I don’t know if we’re good enough – LVG on Man United’s Champions League hopes

first_img1 Louis van Gaal Louis van Gaal admits he is still to be convinced about whether Manchester United can challenge Europe’s elite.Van Gaal has spent more than £250m in his 14 months at Old Trafford in a bid to restore United’s fortunes after they missed out on Champions League football under David Moyes.But, ahead of their return to the competition on Tuesday night, the Dutchman admits he does not knew whether his expensively-assembled squad has what it takes to be crowned champions of Europe.“We have to show on the pitch if we are able to win matches on the highest level,” Van Gaal, whose side face PSV in Holland, said.“That’s also a challenge for us now. Last year we were fourth in the Premier League.“We qualified ourselves this year and that was our aim so now we have to show if we are able to play at that level and that I don’t know, neither. I have to wait and see.“I think the Champions League is a higher podium than the Premier League but maybe it’s not like that.”With Wayne Rooney still out because of a hamstring injury, Van Gaal could hand Anthony Martial his first start three days after he scored on his debut against Liverpool.But given the fact that Van Gaal was trying to do everything he could to temper expectations on the 19-year-old forward, it seems more likely he will start on the bench.“His impression is good,” Van Gaal said of the teenager, who could end up costing United £58million.“But you have to give him time and that is what the fans need to do because he cannot change the market price.”last_img read more

Poll: Who would you rather have in charge at your club – John Carver, Alan Shearer or Steve McClaren?

first_img Poll: Who would you rather have in charge at your club – John Carver, Alan Shearer or Steve McClaren? 1 Steve McClaren is coming under increasing pressure at Newcastle following yet another defeat on the weekend.The Magpies are among the favourites for the drop this season, something that last happened when Alan Shearer was manager.So the Drivetime team want to know who you would rather have in charge of your club – John Carver, Alan Shearer or Steve McClaren? Vote below!last_img

Stats of PL matchday 23: Chelsea’s form, Flamini’s failure and Man United misery

first_img 4. Liverpool have scored 27 goals in their last seven Premier League games v Norwich, an average of 3.86 goals per game. 10 10 10 9. Chelsea are currently on a longer unbeaten streak than any other side in the Premier League side. They haven’t tasted defeat in seven games. 3. No Premier League or Football League clubs have had fewer shots on target at home than Man Utd (35) in the league this season. 10 10 7. Andre Ayew has now scored or assisted nine of the 22 Premier League goals scored by Swansea this season; that’s 41%! 10 10. Christian Eriksen created the most chances this weekend. He crafted nine opportunities for his team-mates to score. 10 10 5. Toby Alderweireld has now committed just eight fouls in 23 Premier League games this season – one foul every 259 minutes. 2. Nacer Chadli’s goal against Crystal Palace was the 600th scored in the Premier League in 2015/16. 10 10 1. Simon Mignolet has only made two saves in his last three Premier League games. 8. The defeat to Chelsea was the first time Mathieu Flamini has ever lost a Premier League game at the Emirates. His record is now 54 games, 37 wins, 16 draws and one defeat. 6. Everton have now kept just one clean sheet in their last 14 Premier League games at Goodison Park. The Premier League was at it’s thrilling best again last weekend – unless you’re a Manchester United fan, of course.The English top-flight also threw up some more fascinating facts and figures as this topsy-turvy campaign continues.But what were the leading lines to come out of the last set of fixtures? talkSPORT takes a look.Click the right arrow above to find out the best stats from the Premier League last weekend…last_img read more

‘It was my hardest day watching Aston Villa in 46 years,’ club legend tells talkSPORT

first_imgAston Villa legend Brian Little has claimed their 6-0 thrashing at the hands of Liverpool was the hardest to watch in 46 years.The Villans were demolished by their opponents on Sunday and the Reds could have had more had they not opted to substitute Daniel Sturridge, Roberto Firmino and Philippe Coutinho.And Little, who played for and managed the club, admitted he couldn’t quite believe how poor the Aston Villa players were in front of their own fans as relegation to the Championship now seems a real possibility.“I’ve met Remi Garde and he’s a decent person and he’s trying his best,” he told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“But, from my point of view, I joined the club in 1969 and I’ve lived around this area for most of my life. I’ve had 46 years of Aston Villa in my blood, in many respects, and yesterday was the hardest day I’ve had to sit and watch the team play.“There wasn’t an individual in the team who had a good game, or anywhere near a good game.“You often have games of football where you lose badly but there are still three or four lads who really put a shift in but everyone played so far beneath their best it was untrue.”last_img read more

