December 30

Adebayor has ‘no chance’ of playing for Spurs, Harry Redknapp tells talkSPORT

first_imgFormer Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp has told talkSPORT Emmanuel Adebayor has ‘no chance’ of playing this season after his demands of a £5million pay-off scuppered his chances of joining West Ham on deadline day.The Togo international striker reportedly had offers to join a number of clubs throughout the summer, but looked likely to join the Hammers after a last minute approach on Tuesday.Spurs had offered to sever his ties with the club, allowing Adebayor – who earns £100,000-a-week but is nowhere near the first-team – to leave as a free agent, but the 31-year-old told Tottenham he’d only leave if they paid out the remaining 12 months of his contract.It meant a move across London never materialised, leaving him to train with the Under-21s until January, and Redknapp – who brought Adebayor to White Hart Lane during his time as manager – admitted he was surprised by the striker’s decision.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, Redknapp said: “You’d think he would have moved on.“He’s a talent and you’d think he’d want to go and play…he’s just sitting around at Spurs.“They’re obviously arguing over a fair amount of money, about £5million or £6million, but someone has got to give because Tottenham have got to keep paying his wages now.“He’s not even got a squad number, so he’s got no chance of playing for Spurs this season.“He would have been better off going somewhere, training with the kids every day must be soul destroying, but he’s stuck there.”last_img read more

December 30

Liverpool striker wins praise from coach after Anfield breakthrough

first_img1 Liverpool first-team coach Gary McAllister believes Danny Ings has invigorated the Reds’ strikeforce.Ings scored his first goal for the club against Norwich City on Sunday and is in line to start against Carlisle United in the League Cup on Wednesday, with Christian Benteke expected to miss out through injury.McAllister praised the 23-year-old’s attitude since arriving at Anfield from Burnley in the summer and is hoping to help the forward add more firepower to his game.“If you’d seen him every day since he arrived here at the training ground, if there’s anyone who deserved a goal it’s Danny,” said the Scot.“He’s been working his socks off, so it wasn’t a fluke – it was down to pure hard work that he managed to get that chance and finish it so well. He’s been working hard at his game.“When you work with younger players – and being an ex-player – it’s very encouraging when you see a young player looking at, and hanging on to most of the things you’re trying to impress upon him.“I’ve worked with some fantastic strikers in my day and trying to give Danny these little nuggets of information, you can see he is very open to any advice or little bits of information. That has been really refreshing, so I hope he can go on a little run.” Danny Ings scores for Liverpool against Norwich last_img read more

December 30

Newcastle appeal Coloccini red card in Tyne-Wear derby defeat

first_img Newcastle defender Fabricio Coloccini is sent off against Sunderland 1 Newcastle have confirmed they have lodged an appeal against Fabricio Coloccini’s red card in Sunday’s derby defeat at Sunderland.The Magpies captain was dismissed just before half-time after fouling Steven Fletcher, an incident which led to Adam Johnson opening the scoring from the penalty spot in a 3-0 win for the Wearsiders.Manager Steve McClaren was fuming with referee Robert Madley’s decision, and insisted it was to blame for his side’s defeat – their sixth straight loss against their Tyne-Wear derby rivals.And Newcastle revealed they had appealed the skipper’s dismissal with the Football Association on Monday morning.A statement from the Magpies read: “Newcastle United have lodged an appeal with the Football Association for the wrongful dismissal of Fabricio Coloccini during Sunday’s Tyne-Wear derby match against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.“Coloccini was given a straight red card by referee Robert Madley in first half injury time following an incident involving Steven Fletcher, which resulted in the awarding of a penalty kick.“The appeal will be heard by a Regulatory Commission tomorrow afternoon and the club will be notified of the result shortly afterwards.“Should the dismissal stand, United’s captain will miss Saturday’s Barclays Premier League fixture with Stoke City at St James’ Park.”Argentina international Coloccini leaned heavily on Fletcher as the Sunderland striker ran to meet Jermain Defoe’s through-ball into the area.On the decision, fuming Magpies boss McClaren said: ”It’s simple: he is wrong in my opinion.“Referees are part and parcel of the game and you control your performance – you can’t control the opponent or the referee and they can affect the result. And they have done today – not so much the opponent, but definitely the referee.“I have seen lots of challenges like that in the game, in every game and, outside the box, they are never given. It’s a double whammy – a penalty and 10 men. It made it very difficult.”We need an experienced referee for this and I think he was a little too quick to make a decision.”Second half goals from Billy Jones and Fletcher sealed a victory for Sunderland which saw them move above their rivals, although both teams occupy positions in the bottom three above Aston Villa.last_img read more

