Month: December 2019

Brendan Rodgers ‘disappointed but encouraged’ by Liverpool draw

first_img1 Liverpool Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers was both disappointed and encouraged by his side’s 1-1 Europa League draw in Bordeaux.Adam Lallana’s second-half goal was cancelled out by substitute Jussie late on to deny the Reds an opening win.However, with Rodgers making eight changes it was the young players who impressed – the first-half introduction of debutant Pedro Chirivella brought the average age down to 21.7 – and the manager was full of praise.“I am disappointed but I feel encouraged by the performance with so many young players,” he said.“I was disappointed their striker got too many touches in the box but if you can’t win, especially away from home in Europe, you at least get a point and we’re satisfied with that.“I was so proud of them tonight. I will always give the young players an opportunity if they have the personality.“The senior players were outstanding helping the younger players and we will look for more of that in the coming weeks.”Chirivella and Rossiter, both 18, impressed in central midfield and Rodgers noted that.“As the game wore on they combined with the other players and I thought they acquitted themselves well.“If you take those two, Jordon Ibe who is 19, Joe Gomez who is 18, there was great encouragement for the young players and supporters.”Lallana was returning from a month out with a thigh injury and despite some rustiness in the first half he took his goal brilliantly.“It was an outstanding goal. It was his touch and creativity which we have not seen so much of this season.“It was a wonderful goal and (substitute) Danny Ings was unfortunate not to score.”Rodgers added: “Sakho was immense at the back. He knows he has had to be patient and his attitude has been first class.“He has trained very well, kept professional, done his extra work on his fitness and he has got his rewards for that.“He certainly comes into the reckoning for the weekend (against Norwich).”last_img read more

FA Cup first round draw: Ryan Giggs and Gary Neville’s Salford City host Notts County

first_img FA Cup The draw for the FA Cup first round has taken place, with several non league sides paired with more established outfits.The lowest ranked team are Salford City, backed by Manchester United legends Ryan Giggs and Gary Neville, and they have a home tie with League Two Notts County.Meanwhile, League One leaders Gillingham – and by virtue the highest ranked side – face a trip to Stevenage.Full FA Cup first round draw:Burton Albion v PeterboroughPort Vale v MaidenheadBarnet v BlackpoolBristol Rovers v Chesham UnitedCambridge Utd v BasingstokeMansfield v OldhamAltrincham v BarnsleyCrewe Alexandra v EastleighNorthwich Victoria or Chorley v Boreham WoodCoventry v NorthamptonBrackley v Newport CountyGrimsby v St Albans CityHartlepool United v Havant & Waterlooville or Cheltenham TownSalford City v Notts CountyDover v StourbridgeStevenage v GillinghamMillwall v AFC FyldeAldershot v BradfordWalsall v FleetwoodBury v WiganPortsmouth v MacclesfieldSheff Utd v Worcester CityBarwell or AFC Rushden and Diamonds v Grays or WellingHalifax or Guiseley v WycombeCrawley v LutonDoncaster v Stalybridge Celtic or North Ferriby UnitedDidcot v ExeterDagenham & Redbridge v MorecambeLeyton Orient v Staines TownGainsborough Trinity v ShrewsburyMaidstone v YeovilBraintree v Oxford UnitedWhitehawk v Tranmere or LincolnAccrington v YorkScunthorpe v SouthendAFC Wimbledon v Forest Green RoversPlymouth v CarlisleFC United of Manchester v ChesterfieldRochdale v SwindonWealdstone v ColchesterFirst Round ties will take place on 6th, 7th & 8th November 1last_img read more

