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Jamaican footballers celebrate with Leicester City

first_imgWes Morgan just made history as the first Jamaican international to win the English Premier League football title as captain of winning team Leicester City. However, he isn’t the only person of Jamaican heritage to have played for the new English top-flight champions. A year before Morgan was born in 1984, Robert ‘Bob’ Hazell played for Leicester City while they were still in the English first division. Hazell was born in Kingston in 1959 and later migrated to the United Kingdom. He joined Leicester City in 1983 and played for the team for three years from 1983 to 1986. He helped the East Midlands club to a 15th-place finish in the 1984-85, season before being loaned out to Wolverhampton Wanderers for a short spell. During his period with Leicester, he made 41 appearances and scored two goals. Hazell never played for Jamaica, but he did represent the England Under-21 squad, playing one game in 1978. Frank Sinclair, who helped Jamaica qualify for the 1998 FIFA World Cup in France, also played for Leicester City. Sinclair played for dethroned English champions Chelsea from 1990-1998, playing for a season with West Bromwich Albion from 1991-1992 on loan and then moved to Leicester City from 1998 until 2004, making 164 appearances for the club and scoring three goals in his time there. Most recently, Jermaine Beckford, who joined the Reggae Boyz set-up in early 2013, played for Leicester between 2011 and 2013. Beckford made 43 appearances for the Foxes, scoring nine goals in total.last_img read more

UE coach Pumaren expects Mbala to take on hot-shooting Pasaol

first_imgLATEST STORIES Mbala has been largely credited for neutralizing the league’s best scorers, including Paul Desiderio of University of the Philippines. But while Pasaol’s explosion has sparked UE’s turnaround in the past three weeks, the Warriors have been getting solid contributions from across the squad to stay in contention in the Final Four race.“Until there’s a fourth team that makes it, then we still have a shot,” said Pumaren. “We just have to stay positive with what’s going on. We just have to keep playing as one unit.”The Archers have won back-to-back games to start the second round—against Final Four contenders Adamson and Far Eastern U.With Mbala cooling off after a strong start to the season, Ricci Rivero and Santi Santillan stepped up to power the Archers past the Falcons, 80-74, over the weekend.ADVERTISEMENT Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Letran coach Napa looks ahead to next season, targets title Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUniversity of the East gunner Alvin Pasaol will be a marked man as La Salle tries to stretch its winning run against the resurgent Red Warriors on Wednesday, while Adamson seeks to get back on track in UAAP Season 80 at Mall of Asia Arena.Pasaol exploded for a season-high 49 points the last time the two squads meet and UE coach Derrick Pumaren expects the Green Archers to pay extra attention on his prized forward when they collide at 2 p.m.ADVERTISEMENT Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set MOST READ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View comments “I’m sure they will work on trying to stop Alvin (Pasaol),” said Pumaren, whose team has won three of its last four games, including a 73-64 triumph over University of the Philippines on Sunday.“Probably they’re thinking that if they stop Alvin, they’ll stop UE. I’m sure there’s a lot of pride at stake because he got his record of 49. We’re expecting (Ben) Mbala to defend him.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogThe Falcons hope to gain some separation from three other teams in the Final Four race as they clash with the winless University of Santo Tomas Tigers at 4 p.m.With a 6-4 record, the Falcons are in solo third, but Far Eastern U, UP and National U are hot on in their heels just a game behind.With a Final Four already out of reach, the Tigers are looking for a strong finish to the season. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ setlast_img read more

