Monthly Archives: December 2019

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Dec
30

Furious Arsene Wenger slams referee Mike Dean

first_imgArsene Wenger has slammed the performance of referee Mike Dean following Arsenal’s 2-0 defeat to Chelsea.The Gunners had Gabriel sent off for a tangle with Diego Costa, while Santi Cazorla was dismissed for two bookable offences.And Wenger was fuming with the official, who he felt had a huge impact on the outcome at Stamford Bridge, especially as Costa could have been red carded prior to the Gabriel incident for clashing with Laurent Koscielny.Asked how he felt about the game, the Frenchman replied: “It’s very frustrating and you’re angry because you feel Mike Dean played a big part in the game.“To leave Diego Costa on the pitch is, for me, unacceptable. If you look back at the pictures again it’s quite appalling.“I believe he uses the naivety of the referee and on our side we were guilty to respond. We have to keep our calm and not respond at all. I didn’t understand Mike Dean at all today.“Players learn to use the crowd at home, they go down and make a lot of it and some referees [fall for it]. At least Mike Dean can’t be excused for his lack of experience.But Wenger did concede Gabriel was foolish for letting Costa irritate him.He added: “It was indiscipline and naivety from Gabriel. He shouldn’t have responded at all.”last_img read more

Dec
30

‘Did the designers of Scotland’s new kits go out to the pub and get blitzed?’

first_imgI say fling, because it wasn’t proper tartan, more a subliminal effect. But they sold, as did anything the kit manufacturers invented. Why?Because for a long period, it didn’t really matter what style, design or outlandish colour scheme the national team was bedecked in, they won and they qualified. Everyone was happy; looking stupid wasn’t even a consideration.However, since the turn of the century, Scotland fans have been presented with a catalogue of dodgy gear, the infamous ‘butchers apron’ being my own particular favourite to make Room 101. And that’s not even beginning to list the away uniforms the Tartan Army have collected. 8 8 Maybe the launch time (8pm on a Sunday night) tells you all you need to know; a good time to bury bad news perhaps?For long enough, I’ve thought that Scotland’s international kit manufacturers sent their design teams out to the pub to get blitzed, then come back with their most outlandish suggestions just to see if the SFA, and more importantly the Tartan Army hoards, would buy in to their design concepts.It did work for a while. During the 80’s and into the 90’s, Scotland’s footballing marketeers foisted some utterly bizarre fashion upon Scotland supporters, where you didn’t so much check the label to see what washing instructions had to be followed, but to find out if you had purchased a limited edition ‘statement’ from Zandra Rhodes and Vivienne Westwood.We had the famous ‘suspender belt’ shorts (pictured below) for Mexico ’86, followed by the beach towel away kit for Italia ’90. Gordon Strachan doesn’t look too pleased with Scotland’s new kits talkSPORT’s Scottish football correspondent Stewart Weir is back with his take on the game north of the border. It’s Tartan Talk, quite literally, as Stewart discusses Scotland’s new home and away kits.It was a bad enough week for Scotland fans, with the rest of the British Isles collectively patting each other on the back and planning a summer of European Championship football in France, leaving us Scots feeling a bit like that advert with the old fella, sitting all alone on the moon, staring back to earth. That’ll be us come June.However, just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse, the SFA decide to launch the new Scotland international kit, both home and away versions, the ones we’ll wear on our way to the next World Cup. Or at least, that is the plan.Because for folk (other than the team) to wear it, they’ve got to like it. And on the current models, at best, the jury is out. 8 The 1990’s were obviously influenced by something stronger than homeopathic medicines, evidenced by the ‘explosion in a paint factory’ away kit, soon replaced by the ‘stray firework’ design (below). Scotland even had their first fling with tartan for Euro 96 in England. Scotland’s Rugby World Cup shirts incorporated tartan tastefully (as Gok Wan might say). So it can be done. But football learning from rugby? Nah…For me however, we should just get back to what we’ve looked good in previously; the classic 60’s  ‘Denis Law’ V-neck is still a winner with fans, while nothing since, to my mind, has come close to the Spain ’82 World Cup attire. 8 But pink?Because that’s where we are now with the new generation away jersey. I know people have said we’re only following the likes of Juventus and Real Madrid. True, but they could model that colour with a bit of style and panache, because they were delivering the goods on the pitch – not running the risk of impersonating stranded salmon.However, I can live with it, yes I can. My real gripe is with the ‘traditional’ blue home jersey. Cos it’s not entirely blue, and it isn’t tartan.The splash of white could have been applied by a seagull while yet again (as with that Euro ’96 shirt) we have gone half-cock on the tartan.Tartan is, to excuse the pun, part of the fabric of Scotland; it’s difficult not to attend some kind of social event or celebration without seeing it either as decoration, or, adorned by men and women alike.However, it is proper tartan, whether clan, name, commemorative, regimental or city, it is a died-in-the-wool pukka tartan.Like Croatia have successfully managed to incorporate their national flag in several designs, if Scotland want tartan, go for it. The embarrassment of looking like a Bay City Rollers tribute act would soon be forgotten about if we qualified for another major final. Consider it an incentive. 8 8 8 There was the Drumstick Lolly/deck chair look, we’ve had Saltires, we’ve had white, yellow and even a cherry red top, the description alone telling you this belonged more on a Dulux paint chart or a fast food menu than it did on the backs of our national team. 8 The one saving grace with the new garb is that it won’t be seen in France this summer. Just like Scotland.Follow Stewart on Twitter @sweirzlast_img read more

