Speaking to Independent.ie, BT Sport pundit O’Driscoll has backed Leo Cullen’s men to continue a glorious year for Irish rugby by lifting the Champions Cup, but he admits the opening exchanges of the final will be crucial in deciding the outcome. “The first 20 minutes of this game will be crucial and if Leinster can negate that Racing firepower in the opening exchanges, I think they will have too much in their armoury over the course of 80 minutes,” declares O’Driscoll, who won three Heineken Cups during his time in Leinster colours. “Racing are the underdogs and they will go into this game concerned about the power and variety Leinster bring to the table, but they will believe they have a chance if they can start really well, build up a lead and hope they have enough to hold on in the closing stages. “From a Leinster perspective, it feels like they are in the driving seat going into this game and on the basis of their eight performances in … [Read more...] about ‘There are no egos’
It has been a bad season for everyone with a Stoke City connection – but poor old Denis Smith also has connections with Sunderland and West Brom. The teak tough old defender must be wondering when exactly it was he walked under a ladder. It’s Stoke’s demise, of course, that really stings as he has watched on closely as a pundit and most of all, a supporter. He said: “It’s strange, a surreal feeling. I’ve been through relegation as a player and a manager but as a supporter it’s a totally different feeling because you haven’t had an input. “As a manager or player you can look at yourself and wonder what you could have done differently, as a fan all I’ve done is go along and support every week! It hurts a great deal. It’s like a punch in the stomach. “I don’t think the Coates family deserve this either. What they have done has been brilliant, not just for the football club but for the city. “The amount of … [Read more...] about There are battles ahead in this transfer window for Stoke City
Being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease is undoubtedly hard for the person suffering, but symptoms including memory loss, confusion and personality changes can also be incredibly difficult for their loved ones to cope with. Dame Barbara Windsor’s husband, Scott Mitchell, has revealed she sometimes forgets they are married, due to being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2014. “She suddenly has no recollection of our history,” he told The Sun. In light of this, HuffPost UK spoke to six people with loved ones affected by the illness, to find out how they’ve coped with the challenges it brings, plus what advice they have for those who have recently had a diagnosis in the family. [READ MORE: What is Alzheimer’s disease? Symptoms, diagnosis and treatment explained] 1. Try to stay positive Chris King’s mum was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2012 and at the time he didn’t realise “how much or how … [Read more...] about How To Cope When A Family Member Has Alzheimer’s Disease, From People Who’ve Been There
The presenter was back in studio this afternoon for RTE's coverage of the Ulster and Connacht provincial deciders and while Monaghan were put to the pin of their collar in seeing off reigning champions Donegal, the second game was a totally different spectacle. Mayo continued their dominance of Connacht and in truth the game was effectively over after just five minutes when early goals had Sligo with a mountain to climb. At half-time the score was 4-09 to 1-06 in Mayo's favour and the game lacked a real competitive bite, leading to Lyster to quip that despite his recent illness, he was livelier than the action on show at Dr Hyde Park. Read more: Popular presenter Michael Lyster makes welcome return to The Sunday Game "People are asking me if I'm feeling OK....there's more life in me than there is out on that pitch," he quipped. Lyster was rushed to hospital in June after suffering a heart attack following a day out playing golf in Portumna. Last month, Lyster revealed the … [Read more...] about Michael Lyster: There’s more life in me than there is out on that pitch!
YEREVAN. – There will be tangible results in the areas whereTsarukyan bloc is responsible for, deputy from Tsarukyan bloc, Gevork Petrosyan told Armenian News- NEWS.am on Friday. Asked about the portfolios in the new government which they are likely to get, he said he has no idea. According to the deputy, the bloc will prefer social affairs, healthcare and education. Earlier, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan told reporters that Tsarukyan bloc would definitely make a part of the government. Armenia News - NEWS.am ! This text available in Հայերեն and Русский Print … [Read more...] about Tsarukyan bloc: There will be tangible results in areas we are responsible for