Shane 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.” Press Association
Southampton defender Dejan Lovren has hit out as his current club and made it clear his thoughts are focused on joining Liverpool. The Saints have rejected a bid from the Reds for Lovren, an offer he says was for £20million and claims the south coast outfit did not inform him about. Having expressed his disappointment at that situation, the 25-year-old Croatia international has emphasised that his “head is already at Liverpool”. He has also made reference to what he regards as a lack of ambition from Southampton, who this summer have seen manager Mauricio Pochettino leave for Tottenham, full-back Luke Shaw join Manchester United and midfielder Adam Lallana and striker Rickie Lambert both sign for Liverpool. Quoted in Croatian newspaper Sportske Novosti, Lovren said: “Liverpool sent the offer and the club haven’t informed me. “That wasn’t right. I found out about the bid from other people which disappointed me and I realised I’ve got no business staying at Southampton. “Liverpool sent a £20million offer and they (Southampton) paid £9million for me, so they would’ve earned more than twice the amount. “At this point, I don’t know what I’ll do and I don’t like it. “It was unbelievable that a few days ago I had an offer of £20million. It was in the morning and by the afternoon the club had said I was not for sale. Frankly, my head is already at Liverpool.” On Southampton, he said: “Honestly, I don’t know who the main man at the club is anymore. They are now looking for £25million, but I don’t think they’ll get it. “Look, I’d gladly stay at Southampton if the club had any ambitions, if they kept the key players. Not even the Liverpool bid would have dissuaded me.” Press Association And on his suitors, Lovren said: “Liverpool is one of the biggest clubs in the world. “Only Real Madrid have as many fans around the world. The last time I played at Anfield, I got chills when I heard ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone.’ “I would like to listen to it all the time.”
Action on Tuesday’s second semifinal that ended goalless. PHOTO KCCAFC MEDIAKampala, Uganda| KCCAFC.COM| A stalemate was all Kampala Capital City Authority Football Club (KCCA FC) needed against Express in Wankulukuku to qualify for a record 16th Uganda Cup final.KCCA FC came into the second leg semifinal of the Uganda Cup Tuesday with a 3-2 advantage against Express from the first leg played last Friday at Lugogo.Tuesday’s matched ended goalless and KCCA FC qualify to play FUFA Big League side Paidha Black Angels in the final June 10th 2017 at the Betway Greenlight Stadium in Arua.KCCA last played in the Uganda Cup final in 2014, then falling to eventual winners SC Villa 3-0 at Namboole Stadium. The reigning league champions last won the Uganda Cup 13 years after they defeated Express 3-2 on spotlicks after normal time ended 1-1. Share on: WhatsApp READ FULL STORY HERE (click)
Share on: WhatsApp Paris, France | AFP | Youssef El-Arabi scored in the last minute of extra-time as Olympiakos knocked Arsenal out of the Europa League on Thursday on a night when four former European champions were eliminated.Ajax, Celtic, Benfica and Porto went out but Manchester United hardly broke sweat after Simon Deli of Brugge conceded a penalty and earned a red card in the 23rd minute at Old Trafford and won 5-0.Arsenal had won the first leg of the round of 32 tie 1-0 in Greece.Defender Pape Abou Cisse cancelled out that advantage when he headed in a corner after 53 minutes.Arsenal could not break through and were forced to extra time.Giorgos Masouras hit the bar for Olympiakos in the 112th minute and a minute later Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang struck for Arsenal, putting them back in front with a spectacular flying kick.However, in the final minute of extra time, Arsenal cleared an Olympiakos corner but were still disorganised when the ball was swung back into the area.The cross found El Arabi free in front of goal for an unchallenged shot.“Very hard, very tough,” said Aubameyang. “Their last-minute goal was unlucky for us.”Last year Arsenal reached the final.“It hurts a lot,” said Mikel Arteta, the Arsenal manager. “Attack against defence in 25 metres is difficult, but we created enough chances to win the game comfortably.”Olympiakos coach Pedro Martins was delighted.“We were determined, we believed we could qualify and we made it,” said he said. “Tactical intelligence, effectiveness, inner strength, courage…they all weighed in this success.”At Old Trafford, one of United’s recent signings Bruno Fernandes gave the hosts the lead with a penalty after Deli’s flying intervention.The other new boy, Odion Ighalo, making his first start, hit his first goal for the club in the 34th minute.