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‘The shirt is too big for them’ – Sunderland legend delivers brutal verdict on Sunderland

first_img1 Micky Gray has delivered a damning assessment of Sunderland’s squad and owner Ellis Short’s stewardship of the club.The former Black Cats star was part of talkSPORT’s commentary team for their clash with Norwich on Saturday and witnessed Dick Advocaat’s side completely outclassed by the Premier League new boys as they crashed to a second successive defeat.According to Gray, it was the worst performance Sunderland have delivered at the Stadium of Light in recent memory and he claims the current crop of players are simply not good enough to represent his hometown club.“I couldn’t believe what I witnessed. I have seen some pretty inept performances over the last three years but that was the lowest of the low, it really was,” Gray, who made more than 350 appearances for the Wearside outfit, told Colin Murray.“I’m not saying I was brilliant every week, because I wasn’t, but what I would do is give 100 per cent. That is what the fans expect and when they don’t get that they give out a bit of criticism and the players can’t handle it.“The shirt is too big for them. They are frightened to play at the Stadium of Light.”Gray lays much of the blame for Sunderland’s struggles over recent years at owner Short’s door.He believes the American businessman has failed to deliver on his promises, and says it is high time he stopped signing ‘has-beens’ and started spending big money on quality players.He continued: “Ellis Short has got to invest money in the squad. The TV rights for the next three years are around £150million – Ellis Short needs to go and spend it. “You bring in Sebastian Coates and Younes Kaboul from Liverpool and Tottenham respectively and they are not good enough. Patrick van Aanholt was absolutely horrendous at the weekend – I have never seen a performance like it in my life.“Jermain Defoe – why leave the Premier League and go to Toronto? Because in the back of your mind you are thinking you couldn’t do it in the Premier League every week.“What I saw at the weekend was so inept… half of the players I wouldn’t put in a Championship side. “I don’t know how many I would keep. I think I would keep the goalkeeper, the two central midfield players, Lee Cattermole and Yann M’Vila, but the rest of them I wouldn’t give them the shirt on their back.” Sunderland were stunned by Norwich last_img read more

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‘He can make mistakes’ – Hart backed by Pellegrini after Norwich howler

first_img Joe Hart 1 Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini has backed goalkeeper Joe Hart after his late error almost cost his side victory against Norwich.The England number one gifted the Canaries an 83rd-minute equaliser at the Etihad as he dropped a cross, allowing Cameron Jerome to pounce.But Norwich captain Russell Martin was sent off moments later when he blocked a Raheem Sterling effort with his arm, allowing Yaya Toure to score from the spot and restore the lead.“It was unfortunate,” Pellegrini said. “Sometimes these things happen. Joe is human and he can make mistakes.“Apart from that error, there were only two shots at him in the game and he saved those because he is a very good goalkeeper.“We played against a difficult team that played very well.”City were frustrated by the resilient visitors until finally breaking the deadlock with a Nicolas Otamendi header from a corner midway through the second half.They then looked to be cruising towards victory until Hart’s blunder precipitated a chaotic finish, which was out of keeping with the rest of the game.Following Toure’s leveller, Hart then atoned for his mistake with a fine save from Martin Olsson and City missed a second penalty stoppage time, with Aleksandar Kolarov firing wide after Sterling was tripped.By then Toure had been substituted but had not gone quietly. The Ivorian seemed annoyed to be taken off and exchanged words with Pellegrini as he left the field.Of the overall performance, Pellegrini said: “I think we deserved to win the game. We started from the beginning to try and score.“Norwich played very well because they defended very well with 11 players near their box.“It was very difficult for us to create space but we created three or four chances that we missed.“Finally, we opened the scoring with a beautiful goal from Nicolas Otamendi.“Unfortunately they drew level with a very unlucky goal but in the last 10 minutes the team demonstrated its personality and character.”City maintain their lead at the top of the Premier League on goal difference, with Pellegrini’s side level with Arsenal on 25 points.last_img read more

