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first_imgENGLISH football has never had it so easy.Wesley Sneijder and Petr Cech — spirited into the Grimaldi Forum in Monte Carlo to pick balls out of the glitzy Champions League hat yesterday — made it all very straightforward.2The two toughest games by a distance are for Tottenham, when they face five-time winners Bayern Munich home and away in Group B.Last season’s finalists, who will also take on Olympiakos and Red Star Belgrade, should make it to the last 16.Elsewhere, the champions — six-time winners Liverpool — will face Napoli (again, like last year), plus Austrian aces RB Salzburg and last season’s winner’s from Belgium, Genk.It is a nice way to ease themselves in as they aim for yet another assault on the biggest prize in European club football.Kop boss Jurgen Klopp said: “We think about the Champions League now and that’s it — from now on nobody thinks about the Champions League.“We’ve enough time to prepare the games and we’ll do that. It’s brilliant, absolutely brilliant.“I’m really looking forward to it. Everybody in Liverpool enjoys Champions League football, so it will be great.“European nights at Anfield — everybody is welcome. And let’s do it as well as we can.”They did it last season, with that extraordinary comeback from 3-0 down against Barcelona sucking them towards the final in Madrid.Liverpool, like the other three clubs from England, have avoided the obvious threat from the usual suspects.Barcelona, Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain, Juventus, Atletico Madrid, and Borussia Dortmund are all in different groups.LAMPS GETS LUCKYChelsea got lucky on their return to the Champions League with a draw that will suit new manager Frank Lampard. They play last season’s semi-finalists Ajax — one of the clubs retired Sneijder played for.But this is Ajax without Frenkie de Jong in the heartbeat of their midfield, or their titan Matthijs de Ligt in the centre of their defence.Valencia, fourth in La Liga last season, and French club Lille are in Group H alongside them.Chelsea performance director Cech, the Blues keeper when they finally landed the Champions League in 2012, claims the short travel times will help their campaign.He said: “It’s not an easy group because it’s very even — all the teams have quality. We can be satisfied with the draw because we avoided long travel which is one of the positives.“Ajax had a fantastic season and will want to repeat that. We are looking forward to the challenge.”It is a nice way to return because Lampard will need to get to grips with coaching Champions League football in his first year at Chelsea.City are old hands at this, but they have failed to reach the final after 11 years of trying under Abu Dhabi ownership.This year’s group is a gift, with Shakhtar Donetsk, Croatian champs Dinamo Zagreb and Atalanta — third last campaign in Italy — with them for company.Etihad chief Pep Guardiola, who prioritises the Premier League ahead of Europe, should make it through to the last 16 with something to spare.City, semi-finalists under Manuel Pellegrini three years ago, are convinced that Champions League success is on the way.2 Manchester City were handed a hugely favourable groupCredit: Getty – Contributormost read in footballTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’NEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for himNICE RONCristiano Ronaldo goes on family bike ride with partner Georgina Rodriguez & kidsREF RAIDChampions League ref Vincic ‘arrested in raid into drugs and prostitution ring’ACCA WITH LADBROKES Pick up a whole load of acca features to help you land the big oneThe club’s director of football Txiki Begiristain said: “We have to be there — one day it is going to come. We are going to see good football in this group.“We just need to keep being strong in England. We know we can get close to this trophy.“As always, it is going to be tough. We know Shakhtar well and see them for a third time. Atalanta are a strong team.“We have to keep fighting. We have to keep going in our way, with our style. I think we have shown we can win trophies. We have to be ourselves.”UEFA draws the teams to compete in the 19/20 Champions Leaguelast_img read more

first_imgGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title The Philippines went 1-3 in its last four games but national team head coach Yeng Guiao is upbeat the team can still reach its main goal.“We feel very confident that we can make it to the World Cup. Our objective from the beginning is to really try and get to the World Cup,” said Guiao.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsGilas is coming off a 100-82 rout of the Meralco Bolts on Friday in its only tune-up game before plunging back into action in the qualifiers.Blatche, who is back as the team’s naturalized player, will rejoin the squad in Doha. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title View comments LATEST STORIES Joining the three on the trip are Gabe Norwood, Scottie Thompson, Roger Pogoy, Marcio Lassiter, Poy Erram, Troy Rosario, Raymond Almazan, Mark Barroca and Thirdy Ravena.The 22-year-old Ravena is the only collegiate player chosen to be part of the pool.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history NBA All-Stars Chris Webber, Jack Sikma, Paul Westphal among 13 Hall of Fame finalists 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 MOST READcenter_img In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe Philippine men’s national basketball team on Saturday left for Doha, Qatar for the sixth and final window of the Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers.Gilas Pilipinas, led by Jayson Castro, June Mar Fajardo and Andray Blatche, battles Qatar in a must-win on Friday.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzerslast_img read more

