Month: December 2019

West Ham midfielder joins MK Dons on season-long loan

first_imgWest Ham midfielder Diego Poyet has joined MK Dons on loan for the season.The Uruguay under-20 international, who is the son of former Sunderland boss Gus Poyet, has been at Upton Park since last summer when he arrived from Charlton on a free transfer.However since then the 20-year-old has struggled to break into the first-team and he is hungry to gain more playing time.Last season Poyet spent a month on loan at Huddersfield and he will now continue his development at MK Dons.The Championship side have agreed a deal with West Ham that will see them take the youngster on loan for the season. 1 Diego Poyet last_img read more

Mitrovic sees red as Arsenal clinch unconvincing victory on Tyneside

first_img1 Aleksandar Mitrovic was shown a straight red card as Newcastle succumbed to a 1-0 defeat to Arsenal at St James’ Park.Mitrovic, who has been an accident waiting to happen in his fledgling Magpies career, was dismissed for a rash challenge on Francis Coquelin after just 15 minutes.Theo Walcott missed an open goal before half time but Fabricio Coloccini deflected in Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s effort just after the break to clinch victory for the visitors.In a feisty encounter, the pattern of the match was established in the early stages with four yellow cards for the hosts in the opening 45 minutes.Referee Andre Marriner ignored shouts for an early penalty when Florian Thauvin tripped Hector Bellerin, before Walcott had a shot smothered by Tim Krul.The Magpies were then reduced to ten men, Mitrovic given his marching orders for a nasty lunge on Coquelin which probably warranted its punishment.Chancel Mbemba, Moussa Sissoko and Thauvin also entered Marriner’s book inside a fiery opening half hour, before Walcott skewed over from the rebound after Krul had parried Alexis Sanchez’s dipping strike.Arsenal took just seven minutes of the second half to make their numerical advantage count, Krul again parrying Aaron Ramsey’s effort to Oxlade-Chamberlain, who fired in via a glance off Coloccini’s boot.Krul denied substitute Olivier Giroud as the game fizzled out in the latter stages, and in truth ten-man Newcastle failed to muster a realistic chance of levelling proceedings. Aleksandar Mitrovic last_img read more

The best reaction as Manchester United captain continues fine form

first_img Wayne Rooney 1 Wayne Rooney opened the scoring for Manchester United as they knocked Derby out of the FA Cup on Friday. Louis van Gaal’s men were 3-1 winners at the iPro and the England captain continued his good form by netting after 16 minutes. He took his tally to 15 for club and country this season, six of those coming in his last six appearances. The 30-year-old has been criticised on numerous occasions this term, with some suggesting he was past his best as United have been off the pace in the Premier League. But the forward knew exactly where the goal was against the Rams. He controlled the ball on the edge of the 18-yard box before curling a superb effort across goal and past former Liverpool keeper Scott Carson. Fans took to Twitter to express their delight as the Man United striker looks to be regaining form. With the Euros upon us, could he lead his nation to glory? See some of the best reaction below:last_img read more

