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first_img Sergio Aguero, twice, and Fabian Delph and David Sivla scored to power City to a 4-0 rout of Crystal Palace. There was a pair of significant wins, however, for struggling teams. Bournemouth halted a four-match winless run with a 3-0 victory over Norwich that was completed by $17 million record signing Benik Afobe, a recent recruit for the newcomers, after goals from Dan Gosling and Charlie Daniels. The win lifted Bournemouth a place above Norwich into 15th – only a point behind Chelsea. Newcastle climbed out of the relegation zone to move two points behind Norwich by beating West Ham 2-1 through first-half goals from Ayoze Perez and Georginio Wijnaldum. With fifth-place West Ham losing, it was an even better day for Tottenham, which moved four points ahead of its London rival by coming from behind to beat Sunderland 4-1. James Ward-Prowse scored twice and Dusan Tadic as Southampton beat West Bromwich Albion 3-0. Additional minute LONDON (AP): In an English Premier League campaign about restoring pride at Chelsea, the fallen champions still ensure their games cannot be ignored. It’s not just fascination with watching a wealthy team in decline. Yesterday, a dreary opening 45 minutes against Everton made way for a thrilling second half that started with John Terry’s own goal and ended with the captain scoring in the right net in the eighth minute of stoppage time to clinch a 3-3 draw. Even Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink – unbeaten since replacing the fired Jose Mourinho last month – accepted Terry was offside when he flicked the ball past goalkeeper Tim Howard in stoppage time. Everton manager Roberto Martinez was aggrieved that the referee played an additional minute of injury time when seven had been indicated on the fourth official’s board just after Ramiro Funes Mori made it 3-2 in the 90th minute. Everton led through Terry’s own goal and Kevin Mirallas’ strike on the turn before Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas scored for Chelsea. “There is an understandable feeling of disappointment in having to drop two points in a game that we had to play seven minutes of injury time with the last action happening in seven minutes and 51 seconds,” Martinez said. The surprise leaders once again were Leicester, the team that was battling relegation a year ago. And yet yesterday represented a missed opportunity for the team led by former Chelsea manager Claudio Ranieri. By drawing 1-1 with bottom-place Aston Villa after Shinji Okazaki’s opener was cancelled out by Rudy Gestede, Leicester are only on top by a point. Arsenal can reclaim top spot by just drawing at Stoke today. Between Leicester and Arsenal are ever-present Manchester City. Struggling teamslast_img read more

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first_imgPhoto:  Crews quickly got a small fire under control at Griffin Sports – Adam Reaburn/Energeticcity.caGriffin Sports suffered only minor damage after a small fire Tuesday afternoon.Fort St. John Fire Crews were called to the scene of a fire at 100th street and 101st avenue just before 1pm. The fire was extinguished quickly thanks to the quick thinking of crews working on the roof of the building.- Advertisement -Fire Chief Fred Burrows says they haven’t had a chance to determine the cause of the fire.[asset|aid=2921|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=4709a252fe9adfd992746eed89b177dd-Fred-1 – griffin fire_1_Pub.mp3] The fire only caused minor damage to the exterior of the building.last_img read more

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first_img1 Asier Illarramendi Arsenal and Liverpool could reignite their interest in Spanish midfielder Asier Illarramendi after it was confirmed that Sami Khedira will not be leaving the Bernabeu this summer.The Gunners have been consistently linked with Khedira this summer with his future as part of Real Madrid’s first-team set-up seemingly unclear.But manager Carlo Ancelotti confirmed that the Germany star is happy in the Spanish capital and will not be leaving despite interest from the Premier League and Bayern Munich.Not only does that mean bad news for Arsenal but also for Madrid star Illarramendi who remains way down the midfield pecking order, especially considering the summer arrivals of James Rodriguez and Tony Kroos.The 24-year-old deep-lying midfielder was tipped as Xabi Alonso’s long-term successor when Madrid beat Arsenal and Liverpool to his signing from Real Sociedad last summer.They shelled out £25.5m to land him, more than they have ever paid for a Spaniard, but he was little more than a bit-part player last term, starting just 15 La Liga games.And he could become even more marginalised this term considering the new arrivals – and a loan move looks on the cards.Athletic Bilbao, who need to plug the gap left by Ander Herrera – who joined Manchester United, are keen to sign him but Arsenal and Liverpool could also rejoin the hunt.Arsene Wenger is currently working on moves for Luis Gustavo and William Carvalho but could turn to Illarramendi if those fail.last_img read more

