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Month: December 2019

It is another world! Man United new boy on settling into Premier League life

first_img Matteo Darmian 1 Matteo Darmian says walking into Manchester United was like entering another world.The right-back swapped Torino for Old Trafford in the summer and has made a smooth transition with some impressive individual performances in an under-performing side.Speaking on international duty with Italy, however, the 25-year-old admits the change in culture was more dramatic than it might have appeared.“When we say that England is actually another world, it is partly true,” Darmian said.“As you arrive you realise that everything is different, starting with the facilities.“There is a magical atmosphere, always, even in training.”last_img read more

Video: The pick of Dortmund’s seven goals

first_imgShinji Kagawa scored a fantastic goal as Borussia Dortmund hammered Paderborn 7-1 to reach the German Cup third round.The Japan international combined superbly with Gonzalo Castro, who scored twice, to make it 3-1 before half-time.Adrian Ramos also scored, Ilkay Gundogan tucked away a penalty and there were goals in the final few minutes from Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Lukasz Piszczek.Dortmund have now scored 61 goals in 19 games in all competitions so far this season. 1 Shinji Kagawa scores for Borussia Dortmund against Paderborn in 7-1 win last_img read more

Mauricio Pochettino ‘happy’ for Tottenham to be talked about as title contenders

first_img Tottenham celebrate Mauricio Pochettino has welcomed talk of Tottenham challenging for the Premier League title.Unbeaten since the opening day of the campaign, Spurs are fifth in the table and only four points behind league leaders Manchester City.Their impressive run of of form has led some to suggest the club are in with a real shot of landing their first league title since 1961.“If the people believe we are contenders I am happy because (it means) we have shown enough quality for that,” Pochettino said.“Agree or not agree we want to win the next game and take the three points. I always believe in my squad and my players. I believe we can win.”On Saturday Tottenham visit West Brom, who demonstrated their threat by beating Arsenal 2-1 at home two weeks ago.“We will expect a very tough game. They are a very strong team, have a great manager. I have a great relationship with Tony,” Pochettino said.“We have to run a lot, play well with and without the ball to make a big effort to win the game.” 1last_img read more

Jose Riga back at Charlton after Roland Duchatelet u-turn

first_img1 Jose Riga Charlton Athletic have appointed Jose Riga as manager for a second time.The Belgian has signed an 18-month contract and replaces Karel Fraeye, who had been in interim charge since October.Riga takes over an Addicks side sitting second bottom of the Championship, three points adrift of safety, following a woeful 5-0 defeat at Huddersfield on Tuesday night.Charlton fans will be hoping he can repeat the success of his first spell at the club.After succeeding Chris Powell in March 2014 with the club bottom of the Championship table, he lifted them away from relegation danger with seven wins from their last 16 games.He was surprisingly not kept on by Charlton owner Roland Duchatelet at the end of the 2013/14 season and spent a brief spell as Blackpool boss.Riga was subsequently appointed manager of another of the clubs owned by Duchatelet – Standard Liege – in February 2015.He left that position after just four months but has now agreed to work under his fellow Belgian again at Charlton.As talkSPORT revealed on Thursday, Duchatelet had been planning to appoint Nebojsa Vignjevic as the club’s new manager.But the billionaire businessman was forced into a rethink after being warned by club figures he risked increasing supporter unrest by bringing in the little-known Serbian.Now he has moved to bring back Riga, who was a popular figure at The Valley during his previous spell, in a bid to ease tensions and halt the club’s decline.Duchatelet told Charlton’s official website: “This has been a disappointing season for everyone connected with Charlton and the board take responsibility for that. Some things, like an unprecedented number of injuries, we could not have foreseen. But we have also made errors in recruitment, mistakes we have immediately tried to address in January. “It was also crucial we dealt with the position of the Head Coach. José did an excellent job in his short period with Charlton two seasons ago. He was very popular with supporters and I believe that he will get us back on track. There are 20 matches of the season still to play and it’s vital that we battle for every point.”last_img read more

Transfer spotlight on the ‘Spanish Jamie Vardy’ linked with Arsenal and Liverpool

first_img1 Nolito Liverpool and Arsenal target Nolito isn’t short of admirers, and rightly so.The 29-year-old, in similar circumstances to Jamie Vardy at Leicester, appears to be experiencing an Indian summer in his career after being cast aside by Barcelona in his earlier years.talkSPORT understands that the Reds have tabled an €18m offer for the Celta Vigo hitman, viewing him as an ideal and cheaper alternative to Alex Teixeira, who appears increasingly unlikely to leave Shakhtar Donetsk this month.But who is the Spaniard?Full name: Manuel Agudo DuranAge: 29Position: Forward/WingerLa Liga appearances for Celta Vigo: 84La Liga goals for Celta Vigo: 35Spain caps: 5Did you know?Nolito was reportedly on the verge of a return to Barcelona this month nearly five years after he was deemed surplus to requirements by the Catalans. The Spaniard moved to Benfica in 2011 before he really stepped up his development when Celta brought him back to Spain in 2013. Barca were tipped to secure his services in January until they recently backed out of negotiations, putting Arsenal and Liverpool on red alert.To continue the Barcelona theme, Nolito was instrumental in September in inflicting the European champions’ first defeat of the season in a stunning 4-1 win. He scored one, a beautiful curled effort (see video below), and then set up former Liverpool man Iago Aspas twice in the rout.His low centre of gravity is reminiscent of Sergio Aguero and Luis Suarez, but he is at his most influential when coming off the left wing rather than the focal point up front.Could he be on the move before Monday’s deadline?Watch Nolito’s stunning display against Barcelona from earlier this campaign:last_img read more