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Rangers drawn to play Celtic at Hampden in the 2016 Scottish Cup semi-finals

first_imgRangers and Celtic have been drawn to play each other in the 2016 Scottish Cup semi-finals.The Gers beat Dundee 4-0 and Celtic eased past Morton 3-0 to set up a meeting between the Glasgow giants at Hampden Park.It will be the first meeting of the two teams since the 2015 Scottish League Cup last four, where Celtic won comfortably.In the other semi, Dundee United will face the winners of the replay between Hibernian and Inverness Caledonian Thistle, after Sunday’s last remaining quarter-final ended 1-1 at Easter Road.The semi-finals will take place on 16 and 17 April 2016.Who do you think will reach the final? Comment below. Rangers and Celtic will face each other for the first time since the 2015 League Cup semi 1last_img read more

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Los Angeles spends more, revenue drops

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The city’s General Fund revenue is expected to grow 1.3percent next year, compared with 9.9percent in 2006-07 – but spending is expected to grow by 6percent. “Every department will need to do their part in helping the city tighten its belt,” the mayor wrote in a letter to general managers. “We know we have to face these challenges against the fiscal reality that our expenditures are outpacing our revenues.” The call comes just as the city workers’ raises kick in, the city is seeking to put a phone-users tax on the February ballot, and water and power rate hikes are being considered. But spokesman Matt Szabo said the mayor is committed to finding efficiencies to meet the budget challenges and not diminish city services. “The mayor is not seeking to cut services – he is asking managers to do more with less,” Szabo said. Still, the mayor’s cost-cutting demand follows a tight budget last year when he asked general managers to reduce their spending by 5percent. That resulted in cuts to basic city services, such as street paving and tree trimming. The projections, however, also do not consider the potential loss of a telephone users tax – a $270million cash flow that is in jeopardy due to a court ruling. Last month, the City Council and mayor declared a revenue emergency and put on the February ballot a measure asking voters to preserve the tax at 9percent – down from the current 10percent. By declaring a revenue emergency, the measure only needs 51percent of votes to pass. Normally a tax measure needs 66percent support to pass. And preparing for the potential loss of that tax, Villaraigosa directed general managers to recommend how they would cut 8percent of their budgets if they had to. For example, that would mean cutting roughly $11million from the Department of Transportation’s budget or nearly $2million from the Department of Animal Services. But the mayor said he would not hack every budget, and the cuts would not apply to his goal of hiring 1,000 new police officers. “I want to be clear: In the event of a catastrophic revenue loss, we do not intend to apply an across-the-board, one-size-fits-all approach,” he said. “We will make budget decisions strategically based on how we can sustain our core departmental missions.” Councilwoman Wendy Greuel, who is on the council’s Budget Committee, said the mayor and council are keeping a close eye on spending. “We’re trying to be proactive. This is a city that has always balanced the budget,” she said. “We want to be able to respond to the downturn in the market, without significantly affecting services.” [email protected] 213-978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! In an attempt to rein in city spending, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa directed city managers Thursday to submit no-growth budgets in 2008 and prepare for a potential 8percent cut. While the city begins preparing for next fiscal year’s budget in December, the projections are already grim. Some city departments have already overspent their budget this year and the city recently approved a five-year salary deal with six Los Angeles unions that includes incentives that could boost the cost of the contract to nearly $300million. And as the housing market cools, the city has seen a significant drop in revenue from taxes and fees associated with home sales. last_img read more

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Long Beach will open Champ Car series

