Bayern sack coach Ancelotti after PSG loss

first_imgGerman champions Bayern Munich sacked coach Carlo Ancelotti on Thursday, a day after they suffered a crushing 3-0 defeat to Paris St Germain in the Champions League.The club issued a statement on Thursday saying performances this season had failed to live up to expectations with CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge pinpointing Wednesday’s defeat in Paris as evidence of the team’s struggles.Bayern, who have won the last five consecutive Bundesliga titles, are currently in third place in the Bundesliga, three points off leaders Borussia Dortmund.They threw away a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 against VfL Wolfsburg last week, however, having also suffered a surprise defeat at Hoffenheim earlier this month.Italian Ancelotti joined last season, succeeding Pep Guardiola, and enjoyed immediate success, winning the Bundesliga title in his debut campaign.His side, however, were less successful in Europe and were eliminated in the quarter-finals of 2016/17 Champions League by eventual winners Real Madrid.Frenchman Willy Sagnol, Ancelotti’s assistant who joined this season, will be taking over on an interim basis and will be in charge on Sunday against Hertha Berlin, Bayern said.“The performances of the team since the season start did not correspond to the expectations,” said Rummenigge.“The Paris match showed clearly there needed to be consequences. (Sports director) Hasan Salihamidzic and myself informed Carlo today of our decision in an honest and serious discussion…“Carlo is a friend of mine and will remain so but we had to take a professional decision for Bayern Munich. I now expect from the team a positive development and absolute passion so that we reach our goals.”The 58-year-old Ancelotti, who has also coached Real Madrid, Juventus, AC Milan and Chelsea among others, has been criticised for a number of his decisions this season, including frequently keeping forward Thomas Mueller on the bench. He also left Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben, his two most experienced wingers, on the bench at the start against PSG in a tactical decision that swiftly backfired.PSG took the lead after two minutes through Dani Alves and added further goals from Edinson Cavani and Neymar.last_img read more

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Neville lauds match-winner Taylor as England progress

first_imgEngland boss Phil Neville hailed “big game player” Jodie Taylor after the striker’s second-half finish secured a 1-0 win over Argentina and a place in the last 16 of the Women’s World Cup.Taylor, having been brought into the starting line-up, turned the ball in at the back post from Beth Mead’s cross just after the hour mark in Le Havre as the Lionesses made it six points from two Group D games.What was the 33-year-old’s first international goal since April last year took her overall tally for England to 18.Taylor also netted during the 2015 World Cup campaign, then was the top-scorer at Euro 2017 with five goals.And Neville said: “She’s a massive player, a big game player.“I told Jodie before the game that I knew she would score.“From the Scotland game (the 2-1 victory on Sunday in which Taylor was an unused substitute) her training performances, her attitude, the way that she has focused, because we told Jodie very early on that she would be playing against Argentina…“You reap your rewards from your training performances and that is what we saw from Jodie. She thrives off service, off balls through and the support from around her.“And I think in my time as manager, I have to say probably we’ve not given her the service she had in the Euros or past games for England, and it’s something we’re working really hard on.”Neville was also keen to praise Argentina’s goalkeeper Vanina Correa, who saved Nikita Parris’ first-half penalty.As well as pushing the spot-kick against the post, the 35-year-old made further fine stops to deny Mead and then Parris once again before Taylor’s goal broke Argentina’s dogged resistance.“Goalkeepers in women’s football get a lot of criticism,” Neville said.“The Argentina goalkeeper produced a performance of world-class ability.“I think goalkeeping in the women’s game over the last 12 months, with the coaching, especially the goalkeeping coaches they’ve got, has risen incredibly, and I think not enough respect goes to the coaches and the goalkeepers that are performing fantastically.“When we played against New Zealand (last month), Erin Naylor put in was a fantastic performance against us, and we have three outstanding goalkeepers, plus Ellie Roebuck, with us.“So if anyone wants to challenge me on goalkeeping standards, then what I have seen from the last 12 months is that we’ve probably got six or seven England internationals in the Women’s Super League, in our pathway, that are all of a fantastic level, and you’ve seen it in every team that we’re coming up against. The save from Nikita Parris was world-class.”Tonight’s #PlayeroftheMatch presented by @Visa is Vanina Correa of @Argentina!An incredible performance in goal tonight ??????@VisaArgentina | #ENGARG | #FIFAWWC pic.twitter.com/eL1SmMlI6p– FIFA Women’s World Cup (@FIFAWWC) June 14, 2019When Correa herself was asked if she felt criticism of goalkeepers in women’s football was wrong and that her performance had shown why, she said: “Yes, perhaps.“We might make more errors than our male counterparts. Our training in Argentina, we’re not able to access it from a young age, we’re only able to do so from an older age, so perhaps we do make more mistakes.“But nowadays things are changing, we’re having better training. It’s not nice to criticise goalkeepers, even if we do sometimes make mistakes and they end up as goals. We’re trying to change things.”England will now look to cement top spot when they conclude their Group D matches by facing second-placed Japan in Nice on Wednesday.Japan have four points, while Argentina and Scotland, whose meeting on Wednesday takes place in Paris, have one and none respectively.As well as a top-two finish in a group guaranteeing a spot in the last 16, four of the six third-placed finishers will also progress.last_img read more

