Exclusive – Goater defends Toure: Man City man not to blame for Bayern Munich showing

first_imgManchester City legend Shaun Goater has leapt to the defence of Yaya Toure following recent criticism.The Ivorian midfielder has been slammed for his showing against Bayern Munich in the Champions League, with ex-Blues star Niall Quinn telling talkSPORT the 31-year-old has to ‘step up’ and earn a new contract.Toure was linked with a move away the Etihad in the summer, and has been far from the player who dominated the Premier League towards the latter end of last season.But Goater believes manager Manuel Pellegrini, rather than the ex-Barcelona man, is to blame for his drop in performance.“I’m a big Yaya Toure fan,” he told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show. “Sometimes he just takes games by the scruff of the neck and changes them. You have to think, ‘blimey what a player’. You feel privileged to have watched him.“People wanted a better work rate from him against Bayern Munich, but that’s just not his game.“Sometimes Manuel Pellegrini will have to make a decision and say, ‘I’ve got to pull him off because it just isn’t happening. He’s not playing like the offense player we know him to be. We need someone else, who’s going to give us the work rate because we’re away from home’.“Sometimes Pellegrini has to make that decision.”last_img read more

Atletico Madrid are in talks to sign Morata

first_imgThe former Real Madrid striker could be set for a return to the Spanish capital, less than two years after joining Chelsea in a club-record £70m deal.Morata has been linked with both Sevilla and Barcelona in recent weeks but Atletico – the club where he began his youth career – now look like frontrunners for his signature.Chelsea sold Diego Costa back to Atletico just three months after signing Morata.But Costa has struggled to stay fit this season and has scored just one goal in 11 La Liga matches, prompting Atletico to look for another attacking option to complement Antoine Griezmann.Blues boss Sarri has made no secret of his desire to add two players to his Chelsea squad and has targeted a reunion with former Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain, who is currently on loan at AC Milan from Juventus.Higuain is Chelsea’s priority to reinforce their attack although the club are also weighing up a move for Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson, with the England international also interesting West Ham, who may need a replacement for Marko Arnautovic.-By Sky Sports- 0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000The former Real Madrid striker could be set for a return to the Spanish capital, less than two years after joining Chelsea in a club-record £70m deal.LONDON, United Kingdom, Jan 15 – Atletico Madrid are in talks to sign Alvaro Morata from Chelsea.Morata has been linked with a Stamford Bridge exit after losing his place as Chelsea’s first-choice striker, with boss Maurizio Sarri preferring to utilise Eden Hazard as his main point of reference in attack.last_img read more


first_imgDonegal District Court Judge Paul Kelly has said the murder of Garda Detective Adrian Donohoe outlines the danger Gardai face everyday.Judge KellyJudge Kelly made his comments as he expressed his sympathy with Garda Donohoe’s wife and family at Letterkenny District Court this morning. Detective Donohoe was gunned down by raiders as he escorted a cash van to a credit union in Dundalk on Friday evening.Judge Kelly said “I would like to express my sympathy following the appalling and brutal murder of Garda Adrian Donohoe.“It outlines the dangers Gardai face in doing their duty. I would like to express my sympathy to his wife and family and to all members of An Garda Siochana.”The sentiments of Judge Kelly were echoed by Inspector Michael Harrison on behalf of the Gardai.Senior solicitor Niall Sheridan spoke on behalf of the legal representatives in court.He said he would like to express his sympathy to Garda Donohoe’s family and to An Garda Siochana for this “wanton and dreadful act.”The murdered Garda was a former colleague of Ballyshannon Garda Superintendent Leo McGinn who was previously based in Dundalk.DONEGAL JUDGE SAYS MURDER OF GARDA PROVES DANGERS FORCE FACE EVERY DAY was last modified: January 28th, 2013 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:Garda Adrian DonohoeJudge Paul KellyLetterkenny District Courtlast_img read more

