Northern Ireland striker Josh Magennis: Criticism fuels me to improve

first_img He has frequently been used as Kyle Lafferty’s under-study in the current campaign, and when the Norwich man was suspended for the Greece fixture O’Neill had no qualms about turning to Magennis. “To start a qualifier in one of the most important games we’ll have was amazing. I would run through brick walls for that man,” said Magennis, who celebrated his goal by sprinting to the dugout and consuming O’Neill in a bear hug. “The majority of players would say that too; his man management is probably the best I’ve known and he gets everything out of us. “You don’t want to be anything but successful for him because he has shown complete trust in us.” Another player O’Neill welcomed into the fold with open arms was Roy Carroll, the veteran keeper who had fallen out of favour under Nigel Worthington. He played 15 consecutive qualifiers until illness saw him lose the gloves to Michael McGovern this summer and, at the age of 38, is relishing a late chance of tournament football. Carroll knows how precious that is having watched the great Pat Jennings on duty in the 1986 World Cup and looked on as his one-time Manchester United team-mate Ryan Giggs was denied the same opportunity with Wales. “This is one of the highest points of my career, hopefully getting on that plane next summer,” he said. “A lot of people before me hoped to go to big tournaments, Ryan Giggs wanted to go for Wales and he never achieved it. “I was nine in ’86 and all I remember was big Pat Jennings, because I always looked up to him as a keeper and as a person. “I want to be walking down the street and people say ‘there’s Roy Carroll, he got the team into Euro 2016’. It’s fantastic and that’s what you want when you retire. “That’s why I keep looking at Pat Jennings and say what a legend he is, and what a keeper.” Much has been made of his unlikely transition from youth goalkeeper at Cardiff to Northern Ireland striker, possibly rather too much for his own liking. It is a compelling story, and a triumph of determination, but Magennis clearly felt his contribution at Windsor Park went a long way to starting a new chapter. “I think it is time to stop talking about my past as a goalkeeper,” said the 25-year-old. “Anyone who wants a story will always pick up on it. I was a laughing stock for a few people, I know that. “People said I wouldn’t amount to anything and my career wouldn’t amount to anything but instead of going into my shell, I use it as fuel. “I can’t control what people say. I could read it and crumble but that’s not the person I am. “I fuel off people telling me I can’t do something and I always want to be better.” While Magennis has endured his share of doubters, he has a robust supporter in Michael O’Neill. Josh Magennis has revealed being written off as a “laughing stock” helped push him to become a Northern Ireland history-maker. The Kilmarnock forward scored his first international goal in Thursday’s 3-1 win over Greece, a result that guaranteed the Green and White Army’s first ever European Championship appearance next summer. While it was a massive moment for the entire country, it was also a matter of enormous personal pride for the boy from Bangor. Press Associationlast_img read more

Fans taken to hospital after football game

first_imgAt least 10 people were injured at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Saturday night during USC’s 20-17 victory over Stanford.Five people were transported during the game and five after the game, but none of the injuries were life-threatening, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. CBS Los Angeles reported that one man sustained a possible ankle fracture.Fans stormed onto the field after USC scored a field goal with 19 seconds left in the fourth quarter, bringing the score to 20-17. Students and fans pushed down the fence at the east end zone, USC Dept. of Public Safety Deputy Chief David Carlisle said.Carlisle said DPS worked with the Los Angeles Police Department and Contemporary Services Corporation, a crowd management company, to keep everyone safe.“Of course when you have thousands of people rushing the field, there’s nothing we can do to stop that,” Carlisle said. “We just try to prevent injuries.”Carlisle said DPS was aware that the Stanford game might present safety issues and that the department tried to prepare for the possibility.“We staff as many officers as we have available at games, and particularly at a big game like yesterday’s with a sold-out Coliseum and [it being] homecoming,” he said. “So, we knew there was going to be a large crowd.”Daniel Avila, 63, was one of the people injured when the game ended. Avila was taken to the hospital after he was knocked down on the field. Avila is a photographer for the USC Sports Information Office, and he said he ran onto the field after the game in order to photograph the players and interim head coach Ed Orgeron.“Somebody knocked me down and that led to a domino effect,” Avila said. “Everyone started tripping and a big pile ensued and I was the unlucky one at the bottom of it.”Avila was transported to the hospital where his leg was X-rayed, but was found to be only badly bruised. He said he wasn’t upset about what happened, because it’s all just part of the job.“I knew what was going to happen. As a photographer there is a risk involved in being on a field,” Avila said. “Players have run into me, knocked me over, but that’s one of the risks you take.” Kate Guarino contributed to this report.Follow Isabella on Twitter @isabellasayyahlast_img read more

