Exclusive – Juventus close in on Manchester United star

first_img Patrice Evra at the 2014 World Cup 1 Juventus are close to completing the signing of Manchester United defender Patrice Evra.The Italian champions have agreed a £2m fee for the French international who will join the Serie A giants on a two-year deal.Evra joined United from Monaco eight years ago and signed a new one-year extension at Old Trafford in May.However, talkSPORT understands the Red Devils have agreed a cut price deal with Juve for the full back and will not stand in the French international’s way.It’s understood the left-back is leaving Old Trafford due to family reasons. United were planning on Evra acting as a mentor for new signing £30m signing Luke Shaw.The move could open the door to a Premier League switch for Arturo Vidal, who is hotly tipped to be playing at the Red Devils next season.last_img read more

Boron star highlights prep football season

first_imgLANCASTER – A look at the Antelope Valley football season: Team of the Year: Antelope Valley. Senior two-way standout Andre Crenshaw led Antelope Valley to a share of its first Golden League title since 2001. An aggressive defense produced an extraordinary 38 turnovers and made it one of the area’s most exciting teams. Co-champion Palmdale (5-6) warranted serious consideration despite its losing record because it played an exceedingly tough schedule that included three defending Southern Section champions. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Antelope Valley beat Palmdale 22-19 victory to claim a share of the title and was the league’s only team to advance to the Div. III quarterfinals, beating Leuzinger of Lawndale in the first round. Player of the Year: Brad Kostopoulos, Boron. The senior running back/linebacker was a nearly unstoppable force on both sides of the ball for the Antelope Valley’s only semifinal qualifier. Kostopoulos led the Bobcats, who reached the Div. XII final four, with 2,101 rushing yards, 30 touchdowns, and 115 tackles. Palmdale’s Tyreace House (524 rushing yards, 794 receiving yards, 13 touchdowns), the Golden League’s Player of the Year, and Antelope Valley running back/linebacker Allan Mohan (534 rushing yards, 132 tackles, four sacks) and Crenshaw (1,092 rushing yards, 14 touchdowns) all excelled against elite competition and are the area’s most coveted Division I prospects, but Kostopoulos made the biggest impact. Kostopoulos was pivotal even when he was at less than full strength in Friday’s 32-7 loss to Aquinas of San Bernardino, playing with a separated shoulder that will require surgery later this month. “He’s a warrior,” Boron coach Todd Fink said. “Most kids wouldn’t have played with that injury, but he gave everything he had.” Coach of the Year: Kevin Rizer, Rosamond. Rosamond overcame adversity and distractions to win its first High Desert League title in six years under second-year coach Kevin Rizer. Before the season began, standout senior running back Spencer Rodney was hospitalized with a severe case of dehydration. The school’s bleachers were condemned because of damage caused by last winter’s relentless El Nino. Even with an undersized offensive line that averaged 189 pounds, the Roadrunners (9-3) had their best season in years, beating league rivals Mojave for the first time since 1999 and Bishop for the first time since 2000. Rizer also was a teacher in the character department, healing wounds caused by racial tensions from last season when it was alleged that Kern Valley of Lake Isabella players directed racial epithets at his players. Rizer opened communication lines with Kern Valley’s coaching staff that led to the two teams going out for pizza after their game. Biggest surprise: Highland’s 28-27 upset of Lancaster. The Bulldogs made the playoffs for the first time in three years as a result of their Week 7 shocker that changed the dynamics of the Golden League race. Biggest disappointment: The league’s poorest playoff showing in years. Boron was the only area team that advanced to the semifinals in one of the Antelope Valley’s worst postseason showings. The Golden League went 1-5 in the playoffs and the Antelope Valley 6-10. A look ahead: Palmdale has won at least a share of four consecutive league titles, and with several promising up-and-comers coming from its unbeaten freshman team, the Falcons figure to be the team to beat next year. Emerging power Lancaster and perennial power Antelope Valley also should be in the mix, but parity figures to become the dominant theme as the league continues to expand in the coming years. Gideon Rubin, (818)713-3607 [email protected] 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

