Month: December 2019

Brighton march on, while Middlesbrough and Burnley also win

first_img1 Tomer Hemed Championship leaders Brighton recorded a routine 2-1 victory over basement team Rotherham to increase their cushion over the chasing pack to five points.Goals from Tomer Hemed, his fourth in three games, and Dale Stephens were enough for the Seagulls, who clung on despite Jonson Clarke-Harris’s consolation strike for the Millers, who are still seeking their first win of the season.Middlesbrough kept tabs with Brighton after Christian Stuani inspired Aitor Karanka’s side to a lively 3-1 victory over Brentford at the Riverside.Stuani proved too hot for the Bees to handle throughout the 90 minutes, scoring either side of Lasse Vibe’s opportunist strike to twice hand Boro the advantage.And Albert Adomah’s near post finish clinched the points for the pre-season title favourites, who moved into the automatic promotion places on goal difference.Elsewhere, Burley made it four wins in a row with a narrow 2-1 victory over MK Dons to move up to third.After Carl Baker had cancelled out Sam Vokes’s opener, Clarets striker George Boyd dispatched Andre Gray’s cross four minutes into the second half.Hull got back to winning ways after their defeat to Brighton at the weekend, picking up an impressive 2-0 win at Cardiff and subsequently leapfrogging their opponents into fourth.Goals inside the opening and final ten minutes from Mohamed Diame and Abel Hernandez proved enough at the Cardiff City Stadium, inflicting the hosts’ first league reverse of the season.Meanwhile, Tommy Smith’s header just after the half hour mark gave Ipswich a smash-and-grab 1-0 win at Leeds, which also saw them move into the play-off places.And Nottingham Forest similarly edged to victory on the road, Dexter Blackstock proving the match winner as Dougie Freedman’s side ran out 1-0 winners at Birmingham.Orlando Sa’s straight red card proved costly for Reading as Derby, who had Thomas Ince to thank for their winner, won 1-0 at the Madjeski to make it two wins on the spin and duly move above the Royals.Huddersfield ended their winless start to the season with a 2-1 win at Charlton, as first-half goals from Harry Bunn and a classy Emyr Huws free kick were enough despite Naby Sarr’s header for the Addicks.Elsewhere, Preston were held to a 1-1 draw by Bristol City at Deepdale, while Bolton and Sheffield Wednesday played out a drab 0-0. Championship results:Birmingham 0-1 Nottm ForestBrighton 2-1 RotherhamBurnley 2-1 MK DonsCardiff 0-2 HullCharlton 1-2 HuddersfieldLeeds 0-1 IpswichMiddlesbrough 3-1 BrentfordPreston 1-1 Bristol CityBolton 0-0 Sheff WedReading 0-1 Derbylast_img read more


December 30, 2019 0

Andy Goldstein’s Sports Bar Top Tens – Danny Gabbidon

first_imgDanny Gabbison, the former Wales defender who played for a host of Premier League clubs, names his best teammate, toughest opponent, and most influential boss as he answers ten questions from Andy Goldstein and Jason Cundy.last_img


December 30, 2019 0

Arsene Wenger has revealed his Plan B for Arsenal and it could lead to title glory

