Leicester Tigers’ own Tom Brady reacts to the Super Bowl

By Tyler Arthur and Sophie Sandberg

Tom Brady is a winger for the Leicester Tigers rugby team, but he is also a big fan of American football, and has been following his namesake’s team, the New England Patriots for five years.

The 27-year-old Tigers winger shares his name with the GOAT, the Patriots’ quarterback Tom Brady, 40, who has won five Super Bowl titles throughout his 17-year tenure at the Boston-based club.

The Leicester Tigers player has a bit of fun with his shared forename, and he often has some banter on his Twitter account with confused American fans, who seek ‘TB12’ online, but end up instead tweeting the rugby star overseas.

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Tom Brady – not that one. The Leicester Tigers’ self-proclaimed ‘Silver Fox’.

“I throw a few tweets out sometimes, just fish for a few reactions, get the American supporters onside, up my follower count,” he laughed.

In Super Bowl LII, the New England Patriots were toppled by underdogs Philadelphia Eagles, with a scoreline of 33-41, after they were able to hold out against a final drive from the Patriots, who were attempting to win their second back-to-back championship.

Leicester’s Brady said: “I wanted it to be a close game. I know last year there was the huge comeback, but I thought I’d like a nice competitive game, where I could enjoy some end-to-end stuff.

“At one stage it was quite open, maybe a gap of 10-12 points or so, but it was very close in the end so I did enjoy the game,” he added.

His namesake, the NFL’s MVP, put up historic numbers in his greatest ever Super Bowl performance, even though his team took the loss.

The Leicester player is currently looking to pick up form and get back on track in his own side’s Aviva Premiership season, while the Patriots’ quarterback  is hoping to come back better than ever next year.

Leicester City Women Football Club drawn against Super League team in Women’s FA Cup

By Conor de Smith

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Leicester City Women Football Club have been drawn against Durham Women Football Club in the fifth round of the SSE Women’s FA Cup.

The Foxes dismissed lower-league Plymouth Argyle Ladies in the fourth round to set up an trip to the Women’s Super League Two outfit.

Jonathan Morgan’s side will travel to New Ferens Park on Sunday 18 February in the hope of reaching the quarter-final for the first time in the club’s history.

This is just the second time that City have reached the fifth round of the most prestigious cup competition in women’s football.

Charlotte Greengrasss opened the scoring in Plymouth last week before Natasha Knapman equalised for the hosts. Rosie Axten and Leigh Dugmore sealed the win for Leicester before Katie Middleton grabbed a consolation.

Leicester City Women have beaten Chorley Ladies, Bradford City Women and most recently Plymouth to reach this stage of the competition.

City missed out on this stage last year when they lost to fellow Women’s Premier League North outfit West Bromwich Albion Women.

Assistant manager said Michael Makoni: “We’re really excited. It’s another long away day but the girls are buzzing for it. It’s always nice to get a WSL team because that is where we hope to be.”

Alarms and evacuations from Leicester’s Highcross

By Ollie Churm

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Shoppers from Leicester’s Highcross shopping centre were evacuated this afternoon, after alarms were sounded.

A fire alarm prompted the evacuation of the city shopping centre at about 2pm this afternoon and are said to have been set off completely accidentally due to building work going on in the centre.

 

Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service were alerted to the incident but it was confirmed later that it was a false alarm.

The alarm caused disruptions but Highcross and the shops inside swiftly reopened.

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A large area in the shopping centre, including the former Rackhams store, is being reconfigured as part of a multi-million development at the centre, which re-opened at the Highcross nearly 10 years ago in 2008, having previously been known as The Shires.

#SeeTheInvisible campaign continues at DMU Leicester with defibrillator training

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Demi with a basic life support flow chart

By Matthew Chandler

Defibrillator training took place in the De Montfort University (DMU) Students’ Union today to raise awareness of heart conditions.

Today’s event was part of this week’s #SeeTheInvisible campaign led by Demi Rixon, disabled students’ representative at DMU, in an attempt to raise awareness of hidden disabilities.

Demi, a law student at DMU, suffers from fibromyalgia, a chronic pain condition, and said: “My main advice that I am trying to get through this week is to just be more comforting to students.

“If they don’t go on nights out, for example, it is not because they are boring, but sometimes it is really embarrassing to say why. Sometimes students don’t want to admit they are disabled.

“Since coming into this role I have become a lot more open because it is a part of me and I have learned to accept it.”

Following yesterday’s demonstration of how those suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) face everyday tasks such as cooking, today the focus was on saving the lives of those suffering from heart conditions.

With the help of Alan White, from the Joe Humphries Memorial Trust, students practised using a model defibrillator, and learned the recovery position and the correct way to carry out chest compression and mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.

“In England, our success rate is not very good compared to the Scandinavian countries and America,” Alan said.

“Using very simple steps, by learning basic life support, people can save lives, particularly in the younger age group from 12 – 35 who, if they receive the right treatment promptly, they can stand an 80 – 90 per cent chance of survival.”

#SeeTheInvisible continues with an arts class hosted by an autistic student on Thursday, before the focus turns to hearing impairments on Friday, with Demi hoping to organise a sign language class in the near future.

All events take place in the Students’ Union building and students can freely attend without booking in advance.

Defibrillator training- key facts

  • Aim for 120 chest compressions per minute
  • When performing mouth-to-mouth, after 30 chest compressions, wait for two breaths.
  • The university defibrillator is on campus by the Spar shop- it is a locked cabinet so ring 999 and you will be given a code to punch in. Then turn the handle to take it out.

 

DMU student recounts past experience donating stem cells

By Muhsin Cabdi

Following the stem cell drive that took place recently at De Montfort University, a DMU student has spoken about his own past experiences with such events.

Derry Keary, a second year joint honours journalism and media student, was reminded by the recent stem cell drive of how he joined the register of potential donors run by the Anthony Nolan charity.

The drive, which was organised by #DMUlocal, the De Montfort Students’ Union and the Rik Basra Leukaemia

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Pictured above: Derry Keary

Campaign, aimed to convince De Montfort University Students to register to become stem cell donors for leukaemia patients.

The disease is a cancerous one which starts off in the bone marrow or other blood-forming tissue, creating damaged.

When Derry heard of the stem cell drive taking place at De Montfort University, he was happy to hear that many vulnerable people suffering from leukaemia would get the help they needed.

Recounting his previous experience with donating stem cells, Derry said: “My family member was 29.

“He was diagnosed a year ago.”

He added: “I was happy, there’s a lot of vulnerable people that need help and it was really pleasing knowing that even if there was a small number of students who donated then there’s more chance in finding a match for someone.”

Derry Keary agreed to join the register to be tested to see if he was a match for his relative in Northampton, at a drive arranged for the relative’s family members and friends by the Anthony Nolan charity.

The drive was successful because a suitable match was found for his relative amidst the donors.

He said: “It was a super easy process, you sign up and spit in a tube and it’s done.

“You must be under the age of 30 and be in good health.

“I’d say that if you’re interested in helping to save someone’s life, you look on the website to see if you qualify.”

Any students interested in registering to be a donor can apply on https://www.anthonynolan.org