Month: December 2019

  • ‘He’s the best signing in Europe this season’ – Man United defender hailed

    first_imgNot too long ago, Chris Smalling was a figure of fun at Manchester United.The centre-back, signed by Sir Alex Ferguson in 2010, was highly rated when he joined from Fulham, but took time to bed in at Old Trafford.His displays were shaky and clumsy as he attempted to earn the right to a starting spot with the Red Devils.Now, though, Smalling is proving himself to be one of the best defenders in the Premier League with a series of mature performances at the back alongside Daley Blind, while his work with the ball at his feet has not gone unnoticed either.Asked by Manchester United how he rated his season so far, the 25-year-old gave himself a modest seven out of 10, but when they asked their fans to give him their marks they were inundated with praise and superlatives.Is his brilliance really just down to being called ‘Mike’ by boss Louis van Gaal in the summer? talkSPORT takes a look at the reaction on Twitter… Chris ‘Mike’ Smalling 1last_img read more

  • Piers Morgan would rather Arsenal finish BOTTOM of their Champions League group

    first_imgBroadcaster, journalist and die-hard Arsenal fan Piers Morgan would rather the Gunners finish bottom of their Champions League group than enter the Europa League.Arsenal have lost their opening two games of this season’s tournament, 2-1 away to Dynamo Zargreb and 3-2 at home to Olympiacos.And Morgan, an Arsenal season ticket holder and shareholder, believes the benefit of missing out on the Europa League could lead to his side lifting their first Premier League title since 2004.“The sad reality is that this Champions League campaign is all but over,” said Morgan as he co-hosted Drivetime with Adrian Durham.“I think we will be beaten by Bayern Munich at least once, probably twice in the space of a couple of weeks, and that will be it.“It will be the worst Champions League exit for a number of years for Arsenal and confirms my view that things are not as rosy as the Wenger-brigade would like to have it.“But there is the point, that many Arsenal fans have found out, that we don’t want to finish third and end up in the Europa, a second tier competition.“Actually, if we are out of that, we might have a chance of winning the Premier League.”last_img read more

  • Swansea in talks with ex-Marseille boss Marcelo Bielsa – ‘British manager would be better option’ says Shay Given

    first_imgSwansea chairman Huw Jenkins has flown to South America to hold talks with former Marseille boss Marcelo Bielsa, but Shay Given has told talkSPORT a British manager would be a better option for the struggling Swans.The 60-year-old Argentine is now the favourite to succeed the axed Garry Monk, after former target David Moyes pulled out of the running while surprise candidate Dennis Bergkamp is set to stay in his coaching role at Dutch giants Ajax.Reports on Wednesday claim Jacks chief Jenkins, who ‘regrettably’ sacked Monk as boss last week after a run of 1 win in 11 games, has travelled to Argentina to open talks with Bielsa.Bielsa has been unattached since his exit from Marseille in August, and his CV makes for impressive viewing. He took charge of Argentina at the 2002 World Cup and Chile at the 2010 finals, while he also took Athletic Bilbao to the Europa League and Copa del Rey finals in 2013.However, the highly-rated coach – once hailed as the ‘best manager in the world’ by Pep Guardiola – does not speak English, and veteran goalkeeper Given believes his appointment would be a ‘strange’ move from the Welsh club.“I’m amazed by this speculation linking Huw Jenkins with going to South America,” he told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“He might be an amazing manager, but I’ve never really heard of him. He wouldn’t know the league, he wouldn’t know about the opposition. I just find it remarkable.“You’d think a manager like David Moyes, or someone of that ilk who has been involved in the Premier League for a number of years and knows it inside out, would be the kind of man Swansea would look at, rather than a coach who is totally unknown in England and who doesn’t speak the language.“It’s a strange one.”last_img read more