– Tentative Ajax –For the Nigerian, who says United were his childhood club, it was a moment to celebrate, but the emotion was mixed. Ighalo lifted his shirt to reveal a picture of his sister Mary Atole who died suddenly at her home in Canada in December. Ighalo also has her name stitched into his boots.“I have been waiting for this,” said Ighalo. “It’s a moment I’ll cherish for the rest of my life.”Scott McTominay and Fred, with two late goals, completed the 5-0 rout and 6-1 aggregate win.“The football we played at times pleased me the most,” said Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the Manchester United manager.“The players are smiling, they are playing with confidence and that is what we want. The new lads have brought that in.”Ajax, Champions League semi-finalists last year, kicked off two goals down to Getafe, this season’s Liga surprise team, and conceded another after five minutes.Jaime Mata exploited tentative Ajax defending to spin and drill in a low shot from close range.That left the home needed needing to score four, they managed two, the first from young Brazilian Danilo Pereira, with his first for the club, and an own goal when Mathias Olivera deflected a free kick. Getafe held on comfortably.Copenhagen scored three goals on three shots as they won 3-1 at Celtic, but deserved the victory.Jozo Simunovic’s weak back pass gave Copenhagen the ball close to goal after 51 minutes and Micheal Santos completed the punishment.With seven minutes left, Odsonne Edouard levelled with a penalty but as Celtic tried to press, their defence panicked twice in the last five minutes. Pep Biel and Dame N’Doye coolly accepted the gifts to make the aggregate score 4-2.“It just wasn’t our day and we’re big boys, we can take it on the chin and we’ve got to make sure we bounce back,” said Celtic captain Craig BrownBenfica went out 5-4 on a aggregate after repeatedly throwing away the initiative as they drew 3-3 at home to Romanians Cluj.Porto subsided 3-1 at home to Bayer Leverkusen to go out 5-2 overall.Inter Milan beat Ludogorets 2-1 to advance 4-1 in a match played in an empty San Siro because fans were banned to avoid spreading coronavirus.The game between FC Salzburg and Eintracht Frankfurt was postponed because of a forecast of dangerously high winds and will be played on Friday.
Jules Chopin of Kaslo and the Simon Fraser University Clan have advanced to the final four of the NCAA Division II Men’s Soccer Tournament with a convincing 5-0 win over host Regis Rangers Sunday in Denver.The Clan travel to Evans, Ga. for the NCAA Division II semi final December 5 against Carson-Newman of Jefferson City, TN.Unlike the quarterfinal when SFU needed a late goal and a shootout conversion from Chopin, the Clan put this game away early scoring in the first seven minutes of the game and late in the half.Ryan Dhillon and Colin Jacques scored in the first half before Carlo Basso (51), Alexander Kleefeldt (83) and Jovan Blagojevic (85) completed the rout.Brandon Watson faced eight shots to record the shutout.SFU, 17-2-2 now travel to Blanchard Woods Park inEvans, Ga. for the Final Four.The other teams remaining are Southern New Hampshire University and Rockhurst of Kansas City. Kaslo’s Jules Chopin kicks SFU Clan into NCAA Elite EightFirst there was Nelson’s Mitch Popadynetz powering University of BC to the gold-medal in the CIS men’s soccer tournament last Sunday.Now, another Nelson Youth Soccer player has tasted stardom on the university circuit — this time in the USA at the NCAA level.Jules Chopin of Kaslo scored in the sixth round of shootout (watch penalty kick https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1YVde4AfljQ) to spark Simon Fraser University Clan to a win over the University of California, San Diego Tritans to clinch the program’s second straight NCAA West Region title and a trip to the Elite Eight.The Clan tied the game with four minutes remaining as Jovan Blagojevic scored to even the game at 1-1.After overtime settle nothing, the teams went to the sixth round of shootout before the Tritans missed and Chopin converted the winner.This is the second season on the Clan squad for Chopin, who toiled in the NYS system before heading off to play in the Lower Mainland while attending Burnaby Mountain Secondary.Chopin Graduate of SFU High School Soccer Academy in 2011 and played for U18 CMFSC MetroLast season as a freshman, Chopin played seven games for the Clan.This season he started 11 of the 15 games this season for SFU.The win clinches the Clan’s second straight NCAA West Region Championship and sends SFU to the “Elite Eight” where they will face the host Regis University Rangers. The Clan’s match Sunday against Regis will begin at 1 p.m. Live stats and audio will be available at athletics.sfu.ca.
