Donegal star Colm McFadden has insisted he will be part of the Donegal set up in 2014 quelling rumours that he was going to walk away from the panel, however Rory Kavanagh’s future is less clear after he said he needs to take time to think about it. St.Michael’s clubman McFadden has insisted their is still plenty of football left in him and he isn’t ready to walk just yet.McFadden said, “I think there’s plenty of football left in me and plenty of football left in this squad.”“We all need to take a break and regroup in the winter time and try and come back stronger.”Rory Kavanagh has said that he will speak to friends and family over the next few weeks to see were is at in terms of being able to continue playing inter-county football.Kavanagh said, “I’ll talk to friends and family over the winter and see were I stand. I’m not going to make any rash decisions. It takes huge commitment.Rumours had spread on social networking sites suggesting Frank McGlynn had retired from inter-county football but these rumours have been denied.It is expected that many of the senior figures in the squad will wait and see if Jim McGuinness stays on as manager until they decide on their own futures at this level.MCFADDEN TO STAY ON BUT KAVANAGH UNDECIDED was last modified: August 8th, 2013 by John2Share 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:Colm McFaddenCommitmentdonegalFuturesJim McGuinnessRory KavanaghUndecided
Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Sakakibara already has a possible opponent in Takanori Gomi for Pacquiao if he ever decides to compete in the Japanese MMA promotion.Gomi is an MMA legend in Japan. He is a former Pride lightweight champion with fighting experience in the UFC. Gomi also has the same age as Pacquiao.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES The Rizin card will feature Japanese rising star Tenshin Nasukawa going up against Filipino Fritz Biagtan in a kickboxing match. READ: Japan’s ‘Ninja Boy’ aims to take down Floyd Mayweather Nasukawa is best known for fighting Floyd Mayweather Jr. in a three-round boxing exhibition where he lasted for only a round and was knocked down thrice by the former pound-for-pound king.Meanwhile, Biagtan, who has a 4-1 mixed martial arts record and last fought in the URCC eight months ago, was a fighter personally suggested by Pacquiao himself.Sakakibara also said he is opening Rizin’s doors for a potential Pacquiao fight in the future.READ: Floyd Mayweather clobbers Japanese kickboxer for TKO winADVERTISEMENT Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony PLAY LIST 00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony01:25Manny Pacquiao signs deal with Japan MMA promotion Rizin but won’t fight00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ I’m here in the Philippines. RIZIN.15 will have this man involved in a way. We will be ready to announce as I get back to Japan! #rizin15 #MannyPacquiao pic.twitter.com/58lv5xwPMb— NOBUYUKI SAKAKIBARA (@nobu_sakakibara) April 7, 2019MANILA, Philippines—Filipino ring icon Manny Pacquiao will be the special guest when the Rizin Fighting Federation stages its 15th event on April 21 at Yokohama Arena in Japan.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsAccording to the Japan Times, RFF founder Nobuyuki Sakakibara recently flew to the Philippines where he and Pacquiao agreed to a “promotional deal.”ADVERTISEMENT Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting PBA: San Miguel ousts TNT, sets semis showdown with Phoenix Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated View comments SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea youth coach Cole: Lille spell good for meby Paul Vegas23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea youth coach Joe Cole has spoken of his time with Lille.The Blues meet LOSC in the Champions League tonight.”We missed out on the title but qualified for the Champions League again, which was the goal when I arrived because Lille are a big club,” he told chelseafc.com. “Their new stadium is amazing, they have an incredible youth system and a fantastic training ground. The club is the real hub of the city so it’s a great place to play football and I have fond memories from my time there.”Ligue 1 is a strong league and I found it tough physically, as well as learning a lot tactically during my time there. Since I’ve left, the team have been a bit up and down. The French league is a different animal now and finishing second is almost like winning it because PSG are so strong.”
