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Liverpool fire Rodgers

first_imgBrendan Rodgers was fired as Liverpool manager yesterday, paying the price for the club’s 18-month slump since almost ending their long wait for an English league title. Liverpool’s American owners, Fenway Sports Group, chose the day of the Merseyside derby against fierce rivals Everton to announce that Rodgers’ three-year stint at Anfield was over. About three hours after the 1-1 draw at Goodison Park, Rodgers had his contract terminated. “All of us have experienced some wonderful moments with Brendan as manager and we are confident he will enjoy a long career in the game,” the FSG’s ownership group said. “Although this has been a difficult decision, we believe it provides us with the best opportunity for success on the pitch. Ambition and winning are at the heart of what we want to bring to Liverpool, and we believe this change gives us the best opportunity to deliver it.” TURNING POINT RODGERS’ REPLACEMENT Liverpool said the search for Rodgers’ replacement was under way, with much of the media speculation centering on Juergen Klopp, who is on a break from football after leaving German side Borussia Dortmund at the end of last season. The timing of the announcement caught many by surprise, but the upcoming international break means Liverpool’s next league game isn’t until October 17 – at Tottenham – giving the club two weeks to hire a replacement. Liverpool are in 10th place in the Premier League after winning three of their first eight games. Heralded as one of English football’s brightest coaches, Rodgers was hired in June 2012 to revive one of England’s biggest clubs after a period of financial and ownership problems. Initially, he proved the perfect fit. With the prolific Luis Suarez pouring in goals for the side, Liverpool launched an unexpected title challenge in the Premier League in the 2013-14 season and came up just short, finishing two points behind Manchester City in second place. Rodgers was admired for his style of football, his tactical awareness, and his insistence on giving youth – and English players – a chance. He also conducted himself well in all the engagements that came with the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough Stadium tragedy in which 96 Liverpool fans died during a crush at an FA Cup semi-final. But things turned for Rodgers once Suarez left for Barcelona in July last year. With fellow striker Daniel Sturridge spending half of last season out injured, Liverpool struggled for goals and ended up finishing sixth to miss out on the Champions League. Rodgers’ gamble in signing Mario Balotelli failed, and the mercurial Italy striker was loaned to AC Milan two months ago. Liverpool was one of the biggest spenders in the Premier League this offseason, overhauling its playing group after selling Raheem Sterling to City and losing long-serving captain Steven Gerrard to the MLS. Rodgers won’t be given time to see if newcomers like Christian Benteke, Roberto Firmino, and Danny Ings can make a difference. Rodgers had been the second longest-serving manager in the Premier League behind Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger.last_img read more

Donaire told to take care and retire

first_imgThere was no single cry for an encore after the failed performance. All three judges scored it 117-111 for Irishman Carl Frampton.Donaire, who fought and lost at 126 pounds, said he would be fighting on, possibly in the lighter super bantamweight division.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownDonaire himself admitted failure. He praised his foe, readily adding Frampton’s size advantage made a lot of difference. He said he was unable to carry out his game plan.Donaire was outfoxed and outfought by a sharp, strong and superb tactician. After last Sunday’s defeat in Belfast, fans and experts were quick to advise Nonito Donaire  Jr. to  look after himself and start thinking about leaving boxing for good.Sorry, but it seemed Donaire, 35, and visibly older, had already decided to fight on, even before the all revealing unanimous verdict was announced.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “I thought it was a lot closer than how the judges saw it,” Donaire said. “If it were in the USA or the Philippines, I would have played my boxing game and not try to chase Frampton down.”He had a quick shower, changed to a bright happy outfit before reporting to a popular pub. He invited the whole of Belfast to join him in merry-making.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Bell rings for Petron in semis LATEST STORIES Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Said  Philboxing.com founder  Dong Secuya very early last Sunday: “Talo si Nonito (Nonito lost), 117-111 from all 3 judges. Frampton was stronger and Nonito has aged.”Out there in Los Angeles, the ever helpful Dr. Ed de la Vega, who loves assisting Filipino boxers fighting around Las Vegas and California, readily suggested Donaire should start looking for a new job.“He doesn’t have the same abilities anymore; sorely lacking was the fabulous defense crafted by his father, Nonito Sr.,” Dr. Ed explained.Maybe Donaire was in better shape on Sunday than when he clashed with Jamaican Axman Nicolas Walters, who stopped him in six a few years ago.He never got going and was severely crushed by Walters.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ View commentslast_img read more

