Magical Messi, Suarez hit doubles in 8-2 rout of Huesca

January 10, 2020

first_imgCelta Vigo, who stunned Atletico Madrid 2-0 on Saturday, sit in third place at two points adrift with Atletico now five points adrift of the top after a shaky start to the campaign.Huesca travelled to the Camp Nou perhaps more in hope than belief, although it was the latter that dominated the Aragaon-based minnows’ thinking in the early stages after Cucho Hernandez headed past Barca goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen to hand them a surprise third-minute lead.Luis Suarez, Lionel Messi and Ousmane Dembele were all on target © AFP / LLUIS GENEBut reality soon kicked in, a slick Messi levelling in the 16th minute after leaving right-back Luisinho on the deck on his way to beating Argentine goalkeeper Axel Werner.Eight minutes later VAR was deployed to confirm an own goal from defender Jorge Pulido, who got his foot to Jordi Alba’s cutback before it wriggled past Werner and into the net.Alba, recently left out of Spain’s squad by former Barcelona coach Luis Enrique, was in the thick of it again on 39 minutes when he set up Suarez to put Barca 3-1 in front by the 39th minute with his maiden goal of the campaign.Although Alex Gallar pulled one back for the visitors three minutes before the interval when he turned in Hernandez’s deflected cross to reduce arrears to 3-2, it merely delayed a second-half onslaught.– Level with Benzema –Barca emerged from the dressing room to hit five goals, Ousmane Dembele starting the rout with an angled drive that beat Werner on 48 minutes.Four minutes later Ivan Rakitic’s superb half-volley from Messi’s delivery had the Camp Nou on its feet.Messi doubled his tally for the night on the hour mark to make it four in three games and completed his night’s work by setting up Jordi Alba for a magnificent seventh nine minutes from the final whistle.Barcelona made it eight in the final seconds of the game when Suarez stepped up to beat Werner from the spot.“It’s always important to be top of the league but it’s barely started,” Suarez told beIN Sports.“The championship is very long and the main thing is to keep on doing as we are.”Messi’s haul of four goals means he is level with Real striker Karim Benzema, the Argentine star foregoing the opportunity to take the sole lead of the scoring charts when he allowed Suarez to hit the late penalty.With a question mark still hanging over his international career, Messi is expected to return from the international break rested having decided not to play for Argentina during the international break.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Lionel Messi scored twice as Barcelona ran riot © AFP / LLUIS GENEMADRID, Spain, Sep 2 – A magical Lionel Messi and on-form Luis Suarez scored doubles apiece as champions Barcelona thrashed newly-promoted Huesca 8-2 to join Real Madrid at the top of La Liga on Sunday.Barcelona’s third win of the campaign in as many games saw Ernesto Valverde’s men go top thanks to superior goal difference over Real before the break for Nations League matches.last_img read more

Man United hitman Hernandez staying at Real Madrid, insists agent

January 6, 2020

first_imgJavier Hernandez’s agent insists the Mexican will not be ending his loan spell at Real Madrid early.The Manchester United hitman has struggled for game time since moving to the Bernabeu on a season-long deal in the summer.That has led to suggestions Hernandez could cut short the loan in January and join a different club.But his agent, Eduardo Hernandez, insists there is no truth in that whatsoever.He told Spanish sports daily AS: “Sometimes the media speculate too much and make assumptions.“Javier Hernandez will not leave the club. Yes, he is eager to have more minutes, but knows that hard work will open up the possibility of more playing time.”The agent said a decision on Hernandez’s future, and whether Real would take up an option to sign the player outright, would be taken in the summer.Hernandez has scored three league goals plus one in the Copa del Rey. Javier Hernandez 1last_img read more

