Premier League team of the weekend: Vardy, Firmino and Kenedy named in best XI

first_img 11 11 5. Left back: Kenedy (Chelsea) – The Brazilian may have gone slightly unnoticed this weekend given the dramatic results elsewhere, but the youngster put in an excellent performance for the Blues. It was a shock that Jose Mourinho dropped Cesar Azpilicueta for the clash against the Canaries, with Kenedy’s first team experience limited. He wasn’t fazed by the occasion, however, and could feature more often. 6. Right midfield: Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) – Firmino scored his first goal for Liverpool, with his combination play with Philippe Coutinho leaving supporters drooling with excitement as the season heats up. The Brazil international looks to be relishing life under Jurgen Klopp, which is promising news with Daniel Sturridge and Christian Benteke also hoping to return to full fitness. 3. Centre back: Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham Hotspur) – Alderweireld is one of many Spurs players excelling under Mauricio Pochettino, and it was another impressive display from the Belgium international against the Hammers. The 26-year-old has added some much needed discipline to Tottenham’s back line and is surely one of the first names in the starting line up. 11 2. Right back: Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur) – The England international is enjoying a superb season in a Spurs shirt after returning from injury, and his 250th appearance for the club was one to remember. Walker was not only solid in defence, but scored a fine goal with the outside of his foot. 7. Centre midfield: Ross Barkley (Everton) – After disappointing last season, Barkley looks to be back to his best this term. Following his brace against Aston Villa, the England international now has five goals and four assists. With his confidence high, expect this tally to continue to rise. 11. Left wing: Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) – This was a no-brainer. Vardy is in the form of his life and simply cannot stop scoring. He now has 13 goals this season, with his last equalling a record of scoring in 10 consecutive Premier League games that had been held for 12 years by Ruud van Nistelrooy. The England striker certainly won’t be looking to ease up, and will be out to break the record in the Foxes’ next game against Manchester United. 11 11 11 11 11 8. Left midfield: Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) – The Brazilian now has four goals in his last three games for the Reds, as the playmaker is finally beginning to show consistency in his performances. Coutinho is one of the in-form players in the Premier League, and he could only get better under Klopp. 11 4. Centre back: John Stones (Everton) – The England international is one of the classiest centre backs in the Premier League, with his ability and desire to surge forward a rarity in the modern game. He was his usual calm self as his stock continues to rise. 1. Goalkeeper: David De Gea (Manchester United) – to find out who else makes the team, click the arrow above – The Spaniard made a number of key saves to keep Watford at bay, including one spectacular stop to deny a shot that deflected off the head of Chris Smalling. It’s clear to see why Louis van Gaal stubbornly refused to give in to the demands of Real Madrid in the summer window. 9. Right wing: Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) – After a disappointing start to the campaign, there were concerns that Kane may have been a one-season wonder. The England international, however, has rediscovered his goalscoring boots, and is proving that such doubts wrong. 11 11 The Premier League made its long awaited return after the international break this weekend, and it arrived with a bang. Manchester United kicked things off at Vicarage Road, with David De Gea making some spectactular saves to ensure that Louis van Gaal’s men took home the three points.The weekend, however, belonged to Jamie Vardy.The Leicester City striker’s fairytale continued, as he scored his 13th goal of the season to equal Ruud van Nistelrooy’s 12-year record of scoring in 10 consecutive games in England’s top flight. But who else stood out?Take a look at talkSPORT’s team of the weekend by clicking the yellow arrow above, right.  10. Striker: Romelu Lukaku (Everton) – The Belgian looks to be improving with each game this season, and if he can continue to find the back of the net regularly, he could even challenge for the Golden Boot. There are few powerful centre forwards like Lukaku in the Premier League, and his performances continue to prove a joy to watch. last_img read more

West Ham to make shock Sturridge bid, Van Gaal to leave Man United in summer, Yaya wants City exit – Paper review

