Nathan White has admitted he feared he would never realise his dream for Test match rugby during two injury-ridden spells. Marty Moore will provide the immediate back-up if he recovers from shoulder trouble in time as expected, leaving White battling it out with Michael Bent for the last prop berth in Ireland’s 21-man World Cup line-up. Bent’s ability to prop on both sides of the scrum offers the kind of versatility Schmidt has already revealed he craves, but White’s unfussy solidity may yet see him trump his main rival. White himself was simply happy to have made his long-overdue Test debut, conceding he “felt like a kid again” on his international bow. “Being involved in November and in the Six Nations in the camps, that definitely helped me in terms of knowing what was expected on the field,” said White. “I felt like a kid again myself, especially when you’ve got Paul O’Connell out there, a guy I’ve watched for a fair while. “So I just really wanted to cherish the moment. “If Joe’s happy with what I’ve done on the field then hopefully I’ll get the call to go back into camp on Sunday night. “I’m just going week to week really at the moment, hopefully I can go back again. “Marty Moore is coming back, and Michael Bent covered tighthead last week so there’s plenty of options there.” Head coach Joe Schmidt kept faith with the 33-year-old, however, and his impressive cameo off the bench on Saturday has boosted his chances of squeezing into Ireland’s World Cup squad. “When I injured my arm back in November that was very disappointing, but then to get fit and injure my back, there were definitely a few demons,” said White. “Connacht offered me a new contract though, so that really made me determined to get myself right and do right by them. “And this opportunity came along, and that’s just great. “I don’t know how many coaches would show the kind of faith that Joe has shown in me. “He’s backed me and given me a crack, and it’s just fantastic to have had that chance. “There were dark days in rehab but the carrot was always to be in the position to play in a game like this, so it’s great to have done it.” Leinster stalwart Mike Ross remains the only player to feature in every Test in the Joe Schimdt era, and has the starting tighthead spot nailed down for next month’s World Cup. Connacht’s tighthead prop became Ireland’s third oldest debutant of all time in Saturday’s 28-22 victory over Scotland in Dublin, then conceded he fretted his Test chance had passed him by. New Zealand-born White was all set for his Test debut in Ireland’s autumn series in November, only to suffer an arm injury in training that then required surgery. Press Association
Beginning the day top of the Barclays Premier League, having lost just once at home and conceded five in six matches, they ended it in third place. An own goal from Eliaquim Mangala was followed by efforts from Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino as City conceded three league goals in the first half for the first time since February 2003. Sergio Aguero’s ninth of the season just before the break on his return from injury barely softened the blow with Reds defender Martin Skrtel brilliantly volleying home in the second half to complete the rout. “I am more than angry, it is unbelievable the performance we had,” said Pellegrini. “I have never seen this team play in the way they did tonight. “It was a complete disaster, the whole team. “It is difficult to understand why we should play so badly – not just one name but a complete team in defending or attacking possession. “I think we didn’t prepare – we lost so many balls in attack it was impossible to create chances, we conceded four goals and could have conceded at least three or four more.” Pellegrini’s decision to leave out centre-back Nicolas Otamendi and midfielder Fernandinho, two of City’s most consistent performers recently, was questioned but the Chilean refused to expand on his team selection – or his reasons for substituting captain Yaya Toure and Jesus Navas at half-time. “I will not explain the starting XI, if I had to choose the same starting XI again I would do,” he added. “There are a lot of things why I took the decisions with the starting XI but there was not one thing. “I was not happy with the performance of the 11 players, not just Yaya and Navas when I substituted them at half-time. “We tried to make another system and press high but it was exactly the same, it was not our night.” Pellegrini also refused to discuss the performance of Raheem Sterling on his first appearance against the club he left in the summer in a £49million deal. “I don’t want to talk about one player,” he said. “These things sometimes happen in football, why we played so badly today – that is why I do not want to talk about one player or a tactical system.” Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, having won 3-1 at defending champions Chelsea last month, has now taken maximum points from his meetings with two of last year’s top four. His biggest win since taking over seven weeks ago more than made up for the home defeat against Crystal Palace immediately before the international break. “It was very satisfying. I’m not sure if it was the best (performance) but I rarely compare games,” Klopp said. “Two weeks ago we lost the game against Palace, now we have taken those points back. “For us it is important we can see and feel there is a development in our game. We need common experience so we can work with it. “We can do better than we did tonight – maybe not on the counter-attack because they were really good but we can start to believe in our own strength. “At half-time I had a little bit of a feeling some of them were feeling surprised we were in the lead here and that is what we have to learn. “It is normal in football if you have quality – and we have quality – you can be in the lead.” Klopp left £32.5million striker Christian Benteke among the substitutes, where Daniel Sturridge was named for the first time in Klopp’s tenure after recovering from injury. The German selected the majority of players he had to work with at Melwood during the international break and the link-up play between Coutinho and Firmino certainly proved that was the right call with the latter particularly impressive. “I told you a few weeks ago I know about his quality,” said Klopp of Firmino. “He trained 10-12 days with us without interruption, the same as Coutinho, and that is the reason we played like this with the formation like this – we tried to put on the pitch as many players who trained together.” Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini admits his side were a complete disaster and unrecognisable to him in the 4-1 defeat at home to Liverpool. Press Association
By Rik SharmaMADRID,(Reuters)-Lionel Messi scored his 500th Barcelona goal with the last kick of the game to snatch a stunning 3-2 win at Real Madrid and put the two teams level on points at the top of La Liga on Sunday.James Rodriguez appeared to have rescued a point for the hosts with an 86th-minute strike to make it 2-2 after goals by Messi and Ivan Rakitic had overturned Casemiro’s opener.Madrid captain Sergio Ramos was sent off for a two-footed lunge on Messi in the 77th minute and that left Barcelona in a strong position, until Rodriguez fired home at the near post.But Messi’s second goal in the final minute of added time earned Barca a vital win in the title race that leaves both sides with 75 points, although Madrid have a game in hand.“We are first now but Madrid have an extra game,” said Barcelona coach Luis Enrique. “It will be tight down till the end. We got the result we came here for.“This is a season that weighs (on us) like five. So many things have happened, good things, not so good things, things I’ve already forgotten.“The 2-2 (goal) was a terrible blow but players were able to come back in the last breath — the happy ending that we all wanted at Barcelona.”The match was a thriller which will go down as one of the best Clasicos in history, with end-to-end action from the off.Cristiano Ronaldo was furious when Samuel Umtiti tripped him in the box and referee Alejandro Jose Hernandez waved away his appeal, but Barcelona were complaining afterwards when Marcelo got away with an elbow on Messi.The Argentine came in for harsh treatment throughout, with Casemiro lucky not to be sent off for multiple hacks on him after picking up an early booking for a foul.The Brazilian opened the scoring for Madrid in the 28th minute, tapping home at the back post after Ramos had fired Marcelo’s cross against the post.Five minutes later Barcelona were level and it was Messi who finished it, dancing away from Dani Carvajal and slotting the ball beyond Keylor Navas.Gareth Bale went off injured towards the end of the first half and was replaced by Marco Asensio. The youngster set up Ronaldo in the second period but the Portugal international blasted over from close range.Rakitic made him pay with a long-range strike that flew beyond Navas and then Ramos was dismissed as he lunged in on Messi recklessly.Rodriguez levelled the score after he reached Marcelo’s near-post cross but Messi had the final say, blowing the title race wide open.Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said his team were still in control and the result would not upset their title charge.“Nothing changes now. Maybe after today the league will be more open,” he said. “But we still depend on ourselves.”
