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McClean keen to turn the screw

first_img “We have had other games since then, so you can’t dwell on it too much. But this game has come around now, it’s Scotland that’s the next game and would be nice to put November’s game right. “If it’s a scrappy game and it takes an own goal in the last minute, then so be it.” McClean has been used as a substitute by O’Neill in recent games and announced his arrival in March’s 1-1 draw against the Poles with a crunching tackle. If it is his ability for get forward at pace and deliver balls into the box which is his major weapon, his physicality can also be an asset, and that is not something he will shy away from. He said with a smile: “I was just playing my normal game. I have got something like 13 bookings this season at club level, so I think that speaks for itself. “That’s my game, I’ll play my normal game. The way that the sport is going now, if you look at someone the wrong way, you get a yellow card. “It’s a team game, it’s not about yourself. If you have to cover back and pick up your man, then so be it. It helps the team and if you’re helping the team, it all goes towards a good result if everyone is doing their jobs.” Press Association Midfielder McClean said: “The pressure is on them as well – if they lose the game, we go ahead of them, so there’s pressure on both teams and make no mistake about it, we’ll be going out all guns blazing to try to get the win. “It’s like an international derby. Both teams don’t want to lose – both teams didn’t want to lose in November either, and that’s what made it a tight, scrappy affair. “But look, we know we need to win this game on Saturday, so hopefully we come flying out of the blocks and we take the game to them.” That November fixture in Glasgow saw the home side run out 1-0 winners courtesy of Shaun Maloney’s second-half strike on a night when Ireland failed to hit the heights. There is a collective acceptance that they will have to be significantly better this time around if they are to prosper, although McClean admits he does not care how they play as long as they get the victory they need. He said: “Prior to the Scotland game, we’d had a bright start to the group and we want to build on that come Saturday. “They beat us in November and we didn’t perform by any means in a tight, scrappy game. But look, if it’s a tight, scrappy game on Saturday, hopefully we can nick this one. “We are right in the group and we’ll take the game to Scotland. But whether it’s an exciting performance or it’s a dull performance, if we get three points, we’re not really bothered either way. The Scots, who head for Dublin on Saturday, are currently neck and neck with world champions Germany in pursuit of Group D leaders Poland in the race for a place in France. However, victory for Ireland at the Aviva Stadium would see Martin O’Neill’s men, who currently trail Scotland by two points, go above them, and that will provide the perfect motivation . James McClean has challenged his Republic of Ireland team-mates to pile the pressure on Scotland by leap-frogging them back into contention for Euro 2016 qualification. last_img read more

No. 1 Stanford outlasts USC in double overtime

first_imgIn a rematch of last year’s NCAA championship game, No. 1 Stanford defeated the No. 3 USC women’s water polo team at McDonald’s Swim Stadium in double overtime Saturday.With a final score of 9-8, the Cardinal (19-0, 4-0) broke the Women of Troy’s 23-game win streak at home after six intense periods of play.“Obviously I’m really disappointed and upset that we didn’t come out on top,” said senior driver Joelle Bekhazi. “We worked hard all the way to the end. It was kind of like a roller coaster ride and that’s what we need to fix in the future.”The Women of Troy (15-4, 3-2) started off the game strong, scoring four goals to Stanford’s one in the first period. Stanford came powering back, however, and the game was tied at six heading into the final quarter of regulation.Stanford scored two goals quickly to start off the fourth period, but the Women of Troy found a way to tie it up in the last two minutes, as junior driver Nadia Dan scored her third goal of the day and senior two-meter Kristen Dronberger added a last-minute goal to even the score at 7-7.“The biggest concern we had from them [Stanford] was their counterattack,” said USC coach Jovan Vavic. “They go fast, they anticipate, they get the ball in the hands of dangerous players. If you’re not prepared for that, that’s how they win games. In the first quarter, we did a good job of that, and in the fourth too. But not in the second or third.”The two teams continued to battle in overtime, until Stanford scored with 1:25 left. But then, with 57 seconds left, the Women of Troy tied the game up once more and forced a second overtime period.Stanford scored on its first possession of the second overtime, and though the Women of Troy had possession in the last few seconds of the game, their final shot missed and the Cardinal emerged victorious.“I’m disappointed that we did not win the game,” Vavic said. “There were lots of things that we did well, especially in the first quarter, but then we changed … We had an opportunity to win the game at the end and we missed it.”The Women of Troy were happy with their defensive play, despite the loss.“One thing that we have been working on is our 5 on 6 defense and we only let them score 2 out of 11 and that was a great positive that came out,” Bekhazi said. “[In the future] I think our fast break defense will not have any more mental breakdowns and we will not allow any more natural goals.”Regardless of the outcome, Vavic said he was pleased with the team’s attitude.“Overall I was very pleased with the energy,” he said. “Even when we did not play well, we were still playing with energy.”last_img read more

GPL warns against affixing posters on utility poles

first_imgThe Guyana Power and Light (GPL) has cautioned the general public that it is illegal and dangerous to place signage on the company’s utility poles.On Monday GPL asked the general public to desist from affixing signage to the company’s poles, adding that the practice is illegal and dangerous. According to the company, the practice is a safety and health hazard for both the company’s technicians (field staff) and private citizens.It added that according to Section 5.4 of GPL’s Standard Terms and Conditions (STC) for Electric Services, “Customers shall not place any structure that would interfere with the proper and safe operation of or access to the company’s facilities…”Additionally, private contractors and/or Government agencies executing infrastructural works within close proximity (approximately 20 feet) of GPL’s network are required to notify the company within 72 hours prior to commencing work, so that the actions deemed necessary to facilitate the safe execution of work can be determined and undertaken.“GPL will not be liable for any injury and/or loss that may result from the improper use of its poles or injury and/or loss that may result from unauthorised work within close proximity of its network,” the company warned.last_img read more

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