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Mauricio Pochettino reveals what approach he expects Liverpool to adopt under Jurgen Klopp

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first_img1 Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino expects Jurgen Klopp to have already pressed his stamp on Liverpool ahead of Saturday’s clash at White Hart Lane.Klopp held his first training session with his new squad on Wednesday as his players returned from international duty, but has been dealt the double blow that both Danny Ings and Joe Gomez are likely to miss the rest of the season.However, Pochettino believes his Reds counterpart has been working on his plans since the moment he was appointed and does not expect the former Borussia Dortmund manager to be underprepared.“He is a great manager. When you see the games at Borussia Dortmund, he is a manager who has a clear idea how he wants to play,” Pochettino said.“You can get some ideas across (in a short space of time). In my experience at Southampton we had three days before the game against Everton.“We worked hard to try to settle some ideas. It’s impossible to put all your ideas in the mind of the team but always you try to change something.“It’s not easy, but it’s not difficult because you start to give the players the tools to play in the way you want to play.”Liverpool sit 10th in the Barclays Premier League table after winning only one of their last six matches under Brendan Rodgers.Klopp is likely to make changes to both selection and formation on Saturday but Pochettino insists the Reds are not an unknown quantity under their new boss.“We can use the information because in the last few months Liverpool have played in different ways and changed the system,” Pochettino said.“How we analyse Dortmund and the way Klopp played, it’s similar concepts that we can take.“We have some references – maybe we give too much information – but the first half against Arsenal they played in a similar style he played with Dortmund last season.“We have a lot of resources to research the information. But in the end the truth is Saturday and how they put in place his ideas.”Pochettino also confirmed that summer signing Heung-Min Son is still a couple of weeks away from a first-team return. Jurgen Klopp last_img read more

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Exclusive: Kevin Davies desperate for fresh investment for former club Bolton

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first_imgFormer Bolton striker Kevin Davies admits he is desperate for his old club to find fresh investment as another crucial deadline looms ever closer.In 14 days’ time Wanderers face a winding-up hearing that was issued by HM Revenue and Customs following an unpaid tax bill for November.It is understood the Sky Bet Championship club owe a seven-figure sum and although they could try and have an extension granted, time is once again against them.Bolton’s coffers are empty after owner Eddie Davies stopped his financial support – although he is willing to wipe out £185million of debt owed to him as part of any takeover – and it is understood they had to sell an office and call in funding from the PFA just to pay their players last month.Separate consortiums led by ex-Bolton players Dean Holdsworth and Stelios Giannakopoulos have been unable to satisfy the criteria needed to take control, but Davies knows something needs to give to prevent the situation from getting bleaker still.“I just want somebody to come in and get control, it doesn’t matter who really,” he told talkSPORT. “Nothing’s happened yet which is worrying.“Nobody, as far as I know, has got the amount of money up front to even get to the table to start looking into the books – the income, expenditure, the debt, there’s quite a lot of sketchy figures and numbers out there.“As far as I know nobody’s come up with the right business plan which is right for the club or is right for the new owners. At the moment it’s come to a stumbling point for all the parties concerned.”England cap Davies spent a decade at the Macron Stadium between 2003 and 2013 and played for the club in Europe before seeing them lose their top-flight status in 2012.He believes it is their inability to adapt to life below the top table that has resulted in such financial turmoil.“They are running still as a Premier League club – obviously now Eddie’s pulled his money out, that’s why they find themselves in such trouble,” Davies added. “It’s clear to see it’s not being run in the right way.”last_img read more

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European Super League: revealing clubs that would be in and those who’d miss out

