A young Kilmarnock fan is gearing up to walk around all 12 Scottish Premiership football grounds. Lochlan Murdoch, 10, will trek the equivalent of more than a marathon as he laps around the likes of Celtic Park and Ibrox – as well as Hampden Park and Cumnock’s Townhead Park. The young striker, who has type 1 diabetes, is raising money for the Kris Boyd Charity and Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). He said: “The fundraising idea I have had is to do a stadium marathon, which will cover two miles at 14 grounds. “I have type 1 diabetes and was diagnosed five-and-a-half years ago so this is why I really want to raise funds for JDRF Scotland. They do lots of work and research for people like me and hopefully one day they will find a cure for type 1. “Also in May 2018 I suffered a really bad leg break whilst playing football for Cumnock Juniors 2008s. I had to have an operation to fix it and was in a cast and then a leg brace for four months. “I … [Read more...] about Kilmarnock fan, 10, set for marathon challenge at Scottish Premiership stadiums
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Matt Taven is one of the most decorated Ring of Honor stars of all time, but heading into G1 Supercard, there's one prize he's yet to claim. He's won tag and television title gold but, despite his arguments to the contrary, he's never won the coveted ROH World Championship belt. A match against the title holder, Jay Lethal, at the company's 17th anniversary show earlier this month went a full hour and ended in a draw. Taven will have his chance again at ROH’s biggest ever show in front of thousands of wrestling fans at New York's fabled Madison Square Garden. In what is billed as one of the promotion's most exciting bouts of all time, Taven will take on his bitter rival Lethal, and Britain's own 'Villain' Marty Scurll in a ladder match, with the title suspended 20ft in the air above the ring. Already announced for the show is an open challenge for a New York Street Fight with Bully Ray, otherwise known as WWE's Bubba-Ray Dudley, and a first time international match pitting Dalton … [Read more...] about Matt Taven on how Ring of Honor has reacted to AEW challenge
Top female athletes have complained of being denied sufficient financial, medical and emotional support to recover from serious injuries, according to a wide-ranging investigation by Telegraph Sport. Several senior sportswomen - including footballers from Liverpool and Aston Villa, and a Wales rugby international - claimed that the lack of provision made for them at the time of their injuries led to them fearing for their futures. The situation is particularly extreme in football. Female players are already more at risk from anterior cruciate ligament knee injuries than their male counterparts, partly for physiological reasons, but also due to hormonal fluctuations. A recent US study showed women footballers to be eight to 10 times more likely to suffer the injury than men. Although the Football Association provides medical cover for the 26 centrally-contracted England players, Women's Super League Clubs are not obliged to provide medical insurance. In … [Read more...] about Revealed: Alarming lack of support after serious injury leaving female athletes in financial strife
It all started with a tweet from someone complaining about audiences who demand that bands play their favourite song. “At a show in Chicago in 1994,” they wrote, “Tracey Thorn told the song-request-shouters, ‘It’s our band and we’ll play what we like.’ The other 99.9 per cent of us cheered. And the annoying shouters clammed up.” Reading that made me laugh, and I replied saying how it had reminded me that even though I’d suffered from stage fright, I didn’t put up with any shit. That opened the floodgates, and I was treated to a stream of memories about how little shit I put up with. “Brussels Jazz Festival 1996. Disrespectful audience. Got them silent with your emphasis on ‘I want you to shut your mouth, that would be enough.’” “I remember an EBTG gig at Cambridge Corn Exchange when someone shouted ‘Smile, Tracey!’... you replied, ‘Say something funny … [Read more...] about ConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlight Like most singers, I used to get heckled at gigs – but if I’m honest, did I secretly enjoy it?
Leona O'Callaghan (37) endured a lengthy legal process before Patrick O'Dea (52) was jailed for 17 years last November for repeatedly sexually assaulting and raping her from when she was just 13-years-old. O'Dea, also known as 'Whacker', of Pike Avenue, Limerick, pleaded guilty on the second day of his trial to charges of sexual assault and rape on dates in 1994 and 1995. His 42 previous convictions include a single sexual assault on another girl aged under 10. He was sentenced to 15 years in prison for multiple rape and sexual assaults of a girl over a six-year period between 1998 and 2004. He continues to maintain his innocence of these charges. Ms O'Callaghan has bravely waived her right to anonymity and is calling for changes to the legal process of rape trials in Ireland, saying that she "barely made it through." She said that she has struggled for years after her abuse and has attempted to end her own life several times. The mother-of-two told Independent.ie it's a weight of her … [Read more...] about ‘The legal system breaks you, I want to change that’