Month: December 2019

Harry Kane targets Arsenal after ‘confident’ Tottenham extend unbeaten runHarry Kane targets Arsenal after ‘confident’ Tottenham extend unbeaten run

first_img Tottenham striker Harry Kane 1 Tottenham striker Harry Kane is adamant Spurs’ growing confidence can inspire them to victory in Sunday’s North London derby at Arsenal.Mauricio Pochettino’s side are undefeated in the Premier League since the opening day of the season [a 1-0 defeat to Manchester United] and extended their unbeaten run to ten games with a 3-1 win over Aston Villa on Monday.Arsenal have already beaten Spurs once this season, the Gunners dumping them out of the League Cup in September.But Kane – who found the net against Villa at White Hart Lane – believes Tottenham are now well placed to stun their rivals thanks to their recent form, plus a number of key absentees for Arsene Wenger.“We’re playing very well, we’re exciting, we’re a young team and we’ve got a lot of energy, and the wins will just keep giving us that, but there’s still a long way to go so we’ve got to keep trying to learn and improve,” the England striker said.“Anderlecht [in the Europa League on Thursday] is important for us so we’ve got to stay focused on that for now, but of course, everyone’s excited for the North London derby. It’s a game everyone looks forward to, both teams are playing well so it’ll be good to go and try and get a result.“We made a good statement against Man City [in a recent 4-1 victory] and followed that up pretty well with wins so we face Arsenal on Sunday going for the win, and we’re full of confidence and know we can win.“The aim is the top four but there’s still a long way to go. We’ve got to stay consistent throughout the whole season, we can’t just have a good start and fade away.”Tottenham’s second goalscorer on Monday evening – in front of Roy Hodgson – was the talented Dele Alli, 19, who is expected to be included in the next England squad for their upcoming friendly fixtures with France and Spain.His swift rise from a Football League player to international recognition is not dissimilar to Kane’s during the past season, and for all that such pressure can be difficult for a young player to handle, the forward believes that his young team-mate has the character to cope.“He’s a great player and a great lad as well,” Kane said. “He’s very focused, he’s good to have around the dressing room, he’s a bubbly character. We’re delighted for him, he’s come in this season and settled in straight away.“He’s still young, he’s still got a lot to learn, a long way to go. And yes, I was probably in that position last year so it’s great for him to have me and other players who have been through that to talk to. He’s a mature lad and I’m sure he’ll take it in his stride.“We have discussions now and then, he watched last season and he wants to go and do the same. He’s a young player with a lot of talent and he just wants to play football, and that’s what’s nice to see.“He’s been playing very well for us, he came in the last [England] squad and did very well in training and impressed, so he’s got to keep doing what he’s doing. That’s the [England] manager’s choice: all he can keep doing is having nights like he’s had [against Villa], it won’t hurt him.”last_img read more