Festive cheer and goodwill at Letterkenny teacher’s charity CD launch – Picture special

first_imgOver 200 people were treated to a magical night of Christmas music on Friday when Letterkenny teacher Anne Nicholls and guests launched a charity CD.Music, stories and special moments were shared at the launch of Christmas Greetings from Letterkenny at Arena7 in Letterkenny.The CD features local musicians and pupils of Scoil Mhuire gan Smál, who worked together to create a unique Christmas gift in aid of St Colmcille’s Homeless Hostel. Sinéad Gibson, Anne Nicholls and Aisling Cheevers perform “Leitir Ceanainn” at the Christmas Greetings from Letterkenny CD launch on Friday at Arena7Bishop Alan Mc Guckian S.J. officially launched the CD and spoke of how delighted he was to see such a large turn out for the event. He commented on how great it was to see people come together and use their talents to help others. He said he has enjoyed listening to the CD in his car and has learned a lot about the history of Letterkenny from the song Leitir Ceanainn. He urged people to buy the CD, (or to buy two!) for the benefit of the Homeless Hostel.Bishop Alan Mc Guckian S.J. launches the CD “Christmas Greetings from Letterkenny” in aid of St Colmcille’s Homeless HostelCiarán & Mary Maquire who run St Colmcille’s Homeless Hostel at the launch of the CD in Arena 7.Mary Maguire, on behalf of the Colmcille’s Homeless Hostel, spoke of the growing number of people who need the services of the hostel. She told of how this week they were able to set someone up in their own home and help them buy everyday items that we all take for granted like a duvet. The charity are delighted to be receiving the funds raised by this CD.The musical performances of the night began with Anne Nicholls’ rendition of her own composition “Leitir Ceanainn” accompanied by Sinéad Gibson on low whistle and Aisling Cheevers on violin. In the background the video which illustrates the history of the town compiled by Kieran Kelly played. Then Mrs Millar’s fifth classes from Scoil Mhuire took to the stage to perform “Said the Night Wind”. Soloist Kyra Mc Bride sang the first verse and timed the echo to perfection as Aoife Mc Geehan, Cora Gordan, Cassie  Campbell and Ida Kingue sang verse two. The rest of the class joined in and gave a fantastic performance. The girls were accompanied by Miss Anna Farren on keyboard, Ms Sinéad Gibson on low whistle and Mrs Aisling Cheevers on violin. Miss Farren’s fifth class perform “Said the Night Wind” accompanied by Aisling Cheevers on Violin and Sinéad Breathnach on low whistleMiss Anna Farren’s fifth class then performed the Christmas classic “Oiche Chiúin” in four different languages. Anne began with verse 1 in Gaelic and then harmonised beautifully with Thea Leadley as she sang verse two in French.  