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Month: December 2019

Manchester City handed new injury blow as superstar limps out of international clash

first_img David Silva is injured on Spain duty 1 Manchester City are facing more injury woes with the news David Silva suffered an ankle injury in Spain’s 4-0 win over Luxembourg.The midfielder was forced off after just 11 minutes as he failed to run off a problem.La Roja wrapped up a win which sealed their passage to France next year, as a brace each from Santi Cazorla and Paco Alcacer saw them home.But it may have come at a cost to Man City who are already without Sergio Aguero for the next month after he also damaged his hamstring while on international duty with Argentina.A statement from Spain later confirmed Silva’s injury as “a bad sprain of the internal lateral ligament of the right ankle” and said he would definitely miss next week’s game against Ukraine.last_img read more

Colin Murray and Friends – Wednesday, December 23

first_imgEnjoy again the best bits of today’s show as Colin was joined in the studio by Steve Bunce.And don’t forget to download your brilliant FREE 2016 Colin Murray Show calendar.last_img

‘Welbeck’s a beast… he can be WORLD CLASS’ – Arsenals fans hail fit-again star

first_img Danny Welbeck in action for Arsenal against Hull City 1 [View the story “Arsenal fans are delighted to have Danny Welbeck back” on Storify]center_img Arsenal endured a disappointing afternoon on Saturday as they were held to a goalless draw by Hull City in the FA Cup.But there was something positive to come out of the game for the Gunners – the performance of fit-again striker Danny Welbeck.Having come off the substitutes bench to score a dramatic late winner against Leicester last weekend, the former Manchester United star was handed his first start in ten months.There were no goalscoring heroics from the 25-year-old this time around, but Welbeck did impress with his energy, movement and skill.Here’s what Arsenal fans had to say about his performance on Twitter… last_img read more

Weaver bright spot of series, future

first_imgOrtiz and Ramirez hit solo home runs in the fourth off Weaver, and he left on the wrong end of a 2-0 score in the sixth. The bullpen allowed seven runs in the eighth, and the offense scratched out one consolation run in the ninth. When the Angels find the time and fortitude to assess their postseason work, Weaver will likely be considered the bright spot. The Angels hit .192 as a team, scored four runs, had six extra-base hits and had more strikeouts (20) than hits (19). The bullpen allowed 10 runs in 82/3 innings of work. “The game plan was don’t throw any fastballs inside and stay in rhythm,” Weaver said. “I left that one pitch (to Ortiz) inside. There are no excuses. I felt good and thought I battled. I made some good pitches, but they have a great lineup. What are you going to do? People hit home runs.” If you pitch long enough in the American League, you’re going to eventually watch Ortiz and Ramirez tear a seam on your best fastball and relocate the ball into a different zip code. Between them, the Red Sox sluggers have hit 787 career home runs, including the postseason, off some of the greatest pitchers in baseball. When Ramirez bounced a ball off the rocks in center field, he tied Bernie Williams for the most postseason home runs in a career. Some of the pitchers on his personal top-10 list are Mike Mussina, Andy Pettitte, Randy Johnson, Roger Clemens and C.C. Sabathia. There’s no shame joining that crowd, and home runs are a part of baseball. There are 10 Hall of Famers on the all-time top 20 list for home runs allowed, not including three pitchers who will or should be in Cooperstown: Johnson, Clemens and Bert Blyleven. “I don’t know if they feed off each other,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said of the Big Papi/Man-Ram entry. “They’re trying to hit every time up whether the guy in front of them has made an out or (hit a home run). But they’re as good a 1-2 punch as there is in baseball. “I thought Jered did a terrific job out there today. He didn’t make many mistakes, but the couple he did they didn’t miss. He didn’t get his fastball to Ortiz in the zone he wanted, and with Manny he left a 3-2 curveball up in the zone, and Manny didn’t miss it.” There are more and better Octobers ahead for Weaver. He has the makeup to be a No. 1 starter and he will get better as he gains experience. In two seasons, Weaver is 24-9 with a 3.33 ERA playing in the run-happy AL. He allowed four runs or less in 23 of his 29 starts this season and he was 6-2 in August and September. He’ll really do well if the Angels can avoid the Red Sox in the postseason. The Angels don’t see red when they face the Sox, they merely go blind. They’ve now lost nine consecutive playoff games to the Sox by a combined score of 69-27 dating back to the last three games of the 1986 AL Championship Series, also known as the prequel to “Saw” for its gore and blood. The House that Ruth Built holds no spell on the Angels, but the Green Monster has beaucoup voodoo. There are easy-to-tab reasons why the Angels lost this series – the injury that sidelined Gary Matthews, Garret Anderson’s pinkeye, Casey Kotchman’s mystery illness and a sense that they’re intimidated by the Red Sox. It’s also possible to say the Angels lost this playoff series for the same reasons their seasons ended prematurely the past two seasons: The lack of a second big bat in the lineup behind Vladimir Guerrero. They’ve scored 14 runs in their past eight playoff games. “It’s a team game,” Weaver said. “We missed a lot of key players, but we have a lot of depth. We didn’t make many bad pitches but those we did hurt. We didn’t get the key hits. And when you start a series in Boston, you put a little extra weight on your shoulders. “(Mike) said there was nothing for us to hang our heads about. We were the AL West champs and had the best home record in baseball. There were a lot of positives.” Then he said something about looking forward to spring training and next season. The season’s over, but he’s still competing. [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By Bob Keisser STAFF WRITER It was 31/2 hours after his day started and a few minutes after his season ended, but Jered Weaver was still in a competitive mood. When a radio reporter said the home runs hit by David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez off Weaver on Sunday traveled 1,000 feet, the former Simi Valley High and Long Beach State pitcher said, “A thousand feet. You sure? You mapped it off?” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityAnd when he was told Ramirez has tattooed 322 different pitchers in his career, a note meant to reflect the Boston Red Sox slugger’s Bomb Club has many well-known members, it was no consolation. “Thanks for that,” Weaver said. It’s Weaver’s competitive spirit that fed optimism in the Angels and their fans that they could come back from a 2-0 AL Division Series deficit against the Red Sox, and his effort supported that belief. He struck out five in the first three innings, pitched superbly out of a pair of two-on jams in the second and fifth, and only exited in the sixth because he had thrown 95 pitches on a hot, blustery day and the Angels had no margin for error. The Angels had nothing, it turns out. last_img read more