Angry LVG lashes out over Jose Mourinho reports

first_imgManchester United boss Louis van Gaal rounded on a reporter following Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Chelsea after being questioned over claims he could be replaced by Jose Mourinho.The build-up to the Stamford Bridge clash was dominated by speculation United had opened talks with Mourinho over succeeding Van Gaal in the summer.But the Dutchman, reeling from seeing his side concede a last-gasp leveller, was in no mood to discuss his future after the game.After it was put to Van Gaal that the club was trying to replace him, he replied: ”You have spoken with (United’s executive vice-chairman) Ed Woodward?”Why do they have to deny? I don’t interfere neither (sic). Why do the club have to deny it when you are creating stories. Okay, okay, so you haven’t spoken to Ed Woodward or (United’s owners) the Glazers, so you are inventing this story.“I don’t have to answer this question.”Addressing a reporter, he said: “You are getting the sack tomorrow. What is your name? Then I can announce the name also. (You can) look at your wife, or maybe you have children, or a nephew or something like that.”We have to do better. We have to improve in that way. But I’m happy with the performance. It was not a ‘boring’ match, so for the third time in a row it was sparkling. So I also hope to get the support of the media this week.” 1 Louis van Gaal last_img read more

Fires’ effect on ecology will endure

first_imgTo prevent the threat of erosion and runoff, workers in the coming weeks will lay down sandbags or turn fallen trees sideways to slow water flowing downhill. In U.S. Forest Service land, some of the same firefighters who were battling the flames will be setting up bales of hay to prevent runoff. In San Diego County, the Quino checkerspot butterfly and the Thorne’s hairstreak butterfly are in danger of extinction because of frequent fires that have recently burned through their habitat, Morrison said. The Tecate cypress, a rare tree found in the Otay mountains near the border with Mexico, could also be at risk, he said. But for other species, the news might not be so dire. In fact, the wildfires could be a boon. Coyotes often eat smaller prey that has been left disoriented by flames. A bird called the rock wren has been known to settle in areas stripped of plants and trees, nesting in rock outcroppings. “Some things die, but then other species benefit and probably their populations go up,” said Ian Swift, director of the Placerita Canyon Nature Center in Newhall. Wildlife managers were particularly concerned about populations of big-horn sheep and a few young California condors, but those animals appear to have made it through OK. Some plants called “fire followers” will grow back by the spring in areas that have burned, Swift said. Larger shrubs will grow back within five years, he said. The California Department of Fish and Game will evaluate the burned areas, using satellite images and aerial photos, to determine if anything should be done to help species affected by the fires, said Harry Morse, a spokesman for the department. Meanwhile, in heavily populated coastal areas, fires have been occurring too frequently, and that is harming the environment, experts said. Near Pepperdine University in Malibu, some chaparral – the thicket of shrubs and thorny bushes native to Southern California – has been unable to grow back because of frequent fires, said Suzanne Goode, senior environmental scientist with California State Parks. Laurel sumac, weeds and mustard grass have grown in the place of the chaparral, and they are more flammable. “Increasing fire frequency causes increasing fire frequency,” Goode said. Plants that emerge after a fire don’t hold the soil as well as chaparral, and that leads to erosion – especially with heavy rain – and harms rivers and streams. “So the whole ecosystem starts to really deteriorate,” Goode said. A similar process of vegetation changing to more flammable plants has been at work along coastal Orange County and in parts of Los Angeles County inland from Malibu. “It is a really serious condition from an ecosystem point of view,” said Pepperdine professor Stephen Davis, a plant ecologist who has studied the process. Although the ash from burned vegetation is relatively clean, officials warned that burned homes could be toxic and include asbestos. “Any structure that is burned, it’s a good idea to assume the resulting ash has hazardous material,” Rukeyser said. As for the air quality, the health threat will be nearly eliminated within days of the fires being put out, South Coast Air Quality Management District officials said. Winds eventually will blow the bad air east over the Rocky Mountains. On Monday, the AQMD said air quality had improved in most areas, but that it remained unhealthful near the remaining wildfires. And although some blame the wildfires for all the environmental hazards that have resulted, some think we need more fires to let nature take its course. Richard Minnich, a geography professor at the University of California, Riverside, argues that in Baja California, where firefighters purposely don’t battle wildfires as hard as in Southern California, frequent but less dramatic blazes thin out the vegetation and prevent the kinds of destruction seen here in recent days. Minnich advocates letting wildfires burn out naturally. “Look, fire is inevitable; it’s like breathing. In fact they’re the same process – it’s called oxidation,” he said. “The public has to understand this process is going to happen.” alex.dobuzinskis@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By Alex Dobuzinskis Staff Writer The cough-inducing haze will eventually clear, but Southern California’s recent wildfires could lead to longer-lasting environmental consequences – mudslides that send ash-ridden water to the ocean and the extinction of a few plants and wildlife. And in areas especially hard hit by fire, chaparral may never grow back, meaning a tough time for other plants and animals within a charred, altered ecosystem. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“If you have too-frequent fire, your vegetation may not recover from fire, and you can end up losing species,” said Scott Morrison, a scientist with the Nature Conservancy. “A lot of the natural environment will recover on its own. What we want to be on the lookout for are those places that are going to need some help.” With nearly two dozen wildfires burning in recent days, more than 517,700 acres have been scorched and more than 2,000 homes burned in Southern California. Now that many of the fires are out or contained, environmentalists are assessing the damage to the natural landscape. After a wildfire, officials always prepare for the threat of mudslides on hills denuded by the flames. And this year is no exception, despite predictions of low rainfall. “In terms of watersheds, erosion is a big worry if you’ve got hillsides without live vegetation,” said Bill Rukeyser, a spokesman for the State Water Resources Control Board. And if too much nutrient-rich ash and silt gets into waterways and out to the ocean, it can cause algae to grow, which hurts fish, Rukeyser said. last_img read more

