Former Galway United goalkeeper David Forde has missed out on being selected for the European Championships in France this month after Ireland manager Martin O’Neill announced Shay Given, Darren Randolph and Kieren Westwood as his three goalkeepers in the 23 man squad last night after the 2-1 friendly defeat to Belarus at Turners Cross. Captain Robbie Keane is included, despite struggling with a calf injury and although he’s unlikely to be fit in time for the opener with Sweden in 12-days time, he could be available for the second game with Belgium. Westwood, who hasn’t played for his country since last June’s friendly with England, gets the nod ahead of Galway native David Forde, who made four starts in the qualifying campaign, including the 1-1 away draw with Germany. Stephen Quinn, David Meyler and Aiden McGeady are also included while the injured Harry Arter misses out, as does David McGoldrick, Darron Gibson, Eunan O’Kane and Callum O’Dowda. Martin O’Neill has been speaking about Forde’s omission… Forward 60 seconds Back 15 seconds Back 15 seconds David Forde misses out on Euro 2016 squad REPUBLIC OF IRELAND EURO 2016 SQUADGoalkeepers: Shay Given, Darren Randolph, Keiren Westwood.Defenders: Seamus Coleman, Cyrus Christie, Ciaran Clark, Keogh, John O’Shea, Shane Duffy, Stephen WardMidfielders: Aiden McGeady, James McClean, Glenn Whelan, James McCarthy, Jeff Hendrick, Wes Hoolahan, Robbie Brady, David Meyler, Stephen QuinnForwards: Robbie Keane, Shane Long, Daryl Murphy, Jonathan Walters Forward 60 seconds Galway Bay FM Sport Audio Playerhttps://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/sports.podcast/Martin+O%27Neill+on+Forde.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Galway Bay FM Sport David Forde misses out on Euro 2016 squad 更多 print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Currently Playing David Forde misses out on Euro 2016 squad Galway Bay FM Sport
Hula Hoops Men’s National Cup – Pat Duffy Cup: Hula Hoops Women’s National Cup: DCU Mercy v Meteors, DCU Complex, 15:30; Basketball Ireland Men’s Division 1: Titans v LYIT Donegal, Colaiste Iognaid, 18:00;BFG Neptune v Team Kilkenny, Neptune Stadium, 19:00;Keane’s Supervalu Killorglin v ITC Basketball, Killorglin Sports Centre, 19:15;Fr Mathews v Kestrels, Colaiste ChriostRi, 19:15;Maree v Sligo All-Stars, Calsanctius College, 19:45; Basketball Ireland Men’s Division 1: Ulster University Elks v Dublin Lions, UUJ, 15:00;print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Hula Hoops Senior Women’s National Cup:Meteors 2 v Glanmire, Columbus College, Dublin, 14.00;Ulster University Elks v Killester BC, UUJ, 14.00;Fr Mathews v Meteors 1, Colaiste ChriostRi, Cork, 17.45. Basketball Ireland Men’s Super League: SSE Airtricity Moycullen v Belfast Star, NUIG, 19:00; Saturday, 29th October 2016 Hula Hoops Men’s National Intermediate Cup Competition: St Vincent’s BC v Drogheda Bullets, St Vincent’s, 19:00; Commercial.ie Éanna v KUBS BC, Colaiste Éanna, 18:00;Griffith Swords Thunder v Irish TV Tralee Warriors, ALSAA, Dublin, 19:30;Radisson Blu UL Eagles v UCD Marian, UL Arena, Limerick, 19:30;DCU Saints v Pyrobel Killester, DCU Complex, 19:30. REPRO FREE***PRESS RELEASE NO REPRODUCTION FEE***2016/17 Basketball Ireland Season Launch and Hula Hoops National Cup Draw, National Basketball Arena, Tallaght, Co. Dublin 14/9/2016Pictured at 2016/17 Season Launch and Hula Hoops National Cup Draw in the National Basketball Arena, Dublin are players from the Men’s Super League and Men’s National LeagueMandatory Credit ©INPHO/Morgan Treacy Sunday, 30th October, 2016Hula Hoops Men’s National Cup – Pat Duffy Cup: UCC Demons v Templeogue, Mardyke Arena, Cork, 15:00;
