Month: September 2020

Contrasting reactions for captains

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first_img At one point the United States were ahead in six matches, but McIlroy was an approximate eight under par in thrashing Rickie Fowler 5&4 to put the first European point on the board and fellow Northern Irishman McDowell won five out of six holes from the 10th to complete a remarkable 2&1 victory. With US Open champion Martin Kaymer beating Masters champion Bubba Watson and Rose also fighting back to claim a half, Europe were within sight of victory and Welshman Jamie Donaldson delivered it in style, hitting his approach to the 15th to within inches of the hole to beat Keegan Bradley. That prompted a handshake on the fairway between the captains and the usual curious conclusion as the remaining matches played out, Garcia beating Jim Furyk, Poulter halving his match with Webb Simpson, Lee Westwood losing to Jimmy Walker and Victor Dubuisson halving with Zach Johnson. McIlroy said the win was the “icing on the cake” after winning the Open and US PGA Championship, adding: ” I was just so up for it – more so than I was in the two majors I won,” he said. “There was no option other than to win. I played my best golf, six under through six and that built a comfortable lead that I was able to hang on to.” McDowell, who was disappointed to have played just two foursomes matches before the singles, added: “I’m really proud of myself the way I played the back nine. I’m just relieved. The captain put a big role on me and I’m just happy I could deliver.” Donaldson had already contributed two points from two foursomes outings with Westwood and was never behind to Bradley, moving four up with birdies on the 11th and 12th and making sure of the half point to retain the trophy with a par on the 14th. It was only a matter of time before outright victory was confirmed, and Donaldson did not disappoint. ” I hit the wedge shot of my life to close the game out. I can’t really put words to it. It is unbelievable,” the 38-year-old said. ” I knew it was getting tight there at the end and everyone was building on my group. I just tried not to spend too much time looking at the scoreboard. “I was able to do it well enough to close it out. The lads have got on so well all week. There has been a great craic in there, it is an incredible week. It is hard to describe how good it is – there is nothing else like it in golf. It has been amazing to be a part of it.” Press Association Europe’s players hailed the influence of Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley as opposite number Tom Watson was embroiled in a public debate with Phil Mickelson. McGinley’s side survived an early scare on the final day at Gleneagles to turn a 10-6 overnight lead into a victory by 16.5 points to 11.5 – their eighth win in the last 10 biennial contests. And while McGinley was praised as “modern” and “meticulous”, the losing team’s press conference saw Mickelson call for a return to the captaincy style of Paul Azinger, who led the United States to their only win this century at Valhalla in 2008. “Unfortunately we have strayed from a winning formula the last three Ryder Cups,” said Mickelson, who was left out for an entire day’s play for the first time ever. Mickelson praised Azinger for ensuring the players were “invested” in the team and involved in decision-making, but added: “Nobody here was in any decision.” Watson, who was captain the last time the US won on European soil, said he had read Azinger’s book on the 2008 contest, but added: “I had a different philosophy. It takes 12 players to win. It’s not pods – it’s 12 players.” The contrast in the European team was pronounced, with players lining up to hail McGinley’s leadership style. “He has been so methodical,” Sergio Garcia said. “Every single aspect he needed to touch on, he did. I’ve been fortunate to have a lot of great captains. Paul did things a little bit differently, but with great style. “He has been a little bit more of a modern captain, taking care of every single detail. He knew what we had was good and working but improved it without changing it.” Rory Mci lroy added: “I can’t say enough about the captain. Paul has been absolutely immense this week. He has left no stone unturned. He has given this week a lot of thought over the last two years. I am just glad it worked out for him.” Mc Ilroy and Graeme McDowell, the target for American jibes earlier in the week, had led from the front as the home side recovered from an early wobble, with McDowell three down after five to rookie Jordan Spieth in the opening match and the unbeaten Justin Rose four down after six to Hunter Mahan. last_img read more