Star by any name still shines

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityYet, when the Colorado Rookies’ 21-year-old star shortstop meets fellow major leaguers, he’s just like any other wide-eyed youngster coming face-to-face with a childhood hero: he wants an autograph. “I probably have 20 or 30 in my locker,” said Tulowitzki, who starred at Long Beach State. “But when it’s a player that I really respect, I usually get a bat.” So, Derek Jeter’s signed bat is hanging on the wall of his loft in downtown Denver next to Nomar Garciaparra’s. Actually, Tulowitzki had to get Garciaparra to send a replacement bat because the Dodgers infielder misspelled his name when Tulowitzki sought out his signature after reaching the majors last season after just 126 games in the minors. It wasn’t his tricky last name, either. NLCS: Rookie shortstop Tulowitzki has been a godsend for the Rockies. By Arnie Stapleton THE ASSOCIATED PRESS DENVER – Troy Tulowitzki could be collecting some serious hardware soon: the NL Rookie of the Year award, a Gold Glove, maybe even a World Series ring. “He put `Tony,”‘ Tulowitzki said. “And he felt really bad about that. So, every time I see him, he says sorry and sends more bats over all the time. It’s kind of funny, but I think it’s gotten us a little closer.” Clutch hits and sparkling defense quickly made Tulowitzki a household name this season. He turned the 11th unassisted triple play in major league history, hit .291 with 24 homers and 99 RBIs and led all major league shortstops in fielding percentage, total chances, assists, putouts and double plays. His 24 home runs were the most ever by an NL rookie shortstop and second as an overall rookie only to the 30 Garciaparra hit for Boston in 1997. No other rookie shortstop in the last half-century drove in as many runs as Tulowitzki. He also came up big in the biggest of situations, collecting four hits in the Rockies’ 9-8, 13-inning win over San Diego in the NL wild-card tiebreaker. Although he went just 2-for-12 in Colorado’s sweep of Philadelphia in the NL Division Series, Tulowitzki’s homer in Game 2, great glove work, strong arm and calming influence helped the Rockies advance to the NLCS against Arizona beginning Thursday night. “I look at Tulo, he doesn’t know better,” said slugger Todd Helton, who needed nearly 1,500 more major league games to reach the postseason than Tulowitzki. “He’s done unbelievably good all year in big-game situations. He did it again in the playoffs.” Manager Clint Hurdle, who missed Monday’s workout with the flu, has called Tulowitzki the catalyst for the Rockies’ spectacular season, which included a franchise-best 90 wins, their first playoff berth since 1995 and the first postseason series win in the club’s 15-year history. And third baseman Garrett Atkins gave Tulowitzki the ultimate compliment: “Playing with him,” he said, “made all of us better players. “You can’t teach what he has inside of him, and it’s just been a pleasure for all of us to be a part of it.” Reliever Matt Herges, with his seventh major league team, added: “There’s nobody that I played with that has that kind of body, that kind of power, that kind of range and that kind of arm. He’s in the same mold of a Nomar, A-Rod or Jeter.” Guys who can go by just one name. So, Tulo. It didn’t start out that spectacular. In fact, Tulowitzki struggled so much in the first few weeks that Hurdle benched him for three games in late April. Tulowitzki said he kept his head up thanks to guys like Helton and Matt Holliday telling him they had been through something similar early in their careers. “It made me realize it happens to some of the best players, and it made me feel better,” said Tulowitzki, who hit the batting cage with a dogged determination. “It made me realize that maybe I wasn’t as good as I thought I was. And it made me realize I needed to get better. I went in the cage, worked hard, still played my solid defense, went out every day, took my ground balls. It wakes you up a little bit, and it’s just another reminder that the game’s not easy.” Upon Tulowitzki’s return, he was bumped from the seventh spot in the batting order to second, where he began getting better looks at pitches, moving runners over, hitting to the opposite field. “He became a hitter,” Hurdle said. Fame soon followed.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

