Month: December 2019

Manchester United outcast Victor Valdes was considered for a Spain recall, reveals Vicente del Bosque

first_imgSpain manager Vicente del Bosque has revealed he considered naming out-of-favour goalkeeper Victor Valdes in his latest squad. Valdes has made just two senior appearances since joining Manchester United in January after recovering from a knee injury.The former Barcelona man’s relationship with United manager Louis van Gaal deteriorated during the summer and he has not been given a squad number for the 2015-16 campaign.“We were very close to bringing Victor Valdes to the team and I really liked the idea,” Del Bosque told Atresmedia.“But in the end, we acted a little bit cowardly just because of what people might say, such as that I’ve lost my mind or those sort of things.“It was a time when Valdes needed support and why couldn’t we have given it ourselves?“I know that we have to call up the best players, that we need to prepare for the future, one that he might not be a part of.“But without a doubt it would have been a good idea to have called him up.”Valdes earned 20 caps for Spain and was a member of the squad that won the World Cup in 2010 and the European Championship two years later.“He is a unique man, special and very good for the national team,” Del Bosque said. “At times there is a need for humanity.”The 33-year-old saw his transfer to Turkish side Besiktas fall through last week after failing to agree personal terms and is under contract with United until next summer.Spain take on Slovakia in Saturday’s Euro 2016 qualifier in Oviedo before travelling to Skopje to face Macedonia three days later. Victor Valdes 1last_img read more

Rene Higuita scorpion kick: Former Colombia goalkeeper recreates save – video

first_imgJamie Redknapp was not expecting this when he took aim at Colombia’s goal 20 years ago.England were playing the South Americans at Wembley in September 1995, which has now become known for goalkeeper Rene Higuita pulling off his scorpion kick to deny the midfielder.The game finished 0-0 and now Higuita has decided to have fun and recreate the iconic save. 1 Rene Higuita’s scorpion kick center_img 20 años después!! ✌️que tal me salió?😜— Rene Higuita (@higuitarene) September 6, 2015// read more

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho handed one-match stadium ban by FA

first_img1 Jose Mourinho has been given a one-match stadium ban and a £40,000 fine by the Football Association.The Chelsea boss was hit with a misconduct charge after being sent to the stands during his side’s 2-1 defeat at West Ham last month.An Independent Regulatory Commission confirmed Mourinho’s punishment which will take immediate effect.An FA statement read: “Following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing today, Jose Mourinho has been given a one-match stadium suspension with immediate effect and fined £40,000.“The Chelsea manager admitted an FA charge of misconduct regarding his language and/or behaviour towards the match officials in or around the dressing room area during half-time of the game against West Ham United on 24 October 2015.”Meanwhile the FA confirmed it has withdrawn a misconduct charge against Chelsea coach Silvino Louro arising from the same game, having “considered further representation.” Jose Mourinho last_img read more

Germany boss Joachim Low has no fears over Schweinsteiger form despite Van Gaal criticism

first_img Bastian Schweinsteiger 1 Germany head coach Joachim Loew has backed Manchester United midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger by promising his role as international captain is safe.Schweinsteiger has struggled to rekindle the form he showed during his decorated spell at Bayern Munich since his arrival at Old Trafford in the summer.United manager Louis van Gaal questioned the midfielder’s performance following Tuesday’s Champions League defeat to Wolfsburg.The Dutchman said after the game: “I have changed him and I don’t change players for nothing, [it’s because] I think I can do better with other players, but we are all human beings and also Bastian Schweinsteiger is a human being“He wants to play at the highest level and certainly in Germany to show his qualities, but I cannot say that he was the Schweinsteiger from my period in Munich today.”But Germany boss Loew has no doubts about Schweinsteiger and insists he will continue to pick him, while trusting him to step up his performances at club level.“We at the German Football Association know what we are getting with Bastian,” Loew told the Bild newspaper.“He’s still a world-class player and undisputedly our captain.”According to Loew, the 31-year-old still needs time to get used to a different style of play, and a different league having spent all of his career up until the summer in the Bundesliga.“You’ve got to give even an experienced player like him time to adapt to a new league,” Loew added. “I am sure that Manchester United are still going to get a lot of joy out of Schweinsteiger.”last_img read more

Non-English Internet domains being tested

first_imgBy Anick Jesdanun THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW YORK – Sample addresses in nearly a dozen languages will be added to the Internet’s central directories as early as next week, paving the way for Web surfers around the world to get online without knowing any English. At this point, the 11 domain names are meant primarily for software developers and Web site designers to test the new system, but they are the first such names entered in the 13 key domain name directories, known as root servers, after years of discussions and limited- AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas Cityaccess tests. If the global tests go well, non-English domain names could be in use by the end of 2008. Users outside the United States long have clamored for non-English domain-name scripts, finding restrictive the current limitation to the letters A through Z, the numbers zero through nine and the hyphen. It is sometimes possible to create addresses in foreign languages, but the suffix – the “.com” part of an address – must use English characters. So the current tests involve non-English suffixes. The 11 suffixes under review will read “test” in Arabic, Persian, simplified Chinese, traditional Chinese, Russian, Hindi, Greek, Korean, Yiddish, Japanese and Tamil. They were chosen based on the online communities that have expressed the most interest in and need for non-English domains, said Tina Dam, director of the Internationalized Domain Names program for the Internet Corp. for Assigned Names and Numbers, which oversees Internet addressing policies. 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

