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Sexton opts to leave Ireland

January 26, 2013 15:37:43 United kingdom

Jonathan Sexton appears set to join Racing Metro.

Ireland global Jonathan Sexton will be leaving Leinster at the finish of this season and appears set to make a rewarding move to France.

The fly-half has been linked with a massive-income move to Racing Metro just a week after Ireland coach Declan Kidney had stated he was hopeful the 27-year-old would be staying with Leinster, who are 126.00 to win this season’s Heineken Cup.

“We remained in the fight up until the final possible second to maintain Johnny in Ireland with a quite robust provide,” said IRFU chief executive Philip Browne.

“But, ultimately, following negotiations with the player’s agent, we had no selection but to take the determination that it would not be in the very best interest of Irish rugby to chase the reported monetary incentives becoming presented.

“The IRFU has made a commitment to, and been largely productive in, maintaining as several Irish players as attainable taking part in complete-time in Ireland. Even so, we have constantly recognised that some of our players will be targeted by overseas clubs with offers which, very just, are not inside our orbit.”

Sexton created his Ireland debut in November 2009, soon following he became a typical in the Leinster side. He was 1 of the top rated earners in Ireland immediately after gaining an worldwide contract with the IRFU.

Ireland open their 6 Nations campaign with a match against Wales subsequent weekend. Ireland can be backed at 2.25 to win the match whilst Wales are accessible at 1.61 to make a winning start to their Six Nations campaign.

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So You Consider limps out of farewell Eclipse to leave Farhh as favourite

Common. Having eventually commenced to win above individuals who had been treating his profession in the northern hemisphere as an anti-climax, So You Believe yesterday let them down the moment and for all. As ever, it was by means of no fault of his personal.

Hot favourite to win the Coral Eclipse Stakes for the 2nd year running, at Sandown tomorrow, So You Think was found to be lame shortly just before last declarations were manufactured. His imminent repatriation to start a stud occupation in Australia – exactly where he first produced his name – signifies that we have now witnessed the final of the huge horse.

In the event, then, his parting shot has turned out to be that achievement in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot final month. That day Aidan O’Brien, who took custody of So You Think immediately after his patrons at Coolmore bought a controlling interest late in 2010, appeared at embarrassing pains to reproach himself for being slow to modify to the imported champion’s needs.

“I’d like to say sorry to all the Australian people that I’ve produced this kind of a mess of it for so prolonged,” he mentioned. Only now could So You Consider display why he had been preceded from Australia by this kind of extravagant billing, was the message.

Nevertheless Timeform gave his overall performance nearly specifically the very same rating as individuals he had achieved in two starts more than course and distance final year – when run down late by Rewilding at the royal meeting, and when narrowly outgunned by Cirrus Des Aigles in the Champion Stakes. The reality is that So You Think’s record right here does not require any exoneration, of horse or trainer.

He established himself as prime class, challenging and reliable. Yes, he was beaten in 5 of his ten Group A single begins from Ballydoyle, but these reverses were hardly mystifying or disgraceful. One particular was on dirt yet another on a synthetic surface, immediately after a lengthy lay-off another when left with an unattainable process in the Arc, dropped correct out from a broad draw. And the other two may well legitimately be handled as proof that Australian racing is instead significantly less aggressive above middle distances than, say, in sprints. Its chronic lack of depth at the staying finish of the spectrum, as established in latest Melbourne Cups, does not specifically discourage that suspicion.

In his absence, the sponsors make Farhh 9-4 favourite to seal his status as an emerging force for Godolphin, having suffered his initial defeat when 3rd to So You Believe at Ascot, and then only following a extremely troubled run.

Saeed bin Suroor, Farhh’s trainer, has somewhat forfeited his seniority at Godolphin considering that the successful promotion of his former assistant, Mahmood al Zarooni, to supervise his very own yard. But the latter – who tomorrow saddles his Dubai World Cup winner, Monterosso, in the Eclipse – faces an embarrassing British Horseracing Authority inquiry subsequent month right after two of his runners at Newmarket had been yesterday revealed to have examined beneficial to a prohibited discomfort-killer, propoxyphene.

The horses in query are Mariner’s Cross, right after his results at the Craven meeting in April, and Lyric Of Light, when tailed off in the one,000 Guineas.

