Central midfield: Morgan Schneiderlin (Manchester United) – Schneiderlin quietly goes about his business but his impact on the United team is integral. He grabbed his first Red Devils goal at the weekend and he brings a steel and combativeness to the United midfield that has been so absent in recent years. Right-back: Matteo Darmian (Manchester United) – Despite a harrowing experience against Alexis Sanchez in the Arsenal defeat a few weeks ago, Darmian has impressed in his debut Premier League season and is United’s top tackler. 11 11 Goalkeeper: David De Gea (Manchester United) – Possibly the toughest decision of the lot, but De Gea’s brilliance just edges out Joe Hart. Central midfield: Yaya Toure (Manchester City) – Despite claims he is unhappy in England, Toure has shown flashes of his best again this season and his assist against Sevilla on Wednesday night was marvellous. Attacking midfield: Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) – What a signing. £54m is a lot of money, but De Bruyne has already gone some way to justify his extortionate price tag. He has five goals and three assists already and his winner against Sevilla could be the defining goal of City’s season. 11 11 11 11 Left-back: Aleksandar Kolarov (Manchester City) – Kolarov has made an impressive start to this season, striking up an instant understanding with Raheem Sterling and keeping the accomplished Gael Clichy out of the City side. Manchester United and Manchester City face off in the first Manchester derby of the season on Sunday 25 October – a match you can listen to exclusively live on talkSPORT from 2pm BST.With just two points between the neighbours, the contest is already being billed as a major test of either side’s title credentials.The blue half of Manchester have an impressive record against United in recent seasons, but the absence of Sergio Aguero and David Silva from the trip to Old Trafford could hand the hosts the advantage.So who makes our combined XI of United and City players, based on current form and fitness?Some of our choices took some real deliberating – click the yellow arrow above, right, to see who made our team… Centre-back: Vincent Kompany (Manchester City) – Our one exception to the form/fitness stipulation. It’s impossible to leave Kompany out, particularly with his return from injury and the glaring statistic that City haven’t kept a clean sheet in the seven games he’s been absent. 11 11 11 Central midfield: Ander Herrera (Manchester United) – A fan favourite at Old Trafford, Herrera is fast becoming one of the most potent goalscoring midfielders in the league. His goal last weekend at Everton was brilliantly taken. 11 Centre-back: Chris Smalling (Manchester United) – Smalling has been arguably United’s player of the season so far, combining defensive surety with admirable composure in possession. It’s no wonder his manager sees him as a future Red Devils captain. Attacking midfield: Juan Mata (Manchester United) – Mata is a crucial component of United’s attacking quartet and his ability to assume a variety of positions and his brilliant decision making sees him pip Raheem Sterling into our XI. 11 Striker: Anthony Martial (Manchester United) – Wayne Rooney might have the best scoring record in Manchester derbies but his relative lack of domestic form is alarming. In stark contrast, Martial has taken to Premier League life like a duck to water and his pace gives United an outlet that his captain simply cannot offer.