  • Rotary Club gives Veterans Memorial Park much-needed TLC

    first_img“We call it our Veterans Park and we hold ceremonies there at least once a year,” said the former Army helicopter pilot. “We wanted to make sure it got fixed up. “It was miscommunication between the different organizations. Maybe everybody thought they were taking care of it.” Dennis DeYoung, 43, of Northridge took part in creating the park with the Granada Hillbillies 4-H Club when it was just a traffic median. “What I remember most at the time we did it … there was a big sense the country didn’t want to talk about it,” he said. “It was hard to get people to participate and contribute. “The wounds were still fresh. Soldiers were coming home. People wondered, `Why would you want to do that?’ It was our way of remembering those who’d fallen in Vietnam.” During the Granada Hills Street Faire, club members sold bricks with the names of anyone who served in the military to raise money for a future walkway. A business owner has volunteered to partially pay for a bronze statue of a boy holding an American flag. Flags for each military branch, an arbor cover and new seating are also part of the ongoing efforts to resuscitate the aging park. To make the next phase a reality, however, members will apply for a $10,000 community beautification grant from the city. One of their biggest fans is City Councilman Greig Smith, whose office is helping the group apply for the grant. “I’m a former veteran, and also my son is in the Navy,” Smith said. “It’s important for me to recognize those people that gave so much for the rest of us.” [email protected] (818) 713-3699160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! GRANADA HILLS – The tiny triangle park honoring 24 Vietnam War veterans killed in action sat surrounded by weeds and dead grass, having fallen into disrepair for a good six months before the local community came to its rescue. About a year ago, the Granada Hills Rotary Club adopted the Veterans Memorial Park at Zelzah Avenue and Chatsworth Street. Now, it’s hoping to do even more with the site. Led by Carl Melnik and Don Cosby, Rotarians cleaned up weeds and trash, replanted grass, shrubs and roses, and installed a lighting system. “Nobody was taking care of it,” Melnik said. “Now, it’s a community effort.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityMoney was donated to buy plants and trees. City workers repaired the sprinkler system. Rotarians cleaned up the graffiti. And a landscaper was contracted with to provide ongoing maintenance. “This used to be a mess. It was bad,” Cosby said. “It had no life. We had to do something.” The park was erected in the 1970s and features a stone memorial made up of 50 rocks, one for each state. The names of 24 fallen local veterans are inscribed on a plaque. The city used to own the property before the Chamber of Commerce took over. Then it fell in the hands of the business district and suffered because of a lack of funding for maintenance and upkeep. Ray Pollok, commander of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2323 in Granada Hills, said the memorial park, which they use as a meeting area, had been dying. last_img

  • McKellen as ‘King Lear’ the hottest ticket in L.A.

    first_img160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Ian McKellen is nearly as hot a ticket as Hannah Montana. The esteemed English actor is set to play Shakespeare’s “King Lear” in six performances with the Royal Shakespeare Company at UCLA starting Friday, and tickets have been resold for more than $1,000. The entire run of the play was sold out in July on the day they went on sale, with a top price of $90, and single orchestra seats are listing at $936 to $1,706 on online ticket marketplace Stubhub. Bids for a ticket on eBay have topped $800. Stubhub spokesman Sean Pate says the highest price actually paid for a pair has been $2,106. Only 14-year-old pop sensation Miley Cyrus, star of the Disney Channel’s “Hannah Montana” TV show, has created a bigger recent stir on the local ticket market. Long one of the most celebrated stars of the British stage, the 68-year-old McKellen has won major American fame in recent years for his portrayals of Gandalf in the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy and “Magneto” in the X-Men films. McKellen downplayed his own role in sending the Shakespeare ticket prices skyward. “I don’t take it personally. I mean, it is the Royal Shakespeare Company doing `King Lear’ directed by Trevor Nunn,” McKellen said. “If we weren’t selling out, there would be something wrong.” By day McKellen appears on the same stage in Chekov’s “The Seagull.” Those tickets are going for a mere $325 to $548 on Stubhub.last_img

  • Video: Germany 2-3 England – Watch Tottenham star Eric Dier’s winner in Berlin

    first_imgEngland defeated Germany 3-2 in Berlin as the Premier League’s in form stars helped them come from behind against the world champions.Joachim Low’s side had taken a 2-0 lead after strikes from Toni Kroos and Mario Gomez but, in a much-improved second-half performance, the Three Lions hit back.Harry Kane started the comeback with an excellent individual goal, before Jamie Vardy’s stunning flick levelled the scores, and Eric Dier won it with a thumping header in added time.And you can see the Tottenham star’s winner below… England and Tottenham and Eric Dier 1last_img read more

