Cut-up pitch, ripped shirts, burst ball fail quality test

first_imgWhile France and Switzerland largely got what they wanted with a 0-0 draw at Euro 2016 on Sunday, it was a night of shame for ground staff and sports manufacturers.Four Swiss players had to change ripped shirts, the Adidas match ball, sold outside for 140 euros ($158), burst and a cut-up pitch at the Stade Pierre Mauroy, that had to be patched up by groundsmen at halftime, sent players sliding.The Lille pitch, beneath a retractable roof, still has to host an Italy v Ireland clash on Wednesday, a last-16 fixture and a quarter-final.“It was better in Marseille but it was annoying. I don’t know who is responsible. We’re only in the group stage and having a pitch in that state already is not a good thing,” said France coach Didier Deschamps.Switzerland counterpart Vladimir Petkovic said the pitch had definitely affected the quality of the game.“I really hope they’re able to dry the pitch because it doesn’t hold up well, but it was the same for both sides so we can’t complain,” he said.Petkovic was less critical of his side’s Puma-made shirts.“If a shirt is pulled occasionally they can come apart at the seams. There were four and a maybe a fifth one at the end. If you pull shirts they do break,” he said.Goalkeeper and man of the match Yann Sommer, whose shirt was not ripped, said the kit damage was more down to the nature of the match.“It can happen. It means it was a fight on the pitch, with lots of duels. A jersey can fail. Of course today we had a lot. I can’t say we have to change because Puma is great,” he concluded.last_img read more

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Real scrape 3-2 win over Levante as Hazard makes debut

first_imgReal Madrid produced a rampant first-half display to beat Levante 3-2 in La Liga on Saturday with goals from Karim Benzema and Casemiro but dropped off after Eden Hazard came on to make his debut and were left clinging on for the three points.Benzema headed Real in front after 25 minutes at a rain-swept Santiago Bernabeu when he met a cross from Dani Carvajal and the France forward struck again a few minutes later after latching on to a pass from James Rodriguez.Brazil midfielder Casemiro stretched Real’s advantage right before halftime with a gut-busting run to meet a cross from compatriot Vinicius, but Levante hit back shortly after the interval through former Madrid forward Borja Mayoral.Perhaps with Wednesday’s Champions League opener at Paris St Germain in mind, Real manager Zinedine Zidane brought off captain Sergio Ramos and Casemiro on the hour, allowing Hazard to finally make his debut after recovering from injury.Madrid’s 100 million euro signing looked a bit off the pace in his first competitive game though and, as the hosts’ intensity dropped, Levante’s Gonzalo Melero reduced the deficit to one goal and they had chances to equalise.“The second half was very difficult for us as it’s always tough to concede a goal early after the break but overall the sensations are good,” Zidane told reporters after the win took his side to eight points after four games.“We were phenomenal in the first half, we scored goals, played exciting football and showed real commitment. We have to try and keep that up for 90 minutes.”The visitors made it a nervous finale for the home fans with 15 minutes to go thanks to a near-post header from Melero and twice came close to levelling in stoppage time.Real goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois was forced to turn away a header from Ruben Vezo, while Levante’s talisman Jose Luis Morales tried to catch the Belgian out moments later by shooting for the near post instead of crossing but narrowly missed.“We had Madrid begging for the fulltime whistle,” said Levante coach Paco Lopez.Zidane’s side had drawn their last two games against Real Valladolid and Villarreal and were grateful to scrape a victory.Courtois criticised his side for switching off after the break following their electric start.“If we had continued to play in the same way as in the first half we would have won 5-0 or 6-0,” he told reporters.“We played the best 45 minutes of the season but that’s football, Levante changed their system and at times we were sloppy with our passing.”last_img read more

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Single-vehicle rollover closes Highway 97 east of Chetwynd

first_imgIt’s also not known what the make and model of the vehicle is, or how many occupants were inside the vehicle at the time of the crash.According to DriveBC.ca, the highway will be closed in both directions for 5-6 hours. The next update is expected at approximately 3:45 p.m. This is a developing story, and we’ll have an update once we receive more information. UPDATE as of 3:20 p.m. – The road is now open to single-lane alternating traffic.UPDATE: According to a photo submitted by the Fort St. John Parking Awards Facebook page, at least one person has been airlifted to hospital from the scene of the crash. At this time, its not known how many were injured in the rollover, or what their status is. The highway remains closed in both directions, and is expected to reopen in four to five hours. An update is expected from Drive BC at 3:45 p.m.CHETWYND, B.C. — A single-vehicle rollover has Highway 97 closed in both directions east of Chetwynd this afternoon.- Advertisement -According to Cpl. Madonna Saunderson with North District RCMP, the crash, which involved a single vehicle, happened at around 12:50 p.m. near Sundance Lake, roughly 18 kilometres east of Chetwynd.The location of Wednesday’s crash east of Chetwynd. Photo by DriveBC.caCpl. Saunderson said that at least person was injured in the collision, though their extent of the injuries is not known.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Exclusive – Man United should NOT have sold Welbeck to Arsenal, claims Robson