–Windies level series 1-1Opener Lendl Simmons cracked a half-century as West Indies trounced India by 8 wickets to level the T20 series 1-1, following their defeat in game one.India racked up an imposing 170 for 7 in their 20 overs, thanks mainly to middle-order batsman, Shivam Dube, who led the way with 54 off 30 balls.Dube hit three fours and 4 maximums while wicket-keeper Rishbah Pant scored an unbeaten 33 in support of his partner.Windies seamer Kesrick Williams and leg-spinner, Hayden Walsh Jr, starred with two wickets apiece.Hayden Walsh Jr celebrates a dismissal ©(BCCI)Simmons then made light work of a seemingly stiff target by smashing four fours and as many sixes in his unbeaten 67 from 45 balls; leading the chase as they ended on 173 for 2.His countryman and fellow opening partner, Evin Lewis, was also aggressive, adding 73 with Simmons while hitting three fours and three big sixes in his 40.The pair of Guyanese Shimron Hetymer, who smoked 23 off 14, and the returning Nicholas Pooran who blasted an 18-ball 38 not out, saw the Windies to safety in 18.3 overs.The 3rd T20 bowls off in Mumbai on Wednesday.(Clifton Ross)
The Southern California International Review, USC’s undergraduate journal of international studies, hosted its release party for its Spring 2014 issue at the University Club Monday night.Global scholar · Matthew Prusak, editor-in-chief of the Southern California International Review, spoke during Monday evening’s event. – Austin Vogel | Daily TrojanFunded by the university, the SCIR publishes twice a year and seeks to advance discussion on pressing global issues.Monday’s event, the First Annual Release Symposium, celebrated the published work of undergraduate students in international affairs all across the globe, and those in attendance were able to network and pick up copies of the published journal.Distributed globally, the SCIR receives submissions from undergraduate students around the world and staff then chooses the five best pieces to be published.Editor-in-chief of the SCIR Matthew Prusak noted that the SCIR is the largest journal of its kind on the West Coast, with competitors at Tufts University, University of Pennsylvania and University of Wisconsin-Madison.“West of the Mississippi we’re the biggest journal in town, and that’s starting to show,” Prusak said. “We get many, many excellent pieces — it’s competitive. We’re proud of the final product.”He specified that submissions to the journal doubled in the fall issue and again in the spring.Some of the authors of the journal were in attendance for the release party Monday night. Sean McGuire, author of “Explaining Jewish Terrorism in Mandatory Palestine,” said he was very proud to have been selected for the journal.“I’m really thrilled to have been published,” McGuire said. “I didn’t expect to get selected at all because I know the reputation of this journal has been expanding globally, and I know the competition is really stiff.”McGuire, a USC alumnus who graduated from the university last December with a degree in international relations and economics, wrote his piece for a class he had taken at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.“I had written a good paper for a religion and political science and journalism class … I expanded the paper really with the goal of submitting it to [SCIR],” McGuire said.His piece studied the reasons why certain minority groups lash out in pursuit of their freedom and analyzed case studies from the first half of the 21st century regarding the Jewish population in Mandatory Palestine –— a British civil administration operating in the Palestine region from 1920 to 1948.“I’m interested in the question of why some minority groups — specifically religious minority groups — turn violent in expressing their sovereignty,” McGuire said.Prusak noted that the SCIR fosters a culture of identity for international relations students, and churns out an admirable publication.“This organization [has] really just become a way for the [international relations] community to rally around its own culture,” Prusak said. “We work together, we create a good product — that’s what its about.”
he mid tipp club get their campaign for Dan Breen underway this weekend with the opening round of games in this year’s senior hurling championship against Borris-Ileigh in Templemore on Sunday. There are a total of 14 games down for decision over Saturday and Sunday.Michael Maher, Chairman of Thurles Sars says it’s understandable that they are more of a target as the title-holders.
The poor air quality has already impacted the event, with the Australian Open announcing practice had also been suspended during the morning Tuesday.”Practice was temporarily suspended this morning due to poor air quality,” a statement read.Further decisions will be made based on onsite data, and in close consultation with our medical team, the Bureau of Meteorology and scientists from EPA Victoria.As always the health and safety of our players, our staff and our fans is our priority.— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 13, 2020Air quality in Melbourne has been in the “hazardous” and “very poor” range since midnight local time (8 a.m. ET Monday) in readings provided by the Environment Protection Authority Victoria. Bushfires have ravaged Australia in recent months and there have been concerns over player and spectator welfare at the year’s first grand slam tournament, with the main draw beginning Monday, Jan. 20 (Sunday in the U.S.). Australian Open qualifying was delayed Tuesday due to poor air quality as smoke from bushfires in Australia impacted Melbourne.Play was due to get underway at 10 a.m. local time (6 p.m. ET Monday), but thick smoke blanketed Melbourne, leading to it being pushed back by an hour.
