Month: December 2019

David De Gea transfer fiasco ‘a wake-up call for Man United’, John Barnes tells talkSPORT

first_imgJohn Barnes has told talkSPORT Manchester United should learn from the David De Gea transfer debacle, saying the failure to sell the goalkeeper to Real Madrid this summer is a ‘wake-up call’ for the club.The Spaniard with heavily linked with a return to his homeland all summer, but, after lengthy negotiations between the sides, his dream move eventually collapsed moments before Tuesday’s transfer deadline over an administration error.De Gea was desperate the leave United for the La Liga giants, but their mistakes in the window mean he is stuck at Old Trafford until January.And, as much as it pains him to admit, Liverpool hero Barnes says the Red Devils should take a leaf out of Everton’s book, following their successful handling over a similar situation with Chelsea-linked defender John Stones.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, the former winger said: “Maybe this is bit of a wake-up call to make sure they get it all done early.“It’s not the outcome either team would have wanted. De Gea wanted to go and I’m sure Man United would have wanted the money, but [the deal didn’t happen] because they were waiting until the last minute, Man United to squeeze more money out and Real Madrid to pay less money – it serves them both right!“Talking about the transfer window, I have praise Everton – as much as it kills me to do it.“The way they dealt with the John Stones situation was fantastic and even the way Stones reacted to his transfer request being turned down, it shows the right way it should be done.”last_img read more

Louis van Gaal feels Wayne Rooney winner vindicated his Manchester United substitutions

first_imgLouis van Gaal felt vindicated by Wayne Rooney’s winner against CSKA Moscow after his decision to take off Anthony Martial was widely booed at Old Trafford.The Manchester United manager responded to three successive goalless draws by starting with Martial as his central striker and playing the England captain in a withdrawn role in the Champions League Group B clash.But with the score locked at 0-0 he hauled the Frenchman off and pushed Rooney up front, a decision that was loudly derided by what seemed a hefty majority inside the stadium.Rooney, though, paid his boss back by heading home the only goal of the match in the 79th minute, Michael Carrick and Jesse Lingard having combined to present the opportunity.Van Gaal was well aware his decision was not welcomed in the stands, but was content with the outcome.Asked if he had heard the crowd’s reaction, the Dutchman said: “Of course, I am not deaf.“That is the opinion of the fans. Afterwards they shall not be disappointed by the decision of the manager.“I’m very happy because I put him again in the striker’s position and he scored.”Van Gaal was otherwise keen to spread the praise on a night when the Red Devils moved a point ahead of PSV Eindhoven at the top of the group.“I back all my players, not only Wayne Rooney. Wayne Rooney is always centre of attention, I have to answer always about Wayne Rooney and now again.“Wayne is Wayne, he shall always contribute in a game.“It was a fantastic goal. The tackle of Marcos Rojo was fantastic, the pass of Michael Carrick and the cutback of Jesse Lingard. Then the header of Rooney.“It was fantastic. I’m very happy about the performance of my players, also about the result and also the fact we are top of the group.” Louis van Gaal 1last_img read more

