It is NOT game over for Chelsea after Palace defeat, insists Mourinho

first_img1 Jose Mourinho Jose Mourinho slammed an unnamed player for their performance during Chelsea’s dismal start to the season continued with a surprise 2-1 defeat to Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge.Chelsea are already eight points behind leaders Manchester City after goals from Bakary Sako and Joel Ward made it a miserable 100th home game in charge for Mourinho.Radamel Falcao grabbed his first Blues’ goal to briefly equalise for the hosts, but, while Mourinho was ambiguous in his individual criticism, he was fuming at the poverty in his side’s performance.“I’m not happy,” Mourinho said.“I cannot say that I had 11 players performing at the same time.“Two or three of them their individual performance was far from good.“I blame myself for not changing one of them. I kept him in the game for 90 minutes.“When I made the third change I realise I needed a fourth and I don’t have a fourth.”Mourinho declined to reveal the name of the fourth player.Branislav Ivanovic’s performances have been placed under scrutiny, but the Portuguese would not comment on the right-back’s display.He added: “I’m not going to analyse individual form, individual performances.“If a player is not performing there are two ways of looking at it. One way is that I trust so much the player that I’m going to wait for the improvement.“Or even trusting the players arrives a moment where you think I have to change. I can go both ways.”Mourinho was keen to praise Palace for their performance as they pulled off their first win at Stamford Bridge in 33 years.But he was unhappy his side were not awarded a first-half penalty after Kurt Zouma’s shirt was tugged by Connor Wickham, which he believes would have changed the course of the game.“The first thought is to Palace,” Mourinho said. “They come with everything. They were lucky but they deserve the luck.“My team, I think we deserved more. I don’t want to say we deserved to win, because it’s not true.“The referee did a big mistake. Clear penalty with the result 0-0 and obviously with influence in the result.“The one with Zouma that I watch at half-time on television. It was a clear penalty. (But) I prefer to go in this order, when I say Crystal Palace first.”last_img read more

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VIDEO: Alessandro Florenzi scores incredible goal for Roma against Barcelona

first_imgFlorenzi with a wonderful goal for AS Roma pic.twitter.com/NKF9FPayh7— Soccer 7 (@Socceer7) September 16, 2015 Roma midfielder Alessandro Florenzi has perhaps shown what you will have to do this season to score against Barcelona.The Italy international picked up the ball on the halfway line and drove a thunderous shot past Barca stopper Marc-Andre ter Stegen.I suppose this is one way you ensure you steal the headlines when on a pitch it Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar.last_img

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Premier League clubs ranked by the average stay of their players – shortest to longest

first_img 20 The days of one-club men in the Premier League are seemingly over.No longer do we see the likes of Jamie Carragher, Steven Gerrard, Gary Neville, Ledley King and Tony Hibbert leading their beloved teams.Nowadays it’s more likely to see players hop from club to club as they try to reach the top, or leave clubs too early and, sometimes rapidly, drop down the football pyramid.So, with help from the CIES Football Observatory, we’ve taken a look at which Premier League sides hold on to their stars for the longest.Click the right arrow above to see which teams’ players have the longest average stay… 20 20 6. West Brom – Average player stay = 3.09 seasons 20 14. Liverpool – Average player stay = 2.54 seasons 11. Leicester City – Average player stay = 2.65 seasons 20 20 20 16. Watford – Average player stay = 2.31 seasons 17. Aston Villa – Average player stay = 2.30 seasons 19. West Ham United – Average player stay = 2.27 seasons 20 7. Manchester United – Average player stay = 3.08 seasons 13. Southampton – Average player stay = 2.56 seasons 20 20 1. Everton – Average player stay = 4.14 seasons 20 20 10. Norwich City – Average player stay = 2.81 seasons 5. Manchester City – Average player stay = 3.19 seasons 20 20 9. Stoke City – Average player stay = 2.88 seasons 20 8. Swansea City – Average player stay = 2.92 seasons 15. Crystal Palace – Average player stay – 2.43 seasons 3. Chelsea – Average player stay = 3.33 seasons 20 20 12. Bournemouth – Average player stay = 2.59 seasons 20 4. Newcastle United – Average player stay = 3.21 seasons 20. Sunderland – Average player stay = 2.24 seasons – find out which clubs have players stay the longest , just click the arrow above 20 2. Arsenal – Average player stay = 3.80 seasons 20 18. Tottenham Hotspur – Average player stay = 2.28 seasons last_img read more