Good news for Everton and Baines

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first_imgLeighton Baines’ hamstring injury is not as bad as first feared and he could be back in action when Everton play West Ham next weekend. But following a scan, Everton have revealed that Baines has a grade one tear, the least serious on the scale of such injuries, and is not expected to be out of action for long. “Leighton Baines could be in contention to face West Ham United next weekend after scans revealed the full-back’s hamstring injury is not as serious as first feared,” said a statement on Everton’s website. “Baines will continue to be monitored by Everton’s medical team and, although he remains a doubt for next Saturday, he has not yet been ruled out of the game against Sam Allardyce’s Hammers.” The 29-year-old full-back has been an ever-present for the Toffees in the Barclays Premier League this season, with Everton sitting 10th after 11 games. The defender pulled out of England’s squad for the Euro 2016 qualifier against Slovenia and the friendly against Scotland after suffering the injury in training on Friday. He became the third player to withdraw from Roy Hodgson’s squad this week following the withdrawal of Michael Carrick and Andros Townsend. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

O’Connell taking little for granted

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first_imgIreland’s first autumn Test series clean sweep for eight years is not sure to be a precursor to success at Rugby World Cup 2015, according to captain Paul O’Connell. Joe Schmidt’s men closed out three-straight wins thanks to tries from Simon Zebo and Tommy Bowe, and Johnny Sexton’s 16 points in an edgy 26-23 victory over Australia. Nick Phipps crossed twice and Bernard Foley claimed a third score for the Wallabies, but Ireland held firm despite a relentless late onslaught in Dublin on Saturday. Press Association “I think it works really well when you have that narrow focus on just trying to get better bit by bit. “It’s worked most of the time for us, there have been days when we’ve gone backwards certainly, and probably periods in games where we’ve gone backwards, no different from today. “But I think that’s the way that the coaching staff will address it.” Head coach Schmidt gritted his teeth through suspected appendicitis to guide Ireland to their seventh consecutive victory, before heading off for medical attention quickly after the final whistle. Ireland skipper O’Connell was relieved to atone for last autumn’s 32-15 defeat to Australia, that had the Munster stalwart bemoaning his side’s lack of physical and mental fire at the time. Schmidt’s side lost out cruelly 24-22 to the All Blacks last November when New Zealand stole victory in time added on. This year there were no last-ditch capitulations, but despite the clear mental improvement, O’Connell attempted to downplay the clear progress. Ireland were ninth in the world rankings when Schmidt was announced as the new boss in April 2013; now they sit third, cementing their status with this Australia victory. “I don’t know if it’s a game we would have lost 12 months ago, but we were certainly happy with the way we finished,” said O’Connell. “We haven’t finished games well at points, so to see the quality they brought off the bench, for us to be able to defend the way we did and not give them any easy outs was very satisfying.” Former Leinster coach Michael Cheika admitted he was disappointed to lose on his return to Irish soil, but quickly recalibrated for Australia’s Twickenham clash with England next weekend. The Wallabies compounded their 29-26 defeat to France with another three-point loss in Dublin. Despite two strength-sapping encounters Cheika refused to ease off on his taskmaster style with his squad. “We go again; you’re not tired when you’re playing for Australia,” said Cheika. “We’ll recover and mourn the loss because it was difficult, but we’ll bounce back on Monday and do our best at Twickenham. “I’m very disappointed, it was different from last week where I think we got close but we would have been lucky to win. “This week we got close and we were unlucky not to win to be honest. “All in all I thought it was a really improved performance from last weekend and I thought we were unlucky not to get the result.” Ireland swept the board in November 2006, beating South Africa, Australia and the Pacific Islands, only to slip out of the World Cup in France a year later at the group stages. Veteran lock O’Connell still harbours the mental scars of the big build-up to 2007 that led only to huge underachievement, quickly warning against any repeat. “One of the things we know is that we’ve been here before with a good autumn, and it didn’t serve us well; so that’s the lesson you learn,” said O’Connell. “You have to reassess when you come back in for the Six Nations. “We’ve been eager to improve game by game, so when we come in for the Six Nations there’ll be a short review of the autumn and we’ll try to improve on that. “Your previous performance really means nothing when the Six Nations comes around; we would have been aware of that back then as well. “I sound like a broken record but I know exactly what will happen when we come in for the Christmas camp and the Six Nations camp. “There will be a lot of things addressed that need to be from these three games, and there will be a big emphasis put on learning from that and trying to improve those areas. last_img read more

