There is no drugs problem in rugby, insists Ireland’s Jamie Heaslip

first_img Press Association Governing body World Rugby has called on all players in training or match action on Saturday to sport T-shirts sporting the slogan ‘#KeepRugbyClean’. Ireland’s players donned special pink tops in training at Wembley Stadium, ahead of facing Romania in Pool D on Sunday. Former South Africa international Chiliboy Ralepelle is the latest star to be banned for performance-enhancing drugs, the hooker handed a two-year sanction after testing positive for anabolic steroids. “I don’t think there’s a problem in the sport, the procedures in place are pretty good and stringent,” said Heaslip, who will captain Ireland on Sunday. “To give an example, we give an hour a day of our time off to say where and when we can get tested.” Triple European champions Toulon have recently been embroiled in an illegal doping storm, French prosecutors launching investigations alleging banned substances were provided by pharmacists in the south of France. Toulon boss Mourad Boudjellal moved quickly to scotch the rumours and allegations, but a black cloud of suspicion has remained ever since. “I’ve been tested numerous times, especially in this last quarter, the last three months,” said Heaslip, outlining World Rugby’s testing programme. “I’ve been tested quite a bit, both after games and at 0630 in the morning. “As much as you don’t like it, it gets done, and it’s part and parcel of the game, and the authorities do a great job keeping the game clean.” center_img Jamie Heaslip insists rugby has no drugs problem, as World Rugby heralds ‘Keep Rugby Clean Day’.last_img read more

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Oliver Norwood hails Sir Alex’s impact on Northern Ireland’s stars

first_img Press Association Six of Michael O’Neill’s France-bound squad came through the ranks at Old Trafford, although only defender Paddy McNair is still with the club. Jonny and Corry Evans, Oliver Norwood, Craig Cathcart and Luke McCullough all learned their trade under the Ferguson regime before moving on. Sir Alex Ferguson may be long retired, but his influence will still be felt at Euro 2016 in the shape of resurgent Northern Ireland. Yet Reading midfielder Norwood is convinced the values instilled by the peerless Scot are continuing to do Northern Ireland proud. “It might sound silly, but the United lads were brought up properly,” he said. “We worked under the regime of the best manager who’s ever managed in football, Sir Alex Ferguson. “What he passed through that club – to the youth team, to every academy boy – that’s something we can look back on with pride. “We were all together there and now we’re all together here at Northern Ireland. “We were brought up in a proper football club, training every day with world-class players, but seeing they’re just normal people. “I don’t think you’ll ever see a ‘big time Charlie’ coming out of that Manchester United system because it’s not allowed there.” The Old Trafford effect has not been lost on manager O’Neill either. “There’s a number of our players who have that same good grounding,” he said, having watched his side seal top spot in Group F with a 1-1 draw in Finland. “They may have come away from Manchester United, but they’ve fought back from that disappointment and developed careers for themselves. “Some of them, like Cathcart, are back in Premier League and some are in the Championship, but now they’re here performing on the international stage and they’re going to get the chance to go to a major finals.” Norwood, whose club connections helped him get Cristiano Ronaldo’s shirt when Northern Ireland drew in Porto three years ago, is one of only two ever presents in the current campaign, alongside Gareth McAuley. It might all have been very different for the Burnley-born player had he not been persuaded by the Evans brothers to commit to the country of his grandfather. He had been capped by England at Under-17 level, but was persuaded he could progress more quickly in a green shirt. Twenty-nine caps and one triumphant qualification later and it is a call the 24-year-old is more than happy with. “It was thanks to Corry and Jonny that I came aboard five or six years ago, and I’m grateful to them for tapping me up now!” he said. “It was actually very easy to be fair, it was a chance to play international football. “It’s a decision I’m really proud of and glad that I took.” Norwood can now look forward to testing himself on the big stage next summer, where Northern Ireland will once again be looking to turn expectations on their head. “There’s great team spirit in this squad. Everybody buys into what Michael wants to do and now we’ve got the chance to play in a major tournament,” he said. “That’s what you dream of as young boy watching those competitions on the TV. “That’s something we’re going to be a part of now. It’s something I’m personally very proud of. “I’ve been available for every game in qualifying and for the manager to pick me each time means I must be doing something right.” last_img read more