first_imgIt is a question that will forever be debated, but PA have attempted to answer it, by conducting a recent survey asking top flight fans, who they consider to be number one.Click the arrow to see who they chose and let us know if you agree.Who do you consider to be the best player to play in the Premier League? Comment below… 5. Eric Cantona – 12 per cent of the vote – Click the arrow to see who is number one – One of the first top class foreign talents to play in the Premier League, Eric Cantona was the final piece in the puzzle to transform Manchester United from contenders to champions. Celebrated for his eccentricity as much as his excellence, Cantona has been voted the fifth best player to play in the Premier League era. 6. Steven Gerrard – 10 per cent of the vote – Click the arrow to see who is number one – Steven Gerrard is unquestionably one of the finest players not only to play in the Premier League, but to pull on a Liverpool shirt. He has come to typify the top flight in the modern era. 10 10 10 8. Gianfranco Zola – Three per cent of the vote – Click the arrow to see who is number one – Before there was Roman Abramovich’s billions, there was Gianfranco Zola. The Italian magician brought with him a touch of class to a Chelsea team that, at the time, enjoyed moderate success as they struggled with financial issues and a lack of identity. Zola provided them with that, and remains one of the few Chelsea players revered by fans from all around the country. 2. Thierry Henry – 18 per cent of the vote – Click the arrow to see who is number one – Usually a chart-topper when it comes to these polls, Thierry Henry has surprisingly been relegated to second spot. The Frenchman was at his best when Arsenal themselves were seemingly invincible, but according to top flight fans, he is only the second best player to play in the Premier League. But who is number one? 10 10 10. Patrick Vieira – One per cent of the vote – Click the arrow to see who is number one – Widely regarded as the heartbeat of a resurgent Arsenal side in the mid-‘90s, Patrick Vieira still holds a soft spot in the hearts of Premier League supporters. The powerful Frenchman brought a steel to the Gunners that they have struggled to replace since his departure from the club in 2005. 4. Alan Shearer – 12 per cent of the vote – Click the arrow to see who is number one – Shearer is Mr Newcastle and his incredible Premier League goal record may never be beaten. The archetypal English striker, Shearer will always be remembered for banging the goals in from all angles. 10 10 10 9. Roy Keane – Two per cent of the vote – Click the arrow to see who is number one – From one tenacious midfielder to another, Roy Keane’s toughness has almost become a parody of itself today, but if you hark back to the Irishman’s Premier League pomp, few can think of better competitors and leaders than Keane. 3. Ryan Giggs – 13 per cent of the vote – Click the arrow to see who is number one – Regarded by many as the ultimate one-club man, Ryan Giggs’ 24-year service for Manchester United dictates that he will forever be regarded as one of the Premier League’s finest players. According to top flight fans, he is the third best of all-time. 10 1. Cristiano Ronaldo – 24 per cent of the vote – The Portuguese superstar was only in England for six seasons – during which time he was crowned World Player of the Year – but that looks to be enough time for football fans to deem him the finest player to ever grace to the Premier League. Now 30 years old, Ronaldo has added a further two Player of the Year crowns to his sizeable trophy cabinet. 7. Dennis Bergkamp – Five per cent of the vote – Click the arrow to see who is number one – If Patrick Vieira was the heartbeat of Arsenal’s rise to prominence, then Dennis Bergkamp was the architect. The Dutchman wowed crowds on an almost weekly basis with his genius and as such is still held in high regard among English football fans. 10last_img read more

first_img0Shares0000Singida United Assistant coach Mirambo Kamili during the pre-match press conference ahead of their SportPesa Super Cup match against Kenya’s Bandari FCDAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania, Jan 22 – Tanzanian outfit Singida United have admitted that they know little about Kenyan side Bandari FC as the two sides lock horns in the opening game of the SportPesa Super Cup on Tuesday afternoon in Dar es Salaam.Singida who reached the semis of last year’s showpiece in Nakuru losing 2-0 to eventual champions Gor Mahia have however indicated their desire to get to the final and target to bring down Bandari despite running in blind against them. “We are well prepared because we have experience in this competition having played in all three of them. We are ready for the Kenyans. Though we don’t know much about them, we have heardr that they are a god team and we are prepared