Video: Miss us yet, Louis? Ex-Man United stars Nani and Robin van Persie star for Fenerbahce

first_img Fenerbahce star Nani in action 1 Manchester United haven’t had the greatest weekend.Manchester City won again and signed won of the best midfielders in Europe, and they failed to capitalise on Chelsea’s defeat as they too lost.And just hours after the 2-1 defeat to Swansea, where the Red Devils looked toothless, they were given a reminder of what they’ve lost this summer as Nani grabbed a double for Fenerbahce.His first was a superb header from a Robin van Persie cross and his second was free-kick in added time to hand them a 2-1 win over Antalyaspor.You can see the goals below…last_img read more

‘Liverpool confirm manager to leave at end of the season’

first_img Liverpool Ladies celebrate their title success A Liverpool manager will be departing at the end of the season – but it is Matt Beard, not Brendan Rodgers, who will be leaving his post!Beard has been a huge sucess in his role as boss of the Merseyside club’s Ladies team, leading them to two successive Super League titles.He has now been tempted to America by Boston Breakers, who play in the popular National Women’s Soccer League.Beard will continue in his role as Liverpool Ladies manager until the end of this season before making the move Stateside.“The decision to leave Liverpool Ladies is one that I have thought a great deal about and was a really tough decision to make,” said Beard.“However, having enjoyed three fantastic years here and having spent 11 years working in the top flight of women’s football in England, I feel like I need a new challenge and I feel I have taken the club as far as I can.“I would like to thank all of the players and staff that I have worked with during my tenure as Liverpool Ladies manager. I have had some fantastic times with the club and will take some memories that will last forever.“I would also like to thank the Liverpool Ladies supporters who, in my opinion, are the best supporters in the Women’s Super League.“The backing that we have received both home and away has been nothing short of fantastic and I would like to express my gratitude to the fans for the backing they have given to the team.“I am extremely excited at the prospect of challenging myself abroad in a league as competitive as the National Women’s Soccer League with Boston Breakers.“The move is a decision I have not taken lightly and will be a big move for both myself and my family, but is a challenge that I cannot wait to get started.”Ian Ayre, Liverpool’s chief executive officer, added: “It has been an incredible story for our Liverpool Ladies team, winning back-to-back league titles and qualifying for the Champions League for the first time.“Matt has been at the very heart of that success and we thank him for his contribution and wish him well in his new challenge. The search for a new manager will begin immediately to build on the progress made to date.” 1last_img read more

How to make a Real Madrid fan angry in 60 seconds

first_imgIf you’re a fan of Real Madrid, this video probably isn’t for you.Ahead of this weekend’s Clasico, we’ve created a video that is sure to rile both sets of fans and crank up the atmosphere even more!If you need your blood pressure rising even further, we’ve made a minute long video full of the worst moments from Real Madrid’s history.If this video isn’t to your taste, check out how to make Barcelona fans angry in 60 seconds.For more of the best sports entertainment on YouTube, subscribe – for free – to talkSPORT here!last_img read more

‘Mignolet is one of Premier League’s top three goalkeepers’, claims Anfield legend

first_imgDietmar Hamann has told talkSPORT Simon Mignolet is one of the top three goalkeepers in the Premier League.The Belgian has often been a target for detractors since his £9million move to Liverpool from Sunderland in the summer of 2013, and former manager Brendan Rodgers left him out of the team for an “indefinite period” last December following some inconsistent displays.That exodus last just 12 days before stand-in Brad Jones picked up an injury, and Mignolet has been first choice ever since.He found himself back under the microscope again last week, however, after conceding a goal against Bordeaux from an indirect free-kick inside the penalty area after he was penalised for holding onto the ball for 21 seconds.Anfield boss Jurgen Klopp, however, insists he is not looking to replace Mignolet and hailed the 27-year-old as “one of the smartest goalkeepers” he has ever had.And Hamann is backing the judgement of his fellow German and says there should be no question marks over Mignolet’s Merseyside future.“He’s a very talented goalkeeper,” he said on the Colin Murray show. “The issue people always have with him is whether or not he’s mentally strong enough, but for a goalkeeper to come back into the team [after being dropped like he was last season] and do well is not an easy thing to do.“As an outfield player you’ve always got another chance. But if he’d come back and made one or two mistakes his Liverpool career would have been finished.“The way he responded last year, and the way he’s kept goal this year for large parts, has been exceptional.“I totally agree with the manager. I wouldn’t swap him for any goalkeeper in the Premier League other than David de Gea and Thibaut Courtois, he’s that good a goalkeeper. He’s still young and he can still improve.“He has the most clean sheets in the Premier League in 2015 and you don’t do that if you’re not a capable goalkeeper. I hope he stays at the club and I hope he stays as No.1 and, by the sound of it, he will.“Leave him alone. He’s a top keeper.”last_img read more

