Press Association Manager Martin O’Neill has no immediate plans to call up a replacement as he prepares for the Group D clash in Glasgow and the friendly against the United States which follows it next Tuesday. Midfielder James McCarthy and defender Stephen Ward also sat out the session with the Everton man’s hamstring problem a concern, but Stoke counterpart Glenn Whelan was able to train just weeks after breaking a bone in his leg during last month’s 1-1 draw in Germany. Doyle, who is currently on loan at Crystal Palace from Wolves, was unable to train with his Ireland team-mates at Gannon Park in Malahide on Tuesday morning because of a groin injury, and is to return to his club for treatment. A Football Association of Ireland spokesman said: “The Football Association of Ireland today confirmed that Kevin Doyle has withdrawn from the Irish squad, and will return to his club for treatment on a groin injury.” Striker Kevin Doyle has withdrawn from the Republic of Ireland squad for the Euro 2016 qualifier against Scotland at Celtic Park on Friday.
The midfielder has been with the Stoke academy since he was seven and has been training with Mark Hughes’ first-team squad this season. He made his Potters debut in their 3-0 Capital One Cup win over Portsmouth in August. Press Association The 17-year-old told the club’s official site: “I’m really pleased to have signed a professional contract with Stoke City. I know it’s just the start and I’ve got a long way to go. “I’ve set my sights on playing in the first team for Stoke since the moment I joined the club as a seven-year-old and it’s a dream to have signed as a professional. “Every day in training I try to push myself harder and harder to improve. I’m training alongside really experienced players who keep telling me to keep going and I’m striving to make myself a better player.” Stoke have tied down teenage prospect Ollie Shenton to a long-term deal.
Last season’s runaway Supreme Novices’ Hurdle hero made a seamless transition to the larger obstacles with a foot-perfect display at Navan last month and will step up to Grade One level for the Racing Post Novice Chase on Boxing Day. The five-year-old is already towards the forefront of ante-posts lists for both the Arkle Trophy and the JLT Novices’ Chase at Cheltenham next March. “Vautour was very impressive at Navan. It’s always spectacular when horses stand off a long way at fences, but they need to be just as good in close and he was,” said Mullins. “In the Supreme it was like he went round on rails and I didn’t think he could keep it up, but he did. “He jumped hurdles nicely and seems to jump fences just as well.” Vautour is one of 13 horses in contention for the Racing Post Novice Chase following the latest forfeit stage, with Mullins also responsible for Fairyhouse winners Valseur Lido and Adriana Des Mottes. Other possible runners include Noel Meade’s Chancol, the Enda Bolger-trained Gilgamboa and Clarcam from Gordon Elliott’s yard. Willie Mullins believes Vautour’s jumping technique will stand him in good stead as he prepares to make his second appearance over fences at Leopardstown next week. Press Association
Press Association ” Both players will be available for selection for the Boxing Day fixture against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.” England Under-21 winger Ince was a summer signing from Blackpool but barely made an impression on Steve Bruce’s team, save for a goal in the Capital One Cup defeat to West Brom, before joining Forest on a temporary basis. But with Hatem Ben Arfa’s unsuccessful loan from Newcastle at an end, Ince will be given the opportunity to compete with the likes of Gaston Ramirez and Robbie Brady for first-team action. Figueroa rejoined his former club Wigan in October and, like Ince, made six appearances during his loan spell. The Honduras international has predominantly played at left-back in his Hull career but is likely to provide much-needed cover in the centre with Michael Dawson out for a month, Paul McShane out of favour and both Curtis Davies and Alex Bruce coming off with calf complaints in Saturday’s loss to Swansea. Winless in 10 league games, the Tigers have slipped to 19th place in the table with only Leicester keeping them off the bottom. And a statement on the club’s website announced: “Tom Ince and Maynor Figueroa have been recalled from their loan spells with Nottingham Forest and Wigan Athletic respectively. Premier League strugglers Hull have recalled Tom Ince and Maynor Figueroa from loan spells to bolster their options across the Christmas period.
France international Lloris was one of the stand-out performers for Spurs last season, who rallied to end the campaign in fifth place and so qualify again for the Europa League. However, with David de Gea appearing set to leave Manchester United, the 28-year-old Spurs skipper has been linked with a switch to Old Trafford. Press Association Vertonghen, though, believes Lloris is key to the development of Mauricio Pochettino’s squad. “He’s a great guy, great captain, great goalkeeper and a brilliant player for us,” said the Belgian, who is likely to come up against his Spurs team-mate in Sunday’s international friendly against Les Bleus. “He’s the captain, very important and this season he was one of our best players. “He’s been outstanding for us and if you want to continue growing as a club you have to keep your best players and Hugo is one of them. “I hope Tottenham can keep him. It will be a sign for everyone next year that we want to compete in the Premier League.” Vertonghen is confident Spurs, who reached the Capital One Cup final at Wembley, can push on again next season. He added on Sky Sports News HQ: “We ended the season well in the last two games and we didn’t expect to finish fifth. Hopefully we can continue to push for fourth. “We have got four big teams ahead of us at the moment, but we have to find a way to beat them.” Tottenham must not let goalkeeper Hugo Lloris leave White Hart Lane this summer if they are serious about breaking back into the top four, according to defender Jan Vertonghen.
