Bale included in Wales squad for pivotal Euro 2016 qualifiers

first_img Gareth Bale Gareth Bale has been included in Wales’ squad for their crucial Euro 2016 qualifiers against Cyprus and Israel after suffering a fitness scare.Reports in Spain had claimed the Real Madrid forward needed a scan on a painful toe following Sunday’s goalless La Liga draw at Sporting Gijon.But an X-ray revealed only bruising and Wales’ talisman Bale, who has scored five goals in the qualifying campaign, takes his place in Chris Coleman’s 23-man squad.Liverpool midfielder Joe Allen, suspended for the trip to Cyprus on September 3, will also miss the Israel game in Cardiff three days later with a hamstring injury.Defenders Ben Davies and James Collins are both recalled after missing the 1-0 victory over Belgium in June through injury.Uncapped Liverpool youngster Jordan Williams, currently on loan at Swindon, is included for the first time.Unbeaten Wales top Group B with 14 points from six games and victories over Cyprus and Israel would see them qualify for a major tournament for the first time in 58 years.Wales squad: Hennessey (Crystal Palace), Fon Williams (Inverness), Ward (Liverpool); A Williams (Swansea, capt), Chester (West Brom), Gunter (Reading), Taylor (Swansea), Davies (Tottenham), Collins (West Ham), Henley (Blackburn), Richards (Fulham); Ledley (Crystal Palace), Ramsey (Arsenal), J Williams (Liverpool), King (Leicester), Edwards (Wolves), MacDonald (Bournemouth), Cotterill (Birmingham); Robson-Kanu (Reading), Lawrence (Leicester), Bale (Real Madrid), Church (MK Dons), Vokes (Burnley). 1last_img read more

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‘It’s like waking up on Xmas morning’ – Fans loved Klopp’s ‘classy’ press conference

first_img1 Jurgen Klopp was unveiled as the new manager of Liverpool Football Club at a press conference on Friday morning, just five days after Brendan Rodgers was sacked, and what an impressive start to life on Merseyside it has been for the former Borussia Dortmund boss. Reds supporters were already excited ahead of his expected arrival, having been calling for his name over the past few weeks, and hysteria has now only increased.What with turning up to his first press conference with a huge smile across his face, wearing a pair of jeans and declaring himself as ‘The Normal One’, a unique personality has certainly joined the Premier League. To illustrate the thrill surrounding his appointment, we’ve put together the best reactions from Liverpool fans who can now look fondly ahead to their next game against Tottenham Hotspur. Take a look below… ‘It’s like waking up on Xmas morning’ – The best reactions to Jurgen Klopp’s ‘classy’ Liverpool press conference last_img read more

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Wenger absolutely loving Mourinho’s meltdown in press conference!

first_imgDISCLAIMER: Like Branislav Ivanovic’s attempts at defending so far this season, please don’t take this seriously.There is no love lost between Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger and Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho.With the Blues currently struggling and the Gunners dreaming of the Premier League title, the tables have turned – at least temporarily – since Mourinho labelled Wenger a “specialist in failure”.But if anyone’s a specialist in failure, it’s the talkSPORT translator, who’s attempts to accurately interpret the press conference in the video above are less than successful.It does make for an entertaining video, though!last_img

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OUT! Martial and Rooney among FIVE Man United stars missing for Watford trip

first_img Wayne Rooney 1 Anthony Martial and Wayne Rooney will be among five Manchester United stars missing for Saturday’s trip to Watford.Louis van Gaal revealed in his Friday press conference that Martial has not recovered from a foot injury picked up playing for France against England, while Rooney is struggling with illness and has been left out of the squad travelling to Vicarage Road.Both could return for Wednesday’s Champions League game against PSV but their temporary absence leaves Van Gaal with only James Wilson as a recognised striking option at Watford.”Not so long, it’s a matter of time,” Van Gaal said when asked how long Martial would be out for.“It’s not so heavy as everybody has written, but he cannot play against Watford . Maybe (he will be back for) PSV, but it’s not certain.”Wayne Rooney was also ill after the international break.”I only saw him the day after he played then he was at home yesterday so I think he can’t play (against Watford).’“But I think Rooney shall also play (against PSV) because illness is not something of many days.”Marouane Fellaini, who has often been utilised as a centre forward, has also been ruled out of the match, as have Michael Carrick and Antonio Valencia.“Fellaini is injured and that’s a big blow because Rooney is ill, so we have a big problem,” said Van Gaal.last_img read more

