WATCH! Wayne Rooney’s emotional speech to England teammates after breaking goal record

first_imgWayne Rooney gave an emotional speech in the England dressing room after becoming his country’s leading goalscorer.The Manchester United striker netted his 50th goal for the Three Lions in Tuesday night’s 2-0 win over Switzerland to break Sir Bobby Charlton’s 45-year-old record.After the match, Roy Hodgson let the cameras in as he handed his captain a commemorative shirt with ‘Rooney 50’ on the back in the dressing room.The players chanted his name repeatedly as he received the shirt and 29-year-old then addressed them all in a short speech.“I want to thank all of the coaches, the players, and the staff who I have worked with for such a long time,” the Manchester United forward said.“This is such a huge moment for myself and my family in my career. Hopefully for the team and for myself there will be a lot more to come, we can be successful and hopefully a lot of the younger lads – coming through like Harry (Kane), Ross (Barkley), and Raheem (Sterling) can come close and even pass me in the future.“I am grateful, it means the world to me and thank you very much.”Rooney took 12 years and 107 matches to bring up his half century.Given that he has vowed to play on for England for at least another three years, there will be plenty of opportunities to add to his tally.And Hodgson believes the Manchester United forward could potentially score upwards of 60 goals.“If he plays to 2018 at least we are talking 20 or 30 games, so 10 to 15 goals with his rate of scoring,” the England boss said.last_img read more

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Middlesbrough 1-0 Sheffield Wednesday: Cristhian Stuani’s first-minute strike sends Teessiders back to the to

first_imgMiddlesbrough returned to the top of the Sky Bet Championship thanks to Cristhian Stuani’s quick-fire goal.The Uruguayan struck after just 44 seconds to notch his sixth goal of the season – a goal which gave Boro their ninth home win of the campaign.Their defensive display helped Aitor Karanka’s side keep their seventh consecutive clean sheet in the league, and eighth at the Riverside Stadium.The last goal they conceded at home was against Brentford on September 15, and they held strong against an in-form Sheffield Wednesday team who pegged Boro back for much of the second half.Wednesday boss Carlos Carvalhal had complained about having to play just 48 hours after their comfortable Boxing Day victory over Birmingham.But even though Boro had nine days to prepare for this game after their Christmas game at Blackburn was postponed, the Owls looked the stronger side after making six changes.It was Boro who got off to a breathtaking start, however, taking the lead after just 44 seconds.Albert Adomah played in Stewart Downing on the left and his delivery was met perfectly by Stuani, who side-footed past Joe Wildsmith.And the rampant home side almost doubled their lead two minutes later when Stuani played in Emilio Nsue with a clever header, the former Mallorca midfielder cutting inside before his shot was deflected over the bar.Stuani was in the thick of it again in the 15th minute after George Friend whipped in a dangerous ball from the left, but the Uruguayan’s header was straight at Wildsmith.Barry Bannan tried his luck with a long-range effort in the 58th minute but Dimi Konstantopoulos was behind it.There was a big chance for the visitors five minutes later when the ball dropped inside the box for Forestieri, but he was denied from close range and Boro scrambled it clear.The league leaders then counter-attacked and substitute Diego Fabbrini should have done better with Downing in space on the left, but Jeremy Helan did well to get back and dispossess the Italian.Wednesday pressed at the other end in the 74th minute when Forestieri’s shot from the edge of the box was blocked and Rhoys Wiggins saw his rebound fly over the bar.Boro were under pressure again in the 81st minute and Daniel Ayala did well to head off the line before Adam Clayton cleared the second ball.The Owls continued to pressure Boro but the Teessiders held on to go two points clear at the top of the Championship with a game in hand. 1 Cristhian Stuani last_img read more

