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first_imgCyrus Christie did not lose any sleep after being put on red alert by Republic of Ireland boss Martin O’Neill. Press Association “He told me (on Friday) before the game that I was going to be starting, so I had my game head on and I was ready and I went out there and I thought I did well. “I was lacking a bit of match fitness – I haven’t really played that much this season, so for me to step out on the pitch was great, and the team played well. “I’m a laid-back character – it doesn’t really bother me too much. I slept well, I slept as usual – I slept (on Friday) afternoon. I just prepared right and it paid off.” Part of that preparation was a testing warm-up with assistant manager Roy Keane on the pitch, with the former Manchester United and Ireland captain making sure that the Derby defender was sharp and ready to go. “Every time I come here, I like to get the ball and have someone rap it into me,” Christie said. “Roy loves to test you – he had me running round everywhere and testing my touch. “But it gets you ready for the game because he is going to rap it in harder than the lads are going to rap it in in the game, so it got me ready. He gets me warmed up and he got me in the zone ready to go out and play the game. “He just said go out there and do what I usually do, do what I have done in training, just get the ball, get at people, put the crosses in early and express myself – but first and foremost, obviously, defend and get the clean sheet because these games can always be tougher than the bigger opponents, so we had to go out there and we had to be mentally right. “But we have to follow it up now against Georgia.” Skipper Robbie Keane helped himself to a quickfire double at the start of the second half and substitute Shane Long added a fourth goal 10 minutes from time on a night when the Republic leapfrogged Scotland, who had earlier lost 1-0 in Georgia, into third place in the pool. However, their hopes of securing qualification – even via the play-offs – will only remain alive if they follow up their win in Portugal with another against the Georgians at the Aviva Stadium on Monday. center_img The 22-year-old full-back was told on Thursday he could start the Euro 2016 Group D qualifier against Gibraltar the following evening with Seamus Coleman struggling to shake off a tight hamstring, and he eventually got the nod to make his first competitive appearance shortly before kick-off at the Estadio Algarve in Faro. Christie, who opened the scoring with a 26th-minute shot – his first goal for his country – in the 4-0 win, said: “It was 50-50 (on Thursday). In training, the manager told me when Seamus said he was struggling, so he just told me to get right and I just prepared as usual as I would if I was starting a normal game. last_img read more

first_img Associated Press March 26, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Louisville says the father of junior wide receiver Corey Reed Jr. died Wednesday morning from coronavirus in an Atlanta hospital. Corey Reed Sr. was 43. Federation president Gabriele Gravina says “now that we are not playing soccer, to return to doing so we need to win together the most important match against coronavirus.”Italy has nearly 75,000 infections and more than 7,500 fatalities from the virus.___Real Madrid and Spanish sports authorities say the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium will be used to store donations of medical supplies to help combat the coronavirus outbreak.The soccer club says it will use the stadium to store private donations. They will then be distributed by government authorities to hospitals. The Latest: Father of Louisville wide receiver dies of virus Cardinals coach Scott Satterfield expressed “deepest condolences” to Reed and his family in a release and said the program is there to support them. Satterfield added, “This horrible virus has affected so many people, and it’s even more difficult when it touches someone in the UofL football family.”Reed caught eight passes for 145 yards in 13 games in 2017 and played in two contests the next season. He returned to Louisville this spring after transferring to Iowa Western Community College.___Rafael Nadal and Pau Gasol have launched a campaign to encourage donations in the hope of raising 11 million euros ($12.1 million) to help Spain fight the coronavirus.The tennis and basketball stars said in videos posted on social media that they are supporting a Red Cross fundraising effort to help with the public health crisis. The Olympic mixed relay qualifying race had already been relocated to Valencia from Chengdu, China, and was scheduled for May 1.A World Cup event in Valencia had been scheduled for the next day. It’s the seventh World Cup race to be postponed.The International Triathlon Union says it will try to find new dates for both.The university worlds were to be staged on June 27-28 in Kecskemet.___ The German Football League, which oversees the top two divisions, will decide how the money is distributed. The league has previously said it fears many clubs could face financial collapse if games can’t resume.Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge says “in these difficult times, it’s important that the stronger shoulders support the weaker shoulders.”___Paris Saint-Germain is selling a new jersey online with the profits going to local hospitals and nursing staff dealing with the coronavirus outbreak.The French champion’s jersey bears the emblem “Tous Unis” (All United) on the front.center_img The next race at risk is the French Grand Prix on May 17 at Le Mans.___The Turkish Boxing Federation says national team member Serhat Guler and trainer Seyfullah Dumlupinar tested positive for the coronavirus after returning from an Olympic qualifying competition in London.The federation says the boxing team went to a training camp in Sheffield on March 3 to prepare for the competition and traveled to London on March 11. All team members stayed at the same hotel and ate at the same cafeteria.The IOC is running the qualifying competitions for boxing because governing body AIBA has been suspended. A soccer exhibition between Mexico and Colombia on May 30 at Denver has been canceled because of the new coronavirus pandemic.Soccer United Marketing, the wing of Major League Soccer that was promoting the match, said Thursday the federations will attempt to reschedule the game before the World Cup in November 2022.___The Italian soccer federation has offered up its hotel and auditorium for people having their health monitored amid the coronavirus outbreak.The facilities outside Florence are normally used by Italy’s national soccer teams and also host high-level courses for coaches and sporting directors. Nadal and Gasol say they have made donations and urged others to follow their lead. Former Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas quickly said he would pitch in.Nadal says “I believe that we are who we are in large part thanks to your support and now we have to be there for you.”Spain has 56,188 infections and more than 4,000 fatalities from the virus.___Two major triathlons in Spain have been postponed and the world university triathlon championship in Hungary has been canceled because of the coronavirus outbreak. A total of 262,500 euros (about $288,000) will be raised if all 1,500 jerseys priced at 175 euros ($192) are sold.PSG president Nasser al-Khelaifi says “we can only be sensitive to and grateful for the astounding work” that medical staff on the front line have done against the virus.___The Spanish Grand Prix on the MotoGP circuit scheduled for May 3 has been postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak.It is the fifth MotoGP race to be canceled or postponed. Spain has 56,188 infections and more than 4,000 fatalities from the COVID-19 virus.Civic groups, businesses and individuals are donating much-needed masks and any material that can used to make protective gear for doctors and nurses.___Four German soccer clubs have pledged 20 million euros ($21.9 million) to support other teams struggling to stay afloat after games in the country were suspended because of the coronavirus outbreak.Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, Leipzig and Bayer Leverkusen will forgo 12.5 million euros ($13.7 million) in as-yet undistributed TV money and add another 7.5 million euros ($8.2 million) from their own funds. All four clubs played in the Champions League this season, giving them extra income. The Turkish team competed on March 15 and 16 and returned home on March 17 after the IOC halted the competition. All team members were quarantined on return.The federation says Guler and Dumlupinar are being treated in the hospital. Two other boxers who complained of high fever are awaiting the results of their tests.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more