first_imgManchester United legend Bryan Robson believes the club should have held on to Danny Welbeck.The Red Devils sold the striker to rivals Arsenal in a £16million deal on transfer deadline day, while Tom Cleverley, Javier Hernandez, Shinji Kagawa and Alex Buttner, among others, also left Old Trafford this summer.But Robson insists the 23-year-old striker should not have been shown the exit door.“The players Manchester United allowed to leave were all good business, apart from Danny Welbeck,” the former England captain told talkSPORT. “I would have kept him. He’s a great lad and a good, honest player.“You would always get 100 per cent from Danny in every match. He never gets injured and would have been a good squad member.“The manager has made that decision [however] and Danny will have a great career at Arsenal. He’ll be playing all the time and will do well for them.”Radamel Falcao was among a number of top stars who arrived at Manchester United this summer, and Robson added that, while it may take time to blend the squad together, Louis van Gaal must be targeting a return to Europe’s top table.“When you have the quality of players Manchester United have got now, a top four spot and Champions League football next season has to be their aim,” he continued.“I don’t think they’re quite ready to challenge Chelsea and Manchester City for the Premier League title though.”last_img read more

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MARK BRINGS ‘IT’ ALL TO IRWIN EXPERT ELECTRICAL

first_imgPROMOTED POSTMark (on right) is pictured here with Declan Irwin.Irwin Expert Electrical management & staff are delighted to welcome Mark Walshe to their team at Irwin Expert Electrical, Port Rd., Letterkenny.Mark has worked in the IT, Computers & Electrical Appliance business locally for over 9 years. His expertise and experience in the industry is vast and exceptional. Mark has impressed Irwin Expert Electrical after only a short while with his knowledge and customer service skills.Specialising in IT, and just about anything to do with computers, he will be on hand at the showroom, Port Rd., Letterkenny with his colleagues to advise you all on the best options for a computer, laptop or tablet, PC or Mac, what software to install and most of all give you the best possible deal on whatever it is you are looking for.Call in and say hello to the lads if you are on the market for a new computer, laptop or tablet.You might also see Mark hovering around the TV Centre or Home Appliance centre, always ready to give the customer “service at it’s best”. Don’t forget to call in and say hello and ask any team member all about IT! Mark is pictured here with Declan Irwin, of Irwin Expert Electrical.And don’t forget ……….!Donegal Daily has teamed up with Bosch and Irwin Expert Electrical for this great free giveaway just for our readers.And entering couldn’t be easier.All you have to do is answer the following question – “What strapline is used by Bosch Home Appliances?” Once you know the answer, you can simply send an email and like Irwin Expert Electrical on Facebook.So send your answer along with your name, address, email and mobile number to our competition address at irwinelectrical1@gmail.comThat’s it. It couldn’t be easier. To get your hands on this cool new toaster get liking Irwin Expert Electrical on Facebook and email the competition answer.https://www.facebook.com/irwinexpert MARK BRINGS ‘IT’ ALL TO IRWIN EXPERT ELECTRICAL was last modified: August 26th, 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:buncranadonegalIrwin Expert Electricalletterkennylast_img read more

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Federal phony marriage deal set to go to court

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonKalinina offered her would-be husbands up to $15,000, prosecutors said. The ads purportedly read: “Green Card Marriage — Will pay $300/month Total: $15,000” and “This is strictly platonic business offer, sex not involved. NOT required to live together.” Adams responded to Kalinina’s advertisements in January 2006 and agreed to enter into the sham marriage, prosecutors said. One month later, the pair were married in a ceremony performed by Kalinina’s live-in boyfriend, Dmitri Chavkerov, an Internet-ordained minister, prosecutors said. Later, Kalinina allegedly leased a new Ford Mustang for Adams. Adams and Kalinina were arrested on Nov. 29 at their respective homes by agents from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Kalinina pleaded not guilty on Dec. 17 to the federal charges filed against her. For more news and observations about crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A 30-year-old West Los Angeles man who allegedly was given access to a leased Ford Mustang for marrying a Russian national seeking permanent resident status is scheduled to be arraigned in federal court today. Benjamin Claude Adams, a U.S. citizen, is expected to enter a formal plea in U.S. District Court in downtown Los Angeles. He is charged with marriage fraud, making false statements to federal agents, and aiding and abetting a criminal act. If convicted of the marriage fraud count alone, he faces up to five years in federal prison. The U.S. Attorney’s Office alleges that Adams met Yuliya Mikhailovna Kalinina, a 25-year-old Russian national living in Marina del Rey, on the popular Web site Craigslist. In late 2005 and early 2006, Kalinina allegedly posted eight advertisements on the Craigslist Web site saying she wanted to marry a U.S. citizen solely to obtain permanent resident status, according to federal prosecutors. last_img read more

