Big Sam is back

first_imgLONDON (AP): Three months after losing his dream job as England manager, Sam Allardyce was back in football yesterday and facing a familiar task: keeping a struggling team in the Premier League. Allardyce was hired as the manager of London team Crystal Palace, which fired Alan Pardew on Thursday with the club lying in 17th place in the 20-team standings. The 62-year-old Allardyce will look to rebuild a reputation that was damaged by an ill-fated 67-day spell with England’s national team, which ended in humiliating fashion in September when he was forced out because of unguarded comments he made to undercover reporters posing as businessmen. He has never been relegated from the Premier League as a manager – a record that will have attracted Palace as the club looks to halt its downward momentum and stay in the most lucrative league in Europe. Palace has been the worst-performing team across all four leagues of English football in 2016. “We are delighted to be able to make an appointment so quickly,” Palace chairman Steve Parish said, “and fortunate that someone of Sam’s calibre and experience was available.” Palace’s hierarchy has reportedly been in contact with Allardyce for weeks. In his last firefighting role in the Premier League, he joined Sunderland in October 2015 when the team was next-to-last in the league and preserved its place in the top flight. He has established Bolton, Blackburn and West Ham as Premier League teams during his 25 years in management. Palace became an expansive, attacking team under Pardew, who was backed in the transfer market by the club’s board that is fronted by Parish and has also contained American businessmen David Blitzer and Josh Harris since they became co-owners in December 2015. However, defensive problems plagued Pardew’s side – especially at set pieces – and Parish said Thursday: “Now we’re going to wind the dial back the other way.” With Allardyce known for his pragmatic approach, he fits the bill. He will take training today and his first game in charge is away to Watford on Monday, the first of three games in nine days for Palace over the festive period.last_img read more

‘Star Wars’ characters fight for spot on stamp

first_imgThe 41-cent stamps will be released May 25. The price of sending a letter goes up to that rate on May 14. Once the stamps are available, people who want to vote will be able to do it online at www.uspsjedimaster.com. CNN’s Larry King to be honored Larry King will receive the True Grit Award on April 14 from the John Wayne Cancer Institute at Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica. The 73-year-old host of CNN’s “Larry King Live” will receive the honor at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. “How fitting that in 2007, as we commemorate the centennial of my dad’s birth, we also pay tribute to another great American, Larry King, with this award,” board Chairman Patrick Wayne said. – Associated Press 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Darth Vader and Obi-Wan Kenobi will do battle one more time – and the emperor, Han Solo, Princess Leia and others will join in the struggle. Stamps commemorating the Star Wars movies will be released in May, the Postal Service said Wednesday. People will get to vote on their favorite from the set of 15 stamps, which will be reissued in late summer or early fall as a single stamp, said David Failor, director of stamp services at the post office. “We’re hoping that it really grabs a lot of attention. There are certainly a lot of `Star Wars’ fans out there.” last_img

Mom, son to be in court

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LANCASTER – Sentencing for a 60-year-old Quartz Hill woman convicted of selling methamphetamine out of her house was postponed Tuesday so her new attorney could prepare a motion for a new trial. Gloria Hanes remained in custody without bail after her request for release was denied. Hanes’ 22-year-old son, Gregory, has pleaded not guilty to drug charges filed after deputies stopped a car he was in and found two baggies of methamphetamine, prosecutors said. He is scheduled to appear today for a preliminary hearing on charges of possession of methamphetamine for sale, transportation of methamphetamine, and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, a 16-year-old girl who was in the car. karen.maeshiro@dailynews.com (661) 267-5744last_img read more