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Viv Anderson backs Wayne Rooney to rediscover his form at Manchester United

first_imgViv Anderson has backed Wayne Rooney to recapture his form and insisted he has nothing to prove. He has netted six goals in 14 games in all competitions ahead of Wednesday’s Capital One Cup visit of Middlesbrough and Anderson, who played for United between 1987 and 1991, believes Rooney must continue to play. He said: “His record speaks for itself and he doesn’t have to prove anything to anybody. I would pick Wayne Rooney every time because on any given day he could score a hat-trick. He’ll only get through this spell by playing. “If you’re going through a bad time at a big club, whether it is Wayne Rooney or Diego Costa, you are always going to get stick. That’s part and parcel of being captain of Manchester United and England. “When you don’t score 20 goals on a regular basis some people are going to ask questions. He has been through this many, many times and he’ll come out the other side.” Boss Louis van Gaal has said he is sick of answering questions on Rooney’s form despite the 30-year-old failing to have a shot on target in Sunday’s 0-0 derby draw with Manchester City. Despite Rooney’s struggles United are fourth in the Barclays Premier League and just two points off leaders City and Anderson believes they must win a trophy. “Manchester United cannot go two years without winning something, they are expected to win trophies. Louis van Gaal will expect to win something this season, ” added Anderson, who was speaking at GameChangers Football as part of his role as ambassador for the Nottingham City of Football project. Former England international Anderson was assistant manager at Middlesbrough to former United team-mate Bryan Robson between 1994 and 2001 and helped them to the final of the League Cup in 1997, when they lost to Leicester. The former Manchester United defender reckons the England captain can handle the criticism after his stuttering start to the season. Rooney has been accused of under-performing and has scored just twice in nine Barclays Premier League for United outings this term. Boro, under Aitor Karanka, are currently fourth in the Sky Bet Championship and Anderson believes they could shock United. He said: “They will have half an eye on the league games so he (van Gaal) might give a few of the squad players a run out. That might be Middlesbrough’s opportunity.” Viv Anderson is an ambassador for the Nottingham City of Football project and was taking part GameChangers Football with GameCity. For more information and to find your football go to http://www.city-of-football.uk Press Associationlast_img read more

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Video: Melania Trump’s diet includes…

first_imgInside Edition breaks down the first lady’s diet.Melania Trump, a former model, knows the importance of healthy eating, but once in a while, she likes to treat herself.When the first lady wants to indulge, one of her favorite spots to visit is the world-famous restaurant Jean-Georges at the Trump International Hotel in New York, according to Inside Edition.The first lady’s favorite meal is chicken parmesan.Frequently Mrs. Trump sticks to a simple and healthy diet.She tries to eat seven pieces of fresh fruit each day.Peaches and apples are reportedly her favorites.last_img

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Felicity Huffman Rocks Green Prison Garb

first_imgHer husband William H. Macy and daughter visited the low-security correction institution for female offenders. The actress’s family is allowed to visit her on the weekends. Huffman reported to prison last Tuesday to begin serving her 14-day sentence after she admitted to her role in the college admissions scandal.Aunt Becky is paying close attention. Felicity Huffman has been photographed for the first time in her prison uniform during a visit with her family. The actress was seen on Saturday wearing a green prison jumpsuit at the Federal Correctional Institution in Dublin, California. Felicity Huffman Shows Off New Jumpsuit in Prison During Family Visit https://t.co/APZw5K6RyJ— TMZ (@TMZ) October 19, 2019last_img

