Shane Lowry celebrates Open triumph by belting out Irish anthems in Dublin pub and sleeping with Claret Jug

22 Jul

Shane Lowry celebrated in style following his first major triumph at the Open Championship at Royal Portrush.

The Irishman completed a fairytale success in Northern Ireland as huge crowds roared him on to a stunning six-shot victory on Sunday, sparking incredible scenes on the 18th green.

Lowry sealed the biggest win of his career on Sunday
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But the celebrations did not stop there, with Padraig Harrington revealing that Lowry and his pals ‘drank all the beer’ in the players’ lounge before travelling back to Dublin.

Videos have since emerged of the newly-crowned Champion Golfer of the Year continuing the festivities at 37 Dawson Street, belting out an upbeat rendition of ‘Fields of Athenry’ while hoisting aloft the Claret Jug.

And it seems Lowry is yet to let it out of his sight.

The 32-year-old posted a snap of himself waking up alongside the 147-year-old trophy on Instagram, with a caption reading: “I pulled last night”.

Lowry has already cancelled plans to play in this week’s WGC-St Jude Invitational in Memphis so he can stay at home and celebrate.

The party continued on Monday afternoon as the Irishman, along with a huge crowd of friends and family, trophy in hand, descended on Dublin’s Boar’s Head pub.

Ann Hourican, who owns the pub, told PA she is delighted to have Lowry and his team in her bar to celebrate.

“We had it organised before so it wasn’t sprung on us or anything like that,” she said.

“Shane has been in a few times before and he’s a good country man, being from Offaly, and we’re from Cavan, so he knew the pub was owned by country people.”

Lowry’s Instagram post on Monday morning
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Despite rumours Lowry had partied through the night and turned up in the same clothes on Monday, Ms Hourican said the golfer was very presentable.

“Oh no, he’s been home and showered and changed and I think he’s had some sleep too so he’s ready for the day again,” she said.

“We’re delighted for him and so proud of him.

The party does not show any signs of stopping

“He’s just handed over the cup and allowed all the punters to have their pictures taken with it, and all his friends are here and they’re so lovely.

“We couldn’t be prouder of him.”

‘He was the best. I absolutely idolised the man’ – Charlie Edinburgh on dad Justin’s tragic death and keeping his legacy alive

22 Jul

Justin Edinburgh’s tragic death at the age of 49 rocked the football world.

For Leyton Orient fans, he was a hero, having guided the east London club back into the Football League after a turbulent few years off the pitch prior to his arrival in November 2017.

Justin Edinburgh suffered a cardiac arrest in June and tragically lost his life at the age of 49
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For Tottenham Hotspur, a club he made 213 top-flight appearances for, he was a League and FA Cup final winner.

For football fans and supporters of other teams Edinburgh took charge of, he was a highly-regarded manager.

But for Charlie Edinburgh, most importantly, he was his dad and best friend.

It is still a traumatic time for the 26-year-old and he’s still coming to terms with the fact his dad will never be able to meet any future grandchildren.

“I think we as a family are taking each day as it comes,” Edinburgh said, speaking exclusively to talkSPORT.

“It is tragic and not something that we ever prepared ourselves for, especially off the high dad was on coming off the back end of last season.

Charlie Edinburgh spoke to talkSPORT about his dad and ‘best mate’

“It’s crazy really but at the same time, so cruel and unfair that we as a family do not have dad around. We’re having to adjust to everyday life without him being around and being there for support.”

Like any father and son relationship, Edinburgh and his dad had an unbreakable bond.

Justin would always look for his family in the Brisbane Road crowd prior to kick off and his relationship with Charlie was summed up when he allowed him to sit on the bench as Newport County reached the Conference Play Off Final in 2013.

That is a memory which Charlie will never forget.

On his dad, Edinburgh said: “He was the best. I absolutely idolised the man and I was never one to shy away from making that publicly known. On social media, I’m always tweeting about him and writing Instagram posts about him because there’s a lot to be proud of.

“He would do anything for us as a family but not just for us, anyone who needed his help or guidance. He would be more than happy to take time out from his day and give up his time to pass on lessons that he was taught in his career. He was very unselfish in that capacity.

Edinburgh guided Orient back to the Football League last season
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“He just wanted to share those lessons and if he could make a difference to one person – whether that be in football or to a family friend that needed some guidance or advice – he would do that. He was just a top man.”