Dec
30

Blackburn 0-0 Nottingham Forest: Alan Shearer unable to inspire goals at Ewood Park

first_img1 Paul Lambert The presence of Alan Shearer could not inspire Blackburn and Nottingham Forest as they played out a goalless draw at Ewood Park.Shearer was back in east Lancashire to officially unveil ‘Alan Shearer Way’ near the ground on Monday as the club remembered the striker whose 34 league goals delivered the Premiership title to their trophy cabinet 20 years ago.In the following campaign he scored a hat-trick against Forest as Blackburn won 7-0 in the first game to be played at the rebuilt Ewood Park, yet it was a dull stalemate that marked this anniversary and Shearer’s return to his old stomping ground.Bengali-Fode Koita headed a second-half opportunity that Shearer would surely have stuck away straight at goalkeeper Dorus De Vries, while Matt Mills’ stoppage-time try at the other end was pushed on to the woodwork by Jason Steele. Shearer had addressed the home crowd on the pitch before kick-off and told them that he hoped it would not be long before they were back in the top flight, and a win over Forest, without an away win since September, would have taken them to within one point of the play-off places.That was due to the fine start Paul Lambert had made in the dugout having taken 10 points from his first four games in charge since arriving last month as Gary Bowyer’s successor.He saw his team dominate territorially in the first period, yet a flurry of early headers were the best they had to show for their efforts as Shane Duffy nodded straight at De Vries and Jordan Rhodes glanced wide at the near post from Craig Conway’s right-wing cross.A foray down the other side almost brought the opener as Markus Olsson ploughed on and the ball found its way to Ben Marshall, whose half-volley looped off Mills’ leg and hit the underside of the crossbar behind De Vries.The hosts failed to build on their control of the game and in the second period both Henri Lansbury and Jamie Ward fired in shots that Blackburn keeper Steele had to save down low.However, it was Koita who really should have made the breakthrough with 18 minutes remaining.Substitute Corry Evans twisted and turned on the right-hand side and delivered a fine ball to the six-yard box where an unmarked Koita glanced straight into De Vries’ gloves.That miss almost proved even more costly in the eight minutes of stoppage time when Mills’ header was superbly tipped on to the post by Steele as Lambert’s unbeaten start as boss was preserved.last_img read more

Dec
30

Video: Is this the worst free-kick routine EVER?

first_imgNAC Breda tried to pull off an elaborate free-kick routine during their Eerste Divisie clash with Jong Ajax – and failed miserably!last_img

Dec
30

Reaction: Liverpool fans worried by second leg days before League Cup final

first_img James Milner Liverpool fans expressed their concern after drawing in the Europa League. Jurgen Klopp’s men were held 0-0 by Augsburg, which means the return leg is vital if the Reds are to advance to the last 16. That Anfield clash takes place next Thursday, days before their League Cup final clash with Man City at Wembley on Sunday, February 28. Klopp has already spoken about the busy schedule so far in 2016 and these two important games will not help his cause. See below! 1last_img

