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Spotlight on Mourinho as Liverpool, City seek winning return

first_img0Shares0000Jose Mourinho has lost on all three previous visits to Stamford Bridge as Manchester United manager © AFP / GLYN KIRKLONDON, United Kingdom, Oct 19 – Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho remains the centre of attention when the former Chelsea boss returns to Stamford Bridge on Saturday.A dramatic fightback from 2-0 down to beat Newcastle 3-2 before a two-week international break offered Mourinho a stay of execution, but the pressure is still on the Portuguese to close a seven-point gap on Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool at the top of the table. Here, AFP Sports looks at what to look out for in the Premier League this weekend.Can Mourinho stop the rot?Mourinho has been quick to remind Chelsea fans on his previous returns to Stamford Bridge he delivered three Premier League titles in two spells in charge.However, he has lost without even scoring a goal in three visits as United manager.Another defeat wouldn’t just realistically end United’s chances of winning the title in mid-October, but leave a mountain to climb just to make it back into the top four.With Juventus to come twice in quick succession in the Champions League and a visit to City also to come before the next international break in three weeks’ time, Mourinho needs a good start to a difficult spell to avoid more speculation over his future.Testing times for TottenhamSpurs start a demanding seven-game stretch in 21 days against a West Ham side on Saturday that have already proven to be at their best on the big occasion this season.Of the Hammers seven Premier League points from eight games, four came from home games against Chelsea and United.Spurs have equalled their best ever start to a Premier League season despite already appearing at times to be running on fumes with a series of injuries to players who went deep into the World Cup.Mauricio Pochettino will again be without Dele Alli, Jan Vertonghen and Danny Rose and could be distracted by a must-win Champions League tie at PSV Eindhoven on Wednesday.Arsenal under the radarArsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette have struck up a fine partnership in a nine-game winning run © AFP / Adrian DENNISAmid the three-way battle at the top and the circus surrounding Mourinho, Arsenal’s resurgence under Unai Emery has gone under the radar.The Gunners have won nine games in a row in all competitions, six of them in the Premier League, to close to within two points of the leaders.Emery has managed to find the right balance to get club record signings Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang into the same side with the two combining for 11 goals in all competitions.Questions remain over how far Arsenal can go this season, particularly as they lost to City and Chelsea in the opening weeks of the season and haven’t beaten any side in the top eight on their winning run.But the visit of Leicester to the Emirates on Monday night offers another perfect opportunity to keep their momentum going.City, Liverpool expected to bounce backNeither side were too disheartened when Liverpool and City played out a 0-0 draw at Anfield just before the international break to preserve their unbeaten starts to the league season.After that anticipated thriller fell flat, though, both will be expected get back among the goals this weekend when Burnley visit the Etihad and winless Huddersfield host Liverpool.FixturesSaturdayChelsea v Manchester United (2:30pm), Bournemouth v Southampton, Cardiff v Fulham, Manchester City v Burnley, Newcastle v Brighton, West Ham v Tottenham, Wolves v Watford (all 5pm), Huddersfield v Liverpool (7:30pm)SundayEverton v Crystal Palace (6pm)MondayArsenal v Leicester (10pm)0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Transfer rumours and paper review – All the latest on Tottenham, Man United and Arsenal

first_imgHere’s the top transfer-related stories in Thursday’s newspapers…Wales manager Chris Coleman has told Gareth Bale to stay at Real Madrid. The former Tottenham flyer is reportedly assessing his options, ahead of a summer move with Manchester United said to be interested. (The Sun) Romelu Lukaku is back on Wolfsburg’s transfer wish-list – and they are ready to offer £33million for the Everton striker. (Daily Mirror)Southampton want Real Madrid’s Norwegian midfielder Martin Odegaard, 16, on loan next season. (The Sun)Arsenal have been given the green light to sign Mateo Kovacic with Inter Milan ready to sell him in the summer. (Metro)Manchester City have asked Wolfsburg about the availability of former Chelsea midfielder Kevin de Bruyne. (Evening Standard)Glen Johnson is interested in joining former England pal Ashley Cole at Roma. (Daily Mirror)And here are the latest talkSPORT.com transfer tales…Exclusive – Manuel Pellegrini needs more time at Manchester City, claims discarded defender‘World class Raheem Sterling has his feet firmly on the ground’, Liverpool star tells talkSPORT‘We all look up to him’ – Liverpool ace backs Jordan Henderson to follow Steven Gerrard as captainExclusive – Adam Lallana: ‘Win over Man United would give Liverpool massive psychological boost’Exclusive – Arsenal must splash the cash to compete, claims former GunnerExclusive – France star would be ‘perfect’ for Arsenal, claims InvincibleExclusive – England outcast Micah Richards refusing to give up on Three Lions returnExclusive – Richards tells Arsenal and Liverpool target: Move abroad could further your careerExclusive – Manchester City defender Micah Richards admits future is uncertainJuventus jump ahead of Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City in chase for Serie A strike sensationLazio star set to snub interest from Liverpool and commit future to Serie A clubNewcastle and Stoke go head-to-head for Germany forwardBlow for Man United and Man City! AC Milan set sights on Porto starRoma and Inter Milan set to launch £20m bids for Manchester City striker?last_img read more