In pain, Maraj finishes second

first_img“I think this is the worst pain I’ve experienced,” Maraj said afterward in a monotoned voice. Later, he candidly added, “Injuries make me feel like a little girl. & Injuries seem mental to me. You just have to tough it out, but when my body doesn’t let me tough it out, I guess I have to let it heal.” Through the pain, Maraj managed an incredible tournament run. He pinned his first three opponents Friday before winning an 8-4 decision, then pinned Poway’s Anthony Almanza in his semifinal opener Saturday. Vacaville senior Clayton Jack pinned Hoover in 5:07 in their semifinal meeting, locking up a tired Hoover while the two straddled the mat. Jack, who weighs 240 pounds to Hoover’s 280, used his quickness and confidence to his advantage. Hoover hadn’t done any serious running since injuring his ankle at the CIF Eastern Regional two weeks ago, and it showed against Jack. “Clayton’s definitely the top heavyweight around,” Scorpions coach Dave Stidham said of Jack, who eventually won the division. “We had (Ryan) on the bike, but he hasn’t been able to do the conditioning he’s used to doing, and that took its toll in the third period.” Hoover’s third-place finish is a record for either of Hesperia’s two high schools. He also received the CIF Sportsmanship Award, given to the outstanding sportsman in each weight class. By virtue of Hoover’s pin, Hesperia edged crosstown rival Sultana in the team points standings, 38-37, good for 21st and 22nd in the state, respectively. They were the only two county schools to place among the top 50. Leading the way for Sultana was senior Zac Sweeney, who placed fourth at 215 pounds. He was the only Sultan standing after teammate Cody Bollinger (140) lost his opening match Saturday to top-ranked Steven DeLaFuente of Northview. For coach Rocky Humphrey, who took five wrestlers to Bakersfield, it was a disappointing weekend. “I thought we’d have at least three placers,” Humphrey said. “I’d have told you you’re crazy if we only had one guy.” Still, the coach wasn’t surprised that Sweeney – who next year will play football and wrestle at Chadron State, a Division II college in Nebraska – was the last to be eliminated. “Everybody wrestled hard,” Humphrey said of his team. “Zac wrestled hard and smart.” Barstow senior Donavan Barela (130) was the surprise on Friday after going 3-0, including a pin and technical fall, to reach the semifinals. He slumped on Saturday, losing 5-1 to Poway’s Joey Boone and 9-2 to Dana Hills’ Bobby Scofield in his first two matches. But Barela bounced back to beat Atwater Buhach Colony senior Daniel Osmer 4-1, clinching fifth place in state. “I lost twice, so I was thinking I need at least one (win),” Barela said. “I’m not going out 0-3 when the other day I went 3-0.” Diamond Bar senior Marcus Johnson Jr., the CIF-SS Southern Division champion, lost his first match Saturday 4-2 to Clovis senior Vince Lopez. His season ends with a 46-3 record, including one forfeit due to injury. Northern California power Vacaville edged San Diego Section champion Poway, 124 to 116 for the team title. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! He led Syed 8-4 midway through the second period of their title match, too, before allowing six unanswered points as the pain worsened. Maraj was set to face Syed last week in the Southern Section Masters final, but Yucca Valley coach Melvin Smith chose to rest Maraj in preparation for the state tournament. “If anyone had half the injury he had gone through, I don’t think they would have finished,” Smith said. “I’ve been around wrestling for 27 years and I’ve never seen anybody wrestle with an injury like that.” The Ryan Hoover era ended with a third-place finish, an era the senior hopes won’t stand as the finest ever at Hesperia High. “I feel upset with myself that I didn’t go to the finals and win state,” Hoover said after his final match, in which he pinned Santa Fe senior Lenny Romero in 3:49. “But I feel good that I might have inspired a lot of the kids, which I hope can domino down to next year. I hope it makes the program better.” center_img BAKERSFIELD – The story was not in the final score, but in Vinny Maraj’s face, hands and right shoulder. For once all weekend, the Yucca Valley junior couldn’t smile, couldn’t make a fist, and couldn’t hide the pain of an injury to his sterno-clavicular joint. He lost the 152-pound final Saturday to Santa Monica’s Yusef Syed 10-8 at the CIF-State wrestling championships, a courageous but disappointing end to a 38-2 season. last_img read more

