Month: December 2019

Video: Liverpool and Tottenham target scores magical individual goal in the MLS

first_imgSebastian Giovinco’s goal for Toronto FC last night was magical – but that wasn’t even the most impressive thing about it.The Italian forward bamboozled the entire New York Red Bulls defence just 48 hours after playing for Italy in their final Euro 2016 qualifier against Norway.Giovinco is available for loan in January when the MLS season takes a break, which has manifested links with Premier League clubs Liverpool and Tottenham.Would the 28-year-old prove a shrewd acquisition? On this evidence, you’d think so…last_img read more

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini dismisses claims that star man is unhappy

first_img Yaya Toure and Manuel Pellegrini Manuel Pellegrini insists Yaya Toure is happy at Manchester City.Toure claimed in an interview this week that he deserves greater recognition from the media for his achievements at the club.The midfielder told French newspaper L’Equipe he was not happy with the situation despite winning titles and earning lots of money.But manager Pellegrini has stressed it is important not to interpret Toure’s comments as meaning he is unhappy with life at the club.Pellegrini said: “He says he is not happy about [not being] recognised, [so people say] he is not happy here. But he is happy.“It is different to not be happy about the criticism or the recognition, than to not be happy. They are different words, you can interpret how you want but I think Yaya is happy here. He doesn’t have any problems.“I don’t think I have to answer how important Yaya is. The answer is in his performances in the last four years. He always demonstrates it every game he plays.”Toure is one of three City players to make the shortlist for the FIFA Ballon d’Or along with Sergio Aguero and new signing Kevin de Bruyne. 1last_img read more

No chance Stoke will sell Butland to Liverpool for £20m, insists Hughes

first_img1 Mark Hughes insists there is no chance of Stoke cashing in on Jack Butland.The highly-rated goalkeeper has been in outstanding form for the Potters this season, having being given his first-team chance following Asmir Begovic’s summer switch to Chelsea.Butland, 22, is reportedly drawing admiring glances from Liverpool, with suggestions Jurgen Klopp is ready to sanction a £20m bid in January.However, Stoke boss Hughes has no fears about losing the England international, who only signed a new four-year contract in March.“Jack’s going nowhere,” he said. “He’s progressing well but he’s very early into his career development as a number one keeper. People are aware of him – and they have been for a long time.“Jack forced his way into the England squad when he was 19 but he needs a season-in-season-out of week-in-week-out in the Premier League. He’s had a great career progression, every step he’s taken he’s dealt with.“Now it’s about consolidating himself in a very good Premier League team. That’s the challenge for him.”Hughes refused to put a price tag on Butland but admitted £20million would not be enough when the figure was put to him.The Stoke boss added: “Do I think that’s a fair value? No. We wouldn’t place a value on him anyway.” Jack Butland last_img read more

‘Even Rodgers is better!’ – Reaction to Manuel Pellegrini as Manchester City are beaten by Stoke

first_img1 Man City fans are growing increasingly frustrated with manager Manuel Pellegrini. The Citizens were beaten 2-0 at a windy Stoke, with the home side performing far better than City, who were then the Premier League leaders. Pellegrini’s men were two goals down inside ten minutes, after Marko Arnautovic’s double, and they finished the match with ten men after the Chilean boss used all of his substitutes and Fernando limped off with an injury. With ever-present rumours linking Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola to the Etihad hotseat in the summer, pressure on the 62-year-old is increasing. They have won just twice in their last six Premier League games and they were played off the field in their on back yard by Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool. The Sky Blues were still top of the league going into the three o’clock kick-offs, but pundits and fans feel with City’s squad this season, the title is theirs to lose. Barring their changes, Pellegrini did little to try to get his side back into the contest against the Potters. See some of the Twitter reaction below… The Citizens were beaten 2-0 at a windy Stoke last_img read more

Ivanovic: Guus Hiddink the perfect man to bring stability back to Chelsea

first_img1 Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic says new boss Guus Hiddink has everything they need to return stability to the club.The Blues are in turmoil after the sacking of Jose Mourinho and large sections of the Stamford Bridge crowd turned on some of their star players during last weekend’s win over Sunderland.Hiddink is returning for his second interim spell at the club and Ivanovic believes that will give him a head start as he aims to lift the underperforming champions.“We all know how experienced he is, how he has everything that we need in this moment to give us stability,” he said.“I hope we are going to work very hard this week and get a good result.“He knows the guys, he knows the atmosphere in the club, he knows the supporters love him, and knows he is always welcome.“He was a success the first time he was here so I hope it will be a good period for all of us.” ‘The only way is up’ – Caretaker Chelsea boss Guus Hiddink last_img read more