December 30

Ignore the Liverpool boo boys, Man City boss Pellegrini warns Sterling

first_img1 Sunday’s final will be the second time Sterling has faced the Reds since his exit Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling has been urged by Manuel Pellegrini to ignore the inevitable boo boys at Wembley as he looks to secure his first medal with the club against former employers Liverpool.England international Sterling should be part of City’s squad for Sunday’s Capital One Cup final against the Reds, despite not taking part in training with the main group on Friday when the winger, along with defensive duo Vincent Kompany and Bacary Sagna, was instead recovering following an impressive 90-minute performance against Dynamo Kiev in midweek.It will be just the second time Sterling has faced Liverpool since his acrimonious exit from Merseyside in the summer and he was largely anonymous in his first reunion when City were thrashed 4-1 at home by Jurgen Klopp’s men in November.A return to Anfield, and an even more hostile reception, is to come for Sterling on Wednesday, but Pellegrini has backed his player to block out any Wembley heckling with the domestic season’s first piece of silverware on the line.“I think that for every player it’s not comfortable to play against their old team, everyone has friends inside the club,” the City boss said.“But he’s a professional player, he came here to win titles. He wants to win and I’m sure that he will have a very good performance.“I don’t think that he must prove (a point). I hope that he will be focused just on having a good performance and not thinking about the boos that he may receive during the game or about what happened in the past. He’s now a player of Manchester City.”Sterling needs to score just once more to equal his tally for his final season at Anfield of 11, with Pellegrini insisting there is plenty more to come from the 21-year-old, even if he will not be around at the Etihad Stadium to see his career progress beyond this summer when he makes way for Pep Guardiola.The City boss has no regrets about splashing out nearly £50million to lure him away from Liverpool and thinks his first season in Manchester will be considered a success if he has a major role in delivering trophies.“When we finish the season, if we win a couple of titles and Raheem has an important performance, it will be a good season for him,” Pellegrini added.“I don’t think it’s good to analyse his season in this moment. He has good things, bad things; he was a very important player the other day (against Dynamo Kiev).“He is a very young player so he must improve every year. If you ask me if I am happy to bring him here this year – yes, for the moment I’m very happy. I think he will continue improving and giving a lot of things to our squad.”last_img read more

December 30

LAUSD plans new tactics to cut still-dismal dropout rate

first_imgBy Naush Boghossian STAFF WRITER More than a year after rolling out a $10million effort to keep at-risk students in school and to re-enroll those who have left, Los Angeles Unified’s dropout rate has seen little improvement. But the nation’s second-largest school district announced Monday it will expand its anti-dropout efforts to the Internet and radio airwaves and send even more counselors door to door. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityThe new program – “My Future, My Decision” – is a broad effort that includes spots on 105.9 FM, a text-messaging campaign and interaction through popular social networking Web sites MySpace and Facebook. While district officials said they are still waiting for full-year dropout data to be released, the most recent numbers – which include two months under the anti-dropout campaign – show a dropout rate of 25.5 percent or about 1.4 percentage points higher than the year before. “We’re getting a lot of good information from principals and local district superintendents so I would expect to see the (dropout) numbers come down,” said Debra Duardo, LAUSD’s director of dropout prevention and recovery. “We don’t have the statistics for this year to measure how successful it’s been. ? We’ll see in a couple of months ? the impact of their work.” Duardo said the dropout rate increased in the most recent measures because it was the first year in which the state’s Exit Exam was a requirement for graduation, so 12th-grade performance brought down the total average. The ninth, 10th and 11th grades all experienced significant improvements in the dropout rate, but 12th-graders had 52 percent more dropouts compared with the year before. District officials on Monday said they did not know how much the new efforts would cost but said it would come out of the $10 million already allocated to the program. When LAUSD rolled out its Diploma Project in August 2006, the goal was to track about 20,000 at-risk students – even so far as going to their homes to get acquainted with the kids and their parents. This year, district officials said they were able to reduce that to about 17,000 students. Counselor Rochelle Morrison, who works out of Gardena High School, has been visiting students at home since the fall of 2006. “It’s a different approach,” Morrison said about the new campaign. “It could be a way to reach kids. It’s going to help us reach them, but we’re still going to have to do our best to bring them back.” Ultimately, district officials hope to reduce LAUSD’s dropout rate every year. The target for this year is a 5 percent reduction. District dropout rates have been estimated at anywhere from 23percent to more than 50 percent. Under the program, LAUSD has 80 diploma project advisers at 45 high schools and 34 middle schools to work with teachers and at-risk students to determine how to keep them in school – including through independent study, adult education classes or off-campus learning centers. “The message is come back. Come back to school,” Superintendent David Brewer said. “Do not stay out there and become a statistic in our society.” At Watts’ Jordan High School, where the district held the news conference Monday morning, there were about 20 students the dropout counselor was able to bring back to school. Rene Ahal, a diploma project adviser at Reseda High School, said the biggest challenge is that most at-risk students are so far behind in credits by the time they reach high school that they feel helpless. But Ahal said most also don’t know about the options available to them – including making up credits at community college or adult school. And Ahal said she also talks to them about how much money they can make and what kinds of jobs they can aspire to with high-school diplomas. “We expect to see changes, but the program’s only been in effect for the past year,” Ahal said. “Over time it’s going to make a big difference.” Saul Hernandez, 19, said that although he had trouble with drugs in the ninth and 10th grades, he realized he needed to graduate from high school to have a better future. Now, he said he hopes to tell his story through the Internet to help others who aren’t sure if they want to get a high school diploma. “I knew that if I wasn’t going to get a good education, I wasn’t going to make it in life,” said Hernandez, a father-to-be who expects to graduate from high school in June. “It could make a change for other students. They can see us as an example to not be a dropout.” naush.boghossian@dailynews.com Staff writer Paul Clinton contributed to this article.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

