Press Association The Ireland international booted all of his team’s points in a 21-16 victory as they came from behind at Stade Pierre Antoine to maintain their perfect start to the European rugby season. “Having the confidence in your team-mates and your squad is really important,” said Toner. “We know that when we get into their half and win a penalty, we have confidence in him to slot it over. “When you get into your opponents’ half, you’re looking to break the gain line or win a penalty – and that’s what happened today.” His sentiment was echoed by scrum-half Isaac Boss, who added: “Mads did very well. We probably gave them a few too many kickable penalties, but they probably won’t be happy they gave us a few too many kickable penalties. “When it’s on a knife-edge, three points makes all the difference. He’s playing very well and took his chances well.” Castres raced into a 7-0 lead after six minutes but Madigan ensured Leinster went into the dressing room at half-time 9-7 up. The home side then went back ahead as they opened up a 16-9 lead midway through the second half but Madigan nailed four further penalties to seal victory and Toner was delighted with the resilience in the team. “It was hard around the breakdown,” he said. “Castres are obviously a massive squad. They love trucking it up, but I think we did well to suffocate them and build pressure and get over the gain line.” He added: “We’re really confident with the squad we have. Obviously, we’ve had a lot of injuries early in the season but I don’t want to use that as an excuse. “We have a talented squad, and talented young lads coming through who are all taking their chances.” Leinster lock Devin Toner heaped praise on team-mate Ian Madigan after the centre kicked the Pro12 side to victory over Top 14 opponents Castres in the European Rugby Champions Cup. Leinster have little time to recover after their French examination as they are back in action at the RDS on Friday when they face Edinburgh in the Pro12. And Boss is glad to be getting back to domestic action after making a 100 per cent start to the European campaign in Pool Two. “We’re happy with where we are at the moment,” he said. “We’re happy to be in the position we are. “But, in professional rugby you’ve got to move quickly – especially this week.”
Arsenal face an anxious wait to find out the extent of the hamstring injury to England midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. “Chamberlain has a hamstring strain, the only thing we don’t know is how bad it is because usually the scans are only done 48 hours after the accident. That will be done today [Wednesday],” Wenger said in an interview with the club’s official website, www.arsenal.com. Wenger added midfielder Jack Wilshere was “progressing well” following minor surgery to removes studs from pins in his ankle, and Mathieu Flamini had resumed full training after a hamstring problem, so comes into contention for Saturday. There was also positive news on centre-back Gabriel Paulista, who limped off against QPR with a hamstring strain but is expected back training “on Sunday or Monday”. Wenger believes the victory at Old Trafford, secured by a goal from former United striker Danny Welbeck, can have a positive impact for the remainder of the campaign. The Gunners boss, though, accepts recent performances have drained his squad physically, and so will have some decisions to make as he looks to keep the players fresh for both the West Ham match and the second leg of their Champions League tie at Monaco, where Arsenal will be out to overturn a 3-1 deficit. Theo Walcott could come back into contention, having again been left on the bench at United. “We were at a high level of fatigue because we played against Monaco, Everton, QPR, Manchester United, all very physical games,” said Wenger. “I will have to test medically, physically, how the players are on Friday, and I will make my decision then. The big priority is of course West Ham.” German forward Lukas Podolski, meanwhile, has indicated his intention to return to Arsenal in the summer, having failed to make an impression on a loan spell at Inter Milan. Speaking to Sport Bild, the World Cup winner said: “The chapter is not closed with Arsenal, because there is no purchase option. “I was the first person to clear things up in the talks with Inter and say I didn’t want any kind of clause that would have let them purchase my contract rights. “When you’re on loan you never know what can happen, so at the end of the season we’ll analyse things freely and decide the situation.” Podolski was left out of Inter’s squad for the Europa League and has seen his performance levels criticised by Nerazzurri coach Roberto Mancini. The 29-year-old added: “At Inter there have been some negative situations, but I see the bright side in all of it. “Also, it’s generally easier to criticise someone who comes on loan, as I did this winter.” Arsenal are set to join Everton, Stoke and a Singapore Select XI team for the Barclays Asia Trophy Singapore in July 2015, which will see the Gunners return to the country for the first time since 1991 as part of their pre-season campaign. Wenger said: “It will be a typical English Premier League competition in Asia and we know that English football is very popular in Asia, and that’s a good opportunity to show how much we respect Asia as well. “[Strong competition] is what you’re looking for, to prepare well with the right intensity in the games to have a look at everybody as well. We have young promising players who can be a name after the competition. It’s a good opportunity as well for Singapore people to see these players.” Press Association The 21-year-old, who had just returned to the side following a groin problem, was substituted during the second half of Monday night’s FA Cup quarter-final win at Manchester United, where he had earlier set up Nacho Monreal’s opening goal. Manager Arsene Wenger confirmed the midfielder was set for a scan but the prognosis would not be determined until later in the week, although it is now unlikely Oxlade-Chamberlain will feature in Saturday’s Barclays Premier League game against West Ham.