Draft dodgers

first_imgThis is an army that recruits and drafts its soldiers with promises of fame and fortune. You don’t have to worry about mass protests, flag burnings or multiple arrests in opposition to it. In fact when an individual is called there are celebrations commemorating this life changing event. The draft that I am referring to is the 2012 NFL draft.Draft day is fast approaching and more than a few franchises are faced with budgetary concerns such as salary cap woes. Many accountants and GM’s of the affected franchises will be burning the midnight oil in their kitchens with the burners on their Jenn-Air stoves turned up sky high as they “cook the books.”However, the team that directly concerns me is the Pittsburgh Steelers. What will the men of steel do to get everybody on their current roster paid as well as picking a bushel or two of fresh loot from the “money tree” for the incoming new kid who will be moving onto the first round draft pick block? Check out the possible number one draft choices for the Black and Gold as well as their division foes based on their needs at the position and the projected availability of the athletes.Position #24 Pittsburgh Steelers: Dontari Poe, MemphisWhy, well because with the retirement of both Chris Hoke and Aaron Smith. NT Casey Hampton suffered a torn ACL and is also due to be paid $4.9 “big ones” in 2012. Considering the team’s “cap” troubles, “Big Snack” may be history even before mini-camp. Choosing a D-lineman is a no, no, no…brainer. I have continued to say this for the last five years; a successful draft for the Black and Gold will be; first round O-line or D-line, Second round O-line or D-line, Third round O-line or D-line, and Fourth round O-line or D-line.Position #29; Baltimore Ravens: Peter Konz, C, WisconsinKonz, is being labeled by some as the Ravens center of the future. H’mm, having never played a down, I cannot see how any incoming player first round pick or not can be instantly hailed as the savior, especially in the bloodthirsty AFC North but hey, only time will tell.Position #4 (Excluding trade) Cleveland Browns: Trent Richardson, RB AlabamaThe so-called face of the Browns, Peyton Hillis may have shot his load last season claiming that he had the “Blue Flu” on several occasions and being truly dinged up a few other times. Richardson was coached by Nick Saban and if the young running back rolls into the “Brownies” training camp smokin, Hillis whose persona has shown that he will be the “ultimate” malcontent if he is forced to ride the bench may just well be the odd man out.Position #21 Cincinnati Bengals: Lamar Miller, RB, MiamiMarvin Lewis must have seen something in Miller and the “Bungles” running back Cedric Benson might just well be “Benson the Butler” on the sidelines. Oh, most of you who were born after 1970 probably have no idea of the meaning of the previous sentence.Unlike Daniel Webster, the young men of today almost plead to be chosen for battle by the NFL in order to be liberated from the shackles of poverty not realizing that there is still a macabre sort of indentured servitude attached to pro sports that will never allow the umbilical cord to be severed from the reality of “paid to play.” The NFL will take young men away from their families to fight in the trenches of Pittsburgh, St. Louis, New York, Dallas and other points of battle in strange and unfamiliar places.Boys and girls there will be no great military generals gleaned from the NFL 2012 performance draft. There will be no awe inspiring stories told around the campfire about brave individuals storming the strongholds of opponents amidst a blaze of bullets, rockets and enemy fire. The only enemy positions that the NFL “soldiers” will be storming will be the end zones of the opposing team. The only cannons being fired and fireworks being displayed during the conflict will be after a touchdown is scored or a field goal is kicked. The enemy troops will be seated in the rear with painted faces, beer spilling and spit flying.Can’t you hear this year’s draftees singing their induction song after they receive the ultimate phone call informing them that they have been selected? “I’m in the NFL now; I found my fat cash cow. I just can’t wait, you don’t have to hate. I’m in the NFL now.”(Aubrey Bruce can be reached at: abruce@newpittsburghcourier.com or 412-583-6741.) A long time ago the late great Daniel Webster fought against the military draft but there is a present day “draft” that is desired by most young men; a draft that young men dream about, prepare for and pray to be included in almost from birth. Athletes do not try to avoid this draft. As a matter of fact, their parents, guardians or anyone else associated with them insist on promoting their skills with zeal and passion so that they may be included in it. last_img read more

