Mick McCarthy ready for ‘cup final’ against Denmark in pivotal Euro 2020 qualifier

first_imgMICK McCARTHY spent a large portion of a ten- minute interview with journalists refusing to rule out a lot of things.And the Ireland boss is clinging to the belief that a victory over Denmark is one of the plausible scenarios that could pan out.1 Republic of Ireland manager Mick McCarthyFollowing Thursday’s win over New Zealand, McCarthy was asked a number of questions about how performances in that friendly game might influence his thinking for the match that matters on Monday night.Asked about Troy Parrott, he said he would have a look at the teenager again but that he had not done himself any harm.Pressed on whether that meant he was ‘refusing to rule him out’, the manager replied: “McCarthy refuses to rule him out, whatever you want, yeah.”It became his go-to gag for the remainder of the conversation, when asked whether Seán Maguire was an option on the right and whether Parrott could play for the Under-21s on Tuesday.Yesterday’s announcement that Lee O’Connor, but not Parrott, would return to Stephen Kenny’s squad for their game against Sweden, offered a further indication that a second outing in four days at the Aviva Stadium for the starlet had not been discounted.That Ireland might feel the need to turn to a 17-year-old who has yet to taste league football and has just one senior cap, in a friendly, could be seen as a poor reflection on the strength of the current squad.TOTTENHAM TEAMMATESIt would be the first time that he has shared a pitch with Christian Eriksen for a competitive fixture, although they are club colleagues at Tottenham.But, although he is short on experience, he is clearly a player of exceptional potential.And, whatever personnel McCarthy picks, he will be looking to mask a number of shortcomings in trying to assemble a team which adds up to more than the sum of its parts.McCarthy said: “I think we’ve always had to do that. They’re a great bunch of lads and they won’t be left wanting, that’s for sure.”Ireland will be up against a side that has lost just once in their previous 33 games — and that was when none of their front-line players were available because of a pay dispute.A draw will suffice for the Danes to qualify for Euro 2020 whereas Ireland need to win — but McCarthy does not expect his players to be daunted by the challenge in front of them.He added: “It should be an inspiration, walking out and standing in front of that crowd for the national anthem. And I think it is for these lads.“I’ve just said to them in there — we’re now preparing for a cup final. Which it is and we’ve no second chance from it. I’ve just been at pains to stress that.”PLAY-OFF SAFETY NETThere is, of course, the safety net of a play-off in March but McCarthy is anxious to remove that from the equation and have his players working off the basis that this is do-or-die for them.He said: “They’ll know about it, of course, but they won’t be thinking about it. They’ll want to qualify and do it here.“It would be nice if we’d qualified already but it was unlikely right at the very start.“But needing a draw? Ooh, I don’t know how you’d go about that one. Would you just sit back and think, ‘Well, we’ll soak it up?’ No, not really.“Do you go gung-ho and get done? We know what we’ve got to do — we’ve got to win. There is no other result that’s going to count for us.”BALANCE MUST BE STRUCKMcCarthy is fully aware that a balance has to be struck.Some will point to the fact that four of the last five meetings between the teams were draws.But that has been because Ireland have shown either limited ambition or the capacity to get at Denmark, in the knowledge of what happened to them in that fifth encounter.And McCarthy conceded that his side were living dangerously in Copenhagen in June when Shane Duffy’s late headed leveller earned them a point.He added: “We should be beating New Zealand at home, there’s no question about that. And we did. It will have no bearing or reflection on Monday night.“We couldn’t give them on Monday some of the space we’ve given New Zealand, that’s for sure.“We’ll have to be really rock-solid and tight.“Over there we drew 1-1 but I’ve looked at it a number of times and they opened us up a few times and we made a good save and a couple of good blocks.“I’ve no doubt they can be got at. I’m not ruling it out.“I’m not saying they are unbeatable because they’re not but they are a completely different team to New Zealand and you’ve got to respect that.“I don’t want to be disrespectful to New Zealand, I’m not being that but they’re just not the Denmark team.“Don’t think that that’s the recipe for sitting back and inviting all the pressure because I’m not sure about that either.“But I think it’s got to be a very considered press, to make sure we do it properly and do it together and make sure we all defend well, because they are a good side“I don’t know if them not having to win is a good thing or a bad thing but at some stage we’ll have to go toe-to-toe with them.”PLEASED WITH MAGUIRETo that end, McCarthy was pleased to see both Maguire and Callum Robinson score their first goals for Ireland against the Kiwis, although he again qualified it by pointing out that the back four Monday’s visitors would field would be somewhat more difficult to penetrate than New Zealand’s.Derrick Williams also got off the mark but the Blackburn man was unlikely to feature against Denmark anyway before he was ruled out with a calf injury.McCarthy said: “Seán trained well in that position and he took everything we said in training to him into the game. I was pleased with him.“He’s not had that much game-time but I thought he was really good so I wouldn’t have any fears with him at all.”Maguire might have shot earlier when a first-half opportunity arose but McCarthy added: “He had a similar chance in training the other day and funnily enough he stuck it away, it was on his left foot.“I was pleased he got his goal in the end. He didn’t let his head drop, he kept playing, he did really well.MOST READ IN SPORTTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battle’I ACCEPT’McGregor accepts Silva fight at UFC catchweight of 176lbs in huge super-fightTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedA CUT ABOVEMike Tyson shows two-inch cut ‘picked up in training’ ahead of boxing returnExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own club“Callum is another one. I feel that his best slot — and he plays there for his club — is on that left-hand side. He likes to come in on the right foot and he’s done himself no harm“I know they want to score goals. No matter how they play, they want to contribute by scoring. It was a great finish by Seánie.“And Callum as well, that’s one of the things we talked about, getting inside that far post and getting on the end of something — so something sank in!”last_img read more