Koeman: Schneiderlin loss is a blow

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first_img Press Association France midfielder Schneiderlin hobbled out of Saints’ 3-0 Premier League defeat to Manchester City at half-time on Sunday. Saints’ 25-year-old midfield lynchpin now faces scans on his right adductor, with manager Koeman admitting he does not know the severity of the problem. Ronald Koeman accepts Southampton face a “difficult” challenge to cope without injured “key player” Morgan Schneiderlin at Arsenal on Wednesday night. Koeman’s side now face Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea amid a pivotal run of seven matches in 25 days in December. Former Feyenoord boss Koeman has told his Saints squad they “can’t do anything” about Schneiderlin’s injury, so must simply stiffen their resolve for a huge test at Arsenal. “I think Toby Alderweireld did a great job in the midfield position, and the change was because that’s our way of playing and I didn’t like to change it,” said Koeman. “I didn’t have more options to do anything else. “We know exactly what Morgan means for our team: he’s one of our key players and if you miss a key player it’s always difficult for the rest of the team. “We know that and we can’t do anything about that. “More options mean another midfield player: Jack Cork was not available on Sunday, he will be on Wednesday and we have Harry Reed as a young midfield player. “Still James Ward-Prowse is injured, and that’s our possibilities. “We don’t have the bench and we don’t have that same number of players as the big teams, we know that.” “Morgan’s not ready for Wednesday because he needs a scan on his adductor, in his right leg,” said Koeman. “Then we have to wait about the result of the scan. “For sure he isn’t available for this Wednesday, but he’ll have scans to find out exactly what happened. “It’s too soon to know whether it’s serious. “It’s not too soon to say he can’t play on Wednesday, but how long he will be out I don’t know.” Belgium centre-back Toby Alderweireld stepped up into the holding role in Schneiderlin’s absence on Sunday, and could do the same again at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday. Koeman said fit-again Jack Cork will also bolster his midfield options, while conceding Saints do not have the squad strength of their top-four Premier League rivals. Reigning champions City leapfrogged Saints into second place on Sunday, thanks to goals from Yaya Toure, Frank Lampard and Gael Clichy. last_img read more

Martinez wants results

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first_img After four successive league defeats, which came at the back-end of a sequence of just one victory in nine games, the Toffees have managed to halt the slide. Back-to-back 1-1 draws, including against defending champions Manchester City, were followed this week by an FA Cup exit on penalties to West Ham having been reduced to 10 men in the second half. Press Association But results cannot be ignored and Martinez’s side have recorded just one win since November 27 and the Spaniard would dearly love to rectify that against West Brom on Monday – especially as, with no cup action, they do not play again until January 31. “It is important to get a win because that confidence you get with good results you can’t get anywhere else,” he said. “The character shown in coming back against Manchester City was terrific and the work-rate we have shown in the last two performances, especially being down to 10 men, shows the personality and character we have in the group. “Now it is about getting the confidence at a better level to get that win which would give us a real kick for the second half of the season. “The signs from the group, they are very good. Looking at the players who are going to come back soon it will be well timed. “We have nine games left at home and our agenda is to be perfect in every game at Goodison. “We were perfect against Manchester City and we expect to carry that on against West Brom. “It is a game we really want to perform well in and start the period we have in front of us in a good way.” Everton manager Roberto Martinez admits for all the positivity of recent performances, his side have to return to winning ways. Winger Aiden McGeady is suspended following his red card at West Ham. Defender Tony Hibbert is the closest to a return of those currently injured while Sylvain Distin (groin) also has a chance of making the squad. Saido Berahino is set to feature for West Brom after he was banned from driving for 12 months. The striker was due to appear at Runcorn Magistrates Court on Monday, the day of the game, before it was moved forward to Friday. Jonas Olsson remains sidelined, but the defender could be back in two weeks after returning to light training following an Achilles problem, and Jason Davidson is with Australia for the Asian Cup. The Baggies are a point behind Everton but manager Tony Pulis expects them to pull away from any trouble. “I don’t see Everton being in it, they have had a poor run of results but they will pick up, there’s too much quality in the group,” he said. “Before the season started I looked at their squad and thought it was the strongest squad I have seen for years. “Roberto (Martinez) has added to it because of the Europa League, I expect them to go on a run of games and not be anywhere near it.” last_img read more

