Jonny Evans ruled out of Northern Ireland’s Euro 2016 qualifier against Greece

first_img1 Jonny Evans Northern Ireland defender Jonny Evans will miss Thursday’s crunch Euro 2016 qualifier against Greece, but could yet feature against Finland.The West Brom centre-half suffered a hamstring injury at the weekend and has not yet travelled to Belfast.He will make the journey ahead of the Greece clash, where victory will be enough to secure a place at Euro 2016, and should his country still need a result in Helsinki he will be assessed.“Jonny will join the squad tomorrow with a view to Sunday,” confirmed manager Michael O’Neill.“West Brom have been excellent in terms of co-operation on that. We always felt tomorrow night would be too soon but he hasn’t ruled out Sunday, neither have we and neither have the club.”last_img read more

‘Cancel his flight to Costa Rica!’ – Joel Campbell impressed Arsenal fans with performance in Champions League win

first_img1 ‘He was sensational!’ – Arsenal fans were impressed with Joel Campbell after performance in Champions League win Arsenal kept their Champions League hopes alive on Tuesday when they beat Dinamo Zagreb 3-0 at the Emirates.That means Arsene Wenger’s side go into the final group game against Olympiakos needing to reverse the previous result or to win by two goals or more. Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil were impressive in their link-up play, with the duo on the score sheet, but one man that stepped up to the plate was Joel Campbell. The Costa Rican has failed to make an impression among Arsenal fans so far this season. After a number of injuries to their strongest XI, Campbell has had the chance to impress in Wenger’s team but he has rarely caught the eye. But on Tuesday against the Croatian outfit, he was particularly impressive. He should have been on the score sheet after failing to connect with a second-half volley, but he did provide for Sanchez’s second goal of the game to make it 3-0. Campbell came in from the right and his reverse pass through to Sanchez split the Zagreb defence, leaving the Chilean through on goal with only the ‘keeper to beat.Arsenal fans took to social media to commend the 23-year-old, in the hope this may be the start for the attacker, and you can find a selection below…last_img read more