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first_img 33 33 Liverpool – IN! – Despite struggling on the pitch in recent years, Liverpool remain one of the biggest clubs in the Premier League, if not Europe. The club’s enduring popularity is based on the traditions and success built since Bill Shankly’s days as manager, from the 1960s on, and the Reds would have more to gain than most clubs by joining a European Super League, having consistently failed to qualify for the Champions League. Were a Super League to be founded, Liverpool’s inclusion would sum up why it would be about mass appeal more than anything. 33 Everton – Out! – Traditionally one of the biggest clubs in English football, the modern era has not been kind to Everton. The club has been crying out for major investment for years – and they hope with new shareholder Farhad Moshiri they have found it – but Everton seriously lag behind the Premier League’s richest clubs. Just one appearance in the Champions League qualifying stage, in 2005, sums up why Everton couldn’t hope to be considered for any European Super League right now. Borussia Dortmund – IN! – The 1997 Champions League winners went through some terrible financial turmoil after the turn of the millennium, but have bounced back and are now arguably bigger than ever. The club is famed for its redeveloped Westfalenstadion, including the largest standing section in European football, and remain the closest challengers to Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga. Dortmund also reached the 2013 Champions League final, in a period that reaffirmed the club as a European force. Real Madrid – IN! – The 10 times European champions may have been eclipsed by Barcelona on the pitch in the past decade, but they remain arguably the biggest, most glamorous club in the world. The last five world record transfer fees have been paid by Real Madrid. Athletic Bilbao – Possibly in! – One of the most historic clubs in Spain, Bilbao’s new 54,000-seat San Mames stadium is home to the 2015 Spanish Super Cup winners. As arguably the fourth biggest club in Spain, Bilbao would certainly be hopeful of European Super League inclusion. Benfica – Possibly in! – Benfica won the last of their two European Cups in 1962, and haven’t reached the final since 1990, but they remain a European force, albeit more in the Europa League, reaching the last two finals. The club’s Stadium of Light is similar in appearance to Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium and boasts a capacity of 65,000. 33 33 33 33 33 Manchester City – IN! – While Liverpool would make it in to a European Super League largely thanks to the power of heritage, City would make the cut as one of modern football’s newest powerhouses. A joke in English football for so many years, overseas investment in City from 2008 onwards has turned the club into one of the world’s richest, and they are poised to reach the Champions League last eight for the first time. As every year passes and the club wins more silverware, City’s popularity will grow and grow. 33 33 33 33 33 33 33 33 33 Manchester United – IN! – Regardless of Man City’s emergence, Man United remain the biggest club in English football and one of the giants among the world game. Like Liverpool, they have built up enough heritage to virtually guarantee huge support for decades to come. 33 Galatasaray – Possibly in – Giants in Turkey, Galatasaray are relative minnows in the Champions League, compared to the competition’s current kings. They boast a modern, 53,000-seat arena and a vast support in Turkey, but would be outsiders to be included in any European Super League. Tottenham – probably out – Spurs may be in the thick of a Premier League title race and hoping to build a new 61,000-seater stadium, but right now they would be outsiders to make any European Super League. Tottenham’s lack of success in the past 25 years, plus paucity of appearances in the Champions League, mean they remain a big club in England, but without the support London rivals Arsenal and Chelsea can boast overseas. CSKA Moscow – Out! – One of the most successful Russian clubs of recent times, CSKA Moscow don’t quite boast enough pedigree to count themselves among Europe’s elite. The fact they play in a stadium with a capacity of 18,000 says it all. 33 33 Celtic – Possibly in! – If any club is desperate to play in a competition with more revenue involved, it’s Celtic. The 1967 European Cup winners have been devoid of any meaningful competition in Scotland since Rangers’ financial woes, but the Hoops are a shadow of their former selves when it comes to competing on the European stage. The club boasts a large, formidable support, but while Celtic remain in the Scottish league, they will have virtually no chance of challenging the world’s biggest clubs. Celtic could benefit from being UK-based as far as inclusion in any European Super League is concerned, taking into account the size of the United Kingdom’s television market. 33 33 Juventus – IN! – On course for a fifth successive Serie A title, 2015 Champions League runners up Juventus are the biggest club in Italy, with a modern 40,000 capacity stadium. The Old Lady would definitely be in a European Super League. center_img 33 European Super League – who’s in and who’s out? Click the arrow above to find out! 33 Valencia – probably out – Valencia lost the 2000 and 2001 Champions League finals and would probably lose out on any European Super League, despite often being the leading Spanish club outside of Real Madrid and Barcelona. In recent years, Atletico Madrid have taken on that role and Valencia have struggled to regain the glory days that saw La Liga titles won in 2002 and 2004. AC Milan – IN! Click the arrow above, right, to see which other clubs make the cut… and which don’t – Overtaken by Juventus in Serie A in recent years, AC Milan are still by far Italy’s most successful side in the Champions League, winning seven European Cups in total – a record only Real Madrid can better. It is surely only a matter of time before Milan re-emerge as a major force, and a European Super League could be the spur. 33 33 Marseille – Possibly in – Champions League winners in 1993, Marseille are traditionally the biggest club in France, although they have been overtaken in recent times by mega-wealthy rivals Paris Saint-Germain. Would they make the Super League cut, though? It’s 50-50. 