MLB NOTEBOOK Yankees prepared to make contract offer to keep A-Rod

first_imgFrom news services The Yankees are preparing to offer Alex Rodriguez a contract extension that probably will run for four or five years and have an average yearly salary of $25 million to $30 million. New York has attempted to set up a meeting with A-Rod but the slugger’s agent, Scott Boras, hasn’t committed to a face-to-face session. Rodriguez can opt out of his record $252 million, 10-year contact up until the 10th day following the World Series. He is owed $72 million by the Yankees during the final three seasons of that deal, but New York would receive a $21.3 million subsidy from the Texas Rangers, who originally signed Rodriguez to the contract and agreed to the payments when they traded A-Rod to New York in 2004. The Yankees would lose that subsidy if Rodriguez terminates the contract and say they would drop out of negotiations if he opts out. In addition to Rodriguez, the Yankees have several other potential free agents to deal with. The team is hopeful of reaching agreements with closer Mariano Rivera and catcher Jorge Posada on contracts that would be for about $40 million over three years each, and New York is likely to exercise a $16 million option on right fielder Bobby Abreu. Pitcher Andy Pettitte has a $16 million player option, and the Yankees hope he will return for 2008. Retiring Biggio wins Clemente Award Craig Biggio capped his sweat-stained career with one more cherished honor. The longtime Houston Astros star won the 2007 Roberto Clemente Award, given annually to a major league player who combines community service with excellence on the field. Biggio received the trophy in a ceremony at Coors Field before Game 3 of the World Series between the Boston Red Sox and Colorado Rockies. He was picked from among 30 nominees, one from each big league team, by a committee that included Selig and Vera Clemente, Roberto’s widow. “I’m very humbled and grateful for this honor and to be part of his legacy,” Biggio said. “I think the biggest part about Roberto is, as great of a player as he was, he was a bigger man off the field in his generosity and his time and giving back to the community.” The 41-year-old second baseman retired after this season, his 20th in the major leagues – all with Houston. He became the 27th player to reach 3,000 hits on June 28. Asked about winning such a prestigious award in his final season, Biggio left the whole room laughing. “I guess it was our last chance,” he said. “So, thank you.” Known for his gritty play at several positions, Biggio also is the national spokesman for the Sunshine Kids Foundation, which provides support and fun activities for young cancer patients. He visits the Sunshine Kids house regularly and often wore the organization’s pin on his Astros cap. “The Sunshine Kids are near and dear to my heart and they’re one of the reasons that I stayed there and never left as a free agent,” Biggio said. “We’re not about a cure. We’re about families, we’re about putting smiles on faces.” Selig won’t get a sneak preview Selig doesn’t think he will get an advance look at George Mitchell’s report on steroids use in baseball. Mitchell, a Boston Red Sox director and former Senate Majority Leader, was hired by Selig in March 2006 and is expected to issue his report before the end of the year. Selig was asked whether he will see the report before it is made public. “I doubt I will,” he responded. “Nobody will see it.” Then he modified his answer slightly, saying he might get it a few hours before others so he could “digest it.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.In addition, A-Rod is owed $3 million annually in deferred money by the Rangers, payments that were converted to an assignment bonus at the time of the trade. Meanwhile, General Manager Brian Cashman said there were no developments in the team’s managerial search. Hank Steinbrenner, a son of owner George Steinbrenner, was quoted in Saturday’s editions of The New York Times as saying the team will make a decision Monday and an announcement the following day if given permission by Commissioner Bud Selig, who must approve announcements made during the World Series. “Every club has to do what they think is right,” Selig said. “What they’re doing now internally, they’re entitled to do that.” Other Yankees officials were not as certain Saturday as to the timing of a decision. Bench coach Don Mattingly, considered the favorite, hasn’t heard anything from the Yankees, agent Ray Schulte said, and Yankees broadcaster Joe Girardi said before Game 3 of the World Series that he hadn’t been informed of anything. First-base coach Tony Pe a also was interviewed for the job earlier this week. last_img read more

