Chris Baird warns Paddy McNair against becoming a utility player

first_img Like Baird, Manchester United youngster McNair is comfortable in a variety of positions. While the 33-year-old has found that to his advantage at times – totting up 75 international caps at right-back, centre-back and defensive midfield – he also believes his versatility has held him back on occasion. McNair is training with his team in Belfast but will play no part in Friday’s friendly against Latvia by agreement with his club. He has not played competitively since suffering an abdominal injury against Finland last month but agreed to meet up with Michael O’Neill’s squad after Chris Brunt’s withdrawal. Baird and McNair could both benefit from their range of skills when O’Neill names his 23-man squad for the European Championship, but the Derby captain is in no rush to hand over his starting jersey just yet. “He’s next in line but I’m not finished yet,” he said with a smile. “Paddy’s at the best club in the world, pretty much. He’s getting the best training and so on. “It’s a matter of time. Obviously, when I do eventually finish, I imagine he’ll step into my shoes. “He’s got all the qualities in the world and I wish him all the best and I hope he has a fantastic career. He’s technically very good and I think he’s got all the qualities he needs to be a Manchester United player.” Chris Baird has advised Northern Ireland team-mate Paddy McNair to beware the tag of ‘utility man’. Most of McNair’s United appearances have come at the heart of defence, but he also played as a full-back and a deep-lying anchorman in his short international career. And Baird, who sees McNair as his long-term successor in the national side, has offered the benefit of his experience. “I see certain qualities in Paddy that I had at that age coming through…he can play any position,” said Baird. “Personally, I wish I had held down one position. Say right-back, for instance. “I played most of my early career there and it wasn’t until a few years later I started playing midfield. “It’s down to Paddy. If he wants to hold down one position, go for it. He has that quality. “Sometimes it has been a hindrance for me. Sometimes you’re needed here, needed there, other games not at all. It’s his own personal preference. “Wherever he chooses, I think he’ll have a fantastic career in football.” Press Associationlast_img read more

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World’s oldest man dies at 112

first_imgA Japanese man who received his certificate as the world’s oldest man earlier this month has died at 112.Guinness World Records and a local funeral home said Chitetsu Watanabe died Sunday after developing a fever and difficulty breathing, according to a National Newspaper .He is survived by his five children, 12 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.He used to say the secret to longevity was to keep smiling.last_img

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Tour du Lac 10-Mile Road Race scheduled for Saturday

first_imgBUCKSPORT — This year’s running of the Tour du Lac 10-Mile Road Race is scheduled to be held Saturday, June 29.After starting at Bucksport’s town swimming pool, the course will lead runners onto Millvale Road and Charlie Cole Road before rounding scenic Silver Lake. It will then take runners down School Street, Central Street and Broadway before finishing back at the original starting point.This year marks the 44th running of the race. Erik McCarthy of Old Town won the race for the second straight year last year with a finishing time of 52 minutes, 53 seconds, and Tracy Guerrette of Bangor posted a time of 1:01.64 to finish as the top female runner for the third year in a row.A free T-shirt will be given to the race’s first 50 registrants. Those wishing to register on race day can do so beginning at 6:30 a.m. at the pool. This year’s registration fee is $20.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textFor more information, contact Christopher or Margaret Jones via phone at 469-9901 or via Christopher’s email at Christopher.Jones@RSU25.org.last_img read more

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Dover comfortable with result against Martinique

