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McGeady may be on the move

first_imgAiden McGeady has admitted Spartak Moscow may look to cash in on him this summer as he enters the final year of his contract in Russia. He added: “But I am happy there just now. When I came back into the team in March when I got fit again, I was probably playing some of the best stuff I have played since I went there and I was happy with everything. I am easy. I have enjoyed it and we will see what happens.” McGeady met up with the Ireland squad after playing what could prove to be his last game for Spartak last weekend in a 2-0 final-day victory over Alania Vladikavkaz. However, his season looked to have ended significantly earlier after he was handed a six-match ban following his dismissal in a 2-1 defeat at Mordovia Saransk. McGeady later admitted kicking a TV microphone as he headed for the dressing room, but denied making a gesture towards fans and was also accused of damaging a dressing room door. However, his suspension, which would have seen him miss the start of the new campaign, was eventually reduced to two games. He said: “It was blown out of proportion a little bit. It’s funny how the media always concentrate on the negative things. You don’t see that many positive things coming out of Moscow. “All of a sudden, it was a six-game ban and I trashed the dressing room, that sort of stuff. I got a six-game ban for basically doing nothing. Obviously Spartak felt the same as me and it was reduced to two. When do you see a six-game ban reduced to two? “I played the last game – obviously the authorities knew they had got it wrong. I am just glad it was quashed. I was hanging about for a few weeks just waiting to see when the appeal was going to be heard. Spartak seemed to rush it through and after two games, I was able to play in the last game of the season, which was great.” McGeady, who played for Ireland in their 1-1 draw with England on Wednesday night, has been repeatedly linked with a move back from eastern Europe since sealing his £9.5million switch from Celtic in August 2010, with several Barclays Premier League clubs having been credited with an interest in him. He said: “I have only got a year left on my contract, so it’s bound to happen. Maybe Spartak want to cash in on me now because if they don’t, there’s a possibility I could leave for nothing.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

NHL investigating Arizona Coyotes for allegedly ‘fitness testing’ draft-eligible prospects, per report

first_imgArizona Coyotes:“We are aware of the reports. We have discussed the matter with the NHL and we will have no further comment at this time.” https://t.co/fMdlErMKn6— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) January 31, 2020The NHL holds its own combine prior to each year’s draft in which eligible prospects work out and have opportunities to interview with interested teams in efforts to distinguish themselves from the pack. According to Dreger, the league very clearly states that teams may not conduct any sort of physical tests before the combine.  Morgan reported that the league grew concerned with the participation of a strength and conditioning consultant, Tommy Powers, in these interviews. Additionally, the Coyotes reportedly requested that draft prospects attend these interviews wearing a T-shirt and shorts so team staff could “eyeball” their bodies. Morgan’s sources contended that the Coyotes did not take any measurements or request any physical tests during these interviews.If the league determines the Coyotes are guilty of this violation, the franchise could face fines of $250,000 or more per incident. On Feb. 8, Dreger reported that there are at least 20 instances of the team fitness testing draft-eligible players. Dreger said the three leagues that make up the CHL — the Ontario Hockey League, Western Hockey League and Quebec Major Junior Hockey League — have sent emails to their respective teams asking them to report any contact between them and the Coyotes organization. While he cited only unnamed sources, Dreger said that multiple CHL teams have alleged contact with Arizona regarding physical testing of their players.The Athletic’s Craig Morgan reported that the Coyotes do not believe they’ve broken any rules and simply asked prospects questions about their eating habits, supplement use and workout regimens during interviews with draft-eligible prospects before the NHL draft combine. Morgan’s reporting also expands the investigation to the United States’ top junior league, the USHL; the team reportedly tested numerous players invited to 2019’s combine from that league as well.MORE: Buffalo Sabres fan unleashes wild tirade against franchise owner on radio show The NHL is reportedly investigating the Arizona Coyotes organization for alleged recruiting violations regarding how the club may handle its pre-draft scouting process.According to TSN’s Darren Dreger, the investgation concerns the Coyotes allegedly putting draft-eligible Canadian Junior League prospects through fitness testing ahead of the 2019 NHL draft. Dreger initially tweeted out his report of the investigation’s existence Thursday before expanding on it in TSN’s “Insider Trading” segment.last_img read more