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first_imgIf you’re watching the start of the XFL season, you may be wondering why Johnny Manziel, the talented but troubled former first-round NFL Draft pick, isn’t on a roster.Manziel has bounced around some other football leagues after he was released by the Browns, including the CFL and the now-defunct AAF. Manziel ended up playing for the Memphis Express of the Alliance of American Football league before suffering a concussion. The league folded three days after his second game appearance. It doesn’t appear so. When the XFL held its player draft, Manziel wasn’t even a player that was given a commissioner’s invite. At least, we can safely assume that’s the case. We at least know he didn’t accept an invite, but he mentioned in the past he was interested in the league, so it seems if he was given an invite he would have accepted it.And XFL commissioner Oliver Luck said the league doesn’t really need Manziel. He was asked by the Tampa Bay Times why Manziel and Trent Richardson weren’t drafted. Richardson did receive a commissioner’s invite and was eligible to be drafted.”I would argue that the players we have are better than those guys, to be honest with you. Johnny has his own history, and we have coaches from the CFL (Canadian Football League) who have seen him close up. I watched Trent when he was with the Colts, and I watched him when he was with the AAF. He was in the draft pool. Coaches and scouts looked at him and didn’t think he was going to help their team. I think the guys we have on our teams are the best 560 that aren’t playing in the National Football League.”Luck was asked several months ahead of the XFL Draft by USA Today about Manziel and his answer basically explains why the quarterback was never put in the draft pool.”If eight [coaches] say, ‘we’d like that guy in the league,’ we’ll put him in the league, or put him in the draft pool.” Luck said. “Whether teams draft him, that’s up to the individual head coaches.”In other words, there wasn’t enough interest from other coaches in the XFL to send an invite to Manziel.Daryl Johnston, director of player personnel for the Dallas Renegades, told the Dallas Morning News why he had no interest in signing Manziel.”For me the chemistry in the locker room is critical, and especially the quarterback position. He kind of sets the tone, especially for the offensive side of the ball, but really for the whole team. There is so much added responsibility that goes with the face, goes with the voice of the franchise. And I haven’t seen that from Johnny on a consistent basis that I would feel comfortable committing to him.”Is Johnny Manziel interested in the XFL?This was several months ago (June, 2019), but Manziel did express interest in the XFL.”It would be very cool (to reunite),” Manziel told KRIV-TV, referring to June Jones, coach of the Houston Roughnecks. “Coach Jones is a great guy. Enjoyed him from an offensive standpoint, from a personal standpoint. He’s been there for me, especially when I was in Hamilton, getting to a new place, a different country. I enjoyed my time with him very thoroughly, and I think it would be a great opportunity. … I leave a lot of that stuff up to my agent. We’ll just let those things play out, you know? I think I’m in a good place personally. I’ve been doing the right things. When the opportunity presents itself moving forward, we’ll see how things go.”Also, during Vince McMahon’s announcement of the new football league, Manziel tweeted about the XFL.#XFL2020 @VinceMcMahon— Johnny Manziel (@JManziel2) January 25, 2018But the night before the start of the XFL season, Manziel sounded bitter about not being in the league. One of his followers asked if Manziel planned to play in the XFL, and he referred back to Luck’s quote about not being good enough to play in the league.I’m not good enough, remember? https://t.co/iAXNar29nh— Johnny Manziel (@JManziel2) February 8, 2020He then continued to tweet by mocking the XFL, saying the league was going to fold like the AAF did. So naturally, with a new football league on the horizon, many expected Manziel to be a player worth considering in the XFL. But he was facing an uphill battle as it appears the XFL was not interested in having Manziel.MORE XFL: Rules | Schedule | Uniforms | RostersIs the XFL interested in Johnny Manziel? (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/f8/a3/johnny-manziel-aaf-ftr_m7zz5908ch2m1475nfbp9tjlo.png?t=377140768&w=500&quality=80 ComebackSZN still alive if y’all ain’t know. Just not playing for another league that’s going to fold on you midway through the season— Johnny Manziel (@JManziel2) February 8, 2020If I never pick up a ball again it’s all love. I was the most lit, most relatable college football player to ever do it. Did things my way and made it way further than I ever could of imagined. The game gave me life and I’ll forever be grateful— Johnny Manziel (@JManziel2) February 8, 2020UPDATE: The night before the start of Week 3, Manziel expressed interest in the XFL. He tweeted, “Oliver Luck. If ya wanna boost your ratings to another level just send me the contract tomorrow and we’re in there. Like I said YEARS ago… XFL2020 give the people what they want.”This is a complete 180 from the tweets he sent just earlier in the month when he said he wasn’t going to play for a league that’s going to fold. But maybe Manziel saw the ratings from the XFL and realized that this league isn’t on the verge of folding like the AAF was.Oddly, Manziel ended up deleting his entire Twitter account after sending that tweet. As we mentioned in this article, the XFL has expressed no interest in signing Manziel so far. We doubt his back-and-forth tweets on the matter will impact whether Luck ultimately invites him to play.last_img read more

