LaLiga will announce shortly that it will extend its suspension to April

first_imgAs AS has learned, the proposed alternatives that have already begun to be debated have fluctuated from the most optimistic, which would be to start on April 23, during the week, the most pessimistic, which would happen because they could not restart the championship and make drastic decisions together with the Federation to designate the champion, if there were or if it is left desert, the ascents and the descents. This is the situation that everyone wants to avoid since it would be necessary to put themselves in the hands of UEFA to decide also who will go to Europe next year without having finished the season on the pitch. A scenario that for the RFEF, in the words of Luis Rubiales, “would be totally unfair”.Now they will continue to work on the UEFA reduced committee to take a good look at all the possibilities. “Until late May we have time to start competing,” the LaLiga president said yesterday. Therefore, several of its alternatives focused on restarting Spanish football in that month, when it is already assumed that the coronavirus contagion curve will be on the decline.The first option is to play again the weekend of May 2 and 3. And if it is not possible, on the 13th and the 14th, again during the week. Even so, Thebes has also offered more possibilities with which it would no longer be feasible to end on June 30, as desired, since this could cause problems with the contracts of the players that, on the other hand, as announced yesterday by Iusport, FIFA going to check urgently. Thus, it is not ruled out having to finish in July or even in summer if necessary.What is clear, whatever the calendar plan chosen, is that it will be necessary to play during the week several times. And that, in addition, the Champions and the Europa League could also be played on weekends. In all the possible scenarios to be studied, the Second has also been considered. LaLiga guarantees that all the games will be played (there are 11 days left as in the First) and that also goes through playing the promotion Playoff. LaLiga will communicate soon, at most in a few days, the extension of the suspension of the Spanish championship while the state of alarm and its extension lasts. The Government is already planning to announce an extension of the confinement decreed for two weeks, surely until the end of Holy Week (April 12), as Minister Ábalos already announced and published El Confidencial Digital, and the employers will shortly communicate that football is not You can therefore resume football. At first it could extend the break until the same date that the Government decreed, so it wants to wait, although You are already aware that it will be difficult to compete again until the end of April or even May.LaLiga, after meeting several times electronically with the rest of the major competitions, has agreed to take this step. In fact, The Premier has already officially announced that it will suspend its league until April 30. LaLiga will also do the same right away while continuing to redo all the schedules with UEFA. As Javier Tebas himself assured AS in a recent interview, “Until mid-May we have time to resume and for LaLiga to end perfectly before June 30.”LaLiga has been working since last weekend on five possible alternatives to square the restart of its championship with that of the rest of the countries and with the European competitions. The fact that the Euro Cup has already been officially postponed to June 2021 has made things much easier, although Javier Tebas had already designed different sketches of calendars to present to UEFA, regardless of this decision that was made last Tuesday. Luis Gil, competition director at LaLiga, has been the architect who, together with Thebes, has developed all the new scenarios.last_img read more

