Diamond Daniel and trophy droughts: Sport Quiz of the week!

This week’s sport quiz looks at Hearts’ derby drubbing of Hibs, Ronaldinho’s brush with the police and the Six Nations. Try your sporting knowledge below!

 

EN4News in Numbers: Sports

The news week can be a busy one, so don’t miss out on any  the sports stats that have been making the headlines. We’ve got everything covered from F1 potentially losing the Silverstone race track from its calendar to the philanthropic adult entertainment cycling club that lost its affiliation.

 

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EN4News in Numbers: Sports

In a world of constant news bombardment, some info can fall through the cracks. We’ve assembled a list of interesting factoids so you don’t have to worry about missing out on any of the action! This is a sports version of our News in Numbers series so you can keep up with sports news, too.

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Sports paper review: March 1st

EN4 News sports reporters Bryce Donaldson and John Menzies sit down with Luke Barry to discuss today’s sporting headlines from the Scottish newspapers.

Peterhead match “like any other game” says Edinburgh City boss

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Edinburgh can go seven points clear tomorrow (Credit: Ross Cowper-Fraser)

Edinburgh City manager James McDonaugh has revealed his side will approach tomorrow’s top of the table clash against Peterhead “like any other game.”

City lie four points clear of Peterhead at the top of Scottish League Two, but the Aberdeenshire side have two games in hand.

However a win tomorrow would edge Edinburgh seven points clear with their destiny in their own hands.

“It’s a game we can’t go into just hoping to sit back, we have to go and try and win the game because if they were to win it with their games in hand we’d be quite a bit behind them,” McDonaugh told EN4 News.

 

When asked if he would approach the game differently, the City boss said every game is just as important as the other.

“No I don’t think we have to approach it any differently at all,” he said.

“We have to just go and try and win the game. There’s 13 games to go and we’ve got Peterhead to play twice so it’s an important game but they’re all important games.

“There’s no point in beating Peterhead and then losing the next one or losing to Albion Rovers and beating Peterhead, they’re all worth three points so we just have to treat it like every other game.”

City head into the match looking to keep up momentum after a difficult January. A 3-1 win at home against Albion Rovers last weekend has got the team “back to winning ways” with a full squad now available.

McDonaugh has previously expressed concern to EN4 News about a lack of players, but the signing of Liam Henderson on loan from Hamilton Academical and a fitter squad have helped eradicate the issue.

“Before the players were there but they were just unavailable through injury or whatever,” McDonaugh explained.

“Even during that time we were able to keep winning but now we’ve got some players back it’s obviously harder to pick the team. But I think we’ll need everybody for the last three of four months of the season.”

Podcast: Interview with Raith Rovers manager John McGlynn

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Raith are underdogs in tomorrow’s Scottish Cup clash with Hibs (Credit: Raith Rovers / Facebook)

Ahead of Raith Rovers’ Scottish Cup tie away to Hibernian tomorrow, John Menzies speaks to the manager John McGlynn about the club’s prospects.

He also joins Luke Barry to analyse the match and give a prediction about the outcome.

 

 

Blair has “no concern” about Scotland’s defensive issues

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Blair isn’t worried about conceding late on last weekend (Credit: Bryce Donaldson)

Scotland Rugby assistant coach Mike Blair isn’t concerned about Scotland’s defensive issues despite conceding three late tries in their Six Nations victory over Italy last weekend.

Scotland beat Italy 33-20 at BT Murrayfield with tries from Blair Kinghorn, Stuart Hogg and Chris Harris helping them to the top of the table, but were 33-3 up with 10 minutes to go.

Blair admitted that Scotland made “poor” defensive decisions, but the coaching staff will leave “no stone unturned” as they prepare to host Ireland tomorrow.

“We were 33-3 up against the Italians but that last 15 minutes really hit home that if we do not get things right that teams will expose you,” he said.

“There were a few poor decisions in defence, perhaps a lack of energy, [which] meant that it was certainly a disappointing finish to the game. We are aware of that, we are aware of where our standards need to be to avoid that happening in other games.

“There is no concern. We have got a very hardworking coaching team who leave no stone unturned.

“We have conceded a few soft tries but that is nothing to do with our system. We just need to make sure the players are making smart decisions under pressure.”

 

 

Blair Kinghorn was one of the stand-out performers in last weekend’s victory, becoming the first Scottish player in history to score a hat-trick of tries.

Blair was quick to praise Kinghorn’s efforts even though he misses out on a starting spot against Ireland tomorrow.

“There’s not many who will doubt his ability after Saturday [match against Italy] and I think Blair has something like 80 or so games for his club Edinburgh already which, for a 22-year-old is crazy numbers,” Blair said.

“He’s building up a lot of experience early on in his career, obviously he’s a great talent, the height he’s got and the speed that he’s got on top of the superb handling ability that he has as well.