first_imgHere’s the top transfer-related stories in Wednesday’s newspapers…West Ham are ready to table a £18million bid for Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge, as Reds boss Jurgen Klopp looks to have decided to cash in on the injury-prone striker. (Brentwood Gazette) Klopp is considering a bid for Bayer Leverkusen’s 27-year-old striker Javier Hernandez as Sturridge’s replacement. (Calciomercato) The Reds have alsoheld talks with Italian champions Juventus about signing 23-year-old striker Alvaro Morata for around £45m. (Gazzetta World) Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal is considering walking out onthe club this summer – a year before his contract expires. (Daily Mirror)Everton have told Manchester United they will have to fork out £65million if they want to sign Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku in the summer. (The Sun)Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure will listen to ‘every offer’ as the Ivory Coast star looks set to leave the Etihad Stadium at the end of the season. (The Sun)Chelsea are struggling to persuade Shakhtar Donetsk to part with £30m midfield target Alex Teixeira in January. (Daily Star) The Blues are conserving a summer bid for Watford striker Odion Ighalo, 26. (Daily Mirror) With Radamel Falcao set to return to Monaco, Chelsea are also considering moves for Brazil forward Alexandre Pato and AC Milan’s Colombia international Carlos Bacca. (Daily Telegraph) Tottenham are preparing to make a new bid for 19-year-old Coventry midfielder James Maddison, a deal which would include the player returning to the League One club for the rest of the season on loan. (The Independent)West Ham are hoping to sign Reading defender Jake Cooper, 20, to follow the capture of Leeds full-back Sam Byram, 22. (The Times) Newcastle United midfielder Cheick Tiote’s proposed move to Shanghai Shenhua has hit a stumbling block, with the Chinese club unwilling to meet the player’s £60,000-a-week wage demands. (The Guardian) And here are the latest headlines…Liverpool legend tells Jurgen Klopp: ‘Stop protecting Daniel Sturridge and tell fans the truth’‘Simon Mignolet is good enough for Liverpool now, but not at the top level’, says Dietmar Hamann‘Aston Villa are in trouble and MUST spend to save Premier League status’, Stiliyan Petrov tells talkSPORTChelsea ready to take huge loss on £21m summer signing Baba RahmanAC Milan told they can sign Marouane Fellaini for £19mTottenham have £23m bid rejected for Atletico Madrid striker Jackson Martinez – ReportsPedro Obiang unlikely to leave West Ham despite Napoli interest, says midfielder’s agentLiverpool’s Lazar Markovic will not make decision on future until summerJuventus beat Chelsea and West Brom to signing of £4.5m Italy starletWest Ham to table £6m bid for long-standing target Burak Yilmazlast_img read more