Premier League round-up: Jamie Vardy double downs Liverpool, Arsenal draw and Manchester United win

first_img1 Jamie Vardy Leicester 2-0 Liverpool A Jamie Vardy-inspired Leicester continued to top the Premier League table after a convincing win over Liverpool at the King Power Stadium.After an exciting, attacking, end-to-end first half which provided no goals, Vardy made up for it with a fantastic hit on the hour mark, in front of England boss Roy Hodgson.Leicester punted the ball over the top for the England man to chase and Vardy waited for it to bounce once before smashing a looping volley over Simon Mignolet and into the top corner.And Vardy doubled the lead ten minutes later with a real poacher’s finish after Shinji Okazaki’s blocked shot fell into his path and he lashed the ball home with his left foot.Norwich 0-3 TottenhamTottenham boosted their top four hopes further with a 3-0 victory at Norwich.Mauricio Pochettino’s men go third and above local rivals Arsenal on goal difference.  Dele Alli put the visitors ahead inside two minutes when Christian Eriksen’s shot was parried by Canaries goalkeeper Declan Rudd and the England youngster was there to tap home from close range. Alli was all set to net another when he followed up Harry Kane’s shot, before he was fouled by Sebastian Bassong.Kane coolly converted the resulting spot-kick to double Spurs’ lead after half an hour. The England marksman doubled his tally and sealed the win in the final minute as Eriksen won possession and gave it to the England striker to fire home.Manchester United 3-0 StokeManchester United returned to their entertaining ways at Old Trafford as they beat Stoke 3-0.Louis van Gaal’s men have struggled to score at home this season but they were two up at half-time, with thanks to Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial.Lingard put the home side 1-0 up with just 14 minutes on the clock as he headed home Cameron Borthwick-Jackson’s low cross.Martial looked dangerous and lively and he added a second with a superb curling effort to beat Jack Butland.Wayne Rooney had a goal harshly disallowed in the second half as he shoulder barged Glen Johnson before finishing well and the foul was awarded.The Manchester United and England captain was soon on the score sheet though, tapping home a good team goal for his seventh goal in as many games.West Ham 2-0 Aston VillaAfter a miserable January transfer window, Aston Villa kicked off February in the Premier League with a 2-0 defeat at West Ham.Remi Garde failed to add any additions to the ranks at Villa Park and the French boss is reportedly considering his position. This match will not help the cause and neither did Jordan Ayew, who was sent off early in the game, the striker clearly elbowing Aaron Cresswell.Michail Antonio headed the home side into the lead early in the second half before Cheikhou Kouyate fired high into the roof of the net with minutes remaining.The Villans remain rooted to the bottom, six points behind 19th-placed Sunderland.Sunderland 0-1 Manchester CityManchester City held off a strong second-half performance by Sunderland to leave the Stadium of Light 1-0 winners.Just a day after it was announced that Pep Guardiola will be replacing Manuel Pellegrini in the summer, the Citizens kept their cool as they stay three points behind leaders Leicester.City have slipped up against Sunderland in previous years but Sergio Ageuro soon but any nerves on ice as he put the Black Cats in front with a neat finish. With 16 minutes on the clock, the Argentinian controlled Jesus Navas’ cross in the box and, with the outside of his boot, he finished across goal. New boy Lamine Kone nearly drew the home side level as he headed past the post and Joe Hart made a stunning save to deny Jermain Defoe before the interval.Sam Allardyce’s men put on an impressive show in the second half but they could not find an opening.Crystal Palace 1-2 BournemouthBournemouth moved seven points clear of the relegation zone with a 2-1 victory at Crystal Palace.Scott Dann put the Eagles ahead with a neat finish before Marc Pugh, who scored in the FA Cup at the weekend, drew the Cherries level just seven minutes later.January addition Benik Afobe – from Wolves – scored the all important goal shortly before the hour, heading home after Wayne Hennessey had parried.West Brom 1-1 SwanseaWest Brom scored late on to rescue a point at home to Swansea City.Gylfi Sigurdsson finished well at the far post after 64 minutes and it looked like Francesco Guidolin’s men were heading for back-to-back victories before the Baggies’ late equaliser.  With two minutes of added time played, Salomon Rondon managed to divert the ball home following a corner.The point leaves Tony Pulis’ side 13th, while Swansea are 16th.Arsenal 0-0 SouthamptonArsenal were booed off at the Emirates after failing to break down a stubborn Southampton side.Olivier Giroud had a number of efforts on the Saints goal but Fraser Forster was brilliant on the night.His best moment came when Mesut Ozil poked a toe at Giroud’s knockdown header but the Englishman reacted fantastically to keep the Gunners at bay.The result means Arsene Wenger’s men drop to fourth in the table, behind rivals Tottenham and only five points ahead of Manchester United in fifth.Results in fullArsenal 0-0 SouthamptonLeicester City 2-0 LiverpoolNorwich 0-3 TottenhamSunderland 0-1 Manchester City West Ham 2-0 Aston VillaCrystal Palace 1-2 BournemouthManchester United 3-0 StokeWest Brom 1-1 Swansealast_img read more

