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  • Keane a cause of concern for Ireland

    first_img The 32-year-old is in line to win his 124th senior cap at the Aviva Stadium on Tuesday evening, but only if he is given the go-ahead to play after suffering an injury during the creditable 0-0 draw in Sweden on Friday evening. Manager Giovanni Trapattoni, however, is hopeful that his captain, Ireland’s leading international goalscorer with 54, will be fit and ready to play again. The Italian said: “Robbie is having a scan on his calf. He has a little bit of pain, but the scan will clarify the situation. I think he can play, but we will wait for the decision after this scan.” Keane freely admits he has played for much of his career carrying niggling injuries, and he will be desperate to be involved in a game which could have a major bearing on Ireland’s hopes of making it to the finals in Brazil next summer. The deserved point with which Trapattoni’s men returned from Stockholm kept them firmly in the race for second place in Group C, although they dropped to fourth place as a result of Austria’s 6-0 demolition of the Faroe Islands. However, with the Swedes not in action on Tuesday evening, victory over the Austrians would leave the Republic in possession, for the time being at least, of the runners-up spot, and no one within the camp is underestimating the importance of the fixture. Asked if he would field the same team at the Aviva Stadium as he did at the Friends Arena, Trapattoni said, somewhat coyly: “Ninety-nine per cent, maybe. “Obviously there is the scan for Robbie Keane – Robbie played very, very well and his experience has been important. I think he can be ready. “But this game, we must think about all our possibilities. It’s a game we want to win, but also those who don’t start, the one or two or three changes (substitutions) will be very, very important.” Glenn Whelan returned to training today and is expected to resume against Austria, but as well as Keane, Trapattoni has a doubt over Jon Walters, who has a back problem. Skipper Robbie Keane is anxiously awaiting the outcome of a scan on his calf as the Ireland prepare for their World Cup qualifier showdown with Austria.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

  • Hughes: Virus blowing through Stoke

    first_img Press Association Stoke boss Mark Hughes has conceded his side are at the mercy of a virus that has swept through the training ground. “Hopefully it’s going to be a 24-hour thing and they’ll be okay, but naturally it’s something we’re having to monitor. “We thought we’d got hold of it, but after this morning we’ve had to put those thoughts on the backburner. “We’re trying to keep the impact of it to a minimum if we can, but we’re at the mercy of it. We’re hoping nobody else will go down with it. “In 24 hours’ time we might be in a similar situation with different people, but we’re hopeful we’ve done enough.” For Hughes, it is a case of illness being added to injury given the number of players who have been on the sidelines of late. On-loan Victor Moses joined the list on Wednesday as he will be out for six-to-eight weeks with a thigh injury. Better news for Hughes, though, is that defenders Erik Pieters and Marc Wilson returned to training this week after missing the 2-1 home defeat to Burnley last Saturday with calf and hamstring problems respectively. Crucially, influential centre-back Robert Huth is on the brink of a return after a recent calf injury. Huth has not played a league game for a year after sustaining a long-term knee injury, and although fit in pre-season, has only played two Capital One Cup matches this term due to setbacks. Hughes added: “He’s doing really well. He’s very close to joining in with the senior squad again, which we are all delighted about. “We’re coming into a period of games in a short period of time, so we are going to need bodies, and Rob coming back at this time of year is a bonus for us. Hughes explained: “We’re struggling to contain it somewhat. “The under-21s were hit by it earlier in the week. We tried to deal with it there and then. “We closed their operation down to such an extent they haven’t been in or around the building for the last three days, and they won’t be in tomorrow either. “Unfortunately, today Asmir, Geoff and Phil reported they were feeling unwell with sickness and what have you. “Phil came in and was prepared to train, but under the circumstances we felt he was better served by returning home. “Asmir was ill overnight and didn’t report in, and Geoff was sick when he came into the building, so he went straight back.” Asked as to the cause, Hughes replied: “It could be the time of the year, something that’s around, that you pick up from your kids. “We’re not sure where it’s come from. We tried to sanitise the building on Wednesday, we went right through it. The bug has already decimated the under-21 set-up, and although the club believed they had contained it, three senior players in Asmir Begovic, Geoff Cameron and Phil Bardsley have now been laid low. Hughes is hopeful the illness will pass in 24 hours and the trio will be in training again on Friday, but has no idea who might be the next victims ahead of Saturday’s Barclays Premier League trip to Liverpool. last_img read more

