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O’Neill focused on improving squad

first_img But the former Shamrock Rovers boss has impressed IFA officials with his behind-the-scenes work and development of younger players in the squad. O’Neill also has the support of key senior players, as evidenced by the continued presence of Gareth McAuley and Aaron Hughes – both of whom turn 34 before the end of the year – among his group for the trip to Adana. “The contract actually wasn’t a major thing, it was quite straightforward because the discussions we had were that everybody at the association wanted me to continue,” O’Neill told Press Association Sport. “I’ve been working for two years now and I wanted to continue that development of the team and the squad and hopefully make sure we have better results in qualifying next time. “Coming into the job I knew I wasn’t just managing an international team. We’ve restructured the age level groups, we’ve been getting the right people into the jobs and I’ve been assisting them with whatever they need. That will continue. “When I was appointed Northern Ireland manager I was honoured to have been chosen to manage my country and I am extremely happy to have agreed a new two-year deal with the Irish Football Association.” O’Neill’s side finished fifth in their six-team 2014 World Cup qualifying group and suffered a humiliating loss to Luxembourg along the way. They have won just once in 14 matches under O’Neill but the IFA is convinced they have the right man in place. IFA president Jim Shaw has been a vocal supporter of O’Neill during his tenure, and he said: “I am delighted that Michael has agreed a two-year extension to his contract. “I have no doubt that he will be able to build on the work he has already done and will take us forward in the Euro 2016 campaign. “Michael is a true professional who has passion and pride, something which he showed as a player for his country and now as a manager, and I believe he is the right man for the job of Northern Ireland manager.” O’Neill will be without Palermo striker Kyle Lafferty, whose wife is due to give birth around the date of the Turkey clash, as well as injured duo Craig Cathcart and Corry Evans, but otherwise has a full-strength panel available to him. O’Neill is desperate to persuade McAuley and Hughes to commit to one final campaign before retirement and their presence for the trip is encouraging, while captain Steven Davis and Manchester United’s Jonny Evans are also in the squad. Jonny Steele, the uncapped Larne-born midfielder who has been impressing for New York Red Bulls in Major League Soccer, has been left out to focus on his club’s play-off chase. Northern Ireland squad to face Turkey on November 15: Carroll (Olympiacos), Mannus (St Johnstone); McAuley (West Brom), J Evans (Man Utd), Hodson (MK Dons), D Lafferty (Burnley), McArdle (Bradford), Hughes (Fulham), Baird (Reading); Davis (Southampton), Norwood (Huddersfield), Ferguson (Birmingham), Brunt (West Brom), Clingan (Kilmarnock), O’Connor (Rotherham); McKay (Inverness), Paterson (Huddersfield), Ward (Derby), McGinn (Aberdeen), Grigg (Brentford). Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill will begin his Euro 2016 planning in earnest next week after putting pen to paper on a new two-year contract. Press Association The friendly against Turkey on November 15 was the final fixture on his original deal with the Irish Football Association and when he announced a strong 20-man squad for the match at Windsor Avenue on Tuesday, he was able to do so having signed on to lead the Euro 2016 campaign. O’Neill took over from Nigel Worthington at the start of 2012 and has won just one of his 14 games in charge of the national side, August’s impressive 1-0 success over Russia. last_img read more

FL Supreme Court rejects former escorts appeal in murder for hire case

first_imgThe Florida Supreme Court denied an appeal from a former escort convicted of attempting to hire a hit-man to murder her newlywed husband.The court rejected without comment a request from Dalia Dippolito that it reviews her 2017 conviction and 16-year sentence for soliciting first-degree murder.The 36-year-old was recorded on video and audio in 2009 plotting to kill Michael Dippolito.Prosecutors believe she wanted control of the couple’s Palm Beach County townhome and his finances.The case gained national attention when it was featured on the TV shows “Cops” and “20/20.”last_img read more

FDOT: Roosevelt Bridge Repairs Anticipated to Last Four Months

first_imgThe Florida Department of Transportation announced late Friday that repairs to both sides of the Roosevelt Bridge in Stuart are anticipated to take four months.Structural Technologies LLC will be the contractor to assist the FDOT with design plans.The cost to repair the broken tendons and corrosion will be determined once the design and scope of the work are final.FDOT officials said the agency plans to complete the design work by the end of July and begin repairs in August.The bridge is still closed to large trucks.Meanwhile, the FDOT says the cause of the corrosion that was discovered last month remains under investigation.“As far as the timeline is concerned, my main concern is safety,” says Stuart Mayor Mike Meier..⁦@MyFDOT_SEFL⁩ says repairs to Roosevelt Bridge should take about 4 months. ⁦@WPTV⁩ pic.twitter.com/cXwrTMD7Yk— Jon Shainman (@JonShainman) July 17, 2020 He adds FDOT officials have been in frequent communication with the City of Stuart staff about the status of the southbound bridge.“We’re at a point right now where we have the north bridge open to four lanes of traffic where we’re doing OK, and for the most part, traffic is moving smooth; certainly we want the bridge back in full operation, but not at the expense of any risks of safety,” Meier explains.The Roosevelt Bridge was closed to drivers on June 16, after FDOT officials conducting a regular inspection noticed a crack in the southbound bridge. They also discovered corrosion in both spans.The northbound and southbound bridges were then closed for inspection until June 27, at which point the northbound bridge reopened to two-way traffic following minor repair work.After restoring the bridge’s strength and allowing it to re-open to traffic, FDOT will address the corrosion and do the work to preserve the bridge.Occasional lane closures are expected as the design and repair work continues, officials say.last_img read more

