REAL MADRID have reportedly asked Mauricio Pochettino to keep them informed of his future plans.Bernabeu president Florentino Perez’s relationship with manager Zinedine Zidane is an uneasy one.1 Real Madrid have reportedly asked Mauricio Pochettino to keep them informed of his future plansCredit: Getty Images – GettyClub legend Zidane has taken Real to the top of LaLiga, one point ahead of Barcelona, but the Frenchman is said to have clashed with senior stars.And according to The Independent, the Spanish giants are monitoring Pochettino’s situation after the Argentine was sacked by Tottenham in November and replaced by Jose Mourinho.Real have long been admirers of Poch but had no success in attempting to prize him away from Spurs.But as a free agent the ex-Southampton boss is a wanted man with a host of European clubs – including Manchester United – keeping tabs on him.With that in mind, Real want to be prepared for a possible pursuit to convince Poch to move to the Spanish capital.But SunSport revealed the 48-year-old is in pole position to replace Pep Guardiola if the Spaniard left City.The Premier League champions have been banned from all Uefa competitions for two years after being found guilty of breaching Financial Fair Play regulations.Most read in football THROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’ExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for himREF RAIDChampions League ref Vincic ‘arrested in raid into drugs and prostitution ring’NICE RONCristiano Ronaldo goes on family bike ride with partner Georgina Rodriguez & kidsThat has led to questions over whether Guardiola would be willing to stay on as manager past the end of this season.And should the ex-Barca boss decide the time is right to quit, with the chance to take over at Juventus, then City would have to find a successor quickly.Pochettino is one coach who would fit the profile of a new man in charge, and we revealed in December that the City job is one he would be interested in taking.Mauricio Pochettino refusing to commit to Real Madrid – as he wants to see if Man City are interested next summer
UEFA on Thursday opened the ticket sales deadline for the Champions League final that will remain open until next day 12 on your website, with a total of 6,000 locations available to the general public and 20,000 to be distributed for each of the two finalist clubs.As reported by UEFA, after consulting with the independent network of European Soccer Fans (FSE) has set the same prices and categories that last season, so that the cheapest ones will cost 70 euros and 600 the most expensive. There will also be locations for 280 and 450 euros in the intermediate categories. Tickets for disabled spectators will be priced at 70 euros, with a companion ticket included for free.Each application may include up to two tickets and once closed the deadline for making requests, at 2 pm on the 12th in uefa.com, UEFA will draw a raffle to distribute the tickets, the price of which includes Shipping costsUEFA will inform applicants at the end of March, at the latest, about the status of their requests and tickets will be sent by courier no later than mid-May.The Champions League final will be played at the Olympic stadium Istanbul Atatürk, which has a capacity for 72,000 spectators, the Saturday, May 30, 2020.
The rehabilitation and reconstruction of the seawall from Kingston to Ogle is progressing as the Government moves a step further with the feasibility study and design.Representative of MottMacDonald UK, Peter PhipsA public consultation was held at the bandstand located at the Kingston Seawall. The consensus of the consultation is that the public is pleased and supports the initiative.Senior Engineer within the Sea and Rivers Department of the Ministry of Public Infrastructure, Maitland Stewart told the Department of Public Information (DPI) that Mott MacDonald UK, the company tasked with completing the feasibility study and designs, took a look at the aforementioned area that spans 7.5km.Stuart explained that the study aims to “improve the whole flood protection infrastructure. Incorporated in this study are some ancillary designs in waterfront development to improve the space”.Monies approved by the United Kingdom under the Caribbean Infrastructure Partnership Fund through the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) have made the project possible.According to a representative of Mott MacDonald UK, Peter Phips, “the main purpose of the project is to look to rehabilitate and make the sea defence more climate-resilient in the face of climate change and sea-level rise”.In October, the UK-based company plans to conduct an environmental and social impact assessment. This will be done while the preliminary design is being finalised for its November deadline. Between December 2019 and March 2020, a detailed design of the project will be done.Once accepted, the procurement process will begin for the project’s construction. The Ministry of Public Infrastructure has oversight for the seawall project.
