Sanchez on a brace as Arsenal edge out Palace

first_img0Shares0000Arsenal’s striker Alexis Sanchez celebrates after scoring their third goal during the English Premier League football match against Crystal Palace December 28, 2017© AFP Ben STANSALLLONDON, United Kigdom, Dec 29 – Alexis Sanchez scored twice in four second half minutes to give Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger victory on the night he equalled Alex Ferguson’s Premier League record of matches in charge with a 3-2 win over Crystal Palace.Sanchez’s brace — the second a beauty from Jack Wilshere’s superb pass — added to Shkodran Mustafi’s first ever away goal for the Gunners was just enough to get them past the Eagles in Wenger’s 810th Premier League game as a manager. James Tomkins’s 89th minute header — Andros Townsend had drawn them level at 1-1 early in the second-half before Sanchez’s scoring burst — ensured a nervy finish, but the Gunners deserved to run out winners and end Palace’s eight-game unbeaten run.Arsenal drew level with fourth-placed north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur but with a worse goal difference whilst Palace remain firmly embroiled in a battle against relegation just a point above the bottom three.Arsenal edge out Crystal Palace thanks to Sanchez brace. Photo/COURTESYPalace were able to apply some pressure during the opening stages, the closest they came to testing Petr Cech came when Yohan Cabaye shot narrowly wide from 20 yards out.Wenger’s side gradually took charge and they forced the breakthrough in the 24th minute when Palace’s failure to clear Mesut Ozil’s free-kick eventually led to Mustafi’s opening goal.The ball was played back towards the right side of the area where Alexandre Lacazette drew a good save from Julian Speroni only for the ball to fall to Mustafi who finished neatly with a first time shot.Six minutes later, Arsenal would have been two up but for Speroni who produced an excellent, one-handed reaction save after Ozil had latched onto Sanchez’s superbly weighted through ball.Wilfried Zaha was Palace’s most threatening player throughout the first half with the Ivorian maintaining the form that has seen him linked with a number of top clubs this season.Wilfried Zaha celebrating after scoring equaliser against Arsenal. Photo/COURTESYIt also made the winger a target for some robust treatment with Callum Chambers booked for pulling him back.Zaha made the point he believed he deserved more protection too vigorously to referee Michael Oliver as they left the pitch at half time and could have been sent off after sarcastically reacting to the match official’s decision to show him a yellow card.Zaha though reacted in a more positive way after the restart as he eased his way past Chambers before pulling the ball back towards Townsend who struck a first time shot past Cech from near the penalty spot.At that point Palace were in the ascendancy but Sanchez’s quick double soon killed off the home side’s hopes.The first came after Chambers played a deep ball into the home penalty area that was controlled by Sanchez before the Chile international exchanged passes with Lacazette and drilled the ball past Speroni.Then four minutes later, the forward had his second after collecting Wilshere’s long ball over the top with his first touch and finishing with his second.Tomkins late header from a corner came too late for the home side.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Police reopen Cristiano Ronaldo rape case

first_imgJuventus forward Ronaldo, 33, has dismissed the claim, first reported in Germany’s Der Spiegel, as “fake news”.His representatives said he would take legal action against the magazine.Der Spiegel said Ms Mayorga, 34, filed a report with Las Vegas police shortly after the alleged incident.In 2010, she reportedly reached an out-of-court settlement with Ronaldo involving a Sh37mn (£288,000) payment for agreeing never to go public with the allegations.Her lawyers are now seeking to declare the non-disclosure agreement void.Las Vegas police confirmed they had investigated a complaint in June 2009, but added they had no suspect in the case.“At the time the report was taken, the victim did not provide detectives with the location of the incident or suspect description,” a statement said.“As of September 2018, the case has been reopened and our detectives are following up on information being provided,” it added.Ronaldo joined Italy’s Juventus from Real Madrid for Sh12.9bn £99.2m earlier this year.The Portuguese international is regarded as one of the greatest players of all time.-By BBC Sport-0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000“In 2010, she reportedly reached an out-of-court settlement with Ronaldo involving a Sh37mn (£288,000) payment for agreeing never to go public with the allegations.LONDON, United Kingdom, Oct 2 – Police in Las Vegas have reopened a sexual assault investigation from 2009 at the request of a woman who has alleged she was raped by Cristiano Ronaldo.Kathryn Mayorga says she was attacked by the Portuguese footballer in a hotel room in the US city that year.last_img read more