Progressive activism energizes Democrats in Valley

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsLast year, that new blood of progressive activists in the Valley might even have scored its biggest coup to date – helping lift Democrat Debra Bowen to victory in the race for secretary of state. Operations on behalf of statewide office candidates by the progressive-controlled Democratic Party of the San Fernando Valley – an umbrella for about 25 Democratic clubs – logged in more precinct walking, more phone banking and more campaign activities than any other party organization. Volunteers manning Valley phone banks made more than 100,000 phone calls to voters alone. Bowen and party leaders credited the Valley activists and their work for her 448,203-vote advantage in Los Angeles County – more than her margin of victory in a tight race she won by 3percent, the closest race statewide. In the Valley, a sampling of voter precincts found Bowen consistently running ahead of other members of the Democratic statewide slate. Once a bastion of old guard conservatism, the San Fernando Valley has become a hotbed of progressive activism that appears to be re-energizing the Democratic Party base in the county and state for the 2008 presidential campaign year. Activists have already moved into positions in the party’s important county and state central committees, which have traditionally been the seats of power from where old guard leaders have controlled money and volunteers for political campaigns. “A lot of new blood got involved in 2004,” says Democratic activist Chad Jones of Granada Hills, an executive board member of Valley Grassroots for Democracy. “We’re not old guard. We don’t have a history. We don’t know how things are supposed to be. “We go our own way and not how the old guard does things, but what works for us.” “We like to take credit for getting Debra Bowen elected,” says Damian Carroll of Lake Balboa, recording secretary of the DPSFV and past president of the San Fernando Valley Young Democrats. “It was Los Angeles County that took her over the top in the entire state. We take a lot of pride in that.” In the upcoming presidential election, Valley activists are hoping to duplicate their yeoman campaigning by taking their message on the road, where they hope to influence the vote in politically pivotal states. “I’m sure we’ll also have (volunteers) going to Nevada, Arizona and New Mexico, swing states where you can drive and be here in a few hours,” Jones says. “We had buses going in 2004 to Arizona, Nevada and New Mexico, and we had people on their own going as far away as Florida.” Generational change Overall, political observers think the progressive activism in the Valley might be a reflection of the demographic, sociological changes that have taken place over the past generation: an influx of younger, moderate voters; the aging of the Valley youth of the 1980s; and the outward migration of some older constituency together with the continuing growth of the Latino vote. “In many ways, the changes that the San Fernando Valley has undergone in the last generation is a microcosm of America,” political consultant Bill Orozco says. “And if you’re involved in politics, it’s impossible not to take note of activism among younger Democrats in the Valley. “They’ve become a model for what progressive Democrats are trying to do in other parts of Southern California and the rest of the state.” In recent years, a slew of increasingly active Democratic political groups have emerged in the Valley, with the Valley Grassroots for Democracy – which was created out of John Kerry’s 2004 presidential defeat – leading the push for progressive change within the party. In July, Democratic Party State Chairman Art Torres joined Bowman in personally thanking Valley activists for their work in 2006 at an awards dinner honoring volunteers from all the Valley Democratic groups. “The party is listening,” Jones says. “We’ve managed to get ourselves into the party. We learned the secret handshake. Once you’ve figured that out, then it’s easy getting elected to the central committees or to get on committees by appointment or into caucuses. Once in on those, then you’re voting.” In the world of behind-the- scenes political operations, the state and county central committees operate those organizations – being responsible for recruiting, training, helping to finance, and delivering volunteers for campaigns for political offices. Many of those committees also assist in organizing their county for federal, state and local office campaigns. Jones himself has been elected to the Democratic Party’s State Central Committee and also sits on the executive board of the state party. Parker is on both the state and county central committees. Carroll, a state Assembly field representative, has also been a delegate to the L.A. County Democratic Central Committee and Democratic State Central Committee. Carroll, for one, thinks the rise of progressive activism in the Valley might even predate the 2004 presidential campaign. “I think, in a way, 9-11 woke up the desire in a lot of people to get involved in a more meaningful way,” he says. “What has crystallized in lot of folks who are upset with (President) Bush is that they could do more than just turn out and vote every two years – that between elections they could work as volunteers, work on campaigns, spread the word on the Internet and on the ground and maybe become candidates themselves someday.” Labor protests That activism has also gone beyond traditional political involvement and into labor protests, once an arm-in-arm staple of the Democratic Party. Earlier this year, the San Fernando Valley Young Democrats promoted a boycott of all Circuit City stores over the layoff of 3,400 workers. Valley Democrats have also been involved in Habitat for Humanity homebuilding projects and packaging gift bags for U.S. troops in Iraq. Although some of the activists are individually members of the Progressive Democrats of America that formed after the 2004 Democratic National Convention, their activism as part of political groups in the Valley is not directly connected to the Progressive Democrats or the Progressive Caucus in the state party. Nevertheless, local activists insist their work is raising eyebrows nationally. “The epicenter for the progressive movement is right here in the San Fernando Valley,” says Brad Parker of Sherman Oaks, chairman of the Valley Democrats United. “It was born out of a certain frustration with elected officials, and what we’re doing here is spreading across the country.” Divided loyalties The upcoming Feb. 5 primary, though, brings with it an awkward pause for most of these activists. Their loyalties are split among several Democratic candidates, and most of the Valley clubs have a moratorium on endorsing anyone in a primary with the richest prize in the land. In the primary, 370 of the state’s 441 national delegates are at stake – and the party’s nomination will still be up for grabs. The remaining 71 delegates are members of Congress or party members who will be officially unpledged when they arrive at the national convention in Denver in August. Activists say they do not want to lost sight of their ultimate goal – a Democrat becoming president – by risking division through an internecine primary fight. Agi Kessler of Woodland Hills, chairwoman of the Democratic Party of the San Fernando Valley, says it was that kind of unity after the 2004 primaries that helped propel the Valley’s progressive activism four years ago. A supporter of onetime frontrunner Howard Dean in the 2004 primary, Kessler found herself in early meetings with supporters of other candidates – and ultimately laying down a mantra they all agreed upon. “I said, `The most important thing for us to do is to get a Democrat elected president,”‘ she recalls. “We can either go our separate ways or we can unite behind the nominee.” Out of that campaign sprung the Valley Grassroots for Democracy, of which Kessler became president. “That was only the start,” Kessler says. “We now have another challenge ahead of us.” 818-713-3761160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Global warming bill moves to Senate floor

