Spain 2-0 England: Wonder strike in Alicante ends Roy Hodgson’s side’s unbeaten run

first_imgEngland’s 15-game unbeaten run came to an end on Friday as Spain ran out 2-0 winners in an international friendly in Alicante.After a goalless first half, the hosts opened the scoring with less than 20 minutes remaining, a stunning overhead strike on the turn from Mario Gaspar beating Hart who had rarely been tested beforehand.Their lead was doubled 12 minutes later as Arsenal playmaker Santi Cazorla’s low well-crafted effort beat the Manchester City goalkeeper, after a poor clearance, to bring Roy Hodgson’s side back to earth after easing through qualifying for Euro 2016.Hodgson kept to his word and named an experimental England line-up for the glamour friendly against the European champions.With Wayne Rooney rested and in-form Jamie Vardy sidelined, Harry Kane led the line and was supported by Ross Barkley, Adam Lallana and Raheem Sterling.Hart captained the side in Alicante, where Chelsea’s Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas started for the hosts.Unsurprisingly, the hosts dominated the early possession, and large amounts of the first half, but England looked defensively sturdy and dangerous on the break.Good moves saw the visitors twice go close – first Sterling blasted a shot over before Barkley dragged an effort wide.Hodgson’s side were often their worst enemy as they played their way into trouble with sloppy play.Sterling’s poor ball in the England half led to a Spanish break, with Phil Jones making a decisive block after striker Costa was found in space.The following corner saw Barcelona star Sergio Busquets volley wide, inches past the post.England’s left-hand side was a promising aspect of the match as Ryan Bertrand got forward well and linked up with Man City man Sterling.Southampton left-back Bertrand put a superb low cross along the six-yard box and Kane could not quite get to the ball to convert.Shortly after the half-hour mark, England passed a significant milestone as they went 400 minutes without conceding.Costa found space on the left-side of the 18-yard box before curling an effort past the post, but Hart had little to do in the first period.Barkley’s solo effort resulted in a good chance for the hosts before Fabian Delph strode into space ahead of the break before drilling a low 20-yard effort into the arms of Porto goalkeeper Iker Casillas, making his 165th appearance for his country.The hosts took the lead to end England’s run of not conceding and what a deserving goal it was. With 72 minutes on the clock, a floated ball to the right-hand side found Mario, who on the spin, struck the ball on the overhead kick, across goal and into the top corner.Spurs duo Eric Dier and Kane combined well when the former’s ball over the top found the striker, who controlled brilliantly before losing his balance and striking wide.The win was confirmed when Cazorla stroked the ball past Hart from the edge of the box. The England goalkeeper was incensed, as he claimed offside, but the goal stood.Rooney struck the bar late on, but England were beaten by the European holders. 1 Mario Gaspar last_img read more

Liverpool will be title contenders IF they sort out home form, claims Reds legend

first_imgLiverpool legend Ray Houghton is confident his former side can contend for the Premier League title this season if they can boost their indifferent home form.The Reds are just six points adrift of leaders Manchester City following an impressive turn of fortunes under new manager Jurgen Klopp.They have lost just once in 11 games since the German’s appointment, and their travels on the road have seen the impressive Merseysiders claims some big scalps, including a 3-1 win over Chelsea and a 4-1 drubbing at title favourites City.Their most recent trip away saw Liverpool smash Southampton 6-1 in the League Cup quarter-finals, with Daniel Sturridge scoring a brace on his return from injury and 20-year-old Divock Origi netting a hat-trick.And ex-midfielder Houghton, a League Cup winner with the Reds in 1986, believes they will have the chance to end their long wait for a league crown if Klopp finds a way to transfer their ‘quite brilliant’ away form to their Anfield home.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, Houghton said: “Liverpool’s away form this season has been quite brilliant. We’ve beaten Stoke, Chelsea, Man City, had draws at Everton, Spurs and Arsenal and the only defeat they’ve had on the road has been against Manchester United. The points return against the top teams so far has been phenomenal.“But it’s at home where they’ve struggled. We’ve won just three of the seven league games at Anfield and they haven’t scored too many goals. But if they can get a bit of form from last night into their home games, they’ll be up there.“Liverpool are playing with confidence at the moment, we’ve got a bit of momentum and the manager is bright. He just makes the game simple, he doesn’t complicate and he’s not trying to invent something new. He’s very simplistic in his views and what he puts across.“I’ve watched loads of games this season and, for me, there isn’t one team who are running away with it and you could say are definites for the title.“Liverpool are six points off the top now and they’ve played all the top teams away from home, so if they can get their home form sorted out there’s no doubt that they can be up there competing to try and win it. I don’t see any reason why you shouldn’t think that based on this season’s form.”last_img read more