Nadal saved two ‘break’ balls in the fifth game, but did not prevent the seventh from falling from the rival side (5-2). In white, Djokovic closed the first sleeve in his favor and involuntarily gave a touch of attention to the Balearic, who had to climb steps of intensity in search of the comeback.Accustomed to many battles of such caliber, Nadal interpreted it to solve without burden every shift of his own service. Opposite, the Belgrade player did the same until he reached the sixth game, when he lifted five break balls to an already emboldened opponent.Soon after, the tables changed and it was Nadal who prevented Djokovic from breaking with 5-5 and 15-40. A lot of talent was seen by both of them, and the stands were grateful that the set needed a sudden death. The Balkan flopped then, although he recovered the cadence in the blow and devastated especially with his setbacks, initiating the 7-4 in said ‘tie-break’.Baptist opened a fruitless path But before the intense fight between the two best tennis players of the ATP circuit, Roberto Bautista had given Spain his first smile at breakfast time. In a state of grace, the Spaniard showed that his current condition of number 10 is no bluff.Lajovic, with the support of the stands, showed his best version in the inaugural set. He was able to overcome a bad start, where the right-wing blows made by his rival were devastating. Bautista placed 2-0 and 40-0 up, when then his opponent woke up to save a very dangerous ball from the bottom of the track.Despite finally giving up that game (3-0), the Balkan had already entered the job. And he showed it by assigning his subsequent service blank, scoring with difficulty his next serve and breaking in half the Baptist serve (3-3).Having saved two ‘break’ opportunities, Lajovic did not want the first game of the grand final to escape so quickly. He even came out unharmed from a 4-3 down and 30-40 with his duty shift, which maintained equality and led the set to sudden death.However, the Spaniard pressed the accelerator in the twelfth game and took advantage of his first option to break when he was 15-40, to certify 7-5 and start with confidence the second round. And there came the fuel of the Serbian, who was overwhelmed immediately.Bautista aimed his first two shifts at the serve in white, breaking another two of his opponent and thereby achieving a broad 4-0 lead. Desperately, Lajovic connected a pair of accurate drives and consumed a break that extended an exchange of balls with obvious Spanish color.The Castellón de la Plana continued with his versatility and broke again (5-1), consolidating such a situation to put the final 6-1 and track what would be a new success of Spanish tennis. Nadal’s stumble against Djokovic can still be amended with a doubles victory. Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic and his compatriot Viktor Troicki beat Feliciano López and Pablo Carreño on Sunday 6-3 and 6-4, thus preventing Spain from winning the ATP Cup title, whose final played in Sydney (Australia) vibrated with The Balkan comeback.On the track of the Ken Rosewall Arena, inside the Sydney Olympic Park, Djokovic became the great protagonist. After Roberto Bautista from Castellón had beaten Dusan Lajovic 7-5 and 6-1, Balearic Rafael Nadal could not finish off the job and succumbed 6-2 and 7-6 (4) against a Djokovic for sublime moments.Thus, Nadal was overcome after a duel of quality and that lasted 1 hour and 56 minutes. The balance at that point had been balanced, so the encounter of doubles would serve as a climax. At a press conference, the Manacorense tennis player confirmed his tiredness and caused the duo for the final fight to be the one composed by López and Carreño.Both had beaten Australia’s Chris Guccione and John Peers last Saturday during the semifinals, but this time the ‘movie’ was different. Djokovic persisted in his dizzying game and to top it all dragged his companion Troicki towards his good dynamics.The comeback, thanks to Djokovic The defeat of Lajovic had left the survival of the Serbian team in the hands of Djokovic, who has an added value in his idyll with the tracks ‘aussies’. Their great seasons usually start very early every year, always opting for the Melbourne crown to scare from the first ‘Grand Slam’.So it was hardly surprising that, to begin its journey in this new and novel final, ‘Nole’ broke the first turn of the opposite serve. Almost 10 minutes of play took Manacor to yield 1-0, a set that consolidated the Balkan immediately to take the lead (3-1) and continue to disturb the rest. Djokovic works the comeback after winning Nadal and then in the doubles Image: Reuters