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Premier League’s joint top scorer on track for speedy return

first_img Jamie Vardy 1 Leicester striker Jamie Vardy will not be rushed back after undergoing a minor groin operation.Vardy, the joint-leading scorer in the Barclays Premier League, required surgery to repair a long-standing problem and went under the knife this week.The procedure was a success and the 28-year-old is expected to need around 10 days to recover, meaning he could be back in contention for the league game against Tottenham on Wednesday.However, Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri may not risk him at White Hart Lane next week, a fixture which comes three days after the two sides meet at the same venue in the FA Cup third round, despite the match being crucial to the Foxes’ title bid.“He’s okay,” said Ranieri.“Today (Thursday) Jamie is working with the physio and he should be okay for the league game (against Tottenham).“I say to my physio I do not want to lose him for a long time. If he is ready for the second Tottenham game, it’s okay. If not – Aston Villa.”Leicester have been this season’s surprise package but Tottenham, their FA Cup opponents on Sunday, have impressed Ranieri, who used the north London club as an example of how he wants the Foxes to progress.“They have a lot of young players. Why? Because they started earlier than us,” said the Italian, who could hand a debut to 19-year-old winger Demarai Gray following his arrival from Birmingham this week.“(Spurs manager Mauricio) Pochettino is doing a good job. Their squad is fantastic. When we drew with Tottenham at home earlier (this season) I felt they were something special.“It is difficult to play Tottenham because they have fantastic players. They have a first team and second team the same.“They have a good mix of young and old. We want to follow their example.“When I signed, (club owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha) told me wants to build good, young players and a team that can compete with the big teams, to get into Europe in two or three years, after that the Champions League.“I said we’ll work hard to achieve it. We want to improve. It is my first six months that I am working with these players. We have to improve a lot. We already improve, but we need more, I believe.“As he did in the League Cup this season, Ranieri will also make wholesale changes to his team in the FA Cup.He said: “We will change a lot, because these players deserve a chance to play. It will be a blend of players. Our mentality won’t change. We go to win. If Tottenham are better, well done to them.”last_img read more

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Chelsea blow! Star striker won’t leave this January, claims club manager

first_img Alex Teixeira 1 Chelsea target Alex Teixeira will not be sold by Shakhtar Donetsk in January, their manager Mircea Lucescu has claimed.The Brazilian frontman has been in scintillating form for the Ukrainian side this season, netting 26 goals in as many appearances.His performances have alerted Europe’s big hitters – including Chelsea – with the player himself admitting recently he is aware of the interest in him.However, Shakhtar coach Lucescu insisted his prize asset will have to wait a further six months to secure a big-money move.“He needs to play more with us to develop further, although his level is already very high,” he said.“But if he sticks around, the offers in June could be higher,” claim reports in Italy.“At the moment we have not received any offer and of course, in the future if we receive one which satisfies the club, then we will consider it.”last_img read more

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Danny Murphy’s rant to Everton fans: ‘Have patience with Martinez and young stars!’

first_imgDanny Murphy has urged Everton fans to be patient with under-fire manager Roberto Martinez and his youthful stars, insisting the Toffees ‘are close to being a very good side.’Everton have dazzled with their attacking play at times this season – no Premier League team outside the current top three have scored as many goals – but their leaky defence has cost them points as they sit disappointingly in 11th place.The Merseysiders have the most draws in the top flight and have also lost the most points from winning positions this season, frustrating fans with their inconsistent form.Many supporters believe Martinez’s job is hanging by a thread and some have already called for the axe to fall, despite the Spaniard having led the club to their highest ever Premier League points tally in 2013-14.But ex-Liverpool midfielder Murphy has been impressed by his former rivals, and believes fans need to cut the team, and especially young trio Ross Barkley, John Stones and Romelu Lukaku, some slack as they continue to learn their trade.Speaking on the Colin Murray show, Murphy said: “Everton’s three best players – Barkley, Stones and Lukaku – are all still under the age of 23. They are hugely talented young players still learning their game.“Why shouldn’t they be allowed to make mistakes and have some bad performances?“Stones has been criticised recently but he’s going to make mistakes as a centre-half, Barkley is going to give the ball away sometimes which is going to lead to goals for the opposition, and Lukaku is going to have the odd bad game, but he hasn’t had many of those.“It’s only Martinez’s third season, do the Evertonians not…patience! Patience!“Moyes was manager for eight or nine years, did a great job but didn’t win a trophy. Martinez has moved them forward in a short space of time, not just in terms of their points tally last season but in the way they now play football.“This year, they’re still in the FA Cup and if they actually do go on a good run, which they’re more than capable of, they could finish sixth or seventh which is not a bad season.”Everton halted a run of five league games without a win by beating relegation contenders Newcastle 3-0 at home on Wednesday, with Barkley scoring twice.On the side’s form, Murphy added: “I enjoy watching Everton play, and I think they’re close to being a very good side.“They have played some absolutely scintillating football this season and yes, it’s been frustrating that they’ve defended poorly at times.“But it’s very hard to find that balance where you have good attacking players going forward, scoring goals and pleasing the fans, but also keep clean sheets at the same time.” Everton starlet Ross Barkley celebrates 1last_img read more

