England are in the driving seat following their 12-6 victory in Dublin on Saturday and the only unbeaten team remaining in an unpredictable tournament. The defeat at the Aviva Stadium was deflating for Ireland, who have lost Jonathan Sexton and Mike McCarthy to injury for the trip to Murrayfield – but O’Brien refuses to give up hope. “There’s still a lot to play for. The Six Nations is and it isn’t out of our own hands,” the Leinster openside said. “If we leave ourselves in the best possible shape, there will be a slip-up somewhere for the other teams down the line.” Flanker Sean O’Brien insists Ireland must be ready to pounce on any errors by their RBS 6 Nations title rivals when they resume their championship against Scotland. Press Association He added: “Anyone can beat anyone on any day. If we leave ourselves in the best possible position, we can do no more than that.” Ireland will also be missing Cian Healy in Edinburgh after the loosehead prop was banned for three matches for his stamp on England’s Dan Cole. Although there is confusion over whether Healy can play for Leinster on Saturday, he is definitely unavailable against Scotland and France, subject to any successful appeal. Sexton has a grade two hamstring tear that usually requires four to six weeks to heal, making him a major doubt to face France in the penultimate round of fixtures, while McCarthy has damaged the medial ligament of his right knee and will be in a brace for two weeks, at the end of which his fitness will be reassessed. More positive news was received on the remaining injuries incurred during a brutal clash against England. O’Brien, centre Brian O’Driscoll, full-back Rob Kearney and lock Donnacha Ryan are at varying degrees of fitness, but all should be available to face Scotland. “We’re looking forward to getting back on the horse against Scotland. It’s a good game for both teams,” O’Brien said. “Our errors, as a team and as individuals, stand out from the England game. They cost us. “A few of them happened within minutes of each other and put us under a bit of pressure and they kicked a couple of scores from that.”
Sserunkuma will lead the attack against Africain . PHOTO KCCA FC MEDIA Africain ?? Vs KCCA FC ??Tunis, Tunisia | KCCA FC MEDIA| To dream is the first step. The Kasasiro boys have written their story on the continent, and can complete the dream today.The lads were painfully ejected from the 2017 Total CAF Champions league by defending champions Mamelodi Sundowns.However, another window opened for Ugandan League champions and Cup winners to showcase their prowess in the 2017 Total CAF Confederations cup.KCCA FC now has the chance to progress to the quarter finals of the competition, actually they are a point away from progression.A draw between Rivers and FUS Rabat (who play at the same time) would also be sufficient irrespective of the result in Tunis.A team that has been built on belief and free flowing beautiful football that manager Mutebi loves calling “OUR WAY” is just within touching distance of the quarterfinals of the competition.Manager Mike Mutebi vowed to play the KCCA FC way when his charges take to the pitch on Friday night. READ FULL STORIES HEREKCCA dreamsKCCA match previewLIVE TWITTER FEED#CAKCCA TweetsTweets about @KCCAFC Share on: WhatsApp
By Rich Chrampanis NEWARK – Middletown South defense-man Demitri Forand and Trinity Hall winger Adriana Crepaldi stood in front of the New Jersey Devils locker room anxious to see who was coming out of the door. The local duo was being honored at Monday night’s game at the Prudential Center against the Blackhawks for having two of the top five high school goals in the state as selected by the NHL team and Jersey Sports Zone. “I was very thankful to be nominated and having it play on the screen was very exciting,” Crepaldi said. “Everyone was saying ‘great goal’ and I was just smiling and laughing.” Severson didn’t light the lamp, but he did have an assist in the Devils 8-5 win over Chicago. Forand and Crepaldi were treated to dinner prior to faceoff and then when the Zambonis hit the ice for the second inter- mission, the final big moment of the night came. The top five high school goals of the month played on the Prudential Center’s scoreboard, the largest indoor arena video system in the world. In front of thousands in attendance, the crowd let out some oohs and aahs followed by applause when Crepaldi’s goal was shown to rabid hockey fans. It was extra special for the Middletown South junior since he got praise from a fellow blueliner. Middletown South defenseman Demitri Forand’s one-timer goal was praised by Devils de- fenseman Damon Severson.Courtesy: Jay Cook “One-timer. Nice. It’s been a while since I’ve scored one of those,” Severson said when watching Forand’s blast. “That looked good. Nice shot. The goalie’s looking for it, he wants to know what happened.” After the top five goals around the state were selected, the debate came as to who deserved the number one spot in the countdown. When it was decided that Crepaldi’s dazzling move around the defender to score on a backhand in Trinity Hall’s first-ever varsity game earned the top spot, Severson agreed with the selection. In addition to her mother and brother watching the big moment, a number of Adriana’s Monarchs teammates on the ice were on hand to witness Trinity Hall in the hockey spotlight. “It really means a lot. I look up to these guys, I watch them every night,” Forand said. “To see an NHL guy talk about my goal like that, it’s something I’ve never seen before. It means a lot to me. A wonderful feeling that I’ve never felt before.” Adriana Crepaldi had her Trinity Hall teammates by her side when her goal played on the scoreboard at the Prudential Center and received a big reaction. Courtesy: Jay Cook When Devils defenseman Damon Severson emerged to shake hands with the recipients, what followed next was a special moment that will stick with Forand and Crepaldi a lifetime. Severson took a good look at the video of all the top goals being honored. First up was Forand’s one-time blast from the point that scorched the net against Point Pleasant Boro back on Dec. 11. “Oh yeah, that’s the best one. Sorry boys but she’s got you beat,” Severson said when watching the Crepaldi goal with the honorees. “Toe drag to the middle, backhand high glove. That was nice. Those girls were watching you skating around them, that was beautiful. Hopefully, I can score one like that tonight.” “If it wasn’t for them, this wouldn’t have happened,” Crepaldi said with her teammates by her side. The Devils organization makes it a point to have a strong connection with New Jersey’s high school hockey community. From hosting the New Jersey state championships to honoring the captains of every varsity team prior to the season, the Devils Goals of the Month is yet another example how New Jersey’s pro hockey team has a special connection with the grassroots of the sport.
