Savea not ruling out code hop

first_imgWing Savea appeared in the final Test against the British and Irish Lions on July 8 but was omitted by Steve Hansen for the Rugby Championship and the November internationals.The 27-year-old has scored 46 tries in 54 Test appearances for the All Blacks – just four away from surpassing Douglas Howlett as the country’s most prolific player.Savea is contracted with New Zealand Rugby until the end of the 2019 Rugby World Cup, though he is seemingly open to switching codes with his place in the national team uncertain.”It’s always been in the back of my mind,” Savea told Newshub about crossing to rugby league.”I haven’t had any reason to leave rugby, I’d definitely think about it.”You can’t not think about it and not say no straight away, weigh up the pros and cons and what’s best for my family.”Savea featured for the Barbarians against New Zealand in November and is trying to stay positive as he looks ahead to the 2018 Super Rugby season with the Hurricanes.Less than 100 days till #OpeningNight at #OurHouse @Hurricanesrugby!! Get your memberships today— Julian Savea (@juliansavea7) November 30, 2017″I guess it [being dropped] can play a lot on your mind,” he said.”Especially with the confidence. Do you start believing you’re not good enough or say stuff it and work harder and work your butt off?”For me, I like the challenges. I’ve had adversity before, I just can’t wait to get the season started.”last_img read more

Koke and twelve more –

first_imgToday Simeone goes out with Koke and ten more. Or better: Koke and twelve other first team field players, what does he have. Thirteen and two goalkeepers. Complete the list three soccer players of B. The injuries again, all accumulated in the same section of the season. Seven (Trippier, Arias, Giménez, Herrera, João, Morata and Costa) plus Felipe, down by penalty. And in front of Granada, another one of those teams that Cholo has a hard time winning, so identical: intense and with a lot of pressure, to wait back and the ball stopped. But today is of mortal necessity. Win back. Atletico is out of the Champions League positions, it is 6th, and in two games who is Liverpool.A Granada Cup semifinalistToday a Cup semifinalist Granada does and maybe with his head there, more in the game during the week than this one on Saturday. Diego Martínez, who in the first round already started a draw to Atleti in Los Cármenes, will make rotations, such as Foulquier by Neva on the side. The loss of Gonalons, overload, is important. He already lacks Montoro. In the center will enter Eteki or maybe Azeez. Above, Soldier, reinforced by his two goals in the Valencia Cup, and his forward-feeling of the season, Carlos Fernández.Follow Vrsaljko, come back Beautiful that whenever he played he did well, Simeone doubted between two men: if you start Saponjic at the top or that Correa and Llorente play above do it in the middle. I’ll bet on the latter, it seems. In this match where he already walks without a net. But with Koke back. The days are finally over without him. And Koke in the field improves everything. The torture of days without Koke is over. Those full of blows. With defeats, frustrations, the parties whose points stopped counting three by three. Without Koke, Atlético has not won in a month, the Copa del Rey was left in León and the Spanish Super Cup on penalties against Madrid. Without Koke, defeat at Ipurua, defeat at the Bernabéu and draw with Leganés at the Metropolitan. Without Koke deepens the lack of goal (two in five games) and preparation in the center.But today Koke returns, the captain to his place and the bracelet to his arm. When it may not be noticed, even if it is always the one that runs the most, the one that wears the most, but alas when he is not there, there is no footballer whose absence is accused more. There are the numbers. And they scream.last_img read more

Cartoon: June 30, 2014

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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 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


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


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. 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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