Ibrahimovic set for Hollywood ending after Man Utd exit

January 6, 2020

first_imgSports Illustrated said Ibrahimovic’s move to California would be officially announced in a full-page advertisement in Friday’s edition of the Los Angeles Times.MLS rules allow clubs to sign three designated players who are not subject to salary limits, a rule introduced when David Beckham arrived in the league in 2007.However, because the Galaxy have already signed their designated players for the 2018 season, Ibrahimovic’s salary will be limited to around $1.5 million (1.2 million euros) according to the Sports Illustrated report.That represents a fraction of the reported £19 million ($26.8 million, 21.8 million euros) a season Ibrahimovic was paid after signing for United from Paris Saint-Germain in 2016.The Galaxy have a history of luring ageing stars to America with Beckham, Steven Gerrard and Robbie Keane among those to have made the move to Los Angeles.Former England international Ashley Cole is the club’s current captain.Ibrahimovic, 36, hasn’t featured at all for Jose Mourinho’s United side since being substituted at half-time in a 2-2 draw with Burnley on December 26.– United goodbye –The Swede scored 28 goals in 46 appearances during a stunning first season in England before tearing knee ligaments in a Europa League tie against Anderlecht in April.His form was rewarded with an extension of his contract for a second season, but the £75 million ($105 million) signing of Romelu Lukaku saw him slip down the pecking order at Old Trafford.In a statement on Thursday, United said Ibrahimovic would leave the club with their blessing.“Manchester United confirms that it has agreed to the termination of Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s contract with immediate effect,” United said.“Everyone at the club would like to thank Zlatan for his contribution to the team since his arrival and wishes him well for the future.”News of Ibrahimovic’s move to California is the latest and likely final stop on a glittering career which has seen the 6ft 4in (1.95m) forward collect 31 winners medals during spells with Ajax, Inter Milan, Barcelona, AC Milan, Paris Saint-Germain and United.As well as delivering on the pitch, Ibrahimovic’s larger-than-life persona has delighted fans wherever he has played.Upon departing PSG in 2016, he famously quipped: “I came like a king, left like a legend.”He was similarly flamboyant during his spell with United, saying earlier this season his recovery from his knee injury was down to the fact that “lions don’t recover like humans.”– ‘Washed up’? –Whether Ibrahimovic is likely to enjoy a similarly successful spell in America remains an open question however.While the technical level of the league is below that of leading leagues in Europe, MLS remains a physically demanding arena that is likely ask questions of a player still working his way from a serious knee injury.“Is he the physical force who dominated the top levels of the game for well over a decade?” ESPN soccer writer Jeff Carlisle asked on Thursday.“Or is LA getting a washed-up 36-year-old forward who isn’t even a year removed from a devastating knee injury, and can no longer rely on his once-prodigious physical gifts?”The Swede’s reported arrival in MLS comes at a time when clubs are increasingly turning away from the recent practice of signing veteran European stars already into their 30s.Several clubs have instead found success by looking to sign younger players from South America who view the league as a potential springboard for a move to Europe.Although the Galaxy are the most successful club in MLS history with a record five championships, their fortunes have dipped sharply in recent seasons.Last year the club finished bottom of the Western Conference with only eight wins from 34 games. It was only the fourth time the club had failed to reach the playoffs, and the first time it finished with the league’s wooden spoon.The Galaxy’s aura has also been diminished by the arrival this year of expansion side Los Angeles Football Club — who could potentially be Ibrahimovic’s first opponents when they play the Galaxy in a derby clash on March 31.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Manchester United’s Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic is set to sign for LA Galaxy, according to US media reports © AFP/File / Oli SCARFFLOS ANGELES, United States, Mar 23 – Zlatan Ibrahimovic has signed for the Los Angeles Galaxy and could make his debut for the Major League Soccer side this month, US media reported on Thursday.The Los Angeles Times and Sports Illustrated both reported Ibrahimovic had inked a deal with the Galaxy shortly before Premier League giants Manchester United confirmed the Swedish star had been released from his Old Trafford contract.last_img read more

Quiz: Can you name the Leicester City stars denied entry to a London club?

