first_imgShane Long will complete the perfect week when he leads Ireland out for Sunday’s friendly against Georgia. The 26-year-old West Brom striker has been handed the captain’s armband for what will be his 36th senior appearance for his country with manager Giovanni Trapattoni fielding a much-changed side. Long’s honour comes just days after he gave Ireland a dream lead against England at Wembley, and he said: “I didn’t think the week could get any better after Wednesday night.” Long added: “It was obviously a great thing for me to score at Wembley, but I think the biggest honour you can get is to captain your country and I was delighted to get the nod from the gaffer.” Long was only informed of his elevation after training in Malahide on Saturday morning when Trapattoni called him to one side. He said: “The boss kept the team close to his chest. He asked how many caps I had – and I might have exaggerated a little bit. But he told me I was the most-capped player and he me wanted to lead the team out tomorrow, and obviously it is a personal highlight for me.” It will be the first time Long has captained a senior team, although he had plenty of experience as both a footballer and a hurler during his younger days. He said: “It’s the first time I have been captain in my senior career, so I am really excited. In underage football, I got the captaincy quite a bit, but I have always been the young one in every squad so far, so it’s nice to get the nod.” Trapattoni opted for Long as his captain after confirming his progression from young to senior player, something which came as a surprise to the frontman. “It kind of came up fairly quickly on me. I have been in the squad a long time, I suppose, I have been with the lads a long time,” Long added. “I always dreamt of this day coming, so I am delighted it’s finally here. Normally, I’m fairly quiet on the pitch, but I think tomorrow will be different and I will be trying to help out the team as best I can.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

first_img Published on April 12, 2014 at 7:46 pm Contact Tyler: tfpiccot@syr.edu The last time Syracuse sophomore Kayla Treanor took the field against North Carolina, she torched the Tar Heels for seven goals and two assists as a member of Team USA at the Champion’s Challenge on Jan. 26.But on Saturday, with the nation’s No. 1 ranking potentially on the line, she gave an encore performance that was equally impressive.Treanor equaled her output from January with seven goals to help the No. 3 Orange (13-1, 5-1 Atlantic Coast) pull away from No. 1 UNC (12-2, 5-1 Atlantic Coast) for a 12-9 victory in front of a record home crowd of 2,142 fans at the Carrier Dome. Treanor’s seven scores set a new career high and were the most by an Orange player in any game this season.“She’s probably the only player in the country that’s scored seven goals on that team twice,” Orange head coach Gary Gait said. “She stepped up today. She has incredible potential and just played outstanding.”Treanor scored the first goal for either side 5:56 into the first half after blowing right past defender Courtney Waite to the right of the cage. Four minutes later, she did the same thing to give SU a 2-1 lead.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textUNC head coach Jenny Levy then gave Stephanie Lobb the task of stopping Treanor, but the redshirt freshman fared no better. Treanor added two more tallies during the final seven minutes to help the Orange build a 6-3 halftime lead.Although Treanor seemingly did whatever she wanted around the goal, she credited her teammates for putting her in those opportune positions.“With the support I had around me, Alyssa Murray fed me the ball really well,” Treanor said, “just staying focused on my game instead of the defenders was the objective.”But as the second half began, the Tar Heels mounted a charge and scored three unanswered goals to cut their deficit to one. Another three-goal spurt later in the period tied the score at nine with 12:27 remaining.Rather than panic, though, the Orange offense dug deep for one final charge.“The attack buckled down,” midfielder Amy Cross said. “When we did get the ball, we were able to really finish on our shots, posses the ball and value it more than we did in the past.”No one finished better than Treanor, who gave Syracuse the lead once again with 9:01 remaining. After Cross scored her second goal moments later, Treanor was later able to bookend the game with her seventh and final strike of the afternoon.The Tar Heels’ last real scoring opportunity came with 3:20 remaining, but Taylor George’s free position shot bounced off the crossbar and SU was able to cruise to the finish.Treanor’s seven goals tied for the second-highest mark in school history, behind only Murray’s eight goals against Boston College on February 21, 2012.Levy, UNC’s coach, had nothing but high praise for the sophomore and the chemistry she has built with the rest of the Orange. She said the Tar Heels had a couple of options planned to try and stop her, but none worked.“We play everybody in the country almost, the top teams, and she’s certainly the best we’ve played this season,” Levy said. “You have to be careful because if you hone in too much on her, then she ends up having six assists.”With the victory, the Orange will likely vault to the top of the polls this week. Treanor said that extra incentive was key to her big day and the team’s performance against one of the nation’s best squads.“I think everyone can say they felt it today,” Treanor said. “We’re playing the No. 1 team in the country, the defending national champions, so there was just that extra incentive to get it done today.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

first_img The Topps Company will create women’s professional softball cards for the first time in its 82-year history.Athletes Unlimited announced an agreement with Topps on Friday to create an online exclusive trading card set commemorating its new league. The cards will be produced during the season and shipped when the set is completed.The set will include cards for 56 of the world’s top players, including 17 Olympians from the United States, Canada, Mexico and Italy. Cat Osterman, Jazmyn Jackson, AJ Andrews, Victoria Hayward, Amanda Chidester, Aleshia Ocasio, Haylie Wagner, Samantha Show, Tori Vidales and Jessica Warren are among the players who will be featured.The set will include four “About the League” cards.Topps will also offer a “Championship Set” starting October 5 that will feature the Athletes Unlimited Softball League Champion, Defensive Player of the Season and other award and highlight cards.The season started August 29 and will continue until Sept. 28.Image credits: AP Associated Press Television News Written By COMMENT SUBSCRIBE TO US First Published: 5th September, 2020 08:25 ISTcenter_img Last Updated: 5th September, 2020 08:25 IST Topps To Produce First-ever Women’s Softball Card Set Athletes Unlimited announced an agreement with Topps on Friday to create an online exclusive trading card set commemorating its new league. The cards will be produced during the season and shipped when the set is completed WATCH US LIVE LIVE TV FOLLOW USlast_img read more