20 Nov

Covid: Ends of the earth love story that defied pandemic

first_imgA man is moving across the world to live with someone he hasn’t seen in nearly a decade.Rosanna Wilson and Andrew Monck first met in 2011, but have got in contact again during the pandemic.- Advertisement – Andrew lives in Australia, but after being granted an exemption to leave the country permanently, is travelling more than 9,300 miles (15,000km) to join Rosanna in Devon. – Advertisement –last_img

21 Sep

Roche tips Martin to challenge

first_img He added: “Dan is one of those riders who you don’t want to give too much time to. He’s the kind of rider on his day who can rise to the occasion. If he gets in a lucky break and gets five, 10 minutes up, it would be very hard to get them back.” Martin is likely to play a key mountain support role to Garmin-Sharp team-mate Ryder Hesjedal, the 2012 Giro d’Italia champion, but the Irishman is capable of seizing any opportunity. “Dan’s the kind of guy who will look for those lucky breaks,” Roche added. “He isn’t the kind of guy who would say, ‘The Tour’s not for me, it’s too big for me’. “I know deep down he’s thinking, ‘I can win this’. They will underestimate him a little bit, but at the same time, Dan’s the kind of guy that even if they do give him the recognition that he deserves, he can slip away. “He’s the kind of guy where you don’t see him and he’s gone. He can hide very well and can make himself forgotten easily. He’s one of these guys who is a joker for any big tour, capable of winning stages, sourcing the lucky break and gaining some time. “He’s very consistent. We saw that in the Tour of Spain two years ago (when Martin finished 13th). He’s getting stronger and stronger and definitely this year a top-10 contender.” Another Irishman, Nicolas Roche, faces a new experience at the Tour. The son of the 1987 winner is used to leading a team at the Tour and carrying the expectations, but this time around will be riding for two-time champion Alberto Contador in the Saxo Bank-Tinkoff team. Dan Martin is expected to be confirmed in the Garmin-Sharp Tour team this week and is being backed by 1987 champion Stephen Roche for a successful three weeks in France. There is a caveat to Roche’s comments: he is Martin’s uncle. But there is no doubt the 26-year-old is a prodigious talent, who earlier this year won fabled one-day race Liege-Bastogne-Liege. “Dan is capable of anything,” HotChillee ambassador Roche told Press Association Sport. “Dan’s capable of winning the Tour, more than capable of winning one, two, three stages, maybe.” All British eyes will be on Team Sky’s Chris Froome at the Tour de France, but a Birmingham-born Irishman is capable of upsetting the odds, according to one former winner.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

19 Sep

FC Cincinnati deal ‘deserving’ – Welshman

first_imgGOLDEN Jaguars forward Emery Welshman believes his signing with Futbol Club Cincinnati is one that was well-deserved, as he now shifts his attention to shining in the United Soccer League (USL).Emery WelshmanFutbol Club Cincinnati, one of the teams vying for a place in the USA’s Major League Soccer (MLS), last Wednesday announced the signing of Welshman, with the team’s head coach Alan Koch calling the 26-year-old Guyanese International a “player who has had a few setbacks with injury, but when at his best, he has the ability to play in MLS.”“He has not peaked yet and we look forward to working with him to help achieve mutual goals,” Koch said.Meanwhile, speaking exclusively to Chronicle Sport yesterday, Welshman added, “I’m very excited to be joining a top club. This is a step forward in my career. (I’m) looking forward to playing in front of some of the best fans in North America. I’m very blessed for this opportunity and will continue to work hard to reach my goals.”In 2016, while at Real Salt Lake, Welshman had two surgeries done to repair a hip flexor injury and after recovery, he moved to Real Monarchs, and then to North American Soccer League (NASL) side Puerto Rico FC.Welshman had a relatively successful stint at the Carmelo Anthony-owned Puerto Rico FC before being picked up by FC Cincinnati, but the Guyanese forward told Chronicle Sport that there’s no pressure heading to the ULS and playing for a team that’s looking to join the MLS.“I’m grateful for this opportunity yet I feel it’s well-deserved. I’ve worked very hard to overcome some obstacles in the past and I will continue to work hard to go even further in my football career,” the Golden Jaguars forward highlighted.Welshman added, “It’s going to be very important for me to do well with my club regardless of my international football status. Club and international football are very different, different coaching styles, different players etc.“What’s important is that I’m playing at a club with similar ambitions to my own. I now have to go out there every day and earn my spot on the team. After that everything else will fall into place.”A member of the Guyana National Team, Welshman collected six caps and scored three goals for Guyana, including two in a World Cup Qualifying match against St Vincent and the Grenadines.Welshman played with Puerto Rico FC last season, converting on five of 12 shots on target with all five goals coming from inside the box to go along with three assists. Welshman was named both to the NASL Team-of-the-Week and Team-of-the-Month twice on 2017.A member of Real Salt Lake in 2016, Welshman missed the season due to injury and was loaned for a short stint to USL side Real Monarchs, where he made three appearances. In 2015, Welshman logged a full season with the Monarchs and finished as the team’s second-leading scorer with six goals over 19 appearances.During their inaugural season, Welshman chipped in two assists and helped the club end the season with a five-match win streak.In 2014 Welshman played with Ligue 1 Ontario side Sigma FC in Canada’s third division and made his professional debut in 2013 after being selected as the 16th overall pick by Toronto FC in the MLS SuperDraft.last_img read more