Katie Bork, Antonina Cukras, Antonina Blasyzk, Julia Zebrowska and Natalia Wojcik sang verse three in Polish and the whole class joined for the last verse in English. The cuteness factor went into overload as Rionn Sibbald from Senior Infants sang the last line. The students were conducted by Ms Toni Harvey and accompanied by Miss Anna Farren.Anne Nicholls and the students from fifth class Scoil Mhuire gan Smál perform “Oíche Chiúin” at the launch.Ida Kingue, Cassie Campbell, Cora Gordan & Aoife Mc Geehan perform at the launchKatie Bork, Antonina Cukras, Antonina Blasyzk, Julia Zebrowska and Natalia Wojcik sing Silent Night in Polish at the launchNext up was a little girl with a big future in the world of Music & Drama. Sadbh Breathnach performed “Child in a Manger Born”. Her brother Cormac then lit up the room with his performance of ‘Don Oíche Úd I mBeithil’ on the Uilleann Pipes as he and his mum Sinéad accompanied Anne on this beautiful traditional carol. Anne was then joined on stage by her son Pádraig Dunne as they performed Pie Jesu. A few tears were shed in the audience as mother and son dueted on this beautiful song from the musical Requiem.Sadbh Breathnach performs “Child in a Manger Born”Anne Nicholls and her son Padraig Dunne perform Pie Jesu at the launchAnne was then accompanied on stage by Anna Farren on keyboard and Paul Gillespie on cello as she performed “In The Bleak Midwinter” and “The Christmas Song”. Emotions ran high in the room as Anne showed a video of herself and her late father Pat Nicholls performing “O Holy Night” in a Letterkenny Music & Drama Group’s  Christmas concert from 1998.Anna Farren, Anne Nicholls and Paul Gillespie at the launch of “Christmas Greetings from Letterkenny”You can support the St Colmcille’s Homeless Hostel this Christmas by picking up a copy of the CD “Christmas Greetings from Letterkenny” by Anne Nicholls and guests. CD is available online at www.ceolmusic.ie or from local stockists. Stockists include Mac’s Mace, Quiet Moment, Xperia, Magee’s Chemist, Amelia’s, O Hehir’s Bakery, Clarke’s newsagents, Blakes’s Bar, Gildea’s butchers, Station House Hotel, Oldtown Stores, Sonder, Moonshine, Mt Errigal Leisure centre, Linda Orr hairdressers, Brewery Bar, Arena 7 and Caisleain Oir (Annagry) See more photos from the launch night below:Meadhbh Nic Fhionnaile congratulates Anne on her CDAnne with Noel Foley and Tommy Sweeney at the launchRoisín Doyle and Eibhlín Curran enjoying Launch Night in ArenaTeresa O’ Malley, Noel and Carla Jordan at the launch of “Christmas Greetings from Letterkenny”Connor Dunne helps out the launch of his mum’s CD “Christmas Greetings from Letterkenny”Enda Dunne and his sister Fiona helping to sell CDs at the launchJim Nallen attends the launchMichelle and Philip Gillespie with their son Paul who plays the cello on the new CDBack Row Fidelma Mc Teague, Terese Mc Monagle, Bernie Cahill, Kate Mc Teague, Anne Marie Mailey, Ann Gallagher, Ger Mc Teague, Maureen Keogh, Brighdin CarrFront Row Margaret Rowland, Sinéad GibsonAisling Cheevers, Rosie Houston, Toni Harvey enjoying the launch of the CD “Christmas Greetings from LetterkennyMartin Gallen and Caitríona Breslin enjoy the launch of the CDPádraig Dunne, Dominic Ferry, Séan Harvey at the launch in Arena 7Festive cheer and goodwill at Letterkenny teacher’s charity CD launch – Picture special was last modified: November 18th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:anne nichollsArena7CD launchchristmas greeting from letterkennyScoil Mhuire gan Smállast_img read more

