Keane silent over incident

first_img Martin O’Neill’s assistant declined to discuss the furore which engulfed the camp on Wednesday last week after Gardai were called to the team hotel in Portmarnock following an alleged altercation with another man. Speaking to the media at the same venue for the first time since the incident, Keane’s response when asked if he was prepared to discuss what happened, was: “No, I’m not.” Press Association Roy Keane drew a veil of silence over the incident which threatened to distract the Republic of Ireland ahead of their Euro 2016 qualifier in Scotland as he met the media on Sunday.center_img Wearing the same frown he adopted when confronted on the sideline at Celtic Park by match referee Milorad Mazic during Friday night’s feisty 1-0 Group D defeat in Glasgow, he was similarly taciturn when asked if the publicity had proved a distraction. He said: “No.” Although Gardai attended – the Football Association of Ireland later insisted at Keane’s request – no arrest was made nor complaint received. The 43-year-old, who was the centre of attention in the build-up to last month’s qualifiers against Gibraltar and Germany because of the release of his updated autobiography, remains big news in Ireland, where his partnership with O’Neill captured the imagination when it was announced a little more than a year ago. However, he insisted the pair’s position in the limelight does not dictate where they can and cannot go. He said: “No. We go into Malahide and have a coffee, it’s fine. We were out last night for a meal, it was fine,” before adding with a flicker of a smile: “We’re not One Direction.” last_img read more

Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony: Media Fueling Public Distrust of Police

first_imgBroward Sheriff Gregory Tony joined the South Florida Morning show to talk about the upcoming Primary Election in which he will face former Sheriff Scott Israel for the first time on the ballot.Governor Ron DeSantis removed twice elected Broward Sheriff Scott Israel from office in 2018 for his mishandling of two mass shootings in his jurisdiction. The governor then appointed Gregory Tony Sheriff. Now the two democrats will meet head to head at the polls on August 18th.Sheriff Tony said that he has not had any problem recruiting or hiring new officers in this new hostile environment. He added that he has experienced a rough arrest by police in his youth as a black man, but the distrust that has fomented since the death of George Floyd is manufactured by the media.Sheriff Tony distrustListen to the full interview with Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony here. read more

Cricket News England achieve third-highest chase in ODI history in Barbados clash against West Indies

first_imgRoot continued to hang in and he was also at the receiving end of a lifeline with Ashley Nurse dropping him off Thomas on 47. The Yorkshire batsman notched up his 30th fifty and also went past 5000 runs but he benefited from yet another dropped catch from Nurse. Root and skipper Eoin Morgan tore into the West Indies bowling, with Morgan hammering two fours and a six off Bishoo. Morgan fell for an aggressive 65 and Root notched up his 14th ODI ton as England coasted to a win.The chase of 361 by England was the third-highest successful chase in ODIs, behind South Africa’s two efforts against Australia in 2006 Johannesburg and 2016 Durban. In the Johannesburg ODI in 2006, Australia notched up 434/4 thanks to Ricky Ponting’s brilliant 164 but Herschelle Gibbs’ brilliant 175 and Graeme Smith’s 90 resulted in a miracle, with South Africa chasing down Australia’s score to win by one wicket.10 years later, South Africa squared off against Australia in Durban. Australia were boosted by centuries from Steve Smith (108) and David Warner (117) as they reached 371/6. However, David Miller’s brilliant 118 off 79 balls and Andile Phehlukwayo’s 42 helped South Africa chase down yet another big total. The Proteas went on to inflict a first 5-0 whitewash on Australia in ODIs.England will square off against the West Indies in Barbados in the second ODI on February 22. highlights New Delhi: The West Indies vs England ODI in Barbados was a record-breaking match. A total of 23 sixes were hit in the West Indies innings, which is the most by a team in an ODI. Chris Gayle made a dramatic return to ODIs by slamming his 24th century as West Indies made 360/8. His knock included just three fours but 12 sixes, which is the joint-ninth most by any batsmen in ODIs. However, West Indies could not defend 360 as England coasted to the target with eight balls to spare as they took a 1-0 lead in the series with a six-wicket win.Responding to West Indies’ mammoth total, Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow started off in grand style as they registered a 91-run stand in just 10.5 overs. Roy reached his fifty off just 30 balls but Bairstow fell for 34. However, Roy was joined by Joe Root and the duo continued to maintain the momentum.Roy was dropped by Oshane Thomas off Jason Holder on 75 and he made the West Indies pay by slamming a brilliant century off just 65 balls. The right-hander notched it up in style by whacking Ashley Nurse down the ground for a six as he punished the West Indies. Roy benefited from two further drops from Nicholas Pooran and Darren Bravo but the 114-run stand was finally broken when Roy holed out to Bravo at short third man off Devendra Bishoo to fall for 123. England’s chase of 361 is their highest-ever in ODIs.The chase of 361 is the third-highest successful chase in ODI history.Joe Root and Jason Roy slammed centuries for England. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Keep draft, off weekend schedule