(ESPNCRICINFO) – England have released five players from the bio-secure bubble at Emirates Old Trafford. Joe Denly will move over to the white-ball training group down at the Ageas Bowl ahead of the Ireland series, while Dan Lawrence, Craig Overton, Ollie Robinson and Olly Stone have returned to their counties.England’s three-Test series against West Indies had featured an enlarged squad, with a number of players retained as reserves in the event of COVID-19 substitutions being required. Six back-ups remain at Emirates Old Trafford after England named their XI for the third Test: James Bracey, Zak Crawley, Sam Curran, Ben Foakes, Jack Leach and Mark Wood.Denly, who played the first Test of the series before being dropped following the return of Joe Root from paternity leave, will join the white-ball group on Monday, with the first of three ODIs against Ireland taking place on Thursday,Stone, who had suffered a hamstring injury during the intra-squad match prior to the series, was already back in action with Warwickshire on Friday, picking up a couple of wickets after lunch on day one of a two-day friendly against Nottinghamshire at Edgbaston.Should any of those released from the group be called up again for the Tests against Pakistan, they will have to undergo a five-day isolation and return two negative COVID-19 tests before rejoining the bio-secure environment.Although there is only a one-week gap between the end of the third West Indies Test and the start of the Pakistan series, England’s Test group are expected to be granted some time out of the bubble, subject to various conditions, in order to visit their families.
BEN CLASSON/Herald photoAfter knocking off UW-Green Bay in a doubleheader Tuesday, the University of Wisconsin softball team (26-15, 5-7) will carry its hot bats into Michigan in hopes of stealing a set of conference wins from the likes of No. 8 Michigan (38-8, 8-2) and Michigan State (26-24, 2-8). Despite being swept in both halves of their home finale last Sunday, it seems a non-conference set with the Phoenix was just what the Badgers needed. Wisconsin was able to squeak by UW-Green Bay 2-1 in the first game, but blew the Phoenix out 10-1 in Game 2 behind two home runs off the bat of Ricci Robben. Joey Daniels also went deep in Game 1, and added a 3-for-3 performance in the nightcap. In the circle, senior Eden Brock turned in another solid outing for UW, going six innings and allowing one run in the first game. Letty Olivarez followed in Game 2, and proceeded to fan a career-high 12 batters in six innings. Leah Vanevenhoven worked a 1-2-3 seventh inning in Game 1, and effectively closed out Game 2 in relief of Letty Olivarez. Having a hard-throwing arm at the back of the bullpen is an advantage UW head coach Chandelle Schulte knows will help out in tight situations. “We can’t let people back into the ballgame,” Schulte said. “We’ve got to shut the door. We talked a lot about that in between games, and I felt like we did that better the second game.” Olivarez has continued to handle a heavy load over what has been an up-and-down season at times, but the experience she gains as a freshman will only make her a better pitcher in years to come. “It’s really just about her getting some confidence,” Schulte said. “We’ve got to get her confident now, because she is the future.” Continuing to lead the Badgers at the plate is senior centerfielder Sam Polito, who extended her hitting streak to a school-record 16 games against the Phoenix. The previous record was held by Julie Borchard, who had streaks of 14 games in both 1996 and 1998. Polito finished the day 5-for-7 and raised her average to a team-high .386. With any luck, Saturday’s series with MSU will serve as a warm-up for Wisconsin’s major test against Michigan Sunday, but the Badgers know that no one should be taken lightly in the Big Ten conference. Four players in the Spartans’ starting lineup are hitting .300 or better, with sophomore catcher Kara Weigle leading the way at .377. Although possessing many of the qualities of a typical catcher, Weigle certainly doesn’t fit the mold when it comes to speed. Her eight triples pace the squad and she has also been successful in 13 of 15 stolen base attempts. From East Lansing, Mich., the Badgers will head southeast to Ann Arbor, and awaiting them will be the No. 8 team in the country — Michigan. The Wolverines come into this weekend’s matchup on a roll, having won their last five contests, and 11 of the last 13. Much like Wisconsin, Michigan relies heavily on its own speedy centerfielder, junior Alessandra Giampaolo. Giampaolo is hitting .409 on the year, and carries her own eight-game hit streak into Sunday’s matchup with the Badgers. Lining up alongside Giampaolo is reigning Big Ten Player of the Week Rebekah Milian, who owns a .361 average to go along with 43 hits and 31 runs. If the Badgers hope to claw their way back into the upper half of the Big Ten, taking four conference victories on their tour of the Wolverine state would be a step in the right direction. “These next few games are vital,” first baseman Alexis Garcia said. “We have to do well.”