State Department to order workers to serve in Iraq

first_imgWASHINGTON – The State Department said Friday that it will begin ordering diplomats to serve in Iraq because of a lack of volunteers to work at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, the first such large-scale call-up since the Vietnam War. Beginning Monday, 200 to 300 diplomats will be notified that they have been identified as “prime candidates” to fill 40 to 50 vacancies that will open next year at the embassy, said Harry Thomas, director general of the Foreign Service. Those notified that they have been selected for a one-year posting will have 10 days to accept or reject the position. If not enough say yes, some will be ordered to go to Iraq and face dismissal if they refuse, Thomas said. “Starting Nov. 12, our assignments panel will assign people to Iraq,” he told reporters in a conference call. “Under our system, we have all taken an oath to serve our country, we have all signed (up for) worldwide availability. It is certain to be unpopular due to serious security concerns in Iraq and uncertainty over the status of the private contractors who protect U.S. diplomats there, particularly after a deadly Sept. 16 shooting in which guards from Blackwater USA protecting an embassy convoy were accused of killing 17 Iraqi civilians. The union that represents U.S. diplomats, the American Foreign Service Association, has expressed deep concerns in the past about a possible move to what are known as “directed assignments.” But officials with the union could not be reached for comment late Friday. The move to directed assignments is rare but not unprecedented. In 1969, an entire class of entry-level diplomats was sent to Vietnam, and on a smaller scale, diplomats were required to work at various embassies in West Africa in the 1970s and 1980s. More than 1,200 of the department’s 11,500 Foreign Service officers have served in Iraq since 2003, but the generous incentives have not persuaded enough diplomats to volunteer for duty in Baghdad or with the State Department’s provincial reconstruction teams. When she ordered that Baghdad be given staffing priority, Rice had warned that unless more volunteers could be found, the department would have to implement directed assignments. “It is my fervent hope that we will continue to see sufficient numbers … volunteering for Iraq service, but we must be prepared to meet our requirements in any eventuality,” she said in an unclassified cable sent to all diplomatic missions abroad June 19.160Want 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 MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“If someone decides … they do not want to go, we will then consider appropriate action,” Thomas said. “We have many options, including dismissal from the Foreign Service.” Only those with compelling reasons, such as a medical condition or extreme personal hardship, will be exempt from disciplinary action, Thomas said. Diplomats who are forced into service in Iraq will receive the same extra hardship pay, vacation time and choice of future assignments as those who have volunteered since Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice this past summer ordered Baghdad positions to be filled before all others around the world. There are currently about 200 Foreign Service officers working in Iraq, enough to meet the current staffing requirements, but about 50 more will be needed by next summer. The decision was announced to the entire U.S. diplomatic corps in a cable sent by Thomas on Friday. last_img read more