Game over? Six players Jose Mourinho could offload at Manchester United

first_img 2. Marouane Fellaini – Fellaini has to go. He doesn’t suit United’s desired style of play and the club’s supporters almost resent him for this. He was arguably one of David Moyes’ biggest errors and Mourinho will look to rectify the situation. The Belgium international may possess certain qualities, particularly being an alternative threat in the final third, but he simply doesn’t offer enough. 1. Juan Mata – take a look at five other players who could leave if Mourinho joins Manchester United by clicking the arrow above – It was Mourinho who sent Mata packing from Chelsea in the winter window of 2013, and the Spaniard will not be pleased at the possibility of his former manager moving to Old Trafford. The Portuguese coach was critical of the midfielder’s work rate, favouring the more industrious Oscar, and his opinion isn’t likely to have changed. Expect him to be one of the first to be sold. Manchester United can expect some notable changes if Jose Mourinho becomes their new manager.While excited may be growing over his arrival, there could be many a player in the Red Devils first team anxious over their future, with the Portuguese coach likely to wield the axe on a few. So, who from United’s senior squad could be forced out?HOW MANCHESTER UNITED COULD LINE UP UNDER JOSE MOURINHOTake a look at six Manchester United players that face being sold by Mourinho, should he replace Van Gaal ahead of the 2016-17 campaign. 6 6 6 6. Jesse Lingard – Another winger who may not meet the expectations of Mourinho. Lingard has been exciting at times this season, and having scored in United’s last two Premier League matches, he could play a crucial role between now and the end of the campaign. As someone who toys with the label of a luxury player, however, he’s unlikely to satisfy Van Gaal’s potential replacement. 3. Memphis Depay – Depay has struggled since arriving for £25m in the summer. He has fallen out of favour under Van Gaal over the past few months, and his confidence looks to have taken a significant hit. While many will know his ability after his prolific time in the Dutch Eredivisie, his lack of defensive awareness will not bode well with Mourinho – he was, for example, heavily criticised for a poor pass leading to Chelsea’s equaliser at the weekend. The winger does have time on his side, but the signs are that he needs much work and his new manager may not be willing to award him such time. 6 4. Phil Jones – The England international is injured so often that deciding his future may be difficult for Mourinho. The simple option, though, could be to sell and sign a superior replacement, with Real Madrid’s Raphael Varane and Everton’s John Stones admired by the Portuguese manager. What’s more, an exit from Old Trafford may suit Jones, if regular first-team action is guaranteed. 5. Adnan Januzaj – It would be disappointing to see the Belgium international leave Manchester, but he may have to do so to salvage his career. This therefore could be an exit that suits the player and his manager – whoever that may be at the time. Even with this in mind, he might not suit Mourinho’s style of play and the fee obtained from his sale could go towards an established, resolute winger. 6 6last_img read more

‘I worry for those kids’ – Ex-City stars blasts Pellegrini over FA Cup selection

first_imgDanny Mills has criticised Manuel Pellegrini’s decision to field a severely weakened side in Sunday’s FA Cup clash with Chelsea.Pellegrini handed five teenagers their full first-team debuts at Stamford Bridge and duly saw his inexperienced side thrashed 5-1.The City boss defended his team selection after the match, claiming he had no choice but to rest all his senior stars ahead of the midweek Champions League trip to Dynamo Kiev and Sunday’s League Cup final meeting with Liverpool.But Mills insists the Chilean is wrong to make excuses about fixture congestion and should not have chosen a second-string XI.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, the former City and England full-back said: “You can play twice a week, no problem.“We have a bit of an excuse culture in this country in terms of how players are fatigued, they are too tired, a bit tight, they can’t play on, and all those sort of things. Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Real Madrid all played more games in general than most of our teams did last season.“You know what you are getting into at the start of the season. It shouldn’t be a huge problem [juggling competitions]. You have got a 25-man squad and those teams that are going to be competing in three, four competitions generally have the most money which means they have the biggest and best squads, and they should be able to cope. “I don’t buy into this, ‘Oh, I couldn’t field a team because they were too tired or weren’t ready for it’.”Mills also believes Pellegrini’s team selection against Chelsea could have a negative effect on the youngsters thrown into the team, after they were completely outclassed by their experienced counterparts.He added: “You can blood one or two youngsters in a team for one game. Maybe a couple of debuts at most, as long as they are alongside experienced players, but to throw five, six teenagers in, it is always going to be a disaster.“I worry for those kids. How does that affect their confidence? When is the next time they are going to pull on a first team shirt for Manchester City? They are going to have to live with being absolutely battered on their debut for maybe a year or so.”last_img read more

