Mick McCarthy giving Troy Parrott New Zealand audition ahead of Denmark clash

first_imgMICK McCARTHY has said he could tear up his script for Denmark if Troy Parrott rips it up tonight.The teen wonder is bidding to mark his senior debut with a goal, just as he did with the Under-21s.1 Republic of Ireland’s Troy ParrottCredit: SportsfileParrott, 17, will become the third-youngest Ireland international against New Zealand, with Lee O’Connor, 19, also making his debut and Jack Byrne getting a first start.McCarthy previously said he wanted the teenager to start playing for Tottenham before he capped him.But the Ireland boss admitted a couple of goals against the All Whites could change his mind.HUGE CHANCE FOR TROYMcCarthy said: “We’re playing New Zealand in a friendly and it’s a great opportunity for him prior to our biggest game.“I’ve been just asked the question, ‘What happens if he scores two goals? There’ll be a big clamour for him to play’.“Well, I hope he does score two goals and he plays brilliantly and then I’ve a clamour in my own head that he should be part of that squad to play against Denmark.“We need to score, don’t we, against Denmark?“And we haven’t scored that many goals, have we?“And he’s a goalscorer. It might be somebody of his ilk gets that chance and puts it away.”PARROTT FLYING TO THE TOPMcCarthy’s stance has changed due to how close this friendly is to Monday’s Euro 2020 crunch clash with the Danes — for which he could field an entirely different XI.Parrott’s inclusion tonight means he will have played for the Under-17s, Under-19s, Under-21s and senior team all in the space of 18 months.And McCarthy added: “It doesn’t take a special kind to be pitched in at his age, but it takes a special kind to thrive, do well, make a good impression and impress everybody. I hope that’sgoing to be the case with Troy.”That is the player’s plan too after bagging three goals in as many games for Stephen Kenny’s Under-21 side.RELISHING THE OPPORTUNITYParrott said: “For me, it’s about scoring goals. It’s what I want to do, I’m not planning on stopping now.“Coming in here is a huge achievement for me and the first few days of training have been good.“I just try and keep doing well whenever I play and whenever I’m training and luckily enough the opportunity has come about. Hopefully I’m able to take it with both hands.“To play for Ireland, no matter what age you are, is an unbelievable achievement. I just can’t wait to get out there.”MOST READ IN SPORTTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battle’I ACCEPT’McGregor accepts Silva fight at UFC catchweight of 176lbs in huge super-fightTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedA CUT ABOVEMike Tyson shows two-inch cut ‘picked up in training’ ahead of boxing returnExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubMcCarthy has stressed to him not to try too hard.Parrott added: “He has told me to enjoy myself and don’t feel like I need to do anything that I don’t do at club level, to keep doing what I have been doing because that’s what has got me here.”Robbie Brady will start with McCarthy admitting an early withdrawal would suggest he had done enough to feature against the Danes. The Burnley ace last played for Ireland as a goalscoring sub against Gibraltar in June.last_img read more

Gregg, Gore spar ahead of big showdown

first_img“What would you say if I beat you at Dover?” Kyle Gregg jokingly shouted across the showroom to Doug Gore. With a broad grin, Gore told the scores of diehard motor-sports fans that he would respond to Gregg’s question when they clash at the Dover Raceway, St Ann, on Monday. Both drivers were among a large turnout at the launch of the Carnival of Speed race meet, which is scheduled to take place on Easter Monday. The launch was held in the main showroom of the Kingston Industrial Garage (KIG), Spanish Town Road, Kingston, on Monday night. After posting a 1:19-second lap time during a recent practice session – with his newly acquired United Kingdom-manufactured Radical race car – Gregg has become an overwhelming favourite to upstage Gore and David Summerbell in the Thundersport II Class. This showdown has been generating a lot of interest because it is the first in a long time that so many well prepared, highly competitive cars will be participating in the stellar event. “The car is nice and I am looking forward to Dover,” said Gregg, who up to four months ago was concentrating on rallying, until he got bitten by the bug and went shopping for a new circuit-racing machine. Gregg, in a previous interview with The Gleaner, sent a stern warning that the lap record at Dover may be erased at this meet Gore was not amused and has since brought down a first-rate mechanic, out of the Czech Republic, to assist with the final preparation of his Audi. TRUMP CARD At Monday night’s launch Gore, who sat beside his old rival, David Summerbell in the front row just kept smiling. He had already indicated that he has a trump card up his sleeve. “I will be doing all my talking on the track,” Gore told his rivals. Dubbed as ‘King David’, the usually high-spirited Summerbell was in jubilant mood and told his fans that as the king of circuit racing he is not ready give up his throne. “I am going to make sure that my sponsors, Total Lubricants, is proud of me. It is going to be a great race meet,” said Summerbell. Organiser of the event, Dean Corrodus, said there will be 21 races and the meet will get under way at 8:30 a.m. on Easter Monday. “We have expanded our parking area, renovated the road surface leading to the entrance, plus the police will be exercising tighter traffic management controls,” said Corrodus. Newly elected president, Monique Gibbs, said the meet promises to be a thriller, as apart from the high expectations of the top drivers, the ‘Bracket 45 Class’ is back and this she said will be used as a strategic development for circuit racing at Dover. Howard Henry, marketing manager of the title sponsor Total Lubricants, said he anticipates a great race meet and his company is committed to the development of motorsport in Jamaica.last_img read more

