Monthly ArchiveDecember 2019

Former Manchester United and Tottenham maverick makes Greek move

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first_img Dimitar Berbatov 1 Former Manchester United and Tottenham striker Dimitar Berbatov has signed a one-year deal with Greek club PAOK.The 34-year-old Bulgarian was a free agent after leaving Monaco in the summer and reports had linked him with a deadline-day switch to Aston Villa.But he has instead committed to Superleague outfit PAOK, who are coached by former Juventus defender Igor Tudor, until June 30, 2016.A statement published on paokfc.gr confirmed the two-time Barclays Premier League winner’s arrival in Thessaloniki.Berbatov arrived in England in 2006, leaving Bayer Leverkusen to join Spurs for £10.9million.A £30.75m transfer to Manchester United followed and he scored 48 league goals in four seasons with the Red Devils.After leaving Old Trafford, the 78-cap Bulgaria international returned to London with Fulham before spending the 2014-15 campaign with Ligue 1 team Monaco.His new club PAOK are yet to win in the Superleague this term and are 12th in the table.last_img read more

CHARGED! Chelsea’s Costa facing three-match ban for Arsenal antics

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first_img1 Diego Costa lambasts the referee Chelsea striker Diego Costa is facing a three-match ban after being charged with violent conduct by the Football Association.The Spaniard has been retrospectively sanctioned after lashing out at Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny during his side’s 2-0 win on Saturday.The incident was missed by referee Mike Dean, leaving the Gunners furious, and their sense of injustice deepened when Gabriel Paulista was sent off for kicking out at Costa.Paulista reacted furiously to the decision and he has also been charged by the FA for his behaviour following his dismissal, which could see his three-match ban extended.Both clubs, meanwhile, have been charged with failing to control their players, whilst Santi Cazorla has been warned for his behaviour after his sending off, which rounded off a miserable day for Arsenal.The FA said in a statement: “Diego Costa has been charged for an alleged act of violent conduct which was not seen by the match officials but caught on video.“The Chelsea forward was involved in an incident with Arsenal’s Laurent Koscielny in the 43rd minute of the game. He has until 6pm tomorrow (Tuesday) to reply.“Off the ball incidents which are not seen at the time by the match officials are referred to a panel of three former elite referees.“Each referee panel member will review the video footage independently of one another to determine whether they consider it a sending-off offence. For retrospective action to be taken, and an FA charge to follow, the decision by the panel must be unanimous.“Arsenal defender Gabriel has been charged with improper conduct for his behaviour following his dismissal, whilst team-mate Santi Cazorla has been warned for his behaviour following his sending off.“Finally, both clubs have been charged for failing to control their players under FA Rule E20. Both clubs and Gabriel have until 6pm on Thursday (24 September) to reply.”Costa’s behaviour was also the subject of a post-match television interview with Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma, which saw the Frenchman sensationally describe his teammate as a ‘cheat’.last_img read more

Poll: Is it Wales or Bales?

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first_imgThere’s no doubt that Gareth Bale has been Wales’ key man in their successful Euro 2016 qualifying campaign, but are they are a one-man team? Have your say below… 1 Gareth Bale last_img

Liverpool and Real Madrid fighting it out to sign former maestro

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first_img Xabi Alonso is one of Spain’s most decorated players Liverpool and Real Madrid are ready to go head to head for the signature of Xabi Alonso.The midfielder’s contract with Bayern Munich expires in the summer and he is yet to be offered a new deal.The 34-year-old has insisted he is relaxed about the situation but that has not stopped clubs enquiring after his services.Both Liverpool and Real Madrid, according to Spanish news outlet Vozpopuli, want to sign Alonso on a free next summer and are bracing themselves for a tug of war.The Spaniard has previously spent five seasons at both clubs, representing Liverpool from 2004 to 2009 before joining Real Madrid for £30m.Alonso reportedly wants his next contract to be for three years and as of yet Bayern are unwilling to offer that length of deal. Getty center_img 1last_img read more

