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‘It’s the beginning of the end for Mourinho!’ Arsenal fans mock Chelsea after Courtois injury blow

first_img1 Chelsea star Thibaut Courtois Chelsea star Thibaut Courtois is set to miss a big chunk of the season after it was reported he’d had surgery on a knee injury this week.The goalkeeper could be out for around two months, while some news outlets suggest it may even be as long as four months.And, having signed Petr Cech from the Blues in the summer, Arsenal fans were in an incredibly buoyant mood.You can see how they reacted to news of Courtois’ injury below…last_img

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Liverpool news: Jurgen Klopp refuses to pile pressure on sole attacking option Christian Benteke

first_img Christian Benteke and Jurgen Klopp 1 Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is refusing to pile the pressure on striker Christian Benteke as he looks to justify his £32.5million transfer fee.The 25-year-old Belgium international has scored just six goals for the Reds since his summer arrival from Aston Villa, the last of them the decisive strike in a 1-0 Boxing Day victory over surprise Barclays Premier League leaders Leicester.However, Klopp, who inherited the powerhouse frontman from predecessor Brendan Rodgers, is looking to provide the right support to help Benteke fulfil his potential.The German, who recently held man-to-man talks with the player, said: “I don’t think that you should always create a scenario like this with pressure on the player and say, ‘Come on, now you have to show’.“We spoke about a few things, and that’s always important to clear the situation or whatever. He knows what he has to do, that’s for sure. He is a player with such potential, so if he doesn’t play perfectly, you always think, ‘Okay, there’s a little bit, there’s a little bit’.“Of course, he’s not the same striker as Daniel [Sturridge] or Divock [Origi] because of the movement. All these strikers are different. We have to use his natural skills and he has to try to be more involved in the game, that’s all, and then we can make steps together.“It’s not possible to come in as a player and try to play your own style when the team plays differently, for example.”Klopp, who takes his team to struggling Sunderland on Wednesday evening, has few options up front with Sturridge sidelined by a hamstring injury and Origi awaiting the results of a scan on a similar problem.last_img read more

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Coral Daily Download – Van Gaal to leave Man United in the summer. Mourinho to replace him?

first_imgDave Stevens joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.Coral’s PR manager brings up the latest on the odds for the next Manchester United manager, after reports on Wednesday morning claimed Louis van Gaal will leave the club at the end of the season – one year before his contract expires.The still unemployed Jose Mourinho is 11/10 favourite to be the next man in the Old Trafford hotseat, while current assistant boss Ryan Giggs is 5/2, and former player and now-Stoke manager Mark Hughes is 33/1.Meanwhile, Stevens also brings us the latest FA Cup odds ahead of tonight’s remaining third round repays, with Tottenham 8/5 to win at Leicester and the Foxes 9/5 for a home victory, while Liverpool are 100/30 on to beat Exeter, with the League Two outfit 10/1 for a shock win at Anfield.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfastlast_img read more

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LVG snub? ‘I’ll put my Man United career on pause until we get a new coach’ – reaction

first_imgUsain Bolt has comically snubbed Louis van Gaal.The six-time Olympic gold medalist, one of Manchester United’s most high-profile supporters, believes he has all the qualities to comfortably slot into the side at Old Trafford.But not under Van Gaal.“I think I would be pretty good because I am fit, I am quick, I can control the ball and I understand all of the play,” said Bolt at the Jamaican Sportsman of the Year Awards.“Well, looking at how Van Gaal is, I don’t think I would ever want to be coached by him so I think I will put that on pause until we get a new coach.”In light of Bolt putting his Manchester United ‘career’ on pause, talkSPORT has gathered the best tweets responding to his comments below… Six-time Olympic champion Usain Bolt 1last_img read more