Pakistan ends Bhutto’s brief house arrest

first_imgISLAMABAD, Pakistan – Pakistan quickly ended house arrest for opposition leader Benazir Bhutto on Friday as President Gen. Pervez Musharraf came under new U.S. pressure to end a crackdown that Washington fears is hurting the fight against Islamic extremism. Earlier in the day, police threw up barbed wire around Bhutto’s house to keep her from speaking at a rally to protest Musharraf’s imposition of emergency rule, and security forces rounded up thousands of her supporters to block any mass demonstrations. The action was a new blow to hopes the two U.S.-friendly leaders could form an alliance against militants – a rising threat underlined by a suicide bombing in northwest Pakistan that targeted the home of a Cabinet minister, who escaped without injury. Bhutto twice tried to evade authorities in her car, telling police who surrounded her villa: “Do not raise hands on women. You are Muslims. This is un-Islamic.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre In Rawalpindi, the nearby garrison town where she had hoped to stage the rally, police fired tear gas at hundreds of Bhutto loyalists who staged wildcat protests and hurled stones. More than 100 were arrested. The Bush administration called for the restrictions on Bhutto to be lifted, and Pakistan’s government said late Friday that she was again free to move about, although police barriers remained outside her house. Her supporters said she would try to leave this morning. In Washington, where some lawmakers are calling for aid to Pakistan to be curtailed, U.S. officials again criticized Musharraf’s crackdown. “We remain concerned about the continued state of emergency and curtailment of basic freedoms, and urge Pakistani authorities to quickly return to constitutional order and democratic norms,” Gordon Johndroe, a spokesman for the National Security Council, said in a statement. As Musharraf’s chief international backer, the Bush administration is deeply concerned about the deteriorating situation in Pakistan that is on the front lines of the U.S.-led campaign against terrorist groups.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

Ministry stirs troubled teens

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat Kings“We’re going to pack this place,” they shout, “with his saving grace.” Welcome to Mega Youth Ministry, an in-your-face outreach ministry to teenagers, some of them Catholic, some of them troubled, all of them moved by Fatica’s high-octane intensity. On Dec. 17, HBO will show a 78-minute documentary about Fatica’s ministry. Filmmaker David Holbrooke ran into Fatica in 2005 and ditched his previous project about faith in America to focus on Fatica. “Justin was so physical and passionate, he just jumped off the screen,” Holbrooke said. “If it was 15 minutes of Justin in a 90-minute film, it would have diminished him and made him seem one-dimensional, and he’s just not.” But some older, more conservative Catholics don’t get it, said Jennifer Robinson, a 20-year-old from Syracuse who first met Fatica at her Catholic high school two years ago. She’s been coming to Mega Youth Ministry ever since. “Some parts of it get out of hand,” she said. “I’d rather have it that way than not get through at all.” Fatica, 29, says he’s heard some of the criticism, “mostly from people of the church.” When he hears the complaints, he thinks of St. Francis of Assisi, who was known to ask his brothers to treat him the way people treated the destitute at that time, by stripping them and dragging them through the village by a rope. “He would do it in his underwear and everybody would be like, `What’s his deal?”‘ Fatica said, smiling. “Just like a lot of the things that I’m doing. (People say,) `What is this guy doing? This isn’t Catholic, this is Baptist!”‘ Perhaps, but some say maybe that’s just what the area – and the church – needs. Bob Halligan Jr., the leader of the six-person Mega Youth band, said this corner of the Catholic Church tends to be “very much on the sleepy side.” And Fatica, he said, might just be able to wake it up. “We’re really going after God on this,” he said, “so some people get spooked.” Fatica challenges teens to confront their inner demons, including drug use, sexual violence, bulimia, suicidal thoughts, self-injury and alcoholic parents. Some teens say Mega Youth has helped them overcome destructive behavior. “You could come here, no matter what you did, and you’ll never be judged,” said Rob Bellucci, 15, a high school freshman. “You see a lot of other people going through the same things, and it’s just like, `Hey, I’m not alone.”‘ Young Catholics like Robinson say Fatica offers something teens need to hear.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! ONONDAGA, N.Y. – Devotional candles flicker in the breeze that blows through the open windows of the Church of St. Michael and St. Peter. It’s past dusk, but it’s not at all quiet. A muscular man commands the attention of the group of about 70 – most of them teenagers – crammed into the front pews. His voice, whispering a moment ago, fills the nave. “If you’re not ready to pump it up, go home!” shouts Justin Fatica, veins bulging from his forehead, his fists punching the air like a professional wrestler goading the crowd. “If you’re not ready to pump it up, go out in the rain!” Nobody leaves. The lights go down. The rock band kicks on and dozens of teenagers start jumping up and down, dancing, clapping and singing. last_img


