Benteke strikes again as Villa sink Spurs

first_imgBy Toby DavisAston Villa took another step towards Premier League safety after Christian Benteke’s goal secured a 1-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday as manager Tim Sherwood enjoyed a winning return to his former club.The Belgian striker’s eighth goal in his last six games helped Villa move up to 15th on 32 points, six clear of the relegation zone.Villa, who face Liverpool in the FA Cup semi-final next week, are a place above Sunderland, whose own battle to avoid the drop suffered in a stinging 4-1 home defeat by Crystal Palace at the Stadium of Light where Yannick Bolasie completed an 11-minute hat-trick for the visitors.Bottom club Leicester City continued their improbable escape act after a 90th-minute goal from Jamie Vardy completed a rousing fightback to beat West Bromwich Albion 3-2, a second successive victory that moved them to within three points of 17th-placed Hull City.Steve Bruce’s Hull missed the chance to put clear water between themselves and danger following a 2-0 defeat by Southampton, who are doggedly clinging on to hopes of European qualification.Ronald Koeman’s side moved up to fifth on 56 points, above Liverpool and five behind fourth-placed Manchester City who take on local rivals Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday.Stoke City’s Marko Arnautovic scored in the 90th minute to snatch a 1-1 draw with West Ham United who had taken the lead through a seventh-minute free kick from Aaron Cresswell.Swansea City equalled their highest ever points tally in a Premier League season following a 1-1 draw with Everton in the early game at the Liberty Stadium.Swansea stayed eighth in the table on 47 points, matching their biggest haul with six matches still to play. Everton are 12th on 38.In-form Arsenal could cut Chelsea’s lead at the top of the table to four points when they travel to Burnley later on Saturday, before Jose Mourinho’s side visit Queens Park Rangers on Sunday.last_img read more

Hamilton heads Bottas in Mercedes one-two in opening practice

first_imgThe session ended in drama with three minutes remaining when Swede Marcus Ericsson crashed heavily into the barriers at the high-speed Beausset corner, his Sauber car bursting into flames on one side. He escaped unhurt.The Mercedes team’s form reflected their determination to bounce back after a disappointing showing in Canada, two weeks ago, where Vettel’s 50th career win put him back on top.In demand Australian Daniel Ricciardo was third for Red Bull ahead of Finn Kimi Raikkonen and his Ferrari team-mate four-time champion and current leader Vettel.Frenchman Romain Grosjean was sixth for Haas ahead of Dutchman Max Verstappen of Red Bull, Frenchman Pierre Gasly, Mexican Segio Perez in the second Force India and Dane Kevin Magnussen in the second Haas.The session was busy throughout, while many ticket-holders were reportedly held up in long traffic jams on blocked roads in stifling conditions en route to the track from the nearby coastal resort towns.They missed a sequence of incidents as the teams learned their way around the “new” circuit unused for Formula One for 28 years since French hero Alain Prost won for Ferrari in 1990.New Zealander Brendon Hartley spun his Toro Rosso to set the tone before Frenchman Esteban Ocon spun his Force India and both Saubers followed suit. In a separate incident, Hamilton had to take high-speed avoiding action when Belgian Stoffel Vandoorne was slow moving his McLaren on the racing line on the Mistral straight.Vandoorne, who ended up 19th in a “learning” session, had also been a spinner as he searched for the limits of the track.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Formula One driver, Britain’s Lewis Hamilton, attends a press conference at the Circuit de Monaco in Monte Carlo, on May 23, 2018LE CASTELLET, France, June 22 – Lewis Hamilton topped the times ahead of his Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas in Friday’s busy and incident-filled opening practice for this weekend’s French Grand Prix.On a sweltering and sometimes breezy day in southern France, the defending four-time world champion – who trails rival Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari by a point in the title race – produced a best lap in one minute and 32.231 seconds to outpace the Finn by 0.140 seconds.last_img read more