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WATCH – Wolfsburg defender with one of worst misses EVER!

first_imgRight-back Sebastian Jung has yet to score for Wolfsburg since joining the club in 2014 and missed a glorious chance to finally open his account against Stuttgart at the weekend. Check it out below… 1 “Oh! What a miss!” Surely Sebastian Jung will never have an easier chance to open his @VfL_Wolfsburg account… https://t.co/d9HuvDxJFa— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) December 19, 2015last_img

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Spruced-up Encounter Restaurant to reopen Monday at LAX

first_imgFor now, all the white plaster has been removed from the Theme Building’s arches as crews examine and reinforce the steel cores as part of a $10 million repair project. “It’s kind of scary to be in here because of all the construction going on,” said Zarmina Bashir, who has worked as a waitress at Encounter for three years. “I mean, we know it’s safe,” she said. “But if people walk by and see all this, they might be scared to come in.” That fear has prompted the restaurant’s operators to reopen for only a few hours each day until the clientele builds up again, according to Connie Bass, marketing director for Encounter. The restaurant will be open daily for lunch from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and for dinner from 4 to 9:30 p.m. Phone and Internet reservations will help gauge whether to stay open longer, Bass said. “We’ve been getting calls from people around the world asking about the progress, when the restaurant will reopen,” Bass said. “We were told the scaffolding will be up for a while, which is one reason we’re easing back into our schedule.” The Theme Building was built in the 1950s at a cost of $2.2 million, finally opening in 1961. The building was last renovated in 1999, when the platform’s underside and the bottom of the restaurant were shored up at a cost of $3 million. “The arches weren’t exposed back then, but I still feel totally safe here,” said Eleanor Ramos, a 37-year-old waitress at Encounter for more than a decade. “It just feels good to be back.” The City Council designated the Theme Building as a cultural and historic monument in 1992, meaning it cannot be significantly altered. That has posed a challenge to architects and engineers as they examine ways to make improvements to accommodate the handicapped at the Theme Building’s entrance, parking lot and elevators, according to Airport Commissioner Fernando Torres-Gil, a survivor of childhood polio who uses crutches and a wheelchair. “It was unique when it was built, but our staff is looking at accessibility with the boundaries of working with an historic structure,” Torres-Gil said. “I want to make full use of all the facilities here, so my disability allows me to have special insight into what needs to be improved.” Torres-Gil said Americans with Disabilities Act improvements have also been worked into the $720 million renovation of the Tom Bradley International Terminal, where airline ticket counters and restrooms will be upgraded.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The Space Age-style Encounter Restaurant at Los Angeles International Airport is scheduled to reopen Monday, allowing visitors to look out the window and catch a glimpse of construction workers shoring up the iconic Theme Building. But the restaurant’s 360-degree, panoramic views of runways, airplanes and the Pacific Ocean will be partially eclipsed by scaffolding that now envelopes the spidery structure. While construction continues on the outside of the Theme Building until fall 2008, improvements are finished inside the Encounter, complete with a fresh coat of paint, new multicolored carpet and a new set of blue and red chairs in the dining room. “Since there were renovations being done to the outside of the restaurant, we decided to spend a little money on the inside and give it a new face,” said Kenneth Merritt, operations manager for the restaurant since 2001. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre “You can’t pick a better time to reopen, with this being the holiday season,” Merritt said. “We’re very excited.” The first sign of trouble at the Theme Building came in late February, when a 1,000-pound piece of stucco fell from one of the upper arches and crashed into the structure’s main platform, just a few feet from the Encounter Restaurant’s roof. Nobody was hurt, but the loud thud startled diners. By early March, airport engineers had examined the tops of the arches and found rust spreading through the metal support system. The damage was likely caused by water that seeped past the plaster seams and rusted the underlying metal structure. As a precaution, diners were escorted from the restaurant during the dinner rush. No one has been back to eat there since. last_img read more

