Sir Bobby Robson Charity Auction: Play at St George’s Park in the talkSPORT football tournament How do you fancy taking part in the talkSPORT football tournament in aid of the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation? You do? Well, here’s your chance.Each year the Sir Bobby Robson Charity Auction offers lots of brilliant prizes to bid for – and this year is no exception.Some of the items up for auction include the chance to watch Barcelona train and see a game at the Nou Camp, VIP tickets to the PFA awards dinner, and tickets to the 2016 Champions League final.And you could also take part in the talkSORT football tournament at St George’s Park.There will be eight teams of eight players, including a team from talkSPORT and one from our mates at MailOnline, and you will get full use of the changing facilities enjoyed by the senior England team and coaching from a LMA ambassador.Bidding starts at £2,500 per team. For full details, click hereAnd for full details of the auction, visit www.sirbobbysauction.comBidding closes at 8pm on Sunday, November 29. 1
Derby forward Simon Dawkins has joined Major League Soccer side San Jose Earthquakes on a permanent deal.Dawkins, 28, who played for the California-based club on loan during the 2011 and 2012 seasons, made 74 appearances and scored nine goals for the Rams after joining from Tottenham.Head coach Paul Clement told the club’s website that the Jamaican international is ‘an example to us all’ after his departure from Pride Park.“We wish Simon, who was a popular member of the dressing room, every success at San Jose Earthquakes,” said Clement.“He handled that situation well – it would have been easy to down tools, reduce his effort and possibly be disruptive. “Instead, he was professional, respectful and hard-working and he dealt with the disappointment with class and he is an example to us all.” 1 Simon Dawkins
Former Liverpool star Danny Murphy has laughed off rumours linking Southampton striker Shane Long with a £8million move to Anfield in the January window.Manager Jurgen Klopp is seeking reinforcements for his ailing strike force in what remains of this month’s market, and reports on Monday suggested the Reds have had an approach for Republic of Ireland international Long rejected by the Saints.The 28-year-old, who joined Southampton from Hull for £14m in 2014, has scored eight goals this season, but his future at the south coast club is uncertain following the arrival of Charlie Austin from QPR.Liverpool’s attacking struggles were once again highlighted as the Reds slumped to a 1-0 defeat in a scrappy encounter with fierce rivals Manchester United on Sunday.But Murphy insists signing Long is not the answer, with the ex-midfeidler urging Klopp to begin playing to his squad’s strengths.Asked about the rumours on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, Murphy said: “Shane Long? Really?! No, no, no, no, no.“There’s no point bringing in players who aren’t better than what you’ve already got.“Would you suggest Long is a better player than Benteke? I don’t think so.”He added: “Liverpool have to play Benteke and use him better. I was surprised how long it took for Klopp to bring Benteke on [he remianed on the bench until the 81st minute against United].“The way Liverpool are playing at the moment isn’t really suited to what Benteke is good at…yet he’s still their top goalscorer. You have to play to his strengths.”
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityNew York City’s bronze medal from the Washington-based bike group represents an endorsement for the city’s efforts under Mayor Michael Bloomberg to promote cycling for a cleaner environment and a healthier populace. “The way we think about transportation and how we use our limited street space is changing,” said Janette Sadik-Khan, the city’s transportation commissioner. The city is installing 400 to 500 bike racks a year and plans to have more than 400 miles of bike lanes and paths by 2009. There will then be 1 mile of bike lane for every 10miles of road; the ratio is now 1 to 15. In San Francisco, it’s 1 to 7. In Brooklyn’s hipster-heavy Williamsburg section, the city reduced the space for car parking in favor of bike parking – a first – when it widened the sidewalk to fit nine new bike racks over the summer. “It’s better because people used to chain their bikes to trees and house gates,” said Pedro Pulido, an architect who parked his bike at one of the new racks recently. By Karen Matthews THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW YORK – New York City, with its convoys of cabs, miles of subway track, fleets of fume-belching trucks and hordes of harried commuters, is a long way from Davis, with a University of California campus and not much else. But the concrete jungle and the college town were both honored recently by the League of American Bicyclists for bike friendliness. A seven-block length of Manhattan’s Ninth Avenue is now being remade into the city’s most bicycle-oriented stretch of roadway ever, with a bike lane separated from car traffic by a paved buffer zone and a lane of parked cars. Bloomberg also has proposed legislation to make it easier to bike to work by requiring commercial buildings to provide bicycle parking. “According to surveys the number one reason why people who want to bike don’t is that they can’t park their bikes indoors,” said Noah Budnick, deputy director of the advocacy group Transportation Alternatives. If theft is the No. 1 challenge facing New York cyclists, safety is No. 2. According to the city health department and the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are 2.8 bike deaths per million people annually in New York City, compared with 2.7 deaths nationally – a not particularly bad ranking. But potholes and aggressive drivers can make it feel more dangerous. It was the city’s commitment to study bike crashes and prevent them that persuaded the league of bestow its bronze medal. Davis, which has an old-fashioned bike on its city seal, is the only platinum-level community.