Low: There is a target on our backs

first_img Press Association Low’s men head into Euro 2016 battle with the Republic of Ireland in Gelsenkirchen on Tuesday evening having surrendered a 33-game unbeaten running in qualifiers with a 2-0 defeat in Poland on Saturday, a result which followed a friendly loss to Argentina and a narrow Group D victory over Scotland. But while the manager insists the weight of success is not a burden for his team, he admits the label does serve to inspire whoever they come up against. Low said: “The difficulties we are experiencing at the moment are of a type that we have experienced many times before. But generally speaking, I don’t think the position now is anymore difficult than it’s always been. “We used to be the hunter; now we are the prey. We know that teams like Scotland will play with incredible motivation against us – but that was true even after [the World Cup in] 2010 and [Euro] 2012. “We know the situation, we know how to get by it, but it’s no different now than it used to be.” Germany remain overwhelming favourites to top the group and will expect to right the wrongs of Warsaw in comprehensive style against an Ireland team which has collected maximum points from a trip to Georgia and a 7-0 demolition of Gibraltar. Low said: “If you ask me what is the mood like now, fury is the wrong word, anger is the wrong word. But what you can feel is some kind of determination, that we really badly want these three points against Ireland. “But there is no incredible disappointment in the team. That would be wrong to say. “We have seen both the Irish games and have analysed them, and we can expect some sort of copy of Poland. There’s nothing new to us. The Irish are good fighters, they have commitment and fantastic fighting spirit, and they know how to defend. “They are a very well organised team, but at the same time, they have excellent players, like Robbie Keane, who is very experienced and has an eye for goal, Aiden McGeady, James McClean and other players who come from the wings and are very good at dribbling around their opponents. Germany boss Joachim Low has warned his players they have gone from hunter to prey since winning the World Cup. “Like Poland, they are very fast on the counter, coming from the wings and putting dangerous crosses in. “They come to Germany with self-confidence and with three teams being able to qualify from this group, they are in with a more than reasonable chance of actually making it to France.” Low insisted he would not make too many changes to his team, although Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Christoph Kramer will be missing through illness with Schalke’s Julian Draxler expected to be drafted in on his home ground after himself shaking off a virus. Draxler said: “We want people to forget the defeat against Poland. As a footballer, you want to win every game. “The last thing you do is sit down looking at the table and try to pre-conceive, ‘We can afford to lose this one, we can afford to lose that one and still make it’. “If you are a professional player, you want to win everything, so we feel we need to prove to our fans we can still win games. “We are reigning world champions. Even if we lost a game, we still are title-holders and we are all fully there. We want to show the world that we would like to reach unbeatable status as quickly as possible.” Much of the concern in Germany over the current team surrounds the full-backs with Philipp Lahm’s international retirement in particular leaving a gaping hole at the back, and youngsters Erik Durm and Antonio Rudiger have found themselves under intense scrutiny. But Low said: “Philipp Lahm played in the position for many, many years and he showed world class both on the right and on the left. “It was obvious it would be difficult to replace somebody like him on a one-to-one basis. That is a fantasy.” last_img read more

Jason Day narrowly misses a 59 as he takes charge of BMW Championship

first_imgJason Day missed out on becoming only the seventh player in PGA Tour history to shoot a 59 when he completed his first round at the BMW Championship in Chicago on Friday. Press Association The US PGA champion from Australia needed to hole out from 44 yards for eagle at the ninth, his final hole, at Conway Farms but pitched to nine feet before missing a birdie putt to sign for a 61. The 27-year-old still holds a four-shot lead over Masters and US Open champion Jordan Spieth, who also completed his opening round on Friday after Thursday’s play was disrupted by inclement weather. Spieth shared second place on 65 with fellow American Daniel Berger. last_img read more