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Rashford and Welbeck’s former club Fletcher Moss deny asking Man United for £2m

first_img1 Fletcher Moss Rangers deny asking Manchester United for £2million Fletcher Moss Rangers, the community club who brought through Manchester United starlet Marcus Rashford, have denied asking the Premier League giants for £2million.Fletcher Moss have hit the headlines in the past week after 18-year-old Rashford scored four goals in his first two appearances for United.Rashford played at the Didsbury Park-based outfit as a child – one of many at the club, with Cameron Borthwick-Jackson, Tyler Blackett and former striker Danny Welbeck among their alumni.But the sudden interest in Rashford has also highlighted the current plight of the club due to high running costs and the need to renovate dilapidated and poorly-designed facilities.Club officials have suggested £2million would ideally be needed to upgrade facilities and safeguard their future, but they insist claims they have asked United for a donation of such an amount are wide of the mark.A club statement read: “It has been suggested in at least one national newspaper recently that Fletcher Moss Rangers are asking Manchester United for a donation of £2million for the development of Marcus whilst with our club. This is not the case.“Fletcher Moss Rangers are currently exploring a Community Asset Transfer of the clubhouse where we base our activities as part of a strategy to secure the club’s long-term future.“To this end we are working with our advisors (Can Do Communities CIC) in carrying out a feasibility study to develop a community hub on Merseybank playing fields.“The feasibility study will include a business plan, architect drawings, community consultation, governance strengthening and incorporation.“This will enable Fletcher Moss Rangers to be in a position to manage the building on a long-term lease from Manchester City Council and potentially develop the site, leading to the long-term sustainability of the club.“Should this be the case, our club will be working with partners to explore all relevant channels of funding or investment.”last_img read more

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Farmar, Vujacic battle for backup minutes