Top 10 most expensive players over the age of 30 – REVEALED

first_img 10 2. Samuel Eto’o moved from Inter Milan to Anzhi Makhachkala for £21m aged 30 – Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see the most expensive player over the age of 30 ever – We have an inkling that the Cameroon striker didn’t choose to joined the Russian Premier League outfit for the level of competition. The then 30-year-old had only just won the treble with Inter Milan, but decided to join Anzhi’s revolution rather than a member of the European elite. Surprise, surprise, Eto’o joined Chelsea in 2013 once the money had dried up. 9. Petr Cech is moving from Chelsea to Arsenal for £11m aged 33 – Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see more of the most expensive players over the age of 30 ever – We know, we know, this one isn’t quite over the line. The 33-year-old Chelsea goalkeeper hasn’t signed on the dotted line for Arsene Wenger, but he’s expected to by the end of this week. And, if reports regarding the transfer fee are correct, the Czech Republic international will claim a place on our list. Could the shot stopper’s imminent arrival help the Gunners become realistic title challengers? Jose Mourinho will hope not. 3. Diego Milito moved from Genoa to Inter Milan for £18m aged 30 – Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see more of the most expensive players over the age of 30 ever – The Argentina striker definitely picked an ideal moment to produce the best form of his career. Milito is rarely placed into the top bracket, but his goals helped Inter Milan to claim an unprecedented treble under Jose Mourinho in 2010 and made the transfer fee that the Sani Siro paid for the 30-year-old’s services worthwhile. 1. Gabriel Batistuta moved from Fiorentina to Roma for £23m. The then 31-year-old striker cost an arm and a leg but the Giallorossi’s outlay was soon vindicated as the Argentina international enjoyed instant success in the Italian capital – ‘Batigol’ spent nine years with Italian outfit Fiorentina throughout the 1990s when Serie A was the place to be. Although he was widely regarded as one of the best strikers in wold football, Batistuta wasn’t happy with his side’s failure to land a league title and joined Roma for a huge £21 million fee in 2000. An elusive Scudetto arrived in his first season with the club, but he failed to reproduce his best form as he grew older and eventually signed for Qatar side Al Arabi on a free transfer in 2003. 10 8. Fernando Redondo moved from Real Madrid to AC Milan for £12m aged 31 – Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see more of the most expensive players over the age of 30 ever – The Argentine defensive midfielder forged his reputation at Tenerife under the watchful eye of Jorge Valdano and, when the manager took the reins at Real Madrid, Redondo followed suit. Six years later he forced out of the Bernabeu at the age of 31, despite voicing a desire to stay put. So much for player power. The midfielder’s spell with AC Milan was a disaster and he didn’t even manage to make 20 appearances for the Italian giants due to a number of injury problems. 10 7. Angelo Peruzzi moved from Inter Milan to Lazio for £13m aged 30 – Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see more of the most expensive players over the age of 30 ever – The Italian goalkeeper started his career with Roma in 1986 but only received widespread recognition during an eight-year spell with Juventus, which led to a host of trophies, including a Champions League triumph. Peruzzi moved to Inter Milan in 1999 but, after just one season at the San Siro, signed for Lazio at the age of 30 in a £13 million deal. 10 10. Ruud van Nistelrooy move from Manchester United to Real Madrid for £10.5m when he was 30 years old – Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see talkSPORT’s full list of the most expensive players over the age of 30 ever – The Dutchman’s prolific spell in the Eredivisie earned him a lucrative move to Manchester United in 2001. Sir Alex Ferguson got more than his money’s worth for the striker, who was always in the right place at the right time, but didn’t have to settle for moving Van Nistelrooy on for peanuts even though he was 30 years old. 4. Zlatan Ibrahimovic moved from AC Milan to Paris Saint-Germain (£15m) aged 30 – Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see the top three most expensive players over the age of 30 ever – The Swedish striker has made several big money moves during his career and the clubs he has represented reads as a who’s who of European football. Although Ibrahimovic is a divisive figure, it is difficult to argue with his record; he has scored goals wherever he has been. Paris Saint-Germain won the race to sign the front man back in 2012 and are probably pretty satisfied with their purchase of the then 30-year-old. 5. Jeremy Mathieu moved from Valencia to Barcelona for £14m aged 30 – Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see more of the most expensive players over the age of 30 ever – Eyebrows were raised last summer when Barcelona, who finally realised that they needed more defenders, signed the 30-year-old Frenchman from Valencia. Mathieu doesn’t represent a household name by any means, but he’s held his own during a debut season at the Camp Nou and impressed far more than Thomas Vermaelen, by actually managing to get on the pitch to earn his medals. 10 Football is fast becoming a young man’s game.Spring chickens have started to run the show and therefore attract the highest transfer fees.Rich potential, plus an opportunity to sell a player on, is an enticing prospect for clubs around the world. REVEALED: 10 OF THE MOST OVERPRICED FOOTBALLERS EVERMeanwhile, shelling out a shed load of cash for a veteran that could already be over the hill is less appealing.If a footballer has surpassed their 30th birthday, they’re almost fit for the scrap heap in the eyes of some.Such an assessment is harsh, but clubs are certainly cautious about getting their cheque books out for men that are already in the twilight years of their career.However, plenty of players have bucked the trend and been purchased for sizeable fees. You can click the yellow arrow above, right, to see talkSPORT’s full list of the most expensive players over the age of 30 ever…Source: Daily Mail 10 6. Claude Makelele moved from Real Madrid to Chelsea for £14m aged 30 – Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see the top five most expensive players over the age of 30 ever – The first era of the Galácticos saw Real Madrid deem the 30-year-old French midfielder’s contribution surplus to requirements in the summer of 2003. The decision turned out to be an error as Makelele went on to established himself as a lynchpin in the heart of Chelsea’s side during five years at Stamford Bridge. After all, if you have a ‘role’ named after you, you must have been doing something right. 10 10 10 10last_img read more