Wayne Rooney 1 This interview appears in the current edition of Sport magazine. Download the free iPad app here, and follow on twitter @sportmagukWhat was your first sporting memory?“I always remember Mike Tyson boxing. Staying up with my dad watching it when I was young – staying up all hours to watch it.”Who would play you in a film of your life?“I don’t know… Matt Damon.”Favourite goal you’ve scored?“Probably my overhead kick against Man City.”You can watch only three sports for the rest of your life – what are they?“Golf, football and boxing.”Who is the most talented athlete you’ve ever played with or against?“Probably Cristianom [Ronaldo]. He’s a great athlete.”Favourite athlete who’s not a footballer?“Michael Johnson.”What TV show are you currently watching?“The Walking Dead.”What’s the last band you listened to?“I’m trying to think… Actually today in the dressing room I was listening to Tina Turner.”Is that normal?“No. Ashley [Young] normally does the music, but sometimes it’s more me and Bastian [Schweinsteiger]. We want to enjoy something different, so we put on Tina Turner. We enjoyed it anyway.”Have you ever been starstruck?“Probably the first time I met Bastian [who is sitting nearby]. When he booted my ankle and injured me…”Who would be the worst teammate to be stuck in a lift with?“Anders Lindegaard [now at West Brom]. He’s just annoying.”Strangest fan request you’ve ever had?“I had one fan who had no hair and he asked me to sign his head.”Do you think he got it tattooed on after?“Oh, I don’t know! I hope not because it wasn’t a very good signature. That was quite strange.”What’s your favourite travel destination?“Barbados. I love it. It’s very relaxing and it’s a place for me to get away and chill out.”If you could have one superpower, what would you choose?“To be invisible.”Who was your favourite cartoon character when you were growing up?“Johnny Bravo.”What’s the biggest obstacle you’ve had to overcome in your career?“Probably getting sent off for England [against Portugal] in the  World Cup quarter-final. That was quite tough.”Best advice you’ve ever been given?“In terms of football, to just enjoy it. When you’re young and you’ve had a lot of coaching, it’s difficult – so just enjoy it.”What has been the highlight of your career so far?“Winning the Champions League was a great feeling. Hopefully I’ll get the chance to feel that again.” read more
Bournemouth have made an enquiry over the availability of Atalanta goalkeeper Marco Sportiello.The Cherries have used Artur Boruc and Adam Federici between the posts this season but neither has made the spot their own.As a result, manager Eddie Howe is reportedly considering a number of goalkeepers in an attempt to shore up the club’s defence.One of those, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, is Sportiello and Bournemouth have reportedly made an enquiry.Atalanta are keen to hold onto the 23-year-old, who was linked with a move to Liverpool last season.However, the Italian club may consider selling if Bournemouth table an offer in excess of £8million. Marco Sportiello 1 read more
Nat Coombs was in for Max Rushden in this week’s edition of the Warm Up and he was joined by James Brown.They took a light-hearted look at Saturday’s Boxing Day action in the Premier League, football related songs, unwanted Christmas presents, why Eric Cantona left Leeds and much more. Former Leeds defender Tony Dorigo was the phone guest for the ‘footballers are nice feature’.
20 20 1. Arsenal – The Gunners can still win the title – Click the right arrow to find out why you should be excited about your team… – It was a dismal January for the Gunners but things can only get better, right? Supporters should be excited about a Premier League title race, which they are still a part of despite a loss of form. If this is their only blip the future is bright. 20 20 20 19. West Brom – The loan ranger – No wins in four games and dull football have got Baggies fans booing at the Hawthorns. They could be about to climb out of their seat soon though with Alex Pritchard joining on loan from Tottenham. The attacking midfielder could give them some much-needed creativity and goals. Watch out for his set-pieces, too. 20 20 4. Chelsea – Silverware could still end up at Stamford Bridge – The Blues title defence has been a disaster but despite all that theyre still in the hunt for the FA Cup and, although less likely, the Champions League. A charge into the top seven is also there if Guus Hiddinks men can continue their recent rally. 