The 26-year-old continued: “One of the last memories I’ve got is him and Steve Sedgley ‘FaceTiming’ me from Madrid when he was out enjoying himself and having the time of his life at the Champions League final.

“I never played professionally but I was able to sit on the bench twice at Wembley as my dad led out Newport County in the FA Trophy and Conference play-off finals. Not being a player, I don’t think there are many sons of managers who can say they sat on the bench at Wembley. Dad was my best mate and he wanted me to enjoy all the highs with him.

“They are very special memories that I’ll be sure to treasure for the rest of my life.”

It was in his last managerial job at Leyton Orient, though, where Justin will forever be remembered as a legend, with the dugout where he used to walk the touchline now a celebration of his life with an array of tributes.

While owners Nigel Travis and Kent Teague, alongside Director of Football Martin Ling, deserve a lot of credit for the strives Orient have made off the pitch since their takeover in 2017, it was Edinburgh who takes a huge chunk of the credit for the O’s promotion to the Football League.

When Edinburgh took over at Orient, he inherited an under-performing squad and a club which sat in 20th place in the National League.

They were seemingly staring a second consecutive relegation in the face and were without a win in 14 league games.

But Edinburgh’s arrival changed everything, leading Orient away from the relegation zone and to a mid-table finish in his first six months in charge, before leading them to the National League title in May.

More impressively, the 49-year-old achieved that feat with the squad he inherited, barring a couple of new additions.

Edinburgh’s last game in charge proved to be the FA Trophy final at Wembley, which Orient lost 1-0 to AFC Fylde, but it didn’t take too much away from the East London side’s season, as the main aim had been accomplished.

Charlie was never too far away from Brisbane Road during that promotion-winning season and he said guiding Orient back to the Football League was Justin’s proudest achievement.

“That tells you something,” the 26-year-old explains.

“He’s won FA Cup medals at Wembley, he’s been part of some successful teams both as a player and manager but I know as a fact this was his standout by far.

Justin Edinburgh spent a decade at Tottenham
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“He would always get us involved in anything going on – through the highs and the lows we were always with him. It’s something I know I will always cherish for the rest of my life. Seeing that great big grin standing on the touchline, the first thing he’d look for is us in the crowd and he wanted us to be on the touchline with him.

“It was an amazing achievement as I don’t think people realise how tough that league is to get out of. A lot of people pay attention to the top divisions and don’t give non-league football the true respect it probably deserves because there are an awful lot of good players in that league and the teams in there make it very competitive.”

Justin’s assistant Ross Embleton has since stepped up to become interim head coach, with Danny Webb, who was also part of Edinburgh’s coaching staff, becoming interim assistant.

Jobi McAnuff will now combine playing with a coaching role as well and Charlie knows the club will be in safe hands with the trio.

“This was nothing we ever prepared ourselves for and I’m sure Ross, Danny and the football club were alike,” he says.

“When we sat down – myself, my mum and my sister – with Martin Ling, Ross, Alan Comfort the club chaplain to discuss the memorial plans, that’s when they made us aware of the direction the club was going to be moving in and the promotion for Ross, Danny and Jobi.

Ross Embleton has been promoted to interim head coach of the O’s
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“We were absolutely delighted. I think as a family, that’s exactly what we want and I know that’s what dad would want. He absolutely loved going into work every day and it’s the happiest I’ve ever seen him in management and that’s largely down to the staff and players he worked with on a day-to-day basis.

“I felt it would have been unfair for anyone coming in from the outside to fill dad’s shoes because fans would judge and people from inside the club would potentially judge the decisions that individual might have made.

“Ross has a wealth of experience prior to working with dad. I’ve spoken a lot with him recently and he’s been fantastic, as has the whole football club. Ross is definitely the right man to take the club forward with what has happened and I really hope that they go on to have a successful season.”

What should have been a celebratory summer for the Edinburgh family has since turned into a solemn one and the challenge now for Charlie is to continue his father’s legacy.

He speaks so eloquently at a time of such trauma, especially when you consider that the 26-year-old also lost his grandfather earlier this year as well.

But Charlie is trying to turn a negative situation into a positive and has since launched the Justin Edinburgh 3 Foundation, which aims to install defibrillators in all sports clubs and gyms.

He said: “For some reason, I don’t know why, I had at the forefront of my mind that if something did go wrong, how do I keep his name and his legacy going? A foundation just seemed the obvious move for us as a family.

