Martin O’Neill hails Ireland’s fighting spirit against Germany

first_img Opposite number Joachim Low cut a hugely frustrated figure to have seen his side let a seemingly decisive lead slip to surrender two points they could barely afford to drop. slide 1 of 1 Twitter Facebook Close slide 1 of 1 slide 1 of 1 John O'Shea celebrates with John Walters slide 1 of 1 David Forde He said: “It is extremely annoying for us not to have won the game. Ireland basically had one single chance and in the final second of the game, managed to equalise. “On the other hand, if there’s anyone to blame, the blame has to be on us. Something like that shouldn’t have happened in the dying seconds of the game. Close David Forde Bongarts/Getty Images SPORTSFILE Whatsapp But minutes after substitute Wes Hoolahan had seen his goal-bound effort blocked by defender Erik Durm, O’Shea got ahead of Mats Hummels to turn Jeff Hendrick’s cross past keeper Manuel Neuer and stun the home crowd at the Veltins Arena. O’Neill’s men will head for Scotland next month brimming with confidence and intent on maintaining their drive for qualification. Asked how the group now stands, the manager said: “It’s hard to call. Third game in, it really is a fantastic effort by the team. Facebook Martin O’Neill delighted with ‘fantastic effort’ following draw with the world champions “We had to withstand a bit of pressure, but we knew that would happen. Our idea was to threaten them, to use the ball better than we did in the first half. “At half-time, I felt we were reasonably okay. They scored a goal – we should have closed it down a couple of times – and then what was the point of losing the game if you can’t kind of go for it? “There’s always a chance. It was a fantastic effort from the team, really really fantastic. We just never gave up. We kept going. I never felt, funnily enough, that we were out of the game after we conceded the goal. That’s of great credit to the players.” Whatsapp Read More “People have said that Germany are missing players, but so are we. The best right-back in Britain is missing to us in Seamus Coleman. We have had our own injury blows.” REUTERS David Forde makes a crucial second half save from Mario Goetze. Photo credit: REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay Mats Hummels, Germany, in action against Jonathan Walters, Republic of Ireland 1/1 David Forde makes a crucial second half save from Mario Goetze. Photo credit: REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay John O’Shea celebrates with John Walters David Forde makes a crucial second half save from Mario Goetze. Photo credit: REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay John O’Shea celebrates with team-mates Stephen Ward and Jonathan Walters after scoring Ireland’s equalising goal against Germany with the last kick of the game in Gelsenkirchen. Photo: David Maher / SPORTSFILE Email Facebook David Forde Press Association Steven Reid column: End result justifies means but we can improve on this Germany, looking to bounce back from their 2-0 defeat in Poland, dominated possession throughout, but failed to work keeper David Forde often enough before the break. However, they raised their tempo in the second half and Forde had to pull off a series of fine saves to keep them at bay until Kroos found the net off the foot of the post. Read More 1/1 David Forde Whatsapp 1/1 Close Mats Hummels, Germany, in action against Jonathan Walters, Republic of Ireland John O'Shea celebrates with John Walters SPORTSFILE David Forde makes a crucial second half save from Mario Goetze. Photo credit: REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay Twitter Close Bongarts/Getty Images David Forde “We lost possession too easily, we misplaced passes, we passed too often back to Neuer. Despite being 1-0 up, we showed a lot of nervousness in the game, we stopped controlling the game and gave too many chances to the opponents. We let them rise again.” Low admitted some of his players may be suffering a World Cup hangover, but promised they would return to their best. He said: “We had hoped for more points getting out of October. You can see it in the players’ eyes, they are a little exhausted after a long season, the World Cup, then a short pre-season. “There is a little bit missing from some of them, but next year we will be better and we will bounce back.” Read More ‘Momentum is key’ – O’Shea marks century with equaliser SPORTSFILE John O'Shea celebrates with team-mates Stephen Ward and Jonathan Walters after scoring Ireland's equalising goal against Germany with the last kick of the game in Gelsenkirchen. Photo: David Maher / SPORTSFILE John O’Shea celebrates with team-mates Stephen Ward and Jonathan Walters after scoring Ireland’s equalising goal against Germany with the last kick of the game in Gelsenkirchen. Photo: David Maher / SPORTSFILE Whatsapp 1/1 John O'Shea celebrates with team-mates Stephen Ward and Jonathan Walters after scoring Ireland's equalising goal against Germany with the last kick of the game in Gelsenkirchen. Photo: David Maher / SPORTSFILE SPORTSFILE Read More Twitter John O’Shea celebrates with John Walters Email Twitter David Forde makes a crucial second half save from Mario Goetze. Photo credit: REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay Glorious night in the Ruhr as Keift’s ghost is exorcised Facebook Facebook Mats Hummels, Germany, in action against Jonathan Walters, Republic of Ireland Whatsapp Martin O’Neill praised the fighting spirit of his Republic of Ireland heroes after seeing them snatch a precious Euro 2016 point in Germany. John O’Shea celebrates with team-mates Stephen Ward and Jonathan Walters after scoring Ireland’s equalising goal against Germany with the last kick of the game in Gelsenkirchen. Photo: David Maher / SPORTSFILE REUTERS Twitter slide 1 of 1 Mats Hummels, Germany, in action against Jonathan Walters, Republic of Ireland Central defender John O’Shea struck in the fourth minute of injury time on his 100th appearance for his country to maintain Ireland’s unbeaten start in Group D, which they now lead jointly with Poland, with a 1-1 draw in Gelsenkirchen. They had fallen behind with 19 minutes remaining when Tony Kroos broke their stubborn resistance with a long-range strike, but the world champions could not hang on to their advantage. PA Email Email PA Mats Hummels, Germany, in action against Jonathan Walters, Republic of Ireland A delighted O’Neill said: “It was a great point for us, to come to the home of the world champions from a few months ago and get something out of the game. 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Mourinho’s United routed 4-0 on return to Chelsea