Several State Boards reconstituted

first_imgCabinet has granted its approval for the reconstitution of a number of State Boards and the appointment of several Directors of Boards for State agencies, according to Government spokesperson, Joseph Harmon. The announcement was made at the post-Cabinet press briefing on Friday.The Guyana Office for Investment (Go-Invest) will be chaired by Patricia Bacchus and will include Dr Shameer Bacchus, Basil Blackman, representatives of the Private Sector, the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA), the Guyana Lands and Survey Commission (GL&SC), the Foreign Affairs, Natural Resources and Public Infrastructure Ministries along with a representative from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and a member of the parliamentary Opposition.Additionally, approval was also granted for the Income Tax Board of Review, which will be chaired by Basil Joseph and includes Nigel Hinds, Donna Ellis, Trevor Bowen, and a representative of the parliamentary Opposition as its members.The Dependents Pension Fund’s Board was also approved for the period January 1 to December 31, 2018. This will be chaired by Jennifer Chapman and includes members such as Lincoln Lewis, Patrick Yarde, Lance Baptiste, Professor Harold Lutchman, Mohan Khan and Gillian Rockliffe.Harmon added that Cabinet also approved the Institutional Review Board of the Public Health Ministry.The life of the Board began in November last year and will run until December 2019. Chief Medical Officer (CMO) of the Public Health Ministry, Dr Shamdeo Persaud is serving as the Chairman and other members are Dr Holly Alexander, Sylvia Conway, Asif Suberan, Pauline Welch, Michelle France, Dawn Lyken-Stewart and Michelle Smith.Burt Sukhai has been appointed Chairman of the Firearm Licensing Board, which is expected to operate between February 1 and January 1, 2019. Other members are Dr Bhiro Harry, Kim Kyte-John and Christine Jagmohan.last_img read more