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Towering writer Mailer had ego to match

first_imgNEW YORK – Norman Mailer, the combative, controversial and outspoken novelist who loomed over American letters longer and larger than any other writer of his generation, died early Saturday in Manhattan. He was 84. The cause was acute renal failure, his family said. Mailer burst on the scene in 1948 with “The Naked and the Dead,” a partly autobiographical novel about World War II, and for six decades he was rarely far from center stage. He published more than 30 books, including novels, biographies and works of nonfiction, and twice won the Pulitzer Prize: for “The Armies of the Night” (1968), which also won the National Book Award, and “The Executioner’s Song” (1979). He also wrote, directed and acted in several low-budget movies, helped found The Village Voice and for many years was a regular guest on TV talk shows, where he could be counted on to make oracular pronouncements and deliver provocative opinions, sometimes coherently and sometimes not. Mailer belonged to the old literary school that regarded novel-writing as a heroic enterprise undertaken by heroic characters with egos to match. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre He was the most transparently ambitious writer of his era, seeing himself in competition not just with his contemporaries but with the likes of Tolstoy and Dostoyevsky. He was also the least shy and risk-averse of writers. He eagerly sought public attention. He was a celebrity long before most authors were lured into the limelight. At different points in his life, Mailer was a prodigious drinker and drug-taker, a womanizer, a devoted family man, a would-be politician who ran for mayor of New York, a hipster existentialist, an anti-war protester, an opponent of women’s liberation and an all-purpose feuder and short-fused brawler, who with the slightest provocation would happily engage in head-butting, arm-wrestling and random punch-throwing. Boxing obsessed him and inspired some of his best writing. Any time he met a critic or a reviewer, even a friendly one, he would put up his fists and drop into a crouch. He transformed American journalism by introducing to nonfiction writing some of the techniques of the novelist and by placing at the center of his reporting a brilliant, flawed and larger-than- life character who was none other than Norman Mailer himself. Norman Kingsley – or, in Hebrew, Nachem Malek – Mailer was born in Long Branch, N.J., on Jan. 31, 1923. His father was Isaac Barnett Mailer, a South African emigre; his mother was the former Fanny Schneider, who came from a vibrant clan in Long Branch. When Norman was 9, the family moved to Brooklyn. In 1939, he enrolled as a 16-year-old freshman at Harvard, where he intended to major in aeronautical engineering but fell in love with literature. Mailer graduated from Harvard in 1943, determined on a literary career. He was drafted in 1944 and was sent to the Philippines. Mailer saw little combat and finished his Army career as a cook in occupied Japan. But his wartime experience became the raw material for “The Naked and the Dead,” which remains his greatest literary and commercial success. Mailer drifted for much of the 1950s, frequently drunk or stoned or both. In 1960, he stabbed and seriously wounded his second wife, Adele Morales. She declined to press charges. Mailer ran for mayor of New York in 1969 as a secessionist candidate, campaigning to make New York City the 51st state. In the 1970s, Mailer entered into a long feud with feminists and proponents of women’s liberation, and in a famous 1971 debate with Germaine Greer at Town Hall in Manhattan he declared himself an “enemy of birth control.” In 1977, Mailer began receiving letters from Jack Henry Abbott, a Utah prison inmate. Mailer saw literary talent in Abbott’s letters and helped him publish them in an acclaimed volume called “In the Belly of the Beast.” He also lobbied to get Abbott paroled. In 1981, a few weeks after being released, Abbott, by then a darling in leftist literary circles, killed a man in New York, and his champion became a target of national outrage. The episode was the last great controversy of Mailer’s career. Chastened perhaps, and stabilized by his marriage to Norris Church, a former model whom he wed in 1980, Mailer mellowed and even turned sedate. The former hostess-baiter and scourge of parties became a regular guest at black-tie benefits and dinners. Mailer’s later important works include “Ancient Evenings” (1983), a lengthy tale of pharaonic Egypt; “Tough Guys Don’t Dance” (1984), a quickly written thriller that Mailer called his personal favorite; “Harlot’s Ghost” (1991), a complex story about the CIA; and “The Gospel According to the Son” (1997), a first-person novel about Jesus. Mailer was married six times, counting a quickie with Carol Stevens, whom he wed and divorced within a couple of days in 1980 to grant legitimacy to their daughter, Maggie. Besides Morales, Stevens and Church, his other wives were Bea Silverman, Lady Jeanne Campbell and Beverly Rentz Bentley. His marriage to Church lasted until his death. By his various wives, Mailer had eight children, all of whom survive him. Also surviving are an adopted son and 10 grandchildren. Perhaps uncharacteristically, Mailer was an old-fashioned, attentive father. The financial burden of supporting his offspring, as well as keeping up with alimony payments, caused him to churn out several novels and articles for a quick payday. At his death, Mailer was writing a sequel to “The Castle in the Forest” (2007), a story about Hitler narrated by the devil. He was a tireless worker, and if some of his books were not as good as he had hoped, none was forgettable or without his distinctive stamp. MOST NOTABLE Norman Mailer published more than 30 books in a career of almost 60 years. These are among his most notable: “The Naked and the Dead” (1948): Called one of the greatest war novels ever, and not without reason. In certain ways it was apprentice work, and parts of it now seem a little old-fashioned, but it’s still a work or tremendous power and vividness. “Advertisements for Myself” (1959): Essentially a collection of Mailer’s Village Voice columns, this volume offers the earliest sustained glimpse of his characteristic, full-throated journalistic style: brash, hip, provocative, ironic and self-regarding. “The Armies of the Night” (1968): This account of the 1967 protest march against the Pentagon created what came to be called the nonfiction novel, journalism that employed many of the techniques of novel writing. One main character is Mailer himself. “The Executioner’s Song” (1979): An account of the life and death of Gary Gilmore that many critics regard as Mailer’s true masterpiece. He invented a brand-new voice for himself here: part literary ventriloquism, part pure style. “Ancient Evenings” (1983): An immensely long book about ancient Egypt that is easily Mailer’s most ambitious novel. Maddening at times, brilliant at others; an imaginative tour de force. “Tough Guys Don’t Dance” (1984): Mailer’s own favorite of all his books is a taut, dark thriller that he knocked off in a couple of months to pay the bills. “Harlot’s Ghost” (1991): A densely plotted novel about the CIA, which Mailer invests with near-mythological properties. The title character is based loosely on James Jesus Angleton, the CIA’s chief of counterintelligence. – The New York Times160Want 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