Connacht U-16 Shield 1st Round Weekend 4th/5th November 2017FAHY ROVERS V CLAREMORRISKILLALA V ARROW HARPSSTRAND CELTIC V KILLGLASS/ENNISCRONE print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Connacht U-14 CUP 2nd Round Weekend 4th/5th November 2017COLGA B V CORRIB RANGERSARROW HARPS V STONEPARKMANULLA A V ATHENRY BBALLINA TOWN V SALTHILL DEVON AMERVILLE UNITED V MERVUE UNITED BCORRIB CELTIC V TEMPLE VILLA O4 BALLINASLOE TIGERS V NEWTOWN BFAHY ROVERS V MERVUE UNITED AGURTEEN CELTIC V BALLYMOEARROW HARPS V CRAUGHWELL UNITED BMANULLA A V COLEMANSTOWN UTDCLAREMORRIS A V MOYNE VILLA ACOLGA A V TUAM CELTICNEWTOWN A V BENBULBEN CELTICBALLINROBE V KILSHANVEY UTD Connacht U-18 Cup 2nd Round Weekend 11th/12th November 2017MERVUE UNITED V GALWAY HIBSATHENRY B V STONEPARKCOOLANEY UNITED V MANULLA Connacht U-12 Shield 1st Round Weekend 4th/5th November 2017CASTLEREA CELTIC V DUNMORE TOWNBEARNA NA FORBACHA V CREGMORE CMAREE/ORANMORE B V CORRIB CELTIC ASWINFORD V SALTHILL DEVON CREAL TUBBER V CONN RANGERSST BERNARDS B V BALLYHEANE Connacht U-14 Shield 1st Round Weekend 4th/5th November 2017SALTHILL DEVON B V TUAM CELTICMOYNE VILLA V AC CELTIC BLUESAC CELTIC HOOPS V GURTEEN CELTICST BERNARDS V ST JOHNSCOLEMANSTOWN V KNOCKNACARRACRAUGHWELL UNITED V ST JOHNDS ATHLETICRENMORE V CASTLEBAR CELTIC BMELVIEW V CARRICK TOWNMOORE UNITED V BALLISODARE UNITEDWESTPORT UNITED B V HUDSON BAY BUOYSKINVARA UNITED V COROFIN UNITEDBALLYGAWLEY CELTIC V BEARNA NA FORBACHATEMPLE VILLA 05 V REAL TUBBERKILTIMAGH KNOCK UTD V KILLALAARDAGH UNITED V BALLYHEANEST JOSEPHS B V CREGMORE CORRIB RANGERS V STRAND CELTIC Connacht U-16 CUP 2nd Round Weekend 4th/5th November 2017BOYLE CELTIC V UCL HARPSMANOR RANGERS V BALLYMOTE CELTICCOROFIN UNITED V MANULLABALLISODARE UNITED V YEATS UTDDUNMORE TOWN V WESTPORT UNITEDRENMORE V MOYNE VILLA AATHENRY A V COLGA A Connacht U-18 Shield 1st Round Weekend 11th12th November 2017MOYNE VILLA V CASTLEBAR CELTIC Connacht U-12 CUP 2nd Round Weekend 4th/5th November 2017
The investment is part of €2.9 million is being allocated to National Physical Activity Plan measures for disadvantaged communities which will be administered by Sport Ireland.Funding for Galway Sports Partnership includes €70,333 for the development of a Community Sport and Physical Activity Hub (CSPAH) at Doughiska, along with €10,000 for Galway’s Youth Leadership Programme.Speaking at the announcement in Killarney today, Minister Griffin said: “The funding of €2.9m being announced today will support the delivery of sport and physical activity initiatives across the country under the National Physical Activity Plan. The comprehensive programme of initiative support through this funding allocation will give people with disabilities and those from socially, economically and educationally disadvantaged backgrounds the opportunity to take part in sport and physical activity. This range of initiatives is as a result of close cooperation between my department, Sport Ireland, the Local Sports Partnership Network and the National Governing Bodies for Sport.”Among the initiatives being announced today are nine new Community Sport and Physical Activity Hubs (CSPAH), along with support for thirteen existing CSPAHs.The CSPAH at Doughiska will see a cricket crease and changing rooms developed. The aim of the project is to link with schools and local community groups and help develop club structures through coach development.Kieran Mulvey, Chairman of Sport Ireland, said: “Previous rounds of investment through the Dormant Accounts Fund have had a real impact on local communities and sports organisations across Ireland. In particular, the Community Sport and Physical Activity Hubs have delivered programmes and opportunities which make it easier for people to get involved in and engage in a more active and healthier lifestyle.”The investment is aligned with the National Physical Activity Plan, with a particular emphasis on implementing programmes to promote physical activity and develop programmes to address transitions and drop out from physical activity.Highlighting the initiatives’ contribution to the National Physical Activity Plan John Treacy, Chief Executive of Sport Ireland, added: “In line with the objectives of the National