Newcastle sack McClaren as manager

first_imgSteve McClaren was sacked as Newcastle United manager on Friday with the club facing relegation from the Premier League 10 matches from the end of the season.McClaren’s position has been under threat for weeks and speculation intensified after fans turned on him during the 3-1 home defeat by Bournemouth on Saturday.“After the defeat to Bournemouth the Club has spent some time considering its position and today concluded that Steve McClaren’s employment with the Club will end with immediate effect,” Newcastle said in a statement.McClaren, 54, a former England manager, signed a three-year deal to become Newcastle boss in June and was also appointed to the club’s board of directors.But Newcastle have never recovered from a poor start to the season in which they failed to win any of their opening eight league matches.They are 19th in the 20-team standings and facing a return to the second tier for the first time since 2010.“We acknowledge that reaching this decision has taken a number of days and that this has caused uncertainty for everyone involved, in particular for Steve and the players, for which we apologise,” Newcastle said.“However, we felt that this time was necessary to ensure the right decisions were reached with the best interests of the Club at heart.”Newcastle managing director Lee Charnley thanked McClaren for his contribution.“He is a man of integrity and class and he has conducted himself with great dignity during this difficult time,” he said.“Steve worked tirelessly to try and bring success to Newcastle United. He has the utmost respect of all the players, staff and management and he leaves with our very best wishes and sincere thanks.“We feel that a change is now needed in order to give the Club the best possible chance of securing its Premier League future.”Former Real Madrid and Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez has been lined up as McClaren’s replacement in time for Monday’s match against league leaders Leicester City, British and Spanish media reported.last_img read more

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French minister fumes at Euro 2016 song in English

first_img0Shares0000The trophy of the UEFA Euro 2016 football tournament is pictured ahead of the final draw in Paris on December 12, 2015. PHOTO/AFPPARIS, May 2 – A French minister on Monday described as “incomprehensible” the choice of a song in English as the official anthem for French supporters at Euro 2016.Andre Vallini, the secretary of state for Francophony, said the French Football Federation’s decision to choose a cover of “I Was Made for Lovin’ You” performed by French group Skip The Use was “very concerning”. “Euro 2016 will be a great festival of sport which is taking place in France and will therefore project the image of our country abroad. And our language too!“It is therefore incomprehensible that the anthem of the French national team should be in English,” Vallini said.The song, originally performed by American rock veterans Kiss, has been renamed “I Was Made for Lovin’ You, My Team” for the tournament.Skip The Use’s lead singer Mat Bastard said the group was asked to record the song ahead of others by French singers Charles Trenet and Jean-Jacques Goldman “because it was the song which meant the most to us”.Vallini also bemoaned the fact that France’s entry in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, “J’ai cherche” by Amir, features a chorus largely in English.“At a time when we are defending the place of the French language in international institutions, and especially European institutions… it is incomprehensible that for these two big popular events, the French language has lowered its guard,” he added.Euro 2016 takes place from June 10 to July 10.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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King signs new four-year Leicester City deal

first_img Andy King trains with Leicester City 1 Leicester City midfielder Andy King has signed a new four-year deal and stated his desire to see out his career at the club.King, who turns 26 today, has agreed to extend his stay at the King Power Stadium until 2018.And after coming through the ranks at Leciester, King admits he is delighted to have committed his future to Nigel Pearson’s side.“I’m absolutely buzzing. To have come so far with the club and to be playing in the Premier League now is a dream come true,” King told Foxes Player.“To be able to commit my future, and for the club to have shown this sort of faith in me, is a massive boost so I’m just looking to kick on now.“I’ve only ever played for Leicester City and it’s looking more and more like they’re the only team I’ll ever play for. I would love it if that was the case.”last_img read more

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Local groups on United Way list

