September 24, 2020
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first_imgNorth Vernon, IN—Tuesday, in the early morning hours, deputies with the Jennings County Sheriff’s Office Special Response Team-Counter Drug Unit were investigating the whereabouts of Michael A. Thomas, a subject wanted out of Jackson County, Indiana for an arrest warrant for Battery.Thomas has a lengthy violent criminal history, including allegations of pistol-whipping a female acquaintance then holding her against her will as well as drug-related crimes. Deputies had received recent information that Thomas knew he was wanted and would attempt to evade deputies while making comments that he would not go back to prison. With the assistance of the Indiana National Guard/Counter Drug Unit Helicopter, Thomas was located in a home that alleges to have an illegal drug history along with the homeowner, Russell Cathey.Deputies arrived at the location and made contact with Cathey, as well as several other individuals. While on the scene, surveillance units advised the officers that a vehicle that was at the residence earlier was now back in the area, but quickly tried to leave the area upon seeing law enforcement presence. The deputies were able to stop this vehicle. Thomas was located in that vehicle where he was taken into custody without incident. The investigation revealed that as deputies arrived at the residence, Thomas fled into the woods and had been picked up by the vehicle which was later stopped by Jennings County deputies.As the investigation continued at the scene, Russell Cathey was found to be in possession of a baggie of Methamphetamine. Cathey was then placed under arrest. Cathy and Thomas were both transported to the Jennings County Jail. The investigation continues and more arrests are anticipated.last_img read more

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first_imgRelatedPosts EPL: Newcastle set to extend winning streak EPL: Newcastle hammer West Ham away EPL: West Ham, Newcastle in cagey duel Newcastle United vs. BrightonVenue: St James’ ParkKick off: 5:30PMBack in April, when Brighton & Hove Albion and Newcastle United played out an uninspiring 1-1 draw on the south coast in one of the final matches of last season, there was little real indication of the speed of upheaval that would follow in the summer at both clubs.Rafael Benitez and Chris Hughton, two respected coaches known for fashioning more than the sum of the parts from their squads, swiftly departed, with surprise replacements Graham Potter and Steve Bruce – two managers some would argue representing contrasting philosophies – subsequently installed.Saturday’s late kickoff at St James’ Park, then, comes with both sides still in a state of transition, making games like this potentially instructive in attempting to deduce how their long-term success might be impacted by those changes.There have been signs of hope on Tyneside and in Sussex, mainly sparked by a couple of excellent away wins that have suggested the luxury of midtable might not be beyond the reach of these sides.Albion went first, winning 3-0 at Watford in Potter’s first game in charge, suggesting a resounding endorsement of his preferred new style of persistent passing, bravery in possession and formational fluidity.Newcastle had an unsurprisingly bleak start to the season, repeating their form of previous years by losing both their first two matches before shocking Tottenham Hotspur at their own stadium to set in motion a sense of revival helped by a draw with Watford and having the temerity to take an early lead at Liverpool.Nevertheless, the Magpies have a solitary win in six matches at home, losing three times and still looking for their first victory – and first lead – of the season on their own turf.Like United with that Spurs result, Albion’s early upset remains their only win so far, although they held the lead at home to West Ham United and Burnley before conceding equalisers.Meanwhile, the Seagulls have one win in their last six on the road, although they picked up a point on trips to Wolverhampton Wanderers and Arsenal and were praised for their boldness by Pep Guardiola following a 4-0 defeat at Manchester City at the end of August.A textbook Albion performance produced a 1-0 win at St James’ Park in the early passages of last season, compounding Newcastle’s traditional lacklustre start to the campaign by scoring an early winner through midfielder Beram Kayal, who has since moved to Charlton Athletic.Newcastle are familiar with Brighton, having encountered these opponents several times over recent seasons, but will be wary of a record that stands at just two wins out of the last 12 meetings, winning on one of the last five times Brighton have visited.This match has been decided by a single goal on three of the last five occasions, with the other two resulting in draws. Newcastle possible XI: Dubravka, Krafth, Lascelles, Schar, Dummett, Willems, Almiron, Hayden, Longstaff, Atsu, Joelinton.Brighton possible XI: Ryan, Burn, Dunk, Webster, Duffy, Montoya, Gross, Propper, Stephens, March, Maupay.Tags: Brighton & Hove AlbionChris HughtonNewcastle UnitedRafael Benitezlast_img read more