first_imgPoint/Counterpoint arguments between myself and my associate editor Dave McGrath are usually saved for the Wednesday segment of the same name. But this week, I just couldn’t resist bringing it out to this back — or front if you, like many, turn to this side first — page.Like Dave, I really can’t wait for this weekend — but for very different reasons. I’m excited to tailgate at UW’s softball game Friday, enjoy Mifflin on Saturday and make my first trip to Wrigley on Sunday. And just as importantly, I cannot wait for the NFL Draft to be over.Tens of millions of people watch the Draft, which will take part this Saturday and Sunday. Tens of millions of people are wasting their weekends.Yes, there is definitely an argument that the Draft is exciting because every team is involved. Perhaps that’s part of the reason why I see no appeal to it, because I don’t have a team — I haven’t since Steve Young took too many bonks on the head and John York ran the San Francisco organization into the ground.But, let me just say that anyone who knows me knows that I love nothing more than sitting on my ass all day and watching whatever sort of sporting event I can find on TV. But that being said, I would rather watch darts on TV than watch the Draft.Furthermore, I’d rather watch an NBA Playoff game.That might not sound that horrible to you, but to me, watching an NBA game is the equivalent to watching Lifetime original movies while simultaneously gouging my eyes out with the remote control.And if I may, I will go one step further and say that, if I was going to be a couch potato on the best Saturday of the year in Madison, I would rather watch NASCAR’s Nextel Cup Qualifying at Talladega — which coincidentally also begins at noon Saturday. Other options include “Mrs. Doubtfire,” a World Poker Tour event and, if you can hold out until 12:30, a women’s golf tournament.If you live on Mifflin Street, I beg you, either put your TVs in a closet so they do not get stolen, or lock them tightly to some object which cannot be lifted and put on the Brewers/Cubs game at 1 p.m.Mifflin does not need Mel Kiper Jr. I respect what the man does — and I would love to have a job that allowed me to do all of my work for just two days out of 365 in a year — but he is not essential, and especially not this Saturday.McGrath offered up a plan of waiting out your team’s pick and then either celebrating or drowning away your sorrows based on their selection. However, why waste your time and energy?First and foremost, the Mifflin Street Block Party is about celebrating the fact that you don’t need to have a reason to throw a big bash. Don’t let the Draft tinker with that. Your drinking problems should not revolve around which 20-something player your team drafted.OK, perhaps it should if you really love your team, but how about waiting a few years, seeing if that player pans out, and then deciding whether to celebrate him or detest him with barley and hops.In fact, I know many of you reading this right now won’t be in Madison for the party this weekend, and you don’t need to waste a whole afternoon of your life on the Draft either. I don’t care what else you do — that’s your business — but take 10 minutes out of your life to read Sunday morning’s paper to see who was drafted — that’s really all that’s necessary.If there is anything worse than the first day of the Draft, it is the second day of the Draft. Do we really need to go through all the fifth-round pick for a fourth-round pick swap? Everything is a crapshoot at that point anyways, why not just throw some names in a hat and pick one out.Better yet, why can’t they just get rid of the second day of the Draft? Do teams really need 15 minutes to sort through everything in the first round? Like I said, I hate the NBA, but its two-round Draft is shorter than the NFL’s entire first round.Go ahead and bombard me with e-mails about how you are awesome because you are going to watch the entire Draft because you are a “hardcore NFL fan.” I love people who are passionate about their teams and their sports, but putting yourself through this is ludicrous.Unfortunately for you, you are about as hardcore as the Bud Light Daredevil, and you probably aren’t as funny as he is.Enjoy your weekends everyone, and don’t forget to pick up a Herald on Monday to see where your beloved Badgers go in the Draft.Please send all mock drafts, predictions, photos of Mel Kiper Jr., and death threats elsewhere. If you have anything else, feel free to e-mail Schmoldt at read more

