first_img The 25-year-old club captain has committed to Thomond Park until June 2018, in a clear boost to the Irish province and Ireland boss Joe Schmidt. Toulouse and a host of French Top 14 clubs were understood to have monitored O’Mahony’s situation, but the talismanic back-rower has opted instead to stick to his roots. O’Mahony’s new deal to stay with his home province is also a decisive strike from Munster, who had been left reeling after losing promising fly-half JJ Hanrahan to Northampton Saints for next season. Leinster stars Jamie Heaslip and Sean O’Brien rejected the lures of Toulon last season, with Munster scrum-half Conor Murray also turning his back on French interest. British and Irish Lions fly-half Johnny Sexton will return to Leinster from Racing Metro this summer – and now O’Mahony’s new deal effectively secures all Ireland’s frontline talent on home soil ahead of the World Cup. Sexton’s return has already bolstered head coach Joe Schmidt’s preparations for the autumn World Cup in England and confirmation of O’Mahony’s new deal is another shot in the arm. Title-holders Ireland host England at the Aviva Stadium on March 1 in a potential RBS 6 Nations decider, with both teams unbeaten and Schmidt’s side chasing a record-equalling 10th consecutive victory. O’Mahony has developed into a mainstay for both Munster and Ireland, cementing himself as the front-runner as the Test team’s next captain as and when Paul O’Connell should retire. The 27-cap flanker is regarded as one of the country’s most important stars by Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) bosses. “Peter’s performances for Ireland over the past few seasons have been exceptional,” said IRFU performance director David Nucifora. “The esteem in which he is held by Irish rugby is reflected in the fact that at the age of just 25 he has already captained his country and province. “Leadership is just one of the many qualities he brings to Munster and Ireland and we are delighted that he has committed to Irish Rugby.” Munster have been struck by criticism in the past for failing to push enough top talent through their academy system, but view O’Mahony as the jewel in the home-grown crown. Academy graduate fly-half Hanrahan shocked the province by spurning a new deal earlier this year to join Northampton for next term, but O’Mahony’s continued presence offers vital stability. “We are delighted that Peter has signed an IRFU contract which sees him remain with Munster up to the end of the 2018 season,” said Munster chief executive Garrett Fitzgerald. “Peter, a product of our academy system, is hugely competitive and highly ambitious. He leads by example on and off the field and is a perfect role model for all aspiring young players.” O’Mahony said the privilege of leading his home club proved central to his decision to sign his new deal. “Munster is my home province, the team I’ve grown up supporting and am honoured to both represent and captain,” said O’Mahony. “I look forward to working hard with my team mates, coaching staff and management to achieve continued success for both Munster and Ireland in the years ahead.” Flanker Peter O’Mahony is the latest Ireland star to reject a move to France after signing a new three-year contract with Munster. Press Associationlast_img read more

first_img LIVE TV Written By WATCH US LIVE COMMENT First Published: 28th August, 2020 12:19 IST Associated Press Television News center_img SUBSCRIBE TO US Last Updated: 28th August, 2020 12:19 IST Coaching Pals Zimmer, Patterson Share Diverse Views On Vikes Mike Zimmer and Andre Patterson have worked together for four different teams, a football friendship first struck 32 years ago and renewed in 2014 with Zimmer’s inclusion of Patterson on his staff with the Minnesota Vikings FOLLOW US Mike Zimmer and Andre Patterson have worked together for four different teams, a football friendship first struck 32 years ago and renewed in 2014 with Zimmer’s inclusion of Patterson on his staff with the Minnesota Vikings.There they were at team headquarters on Thursday, as players held a deep discussion about race, justice and humanity and their roles in societal betterment, when Zimmer was startled by Patterson’s revelation of a frightening chapter from his past.“This is the first time I’ve heard it,” Zimmer said. “Andre told me he’d been pulled over three times and had guns pulled on him. He wasn’t doing anything. He wasn’t speeding. His blinker wasn’t wrong. He wasn’t changing lanes, they let him go each time. That’s not right.”One of the players, whom Zimmer did not identify, also shared a similar story.“That kind of opens your eyes about some things that you don’t know about, because you haven’t lived it,” Zimmer said, joined by Patterson on a video conference call with reporters after the Vikings ultimately practiced as scheduled in the afternoon following an emotional two-hour meeting initiated by the players that eventually included the coaches.Nine NFL teams chose not to practice , the NBA and NHL paused their playoff schedule and seven Major League Baseball games were postponed on a powerful, unprecedented day in sports as part of the ongoing response to the police shooting four days earlier of Jacob Blake, a Black man in Kenosha, Wisconsin.The teams that did take the field did not do so lightly. The Vikings spent collective time processing their feelings, sharing their perspectives and planning for action in the name of social justice.