first_imgFrom news services The Champ Car World Series on Monday announced its schedule for 2008 and the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach will be back to kicking off the season, as it had done in 2004, 2005 and 2006. Las Vegas kicked off the 2007 season, but it will not be one of six stops in the U.S. in 2008. One of the new stops will be in Spain. The series finale will be held in Mexico City next November. Playful Act, by French champion Sadler’s Wells and out of Magnificent Style, had mated with Kingmambo but the foal was aborted. John Sikura, who sold the horse for Hill `n’ Dale Bloodstock, said he was expecting a price topping $5 million and was surprised the bidding went so high. ETC.: New Zealand-bred Efficient beat Purple Moon to win the $4.6 million Melbourne Cup, taking Australia’s richest and most prestigious horse race. Hockey legend Guy Lafleur knew his son was breaking conditions of his bail, a judge said in denying a request to let Mark Lafleur live with his father. “While, according to the testimony of the accused and his father before this court on Oct. 15, it seems that rather than sleeping at his father’s house, (his father) allowed him to spend the weekends or nights in the company of his girlfriend, aged 16, in two different hotels,” Quebec Superior Court Justice Carol Cohen said in denying the younger Lafleur’s request for bail. The former Montreal Canadiens star had testified before the court that his son was abiding by a court-ordered curfew while staying with his parents on weekends.Lafleur has since admitted that he drove his son to hotels to spend the night with his girlfriend. ETC.: Gene Haas, a 54-year-old NASCAR team owner, was sentenced to two years in federal prison after he pleaded guilty to defrauding the government of more than $34 million in taxes. Haas, the owner of Oxnard-based Haas Automation and NASCAR’s Haas CNC Racing, was ordered to begin serving his term on Jan. 14, the U.S. Attorney’s office said in Los Angeles. … Smokers at Churchill Downs who want to light up after picking a winner will have to find another starting gate. A state judge struck down an exemption to Louisville’s ban that allowed patrons to smoke at Churchill Downs. John Elway knows a thing or two about closing out a win, and it showed on the golf course. The Pro Football Hall of Famer finished strong by winning the short-iron event, and he and Natalie Gulbis won the Golf Skills Challenge at the Fairmont Turnberry Isle Resort and Club in Aventura, Fla. Elway and Gulbis split the $310,000 grand prize. Dan Marino and Bubba Watson finished second to win $210,000. Roger Clemens and Greg Norman placed third ($155,000), followed by Jerry Rice and Peter Jacobsen in fourth ($125,000). ETC.: Two-time defending champion Lorena Ochoa could be shooting for a bigger winner’s check at the Sybase Classic next year after the Clifton, N.J. tournament increased its purse to $2 million. Justine Henin might not defend her tennis gold medal at the Beijing Olympics, fearing the city’s air pollution could trigger her asthma. The top-ranked Belgian withdrew from the China Open in September because of her asthma. “I’ve had asthma for a few months now and I felt very bad in New York at the end of the (U.S. Open), so Beijing, I was really concerned about that,” Henin said at the Sony Ericsson Championships. “I was pretty disappointed because I wanted to play the (China Open) and get used to the conditions.” The air quality in Beijing is “a big problem,” International Olympic Committee inspection team leader Hein Verbruggen said. His remarks came a week after the United Nations said air pollution was a major concern for athletes leading to the Games. Brunner was stepped on by a bull in a United Rodeo Association event, Topeka police said. He died after being taken to Stormont-Vail Regional Health Center in Topeka. Autopsy results released Monday by the Shawnee County coroner’s office said the cause of death was “blunt force injuries.” U.S. ice dancer Melissa Gregory does not have serious injuries from a fall at Skate Canada that forced her and partner Denis Petukhov to withdraw. Gregory is expected to make a full recovery. Brazilian swimmer Rebeca Gusmao was suspended by FINA for testing positive for testosterone. The doping violation stemmed from an out-of-competition test on July 13. Kansas City Wizards forward Eddie Johnson was selected as the Comeback Player of the Year in Major League Soccer. Johnson started 24 games and had 15 goals and six assists for the Wizards. He earned the honor in his seventh season in the MLS. The Kansas City forward is not coming off injury, but a 2006 season filled with inconsistent play and absences because of playing for the U.S. national team and suspension. Jurisprudence Golf Olympics Deaths Joshua J. “Cody” Brunner, a 21-year-old professional bull rider from Missouri, died Saturday night after being stomped by a bull he had just ridden. Figure skating Swimming Soccer The Revolution’s Michael Parkhurst was picked top defender. Quotable German tennis player Michael Haas, who has grown tired of all the speculation over potential match-fixing on the men’s tour: “It’s time people start naming names. Every day someone says something: Andy Murray, Werner Eschauer, Michael Llodra, Arnaud Clement, now someone anonymous.I’m telling them, be concrete – then we can undertake something. All this talk isn’t bringing us further.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “We’re proud to stage the kickoff race for the 2008 Champ Car World Series,” said Jim Michaelian, CEO of the Grand Prix Association of Long Beach. “It will give our loyal fans first crack at enjoying the Champ Car cars and stars, along with the other five racing series – including the Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race – we’ll have as part of our weekend-long ultimate speed festival.” The Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach will take place April 20. Horse racing The ruler of Dubai paid $10.5 million to buy Playful Act at Keeneland’s Breeding Stock Sale, a world record auction price for a broodmare. The bidding was another showdown between two titans of the horse breeding industry, Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum’s Darley Stud and Coolmore Stud. John Ferguson, the buyer for the sheik, said he was determined to get the horse. last_img