first_img1 Apr 2013 Cartier Trophy victory for England’s Bronte Law England international Bronte Law rolled in three consecutive birdie putts to seal victory in the Cartier Trophy at St Cloud, near Paris, today and claim the title of French open U18 champion. She beat Jessica Vasilic of Sweden by 3/2, having led throughout the 36-hole final and getting to six-up at one stage in the afternoon. The result was a most satisfactory conclusion for the 18-year-old Curtis Cup player from Bramhall, Cheshire, who started the week with putting woes. “I was hitting the ball very well, but really, really struggling with the putting and taking over 36 putts a round,” said Bronte. “But I managed to work my way into it during the week and it’s 10 times better now. Today I finished birdie, birdie, birdie, holing two from 6ft and then a 25-footer on the last to win. “This is a good trophy to win and, as I’m revising very hard for my exams, it’s great way to start the season,” added Bronte, who will soon be sitting her A2 exams before heading to California and UCLA in the early autumn. The final was played in very windy conditions: “It was very tricky, you had to grind it out, but I don’t mind the wind,” said Bronte. She was four up at lunch, having played the first 18 holes in one-under par, and after two holes of the afternoon round she was six-up. But then her opponent fought back, narrowing the gap to just one hole after the 12th. Bronte wasn’t worried: “She holed a few putts, but I was still playing well and I told myself I would hole a few before long. So I just kept playing my game and it worked out very well in the end.” Bronte’s putting problems were most acute during the 36-hole stroke play qualifying of the French Lady Junior Championship and cost her a place in the matchplay stages for the Esmond Trophy, the U21 crown, in which she was runner-up last year. But she qualified comfortably for the U18 Cartier Trophy and, after lengthy putting sessions with England coach Steve Robinson, she eased through the rounds, defeating opponents from Belgium, Spain and Germany to reach the final. She was joined in the Cartier Trophy by Annabel Dimmock of Wentworth, who lost two-down in the first round. In the Esmond Trophy, Gabriella Cowley (Brocket Hall) reached the quarter finals, while Olivia Winning (Rotherham) and Charlotte Thompson (Channels) both qualified for the first round. Bronte’s win keeps the Cartier Trophy in English hands after last year’s success by Meghan MacLaren (Wellingborough). Previous winners also include Holly Clyburn (Woodhall Spa) who is now playing her first season on the Ladies European Tourlast_img read more

first_imgBrooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie, left, looks to pass around Detroit Pistons guard Langston Galloway (9) during the first half of an NBA preseason basketball game, Monday, Oct. 8, 2018, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)NEW YORK — The Nets arrived in Brooklyn six years ago with big boasts about winning over New York and eventually winning a title.They don’t say much now at all.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Brooklyn did that last season, making a seven-win improvement that trailed only Philadelphia among Eastern Conference teams. But that still left the Nets at only 28-54, and it’s hard to see them doing much better than that this season.But the won-loss record won’t determine how the Nets define success.“We’re in a results-driven business, right? So I get that, but at the end of the day, as Kenny said, it’s never going to be purely on the wins and losses. It’s going to be how we pivot throughout the year,” general manager Sean Marks said. “We’ve maintained flexibility for a couple of years now and that’s going to be important moving ahead.”Indeed, the Nets are set up well for the future. They are finally done paying off the huge ransom they sent to Boston in 2013 in the ill-fated trade for Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett, when the Nets were desperate to win quickly following their move from New Jersey to Brooklyn. They will have their own draft pick for the first time since and then plenty of money to spend on what’s expected to be a strong 2019 free-agent class.The Nets probably need to come away with someone good in one if not both spots to really make significant strides.ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil There are no promises about how much they will win or how soon. In fact, they don’t even really talk about winning.The goal remains to be better, which isn’t quite the same as being good. The Nets are content to do things slowly, knowing there are no quick fixes to the problems their former win-now attitude created.