Cookson hits back at McQuaid

first_img McQuaid tore into Cookson’s manifesto 24 hours after it was unveiled in Paris on Monday, describing it as “half baked, fundamentally flawed and financially impractical”. Cookson, the British Cycling president since 1996, said in a statement released on Wednesday: “The response from Pat McQuaid to my manifesto has once again demonstrated exactly why restoring credibility to the UCI and cycling in general was the number one recommendation of the recent Deloitte consultation with the sport’s stakeholders.” Brian Cookson has responded to Pat McQuaid’s attack on his bid for the presidency of the International Cycling Union as the leadership battle intensifies. The statement continued: “His bullying and haranguing style seems designed to antagonise everyone who does not share his approach to the governance of world cycling. Yesterday’s release was a reminder of the sometimes absurd and entirely counter-productive feuds in which he has engaged.” Cookson is so far the only person to challenge McQuaid’s leadership as the Irishman, who has been UCI president since 2005, seeks to be elected for a third term in September. Several pledges have been made by Cookson, including to tackle the perceived failings of the eras of McQuaid and his predecessor, Hein Verbruggen, with anti-doping at the top of the agenda. Cookson insisted he would not counter McQuaid’s attack, but stressed his belief that the situation is clear ahead of September’s elections. “As we enter the next stage of the presidential election, it is clear that the choice that has to be made is between two different approaches to the work of the UCI and two different visions for our sport,” Cookson added. “I believe in a path based on credibility, trust and change and not one littered with a seemingly endless round of doubts and discrepancies where relations with important stakeholders are conducted by press release and punctuated by legal letters. I continue to hope the presidential contest can be one in which cycling can take pride.” Both McQuaid and Verbruggen’s reigns have been tarnished by systematic doping in the sport, epitomised by drugs cheat Lance Armstrong’s domination of the Tour de France from 1999 to 2005. Cookson has pledged to investigate claims of complicity between the UCI leadership and drugs cheats, allegations which McQuaid and Verbruggen strenuously deny. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

How Spurs will line-up against RB Leipzig with Kane and Son both ruled out

first_imgJOSE MOURINHO was rocked with the news Heung-min Son has been ruled out for the season with a broken arm.The South Korean has joined star man Harry Kane on the treatment table leaving the manager facing a crisis in attack during a crucial stage of the season.3Spurs face RB Leipzig in a crunch Champions League clash this evening as Mourinho aims to become the first manager to win the trophy with the different teams.But their task has been made much harder following the absence of their key men who have 31 goals in the Prem and Champions League between them this season.SPURS NEWS LIVE: Follow all the latest news on TottenhamMourinho, 57, will need to shuffle the pack in his attack that could see 18-year-old academy prospect Troy Parrott handed an opportunity.The clash at the German side will likely be too soon for the striker who has yet to make a senior competitive appearance.Instead, Mourinho could give Lucas Moura the opportunity to lead the line.The Brazilian played as a striker in a thrilling 3-2 comeback win over Ajax last season where he scored a hat-trick to book their spot in the final.Behind him Dele Alli could play in the No10 role with Argentine Giovani Lo Celso and January signing Steven Bergwijn on either flank.Lo Celso, 23, has featured on the right side this season but can also switch his position to play in the middle.3MAKE YOUR DEBUT Bet £5 get £20 in free bets for new customers at Ladbrokesmost read in footballTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’ExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for himREF RAIDChampions League ref Vincic ‘arrested in raid into drugs and prostitution ring’NICE RONCristiano Ronaldo goes on family bike ride with partner Georgina Rodriguez & kidsIn midfield, Harry Winks is likely to start and Mourinho will have to decide whether to opt for Eric Dier or club-record signing Tanguy Ndombele to feature alongside him.The Frenchman hasn’t won Mourinho over since his appointment in December although his energy in midfield could prove vital to secure a result.Mourinho appears to have a settled back four but there are fitness concerns over Ben Davies who only returned from two months out last weekend.3Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho refuses to comment on Son Heung-min’s broken arm injurylast_img read more

HARPS WORK HARD TO GET BACK TO WINNING WAYS

first_imgPerfect conditions at Finn Park resulted in a perfect scoreline for Finn Harps as they beat Waterford to snatch a much-needed 1-0 win.Harps striker Ruairi Keating scored the all important goal for Harps. Pic by Gary Foy.Harps were always on top in this game which saw a troubled Waterford side threaten only on a rare occasion in each half.The teams went in scoreless at half-time but the combination of Kevin McHugh, Ruairi Keating supported by Mickey Funston always looked threatening. It was Keating who snatched the only goal of the game in the 53rd minute when he raced through to slot past the visiting goalkeeper Burns.McHugh and sub Sean McCarron should have added to the Harps tally.Ollie Horgan will be happy with the three points against a disjointed Waterford team who lacks ideas in the last third of the pitch.  HARPS WORK HARD TO GET BACK TO WINNING WAYS was last modified: June 27th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalfinn harpsFinn Parkwaterfordlast_img read more