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£25m deal for Real Madrid ace, Serie A bid rejected – AFC transfer news

first_imgWhere do Arsenal need to strengthen in January?Manager Arsene Wenger only has until 1 February to bring in new faces after which time he will have to wait until the summer.Mohamed Elneny has joined in a £5m deal, but with first team players like Danny Welbeck, Jack Wilshere and Santi Cazorla out injured, the boss may be tempted to make more additions and keep them on course in their Premier League title charge.For all the latest transfer rumours, click here and check back on 1 February to follow the talkSPORT deadline day blog live.For all the latest Arsenal news click here. 6 6 6 Jorginho: Napoli reject Arsenal bid for Napoli’s midfielder – According to TuttoMercatoWeb, Arsenal have been told where to go when they approached Napoli with an offer for 24-year-old midfielder Jorginho. The report also says talks between the two clubs could begin again in the summer when the Italian season is over. Napoli are currently top of the league, two points clear of Juventus. Ben Chilwell: Arsenal to fight Tottenham for Leicester defender – click the yellow arrow above, right, to see more Gunners transfer news – Arsenal had a £3m offer for Chilwell rejected in the summer, but are now back in the hunt for the highly-rated Leicester left-back. Tottenham are also rumoured to be interested and the Foxes are keen to tie 19-year-old Chilwell – above, right, challenging Erik Lamela – to a new contract. Isco: Arsenal to move for £25m Real Madrid man in the summer? – Spanish newspaper El Confidential claim Real Madrid midfielder Isco could be available in the summer for £25m. The 23-year-old midfielder has admirers in England and Italy and his club may listen to offers for him. 6 Mathieu Debuchy: Arsenal right-back could leave but only on loan – Debuchy wants to leave Arsenal to seek out more first team football and has an eye on a place in France’s Euro 2016 squad. Aston Villa and Sunderland are the teams linked with the right-back, who is behind Hector Bellerin in the Arsenal side. However, given Carl Jenkinson’s knee injury, the club may only let him leave on loan as Debuchy is the only cover for Bellerin. 6 Andriy Yarmolenko: Have Arsenal already had their bid for the winger accepted? – Ukraine-based outlet, Sport, report that Arsenal have had a £23m offer for Yarmolenko accepted. The winger would provide competition for Joel Campbell, Alexis Sanchez, Theo Walcott and Danny Welbeck when the latter returns from injury. 6 Nolito: Barca have bid rejected for 29-year-old forward above, right – According to AS in Spain, Barcelona have failed in their attempt to sign Nolito from Celta Vigo, so could Arsenal pounce? The Liga club want interested sides to meet the £13.6m release clause, though Liverpool are also said to be in the hunt, as talkSPORT reported. last_img read more

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When concert tickets are gone in a flash, fans are left singing the blues