Shock! The most successful English team against Barcelona revealed

first_img 4. Liverpool – P8 W3 D3 L2 against Barca – 37.5% win percentage (0 goal difference) – The Reds have an impressive record against Barcelona over the years, remaining unbeaten in four trips to the Nou Camp. Craig Bellamy and John Arne Riise put their differences aside to give Liverpool a 2-1 win there in the Champions League in 2007, and though the Reds have lost twice to Barca at Anfield, they have never been eliminated from continental competition by the Catalans. Liverpool knocked Barcelona out of the UEFA Cup semi-finals in 1976 and 2001, the Champions League last 16 in 2007, and faced them in the 2002 Champions League second group stage. On that basis, you could argue they have the best record of any English club against Barcelona, but in terms of win percentage they can only be ranked fourth. 14 12. Tottenham Hotspur – P2 W0 D1 L1 against Barca – 0% win percentage (-1 goal difference) – Spurs drew 1-1 with the Spanish side at White Hart Lane in the 1982 European Cup Winners Cup semi-final first leg, thanks to Graham Roberts (above), but lost the second leg 1-0 courtesy of an Alan Simonsen strike. 10. Birmingham City – P4 W1 D1 L3 against Barca – 20% win percentage (-4 goal difference) – Believe it or not, the Blues have played Barcelona FIVE times, although not one match since 1960. Their one victory was in the Fairs Cup back in 1957 as they beat a side containing the legendary Laszlo Kubala 4-3, though they went on to lose the tie in a replay after the second leg. 13. Wolverhampton Wanderers – Played 2 Lost 2 against Barcelona = 0% win percentage (-7 goal difference) – Poor old Wolves took a battering when they met Barcelona in the European Cup back in 1960. The first leg saw the Spanish side win 4-0 and back at Molineux the English champions lost 5-2. 14 14 11. Arsenal – P6 W1 D1 L4 against Barca (prior to 23 February 2016) – 16.67% win percentage (-7 goal difference) – The Gunners haven’t had much joy against the Spaniards but did beat them 2-1 back in February 2011, with Robin van Persie and Andrey Arshavin scoring their goals. 14 14 7. Leeds United – P4 W1 D2 L1 against Barca – 25% win percentage (-3 goal difference) – Back in 1975, the Whites knocked Barcelona out of the European Cup by beating them 3-2 on aggregate. 14 2. Nottingham Forest – P2 W1 D1 L0 against Barca – 50% win percentage (+1 goal difference) – The Tricky Trees triumphed in the 1980 European Super Cup as they beat Barcelona 2-1 on aggregate, at a time when the trophy was contested on a home and away basis. 1. Ipswich – P4 W2 D0 L2 against Barca – 50% win percentage (0 goal difference) – Yes, you read that right. The Tractor Boys top our list, with a win percentage of 50 per cent against Barcelona from four matches. They beat the Catalan giants 3-0 in the first leg of a UEFA Cup clash back in 1977, although they lost the tie on penalties after a 3-0 defeat in the second leg. Meanwhile, in the 1979 European Cup Winners Cup, Ipswich won the first leg 2-1 thanks to a double from Eric Gates, but Migueli’s winner for Barcelona in the return match saw the Spanish side go through on away goals, allowing them to win the competition. But Ipswich certainly had nothing to fear when facing arguably the biggest club in world football. 14 14 14. Manchester City have the worst record of all English clubs against Barca, having played four and lost four against the Catalan club – find out how other English sides have fared against Barca down the years, just click the right arrow above to see who has the best record, based on win percentage and number of matches played, against arguably the biggest club in the world – The Premier League side found it pretty tough against the Spanish giants when they met them in the last-16 of the Champions League in 2014 and 2015, losing home and away on both occasions. See which English clubs can boast much better records against Barcelona, in the slideshow above. 9. Newcastle United – P4 W1 D0 L3 against Barca – 25% win percentage (-4 goal difference) – In the Magpies’ first ever match against Barcelona, Faustino Asprilla scored a sensational hat-trick to hand them a 3-2 win. The Spaniards have won all three other clashes though. 14 Arsenal go up against Barcelona in the Champions League knowing they’ll have to do better than in previous clashes to reach the quarter-finals.The Gunners have only won one of their six games against the Spanish giants, losing four and drawing one other.It’s not the best record and will be hard to improve considering the standard of the opposition, but who does have the best head-to-head record with the Catalan side?talkSPORT takes a look at which English teams have had the most success against Barcelona.Click the right arrow above for the surprising outcome…*Don’t worry Dundee United, we haven’t forgotten about your incredible record 14 5. Chelsea – P15 W5 D5 L5 against Barca – 33% win percentage (-5 goal difference) – The Blues have won more games than any against Barcelona, but have also played them a staggering 15 times. They first met in the 1966 Fairs Cup semi-final, and most recently in 2012, when Chelsea beat the reigning European champions in the last four of the Champions League. 6. Manchester United – P11 W3 D4 L4 against Barca – 27.2% win percentage (-5 goal difference) – The two European giants have had some blockbuster clashes across the years. Barcelona have won the last two matches (both Champions League finals), and their two 3-3 draws back in the 1998/99 group stage live long in the memory, too. Paul Scholes’ strike in the 2008 semi-final was enough to separate the sides, en route to the Red Devils’ third European Cup. 8. Aston Villa – P4 W1 D1 L2 against Barca – 25% win percentage (+1 goal difference) – The Villans have fallen a long way since defeating Barcelona 3-1 on aggregate in the European Super Cup back in 1983. 3. Sheffield Wednesday – P2 W1 D0 L1 against Barca – 50% win percentage (-1 goal difference) – Alan Finney (above) was one of the heroes as the Owls defeated the Spanish side in the first leg of their Fairs Cup clash in 1962. Sadly they lost the second leg 2-0 and bowed out on aggregate, but can still boast a win percentage of 50 per cent. 14 14 14 14last_img read more

