Here’s the top transfer-related stories in Friday’s newspapers…Jurgen Klopp will earn £7million a year at Liverpool — if he delivers on his promise to take them back to the top. The German coach has signed a three-year contract to manage the Reds, which, with bonuses, would put him just behind Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger in the list of the highest-paid managers in British football. (Daily Mirror)Sam Allardyce has been offered the job at Sunderland – and the Black Cats’ top brass are confident he will join them. Sporting director Lee Congerton has held discussions with Big Sam about taking the job until the end of the current season. They would happily give it to the 60-year-old on a longer basis, but Allardyce is currently considering taking it on short-term – with big bonuses and clauses written into the contract. (Daily Mirror)Allardyce plans to be reunited with Kevin Nolan – who he managed at both Bolton and West Ham – at Sunderland. The midfielder is on a free transfer after leaving West Ham. (The Sun)Barcelona are planning a shock move for Dutch veteran Dirk Kuyt. The Spanish giants are looking for an experienced squad player in the mould of Henrik Larsson and 35-year-old former Liverpool star Kuyt, currently at Feyenoord, fits the bill. (Sport)Louis van Gaal is desperate to add Southampton attacker Sadio Mane to his Manchester United squad. The Dutch boss was keen on signing the Senegalese forward in the summer but a move did not materialise. Now he looking to complete a deal for Mane in January. (Metro)Liam Brady is making a return to a front line role at Arsenal – just 17 months after leaving the club. The Gunners legend stood down as the club’s academy director in May 2014. But he is back in an ambassadorial position and will also take a special interest in the club’s youth set-up. (Daily Mirror)And here’s the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…Exclusive – Even Sir Alex Ferguson couldn’t save Sunderland’s season, claims former Black Cats defender‘I NEVER thought about moving’ – Mario Gotze quashes Arsenal and Manchester United linksDavid de Gea ‘very grateful’ to Manchester United after moving on from ‘tough’ Real Madrid sagaWanted Bilbao star Aymeric Laporte cools talks of Barcelona or Manchester United movePierluigi Collina: Hector Moreno’s leg-breaking tackle on Man United defender Luke Shaw ‘should have been punished’Reports – Barcelona scrap January plans to sign Liverpool star Philippe CoutinhoTottenham eye Belgian striker as alternative to West Brom star Saido BerahinoAlvaro Morata confirms Real Madrid buy-back clause but insists he is happy at Juventus
Christian Benteke is starting to show signs of real improvement under Jurgen Klopp, according to former Liverpool goalkeeper David James.The £32.5m signing has yet to win over the Anfield faithful and missed a string of chances in Tuesday night’s FA Cup defeat at West Ham.But James was impressed by parts of Benteke’s game at Upton Park and believes Klopp can bring out the best in the powerful Belgian.“I have been impressed with him over the last couple of cup matches,” said the ex-England star, speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“His footwork at times [against West Ham] was exceptional. That is not something I associate too often with Benteke – his aerial prowess everyone is aware of.“But I see improvement. Jurgen Klopp has this ideology of improving players and I see improvement in Benteke.“I saw some stuff [from Benteke against West Ham] especially when Sturridge was playing up front with him. The two of them linked very well.”