Ireland has recorded a huge surge in the numbers of corncrakes in Ireland for the second year running with Donegal boasting the highest numbers of the rare bird.The iconic corncrakeThe Department of Arts and Heritage confirmed that preliminary figures from its 2014 census show 230 calling corncrake males were recorded this summer — a 24% increase on the 185 recorded last year, which represented an increase of up to 40% on 2012 — the highest percentage rise in almost 20 years.The largest concentration of the corncrake this year is located in Co Donegal where 156 calling males were counted with 108 of those on islands off the coast. The Donegal island with the largest number of corncrakes is Inisbofin with 42. This was followed by 15 on Tory Island and 14 on both Gola and Inishmeane.The next largest concentration of the bird was found in Mayo/Connemara, where 72 were recorded with 37 found in the Mullet peninsula and 25 in the Connemara islands.Between 2012 and last year, the State spent €1.2m on conservation measures for the bird — the spend for 2014 is not yet available.Corncrake expert Dr Anita Donaghy of Birdwatch Ireland said yesterday: “We are surprised by this increase and would express some reservations, but until the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) provides the full data set we would not be in a position to comment further.” The corncrake is on the EU Birds Directive requiring conservation measures be put in place.Research shows that for every calling male, there is a female corncrake nearby which has two broods of chicks here every summer. CORNCRAKE EXPERT EXPRESS SURPRISE AS DONEGAL TOPS SPIKE IN BIRD NUMBERS was last modified: August 13th, 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:CorncrakedonegalexpertsSurprise
Former Meath great Liam Hayes said Jim McGuinness should have formed a human barrier with his players to stop Mark McHugh getting on a flight to New York.Mark McHughThe Kilcar playmaker left for the US this week as Donegal take on Antrim in the Ulster semi-final.Hayes expects Donegal to overcome Antrim but they are a pale shadow of the team which won the 2012 All-Ireland without McHugh. “The flight of Mark McHugh to New York tells a story which is deafening – even for those men housed in the cement like bunker of the Donegal dressing room.“That the heartbeat of the Donegal’s All-Ireland winning team of 18 months ago would prefer to wear the yellow and gold in New York – where he is representing another Donegal team – and would get on a flight the week of the county’s second championship outing is bizarre.“And that nobody (but mainly manager Jim McGuinness) did not form a human barrier at the departure gate was unforgiveable.“Donegal will beat Antrim and they will appear not to miss McHugh, but by taking the field without him they are admitting to their rivals that they are accepting their role as a shadow of the team that the 2012 All-Ireland title,” claims Hayes. McGUINNESS SHOULD HAVE FORMED A HUMAN CHAIN TO STOP McHUGH AT DEPARTURE GATE – HAYES was last modified: June 21st, 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 McGuinnessLaim HayesMark McHugh
1 Andone celebrates scoring for Deportivo Brighton & Hove Albion have agreed a deal to sign Deportivo La Coruna striker Florin Andone for an undisclosed fee.The Romania international will join the Premier League club on a five-year contract when the window for international transfers opens on June 8.The 25-year-old scored 18 goals in 69 appearances during his two seasons with Spanish side Deportivo.Albion manager Chris Hughton said Andone had been a long-term target.“We are delighted that Florin has agreed to join us. He is a player that we have tracked for some time and he will add a new dimension to our attacking options,” Hughton told the club’s official website.“He is a very hard-working player, and has proven his quality at the highest level in Spain, as well as at international level.“I am looking forward to working with him next season.”Andone, who has scored once in 21 appearances for his country, played three times at Euro 2016.He moved to Spain at an early age and made his senior debut for second division side Castellon before joining Villarreal in 2013.Following a loan spell with Atletico Baleares, the forward moved on to Cordoba, where 27 goals in 58 games earned his 2016 transfer to Depor.His arrival at the Amex Stadium will boost Albion’s attacking options, which already include top-scorer Glenn Murray and record-signing Jurgen Locadia, ahead of their second successive season in the top flight.