Transfer rumours and paper review – Thursday, January 8

first_imgHere’s the top transfer-related stories in Thursday’s newspapers…Chelsea are prepared to pay a £200m contract-release clause to sign Barcelona forward Lionel Messi, 27. (Daily Star) Liverpool want to buy Manchester City and England midfielder James Milner. The 29-year-old’s contract expires at the end of the season. (The Times)Manchester United have made an offer for German central defender Mats Hummels, but Borussia Dortmund say the 26-year-old is not for sale. (Daily Express) Meanwhile, United will accelerate contract talks with goalkeeper David De Gea, 24, after agreeing an 18-month deal with World Cup winner Victor Valdes. (Daily Mail). Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech, 32, could leave the club at the end of the season and has been linked with a move across London to Arsenal. (The Daily Telegraph) England winger Andros Townsend, 23, insists his long-term future is at Tottenham despite being consistently linked with a move away from White Hart Lane. (London Evening Standard) Arsenal have had a £5m bid for Dinamo Zagreb midfielder Marcelo Brozovic rejected. Everton, Liverpool, Tottenham, AC Milan and Valencia also want to sign the 22-year-old. (Daily Star) Liverpool and England striker Rickie Lambert, 32, has emerged as an early transfer target for new Crystal Palace manager, Alan Pardew. (The Guardian) Greek side Olympiakos have made an attempt to sign Liverpool’s Italy striker Mario Balotelli, 24, on loan until the end of the season. (Daily Express) Tottenham are ready to offer Emmanuel Adebayor, 30, to MLS clubs so they can refresh their strikeforce. (The Times)Manchester United look set to miss out on highly-rated Norwegian midfielder Martin Odegaard, 16, who may move to Real Madrid. (Manchester Evening News) Ipswich are set to sign Republic of Ireland striker Noel Hunt on Thursday on a free transfer. The 32-year-old, who was released by Leeds on Wednesday, had a loan spell at Portman Road earlier in the season. (East Anglian Daily Times) Arsenal are set to make a £4m move for 17-year-old midfielder Krystian Bielik, after a £2.4m bid was rejected by his Polish club Legia Warsaw earlier this week. (The Sun)Sunderland are one of a number of clubs looking at Celtic’s £8m-rated centre-back Virgil van Dijk, 23. (Newcastle Evening Chronicle) Remi Garde, 48, is keen to join Newcastle United as the club’s new head coach – and is hoping to speak to managing director Lee Charnley this week to confirm his interest in the position. (The Northern Echo) Ajax boss Frank De Boer is Newcastle’s top target to replace Pardew, but the Dutchman will not take over at St James’ Park until the summer. (Daily Mirror) And here are the latest transfer tales…Exclusive – Gerrard’s departure from Liverpool ‘stinks’, claims former Reds team-mateExclusive – ‘Big players intimidate Rodgers’, claims Gray as he blasts Liverpool over Gerrard exitBigger than Beckham! Marsh reacts to Liverpool legend Gerrard’s LA Galaxy switch Exclusive – Calderon hopes Torres can reignite career after ‘returning home’ to Atletico MadridExclusive – Man United hopeful Hummels deal can be completed in JanuaryExclusive – No point selling Reid to Arsenal or Man United for £3m, claims ex-West Ham starExclusive – Dickov: Bony’s arrival spells end for one of Man City’s foreign starsMan United transfer warning: ‘If Real Madrid really want De Gea, they will get him’Manchester United sign former Barcelona goalkeeper ValdesBony to complete Man City move ‘in the next few days’, reveals agent‘Bony will be the new Drogba’: Van der Kraan on the Swansea striker set for Man CityBoost for Chelsea? Barcelona coach Enrique refuses to deny Messi rift rumoursInter Milan ready to step up interest in Liverpool midfielderCut-price Juventus forward could spark a transfer battle between Arsenal and TottenhamLiverpool starlet Suso to sign four-year AC Milan deal, confirms agentManchester transfer update! McGuinness on Barkley to Man City and Reid to Man UnitedArsenal and Southampton set for battle over Colombian ace? Tim Vickery’s transfer reviewTransfer rumour round-up: Arsenal eye Southampton, West Ham, Celtic and Ipswich stars?Tottenham offered Nigeria international forward‘It would be a dream come true to seal Premier League move’, says Leicester target Sevilla forward set for exit – good news for Arsenal or West Ham?West Ham target Atletico Madrid midfielder but face battle with Napolilast_img read more

Poll: Marseille or Newcastle – where would you rather live?

first_imgAfter Marseille winger Florian Thauvin completed his £13m move to Newcastle on Wednesday, the Drive team want to know your thoughts… Angel of the North 1last_img

Manchester City eye Atletico Bilbao defender ahead of Pep Guardiola arrival

first_imgManchester City are closing in on the signing of Aymeric Laporte, according to reports in Spain.The Athletic Bilbao defender has been tipped as one for the future and he is wanted by several sides.Barcelona scouted the 21-year-old earlier this season, while Paris Saint-Germain made an enquiry last summer.However, according to Sport, City are working on a deal for Laporte and hope to snap him up at the end of the season.The France Under-21 international has a release-clause of around £39m but so far clubs have been reluctant to pay that amount. However, Bilbao are adamant that’s how much it’ll cost to prise Laporte away from the club.?? Aymeric Laporte was scouted by Barcelona 1last_img read more