December 30

Anti-smoking vaccine shows promise in study

first_imgThe study involved 301 longtime smokers in Minneapolis, Omaha, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Boston, New York City and Madison, Wis. Participants were given four or five shots within six months, at one of two doses, or dummy shots. Neither they nor their doctors knew who got what. Initial shots “prime” the immune system. Later doses make it produce antibodies, which latch onto nicotine in the bloodstream and keep it from crossing the blood-brain barrier and maintaining the addiction. One year into the study – six months after volunteers received the last shot – 14 percent on the lower dose and 16 percent on the higher dose of five shots had quit. Only 6 percent of those given four shots, or the fake vaccine, were off cigarettes. “These quit rates are comparable to what’s seen in other studies for things that are considered to work,” Rennard said. More people in the vaccine groups dropped out of the study – 74 out of 201 versus 33 of the 100 in the placebo group. Two vaccine recipients had minor side effects, Rennard said. “These are impressive preliminary data,” said Dr. Sidney C. Smith Jr., a cardiologist at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and past heart association president. Getting people to quit smoking “may well be at the top of the list” for improving public health, said Smith. Worldwide, an estimated 1.3 billion people smoke, according to the heart association and it’s a leading cause of cancer and heart disease.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! ORLANDO, Fla. – A shot that robs smokers of the nicotine buzz from cigarettes showed promise in midstage testing and may someday offer a radically new way to kick a dangerous habit. In a study, more than twice as many people given five of the shots stopped smoking than those given fewer or phony shots – about 15 percent versus 6 percent after one year. That is comparable to some other smoking cessation aids currently sold and could be an important new tool for people who have failed to quit on other methods, doctors said. The results, presented Wednesday at an American Heart Association conference, do not prove the new approach works but encouraged some experts. “It clearly shows promise” and merits a definitive study, said Dr. Frank Vocci, director of medications development at the National Institute on Drug Abuse, which has given $8 million for the research so far. “There’s merit in it,” but it won’t be available tomorrow, said the lead researcher, Dr. Stephen Rennard of the University of Nebraska. The study tested NicVAX, a vaccine designed to “immunize” smokers against the rush fueling their addiction. It’s made by Nabi Biopharmaceuticals of Boca Raton, Fla. The treatment keeps nicotine from reaching the brain, taking the fun out of smoking and hopefully making it easier to give up. Some nicotine still gets in, possibly easing withdrawal, the main reason quitters relapse. This approach – attacking dependency in the brain – is different than just replacing nicotine, as the gum, lozenges, patches and nasal sprays now sold do. last_img read more