Physical Activity Plan, this investment allows Sport Ireland, in conjunction with the National Governing Bodies for Sport and the Local Sports Partnership, play a lead role in making sure that more people are more active on a regular basis.”The findings of the tenth annual Sport Ireland Strategic, Planning, Evaluation and Knowledge (SPEAK) Report on the national network of Local Sports Partnerships (LSPs) were also published today.The SPEAK report provides an overview of the work of the 29 LSPs across the country, and highlights the innovative good practice projects and programmes that are being operated locally.Almost €17.2 million was invested in the LSP network, including benefit in kind funding.Commenting on Report, Minster Griffin continued: “The Local Sports Partnership Network carries out vital work in increasing participation, particularly among those sectors of society which are underrepresented in sport. This work is making a substantial contribution to the health and welfare of individuals, communities and the nation. Today’s report puts a spotlight on the many innovative local projects which are being undertaken by the Local Sports Partnerships across the country which enable all citizens the opportunity to take part in a wide range of sport and physical activities.”Chief Executive of Sport Ireland, John Treacy, said: “One of Sport Ireland’s key priorities for the LSP network is the sustainable development within the local sports infrastructure; this report shows that LSPs are doing vital work with clubs and groups ensuring that structures are in place to allow people across the LSP target groups to participate in sport. I would like to thank all of the agencies, groups and individuals who have contributed to this report, and to those who were involved in the delivery of the programmes and projects at local level.”Sport Ireland Director of Participation and Ethics, Dr. Una May, added: “One of the key strategic aims of Sport Ireland is increasing participation across every age group and from all social backgrounds throughout Ireland. The report highlights the great work by the LSPs is removing barriers that hinder participation in sport and physical activity. Sport Ireland, through the Local Sports Partnership network, will continue to take a strategic approach with regard to programme delivery, continuing to place a strong emphasis on monitoring and evaluation of the programmes delivered.”The 2016 Sport Ireland SPEAK Report can be viewed here.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Findings of 2016 Local Sports Partnership SPEAK Report Published Minster of State for Tourism and Sport Brendan Griffin TD, today announced €80,333 worth of funding for sport and physical activity projects in Galway through the Dormant Accounts Fund.
Tuesday 23rd January 201810:30am U19C Girls Carrick On Shannon Community School (Leitrim) v Colaiste Pobail Setanta (Dublin)12:15pm U16C Boys Sligo Grammar (Sligo) v St Munchin’s (Limerick)1:45pm U19A Boys St Malachy’s (Belfast) v Templeogue College (Dublin)3:30pm U16C Girls Jesus & Mary Gortnor Abbey (Mayo) v St Colmcilles Knocklyon (Dublin) In the Under 19 A Boys final a new champion is set to be crowned, as St Aidan’s Whitehall – who held the title for the past two years – have been knocked out on the road to the Arena and instead, St Malachy’s of Belfast will face off against Templeogue College in a hugely-anticipated clash on Tuesday afternoon. A number of the Templeogue College team will also feature just a few days later at the Hula Hoops National Cup Under 18 men’s final, while St Malachy’s bring a wealth of experience to the game. The Under 19 A Girls final will also see a new champion as holders, Holy Faith Clontarf were knocked out of the competition by Colaiste Chiarain, Leixlip, and they will now contest the final against Christ King of Cork.In the Under 19 B competition meanwhile, St Paul’s Oughterard will go head-to-head with St Vincent’s Castleknock