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Another blow for Man United

first_imgLONDON (AP):After another lacklustre week in the short reign of Louis van Gaal, Manchester United will revisit the scene of one of the team’s greatest embarrassments.In January 1984, Bournemouth then playing in the third tier eliminated defending champions United from the FA Cup in one of the competition’s great upsets. Now, Bournemouth are in the Premier League for the first time and preparing to host United tomorrow.The disparity between United and Bournemouth is vast. United have the league’s biggest stadium (76,000-capacity); Bournemouth’s is the smallest (11,500). United have won a record 20 top-flight titles; Bournemouth have zero.Although United are three points from first place and Bournemouth are barely out of the relegation zone on goal difference, the south-coast club has been buoyed by the greatest result in its history: Winning at Premier League champions Chelsea last weekend.United, though, are making the long trip to the seaside town after failing to qualify for the round of 16 in the Champions League.And United midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger starts a three-game ban after accepting a Football Association charge for violent conduct yesterday. The German stuck out his left arm and caught West Ham defender Winston Reid in the throat as both players jostled for position from a free kick during the 0-0 draw at Old Trafford on Saturday.Adding to United’s problems is a lengthy injury list that includes captain Wayne Rooney and defenders Matteo Darmian and Chris Smalling.”We have a lot of injuries,” United midfielder Marouane Fellaini said. “There’s nothing we can do about that. We have a lot of players in the squad that the manager has given a chance to and now they can show themselves, but I hope the injured players come back soon.”CHELSEA DANGERRestored to the starting lineup for Chelsea’s Champions League win over FC Porto, striker Diego Costa will now be looking to start scoring on a regular basis.The Spain forward has scored only three league goals so far this season.”He is lacking in confidence, clearly,” Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho said.After winning the league by eight points in May, Chelsea could find themselves in the relegation zone before playing at surprise leaders Leicester on Monday. Leicester are 17 points in front of 14th-place Chelsea.Mourinho’s side is only two points above the relegation zone after losing to Bournemouth, with its hopes of qualifying for the Champions League looking increasingly reliant on winning the competition.Monday’s game is Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri’s first meeting with the club he managed between 2000 and 2004, when Mourinho first took charge.”I’m sure at the end of the season they will be in the top four,” Ranieri said. “I still think they will make the Champions League. For now it is bad luck, but when they start to win, they will arrive.”GARDE REUNIONThere’s another reunion this weekend with former Arsenal player Remi Garde hosting the London club as manager of Aston Villa on Sunday.While Villa are in last place, Arsenal are two points from the top in second and looking forward to the round of 16 in the Champions League after turning around a faltering campaign.Garde won the league with Arsenal in 1998 during his three years with the club at the start of Arsene Wenger’s reign.last_img read more

Hubert Lawrence looks at the Zika threat and Olympics in 2017?

first_imgWith the Zika virus kicking up rumpus in Brazil, there is growing discussion about moving the 2016 Olympics from Rio de Janeiro. However, the Olympics are so big and costly that few countries could attempt to take the Games with just six months to prepare. It’s a big ask.Beijing and London, host cities of the 2008 and 2012 Games, would probably be the best bets to take over if Zika forced Rio to defer. Both cities have the facilities and recent experience in organising the biggest multi-sport event in the world. With the schedule as tight as it is, those inputs are critical.One wonders whether all the other inputs could be mobilised in time. Volunteers play a huge role in running the sporting events and visitor hospitality, and by this stage their recruitment would need to be in top gear already. Even in the case of London, work might be needed to polish and shine the stadia that housed sporting contests four years ago. This requirement would be even greater for Beijing.Even so, their venue costs would be far less.Neither city may want to take up the challenge if Rio is out. Added to that, hosting the Olympics isn’t cheap. Beijing reportedly spent US$40 billion in 2008 and London shelled out US$13 billion in 2012. The Rio figure keeps morphing, but is probably some in-between the two. That’s not chump change.NO BEIJING OR LONDONWith the short time to prepare and the costs, it’s a good guess that Beijing and London won’t come running as substitute venues this year.If the Zika threat clears soon, the best bet will be for Rio to host the Games as planned. If the mosquito-borne virus infects the Games schedule, we could end up with an Olympics in 2017.With Brazil spending tons of cash to get ready, it’s going to be hard on that sports-loving nation to be left with a big bill, no Games and none of the financial benefits from increased tourism income.It follows then that if the Zika threat causes a postponement but is resolved by year end, the world’s best athletes could be doing the samba next summer. That’s the only solution that leaves Brazil with the Games it has worked so hard to prepare for.For everyone’s health and for the sake of the Games, we can only hope the Zika solution comes very quickly.n Hubert Lawrence attended the Games in Sydney, Athens, Beijing and London.last_img read more

