United need to improve to beat Liverpool, says Matic

first_imgManchester United showed plenty of character in Monday’s come-from-behind Premier League win over Crystal Palace but they need to show improvement when Liverpool visit Old Trafford at the weekend, midfielder Nemanja Matic has said.Matic scored his first United goal with a superb volleyed added-time winner as they recovered from two goals down to seal a 3-2 victory that took them back up to second place above Liverpool ahead of Saturday’s blockbuster Premier League clash.“We have to do more if we want to win, as Liverpool is a team with great quality. We have to play better, but with the same character,” Matic told the club’s website (www.manutd.com).“We’ll show the same character as we did (against Palace)… but we have to be honest… we have to play better, especially when you see our first half performance.“It is obviously great to win game by game and when you have a match against Liverpool coming up, a big derby, it’s important to go into that with a win,” Serbia internatioanal Matic added.With runaway leaders Manchester City closing in on their third league title in seven seasons, attention has shifted to the fight for Champions League qualification and United’s battle with Liverpool to finish second behind their neighbours.Jose Mourinho’s United side have 62 points and lead the Merseyside club by two with nine game remaining.Both clubs are also targeting European glory, with Liverpool reaching the Champions League quarter-finals after a 5-0 aggregate win over Porto while United face Sevilla in the return leg of their last 16 clash on Tuesday having drawn 0-0 away.United host Brighton & Hove Albion in the FA Cup quarter-finals on the Saturday following the match with the Spaniards.“It is a big game against Liverpool,” Mourinho said. “I think we both want to finish in the top four, but we both want to finish second so, yes, it is a big game.“Then we have Sevilla in the Champions League knockout and Brighton in the FA Cup knockout, so three big matches at Old Trafford,” the Portuguese manager added.last_img read more

Man City assemble football’s first billion-euro squad

first_imgPremier League champions Manchester City are the first team to have spent more than 1 billion euros ($1.1 billion) to assemble their squad, a study has shown. (football-observatory.com/IMG/sites/b5wp/2019/wp266/en)Data from the Swiss-based CIES Football Observatory showed that City have spent 1.014 billion euros on their current squad. French champions Paris St-Germain were second having spent 913 million euros and Spain’s Real Madrid were third with 902 million euros.Manchester United (751 million euros) have the second-most expensive squad in the Premier League followed by Champions League winners Liverpool (639 million euros).The Premier League average was 345 million euros, it said.At the other end of the scale, Germany’s Paderborn had the cheapest squad in the study (4 million euros), which looked at teams from the English, German, Italian, French and Spanish top flights.last_img read more