“We are all delighted with him, he is gaining experience all the time and already looks comfortable at international level already.”

Snowman Rally cancelled due to “unsafe conditions”

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Opening round of Scottish Rally Championship has been called off (Credit: Jakob Ebrey Photography)

The opening round of the 2019 Scottish Rally Championship has been cancelled tomorrow due to “unsafe conditions.”

The Snowman Rally in Inverness is traditionally the first Scottish rally of the season, with 76 crews entered to contest the 42-mile gravel event this year.

However rally organisers took the decision to cancel the event due to the recent snowfall in the Highlands.

Clerk of the Course Graham Provest said: “Further to an extensive review of the stages all week, we have had to take the decision to cancel the Snowman Rally.

“We have tried everything in our power to keep the event running but to no avail.

“The decision is due to extremely unsafe conditions – all the stages have a thick covering of ice over them and it would be irresponsible to take such a risk with with people’s safety.

“We are aware many will be disappointed with this decision and we can only apologise for you having to cancel your plans for a weekend’s sport.”

Gordon Adam, the Chairman of the Scottish Rally Championship, added: “The Scottish Rally Championship is fully behind the organisers of the Coogie Urquhart Snowman Rally and their decision to cancel the event.

“Of course we were all looking forward to what is always an exciting start to the year, but safety is paramount for our competitors, marshals, safety crews and spectators and we have a duty to ensure the risk to them is managed properly.

“We would like to extend our thanks to the organising team who have made a crucial decision in time to ensure minimal disruption to competitors and officials.”

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Garry Pearson backs the decision to cancel the event (Credit: Lindsay Photo Sport)

Garry Pearson, one of the frontrunners in the Scottish Championship, admits he’s “gutted” not to be competing tomorrow but respects the event’s decision.

“Of course I was gutted when I heard that we won’t be heading to Inverness this weekend but I respect the event’s decision wholeheartedly,” he said.

“Safety is everyone’s priority and we have to make sure the spectators and organisers are just as looked after as we are in the car.

“The Snowman is always a challenge that’s for sure and if it was just snow then we may have been able to go but ice is another matter and so very unpredictable.”

EN4 News says..

What are the implications of this decision for those involved? Well, there don’t appear to be any winners, but the decision has been made to ensure there are no major losers.

Check out the video below for more detail.

 

EN4 Sports Paper Roundup 25/1/19

EN4 News sports reporter Luke Barry is joined by Graham Millar and Lauren Archer to discuss today’s sporting headlines.

 

Is Sam Cosgrove the solution to Dons goal woes?

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Sam Cosgrove playing for North Ferriby United in 2017. Credit: Mattythewhite

As an Aberdeen fan, there’s not much to look forward to when the season starts; aside from the occasional big name signing — I’m looking at you James Wilson — us Dandies are now resigned to accepting that we’ll finish second; always the bridesmaid, never the bride.

That was until Sam Cosgrove appeared on the scene; the 22-year-old, six-foot, blonde bombshell. Cosgrove doesn’t have the best record in England, with only one senior goal in 30 games which came against Crewe for League Two side Carlisle United in 2018.

Yet, his double against Hamilton Academical on January 23 took Cosgrove’s tally to 11 goals for the season, with nine in his last eight games. Only Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos stands in his way, with 12 goals so far.

Cosgrove didn’t get off to the best start in Scotland after receiving a red card for a lunging tackle on Celtic captain Scott Brown, on his debut for Aberdeen no less. Eight minutes in and Aberdeen fans were worried that manager Derek McInnes had traded one tall, blonde striker with a habit of red cards for another.

Sam Cosgrove seemed to be just like Jayden Stockley, who finished his career with Aberdeen in typical Stockley-style. In the 2017 Scottish Cup Final against Celtic, Stockley was accused of catching Celtic defender Kieran Tierney with an elbow, forcing Tierney to rush to hospital. On the flip side, Stockley seems to be scoring goals for fun down south, which recently earned him a big money move to Preston North End.

Cosgrove began his form with a double against St Mirren in October, after 10 games at the beginning of the season without finding the net. Five more games without a goal followed including a game against Rangers where two yellow cards resulted in a first-half sending off. That seemed to be the shock Cosgrove needed, resulting in the run of nine goals.

The current form of the striker hasn’t gone unnoticed with fans. There is now a momentum on Twitter, calling for Cosgrove to be nominated — and rightfully so — for the prestigious Ballon d’Or award. It first appeared on Twitter after Cosgrove scored his first Aberdeen goal, something which was laughed at by other fans. All it takes is a quick search on the social media site to see how passionate fans are, with mock-ups of Cosgrove accepting the award to fans singing his name.

I’m calling it now, Sam Cosgrove – Ballon d’Or winner 2020.

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