Monthly Archive: December 2019

Olympiakos 0-3 Arsenal: Olivier Giroud nets first Gunners hat-trick to fire north Londoners into Champions League last 16

first_img Olivier Giroud 1 Olivier Giroud netted his first Arsenal hat-trick in Greece as Arsenal’s 3-0 win over Olympiakos booked their place in the last 16 of the Champions League.In the absence of key men Alexis Sanchez and Santi Cazorla, the likes of Giroud and Joel Campbell stepped up to the occasion at the Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium.Campbell looked lively, providing dangerous chances for his team-mates, while the 29-year-old took his chances, opening the scoring with a first-half header and adding a second early in the second period before completing his trio with a coolly-taken penalty.It was another big evening for the English clubs in Europe, as both Arsenal and Chelsea needed to secure their places in the last 16, to avoid joining Man United, Tottenham and Liverpool in the Europa League.A win for Arsenal would have put them level on points with second-placed Olympiakos and it would be decided on head-to-head. The Greek side won 3-2 at the Emirates and the north Londoners had to match that scoreline or to win by two goals.Arsene Wenger was visibly nervous on the touchline and the hosts had the better opening quarter of an hour. If any team looked more likely to take the lead, it was the Greeks.The Arsenal defence was tested as former West Brom forward Brown Ideye broke in behind the Gunners’ defence, squaring across goal past Petr Cech but Laurent Koscielny made a vital clearance.Mathieu Flamini nearly gave Arsenal the lead as Campbell crossed and the midfielder charged into the box to rattle the crossbar from ten yards.The Premier League side were halfway there when they took the lead shortly before the half hour, as Ramsey crossed from the left and French forward Giroud diverted a header towards goal. Shot-stopper Roberto reached out an arm but it hit his back and rolled into the back of the net.Arsenal needed to press for another in the second half to book their place in the next stages of the competition and Theo Walcott went close as he dragged a 20-yard shot past the post.That second goal came just four minutes into the second period as Costa Rican forward Campbell took the ball down in the box. He turned away from one man, showed great feet to beat another while running away from goal, before sliding the ball through to Giroud, who finished neatly across goal into the bottom corner.That meant Arsenal would take second spot in the group ahead of Olympiakos. The next goal would be vital as a strike for the Greek side would have put them back on top.Cech made a vital save shortly after Arsenal’s second. Konstantinos Fortounis’s left-footed curling effort towards the top corner was parried past the post by the sprawling Czech Republic glovesman.A controversial call in the 67th minute allowed Arsenal to take the advantage as the referee awarded a penalty. Omar Elabdellaoui handled in the area, it looked harsh but Giroud made no mistake as he coolly sent the goalkeeper the wrong way to fire home.That goal meant Arsenal needed to see out the game in order to book their place in the last 16, behind group winners Bayern Munich.They gave themselves an uphill task on the night, but Giroud and Arsenal lived up to expectation to make it a memorable night for the travelling Gunners supporters.Elsewhere in Group F, Bayern Munich were 2-0 winners at Dinamo Zagreb.last_img read more

Chris Smalling says Red Devils team-mates are in the spotlight

first_img1 Chris Smalling Manager Louis van Gaal’s position may be under scrutiny, but Chris Smalling has warned his Manchester United team-mates they are fighting for their futures too.Although United put on an improved display in their 0-0 draw against Chelsea on Monday night, the fact remains that their manager is under-achieving and under pressure.Van Gaal, who has spent over a quarter of a billion pounds since taking over 18 months ago, has overseen seven goalless draws this term and his team are five points adrift of fourth place with half the season to go.But there is no sign that United are ready to wield the axe just yet and the Dutchman himself said following the Chelsea match that he had no plans to quit.Van Gaal revealed he had already begun discussions with executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward about January transfer targets, and Smalling knows that could affect him and his team-mates after they embarked on their worst run in 26 years.“To say we’re not playing for the manager is silly,” the United centre-back said.“If anything we are all playing for our own futures as well, so there’s not a case of no one not playing for the manager.“And every week we want to go out there and show everyone what a good team we are.“No matter what, whether it is good or bad, this club is always in the spotlight, and we’ve rolled our sleeves up, worked hard on the training field and had to make sure that we regrouped, especially after that loss against Stoke, so against Chelsea we stood up and showed that we were the better team, albeit we didn’t get the win.”Van Gaal is such a confident character that hearing him speak about the possibility of resigning after the 0-0 draw at Stoke on Boxing Day came as something of a surprise.The former Ajax and Barcelona manager sounded as if he had accepted the idea that he would leave the club.But Smalling insists there has been no change in his manager’s demeanour over the last few troubling days.“No, he has been himself from day one that we met him to how he is now,” the defender said.“He is not going to change and that is why he has had a lot of success throughout the years. I can’t ever see him changing because he’s got a track record.”The England international, arguably United’s best player this season, admits he and his team-mates are in real need of a win.He hopes Monday’s encouraging performance, in which they should have taken all three points following a thrilling first-half display, will help United end their eight-match winless sequence when they host Swansea on Saturday.“We need that win because we want to stick at the top end of the table and, when you dominate games like the one against Chelsea, you need to win them, but we will take the positives from this and really make sure that next week we get the win,” the 26-year-old said.“Now hopefully this will give us that little boost that we can play well and kick on.”last_img read more