Reid questions Pearson public feud

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first_img Press Association “I think you must have been either ‘head in the clouds’ or away on holiday or reporting on a different team because if you don’t know the answer to that question your question is absolutely unbelievable, the fact you do not understand where I am coming from. “If you don’t know the answer to that question then I think you are an ostrich. Your head must be in the sand. Is your head in the sand? Are you flexible enough to get your head in the sand? My suspicion would be no.” Pearson apologised at his team’s pre-match press conference on Thursday – although shortly after he got into another verbal joust with a different journalist. Former Sunderland boss Reid told BBC Radio 5 Live: “I know Nigel as well as anybody – he’s such an amiable character and a good chap. Whether it’s pressure I don’t know – but he certainly didn’t come across great. “I’ve given it to plenty of reporters face to face and they’ve given me it back – and I think that’s healthy. “But I like to do it personally. When it’s personal, face to face, you get your point across much better.” West Ham manager Sam Allardyce has defended Pearson , who earlier in the season used expletives in a disagreement with a fan, put his hands around the throat of Everton midfielder James McArthur and ended another spat with a journalist with a series of unpleasantries. But Allardyce, speaking at his press conference ahead of West Ham’s game against Burnley on Saturday, leapt to the defence of his fellow manager and hit out at the furore created around this latest incident. He said: “When you are down there dealing with the pressures that come upon in terms of staying in the Premier League, I think it is a huge pressure for everybody to continue to work under that situation and come through it. “What surprises me is this condescending attitude about what should happen to Nigel that I have been hearing about this morning. People have been talking about bullying and stuff like that – what a load of rubbish. It’s an outburst. Simple as that, plain and simple. “But I listen to the world of the media and sometimes it really does baffle me what they come out with in terms of what he should or shouldn’t be doing.” QPR manager Chris Ramsey, whose side are also involved in the relegation battle, cited the pressure on managers scrapping at the foot of the division as the main catalyst for such issues. “Any manager would feel the pressure,” he said. “Most of the pressure isn’t about yourself, you want to do well for the fans and the owners and everyone who has put their effort and time into the club. “That’s where you feel the pressure from. It’s how you can keep everyone that surrounds the club in work, that’s how I see the pressure.” Newcastle head coach John Carver, who was at Wednesday night’s game and who takes his team to Leicester on Saturday, also had a great deal of sympathy for Pearson. When asked whether he understood the rant, Carver said: “Absolutely. He’s exactly the same as me. He wears his heart on his sleeve and I can understand he loses his temper with a journalist because it is sometimes frustrating. “They (Leicester) did extremely well against a top side and it’s a bit unfair, the criticism he got last night. He doesn’t deserve that. He’s done an excellent job. “Four games ago they weren’t in with a chance of staying up, and he’s deserves a lot of credit because they were dead and buried. He’s turned that around.” Pearson was branded a bully for a bizarre press conference in which he labelled a journalist “an ostrich”, following the Foxes’ 3-1 defeat to champions-elect Chelsea at the King Power Stadium on Wednesday night. Asked to elaborate on claims his players were receiving constant criticism this season, Pearson replied: “Have you been on holiday for six months? Have you been away for six months? Former Premier League boss Peter Reid has questioned Leicester boss Nigel Pearson for his decision to apologise to a journalist in public. last_img read more