College while the Under 19 B Girls final pits Ulidia Integrated against Loreto Stephen’s Green. The Under 19 C Boys final will take place at a later date, while the Under 19 C Girls final sees Colaiste Pobail Setanta prepare for battle with Carrick On Shannon Community School.At Under 16 level meanwhile, there are also a number of interesting battles in store, with the Under 16 A boys final seeing a much-anticipated final between St Mary’s CBS The Green Tralee and St Malachy’s Belfast. Reigning Under 16 A Girls Cup champions Scoil Chriost Ri of Portlaoise will be hoping to defend their crown when they face off against an experienced Crescent Comprehensive.Under 16 B Boys final meanwhile sees Colaiste Einde Galway and Colaiste an Spioraid Naoimh of Cork go head-to-head, while the Under 16 B girls pits Muckross Park College against Presentation SS Tralee.Finally, the Under 16 C Boys and Girls finals will see Sligo Grammar and St Munchins of Limerick do battle for glory in the Boys final, while Jesus and Mary Gortnor Abbey take on St Colmcilles Knocklyon in the Girls C final. Wednesday 24th January 2018 10:30am U19B Girls Ulidia Integrated College (Antrim) v Loreto Stephens Green (Dublin)12:15pm U16B Boys Colaiste Einde (Galway) v Colaiste an Spioraid Naoimh (Cork)1:45pm U16B Girls Muckross Park College (Dublin) v Presentation Secondary School Tralee (Kerry)3:30pm U19B Boys St Paul’s Oughterard (Galway) v St Vincent’s Castleknock College (Dublin) print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email SUBWAY All Ireland Schools Cup (U16 and U19) Fixtures 2018NOTE: All games will take place at the National Basketball Arena, Tallaght. Thursday 25th January 201810:30am U16A GirlsCrescent Comprehensive (Limerick) v Scoil Chriost Rí Portlaoise (Laois)12:15pm U19A Girls Christ King (Cork) v Colaiste Chiarain Leixlip (Kildare)1:45pm U16A Boys St Mary’s CBS The Green, Tralee (Kerry) v St Malachy’s Belfast The Under 16 and Under 19 SUBWAY All Ireland Schools Cup finals 2018 will take place at the National Basketball Ireland in Tallaght from next Tuesday, January 23rd to Thursday, January 25th inclusive, with a host of schools across the country competing for top honours.
Universities Match v ScotlandSix NUI Galway athletes travel to Scotland with the Irish Universities squad for this weekend’s Celtic Games match versus Scotland. Talon Thompson and Finley Daly will compete on the 3000m steeplechase team, with Bridget McDyer featuring in the Shot Putt, Aisling Forkan going over 400m, Aengus Meldon in the 800m and Sarah Quinn in the 100m hurdles.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Galway 5km Series MayFly 10kThe Mayfly 10k was held in Oughterard Sunday last, with Daire Comer of Tuam AC first home in 37.12, ahead of local athlete Donal Kelly in second, and Frank King of Castlegar AC in third, Eilis ni Dhúill of GCH was first lady home in 43.11, closely followed by Carmel Coyne and Emer O’Connell in second and third respectively. Galway Track and Field Senior and Masters ChampionshipsThe 2018 Galway Track and Field Senior Championships kick off this Thursday, 24th May at 7pm the Dangan track, NUI Galway. The first day’s schedule features the 100m, 400m, 1500m, 100m and 110m Hurdles, Shot Putt, Javelin and Long Jump events. Entries are in advance to club secretaries with some limited entries on the night from 6pm.Day two on May 31st will see the following events;200m, 800m, 3000m (Women) / 5000m Men, 400m hurdles, Discus, Weight throw, High Jump, Triple Jump and relays. Connacht Schools Track and FieldThe Connacht Schools Track and Field championships were held Thursday last in Athlone IT, with some impressive performances from Galway athletes. One of the highlights came via Emma Moore of Presentation Athenry, who won the Junior Girls 800m in a new record of 2.13.9, breaking Claire Rockall’s record from 2005. Other Galway victories in the Junior events came from Conor Hoade, also Pres Athenry, over