DONEGAL COMPANY WINS MAJOR AWARD AT NATIONAL PLOUGHING CHAMPIONSHIPS

first_imgFarmflo, a Letterkenny based company was named best New Agri Software Start-up at the Innovation Awards ceremony in Ratheniska, Co. Laois, where the 2014 National Ploughing Championships were taking place.The award recognises and rewards Irish start-ups for their success in innovate agriculture business.The award was presented to Farmflo by the Minister for Enterprise and Employment Richard Bruton, Editor of the Farmers Journal and Anna May Mc Hugh Managing Director of the National Ploughing Championships. The Innovation Arena event was created by Alfie Cox (Tanco Engineering Founder) 4 years ago, and is now sponsored by Enterprise Ireland, Farmers Journal/Top Link, Teagasc and NPA.Farmflo was shortlisted from over 80 entrants to win a position in the Innovation Arena among 30 of the top Irish most innovative companies.It was a roaring success with thousands of visitors checking out the 30 new innovative companies on show over the 3 days.Speaking about the award, Farmflo’s CEO Jason Devenney told Donegal Daily, “It was a complete shock as we did not think we would win, when our name was called out as the most innovate start-up in agriculture we were delighted. “It is a great sign that we are on the right track with our mission to reduce the worry and stress of compliance for farmers and we are equally proud to be doing this in Donegal.Junior Minister for Business and Employment TD Gerald Nash took time out of his busy schedule to visit the Farmflo stand, where he congratulated the team on winning the award.Commenting on the award Gerald Nash TD said, “Technology has a huge role to play in farming and Farmflo should be seen as a very positive development for farmers who can use it to their advantage and save up to 20 hours per month whilst making compliance easier.On top of winning this award, Farmflo launched there Herd Management application and enjoyed meeting with both new and existing customers in person and demonstrating Farmflo’s capabilities,” says Gareth Devenney, COO at Farmflo.Farmflo would like to congratulate the Donegal winners of the ploughing categories who participated at the National Ploughing Championships 2014 Lee Simms, Gary Simms, Evan McGirr, Kieran McDaid, Kathleen Donaghey and Tina McMenamin. Farmflo would also like to congratulate William Morrow from Demense, Raphoe, Co. Donegal for winning the Dairy Calf to Beef Category in the Origin Green Beef Sustainability Awards, organised by Bord Bia, in conjunction with the Irish Farmers Journal and Teagasc, that were presented on the second day of the National Ploughing Championship.Farmflo’s applications have been designed by famers for farmers, according to the company and almost all Farmflo’s employees are from farming backgrounds and understand the importance of compliance and the farmer’s needs.Farmflo are excited to be bringing such employment potential to Donegal as more jobs will be coming on stream within the coming months.If you are a farmer and are worried about compliance you can try Farmflo’s software for free for the first month by signing up through our website www.farmflo.com Farmflo have a customer support team based in their Letterkenny office and they will be delighted to help you get your farm up and running on the systemDONEGAL COMPANY WINS MAJOR AWARD AT NATIONAL PLOUGHING CHAMPIONSHIPS was last modified: September 30th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:awardsBusinessCoLabFarmfloletterkennynewslast_img read more

