Monthly archives: December, 2019

Newcastle yet to make contact over League Two sensation, reveals Oxford United chief

first_img1 Oxford United forward Kemar Roofe Newcastle have yet to make an enquiry to Oxford United about signing midfielder Kemar Roofe, according to the League Two club’s chief executive.The 22-year-old, formerly of West Brom, has been in sparkling form for the promotion-chasing side this season, scoring 11 goals this season including the winner against Dagenham on Saturday.That has led to interest from clubs in higher leagues and it is understood Newcastle are planning a January bid.However, club chief Mark Ashton says the player is not close to a move.“Nobody has called directly on Kemar Roofe or about any of our players,” he said. “There’s lots of chatter in the background from agents, but that’s what the industry is like.”last_img read more

Leicester confirm Vardy surgery – but striker will miss just ONE match

first_img Jamie Vardy in action for Leicester 1 Leicester have revealed striker Jamie Vardy is to undergo surgery on a groin injury.Reports emerged over the weekend that the Foxes hotshot, who has been in sensational form this season, faced going under the knife to cure a long-standing problem.The club have now confirmed that is the case although they insist the procedure is only a minor one and is likely to rule Vardy out of just one game – the FA Cup clash at Tottenham on Sunday.The news Vardy is only set for a short lay-off will come as a relief to Leicester fans. His 15 Premier League goals have helped turn the club into unlikely title challengers this term and earned the 28-year-old England recognition.last_img read more

Premier League round-up: All the 3pm action as Chelsea stage spectacular comeback in six-goal thriller

first_img Chelsea captain John Terry scored a late equaliser in a six-goal thriller against Everton 6 Chelsea 3-3 EvertonChelsea maintained their unbeaten run since the departure of Jose Mourinho after staging a specular comeback in a six-goal thriller, stunning Everton at Stamford Bridge.Pardon the cliché, but it really was a game of two halves.After an uneventful first period, with few chances to speak of in an uninspiring opening 45 minutes, the Toffees left the reigning English champions shell-shocked with two early goals courtesy of a mishap from John Terry and an exquisite finish from Kevin Mirallas.Chelsea, though, showing more fight under their new manager, made a spectacular comeback to draw level, with Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas getting their names on the scoresheet.Fitting with a riveting second half, it seemed as though Everton had stolen the three points from the Blues’ grasp in the 90th minute, as substitute Ramiro Funes Mori leapt into the crowd to celebrate what he thought must have been the winner.But, who else other than Terry, in the eighth minute of added time, stepped up, back-heeling past Tim Howard to break Everton hearts. 6 Southampton 3-0 West Bromwich AlbionThe Saints, watched by new £4m signing Charlie Austin, were in full control at the St Mary’s Stadium against a Baggies side void of ideas.A sublime David Beckham-esque free kick from James Ward Prowse gave Southampton the lead early on, and the 21-year-old, later in the first half, doubled the hosts’ lead from the penalty spot.Ronald Koeman’s men were firmly in control at the break and it was more of the same at the restart.Dušan Tadi? later got his name on the scoresheet to confirm victory in front of the delighted home crowd, surely leaving Austin eager for action ahead of his debut with his new club.  6 Newcastle United 2-1 West Ham UnitedThe Hammers, high in confidence after their 3-1 drubbing of Bournemouth mid-week, were left rocked by a rejuvenated Magpies side, who moved out of the bottom three.Two goals, from Ayoze Pérez and Georginio Wijnaldum, put the hosts firmly in the ascendancy after only a quarter of the match having been played.Nikica Jelavi?, making a rare appearance under Slaven Bilic having been brought on after the break, took full advantage of an error at the back from Newcastle to give the away side hope of a comeback by grabbing a goal back.The recovery, however, was ultimately out of their reach in what was an afternoon to forget for West Ham but one to leave Newcastle optimistic as the season hots up. center_img Manchester City 4-0 Crystal PalaceManchester City kept the pressure on Arsenal after victory over Crystal Palace sent them top of the table.Manuel Pellegrini made five changes from the side that struggled in the goalless draw with Everton four days ago, and it was a shaky start for the hosts.Crystal Palace should have taken the lead in the opening few minutes, but for an excellent save from captain for the afternoon’s clash Joe Hart.Predictably, though, the Citizens soaked up the pressure and Fabian Delph, having been handed a rare start, opened the score with a speculative effort from 30 yards that Wayne Hennessey should have done better to stop.And it got worse for the Eagles when another effort from outside the box, this time by Sergio Aguero, crept past Hennessey after a crucial deflection off the head of Scott Dann.Later, Aguero on a hat-trick, after driving forward from his own half, sent the ball across goal to an unmarked David Silva, and the Spaniard calmly finished, sealing the win to send City, perhaps temporarily, top of the Premier League table. 6 6 Bournemouth 3-0 Norwich CityBournemouth, who have struggled to adapt to life in the Premier League following promotion, eased to victory at the Vitality Stadium to go five points clear of the drop zone.It was an entertaining opening half, with Dan Gosling’s 10th minute header giving the Cherries a deserving edge over the visitors at half time.Declan Rudd was fortunate not to have been dismissed for his reckless challenge on Benik Afobe before the break, but this incident was a distant memory for the hosts as they continued to dominate proceedings.Bournemouth scored a further two against relegation rivals Norwich, who were simply second best all afternoon, to clinch the three points. 6last_img read more