Travel an extra grind for Division I’s smallest schools

first_imgIn this Jan. 5, 2018, photo, Northern Arizona basketball players Luke Avdalovic, Omar Ndiaye and Gino Littles leave the team hotel in Ogden, Utah to board a bus for their next game in Pocatello, Idaho. Unlike high-major programs that fly on charters and eat at nice restaurants, the Lumberjacks fly commercially and eat at chain restaurants to save money. (AP Photo/John Marshall)POCATELLO, Idaho — As the bus rolls past mileage signs for places like Malad City, Arimo and Woodruff, the long frames of Northern Arizona’s basketball players splay across the seats. Heads rest on makeshift pillows of jackets and backpacks, legs stretch across aisles, feet rise above headrests.Outside, flurries dance in the headlights as roadside reflectors flash like car turn signals. Yellow weed stalks, evidence of a recent thaw, peek through the white blanket along the highway.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Some have it easier than others.At the highest levels of Division I, buses park next to charter planes filled with spacious seats, teams’ schedules based on when the runway is open. Convenience affords efficiency: Practice at home, fly out in the evening, play the next day, head straight home.Travel at the low-major level can feel like “Planes, Trains and Automobiles.” All that’s missing is the train and Del Griffith.Charter flights are not within the smallest D-I schools’ budget, so commercial is the only way to go. That means long security lines and clock-watching gate waits, just for the opportunity to fold into seats barely big enough for averaged-sized humans.Six-foot-10 and a middle seat is like 5-9 squeezed into a toddler car seat.ADVERTISEMENT Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award “I’m hurting for like two hours and when I get up, my knees finally get back to normal,” said Isaiah Thomas, NAU’s 6-9 junior forward. “It’s not enjoyable.”Nor is planning.The dilemma: Early-morning practice before flying out or a pre-sunrise departure to practice later at the destination? For the return, leave early on little sleep and rest later or sleep in and get back later?No matter how coaches work it, the players end up tired.“You have to factor it in,” Sacramento State coach Brian Katz said. “You try to convince your guys, you’re 19 years old, you shouldn’t get tired from anything. But in your mind you try to account for it because it’s a factor for sure.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparc Pockets of dense fog envelop the bus, visibility measured in yards for perilous moments before thankfully clearing.The players are oblivious to the cold world outside. Their only concern is finding comfort on this opening three-hour leg of a two-day return to Flagstaff, Arizona.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“It’s pretty hard travel after a game,” NAU coach Jack Murphy said. “You want to get home, get the guys some rest on their day off, but it’s a long day of travel on their ‘day off.’”Travel is one of the most arduous aspects of college basketball. Hours upon hours every season are dedicated to getting to the next town, buses and planes essentially becoming players’ and coaches’ mobile second homes. Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals LATEST STORIEScenter_img Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours On Erik Spoelstra’s mind these days: A berth, and a birth Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Read Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Four teams go undefeated in men’s Fiba 3×3 Day 1

first_imgWinfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award English Premier League confirms winter break from 2020 LATEST STORIES MOST READ View comments Croatia first dismantled no.22 Jordan, 22-7, then followed it up with another dominant victory over no.74 Nigeria, 22-8.Latvia had closer wins than Croatia but victories nonetheless.The Latvians first surpassed no.9 Ukraine, 21-18, and immediately followed it up with a 22-13 victory over Jordan.Ukraine managed to get a 22-11 win over winless Nigeria to go 1-1 while Jordan is also at 0-2.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Poland, the no.6 ranked federation in the world, crushed no.48 Indonesia, 22-6, in the opening game of the tournament and then followed it up with a 21-17 win over Slovenia, the no. 2 federation, in Pool B.Estonia, the no.13 federation, replicated Poland’s success with wins over no.16 Japan, 17-11, and Indonesia, 22-10.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSlovenia, the no.2 ranked federation in the world, settled for a 1-1 record in Pool B while Japan and Indonesia are at 0-2.In Pool D, world no.25 Croatia and world no.4 Latvia are at the top of the group with 2-0 records. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Latvia versus Jordan in the Fiba 3×3 World Cup. Photo from Fiba.comSeveral teams walked out of the first day of the men’s division of the Fiba 3×3 World Cup unscathed.After the 10 teams from Pools B and D took to the floor, Poland, Estonia, Croatia, and Latvia won all their respective group stage games Friday at Philippine Arena.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