Chelsea a new team after Conte’s switch

first_imgLONDON (AP): With Chelsea leaking goals too easily, Antonio Conte didn’t have to search far for the solution. The Italian manager merely implemented the tactics that served him well with Juventus and his national team. Chelsea have not conceded a goal in the Premier League and have won all four games since Conte removed a defender from their typical four-man back-line. And, with four successive victories since the tactical tinkering, Chelsea has clambered up the standings to join the chasing pack. Manchester City, Arsenal and Liverpool are only separated by goal difference, and Chelsea, who host Everton tomorrow, are a point behind. It’s some revival for a team that was on its knees last season, when the reigning champions collapsed and JosÈ Mourinho was fired. Gary Cahill has been featuring on the left of the back three with David Luiz in the centre and Cesar Azpilicueta on the right. “Every player has worked hard on the shape the manager has brought in and we are getting the rewards,” Cahill said. “It is all right having the shape. It is also to do with having the players with the mentality to go out and do the business when we need to. “We have the flair players to go out and create and score goals, but we also need them to dig in and defend well.” The turning point was the September 24 loss to Arsenal, when Chelsea had conceded three goals before half-time. Switching to three at the back for the second half shored up the defence and prevented a heavy defeat. Within weeks, Chelsea were delivering a humbling of their own by beating Manchester United 4-0 in the biggest sign that Conte’s 3-4-3 is flourishing. “The central defenders on the right and the left must be very fast and aggressive,” Conte said. “The players that play in the middle of the three defenders must be more tactical, must reflect more and find the right position, and also call the line up and down.” Tomorrow’s opponents, Everton, are only four points behind Chelsea and in sixth place, despite an erratic spell in recent weeks. The highlights have been holding Manchester City to a 1-1 draw and beating West Ham, but losses to Burnley and Bournemouth could prove damaging to Everton’s ambitions to qualify for the Europa League. GETTING REWARDS Tomorrow – 10 a.m: Bournemouth vs Sunderland – 10 a.m: Burnley vs Crystal Palace – 10 a.m: Manchester City vs Middlesbrough – 10 a.m: West Ham vs Stoke City – 12:30 a.m: Chelsea vs Everton NORTH LONDON DIVIDE Arsenal and Tottenham head into Sunday’s derby after a week of contrasts in the Champions League. Arsenal secured a 17th consecutive season in the round of 16 with a gritty comeback to beat Ludogorets 3-2. Tottenham’s miserable return to Europe’s elite competition after a six-year absence continued with a home loss to Bayer Leverkusen. With only four points from a possible 12, Tottenham are facing early elimination. They may be shining in the Premier League as the last remaining unbeaten team, but in the Champions League, they just can’t win. Since overwhelming Manchester City 2-0 at the start of October, Tottenham have drawn their three league games and only scored twice, dropping to fifth. “We’ve lost a bit of confidence,” Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris said. Arsenal, though, have won 10 out of 11 games in all competitions. Sunday’s derby is the first time the neighbours will be meeting since a late capitulation in May allowed Arsene Wenger to snatch second place and maintain his record of finishing above Tottenham every season since taking charge in 1996. Leicester will be without goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel for Sunday’s match against West Bromwich Albion after he broke his right hand during Wednesday’s Champions League draw with FC Copenhagen. It will be the start of a lengthy but unspecified period on the sidelines. Ron-Robert Zieler, an offseason signing from Hannover, will step in during Schmeichel’s absence. Leaders Manchester City host Middlesbrough on Saturday buoyed by a Champions League win over Barcelona. Liverpool, behind only City in third on goal difference, face Watford, who are flying high in seventh place. Watford are reeling from the resignation of executive chairman Raffaele Riva amid investigations into the 2014 takeover by Italian businessman Gino Pozzo, and Riva said he will “vigorously” defend his integrity. Manchester United are behind Watford in seventh and Mourinho’s struggling side is away at Swansea on Sunday after a lengthy trip to Turkey for a Europa League game against Fenerbahce on Thursday. Swansea manager Bob Bradley is looking for his first win at his fourth attempt, having collected only one point since taking charge of the south Wales club. Swansea are three points ahead of winless and last-place Sunderland, who are at Bournemouth tomorrow. On this weekend Sunday – 6 a.m: Arsenal vs Tottenham – 8:15 am: Hull City vs Southampton – 8:15 a.m: Liverpool vs Watford – 9 a.m: Swansea vs Manchester United – 10:30 a.m: Leicester vs West Bromlast_img read more