for whichever way they will come in,” skipper and former Tanzanian international Nizaar Khalfan said.Singida are struggling in the Tanzanian league especially after some of the key players left and are currently placed 15th in the 20-team Vodacom premier League with 24 points, just two short of the relegation slots.On the contrary, their opponents Bandari are second in the Kenyan Premier League log and come into the match with an unbeaten run having won five of their opening eight games of the new campaign.Singida have won just one of their last five league assignments, a 2-1 victory away to Mwadui United.Singida United players walk out for warm up before their SportPesa Super Cup semi-final match against Gor Mahia at the Afraha Stadium in Nakuru on June 7, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluDespite the cold run of form, the side is determined tomake their chance count in the Super Cup.Assistant coach Mirambo Kamili believes that the set of Serbian coaches who have taken over the team have imparted positives in the squad and they will come in a better side to pick maximum points.“The coaches that have come in are very experienced as they have had good results elsewhere in this region and we have worked well so far. The experience they have instilled in us has given us belief. His methods are good and we are confident that against Bandari we will do well,” the assistant coach said.The side is under the tutelage of former Express FC coach Drugan Popadic who also came in with is own physical trainer.They should expect a tough duel against Bandari who are making their debut in the tournament and according to head coach Bernard Mwalala, their minimum target is to get to the semis.“We are ready and we know we are facing a tough side. They will be playing at home but with these weather conditions, we are also almost playing at home. We will give our best to win this game and I trust that my players are ready,” Mwalala opined.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! THURSDAY Ask and It is Given classes, 6:30-8 p.m., Stress Management Institute for Living Empowered, 44130 Division St., Lancaster. Call (661) 942-4220. High Desert Toastmasters will meet, 7-8:30 p.m. at 1008 W. Ave. M-4, Palmdale. Call (661) 992-3229 or 944-1130. High Desert Modular Model Railroad Club meets, 7 p.m. the second Thursday of each month in the Experimental Test Pilots Association boardroom, 44814 Elm Ave., Lancaster. Call Bob Drury at (661) 400-4479. Cedar Open Reading meets weekly, 7-9 p.m. in Cedar Hall, 44851 Cedar Ave., Lancaster, except on the second Thursday of the month when the meeting is in the gallery, 44857 Cedar Ave., Lancaster. Call (661) 943-4314. The Overcomers, an emotional and educational support group for mental health consumers, will meet, 6:30 p.m. at the Antelope Valley Discovery Center, 1609 E. Palmdale Blvd., Suite G. Call Bill Slocum or Mary Rogers at (661) 947-1595 or (661) 319-5101. Aces & Deuces Square Dance Club will meet, 7-8:15 p.m. for beginners and 8:15-9:30 p.m. for plus at Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale, for ages 10 and up. Cost: $3. Call (661) 256-7650. Grief/Bereavement Group will meet, 10 a.m. at ProCare Hospice, 42442 10th St. W., Suite D, Lancaster. Call (661) 951-1146. The Ups and Downs, a support group for people with bipolar disorder or depression, will meet, 2 p.m. at the Antelope Valley Discovery Center, 1609 E. Palmdale Blvd., Suite G, Palmdale. Call Bill Slocum at (661) 947-1595 or (661) 319-5101. Facilitated Anger Management Group for teens will meet, 4:30-6 p.m., and adults will meet, 6:30-8 p.m., at Family Resource Foundation, 38345 30th St. E., Suite A-2, Palmdale. Call (661) 266-8700 or (800) 479-CARE or visit the Web site: Al-Anon will host a discussion, 1 p.m. at 1737 E. Ave. R, Palmdale; a step study at 7 p.m. at 1827 E. Ave. Q-10, Palmdale; and a meeting on Steps, Traditions, Concepts at 7:30 p.m. at 44815 Fig Ave., Suite 101, Lancaster. Call (661) 274-9353 or (800) 344-2666. Emotions Anonymous will meet, 7-8:30 p.m. Information and location: (661) 723-9967. Desert Aire Women’s Golf Association will meet at Desert Aire Golf Course at Avenue P and 40th Street East in Palmdale. Call (661) 269-5982. Cardio Knockout Blast, a workout for seniors, 8-9 a.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Bring a floor mat. Call (661) 267-5551. Billiard Gang for seniors, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Call (661) 267-5551. Take Off Pounds Sensibly will meet, 9-10:30 a.m. Call (661) 272-0207 or (661) 947-7672. Sierra Club will offer one- to two-hour conditioning hikes leaving at 6 p.m. from the Palmdale Park and Ride lot, Avenue S at Antelope Valley Freeway. Moderately conditioned beginning hikers are welcome. Call (661) 273-2761. Country line dance lessons for seniors, 1-2 p.m. for beginners and 2:15 p.m. for intermediate dancers at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Donation requested. Call (661) 267-5551. Soroptimist International of Antelope Valley will meet, noon at the Holiday Inn of Palmdale-Lancaster, 38630 5th St. W., Palmdale. Business and professional women are invited. Call (661) 946-1609. Compulsive Eaters Anonymous – HOW Concept will meet, 5:30 p.m. at the Larry Chimbole Cultural Center, 38530 Sierra Highway, Palmdale. Call (661) 274-4178. Take Off Pounds Sensibly, Chapter 569 will meet, 6:30 p.m. at Grecian Isles Mobile Home Park, 4444 E. Ave. R, Palmdale. Call (661) 947-7672 or (661) 285-5003. Overeaters Anonymous will meet, 7:30-9 p.m. Step Workbook reading and writing. Call (661) 947-7935. Hotline: (661) 789-5806. Support group for women in abusive or battering situations will meet, 1-3:30 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. A Spanish-language group also will meet, 10 a.m.