Coral Daily Download – Is Arsenal’s Champions League campaign over already?

first_imgDave Stevens joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.The Coral spokesman reveals Arsenal are now out to 5/2 to reach the Champions League knockout stages after their shock defeat to Olympiacos.He also looks ahead to tonight’s European action, and reveals that Manchester United are 5/6 to beat Wolsburg at Old Trafford, while Manchester City are the same price to triumph at Borussia Mönchengladbach.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfastlast_img

Jack Grealish’s Aston Villa exile continues… midfielder AXED for Southampton clash

first_img1 Jack Grealish’s Aston Villa exile continues with Remi Garde confirming he has left the youngster out of his squad for a second successive game.Grealish was dropped to the Under-21s after he was pictured partying with friends following Villa’s 4-0 defeat to Everton at Goodison Park on November 21.He was subsequently omitted for last weekend’s defeat at home to Watford, which left the Midlands side seven points adrift of safety at the bottom of the Premier League.But, despite Villa’s struggles, Garde has decided not to recall the highly-rated 20-year-old for Saturday’s trip to Southampton.“He has trained this week with the Under-21s because it was the plan. He knew that,” said Garde.“I know when he might return, he knows as well and when he will I will tell you.“Like every player Jack made a mistake and he has to pay the consequences for that. If another player does something wrong he will have the same treatment.“Jack is young and will be back because when he is fully committed in his job he will be a good player.”With Ciaran Clark suspended and Micah Richards struggling with a knee injury, Jores Okore is expected to return in defence for Villa at Southampton.Forward Gabby Agbonlahor could also make a comeback after a month out with a calf problem. Garde added: “We are still in a bad position – not a crisis – we know we have to win games and didn’t win the last one, we’re disappointed because we should have had better result (against Watford).“The performance of the players pleased me but we made too many mistakes to win.” Jack Grealish last_img read more

West Ham injury update: Diafra Sakho suffers ‘significant’ thigh injury, Enner Valencia could play before end of 2015

first_img1 West Ham injury update: Diafra Sakho suffers ‘significant’ thigh injury, Enner Valencia could play before end of 2015 West Ham have revealed the extent of Diafra Sakho’s injury, with the Senegalese forward set for a scan on Thursday.Sakho limped out of the Hammers’ 1-1 Premier League draw with West Brom at the weekend and reports suggested he could be set for a long spell on the sidelines.The club’s head of medical and sport science Stijn Vandenbroucke said on the Hammers’ official website: “Diafra unfortunately suffered a significant injury to his left thigh.“He underwent a scan on Wednesday and will see a specialist on Thursday, when we hope to learn more and put a more certain timeframe on his absence.”He also revealed another West Ham forward, Enner Valencia, is making good progress after spraining his ankle against Everton last month, and star man Dimitri Payet was ruled out for three months after picking up an ankle injury.Vandenbroucke added: “[Valencia] has come through a period of immobilisation, during which we gave him permission to return home to South America to spend some time with his family.“We are pleased to report that Enner is progressing very well and, should his rehab continue to go as planned, he has a good chance to play before the end of the year. “He is ahead of schedule and we have been very happy with his progress.“Payet is still in a period of immobilisation after suffering a high ankle sprain in a strong tackle in the same match against Everton. This means that he is still wearing a walking boot, which protects the ankle and keeps the joint in a certain position, allowing the body to heal without straining the injured ligaments.“Dimi is still able to work on his general fitness and do strength and conditioning work on his upper body. Should everything continue to go to plan, Dimi will progress to the second, more active stage in his rehab this week.”The head of medical and sports science also said goalkeeper Darren Randolph is available for selection for Saturday’s trip to West Ham, after picking up a knee problem while on international duty with Ireland.last_img read more