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSo it’s all about improvement, just as it was last season.“I think that’s the theme,” coach Kenny Atkinson said. “I think we need to take another step forward, take another big step. That’s the goal and I think our guys are excited about it.” Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES View comments Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA titlecenter_img Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Along the way, maybe they’ll find some keepers on this team.“There’s 10-11 guys here on the last year of their deal,” said Jared Dudley, one of their offseason acquisitions. “If you make it to the playoffs, 75 percent of people get paid just on making the playoffs. Winning is being unselfish.”Some things to watch with the Nets:BLAZERS’ TRAIL: Allen Crabbe had the best season of his career — and most prolific 3-point shooting season in franchise history — after the Nets acquired him from Portland last summer. Brooklyn will try two more former Trail Blazers this season after signing Ed Davis and Shabazz Napier.TURNOVER TURNAROUND: Atkinson said forcing more turnovers will be a goal this season after the Nets ranked 30th in the league in that category in 2017-18.SPENCER’S SITUATION: Spencer Dinwiddie became the starting point guard following injuries to Jeremy Lin and D’Angelo Russell last season and ended up third in the league in voting for Most Improved Player after averaging 12.6 points and 6.6 assists while finishing second in the league in assist-to-turnover ratio. But he’s back to the bench now behind Russell and will have to be productive in fewer minutes and with teams more prepared for him.WAITING GAME: Russell and starting forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson are eligible for contract extensions this month, but Marks indicated the Nets would probably not offer them now, instead saving their cap space for next summer with the option to re-sign them then as restricted free agents.NEW YORK, NEW YORK: The Nets can get an early jump on the city rival with two matchups against the Knicks in their first seven games. They host New York in their Oct. 19 home opener and make the short trip to Madison Square Garden on Oct. 29. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Celtics healthy, eager to embrace favorites tag in East Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more

first_imgABL: Alab stays hot, routs Hong Kong anew in Renaldo Balkman’s historic night Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Now that’s a reality show worth watching.“They always catch me by surprise,” said Toronto Raptors coach Nick Nurse, whose team had a major role in the plotline. “There’s so much going on all the time.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsDespite complaints from the likes of Kevin Durant and LeBron James, the league’s off-the-court drama leading up to Thursday’s trade deadline was a welcome respite from the long, sometimes dreary regular season — enhancing all the compelling story lines (and there are plenty) while highlighting a system that really works well for everyone.KD may choose to rip the media for its infatuation with what the future holds for him, but we’re guessing the Golden State star doesn’t mind cashing those checks (worth $30 million this year) or that he’ll be too upset this summer when he can opt out of his contract and decide where he wants to play for a deal that could require nine figures to fill out. Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption The King may grumble about how the tacky way the NBA goes about its business — yes, it was lame of the Dallas Mavericks to trade Harrison Barnes during a game, though they apparently told him beforehand that a deal was in the works and he decided to play anyway — but the system certainly works well for James, who has collected hundreds of millions of dollars (well worth it) and pretty much moved around the county whenever he pleased.It’s messy and exhilarating and confusing and silly, best epitomized by “Nik and Wade’s Excellent Adventure.”Nik Stauskas and Wade Baldwin IV started the week playing for Portland. Then they got traded to Cleveland, which dealt them to Houston, which quickly sent them packing to Indiana. Of course, the Pacers never had any intention of keeping them, so they could wind up on their fifth team in seven days by the weekend.Pelicans star Anthony Davis was the big prize, having made it clear a season and a half before his contract is up — yep, A SEASON AND HALF — that he doesn’t want to play for New Orleans any longer. But no deal could be reached by the deadline, so Davis will at least finish the season in the Big Easy, an incredibly awkward situation of a lame-duck player going through the motions with a rudderless franchise.Meanwhile, in Los Angeles, about half the Lakers roster knows that it was dangled as bait in a potential Davis trade, so the remainder of LeBron’s debut season in Tinseltown figures to be a forgettable one. The King can certainly forget about a ninth straight trip to the Finals.