Wednesday 26 September 2018

Remarkable feat from McConnell

Pascal McConnell. Picture: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
Pascal McConnell. Picture: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE

TYRONE goalkeeper Pascal McConnell has retired from the intercounty game with three All-Ireland SFC medals and four Ulster senior titles to his credit.

Teddy Sheringham was 93 days short of turning 41 when he played his last Premier League match. In the modern soccer game, two players stand out. Former Argentina defender Javier Zanetti, who was 40 in August, came back from injury to play for Inter Milan earlier this month.

And on Friday, Ryan Giggs will be 40 and hoping to celebrate with a good performance for Manchester United against Spurs on Sunday. And let's not forget Stanley Matthews who played on till he was 50, and then complained that he'd retired too early ...

Or what about former Westmeath dual star Larry Giles who rattled in two goals for Raharney in winning the Westmeath Intermediate Cup Hurling final on Saturday? Larry is 47.

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WHERE there's a hit, there's a writ. Or so the saying goes in the music business. In August, the American National Football League (NFL) paid out €564.5 million in settlement compensation over an action brought by thousands of former players over concussion-related injuries. Now, in a similar action, a group of former National Hockey League (NHL) players is suing for damages. Alleging the NHL "ignored the dangers of concussion", the players' case is being taken seriously. It's believed that the case is being monitored by interested parties in other sports.

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WHEN Renee Anne Shirley, a former director of the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (Jadco), revealed last month that Jamaican athletes weren't properly tested in the five months prior to the London Olympics, she was branded "demented" and "a Judas".

But now, following a visit from World Anti-Doping Agency officials, the entire board of the Jadco, including its chairman, have agreed to step down on December 31. This year, six Jamaican athletes have been banned for positive drug tests.

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WHILE Jon Bon Jovi says he's interested in owning an NFL team, he denies being part of one of several groups of business powerbrokers considering a takeover of the Buffalo Bills. The franchise is owned by Ralph Wilson who is 95. Bon Jovi's publicist has stated that his client has "a day job that's doing very well". The cost of buying the Bills, together with building a new stadium, would be around $2 billion. Bon Jovi is said to be worth $300 million so if he was part of a consortium, he'd be a junior partner.

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