The Los Angeles Police Department began an investigation into the death of an unidentified 22-year-old male near USC Tuesday afternoon.After an initial response by the Department of Public Safety, LAPD began its investigation at 2:25 p.m.The incident occurred at the 600 block of West 30th Street, according to LAPD media relations Officer Tony Im.DPS Deputy Chief David Carlisle said that LAPD and the L.A. County coroner have taken control of the investigation.“Initially, we were told it appeared to be an accidental overdose,” Carlisle said. “But that will be determined ultimately by the LAPD and the coroner.”LAPD will notify the deceased’s family and determine when to make his name public.UPDATE:The man was identified as Jonathan Bisignano, a senior majoring in international relations (global economy) in a statement from Dani Byrd, interim dean of the Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, to students, faculty and staff in the School of International Relations on Friday.The L.A. County Coroner said Bisignano was 22, not 23 as previously reported.In an email to the Daily Trojan, Gerard Bisignano said that his son had a hereditary heart condition and died in his sleep from heart failure. Gerard Bisignano said that he spoke with the coroner’s investigator and that no drug paraphernalia was found at the scene.“Jonathan was known as a caring, smart and ambitious man,” Gerard Bisignano said.
Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on April 16, 2016 at 10:52 pm Contact Matthew: email@example.com | @MatthewGut21 An eventful first inning left Syracuse in a four-run hole and without its head coach.Two North Carolina State singles and a pair of walks put the Orange down less than 15 minutes in. Head coach Mike Bosch was ejected in the first inning after arguing a close call at the plate. It all came right on the heels of SU losing by one run in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader after Cheyenne Balzer launched a go-ahead home run in the seventh inning.But the Orange scored five unanswered runs in its comeback thanks to mid-game adjustments at the plate and in the field. Syracuse (22-18, 7-9 Atlantic Coast) fought all the way back from a four-run deficit in the first inning to beat NC State (20-25, 4-10), 5-4, in game 2 on Saturday at SU Softball Stadium.The Orange banged out 10 hits in game 1 — twice as many as N.C. State — but only plated four in the loss. In game 2, SU again recorded 10 hits but only had five runs to show for it. The Orange left nine runners on base in game 2, and 16 between both games, but in the final six frames on the day, SU stranded only four.“You can be anxious in the beginning of the game, you can be aggressive,” senior Corinne Ozanne said. “We kept our composure and that was kind of the turning point.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWith the exception of a fourth-inning rally, the Orange didn’t capitalize on scoring opportunities until Andrea Bombace’s walk-off single in the 10th inning. Before that, SU, Bombace especially, couldn’t get the timely hit.The fourth was the only inning in which the Orange strung together more than two hits. This stemmed from SU assistant coach Alisa Goler’s decision to have Aliyah Wade pinch run at first base. The next batter grounded to Wolfpack second baseman Maggie Hawkins, who tried for the lead runner, Wade. The throw was rushed and sailed wide because of Wade’s speed. SU took advantage of two N.C. State errors and scored three runs.“We wanted to give ourselves the chance to kind of get the ball rolling,” Goler said of subbing in Wade. “She’s just the one that got in there. And she did do a good job. She forced chaos on the bases.”During that inning, Goler met with her base runners to help help keep the players focused. Goler called more of these mini-huddles than she or Bosch normally do. In addition to the team huddle between innings, Goler met with players several times during innings, including in the fourth, when the meetings helped SU score three runs.