Rangers expect striker Martyn Waghorn to be out for a ‘number of weeks’

first_img Martyn Waghorn Rangers say striker Martyn Waghorn will be out for a “number of weeks” but does not need surgery on his injured knee.The 26-year-old went off immediately after winning and converting a fourth-minute penalty in their William Hill Scottish Cup win over Kilmarnock.Waghorn went down on the artificial surface after getting in front of Killie left-back Steven Smith and left Rugby Park on crutches.A Rangers statement read: “The knee injury Martyn Waghorn sustained in Tuesday night’s Scottish Cup win over Kilmarnock is not as bad as was first feared.“Martyn suffered the injury in the challenge that saw Rangers win their early penalty and although he recovered enough to score from the spot, he could not continue.“The initial impact on an unforgiving Rugby Park surface resulted in bruising and lacerations which were immediately visible.“However, thankfully the scan has revealed there will be no need for surgery, although Martyn will be sidelined for a number of weeks.“His rehabilitation will be expertly managed by the medical team and we look forward to welcoming him back sooner rather than later.”The former Sunderland and Wigan striker has scored 28 goals for Rangers this season. His replacement, Nicky Clark, hit an injury-time winner at Rugby Park. 1last_img read more

Crash on 101 Freeway snarls traffic

first_imgWOODLAND HILLS – A multi-vehicle accident today on the westbound Ventura (101) Freeway in Woodland Hills prompted the brief closure of the lanes, authorities said. The accident occurred shortly before 5 a.m. near De Soto Avenue, said California Highway Patrol Officer Francisco Villalobos. The westbound lanes were closed for about 20 minutes, Villalobos said. There were no immediate reports of injuries. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.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

Max McGee dies at home after falling from his roof

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Police were called to the former Green Bay receiver’s Deephaven home around 5:20 p.m., Sgt. Chris Whiteside said. Efforts to resuscitate McGee were unsuccessful. McGee was blowing leaves off the roof when he fell, according to news reports. A phone message left at a number listed for an M. McGee wasn’t immediately returned. “I just lost my best friend,” former teammate Paul Hornung told the St. Paul Pioneer Press. “(His wife) Denise was away from the house. She’d warned him not to get up there. He shouldn’t have been up there. He knew better than that.” Inserted into Packers’ lineup when Boyd Dowler was sidelined by a shoulder injury, McGee went on to catch the first touchdown pass in Super Bowl history in Green Bay’s 35-10 victory over Kansas City in January 1967. Still hung over from a night on the town, McGee caught seven passes for 138 yards and two TDs. “Now he’ll be the answer to one of the great trivia questions: Who scored the first touchdown in Super Bowl history?” Hornung said. “Vince knew he could count on him. … He was a great athlete.” Though an admirer of Lombardi, McGee time and again pushed the tough-as-nails coach to the breaking point. McGee – remembered for saying: “When it’s third-and-10, you can take the milk drinkers and I’ll take the whiskey drinkers every time.” – put Lombardi to the test prior to the first Super Bowl. McGee had caught only four passes for 91 yards during the 1966 regular season and, not expecting to play against the Chiefs, violated the team’s curfew and spent the night before the game partying. The next morning he told Dowler: “I hope you don’t get hurt. I’m not in very good shape.” Dowler went down with a separated shoulder on the Packers’ second drive. A few plays later, McGee made a one-handed reception of a pass from Bart Starr and ran 37 yards to score.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! OBITUARY: Former Packers receiver caught first touchdown pass in Super Bowl history. By Steve Karnowski THE ASSOCIATED PRESS MINNEAPOLIS – Max McGee, the unexpected hero of the first Super Bowl and a long-time challenge for Hall of Fame coach Vince Lombardi, died Saturday after falling from the roof of his home, police confirmed. He was 75. last_img read more

