Stephen ‘not ready for Ireland’

first_imgStoke manager Mark Hughes does not feel the time is right for Stephen Ireland to return to international football. Hughes said: “He is doing very well, his fitness is improving. “He needed good quality work within the senior group. “Prior to coming here he was just working with the under-21 development squad. “That takes the edge off your work, the intensity of work is not what you need to make an impact at Premier League level. The more work he does with us the better he will become.” The midfielder has said he is willing to consider making himself available for Ireland again following the departure of Giovanni Trapattoni as manager. But the 27-year-old is still trying to establish himself at Stoke, where he is on a season-long loan, after falling out of favour at Aston Villa. Ireland has made just four appearances for the Potters, three off the bench, since joining the club last month and that has been his only senior football since January. On that basis, Hughes feels it is too soon to consider playing again for Ireland, whom he has not represented since 2007. It had been suggested he could return for this month’s World Cup qualifiers but interim national boss Noel King decided against calling him up, despite establishing contact. Hughes said: “Stephen is still trying to get back to the levels he knows he can reach and at the moment he is not quite there. “He is very close, but I think getting involved with the international squad would be a little bit premature for him at the moment. “But certainly he has said he is more than happy to have a conversation in regard to being involved again. “Probably the actual position of the national team manager needs to be resolved and then he can have that conversation and move it forward.” Ireland has not played for his country since he lied about the death of both of his grandmothers after pulling out of the squad for a European Championship qualifier in the Czech Republic six years ago. Press Associationlast_img read more

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MLB trade rumors: Mets want ‘multiple top prospects’ in exchange for Noah Syndergaard

first_img Todd Frazier: Jake Arrieta went ‘a little overboard’ with dented skull threat MLB trade rumors: Yankees, Red Sox looking to acquire Mets’ Zack Wheeler The Mets have set their asking price for Noah Syndergaard.New York wants “multiple top prospects” in exchange for the 26-year-old starter, according to a report from SNY, which cites unidentified league sources. SNY’s report adds:“Rival executives say that they are skeptical Syndergaard can bring that return, given his middling performance this season. If a team steps up, Brodie Van Wagenen will consider the offer. But he will also have to get creative about saving next year’s team, which will likely be without Zack Wheeler and Jason Vargas.”The Mets aren’t “soliciting offers” for Syndergaard but “multiple teams have contacted them to express interest,” according to an earlier report from MLB.com. The Padres have inquired about Syndergaard while the Brewers are “monitoring” his availability, according to MLB.com. “Some within the Astros organization are intrigued” by him, as well, that report says.The Mets entered the All-Star break with a 40-50 record and have lost 10 of their last 13. They’re seven games behind the Phillies for the second wild-card spot and trail the Braves by 13 1/2 games in the National League East. MLB trade rumors: Todd Frazier would be ‘OK’ if Mets dealt him Syndergaard has regressed this season as he holds a 6-4 record with a 4.68 ERA in 17 starts. He was an All-Star as a 23-year-old in 2016 and holds a 3.23 ERA over 104 career MLB appearances.“When I get on the mound, it’s pretty much me against me,’’ Syndergaard told reporters last week, via the New York Post. “My biggest crutch is being able to repeat my delivery. I can’t stay consistent.” Related Newslast_img read more

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Athletics: Farah doctor to brief UK lawmakers in drugs probe

