1 Chelsea star Kurt Zouma Kurt Zouma has suggested it is taking Chelsea time to adjust to being the defending Premier League champions.Jose Mourinho’s side are the one the others are trying to dethrone and on Saturday lost 2-1 to Crystal Palace – the team against whom they secured the title in May.Chelsea, after a second loss in Mourinho’s 100th home league game, have four points from their opening four matches and are eight points behind rivals Manchester City.“We have to improve everything,” Zouma told Chelsea TV.“Mentally we have to improve. The season after we are champions, it’s really difficult to prepare ourselves.“To improve is more difficult, but we have to improve ourselves and keep going, keep working.”
Theo Walcott 1 Theo Walcott is still hopeful he can keep Arsene Wenger out of the transfer market over the next few hours, despite drawing a blank against Newcastle.The Gunners boss has been linked with moves for world-class forwards Karim Benzema and Edinson Cavani to bolster his frontline.But Walcott, who played as the central striker on Saturday and could not break down the ten men of Newcastle, believes he has the ability to play as a goalscoring centre-forward.“I enjoy playing anywhere in the front line,” he told Arsenal Player. “The manager gave me an opportunity and it’s a shame I couldn’t help him out there by getting those goals, but they’ll come.“I had opportunities but I just didn’t take them. Like I said before, I would on another day. If I came out and had no chances at all I would be very disappointed.“It’s good I was in there and I know can do better, but we got the three points and that’s most important.”
Liverpool and Manchester United made just one change between them from their midweek Premier League games as the two north west rivals prepared for Sunday’s clash at Anfield.You can listen to the showdown exclusively live on talkSPORT from 2.05pm BST.The hosts were the side to make that alteration, with Lucas Leiva coming into replace Jordon Ibe who drops to the bench alongside Christian Benteke.United are unchanged from the 3-3 draw at Newcastle, which means no place for either Juan Mata or Memphis Depay in Louis van Gaal’s starting XI.Could this be a potentially pivotal day in the race for the top four?Liverpool team: Mignolet, Clyne, Toure, Sakho, Moreno, Lucas, Henderson, Can, Milner, Lallana, Firmino.Manchester United team: De Gea, Young, Smalling, Blind, Darmian, Schneiderlin, Fellaini, Lingard, Herrera, Martial, Rooney Lucas Leiva 1
Guillermo Varela (right-back) – The Uruguayan youngster has made three appearances this season for the Red Devils and with more defensive injuries, he could see himself in regular action soon enough. Rio Ferdinand has spoken about his attack minded tendencies and Zinedine Zidane loved the player while he was on loan at Real Madrid Castilla, insisting hed make it to the top. 5 Will Keane (striker) – If Louis van Gaal is worried about a lack of goals at Manchester United he should give Keane a role in his side. He wasnt that prolific for Preston North End earlier this season while out on loan but appears rejuvenated back at Old Trafford having scored four goals in three games. Find out which five Manchester United starlets could save them a fortune, starting with James Weir (midfielder). Click the right arrow for more… – The 20-year-old is currently impressing for Man Uniteds Under-21s and has even captained the side. Hes creative and economical with possession, while also quick of foot. He was on the bench for their 3-3 draw with Newcastle and could craft chances if given an opportunity by Louis van Gaal. He scored for their Under-21s in their latest victory, which was a 1-0 win over Sunderland. Andreas Pereira (midfielder) – The Brazilian starlet is clearly very talented and is already a regular fixture on Manchester Uniteds bench but has still only made three appearances as a substitute in the Premier League. In cup competitions he has two starts and two substitute showings, while he also grabbed a goal against Ipswich in the League Cup. Many Man United fans would welcome his skill and guile in midfield. 5 Manchester United are currently floundering in fifth place in the Premier League and a transfer window boost is the shot in the arm they need.Currently, though, the Red Devils seem unlikely to do big business this month so it might be up to some homegrown starlets to provide some joy at Old Trafford before the season ends.Man United’s academy has come in for some stick recently as their Under-18s underperform, but players like Cameron Borthwick-Jackson and Paddy McNair have featured regularly this year and done well.And there are plenty of other youngsters in Warren Joyce’s impressive Under-21 side who could bring some sparkle, and some steel, to the first-team before the end of the campaign.So who are these youngsters? talkSPORT takes a look.Click the right arrow above to see five starlets who could save Manchester United a fortune this January… 5 5 5 Callum Gribbin (midfielder) – Dont let Gribbins slight figure sway you, the midfielder is extremely promising. Excellent with a set-piece, creative and able to produce brilliant moments with his sleight of foot, the 17-year-old is pretty strong too, despite his slender frame. Hes adding to his work-rate and his defensive ability as he develops too.