December 30

DONEGAL MAN APPOINTED MANAGER OF TOP HOTEL

first_imgPictured in the foyer of the Manor House Hotel, are proprietors, Mary and Liam McKenna, as they welcome their new General Manager, Eamonn Gillespie (right), to his new post.*A renowned Donegal hotelier has been appointed as the new general manager of the four-star Manor House Country Hotel in Fermanagh.Eamonn Gillespie looks forward to bringing his international experience to bear as the four-star property continues to grow its leisure travel businessA native of Bruckless in south Donegal, Eamonn Gillespie spent 13 years as director of hospitality and excellence at the award-winning four-star Harvey’s Point Country Hotel on Lough Eske in Donegal Town where he was central to the hospitality strategy which resulted in the property being named the 2008 AA Hotel of the Year. With more than 20 years of hotel and fine dining experience gained in Australia, North America and many parts of Europe, Eamonn has held senior positions in some of Ireland’s finest hotel properties.After his term at Harvey’s Point, he worked on a consultative basis with the White Hotel Group before becoming general manager at The Central Hotel, Donegal Town and then general manager of the luxurious Crover House Hotel located on the picturesque shore of Lough Sheelin in Co. Cavan.Speaking about his appointment, Eamonn Gillespie said that he was looking forward to bringing his international experience to bear as The Manor House Country Hotel continues to expand its leisure business, attracting guests from right across the island of Ireland, the UK and further afield.“I am joining The Manor House Country Hotel at an exciting time. The property enjoys an excellent reputation, something that is reflected in the number of awards the hotel has received over recent months,” said Eamonn Gillespie. “I am really looking forward to working with the team, not just in continuing to deliver a level of service that exceeds all expectations, but also in attracting new leisure guests and raising the international profile of this unique property.”Eamonn Gillespie’s international reputation also extends to his musical talents. A founder of The Donegal Tenors, Eamonn has travelled extensively both as a compère and singer on board many luxury cruise liners sailing in the Caribbean, Mediterranean and Pacific regions.DONEGAL MAN APPOINTED MANAGER OF TOP HOTEL was last modified: October 20th, 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:donegalFermanaghhotellast_img read more

December 29

Hamann on Simeone: ‘Arsenal lack exactly what Atletico Madrid’s strength is’

first_imgDietmar Hamann believes Arsenal should turn to Diego Simeone should they look to replace Arsene Wenger this summer.Simeone guided Atletico Madrid to their second Champions League final in three years and only the third time in their history when they knocked out Bayern Munich on Tuesday night on away goals.Critics have suggested Simeone’s robust approach would not suit Arsenal’s pretty footballing style but Hamman insists the contrast in philosophies between the two is exactly why the Argentine is the perfect choice for the Gunners.“He should be the most sought-after coach in the world,” Hamann told Colin Murray.“I think his track record is as good as any and this includes [Jose] Mourinho, [Pep] Guardiola, anyone.“What he has done at Atletico is as good as anyone’s out there. When people say ‘is he a manager for Arsenal? Can he manage Arsenal?’ I would say the thing that Arsenal lack is exactly what Atletico’s strength is.“If I was Arsenal, I’d be on the way to Madrid and saying ‘Diego, you win the Champions League and the day after you’re ours.”last_img read more

December 29

Germany 2-0 Ukraine – Mustafi and Schweinsteiger give world champions victory

first_imgGermany kicked off their Euro 2016 campaign by beating Ukraine in an exciting game in Lille on Sunday evening.Shkodran Mustafi scored the first goal of the game in the first half before Bastian Schweinsteiger doubled the lead late on to put Germany top of Group C.But it wasn’t straightforward with the relentless Ukraine only kept at bay thanks to some superhuman defending from Jerome Boating.Joachim Low’s side will face Poland in the next round of fixtures while Ukraine face a must-win showdown with Northern Ireland. 3 Next to save Germany’s lead was Boating, who somehow managed to clear Konoplyanka’s attempt off the line as he fell backwards into the net before Viktor Kovalenko saw his goal correctly ruled out for offside.After half time Germany looked less frantic in their defending and actually came close to doubling their lead when Kroos’ long ranger clipped the top of the crossbar.The high tempo set in the first half slowed as the second half wore on and the players tired with Germany looking more likely to add to their lead as Mario Gotze and Thomas Muller saw their shots parried away.And in the 91st minute Schweinsteiger finished off a devastating Germany counter attack only seconds after coming on. Shkodran Mustafi started because of Mats Hummels’ injury Ukraine shot out of the blocks and nearly stunned the Germans but Manuel Neuer saved well from Yevhen Konoplyanka’s curling effort.Ukraine only conceded five goals during in their 12 qualification games for Euro 2016 but their clean sheet was gone after 19 minutes when Mustafi powerfully headed Toni Kroos’ free kick into the top corner to put the world champions ahead.Mustafi, who made one appearance for Everton during his three years at Goodison Park, was only in the starting line-up because Mats Hummels was not considered fully fit.Six minutes later Yevhen Khacheridi brought another fantastic save out of Neuer with a point blank header which was fisted over the bar. 3 3last_img read more