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TRANSFER ALERT! Man United ready to secure £18m deal for Atletico Madrid star

first_imgManchester United have been put on red alert after reports in Spain claimed Saul Niguez has stalled in his contract talks with Atletico Madrid.Niguez, 21, has been on United’s radar since last summer and the Red Devils reportedly made a bid for him in January.The Spanish midfielder has impressed for Diego Simeone’s side this term, scoring seven goals in 32 appearances in all competitions.His form has attracted further interest from United and has forced Atletico to enter negotiations over fresh terms with Niguez, despite the player still having four years left on his current deal.However, according to AS, the stumbling block in the talks have been Niquez’s increased wage demands, with Atletico unwilling offer him a salary worth around £3.8m-a-year.The report goes on to claim Niguez is now considering his options and would be open to a move to the Premier League.United are prepared to meet Niguez’s £18m buyout-clause and are expected to make contact with Atletico and the player’s representatives in the coming weeks. 1 Saul Niguez in action for Atletico Madrid last_img read more

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Helplessly sidelined

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The El Segundo resident is executive director of the Downtown Rialto Business Improvement District Association. Her family visited the cabin built by her late husband and his father on Holcomb Creek as often as they could. She’d wanted to go up to the cabin last weekend, but wasn’t able to. “Now the whole street is gone,” Cano said. “We will rebuild. We did have insurance. But it’s all the memories that we have there.” Holding tight in Highland Bracing for Cabin burns on live tv Norma Cano watched helplessly as the Green Valley Lake cabin that had been in her family for the past 43 years burned down during a television news report. “I saw it on TV and said `that’s my cabin!”‘ she said. “It was on fire.” the worst Officials began calling for voluntary evacuations in the northeast area of Highland about 1 p.m. Tuesday as the Slide Fire began moving toward the city. “If and when mandatory evacuations kick in, we’ll facilitate that,” said San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Detective Greg Haynes. “If it comes to that we’ll put our lights on and get on our PA (public address) system to let people know. Then we’ll go door to door to make sure everyone is accounted for.” Suheil Abdulnour owns a stunning, custom home at the end of Applewood Street in the northeast end of Highland – right against hills ripe with dry brush. “I’ve done so many improvements after I bought this home, I don’t want to see it go,” Abdulnour said. “This is my castle.” If mandatory evacuations are called, Abdulnour says he plans to send his wife and kids away, but he says he’ll stay behind. “I’m going to try my best to protect my property,” he said. “I’ll stay to the last minute if I have to.” Grass Valley Fire Two men defend homes Scott Garrett and Martin Daniel already knew what they would do when sheriff’s deputies woke up Sonoma Drive in Lake Arrowhead, telling residents to evacuate. And it wasn’t to flee before the Grass Valley Fire. Daniel, 46, sent his family to safety. Then he and Garrett donned paint masks and goggles. They stockpiled water, filling trash cans and buckets before the water was shut off and distributed them around the perimeter of their homes. What followed was a 21-hour battle to keep their homes safe against the encroaching flames – a battle they declared a victory. Their two homes and three others they defended are still standing, and they escaped without injury. They rationed the precious water, fighting flames with dirt and shovels, smothering hot spots on trees and dead timber with dirt when the water was gone. When water pressure returned, they pieced together garden hoses and doused burning timber. They fought until 3 a.m. Tuesday. “We were watching, and it would look as if it was coming back up again,” Garrett said. “There was a couple of times it was starting to climb up into the treetops, and we thought we were done with our battle.” Both men said they had their vehicles ready to go, if need be. “I had no idea how in the thick of things we would be,” Daniel said. “I saw big chunks of burning stuff falling on my roof. There was one moment when it looked like it was going to come right through the trees right at us and I started praying – reciting Psalm 23.” Miraculously, the fire stalled where it was. Another neighbor passed by and helped them, and finally the danger passed and the men could rest. “We don’t want to be encouraging other people to stay and having firefighters have to rescue them instead of dealing with the fires,” Garrett said. – From staff reports160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img
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FEMA fake news conference raises White House ire

