FA Cup round-up: Man United avoid shock to progress to fifth round

first_imgManchester United avoided one of the biggest upsets in FA Cup history as the Red Devils beat a resilient Cambridge United 3-0 in their fourth round replay.The League Two side, who were the lowest ranked team left in the competition, produced a shock goalless draw at the Abbey Stadium a fortnight ago to secure a money-making replay at Old Trafford.And while they had their opportunities to claim a dream away victory against the 11-time winners, Tom Elliott hitting the post inside a minute of play after an early United mistake, the Premier League side were just too strong.Louis van Gaal’s men produced what has become a familiar lackadaisical display in the first leg, but after a frustrating opening they managed to find their rhythm in front of the Old Trafford faithful, as they cruised into the fifth round thanks to goals from Juan Mata, Marcos Rojo and James Wilson.That’s not to say the hosts were at their best, with Van Gaal clearly instructing his side to lump the ball up for Marouane Fellaini, who was playing as a make-shift forward, rather than put their wealth of global talent to good use.Cambridge started well, with a bustling performance which limited United’s creativity, but once the first goal went in, Mata hooking the ball in at close-range from Fellaini’s headed knock-down, there was a real sense of game over for the fourth tier outfit.A similar attack, the ball clipped into the area from out wide, saw the Red Devils take a 2-0 lead into the break, Rojo losing his marker to head home at an angle for his first club goal.Cambridge rarely threatened after the re-start, and goalkeeper Chris Dunn did well to keep the score down with a string of really good saves to deny star trio Robin van Persie, Angel di Maria and Wayne Rooney.Tiredness perhaps played a part as mistakes began to creep into their play, and the hosts took full advantage late on as substitute Wilson added a third with a sweet strike from outside the box to end the minnows’ brilliant cup run and seal a fifth round meeting with Preston.The Lillywhites will host Man United at Deepdale after they came from behind to beat Sheffield United 3-1 in their replay clash.The Blades took an early lead at Bramall Lane through forward Jamie Murphy, but North End hit back with three goals in a rampant ten minute spell.Paul Gallagher’s free-kick forced a replay in their original 1-1 draw, and the midfielder repeated his heroics with another brilliant set piece to level.Paul Huntington then put the visitors in front with a header, while Gallagher wrapped up the comeback with a penalty to clinch a meeting with the Premier League giants.Another top flight team also progressed to the fifth round, as Sunderland came from behind to beat Fulham 3-1 at Craven Cottage.Huge Rodallega fired the Cottagers ahead in the first-half but the Black Cats were level after the break thanks to home goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli’s own goal, with Ricardo Alvarez’s 75th minute strike and Jordi Gomez’s penalty securing the win.However, Sunderland fans may have to brace themselves for another battle to progress further as they face giant-killing Bradford, who knocked out Premier League Chelsea in the fourth round, next. Cambridge’s Tom Champion congratulates Man United captain Wayne Rooney 1last_img read more

Arsenal, Manchester United AND Real Madrid chasing Portugal starlet

first_img William Carvalho 1 Real Madrid have joined Arsenal and Manchester United in the pursuit to land William Carvalho from Sporting Lisbon.The defensive midfielder has been widely tipped to make a move to England this summer with  the Emirates or Old Trafford his most likely destination.But, according to Spanish radio station Cadena COPE, Real are keen to bolster their midfield and were impressed with Carvalho’s performances during the recent Under-21 European Championship.However, new Sporting Lisbon head coach Jorge Jesus is adamant they will not part with the 23-year-old.His contract with the Portuguese giants runs until 2018 and he has a release clause worth £32m.last_img read more

The Press Pass – Sunday, October 9

first_imgRay Stubbs is joined by Tom Collomosse and Michael Calvin to cast their eyes over the main sporting stories.They react to England’s win over Malta – Gareth Southgate’s first game in charge – and preview the Three Lions’ next game v Slovenia. They also take a look at the other results from the international break including Wales, Scotland, Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.Other topics from the week’s news agenda were also discussed, including the Daily Telegraph’s investigation, Joey Barton and much, much more…Listen above or click here to download the podcast from iTuneslast_img read more