JUDGE SLAMS GARDAI FOR RELEASING DONEGAL BURGLARY SUSPECT ON BAIL

first_imgA district court judge has slammed gardaí for releasing on bail a man arrested on suspicion of theft four times inside a month.Martin Conroy of Hawthorn Heights, Letterkenny failed to appear before Castlebar District Court in Mayo last Friday.The Donegal man was due to appear in relation to charges of theft in Castlebar on four dates between August 24 and September 22. Garda Fergal O’Gara told the court that he arrested Conroy at 12.10am on September 22 in relation to a burglary at Carolan’s Butchers on Davitts Terrace in Castlebar and that he was released on his own bail.Judge Mary Devins questioned why a man who was involved in four similar incidents in four weeks was released on bail, stating it was not in the ‘public interest’. She also said that he lived just ten minutes from Derry.Superintendent Joe Doherty said the decision to release on bail was not Garda O’Gara’s and said that there should have been a special court.The court heard that Conroy visits family in Castlebar on a regular basis and stays in the town a number of nights every week.JUDGE SLAMS GARDAI FOR RELEASING DONEGAL BURGLARY SUSPECT ON BAIL was last modified: October 5th, 2012 by StephenShare 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:CASTLEBAR DISTRICT COURTLETETRKENNYMARTIN CONROYlast_img read more

PENSIONER CHASED BURGLAR OUT OF HER HOME WITH HATCHET

first_imgA pensioner chased a burglar out of her home with a hatchet which she had brought to bed for protection.Lafferty was jailed for three years for burglary and causing criminal damage.Brave Ann McFadden was in her home in Kilmacrennan when the terrifying attack happened. She had just watched the Tonight With Vincent Browne Show on television and had gone to bed.Burglar Matthew Lafferty kicked in her bedroom door and said “Don’t worry, it’s only Matthew.”However the 69 year old woman managed to chase the 21 year old out of her home on January 18th this year.She called Gardai and she managed to give them a description of Lafferty and also the fact that he identified himself by name.Garda Brendan Roche went to Lafferty’s home just a kilometre away at Ballykeeran, Kilmacrennan and found Lafferty rummaging through Ms McFadden’s floral handbag.He was arrested but could not be interviewed for hours because he was under the influence of intoxicants.The court heard that Lafferty, who has 47 previous convictions, started to get into trouble early on and was first charged at just 14 years of age.His mother Laura told the court that he began to steal when he took coffee from a local hotel when he was just ten.She said he needs the help of a psychiatrist and that he suffers from ADHD and gets bored so easily.She said he is addicted to every type of drug around including heroin and even took her other children’s vitamin tablets and her stomach tablets.But Judge John O’Hagan said the elderly must be protected.“This shouldn’t happen. Elderly people should not have to live under the threat of young people breaking into houses and stealing from them and giving them an awful fright.”Judge O’Hagan added that the pensioner might have given her attacker more cause for concern than he gave her.“She has a bit of bottle in her and she armed herself with a hatchet. She might have had more of a frightening effect on him than him on her.”The court heard Lafferty is currently serving a five year sentence for aggravated burglary.Judge O’Hagan sentenced Lafferty to three years on the charges of burglary and criminal damage to run concurrently.PENSIONER CHASED BURGLAR OUT OF HER HOME WITH HATCHET was last modified: November 6th, 2013 by StephenShare 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:Ann McFaddenburglarykilmacrennanMatthew Laffertylast_img read more

