Valdes best pound-for-pound goalkeeper in the Premier LeaguValdes the best pound-for-pound goalkeeper in the Premier League, claims Huntere, says Hunter

first_img1 Victor Valdes Manchester United’s new signing Victor Valdes has been hailed as the best pound-for pound goalkeeper in the Premier League by talkSPORT’s Spanish correspondent Graham Hunter.The former Barcelona shot-stopper signed for the Red Devils after leaving the Catalan giants in the summer, and Hunter believes the 32-year-old’s qualities will bring the best out of current United No.1 David De Gea.“When fit, Victor Valdes is currently the single best goalkeeper in the Premier League in England, including David De Gea,” Hunter told talkSPORT.“He has to work his way back to competitive edge, he’s been out for a very long time. Pound-for-pound Victor Valdes is the best goalkeeper in England right now.“I would hope for it would bring the best out of him [De Gea] and we see the two of them scrapping it out for the number one position at Manchester United.last_img read more

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River president blasts Boca chief over final ‘betrayal’

first_imgThe match had been scheduled for Saturday but the two presidents agreed to delay the continental showpiece by 24 hours after some Boca players suffered cuts from broken glass and the effects of smoke inhalation when their bus came under fire from River fans throwing sticks and stones and spraying pepper spray.Yet the game did not take place on Sunday either as Boca said they faced a “sporting disadvantage” due to their players’ injuries and Boca president Daniel Angelici said he would petition competition organziers Conmebol to award the tie, and hence the trophy, to Boca.“I’m struggling to believe he cannot keep his promise,” D’Onofrio fumed on Radio Mitre.“We signed a document and we shook hands. Then I find out he’s petitioned Conmebol and asked for them to be declared champions.”– ‘Not River’s fault’ –Speaking on Sunday, Angelici revealed he was lodging a challenge with Conmebol’s independent disciplinary commission.“Matches are won and lost on the pitch, that’s my personal perspective, but I have a responsibility as club president and that’s why I have to stick to the statute,” Angelici said at a press conference.He was referring to Conmebol’s Article 18 which includes provisions for a number of possible punishments, including the forfeiture of a result.It was the same article South American football’s governing body used three years ago to kick out Boca after one of their fans attacked River players with pepper spray at half-time of a Copa Libertadores quarter-final.Boca Juniors captain Pablo Perez needed treatment to an eye injury after the bus attack © AFP / Juan MABROMATARiver went on to lift the trophy that year.“There’s no chance they will award the match to Boca. If it was the case, it would be totally shameful, one of the worst betrayals someone could commit,” said D’Onofrio.The River plate president insisted that it was only because of his support for Boca’s request to have the match postponed on Saturday that it was not played there and then.Two Boca players were taken to hospital following the bus attack, which happened in the streets near to River’s Monumental stadium in the upmarket Nunes neighborhood of Buenos Aires. River fans were able to attack the bus despite it having a police escort.“Is it River’s fault that the security failed?” said D’Onofrio.Both Argentina President Mauricio Macri and the mayor of Buenos Aires, Horacio Rodriguez Larreta, accepted responsibility for the “security failure.”And on Monday, the security minister for the Argentine capital, Martin Ocampo, resigned.The major difference between the attack by Boca fans three years ago and this one is that it took place within the club’s iconic Bombonera stadium, where the team is ultimately responsible for player safety.Saturday’s incident happened in the street where security for Boca’s bus was the responsibility of the police.The two presidents are due to meet with Conmebol chief Alejandro Dominguez on Tuesday to agree on a new date for the final second leg tie.Dominguez had praised the two men on Saturday for coming to “a gentleman’s agreement” to delay the match for 24 hours.The first leg two weeks ago, which was delayed 24 hours after a deluge left the Bombonera turf waterlogged, finished 2-2.From next year, the Copa Libertadores final will be contested in a one-off match at a neutral venue.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000River Plate president Rodolfo D’Onofrio claims his Boca Juniors counterpart, Daniel Angelici, has gone back on his word © AFP/File / ALEJANDRO PAGNIBuenos Aires, Argentina, Nov 26 – River Plate president Rodolfo D’Onofrio hit out at his Boca Juniors counterpart on Monday accusing his rival of “betrayal” following the postponement of the weekend’s Copa Libertadores final due to an attack on the Boca team bus by River fans.In a humiliating weekend for South American football, the second leg of the final was postponed twice amid scenes of violence and confusion. last_img read more

