Chelsea damage Arsenal bid in EPL title race

first_imgLONDON (AP): A change of managers at Chelsea, but Arsenal still can’t conquer their London rivals. Arsenal was undone by a damaging five-minute spell in the first-half of yesterday’s derby against a Chelsea team unbeaten after a month under Guus Hiddink’s control. Per Mertesacker was sent off for tripping Diego Costa, then the striker scored the game’s only goal at the Emirates Stadium in the 23rd minute. “He got Mertesacker sent off,” Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said of Costa. “A fact is a fact, I do not accuse him of anything. It’s just what happened.” It’s now four years, three months since Wenger figured out how to beat Chelsea, which have their fifth manager since the 5-3 loss to Arsenal in November 2011. Arsenal turned their stadium into a fortress this season, remaining unbeaten in the league since the opening day – until yesterday. Arsenal dropped from first to third place this weekend, behind leaders Leicester and Manchester City, although there are 45 points still to play for. “We had a mountain to climb with 10 men but I believe even there, there was enough to come out at least with a 1-1,” Wenger said. “It’s a shame to put such an energy into a game and come away without the point. And overall I felt we gave absolutely everything until the end.” Wenger was jeered by Arsenal fans for replacing striker Olivier Giroud with defender Gabriel after losing Mertesacker. “You want to make a poll for every decision to see who does what? I made the decision and for me it was quite normal,” Wenger told reporters. “We had to go for long distances and we needed pace to go from one goal to the other. We knew we had to drop deeper and use pace to get forward.” For Chelsea, the focus is now on the Champions League and FA Cup. Since Jose Mourinho was fired last month for turning the champs into chumps, the league campaign has been about restoring pride. Hiddink has achieved three wins and four draws, but Chelsea are still in the lower reaches of the standings in 13th place. The fourth Champions League place, occupied by Tottenham 14 points away, looks unobtainable. Everton are a point and a place above Chelsea after losing 2-1 to Swansea in yesterday’s other game. Gylfi Sigurdsson put Swansea in front from the penalty spot in the 17th minute and after Jack Cork’s own goal levelled the game, Andre Ayew netted before half-time to give Francesco Guidolin made a winning start as head coach of the Welsh club. Swansea moved four points above the relegation zone. “I dreamed of working in Premier League but I didn’t dream of winning the first match,” said Guidolin, the former Udinese coach. “I must understand what happens in this day because I am surprised. It is new for me.”last_img read more

UFC fighter Nick Diaz arrested on domestic violence charge

first_imgWonder-goal, gaffes, injuries as Madrid seals Champions League 3-peat In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 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 Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial MOST READ LAS VEGAS — UFC middleweight fighter Nick Diaz has been arrested in Las Vegas on allegations of domestic violence.Clark County jail records indicate the 35-year-old was booked Thursday night on suspicion of domestic battery by strangulation but was no longer in custody Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hourscenter_img Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that Diaz was arrested after police responded to a report of a domestic disturbance involving a man and a woman.A formal criminal complaint was not filed immediately and it’s not known if Diaz had an attorney who could comment on the allegations.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownThe Review-Journal reports he’s due in court June 26.The UFC said in a statement it was aware of the arrest, does not tolerate domestic violence and will review the allegations against Diaz. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

LNP Blames Officer’s Death on ‘Speeding’ Vehicle

first_imgAuthorities of the Liberia National Police (LNP) said they are investigating circumstances that led to the death of one of their officers, Opaylo Gonbgaye. The late officer Gongbaye was assigned at the Careysburg Police Detachment. He was reportedly killed by a speeding vehicle which failed to adhere to police instructions.Police spokesman Sam Collins disclosed yesterday at the Headquarters of the LNP in Monrovia that a rushing vehicle which failed to adhere to police instructions, ran into the late officer and knocked him down resulting in his death.Mr. Collins explained that the vehicle bearing license plate number BP-2498 approached the police checkpoint at high speed, crushing the traffic officer to the road which resulted to his death.He said officer Gongbaye, who was later rushed to the John F. Kennedy Medical Hospital, was pronounced dead upon arrival by medical doctors, police spokesman explained.He identified the operator of the vehicle in question as Akie Bangura, who reportedly fled the accident scene but has been arrested by police and is undergoing interrogation.Collins explained further that the LNP is also investigating another road accident involving two of its officers that resulted into serious head and leg injuries. The two officers were reportedly hit by a vehicle in Congo Town while they were on their routine patrol.He said the two officers are presently undergoing medical treatment after being transferred to the Jackson F. Doe referral Hospital in Tappita, Lower Nimba County.The officers are being identified as Patrolman Amara Kamara, who was an occupant on the motorbike sustained fractures to his leg twice with a deep wound in his head, while the operator of the bike, patrolman, T. Festus Kacorr suffered a broken leg as well as fractures.The vehicle marked PC-15743 was operated by a female identified as Gardio Twarally Hende. She too sustained minor injuries and has since been treated and discharged from United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) run hospital. She is helping police with the investigation, Collins said.Meanwhile, the LNP has warned operators of vehicles to adhere to traffic regulations to prevent traffic accidents.The adherence to traffic regulations, LNP said, will further reduce accident especially during the rainy season.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Barcelona win as Coutinho waits, Real Madrid held