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DONEGAL COMPANY’S AMAZING GIFT TO ALZHEIMER SOCIETY

first_imgAlastair Mc Kinney – Donegal Alzheimers Society with Clodagh Swords – National branch of Alzheimers Society,Declan Devlin – Argos Letterkenny Charity Champion and Michael Devlin – Store Manager Argos Letterkenny.The Argos store in Letterkenny has presented the Alzheimers Society of Ireland with a cheque for €5,576.00.The money was raised by both customers and staff activities over this past two years.The events included hill climbing, quiz nights, catalogue launch, cake sales, Easter hampers, Name the doll (Christmas draw) to name but a few. “I’d like to thank both our Customers and our Staff here in store for their great efforts and support for a very worthwhile charity.“All monies raised in the Letterkenny Argos store go directly to the local Donegal branch of Alzheimers,” said Michael Devlin, Letterkenny Argos Store Manager. DONEGAL COMPANY’S AMAZING GIFT TO ALZHEIMER SOCIETY was last modified: March 21st, 2015 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:Alzheimer SocietyArgosdonegallast_img read more

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WORLD-RENOWNED IT GURU TO CREATE 40 NEW JOBS IN DONEGAL

first_imgLiam McGettigan and his Canadian business partner plan to crate 40 jobs in Donegal.A world-renowned IT guru is to help create 40 new jobs in Co Donegal with a new free classified ads website.Canadian businessman David Boulette, along with his Donegal business partners, is to set up www.sellm8.com, at the CoLab in Letterkenny’s LYIT.With more than 15 years of experience in software development and with a keen eye for launching highly successful ventures, David has built a portfolio of companies that are today valued at more than $500 million. David has partnered with local businesspeople Bernadette O’Neill and Liam McGettigan, to launch the site next Friday, June 19th.The company’s plan is to take on Ireland’s €4 billion second hand market.All development and support will be based out of Donegal office with the goals of hiring at least 40 high tech jobs within 12 months.Boulette is no stranger to the IT business and his background is seen as a real vote of confidence as ‘sellm8’ looks to take on the bigger players in the Irish market including Done Deal. BigdNetHis company BigdNet is the driving force behind a highly innovative Demand Side Platform responsible for serving more than 10 billion impressions a month for world class brands such as Proctor and Gamble, Toyota, Ford Motor Company, Target, Walmart and many more.David’s record label RMR has signed five major stars since launching in 2014. EverythingAmped is responsible for powering more than 600 mobile apps and 100 websites used every day by millions of people around the globe.Locally, the company will be run by Ms O’Neill and Mr McGettigan.Liam Mc Gettigan, a well known Kilmacrennan man is more likely to be seen swimming in the seas and lakes around Donegal than surfing the internet. But, not only is he the first person to swim the length of Glenveagh National Park Lough, he is certainly no stranger to sport and loves any sporting challenge including taking part & competing in the illustrious world ironman competition in Austria.A keen rugby and gaelic player for many years, Liam now spends time coaching his favourite sports to youth teams in his local community.So in recent months, after a chat in a kitchen in rural Donegal some months ago, with his business partners over a cup of tea, his strengths soon turned to a dream he has in the pipeline for many years to reality.Liam said “With so many of our young people especially in my home county of Donegal leaving our shores because of the lack of employment, I see first hand the young sporting scene desimating when these children get to the age of 18, and now I am delighted to get the opportunity to develop this online business, basing it in my home county of Donegal and over the next 12 months I aim to create much needed employment on our doorstep to manage this national and global online enterprise.” “The key to any successful business is the team who surround you, and I and my business partners are fortunate to have met the right team at the right time, and we are delighted to have the good health, strength, passion and determination to build this & create employment in our county by providing an online service that will benefit everyone.”WORLD-RENOWNED IT GURU TO CREATE 40 NEW JOBS IN DONEGAL was last modified: June 11th, 2015 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:David RoulettedonegalLiam McGettiganwww.sellm8.comlast_img read more