first_img 5 5 1. Arsene Wenger has a Plan B! To find out four more things we learned from Arsenal’s excellent win over Bayern Munich – Any admirer of football appreciates the flowing, attacking football Arsenal so often deliver in the Premier League. However, Arsene Wenger knew that playing ‘the Arsenal way’ and clinching the points against Bayern Munich would be a task near on impossible. Instead we were treated to something that is very rarely seen, as Arsenal sat back, soaked up the pressure, and looked to play on the counter – and they did so effectively. Yes, their two goals were controversial, but they were far from undeserved. At 65 years old, Wenger expressed signs that he is willing to adapt his philosophy of playing the beautiful way, offering an alternative – and successful – tactic to seal the three points. Perhaps he took a tip from fierce foe Jose Mourinho’s park the bus method. Either way, who cares; it worked. And it should leave the Gunners’ Premier League rivals fearful that Wenger’s pragmatism could extend to the big games in England’s top flight. 5 5. Arsene Wenger must continue to maintain consistency in his team selection – Last season, Chelsea won the title with a line up that was easy to predict each week. And it was such consistency that ultimately led the Blues to their first Premier League trophy in five years. Arsenal have been offering similar consistency – bar the mistake in playing David Ospina ahead of Petr Cech in the Champions League defeat to Olympiakos. It’s such stability in the side that will be crucial if the Gunners are to challenge Manchester City and Manchester United for top spot. Arsene Wenger’s big issue will now be deciding who can come in for the injured Aaron Ramsey. Arsenal sent two goals past a shell-shocked FC Bayern Munich at the Emirates Stadium on Tuesday night, to seal their first victory of the Champions League group stage this season and keep their slim hopes of progression to the last 16 alive.From Arsene Wenger’s plan B to another super-substitute appearance from Olivier Giroud, there were plenty of talking points from the thrilling clash. Take a look at five things that talkSPORT learned from the Gunners’ victory over the Bundesliga giants. 5 2. Aaron Ramsey reopened Arsenal’s injury wound – Despite Danny Welbeck and Jack Wilshere being absent through injury, the performances of the fit and healthy has helped to divert attention away from those in the Gunners’ medical room. However, frustration in that department has now returned. Aaron Ramsey hobbled off early in the second-half gripping a pulled hamstring. At this stage of the campaign, players should not be suffering such an avoidable injury. The Welshman is set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines and this has only reinvigorated supporters’ irritation. Arsenal’s injury record is abysmal and the explanation could be that something – whether in training, their diet, their warm-down or their cool-down – is playing a significant role behind the scenes. 4. Hector Bellerin confirmed his status on the European stage – Facing the formidable Bayern Munich is a task that many – young or old – would find daunting. Not 20-year-old Hector Bellerin. The right back not only coped with the pressure of the in-form Douglas Costa on the wing, but showed intelligence in knowing when to attack. His decision to burst forward and intercept a weak pass in the opponent’s half could have been viewed as a risk – of which many may not have taken – but it was this move that illustrated the level of class that he is swiftly reaching. Arsenal have the best of both in Bellerin – a player with enviable talent and the raw enthusiasm that comes with youth. He is almost making a mockery of the need for experience and is already closing in on that ‘world-class’ bracket. 3. Olivier Giroud is THE super-sub – Sadly for the Frenchman, he looks set for a bench-warming role this season, despite his consistent goal scoring form. His substitute appearances have suggested that, in the nicest way possible, on the bench is exactly where he should be. In the modern game, substitutes are arguably just as important as those starting, and Giroud continues to epitomise why. Of course, no footballer – at any level – wants the job of being a super-sub; however, someone has to do it, and that someone for Arsenal has become Giroud. In Theo Walcott and Giroud, Arsene Wenger has two very different strikers, the former focused on pace, the latter on strength and positioning, and the French manager is utilising them expertly. Not only that, but it seems that Giroud is at his best when he is offered no guarantees. 5last_img read more


December 30, 2019 0

Republican hopefuls hardly differ at debate

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsBesides abortion, gay marriage and immigration, the candidates fielded questions about gambling, global warming, nuclear power, transportation and unions. “It was a debate that covered all of the issues,” said Mike Radlovic, former executive director of the Los Angeles County Republican Party, who has endorsed Hagman. “Nobody differed.” On nearly every question, both candidates emphasized their conservative Republican credentials. “I’m a pro-business conservative Republican,” Dick said. “I’m running because the taxing and spending in Sacramento has got to stop,” he said. “We need to stop the tax-and-spend mentality. I want to preserve our personal liberties and freedoms.” ORANGE – A pair of Republicans seeking election to the state Assembly took on abortion, immigration, gay marriage and gambling in their first debate. After more than 90 minutes and 18 questions, there didn’t appear to be significant differences between the two men in their party’s primary for the 60th Assembly District seat. Larry Dick, a Metropolitan Water District director, and Chino Hills Councilman Curt Hagman are hoping to represent an area that includes Diamond Bar, La Habra Heights, La Mirada, Walnut and a portion of Whittier as well as Chino Hills and parts of Orange County. About 50 attended the Villa Park-Orange California Republican Assembly-sponsored forum Thursday night at Orange City Hall. Hagman said he wants to go to Sacramento to save tax dollars for his constituents. “I’m going to fight for Republicans throughout the state,” he said. “I’m going to fight to protect our freedoms. I have a broad background in local and regional government. I’m active in issues from transportation to prison overcrowding to education.” Both also took on the issue of illegal immigrants. “We need to stop them at the border,” Hagman said. “That is a federal problem, but at some point the state of California and residents of California have to take the initiative to go to the border.” Dick also said it might be necessary for California to set up a border patrol. He also favored deporting criminals who were illegal residents. There were different approaches on at least one issue. Asked about prison overcrowding, Hagman proposed re-entry facilities as a way of reducing recidivism. More training is needed to find ways to ensure that when prisoners leave prisons they go into jobs, he said. Dick discussed other ways of reducing overcrowding. “I have no problem sending prisoners out of state,” he said. The two candidates also opposed abortion and gay marriage, don’t like any of the health-care proposals now under consideration in Sacramento, oppose taxes and support budget cuts to balance the budget, support charter schools and vouchers, support nuclear power and favor local control on making decisions about legal gambling. mike.sprague@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