Turf account

Chris McGrath’s Nap

Violent Velocity (six.30 Beverley) Reliable old soldier has won twice this season when dropped in grade and, equal to all going, should prove also very good for these platers.

Next very best

Jocasta Dawn (three.45 Warwick) Looked nicely treated going into handicaps at Sandown final time in which her late rally justifies return to a sixth furlong.

In which the money’s going

Nathaniel is 100-30 from 7-2 with William Hill for tomorrow’s Coral Eclipse Stakes.

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Redknapp set to leave Spurs

June 13, 2012 23:58:18 UK

Harry Redknapp has reportedly left Tottenham Hotspur, regardless of having a year to run on his contract.

It is believed that the 65-year-old, who has been manager at White Hart Lane for nearly 4 many years, failed to agree a new deal with Chairman Daniel Levy on Wednesday.

Redknapp had been heavily touted for the England job in the wake of the departure of Fabio Capello back in February but Roy Hodgson was provided the part last month. Final week, Redknapp admitted he would have taken the England occupation had he been offered it.

Redknapp – who has also had spells at Bournemouth, West Ham, Portsmouth and Southampton – guided Spurs to their maiden Champions League campaign two years ago but missed out on qualifying for Europe’s premier competition last season when he could only guide his team to fourth place in the Premier League.

An finish-of-season slump saw them throw away a 10-point advantage more than bitter local rivals Arsenal, ensuring the Gunners completed 3rd and qualified for the Champions League. Chelsea’s success against Bayern Munich in the final meant they took the fourth qualifying spot for the competitors in location of Spurs.

Redknapp denied speculation that he had resigned from the Spurs hotseat on Tuesday and total details of his departure from White Hart Lane have nevertheless to be disclosed. Both way, the search is now on for a new manager at the north London side, with David Moyes explained to be the frontrunner.

Tottenham are 26.00 to win the Premier League following season and 2.62 to finish in the prime four.

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Meyer admits to ‘butterflies’ but is aiming to leave England in a flap

Bryan Habana, perhaps the most accomplished finisher in the history of South African rugby and undoubtedly one of the union game’s contemporary masters, has been speaking at considerable length about the “no excuses” culture in the Springbok camp, so it was intriguing to hear the new national coach, Heyneke Meyer, finding his excuses in 1st yesterday. “England have played 6 video games we have however to play any,” Meyer mentioned following naming his side for the start of a ground-breaking Check series at Kings Park this weekend.

Could this be a sign of insecurity? Of weakness, even? The tourists can but hope. The Boks will begin the three-match programme – the initial time the nations have faced each and every other a lot more than twice in a single tour or competition – with no this kind of ruthless operators as John Smit, Bakkies Botha, Victor Matfield, Andries Bekker, Schalk Burger, Heinrich Brussow, Fourie du Preez and Jaque Fourie, all of whom are injured, in worldwide retirement or out of favour. There will be three new caps, two of them in the engine room of the pack, and, inevitably, some hesitation and confusion. If ever there was a time for England to land a considerable blow on the double world champions…

However having made the point about preparation or the lack of it, Meyer rapidly gravitated in the direction of the Habana place. “This will be a huge step up for some gamers but in this country, you happen to be expected to win from the start,” stated the guy who was overlooked for the Springbok occupation in 2007 regardless of guiding the Blue Bulls to the Super 14 title and may have been lost to rugby altogether but for a profession-affirming spell at Leicester the following year.

“I understand and accept this as the reality,” he continued. “I also know that what you drop in expertise, you achieve in need. Youthful players bring vitality to a side and I have faith in them. There’ll be butterflies, but as long as they’re all flying in the exact same direction I’ll be fine. I never know how I’m going to rest above the next three days, but I’m not so considerably nervous as excited.”

Meyer’s spell in Premiership rugby lasted only a number of months: when his mother and father fell ill in late 2008, he left Welford Road on a sabbatical from which he never ever returned. There had been rumours of dissatisfaction with his strategic method at board degree – quite a lot par for the program at Leicester – but yesterday, the South African was at pains to emphasise the transformative effects of his quick stay in the Midlands. “Rugby can be fairly challenging on your household daily life and I had been seeking at other opportunities,” he acknowledged. “But for the Leicester knowledge, I possibly wouldn’t be right here now. It took me out of my comfort zone: it was a single of people get-to-know-oneself-yet again moments.”