Oxlade-Chamberlain defends Gunners

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first_img Oxlade-Chamberlain said: “Ever since I have been at Arsenal, we have had numerous quality players and the whole squad had been very strong. It just seemed that in the big games we came up short sometimes and you wonder why. “The mentality going into those games was definitely a big thing. Since I have been here we’ve steadily got better at that, especially last year. “The addition of Petr Cech will certainly help us. He is a quality player but him as an individual and a character who won things, that’s another one with the winning mentality getting in our squad and can only help us going forward.” The midfielder added: “It does help the confidence and that belief and faith going into that next fixture against them. “It is a long season and it is very early doors. We can’t get too carried away but it is a good end to our pre-season which has gone really well.” Oxlade-Chamberlain produced a lively display against the Blues and hopes it can be the start of a positive campaign on the back of some frustrating injuries. “At the moment I feel good but you know what football is like. You can never speak too soon, so I take each game as it comes,” he said. “I am putting in the work off the pitch and fitness is one of the most important things in the game, it gives you the platform and allows you to do the things you want to do. “That is always important, so fingers crossed I have better luck this season.” Midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has denied claims by Roy Keane the Arsenal players are obsessed with selfies and insists they are all deadly serious about winning trophies again next season. While 21-year-old Oxlade-Chamberlain accepts the players are all fully immersed in the modern social media culture, he insists that does not make them any less determined to deliver on the pitch this season. When asked about Keane’s comments, Oxlade-Chamberlain said: “It is a new era, isn’t it? Some people do it, some don’t. We are serious about winning trophies. “Personally, and I can speak for the rest of the squad, we have been serious every single year I have been at the club about winning trophies. “You can see that on the pitch when we are playing, through the season. “A lot of people don’t see when we lose and go through tough times how upset and disappointed we are. “We have always wanted to win trophies and in the last years we have won a few. This season we want to go that one better.” Arsenal’s victory over Chelsea was the first for manager Arsene Wenger against rival Jose Mourinho at the 14th attempt. There is a growing feeling this season could just develop into a vintage campaign for an Arsenal squad now bolstered by the summer signing of veteran goalkeeper Petr Cech from the Blues. The Gunners secured a long-overdue victory against Chelsea in the FA Community Shield on Sunday with a well-executed first-half goal by Oxlade-Chamberlain. Ahead of the Wembley showdown between the 2015 FA Cup winners and defending Barclays Premier League champions, former Manchester United captain Keane had labelled Arsene Wenger’s squad as “more interested in selfies and six-packs” than focusing on delivering a first championship since the Invincibles of 2003/04. Press Associationlast_img read more