first_imgBy The Associated Press WASHINGTON – The White House scolded the Federal Emergency Management Agency on Friday for staging a phony news conference about assistance to victims of wildfires in southern California. The agency – much maligned for its sluggish response to Hurricane Katrina over two years ago – arranged to have FEMA employees play the part of independent reporters Tuesday and ask questions of Vice Adm. Harvey E. Johnson, the agency’s deputy director. The questions were predictably soft and gratuitous. FEMA gave real reporters only 15 minutes notice about Tuesday’s news conference. But because there was so little advance notice, the agency made available an 800 number so reporters could call in. And many did, although it was a listen-only arrangement. Homeland Security spokeswoman Laura Keehner said senior leadership is considering whether a punishment is necessary. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“I’m very happy with FEMA’s response,” Johnson said in reply to one query from an agency employee. White House press secretary Dana Perino said it was not appropriate that the questions were posed by agency staffers instead of reporters. FEMA was responsible for the “error in judgment,” she said, adding that the White House did not know about it beforehand and did not condone it. “FEMA has issued an apology, saying that they had an error in judgment when they were attempting to get out a lot of information to reporters, who were asking for answers to a variety of questions in regard to the wildfires in California,” Perino said. “It’s not something I would have condoned. And they – I’m sure – will not do it again.” She said the agency was just trying to provide information to the public, through the press, because there were so many questions. “I don’t think that there was any mal-intent,” Perino said “It was just a bad way to handle it, and they know that.” last_img read more

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Georginio Wijnaldum has no regrets about joining relegation-threatened Newcastle

first_img1 Wijnaldum moved to St. James’ Park from Feyenoord last summer for a reported fee of £14.5m Georginio Wijnaldum has no regrets about joining Newcastle United and insists he is happy at the club.The midfielder moved to St. James’ Park from PSV last summer for a reported fee of £14.5m.The Dutchman has impressed during his first season in England and has scored nine goals in 22 Premier League appearances.Despite Wijnaldum’s fine form, Newcastle have struggled and are battling to avoid relegation to the Championship.But, despite the club’s plight, the 25-year-old does not regret his decision to swap PSV for Newcastle.“I knew it was difficult because they (Newcastle) had a tough season last year,” Wijnaldum told RTV Rijnmond.“But I made the choice with full confidence and I still do not regret it. I’m still happy there.”last_img read more

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Stoke are keen on former Manchester United man, Mark Bowen confirms to talkSPORT

first_imgStoke assistant boss Mark Bowen has confirmed the club are keen to lure Nani back to England.The Portugal international was one of the most frustrating wingers in the Premier League during a largely disappointing seven-year spell at Manchester United.But he has been in fine form since joining Fenerbahce last summer and has impressed for his national team in their run to the semi-finals of Euro 2016.Valencia are eyeing the 29-year-old and have reportedly launched a £7m bid – but Mark Hughes’ number two has told talkSPORT that the Potters are also circling and could be ready to make their move.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, Bowen said: “I know there is an interest there. Valencia are a big club, but it is the draw of the Premier League.“He is player that Mark admires a lot and he has had a very good tournament. Without giving too much away, there is an interest there and let’s see what happens.“In my opinion, he left the Premier League far too early. He had his time at Manchester United and had been a big player for them and he seemed to drift away rather than step into another club in the Premier League. “If he is ready to come back, then I’m sure there will be a lot of clubs interested in him.”last_img read more

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Saints rebuild at `home’ Team faces new challenges

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson“In a recovery, certain things provide a very powerful symbolic impact. And with the right message and the return of our tourism and hospitality industries, you’re going to see a rallying behind the team, the new coach and No. 2 draft pick,” he said. Of course, it’s Perry’s job to be optimistic and he admits it’s his nature to be so. When Benson flew to New Orleans last Friday to announce the franchise would be returning to its headquarters in suburban Metairie, he said everything local fans have been waiting to hear since early September. But whether he said it with conviction was up for debate. Benson, who has long played business matters close to the vest and rarely looks comfortable in front of cameras, read dispassionately from a script when he said the Saints were “committed to continue their role as a community leader, economic engine and an integral part of the fabric of the city of New Orleans.” He did not take questions, and no one with either the Saints or the NFL is ready to say whether the return to New Orleans extends beyond the 2006 season. NEW ORLEANS – How fitting the Saints should return this month to a city defined by countless daunting rebuilding projects. Finding a new coach and new quarterback – possibly Matt Leinart with the second selection in the draft – are only a few of the matters the Saints must deal with on and off the field in 2006. Rebuilding trust with a fan base and business community still trying to recover from Hurricane Katrina could be another, especially after team owner Tom Benson’s flirtations with San Antonio. Benson waited several months before finally deciding last week, with prodding from the NFL, to return to New Orleans. Before that, he fired top executives who favored returning to New Orleans and briefly sought to cancel the lease at his training facility. “If there’s a change in attitude by the franchise toward the community, with the proper articulation of commitment to New Orleans, then the fan base will forgive some of their frustrations and will rally around the team as a symbol of the rebuilding of New Orleans,” predicted Steve Perry, president of the New Orleans Convention and Visitor’s Bureau. center_img If they chose, the Saints could go back to San Antonio in 2007 by paying about $81 million to get out of their Superdome lease. And NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue has said he would like to have a team back in Los Angeles by 2008. The challenge for the Saints in the New Orleans area won’t be so much filling the seats at the Superdome as selling most of the nearly 140 luxury suites. Perry insists it can be done with a regional approach that would include asking major national companies that may not be based in New Orleans, but who do a lot of business here, to buy suites. Beer and alcohol companies come to mind, as well as large retailers of household items and home-building materials. Perry said he would be willing to incorporate Saints games into convention packages or encourage businesses to schedule meetings here around NFL weekends. “It would be extremely damaging to the NFL as a brand to move this franchise, because you’re going to see over the next year the recovery of New Orleans become equated with American patriotism,” Perry 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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USC football notes: Will Justice remain for USC?

