Jag: We’ll overcome Baines loss

first_img Press Association “I’ve broken a little toe myself and it is painful but unfortunately he has broken one in the middle so it’s in more of an awkward place. “There’s a possibility that once he goes for another X-ray after the swelling has gone down that it won’t be as bad but, as a rule of thumb, bones take a little while to mend. “Whether he can mask the pain and get through it while the bone heals, we will have to wait and see. “He will be a big miss but it gives opportunities to other players in the squad to stake their claim.” The England defender has been ruled out for up to six weeks with a broken bone in his right foot and his absence leaves a huge hole on the left side of the Toffees’ defence. Baines has played every minute of Everton’s last 51 Barclays Premier League games so his unavailability for Saturday’s visit of Stoke will bring a degree of unfamiliarity to a defence which has traditionally prided itself on being a tight unit. Everton captain Phil Jagielka is confident they will find a way to cope without injured left-back Leighton Baines. “Bainesy has probably missed three or four games with a slight hamstring strain over the last five years and the left-back slot has always been done blindfolded when the manager has come to write the teamsheet,” Jagielka said. “When someone does get injured and you are going to miss him from between one and six weeks there is going to be a little bit of to-ing and fro-ing with who is going to play. “We’ve been fortunate that we have not had to do that so far so we will look at the positives in that respect and deal with what’s to come. “I’m sure the manager will enjoy the challenge of coming up with the right personnel and formation to play against Stoke to come away with the three points. “Bryan Oviedo wasn’t in the squad (last weekend) but he will obviously be an option. Sylvain Distin could possibly play there, as could Gaz (Gareth Barry) and Seamus Coleman. We just have to wait and see.” Jagielka has personal experience of breaking a bone in his foot two years ago and while he played through it thanks to a series of pain-killing injections he understands Baines’ injury is slightly more complicated. “I’ve spoken to him and he is hobbling around a little bit now,” he told evertontv. “I saw at half-time (in Saturday’s 3-3 draw against Liverpool) that he was struggling to put his boot on. last_img read more

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McIlroy facing lengthy lay-off

first_img Press Association The full extent of the problem is not yet known. It is understood the Northern Irishman has been scanned but a full prognosis may not become clear until later in the week when swelling has had time to go down. He is currently in Northern Ireland and being assessed by his medical team, which includes experienced physio and sports scientist Dr Stephen McGregor. McIlroy wrote on Instagram: “Total rupture of left ATFL (ankle ligament) and associated joint capsule damage in a soccer kickabout with friends on Saturday. Continuing to asses extent of injury and treatment plan day by day. Rehab already started….. Working hard to get back as soon as I can.” Recovery from such injuries in athletes, if as severe as McIlroy has suggested, can take months or even require surgery. The fact the injury is to the left ankle is also significant for a right-handed player as that joint bears most of the pressure through the swing. Commenting on the nature of such injuries, Mr Andrew Roche, a consultant orthopaedic surgeon at The Lister Hospital in London, told Press Association Sport: “If it is a high-grade injury, a complete rupture, there would almost certainly be a lot of swelling, a lot of bruising and it would be painful. “If it is on the severe end of the spectrum it is highly unlikely he would be playing next week. You could potentially play if it was a mild sprain but it is difficult to speculate. “Everyone is different and it very much depends on the severity but it could mean three months out of action.” McIlroy, who won the Claret Jug at Royal Liverpool last year, was the favourite for this year’s event, which begins on July 16. Much had also been made of a potential rivalry with Jordan Spieth, winner of the year’s first two majors. World number one Rory McIlroy could miss next week’s Open Championship and face a lengthy lay-off after suffering a serious ankle injury playing football. McIlroy’s form has been mixed this season but he was on the fringes of contention at both the Masters in April and last month’s US Open at Chambers Bay, finishing four and five strokes respectively behind Spieth. He was due to play a the Scottish Open at Gullane, which starts on Thursday, to prepare but the European Tour has confirmed his withdrawal. Championship director Peter Adams said: “Naturally the news on Rory having to withdraw from the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open is very disappointing for the tournament. “Any tournament which loses the world number one through injury is going to be affected, but we are still looking forward to hosting one of the strongest fields in Scottish Open history over one of the great links tests at Gullane. “We wish Rory as speedy a recovery as possible and look forward to seeing him back on the golf course where he belongs as soon he is fully fit to compete again.” McIlroy is not expected to make an announcement on his possible participation at the Open until next week at the earliest but fellow professional Richie Ramsay fears the worst. The Scot tweeted: “I had a full tear of ligaments in my ankle not long ago. It takes a lot longer than you think to heal. 3 months til I played after tearing ligaments and even then getting my foot to work the right way was tough.” Should McIlroy be sidelined and be out of action for more than a month, he would also be doubtful for the US PGA Championship, the year’s final major and another title he currently holds. Paul McGinley, McIlroy’s captain at last year’s Ryder Cup, heard the news as he visited Wimbledon on Monday and expressed disappointment at the prospect of him not featuring at St Andrews. McGinley said: “I’m sure he’ll be very disappointed. I know St Andrews is a golf course he really loves and a golf course that really suits his game. It’s a shame, a shame for the tournament and a shame for Rory if that’s the case.” The reigning Open champion has pulled out of this week’s Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open after sustaining a “total rupture” of a ligament during a “kickabout” with friends on Saturday. The 26-year-old has not ruled out trying to defend his title at St Andrews but his participation is in doubt after he posted a picture of himself on crutches and wearing a protective boot. last_img read more