2017 NTL Referee Upgrades

first_imgCongratulations to the following referees on receiving upgrades at the 2017 National Touch League.Level 4OpenTess LeahyJack Van Lohuizen Level 5OpenMatt ButlerAlec ClarkIsaac CossonVince CostiganMike EllisLachlan FreshwaterBen HarrisAdam HoganMitchell KennedyPatrick MoranJonathon Powyer Benjamin RogersLawren Sullivan SeniorAnthony BradleyCraig ButlerSimon BernieJohn ClarkPaul KeyteMike KenderesJoe MercuriMark MontgomeryGregory OatenBrendan O’FlynnDarren Toms Level 6OpenTim Ah SeePhilip BalcombeChristopher BensteadPatrick CostiganJake DavisJustin HillDean MacDonaldRobert McKayAlexander McCahonAdam TurnerAndrew WatkinsAlison WattersNicole WestAndrew YonSeniorPeter CrampIvan GiammarcoJoshua Little Paul RichardsonDavid TewkesburyJohn ViklundRelated LinksNTL Referee Upgradeslast_img read more

The top 10 movies on the iTunes Store

first_imgiTunes Movies U.S. charts for week ending December 23, 2018:iTunes Movies US Charts:1. Venom2. A Simple Favor3. Crazy Rich Asians4. Home Alone5. Mission: Impossible – Fallout6. Elf (2003)7. The House With a Clock In Its Walls8. The Equalizer 29. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation10. SmallfootiTunes Movies US Charts – Independent:1. Mid90s2. Colette3. Bob Lazar: Area 51 & Flying Saucers4. Galveston5. Leave No Trace6. American Animals7. The House That Jack Built8. Eighth Grade9. Hearts Beat Loud10. The Dawn Wall__(copyright) 2018 Apple Inc.By The Associated Press, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Authorities start drive to remove poll related posters in Noida, Gr Noida

first_imgGB Nagar: Soon after the election commission of India announced election schedule for 17th Lok sabha elections, the Gautam Buddh Nagar District administration, on Sunday, ordered all the concerned authorities to immediately remove all the hoardings, banners and other campaign materials within next 24 hours from their respective work circles.As per a senior official of Gautam Buddh Nagar District administration, the directions have been issued to all the three authorities across the district-Noida, Greater Noida and Yamuna authority and all the police stations. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic items”The directions have been issued soon after the model code of conduct came into effect following the announcement of polls on Sunday. We have asked the officials to ensure compliance with the orders and remove all the election campaign related materials within next 24 hours. Also the official are directed to share a videography and photography, while removing the banners or hoardings, with the administration,” the official said. Following the directions, a massive drive of defacing the political posters/banners/hoardings was carried out across the district by respective authority and police station. In Noida, the drive was carried out in all the 10 work circles falling under the Noida authority from Sunday evening. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”The authority is undertaking a massive drive to remove all the election campaign related material such as banners, hoardings, pamphlets and others from all the work circle areas. In order to intensify the drive and abide by the guidelines issued by District administration, over 200 employees with the authority have been appointed to perform the task and ensure that all such materials are removed within next 24 hours. We will also issue numbers of the officials with related work circles so that complaints can be made directly to them if any poster or hoarding is left unremoved,” said Rajiv Tyagi, General Manager, Noida Authority.last_img read more

Attacks in eastern Libya kill four in under 24 hours

first_imgBENGHAZI – A string of attacks in eastern Libya has killed a public prosecutor and three members of the security forces in less than 24 hours, judicial and medical sources said Saturday.Since the ouster of veteran dictator Moamer Kadhafi in October 2011, eastern Libya has been hit by a wave of bombings and shootings, mostly targeting security officials.Prosecutor Mohamed al-Naass was killed in the town of Derna on Saturday when an explosive device attached to his car detonated, a judicial source told AFP. Naass was responsible for the “Al-Jabal Al-Akhdar region, east of Benghazi,” the source said.In Benghazi, Libya’s second city, gunmen driving past an army checkpoint shot dead two special forces soldiers late on Friday, Al-Jala hospital spokeswoman Fadia al-Barghathi told AFP.Barghathi added that the body of a police lieutenant colonel, Sherif al-Ajili, had been brought to the hospital late on Friday, and that he had been “killed by a gunshot wound to the head”.Troops and police have beefed up their presence in Benghazi to try to check the attacks, although so far their presence has done little to stop the violence.Libya’s government has struggled to stamp its authority as militias of ex-rebels have carved their own fiefdoms in a country flooded with weapons looted from Kadhafi’s arsenal.Violence and insecurity have also hit the capital this week.Two people were killed and 29 others wounded in clashes between rival militias in Tripoli on Thursday, the latest incident in a wave of violence that is terrorising residents and underlines the country’s instability.last_img read more