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first_imgThe squad Wilshere has rejoined is a far cry from the one he first broke into as a highly promising 18-year-old in 2010.Shorn of talismanic striker Harry Kane through injury, Southgate’s 27-man group is desperately thin on players performing regularly at the highest level.“It’s completely different. I remember the first time I walked into an England squad, I went for dinner the first time and there was (Wayne) Rooney, (Frank) Lampard, (Steven) Gerrard, (Rio) Ferdinand, (John) Terry — big players who I had watched growing up,” Wilshere said at England’s training base.“It’s a different feel now. There’s more young players, there’s more of a group I think and there’s more of a plan towards the future.”Wilshere’s last outing in an England shirt was not one to remember as Roy Hodgson’s side were embarrassed 2-1 by Iceland at Euro 2016 — extending England’s long wait for a first win in the knockout phase of a major tournament, which they have not achieved since 2006.And he stressed that big expectations should not be piled onto the shoulders of a young squad, despite excellent results at youth tournaments that have boosted hopes of a brighter future.England’s under-20 and under-17 sides won their respective World Cups last year.“The World Cup is a massive thing for us and we want to do well. We don’t want to set ourselves any targets but I think going through after the World Cup the group is in a good position,” he added.“If you look over the past years, especially Rio (before World Cup 2014) — we were confident going into that and it didn’t work out. And with this group of players, it wouldn’t be fair.”– Arsenal future in the balance –Things could have been different for Wilshere had he taken manager Wenger up on his offer to leave Arsenal at the beginning of the season.“I wasn’t getting in the Arsenal team and the manager said I could leave if I wanted to,” said the 26-year-old. “I was in the position that I did not know what was going to happen in the coming season.”Wilshere’s future is again up in the air. His contract is set to expire at the end of the season, meaning he could become a free agent while at the World Cup.And he is hoping to have a deal agreed before jetting off to Russia.“I want to go to the World Cup and enjoy it but we have three months till then and a lot can happen. Ideally from my point of view and the club’s point of view, they will probably want it sorted.”In a career blighted by injury, Wilshere has managed to marry a prolonged spell of form and fitness, making 31 appearances already this season.England’s pain could be Wilshere’s gain, as a lack of competition for places in central midfield means he is now well-placed for at the very least a place in Southgate’s squad for the summer.“I have always had the confidence in myself and felt that if I got in there I could put in the performances that would give me the opportunity to be back here with England,” he said.“I have always loved playing for England. It is the top level for any player. I am at an age now where I get it and it means a lot to me.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Jack Wilshere hasn’t played for England since a shock 2-1 defeat to Iceland at Euro 2016. © AFP / PAUL ELLISBURTON-0N-TRENT, United Kingdom, Mar 22 – England midfielder Jack Wilshere has played down World Cup expectations but believes the Russian showpiece could be a stepping stone towards a brighter future for Gareth Southgate’s inexperienced team.The Arsenal player is hoping to win his first cap in nearly two years in warm-up friendlies against the Netherlands and Italy after battling back to recover his place in Arsene Wenger’s team this season.last_img read more

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first_imgThe measure would levy a parcel tax on property owners, averaging about $40 a year. The council’s Rules and Elections Committee asked the city attorney to draft ballot language that would spell out how the $30 million a year would be awarded to gang prevention and intervention programs and how the city would ensure the money is spent. The measure, introduced by Councilwoman Janice Hahn, is scaled back from an earlier $50million parcel-tax proposal to make it more appealing to voters. Hahn, who represents the Harbor Area, said the city has never made a consistent effort to fund gang intervention and prevention programs. “We need a dedicated funding stream,” Hahn said. “The city budget has so many constraints on it that we’re never going to have the political will to always dedicate this amount of money toward ending gang violence.” But City Controller Laura Chick, who is auditing current gang prevention programs, has said the council and mayor should not put a gang tax on the ballot until her review is complete and the city can be sure the money will be spent well. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has said he could support the tax measure if the money was spent in communities with the worst gang problems and there is strong oversight and accountability. His office would not say if he supports putting a gang tax on the February ballot. “Laura Chick is going to be critical in determining where new funds are allocated,” said spokesman Matt Szabo, adding that the mayor needs more details on the council’s proposal. The council would need to vote by Oct. 3 to direct the city attorney to draft ballot language and the full council would have to decide whether to put the tax on the ballot by Oct. 19. kerry.cavanaugh@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LOS ANGELES: A $30 million measure forpreventionprograms is being considered. By Kerry Cavanaugh STAFF WRITER A key Los Angeles City Council committee took a step Wednesday toward putting on the February ballot a $30million tax measure to fund gang prevention programs. last_img read more