33 PSV Eindhoven – possibly in – The reigning Dutch champions and European Cup winners in 1988, PSV might just make the cut for a European Super League, but would probably be behind domestic rivals Ajax in the pecking order. Barcelona – IN! – The dominant force in Spanish football, with four Champions League victories in the past 10 years, Barcelona is THE club in world football right now. Messi, Neymar and Suarez are the latest global stars to wear the Catalan club’s shirt, following the likes of Cruyff, Maradona, Ronaldo and Ronaldinho. No European Super League would be complete without Barca. Ajax – Possibly in! – Four times European champions and one of four clubs to have won all of UEFA’s major competitions, the Dutch club have struggled to live up to the weight of their history on a continental stage in recent years. Giant fish in the small pond of Dutch football, with a 53,000 capacity stadium that boasts a retractable roof, Ajax are firmly in the category of club that is crying out for a bigger stage… with bigger revenues. Porto – possibly in – Champions League regulars and European Cup winners twice, as recently as 2004, Porto play in the modern, 52,000 capacity Estadio de Dragao. They would hope to be included in a Super League on this basis. 33 Paris Saint-Germain – IN! – One of the richest clubs in world football, PSG head the Champions League’s nouveaux riche contenders. The club’s vast investment has put them miles ahead of the competition in France and they would surely welcome a European Super League. 33 33 Chelsea – IN! – Like it or not, Chelsea are now one of the biggest clubs in the world, thanks to over a decade of sustained investment and success at the highest levels. A whole generation has grown up knowing Chelsea as a European super power. The Blues would walk into any European Super League. 33 33 West Ham United – out – The Hammers are flying in the Premier League this year and still retain outside hopes of finishing in the top four. With a move to the redeveloped Olympic Stadium happening later this year, hopes are high that West Ham will become the kind of sustained force in English football that they have never really been, despite boasting some legendary players down the years. But they have a long way to go before they can be considered among Europe’s elite. Bayern – IN! – The behemoths of the Bundesliga are on course for a 13th title in the last 20 seasons, and a fourth in a row. They have also developed into last four regulars in the Champions League, winning a fifth European Cup in 2013. Bayern are also certainties for any European Super League. Schalke – IN! – Considering Schalke’s lack of major honours over the years, it’s remarkable that the club would even be considered for a place among Europe’s elite. But Dortmund’s great rivals boast an average attendance over 60,000, making them one of the best supported clubs in Europe. And with Germany being Europe’s biggest market, any European Super League would have to include that country’s biggest clubs. Zenit Saint Petersburg – out – UEFA Cup winners in 2008, Zenit have been trying to break into Europe’s elite for a while now, along with domestic rivals CSKA Moscow. But they remain among the also-rans. Maybe if Gazprom are involved with any Super League, Zenit could make the cut! Sevilla – probably out – Despite winning back-to-back Europa League trophies in 2014 and 2015, Sevilla are a long way off Spain’s big two… and probably don’t rank as one of La Liga’s biggest four clubs, so inclusion in a European Super League would be doubtful. Reports of a secret meeting involving leading executives from Man United, Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Man City has fuelled talk of a potential European Super League breakaway.The suggestion is that certain clubs could quit domestic competitions and UEFA’s continental tournaments to form a closed European league along the lines of American competitions like the NFL.This notion has been dismissed by an Arsenal spokesperson, but rumours persist that Europe’s elite are pressing for reform to the Champions League.So which clubs which make up any potential European Super League?We’ve assessed the merits of a selection of contenders – just take a look at the slideshow above, and let us know your thoughts by leaving a comment below. Atletico Madrid – IN! – Spain’s ‘third club’, Atletico have shown how competitive they can be by beating Barcelona and Real Madrid to the Spanish title in 2014 and coming within a whisker of winning the Champions League. They have also claimed the Europa League twice this decade and boast an average attendance of nearly 50,000. Arsenal – IN! – The Gunners have never won the Champions League, but since qualifying for the tournament in 1998 they have been ever presents. In that time, Arsenal have moved to the 60,000 capacity Emirates Stadium and would be certainties to be included in any European Super League. Getty Napoli – probably out – Liverpool kick off their European Campaign at Napoli tonight Internazionale – IN! – One of Italy’s big three, Inter have struggled on the pitch since winning the treble in 2010, but they remain a massive club and the San Siro is one of Europe’s most iconic stadiums. With Italy being a major TV market in Europe, Inter would surely make the Super League cut. Roma – Possibly in – Often also-rans in Serie A and Europe, Roma’s inclusion in any European Super League would be touch-and-go. 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Columbus Day observed schedule

