Five pictures all Celtic fans will enjoy ahead of another European night

first_imgCeltic can make up for last year’s disappointment when they take on Malmo in the Champions League play-off first leg.The club were beaten by Maribor and defender Mikael Lustig explained he and his team-mates are going to make sure they don’t mess it up again.One thing is certain, though: European nights at Celtic Park are hard to beat. “It’s just unbelievable to have Champions League games at Celtic Park,” Lustig said.Here, talkSPORT looks at five photos of previous nights when the stadium was rocking. 5 Celtic beat Barcelona in 2012 – click the arrow to see more great photos from those European nights in Glasgow – Celtic host Malmo in the first of a two legged Champions League play-off match, with a place in the group stage at stake. Over the years, Benfica and Real Madrid have been beaten at Celtic Park and here, talkSPORT looks at a few of the recent glory nights in Glasgow. In 2012, fans were celebrating the club’s 125th birthday and Victor Wanyama and Tony Watt helped see of Barcelona in the group stage. European champions Milan humbled in Glasgow – click the arrow to see another famous night involving Italian opposition – A late Scott McDonald goal saw Milan lose in torrential rain at Celtic Park as Dida failed to hold onto Gary Caldwell’s shot. Scoring four against Juventus in 2001 – Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see which Euro giant was beaten to seal a last 16 place – Chris Sutton scored twice and Lubomír Moravcik was superb as Celtic beat a Juventus containing Pavel Nedved, Alessandro Del Piero and David Trezeguet 4-3. Joos Valgaeren and Henrik Larsson scored the others, but it was not enough to prevent them exiting the Champions League. However, their third place ensured them a place in the UEFA Cup. 5 5 Drama at Celtic Park as Shakhter Karagandy are beaten in stoppage time – Kris Commons, Georgios Samaras and a James Forrest goal right at the death secured Celtic’s place in the Champions League group stage. A 3-0 win on the night saw the Bhoys progress on aggregate and sent Neil Lennon sprinting down the touchline in celebration. 5 5 Free-kick maestro Nakamura brings the house down against Man United – Artur Boruc saved a penalty, while Shunsuke Nakamura’s 30-yard free-kick 10 minutes before the end helped Celtic into the Champions League last 16 for the first time.last_img read more

West Ham shock! Club captain leaves by mutual consent

first_imgWest Ham captain Kevin Nolan has left the club by mutual consent, the Premier League side have confirmed.The 33-year-old midfielder is now free to join a new club after the Hammers resolved his contract.Nolan stated earlier in the season that he had no intention of remaining at the club under Slaven Bilic if he wasn’t going to be a first-team regular.And it was confirmed on Thursday morning that the man who led the east London side to promotion to the top flight in 2012 has departed after four years, and 31 goals in 157 games, at Upton Park.A statement on the club’s official website read: West Ham United would like to thank Kevin for his considerable effort and commitment over the past four seasons and wish him all the very best for the future, on and off the football pitch.On his exit, Nolan – the club’s top scorer in the 2012/13 and 2013/14 seasons, added: “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time at West Ham United and will take some great memories with me.“I’m now looking forward to the next challenge playing for a new club.”It is believed West Ham have performed a U-turn over their decision not to sign Joey Barton and are lining up the former Queens Park Rangers man as Nolan’s replacement. 1 Kevin Nolan last_img read more

Doncaster ditch boss Dickov after poor start to League One season

first_img Paul Dickov Paul Dickov has been sacked as manager of Doncaster Rovers.The former Manchester City, Leicester and Blackburn striker had been in charge since May 2013, replacing Brian Flynn shortly after the club had won promotion to the Championship.But he was unable to prevent relegation to League One last season and this term Rovers have started in disappointing fashion, winning just one of their six opening league games.Now Dickov has seen his reign brought to an end, with defender Rob Jones drafted in to replace him on a temporary basis.The club said in a statement on their official website: “David Blunt, Chairman of Doncaster Rovers Football Club has today confirmed that Paul Dickov has left his position as first team manager based on performance to date.“The Board are ambitious for a top six finish and that is, and will remain our aim.“From today Rob Jones will take charge of first team affairs on a temporary basis. The club has full confidence in Rob as we now look forward to a tough game against Walsall this weekend.”Dickov had 113 games in charge of Doncaster, winning 34 of them, and leaves the club sitting 17th in League One.The statement added: “The Board of Directors would like to take this opportunity to thank Paul Dickov for his efforts on and off the pitch, and wish him well for the future.” 1last_img read more