first_imgUSC offensive lineman Winston Justice is considering going to Florida for workouts for the NFL draft, which would effectively end any hope he would return for his senior season. Justice, who is considered a potential first-round draft pick, would train in Naples, Fla., before working out for NFL teams. He is one of several underclassmen who might turn pro in the next week for the Trojans. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson “I’m not sure,” Bing said. “I’m going to think about it.” USC coach Pete Carroll already began meeting with underclassmen the day after the Rose Bowl and will continue to speak with them until they officially decide their futures. “I’m working on it,” Carroll said. “It’s information-gathering time. I will meet with some of them.” Carroll said Bush is the only player unquestionably ready for the NFL. “Nobody else is at this point,” he said. But he did find one other player who should declare for the draft. “(Texas quarterback) Vince Young’s stock couldn’t go higher,” Carroll said. Funeral plans: Linebacker Rey Maualuga will miss the first week of classes so he can be with his family and attend his father’s funeral next Friday. Talatonu Maualuga died Monday from cancer. “I got a call from my mom telling me what happened,” Maualuga said. “I’ve seen him three times in that condition so it wasn’t a surprise but it was tough to hear.” Young praise: USC’s defense raved about Young, who rushed for 200 yards and passed for 267 to lead the Longhorns in their Rose Bowl win. “I’ve never seen anyone like him,” linebacker Brian Cushing said. “He talked a good game and he backed it up. He’s better than I thought, honestly.” Bing sat in disbelief on the bench for several minutes after the game. “I’m sitting here in shock” he said. “I don’t think anyone is as good as Vince Young.” Tough exit: Although USC’s locker room was reserved after Wednesday’s game, with few displays of emotion, the loss made its impact on the younger Trojans. “This is the toughest and most dramatic loss,” Maualuga said. “To go out like this is nothing I would want to go out with my senior year and I really feel for our seniors.” Last thought: Moments after his last college game, Bush was asked how he felt. “It’s everything, frustration, angry,” Bush said. “It’s everything. I wish we could take some of those plays back.” His ill-conceived lateral to walk-on Brad Walker that resulted in a fumble was actually a play he performed in high school. “There’s no doubt Reggie’s play, he was trying too hard,” Carroll said. “Had Brad latched on, it would have lived forever.” Scott Wolf, (818) 713-3607 scott.wolf@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img Tailback Reggie Bush is close to selecting an agent and will leave, while tailbacks LenDale White and Chauncey Washington are also thinking of leaving early. Junior safety Darnell Bing said he was also pondering his options. last_img read more