Prince Ali calls for Friday’s FIFA presidential election to be postponed

first_imgPrince Ali Bin Al Hussein has called for the postponement of Friday’s FIFA presidential election, according to lawyers claiming to represent the Jordanian.Prince Ali, one of five candidates to succeed Sepp Blatter, is seeking reassurances over the voting procedure for the election after world football’s governing body dismissed his idea to use transparent polling booths.And, with the reassurances that the voting process will be “fair and transparent” still to be given and requests for a swift hearing at the Court of Arbitration for Sport before Friday’s vote blocked by FIFA, Prince Ali has requested the election be delayed.“We have requested FIFA to set out the conditions of a fair electoral process,” a statement from lawyers Szpiner, Toby, Ayela and Semerdjian read.“Instead of agreeing upon HRH Prince Ali’s offer make available to the FIFA the transparent voting booths, we do note that FIFA will simply request voters ‘to leave their mobile while going to vote’.“This request is not sufficient. FIFA remains silent upon the measures to enforce it and sanctions associated with it. Prince Ali has naturally brought the matter to CAS on Monday the 22nd (of February).“FIFA has objected to our demand for expedited hearing in order for an award to be delivered before February 26th.“This behaviour bears no rational other than denying any right to a fair and transparent voting process.“As a consequence, we are now seeking provisional measures before CAS to suspend the coming election on Friday 26th of February.”Prince Ali already plans to test FIFA’s resistance to transparent voting booths by having some sent to Zurich ahead of Friday’s vote.FIFA, which is this week expected to vote in wide-scale reforms to ensure openness and guard against the corruption which has engulfed it in recent times, insists it is sufficient for delegates from the 209 voting nations to hand over cameras and mobile phones before entering the booths at Hallenstadion in Zurich.Press Association Sport understands Prince Ali wishes to be made aware of the rules in case delegates flout the ban.Voters reportedly documented how they had voted in June’s presidential election, which Blatter won ahead of Prince Ali before resigning days later, prompting this week’s extraordinary congress and leading to Prince Ali’s request as he bids to ensure a fair election.Prince Ali is standing for election alongside Sheikh Salman bin Ibrahim al Khalifa of Bahrain, UEFA general secretary Gianni Infantino, South Africa’s Tokyo Sexwale and Jerome Champagne, a former FIFA deputy secretary general from France.Sheikh Salman, the Asian Football Confederation president, and Infantino are considered the favourites to succeed Blatter, who first became FIFA president in 1998. 1 Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein last_img read more

Ibrahimovic plays down Premier League talk after sending Chelsea crashing

first_img Zlatan Ibrahimovic in action for Paris Saint-Germain Manchester United target Zlatan Ibrahimovic has revealed he has received no contact from any club in the Premier League about a move.The Swedish star, who scored the winning goal at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday to knock Chelsea out of the Champions League, is expected to leave PSG when his contract expires at the end of the season.Ibrahimovic is being chased by a host of Europe’s top suitors but the striker insists he has yet to make a decision about his future.“I have another two months with PSG,” said Ibrahimovic.“At the moment I’m not talking to anybody because it’s not the moment. I’m not closing for anyone.” 1last_img

