It's time for Gerrard to dominate

11:30am Monday 16th June 2014

FROM the setting of a Las Vegas bar I got ready to watch England’s opener against Italy amongst 100 or so other fans.

I was excited with the news of our line-up, but would have preferred to see Adam Lalana play instead of Jordan Henderson.

With Italy missing legendary goalkeeper Buffon, it gave me even more confidence of victory.

My pre-game prediction was an England 2-1 success and, being in the gambling city of the world, it would have been rude not to bet on it.

Sitting in the middle of the ‘Chelsea In America’ supporters group, we sang the National Anthem and football songs.

I jumped for joy and screamed like a girl when I thought Raheem Sterling had scored after only five minutes, only to be brought crashing down to earth as a replay showed it hit the side-netting.

England were playing well which was good to see – and my prediction seemed a formality.

But when Italy took the lead, it killed our momentum.

I thought Leighton Baines was exposed down the left and didn’t look like the man everyone says is good enough to replace England’s most capped full-back Ashley Cole.

With Baines having to deal with a two-on-one overload for most of the game, Italy’s winning goal came from a cross from his channel.

In order for us to progress, I want to see our top man – and captain – Steven Gerrard dominate the next two games in the manner he does when in the red shirt of Liverpool.

It’s not all doom and gloom though.

The way we played in general was good, and Spain lost their opening game on their way to winning the World Cup in 2010 . . .

Oxford United furious after being denied late penalty

Oxford Mail:

9:30am Wednesday 20th August 2014

OXFORD United were left fuming after being denied a late penalty in a 1-0 defeat at Morecambe last night.

CRICKET: Oxfordshire sign off with great win

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9:00am Wednesday 20th August 2014

CHAD Keegan and Karl Penhale were the heroes as Oxfordshire recorded their first win of the Unicorns Counties Championship campaign in their final match after a eight-wicket success over Cheshire at Nantwich CC.

AUNT SALLY: Prince's six-hitters put Red Lion to the sword

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Wednesday 20th August 2014

Black Prince boasted a trio of six-hitters in their 2-1 home win over Red Lion A Eynsham in Premier/Section 1 of the Greene King Oxford & District League, writes ANDY BEAL.

FOOTBALL: Didcot outclassed and fall to defeat

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7:00am Wednesday 20th August 2014

DIDCOT Town fell to an emphatic defeat in Southern League Division 1 South & West last night after losing 3-0 at home to Larkhall Athletic.

CRICKET: Gurney opens the way for Westbury

Oxford Mail:

6:00am Wednesday 20th August 2014

Westbury appear OCA League Division 1 title favourites after winning their top-of-the-table clash with Great Horwood.

CRICKET: Downs tied in knots after run outs misery

Oxford Mail:

6:00am Wednesday 20th August 2014

Three run outs cost Oxford Downs their second win of the season as their Cherwell League Division 1 match at Banbury 2nd ended in a dramatic tie.

Morecambe 1 (Ellison 40), Oxford Utd 0

Oxford Mail:

9:55pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

OXFORD United delivered a vastly improved performance, but were left to reflect on a controversial penalty decision which went against them in defeat at Morecambe.

Updates - Morecambe v Oxford Utd

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6:58pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

All the latest news from Oxford United's visit to Morecambe in Sky Bet League Two.

Horse trial entrants can use eco-friendly bedding for mounts

Oxford Mail:

12:00pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

ECO-friendly bedding will be on offer in the stables of this year’s Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials.

Morris eyeing Oxford United revival

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Tuesday 19th August 2014

Carlton Morris is confident Oxford United will show they are quick learners as they attempt to get off the mark in Sky Bet League Two at Morecambe tonight.

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