Bruins can dream in a weird year

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.We didn’t think so. But we thought we’d offer him a chance to try. Ask Cal’s Jeff Tedford what’s going on in the Pac-10 and elsewhere, and he shrugs and says, “This conference, there’s so much parity, anything can happen. You can throw rankings out the door.” Certainly, it isn’t safe to assume anything about who will be playing in BCS bowl games come January. Not when the dwindling group of undefeateds is Ohio State and a handful of poseurs. It now is clear that one-defeat teams with any sort of pedigree (LSU, USC, Oklahoma, Oregon, etc.) can resume aspiring to a national championship. And in another week or two, as the upsets pile up, some of the big-name two-defeat teams might find themselves revived as BCS contenders as well. Florida already is there, Texas is closing, Alabama suddenly has life and (gulp) UCLA should be back in the AP Top 25 today. Feel free to nominate UCLA’s Bruins as poster kids for the thoroughly freakish 2007 college football season. UCLA is the program that contrived to hand Notre Dame its only victory. It also was the Bruins who were annihilated, 44-6, by a Utah team that later lost, 27-0, to UNLV. Nonetheless, UCLA now is 5-2, tied with Arizona State atop the Pac-10 standings at 4-0 and on Saturday defeated 10th-ranked Cal, 30-21 – pretty much knocking out of Bowl Championship Series consideration a team that was 12 yards from being ranked No. 1 in the nation, eight days ago. Ask Karl Dorrell, oft-embattled UCLA coach, to reconcile his team’s bizarre route to 5-2, and he says, “You don’t really reconcile that at all.” UCLA defensive end Bruce Davis already has put 10-and-2 together and come up with a shot at a big game. “We’re still in position to do something,” he said. “Some teams ahead of us are going to go down. It’s already happening. There is a long stretch out there still to finish our season. Anything can happen. “Who knows, you might still see us in the national championship.” You might be tempted to laugh (UCLA? The team that lost to Notre Dame?), but in 2007 … just about everyone who isn’t the Irish is still alive. What has to be encouraging to UCLA fans, or at least those who still believe their program can amount to something under Dorrell’s leadership, is that the Bruins showed spunk across the football spectrum Saturday, before their latest big (83,494) Rose Bowl crowd. Yes, the defense played well. It pretty much always does, setting aside that inexplicable Saturday in Salt Lake City. But the kicking game also was effective, and the offense showed signs of life as quarterback Patrick Cowan returned from his latest injury to make only his second appearance this season. Cowan was a poised 18-for-27 passing for 161 yards, a touchdown and no turnovers. And, again, he seemed to provide intangibles of leadership and enthusiasm that the more gifted Ben Olson doesn’t bring to the field. Kahlil Bell pounded out 142 rushing yards on 22 carries, and receiver Brandon Breazell was as dangerous as Cal’s No. 1, putative Heisman candidate DeSean Jackson. Breazell caught four passes for 68 yards, ran for 21 on three end-arounds and threw a 29-yard TD pass. Even Dorrell’s maddening propensity for conservative/timid play-calling didn’t hurt his team. Though many fans booed his decision to punt on fourth-and-1 at the Cal 38, trailing, 21-20, late in the third quarter. And even more booed when Aaron Perez’s punt traveled into the end zone for a touchback. Dorrell also seemed to be positioning himself for some vigorous second-guessing when, as the clock wound down, he went safety-first inside the Cal 15, eschewing a push for the end zone and settling for a 27-yard Kai Forbath field goal to make it 23-21 with 3:08 to play. Many inside the Arroyo Seco were certain Cal would march down for a game-winning field goal. But up stepped UCLA’s defense in the person of Alterraun Verner, who jumped a Jackson route, intercepted Nate Longshore and went 76 yards for the clinching touchdown. And just as fast as you could say, “What the Sam Hill is going on around here?” the Bruins had revived those rosy preseason scenarios that have them home for most of the conference’s best teams (Arizona State and Oregon still to come), and playing for the Rose Bowl at USC on Dec. 1. Of course, they first have to beat 2-5 Washington State Saturday, and we have learned not to assume anything about anyone. Especially these Bruins. [email protected] 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