the sprint Hurdles, St Enda’s Uyi Agbonayinma, who won a superb double, claiming both 200m and 800m titles.In the Junior Field events, Lauren McNally of St Brigid’s Loughrea won the Javelin title, Aibhidh Ni Mhaile of SC Carraroe took gold in the Girls Discus, Ava Finn won the High Jump, and Aoibhinn Farrell of Mercy Woodford jumped to Triple Jump gold, while in the Junior Boys events, Luke Dahler of St Endas won Long Jump gold, Adrian Marnali of St Mary’s College took the Triple Jump title, while Conor McKenna of St Mary’s College threw well to win the Hammer gold.At Minor level, Ava McKeon of AM Ballinasloe won Minor Girls 75m hurdles and the 200m, while in the Boys events, Darragh Jennings of Carraroe took the Minor Boys 800m, Callum Healy from Presentation Athenry won the Minor Boys hurdles, and St Mary’s Joshua Osifo claimed the 100m Minor Boys sprint title. In the field events, Jade Moorehead and Lukas Schukat, both of Presentation College Athenry, took gold in the High Jump., and Schukat also claimed victory in the Long Jump.At Intermediate level, Chloe Casey of St Raphael’s Loughrea was in superb form, winning double gold in the Discus and Shot Putt, while Leanagh Gilligan, St Brigid’s Loughrea, won the Triple Jump. On the track, Seren O’Toole of Ballinrobe and GCH stormed to Hurdles gold, Eimear Rowe of Mercy Tuam won the 800m girls event and Emma Boyle of Pres Athenry claimed the 3000m title. In the Boys events, Robert O Domhnaill of Colaiste Na Coiribe won the 200m and 400m double with a fast 22.68 and 50.75 respectively. Eoghan Jennings of Carraroe won the 400m Hurdles, while his teammate Eoin De Buitlear won the Hammer. Anton Tarlov of St Brigid’s Loughrea won the Triple Jump.In the Senior events, Brendan Lynch of St Brigid’s College Loughrea won a double in the Senior Boys, taking gold in both the 400m Hurdles and the Triple Jump, while in the High Jump Jerry Keary of St Raphael’s Loughrea won the Senior Boys title leaping 1.95m, just short of the Connacht record of 1.96m.Jack Dempsey of HRC Mountbellew won both Senior Boys sprint titles over 100m and 200mIn the Senior Girls events, Aoife Sheehy of Dunmore CS won both hurdles crowns, over 100m and 400m Hurdles, while Laura Nally of Calascantius College Oranmore took the Senior Girls 400m. Aine O’Farrell ran a solid 10.49 to take gold in the Senior girls 3000m. In the field, Laura Cunningham of Pres Athenry won double gold in the High Jump and Triple Jump, Siana Lawless of St Brigid’s Loughrea won the Long Jump and Emily Gann of Ballinasloe took the honours in the JavelinThomas McStay of Colaiste Baile Chlair stormed home to take the Senior Boys 1500m, while in the most exciting race of the day the Senior 800m, three of Galway’s best young middle-distance runners broke 2 minutes over 800m, in Thomas McStay 1.58, Jack Maher and Eanna Folan both with 1.59, while Aaron Brennan ran 2 minutes dead in a very competitive race won by Sligo’s Leo Doherty in 1.55.Next up for Galway’s athletes who qualified are the Irish Schools Championships which will be held Saturday 2nd June in Tullamore. Rob Lennon, Castlegar AC, Winner of the Claregalway leg of the Galway 5k series last Tuesday. Pic: John O’ConnorThe fourth race of the 2018 Galway 5km Series took place in Claregalway last Tuesday, with yet another different winner. Rob Lennon of Castlegar AC cruised home to victory in 16.40, ahead of Michael Kerrin of GCH who clocked 16.58 and Dominic Sharkey who placed third in 17.19. Regina Casey of GCH took her third win of the series in 17.49, with Sinead Brody also of GCH second in 18.30, and Aine O Farrell of Athenry AC placing third in 19.12. Athenry are this week’s hosts, on 22nd May, with GCH hosting the final leg in Kilcornan on Tuesday 29thMay. European Masters Road Race ChampionshipsIan Egan of Tuam AC travelled to Alicante in Spain last weekend, competing for the Irish Masters team, and helped the Irish cross-country squad to fourth placed team overall.