first_img(REUTERS)- Jose Mourinho was humiliated on his Premier League return to Stamford Bridge where his former side Chelsea routed Manchester United 4-0 yesterday.Having held out for 90 minutes at Anfield last Monday, United conceded the quickest goal in the Premier League this season to Pedro after 30 seconds and were then ripped apart as Gary Cahill (21), Eden Hazard (62) and N’Golo Kante (70) completed the scoring.Most of the goals stemmed from poor defending as Chelsea found ever more ingenious ways to inflict pain on Mourinho. Marcus Alonso began the unravelling with a defence-splitting pass that found Pedro, while Cahill could not believe his luck when the ball fell to him in the area after Chris Smalling failed to clear a corner.Two up at half time, when United replaced Marouane Fellaini with Juan Mata, Chelsea sat back and waited to hit United on the break with Hazard adding a third after a clever one-two and then Kante driving into the area unopposed to score his first goal for the club.last_img read more

Richardson says ICC wants 15-16 teams playing top-level cricket

first_imgTHE International Cricket Council (ICC) is keen to increase the number of teams playing cricket at the highest level to “15-16”, and is working towards that under the leadership of Shashank Manohar, according to chief executive David Richardson.“The ICC has a strategy to have more competitive teams playing at the highest level,” Richardson said in Sri Lanka, where he was at the invitation of SLC and Asian Cricket Council (ACC) president Thilanga Sumathipala to discuss the global development of the game.“For too long we had 10 Full Members. If we are honest with ourselves, there are eight, probably nine, teams that can play cricket at the highest level.“We’d like to increase that number to 15-16 countries (with) the likes of Afghanistan, Nepal, Malaysia and various other countries in the Asian region. It’s very important that we develop their cricket to a level where they can play against the big boys on an equal basis.”Richardson said the global governing body was on the verge of putting forward some proposals “that would do wonders for international cricket”. “Those proposals would cover governance and a new revised financial model, which would hopefully provide all the Full Members with a bigger slice of the cake than what it is currently envisaged,” he said.In early 2014, a constitutional revamp of the ICC had given the boards of India, England and Australia greater authority and a larger share of the revenue, an episode dubbed the ‘Big Three’ takeover by the media.Soon after he became ICC chairman in November 2015, Manohar had criticised the imbalance of power triggered by that revamp, and said he wanted to end the “bullying” in the game’s administration.Richardson said he was confident the game will not be affected by another such power war under the current administration. “The international game has gone through a period of turbulence, where the governance, the financial model, the playing (of the game) was in turmoil by the resolutions passed by the ICC in 2014.What happened in 2014 took place because unfortunately countries like South Africa, Sri Lanka and New Zealand were not able to stand up to the big boys. I don’t think that will happen again.”He said the ICC also wanted the ACC to use its resources to develop the game, and the global governing body would provide it with “guidance” and “strategy”.“Obviously we (the ICC) are responsible for global development, but our resources are limited. It’s important that the ACC, with the resources they have both from a financial and a HR perspective, make best use of those.“We want to provide the guidance, principles, overall strategy. It is important that the activities that we can carry out at a global level are supplemented by what the ACC can afford to do on a regional basis.” (ESPN Cricinfo)last_img read more