Dec
30

Somber induction

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityThe stories of this year’s inductees encompassed “intrigue, wonderment and sometimes tragedy,” said master of ceremonies and sports announcer Petros Papadakis. Making this year’s ceremony particularly bittersweet were awards honoring two deceased young athletes, Mario Danelo of San Pedro (sharing a plaque with his father, Joe), and Joseph Anzack Jr. of Torrance. Other honorees included women’s tennis star Amanda Augustus, Major League Baseball Hall of Famer George Brett, basketball champ Walt Hazzard, All-American football player Joe Obradovich, longtime Los Angeles Harbor College football coach Floyd “Scrappy” Rhea, and Los Angeles Dodgers great Reggie Smith. Begun in 1978 by the Trani family, the Sportswalk presents bronze plaques that are embedded into the sidewalk in downtown San Pedro. The program recently has been tied to San Pedro’s ongoing efforts to build a waterfront promenade and was renamed in 2004 the San Pedro Sportswalk to the Waterfront. Among the most moving moments in Monday’s outdoor ceremony included presentations honoring Danelo, the USC placekicker who died Jan. 6 when he fell from the cliffs at Point Fermin, and Joseph Anzack Jr., who played football for South High in Torrance and was killed in May while serving in Iraq. His high school coach, Josh Waybright, said Anzack was “mature beyond his years.” Anzack’s father, Joseph Sr., accepted the Pat Tillman Award for Courage on behalf of his son. “It’s truly an honor – and my duty – to be here for my son,” he said. “Joseph Anzack Jr. is my son, and he is my hero.” Anzack, along with two other soldiers, was reported missing in action last spring while in Iraq. His body was later found in the Euphrates River. Danelo played basketball, soccer and baseball as a youngster growing up in San Pedro but found his niche – like his dad before him – in football as a placekicker. “I never saw a kid work harder or try harder to be the best he could be,” said Joe Danelo, who had a 10-year NFL career with the Green Bay Packers, New York Giants and Buffalo Bills. Mario liked to say he was “living the dream,” his father recalled. “And that he did,” he added, giving special thanks to his son’s teachers and coaches through the years. Also receiving awards this year were: Amanda Augustus: After attending Palos Verdes High School, she went on to capture 20 professional titles during her tennis career. She is now the women’s tennis coach at her alma mater, the University of California, Berkeley. Her parents taught her to excel in both academics and athletics, she said, adding that she passes that on to the young women she coaches now. “Probably without a doubt my favorite place to be is in the South Bay,” Augustus said. George Brett: He is considered one of the best third basemen in Major League Baseball history. Elected to the Hall of Fame in 1999, Brett’s 3,154 career hits are the most by any third baseman. During his 21-year career with the Kansas City Royals, Brett made the All-Star team 13 times, was named the American League MVP in 1980 and led the Royals to their first and only World Series title in 1985. He was nearly cut from the junior varsity team by a new coach at El Segundo High School, recalled another of Brett’s coaches, John Stevenson. Years later, Stevenson ran into the coach as they were both entering Anaheim Stadium to watch Brett play with the Royals. “I told him, `Now you’re going to pay money to watch him play?”‘ Stevenson said. “We had a good laugh over it.” Walt Hazzard: Hazzard was a star at UCLA, leading the Bruins to the first of 10 NCAA basketball championships under Coach John Wooden in 12 years. Hazzard later went on to coach at UCLA. A first-round draft pick of the Los Angeles Lakers, Hazzard played 10 seasons in the NBA and was also a member of the 1964 USA Olympic gold-medal basketball team. “To us, he’s always been just a great dad,” said Hazzard’s son, Jaleel. Awards like the Sportswalk, he said, “make us realize what a great athlete he was, too.” Tommy Hawkins, Hazzard’s roommate during their Laker years and a 1983 Sportswalk inductee, entertained the crowd with stories from the past. Joe Obradovich: The USC tight end was an All-American in 1974 and went on to play nine seasons in the NFL with the New York Giants, San Francisco 49ers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. “He was never the superstar, but he kept getting better,” said his brother, Steve. “I always looked up to him.” Floyd “Scrappy” Rhea: A former professional football player, he nurtured countless young players in his role as coach at Los Angeles Harbor College. He was presented with the Sportswalk’s Trani Award for contributions to local athletics. Although he also coached tennis, golf and baseball at Harbor, he was best known for coaching football. “He was not just a leader in coaching, he was a leader in nurturing,” said former student Haven Moses, a 1983 Sportswalk inductee who became an All-American wide receiver at San Diego State University and went on to play for the Buffalo Bills and Denver Broncos. “He was a quiet storm – he led by example.” In 1964, he led the Seahawks to a 9-0 season. Rhea was orphaned at the age of 13 and worked for 25 cents an hour at a local malt shop, going on later to Fullerton Junior College and the University of Oregon before suiting up for teams such as the Brooklyn Tigers, Chicago Cardinals, Detroit Lions, L.A. Dons and Hawaii Warriors. “I guess my life has been lucky in a sense,” he said. Reggie Smith: He enjoyed a 17-year career as an outfielder for the Boston Red Sox, St. Louis Cardinals, Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants. He appeared in four World Series, including three with the Dodgers. At the plate, Smith led the American League in total bases in 1971. A Gold Glove Award winner, Smith was recognized as having one of the strongest arms in all of baseball. “I’m somewhat embarrassed and humbled by this induction,” Smith said of the Sportswalk honor. Randy Hybki praised his mentor as a man of integrity with a wide array of talents and interests, including being a licensed pilot, a martial arts student, an accomplished golfer and fisherman and “Cajun chef.” donna.littlejohn@dailybreeze.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By Donna Littlejohn STAFF WRITER With their stories of both triumph and tragedy, nine athletes were honored Monday at San Pedro’s annual Sportswalk ceremony, a tradition that organizers say is the only one of its kind in the nation. “Hollywood has its Walk of Fame, Watts has its Promenade of Prominence, but San Pedro has its Sportswalk,” said Los Angeles City Councilwoman Janice Hahn. last_img
Dec
30