Injuries put crimp in Lakers’ plans

first_imgBy Elliott Teaford STAFF WRITER HONOLULU – Not everyone wearing a purple-and-gold jersey had an enormous ice pack or two strapped to an appendage or two during the first week of training camp. It just seemed that way. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityLuke Walton has a strained right hamstring. Kobe Bryant has a sore right knee. Lamar Odom is still recovering from offseason surgery on his left shoulder. Kwame Brown is rebounding from surgery on his left ankle and right shoulder. Chris Mihm also had ankle surgery. The Lakers canceled the first of their two scheduled practices Sunday at Iolani High School, giving the players a chance to rest and recover before an extended afternoon workout. Sunday was to be the last of the team’s two-a-days. “It’s too far away to be concerned,” Lakers coach Phil Jackson said when asked if he was troubled by the injuries. “We’re comfortable with the fact that these guys look good. Obviously, there’s more of a threat of injury than the reality of it.” Injuries should worry the Lakers. After all, a seemingly endless string of them helped to derail the Lakers’ progress last season. The Lakers had a 26-13 record after defeating the Spurs on Jan. 17 in San Antonio, but limped to a final mark of 42-40. Walton played only 60 games last season. Bryant sat out five games. Odom was limited to 56 games. Brown played 41. Mihm didn’t play at all. When asked last week about the aspect of his game that he hoped to improve most this season, Brown said he simply hoped to be healthier. “I just feel a responsibility to play more games,” Brown said. “I only played in 41 last year and I think it hurt us. Hopefully, I can play all 82 this year because we’re definitely a better team with me in there.” It’s uncertain whether Odom, Brown and Mihm will be sound enough to play by opening night Oct. 30 against the Houston Rockets. The Lakers play the first of their two Honolulu exhibitions against the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday night. Back to school Center Andrew Bynum spent part of his summer in a college classroom, which made him like a lot of other 19-year-olds trying to get ahead on their coursework. Bynum said he received a B grade in a history class at Loyola Marymount. “We did, like, 400 years in three weeks,” he said. “The first day of class, they gave me two books to read and two papers to write.” Bynum said he also planned to take an online course during the season and eventually wants to get a degree. “I want to get a degree, but it’s going to take, like, 12 years,” he joked. Bynum also participated in a gym class for one. The Lakers asked him to improve his strength, endurance and conditioning during the summer, so he hired a personal trainer during the offseason. “Last year, we started out well and then it looked like we hit a wall,” Bynum said. “I guess I did. So I was out there on that track. It’s the only way to get it done.” Grunge man Power forward Ronny Turiaf makes no apologizes for his style of play. “I do the dirty work,” he said. “That’s what I do. I feel no shame. If that’s what it takes for me to get on the basketball court, then that’s what I’m going to do, brother. I’m not going to try to shoot 3s and do stuff I can’t do. All I can do is play defense, rebound, block some shots and help the offense be so much smoother.” Raptors win in Europe Chris Bosh scored 23 points and grabbed nine rebounds as the Toronto Raptors held off a spirited Virtus Lottomatica Roma squad for a 93-87 preseason victory in Rome. Andrea Bargnani added 13 points and seven rebounds to help the Raptors win in his hometown. Danish forward Christian Drejer led Roma with 23 points. With only two players taller than 6-foot-7, Roma struggled inside where the 6-10 Bosh was able to operate relatively uncontested. The Associated Press contributed to this notebook.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

UCLA professor Friedlander wins German Book Trade peace award

first_imgIsraeli historian and UCLA professor Saul Friedlander was awarded the top prize at the annual Frankfurt Book Fair on Sunday in recognition of his narratives documenting the Nazi Holocaust. The German Book Trade association honored Friedlander with its 2007 peace prize, praising his use of firsthand experiences in telling the history of the Holocaust. Friedlander, a professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, accepted the $35,500 peace prize during an award ceremony at Frankfurt’s St. Paul’s Church on the final day of the annual international book fair. Previous winners of the award, which dates back to 1950, include the outspoken Turkish author and Nobel laureate Orhan Pamuk and former Czech President Vaclav Havel. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.William, Kate getting serious? Photographs published Sunday of Prince William’s girlfriend Kate Middleton, clad in khaki on a Scottish hunting trip, have rekindled speculation that the two will soon announce their engagement. British Sunday newspapers ran pictures showing Middleton, 25, on a stag hunting expedition at the royal family’s Balmoral estate alongside William’s father, Prince Charles. The Sunday Telegraph said it was the first time Middleton had been photographed with Charles, “fueling speculation that she is about to become engaged to Prince William.” The Sunday Times said the pictures suggested that Middleton’s “induction into the royal family appears to have stepped up a notch.” Buckingham Palace refused to comment on the trip, saying it was a private activity.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

PAT THE COPE MEETS COMPETITION COMMISSIONER OVER LOCAL AIRPORT WORRIES

first_imgMEP Pat the Cope Gallagher has met with the EU Competition Commissioner over concerns about proposals to reduce aid for regional airports including City of Derry and Ireland West Airport Knock.Pat The Cope Gallagher MEPPat the Cope met with Joaquín Almunia, the Vice President of the European Commission and EU Commissioner for Competition to express their concerns about draft proposals on state aid guidelines to airports and airlines.The draft guidelines by the European Commission will change the rules that permit EU Member States through national, regional and local authorities to invest in airport infrastructure, to provide operating aid to airports and to provide start up aid to airlines in order to launch a new air route. The European Commission are expected to approve the new rules by the beginning of 2014 Pat the Cope Gallagher MEP said “In early November, I along with over 45 MEPs from across the EU wrote an open letter to President Barroso, as we were extremely concerned with the proposal by the Commission to phase out operating aid for regional airports with over 200,000 passengers per year, after a 10 year transitional period.”“As a follow up to this initiative, I requested a meeting with Vice President Almunia, the Competition Commissioner to discuss directly with him the implications for Ireland West Airport in Knock, as passenger numbers per year are in excess of 700,000 and to outline similar concerns expressed by the City of Derry Airport.”Vice President confirmed today that he was willing to change his proposals to increase the minimum threshold from 200,000 to 500,000 passengers per year.He also confirmed that the proposals will undergo a comprehensive mid-term review in 5 years’ time before they are introduced in 10 years’ time, thus providing regional airports such as Knock and Derry with a window of opportunity. Mr Gallagher concluded “I believe that a much fairer and better solution would be to increase the minimum threshold to 1 million passengers per year. That said, I am pleased that the Vice President has shown a degree of flexibility by increasing the threshold to 500,000 passengers per year and by also including a mid-term review.“While the process will shortly conclude, I shall still continue to make the case for regional airports such as Knock and Derry, which contribute so positively to the economic well-being of the West and North West of Ireland.”Finally, Mr Gallagher stated that the decision to increase the minimum threshold to 500,000 will provide Carrickfinn airport in Donegal with ample opportunity to develop in the future. PAT THE COPE MEETS COMPETITION COMMISSIONER OVER LOCAL AIRPORT WORRIES was last modified: December 10th, 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:Derry AirportKnock AirportMEPPat The Cope Gallagherlast_img read more