-noon. Call (661) 945-6736 or (661) 945-5509. Narcotics Anonymous: For meeting times and locations, call (661) 266-2200 or check FRIDAY Fun After 40 Ballroom Dance Club will host ballroom dancing, 7:30-10 p.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12. Dance lessons: 6:30-7:30 p.m. Dance admission: $3 for club members, $4 for nonmembers. Dance lessons: $2. Call (661) 943-0210 or 267-5551. Swingtime will host swing, waltz, ballroom and salsa dancing, 7-10 p.m. at the Antelope Valley Senior Center, 777 W. Jackman St., Lancaster. Cost: $3. Call (661) 400-3166. Recovery Inc., a self-help group for people with anxieties, panic attacks, depression and fears, will meet, 2 p.m. at Los Angeles County Mental Health offices, 349A E. Ave. K-6, Lancaster. Call (661) 943-3956. Grief Support Group will meet, 10-11:30 a.m. at Lancaster Presbyterian Church, 1661 W. Lancaster Blvd., Lancaster. Call (661) 951-2988. Celebrate Recovery will meet, 7 p.m. at A Place in the Sun church, 38117 13th St. E., Palmdale. Call (661) 274-9180. Speakers in the Wind Toastmasters will meet, noon-1 p.m. at the Larry Chimbole Cultural Center, 38350 Sierra Highway, Palmdale. Call Jack Knight at (661) 946-7166. Adult Anger Management Group will meet, 6:30-8 p.m. Court approved. Call (661) 266-8700. Low-cost Facilitated Parenting Group will meet, 10-11:30 a.m. Court approved. Call (661) 266-8700. Successful Marriage and Parenting course, 10 a.m.-noon. Call Carmen Andersen at (661) 273-8122. MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) meets, 9:15 a.m.-noon the first and third Fridays of each month at Church of Christ, 1655 E. Lancaster Blvd., Lancaster. Includes a hot breakfast buffet, discussion groups, featured speaker, craft and demonstrations. Children welcome. Cost: $5 for moms and $3 for kids. Call (661) 943-3162 or (661) 942-1638. Stress Management will meet, 1 p.m. at 43423 Division St., Suite 107, Lancaster. Call (661) 947-1595 or (661) 726-2850, Ext. 221. Speakers in the Wind Toastmaster Club 2867 will meet, noon-1 p.m. at the Larry Chimbole Cultural Center, 38350 Sierra Highway, Palmdale. Call Joyce Hall at (661) 946-1181 or Barbara Linde at (661) 947-2537. Take Off Pounds Sensibly will meet, 9-10:30 a.m. Call (661) 272-0207 or (661) 947-7672.last_img read more

first_imgBY NEIL BARRETT: If you have a child or teenager who has an unhealthy body composition or carrying too much excess body fat, it is not a phase, it is not puppy fat, they will not grow into/out of it, the likelihood is they will struggle with their weight for the majority of their lives, unless it is addressed now!The area of nutrition is a very contentious one, the information is extensive and readily available, but how do you decipher the good information from the bad?Well, I’m going to try and make this as simple as possible by exploring the different measures you can take to ensure adequate nutrition for your children. Part one of this article will look at what not to do when it comes to feeding your children, part two (next week’s article) will give insight into what you should be doing, along with some handy advice on striking nutritional balance without them being aware.Some facts to get us started….If your child consumes more calories than they use each day, the excess will be converted to fat and stored in/on the body (we will return to this later as not all calories are created equal).Variables that influence an adolescent’s body composition are gender, parental education, attitude, self-efficacy, goal orientation/motivation, physical education/school sports participation and family influences. I purposely underlined 5 of the 7 variables, these all start at home!Another likelihood is that this subject has already been broached, tension has mounted and at the risk of causing undue stress the parent has decided not to pursue it.This strategy will not have a positive outcome.So what to do as a parent? This is the million dollar question, and unfortunately I don’t have the answer.I am not a parent, I do not possess the skills (yet) to practically implement a healthy eating plan for a child/teenager, what I do possess however is all the necessary information on what is required. In a perfect world, calorie counting would only require simple arithmetic skills, consume less and your body fat goes down.This however couldn’t be further from the truth, counting calories is very difficult, time consuming and carries many confusing rules.For example if my body requires 2000Kcal per day and I consume 1900Kcal of pure sugar, my body fat percentage will more than likely increase.If however I consume 2500Kcal of nothing but high quality protein, my body fat percentage will drop dramatically. Confusing? Very!It is not my recommendation that you do this, I am only using a dramatic example to highlight my point. So if calorie counting is very difficult with a low compliance rate & you are not a nutritionist, biochemist or dietician, how