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Vincent Janssen wanted by Bundesliga side in £12million deal

first_img Vincent Janssen in action for the Netherlands 1 Borussia Monchengladbach are putting together a formal offer of £12m for Tottenham striker Vincent Janssen.The German club’s interest in the Dutchman has been reported in recent days and they are ready to provide him with a route out of London.Gladbach are fans of the 23-year-old and believe he could thrive in the Bundesliga if given time to settle.The German side are ready to firm up their interest now too with an offer that, according to Bild, will be around £12m.That amount may well prove too low for Tottenham, though, who coughed up £17m only a year ago to sign Janssen from AZ Alkmaar.However, Gladbach will argue the player’s value has dropped over the past year after he managed just two Premier League goals last season.last_img read more

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After Eriksen blow, second Spurs ace facing more than two months out injured

first_imgIt was expected the 31-year-old would be out for a maximum six weeks – ruling him out until the middle of November – but the Mirror say Vertonghen could actually be missing for over two months.This would force the Belgium international to sit out of action until the end of November at the earliest, and he could miss the remainder of Tottenham’s Champions League group stage fixtures, with their trip to Barcelona on December 11 potentially coming too soon for him to feature. revealed REVEALED Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings latest The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Eriksen, the midfielder, has not been named in Hareide’s most recent Denmark squad, having missed each of Tottenham’s last three matches – defeats of Huddersfield and Cardiff and a loss to Barcelona. England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Tottenham could be without defender Jan Vertonghen for over two months, according to reports.Vertonghen, the Belgium defender, was not named in Roberto Martinez’s latest squad for the upcoming matches against Switzerland and the Netherlands having picked up a hamstring injury in Spurs’ defeat of Huddersfield. Most read in Premier League gameday cracker 2 Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion Guardiola-inspired tactics: Is this how Arsenal will line up under Arteta? changes silverware SORRY Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Vertonghen’s injury troubles started at the John Smith’s Stadium 2 Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City whoops Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? Eriksen is facing an unspecified length of time on the sidelines tense predicted This update on Vertonghen deals a further blow to Spurs just one day after it was revealed Christian Eriksen may have a long-term injury.talkSPORT explained how Age Hareide, the Denmark manager, told the press in his homeland that Spurs are ‘worried’ Eriksen’s abdominal muscle injury may be ‘chronic’.last_img read more

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COUNCILLOR TELLS HOMEOWNERS TO IGNORE IRISH WATER WARNING LETTERS

first_imgPOLITICS: Warning letters from Irish Water about unpaid water charges should be ignored say Can’t Pay Won’t Pay who have said that there is nothing to fear for those who are boycotting the charges. Spokesperson Micheál Cholm Mac Giolla Easbuig said, “Many people have been receiving these letters which demand payment within 14 days and have been contacting us to ask what will happen now.“The answer is ‘nothing’. We can ignore these lettters. Despite all the bluster from Minister Alan Kelly, Irish Water has no powers to deduct these payments from wages or benefits. “They can only impose very small financial penalties and then only well into next year, after the next general election, when Irish Water may well be history.”“Far for weakening over time the boycott of the charges has been strengthening. The response we are receiving is that many people who paid the first bill have not paid their second bill, having seen that the boycott is working.“We are calling on people to remain resolute and maintain the non-payment.“It is the only way to ensure that the charges stay at the top of the agenda and that all politicians are held to account on the issue so that there will be no room for manoeuvring and back-sliding once the election is out of the way.” “The huge demonstration last weekend also showed that opposition is not going away. The government have claimed that the protests have been reduced to a small hard core, but this is clearly not the case.“It was wishful thinking on their part. They have continually predicted the end of the campaign against the charges after, on the one hand, making concessions, and on the other threatening more and more punitive legislation, but each time they have found that their actions have been counter-productive.“The campaign has continued to gather momentum no matter what they say or do and we are now poised to win.”“The people of Donegal have stood up and done their bit every time they have been asked, coming out in their thousands on demonstrations in the county, filling buses to Dublin and boycotting payment in their tens of thousands, but they have been largely let down by their public representatives with only a few being prepared to back the boycott. It is time for all public representatives in the county to stand with us and back the boycott.COUNCILLOR TELLS HOMEOWNERS TO IGNORE IRISH WATER WARNING LETTERS was last modified: September 4th, 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:newsPoliticslast_img read more