Badgers looking for more good returns

first_imgWisconsin’s special teams had another up-and-down afternoon against Northwestern, at times making contributions, and at others, detracting from UW’s 41-9 victory. What started as an apparent strength for Wisconsin has developed into a looming question mark over the course of the season.On the plus side, kicker Taylor Mehlhaff has developed into a reliable option for the Badgers, hitting six of eight field goal attempts on the year–including five of his last six tries — and nailing each of his 24 point after attempts as well.Coming into Saturday, Mehlhaff had only split the uprights on one kick of more than 40 yards. That all changed when the junior connected on 40-yard and 42-yard attempts at Camp Randall Stadium.”I feel pretty good right now,” Mehlhaff said. “I was kind of upset last week at that longer one [a 47-yard miss at Indiana], I feel like I’m at the level now where I should make those.”Mehlhaff has also done his part in pinning opposing offenses deep, knocking five of eight kickoffs into the end zone for touchbacks against NU. Mehlhaff has now sent 21 out of 37 kicks for touchbacks on the season.”It’s easy to kick touchbacks when it’s warm out,” Mehlhaff said. “I’m feeling more comfortable, and I’m real confident right now.”However, the UW returning game couldn’t say the same against Northwestern. Punt returner Zach Hampton fumbled away his second ball of the season, although co-returner Ben Strickland was there to recover. Bielema attributed this latest miscue to Hampton being unable to find the ball in the sun.”I was very concerned about the sun,” Bielema said. “We talked about it during pre-game warm-ups, and lo-and-behold, we’re put right in that situation, he lost it right away on that first one.”Hangover gameWide receiver Paul Hubbard was flying high after Wisconsin’s 52-17 win over Indiana Sept. 30. To say the least, the junior crashed and burned against Northwestern.Just seven days removed from a six-catch, 122-yard performance that was his breakout game of the season, Hubbard didn’t fare quite as well in his homecoming against the Wildcats. The junior wide receiver caught three balls for 45 yards, but fumbled twice after a catch, losing both drops to the Northwestern defense.Worse, Hubbard stumbled off the field after his second lost fumble. On the play, Hubbard juked toward the middle of the field after the catch but dropped the ball on contact. Afterward, a woozy Hubbard failed to make it to the sideline before collapsing to the turf in front of the UW training staff. Hubbard did not return to the game.Bielema said he was unsure of Hubbard’s condition, but confirmed that the wideout was held out for medical reasons for the remainder of the contest.”I think he was just trying to create some yards,” Bielema said. “It looked like he probably got knocked out and just dropped the ball.”Hubbard was on the sideline for the rest of the game but was not available for comment.After Hubbard’s last catch, tight end Travis Beckum carried the load for the Wisconsin passing game. Beckum, who led the Badgers with eight catches and 107 yards, has emerged as a favorite target of UW quarterback John Stocco despite good showings from Hubbard and receiver Luke Swan early in the season. Swan also added an impressive 14-yard touchdown catch, coming down with a lofted Stocco pass in the end zone to give the Badgers a 17-9 halftime lead.Game NotesThe combined age of Bielema and Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald is 77 years old. By contrast, the combined age of New York Yankees pitcher Randy Johnson and Detroit Tigers pitcher Kenny Rogers, who faced off in Game 3 of the ALDS, is 84 years old … Northwestern won the toss, deferred, then failed to convert an onside attempt as Wisconsin’s Sean Lewis hauled in the attempt … the Badgers held the ball for 37:07, leaving the Wildcats with just 22:53 to control the clock.last_img read more

Busy day of local soccer

first_imgPhoto: Pixabay In local soccer Borroway take on BT Harps, Nenagh Celtic face Thurles Town andCloughjordan play Ballymackey.All those games get underway at 11.30.Then, in the afternoon, there are some TSDL teams in action. In the Munster league Champions Cup semi final St Michaels face Shannon Town in the League Grounds Ennis at 2pm.And in the FAI junior Cup 3rd round Galbally play Suirside at 11.30Finally In the premier league: Tipp Town face Clonmel town, Clonmel Celtic play Old Bridge, Peake Villa go up against Bansha and Glengoole Utd face Two Mile Borris.last_img