do you ensure the perfect balanced intake?You can’t, perfection is rarely an option.Children & teenagers shouldn’t really be placed on restrictive eating plans, they are at risk of being under nourished for some nutrients when we focus too heavily on fat loss.What you can do however is significantly reduce their added sugar intake.This is not just simply eliminating sugar from cereal in the morning or switching to diet/free soft drinks.It should be a more holistic approach to reducing all the hidden sugars in the diet. Here is a list of everyday hidden sugars or alternatives found in most/all processed foods:Agave, Maltodextrin, Aspartame, Maltose, Barley Malt Syrup, Maple Syrup, Beet Sugar, Molasses, Brown Sugar, Muscovado, Cane Juice and Cane Syrup, Rice Syrup, Coconut Palm, Saccharin, Confectioners’ Sugar, Sorbitol, Corn Sweeteners and Corn Syrup, Stevia, Date Sugar, Sucanat, Demerara, Sucralose, Dextrose, Sucrose, Erythritol Sugar, Alcohols Fructose, Erythritol Fruit Juice Concentrate, Hydrogenated starch, hydrolysates Glucose, Isomalt Glucose Syrup, Lactitol, Granulated White Sugar, Maltitol High Fructose Corn Syrup Mannitol High Maltose Corn Syrup Sorbitol Honey Jaggery Invert Sugar LactoseExcess sugar intake has been linked with not only considerable fat gain in children & teens but there is also a strong link between elevated sugar consumption and behavioural disorders such as ADHD and hyperactivity.Attempting to decode food labels on a daily basis is a painstakingly long process and will drive you demented long before it helps reach any health goals.So instead, try these simple tips to reducing sugar levels.1. Eliminate all soft drinks from the diet, this includes all cordials (such as Robinsons or MiWadi). These are laced with sugar replacements such as Aspartame).Water with pieces of cut fruit or berries & some mint leaves is a much tastier, healthier & more refreshing option.2. Switch from low fat yoghurts to natural yoghurts & add berries or a small teaspoon of natural honey for sweetness.Low fat usually means high sugar. Fat gives texture and flavour to food, when you remove it you lose these therefore companies will increase the added sugar content to bolster flavour.3. Take chocolate biscuits & crisps out of the lunch box. Try replacing them with apple quarters and a thin spread of peanut/almond butter.4. Make sure they have breakfast! But more importantly, try and ensure it is a high protein breakfast (egg’s or porridge with berries).Protein takes much longer to digest than simple carbohydrates (contained in almost all breakfast cereals and toast) and with this comes a longer lasting feeling of fullness, as a result your child/teenager is much less likely to snack on sugary foods.(Whether your teen is looking for a stand-alone strength and conditioning program, or additional training to supplement their sport specific training, Fit-Hub Teens is committed to helping them achieve their goals in a fun, judgement free environment surrounded by their peers & supervised by trained professionals) For more information contact Ruairi on:086 1970 325Email info@fithubletterkenny.comNEIL BARRETT’S TEEN FIT HUB: STRIKING A BALANCE AND THE WAR ON SUGAR (PART 1) was last modified: June 3rd, 2015 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:donegalletterkennyNeil Barrettsugarteen fit hubteen fitnesswar on sugarlast_img read more

first_imgNewcastle – Aleksandar MitrovicThe striker was superb in both attack and defence during Serbia’s World Cup campaign, continuing the brilliant form he showed while on loan at Fulham in the second half of last season. Mitrovic’s fantastic performances will certainly up the asking price should Benitez press on and sell him to Fulham this summer, but handing him a lifeline to resurrect his Toon career would be a far better investment. Crystal Palace – Wilfried ZahaThe Ivory Coast forward enjoyed his most prolific campaign yet this season as he scored nine goals in 29 appearances, helping Palace recover from losing their first seven matches to finish 11th. Roy Hodgson’s side failed to win any of the nine games Zaha missed. Last summer he signed a five-year deal worth around £110,000 a week, but Chelsea, Spurs, Liverpool and Manchester City have all shown interest. Zaha is the talisman who must inspire Palace as they look to progress into the top half of the table. Most read in Premier League 20 Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Cardiff City – Aron GunnarssonIceland star Gunnarsson was Cardiff’s 2016/17 player of the season for his dependable performances in midfield. The 29-year-old is the longest-serving of Cardiff’s newly-promoted squad and, as one of the few who have played in the top flight before, he will bring vital experience to the Bluebirds. He was hampered by injury last season, missing 34 games in total, but at his best he is the anchor of the team. 20 20 How Liverpool could line up at Leicester with midfielder set for lengthy absence Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT How Chelsea could line up against Southampton – what system will Lampard play? Wolves – Ruben NevesThe 21-year-old defensive midfielder has been linked with a move to Manchester United or Liverpool after being instrumental in Wolves’ promotion from the Championship last season. He was the subject of a record £15.8million move from Porto last summer, but it is worth his while to bide his time before rushing back to a top European club. Neves himself appears to know this, having penned a new five-year contract with Wolves earlier this month. 