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Hillary Clinton has a New Gig

first_img(Belfast, Northern Ireland) — Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has a new job. She’s been appointed the first female chancellor at Queen’s University in Northern Ireland. Clinton, a former first lady and New York senator, received an honorary doctorate from the University in 2018. She won’t be paid for the job, which is largely ceremonial, and won’t have to relocate to Belfast so technically she can still jump into the 2020 presidential race if the Democrats need her.Her primary duties will include handing out degrees, advising senior management and serving as an ambassador to help open doors for Queen’s University.Stephen Prenter, chair of the university’s Senate, heaped praise on Clinton, who received an honorary doctorate from Queen’s University in October 2018.“I am delighted that Queen’s has chosen Hillary Clinton to be its new Chancellor. Secretary Clinton has made a considerable contribution to Northern Ireland and as an internationally recognized leader will be an incredible advocate for Queen’s and an inspirational role model for the Queen’s community,” he gushed.In a statement, Clinton, who will not be paid for the job, praised the university.“It is a great privilege to become the Chancellor of Queen’s University, a place I have great fondness for and have grown a strong relationship with over the years,” she said.“The University is making waves internationally for its research and impact and I am proud to be an ambassador and help grow its reputation for excellence.”Clinton will serve as the university’s 11th chancellor, which is largely a ceremonial role, for a five-year term.The chancellor, according to the university, attends graduations, advises staff and helps to “open doors” for the university as it seeks to fulfill its mission.last_img read more

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MMA Mariners Win Lacrosse Opener

first_img House fire in Winter Harbor – October 27, 2014 Latest posts by admin (see all) admin CASTINE — Christopher Keiley scored six goals and provided four assists as the Maine Maritime Academy Mariners crushed Green Mountain College 20-2 in their lacrosse season opener on Saturday at Ritchie Field. Ryan Williams of the Maine Maritime Academy Mariners checks a Green Mountain College defender during MMA’s lopsided 20-2 season-opening lacrosse win on Saturday at Castine.—MIKE OLESThe Mariners jumped out to an 8-0 first-period lead over the visiting Eagles and led 13-2 at halftime. MMA freshman Andrew Di-Salvo had a strong debut with 10 points, including seven assists. Senior Garret Lake and sophomore Todd Murphy each contributed three goals, and sophomore Wade Mondoux had a goal and three assists. This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textFreshman goalkeeper Daniel Redmond made eight saves in notching his first collegiate win. For Green Mountain, Chris Wetzel and Thomas Wheeler each scored and goalkeeper Steve Braunius had a busy afternoon with 14 saves on 50 MMA shots. The Mariners were slated to continue their North Atlantic Conference play yesterday (Wednesday), hosting Thomas College, and they will host St. Joseph College on Saturday at 1 p.m. Latest Postscenter_img Bio State budget vs. job creation – January 22, 2015 Hancock County Court News Nov. 3 thorugh Dec. 11 – January 22, 2015last_img read more

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Community unites to clear Ellsworth soccer field for title tilt