5. Crystal Palace – Wilfried Zaha is continuing to improve – A mixed season for the Eagles sees them slipping down the table after an initially promising start. Wilfried Zaha, though, continues to thrill the fans at Selhurst Park. Meanwhile, poor form from some players will see them cut the wheat from the chaff in the summer and, hopefully lead to a top seven push next year. 20 20 9. Manchester City – Pep Guardiola is coming to town – The Blues are in a tough Premier League title race this year but supporters will already be looking ahead to what the Spanish manager can do at the Etihad. We cant wait to see what happens either. It’s not always a fairytale in the Premier League.As football fans we know full well you must take the rough with the smooth – just ask Chelsea supporters.Life’s terrain isn’t always a prairie, but here at talkSPORT we’re ever the optimists and fresh out of bad news.We believe all supporters have got something to be excited about. Yes, even Aston Villa fans.So, forget the frowns, discard the dismissive attitude and let us deliver some happiness.Click the right arrow to find out why fans of every Premier League team have a reason to be excited… 20 14. Stoke City – They’ve finally found Steven N’Zonzi’s replacement – Mark Hughes men have begun to lose their way after some promising performances from his stars. The addition of Giannelli Imbula, a proper replacement for Steven NZonzi, could even get even the most pessimistic fan believing they can get back to their best. 11. Newcastle United – New signings and a new hope – The season has been pretty dismal for the Magpies, so far, but new signings Henri Saivet, Jonjo Shelvey, Andros Townsend and Seydou Doumbia have got some Toon fans feeling they can save themselves and avoid relegation. 6. Everton – Goals, goals, and more goals – Its pretty simple at Goodison Park if Roberto Martinez gets his defence sorted then the Toffees will undoubtedly be one of the most exciting sides in the Premier League. Theyre the fourth highest scoring team in the Premier League, ahead of Arsenal and a solid backline would make them a frightening proposition. 8. Liverpool – Klopp’s summer signings – A defeat to Leicester leaves the Reds floundering in mid-table but the summer is just a few months away. Supporters are already salivating about the prospect of Jurgen Klopp being able to bring in his own players and we dont blame them. A big signing could send shockwaves around the Premier League if the German can pull it off. 15. Sunderland – Big Sam’s side are fighting back – The Black Cats might have lost to Manchester City but they put up one hell of a fight with 11 shots to their opponents six. New signings Lamine Kone, Whabi Khazri, Dame NDoye and Jan Kirchhoff (Spurs performance aside) have given Sam Allardyces team and the fans a real boost – now for results on the pitch. 20. West Ham – The future is bright in east London – If youre a Hammers fan were pretty sure we dont need to tell you why you should be excited. Youre challenging for a spot in the top four, about to move into the Olympic Stadium on the cheap, signing world class stars like Dimitri Payet and purchasing talented youngsters like Sam Byram too. Enjoy it, you never know when the next fall will come and how hard it will be. 12. Norwich City – Steven Naismith looks like being a success – Results havent been great for the Canaries but there are glimpses of joy around the corner. Steven Naismith represents a quality signing and looked fired up against Liverpool and Tottenham. He could be their saviour. 20 20 20 20 10. Manchester United – Anthony Martial has the world at his feet – The Red Devils 3-0 win over Stoke may be the beginning of their renaissance this season, well have to wait to find out. The real excitement though, lies in watching Martial develop into a star at Old Trafford. Hes got plenty of potential but can he realise it. 13. Southampton – Youth and Europe are back on the agenda – A disappointing spell before and after Christmas had got some Saints fans down, but theyre now sputtering back to life and remain in the hunt for a European place. Charlie Austin has been signed and has already made an impact. The likes of academy product Matt Targett and James Ward-Prowse getting more game time is also good news. 20 20 20 20 16. Swansea City – Francesco Guidolin is turning the club around – Two wins and a draw in their last three games will have fans over in Wales delighted. Gylfi Sigurdsson reckons the Old Swansea are back and were inclined to believe the ex-Tottenham man. If they can continue this upward trend the fans at the Liberty Stadium will enjoy the final games of the season. 18. Watford – The Hornets’ double act are going to deliver safety – A European spot isnt out of reach for the Hornets. In a season where survival was the only thing that mattered theyve impressed all comers with their football as strike duo Troy Deeney and Odion Ighalo torment defences. The fact the club are now already buying for the future is a huge positive. 20 20 2. Aston Villa – Relegation could change the club for the better – Impending relegation is nothing to be excited about but dropping into the Championship offers the Villans a chance to cleanse themselves and start over. Ditch the highly-paid underperformers, sign young talented stars and promote youth. There is also the possibility Randy Lerner will sell up. Happier days could be ahead. 