Pico Rivera plans for new library

first_imgPICO RIVERA – If and when a new library is built in this town, local resident Jesus Uribe’s requests are simple. “As long as I can have somewhere to read, I’m OK,” said Uribe, 50. But more computers, more books and more space are also among the top items on a wish list from local residents who may be getting a new county library in the future. Los Angeles County’s Pico Rivera Library at 9001 Mines Ave., has “outgrown itself,” and it’s time for an upgrade, said neighborhood outreach coordinator Ray Chavez. That report may be ready for the city by late January, Chavez noted. Architects will use the needs assessment report to draw up proposals for the new library’s design. At a proposed 24,000 square feet, the new facility would be more than triple the size of the existing Pico Rivera Library, which – in its circular form – measures 7,700 square feet of floor space. “It is kind of small for the area,” added Uribe. “Everything I need is here, but maybe for someone who might need to do more research, it might be limited.” The new library could include computer stations, a homework study center, a children’s reading amphitheater, a child care center and a community meeting room, according to officials. Added floor space will also allow for more resources, books and other literature to be housed in the library. “The city has advanced, and this is the next chapter in reaching our full potential as a community,” Chavez said. araceli.esparza@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3024 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 MOREWhicker: John Jackson greets a Christmas that he wasn’t sure he’d see“There’s no reason we can’t have a quality library to offer services to the community,” Chavez said. “The current library was built 30 years ago, and after 30 years, the demand on library services has increased.” County and city officials are working in a joint venture to bring a new county library into Pico Rivera. This month, project organizers conducted surveys from the community to determine local citizens’ requests for the new facility. L.A. County Supervisor Gloria Molina has already committed $8 million toward the new complex, which is estimated to cost about $18 million. City officials will pursue bonds and grants for the remaining amount, they said. “Public libraries essentially are our children’s after-school programs. These libraries serve as homework centers for kids who have no places in which to study,” said Roxane Marquez, spokeswoman for Molina. Nancy Mahr, a representative for the county library, said plans for a new facility in Pico Rivera are still in the preliminary stages. Consultants will use the collected surveys to create an assessment needs report based on citizens’ feedback. last_img read more

Hamilton 1-0 St Johnstone: Accies sink nine-man Saints

first_imgThere was no sign of the controversy to come as the game got off to a quiet start.In the fourth minute Saints keeper Alan Mannus, who had replaced Zander Clark, parried a powerful drive from Accies midfielder Greg Docherty.Both sides soon became mired in pinball football, with possession surrendered as quickly as it was gained.Hamilton midfielder Ali Crawford and striker Rakish Bingham drove over the bar from outside the box as the Lanarkshire men took a measure of control, but the clear-cut chance they pursued remained absent. A last-gasp goal from Alex D’Acol gave Hamilton a 1-0 win over nine-man St Johnstone after Saints had two players sent off for brawling with each other at the SuperSeal stadium.When referee Don Robertson’s whistle sounded to end a nondescript first half, there were gasps of disbelief as Saints midfielder Danny Swanson and defender Richard Foster grappled.Players, management, and officials all got involved and the scenes of chaos ended with both players red carded inside at the interval.The Perth side were two men short for the second half but it looked like they would hold out for the point until D’Acol fired in a 90th-minute winner to take the home side off the bottom of the Ladbrokes Premiership table, two points above Inverness. A minute from the interval the ball fell kindly to Bingham following a corner but he slashed his shot from 12 yards high over the bar to the groans of the home fans.But that all paled into insignificance when the half-time whistle sounded and Foster and Swanson set about each other, with punches and kicks thrown and an ensuing rammy which saw Crawford booked and Accies assistant Guillaume Beuzelin sent from the technical area.Both Saints players were told to stay inside by Robertson and the visitors started the second half two men short, with 19-year-old defender Clive Smith replacing Blair Alston to make his debut following his loan move from Preston.As expected, the home side took control and Bingham missed the ball in front of goal as Accies pressed.Mannus saved a long-distance effort from captain Michael Devlin, who had been involved in a verbal spat with Accies winger Dougie Imrie at the start of the second half.St Johnstone were looking to hold out for the draw and it became a game of attack versus defence.Tommy Wright’s men were getting their heads to the numerous crosses which were thrown into their box, and as the second half progressed the attempts on goal deteriorated as the anxiety increased.Crawford did draw a good save from Mannus with a blistering drive in the 85th minute and it looked like the Perth side would leave with a point.However, Accies eventually got the breakthrough when D’Acol, inside the packed St Johnstone box, rifled in for a morale-boosting win, although the fall-out will focus on the startling altercation between Swanson and Foster.last_img read more