San Pedro, Banning to be motivated

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.San Pedro has dedicated the rest of the season to Tasby, a popular teammate and emerging leader who was fatally shot at a party Saturday. The San Pedro players said they will honor Tasby by wearing his No. 85 on their helmets in tonight’s all-important showdown at 7 at Gardena High. “We’re going to have numbers on the helmets, and each person is going to pay tribute to him in their own way,” San Pedro defensive coordinator Corey Miller said. “We just ask the kids to play as hard as he played.” It will be a huge game for both teams in terms of the Marine League standings and jockeying for playoff position. The teams are fighting for third place and a potential first-round home game in the L.A. City Section Championships. It’s also a rivalry game in which Banning leads the series, 36-31-3, despite losing the last five. PREP FOOTBALL: Pirates to honor late teammate, Tasby, in rivalry game with Pilots. By Tony Ciniglio Staff Writer When the San Pedro players take the field tonight to face arch-rival Banning, their hearts and thoughts will be with fallen teammate Laterian Tasby. “Basically, we’ve been working hard this week because it’s a big game, and we want to do it for L.T. We want to win for him,” San Pedro linebacker Robert Franco said. “He was our brother, and it’s heartbreaking. We’ve been trying to deal with it. We’re going through some hard times.” Banning coach Chris Ferragamo said his heart goes out to Tasby and the San Pedro football team. “That was such terrible news – our team felt so bad for them,” Ferragamo said. “I feel for the kids and especially for the parents of that young man. When that kind of thing happens, it kind of puts a damper on a lot of stuff. I hope they come out of it OK. We saw him on film, and he was an excellent player.We’re expecting them to play awfully hard.” San Pedro (6-2, 1-2) has been a resilient bunch all season, enduring the loss of eight starters to injuries even before last Saturday’s tragedy. Miller said that is by far the most injuries San Pedro has suffered since the core of the coaching staff came to the school in 1991. In one scary incident, defensive lineman Richard Pele sustained a punctured lung after taking a cleat versus Garfield in Week 3. Quarterback Barry Heads had a cast on his right hand last week after getting drilled by a helmet against Carson. And there have been others. Still, San Pedro has been among the South Bay’s best all season, starting 6-0 before two tough losses in succession. San Pedro lost to Carson in overtime, 18-16, and saw Narbonne break away with two late scores for a 28-8 victory. “Our kids have kept battling all year, and I don’t expect that to change now,” San Pedro offensive assistant coach Grant Beachley said. “It’s been a pretty resilient group all year long. Who knows how good we’d be if we had our full team, but we have a lot character on this team, and we’ll fight through it. Our kids have handled adversity all year.” San Pedro will have to handle a vastly improved Banning team (7-1, 2-1) that has topped high-powered Venice this season, handing the Gondoliers their only loss. Ferragamo rested his top players last week against winless Gardena so they could be at full strength against San Pedro. Running back Josh Limosnero is a threat to score any time he touches the ball, and he follows a stout line that includes Sam Tupua and Nick Garibay. “It’s a game we need to move into league contention,” Ferragamo said. “It’s a big game for both schools, especially with the rivalry. San Pedro always plays tough because they’re so well-coached and Coach (Mike) Walsh knows what he’s doing over there. We have to be on our toes and we can’t afford any mistakes.” San Pedro has players who can force mistakes.Not only is Franco a force at linebacker, but the Pirates have stellar defensive backs in Ahmad Wood (five interceptions) and Dray Ballard (four INTs). “Our defense has really kept us in games,” Beachley said. “It’s given our offense a chance to come through, and more times than not, the offense eventually does. But the defense comes to the park everyday. “This should be a fun game. Banning will have their fans. We’ll have ours. after a touchdown also We’re looking forward to it. ” [email protected] 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_imgFine Gael TD for Donegal North East, Joe McHugh TD, has said that Sinn Féin’s pre-budget submission is a “fairytale” based on two fundamental principles which contradict each other.“Sinn Féin’s pre-budget submission is a 40-page fairytale based on two central planks that cancel each other out,” said Deputy McHugh today.“The submission includes a major job creation plan to be funded to the tune of €1.7bn by the European Investment Bank. Separately, the Sinn Féin plan proposes that the Irish State should not pay out on Anglo Irish Bank promissory notes.” He said the EU/IMF/ECB troika has made it clear that Ireland must meet legacy Ango Irish Bank obligations if the State wishes to continue with the bailout programme. The European Investment Bank is the European Union’s Bank, and its credit will not be available to Ireland if there is a default on the promissory notes, he argued.“So this Sinn Féin document contradicts itself from the very beginning. It contains long passages setting out the Party’s opposition to austerity in the Republic of Ireland. Yet the Sinn Féin leadership in Stormont sanctioned the closure of the A&E unit at Belfast City Hospital earlier this month,” said McHugh.“The document proposes that €5.1bn of the National Pension Reserve Fund should be used for investment; today there is just €5.3bn in the Fund. This is more flip-flopping from Sinn Féin on the Pension Fund; if the Party had its way in the February 2011 general election the NPRF would be almost gone by now; its general election manifesto last February proposed using the NPRF to run the State for the remainder of 2011.“Fine Gael TDs are working hard with our Party’s representatives in Government to ensure that Budget 2012 will be a responsible and fair investment in the future of Irish citizens. This Sinn Féin proposal is a distraction that highlights the Party’s make-believe economic policy, and the hypocrisy of its separate approaches to economic problems in Northern Ireland and the Republic.” SINN FÉIN PRE-BUDGET SUBMISSION IS A 40-PAGE FAIRYTALE FULL OF CONTRADICTIONS – MCHUGH was last modified: November 15th, 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:budget submissiondeputy joe mchughFine GaelSinn Feinlast_img read more