Nobody could have seen this defence making a Premier League Team of the Season!

first_img 11 11 Centre midfield: Dele Alli (Tottenham) – No one could have predicted how well the ex-MK Dons midfielder has done this season. The player has gone from League One star to England starter in the space of 12 months, winning the PFA Young Player of the Year award and Match of the Day’s Goal of the Season, along the way. Now for Euro 2016… The campaign is now over – bar Manchester United’s rearranged game with Bournemouth – and the dust is beginning to settle.It was undoubtedly one of the most fascinating Premier League seasons ever, with Leicester City winning the title by ten points, after narrowly avoiding relegation last year.Meanwhile, Tottenham somehow finished third after several weeks above rivals Arsenal, and Sunderland – again – avoiding relegation by the skin of their teeth.So, with the season all done – just about – we’ve taken a final look at the Team of the Season.Click the right arrow above to find out who made the talkSPORT XI… 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Left back: Christian Fuchs (Leicester City) – A free transfer in the summer from Schalke, Austrian star Fuchs has made a huge impact with the Premier League title-winning Foxes. His ability at set-pieces ensured Leicester were dangerous across many situations and did well on the back foot, too. Centre midfield: N’Golo Kante (Leicester City) – His dynamic box-to-box displays have been outstanding, and crucial to the way Leicester City have played over the last season. He’s rightly representing France at Euro 2016 this summer, but Foxes will be wary of the circling vultures. 11 11 Centre back: Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham) – The Belgian star was one of the signings of the season, helping Tottenham firm up their defence with his elegant, but strong, displays alongside compatriot Jan Vertonghen. He scored some important goals and his two assists to Dele Alli showcased his stunning vision and passing ability. Centre back: Wes Morgan (Leicester City) – The Jamaican star’s performances are even more phenomenal when you consider he hasn’t had a rest since the summer of 2014, having played in the Copa America and the Gold Cup last year. As it looked like the Foxes might run out of steam, he grabbed some important goals and remained stoic at the back. Striker: Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) – We all know the story by now, and it’s certainly incredible. The striker nabbed 24 goals in the Premier League and also contributed six assists over the campaign, while also being named Football Writers’ Association Player of the Year. Right back: Hector Bellerin (Arsenal) – The marauding full-back has stood out again for the Gunners and looks like he has the potential to develop into one of the world’s best in his position. Currently learning the art of balancing defence and attack, Bellerin is simultaneously a threat going forward and solid at the back. Goalkeeper: David De Gea (Manchester United) – Click the right arrow above to see the rest of the talkSPORT Team of the Season… – If it wasn’t for the Spanish shot-stopper, the Red Devils wouldn’t even stand a chance of finishing fourth with one game left to play. Stunning saves have kept Louis van Gaal’s men in many games this season and if he keeps a clean sheet against Bournemouth he will share the Golden Glove with Arsenal’s Petr Cech. Right wing: Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City) – The skilful winger has delighted fans with his scintillating showings this year. Graceful, quick and capable of the unpredictable, Mahrez was the star of the show but also remained diligent when needed to by his team-mates, which is exactly why he was named the PFA’s Player of the Year. Left wing: Dimitri Payet (West Ham) – Super Slav’s man is better than Zinedine Zidane, according to the song from Hammers fans. It might not quite be true but he’s certainly made a huge impression with his dazzling performances and a series of stunning set-pieces. Striker: Harry Kane (Tottenham) – Winner of the Premier League’s Golden Boot, unless Anthony Martial really hits the goal trail against Bournemouth, the England man’s 25 goals have been key for Spurs. Even when the Lilywhites looked like they were faltering he managed to get a goal from nothing. He definitely answered his early critics this year who claimed he was a one-season wonder.last_img read more