Pittsburgh native and legendary rocker Bret Michaels teamed up with Hard Rock Cafe Pittsburgh this week to create a signature menu item – a fantastic salad.Bret Michaels stops by Hard Rock Cafe Pittsburgh to introduce the new Bret SaladCredit/Copyright: Hard Rock International/Ed Rieker, AP Images for InvisionYesterday, Bret Michaels was at Hard Rock Cafe Pittsburgh to kick off the month-long celebration and deliver a special guitar that will be added to Hard Rock’s world-famous collection.Bret Michaels celebrates his personal guitar donation to Hard Rock’s world-famous memorabilia collectionCredit/Copyright: Hard Rock International/Ed Rieker, AP Images for InvisionMichaels’ menu item, the Nicoise Salad, will feature grilled tuna filet on a bed of bibb lettuce, mixed greens with green beans, grape tomatoes, hardboiled egg, cannellini beans and radishes served with lemon Dijon dressing. It will be available for $14.50 throughout the month of July at Hard Rock Cafe Pittsburgh. This is an extension of Bret’s partnership with Hard Rock.A portion of the retail price of the rocker’s salad will benefit the Bret Michaels Life Rocks Foundation which supports charitable causes that are near to Bret’s heart. The Foundation sends newly diagnosed Type 1 children to diabetes education camps and supports other causes such as veterans organizations, children’s hospitals and pet charities.Global entrepreneur and philanthropist Bret Michaels also donated his Pittsburgh Steelers guitar, one of only two in the world, to become a permanent part of the brand’s world-famous memorabilia collection. The 77,000+ piece Hard Rock collection, which celebrates new and legendary music icons, is the world’s greatest collection of music memorabilia.
Finally, all the haggling came to an end and the Robert Griffin III era with the Washington Redskins began in earnest today with Griffin signing a contract worth $21,119,098 over the next four years. He can join his teammates in the final days of a five-day mini-camp.Griffin offered on Twitter: “Well people…. It’s Time to go to Work!!! off the unemployment line and oh yeah HTTR!!!!”The deal is very much like the one given to last year’s second-overall pick, Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller, and about $12 million less than the guaranteed figure given to St. Louis Rams offensive tackle Jason Smith, the last second-overall pick signed before the rookie wage scale went into effect. Smith signed a six-year, $61.775 million deal with $33 million in guarantees.Griffin’s contract, which includes a $13.8 million signing bonus, contains no “offset language,” according to one person with knowledge of the deal who spoke on condition of anonymity because all its aspects have not been made public. That provision had been a stumbling block in negotiations for many top picks.Without the language, the Redskins would owe Griffin the full amount of his guaranteed contract if they release him and he signs with another team, regardless of his salary from the new franchise.As with all contracts given to the top-10 picks, there is a team option for a fifth year. Should the Redskins exercise that option, they would pay Griffin the transition tag value in the fifth season, which is the average salary among the 10 highest-paid quarterbacks in that year.The highest draft pick to sign before today was Carolina Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly, who was taken with the ninth overall pick and received a four-year, $12.58 million deal.The Redskins traded up with the St. Louis Rams from the sixth slot to the second to take the highly productive Baylor quarterback, and they paid a high price in doing so. Washington gave up their sixth overall pick in 2012, their first-round picks in 2013 and 2014, and a second-round pick in 2012 for the pleasure of ensuring their franchise quarterback.
When Did Sports Become So Political? Last week, only 298 days after Claudio Ranieri helped Leicester City win the Premier League title, a 5,000-1 triumph, Ranieri was sacked. But does sacking a football manager have an effect? Not very much of one, a growing body of evidence suggests. There is over a 90 percent correlation between teams’ wages and their results, according to analysis of teams’ spending and results from 1973 to 2010 in “Soccernomics,” a book by Simon Kuper and Stefan Szymanski. That leaves less than 10 percent to be decided by other factors — who its manager is, injuries, scouting and plain old luck. In English football from 1973 to 2010, Kuper and Szymanski found, only 10 percent of top-flight managers consistently overachieved when wages were taken into account. A very select few managers do make a difference, but most have a negligible impact on how a club performs.Today, the average Premier League manager — except Arsene Wenger, in his 21st year at Arsenal — lasts a little over a year, slightly shorter than Ranieri’s reign. That doesn’t leave much time for a manager to leave a mark. Occasionally, innovations can help managers succeed immediately, as Antonio Conte has in reintroducing the 3-4-3 formation at Chelsea this season, to stunning effect. But in the overwhelming majority of cases, clubs’ complex systems of coaching, player analysis, scouting, youth development and training facilities far predate — and normally outlast — any new manager.Take Leicester and Ranieri. There were several crucial aspects of their success last year: the brilliant end to the 2014-15 season, winning seven of the team’s last nine matches under a previous manager; sophisticated use of data analytics (several members of Leicester’s backroom team have subsequently been poached); and a brilliant scouting network. All of it