Parents shun video-game play with kids

first_img“That game has bonded me with him,” he said of his 10-year-old son, Allen. “It’s like a whole new reality with me and him.” Overall, the survey highlighted how pervasive – yet age-related – interest in electronic gaming is today. According to the poll, in which only adults were questioned, 81 percent of children age 4 to 17 play computer or video games at least occasionally, compared with 38 percent of adults. Typically, both adult and child gamers play two hours weekly – half play more and half less – including about three in 10 who play five hours or more each week. Reflecting the technology’s relatively recent introduction, 59 percent of those age 18 to 29 play at least sometimes, double the rate for people age 50 to 64. There is little difference among users by race or region, with middle-income earners likeliest to indulge. “It’s something to take your mind off business and everything else,” said Todd Williams, 33, a salesman from Lexington, Ky., who estimates that he plays 10 hours weekly, especially interactive adventure games. “I guess it’s the time, which is seldom, that I spend alone.” Sales of games and gaming hardware are rising steadily, said David Riley, marketing director of the NPD Group, a market research firm. He estimates that video- and computer-game sales this year will total $19 billion in the U.S., up from $13.5 billion last year. Even so – and despite the publicity given to newer game consoles such as the Nintendo Wii, Sony’s PlayStation 3 and Microsoft’s Xbox 360 – the proportion of adults saying they play electronic games was virtually unchanged from April 2006, when an AP-AOL poll asked the same question.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 Besides those who simply don’t play the games with their children, an additional 30 percent say they spend less than an hour a week doing so. All told, about three in four parents of young gamers never or hardly ever touch the stuff. “I don’t think it’s good for them, the violence, the obsession,” said Karen Kimball, 55, of Hale, Minn., another nonplayer who estimates that her 17-year-old son plays 25 hours weekly. “No longer is it, `Let’s go out and throw a football.”‘ Those who game with their children are likelier to be younger, single and part-time workers than those who don’t, the poll showed. Among them is stay-at-home dad Marvin Paup, 33, of Golden Valley, Ariz., who says he plays 30 hours a week with his son and dozens more on his own. Their current favorite is “Halo 3,” a shooter game played online by thousands of players at a time. His state-of-the-art equipment includes an Xbox 360 console, surround-sound turned up “really, really loud” and a 65-inch wide-screen television, he said. WASHINGTON – Jesse Lackman says his son spends a dozen hours a week waging medieval combat across the dreary dreamscapes of computer games. Just don’t expect to find Lackman sitting beside him battling ogres and dragons. “It’s just such a waste of time,” said Lackman, 47, a power-plant operator from Center, N.D. “I tell him, `Do something that has some lasting value.”‘ Lackman’s avoidance of the digital diversions that captivate his 15-year-old son, Tyrus, is shared by many parents. More than four in 10, or 43 percent, of those whose young children play video or computer games never play along with them, according to an Associated Press-AOL Games poll released Monday. While experts debate whether electronic gaming is bad news or a blessing for children and their families, many parents are voicing their preference by never – or seldom – joining their kids when it’s time to slay cyber-scoundrels. last_img