first_imgThe energy-creating generator in Alaska. Similar machines could soon be deployed in DonegalAN Letterkenny-based renewable energy company is set to explore Donegal’s 700-mile long shoreline in the hunt for the key to our energy problems, Donegal Daily can reveal.American-owned Ocean Renewable Power Company is hoping new technologies can harness the power of the Atlantic and turn it into cheap energy for the country.Research stages could follow with prototypes and create much-needed jobs locally. The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland is funding the research to identify feasible tidal energy sites in the coastal waters of County Donegal.Based in Maine, ORPC is an in-river, tidal and deep-water ocean current power generation systems and projects developer.ORPC established its Ireland division at LYIT in Letterkenny in May.ORPC Ireland says it will conduct a feasibility assessment during which time the company will “review existing resource data, evaluate grid accessibility, identify existing marine users and sensitive environmental areas, assess supply chain viability, and conduct community engagement activities.” Brian Motherway, SEAI’s chief operating officer said: “SEAI is committed to facilitating the development of new technologies and projects that will harness Ireland’s rich ocean energy resource.“County Donegal has been identified as a region of high potential for tidal energy in Ireland’s Offshore Renewable Energy Development Plan. We are delighted to support ORPC Ireland in conducting this feasibility study in partnership with Donegal County Council to identify development opportunities and form a critical first step in realizing this potential.”If conditions warrant, ORPC Ireland could continue the County Donegal project in phases similar to its parent company’s program in Alaska.ORPC is based in Maine and according to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, in July, ORPC successfully deployed its RivGen hydrokinetic energy device in the Kvichak River at Igiugig village in Alaska.The RivGen device consists of a turbine generator unit supported by a chassis incorporating a pontoon support structure that acts as a foundation when the device is deployed on the riverbed and provides its self-deployment and retrieval capabilities. Each TGU has a capacity of up to 25 kW in a current flowing 2.25 m/sec and 95 kW in a 3.5 m/sec current.Since its deployment, more than 1.5 million adult sockeye salmon have migrated past the turbine area, estimates the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.The first day of turbine operations happened to be the second largest escapement day of the salmon season, where 600,000 fish were not captured by fisheries and, in turn, migrated past the turbine to return to their freshwater habitat to spawn.Downstream cameras show fish able to swim freely after passing through the turbine area and ORPC said there has been no observed evidence of fish injury or mortality to date. INCREDIBLE NEW HYDRO-ELECTRIC TRIALS TO GO AHEAD IN DONEGAL was last modified: August 27th, 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:donegalLETTEKRENNYLYITOcean Renewable Power Companyrenewable energySustainable Energy Authority of Irelandlast_img read more

With Rafa at the helm, Newcastle now big favourites to win Championship – Coral

first_imgCoral’s Dave Stevens joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.Aston Villa are still yet to appoint a new manager almost two months on from Remi Garde’s departure.Nigel Pearson was the initial favourite for the job but, with the club recently taken over, Roberto Di Matteo is now 2/5 to be installed in the Villa Park hotsteat. Villa’s Championship rivals Newcastle, meanwhile, have confirmed Rafa Benitez will stay on at St James’ Park despite relegation.With Benitez at the helm, the Magpies are now 11/4 favourites to win the Championship next season.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfastlast_img

