Sir Bobby Robson Charity Auction: Play at St George’s Park in the talkSPORT football tournament

first_img 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. 1last_img read more

Championship forward swaps Derbyshire for California

first_imgDerby 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 last_img read more

Shane Long to Liverpool for £8m? ‘Really?! No, no, no,’ says Danny Murphy

first_imgFormer 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.”last_img read more

Bicyclists are riding high in NYC, Davis

first_img 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!last_img read more

Jackson digs the SLO life at Cal Poly

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“It has been a lot different,” said Jackson, a senior libero. “I would say last year we had a mind-set that no one knew how we were. We had nothing to lose, so we’d go all out. This year, we’ve gotten more recognition. It definitely seems that teams will play their best matches against us. Now they’re striving to beat us.” Of course, most volleyball teams aspire to be the type of club that earns a spot in the top 25 and has opponents circling the calendar. “It’s something we were always working to,” Jackson said. “During (nonconference play) we went through some rough times. But we’ve started to turn things around. We know what we need to do to get the job done.” After facing off with Cal State Northridge (7-13, 4-4) tonight, the No. 24 Mustangs will square off with Big West co-leader Long Beach State (12-5, 6-1) on Saturday night. Jackson and her teammates also hold the distinction of being the only team to beat the 49ers in conference play so far this season, a 30-27, 30-22, 30-17 victory on Sept. 21. Lauren Jackson knew all about playing with a target on her back during her time with the Mira Costa High volleyball team. Now she and her teammates at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo are having a similar experience. The Mustangs stormed to the first Big West title in program history (in any sport) last season, going 13-1 in conference play and 23-6 overall. This season opposing teams have given Cal Poly their best shot almost every night, and the Mustangs (12-7, 6-1 Big West) have taken their licks. Jackson is enjoying another stellar season individually and will be among Cal Poly’s keys to victory. She easily leads the team with 362 digs and is third with 21 aces. The senior holds almost every digs record at Cal Poly. Last season she finished with 570 to set the single-season mark, which also earned her a spot on the All-Big West first team. Her season average of 5.09 digs per game was a record, and this season she passed Michelle Hansen’s mark of 1,683 career digs. Jackson now has 1,891 digs going into tonight’s match. With 109 more digs she will join the short list of 24 players with 2,000 career digs. “I didn’t really think about it,” Jackson said of her records. “It’s really nice, but I never really looked at that or thought, `Oh, by my senior year I’ll have achieved this and that.’ It’s nice; it’s just a good feeling that my hard work has been paying off.” Jackson said her primary goal this season has never changed – she intends to get Cal Poly back to the NCAA Tournament, where the Mustangs lost in the second round last season to California. “We are really hungry for that,” Jackson said. “That’s ultimately where we want to be. We have to look at every match for what it’s worth. We want to take it one match at a time and be successful in the Big West, but ultimately we want to get to the tournament and prove to the nation we can be a top team.” As for her post-college plans, Jackson said nothing has been set in stone yet, but she would like to keep doing what she loves. “I don’t want to stop playing,” Jackson said. “I want to continue a future maybe overseas or here. I’m going to talk to my coach about it when the season is done. I don’t know what’s in store for me. I’m going to try and pursue the sport and let nature take its course from there.” More volleyball: UC Santa Barbara junior outside hitter Lauren McLaughlin (South Torrance High) and sophomore outside hitter Rebecca Saraceno (Redondo) will get the first crack at host Long Beach State tonight at 7. The Gauchos (7-12, 2-5) have struggled with a young roster this season. UCSB has nine freshmen, three sophomores, two juniors and two seniors. McLaughlin and Saraceno have done their part to keep the Gauchos competitive. McLaughlin currently leads the Big West with 4.62 kills per game, which puts her at No. 40 in all of Division I. Saraceno posted her 11th double-double last week, and she’s second on the team with 3.39 kills per game. For the season, McLaughlin has 351 kills, 239 digs and 40 blocks, pacing the Gauchos in kills while ranking second in digs. Saraceno has 254 kills, 193 digs and a team-leading 24 aces. She’s second on the team in kills and third in digs. UCSB will be looking to avenge a painful home sweep by Long Beach State on Sept. 22. The 49ers cruised to a 30-27, 30-18, 30-28 victory in that match. [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