was in place before Ranieri took charge. While Ranieri tweaked the side’s tactics and elevated the midfielder Danny Drinkwater from the substitutes’ bench, overall he changed relatively little about Leicester’s method.What did change was Leicester’s luck, first for the better, and then for the worse. Last season, Leicester’s goal difference was 11.5 greater than predicted by a model of expected goals developed by David Sumpter, a sports economist, using Opta data that takes into account the location of shots; the team also benefited from the fewest total days lost to injury of any Premier League team. Until Leicester defeated Liverpool in its first match without Ranieri, it had been the unluckiest team in the league this season according to Sumpter’s model. When Ranieri was sacked, Leicester had conceded 9.6 goals more than expected, while scoring 0.8 fewer than expected, adding up to a goal difference of -10.4 compared to its actual figures, the lowest in the league.“Sacking Ranieri now is stupid. It’s falling into the trap of underestimating randomness,” said Sumpter, author of “Soccermatics.” “This season’s run of bad form is partly down to a run of bad luck.” Football is particularly prone to randomness, because it is so low scoring; underdogs win more than in any other major sport.So if Leicester continues to maintain its level of play for the remainder of the season, its results should improve, regardless of who the new manager is — or whether Ranieri had stayed.Ranieri’s sacking is likely to lead to an upswing in Leicester City’s results, just not because a new manager is better than him. New Premier League managers generally enjoy “a short honeymoon period,” a study of sackings from 1992-2008 by Sue Bridgewater, director of the Centre for Sports Business at the University of Liverpool Management School, found — but this is not because of the new boss. Managers tend to be sacked when a team is at a low point, after which they tend to revert to their former level: Bridgewater found that an average team earns 1.3 points a match, which is what they earn in the three months after a sacking. The “bounce” a new manager enjoys is just regression to the mean. Bas ter Weel, a Dutch economist, has found the same phenomenon in the Netherlands.In 2015-16, there were 58 sackings across the 92 clubs in the top four tiers in English football, a record. In most cases, teams would have been better off retaining their managers and using the saved cash on new players, or greater investment in scouting and youth development. Related: Hot Takedown In recent years several unglamorous teams have thrived while adopting strategies that limit a manager’s importance. As Kuper and Szymanski note, Lyon won seven consecutive titles in France from 2002-08, as well as reaching the quarterfinals of Champions League in three consecutive seasons from 2003-04, with four different coaches – Jacques Santini, Paul Le Guen, Gérard Houllier and Alain Perrin — who subsequently had undistinguished records. Lyon recognized that a previous manager, Bernard Lacombe, was exceptional at spotting talent, so moved him to a director of football role, focusing on player recruitment while insulated from day-to-day pressure. More recently, Southampton has excelled in the Premier League despite repeatedly losing its coaches to other clubs. Southampton’s success, like Lyon’s, has been underpinned by excellent youth development and a philosophy for player recruitment that changes little depending on who the manager is.Routinely branded the savior or destroyer of a club, the football manager is rarely either. Indeed, given how short his stints are and how many other staff members clubs now employ, perhaps the manager has never been less important. Ranieri’s unfathomable two years at Leicester might be best remembered as a reminder of the limits of a manager’s significance.Check out our latest soccer predictions.
The Ohio State men’s volleyball team dropped a pair of road matches over the weekend to teams that sit below the Buckeyes in the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association standings. The losses dropped OSU out of the nation’s top 10 for the first time since Feb. 1, from No. 8 to No. 11. Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) defeated the Buckeyes, 3-2 (28-26, 17-25, 20-25, 25-22, 15-9), Saturday night. OSU’s defense combined for 16.5 blocks, led by redshirt senior middle blocker John Tholen, who notched eight blocks. Sophomore libero Brennan Anderson totaled a match-high 16 digs, and has now reached double digits in the category 15 times this season. On the offensive end, four Buckeyes finished with 10 or more kills. Redshirt sophomore setter Peter Heinen assisted on 51 of the team’s kills. OSU was forced to take an early timeout following an 8-3 IPFW run out of the gate. The Buckeyes responded soon after with a 6-2 run to bring the match within a point, 11-10. A back-and-forth set played out from there, ending in a 28-26 win for the Mastodons. A pair of late-set service aces from Tholen gave OSU the second set, 25-17. The Buckeyes went on to take the third set, 25-20 but were unable to finish off their opponents in sets four or five. Back-to-back errors by OSU gave IPFW the fourth set, 25-22, the fifth set, 15-9, and the match, 3-2. Ball State swept OSU (25-15, 25-21, 25-21) Friday night in Muncie, Ind. The winless road trip dropped the Buckeyes another game off the pace of league-leading Lewis, which went 1-1 across the weekend. OSU coach Pete Hanson’s squad remains in second place, 1.5 games behind the Flyers. OSU (15-5, 7-3 MIVA) returns home to St. John Arena on Friday for a non-conference match against Mount Olive at 7 p.m.