From news services It took more than two decades for Vanderbilt to finally beat Steve Spurrier. But boy, this one was worth the wait for the Commodores. Mackenzi Adams threw two touchdown passes and D.J. Moore had two key interceptions as visiting Vanderbilt upset No. 6 South Carolina, 17-6, on Saturday, ending Spurrier’s unblemished record against the school that began in 1987. Spurrier came into the game 14-0 vs. the Commodores (4-3, 2-3 SEC) and, with the Gamecocks (6-2, 3-2) ranked as high as they’d been since 1984, seemed a strong bet to keep that streak alive. Instead, Vanderbilt took a 17-0 lead in the first quarter and held off Spurrier’s club the rest of the way. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The Commodores hadn’t beaten a team ranked this highly since topping No. 6 LSU, 7-6, in 1937. Vanderbilt also had lost seven straight to South Carolina since last winning in 1999. A series of second-half stops ended the streak. Chris Smelly drove the desperate Gamecocks 63 yards to the Vandy 13, but Moore stepped in front of a pass in the end zone to stop the series. Backup quarterback Blake Mitchell bounced a throw short on fourth-and-5. A series later, Mitchell’s pass was picked off by linebacker Jonathan Goof with 11:05 left. South Carolina had another chance to close in when Adams fumbled with eight minutes left and Eric Norway recovered. Linebacker Marcus Bugs and defensive end Curtis Gated sacked Mitchell on consecutive downs to end the threat. Vanderbilt managed only 201 yards, but that was more than enough as the Gamecocks gained only 195. No. 1 Ohio St. 24, Michigan St. 17: Ohio State (8-0, 4-0) got a scare at home, but avoided being yet another upset victim, thanks to 221 yards rushing on 31 carries by Chris Wells. The Buckeyes built a comfortable lead and then gave up two touchdowns off turnovers late in the third quarter – and almost lost another fumble deep in their own territory on the next play – before defeating winning Spartans (5-3, 1-3 Big Ten). The Buckeyes built their big lead on two TD passes by Todd Boeckman, who started the game with 10 straight complete passes. No. 4 Oklahoma 17, Iowa State 7: Oklahoma came out flat against Iowa State and nearly paid the price. Chris Brown ran for two second-half touchdowns and lift Oklahoma from a 7-0 deficit. D.J. Wolfe’s end-zone interception midway through the fourth quarter helped turn the tide for the Sooners (7-1, 3-1 Big 12), who won at Iowa State for the 20th straight time. Oklahoma committed three turnovers and didn’t take the lead until the fourth quarter. Iowa State fell to 1-7, 0-4. No. 9 West Virginia 38, Mississippi State 13: Pat White threw two touchdown passes and ran 64 yards for another score in the first half, leading West Virginia (6-1) to a nonconference victory at home. Steve Slaton rushed for 127 yards and a score for the Mountaineers, who scored on their first five possessions and led, 31-0, early in the second quarter. Mississippi St. (4-4) gained just 214 yards. No. 15 Kansas 19, Colorado 14: The Jayhawks forced three turnovers and stopped Colorado on downs twice in the fourth quarter, escaping Folsom Field with a tough Big 12 victory. It was the Jayhawks’ first win in Boulder since 1995. Kansas (7-0, 3-0 Big 12) has won seven straight to start the season for only the second time since 1968. The Buffaloes scored with 3:42 remaining on Cody Hawkins’ 5-yard pass to Byron Ellis to take the lead. Kansas’ Todd Reesing ran for 84 yards and completed 20 of 29 passes for 153 yards. No. 15 Missouri 41, No. 22 Texas Tech 10: Chase Daniel threw for 210 yards and a TD and Missouri intercepted Graham Harrell four times, returning one for a score while throttling the nation’s top offense in Missouri. Backup tailback Jimmy Jackson had 59 yards and three touchdowns on 12 carries filling in for the ailing Tony Temple. Missouri (6-1, 2-1 Big 12) rebounded from a 10-point loss at Oklahoma and now has won 13 of its last 14 at home. Texas Tech fell to 6-2, 2-2. No. 19 Texas, 31, Baylor 10: Quarterback Colt McCoy had his problems, but they weren’t enough to keep Texas (6-2, 2-2) from beating Baylor again in the Big 12 game at Baylor. McCoy overcame two interceptions with 293 yards passing and a touchdown for Texas’ 10th straight win over Baylor (3-5, 0-4). Texas led by only a touchdown when Deon Beasley intercepted a pass with nine minutes left at the Baylor 43. Five plays later, Vondrell McGee scored on a 4-yard run to make it 24-10. Alabama 41, No. 20 Tennessee 17: John Parker Wilson passed for a career-high 363 yards and three touchdowns, DJ Hall had a school-record 13 catches for 185 yards and Alabama (6-2, 4-1 SEC) rolled over Tennessee (4-3, 2-2) in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Alabama coach Nick Saban set the tone with a successful onside kick that set up the first of four Leigh Tiffin field goals for a team missing three suspended starters due