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Exclusive: Flooded farmer’s worst nightmare realised as €300,000 crop fails

first_imgA farmer whose €300,000 potato and barley crop was left under two feet of water after the recent flooding has had his worse fears come through.Seamus Lynch was left devastated when he arrived at his 125 acres of crops at Porthall in Lifford on August 22nd last.A combination of a spring tide and the torrential rain which lashedthe north-west left many parts of his lands on the banks of the River Foyle waist-high in water. He spent up to €10,000 erecting several pumps on his land in the hope of saving the crops.He worked around the clock with friends trying to clear the water from the land in an effort to preserve the crops.But last night Seamus revealed to Donegal Daily how much of his crop had now been destroyed.“It’s ruined – both the potatoes and the barley. I have checked on several different parts of the crop and it’s not good. Seamus Lynch in one of the fields where his crops have been destroyed due to the massive floods. (North West Newspix)“I estimate that I’ve lost 65 acres of potatoes and another 60 acres of barley. That’s a huge amount. They’re worth about €300,000 in total.“We’ve worked so hard to try and save it but it has all been for nothing now. It’s just so hard to take,” he said.And now Seamus fears that he will never receive compensation to make up in any way for his losses.Some of his fellow farmers hit by the massive floods have been allowed to sign up for an aid scheme.Under that scheme, announced earlier this week by Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed,  farmers can avail of up to €15,000 in compensation. They can only avail of this cash for uninsured losses in the areas of to a) loss of livestock, b) loss/damage of conserved hay or silage, and c) clean-up of damaged agricultural lands and d) repairs to damaged fencing.However, Seamus fears he is one of up to five arable farmers in Donegal hit by the floods who will not be in line for compensation.He added “I am aware of the flood relief for farmers up to €15,000 but that does not include crops which were lost.“I am hopeful that the Minister and his Department review our situation and see for themselves all we have lost.” It is understood the Department may review the flood relief scheme for arable farmers but this may take into account historic conditions of their land and where they are situated. aid package for farmers in his constituency affected by the August 22 flood.The funding stream follows previous schemes announced by the Department of Social Protection for households and the Department of Defence for small businesses, voluntary groups and sporting organisations.Today’s launch of application forms to local farmers follows the announcement of the scheme by Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed last week.Announcing the DAFM Flood Damage Relief Measure, Minister of State McHugh said: “All strands of Government and all Ministers in Cabinet have worked hard to support local people in Donegal in a time of great need.“The remnants of Hurricane Gert hit north Donegal on the night of August 22, hitting Inishowen particularly hard. The storm sent millions of litres of water through parts of the county and caused tremendous damage to homes and communities. This Government responded immediately to the crisis and that included a report compiled by Teagasc on the damage inflicted on farms.“This latest measure from the Government allows farmers access to funds up the maximum allowable under EU regulations, €15,000 for any uninsured losses in the areas of to a) loss of livestock, b) loss/damage of conserved hay or silage, and c) clean-up of damaged agricultural lands and d) repairs to damaged fencing.“I want to thank Minister Creed and his officials who have worked diligently on producing a simplified application form which is now available on the Department’s website.”Minister McHugh also welcomed a short closing date for the administration of the scheme of September 29.“This is to allow applications to be processed more quickly so that farmers can receive the funding as soon as possible and begin to fix the damage to their farms,” said Minister McHugh.“I have met many of the farmers affected and I am continuing to talk to them about this scheme and the ongoing work of Government and the lead agency Donegal County Council and our ongoing response to the flood.”The Minister said the farm relief scheme is in addition to supports being provided by other Departments, as part of the coordinated Government response to the flooding in the Inishowen Peninsula.The experienced farmer knew there was no time to waste and set aboutsourcing water pumps to get the water off his land in a bid to savehis crops which also included barley and corn.He erected seven pumps which have been working around the clock to getthe water off the land.A team also dug trenches to allow the water get back into the River Foyle.Seamus’ future is in the lap of the Gods and he will know in aroundtwo weeks time if he has managed to save the crop.The cost could be huge with each acre of his 65 acres of potatoesworth up to €5,000 an acre as well as barley and corn worth up to atotal crop of almost €500,000.A frustrated Seamus said “It’s very much a salvage job, just to seewhat we can save. We have been pumping out water steady for the pastnumber of days.“It’s just so hard to take it all in what has happened. It’s been anightmare to be honest. We just have to keep sticking with it.“We will know the full extent of the damage and what we have been ableto save in a fortnight’s time,” he said.Exclusive: Flooded farmer’s worst nightmare realised as €300,000 crop fails was last modified: September 16th, 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:compensationdonegalfloodPorthallpotatoesRuinedSeamus Lynchlast_img read more