49er men at home in VB

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! : Frank Burlison Long Beach State’s top-ranked men’s volleyball team will attempt to improve its record to 5-0 when it takes on Cal Baptist tonight in a 7 o’clock nonconference match at the Walter Pyramid. The 49ers, who knocked off No. 2 UCLA in the final of a tournament in Santa Barbara last Saturday night, swept UC San Diego in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation-opening match in La Jolla on Wednesday night. last_img read more


first_imgA team of Donegal climbers have smashed a record by scaling 26 mountain peaks across the 32 counties in super-fast time.The group beat the record which was set in 2006 after finishing their grueling journey by reaching the summit of Mount Errigal last night.The team from the Dunlewey, Dunfanaghy and Falcarragh areas started their climb in Mayo at 5 a.m. on Monday and travelled through the 32 counties taking in 26 peaks in a record time of 87 hours and 50 minutes. They managed to beat the previous record of 98 hours and 45 minutes hours set in 2006.Climbers Martin Rochford, Seamus Cannon, Paddy Mc Geady, Michael Mc Geady and Kevin Kiely and driver Manus Mooney decided to undertake the challenge to raise funds for Our Lady’s Hospital in Crumlin, Dublin.Their most gruelling climb was Ireland’s highest peak at Carrauntuohill in Kerry on Monday that took them three hours and was just one of five mountains that day.On Wednesday they scaled ten peaks starting in Dublin after 8 a.m. and finishing in Armagh at 3 a.m Thursday morning. Yesterday they climbed peaks in Counties Louth, Down, Antrim, Tyrone, Derry before finishing at Mount Errigal (751m) in County Donegal just before darkness fell where family and friends gathered to greet them.Overall they climbed mountain heights totaling 9,738 metres and their actual overall climbing distance from the base of their first mountain in Kerry on Monday to the base on Errigal on Thursday night was 129 kilometres.For the duration of the four days they also clocked road distance of over 2,000kms.A spokesman for the group said they were delighted to have smashed the record and raised much-needed funds for Our Lady’s Hospital.“It was tough at times but there was great spirit amongst the lads. Even better was the fact that there were no injuries apart from a few blisters and aches and pains. “Needless to say the lads enjoyed a few long baths when they got home,” he said.PICTURES BY KIND PERMISSION OF EOIN MCGARVEYEndsDONEGAL TEAM SMASH IRISH MOUNTAIN-CLIMBING RECORD was last modified: June 24th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Climbersmount errigalrecordlast_img read more


first_imgSIMPLE STEPS CAN HAVE A BIG IMPACTA small change in your lifestyle can have a huge impact on your health.You will reap the benefits by slotting 30 minutes of activity into your day – even if you divide it into two 15 minute sessions at different times. It doesn’t have to be about getting super fit or preparing for a marathon. It’s about making time for a little exercise. Take a gradual approach, and build up your activity routine as you become fitter.Obesity is a major public health concern in Ireland, 38% of Irish people are overweight and 23% are obese.One in five Irish children and teenagers is overweight or obese.Remember to always start exercise at a slow pace and build intensity gradually. Build more activity into your day by taking some simple steps:1. Park at the furthest end of the supermarket and walk to the entrance2. Take the stairs instead of the lift at the office or at the shopping centre.3. Park away from the shops.4. When you drop the kids off at karate, GAA or basketball or dancing, don’t sit in the car and read a book or the newspaper, go for a walk. 5. Go walking with a friend.6. Join a group activity such as aerobics or dancing.7. Set yourself weekly exercise goals – short-term goals are easier to stick with and give a quick confidence boost.Check out this website to see what’s happening in your area: Lack of time is the biggest reason why people avoid exercise but there are so many health benefits.These include: improves concentration, helps to boost your mood, boosts energy levels and reduces risks of heart disease.Get out there.LIFESTYLE: SIMPLE STEPS CAN HAVE A BIG IMPACT was last modified: October 1st, 2013 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:exerciselifestylesimple stepslast_img read more