GECOM: A legal enigma

first_imgDear Editor,It must by now be excruciatingly clear that the Government-nominated members of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) and the Chairman harbour no qualms about exposing their political partisanship, and are decidedly determined to execute political directions even if it results in unconstitutional and irrational actions.GECOM is a creature of the Constitution, and is legally tethered to the four corners of that instrument; it has no jurisdiction or power to act outside of its parameters. The plain language of the Constitution indisputably establishes that the raison d’être of GECOM is the holding of elections. Every other function devolving upon it is an accessory to aid and abet it in discharge of this ultimate mandate. The functional responsibilities of GECOM are enumerated in Article 162 of the Constitution. In the discharge of these tasks, the Constitution expressly commands GECOM “to ensure impartiality, fairness and compliance with the provisions of this Constitution or of any Act of Parliament…”It is now public knowledge that GECOM was made a party by the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) to the appeals recently heard by that Court arising out of the No-Confidence Motion passed in the National Assembly on December 18, 2018. One needs not be a lawyer to conclude that GECOM was joined to those proceedings because the CCJ apprehends that it may make orders and give directions which would impact upon GECOM if it rules that Article 106 of the Constitution has been violated, in order to give effect to the intendment of the framers of that Article. The framers of that Article undoubtedly intend early elections as one of the consequences of the passage of a No-Confidence Motion. In our constitutional matrix, it is GECOM that is the dominant player in the execution of this intention.Indeed, at the hearing of the appeal, almost every one of the judges expressly alluded to this eventuality. I am fortified in this regard by the fact that the Court indicated that, depending on how it rules, a hearing will be facilitated for the lawyers to address the Court on the consequential orders which are to be made. Ineluctably, these will include specific edicts to GECOM in respect of the holding of elections. On multiple occasions, the judges of the CCJ reiterated not only GECOM’s servitude to the Constitution, but emphasised its undisputed duty to comply with both the letter and spirit of the Constitution.In the High Court, pending before the Chief Justice are legal proceedings that seek to declare the house-to-house registration, upon which GECOM plans to embark, as unlawful and unconstitutional. GECOM has filed a defence to those proceedings. The court has ordered all parties to submit their legal arguments in writing within timeframes specified.In the interregnum, GECOM’s legal adviser has rendered a written opinion, which fortunately has been made public. In that opinion, learned counsel advised that not only is the proposed house-to-house registration unnecessary, but significantly, that it would be violative of the law. It is no coincidence that this opinion espouses the identical legal premise upon which the challenge in the High Court is predicated. At the end of the day, the law remains the law, irrespective of who reads it, once it is done professionally.Unsurprisingly, this opinion from a professional was crassly and uninitiatedly deprecated by Commissioner Desmond Trotman, himself unlearned in the law. He further descended to attribute to this lawyer ulterior and illicit motives. This uncouth and unwarranted attack on a professional for simply discharging her duties, but which does not meet a political expectation, must be condignly condemned.Commissioner Vincent Alexander followed suit. He accused this legal officer of misrepresenting GECOM’s position to the CCJ. These are professionally grave and reputationally damaging allegations to be made against any professional.I am not privy to the instructions imparted to counsel, and will therefore refrain from further comment. Hopefully, counsel will respond. I have no doubt that her current silence is tied to her continuous employment. We will have to await her dismissal or resignation before a response is forthcoming. This has become the hazardous reality of every professional working with the Government. One only needs to read a letter currently in circulation which appears to have been inked by self-proclaimed victims of the Attorney General.In a normal democratic society governed by a Constitution, which is the supreme law and one in which the rule of law prevails, having regard to the circumstances expatiated above, an institution akin to GECOM, would — in deference to the constitution and out of reverence for legal proceedings pending both before the highest Court in the land and the Chief Justice of the country, coupled with the guidance adumbrated by its own legal officer, presumably in whom it reposed confidence to hire and retain in the first place — at a minimum, stay any proposed actions whose legality and constitutionality are the subject of the pending legal proceedings and advice.Not our GECOMAs if to intentionally demonstrate to the judicial arm of the State that it has no regard and respect for either its processes or the Constitution or the law, GECOM is galloping ahead like an unruly horse with house-to-house registration, in order to execute its political party’s directions.This is not only conduct which is contumacious of the process of the Courts and the Constitution, but it is clearest illustration in recent times of the return of party paramountcy.Against such factual tapestry, how can GECOM enjoy public confidence and public trust in its integrity and independence when it has been so demonstrably partisan and politically toxic?Mohabir AnilNandlall, MPAttorney-at-Lawlast_img read more

PME reveals man was murdered before body dumped

first_imgAn autopsy conducted on the body of Timothy Fraser, the welder whose body was recovered from the Mazaruni River last weekend, has confirmed that Fraser was murdered. As such, investigators have since taken several persons into custody and are looking for more suspects.Dead: Timothy FraserThe post-mortem examination was conducted by forensic Pathologist, Dr Nehal Singh on Wednesday. According to the autopsy, Fraser died as a result of, among other things, blunt trauma to the head. The autopsy also concluded that the man died two days before workmates said he went overboard.The welder’s body was on Sunday recovered from the Mazaruni River, one day after he was reported missing. The 44-year-old Fraser of Savannah Park Housing Scheme, New Amsterdam, had been working with a mining company for more than two months when workers said he went missing.The workers had given family members conflicting reports. Initially, they said he was dressed in his welding outfit waiting on a boat to collect him at a landing and decided to go for a swim. When the boat came – according to that story – only his clothing were seen.Later on Saturday, the story changed and relatives were told that he went to another location in the interior to work. Relatives said that they were told that he left to go to the waterfront and only his clothes were found at the waterfront.Then on Sunday, relatives heard that Fraser was on a boat sitting on a chair which fell overboard and he jumped into the water to retrieve the chair after taking off his welding suit.However, a diver who later went into the water where the chair reportedly fell had claimed that no such item was found in the water.A search party which included close relatives and friends gathered information from the area and were told that the only eyewitness to what transpired left the area on Sunday morning and no one knew which part of the country he is from or where he was heading.However, by mid-Sunday, Fraser’s partly decomposed body was discovered a close distance to the shore. The body bore what appeared to be marks of violence.According to the autopsy report, Fraser died on Thursday whereas workers say he was alive on Saturday. It is believed that Fraser was asleep when he was beaten and then taken in a boat to a point in the river and then thrown into the murky water.None of his welding equipment or clothing was found in the camp. Police continue to investigate the man’s death.last_img read more