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first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityTRASH: Pickup will be on a regular schedule. STORES: Malls and supermarkets will be open. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! GOVERNMENT: Federal, state, county and city offices, courts, libraries and animal shelters will be closed, and the U.S. Postal Service will not deliver mail. SCHOOLS: Schools will be open. TRANSIT: Southern California transit systems will run on a regular schedule. BANKS: Banks will be closed. Financial markets will be open. last_img read more

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Social Security benefits hike is lowest since ’04

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first_imgBy Martin Crutsinger THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON – Come January, Social Security benefits for nearly 50 million Americans are going up 2.3 percent, the smallest increase in four years. It will mean an extra $24 per month in the average check, the government announced Wednesday. The cost of living adjustment means that the monthly benefit for the typical retired worker will go from $1,055 currently to $1,079 next year. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The adjustment, announced by the Social Security Administration, will go to more than 54 million Americans. Nearly 50 million receive Social Security benefits and the rest get Supplemental Security Income payments aimed at helping the poor. The 2.3 percent increase is the smallest since a 2.1 percent rise in 2004. It compares to an increase of 3.3 percent last year and a jump of 4.1 percent in 2006, which had been the biggest advance in 15 years. The COLA is based on the change in consumer prices from the July-September quarter of this year compared with the same period last year. Benefit payments have been tied to inflation since 1975. Advocacy groups for the elderly said that the small increase announced Wednesday underscored the need to revamp the cost-of-living adjustment to better reflect prices paid by retired people, including the money they spend on health care. The Senior Citizens League said a study it has done showed that in eight key spending areas, people over the age of 65 have lost 40percent of their purchasing power since 2000, reflecting such factors as a doubling in the price of gasoline and home heating oil over that period. “Social Security is supposed to protect seniors in need – but with 5 million seniors below the poverty line, it’s clear the system is failing them,” said Shannon Benton, executive director for the league. The big jump for 2006 occurred because energy prices had soared in September of 2005, reflecting the impact of Hurricane Katrina. This year, however, energy prices have been coming down in recent months after having spiked in the spring. With oil prices surging this week to highs above $88 per barrel, analysts believe that consumers will get socked with higher gasoline prices and home heating oil costs in coming months, but those gains will come too late to influence the new cost-of-living adjustment. In addition, food prices and medical prices have been rising rapidly this year. But those gains have been offset somewhat by a moderation in categories that the elderly tend to buy less of such as computers, consumer electronics and clothing. Part of the Social Security increase will be eaten up by a rise in the cost of Medicare, the giant health-care program that covers the elderly and disabled. The government announced earlier this month that Medicare premiums will rise 3.1 percent next year or $2.50 to $96.40 per month. That is the lowest Medicare premium increase in six years. The average retired couple, both receiving Social Security benefits, will see their monthly check go from $1,722 to $1,761, an increase of $39.160Want 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

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END OF A SWEET DREAM Would-be San Pedro gelato shop owner dies before he could open doors

