Arsenal stun AC to ease pressure on Wenger

first_img0Shares0000Arsenal’s win came at the perfect time for manager Arsene WengerMILAN, ITALY, Mar 8 – Arsenal claimed an impressive 2-0 victory at AC Milan in their Europa League last 16, first leg on Thursday to ease some of the pressure on under-fire manager Arsene Wenger.Henrikh Mkhitaryan drove Arsenal into a 15th-minute lead with his first goal for the club, and a shellshocked Milan fell further behind before half-time as Aaron Ramsey waltzed through to score. Wenger desperately needed a positive result after coming under pressure for a run of four straight defeats, and he got just that against a Milan side who saw a 13-match unbeaten run ended.Gennaro Gattuso’s seven-time European champions now have it all to do ahead of the second leg at the Emirates in seven days’ time.But Arsenal, 13 points adrift of the top four in the Premier League, will be confident of continuing their bid to return to the Champions League by winning Europe’s second-tier competition for the first time.Arsenal started brightly at the San Siro but were lucky not to concede a penalty when Hakan Calhanoglou stayed on his feet despite appearing to have been fouled by onrushing Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina.Arsenal, though, return home with two away goals, one foot in the last eight and their shattered confidence very much restored.Just moments later Arsenal broke the deadlock, as Mesut Ozil fed Armenian Mkhitaryan, a January signing from Manchester United, to cut inside and fire in a shot which deflected past home keeper Gianluigi Donnarumma off Leonardo Bonucci.The Gunners grew in confidence after that strike, with Donnarumma making two good saves late in the opening period to deny Calum Chambers and Danny Welbeck, before Mkhitaryan hit the crossbar.But the visitors did double their advantage before the interval, as Ramsey ran onto Ozil’s perfectly-weighted through ball and rounded Donnarumma to tap into an empty net.Milan improved in the second half, but wasted their best chances, failing to truly test Ospina.Giacomo Bonaventura scooped a shot over when he should have done better, while Suso drilled a left-footed strike out for a throw-in.Colombian keeper Ospina did well to beat Nikola Kalinic to a through ball when the substitute looked to be in on goal, as Arsenal closed out a much-needed win.– Salzburg shock Dortmund –Borussia Dortmund slumped to a shock first-leg 2-1 loss at home to Salzburg, although Andre Schurrle’s second-half strike did cut the deficit ahead of next week’s return game in Austria.Kosovo international Valon Berisha scored twice shortly after half-time to put Salzburg in control, the first from the penalty spot, and leave German giants Dortmund facing a surprise exit.La Liga title challengers Atletico Madrid eased to a 3-0 victory over Lokomotiv Moscow at the Wanda Metropolitano.Diego Simeone’s side, who were dumped out of the Champions League in the group stage after finishing behind Roma and Chelsea, put themselves in a dominant position thanks to goals from Saul Niguez, Diego Costa and Koke.Spanish international Costa has now scored six goals for Atletico since returning to the club from Chelsea in January.Brazilian defender Marcelo scored the only goal as last season’s semi-finalists Lyon grabbed a 1-0 win at CSKA Moscow, as they look to go one better this term with the final at their Groupama Stadium.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Argentina hoping it’s Messi’s year at World Cup