Romer to face off with newly empowered teachers union

first_imgWith elections over, now the REAL politicking will begin – and a lot of it will be at school district bargaining tables across the state. In Los Angeles, LAUSD Superintendent Roy Romer and the Board of Education will have to deal with an empowered teachers union – which is taking credit for putting together the support that passed Measure Y, the $4 billion bond initiative approved by voters as a continuation of the district’s massive building program. The union is expected to demand from the board what it sees as its fair share for helping the district. At the same time, statewide, the unions will be pressing Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and the legislature to restore funding to schools and – in turn – to teachers. But there is speculation the governor will try to avoid giving any reward to teachers, instead insisting funds be used for programs such as reducing class sizes at middle schools. The elections also saw school board member Jose Huizar going to the City Council, leaving the Board of Education with the prospect of appointing a successor or calling its own special election. Insiders believe they will make an appointment, following their own tradition dating back some 40 years. Former Assembly Speaker Jesse Unruh once voiced what has perhaps become the true mantra for all campaigns: “Money is the mother’s milk of politics.” While Unruh made the comment during the peak of his power in the late 1960s and 1970s, it never has been more true than today. California long has led the nation in political spending, and a study by TNS Media Intelligence/CMAG – which tracks political advertising – said this past year saw a record $515 million spent nationally on campaigns. That includes the Los Angeles mayor’s race, which turned out to be a paltry $19.2 million compared with some of the other contests across the country. In New York City, Mayor Michael Bloomberg spent $76 million of his own money – with $30 million of it on television ads – to win re-election over opponent City Councilman Fernando Ferrer, who spent $6 million on television. Bloomberg spent more on his race than all of the candidates for mayor in Los Angeles, Boston, Cleveland, Detroit and Houston combined, the firm said. But then there was the California campaign and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s four special-election initiatives. The firm estimated spending on television advertising will have topped $90 million in the major media markets, with others estimating the total spending on all eight ballot initiatives at nearly $300 million. “The political ad season is becoming longer with each election and candidates are starting their ad campaign earlier than ever,” said Evan Tracy, chief operating officer of the firm. “We are already seeing candidates running for office in 2006 starting to air TV and radio ads.” And it is not only elected officials and ballot measures where spending is going crazy. Republicans and Democrats spent some $2 million on the confirmation of Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts and more than $220,000 already has been spent on the nomination of Justice Samuel Alito. All of this comes as Los Angeles officials are examining a publicly funded system for local elections to try to reduce the influence of money. Still, the sticking point continues to be areas that can’t be regulated – such as wealthy self-funded candidates like Bloomberg, ballot proposition campaigns where there are no limits and independent expenditures. Lions and tigers and mayors, oh my. It is not often these days that Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa gets upstaged. But that’s just what happened last week at the Los Angeles Zoo when the mayor found himself playing second fiddle to a pair of new Sumatran tiger cubs. The cubs – on display for the first time since they were born five months ago – are named Wiley Heran and Alyce Ratu and are among only 61 on exhibit in North America. If only all of the mayor’s animal issues were so easy. At the zoo, he has an ongoing controversy over the pachyderm exhibit and, in the Department of Animal Services, he faces frequent public protests by animal activists seeking to implement an immediate no-kill policy at city shelters. Someone should tell the California Democratic Party it’s not nice to gloat. Even as Gov. Schwarzenegger is licking his wounds, the party’s political director, Bob Mulholland, just couldn’t help getting in one last shot. “Did they get the license plates?” Mulholland asked in a memo sent to political reporters after last week’s special election in which the governor’s four reform measures were defeated. “Police report at Schwarzenegger’s accident site after 8 p.m. on election night: Schwarzenegger’s propositions were run over by four Hummers with the following license plates: NURSES; TEACHERS; FIREFIGHTERS and DEMOCRATS.” Democrats should be careful. While the governor’s down now, he has shown resilience in the past and a bruising Democratic primary election – which it looks like it is shaping up to be – could end up making Schwarzenegger attractive again to voters. Rick Orlov, (213) 978-0390 rick.orlov@dailynews.com AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week160Want 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

Gardaí warn of icy roads in parts of Donegal

first_imgMotorists are being urged to take extra care on the roads this morning due to icy conditions.A Status Yellow Snow/Ice warning is in place until 10am today (Monday) as temperatures remain low.Gardaí are advising motorists not to take the back road from Letterkenny to Drumkeen. A lot of black ice has been reported at Coravaddy Woods, particularly at the hill and a number of cars have gone off the road. The Council have been notified.The AA is reminding drivers: Remember it takes much longer to stop on icy roads, so slow down, leave yourself extra room to brake and keep all manoeuvres gentle. Gardaí warn of icy roads in parts of Donegal was last modified: December 16th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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

Jake Paul knocks out Deji and shocks everyone by calling out Chris Brown

first_imgAdvertisement AdvertisementAfter knocking out Deji in what was billed as the biggest event on the internet, Jake Paul immediately called out American Singer, songwriter and actor Chris Brown to a boxing match.“I want to call someone out,” said Jake after his match. “Chris Brown, I know you were supposed to fight Soulja Boy. But I think it is time you got in the ring with someone your own size.”‘I wanna keep on fighting, I love the sport. So, Chris Brown, I wanna see you,’ he added.The 21-year old following his victory over the British youtube sensation also launched his own clothing and merch line RNBO, during his ring walk white jacket emblazoned with RNBO’s logo. His headgear was also RNBO-branded. He also gave RNBO a shout out post during his post-fight interview.Meanwhile, Deji wanted a rematch despite getting stopped, it’s highly unlikely as the fight wasn’t really close.Also Read-Logan Paul and KSI square up for the biggest event on the internet; Here’s how you can watch it Live in INDIAlast_img read more