Ohio State’s Kyle Snyder stands during the national anthem prior to the the dual-meet against Iowa on Jan. 21 in the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorThe No. 2 Ohio State wrestling team (13-1, 8-1 Big Ten) beat No. 4 Michigan (9-3, 6-2 Big Ten) 18-15 Sunday evening in a closely contested dual meet, despite senior heavyweight Kyle Snyder losing his first collegiate match since 2015. Snyder dropped his first match of the season 3-1 against No. 2 Adam Coon, who is listed at 6-foot-6 and 285 pounds, 7 inches and 60 pounds larger than Snyder. The physical mismatch made this match interesting leading into tonight, but Coon stunned many by beating the Olympic gold medalist. Snyder had not lost in college since Iowa State’s Kyven Gadson beat him in the 2015 NCAA final at 197 pounds.In the third period of No. 3 Bo Jordan’s match against No. 6 Myles Amine at 174 pounds, he took the lead with a takedown, and gained the riding time advantage point after preventing Amine from escaping. Eventually, a stalemate was called before Amine got the escape. Jordan led 5-4, essentially because of riding time.As the clock wound down, Amine needed a two-point takedown to win, and he got it in the final seconds. Initially, the referee did not award any points, but Amine found the correct positioning for the takedown before the clock hit zero. This moment gave Michigan their first lead of the meet, 12-11, with three bouts remaining.Michigan remained close with the Buckeyes, but Ohio State received solid performances from two of its highly ranked heavyweights. Ohio State’s No. 2 Myles Martin won 5-3 against No. 5 Domemic Abounader.The Buckeyes’ No. 1 Kollin Moore bounced back after his first loss of the season against Penn State with a major decision win against No. 12 Kevin Beazley 17-6 at 197 pounds. Moore registered two takedowns late in the first period to take control, and dominated in the second and third with Beazley losing energy. Another undefeated Buckeye went down when No. 5 Stevan Micic upset No. 2 Luke Pletcher 11-4 at 133 pounds. Pletcher is now 22-1.Michigan’s No. 9 Logan Massa beat No. 14 Te’Shan Campbell 6-2 at 165 pounds to hand Campbell his sixth-straight loss. His last win was 8-2 against Maryland’s Brendan Burnham on Jan. 5.Ohio State’s No. 5 Micah Jordan also lost, falling 12-7 to No. 7 Alec Pantaleo in an evenly matched bout. No. 4 Nathan Tomasello won via technical fall against Michigan’s No. 9 Drew Mattin 20-5. Ohio State’s No. 7 Joey McKenna beat Sal Profaci 6-2 at 141 pounds in the only match in which both wrestlers weren’t ranked. Buckeyes’ No. 6 Ke-Shawn Hayes won 9-2 against No. 18 Malik Amine.Ohio State’s next meet will take place on Feb. 18 at No. 6 North Carolina State in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Luciano Spalletti was amazed how his players managed to respond to a bitter 3-2 defeat by Juventus – Inter easily beat Udinese 4-0 at home and it was a crucial win in terms of climbing higher spots in the Serie A.The Italian manager was very happy after this result as he saw the right attitude from his players and he still believes that his side can gain the Champions League spot for the next season.The former AS Roma coach spoke about his side’s performance and his own future as he said, according to Gianluca Di Marzio:Maurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.“I saw a reaction from the players, that’s what I expected from them. They have been exceptional and have controlled the game. Champions League? I still believe that we have to play to win all games.”“My future? I have a contract and things are going well, games like this are fundamental. We improved during this campaign.”“I don’t understand why everyone thinks we have the obligation to reach the fourth place. There are other good teams, then it’s also a matter of how you lose the fourth place.”
Jack Wilshere intends to hold talks with new Arsenal manager Unai Emery over his role at the club before making a final decision in regards to his future, reports the Evening StandardThe England international’s contract with the Gunners is set to expire at the end of this month after having failed to agree on a new deal over the past year.But Arsenal remain keen to retain Wilshere and have reportedly offered him an improved deal in order to secure his future at the Emirates.While the 26-year-old would prefer to remain at the London club, he first intends to hold talks with new boss Emery to discuss his plans for next season and to better understand how he fits into them.Merson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.The former Paris Saint-Germain coach has already begun making changes at Arsenal and recently signed Stephan Lichtsteiner from Juventus on a free transfer.Emery intends to overhaul the club’s midfield options this summer and has reportedly met with Manchester United’s Marouane Fellaini and intends to build his midfield around Aaron Ramsey.This has left Wilshere concerned and his future at Arsenal will very likely be concluded soon with the final outcome hinging on whether Emery can guarantee him a regular starting spot.