Newcastle midfielder Sammy Ameobi has joined Cardiff on a season-long loan deal after signing a new two-year contract at St James’ Park, the Magpies have confirmed. Press Association “The 23-year-old winger has put pen-to-paper on a two-year deal at St. James’ Park, and will now spend the 2015/16 campaign in South Wales, turning out for the Bluebirds in the Championship.” Ameobi, the younger brother of former Magpies striker Shola, has made 67 senior appearances for the club, only 29 of them starts, and while he undoubtedly has talent, is yet to provide convincing evidence that he can hold down a regular first-team place on Tyneside. The former England Under-21 international had a spell on loan in the Championship at Middlesbrough during the 2012-13 campaign, making nine appearances and scoring one goal. The 23-year-old, who was out of contract at the end of last month, put pen to paper on a two-year deal before heading for South Wales. A club statement said: “Sammy Ameobi has joined Cardiff City on a season-long loan deal, after signing a new contract with Newcastle United.
Craig Ervine and Sikandar Raza each notched half-centuries as Zimbabwe emerged from a tight first one-day international against Ireland in Harare with victory by two wickets with only six balls remaining. Ireland’s innings started in unconvincing fashion as they slipped to 54 for three, but a fourth-wicket partnership of 83 between Wilson and Joyce saw them gain some momentum. Things fizzled out somewhat thereafter, though, with John Nyumbu (two for 35) and Masakadza (two for 45) impressing to leave Zimbabwe with a thoroughly achievable-looking target. The hosts subsequently made tough work of getting there as George Dockrell (two for 29) and Andy McBrine (two for 53) restricted their progress. But they made it in the end, thanks chiefly to the efforts of Ervine and Raza as Ireland were left to reflect on three dropped catches. Previous meetings between the two sides have tended to be closely-fought affairs and Ireland will be hoping to draw this three-match series level when they play each other again on Sunday. After the tourists were put in to bat on Friday, debutant left-arm spinner Wellington Masakadza helped restrict them to a tally of 219 for eight – to which Gary Wilson contributed 70 not out and Ed Joyce 53 – by taking the last couple of wickets. Zimbabwe then just squeezed home, Tinashe Panyangara (eight not out) striking a four in the 49th over to take them past their victory target. Raza also ended unbeaten at the crease on 60, the score Ervine had earlier posted before being ousted. Press Association
Riyad Mahrez had already scored twice – although his second should have been disallowed for offside – as the visitors remain unbeaten on the road. Salomon Rondon’s second goal in two games put the Baggies ahead but they missed the chance to record three successive wins for the first time since 2012. Rickie Lambert scored his first goal for Albion from the penalty spot late on but it could not rescue the hosts. Leicester were the better side throughout and Vardy sent the Baggies an early warning when he was inches away from the opening goal after eight minutes. The England striker lost Craig Dawson before turning Gareth McAuley only to hit the inside of the post and see the ball fly out. It was the only early chance during a tepid start where the Foxes made the running without making the crucial breakthrough. The one-dimensional Baggies had rarely looked like creating from open play with their only threat coming from Chris Brunt’s free kick which hit the wall. But they took the lead on 30 minutes when Leicester switched off from a corner and Danny Simpson allowed Rondon to edge ahead and glance in at the near post. It at least roused a subdued Hawthorns although the Foxes remained the more dangerous. Boaz Myhill saved from Leonardo Ulloa, making his first league start of the season as the rusty striker searched for his first goal since May. But they remained without an equaliser and were indebted to Simpson when he denied James McClean when the winger was ready to pounce two minutes after the break. The Foxes always looked likely to score, though, and they deservedly levelled on 57 minutes thanks to Mahrez’s seventh goal of the season. Marc Albrighton was given far too much time and space to put in a dangerous cross and Mahrez arrived to slot past Myhill from six yards. It was sloppy from Albion and they suffered again seven minutes later. Vardy had already gone close before Mahrez struck again when he combined with Albrighton to volley in from close range. It was again deserved but the winger was offside before he made contact and it got worse for Albion with 13 minutes left when Vardy continued his remarkable record. With West Brom pressing Danny Drinkwater split the Baggies for Vardy to outpace the floundering defence and rifle past Myhill. It set up a grandstand finish as Lambert made it 3-2 from the spot when Callum McManaman was felled by N’Golo Kante with five minutes left. McManaman curled wide and Kasper Schmeichel saved from Lambert in injury time as Leicester held on. TWEET OF THE MATCH “Vardy strikes for the 8th consecutive @premierleague game. Game’s gone mad!” – Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) reacts after Jamie Vardy’s goal against West Brom. RATINGS