first_imgBy Elliott Teaford STAFF WRITER Jordan Farmar stepped behind the 3-point line and launched jump shot after jump shot Saturday at the University of Hawaii. He shot from the corner, from the wing and from straight away, making far more than his missed. Then it was Farmar’s turn to rebound and Sasha Vujacic began to shoot. When Vujacic was finished, he rebounded while rookie Javaris Crittenton took his shots. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityThe three young Lakers guards tried to win bragging rights in a shooting drill while also attempting to win the third guard spot behind Kobe Bryant and Derek Fisher. It’s a significant role since the 33-year-old Fisher doesn’t figure to play as many minutes as he did during his first stint with the Lakers. Fisher and Bryant hardly ever seemed to leave the floor while leading the team to three straight NBA titles to start the decade. The difference between then and now is not lost on Farmar, a second-year player from UCLA. “I want to push him every day, and it’s the same with Javaris,” Farmar said when asked about battling for Fisher’s leftover minutes. “(Crittenton) is learning every day, trying to push us both. I think it’s only going to make us a better team.” Backup point guard was one of two job openings going into training camp, but then Coach Phil Jackson added a third Friday when he said he was considering starting Ronny Turiaf ahead of Luke Walton at power forward. Guard play has been pivotal for the Lakers, who struggled to fill the void created when Fisher signed with the Golden State Warriors after the tumultuous 2003-04 season. Neither Chucky Atkins nor Smush Parker proved to be a suitable replacement. Naturally, Farmar believes he is the man for the job after averaging 4.4 points and 1.9 assists in 15.1 minutes as a rookie last season. “There’s no substitute for experience,” Farmar said. “I’m a completely different player than I was last year. I’m no longer playing to impress the coaches. I’m meant to be here.” Reading is fundamental Jackson left reporters waiting awhile as he read through the daily press clippings. He said he was curious to learn what Turiaf and Walton had to say about his plan to move Turiaf to the starting five and Walton to the bench. “I had to see the response of some of my players to what you guys wrote,” Jackson said, breaking into a grin. “I usually don’t do that, so I come in here like a blind pig and I don’t have a chance. Compliance is what I’m looking for from the players.” Injuries, injuries, injuries Bryant didn’t participate in the first of two practices because of a sore right knee. Brown and Mihm sat out as they continued their slow recoveries from their offseason surgeries. Walton also did not practice because of a strained right hamstring. “Some of it is just preventative,” Jackson said, “but some of it is the two-a-days and the attrition from it.” Around the league Warriors: Golden State guard Monta Ellis was released from the hospital after injuring his neck in practice and sat out Saturday’s workout in La’ie, Hawaii. He left Castle Hospital in Kailua on Friday night on his own accord with what the team said was a neck sprain. Ellis underwent a battery of tests, including an MRI exam and CT scan, and all were normal. He hit his head on teammate Brandan Wright’s hip as he was driving toward the basket. He lay face down for 20 minutes, showing only slight movement before he was carried off the court on a stretcher. Celtics: Kevin Garnett had 19 points and 16 rebounds in his Celtics debut, and Boston ruined Andrea Bargnani’s homecoming in Rome with an 89-85 preseason victory over the Toronto Raptors. Paul Pierce added 21 points for Boston, while Ray Allen had an off night with only 10 points on 4-for-13 shooting. The Associated Press contributed to this notebook.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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FÁS SIGN NEW CONTRACT WITH NORTH WEST REGIONAL COLLEGE

first_imgTHE TRAINING and employment agency FÁS has signed a new contract with the North West Regional College to deliver expert training, it was announced today. The course which the College is delivering follows a successful relationship between the two organisations, which has seen almost 80 people gain employment in computing and IT, most notably in the areas of software development and testing.The training which is being delivered in the FÁS Training Centre, Letterkenny is providing specialist training in Client Server Applications, specifically Java and Cobol Programming. Lecturer Kevin McLaughlin has a proven track record in this particular field, and has helped 70% of previous participants gain employment.FÁS offer this 30 week course to those who have found themselves unemployed, and are looking for a practical course that may lead to a new career.Applicants have to pass a rigorous vetting process to gain access to the course which tests their aptitude and motivation to do the course, however they are not required to have a background in IT before beginning the programme.Delivered Full-Time in Letterkenny, the programme also includes a 4 week work placement at the Pramerica Software Development and Contact Centre in Letterkenny. The content of the course has been developed to match the company’s client needs, and so this practical experience often proves invaluable for the participants, who are also given the opportunity of attending an interview with Pramerica at the conclusion of their course. While there is no guarantee that there will be vacancies at the end of the programme, students will hold the required qualifications, skills and personal experience of the industry environment, to be considered for future roles that may arise in Pramerica, or similar companies in the region.Lecturer Kevin acknowledges that the work placement is a vital element of the course.  “Participants most often find that during the four week work experience in Pramerica, all the theory and practice falls into place.  They also get that much-needed foot in the door, and since our first course in 2005 many have proven themselves during the placement and secured employment as a result.”As well as gaining the technical programming and software testing skills, the College ensures that participants also gain soft-skills that will benefit the learners as they seek employment.  From CV preparation to interview skills, there is a focus on assisting the participants to build their confidence and develop their employability skills.On successful completion of the training course Learners receive a ‘City & Guilds Diploma and Advanced Diploma in Software Development’ which involves completing a range of practical assessments in Cobol and Java programming, SQL, while also being assessed in creating, designing and testing software components and requirements analysis and systems design.North West Regional College Principal and Chief Executive Seamus Murphy praised the skills and commitment of the staff involved in securing the contract.  “We are delighted to once again be working with FÁS, especially in delivering this industry-tailored computing programme.  We consider this as further recognition of the expertise and skill of the lecturing staff within the College, especially in the priority skill area of ICT and I commend them for their hard work .“ endsFÁS SIGN NEW CONTRACT WITH NORTH WEST REGIONAL COLLEGE was last modified: January 20th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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