first_imgJim Ventress, executive director of the local Boys & Girls Club, was excited to be continuing a partnership the club has had since 1972. “They’re targeting the middle schools, and that’s something our clubs really focus on,” Ventress said. “I don’t know if that’s why we were selected, but I don’t think it hurt.” The Boys & Girls Club in Newhall is next to a junior high school, and the Canyon Country club is attached to a junior high. Out of 28 Boys & Girls Clubs in the Los Angeles area, 22 were funded last year and 11 this year. Ventress said he had just spoken with the director of the Long Beach club, which did not make the list. “Some of our clubs were not funded, so I am saddened by that, but at the same time I am very happy to continue the partnership we have with the United Way. It’s a partnership we don’t want to lose,” he said. As the United Way changes its focus to boost the effectiveness of its grants, three local nonprofits are still on the list of agencies slated to receive funding, officials said Friday. The Boys & Girls Club of the Santa Clarita Valley, the Child & Family Center and the Samuel Dixon Family Health Center will receive money from the United Way over the next three years. The United Way launched a 10-year action plan in February setting goals in three independent areas: meeting basic needs like food and shelter, improving the educational achievement of youth and increasing the financial stability of family. The Child & Family Center and Samuel Dixon Family Health Center falls into the Basic Needs category, while the Boys & Girls Club falls under Educational Achievement. Cheryl Laymon, executive director of the Samuel Dixon Family Health Center, had not heard the news and was thrilled to learn her organization had made the list. “Our employees always contribute to the United Way individually,” Laymon said. “We not only appreciate what the United Way does for us, but we want to support the other good work they do.” The health center’s proposal included expansions into the treatment of mental health and dental care. They need to receive the maximum amount of funding available – $100,000 per year over three years – in order to provide these additional services. “That could be why the United Way approved our proposal, because it was so comprehensive,” she said. The Child & Family Center has been a United Way agency since 1982, according to Cheryl Jones, vice president of the Child & Family Center Foundation. Jones found out Friday that her organization was still on the list by looking at the United Way Web site. “Lo and behold, our name was there. We’re thrilled that we are still being funded,” Jones said. “We don’t know what we have been awarded yet. They haven’t released that information.” Ventress said he had been told that selected organizations will be notified through a congratulatory e-mail as to how much funding they will receive. 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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Steve Clarke: Reading CAN shock Arsenal… just like Bradford against Chelsea

first_imgReading manager Steve Clarke believes Bradford City’s stunning FA Cup victory over Chelsea this season can inspire them to a shock semi-final triumph over Arsenal at Wembley.The Royals face a tough task as they take on an in-form Gunners side who have won their last eight games.But, having seen the Bantams, who currently play in League One, defeat Jose Mourinho’s Premier League leaders 4-2 back in January, Clarke doesn’t subscribe to the theory his charges have no chance against their opponents.He told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast: “There are cases in history where teams go to Wembley or play a big team and have no chance but we look at Bradford going to Stamford Bridge this year, they had no chance but they managed to beat Chelsea.“There is always a chance, in football it’s 11 against 11. Arsenal are a good team and they’re on a great run at the moment. It’s a fabulous run of winning games, but sometimes they have to end.”However, Clarke did concede it would take a monumental performance for his side to succeed and reach the FA Cup final.He added: “We have to play the perfect game. You have to play a game where you don’t make a mistake and allow the opposition to capitalise on them. That’s the key to the game.”last_img read more

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Unai Emery breaks silence after Arsenal sacking

first_img PEP TALK update targets Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ A letter of thanks to Arsenal from Unai Emery…— Arsenal (@Arsenal) November 29, 2019Thursday’s home defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt saw Arsenal go seven games without a win for the first time since 1992.It sealed the fate of Emery, who was in charge for just 18 months after succeeding legendary manager Arsene Wenger.In a letter published on Arsenal’s official website, Emery said: “It has been an honour to be the Arsenal head coach. Getty 1 Most Arsenal fans turned on Unai Emery towards the end of his reign at the Emirates LATEST Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti appointed “I also want to send a message of gratitude to all Arsenal employees for the way they have treated me. The greatness of Arsenal is in every director, executive, employee, assistant and volunteer.“In particular, I want to highlight (former chief executive) Ivan Gazidis, who welcomed me to the club, and (head of football) Raul Sanllehi, (technical director) Edu and (managing director) Vinai Venkatesham for their respect, companionship and help.“Until the very last minute I have been treated with honour and honesty. And of course, I send my sincere gratitude to the Kroenke family, for their trust. stalemate Liverpool transfer news live: Mbappe latest, Lille star wants to join Reds in future “It has been a year and a half full of emotions, of great moments and some other more bitter ones, but not a single day has gone by without me stopping to think about how lucky I have been to work for this club with these players and their professional and personal qualities.“They have always honoured the shirt they wear. They deserve your support.“I had already experienced a lot in football, but I have enjoyed and learned a lot in England, in the Premier League, about respect for professionals and about the purity of football.“My best wishes always. COYG.” Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship center_img statement Pep Guardiola gives Man City injury update and talks Christmas schedule on target latest rookie error Chelsea fan arrested for allegedly racially abusing Heung-min Son LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS LIVE on talkSPORT Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta Unai Emery has thanked Arsenal fans for their support following his sacking.The Spaniard was relieved of his duties as Gunners boss on Friday after winning just one Premier League game since September. “To all the fans, I want to thank you all from the bottom of my heart for helping me to understand and feel the greatness of Arsenal.“To all of you who have supported us from every corner of the globe, all of you who have come to the Emirates, all of you who have waited in the rain and cold just to greet me after a game. I want to tell all of you that I have worked with passion, with commitment and with effort.“I would have liked nothing more than to have achieved better results for you. Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff Newcastle vs Manchester City (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORTCharlton vs Sheffield Wednesday (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORT 2Tottenham vs Bournemouth (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2Southampton vs Watford (Saturday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORT Check out all the live commentaries coming up across the talkSPORT network this week last_img read more