Rural Constable robbed in National Park

first_imgArmed bandits pounced on a Rural Constable, robbing him of his cellular phone and a small amount of cash in the National Park on Thomas Lands, Georgetown on Saturday.According to reports, RC Royston Fordyce, 26, of Thomas Street, Kitty, Georgetown was at the National Park about 19:15h when he was confronted by two males, one of whom was armed with a handgun.Thomas was relieved of his cellphone valued some $210,000 and $3000 cash by the perpetrators, who then made good their escape on bicycles.The matter was reported and an investigation has been launched. No arrests have been made to date.last_img read more

“I will continue to speak out against injustices” – Jagdeo

first_imgGovernment on Monday came out in high defence against what it said were attacks by Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo, when he addressed persons in the Diaspora during a recent visit to New York.Opposition Leader Bharrat JagdeoAt the occasion, Jagdeo told US-based Guyanese that there is an attack on democracy in Guyana, and more specifically, supporters of the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C).“Guyana needs a spirit of community to ensure that we defend our people through these dark times. There is an assault on democracy, on the people of Indian origin and there is an assault on the supporters of the PPP…” Jagdeo had said. He said too that Guyana has returned to the days of “dictatorship,” in just a year under the leadership of the new Government.But Government was not too pleased with the comments made by the former Head of State, and called it out as “irresponsible, hateful and malicious.”A release from the Ministry of the Presidency said that at a time when Guyanese are focused on the efforts to foster closer relations and achieve a greater level of social cohesion, Government considers it reprehensible that the Opposition Leader has chosen to sow seeds of division, discord and race hate.It said that the claim that there is an “assault on people of Indian origin” is despicable, without any basis and a complete figment of Jagdeo’s imagination.“On the contrary, the policies of the coalition Government are designed to achieve the good life for all Guyanese, not a handpicked few as was the case under the PPP regime, which was rejected by the Guyanese electorate on May 11, 2015 in free and fair elections,” Government said.But soon after Government’s response, Jagdeo again responded, saying the comments made in New York were no different to the ones he has been making in Guyana at press conferences and on the campaign trail in the lead up to the March 2016 Local Government Elections.“I spoke to the issues of racial and political discrimination, the lack of an economic plan, the taxation policies, as well as the repressive laws that have been advanced and the threats to local democracy under the [A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change] APNU/AFC coalition.”He said despite the charges made, his record on bolstering racial harmony and advancing equal development across the country, regardless of race, speaks for itself.“That is not a position I need to defend. However, I have spoken out and will continue to speak out about the injustices against our people. While Nagamootoo claims that the coalition’s policies are geared to deliver the ‘good life’ to all Guyanese and touts social cohesion, he ignores the reality of many of our Guyanese people – the thousands of young Amerindians who were fired, the many Indo-Guyanese removed from their jobs, the assault on the sugar industry and the non-support of the rice and mining sectors,” Jagdeo said.According to the Opposition Leader, Nagamootoo, who he said had “talked up what Jaganites would do, but he – as a hypocritically ‘self-professed Jaganite’ – has positioned himself to defend the murder of Dr Walter Rodney, years of rigged elections and denial of democracy in Guyana for years under the People’s National Congress (PNC) – the same PNC that is the majority partner of the coalition”. “The only thing in the Prime Minister’s portfolio, as evidenced recently, seems to be making statements to attack the PPP. Further this ‘self-professed Jaganite’ only issues press releases while he enjoys the luxuries of $45 million of renovations to his residence, $20 million in furnishings, $22 million for a new vehicle, a $1.7 million salary and another $8 million per month for security and other costs – contrast that with the plight of our people.”The coalition Government fails to recognise that its policies and actions do not only hurt people perceived to be supportive of the political Opposition, but all Guyanese across the country, Jagdeo noted.last_img read more

Slow Pitch Ump Clinic being held on Saturday

first_imgThe Annual Ump Clinic will be held at Bert Ambrose Elementary at 1 p.m. Teams in the Competitive Division require that two players attend, while teams in the Recreation Division must have four players on hand. Each team will also be receiving a roster sheet, scorebook and two game balls.- Advertisement –last_img