first_img0Shares0000Enrique Dominguez, former coach of Argentine football star Lionel Messi at Newell’s Old Boys, describes the moment he first saw 10-years-old prodigy © AFP / EITAN ABRAMOVICHROSARIO, Argentina, May 29 – Twenty years ago Enrique Dominguez was coaching 10-year-olds at Newell’s Old Boys in Argentina when he saw Lionel Messi for the first time. He remembers it still: “He was a gift of life!”Sitting in the empty stands of the Rosario club now as a 67-year-old, Dominguez gets emotional at the memory. “What was special about Leo was his naturalness. Leo was the natural leader of his group of companions.” While coach Dominguez gave his 10-year-old charges instructions, Messi would listen while juggling a ball, eager to start training.“Messi is exceptional. The best in history. He competes against himself, his own records.”The impishness he brings to a football pitch was there even as a kid. Dominguez says that in those days he was fat and wore a red tracksuit for coaching, so Messi nicknamed him “Santa Claus”.Though admired the world over for his raw talent, Messi still trails behind the legendary Diego Maradona in the Argentine psyche.But that would all change if Messi finally won a World Cup, says Dominguez.Children playing for the junior team at Newell’s Old Boys, following in the foot steps of Argentine star Lionel Messi who played there as a child © AFP / EITAN ABRAMOVICH“Russia is the last chance with Messi as the top star of the national team and the world,” he says.Lifelong friend and neighbour Diego Vallejos still lives in Rosario’s Estado de Israel street. He remembers them hanging around together as kids.“Leo was naughty, mischievous. In football, he was better than everyone.” When it rained, and “when the streets around here were flooded we played with water up to our knees.”Like everyone in Rosario, Vallejo is hoping this will be Messi’s year.“What I want most is for Leo to win a World Cup, which will be his achievement. Argentina is going to have many more World Cups but I want this one to be his, ” said Vallejos, who was born in 1986, the year Maradona came to greatness as a World Cup winner — the stamp of greatness that still eludes Messi.Diego Vallejos, childhood friend of Argentine football star Leonel Messi, says he hopes his friend will bring back the World Cup from Russia © AFP / EITAN ABRAMOVICHIn the working class Las Heras neighbourhood, Messi’s house stands empty now, its facade shabby.On the street corner, a mural brings together several symbols of Argentina. There is Messi, fingers pointing to the sky in a typical goal celebration, Maradona, the Falkland Islands and the Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo.– Bigger than Maradona-In 2000, the Messis were going through financial hardship. Three years earlier, endocrinologist Diego Schwarztein had detected a hormone deficiency and prescribed daily injections.His father Jorge had lost his job as a metalworker, and the family were unable to pay for treatment for young Lionel’s growth hormone disorder.Neither were Argentine clubs willing to take a gamble.Barcelona stepped in for the 13-year-old. The family moved to Spain, and the rest is history.In the Catalan capital, he began a treatment that boosted his height by several centimetres to 1.69 metres, (5 foot, 5 inches).Schwarztein told Messi: “Don’t worry, you’ll be taller than Maradona. I don’t know if you’ll be better, but you’ll be bigger.”At the time, Messi’s family feared he would be too small to play professional football.Schwarztein told AFP he could never have imagined his shy patient would be a five-time winner of FIFA’s Ballon d’Or.He dreams now of seeing him becoming a World Cup winner in Russia, happy in the knowledge that he will have played his own small part.“Leo is neither my disciple nor my protege, but I feel part of his story,” he said.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

€1million fund announced for western digital hubs

first_imgA one million euro fund has been announced to create a network of Enterprise Hubs and Digital Spaces from Co Donegal to Co Kerry.The fund is part of a new strategy to invest in tech, connect digital working hubs, and promote the quality of life in the Atlantic Economic Corridor (AEC) on the West Coast of Ireland.Minister of State at the Department of Rural and Community Development, Seán Canney TD, has announced the €1 million funding today, which is intended to link economic hubs and catchments of the region. Speaking at the launch of the Western Development Commission’s (WDC) new five year Strategic Plan ‘Work Smarter, Live Better’ in Ballinasloe, Co. Galway, Minister Canney said: “Through Project Ireland 2040, the Government has set out targets for regional population and jobs growth to ensure that our national development is more evenly balanced throughout the country. “The €1 million in funding which I am announcing today for a network of enterprise hubs and digital working spaces along the Atlantic Economic Corridor will help to drive economic development and contribute to our regional development goals.  The initiative will help to attract more people and more investment to the western part of Ireland, which is a vibrant area of innovation and entrepreneurship, as well as being a great place to live.”The €1 million in funding for the Hub Network is in addition to additional funding of €500,000 received by the Western Development Commission to enhance their capacity to support innovative and strategic regional development initiatives in the West.    €1million fund announced for western digital hubs was last modified: April 15th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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