SACKED! Swansea confirm Garry Monk’s ‘reluctant’ departure

first_imgGetty Images The 3-0 reverse was Swansea’s seventh loss in 15 Premier League games and has left them 15th in the table, just a point above the relegation zone.Monk had been in charge at the Liberty Stadium since February 2014, initially on a temporary basis before being handed the reins permanently in the summer.The 36-year-old led the Swans to an eighth place finish last season with the highest Premier League points tally in the club’s history.But they have been unable to replicate that success this season and a run of just one win in 11 games has now seen Monk depart.Chairman Huw Jenkins took to the club website to explain his decision:“The decision has been made very reluctantly and with a heavy heart.“To find ourselves in our current situation from where we were in the first week of September, and considering the drop of performance levels and run of results over the last three months, it has brought us to this unfortunate decision today.“Garry took on the job 22 months ago with the backing of everyone at the club.“And when you take into account the excellent campaign we had last season when we broke all club records in the Premier League, nobody foresaw the position we would be in at this moment in time.“Bearing that in mind, and the current uncertainty around the club, we felt the situation needed clarity to move forward.“It was not a decision we took lightly, especially given Garry’s history and standing within the club.“And it goes without saying that we wish Garry all the very best for the future and thank him for his tremendous service, not only as a player over the last decade, but also as our manager. He will always have a warm welcome at this football club.” Swansea City has today reluctantly parted company with manager Garry Monk – https://t.co/qtkGlthU9m pic.twitter.com/REhvbDKJkr— Swansea City AFC (@SwansOfficial) December 9, 2015 1center_img Garry Monk was sacked yesterday Garry Monk has been sacked as Swansea manager.Monk held talk with the Swans board on Monday following the defeat at home to Leicester at the weekend and was informed of his fate on Wednesday.The Welsh club used Twitter to announce his departure:last_img read more

No end seen to garbage strike

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The two sides differ on wage increases and health benefits. Last week, the union rejected Waste Management’s offer and by Friday more than 450 garbage workers went on strike. Waste Management continued Monday to use replacement drivers to service commercial and residential routes in Carson, Manhattan Beach, Rancho Palos Verdes and several other cities in the region. But residents reported that collection was spotty. Tom Hart, who lives on Daladier Drive in Rancho Palos Verdes, said his trash had not been emptied since Friday. He said he left out two cans of green waste, but brought one garbage can inside. “If you leave it out there, the raccoons and skunks get to it and throw it all over the neighborhood,” he said. Hart said his other collection day is Tuesday, so he would put the cans out again and see what happened. By Gene Maddaus STAFF WRITER About 450 striking Waste Management workers appear to be no closer to returning to work today as the stoppage enters its fifth day. Though representatives of the company and Teamsters Local 396 say they are open to resuming negotiations, they have not met and prospects for a quick resolution appear to be dim. Waste Management urged residents to leave their cans out, and said most customers were experiencing a delay of about one day. “We’ve got drivers out driving,” said spokeswoman Kit Cole. “We’re bringing in folks as fast as we can.” In some areas, the company is collecting trash but not recyclables because trash creates a greater public health hazard. In Manhattan Beach, the city received only three complaint calls due to the strike, said Public Works Director Jim Arndt. “It’s actually better than we thought it would be at this time,” Arndt said. Waste Management appeared to be collecting most of the residential and commercial trash on time, though recyclables and green waste were expected to be about a day behind schedule. The striking workers continued to picket outside Waste Management yards in Sun Valley, Compton and Carson. Long Beach Councilwoman Bonnie Lowenthal visited the picket lines on Saturday and, according to union officials, expressed her support for the striking workers. Lowenthal, a Democrat, is running for the 54th Assembly District seat that includes the Palos Verdes Peninsula. For service queries, Waste Management asks South Bay customers to call 800-774-0222. gene.maddaus@dailybreeze.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