Tottenham fans cheer themselves up by laughing at Arsenal’s loss

first_img Arsenal lost to Swansea 1 Tottenham fans were looking for some kind of positive following their side’s terrible display against Stoke.Spurs were beaten 2-1 at home by Mark Hughes’ Potters, which led to former striker Mido slating the club.However, they were given something to cheer about when Arsenal lost to Swansea in Wales having been 1-0 in front.Former Tottenham midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson’s brilliant free-kick was a goal to savour.Check out a selection of tweets from suffering supporters below…last_img

Arsenal’s Bellerin attracting Serie A interest

first_imgThere has been reported interest from Serie A giants Juventus and Napoli, who are both thought to be monitoring Bellerin’s situation at the Emirates.Arsenal have endured a tough start to the season and already the pressure is mounting on manager Unai Emery to turn things around in north London.With the likes of Liverpool and Manchester City dominating, a chance for a Premier League title in the near future looks unlikely for this developing Gunners’ side.Arsenal also have a real battle on their hands to get back into the Champions League and the lack of top-tier European football for another campaign could make it tougher for the club to keep hold of its big stars.Agent Alberto Botines is adamant that for the moment Bellerin is just focused on his duties at Arsenal but also hinted that the 24-year-old will consider his options in the summer depending on how the season has fared at the Emirates.“At the moment, he’s focused on the team’s commitments,” Botines told Sky Sport Italia. “He comes from a bad injury and is returning to his usual level. He likes Italy, there’s already been interest from an Italian club but I can’t reveal it.“He has a long contract and it won’t be easy to take him away from Arsenal, he’s their vice-captain. We’ll see how the season goes.”Bellerin and company will be looking to ease some of the pressure on Emery when the Gunners host struggling Southampton on November 23.0Shares0000(Visited 21 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Arsenal’s Bellerin attracting Serie A interest. Photo/TEAMTALK MEDIALONDON, United Kingdom, Nov 15 – Arsenal vice-captain Hector Bellerin is attracting interest from an unnamed club in Italy, according to the player’s agent.The Spain international, who has only just returned from a serious knee injury, is looking to get some form under his belt after so much time out on the sidelines.last_img read more

Grant boosts plans for river nature preserve

first_imgSANTA FE SPRINGS – Plans to develop a nature sanctuary along the San Gabriel River look promising, officials said, especially now that the city has received a $600,000 grant for the project. The grant was awarded to Santa Fe Springs by the San Gabriel and Lower Los Angeles Rivers and Mountains Conservancy this past week. Officials said the money will help “kick-start” the $1.5 million river park project. “By getting this money, it’s definitely looking very optimistic,” said Thaddeus McCormack, assistant to the city manager. “It’s a big chunk of \, and it has kick-started the project.” McCormack has been working closely with developers to expand Santa Fe Springs Park into a 27-acre recreation site. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2The secluded park along the western edge of the San Gabriel Valley River already has received state-of-the-art picnic and playground areas. Now officials are working to transform a 12-acre stretch of land just north of Telegraph Road into a nature area that would connect the two properties. It will have trails that connect to the bicycle path along the San Gabriel River, a dry creek riverbed, pedestrian bridges and an observation lookout. “There’s nothing there now. It’s a long stretch of land, and it’s an unimproved area,” said City Manager Fred Latham. McCormack described the nature center as a “passive recreation facility, meaning it’s not a place where people are going to play softball.” “There will be places to exercise and observe the wetlands and nature. It will have nature paths, a fitness center and observation points,” Latham said. There are also plans for an educational element, with art pieces, a spiral walkway and interpretive panels for visitors. McCormack could not give a date for the river park’s completion. He noted his department still needs about $300,000 to complete funding for the beginning stages of the project. Additional funding could be available if voters approve a park bond measure on the November ballot, he added. But it could still be another year before Santa Fe Springs would see any of that money, if voters approve the measure. Even if funding falls short, officials could still “begin doing some of the initial improvements for the park,” said Belinda Faustinos, executive director of the San Gabriel and Lower Los Angeles Rivers and Mountains Conservancy. “If they’re not able to secure money, they might look at a scaled-down version of \,” she said. In the meantime, McCormack and a design team are working with Los Angeles County and Southern California Edison officials on construction plans. The county and Edison own parcels along the stretch of land that would be developed. SCE officials said they are supportive of the nature park, but they want to make sure the project complies with their operations. A series of electrical towers line the proposed nature park area. “Safety and access are paramount for us,” said Sylvia Southerland, regional public affairs manager for Edison. “Safety drives all of those decisions, and it’s very important that we have access to our facilities, as far as maintenance.” Faustinos said she remains optimistic about a future river park. “I can’t wait to see a green corridor along the San Gabriel River, and this is a start,” said Faustinos. “I think that now the community north of Telegraph is going to have a community park that it can access easily, and I’m anxious to see how things develop in an urban area.” araceli.esparza@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3024160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