Man United hint at Van Gaal exit? Boss left out of promo video for upcoming tour

first_img Is time up for LVG at Man United? Louis van Gaal’s future as Manchester United manager has been placed in further doubt after the Dutchman was left out of a promotional video to promote the club’s upcoming tour of China.Van Gaal’s job has been the subject of continuous speculation, with former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho strongly linked with a takeover at Old Trafford.The Red Devils chief is about to enter the final year of the three-year contract he signed when he succeeded David Moyes in 2014, but he was ominously left out of the 48-second clip on the club’s website to promote their summer tour of the Far East.The video featured 14 members of the current squad and several former players, including Shingji Kagawa and legendary former manager Sir Alex Ferguson.The video for last summer’s tour to the United States featured Van Gaal prominently, but his position has come under intense scrutiny pressure this season with the team now out of European competition and well outside of the Premier League title race.United’s hopes of a top-four finish and Champions League qualification for next season were boosted by victory in the Manchester derby on Sunday and they face West Ham in an FA Cup quarter-final replay on April 13.But leaving Van Gaal out of the promotional video for the International Champions Cup games against Borussia Dortmund in Shanghai on July 22 and Manchester City in Beijing three days later has added to speculation that the Dutchman’s time could be up. 1last_img read more

Powell and Valdes among four players released by new Man United boss Mourinho

first_img Nick Powell and Victor Valdes 1 Nick Powell and Victor Valdes have left Manchester United, the club have confirmed.The duo were out of contract this summer and new United boss Jose Mourinho has decided not to offer them new deals.Youngsters Oliver Rathbone and George Dorrington have also departed Old Trafford.Powell was rated as one of English football’s hottest prospects when he joined United from Crewe in 2012 for a fee of around £6m.But the 22-year-old has struggled with fitness and form and has made only nine first-team appearances for the club.Valdes, meanwhile, exits having played just twice for United after his free transfer switch in January 2015.The former Barcelona goalkeeper was brought in by Louis van Gaal to provide competition for David de Gea.He made two appearances for United before falling out of favour with the Dutchman and spent the second half of last season on loan at Standard Liege.last_img read more