Oil price exceeds inflation-adjusted record set in 1981

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Crude-oil prices reached an inflation-adjusted record high Monday as economists, business owners and consumers girded for higher fuel costs. Crude for December delivery hit $93.80 a barrel Monday before closing at $93.53 on the New York Mercantile Exchange. By one government measure, Monday’s closing price marked the first time that oil has exceeded the inflation-adjusted record set in January 1981, when oil traded at $38.85. Adjusted to today’s dollar value, the 1981 price would have been $93.09, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Other analysts using different inflation calculations and oil-price data say the inflation-adjusted high won’t be reached until West Texas Intermediate, oil used for a common pricing index, reaches $101.70. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Monday’s high price sets the stage for the possibility of $100 oil if geopolitical or weather-related supply disruptions cut the flow of crude . Prices rose Monday in part after Mexico shut about one-fifth of its production as a storm passed through the Gulf of Mexico. Crude has risen from an average of $49.51 a barrel in January because of rising global demand and the threat of supply disruptions . Stephen Brown, director of energy economics at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, said the prospect of $100 crude isn’t likely to seriously disrupt the U.S. economy. last_img read more

DRIVERS WARNED TO SLOW DOWN AS BLACK ICE HITS AFTER OVERNIGHT FREEZE

first_imgMOTORISTS are being advised to drive with extreme care this morning with reports of black ice across the county.And the freezing conditions has led Donegal County Council to deploy gritters on major routes again last night.Temperatures dropped as low as -4C last night with some hail in places. However, despite light snow in many places including Ballybofey, Milford and Letterkenny yesterday, forecasts of up to 10cms of snow for last night did not come true.Donegal County Council senior engineer Michael McGarvey said red routes will be gritted on a continual basis when the need is evident.He said the council had ‘considerable’ salt stocks and more deliveries were due yesterday. However a decision has been taken to grit red routes, the N56 and the Quigley’s Point to Greencastle road and Ballybofey to Fintown road for now.“We would ask people to be very careful overnight as we are expecting snow in some areas and black ice as many roads are wet from recent rain and sleet,” he said. However with the cold conditions expected to last throughout the weekend, Met Eireann said there is every chance there will be more snow.Gardai are once again urging motorists to be careful.DRIVERS WARNED TO SLOW DOWN AS BLACK ICE HITS AFTER OVERNIGHT FREEZE was last modified: January 7th, 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:snow donegal roadstweetslast_img read more

LETTERKENNY CHAMBER REPORTS STRONG CHRISTMAS TRADING

first_imgRetailers in Letterkenny have reported a better than expected Christmas with sales much improved from last year.Letterkenny Chamber with the support of Letterkenny Town Council ran many shop local campaigns in 2012 under the Shop LK initiative and it seems to have caught the imagination of everyone.Higher numbers of people from across the County are seeing the benefits of staying local and have voted with their feet. The Chamber says that 2013 will just build on the reputation gained last year.Toni Forrester CEO of Letterkenny Chamber says “This year we are asking people to shop locally throughout 2013. We had an excellent Christmas and in general an improved 2012. We want to build on the optimism to make 2013 an even better year.“We have a wealth of business in Letterkenny from independent operators to the well known multiples and we will use our campaigns this year to remind locals and visitors of that.”Letterkenny Chamber’s ShopLK campaigns were organised to promote retail in Letterkenny but also to promote the sale of Shop LK vouchers. Last year’s ShopLK campaigns not only reminded local people what Letterkenny has to offer but also showcased this to nationwide audiences from national television and media to Northern Irish news papers and radio.Letterkenny Chamber campaigns have definitely affected the sale of Shop LK vouchers. They have exceeded expectations this year. For the Christmas period alone the sales of the vouchers has reached a new high of €220,000, the biggest volume of sales in any Christmas period since the initiative started.Shop LK vouchers can be spent on over 120 outlets in Letterkenny so this means that this money is contributed back into Letterkenny not just in money but also in terms of jobs. There is also the multiplier effect that means for each voucher spent at least twice the face value is spent at the same time.Shop LK vouchers can be bought in the Letterkenny Chamber and now online at www.shoplk.ie so with even more accessible ways to buy the vouchers and with the range of businesses involved growing ever year, sales are expected to get better and better.Throughout the year the sterling-euro exchange rate also contributed to people shopping locally. Letterkenny retailers used this to their advantage and the majority offered 25% on the sterling attracting a lot of northern visitors to Letterkenny. John Watson Chamber President commented “It’s time to make hay while the sun shines. Retailers are right to take advantage of the exchange rate, its great to see local people staying local and visitors from the north spending money here too. We want people to re-discover what Letterkenny has to offer and we are here to make that happen and help businesses to reap the rewards.”The weather also had an effect on retailers business. We had a warm summer and a relatively mild winter with no snow this year and this allowed people to get out and about. The lead into Christmas also had an effect on the Christmas sales.There were four shopping weekends in December so there was plenty of time for people to shop. Of course none of this would make a difference if it wasn’t for Letterkenny’s keen prices, wide selection of shops and that personal service offered by so many businesses.Letterkenny Chamber thanked all those who have supported Letterkenny and Letterkenny businesses over the least year. LETTERKENNY CHAMBER REPORTS STRONG CHRISTMAS TRADING was last modified: January 16th, 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:CHristmasLetterkenny Chamberlast_img read more