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More writers strike talks planned

first_imgThe second of three planned negotiating sessions to try to end the Writers Guild of America strike is planned for today, a day after the two sides met in their first talks since the strike began Nov. 5. The guild and Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers have agreed to a news blackout on the talks. “Nothing substantive happened today,” one person who was briefed on the meeting but asked not to be identified said. Yesterday’s talks, held at an undisclosed location, lasted from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsThe dispute between the writers and producers centers over pay for work that is distributed via the Internet, video iPods, cellphones and other new media. The strike has forced late-night talk shows into reruns, halted production on most scripted television series and could bring about an increase in unscripted and competition series and news magazines in primetime. The Service Employees International Union will begin a monthlong billboard campaign on behalf of the striking writers today. “Working people from all over are coming together to stand with the writers because working people believe work should be rewarded,” said SEIU President Andy Stern, whose union represents janitors, nurses, security guards and home care workers. “It’s time for the media moguls to get on the same page.” Los Angeles’ economy will lose $21.3 million a day in direct production spending if the writers strike extends into next month, Steve MacDonald, president of FilmL.A. Inc., the nonprofit group that handles film permits and promotes the industry. “If the strike continues it’s going to have a huge impact on the local economy and middle-class jobs,” MacDonald said. 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

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Ice, snow blanket Midwest

first_imgDES MOINES, Iowa – Snow and ice plastered a wide area of the Midwest on Saturday, disrupting campaigning by presidential hopefuls, making highways hazardous and closing Des Moines’ airport. The National Weather Service posted winter storm and ice warnings across parts of Nebraska, Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, the eastern Dakotas, Illinois and northern Michigan, although some warnings were lifted by midday. Six to 16 inches of snow was forecast in parts of Minnesota. Much of Iowa was hit by snow, sleet and freezing rain. Hundreds of flights were canceled at airports in Des Moines, Chicago and Milwaukee. Officials decided to close Des Moines International Airport for several hours after a United Airlines plane slid off a taxiway as it was heading to a runway for a flight to Chicago’s O’Hare, said airport spokesman Roy Criss. He said none of the 44 passengers was injured and the airport reopened by midafternoon. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsAt Dane County Regional Airport in Madison, Wis., an incoming Mesa Airlines regional jet flying for United Express slid off the pavement after failing to make a turn onto a taxiway, but no injuries were reported among the 25 passengers, said United Airlines spokesman Jeff Vick. Madison was expecting 3 inches of snow and overnight wind gusts of up to 30 mph, an outlook so bleak that even meteorologists were postponing their own events. The University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences department postponed its annual Solstice Party, which was set for Saturday, until February. “This is the most treacherous kind of weather that the weather can deliver,” said department Chairman Jonathan Martin. Republican Mitt Romney canceled three campaign stops planned Saturday in southern Iowa, and former President Clinton canceled a rally for his wife, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, scheduled Saturday afternoon outside Des Moines. Heavy ice accumulations on power lines blacked out more than 14,000 customers scattered around Iowa, said representatives of for Alliant Energy and MidAmerican Energy. Thousands more were without power near Galesburg, Ill., Ameren spokesman Leigh Morris said. Numerous accidents were reported on Iowa highways, said Transportation Department spokeswoman Dena Gray-Fisher. Many travelers checked into motels to wait out the storm in the northern Iowa city of Clear Lake, but Lake