Man denies bribing SD lawmaker

first_imgCOURTS: Defense contractor is accused of improper dealings with “Duke” Cunningham. By Allison Hoffman THE ASSOCIATED PRESS SAN DIEGO – Defense contractor Brent Wilkes emphatically denied bribing former U.S. Rep. Randy “Duke” Cunningham as he took the stand Friday in his trial, which had been suspended while fires ravaged Southern California. “I never had sex with them,” Wilkes said. Neither of the women who testified identified Wilkes in the courtroom. Throughout his testimony, Wilkes blamed shady dealings with Cunningham on his nephew, Joel Combs, and his former colleague, Mitch Wade, who pleaded guilty in 2006 to bribing Cunningham. He said he paid for a $4,000 meal with the congressman in Las Vegas only because Wade stuck him with the check after ordering a $3,800 bottle of wine. Prosecutor Phillip Halpern asked Wilkes whether he had told colleagues to deny wrongdoing about dealings with Cunningham. “I believe you’re referring to the phrase, `Admit nothing, deny everything and make counteraccusations,”‘ Wilkes said. “It’s a CIA saying. It’s a joke.” Wilkes produced checks written to his company by Cunningham’s campaign and political action committees to reimburse the lawmaker’s trips on Wilkes’ private jet but said under cross-examination he did not know whether all of the lawmaker’s trips were reimbursed. Wilkes added that under House rules it was up to Cunningham’s office to pay the money back. Cunningham is serving more than eight years in federal prison after pleading guilty in 2005 to accepting $2.4 million in cash, mortgage payments and other perks from defense contractors. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Wilkes’ attorney, Mark Geragos, surprised prosecutors by calling Wilkes. The lawyer had not warned them he would be calling his client and had not hinted in earlier hearings that Wilkes would testify in his own defense. “Did you ever bribe him?” Geragos asked Wilkes, who took the stand in a gray suit and spoke in calm, measured tones through about five hours on the stand. Wilkes said no, later reiterating, “I never bribed anyone, I never asked anyone to do anything for any reason other than that they believed in the projects.” He has steadfastly denied prosecutors’ claims that he bribed Cunningham, 65, with luxurious trips, meals and even a rendezvous with prostitutes at a Hawaiian resort in exchange for the lawmaker’s assistance in securing nearly $90 million in federal contracts, mainly for digitizing documents. Geragos has said the transactions between Wilkes and the lawmaker were all legitimate. Wilkes insisted he had never hired prostitutes for himself or the congressman, telling jurors that his nephew, an employee, had hired masseuses on a trip to Hawaii. Wilkes said he had not recognized the two escorts who testified for the government earlier in the trial that they had been paid to join the men in the hot tub of their private bungalow at the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel in August 2003. One of the women said she went upstairs and had sex with a man she identified as Cunningham after he fed her grapes while she sat naked in the tub. last_img

ANOTHER FAMOUS SHOP FORCED TO CLOSE ITS DOORS

first_imgAnother historic shop on Letterkenny’s Main Street has been forced to close.Classic Casuals has been trading as a men’s clothing out for more than two decades.Before that the shop was known as the Prefect Tailor. Owner Sean Foody was a hugely well-known and respected businessman during that time.This week members of the public reacted with shock and regret at the news of the closure which took place on Saturday last.“It’s just another sign of the times. People aren’t spending money on clothes anymore but it seems so unfair.“Sean and the lads in Classic Casuals were always a pleasure to deal with. They went that extra yard to look after their customers. “They would always be pleasant when you needed anything special,” said a customer. ANOTHER FAMOUS SHOP FORCED TO CLOSE ITS DOORS was last modified: April 24th, 2012 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:Classic Casualsletterkennylast_img read more