GAA News: Kilcar defeat St. Michael’s and move to top of Group 2

first_imgOur seniors put in a great performance on a Sunday afternoon last to defeat St Michaels 2-15 to 0-07 to move top of Group 2 in the Championship they play their final match in the group this Sunday at 2pm in Fintra against Killybegs while a late point denied our Reserves victory in their group match the match finished 0-11 to 1-08 they face Killybegs at 12:30pm this Sunday.The Club executive Committee would like to thanks all the volunteers who helped out in Towney on Sunday.  UnderageWell done to our Under 8s who won their group in the finals in Ardara on Friday night, our Under 12s host Bundoran this Tuesday in the Shield final at 6:30pm.Club GearWe now have a selection of Club gear on sale in Áislann Chill Chartha with adult and kid’s club home jerseys, new half zip tops, polo shirts and children’s kit bags and shorts now in stock we now have Bobble Hats also in stock. You can also now buy club merchandise online via our website. Topaz Cash for ClubsCLG Chill Chartha has been registered in the Topaz Cash for Clubs 2016. It’s free to do and every time you spend €30 on fuel in Topaz, CLG Chill Chartha gets 1 token. Depending on how many tokens we collect the club may receive money towards club gear (for free!!). To participate you will need to be a registered Topaz Play or Park member. Pick up a form/tag in your local Topaz and connect with CLG Chill Chartha at the Topaz Cash for Clubs website. Now register and get collecting its free and you can win prizes too.  Club AppWe have now 225 members on our FREE mobile app if you would like to sign up just follow these steps to download your free team App for CLG Chill Chartha.1. On your phone or iPad go to the app store2. Search for Team App3. Install Team App to your phone4. Search for CLG Chill Chartha5. Log in and register for the CLG Chill Chartha Club app.6. You will receive an email notification when you are added you to the system. Lotto Jackpot WinnerCongratulations to Treasa McGinley from Dunfanaghy who won the Lotto Jackpot of €6,000 this winning numbers were: 2, 6, 9 and 17 next week’s Jackpot is €2,000.For those not living in the area you can buy your Lotto’s online at clgchillchartha.com click the Club Lotto section for details! Club BingoThere was no winner of the Jackpot so it’s now €7,900 on 45 numbers; Club Bingo is on in The Parish Hall on Sunday nights at 8:30pm so please support to be in with a chance of winning the Jackpot and thanks to all who continue to support our Bingo! This week’s winners were: €140 Mary Tuberty €130 Pauline Cassidy €100 Bernie O’Gara €80 Anne Lowther €70 Carmel Ellis, Kathleen Carr, Philomena McBrearty, Keira Cunningham, Susanna McShane and Kathern McGinley For the latest news visit our website www.clgchillchartha.com you can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter at facebook.com/CillCharthaGAA and @KilcarGAAGAA News: Kilcar defeat St. Michael’s and move to top of Group 2 was last modified: August 30th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:GAA noteskilcarSt Michaelslast_img read more

