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Championship round-up: Aston Villa, Leeds, and Reading all win on Boxing Day

first_imgAston Villa 2-1 Burton AlbionRoss McCormack’s goal 12 minutes from time gave the Villans all three points as they move into the play-off picture under Steve Bruce.Leandro Bacuna’s early goal was cancelled out by Jamie Ward, but summer signing McCormack tucked home Jordan Ayew’s cross at the far post to seal the win.Barnsley 2-0 Blackburn RoversSam Winnall’s tenth goal of the season gave the Tykes victory at Oakwell.The striker headed home after 14 minutes to put the hosts ahead, before goalkeeper Adam Davies kept them in front with a superb save to deny Wes Brown.Blackburn, though, seemed unable to get a foothold into the game allowing Barnsley to see the match out on home soil.To add to the misery for Rovers, Darragh Lenihan was dismissed, and Marley Watkins added another goal to the Tykes’ tally before the final whistle.Huddersfield 2-1 Nottingham ForestThe Terriers came from a goal down to triumph over the Tricky Trees, with Michael Mancienne enduring a horrible afternoon for the visitors.Kasey Palmer, on loan from Chelsea, got the hosts back on terms after Hildeberto Pereira’s opener, while Mancienne then put the ball in his own, before then getting sent off for two bookable offences a minute before the final whistle.Ipswich Town 0-2 FulhamA Chris Martin free-kick was all it took for Fulham to light up their fans’ Christmas as they defeated the Tractor Boys at Portman Road.The ex-Norwich City striker moved his team to within touching distance of the players with a fine set-piece, and could have got more as the Cottagers dominated away from home.In the end, it was Ragnar Sigurdsson who doubled their lead with a header from a corner.Preston North End 1-4 Leeds UnitedGarry Monk’s men made it three wins on the bounce as they beat the Lilywhites with ease at Deepdale.Kemar Roofe ensured the visitors took the lead, nudging home Pontus Jansson’s header, and Roofe laid on the second, playing a neat one-two with Hadi Sacko, who fired home.Marnick Vermijl got a goal back for Preston, but before the first-half was out, Souleymane Doukara scored an excellent solo effort to make it 3-1 to Leeds.Jermaine Beckford was sent off against his former club, and for the second time in December. And to make matters worse, Pablo Hernandez grabbed a fourth for the visitors, who are keeping chase with the automatic promotion chasing frontrunners.Reading 3-1 Norwich CityThe Royals survived a scare at the Madejski before powering through to beat the Canaries on Boxing Day.Jaap Stam’s side took the lead through Yann Kermorgant, but had the lead cancelled when Nelson Oliveira struck just after the hour-mark.Reading though had a goal and man advantage just six minutes later as Jonny Howson was sent off for handball, with Garath McCleary converting the spot-kick.And, in added time, Callum Harriott notched another for the Royals to add some gloss to the scoreline.Rotherham 3-2 WiganThe Millers held on to claim victory on Boxing Day but were given a fright by the Latics after taking a 3-0 lead before half-time.Aymen Belaid, Danny Ward, and a Dan Burn own goal had Rotherham well in charge, but Yann Wildschut and Jordi Gomez made the hosts sweat before seeing the game out.But Rotherham remain bottom of the table and nine points adrift of safety.Wolverhampton Wanderers 3-2 Bristol CityIvan Cavaleiro’s late penalty gave Wolves the winner in a see-saw match at Molineux.The hosts took an early lead through Dave Edwards, but were behind at the break after goals from Tammy Abraham and Aden Flint.Helder Costa got Wolves back into with a leveller after 57 minutes and, after a handball in the area, Cavaleiro struck six minutes from time to hand them the win. Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce 1last_img read more