TRANSFER ALERT! West Ham and Southampton ready to battle it out for Juve striker

first_img Simone Zaza in action for Juventus 1 Southampton and West Ham have been put on alert over Simone Zaza.The striker, eyed by both Premier League sides, is to hold crunch talks with Juventus over his future.Zaza only joined Juve from Sassuolo in 2015 but was restricted to just five Serie A starts last season, prompting rumours that he will be on the move again this summer.West Ham and Watford tried to sign the Italian last summer but the Hornets have dropped their interest this summer, which has allowed Southampton to emerge as potential suitors.According to Italian TV station Qui Studio A Voi Stadio, West Ham and Southampton are eagerly awaiting the outcome of Zaza’s talks with Juve and a bidding war could take place should the 24-year-old become available.With Juve planning to make wholesale changes to their squad this summer, Zaza is expected to be told that there is no guarantee he will be given more playing time next season and that he is free to move on when the transfer window opens in July.last_img read more

Liverpool transfer report: Reds flop Luis Alberto set for Sevilla return

first_img Luis Alberto could be set for a return Sevilla just three years after leaving them for Anfield Liverpool flop Luis Alberto could be on his way back to former club Sevilla this summer, according to reports in Spain.The winger arrived at Anfield from the La Liga club in 2013 for £6.8million but has struggled to make an impact on Merseyside, making just 11 appearances in all competitions in the last three years.Alberto has spent the last two campaigns on loan at Malaga and Deportivo La Coruna respectively but hasn’t done enough to persuade Liverpool he can be a hit in the Premier League.And now Reds boss Jurgen Klopp is ready to remove the 23-year-old from the wage bill by sanctioning a move back to Sevilla.According to El Correo, Sevilla representatives have travelled to Liverpool to try and thrash out terms and a deal could be done as early as next week.Alberto has one year remaining on his current contract and Liverpool are keen to cash in on him this summer, with reports claiming the Reds could look for around £7m for the youngster. 1last_img read more

Liverpool transfer news: Two Euro 2016 stars targeted, Lucas leaving and more

first_img 5 Marcelo Brozovic – Liverpool are to launch a £21m bid for Croatia international midfielder Brozovic from Inter Milan, report Italian outlet Gazzetta dello Sport. The 23-year-old joined Inter on an initial 18-month loan deal before signing on permanently at the start of the 2016 and is also thought to be interesting Arsenal and Atletico Madrid. 5 5 Jon Flanagan – click the arrow, right, to see more Liverpool transfer rumours – Newly promoted Burnley have expressed an interest in signing Flanagan from the Red, report the Sun. Sean Dyche is keen to bolster his defence on the Clarets’ return to the top flight and Klopp could be willing to let him leave on loan to further prove his fitness after a long absence from the first team. Ben Chilwell – The Reds are still chasing Chilwell from Leicester City with the Premier League champions holding out for £10m, according to the Telegraph. The full back only has one year left of his contract at the King Power Stadium. Jurgen Klopp is beginning to get a good idea of how he wants his squad to look this season as he aims to put his own stamp on the Reds.He has already brought in Joel Matip from Schalke, Loris Karius from Mainz and Sadio Mane from Southampton but Klopp is far from done.While most of his stars are still on holiday after their Euro 2016 exploits, Klopp has been able to look at the rest of his squad and decide who he wants to keep for the forthcoming campaign.And there are plenty of rumours as to who those he wants to sell are and who Klopp wants to replace them.Click the arrow above, right, to see all the latest transfer rumours from around Anfield. Lucas Leiva – Turkish football outlet Fotomac are claiming Liverpool’s longest serving player still at the club could be on his way to Super Lig side Galatasaray. They say while the 29-year-old has an asking price of only £800,000, the stumbling block could be Lucas’ £3m-a-year wages. Piotr Zielinski – There could be bad news for Liverpool in their pursuit of Zielinski as Serie A sides AC Milan and Napoli have joined the race for the Poland midfielder according to reports in the Italian media. Udinese are reluctant to let the Euro 2016 star leave but there has been contact between Klopp and the player. 5 5last_img read more