Fort St. John Soccer Club has strong performance in Edmonton

first_imgEDMONTON, A.B. – Various teams within the Fort St. John Soccer Club were in Edmonton for the 2016 Slush Cup this past weekend and a number of them brought back medals. The indoor soccer tournament is one of the biggest in Canada as more than 390 teams participated.The U18 boys won gold in pool A play. In the finals they took on Fort McMurray and won 7-1, earning the reputation as one of the best indoor teams in the Alberta Soccer Association. The squad will participate in provincials in Calgary from March 11-13.Despite a depleted roster and missing their regular goalie the U16 boys left Edmonton with a silver medal. The Strikers used a three man rotation for the goaltending duties and their only loss came in the goal medal game 5-4.- Advertisement -The U14 girls also won a silver medal as they played in the tier four group. The team had a rough start after losing their opening game 5-1. They rebounded however with wins by scores of 4-1, and 2-0 respectively.last_img read more

Guyana set for 18-hole golf course

first_img– former golfer/designer Jack Nicklaus to spearhead projectGuyana’s golf fraternity is set for a major expansion as former international pro-turned-course-designer Jack Nicklaus is expected to build a whopping 18-hole course to further complement the constantly upgraded Lusignan Golf Course.Jack NicklausThe huge announcement was made during Thursday’s Guyana Cup Open held at the Marriott Hotel, where LGC President Aleem Hussain and Minister of Social Cohesion/Sport Dr George Norton unveiled the plans to have the mega-course constructed, with works likely to commence in the near future.Hussain said the famed golf course designer has signal intention to personally use his own finance to expand the level of golf in Guyana by putting the country on par with others of international standing as the only one in the Caribbean to have a course designed by Nicklaus.During his time on the Greens, Jack, most notably called “The Golden Bear” around the fraternity, was regarded by many as the greatest golfer of all time, and most especially his era. With a career that spanned more than 25 years after teeing off in the 1960s, the American has record 18 major championships while producing 19 second-place and 9 third-place finishes.Aleem HussainMinister Norton outlined that the move would help to put Guyana on par with countries which have international courses. Hussain, meanwhile, explained that the move will see a huge growth in the economy with regard to tourism. He believes that, coupled with the stamp of the world-renowned Nicklaus who created courses in places such as Asia, Australia, Canada, Europe, and Mexico, Guyana could gain a significant buff.Minister George NortonThe President stated that due to the Golf Hall-of-Famer’s prized work, he has since amassed a high-profile following of pros from around the world, who travel to anywhere the former world-class has set up a playing course.Hussain believes that a new course will breed a higher level of competition, as Guyana’s players have been doing extremely well on a 9-hole course over the years.Regarding the demographic location of the new course, it is to be announced in the future where such a facility will be erected. Minister Norton nevertheless confirmed that the Government of Guyana will be in full support of the project, identifying as early as next year a possible start to the construction of the course. (Clifton Ross)last_img read more