Duncan Scott flies Scotland’s flag at closing ceremony

first_img“It’s not something that many people get the chance to do, it’s only a select few, two people per Games. To be selected for that is an absolute honour. “It’s the most medals we’ve ever won at an overseas Games so to lead the team out to close it is just incredible.“I’m delighted with how I’ve performed up against the best in the world. It’s been great to show just how much quality we have in Scottish swimming. “We had so many amazing performances, including some that haven’t been shown on the medal table. To be named flag bearer and to represent swimming and Team Scotland is really special.” Swimmer Duncan Scott will fly Scotland’s flag during the Commonwealth Games closing ceremony after winning six medals on the Gold Coast.Scott became Scotland’s most decorated athlete at a single Games by winning one gold, one silver and four bronze medals.He follows in the footsteps of other swimming greats Gregor Tait, who carried the flag into the closing ceremony the last time the Games were held in Australia in 2006, and Alison Sheppard in 2002.Scott said: “To be flag bearer is a complete honour. It’s something we speak about as swimmers, and I’m just immensely proud. last_img read more

Rangers charged by UEFA over late kick-off in Moscow

first_imgRangers have been hit with a disciplinary charge from UEFA over their Europa League match against Spartak Moscow last week.Both clubs have been cited for the match failing to kick-off exactly on time. The game kicked off two minutes later than the scheduled time.Television footage appears to show striker Alfredo Morelos late in joining his teammates in the tunnel before the game, with the match referee holding both teams from taking to the pitch until the full complement of players are present.UEFA operate a strict liability process over disciplinary issues, so Rangers will have to state their case to the governing body before the case if heard by their Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body on 13 December. Spartak Moscow will face more serious charges in addition to the timekeeping issue. The Russian club have been cited for their fans setting off fireworks and throwing objects, with a further charge relating to blocked stairways inside the Otkritie Arena.last_img read more

Council agrees to look after famous battle site

first_imgLetterkenny Municipal Council has agreed take over the maintenance of the battle site at Scariffholis on the outskirts of the town.The council agreed to take over the site close to Newmills after a motion by Cllr Jimmy Kavanagh.Cllr Kavanagh told the council the area was “badly neglected.” Cllr. Kavanagh explained that the site was of huge historical significance and was the scene of one of the last major field battles fought on Irish soil.The Battle of Scariffholis was fought in 1650 and up to 3,000 lives, mainly Irish, were lost. The names of many local town lands can also be traced back to the battle, including for example Meenaroy, Cllr. Kavanagh explained.A commemorative committee erected a monument at the site in the year 2000 to mark the 350th anniversary of the event, it was then agreed that the council would take over the maintenance of the area, and the committee disbanded.However cutbacks and recession meant that it was not always possible for the council to prioritise the site and it subsequently became neglected. Cllr. Kavanagh referred to a motion he had put to the previous County council meeting where he asked the council to link up with the probation service, in order to carry out work that the council had not sufficient resources to deal with.He suggested that the battle site at Scarriffholis was a perfect example of a task that the probation service would be able to take over, and he felt they would have the necessary resources to attend to the site on a regular basis.The council have agreed to talk to the probation service about this and to agree a programme of maintenance for the area.Cllr. Kavanagh thanked the officials for the positive response and his motion was seconded by Cllr. James Pat McDaid and agreed by all the members.Council agrees to look after famous battle site was last modified: April 8th, 2017 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:BattledonegalNEW MILLSScariffholislast_img read more