Glendale district may seek bond-issue vote

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventOfficials stress that before any decision can be made about placing a bond measure on the ballot, they need to do their homework and decide if it’s worth it. Last month, a Glendale Unified School District advisory bond committee reported that the district has nearly $269 million in unmet construction and modernization needs. They include: Rebuilding Columbus Elementary School. Renovating and modernizing cafeterias and kitchens. Modernizing class buildings at Clark Magnet High. GLENDALE – Needing $269 million for school construction projects, Glendale Unified officials are quietly considering another bond measure for when Measure K funds run out. Voters gave the district $186 million in 1997 by approving the measure. But those funds – and another $166 million the district has received from the state and other sources – will run out within three years. School officials maintain they haven’t wasted the $352 million the district has spent or is spending on school construction. But they say more is needed. “We never set out to build a Mercedes. We set out to build a Chevy, and we built a good Chevy,” said Stephen Hodgson, chief business and financial officer. “But we have work that continues to need to be done.” Upgrading the main classroom building and auditorium at Crescenta Valley High. District officials said they leveled with the public in 1997 and made it clear Measure K wouldn’t fund all needs. And they want to survey residents before they make any decisions on a second bond. They also said the Measure K money was well-spent and the district learned how to tackle projects. “That’s one of the arguments for going forward now with the bond is you have the momentum built up,” school board member Pam Ellis said. “And you have the capacity now with the district for going forward with building projects.” GUSD’s biggest Measure K project was a $45 million renovation of Crescenta Valley High. It also spent $26 million on a joint project with the city to renovate Edison Elementary School and put a branch library and other services there. (818) 546-3304160Want 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


first_imgThe top four teams in the league standings all  recorded victories this weekend in the Ulster Senior League. Table toppers Derry City who  have a four point cushion at the summit recorded a 3-1 home victory over Buncranna Hearts.Cockhill Celtic, Fanad United and Letterkenny Rovers collected all the points in their away victories. Cockhill won 2-1 in Ramelton against Swilly Rovers,  Fanad United  defeated Drumkeen United by the same score line  at St Patricks Park and Letterkenny Rovers came out on top in a Letterkenny Derby against Bonagee United by 4 goals to 1 at  Dry Arch Park.  In the DPD Ulster Senior League Division One this weekend, Kildrum Tigers beat Swilly Rovers  by  4 goals to 1 and the other game between Drumkeen United and Bonagee United was abandoned due to an injury to a Drumkeen defender. RESULTS4LANTERNS ULSTER SENIOR LEAGUE Derry City 3-1 Buncranna HeartsBonagee United 1-4 Letterkenny RoversSwilly Rovers 1-2 Cockhill CelticDrumkeen United 1-2 Fanad United DPD ULSTER SENIOR LEAGUE DIV ONEKildrum Tigers 4-1 Swilly RoversDrumkeen United v Bonagee United-Abandoned   FIXTURES4 LANTERS ULSTER  SENIOR LEAGUEWEDNESDAY 27TH JUNEKildrum Tigers v Drumkeen United  Letterkenny Rovers v Buncranna HeartsDerry City v Swilly RoversFanad United v Bonagee United Action photos from Bonagee United v Letterkenny Rovers game SOCCER: ULSTER SENIOR LEAGUE ROUND-UP was last modified: June 24th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:SOCCER: ULSTER SENIOR LEAGUE ROUND UPlast_img read more