first_imgSo too has Salazar, who two years ago was the subject of a BBC report alleging he administered testosterone to American distance runner Galen Rupp in 2002 when Rupp — a training partner of Farah at the Nike Orgeon Project — was only 16.The BBC report also alleged Salazar encouraged the misuse of prescription drugs, something the coach has vehemently denied.CMS committee chairman Damian Collins MP said Tuesday: “In this hearing the committee wants to look at how the anti-doping rules and the protocols around athletes’ use of medication is policed by people working within sport.“As with our investigation into cycling, we are interested as well in the responsibilities of the governing bodies to ensure that the rules are being followed correctly.”It was at a CMS hearing in March that United Kingdom Anti-Doping chief Nicole Sapstead said it was impossible for her to be certain about the contents of a package delivered to the Team Sky outfit of Britain’s five-time Olympic cycling champion Bradley Wiggins at the end of the 2011 Criterium du Dauphine race in France because the then Sky doctor had told her the relevant records had disappeared when his laptop was stolen while on holiday in Greece in 2014.Team Sky, Wiggins and Dr Richard Freeman, the team’s then medic, have all repeatedly denied any wrongdoing. Britain’s Mo Farah (2ndL) competes in the Men’s 10,000m during the athletics event at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on August 13, 2016. Left is Uganda’s Cheptegei  AFP PHOTOLondon, United Kingdom | AFP |  The doctor who gave athletics great Mo Farah a controversial supplement is to appear before British lawmakers on Wednesday as part of an ongoing inquiry into doping in sport.Dr Robin Chakraverty, formerly of UK Athletics, is to give evidence to the House of Commons Culture, Media and Sport (CMS) committee that has previously unearthed damaging details about the approach to drug rules of senior figures in British Cycling.Chakraverty, now working with the England football team, gave Farah an intravenous infusion of L-carnitine before the distance runner’s 2014 London Marathon debut.L-carnitine is a naturally occurring compound which turns body fat into energy and can be found in animal products such as meat, fish and milk.Athletes are allowed to take it provided it is not infused in a quantity greater than 50 millilitres every six hours.That British distance-runner Farah used the supplement was made public after a report from the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) was leaked.There have also been reports that USADA was unable to determine how much Farah had received because UK Athletics had not recorded the amount correctly.Four-time Olympic champion Farah, who trains in the United States with his Portland-based coach Alberto Salazar, has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing. Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

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A 66: Ronald Otile smashes Serena golf course record