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The prospect of India’s pace spearhead Zaheer Khan playing in the second Test at Trent Bridge seems remote.”He has shown a considerable improvement and we would take a call on him on the eve of the match in consultation with the team physio,” stated team manager Anirudh Choudhary in Nottingham.But those who witnessed Indian team’s training session knew that the manager’s statement was far from convincing.Zaheer bowled 13-odd overs in the first Test at Lord’s, London, before a strain in his right hamstring forced him to sit out and severely handicapped the Indian bowling attack as England thrashed India by 196 runs.As soon as Zaheer arrived at the training session with his teammates on Wednesday, the prying eyes of the Indian media contingent was on the injured speedster.Long after almost all the Indian players had their nets, Zaheer came out in company with team physio Ashish Kaushik. He did a few rounds of lap of the ground, did some sprints under the physio’s observation and then picked up his jumper, only to disappear again inside the dressing room.His bearing wasn’t the one of man who is looking to bowl for India in 48 hours.Ishant Sharma didn’t bowl a delivery in anger and it was apparent he had a few other personal issues to handle like shaving off his flowing hair which have been much like his personal statement in the last four years. His new look created a huge buzz among the electronic media.Sachin Tendulkar and Gautam Gambhir were two of the other notable cricketers who had fitness issues during the first Test.advertisementTendulkar, unlike his second innings appearance, was crisp and smartly shaven and was one of the first ones to walk to the nets. Gambhir too look eager to have a hit even though the bowling on offer wasn’t great shakes.Ishant didn’t bowl at all and neither did Munaf and Sreesanth, after sending down a few serious overs.India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, certainly rattled by his recent batting failures, indulged in some furious hitting down the ground.-With PTI inputs
Burton Albion reach Carabao Cup semifinals via Hesketh winnerby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBurton Albion are into the Carabao Cup semifinals after their 1-0 win over Middlesbrough.On-loan Southampton midfielder Jake Hesketh drilled low beyond Darren Randolph from the edge of the area at the start of the second half to ensure Burton’s memorable run in the competition continues, with the Brewers now having overcome higher-ranked opposition in four of their five EFL Cup ties this season.Burton are also the first team from the third tier to reach the semi-finals of the competition since Sheffield United, then managed by current Brewers boss Nigel Clough, in 2014-15.Middlesbrough, who were bidding to reach the last four for the first time since they won the trophy in 2004, had a great chance to equalise late on but Aden Flint headed Marcus Tavernier’s cross wide from two yards. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say Man Utd midfielder Herrera: De Gea was killing me over clean sheets!by Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAnder Herrera says David De Gea was “killing his mind” over Manchester United’s lack of clean sheets.The Red Devils grabbed only their sixth clean sheet across all competitions in last night’s 2-0 win over Newcastle United.And Herrera is thankful that United’s defence is beginning to improve under new manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.”It’s very important, also because they have a fantastic striker (in) Salomon Rondon,” Herrera told reporters post-match.”He was scoring a lot of goals and our two centre-backs were really, really good. Even in the first-half, they had a small confusion and Jona made a fantastic tackle into the box.”I think all of us are in good form, clean sheet as well.”Very important for David as well. We wanted to make David happy because he was a little bit disappointed the last games.”I had to cope with him after the game, killing my mind, telling me that he wanted a clean sheet and I’m happy for him as well because he got a clean sheet.”
Expectations are rising at Florida.In 2015, Florida went 10-4 on the season, ultimately getting slaughtered in the Citrus Bowl 41-7 by Michigan. This year, however, the team has higher hopes for production. Mark Kierce created an epic hype video to prepare Gators fans for what he suggests could be one of Florida’s strongest seasons. “The optimism in the air is awesome. The excitement in the air is awesome. The gays are ready to get after it,” the video shows head coach Jim McElwain saying of his team to the media. “They’ve put in a ton of work for 15 opportunities.”The Gators are looking to play 15 games this season – that means a chance at a national championship.Check it out:What are your expectations for Florida in 2016?The Gators open their season Sept. 3 against UMass.