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first_imgA man who was five times over the limit asked Gardai for a chance saying he was an “easy target.”Joe McMonagleJoe McMonagle said he was driving a friend home to Brockagh after a   taxi driver had refused to drive them up a rural country road after they had been drinking in Ballybofey. The 39 year old was stopped by Gardai on 9th February, 2013 at Galwolie, Cloghan.McMonagle, from Meeatinney, Fintown, claimed he was only helping a friend when stopped by Gardai.The farmer, who was already disqualified from driving when stopped,   pleaded with Gardai for a chance saying he was an target for Gardai.Gardai tried to perform a breath test on four occasions but McMonagle failed each times and his eventual urine sample showed a reading of 379 grams.Solicitor Cormac Hartnett said there was nothing sinister or evasive about his client but rather he simply chose driving as a poor alternative.Judge Paul Kelly said McMonagle had put himself in a very difficult position.“It was a generous thing to do (leaving the friend home) but it has got you in a terrible position,” he said.He sentenced McMonagle to four months in prison but suspended it for two yearsHe said he was also required to impose the mandatory six year driving ban.MAN WHO WAS FIVE TIMES OVER LIMIT TOLD GARDAI HE WAS AN ‘EASY TARGET’ was last modified: March 4th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Brockaghcourtdonegaldrink drivingJoe McMonagleletterkennylast_img read more

