Tipp U21s will learn from ‘tough experience’ of losing

first_imgThat’s according to manager Tommy Toomey, whose side went down by a solitary point to the Kingdom at Austin Stack Park, Tralee.Tipp, who were defending provincial champions, led for much of the game but couldn’t get the better of a Kerry side that finished with 14 men.Tommy thinks that the Premier County have a lot going for them despite giving up on their title.last_img

Don’t expect miracles from Di Maria- Van Gaal

first_imgAngel Di Maria will provide an ailing Manchester United with plenty of missing qualities following his big-money move from Real Madrid — pace, energy, incisiveness and goals.Just don’t expect instant miracles from the Argentina midfielder.”I hope he shall give us good results,” Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal said at Di Maria’s official presentation on Thursday, “but we cannot expect after two days’ training that he is the miracle what I already read.”No, you have to work for the miracle and he knows that.”At its lowest ebb since the late 1980s, United is attempting to buy its way out of trouble with Di Maria’s arrival for 59.7 million pounds ($99 million) taking the 20-time English champions’ spending to about 130 million pounds ($215 million).And investment is definitely required. After missing out on European football this season with a disappointing seventh-place finish in the Premier League in May, United slumped to a 4-0 loss to third-tier club MK Dons in the League Cup on Tuesday — one of the most embarrassing results in its history.Such is the prestige and history of United that it was still able to attract one of the world’s top players in Di Maria, who helped Madrid become European champion for a 10th time last season.That’s the level Di Maria hopes he will soon be returning to with United.”I come to Manchester United in order to help the team raise their game and become an important team again,” Di Maria said through a translator.Before his presentation, a highlight reel was played of Di Maria’s best moments during Madrid’s two legs against United in the Champions League two seasons ago. There was the whipped cross for Cristiano Ronaldo’s headed goal. A piece of skill to evade Phil Jones. A dribble around Patrice Evra before unleashing a fierce shot that flew just wide. But the most obvious quality on show was his work rate and relentless energy from midfield.”It is important that he is a team player and that is what I’m liking in Di Maria,” Van Gaal said. “Not only class — he can accelerate the game for us — but he can also play in the interests of the team and that is why we have chosen for this player.”He is a very modest guy and he wants to work. He showed that also last year — he played 52 matches and gave 22 assists. How many players can say that? Twenty-two assists. Then you are also a very social being and in the football world, that is also the case.”Di Maria’s debut is likely to come at Burnley on Saturday, when United goes looking for a first win of the Premier League season after losing to Swansea and drawing at Sunderland.He will be wearing the iconic No. 7 shirt previously donned by club greats Cristiano Ronaldo, David Beckham, George Best and Eric Cantona. Instead of providing added pressure, that simply gives Di Maria added pride.”I was aware of the importance of the No. 7 shirt, Cristiano Ronaldo had spoken to me at Real Madrid and told me how important it was,” Di Maria said. “I wanted to wear this shirt and do as much for the club as Ronaldo and the others could do. The club also wanted me to wear it so I want to live up to it.”Van Gaal also hinted that there will be plenty of comings and goings in United’s squad before the transfer window shuts on Monday.”I had a conversation after lunch with the players and I said maybe after this weekend, we shall have another group because players shall go away and others shall come in,” the Dutchman said.last_img read more

