first_img Jamie Vardy celebrates his goal for Stocksbridge Park Steels 1 Jamie Vardy surging forward and slotting the ball into the back of the net is a sight we’ve all become used to.The top scoring Leicester striker has 14 Premier League goals this season and his rise from non-league football to the very top of the game has been remarkable.Vardy has gone from non-league to England international in a short space of time, beginning at Yorkshire club Stocksbridge Park Steels then Halifax Town followed by Fleetwood Town and now Leicester, with his career reportedly alerting the film industry.EXCLUSIVE: VARDY TARGETING EURO 2016 PLACEAnd a video has emerged of the 28-year-old playing and scoring an equaliser for Stocksbridge against FC United of Manchester in 2009.Is he the only player to score against Man United and the semi-pro club formed by the Old Trafford faithful, back in 2005?Incidentally, Stocksbridge were beaten by FC United 4-3 at Gigg Lane.last_img read more

first_imgGardai in Letterkenny have confirmed they are investigating a computer scam after four bank accounts were raided of thousands of euro by Nigerian fraudsters.Efforts are now underway to see if any more bank accounts have been broken into by the gang using the ‘phishing’ scam.Garda Superintendent Vincent O’Brien confirmed they are investigating the on-line robbery of bank accounts. The Letterkenny-based Garda also appealed to people to check their accounts of they bank on-line.He explained that the gang use random numbers to access people’s laser cards and initially take just a couple of euro out to pay a small bill to another company.But once the gang know they have access to the account then they begin to take out larger and larger amounts of cash.Gardai in Donegal are liaising with specialist officers from the National Bureau of Criminal Investigation to track the cyber thieves. It is believed the operation stretches over several countries.It is unsure if people are covered by insurance if their bank accounts have been accessed.  DONEGAL BANK ACCOUNTS ROBBED OF THOUSANDS IN ON-LINE SCAM was last modified: December 22nd, 2011 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:bank accountsletterkennyPhishing scamscamlast_img read more

first_imgPeter Odemwingie has joined Bristol City on loan from Stoke for the remainder of the campaign.The 34-year-old forward is available to make his debut for the Championship strugglers in Saturday’s crunch clash at Fulham.City head coach Lee Johnson told the club’s official website: “I’m delighted we’ve been able to bring someone of Peter’s quality in; he’ll provide us with experience and hopefully goals in one form or another. “I’m looking forward to working with him and he’ll be available for us at Fulham tomorrow.” Odemwingie joined Stoke from Cardiff in January 2014 as part of a swap deal with Kenwyne Jones.He featured regularly after his arrival but a knee injury ruled him out of the majority of last season.The Nigerian returned to fitness in the summer but has made only eight appearances for the Potters this term.Now he is set to play a key role for Bristol City as they fight to avoid relegation to League One.The Robins are currently sitting 20th in the Championship table, just two points adrift of safety, with ten games left of the campaign. Peter Odemwingie in action for Stoke City 1last_img read more

first_imgLouis van Gaal hailed Manchester United’s “unbelievable” spirit after they beat Everton 2-1 to reach the FA Cup final – before admitting his continued uncertainty about his chances of still being with the club next season.Anthony Martial struck a dramatic stoppage-time winner at Wembley after Marouane Fellaini’s 34th-minute opener was cancelled out by a Chris Smalling own-goal 15 minutes from time.United had dominated the first half, with Everton then mounting a comeback during which Toffees striker Romelu Lukaku had a 57th-minute penalty brilliantly saved by David de Gea.The semi-final looked certain to head into extra time, but Martial then intervened to send the Red Devils into their first FA Cup final in nine years as they remained on course for their first trophy since 2013.United are currently fifth in the Barclays Premier League and there has been plenty of talk this season about boss Van Gaal being replaced in the summer.And having praised his team for their efforts on Saturday, the Dutchman – asked how important winning the FA Cup could be for the team’s development heading into next season – said: “I am not looking beyond this competition and FA Cup, because we live in the present.“For the future, I will discuss that with my board and others.”Van Gaal, whose current contract runs until the summer of 2017, was then asked if he would consider winning the FA Cup but failing to qualify for the Champions League a success.The 64-year-old replied: “It is not for me to judge – it is for the board of Manchester United.”Van Gaal had no doubt his side deserved to win the match.And although he did not dispute the awarding of the penalty by referee Anthony Taylor following Timothy Fosu-Mensah’s challenge on Ross Barkley, he was critical of the official more generally as he gave his assessment of the contest.“I think in the first half we were the better team,” Van Gaal said.“We scored and created more chances, although we could have finished more.“In the second half I think the referee changed the match.“I have to say I think it was a penalty – I don’t argue. But I argue about over 50 duels that were not in our favour – when you do that over 10 or 15 minutes in a row, you have a big influence in the game.“After that we scored the own-goal and it was 1-1, and then you saw we were showing our spirit. It was unbelievable.“We were out of the game, but then back in it, and then Anthony scores a fantastic goal.“We are lucky we scored in the last minute but we deserved to win.”last_img read more

