Ireland hoping Sexton will return

first_imgIreland still hold out hope Jonathan Sexton can beat his hamstring injury in time to face New Zealand on Sunday. “For me it’s definitely a motivating factor, I like to think I have standards of a certain level and if you dip below them, the next time you pull a jersey on you have to put that right – that’s this weekend.” Full-back Rob Kearney is still expected to recover from the rib injury suffered in the closing stages against Australia. But Felix Jones has been called into training as cover, while Darren Cave has been added to the squad as a precaution for O’Driscoll. O’Driscoll said he felt “tightness” in the calf that has sidelined him for all-but three games already this season – but expects to be fit for the weekend. Press Association Racing Metro fly-half Sexton limped out of Ireland’s lacklustre 32-15 Australia defeat at half-time on Saturday. Head coach Joe Schmidt has already given 28-year-old Sexton a target of training twice this week to prove his fitness for Ireland’s final Guinness Series autumn international. And Ireland team manager Michael Kearney confirmed on Tuesday that scans have shown the injury to be “less worrying that initially feared”. Leinster wing Fergus McFadden will be injured for a “number of weeks” though, after fracturing a bone in his hand against Australia. Centre Brian O’Driscoll will equal Ronan O’Gara’s 128-cap Ireland appearance record if he takes the field against New Zealand this weekend. Ireland have never beaten New Zealand and this will be O’Driscoll’s final chance, given his impending retirement at the end of the season. The 34-year-old said Ireland are furious with their lack of intensity in four-try Australia defeat – and pledged they will channel that anger into facing the All Blacks. O’Driscoll said: “The anger part is in ourselves, knowing we’ve performed well below par. “That’s an annoyance or an anger and different people will use that as motivation to get it right. “That intensity was lacking a bait, but when it’s been put to you by your coaches or peers I think there will be no shortage of it again this weekend. last_img read more

Ex-police officer charged with murder for death of black woman bonds out of jail

first_imgA  former Texas police officer charged with murder after shooting a black woman through a window of her home during a non-emergency wellness check has been released on bond.According to Jail records, 34-year-old Aaron Dean was out of custody after posting bond Monday evening, less than four hours after his arrest.He had been held on a $200,000 bond.Dean resigned from the force before his arrest Monday morning.He would have been fired if he had not resigned, according to the police chief.Police bodycam video showed Dean approaching the door of the home where Atatiana Jefferson, 28, was caring for her 8-year-old nephew early Saturday.He then walked around the side of the house, pushed through a gate into the fenced-off backyard and fired through the glass a split-second after shouting at Jefferson to show her hands.Dean was not heard identifying himself as police in the video.The incident comes about two weeks after former Texas police officer Amber Guyger was sentenced to ten years in jail for the shooting death of her neighbor.In September of 2018, Guyger fatally shot her neighbor, 26-year-old Botham Jean, in his apartment, after mistaking it for hers.last_img read more

The reborn Espanyol

LaLiga Santander* Data updated as of January 5, 2020 Already at the entrance, striking was the ownership of Óscar Melendo, which certainly came from overcoming ankle discomfort but, in addition, was not of the game in LaLiga since September 15. Three and half months. Another striking recovery in the initial team was that of Javi López, the captain, who had only participated in one of the previous 11 days, there is nothing, and whose performance against the Catalans was simply spectacular.The third big news was David Lopez, not for its ownership but for its return to the midfielder. And it could not be better for Abelardo, because he scored. The stopped ball, not in vain, is another of the new coach’s hallmarks, as it was for Pablo Machín, although in the case of the Soriano that effect (and many others) dissipated after the first matches.Already during the match, players such as Ander Iturraspe or Matías Vargas, author of assistance to Wu Lei. And it was seen, even in the absence of a goal, the best version of Jonathan Calleri, which was already indisputable with Abelardo in the Alavés.But perhaps the most radical metamorphosis was experienced Marc Roca, who from a rude error in Butarque happened in the derby to be displayed. A lot of guilt was sure, in his case and in the rest, a sensible approach, with four defenses, with lines together, with order and pragmatism. The essences If they recover, Espanyol will. Against Barcelona they already glimpsed, and in what way, some of those improvements that the new coach is looking for, and that in fact he needs to settle urgently if he wants to have any option of achieving permanence. So what I only had seven workouts (one per day, plus the double session on Monday) to prepare a very difficult meeting. It crowded the “Yes you can!”From the Cornellà stand on Saturday night, while Espanyol players and fans exchanged applause after the most valuable tie in the derby. A scene totally opposite to that of the previous game, against Leganés, where a few players approached to apologize to the few fans displaced to Butarque.The parakeet set was reborn in Abelardo’s debut Fernández, whose success will be proportional to his ability to recover the best version of many of his players and even the essences of a dying club for almost the entire first round. read more