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Plenty of teams do have their eyes on a title, however, far more than usual.There are the Warriors, of course, seeking their fourth in five seasons and still the team to beat. But they’ll have to navigate the loaded-as-always Western Conference, which also features James Hardin and the Houston Rockets, the surprising Denver Nuggets, and an Oklahoma City team led by triple-double machine Russell Westbrook.But the East is where the real suspense lies.Boston, which stood pat at the deadline ahead of what could be a major push to go after Davis this summer, was the preseason favorite. But the Celtics were only fourth in the conference after a last-second loss Thursday night to the Lakers.Up front were the Milwaukee Bucks, with the league’s best record, a long-forgotten franchise that won its lone NBA title in 1971 with a young center named Lew Alcindor. They added Nikola Mirotic, who gives coach Mike Budenholzer plenty of new options with the big-man lineup.Right on Milwaukee’s heels are the Raptors, who are pretty much all-in on winning their first championship with rent-a-year star Kawhi Leonard now joined by Marc Gasol, who was acquired from Memphis at the deadline. The Philadelphia 76ers are also in the mix, having landed Tobias Harris from the Los Angeles Clippers to complete the conference’s best starting five.“Everybody made moves,” said Toronto’s Kyle Lowry. “But at the end of the day, all we can do is worry about us.”Granted, the NBA has its issues.If you live in a city such as Atlanta or Phoenix, which have essentially thrown in the towel for the next couple of seasons while they undergo massive overhauls that may or may not succeed, these are dark times indeed.And the league is unlikely to ever address the lack of competitive balance, the entrenched system that has largely allowed a handful of top franchises to dominate year after year. As long as it has the smallest rosters in major team sports and only allows five players on the court at a time, the sport’s path is always going to be dictated by a handful of star players. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:54DOJ chief: Not more than 10 freed convicts surrendered after President’s order02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player awardcenter_img FILE – In this Feb. 2, 2019, file photo, New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) smiles during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the San Antonio Spurs, in San Antonio. Only a few hours remain to determine if the Anthony Davis saga ends for this season or lingers into the summer. The NBA trade deadline is Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019, at 3 p.m. EST, and Davis is still seeking a trade from the New Orleans Pelicans.(AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)The latest episode of “Survivor: NBA” was quite a cliffhanger.All kinds of intrigue. A hefty dose of griping. Some thoroughly unexpected plot twists.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ View comments Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ But the assets far outweigh the liabilities.And “Survivor: NBA” returns this summer, right after the Finals, for what figures to be some blockbuster episodes.Will Leonard or Davis team up with LeBron on the Lakers? Will Durant bolt from the Warriors? Will the woeful New York Knicks be able to land two franchise players? Will the Dallas Mavericks, better known as Team Europe, emerge as the next powerhouse franchise?Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebralast_img read more

first_imgIn her annual message last year, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf acknowledged that the education sector was in dire need of reform. She reported that although student enrollment last year was perhaps the highest the sector has experienced in decades, “the quality of education leaves much to be desired.”This, to a large extent, was due to inadequately-trained teachers and a lack of textbooks and facilities, such as libraries and laboratories, she said.However, there was good news for the sector: A pilot for the West Africa Senior Secondary Certificate Exams, (WASSCE) an extension of the West African Examination Council, (WAEC) was launched among 32 schools in Montserrado and Margibi counties. The exercise was to eventually replace the WAEC.According to the President, the 2012 WAEC results showed marks of improvement. Quoting WAEC statistics, of the 25,425 Liberian students who sat the exams, 71.7 percent passed for the first time.