Arsenal transfer news: Deal could be done within 10 days, confirms Arsene Wenger

first_imgArsene Wenger has revealed Arsenal could complete their first transfer of the January window within 10 days.The Gunners are being heavily linked with a move for Basel midfielder Mohamed Elneny, with some reports suggesting a medical has already been passed, although he will still have to get a work permit.But, should the deal for the Egyptian go through, Wenger has admitted it’s unlikely he will buy any more players, insisting he has plenty of players returning from injury soon.Asked whether he would respond to questions about any possible moves, despite his usual coyness, Wenger replied: “I don’t give much away [about transfers] because I don’t know [what’s going on].“I want to talk about them and hopefully we are capable of doing something in the next 10 days.“It’s more about quality than quantity because our players will not stay out injured forever. Francis Coquelin is starting to run, Santi Cazorla will be back in mid-February, and Mikel Arteta is back now so, hopefully, if we can add one and, if needed, two maximum.“It’s not a dream. Nobody knocks at your door at Christmas and says ‘I have a fantastic player to sell to Arsenal.’ You have to be realistic.”last_img read more

Brendan Rodgers on talkSPORT: I didn’t watch Liverpool reach Wembley!

first_imgBrendan Rodgers was a special guest on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast on Wednesday.The former Liverpool boss joined Alan and co-host Neil Warnock after the Reds booked their spot in the League Cup final and explained why he didn’t watch them reach Wembley.He also gave his thoughts on Christian Benteke, hailed Jurgen Klopp as a ‘good guy’, discussed Daniel Sturridge’s injury woes and reflected on the Merseyside’s club failure to sign Dele Alli.Click on the link above to listen to the interview with Rodgers. Liverpool FC news: Reds players programmed to play Jurgen Klopp way, says Brendan RodgersLiverpool FC news: ‘Klopp rates Benteke – he tried to sign him!’ Brendan Rodgers tells talkSPORTBrendan Rodgers EXCLUSIVE – Possible Liverpool return for Luis Suarez? ‘He loves and misses the club and fans adore him, why not?’last_img read more

Are you being well-served? In L.A., it’s a mixed bag

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.L.A. fared much better in a separate study by J.D. Power and Associates in Westlake Village that focused on customer service at department stores. The study compared eight stores in two categories, upscale and midscale, across Atlanta, L.A. and New York. Local upscale merchants such as Nordstrom’s and Bloomingdale’s were a close second to the top-ranked Atlanta, but could improve their merchandise display. L.A.’s midscale merchants, such as Macy’s and Kohl’s, however, ranked last. That’s partly because customers gave low marks to what they said was the most important part of the shopping experience – interacting with the sales staff. Midscale department stores could boost their ratings if their salespeople were more courteous, friendly and speedy, the study found. Midscale stores could also improve their standings by updating the stores. Customers surveyed said they wanted more checkout counters, a cleaner store and a better layout and design. “Usually people in coastal areas tend to be very critical,” said Michael De Vere, executive director of emerging industries at J.D. Power. But “customers that are shopping in L.A. tend to rate them higher” than at the same stores in New York or Atlanta. Los Angeles customer service bites, or does it? Depends on who you talk to. According to hundreds of secret shoppers who surveyed 10 major U.S. cities, L.A. was outdone only by the rude capital of the world, New York City. Shoppers who participated in the study reported their experiences to Grass Roots Performance Measurement, a company based in the United Kingdom. Grass Roots weighed the comments to calculate a score for various business sectors. L.A. drugstores bottomed out at 49 out of 100 points. Department stores were not far behind, receiving just 67 points. Anonymous testers did find exceptions, however. Realtors received 97 points while bartenders racked up 88 points. “What did surprise us was the wide variation of standards in different cities in the U.S.,” said Jane Edwards-Hall, general manager of Grass Roots in the United States. “Some of our cities have a lot of catching up to do.” J.D. Power looked at thousands of surveys filled out by customers who had shopped at a department store in the past six months. The study focused on customers’ sales experience, but also looked into the image shoppers had of each store, and why customers left stores without purchasing anything. julia.scott@dailynews.com (818) 713-3735160Want 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