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‘Scheduling clashes’ force West Indies U-19 tour scrap

first_img(CMC) – The West Indies Under-19 tour of England has been scrapped due to ‘scheduling clashes’, Cricket West Indies (CWI) said yesterday.Neither CWI nor the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) blamed the coronavirus pandemic, currently sweeping the globe, but said the regional squad would not be available for the proposed tour window from August 16 to September 3.Attempts by the ECB to find ‘alternative scheduling options’ and ‘alternative opposition’ also proved unsuccessful.CWI director of cricket, Jimmy Adams, noted the cancellation was “unfortunate” but said the board would continue to pay special attention to the age group.“CWI and the ECB have agreed to cancel a proposed Under-19 tour of the UK due to scheduling issues,” said the former West Indies Test captain.“The situation is an unfortunate one as we had planned for the tour to be the end of a two-year development cycle for this group of Under-19 players.“This tour to the UK, added to the recent World Cup in January, and the Tri-Series that we hosted in December of last year would have given this cohort an excellent competitive component to cap their two-year Under-19 programme.“That said, we will continue to follow up on the cohort, especially those not contracted to franchises, through our Emerging Player Programme, which has so far facilitated many of our upcoming players who fall in the 19-23 category.“Thankfully, while the tour to the UK will not proceed this year, the ECB is committed to hosting our Under-19s at a mutually convenient time in the future.”West Indies Under-19s were scheduled to play two Youth Tests, three one-day matches and Twenty20 against England Under-19s, following on from their campaign at the World Cup in South Africa earlier this year.Last year, England Under-19s toured West Indies for a Tri-Series tournament involving eventual champions Sri Lanka Under-19s.The ECB said the decision to cancel the tournament had been a difficult one to make, especially following the success of the side’s campaign in the Caribbean last year when the team reached the final.“Cancelling the summer programme for our Under-19 side is not an easy decision to take, but with it not having been possible to identify a window for the tour that works for both Boards – and in the current climate – it is certainly the most appropriate step,” said Mo Bobat, ECB performance director.“Our young players benefit greatly from these competitive matches against their peers from around the world, not just in preparation for the biennial Under-19 World Cups, but also to prepare them for the rigours of international cricket.“The squad learned a lot from their Tri-Series in Antigua in December 2019, so we look forward to welcoming the West Indians back to the UK in the future.”West Indies Under-15s were also scheduled to tour the UK during the summer but the series was cancelled due the outbreak of COVID-19.last_img read more