How Chelsea could look next season if ban forces summer spending spree

first_img Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ 6 Latest Transfer News Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January REVEALED huge blow Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions 6 REVEALED The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star RANKED The signing of midfielder Bertrand Traore is just one of 14 cases under the microscope as the Blues found themselves caught up in the Football Leaks document drop.Chelsea have insisted: “The club has fully cooperated with FIFA and provided comprehensive evidence demonstrating its compliance with the applicable FIFA Regulations.”However, if the club are punished, they could find themselves unable to sign anyone between January 2020 and 2022. targets Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade According to The Sun, FIFA give teams one window notice of a ban, meaning any sanction imposed before the end of this year would only come into effect next summer.Previously, though, clubs have appealed, delaying implementation for a further window, although so far the governing body’s rulings have been upheld.It means that any ban for Chelsea would be unlikely to come into effect until January 2020.Given the uncertainty over the future of star man Eden Hazard, the Blues would have to splash the cash this summer to keep up with their rivals in the event of a ban as they would be unable to sign an adequate replacement for him.The player could therefore get a bumper new deal in a bid to convince him to stay put and ignore possible interest from Real Madrid. IN DEMAND So who would they get?Chelsea have adapted to manager Maurizio Sarri’s methods almost instantly, with their high press and possession-based style a total departure from Antonio Conte’s counter-attacking philosophy.Their unbeaten start to the season leaves them just four points behind league-leaders City after 12 games and Sarri’s thoughts will begin to turn to the winter transfer window.Besides Jorginho, Mateo Kovacic and Kepa Arrizabalaga, Sarri is working with players he inherited, moulding people like Ross Barkley into his ideal footballer.While that process has gone better than he perhaps would’ve expected, Sarri will be keen to bring in more ready-made talent to complete his ‘Sarri-ball’ transformation at Stamford Bridge. Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade REVEALED MONEY LATEST 6 targets center_img Chelsea could be forced to launch a summer spending spree as they face the threat of a potential transfer ban.FIFA investigators have suggested the club could be prevented from buying anyone for two years after scrutiny of their under-18 signings policy. Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Sandro is rated among the best full-backs in Europe Chelsea will have to fend off interest from Manchester United for Icardi, with the Red Devils also keen to bolster their options up front.And in another transfer battle, the Blues are expected to win their race with Liverpool for Borussia Dortmund starlet Christian Pulisic.According to the Daily Mail, the 20-year-old American, who impressed during the USA’s 3-0 defeat to England at Wembley last week, is set to join Chelsea.The £70million-rated winger would provide a long-term option to eventually replace Willian and Pedro on the Chelsea right. 6 Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move moving on 6 ADVICE 6 Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Christian Pulisic is rumoured to be on his way to west London Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Marco Icardi will apparently cost Chelsea £90million Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea revolution has enjoyed a promising start The Blues are known to be admirers of Juventus left-back Alex Sandro, who could be brought in for more than £60million to challenge Marcos Alonso.And finally, Chelsea would be likely to try and make Kovacic’s loan deal from Real Madrid a permanent move in the region of £45million.So, if the Blues are willing to splash the cash and secure their targets, this is how they could line up: LIVING THE DREAM Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won RANKED no dice Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Chelsea will be desperate to avoid losing Hazard The most urgent problem is undoubtedly the centre-forward position. Despite showing signs of a resurgence, Alvaro Morata remains short of confidence and the Chelsea faithful are running out of patience.Inter’s Marco Icardi is understood to be the club’s number-one choice, with the Serie A giants reportedly demanding a staggering £90million for the striker.The Argentine, 25, has started the season in red-hot goalscoring form, scoring 10 goals in 12 games. BEST OF Latest Football Newslast_img read more


first_imgTHIS video has been on YouTube for three months now – and claims to show a motorbike nut doing a shocking 150mph. If true – and there are no dials featured to see the speed – then it is absolute madness.Let’s hope the Gardai catch him or her. DDTV: BIKER CLAIMS TO DO 150MPH ON DONEGAL ROAD was last modified: December 19th, 2011 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:DDTVspeeding bikerlast_img read more