McELHINNEY’S CELEBRATE AS THEY ARE NAMED WEDDING WEBSITE OF THE YEAR

first_imgWinners: McElhinneys are Wedding Supplier Website of the YearSTAFF at McElhinneys in Ballybofey are over the moon today with the news from last night’s Weddings Online Awards in Clontarf Castle that they have WON BEST WEDDING SUPPLIER WEBSITE of the year.Carina & Annette were on hand to collect the award at the glittering event.Harvey’s Point was named Hotel of the Year for Ulster – and overall Hotel of the Year for Ireland.  McELHINNEY’S CELEBRATE AS THEY ARE NAMED WEDDING WEBSITE OF THE YEAR was last modified: February 19th, 2013 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:McELHINNEY’S CELEBRATE AS THEY ARE NAMED WEDDING WEBSITE OF THE YEARMcElhinneys Ballybofeylast_img read more

PL round-up: Liverpool thrash 10-man Everton, as West Ham overcome Watford

first_img3 Liverpool 4-0 EvertonJurgen Klopp enjoyed a memorable night at Anfield in his first ever Merseyside derby, as his side ran out 4-0 victors against a shocking Everton side.Divock Origi and Mamadou Sakho handed the hosts a first-half lead, before Ramiro Funes Mori was sent off for the Toffees. Liverpool capitalised on the man advantage, extending their lead through Daniel Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho.Before running riot, Adam Lallana could have grabbed a handful for himself, missing two gilt edged chances to hand his team the lead early in the first-half.Running one-on-one with Joel Robles, the England international attempted to finish through his legs, but the keeper was equal to the shot. He then flashed a header past the post, which should have nestled in the corner of the goal, with Joel cemented to the centre of the goal.This constant pressure paid off on the brink of half-time, when Origi netted the opening goal.James Milner crossed from the right-wing to the far post, with the Belgian striker continuing his great recent run of form to bag his first derby goal for the Reds.Liverpool were not content with just getting one in the opening period though, doubling the lead in injury time.Milner assisted again, chipping a cross from the right onto the head of centre-back Sakho, who thundered the finish past Joel.The second period started with the Toffees failing to show anything which suggested they would get back into the game, and the final nail was hammered into their coffin less than 10 minutes after the restart.Funes Mori was shown a straight red card for a horrible stamp on Origi, who was stretchered off in worrying scenes. The Argentinian defender now misses the FA Cup semi-final against Manchester United, leaving Martinez with a selection headache as he attempts to decide who will partner John Stones at centre-back.Stones, though, could be overlooked in the FA Cup clash following his performance tonight, having gifted the hosts their third goal.The youngster’s pass out of defence was easily intercepted, and Lucas Leiva played a pinpoint pass through to Daniel Sturridge, who replaced the injured Origi. The English international controlled excellently with his right foot, before finishing into the corner with his left.Stones was immediately taken off with an apparent injury, and Liverpool spent the final 25 minutes attacking with abandon, destroying an Everton defence who were playing with no centre-backs.Chances were missed at a rate of knots, before Coutinho’s long-range strike found its way past Joel to make it four for the hosts.The game calmed down after the fourth, with Liverpool still attacking but without the previous vigour.It was clear that the team accepted the job was done, with three points picked up as the Blue half of Merseyside left Anfield humbled by Klopp’s excellence.West Ham 3-1 WatfordA much changed Watford side were easily beaten by Slaven Bilic’s full strength Hammers, as the visitors had their minds on their upcoming FA Cup clash.Andy Carroll opened the scoring, and Mark Noble secured the win with two penalties. Sebastian Prodl pulled one back for the Hornets, but there was never any fear that West Ham would lose their lead.Carroll opened the scoring after just 10 minutes, converting past Gomes from a Dimitri Payet cross. The Frenchman’s delivery was inch-perfect, leaving Carroll with an easy finish.Watford recovered well from their poor start, breaking quickly into the Hammers’ half. However, poor use of the ball meant a host of chances were wasted, the final ball failing to find a yellow shirt.The hosts dominated play, and should have been even further ahead before they did grab their second.Carroll headed wide from a free-kick, Payet’s curling attempt was just over, and Diafra Sakho had a low drive pushed wide by Heurelho Gomes.However, the Brazilian keeper was beaten just before the end of the half, Noble converting a penalty to his left, as he dived the wrong way.Jose Holebas committed the foul, jumping on Cheikhou Kouyate’s back to bring the midfielder down.Watford were comprehensively outplayed, and the hosts further confirmed their dominance early in the second period when Noble netted a second spot-kick.Almen Abdi fouled Michail Antonio, with the English midfielder playing his strike down the centre to beat Gomes for a second time.The Hornets continued to press, but they failed to create any real chances from open play, with Prodl finally pulling one back from a free-kick.The Austrian centre-back lashed home a low delivery from Holebas, the ball curling into the far corner of Adrian’s goal.The visitors were not downhearted by the score, still looking for another goal and a way to reduce the defencit, but they could just not break down a tough defence.Troy Deeney had an injury time penalty saved, and a frustrating night for the Hornets came to an end in dour circumstances, as Nordin Amrabat was dismissed for two yellow cards with just seconds remaining.Manchester United 2-0 Crystal PalaceManchester United eased their way to a victory over Crystal Palace which moved them to within one point of fourth placed Arsenal and the Champions League places.Damien Delaney converted past his own keeper after just four minutes to send the Eagles behind, with Matteo Darmian converting via the post with a powerful finish early in the second half.A series of excellent Julian Speroni saves kept the scoreline down, as both teams eased their way through the 90 minutes with eyes on their respective FA Cup semi-final ties.United took the lead when Delaney attempted to cut out a cross from the left-wing. However, the centre-back only managed to send a strong finish into the back of his own net.Palace never really threatened to get back into the game as soon as they went behind, as the hosts dominated the ball with ease.However, the Red Devils showed their usual lack of attacking intent, and only doubled their lead in the second period.Darmian collected the ball on the edge of the box, moving it onto his left foot and firing past Speroni.The rest of the game was something of an exhibition match for United, controlling play with ease and seeing out the win with no need to over exert themselves ahead of the weekend. Divock Origi celebrates scoring the opener for Liverpool last_img read more