High school phenom LaMelo Ball explodes for 92 points in one game

first_imgMOST READ Poe chides LTFRB exec over termination of motorcycle taxi pilot study Bruh pic.twitter.com/AmVcRgjtXJ— adam figman (@afigman) February 8, 2017Meanwhile, his impressive tally was in response to Chino Hill’s (26-1) first loss of the season against perennial powerhouse Oak Hill Academy over the weekend, where LaMelo finished with 36 points in a losing effort. After his brother’s epic performance, the eldest of Ball brothers, Lonzo praised his little brother’s efforts on Twitter. “Well I mean that’s one way to bounce back after a loss … I see you lil bro,” he wrote.Well I mean that’s one way to bounce back after a loss… I see you lil bro 9️⃣2️⃣ — Lonzo Ball (@ZO2_) February 8, 2017 LaMelo Ball will suit up for UCLA in 2019 and could be in the NBA as early as 2020. Image: Screen grab from Ball’s Instagram account/@swaggymelo1When your last name is synonymous with a basketball, you better be worth your salt and be able to back it up.Living up to the family name is the youngest of the much-hyped Ball brothers, LaMelo, who lit up the scoreboard with a staggering 92 points in a single high school basketball game on Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila).ADVERTISEMENT Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite LATEST STORIES NBA: Curry hints split with Under Armour after CEO praises Trump Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Municipal councilor nabbed for indiscriminate firing in Leyte 98% of residents in Taal Volcano’s 14-kilometer danger zone evacuated – DILG LaMelo first gained internet notoriety last year, when he nonchalantly sank a half court shot after taunting his opponent to guard him. The brash youngster pointed to the half court line and casually sank the almost 50-foot heave.His penchant for the absurd on the floor, along with his limitless shooting range and ankle-breaking handles, has earned him early comparisons to two-time NBA MVP Stephen Curry.Much like their older brother Lonzo who plays point guard for UCLA, LiAngelo and LaMelo are both committed to the university program after they graduate from high school. LaMelo will join UCLA in 2019, and will be eligible for the NBA in 2020.Watch from the video below LaMelo’s highlights from his 92-point explosion.  The 15-year-old phenomenon, whose older brothers Lonzo and LiAngelo are expected to become NBA lottery picks in the coming years, proved that he inherited the family’s incredible basketball genes with a virtuoso performance of his own.With older brother and Chino Hills teammate LiAngelo sitting out the game against Los Osos High School due to a sore ankle, the sophomore stepped up big time and carried much of the scoring load for his team en route to an impressive 146-123 win.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnAs highlighted by a box score posted on Twitter, the young stud finished the half with an impressive—but nothing out of the ordinary—29 points after two quarters. But come the second half, Ball exploded for 63 points on an impressive 30-of-39 shooting on two-point attempts and 7-of-22 on threes. Even more remarkable, was 41 of his points came in the fourth quarter.To top it off, the young baller hit 11 of 14 free throws and had seven assists and five rebounds. ADVERTISEMENT Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town 15 Taal towns now under total lockdown View commentslast_img read more

Wildfire grows to more than 1,200 acres

first_img Cleveland National Forest sprawls over 460,000 acres in segments of wilderness from Orange County south through Riverside and San Diego counties. The Santa Ana winds were generated by high pressure over the high desert and southern Nevada, the National Weather Service said. Blowing from the interior, Santa Anas greatly reduce humidity, drying out vegetation.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 MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Voluntary evacuation areas included about 200 to 300 homes in the Santiago Canyon area of the city of Orange and a section of Anaheim, Shell said. Dubbed the Sierra fire after a local mountain peak, the blaze began about 4:30 a.m. The cause remained under investigation, said forest spokeswoman Joan Wynn. Winds were blowing at 35 mph, and smoke stained skies brown across the Los Angeles metropolitan region, carrying the pungent odor of burned brush. Red flag warnings for fire danger were posted for much of the region, from Santa Barbara County south to the U.S.-Mexico border. The flames were burning east of the Anaheim Hills area of northeastern Orange County. ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) – A wildfire pushed by Santa Ana winds spread over 1,200 acres of the Cleveland National Forest near Orange County suburbs on Monday, and voluntary evacuation of hundreds of homes was requested, authorities said. Flames burned on rugged land between the eastern edge of suburban communities and the State Route 241 tollway. “We’re trying to hold it there,” Orange County Fire Authority Capt. Stephen Miller told KNBC-TV. “There have been some spot fires that have gotten past that point, but we have a lot of units trying to hold it at that point.” Aircraft attacked the head of the fire with retardant and water drops, and fire crews moved into neighborhoods to protect some 1,500 homes, fire authority spokesman Dennis Shell said. Some 300 firefighters were brought in.last_img read more

Katie Couric got thinner suddenly — how was that?