“When you get kids on, sometimes they start to pressure,” SU assistant coach Kristyn Sandberg said. “I think we just needed to reassure to them that they were good hitters and capable of performing. Once they kind of relaxed a little bit and got in their competitive mode, they were able to have that clutch hit.”The Orange transferred its mid-game composure at the plate onto the field. This was highlighted by an Alicia Hansen fielding clinic in the fourth inning. With the Orange still down 4-0, Hansen ranged to her right to cut off a grounder up the middle. A bad hop didn’t stop the freshman from centering it in her body and making an accurate throw to first base.The next batter hit a fairly hard one-hopper to Hansen’s left. She laid out and, without getting up, made a backhand toss to Ozanne at first base for the out. The play earned Hansen hugs from right fielder Rachel Burkhardt and center fielder Sydney O’Hara, who both jugged in from their positions.“They very easily could have just gone off after the first inning,” Sandberg said, “but we refocused them and they got back and they competed well.”Shortstop Sammy Fernandez made a similarly difficult play on a ball to her right. She slid into the ball, backhanded it and stood to her feet before firing a strike to Ozanne’s chest. Syracuse could have faltered defensively after a long first inning, but it didn’t make an error in either contest.AnnaMarie Gatti started the game in the circle and, although she didn’t pitch all 10 innings, earned her ninth win of the year. O’Hara relieved Gatti in the seventh, dealing three shutout innings. Then, in the top half of the 10th, Gatti came back to finish the game she started. She pitched with forcefulness, striking out the side.“We just kept ballin’,” Bombace said. “We didn’t give up.” Comments Related Stories Andrea Bombace’s walk-off hit propels Syracuse to 5-4 win over North Carolina State
The GN Bank Division One League matches were played across the country over the weekend.The final match of the Match day four fixtures will be played at the Baba Yara Stadium on Monday March 9 between Cornerstone and Tarkwa United.ZONE ONEGuan United 2-1 Berekum Arsenal FC Bolga Man City 1-1 Unity FC Galaxy 4-4 Berlin FC Techiman City FC 2-0 Bolga All StarsWa African Utd 1-0 Tamale All Stars Utrecht 1-0 Bofokwa Tano Amanjande 4-1 G. Mpuasomah United FCEsperance 2-1 RTU ZONE TWOWindy Profs 0-1 Gold Stars Deportivo 0-1 King Faisal Karela 1-1 Dunkwa utd Starke 1- 0 Eleven Wise Wassaman United 1-0 Proud UnitedElmina Sharks 4-1 SamartexKFC Samosa 1-3 Dwarfs Cornerstone vs Tarkwa United (To be played on Monday)ZONE THREE Danbort FC 2-1 Hot Steel FCAmidaus FC 2-0 Instanbul FCOkwawu Utd FC 1-0 D’international Real Athletico 1-0 King Solomon Kotoku Royals 1-1 Tema Youth FC Pure Joy 1-0 Dreams FC Nania FC 0-0 Prestige FCSporting Mirren 1-2 Mighty Jets
We brought you the review, now we have the facts and figures from the matchday.Dauda Mohammed scored the 100th goal of the season.GOALS SCORED110 goals have been scored in the league. Inter Allies have scored the most bagging 12 goals in 7 matches while Sekondi Hasaacas, despite playing a match less have conceded 13 goals. TOP SCORERSSamuel Tetteh of WAFA and Latif Blessing of Liberty are the joint top scorers in the league. Both attackers added to their tally in this matchday.TEAM GOALSKotoko scored more than two goals in a match for the first time this season after beating Liberty 3-1 at the Baba Yara Stadium. HOME INVINCIBILITYBerekum Chelsea are the only team with a hundred per cent home record after this matchday. WAFA and Techiman City, the only sides yet to drop points at home, were held to draws.STINGY HOSTS Techiman City are yet to concede at home this season. The Techiman side have played four matches so far in the league.AWAY LORDSHearts of Oak have picked eight points on the road this season. The most any team has picked up in the campaign. PENALTY STOPPERMozart Adjetey saved his second penalty of the season when he saved Shafiu Mummuni’s kick. His first save was also away to Inter Allies when he saved Wahab Akwei’s kick. –Follow Kweku on Twitter: @nana_odum. Get more updates on Facebook/Twitter with the #JoySports hashtag