Callahan can’t help himself

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.It’s the third three-game losing streak in four seasons under Callahan, who felt the heat turned up when Athletic Director Steve Pederson was fired this week. Texas A&M (6-2, 3-1 Big 12) won for the first time in six visits to Lincoln since 1955 and spoiled what Huskers fans hopes would be a day of celebration, welcoming back Osborne as interim athletic director. Penn State 36, Indiana 31: The Nittany Lions (6-2, 3-2 Big Ten) forced four second-half turnovers, three of which led to short field goals, and Rodney Kinlaw ran 5 yards for the clinching touchdown in Bloomington, Ind. While Penn State became bowl eligible, the Hoosiers (5-3, 2-3) must wait at least one more week to end their bowl drought, which dates to 1993 and is the longest in the conference. Penn State defensive tackle Jared Odrick (broken ankle) and backup running back Matt Hahn (knee) will miss the rest of the season after being injured. Miami 37, Florida State 29: Colin McCarthy returned a fumble 27 yards for Miami’s second touchdown in 11 seconds late in the fourth quarter for the Hurricanes (5-3, 2-2 ACC) in Tallahassee. For the first time since 1977, the rivalry game that helped decide so many national titles during the 1980s and ’90s was played with neither team ranked. Fittingly, the Seminoles (4-3, 1-3) and ‘Canes combined for nine turnovers, five by FSU. Virginia 18, Maryland 17: Reserve running back Mikell Simpson capped a 90-yard drive with a 1-yard TD plunge with 16 seconds left, and Virginia (7-1, 4-0 ACC) won at Maryland (4-3, 1-2). From news services Days after Tom Osborne took charge of Nebraska football, Texas A&M showed him just how hard it will be to fix Coach Bill Callahan’s Cornhuskers. Stephen McGee set career highs with 35 carries for 167 yards and Jorvorskie Lane rushed for 130 yards and four touchdowns, leading Texas A&M to a 36-14 victory at Nebraska on Saturday. The Huskers (4-4, 1-3 Big 12) have been outscored, 122-34, during their three-game losing streak to Missouri, Oklahoma State and Texas A&M. Tulane 41, SMU 34: Matt Forte scored on a 9-yard run in overtime and finished with a Conference USA record 342 yards on 38 attempts to lead Tulane (2-5, 1-2) in Dallas. After Forte scored his fourth touchdown of the game, the Green Wave defense sealed the win when Reggie Scott forced a fumble by SMU quarterback Justin Willis on the Mustangs’ first offensive play of overtime. SMU (1-6, 0-3) forced OT when Willis threw a 7-yard touchdown pass to Zach Sledge with eight seconds left in the game. Arkansas 44, Mississippi 8: Darren McFadden ran for 110 yards, Felix Jones rushed for 101 and two touchdowns and defending SEC West champion Arkansas (4-3, 1-3 Southeastern Conference) earned its first conference victory, in Oxford, Miss. Casey Dick threw three touchdown passes for the Razorbacks. Ole Miss (2-6, 0-5 SEC) is the only SEC team without a conference victory and is 0-5 in the league for the first time since 1984. Clemson 70, Central Michigan 14: Cullen Harper matched a school record with five touchdown passes and Clemson rolled to its highest point total in 26 years at home. Harper completed 20 of 22 passes for 273 yards as the Tigers (5-2) ended up with 656 total yards. The Chippewas are 4-4. Purdue 31, Iowa 6: Curtis Painter passed for 315 yards and three touchdowns to lead Purdue (6-2, 2-2 Big Ten)over visiting Iowa (3-5, 1-4). Two of Painter’s touchdown passes went to Dorien Bryant, who posted a career-high 167 yards on nine catches. Wake Forest 44, Navy 24: Riley Skinner passed for 213 yards and two touchdowns to Kenny Moore, who caught 15 passes for 181 yards as Wake Forest (5-2) beat host Navy (4-3). Georgia Tech 34, Army 10: Rashaun Grant ran for 119 yards and a touchdown in place of injured star Tashard Choice and Georgia Tech (5-3) beat Army (3-5) in Atlanta. Choice suffered a knee injury that will be re-evaluated in the next few days. Wisconsin 44, Northern Illinois 3: P.J. Hill ran for 184 yards and two scores as host Wisconsin (6-2) went back to its power running game to snap a two-game losing streak. Northern Illinois is 1-7. NIU freshman running back Ricky Crider broke his left leg on the opening kickoff. Memphis 38, Rice 35: Martin Hankins’ 45-yard-touchdown pass to Maurice Jones propelled Memphis (3-4, 2-1 Conference USA) to a win over Rice (1-6, 1-2) in Houston. North Dakota State 27, Minnesota 21: Tyler Roehl rushed for a school-record 263 yards and a touchdown as the Bison (7-0) overpowered the Gophers (1-7) in Minneapolis. North Carolina State 34, East Carolina 20: Daniel Evans threw for 335 yards and three touchdowns while North Carolina State (2-5) built a 21-point first-half lead before holding on in Greenville, N.C. The Pirates are 4-4. Central Florida 44, Tulsa 23: Running back Kevin Smith had 170 yards and four touchdowns on 33 carries in the Golden Knights’ win over visiting Tulsa (4-3, 2-2 C-USA). UCF is 4-3, 2-1. Houston 49, Alabama-Birmingham 10: Anthony Aldridge ran for 117 yards and scored two touchdowns to lead Houston (4-3, 2-1 C-USA) over UAB (2-5, 1-2) in Birmingham, Ala.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

At 72, Morca still has passion for flamenco

first_img“I somehow knew that this is where I should be at this time in my life,” said Morca, who starts each day with prayer and meditation. Although she left security, her students and family members behind in Seattle, Morca says, “I knew that this was the place for me to be and it certainly has proven to be right.” The Nov. 4 show, “Fuego Flamenco,” will incorporate music, singing and dance. Juan Talavera, also a well-known flamenco dancer, will partner with Morca. The show also will feature singer Jesus Montoya and guitarists Kambiz Pakandam and Alejandro Diaz. “There’s a variety of dancing and a variety of moods,” Morca said of the show. “We have happy, playful, solitary, a romance … lots of drama.” Morca said that Alva’s is the “most artistic” venue she has worked at. She currently teaches two flamenco classes, and is looking forward to expanding that for her budding students. “They get as much joy and enthusiasm as I do from teaching,” she said of her students. She recommends that flamenco beginners “take it slowly and develop as it comes along, and build up your inner feelings from the dance.” [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By Rachel Jones STAFF WRITER Well-known dancer Maria Morca will take the stage in San Pedro on Nov. 4 and prove that doing what she loves has kept her “full of life.” “I love the passion,” the 72-year-old Morca said of the flamenco, her favorite form of dance. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.She hopes that her passion is conveyed to her audience and students at the Rosalie and Alva Performance Gallery. “To live life at the fullest is probably the most wonderful way to be, and I hope they take away that desire to live more fully,” Morca said, noting that doing what she loves has “kept me young and kept me healthy.” Morca started dancing at the age of 4, thanks to her show business family. She trained in ballet, ethnic and interpretive dance forms, and became a professional dancer at 19. She performed throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico, in clubs and on stage. Morca estimates that she has been in over 200 films or television shows, from “I Dream of Jeannie” to “Mission Impossible.” She established the Academy of Dance Arts in Toronto, and later established another studio by the same name in Seattle. Last year, she returned home to Southern California. last_img read more


