Frank Lampard saved England’s blushes with a first-half equaliser as Roy Hodgson’s men had to settle for a 1-1 draw against Ireland at Wembley. Cole, named captain after much confusion on Tuesday, collected a special gold 100th cap before kick-off from Hodgson and looked moved by the occasion. Before kick-off the Football Association repeated its call for fans not to chant politically-motivated songs, and most England supporters respected the plea during the national anthems, with only a few home fans singing “no surrender” during God Save The Queen. Wayne Rooney, making his first start in a month, looked keen to impress and he attempted a lob that went just wide after a long ball from David Forde in the third minute. England continued to have the majority of possession, but Forde remained untested. Then, with 13 minutes on the clock, the buoyant home crowd were stunned in to silence as Ireland took the lead. Walters fed the ball to right-back Seamus Coleman who whipped in a cross to the near post and Shane Long got in front of Glen Johnson and Phil Jagielka to glance the ball beyond a sprawling Joe Hart. The West Brom striker cupped his ears in front of the England fans while one member of the travelling support at the other end of the stadium tossed a green smoke bomb on to the pitch which caused a brief stoppage in play. England were shaken for a moment, but they were back level 10 minutes later. Sturridge bought half a yard with some nifty footwork and drove a low ball across the box which Lampard controlled with his thigh after a mix-up between Sean St Ledger and Glenn Whelan before flicking the ball past Forde with his right foot. Sturridge’s evening came to a close on the half hour when he hobbled off with what looked like a serious ankle injury following a tackle with Whelan. Jermain Defoe came on in his place. An injury was the last thing Hodgson wanted. With Danny Welbeck already carrying a knee problem, Sturridge’s injury leaves the England boss with 15 fully-fit outfield players to take to Brazil for Sunday’s friendly in the Maracana. Press Association Shane Long put the visitors ahead after 13 minutes, but Lampard prodded the ball past David Forde following a defensive mix-up 10 minutes later. To make matters worse for England, Daniel Sturridge hobbled off with an ankle injury in the first half, further depleting Roy Hodgson’s squad ahead of Sunday’s game in Brazil.
Facebook Twitter Google+ CORAL GABLES, Fla. — C.J. Fair almost seemed surprised when the two shots missed. Both times he clapped his hands in frustration and shook his head.That’s not what he’s accustomed to. Both shots were from the baseline, but both were off target. The first from the right, the second from the left.But Fair swished his third baseline jumper. When it glided through the net, he calmly trotted downcourt per usual.That was more like it.“That was a big shot to be took,” Trevor Cooney said. “After missing two, that shot didn’t faze him at all. He just stepped right into it and knocked that one down.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textFair finished with 15 points, seven rebounds and three assists, helping No. 2 Syracuse (19-0, 6-0 Atlantic Coast) to a 64-52 win over Miami (10-9, 2-5) at the BankUnited Center on Saturday. He struggled for some of the game, but hit shots in crunch time.His baseline jumper returned to form at an opportune moment. Despite a hand in his face, Fair rose up and drilled the shot to give SU a 53-49 lead with 4:03 to go.Cooney expected nothing less.“The percentage on him probably for all four years is pretty high,” he said with a grin, referring to his teammate’s venerated baseline jump shot.Fair got off to a hot start, too. He nailed a 3 off a pretty pass from Tyler Ennis, tipped in a Michael Gbinije miss and converted a three-point play to extend SU’s lead to 26-8.Then he went ice cold, missing six consecutive field goals. As Fair struggled, so did Syracuse. Miami outscored SU 23-7 and clawed back into a game that seemed out of reach.But Fair helped solidify the end result alongside Ennis — his partner in crime — hitting the jumper and nailing two free throws.The bread and butter of the John R. Wooden Award candidate’s game was back on track.It was just a matter of time.Said SU forward Jerami Grant: “He makes it all the time in practice and his workouts.” Comments Published on January 25, 2014 at 10:55 pm Contact Trevor: [email protected] | @TrevorHass
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich. – The Alpena Area Chamber of Commerce is now accepting nominations for the 2019 Outstanding Citizen of the Year.One of Alpena’s highest honors traditionally recognizes the people who have positively influenced their communities. Nomination forms are available online and in-person at the chamber.Fill in as much information as possible on your nominee, including awards, charitable activities and organizational involvement.The annual chamber dinner is set next year February 7. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Historic Bar and Grill Destroyed by Fire in HarrisvilleNext INSIGHTS: Young LGBTQ people in Alpena