Monthly Archives: December 2019

The Press Pass – Sunday, September 6

first_imgNeil Ashton was joined in the studio by Matt Hughes and Andy Dillon.They discuss England qualifying for Euro 2016 after beating San Marino on Saturday 6-0, as well as Wales’ 0-0 draw with Israel.last_img

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Anyone for Buffon? Juventus legend reveals Premier League dream

first_img1 Juventus legend Gianluigi Buffon has revealed he would love to play in the Premier League one day.The goalkeeper has spent his whole career in Italy, amassing 559 appearances in Serie A to date and winning six league titles.The 37-year-old has been the undisputed No.1 at Juventus since joining them from Parma in 2001 for over £30m.He is still going strong in Turin but has hinted that he would be keen on a spell in England before hanging up his gloves.“I would have loved to have played in the Premier League,” Buffon told Marca.“I have spent 10 years at Parma, 15 at Juventus and I think I still have around two and a half years left at the top. There still may be an opportunity.” Gianluigi Buffon last_img

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TRANSFER FIGHT! Everton, Manchester City and West Ham all chasing Danish starlet

first_img Pione Sisto 1 Everton, Manchester City and West Ham are all tracking the progress of Danish prodigy Pione Sisto.All three Premier League clubs have sent scouts over to Denmark this season to watch the 20-year-old winger in action for FC Midtjylland.According to Danish news outlet Tipsbladet, Sisto impressed scouts of all three teams during Midtjylland’s recent Europa League game against Club Brugge and could be the subject of a January bidding war.West Ham were keen to bring Sisto to Upton Park in the summer but it is understood the youngster, who was born in Uganda, wanted to stay and continue his development in Denmark for at least another season.After receiving clearance from FIFA to represent Denmark in May, Sisto made his senior international debut in September, playing 45 minutes in a Euro 2016 qualifier against Albania.last_img read more

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Brit completes 13-year trip around the world

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas City“It’s been my life, for 13 years, I’ve put everything into this,” he said. “To be honest I didn’t know it was going to happen. There were many times in the trip where it should have failed.” Lewis was recruited by fellow adventurer Steve Smith, who first dreamed up the idea of going around the world using only human power in 1991. The pair had little experience at sea, but Lewis thought the prospect of hiking and biking across the world was “wildly romantic.” Trouble began early. After two years of planning and fundraising, the pair set out in July 1994 only to get “horribly lost” on their way to the English coastal town of Rye, where their pedal boat was waiting. After crossing the English Channel to France and then cycling to Portugal, the pair pedaled their boat in shifts across the Atlantic Ocean, reaching Miami in February 1995. Along the way, they survived close encounters with a shrimping trawler, a whale and a giant wave that swept Smith overboard. By the time they reached America, the two adventurers had been cooped up in a broom closet-sized space for 111 days with little in the way of food, and their relationship had begun to deteriorate. They crossed the U.S. separately, with Lewis strapping on his inline skates for the 3,500-mile trip to San Francisco. It was on this leg of the journey that he was hit by a car in Pueblo, Colo., breaking both legs. He spent nine months recuperating. LONDON – He was hit by a car in Colorado, attacked by a crocodile in Australia, detained as a suspected spy in Egypt and survived illness and periods of despair. On Saturday, British adventurer Jason Lewis finally came home, completing a 13-year, 46,000-mile human-powered circumnavigation of the globe. The 40-year-old carried his 26-foot yellow pedal craft the last few miles up the River Thames, pushing it across the Meridian Line at Greenwich, where his expedition began in 1994. “I’m overwhelmed,” Lewis told Sky News television after arriving. He struggled for words as he described his feelings at the close of an odyssey that took him around the globe, powered only by his arms and legs – on a bicycle, a pedal boat, a kayak and inline skates. Smith and Lewis reunited in San Francisco and eventually pedaled from the Golden Gate Bridge to Hawaii, where the two split for good. He biked across the Australian outback, dodged supertankers in the Singapore straits and hiked the Himalayas. From Mumbai, India, he pedaled his boat across the Indian Ocean to Djibouti and made his way north by bicycle through Sudan and Egypt. Accidents and sickness dogged the trip. The collision in Colorado nearly cost Lewis his leg. The trip across the Pacific left him sore, inflamed and depressed. While kayaking across the Barrier Reef off Australia, he was attacked by a crocodile, which bit off a piece of his paddle. Local authorities were a problem, as well. Lewis logged “interesting experiences” with Alabama police and gun-wielding locals in the United States. He had to cycle through Tibet at night to avoid detection by Chinese roadblocks. And when he crossed into Egypt from Sudan, he was thrown in jail by the military on suspicion of being a spy. After his release from prison, he biked through the Sinai desert and across Jordan, Syria and Turkey. He then powered through Europe over the summer, arriving in Greenwich, in southeast London, to cheers from family, supporters and the Duke of Gloucester, the expedition’s British patron. Lewis said he hoped to use the expedition to raise funds for humanitarian causes and draw attention to environmental issues.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