“The level of success can be attributed to improvement in our own teachers’ capacity, and to the deployment of 112 trained mathematics, and science teachers in all the major public high schools.”The success story was partly credited to the arrival from Nigeria of volunteer teachers, teachers from the Economic Community of West African States, (ECOWAS) as well as Peace Corp Volunteers; these have been deployed in 14 of the nation’s 15 counties, (Montserrado excepted) teaching English, Science and Mathematics in 45 local schools.She disclosed that beginning in September last year, Liberian college students would teach alongside Peace Corps Volunteers, under a new program.The contradictionShortly following the President’s message to the nation, which was actually delivered on the 3rd working Monday in January, the Cabinet hosted a ‘Special Retreat’ the next month-February, at the Baptist Seminary outside Monrovia, where the education sector came under serious scrutiny.President Sirleaf finally found it necessary to speak about being disappointed with the performances of some of the officials from the Ministry of Education, (MOE) describing the sector ‘a mess.’In her remarks, the President made specific reference to how official business was being conducted at the MOE by some of her officials, who seemed to have addressed the ongoing outcry against ‘payroll-paddling and ‘ghost names.’The President soon reshuffled her cabinet, dismissing some of the officials, while some were resituated, particularly the deputies. This exercise affected mainly the MOE.Giving credence to the President’s description of the sector as a mess, all 25,000 applicants for the University of Liberia’s (UL) placement/entrance examination that sat the test administered in July, failed.Prior to the test, the UL authority itself blundered in a number of ways when they failed to go by the schedule earlier set aside for the test. UL Placement ExamsThe 25,000 candidates who registered for the UL entrance and placement examinations were on June 22, left hanging around the various designated exam centers; the UL Administration had failed to administer the examinations. The state-owned flagship institution also failed to provide the candidates an explanation for the postponement of the tests as scheduled.Commotion began around 10:30 a.m. when a group of students who had become disgruntled, stormed the Stella Maris Polytechnic campus near the UL main campus on Capitol Hill in an effort to disrupt any test in process. The brief fracas at Stella Maris foreshadowed things to come for UL vice president for Academic Affairs/Provost, Dr. Wede Elliot-Brownell, including a call for her resignation.Earlier, the UL had issued a strong warning to those hoping to enter, believing that some members of admission personnel could be counted on to  continue ‘business-as-usual,’ willing to make it easy to squeeze—or buy—their way through.The Administration said that paying money to enter the UL had been a custom-with bad consequences on the education system of the country.Admitting the mass failure in the entrance Dr. Brownell, joined by her colleagues, stressed that the failure signals to stakeholders that high schools around the country are not doing enough to prepare students for university studies, and that the UL is quite pleased to have such results, because they were not tampered with this time around.“No more passing through the back door to enter the university as our students had done over the years.”Other professors stressed that the result of the entrance was sad for the country, “not because the university has performed poorly, but because students are not learning in high schools as expected.”The UL administration decided to admitting 1,626 of the candidates that had done a little better the rest, scoring at least 40% in Math and 50% in English in the undergraduate program: 25 were welcomed at the College of General Studies, (Continuing Education) 93 at the six graduate programs; 37 for the Law School; and 24 for the School of Pharmacy for Academic 2013/2014.Teacher StrikesIn the wake of this academic rigmarole coupled with the ‘messy system,’ teachers who were supposed to be in the classrooms were seen demanding full employment status, reinstatement, salaries, and other benefits.Taking into consideration all these noisy situations in the sector, one would agree that, indeed, the educational system was a mess during the year 2013. However, one wonders why the President said in her last annual message that some improvement had was in the sector whereby the necessary mechanisms had not been put in place by her government. Those things have to do with needy reform including teachers’ capacity-building, building of laboratories and libraries across the country.2014 ExpectationsNow that 2014 is here, Liberians are of the view that the President will not only mention in this year’s message an education policy that would focus on the necessary reform she perceived, but must, before mentioning the reform, firstly see the University of Liberia fully reopen.That, the resumption of academic activities including the opening of classes and the return of students and teachers to classes.  Also, various schools are being constructed across the country during the year in review; the schools need to be well-equipped with libraries and laboratories, with trained and committed teachers assigned therein. Al least, these are a few of the policies that if the President considers, would be interpreted as parts of the necessary education reforms she had hoped to achieve.Moreover, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf must note that employment and ghost names still remain problems at the Ministry of Education to address.Taking a tangible step to addressing these problems will reflect not only a positive side of the MOE, it will also help government to reduce over-spending that is yielding no positive result in the education sector.