“The Justin Edinburgh 3 Foundation is going to be focusing on a variety of different areas. Tom Keeble was the heart consultant and we want to thank him and the staff at Basildon Hospital who gave dad first class care during the time he was there. I’ve confided a lot in him and he’s given me a lot of good advice on areas where funding may, perhaps, be lax a little that we can look to raise money in dad’s name and help with.

“Education is definitely something that we’re going to look into in both CPR and the use of defibrillators. You look at countries like Norway who have a 25% survival rate from a cardiac arrest. Here in the UK, it’s just 9% and that’s all down to the amount of education and training that they’re giving to people in that country. If through dad’s name we can spread the message through the JE3 Foundation and can save one life, we have done a job.

“One of the main things we’re going to campaign to do is whether your sport is football, boxing or cycling, we want to make sure you’re safe and that all the tools are in place, should something tragic like this happen, to make sure they’ve got the best possible chance of survival.

McAnuff was Edinburgh’s captain and he will now be a player/coach for Leyton Orient
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“We’ll be campaigning for a law change and we hope to get that called Justin’s law so that there are defibrillators in all sports facilities across the UK.”

The ‘Justin Edinburgh Trophy’ or a pre-season friendly between Leyton Orient and Tottenham has also been suggested by some supporters, with proceeds going to the foundation.

Charlie said: “I’m very close with Josh Wright who turned out to be dad’s last signing and his brother Mark and we’ve got some fantastic ideas and been speaking to the club’s and trying to see if we can get the wheels in motion to maybe get the go ahead with that.

“Maybe that will be next season now because Spurs are away on tour now and we would want it to be a recognisable team, as that’s what dad deserves. We’d want to target a good crowd and make sure it’s an enjoyable day for everyone.”

To donate to the Justin Edinburgh 3 foundation, click here.

Chelsea transfer news: Ethan Ampadu joins RB Leipzig on season-long loan

22 Jul

Chelsea teenager Ethan Ampadu has joined RB Leipzig on a season-long loan.

The versatile 18-year-old, who can play in defence or midfield, failed to make a single Premier League appearance under Maurizio Sarri last season.

He did not travel with the Blues on their pre-season tour of China and new boss Frank Lampard is keen for him to gain more first-team experience.

“I tried to sign Ethan on loan at Derby last year, so I’m a big fan,” he said.

“But with the minutes he played last year, in the interest of Ethan and of Chelsea, the idea he can play a lot of games somewhere could be good for him.

“I really wanted to work with Ethan this year. That’s a slight disappointment, but it’s to benefit of him. In midfield and defence we have a lot of quality, so each player is a case by case.”

More to follow…

Celtic, Rangers and Wolves discover potential opponents for Champions League and Europa League qualifying

22 Jul

Celtic will come up against either Romanian side Cluj or Maccabi Tel-Aviv of Israel should they progress to the Champions League third qualifying round.

The Scottish champions still have a second qualifying-round tie against Estonian champions Nomme Kalju to navigate as they look to keep alive hopes of making the lucrative group stages.

Celtic beat Sarajevo 5-2 on aggregate after two legs
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Neil Lennon’s men saw off Sarajevo in their opening European tie of the new campaign. Should Celtic progress again, the third-round matches will be played on August 6/7 and 13.

The Europa League third-qualifying round draw also took place on Monday and Wolves were paired against either Pyunik of Armenia or Czech side Jablonec should they get there.

The Premier League side face Northern Ireland’s Crusaders in the second round.

Elsewhere, Rangers were drawn against Danish club Midtjylland should they get past Luxembourg side Progres Niederkorn, while Aberdeen were paired against HNK Rijeka of Croatia or Georgian club Chikhura Sachkhere.

The third-qualifying round ties will be played on August 8 and 15, with the winners going on to the Europa League play-off round.

Arsenal transfer news: THIRD bid for Celtic defender Kieran Tierney planned by Premier League side

22 Jul

Arsenal are preparing a third bid to sign Celtic full-back Kieran Tierney following two rejected offers for the 25-year-old.

The Hoops value their defender at around £25million and the Gunners met that price in their most recent bid.

Arsenal have made Kieran Tierney their top transfer target this summer
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However, Celtic were not happy with the structure of the deal, particularly an incentive that was based on Arsenal reaching the Champions League.

It is understood the Scottish club want the vast majority of the fee paid up front, and according to the Daily Record, the Gunners will launch a third attempt to satisfy these demands.