first_img0Shares0000Lionel Messi’s 365th La Liga goal came inside 12 minutes, with Luis Suarez adding the second before half time © AFP / Josep LAGOMadrid, Spain, Jan 7 – Lionel Messi marked his 400th appearance in La Liga with the opening goal in Barcelona’s 3-0 win over struggling Levante at the Camp Nou on Sunday as the Catalans prepare to unveil Philippe Coutinho.Messi’s 365th goal in Spain’s top flight was followed by strikes from Luis Suarez and Paulinho as Barcelona stretched their lead at the top of the table back to nine points over Atletico Madrid. They are also now a massive 16 points clear of defending champions Real Madrid, who were held to a 2-2 draw away at Celta Vigo despite a brace from Gareth Bale, and remain fourth.Barcelona are still unbeaten in La Liga this season and on Monday will officially unveil Coutinho following the Brazilian’s 160 million-euro ($192 million) move from Liverpool.With all the talk about Coutinho, coach Ernesto Valverde was eager for his side to keep their focus on winning their first league outing since beating Real Madrid 3-0 in the Clasico on December 23.“Levante had not lost away since September. We were very good in the first half, but the rhythm was not the same in the second half,” said Valverde.Barcelona’s previous record recruit Ousmane Dembele — a 105 million-euro buy from Borussia Dortmund in the summer — was included in the line-up for the first time since tearing his hamstring nearly four months ago.He came close to scoring on a couple of occasions, including from one 20-yard strike that was beaten away by Levante goalkeeper Oier Olazabal.“I think he has to bring something to the team, and he also has to face up to the competition for places and for the tackles he will face on the pitch, from opponents who don’t want to let him past,” said Valverde.“It is a process, but I thought he looked good and we still hope he can improve.”It was Messi who broke the deadlock with a fine first-time finish in off the post from a Jordi Alba assist for his 16th league goal of the campaign in the 12th minute.The second goal arrived seven minutes before the interval, as Suarez controlled Sergi Roberto’s fine ball into the box before firing home.It was the Uruguayan’s 400th professional goal, his 131st for Barca putting him seventh on the club’s all-time list of leading scorers.Barca rounded out the victory in the third minute of added time as Messi’s low ball across goal at the end of a jinking run was turned in by Paulinho.– Celta deserve draw –Madrid were without the injured Sergio Ramos and the suspended Dani Carvajal in Vigo and their makeshift defence was exposed when Daniel Wass put the hosts ahead in the 33rd minute.The Dane was afforded acres of space although his chipped finish over Keylor Navas from the edge of the box was still a delight.With Karim Benzema injured, Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo started together for the first time since late September.And it was Bale who quickly turned the game around, slotting home from a fine weighted pass by Toni Kroos in the 36th minute and then beating the offside trap to prod in an Isco pass two minutes later.However, Celta fought back after the break to claim a deserved point.Iago Aspas saw a 72nd-minute penalty saved by Navas after he had been fouled by the Costa Rican goalkeeper, but Maxi Gomez rose unmarked to head in a Wass cross eight minutes from time.Zinedine Zidane’s side do still have a game in hand on the sides above them but they are now only one point further away from the relegation zone than they are from Barcelona.“We made too many mistakes and lost the ball too often, especially in the second half,” said Zidane.However, he insisted he isn’t looking for reinforcements in the January transfer window.“We’ll see what happens but at the moment I am happy with my squad.”Second-placed Atletico beat Getafe 2-0 on Saturday, with Diego Costa scoring and then being sent off in his first league appearance since returning to the club from Chelsea.Valencia are 11 points behind Barcelona in third after coming from behind to beat Girona 2-1 at Mestalla on Saturday.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Spain court dismisses fraud case against Messi