Screenwriters set to reveal date of strike

first_imgTelevision and movie screenwriters said Thursday they will go on strike for the first time in nearly 20 years, which economists said could push the San Fernando Valley into a recession if it lasts for several months. Four writers told The Associated Press that Writers Guild of America President Patric Verrone made the announcement in a closed-door session Thursday night, prompting loud cheers from the crowd. “There was a unified feeling in the room. I don’t think anyone wants the strike, but people are behind the negotiation committee,” said writer Dave Garrett. Writers were expected to announce when the strike would begin sometime today. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Still, Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers president Nick Counter released a statement indicating a strike could still be averted. “We are ready to meet and are prepared to close this contract this weekend,” he said. The strike, threatened to resolve a dispute over royalties, could cost more than $1billion in lost wages, experts said. “You could have a very localized recession,” said Jack Kyser, chief economist at the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp. But that’s only if the strike drags on for two or three months. David Smith, an associate dean at the Graziadio School of Business and Management at Pepperdine University, agreed. “It’s not a strong possibility right now but something to keep on the radar screen,” Smith said. A five-month strike like one in 1988, which cost $500million in lost wages, would easily amount to between $1billion and $2billion in lost wages now, Kyser said. A contract covering 12,000 workers expired late Wednesday night without a new deal. Members have already voted – by a 9:1 ratio – to let leaders call a strike if negotiations fail. In 2001, actors worked for two months without a contract, but it’s unclear whether writers will go that route. At issue is how writers will be paid for new media such as DVD sales and digital downloads and how writers for reality shows should be compensated. Both sides are gearing for a fight. If a strike comes, television viewers will immediately notice a difference. Late-night talk shows that feed off current events and require fresh writing will go dark immediately. Production of television dramas and comedies such as “Heroes” and “Ugly Betty” will grind to a halt, but studios that have stockpiled episodes will continue to shoot and air them. Reality shows and commercials, however, will continue uninterrupted. The motion picture industry is the third-largest employer in the county and a strike would reach far beyond a picket line of writers. The industry’s lucrative salaries mean that one entertainment job supports or creates 1.5 nonentertainment jobs. Businesses that feed off studio salaries, such as restaurants in Studio City and Burbank, are already hurting. The wait for a table at Lala’s Argentine Grill in Studio City, which is around the corner from CBS, has dropped noticeably. During the lunch rush, hungry diners used to wait 20 minutes. Now, it’s no more than five. “Three weeks ago or four weeks ago it slowed down really bad,” said manager Dario Sedani. “We are selling half of what we used to sell.” At Big Screen Cuisine in Burbank, owner Scott Floman is bracing for the worst. “If they strike, it’s going to definitely take a turn into our business,” Floman said. About 70percent of his catering sales come from feeding staffers on the set of movies and television shows. If a strike comes, Floman immediately will ask his head chef to “go lean and mean” with the staff, cutting back their hours so he does not have to let anybody go. Elected officials have mostly stayed away from the dispute.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

Lohan does her time: 84 minutes

first_imgIn August, she reached a plea deal on misdemeanor drunk driving and cocaine charges stemming from the arrests. The judge sentenced her to four days in jail – the mandatory minimum for a second drunk-driving offense – but gave her credit for 24 hours already served. She elected to complete 10 days of community service instead of 48 hours behind bars.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 MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Did the celebrity receive special treatment? “Absolutely not. This is what we do for most everybody in this position,” Whitmore said. In fact, 30 to 50 women are granted early releases from the facility every day, he added. An e-mailed message seeking comment from Lohan’s publicist was not immediately returned. In May, the star of “Mean Girls” and “Freaky Friday” was arrested after crashing her Mercedes-Benz into a tree in Beverly Hills. She was arrested again in July after the mother of Lohan’s former personal assistant called 911 to report that her car was being chased by an SUV. The chase ended in Santa Monica, where police arrested Lohan for being behind the wheel. In both cases, Lohan was found in possession of small amounts of cocaine. Lindsay Lohan was a jailbird for 84 minutes Thursday, becoming the latest celebrity to serve less than a day for a drunk driving offense. Lohan, 21, turned herself in to the Los Angeles County women’s detention center in Lynwood at 10:30 a.m. She was searched, fingerprinted and placed in a holding cell in the inmate reception area but got to keep her street clothes, sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore said. “She was cooperative,” he said. Lohan was released at 11:54 a.m. Her original daylong sentence was reduced because she met criteria that took into account overcrowding at the lockup and the fact that her crime was nonviolent, Whitmore said. last_img read more