Beckham EXCLUSIVE: FA Cup win would make it a successful year for Man United

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first_imgDavid Beckham has told talkSPORT winning the FA Cup would make it a successful season for Manchester United.United have endured a miserable campaign so far, with the club crashing out of the Champions League early and failing to mount a Premier League title challenge.With the Red Devils also failing to excite fans with their style of play, there are growing calls for manager Louis van Gaal to step aside.But Beckham believes Van Gaal can still rescue their season by leading the club to FA Cup glory.United booked their spot in the quarter-finals by beating Shrewsbury on Monday night and the Old Trafford legend, speaking on the Sports Bar, said: “It has been a disappointing season so far obviously because of the performances and the way we have played in certain games, but any silverware at the end of the year or any good run in any competition is successful.“Unless you win everything at Man United a as fan and as a player you never think it is going to be enough, but at the end of a year where there has been a lot of criticism and the performances haven’t been as good, to come away and be in an FA Cup final… there is nothing you enjoy more than going down to London, getting ready in your FA Cup suit and playing in these games.”last_img read more

Lakers’ opening act a flop

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first_imgThe ending overshadowed a dubious beginning. The Lakers’ season started with an odd and unfamiliar sound as their fans vented their frustrations at Bryant with sustained booing. Marge Hearn, widow of late, great broadcaster Chick Hearn, made the introductions of the Lakers starters. The cheers were friendly – especially for point guard Derek Fisher, who was making his Lakers return after two seasons with Golden State and one with Utah. When she came to Bryant’s name, many in the sellout crowd of 18,997 unleashed a chorus of boos. The fans made their statement and, in time, they cheered Bryant again. It was another turn in what’s been a melodramatic saga for Bryant, who has asked to be traded from the only NBA team for which he has played. Lakers coach Phil Jackson confirmed the team has talked to the Chicago Bulls, but said nothing is imminent. Jackson said after Monday’s practice that he hoped the situation would be resolved sooner rather than later. Asked on Tuesday to clarify his comment, Jackson declined by saying, “I don’t know how much more explicit I could be without divulging too much.” The Lakers then went out and revealed their many faults during a disjointed performance against the Rockets. Houston seized control in the third quarter, with Tracy McGrady scoring 14 of his team-leading 30 points to help the Rockets to a 70-62 lead to start the fourth quarter. The Lakers made a run midway through the fourth, but McGrady and Yao Ming turned them away in the final seconds. Yao added 25 points and 12 rebounds for the Rockets. Battier had 11 points before fouling out. The Lakers missed their first five shots of the game before Bryant drove for a layup, drawing his first cheers from the fans. The only reason the Lakers weren’t in serious trouble by then was that the Rockets missed their first seven shots before Yao’s layup with 7:37 left in the quarter. Bryant scored the Lakers’ first five points and seven of their first 13, helping them build a 13-4 lead. He scored 13 points on 4-for-9 shooting in the first quarter, looking fully engaged as he hit the floor in search of a loose ball in the game’s opening minutes. It seemed like old times in some ways, but not in all of them. Although the fans warmed to his performance, their response was tepid at best. The chants of “M-V-P, M-V-P,” that so often accompany Bryant’s trips to the free-throw line were muted at best in the first half. The fans sat in silence, cheering politely when the ball snapped through the net. Bryant made a number of spectacular plays. In the first quarter, he drove, scooped the ball left-handed under Yao’s arms, off the glass and into the hoop. Bryant also did some playmaking, including a drive when he dropped the ball off to the trailing Ronny Turiaf and Turiaf dunked to bring a roar from the crowd. elliott.teaford@dailybreeze.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NBA: Bryant is booed but scores 45 points before rally falls short against a deeper Houston squad. By Elliott Teaford Staff Writer If Kobe Bryant had hoped for a cathartic experience after an offseason of discontent, he was in the wrong place at the wrong time Tuesday night at Staples Center. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Booed before the game and in the opening minutes, Bryant and the Lakers failed to complete a frantic rally and fell to the Houston Rockets, 95-93, on opening night. Bryant scored 45 points on 13-for-32 shooting in 43 minutes, adding eight rebounds and four assists. He made only 18 of 27 free throws, including one he shanked intentionally with the Lakers down by two points with 1.3 seconds to play. “I understand where they’re coming from,” Bryant said of the booing by the fans. “They don’t really understand the whole situation because I keep my mouth shut like I should, but I don’t blame them.” In the end, Houston’s depth proved to be too much for the Lakers, who lacked the secondary scorers of the Rockets. Houston had four players score 10 or more points; the Lakers had only Bryant and Derek Fisher (17 points) score in double figures. The Rockets’ Shane Battier supplied the dagger to the Lakers’ hearts. His 3-pointer from the right wing with 2.5 seconds remaining broke a 92-all tie after Fisher had tied it with a jump shot to complete a rally from a 92-80 deficit in the final 90 seconds. last_img read more