first_imgWAYNE Dover, head coach of the Golden Jaguars, said that he’s comfortable with scoreless result between Guyana and Martinique, after the two sides met on Tuesday evening in front of a packed Mackenzie Sports Club (MSC) ground.Dover and his assistant Charles ‘Lily’ Pollard were tasked with kick-starting the rebuilding process of Guyana’s senior national men’s football team and their first opposition against a CONCACAF Gold Cup-bound Martinique, according to the team’s head coach was more than encouraging.Speaking at the game’s post-match press conference, Dover told reporters that “It’s a good result for us and in the process of rebuilding a result like this can mean well for us. We showed desire and we’re going to continue working diligently to build this brand and build this team to be world beaters and not to be conceding goals and losing game after game.”“We were uncomfortable in the early stages and once the game wore on and we found our way, started to implement our way of playing and we had our chances; this is a result that we welcome and accept,” the Guyana team head coach said.The plan, according to Dover, was to not concede as many as they did in their previous games played during the CFU Caribbean Cup.Guyana lost 3-2 to Suriname and 4-2 Jamaica, but Dover noted. “We (Guyana) came out not to concede a goal and not to lose the game and that’s what we’ve achieved. In the first half, they made the game a bit uncomfortable for us, because we thought that they were going to sit back and let us run at them.Meanwhile, Golden Jaguars skipper Samuel Cox believed that the condition of the MSC ground was not too conducive for International play, but, the England-based defender is happy with the result.Much was said about the MSC ground when it was announced as the host venue for the game, returning international football to Linden for the first time since 2011.“The conditions out there were difficult and it was for both sides,” said Cox, adding, “I think it affected the quality from Martinique and from us as well. The ball striking is hard because there’s a lot of sand underneath and it’s hard for both teams … I think we put on a good display defensively and it could only be progress from here.”last_img read more

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Eight Under-18 basketball clubs invited to contest 7th  Brushes Classic in Linden

first_imgTHE 7th biennial Brusches Basketball Foundation Classic invitational tournament will commence on Saturday, 26th October and conclude on Saturday, November 2, at the Mackenzie Sports Club hard court in Linden.Unlike previous years, the tournament will be played for Under-18 clubs and not the regular rivalry involving senior clubs from around the country.According to Cloyde ‘Fatman’ Brusche, the organiser of the tournament which is played in honour of former national players: brothers Mike, Clifton and James Brusche , “We are seeking to strengthen the club structures, particular in Linden, since the sport has suffered due to several reasons, which includes the absence of proper playing facilities recently in the  mining town of Linden.”The Clubs will be chosen from around the country and will compete for cash prizes, which will include trophies and medals amounting to $600,000 with the main sponsor being Guyconstruct.It is being played on a knock-out format with clubs from Kwakwani, Georgetown, Berbice, East Coast,  Mackenzie and Wismar. The clubs are Victory Valley Royals, and Junior Kings of Linden, Kwakwani Ballers, Bartica Rangulars, Rosehall Jammers, Pepsi Sonics and Plaisance Guardians. Playing dates are October, 26, 27, November 1 and 2. (Joe Chapman)last_img read more

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Ndidi, Iheanacho’s UCL Hopes Slipping Away with Man Utd’s Entry into…

first_imgBrendan Rodgers’ Leicester have been in the Premiership Top Four for much of the season to give hope to Ndidi and Iheanacho playing in the Champions League.But team’s capitulation to Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham Hotspur last weekend has now thrown the Foxes into uncertainty going into the last match of the 2019/20 season against Manchester United at the King’s Power Stadium on Sunday.Yesterday’s result at Old Trafford was not what Manchester United’s fans were looking forward to but the one-all draw with West Ham however gave them a valuable point to make hopes of Champions League within reach.Meanwhile, the point for David Moyes’ West Ham guarantees Premier League football next season as they now lie four points clear of the relegation zone.West Ham went ahead on the stroke of half-time through Michail Antonio’s coolly taken penalty after Paul Pogba handled inside the area.United levelled early in the second half through Mason Greenwood who exchanged passes with Anthony Martial before drilling home a low finish for his 17th goal of the season.United goalkeeper David de Gea’s position has been under scrutiny after two errors in the FA Cup semi-final loss to Chelsea, but the Spaniard made an excellent reflex save to deny Jarrod Bowen.Declan Rice struck a powerful drive narrowly over but neither side were able to find a winner.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Wilfred-Ndidi-and-Kelechi-Iheanacho Duro IkhazuagbeWilfred Ndidi and Kelechi Iheanacho’s hopes of UEFA Champions League football next season appears to be slipping away following Manchester United’s 1-1 draw with West Ham yesterday evening that lifted the Red Devils into the Top Four of the Premier League.United leapfrogged both Chelsea and Leicester City to the third spot on same 63 points as Chelsea but are ahead on superior goals difference of +28. Leicester on 62 points are now fifth.last_img read more