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FAILTE IRELAND SAYS IT IS FULLY COMMITTED TO MALIN HEAD PROJECT AND DONEGAL TOURISM

first_imgMalin Head in all its glory. Pic by malinhead.netFailte Ireland has said it is fully committed to tourism in Donegal and developing Malin Head as a tourism destination.It follows claims that not enough is being done by the agency to develop the area for visitors.However, a statement issued by Failte Ireland said it is fully committed to Donegal. It said “Fáilte Ireland’s commitment to Donegal is absolute and we believe that our biggest project, the Wild Atlantic Way, is a game changer for tourism in the county.“Malin Head is one of 15 Signature Discovery Points along the Wild Atlantic Way and one of three Signature Points in Donegal.“It is a very important part of our plan to ensure that Donegal benefits fully from the Wild Atlantic Way. As such, Fáilte Ireland is fully committed to the development and enhancement of the visitor experience at this site.”The body said it has recently completed a Strategic Environmental Assessment of the full Wild Atlantic Way initiative and, given the environmental sensitivity of Malin Head, it has had to wait until this assessment was concluded before we could proceed with awarding funding to Donegal County Council to work up plans for the site. “However, now that the assessment has concluded, Fáilte Ireland intends to provide funding to Donegal County Council to prepare plans for a significant visitor enhancement and management solution for the entire Malin Head site.“Once these plans have been finalised and costed, they will be evaluated for capital funding to enable to works to proceed. Technical assistance funding could be released as early as September but, after that, it depends on how long it takes the Council to commission the design of the proposed works and to carry out the associated environmental assessments.”Th statement added that it is imperative that we get this development right first time.“Toilets and car parking will be considered as part of the work but we need a wider vision and solution for the site if Malin Head and the Wild Atlantic Way are to generate the extra visitors, revenue and jobs for Donegal that we believe it can.“Therefore, any development works at the site must also enhance the visitor experience at the location and allow for better visitor flow as well as ensure the protection of the natural environment there.” FAILTE IRELAND SAYS IT IS FULLY COMMITTED TO MALIN HEAD PROJECT AND DONEGAL TOURISM was last modified: August 20th, 2015 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:donegalFailte IrelandMalin Headtourismlast_img read more

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DONEGAL U15s WIN FIRST ALL-IRELAND CAMOGIE TITLE

first_imgThe Donegal U15 team with their coaches and mentors.The Donegal U15 camogie team have made history by winning the county’s first All-Ireland at this level.The Donegal camogie girls and their mentors undertook the long journey to Trim, Co Meath on Saturday to participate in the All Ireland Tier 2 blitz competition.The girls were slow to start in the first match against Roscommon and conceded a late goal to finish in a draw 1-03 each.In the second match against Monaghan, Donegal found their rhythm and dispatched some great scores to win on a scoreline of 7-04 to 1-0. Wicklow were the next opponents and in a closely fought contest the Donegal girls dug deep to got some late scores and won 4-04 to 2-02. Donegal and Roscommon both finished on equal points and met again in the Shield final. This was a strongly contested match with two evenly matched teams. The half time score was 0-1 each.Donegal started the second half quickly and went two points ahead. However Roscommon came back and the defence battled to keep them out.In the last two minutes Donegal pushed on again and a goal from Captain Maria Coyle just before the final whistle ensured the Shield for Donegal.Caroline Murray, Camogie Association presented the Shield and medals to Maria Coyle. The squad of 19 girls from all over the county deserved their win on the day for their determination, work rate and spirit. Credit to all players and mentors Manus O’Donnell, Ann Marie Gibbons, Marie Gill and Aideen Quinn.DONEGAL U15s WIN FIRST ALL-IRELAND CAMOGIE TITLE was last modified: October 4th, 2015 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)last_img read more