first_imgThanks to digital airbrushing, incoming “CBS Evening News” anchor Katie Couric appears significantly thinner in a network promotional magazine photo. The photo appears in the September issue of Watch! Couric appears on the cover in a striped business suit. The touched-up photo appears inside. The publication is distributed at CBS stations and on American Airlines flights. CBS News President Sean McManus said he was “obviously surprised and disappointed when I heard about it.” The original picture was snapped in May and was widely circulated to the media as an official photo of Couric. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts. Couric, 49, said she hadn’t known about the digitally reworked version until she saw the issue. The former NBC “Today” show host told the Daily News, “I liked the first picture better because there’s more of me to love.” Gil Schwartz, executive vice president of communications for CBS Corp., said Wednesday in a phone interview the photo alteration was done by someone in the CBS photo department who “got a little zealous.” But he dismissed any notion of heads rolling over the matter. “I talked to my photo department, we had a discussion about it,” Schwartz said. “I think photo understands this is not something we’d do in the future.” He said the photo department “services tens of thousands of photographs every year” for all parts of the company and that it “does a fantastic job.” “The article that accompanies the picture is very responsible, very interesting,” he added. Schwartz said the magazine has a circulation of over 400,000. While expressing regret, McManus tried to make light of the matter. “I’ve asked that three inches in height be added to my official CBS photo,” he quipped to the News., Couric debuts in the anchor’s chair Sept. 5. CBS has spent millions on marketing to prepare viewers for her arrival.165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Weather hotter than home sales

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA CLARITA – August home sales typically are as hot as the weather, but last month in Santa Clarita the market continued its slide. With deals closing on 250 single-family houses, it was the slowest August since 2000. Last year, 354 properties sold as families grabbed up homes before back-to-school time. In condo sales, which had been driving the recent market, escrow closed on 106 – the fewest since 1998, according to a monthly report by the Southland Regional Association of Realtors. Last year, 158 condos sold in August. Prices have slumped somewhat. The median price of a single-family house has fallen from a high of $643,000 in April to $615,000 in August. The median condo price was $370,000 last month, compared with the record high of $397,000 in January and the August 2005 price of $379,000. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe Christmas Truce of 1914 proved that peace is possibleRealtors see some good news in the decline. More houses are on the market after a two-year shortage that drove up prices. And with houses on the market a bit longer, buyers have more time to make decisions.last_img read more

‘A better baller than our entire midfield’ – West Ham ace gets surprise praise

first_imgIt’s easy to look at Nasri and think what might’ve been. Arsene built a fearsome young team and they all abandoned him— BricK Layer WOOOOOOO (@flargie) January 12, 2019 shining Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions REPLY Minutes: 71Pass success: 84 per centKey passes: ThreeAssists: OneSuccessful dribbles: One It may have hurt them but Arsenal fans could only applaud as their former star Samir Nasri impressed for West Ham United in their 1-0 Premier League win.The ex-France international, just back from a year-long ban, looked like he hadn’t been away from the game as he linked superbly with Marko Arnautovic and Felipe Anderson. Nasri such a good ball carrier. He’s having a field day against us. #WHUARS— WESTERN SYDNEY ARSENAL (@wswilson17) January 12, 2019 Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Nasri got the assist too. I hate everything.— Josh (@Joshcielny) January 12, 2019 Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars no dice He even got the assist for West Ham’s opening goal as he calmly slipped the ball to man of the match Declan Rice who fired home a sensational first league goal. 1 ADVICE And rather than acting bitterly towards their former player, who upset many when he controversially left Arsenal for Manchester City in 2011, they were full of praise for his display, as you can see below. Latest Football Stories RANKED Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move REVEALED center_img Nasri is so techy it’s a joke.— L£MZ 🎒 (@L11_Official) January 12, 2019 huge blow Samir Nasri would probably get into our first team— Niles (@brexitgiroud) January 12, 2019 Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Nasri is still better a better baller than our entire midfield, embarrassing— Suburban Dude (@IZVVC) January 12, 2019 Samir Nasri vs Arsenal in numbers Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade BEST OF Samir Nasri’s ball retention and hold up play is still top quality— Torreira!! (@Xahraddeen_) January 12, 2019 Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Surprisingly Nasri > the current team of Arsenal #WHUARS— The Honest Gooner (@the_new_arsenal) January 12, 2019 West Ham United ace Samir Nasri in action against Arsenal. Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ REVEALED MONEY Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury last_img read more