UAAP Volleyball: La Salle solo at top spot after rout of UP

first_imgRecto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims La Salle, however, started the third set on the defensive end as UP’s constant attack methodically kept the Lady Spikers at bay.Diana Carlos gave the Lady Maroons a 10-6 lead with a booming kill but that was the Lady Maroons’ last grasp on the lead as the Lady Spikers countered with a 10-3 run that ended with the scores at 16-13 after Mary Joy Baron’s kill forced a net touch on UP’s side.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkTin Tiamzon then scored two consecutive points, first a hit off Rose Mary Cailing’s block then a service ace that bounced off Ayel Estrañero, to give La Salle a 22-18 lead.La Salle head coach Ramil De Jesus said his team taking the no. 1 spot was a positive sight for them as they have started to build momentum as early as two games into the second round. Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Desiree Cheng. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netDefending champion De La Salle claimed sole ownership of the top spot in the standings after making quick work of University of the Philippines, 25-15, 25-19, 25-19, in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Centre.The Lady Spikers have now won three straight games to bump their record to a league-best 7-2, half a game above National University, while the Lady Maroons dropped to 3-6.ADVERTISEMENT Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIEScenter_img Westbrook nets 100th triple-double as Thunder beat Hawks Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “This is a good sign for us because it’s the end, or rather, the start of the second round and we’re already performing well,” said De Jesus in Filipino. “One of our targets is either to be the no. 1 or no. 2 seed.”“This is a good position for us and I hope this continues. We just have to maintain this on training because it’s really important for us not to peak too early.”Aduke Ogunsanya then finished off the Lady Maroons with two consecutive points for the Lady Spikers.Kianna Dy and Desiree Cheng had 14 points apiece to lead the Lady Spikers while Tin Tiamzon and Ogunsanya finished with nine and eight points, respectively.Carlos had 16 points to lead the Lady Maroons while Isa Molde added 10.ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown La Salle didn’t have considerable differences with UP in spikes, 34-29, and blocks, 5-3, but lit up in the service line outscoring the Lady Maroons 15-4 in aces.RELATED VIDEOS View commentslast_img read more

Man United and Liverpool target to make non-European move?

first_img Inter Milan star Fredy Guarin Manchester United and Liverpool target Fredy Guarin might still leave Inter Milan this window for a non-European side.The transfer windows in both Russian and Turkey are still open so sides like Zenit St Petersburg, managed by former Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas, and Galatasaray can still sign the Colombia man.Guarin had hoped to secure a move to England, especially to Louis van Gaal’s side where he could link up with international team-mate Radamel Falcao.But both United and Brendan Rodgers passed on the option to sign the midfielder and he could now secure himself a highly lucrative move to one of the nations that still have until September 6th to complete any transfer deals.Guarin and Villas-Boas worked together at Porto and the former Chelsea boss has kept in close contact with his former player, even guiding him to Inter before he became unsettled at the Serie A side. 1last_img read more

Hawksbee and Jacobs daily – Thursday, January 14

first_imgJoin Paul Hawksbee and Andy Jacobs for a humorous round-up of the best bits of Thursday’s show.last_img

€50 VOUCHER FOR HOMELAND STORES – SIMPLY FILL OUT THIS 60 SECOND SURVEY

first_imgSURVEY: We are seeking to measure the level of awareness of Homeland Letterkenny. We also are tasked to capture comments from those who either know of its presence as well as those who might be potential customers. Can you please take the time to fill out this short survey, and be in with a chance of winning a €50 voucher for Homeland Letterkenny.[ninja_forms id=8]€50 VOUCHER FOR HOMELAND STORES – SIMPLY FILL OUT THIS 60 SECOND SURVEY was last modified: June 22nd, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:BusinessHomeland StoresMarket Researchnewssurveylast_img read more

CHECKS FIND COMPLIANCE WITH SECURITY LAWS IN NORTH DONEGAL

first_imgTHE Private Security Authority has revealed that it has carried out spot checks in three towns in the county – and found almost 100% compliance with laws on doorstaff.The PSA said it had carried out a number of inspections of door supervisor (licensed premises) services in Ballybofey, Letterkenny & Buncrana.Its staff were accompanied by gardai during the checks, it said. A spokeswoman told donegaldaily.com: “The purpose of these inspections is to ensure that only those licensed by the PSA are operating and that individuals are wearing a clearly visible identity badge as legally required.“The PSA found that 100% of contractors providing door supervisor (licensed premises) were licensed. It was also found that 98% of individuals operating as door supervisor (licensed premises) were licensed and 100% of those licensed were wearing their Identity Badge as legally required.”Ms Geraldine Larkin, Chief Executive of the PSA welcomed the findings in North Donegal, and added that these visits undertaken with An Garda Síochána, demonstrate a multi- agency approach ensuring that checks against a range of legislation can be undertaken.Ms. Larkin said that liaison with other State Agencies will continue to play an important role in PSA day to day operations. The Private Security Authority is the statutory body with responsibility for licensing and regulating the private security industry in Ireland. The Authority is an independent body under the aegis of the Department of Justice and Equality.CHECKS FIND COMPLIANCE WITH SECURITY LAWS IN NORTH DONEGAL was last modified: September 7th, 2011 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:BallybofeybuncranaletterkennyPSAsecuritulast_img read more