‘Wenger wants to keep Wilshere company!’ – fans react to transfer rumour

first_img Daniel Sturridge 1 Reports emerged on Friday that Daniel Sturridge is ready to quit Liverpool in the summer after becoming increasingly agitated at question marks around his desire to play.The Englishman has played only five Premier League games this season, with the last time he made an appearance being at the beginning of December.Manager Jurgen Klopp is regularly questioned about Sturridge’s fitness at press conferences and has played down talk of an exit amidst Arsenal interest.However, this has caused much hilarity and ridicule on social media given the Gunners’ own poor injury record.See below for the best reaction on social media!last_img

HE CAUGHT A FISH THIS BIG

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Bruner and his fishing buddies were on a 52-foot charter boat with Capt. Robert Hill, about 70miles southwest of this beach city in the Florida Panhandle. The fishermen first noticed the big mako because it kept eating grouper and scamp they had hooked. “It was like `Jaws,”‘ Hill said. Hill hooked a two-foot amberine on as bait and tossed it out. The shark eventually hit it. After the long fight, the shark was gaffed and eventually gave up after its tail was roped. By The Associated Press DESTIN, Fla. – Six friends went to a fishing tournament looking to catch some grouper. They caught an 844-pound shark instead. The fight by Adlee Bruner and friends to pull the 11-foot mako shark onto the boat from the Gulf of Mexico took more than an hour on Saturday. But when they made it back to land, it was a record for the decades-old Destin Fishing Rodeo. “It was tense,” Bruner, 47, said about the fight to land the shark, which has a mouthful of huge, fearsome teeth. “I’ve fished for 40 years. I’ve never seen one that big.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Colbert Presidential campaign dies

first_img160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! COLUMBIA, S.C. – South Carolina Democrats squashed Stephen Colbert’s fanciful White House bid on Thursday. Colbert, who poses as a conservative talk-show host on the Comedy Central cable network, filed to get on the ballot as a Democratic candidate in his native South Carolina. His campaign paid a $2,500 filing fee just before the noon deadline, said state Democratic Party Chairwoman Carol Fowler. However, after about 40 minutes of discussion by top party officials, the executive council voted 13-3 to keep the host of “The Colbert Report” off the ballot. “He’s really trying to use South Carolina Democrats as suckers so he can further a comedy routine,” said Waring Howe, a member of the executive council. And Colbert “serves to detract from the serious candidates on the ballot.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.But state Rep. Gilda Cobb-Hunter told the committee Colbert could showcase the state “in a way that none of the other candidates on the ballot have been able to do.” “I think you’re taking this a little too seriously,” she said. When Colbert announced his candidacy on his show last month, he said he would run only in this key primary state. He said then he planned to run as a Democrat and a Republican – so he could lose twice. The GOP filing fee is $35,000; the deadline was Thursday night. Democrats say he will get his $2,500 back. last_img read more

Crisis mode

first_img160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Sure, Los Angeles has seen a city budget surplus of $1 billion evaporate and a $300 million deficit take its place, but this is not a crisis – at least that’s what City Administrative Officer Karen Sisson says. “`Crisis,’ to me, implies that you haven’t thought about it and you don’t know how to get out of it,” Sisson explains. “And I think we have thought about it, and we have planned for it, so in that sense, it’s not a crisis.” Oh, that’s funny, because a few weeks ago, the City Council unanimously proclaimed the situation an “emergency,” thus enabling it to put a fraudulent phone tax on the Feb. 5 ballot. But even if we accept Sisson’s claim that something can’t be a “crisis” if city leaders have “thought about it,” that’s hardly reassuring. Because city officials don’t seem to have given the budget much thought at all. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsEven as revenues soared at an average annual rate of 5.7 percent since 2000, city leaders jacked up compensation for L.A.’s bureaucrats at an even greater 7.5 percent a year. Now they’ve signed off on 23 percent wage increases over the next five years – raises that come on top of numerous annual step increases for most employees. Meanwhile, the housing downturn is predicted to slow revenue growth to only 1.3 percent next year, and it could get worse if a recession occurs. The result: A city that’s rapidly growing broke. City leaders are now scurrying to impose the phony phone tax and siphon more money out of the Department of Water and Power. They’ve also hinted at raiding trash-hike fees that were supposed to pay for hiring of new cops. If this is what passes as “thinking” in City Hall, then this “crisis” is worse than anyone thinks. last_img