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Winter Olympic Hockey: Team USA Women take home gold, Men fall short of podium

first_imgIn 1980, with anti-Soviet sentiment rising once again due to their recent invasion of Afghanistan, Olympic viewers across the United States were treated to one of the greatest upsets sports has ever seen.A rag-tag group led by motivational-quote icon and hard-nosed disciplinarian Herb Brooks proved that no challenge is insurmountable. Over the years, their story of perseverance and — lets be honest — capitalism’s triumph over communism, has been adapted to documentaries and films and holed out a niche in American pop-culture.Now, 38 years later, there remains something special about Olympic Ice Hockey. Women’s Ice Hockey was added to the docket in 1998, insuring that between the Men’s and the Women’s Team, USA hockey fans never have to leave their couch.Winter Olympics: Joint Korean team creates major questions on international stageThe 2018 Winter Olympics theme has got to be an underlying current of precariousness. I’m not only referring to the Read… USA Women’s Olympic TeamTeam USA took home the first ever Olympic gold in 1998 in Japan, but Canada has beaten them out for the top prize in every Olympics since. The U.S. has medaled in every Olympics, losing to Canada in the final round in every games besides 2006 when they fell to bronze behind Finland.These games in South Korea featured a stacked roster for the red, white and blue. The team is a strong mix of wily veterans and eager youngsters and —like any great team—their fair share of Badgers.Bucky featured early in the tournament for Team USA against Finland in the first preliminary match-up. All-time University of Wisconsin goal scoring leader Hillary Knight set up her teammate Kendall Coyne for a one-timer in the middle period, the U.S. took the 2-1 lead and would not relinquish it for the remainder of the game.Next up for Team USA was the Olympic Athletes from Russia (OAR). Unlike 1980, this team did not bring much to the table and the Americans were able to dismiss them in a 5-0 smack-down. This was a great dominant win early in the Olympics for Team USA and the 50-13 shot disparity was a huge confidence boost heading into their biggest test of the games thus far against the perennially talented Canadians.Figure skating club glides into second place in synchronized skatingAmidst the hullabaloo of the Winter Olympics, among the voices of novice figure-skating viewers critiquing Biellmann spins and bracket turns Read…In the final preliminary game of the Olympics, the U.S. and Canada faced off in an effort to jockey for prime position in the semi-finals. Suddenly, the explosive offense that Team USA had come to expect over the last couple games had disappeared. The Americans could only put home a single goal, which wouldn’t be enough against the efficient offense of Team Canada. The Canadians struck twice on 23 shots, which was good enough to grab the “W” and hand Team USA their first loss.It was then onto the semi-finals for the US, where they would stack up against Finland once again in the first elimination game of the tournament. Team USA captain and UW leading point scorer Meghan Duggan helped open the scoring with an assist, setting up a one-timer in the slot. Knight also got in on the action with a power play goal, helping the U.S. win the game 5-0 and advancing the team to the gold medal match against Canada.It surprised nobody that the final game featured these two countries, a match-up that has occurred four times in the previous five Olympics.Knight continued her prolific stretch with the opening goal in the first period to put the U.S. out front 1-0. Canada responded with a couple goals in the middle period to take the lead. In the final period, facing yet another gold medal loss to the Canadians, the U.S. came through on a breakaway goal with 6:21 left in regulation.Men’s Basketball: Badgers look to derail Boilermakers on ‘Frank Kaminsky Night’Wisconsin (11-16, 4-10 Big Ten) will host Purdue (23-4, 12-2 Big Ten) on Thursday night in Madison.  The game will Read…Tied at two goals each, the game was sent to overtime. Not even a 20-minute 4 on 4 overtime period was enough to separate these two teams. The U.S. beat out Canada in the shot column 9-7, but with neither team converting the game entered a shoot-out.Team USA would win it in a tense six-round shoot-out reminiscent of the classic T.J. Oshie-led Sochi victory back in 2014 for the Men’s Team.USA Men’s Olympic TeamIf the 2018 Winter Olympics taught us anything, it is that to field a great Men’s Olympic Hockey Team, Team USA probably should be drawing from their most talented pool of players. Well, lesson learned.When Gary Bettman and the rest of the big-whigs at the NHL decided there would not be the customary mid-season NHL break in order to allow players to join with their home country’s team, most were upset. Though some, remembering a certain 1980 Lake Placid Olympics, had reason to find a glimmer of hope.After this week’s elimination at the hands of the Czech Republic in a heart-wrenching shoot-out, that hope was squashed.Winter Olympics: Team USA forced out early after loss to Czech RepublicTeam USA was eliminated Wednesday in South Korea. After a lightning-quick turnaround from their last match-up, which finished less than Read…Things got off to a rough start for the team initially with an opening round preliminary loss to Slovenia in overtime 2-3. Wisconsin and Team USA Coach Tony Granato seemed unable to conjure Herb Brooks to ignite the team.Even after a win against Slovakia in the second game, Team USA took a bad loss to the talented OAR team which features Pavel Datsyuk and Ilya Kovalchuk. The 4-0 loss left little for the US to hang their hat on as they entered their first elimination game against Slovakia.For the second time in four games the U.S. beat Slovakia, this time quite handily. In the 5-1 victory, Granato coached the team to two power-play conversions and a 75 percent penalty kill.Granato to depart UW hockey program for coaching position with Chicago BlackhawksOnly a year after the University of Wisconsin’s men hockey program acquired Don Granato, the former associate head coach announced Read…In the quarter finals against the Czech Republic the U.S. played a back-and-forth game that led to a 2-2 tie until the end of regulation. After a fruitless overtime period lasting ten minutes, the game entered shoot-outs.With no T.J. Oshie this year, Team USA struggled to score at all and fell to the Czechs after goalie Ryan Zapolski only managed to stop four of five attempts.Team USA Hockey will depart from Pyongyang with a gold medal on the Women’s side and a disappointing early exit on the Men’s.This disappointment on the side of the Granato-coached team may lead to some pressure for the NHL to allow their players back in the next Olympics and restore competitiveness to the U.S. roster.Olympic success can often spur athletic growth domestically and the socially conscious Women’s Team, who notably fought for gender equality in a movement last year, will hope their victory can inspire girls at home to take up the sport now that they have seen their role models accomplish so much on the world’s biggest stage.last_img read more