Finding value outside of the first day is the key to a strong NFL draft. With the opening round in the rear-view mirror, there are still plenty of talented prospects available.Defensive and offensive line prospects largely dominated the first round, but teams in need of help at receiver or in the secondary should be able to find a day-two bargain. Early success a must for Kyler Murray to justify Cardinals’ unnecessary gamble But who should be at the top of the draft boards heading into rounds two and three?We look at some of the best players available on day two in Nashville. Related News NFL Draft 2019: All 254 picks by team D.K. Metcalf and A.J. Brown – Wide receivers, Ole MissThe consensus had been that one of this Ole Miss receiving duo would be taken in the first round, particularly after Metcalf’s incredible athletic performance at the combine.Any team in love with his freakish blend of size and speed now has a chance to land him at a much cheaper price. Yet the discussion in many draft rooms may be whether Brown, a superior route-runner and excellent after the catch, represents a better use of resources.Jawaan Taylor – Tackle, FloridaThe former Florida Gator was seen by many as the top tackle on the board. Taylor is still somewhat raw, but his physical gifts and brute power give him the chance to be a starting tackle for the next decade. He will now be a steal regardless of when he goes on day two..@Wino is one talented guy. And he never wants to leave that field. #GoBlue x #NFLDraft pic.twitter.com/dMRlusj5OB— Michigan Football (@UMichFootball) April 24, 2019Chase Winovich – Defensive end, MichiganMany of the top-tier pass rushers came off the board on day one, including Winovich’s former Michigan teammate Rashan Gary. Winovich is not as athletically blessed but outperformed Gary at Michigan and recorded 18.5 sacks through use of an impressive repertoire of moves. There is little to suggest he will not produce to the same level in the pros.Greedy Williams – Cornerback, LSUConcerns over a perceived fluctuation in his effort may have contributed to Williams falling out of the first round. However, if a team can make sure motivation is no issue then he can be a true lockdown corner on the outside, having shut down Metcalf in LSU’s meeting with Ole Miss last season. Mic’d Up: @CGJXXIII #NFLDraft:@nflnetwork @ABCNetwork @espn7 p.m.Details: https://t.co/OiHbsEBZ8i #GatorMade pic.twitter.com/5PkLDxZhnV— Gators Football (@GatorsFB) April 26, 2019Chauncey Gardner-Johnson – Safety, FloridaAs the NFL seemingly heads towards more of a position-less future, players who can operate in multiple ways grow ever more valuable. Gardner-Johnson is one of the most versatile players in the draft, with the safety able to cover deep in the middle, play as a slot defender and also as a boundary corner.He brings physicality in run defense, can cover receivers downfield and make plays on the ball. It is a mystery why he was not seen as a first-rounder, but Gardner-Johnson will be a massive asset to the team that eventually ends his slide.
London, United Kingdom | AFP | Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny will make his first appearance since May when the injury-plagued French international starts Thursday’s Europa League tie against Qarabag.Koscielny ruptured his Achilles in Arsenal’s Europa League defeat against Atletico Madrid last season.The 33-year-old missed France’s World Cup-winning campaign due to the injury.He finally returned for Arsenal’s reserves in a Checkatrade Trophy clash with Portsmouth last week and Emery confirmed on Wednesday that Koscielny will start against Qarabag.The Gunners have a defensive crisis ahead of Sunday’s trip to Southampton with Rob Holding injured, Shkodran Mustafi struggling with a hamstring problem and Sokratis Papastathopoulos suspended.That could mean Koscielny will be asked to play twice in four days if he proves his fitness.“Because we are going to play a lot of matches, in the next 10 days we play four matches – each of them very important…it is in our planning to start with Laurent Koscielny,” Emery told reporters. “We are going to decide after tomorrow’s match, as it’s the first match with us that Laurent Koscielny will play. We are going to look also if he can play 90 minutes or less minutes in this game.“We are going to decide but the first is to think about the match tomorrow because we need to receive information on how he can feel.”Mesut Ozil could also feature against Qarabag having lost his place in Emery’s Premier League side.Germany midfielder Ozil has missed the last five games in all competitions with a combination of a back injury and Emery preferring other options in his starting line-up.Emery was forced to deny reports of a training ground row with Ozil earlier this season after claims he had told the former Real Madrid star to work harder.“Tomorrow he is in the group, there are 18 players in the squad for this match and I am going to decide if he plays tomorrow from the beginning or during the match in the 90 minutes,” Emery said of Ozil.Share on: WhatsApp