17. Tottenham Hotspur – They’re young, hungry and ruthless – Forget Premier League title challenges, the most exciting things about Spurs these days are their core of young English stars and their never say die attitude, which saw them score late to seal the win against Norwich City when already 2-0 up. This is the most ruthless Tottenham team in Premier League history and should be feared. 7. Leicester City – A talented team that has a title chance – We hate to be obvious with this one, but The Foxes have an incredible chance to win the Premier League this season. Theyre under no pressure to do so, unlike Arsenal and Manchester City and have a team who are all pulling in the right direction with a lack of egos. 3. Bournemouth – A strike force to be feared – Benik Afobe AND Callum Wilson in the same team. Theyre two bright, young English strikers who can keep the Cherries in the Premier League and fire them up the table next year, too. read more
1 Manchester United face their biggest game of the season on Thursday night as they take on their great rivals Liverpool at Anfield in the Europa League.Defeat to West Brom on Sunday has left the Red Devils three points off fourth-placed Manchester City – who also have a game in hand.That means that the Europa League represents the club’s best opportunity at reaching the Champions League with the winners of the tournament guaranteed a spot in next season’s competition.Louis van Gaal has won every game he has played against the Reds since taking over at Old Trafford, but that hasn’t stopped fans from worrying about tonight’s result.See below for the terrified tweets by anxious United fans! Anthony Martial takes on Nathaniel Clyne in the game at Anfield in January read more
———————————————- For the latest news and observations on crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! >>> PREVIOUS STORY: Northridge mom, 2 kids innocent victims of road tragedy RESEDA – Police said today a 5-year-old boy injured during a road rage crash in Reseda died at a hospital, and his mother and younger sister remained in critical condition. The boy, Ayman Arif, died about 11 last night, said Kevin Maiberger of the Los Angeles Police Department. Maiberger said the two motorists who had been booked for attempted murder would face probable charges of second-degree murder. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityBrian Barnes, 44, of Northridge, and Armando Gamboa Ayon, 19, of Pacoima, were driving a black Nissan and a red Camaro Tuesday afternoon on West Sherman Way, between Balboa Boulevard and Louise Avenue, when they got into a dispute, according to the LAPD. Ayon, who was driving the Nissan, lost control and plowed into the rear of a parked car, knocking it into a second parked car. A 31-year-old woman and her two children — a 5-year-old boy and a 2- month-old girl — who were between the two parked cars, were crushed, said LAPD Officer Jason Lee. The three, all natives of India, were hospitalized, and the boy was placed on life support, police said. LAPD Detective Bill Bustos said the motorists were “cutting each other off, they were jockeying for position. They were tapping on the brakes, one of the vehicles was tapping on the brakes, trying to cause the other vehicle to ram into the vehicle. They cannot point to the other individual and say, well, that person started it.” read more
NEW YORK – Call it the “O Factor.” Oprah Winfrey picks a “favorite book” or a “favorite thing,” and, poof, it’s a best seller. And now Barack Obama, Winfrey’s “favorite senator,” hopes the O Factor will work for him, too, as the talk-show host and media icon prepares to campaign for the presidential candidate in the early voting states of Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina. But can Winfrey’s influence, vast as it is, extend to the political realm? That depends on whether celebrity endorsements, so courted and coveted in modern politics, really mean much at all in the end. But then again, how many celebrities have the reach and the power of Oprah Winfrey? “Oprah’s in a category of her own,” says Todd Boyd, professor at the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts. “She’s not a movie star. She’s not a rock star. She’s a brand. She’s one of the few people in the world who can be identified only by one name.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsAnd yet, with all that, you can’t necessarily extrapolate to politics, says Boyd. “You could argue that she didn’t get to be popular by being political. Politics has never been a big part of her persona. This is not a slam dunk.” Courting celebrities generally is a mixed bag, say political consultants who’ve been involved in the process. First, there’s the negative perception of Hollywood in some parts of the country as a place full of wealthy liberals out of touch with real concerns. That’s why George Clooney, for example, has kept his support for Obama out of the public realm for now. “As far as openly campaigning, he thinks it hurts the candidate,” says Clooney spokesman Stan Rosenfield. “You lose the heartland.” Stephanie Cutter, Kerry’s communications director in the 2004 campaign, says the right celebrities can build crowds to reach new voters and provide validation for the