Suns want Ariza to provide talent, leadership to young team

first_imgFILE – Trevor Ariza #1 of the Houston Rockets sits on the court after committing a foul in the third quarter against the Golden State Warriors in Game One of the Western Conference Finals of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at Toyota Center on May 14, 2018 in Houston, Texas. Bob Levey/Getty Images/AFPPHOENIX — General manager Ryan McDonough says Trevor Ariza was the first player the Phoenix Suns targeted in free agency, speaking with him and his wife via FaceTime from a car one minute after free agency began.The Suns spent virtually all of their cap space on the 14-year veteran NBA forward, who agreed to a one-year, $15 million contract. On Friday, he was introduced as the newest member of a team that believes it is close to turning the corner after years of losing.ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “He’s a guy that every time he steps on the court and laces them up, goes out there to try to win,” Jones said. “It’s not just game day. It’s practice. It’s the way he approaches the game, the way he approaches the off days, film, just everything.”Ariza credited the Suns’ approach for his signing.“Phoenix was the most aggressive team, and the team that showed the most interest,” he said, “and, as human beings, we all want to feel appreciated and wanted. When a team just shows that much appreciation with what you do, naturally you’re just attracted to something like that. I understand that this is a situation we have to build to win.”Ariza has played with Kobe Bryant and James Harden, and he’s looking to help Booker on his drive to be among the best.“I get to see another extremely talented player to grow,” Ariza said. “If he needs anything from me, somebody to talk to about different situations, I’ve been around these types of players. The shoes that he’s walking in, or the places that he’s going to go, I’ve seen. So any kind of advice I can lend him, I’m always available to (do) that.”He also gets to play with Ayton, the 7-foot-1 phenomenon drafted No. 1 overall.“I think he’s an amazing player,” Ariza said. “He’s got unbelievable touch. He can get up and down the court. He seems to be a monster on the court. I’m excited to play alongside of him and try and make him better.”Notes: As for a new contract with Booker, McDonough said the two sides have had productive talks and will continue to talk through the weekend. Booker is expected to get a maximum five-year, $158 million contract that kicks in next year. … the Suns signed all four of their draft picks — Ayton, Mikal Bridges, Elie Okobo and George King. All were expected in the Suns’ Las Vegas Summer League opener Friday night. Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Former NBA player Clifford Rozier dies at 45 after heart attack Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team MOST READ LATEST STORIES Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs View commentscenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball PLAY LIST 05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award “They are a young team with a lot of talent that don’t know how to win,” Ariza said.The 6-foot-8 forward will go from Houston, the team with the best record in the NBA last season, to the Suns, who had the worst and haven’t made the playoffs in eight years.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“We need his defensive ability and versatility, his shooting ability,” McDonough said, “but I think as much as anything, maybe more than anything, we need his leadership and his winning pedigree.”When the Suns had their first interview with new coach Igor Kokoskov, they asked what free agent out there would fit the team’s needs. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ “I swear the first words out of his mouth was Trevor Ariza,” McDonough said.Ariza, who turned 33 last Saturday, played for the Rockets the past four seasons. Before that, there were stops in Washington, New Orleans, Houston (the first time), the Los Angeles Lakers, Orlando and the New York Knicks. He averaged 11.7 points per game last season, shooting 37 percent from 3-point range. He’s a career 35 percent 3-point shooter averaging 10.5 points per game.Ariza has made the playoffs nine times and is looking to show the young Suns, with talents such as Devin Booker, Josh Jackson and this year’s No. 1 overall pick Deandre Ayton, what it takes to succeed.“In order to be a great team you have to be selfless,” Ariza said. “You have to be a real live dog to come out there and compete every night. In order to get better, you’ve got to give to your team. If you give to your team, everybody sees it, everybody feels it, and it makes the next person next to you want to give to you.”James Jones, the Suns’ vice president for basketball operations, said Ariza “speaks to exactly what we’re looking for.”ADVERTISEMENT Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Thai ‘dwarf giant’ boxer surpasses Mayweather record with 51st win