Lakers changing defensive plansLakers changing defensive plans

first_imgIt might be easier said than done for two reasons, however. First, the Lakers big men are hurting after a week in paradise. Kwame Brown has spent more time wearing ice packs on his surgically repaired left ankle and right shoulder than scrimmaging. Chris Mihm also has been slow to rebound from ankle surgery. Second, the Lakers’ penchant for fouls was noteworthy last season. Foul trouble led to centers entering and exiting games through a rapidly spinning revolving door. What an exhibition Jackson made it clear that he’s no fan of exhibitions, although he acknowledged that they serve their purpose in preparing teams for the regular season. “They used to call them exhibitions,” he said, breaking into a sly grin. “Now they call them preseason games because they don’t want anyone to know that they’re exhibitions. But they really are just exhibitions.” Adopting a more serious tone, Jackson added: “We don’t want any players to get hurt. We want a flow to our game, but we also want our players to get into game shape. We’ll try to extend their minutes from about 24 to 32 by the end of the preseason.” Kobe or Coby? With two guys named Kobe (or is it Coby?) in camp, you might think Jackson might have a bit of trouble keeping them straight when he selects teams for scrimmages. Since an opening-day mix-up, Jackson has taken to calling free-agent rookie Coby Karl, well, Coby Karl. “I named the teams on the first day and Kobe (Bryant) said, `You named me on both teams. Which is it, black or white?’ ” Jackson said. Asked if he calls Kobe Bryant by his full name, Jackson grinned and said, “No.” Impressing at camp Jackson said Karl, the 24-year-old son of Denver Nuggets coach George Karl, and Elton Brown, a free-agent forward, were the most impressive players during the first week of training camp. “(But) neither of them has a spot on our roster,” Jackson added. The Lakers have 14 of their 18 players on their training camp roster under contract for this season. General Manager Mitch Kupchak said he might sign a 15th before the regular season begins Oct. 30. Lineup change Forwards Lamar Odom and Luke Walton are the only players who will not see action in either of the Lakers’ two preseason games in Hawaii. Odom is recovering from off season shoulder surgery and Walton is nursing a strained right hamstring. Jackson said Vladimir Radmonovic would replace Odom in the starting lineup. Around the league Nets: Reserve Bernard Robinson tore the medial collateral ligament in his left knee in practice last week. Nets president Rod Thorn had no timetable for his return. Knicks: Center Eddy Curry has a tear in his right shoulder and will miss the preseason opener against Philadelphia. He will be re-evaluated by a team doctor in New York today. Curry, who averaged 19.5 points and 7.0 rebounds last season, had an MRI Sunday at Palmetto Richland Hospital, the team said on its Web site. Nuggets: Guard Anthony Carter will undergo surgery to repair a broken bone in his right hand. Carter will have screws inserted into his third metacarpal, which he fractured during practice Saturday morning. A return timeline is expected after the surgery. Miscellany: The NBA is staging another successful preseason tour in Europe. Regular-season games on the continent are the next step. “I think that time is coming closer,” Commissioner David Stern said at halftime of the Toronto Raptors’ win over Virtus Lottomatica Roma. The Associated Press contributed to this report.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 MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas City“We had a different philosophy defensively. We changed our philosophy this year. We want to put more pressure on the ball in the scoring areas and not so much pressure outside the scoring areas. So our rotations will be a little different.” The Lakers gave up an average of 103.4 points last season, better than only five teams in the NBA. They scored an average of 103.3, so you can see why they struggled to be a break-even team at 42-40. Jackson wants them to be stingy this season, starting with tonight’s exhibition opener against the Golden State Warriors (10 p.m. PDT at the University of Hawaii). He doesn’t want his guards chasing the ball from baseline to baseline this season, and he wants his big men to play more forcefully near the basket. “Like anybody else, they’re going to have to be active and get in the rotations,” he said. “They’re going to have to get away from the basket and challenge shots, eliminate guys going directly to the basket. Challenge guys and then it’s easy to block shots.” By Elliott Teaford STAFF WRITER Coach Phil Jackson plans to add a new wrinkle to the Lakers’ defense in 2007-08. He wants them to play some this season. “We want to get back in order to prevent fast breaks,” he said. “We want to be in front of the basketball to stop penetration. We want to challenge shots. We want defensive rebounds to eliminate offensive rebounds. That’s what we want to do. last_img

Deadly bomb disrupts Pakistan exile’s returnDeadly bomb disrupts Pakistan exile’s return

