TALKING SPORT - Prescott’s courage can inspire us

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STEVE Prescott responded to being told he had terminal cancer by raising hundreds of thousands of pounds for others, with incredible acts of endurance.

Words fail me when I try and pay tribute to him. So instead, I’m using his own words, from an interview I did with him two years ago.

They are words which should inspire every one of us:

“It was shattering. To be told you won’t see your kids grow up is probably the worst thing that you could ever be told, I wouldn’t wish it on anyone. Can you imagine telling your parents you’re going to die? It was horrendous. I switched off at first, I just got into bed and I didn’t want to see anyone. Then Steve Crooks, the Hull assistant coach, came to see me and said, ‘Listen, you have two kids, deal with it. It doesn’t matter how long you have left, you have to live for that time’. That’s what I’ve done. I’m enjoying life. It’s made me appreciate what I’ve got, and realise that other people out there need help. Now I’m trying to inspire the sick and injured. I hope they see that I’ve got a terminal disease and what I’m trying to do, and if it inspires someone do something, it’s worth it.”

IF your only reason to watch the World Cup is to see who wins, then now is the best time to start watching.

But if so, you’ve missed out, because the competition has provided some breathtaking matches so far.

And a tip of the hat to Wiganer Steve McCormack, for masterminding Scotland’s wonderful success story.

About time this town had some sporting success to enjoy!

WHILE the likes of James McArthur, James McClean and Jean Beausejour will be away representing their countries this week, the vast majority of the Latics squad will be resting up after another hectic schedule both at home and abroad.

Despite playing Saturday-Thursday-Sunday for what feels like most of the season, Latics would move into the play-off places if they win their game in hand against struggling Sheffield Wednesday.

They’re also handily placed to progress into the knockout stages of the Europa League, with two games to play – an achievement in anyone’s book.

MY colleague Paul Kendrick was clocking up the miles last week, jetting out to Russia to report on Latics’ European adventure and returning in time for their game at Yeovil.

He was back at his desk yesterday, telling us how cold it was on his adventure, telling us how he couldn’t understand a word the locals said, telling us how it was like travelling back in time 20 years. And that was just Yeovil.

I SAW the CCTV footage today of the Billy Slater attack. The attack which, according to his wife, “could have killed him”. I’m not joking when I say it was a mild slap on the back of his head. I’m pretty sure I’ve hit myself harder.

Possibly outside the same pub.

ZAK Hardaker left the England squad for “personal issues”. Only, it wasn’t due to personal issues, otherwise Leeds wouldn’t have fined him £2,500 and handed him a written warning.

Player-welfare is serious. Citing “personal issues” as an excuse is appalling.

I feel sorry for the next player who genuinely misses a match for a “personal issue” – fans may now think it’s just an excuse because he got drunk when he shouldn’t have.