These Valley volunteers in a league of their own

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre “This is a great help for us,” she said. Helping people is what 11 San Fernando Valley women set out to do in 1952 when they decided to bring more volunteer opportunities to the area and create the Volunteer League of the San Fernando Valley. Fifty-five years later, the organization has more than 250 members devoted to various causes including the Clothes Corner, a Kids on the Block puppet show and a choir now more than 40 years old. Betty St. Marie, the league’s administrative coordinator, said volunteers must sign up for at least eight years of service with one of the projects to become part of the league – but for most, that leads to a lifetime of work with the organization. Volunteer Anne Marie Sinclair has been with the league’s choir for 40 years. The 73-year-old soprano said she still gets excited by the reactions she gets when she performs show tunes at a retirement home or convalescent hospital. “They are always so happy to see us,” Sinclair said. For Aliki Stilianos, the league has proved to be an opportunity to continue working during her retirement. Stilianos, who used to be a special-education consultant for the Los Angeles Unified School District, currently runs the Kids on the Block puppet show, which tries to educate children about disabilities. “This has been terrific for me and an extension of what I have been doing for 40 years,” Stilianos said. Clothes Corner is the league’s biggest project, taking the most time and effort and helping more than 1,200 children every year. For school officials such as Randall Edwards, a counselor from Pacoima Elementary who has been referring kids from Haddon Avenue school to the Volunteer League for five years, the program is a crucial resource. Edwards says inappropriate clothing can cause children to miss school – and fall behind. “It’s not pleasant if a child’s clothes are dirty or torn,” Edwards said. “As much as you try to educate kids, they will be kids and they can get teased.” While some children may shy away from school because of teasing by peers, others are not even allowed to attend school if their wardrobe is not up to par. “There is a rule about wearing shoes that cover toes – and when kids outgrow shoes, if their toes peek out, they can’t stay in school,” Edwards said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! At least twice a week, the 85-year-old historic Baird House in Van Nuys gets a makeover. The dining room of the two-story 1920s Victorian house turns into a shoe store, its living room is transformed into a clothing warehouse, and its bedrooms become changing areas as the house fills with dozens of children as part of the Volunteer League of the San Fernando Valley’s Clothes Corner project. “This is really going to help my girls get self-confidence and self-esteem,” Jessica Mira said as she watched her daughters get fitted for new uniforms and shoes on a recent morning. The single mother of five said keeping up with her kids’ school gear can be difficult, especially because they are growing so quickly. last_img read more

Revealed: Which Premier League side plays the highest percentage of long balls?

first_img 4. Crystal Palace – 5.7% of their total passes have been long balls 19. Liverpool – 2.6% of their total passes have been long balls 13. Manchester United – 3.3% of their total passes have been long balls 20 20. Manchester City – 2.4% of their total passes have been long balls so far this season – Click the right arrow above to find out who played the most… 20 16= Everton – 3% of their total passes have been long balls 3. West Brom – 6.5% of their total passes have been long balls 7. Norwich City – 5.3% of their total passes have been long balls 14= Arsenal – 3.1% of their total passes have been long balls 20 16= Chelsea – 3% of their total passes have been long balls 16= Bournemouth – 3% of their total passes have been long balls 11. Southampton – 4.2% of their total passes have been long balls 20 10. Aston Villa – 4.6% of their total passes have been long balls 20 20 We all love watching fast-paced football, with intricate short passes but, every now and again, a long ball downfield is just as effective.It might not be the prettiest way to score a goal, but sometimes you just need your centre back to thud a 50-yard pass for the centre forward to smash home.Some teams opt for this method more than others, but which Premier League sides play the highest percentage of long balls?The boffins over at the CIES Football Observatory have been crunching the numbers and some of the statistics might surprise you.Click the right arrow above to find out which team plays the highest percentage of long balls in the Premier League.All stats correct prior to matches on 18 April 2016 20 20 20 2. Sunderland – 6.7% of their total passes have been long balls 1. Leicester City – 6.9% of their total passes have been long balls 9. Stoke City – 4.7% of their total passes have been long balls 20 20 20 20 20 8. West Ham United – 5% of their total passes have been long balls 14= Tottenham – 3.1% of their total passes have been long balls 20 12. Swansea City – 3.6% of their total passes have been long balls 20 20 20 20 6. Newcastle United – 5.4% of their total passes have been long balls 5. Watford – 5.6% of their total passes have been long balls 20last_img read more