Quaids sue drugmaker in overdose

first_img“The point of this case is to save other children from this fate. They’re not looking for money,” Loggans said of the suit.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsThe company had not been served with the lawsuit and could not comment specifically on it, spokeswoman Deborah Spak said. However, “this is not a product issue,” she added. “The issue here is about improper use of a product.” This fall, the company changed its heparin packaging by adding a red caution label that must be torn off before the vial can be opened. Quaid’s children, Thomas Boone and Zoe Grace, and a third patient were at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center on Nov. 18 when they were mistakenly given vials of heparin that were 1,000 times stronger than the usual dosage. The twins were home Tuesday and “appear to be doing well,” said Susan E. Loggans, the Chicago attorney who filed the lawsuit. “The Quaids are a religious family and they really believe the prayers of the public saved their kids. Dennis Quaid and his wife sued the makers of heparin Tuesday after their twin newborns were inadvertently given massive doses of the blood thinner at a hospital. The product liability lawsuit, filed in Chicago, seeks more than $50,000 in damages. It claims that Baxter Healthcare Corp., based in Deerfield, Ill., was negligent in packaging different doses of the product in similar vials with blue backgrounds. The suit also says the company should have recalled the large-dosage vials after overdoses killed three children at an Indianapolis hospital last year. The lawsuit was first reported by CelebTV.com, which obtained the court documents. last_img read more