first_imgFILE – Undefeated Thai boxer Wanheng Menayothin wears his WBC title belt after defeating Panamanian challenger Leroy Estrada to win his 50th straight victory on May 2, 2018 in Nakhon Ratchasima. / AFP PHOTO / LILLIAN SUWANRUMPHAThai boxer Wanheng Menayothin grabbed his 51st straight victory Wednesday in a long but lop-sided bout against a fighter from the Philippines, defending his WBC title and surpassing the undefeated record of boxing legend Floyd Mayweather Jr.The 105-pound minimumweight champion, nicknamed the “dwarf giant” for his compact build and heavy hitting style, won on points after a bruising 12 rounds against Pedro Taduran in the Thai city of Nakhon Sawan.ADVERTISEMENT Wanheng started strong, landing several hard rights in the early rounds that seemed to daze Taduran and signal a quick route.But the 21-year-old southpaw from the Philippines lived up to his alias “Rattle Snake”, enduring the abuse and biting back in the fifth round with a flurry of punches.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’The brief comeback was put down as Wanheng kept his composure in the second half of the bout, delivering clean hits that left Taduran visibly tired.Wanheng, 32, shot to unlikely fighting fame in May when he dispatched Panamanian Leroy Estrada, equaling “Money” Mayweather’s win streak. Ronaldo’s overhead kick against Juventus wins UEFA goal of season Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced View comments Wanheng’s legal name is Chayaphon Moonsri but he also fights under the alias “Five-Star Grilled Chicken” due to a sponsorship deal with a Thai food company.His latest win brings him level with Mexican flyweight Ricardo Lopez, who retired with 51 wins, one draw and no losses.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next All three judges scored in his favor after the final round.Wanheng’s record-busting quest has generated buzz in Thailand and in boxing media outlets.But it has also been shrugged off as a statistical quirk because of the two very different careers of the famous, flashy American and the soft-spoken Thai.Wanheng has fought undistinguished rivals on home turf while Mayweather defeated some of the sport’s all-time greats including Manny Pacquiao and Oscar De La Hoya.Mayweather’s fights also come with huge purses, like the $100 million on offer when he was teased from retirement last year to take on MMA star Conor McGregor.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: John Marvin 1st Filipino boxer to crash out, bows to Vietnam bet PLAY LIST 04:07SEA Games: John Marvin 1st Filipino boxer to crash out, bows to Vietnam bet02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins MOST READ Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines?last_img read more

Andray Blatche decries ‘very unprofessional way’ Gilas left him off roster

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew In a lengthy statement released through Theia sports, Blatche said that he was looking forward to rejoining Gilas Pilipinas after his three-game suspension even declining offers from China teams to put his full focus on the national team.“I didn’t sign in China this season despite several offers because I wanted to be fully available for Gilas and not have to deal with my Chinese team deciding when I could leave to join Gilas practice!” said the former NBA player. “I’ve kept myself in shape and game ready for the December 3 game.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissBut under new head coach Yeng Guiao, Blatche wasn’t called up to the national team pool for the fifth window with the seasoned mentor opting to use Stanley Pringle and Christian Standhardinger as naturalized players.Blatched decried the “very unprofessional” way by which Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas supposedly handled the situation, saying he only found out that he wasn’t included in the roster through news reports. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk The Filipinos are set to face the visiting Kazakhstan on Friday at Mall of Asia Arena before battling Iran on Monday.Blatche, though, kept his doors open and said that he is ready to return to national duty any time the team needs him to.“I love the PHILIPPINES and especially Filipino basketball fans and am proud to have a Philippine passport and I will always be available should my adopted country need me in any capacity.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold PLAY LIST 06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold00:50Trending Articles05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Extreme weather ‘major’ issue for Tokyo 2020 Olympics Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum View comments Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom “No one from the SBP actually communicated with me or my international agents before the news was released. I think it was a very unprofessional way to handle someone like me who has so much invested in the Gilas program,” he said.Blatche, who was granted Filipino citizenship in 2014,  said he was “very hurt” but how he was “careless discarded” by SBP.He even went on to say that he is starting to wonder whether the “loyalty and passion to win” that he has shown as a full-fledged Filipino is being “reciprocated,” believing that he’s been a factor in getting Gilas Pilipinas to a position to advance to the World Cup.“I wish I was there to make sure we win. I’d like to think that I was instrumental along with Coach Chot and my teammates in bringing the team to where it is now and I am invested in my adopted country winning and getting to the World Cup.Guiao earlier said that he is experimenting his Gilas Pilipinas rosters without Blatche, wanting to preserve the chemistry the team has built since against for the 2018 Asian Games where he first took over as coach to replace long-Chot Reyes.ADVERTISEMENT Naturalized center Andray Blatche expressed his disappointment over his non-inclusion in the Gilas Pilipinas roster for the upcoming window of the Fiba World Cup Asian Qualifiers.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Real Madrid consider shock candidate for vacant managerial role

