Westwood keen to find a solution

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first_img Press Association The 28-year-old assumed Shay Given’s mantle when he announced his retirement from international football after the Euro 2012 finals. However, his lack of action at the Stadium of Light, where he is deputy to Belgium’s highly-rated Simon Mignolet, has seen him lose the number one spot to David Forde. Manager Giovanni Trapattoni has left Westwood in little doubt that he needs to be playing for his club to get back into the Ireland team. Asked if he was open to a move, the former Coventry keeper said: “I’m not too sure. I love it at Sunderland, but if I’m not going to play…It’s a tough decision, but I need to play football, I think that’s evident in itself.” Keiren Westwood has admitted he may have to consider leaving Sunderland if he is to regain his Ireland place.center_img He added: “I have sort of taken a – I won’t say backward step. Sunderland is a fantastic club and I think I’ve improved since I’ve been there. “But not playing is a right disaster for me, I’m not going to lie.” Westwood was keen to secure a move in January in a desperate search for football, but his hopes were dashed by then manager Martin O’Neill’s decision to keep him on Wearside. He said: “He kept me around and I can understand why he did because to have two goalkeepers of good quality, so to speak, is a must for a Premier League squad. “The manager, I think, was more nervous in case anything happened to Simon. He couldn’t really let me go, which was a disaster, really, because it’s not gone well for me since. “I haven’t played any games and I lost my place here as well. It’s tough. I’m not going to lie, at times you are in a dark place and you are on your own. “Obviously as a footballer, you want to play football and if you don’t play, it’s mentally challenging, I’m not going to lie.” last_img read more

Laureano homers as Athletics beat Padres 8-4

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first_imgLast Updated: 6th September, 2020 06:38 IST Laureano Homers As Athletics Beat Padres 8-4 Ramón Laureano homered to help Sean Manaea win his third straight start, and the Oakland Athletics snapped a three-game losing streak by beating the San Diego Padres 8-4 on Saturday WATCH US LIVE Written By FOLLOW US Ramón Laureano homered to help Sean Manaea win his third straight start, and the Oakland Athletics snapped a three-game losing streak by beating the San Diego Padres 8-4 on Saturday.Matt Olson hit a two-run triple and new addition Tommy La Stella had an RBI double for the A’s, pounded 7-0 on Friday night as they returned to the field following four postponed games because of Daniel Mengden’s positive coronavirus test.Manaea (3-2) allowed one run and four hits over five innings.Austin Nola homered and Eric Hosmer had a run-scoring groundout, but San Diego lacked the same potent offense of a night earlier when Fernando Tatís Jr. homered and drove in three runs.Padres right-hander Chris Paddack (3-4) permitted four runs and seven hits in 4 2/3 innings.CARDINALS 4, CUBS 2, GAME 1CHICAGO (AP) — Adam Wainwright pitched six-hit ball into the seventh inning, leading the Cardinals to the win in the first game of a doubleheader.Wainwright (4-0) allowed two runs, struck out six and walked one while improving to 4-0 for the first time in his career. The 6-foot-7 right-hander tossed a four-hitter in a 7-2 victory over Cleveland on his 39th birthday in his previous start.Paul DeJong drove in two runs for St. Louis, which had dropped two in a row. Giovanny Gallegos got two outs for his third save.NL Central-leading Chicago had won four of five. Ian Happ homered twice, but the rest of the lineup came up emptyCubs right-hander Albert Alzolay (0-1) was pulled after he walked five in 2 2/3 innings in his third appearance this season.Image credits: AP LIVE TVcenter_img SUBSCRIBE TO US COMMENT First Published: 6th September, 2020 06:38 IST Associated Press Television News last_img read more