Trudeau government moves ahead with moratorium on oil tanker traffic

first_imgSo, despite last year’s pipeline project approval by the Harper government, the moratorium announcement by the new Trudeau government would make official a non-binding motion passed in the House of Commons in 2010 and would put the waters of the Inside Passage off limits to tankers.In addition coming just one week after US President Obama’s rejection of Keystone XL — another proposed oil sands crude oil delivery pipeline — it left at least one project critic proclaiming, Northern Gateway will never happen. Environmental groups and First Nations are heralding the announcement at the end of last week by the 23rd Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Pierre James Trudeau. His government will turn back the clock more than 40 years and bring back a moratorium on west coast crude oil tanker traffic.The policy was first introduced in 1972 by the 15th Prime Minister of Canada, Joseph Phillippe Pierre Yves Elliott Trudeau, but was never put into law, and it left open to political interpretation whether or not a ban on oil tanker traffic actually exists on the BC north coast.David Anderson, the BC MP who chaired the government’s environmental committee in 1972, and later became a Liberal government Environment Minister, says only the Conservative government of Stephen Harper has opposed the ban since its introduction.- Advertisement -However, that opposition is generally viewed as the key to a 2006 announcement by Calgary based Enbridge Incorporated to build a twin, $7.9 billion, 731 mile pipeline, from north of Edmonton to the Northern BC coast.The east bound line would import natural gas condensate but the westbound line would carry diluted bitumen from the Athabasca oil sands, to a marine terminal at Kitimat and from there it would be transported to Asian markets by tanker.That quickly brought the moratorium into the debate, as opponents cited as their cornerstone argument, what happened just after midnight on March 24th of 1989, when the Exxon Valdez oil tanker bound for Long Beach, California struck a reef off the coast of Alaska and spilled — depending on what historical account you reference — from 11 to 38 million US gallons of crude into Prince William Sound.Advertisementlast_img read more

Ronaldo to skip FIFA Best awards

first_img0Shares0000Cristiano Ronaldo to stay in Italy rather than attend FIFA awardsLONDON, United Kingdom, Sep 24 – Cristiano Ronaldo will not be attending tonight’s FIFA Best Awards in London, despite being the favourite to win Player of the Year.The Portuguese forward played and scored during Juventus’ win over Frosinone on Sunday night and is expected to start against Bologna on Wednesday. And it is understood Ronaldo has decided to stay in Italy to focus on his club games, rather than attend the awards, where he could potentially win his sixth World Player of the Year honour.Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah and Real Madrid’s Luka Modric, Ronaldo’s challengers for the award, are expected to attend the ceremony at Royal Festival Hall.Ronaldo has enjoyed another very successful year, helping Real Madrid to Champions League glory for the third year in a row, before joining Serie A champions Juventus in the summer.But he faces stiff competition from Modric, who was named Player of the Tournament after helping Croatia reach the final, and Salah, who won the Premier League Golden Boot after a remarkable campaign with Liverpool.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Anything can happen! Liverpool star warns job only half done against Man United

first_img1 Jordan Henderson in action for Liverpool Jordan Henderson insists Liverpool still have plenty of work to do to book their place in the Europa League quarter-finals.The Reds will take a 2-0 lead into the second leg of their last 16 tie with Manchester United after outplaying their domestic rivals at Anfield on Thursday night.But Henderson is wary of complacency creeping in and has warned his teammates they will have to produce a repeat performance at Old Trafford to ensure they progress.“It is only half the job done. Anything can happen in football and I have seen stranger things happen,” said the Liverpool captain.“It is only half-time so we have to make sure in the second half at Old Trafford we play like that again because it will be very difficult.”It was a well deserved victory against a poor United side – described as shambolic by Paul Scholes after the game – and gave Liverpool a third straight win in all competitions.“It was a good team performance,” added Henderson. “You have to concentrate on performances and I feel in the last few weeks performances have been good and results follow.“We have built some momentum and confidence and hopefully we can continue that until the end of the season.“This (result) give us another boost.”last_img read more