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first_imgAfter spending nearly two years struggling to get all the business licenses, building permits and health department approvals for Port Gelato on Seventh Street, Cooper was just weeks away from opening when he died. “He put his life savings into opening that dream of his,” said Mike Caccavalla, owner of Downtown Subs and More on Sixth Street. “Every day that shop’s doors were closed, he was losing money, and it was extremely stressful. I can honestly say that business killed him.” Cooper was a popular face in the port town. He often stopped to chat with other business owners and discuss his latest hurdle with city bureaucracy. “I remember all summer long we waited for him to open his store and we’d tease back and forth,” said Sylvia Caccavalla, owner of Boca Activewear on Sixth Street. “I would tell him I need an ice cream today and he would say, `I’m doing all I can, just working on health permits.”‘ Family members recall Cooper’s sense of humor and his enthusiasm for trying new things, like windsurfing, refereeing his son’s soccer games and teaching English in Indonesia. “He was always really excited and liked to do unusual things – like open an ice cream shop,” his wife said. “We had big plans together. We wanted to raise the children and be happy, and I wanted him to do what he loved to do.” Cooper spent nearly every day, including his last, trying to get his gelato shop up and running. Knowing how much having his own business meant to him, Cooper’s friends hope to open Port Gelato in tribute to his efforts and dedication. “I don’t care if we need to buy dry ice to keep the ice cream cold, we’re going to open up that shop, even if it’s only for one day,” Sylvia Caccavalla said. On the day of his death, Copper came home complaining of a stomachache and said he thought he might have a kidney stone. Later that night, his condition worsened. His son wrapped him in a blanket and called his mother, who was driving home from a dinner event. When his wife arrived, she called 911 and paramedics took Cooper to a local hospital, where he died. On Tuesday afternoon, a white van was parked in front of what was once going to be Port Gelato. Inside, a man sat alone eating a burrito. “I’m eating lunch with my friend,” John Ryan said. “He was so close to his dream that it’s hard to fathom that he’s dead. I don’t think it’s all really sunk in for me yet.” In addition to his wife, Cooper is survived by his parents, Harry and Barbara Cooper; and seven children, Harrison, Dylan, Robin, Morgan, Chinta, Spring and Kim. Funeral services will be Thursday at Mount Sinai Memorial Park in the Hollywood Hills. A reception will be at 4 p.m. Thursday at the Cabrillo Beach Bathhouse, 3800 Stephen M. White Drive. megan.bagdonas@dailybreeze.com160Want 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.But the retired LAUSD schoolteacher will never scoop out that first dessert. Cooper died Saturday of a heart attack. He was 64. Born Dec. 21, 1942, in Los Angeles, Cooper moved to San Pedro 17 years ago. He worked as a special education teacher, but had recently focused on opening the ice cream store. “He dedicated his life to ice cream,” said his wife, Wanti Cooper. “He was so excited to open that ice cream shop for the people of San Pedro and build a future for our children.” By Megan Bagdonas STAFF WRITER Peering through the dusty windows of the unfinished gelato shop in downtown San Pedro is glimpsing a dream interrupted. Cluttered paperwork is piled beside an open can of iced tea. Rolled-up building plans lay near empty ice cream coolers. Even a few lights remain on, as if owner Jan Cooper had just stepped out. last_img
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Combat veterans saluted by middle school students

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first_imgGLENDALE – Louis Zamperini was a star to students at Wilson Middle School even before the 90-year-old World War II veteran stepped into their auditorium. Having seen a video on Zamperini before he visited Thursday, the students crowded around the beaming old man in a USC cap. Then again, Zamperini is used to attention. He was an Olympic track star before he survived 47 days on a raft in the Pacific, and before enduring two and a half years in a POW camp and returning home a hero. “They call us the greatest generation. I don’t like that term,” Zamperini said in an interview after the school presentation. “We were the hardy generation. And how do you become hardy? Overcoming adversity.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Zamperini has overcome his share of it. The co-author of a book about his life called “Devil at My Heels,” he still pilots a private plane to Twenty Nine Palms, where he talks to Marines completing training. And he meets students, who pepper him with questions. On Thursday, a student asked if he saw sharks from his raft. “Lots of sharks, yeah,” Zamperini said. “They say that human beings are not part of the shark food chain. Don’t you believe it.” Other vets were also honored at the presentation. Pascual Campanilla survived the Bataan Death March in the Philippines during World War II. Gerald Abrahamson piloted a B-29 bomber in the Korean War and was captured after the plane was shot down. Abrahamson, 75, had to parachute out when his bomber was shot down by a MiG fighter jet. Afraid his hands would freeze up, he opened his parachute too early. Slowly descending, he was vulnerable to enemy fire. But none came – all that surrounded him was perfect silence, he said. Abrahamson was soon captured and held in North Korea. The experience showed him how poor the country was, and still is, he said. As for himself, the Glendale resident said the war changed him. “I think you become more serious at a younger age,” he said. “You appreciate your life more. Every day, when the sun comes up, it’s a bonus.”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

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JOB VACANCY: VOODOO LOUNGE LOOKING FOR A COCKTAIL MIXER!