McLaren poised to secure loan

first_img(BBC) – McLaren is poised to secure a loan from a Bahraini bank to solve its cash-flow problems, BBC Sport has learnt.It will help McLaren solve a liquidity shortfall that meant it needed new funds to be injected by mid-July.The loan, which is set to be approved by the McLaren board, will come from the National Bank of Bahrain (NBB).NBB is part-owned by Mumtalakat, the Gulf state’s sovereign investment fund, which is the majority shareholder in the McLaren Group.A McLaren spokesperson declined to comment on the development.The move, first revealed by Sky News, does not preclude McLaren continuing with the legal action it has launched against a group of creditors this month.McLaren has won an expedited hearing for a case aimed at stopping the trustees of a bond the company launched in 2017 blocking its refinancing plans.McLaren may continue with the court case to establish what it believes is its right to raise further finance secured against its factory and historic car collection.McLaren has found itself short of cash as a result of the coronavirus crisis, which has not only lowered revenues from its Formula 1 operation but has had a major impact on the luxury car market, meaning sales of its supercars have dried up.McLaren said in documents lodged for its court case against the bondholders: “The pandemic has had a massive and detrimental effect on the group’s trading performance.“The start of the F1 season has been delayed. Car dealerships have temporarily closed; supplies have been interrupted; manufacturing has been suspended or impeded; customer orders have declined; sponsorship revenues have fallen and additional costs have arisen from health and safety measures.”This has meant that £291M injected into the business by McLaren’s shareholders in March this year has already been spent.McLaren is also pursuing the possibility of selling a minority stake in the F1 team as it seeks to put the outfit in the best position to be competitive following the introduction for the first time of a budget cap next season.McLaren last month announced plans to cut 1 200 jobs – the majority in its road-car division, known as Automotive.About 70 employees will also be made redundant from the F1 team.last_img read more

Syracuse can’t dig itself out of early hole in 71-53 loss to No. 14 Louisville

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on January 25, 2016 at 11:27 pm Contact Jon: | @jmettus Associate head coach Vonn Read tugged Quentin Hillsman’s left arm back toward the Syracuse bench, but the head coach shrugged him off and remained screaming on the court.“Come on,” he yelled. “That didn’t look right.”Brianna Butler had just taken a step-back jumper from the left corner, but the Louisville defender in front of her crashed to the floor and Butler was called for an offensive foul.Hillsman berated the officials until he was called for a technical foul.His frustrations were boiling over. Hillsman’s team had scored just four points in the opening nine minutes of the game and ultimately finished the first frame with just six points, its lowest scoring quarter of the season. Louisville got out to a dominating 37-8 lead to start the game that proved too much for the Orange to overcome. Syracuse (14-6, 4-3 Atlantic Coast) was forced to fight from behind the entire game and fell to the No. 14 Cardinals (15-5, 7-0), 71-53, at the Carrier Dome on Monday.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“We didn’t play well at all tonight,” Hillsman said. “… We can’t go into these games and not compete and tonight I don’t think we competed.”A 3-pointer, a layup and a jumper in the lane put the Cardinals ahead 7-0 through the first three and a half minutes of the game. Syracuse didn’t make its first shot until just under four minutes in and only made two more the entire first period — shooting just over 21 percent.With two minutes left in the first quarter, two Cardinals defenders swarmed SU guard Alexis Peterson, forcing her to call a timeout. Peterson shrugged her shoulders and shook her head as she walked toward the Orange bench.Whether Syracuse was trying to drive to the basket, throw a pass into the paint or launch a shot from outside, Louisville was stifling the SU offense.The Orange finished the opening quarter with more turnovers (seven) and more fouls (nine) than points (six).“When a team is making shots and you’re not it’s kind of hard,” Peterson said.Hillsman repeatedly threw his papers onto the scorer’s table in frustration after one of Syracuse’s 19 turnovers. Butler smacked her hands together after several of her 11 missed shots. Syracuse struggled and Louisville surged to a 29-point lead with 2:42 left in the second quarter.“I definitely did not expect that,” Cardinals head coach Jeff Walz said of the huge lead. “… We started to try to go for the knockout punch.”Louisville’s knockout attempt failed due to missed 3-pointers and allowed Syracuse to claw back to within 19 to end the half, despite SU shooting just 18.2 percent from the field.Though the Orange fought back to within 11 with 15 seconds left in the third quarter, the once 29-point deficit was too heavy a burden to overcome. Peterson, who scored all 13 of her points in the second half, was the only SU player in double figures.The Orange has dropped two games in a row to ranked opponents with both losses being by double-digits. Syracuse hasn’t led once in its last 80 minutes of play.“I’m never going to be the victim. Never,” Hillsman said. “We’re wounded. If you find a lion and a lion’s wounded, what are you thinking? ‘It’s not going to be OK to stick my neck out there.’“I’m good and (the players are) going to be good. We’re never going to be the victim. We ain’t feeling sorry for ourselves and nobody should. It’s our responsibility to get better.” Commentslast_img read more