Indeed, many of those who knew him were shocked at his incredible ability to talk non-stop for many hours.On Lone Star’s trip to Mauritania to honor an African Nations’ Cup encounter, many of the players, and this was confirmed by Photo-journalist, Mozart Dennis, he spoke non-stop till it was announced that the plane was readying to land at Nouakchott International Airport.Radio Moscow was his nickname, and as a coach he felt he needed a strong arm to control and manage the players.If you guess it, and your mind settled on Coach Walter Pelham, you are right.During his playing days, the lanky defender was a no-nonsense attacker. His fondest memories were the matches he played against the Black Stars of Ghana and even the then Flying Eagles, now Super Eagles of Nigeria.So as President Samuel Kanyon Doe took over the Liberia Football Association as its undisputed chairman, it was national coach Walter Pelham, having assumed the post from ex-Coach, Cameroonian Anthony Kuoh, and assisted by Wilfred Kijani Lardner, who handled the Stars.It was a period of unexpected soccer politics, and Invincible Eleven and Mighty Barrolle’s officials played it to the hilt.We recall the final encounter of the Africa Zone 111 Finals, and with two of Liberia’s super stars in the persons of James Salinsa Debbah and George Oppong Weah in the midst of their soccer revolution, it became clear that they were unbeatable and made for great things.Not forgetting the support from colleagues like midfielder Mark Gibson, striker Dominic Brapoh, (Lucky Shango), Patrick Saar, Pati Rossi, Pietor Kromah, among others, with the clever goalkeeping of Pewou Bestman, the Nation’s Best, Anthony Tokpa and others, the Stars were ready to rumble against the Black Stars of Ghana.Liberian soccer fans knew good soccer when they saw one. Like the former national coach, Josiah N. Johnson would always say, it was in such moments that soccer could speak the language of the turf. However, being as wise as he is, he always reminded himself that the art of soccer is like breaking a piece of biscuit.It normally never breaks where it is not intended, and therefore he always reserved room for disappointment. Now the finals of Zone 111 Tournament were here, and Liberia could not let the trophy slip out of her hands.Team preparation involved many aspects of the game. At some point some players would insist that they need “their thing” to rob on themselves. With soccer’s incredible surprises, there is no wonder that players have always wanted some “divine” help.But then we are confronted with what many knowledgeable supporters of the game describe as “Scientific football.” For where is the scientific part of it when a player would insist he would rob his “thing?”With everything said and done, the time for the finals ticked by the minute and the hour, and it came out that there was a problem with the Lone Star team. The report was not encouraging, for the nation’s celebrated soccer star, James Salinsa Debbah, had announced that he was unfit to play the finals.The report shocked the entire Liberian nation, and team doctors, the best there ever was, got themselves busy, examining the particular leg that the “Miracle Man” had declared was unfit to defend the country’s honor against the raging Black Stars of Ghana. The Black Stars had the indomitable left winger Opoku Nti as its skipper.The president of the Barrolle Sports Association Mr. Alhaji G. V. Kromah, in his fatherly role as President of Barrolle, sympathized with the “Miracle Man,” and Salinsa entrenched his unwillingness to play against the Black Stars. Lo and behold, after careful examination by the best team doctor that ever was, it was announced that James Debbah was as fit as a fiddle, and he had nothing to worry.The relief by that announcement was short lived, but the entire Barrolle leadership could not see eye to eye with the opinion of Lone Star’s team doctor and Coach Pelham.Coach Walter E. Pelham was in a quandary of losing the finals, if the Miracle Man held on to his decision, since the BSA officials were not helping the situation in any case.Walter Pelham saw the emerging development as the end of his career, for he had worked harder with the technical team to reach the finals of the Zone 111, for the first time in the history of Liberian soccer, and sadly everything seemed to burst asunder.As the dew upon the roses warms and melts the morning light, Walter saw his dream of holding on to the trophy, and presenting it to the chief executive fading and escaping, and he knew he would awake to the tears of Liberians who had thronged the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex, cheering and hoping for eventual victory.With a heavy heart, George Weah led his friends, minus the Miracle Man, onto the field, with thousands stunned in silence. In the end the Ghanaians made victory certain, and the trophy returned to Accra the city that had held it since the competition was organized.Like wasted