to a late-week violation of school policy. Pittsburgh 24, No. 23 Cincinnati 17: LaRod Stephens-Howling scored the go-ahead touchdown and was one of two Pittsburgh running backs with more than 100 yards of total offense, helping the Panthers (3-4, 1-1) end a four-game losing streak and upset visiting Cincinnati(6-2, 1-2) in the Big East game. Pitt (3-4, 1-1) didn’t take the lead until Stephens-Howling carried the ball for the fifth consecutive play during a fourth-quarter drive that ended with a 7-yard score. No. 24 Michigan 27, Illinois 17: Carlos Brown ran for 113 yards filling in for injured running back Mike Hart and receiver Mario Manningham scored two touchdowns to give visiting Michigan (6-2, 4-0) its sixth straight victory. Oklahoma State 41, No. 25 Kansas State 39: Jason Ricks kicked a 26-yard field goal with two seconds remaining and host Oklahoma State (5-3, 3-1 Big 12) overcame the best passing performance of Josh Freeman’s career to beat Kansas State (4-3, 2-2). The field goal negated K-State coach Ron Prince’s bold move to go for two points instead of the tie after Leon Patton’s 11-yard TD run with 1:10 remaining made it 38-37. Josh Freeman threw for a career-best 404 yards and three TDs.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
The Dodgers have scheduled a conference call for 4 p.m., at which time they are expected to announce the resignation of manager Grady Little after two seasons at the helm. Little guided the club to an 88-74 mark and the National League wild card in 2006, after which the Dodgers were swept in the first round of the playoffs by the New York Mets, but the Dodgers fell off to 82-80 this season and finished fourth in the National League West. Both owner Frank McCourt and general manager Ned Colletti said on the final day of the regular season that Little would return in 2008. It isn’t clear what happened in the interim to change their minds. The Dodgers are believed to have actually offered Little’s job last week to former Florida manager Joe Girardi and at one point even believed Girardi was on the verge of accepting the position. But Girardi was formally introduced earlier today as the new manager of the New York Yankees, replacing Joe Torre, who turned down a one-year, $5 million offer earlier this month to remain with the club. Torre now becomes the leading candidate to replace Little with the Dodgers. Numerous media reports over the past 24 hours have indicated the Dodgers might already have a deal in place with Torre, but that has yet to be confirmed. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Speaking in the Dáil this afternoon on Statements on the European Council, Sinn Féin Foreign Affairs Spokesperson Padraig MacLochlainn claimed the EU is leading the Government ‘by the nose into an exploding economic depression’.Deputy MacLochlainn said the Ireland’s debt burden should have been shared as responsibility for the crisis lies with Europe as much as with Ireland.He said: “The EU is leading this Fine Gael/Labour government by the nose into an exploding economic depression. The policies they are following amount to little more than further de-regulation of labour markets, wage cuts, tax increases, and reductions in government spending. “Elite policy makers across the EU are responsible for the Eurozone debt crisis and it is about time we stood up to them and told them that.”The Donegal North East TD said Irish people are being asked to bear the burden of mistakes made by gamblers.He added: “We are being told that we must socialize the losses, while the gains can continue to be privatized.“The countries on the periphery of Europe – Ireland, Greece, Portugal and perhaps more to follow are being caught up in a European financial storm. “Where is the solidarity from our large core European partners such as Germany and France?“They have placed a savage and unbearable burden on our people, a burden that should have been shared because the responsibility for the crisis lies with Europe as much as Ireland. “They have kicked us while we are down and they have torn the stated objectives of the European project into tatters.“I appeal to our Government to stand up against this injustice and to seek realistic and genuinely sustainable terms for our people. We are not alone. It is not too late.”endsEU IS LEADING IRELAND INTO ECONOMIC DEPRESSION – MacLOCHLAINN 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:economic depressionEUPADRAIG MACLOCHLAINN