December 30, 2019

first_img Who is this Leicester City star? – Click the right arrow above to find out… Who is this Leicester City star? – Click the right arrow above to find out… 8 8 It’s Matty James! Who is this Leicester City star? – Click the right arrow above to find out… 8 8 It’s goalkeeper Ben Hamer! It’s midfielder Andy King! Leicester City might be top of the Premier League but their players still aren’t at the top of guest-lists after they suffered an embarrassing snub on Saturday night.Just hours after defeating Watford to give them a five-point cushion over title rivals Tottenham, four of their squad were denied entry to Drama Park Lane to celebrate Danny Drinkwater’s 26th birthday, with no-one seeming to recognise them.Spurs stars Hugo Lloris, Nacer Chadli, and Eric Dier had no problem getting access though and went straight into the club.But, can you identify Drinkwater and his Foxes team-mates? Click the right arrow above to see the players… 8 8 8 Who is this Leicester City star? – Click the right arrow above to find out… 8 It’s Danny Drinkwater!last_img read more

HOMELESS MAN STOLE COOKIES FROM TESCO BECAUSE HE WAS STARVING

December 28, 2019

first_imgCOURTS: A 20 year-old man who was homeless, stole cookies from Tesco because he was starving.Alpha Fadiga, 20, with an address at 4 Manor View Park, appeared at Letterkenny District Court in relation to an incident which occurred on March 15th, 2016. The court heard how the defendant stole a packet of Galaxy brand cookies worth €2.75 from Tesco at Letterkenny Shopping Centre.The defendant fled, but was apprehended by Gardaí on New Line Road and subsequently arrested for theft.The court heard that Mr Fadiga, who was born in Ireland and has an Irish passport, wasn’t entitled to make an application for social welfare, because he had no address.Solicitor for the defendant Patsy Gallagher said his client stole the cookies because he was starving.Mr Gallagher told the court, “My client is 20 years of age, and is to become a father for the first time in September.“He’s an Irish national, and was born here and has a passport, but remarkably he wasn’t entitled to make an application for bail because he didn’t have an address.“He regrets stealing the cookies, and there’s no malice here, the reason he did it was quite simply because he was starving.“The SVP have been helping him with accommodation, and temporary shelter and he’s also been staying with friends.”Judge Paul Kelly said it was ‘extraordinary’ that he wasn’t receiving any support from the state.Judge Paul Kelly said, “I think it’s extraordinary he hasn’t received any support from the state.”Judge Paul Kelly asked Mr Gallagher had his client spoken to the community welfare officer?Mr Gallagher replied, “Yes he has judge, the process has been started and will hopefully be sorted soon.”Judge Paul Kelly fined Mr Fadiga €100 and allowed him three months to pay it.HOMELESS MAN STOLE COOKIES FROM TESCO BECAUSE HE WAS STARVING was last modified: April 7th, 2016 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:CookiescourtshomelessMr Fadiganewsstolentescolast_img read more