first_imgOtile teeing off TODAY. PHOTO CASTLE-LITE MEDIA Otile DAY 3 #UGGolfOpen19 66 strokes from 18 holes >> – 6 under par 1 Eagle 6 birdies 9 Pars DAY 3 – LEADER-BOARD LIVE S Njoroge 213 S Njogu 215 R Otile 216 D Nduva 216 J Cwinyaai 221 D Asaba 223Venue: Lake Victoria Serena LIVE: Results (click)Final day draw (bottom)Entebbe, Uganda | LOUIS JADWONG |  Ronald Otile showed he will not lose his Uganda Amateur Golf Open title without a fight by breaking the Lake Victoria Serena Golf Resort & Spa course record to charge into Saturday’s final day ‘pressure group’.The 24-year-old carded an astonishing 66 – six under par on Friday, courtesy of a eagle, six birdies and 9 pars.Otile rewrote the record he had set just a day earlier with a four under par 68 strokes as he chased a pack of Kenyans, who have dominated the 78th Uganda Amateur Golf Open from day one.After a terrible start, that saw him card 82 strokes on Wednesday, he had remained optimistic, and warned that, “It is a game. I played +10 today, but I can still play -10 tomorrow.”Today’s all Kenyan pressure group heading to the back nine. PHOTO LOUIS JADWONGWhat will not be good news for his opponents is the fact that after his six-under par score today, Otile still feels there is room for improvement. “I need to play the course as it is and on regulations. I’ll also need to commit on putting tomorrow,” he said, when asked about his thoughts ahead of D-day.From being 13 strokes behind the leader on day one, Otile will be in the ‘pressure group’ for the final round on Saturday. He will tee off at 12.30pm in a group of three that includes Njoroge and Njogu, and this time he will be only three strokes behind.Uganda Amateur Open Main Event Draw Day 4 – Uganda Open 2019 by The Independent Magazine on ScribdGolf Open Winners since 19321932 – H.Davidson (Uganda Golf Club)1933 – H.Davidson (Uganda Golf Club)1934 – R.W Hooker (Muthaiga Golf Club)1935 – J.D Rankine (Uganda Golf Club)1936 – J.D Rankine (Uganda Golf Clun)1937 – H. Davidson (Uganda Golf Club)1938 – R.W Bun (Mombasa Golf Club)1939 – J.E Higginson1940 – 1947 NOT HELD1948 – D. F Stewart (Uganda Golf Club)1949 – A.Q Roberts (Kitale Golf Club)1950 – N.C Elwell (Uganda Golf Club)1951 – N.C Elwell (Mwanza Golf Club)1952 – J.R Cooke (Uganda Golf Club)1953 – R.W Hooper (Nairobi Golf Club)1954 – M.Johnson (Kabalae Golf Club)1955 – J.R Oglive (Kitale Golf Club)1956 – J.R Oglive (Kitale Golf Club)1957 – Ian McAdam (Uganda Golf Club)1958 – Brian Malone (Uganda Golf Club)1959 – Ian McAdam (Uganda Golf Club)1960 – Mike Johnson (Mbale Golf Club)1961 – Mike Johnson (Mbale Golf Club)1962 – Mike Johnson (Mbale Golf Club)1963 – John Higginson (Uganda Golf Club)1964 – John Higginson (Uganda Golf Club)1965 – Muhammed Rajab (Nairobi Golf Club)1966 – John Higginson (Uganda Golf Club)1967 – I.Pattinson (Dar es Salaam Golf Club)1968 – G.Burrows (Uganda Golf Club)1969 – M.Rajab(Nairobi Golf Club)1970 – M.Couma (Uganda Golf Club)1971 – J. Kahugu (Sigona Golf Club)1972 – Ben Okello (Masaka Golf Club) Share on: WhatsApp 1973 – Tom Taban (Uganda Golf Club)1974 – Alex Okodan (Uganda Golf Club)1975 – Ramathan Kayamba (Uganda Golf Club)1976 – Sadi Onito (Jinja Golf Club)1977 – Sadi Onito (Jinja Golf Club)1978 – Sadi Onito (Jinja Golf Club)1979 – 1980 – Not held1981 – Juma Jaffer (Uganda Golf Club)1982 – Juma Jaffer (Uganda Golf Club)1983 – Sadi Onito (Uganda Golf Club)1984 – John Mucheru (Uganda Golf Club)1985 – Sadi Onito (Jinja Golf Club)1986 – Sadi Onito (Jinja Golf Club)1987 – Sadi Onito (Jinja Golf Club)1988 – Sadi Onito (Jinja Golf Club)1989 – Allan Njoroge (Muthaiga Golf Club)1990- Dedan Kagonyera (Kabale Golf Club)1991 – Sadi Onito (Jinja Golf Club)1992 – Juma Jaffer (Uganda Golf Club)1993 – John Gavin (Uganda Golf Club)1994 – Sadi Onito (Jinja Golf Club)1995 – Sadi Onito (Jinja Golf Club)1996 – Sadi Onito (Jinja Golf Club)1997 – Steven Birungi (Uganda Golf Club)1998 – Steven Birungi (Uganda Golf Club)1999 – Steven Birungi (Uganda Golf Club)2000 – Deo Akope (Entebbe Golf Club)2001 – Deo Akope (Entebbe Golf Club)2002 – Deo Akope (Entebbe Golf Club)2003 – Charles Yokwe (Jinja Golf Club)2004 – David Odhiambo (Nyanza Golf Club)2005 – Charles Yokwe (Jinja Golf Club)2006 – Amos Kamya (Entebbe Golf Club)2007 – Nicholas Rokoine (Muthaiga Golf Club)2008 – George Olayo (Entebbe Golf Club)2009 – Peter Ssendaula (Entebbe Golf Club)2010 – Brian Mwesigwa (Kabale Golf Club)2011 –Rogers Byaruhanga (Uganda Golf Club)2012 – Phillip Kasozi (Uganda Golf Club)2013 – Peter Ssendaula (Entebbe Golf Club)2014 – Kitata (Entebbe Golf Club)2015 – Ronald Otile (Tooro Golf Club)2016 – Ronald Otile (Tooro Golf Club)2017 – Ronald Rugumayo (Tooro Golf Club)2018 – Ronald Otile (Tooro Golf Club)last_img read more

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