  • Student designs tonic to benefit brain functions

    first_imgThe excitement in Andrew Kozlovski’s voice is clear as he reels off the ingredients in the chemical cocktail he’s brewed; Brainz Power is a mixture of dietary supplements and research chemicals that gives students an additional edge in their learning abilities.The cognitive enhancement tonic Kozlovski, a sophomore studying business, designed is a nootropic, which comes from the Greek “noos” for “mind.” It is intended to safely enhance cognitive functioning by promoting better memory, clarity, focus and enhanced problem-solving abilities and has resulted in a successful entrepreneurial venture for Kozlovski.According to Kozlovski, the idea for the nootropic came after he realized that many of his fellow students were taking prescription pills in order to concentrate more effectively.“It’s the demand from the student community which made me start researching,” Kozlovski said. “Once I saw that there are alternatives to prescribed medication, I started to think that I had a pretty good idea.”Kozlovski went about looking for a natural solution and started collecting ingredients for his formula, which would later become Brainz Power. Once the manufacturers for the drug were found, he came up with a sustainable marketing plan and has gone about executing it for the past eight months. The venture boasts a highly popular Instagram account, which Kozlovski notes as the most effective channel among all of social media with a following of more than 100,000.According to Kozlovski, Brainz Power works because similar products like Adderall are inaccessible to the general population and are not healthy. Kozlovski noted that all the ingredients of his product are natural and, therefore, completely safe for consumption. Legally, the product has passed all verifications, as the manufacturing unit and the process under which the formula is made have been approved by the FDA.Kozlovski believes that this is the first time that a nootropic has been marketed to such an extent, reaching out to more people as a primary option instead of an alternative. The tonic bottles are priced at $3 each, a price that Kozlovski said he is able to maintain because he uses free online promotions instead of costly newspaper advertisements. This business scheme has helped the venture reach out to several hundred thousand customers.For Kozlovski, the motivation behind starting this venture was more than just executing a business plan successfully.“I was always looking for a great business idea that I could work on,” Kozlovski said. “But I was also looking for a way in which I could invent something that could make a difference in people’s lives.”Kozlovski has had an abundance of support from his friends and professors, who have encouraged him throughout the process.“It was great to hear someone so young create a solution to stop college kids to stop abusing harmful medications,” said Michael Wang, a sophomore majoring in neuroscience. “He told me about how the science works behind all of the ingredients, and I looked them up. There are universities that have tested these ingredients, concluding and confirming that there are positive results.”last_img read more

  • Hannah Dossett has ‘come out of nowhere’ to become Syracuse’s most consistent hitter