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‘Discover Ballyshannon’ gets a brand new look

first_imgThe Discover Ballyshannon Tourism Partnership launched their brand new brochure, town map and website on  Friday 11th January, marking an exciting new era for Ireland’s Oldest Town.The launch which took place in Dicey Reilly’s was attended by tourism representatives and business people from the Ballyshannon, Creevy, Rossnowlagh and Cashelard areas.The Discover Ballyshannon Committee – L-R Niall McKee, Margaret Storey, Shane Smyth, Donagh Keon, Laura Gillespie and Barry Sweeny – photo by Aine GaviganThe 12 panel brochure/map gives an overview of the town and surrounding area including information on walking, cycling, festivals & events, family fun, heritage and handmade trails around the town. There’s also a nod to activities in the surrounding area and wider south Donegal region. The website www.discoverballyshannon.ie will be the go-to site for everything Ballyshannon and will include visitor information, maps, guides, trails, accommodation and dining options as well as news from the town.The iconic Rory Gallagher statue stands at the centre of Ballyshannon – pic Barry SweenyDonagh Keon, Chairperson of Discover Ballyshannon paid tribute to the hardworking team who put everything together saying ‘we were given a mandate at a meeting in April of 2018 to rebrand “Discover Ballyshannon” and introduce a new brochure, website and suite of social media channels which has been done and we’re looking forward to have everyone see the fruits of the hard work of the team over the coming days and weeks.Mr Keon added: ‘I would like to pay tribute to the whole team who has made this possible – Margaret Storey, Barry Sweeny, Laura Gillespie, Shane Smyth and particularly Niall McKee who has done a trojan amount of work on the design of the brochure and building the website.’ The website is now live and the new brochure will get its first outing at the Boot Düsseldorf Boat Show and Watersports Exhibition, followed by the Holiday World show in Dublin’s RDS at the end of January where visitors will be able to meet businesses from Ballyshannon to find out all about Ireland’s Oldest Town.The Discover Ballyshannon team is now appealing for members to join the partnership and for anyone that has an interest in providing information, blogs or updating the website to get in touch with the team.The team also extend thanks to all those who have contributed images or information to the brochure and website, Dorrians and Dicey Reillys for facilitating meetings, MCM spirits for their sponsorship of the wine on the evening of the launch and Barney McLaughlin of Donegal Tourism/Donegal County Council for his support.‘Discover Ballyshannon’ gets a brand new look was last modified: January 14th, 2019 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:brochurediscover ballyshannonDiscover Ballyshannon Tourism Partnershiptourismlast_img read more

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We Want the Redhead! New Pirates of the Caribbean Dress and Purse

first_imgShare This!One of the most iconic animatronics at Walt Disney World is the feisty redhead in the auction scene of Pirates of the Caribbean. Now Disney is out with a Pirates Redhead dress and we are absolutely here for it. The $128.00 price is in line with the other themed adult dresses that have been offered recently. The fabric is substantial – this dress is heavy! It features a fun pirate woman and skeleton boarder along the bottom of the skirt. We found the dress on Main Street in the Magic Kingdom. It is also available at Cherry Tree Lane in Disney Springs. We’re not yet seeing the dress on shopDisney.com, but we’re hopeful that it will appear there eventually. Photos: Christina HarrisonIs this your next purchase for cosplay? Would you wear it out in the evening? Let us know in the comments. Adding to the awesome is the accompanying treasure chest purse, $85.00, that has a red skull lining. last_img read more

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Gilman walks past Columbus Catholic softball

first_imgDons play at Spencer on ThursdayBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterMARSHFIELD — Gilman scored 14 times in the second inning and went on to rough up Marshfield Columbus Catholic 24-1 in a Cloverbelt Conference East Division softball game Tuesday at the Marshfield Fairgrounds.The game was shortened to three innings due to Gilman’s big lead.Gilman only had one hit as Dons’ pitchers combined for 22 walks and four hit batters.The Dons (1-4, 0-4 Cloverbelt East) plays at Spencer on Thursday.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Pirates 24, Dons 1Gilman 1(14)9 – 24 1 0Columbus Catholic 100 – 1 3 2WP: Kasee Burton. LP: Maddie DeSmet.SO: Burton 2; DeSmet (1 1/3 inn.) 2, Sierra Litwaitis (1/3 inn.) 0, Addison Baierl (2/3 inn.) 2, Ella Schultz (2/3 inn.) 0. BB: Burton 1; DeSmet 7, Litwaitis 5, Baierl 5, Schultz 5.Top hitters: G, Gunseth 4 runs; Burton 4 runs. CC, Litwaitis 2B.Records: Gilman 5-2, 1-1 Cloverbelt Conference East Divison; Columbus Catholic 1-4, 0-4 Cloverbelt East.last_img read more

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