first_imgNEW YORK – Lisa Senauke, a Bruce Springsteen fan since 1973, tried to get tickets to his Oct. 26 concert in Oakland. The tickets were to go on sale at 10 a.m. on Sept. 17, and starting at 9:58 a.m., she logged into her Ticketmaster.com account, credit card in hand. But though she tried again and again for the next hour to buy tickets, she was always told the same thing: Nothing available. “I never even had a chance,” she said the other day. “Who, then, got those tickets? How many people managed to log in, in between me, and sweep up the tickets?” Senauke’s frustration is not isolated. The concerts of 14-year-old Miley Cyrus, the daughter of country singer Billy Ray Cyrus and star of the Disney show “Hannah Montana,” sold out in minutes. And the same thing happened with tickets to recent reunion tours by the Police and Van Halen. While some fans just quietly give up, others have complained to government officials, particularly after they found tickets to the same concerts or sporting events available – sometimes at many times the face value – on secondary sellers such as Stubhub.com and TicketsNow minutes after the public sale began. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityAfter hearing from some would-be ticket buyers, the Missouri attorney general announced Thursday that the state was suing three ticket resellers on charges that they had violated state consumer-protection laws. That same day, the Arkansas attorney general said he was seeking documents from five resellers. And the Attorney General’s Office in Pennsylvania is also looking into the reselling business after receiving several hundred complaints over a “Hannah Montana” concert in Pittsburgh, said a spokesman, Nils Frederiksen. “All hell broke loose with `Hannah Montana’,” said Justin Allen, the chief deputy attorney general in Arkansas. “The tickets were gone in 12 minutes, and when people turned around they were selling at online sites for sometimes as much as 10 times the face value.” Ticketmaster, the subsidiary of the IAC/Interactive Corp., which bills itself as the biggest seller of concert and sports tickets in the world, is also facing questions from angry fans and has sent representatives to meet with state and local officials. It argues, in part, that the number of tickets available to the public at a concert is often far less than the total number of seats in the arena. Ticketmaster has also filed a lawsuit in Federal District Court in Los Angeles against a software company based in Pittsburgh, RMG Technologies, and several ticket brokers, contending that they have discovered a way to get around Ticketmaster’s defenses. Bombarding Web site The software allows “bombarding Ticketmaster’s Web site with millions of automated ticket requests that can constitute up to 80 percent of all ticket requests made,” Ticketmaster states in its suit. These actions deny the public “access to tens of thousands of tickets so that RMG’s customers can purchase and resell those tickets to the same public at inflated prices,” it contends. A lawyer for RMG, Jay M. Coggan, denied the allegations. He said in an interview that RMG provides a specialized browser for ticket brokers but would not discuss the company’s services in detail, saying such information was proprietary. He added, “Ticketmaster isn’t losing any money – they’re getting paid full dollar for every ticket sold.” A hearing on Ticketmaster’s suit is scheduled for Oct. 15. The fact that tickets to popular events sell out so quickly – and that brokers and online resellers obtain them with such velocity – is clouding the business, many in the music industry say. It is enough, some longtime concertgoers say, to make them long for the days when all they had to do was camp out overnight. Joseph Freeman, the assistant general counsel for Ticketmaster, said that in some cases, demand for tickets simply exceeded the supply. Even in large arenas, a certain number of tickets are reserved by the artist, the promoter and the concert site, and some may also be set aside for fan clubs or presales, like those frequently held by American Express or Visa. But thousands of tickets are still typically left for the general public. In Kansas City, for example, there were “only 11,000 seats available for the `Hannah Montana’ concert,” Freeman said. “We got about 8,400. Of those, half went to the fan club while the other half was sold to the general public.” Freeman added that more tickets are often released after the initial sale date once the stage configuration is known. Automated devices While Ticketmaster would not disclose how many hits it receives when tickets go on sale, Freeman said the company had the ability to sell several thousand seats a minute. But how do hundreds of tickets show up on online sites minutes after individuals have been shut out? Officials at resellers such as Stubhub.com, now owned by eBay, guarantee the authenticity of the tickets. “What’s often mistaken about our marketplace,” Sean Pate, a spokesman for Stubhub, said in a statement, “is that we procure and price tickets when, to the contrary, we simply provide a secure and managed online marketplace for those who wish to sell tickets they possess.” The Ticketmaster suit includes a statement from a former ticket broker, Chris Kovach, who was originally named as a defendant but later settled with Ticketmaster. He said he used RMG’s “automated devices to enable me to access Ticketmaster’s Web site.” Kovach said in the statement that he had paid a monthly fee for access to RMG’s site and that its software had enabled him to simultaneously search and request tickets – sometimes more than 100 sets at a time. Kovach said in the statement that RMG’s system is “specifically designed to navigate or otherwise avoid various security measures on Ticketmaster’s Web site,” including what is known as the Captcha feature – those squiggles in a box that users must retype before they can proceed. In the meantime, potential ticket buyers continue to try various means to capture their prey. Lisa Nicholls of Houston, for example, was unsuccessful last winter in buying tickets to a “Hannah Montana” concert for her children, Alexandra, 10, and Robbie, 8. When the Toyota Center, the Houston arena, announced a new concert, her husband, Rob, sat at home with three computers logged on to the arena’s site at precisely 10 a.m., when tickets were to go on sale. Lisa Nicholls, meanwhile, had left the house hours earlier to wait at a ticket outlet at a local supermarket. Despite arriving at 7:30 a.m., she was not the first in line. Still, within minutes, she and her husband were both out of luck. “I went there thinking we would hedge our bets and do it every which way,” Lisa Nicholls said. “But only the first person in line got tickets – and I was 10th.” Jessica Fricke, a mother in Minnesota who also failed to get “Hannah Montana” tickets, tried to put the best face on it. “We are trying to teach our children the law of supply and demand. It’s a lesson for our family. It’s a hard one for an 8-year-old, but a good one.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img
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Debate was out of this world