20 The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 In profile with our first signing of the summer…Fabinho’s journey to #LFC 👉— Liverpool FC (@LFC) May 28, 2018While teams will be working hard to complete incoming transfers, they will also not want to lose the key players they already currently have on their books. Brighton & Hove Albion – Shane DuffyThe towering defender was voted Ireland’s Senior Player of the Year after becoming a mainstay in Martin O’Neill’s side. At Everton, he would shake with nerves at the start of matches, but he has matured into a key member of the Brighton set-up, one willing to take risks while making increasingly more measured decisions. AFC Bournemouth – Josh KingIn 2016/17 the Norwegian scored 16 goals in 36 matches during a breakthrough campaign, but the 26-year-old has expressed frustration at how manager Eddie Howe has used him as an attacking midfielder, rather than a striker, in a season where he was limited to eight league goals. Newcastle have been linked with King, who has three years left on his contract at Bournemouth. Howe admitted the Cherries depend on him, but it’s likely he will have to move King back to his preferred position to ensure he stays on the south coast. BIG PRESENTS UP TOP 20 20 Burnley – Nick PopePope has come a long way since he was released by the Ipswich Town academy at 16. Through eight loan spells to starting last season as number two to Tom Heaton, Pope has prospered in his breakthrough season and is now in Russia with England for the World Cup. He finished the season with one of the highest save percentages in the league, helping steer Burnley to a remarkable seventh-place finish. Next season, Pope will be crucial for the Clarets as they aim for Europa League success. 20 Huddersfield – Aaron MooyMooy shone in Australia’s World Cup campaign even though they failed to get past the group stage. He joined the Terriers last season for £8million from Manchester City but has reportedly doubled in value as Everton and Southampton target the central midfielder. The 27-year-old was at the heart of David Wagner’s team last season as he spearheaded attacks and defended dutifully. A dip in form earlier in the year has been ameliorated by his Socceroo performances – and Huddersfield fans will be hoping he brings that talent back to the north. latest 20 20 20 20 What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas predicted gameday cracker Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes Fulham – Ryan SessegnonFulham’s 18-year-old starlet has been linked to Spurs, Manchester United and PSG and helped the Cottagers return to the Premier League with a 1-0 victory over Aston Villa in the Championship play-off final. He scored 16 times last season and created eight goals, earning him a place on the shortlist for the Professional Footballers Association’s Young Player of the Year award – the first time in its 44-year history a player outside the top flight has been recognised. Chelsea – Ruben Loftus-CheekThe 22-year-old’s impressive form during his loan at Crystal Palace last season earned Loftus-Cheek a place in Gareth Southgate’s World Cup squad. His graceful, long-legged strides are reminiscent of Michael Ballack, who played for Chelsea from 2006 until 2010. Until now, Loftus-Cheek has struggled for minutes in Chelsea’s first team, but his speed and composure surely mark him as one to stay at Stamford Bridge. silverware 20 20 Liverpool – Loris KariusTwo catastrophic blunders in the Champions League final against Real Madrid may have reduced a legion of Liverpool fans and Karius himself to inconsolable tears, but the once-commanding Karius should not be banished into footballing wilderness just yet. At just 24, he has time to recover from an error-strewn season and the arrival of a new number one at Anfield could prove to be Karius’s making. Without the pressure of being first in line, he can try to slowly regain Klopp and the fans’ trust – and his damaged confidence. SORRY 20 ALTERED 20 Manchester United – Luke ShawWith just one year left on his contract at Old Trafford, defender Luke Shaw has limited time to prove his worth to Jose Mourinho. The trajectory of the 22-year-old’s career has not gone as planned – the £30 million teenager has endured a horrific leg break, constant knocks and relentless public humiliation by Mourinho, yet remains optimistic about his chances. He has a lot to offer United, and it would be a great shame if they let Shaw, who is arguably still an exciting prospect, depart. England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won 20 20 20 Spurs – Mousa DembeleBelgium’s Mousa Dembele has entered the final year of his Spurs contract, and the only confirmed detail of his future is that he will not join another English club amid interest from a host of sides throughout Europe. Concerns that the physical demands of the Premier League are getting too much for the 30-year-old must be acknowledged, but his commanding displayers in the heart of Tottenham’s midfield suggest otherwise. Everton – Jordan PickfordEngland goalkeeper Pickford only joined the Toffees last summer from Sunderland, but he quickly