Valley dealership is big Pimpin’

first_imgNORTH HILLS – There’s a madman wandering around Galpin Ford, and there’s “pimping” going on in the back, but the owners couldn’t be more pleased. After years of tricking out trucks and crafting cars in custom colors, the megadealer landed a contract to handle the outlandish customizations for MTV’s “Pimp My Ride” series. Set to begin its latest season on the cable channel on June 15 and run from the Galpin Auto Sports, or GAS, division, the show will take on a rock sensibility to its previous hip-hop style. This makes for an exceedingly strange scene at the dealership, Ford’s top volume seller in the world. Sales managers in white shirts and conservative ties intermix with guys with faces pierced full of silver and curvy green tattoos. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2In the middle of it all stands Michael Martin, known to the “pimp” faithful and his friends as Mad Mike, and Beau Boeckmann, the wild-haired, pink-shirted son of Galpin owner Bert Boeckmann. When they start talking cars, things get out of hand quickly. “This is my house right here, this is where I’m most comfortable,” said Martin, an Air Force veteran whose projects have included B-52 Stratofortresses and Rolls-Royces. “Every wire, every cutter, every tool I could ever want, a $15,000 laser that Beau bought me. There’s nothing I can’t do here.” Neither Martin, who’s been hired as the customizing supervisor for GAS, nor Boeckmann would reveal much about the cars they’ll produce on the show. Martin mentioned a Mitsubishi that will incorporate “the dopest microphones I’ve ever seen,” a “stupid, ridiculous” Cadillac limousine and an ice cream truck that will become “the best vehicle we’ve ever made.” The two creative minds make an interesting pair. Martin, a sedate, Compton-bred, self-taught mechanic whose first clients were drug dealers looking to make their lowriders jump higher, uses “stupid,” “crazy” and less printable terms to describe the creations. He dreams of one day inventing a car that will run on some sort of perpetual motion. Boeckmann, who wears stylish suits and until recently sported a swashbuckler’s waxed moustache, has pictures of himself with both Presidents Bush in his office. He first customized his grandmother’s rotted out Mercedes sedan with a leopard print interior at age 15 and had his personal Lincoln Navigator end up in Michael Jackson’s fleet of vehicles. It’s hard to figure out who’s more outlandish. Boeckmann landed the deal after showing off his portfolio of trucks with built-in pipe organs and barbecue grills to the show’s producers. “They were saying they were the first ones to put a chandelier in a car,” he grinned. “So I say, well, we did that in the ’60s. Then they said, how about a fireplace. And I’d say, yeah, we’ve done that, too.” That was enough to win over Rick Hurvitz, the program’s co-creator and executive producer. After several seasons with the Corona-based West Coast Customs, he wanted to take the program in the more high-performance direction favored by Boeckmann. And getting the wild vice president on the same team as Mad Mike proved irresistible. “Watching those two interact is hilarious, and I mean that in the best way,” Hurvitz said. “They come from different backgrounds, but they’re kindred spirits. They both dream excessively large. We look at Beau and sometimes he seems like the crazy one. And that’s a compliment.” All this seems mainstream now – legitimized by television and starched-shirt corporate types – but it continues an outlaw tradition begun long ago in grungy Valley garages. Galpin got into the action back in the early ’50s, making convertibles out of models Ford didn’t drop the tops off, jacking up trucks to make 4x4s and fixing up vans for surfers in the ’70s. Though gearheads everywhere will always tinker with their cars to make them faster and flashier, the movement has always been particularly identified with Southern California. “You want it to be entertaining, and transportation becomes secondary,” said George Barris, a legendary North Hollywood customizer. “Everyone’s got a different idea. That’s why you see someone like the guys at Galpin do so well. The reason they’re so big today is that they do things right there. … That’s why they’re the No. 1 dealer in the world.” The show’s designs, many of which cost tens of thousands of dollars, involve descriptions such as “the world’s largest” and “the first ever,” a far cry from oversize wheels and booming sound systems that GAS normally turns out. Steve Carpenter, the shop’s fast-talking, hyperanimated sales manager, says “pimping” ain’t easy – crews put in 20-hour days, six days a week to complete the cars – but it’s necessary. “The experimentation back there, the wheels, the tires, the audio, the paint, we can incorporate that into things people want here,” said Carpenter, who’s managed to run up $2,000 in bills fixing up his Mustang at his own shop. “Now, if someone wants a 10-inch monitor or a dual iPod adapter, my guys can do that. `Pimp My Ride’ gives us a way to experiment and learn how to do what people want.” brent.hopkins@dailynews.com (818) 713-3738160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Gareth Southgate challenges England’s U20 stars to break through at top level