This is where it Getz good for NoHo rocker

December 25, 2019

first_imgRoots rocker Jennifer Getz doesn’t know whether anything will come of her Los Angeles Music Awards nomination when winners are announced tonight at the Music Box Theater. But the dreadlocked singer from North Hollywood is hopeful. “I’m really stoked that they think I’m a great songwriter, and if it helps jump-start my career, that would be awesome,” said Getz, who’s up for best female singer-songwriter of the year at the event that organizers expect will be its biggest ever. The L.A. Music Awards, founded 15 years ago with the ambitious goal of unifying the independent music scene, spotlights local, unsigned talent in 13 categories. Winners will be determined by the artists and their fans, who cast their votes at a listening party last month. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week New this year is the honoring of industry veterans – Spencer Davis, C.C. DeVille of Poison and trumpeter Lee Thornburg of “The Tonight Show” band to name a few – during the $250-a-seat gala that producers are in talks to have air in January on L.A.’s KHIZ (Channel 64). “Could you imagine if an indie band gets an L.A. Music Award and then sees a rock star get an award, it gives them a different outlook,” said Alfred C. Bowman, executive producer and founder of the L.A. Music Awards. Bowman created the show in 1991 after an enlightening conversation with Gazzarri’s club owner Bill Gazzarri, known as the Sunset Strip’s Godfather of Rock ‘n’ Roll. Gazzarri, who died three days later and whose club is now home to The Key Club, was ranting about the MTV generation’s lack of imagination and the rising grunge movement. As Bowman tells it, he asked Gazzarri what could be done to “repair this fractured music scene here?” His answer: Start an awards show – but make it about the music. The L.A. Local Rock Music Awards had its premiere at the now-defunct Mardis Gras club in Long Beach in December 1991. A year later, the awards show became the L.A. Music Awards and expanded to include other categories because music was changing, with more soul/r&b and hip-hop acts popping up. Since then, internationally renowned acts have passed through the L.A. Music Awards’ doors on their way up, including System of a Down, the Black Eyed Peas and No Doubt. “Gwen Stefani could not sing a lick, but she had this pink mohawk and did cartwheels,” recalled Bowman, adding that, despite it all, he could see that even then she had star quality. Getz says she wouldn’t mind a little star power rubbing off on her, although at this point she’d settle for tour support. She averages a few shows a month, which she posts at her official Web site, www.jennifergetz.com. “All I want to do is play,” said the Sherman Oaks native whose nomination was based on her emotionally charged 2004 debut album, “Makin’ History,” which garnered her praise from the indie music press. Kitty Magik.com likened her “clever lyrics” to those of Ani DiFranco, while Soul Shine.com dubbed her “Bob Dylan in Drag.” “She’s superb,” said Bowman, who handpicked her CD from the thousands of paid submissions from unknown artists. “She’s got dreadlocks, with beautiful green eyes and great songs that are very radio-friendly. “You got to be the complete package in this business, and so someone like her, yeah, she has a lot she can do with this (nomination). “It all comes down to the will of the artist,” he said. Sandra Barrera, (818) 713-3728 sandra.barrera@dailynews.com 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

Feb. 6 Vioxx retrial set in New Orleans

December 25, 2019

first_imgHOUSTON – Round Two of the nation’s first federal trial challenging the safety of Merck & Co.’s drug Vioxx will be Feb. 6 in New Orleans, a judge told attorneys Friday. U.S. District Judge Eldon Fallon of New Orleans held a private telephone conference with attorneys on both sides Friday to set the date and place to retry the case that ended Monday in a mistrial. The trial, which began Nov. 29 and went into the jury’s hands after closing arguments Dec. 8, took place in Houston because of Hurricane Katrina’s wrath on its original venue of New Orleans. Jere Beasley, one of the lead plaintiff’s attorneys, and Kent Jarrell, spokesman for Merck’s legal team, said Fallon set the date in the case’s original venue. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake Fallon declared a mistrial 20 minutes into the jury’s fourth day of deliberations Monday because the panel hadn’t reached a unanimous verdict – as required in federal litigation – after 18 hours of deliberations. Two jurors told The Associated Press that one of the nine-member panel refused to absolve Merck of liability, leaving them split 8-1 in favor of the company. The result leaves Merck with a win and a loss in two state trials and an undecided in its first federal trial. The company withdrew Vioxx from the market in September 2004 when a study showed it could double the risk of heart attack or stroke if taken for 18 months or longer. About 20 million people took the once-popular painkiller, and the company faces billions in potential payouts stemming from about 7,000 pending state and federal lawsuits. The federal trial centered on the 2001 death of Richard “Dicky” Irvin, a Florida wholesale seafood company manager who took Vioxx for about a month. Merck blamed Irvin’s clogged arteries for his death, and said Vioxx couldn’t be responsible because he took the drug for such a short time. Irvin’s widow, Evelyn Irvin Plunkett, countered that Vioxx caused a blood clot in one of Irvin’s arteries, which led to his fatal heart attack. 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

THAT FRIDAY FEELING – 10 THINGS WE LEARNED ACROSS DONEGAL THIS WEEK!