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Westhill volleyball repeats sectional Class B title

first_imgSeveral area high school girls volleyball teams entered last weekend’s Section III championship matches at Fayetteville-Manlius, all of them intent on seizing the big local prize.Westhill considered the sectional Class B title a small step toward a second consecutive state championship, and while it had some trouble withstanding the challenge of Homer in last Saturday’s final, the Warriors still prevailed in four sets over the Trojans.With a 25-19 win in the first set, Westhill then found itself in a long second-set battle. Several times, each side had set points, but it was Homer gaining those crucial late points to win 29-27 and pull even. Tags: Bishop LuddenMarcellusvolleyballWesthill The third set was tight, too, but down late, the Warriors earned the crucial late points, taking it 25-23, and then in the fourth set it got a slightly larger cushion, leading 19-12 and then, by a 25-20 margin, claimed another sectional banner.Homer had outlasted Marcellus in three tough sets in last Tuesday’s sectional semifinal. The Mustangs had great chances to win each of the first two sets, but the Trojans claimed them both 26-24 before closing it out 25-19 in the third.Evelyn Webster had 23 digs, with Elaine Grattan getting 11 digs and Jessica Majo adding 10 digs. Bronte Stahl had nine assists and three aces, while Jenna Mattison got six assists as Mara Gutchess had four kills, with Anna Fern adding three kills and four blocks.center_img Westhill, meanwhile, had swept Solvay in its semifinal match, pushed a bit early before taking the first set 25-21 and then outlasting the Bearcats 25-18 and 25-14 in the next two sets.Kate Heinrich put away 11 kills, with Sara Galante getting nine kills. Jessica Welch chimed in with six blocks and eight digs as Sarah Schwartz had 23 assists. Morgan Richardson had five kills and Gracelyn O’Connell added four kills.Solvay, who had beaten Phoenix in the opening round and finished 10-9, had Sophia Guadagnolo earn 19 assists, often passing it to Myah Platler, who got 11 kills and 11 digs. Jordan Bamba contributed 13 kills.On Saturday night, Bishop Ludden challenged LaFayette for the sectional Class D title and nearly seized it, only to get denied in a five-set defeat to the Lancers.It was the Gaelic Knights taking the opening set 25-20, and then LaFayette winning the second 25-19. A crucial third set saw Ludden lead 17-15, but unable to hold on to it as with several hits at the net the Lancers won 25-22.Now needing a comeback, the Gaelic Knights led the entire fourth set and claimed another 25-20 decision, which led to the final set. There, neither team built a big margin, yet LaFayette inched out in front and held off Ludden 25-21 to win the championship.This followed last Tuesday’s 26-24, 21-25, 25-11, 25-16 semifinal win over Bishop Grimes where Ludden took over in the third set, led by Kate Ruddy, who had 29 assists, and Megan Virkler, who got 14 assists.Jasmine Cuffee not only earned eight kills, she produced a team-best 15 digs. Ally Royal added 14 digs and four aces, with Jayden Burney getting five kills and Alexis Pietrowski adding four kills.Before all this, West Genesee was overwhelmed by defending champion Baldwinsville in the sectional Class AA semifinals, the Wildcats falling to the Bees 25-10, 25-13, 25-14.Finishing its season at 11-7, the Wildcats had Anna Snyder produce 14 assists, with Isabella Allen getting three aces and three kills. Julia Quirk and Brynn Zajac had four kills apiece and Phoebe Anderson added three kills.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story last_img read more

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FB : First class: Jones anxiously awaits NFL Draft fate after strong offseason