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Premier League flops impressing abroad, including Liverpool and Chelsea failures

first_imgClinton N’Jie has been making a name for himself with Marseille this season.N’Jie, the Cameroon winger, signed a permanent deal with l’OM over the summer having spent last term with the club on a loan deal from Spurs, and he has scored an impressive five goals in as many Ligue 1 games since the start of 2017/18.This is the kind of form Tottenham wanted from the forward, now 24, when they signed him from Lyon in the summer of 2015.Instead, they got a player who contributed little, and spent a large part of his lone season in north London out injured.N’Jie is just one Premier League flop who is now impressing abroad, and talkSPORT.com has taken a look at other players doing exactly the same – see who features by clicking the arrow above, right. 8 Clinton N’Jie (Olympique de Marseille) – click the right arrow to see other Premier League flops impressing abroad – N’Jie has really kicked into gear since making his loan deal with Marseille a permanent move over the summer. Signed by Spurs in the summer of 2015, N’Jie’s time in north London was a failure – though a medial ligament injury didn’t help the winger to adapt to England. The 24-year-old managed to make just 14 appearances in all competitions for the Lilywhites, failing to score and registering only one assist. He spent last term at Marseille and played a steady season (four goals, one assist), but has burst to life in 2017/18 having signed permanently for l’OM over the summer. The Cameroon international has already scored five goals in as many games, and looks to be going from strength to strength. Angel Di Maria (Paris Saint-Germain) – It was a surprise Di Maria flopped at Manchester United given he was the most expensive signing made by a British club up to that point, but by the end of the 2014/15 season he was adjudged to have been the worst signing of the year. He did score three goals and create 10 more in the Premier League, but that was nowhere near what was expected of him. Since leaving for Paris, Di Maria has lived up to his talent, netting 29 times and registering 41 assists in just 95 matches. That was the kind of form the Argentine was in while playing for Real Madrid, and is the reason Man United spent massive money to bring him to these shores. 8 Nikola Kalinic (AC Milan) – Croatia forward Kalinic spent an unspectacular two-year spell with Blackburn Rovers, scoring 13 goals in 53 appearances between 2009 and 2011. He signed for Dnipro after leaving England and enjoyed his time there (his 2014/15 season was particularly impressive), and earned a move to Fiorentina in the summer of 2015. Since moving to Italy Kalinic has been one of Serie A’s top performers, scoring 13 then 20 goals in successive seasons for La Viola. The 29-year-old was signed by AC Milan prior to the start of this campaign, and has so far scored two goals and created one more in seven matches. 8 Florian Thauvin (Olympique de Marseille) – Another Premier League flop who is loving life now he has signed for Marseille, Thauvin is enjoying a glorious 2017. He endured a truly miserable time with Newcastle, spending only five months on Tyneside after a £15m move from his current club. The winger played 13 matches in late 2015 before agreeing a loan return to Marseille in January 2016, and he made his transfer permanent after spending last season on loan with the French side, as well. Despite having flopped in the Premier League, Thauvin scored 15 goals and created nine more in 38 matches during 2016/17, and has already netted twice and set up two more in eight Ligue 1 matches this term. Such impressive form has seen the 24-year-old earn his debut for the senior France team, having been the French player involved in the most goals in the top five leagues in 2017 (12 goals, eight assists). 8 Simone Zaza (Valencia) – Italy forward Zaza was so poor for West Ham last season his most memorable moment in east London was a hilariously bad shot against Man United that went out for a throw. He left in January and Juventus somehow managed to convince Valencia to sign him on loan for the rest of the 2016/17 campaign. Zaza netted six times in LaLiga in the second half of the season, and Valencia have been rewarded for making the move permanent over the summer. The 26-year-old has scored six times in just seven games so far, including an eight-minute hat-trick against Malaga. 8 8 Suso (AC Milan) – Another Premier League flop who has been showing his talent in Serie A, Suso is living up to the potential he showed as a youngster. Liverpool brought him to England at the age of 17 as he was so highly-rated, but the signings of Daniel Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho in 2013 quickly resulted in him being overlooked in the first team having managed just 21 appearances in total. A loan to Almeria followed, and Milan were impressed enough to sign him in January 2015. After a slow start in Italy, where Suso played just eight games in his first two seasons – and even spent a temporary spell at Genoa – he has established himself as a vital player for Milan. Still only 23, Suso scored seven goals and assisted nine in 2016/17, and has started this season with two goals and two assists in six appearances. 8 Gaston Ramirez (Sampdoria) – Uruguay international Ramirez spent time with three different English clubs, playing 94 Premier League games for Southampton, Hull and Middlesbrough. But aside from his debut season with the Saints – and his time in the Championship with Boro – the 26-year-old never hit the heights expected of him. He left Teesside after Boro’s relegation at the end of last season to sign for Sampdoria, and he has found some good form in Serie A. Six appearances have brought a return of two assists, and he has proven a tricky opponent as a key part of Samp’s attack. 8 Gael Kakuta (Amiens) – Big things were expected of Kakuta when Chelsea signed him in 2007 as a 16-year-old, but he only managed to make 16 appearances for the Blues in his eight years at Stamford Bridge. He never really excelled on any of his six loan spells, and was released on a free transfer in 2015. Sevilla signed him, but he moved to the Chinese Super League after playing only two league games for the LaLiga club. He was back in Spain for the second half of 2016/17 having agreed a loan deal with Deportivo La Coruna, and he then joined Amiens of France’s Ligue 1 on a season-long deal at the start of this campaign. The 26-year-old has been a bright spark for his temporary club so far, scoring twice in six league games with the majority of Amiens’ attacking play going through him. last_img read more