Nevada judge orders O.J. Simpson, 2 others to trial

first_imgGalanter rejected the idea of a plea agreement and estimated that it would take a year to bring the case to trial. Stewart’s lawyer, Robert Lucherini, said he might seek to have his client’s trial separated from Simpson’s. “We’re disappointed, but we understand the judge’s decision,” Lucherini said. Ehrlich’s attorney would not comment. Bonaventure ruled hours after listening to 3 days of testimony by witnesses. Another Simpson lawyer, Gabriel Grasso, argued it was unclear whether prosecutors considered as kidnapping the act of luring two sports-memorabilia dealers to a hotel room – or whether the charge was based on a confrontation that followed. “This is clearly overcharging,” he said. Simpson, 60, has maintained that no guns were displayed during the confrontation, that he never asked anyone to bring guns and that he did not know anyone had guns. He has said he intended only to retrieve items that had been stolen from him by a former agent, including the suit he wore the day he was acquitted of murder in 1995 in the slayings of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman. Simpson and the other defendants did not testify in their own defense at the hearing. In their closing arguments, attorneys for Stewart and Ehrlich questioned the credibility of the prosecution’s witnesses. But prosecutor Chris Owens said the witnesses corroborated each other’s stories and that recordings, video and photographs supported the case. A defense lawyer contended that the case was based on the accounts of “crackheads and groupies and pimps and purveyors of stolen merchandise and gun carriers and con artists and crooks.” “These guys are bad. The court can’t ascribe any credibility to what came out of their mouths,” said attorney John Moran Jr., who represents Ehrlich. “Every witness up there was looking to sell testimony and make money off of this case,” Moran said. Owens offered no defense of their character but said, “It’s not like the state went out and found the witnesses. These are people aligned with O.J. Simpson. These are the people he surrounds himself with.” Earlier, sports-memorabilia dealer Alfred Beardsley, 45, testified that he tried to make clear to an “irritated” Simpson during the Sept. 13 confrontation that he had not stolen items from him. When the men came in the room, “somebody yelled out, `Police,”‘ Beardsley testified. “I was ordered to stand up. I was searched for weapons.” Beardsley testified that he did not steal any of the items and that he told Simpson the memorabilia came from a former partner of dealer Bruce Fromong. Simpson “felt violated and gave me a lecture,” Beardsley said. Beardsley said he was ordered to pack up the memorabilia, which had been laid out on a bed, and that the group left. He then called 911. Under cross-examination by one of Simpson’s lawyers, he blamed Simpson for the incident.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LAS VEGAS – O.J. Simpson must face trial on kidnapping, armed robbery and other charges stemming from a suspected sports-memorabilia heist, a justice of the peace ruled Wednesday. Defense attorneys had argued during a preliminary hearing that the case was based on the accounts of con artists and crooks, and they asked for the charges to be dropped. Justice of the Peace Joe M. Bonaventure ruled that all charges in the 12-count complaint would remain against Simpson and co-defendants Clarence “C.J.” Stewart and Charles “Charlie” Ehrlich. “This is what we expected,” Simpson told The Associated Press before he left the courtroom. “If I have any disappointment, it’s that I wish a jury was here. As always, I rely on the jury system.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Bonaventure acknowledged that the testimony of the witnesses was an issue to be weighed by the court and that the defense had raised questions of “bought” testimony. He said there were a number of motive and credibility issues, but that they were “not so incredible or implausible” to keep the case from a jury. Kidnapping convictions could result in a life sentence with possibility of parole. Armed robbery convictions would require some time in prison. The defendants were ordered to arraignment on Nov. 28. The case stemmed from a Sept. 13 confrontation in a casino hotel room where Simpson and a group of men are accused of stealing items from two sports-memorabilia dealers. Outside the courthouse, Simpson’s attorney, Yale Galanter, argued again that the former football star was trying only to reclaim family heirlooms and that he believed no crime was committed. last_img

Borussia Dortmund charged by UEFA over treatment of Tottenham supporters

first_img1 Borussia Dortmund fans Borussia Dortmund have been charged by UEFA after 17 Tottenham fans were injured in a crush before last week’s Europa League first leg.Fans were hurt as they struggled to enter the Westfalenstadion before the last 16 game and UEFA has now opened disciplinary proceedings against the German club.UEFA’s control, ethics and disciplinary body has charged Dortmund with blocking stairways at the ground, which would breach Article 38 of the safety and security regulations. The case will be heard on May 19.Spurs fans were treated with injuries caused by police pepper spray while another reportedly had to be carried away on a stretcher.The congestion developed as supporters were redirected towards a different entrance into the stadium shortly before kick-off.Martin Cloake, co-chairman of the Tottenham Hotspur Supporters’ Trust, told Press Association Sport: ”I’ve been going to football since the late 70s and it’s one of the worst experiences I’ve had to get into a ground.”I was very surprised because you expect it to be well organised. It’s one of the largest stadiums in Europe.”A Tottenham spokesman said: ”The misdirection of our fans by police along with the closing of turnstiles created a potentially dangerous situation. The use of pepper sprays was completely unnecessary and unacceptable.”Dortmund Police said the late arrival of Spurs fans had created unexpected pressure on the entrances, which had to be temporarily closed.A statement read: ”In order to prevent an uncontrolled entrance of the followers of Tottenham, pepper spray and baton was used by the police, in which 17 English supporters were slightly injured due to eye irritation.”Furthermore, a police officer and five employees of the security service were wounded in the course of these measures.”Tottenham lost the last 16 match 3-0, with the second leg to be played at White Hart Lane on Thursday.last_img read more