REAL Madrid will target Robert Lewandowski this summer as a stopgap if they fail to lure Harry Kane from Spurs, according to former president Ramon Calderon.Madrid will be able to get a closer look at Lewandowski when they travel to the Allianz Arena on Wednesday night for the first leg of their Champions League semi-final.3 Bayern have said Robert Lewandowski is not for sale, but they may have no choiceCredit: Getty – ContributorAn overhaul is expected at the Bernabeu this summer as Real look to bring in a prolific striker capable of closing the 15-point gap to Barcelona at the top of La Liga.Calderon told SunSport: “The objective for Real Madrid, no doubt, is Kane.“If they want a player for the next five or six years they are going to go for Kane but [Spurs chairman Daniel] Levy is going to ask a fortune for him.“As far as I know, Tottenham is not willing to let him go but Bayern also say Lewandowski is not going anywhere.“[Bayern chief executive Karl-Heinz] Rummenigge has said he can bet that he will be in Bayern next season but we have heard that so many times, and in my experience it is the player who has the final decision of where to go.”3 SunSport understands that Kane is happy at Spurs and unlikely to leave this summerCredit: REUTERSCalderon, Real president from 2006 to 2009, has both positive and negative experiences of player power.The 66-year-old lawyer was a key figure in bringing Cristiano Ronaldo to the Bernabeu for a world record £80million fee in 2009.Calderon added: “[Sir Alex] Ferguson and many people from Man United were saying, ‘He will stay here, there is no way he is going anywhere,’ and finally we got the agreement.“We were talking the year before he came and he said, ‘Let me negotiate with my team,’ and finally he decided to come and sign the contract.Tottenham’s Harry Kane mocked after posting video teeing off at golf course following dubious Stoke goal 3 Ferguson told Calderon that Ronaldo would not be leaving Man UnitedCredit: News Group Newspapers Ltd“I had the opposite side with Robinho [who left for Manchester City in 2008].“First you try to convince him but when you know his will is to leave there’s no way you can keep him.”SunSport understands that Kane is content at Spurs and the club in not willing to entertain any bids for him this summer.Which leaves Real with Lewandowski.The 29-year-old striker has shown his prolific abilities in the Bundesliga and for Poland this season, scoring 44 goals in 47 games for club and country.He goes into Wednesday night’s game having hit the net four times in his last three outings.Real will hope he’s not too impressive this time, though.Barcelona fans party in Madrid after beating Sevilla to win the Copa Del Rey
JOSE MOURINHO has lost out in the race for the signature of Toby Alderweireld – to a die-hard fan of the Tottenham star.Manchester United boss Mourinho is desperate to secure the arrival of Alderweireld before the transfer window closes on Thursday.3 Toby Alderweireld met up with a die-hard fan to sign his name for her own tattooCredit: Twitter@AlderweireldTobHe has been frustrated in in his attempts to snap up the Belgian international who has made it clear he wants to quit Spurs this summer.And now Mourinho has seen someone else get the 29-year-old to sign up first – a mystery fan who wanted to get his name tattooed on her back.Alderweireld was made aware of a social media plea by the unknown woman who wanted to make her own tribute to her favourite player.So he used his own Twitter following to launch an appeal to track her down, and succeeded in finding her.3 Alderweireld watched on as the tattoist inked his signature into the skin of the supporterCredit: Twitter@AlderweireldTobManchester United poised to sign Toby Alderweireld for £60m after making ‘breakthrough’ with Tottenham3 United are desperate for Alderweireld to sign on the dotted line for them this weekCredit: AFP or licensorsThe centre-back then arranged to meet her at a tattoo parlour where he happily signed his autograph for the artist to trace on to her back.And Alderweireld then stayed on to watch as the tattooist inked his signature into the back of the delighted fan for eternity.Now United are hoping the next time he scrawls his signature it will be on a contract securing his move to Old Trafford.It has been claimed there has been a breakthrough in negotiations with Spurs which will see the defender finally make a £60million move in the next few days.most read in footballRETRACING STEPSJack Charlton’s granddaughter Emma Wilkinson ‘would love’ to visit IrelandROY RAGEFurious Roy Keane launched foul-mouthed rant at Pique over Fabregas friendshipPicturedTOP FORMBrazil icon Ronaldo soaks up sun with partner Celina Locks on yacht in FormenteraPicturedON THE PAOLPaolo Maldini shows off shredded physique at 52 while on holiday with wifeLive BlogUNITED LATESTMan Utd transfer news LIVE: All the gossip and updates from Old TraffordExclusiveLOCK CLOWNPaul Scholes flouts local lockdown rules by throwing huge 7-hour birthday bashThe transfer window closes on Thursday at 5pm, so United know they need to get the deal done quickly or risk having to stick the the defensive options already in place.Spurs do not need to bring in a replacement, having made that move a year ago when they splashed out £42m on Davinson Sanchez.Sign up for Dream Team 2018/19 nowDream Team is back and better than ever ahead of the new Premier League seasonCompletely free to play£400k jackpot up for grabs across the seasonREGISTER FOR DREAM TEAM 2018/19 HERE