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first_imgRelatedPosts Nigeria dying under Buhari’s jackboot, by Tunde Odesola Edo poll: APC supporters commend Buhari for providing level playing field Buhari holds closed-door meeting with Ghana’s President The Nigeria Football Federation has budgeted N7.5 billion for the total expenditure of the Federation in the year 2020. This was contained in a communique signed and made available after the Board’s meeting in Edo State on Tuesday. According to the communique, the Congress commended the NFF for a sterling financial performance in the year 2018, which saw unprecedented income from sponsors and others sources to complement Government support, in spite of the distractions and challenges. The sum of N7.5 billion is earmarked for total expenditure of the Federation for the year 2020. The Congress approved the 2018 Financial Statement and the 2020 Budget of the NFF, the former subject to any further adjustment by external auditors PricewaterhouseCoopers, and also approved that the Financial Statement shall be published in at least four national newspapers to ensure wider circulation to all stakeholders and further entrench the transparency mantra of the NFF. “In view of the toxic environment and the reputational damage that the spate of negative reports, half-truths, falsehood and insidious rumours are causing for the Nigerian Football ecosystem, Congress charged aggrieved stakeholders and other Members of the Football family to adopt more meaningful, fruitful and useful dispute resolution methods in the interest of the Nigerian game, by escalating their grievances to the Congress for amicable settlement,” the communique said. The General Assembly also agreed that the reports of the Statutes Amendment Committee and the Reforms Committee of the NFF be stepped down pending the assent of President Muhammadu Buhari to the NFF Bill, which has already been passed by both chambers of the National Assembly. After the presidential assent, the reports would then be harmonised with the new Bill, the Congress agreed. The Congress commended members of both committees for the work done so far. The Congress endorsed a proposal by the Executive Committee for a fresh, five-year contract for the NFF General Secretary, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi, with effect from January 1, 2020, while a four-year contract (the first year being probationary) was approved for the Deputy General Secretary, Dr. Emmanuel Ikpeme. The Assembly however charged the General Secretary to institute processes and methods to ensure a more efficient and effective NFF Secretariat. The Congress also charged the NFF Board and Secretariat to work assiduously to ensure the qualification of the Super Eagles for both the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations and the 2022 FIFA World Cup, and the other National Teams for their various African and global championships, while implementing robust and workable policies that will return Nigeria to the top table of youth football internationally.Tags: Muhammadu BuhariNFFSuper Eagleslast_img read more

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first_imgRelatedPosts COVID-19: NCAA to revoke erring airlines licence over non-compliance FRSC to Schools: We’ll arrest, prosecute drivers who flout COVID-19 rules Sanwo-Olu: We’re committed to fulfilling promises to Lagosians FIFA is getting ready to deal with complaints and appeals over wage cuts for players, an internal document seen by Reuters showed. According to the document, the world football body has now produced guidelines for clubs and football bodies looking to cut costs during the stoppage caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The issue of pay cuts for players has exploded as a major controversy in England while in other countries, such as Germany and Spain, players have accepted temporary reductions in earnings. With football halted across the globe, however, FIFA is aware that it may well have to deal with a series of different agreements and possible complaints. Its guidelines urge any cuts to be “proportionate”. FIFA’s Coronavirus working group met last week and agreed on a wide range of issues, summarised in the document. These included that player contracts due to run out in June should be