Great Smoky Mountains Association’s aid-to-park funding tops $1.4M in 2015

first_imgLast year’s nearly $1.5 million donation brings GSMA’s total contribution to the national park during its 63-year history to $35,613,023.Thanks to record-breaking revenues in 2015, GSMA plans to provide over $2 million in assistance to Great Smoky Mountains National Park in 2016. The monetary and in-kind aid will run the gamut from saving hemlock trees to restoring a historic grist mill to monitoring park streams for acidification caused by air pollution. In a year that saw visitation to Great Smoky Mountains National Park exceed 10 million for only the fifth time in history, Great Smoky Mountains Association – which generates its support for the Smokies primarily through visitor center sales – was able to contribute just shy of $1.5 million to park programs and services in 2015.“This was a year of leadership changes in the Smokies,” said GSMA Executive Director Laurel Rematore. “Cassius Cash became the 16th superintendent, Clayton Jordan was promoted from to deputy superintendent, and GSMA Executive Director Terry Maddox concluded over 25 years of service with his retirement on Dec. 31.”Following an eight-month-long national search, which attracted more than 40 candidates, Rematore was chosen to take the reigns at Great Smoky Mountains Association, adding yet another layer of change to the Smokies’ leadership landscape. What did not change in 2015, according to Rematore, was GSMA’s commitment to support the Smokies.“We continued our focus on retail sales in the visitors centers, publications and customized product development, membership development, and improved inventory management throughout the year,” she said. “The association had its best year ever for both sales and membership income, and as a result we were able to start rebuilding our reserve funds. These reserves will allow GSMA to meet its future commitments to the park and to maintain our own operations even if our normal income sources falter, such as what occurred during the October 2013 government shutdown.”GSMA’s aid-to-park for 2015 was $1,445,638, capping another strong year of support. The association’s contributions to Great Smoky Mountains National Park fall into three broad categories: cash donations, which are provided for a host of educational, historical, interpretive, and scientific projects; in-kind services, which is primarily labor expense; and publications and digital media, which include development costs and free publications.In-kind services totaled $673,639 and included salaries for staff at eight park visitorcenters and publications development costs, including free publications, such as Smokies Guide newspaper and pre-press costs for sales publications.Special projects funded by GSMA totaled $386,650 and included:$79,088 – Oconaluftee Visitor Center, interest on construction loan$66,478 – Cost-of-living stipends for student interns$49,566 – Cultural Collection Storage/Relocation, storage for the park’s invaluable artifact collection, set to open in early May$44,013 – GSM Institute at Tremont, funding for youth and adult environmental education at Tremont (includes proceeds from Tremont visitor center store)$33,635 – Wildlife Seasonals Support$30,848 – Visitor Center Utilities$17,500 – “Mountains for the Masses,” revision of park’s administrative history, making it current to 2015$15,453 – Sugarlands Visitor Center media upkeep$14,531 – Volunteer Program Parkwide Support$9,328 – SVC Housing$8,500 – Experience Your Smokies, the public program that brings community leaders into the park to learn from rangers and other staff$7,000 – For environmental education interns$5,347 – GSMNP Resource Education Interns, students who present programs to youth and adults$4,878 Resource Education Grant to Establish Student Archeology Field School$4,640 – Cades Cove Wayside Exhibit, roadside exhibits help visitors understand the history of this mountain community$2,941 – GSMNP Purchase Knob Website, for the science and education center$2,500 – ATBI Structured Sampling, the quest continues to identify all plants and animals in the park$2,344 – GSMNP Podcast Upkeep, educational videos on the park$1,500 – Cataloochee Valley Map and Guide, new map and guide interprets history of Cataloochee and recreational opportunities in the area today$1,365 – GSMNP Visitor Center Door Counters, for tracking visitation$1,040 – Resource and Visitor Protection SCA Costs, interns that help rangers$488 – GSMNP Digital Storytelling, for award-winning historic preservation program$147 – GSMNP – Centennial Anniversary Funding for the park’s interpretive operations totaled $218,545 and included special events, festivals, and interpretive demonstrations, including the Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage, Music of the Mountains, Mountain Life Festival, sorghum molasses making, and library supplies and materials. A specific breakdown includes:$48,964 – Backcountry Information staff$41,642 – Library staff$38,486 – Living history demonstrators$29,603 – Misc. and library operations$24,210 – Parks as Classrooms Coordinator$35,639 – Special events and demonstrationslast_img read more