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first_imgVoodoo Lounge in Letterkenny is looking for an experienced bar person to work in the voodoo lounge cocktail bar and the brand new vintage cocktail bar.Voodoo and Vintage are busy bars looking for a cocktail mixer.The ideal candidate will be working very closely with myself and the other cocktail team members in an award winning cocktail bar.Cocktail experience is preferred yet but if someone has enough bar experience and a keen interest in cocktails and willing to learn, we will provide training. This is a great opportunity to kick start a career in mixology and gain skills that money couldn’t buy.Voodoo lounge cocktail bar is one of the busiest cocktail bars in Ireland at the moment ( we won best sales on cocktails in Ireland last year ) some times we can make up to 200 mojitos in one night, that’s alot of mint… 🙂Applicants can email a cv or if you don’t have a cv drop a line to emeremcglynn@hotmail.com   JOB VACANCY: VOODOO LOUNGE LOOKING FOR A COCKTAIL MIXER! was last modified: June 18th, 2014 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:donegalmixologistVacancyVoodoo Loungelast_img read more

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COUNTDOWN TO CROKER: JOIN US THIS EVENING FOR AN INCREDIBLE ‘UP FOR THE MATCH’ LIVE AT THE MOUNT ERRIGAL HOTEL

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first_imgGETTING excited for the Big Match?Donegal v Kerry in the All Ireland Final is just four more sleeps!And tonight at the Mount Errigal Hotel in Letterkenny there is a star-studded panel for our ‘Up for the Match’ live special. Going GAA GAA for Sam features a top line-up and is brought to you by Donegal Daily and St Eunan’s GAA Club.Straight off we have the best presenter bar none in Charlie Collins. With almost 30 years broadcasting experience going back to DCR and Highland Radio, where his match commentaries and knowledge were surely the best in the local radio business. Charlie now has a big online presence through his Talking Sport and Donegal TV mediums (also on Sky).Charlie will be interviewing a fantastic line-up of guests that Up For the Match will find hard to top on Saturday night on RTE!!Firstly we have Irish Broadcasting legend (and Kerry man!) Micheál Ó Muircheartaigh.We also have former Donegal star and two-time All-Star, Gaoth Dobhair clubman Kevin Cassidy.Then we have Tyrone Manager Mickey Harte. Mickey has led to Tyrone to not 1, not 2 but 3 All-Ireland Football triumphs with 2 of those coming against our opponents on Sunday, Kerry.Mickey will be able to breakdown in detail what Donegal will need to do to beat the Kingdom and take Sam home to the Hills for the 3rd time in our history.Finally we are pleased to announce that we have a fourth guest to add to our already stellar line-up….. He is one of Ireland’s most decorated footballers at both club and county level winning 6 All-Ireland Club titles, 1 All-Ireland SFC, too many Ulster titles at both club and county level to mention and his story of addiction and redemption was a show stopper when he visited 3 years ago…. It is Crossmaglen’s Oisin McConville who can be found on the airwaves now on both RTE radio and BBC Ulster as an expert analyst.It really is a night not to be missed and admission is just €10 (half that for U16s). There are no tickets – you can pay at the door!! Be sure to arrive early for the BEST Preview Show in town!Doors open 7.30pm…throw-in is at 8pm sharp.There will be a donation to the Donegal Training fund from any profits raised.COUNTDOWN TO CROKER: JOIN US THIS EVENING FOR AN INCREDIBLE ‘UP FOR THE MATCH’ LIVE AT THE MOUNT ERRIGAL HOTEL was last modified: September 17th, 2014 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:donegalKerryKevin CassidyMICHEAL O MUIRCHEARRTAIGHmickey harteMount Errigal HotelOisin McConvilleUp For The Matchlast_img read more

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Ronaldo returns to training ahead of Man City clash, Benzema still a doubt

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first_imgCristiano Ronaldo has returned to first-team Real Madrid training ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League semi-final second leg against Manchester City.The Portuguese superstar completed a session on Monday as he stepped up his bid to be fit for the crucial Bernabeu clash.Ronaldo has missed Real’s last two games with a groin strain, sitting out of last week’s goalless draw at the Etihad Stadium and also Saturday’s 1-0 La Liga win at Real Sociedad.However, the forward was back in training on Sunday, playing with team-mates at first before working individually for the remainder of the session.And he was able to step on and take a full part in Monday’s training, the Spanish giants reported on their website.While the news about Ronaldo looks promising for Madrid, it is less clear whether his fellow forward Karim Benzema will be able to feature against City.The France international was replaced at half-time in the first leg against City with a hamstring problem and he was limited to running apart from the rest of the group on Monday. Ronaldo has missed Real Madrid’s last two games with a groin strain 1last_img read more

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