Penguins a true test of Bruins depth

first_imgBOSTON—Depth was a key ingredient for the Boston Bruins in winning the Stanley Cup in 2011, and it’s a strength on this Bruins team as well. But we’ll find out in the Eastern Conference finals whether it’s a blueprint that will deliver another chance at a championship.Unlike vanquished foes Toronto and New York, top-seeded Pittsburgh can match the Bruins’ depth. The Penguins won all three games against the Bruins in the regular season, all by a single goal.“No doubt they’re a great hockey club. In my mind, they’re almost like the Miami Heat of the NHL with all the star power they got,” Bruins forward Milan Lucic said. “Probably the two best players in the world and a 40-goal scorer and the former 50-goal scorer, a future Hall of Famer and a Norris Trophy candidate on their team.“So, they definitely have a lot of weapons and in saying all that, I think what makes them successful is they play real well as a team and I think that’s what you’re going to probably see going into this next series, is two well-rounded teams going at it and for us we’ve got to be ready and excited for the challenge.”For each team, scoring production has been spread throughout their lines.The Bruins’ top line of Lucic, David Krejci and Nathan Horton has combined for 39 points in 12 games. Krejci has five goals and 12 assists for 17 points, which leads all players in the Stanley Cup playoffs. PENQUINS GET READY FOR EASTERM CONFERENCE FINALS (AP PHOTO)last_img read more

DFB President says the German team won’t play in countries where women don’t have…

first_imgImage Courtesy: Spiegel/GettyAdvertisement ngt6bNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsmm0abWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eat4f( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) s7wWould you ever consider trying this?😱8el46Can your students do this? 🌚jf508Roller skating! Powered by Firework Football has always been standing strong in favour of equality of race, religion and gender. From UEFA’s ‘Say No to Racism’ campaign, to the movement against the pay gap for women footballers last year, and the very recent ‘No Room for Racism’ rising in the English Premier League- the demurral against discrimination is larger than ever. And now, the German Football Association have come forward with their own modus operandi.Advertisement Image Courtesy: Spiegel/GettyFritz Keller, the president of Deutscher Fußball-Bund (DFB), has openly stated that the German national team will not participate in any matches taking place in a country where women are not given equal rights.Speaking to German news outlet Die Welt, Keller said: “With German football we have to agree on a differentiated answer to complex questions. What values are not negotiable for us? For example, women’s rights.”Advertisement “That’s why in my first DFB Bureau meeting I submitted a draft resolution based on which we no longer allow national teams to play in countries where women are not granted equal access to football stadiums or other sports facilities without discrimination” the 62 year old added.Germany, who are currently competing in the 2020 UEFA Euro Qualifiers, are 2nd in Group C with 15 points, with their latest 3-0 voctory over Estonia in October. They will face Belarus in their next qualifier on 17th November.Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more