first_imgMany people don’t want to wear glasses, and it’s a well-known fact that self-esteem is closely linked to physical appearance.So much so, that if you don’t feel happy or confident wearing glasses, then it can affect your personality, performance at work or even your involvement in sporting activities.Brady Opticians, Donegal Town make wearing contact lenses simple. If you’re already a contact lens wearer, or even if you have never tried them before, Brady Opticians will make certain that they find the right contact lenses for you including toric lenses for astigmatism and multi focal lenses for presbyopia.Throughout the process they help their patients choose the right contact lens to suit their lifestyle and needs, by offering honest impartial advice, and as an independent optician, they are able to source practically any contact lens in the marketplace, whether that be for occasional use such as playing sport or for full time use.Their aim is to ensure that all patients leave their practice happy and confident in their newly found freedom from glasses, and at a price that suits their budget.Brady Opticians are constantly striving to offer their patients exceptional value in contact lenses. By availing of their lenscare payment options, the wearer can reduce the cost of wearing contact lenses.Using this method, patients can avail of even greater savings including free contact lens check-ups and free replacement contact lenses should a contact lens be lost or torn.With advancements in technology, new designs are becoming available every day, meaning that most people are now able to wear contact lenses, even those who have tried unsuccessfully in the past.For more details and to discuss contact lenses as a method for correcting your vision please contact Brady Opticians on 074 9721727, your local contact lens specialists.Special offer; enjoy Alcon Dailies AquaComfort Plus contact lenses for 30 days (1 month supply) for only €30 at Brady Opticians. Terms and conditions apply, please see in store or visit /special-offers/ for details.ENJOY FREEDOM WITHOUT GLASSES AT BRADY OPTICIANS – YOUR LOCAL CONTACT LENS SPECIALISTS was last modified: December 2nd, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Bradys OpticiansBusinesshealthnewslast_img read more

Tottenham striker target has ‘not decided’ future, insists agent

first_img1 Tottenham striker target Domenico Berardi Tottenham target Domenico Berardi has not decided his future, according to his agent.The striker is drawing interest from several clubs around Europe after catching the eye in Serie A this season.Inter Milan and Tottenham have been scouting the 21-year-old since January, while Juventus have the option to buy the Italian back this summer.However Berardi’s agent, Simone Seghedoni, has explained that nothing has been decided regarding his client’s future just yet.“To clarify: Domenico is a player owned by Sassuolo, who he has a contract with until 2019,” Seghedoni explained to FCInterNews.“Juventus have the chance to buy him back, and the relationship between the two clubs is good. When the time comes to decide the lad’s future we’ll see, nothing is decided.“We can say that many teams, both Italian and foreign, are moving for Berardi.”last_img read more

Chelsea close to £33m Michy Batshuayi deal – WATCH some of his best bits

first_imgChelsea are on the verge of landing Michy Batshuayi from Marseille.The Premier League giants are understood to have agreed a £33million deal with Marseille for the striker, who is currently on Euro 2016 duty with Belgium.Batshuayi scored 17 goals in Ligue last season and has also attracted interest from Crystal Palace and Tottenham.But the 22-year-old is now heading to Stamford Bridge to become Antonio Conte’s first signing as Blues boss.Chelsea are keen to get the deal finalised before Euro 2016 ends and, according to the Guardian, have already sent medical staff to Belgium’s training camp in Bordeaux to conduct initial tests on Batshuayi.Batshuayi scored in Belgium’s last 16 victory over Hungary and is line to feature in their quarter-final against Wales on Friday.Check out some of his highlights below and let us know whether you think he would be a good signing for Chelsea…last_img read more