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ASBESTOS FOUND IN DONEGAL SCHOOL GYM

first_imgASBESTOS has been found at Pobal Scoil Cloich Cheann Fhaola – the PCC in Falcarragh, donegaldaily.com can reveal.The material – which can cause chronic illnesses – was widely used in the past, especially for roofing.Its use in Ireland ceased in the 1980s after a number of people died from inhaling dust particles from the substance. The situation at the secondary school was so bad that emergency funding has been released to have it removed safely from the school’s gym and store room.Donegal South West Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill – who lives locally confirmed to donegaldaily.com that the Department of Education & Skills has approved an application for Emergency funding, for the removal of the asbestos.Senator Ó Domhnaill said: “Following representations which I have been making with the Department I am pleased to have received confirmation that funding to facilitate the immediate removal of asbestos tiles in the school’s Gym Hall and Store has been approved.”It’s not thought there was any immediate danger to the children however. © 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailyASBESTOS FOUND IN DONEGAL SCHOOL GYM was last modified: November 17th, 2011 by BrendaShare 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)last_img read more

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‘THE BATTLE OF THE HILLS’ OFFICIALLY LAUNCHED FOR SOCCER STAR MCHUGH

first_imgYesterday we revealed how All-Ireland champions Donegal face their stiffest challenge yet on Friday-week, November 23rd – when the Sam Maguire winners cross the sporting codes for a game with a difference!“The Battle of the Hills” sees the Donegal squad take on a Finn Harps select in what is sure to be a game of two halves – with one half seeing the teams play soccer and the other seeing them play Gaelic football. Proceeds from the game will be divided between the Donegal Senior Team Training Fund and the Kevin McHugh Testimonial Year.Keeping law and order on the game will be two well-known local referees, soccer official Stephen Toner and GAA referee Kieran McShea.The game is part of the testimonial year of Finn Harps captain Kevin McHugh. The Killea man has scored a total of 161 goals in all competitions for Finn Harps in 334 appearances. He has scored 142 League goals and is second only to the great Brendan Bradley (241) when it comes to finding the net for Harps.In total, McHugh has scored 155 League goals in total – including 13 during his spell at Derry City – putting him in ninth position in the all-time League of Ireland list and is just seven goals away from a place in the top five. Kevin is delighted that Jim McGuinness’s All-Ireland winners have agreed to the game – and is looking forward to the challenge of pitting his wits against the Donegal stars, including his colleague in the Donegal County Council, Neil Gallagher.“I suppose it’s not a bad time to be playing in my first Gaelic football match – against the All-Ireland champions,” quipped McHugh.“The Donegal boys had an unreal year. The joy they brought to the county was something else and you had to admire the level of preparation and professionalism they had.“I’m delighted that the boys from the Donegal team have got in behind this occasion. It should be a great night and it’ll be a bit of craic for sure. Hopefully a big crowd will turn out because it’s a novel event.“I’m very grateful to Finn Harps FC for granting me a testimonial this year. I have spent my most enjoyable years in football at Harps and had some absolutely wonderful nights playing with the club.“I’ve played with some fantastic players too over the years. The club have been very generous in giving me a testimonial.” Donegal captain Michael Murphy will, for one half only, try his hand with the ball at his feet rather than in his hands – and the All-Star full-forward is looking forward to the occasion.“People like to see things like this, out of the norm events that can really take off. With us Gaelic footballers trying to play soccer and the soccer players trying to play Gaelic football, it’ll be quite the novelty,” Murphy said.Murphy has recognised McHugh’s contribution to sport in Donegal since making his debut for Harps in 1998.The Donegal skipper said: “It’s a fantastic occasion for Kevin. “I got to know him during the summer and met him on a couple of golf courses here and there.“Kevin has been a fantastic servant to Finn Harps down the years and a fantastic servant to soccer in Donegal, too. Whenever you’ve heard about Finn Harps over the last ten years and more, Kevin McHugh’s is always the name you associate with them. You just can’t underestimate what Kevin has been achieving and his record as a goalscorer is phenomenal.“He’s a fantastic sportsman and it’s fitting that we as All-Ireland champions can help him out in his testimonial year.”And Murphy believes that some of his team-mates could surprise the Harps men on the night: “Eamon McGee has been quite prolific with Gweedore Celtic there and big Neil Gallagher has quite a record with Kilmacrennan Celtic too!”Donegal goalkeepers Paul Durcan and Michael Boyle both spent some time on the books at Finn Park, while forward Patrick McBrearty and defender Frank McGlynn have turned out for Harps underage teams in the past.A limited edition souvenir Testimonial Programme has also been produced to mark the occasion. The 32 Page programme will be on sale at the game, priced at only €3 and is packed with content, including an exclusive in-depth interview with Kevin McHugh, contributions from former managers and team-mates and loads of images from Kevin’s Harps career.Tickets for the game go on sale this Friday, November 16th: Adult terrace tickets – €10; Children’s terrace tickets – €5. A list of outlets and ticketing arrangements will be confirmed later in the week, while the squad lists will also be finalised in the coming days.Please see www.finnharps.com for further details‘THE BATTLE OF THE HILLS’ OFFICIALLY LAUNCHED FOR SOCCER STAR MCHUGH was last modified: November 14th, 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:Donegal GAA teamFinn ParkJim McGuinnessKevin McHughTESTIMONIALlast_img read more