Vandevere had an incredible week with a .500 batting average, a 1.100 slugging percentage and a .583 on base percentage. Vandevere scored five runs on five hits and added five RBIs to help Nicholls expand its win-streak to five games. He notched two triples this week, moving into first place in the conference for triples, and also added two doubles. Oller threw his third complete game of the season – all of which have come in Southland Conference play – leading the Demons to a 3-1 win at Southeastern Louisiana on Thursday. Oller tied a career high with nine strikeouts against the Lions, who entered the game leading the conference with a .304 team batting average. The lone run Oller allowed came when his center fielder lost a ball in the lights. Oller threw 83 of his 117 pitches for strikes and posted a 1.00 ERA. He retired the final nine batters he faced, striking out four of those. Each school’s sports information director nominates and votes for the players of the week, though is not permitted to vote for his own player. To receive honorable mention, a player must receive votes from 25 percent of the Southland sports information directors. Southland Baseball News and Stats (PDF)FRISCO, Texas – Northwestern State sophomore right-hander Adam Oller has been named the Southland Conference Pitcher of the Week and Nicholls senior second baseman Tanner Vandevere has been named the Southland hitter of the week, the league office announced Monday. Honorable mention for hitter of the week goes to McNeese State junior first baseman Connor Crane, Stephen F. Austin sophomore infielder Nick Ramos and Nonwestern State junior outfielder Cort Brinson. Honorable mention for pitcher of the week goes to Nicholls senior left-hander Stuart Holmes, Lamar senior left-hander Chase Angelle, Abilene Christian freshman right-hander Drew Hanson and Stephen F. Austin sophomore left-hander Patrick Ledet.
Huskies flex their muscles against top-seed Carteret Keyport, Middletown South record playoff wins VERONICA YANKOWSKI Middletown North’s Billy Lyons escapes from South Brunswick’s Bryan Turner during the Lions’ 45-17 win over the Vikings in their state playoff consolation game in Middletown on Saturday. Lyons is the Shore Conference’s leading rusher entering North’s Thanksgiving Day game against Middletown South. It must be November; the Middletown South and Keyport High School football teams are winning playoff games. But this year, there’s a third local team in the mix, a dangerous Matawan Huskies team that looks to be peaking at the right time. Over the weekend, both Middletown South and Keyport did what they normally do, win a tough playoff game and advance to the next round. But it was the Matawan Huskies who were the biggest story of the first round, knocking off the CJ Group II top-seeded Carteret Ramblers 36-14 on Saturday in Carteret. The Huskies, who have struggled with consistency most of the year, brought their “A” game to Carteret and shocked the bracket’s top seed early and often. First it was all-everything tailback Kevin Davis catching a 46-yard touchdown strike from quarterback A.J. Roque to open the scoring. The quick strike surprised everyone in attendance, but that shock was nothing compared to what was to come. As it turned out, Davis’s TD reception was simply the first of six straight scores for the Huskies. Following Davis’ touchdown, the Huskies got a 24-yard field goal from Tom Dunnelis; a 22-yard TD run from Davis, a safety, when the Carteret punter fell on the ball in his own end zone; a one-yard TD run from Corey Spann; and a four-yard TD pass from Roque to fullback Tom Corley. All of that led to an insurmountable 30-0 lead. With all this before halftime, the Ramblers managed to get a pair of scores in the second half, but the outcome was never in doubt. Matawan had pulled off the upset and had turned a lot of heads in doing so. The Huskies will now face Ridge on Saturday. Ridge is coming off a 24-7 win over Freehold Borough in a game where the Colonials lost, despite gaining over 300 yards of total offense. Ridge’s ability to force seven turnovers helped them this time, but next week they’ll need to find a way to slow down Davis. The speedy