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FORECASTERS PREDICTING ANOTHER GLORIOUS WEEKEND FOR DONEGAL

first_imgTowns like Bundoran have launched successful marketing campaignsTHEY’RE not always right, but if TV forecasters are correct, Donegal could be basking in more glorious sunshine this weekend.Temperatures are expected to slowly rise tomorrow (Friday) with cloud clearing from the west on Saturday.RTE and BBC forecasters say we could get temperatures of around 15C on Saturday rising under clear blue skies on Sunday to around 17C. After another week of miserable economic news, at least we can look forward to some great weather.And the best bit – it’s FREE!With Easter holidays for many schools throughout the county starting tomorrow, the predicted fine weather is great news for families.And it could be more good news for the tourist and retail industries at a time when more visitors to the county are desperately needed. Failte Ireland says they expect visitor numbers to the North West to continue to rise in 2011 as more tourists seek something different from the usual attractions in Kerry and other southern counties.A report from the tourism body shows 14% of all holiday makers coming to Ireland visit counties Sligo, Donegal and Leitrim which are marketed as ‘Ireland’s North West’.FORECASTERS PREDICTING ANOTHER GLORIOUS WEEKEND FOR DONEGAL was last modified: April 13th, 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) Tags:bundorandonegalFailte Irelandsunny weatherlast_img read more

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Gerrard cools talk of Rangers dominating Scottish football

first_img“For me the challenge is for me to have this squad and this team ready to compete for what’s available next season. “I don’t have to really look further than that.“We want to finish this season as strongly as we can and then get ourselves best prepared to have another go next year to win the next trophy that’s available, and that’s the League Cup.” Steven Gerrard feels it would not be wise for him to make any predictions about Rangers’ chances of dominating Scottish football.Ibrox chairman Dave King this week stated that they were “now within tangible reach of Rangers becoming the dominant force in Scottish football again”.When asked whether King’s opinion matches his own analysis, Rangers manager Gerrard said: “In terms of the statement, he is obviously well within his rights to say what he believes and what his opinion is.“In terms of tangible Scottish dominance, for me I don’t think it’s sensible for me to make any predictions.last_img read more

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Two Arrested After I-65 Traffic Stop-Heroin Seized