`Wings on my dreams’

first_imgValeska hasn’t seen her father, who abused her mother, since she was a child. “I was not brought up to dream. I was always thinking of the negative, but these families are always happy and thinking of the positive,” she said from her host family’s Rolling Hills Estates living room. “A child should be raised to hope and dream and have all of this. This experience has taught me to open up, to love, sing and act.” Fifteen-year-old Leslie Gauna said it’s the freedom – just to walk outside and feel safe or go shop at an outdoor mall – that she most enjoys while staying with her host family. “This is my refuge. They don’t deny me anything. I’m spoiled here,” said the scholarship performer from Northridge. “I like being here because it is perfect.” But what began as affluent families reaching out to the underprivileged has become a rewarding exchange for both. “I started out thinking, `Oh, I’m going to change a life,”‘ said Ann Pfohl of Rolling Hills Estates, who has hosted three scholarship performers over the years. “But really it’s been a blessing to us as much as for them.” Pfohl said she never realized how much she took for granted, such as dining at Trump National Golf Club restaurant or buying art in Laguna Beach, until she brought along her young house guest. “Just eating a Ceasar salad at an outdoor bistro, I mean I’ve done that a million times, but to see it through her eyes, and how excited she is saying `Oh, this is so delicious,’ you realize the things you take for granted are privileges,” she said. The two teens have had other “firsts” with their Peninsula families: going to a college basketball game, rowing a boat, learning to knit and crochet, living in a home where the doors and windows are not always locked. “They come from backgrounds as dysfunctional as they can possibly be,” Pfohl said. “They come into our community and open the eyes of our own children. ? Our kids see that there is a world beyond our world.” Sitting on the couch in her spacious living room, 14-year-old Annie Pfohl is bombarded by Leslie and Valeska. They cuddle and tussle, fix each other’s hair and let out little squeals. “It’s like having a best friend at your house 24/7. It’s more like a sisterly relationship,” said Annie, a freshman at Palos Verdes High School. “I’ve learned to accept everyone, no matter where they come from – some of the best people you are going to meet won’t be from The Hill.” Saturday’s “Rising Stars” performance will be a special one-night fundraiser with a Moulin Rouge theme. Last year’s gala raised $120,000, which was split between the theater scholarship program and a program that provides financial support to foster children headed to college. The money raised will go toward the scholarship student’s $650 performance fee and any additional equipment or lessons – such as voice or ballet. “Program fees, dance shoes, leotards, we make sure these kids have the tools they need to succeed and not feel different from any one else,” said Debbie Martinez, director of education at the Negri Learning Center. Though the scholarship performers gush about how great it is to live – even temporarily – on The Hill, they say it’s not difficult to go back home, just different. “Here I’m like a princess with a crystal ball and where I live with my mom is like a thorn on the rosebush,” Valeska said. “When I get off the freeway at the end of the weekend and see all the trash and potholes, I’m like, `This is my life.’ But it’s good, because now I know what I don’t want for my life.” Valeska said she hopes to attend New York University and study theater “and start a new life.” [email protected] 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 MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Valeska is one of about a half-dozen scholarship students participating in musical performances produced by the Negri Learning Center at the Norris Center for Performing Arts in Rolling Hills Estates. The scholarship program began four years ago to give children from low-economic areas an opportunity to participate in musical theater. “I had never even worn tights before,” Valeska said. “And now I’m taking ballet lessons and vocal lessons.” A key component to the program is the home stays. During rehearsal weekends and a two-week summer “boot camp,” students live with host families on The Hill. Valeska, who will perform at the “Rising Stars” annual fundraiser show Saturday at the Norris Theatre, said the families who have opened their doors to her have “put wings on my dreams.” “Where I come from, it is very dark and coming here is the closest thing I have to heaven. You can’t get hurt here,” she said with tears of gratitude making their way down her cheeks. By Megan Bagdonas STAFF WRITER Arriving at her host family’s big, airy house on the Palos Verdes Peninsula for another weekend of theater rehearsals, Valeska Munoz breathes in the tranquility, privilege and opportunity lacking where she comes from. “Where I live, no one has any money, and there’s so many gangs and drugs,” the 15-year-old said about her home near downtown Los Angeles. “But up here it’s like cotton candy and ice cream cones all over the place.” last_img

Official of State Department admits kin’s Blackwater link

first_img 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 21/2 years ago.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


first_imgA 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 homeslast_img read more

Pochettino believes Tottenham can get even better as the title race hots up

first_img1 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.”last_img read more

Germany v Italy: Euro 2016 live stream commentary on talkSPORT

first_img 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. 1last_img read more