Wayne Hennessey reveals friendship with Joe Hart

first_imgWayne Hennessey has revealed his friendship with and admiration of Joe Hart after Wales were drawn to face England at Euro 2016. “I can’t wait but for every game I represent my country it is an honour,” said Hennessey, 28. “It makes my family proud too. “Wales have got some fantastic players and a lot of us are playing in the Premier League every week. “It is a tough game. They have fantastic players and a good manager. We will concentrate on ourselves and try to win. “They are blessed with goalkeepers, I’m very close to Joe Hart, he’s England’s number one and has been fantastic. “Joe’s a fantastic keeper, some of the saves he’s made over the years have been outstanding. “I have known Joe for a while because when I was at Wolves I used to live in Shrewsbury. His family used to live not far from me. I played against him numerous times and we kind of stayed together. “I probably won’t text him now but we will see when I do.” Hennessey on Saturday produced two exceptional saves, first from Steven Davis’ close-range header at 0-0, and then particularly impressively in the final minutes from Shane Long when the forward was through on goal, and he said: “I saved (Long’s shot) with my right leg. It was a big save at a crucial time. I haven’t done one for a while – I think I did one for Wales against Belgium. “Our centre-backs are underrated. I wouldn’t be surprised if Scott Dann gets an England call-up and I hope he does.” Saturday’s result means Southampton have lost four of their past five games, but captain Jose Fonte, who played for Palace until 2010, believes their coming home fixtures against Tottenham, and former manager Mauricio Pochettino, and Arsenal present the opportunity for them to end their poor run “We have two home games coming up and we back ourselves against anyone at St Mary’s,” he said. “Yes, we’ve been going through a sticky patch, but those are the games that could bring out the best in us because the desire and fighting spirit are there. We have shown we can compete against anyone and we are not scared of anyone. “Mauricio is doing a great job there, slowly he is leaving his stamp on the team and we expect a tough game. People talk of Tottenham as possible title contenders, but we need points now and it will be a big challenge. “I see how much they press, how much they run, how much they are willing to put their opponents under pressure and it looks familiar.” The Crystal Palace goalkeeper, who in Saturday’s 1-0 Premier League defeat of Southampton again impressed to demonstrate why club manager Alan Pardew has promoted him to his first team, is among his country’s key players. He will be expected to start each of their Group B fixtures against England, Russia and Slovakia, in the same way that Hart is likely to feature throughout for England, and said that when they face each other again next summer it will represent the resumption of a long-term, friendly rivalry, but that he will resist the temptation to contact him. Press Associationlast_img read more

Gallery: No. 6 Syracuse men’s lacrosse blows out Siena 19-6 in season opener

first_img Published on February 11, 2017 at 11:07 pm Contact Evan: ecjenkin@syr.edu No. 6 Syracuse (1-0) blew out Siena (0-1) 19-6 Saturday afternoon in the Carrier Dome. Nate Solomon and Brendan Bomberry scored four goals each, and Jordan Evans, Nick Mariana and Stephen Rehfuss added three apiece as SU coasted to the win. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img

Gilas fate hangs on future pro stars

first_imgAnother vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Coach Chot Reyes will take with him a very young team that will be the face of Team Philippines in the future.Members of the Gilas Cadet program, a hardy bunch of professional rookies now enjoying the good life, will don the country’s tri-colors in the multination event that the Philippines will try to win for the sixth time.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 starsRR Pogoy, Jio Jalalon and Matthew Wright will play their second straight international tournament together with amateur stars Kiefer Ravena, Fil-German Christian Standhardinger and Kobe Paras.The trio first played with PBA superstars in the Southeast Asia Basketball Association tournament that Gilas ruled with ease two months ago. LATEST STORIES Guevarra, Aguilar eye PPS tennis repeat in Naga MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View comments China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Riveracenter_img The Jones Cup will be the first full event of Paras, the high-leaping son of PBA legend Benjie seen by many as one who could dominate the pro league in the future.“Kiefer, Kobe and Christian will have no problems adjusting to the PBA [brand of play],” Reyes told the Inquirer on Thursday via text message.Gilas will be using the Jones Cup to get the momentum it needs for two more events before playing in the World Cup Qualifying proper starting November.The Filipinos, with import Mike Myers, open up against a club team from Canada at 3 p.m. on Saturday, the first of their nine straight games.They wind up against Iran on July 23—the likely title match.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ The first step to the World Cup in China will be taken Friday when Gilas Pilipinas 5.0 flies out to Chinese Taipei for the 39th edition of the Jones Cup Invitational.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Last year, with an import-laden team led by NBA veteran Al Thornton, the Philippines won the Jones Cup via a sweep.Gilas last won the event in 2013, when Reyes became the first Filipino coach to triumph.Reyes will fly to Taipei from the US where he attended to some business matters.Mac Belo, Carl Bryan Cruz, Ed Daquioag, Kevin Ferrer, Fonzo Gotladera, Raymar Jose, Bobby Ray Parks, Von Pessumal, Mike Tolomia and Almond Vosotros are the other members of the team.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend 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 El Nido residents told to vacate beach homeslast_img read more

John Abraham talks films and fitness

first_imgJohn Abraham looked dapper in casual black as he arrived in town for a short stop recently, to launch a high-end Toni&Guy salon in South Ex. The Bollywood hunk was a bit under the weather, having “got the sniffles”, but that did not stop him from patiently obliging every selfie-obsessed fan, every mediaperson looking for a byte, and every shutterbug who wanted that solo shot. For a star who is often regarded as a style icon, John surprises you by saying he invests “very little time” in trying to be stylish.”For me it is fitness that counts. I actually have so limited clothes you could pack it all in one suitcase. How much does a man need, anyway?” he asked.You spot a certain spirit about him. Maybe his hush-hush marriage to investment banker Priya Runchal a while ago has worked the magic. Prod him if marriage has changed him in any way, and he is not very open about chatting on the subject.John Abraham, who is often regarded as a style icon, says it’s fitness first for him. Photo: Ramesh Sharma”I have always been a private person. I don’t think I need to answer about my personal space to anyone,” he said, when you tell him fans, especially legions of his female admirers, were pleasantly shocked by the marriage. He has been in the industry for a decade now, and he proudly looks back at the years. He is happy that he has moved on from those early days when he was labelled just another handsome model trying to be a Bollywood star, to the present when his ambit also includes co-owning a hockey franchise, a football franchise and a film production house.”When I came into the film industry, I had decided I would position myself as someone who loves everything that he does. My choice of films has reflected this, and my love for sports has inspired me to own the teams. I feel it has all been a natural progression for me. People who criticised me in my early years have all retired now, but I am still around. I take criticism positively and with grace.advertisementPerhaps that explains why I managed to survive,” he declared. He is super-excited about his football team, Northeast United, which will play the soon-to-belaunched Indian Super League (ISL). “Unlike the other teams, ours is not cityspecific. It is about the entire North-east, so it unites the entire region,” he pointed out.last_img read more