ALWAYS FIRST WITH THE GOOD NEWS: 75 NEW JOBS ANNOUNCED FOR LETTERKENNY

first_imgLETTERKENNY has been given a much-needed jobs boost with the announcement of 75 new jobs for the town.The South Carolina-headquartered company is to invest in a 40,000 sq ft expansion of its Lisnennan facility.The investment is supported by the Government via IDA Ireland. Zeus Industrial Products is a developer and manufacturer of precision polymer extrusions, including specialist fluropolymer tubing solutions, for a range of industries.Established in 1966, the company is privately held by the original founder Frank P Tourville and employs 1,200 people worldwide. The company established operations in Ireland in 2005.“Our experience of doing business in Ireland has been a positive one,” said the company’s general manager for Ireland Séamus Hughes.He said the decision to expand its operations here was due to growth in its customer base in Europe. “We are very excited about our expansion plans and I look forward to finding the right calibre of staff to ensure our continued success here,” Mr Hughes added.EndsFirst posted: 13.00 Thursday Dec 16th: Updated 10.00 FridayALWAYS FIRST WITH THE GOOD NEWS: 75 NEW JOBS ANNOUNCED FOR LETTERKENNY was last modified: December 17th, 2010 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

LARGO FOODS WILL RE-PAY GRANTS TO ÚDARAS

first_imgLocal TD Dinny McGinley after government funding was announce for the Largo plant two years agoLARGO Foods, the company which closed its crisp factory in Gaoth Dobhair with the loss of 142 jobs, has promised to re-pay grant money to Údarás na Gaeltachta.The company was given €600,000 by the organisation two years ago.Maurice Hickey, the chief executive of Largo, said any monies due back to the semi-state organisation would be paid. The money was used to buy new machinery which will now be transferred to Ashbourne in Co Meath where the makers of Tayto and Hunky Dorys has 360 other employees.Seventy Donegal workers – of the 142 facing redundancy – are being offered positions in Meath.It’s thought that up to 15 of them will decide to move.But for employees with young families and mortgaged homes in west Donegal, such a move may prove impossible.  LARGO FOODS WILL RE-PAY GRANTS TO ÚDARAS was last modified: March 15th, 2014 by John2Share 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:largo foodsÚdarás na Gaeltachtalast_img read more