Job Vacancy: Letterkenny company requires part-time Embroidery Machinist

first_imgOur Client, a new Letterkenny based Embroidery & Uniform Company, are seeking to recruit an experienced Part-Time Embroidery Machinist.The ideal candidate will have:• The ability to work independently & as part of a team.• Excellent communication skills, both oral and written.• Previous embroidery experience.• Drive, initiative and be self-motivated.• A passion for providing great customer service.• The ability to work well in a fast-paced environment with enthusiastic colleagues. If you feel that you match the above criteria and have previous experience in a similar role, you may be the person we are looking for.In turn our client can offer you:• A competitive rate of pay,• A fast paced, stimulating and friendly work environment,• The opportunity to develop and grow professionally.If you are interested in applying for this position send your CV together with a Cover Letter via email to Closing date is noon on 12/05/2017.All applications will be dealt with promptly and in the strictest of confidence.Job Vacancy: Letterkenny company requires part-time Embroidery Machinist was last modified: April 28th, 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:embroidery machinistjobletterkennylast_img read more

‘Pardew to manage Barcelona next year. You heard it here first’ – Fan reaction

first_img1 //[View the story “‘Alan Pardew to manage Barcelona next year. You heard it here first.’ ” on Storify] Alan Pardew – this is your time to shine.Luis Enrique has announced his decision to step down as Barcelona head coach at the end of the season.The 46-year-old feels he needs a rest from the relentless demands of the Nou Camp faithful.And look who is available to fill the Spaniard’s sizeable shoes.Rumour has it that Pardew is learning Spanish in his spare time and it’s obvious he already knows the salsa based off his questionable dance moves in last year’s FA Cup final.He even has experience of managing a club that wears red and blue stripes!talkSPORT takes a look at the best reaction from fans online….. center_img Rumour has it that Pardew is learning Spanish in his spare time last_img read more

Trial tape: `I killed my wife’

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesRusso was a senior vice president at Smith Barney in Pasadena. The children, who were 6 and 11 at the time of the incident, are staying with other family members. Russo is charged with murder and two counts of child abuse and is being held without bail. If convicted, he faces about 50 years to life in prison with the possibility of parole. On the first day of the trial, the prosecution played a tape of four phone conversations between Russo and Smith from the early morning hours of Aug.30 as Smith sat on the stand. Throughout the recording, Russo begged to speak to his then 19-year-old daughter, Renee, his child from a previous marriage. Smith tried to convince Russo, who told Smith he had taken sleeping pills and indicated that he was considering shooting himself, that the law recognizes when a person does something in a moment of passion. PASADENA – The jury in the trial of Richard Robert Russo, an Arcadia stockbroker accused in the shooting death of his wife, listened Tuesday to a phone conversation in which a groggy Russo admitted to a police negotiator the morning of her death that he killed his wife. He also spoke of his wife’s alleged affair, which he said drove him to the act. “I killed my wife cold-bloodedly,” Russo, now 51, told Arcadia police Agent Bruce Smith in the recording from Aug. 30. “I’m not happy about it.” Russo is facing first-degree murder charges in the slaying of his wife, Carmen, 42. In the early morning hours of Aug. 30, Russo barricaded himself and the couple’s two sleeping children in the home, keeping police at bay for more than seven hours, authorities said. The couple lived in Arcadia’s exclusive Santa Anita Oaks neighborhood. He also reminded Russo that it was his 11-year-old daughter’s birthday that day. “Don’t leave your daughter with the memory of daddy killing himself,” Smith said on the recording. “We need to put an end to this nightmare.” At that point Tuesday, Russo, who remained mostly expressionless throughout the playing of the recording, wiped his nose with a tissue. Smith also worked to convince Russo to bring the children out of the house. Around 7a.m. that morning, a county Sheriff’s Department SWAT team was able to sneak into the house and remove the sleeping children without Russo’s knowledge. “I love my kids more than anything, and I wouldn’t hurt them,” Russo said to Smith on the recording. “They didn’t hear the gunshots.” Russo told Smith he could not come outside of the house himself, either, because he feared the consequences. “I can’t be arrested and held for trial of killing this woman,” he said. “They’ll throw the book at me.” “Any jury would understand a moment of passion, which you went through,” Smith replied. But Russo would not be swayed, saying he was holding out for a deal since he thought he had been “wronged, betrayed and was acting in passion.” “She completely screwed up our family, she lied,” he said. Russo said later in the recording that his wife “wanted to die at the expense of her evilness.” “I had a perfect life,” he said. “Then my wife decided to bury us all.” He told Smith he shot his wife “point blank, a direct hit” about five or seven times. A coroner’s report says that Carmen Russo had about 18 bullet holes in her body. During a break, Russo turned to a couple behind him in the audience and whispered, “I don’t remember any of this,” apparently referring to the conversations he had with Smith. Trial will resume at 10:30 a.m. today in Pasadena Superior Court, 300 E. Walnut St., Dept. C. (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4496160Want 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