Lee Tomlin rescues late point for Cardiff vs Sheffield Wednesday

first_img Pep Guardiola gives Man City injury update and talks Christmas schedule Kadeem Harris looked to have come back to haunt Cardiff when he created Julian Borner’s first-half goal.But Tomlin stopped Garry Monk’s men from joining West Brom at the top of the Championship table when he curled in his fine set-piece with three minutes remaining.Monk has been reaping the rewards of Harris’ free transfer to Sheffield Wednesday from the Welsh capital.The winger had scored two goals and provided an assist since joining Wednesday and was out to give his former employers another reminder of his talents on his return to Cardiff City Stadium.Harris sent an early warning when he fired a half-volley over the crossbar, however, the Owls winger did not need a second invitation to snatch the initiative at his former home as he created the opener after 19 minutes. latest update Liverpool transfer news live: Mbappe latest, Lille star wants to join Reds in future Garry Monk’s Sheffield Wednesday had chances to kill the game Chelsea fan arrested for allegedly racially abusing Heung-min Son Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Barry Bannan laid the ball off to Harris on the angle of the penalty area after his corner was only half-cleared.Harris stepped on the accelerator to leave Marlon Pack chasing his shadow and sent a curling effort towards the far post.The ball may have been heading for the back of the net, but as Neil Etheridge dived to his left, Borner stuck out a leg and diverted the shot away from the Cardiff goalkeeper and into the back of the net.Steven Fletcher was next to test Etheridge moments later as the visitors piled on the pressure in search of a second, prompting Neil Warnock to take drastic action.The Cardiff boss sent striker Danny Ward on in place of Leandro Bacuna with only 34 minutes on the clock.Monk’s men continued to press forward despite Cardiff’s early change and got another opportunity from 20 yards when Sean Morrison tripped Sam Hutchinson.Harris lined up the free-kick and smacked the angle of the post and crossbar with a curling effort that had Etheridge beaten. Check out all the live commentaries coming up across the talkSPORT network this week LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti stalemate PEP TALK Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ Lee Tomlin salvaged a 1-1 draw for Cardiff and prevented Sheffield Wednesday moving into the Championship’s automatic promotion places on Friday night.The Bluebirds substitute curled home a stunning free-kick as a dominant Owls side left Wales with just a single point. targets on target Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman statement Getty Images – Getty Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta 1 LIVE on talkSPORT Everton vs West Ham (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORTBlackburn vs Huddersfield (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORT 2Tottenham vs Watford (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2Crystal Palace vs Man City (Saturday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORTWigan vs Nottingham Forest (Sunday, 2pm) – talkSPORT 2 appointed Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff LATEST rookie error Cardiff survived until the interval but were on the back-foot again after the restart. Some heroic defending from Aden Flint and Morrison ensured the Owls’ lead stayed at a single goal, before the hosts finally started to threaten.Ward had Cardiff’s first shot on target after 70 minutes before Josh Murphy’s deflected cross looped over the head of Cameron Dawson and flashed just past the post.But the equaliser finally came after Tomlin dusted himself off after he was tripped by Massimo Luongo and sent a curling effort into the corner from 25 yards.last_img read more