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How an LYIT Masters jumpstarted business for Charlie ‘The Yank’ Boyle

first_imgDeveloping Innovative Leaders: The Department of Business Studies at Letterkenny Institute of Technology is now accepting applications for the Master of Business (Executive) in Innovation & Leadership starting in February 2018.This course allows private sector business leaders in the North West and across Ireland to develop their leadership skills within their own workplace, by providing a strong academic grounding alongside the development of practical, on the job leadership skills.Current student Charlie ‘the Yank’ Boyle, CEO & Managing Director of Customer Service Excellence Ireland, says that the course helped him to expand his business outside of the North West and into the UK.“I created a Customer Service Excellence programme in 2012 and this was based at the Colab which is part of LYIT,” Charlie told Donegal Daily.“This was supported by the Enterprise Ireland New Frontiers initiative for start-ups. The past 12 months has been really good and we have contracts with 30 UK based shopping centres, Lidl Ireland, Cliffs of Moher, Heineken, Aurivo and others. We also have been invited to provide training to the Educational Training Boards and in total have six staff here and in the UK.“It is no coincidence that the jump in business came when studying this Masters. It also challenged the business in ways that would not otherwise have happened.“I liked the way the Masters related and linked to your work and I had been to a few sessions of the previous years modules and the feedback was very good.”The Mullaghduff man explains that not holding a primary degree did not hold him back from pursuing this course, and adds that after hearing of other people’s experiences at LYIT he felt that enrolling was the right choice for both himself and his business.“I didn’t have a primary degree in applying to do the Masters so I had to create a work portfolio based on work experience and go through an interview as part of the Recognition of Prior Learning process.“I know a few people who had completed the MBS like Mark Sharkey, Eunan McIntyre and Annette Houston and they were all raving fans of it and the benefits they found. I had considered doing one at DCU but I just didn’t get the same positive feedback.“Patricia Doherty and Oran Doherty were really helpful and encouraging in helping me get through the initial challenge of not having the primary degree. There is an RPL process and I had to put a bit of work into that and overall the support was there always.”The focus on applied knowledge acquisition is one of the biggest draws for Charlie, with a well-rounded blend of both theory and practice being offered on the course. For this reason, Charlie says he would recommend this course to anyone interested in furthering their education and boosting their business.“The method of Action Learning was really interesting and very helpful. I had just started a new business and although many might say the timing of doing a Masters was crazy, it was the very opposite. Linking the learning to the work and back again to the various modules has made a big difference. The method used in this LYIT Masters is seen as edgy and innovative and it is little wonder that it attracts applicants from all over Ireland, and one from Scotland in our class.“The biggest skill I learned from my studies is the ability to see different perspectives. My thinking was much too narrow and that was not good as I was closing myself off to possibilities. I suppose it also gave me the ability to research better and to look for the academic evidence backing a business decision or direction. Nothing is ever black and white.“I think it is an outstanding course and the reason is the use of Action Learning. The Course Directors are also very committed and hugely supportive. The range of those taking part varied from Retail to Pharma and from Creatives to Detailed types.”There is, of course, a bit of fun on offer as well, with morale being very high on the course.“The bond we created within our group was one that drove us on and that varied from weekly catch-ups to slagging the hell out of each other or ‘banter learning’ as we called it.”The time and energy that goes in to obtaining the Master of Business (Executive) in Innovation & Leadership is worth it, Charlie says, and is unique in its blend of both the creative and the practical.“The course covers areas that are relevant to the participants and allows you to study through your business role with direct impact from the learning.“Although there is a serious commitment required, the interest and motivation is maintained by the support of others who are also on their own journey of learning through their workplace issues and their commitment to improve.“This is a really good course because there was a lot of work put into it by LYIT and the visiting lecturers such as Peter Kawaleck from Manchester Business School were outstanding.”When asked what he would say to someone considering enrolling for the course, he said: “Do it. The best time to have done it was ten or twenty years ago… but the next best time is now.If you wish to apply to the Master of Business (Executive) in Innovation & Leadership, visit https://www.lyit.ie/full-timecourses/businessstudies/lyblinom/ for further information.Contact Patricia Doherty Head of Department of Business Studies, Letterkenny Institute of Technology by:E- Mail: Patricia.Doherty@lyit.ieTelephone: (074) 9186202Facebook: www.facebook.com/lyit.businessHow an LYIT Masters jumpstarted business for Charlie ‘The Yank’ Boyle was last modified: January 16th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:BusinessCharlie BoyleCUSTOMER SERVICE EXCELLENCE IRELANDDepartment of Business StudieseducationLetterkenny Institute of TechnologyLYITMaster of Business (Executive) in Innovation & Leadershiplast_img read more

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