26 Aug

Lakers’ D’Angelo Russell, Julius Randle fuel 111-95 win over Magic

first_imgLOS ANGELES >> Along the perimeter stood D’Angelo Russell, who has enticed the Lakers with a court-vision few others can see. On nearly every spot on the court stood Julius Randle, who has impressed the Lakers with his ability to do almost everything. Put two signature pieces of the Lakers’ young core together, and the team offered more than just a 111-95 victory over the Orlando Magic on Sunday at Staples Center. Both Russell and Randle offered more glimpses of their steady growth as the Lakers (15-26) won their second consecutive game in what marked the team’s third winning streak of the season. While Randle posted a near triple double with a team-leading 19 points on 6-of-12 shooting, nine rebounds and five assists, Russell blended his scoring and passing talents together to nearly produce his own triple double 17 points on 7-of-10 shooting, eight rebounds and seven assists. “We’re holding ourselves accountable,” Randle said. “We know it starts with us. Good or bad, we have to be leaders of the team. So we have to step up to the plate and make plays.” Russell and Randle always represented the Lakers’ long-term future. The Lakers selected Randle at No. 7 in the 2014 NBA draft because of his promising potential as a bruising playmaker. The Lakers drafted Russell at No. 2 in the 2015 NBA draft because of his promising potential as both a scorer and passer. But Russell and Randle did not always fulfill the description on how the Lakers wanted them to lead. Recently, Lakers coach Luke Walton instructed Russell to adopt a strict routine after failing to do so for the beginning of his NBA career. Walton has constantly told Randle about the need to stay consistent. Recently, Russell and Randle accepted that message. Walton noticed they have elevated their effort in practice. He has seen Russell work “multiple times a week” with Lakers strength and conditioning coach Tim DiFrancesco in the weight room. Walton has liked how Randle and Russell have held themselves accountable. “I try to stay on top of Julius as much as possible. He lets me know when I’m slacking,” Russell said. “I let him know. It causes us some confusion and butting heads. But we know what it is at the end of the day. It’s helping us both. It’s just growing up and keeping it real with each other.” Walton also often kept things real with Randle. Though he has posted three triple doubles and 10 double doubles this season, Randle has also shown inconsistency with his shooting, decision making and attention to detail. “I’m going to stay on him about it,” Walton said. “When he’s playing as well as he is right now, it’s probably more frustrating when he comes to the sideline and I say something to him.” Yet, Randle has often told Walton to push him, mindful that it has fueled his competitive motor. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “We know the team goes as we go,” Randle said. “It’s important for us every day, not just in games, but to bring it in practice as leaders of the team. We know it starts with us.” The Lakers featured other highlights. Ingram had a career-high 17 points while shooting 6-of-9 rom the field and 1-of-5 from 3-point range. Despite going 3-of-11 from the field, Lou Williams had 10 points by going 4-of-4 from the foul line. Luol Deng had 11 points, while Jordan Clarkson added nine points and a reverse one-handed dunk. The Lakers featured some lowlights. Lakers guard Nick Young posted only two points while going one-of-seven from the field and zero-of-four from the perimeter, marking the third consecutive game he has shot below 50 percent. Though the Lakers held the Magic to a 37.8 percent mark from the field, Orlando’s Nikola Vucevic (19), Serge Ibaka (19), Fournier (19) and Bismack Miyombo (10) posted in double figures. With Russell and Randle steering the Lakers’ ship, though, they navigated steady waters. “These guys are really hungry to win and take it seriously and are trying to find whatever it is to make them better and give them an edge,” Deng said. “It’s not an easy thing. But they’re sticking with it. I think it’ll keep getting better.” center_img “I just think I deal with adversity better,” Randle said. “As far as my mentality and preparation for the game and competitiveness and all that, that hasn’t changed. I’ve always been super competitive. It’s more how I deal with adversity.”The Lakers did not have much adversity to deal with against the Magic (16-23) mostly because of Russell and Randle.They both set the tone early as the Lakers produced a 40-34 first-quarter lead over Orlando, which both set a season-high for most points scored in a first quarter and rectified its sluggish first-quarter effort in which the Lakers trailed 30-14 in a previous loss to Orlando last month. Randle dominated inside and along the perimeter as he posted 11 points on 5-of-8 shooting and four rebounds in the first quarter. Russell opened the game appearing comfortable both with his shooting (six points on 2-of-3 shooting) and playmaking (two assists) in the first quarter. “We all know they have the talent to be realty good,” Walton said of Randle and Russell. “It’s the fact that they’ve really stepped up their professionalism as far the way they’re treating their bodies and approaching practice with every opportunity. It’s a direct result from that.” The two may have had a quiet second quarter in which Randle had two points without a field goal attempt and Russell went scoreless after taking one shot. But that only marked a hiccup.Russell opened the third quarter intent on helping the Lakers avoid another third quarter collapse. Russell set up center Timofey Mozgov for an open dunk, one of many sequences that captured his 15-point effort on 7-of-7 shooting and nine rebounds. Shortly after, Randle then found Russell open for a 3-pointer. “I don’t want to worry about my opponent,” Russell said. “I want them to worry about me. As of late, it’s been successful.” Once Randle and Russell entered the lineup as the Lakers held a 97-81 with 5:59 left in the game, the pair provided plenty to prevent the Magic from performing any tricks. After Randle made a pair of foul shots, Russell posted up rookie forward Brandon Ingram for a turnaround jumper that turned into a 3-point play. Randle then made a layup that gave the Lakers a 105-93 lad with 2:40 remaining. Though Russell committed a turnover on the next possession, Randle blocked Evan Fournier’s layup attempt. Russell then scored to create a 107-93 gap with 1:32 left.last_img read more