Golden Eagles storm to 20-3 win

first_img sean.moses@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2213 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! CSULA responded with six runs in the bottom of the fourth on its way to a 20-3 win over San Francisco State on Friday in both teams’ California Collegiate Athletic Association opener. “I don’t think it’s ever been a question,” first-year coach Pat Shine said of his team’s resolve. “I’ve never doubted it. But it’s always good to respond like that right after they score.” LOS ANGELES – After taking a 2-0 lead into the fourth inning, the Cal State Los Angeles baseball team saw it evaporate with one hit – a three-run home run that put the visitors ahead, 3-2. That’s when the Golden Eagles went to work. center_img Cal State L.A. (8-1-1) remained patient at the plate throughout and abused the Gators’ relievers, scoring 13 runs on 10 hits after chasing SFSU’s starter in the fourth inning. The Golden Eagles drew 10 walks in the game and took advantage of a wild Gators bullpen, which hit seven batters. Five different players drove in two or more runs for Cal State L.A., which scored nine more in the seventh inning. Senior third baseman Jeff Carroll went 5 for 6 with three RBIs and a homer in the bottom of the sixth, his fifth of the season for the Golden Eagles, ranked No. 19 in NCAA Division II by the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper. CSULA senior starter Kyle Owsley (2-0) scattered five hits over six strong innings, including the three-run home run in the fourth that was his only blemish. last_img read more

Umtiti, Coman return to France squad for Euro qualifiers

first_img0Shares0000Bayern Munich’s Kingsley Coman is one of those recalled to the France squad for the start of Euro 2020 qualifying © AFP/File / Christof STACHEPARIS, France, Mar 14 – Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti and Bayern Munich winger Kingsley Coman return to the France squad named on Thursday as the World Cup winners prepare for the start of their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign.Umtiti missed France’s last get-togethers in October and November but is fit again after a knee injury and is one of 16 members of Didier Deschamps’ triumphant World Cup squad to make the list of 23. Injuries have disrupted Coman’s career and the 22-year-old has not played for his country since November 2017.France face minnows Moldova, ranked 170th in the world, away in Chisinau on March 22 in their opening game in Euro 2020 qualifying Group H. They then host Iceland on March 25 at the Stade de France in a repeat of their Euro 2016 quarter-final, which Les Bleus won 5-2.Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial come back in after missing France’s games against the Netherlands, in the UEFA Nations League, and Uruguay in a friendly in November, due to injury.Everton’s Kurt Zouma is included along with Paris Saint-Germain’s Layvin Kurzawa, who comes back in from the cold with fellow left-backs Lucas Hernandez, Benjamin Mendy and Ferland Mendy all absent.Umtiti’s Barcelona teammate Ousmane Dembele is missing after being ruled out for up to a month with a hamstring injury, while their club colleague, centre-back Clement Lenglet, missed out on a call-up.Manchester City’s Aymeric Laporte was also, once again, left out — a situation that continues to bemuse observers in England but is of no great surprise in France.“Clement is one of those players who are supposedly meant to be knocking on the door,” said Deschamps of Lenglet.“These are players who, even if they are not called up, do make us think. But my logic is that experience carries an important weight.”France, who lost the Euro 2016 final as hosts to Portugal, will also face Albania, Andorra and Turkey in Group H, with the top two teams going through to next year’s finals.France squad to play Moldova and Iceland:Goalkeepers: Alphonse Areola (Paris Saint-Germain), Hugo Lloris (Tottenham Hotspur/ENG), Steve Mandanda (Marseille)Defenders: Lucas Digne (Everton/ENG), Presnel Kimpembe, Layvin Kurzawa (both Paris Saint-Germain), Benjamin Pavard (VfB Stuttgart/GER), Djibril Sidibe (Monaco), Raphael Varane (Real Madrid/ESP), Samuel Umtiti (Barcelona/ESP), Kurt Zouma (Everton/ENG)Midfielders: N’Golo Kante (Chelsea/ENG), Blaise Matuidi (Juventus/ITA), Tanguy Ndombele (Lyon), Paul Pogba (Manchester United/ENG), Moussa Sissoko (Tottenham Hotspur/ENG)Forwards: Kingsley Coman (Bayern Munich/GER), Nabil Fekir (Lyon), Olivier Giroud (Chelsea/ENG), Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid/ESP), Anthony Martial (Manchester United/ENG), Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain), Florian Thauvin (Marseille)0Shares0000(Visited 4 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Video: Man United’s Januzaj claims fine assist as Aubameyang nets Dortmund brace