Joey Barton celebrates scoring the winning goal 1 Joey Barton’s deflected free-kick after six minutes at Deepdale returned Burnley to the top of the Sky Bet Championship by sealing a 1-0 win over Lancashire rivals Preston.The 33-year-old’s third goal of the season was diverted beyond a flat-footed Chris Kirkland by Alan Browne’s head as the Clarets extended their unbeaten run to 21 league games and amped up the pressure on Middlesbrough and Brighton, who they now lead by one and three points respectively.It was revealed this week that midfielder Barton had been voted the fourth best player in the division by opposing managers, behind team-mate and eventual winner Andre Gray. Both players were brought to Turf Moor in the campaign’s opening few weeks.Gray’s 24 goals, 22 of which have come with the Clarets, have grabbed the attention but free-agent Barton looks a class above at this level and his capture will prove to be an astute bit of business by the Championship club if he can carry Sean Dyche’s side across the line.There may have been a degree of fortune in the early winner from the former QPR midfielder, but he was at the heart of everything in an opening half-hour when the visitors threatened to run amok as Simon Grayson’s decision to utilise a 3-5-2 formation backfired.The Clarets made inroads down the right flank in particular and George Boyd fired a warning shot wide after 34-year-old goalkeeper Kirkland failed to get good distance when punching Matt Lowton’s cross away.The veteran was unable to do anything with Barton’s free-kick from 30 yards out which was diverted past the North End goalkeeper by the head of Browne, who was standing in the wall.Some of the visiting support spilled onto the pitch and it was a surprise that the extra stewards then drafted in were not monitoring more goal celebrations in the following minutes.Sam Vokes narrowly missed Gray’s fizzing cross across the six-yard box, the latter almost steered one Barton free-kick into the top corner and Ben Mee flicked another set piece just wide.A pair of blocks denied goal-bound efforts from Scott Arfield and Gray before Grayson finally decided to dispense with his system and revert to a flat back four.North End looked more comfortable in that template and displayed a bit more fight, too, as Joe Garner and Lowton got into a stoppage-time scuffle.For all Burnley’s dominance it remained 1-0 at the break, as it did early in the second period despite the frame of Kirkland’s goal being struck twice in quick succession.Gray’s sweetly-struck half-volley came off the England cap’s near post and while the initial danger was cleared, Boyd landed an effort from distance on the top of the crossbar from the second wave of Clarets attack.Arfield and Calum Woods traded long-range efforts wide before Lowton had to block from Jermaine Beckford after the striker had cleverly flicked the ball over Michael Keane’s head.For once Barton made the wrong decision when firing a shot into Kirkland’s legs from near the byline after he had rolled Browne and looked set to roll the ball across the six-yard box.Burnley’s wastefulness did not look like coming back to haunt them, though, as Preston were creating little at the other end – Tom Heaton saving from Daniel Johnson on one of the rare occasions he was called upon, while substitute Callum Robinson’s volley deep into stoppage time went over.The victory leaves Burnley, and possibly Barton, ever closer to a top-flight return with Dyche’s side having just two fixtures to fulfil.
PANAMA CITY, Panama – The bodies of a California businessman, his teenage daughter and the Panamanian pilot of a plane that crashed over the weekend were found Tuesday in Panama’s mountains, officials said. A 12-year-old American girl survived. But she suffered multiple traumas and hypothermia, and cold, wet weather prevented authorities from evacuating her immediately from the crash site on the slope of a remote volcano. Michael Klein, 37, Talia Klein, 13, and pilot Edwin Lasso, 23, were found dead in an uninhabited region known as Las Ovejas, 270 miles west of the capital, Panama’s civil protection agency said. The wreckage was located at a hard-to-reach site on the Baru volcano, at an altitude of some 3,500 feet, the civil aviation authority said in a separate statement. But their plane disappeared after departing Sunday morning from Islas Secas off Panama’s Pacific coast, heading for the Chiriqui volcano, about 285 miles west of the capital. Rescue workers and volunteers combed a mountainous area of Panama’s western Chiriqui province Monday and Tuesday, but dense tropical foliage, mountainous terrain and heavy rains made air and land searches extremely difficult, said Roberto Rolando Rodriguez, a spokesman for the nation’s air security agency. Kim Klein traveled to Panama on Monday morning and spoke with authorities about the possible whereabouts of the aircraft. She had offered $25,000 to anyone who could locate it. Michael Klein, the chief executive officer of Pacificor LLC, a Santa Barbara-based company that manages several hedge funds, founded two companies in the 1990s before becoming president and CEO of eGroups Inc., which was the world’s largest group e-mail communication service. Yahoo Inc. purchased eGroups for $450 million in August 2000 and it is now known as Yahoo Groups. A Klein colleague described him as a brilliant businessman who skipped high school and graduated from college at age 17. “One of the most interesting people you could ever speak to on any … in a myriad of subjects,” Kurt Benjamin, the vice president of business development at Pacificor, told KNBC (Channel 4) in Los Angeles. “He’s just an unbelievable individual.” Benjamin said Klein was close to his daughter. “Her father was so proud of her,” he said. “She was an amazing, accomplished horseback rider – just an absolute winner. Solid, solid young girl.