first_imgAuthorities had urged Bhutto to use a helicopter to reduce the risk of attack amid threats from extremists sympathetic to the Taliban and al-Qaida, but she brushed off the concerns. “I am not scared. I am thinking of my mission,” she had told reporters on the plane from Dubai. “This is a movement for democracy because we are under threat from extremists and militants.” Last month, Bhutto told CNN she realized she was a target. Islamic militants, she said, “don’t believe in women governing nations, so they will try to plot against me, but these are risks that must be taken. I’m prepared to take them.” Leaving the airport, Bhutto refused to use a bulletproof glass cubicle that had been built atop the truck taking her to the tomb of Pakistan’s founding father, Mohammed Ali Jinnah, to give a speech. She squeezed between other party officials along a railing at the front and rode high above the street. Her procession had been creeping toward the center of Karachi for 10 hours, moving at a snail’s pace while dancing and cheering supporters swarmed around the truck, when a small explosion erupted near the front of the vehicle. That was quickly followed by a larger blast just a few feet from the truck, setting an escorting police van on fire and breaking windows in Bhutto’s vehicle. Party members on top of the truck scrambled to the ground, one man jumping while others climbed down a ladder or over the side. Christina Lamb, Bhutto’s biographer, said the former premier had just gone to a downstairs compartment in the truck for a rest when the blast went off. “She knew she was a target, I was talking to her about it …. she was worried that the lights were going off, the street lights, and that snipers could be on tops of buildings and bridges,” Lamb told Sky News. “Luckily the bus had a downstairs enclosed compartment for her to go and rest in, and she just happened to be there when it went off, so she wasn’t on top in the open like the rest of us, so that just saved her.” “Evidence available at the scene is suggesting it was a suicide bombing (that) exploded near police vehicles, destroying the two police vans escorting Benazir Bhutto’s truck,” police officer Raja Umer Khitab said. He said several policemen died. At the scene of the attack, bodies lay motionless in the street, under a mural reading “Long Live Bhutto” on the side of the truck. “People were shouting for help but there was no one to help them out. It smelled like blood and smoke,” said AP photographer B.K. Bangash, who was 150 feet from Bhutto’s truck when he heard a small blast just before midnight. The bombs exploded just after the truck crossed a bridge about halfway on the 10-mile journey from the airport to the tomb. Pools of blood, broken glass, tires, motorcycles and bits of clothing littered the ground. Men carried the injured away from burning cars. One bystander came upon a body, checked for signs of life, and moved on. Some of the injured were rushed into a hospital emergency room on stretchers, and others were carried in rescuers’ arms. Many of the wounded were covered in blood, and some had their clothes ripped off. Karachi has a history of violent attacks by Islamic militants, but Thursday’s was believed to be the deadliest. In 2006, a suicide bombing killed 57 people, including the leaders of a Sunni Muslim group. The United States condemned “the violent attack in Pakistan and mourns the loss of innocent life there,” said Gordon Johndroe, foreign affairs spokesman for President Bush. “Extremists will not be allowed to stop Pakistanis from selecting their representatives through an open and democratic process.” “Bhutto had paved her route back to Pakistan through negotiations with Musharraf, a longtime political rival whose rule she has often condemned but whose proclaimed mission to defeat Islamic extremism she shares. The talks yielded an amnesty covering the corruption charges that made Bhutto leave Pakistan, and could lead to a political alliance uniting moderates in parliamentary elections for a fight against militants allied with al-Qaida and the Taliban. U.S. officials are believed to still favor Musharraf, despite his sagging popularity, over Bhutto and Nawaz Sharif, the elected premier ousted by the general in a 1999 coup and sent back into exile when he tried to return last month. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By Matthew Pennington and Paisley Dodds THE ASSOCIATED PRESS KARACHI, Pakistan – A suicide bombing in a crowd welcoming former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto killed at least 126 people Thursday night, shattering her celebratory procession through Pakistan’s biggest city after eight years in exile. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Two explosions went off near a truck carrying Bhutto, but police and officials of her party said she was not injured and was hurried to her house. Officials at six hospitals in Karachi reported 126 dead and 248 wounded. It was believed to be the deadliest bomb attack in Pakistan’s history. Bhutto flew home to lead her Pakistan People’s Party in January parliamentary elections, drawing cheers from supporters massed in a sea of the party’s red, green and black flags. The police chief said 150,000 were in the streets, while other onlookers estimated twice that. The throngs reflected Bhutto’s enduring political clout, but she has made enemies of Islamic militants by taking a pro-U.S. line and negotiating a possible political alliance with Pakistan’s military ruler, President Gen. Pervez Musharraf. An estimated 20,000 security officers had been deployed to protect Bhutto and her cavalcade of motorized rickshaws, colorful buses, cars and motorcycles. last_img read more

Recipe: Cinnamon-sugar chipsRecipe: Cinnamon-sugar chips

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsServings: 6 to 8 1 teaspoon cinnamon 2 teaspoons sugar Eight 8-inch flour tortillas Canola oil, for frying This simple recipe for sweet fried tortilla chips comes from Padma Lakshmi, the host of Bravo’s “Top Chef” and author of “Tangy Tart Hot & Sweet,” a cookbook in which brash, flavorful combinations rule. — SUGAR AND CINNAMON CHIPS Start to finish: 20 minutes In a small bowl, stir together the cinnamon and sugar. Set aside. Cut each tortilla into six equal wedges. In a large, deep skillet, heat about 1 inch of oil over medium until it shimmers. While the oil heats, line a dinner plate with several layers of paper towels. In batches, place the tortilla wedges in the oil and fry for 30 second per side, or until golden brown. Use tongs or a slotted spoon to transfer the chips to the paper towels and let them drain for 20 to 30 seconds. Place the still warm chips in a brown paper lunch bag. Add several pinches of the cinnamon and sugar mix, then close the roll and shake to coat the chips. Pour the chip onto a serving plate and repeat with remaining ingredients. (Recipe from Padma Lakshmi’s “Tangy Tart Hot & Sweet,” Weinstein Books, 2007, $34.95)160Want 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