Georgia court frees teen sentenced to 10 years in oral sex case

first_imgWilson, who is black, was 17 when he was caught on videotape having oral sex with a 15-year-old girl at a drug- and alcohol-fueled New Year’s Eve party in 2003. Wilson was convicted of aggravated child molestation for the act, a charge that carried a mandatory minimum prison term so harsh it shocked his jury and prompted an international outcry from critics who asserted that prosecutors had been overzealous and racially motivated. The law, critics said, was meant to keep child molesters behind bars, not to curb teenage sexual activity. The jury was not told of the mandatory sentence before it issued its verdict. The year after Wilson was sentenced, the Georgia General Assembly changed the law to make consensual sex between teenagers a misdemeanor punishable by no more than a year in prison, but the Legislature declined to apply the law retroactively to Wilson. That set up a test of wills between the lawmakers and judges, as Wilson’s lawyer appealed to both camps to free her client, who had been an honors student and star athlete. Writing for the majority on Friday, Chief Justice Leah Ward Sears noted that changes to the law made after Wilson’s conviction “represent a seismic shift in the Legislature’s view of the gravity of oral sex between two willing teenage participants.” “The severe felony punishment and sex offender registration imposed on Wilson make no measurable contribution to acceptable goals of punishment,” she wrote. But dissenting judges said the Legislature had clearly not intended to make the new law retroactive to Wilson’s case. As a result, Justice George H. Carley wrote in a dissenting opinion, the punishment should not be deemed cruel and unusual. Carley said the majority decision represented an “unprecedented disregard for the General Assembly’s constitutional authority” and wrote that it would open the door for others convicted of aggravated child molestation to be “discharged from lawful custody.” Attorney General Thurbert E. Baker indicated in a written statement that he would not challenge the court’s decision. “I respectfully acknowledge the court’s authority to grant the relief that they have crafted in this case,” Baker said. “I hope the court’s decision will also put an end to this issue as a matter of contention in the hearts and minds of concerned Georgians and others across the county who have taken such a strong interest in this case.” A diverse group of supporters, including a conservative talk-show host and a prominent New York hedge fund manager who pledged $1 million for bail, had called for Wilson’s release. Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., called the case “one of the greatest miscarriages of justice in Georgia in modern times.” “Each day this young man spent in jail is one day too long,” Lewis said in a statement. “It was unbelievable for this young man to go through what he went through.”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.In a 4-3 ruling, the court’s majority said the sentence was “grossly disproportionate” to the crime, which “did not rise to the level of culpability of adults who prey on children.” Wilson said he was in “total disbelief” when he first heard the news of the court’s ruling from another inmate who had heard it on the radio. “It didn’t seem real,” Wilson said. “I stopped trying to figure the courts out.” He got a laugh from reporters who asked where his welcome-home party would be. “It’s not going to be any more parties for a while,” he said. ATLANTA – After more than two years in prison for having consensual oral sex with a fellow teenager, Genarlow Wilson shook the hand of a warden Friday at the Al Burruss Correctional Training Center in Forsyth, Ga., and smiled shyly as he walked into the arms of his waiting mother and young sister. Wilson’s mother had skipped up to the prison door to wait for him. “I ran around inside the house 20 times,” said Juanessa Bennett, his mother, describing her reaction to hearing that her son would be set free. Wilson, who is now 21, was released just hours after the Georgia Supreme Court ended his 10-year prison sentence. The court said the sentence for the act, which was considered a felony at the time, violated the Constitution’s protection against cruel and unusual punishment. last_img read more

NBA NOTEBOOK Sonics set to leave Seattle

first_imgFrom news services The Seattle SuperSonics’ new owner told the NBA on Friday he plans to move the team to Oklahoma City. Clay Bennett had set a Wednesday deadline for having a plan to replace KeyArena, which he says is outdated. He and the city are in a dispute about the arena lease. He has until March 1 to file for relocation with the NBA if he wants the team to play the 2008-09 season anywhere besides Seattle. The Sonics are the city’s oldest major professional sports franchise. Bennett briefly backed off his deadline, not wanting to distract from the start of the season. He watched Thursday night’s home opener against Phoenix from his suite, spending most of the second half chatting with Hall of Famer Bill Russell while fans chanted “Save our Sonics!” during the game. “Today we notified Commissioner (David) Stern that we intend to relocate the Sonics to Oklahoma City if we succeed in the pending litigation with the city, or are able to negotiate an early lease termination, or at the end of the lease term,” Bennett said in a statement. NBA spokesman Tim Frank confirmed the league received notice and is referring the matter to the owners’ relocation committee. Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire said the latest development was “no surprise” and the state will “continue to work with others on the arduous process” of keeping the Sonics and the WNBA’s Storm. Thomas, Sharpton to meet today Isiah Thomas and Al Sharpton will hold a joint press conference today, about a month after Sharpton threatened to lead protests against Madison Square Garden for remarks the Knicks’ coach made about using derogatory language toward women. A taped deposition played during a sexual harassment trial against Thomas and MSG showed the coach saying he made a distinction between a white man and a black one using the word `bitch’ toward a black woman. Thomas has repeatedly sought to clarify the remarks, saying he feels it’s wrong for any male to use that language. After Thomas and MSG lost in the trial, Sharpton said his National Action Network would protest Knicks home games unless Thomas apologized. Thomas and Sharpton spoke over the phone, with the coach stressing that the tape was edited in a manner that misconstrued his remarks. Duncan likely a Spur for life San Antonio announced that Tim Duncan has signed a contract extension that likely means the NBA superstar will end his career in Texas. The Spurs, citing club policy, didn’t release any specifics, calling it a “multiyear contract extension.” It has been widely reported that it is a two-year, $40 million extension that will keep Duncan in San Antonio at least through the 2011-12 season.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Amazon launches own e-book reader