IT’S called Oileán na Marbh – island of the dead – and but for local man Seamus Boyle perhaps its history would have been lost forever.The small rocky outcrop near Carrickfin was where stillborn babies banned from consecrated ground by the Church for centuries were buried.On Sunday afternoon more than 200 people gathered at the beach overlooking the island before descending for a brief prayer service. Amongst them was Kathleen Hannon whose great-aunt is buried there. “It’s a very sad place,” she said. “But it is also now a peaceful place now that it is recognised.”Pilgrims then left the island of the angels and walked back to the beach, crossing a rising tide as they went.And on shore a touching service took place led by Father Michael Herrity and Church of Ireland representative Margaret Boyd.Mr Boyle had first heard about babies being buried on the island more than 50 years ago whilst out fishing with his uncle. Three years ago he decided with others to do something to mark the past by erecting a cross and stone there.This was the third year in a row that people have gathered to remember those 500 babies which are thought to be buried there.Said Seamus: “It is an uplifting occasion now. I wanted people to know about this place before it was lost to the next generation.”PICTURES: MOVING CEREMONY AT OILEÁN NA MARBH was last modified: August 14th, 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:carrickfindonegaloileán na marbh
CASTLEFINN LOCAL NOTES Whist: results for the 19-06-13. Ladies 1st tie Mai Hamilton Raphoe & Kathleen Duffy Stranorlar with 167. 3rd Bridie Campbell Castlederg 166. Gents 1st Patsy Mc Daid St Johnston 174. 2nd Joe Corry Castlederg 165. 3rd John Mc Granaghan Castlederg 164. 1st Half Brian Huston Strabane 88. 2nd Half Bridie Mc Neill Ballybofey 89. Snowball next week €50 for 188 or better, everyone welcome. Robert Emmets Club Notes Lotto & Bingo Friday 21/6/13, Numbers: 1, 19, 21, 26. No winners of the €100. Next week the Lotto Jackpot is €1,700. Next week’s Bingo Snowball is €1,680. Robert Emmets encourages all members to support our bingo through the summer months. Men’s Teams: The senior team now undefeated in the last three games collected another point in the league away to Naomh Ultan on Saturday night drawing 3-8 to 2-11. Na Rossa host Robert Emmets next week in the championship Quarter Final 1st leg. Underage: It was another impressive week for the club at underage level. The under 10’s played three games and won them all on Saturday morning in Mac Cumhaill Park. The Under 14 Boys put an impressive performance to defeat Milford 4-11 to 3-13 after extra time, winning by a point in the end. The U-14’s will now play Naomh Colmcille of Newton in the Championship Final (fixed for Monday 24th). The U-14 Girls team battled hard, but lost out to a strong Glenfin team on Thursday. The PRO’s encourage all under age team managers to get in touch with fixtures and results please! DD LOCAL: CASTLEFINN COMMUNITY NEWS was last modified: June 25th, 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:DD LOCAL: CASTLEFINN COMMUNITY NEWS
Former Tottenham defender Benoit Assou-Ekotto is set to join Metz.The Cameroon international moved to Saint Etienne last summer after having his contract terminated by Spurs in February 2015.The left-back signed a one-year deal with the French club and he is now set to be on the move again.Metz, according to France Football, will be Assou-Ekotto’s latest club after he agreed to join the newly-promoted Ligue 1 side.The 32-year-old will sign a one-year contract with Metz and the deal could be concluded by Friday this week. Benoit Assou-Ekotto in action for Tottenham 1
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Some call it treason Re: “Bin Laden alive and taunting U.S. on tape” (Jan. 20): Proof that anti-war Democrats are undermining the War on Terror, and aiding and abetting our enemies is openly demonstrated in bin Laden’s 19th and most recent propaganda recording. The tape, predictably aired by the jihadists’ preferred news agency, Al-Jazeera, includes references to “Bush misled and lied,” “al-Qaida is winning in Iraq due to U.S. financial and human losses” and “polls show majority of Americans want U.S. troops out of Iraq.” Such Democrat leaders as Kennedy, Pelosi, Reid, Gore, Sheehan, Dean, Murtha, Durben and their clients in the Bush-hating elite media should take partisan pride in having scripted and proliferated propaganda points for our sworn enemy, al-Qaida, in a time of war. – Paul