Screen stars stage return

first_imgAnd it’s all largely unknown to the public, Balvin said. The weekend event will also give people a chance to check out Mountain View as a “Who’s Who” of prominent former residents, she said. “The reason the (Pasadena) museum exists is to tell people about the history of this area,” she said. “Pasadena and Altadena have influenced so many things. We’re known to influence science, not Hollywood. But there are so many actors, producers, theater people, writers here who all left their imprint on Hollywood.” About 100 people auditioned for the La Marr role, Balvin said. “I’m glad I didn’t know,” Snyder joked. “Fortunately I do resemble her a bit, with black hair, pale skin and blue eyes.” As she researched La Marr, Snyder said, she grew to appreciate a young woman who lived hard but accomplished a lot. La Marr wrote and produced her own movies at a time when beautiful women were not expected to do much more than be beautiful. Only a few of her movies have survived, and much of her screenwriting went uncredited, Snyder said. La Marr died, probably of a drug overdose, at age 29 in a little house in Altadena, where she lived with her parents. She used it as a refuge from the fast life in Hollywood, Snyder said. La Marr’s son, Donald Gallery, plans to come from Puerto Vallarta for the weekend event, Balvin said. He doesn’t recall how his mother sounded, Snyder said, so recreating her voice will be part of the challenge. “I want people to know the truth about her, not just her tragic addiction to drugs,” Snyder said. “She was kind-hearted, an accomplished actress, a dancer who performed on Broadway – Valentino was one of her dance partners – a multi-talented woman. “Because she had that vamp image. people didn’t see the vamp had intelligence.” Recreated by actors under the direction of the Pasadena Playhouse, the performances will take place at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in the Mountain View Mausoleum, 2300 N. Marengo, Altadena. Tickets are $25 for non-members, $20 for members of Pasadena Playhouse and Pasadena Museum of History. Reservations are required and can be made by calling (626) 794-7133. The mausoleum is open to the public from 10a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays. janette.williams@sgvn.com (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4482 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 MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.All of them will be resurrected this weekend for “A Walk Through Time – Channeling Hollywood: The Vamp, The Impresario, Superman and More.” Vamping it up will be Barbara La Marr, the scandalous, mostly forgotten silent screen star – known as “the girl too beautiful to be alone in the big city” – who reputedly drew 40,000 mourners when she was buried at Mountain View in 1926. La Marr – played by look-alike actress Sherri Snyder – was later moved to the Hollywood Forever cemetery. Since she’s technically not still a resident, La Marr will be hostess for the performances inside Mountain View’s spectacular 1925 mausoleum. The Saturday and Sunday event is a fundraiser for the Pasadena Museum of History. “We didn’t want it to be macabre,” said Christle Balvin, who is helping stage the performance inside the ornate mausoleum, which she describes as a hidden architectural treasure. But the Gothic/Elizabethan, marble, tomb-lined setting does inspire some shivers. There are magnificent stained-glass windows, many created by the famed Judson Studio; frescos and murals by Norwegian artist Martin Sivertsen – whose contract included a quart of buttermilk every day in summer and a bottle of Scotch every week in winter; doors depicting the creation; and marble from Greece and Italy. • Photo Gallery: A Walk through Time ALTADENA – Being dead is no excuse. The red carpet awaits, the show must go on, and some long-gone stars are ready to take center stage at their present address: Mountain View Cemetery. Buried there are stage and screen legends like George Reeves, the original Superman; actress Maudie Prickett; Earl Derr Biggers, the mystery writer who created detective Charlie Chan; and Gilmore Brown, founder of the Pasadena Playhouse. last_img read more

Judge clears Mexico church leader in suit

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Elihu M. Berle found Rivera could not be held accountable in a U.S. court because the plaintiff didn’t have enough evidence against him, said Mike Finnegan, the plaintiff’s attorney. Steve Selsberg, an attorney representing the Mexican cardinal in Los Angeles, said the judge found no evidence of conspiracy after reviewing a year’s worth of discovery collected by attorneys from both sides. Plaintiff Joaquin Aguilar Mendez filed the lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court, alleging that Rivera, who was then a bishop in Puebla state, transferred a priest to Los Angeles in 1988 for nine months even though he knew abuse allegations had been lodged against him. The priest, Nicolas Aguilar Rivera, is no relation to the cardinal or the plaintiff. The judge’s ruling also dismisses claims against the Mexican Diocese of Tehuacan, where the cardinal was bishop at the time he transferred the priest. Rivera’s spokesman, Hugo Valdemar, told The Associated Press in Mexico City that the cardinal was pleased with the judge’s decision. COURTS: Cardinal was accused of transferring pedophile priest to L.A. By Gillian Flaccus THE ASSOCIATED PRESS A lawsuit accusing Mexico City Cardinal Norberto Rivera of conspiring with Roman Catholic officials in the United States to shelter a pedophile priest was dismissed Tuesday. Mendez said Tuesday that he was disappointed in the ruling, but planned to have his U.S. attorneys appeal the case. He said a lawsuit he filed against the priest in Mexico City in 1994 has gone nowhere and police have not apprehended the priest despite a warrant for his arrest in Puebla state. In a declaration filed in February, the cardinal said he sent a letter to Los Angeles Cardinal Roger Mahony in 1987 warning him that Rivera had “homosexual problems.” A spokesman for the Los Angeles archdiocese has said the U.S. cardinal never received the letter. The priest fled to Mexico in 1988 after less than a year in Los Angeles because he was accused of sexual abuse in Los Angeles.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

TOP DONEGAL NIGHTCLUB UP FOR SALE

first_imgONE of the county’s top nightclub venues has gone on the market – with an asking price of €625,000.The Limelight in Glenties sale also includes the M25 pub next door.The complex boast six bars, covers more than 10,000 sq ft and has a dance license for 1,550 people. It’s being sold on behalf of owner Declan Boyle by Property Partners in Letterkenny. TOP DONEGAL NIGHTCLUB UP FOR SALE was last modified: March 25th, 2013 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:GlentieslimelightTOP DONEGAL NIGHTCLUB UP FOR SALElast_img read more