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DeGale & Groves set for December fights

first_imgSuper-middleweight rivals James DeGale and George Groves will both be in action at the Excel London on 9 December.Their respective opponents are expected to be confirmed on Monday, with Groves set to defend his British and Commonwealth titles and DeGale his WBO inter-continental belt.DeGale’s European crown will not be on the line as he is pencilled in for a February defence of that title against mandatory challenger – and former world champion – Cristian Sanavia, who is not yet ready to fight.The Harlesden man, who lost a majority points decision against Groves in May, bounced back to become European champion by beating tough Pole Piotr Wilczewski last month.Hammersmith’s Groves will make a swift return to the ring after making short work of Paul Smith, who he stopped in the second round of their fight at Wembley Arena on Saturday night.Steve O’Meara will also be on the bill at the Excel.O’Meara is set to make the first defence of the southern-area light-middleweight title he won with a first-round knockout of fellow West Londoner Ryan Toms in September.The following evening Kilburn’s Ashley Theophane fights in Sunderland, where he will defend his British light-welterweight title against English champion Nigel Wright.last_img read more

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Giants testing one-two punch in lineup that could be popular next season

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — The Giants have a pair of rookies at the top of their batting order for Wednesday’s matchup with the Pirates.If left fielder Mike Yastrzemski and Mauricio Dubón build upon impressive debut seasons, the duo could see plenty of time in those two spots for the club next year.After batting Dubón in the seventh or eighth spot in the order in each of his first eight major league starts, Giants manager Bruce Bochy said he’d seen enough to bump Dubón all the way up to the leadoff slot …last_img

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Animals Have Biological GPS

first_imgGlobal Positioning System (GPS): that’s a function.  Maintaining a suite of satellites is one method for achieving the function.  But there are other ways to figure out where in the world you are, and two very different animals show the way – naturally – using Earth’s global magnetic field.Pigeon GPS:  A team of researchers from Baylor College inserted electrodes into pigeons’ brains, then exposed them to artificial magnetic fields in the absence of visual cues.  According to New Scientist, they found that 53 particular neurons associated with the pigeon’s inner ear became particularly active when the magnetic field was altered.  They surmise these neurons are part of the bird’s auditory map, “acting as a biological GPS.”  The neurons even responded to the polarity of the field.  This would allow a pigeon released below the equator to orient itself correctly to fly home.The BBC News focused on how this new finding contradicts earlier studies that located the birds’ magnetic sense in the beak or eye.  “Be puzzled, because I am,” remarked David Dickman, one of the authors of the study.  Other mysteries to be resolved include how the birds detect the Earth’s magnetic field in the first place, and how they don’t become disoriented when they tilt their heads.  “One possibility is that they use a combination of the magnetic GPS and the pull of gravity to triangulate their position,” the article surmised.  See also 4/24/2007 about pigeon navigation.Butterfly GPS:  Another article by the BBC News from September 2009 talked about biological GPS – in this case, among Monarch butterflies.  That study indicated that the insects’ GPS is located in the antennae.  For previous entries about Monarch navigation, see 7/29/2002, 5/23/2003 and 5/09/2005.  The documentary  Metamorphosis from Illustra Media brings the wonder of Monarch migration to life on the screen.Given that many animals migrate, including fish, reptiles and mammals, in addition to birds and insects, there may be many and varied biological methods for achieving the function of GPS.  For previous stories about biological GPS, see 6/29/2006 about ants, and 7/15/2009 about dragonfly long-distance migration.    Even the human body possesses GPS-like devices (see 12/27/2008).No mention of evolution in these articles.  A natural wonder?  No evolution?  No wonder. (Visited 119 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Spain to play in South Africa again