first_imgDaniel O’Donnell, the only celebrity to be interviewed by all FOUR Late Late Show presenters, said he hopes the RTE show will go on forever.The singer, who was interviewed by Gay Byrne, Pat Kenny, Gerry Ryan and Ryan Tubridy, will appear on the show’s 50th anniversary special tonight.The Donegal entertainer told that all presenters brought a unique style to the show. “Somebody reminded me that I am the only person to be interview on the show by all four presenters.“Of course Gerry presented the show when Pat’s mother passed away and it was sad that he died.“All four were very different presenters but they all brought their own unique style to the programme,” he said.Daniel said his earliest memory of The Late Late Show was when his sister Margaret (Margo) appeared with Gay Byrne in the late 1960s. “I was only a boy and Margaret was only 16 or 17 and it was such a huge deal.“We all sat around the television and watched her and we jus couldn’t believe she was on the show.“When she came home to Donegal we had a big party for her.“Even now when I go on the show I get a little nervous because it is the biggest show on Irish telelvision,” he said.The singer said he estimates that he has been on the show on up to 20 occasions. However he says the occasion that sticks most in his mind is the show which Pat Kenny hosted for the victims of the Omagh Bombing.“I was singing on the show that night and it is something I will never forget. It was such a touching occasion.“People have their own favourite Late Late Shows but there are really so many great moments that it’s difficult to pick one which really stands out,” he said.Daniel said he hopes the Late Late Show will go on forever saying it was “part and parcel” of Irish society now. “People said that when Gay left it wouldn’t be the same and they said the same when Pat left.“I know numbers might be down but there is so much choice on television channels these days that people can choose whatever they want to watch.“But I think the Late Late Show has and always will be part of Irish culture and I hope it continues,” he said.DANIEL SAYS HE HOPES THE LATE LATE SHOW GOES ON FOREVER was last modified: June 1st, 2012 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:daniel o’donnellLate Late Showlast_img read more


first_imgA Co Donegal man has been awarded one of Ireland’s top legal awards.Kevin McLaughlinKevin McLaughlin has been awarded Litigation Specialist of the Year 2013 by the Irish Institute of Credit Management at the annual IICM Credit Awards held at the Conrad Hotel on 22nd November 2013.Kevin, from Malin Head, works for Hugh J. Ward & Co Solicitors & Credit Management Outsource Solutions (CMOS) Limited Hugh Ward commented, “This reflects Kevin’ knowledge, expertise and contribution to the legal aspects of our full end to end credit management services and I wish to congratulate Kevin on behalf of all our 51 staff members and clients.” Kevin McLaughlin, Chief Operations Officer of Hugh J Ward & Co Solicitors and Credit Management Outsource Solutions (CMOS) Limited said, “I am absolutely delighted to have been recognised by the Irish Institute of Credit Management in this way.“We see winning this award as a reflection of our commitment to providing our clients with exemplary service as well as balancing the needs of their debtors in a fair and balanced way.”Kevin is a graduate of the Letterkenny Institute of Technology.  LEGAL EAGLE KEVIN WINS TOP AWARD was last modified: November 28th, 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:Kevin McLaughlinMalin Headlast_img read more

Donegal patients to benefit as Hydrotherapy pool restored at hospital

first_imgThe HSE has confirmed that hydrotherapy pool facilities have been reinstated at Our Lady’s Hospital in Manorhamilton.The hydro pool, which had to cease patient referrals from Donegal and elsewhere a number of weeks ago due to on-going mechanical issues, is now fully operational following an extensive upgrade.Welcoming the news, Deputy Pearse Doherty said “In September, I was contacted by a number of constituents who brought it to my attention that they had scheduled appointments cancelled for the hydrotherapy pool suite at Manorhamilton and staff advised them that the cancellations were as a result of re-occurring mechanical problems with the pool. “Following these concerns, I immediately raised the matter with the Minister for Health who asked the HSE to respond directly to me with an update in relation to the issue.”He said he was delighted to now have it confirmed today by the HSE that, following the pool having undergone an extensive upgrade, the problem has now been fully resolved.He added “The facility is now operational while the pool is also fully compliant with hospital chemical safety policy which will ensure patient safety for all those using the suite.“Of course this is terrific news for patients, many of whom travel from across Donegal, and who require the use of the hydrotherapy pool as part of their treatment for conditions such as arthritis and for pain relief.” “Also, this incident further reinforces the importance of the campaign to provide an additional hydro-pool facility here in Donegal such as those proposed for Dungloe which Sinn Féin fully supports as such a facility would be of great benefit to patients here in our own county.”Donegal patients to benefit as Hydrotherapy pool restored at hospital was last modified: October 19th, 2016 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