Tierney has four years left on his deal at Celtic Park and the Hoops are under no pressure to sell.

Manager Neil Lennon said last week: “He has a valuation and the way the market is in England it could even look like a bargain when you think of [Aaron] Wan-Bissaka going for £50m.

“We feel Kieran is a far more experienced and rounded full-back at this juncture in his career.

“We’re certainly not going to be pushed over in any negotiations.

“There’s no question Kieran could play in the Premier League. We’ve had [Virgil] van Dijk, [Victor] Wanyama, [Fraser] Forster, [Gary] Hooper, [Moussa] Dembele – all these players – and he is as good.

“His rise has been meteoric. He is a top quality player, one of the best as in Britain. The transfer fee should merit that.

“We are at the 20-plus and it’s been rejected out of hand. It’s up to Arsenal or anyone else to reach our valuation of Kieran.”

Liverpool news: James Milner casts doubt on Reds future with contract revelation

22 Jul

James Milner admits his Liverpool future is in doubt despite his desire to stay at the club.

The 33-year-old has one year left on his current deal and the midfielder is yet to agree an extension.

Milner reveals Liverpool have not offered a new contract
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“As it stands, last year we spoke to the club and asked them if they wanted to do something and they said not at that time,” said Milner.

“We haven’t heard anything since, so that’s where we are at.


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All I can do is concentrate on my football and do what I can. But in terms of where I am with my contract, that’s what has happened up until now and I haven’t heard anything from the club.”

Milner remains in fantastic physical condition ahead of the upcoming season and the midfield veteran beat several younger players during a pre-season fitness test.

 

Reds boss Jurgen Klopp said: “Millie looks again in the pre-season like (he’s in) in his early 20s; but he isn’t, he knows that, and we try to respect that.”

Liverpool would have to seriously consider offering a new deal to a player who would be 34 when it begins, but Milner expects to play at the top level for many seasons to come.

Everyone pipes on about my age and stuff I understand you are going to get that,” Milner added.

“There are three things to it: availability, fitness and performance level. Hopefully I am delivering all three. I am just going to keep concentrating on my football, keep contributing to Liverpool and be the best player I can be for as long as possible.”

Harry Maguire transfer: Manchester United should sign Toby Alderweireld from Tottenham instead, explains Dean Saunders

22 Jul

Dean Saunders has urged Manchester United to scrap their deal for Harry Maguire and sign Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld instead.

The Red Devils have reportedly agreed an £80million fee with Leicester for Maguire, which would make the 26-year-old the world’s most expensive defender.

Toby Alderweireld has been linked with a move to Manchester United in the past
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United’s long search for a new centre-back dates back to last summer when they tried to sign Alderweireld from Premier League rivals Spurs.

The 30-year-old is available for just £25million until Friday, due to a release clause in his contract, yet the Belgian looks set to remain a Tottenham player next season.

Manchester United look set to sign Leicester’s Harry Maguire this summer
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And Saunders believes United have missed a trick, insisting Alderweireld is a better defender than Maguire.

“It’s got ridiculous now, hasn’t it? £80million for Harry Maguire,” the Welshman told talkSPORT.

“It’s not his fault, but where is it going to stop?

“Would you take Toby Alderweireld for £25million or Harry Maguire for £80million? You can’t get your money back on Alderweireld, he’s 30, but he’s probably a better player right now.

“As a striker, I’d be thinking to myself, ‘If I can get Maguire out in the channels and get him isolated, he’s not mobile’.”

Roma have expressed an interest in Alderweireld, but the Tottenham centre-back insists he is not seeking a move away this summer.

“I’ve always said, I’m focused on Spurs and trying to deliver the job that I need to do,” he told reporters after the 3-2 victory over Juventus in the Audi Cup.

When asked if he expects to be a Spurs player at the beginning of the season, he replied: “Yes, that’s my focus.”

Sebastien Haller: Bundesliga expert explains why he is ‘gobsmacked’ West Ham signed £45m striker

19 Jul

Eintracht Frankfurt will miss West Ham new boy Sebastien Haller more than Luka Jovic, according to Bundesliga expert Kevin Hatchard.

The Hammers have confirmed the £45million signing of the 25-year-old striker following the departure of Marko Arnautovic to Shanghai SIPG.

Haller impressed up front for Frankfurt last season
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Haller becomes the second frontman to leave Frankfurt this summer after Real Madrid bought the highly-rated Jovic for £53million.