Taylor Los Angeles Useless investigation Re: “Feds try to google Google” (Jan. 20): Go! Go! Google. Keep protecting our right to privacy, and shame on Yahoo, MSN and AOL for capitulating to the government’s demands for their search records. With the Bush administration’s track record of playing fast and loose with the facts, are we to believe they want to mine search engines to “estimate the prevalence of online material … deemed harmful to minors”? It certainly sounds like a ploy to dig for anything they “deem” suspect, including terrorists. I’ve googled “Osama bin Laden,” “al-Qaida” and others to spell-check so my letters to the editor are not error-filled. Does that make me a terrorist or sympathizer? If they really want to keep us safe, how about protecting us (and NSA’s computers) from spam and pop-ups? – Sandy Sand West Hills Re: “Clinton White House officials accused in possible cover-up” (Jan. 19): The article on the Barrett report just blew my mind. “Clinton White House officials accused in possible cover-up.” Twenty-one million dollars spent over more than a decade investigating the Cisneros case and ending with “no definite conclusion.” The man was found guilty but pardoned by Clinton. We know that. We knew that over a decade ago. To spend $2l million over that period of time just proves how viciously vindictive some are in trying to smear the Clinton administration. Just remember those were our tax dollars that supported Barrett and his staff for all those years. Thank goodness the present administration’s guilt is so obvious. – Marilyn Sims Reseda Counting Pluto dust Re: “NASA craft blasts off on 9-year trip to Pluto” (Jan. 20): How exciting! Will somebody please tell me how important is it to spend $700 million to send a dust counter to Pluto? Seems to me that $700 million could go further to feed poor children or even rebuild New Orleans. Is Pluto that important? What a waste. – Earl D. Howitz North Hills Day-laborer center Re: “New day-laborer center OK’d” (Jan. 19): I am appalled the City Council is encouraging the hiring of day laborers by setting up these centers and coercing business such as Home Depot to financially support them. These workers are neither licensed nor insured and compete unfairly with legitimate businesses that carry workers’ comp insurance, pay taxes, etc. And I suspect that a large percentage of these day laborers are also undocumented aliens. I am not a construction worker or contractor, just a homeowner who believes illegal activities (however noble) are still illegal. I do appreciate that I will not have to drive through crowds on the sidewalk trying to get some work, but perhaps there should be a law prohibiting congregating on the sidewalks soliciting employment. – Harry N. Hirschensohn Sherman Oaks Assisted suicide Thursday’s Daily News Poll result that 52 percent of respondents don’t believe in assisted suicide is typical. My own poll shows that this crowd is usually on the wrong side of every issue, whether it’s torture, spying, turning a blind eye to killing civilians in false wars, allowing big business to outsource and pollute, and a host of other issues. Here’s my message to you “Holier Than Thous”: If, at the end of my days, I am wracked in pain or hopelessly losing my faculties and I choose to meet my end peacefully … and if anyone interferes … they’re coming with me! – Chuck Heinold West Hills Pandemic? Re: “State braces for pandemic” (Jan. 19): The blaring headline gave me the clear impression that a raging surge of bird flu cases was just over the border in Arizona and would be here any day now. Although the second paragraph stated that no cases have yet to be reported in the U.S., that it’s not known to spread between humans, and that a pandemic would only be likely should the virus mutate, your headline attributed an alarmist sense of urgency that is inappropriate at best and irresponsible at worst. Wouldn’t it have been more accurate and reassuring to just state that state health officials have released a draft of a contingency plan to implement emergency procedures in case it becomes necessary? – Janet Hedke Saugus Live and learn I’ve been reading the Editorial section of the Daily News since it was the Green Sheet, and never a week has gone by without an article or letter to the editor about the terrible woes of the LAUSD. When in this lifetime (hopefully) are they going to sort themselves out? What was so wrong with McGuffy’s Reader (or equivalent), times tables, spell-downs and teachers who