first_img New Liverpool man Dominic Solanke lifts the U20 World Cup 1 England manager Gareth Southgate has challenged the Under-20 World Cup winners to establish themselves as regulars in the Premier League.Southgate wants Paul Simpson’s squad to build on the progress they have made at international level by getting more game time for their clubs.The Young Lions won the trophy in South Korea, a first international title at any level since the senior side lifted the World Cup at Wembley in 1966, with a 1-0 win over Venezuela courtesy of a goal from Everton’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin.Dominic Solanke, who recently agreed to join Liverpool from Chelsea, won the tournament’s golden ball award as top player, scoring twice in the 3-1 win over Italy at the semi-final stage.Newcastle goalkeeper Freddie Woodman saved a penalty to keep the lead over Venezuela intact but spent last season on loan at Scottish Premiership side Kilmarnock as his parent club won the Championship.Of England’s winning squad, Bournemouth’s Lewis Cook – the captain of the team – played a total of 431 minutes for the Cherries last season.In total the 13 players who featured against Venezuela played 1,094 Premier League minutes between them last season – equivalent to about 12 full matches.Southgate believes it is vital for the whole squad to make their mark at club level to build on their title win in Suwon.He said: “A lot of these lads have dipped their toes in the water at first-team level. The responsibility is over to them, what they can do next.“You can never stand still as a young player, there’s always another challenge for you. Equally, I think when you win a tournament like that it shows everybody that we’ve got good young players.“Without an opportunity for therm to go and show that at first-team level, then it’s very difficult to progress.”Southgate revealed England’s success in South Korea had come on the back of a change in emphasis over the types of games played by the England age level teams.He said: “A couple of years ago we made a big decision to improve the games programme to give our younger teams better experience of playing teams from around the world.“At the time it was a bit controversial, at under-16 level we only ever played the Victory Shield which was Ireland, Scotland and Wales but we felt it was important that those sorts of games are the types of games that our kids get every week at their clubs.“We needed to go and play the likes of Brazil, Mexico, Argentina and so on.”That preparation paid off as England’s Under-20s played away against Mexico, a team they also came up against in South Korea.“This group that won last week, in the last year they went out to Mexico and ended up playing Mexico in the quarter-final. Two months ago they went out to South Korea.“I think we’ve managed to expose them to a good-quality games programme. We’ve been able to see they are at that level.”Southgate gave the example of his own experience as the first time he faced a side from Brazil was at senior level.“When I was a senior player, playing against Brazil was the first experience I’d ever had of running out against them,” he added.“Our younger players are used to playing against these guys and have the confidence they need.“Now they have won a trophy, not only does that give them belief but it sets a good example for those that follow. They have to try and strive to reach those levels.”last_img read more


first_imgMurphy and McFadden in starting line-upJIM McGuinness has named his starting 15 for the Ulster semi-final clash with Down at the weekend.The match at Breffni Park (throw-in 2pm) is expected to draw a large crowd from both counties.There are no surprises in the named line-up; however it is possible that there may be one or two changes beforehand. 1.Paul Durcan2.Paddy McGrath3.Neil McGee4.Eamon McGee 5.Declan Walsh6.Frank McGlynn7.Anthony Thompson8.Ryan Bradley9.Rory Kavanagh 10.David Walsh11.Leo McLoone12.Mark McHugh13.Patrick McBrearty 14.Michael Murphy15.Colm McFaddenMcGUINNESS NAMES STARTING 15 FOR DOWN CLASH was last modified: June 20th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:McGUINNESS NAMES STARTING 15 FOR DOWN CLASHlast_img read more