Hatchard, who lives and breathes the Bundesliga, claims Haller was even more important to the club than his strike partner.

“They’ll be getting an excellent centre-forward,” the expert told talkSPORT.

“They’ll be getting somebody who scores goals and creates goals, and whose hold-up play is excellent.

“He scored 15 goals in the Bundesliga last season but also set up nine.

“Eintracht Frankfurt looked a poorer side when he wasn’t in the line-up.”

Haller and Jovic rose to prominence last season as Frankfurt progressed to the semi-finals of the Europa League, where they were beaten by eventual winners Chelsea on penalties.

Jovic was the competition’s second-highest scorer with ten goals, one behind Olivier Giroud’s 11, while Haller grabbed five during the tournament.

Jovic has also left Frankfurt this summer
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“[Haller] was influential in their Europa League run as well,” Hatchard added.

“There has been a lot of talk about Luka Jovic going to Real Madrid and how important that is, but actually I think Haller leaving Frankfurt will do more damage to them than Jovic leaving, because he is such an important vocal point in their attack.

“I’m gobsmacked, quite frankly, that West Ham have been able to pull this off.”

Newcastle pair Jonjo Shelvey and Karl Darlow in 3am bust-up after midfielder called a ‘bald c***’

18 Jul

Newcastle duo Jonjo Shelvey and Karl Darlow were involved in a late-night brawl outside a pizza restaurant after the midfielder was taunted and ‘called a bald c***’.

Shelvey, who suffers from alopecia, reportedly told his abuser to ‘go back to your council house, you peasant’, before a fight broke out.

Shelvey featured during the pre-season friendly defeat to Wolves on Wednesday
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The Daily Mail has obtained footage of Darlow, the 28-year-old goalkeeper, allegedly kicking a man following a night of drinking in Morpeth.

The alleged incident occurred just ten hours before the pair flew to China with the rest of the Magpies squad for their pre-season tour.

Both players started in the 4-0 defeat to Wolves on Wednesday, while Jack Colback, who was reportedly at the Black Bull pub with Shelvey and Darlow, also featured.

The Mail quotes a source as saying: “Jonjo Shelvey was in the takeaway when a group of lads called him a ‘bald c***’.

Darlow allegedly kicked a man outside the pizza restaurant in Northumberland
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“He laughed it off and said: ‘Go back to your council house, you peasant’.

“But a friend of Karl Darlow has then got protective and weighed in with a punch.

“It would appear Darlow has also got involved in the fight. Shelvey is now getting some grief from the lads involved, although he was not involved in the actual altercation.”

This summer has proven to be troublesome for the club as they have had to seek out a new manager following Rafa Benitez’s decision to leave for the Chinese Premier League.

Steve Bruce has been appointed and will take charge of the club for the first time when they play West Ham in a pre-season friendly on 20 July.

However, club legend Alan Shearer revealed he had advised Bruce not to take the job, saying it was “the toughest and most toxic situation Steve has ever walked into.”

The Open 2019: After Rory McIlroy start, David Duval shoots worst score on hole at the tournament for 69 years

18 Jul

David Duval recorded the highest score on any hole at The Open for 69 years during the opening round at Royal Portrush on Thursday.

The 2001 champion suffered a total horror show at the par 5 seventh to shoot an almost-unprecedented 13.

The seventh hole proved treacherous for Duval
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It is believed to be the worst performance on any single hole at the historic tournament since Herman Tissies recorded a 15 on the par 3 eighth at Troon in 1950.

Incredibly, Duval’s score originally went down as 15 before it was corrected.

The 47-year-old is thought to have played at least three shots off the tee and then hit someone else’s ball, incurring a two-shot penalty.

Duval lifted the Claret Jugs 18 years ago
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It followed a quadruple bogey eight on the par 4 fifth and a bogey on the par 3 sixth, which means he played three holes in 13 over.

Former Open champions are given lifetime entry to the tournament and Duval made a positive start with back-to-back birdies in his opening two holes.

The American has retired following the first round at two of the previous three Opens, and with his current position of 13-over par and last on the leaderboard, it would be no surprise if he did the same again.

Tournament favourite Rory McIlroy endured a similar nightmare on the opening hole, albeit not so calamitous.

The Northern Irishman carded a quadruple-bogey eight to dampen hopes of a home winner at Royal Portrush.


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