first_img Firmino leaves Soldado stranded with one little move Roberto Soldado did not know what to do when Roberto Firmino left him stranded with one little bit of skill.It was a good night for everyone associated with Liverpool on Thursday, as the club secured a place in their first European final since 2007 after seeing off Villarreal in the Europa League semi-final.A Bruno Soriano own goal, plus efforts from Daniel Sturridge and Adam Lallana earned the Reds a 3-0 win.VIDEO: JURGEN KLOPP LEADS THE FAN CELEBRATIONS ON ANFIELD PITCHWATCH THE LIVERPOOL GOALS HERE 1last_img

first_img 9 9 3. Geoffrey Kondogbia – Signed from Lens in 2012 for just £3m before Monaco stumped up £15m just 12 months later. Kondogbia joined Inter Milan last summer for a fee rumoured to be around £28m. 2. Julio Baptista – Monchi signed Baptista from Brazilian side Sao Paulo for £2.63m in 2003 before being sold to Real Madrid for £15m two years later. 9 7. Carlos Bacca – Monchi made £17.25m on Bacca after signing him from Club Brugge for £5.25m in 2013 and selling him for £22.5m to AC Milan two years later. Reports broke on Tuesday that Manchester United were trying to bring Sevilla sporting director Monchi to Old Trafford to oversee all transfer-related activity.Since the departure of former chief executive David Gill in 2013, United’s transfer business has consisted of erratic overspending with very little return.SEE THE PREMIER LEAGUE’S BIGGEST NET SPENDING CLUBS OVER THE PAST FIVE YEARS – HEREEd Woodward has been openly mocked for his transfer acumen and in turning to Monchi, whose real name is Ramon Rodriguez Verdejo, he would be putting his faith in the perfect man.Since joining the Spanish club in 2000, Monchi has spent a total of £36.4m for a return of £172.3m – a profit of £136m.And that’s excluding the sales of players who came through the youth ranks such as Sergio Ramos, Jesus Navas, Jose Antonio Reyes and Alberto Moreno.Sevilla are believed to have blocked Monchi’s desire to leave the club but this one could rumble on for a while yet.Need proof of Monchi’s transfer credentials? Click the arrow above, right, to see his best profitable bargains. 9 9 9 5. Ivan Rakitic – The Croatian was signed from German side Schalke for a measly £1.88m back in 2010 before Barcelona came in and signed Rakitic for £13.5m in 2014. 6. Seydou Keita – Keita was signed by Monchi at the start of the 2007/08 season for only £3m before being sold to Barcelona at the end of the season for over treble that amount (£10.5m). 1. Dani Alves – click the arrow, right, to see more of Monchi’s best bits of transfer business – Signed from Bahia for a fee of £413,000, Alves was then sold to Barcelona for a massive £26.63m. 8. Aleix Vidal – Sevilla made a similarly quick return on Vidal when Barcelona signed him for £12.75m despite Monchi signing him for £2.25m only 12 months earlier. 9 9. Federico Fazio – Tottenham bought Fazio for £7.5m from Sevilla after Monchi recruited him eight years earlier for £600,000. 9 9 4. Gary Medel – Signed from Chilean side Universidad Catolica in 2011 for £2.25m before being sold to Cardiff City two years later for £9.75m. last_img read more