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Schwarzenegger has surgery to remove plate from broken thigh bone

first_imgLOS ANGELES — Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger underwent surgery Saturday to remove a metal plate and cables from his leg, a spokesman said. The hardware was used to help Schwarzenegger’s upper thigh bone heal after he broke it while skiing in Sun Valley, Idaho, last Dec. 23. The orthopedic surgeon who performed the 20-minute surgery at a Los Angeles hospital said in a statement issued by the governor’s office that there were no complications. Dr. Kevin Ehrhart said removing the hardware is standard practice after the leg has fully healed. Ehrhart said the second-term Republican governor will use a crutch for several days. Last year, the governor blamed an artificial hip installed about six years ago for contributing to what he described as an odd, slow-speed accident. His ski failed to release from its binding, twisting his leg until it snapped, Schwarzenegger said. The former actor, body builder and seven-time Mr. Olympia also had a heart valve replaced in 1997. He had rotator cuff surgery in 2003. He went to a hospital complaining of a rapid heartbeat in 2005. He also has had two recent injuries in motorcycle crashes. He had several broken ribs during a crash in 2001. A minor accident in January 2006 required 15 stitches in his lip. Schwarzenegger met Friday morning with state, federal and local officials overseeing the cleanup of an oil spill in San Francisco Bay. He then flew to Los Angeles to deliver an afternoon speech to the Latino Coalition for a Healthy California Conference, where he argued that his health care reform plan will aid the state’s economy. He had no other public duties before entering the hospital Saturday morning for the previously scheduled surgery, McLear said. He was under anesthesia from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. “We don’t know his schedule for next week, so I don’t know when he’s due back in Sacramento,” McLear said. “But this will not affect his ability to govern in any way….He’s acting as governor as we speak and fully able to do whatever he needs to do to move California forward – oil spill, health care, anything else.” Schwarzenegger and legislative leaders have been negotiating over both a health care package and a multibillion dollar water bond to ease flood danger and capture more winter runoff for use during California’s dry summers. They must agree quickly if they are to put the measures before voters on the February presidential primary ballot. With winter approaching, Schwarzenegger is also anticipating a return to the ski hill now that his leg is fully healed. “He’s cleared to ski. He’s able to ski and I’ve heard him say he hopes to get out and hit the slopes this winter,” McLear said. “But I don’t know if he has any concrete plans to do so.”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 MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Schwarzenegger spokesman Aaron McLear said the governor turned over power to Lt. Gov. John Garamendi for 90 minutes during what he described as “minor surgery.” Schwarzenegger was under general anesthesia for one hour during the procedure, McLear said. McLear would not disclose the name of the hospital, citing “privacy reasons.” Schwarzenegger left the hospital Saturday afternoon to return to his Santa Monica home, McLear said. Ehrhart, in his statement, said the governor “is in excellent health and there were no complications in this morning’s successful follow-up medical procedure. The governor has fully recovered from his initial surgery last December and removing the hardware is a standard practice.” Ehrhart also performed the surgery last Dec. 26 when the plate and cable were inserted to repair Schwarzenegger’s right femur, which he broke three days earlier when he fell while skiing with his family. That surgery lasted 90 minutes, Ehrhart said at the time, and used cables and screws to wire the two main fragments of the broken femur bone back together. Schwarzenegger walked with crutches and a cane for weeks afterward, but he was able to attend his inauguration the following week.last_img read more