extended to the end of any resumed season. The internal paper notes that such decisions will inevitably reflect national law and specific agreements in each country but says it is keen to avoid large discrepancies between similar leagues and clubs. It also urges clubs, leagues and players to reach “appropriate collective agreements”. The guiding principles behind such deals should be to “guarantee some form of salary payment to players and coaches, avoid litigation, protect contractual stability, and ensure clubs do not go bankrupt, while considering the financial impact of COVID-19 on clubs”. Crucially, the document states that unilateral decisions to change contracts “will only be recognised when they are otherwise deemed reasonable” by FIFA’s Dispute Resolutions Chamber or Players Status Committee. This is where clubs and employees cannot reach agreement and where “national law does not address the situation or collective agreements are not applicable”. “A reasonable” contractual change will take into account the economic situation of a club, the proportionality of any salary amendment and the net income of the employee after that amendment, FIFA noted in the document. FIFA will also take into account whether the decision applies to the entire squad or only specific employees, and whether the club attempted in good faith to reach a mutual agreement with its employees. The FIFA document summarising the working group’s views will be submitted to the Bureau of the FIFA Council for approval. A FIFA spokesman said it was not in a position to comment as a proposal was being made to the Council, and “we cannot pre-empt that decision”. The coronavirus working group is composed of representatives from across the game including the FIFA administration, confederations, national federations, the European Club Association, players union FIFPRO and the World Leagues Forum. The group also offered an alternative approach. This is in which “all agreements between clubs and employees should be ‘suspended’ during any suspension of competitions provided proper insurance coverage is maintained, and adequate alternative income support arrangements can be found for employees during the period in question.” The group agreed that transfer windows should be adjusted to reflect the changed dates of seasons, with priority given to teams finishing the current season with their existing squad. FIFA has also ruled that planned new restrictions on loan deals will not come into effect until the end of the current period of uncertainty surrounding the game due to the pandemic. Reuters/NAN.Tags: CoronavirusCOVID-19FIFApay cutlast_img read more

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first_img Press Association Elwood’s charges battled bravely on the restart with the wind at their backs, but the benefit of a strong replacements bench was vital for Glasgow as five points from the boot of another Lion Stuart Hogg, allied to Maitland’s 70th-minute effort, eased them over the line. On a windy night in the west of Ireland, Connacht were hoping to provide a winning send-off for departing head coach Eric Elwood with the match also marking the final outings for the province of Johnny O’Connor, Adrian Flavin and the Leinster-bound Mike McCarthy. However, a Ruaridh Jackson penalty was added by a Van der Merwe try as the visitors established a 10-3 half-time advantage with Dan Parks nailing a late penalty for Connacht. center_img Glasgow Warriors missed out on a home semi-final in the RaboDirect Pro12 but tries from DTH van der Merwe and British and Irish Lions call-up Sean Maitland did see the Scottish side advance to the play-offs on the back of a 20-3 victory over Connacht.last_img read more

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first_img Declaration Of War, always held in high regard by the Ballydoyle team, was a 15-2 chance to bounce back from a disappointing run when favourite for the Lockinge Stakes at Newbury last month and was always travelling strongly before sweeping through to beat Aljamaaheer by three-quarters of a length, with Gregorian third. The winning rider said: “I’m not really quite sure what happened in the Lockinge. Dad thought he wasn’t quite as fit as he’d hoped to have him. He said he had him 100% today and he was bang on. “I was going very well and I just went into the gap. It got a little bit tight, but he was going exceptionally well and quickened up well, but he idled when he got there. He’s a very good horse. We thought that at Newbury and we were a little bit disappointed, but we sorted a few things – all the lads in the yard have done a great job. It’s nice to start off on the front foot.” O’Brien senior added: “We are delighted. We thought the world of him last year. He