Euro 2016: Keane wants Republic of Ireland to come out ‘swinging’ against Italy

first_img Roy Keane Roy Keane has challenged the Republic of Ireland to come out “swinging” as they attempt to scrap their way into the last 16 at the Euro 2016 finals.Ireland have to beat Italy in their final Group E match in Lille on Wednesday night if they are to stand any chance of making it to the knockout stage of the competition and even then, four points might not be enough.Martin O’Neill’s men were left on the brink of an early exit by Saturday’s 3-0 defeat by Belgium and, while their task will be no easier at the Stade Pierre Mauroy, assistant manager Keane is refusing to throw in the towel.He said: “We’ve got to be careful here because what you do, in sport or in life, you can over-analyse it. We believed the team going out there at the start (against Belgium) would get the right result for the country.“It didn’t pan out that way, but you move on quickly. We’ve watched it back – and that wasn’t easy, let me tell you – but move on to the next game.“Some days when you’ve played well and you’ve had good days, you’ve got to move on quickly and I’ve always been not bad at that really, move on quickly to the next game. It’s the same for the players.“We’ll be positive. You can look back all you want, but you’re talking to the wrong man. We look forward and get ready for the next challenge – that’s what sport is about.“It’s like a boxer. I’ve seen great boxers get knocked out, but you get back up and you start swinging and hope for the best.”Italy boss Antonio Conte is expected to make wholesale changes with top spot in the group already secured, and the Ireland camp does not really know what to expect in terms of his selection.However, Keane is sure whatever team the Italians field, Ireland will have their work cut out to get the result they need.He said: “I don’t want to be talking them up too much, but they’ve got a bit of everything and that is why they are a good team. There are no real weaknesses, so we’ll have to be at our very, very best.“But we have beaten Italy before, so it can be done.” 1last_img read more

Santa Susana Field Lab nears Superfund status

first_imgThe Santa Susana Field Lab should be listed as a high-priority cleanup, with closer scrutiny by federal authorities of the site’s extensive chemical and radioactive contamination, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s regional office announced Friday. After a seven-month review of the 2,850-acre hilltop site, the EPA’s regional team found that contamination at the site poses enough of a threat to human health and the environment to be added to the National Priorities List, also called the Superfund program. Lab watchdogs and neighbors have pushed for Superfund status – which is reserved for the nation’s worst contaminated sites – that would give the EPA authority to conduct a new investigation and oversee cleanup at the lab. “For 20 years, people have been asking for this,” said Dan Hirsch of the Committee to Bridge the Gap. “A dry cleaner in my community is a Superfund site. How could this nuclear facility not be a Superfund site?” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsLocated in the hills between Simi Valley and Chatsworth, the Santa Susana Field Lab opened in the 1940s for government nuclear energy research and rocket-engine testing. Those operations are now over, but the work left toxic and radioactive contamination in the soil and groundwater at the site. The cleanup has been contentious, with lawsuits and battles over how much pollution – particularly radiologically contaminated soil – lab owner Boeing and the Department of Energy can leave on the property. Under federal law, the Energy Department can supervise its own site cleanup, unless the site has Superfund status, in which case the EPA will oversee the cleanup. The agency had reviewed just the chemical pollution at the lab in 1987 and determined that the site didn’t score high enough on the hazard-ranking system. However, community activists continued to push the EPA for Superfund status, which they believed would ensure a more thorough decontamination than the Energy Department’s self-supervised cleanup. “The DOE and (Boeing) want to spend a minimum amount of money, so they use the lowest level of cleanup that they think they can get away with,” said Sheldon Plotkin, who has monitored the cleanup for the Southern California Federation of Scientists. The EPA Region 9 sent a letter to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Friday asking for his opinion and agreement to federal oversight of the lab cleanup. His office said it is now reviewing the recommendation. If the governor agrees, the EPA regional office will recommend that the Washington, D.C., office grant Superfund status. Still, the governor could disagree and instead request that the field lab’s chemical cleanup remain under state control. The U.S. Department of Energy has authority over the radiological cleanup. “I think the site is definitely polluted enough to merit Superfund status,” said state Sen. Sheila Kuehl, D-Los Angeles, who said she hopes the governor will agree with the EPA recommendation. “I like the idea of EPA oversight. It helps protect the state of California.” But Superfund status could possibly affect negotiations currently under way between the governor and Boeing over the site. Earlier this year, the governor signed legislation requiring the strictest cleanup at the field lab – culminating an 18-year controversy since the Daily News disclosed toxic contamination of the research site. At the same time, he proposed an agreement in which Boeing could possibly clean up to a lesser standard in exchange for dedicating the land for open space. The company and state officials are now negotiating over appropriate standards. Boeing spokeswoman Blythe Jameson said Superfund status shouldn’t affect the cleanup. “The bill and letter of intent already requires that we clean up to California Superfund status, which is a similar process.”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