Aston Villa latest: Richards a doubt for Saints clash, Agbonlahor set to return

first_img Aston Villa captain Micah Richards Aston Villa could be without Micah Richards for their Premier League trip to Southampton this weekend.The former Manchester City defender has been one of the bright sparks in an otherwise dismal campaign for the Villains so far, but manager Remi Garde may have to make a change at the back against the Saints while Richards recovers from a knee problem.However, there was some good news for Garde, who is expecting Gabby Agbonlahor to feature for the first time since November 2.“Gabby has trained this week with the group,” Garde confirmed.“Micah hasn’t really trained too much this week.“Tiago Ilori is still not fully fit to be selected,” added Garde.“He is in a good way but he is not quite ready at the moment.” 1last_img


first_imgHe added that he, like everyone else present, did not have the answer to the question that everyone was asking – why?“You, her beloved family and deeply held friends, you her relations and her schoolmates, you know what she was and how she was, how she captured life in a lovely personality. But what you do not know is why did she have to die so young, why did she have to be taken from us in the prime of life? And I do not have the answer either. All I know that somewhere in the terrible pain of Tory’s death the crucified Christ is with us, that in the brokenness of this hour the broken body of Christ is revealed and that in the shattered empty feeling in our gut the dying Christ is present here and now.”He added that Tory had grown so much in recent years and was now looking forward to doing her Leaving Cert and deciding on a career.Be that a career in fashion or as a dentist, Tory, like so many others, had not made up her mind just yet.“Tory was entering her final year in Loreto Secondary School. Not that long ago a letter arrived in the post, addressed to her. She was to be a prefect this year. What joy she experience on opening that letter. What an amazing amount of thrill she got in sharing that joy with her parents and with Amy and with her friends. That letter was just reward for the hard work that Tory had put into her education.”Tory loved life, loved family, loved friends, loved living, the teary-eyed congregation heard.Fr Kelly than pleaded with them “Enrich her memory by living your life to the full potential, by telling those around how much you appreciate them and care for them.”For many t was simply too much.A young friend, who had written a special tribute to Tory, simply broke down half-way through and could not continue.Among the gifts brought to the altar was a recent picture of stunning Tory as well as a little teddy bear.And just as they had done as she entered her funeral mass, Tory’s heartbroken friends led her from St Eunan’s Cathedral.They guided the hearse down through Letterkenny’s Market Square as she had walked so many times on her lunch break-from Loreto Secondary School – this time to her final resting place at Conwal Graveyard with her friends all still asking the same question – why?FUNERAL HEARS TRAGIC TORY WAS “PACKED TO OVERFLOWING WITH KINDNESS, GOODNESS, WARMTH AND LOVELINESS” was last modified: July 20th, 2015 by StephenShare 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:donegalfuneraltory johnston A community united in grief yesterday to say a final farewell to schoolgirl Tory Johnston who was taken from them in the most tragic of circumstances.Tragic Tory Johnston.Gardai, doctors and her own family still do not know how 17 year old Tory died.The happy-go-lucky teenager collapsed after apparently suffering a seizure at Voodoo nightclub in Letterkenny in the early hours of Wednesday morning last.She died at Letterkenny General Hospital just after 6.30am despite valiant attempts by doctors to keep her alive.St Eunans Cathedral was thronged with hundreds of schoolchildren all searching for the answer to the same question – why?Tory, who had just been made a prefect at Loreto Secondary School, had everything to live for.She had no medical history and was in great spirits on the night she left her home in Grieve, Glebe for the last time on Tuesday last.Tears tripped down the cheeks of her school-friends who lined the route to the steps of St Eunans Cathedral in their familiar brown uniforms.Tory’s heartbroken family including mum Helen and only sister Amy wore purple ribbons in her memory while her dad Sammy proudly wore a purple tie.Fr Eamonn Kelly said Tory’s death had left the community shocked and stunned.He said her life had been captured in series of photographs – one more captivating than the next.“Life’s bitterness struck on a night of enjoyment, on a night out with friends. The harshness of life was struck into our people as sadly Tory’s young life was cut so short.“The photographs on the wall of Tory’s room are almost in competition for attention, each one capturing a moment of joy, an expression of life, a smile, a laugh, a time of fun with family and friends.“With fashion and outfits, trends and styles, Tory was full of life and splendour and goodness, full of the vigour of youth, the holding of beauty, packed to overflowing with kindness, goodness, warmth and loveliness. But you already know that,” he said. last_img read more