OP Jaisha on Rio marathon row: Can’t fight against AFI, God and I know the truth

first_imgIndia marathoner OP Jaisha has refuted the Athletics Federation of India’s (AFI) statement that labelled the athlete’s claims ‘misleading and incorrect’.Jaisha created a stir when she alleged that the Indian marathoners were not given water during the women’s event at the Rio Olympics. She claimed that the Indian desk was unmanned through the event in Rio.However, the AFI, in its statement, vouched the arrangements made from their part for the marathon race was commendable and that the athlete and her coach refused to avail energy drinks during the event.A disappointed Jaisha defended her stand by saying she had never complained throughout her career and that she will gain nothing by lying. (Officials in blame game after OPL Jaisha reveals horror tale from Rio 2016)”Why would I say such a huge lie, when I have never complained even once in my entire sports career?” Jaisha was quoted as saying by ANI.”I can’t fight against the Govt or AFI and win maybe, but god and I know the truth, and I owe that to sports,” Jaisha added.Jaisha finished 89th with a timing of 2:47:19, and collapsed after finishing the race. It took seven drip bottles to help her regain consciousness.’CHECK THE CAMERAS’ The marathoner also question on the authenticity of AFI’s statement asking how would the federation know the truth if none of members were present during the event.”How would the representatives of Athletics Federation Of India know the truth if they were not even there?”advertisement”There are cameras everywhere now, they should check the cameras and they will get the answer,” Jaisha said.last_img read more

Here is your horoscope for May 9

first_imgARIESYour individualistic approach brings success. You are not afraid of expressing ideas even if they arouse controversy to begin with. You can be sudden and enthusiastic in love or anger. You have the right quality of innocence and clarity. Children bring joy! Lucky number 7. Colour yellow. TAURUSYou may need to rejuvenate energy, as you seem exhausted dealing with blocks. You are generous in relationships. You need to find a healing outlet or release for your tension, anger and frustration or you may explode at the wrong time and wrong place. Lucky number 10. Colour orange. GEMINIBe realistic or you can get restless with professional and personal situations. Things are changing by themselves so allow a bit of time to give you direction. Reason is divorced from reality – look at the truth! Reflection heralds the end of a delusion. Lucky number 10. Colour rusty red. CANCERNine golden cups full of light greet you with love in relationships and success in business. Everything seems to be moving at a happy pace but you can feel the changes trickling in and transforming relationships. A shopping spree can upset your budget. Lucky number 9. Colour pink. LEOSince you are divided about choices, a quick, spontaneous decision takes you towards fulfillment. Differences in relationships are resolved with friendly consideration and a loving attitude. Your duality within draws you towards different moods and activities! Lucky number 2. Colour blue. VIRGOYou are blessed with youthful energy and dynamism in earthy aspects, which you infuse in business affairs. Your social life maybe considered dull and you are somewhat resentful of spiritual and emotional aspects today. Relationships are stable and supportive. Lucky number 18. Colour brown. advertisementLIBRAYou tend to suffer agonies of mind unnecessarily by worrying about everything and imagining the worst. There is no need to feel oppressed and suffer but stand up for yourself and get free of limitations. Your patience in relationships brings you support. Lucky number 9. Colour silver grey. SCORPIOYou stand strong against stormy weather and difficult situations to face professional and personal challenges. Material wealth and physical well being allow you to travel, indulge in sport and burn your candle at both ends. A valuable relationship is sensitive. Lucky number 10. Colour red. SAGITTARIUSLike ‘The Queen of Swords’ you are brilliant, individualistic and not ready to make compromises in any aspect. You are intensely perceptive and don’t miss any undercurrents or political games that go on around you. Tender care is needed in relationships. Lucky number 6. Colour blue. CAPRICORNAn empty canvas eagerly awaits your first brush stroke, which reveals the mood and colour of your new painting or project. Relationships are rejuvenated with new feelings. The past gets wiped out, without any effort or regret, once you make a new beginning. Lucky number 8. Colour white. AQUARIUSA blend of success and pleasure leaves you with mixed feelings. You give in to what others want but would rather abandon yourself to a lazy, relaxing day. You share happy times with friends. You are likely to invest in a luxury that brings a temporary thrill. Lucky number 4. Colour red. PISCES’The Knight of Cups’ brings up friendships and connections from the past as nostalgia and sentiment over whelm you. You are much in demand during family and official engagements. You are graceful and amiable, quick to respond to attraction and enthusiastic. Lucky number 5. Colour browns.last_img read more