December 30, 2019 0

COILLTE STANCE WITH EUROPE PREVENTING CREATION OF DONEGAL JOBS- CLAIM

first_imgAN energy scheme which could create hundreds of jobs in Letterkenny has been stalled by EU officials because of a stand-off over cash.The REFIT scheme — backed by the Government and the EU — is intended to create jobs and meet targets for the use of renewable fuel in the generation of energy at a series of small power plants here.Farmers and companies running the plants are guaranteed a minimum price for green electricity they produce and are paid for the amount of energy generated per hour. But now it has emerged forestry agency Coillte is demanding those prices be increased. The semi-state company will benefit from higher prices because it would be the biggest supplier of fuel to run plants, as it controls 50pc of Irish forestry.But Brussels officials, who have to clear the proposals under state aid rules, are unhappy with the company’s demands and have put the scheme on ice until the Department of Energy redrafts the plans.It is understood Coillte wants up to 16c per kilowatt hour of energy generated — significantly higher than the 12c proposed for biomass energy.The scheme was supposed to be up and running this year but the Department of Energy has received correspondence from European officials in the past month highlighting their opposition to Coillte’s demands. Renewable energy companies say the hold-up is delaying the creation of thousands of jobs because they cannot access any funding until the scheme gets the green light from Europe.These would include construction, operational and transport jobs, said Alan Fox, owner of Shamrock Renewable Fuels who is ready to employ up to 300 staff through the scheme.The company has a biomass plant ready to go in Letterkenny – and another one in Meath.Mr Fox said: “We have already invested €4.5m in obtaining grid connections and planning permissions ahead of the scheme. As a manufacturer of biomass energy systems we are losing out in exports.”COILLTE STANCE WITH EUROPE PREVENTING CREATION OF DONEGAL JOBS- CLAIM was last modified: March 3rd, 2011 by gregShare 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)last_img read more


December 30, 2019 0

REDUNDANCIES ANNOUNCED AT DONEGAL DEMOCRAT

first_imgJohnston Press has told staff at the Donegal Democrat newspaper group that they are seeking redundancies at the paper.The Scottish-based publishers have made a series of cuts to staffing at its newspapers throughout Ireland in recent weeks, shutting offices and doing away with editor and advertising manager roles.It’s understood that four positions at the paper are under threat – one in advertising and three in editorial. Johnston Press sources say all the positions in the Letterkenny and Donegal Town offices will go on a voluntary basis.Donegal on Sunday is to be closed down as part of the shake-up. Sales had been below 3,000 per week in recent times.The Thursday edition of the Democrat will also go Compact as part of a re-design.“This was inevitable,” said one insider, “the Sunday has been performing poorly in terms of sales.”   REDUNDANCIES ANNOUNCED AT DONEGAL DEMOCRAT was last modified: July 5th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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)last_img read more


December 30, 2019 0

‘He deserves it!’ – Pochettino tips Spurs wonderkid for PFA Young Player award

first_img1 Dele Alli playing for Tottenham Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino believes Dele Alli more than deserves the PFA Young Player of the Year award, having seen the young midfielder excel in the Premier League this season.The 19-year-old has played 43 games for Spurs this term, scoring seven goals and registering 11 assists.He has been a key figure in the North London club’s rise to Premier League challengers, and his form on the domestic stage has been rewarded with international recognition.Alli won his first cap for the senior England side in October – coming on for three minutes against Estonia – and he has since featured five times in all, scoring one goal, and becoming a guaranteed starter for the Three Lions at the European Championship this summer.Alongisde teammates Eric Dier and Harry Kane, Alli is considered one of the favourites for the PFA Young Player of the Year award, and Pochettino believes the former MK Dons star would deserve the title if he receives it at the end of this season.When asked about Alli winning the award, Pochettino said: “It would be fantastic. I think Dele Alli deserves it.“A lot of things have happened during the season. It would be a big achievement for him and the club.”Dier has been performing well alongside Alli in the Tottenham midfield, but he is risking a suspension – being just one yellow card away from his 10th of the season.Losing the young holding midfielder would be a real blow to Pochettino, but the Argentine boss insists he will not be holding back when the Lilywhites take on Manchester United this weekend.“He’s a very clever player but in football you can get a yellow card,” the head coach explained about Dier.“It’s a big risk for him but we have a strong squad. In football you always need to play 100 per cent and give your best without thinking too much.”last_img read more


