first_imgWigan boss Roberto Martinez claimed his “magnificent” team had been denied victory against Tottenham by a wrongly-awarded free-kick. Press Association The 18th-placed Latics, who would have moved out of the Barclays Premier League relegation zone had they hung on for all three points, instead had to settle for a 2-2 draw with Spurs at the DW Stadium after the ball bobbled off the unfortunate Emmerson Boyce into his own net in the 90th minute. It had hit Boyce from a Tom Huddlestone free-kick that resulted from a coming-together between Spurs full-back Kyle Walker and his opposite number Jean Beausejour, and Martinez said: “If you see the replays, it puts extra salt in the wounds. It was not a free-kick – it should never have been a free-kick.” center_img He added: “Kyle Walker is pulling Jean Beausejour and he is too honest, staying on his feet. We need to accept that – sometimes when you are down there, the results or the lucky breaks don’t go your way.” Despite his disappointment at the way it finished, Martinez was keen to praise his players’ efforts during a contest in which an early defensive blunder by the hosts had allowed Champions League-chasing Tottenham to open the scoring. A hesitant exchange of passes between Latics defender Maynor Figueroa and goalkeeper Joel Robles in the ninth minute led to the latter cannoning an attempted clearance against the outstretched leg of the approaching Gareth Bale, and the ball rebounded straight into the net. Wigan equalised within two minutes through a header from Boyce, whose late own-goal subsequently cancelled out the Callum McManaman thunderbolt that had put them 2-1 up four minutes into the second half. Tottenham remain fifth with four matches to go, level on points with fourth-placed Chelsea and a point behind third-placed Arsenal. Sunday’s fixtures see Chelsea play Swansea at home and Arsenal host champions Manchester United. Asked whether he regarded the result as two points dropped or a point gained in the pursuit of Champions League football, Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas said: “It depends on the results of our opponents. It is intimately related to that. “We can still be in control of our own destiny or not after [Sunday’s] results. Normally away from home a point is important at this stage of the season. When everybody needs three points, I think it is a difficult situation for teams. It all depends on what happens [on Sunday].” last_img read more

first_imgKuala Lumpur, July 23: India Under-16 football team lost 0-3 to Malaysia in a friendly game as part of their exposure tour here on Monday.Indian U-16 boys, who have come to Malaysia at the back of a heart-wrenching loss to Thailand last week, started showing their intent right from the kick-off.Ridge blasted from inside the box in as early as the fourth minute but the Malaysian keeper took his time to parry it away.Malaysia, on the other hand, gave the Indian defenders a tough run for the money in their own box. They continued to push constantly but Biaka and the sturdy Indian defenders averted the danger.Givson and Ridge were looking forward to hurling the opening goal from the counter-attacking opportunities but they could hardly find any hole to breach the Malaysian defense.Finally, the Malaysia striker Muhd Najmudin slotted their opening goal in the 26th minute to hand his team an advantage against the Indians.Bibiano Fernandes opted for a couple of change in quick succession and introduced Sailo and Manish at the expenses of Givson and Gurkirat respectively before the boys headed to the changing room with a one-goal deficit to the Malaysians.Changing over, Bibiano’s boys started with great intensity and Ridge, on the turn of the game, hit the side-netting two minutes into the game.India earned a free-kick in the 55th minute but Bekey failed to keep it within the frame. Three minutes later, he got another chance but miscued it completely.India created quite a few chances in the last quarter of the game but they were missing the final punch inside the box.Sailo swiveled a long ball to Vikram but the skipper failed to connect it on time whereas two minutes later, Vikram’s cross was collected safely by the Malaysian goalkeeper before Ravi could convert it.But they kept the Malaysian defense on check throughout. Five minutes to the whistle, India earned back-to-back three corners but Bekey’s tries could have been dealt in a better way by the Indian attackers inside the box.As Bibiano Fernandes opted to push more legs inside the opposition half, Malaysian attackers took the advantage and scored a peach of a goal to double their lead in the 88th minute.Four minutes later, They hurled another attacking move from the left flank which resulted in their third goal to leave the Indian team flabbergasted.India will play the same opponents again on Thursday. IANSlast_img read more

first_imgThe tumultuous non-conference portion of USC’s schedule came to a close Wednesday night.There have been highs, such as recent wins over ranked opponents Texas and Tennessee, and there have been lows, including a 20-point home loss against Rider, and a large blown lead on the road at Nebraska.Wednesday night’s game against Lehigh (6-6) was another high point for the Trojans (8-5), a convincing 76-49 win.USC came out shooting the ball well, making six of their first seven 3-point attempts.Junior guard Jio Fontan shined in his first home appearance and third game overall since becoming eligible to play for the Trojans after transferring from Fordham. Fontan had a game-high 21 points, and made all four of his 3-point attempts.“Jio is getting better every game,” USC coach Kevin O’Neill said. “He is a guy who [fills] a missing piece for us.”Junior forward Nikola Vucevic came alive in the second half, scoring 14 of his 16 points after halftime, while also adding 10 rebounds. Senior forward Alex Stepheson also had a double-double, scoring 11 points and grabbing 14 rebounds.With senior guard Marcus Simmons draped all over him, sophomore guard C.J. McCollum, the Mountain Hawk’s leading scoring who entered the night averaging 22.5 points per game, only managed to score one point in the first half, and seven points overall.After back-to-back victories, and four wins in the last five games, the Trojans believe they have discovered what it takes to win.“We have to play defense,” Vucevic said. “We have to stop people. We are not going to just outscore anybody. We have to hold [opponents] under 40 percent [from the field].”USC begins Pac-10 competition against preseason conference favorite Washington on December 29 at 7:30 p.m.“We want to win every single game in our league,” O’Neill said. “Will we win every game? I doubt it. But we are going to play hard, and I am convinced of that now. I have a lot of confidence that I did not have early on.”last_img read more