Polish trade body urges ministers to rethink gambling regime for a modern economy

first_img Fortuna completes Playtech IMS upgrade for Polish profile May 7, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Mateusz Juroszek – Non-stop STS will expand amid industry disruptions August 12, 2020 Polish gambling trade body Polska Izba Gospodarcza Branży Rozrywkowej (PIGBRiB) has published a report outlining comprehensive changes to the nation’s online and land-based gambling frameworks.    PIGBRiB has issued its report to Warsaw’s SEJM, Poland’s lower house, branding the Polish Treasury’s gambling enforcements of 2017 as ‘non-viable’ for a growing modern economy.In 2016, Poland’s governing PiS National Conservative Party sanctioned the Treasury to undertake a sweeping reform of Poland’s gambling codes, drastically changing the market’s make-up in 2017.Enforcing a 12% turnover tax on all gambling verticals, and further limiting online casino games to the domain of state monopoly Totalizator Sportowy, Poland was branded as an ‘unworkable marketplace’ by departing European operators.Following three years under the new gambling regime, PIGBRiB has urged SEJM ministers to rethink the current legislation, as pro-business solutions would ‘stimulate a healthy and competitive market betting, but also maximise benefits to the state budget’. Replacing Poland’s 12% blanket turnover tax is at the top of PIGBRiB agenda, in which the trade body urges SEJM to pass a 20% GGR rate – an industry tax rate adopted by the majority of regulated EU markets. The PIGBRiB report urges ministers to rethink policy on ‘four critical criteria’ to help Poland develop an effective regulated gambling marketplace. The trade body urges ministers to prioritise: The development of a strict ‘state-sanctioned supervisory unit’ monitoring all regulated operators and services.Developing gambling legislation on social and economic merits, benefitting state revenues and eliminate ‘grey areas’ for market incumbents.The body recommends the constant analysis of state and private enterprises to balance market conditions for the benefit of both actors.To develop consumer-led gambling policies, which incorporate the opinions of the consumer with regards to legislating gambling products, advertising and market restrictions.  Backing its report, PIGBRiB has pointed to EU member case studies on effective gambling tax frameworks and legislative policies, which have protected national consumers whilst increasing state budget revenues.   Despite PIGBRiB’s numerous appeals and foreign operators challenging the Polish government to drop its regime requirements, Poland’s PiS government and the Treasury have made no indication that a review of gambling will be undertaken in the foreseeable future. Polish wagering report highlights STS market dominance  August 17, 2020 Related Articles Submit Sharelast_img read more

Rockets star James Harden pleased to entertain Knicks fans in 61-point display

first_imgThe reigning MVP has now scored at least 30 in 21 straight games.Speaking after the game at Madison Square Garden, Harden told reporters: “This is one of the historical buildings in the sport that we have. Related News Enes Kanter a distraction? ‘What are we going to do, lose more games?’ David Fizdale says  CAREER-HIGH 61 PTS @HoustonRockets franchise record PTS in a game Ties @kobebryant most PTS at current MSG by opponentThe Beard put on a show in NYC! #Rockets— NBA (@NBA) January 24, 2019″Obviously, the fans are one of the best that we have in this league. And so it’s pretty cool to come out here and put on a show for them.”Harden, who also had 15 rebounds and was 22 of 25 from the free-throw line, matched Kobe Bryant’s 2009 mark for a visiting player at Madison Square Garden. Kevin Durant leaving Warriors would be ‘great’ for NBA, Tracy McGrady sayscenter_img James Harden said he was happy to give Knicks fans 61 points as the Rockets star reveled in his memorable performance.Harden became the first NBA player to score 55 points or more three times in a calendar month since Wilt Chamberlain in 1963 in Houston’s 114-110 win over the Knicks on Wednesday. Madison Square Harden— Houston Rockets (@HoustonRockets) January 24, 2019There was a mix of boos and cheers throughout the historic performance in New York, and Harden added: “They couldn’t figure out what they wanted to do. I appreciate them, honestly.”They kept me going and made the game exciting for me … That’s why this place is special. I’m just happy to give them 61.”last_img read more

NFL Honors 2019: Colts LB Darius Leonard wins Defensive Rookie of the Year

first_img NFL Honors 2019: Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes wins Offensive Player of the Year Darius Leonard may have not gotten the Pro Bowl nod he should have but he is more than being honored now.The Colts linebacker was named the NFL’s Defensive Rookie of the Year after leading the league with 163 tackles in 2018. .@colts LB @dsleon45 is the 2018 Defensive Rookie of the Year! #NFLHonors (by @OldSpice)— NFL (@NFL) February 2, 2019Leonard also had eight passes defensed, four forced fumbles and seven sacks on the year.The second-round pick had 111 solo tackles and two interceptions as well. Related News NFL Honors 2019: Full list of every award winner — Patrick Mahomes wins MVP, Offensive Player of the Year He beat out Chargers safety Derwin James, Cowboys linebacker Leighton Vander Esch, Browns cornerback Denzel Ward and Broncos linebacker Bradley Chubb for the award.last_img read more