ICC World Cup Need to play every game in World Cup like we are playing India: Pakistan skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed

first_img New Delhi: The ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 is just over six weeks away but all eyes will be on India vs Pakistan clash on June 16 in Manchester. The rivalry between India and Pakistan is legendary in the World Cup with India winning all six encounters against Pakistan starting from the 1992 World Cup clash in Sydney. Heading into the clash, India is expected to continue their dominance against a Pakistan side struggling for confidence after they were whitewashed 5-0 at home against Australia last month. However, Pakistan skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed has stated that the team must approach every game in the World Cup like they are playing India.“The match against India is very important in many ways but it is one match and we need to play all our remaining matches in the tournament like we are playing against India,” Sarfaraz said in an interview to a Pakistan channel. highlights In order to prepare for the World Cup, Pakistan will be playing five ODIs and a Twenty20 International against England starting on May 5. The team is currently in Kent where they will use the period to acclimatize to the conditions. Mohammad Amir, who starred in Pakistan’s ICC Champions Trophy 2017 clash against India in the final, has not been named in the 15-man squad but is in the side for the England series.Sarfaraz said that he was under no pressure as captain before the mega-event. “Where I bat we will decide as the matches go but there is complete unanimity between me and Mickey Arthur and the selection committee over the players selected,” he said when asked if he had been consulted in the finalisation of the squad. Sarfaraz said his team had the talent and depth to surprise any team but it was important for players to gain momentum and maintain it in the tournament as every team would have to play nine games to qualify for the knockout stage.Sarfaraz was happy that other teams had been given the favourites tag in the World Cup. “It is good for us as it means there will be more pressure on the teams given the favourite tag and it also means that we can play as underdogs that is when we give our best and perform.” For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. India has won all six encounters against Pakistan in the World Cup.Pakistan will play five ODIs against England ahead of the World Cup.India will take on Pakistan on June 16 in Manchester.last_img read more

Superlatives from Syracuse’s 82-72 upset of No. 6 Florida State

first_img Published on January 28, 2017 at 2:18 pm Contact Matt: mcschnei@syr.edu | @matt_schneidman Syracuse (13-9, 5-4 Atlantic Coast) upset No. 6 Florida State (18-4, 6-3) in the Carrier Dome on Saturday afternoon, holding off the Seminoles for a 82-72 win. The Orange led by 18 at the break, its largest advantage at halftime in 20 conference games, but let it slip to as few as two in the second half. Jim Boeheim’s team held on, though, and continued its hot streak at home.Here are superlatives from Syracuse’s fifth conference win.Stud: Tyler LydonEven though Andrew White led the way with a game-high 24 points, Lydon did it all – again – to keep the Orange in front. The sophomore scored 14 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and tied a career high with six blocks, continuing to prove his worth as Syracuse’s star player.Dud: Taurean ThompsonAdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe freshman big man was unable to log back-to-back double-digit scoring games for only the second time in league play, as he was plagued by foul trouble and sat the bench for almost the entire second half. Thompson picked up two quick fouls to begin the second stanza, even though one appeared to be a clean block, and scored only two points in seven minutes of action.Highlight: Lydon’s one-handed putback slamWith Syracuse only leading by two after allowing its 18-point halftime lead to vanish, Tyus Battle hoisted a corner 3 that bounced off the front rim. Lydon soared in from the weak side and flushed a putback slam with his right hand to give the Orange a little more breathing room and secure his place in Saturday night’s SportsCenter Top 10.Lowlight: Tyler Roberson’s missed free throwsComing into the game, Syracuse was the best free-throw shooting team in conference play. For the most part, the Orange lived up to that billing Saturday. SU shot 23-of-30 from the charity stripe in total, but excluding Roberson, the team went 23-of-24. While Lydon, Battle, White and John Gillon hit a combined all but one foul shot, Roberson missed all six of his.Turning point: Gillon acrobatic layup to put SU up fourWith Syracuse leading by two and just over a minute left, Gillon drove the lane. Almost every time before, he kicked out since a mammoth FSU defender awaited, but this time he found space and spun a layup off the right side of the backboard to put Syracuse up four while falling to the ground. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Haula helps Hurricanes earn 3-1 win over Montreal