Country Inn manager Linda Lorenz said she was surprised by the numbers of vehicles that stayed on the highways. “They’re still going. I don’t know why they aren’t home, I’m not leaving.” Freezing rain coated Illinois highways with ice, causing spinouts and accidents, weather officials said. Ice was about a quarter-inch thick in parts of central Illinois, said weather service meteorologist Dan Kelly. More than 400 flights were canceled at O’Hare International Airport and 25 were reported at Midway International Airport, said Gregg Cunningham, a spokesman for Chicago’s Department of Aviation. Flights at O’Hare were delayed 40 to 60 minutes, with times expected to increase. “The snow has turned over more to freezing rain, so the weather and low visibility is causing those delays,” Cunningham said. Many parts of Minnesota reported difficult driving conditions by early afternoon, the state Department of Transportation reported. Snow mixed with sleet along the Interstate 90 corridor across the southern edge of the state and visibility was down a quarter-mile in places. Snow with wind of 20 to 25 mph reduced visibility in southeastern South Dakota and brought cancellations of regular weekend activities such as YMCA basketball, church practices, high school athletics and community events. One Sioux Falls television station had posted 43 event cancellations and postponements on its Web site by noon. In North Dakota, snowy conditions caused numerous accidents, among them a crash on Interstate 94 in Fargo that involved a dozen vehicles including a passenger bus, Highway Patrol Capt. Jim Prochniak said. Vehicles are “bumping into one another like pingpong balls out there,” he said. The weather also caused the search for two missing Illinois women to be called off after four hours of searching Saturday. More than 200 people scoured parts of Romeoville for Stacy Peterson, 23, who disappeared over a month ago from her Bolingbrook home, and 38-year-old Lisa Stebic, of Plainfield, who was reported missing in April.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

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DONEGAL COMPUTER GAME COMPANY OWNER HAS A VIRUS OF A HIT ON HIS HANDS!

first_imgAn exciting new computer game set up by a Co Donegal man has become a huge hit amongst gamers.Jellyflug is the brains of Lifford man Jim Murray who has set up a agames company in Derry. Jellyflug is the first game produced by Troll Inc.Jellyflug, which reached number 10 in the games rankings in Ireland, bring gamers into the wonderful world of micro organisms.Gamers can experience hours adventure exploring the microscopic world through the eyes of bacterium.It’s just the first game which Troll Inc and Donegal man Jim hope to bring to the market.  DONEGAL COMPUTER GAME COMPANY OWNER HAS A VIRUS OF A HIT ON HIS HANDS! was last modified: July 2nd, 2012 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:Jim MurrayTroll Inclast_img read more

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‘Jose Mourinho has SIGNED a deal to become Man United boss’ – latest reports

first_img1 Jose Mourinho has signed a deal to become Manchester United’s next manager, according to reports in the English media.The former Chelsea boss, who was axed by the Blues in December just months after leading them to the Premier League title, has been heavily linked with the Old Trafford job in recent months.Now the Sunday Express says Mourinho has finalised an agreement that will see him replace Louis van Gaal in the summer.The report goes on to claim that the 53-year-old penned a contract last week and his appointment will be announced in the next fortnight.The revelation of Mourinho’s imminent arrival comes less than 24 hours after Louis van Gaal led United into their first FA Cup final in nine years.Anthony Martial’s last-gasp winner against Everton on Saturday kept alive United’s hopes of securing silverware this season.But FA Cup success is unlikely to be enough to save Van Gaal, who has yet to win over the Old Trafford faithful.United have failed to mount a title challenge this season, while they also crashed out of the Champions League and Europa League in disappointing fashion.And the Dutchman looks to be on his way out after two years at the helm, with Mourinho poised to replace him. Jose Mourinho last_img read more

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