Fallout from director’s forced resignation continues to resonate

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts. Molinari and Vasquez have blamed Councilwoman Norma Lopez-Reid for leading the charge to target Lopez a charge she has denied. “Why are they rushing like this…it’s like the body’s barely cold,” said Vasquez. “He has until the (Aug.) 24th.” Later Vasquez told the council, “I’m so surprised at Norma for bringing up this item. I’m shocked she decided that, ‘oh, we don’t want him’ – just like that, out of thin air. And for no reason other than a prearranged political plan.” Since Lopez had negotiated a settlement agreement that includes a severance of one-year’s salary and benefits, Molinari was concerned about where the city would find the extra $150,000 to pay for an additional director’s position. For more on the story, pick up tomorrow’s Whittier Daily News 165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MONTEBELLO – In a contentious meeting, the Montebello City Council agreed to begin the process of replacing the soon-to-depart city director of Community Development Director Ruben Lopez. Lopez was forced to resign by the new council majority earlier this week, unleashing a torrent of criticism from both Councilman Bill Molinari and Councilwoman Rosie Vasquez who have fought to keep Lopez’s position. The three-vote majority who supported a change of director consists of Mayor Pro Tem Norma Lopez-Reid, Councilman Jeff Siccama and Mayor Bob Bagwell. During council oral comunication Wednesday, Lopez-Reid requested a consensus from the council to begin an immediate search for an interim director and secondly to begin to look for a permanent replacement for Lopez.last_img read more

3 candidates vie for district

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’“If (Republicans) keep the majority, which I think we do, then I remain as chairman of the Education and Workforce Committee,” McKeon said. “And I’ve got a whole lot of stuff that we have to do there.” Erickson believes much of what the federal government does, from farm support to foreign aid, is unconstitutional. He even told a group of seniors at a candidate forum that he opposes Social Security, and one of the listeners yelled at him for it. But Erickson, 50, sticks to his principles. “All that stuff needs to be abolished,” he said. “Get the federal government back to its constitutional limitations.” Rodriguez, who has worked as an aide for Rep. Linda Sanchez, D-Lakewood, said he was inspired to run after watching Congress approve an overhaul of Medicare two years ago. He criticizes the bill for not allowing the federal government to negotiate discounts on drugs through bulk purchases. And he says the issue is personal for him – since his own sister died of lupus 11 years ago and he saw how public health care helped her. “I think this bill, what it’s doing is basically threatening Medicare as we know it for corporate profit, for big pharmaceutical companies,” he said. “And I think that’s wrong.” Rodriguez has raised about $200,000 in his campaign, compared to more than $1.1 million for McKeon. Erickson has no campaign cash. Rodriguez wants the country to start bringing troops home from Iraq and go after Osama bin Laden. “Five years after Sept. 11 he’s still not caught,” he said. “And I was one of those people who believed my president when he stood on the rubble of the World Trade Center and said we’re going to get Osama bin Laden dead or alive.” McKeon, 68, said that his priorities if re-elected will be to re-authorize a number of bills, including the No Child Left Behind Act – with changes to deal with how low performing subgroups at a school can pull down the whole school’s standardized test score. He supports the war in Iraq, and the president’s tax cut. “We cut taxes, and since 2001, since 9-11, we, because of our tax cuts, have put $1.1 trillion back into people’s pockets,” he said. “And I think they get that money, they’re able to spend it and invest it, and that creates jobs.” Rodriguez, 29, said his plan to give everyone earning less than $75,000 a $1,500 tax credit would be a better shot in the arm for the economy, because it would go to working class and middle class Americans. On the local level, he wants to invest in the freeway system because so many Santa Clarita residents drive into Los Angeles for work. Even though the Sierra Club has endorsed his Democratic opponent, McKeon said he’s done a lot for the local environment. That includes writing federal legislation to block a landfill in Elsmere Canyon and creating a wildland link for the Pacific Crest Trail through Agua Dulce. Erickson, who works as an aerospace engineer, agrees with Rodriguez in calling for a disengagement from Iraq. “The military should be brought home from all the foreign countries, and used only to defend this country,” he said. “Any time we ever go to the war in the future it should be with a declaration of war from Congress, which is what the Constitution requires.” (661) 257-5253160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA CLARITA – A seven-term Republican incumbent, a Democrat who was a congressional aide and a Libertarian aerospace engineer are all running for the 25th District. The candidates in the House of Representatives race have different ways of campaigning. Incumbent Howard “Buck” McKeon, R-Santa Clarita, has spent recent days on the campaign trail in other states, helping Republicans in tight races. Democrat Robert Rodriguez has been going door to door. Libertarian David Erickson admits to staying home, saying his candidacy is more about exposing voters to libertarianism than making a serious run. But all three have definite ideas about what they want to do in Washington, D.C. last_img read more