. In a two-year span, Eaton had moved homes a total of five times.​“You get to see how important possessions are to you,” Eaton said. “Whenever you move you think, ‘How much of my life can I put in my car?’ You leave a lot behind. That instability takes so much away from my focus that it harmed my performance.”By October 2015, with no coach, money or resources, Eaton had to stabilize his life.He had previously worked in an organization titled “Spark the Wave” for seven years, where he educated disadvantaged teenagers. He discovered his teaching passion through the program and found a job as a high school substitute teacher at Richland Northeast (South Carolina) High School, which allowed him to train while financially supporting himself. The newfound stability helped Eaton eliminate outside stress and focus on track.​Lawrence Terry, Eaton’s new coach, had originally tried to recruit him out of college. After learning Eaton was training alone in South Carolina, Terry was astonished to discover Eaton was looking for a new coach. Terry trains his runners at Richland’s athletic facilities, where he told Eaton, “You might not believe me now, but you will break your personal record indoors and outdoors with us in flats.”Eaton signed with Terry’s “Basics Track Club” and still volunteers to train high school athletes that attend the school he is a substitute teacher at. Terry’s program focuses on the fundamentals of hurdling with efficiency. The athletes rarely wear spikes in training. Eaton said athletes want to run faster when wearing spikes. By taking them out of the equation, athletes can focus solely on their technique.Terry immediately went over technical adjustments that Eaton had to make. Eaton had to lower his hips while projecting into the hurdles, stay tall and use arm placement and tight leg rotation in and out of the hurdle.“It is a challenge to tell an athlete that some of the things they have been doing are not as efficient as they can be,” Terry said.Eventually, Eaton had a breakthrough at the Millrose Games in February. The technical adjustments had become natural. He finished in third with a time of 7.58 seconds.After excelling in multiple races throughout Europe in February, Eaton felt confident heading into his main objective — the U.S.Track and Field Indoor Championships. In 2014, he was favored to win the 60-meter hurdles. He led nearly the entire race but fell at the last hurdle and finished dead last.I was in disbelief. I was sitting on the ground and I kept thinking … ‘this can’t be real, when am I going to wake up from this dream?’Jarret EatonEaton was devastated. Falling robbed him of qualifying for the national championship. He contemplated what he had already been through. This would get better, he told himself. The next morning, Eaton was over his disbelief and looked to the future.Eaton suffered a scar on his right shoulder from the fall. He views it as a symbol of the pain he’s been through the last few years. It always inspires him to work harder.Two years later, Eaton was the favorite to win the 60-meter hurdles. This time around, he made no mistakes. He won the event in 7.52 seconds.“I was elated when I finally crossed the line with the banner around my waist in first place,” Eaton said. “A huge rock had been lifted off my shoulders and I had finally achieved something that had been on my list.”With the victory, Eaton had qualified for the IAFF World Indoor Championships. Two weeks later, Eaton took fourth with a time of 7.50 seconds, his personal record in the 60-meter hurdles.Eaton heads into the outdoor season hoping to establish a solid race rhythm early on. He will compete at the U.S. Olympic Trials in early July, hoping to make the Olympic team for the 2016 Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro.Syracuse head coach Chris Fox said it typically takes a pro hurdler until he is 24 to reach his full potential. Eaton is now 26 years old. He has a coach and a job. Together they’ve given Eaton the ability to reach his potential two years past when Fox estimates he could have.But even so, he’s finally reached where he should be, just in time for the Olympics. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Splyce partners with Boston Celtics, enters NBA 2K League

first_imgCLTX Crossover GamingSplyce has just announced that it will be partnering with CLTX Crossover Gaming, otherwise known as the esports division of the Boston Celtics NBA Franchise, to enter the upcoming NBA 2K League.The announcement from Splyce explains that while the Celtics are well-versed in the sports industry, it’s still finding its stride when it comes to esports and gaming – that’s where the esports organisation comes in. Splyce, over the last few months, has been educating the Celtics and providing resources to its staff while they built and developed CLTX Crossover Gaming.Jim Ferris has been hired to front the CLTX brand, and is working alongside Splyce to fully embrace the flourishing world of competitive gaming. The official announcement also revealed that Splyce has been studying the NBA 2K scene to properly support CLTX in the upcoming player draft. Not only that, the two companies will continue to work side by side throughout 2018, placing importance on establishing a brand – both for CLTX and its future players.Marty Strenczewilk, CEO of Splyce, is hosting an AMA on r/esports at 3pm ET (8pm GMT) on January 25th to answer fans’ questions and queries regarding this promising partnership.Esports Insider says: Boston Celtics are lucky to be partnering with Splyce, who have time and again proven themselves as a premier esports organisation. We look forward to seeing how CLTX Crossover Gaming does in the draft for the NBA 2K League!last_img read more

Video:Violence in Equatorial Guinea- Ghana clash

first_img30 minutes of shame erased about 90 days of hardwork after AFCON 2015 host, Equatorial Guinea descended into chaos following their semi-final defeat to Ghana.In a moment of madness, the game was stopped for 30 minutes after an 82nd minute incident in which fans began hurling stones and bottles at the Ghanaian fans in the stance and players on the pitch.last_img

