Michael O’Neill to seek Scotland and Republic tips on Germany and Poland

first_imgMichael O’Neill will seek help from his Scotland and Republic of Ireland counterparts ahead of Northern Ireland’s European Championship debut in France next summer. O’Neill’s side were placed in the same group as world champions Germany, Poland and Ukraine at the draw in Paris on Saturday. Both the Republic of Ireland and Scotland played Germany and Poland in qualifying for the tournament, and O’Neill revealed he has already spoken to Republic assistant boss Roy Keane. Republic manager Martin O’Neill and Scotland boss Gordon Strachan can also expect a call, with Michael O’Neill telling BBC Radio Live’s Sportsweek programme: ” I’ll certainly speak to both Martin and Gordon. “I’ve actually just had a quick chat with Roy Keane at breakfast and he was offering any help they can give us. “We know a fair bit about Poland anyway and we obviously know the threat of (Robert) Lewandowski. The Ukrainians are a bit more unknown to us but I think one of the real strong points of our preparation has always been our level of detail on the opposition.” Northern Ireland will become very familiar with Germany having also been drawn against Joachim Low’s side in qualification for the 2018 World Cup. O’Neill accepts they will have to upset the odds to make an impact in France, but they have already done so by topping their qualifying group. The Northern Ireland boss said: “They (Germany) were maybe the pot one team that I didn’t want but, having been drawn in it and got my head around it, I think it’s a fantastic game for us. “To get the opportunity to play the world champions in Paris in a major tournament is going to be a great occasion. And hopefully when we get to that stage, which is our third game, we’ll have a real prize at the end of that game. “On paper there’s perhaps easier groups but I also think when you get the world champions in your group, everyone will expect them to top the group, so in many ways it turns it into a mini group of three with ourselves, Ukraine and Poland. “I certainly believe we can be competitive in that company. I think we proved that in qualification and we have to believe we can get out of the group.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Trojan greats inducted to Hall of Fame

first_imgSeventeen Trojan greats selected to the 10th class of USC’s Athletic Hall of Fame will be inducted at the Galen Center on May 12.The inductees are Art Bartner, Lindsay Benko, Steve Bisheff, Tony Boselli, Clarence Davis, Barbara Hallquist, Barbara Hedges, Bob Hughes, Wayne Hughes, Bryan Ivie, Keyshawn Johnson, Randy Johnson, Jill McGill, Tina Thompson, Forrest Twogood, Quincy Watts and Adrian Young.Legend · Former USC receiver Keyshawn Johnson is one of 17 Trojans who will be honored May 12. Johnson was the Rose Bowl MVP in 1996. – Photo courtesy of Sports InformationThe honorees include 12 decorated athletes in nine different sports who have made their mark in USC athletics, the professional realm and the Olympics.Women’s tennis pioneer Hallquist was the first female player to receive an athletic scholarship from USC and went on to garner seven national collegiate championships.Swimmer and water polo standout Hughes was the first American athlete to compete in two different sports in the same Olympics since 1926 at the 1956 Melbourne Games.Wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson held the USC and conference record for pass receptions in a season (since broken by Robert Woods) at 102 and earned MVP honors in the 1995 Cotton Bowl and 1996 Rose Bowl.Lefty pitcher Randy Johnson won 16 games with USC, including a 5-0 finish in 1983. After his collegiate career, Johnson went on to capture five Cy Young awards in the MLB and MVP of the 2001 World Series.Thompson led the Women of Troy to three NCAA tournament appearances and was the first player drafted to the WNBA. The nine-time All-Star has won four WNBA titles and is the all-time scoring leader in league history.Watts, who took the NCAA 400-meter race in 1992, won two gold medals at the Barcelona Olympic Games in 1992. He currently holds the Olympic record for the 400-meter at 43.50 seconds.Other inductees include USC Trojan Marching Band director Bartner, sportswriter Bisheff, 18-year Trojan athletics administrator Hedges, ardent fan Hughes and the late Twogood, who coached USC men’s basketball to the Final Four in 1954.The Hall of Famers are selected by a 75-member panel comprised of media, USC alumni and athletic department supporters.Tickets for the induction dinner at the Galen Center can be obtained online at USCTrojans.com or by calling the USC Athletic Department.last_img read more

Beat writers predict LSU to blow out Syracuse

first_imgSam Blum (3-0): LSU 35 Syracuse 7Gold StandardSyracuse’s perfectly imperfect start to the season has a reality check with a blowout loss to Louisiana State. Syracuse’s defense will keep it close for the first half, but it will be Tigers fans drinking the Dome dry by game’s end.Jesse Dougherty (2-1): LSU 49, Syracuse 10MeowSyracuse scratches for a touchdown and field goal once LSU pumps the brakes, but it’s way too late. Leonard Fournette does a few Leonard Fournette things and, well, that’s a wrapMatt Schneidman (3-0): LSU 42, Syracuse 10UntamedA once-fifth-stringer now starting for Syracuse plus the best running back in the country playing for LSU equals nothing good for the Orange. Leonard Fournette will be relaxing on the sideline well before this game is over and the Tigers prove SU can’t take down a big boy just yet.Paul Schwedelson (3-0): LSU 42, Syracuse 3LS-PhewThe only successful thing that can come out of this game for Syracuse is that its remaining quarterbacks stay healthy, providing a silver lining to a game that will otherwise be out of control. Comments AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Published on September 26, 2015 at 11:12 am Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more