  • SHOCK REPORT! Liverpool line up £12m deal for former Arsenal defender

    first_imgLiverpool and Besiktas have still not given up hope of luring Thomas Vermaelen away from Barcelona this summer.Both clubs have made preliminary approaches for the Belgian defender, who struggled to displace Javier Mascherano and Gerard Pique at the heart of Barca’s defence last season.The former Arsenal skipper is currently considering his future during his holiday period after Euro 2016 and will inform Barca of his decision when he returns for pre-season towards the end of July.According to Mundo Deportivo, both Liverpool and Besiktas have set aside around £12m for the 30-year-old, while the Turkish club are also open to taking him on a season-long loan.Vermaelen, whose wife is English, is understood to be favouring a move back to the Premier League, where he still feels he has unfinished business having seen his career stutter at Arsenal. Thomas Vermaelen in action for Belgium at Euro 2016 1last_img read more

  • Chivas stopped in InterLiga play

    first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita It ended a disappointing InterLiga for Cruz Azul (0-2-1), the Mexico City giant that has endured a tumultuous six months. Necaxa (2-1-0) weathered heavy Guadalajara pressure, especially after Rodolfo Espinosa was red-carded after tapping linesman Chris Strickland on the head during a scuffle late in the first half. Chivas (1-1-1) came close four times, but Omar Bravo and Carlos Salcido hit the crossbar with deflected shots early in the second half, Sergio Santana placed a header just wide of the net in the 64th minute, and Necaxa goalkeeper Ivan Vasquez parried Edwin Barboa’s blast in the 79th. Tigres won the group as Walter Gaitan scored two goals his second and third of the tournament and assisted Sebastian Gonzalez’s strike. Julio Cesar Santos provided a 17th-minute lead, Gonzalez doubled the advantage in the 33rd, and Gaitan added goals in the 41st and 56th. It took a sensational goal and a bit of misfortune to end Guadalajara’s hopes of a second successive trip to Copa Libertadores. Chivas, as the club is popularly known, was eliminated Wednesday night from the InterLiga with a 1-0 loss to Necaxa. UANL Tigres (2-1-0), which routed Cruz Azul 4-0 in the first game of the Group B doubleheader at Home Depot Center, joins Necaxa (2-1-0) in Sunday’s twin finals at HDC in the annual eight-team tournament that determines Mexico’s final two entrants in the South American club soccer championship. They’ll learn their foes with tonight’s final two Group A games at HDC. Ariel Lopez’s 13th-minute header, from a cross by Alfredo Moreno positioned to the right of the goal, on the end line ended Chivas’ chances to return to Copa Libertadores after reaching the semifinals last summer. center_img 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

  • DONEGAL STAR RORY FINALLY MEETS HIS MATCH

    first_imgDonegal GAA midfielder may be used to being the star of the show.But it was his stunning bride Kathryn Russell who stole all the limelight when the well-known couple got married yesterday.The couple, who are both teachers, tied the knot and were joined by hundreds of family and friends for a magnificent reception at the Mount Errigal Hotel. St.Eunan’s man Rory was joined by many of his clubmates from the Letterkenny club including Brendan Devenney and John Haran.He was also joined by many of his county team-mates including Michael Murphy, Karl Lacey, Neil Gallagher and Colm McFadden.Rory is a son of Charlie and Agnes Kavanagh, Oaklands, Gortlee, Letterkenny, Kathryn is the daughter of John and Kay Russell, Manorcunningham.“Rory looked very handsome but Kathryn was just the most stunning bride. “It was a terrific day and it really capped off a great year for Rory,” said one guest.DONEGAL STAR RORY FINALLY MEETS HIS MATCH was last modified: December 18th, 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:KATHRYN RUSSELLRory Kavanaghweddinglast_img read more

  • MCELHINNEYS HAS A GIFT OF AN IDEA FOR ALL LANCOME LOVERS

    first_imgAdvertMcElhinneys Department Store is renowned around the North West for its fashion lines and beauty products.And this week Donegal’s leading fashion store has teamed up with one of the world’s leading beauty products. The store has a promotion on this weekend which will see anyone who buy two Lancome products receive a free Gift with Lancome to the value of €102.The promotion is running from 7th until 23rd March.  MCELHINNEYS HAS A GIFT OF AN IDEA FOR ALL LANCOME LOVERS was last modified: March 9th, 2013 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:LancomeMCELHINNEYSlast_img read more