Alvaro Negredo on the brink of joining Middlesbrough on loanAlvaro Negredo on the brink of joining Middlesbrough on loan

first_imgMiddlesbrough are on the verge of completing the signing of Alvaro Negredo on loan from Valencia after the striker flew in for a medical on Monday.talkSPORT reported earlier this month that the newly-promoted Premier League club were in talks with Valencia over a deal and now it appears terms have been agreed.Negredo could be unveiled later on Monday, with the Spaniard joining Victor Valdes, Marten de Roon and Viktor Fischer as the club’s summer recruits so far.According to AS, Boro have agreed to pay a large chunk of Negredo’s salary and have inserted a clause which could see him move to the Riverside on a permanent deal next summer.The former Manchester City frontman will be looking to make amends in the Premier League following his short-lived spell at the Etihad, despite scoring nine goals in his debut season. Alvaro Negredo has arrived on Teeside for his medical ahead of a loan move to Boro 1last_img read more

Ardara traders to host public meeting on local bank’s closureArdara traders to host public meeting on local bank’s closure

first_imgThe Ardara Town Traders are to take steps to try and save the local Ulster Bank branch from closure.The bank is one of 22 around the country earmarked to close in a cost-cutting plan by management.Staff at the Raphoe branch have also been told their branch is to shut. Traders in Ardara have organised an extraordinary public meeting on Monday night at 8 pm to try and find a resolution to what they described as “the disgraceful proposed closure of our one and only Ulster Bank.”A spokesman said “We urge everybody to attend as this effects us all..Let’s save our branch.With so many people effected not alone in the parish but all over, everybody is welcome.”Ardara traders to host public meeting on local bank’s closure was last modified: March 24th, 2017 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:Ardaraclosuredonegalulster banklast_img read more

Housing solutions and growth on agenda at Donegal/Dublin Business NetworkHousing solutions and growth on agenda at Donegal/Dublin Business Network

first_imgThe challenge of creating innovative housing solutions was on the agenda at the most recent meeting of the Donegal Dublin Business Network (DDBN) as Eoghan Murphy TD, Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government, addressed the organisation.The DDBN was established in January 2017 to encourage Donegal business people based in Dublin to network, refer business and to share contacts with each other.A panel discussion on the subject of housing took place at the group’s April gathering in Iveagh House on St Stephen’s Green, followed by a Q&A session overseen by DDBN chairman Paul Doyle (MD of Bannon Commercial Property Consultants) and committee member Danielle Conaghan (Partner in Arthur Cox). Minister Murphy was joined on stage at the event by two other guests of the network. Margaret Sweeney, a native of Kilcar, is CEO of IRES REIT Plc – a company that is Ireland’s largest private landlord with more than 2,500 units.The third industry expert present was Richard Barrett, founder of Bartra Capital Property, a development and investment platform active in areas including private residential development, social housing, nursing homes, commercial real estate and renewable energy. Bartra recently acquired a holiday resort with 27 homes on 186 acres of land in Carrigart.Making his introductions, Chairman Paul Doyle acknowledged the high calibre of speaker who had joined group members to discuss a topic that has dominated political and social debate in recent years.An open and informative discussion lasting almost 90 minutes followed and the topics debated included the cost of housing delivery, affordability and access to funding. The key role of the National Development Plan and Project Ireland 2040 were referenced throughout the debate in terms of how they aim to attract a more even spread of national investment into regions including the north west, where Letterkenny has been identified as a centre for regional growth.One interesting idea advanced towards the end of the evening involved embracing affordable opportunities for converting commercial premises in town and village centres that have been left vacant for many years into residential housing, thereby reintroducing a soul back into towns and villages in regional areas.Wrapping up the event, Danielle Conaghan acknowledged and thanked the panel for their openness, and observed that a fast fix to the current housing situation was not going to be easy. She added that it was encouraging to be advised that the private sector was now embracing government policy and opportunities to stimulate a more rapid supply of housing.Membership of the DDBN is open to those who have a place of business or are employed or engaged in business (i.e. you must have an office and must be active) in the greater Dublin area and who are from or have strong connections to Donegal. The annual subscription for 2018 is €30 and those interested can enrol online by clicking the membership section at www.ddbn.ieCaptions.DDBN Housing MeetingHousing solutions and growth on agenda at Donegal/Dublin Business Network was last modified: May 1st, 2018 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:Donegal Dublin Business networklast_img read more