hours of youth, Walter E. Pelham never recovered from what he saw as the greatest betrayal of his life. Though he held on as a coach, and won several matches, Pelham was done with the Lone Star. Finally when he left the Lone Star, the mantle fell on the shoulders of Wilfred Lardner and his deputy, Manneh Peters.The two men, with the support from George Weah, Jonathan Sogbie (Boye Charles), and other professionals, managed, in 1996, to qualify Liberia for her first participation in the African Cup of Nations. Though Pelham was still active and was an executive member of the Liberia Football Association, the fire that burned in his heart for Liberian football had been dimmed.Salinsa’s lack of cooperation angered Mr. Willis D. Knuckles, the former vice chairman of the LFA, that he was forced to pen a scathing response, demanding that, “Salinsa should either shape in or shape out,” of the national team. But like everything James Debbah, many Liberians agreed that he was “bitter sweet,” and sports officials could not swallow him whole, neither could they condone his sometimes erratic behavior, for he was a man gifted with soccer sense that his team mates always needed for the final countdown to victory.As fate would have it, Walter E. Pelham became a casualty of the tragedy that befell then Police Director, Joe Tate, in a plane crash that smothered their remains beyond recognition in 1998.The sad thing was that the new coaches, Lardner and Peters eventually succumbed to their deaths several years later.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
President David Granger on Friday last donated $1 million to the New Amsterdam Secondary School to improve its science and technology capacity.The Head of State made the donation during a visit which was part of activities in observance of Education Month.President David Granger presents the cheque to the Head Teacher of the New Amsterdam Multilateral School, Vanessa Jacobs to assist the school’s STEM programmeThe ancient county, the President said, has played a pivotal role in the development of education in Guyana. He lauded the school for its exceptional performance at the recent Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) exams which recorded a 93.1 per cent pass rate.The school registered 100 per cent passes in Agricultural Science, Resource Management, Food and Nutrition, Industrial Technology, Office Administration, Physics, Principles of Accounts, Principles of Business, Social Studies and several other subjects.However, the Head of State also added that Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) is an economic pacesetter.“Timber, bauxite, rice and sugar and some of the resources in abundance in this region. These commodities have made this region the food basket of the country. More than half of the sugar that Guyana produces comes from East Berbice-Corentyne. Quarter of your rice and the majority of your fish and cattle meat comes from this region. So, your economy has built up over the years but we need to think more of what we can do… outside of Demerara, this is the only region with a university campus.”President Granger explained that the New Amsterdam Multilateral School is one of six multilateral schools which were established to bring into operation a new curriculum.He said the advancement of the science and technology field will produce scientists who are going to propel Guyana’s development.“We need scientists, architects, agronomist, biologists, botanist, chemists, doctors, engineers, environmentalist, hydrologist and physicist. I am a man that puts my money where my mouth is.”On that note, the President announced that he will be giving the school $1 million. President Granger told the students that he has established the National Endowment for Science and Technology (NEST) fund from which the money was taken.The original education system in Guyana, President Granger noted, has been the recipient of tremendous investment.He explained that this year, investment in the education sector moved from 14.8 per cent of the national budget to 17 per cent of the budget which is $52 billion, 15 per cent more than last year.The President said he is not satisfied with only ensuring that every child is in school but he is looking forward to A grade students.“The first A means access – Every child must be able to access primary and secondary schools. The second A is attendance – Every child must attend the school and the stay in school. Studies have established that there is a strong relationship between school attendance, school literacy and numeracy. Giving access and assuring attendance are not enough; we want children to reach a high level of attainment which means that we want children to stay in school so that they can graduate and go to university,” the President added.