Cyclone leaves millions stranded in Bangladesh

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre By late Friday, 24 hours after the cyclone roared ashore, officials were still trying to get reports from many districts. Dhaka, the capital city of this poor, desperately crowded nation of 150 million people, remained without power. Winds uprooted trees and sent billboards flying through the air, said Ashraful Zaman, an official at the main emergency control room. A government announcement put the death toll at 242, but Dalil Uddin of the Ministry of Disaster Management expected the official toll to go much higher. The United News of Bangladesh news agency, which has reporters deployed across the devastated region, said the count from each affected district left an overall death toll of at least 1,100. Holmes said his U.N. agency believes that more than 20,000 houses have been damaged in the hardest-hit districts and that the death toll is expected to climb beyond the government’s figures. About 150 fishing trawlers were unaccounted for, he said. Hasanul Amin, assistant director of the cyclone preparedness program sponsored by the government and the Bangladesh Red Crescent Society, said about a dozen teams had been deployed to the worst-hit areas in the country’s southwest. But it was slow going. In the village of Sharankhola, some people waited for hours to get dry biscuits and rice, according to Bishnu Prasad, a United News of Bangladesh reporter on the scene. “We have lost everything,” a farmer, Moshararf Hossain, told Prasad. “We have nowhere to go.” The cyclone swept in from the Bay of Bengal and roared across the southwestern coast late Thursday with driving rain and high waves, leveling thousands of flimsy huts and destroying crops and fish farms in 15 coastal districts, officials and witnesses said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! DHAKA, Bangladesh – Aid workers struggled Friday to help survivors of Tropical Cyclone Sidr, which blasted Bangladesh with 150 mph winds, killing a reported 1,100 people, savaging coastal towns and leaving millions without power in the deadliest such storm in more than a decade. Rescuers – some even employing the brute force of elephants – contended with roads that were washed out or blocked by wind-blown debris to try to get water and food to people stranded by flooding. The damage to livelihood, housing and crops from Sidr will be “extremely severe,” said John Holmes, the U.N. undersecretary-general for humanitarian affairs, adding that the world body was making millions of dollars in aid available to Bangladesh. The winds wreaked havoc on the country’s electricity and telephone lines, affecting even areas that were spared a direct hit, and leaving the full picture of the death and destruction unclear. last_img read more

Oxnard to pay $2.75 million in run-over death

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! OXNARD – The city of Oxnard has agreed to pay $2.75 million to the family of an Iowa woman who was killed after being accidentally run over by police officers on the beach. The settlement, announced Tuesday, came a day before trial was set to begin in Ventura County Superior Court in the death of Cindy Conolly. On June 12, 2006, Conolly was sunbathing on the beach at Mandalay Bay a day after her son was married about 300 yards away, according to Mark Hiepler, the family’s attorney. An Oxnard police officer patrolling the beach did not see her and drove over her in his 6,500-pound Chevy Tahoe. The city had no beach-driving policy for officers, and the officer had not received any training in beach driving, Hiepler said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat Kings“Our mom’s death was easily preventable,” the family wrote in a prepared statement. “My hope now is that her tragic death will forever be a reminder to the city of Oxnard, that anything is possible when one has no rules, policies or regulations.” Oxnard city officials were unavailable for comment.last_img read more

Cuban dissident to push for greater liberties

first_imgHAVANA – Internationally renowned dissident Oswaldo Paya on Thursday announced a new group with more than 300 members to promote reconciliation and push for laws that allow Cubans more individual liberties. Paya said the Citizen Committee for Reconciliation and Dialogue seeks to get average Cubans involved in efforts to change laws to “guarantee the exercise of fundamental rights of all Cubans, whether they live inside or outside” the communist-run island. It builds on Paya’s Varela Project, which amassed more than 25,000 signatures asking for a referendum to change Cuba’s electoral law and to guarantee freedoms of speech, assembly and private business ownership. The European Union honored that project in 2002 by awarding Paya its top human rights prize. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsWhile some members of the new committee are established dissidents, most are ordinary citizens, Paya told a small group of reporters. “The majority of Cubans want change,” said Paya, 55, a devout Roman Catholic who founded the opposition Christian Liberation Movement a decade ago to emphasize peaceful change. “Never before have the Cuban people been so conscious that change is near and that Cuba has to change.” The island’s 81-year-old leader, Fidel Castro, underwent emergency intestinal surgery last year and stepped aside provisionally for his brother Raul, the 76-year-old defense minister and his constitutionally appointed successor. Communist leaders insist that no major changes will occur after Fidel Castro is gone and dismiss opposition leaders such as Paya as “counterrevolutionaries” and “mercenaries.” Paya’s projects are less militant and more inclusive than most opposition projects in Cuba, bringing him criticism from some people in the exile community. He insists that change on the island must be homegrown and rejects proposals for change made by governments and groups outside the island, such as the recent White House project to promote a “democratic transition” in Cuba. In a “Declaration of Liberty for Cubans” accompanying Thursday’s announcement, Paya said, “The Cuban people, and especially the new generations, want to live in peace, in an environment free of fakery, fear, hate, rancor, without revenge or vengeance.”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