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Search on for three missing boys

first_imgDIAMOND BAR – Authorities searched today for three missing boys from Diamond Bar — reportedly the grandchildren of Rep. Gary Miller, R-Diamond Bar — who may have been kidnapped by their mother. Detectives from the Los Angeles County Sheriff Department’s Major Crimes Bureau responded to the 2200 block of Cello Drive at 10:15 last night to investigate the circumstances surrounding the possible abduction of the three boys, said Deputy Aura Sierra of the Sheriff Headquarters Bureau. The children — one is 8, the others are 6, were reported missing about 3:35 p.m. yesterday, Sierra said. The 6-year-olds are twins and one of the missing children is named Brian, according to the San Gabriel Valley Tribune, which first reported the alleged abduction yesterday. 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 MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre The mother, who does not have legal custody of the children, was identified as Jennifer DeJongh and is also known as Jennifer Lopez. She may be en route to Nevada, possibly Las Vegas, Sierra said. The parents of the children are divorced and there appears to be a custody battle between the two, sheriff’s officials told the Tribune. Miller, 59, represents the 42nd Congressional District, which includes Diamond Bar, Brea, Chino and Chino Hills. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of the three boys was asked to call the Los Angeles County Sheriff Department’s Walnut Station at (909) 595- 2264. For more news and observations about crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here.last_img read more

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POOR BROADBAND SERVICE IN DONEGAL MUST BE ADDRESSED – McCONALOGUE

first_imgDonegal’s internet service is sub-standard.Donegal TD Charlie McConalogue has described a series of broadband outages in Moville as completely unacceptable. The service was unavailable for over 6 hours yesterday, during peak business hours.Charlie McConalogue TDDeputy McConalogue said this is a completely unacceptable situation. “The broadband service in Moville has been substandard for years. Every few months the signal fails and homes and businesses in the town and surrounding areas are left without a broadband connection. Despite an intermittent service, customers are still being charged in full, and are understandably frustrated by the situation.“The poor level of broadband service in this county has become more and more evident over the last four years. For all their promises and policy pledges, the digital divide has grown under this government. The latest National Broadband Plan commits the Government to providing broadband provision within 5 years. However, this is kicking the can down the road to 2021 for the many communities and businesses that need high speed internet now.”He added this government has presided over a broadband market that is the third most expensive in Europe.“Despite the high charges, the quality of the service, particularly here in Donegal, is completely substandard. This puts businesses here at a serious competitive disadvantage. High speed broadband is taken for granted in most urban centres but here in Donegal it is intermittent and unreliable. The service in Donegal leaves businesses without access to the internet, credit card facilities or online booking and shopping services. This is not conducive to good business practice. “Under the government’s plan, more than half of all homes and businesses in Donegal will have to wait up until 2021 for broadband services by State intervention planned under the Government’s National Broadband Plan. That is not acceptable and is typical of Fine Gael and Labour’s attitude to rural Ireland. Roll out of fibre optic cable broadband is the best way to bridge the digital divide especially in rural counties.“Fianna Fáil supports the roll out of fibre optic broadband directly to all premises in the state through 3 means – direct state intervention, commercial operators, and facilitate community solutions such as group broadband schemes. I will continue to campaign for high-speed fibre internet broadband to be brought to every home in this county. The importance of connecting homes and businesses to high speed broadband is as important as bringing electricity to rural Ireland was many decades ago”, concluded McConalogue.POOR BROADBAND SERVICE IN DONEGAL MUST BE ADDRESSED – McCONALOGUE was last modified: October 22nd, 2015 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:broadbanddeputy charlie mcconaloguelast_img read more

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Mourinho to replace Neville at Valencia? Arsenal to make £30m swoop? Gossip