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Safe at home, but forever changed

first_imgI recall hearing a bombing during one sleepless night: As a plane flew over our home about 3:30 a.m., the Muslim public call for the prayer began for the community to hear. The religious leader never paused in his delivery of the ritual prayer – even as the explosion echoed across the mountains. I was reminded of concerns from family and friends in the U.S. who warned me to be careful and how I worked hard to dispel fears about my monthlong travel to Lebanon. Since 1998, I’ve traveled there five times. I would quell people’s concerns with the usual words: “Don’t worry, all’s calm now in Beirut. Lebanon is actually a beautiful country with hospitable, warm people who welcome Americans and can distinguish the government from the people.” But this visit was different. With the bombardment, Beirut became chillingly silent by day. By the fourth day, many eateries and shops had rolled down their metal grill doors, closed for business. My mother-in-law promptly stocked up on staple foods, including rice, spaghetti and water. We managed to hide the war from our 3- and 5-year-olds, telling white lies about the Spider-Man bike in a repair shop for a chain adjustment. The repair shop never re-opened because of the war. Every day, my son begged for the bike. We told him that the man was still working on fixing it. Into the fifth and sixth days, many Beirutis began retreating to the largely Druze-populated mountains. They traveled with thick foam sleeping pads piled high atop their cars. Some cars had shattered rear windows from bomb blasts. Visitors from various countries, including Americans from Arizona, Texas and Idaho, congregated at the local Internet cafe for updates from the U.S. Embassy. We shared stories about our evacuation plans. I wondered how many of us would be victims of this sudden war that didn’t belong to us. One Texan couple strongly warned us against traveling the treacherous back road to Syria. Days later, we coincidentally ran into them at a downtown Damascus snack shop. They wound up taking that very road after hearing no news of rescue plans from the American government. We exchanged hugs like we’d known each other for years. We were among the few who escaped early. Yet, we remain uncertain about the safety of loved ones left behind. LISA VAN PROYEN Born in Long Beach, Lisa Van Proyen, 39, has worked as a reporter for a news wire agency and various newspapers, including the Los Angeles Daily News from 1996 to 2001. She now resides in San Bernardino with her two children and her Lebanese-American husband, Dani Doueiri, who teaches Arabic and Middle East studies at California State University, San Bernardino.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! After 35 hours of frantic travel in three days, including a treacherous road trip from Lebanon to Syria, at last we made it home safe to the United States. We all felt relief as our Egypt Air flight landed at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York. But we quickly realized that the trauma of war remains. When thunder shook the terminal, our first thought was “bombs” – and to duck and find cover. The war in Lebanon had changed me. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2On Saturday morning, we landed at LAX – bringing further relief. In eight days of war and hearing stories from fleeing people trembling from losing family, homes and all they had, I gained a greater sense of appreciation for life. My family went from relaxing and playing on a southern Beirut beach and swimming in the warm, clear Mediterranean Sea to fleeing in our pajamas at midnight from my in-laws’ downtown Beirut home as thunderous blasts lit up the skies. We grabbed our essentials and hurried our children to safety at my in-laws’ rugged rental mountain home near Bhamdoun, about 15 miles east of Beirut. All the way, we made sure to take roads through Christian neighborhoods, which my husband assured me were less apt to be bombed by Israeli planes. last_img read more

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Arsenal target ‘close’ to new Athletic Bilbao deal with £66.5m release clause

first_imgArsenal and Real Madrid target Kepa Arrizabalaga is on the verge of penning a new deal at Athletic Bilbao.The 23-year-old is out of contract at the Basque club at the end of the season and has been strongly linked with both Arsenal and Madrid.Arrizabalaga is rated as one of the best young goalkeepers in Europe and it appeared as though he would be moving on with no new deal agreed.It had been reported that the Spaniard, who has drawn comparisons to Manchester United’s David De Gea, would only extend his stay if he was given a significant pay rise.And now Marca has claimed that a new deal with an annual salary of around £2.7million is very close to being agreed.What’s more, Arrizabalaga’s release clause will be raised from £8.8m to £66.5m. 1 23-year-old Kepa Arrizabalaga was been linked with moves to Arsenal and Real Madrid last_img read more

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Barcelona vs Liverpool: Who makes combined XI from the two star-studded clubs?