Lakers-Celtics rivalry is not Luke Walton’s focus in Boston

first_imgEL SEGUNDO — Lonzo Ball was raised on a steady diet of Magic Johnson highlight tapes his dad showed him. No doubt some of them featured Larry Bird on the other side.“Lakers and Celtics, everybody knows about that rivalry,” Ball said. “Bird and Magic. One of the best rivalries ever.”It might be the most important rivalry in basketball. Not that the current Lakers will hear that from their coach when they face the Celtics on Wednesday at TD Garden.“As much as we like beating Boston and we want to beat Boston, that’s not going to be part of my pregame speech at all,” Walton said. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The 107-102 win over Memphis on Sunday was their most impressive of the season, even though they watched the Grizzlies, who were playing their second game in 24 hours, slash a 22-point deficit to just three in the final minute. Two nights before that, the Lakers took Portland – like Memphis, a playoff team last season – to the wire before Damian Lillard bailed out the Trail Blazers out with 3-pointer in the final second.Earlier in the season, the Lakers notched a victory against the John Wall-led Wizards, who are trying to end Cleveland’s reign of Eastern Conference supremacy.Ball reiterated on Monday that he believes the Lakers can be a playoff team, and Walton suggested one of the only differences between the Lakers and the cluster of teams vying for playoff seeds in the West is experience.“Most of those teams have been together for a while,” Walton said, “and have gone after this and they’ve failed together. There’s nothing like failing to bring a good team together because then you realize how bad that hurts and how much more you want it.”There are exceptions, of course. Walton’s first year as an assistant on Steve Kerr’s staff in Golden State was in 2014-15. The Warriors went from making a first-round exit the previous season to NBA champions.“Steve and I kept laughing about, ‘Oh this (stinks), we’re not going to be able to win the title this year,’” Walton said. “Nobody wins it without getting deep and failing. Sure enough, halfway through those playoffs Steve said, ‘I really think we’re going to win the whole thing.’”A smiling Walton added, “So if we go out and win the whole thing this year, I’ll be OK with that.”BINGE WATCHAt UCLA, Ball’s teammates kept talking about a television show with fire-breathing dragons and giants and epic battle scenes. That was not enough to get him into “Game of Thrones,” however.“I was in the gym, trying to grind, trying to get to the league,” Ball said. “Now I have a little bit more time.”He and Kyle Kuzma can compare notes. Kuzma said fellow rookie Josh Hart has been pressuring him to start watching the Emmy-winning HBO series.“It’s long,” Kuzma said. “I was thinking about having something for the planes and stuff.”It’s not a surprise that Ball and Kuzma would be in sync with their viewing habits. The two have been virtually inseparable since arriving in L.A. The Lakers hope that chemistry continues on the court, especially now that Kuzma has joined Ball in the starting lineup.“Off the court, he’s a great person,” Ball said, “so on the court he’s going to play hard, so you put those two together it’s a great teammate. It started in summer league and it just picked up from there.”Added Kuzma: “The goals that we each have are pretty similar. For me and him, we want to be great. On the court it’s yin and yang pretty much. We have the type of vibe that goes together.”center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThe Lakers (5-5) are more concerned with maintaining their surprising seventh-ranked defense and getting Ball’s flagging shooting percentage (29.9 percent from the field) back on track. After winning three of their past four games and getting their record back to .500 for the first time in a year, the Lakers are entering the most challenging stretch of their schedule so far.Boston (9-2) has the league’s best record despite losing starting forward Gordon Hayward to a leg injury on opening night.L.A. opens its first multi-game trip of the season with a back-to-back in Boston and Washington, followed by a matchup Saturday with Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks. They end the trip on Monday in Phoenix against the Suns, who have improved dramatically under interim coach Jay Triano, who replaced Earl Watson two days after the Lakers won 132-130 at Talking Stick Resort Arena on Oct. 20.“Obviously the history (with Boston) is there,” Walton said, “but as much as that’s still relevant in today’s sports, on the list of how high of a priority that is for what we’re working on, whether it’s Boston, Washington, Milwaukee, it’s all the same. They’re good playoff teams.”Using the minuscule and misleading sample size of 10 games – seven of which came at home – the Lakers have looked like a playoff team. Momentum, however, is momentum.last_img read more