“We want to make change, and us missing practice one day is a 24-hour shock value,” Zimmer said, “and we feel like we can do more things with our football team and with our voices as we continue to move forward.”The organization created a social justice committee for that three years ago, which includes Patterson and more than a half-dozen players including Eric Kendricks, the reserved-by-nature sixth-year linebacker who was an All-Pro last season and has become increasingly outspoken on these issues. The May 25 death of George Floyd, a Black man in Minneapolis police custody, accelerated and intensified the conversations among the Vikings.“I feel like there’s a lot of optimism, optimism in the sense that we are starting to realize as athletes, as teammates, the kind of impact we have, and whether it’s as a team or individually, what direction we’re willing to take things and fight for. Fight for what’s right,” said Kendricks, who appeared on a separate Zoom session wearing a T-shirt calling for the arrest of the police who fatally shot Breonna Taylor, a Black woman in Louisville, Kentucky.Kendricks is Black, from Fresno, California. Quarterback Kirk Cousins is white, from Holland, Michigan. They’re the epitome of the diverse upbringings found on an NFL team.“I think that’s most of what the last few months has been about: being a good listener, being a good question-asker,” Cousins said. “I don’t know of a more constructive way to build a team and a locker room and team chemistry than the time we spent this morning and the conversation we had. I think there was tremendous value in it.”For Zimmer and Patterson, too.“The young people of today are a little bit more aware and evolved than maybe I was at that time in my 20s, you know, or my teens. They’re more eager to get out there and let their voices be heard and try to get their hands dirty to try to make change happen. Those are the things that give me a positive frame of mind, because I see them being different,” Patterson said. “But I also think we have to be able to share our experiences with them so they understand, yeah, these things are bad, yeah they should never happen, but the bottom line is you have to find a way to keep going on and keep living life, because the world isn’t going to stop for any of us.”Zimmer and Patterson are both in their 60s, expert teachers of defense who first met at Weber State in Utah in 1988. They were at Washington State and with the Dallas Cowboys after that. When Zimmer got his first chance to be a head coach with the Vikings, he wanted Patterson to be his defensive line coach. This year, he promoted him to co-defensive coordinator.Were it not for football, they never would have met. Zimmer is white, raised in Lockport, Illinois. Patterson is Black, from Richmond, California.“We’re best of friends off the field. We’re best of friends in the locker room,” Zimmer said, “and I feel like our team really represents a lot of myself and Andre, the fact that we all come from different areas, and we’re all trying to get along with one another and respect each other and treat people right and come together as a football team.”Said Patterson: “I would take a bullet for Zim. There’s no ifs, ands or buts about it. That’s how close he is to me. That’s how much I care about him.”Said Zimmer: “We’re not going to let you take a bullet.”Image credits: AP last_img read more

first_img StumbleUpon Related Articles Industry charity GambleAware has backed the publication of the UKGC sanctioned ‘Gambling, children and young people: A case for action’, a study undertaken by the Responsible Gambling Strategy Board (RGSB).The RGSB study informs the UKGC and further government stakeholders on the UK’s ‘young persons’ (under the age 18) gambling trends, exposure and personal safety.The RGSB releases its findings on child gambling, as GambleAware prepares to launch its UK-wide safer gambling campaign, seeking to raise awareness of problem gambling as a health issue and broaden public understanding of gambling harms.Tackling problem gambling amongst UK youngsters, the RGSB details ‘that around 0.9 per cent of children aged 11 to 15 are problem gamblers’, equating to around 31,000 UK children. Furthermore, the gambling research group believes that some  45,000 children (11-15) could ‘at-risk’ of falling into problem gambling issues.In its report, the RGSB has put forward a series of recommendations for government and industry stakeholders, focusing on implementing stronger verification on player IDs, minimising marketing exposure to youngsters and cooperation on collecting under 18 data.Marc Etches, Chief Executive of GambleAware issued the following response to the UKGC’s and RGSB study:“GambleAware is concerned that 1 in 8 children aged between 11 and 15 years old are gambling regularly, and it is unacceptable that as many as 30,000 may be problem gamblers. Reducing gambling-related harms for children and young people requires firm regulatory action and we welcome the Gambling Commission’s focus on this issue.It also needs action from parents, families and teachers if a real and lasting impact is to be made. For this to happen, there does need to be much more public debate about the role and position of gambling in society, and how best to protect children and young people from the harms that gambling can cause. In turn, as the Gambling Commission rightly notes, this requires support from a range of Government departments and other agencies to recognise gambling-related harms is a health issue that deserves our full attention.” Share Marc Etches to step down as CEO of GambleAware in 2021 August 14, 2020 GambleAware: Engage those with lived experience of gambling harms August 28, 2020 Submit Share YGAM focuses on BAME community engagement with CVR link-up August 21, 2020last_img read more