first_imgBest-sellers and new releases will typically go for $9.99.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NEW YORK – Amazon.com Inc. is hoping to invigorate a nascent market for electronic books by introducing its own e-book reader with free wireless connectivity. Monday’s long-anticipated announcement comes as e-books remain a sliver of overall book sales, partly because they lack the comfort and intimacy of bound paper. Amazon Chief Executive Jeff Bezos said the online retailer spent three years developing the Kindle reader, which the company is selling online for $399. Rather than try to “outbook” the bound book, Bezos said, Amazon designed Kindle with the e-book’s strengths in mind. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre It is thinner than most paperbacks and weighs 10.3 ounces. Yet it can hold some 200 books, along with newspapers, magazines and an entire dictionary. Readers can buy and download books directly to the Kindle – without a PC – through Sprint Nextel Corp.’s high-speed EV-DO cellular network without fees or contract commitments. They also can take notes on what they read and store them on Amazon’s servers. Kindle users can turn off wireless connectivity when they are on airplanes – though they also must shut off the device during takeoff and landing, prime reading time for some. Sony Corp. already offers an e-book reader that imitates the look of paper by using an innovative screen technology. The Kindle screen takes a similar approach and has no backlight to reduce battery use and eyestrain. Bezos said Amazon decided to make its own device so it could seamlessly build a service around it. last_img read more

SHOCK AS EASONS LETTERKENNY GOES INTO EXAMINERSHIP

first_imgExclusive: THERE is shock in the business community today after Donegal Daily learned that the company which runs Easons at the Courtyard Shopping Centre in Letterkenny was placed in examinership.The interim examinership which was granted in the High Court in Dublin on Friday afternoon.It gives protection to the company from its creditors for up to 100 days. It is different from liquidation or receivership in that it is designed to allow a company in financial difficulty to re-structure debt in the hope of continuing to trade. However it also means creditors owed money won’t be able to claim it before Christmas.Michael McAteer of Grant Thornton, Chartered Accountants was appointed by the High Court as Interim Examiner of Bookfinder Limited.The company’s current directors are Alan Bundschu and Mark Bundschu. It was founded in Galway in 1986 is headquartered in Salthill.The prime purpose of the Examinership process is to assist companies in financial difficulty and to allow the Examiner formulate a rescue plan for the Company. “The protection period of the Court can extend up to a maximum of 100 days from the presentation of the petition. During this period no creditor is entitled to institute any proceedings against the Company nor can a secured creditor seek the appointment of a Receiver,” Bookfinder Limited said in a letter to people owed money today.The letter goes on: “If the Examiner considers that the Company is capable of surviving he must then formulate what is termed a “Scheme of Arrangement” (“the Scheme”), dealing with liabilities of the Company as at the date of presentation of the petition.“This process is done in close consultation with the management, shareholders and creditors of the Company. The Scheme, when formulated, is presented to the various classes of the Company’s creditors so they can express their views as to its acceptability or otherwise.“The Examiner then reports the outcome of those meetings to the Irish High Court who will then decide whether the Scheme has sufficient support to warrant an order to put the Scheme into effect. Once this order is made the Scheme becomes binding on all creditors and comes into effect not later than 21 days after the Scheme has been approved by the Court.“For Examinership to succeed it is essential that the Company continues without undue disruption while it is under the protection of the Court. In this regard, the Examiner, unlike a Receiver or Liquidator, does not take over the executive powers of the Company.” Creditors are told to contact Grant Thornton with details of the money owed to them.SHOCK AS EASONS LETTERKENNY GOES INTO EXAMINERSHIP was last modified: November 17th, 2015 by John2Share 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:courtyardEasonsexaminershipShockShopping centrelast_img read more