first_imgGhana striker Asamoah Gyan has rubbished speculation that he will join Chelsea this summer.Gyan is currently on a huge salary at Chinese Super League side Shanghai SIPG but with Chelsea on the lookout for a striker this summer, a return to the Premier League for the 30-year-old had been mooted.The forward spent two years at Sunderland and scored 12 goals during his time at the Stadium of Light – including a memorable solo strike in a 3-0 win away to Chelsea in 2010 – before he was shipped out on loan to UAE side Al-Ain in 2012.Gyan left for the Chinese Super League last summer, signing for Shanghai in a deal worth a reported £227,000-a-week, making him one of the highest paid players in the world.After a season plagued with injuries, Gyan was understood to be considering his future in China but, speaking to Ghanaian radio station BOSS FM, he vigorously denied any potential switch to Stamford Bridge.“I don’t believe in internet stories,” said Gyan.“There is nothing happening like I’m joining Chelsea FC. There hasn’t been any offer.“My team is not sacking me. All these stories are not true.” 1 Asamoah Gyan last_img read more

first_imgSanta and his sleigh will tour Carson starting Monday. But before that, he’ll make a visit to the SouthBay Pavilion from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday. Santa will make a few sweeps around the parking lot before settling in at the U-shape area between Target and Jamba Juice. The shopping center is at 20700 Avalon Blvd. You can also learn when Santa will be in your city and when he’ll pose for photos at the malls at Starting Monday from 4 to 8 p.m., Santa will be in Carson, handing out candy to children. Here’s where he’ll be: WEDNESDAY: Areas bordered by 223rd Street, Figueroa Street, Sepulveda Boulevard and Main Street. THURSDAY: Areas bordered by Torrance Boulevard, Figueroa Street, 223rd Street, Main Street, Carson Street and Avalon Boulevard. DEC. 7: Areas bordered by Carson Street, Main Street, 228th Street and Avalon Boulevard. DEC. 10: Areas bordered by 213th Street, Avalon Boulevard, 223rd Street and Wilmington Avenue. DEC. 11: Areas bordered by Carson Street, Santa Fe Avenue, 223rd Street and Alameda Street. DEC. 12: Areas bordered by Dominguez Street, Alameda Street, 223rd Street and Santa Fe Avenue. DEC. 13: Areas bordered by Alondra Blvd., Main Street, 189th St., Avalon Boulevard and Stevenson Village area. DEC. 17: Areas bordered by Turmont Street, Avalon Boulevard, Del Amo Boulevard and Wilmington Avenue. DEC. 18: Areas bordered by University Drive, Avalon Boulevard, Turmont Street and Central Avenue.DEC. 19: Areas bordered by University Drive, Central Avenue, Turmont Street and Wilmington Avenue.DEC. 20: Make up for any areas canceled due to poor weather. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champ160Want 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