Arsene Wenger not concerned about Arsenal’s hectic Premier League schedule

first_img Arsene Wenger watching Arsenal defeat West Brom Arsene Wenger believes his Arsenal side will be able to cope with their hectic end of season schedule – and may even benefit from playing games in such close succession.The Gunners overcame West Brom with ease on Thursday night, and they have only three days rest before coming up against Sunderland on Sunday afternoon, a game which you can listen to live on talkSPORT.While other teams played earlier in the week, and have longer resting periods, the North London side have been handed an unfortunate schedule.But Wenger is not worried and feels the experiences of plenty of midweek Champions League fixtures is perfect preparation for his players.“Between Thursday and Sunday and Wednesday and Saturday morning is exactly the same,” he said.“You know we played on Wednesday night at Barcelona and then on Saturday against Everton at 12.45pm.“It’s no problem. In fact, there’s a very interesting study that has come out from UEFA that shows that the points taken by the teams three days later are not less than after four or five days.“It’s the opposite and that is quite interesting. The study has been made in all the five best leagues in Europe. Nobody has proven that it is a disadvantage to have only three days rest.“The points on average are better than after four or five days.”Wenger’s team have failed to match their expectations this season, but two players in particular have excelled.Mesut Ozil and Hector Bellerin have been two of the best performing players in the Premier League, and the Frenchman admitted surprise that Ozil had not made it into the PFA Team of the Year.Full-back Bellerin was the only Arsenal representative in a side dominated by Tottenham and Leicester stars, and he was quick to praise his teammates for the help they have given him on the path to recognition.“I feel very proud about the award,” the Spaniard told Arsenal Player.“That said, I could have never managed to achieve it without my team-mates. Playing for Arsenal helps because all my team-mates help you improve and stand out. I am very thankful to my team-mates.“For a professional the second season is always the hardest. You must prove that the level you showed in your first season was not a coincidence. Also, you must keep a good level from the beginning to the end of the second season. Being awarded makes me very proud.” 1last_img read more