candidate. She cites the role Bruce Springsteen played in the days leading up to the general election, including an event that brought out more than 80,000 people in Wisconsin, a critical swing state. In Winfrey’s case, Cutter says, “Iowa caucusgoers, especially women, will likely come in droves to see Oprah. She appeals to a broad demographic. To the extent that she helps bring out new or undecided voters, she’s helping Obama make a direct and personal appeal to them for their vote.” (An ABC News/Washington Post poll released last week found Obama, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton and John Edwards locked in a tight race in Iowa, which holds its caucuses Jan. 3.) A poll conducted by the Pew Research Center in September, not long after Winfrey held a fundraiser for Obama, found that 69 percent of respondents, or nearly seven in 10 Americans, would not be influenced by Winfrey’s endorsement of a political candidate. On the other hand, 60 percent believed her support would help Obama, and only 3 percent said it would hurt him. The Clinton campaign, in an e-mail to The Associated Press, said of Winfrey: “We’re fans and we think it’s great she is participating in the process. Everyone has wonderful supporters, and we’re proud of ours” – such as Steven Spielberg, Magic Johnson and Barbra Streisand, who threw her support behind Clinton on Tuesday.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! read more
At least 60 water disconnections will take place across the county in the coming weeks, Donegal County Council has revealed.It follows the disclosure that 20 disconnections have taken place on non domestic water supplies in recent weeks.The most recent disconnections took place in Letterkenny and Ardara with other planned for areas within the Letterkenny, Inishowen, Donegal, Glenties and Stranorlar Electoral Areas in the coming weeks. “These measures become necessary when customers do not engage proactively and meaningfully with the Council in relation to outstanding charges on their account. Both commercial businesses and agricultural supplies have been affected by the disconnections/restrictions and substantial charges will incur to reconnect supplies,” said a council spokesman.The Council encourages and appeals to all customers in arrears to contact them at (074) 9153900.Donegal County Council says it would like to thank the very many customers who paid their bills and actively engage with the Council in relation to their non domestic water account.COUNCIL ORDERS 60 WATER DISCONNECTIONS IN COMING WEEKS was last modified: April 30th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Donegal County Councilwater disocnnections read more
FEATURES: A Donegal Toy company is set to showcase its fantastic product on The Late Late Toy Show!The Late Late Toy Show is a national institution – and is one of the most watched TV programmes every year! Millions of viewers tune in to see what are the best toys and products on the market – and witness RTE presenter Ryan Tubridy wear some dodgy Christmas jumpers!Hugely successful Donegal Toy company – LOTTIE DOLLS are set to feature on the show.LOTTIE DOLLS have been an incredible success since being launched by Co-Founder and Managing Director Ian Harkin.LOTTIE DOLLS are distributing their products in THIRTY countries all over the world – and now employ eight people here in Donegal. LOTTIE DOLLS have also won an incredible TWENTY-SEVEN International toy awards.LOTTIE DOLLS has been acknowledged as an innovative toy brand that is disrupting the toy aisle.LOTTIE is a fashion doll with a difference; created to challenge negative body image concerns, premature sexualisation and the demise of childhood. No make-up, high heels or jewellery.The business is continuing to grow and expand all the time – and Harkin has expressed his delight at the opportunity to feature on The Late Late Toy Show tonight!Toy Show producer Katherine Drohan, has hinted that Lottie will be showcasing her ground-breaking superhero outfit tonight (which was designed by a real little girl, Lily aged six, from Ohio, USA) as Lottie’s kid-tester is said to have been very taken with the ‘girl superhero’ toy in rehearsals.Lottie is the perfect toy for girls (or indeed boys!) cute, fun, educational, portable and perfectly giftable, she comes in a wide assortment of themes to suit each individual personality. From tinkering with science or learning to ballet dance, stargazing into the nights sky, unearthing fossils on the coast to attending a glittery masked ball as a snow queen, even jumping in muddy puddles!Locally, you can find Lottie Dolls in McElhinney’s Ballybofey and in Letterkenny; Crafty Kids and Moonshine Coffee Shop/Donegal Craft and Gifts and Surprise Surprise in the Shopping Centre.You can find out more on the Lottie website (www.lottie.com) and tweet #lottiedolls during the show tonight to WIN 3 Lottie Dolls!DONEGAL TOY COMPANY TO FEATURE ON THE LATE LATE TOY SHOW was last modified: November 27th, 2015 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:Businessnews read more