Exhibit honors innovative car builder Salih

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first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsSalih’s race car is famous for having the first-ever sideways-mounted engine. Salih invented the concept of installing the car’s engine on its side to give the vehicle a lower center of gravity. This method fostered improved handling and more speed through the turns. “It’s beautiful. He was just a hard-working guy,” said Salih’s neighbor, Lee Gpahagos, 62, of Whittier. “He’s the American dream. He wielded everything he had to build the thing.” In the same house that Salih built the legendary race car, he also started a family. He and his wife, Freda, raised their daughter, Nannette, who attended East Whittier Middle School and later was part of the second graduating class at California High School. • Photo Gallery: George Salih exhibit • Video: George Salih exhibit WHITTIER – The Whittier Museum shifted history into overdrive Sunday when it unveiled an exhibit honoring a late racing Hall of Fame inductee and builder of a two-time winning Indianapolis 500 race car. The 15,000-square-foot museum dedicated an exhibit to George Salih, builder of the car that took the checkered flag at the Indy 500 in 1957 and 1958. Salih and his Whittier neighbor, Howard Gilbert, crafted the race car from Salih’s home garage on Milliken Avenue. It was with the winning money from the Indy 500 races that Salih was able to send his daughter to college at USC. Salih died in 1984 at age 69 before he was inducted into Racing Hall of Fame in 1993. The museum exhibit houses the history of Salih’s invention along with a replica of the twice-winning Indy 500 race car. The builder of the Indy 500 car replica, Frank Janes, 77, of Whittier, used mostly his own money, along with a few donations from the local junk yard to create the replica. The Whittier Museum is dedicated to displaying artifacts that celebrate the first 100 years of Whittier’s history and beyond. The museum is open to the general public from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free. “I just think what an amazing thing to build a race car in a home garage and have it win two years in a row,” said Whittier Museum Executive Director Myra Hilliard. “What a cool legacy for Whittier and also for the racing world.” For information, call (562) 945-3871 or visit www.whittiermuseum.org news.wdn@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3015 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

KNOCK AIRPORT SUCCESS HELPING DONEGAL TOURISM

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first_imgDONEGAL tourism is being boosted by a massive increase in the number of people using Ireland West Airport at Knock,Notwithstanding massive challenges within the aviation industry in the last twelve months, Ireland West Airport Knock’s latest traffic figures prove that 2011 was its busiest year in its history. In 2011, the annual number of passengers using Ireland West Knock increased by over 65,000 passengers to 654,500 – an increase of 11% on 2010.The Airport predicts that the current economic conditions will continue to influence travel patterns in 2012 but that due to an expanded network of over 28 International destinations and the recent announcements of new Mainland European services to Barcelona, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Milan and Paris with Lufthansa and Ryanair the Airport expects to grow passenger levels by a further 9% in 2012.A recent independent study by Ernst & Young Economic Consultants states that the airport supports a total of 914 jobs in the region with an overall economic contribution of €143m annually.   The new services detailed above are alone expected to generate an additional tourism spend of over €23m for the region. Joe Gilmore, MD Ireland West Airport Knock said: “We are delighted to have had a record year in 2011 and whilst it was our busiest year ever, without doubt, 2012 will be a challenge for everyone in the region.“In relation to County Donegal we know that people visiting the West are more likely to visit the county by travelling through Ireland West.”We look forward to welcoming the thousands of European tourists to the West and North West of Ireland but more than ever we need the support of the trade and in particular key stakeholders at regional and national level as these new services will require even greater effort on all our behalf’s to ensure they are a success and are maintained for the longer term’.© 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldaily Sell anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.comKNOCK AIRPORT SUCCESS HELPING DONEGAL TOURISM was last modified: January 9th, 2012 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)last_img read more

Leon McKenzie – The next instalment

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first_imgLeon McKenzie spent almost two decades as a professional footballer, scoring more than 100 goals for the likes of Norwich City and Coventry City.After dropping down into non-league football, in 2012 McKenzie took the decision to follow in his father Clinton’s footsteps and take up professional boxing.The super-middleweight, who has an impressive unbeaten record after nine bouts (eight wins and one draw), talked to Matt Holland to discuss his unique career path.last_img

The Press Pass – Sunday, July 10

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first_imgThis week Ray Stubbs is joined by Shaun Custis and Darren Lewis to cast their eyes over the main sporting stories.They discuss Pep Guardiola v Jose Mourinho in Manchester, the best Euro 2016 XI, and have a look over some of the biggest ongoing transfer sagas.Listen above or click here to download the podcast from iTuneslast_img