just had an easy win first time at Leopardstown and then he went to the Lockinge. I left him unready and he wasn’t ready for the race at the time, but he has made great progress since and has come back to what we thought and hoped he would be. “He has a lot of speed, so Joseph waited as long as he could. He’s a big, powerful horse and when he asked him he put his head down and went through.” Declaration Of War swept to victory for the Aidan O’Brien team in the opening Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot. Joseph O’Brien had trouble finding a gap heading into the closing stages, but once in the clear the four-year-old stamped his class on the Group One race and surged to an emphatic victory. Hot favourite Animal Kingdom, the Dubai World Cup winner, was a major disappointment as he pulled hard and was one of the first horses beaten, weakening quickly to finish in arrears. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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first_img Press Association Chelsea playmaker Juan Mata has been advised to trust Jose Mourinho as the man who transformed Cristiano Ronaldo. Mourinho has spoken of a dislike of Chelsea’s recent playing style and the project of adapting it. With Oscar Mourinho’s preferred playmaking number 10, the left-footed Mata is tasked with a wide right role which necessitates tracking back in defence. Holland referred to Mata performing a similar role under Andre Villas-Boas in his first season at Chelsea following his signing from Valencia, before he was made the attacking lynch-pin under Roberto Di Matteo, a role he continued last term under Rafael Benitez. “Having to adapt – and Jose has used that phrase – is nothing particularly new here,” Holland added. “It’s another adaptation that is required. Juan has shown in his time here that he’s more than capable of doing that. And I’m sure that will be the case this time.” As part of the style overhaul, Mourinho must manage a host of attacking talent in three strikers – Fernando Torres, Samuel Eto’o and Demba Ba – and six attack-minded midfielders players – Mata, Oscar, Eden Hazard, Willian, Andre Schurrle and Kevin de Bruyne. When Mourinho brought Inter Milan to Stamford Bridge en route to winning the 2010 Champions League, Holland recalls an attacking quartet of Goran Pandev, Diego Milito, Eto’o and Wesley Sneijder who worked like “Trojans” defensively. More recently at Real Madrid, Mourinho had a wealth of attacking talent at his disposal, too. “The challenge, when the balance is loaded offensively like that, is that you don’t just play with the ball, you have to play without the ball as well,” Holland said. “That’s a challenge he (Mourinho) clearly managed to do (at Real Madrid), given the results that he had. “He’s quite clear in his mind, given the success he’s had, what is his recipe for success. I’m quite sure that can be achieved here as well.” Mata did not make mention of his limited role so far this season in his blog, which is through the Chelsea website, instead focusing on winning the Barclays Premier League and Capital One Cup this term, having so far won the Champions League, FA Cup and Europa League in his two seasons with the Blues. To win the League Cup, Chelsea must overcome Swindon at the County Ground in a challenge which is not to be underestimated, Holland says. Holland pointed to recent precedent – Bradford’s march to the final which included wins over Arsenal and Aston Villa, plus Liverpool’s loss to Oldham in the FA Cup – as reason enough for Chelsea to be wary in Wiltshire. “The warning signs are there,” said Holland, reflecting on Chelsea beating League One Brentford in the FA Cup by virtue of a replay. “If you think you’ve got a divine right just to turn up and win games, prepare to be surprised.” World Cup winner Mata is to feature as Chelsea travel to Swindon in the Capital One Cup third round on Tuesday night. Mourinho has told the Spain forward, who has made two starts this term after being near ever-present in his first two seasons at Chelsea, to prove his worth at the County Ground. And Steve Holland has backed the Portuguese to further improve Mata, who was not in the squad for Saturday’s defeat of Fulham and instead trained twice over the weekend. Mourinho’s assistant cited the example of Ronaldo, the world’s most expensive player on his move to Real Madrid who improved his game still further at the Bernabeu. “He (Mourinho) is always pushing, pushing the players to the maximum every day,” Holland said. “That’s evident not just in his teams, but in the individuals he’s worked with. “If you look Jose’s three-year period working with Ronaldo, he’s really evolved as an individual. He’s not just a talented dribbler and runner with the ball who can score goals. “He has become a top-level match-winner who wants to run in behind, make runs, threaten the goal. “I don’t think that just happens. That comes with pushing, even if it’s the best. “On a day-to-day basis he (Mourinho) will be pushing for signs of improvement, working to progress the individual but ultimately for the benefit of the team.” last_img read more