first_imgHere are the top transfer-related stories in Thursday’s newspapers…Valencia have urged Jose Mourinho to forget about Manchester United and become their next boss. Gary Neville was sacked by the La Liga club after only four months with No2 Pako Ayestaran announced as his interim replacement. But serious discussions have been ongoing for more than a month about Mourinho becoming the master of the Mestalla. (The Sun)Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini is also on Valencia’s radar to replace Neville. Pellegrini will leave City this summer to make way for Pep Guardiola. (Daily Mail)Arsenal have been to see Granit Xhaka play a staggering THIRTY times this season as they look to make a major midfield signing this summer. The Gunners’ boss Arsene Wenger has sent his scouts to make weekly checks on Borussia Monchengladbach star Xhaka and they are lining up a £30million move. (Daily Mirror)Henrikh Mkhitaryan is also a summer transfer target for Arsenal. They have sent scouts to watch the Borussia Dortmund attacking midfielder and have further monitored his progress via video clips. (Guardian)Chelsea’s hopes of recalling Andreas Christensen from his loan spell at Borussia Mönchengladbach are set to be dashed by the player, with the Denmark defender keen to continue pursuing first-team opportunities with the Bundesliga club.(Guardian)David Moyes and Sean Dyche top Aston Villa’s wanted list to replace Remi Garde. Former Manchester United boss Moyes was wanted by Villa earlier in the season, but frightened them off when he said he needed £40million to keep them up this season. And Dyche, boss of Championship leaders Burnley, would cost £3 million in compensation if he was to take up the challenge at Villa Park. (Daily Mirror)Mario Balotelli has been offered a monster wage packet to go and play in China. Super League side Jiangsu Suning are interested in ending the forward’s Liverpool nightmare. (Daily Star)West Ham United have added Wilfried Bony to the list of strikers the club will work their way through if they cannot land Michy Batshuayi. Marseille striker Batshuayi is West Ham’s top summer target, but the east Londoners face considerable competition for his signature – not least from rivals Tottenham Hotspur. (Daily Telegraph)And here are the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…Transfer report: Arsenal and Chelsea both eyeing summer swoop for Inter Milan star Marcelo BrozovicManchester United transfer news: Jose Mourinho wants Jeison Murillo at Old TraffordNewcastle transfer report: Torino captain Kamil Glik a summer target for MagpiesRomelu Lukaku’s agent claims Everton striker is ready to play for European giantWest Ham on verge of signing Valencia prodigy Antonio MartinezArsenal FC transfer news: Gunners scouting Naby Keita with view to summer offerTottenham Hotspur transfer news: Spurs make enquiry for FC Utrecht striker Sebastien HallerManchester City transfer news: Pep Guardiola wants to secure stunning £75m Paul Pogba deal before Euro 2016last_img read more

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Monchengladbach chief vows: We will FIGHT to stop Xhaka from joining Arsenal

first_img1 Borussia Monchengladbach sporting director Max Eberl has vowed to fight to keep hold of Arsenal target Granit Xhaka this summer.The Gunners are on the hunt for a deep-lying midfielder to replace the outgoing Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini and have made the Swiss captain their No 1 target.But Eberl has revealed that reports this week suggesting Arsenal have slapped down a £34m bid are false and insisted the club are determined to retain their star player’s services.“We have not been presented with an offer,” Eberl told Kicker.“We will fight for Granit, but there are clubs that can still offer greater chances in the Champions League, in cups, in championships.” Granit Xhaka in action for Borussia Monchengladbach last_img

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Chelsea players at Euro 2016 assessed after the first round of fixtures

first_img 6 Gary Cahill (England) – 7 out of 10 – Click the right arrow above to find out how we have rated Chelsea’s players at Euro 2016… – The centre-back was solid, if uninspiring, at the back for England. Cahill was rarely put under pressure, although he was booked after giving away a cheap free-kick at the half-way line. He did well when dealing with the sizeable and unpredictable Artem Dzyuba. Cesc Fabregas (Spain) – 7 out of 10 – Alongside Sergio Busquets and Andres Iniesta, Fabregas helped ensure La Roja dominated the ball against Czech Republic in Group C. He was a little looser with the ball than the Barcelona duo but contributed well and got in the odd tackle and interception as their opponents tried to break forward. Thibaut Courtois (Belgium) – 7 out of 10 – Blues goalkeeper Courtois saw the ball hit the back of his net twice against Belgium but couldn’t be blamed too much for either goal, with his defence letting him down. He also pulled out two good stops, one from goal scorer Graziano Pelle and one from Ciro Immobile. Chelsea aren’t one of the most represented Premier League sides at Euro 2016 with just six players involved with three different nations.Their experiences so far have varied quite wildly with some offering up good performances, while others may be a little more disappointed.With incoming Blues boss Antonio Conte at the tournament in France, the players will need to show their best side as he will undoubtedly be watching.So, how have the Chelsea superstars done across the Channel in the first round of fixtures?Click the right arrow above to see our ratings… 6 Eden Hazard (Belgium) – 6 out of 10 – Busy, is perhaps the best way to phrase the Blues star’s performance against Italy. His dribbling was good but let down by some poor decision making and passing. He was restricted to just two shots and unable to really test Gianluigi Buffon. 6 6 Pedro (Spain) – 5 out of 10 – After a tough first season at Stamford Bridge, the winger found himself starting on the bench against Czech Republic. He was a used substitute, though, coming on for Nolito and managing eight minutes of action. 6 6 Cesar Azpilicueta (Spain) – Did not play – With Jordi Alba ahead of him in the Spanish pecking order, it’s unlikely Azpilicueta will get too many minutes in France.last_img read more

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