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BREAKDOWN IN RELATIONSHIP WITH McGUINNESS MAY HAVE LED McHUGH TO QUIT CLAIMS CASSIDY

first_imgFORMER ALL-STAR Kevin Cassidy has claimed that Mark McHugh may have quit the Donegal GAA squad because of a breakdown in relations with manager Jim McGuinness.Kevin CassidyKilcar player McHugh stepped away from the county team along with Gary McFadden, Antoin McFadden and Thomas McKinley.Donegal selector Damian Diver suggested later that McHugh made the decision as he was no longer enjoying his football. But Cassidy said that such claims are only adding fuel to the fire.“It has been said that [McHugh] is not enjoying his football and has no hunger or desire to play the game. I said earlier that if you are going to air your laundry in public then at least tell the truth,” Cassidy wrote in his Gaelic Life column.“By saying that he has lost his appetite you are only adding fuel to the fire and the rumour mill will go into overdrive,” he added.“Some of the stories flying about Donegal this week are not fair on the player or the team management and are becoming a major distraction for all involved. I feel the departure of Rory Gallagher has had a lingering effect on the squad. “Rory would have been popular within the squad and himself and Mark [McHugh] would have been especially close. And if relations between Jim McGuinness and Mark have drifted then this could well be a likely cause.”McGuinness announced last September that his trusted assistant Gallagher would not be returning this season as he looked to make changes to the coaching set-up.Gaoth Dobhair manager Cassidy said that if the pair have fallen out McGuinness should be doing all in his power to settle their differences as McHugh is too important to the Donegal style of play.He also said he didn’t believe that Donegal have the players to either replace the 2012 All-Star, or to develop a new style of play without him.“Whatever has happened Donegal cannot afford to lose players like McHugh he is too important to the way Donegal play… The game plan nearly hinged on how he played so to take him out of the equation leaves a massive gap to fill. I don’t think Donegal have the players to fill that gap, nor do I think that they have the players to develop a new system,” he wrote. “I feel that Jim should be doing all he can to persuade Mark to stay. If there are issues then be the bigger man for the good of the team and try sorting them out,” he added.The fallout from the four squad members’ departures is nothing new to Donegal, according to Cassidy, as a county that has always struggled to keep their internal affairs from the general public.BREAKDOWN IN RELATIONSHIP WITH McGUINNESS MAY HAVE LED McHUGH TO QUIT CLAIMS CASSIDY was last modified: May 14th, 2014 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:donegalJim McGuinnessKevin CassidyMark McHughlast_img read more

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AWCC: Bohai Bank of China keeps Rebisco PSL-Manila winless

