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The club have not had the best form in the group stages in previous years, but this time they have qualified with two games to spare 1 Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany breathed a sigh of relief as his side ‘finally’ stepped up to the plate in Europe.Two goals in the opening 11 minutes gave Manuel Pellegrini’s side the perfect platform to see out a vital 3-1 victory in Sevilla, with strikes from Raheem Sterling, Fernando and Wilfried Bony put them to the top of Group D, qualifying for the next stage with two games to spare.While progressing from the group stage has been a major hurdle for City in the past, last season they made it through only to face Barcelona in the first knock-out stage and duly made a swift exit.With that in mind, Kompany is keen for them to build on their progress so far and top the group in the hope of an easier draw.“The first feeling is ‘Finally’,” he said on BT Sport 2 as City could enjoy a truly special performance in Europe.“It’s a difficult group and for us to qualify with two games to go is an incredible achievement.“We need to go on. It would be a first for us to finish first in our group and that’s important because we have been unlucky in the draws before.”They are now one point ahead of group rivals Juventus, who drew at Borussia Monchengladbach in the other Group D contest. Manager Manuel Pellegrini changed his team’s shape by leaving out De Bruyne in order to feature Fernando, Fernandinho and Toure together in midfield, and enjoyed the results after revealing he had not been impressed with some of City’s recent displays.Pellegrini said: “I’m happy with the way we played, we scored three goals, missed three of four clear chances to score and we defended well.“I was not happy with the way we were playing in the previous games, so I’m happy with our form in this game.“The three midfielders – Yaya Toure, Fernandinho and Fernando – played well, pressed higher and our attack was really prepared. We played with one touch and moved into space, that was the reason we created so many chances.”
Everton forward 1 Everton manager Roberto Martinez has dismissed suggestions Belgian forward Kevin Mirallas is unhappy at Goodison Park.The 28-year-old has not started a Premier League game for the Toffees since the opening-weekend draw with Watford, and reports this week hinted he could look elsewhere for more regular football in order to boost his quest to make Belgium’sEuro 2016 squad.Mirallas moved to Merseyside in 2012 and in the summer he signed a new contract to keep him at the club until 2018 having scored 11 times last year.Martinez insists the forward remains an integral part of his plans and predicts he will have a big impact for Everton in the coming months.“It couldn’t be further from the truth,” Martinez replied when quizzed about the rumours.“Kevin has been a very, very important player while I’ve been at the football club. The start of this season has been challenging for him because he had a couple of niggles then he had the sending-off so wasn’t available for three games. But the way that he’s been working in training has been very impressive.“He’s improved as a footballer and it’s important for us that Kevin is fresher now going into the second half of the season and we’ll get the benefit from that.“Kevin Mirallas is a very, very important player for Everton – he knows that. What he needs now is to get playing time because the start of the season has been frustrating for him.”Martinez also stressed that keeping Mirallas and his team-mates together will be his main mission when January comes around.The form of this weekend’s opponents West Ham, along with Leicester and Southampton, has made the race for Europe even more competitive but Martinez will avoid the temptation to make any major changes in the transfer window.“We’ve got such a strong squad – the focus for us is to see how good we can be with the squad we have now,” he added.“We have enough time in the summer to see if we can bring players into the football club. All we want is to be as good as we can with the players we have, that I’m delighted with.“It will be very important for us to make sure the window that is going to open in the winter is to just give a bit more normality, to make sure the squad gets reaffirmed, looking at the younger groups more than the first-team level to make sure that we get a clear 10-month competition out of this squad.“It will be the summer when we reassess where we are and where we should go. I wouldn’t look at the winter as a moment to make significant changes.”