Actor grateful for extraordinary role

first_img Well, what a surprise. Is Pam Anderson the one-time “Baywatch” actress turned middle-age spectacle, splitting from her third husband, Rick Salomon, after less than three months of matrimonial bliss? Salomon, most famous for being in Paris Hilton’s sex video and profiting off of it, has also been married three times – including once to Shannen Doherty. And remember, gay people in this country can’t even get married once. Previously married to Tommy Lee and Kid Rock, Pam filed divorce papers Friday. A few days later, she was seen shopping with him. Then on Monday, she posted this message on her web site: “P.S. We’re working things out.” I have my own message for Pam: P.S. Stop getting married! You don’t seem to be very good at it. Evert finds love in golfer Norman And while we are on the topic of multiple marriages, Chris Evert is hoping she will be third-time luckier in the matrimony department than three-strikes-you’re-out Pamela Anderson Lee Rock Salomon. America’s tennis-playing sweetheart during much of the ’70s and ’80s, announced her engagement over the weekend to golfer Greg Norman. Chrissie, now 53, has had a storied love life including a broken engagement to Jimmy Connors, dates with Burt Reynolds and then-President Ford’s son, Jack, marriage to British tennis player John Lloyd, an affair with British singer Adam Faith, a second marriage to Olympic skier Andy Mill. The six-time U.S. Open champion had three sons with Mill before a shock announcement in fall 2006 that they had split after 18 years. The timing was curiously close to the break-up of Norman’s 28-year marriage. Norman’s ex-wife, Laura Andrassy, has called Evert a home-wrecker but told London’s Sunday Telegraph: “I don’t really care. But if that’s what they want, then so be it.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! In the months before the acclaimed drama “The Kite Runner” opened in theaters last weekend, director Marc Forster tried to explain to the film’s star, Khalid Abdalla, that life as he knew it was about to change. “He keeps telling me, `Enjoy your anonymity while you can,”‘ Khalid told me recently. The movie, just nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign-Language Film, is based on the novel of the same name. Khalid plays Amir, a man who returns to Afghanistan under Taliban rule to heal his past after spending two decades in America. Although he’s been acting professionally since he was 15, much of Khalid’s work had been on the London stage. “The Kite Runner” is just his second film, which he shot after completing a role in “United 93.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champThe 27-year-old actor divides his time among London, Paris and Cairo but is quick to say “wherever there’s a great job, that’s where I want to be. … I want to be part of films that tell extraordinary stories whatever they may be whether they’re comic, tragic, human, horror. That’s what I want to do.” Khalid was born in Glasgow, Scotland, of Egyptian heritage and honed his acting skills while attending Cambridge University. He gives much credit to Forster – the director of “Monster’s Ball” and “Finding Neverland” among other films, for helping him transition from stage to screen. “He’s an extraordinary director,” Khalid said. “You don’t get to work with the likes of Dustin Hoffman, Kate Winslet, Johnny Depp, Emma Thompson, Halle Berry – and the list goes on and on – you don’t get to work with the likes of those people unless you are someone very, very special. He’s an extraordinary, sensitive man with a great eye on people and on the world and he’s a technical master of his craft. You feel supported no matter what you’re doing.” Third time not a charm last_img

City’s Web site smooths way

first_img Now, the left-hand side of the main page lists the most frequently searched topics on the previous Web site: jobs and employment, licenses and permits, maps and zoning, public safety, housing, and online services including paying Glendale Water and Power bills online, free bulky-item pickup and browsing the library catalog. City Clerk Ardashes Kassakhian said he’s already noticed a drop in the number of calls to his office. “We are the first stop for a lot of people to get information, and if they can’t find it on the Web site, we would get a lot of calls,” he said. “Having this information out there helps us out because we can refer people to the site, and if they are Internet users, it’s easy for them to access information right away.” Making information available easily online is becoming more and more critical for cities, as the younger population increasingly uses the Internet as its primary means of finding information, said Democratic political consultant Fred Register. “If you’re not up there with a good Web site, I think a big chunk of the residents of the city are going to be almost shut out of participation and useful information,” said Register, whose firm is in Altadena. “I think it’s something that every city is going to be forced to do if they haven’t already followed Glendale’s example. It’s just going to be the way that people get their information.” Longtime Glendale resident Brian Ellis, who remembers the city’s foray into the Web in the 1990s, said the new site makes it easy for everybody to become a part of their local government. “Glendale has always been very forward-looking with the Internet, and I think anything that makes the information easier to find or utilize is only in the community’s interest and gets the community involved,” he said. Naush Boghossian, (818) 713-3722 naush.boghossian@dailynews.com 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 MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson The city unveiled its new Web site in October, with a Google search engine and a continually updated front page. The day’s current events, from the community calendar to press releases from all of the city’s departments, are also featured. Feedback from surveys showed that users couldn’t get all the information they were looking for because it was buried layers deep, Abadi said. The old Web site required users to bring up links for various city departments to get more information on a particular subject. The face-lift has already paid off. Pre-makeover, the 5-year-old site averaged fewer than 500,000 hits a month, Abadi said. After the new site was unveiled in October, it had 807,344 unique hits, which dropped to 705,759 in November, he said. GLENDALE – Next time you want to get rid of that big old couch or lumpy mattress, you won’t have to be an expert on local government to schedule a pickup time on the city’s Web site. With the city’s new user-friendly site, residents can simply click on “Bulky-item pick-up” without having to first navigate through the “Integrated Waste” page. “We’ve always had the information on the Web site, but the previous approach was very much you had to understand government to be able to navigate our site,’ said Behrang Abadi, applications analyst for the city of Glendale. “You don’t want your waste integrated, you want your trash picked up. We tried to make the terminology more user-friendly so Joe Public could navigate the Web site without any prior knowledge of how government worked.” last_img read more