McGUINNESS: EVERYONE HAD WRITTEN US OFF – THAT WAS BETTER THAN WINNING ALL-IRELAND

first_imgPROUD Donegal manager Jim McGuinness has paid tribute to his team for bouncing back – after being written off by the pundits.The Glenties man joined the Seniors and Minors in the traditional reception back in The Diamond in Donegal Town last night as the players and the fans partied into the wee small hours.And right they were – so many new milestones in the remarkable Donegal man that is Jim McGuinness. First time ever that Donegal won both Seniors and Minors in the same year; and a first victory over Monaghan since 1983. “We were absolutely wrote off a week out from the Derry match and we’re Ulster champions today.” said Jim, defiant, and happy.“I think it’s our best victory in terms of the questions that were being asked of us and what was being said about us, and had the boys got the stomach for it. I think they proved they have. I think it’s our best victory because of the circumstances and because what surrounded it.“The boys weren’t going to come off that field beaten. That was the key thing for us.”Anyone who thought McGuinness was getting complacent about the big occasion would have had that knocked out of them as Jim bounded child-like across the pitch after yesterday’s victory to cheer and hug his heroes, men who are “an absolute privilege to work with”. “I am just so proud of them. They are immense to work with. Their focus is unbelievable. Their energy, their work-rate and their commitment to Donegal.”It was a tense and tough game in Clones as Monaghan attempted to bully Donegal off the pitch. Late challenges and several off-the-ball challenges disrupted the game.But it was fascinating to watch; and brilliant to see Man of the Match Ryan McHugh bounding up the wing, big Neil Gallagher catch the ball so high he should have been wearing an oxygen mask.Patrick McBrearty and Darrach O’Connor were superb; and Karl Lacey his usual sublime self.The bridge in Pettigo saw more silverware over it last night; and then on to The Diamond in Donegal Town. These are special nights. Donegal have won just eight Ulster titles in a century; three have been in the last four years.The players were once again brilliant with the fans on their return, captain Michael Murphy meeting and greeting as many fans as possible.And he for one is hoping this year isn’t the last with Jim McGuinness at the helm.“We want him here for many more years to come,” said the Glenswilly man. Jimmy’s Still Winning Matches.Captain Fantastic Michael Murphy meets a young fan on The Diamond last nightMcGUINNESS: EVERYONE HAD WRITTEN US OFF – THAT WAS BETTER THAN WINNING ALL-IRELAND was last modified: July 21st, 2014 by John2Share 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:2014donegalGAAJim McGuinnessMichael MurphyULSTER CHAMPIONSlast_img read more

Half-time: Blackburn 1 QPR 0

first_imgQPR are behind at Ewood Park thanks to a well-taken strike from Rudy Gestede.The former Cardiff forward, who has troubled the Rangers defence with his presence up front, drove a low shot from just outside the box beyond Rob Green.Blackburn, unbeaten in six matches, came close to scoring a second when Gestede’s flick on dropped for Jordan Rhodes but he was denied by Green.Ravel Morrison has been QPR’s brightest spark in attack and he forced former England goalkeeper Paul Robinson into a smart stop with a first-time volley.Aside from that effort, Blackburn have restricted Rangers to shots from distance, with Morrison, Yossi Benayoun and Benoit Assou-Ekotto all blazing over.At the other end, Blackburn’s Grant Hanley nodded wide when well placed.Luke Young is a surprise inclusion in the QPR starting line-up, the 34-year-old making his first appearance in the side since March 2012.QPR (4-4-1-1): Green; Simpson, Dunne, Young, Assou-Ekotto; Hoilett, Henry, Benayoun, Carroll; Morrison; Keane.Subs: Murphy, Austin, Yun, Zamora, O’Neil, Donaldson, Maiga.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Half-time: Fulham 0 Rotherham 1

first_imgMatt Derbyshire’s early goal meant Fulham were behind at the break in the relegation clash at Craven Cottage. The striker forced the ball in at the near post after Fulham failed to clear their lines, giving the Millers a third-minute lead.The Whites responded almost immediately when Matt Smith’s hooked volley from a corner was cleared off the line.But Derbyshire came close to doubling Rotherham’s lead on three occasions, forcing Marcus Bettinelli into two good saves before hitting the post just before the interval.Bryan Ruiz also went close for the home side, who were booed off at half-time. Fulham (4-4-2): Bettinelli; Richards, Turner, Burn, Husband; Tunnicliffe, Guthrie, Parker, Bryan; Smith, McCormackSubs: Kiraly, Hoogland, Stafylidis, Hutchinson, Woodrow, Rodallega, Kavanagh Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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