first_img0Shares0000A case again Lionel Messi and his foundation has been dismissed in Spain © AFP / Juan MABROMATAMADRID, Spain, Sep 30 – Spain’s National Court on Monday said it had dismissed a complaint against Barcelona’s Lionel Messi filed by a former employee of the Argentine footballer’s foundation, who had accused him of fraud, embezzlement and money laundering.In dismissing the case, the judge wrote that the complaint “was based on an account put together from stories in the press, without bringing even a single element that was personally and directly known” by the plaintiff. The complaint had been filed in June by Federico Rettori, an Argentine national living in Majorca who formerly worked for Messi’s charity.In it, he named the Barcelona striker, the charity, his father Jorge and brother Rodrigo and “all the people, as yet unidentified, who in one form or another administered or managed the funds at the Leo Messi Foundation,” the document said.He claimed that funds received by the foundation which “should have been directed to social causes” instead went “towards various private activities or bank accounts that differed from those that were declared by the foundation”.Last year, Rettori filed suit in Argentina on similar grounds. According to a judicial source, it prompted the opening of a preliminary investigation but so far, neither Messi nor his father have been charged.0Shares0000(Visited 11 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Liverpool’s hopes of selling Balotelli and Benteke suffer blow

first_img1 Liverpool’s hopes of selling Mario Balotelli or Christian Benteke to Besiktas seem to be fading.The Turkish champions are on the lookout for a striker and had been linked with the Reds pair, who are peripheral to Jurgen Klopp’s plans this season.But chairman Fikret Orman distanced the club from the duo, suggesting Balotelli’s temperament and Benteke’s £32million asking price were sticking points.“Benteke is a good player that we would want to see come to Besiktas but his he is valued at a very high price. It does not look like an easy deal,” he told reporters.“Balotelli is a major star but a troubled player. He has got an image.“We are interested in other players as well. Ideally we want to sign a striker on loan.” Christian Benteke and Mario Balotelli last_img

Carabao Cup draw: What TV channel is it on and what are the ball numbers?

first_imgThe Carabao Cup got underway on Tuesday as football league sides met in the hope of making it to Wembley by February.Mansfield were the big winners of the first round after beating Accrington Stanley 6-1 but a number of games went to penalties including Nottingham Forest who finally beat Bury 10-9 after spot kicks. possible standings Manchester City won the Carabao Cup last season 1 Most read in football How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more ALTERED Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes NEW ERA silverware highlights center_img When is the draw?The first round of the Carabao Cup takes place this week with the last game – Sunderland vs Sheffield Wednesday – being played on Thursday, August 16.Before the game on Thursday, the draw will take place at the Stadium of Light.Premier League sides will be included in the draw (except Manchester City, Manchester United, Arsenal, Burnley, Tottenham, Liverpool and Chelsea due to European commitments).The draw will take place from 7pm. Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade gameday England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won impact Which channel is the draw being shown on and can I live stream it?Sky Sports Football and Sky Sports Main Event will be showing coverage of the draw and Sunderland vs Sheffield Wednesday.Coverage will start at 7pm with Mick McCarthy and Chris Waddle conducting it.When will the second round games be played?The second round games will take place in the week commencing Monday August 27.These games no longer have extra time if the game ends in a draw after a new rule was passed to go straight to penalties.What are the ball numbers?The ball numbers will be announced on Wednesday, August 15.The draw is unseeded but the teams will be split in North and South regions. smart causal How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener last_img read more