December 29, 2019 0

SHOCK REPORT! ‘Jurgen Klopp wants former Liverpool star back at Anfield’

first_img Pepe Reina in action for Napoli 1 Liverpool are exploring the possibility of bringing goalkeeper Pepe Reina back to the club this summer.The Merseysiders completed the signing of Loris Karius from Mainz last week for £4.7m but it is understood that Jurgen Klopp is open to adding the experienced Reina to his goalkeeping department.Reina left Anfield for Bayern Munich in 2014 following a season on loan at Napoli and subsequently returned to the Italian club in a permanent deal last summer.The Spaniard is firmly established as the No.1 goalkeeper in Naples but, according to Corriere dello Sport, the 33-year-old is tempted by a return to Liverpool.Reina was a fans’ favourite during his nine-year spell with the Reds and Klopp is keen on having the experienced stopper around to support Simon Mignolet and Karius.last_img read more


December 29, 2019 0

Arsenal rumours will NOT distract Vardy at Euros – Sam Allardyce on talkSPORT

first_imgEngland striker Jamie Vardy will NOT be distracted by ongoing speculation over a possible move to Arsenal, believes Sam Allardyce.The Leicester star is reportedly weighing up his options with the Gunners understood to have triggered the £20million release clause in his Foxes contract.Vardy, who scored 24 goals in Leicester’s stunning Premier League win, is likely to play a big part in the Three Lions’ Euro 2016 campaign, which kicks off against Russia in Marseille on Saturday.But Allardyce insists the frontman will not have his head turned by the reports, given his journey from non-league to England selection.“I think Jamie Vardy is experienced enough to not let it affect him,” the Sunderland manager told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“The fact he has been selected by England for the Euros will be one of his main interests. I know a big move to Arsenal will be something he has to think about, but I don’t think that will affect his focus after the journey he’s taken to get into the squad.“I think he’ll be OK and if Roy Hodgson asks Vardy to play, I think he’d say he’s 100 per cent ready.”While many expected the top clubs to plunder Leicester of their star men, Arsenal’s move for Vardy was a surprise for many.So much of Leicester’s goalscoring success this season has come from Vardy’s ability to run onto long balls from the back – an unflavoured tactic of the Gunners’ pass-master boss Arsene Wenger.Allardyce, however, believes the 29-year-old can thrive at the Emirates – if the Arsenal stars play to his strengths.“Vardy has fitted in at so many clubs throughout his career, so I don’t think it would be a problem for him,” he added.“The problem will be whether the rest of the Arsenal players play to his strengths. That is very important, and they have the players to do it.“Arsenal will do it in a different way to Leicester. Leicester play it over a bit more direct from the back, but Arsenal can play him in from midfield areas with the quality of players they have.“So I can’t see it being a problem for them, or for Vardy.”last_img read more


December 29, 2019 0

Kaman front and center

first_img “Obviously, the landscape here changed with Magic getting HIV,” Dunleavy said. “The Milwaukee Bucks asked permission to talk to me, and the Lakers granted it. And they offered me an eight-year contract in Milwaukee, where I lived before and had friends. That was a great place for my kids to grow up.” He added that the Lakers were willing to extend his contract, although Lakers general manager Jerry West told him the deal in Milwaukee was too sweet to pass up. Dunleavy ended up coaching four seasons in Milwaukee. Do turnstiles talk? The Clippers may have a better record than the Lakers, but with the Lakers’ storied past, there is probably no reasonable way for Los Angeles to become more of a “Clippers town” than “Lakers town.” The numbers at the Staples Center turnstiles help show this. Through 15 home games, the Lakers had 11 sellouts. Saturday’s game officially was a Clippers home game, and it was just the Clippers’ third sellout of 15 home games. Joe Stevens, (562) 499-1338 joe.stevens@presstelegram.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! As the Clippers try to stop their recent slide, Kaman has flourished, putting together the best stretch of his career with double-doubles in five of the past six games and a career-high 25 points Friday in Sacramento. Is this the most consistent he’s been in the NBA? AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson “Yeah, for sure,” Kaman said. “For me, the last seven or eight games, the consistency has been good. I just want to keep the intensity up and keep going the way I’ve been playing.” A 7-foot center from Wyoming, Mich., Kaman is universally acknowledged as the most offbeat Clipper. He enjoys hunting, doesn’t shy away from criticizing hip-hop music and is cultivating a strange shaggy hairstyle. When asked about how he’s been able to play the best basketball of his career, he answered, “I don’t know.” He paused and then said. “I guess it’s being aggressive offensively and then defensive-wise, blocking shots and getting rebounds.” What happened? Fans might remember that Dunleavy coached the Lakers two seasons from 1990-92, then ended up going to Milwaukee in the 1992-93 season. The coach was asked why he left the storied Lakers for a team that was in rebuilding mode. center_img The cliche that coach Mike Dunleavy used to describe the Clippers’ reaction to their injuries is that they are “treading water” until they get a healthy roster. While that might be true with the team, as it lost eight of 11 games before meeting the Lakers on Saturday night, that doesn’t apply to third-year center Chris Kaman. last_img read more


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