first_imgSen. James Inhofe of Oklahoma, the ranking Republican on the committee, has promised a filibuster, meaning it will take 60 votes to be approved. “I’ve had a wonderful time, but this wasn’t it,” Inhofe joked after the daylong session Wednesday and scores of GOP amendments – few of them approved. Aside from Warner, Republicans argued that additional safeguards should be included to assure against economic hardship.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 MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat Kings“We now move to the Senate floor,” said Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., who along with Warner had introduced the legislation. The bill calls for the United States to cut carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions by 70 percent by 2050 from electric power plants, manufacturing and transportation. It would create a “cap-and-trade” system whereby companies would have pollution allowances that they could sell if they went below the emission limits, or buy if they found they could not meet the requirements. The trading is aimed at reducing the economic impact of putting limits on carbon dioxide from burning fossil fuels, the leading greenhouse gas. But the bill’s prospects are anything but certain. It is not expected to come up for action until next year, and many Republicans have vowed to seek significant changes. WASHINGTON – Democrats turned back repeated efforts by Republican senators to soften the economic impact of a global warming bill before advancing it out of a Senate committee on Wednesday. It was the first bill calling for mandatory U.S. limits on so-called greenhouse gases to be taken up in Congress since global warming emerged as an environmental issue more than two decades ago. The bill was approved 11-8 by the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. GOP critics of the bill argued that limiting greenhouse gas emissions could become a hardship because of higher energy costs. But Sen. John Warner of Virginia, a Republican co-sponsor who gave the bill legitimacy among many moderate GOP senators, called it “a chance to give America our opportunity … to be counted on this very very important issue.” last_img read more


first_imgEasons is to open a new store on the site of the old Proctor’s Newsagency at the Letterkenny Shopping Centre.The store will be the second belonging to the book giant in Letterkenny which already operates a store at the Courtyard Shopping Centre.The Proctors Newsagency was one of the most successful in the town. However owner Brendan Proctor says he was forced to withdraw from the shopping centre after a dispute over rents.The new Easons store in Letterkenny is expected to create up to ten new jobs. EASONS TO OPEN NEW SHOP AT OLD PROCTOR’S NEWSAGENCY IN LETTERKENNY was last modified: August 28th, 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:Easonsletterkennynew storelast_img read more

