Press Association Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has admitted that the 100million euros (£86million) Tottenham are reportedly asking for Gareth Bale is “a lot of money”. He said: “We don’t usually talk about players out of respect to the player, the club and their chairman, with whom I enjoy a good friendship after signing (Luka) Modric last season. And as I don’t talk about players, I don’t talk about transfer fees either. “However, of course, 100million euros seems to me like a lot of money, all things considered. But I won’t talk about players or money, because I shouldn’t and I cannot.” The president explained that the club were still trying to tie Cristiano Ronaldo down to a new contract, as his current deal expires in 2015, and expressed confidence in securing the player’s future at Madrid shortly. He said: “We are all convinced he is going to finish his career at Real Madrid. At the end of the summer we will try to resolve this situation. I believe this will happen before the end of the month, or at the start of next month. “We are not in any hurry, because both parties have the same will. We will resolve it satisfactorily. At least that is what I want, and I believe it’s what he wants too.” On Wednesday Madrid beat their former coach Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea 3-1 in the Guinness International Champions Cup in Miami, little over two months after the Portuguese left the Bernabeu following a trophyless season that was overshadowed by tension between the coach and some of his players. Perez insisted that Mourinho helped the club take “a competitive leap” in his three years at Madrid, but also tried to explain what went wrong in his last season. “Last season we made a bad start and that conditioned most of the season,” he said. The Spanish press has reported that ‘Los Blancos’ could pay up to 120million euros in order to secure the services of the 2013 PFA and Football Writers’ Player of the Year, while coach Carlo Ancelotti has admitted the club “are trying to find a solution to the situation”, in reference to the signing. During an interview with ESPN, Perez hinted that Madrid might be trying to lower the price for the Tottenham star but refused to speak at length about the deal. “At Madrid there is always something going on, because everything gets magnified, that’s part of our history and what makes our club so great. “You have to know how to handle that pressure. Everyone feels it, the players, the coach and the president, the only difference is I have more experience. “People that come here for the first time don’t consider it normal, but those who have known the club for a long time know that the pressure here is what has made Madrid the biggest club in the world.”
“We have all witnessed what Tiger has been able to do over his career, whether that’s come back from injury and win, come back from any sort of off-course stuff and win,” McIlroy said ahead of the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open. “I mean, he won the US Open on one leg, really on one leg. “Is it foolish for people to write him off? I would say so. If he’s playing and he’s competing, he’s got as good a chance as any. I wouldn’t write him off completely. I still think he can do things that we have never seen from any other golfer. “I read some of the comments from a couple weeks ago, he said that he felt great and he hit some good drives. So if he feels 100 per cent healthy and his doctors give him the go ahead, then why not.” McIlroy’s own Open record veers from the sublime to the ridiculous, with an opening 63 at St Andrews in 2010 followed by a second round of 80, albeit in terrible weather and subsequent rounds of 69 and 68 meant he eventually finished third. The 25-year-old made no secret of his dislike of similar conditions at Royal St George’s the following year, while he missed the cut at Muirfield 12 months ago and labelled his own play as “brain dead” following an opening 79. However, the former world number one insists he is looking forward to playing in the forecast bad weather at Royal Aberdeen this week, while a scouting mission to Hoylake at the weekend boosted his confidence. “You’ve got to relish the challenge,” the two-time major winner said. “I’m trying to adopt more of that mindset, especially for these couple of weeks a year. It’s not like I haven’t played well on links courses before and in links conditions. Press Association Rory McIlroy believes it would be foolish to write off Tiger Woods’ chances of winning the Open next week, although he thinks Hoylake could also provide one of his best chances of lifting the Claret Jug. “Back when I was 15, 16, 17, playing links golf all the time, it wasn’t anything to put your wet gear on and play whereas now we’re so spoiled playing in great conditions. Any time there’s a bit of rain in America it’s a thunderstorm so you go in anyway.” Asked if Hoylake would be a better fit for his game than some other Open venues, McIlroy added: “I think so. It’s quite straightforward off the tee, relatively flat fairways, big, flat greens for the most part. “There are some run-offs on some holes. But compared to some other Open courses, relatively simple. “The strategy is easy, just don’t hit it in the bunkers. I’ve a 2-iron in the bag I feel will be a big key for me this week and next. I’ll be hitting that a lot off the tees and if I can keep that in play and on the fairway, then I feel like I have a decent chance.” McIlroy’s last event saw him miss the cut in the Irish Open for the second year in succession, after which he headed to Ibiza with six friends for a holiday. And he is hoping there could be a good omen in the fact that new Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic also visited the island following his loss in the French Open final. “Hopefully I can do the same as what he’s done, win the Open next week,” joked McIlroy, who was also quick to point out that it was not quite “your typical lads trip” thanks to staying on a private boat. But following his high-profile split from fiancee Caroline Wozniacki, whatever he gets up to in his social life is certain to attract attention in some parts of the media. “It’s just going to be like that,” McIlroy conceded. “It is what it is. I just live my life and people can say or write whatever they want. I’m very single and very happy at the minute, that’s all I can say.” Woods won the Open the last time it was staged at Royal Liverpool in 2006, but has not won a major since the 2008 US Open and only returned to action last month following back surgery on March 31. And even though the former world number one missed the cut in the Quicken Loans National at Congressional and has not played competitively since, McIlroy is not ruling out a miraculous performance from the 14-time major winner.
A West Donegal man has said that a lung transplant would change his life forever.In an interview today on Barrscéalta on RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta today, Paddy Ó Maoilchiaráin from Gort an Choirce, called on people to carry organ donor cards and spoke about how a new lung would change his life.Paddy became ill with shortness of breath in 2013, and he has been on the transplant list since April 2017. He said “It’s very difficult sometimes … You’re not able to do what you’d like to do. You might walk out to the car, but then you’d have to sit for five minutes to get your breath back… I might go up the stairs and then I have to sit for five minutes. And I always, always have the oxygen here going into my nose, I’m using it all the time, day and night. There’s no getting away from it.”Paddy explained how he had been called up to Dublin before Christmas as a set of lungs had become available, but unfortunately he was not the best match.He got the call at 3.05 pm and by 7.10 pm he was in the Mater Hospital in Dublin.“There were three of us in total, and the one who was the best match would get the lungs. They came in and told me that unfortunately I wasn’t the best match, that there was another closer match and that I’d be going home. It was a bit difficult at the time, but I said to myself at least someone will get the benefit and that maybe my day was coming soon.” Paddy, who is 57, has 60% capacity in one lung and 40% in the other, and his medical team are hopeful to get one good lung, and that that would be sufficient.“I think if I got a good lung that was 100%, I think I’d have another life altogether.”Paddy, who is on the lung transplant waiting list, said he would encourage everyone to carry a donor card.“I think it’s a great thing and that everyone should carry the card. I never thought about it myself until I got sick … but I think everyone should have one, it might help someone.”Paddy told Áine that he lost five and half stone in weight with Slimming World in order to be eligible for the transplant. He was working up until last year as a bus driver with Joe Mangan until he had to go on oxygen, a job he loved and that he misses greatly. Paddy Ó Maoilchiaráin was interviewed on Monday on Barrscéalta on RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta.Donegal man says lung transplant would change his life was last modified: January 17th, 2018 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:gortahorklung transplantPaddy Ó MaoilchiaráinWest Donegal