Former Tipp manager confident of football talent

first_imgA former Tipp football manager says there’s a lot of ‘good talent’ in Tipperary’s underage football development squads.Former Premier County manager John Owens was called into the Leitrim minor panel at the age of 15.The Down native went on to play for Tipp seniors between 1985 and 1997. He believes there are reasons to be optimistic about the future of football in this county.last_img

Altenar extends sports betting reach through Finnplay

first_imgShare Related Articles Submit Share Altenar will be providing the sports betting services to a new set of customers in territories covered by a Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) licence after “long-standing partner” Finnplay – a Nordic-based open gaming platform provider – picked up its Type 2 licence.Stanislav Silin, CEO of Altenar, said: “Finnplay is a long-standing partner and customer of Altenar, and we are delighted to be given the opportunity to provide Sports Betting services to this rapidly growing technology company and their customers in the new territories that are now accessible via this MGA vertical acquisition.”Martin Prantner, CEO of The Finnplay Group, added: “Betting is the highest growth area of the iGaming market, so achieving the MGA Type 2 licence is a great accomplishment that will enable Finnplay to offer market-leading betting games and integrations to all our brand and platform partners.”The Type 2 licence for an MGA-licensed service provider covers “games of chance played against the house, the outcome of which is not generated randomly, but is determined by the result of an event or competition extraneous to a game of chance, and whereby the operator manages his or her own risk by managing the odds offered to the player”.This MGA approval for Finnplay comes on the back of the successful extension of its Swedish Casino Licence. The group’s online gaming services for Sweden are licensed through its white label multi-channel casino and betting solutions provider Viral Interactive. StumbleUpon Global Gaming adds sportsbook extension to Ninja property August 25, 2020 Soft2Bet continues new market drive with Irokobet launch August 26, 2020 Kansspelautoriteit enters into MoU with Malta Gaming Authority August 28, 2020last_img read more

Ronaldo eyes Real scoring record

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo could become Real Madrid’s all-time leading goalscorer when the Spanish club host La Liga rivals Granada on Saturday.The Portugal forward, 30, will surpass Raul’s record of 323 goals if he scores a hat-trick at the Bernabeu.Ronaldo, who has netted eight times in his last two matches, has reached 321 goals in fewer than half of the games played by former Spain striker Raul.”He is the best in the world,” said Madrid manager Rafael Benitez.Wales forward Gareth Bale is not available for the visit of mid-table Granada, having been ruled out for two to three weeks with a calf injury.Bale, 26, limped out of Real’s 4-0 Champions League win over Shakhtar Donetsk in midweek. Benitez is also without Spain centre-back Sergio Ramos, Colombia midfielder James Rodriguez and Brazil right-back Danilo through injury.Madrid have scored 15 goals in their last three matches, but trail arch-rivals Barcelona in La Liga by two points after drawing their opening game.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