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson Among the qualities you’d want from the greatest quarterback in college football history, high on the list would be a strong arm. So this could be a handicap for Leinart if we’re judging by raw tools. All the same, if something like that drops him behind Johnny Lujack or Les Horvath or Vinny Testaverde on the all-time list, it’s likely not to spoil Leinart’s memories of three seasons as the Trojans’ starting quarterback and on-the-field leader. If Leinart might not be the greatest ever – there are a lot of contenders for that distinction, after all – he can console himself with the knowledge that no quarterback ever got as much out of a university career as he has. He’s got those national championships, two according to the Associated Press poll and three if the Trojans beat the Longhorns in Pasadena. He’s got that Heisman Trophy, which puts him in a group with eight others who quarterbacked a national champion and won a Heisman (Lujack, Horvath, Angelo Bertelli, Davey O’Brien, Gino Torretta, Charlie Ward, Danny Wuerffel, Chris Weinke) and puts him in a group with one other who quarterbacked multiple national champions and won a Heisman (Lujack). He’s got a high selection in the NFL Draft to look forward to, and is likely to join three others who quarterbacked a national champion, won a Heisman and went either as the top quarterback in the draft or otherwise in the top 10 picks (Lujack, Horvath, Bertelli). He’s got this 34-game winning streak which, if the Trojans win this week, will match the record for a starting quarterback (set by Chuck Ealy when the Toledo quarterback went 35-0 in 1969-71). He’s got a host of USC and Pac-10 records already, and very likely will end up with the NCAA record for the lowest percentage of passes intercepted in a career. He’s got the iconic, last-minute drive that won the Notre Dame game in October, culminating with his touchdown push through a pack of humanity, a play that made him the hero of every day-after-Thanksgiving shopper at Mervyn’s. He’s got the satisfaction of having helped Reggie Bush to win a Heisman of his own this season. He’s got the benefits of being the most eligible 22-year-old bachelor in L.A. He’s got the much-admired decision to stay in school for his senior season. And before any of that, he’s got one of the nicest back stories in Hollywood, as the cross-eyed kid who grew into an eagle-eyed passer. That’s 10 reasons that Matt Leinart needs to be remembered as the greatest quarterback in college football history about as much as Hugh Hefner needs sainthood. Unless you want to proclaim Leinart the answer to “Who’s the greatest?” just to be a dutiful homer, you have to admit that it’s an unanswerable question. What makes somebody the greatest – being the most talented, or the most honored, or the most valuable to your team? How do you account for the huge differences in the way the game is played from O’Brien’s day to Carson Palmer’s? How do you compare John Elway (incredible skills, but no Heisman and no national title) and Wuerffel (Heisman and national title, but a third-round draft choice)? “There are so many great ones,” Leinart said Sunday. “Elway wasgreat. There’s so many guys who did great in college and the NFL. … It’s definitely an honor if I’m one of the top guys – top 10, top 20, whatever.” No less than Dan Fouts, the prolific San Diego Chargers passer who will be ABC’s analyst for the Rose Bowl, thinks there’s a strong case for Leinart as the top 1. “He’s got to be No. 1,” Fouts said. “When you have a (won-lost) record like has – how else do you judge a quarterback? Hey, Joe Montana’s the greatest quarterback in NFL history – because he has the numbers. It’s all a debate, but I remember from debating that you’ve got to back it up with numbers.” There are two ways of looking at this. From where fans stand – from the outside-in – the question would be whether Leinart entertained us in such a way as to be remembered as the greatest college quarterback ever. From where he stands – from the inside-out – the question would be whether Leinart entertained himself in such a way as to be remembered as the most fulfilled college quarterback ever. The answer to the first question is a definite maybe. The answer to the second is a definite yes. If I were him, I’d rather have the consolation prize. Kevin Modesti’s column appears in the Daily News three days a week. He can be reached at [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Leinart himself put his credentials in a sling a couple of days ago when, in reminiscing about his days as a Fountain Valley youth-league pitcher, he noted the damage all of those early fastballs did to his left arm. “Now I have a ‘good’ arm, but not a ‘strong’ arm,” Leinart said at a Beverly Hills hotel in one of the news conferences before Wednesday night’s USC-Texas Rose Bowl. “I wish I had my shoulder back.” center_img Matt Leinart probably is not the greatest quarterback in the history of college football. There, I said it. He’s really going to be broken up about this when he hears, huh? last_img read more

first_imgYou can’t go to war on an empty stomach!That was the cry form several of Donegal’s top star who pulled into the Sandwich Company in Letterkenny for their breakfast this morning.The emphasis was on healthy as Michael Murphy, Karl Lacey, Rory Kavanagh, Colm McFadden and other members of the squad tucked in ahead of the Ulster Final in just over two weeks. The Sandwich Company opened in Letterkenny five years ago and now has two outlets in the town employing 14 people.       Back L-R: Collette Harold, Pat Shovlin, Michael Murphy, Peter Witherow, Siobhan Carr (Shop Manager) Front L-R: Rory Kavannagh, Karl Lacey, Michael Boyle, Colm McFadden.  Donegal players called into sandwich company for a healthy breakfast. Proprietors Paul Gallagher and Paul McCole opened shop 5 years ago with 2nd shop on main street opening 2 years ago. The sandwich company now employs fourteen and the business is going from strength to strength (etc etc). DONEGAL PLAYERS ARE BITING AT THE BIT BEFORE ULSTER FINAL! was last modified: July 6th, 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:donegalSANDWICH COMPANYlast_img read more