HB vote may cut tax but add to what is taxable

first_imgBy Andrea Woodhouse Staff Writer Hermosa Beach voters will be asked Tuesday to decide whether to update the city’s communications tax. Majority approval of Measure H would lower the city’s telephone and cable utility-users’ tax rate by half a percent, but also expand the taxable services to include modern telecommunications technology. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre The proposed communications tax would lower the city’s 1985-set rate of 6 percent to 51/2 percent, but include new services like Voice Over Internet Protocol, directory assistance and voice mail services. “It’s basically fixing the ordinance that needs to be straightened out from 1985,” Mayor Michael Keegan said. “It’s basically a fix of the ordinance to reflect the changes in technology.” The current telephone and cable utility-users’ tax annually brings the city’s general fund about $1.2 million, which pays for basic services like safety personnel and sewer maintenance. Even by expanding the services covered by the tax, the city does not expect to see a net increase in revenue, Councilman J.R. Reviczky said. The city’s real concern, though, is losing a portion of the tax’s revenue completely. Recent federal court rulings outside California have questioned laws with language similar to Hermosa’s, and the city fears a court could rule these ordinances cannot apply to long distance and cellular telephone services, Keegan said. About $600,000 of the revenue Hermosa receives from the tax every year is jeopardized by the outdated language, Reviczky said. “If we don’t pass it, we’re in jeopardy of losing the money,” Keegan said. The entire City Council supports the measure, but not everyone in town is convinced. Leading the opposition to Measure H is local activist Jim Lissner, who questioned the need for a communications tax at all. “I just don’t think (city officials) need the money,” he said. “It should stay circulating in the local economy, not piling up in their bank account.” All council candidates support Measure H except Jeff Duclos, who argued the measure’s language is misleading. “It gives citizens the impression that it’s a tax cut or break when it is not,” he said. “I just think we need to start writing these measures in a straightforward language that tells our citizens what it is and why it is there.” Los Angeles city voters will be asked in February to approve a similar measure, which officials there said protects $270 million in annual revenue to the city. [email protected] 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

Fight over hospital expansion isn’t about community

first_imgBesides, it’s not really about what’s best for this community. It’s about using a simple land-use development to force policy. This should have never been allowed to morph into such a divisive issue, especially because of the dire need for more, not fewer, medical services. The city and region have been losing hospital services and bed space for years. If Providence Holy Cross wants to expand services and beds, it should be hailed by the community and supported by the City Council. Any concerns with the community ought to be worked out. The only legitimate complaint the opposition has voiced is inadequate parking. But the hospital already has taken steps to expand parking and promises to continue its efforts, so city officials should have no problem pinning it down on the issue. The union has a right to organize, and the hospital system has a right to fight back. But holding a hospital hostage is not the way to settle that dispute, and the SEIU and its allies ought to take heed that they make more enemies than friends with these kinds of tactics.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Ostensibly, this is about forcing Holy Cross to complete an environmental impact report for its development. And that’s what the Los Angeles City Council will be deciding Wednesday. But, in fact, this is a fight between two Goliaths – Providence Health System and the Service Employees International Union. As part of the fight, local SEIU officials and union-friendly organizations such as the Los Angeles Alliance for New Economy have stirred some locals into a group called CARE and corralled City Councilman Richard Alarcón to carry their water – not that Alarcón needs to be hogtied to side with unions against business. The hospital responded out of proportion as well by hiring high-priced lobbyists and going to war. Opponents say the proposed services might not be right for the community, as though a union would have a better grip on medical business growth than the hospital chain. Fight over hospital expansion isn’t about community IT’S been cast by some as a David and Goliath type of battle: The put-upon community of Mission Hills fighting a behemoth national nonprofit hospital chain trying to force a 101-bed wing into the community and railroad it over the needs of the residents. But other than an ill-defined issue over the size of the parking lot, the truth is that the community has little problem with the expansion of Providence Holy Cross Medical Center. What could be wrong with expanding hospital services to a part of the city that desperately needs them? last_img read more


first_imgFEATURES: THE SHANDON SPA AND HOTEL hosted a superb open night yesterday evening as locals got a glimpse of the stunning state-of-the-art facility – ahead of it’s official opening tomorrow.Since news emerged that The Shandon Hotel and Spa had been bought by new owners – a flurry of excitement was expressed by those in Dunfanaghy and across the county who had sampled the superb Spa before it closed in 2011. While the hotel continues to undergo renovations ahead of its official opening next Easter, management have pressed ahead with the launch of the Spa.The brand new Spa was only opened a few years before the Shandon closed and is one of the most luxurious facilities in the North-West.Manager of the Spa, Chanelle Da Silva has been extremely busy organising everything ahead of the official launch and has ensured that the Spa is ready to open today.She told Donegal Daily, “We are grateful to all the people that joined us tonight for our opening night. “We look forward to welcoming you again soon. There already has been a huge influx of people that have already pre-booked the Spa ahead of its official opening today.We wish the new management team well on their new venture ahead.   STUNNING SHANDON SPA AND HOTEL HOSTS SUPERB OPEN NIGHT AHEAD OF OFFICAL OPENING was last modified: August 1st, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:BusinessFeaturesnewslast_img read more

Will Manchester United end West Ham’s brilliant home record tonight? Coral DD

first_imgCoral’s Simon Clare joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.West Ham and Manchester United meet in an FA Cup quarter-final replay at Upton Park on Wednesday night.The Hammers have not lost at home since August and are even-money to qualify, with United priced at 4/5 to book a semi-final spot.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfastlast_img