21 Sep

Brown injury woes continue

first_imgSunderland defender Wes Brown is unlikely to return to competitive action this season, Black Cats manager Martin O’Neill has confirmed. “It’s been a long time out for Wes, who has been beset with injuries,” O’Neill told the club’s official website. “He looked as if he was just settling at the time I came in, but hurt himself in January last year and we’ve not really seen him back since. “He had a setback out in Korea but it looked like he was making progress, but for Wes it’s been a case of two steps forward and three back. Chances are we probably won’t see him between now and the end of the season, but perhaps it’ll be one he wants to forget and start again next season.” Brown joined Sunderland from Man Utd in July 2011 on a four-year-deal for an undisclosed fee but saw his first season for the club cut short when he was injured during the FA Cup third round tie with Middlesbrough in January 2012. Following the injury to his knee in pre-season training for this campaign, the veteran defender has seen a specialist in London for scans and treatment. O’Neill confirmed Brown has been back in training but is unlikely to feature in any of his side’s remaining fixtures. “He’s joined in training on a few days and then has to take some time out again,” O’Neill said. “At the moment, however, I think he’s reversing that trend – it’s one little step at a time at the moment.” Press Associationcenter_img The former England and Manchester United player has been ruled out since he sustained a knee ligament injury during a pre-season trip to South Korea. The 33-year-old suffered a setback in his recovery in October and now looks set to miss Sunderland’s entire campaign, which continues with a trip to QPR in the Barclays Premier League on Sunday. last_img read more

8 Sep

IAAF Diamond League: Okagbare Stumbles in Oslo, Places Fourth

first_imgReigning Commonwealth Games champion, Michelle Lee Ahyle came third in a new personal season’s best time of 11.06 seconds.For her fourth placing run, Okagbare-Ighoteguonor was rewarded with $3,000 and five points to bring her total haul in three races to 14 points to place third behind Ahoure who now has 20 points against the 16 hauled by Marie-Josee Ta Lou who won in Doha and Eugene to make it a clean sweep of the three races decided so far by Ivorians.Meanwhile, Okagbare-Ighoteguonor has been provided with an instant opportunity to respond when she lines up on Sunday at the Olympic Stadium in Stockholm for the fifth leg of the money-spinning event.Interestingly, the Nigerian will line up against six of the athletes she competed against last night in Oslo. Will this be an opportunity to out-run the speedy Ahoure who denied the Nigerian the African 100m record, breaking the 10.79 seconds she (Okagbare-Ighoteguonor) ran in 2013 by 100th of a second the following year?She will also strive to run faster than the record-breaking British girl, Asher-Smith and of course, Ahye with South Africa’s Carina Horn who placed sixth (11.22 seconds) in Oslo also in the mix in Stockholm.This is will be Okagbare-Ighoteguonor first race in Stockholm while it will be the second for Ahoure who won the 200m event last year. Horn is also making a return trip following her first appearance in 2015.Missing for the second race running however is Ta Lou who holds the world lead at 10.85 seconds.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram For the second time in one week Nigeria’s greatest sprinter of all time Blessing Okagbare-Ighoteguonor failed to live up to the incredible height she has set for herself this season after placing fourth in a rather disappointing 11.12 seconds at the Bislett Games in Oslo, the fourth leg of the 14-leg IAAF Diamond League series.Last weekend in Hengelo, Holland, the former Commonwealth double sprints queen ran 23.03 seconds in the 200m, a performance the television commentator described as below par and disappointing following the blistering 22.04 seconds she ran in March in Abilene, Texas to top the world list for the year.At the Fanny Blankers Koen race in Hengelo, Oslo was a one-off but she failed to rise up to the challenge as she was not only betterred for the second time in three races by Cote D’Ivoire’s Murielle Ahoure who ran 10.91 seconds to win the race but also by Britain’s Dina Asher-Smith who raced home second to a new 10.92 seconds personal best British record.last_img read more