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first_img Press Association The 22-year-old Italian, signed on loan from Liverpool, struck with an 85th-minute pile-driver to secure just a second home league win for the Black Cats over their neighbours since 1980 and a first in the league this season. His intervention came as the Magpies looked for a winner of their own after Mathieu Debuchy had dragged them back into the game with a 57th-minute equaliser, his first goal for the club. Steven Fletcher had headed the home side in front with just five minutes gone as Gus Poyet’s men made light of their recent difficulties in his first home game at the helm in front of a crowd of 46,313. But their commendable efforts to deny Newcastle time and space dwindled as they rather ran out of steam and with Cheick Tiote and Yohan Cabaye finally starting to get to grips with the central midfield battle, it was the visitors who looked the more likely winners as time ran down. However, Borini thought otherwise and his timely intervention handed Poyet a derby victory in his second game in charge to match predecessor Paolo Di Canio’s achievement. It was a match Sunderland simply could not afford to lose for a variety of reasons and they went about their task with some relish. The absence of a recognised centre-half pairing for the Magpies – neither Fabricio Coloccini or Steven Taylor was able to plug the gap left by the suspended Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, placing the onus on specialist left-back Paul Dummett – gave the Black Cats an opportunity, and it was one they were to exploit within minutes. Poyet opted to pair Fletcher with summer signing Jozy Altidore and the pair caused Dummett and partner Mike Williamson all kinds of problems in a high-octane start by the home side. They needed just five minutes to force their way in front, and the goal came straight from the training ground. Adam Johnson played a corner short to Sebastian Larsson and then delivered the return pass to the far post for Fletcher to climb high above Dummett and head home. Fabio Borini wrote himself into Wearside folklore as he came off the bench to fire Sunderland to a 2-1 derby victory over Newcastle and lift them from the foot of the Barclays Premier League table. It was the perfect start to Poyet’s first game at the Stadium of Light and for 20 heady minutes or more, Sunderland dominated proceedings with Lee Cattermole leading the fight from central midfield and his team-mates following suit. Johnson repeatedly made ground down the left and delivered a series of telling crosses, Fletcher glancing a 14th-minute header wide from one of them three minutes before forcing Tim Krul into a save with a well-struck effort from distance. Magpies boss Alan Pardew, who had started as he did against Liverpool last week with Hatem Ben Arfa at the pinnacle of 4-2-3-1 formation, was forced to abandon Plan A with his team simply not competing, and with Loic Remy moved into an advanced position and Ben Arfa dropping deeper, Newcastle were far more effective. However, all their better attempts came from distance with Cabaye prompting Keiren Westwood to make his only real first-half save with a dipping 16th-minute free kick, but both he and Ben Arfa were significantly more wayward thereafter. Perhaps the Magpies’ most promising attack of the opening 45 minutes came eight minutes before the break when left-back Davide Santon picked out right-back Debuchy with an elegant pass and Larsson had to head his dangerous cross away with black and white shirts arriving in numbers. Pardew opted for further change at the break, sending on striker Papiss Cisse for midfielder Moussa Sissoko, but the Magpies were able to create little during the opening exchanges of the second half despite enjoying a wealth of possession. But they were back in it 12 minutes after the restart when Ben Arfa, who had been infuriatingly ineffective until that point, accepted Cabaye’s pass and drove a low cross across the face of goal for Debuchy to convert at the far post. Cabaye fired just wide after good work by Santon and Ben Arfa with 63 minutes gone with the visitors starting to turn the screw. However, Borini almost made his name on Wearside within seconds of his arrival as a 69th-minute replacement for Johnson, blasting a shot through Krul, only to see the Dutchman gratefully grab the ball at the second attempt. Santon drilled a skidding effort just wide with 14 minutes remaining and derby specialist Shola Ameobi, on as a 70th-minute replacement for Remy, went just as close two minutes later. But the decisive moment came at the other end five minutes from time when Borini ran on to Altidore’s lay-off and smashed an unstoppable shot past Krul to win it. last_img read more