first_imgLiverpool’s trip to Barcelona is a truly mouthwatering Champions League clash – and it’s live on talkSPORT.The clubs haven’t come to blows since 2007, where the Reds shocked the Catalan giants to progress to the quarter-finals of the competition. Salah’s form has picked up at just the right time LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Is this the best combined XI between Liverpool and Barca? 5 Formation: 4-2-3-1Goalkeeper: AlissonAlisson gets the nod over Marc-Andre ter Stegen for his commanding performances between the sticks for Liverpool this season.The Brazilian stopper has shored up a clear weakness that has hindered Liverpool in recent years and has helped the Reds on their way to a league-high 20 clean sheets this season.Ter Stegen has been very good for the Blaugrana this term but has not impacted his side as much as Alisson.Defenders:Trent Alexander-Arnold, Virgil van Dijk, Gerard Pique, and Andrew RobertsonJordi Alba may well go down as one of the best full-backs ever, but right now Robertson is arguably the best left-back in Europe.He will pose a significant threat to Barcelona with his surging runs forward and brilliant delivery.He racked up his 12th and 13th assists this season in his side’s victory over Huddersfield last week, becoming just the third defender in Premier League history to create over ten goals from defence.The Scot also works tirelessly in the side, having run 88km in his nine appearances in the Champions League this season. BEST OF Pique has again been immense for Barca this season Both sides have so much to play for, with Barcelona chasing a treble and Liverpool still on course for a double, with the Premier League title still within reach.What’s more, Barca talisman Lionel Messi has yet to score against the Reds – although he has only played two matches against the Anfield club –  and he will be desperate to strike against a sixth English club.The two sides have talented players in abundance and here, talkSPORT.com has given its verdict on a combined XI from the two star-studded squads. 5 Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT gameday cracker REVEALED Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Virgil van Dijk has also had a phenomenal season. He has won the PFA Player of the Year and is arguably the best central defender in the world at the present time.Joining him in the second centre-back slot is Barca veteran Gerard Pique. The Spaniard has been at his very best this season with some typically imperious performances at the back. Without Pique, Barca would not be chasing a treble.Finally, Trent Alexander-Arnold gets the nod over Sergi Roberto at right-back for his stellar displays this term.Roberto has been alternating with Nelson Semedo this campaign, with neither securing a starting spot. While Alexander-Arnold has been explosive on the right-flank throughout the campaign.Midfielders: Sergio Busquets, Ivan RakiticBusquets tops the passing charts in the competition this season, having completed 783 passes. The three-time winner of the competition has also ran more than any of his team-mates, having covered a huge 101.7km.He gets the nod over Fabinho in the anchor role in front of the back four. Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card 5 Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars ADVICE Getty center_img Van Dijk will be hoping to nullify the threat of Messi on Wednesday evening shining Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ tense Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Busquets is an essential anchor in Barca’s midfield REPLY Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City huge blow REVEALED 5 Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury no dice Rakitic secures the second spot in midfield having had another superbly consistent season in LaLiga. The Croat has only contributed three goals and four assists but has been essential in keeping things ticking over in midfield.Georginio Wijnaldum is unlucky to miss out after having another good season in Klopp’s side.Forwards: Mohamed Salah, Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, Sadio ManeSadio Mane gets the slot on the left-wing as he is having his best season yet in English football.He has netted 20 goals in 34 appearances this season and was rightfully selected in the PFA Team of the Year.Philippe Coutinho has improved in recent matches but has somewhat struggled to adapt to life in the famous red and blue striped shirt in his first full season in Catalonia.Messi obviously takes the no.10 role in this set-up. The Argentine has once again been sensational this season, netting an incredible 46 goals in all competitions. He also leads the way for goals in Europe this season (10). On the right side of attack is Mohamed Salah. The Egyptian star has hit form at just the right time for Liverpool, with five goals in his last six matches. He is simply too good to leave out of the XI.Completing the line-up is ex-Reds ace Luis Suarez. The Uruguayan has again been prolific this season, netting 21 goals in 33 LaLiga matches.He gets the nod over Roberto Firmino, who has had a good season for Liverpool but hasn’t been as lethal in front of goal as Suarez. 5last_img read more

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Mo Salah named on bench for Egypt’s World Cup opener

first_imgEgypt’s Mohamed Salah has been named on the bench for his country’s first World Cup match against Uruguay.The Liverpool attacker injured his shoulder in the Champions League final defeat by Real Madrid on May 26 and has not played since.The Egyptian camp had been optimistic he would recover in time for their tournament opener but the 26-year-old will begin his tournament amongst the substitutes.On Thursday, Egypt coach Hector Cuper said in his pre-match conference that he could “almost 100% say he [Salah] will play, save for any unforeseen factors at the last minute.” Salah finished the English Premiership season as top goalscorer and was voted player of the year.Egyptians will be hoping their star man will recover in time for their remaining fixtures against Russia and Saudi Arabia in Group A.last_img read more

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