2 Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Vertonghen injured his hamstring against Huddersfield at the end of September England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Most popular Premier League news shining Vertonghen, meanwhile, is one of the club’s most popular players, in addition to being one of the longest serving.The 31-year-old, who will be 32 in April, signed from Ajax in 2012 and has been ever present in the back line since.His current contract expires at the end of the season and in September explained the club may trigger a clause in the deal that would see him remain until 2020.“My contract is expiring at the end of the season, but Tottenham have an option to extend it with one year,” he said.“I think they will take up the option. We’ll see what happens.” Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars deals REVEALED Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? 2 silverware huge blow REVEALED Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Tottenham are targeting Nathan Ake in their search for a new centre-back.The club confirmed that Jan Vertonghen’s hamstring injury will keep him out of action until December and Ake, report The Sun, is thought to be valued at around £40million. The 23-year-old has impressed for Eddie Howe’s side so far this season and is also a full Dutch international.He moved to Chelsea’s academy from Feyenoord in 2011 at the age of 16 and, after loan spells at Reading, Norwich and Bournemouth, made the move to the south coast permanent, with the Cherries paying around £20m in 2017. Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card gameday cracker tense Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury REAL DEAL no dice Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Ake has been at Bournemouth since his £20m move from Chelsea in 2017 Real Madrid ‘offer’ Isco to Chelsea in bid to ‘make room’ for Tottenham star
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The Drake University women’s basketball team plays its third-straight road contest on Friday night when it travels to UNI with a 7 p.m. tipoff scheduled at the McLeod Center. The in-state matchup will be broadcast online via The Valley On ESPN3. Drake (17-7, 10-3 MVC) and UNI (15-9, 10-3 MVC) along with Missouri State are locked in a first place tie on top of the Missouri Valley Conference standings. The Panthers defeated the Bulldogs by a score of 79-73 on Jan. 24 at the Knapp Center. Drake dropped its last game at Indiana State, 68-53, as the Bulldogs struggled to shoot the basketball at 30.9 percent from the floor and made just 3-of-20 attempts from behind the three-point line. Even with the poor shooting, Drake only trailed by five points at halftime, but an 11-2 run by Indiana State to start the third quarter proved to be the difference. Junior Lizzy Wendell (Blue Springs, Mo.) scored 18 points while sophomore Maddy Dean (Jordan, Minn.) recorded her fifth double-double of the season with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Indiana State held Drake, the MVC’s top scoring team at 80.2 points per game, to its lowest season total. The Sycamores are one of two league teams that hold opponents to less than 60.0 a game. UNI is the other top defensive team as it holds opponents to a league-low 58.2 points per game. Friday night features the MVC’s top offense and defense in a game that will factor heavily in the race for the regular season title. Junior Madison Weekly leads the Panthers and ranks second behind Wendell in the MVC at 17.3 points per game. Following Friday night’s game, Drake returns to the Knapp Center for its final two home games of the season as Loyola visits on Feb. 26 at 7 p.m. followed by Bradley on Feb. 28 at 2 p.m.Print Friendly Version
MESA, Ariz. — Jesús Luzardo allowed an earned run in a Cactus League outing for the first time and yet it still may have been his most impressive.In a final audition for the last spot in the A’s starting rotation before the club takes off for Japan, Luzardo continued to impress in Sunday’s 5-4 win over the San Francisco Giants. The left-hander upped his workload to 62 pitches and allowed just one run on four hits with a walk and five strikeouts over four innings of work.A’s manager Bob Melvin …
“ … NAPA — Raiders coach Jon Gruden said on the first day of training camp the team expected a lot more drama from Antonio Brown after his arrival in a hot air balloon.Turns out that after 24 days of drama, the Raiders have had their fill.After Brown missed the Raiders’ walk-through in the morning and practice in the afternoon, general manager Mike Mayock made the following statement to the assembled media: Click here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device.