Dec
30

BUSINESS PROFILE: EAMONN STEVENSON, OF EAMONN STEVENSON FINANCIAL SERVICES LETTERKENNY

first_imgBUSINESS PROFILE: EAMONN STEVENSON OF EAMONN STEVENSON FINANCIAL SERVICES, MOUNTAIN TOP LETTERKENNYDonegaldaily.com: What is your career and what do you do?Eamonn: I’m a Qualified Financial Adviser – my job is to give my clients the best possible advise on all aspects of their financial lifecycle – banking, savings, income protection, mortgage, life & serious illness cover, pensions, investments, retirement planning, business planning and any other monetary issues they may have. Donegaldaily.com: Tell us about your first job and how much were you paid?Eamonn: Summer job was in Model Bakery at Oldtown – I was a wrapper ( before it became cool) 17.00 punts per week – First full job was in AIB bank 1980 – I earned 3660.00 punts per annum before tax which was 56% then.Donegaldaily.com: What was your first success in business?Eamonn: Getting appointed Shift team leader after 3 yrs in the bank – working shifts came with an extra third on my salary and with two weeks where I couldn’t spent money due to evenings and night work, I remember buying shirts every second day instead of washing them – how things have changed !!!!! Donegaldaily.com: Name the one local or international business person you look up to?Eamonn: Warren Buffet – An American investor – third richest man in the world who has pledged to give 99% of his income to charity – he already has given 20 billion to charity and when he and his wife die, 99% of the rest will also go to charity. – His ethos in business is “hard work” – and on share/market investments it is “get out when everybody is getting in and get in when everyone is getting out.”Donegaldaily.com: What has been your biggest mistake in business?Eamonn: While working in the bank – thinking – that there was a future career plan laid out for me and that all I had to do, was my job to the best of my ability – I learned that if you don’t push yourself or don’t ask for things, no one else will. This is probably the same in all large institutions so remember “the baby that cry’s loudest gets fed first.”Donegaldaily.com: What is the most valuable piece of advice you have ever been given? Eamonn: All the so-called Secrets of Success will not work unless you do – If you say you will do something, do it, and laugh every day.Donegaldaily.com: What advice would you give to someone starting out in business today?Eamonn: Sit down with a blank piece of paper and a pen – and write down, what you want to do – how you are going to do it, what are the costs (all the costs) how are you going to meet these costs – who or what is your market – who are your competition what are they doing right, what they could do to be better, basically do a business plan in writing . Then do up a cash flow plan – many very profitable businesses fail due to lack of cash flow. If doing up a business plan or cash flow is something you feel you cant do – go to somebody like me – but this is very important for start-ups.Then work hard and stay positive.Donegaldaily.com: What one item would you take with you to a desert island and why? Eamonn: Bear Grylls – he was able to survive the west of Donegal and Glenveagh,  what a man !!!!Donegaldaily.com: What item can you not do without?Eamonn: My Phone – sorry, I know I grew up without mobile phones but that’s only because they were not invented – the amount of times in the past I waited for people who couldn’t make it and were unable to let me know.Donegaldaily.com: What item would you prefer to do without?Eamonn: Simon Cowell – he has invented a show where he doesn’t have to pay the performers – we pay him money by voting for these people then he gets a contract with the best of them, so he can make more money  – no wonder he can look smug.Donegaldaily.com: What do you do in your spare time (if you have any)?Eamonn: Don’t have much between Lions Club and Letterkenny Chamber – but love spending time with my wife and kids. Walking in Glenveagh with my family on Sunday mornings is my favourite time of my week.Donegaldaily.com: When will you retire?Eamonn: Never – didn’t the Government do away with retirement ???Donegaldaily.com: What’s your tip to surviving the recession?Eamonn: Don’t spend money you don’t have – seek out value for money – review all your financial outgoings, are they necessary, could they be cheaper – things have gotten cheaper over past number of years  eg. Life cover etc.   Work together – we are all in this together but by shopping local and supporting local businesses – money circulates within this area and helps everybody.Donegaldaily.com: What one thing would you do if you were Finance Minister to help business?Eamonn: One Thing – there’s so many things we need to do – We are a spending economy so taxing people only reduces spending power – finish all the capital expenditure jobs that have now been put on hold – Nama was to put 5 billion into the economy this year 2010 where is it ? Japan tried to tax its way out of recession and it took 15 years – USA and Britain have pumped billions into their economies and are over the worst. In Ireland the light at the end of the tunnel has just gone out. But be positive, what doesn’t kill us makes us stronger.INTERVIEW WITH GREG HARKINBUSINESS PROFILE: EAMONN STEVENSON, OF EAMONN STEVENSON FINANCIAL SERVICES LETTERKENNY was last modified: December 27th, 2010 by gregShare 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

Dec
30

MEP PAT THE COPE WELCOMES MARITIME TOURISM STRATEGY

first_imgPat The Cope Gallagher MEPDONEGAL MEP Pat the Cope Gallagher has welcomed the publication of a new European Strategy to promote coastal and maritime tourism which he says will help the county.“This is a welcome initiative by the European Commission as coastal and maritime tourism employs almost 3.2 million people across Europe, generating 183 billion euro to the European economy,” said Mr Gallagher. “The strategy will support beach based tourism including surfing and water based activities such as boating, yachting, cruising and nautical sports. “The strategy is vitally important as it seeks to maximise available EU funding for the sector be it through the European Regional Development Fund, the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund or the European Social Fund.“I firmly believe that by maximising EU funding into the tourism sector and coastal regions, it will result in the creation of long term and sustainable jobs in Ireland.“I am also pleased that the strategy seeks to develop marinas and water based activities as I recently secured an amendment to the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund to help small fishing ports to diversify their economic activities due to declines in fish landings.“I now call on the Minister for Tourism to immediately implement the 14 actions contained in the strategy by the European Commission.”  MEP PAT THE COPE WELCOMES MARITIME TOURISM STRATEGY was last modified: February 22nd, 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:EuropePat The Cope Gallaghertourism strategylast_img read more

Dec
29

Newcastle will move for £7million Serie A star IF they win survival fight

first_img Kamil Glik in action for Torino Newcastle will make an approach for Torino captain Kamil Glik this summer if they survive relegation from the Premier League.The Magpies are in desperate need of defensive reinforcements and manager Rafael Benitez has made the experienced Poland international his top target.According to La Stampa, only a bid in excess of £7m will persuade Torino into selling their skipper but it is understood Newcastle will be more than prepared to meet their valuation.Despite recently signing a new contract with the club to keep him there until 2020, Glik is reportedly seeking a new challenge this summer and a move to the Premier League will be an attractive option.Of course, relegation to the Championship is likely to see Benitez leave St. James’ Park in the summer and therefore any approach for the Serie A player is likely to be called off. 1last_img read more