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_img1 As Christian Benteke edges closer to becoming a Liverpool striker, talkSPORT presents some of the expert opinion on the Belgium international.Despite a record of 42 goals in 89 Premier League games, opinion has seemed divided over whether the Balgian represents a good deal, at £32.5m, for the Anfield club.Here are the views of former and current footballers, as well as journalists…WHY BENTEKE MAY NOT BE A GOOD SIGNINGTHERE HAVE ALWAYS BEEN DOUBTS ABOUT HIMBelgian football journalist Kristof Terreur said Benteke is a player who needs confidence to play at his best and is unsure of his suitability to Liverpool.“There have always been doubts about him,” Terreur said. “I remember when he played in Belgium, he was sent on loan to teams because he didn’t fit in tactically. In Belgium he missed a lot of opportunities but then he went to the Premier League and started scoring goals like it was nothing, so even we were surprised by his evolution, so maybe he will need to do the same at Liverpool.”Terreur explained that for Belgium, Benteke struggles because of the way the national team play, which is similar to Liverpool where most of the play goes through the middle.NOT A LIVERPOOL-STYLE PLAYERFormer Liverpool goalkeeper David James told talkSPORT he has been surprised at the Reds’ interest in Benteke. “I can’t understand how he’s a Liverpool-style player, especially the way Brendan Rodgers likes to play.” Belgium striker Christian Benteke is close to joining Liverpool SITTING ON THE FENCE – WHY IT COULD GO EITHER WAY…LIVERPOOL MUST CHANGE THE WAY THEY PLAYJohn Barnes believes the team will have to be a little bit more direct if Benteke plays and will not be looking for that perfect goal by playing through the middle. “If he comes it will need a sweeping change in the way Liverpool play. Would that be a bad thing? Not necessarily, balance is important.” WHY BENTEKE IS AN EXCELLENT SIGNING FOR LIVERPOOLBENTEKE ‘A GREAT PLAYER’Liverpool defender Kolo Toure praised the striker’s mental and physical strength, insisting “no matter what happens on the pitch, he will perform”.LAMBERT RUBBISHES CLAIMS HE CAN ONLY SCORE FROM CROSSES“The chances [Liverpool] create, he will score,” argues his former Villa boss, Paul Lambert. “He is very good with his feet. I knew that anyway from signing him and I think he will be a terrific signing.”FOWLER SAYS BENTEKE IS PERFECT FOR LIVERPOOL“In terms of all-round play – strength, speed, physicality, finishing – I think Benteke could be the main man for Liverpool,” Robbie Fowler enthused. The former Anfield striker also praised Benteke’s hold up play and ability to keep defenders on their toes.BENTEKE ‘TAILOR-MADE FOR LIVERPOOL’Former Reds midfielder Didi Hamann believes Benteke is perfect for the club and “will score 20-plus goals a season in the Premier League with the service he’ll get from Adam Lallana, Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino.”last_img read more

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card The MPAA estimates that member companies, including the entertainment industry’s major film studios, lost $3.5 billion in revenue last year from movies being pirated and sold on the streets. That total does not include losses due to the illegal downloading of movies on the Internet. The RIAA estimates it loses more than $300 million each year from street sales of pirated goods. “Producing pirated music is not victimless crime,” stated Brad Buckles, the RIAA’s executive vice president of anti-piracy. “While the pirates’ pockets are lined with profits from the sale of illegal music, record labels’ ability to invest in new bands of tomorrow is undermined.” The arrested man, Rodrigo Hernandez, is expected to be charged with trademark counterfeiting. Greg Hernandez, (818) 713-3758 greg.hernandez@dailynews.com!dtpost 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Three downtown labs capable of producing up to $3 million in pirated DVDs and CDs were raided by the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department and resulted in the arrest of a man already on probation for felony counterfeiting, the Motion Picture Association of America announced Friday. Among the items seized by deputies were approximately 5,000 DVD-Rs, 3,000 CD-Rs, eight burner towers containing 60 burner trays and two industrial copying machines. “It was a nice-sized raid, but the unfortunate reality is that there are many burner labs like this located in the greater L.A. area and throughout the country because this is a very large problem and a profitable industry for crooks,” said John G. Malcom, MPAA executive vice president and director of worldwide anti-piracy. The raid was conducted Thursday and was the culmination of a joint investigation between sheriff’s deputies, the MPAA and the Recording Industry Association of America. “We have many common enemies so we are sharing information and working together,” Malcom said. “Any investigation we do together is a good thing.” last_img read more