first_imgReal Madrid are mulling over Andre Villas-Boas as a potential candidate to replace Zinedine Zidane as head coach, according to reports.French boss Zidane quit two weeks ago after winning a third consecutive Champions League with a 3-1 victory over Liverpool in Kiev. 2 2 Andre Villas-Boas with Gareth Bale during their time together at Tottenham. Now Los Blancos are looking to the future and with Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino now seemingly out of the question, they’re turning to other possibilities.And RMC have suggested Real made contact with the ex-Tottenham and Chelsea coach, who is now a free agent after leaving Shanghai SIPG.His previous relationship with former Spurs star Gareth Bale is said to be one of the reasons behind the interest, with the Welshman’s best form coming under his stewardship. Former Chelsea and Tottenham head coach is being sounded out over the vacant role at Real Madrid. If Villas-Boas were to get the role it would be a surprise given his lack of success in England, and a reputation for dull tactics.But his spells with Porto and Zenit St Petersburg did prove fruitful and still provide him with some sway on the continent.He even won the European Coach of the Season award in 2010/11 before heading to Chelsea.last_img read more

Two men stabbed outside of Rangers’ home ground before Europa League match

first_imgTwo men are currently in hospital after being stabbed amid a mass brawl before Rangers’ Europa League second leg tie with Croatian side Osijek.The men, aged 24 and 40, were wounded at the scene and Police Scotland were called to the “large scale disturbance” in the Govan area of Glasgow. ‘Big Dunc is more experienced than Gerrard and Lampard and should get the Everton job’ Still on going helicopters out too #ibrox #rangersgame #streetfight pic.twitter.com/UX2dH0AlnZ— Marianne Chirray (@Chirray) August 2, 2018Police officers including those on horseback could be seen lining Paisley Road West and Edmiston Drive on the approach to the stadium.Detective Inspector Steven Wallace said: “This type of violent behaviour will not be tolerated and it is absolutely vital anyone with information that could assist with our investigation comes forward.“I would appeal to anyone who was in the area and witnessed a disturbance, particularly anyone with mobile phone or dash-cam footage, to get in touch.”Anyone with information is asked to contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. ALMOST Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions fate LANGUAGE BARRIER BOSS revealed Fans think they know why Klopp and Gerrard signed new contracts on the same day center_img McCoist tells funny Rangers story about Gazza and new Napoli boss Gattuso Alfredo Morelos does the most Morelos thing ever during Rangers win CLASSIC I told Rangers to beat Spurs to Luka Modric signing, reveals Ally McCoist Latest Rangers News Ibrox is chaotic right now!!! Flares being thrown, people getting kicked in the head – nightmare! #Ibrox #Rangersgame pic.twitter.com/X8X5vrWcuA— Marianne Chirray (@Chirray) August 2, 2018They were taken from the scene, a short distance from the club’s Ibrox Stadium, to Queen Elizabeth University Hospital for treatment.The patients have been described as stable.Footage on social media appeared to show fights between some fans of the two clubs ahead of the second leg of the second qualifying round tie.Film uploaded to Twitter appeared to show one supporter being kicked about the body while lying prone in the road, while another was seen running around holding a flare. How Arsenal and Rangers can join Man United and Celtic in Europa League last 32 BEST OF scrap last_img read more

Juan Mata to Arsenal, Alexis Sanchez latest, and Liverpool sale update

first_img Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions RANKED The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Chelsea will compete with a number of Serie A clubs, including Juventus, to sign Brescia midfielder Sandro Tonali, who has already been dubbed “the new Andrea Pirlo”. (Goal)Manchester United and Arsenal could miss out on Juventus Mehdi Benatia as he could join AC Milan on loan in January, with an option to buy for 15m euros next summer. (Sport Mediaset, via Calciomercato)Everton centre-back Yerry Mina, 24, says any discussions with Manchester United over a possible move in the summer was just his agent. (Guardian) Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Most Popular Football Stories Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update SORRY Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion predicted revealed BEST OF Matthijs de Ligt is a must-have signing for several top clubs. Liverpool and Belgium goalkeeper Simon Mignolet, 30, is a target for Patrick Vieira’s Nice. (READ MORE HERE)After reports they could be up for sale (READ MORE HERE) Liverpool have dismissed the claims that owner John W Henry is open to selling club for over $2bn. (READ MORE HERE)Danny Welbeck’s injury could see Arsenal boss Unai Emery step-up his £45million pursuit of Lille’s Ivory Coast winger Nicolas Pepe. (The Sun)Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe insists he would not entertain interest in England striker Callum Wilson from other clubs and said he did not want to “break” the team he was building. (Bournemouth Echo)Howe’s comments come after Wilson was linked with a £35million move to Chelsea. (READ MORE HERE) 3 Here are the biggest transfer rumours and other football stories from Friday’s newspapers and online…center_img LATEST Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata is set to leave the club on a free transfer in the summer – and join Arsenal, according to talkSPORT host Adrian Durham (READ MORE HERE)They could also lose Alexis Sanchez who wants to leave Old Trafford less than a year after joining from the Gunners. (Times)And to make it a triple exit, United’s Italian full-back Matteo Darmian is likely to leave in January, with Inter Milan and Roma interested. (Sun)Huddersfield could move for Burnley goalkeeper Tom Heaton, 32, who has lost his place at Turf Moor to fellow Englishman Joe Hart. (Sun)Manchester City and Barcelona look set to miss out on Ajax and Netherlands wonderkid defender Matthijs de Ligt, who appears set to sign for Juventus. (Calciomercato) Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ scrap gameday cracker tense 3 Wilson has been in brilliant form this season Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT 3 Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade latest How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signingslast_img read more