OWNERS PAY TRIBUTE TO STAFF AS McELHINNEYS SCOOP TOP FASHION AWARD

first_imgMcElhinneys receive their award in London!McElhinneys Department Store has been awarded Independent Department Store of the Year UK and Ireland at the Drapers Independents Awards.Martin McElhinney collected the prize at a prestigious event held in the Brewery Hotel in London this evening, Wednesday 17th September. It was the last award of the event as it is the most coveted and sought after award at the event.The Drapers awards winners are chosen by a panel of judges, most of whom are former winners, so the best fashion retailers in the country select the next generation of the best fashion retailers in UK and Ireland making it all the more special. The Oscars of the fashion retailing sector, the annual awards recognise the best fashion retailers in the UK and Ireland. McElhinneys beat off tough competition from many large retailers to be nominated as finalists, throughout the UK and Ireland.McElhinneys ability to continually adapt and react to the fast changing world of retail and fashion has ensured the success of McElhinneys Department Store. The launch of the website www.mcelhinneys.com in November 2012 has cemented their reputation as a true innovative and forward thinking retailer on a global scale.A lot has changed since the store won the award back in 2003, but a few things remain the same – like the exceptional customer service, the teams commitment to bring the people of the North West the most diverse and unique collection of Irish and International brands with exceptional value.John, Eileen and Martin McElhinney have expressed their sincere joy and excitement at winning the award. John says “It is testament to the team that has worked at the store over the last 43 years, this award is dedicated to them and all the hard work and dedication. A huge thank you to all our customers for their support and best wishes.”  OWNERS PAY TRIBUTE TO STAFF AS McELHINNEYS SCOOP TOP FASHION AWARD was last modified: September 18th, 2014 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)last_img read more

TWO NEW TRAWLERS GIVES KILLYBEGS FLEET A HUGE BOOST

first_imgAbout two hundred well-wishers were on the quayside in Killybegs yesterday for the arrival of two new trawlers.KillybegsThe matched pair, each 27 meters long and weighing 325 tonnes, were designed and constructed by the Vestaerftet yard in Hvide Sande, Denmark, for the Killybegs Seafoods processing company.The boats are a welcome addition to the fleet of around 30 vessels which currently fish out of the harbour. The vessels are replacements for the trawlers, “Colmcille”, “Westward Isle” and “Carmarose” and will carry the names “Colmcille” and “Westward Isle”.TWO NEW TRAWLERS GIVES KILLYBEGS FLEET A HUGE BOOST was last modified: August 4th, 2015 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)last_img read more

WATCH: Victor Ayala’s stunning 35-yard strike for Argentinian side Lanus

first_imgLanus went five points clear in the Argentina Primera Division at the weekend with a 2-0 win over Banfield. The opening goal was well worthy of putting the home side ahead.After his team-mate missed a first-half penalty, Victor Ayala soon made amends. With 59 minutes on the clock, the Paraguayan footballer took matter into his own hands. Starting with a short free-kick on the wing, the 28-year-old strode inside before fizzing a dipping shot across goal and into the back of the net – unstoppable!See above!last_img read more