Ranking PL clubs by their greatest ever striker signing since the 1992/93 season

first_img 20 11. Romelu Lukaku – Everton – Lukaku became Everton’s record signing when he joined from Chelsea in a £28m deal after a successful loan spell at Goodison Park. At only 23, Lukaku has already reached 50 Premier League goals and fired the Toffees into Europe in his first season on Merseyside. 18. Lee Trundle – Swansea City – Despite not playing during the heights of the Premier League, Trundle is still a cult hero in South Wales. The Liverpudlian was bought in on a free transfer in 2003 and scored 78 goals in 146 games while the Swans competed in Leagues One and Two (then known as Division Three and Division Two). 20 20 20 1. Wayne Rooney – Manchester United – Rooney became the world’s most expensive teenager at the time when he joined United for £25.6m in 2004. And 12 years later, he is four goals short of becoming the Red Devils’ all time top goalscorer, after scoring 245 goals in 520 games. He has won five Premier League titles, one FA Cup, two League Cups and a Champions League – as well as PFA Player of the Year in 2010. 19. Ricardo Fuller – Stoke City – Fuller spent six seasons at Stoke after singing from Portsmouth for only £500,000 in 2006 and scored 43 goals in 182 games. He was integral in their promotion to the Premier League in 2008, scoring 15 goals, and in consolidating the club as a top-flight team. 20 20 20 20 6. Luis Suarez – Liverpool – At £22.8m, Suarez was the club’s most expensive signing for a few days in 2011 until Andy Carroll joined the Reds. However, donning the famous number seven shirt, Suarez was a revelation and his goals in the 2013/14 season took Liverpool to the verge of winning their first Premier League title, before they ‘slipped up’ at the last moment. 17. Andrew Johnson – Crystal Palace – Johnson signed for Palace in 2002 as part of the deal that saw Clinton Morrison join Birmingham. But 140 games and 74 goals later, Johnson had turned the Eagles into a Premier League club, albeit for one season. 20 During the transfer window, all fans are praying their club spends big on an exciting summer signing who will be hitting the back of the net on a regular basis throughout the season.All 20 of the current top-flight clubs have done that since the Premier League began in 1992, but who is the best striker they have signed in the last 26 years?talkSPORT have identified every current Premier League club’s best striker signing since the 1992/93 season and ranked them from worst to best.Click the arrow above, right, to see who is at number one!N.B. The strikers do not necessarily have to have played in the Premier League but only out and out strikers have been included. So players such as Cristiano Ronaldo and Matt Le Tissier were not considered. 4. Sergio Aguero – Manchester City – Despite being signed for 38 times the price Vardy joined Leicester for, Aguero has led City to two Premier League titles, including his amazing stoppage time winner in 2012. His goals have also led to FA Cups and League Cups as well as taking the club to the Champions League semi-finals last season. 16. Callum Wilson – Bournemouth – Wilson was signed from Coventry for £3m and scored 20 goals as the Cherries were promoted to the Premier League for the first time. However, he missed the majority of the Premier League season with a cruciate knee ligament injury. 12. Troy Deeney – Watford – Deeney signed for Watford in 2010 for £250,000 and is already fifth on Watford’s all-time top goalscorer list with 91 goals. His partnership with Odion Ighalo saw Watford return to the Premier League and survive their first season back. 10. Jurgen Klinsmann – Tottenham Hotspur – Klinsmann had two spells in north London, scoring 21 in 41 games in his first stint and nine in 15 in his second, a loan spell. His goals took Spurs to seventh in the league and the semi-finals of the FA Cup the first time around and rescued them from relegation the second. 20 3. Didier Drogba – Chelsea – Four Premier League titles, four League Cups, four FA Cups, a Champions League and 104 goals in 254 games (over two spells), Drogba is undoubtedly Chelsea’s greatest striker signing. He was signed by Mourinho for £24m and spent nine years at the club in total. 20 8. Carlos Tevez – West Ham United – Tevez edges out cult hero Paulo Di Canio as the Argentine did what Di Canio couldn’t and save the club from relegation. His performances inspired West Ham as they survived relegation, which culminated in the winning goal against Manchester United at Old Trafford in 2007. 20 9. Rickie Lambert – Southampton – Lambert achieved legend status on the south coast after dragging Southampton up the leagues, from League One to the Premier League. He signed for £1m and scored 106 goals in 207 games, as well as having a perfect penalty record of 34 from 34. 7. Kevin Phillips – Sunderland – Phillips’ goals took Sunderland to the Premier League before scoring 30 in his debut season in the top flight to not only win the Golden Boot, but also the European Golden Shoe – the only Englishman to ever win it. Phillips’ record for the Black Cats stood at over a goal every other game, as he finished with 113 goals from 208 games between 1997 and 2003. 20 20 20 20 15. Bob Taylor – West Bromwich Albion – Taylor joined from Bristol City for £300,000 in 1992 and scored 96 goals for the club in the six years that followed before returning to the Hawthorns in 2000 for a second spell. 5. Jamie Vardy – Leicester City – Vardy’s 24 goals and six assists in the 2015/16 season saw Leicester shock the world by winning the Premier League by ten points. Not bad for a player signed for only £1m from Fleetwood in 2012. 2. Thierry Henry – Arsenal – Not as decorated in team honours as Drogba, but Henry is one of the Premier League’s greatest ever players. Arsene Wenger signed him for £11m in 1999 and the World Cup winner went on to become the club’s record goalscorer with 174 goals in 254 games. 20 14. Fabrizio Ravanelli – Middlesbrough – Boro splashed out £7m to bring Ravanelli to Teeside only months after he scored for Juventus in the Champions League final. Despite only being there for one season, he scored 17 goals as Middlesbrough were relegated. 13. Charlie Austin – Burnley – Austin scored a goal every other game at Burnley as he tore up the Championship before earning a move to Queens Park Rangers. He hit the ground running for the Clarets, scoring 20 goals in his first 19 games. 20 20 20 20. Abel Hernandez – Hull City (click the arrow, right, to see who is the best striker signed by this season’s Premier League clubs since 1992) – Signed for £10m in the season Hull were relegated from the Premier League (2014/15) but after 24 goals in 65 games and a subsequent promotion back to the top flight, Hernandez has done well. last_img read more