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first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2The team is scheduled to travel to Sacramento on Monday to meet with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. The team – Zac Ellington, Michael Farrell, Farhan Khan, David Lopez, David Novgorodsky, Julia Rebrova, Atish Sawant, Dean Schaffer and Monica Schettler – was treated to a victory lap around the stadium in three convertibles in a ceremony that included performances by the school’s band, choir and dance team. Bob Collins, chief instructional officer of secondary instruction at LAUSD, told the crowd how the Taft students were praised by competing teams in San Antonio for their friendly demeanor and good sportsmanship. “They not only won a national championship to make us proud, they made us proud by the content of their character,” Collins said. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said Taft’s students “are a great example of the tolerance and kind of unity that’s so important to this city.” WOODLAND HILLS – Cheering and waving school pennants, more than 3,000 students, teachers, parents and friends gathered Friday at the Taft High stadium to honor their Academic Decathlon team as the nation’s champion. “Everyone who has ever gone to a Los Angeles public school, when they hear that one of their own schools has distinguished themselves in this way, it makes us all proud,” said Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, one of several officials to speak. “In a time when so many people choose to magnify some of the problems we have in our high schools, it pays to look at Taft High School, and recognize how great this school is, and the strength of the system.” Led by veteran coach Art Berchin, the nine-member team won Taft’s third national championship in April, competing against more than 300 students from 37 other states in the subject academic competition. The school’s victory celebration was delayed by six weeks so the team members, all seniors, could complete their Advanced Placement tests and finals. Team members said they were honored by the attention, but said their victory was a reflection of their school. “Considering that we won the national championship as much for the school as for ourselves, it’s only fitting that we come together and recognize each other,” Ellington said. Novgorodsky said the team was honored to have the support “of such an incredible student body and faculty – we couldn’t have done it without them.” lisa.sodders@dailynews.com (818) 713-3663160Want 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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first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Workers are cutting back the rocky slopes that border the freeway where it cuts through hills and installing retention systems using cable net or wire mesh. Estimated to be completed in spring 2008, the project will reduce rock falling onto the freeway shoulders, Caltrans officials said. AGUA DULCE – Caltrans will close the Antelope Valley Freeway (14) in both directions early Sunday at Escondido Canyon Road during construction work aimed at stopping rockslides. The southbound freeway will be closed to traffic from 4 to 9 a.m. The northbound freeway will be closed from 5 to 9 a.m. Closure and detour information will be posted on electronic message signs to direct motorists along Escondido Canyon and Agua Dulce Canyon roads. California Highway Patrol officers will help direct traffic. The closure is in relation to a $12.6 million slope stabilization project along the freeway between Soledad Canyon Road in Santa Clarita and Escondido Canyon Road. 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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first_imgEngland booked their place in the semi-finals of a World Cup for the first time since 1990 with a 2-0 win over Sweden.Goals from Harry Maguire and Dele Alli either side of half-time sealed the victory for Gareth Southgate’s side in a game which also saw Jordan Pickford make a number of brilliant saves. GETTY 4 Southgate celebrates the victory over the Swedes 4 Lingard caused all sorts of problems for Sweden 4 Harry Maguire scored England’s first goal against Sweden center_img Pickford made a crucial save at the start of the second-half Gareth Southgate’s men will face the winners of the Russia v Croatia quarter-final at the Luzhniki Stadium on Wednesday night knowing they are just 90 minutes away from their first World Cup final since 1966.Both sides made nervous starts but England started to take control of the game after Harry Kane’s shot from 20 yards out went just wide after a swift counter-attack.They applied the pressure more and took the lead after half an hour when Maguire scored his first goal for England after powerfully heading home Ashley Young’s corner from the left beyond Robin Olsen.Raheem Sterling missed a golden opportunity to double their lead moments before the break. A brilliant long ball from Kieran Trippier put the Manchester City man through on goal but Sterling dithered before having his effort saved. It was a very calm and mature performance from the Three Lions and everyone did their job well.Pickford made some great saves at important moments but the star performer of this game was Jesse Lingard.While he did not score any goals, the Manchester United man was everywhere, finding all sorts of space going forward. He also laid on the assist for Alli’s goal.MOMENT OF THE MATCH It was a wonderful moment for Maguire to bag his first international goal while Alli scored his first England goal at a major tournament, but the moment of the match has to be when referee Bjorn Kuipers blew the final whistle.This sealed England’s place in their first World Cup semi-final in 28 years and just their third overall. After 52 years of hurt, is football finally coming home?LINE-UPSSweden: Olsen, Krafth (Jansson 85), Lindelof, Granqvist, Augustinsson, Claesson, Larsson, Ekdal, Forsberg (Olsson 65), Berg, Toivonen (Guidetti 65)Subs not used: Johnsson, Svensson, Helander, Hiljemark, Rohden, Durmaz, Thelin, NordfeldtEngland: Pickford, Walker, Stones, Maguire, Trippier, Alli (Delph 77), Henderson (Dier 85), Lingard, Young, Sterling (Rashford 90), KaneSubs not used: Butland, Rose, Vardy, Welbeck, Cahill, Jones, Loftus-Cheek, Alexander-Arnold, Pope 4 England had hero of the last round Pickford to thank for making a great stop to deny Marcus Berg with a downward header just after the break.And the Three Lions made them pay when Alli headed in Jesse Lingard’s looping cross to make it 2-0 to England.The Swedes came again and Viktor Claesson was denied with another super Pickford stop before Jordan Henderson expertly blocked Claesson’s second bite.Pickford denied Berg again with a smart save on 72 minutes while Emil Krafth brilliantly cleared a menacing Kieran Trippier cross as England held on for the win – and securing their first clean sheet of these finals.STAR MANlast_img read more

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first_imgA NOVEL based on the life and death of IRA informer Denis Donaldson has won a top literary award.‘Return to Killybegs’ was penned by French journalist Sorj Chalandon who became a friend of Donaldson’s while working for the newspaper Libération in Belfast.It won the Académie Française prize – France’s highest literary honour. The journalist said he became sympathetic to the republican cause whilst covering the Troubles.But Donaldson’s outing as a British agent had shocked him.“It’s terrible to hear that one of your friends – a man you knew for years and years, the man who explained so much to you about Ireland and his struggle – was a traitor in his community,” said Mr Chalandon.“I never said to myself, I want to write a novel about Denis, but I was so shocked, so disappointed, it was so painful. I said to myself, I will take this and write a novel about what it means to be betrayed by someone close to you.” He said he was ‘deeply touched’ by winning the award but vowed never to write about Ireland again because of the sense of betrayal over the Donaldson affair.The agent was shot dead by dissident republicans five years ago at a family cottage near Doochary.Gardai are still hunting his killers with an inquest verdict set to go ahead next April after eight adjournments.Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldaily Sell anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.comDONEGALDAILY.COM – FIRST FOR NEWS IN CO DONEGALDONALDSON MURDER: NOVEL ABOUT DEATH WINS TOP PRIZE was last modified: November 5th, 2011 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:DONALDSON MURDER: NOVEL ABOUT DEATH WINS TOP PRIZElast_img read more

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