In 2009, Cristiano Ronaldo became the world’s most expensive footballer when he left Manchester United for Real Madrid in a deal worth £80 million.Six years on, rumours are rife that the Spanish giants are willing to let their record goalscorer leave the Bernabeu for the same fee, with United and Paris Saint-Germain both interested.So Drivetime want to know, would a 31-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo be worth an £80million punt in the summer? 1 Cristiano Ronaldo
Manager Eddie Howe believes Bournemouth’s ‘huge’ victory over defending champions Chelsea will inspire the team to Premier League survival.The Cherries recorded a shock 1-0 win over the defending champions last week to lift the south coast club out of the bottom-three.Boss Howe joined the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast on Friday morning to chat about the club’s start to the season and look ahead to his side’s next clash – against Manchester United at Dean Court on Saturday.Despite United’s position at the top, Howe insisted his side will not be daunted by the prospect of facing the top flight giants, and says they will go into the game with same game plan which saw them claim a surprise three points against Chelsea – attack!He was full of praise for his side’s incredible fitness levels – “they’re the fittest group of players I’ve ever seen” – also hailed the club’s “magnificent” fans, insisting their loyalty and support will be key for the team as they look to stay in the top flight this term.Also, the Cherries chief reacted to Garry Monk’s departure as manager of Swansea, and offered his view on the chances British managers have at the top level.Listen to talkSPORT’s exclusive interview with Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe IN FULL above!
What a goal it was from Dele Alli.The Tottenham youngster flicked the ball over Crystal Palace’s Mile Jedinak before expertly volleying Tottenham into the lead at Selhurst Park, so talkSPORT has searched for other similarly skilful goals where the ball is juggled in the air and placed into the back of the net.Enjoy these fine efforts.David Ginola for Newcastle against Ferencvaros in 1996James Rodriguez for Colombia against Uruguay in 2014Paul Gascoigne for England against Scotland in 1996Lionel Messi for Barcelona against Arsenal in 2011Neymar goal for Barcelona against Villarreal in 2015Pele for Brazil against Wales in 1958Robert Lewandowski for Bayern against Frankfurt in 2015Stephanie Roche for Peamount United against Wexford Youths in 2013Robbie Fowler for Liverpool against Brann Bergen in 1997Inaki Williams for Athletic Bilbao against Espanyol in 2015Ronaldinho for Barcelona against Osasuna in 2004 Tottenham players celebrate Dele Alli’s goal 1
SANTA CLARITA – Firefighters battling three major wildfires in the Santa Clarita Valley had to deal with a fourth blaze that erupted today, but it was quickly doused with no damages or structures threatened. The so-called Meadow Ridge Fire was reported about 4 a.m. near San Fernando Road and Meadow Ridge Drive, the Los Angeles County Fire Department reported. Flames from the new fire scorched about 10 acres, but no structures were threatened and no one was hurt, authorities said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“The Armenian community is in no way discouraged,” Papazian said. “Armenians are a resilient people.” The resolution at one time had a record number of backers. Support eroded rapidly, however, after a key committee approved it last month. With Pelosi supporting the bill, its arrival on the House floor became, for the first time in decades, a likely scenario. Turkey recalled its ambassador in protest, and threatened to block vital supply routes to Iraq if the bill passed. About 70 percent of air cargo headed to Iraq goes through Turkey. Meanwhile, tensions raged between the U.S. and Turkey over northern Iraq, where Kurdish insurgents had staged several attacks on Turkish troops. A resolution declaring the massacres of Armenians by Ottoman Turks a genocide will not be put to a House vote this year after an international furor forced the bill’s Southern California supporters to seek a delay. In a letter Thursday to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the bill’s lead sponsor Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Pasadena, asked her to postpone a vote, possibly until 2008. “We want to make sure that when we take up the resolution that we have the votes to succeed,” Schiff said. “I think we will. I think it’s only a question of timing.” Vicken Papazian, spokesman for the Armenian National Committee in Glendale, said he respects the lawmakers’ strategy decisions and remains confident it will come to a vote. Turkey had held back from invading in response to appeals from the Bush administration. But last week the Turkish parliament overwhelmingly granted the government permission to invade. “It’s pretty clear that they stumbled into a hornet’s nest greater than Adam Schiff or Nancy Pelosi probably ever anticipated,” said congressional scholar Norman Ornstein. “Clearly the support was slipping away,” added Bulent Aliriza, director