DD LOCAL: DRUMKEEN TO HOST ANNUAL CAR WASH

first_imgDRUMKEEN COMMUNITY NOTESDrumkeen Community ChildcareWe will be holding our annual Cake Sale & Coffee morning in the service on Sunday 17th May from 11.30am to 1pm. Lovely homemade goodies on the day. Everyone welcome.  Community 6th Annual Car WashWe will have our 6th annual community car wash on Sun 31st May from 10am-2pm. The 5 previous years have been a fantastic success with almost €4,000 raised in total for various local charities and community projects. As in previous years we give the community the chance to decide where the proceeds should go, so if your organisation or group would like to benefit from the car wash, please contact any committee member or phone/text Aidan on 086 4083625 or Harry on 087 7741054 or email: drumkeencommunitygroup@gmail.com with your suggestion.  Community Group Clean-UpThe local Community Group would like to thank the residents of Trentabuoy, Stralongford and Corravaddy who helped to clean up their areas last Sunday. Over 3 tonne of rubbish was collected. Thanks also to Cllr Liam Doherty who organised the rubbish bags, high-viz jackets and also the removal of the rubbish.It’s through working together as a community that our local areas can look their best. If you would like your own area to avail of a clean-up, just text your name and townland to 086 4083625 or email drumkeencommunitygroup@gmail.com Drumkeen Band ReunionThe band reunion will be held on Sat 6th June. It will commence with a thanksgiving mass at 2 pm in St. Patrick’s church, followed by light refreshments in the parish hall.The gala reunion will then take place at 8 pm in The Finn valley Centre, Stranorlar. Tickets still available and can be purchased by contacting Josephine on 089 4385005 or any committee member. Drumkeen NotesAnyone wishing to have material included for next weekPlease Email: drumkeennotes@gmail.com or text 086 4083625 (Deadline Fri @ 8pm)DD LOCAL: DRUMKEEN TO HOST ANNUAL CAR WASH was last modified: May 10th, 2015 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:donegalDrumkeen noteslast_img read more

MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO 15 CHARGES OF SEXUAL ASSAULT

first_imgA man has pleaded guilty to 15 different charges of indecently assaulting another man.The man, who cannot be named, was charged with the offences at various dates between 1984 and 1987.All the offences took place in West Donegal. The man, who wore a blue jumper, only spoke to plead guilty.Barrister Desmond Murphy SC, said his client was currently in jail and wanted all matters dealt with as soon as possible.“He accepts what he did and he wants to get on with it,” he said.The case has been put forward to the next sitting of Donegal Town Circuit Court for sentence.MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO 15 CHARGES OF SEXUAL ASSAULT was last modified: October 29th, 2013 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:INDECENT ASSAULTLetterkenny Circuit Courtlast_img read more

Ajax playing hardball with Everton over fee for Davy Klaassen

first_img Davy Klaassen is a wanted man 1 Everton are £3million short of Ajax’s asking price for captain Davy Klaassen, who has also been linked with Tottenham.The 24-year-old is a wanted man after a strong season in the Dutch top-flight and in the Europa League, where he played a key role in the club’s surge to the final.Everton boss Ronald Koeman is keen on a deal for his fellow countryman, but according to Tutto Mercato, the Toffees’ offer of £19m is still some way short of Ajax’s demands.Mauricio Pochettino and Spurs are keeping a close eye on proceedings and may launch their own bid in the coming weeks.Klaassen made 50 appearances in total last season, scoring an impressive 20 goals from midfield and providing 12 assists.The in-demand Dutch international has a contract with Ajax until 2019 but is expected to be on the move this summer.last_img read more