Odell Beckham Jr. speaks as if trade from Giants to Browns was his choice

first_imgConsidering the perceived trajectories of the Giants and Browns, there is no reason to dismiss Odell Beckham Jr. when the 26-year-old wide receiver suggests that, football-wise, he is in a better situation in Cleveland for 2019 than he would have been in New York.But while Beckham talks up his new team this summer, the NFL’s annual, league-wide period of unapologetic optimism, the awkward reality is that the superstar wideout did not choose to play for the Browns. He was traded. Of course, we all know how this works in the NFL: If the Browns win in 2019, any potential Beckham-related issues will be buried by the elation of success. And to Beckham’s point, Cleveland has a chance to compete for a playoff berth. New York, it seems, does not.But don’t let Beckham’s words mince the truth about his relocation to Cleveland. He was traded to the Browns; he did not sign with them in free agency.Because if things go poorly in Cleveland this season, chances are we’ll all be reminded. MORE: Browns-Steelers suddenly among the NFL’s best rivalriesIn a recent, wide-ranging interview with Complex UK, Beckham was asked about his “biggest career move to date.” His answer was just as conveniently void of the word “trade.””I just felt with the Giants I was just stuck at a place that wasn’t working for me anymore,” Beckham said. “I felt like I wasn’t going to be able to reach my full potential there; mentally, physically, spiritually, everything I felt capable of doing, I just couldn’t see it happening there. So I think allowing me to be in an environment where I can be myself and give it a different approach, I feel like my football will benefit.”I’m just excited about being able to play football again and not have to deal with all the other stuff and politics that came with my previous role.”Understandable? Certainly. Disingenuous? A little.This isn’t the first time — and it certainly won’t be the last — that Beckham has expressed his excitement about playing in Cleveland. He said he felt “like a little kid” during minicamp. He also recently told GQ about his unhappiness in New York.But Beckham did not ask to be traded by the Giants. And despite trade rumors that surfaced prior to the deal, New York general manager Dave Gettleman had said he wouldn’t move the wide receiver.”(Gettleman) said he wasn’t going to trade (Beckham), then he traded him,” Landon Collins — who also was traded away from New York this year — recently said of the Giants GM. “We (were) all surprised because that’s one of the best receivers in the game and for him to do that and lie to everybody, it’s not a good look for players and teammates.”To be fair, even though the Giants gave Beckham a massive contract extension late last summer, the 2019 season was rocky enough to have ruined any good feelings. The receiver was fined for his comments about quarterback Eli Manning’s play. He headbutted an AC unit on the Giants’ sideline during a blowout loss to the Eagles. He faced criticism from team owner John Mara. He was blamed for a failed onside kick recovery. He missed the last four games of the season with a quad injury.Yet even with that as the background, after the deal that sent Beckham to Cleveland, Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield had to respond to speculation that the wide receiver was unhappy with the trade. Sporting News contributor and former NFL team exec Jeff Diamond pointed to Beckham’s absence from the Browns’ voluntary OTAs as a sign he might not be as excited as he claims.MORE: Ranking the NFL’s top wide receivers for 2019last_img read more

MINISTER WILL HAVE TOO MUCH CONTROL OVER ÚDARÁS – SENATOR

first_imgDonegal Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill has slammed the Government’s Gaeltacht Bill, which takes power from the people and gives the Minister of the day too much control over Údarás na Gaeltachta.Senator Ó Domhnaill has also raised concerns about the cutbacks involved in this Bill and the Government’s failure to commit to resources for Gaeltacht regions.“Far from preserving and developing the language, this Bill involves further cutbacks.  It is clear that the Government has no intention of providing any extra resources to implement this new legislation, making it extremely difficult for the Bill to attain its objectives,” said Senator Ó Domhnaill. “But more worrying still is the fact that this legislation will spell an end of the democratic elections to the board of Údarás na Gaeltachta.  The Gaeltacht Minister clearly doesn’t have confidence that the people will elect who he wants to the board, so he wants to change the system so that the Minister of the day will appoint many of the board members himself.  The remainder of the board will be nominated by County Councillors, many of whom have no connection with the Gaeltacht whatsoever.“In addition to this, the Bill fails to define the type of organisation that can apply to prepare a language plan for an area. The Minister will approve each Language Plan and will decide whether they are being implemented fully or not. Once again, this gives too much power to the Minister and the Coimisinéir Teanga should have a role in this work.“There are a number of questions about how this will work in reality. It is clear that there is no intention to provide any extra resources to implement this new legislation, making it extremely difficult for the Bill to attain its objectives. It places responsibilities on Foras na Gaeilge, although the Minister nor the Oireachtas has control over the Foras as it is a North/South body. As a result it is not possible to be sure that the Foras will be happy to deliver on the responsibilities in the long term.”  MINISTER WILL HAVE TOO MUCH CONTROL OVER ÚDARÁS – SENATOR was last modified: June 20th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:MINISTER WILL HAVE TOO MUCH CONTROL OVER ÚDARÁS – SENATORlast_img read more