Repeated `super X-rays’ pose risk, especially to children

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsThe risk from a single CT, or computed tomography, scan to an individual is small. But “we are very concerned about the built-up public health risk over a long period of time,” said Eric J. Hall, who wrote the report with fellow Columbia University medical physicist David J. Brenner. It was published in today’s New England Journal of Medicine and paid for by federal grants. The average American’s total radiation exposure has nearly doubled since 1980, largely because of CT scans. Medical radiation now accounts for more than half of the population’s total exposure; it used to be just one-sixth, and the top source was the normal background rate in the environment, from things like radon in soil and cosmic energy from the sun. A previous study by the same scientists in 2001 led the federal Food and Drug Administration to recommend ways to limit scans and risks in children. Millions of Americans, especially children, are needlessly getting dangerous radiation from “super X-rays” that raise the risk of cancer and are increasingly used to diagnose medical problems, a new report warns. In a few decades, as many as 2 percent of all cancers in the United States might be due to radiation from CT scans given now, according to the authors of the report. Some experts say that estimate is overly alarming. But they agree with the need to curb these tests particularly in children, who are more susceptible to radiation and more likely to develop cancer from it. “There are some serious concerns about the methodology used,” but the authors “have brought to attention some real serious potential public health issues,” said Dr. Arl Van Moore, head of the American College of Radiology’s board of chancellors. But CT use continued to soar. About 62 million scans were done in the U.S. last year, up from 3 million in 1980. More than 4 million were in children. Since previous studies suggest that a third of all diagnostic tests are unnecessary, that means that 20 million adults and more than 1 million children getting CT scans are needlessly being put at risk, Brenner and Hall write. Ultrasound and MRI, or magnetic resonance imaging, scans often are safer options that do not expose people to radiation, they contend. But they put out a lot of radiation. A CT scan of the chest involves 10 to 15 millisieverts (a measure of dose) versus 0.01 to 0.15 for a regular chest X-ray, 3 for a mammogram and a mere 0.005 for a dental X-ray. The dose depends on the type of machine and the person – obese people require more radiation than slim ones – and the risk accumulates over a lifetime.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


first_imgDONEGAL TD Thomas Pringle has called for the creation of jobs as a condition of grant aid under seafood business development and seafood processing schemes to ensure that the maximum number of jobs are created and maintained in the seafood processing sector.“Operated by Bord Iascaigh Mhara, the Seafood Processing Business Investment Scheme which began in 2010 had the creation of employment as a key element in the selection of seafood processing projects for financial assistance under the Scheme, but it was not mandatory,” said Deputy Pringle.“Speaking in reply to questions posed by me Minister Coveney stated that he is proposing to change grant support for ‘value added’ processing from 25% to 30%, and reduce the grant rate for ‘processing improvements’ to 20% in an effort to steer this sector towards value added processing to encourage diversification and job creation. “But grant announcements are misleading for workers in the fishing industry as it appears from grant announcements that are made that they are linked to the number of jobs, but that these jobs are more aspirational and not really the deciding factor.“For example the Killybegs High Level Group Report in June 2011 announced the creation of 250 jobs based on grant approvals, but these jobs are not a condition of grant aid making it difficult to verify if these jobs have been created and where.“While I welcome the increase in the value added grant, there needs to be a focus on it creating jobs and I am calling on the Minister to create that concrete link by making job creation a condition for such grants,” stated Pringle.  ******** – Donegal’s No1 News & Sports Website – more than 30,000 Visitors Every DayFollow the leader on: SEAFOOD BUSINESSES MUST CREATE JOBS TO GET GRANTS – DONEGAL TD was last modified: February 18th, 2013 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) Tags:KillybegsSEAFOOD BUSINESSES MUST CREATE JOBS TO GET GRANTS – DONEGAL TDThomas Pringlelast_img read more