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 Committee Democrats, who appeared unshaken by Krongard’s admission, have maintained that Krongard has been giving Blackwater a free pass since he took over the office in May 2005. They said Krongard has impeded a Justice Department inquiry into allegations that Blackwater employees smuggled weapons into Iraq and otherwise has been a barrier to aggressive oversight of the company. Blackwater, the largest of three security firms hired by the State Department, has earned hundreds of millions of dollars guarding U.S. diplomatic personnel working in Iraq. On Sept. 16, Blackwater guards opened fire in a busy section of Baghdad and killed 17 Iraqis. Iraqi and U.S. military authorities have said the attack was unprovoked. The initial findings of an FBI investigation have found that the shootings violated rules of deadly force. Committee Chairman Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Los Angeles, said Krongard’s tenure has been a pattern of “reckless incompetence” and favoritism to Bush administration officials. He cited comments from Justice Department officials who said actions by Krongard made their work more difficult. Republicans seeking to defend Krongard from what they said were politically motivated attacks were put on the defensive, but still stood by him. WASHINGTON – Howard Krongard says he’s not his brother’s keeper. He may want to be. At a contentious congressional hearing Wednesday, Krongard, the State Department’s inspector general, acknowledged that his brother Alvin is a member of Blackwater Worldwide’s advisory board – a stunning revelation he insisted he was unaware of until making a quick telephone call while members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee were taking a break. He then immediately stepped aside from any investigations related to the embattled security contractor due to a possible conflict of interest. “You have been trashed by this committee,” Rep. Christopher Shays, R-Conn., told Krongard. But later, Shays said, “You have made a mistake in not being clear with your brother about the importance of him being up front with you, and I think that has not been helpful at all.” At first, Krongard denied any Blackwater connection to his brother, telling lawmakers he asked Alvin Krongard about any ties nearly six weeks ago and was told there were none, but he made the call to double-check after being confronted with evidence to the contrary. During the course of the more than two-hour hearing, Krongard defended his actions and said he never interfered with any investigations. He blamed allegations that he had acted improperly on a dysfunctional office that he was attempting to rid of “dissension and rivalries.” Krongard said he has no political ties and has never communicated with White House officials since he took the job nearly 2
A property developer behind massive developments in Donegal has been declared bankrupt.Sean McWilliams’ firm, McWilliams Homes, owed Anglo Irish Bank almost £25m.The business, which was based in Swatragh in Co Derry, had its biggest projects in County Donegal. In 2005 McWilliams Homes secured approval for a 80m euro residential development of more than 550 houses at Ballymacool in Letterkenny.Plans for the development included commercial units, a creche, health centre and upgrading of the Glenties to Letterkenny road.McWilliams was also behind projects in Muff and Newtowncunningham.Mr McWilliams had signed personal guarantees with Anglo Irish, hence today’s bankruptcy. DONEGAL DEVELOPER DECLARED BANKRUPT was last modified: July 1st, 2011 by gregShare 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:ballymacoolco derryCo DonegalletterkennyMcWilliams homes
1 Tottenham Hotspur players celebrate scoring against Bournemouth Mauricio Pochettino has warned Tottenham’s title rivals his players will only get stronger during the run-in after Spurs dispatched Bournemouth 3-0 to keep the heat on Leicester.Harry Kane scored twice at White Hart Lane, the first after 44 seconds, and he then set up a third as Christian Eriksen completed a comfortable victory.It means the gap between Tottenham and Leicester is back to five points, following the Foxes’ win at Crystal Palace on Saturday, but Pochettino’s men are now free of distractions, having been knocked out of the Europa League on Thursday.“It’s true we go into a different period now to recently,” Pochettino said.“After the international break we’ll play one game every week, and we’ll have time to prepare games in a different way, to training, to improve and do a lot of things that were impossible before.“We are in a moment where we need to see our future in a very good way. It’s important to keep working hard and fight in every game.”
Kick-off is at 8pm in Nouveau Stade de Bordeaux Euro 2016: Every Goal, Every Game, Every Day on talkSPORTThe most eye-catching tie of the Euro 2016 quarter-finals takes place on Saturday evening as world champions Germany face Italy – and it is LIVE on talkSPORT!Joachim Low’s side will be aiming to book their place in the last four of the competition, to keep their hopes alive of a first European Championship success since 1996. Meanwhile Antonio Conte will be hoping to continue the Azzurri’s impressive campaign before he takes the reins at Chelsea later this month. The Italians have won the competition just once before – in 1968 – but they are well-placed to go far as they have kept three clean sheets out of four.This sort of line-up looks like it should be a meeting in the final, not for a place in the last four. The winner will join Portugal and Wales in the semis, along with the winner of France v Iceland on Sunday. So far, the Germans have beaten Ukraine, Northern Ireland and Slovakia, drawing with Poland in the group stages. Italy, meanwhile, have been impressive, beating Belgium, Sweden and Spain, losing to the Republic of Ireland in the final group match after making a number of changes. Germany v Italy is live on talkSPORT from 7pm (8pm kick-off) – check here for the various ways to follow the game.Conte, whose side lost 4-1 in a friendly against Joachim Low’s side earlier this year, told a pre-match press conference:“We started with very low expectations. We’re showing we can overcome insurmountable obstacles.“We’ve improved since the March friendly. It was a resounding defeat and it will motivate us to see if the gap has closed.“Germany are the best team in the world but no-one is beaten at the start of a game.“They can hurt you when they attack; they’ve quality, talent and a great team ethic. It’s a potent mix.”Meanwhile, Low accepts Saturday’s quarter-final could well provide the eventual winner of the tournament, such is the quality on their side of the draw.The Germany coach said:“Tomorrow’s winner may be European champions – all teams that make it into the semi-finals have the goal to reach the final.“Both teams have the quality but the title is still far off.“We have the next game to contest, then comes the semi-final, probably against the hosts, which is also no picnic.“There is still a long way. The team that wins tomorrow is one of the favourites for the title.”Confirmed Germany XI: Neuer; Höwedes, Boateng, Hummels; Kimmich, Khedira, Kroos, Hector; Özil; Müller, Gomez.Confirmed Italy XI: Buffon; Barzagli, Bonucci, Chiellini; Florenzi, Sturaro, Parolo, Giaccherini, De Sciglio; Pelle, Eder. 1