December 22, 2019

first_imgSome of the dolphins of Malin Head.Summer kind of broke out across Donegal this week but we’ll accept plenty more of the rising temperatures. Yet again there was plenty of things happening across our beautiful county to keep us chatting.These are just a few which caught the eyes of those in the Donegal Daily office.1. Patrick is fine and Leo is back. Rory Gallagher’s hunt for an Ulster title remains in good hands as Patrick McBrearty’s injury is not as bad as first thought while Leo McLoone is spotted back at training. 2. We learned that we have some of the best natural resources in Ireland as a pod of 50 dolphins are spotted off Malin Head.3. Chef Martin Anderson can grill more than a cheese sandwich. The chatty chef joined the Donegal Daily team with a weekly food column and his first outing has proved a huge success with our readers.4. We learned that the family of murdered Donegal politician Eddie Fullerton may have to wait a long time before they ever get justice after the Tanaiste appears to ignore their calls for a meeting.5. Donegal County Council will be a poorer place following the retirement of gentleman Bartley McGlynn after his retirement this week following 42 long years of loyal service to the local authority. 6. We learned that there are still plenty of big-hearted people in Donegal. People like Muff man Jim McLaughlin who donated a free calf to a couple whose herd of 75 calves were stolen in Kilbeggan. His offer sparked an avalanche of similar offers from as far away as Australia.7. She may be unable to walk down the streets of New York but people rarely take a second glance of Sarah Jessica Parker who is back spending the summer in Kilcar – and enjoying the local honey by all accounts!8. Making an honest living is a dangerous occupation if you’re a postmaster in Donegal after yet another attempted raid at the branch in St Johnston.9. We learned that some people simply don’t give a damn about the beauty of our stunning county after vandals left Lisnagra Woods near Muff looking like a dumpsite after a drinking binge.10. And finally ……..Michael Murphy delivered what we predicted he would do last week when he pointed some amazing scores to help Donegal beat Derry in the Ulster semi-final. THAT FRIDAY FEELING – 10 THINGS WE LEARNED ACROSS DONEGAL THIS WEEK! was last modified: July 3rd, 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:donegalFriday Feelinglast_img read more

Live updates: Warriors vs. Rockets, Thursday at 7:30 p.m.

December 20, 2019

first_imgJoin us for live news and analysis Thursday at 7:30 p.m. as the Warriors take on James Harden and the Houston Rockets in a nationally televised game at Oracle.The Warriors (25-13) are riding a two-game road winning streak into Thursday’s game, but they’ll also be armed with the knowledge they were embarrassed the last time they faced Houston. Harden scored 27 points as Houston rocked the Warriors 107-86 at home on Nov. 15. The Warriors didn’t have Stephen Curry in that game.Golden …last_img read more

J&K Minister slams Rawat over two-map remark

December 3, 2019

first_imgJammu & Kashmir Education Minister Altaf Bukhari on Saturday asked Army chief Bipin Rawat “not to meddle in the State’s education system” and “stick to his mandate”, a day after General Rawat raised the issue of two maps being taught in schools here.“The Army should confine its role to security related issues and not make unnecessary comments beyond its constitutional mandate … Gen. Rawat is a professional and well-decorated officer. He is not an educationist to issue sermons on education,” said Mr. Bukhari. Mr. Rawat had in Delhi on Friday expressed surprise at the India and J&K State maps being taught in the schools here and suggested “it was not needed”.“The remarks are totally unfair and unacceptable. Education is a State subject and falls well within the State’s domain,” Mr. Bukhari said.He asked Gen. Rawat to do “his job well”. “There are many problems here because they are not doing their job well. I would be glad if they [Army] do what they are supposed to do and leave us to do what we are supposed to do. We know how to run our education system,” he said. The Minister said Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti was “capable enough to look into the loopholes of the education system”.last_img read more