first_imgGardai have refused requests to send a murder victim Denis Donaldson’s secret journal to the Northern Ireland Police Ombudsman.The late Denis Donaldson The journal was being written by the high profile Sinn Féin official and republican informer and was found in his Donegal cottage when he was shot.The Ombudsman is investigating allegations that Police Service of Northern Ireland officers may have contributed to his death. Mr Donaldson’s family believe the journal could contain clues about what happened.But Gardai have refused to let investigators have access to the document.For 20 years, Donaldson led a secret life as an informer for MI5 and the police.He fled to a remote family cottage outside Glenties shortly after being told by his police handlers that the media were going to expose his role as an agent. In April 2006, he was shot dead.Three years later the Real IRA said it was responsible, but his family have alleged that PSNI officers who knew about his secret role may have exposed him as an agent, and contributed to his death.They believe the journal, which was removed from the cottage by Gardai, could contain potential clues to who killed him and why.The family was initially told that the journal would be returned to them, but later informed this was not possible for what were described as security reasons.Ombudman Michael Maguire’s investigators want to read it as part of their inquiry into the allegations that police officers may have contributed to Denis Donaldson’s death. The Ombudsman has told the BBC that despite the refusal to make the journal available, investigators have uncovered “new and significant lines of inquiry which are well under way.”A solicitor for the family said they cannot understand why one law enforcement agency will not share information with another.“The family are of the view it is vital that the police ombudsman receives this journal because they believe it could contain potentially important information,” said solicitor Ciaran Shiels.“The police ombudsman’s office obviously sees it as a live line of inquiry and it’s extremely disappointing that the Garda are obstructing the investigation. “I think its ridiculous, I think it’s nonsensical, I think it’s completely illogical. The police ombudsman is only attempting to investigate an issue characterised by them as being grave and exceptional and it’s simply beyond the family’s reason as to why the garda would obstruct them.”An initial investigation by the previous ombudsman, Al Hutchinson, concluded there was no evidence of police misconduct.But a new investigation was launched last year after the BBC revealed that investigators had not been aware of the existence of the journal, and had not interviewed a Special Branch agent handler the Donaldson family believes could have information about what happened.The garda have not responded to questions from the BBC about the journal.GARDAI REFUSE TO HAND OVER SECRET JOURNAL CLAIM DONALDSON’S FAMILY was last modified: October 23rd, 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)last_img read more


first_imgThe Mayor of Donegal has said Garda management have serious questions to answer over the burglary epidemic which is sweeping the county.In a hard-hitting interview with Donegal Daily, Cllr Frank McBrearty said not enough is being done to patrol the border areas where criminals are crossing.The Mayor spokes as two more pensioners in Inishowen were terrorised in their homes overnight by a gang believed to be from Derry. Mayor McBrearty said the Garda Chief Supterintendent for Donegal and the Assistant Commissioner for the North West Division need to reassess their approach to policing here.“It is simply not working and yet another two burglaries by a gang form across the border last night is proof of that.“The high-end management have serious questions to answer. At this stage the people of Donegal are entitled to answers.“I am not advocating closing the borders because we have excellent relationships with the public in Derry but we need to man those borders now,” he said. Mayor McBrearty also slammed Donegal’s elected representatives for not raising the issue in the Dail and the Seanad.“I am the Mayor of the county and I am asking those questions. The people of Donegal deserve protection and they deserve answers,” he said.He said he did not accept that a lack of Garda manpower as an excuse for not being able to stop the spate of burglaries.“As far as I’m concerned the Gardai have enough intelligence on the ground and they know well who many of these boys are.“Ordinary Gardai are just putting in their shifts but Garda management need to direct these resources. “They need to use their resources in a more efficient way. Crime in Donegal is down when it comes to drink driving and other roads matters.“But there has been a huge jump in this type of crime and resources now need to be deployed to tackle this current issue,” he said.He added that, if necessary, the Minister for Justice Alan Shatter needs to set up a special taskforce to tackle the problem of border crime.MAYOR OF DONEGAL CLAIMS GARDAI ARE NOT DOING ENOUGH TO PREVENT BURGLARIES was last modified: January 16th, 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:burglariesdonegalGardaiMayor Frank McBreartylast_img read more


first_imgA CO Donegal woman is set to have all her hair shaved off tonight – to raise money for cancer victims.Edel Kirwan Roulston will get the barber’s treatment at Redicans Ard Ri bar.All money raised will go towards funding the Good and New Galway cancer bus which takes patients from Donegal to Galway for treatment. A good night’s craic is guaranteed with Brian Kerrigan providing the entertainment.There is also a prize raffle – with events beginning at 10pm.“A close friend and an uncle both died from cancer in the past six months so I’m doing this in their memory,” said Edel.EDEL TO SHAVE HER HEAD TO RAISE MONEY FOR CANCER PATIENT BUS was last modified: May 24th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:EDEL TO SHAVE HER HEAD TO RAISE MONEY FOR CANCER PATIENT BUSlast_img read more