first_imgIrish band the Corrigan Brothers  have become the “Carl McHugh Brothers” to honour the Donegal man and Bradford City hero for the Capital One Cup Final in Wembley. The Brothers enjoyed a huge hit with “There’s No One As Irish As Barack Obama” which notched up ten million hits on You Tube.Now the brothers, whose Bradford song “There’s no Team as Wembley as Bradford City” has captured the imagination of many Bradford fans, are delighted to wear the masks that will raise much needed funds fo the Bradford Burns Research Unit.The masks have been produced by Bradford fan John Barker and his wife Frances who run a print company in Bradford.Lead singer Ger Corrigan said “We spoke with Frances last week and she sent us on some of the Carl McHugh masks, we are very proud of Carl here in Ireland as are all the people in Donegal. “The masks are really high quality and we are thrilled to become the Carl McHugh Brothers for the week. I think the Swansea goalkeeper will be spooked by the masks if the game goes to penalties”.The Brothers are delighted with the reaction to their Bradford song.Ger continued “We have made some great friends and have had some great fun, Bradford’s name is on this cup and it is a great honour to have an association with this Final, now let’s get masked up and show Wembley how much Bradford can add to the occasion”if anyone would like to purchase direct they can either email at this address or [email protected] we will despatch same day. The face masks cost £1.50 each or a pack of all 5 players, (Carl McHugh, James Hanson, Matt Duke, Nakhi Wells, Gary Jones) for £5.There is also a mask for Mark Lawn (Joint Chairman of BCFC). CORRIGAN BROTHERS CHANGE NAME IN HONOUR OF LETTERMACAWARD MAN MCHUGH was last modified: February 18th, 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:Carl McHughCorrigan BrothersdonegalLettermacawardWEMBLEYlast_img read more


first_imgDaniel O’Donnell has revealed his wife Majella has finished her cancer treatment and they are both looking forward to spending Christmas together.Daniel and MajellaDaniel is currently touring America but he says he cannot wait to get home to Donegal for the festive season.“I am pleased to tell you that Majella has finished her chemotherapy treatment and she is beginning to feel as she says “normal again”. “We will be spending Christmas at home and then we plan to go to Tenerife for a month in the New Year. We are both looking forward to some quiet time,” he said.Daniel will play Dublin’s Convention Centre before Christmas and will also appear on The Late Late Show on December 13th.However despite Majella’s amazing recovery from cancer, Daniel has revealed that the festive season will be tinged with sadness after the passing of Majella’s dad Tom.Tom died in Tenerife when he fell down some stairs in October and suffered a brain bleed. Daniel says Tom was one of his biggest fans and would have been annoyed that Daniel cancelled some of his concerts because of his father-in-law’s death.“It was a great shock for everyone as Tom had been in good health and had planned to spend the 5 weeks in Branson with me while Majella’s mother Marion stayed with Majella while finishing her treatment.“However God’s plan was different to ours and we have to accept what He sends us. Tom was a great character and had a huge interest in everything that I was doing.“Before he passed away he was looking forward to seeing would our album “A picture Of You” make it into the charts in the UK, making it 26 years in a row to have an album in the charts. He would have been very annoyed to think that his passing caused me to cancel all the promotion that was planned for the album as well as the remainder of the shows left on the UK tour.” DANIEL REVEALS MAJELLA’S CANCER TREATMENT IS FINISHED AS THEY PLAN QUIET CHRISTMAS IN DONEGAL was last modified: November 29th, 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:cancerdaniel o’donnellMajella O’Donnelltreatmentlast_img read more