of the Turkey Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a Washington, D.C., think tank. But, he added, “I don’t think the issue is going to go away.” Schiff said he doesn’t think it will either. He contended the measure is likely to regain support once the immediate crisis in Northern Iraq is under control. Both he and Papazian dismissed the possibility that Congress will grow weary of the issue and the battles it inevitably provokes between lawmakers and the administration. “Genocide never loses its relevancy,” Papazian said. The resolution declares that 1.5 million Armenians were killed, forcefully deported and displaced between 1915 and 1923 in a systematic genocide. Turks acknowledge committing atrocities against Armenians, but object to the word “genocide.” They say Armenians were killed when they joined forces with French and Russians to attack Turks and attempt to take control of Ottoman lands. More than 20 other countries have recognized the massacres of Armenians as genocide. Meanwhile, Republicans who in past years blocked consideration of the resolution, on Thursday ridiculed Pelosi for agreeing to delay it. [email protected] (202) 662-8731 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
PICO RIVERA – The City Council has collected $14,000 in restitution for money lost during the investigation of former Councilman Carlos Garcia earlier this year. Garcia pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of trying to influence a government decision in July, for getting favorable city treatment last year for food distribution firm BakeMark Inc. Although the city originally sought $50,000 through a request to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, it was repaid only about $14,000. The money came from county funds. “I personally think the city should have got the entire amount,” Mayor Ron Beilke said. “But it’s time to put this behind us.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre The $14,000 is just $18 short of what would have been paid to the city by BakeMark without Garcia’s intervention. The company owed $14,018 for unpaid business license fees. The District Attorney’s Office deemed it inappropriate to seek the remaining $36,000 for the city, which included staff hours spent pulling records and testifying before a grand jury and legal fees. Garcia was investigated because he had allegedly encouraged BakeMark, which had done business with his packaging company, to challenge the fees with the city. Garcia pleaded guilty after losing re-election in March 2006. He was ordered to pay a $10,000 fine and a $3,000 penalty, and was restricted from running for office for four years. Garcia said he is on a payment schedule with the city and plans to stay out of politics. “Believe it or not, I’m a good guy,” Garcia said. “My feeling at this point is that they should really focus on the issues that they have and leave me alone.” Beilke said it was important to resolve the issue and move forward. “I actually think this is the most important item on the agenda tonight,” Beilke said at the meeting on Tuesday. “It deals with the corruption of a city official.” Garcia insists that his guilty plea was a matter of practicality after he was not re-elected. Councilman Gregory Salcido spoke at the meeting on Garcia’s behalf, saying he believed that although the former councilman pleaded guilty and should take responsibility for that, he did not intentionally deceive the council. “I would never characterize Carlos as corrupt,” Salcido said. Garcia said he was treated harshly in the situation because of political competition. “The whole issue I think was blown way out of proportion and definitely tilted against me,” Garcia said. [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
AN POST have introduced a new computer system and added extra staff to slash queues at Letterkenny post office.The move follows a petition signed by more than 1,000 people calling for satelite post offices in the town.But the Communications Workers Union says it is convinced any new post offices in the town will only lead to job losses at the head post office on the town’s Main Street. Well-known local union representative Charlie Kelly from Glenswilly said last night the CWU is totally against new postal services in Letterkenny.“The opening of a Sub Office anywhere in the town is privatisation and would lead to the loss of jobs at the Head Post Office on Main Street,” he said.He added the long queues experienced recently as a result of increased welfare payments and the economic situation initiated the call for a sub office.But he said this was a situation which was being addressed for some time now. “The Union and the Company have been in negotiations for sometime regarding this. The Company has installed a new computer and opened another position during peak business hours.“This has improved the queuing during the past week. Talks are ongoing between the Union and the Company,” he said.EndsQUEUES SLASHED AT LETTERKENNY POST OFFICE AS UNIONS DISMISS IDEA OF MORE OUTLETS IN TOWN was last modified: February 22nd, 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)