were allowed to teach their students? Any teacher who actually wants to dive into this morass has to be either insane or admirably courageous and dedicated. My high schools in Chicago had 48 desks bolted to the floor in each classroom, and, by George, we were bolted to ’em until we learned. Our parents had no lines except to “encourage” us to behave and to see that we learned. – Vicki Wagner Sherman Oaks Mean revisited Re: “Mean definition” (Your Opinions, Jan. 19): The two dictionary definitions of the mean as an arithmetic average and as the midpoint (median) of a distribution are not necessarily inconsistent. The mean is in fact the median when the distribution is symmetric about its midpoint. In the case of a set of numbers, the average and the median are always the same when the numbers on either side of the midpoint are symmetrically spaced about it. For example, the average, or mean, of 10, 20, 50, 80, 90 is 50, which is also the same as the median. I emphasize this is only true for data symmetrically distributed about the midpoint. I hope this clears up the confusion. – Ron Siskind Sherman Oaks The secret name How has it escaped the collective minds of intelligentsia that Arnold is an anagram of Ronald? – Vince Garofalo Burbank Singing the anthem The singer who will sing the national anthem at the Super Bowl has been announced. I hope sheet music was given to that person with the request our anthem be sung exactly as written. Nothing gripes me more than a singer changing our national anthem to his or her version. When the song is sung correctly, I get goose bumps. Any ninth-grader can sing the song right; why can’t the professionals? Wouldn’t it be great for the 300-million-plus Americans and our fighting men abroad to be able to stand proud as our national anthem is presented to the world? – Truett Sparkman Woodland Hills The money is nothing Regarding the various letters on the price tag on the Iraq war. This price tag is nothing when you look at the lives lost and, above all, the damage to American credibility. Can we ever regain that lost image? What is the face we have to show God in whom we trust? – Paramjit Singh Lancaster 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Los Angeles County fire Capt. Jim Bettencourt, stationed just south of Gorman, watched outdoors Friday as light snow fell. “It’s lightly snowing now,” he said at midmorning. “It’s not really sticking yet, but we’ll see.” Bettencourt has learned from experience to dress warm on days like this. “I’m wearing three layers – two pairs of socks and turnout boots,” he said. “I have gloves and a beanie – my blue beanie doesn’t look too professional with all yellow, but it works for me.” Bettencourt said his crew was out at 5 a.m., when a car had spun out on an icy Gorman bridge, and was stunned that motorists passed at 60 mph. “They’ve got to slow down when the weather’s like this,” he said. Charles F. Bostwick, (661) 267-5742 [email protected] 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 MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant The National Weather Service predicted that up to an inch of snow could fall today on the Antelope Valley, and 2 to 6 inches on the foothills around it. The snow level was predicted to be around 2,500 feet today, rising to 3,000 feet Sunday. Snow at 3,000 feet is still low enough to snarl traffic on the Antelope Valley Freeway, which tops 3,200 feet at its highest point between Acton and Agua Dulce. Downtown Palmdale is at about 2,700 feet, central Lancaster about 2,400 feet and Pearblossom about 3,100 feet. A chance of rain or snow persists through Tuesday, the Weather Service said. Caltrans crews and city workers were on standby with little-used snowplows ready to be put into commission. To the west in Frazier Park, schools closed as 2 inches of the white stuff lay on the ground by midmorning, with much more to come. PALMDALE – Snow flurries and hail came and went Friday in the Antelope Valley as a cold storm blew into Southern California from the Gulf of Alaska. Highway 58 through the Tehachapi Mountains was closed overnight but reopened Friday morning with California Highway Patrol officers escorting motorists to make sure they didn’t drive too fast on the slippery pavement. CHP officers also escorted Interstate 5 traffic through Tejon Pass because of light snow. “At this point we haven’t really seen any significant increase in the amount of incidents,” CHP traffic management center Officer Francisco Villalobos said Friday.