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Soccer looks to continue shutout streak

first_imgThe Trojans will take on one last opponent this weekend before entering a stacked season of conference play. This Friday’s matchup against the University of Kansas will serve as a final chance for head coach Keidane McAlpine to fine tune his team.The Trojans are looking to continue a five-game shutout streak in their sole match this Friday at home. Coming off of an ESPNW Player of the Week recognition from her performances against Georgia and Auburn, senior goalkeeper Sammy Jo Prudhomme has led her team to those five straight blank sheets. The latest shutout over No. 8 North Carolina added fuel to a team already hungry to prove themselves in the regular season. The Trojans dominated the top-ranked and well-established Tar Heels squad from start to finish, pulling out a 3-0 upset with goals from senior Morgan Andrews, senior Katie Johnson and junior Nicole Molen.“I think we’re coming together in a way that is really exciting for all of us,” senior defender Kayla Mills said. “I think all of us believe in ourselves, and we believe that if we keep playing together the way we have, there’s really no limit to what we can do.”Friday’s game will be less of a challenge than North Carolina posed for the Trojans, as they play an unranked University of Kansas squad that has struggled on the road this season with a 5-2-1 overall record. Andrews acknowledged that the Jayhawks are a solid team from year to year, often providing challenges for top-ranked squads. But she said that this final game will mostly be a time for the team to address problems they’ve seen throughout the season in preparation for upcoming conference games against teams such as Stanford.From the sidelines, McAlpine has noted that many of his pairs — particularly Andrews and Mills — have been continuing to improve their chemistry, becoming more comfortable in the attacking third of the field. And with a defense that is consistently shutting down teams, the Trojans are beginning to feel that they’re getting into their groove.“As a senior, I’m looking to leave it all out on the field when I’m out there,” Andrews said. “But I think that’s a mentality that a lot of the team has. Everyone wants the girl playing next to her to do her best. It’s a really team mentality. We just want to succeed together as a team and prove to the rest of the country what we can bring.”last_img read more

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Irish links to prestigious Australian race winner.

first_imgThere’s a strong Irish connections to today’s Melbourne cup winner Protectionist.The horse was piloted by English jockey Ryan Moore but is owned 3 Wexfordians.Long term Australia residents Walter and Robbie Power from New Ross and Fergie Doyle from Ballygarrett own the winner. Pre-race favourite Admire Ratki died shortly after the race.last_img