INISHOWEN MOTORS HOST COFFEE MORNING IN AID OF RELAY FOR LIFE

first_imgCHARITY: One of Donegal’s most popular car dealerships are hosting a Coffee Morning in aid of Relay for Life. Seamus McLaughlin, who owns the successful garage Inishowen Motors is showing his support for the event which raises thousands for Cancer services every year. McLaughlin told Donegal Daily, “On behalf of myself and all the staff at Inishowen Motors we would like to extend an open invitation to our Coffee Morning tomorrow morning, Wednesday, June 1st, from 10.00am – 2.00pm.“All proceeds raised will go to Donegal’s Relay for Life project.”Donegal GAA star Michael Murphy will also be their to show in his support for the Relay for Life event, which will be run over the weekend.McLaughlin added, “There will be home baking – fresh scones and freshly brewed Coffee/Tea for everyone. “So call into our showroom, eat some cakes, have a cuppa with Michael Murphy and a chat with friends and help raise money for this worthy and fantastic cause.“I hope to see you there.”INISHOWEN MOTORS HOST COFFEE MORNING IN AID OF RELAY FOR LIFE was last modified: May 31st, 2016 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:charityDonegal GAAFeaturesInisowen MotorsMichael MurphynewsRelay for Lifelast_img read more

Sarri expects positive news about Hazard and Courtois’ Chelsea futures

first_img REVEALED Reflecting on the defeat, Sarri added: “Our pre-season has been a bit crazy.“We have to improve,” he concluded. Having reached the World Cup semi-finals, Hazard and Courtois are only due back at the club this coming week.They will arrive to a disappointing scene after the Blues were beaten 2-0 by Manchester City in the Community Shield on Sunday.“I talked to them two days ago,” revealed Maurizio Sarri to BT Sport post-match, “So I know what they will say to me tomorrow.“I’m ready,” he chuckled. 3 Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars 3 Sarri’s Chelsea fell to a 2-0 Community Shield defeat on Sunday possible xi Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? REAL DEAL silverware How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Maurizio Sarri is expecting more good news than bad news regarding the futures of Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois tomorrow.The new Chelsea manager is set for Monday showdown talks with the Belgian pair, who have both been linked with transfers to Real Madrid this summer. England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Latest Chelsea News possible standings REVEALED Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won smart causal When quizzed as to whether his smile indicated good news, the Chelsea manager responded: “I think more good than bad.”While Eden Hazard’s potential as a Cristiano Ronaldo replacement at the Bernabeu remains unclear, it seems Thibaut Courtois is a very firm target for Los Blancos.The Blues are in a far stronger position regarding Hazard, as he has two years left on his contract with the club.Courtois, on the other hand, only has one. He is reportedly reluctant to sign an extension. How Chelsea could line up against Southampton – what system will Lampard play? It would take a huge bid for Real Madrid to sign Hazard Courtois looks to be on the verge of a Chelsea exit gameday cracker Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City tense shining 3 Real Madrid ‘offer’ Isco to Chelsea in bid to ‘make room’ for Tottenham starlast_img read more