first_imgBREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Jaja Santiago scored eight, while Jovelyn Gonzaga added six for Rebisco which tried to take on the Chinese head-on power for power, something that backfired against the club that is only getting used to playing together.But Tianjin, led by the furious attacks of Yu JunWei who made 18, even had better defense, deflecting seven, while Rebisco could only make one block throughout.The Chinese club also had nine services aces to strike fear among Filipino receivers. Yao Di tossed 41 excellent sets as three other Chinese came up with double-digit performances.ADVERTISEMENT Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Lee retains ONE Atomweight belt; Eustaquio wins by split decision View comments LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Gamescenter_img Tianjin, a 10-time club champion in the Chinese League which fell to Hisamitsu Springs, overpowered Rebisco, 25-8, 25-10, 25-9, to bolster its title bid in the Boris Alexandrov Sports Palace here.Rebisco, whose core forms the newly built national team, will take on another powerhouse team in Supreme of Thailand on Monday at the start of the Classification phase.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting“I believe in this team. I know that we have what it takes to win. But we need to learn more especially in playing in international level,” said national team head coach Francis Vicente.Tianjin went all out for the match, using only its first six to ensure it comes out with full potency, unleashing 44 attacks against only 19 from Rebisco. BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast CONTRIBUTED PHOTOUST-KAMENOGORSK, Kazakhstan — Rebisco PSL-Manila absorbed its third straight defeat, this time at the hands of Tianjin Bohai Bank of China, relegating the Filipinos Saturday to fifth to eighth places in the Asian Women’s Club Volleyball Championships here.Despite the hours spent Friday night training specifically in shielding the Chinese missiles, the Filipinos found themselves in the firing line of a Tianjin side determined to pile up points and move up to the next round.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds MOST READlast_img read more

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Cronje made a fixing offer even before Nagpur: Gibbs

first_imgFile photo of former South Africa batsman Herschelle Gibbs.Former South African batsman Herschelle Gibbs has claimed in his controversial autobiography, To the Point that former South Africa captain Hansie Cronje had made an offer to the team to fix a match in India in 1996.However, an one-time ace opener admitted that Cronje remained a man he would always admire.In a chapter titled ‘The Controversies’, Gibbs recalled the night Cronje changed the face of the game forever.”It was 6.30 a.m. and knocking on my door was the Proteas team captain Hansie Cronje. We were touring India in 2000, and in Nagpur about to play our final ODI match against India. My roommate Henry Williams was in the shower when Hansie sat down on the bed. He got straight to the point. “I’ve got a mate here in India,” he said, “and you can make some good money if you do what he’s asking. He’s offering US$15,000 if you go out for less than 20 in today’s game.”But it was not the first time that Cronje had approached his side about match-fixing, according to Gibbs.”This had happened before,” Gibbs wrote in his book which was released here on Monday.”During a tour to India in 1996, we were due to play a benefit game for one of the (unnamed) Indian players, it would be the last game of the tour. The night before the game, Hansie got the whole team together and dropped a real bombshell. “I know a guy”, he said, “who is going to give us US$250,000 if we lose this game”.advertisementGibbs said the offer was tempting because the South Africans were probably going to lose the game anyway due to the team being below strength with six members of the side being sick.”Of course the team decided against taking the bribe, but even so, it hadn’t been an immediate and strong reaction to an activity totally abhorrent to the notion of sport. Instead we talked the offer over. We declined the offer. Sachin Tendulkar ended up getting a 100 in that game and, predictably, we lost.”Gibbs said when Cronje made the offer in Nagpur, the consequences of the offer did not even enter his mind as he thought about how it might help him pay off his mother’s house.”And just like that I made a decision that would get me into a world of trouble and that I would bitterly regret.”Despite initially agreeing, Gibbs reneged on the deal but was subsequently fined and banned for six months.”The match-fixing scandal (that started in Nagpur in India) may have cuffed us together, but Hansie was a man I will always admire,” Gibbs wrote, adding that he had forgiven him long ago.”Hansie was certainly the best captain for whom I’ve ever played. Despite the cloud that hangs over his legacy…we were all in awe of the guy — Hansie was one of those men who had a special presence towards which others gravitate.”To this day, Gibbs remains uncertain of the inclusiveness of the King Commission of Enquiry which ended inconclusively after it was set up by the South African government in the wake of the match-fixing scandal: “I’m not sure whether the King Commission managed to uncover everything.”Although Gibbs is confident of there being no match-fixing talk in any South Africa side he has played in since the Cronje scandal, he is not certain about other teams, especially after the recent debacle with the Pakistani team on their London tour: “I’ve watched a couple of games on the subcontinent and I’ve had my suspicions.”But I obviously can’t be sure. One thing I do know for sure, and that is, it is impossible to fix a game without 90 per cent of the team in on the deal.”- With PTI inputslast_img read more

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