Prince Moulay Rachid to represent Morocco in Mandela’s Memorial Ceremonies

first_imgPretoria – Prince Moulay Rachid arrived this Tuesday in Pretoria to take part in the ceremonies held in the South African capital to pay tribute to the late Nelson Mandela, first president of post-Apartheid South Africa, who passed away last Thursday.The prince was welcomed at the Waterkloof military airport by head of the North Africa department at the South African ministry of foreign affairs and the charge d’affairs at the Moroccan embassy.Prince Moulay Rachid then headed to the 95,000-seat Soccer City stadium where World leaders will pay homage to Nelson Mandela at a mass memorial. King Mohammed VI sent a message of condolences and compassion to Mrs Graça Machel Mandela, widow of former South African president Nelson Mandela and to South African president Jacob Zuma.In the message to Mandela’s widow, the King expresses “deep emotion” for the death of Nelson Mandela, “an emblematic leader of the Anti-apartheid struggle and first president of the first post-segregation south Africa.”“The late Mandela was a man of peace and convictions who tirelessly endeavored for the triumph of the values of peace, dignity and democracy,” he said.The Royal message also recalls that the late Mandela “had established particular relationship with the Kingdom and had respect for Morocco’s role on the African scene.”MWN with agencieslast_img read more

Football Return of Greg Schiano bolsters already strong coaching staff

Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano speaks to the media on Dec. 27 prior to the 2017 Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorRumors swirled about Greg Schiano’s future all offseason. The Ohio State defensive coordinator was most recently named as a possible replacement for New England Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia.Schiano also had “at least a dozen” college coaching offers, including several to become head coach, Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer said Wednesday.None steered Schiano away from Columbus. He put all rumors to rest by saying he will coach at Ohio State for a third season.  “After the season there were opportunities both in college football and in the National Football League, but at the end of the day, my family, myself, we love it here,” Schiano said Wednesday. “It’s a tremendous people at the university and town, and this has become home. So you make those decisions as a coach and keep moving.Beyond just the return of a renowned defensive mind, Schiano’s return will pay dividends for Ohio State recruiting. He also will be able to provide the cornerbacks with a temporary leader until a replacement is found for former cornerbacks coach Kerry Coombs, who left in January for the same position with the Tennessee Titans.“[Schiano is] essential to our program right now,” Meyer said. “If he is not my best recruiter, he’s certainly right there near the top. He manages so much for me off the field as well as being one of the top defensive coordinators in America.”The official news of his return was made on National Signing Day, the final day for 2018 recruits to sign with college teams. Ohio State received a boost when Nick Petit-Frere, the top-ranked offensive tackle in the nation, committed to the Buckeyes.His commitment was largely the result of a long-standing relationship with Schiano. Meyer said Schiano was “knee deep” in the recruitment of Petit-Frere and was one of the major reasons the program was able to land the highly sought-after offensive tackle.Schiano has worked to recruit several prospects, some while he knew he was being considered for other coaching positions at other institutions. He said no matter the distraction that all the rumors might provide, he does not allow them to interfere with his recruiting.Despite the fact a coach might look to be on his way out, Schiano said he believes those rumors don’t have much effect, even on the players’ side.“I think it’s all about the relationship you’ve established before that point. And if they have experienced you doing what you said you were going to do, then they trust you,” Schiano said. “I’m always very, very open and honest with our recruits, it’s the only way to do it and we communicate. But when you have that trust and you have that communication, those issues aren’t as paramount as people believe.”That trust between the recruits and the coaches becomes even more important when another key coach on the staff departs. Coombs, the energetic cornerbacks coach, left for the Tennessee Titans, leaving behind those players he helped recruit and the others who were going to play at his position.With Coombs gone and no replacement currently lined up, Meyer said the cornerbacks will be left under the care of Schiano for now. Schiano is no stranger to defensive backs. He has been the safeties coach the past two seasons, as well as the defensive coordinator.He also said he enjoys working with corners and that he has done it as the head coach of both Rutgers and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Schiano said even after a new cornerbacks coach is hired, he will continue to assist them. Schiano also will find that new defensive assistant coach Alex Grinch could start to relieve Schiano of some of his responsibilities in the upcoming season.Ohio State will make sure to utilize as much of Schiano as it can while he remains in Columbus. He will be around for the 2018 season, but his future beyond then remains in doubt.He did not shy away from expressing interest in returning to a head coaching role in the future.“I do have aspirations of doing that because I kind of feel that’s what I’m called to do, but it doesn’t have to happen, if that makes sense,” Schiano said. “I’ve done it for 13 years, I enjoy doing it, but I love what I’m doing right now and that’s part of every decision.”Schiano’s days in Columbus are still numbered. He will not remain defensive coordinator of the Buckeyes for the rest of his career. But as long as he’s donning Scarlet and Gray, Schiano will continue to provide Ohio State with the services of one of the most versatile coaches in the country, from the recruiting trail to in-game coaching. read more