The Kootenay Rhythm Dragons continue to pull in the hardware after the crew took third place at the Vernon Dragon Boat Races Saturday in the Central Okanagan City.The Rhythm Dragons Ladies of The Wake captured third overal in the A Women’s Final.”Once more the KRD grouping of Sisters in Sync and Ladies of the Lake Team proved a winner,” said Coach Cath Little. “Great season for the Kootenay Rhythm Dragons.”The Kootenay The Rhythm Dragons Ladies of The Wake has four paddlers from the Sisters In Sync on the team for the Vernon meet.The Kootenay Rhythm Dragon also won First Place in the Women’s Championship “B” Division at the Kelowna Dragon Boat Festival.Next up on the season schedule is the races in Penticton, September 5-7.The Kootenay Rhythm Dragons will be sending two teams to the Penticton competition.
Home Minister Rajnath Singh will inaugurate on Tuesday an electronic surveillance project in Dhubri district of Assam, a riverine and highly porous stretch along the Bangladesh border.The “smart fencing” will be operationalised in the 61 km riverine section of the international border in the district where the Brahmaputra river enters into Bangladesh, in a bid to check illegal immigration and smuggling of arms, ammunition, drugs and cattle, MHA said Monday.The project, BOLD-QIT (Border Electronically Dominated QRT Interception Technique) under the Comprehensive Integrated Border Management System (CIBMS), will cover the India-Bangladesh border in the area which consists of ‘char’ (sand islands) and innumerable river channels, which makes border guarding a daunting task, especially during the rainy season, a statement by the MHA said.To overcome this problem, the MHA had in 2017 decided to employ a technological solution, besides the physical presence of Border Security Force (BSF) personnel. In January 2018, the information and technology wing of the BSF undertook project BOLD-QIT and completed it in record time with the support of various manufacturers and suppliers.
Shiromani Akali Dal chief Sukhbir Singh Badal on Friday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to request Pakistan to revise the memorandum of understanding signed between the two countries and remove the clause which requires devotees to carry passport to access the Kartarpur Corridor. In a letter to the Prime Minister, Mr. Badal also sought simplification of the documentation and verification process. He said lakhs of Sikh pilgrims wanted to visit Kartarpur Sahib but the cumbersome procedure and the requirement of passports were coming in the way of their visit to the holy site. “Instead of 5,000 pilgrims slated to visit Kartarpur Sahib, the figure is in few hundreds as majority of devotees who want to go on the pilgrimage do not have passports. The devotees are demanding this clause be struck down,” Mr. Badal said according to a statement released here. ‘Not being stamped’As per the MoU, a passport is required to undertake the journey even though it was not being stamped, he said. “A passport is also not needed because restricted access is being given to pilgrims confined to Gurdwara Darbar Sahib only,” he pointed out. Mr. Badal said there were “confusing signals” from Pakistan on this issue. “Though Prime Minister Imran Khan announced that a passport was not required for pilgrims, the military establishment has asserted that this is a pre-condition and only pilgrims with valid passports are being allowed,” he said.