Bilic admits ‘energetic’ Chelsea deserved win

first_imgWest Ham’s summer signing André Ayew could be facing a spell on the sidelines after suffering an injury during their 2-1 defeat at Chelsea.Ayew went off in the first half at Stamford Bridge after appearing to sustain a thigh injury as he chased Chelsea’s Eden Hazard.He will undergo a scan in the next 24 hours.“We will have to wait for the scan to tell us how long he will be out,” said Hammers boss Slaven Bilic.The visitors looked set for a point after James Collins’ equaliser cancelled out Hazard’s penalty.But Diego Costa fired home an 89th-minute winner for the Blues – and Bilic admitted they deserved their win.“Of course when you concede so late in the first game it makes you disappointed,” he said.“It’s a big frustration for us because we were so close against a top side on their ground.“But they deserve it. Let’s be honest, apart from the first 15 minutes and when we equalised – in that middle period which was about 60 minutes – they were better than us.“They were more aggressive, winning second balls, and if you add on top of that players like Eden Hazard then you have to admit they were better than us.“Chelsea were very energetic and compact. I wasn’t happy with the way we played.”See also:Chelsea 2 West Ham 1 – as it happenedLate Costa goal gives Chelsea dramatic victoryChelsea v West Ham player ratingsConte plays down Fabregas’ omissionConte thanks fans after Chelsea winFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Why Kevin Durant leaving the Warriors excites Draymond Green

first_imgIn some ways, Draymond Green is pleased Kevin Durant left the Warriors for Brooklyn via free agency this summer.He’s happy for Durant, still a good friend, who got to exercise his right to decide where he wanted to play basketball. And, more oddly, Green is actually thrilled about the Warriors being an underdog again after a five-year stay as the NBA’s overwhelming favorites.Speaking with ESPN’s Rachel Nichols in a wide-ranging interview Wednesday, Green talked about how Durant’s decision …last_img

NBA: Cavs’ Irving irked being included in off-season George, Butler trade talks—report

first_imgTanduay keeps outright semis hopes alive, routs AMA for 4th straight Despite recently falling short against the Golden State Warriors in the 2017 NBA Finals, the 25-year-old Duke product was seemingly in good terms with the team and its management, particularly with superstar LeBron James.However, ESPN recently reported several reasons why Irving reportedly wanted to be shipped out of the franchise he has called his home for the past six seasons.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsHigh on the list was his supposed inclusion in potential trade talks involving this season’s prized free agents Jimmy Butler and Paul George.“What followed was a whirlwind, with the Cavs putting forth a series of trade packages looking to acquire either Butler or George,” the sports news outlet said. “Some of these talks included Irving, which upset him even more when he found out about it, sources said. Previously, [former Cleveland GM David] Griffin had worked to keep lines of communication with Irving open, but now Irving was in the dark.” Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet MOST READ Butler, of course, went on to join his former coach Tom Thibodeau in Minnesota, while Hayward elected to sign with Boston Celtics.ESPN’s trio of journalists—Ramona Shelburne, Dave McMenamin and Brian Windhorst—also suggested that Irving was fed up with playing second fiddle to the league’s premier superstar, James.They cited James’ tendency to play point guard and dominate the ball, leaving Irving’s ball handling and play-making skills underutilized.Despite his supposed unhappiness with his role, Irving averaged a career best of 25.9 points this season and led his team in total shot attempts.  Khristian Ibarrola /raADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelocenter_img Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Kyrie Irving #2 of the Cleveland Cavaliers  GREGORY SHAMUS/Getty Images/AFPNews of Kyrie Irving wanting out of the Cleveland Cavaliers organization has certainly caught NBA fans off guard over the weekend.READ: Cavs star Kyrie Irving reportedly requests tradeADVERTISEMENT FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ View comments Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Rustam-e-Hind looked out for India’s wrestlers

first_imgThursday was observed as a day of mourning at Delhi’s Chhatrasal Stadium to pay tribute to the man who brought the sport of wrestling to the centrestage.A father-figure to wrestlers, Singh regularly visited dangals and was an inspiration for the youngsters.”I can vividly recall my first meeting with him right after the 1972 Olympics. I was so impressed. The way he had maintained his body was inspiring for youngsters like us,” Satpal Singh, who won the gold medal at the 1982 Asian Games, reminisced.Dara Singh was ecstatic when Sushil Kumar won bronze at the Beijing Olympics and gold at the World Championship. “He told Sushil that he should perform the same way in London and return with a medal,” Satpal said.Dara learnt the sport in the mud dangals of his village. He then turned to professional wrestling, emerging as a force to be reckoned with in the 50s and 60s.The legend of Singh grew as he fought over 500 professional bouts, all undefeated, and competed against established international wrestlers such as King Kong (Australia) and John Desilva (New Zealand). In 1954, he won the title of Rustam-E-Hind.Mumbai-based wrestling coach Jagmal Singh, remembers how Dara always made time for bouts. “Whether it was Maharashtra Kesri or other important bouts, he would readily agree to be the chief guest.”He even agreed to be the referee in the Bharat Kesri championship when Changdi Ram won the title in 1968 and later when Satpal took home the crown in 1976. “We hope the boys return with a medal from the Olympics. It will be a fitting tribute to him,” Satpal said.advertisementlast_img read more