Law agencies track gun-toting felons

first_imgAided by a new database that matches criminal histories with gun owners, state and local law enforcement agents have begun rounding up California’s most violent gun-toting felons. The state Department of Justice and the LAPD have identified 110 fugitives, ex-convicts and other offenders who legally purchased guns then later were convicted of violent crimes. About 890 others have been identified across the state. “Having armed, convicted felons is a risk to public safety,” said Wilfredo Cid, the chief of the Bureau of Firearms at the California Attorney General’s Office. “Those people do not have a right to carry a weapon.” Today, Attorney General Jerry Brown is expected to announce the results of recent statewide sweeps on suspected gun-owning felons. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champThe sweeps were made possible by the Armed Prohibited Persons System program, a statewide database with some 9,000 names. Under the program, state agents team up with local law enforcement agencies to crack down on convicted felons, including domestic violence suspects, those with misdemeanor assault convictions and those deemed mentally unstable. It has been in use since June. The system came about back in 2001 under Senate Bill 950, sponsored by Sens. Jim Brulte, R-Rancho Cucamonga, and Jack Scott, D-Pasadena, over concern of the growing number of people who legally purchase guns but later get arrested. There were 1,821 gun-related homicides statewide in 2006, including 815 in Los Angeles County. The bill granted the legal authority to cross-reference criminal history and firearms possession information. Prior to the passage of the bill, the state did not have legal authority or technological means to cross-reference this information and investigate people who acquired firearms and subsequently became prohibited from owning them. In July 2003, the department received more than $1 million to build the database, which ultimately cost a total of $4 million. It became operational in late 2006 and made fully available to local law enforcement in June. The database currently has 9,000 cases. It is estimated that it will eventually expand to identify 60,000 individuals in California who are prohibited from owning firearms. California Department of Justice personnel have trained 481 sworn local law enforcement officials from 196 police departments and 35 sheriff’s agencies to use the database. The program is the first of its kind in the country that tracks gun ownership among high-risk individuals, officials said. “California by far leads the way,” said Brian Malte, a state legislative director for the Brady Campaign, the nation’s largest gun violence prevention organization. The system works by maintaining information about people who have been – or will become – prohibited from possessing a firearm. From their stations, law enforcement agencies across the state can access the database, updated monthly. The system automatically raises a red flag to local stations and triggers an investigation into whether an individual has a gun. This allows police on the beat to have up-to-date information within minutes or hours, rather than days or weeks. “We applaud the Department of Justice’s efforts in ensuring that prohibited persons do not have firearms,” Malte said. “This is huge. It is the ultimate law enforcement tool to ensure that criminals with guns are disarmed quickly before something bad happens.” Chuck Michel, an attorney for the California Rifle and Pistol Association, said gun-rights groups originally supported the creation of the program because it was designed to get guns out of the hands of violent criminals and felons. “The … program is good in theory …,” Michel said. “In practice, however, there are now so many complicated ways to lose your gun rights over paperwork and minor violations that many lawyers don’t understand the system and many people don’t even realize they’re prohibited. “Regrettably, (the program) is frequently being misused against these minor offenders who have often been misadvised about their legal status.” Los Angeles police already have had a chance to use the system. Lt. Steve Nielsen headed up a local task force this fall with the LAPD’s Fugitive Warrant Section using the new system. The force conducted sweeps of homes of felons believed to be in possession of guns. Out of the 71 locations searched, 28 guns were seized and police arrested eight individuals. One suspect barricaded himself inside his home and a SWAT team was dispatched to get him out. The man, described by police as a gun fanatic, had 11 weapons. The LAPD makes more than 1,400 gun-related arrests and seizes more than 5,400 guns a year. Nielsen said the new program will allow cops to more aggressively pursue felons with guns. jason.kandel@dailynews.com (818) 713-3635160Want 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