These arrests come after numerous heroin drug overdoses occurred in the Seymour area on Tuesday evening.  The Indiana State Police are committed to patrolling Indiana roadways and preventing dangerous drugs from entering the Indiana communities we serve.Anyone with information on illegal drug activity is encouraged to contact the Indiana State Police-Versailles Post at (812)689-5000 or a local law enforcement agency. Yesterday afternoon, at approximately 1:00 p.m., a traffic stop by the Indiana State Police led to the discovery of heroin and drug paraphernalia.  Two Seymour, Indiana residents were arrested during the investigation. The investigation began when Trooper Randel Miller stopped a Chevrolet Malibu on I-65 southbound near the 51 mile marker for a traffic violation, just north of the Seymour exit.  During the traffic stop, Trp. Miller observed indicators of criminal activity.  Trp. Miller’s K-9 Jinx made a positive alert to the odor of an illegal substance coming from the vehicle.  During a search of the vehicle, Trp. Miller and Trp. Jimmy Wells located a syringe and other items of drug paraphernalia.  The driver of the vehicle, Clinton Johnson, age 26, and passenger, Sara Biggs, age 24, both of Seymour, Indiana were arrested on various charges.While at the jail, jail officers discovered that Biggs was concealing two bags of suspected heroin on her person.  Trp. Miller also learned that Johnson had originally provided a false name during the traffic stop.  Both Johnson and Biggs were charged with felony charges of possession of heroin and possession of syringe along with a misdemeanor charge of possession of drug paraphernalia.  Johnson was additionally arrested on charges of identity theft, false informing, and driving while suspended.  Both were incarcerated in the Jackson County Jail. read more

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Attraction Overview: Gran Fiesta Tour + Video

first_imgShare This!It’s Attraction Overview Day!Today, enjoy a video all about the Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros.This attraction is found inside the Mexico Pavilion at Epcot’s World Showcase.Have fun!Which attraction would you like me to cover next? Let me know in the comments!last_img

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Springbok Women edge out Nomads

first_img2 June 2014The Springbok Women claimed a morale-boosting series victory over the Nomads, women’s rugby’s equivalent of the Barbarians, running out 32-24 winners in their second clash at Wasps Football Club in London on Tuesday.In a lower scoring first clash, the Springbok Women won the first match between the team by 20 points to five on Saturday.The South Africans ran in six tries to four on Tuesday, but it was the Nomads who were on the scoreboard first through prop Elisha Dee as they used their powerful forwards to set up the try.First South African tryAbsorbing the pressure exerted on them well, the Springbok Women moved out of defence with a solid clearance kick by fullback Siviwe Basweni, and wing Phumeza Gadu then showed her speed and moves to go over for the first try for the tourists.Just three minutes later, flank Rachelle Geldenhuys crashed over for the team’s second try after gaining possession from a lineout.Down by five points, the Nomads again used their forwards to try to force their way over the advantage line, but the Springbok Women stopped their drive, won a turnover, and then powered their way to the Nomads’ tryline before prop Nwabisa Ngxatu crossed for the South Africans’ third five-pointer of the contest.Sin-binnedUp on the scoreboard, the Bok Women were soon down on the field, reduced to 14 players after prop Cebisa Kula was sin-binned for playing the ball from an offside position at a ruck. Taking advantage of their numerical advantage, the Nomads hit back through flank Tess Forburg, who crossed for a try, which reduced South Africa’s lead to 15-12 shortly before half time.After the break, the Springbok Women hit back hard with an early try to talented centre Veroeshka Grain, who capitalised on an overlap out wide after flyhalf Zandile Nojoko drew in two defenders, to increase the visitors’ lead to 20-12.ThrillingWith both teams playing to their strengths, the last 30 minutes proved to be thrilling as the sides scored a series of tries to keep the scores close until the end.Zoe Saynor of the Nomads crashed over the chalk from a rolling maul to leave the Springbok Women only three points ahead with 17 minutes left, but Lawrence Sephaka’s charges responded with a well-deserved try to flank Vuyolwethu Vazi after taking the ball through several phases.The Nomads again retaliated with a try by Lisa Campbell in the last 10 minutes to trail 27-24, but Springbok Women’s XV captain Lamla Momoti sealed the 32-24 victory with two minutes left on the clock after another fantastic break up-field by her team.While the South Africans exhibited a big improvement in the set scrums, Springbok Women’s coach Lawrence Sephaka will continue to work on the set piece as France, who South Africa face on Friday in Marcoussis, is also a forward-dominated team. Work will also be done on the defence after four tries were conceded against the Nomads.Williams withdrawn from tourMeanwhile, before Tuesday’s match, Springbok Women’s captain Mandisa Williams was withdrawn from the tour because of a knee injury so that she can undergo rehabilitation in South Africa before the Rugby World Cup, which starts on 1 August.“It was a tough call to make, but we believe Mandisa’s rehabilitation is more important than supporting her team on tour as she has been ruled out for the test against France on Friday as well,” said coach Sephaka.“Our main goal this season is to perform well at the World Cup, and this decision was taken with that in mind.“We wish Mandisa well during her recovery in the next few weeks and we look forward to welcoming her back fully fit at the World Cup holding camp in Cape Town on July 14.”SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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New Service Unlocks Location Data to Web App Developers