Mens Basketball No 16 Ohio State opens Big Ten play against Minnesota

Ohio State freshman guard Duane Washington Jr. (4) dribbles the ball down the court during the first half of the game against Cleveland State on Nov. 23. Ohio State won 89-62. Credit: Amal Saeed | Assistant Photo EditorAfter suffering its first loss of the season to Syracuse on Wednesday, No. 16 Ohio State comes back home to open conference play against Minnesota.The Golden Gophers share the same record as the Buckeyes through seven games, winning six times, with their only loss also coming in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge in a 68-56 defeat against Boston College.Projected StartersNo. 16 Ohio State (6-1)G — C.J. Jackson — Senior, 13.6 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 2.7 apgF — Andre Wesson — Junior, 7.0 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 1.6 apgF — Kaleb Wesson — Sophomore, 14.4 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 1.0 apgG — Keyshawn Woods — Redshirt senior, 8.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 3.1 apgF — Kyle Young — Sophomore, 7.6 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 0.7 apgMinnesotaG —  Amir Coffey — Junior, 13.6 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 2.9 apgG — Gabe Kalscheur — Freshman, 13.6 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 1.4 apgG — Dupree McBrayer — Senior, 9.6 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 2.3 apgF — Jordan Murphy — Senior, 15.7 ppg, 12.7 rpg, 3.4 apgF — Daniel Oturu — Freshman, 8.1 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 0.4 apgThe Buckeyes will play their first game without freshman guard Luther Muhammad in the lineup. He dislocated his shoulder against the Orange and is out indefinitely.In his place, Ohio State head coach Chris Holtmann said redshirt senior guard Keyshawn Woods and freshman guard Duane Washington will be getting added minutes in his place.“Starting is really overrated in my book,” Holtmann said. “You’re looking for who can play starter minutes, and both Keyshawn and Duane at times have done that this year, so I would expect that both of those guys will be guys that we’ll consider putting in the lineup.”Minnesota ranks No. 51 in the NCAA, according to advanced statistics website KenPom.com, good for No. 12 of 14 teams in the Big Ten.Senior forward Jordan Murphy leads the Golden Gophers with 15.7 points and 12.7 rebounds per game, shooting 53.1 percent from the field.Holtmann called Murphy a candidate for Big Ten Player of the Year, but sophomore forward Kaleb Wesson complimented Murphy’s ability to be a leader for the team.“They’re gonna bring energy, they play with a lot of energy,” Wesson said. “They got guys who are willing to crash the boards, and they got a good leader in Jordan Murphy so I feel like it’s going to be a real tough game.”The Golden Gophers hold an advantage against the Buckeyes in size: Minnesota averages six rebounds per game more than opponents this season, and 2.9 more than Ohio State has through seven games.“This is one of the longest teams we’ll play, 6-8 point guard, length on the interior across the board, really at every position,” Holtmann said. “That’s a battle we’re gonna lose most times if you just square us up length, but Minnesota definitely has that.”This is the second straight year Ohio State, and the rest of the Big Ten, will play in-conference games starting in December instead of after the new calendar year.For Washington, he didn’t even know in-conference play was already only days away.“Honestly I didn’t really, I didn’t think Big Ten play was gonna be the eighth game that we played, didn’t see that looking at it, it just kind of snuck up on me a little bit,” Washington said. “I feel that we’re in a good spot, we’re really together, but yeah, everybody telling me that Big Ten play is a different animal, you know I’m really excited for it,Ohio State takes on Minnesota at home at 7 p.m. on Sunday. read more