Medals for Sligo and Leitrim runners at Connacht Schools Cross Country

first_imgSenior – 6000m1 Gary Martin Galway Community College, 2 Eánna Ó’Cúláin Coláiste na Coiribe, 3 James Frizzell St. Colman’s Claremorris. Junior – 3000mKillian Jordan Coláiste Einde, 2 Michael Morgan Summerhill Sligo, 3 Óisin Ryal Rice College Westport. There was some Sligo and Leitrim success at Connacht Secondary Schools Cross Country Championships held in Calry on Tuesday.Keelan Kilrehill from Colaiste Iascaigh claimed gold in the boys Intermediate 5000m event, while Summerhill’s Michael Morgan was second in the Junior 3000m.Lauren Maguire Reynolds from Carrick-on-Shannon Community School finished third in the Girls Minor 1500m, and Ellie O’Rourke from Ballinamore was second in the Junior event over 2500m.In the team events, Summerhill were second overall in the Intermediate 5000m and third in the Senior event over 6000m.And the Ursuline College team won the Minor 1500m title, with St Clare’s from Manorhamilton finishing third. Boys: Minor – 2000m1 Tadgh Staunton St. Joseph’s Foxford, 2 Con McNamara St. Gerard’s Castlebar, 3 Leen Leen Presentation Athenry. Junior – 2500m1 Bea Drummond Athlone CC, 2 Ellie O’Rourke Ballinamore CS, Rachael Mullaney SM&P Swinford. Girls: Intermediate – 5000m1 Keelan Kilrehill Coláiste Iascaigh 2. Thomas McStay Coláiste Bhaile Clár, 3 Aaron Brennan Coláiste Bhaile Clár. Team –1 St. Gerard’s Castlebar 91, 2 Summerhill Sligo 93, Rice College Westport 114. Senior – 2000m1 Áine O’Farrell Presentation Athenry, 2 Aoife King Presentation Headford, 3 A. O’Brien Sacred Heart Westport. Team –1 Rice College Westport 21, 2 Presentation Athenry 95, 3 Coláiste Einde 111.center_img Team –1 St. Gerard’s Castlebar 75, 2 Rice College Westport 95, Presentation Athenry 119. Connacht Secondary Schools Cross Country ResultsCalry, Sligo Tuesday, February 8 Minor – 1500m1 Róisín O’Brien Sacred Heart Westport, 2 Cara Fitzpatrick Our Lady’s Bower Athlone, 3 Lauren Maguire Reynolds Carrick-on-Shannon CS. Intermediate – 3000m1 Saoirse O’Brien Sacred Heart Westport, 2 Maeve Gallagher St. Joseph’s Castlebar, 3 Anna Yates St. Joseph’s Foxford. Team– 1 Ursuline Sligo 24, 2 Sacred Heart Westport 33, St. Clare’s CS Manorhamilton 52. Team –1 Presentation ‘A’ Athenry 14, Sacred Heart Westport 22, Presentation ‘B’ Athenry 61. Team –1 Sacred Heart Westport 30, 2 Presentation Athenry 38, 3 Coláiste Bhaile Clár 47. Team –1. St. Mary’s Galway 79, 2 St. Joseph’s Foxford 81, Summerhill Sligo 83. Team – St. Joseph’s Castlebar 18, 2 J&M Gortnor Abbey 48, Presentation Athenry 60.last_img read more

Blockchain – Should We Take Notice?

first_imgWhen I was a child there was this terrific program on the TV called Tomorrow’s World. Its concept was simple, a posh chap called Raymond would show us often ludicrous inventions and explain how they were about to be part of our everyday lives. He would demonstrate these contraptions generally overlooking the real world limitations of money and various accepted laws of physics. As a small boy I was captivated by the idea of shortly being able to travel by jetpack and Mars becoming an alternative destination to the seaside for our family summer holiday.For the last six months or so, I have been consuming my idle cycles at work looking at Blockchain. I must say, it does reminds me a lot of those Thursday evenings in front of the TV in the 1970s. Everyone talks about this technology as if it is mature, has been around forever and will shortly be behind everything we do. Perhaps it will be, but like jetpacks, we’re being asked to take a leap of faith that its use limitation will be overcome. Blockchain has limitations. It is painfully slow—approximately 5 transactions per second—there are no rules how it can and cannot be used, and it has no common language for users to communicate. Like the early days of the Internet, no one has any real idea how to commercialize it either. In reality, it’s not new. We’ve had ledgers since the Romans and networks for nearly as long. So, is the technology a dud? Ehhh. No!I have no idea if what we are seeing is akin to the first TV broadcast or perhaps TV in colour. Is it the Internet or just cloud computing? Only time will tell if this is the evolution and culmination of a set of ideas, or a real revolutionary change. What I do know is that it has the possibility of being able to provide an almost uncorruptible record of everything we do, keep, or move. That is a seductive promise.  Sure there are likely to be a number of false starts and we will have a lot of Never_To_Be_Heard_Of_Again.com before we find Google. It wouldn’t surprise me if, when it does become mainstream, Blockchain looks nothing like it does today. What I do know is there are a lot of people brighter than me consuming their primary thought cycles to look at this. Some of whom work for some big name companies. So I for one will continue to look at it even if I am not sure why. What about you?last_img read more