first_imgTOURIST bosses have agreed to add a new ‘Mulroy Drive’ to the Wild Atlantic Way after communities were cut off from the tourism route by the Harry Blaney Bridge.The tourist route – from Cork to Donegal – has proved hugely popular with foreign visitors.But it takes in the Harry Blaney Bridge – cutting off more than 20 miles of communities and businesses along Mulroy Bay. Tourism Ireland says it’s too late now to add Mulroy to the official Wild Atlantic Way.But they have instead agreed to add a new Mulroy Drive to its tourist literature, with signs and inclusion on maps and online.“It’s great news for the area,” said Paddy Logue today, owner of Logues of Cranford Bar.“We were initially a bit annoyed we weren’t on the Wild Atlantic Way but we are delighted now. Failte Ireland were on to me today to fully support what we are doing here and while we’re not on the main route, tourists will know all about the Mulroy Drive.” Major tourist attractions along Mulroy Bay are included in the new route including the hugely popular Rockhill Adventure Park which has just had a multi-million euro upgrade.Hotels, B&Bs, restaurants and other attractions like the Ashtree Riding Stables will also be marked out on the new tourism route.Businesses in the area have backed the new initiative.“We are very excited about it,” said Paddy.“There is so much along Mulroy which can attract tourists and now we feel we’ve been included in what is a fantastic tourism initiative.” VICTORY! MULROY DRIVE TO BE ADDED TO WILD ATLANTIC WAY was last modified: June 14th, 2014 by John2Share 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:donegalLogues of CranfordMulroy DrovetourismWild Atlantic Waylast_img read more

Agent of Man United and Chelsea target Marek Hamsik says ‘anything is possible’

first_imgManchester United and Chelsea have been given a boost in their pursuit of Marek Hamsik after his agent revealed that ‘anything is possible’ when it comes to his next move.The Slovakia forward has been one of the stars of Euro 2016 so far and scored what proved to be the winner in his country’s 2-1 win over Russia.Napoli are now expecting summer interest in the 28-year-old, who has been an integral member of their first team since 2007.Since then he has made 319 Serie A appearances, scoring 81 goals and was one third of their famous three-pronged attack which also included Ezequiel Lavezzi and Edinson Cavani.However, while those two both left the club, Hamsik has so far stayed put although that could be about to change.His agent, Juraj Venglos, told Pluska: “After the match with Russia, I had a number of phonecalls. I won’t be specific at the moment though, Marek has a contract with Napoli. His value was already high, and it certainly won’t have gone down.“He was already well-known, it’s not just about these two games he’s played.“It could be that [he leaves for €35m], it depends on the conditions of Napoli. It could be higher or it could be lower. Or in the end it might be irrelevant [because he could stay at Napoli].  Yes, anything is possible.” 1 Marek Hamsik scored Slovakia’s winner against Russia at Euro 2016 last_img read more

DONE DEAL! Rangers land Niko Kranjcar on a two-year deal

first_img Kranjcar in action for Queens Park Rangers 1 Rangers have confirmed the signing of Niko Kranjcar on a free transfer following his release from New York Cosmos.The Croatian becomes Mark Warburton’s sixth signing of the summer ahead of Rangers’ return to the top-flight of Scottish football, joining former Queens Park Rangers team-mates Joey Barton and Clint Hill in signing for the Glasgow side.Warburton told “We are delighted to secure a player of Niko’s undoubted qualities and very much look forward to welcoming him to the club.“Such a signing shows our desire to achieve a positive balance between young, hungry players and the undoubted necessity of experience and maturity.”The 31-year-old has enjoyed a glittering career in Britain, helping Portsmouth lift the FA Cup in 2008 as well as steering Tottenham Hotspur to the Champions League for the first time in 2010.last_img read more

Glenn Hoddle 4/1 to be next England manager after celebrity backing – Coral DD

first_imgCoral’s Simon Clare joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.We continue to focus on the odds for England’s next manager, after a day of speculation following the Three Lions’ humiliating Euro 2016 exit and Roy Hodgson’s resignation.Gareth Southgate is the 6/4 favourite to take the step up from Under-21s boss, but Glenn Hoddle was the big mover and is now down to 4/1 following a number of famous backers.Harry Redknapp told talkSPORT the former Tottenham boss is the PERFECT man for the job, while Alan Shearer also publicly backed him for a return to the Wembley dugout.Meanwhile, Bournemouth’s Eddie Howe is 7/1, Sunderland head coach Sam Allardyce is 8/1 and reported FA target Arsene Wenger is 16/1.Even breakfast co-host Neil Warnock is in the running, with the former QPR and Crystal Palace boss 66/1 for the appointment!Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfastlast_img read more