England six face France in boys’ international

first_img8 May 2019 England six face France in boys’ international Tags: elite golf, England teams, England v Spain, Junior Golf Six England players will take on France in an U18 boys’ international at Chantilly Golf Club this weekend.They are Enrique Dimayuga of Surrey (pictured), Dubai-based Josh Hill, Habebul Islam of Ipswich, Ben Pierleoni of Hertfordshire, Ben Schmidt of Yorkshire and Robin Williams of Northamptonshire.The match takes place on Friday and Saturday, 10 and 11 May, and is being played on the course which will host the European boys’ team championship in July.The players are all members of the England Golf national boys’ squad:Enrique Dimayuga, 17, (Walton Heath) tied fourth in the stroke play stages of the French Boys’ championship and reached the last 16 in the match play. He was 10th in the Hampshire Salver.Josh Hill, 15, (Dubai) was in England’s winning team at the 2018 Boys’ Home Internationals and has started a busy schedule on 2019 events, mixing men’s and boys’ tournaments.Habebul Islam, 18, (Ipswich) was also in England’s winning team at the 2018 Boys’ Home Internationals. He reached the match play stages of the 2019 French Boys’ championship and had a top 20 finish in the Portuguese Men’s Amateur.Ben Pierleoni, 17, (Berkhamsted) was 10th in the Berkhamsted Trophy and reached the match play stages of the French Boys’ championship. He has successfully represented England at U16 level.Ben Schmidt, 16, (Rotherham) was third in last weekend’s U18 Fairhaven Trophies, having had top tens in the U21 Darwin Salver and the Portuguese Men’s Amateur. Last season he won the English Boys’ County Champion of Champions and the Lee Westwood Trophy.Robin Williams, 17, (Peterborough Milton) represented Europe in the 2018 Junior Ryder Cup. He was in England’s winning team at the 2018 Boys’ Home Internationals and sank the winning putt for GB&I in the Jacques Leglise Trophy match against continental Europe.Image copyright Leaderboard Photographylast_img read more

Captain Marvel: Sunil Chhetri on how India can fight Coronavirus pandemic

first_imgImage Courtesy: Getty/ANIAdvertisement jfoq95NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vstuh7Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E8jmg( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) lqkWould you ever consider trying this?😱iya5Can your students do this? 🌚tlcxhRoller skating! Powered by Firework Ever since the novel Coronavirus pandemic had made its presence in India, several iconic sportspersons and celebrities have taken a step ahead to advise their fellow citizens on the necessary precautions and guidelines to curb the spread of the virus in the country. Indian football team captain Sunil Chhetri is the newest stalwart from the sporting fraternity to join up on the fight against the COVID-19 outbreak, who has teamed up with Asian Football Confederation (AFC) for a campaign named ‘BreakTheChain’, which aims to tackle further contamination of the virus in the population.Advertisement Image Courtesy: Getty/ANIAlong with Sunil Chhetri, the campaign also featured former Indian captain and legendary footballer Baichung Bhutia, Myanmar football team skipper Kyaw Zin Thet and Sun Wen, the vice president of Chinese Football Association (CFA) and one of the greatest players ever in women’s football. A total of more than 50 footballers and officials from Asia showed their support for the campaign.With the objective to “inspires hope and solidarity in these challenging times”, as stated by AFC, the ‘BreakTheChain’ was launched on Thursday and has outlined the basic guidelines provided by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and local governments, and is urging the citizens to abide by them.Advertisement “Everyone is struggling in these challenging times,” Chhetri was quoted by IANS at the campaign in Kuala Lumpur today, “I must urge you to follow the advice of the World Health Organization and the best medical practices put in place by your local governments. It is our responsibility to do our part by maintaining our hygiene and if necessary, to stay at home.”India, which has already seen the number of confirmed cases crossing the 1000 mark, with 25 deaths, is currently under a 21-day lock down until 14th April.Advertisement Chhetri, 35, encouraged his fellow citizens to work as a team to curb the further spread of the virus in the country’s population.“Let’s work together – as a team – to break the chain and stop the spread of COVID-19. I stand with everyone in India and around the world to put these challenging times behind us and hope that we can all return to our normal lives soon,” the striker added.However, this is not the first time that the veteran footballer has reached out to the Indian public. Last week, Chhetri uploaded a video on his official Twitter handle, urging the citizens to remain in their homes to fight the virus outbreak. Check it out below-Also read-See which Indian cricketer ICC is hailing for his efforts against CoronavirusRead which Indian cricketer just donated Rs 52 Lahks for the fight against Coronvirus Advertisementlast_img read more