Champions League team news: Predicted PSG line up v Manchester City

first_img 10. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (centre forward) 11 11 17. Maxwell (left back) 2. Thiago Silva (centre back) – see the full line up, in squad number order, by clicking the arrow above 11 7. Lucas Moura (left side attack) 11 11 11 11 11 25. Adrien Rabiot (right centre midfield) Paris Saint-Germain host Manchester City in the Champions League tonight and it’s live on talkSPORT, kick off 7:45pm.The French giants are looking to reach the semi-finals for the first time in their history, though they come up against a City team aiming to achieve the same feat.But, having wrapped up the Ligue 1 title mid-March, with eight games to spare, Laurent Blanc’s side can afford to focus their full attention on the elite European trophy they are yet to get their hands on.So, who might Blanc field to get his side off to a winning start at the Parc des Princes?Take a look at talkSPORT’s predicted Paris Saint-Germain XI by viewing the slideshow above. 14. Blaise Matuidi (left centre midfield) 8. Thiago Motta (centre midfield) 16. Kevin Trapp (goalkeeper) 11 5. Marquinhos (right back) 11. Angel Di Maria (right side attack) 11 11 32. David Luiz (centre back)last_img read more

Liverpool blow! Reds target Mario Gotze sacks agent and hints at Bayern stay

first_img1 Liverpool’s pursuit of Mario Gotze may be over… Liverpool have been dealt a blow in their pursuit of Germany midfielder Mario Gotze, who has parted ways with his agent and seemingly committed his future to Bayern Munich.Jurgen Klopp is keen on bringing his former Borussia Dortmund star to Anfield, and reportedly told the club to do everything they can to get a deal over the line ahead of Euro 2016.The Reds’ chances appeared to be boosted by reports in Germany last week, which claimed the 23-year-old attacker was not in incoming manager Carlo Ancelotti’s first-team plans in Bavaria and could be available for just £20million this summer.Gotze has struggled for regular game time at the Allianz Arena, particular this season having suffered from persistent injury troubles.But the World Cup hero has poured cold water on the rumours, saying he now plans to stay at Bayern and hopes to impress new manager Carlo Ancelotti.“I look forward to the new season in Munich and will do everything possible to be in top shape during my first training session under Carlo Ancelotti,” Gotze is quoted as saying in Bild.This latest revelation comes immediately following news that Gotze has parted ways with agent Volker Struth.Struth’s company, SportsTotal, represent a number of Germany stars including Real Madrid’s Toni Kroos, Dortmund forward Marco Reus and another Liverpool target – Mainz goalkeeper Loris Karius.“SportsTotal and Mario Götze end their six-year collaboration by mutual agreement,” read a statement from the agency. “This is the result of a conversation SportsTotal CEO Volker Struth and the 23-year-old forward who met after Bayern Munich’s game last Saturday.“After extensive deliberations and discussions in the past few weeks, we have come together to decide that we will terminate the cooperation. Therefore we met for a joint discussion and parted by mutual consent. I thank him for his many years of trust and wish him well for the future.”Götze added: “I thank SportsTotal for a very good cooperation with many highlights and great memories that have shaped my career decisively.”Struth has openly criticised Bayern in the past, accusing Pep Guardiola of ‘destroying’ Gotze’s career while also saying the Bundesliga giants have undervalued the World Cup hero.It was Gotze’s agent who was supposedly keen on him moving to Anfield, so the players’ decision to part ways could well be an indication of his wish to stay with the German champions.last_img read more