first_img Latest Posts Part 2: When the injury is inside your head, some “don’t get it” – July 26, 2016 Dozens of Ellsworth High School students spent their snow day on Monday shoveling snow off the soccer field at Del Luce Stadium in hopes that the Ellsworth boys’ soccer team could play in Wednesday’s Class B Eastern Maine Championship game at home. Many other fans showed up throughout the day with shovels, wheelbarrows, snow blowers, snowplows and tractors to help with the cause. PHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMSELLSWORTH — The Ellsworth boys’ soccer team has achieved a lot on the field at Del Luce Stadium this season, all for the chance to win an Eastern Maine Championship at home.A 13-0-1 record and two tournament wins have earned the top-ranked Ellsworth Eagles home-field advantage in the Class B regional final against 10th-seeded Oceanside. The game was originally scheduled for Wednesday at 5 p.m.But over the weekend, a different kind of opponent challenged the Eagles’ goal of winning the Eastern Maine title on their home turf — a winter storm that covered Ellsworth’s field with a half-foot of snow.“They’ve worked so hard for this,” Ellsworth soccer fan Steve Sullivan said. “They all understand it’s a big deal to play at home for an Eastern Maine Championship.”PHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMSThis is placeholder textThis is placeholder textOn Monday — a snow day for the high school — the Eagles substituted their cleats for boots and joined the dozens of fans in clearing the field of snow for Wednesday’s game. Sullivan organized the effort that morning to help prevent the relocation of the championship from Ellsworth to a turf field elsewhere.“It was a valiant effort,” Ellsworth Coach Brian Higgins said Tuesday morning. “But it’s not likely.”Unfortunately, not even the greatest amount of community support could match nature’s ill-fated force. Although the snow was removed after six hours of work, the field remains too wet for the Eastern Maine Championship.The game will now be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday at Maine Maritime Academy.“This soccer program is important to this area,” Sullivan said. “For as big of a town as it is, it’s a tight community.”For Sullivan, this became apparent Monday morning shortly after he arrived to Del Luce Stadium at 10 a.m. with a shovel in hand. Others quickly showed up to accompany him.“At first, there were more girls and football players than actual soccer players,” Sullivan said. “It was great to see them all come together.”Volunteers continued to trickle in: soccer players, student athletes, students not involved in sports, custodians, EHS graduates home for the weekend, parents who took off work for the cause, and other fans looking to help out the team.Word continued to spread through texting and Facebook. Volunteers brought their own shovels, wheelbarrows, snow blowers, snowplows and tractors to the field throughout the day.Around noon, some 30 volunteers were present carrying shovels-full of snow to the sidelines. Jackets, hats and gloves draped the goal posts, and patches of green began to appear under the white blanket.“We’re just trying to clear the field so we can play here on Wednesday,” team captain Jeff Weeks said Monday afternoon. “Students, parents — people who aren’t even on the team are here.”At 1:30 p.m., Tim McCarthy, manager of the Ellsworth Pat’s Pizza, arrived unannounced with a dozen free large pizzas.“Thought we’d feed these great kids,” McCarthy posted to the restaurant’s Facebook page. “Kudos everyone! We’re very impressed by your efforts!” Bio Latest posts by Taylor Vortherms (see all)center_img Part 1: Invisible, incapacitating concussions are sidelining high school athletes – July 19, 2016 Taylor VorthermsSports Editor at The Ellsworth AmericanTaylor Vortherms covers sports in Hancock County. The St. Louis, Missouri native recently graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism and joined The Ellsworth American in 2013. EHS names new boys’ soccer coach – July 13, 2016last_img read more

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Echo Lake Swim set for Aug. 15

first_imgMOUNT DESERT — The 21st annual Bill Reeve Echo Lake Swim will take place on Saturday, Aug. 15, at Camp Beech Cliff.The Echo Lake Swim includes competitive swims of 500 yards and 1.5 miles. Last year’s competitors ranged in age from 6 to 80.Entry fees are $20 for those 18 and under and $30 for adults. A family registration costs $60 for two adults and any number of kids.Registration includes awards and a barbeque for all participants as well as a T-shirt for the first 75 swimmers registered.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textRegistration the day of the event will begin at 8:30 a.m. The 500-yard swim starts at 10 a.m., and the 1.5-mile swim begins at 10:30 a.m.Registration is available online at defymca.orgThose interested in volunteering in the rescue kayaks and canoes should email Matt Montgomery at mmontgomery@defymca.org.last_img read more

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Homich, Knapp win Lamoine half-marathon

first_imgLAMOINE — Matt Homich and Dara Knapp won the third annual Lamoine half-marathon Saturday morning.Homich finished the 13.1-mile course, which started and ended at Lamoine Beach, in one hour, 20 minutes and 50 seconds to take first overall and in the male age 19-29 division. Knapp (age 30-39 division) was the first female finisher in 1:41:15.Some 70 runners competed in this year’s race.Dara Knapp finishes the Lamoine half-marathon on Saturday. Knapp was the first female finisher in one hour, 41 minutes and 15 seconds.PHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMSThe event was started by Nick Brown and Nate Jillette in the spring of 2014 after Brewer’s Chamberlain March was canceled due to weather. With local runners eager to kick off the road racing season, Brown and Jillette threw together the half-marathon that has since become an annual affair.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textThe following also won their divisions:Female age 19-29: Sam Burrill (1:51:41).Male age 30-39: Ian Fraser (1:21.52).Male age 40-49: Andy Pereira (1:25:27).Female age 40-49: Robin Clarke (1:43:49).Male age 50-59: Michael Westphal (1:38:56).Female age 50-59: Lisa Tweedie (2:01:20).Male age 60-69: Bob Ciano (1:33:29).Female age 60-69: Donna Kausen (2:08.56).last_img read more

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