DaimlerChrysler split a done deal

first_imgBuzz Hargrove, president of the Canadian Auto Workers union that represents about 11,000 Chrysler workers, said he had “enormous concerns.” Many private-equity groups have a long-standing history of “job cuts as opposed to job creation,” he said. The sale also raised questions of what car buyers should do, although one industry analyst said consumers had little to fear from the company that makes Jeeps, Chryslers and Dodges. Jeremy Anwyl, president of the Edmunds.com automotive Web site, said warranties and spare-parts rules must be honored by law. “From a consumer perspective, in the practical sense, there’s no real downside. I think consumers are pretty well protected,” he said. Consumers, he said, may benefit from the deal because Chrysler will have more money to invest in its products. Investors liked the news. DaimlerChrysler’s shares rose $2.12, or 2.6 percent, to close at $84.12. They have traded in a 52-week range of $45.98 to $84.90. Industry analysts said the likelihood that Cerberus would cut more jobs is low, but many predicted the company would be far tougher at the bargaining table when union talks with the Detroit Big Three automakers begin this summer. Gerald Meyers, a former chairman of American Motors Corp. who now teaches leadership at the University of Michigan, said Cerberus will need concessions from the UAW to turn a profit on its investment, something that may be difficult. “I think their hopes of negotiating with the UAW are at best speculative,” he said. “Ron Gettelfinger is a very tough and smart and well-educated negotiator. He knows he holds the keys to this kingdom. I think there are going to be some difficult days in this upcoming negotiation.” Cerberus and Chrysler, he said, likely will set the pattern for the other two Detroit automakers, Ford Motor Co. and General Motors Corp. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! DETROIT – Billy Boyd, a Chrysler worker for almost 34 years, is so skeptical about Monday’s sale announcement that he might not stick around much longer. Like many of Chrysler’s roughly 80,000 employees, Boyd, 51, a machine operator at the automaker’s Kenosha, Wis., engine plant, isn’t sure what to make of the unusual deal. Parent company DaimlerChrysler AG is paying as much as $650 million to walk away from Chrysler by turning over the keys to Cerberus Capital Management LP, a New York private equity firm. “It sounds good,” Boyd said before work Monday afternoon. “Are they buying us to help us out or to suck the blood? It’s kind of scary.” Boyd plans to speed up his retirement. At many Chrysler plants in Canada as well as the U.S., workers also worried about what it will cost them as word spread about the $7.4 billion sale. Many are fearful of private equity buyers; in the past, some of these buyers have sold off companies in pieces to make a fast buck. The skepticism remained even after Cerberus Chairman John Snow, a former U.S. Treasury secretary, tried to reassure workers that his company had faith in Chrysler management and would be with Chrysler for the long haul. And doubts persisted after Chrysler Group Chief Executive Tom LaSorda said no major plans are under discussion to cut jobs beyond the 13,000 announced in a February restructuring plan. The deal, which severs a stormy nine-year relationship between Chrysler and what was once Daimler-Benz AG, also renewed Chrysler workers’ fears about pensions, health insurance and life under the new owner. Daimler bought the company in 1998 for $36 billion in a merger intended to create the ultimate global automotive powerhouse. United Auto Workers President Ron Gettelfinger said Monday that after his pitch to keep Daimler and Chrysler together failed, it became clear that Cerberus was the best option for workers. “So once that decision’s been made, then you’ve got to deal with the cards that you’re dealt,” he said, adding that he did not think the sale would have an impact on upcoming national contract talks. last_img read more

POLAND/UKRAINE 2012: SHAY CAN PLAY ON AND ON, SAYS HAND

first_imgIRELAND finished the job at Lansdowne Road tonight to qualify for next year’s European Championships in Poland and the Ukraine – with a former manager saying Donegal’s Shay Given can play through to Brazil World Cup in 2014!Eoin Hand, the manager who gave another Donegal great Packie Bonner his debut, said the Lifford man is an evergreen player who can continue to represent Ireland beyond next year.Ireland drew 1-1 with Estonia in Dublin – winning the play-off 5-1 on aggregate. Stephen Ward fired home the opener in the first half after keeper Pavel Londak failed to hold on to a header from Kevin Doyle.Konstanin Vassailijev equalised with a long-range strike that Shay Given could only push into the net just before the hour.Ever the professional Shay – the world’s most capped goalie ever – was disappointed with conceding the goal.But it was quickly forgotten by everyone as the team celebrated qualification for their first major tournament in ten years. Said Eoin Hand: “There’s a lot of talk about some of the senior experienced players bowing out after the Euros but I think certainly that Shay may well be 34 but he can play on and on for Ireland, there’s no doubt about that.”Giovanni Trapattoni apologised for not winning the match – and wasn’t too bothered about conceding a goal.“I am delighted for the fans and for the players. It is a good night,” he said after the game.“We have a good squad now with many second options without changing the structures. This is very important.”Asked about staying on as manager, he added: “We will speak to the FAI about our future.” Former player Liam Brady said Ireland had a great defensive performance throughout the competition and said: “I feel guilty saying that two of the goals we did concede was down to Shay.”Gaoth Dobhair’s Aidan McGeady was a second half substitute tonight and showed some silky skills to boot.© 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law. Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailyPOLAND/UKRAINE 2012: SHAY CAN PLAY ON AND ON, SAYS HAND was last modified: November 15th, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:estoniaeuro 2012IrelandShay Givenlast_img read more