Rowing Competes At Jayhawk Jamboree

first_img Margo Bunard (cox) Paige Priend (cox) Miranda Peterson (cox) Kira Cooper (cox) Sarah Konopacki Ingrid McNeely Elaine Fickau Lauren Schleich The Bulldogs close their fall campaign with the annual end-of-fall race with the Creighton Bluejays on Nov. 5. Olivia Kielt Logan Spacek Kayla Caldwell Molly Packer Lauren Bascio Lily Jones Drake was led by its novice 8+ A boat with its sixth place finish with a time of 15:02.59. Boat lineups and results can be found below. Melanie Dahlstrom Emma Johnson The field was full of strong club and varsity teams, including Kansas State, Kansas, Oklahoma, Tulsa, Central Oklahoma, Iowa, Creighton, Wichita State, Colorado, Grand Valley State and UMKC. Print Friendly Version Varsity 4+ A (23rd, 15:37.34) Varsity 4+ B (26th, 15:55.33) Varsity 4+ C (29th, 16:12.03) Varsity 4+ D (34th, 17:03.00) Madison Coffman Lily Jones Haley Abrams Sarah Larson Shelley Hunter Elise Nikolic Sarah Larson Madison Peterson Melanie Dahlstrom Maddie Shipley Julie Uram Maddie Shipley Sarah Frantik Olivia Kielt Julie Uram Julie Nathan Kerstin Donat Taylor Schaben Laura Claydon Kira Cooper Gabby Brodek Julie Shipley Madison Coffman Ryli Smithcenter_img Varsity 8+ A (19th, 14:32.78) Varsity 8+ B (21st, 14:49.23) Varsity 8+ C (27th, 16:22.21) Varsity 8+ D (29th, 18:06.00) Gabby Brodek Sarah Konopacki Julie Shipley Elaine Fickau Liz Rambhia (cox) Kathryn Gaito (cox) Haley Abrams Daniele Nitkowski Elise Nikolic Jocelyn Rimes Jessica Rebischke Kayla Caldwell Madison Peterson Laura Claydon “We didn’t get the results we wanted today, but we didn’t have bad rows just didn’t have the great rows you need with the type of competition we faced,” said Drake head coach Charlie DiSilvestro. “No excuses and we will get back to work this week with setting lineups. The water in the river is finally better and now we will have quality water time. Looking forward to our final race with Creighton on Nov. 5. We gave our best shot today and even though it wasn’t our day I’m still very proud of the team.” Danielle Nitkowski Julia Nathan Jessica Rebischke Shelley Hunter Audrey Baumeister Logan Spacek Sarah Frantik Kerstin Donat Taylor Schaben Mikaela Janes Novice 8+ A (6th, 15:02.59) Novice 8+ B (16th, 17:11.37) Audrey Baumeister Lauren Schleich Ingrid McNeely Jocelyn Rimes Miranda Peterson (cox) Margo Burnard (cox) Paige Prien (cox) Kathryn Galto (cox) Molly Packer Ryli Smith LAWRENCE, Kan. – The Drake University rowing team competed in the 2016 Jayhawk Jamboree hosted by the University of Kansas on Sunday, Oct. 23 afternoon on the Kansas River in Lawrence, Kan.last_img read more

QPR to attend work permit hearing for South Korean defender

first_imgQPR are due attend a work permit hearing for South Korea left-back Yun Suk-young on Tuesday morning.The club’s owners are keen for manager Harry Redknapp to sign the 22-year-old, who currently plays for Korean outfit Chunnam Dragons.Rangers chief scout Ian Broomfield watched Yun in action during last summer’s Olympics in London.Meanwhile, Redknapp is confident QPR are close to signing at least one of the centre-backs they have been pursuing.Click here for today’s QPR quiz See also:QPR confirm signing of Korean defenderRedknapp: Liverpool watched 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Madison Bumgarner’s possible last acts with Giants involve more history