Countdown is on for the live-streaming of tonight’s Mary from Dungloe extravaganza

first_imgThe countdown is officially on for tonight’s live-streaming of the 50th Mary from Dungloe on Donegal Daily.Just 700 people have been lucky enough to snap up tickets for tonight’s event which will be hosted by the man himself, Daniel O’Donnell.However, if you haven’t been lucky enough to get a ticket for the event at Dungloe Community School then don’t worry. If you live in Singapore or Stranorlar, Beijing or Ballybofey, Lifford or Liverpool, Moscow or Malin, you can catch every moment of the event live.Simply click on to …..Countdown is on for the live-streaming of tonight’s Mary from Dungloe extravaganza was last modified: August 8th, 2017 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:donegallive-streamingMary From Dungloelast_img read more

Listen to Hughes insist QPR are ‘very close’ to turning things around

first_imgQPR manager Mark Hughes gives his thoughts ahead of Saturday’s vital home match against fellow strugglers Southampton, insisting his team are about to turn the corner after their winless start to the season.Click here for the QPR v Southampton quiz Should Hughes keep his job as QPR manager? Click here to voteSee also:Hughes still eyeing top-10 finish for QPRFrancis: Hughes’ results mean he should expect to be under 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Raiders’ five keys to victory against Minnesota

first_imgMINNEAPOLIS — The traveling circus hits the road for next five games, a stretch that could make or break the Raiders’ season.First up are the Minnesota Vikings Sunday at U.S. Bank Stadium, a team that resembles the Denver team the Raiders beat in Week 1 more than a Chiefs team which prevailed in Oakland.The Vikings (1-1) have a defensive-minded coach in Mike Zimmer with experienced and talented personnel on that side of the ball, and a (so far) run-first offense that will test the Raiders’ …last_img read more