first_img25 October 2013Reigning world and European football champions Spain will return to the scene of their greatest triumph, the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg, for a friendly international against South Africa on 19 November, SA Football Association president Danny Jordaan announced on Thursday.It will be the first time the world number one ranked Spanish return to South Africa since they clinched the World Cup in 2010 after an extra-time victory over the Netherlands at the same venue – then known as Soccer City – thanks to a goal in the 116th minute by midfielder Andres Iniesta.Making the announcement in Johannesburg, Jordaan the match would kick-start a number of high-profile games featuring top footballing countries against Bafana Bafana.‘Mission’“It is the new Safa executive’s mission to make Bafana Bafana world-beaters again and we have lined up top-class sides to play our senior national team,” he said. “We could not have asked for a better start of this campaign than with the game against the reigning Fifa World Cup champions.“It is a dream come true for many soccer fans to once again see the likes of Iniesta and Xavi in action at the venue where they made history by lifting their first World Cup trophy. This is going to be a block-buster of a game.”The Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) said it was excited to return to the city and the venue that gave them fame.‘Gratitude’“We wish to demonstrate our gratitude for the wonderful hospitality of the South African sports authorities and the support of the country’s football fans during the 2010 South Africa World Cup, where Spain was proclaimed champion for the first time in history,” Spanish Football Association President Angel Maria Villar Llona said in a statement.“At the end of the match, played on 11 July 2010 at the same stadium, the top officials of the RFEF expressed their thanks for the support received and promised to return to South Africa to play a friendly match, in the same way we did in Vienna after winning the Euro 2008.”Safa CEO Dennis Mumble commented: “We are excited by this honour to play Spain and we ask all football lovers to rush to buy their tickets for this rare occasion as soon as ticket sales open. More information will be released in the next few days.”Previous matchesBafana Bafana have met Spain twice previously, with both matches taking place during the 2009 Fifa Confederations Cup.In Mangaung, the European champions recorded a routine 2-0 victory over South Africa in group play, but a shock loss to the USA, which ended a record unbeaten run of 15 matches, relegated them to the playoff for third and fourth against the hosts.The game turned out to be a cracker, with Spain edging it 3-2 after extra time.After a goalless first half, Katlego Mphela gave Bafana the lead after kneeing Siphiwe Tshabalala’s cross past Iker Casillas in the Spanish goal.EqualiserSpain desperately sought an equaliser and finally, with only three minutes remaining on the clock, Daniel Guiza found it after, beating goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune to his right to level matters.Two minutes later, in the 89th minute, it looked as if Spain had snatched victory when Guiza lofted a stunning goal over Khune that made it just inside the far post.An additional three minutes of play was signalled by the official on the sideline, but the contest appeared to be over. With time running out, however, South Africa won a free kick 35 metres out, directly in front of the Spanish goal.Joyous roarTo the joyous roar of the crowd, Mphela unleashed a cracking strike to beat Casillas with a rocket into the top corner of the goal.In extra time, Xabi Alonso found a winner for Spain. He fired in a free kick, Fernando Llorente failed to make contact with the ball, but his run distracted goalkeeper Khune and the ball found its way into the left hand corner of the home team’s goal.South Africa pressed hard for an equaliser, but they couldn’t find it and Spain emerged victorious after a wonderful clash.last_img read more

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