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — Seven different pitchers earned three World Series rings with the Giants at the beginning of the decade, including three of the most accomplished starters in franchise history.Matt Cain, Tim Lincecum and Madison Bumgarner earned the adoration of a fan base through their postseason exploits, but to reach the playoffs, all three needed to excel in the regular season, too.In what could be one of his final home starts at Oracle Park on Tuesday, Bumgarner turned in a performance …last_img

In Brains, Size Is Not All that Matters

first_imgTwo recent science articles indicate that scientists should be careful before inferring intelligence from brain size (picture).  PhysOrg reported on work to uncover the genetic basis of microcephaly – reduced brain size in humans.  “The cerebral cortex in particular has undergone a dramatic increase in surface area during the course of primate evolution,” the article claimed, yet acknowledged uncertainty about the causes and effects involved.  “One particularly interesting feature of this new discovery is that the strongest links with cortical area were found in regulatory regions, rather than coding regions of the genes,” one researcher said.  No causal links were drawn between more regulation and intelligence, nor brain size and intelligence.  If the presence of mutations produces the disability of microcephaly, it does not follow that the absence of mutations will produce higher intelligence.    In the animal kingdom, consider the capabilities of a creature with one of the smallest brains on earth: the honeybee.  The “amazing bee brain” was discussed in another article on PhysOrg.  “Their brains are tiny – about the size of sesame seeds – and yet the behaviour of the humble honey bee is so advanced it has scientists scratching their heads in disbelief.”  Packed into that tiny space is the ability to calculate distance and foraging efficiency independently, and communicate that information accurately to other members of the hive through an elaborate dance.  This also presumes processing the input of visual, olfactory, auditory, taste and touch senses.  Another article the next day on Science Daily discussed the complex maneuvers they perform on landing.  A researcher is “optimistic that he will eventually be able to use his discoveries in the design of novel flight control systems.”    The first honeybee article discussed the “complex processing” that occurs in the bee brain.  “Through their dance behaviour we get a window into bee psychology and perception,” said Dr Andrew Barron of Macquarie University.  “Bees are beautiful little animals with great personalities – and we’re only just getting a sense of how smart they really are.”Update Dec 24: an article on PhysOrg announced, “Ladder-walking locusts show big brains aren’t always best.”  Here’s another insect with a tiny brain that can perform complex tasks, such as using visual cues for limb placement.  “The study sheds new light on insects’ ability to perform complex tasks, such as visually-guided limb control, usually associated with mammals.”  Dr. Jeremy Niven of Cambridge said, “This is another example of insects performing a behaviour we previously thought was restricted to relatively big-brained animals with sophisticated motor control such as humans, monkeys or octopuses.”  Later, he said, “Big-brained mammals have more neurons in their visual systems than a locust has in its entire nervous system, so our results show that small brains can perform complex tasks.  Insects show us how different animals have evolved totally different strategies for doing similar tasks.”  If controlling four legs in a mammal is complex, imagine coordinating six legs in an insect, eight in a spider, or dozens in a millipede.  The article ended by saying that “insects are often the inspiration for limb control in robotics.”Human engineers pride themselves on packing more power into less space: music players, cell phones, computer chips and memory have shrunk dramatically in size since the 1960s.  Why should the size of the human brain figure so prominently in human evolution stories?  There has been a dark history of racist ranking by early Darwinists based on brain size.  Even though that is taboo today, there is a kind of prehistorical racism that persists: Lucy, Ardi, Homo erectus, Neanderthals and other alleged human ancestors are often ranked in intelligence by skull capacity.  How do they know that Homo erectus didn’t have a superior CPU packed into less space?  There have been cases of humans doing just fine with small brains.  Whales are not necessarily more intelligent for having brains much larger than ours.  It’s not the size, the container or the materials; it’s the programming.Amazing factoid:  Packed into your cerebrum are more connections than all the electrical appliances on earth.Stupid mythoid:  It all just happened by evolution.(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more