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first_imgCheick Tiote has vowed to carry on shooting after being denied one of the best goals of his career by referee Mike Jones. “I was disappointed, but that’s football. The referee is the only one who can decide on the pitch.” Tiote’s big moment came with City leading 1-0 courtesy of Edin Dzeko’s eighth-minute strike as Newcastle responded to an early onslaught. The referee’s decision served to increase the intensity within the stadium, and it all became too much for Pardew, whose touchline spat with opposite number Manuel Pellegrini made for a series if unpalatable back-page headlines, while defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa was perhaps fortunate to escape with just a yellow card after a challenge which left Samir Nasri with a knee injury. On the field, the Magpies forced the visitors on to the back foot as their sense of injustice inspired a concerted quest for an equaliser with Yohan Cabaye and Loic Remy both forcing good saves from Hart. However, City took advantage of the space they left behind to mount a series of lightning counter-attacks and after Fernandinho had headed against the bar, Alvaro Negredo struck deep into injury time, albeit with the benefit of a fortuitous rebound, to wrap up the points. The Magpies have now lost their last four games, three of them in the league, and their hopes of mounting an assault on the top five have suffered a setback. But Tiote is confident they can take the positives into Saturday’s trip to relegation-threatened West Ham and get their season back on track. He said: “Everyone is happy with the performance because we played well. It’s not easy to play against teams like Manchester City because they are the top team in the league, but today, we played well. “We were compact as a team and we showed them we are a good side. We will just take the positives from the game and think about the next game on Saturday. “We just have to stay together because now we have lost too many games, but we are proud of how we played today and we need to continue like that. “We need to make sure we win the game on Saturday.” Mr Jones’ controversial intervention ruined Tiote’s day, but it will not prevent him from trying to replicate his strike during the weeks and months ahead. He said: “It gives me more confidence because I know I have got a hard shot, but sometimes it doesn’t go in the right direction. But today was the one in the right direction. “For me, I scored my second goal for Newcastle. The referee didn’t give the goal, but for me, it was a goal. I think it was one of the best goals (of my career) after Arsenal.” Tiote was aghast to discover his 34th-minute missile had been chalked off after Mr Jones ruled that team-mate Yoan Gouffran had interfered with Hart’s sight-line from an offside position, although television replays have suggested the official’s interpretation of the rules was harsh at best. There was no doubt in the mind of the Newcastle man as he raced off to share his joy with assistant manager John Carver, and he later revealed just why he had sought out Alan Pardew’s number two. Tiote said: “I was celebrating with JC because every game when I try to shoot, he tells me, ‘You will never score, you will never score’, so when I scored, I just thought about him. “I ran to the bench to tell him, ‘Today, I scored’ and that it was for him. “When I turned back, I saw the referee was in discussion with the assistant referee and after that, he made the decision. Press Association The 27-year-old Ivory Coast international has never been afraid to go for goal since his arrival at St James’ Park from FC Twente in August 2010, although often fails to trouble the target by some distance. However, during Sunday afternoon’s 2-0 Barclays Premier League defeat by Manchester City, he rekindled memories of his only other goal for the Magpies, a superb volley to snatch a 4-4 draw with Arsenal in February 2011, when he blasted an unstoppable shot past keeper Joe Hart to drag – or so he thought – his side back into the game. last_img read more