Active citizenship in memory of Mandela – Bachelet

first_imgOn stage at the Cape Town city hall for the Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture 2014, from left: Chilean President Michelle Bachelet, Mandela’s widow Graça Machel, Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory chief executive Sello Hatang, Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille, and veteran South African actor John Kani. (Image: Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory)• Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory+27 11 547 5600info@nelsonmandela.org107 Central StreetHoughton2198South AfricaLorraine KearneyThe challenges of social integration were increasing, and it was essential to update democracy. “We must take on the challenges of the future, not just consolidate our wins.”Chilean President Michelle Bachelet expressed these sentiments in delivering the 12th Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture, in the City Hall, Cape Town, on Women’s Day – 9 August.The lecture was particularly significant as it was from the City Hall that Mandela first addressed South Africans and the world following his release from prison on 11 February 1990. It was also the place from where he first spoke to South Africans as their president on 9 May 1994. And it was also particularly poignant as it was the first annual lecture to be given since his death on 5 December last year – a fact mentioned by more than one speaker.Women’s Day, a national public holiday, commemorates the day in 1956 when about 20 000 women of all races marched to the Union Buildings in Pretoria to demand that women not be required to carry passes.Watch Chilean President Michelle Bachelet deliver the 12th Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture:The topic of Bachelet’s lecture was “Building social cohesion through active citizenship”. She also focused on education and community participation in democracy.She paid tribute to Mandela, saying his life had been based on a “profound certainty that there are no differences that justify discrimination, violence, abuse or oppression”. He had shown that the only viable path was one of cohesion and unity. She also honoured Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, one of the many dignitaries in the audience, for having convened the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and for the similar process in Chile.It was one of several historical similarities between the two countries on their path to democracy that she listed: “It can be said we share a common wound, a common pain, but we also share a sense of common pride.”In speaking about democracy today, Bachelet said: “Economic growth and reducing inequality are essential, but are not enough. The growing new middle class brings new challenges that pose new tasks. Confidence in institutions is weakening – this is a global trend. This puts at risk our democracy… Society has changed, the world has changed, and people around the world are asking more of their governments,” she said. “Today, legitimacy and justice are more than just legality. More and better democratic policies of inclusion are needed.”And to get there, changes must be driven by society. Representative democracy was no longer enough; people were now demanding participation. “But to take part requires more than just voting. This is key to modern democracy.” Indeed this was the core of her lecture: society was opening spaces and forums where these new demands could be reflected. It was time for structural changes, but there was no magic recipe for this. “But the wrong path is denying citizens their participation.”Bachelet pointed out that sub-Saharan Africa had experience strong economic growth in recent years, but half the population still lived on less than $1.25 a day “This strong economic performance is not filtering down. It is the same in Latin America and the Caribbean. There is some encouragement in the growth of the middle class, but the inequality gap is high and is growing.“We need more equal distribution of wealth.” To get there, the public sector needed strengthening.Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, Michelle Bachelet and Sello Hatang at the lecture. (Image: Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory)Gender equalityIn building a socially cohesive, democratic society in which all people participate meaningfully, there needs to be equality between the sexes. Yet, Bachelet pointed out, cultural, economic, social and political discrimination against women remained one of the “most scandalous unequal situations on the planet”. Six out of 10 poor people were women; 75% of women could not get a bank loan because they were in unstable or unpaid jobs. Sexism was rife and there was a lack of representation in business.She spoke about policies being set up in Chile to assist women. “[Equality] needs to be promoted in every country. We need to make gender equality a state objective.” But to do so “requires us to rethink our ways of cultural identity. We need to ask: ‘How can we make living together possible?’ It is a complex task in permanent evolution.”Chile, and the world, had a lot to learn from South Africa, and from Mandela’s attempts to build a unified nation. To get there, structural changes were needed – and effort had to be made to make cultural changes. “Above all, we must build a culture that allows us to recognise our self in others. To do this requires active citizens … Chile is proposing that people take this responsibility to grow social cohesion.”Importance of educationBachelet also spoke about improving education, as a crucial tool to ensure a democratic, socially inclusive nation. The challenge was “not only access to education, but also quality education”. Structural changes were needed to achieve this; it should be an economic, social and political goal simultaneously.She quoted Mandela, saying that education was the most powerful weapon to change the world, but added that action was needed to reach this goal. Non-negotiable was passion, the ability to listen and the active participation of citizens who could also listen to constructive criticism.In ending her lecture, Bachelet referred to South Africa as the cradle of humanity: “In this land that is the birthplace of the human species, we can dream of a new humanity… We have hope to build a common future.”At the press conference after the lecture, she said: “Mandela has been the leader who inspired me all my life. He has taught us so much.”Returning to education, she announced that in 2015, Chile would launch 50 Nelson Mandela scholarships for post-graduate students from Africa to attend Chilean universities. A statue of Mandela would also be commissioned for a public park in Santiago, and Chile planned to convene a “conversation” involving South Africa, Chile and other Latin American countries going through a transitional justice process so that they could learn from each other.Her lecture was well-received by an audience that consisted of dignitaries, activists and ordinary folk, as well as Nkosi Zwelivelile Mandla Mandela, Mandela’s grandson. The Nelson Mandela Foundation website reported that he found the lecture to be insightful. Bachelet made it clear that being an elected official meant you had to continue to speak on behalf of people, the Mvezo chief said.“This is to ensure service delivery and to be a true reflection of what is happening in the country… We must strive to make a better world. Her excellency has called us back to the drawing board, and has raised questions: have we done enough to recognise indigenous people? Is there still a role in post-apartheid South Africa for traditional leaders?” he said.Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, who delivered the Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture in 2004, was also upbeat as he walked out of the hall. Showing the victory sign, he said the lecture had been “wonderful to listen to”, and Bachelet had been “fantastic”.last_img read more