first_imgNenagh CBS will face Cork side Rochestown College in the Harty Cup quarter-finals.Last nights draw also paired Thurles CBS with opposition from the Rebel County as they will take on Gaelcolaiste Mhuire.Clonmel High School – the sole remaining Tipperary side in the Corn Ui Mhuirí – will face St Brendan’s in the last eight.last_img

first_imgDisability advocate Jennifer Doherty from Buncrana has begun a fundraising and awareness campaign to celebrate the freedom she gained with her first guide dog. Jennifer, who was born blind, had assistance from guide dog O.J. for more than seven years as she gained her independence in her 20s. After the sad passing of her companion last year, Jennifer has decided to raise funds to change someone else’s life with the gift of a guide dog.Jennifer has started a fundraising Facebook page called ‘OJ the Life Changer‘, with plans to host local events and raise €5,000 for Irish Guide Dogs to name a future puppy in his memory. The goal of the campaign is to ensure another person with impaired vision or autism will get the support to achieve all the possibilities that come their way. With OJ by her side, Jennifer was able to have the same experiences as her friends growing up – she moved out on her own, worked in Letterkenny, travelled, volunteered, and now runs her own business.This week Jennifer told about that many adventures she and O.J. shared and why she wanted to honour his service:“I wanted a guide dog for as long as I can remember. I got OJ in July 2007. I had just finished college and started working. My friends were becoming more independent and getting jobs but I didn’t have as much independence to get out and about on my own,” she said.Jennifer had been using a cane up to this point, but OJ gave her a renewed freedom to pursue her passions in work, education and volunteering. “I moved into my own house six years ago, that wouldn’t have been possible without him.“With OJ, I was able to move to a new job in Letterkenny, do volunteering and do courses, even if none of my friends or family were going along. When you have a dog you’re not alone,” she said.O.J.OJ was a companion to Jennifer that also opened doors for new friendships.“He was an ice-breaker. People would come up talk to me because he was there and he’d be the first topic of conversation,” she said.After seven years together, OJ retired and was fortunate that Jennifer’s parents were able to keep him. Jennifer said: “It was ideal that we didn’t have to give him away. Sybil took over from O.J. and has allowed me to have the same independence. She’s a lively golden retriever, a very different character.”Jennifer and SybilJennifer made the difficult decision to put O.J. to sleep in July 2017, and is now hoping his memory will live on with another pup in training. She is aiming to raise €5,000 this year to support the care of a future puppy and have it named after her first ‘life changer’.Each litter of pups that are born to be Guide Dogs or Assistance Dogs are given names starting with the same letter of the alphabet. All of O.J.’s siblings had names beginning with ‘O’, and there has never been another O.J. since.Jennifer said: “They are guessing that the new O.J. will be born later this year. I’m just hoping it’s a boy! The puppy will be raised by a volunteer before it does its training, so I’m hoping to meet it in Cork and present the cheque with my fundraising total.” “There is a chance the pup will be better suited as an Assistance Dog for a child with autism, depending on their temperament. I’m aiming to raise awareness for all types of support dogs.”This day 10 years ago I met OJ for the first time, and my life changed for the better. Thanks @Irishguidedogs for everything you do— Jennifer Doherty (@OJdoherty) June 22, 2017Jennifer runs her own transcribing business (JD Audio Transcription) and volunteers with Foroige. She often gives talks about life with a disability and creates awareness of guide dogs in local schools.No stranger to fundraising, Jennifer took on a high-flying challenge by piloting a plane in 2014 to raise money for the Donegal Centre for Independent Living. The motivated young woman has been fundraising for Irish Guide Dogs since 2003 and raised €30,000 up to this point. It costs €38,000 to raise a guide dog from birth and support it during its working life.“I have had a dog for ten years, when you have one and see the difference it makes you want to give back for it,” she said.Watch this space for fun local events to raise fund for the next O.J. Jennifer is planning a variety of events in the Buncrana area – from quizzes to school events and talks to coffee mornings and something for dog lovers. She has a busy few months ahead but is looking forward to creating more awareness for heroes like O.J.Follow on Facebook to keep up to date with Jennifer’s fundraisers.If you would like to learn more about Irish Guide Dogs or donate, visit guidedogs.ieBeloved guide dog inspires Donegal woman to give back was last modified: January 26th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:DISABILITY AWARENESSirish guide dogsJennifer Dohertylast_img read more