Nanotech Blurs Line With Biophysics

first_imgMachines on the molecular scale – in the literature these days, one needs to dig to find whether a news article is talking about man-made machinery or the living cell.  Both employ laws of physics to do work.  Notice how seamless the connection is in the following examples.Kinesin tightrope walk:  Scientists at Northwestern University are figuring out how kinesin “walking machines” in the cell are able to stay on track.  Writing in PNAS,1 they said, “Kinesin I can walk on a microtubule for distances as long as several micrometers.  However, it is still unclear how this molecular motor can remain attached to the microtubule through the hundreds of mechanochemical cycles necessary to achieve this remarkable degree of processivity.”  They found that these tightrope-walking machines keep two feet (actually dubbed “heads”) on the rope (microtubule) at a time (so to speak), keep one foot tightly bound, move the other foot quickly, and keep the toes dug into the rope.  “These 4 features reduce the likelihood that a kinesin I motor will dissociate and contribute to making this motor so highly processive,” they concluded.Molecular mass spectrometer:  Caltech scientists are inventing a single-molecule mass spectrometer, Science Daily reported.  Michael Rourkes was quoted in the article saying, “the next generation of instrumentation for the life sciences—especially those for systems biology, which allows us to reverse-engineer biological systems—must enable proteomic analysis with very high throughput.”  (For a recent story on systems biology, see 07/21/2009).Myosin sober navigation:  Another cell motor that walks is myosin.  Like kinesin, it can travel long distances on its highways of actin without falling off.  Scientists have wondered if the motors employ a random walk, like a drunken pedestrian.  That wouldn’t make sense for a cargo delivery system like the myosin-actin process, so scientists at the Institut Curie in Paris used quantum dots to watch them in real time.  They found that the apparent random walk is the motor checking out each intersection in the cris-cross network of actin tracks.  In a report in Science Daily, Dr. David Warshaw cast Mother Nature in the role of nanotechnology engineer in his explanation: “Cargo delivery in cells can’t totally be a random process, therefore, using the approach described here we can characterize how motors and cargo link up and understand the engineering design principles Mother Nature uses to guarantee efficient and effective delivery of cargo within cells.”Carbon nanotube scale:  Carbon nanotubes have been all the rage in nanotech for several years now.  They’re stiff and strong for their extreme small size.  Science Daily reported a new use for them: weighing single atoms.  “But the real excitement would be in tracking chemical and biological reactions involving individual atoms and molecules reacting right there on the vibrating nanotube,” the report said.  “That could have applications in molecular biology, allowing scientists to study the basic processes of life in unprecedented detail.”Purposeful tumble:  Science reported this week that the flagella of Chlamydomonas (an alga) may go into tumble mode on purpose: for stealth.2 One of the most remarkable and pervasive feats in the microscopic world is the coordination of flagella, the slender, whiplike structures that protrude from many types of cells.  The collective motion of flagella (also known as cilia when they occur in large numbers in eukaryotes) drives fluid transport, and permits individuals to save energy through cooperation.  Because the internal structure of cilia is highly conserved among eukaryotes from algae to humans, free-swimming organisms like Chlamydomonas (see the first figure, panel A) have long been powerful model systems.  On page 487 of this issue, Polin et al. show how synchronization of the flagella in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii governs the movement of this green alga through water, a key determinant of its ecological fitness.It turns out that the cells synchronize their flagella for about 11 seconds, performing a kind of breaststroke.  Then, they de-synchronize them and tumble, making sharp turns.  The scientists think this is actually an evasion strategy to escape from predators.Light control.  The bright colors on a scarab beetle are due to nanotechnology.  In another report in Science,3 Sharma et al figured out that the structures in the scale cells of a scarab beetle “are structurally and optically analogous to the focal conic domains formed spontaneously on the free surface of a cholesteric liquid crystal.  These textures provide the basis for the morphogenesis as well as key insights for emulating the intricate optical response of the exoskeleton of scarab beetles.”  Liquid crystals are prominent structures in many man-made objects, too, like wristwatches.    In the same issue of Science,4 Pete Vukusic commented on the discovery, saying it adds to the technologies the beetle uses.  The scales also display a helical nanostructure that may provide mechanical strength.  “However, the beetle helical ultrastructure is arguably too complex and too costly to produce without the benefit of a suitable optical selection advantage,” he said, “such as effective signaling.  The strong circularly polarized reflection observed in the beetles may, for example, play a role in intraspecific communication.”  Popular reports on this discovery can be found at Science News and Science Daily and BBC News.How these technologies came to be, Vukusic had no idea.  “With a few noteworthy exceptions,” he said, “the formation processes of these insect systems are not as well understood as are their photonics.”1.  Toprak, Yildiz, Hoffman, Rosenfeld and Selvin, “Why kinesin is so processive,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, published online before print July 15, 2009, doi: 10.1073/pnas.0808396106.2.  Roman Stocker and William M. Durham, “Microbiology: Tumbling for Stealth?”, Science, 24 July 2009: Vol. 325. no. 5939, pp. 400-402, DOI: 10.1126/science.1177269.3.  Sharma, Crne, Park and Srinivasarao, “Structural Origin of Circularly Polarized Iridescence in Jeweled Beetles,” Science, 24 July 2009: Vol. 325. no. 5939, pp. 449-451, DOI: 10.1126/science.1172051.4.  Pete Vukusic, “Evolutionary Photonics with a Twist,” Science, 24 July 2009: Vol. 325. no. 5939, pp. 398-399, DOI: 10.1126/science.1177729.The discovery that biological systems use the same laws of physics on the molecular scale as do artificial systems has at least two important consequences for philosophy.  One is a continuation of the demise of a form of vitalism that asserted that biological stuff is fundamentally different from non-biological stuff.  A long trend away from that began when Wohler synthesized urea in the lab in 1828, proving that an organic substance could be manufactured with known laws of chemistry.  This consequence might seem antithetical to theism, but the other trumps it: the discovery that life uses coded instructions and manufacturing processes to employ those laws and arrange those materials in purposeful ways.  If we humans employ design principles in our nanotechnology, then detect those same principles at work in biological systems, the inference to the best explanation is that design principles were involved in their origin as well.  That theme is explicated thoroughly in Steven Meyer’s new book Signature in the Cell (see Resource of the Week for July 4).  The conclusion is amplified when our best scientists cannot figure out how “Mother Nature” did it.  Maybe they’ve got the wrong Engineer in mind.(Visited 14 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more