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments Published on April 25, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact Stephen: sebail01@syr.edu | @Stephen_Bailey1center_img Chandler Jones and his brother, Jon, boarded the same plane Sunday afternoon, a 3 p.m. flight from Atlanta to Syracuse.Emotionally, though, they were headed in opposite directions. One was relieved, the other tense with anxiety.Jon ‘Bones’ Jones was one day removed from defending his UFC light heavyweight belt against Rashad Evans at UFC 145. But Chandler, who had gone to support his brother in the fight, was still more than 96 hours from his decisive day -the 2012 NFL Draft.‘I’m more anxious than nervous,’ Chandler said. ‘People ask me how many teams are interested, and I don’t have a number. All 32 teams showed interest so that’s what makes it so much fun.’Jones declared for the draft early after finishing his junior season at Syracuse this fall. He totaled 38 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks, despite missing five games with a torn ligament in his right knee. The 6-foot-5, 266-pound defensive end received a top-three round projection from the NFL Draft Advisory Board. But impressive performances at the NFL combine and Syracuse Pro Day, coupled with his diverse on-field skill set has helped him sky up the draft boards since deciding to leave SU. He is now projected to go in the mid-to-late first round in many mock drafts.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textExactly where he’ll fall, though, won’t be determined until after the draft starts Thursday at 8 p.m.NFL Network’s Mike Mayock listed Jones as the top defensive end and the No. 9 overall prospect in the draft. ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay called Jones arguably the most underrated talent in the draft and predicted him to be selected 12th overall by the Seattle Seahawks in his latest mock draft.‘I think the most underrated player maybe in the entire draft and certainly among defensive linemen is Chandler Jones,’ McShay said during a teleconference on March 30. ‘… He’s played on the left side, the right side. He even can drop in coverage. He shows that on tape at times. I just think he’s strong, he’s physical, but he also has enough athleticism to get after the quarterback. McShay slotted Jones to go 16th to the New York Jets in his scenario-based mock draft back on April 11, while fellow ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. has also penciled Jones in at No. 12 for the Seahawks in his most recent mock published Wednesday.Another potential landing spot for Jones could be with the Baltimore Ravens at 29th overall.His oldest brother, Art, a Ravens defensive tackle, played with Chandler at Union-Endicott High School before they played together for two years at Syracuse. He said a third opportunity to put his fist in the dirt next to his brother’s would be a ‘dream come true.’But Art said that regardless of where Chandler goes -even if that ends up being an AFC rival -the bond of brotherhood won’t be broken.‘No matter what, we’re a family,’ Art said. ‘Whoever drafts him, they’re going to get a great player. They’re going to get a guy that’s going to come and work every day.‘… If he gets drafted to the Steelers, I’ll be happy for him. I don’t know if I’m going to wear that hat on draft day, but I’m definitely going to be in his corner.’Art guided Chandler throughout their time as teammates, and the older brother is proud to see how far he has come.But now Chandler has a chance to carve out his own legacy at the professional level.‘If (Chandler) wants to outdo me and be in the NFL too, then he just has to really start believing in his gifts and his abilities, and the rest is history,’ Art said.On Thursday, Chandler will stay in his hometown of Endicott.He’ll relax with friends and family at Bones’ house, receiving the same comfort he provided Bones before UFC 145 last weekend.But neither relaxation nor his rapidly rising stock can ease the tension that’s consumed him since he boarded the plane with Bones in Atlanta. Only a call from his first NFL employer Thursday night will turn Jones’ anxiousness to relief.After that, he’ll book his next flight.‘I can go anywhere,’ Jones said. ‘In three days, I could be living in California or Texas. You never know.’sebail01@syr.edulast_img read more

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Valeria Salazar to have season-ending wrist surgery, says head coach Limam

first_imgSenior Valeria Salazar is scheduled to undergo surgery on her right wrist and will miss the remainder of the 2017 season, Syracuse head coach Younes Limam said. The injury first agitated Salazar after her final tournament of the fall, he said.Salazar, the No. 54 player nationally and half the No. 7-ranked doubles pairing with Gabriela Knutson, missed the first four matches of the season before making her only appearance against Virginia on Saturday. Limam said she “played with a lot of pain” against the Cavaliers.“It’s just one of those injuries where the only solution is to have surgery,” Limam said.Now done for the year, Syracuse will have to replace half of the team’s first pair to make the NCAA doubles championship since 1996. Knutson has played alongside freshman Miranda Ramirez and sophomore Libi Mesh in Salazar’s absence.“We just have to adjust to kind of find out our doubles partners,” Knutson said, “and who each person fits with kind of best and just make it work.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Comments Published on February 8, 2017 at 5:56 pm Contact Andrew: aegraham@syr.edu | @A_E_Graham Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Ireland hockey netminder wins international prize

first_imgThe Cork man featured during Ireland’s Olympic campaignHis club Dabang Mumbai currently also tops the table in the Indian league.last_img

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