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Toffees look to shore up defence

first_imgWith Leighton Baines and Bryan Oviedo currently unavailable, they lost Brendan Galloway to injury in the second half of their 2-0 home defeat to Manchester City.Argentine Ramiro Funes Mori is set to have a medical after watching in the stands at Goodison Park.Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho says he’s happy with the way his team controlled the game and the players’ spirit in their first Premier League win of the season. He refused to comment on the sending off of captain John Terry or other refereeing decisions in the 3-2 victory at West Brom.But Mourinho did say they may appeal against his red card.Tonight Arsenal and Liverpool face off at the Emirates Stadium, with Brendan Rodgers hoping to maintain the visitor’s 100% record.Kick off is at 8 o’clock.last_img read more

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Almat Group Wins Abuja Guards BPolo Trophy

first_imgMakblo on their part tried very hard to match up with the fire power of their opponents as Ibrahim Musa and Isa Makarfi scored a goal each in the first and fourth chukka respectively.In the President’s Cup, Rubicon Polo team led by Sen. Hadi Sirika, won the 2016 Unity Polo tournament’s President Cup -the biggest trophy- after edging Trade Mark Polo club 6-4 1/2 in the final decided at the Guards Polo Club turf.Trade Mark was awarded a 1 1/2 handicap at the start of the game being the underdogs but Rubicon took the game to their opponents and immediately recorded a goal seconds into the first chukka through Abdulmalik Badamasi.Also, a very close contest in the final of the Guards Challenge Cup saw DY Farms end the match in a 3-3 draw with Capital Builders but still went ahead to lift the trophy on points advantage.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Almat Group has continued their impressive winning run in the finals of the Guards Brigade Trophy  in Abuja as they trashed Dattaku  9-4  in the final game in the battle for the Guards Brigade Trophy at the ongoing 2016 Abuja Unity Polo Tournament.The match which was played at the Abuja Guards Polo turf saw Almat Group’s Maurice Ekpenyong, Nura Kangiwa , Idris Badamasi and Abdulmalik Badamasi, all combining as a well organized team with well trained horses, as they showed class and precision to produce a total of nine goals in the finals.In the group stages ALMAT Group routed MAKBLO 9 – 3, and in the next qualifying stage, defeated a promising Kano Team 8 – 4, all in Team B, qualifying them for the finals against Dattaku KD.last_img read more

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Togo Hawks vow to stop Ghana on Wednesday

first_imgThe Hawks of Togo coach Tchakala Tchanilé has quickly dismissed any thoughts of taking it easy against Ghana in their final group qualifier on Wednesday in Tamale.Togo lost by 1-4 to Guinea in Lome on Saturday making their chances difficult in booking their place in Equatorial Guinea for the 2015 African Nations Cup.The Hawks are placed fourth in the group with six points  – meaning a must win result is needed against the Black Stars which is their focus so the Togolese handler   has ruled out any thoughts of losing competitive focus and says there is more at stake and nothing else.“I would like to say hard luck to the players, we are still left with one game, against Ghana,” Tchanilé said.“I know Ghanaians will think it is going to be a walkover; no, we are going to put out our best team. It is more than the three points at stake when we come to Ghana.“It’s going to be another tough game like the one we played with Guinea, which many had thought was going to be easy. Thanks to all the supporters, their presence helped us, but we disappointed them.” Togo were the better side in Lome despite they losing 2-3 to Ghana and are hopeful the reverse could happen in Ghana.With one eye on next year’s AFCON, Tchanilé knows the hard work must continue and has revealed his mission for the tournament is in progresslast_img read more

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Team Ursel begins defence of BC Senior Men’s Curling crown

first_imgThe defending BC Senior Men’s Curling Champions begin defence of their 2016 crown this weekend in Kelowna as regional curling playdowns commence throughout the province.Kelowna’s Bob Ursel and third Dave Stephenson, Trail second Don Freschi and Nelson lead Fred Thomson kick off the Okanagan Senior Men’s Playdowns Saturday morning against Wayne Saboe of Kamloops in the four team event.Mark Longworth of Vernon faces Frank Cseke of Salmon Arm in the other contest in the double knockout event.last_img read more

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