HOST OF STARS JOIN LINE-UP FOR FINN VALLEY STEPHEN’S DAY 5K

first_imgOLYMPIC marathon runner Caitriona Jennings, top cyclist Philip Deignan and world-beaing boxer Jason Quigley are among more than 700 people already registered for Finn Valley AC’s St Stephen’s Day 5k.“We’re delighted with the number of entrants and we’d love to get the number to 1,000,” said Race Director Patsy McGonagle.“It’s great to see Caitriona, Philip and Jason coming along to what is a family event and attracts walkers, joggers and runners. The event hits the road with all Ireland winers Frank Mc Glynn and Marty O’Reilly getting them underway.Entries have been coming in via finnvalley1@gmail.com and is simply an indication that you intend coming along thus avoiding the queue as you walk directly into pre registration area.Otherwise registration kicks in from 10-30 on the day . As with any large mass participation such as this help appreciated whether its in the area of refreshments ,registration ,stewarding or indeed recording . The place to be on Stephen’s Day is Finn Valley Centre getting out in the fresh air for a walk with family and friends a break from the Christmas festivities. HOST OF STARS JOIN LINE-UP FOR FINN VALLEY STEPHEN’S DAY 5K was last modified: December 17th, 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:HOST OF STARS JOIN LINE-UP FOR FINN VALLEY STEPHEN’S DAY 5Klast_img read more

NEW PRINCIPAL AND NEW SCHOOL FOR EDUCATE TOGETHER!

first_imgThe staff of Letterkenny’s Educate Together school.Letterkenny Educate Together National School is celebrating its 8th birthday with a newly-appointed principal, Áine Fabisiak and a new school building.The multi-denominational school opened in September 2006 with 35 pupils and two teachers.The school has now grown to over 210 pupils with 13 teachers and four special needs assistants and this year our first junior infant class are now leaving our school as active and responsible citizens. With its rapid increase in enrolments, the school has achieved great success in its short lifetime.It has been awarded two Green School flags, a Discover Primary Science award, an Active School flag and a number of Pushkin awards, to name a few.The school has been praised for its wide range of after-school programmes including athletics, soccer, art classes, dance classes and keep-fit classes.Like most Educate Together schools, Faith Formation classes are organised in the school, after school hours, by a group of Catholic parents. During these classes, students prepare for First Communion and Confirmation, and this is done on an opt-in basis just for those who wish to take part. The Department of Education have confirmed that they will be building a 24 classroom state-of-the-art school in 2015.Announcing the new building, Minister Ruairí Quinn said that “the new school building will cater for the growing population of Letterkenny and its surrounding areas.”Letterkenny Educate Together is moving towards the future with a new Principal, Áine Fabisiak (née O’Herlihy).Áine, a Letterkenny native, takes the reins from Máire Lynam who retired in June. Áine will be accompanied on the school’s management team by the newly-appointed Deputy Principal, Catherine Lal.A past pupil of Loreto Convent, Letterkenny, Áine said, “I am absolutely delighted to be appointed to this important post this year and look forward to working with the Letterkenny Educate Together community. “I am honoured that the Educate Together board has entrusted the leadership of Letterkenny ETNS to me and my role as Principal now will be to ensure that the school continues to be the space for dynamic, happy, community-centred learning of which we are all very proud.”LYIT’s president Paul Hannigan, who is also Chairperson of Letterkenny ETNS said, “I feel privileged to be the Chairperson of Letterkenny ETNS and I wish Áine every success in the future. I look forward to working with Áine in continuing the progressive, inclusive ethos of Educate Together. The Letterkenny ETNS has worked hard to raise its attainment and profile. We will build on that progress to ensure that Letterkenny ETNS pupils achieve all that they are capable of and have a really successful future. “The school’s Community representative on the Board of Management, Pat Harvey, whose grandchild attends Letterkenny ETNS said “I am looking forward to working with Áine, her staff and the school community. Letterkenny ETNS is a very vibrant centre of learning which will encourage, guide and most importantly empower each and every one of its pupils to live the best lives they can.“I am particularly happy with the commitment to the multi-denominational and co-educational, child centred philosophy that characterises Educate Together and its approach. I am also delighted with the manner in which democratic principles underpin the delivery of learning in Educate Together. It’s the way forward for all of us…. to learn together and to live together in Ireland.” NEW PRINCIPAL AND NEW SCHOOL FOR EDUCATE TOGETHER! was last modified: May 7th, 2014 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:donegalEducate Togetherletterkennylast_img read more