back ran for 142 yards on only 13 carries against a Carteret team renowned for its ability to stop the run. If Davis continues to perform at the level he displayed this weekend, the Huskies may very well have some more surprising wins up their sleeves. As for Keyport, the Red Raiders entered Saturday’s game against Metuchen, looking to notch yet another playoff win for a program that has been a perennial contender in Group I action under head coach Mike Ciccotelli. The Red Raiders were in control from the start on Saturday en route to a 42-7 drubbing of Metuchen. Keyport got on the board first when Kenny Cattouse bulled his way into the end zone from one yard out early in the second quarter. That was followed by a 48-yard TD run from Jamie Gutridge and a nine-yard scoring strike from QB Steve Greggins to J.J. Beedle for a comfortable 21-0 lead. In the second half, Keyport added a Duquan Cross one-yard TD to complete their scoring. The defense was outstanding for the Red Raiders, limiting Metuchen to just a late touchdown. The Red Raiders now move on to the sectional final, where they’ll face a familiar foe in top-ranked South River. The Rams and Red Raiders seem to face each other in this game every year, and with last year’s loss to South River still fresh in their minds, the Red Raiders will be looking for revenge on Saturday. But a win against South River will be quite a feat. The Rams, led by the Greater Middlesex Conference’s top rusher, Zack Earvin, and top passer in QB Mike Feaster, have been dominant from the first snap of the ball this year. The Ram offense is the GMC’s best, and their defense has been just as good. The Red Raiders will need to play their best to keep this one close, and if they do, they may be able to steal a win from the undefeated Rams. You can’t be sure how the Rams (9-0) will perform in a close game. They haven’t been in one all year. The Middletown South Eagles have been one of the Shore Conference’s most dominant teams all season long. Their offensive and defensive numbers are comparable to those of top-ranked Jackson, yet for some reason, the Eagles have not received the acclaim they feel they deserve. Coach Steve Antonucci’s team realizes that the only way to make believers out of everyone is to engineer an impressive drive toward a state title. They began that drive on Friday with a hard-fought 17-14 win over Hamilton North. The Eagles found themselves trailing in this one, which is a position they have not often been in this season. After taking a 3-0 lead on a Justin Clark 32-yard field goal, the Eagles watched Hamilton North bounce back with a touchdown in the third quarter to take a 7-3 lead. South responded with a score of their own when senior quarterback Brenden Kennedy raced 36 yards for a touchdown and the 10-7 lead. Hamilton North’s Even Joseph then put Hamilton ahead 14-10 with a eight-yard TD with 7:50 left. But Kennedy orchestrated a 15-play, 65-yard scoring drive, which culminated in a five-yard TD strike to Mike McClelland to give the Eagles the lead once again. McClelland had what will likely be the most memorable day of his high school career on Friday. In the first half, he had the interception that led to Clark’s field goal. Then, later in the first half, he had a second interception but landed hard on his back and began coughing up blood. He was rushed to Riverview Medical Center, Red Bank, for X-rays, which were negative. He then returned to the game just in time to make the game-winning touchdown reception. And just to top things off, he had a third interception with 26 seconds left to seal the win for the Eagles. South will need some more magic in the next round when they take on unbeaten Wall in the semifinals. The Crimson Knights beat Long Branch 29-6 on Saturday and have been one of the Shore’s top teams all year long. The Eagles have been looking for some respect. They will get a bunch with a win over Wall in the next round. The only other local team in playoff action this weekend, the St. John Vianney Lancers, fell to very strong Immaculata team, 31-12, in a Parochial Group II contest. The Holmdel Lancers played well, moving the ball against the 9-0 Spartans from the first series of downs, but couldn’t sustain their high level of play for the entire game. The young Lancers proved they were a legitimate playoff team with their performance, and they almost caught one of the state’s top powers napping. The remainder of the area’s teams played in consolation games this weekend to some mixed results. The Middletown North Lions beat up on South Brunswick, 45-17, to get to 5-4; the Holmdel Hornets topped John. F. Kennedy of Iselin, 38-34, to get to 4-5; the Raritan Rockets fell to Rumson-Fair Haven, 17-14, to drop to 4-6; and the Mater Dei Seraphs of Middletown remained winless, dropping a 28-7 decision to Wildwood. Staff Writer By doug mckenzie