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Borussia Dortmund table £9m bid for Arsenal and Liverpool target

first_imgBorussia Dortmund have made a £9million offer for Arsenal and Liverpool target Raphael Guerreiro, according to reports in France.The left-back is expected to leave Lorient this summer and several clubs have made enquiries about his availability.Arsenal and Liverpool are both interested in the 22-year-old, while Spanish champions Barcelona are monitoring the situation too.However, according to Foot Mercato, Dortmund have made the first move by submitting an offer of £9m.The German club’s manager, Thomas Tuchel, is a big fan of the defender and wants to bring him to the Bundesliga.Arsenal and Liverpool have now been urged by Guerreiro’s entourage to make a bid within the next seven days – or risk losing out on the Portugal international. 1 Raphael Guerreiro last_img read more

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Job Vacancies – Deli assistants required at expanding Kelly’s Centra

first_imgDue to an increase in demand for the quality food at Kelly’s Centra at Mountain Top in Letterkenny, the premises has two new positions it wishes to fill.The Deli Counter at the store has seen a huge increase in demand.As a result, Kelly’s Centra require two new Deli Counter Assistants – one full-time and one part-time. Applicants must have experience and send their CVAll cv’s to [email protected] Vacancies – Deli assistants required at expanding Kelly’s Centra was last modified: December 30th, 2016 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)last_img read more

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Stevens Jewellers’ stunning Wedding Rings earn ‘Best Bridal Accessories’ nomination

first_imgStevens Jewellers in Co. Donegal are celebrating the addition of 100 new Wedding Rings to their collections alongside a prestigious nomination in the North-West Bridal Awards. The popular Letterkenny wedding ring specialists are the only Donegal suppliers to be nominated in the Best Bridal Accessories category. Their attractive wedding ring packages, personalised service and beautiful jewellery collections make this store a go-to place for couples seeking precious pieces.Voting closes on Friday 11th MayStevens Jewellers have just added over 100 new and exclusive pieces to their wedding collection for 2018/19. Along with this extensive selection, they are looking forward to providing the same quality and value they have become celebrated for in recent years. With wedding packages starting at €200 per set, the Main Street store presents an excellent selection and service for all couples.Ladies’ Wedding Rings at Stevens Jewellers:Mens’ Wedding Rings at Stevens Jewellers:Wedding packages include free consultations, free personal inscriptions on rings and an engraved wedding coin as a symbolic gift. Couples also receive a loyalty discount of 10% off all bridal gifts at Stevens Jewellers up to the wedding date. This is a welcome opportunity to get a reduction on jewellery for bridesmaids, groomsmen and children in the wedding party. Popular bridal gift brands at Stevens Jewellers include Knight & Day Jewellery, Kilkenny Silver, Rebecca, Dyrberg Kern, Cristallo Di Milano and the Swarovski Elements Collection.The new 2018/19 Wedding Ring collection makes it much easier for couples to match their Engagement Rings perfectly in a wide range of designs and metals. The store also specialises in Irish Celtic Wedding Bands, which are admired for their unique, hand-crafted heritage qualities.Book in store now and pay through the payment service plan up to the wedding date.The team at Stevens are calling on customers to show their support by voting for them in the North-West Brides poll at http://www.north-westbrides.com/2018-best-bridal-accessories/. Voting closes on Friday 11th May 2018.See why Stevens Jewellers are Donegal’s leading wedding ring specialists and book your consultation today by calling 00353 (0)74 91 60822 or visiting www.stevensjewellers.ie Sponsored PostStevens Jewellers’ stunning Wedding Rings earn ‘Best Bridal Accessories’ nomination was last modified: May 9th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:Accessoriesbridal awardsjewelleryletterkennyStevens Jewellerswedding ringslast_img read more

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