first_imgMaybe in 2010 they envision a frowning president in the Oval Office picking up his phone and instructing the attorney general: “You’ve got to get a strike force to Denver right away. Colorado is dropping the parallel-parking requirement from its driver’s test.” There’s a certain tedious repetitiveness to these debates – Iraq; taxes; immigration; Social Security; health care, schmealth care. All right, already. Sure, those are important, but there are other issues that are as important and infinitely more fun, like UFOs. In answer to a Russert question as to whether, as actress Shirley MacLaine has written, he saw a UFO at her house, Rep. Dennis Kucinich of Ohio replied, in what might have been the only straightforward answer of the evening, “Yes, I did see a UFO.” He added that former President Jimmy Carter had also seen a UFO, although many people might not find that totally reassuring. (In another instance where Russert dropped the ball, he didn’t pursue the issue of what role MacLaine might play in a Kucinich administration. MacLaine believes in reincarnation, so if President Kucinich, facing a tough issue of statecraft, asked, “What would George Washington do?,” he could send MacLaine back in time to ask.) By Dale McFeatters Regardless of where you stand on Hillary Rodham Clinton, I think we can all agree that after the just-concluded debate among the Democratic presidential candidates that her chances of heading the New York state department of motor vehicles are pretty well dashed. The senator and former first lady ducked a question about issuing driver’s licenses to illegal aliens, but then she ducks most substantive questions on the very good grounds that the answers would come back to haunt her. Neither the other candidates nor questioners Tim Russert and Brian Williams thought to ask why the standards for issuing a driver’s license in the state of New York was any concern of the president of the United States. Russert did assure Kucinich, who has enough problems with people thinking he’s nuts, that 14 percent of Americans have seen UFOs. That same poll showed that one-third of Americans believe in ghosts and that one-fourth claim to actually have seen one. New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson cut himself a piece of the UFO action, without actually endorsing their existence, by saying that a reported UFO landing at Roswell, N.M., had never been completely explained, and he called on the government to declassify all the documents. That’s a safe course because the Bush administration doesn’t declassify anything. The UFO question is important, maybe more so to conservative Republicans. Ronald Reagan regularly said that if Earth were threatened by aliens from outside this world, our national differences would vanish. It made people uneasy when he would start talking like that, but he was right. Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois was asked if he believed there was life on other planets. His reply: “I believe there is life on Earth.” Way to take the tough, uncompromising stands regardless of what the voters think. A real profile in courage there, Barack. Somehow his answer wandered off into providing heating prices for small children and we were back to politics as usual. The UFO-alien theme lingered even after the debate. A number of observers noted that Clinton’s face was unnaturally smooth and immobile. Some suggested Botox, but the Web site Wonkette gallantly suggested alien possession. So there we have it, our knowledge of the candidates and the issues greatly sharpened. Or, as one blog had it, we have a party that doesn’t believe in evolution and another that does believe in UFOs. Dale McFeatters is a Washington-based editorial writer and columnist for Scripps Howard News Service (e-mail: mcfeattersd@shns.com). 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

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Nun, 79, pleads no contest to indecencies with 2 boys