WATCH: Manchester United starlet’s SENSATIONAL rainbow flick golazo

first_imgAidan Barlow is not a name known to football fans across England, but he certainly has the skill to make it at the top of the game.Still just 16-years-old, the midfielder currently plays for Manchester United’s academy, and he recently scored a goal which any Red Devils’ first-team player would be proud of.Taking on Newcastle United’s youth team, Barlow rainbow flicked the ball over a defender’s head, before firing the ball into the back of the net.It was a sensational strike, and you can check it out above…last_img read more

Italy 2-0 Spain: Azzurri beat the holders to book Germany meeting

first_img3 From a central 22-yard position, the resulting free-kick was driven by Eder – of Inter Milan – past the wall and straight at De Gea, who fumbled the ball and failed to get it out of danger. Giaccherini flicked the ball away from De Gea’s rebound and it was bundled home by Chiellini.And it was nearly two before the break as Sunderland forward Giaccherini came in from the left, sending a curling effort across goal and towards the top corner, De Gea doing well to tip it over the bar.Del Bosque made a change at half time to get his side back into the game, Aritz Aduriz replacing Nolito.Morata had a good opportunity early in the second half with a free header inside the box but he sent the ball straight at his former Juventus team-mate Gianluigi Buffon.Eder and Pelle combined brilliantly on 55 minutes as the Southampton striker received the ball from his team-mate, flicking the return as Eder was set through on goal on the right. After breaking towards goal, his effort was poor and straight at De Gea, who made another key save to keep his country in the tie.Andres Iniesta, having a quiet game by his usually high standards, had a stunning volleyed effort on goal and Buffon made a superb save to keep his side in the lead with just over ten minutes to play.Buffon pulled off another stunning last-minute save out of the bag to deny Pique who poked a shot towards goal with an outstretched leg. As it looked like Conte’s men would see out a slim but deserved win, they sealed a two-goal advantage when Pelle volleyed home from close range in added time, booking their place in the last eight. 3 3center_img Giorgio Chiellini opens the scoring for Italy in Saint-Denis Italy booked a last-eight meeting with Germany in Euro 2016 as they put in an impressive performance to beat Spain 2-0 – live on talkSPORT.The world champions were hoping to keep their hopes of a third successive European triumph alive but Antonio Conte’s men were tactically spot on in the Stade de France meeting, creating more chances.In a repeat of the 2012 European Championship final, Giorgio Chiellini and Graziano Pelle netted past an impressive David De Gea to confirm their place in the quarter final with Germany on Saturday evening.As the rain teemed down at Saint-Denis for kick-off, the match started at a frantic pace. The first real chance came after eight minutes when Alessandro Florenzi’s in-swinging free-kick from the left was headed low by Graziano Pelle from eight yards, De Gea reacting superbly to get down low to his left to palm the ball away.Two minutes later De Gea was called into action again as he tipped Giaccherini’s acrobatic overhead kick onto the post, but a free-kick had been given for a high foot anyway.Italy continued to dominate as Spain rarely created chances in the first half. After Del Bosque’s men failed to find a way through, the side in blue made a pacy break up field. A difficult in-swinging cross was whipped in again and Marco Parolo – of Serie A side Lazio – made a late run, sending a glancing header past the post, much to the frustration of manager Conte.  Spain looked nervy as Sergio Ramos, in front of his own goal, sliced a clearance just wide of De Gea’s goal frame. They were rash and soon awarded the Azzurri a free-kick on the edge of the box after good hold-up play by Pelle on 33 minutes.last_img read more