Teens still like phone calls, face-to-face meetings, study says

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson“Telephone communications and face to face, it’s simply richer than what you get on the Internet,” said Amanda Lenhart, a senior research specialist at Pew. “You get nuances, tone of voice, body language. It’s easier to understand a joke face to face or on the phone than in text-based communications. It’s simply more compelling to folks.” Nonetheless, teens who use social-networking sites – 55 percent of online teens – consider the hangouts important in their social lives. Ninety-one percent of the social-networking teens use the sites to stay in touch with friends they see frequently; 82 percent use them to keep contact with those they rarely see in person. Three-quarters use them to make plans, and half say they make new friends there. “For teens who do use them, they aren’t necessary the primary way (of communicating) but they are one of many ways,” Lenhart said. More than half of social-networking teens have shared photos, videos or other artistic work online, compared with less than a quarter of those who do not use the sites. Among other findings: Teenage girls are more likely than boys to keep a blog, while boys are more apt to share video online. Only one-fifth of teens who post photos online say they never restrict access, compared with nearly half of teens who share video. The telephone-based study of 935 Americans ages 12-17 was conducted Oct. 23 to Nov. 19, 2006, and has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NEW YORK – Teenagers still value phone calls and face-to-face meetings with friends even as they frequent online hangouts like Facebook and MySpace, a new study finds. Nearly 40 percent of teens say they talk to friends on a traditional wired phone every day, and 35 percent say they do so on cell phones, the Pew Internet and American Life Project said last week, analyzing its phone surveys from late 2006. Thirty-one percent of teens say they spend time in person with friends every day. Fewer teens say they communicate daily using instant messaging, text messages or internal messaging systems at Facebook, News Corp.’s MySpace or another social-networking site. Confirming anecdotal evidence, e-mail has lost favor among teens. It ranked at the bottom – used daily by only 14 percent of teens to keep in touch with friends. last_img read more

INCREDIBLE OFFERS AVAILABLE AT ONE OF DONEGAL’S MOST POPULAR CAR DEALERSHIPS – HERRON AUTO

first_imgBUSINESS: One of Donegal’s most popular car dealership’s have announced that there will be 0% finance deals of some of the best motors currently on the market. Herron Auto, has established itself over the years as one of the most trustworthy and reliable dealerships in the North-West. Renowned for providing great offers to its loyal band of customers, Herron Auto have again proved this with their latest offer.A spokesman for Herron Auto told Donegal Daily, “0% finance offer has been one of the main driving forces behind our success this year and we are pleased to announce that it will be available across our Opel range and on Kia Ceed, Rio and Soul models for 162. Herron Opel: 0% and PCP finance available across the rangeNew Opel Astra, voted European Car of the Year. See for yourself why it earned this prestigious award.Opel Mokka, best selling small SUV in Donegal for the past 3 yearsNew model Opel Corsa now in stockWith up to €4500 scrappage available now is the time to order your new Opel at Herron AutoHerron Kia: Kia 7 year warranty across the rangeKia have been ranked no 1 in the US in Motor Industry for quality by JD Power and are the first non luxury brand in 27 years to achieve this prestigious award.0% finance available on Ceed, Rio and Soul modelsPCP finance available across the rangeThe Kia Sportage – our biggest selling car for the past 4 years, new 2016 model in stockCome and test drive the new model Kia Optima, International Car of the Year (ICOTY)Herron Auto have over 60 used cars in stock. Finance decision available in 2 hours.To see a full range of our stock log on to www.herronauto.ie or call to visit us at Herron Auto, Killybegs Rd, Donegal Town 074.9722555.INCREDIBLE OFFERS AVAILABLE AT ONE OF DONEGAL’S MOST POPULAR CAR DEALERSHIPS – HERRON AUTO was last modified: June 30th, 2016 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:BusinessHerron Autonewslast_img read more