AUSTRALIA AND REST OF WORLD GO MAD FOR DONEGAL DOLL ‘LOTTIE’

first_imgA woman’s group in Australia has adopted a Donegal doll as their mascot to be given to thousands of children Down Under.The new Lottie doll is seen as a safe doll for Donegal childrenWomen’s Forum Australia say the Lottie doll is the perfect example for Australian girls because it is not sexualized.The group, which represents tens of thousands of women, initially ordered a small consignment of the cute dolls. But demand for Lottie has rocketed and now the group are importing more and more of the dolls.Since money the group has import one thousand Lottie Dolls and more orders are planned.Kristin Dooley, Managing Director of Women’s Forum, said Lottie is the perfect example which aims to represent young girls “as they really are.”“We monitor the harmful sexualisation of women and girls and we picked up some reporting on the Lottie Doll and we really like what we saw. “We know the harm the sexualisation of young girls and children can do.“As well as pointing to the negative impacts of such dolls as Barbie and Bratz, we think it’s important to show positive alternatives and the Lottie Doll is just that.“She’s fun, engaging and she’s modeled on the shape of a nine year old girls and she does fun things.“We started with a small number but once the word got out there has been a huge demand for them,” said Ms Dooley.Ballybofey businessman Ian Harkin, the Managing Director of Arklu, who manufacture the dolls, says the worldwide demand for Lottie has gone through the roof. “As well as Australia, we have had an order this week for 900 dolls from Iceland and there are orders beginning to come in from Russia, Dubai, New Zealand and Canada.“It shows there is a demand for a responsible doll and non sexualized doll out there,” said Mr Harkin.The company has set up at the CoLab at LYIT and hopes to employ 20 people as demand for Lottie continues to grow.Ends AUSTRALIA AND REST OF WORLD GO MAD FOR DONEGAL DOLL ‘LOTTIE’ was last modified: December 6th, 2012 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:AustraliaIan HarkinLottielast_img read more

COUPLE’S HOUSE FIREBOMBED WHILE THEY GOT MARRIED

first_imgA couple celebrating their wedding returned home to find more than €10,000 worth of damage had been caused to their home.The mysterious attack happened in the Glencar Irish area of Letterkenny on Saturday.The groom was made aware of the attack during the course of the day but did not tell his bride as he did not want it to spoil her day. Gardai believe the attack was arson and was premeditated.A number of sheds and two vehicles were damaged but the main part of the couple’s home escaped serious damage.Local town councillor Gerry McMonagle told Donegal Daily the couple, who are in their late 20s, are mystified as to why they were targeted.“The man is mystified and at a loss as to why they were targeted like this. “It doesn’t matter what the reason for, this should never have happened and it is really a low thing to do.“This man had to get married knowing the someone tried to burn his house down. It’s just awful.“Thankfully nobody was hurt but it’s hardly the perfect way to have started a married life together.“This attack happened in broad daylight and anybody who seen anything should contact the Gardai,” he said. COUPLE’S HOUSE FIREBOMBED WHILE THEY GOT MARRIED was last modified: October 29th, 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:firebombGlencar Irishletterkennylast_img read more