established himself as one of the Merseyside club’s key players. Playing behind a remarkably porous defence last term did little to help Pickford out, but he saved Everton’s skins on many occasions. He has hit the headlines again this summer due to his performances for England at the World Cup, and Everton may find themselves fielding offers for Pickford before the transfer window closes. But, whatever they do, they cannot lose the 24-year-old glovesmna. Watford – Nathaniel ChalobahChalobah’s return to Watford last summer, on a permanent deal, was greeted with delight by Hornets supports. He started the season brilliantly, but then an injury suffered in September kept him out of action until the final day of the season. The midfielder will be like a new signing in 2018/19 now he is back to full fitness, and Chalobah is the player Watford’s entire team should be built around. But who are these key players? talkSPORT have taken a look at every Premier League squad and have selected the one player every every club cannot afford to lose this summer.You can see the list below…Arsenal – Granit XhakaThe 25-year-old Swiss midfielder has polarised opinion at the Emirates with inconsistent performances that didn’t live up to his £34m price tag, despite appearing in all 38 Premier League matches last season. But with the exit of Jack Wilshere, Xhaka has an opportunity to blossom in the Arsenal midfield as he reaches his peak – as demonstrated by his exemplary performances for Switzerland in the World Cup. Known for his hit-or-miss shots from distance, his 30-yard laser effort against Serbia reminded Arsenal fans why he is a necessary presence. New Gunners boss Unai Emery feels the same, having rewarded him with a new long-term contract before he jetted off to Russia. There is not too long to go now before the Premier League resumes, and players have started to report back for pre-season.Some clubs have completed big money signings, such as Liverpool bringing in Fabinho from Monaco and Manchester United landing fellow Brazilian Fred from Shakhtar Donetsk, but the majority of teams are holding off from doing their key transfer business until after the World Cup. Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion Southampton – Ryan BertrandTwo of Tottenham’s key defenders, Danny Rose and Kieran Trippier, are in Gareth Southgate’s England squad at the World Cup, so for them to show interest in the £30 million-rated left-back must be flattering. But Southampton’s survival should be enough to keep Bertrand happy on the south coast for at least another season. 20 Leicester City – Ahmed MusaShould Riyad Mahrez completed his expected move to Manchester City, Ahmed Musa has an opportunity to reignite his Leicester career. The attacker was in fine form at the World Cup, scoring both goals in Nigeria’s 2-0 defeat of Iceland, yet he only scored four goals in his debut season at Leicester. Last season, he barely played before being shipped out to CSKA Moscow in January, where he duly scored seven goals in 16 appearances. The 25-year-old has proven he can perform on the world’s biggest stage – so Leicester must give him another shot. smart causal possible xi revealed West Ham United – Javier HernandezHe might not have made the impact he wanted during his first season in London, but the Mexican striker now has 49 goals in 103 gaps, making him his country’s all-time leading goalscorer. The 30-year-old has previously played for Manchester United and Bayer Leverkusen, and failed to have the desired effect under David Moyes. With Manuel Pellegrini now in charge, it’s worth holding onto Chicharito for another season. Manchester City – John StonesAfter injuries left him on the fringe at Manchester City in the second half of last season, Gareth Southgate’s inclusion of Stones at the heart of his England squad proves the £47.5 million defender’s true worth. The 24-year-old has played more minutes for England since November than he has for City in the league. A pragmatic defender, he works hard on the mental aspect of the game when his physique isn’t enough to beat an attacker, and he asks teammates Kyle Walker and Vincent Kompany for help. When Kompany retires, Stones could be the man to fill his boots. 20 Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update last_img read more

first_img LIVING THE DREAM 3 moving on Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Harry Kane celebrates scoring for England against Colombia – his sixth goal of the 2018 World Cup 3 targets “So if Real Madrid come in with this massive bid, it might not even be about money, it might be about; ‘Hang on a minute, I have the got the chance to be an absolute legend, look at Bale, at a football club with the history that Real Madrid have got.’“Real Madrid could dominate over Barcelona, that hasn’t happened in a while, certainly not in LaLiga.”Spurs have a history of working with the Champions League holders, having signed Rafael van der Vaart from them in a surprising deal back in 2010. Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January The Portuguese captain will join the Serie A side in a £99million move after Los Blancos accepted the monster bid for his services.With one superstar set to leave, speculation as to who could replace Ronaldo has already begun to intensify, with Kane unsurprisingly near the top of the list.The England captain is one of the deadliest marksmen in Europe and Durham believes a deal could be done this summer.He said: “If Real Madrid come in with a massive bid, it’s not inconceivable Spurs fans – there is nothing in the law that says he has to stay at Spurs forever. Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father RANKED targets Modric and Van der Vaart at Spurs together Harry Kane and Gareth Bale 3 Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer REVEALED Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Harry Kane could well leave Tottenham Hotspur, but only if Real Madrid consider a swap deal for Gareth Bale.That’s according to talkSPORT’s very own Adrian Durham, who was reacting to the news Cristiano Ronaldo is to join Juventus. Latest Transfer News Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti When asked if he could see swap deal happening with Bale, Durham replied: “I do yeah.“That could be part of the deal, the Bale thing.“Swap Bale and £150million or something like that and, you never know, Spurs may well suddenly be more positive about that deal.” However, they have also allowed superstars to swap north London for the Bernabeu in the past.After Luka Modric left in 2012, Gareth Bale joined Real the following summer and could well be on the move again.The Wales international has often been linked with moves away from Spain, despite playing a pivotal role in all three of the club’s recent Champions League victories. LATEST The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland IN DEMAND ✅ Ronaldo to Juventus🤔 Kane to Real Madrid?@talkSPORTDrive thinks the deal could happen this summer!#WorldCup | #TSWorldCup— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) July 10, 2018last_img read more

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 McVitty, who played on the Southern California Junior Federation Cup team in August, will make her debut Tuesday at Westlake. – Erik Boal GIRLS’ GOLF Cleveland 252, Van Nuys 253: Cleveland of Reseda freshman Amy Song hit a five-foot putt to end the match, giving the Cavaliers a one-stroke victory over Van Nuys (4-1) at El Cariso Golf Course in Sylmar. Cleveland (4-1) avenged its only loss of the season. Van Nuys’ Marian Pascual shot 8-over-par 39 to lead all scorers. Cleveland’s top scorer was Sarah Kim, who shot 42. GIRLS’ TENNIS Valencia 17, Hart 1: Sisters Alexa and Cassie Strange swept their singles sets to lead visiting Valencia past Hart in a Foothill League match. Michelle Stock won twice in singles for Valencia (9-2, 2-0), which captured all nine doubles sets. GIRLS’ VOLLEYBALL Hart 3, La Canada 0: Amie Russ made eight kills to lead Hart of Newhall past La Canada 25-23, 25-17, 25-11. Jamie Long added 18 assists for Hart (5-2), which handed La Canada (3-6) its fourth consecutive loss. L.A. Baptist 3, Frasier Mountain 1: Emily Johnson had 25 kills and Olivia Riley had five aces as L.A. Baptist of North Hills rallied after losing the first game to defeat visiting Frasier Mountian of Lebec 19-25, 25-22, 25-23, 25-19 in a nonleague match. Notre Dame 3, Saugus 1: Senior Nikki Candela had 16 kills and five aces as Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks recorded a 25-23, 25-22, 16-25, 25-18 victory over host Saugus. Calabasas High senior Kristen McVitty, the defending Marmonte League girls’ tennis singles champion, has verbally committed to Virginia. McVitty, who had been leaning toward USC earlier this year, in the past six weeks took recruiting trips to Georgia Tech, North Carolina and Virginia. She also was considering Georgia, Notre Dame and William and Mary. “I wanted to be on the East Coast, and Virginia had a good mix of everything I wanted,” said McVitty, who helped Calabasas win the Southern Section Div. I title last season. “I liked the school a lot, the team was nice and there’s great coaching. The team isn’t ranked right now, but (coach Mark Guilbeau) is really committed to making Virginia a top-five team by my senior year.” McVitty, 17, was scheduled to make her 2005 debut for Calabasas on Thursday, but the Coyotes’ league match against Agoura was postponed because of poor air quality as a result of the Topanga Fire. The match will now be played Oct. 17 at Calabasas. center_img Junior Meghan Moss added had 11 kills and 12 digs for Notre Dame (6-1). 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_imgMET Eireann has upgraded its weather warning for County Donegal to Orange status this evening following a day of chaos in southern counties.Hurricane force winds of 160km/hr have been recorded in Munster and Leinster today.While winds will ease as they hit Donegal, they will still rise to up to 130km/hr, said Met Eireann. More than 260,000 homes across the south are without power.Storm Darwin has caused substantial damage in many counties with a  state of emergency declared in Kilkenny and Shannon Airport forced to close.STATUS ORANGE WARNINGWind Warning for Cavan, Monaghan and Donegal Stormy this evening with westerly winds of mean speeds of 60 to 80 km/h and severe gusts of 130hm/h Issued:Wednesday 12 February 2014 15:00Valid:Wednesday 12 February 2014 15:00 to Wednesday 12 February 2014 20:00 MET EIREANN UPGRADES WEATHER WARNING FOR DONEGAL TO ORANGE STATUS was last modified: February 12th, 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:donegalStorm Darwinweather warninglast_img read more