Four countries place on the first day of the Youth Championships ‘Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance PLAY LIST 01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance02:03DOH drafting order to lower prices of expensive medicines00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP Abolish draft. Take out cap on players. Strictly enforce team cap (assuming teams follow). Players deserve be paid as much as they can make— Virgilio Paolo Layug (@vplayug) October 21, 2017But some believe that it furthers the gap between the richer and poorer teams, allowing championship-chasing squads to offer boatload of money to bluechip players while leaving the rest fighting for scraps.Bad idea. You should know that would benefit the rich companies & the fair teams won’t get sh*t. Come on Eric don’t be naive— 🅱⚡⚡ (@SwaggyPilipinas) October 21, 2017 SCREENGRAB from Eric Menk/ YouTubeAmid all the brouhaha surrounding the reported trade between Kia and San Miguel involving the top pick in the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft, a PBA legend had an interesting idea as he gave his two cents worth on the issue.Former league MVP Eric Menk said that the league should scrap the annual rookie selection proceedings and allow the teams to sign the neophytes free market style.ADVERTISEMENT Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion The former Ginebra bruiser even went to as far as suggesting eliminating the salary cap to allow the players enter a “true free agency in the PBA,” further elaborating his ideas on his podcast Staying Major.Can we PLEASE stop this charade every year called the PBA Draft? Instead of playing make believe, just let guys sign where they want…. https://t.co/36HSwv8DMY— Eric Menk (@EMenk30) October 21, 2017Menk’s ideas drew mixed reaction from the public.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Read Next CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA “Can we please stop this charade every year called the PBA Draft? Instead of playing make believe, just let guys sign where they want,” he wrote on his Twitter account @EMenk30.I’m all for 1) Eliminating the Draft (system is broke) 2) Eliminating the salary cap. 3) True free agency in the PBA #doubledown #freedomFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout— Eric Menk (@EMenk30) October 24, 2017 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort The ones who agree with him think that the abolition of the draft could allow the rookies, as well as expiring veterans, to have the luxury of picking their own teams, an event which is unheard of in the league.@EMenk30 is correct pba is fooling us with this kind of trades. Maybe if direct hire other teams have chance to get quality player— June Handig (@june_handig) October 21, 2017 LATEST STORIES Bad idea… How about teams that dont have the money to even sign a named/famous player…— Calvin de Leon (林文中) (@deleon_94) October 24, 2017The trade between Kia and San Miguel are still pending the approval of the PBA Commissioner’s Office, and with the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft fast approaching, commissioner Chito Narvasa has to decide whether he’ll approve the deal or not before draft day comes. View comments
LONDON – Retired German tennis star Boris Becker is claiming his unpaid role as a sports attache for Central African Republic gives him diplomatic immunity from bankruptcy proceedings in Britain.The three-time Wimbledon champion took up the attache role in April. His lawyers claimed in Britain’s High Court late Thursday that this protects him from ongoing bankruptcy actions.Becker says his role as Central African Republic attache to the European Union on sporting, cultural and humanitarian affairs means he is covered by a 1961 convention on diplomatic relations.Legal expert Mark Stephens told The Associated Press that in his view Becker’s claim is valid, but he urged Central African Republic to take steps to prevent the apparent abuse of diplomatic immunity.“Central African Republic should be asked to revoke his immunity for this particular case because it relates to his personal activities and predates his appointment and in no way relates to his diplomatic function,” Stephens said. “That would let the court case proceed.”The 50-year-old Becker, who lives in Britain, was declared bankrupt in June 2017. He is selling some of his memorabilia including Wimbledon trophies in an effort to reduce his debts.The former world No. 1 has criticized the bankruptcy proceedings as “unjustified and unjust,” saying he had been pushed into an unnecessary declaration of bankruptcy by “a bunch of anonymous and unaccountable bankers and bureaucrats” trying to damage him.“I have now asserted diplomatic immunity as I am in fact bound to do, in order to bring this farce to an end, so that I can start to rebuild my life,” Becker said.Becker was named to the volunteer sports attache role on April 26, more than nine months after his bankruptcy declaration.Central African Republic President Faustin Touadera said at the time he was “extremely pleased that a world star like Boris Becker, with his extensive international relations, has agreed to support our country.”Becker said then that he hoped to help improve living conditions in Central African Republic. A press release indicated he would have an office at the country’s embassy in Brussels.Since the appointment, Becker’s Twitter feed has shown no signs of promoting anything in Central African Republic. It was also not immediately clear whether Becker has ever visited the African nation.The landlocked Central African Republic is one of the world’s most impoverished countries, destabilized by deadly sectarian violence since 2013 with thousands of people of killed and hundreds of thousands displaced.The news of Becker’s claim of immunity was met with confusion Friday in the country’s capital, Bangui, where several people said they didn’t even know who Becker was.A spokesman for the presidency said it was up to Becker to be responsible for his own actions.“We’re not responding to something that has nothing to do with us,” spokesman Albert Yaloke Mokpeme said.But a member of the country’s Olympic committee, Cecile Kolingba, said “trying to brandish this diplomatic cover to escape justice, I find that dishonest.”Attacks by armed groups surged again last year in parts of the country of 4.5 million people, sending thousands of people fleeing from their homes. The unrest has created more than a half a million refugees, according to the United Nations.___Marboua reported from Bangui, Central African Republic. Cara Anna in Johannesburg contributed.