first_imgTags:#Location#NYT#web Wisconsin developer Marc Harter has released a new Web service, command line tool and open source software called Ogre, which transforms geographic data from 16 different formats into GeoJSON, the preferred new format for geolocation Web app developers.“When you take data from a old non-web formats and make them Web friendly, then great things happen,” Adam Duvander, editor at developer blog Programmable Web and author of the forthcoming book Map Scripting 101, said of Ogre’s release.Location-enriched data sets are everywhere and available about everything you can imagine, but it’s a new geolocation world and many of today’s lightning-quick Web app developers like JSON more than any other format. Transforming legacy location data into a Web-app-friendly format could turn a big world of out-of-reach resources into fodder for the apps and innovation of tomorrow. It’s a magical thing Marc Harter has done. marshall kirkpatrick Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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Raqraquin, San Beda not discouraged by NCAA Finals game 1 loss

first_imgIt turned out to be a huge confidence-booster for Raqraquin and the Lady Red Spikers after they showed they can take the Lady Chiefs to the distance in Finals game 1 on Friday.“This was a huge help in our confidence, even though we lost,” said Raqraquin. “We saw that we shouldn’t be scared of Arellano because we know we can dominate and we showed that in the third set and we were also able to contain them in then fourth”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“I told my teammates that they shouldn’t be afraid of Arellano, and told them to look at whoever is in front of them. ‘Look at them, would you allow yourself to be beaten? Would you let yourself be intimidated? Fight them.’”San Beda lit up in the third set with a commanding 11-2 run to take a 21-12 lead off Nieza Viray’s through-the-block kill. This sudden surge in the middle set gave the Lady Red Spikers the confidence boost they needed in the fourth set, but unfortunately the Lady Chiefs had them by the throat come the fifth period.“I think we got really tired come the fifth set, and I also take the blame for it,” said Raqraquin, who had a game-high 21 points. “I was preparing myself for those hard serves but they [Lady Chiefs] would instead go for a short serve.”Although San Beda ultimately fizzled in the fifth, Raqraquin said that it’s only the first game and they still have a chance to force a rubber match.“We shouldn’t be saddened by this loss, it’s still not over,” said Raqraquin. “We still have a chance on the next games.”ADVERTISEMENT San Beda Lady Red Spikers. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIt was a loss to remember for San Beda, but not for the negative reasons.The Lady Red Spikers suffered a five-set loss to defending champion Arellano University in the title round of the NCAA Season 93 women’s volleyball tournament, 25-15, 25-16, 15-25, 22-25, 15-6, but captain Cesca Raqraquin said the setback shouldn’t be taken at face value.ADVERTISEMENT Judiciary Committee set to take over Trump impeachment probe ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims View comments BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thaiscenter_img PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Magnolia frustrates GlobalPort to halt two-game skid Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’last_img read more

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