first_imgLulu: Killed by a fishing ropeA KILLER WHALE which is part of rare pod with just nine members has died, after being choked to death by a fishing rope.Lulu was part of a group which paid regular visits to the Donegal coast, most memorably in 2012 off Inishowen.At the time local wildlife ranger Emmett Johnston captured images of the whales off Dunree Head for Donegal Daily. They were spotted again a year later by brothers John and Pat Cunningham from Glencolmcille. They have also been spotted off Fanad and in Lough Swilly.But Lulu has now been found washed up dead on a beach in a Scottish island.Her pod, a community of orca, or killer whales with a unique set of characteristics, is now thought to be just too small for it to survive. It’s the only resident pod of whales in these islands.The pod’s members are slightly bigger than other orcas thanks to hundreds of thousands of years of evolution. It is now down to eight members; Nicola, Moneypenny, Floppy Fin, John Coe, Comet, Aquarius, Puffin and Occasus.“The prospects for the population were never good but now they’re worse. With a population as low as eight the chances of them recovering is slim to nil at this point,” said Dr Conor Ryan, of the Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust, which has been monitoring the community since the 1990s.Lulu was a 6.2 metre killer whale, is thought to have met an excruciating death after becoming entangled in a fishing rope that prevented her from swimming and drowned her gradually over a period of several days before she was washed onto the shores of the Scottish island of Tiree.Her death has been met with a public outpouring of grief in Scotland.Dr Andrew Brownlow, who runs the Scottish Marine Animal Stranding Scheme, said: “She is one of a very small population, she had a name, her death was unpleasant and unfortunately, directly or indirectly, it was due to human impact. When you stack these reasons up you can see why people have been so bothered about it.” Lulu was found on the shore of the most westerly island of the Inner Hebrides but members of her community have been spotted everywhere from the Outer Hebrides, to the Moray Firth on the North East coast of Scotland, the Isle of Skye – and here off the coast of Donegal.HEARTACHE AS LULU THE ORCA FOUND DEAD ON BEACH was last modified: January 9th, 2016 by John2Share 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:donegalKILLER WHALELULUOrcawhalewhaltelast_img read more

first_imgBundoran Town Council yesterday abandoned its monthly meeting – over a mobile phone.The monthly meeting of authority was adjourned yesterday after the Mayor ordered the Town Clerk to contact the Gardai to attend the meeting.Councillor Michael McMahon told members of the council he would adjourn the July meeting if members of the public-attending the meeting did not adhere to the standing orders of the council. Fine Gael Councillor Denice Connolly told the members of the council that she witnessed a member of the public taking out a mobile phone while the council meeting was in process.The Town Clerk told the Councillors, the public and media that anyone in breach of the standing orders of the council will be asked to leave the meetings.The meeting was adjourned after a five minute break. It will recommence on Thursday.Ends COUNCIL MEETING ADJOURNED OVER MOBILE PHONE! was last modified: July 6th, 2011 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:Bundoran Town Councillast_img read more

first_imgJIM HAS FIXED ITTHE locks may be going a bit grey around the edges, but this has to be the highlight of Jimmy McGuinness’s career as a manager.Following in the footsteps of the great Brian McEniff, ‘Our Jimmy’ helped Donegal secure its second title in 20 years. All roads now lead back from Dublin to the hills of Donegal where in the next 24 hours Sam Maguire will be proudly shown on display by the players and Jimmy’s backroom team of coaches, physios and medics.As he soaked up the adulation of the tens of thousands of Donegal fans, heaped praise on his fans and the supporters who came down from the hills to turn Croke Park into a happy sea of green and gold.Last year, he was criticised by the pundits for playing so-called negative football, Jimmy McGuinness showed what a great manager he really is by turning around the team’s fortunes in 12 month and showing that he had a great team of footballers, from the back right to the front sticks.A jubilant Jimmy, beaming proudly beside the Sam Maguire trophy, said: “It was pure joy and emotion at the end. Donegal is a football mad county. “To win the All-Ireland is something these players has been dreaming about since they were young boys.“To get over the line is fantastic for them. It is actually life changing. ”But for Mayo manager James Horan it was a huge disappointment. His players came so close but yet so far.“To give seven points away away at the start of an All Ireland final against a team like Donegal is hard to come back from.”ALL IRELAND FOOTBALL: JIM FIXED IT FOR DONEGAL was last modified: September 24th, 2012 by cassoscoopShare 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)last_img read more