first_img Written By FOLLOW US SUBSCRIBE TO US Last Updated: 1st January, 2020 11:14 IST Haula Helps Hurricanes Earn 3-1 Win Over Montreal Erik Haula had a goal and an assist and Charlie Lindgren made 33 saves in his first start of the season, leading the Carolina Hurricanes to a 3-1 win over the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday night. Associated Press Television News COMMENTcenter_img First Published: 1st January, 2020 11:14 IST WATCH US LIVE LIVE TV Erik Haula had a goal and an assist and Charlie Lindgren made 33 saves in his first start of the season, leading the Carolina Hurricanes to a 3-1 win over the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday night.Sebastian Aho also scored and Teuvo Teravainen had two assists for the Hurricanes (24-14-2), who won their second straight game after a three-game losing streak. Ryan Dzingel scored into an empty net.Max Domi scored for the seventh straight game for the Canadiens (18-16-6), who dropped their third straight and closed out a seven-game trip with a record of 3-4.Petr Mrazek stopped 28 of 29 shots for the Hurricanes, including a save on a breakaway by Phillip Danault when the score was tied 1-1 in the first period.Ryan Poehling appeared to tie the score at 2-2 for Montreal with 8:08 remaining in the third period, but a replay review after a challenge by the Hurricanes concluded that Danault interfered with Mrazek on the play.Haula opened the season with eight goals in his first 14 games before missing 19 of the next 21 due to injury. In five games since returning Dec. 21, he has three goals and six points, none bigger than his second-period score Tuesday.Carolina entered the game with the seventh-most points in the Eastern Conference and looking to build on Saturday’s win over Washington. The meeting with Montreal was the second game in a seven-game homestand that presents a critical opportunity to gain points in the standings near the midway point of the season.With the score tied 1-1, Haula parked in front of the net and converted a feed from Brett Pesce after Teravainen started a rush with a clever pass to Pesce. That was the only goal of the second period.Aho opened the scoring for the Hurricanes on a power play just 1:55 into the game when he batted the rebound of a Haula shot into the net. A replay review confirmed that the puck was below Aho’s shoulder when he hit it, so the goal was allowed to stand.Domi evened the score at 1-1 later in the first when he poked the puck away from Teravainen in the Carolina zone and capitalized on the turnover by send a wrist shot from the slot high into the net on Mrazek’s glove side.NOTES: Aho has scored 20 of his 23 goals since Nov. 1, more than any other NHL player during that span. … Domi extended his point streak to eight games with his 12th goal of the season in the first period. He has seven goals and two assists in his last eight games. … Teravainen has at least one assist in seven of his last eight games and has 33 assists this season.UP NEXTCanadiens: Begin a three-game homestand on Thursday against Tampa Bay.Hurricanes: Face Washington on Friday in the third game of a seven-game homestand.last_img read more

First trophy of English domestic season up for grabs

first_imgA win for United would give Jose Mourinho’s his fourth League Cup trophy, tieing him with Brian Clough and Alex Ferguson for most won as manager.He will have to make do without in-form attacker Henrikh Mkhitaryan after he was injured in their Europa League tie mid-week.Tipperary’s Shane Long is in contention to feature for the Saints the Gorthanoe man’s semi-final goal against Liverpool ensured their place in the final.last_img

Local prosecutor’s office welcomes Megan Mckeon

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich.— The Alpena County Prosecutor’s office adds a new addition to its force. Megan Mckeon is the new assistant prosecutor who is a recent Cooley Law School graduate.Mckeon completed her bar exam back in February and was sworn into the Michigan Bar Association shortly after. The assistant prosecutor has an undergraduate degree in criminal justice and legal studies.Mckeon also has experience in working with a public defender’s office and a district court probation department. In a press release from the prosecutor’s office Mckeon says, “She hopes her passion and desire to help others will benefit the office and the team.”AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Insights Preview: Alpena business owners share their experience maneuvering the coronavirus pandemicNext Northern Strike gears up for fire exerciselast_img read more

Godfrey Okumu: PVL, PSL titles give UP boost ahead of UAAP Season 81

first_imgGretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Bruce Morris recalls hitting longest shot in basketball history FILE – UP Lady Maroons celebrate their latest title. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—University of the Philippines achieved a championship double during the offseason and head coach Godfrey Okumu said his team’s title haul before 2018 ended was a big boost for them in the coming UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament.The Lady Maroons were the champions in both the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference and the Philippine Super Liga Collegiate Grand Slam, their first major titles in recent history.ADVERTISEMENT “There’s some confidence that’s been developed and they have a new discovery about themselves as players and we have confidence in playing,” said Okumu Monday at University of the Philippines College of Human Kinetics.“We’re confident but not too over confident because we’re still not tested in the UAAP.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsUP swept Far Eastern University in the championship series of the PVL on September 12 before following it up with a one-game knockout win over University of Santo Tomas on December 20 to capture the PSL title.Although both of the Lady Maroons’ victories came against fellow UAAP schools, Okumu said the team has yet to face the full strength of their league-mates once Season 81 rolls around on Feb. 16. Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? MOST READ The Lady Maroons, although, took the sweep in PVL, had to battle FEU for 10 sets while the Golden Tigresses whom they faced didn’t have Cherry Rondina with UST’s captain opting to focus on Petron’s campaign in the All-Filipino Conference.“The UAAP is the real one where everybody gets tested,” said Okumu, whose Lady Maroons finished with a 6-8 record tying Adamson University for the fifth seed in Season 80.“We played well during the offseason and the preparation tournaments but it was a good preparation for us mentally and it gave us a lot of boost mentally,” said Okumu.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more