There are some in these components who wonder regardless of whether Meyer knows practically sufficient about his personnel: in specific the folk down Cape Town way, who anticipated much more Stormers in the side at the expense of a number of Pretoria-based Bulls and Durban-primarily based Sharks. It is extremely unusual indeed for the Boks to commence an international season with an untried, untested 2nd-row partnership – if the coach’s decision to blood the a lot talked-about young giant Eben Etzebeth was widely anticipated, the look alongside him of the former Northampton lock Juandre Kruger was much more of a shock – and there should be some danger connected to playing the 21-year-old flanker Marcell Coetzee ahead of Brussow, acknowledged as 1 of the most efficient “fetchers” in the sport.

Not that Meyer was in any mood to admit he was taking a gamble. “Juandre has the encounter of playing effectively in England even though Eben is big and physical – somebody who doesn’t shy away from speak to,” the coach argued. “He can be a world-class player, certainly. Marcell? He’s played some great rugby this year and brings something distinct to the celebration. He’ll be a superstar in years to come, I believe.”

Meanwhile, the tourists had been scheduled to name their side these days, with the Harlequins loose-head prop Joe Marler pushing challenging for a 1st cap in the front row – Alex Corbisiero, the incumbent, has not played considering that undergoing surgery on his biceps – and the Exeter flanker Tom Johnson beneath consideration to fill the back-row vacancy.

Chris Ashton, the World Cup wing who made a welcome rediscovery of the try-scoring habit by placing a hat-trick previous the Barbarians prior to departure, will surely begin and his confrontation with the exceptional Habana is as mouthwatering as it gets. “He’s fairly great at every thing, isn’t he?” commented the Saracens-bound player. “The kicking game is a trademark factor of Springbok rugby, their chase is always very good and Habana is outstanding, becoming each fast and bouncy. He undoubtedly appears fast on tv.” Had Ashton ever emulated his rival’s celebrated foot race with a cheetah by pitting himself against a wild animal of the English assortment. A hare, possibly? Or a ferret? “No,” he responded. “I raced against a actually old motorbike as soon as, in a field in Wigan. I got beat.”

Like everybody else, Ashton was intrigued by the decision of one more well-known son of Wigan, the coach Andy Farrell, to stroll away from Saracens in preparation, it is broadly assumed, for a resumption of the red-rose role he performed in the Six Nations. Obtaining worked with Farrell back then, the wing had been searching forward to renewing acquaintances at club level. Now, it would seem they will function together with England, or not at all.

“I had no thought it was going to take place, but there has to be a cause Andy left,” Ashton said. “He was a massive assist to me for the duration of the 6 Nations and was 1 of the causes I signed with Saracens. He’s a great motivator who puts a lot of time and effort into his coaching. He’s extremely thorough and it makes a distinction. I hope I will still have speak to with him. I never think he’ll ever be too far away.”

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North Carolina trio leave

March 30, 2012 18:30:44 Uk

Harrison Barnes, John Henson and Kendall Marshall announced on Thursday that they are leaving North Carolina to enter the NBA draft.

Sophomore’s Barnes and Marshall and junior Henson are all projected as 1st round picks in a deep NBA draft bolstered by a number of players who would have turned pro last year, but opted to remain in college with the uncertainty surrounding the NBA.

Speculation also surrounds James Michael McAdoo, a reserve on the Tar Heels team, who would also be anticipated to come off the board in the very first round.

North Carolina has a powerful recruiting class coming in following year, but so far John Calipari has been the only coach to be effective in taking a freshman based mostly group to any good results.

The news of the choice temporarily knocked Calipari’s Kentucky off the news cycle as the Wildcats prepare to play Louisville in the Final 4.

It’s tough to over state the fervor in Kentucky concerning the matchup exactly where the game is anticipated to be most important game among the two rivals in their storied background.

Lost in the hoopla regarding Kentucky and Louisville is the 2nd game amongst Kansas and Ohio State with either team preferred to win the NCAA Tournament ought to Louisville upset Kentucky to make it via to the last.

Must Kentucky win with a strategy of utilizing 1 and accomplished players, the NCAA and NBA will nearly undoubtedly move to modify the eligibility demands of getting into the NBA draft to defend the school game from a comparable strategy amongst the leading colleges.

In the NBA the Dallas Mavericks are 10.00 to win the Western Conference title, with the LA Clippers 12.00 and the LA Lakers six.00.

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