Potential Man United XI if Mourinho lands all his targets including Mkhitaryan

first_img Centre midfield: Wayne Rooney – Rooney is starting to excel in central midfield for both club and country, so expect him to feature there for at least the start of the new season. 11 11 11 Goalkeeper: David De Gea – click the arrow right to see the full Manchester United line-up if the transfer rumours are correct – De Gea should be United’s no.1 next season after publically stating his desire to work with Mourinho and restore the Premier League title to Old Trafford. 11 Centre attacking midfield: Julian Draxler – German newspaper Bild have said United are preparing a £25.5m bid for Wolfsburg’s star man as Mourinho looks to bolster his attack. 11 Left back: Luke Shaw – Shaw started last season incredibly well before his horrific injury but, having worked through the summer, expect him to be ready for the new campaign. Right back: Timothy Fosu-Mensah – Matteo Darmian is being linked with a move away from the club and Fosu-Mensah impressed at right back last season. Mourinho has promised he will give youth a chance and it looks like here will be one of the areas for him to do it. Centre back: Chris Smalling – Smalling is now United’s senior defender and will be expected to shoulder the responsibility of organising the defence. 11 Centre midfield: Paul Pogba – The France star is being linked with a big-money move back to Manchester and will be one of the signings of the summer if Mourinho can pull it off. Left forward: Anthony Martial – Martial will be United’s key man next season after a stunning first year at Old Trafford. Manchester United are starting to make their move in the transfer market with talks between a number of players’ representatives ongoing.Manager Jose Mourinho has already brought in Villarreal’s Eric Bailly for £30m to strengthen the defence and is now likely to focus on his midfield and attack, which was so blunt under Louis van Gaal last season.But who will be in Mourinho’s starting line-up away to Bournemouth on the first game of next season as he looks to get United’s title challenge off to the perfect start?Click the arrow above, right, to see the potential Manchester United XI based on the current transfer rumours around Old Trafford. Centre back: Eric Bailly – Bailly is Mourinho’s type of defender – strong, quick and powerful. However, he is also rash and unconvincing at times and this will need to trained out of him. Right forward: Henrikh Mkhitaryan – The Armenian’s agent told talkSPORT that Mkhitaryan wants to join the Red Devils and with only a year left on his contract, United believe they can get the transfer done. 11 11 11 11 11 Centre forward: Zlatan Ibrahimovic – Ibrahimovic is pretty much guaranteed to be a Manchester United player next season and his presence will likely restrict starlet Marcus Rashford to a place on the bench.last_img read more

Croatia v Portugal: Euro 2016 live stream commentary on talkSPORT

first_img Croatia v Portugal: Euro 2016 live stream commentary on talkSPORT 1 Every Goal, Every Game, Every DayCroatia have impressed most fans in France as they pipped Spain to top spot in Group D with wins over, there aforementioned rivals and a draw against Czech Republic and will know this is their best chance to reach the final of a tournament since Euro 2008.In there way, though, are a Portugal side who are sputtering into life at the tournament. A thrilling 3-3 draw with Hungary saw them sneak into the knockout stages but the return to form of Cristiano Ronaldo will worrly Ante Cacic and his men in Lens.Whoever wins, though, the victor of this clash will have an opportunity to go far in France with all the traditional European giants being put in the other side of the draw after a some surprising results in the group stages.And the national which triumphs will face Poland in Marseille on June 30 in the quarter-finals after they defeated Switzerland 5-4 on penalites following a 1-1 draw.LIVE on talkSPORT: Croatia v Portugal – click here for live commentary from the Stade Bollaert-Delelis in Lens at 8pm (BST) on June 25, 2016.Confirmed team news: Croatia: Subasic, Srna, Corluka, Vida, Strinic, Modric, Badelj, Brozovic, Rakitic, Perisic, Mandzukic. Subs: Vargic, Vrsaljko, Jedvaj, Kovacic, Kramaric, Schildenfeld, Rog, Nikola Kalinic, Coric, Pjaca, Cop, Lovre Kalinic.Portugal: Rui Patricio, Cedric, Pepe, Fonte, Guerreiro, Joao Mario, Adrien Silva, William Carvalho, Andre Gomes, Nani, Ronaldo. Subs: Lopes, Bruno Alves, Carvalho, Joao Moutinho, Eder, Vieirinha, Danilo Pereira, Renato Sanches, Rafa, Eliseu, Quaresma, Eduardo.last_img read more

Podcast: Sportsday on talkSPORT 2, July 13

first_imgThis Wednesday morning on Sportsday we looked back on last night’s Champions League action as Celtic were beaten 1-0 by Gibraltarian part-timers Lincoln Red Imps in the second qualifying round.We also bring you the latest on who will be the new England manager as Sam Allardyce meets with FA chiefs.We also looked ahead to The Open which gets underway tomorrow and reviewed yesterday’s Tour de France action.last_img