first_img1 Manchester United outcast Adnan Januzaj proved his worth for on-loan club Borussia Dortmund as the 20-year-old Belgian popped up with an assist, while Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored twice in a thrilling clash with SV Darmstadt 98.Januzaj joined the Bundesliga outfit in a season-long loan deal late in the summer transfer window, and his clever reverse pass freed Aubameyang to slot in his 10th goal of the season in all competitions.However, the Gabon international star’s brace wasn’t enough for Dortmund to claim all three points, as a wonderful volley plus a scrappy last-minute goal saw Darmstadt come away from Westfalenstadion with a share of the spoils in a tense 2-2 draw.Nevertheless, it was a special moment for Aubameyang – who has set a new Bundesliga record having now scored in all seven of Dortmund’s opening league games of the campaign.Check out Aubameyang’s goals and how the thrilling tie unfolded below:Amazing Marcel Heller volley hands SV Darmstadt 98 shock lead: Adnan Januzaj celebrates with his new Borussia Dortmund team-mates Aubameyang equalises with fine close-range finish:center_img Januzaj the creator as Aubameyang fires Dortmund in front: SV Darmstadt 98 claim late draw with scrappy equaliser:last_img read more

Patriotic couple given VFW awards

first_imgIt was 1992, and Walter Lawetzki of unincorporated South Whittier had just retired from his job of 25 years. Looking for something to do, he just happened to be at the Pep Boys store in La Mirada and saw the sign for the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9148. He went inside and his life – and that of his wife, Robin – have never been the same since. Lawetzki eventually became post commander twice. his wife would serve twice as president of the VFW post auxiliary. It is believed they are the first husband and wife to have received awards in separate categories in the same year. “They’re very devoted people,” said Diana Grant, principal of Orchard Dale Elementary School, where the Lawetzkis have gone into the classroom to instruct youngsters on the pledge of allegiance and the flag. “We really appreciate their support,” Grant said. “They’re bringing patriotism back to the classroom. We love that.” Robin Lawetzki, who was nominated by her husband, said she was shocked to receive the award. “I’m not one who likes to go up there and get stuff like that,” she said. “I do the work because I believe in the organization and what it stands for, not for the pat on the back.” The Lawetzkis, who each previously had been divorced, were married in 1990. Walter Lawetzki was born in Chicago and served from 1945 to 1947 in the Army. He was drafted the week before the atomic bomb was dropped on Japan. He went to France and crossed into Germany, where he spent a year. Lawetzki moved to California in 1966, buying his current home a year later. Robin Lawetzki grew up in Whittier. The two began dating in 1988, marrying two years later. They both retired, deciding to stay home and raise their two children, Walter, now 15, and Michelle, now 12, together. Each also has two children from a previous marriage. Robin Lawetzki said she joined the auxiliary because it was something she could do with her husband. Walter Lawetzki’s first activity with the VFW was joining the color guard. He soon became its commander. “I thought there was a need,” he said. “All these veterans are passing away. There was a need for somebody to do the respectful military honors for them.” Lawetzki has participated in 252 funerals. He was post commander from 1997 to 1999 and is the current commander. Robin Lawetzki became president of the auxiliary in 1999, serving again in 2004. As president, she helped start programs in schools. “My kids went to Ceres School, and they never said the pledge of allegiance,” she said. “That really bothered me. I went and talked to the principal, and she said, `Go for it if you want to do it.’ ” So VFW members began teaching youngsters how to say the pledge of allegiance, doing flag programs, and bringing veterans into classrooms. Eventually they were presenting their Symbols of America program, in which VFW members dress up as American icons such as George and Martha Washington, Betsy Ross, and even the Liberty Bell and Uncle Sam. They go into schools and talk about their characters as a way of teaching history and patriotism. “If we don’t teach our kids about our veterans and what our flag stands for, who’s going to teach them?” she said. “Teachers don’t have time.” Robin Lawetzki said there’s no problem getting VFW members to volunteer for the different programs. “I find if we show enthusiasm, I never had anybody turn me down,” she said. The Lawetzkis say they plan to continue their involvement with the VFW. “I will continue to be involved,” said Robin Lawetzki, who now is junior vice president for District 4, which includes all of the VFW chapters in southern Los Angeles County. “It’s a great organization. My goal is to see the auxiliaries in the district work together (with the VFWs) like we do.” Lawetzki mike.sprague@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre The two would start several programs for the schools and become part of one of the largest chapters in Southern California. It has more than 600 members. “I was looking for something to do,” said. “I went inside and they gave me plenty to do ever since then.” Two years later, his wife joined the auxiliary. Now, the couple have received separate Volunteers in Action awards in La Mirada for their service. Walter, 80, received the lifetime achievement award, while Robin, 52, received the award in the senior category. last_img

The Press Pass – Sunday, July 3

first_imgThis week Ray Stubbs is joined by Mike Calvin and Matt Scott to cast their eyes over the main sporting stories.They discuss England’s Euro 2016 failure and Roy Hodgson’s successor, Ryan Giggs’ departure from Manchester United, and look at the start of Pep Guardiola’s reign as Manchester City coach.Listen above or click here to download the podcast from iTuneslast_img