Alex Neil shows support for former team-mate Garry Monk

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first_img Saturday’s result ended Neil’s own winless run of six, and the Scot – like Monk, considered a highly promising manager – praised his former Barnsley team-mate’s credentials and was adamant in his belief that Swansea are already employing the right man. “Yeah (they’d be stupid to panic with Monk),” he said. “If you look at them last year, they got the highest-ever points tally they’ve had. What changes from the end of that season for 12 games into this season? “It’s the same manager, he’s probably not doing too much different, you just go through wee lulls and spells where it becomes tough, maybe people are out of form or you pick up a couple of injuries, there’s a host of things. “Maybe he needs to freshen it up a little bit, but Garry will be best placed to know exactly what he needs to do next. For me, if you got rid of Garry Monk or even thought about it it’s a sad day in football. “We’re only 12 games into the season. I know a couple (of managers are) already gone but it just shows you what football’s like.” Monk remained convinced that his team, who dominated possession without doing anything of note, did not deserve defeat. His squad remains among the Premier League’s more talented but he accepts that they are low in confidence and that should their results not swiftly improve they will soon be battling relegation. Swansea appeared bereft of ideas and confidence both before and after Jonny Howson’s second half headed goal extended his worst run as a manager. There has so far been little suggestion that the 36-year-old is under significant pressure but Swansea sacked his predecessor Michael Laudrup less than a year after he inspired them to the 2013 League Cup, and Premier League management has become an increasingly unstable profession. Press Association “When you are in a period such as this your confidence is not going to be at its highest but you have to give them the trust that you believe in them,” he said. “I understand that football is a tough business and a cruel business. It is very cut-throat and you are working to very thin margins. “Of course you are always wary of (joining the relegation battle) and bear it in mind. We are not quite there yet but in the next few days we have got to put our marker down otherwise the situation will be the situation. I don’t think of it like that, I look at it as a challenge.” Alex Neil has come out in support of former team-mate Garry Monk after Norwich’s 1-0 defeat of Swansea left the manager with only a solitary win in nine games. last_img read more

Accused Chinese Mar-a-Lago Intruder Wants to Represent Herself at Trial

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first_imgA Chinese woman charged with illegally entering President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort wants to represent herself in court.This morning a federal judge is set to rule on whether Yujing Zhang can fire her public defenders and represent herself. Zhang has pleaded not guilty to charges of trespassing at Mar-a-Lago and lying to Secret Service agents. Agents arrested the 33-year-old in March 2019 after they say she lied her way past several security checkpoints and onto Mar-a-Lago property. She later told the club’s receptionist she was there to attended a United Nations Chinese American Association event; an event which did not exist.Once detained, agents say they found Zhang carrying four cellphones, an external hard drive and a thumb drive with computer malware; prosecutors later said when the thumb drive was tested a second time the malware could not be detected.In her hotel room, investigators say they also found $8,000 in cash, nine USB drives, five SIM cards and a device that could possibly be used to detect hidden cameras.Last week, the assistant federal public defender wrote in court documents that Zhang would not meet with a psychologist but has appeared mentally competent in interviews with her attorneys.If convicted, Zhang faces up to five years in prison.Her hearing is scheduled for 10 a.m. Tuesday at the federal courthouse in Fort Lauderdale.last_img read more

Florida Woman First To Test Cancer Vaccine

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first_imgA vaccine is being tested at the Mayo Clinic that researchers say has removed cancer cells from a breast cancer patient in Florida. Lee Mercker was the first to participate in the clinical trial. In March, she was shocked to learn she had breast cancer.“I’m an exercise fanatic, I eat right,” she told First Coast News. “But it just can knock on anybody’s door.”Mercker said she was told she had “DCIS stage zero” breast cancer, which meant the cancer cells in the ducts of her breasts had not yet spread.That left her with three options — the traditional route of surgically removing the cancer cells, surgery to remove her breasts or join a clinical trial for a vaccine that could prevent the cancer cells from coming back.“I signed on the dotted line that day,” Mercker said.Dr Saranya Chumsri, an oncologist at the clinic says that the vaccine is, “supposed to stimulate a patient’s own immune response so that the immune cells like t-cells would go in and attack the cancer.” Doctors say a new vaccine undergoing clinical trials at the Mayo Clinic has effectively removed cancer cells, providing new hope for cancer survivors. https://t.co/PxjBcBoBKU— CBS4 Miami (@CBSMiami) October 11, 2019 A Florida woman in the early stages of breast cancer is the first person to participate in the testing of the vaccine and doctors say her cancer cells are gone.Dr. Chumsri says other patients in the clinical trial are also showing positive results after getting the treatment.last_img read more