    first_imgFor as long as she can remember, Hannah Dossett has always been quiet. So when the senior catcher and infielder walked into head coach Shannon Doepking’s office in mid-February, Doepking’s ears perked up. “Coach,” Doepking remembered Dossett began to say.For the first two weeks of the season, Dossett played sparingly, coming off the bench in three games and not playing altogether in three more. “I’m willing to play any position this team needs,” Dossett told Doepking. “If it needs me to go behind the plate, I’ll go behind the plate. I just want to compete and have a chance.” “It threw me back,” Doepking said about the exchange later.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textDoepking gave Dossett the chance she was looking for, and the senior has seized it by becoming one of the Orange’s (9-16, 1-2 Atlantic Coast) most aggressive and consistent hitters. Shortly after earning a regular spot in the lineup — primarily at third base — Dossett went on a seven-game hitting streak and now has the highest batting average (.315) on the team. “I think personally,” Dossett said, “I’m just feeling very comfortable at the plate, and I’m just seeing the ball really well, which I think helps more than anything.”Susie Teuscher | Digital Design EditorTo get comfortable at the plate, Dossett made small mechanical adjustments, she said. After hitting .173 last year, she moved her hand placement slightly on the bat and shifted her weight back before the pitcher delivers. Throughout the season, Doepking has been impressed with Dossett’s aggressive approach and said many of her teammates can learn from it. Doepking calls Dossett a “free swinger” — She often swings early in the count, fouling off tough pitches and taking balls off the plate. Though Doepking has brought many analytical strategies to the team, she knows some batters worry about information overloads. Dossett is one of them. “I’m not thinking a lot in the box,” she said.“Hannah doesn’t get short-changed,” Doepking said. “She’s going to hack.” In last Sunday’s game against Louisville, with the game knotted at 2-2 and a runner on second, Dossett left the first pitch down and away, then took a big cut at a fastball but missed. With a full count, she didn’t miss the same pitch she swung past twice earlier in the at-bat and drove the fastball over the plate down the left field line, putting the Orange on top for their first conference win. Dossett has played third, first and catcher in her career at Syracuse University. Last year, she played primarily first base, filling a position of need, she said. Dossett calls first base the most difficult of the three — picking off-target throws and defending slap-hitters, lefty hitters who start a run to first base before their swing, give Dossett trouble. “There’s so much responsibility you don’t think of,” Dossett said of playing first base, “and I feel like at lower levels, you’d kind of hide someone there if they weren’t that great in the field. But I think at this level, to play it well is very hard.” This year, with sophomore transfer Alex Acevedo at first base, Dossett returned to her more comfortable position on the opposite corner of the diamond, third base. Still, Dossett makes her biggest impact from in the batter’s box. Her .315 batting average is the best on the team, and her nine runs batted in are the fourth most on Syracuse, despite having roughly 20 fewer plate appearances than several of her teammates. After Dossett hit the go-ahead double in the eighth inning against Louisville, Toni Martin’s single scored her. As Dossett rounded third base and headed to home, she remained stoic, like when she entered Doepking’s office in mid-February to ask for an expanded role. As Dossett crossed home, she didn’t hoot or pump her fist, instead offering Acevedo, who was waiting for her, a soft high-five. “Hannah’s kind of come out of nowhere, to be honest,” Doepking said. Facebook Twitter Google+ Commentscenter_img Published on March 18, 2019 at 11:31 pm Contact Danny: [email protected] | @DannyEmermanlast_img read more

  • England teenager Charlotte West wins WPGA event

    first_img30 May 2014 England teenager Charlotte West wins WPGA event England U16 squad player Charlotte West beat a professional field at Chestfield, Kent, to win the latest event on the WPGA One Day Series. The 16-year-old was the only amateur in the field and she shot level par 71, tying with Catherine Panton-Lewis of The Berkshire and pipping her on countback to win the trophy. Charlotte, (image © Leaderboard Photography) from Harewood Downs in Buckinghamshire, said afterwards: “It’s a shock really, it hasn’t sunk in yet! I played steady, kept my head down and focussed on what I was doing.” The WPGA has opened up entry to its popular One Day Series to U16 and U18 girls from England Golf’s regional squads to give them the chance to develop their skills in a tournament arena. Rebecca Wood, the England Golf Women’s Performance Manager, said: “This is a fabulous result for Charlotte, the lone amateur in the field. England Golf are very proud of the players who are taking up these opportunities to test themselves against professionals and delighted about the results so far.” Three squad players have already claimed runners-up places in the first two events of the series. Bel Wardle, 14, from Prestbury, set an amateur course record and was second in the first event at Dunham Forest, Cheshire. Cloe Frankish, 15, from Chart Hills in Kent, and Aimee Wilson, 18, from Mickleover in Derbyshire, were in a three-way tie for second place at Little Aston. Charlotte, a past Buckinghamshire champion who trains with England Golf’s Thames Valley Squad, had already played in one event before teeing up at Chestfield and, although she didn’t figure at Dunham Forest, it gave her the determination to do better. “I wanted to prove to myself that I could play well in competitions like this,” she said. She set about doing just that at Chestfield with a round which included four birdies, balanced by four bogeys, and among the highlights was a chip-in for two on the short fourth. She reached the turn in level par and, although she dropped shots on 10 and 11, she got them back with birdies on 13 and 15. Her level par back nine gave her the edge in the countback for first place. Charlotte, who is currently taking GCSEs, reckons her squad training has improved her golf: “It’s helped me to think about and understand my game and I know the areas to work on,” she said. She’s also learned from playing alongside the WPGA professionals. “They manage to get themselves out of trouble and their course management is good,” she said. Click here for the full scoreslast_img read more

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