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre One man said the nun told him in 1965, when he was 13, to open the buttons of her habit, but he was shaking so badly he could not do so. He said she then unbuttoned her clothing and had him touch her breasts, the complaint said. The first incident was followed by 60 to 80 others, including two involving sexual intercourse, it said. The other man said he had sexual contact with the nun more than 100 times, beginning when he was in seventh grade. At least one incident involved sexual intercourse, the complaint said. Giannini went on to work in Illinois from 1970 to 1994. Sister Betty Smith, regional president for the Sisters of Mercy in Chicago, has said the nun received extensive counseling at a St. Louis treatment facility after the order “learned of the situation” during the 1990s. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MILWAUKEE – A 79-year-old Roman Catholic nun pleaded no contest Monday to two counts of indecent behavior with a child for alleged sexual encounters with two male students at a church convent and school where she was principal during the 1960s. The nun, Norma Giannini, and her attorney left the courthouse without comment after entering the pleas in Milwaukee County Circuit Court. Giannini faces a maximum 10 years on each count when sentenced Feb. 1. According to the criminal complaint, the two men told authorities they had dozens of sexual encounters with Giannini, including intercourse, while attending St. Patrick’s School. last_img read more

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LYIT SENDING OUT THE RIGHT ‘SIGNALS’ WITH MAJOR CONFERENCE

first_imgLYIT is hosting the 24th IET Irish Signals and Systems conference where 40 academics and leaders from around the world will present their papers on new applications in this field.This prestigious international conference is traditionally held at universities.So, to choose LYIT as the host, is seen as a reflection of the college’s reputation in developing successful courses in computing and engineering amongst the academic and industry community. The Computing Department within the School of Science at LYIT are running the conference, adding some new topics, such as Secure Coding, a rapidly growing sector.Over the past 24 years, ISSC has become established as the premier conference in Ireland addressing all aspects of signals and systems. The conference focuses on Digital Signal Processing, Control and Communications, and encompasses algorithm and system modeling, design, and implementation, for a broad range of applications.This year additional subjects included Systems and Information Security, Cloud Infrastructures, Mobile Security, Cryptography, Watermarking, Steganography and Digital Evidence/Forensics.According to Conference Chair Nigel McKelvey, Lecturer at LYIT, “The number of delegates has increased in comparison to recent years and the standard of submissions is very high with 33 papers being presented from all over Ireland, Germany, China, Canada, USA, India. It will be an extremely high level event.” Find out about future findings and research visit issc.ie or lyit.ie.LYIT SENDING OUT THE RIGHT ‘SIGNALS’ WITH MAJOR CONFERENCE was last modified: June 19th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Abbott jobs boost must be supported by state and council – Pat the Cope

first_imgDeputy Pat the Cope Gallagher has today welcomed this week’s news from Abbott Pharmaceutical that they are to create up to 500 new jobs in Donegal. The Donegal Deputy said the news is a massive vote of confidence for the region, and has called on state agencies and the local authority to ‘leave no stone unturned’ in order to facilitate the growth. Abbotts have a long and successful history in Donegal Town, where they are one of the area’s main employers for many years. This week’s jobs announcement has been greeted by Pat the Cope as ‘just the level of investment the area requires’.He said: “It is now going to be essential that all state agencies and the local authority work closely together in order to put in place all that will be required to have this plant fully operational in the time scale outlined by Abbotts. “This a massive opportunity for Donegal to show how proactive and progressive we are in delivering projects from planning stage to operational level, no stone must be left unturned in facilitating this plant for the Donegal town area and surrounding regions. “These are key jobs at a critical time for us in Donegal.” Pat the Cope congratulated Abbotts for choosing to expand at the Lurganboy Donegal site, which has been in operation since 2006.“The Lurganboy site is a centre of excellence for blood glucose monitoring equipment, and this has been achieved over the years through solid investment by Abbotts and the commitment of a very dedicated workforce at the plant,” said Pat the Cope. Abbott jobs boost must be supported by state and council – Pat the Cope was last modified: July 24th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:AbbottDonegal TownPat The Cope Gallagherlast_img read more

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