GAA NEWS: RED HUGHS LADIES FACE URRIS IN CHAMPIONSHIP SEMI-FINAL

first_imgRED HUGHS NOTESSenior LadiesThe ladies play Urris in the championship semi final this Saturday with a 12 noon throw in. Venue is yet T.B.C. keep an eye on facebook or notices in shops for details. Best of luck to Brendan and the ladies. Please get out and support the girls in this big game. Senior MenThe men resume training this week on Tuesday & Thursday evenings at 7pm Manager Stephen Friel is looking for a massive effort from all players in the remaining few weeks of the season. So we can remain in division 3 for the coming season. Minor BoardUnder 8’s & 10’sU8s and U10s training has finished up for this year.Well done to all the children & Coaches for all their hard work throughout the year.Under 13 GirlsU13 girls are awaiting on the fixtures for round 2. The training continues on Saturday mornings from 11-12 noon.Under 13 BoysThe lads have finished their league campaign for the year and unfortunately were unsuccessful and securing a play off place. Training continues on Friday evenings at 6.30 in preparation for the championship. Under 16 BoysThe lads lost out on Friday evening to St Eunans B in the shield quarter final in Letterkenny. That brings them to the end of their football season for this year. Well done to the lads and management for their big effort fulfilling all the fixture and training from early in the year.Minor BoysTraining for minor boys continue on Tuesday’s at 7pm and Friday’s at 7.30pm Everyone is asked to make a big effort to get to training in the next couple of weeks in preparation for the championship semi final. Club MeetingsSenior board meeting this Tuesday evening at 8.30pmMinor board meeting on Wednesday evening at 8pmLotto & 100 Club ResultsNumbers drawn were 5,8,2,7,6,3,4,1One winner matched 3 numbers Tony Sweeney Dromore Park receives €50Next weeks Jackpot is €4,450, 100 Club winner this week was number 72Kevin Mc Colgan Garrison Hill receives €100Thanks to everyone for your continued support.The club would like to thank everyone who took part in the Airtricity Meentycat 15k walk on Saturday. Well done to everyone.SympathyThe club extend their sympathy to the Patterson family Ardnaganna and the Doherty family Gleneely on their recent family bereavements.GAA NEWS: RED HUGHS LADIES FACE URRIS IN CHAMPIONSHIP SEMI-FINAL was last modified: September 29th, 2014 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:Red Hughs GAA noteslast_img read more

Will Son return? Who replaces Alli? Tottenham’s predicted line-up vs Liverpool

first_img Is this how Tottenham will look against Liverpool? Michel Vorm is the obvious candidate to replace Lloris, and while he is better with his feet than the Frenchman, Spurs will see dip in shot-stopping quality between the sticks.Elsewhere, It’s likely Premier League Player of the Month Lucas Moura will retain his place in Tottenham’s starting side given his pressing high up the pitch has given the team an added dimension, particular against Fulham and Manchester United.Although recent social media posting involving the player’s political views do seem to have stopped the love-in surrounding his early campaign performances.Son will, in this case, be on the bench to start with, giving Spurs’ squad a much deeper look than it has had since Erik Lamela’s injury ahead of the match with Man United. Tottenham are looking to bounce back immediately from their Premier League defeat to Watford but now face an in-form Liverpool side at Wembley.An already tough test has become even trickier now with the news Dele Alli and Hugo Lloris will both be absent for the match. Tottenham Hotspur players Harry Kane and Lucas Moura celebrate during their win over Manchester United. Rose made the most of his opportunity 3center_img 3 The Reds have carried on where they left off last season and have impressed with four wins in their opening four games so far this season.Spurs know they will have a battle on their hands in north west London in a fixture which was originally set to opening their new stadium.Heung-Min Son has returned from South Korea’s victorious Asian Games triumph, where he earned exemption from military service, however, he is not expected to start the game as Mauricio Pochettino looks to ease him back into the fold.But how will Tottenham line up for the clash without Alli and Lloris? Check out talkSPORT.com’s predicted XI below. 3 Danny Rose, England’s Man of the Match against Switzerland, could get the nod ahead of Ben Davies, who hasn’t been at the races so far this season.But Pochettino’s most intriguing decision will be his formation and whether he adopts a back-three once more.If he does, you’re likely to Mousa Dembele alongside Eric Dier in the middle, while a back four could see Victor Wanyama, Harry Winks or even Heung-Min Son enter the XI in differing positions.last_img read more