West Brom: Boaz Myhill: 6/10 Craig Dawson: 6 Gareth McAuley: 6 Jonny Evans: 6 Chris Brunt: 6 Darren Fletcher: 6 Claudio Yacob: 6 James McClean: 6 Saido Berahino: 6 Stephane Sessegnon: 6 Salomon Rondon: 7 Subs: Rickie Lambert: 6 James Morrison: 6 Callum McManaman: 7 Leicester: Kasper Schmeichel: 7 Danny Simpson: 7 Robert Huth: 6 Wes Morgan: 6 Jeff Schlupp: 6 Marc Albrighton: 7 N’Golo Kante: 6 Danny Drinkwater: 7 Riyad Mahrez: 8 Leonardo Ulloa: 6 Jamie Vardy: 7 Subs: Andy King: 6 Nathan Dyer: 6 Shinji Okazaki: 6 STAR MAN: Riyad Mahrez The winger changed the game inside seven minutes with clinical finishes – although he profited from poor defending and officiating. The Foxes were the more dangerous and in Mahrez they have someone who can change a game when they need him. He now has three goals in his last two games and his creativity and intelligence are things West Brom were crying out for. MOMENT OF THE MATCH: Leicester always looked the better side and they rubber stamped the victory – before surviving a few late scares – with Jamie Vardy’s goal. The striker outpaced the Albion defence and his ruthless finish showed he is at the top of his game. It made it 11 goals for the season in the Barclays Premier League and Vardy has now scored in eight straight games – just two matches away from equalling the league’s all-time record. VIEW FROM THE BENCH West Brom were searching for three straight wins for the first time since 2012 and boss Pulis will be unhappy they failed to build on a first-half lead. Albion were second best for much of the contest and they never looked comfortable even with the goal from Salomon Rondon. Claudio Ranieri would have been frustrated with his side, despite being the better team in the first half, but they showed their character and in Mahrez and Vardy he has match winners. MOAN OF THE MATCH: Tony Pulis will be rightfully angry about Mahrez’s second goal after replays showed the winger was offside before he scored. It will be a massive bone of contention with the game delicately poised at 1-1 before the Algerian struck. How the officials missed it will also be questioned with Mahrez clearly beyond the Baggies’ backline when Marc Albrighton crossed for him. WHO’S UP NEXT? Leicester v Watford (Premier League, Saturday November 7). Man Utd v West Brom (Premier League, Saturday November 7). Press Association Jamie Vardy continued his stunning form as Leicester edged past West Brom. The England striker has now scored in eight straight Barclays Premier League games as he sealed the Foxes’ 3-2 win at The Hawthorns. He is now just two games away from equalling Ruud van Nistelrooy’s all-time record set in 2003 and is the league’s top scorer with 11 goals in as many matches.
Police in Colorado are releasing the latest information on the school shooting that occurred Tuesday near Denver.An 18-year-old male student was killed, eight others were injured, and two suspects are in custody in the shooting at STEM School Highlands Ranch.Both suspects, 18-year-old Devon Erickson, and an unidentified 17-year-old female were students at the school, according to police.Several reports say the second suspect is a transgender who was in the process of transitioning from female to male.One of the suspects is expected to be in court, Wednesday afternoon.Police are currently investigating and conducting a search Erickson’s home and his car.Erickson nor his unidentified accomplice had previous criminal records or contact with the police as unlike Parkland, Florida, shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz, according to reports.An official motive for has not been established at this time police are reportedly unsure if bullying played a role.This story is developing.
Officials with the Broward Sheriff’s Office are investigating the apparent suicide last weekend of a teenager who was being held at the Main Jail.They say 17-year-old Sonny Rugani, of Coral Springs, had been cleared and released from a mental health hospital two and a half months ago.However, just before 4 a.m. last Sunday, a detention deputy who was doing a routine physical check of inmates, discovered that the teen had tried to hang himself. Deputies and the jail’s medical staff then provided medical assistance.Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue transported Rugani to a hospital, where he died Wednesday afternoon.Coral Springs police had arrested the teen on June 1 on grand theft and burglary charges, according to the sheriff’s office. As he was being arrested, he threatened to take his own life, and was then taken to University Hospital & Medical Center under the Baker Act, until he was released by medical staff on June 12. At that point, Rugani was taken to the Juvenile Assessment Center for processing.The sheriff’s office says he stayed at the Broward Juvenile Detention Center until he was adjudicated as an adult, and was taken to the Main Jail on June 25. Although he had been cleared by medical professionals two weeks earlier, the jail’s medical staff decided to place Rugani on suicide watch as a precaution.After two days, he was transferred to general population housing. Officials say that during his two-month stay at the jail, Rugani did not show suicidal tendencies, and took part in daily educational and juvenile Life Skills programs.The investigation is ongoing.