Stanley Cup Final 2019: St. Louis newspaper prematurely celebrates Cup victory

first_imgMORE: Stanley Cup Final 2019: Blues fans ready for first Cup in franchise history: ‘We will all cry’On Sunday morning, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch released a subscriber-only e-edition of the publication with advertisements already celebrating the Stanley Cup victory and even included a letter from Tom Stillman, the chairman and governor of the Blues, thanking fans for all of their support during this championship run. Just how excited is the city of St. Louis in advance of potentially winning the Stanley Cup Sunday night in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final?The Blues — currently leading Boston 3-2 in the series — are just one win shy of their franchise’s first Stanley Cup trophy with an opportunity to claim the title in their home arena on Sunday. It’s been a long wait for the team, as the Blues are oldest active NHL team never to have won the Stanley Cup. It’s easy to understand that the city’s largest newspaper publication may not be used to handling the newfound success. Looks like @stltoday messed up or something…— Rob Heaton (@robheaton) June 9, 2019Part of the letter to fans reads, “Winning the Stanley Cup was a dream come true for so many of you. All of us will remember where we were, what we did, and how we felt when the Blues brought the Cup home. “The letter also expresses excitement for parading the Cup down Market Street.While this is obviously a harmless mistake, this potentially could age very poorly if the Bruins reel off two straight wins and end up partying in Duck Boats in their own championship parade.last_img read more

Sold out the Tickets for the Game B&H – Slovakia

first_imgTickets for the qualifying match of B&H and Slovakia for the World Cup 2014 in Brazil, which will be played on 6th September at the stadium “Bilino Polje” in Zenica are sold out, was confirmed from Centrotours to agency Fena.Six thousand tickets are sold out through authorized partner agencies “Centrotrans” and one person was able to buy no more than two tickets, with showing of an identification document (ID card).From the B&H Football Alliance earlier was announced that they will let 4.350  tickets in direct sale which were reserved  for: the players and coaching staff of the national team, organized and registered group of fans of B&H team, professional staffs of other national teams, members of the NSB&H, cantonal and regional alliances through entity associations, clubs of Premier League, soccer and former members of national team of Bosnia and Herzegovina, sponsors and partners of NSB&H, institutions of the state and entity level and the administration of NSB&H. (Source: read more

Top girl golfers head to East Devon

first_img27 Jul 2018 Top girl golfers head to East Devon Tags: Amateur Championship, East Devon, Girls, U18 Leading girl golfers will head to East Devon Golf Club next week for the English U18 girls’ amateur championship.Play in the 72-hole stroke play event starts on Tuesday and the competitors will be aiming to follow in the footsteps of such past champions as professional stars Mel Reid and Holly Clyburn.The championship has attracted a very strong English entry, together with representatives of nine other countries.Among the contenders for the title are Yorkshire’s Nicola Slater (Lindrick), who has already won the English women’s open match play championship this season and shared fourth place in the English women’s amateur.Slater will be joined in the field by six other members of the English girls’ squad: Charlotte Heath (Huddersfield), Thalia Kirby (Stoke Park), Martha Lewis (St George’s Hill), Mimi Rhodes (Burnham & Berrow), Hannah Screen (Berkhamsted) and Amelia Williamson (Royal Cromer).Heath won the girls’ trophy at the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters, ahead of Screen, who was also runner-up in the 2017 British stroke play. Williamson won the Hampshire Rose while Kirby was third in the Welsh women’s strokeplay and Rhodes was individually sixth in qualifying at the European girls’ team championship. Lewis will be hoping to go one better this year after finishing runner-up in this championship in 2017.Evie Stone, a member at East Devon, will carry the local hopes, alongside other Devon players including Lexi Dart (Churston) and Charlotte Husband (Exeter).East Devon Golf Club (pictured) will provide the players with a fine test of golf – as well as some spectacular views.Image copyright Leaderboard Photography.The championship is played from Tuesday to Thursday, 31 July to 2 August.last_img read more

Redknapp backs Dele to salvage Tottenham’s top-four mission

first_imgHARRY REDKNAPP has backed Dele Alli to salvage Tottenham’s top-four mission.The England midfielder has faced criticism for his form this season and has been snubbed by Three Lions manager Gareth Southgate.2 Dele Alli has been hailed by former Spurs boss Harry RedknappBut former Spurs boss Redknapp insists rejuvenated Dele, who has scored twice in his last four Prem games, can be crucial to resurrecting their season.He said: “Dele is striking a bit of form again.“He is a key player for me, I’m such a fan of his.“They tell me he is a great lad as well.“He got badly criticised for his performance at Liverpool (in the 2-1 defeat) but he covered more yards than any other player by so much it was ridiculous.“And yet he got criticised for not running or working hard after the game.“When you looked at it he had certainly put a shift in. It’s not gone well but I think he’s a good kid and a good trainer. His form has dipped.“He hit such high standards a year or two before. If he can get back to that form again then that would be a major boost.”Spurs sit 14th in the Premier League with just THREE wins after a dreadful start to the season.It leaves them 11 points adrift of fourth-placed Manchester City, with Chelsea and Leicester another point ahead.TOP FOUR PREDICTIONBut Redknapp believes last season’s Champions League finalists should not be written off just yet.He said: “Tottenham have it all on now to get in the top four this year.“The only thing now in their favour is that Arsenal look so poor. Chelsea are doing great, they’re going to be challenging. Leicester are going to be bang in there.“But you’re looking at Arsenal — and Manchester United — and wondering if they are going to make it this year.“I can see both of those two not making the top four unless there is a big improvement.”Redknapp added: “It’s been a disappointing season so far for Spurs.“I really thought they would be close to Manchester City and Liverpool and challenging.“It’s difficult. The players haven’t hit the form they did last year.2MOST READ IN FOOTBALLTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’NEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for himREF RAIDChampions League ref Vincic ‘arrested in raid into drugs and prostitution ring’NICE RONCristiano Ronaldo goes on family bike ride with partner Georgina Rodriguez & kids“They still have a fantastic squad.“I’m a big fan of the manager and hopefully they can turn it around.”HARRY REDKNAPP was speaking during a visit to the University of Gloucestershire’s Media School, where he was interviewed by students from the BA Sports Journalism course.Visit for more information.ACCA WITH LADBROKES Pick up a whole load of acca features to help you land the big onelast_img read more