Angels’ Andrelton Simmons wants to muscle up over the winter

first_img Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Last year Simmons had 14 homers and 38 doubles, but his overall average was only .278, compared to this year’s career-best .296. He said this season he’s been able to maintain his mental focus better, which is how he’s avoided the slump that dropped his average in August and September a year ago.Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.Having improved that part of his game, he’d next like to do some more work in the weight room to improve what he can do physically.“I want that power surge to be a more routine thing during the season,” he said.Simmons hit 17 homers in 2013, his first full season, but he hit .248. He said he took a step back in the power department after that, to learn to be a better hitter. Now he’d like to merge the two, by putting a little more muscle behind his improved swing and approach.Simmons, who is 6-foot-2 and 200 pounds, acknowledges that there is a fine balance to maintain if he’s to remain nimble enough to maintain his status as baseball’s premier defensive shortstop. He said one of his first years in Atlanta he bulked up a little more too much in the winter, and he felt it cost him. “I felt strong, but I didn’t feel as quick,” he said. “I don’t want to lose that quickness. That’s for down the road when I have to play third base and hit homers.”Simmons chuckled. He’s not ready to become a corner infield slugger, but he does hope to turn up the dial on his power, without losing the other exceptional parts of his game.This season Simmons has been a model of consistency, in the field and at the plate.Simmons leads American League shortstops in Defensive Runs Saved with 21 – Francisco Lindor is second with 14 – so he’s a good bet to win his second consecutive Gold Glove (fourth overall).Offensively, he is the toughest hitter in the majors to strike out, whiffing just once every 13.2 at-bats. That’s no doubt part of the reason he’s kept his production steady throughout the second half. Last season, he was hot for four months but then hit .206 over his last 43 games. This year he’s finishing strong, with a .328 average over his last 15 games. His average has not dropped below .291 all season.Related Articles Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield center_img Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros “I’ve just been focused longer,” he said. “I’ve been feeling good. That’s part of a decent routine. Every at-bat I try to have a good plan. Have a good idea of what I want to do. Last year, there were stretches where you lose track of your plan or your approach for that at-bat. There’s a lot that happens during the season and you lose it for a second.”As Simmons prepared to start for the 140th time in the Angels’ 154 games, through Friday, he said he’s “surprisingly” not feeling fatigued.“I’ve got to attribute that a little bit to my wife for taking it easy on me,” he said with a smile. “I try to limit what I do off the field. I try to rest as much as possible during the season.”The offseason is coming, and he’ll get some more rest, before getting back to work to be better next year.“I’d like to do a little more damage with the bat, just a little more,” he said. “That’s everybody’s goal in the offseason, to improve a little bit and drive the ball more consistently.”Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons, who is 6-foot-2 and 200 pounds, acknowledges that there is a fine balance to maintain if he’s to add strength while remaining nimble enough to maintain his status as baseball’s premier defensive shortstop. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara) HOUSTON — Andrelton Simmons has a plan for taking his offensive game to the next level.As he’s finishing off a third straight above-average season at the plate, Simmons said his goal for the winter is to get stronger, so he can hit for more power.“I’m getting close to now having a good idea at the plate,” he said before Friday’s game. “I’m starting to learn more and more what to do and how to do it. It’s just a matter of hitting the ball a little harder. Not like Shohei (Ohtani) or (Mike) Trout, just driving the ball a little more consistently. I know it comes in stretches. I want those stretches to prolong.”Simmons has 11 homers and 25 doubles, for a slugging percentage of .424. It’s just a tick ahead of last year’s .421 mark. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Cavaliers’ Kevin Love at terms with constant trade rumors: ‘It’s nothing different’

first_imgThe Cavaliers are reportedly willing to listen to offers for Love, who is not bothered by the trade talk.MORE: Which NBA teams should target Kevin Love in trade?”Nothing’s changed,” Love told ESPN’s Tim Bontemps. “What I mean by that is, since I got here they’ve been … since I f— got here, there’s been talk of me being traded, so it’s nothing different. If they decide to go that way, I’ve just got to know it’s part of the business, or if we decide to go that way, it’s part of the business.”Truthfully, I don’t know how it’s going to play out, because I see both sides.” Kevin Love said “nothing’s changed” as the Cavaliers star addressed speculation over a possible trade.Love, a five-time All-Star, has won an NBA championship since joining the Cavaliers from the Timberwolves in 2014. However, the 31-year-old’s future in Cleveland is uncertain as the Cavaliers (5-18) struggle this season. On being the oldest player on the Cavs’ roster, Love added: “I imagine, in a rebuild, it’s easy to look at it, especially when it’s down and out at this point, and say, ‘Hey, we want to completely reset the deck and go young.’ I understand that.”But despite that, whether it’s five months or five years, I’m always going to be able to come back to Cleveland no matter what, and I’ll always love the fans, and be part of this organization, one way or another.”In 2019-20, Love is averaging 16.1 points, 10.5 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game for the struggling Cavaliers.last_img read more