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first_img Leinster number eight Heaslip assumed the captaincy after talismanic lock Paul O’Connell was felled by a chest infection on Saturday night. Tries from wing Andrew Trimble and full-back Rob Kearney cemented victory in head coach Joe Schmidt’s first Six Nations clash. Stand-in skipper Jamie Heaslip shrugged off a disallowed try to claim the score that broke Scotland’s resistance in Ireland’s 28-6 RBS 6 Nations victory in Dublin. Unruffled Ireland refused to let Munster lock O’Connell’s absence shake them off their stride, dispatching Scotland in what ultimately became a routine victory. Ireland coped admirably without bullish ball-carriers O’Connell and flanker Sean O’Brien, with Chris Henry and Peter O’Mahony impressing. But Kiwi boss Schmidt will be at pains to warn Ireland just how much of a step up the visit of Wales will prove in round two on Saturday. After the gut-wrenching 24-22 last-gasp loss to New Zealand in November, Ireland were desperate to hit back to winning ways. Objective one complete, Schmidt will demand more when Warren Gatland and Wales roll into town next week. Scotland dominated territory and possession in a gritty first-half, only for Ireland to break that stranglehold in the final exchanges. Scott Johnson has been at pains to build an extra attacking dimension to his Scotland side. The visitors were prepared to whip the ball wide at every turn, but in doing so failed to find sufficient midfield incision. Impressive number eight David Denton powered close after a scrum deep in the Ireland 22, that followed the hosts failing to clear their lines on a number of occasions. After that Scotland were unable to threaten seriously again in the half, with Duncan Weir’s drop-goal fake not leading to any gain. Laidlaw struck the post with a penalty after five minutes, and later he punted to the corner when he should have shot at goal. Scotland lost the ensuing line-out, squandering any points at all in going for the ill-judged jugular of a try. Crucially the hosts kept defensive shape and discipline, admittedly escaping punishment when O’Driscoll was rushed into a blind pass from a set scrum move that gifted Scotland good field position. As time ticked down on the half, Sexton slinked through two Scotland tackles to race from danger zone to the other. The Racing Metro fly-half fired out a pass to captain Heaslip, who cantered down the left wing heading for the corner. The Leinster loose-forward touched down as he rolled the tackle, only for TMO Carlo Damasco to rule him in touch. Ireland sustained the pressure from two driven line-outs in the Scotland 22 though, claiming just reward for persistence when Trimble sneaked home in the right corner. Heaslip capped a water-tight driven line-out as Ireland wrestled control after the break, bundling over to blunt the Scots’ power. Dave Kearney was forced into touch in his own 22 after misreading Weir’s punt into the corner. Toner hit a ruck from the side after the line-out to gift Scotland a penalty, and Laidlaw delivered the points from the tee. Ireland then built tight phases for the first time in the match, Henry blasting in three times, with O’Mahony, Heaslip and Best all burrowing in too. Sexton’s wayward pass handed Scotland a scrum, but Ireland managed to turn it over. Luke Marshall found Dave Kearney with a dangerous wide pass, before Ireland won a penalty with Scotland killing the ball. Ireland punted to the corner, pushing for their second try. And skipper Heaslip delivered after a fine driven line-out, to make up for the score ruled out in the first half. The Leinster loose-forward’s ninth Ireland try in his 61st cap, converted by Sexton, put Ireland in control. Sexton, O’Driscoll and Dave Kearney produced a smart midfield combination that almost unlocked Scotland’s dogged defence. Sean Lamont strayed offside to hand Ireland a kickable penalty, and Sexton slotted his third goal of the day. Weir’s astute chip into the left corner forced Ireland into a pressure line-out five metres from their own line as Scotland battled for a foothold. Replacement Jack McGrath produced a fine turnover to set Ireland back on the front foot, only for Tim Swinson to steal an intercept. Ireland recovered the ascendancy though, with Sexton’s tactical kicking to the fore. And the hosts added their third try when Rob Kearney capped a neat break from Henry, for a score on his 50th cap. Sexton converted to stretch Ireland’s advantage to 22 points, before making way for Ulster’s Paddy Jackson. Schmidt emptied his bench with the match clearly won, with more than one eye on the fast-approaching visit of Wales to Dublin, on Saturday. Scotland’s replacements battled manfully to force some kind of consolation, but in truth the visitors were outclassed. Paddy Jackson’s chip almost put Dave Kearney in for a try at the death, but the TMO ruled it out. Press Associationlast_img read more

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