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonRescuers were giving medical attention to Francesca Lewis – a friend of Talia’s who was traveling with the Kleins – in a makeshift shelter, said prosecutor Jose Henriquez, who is handling the investigation. “They’re warming her and we hope to be able to get her out sometime tonight to a hospital,” Henriquez said by telephone from Boquete in Chiriqui state, adding that he did not have enough information to say whether her life was in danger. “It’s raining and it’s very cold.” Officials had said earlier that Lewis had already been taken to a hospital in David, the capital of Chiriqui. Aviation authorities said the cause of the crash was not yet known, but RPC radio reported that witnesses saw the plane flying at a very low altitude around noon Sunday amid buffeting winds. Klein, a 37-year-old hedge fund manager, was on vacation with the two girls at an eco-resort he owns in the Central American nation, according to Kim Klein, his ex-wife and Talia’s mother. The three had been scheduled to return to Santa Barbara on Monday, she told the AP from Boquete, Panama, earlier Tuesday.
CHANTILLY, Va. – Independence Air, which won fans with its low fares, announced plans Monday to cease operations just days into the new year. The carrier said its money troubles will force it to cancel all departures after 7 p.m. Thursday. The end came less than 19 months after the airline’s first takeoff. “Things traditionally in the airline industry slow down drastically in January, so the total number of people that are going to be affected by this is much less than it would have been during the holiday season,” said Rick DeLisi, a spokesman for Independence Air. It was not immediately clear how many people had tickets, which DeLisi said the airline would continue selling through Thursday. On Monday afternoon – hours after the announcement – flights could still be purchased on its Web site. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson “A lot of people have described the current economic conditions in the industry as the worst ever in history, and that’s certainly proved to be the case in our situation,” DeLisi said. Thursday will be last day of work for most of the 2,700 employees, though about 180 will remain to close out the carrier’s affairs. The airline filed for bankruptcy protection in November. Parent company FLYi Inc. tried in vain to find a major investor or buyer. “There has not been a firm offer put forward that meets the financial criteria necessary to continue operations,” Kerry Skeen, Independence Air’s chairman and chief executive officer, said in a statement Monday. Last week, the carrier reportedly sent letters to its unionized pilots, flight attendants and mechanics, warning of the looming shutdown. Passengers with round-trip tickets are being contacted to see whether they can return before the shutdown. Independence Air will ask a bankruptcy court to give refunds to those who cannot, as well as to people who booked flights for Friday and beyond. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Job Vacancy: Management at the Donegal-based bus company, Bus Feda, are seeking an experienced staff member to join the team as an Accounts/Administrator:Responsibilities:Answer phones and e mailsProvide informationDetailed record keepingCredit ControlBank reconciliationsReconciliation of Debtors and Creditors accountsRecord timesheets and process wages using Big Red BookAssist with year-end accountsPrepare accounts to Trial Balance stageThe ideal candidate must have: Excellent communication and customer service skillsA minimum of 2 years accounts experienceHigh standard of spoken IrishAbility to oversee and manage all bookings Strong problem-solving skillsBe able to work weekends on occasionDesirable not essential:Competent on social mediaGraphic design ability to produce basic promotional materialSalary: €25,000 + depending on experience To apply: Please forward your CV to Frances Wilson Employment Consultant, Magheranappan, Convoy, Lifford, Co. Donegalor email firstname.lastname@example.orgClosing date for applications: on or before 9th March 2018 For our up to date schedules connect to www.facebook.com/busfedateo or busfeda.ieJob Vacancy: Bus Feda seeks Accounts/Administrator was last modified: February 12th, 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:Bus FedaEmploymentjob advertOffice AdministratorVacancy