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An appeal to all patriotic Govt ministers

first_imgDear Editor,Even with a small population like ours, the chance of one becoming a Member of Parliament is slim to none. But if you’re fortunate in your lifetime to have this great honour bestowed upon you, nothing matters more than putting the interest of Guyana and her people above all… above self.Do the right thing and you will be forever respected as a patriot, a person of integrity, of high moral values, and a champion of the poor and downtrodden. But if you don’t, you become a Moses Nagamootoo or a Khemraj Ramjattan, despised by many for betraying everything they once stood for to cling to position and power.With a few exceptions, the ruckus behaviour of Government MPs that completely drowned out the entire speech made in the National Assembly by the Leader of the Opposition on the No-confidence Motion (NCM), clearly defines their characters and expose the lowness of those who serve in the highest decision-making forum of Government.As a Member of Parliament, I am often embarrassed and appalled at the lack of decorum and unparliamentary language and behaviour displayed by some in the National Assembly. Some Government Ministers have no ethics and etiquette. Yet these are the people who represent us at international forums with world leaders and their representatives, and who are given the powers to implement laws that affect the lives of every citizen here.Then there are others like Nagamootoo and Ramjattan who now willingly betray the principles upon which the AFC was formed and shamelessly defend the transgressions committed by this Government to protect the grandeur and perks they now enjoy as members of Cabinet.Thankfully, not everyone fits this description. Some, I know, are genuinely concerned that Guyana is headed in the wrong direction, and would do a Charrandas if they weren’t so afraid for their own safety and the wellbeing of their families.Just yesterday, it was reported in the State newspaper that Foreign Affairs Minister, Carl Greenidge, who is often above the fray, wrote in a letter to the Canadian High Commissioner that he was “unaware of any threat” to Charrandas Persaud that would have even required consular protection.Even this career politician who has now distinguished himself as an elder statesman after once presiding over the worst economic period that helped bankrupt the nation during his tenure as the PNC Government Minister of Finance and Planning, seems afraid to condemn his PNC colleague Jennifer Wade, the Region 5 Government MP, whose voice can be clearly identified saying, “Charrandas, you gon dead tonight.”Surely the Hon Carl Greenidge must have heard this distinct threat himself from the thousands of video clips played over and over again in news reports and in the public domain on social media. But as decent as Greenidge is, he too must be afraid and is too old to go up against the dangerous PNC to ruin his chances of becoming APNU’s Presidential Candidate to contest the upcoming elections. For despite the earlier pronouncements by Volda Lawrence and Joseph Harmon, I really don’t believe President Granger will ever run again.It is an undisputed fact that on that fateful evening of December 21, 2018, the Opposition motion was successfully carried, and the Government fell.Now, like a drowning man, they are desperately grasping at straws to cling to power. Since then, Government has been stubbornly and shamelessly defiant of the Constitution, pursuing a series of frivolous actions to stop the inevitable – The resignation of the Cabinet including the President and new elections within three months according to Article 106 (6) of the Constitution. One cannot simply change the rules in his favour after the game has been played and lost.The Charrandas vote in favor of the NCM has been totally ventilated. It is now time to move on. Regardless of which side of the political spectrum you’re on, the next few days will determine just how far one is prepared to go without compromising one’s integrity and political career. The intent of Government Ministers will be scrutinised and characters questioned.I am sure that if asked, every Guyanese would say that they’re a patriot. But how many, like myself, would willingly risk their lives for this country? And to a lesser extent, how many would sacrifice their jobs, insecure though it may be at this time, to prevent Guyana from turning into a pariah state?For selfish reasons, I wager not many would do it. But I’m equally confident there are still good patriotic men and women whose loyalty to Guyana and her people is above reproach.Both Nagamootoo and Ramjattan are too far gone, post-mortem don’t ever bring back the dead. But there are others in the AFC that should be concerned about their own political careers and the need to make amends for the betrayal inflicted upon their own supporters who once believed the AFC to have noble intentions. It is not too late.It is to those and other Government Ministers that I make this appeal to put Guyana first. Save our nation from a constitutional crisis that will result in lawlessness, chaos, and the embarrassment of being the laughing stock of the Caribbean and the rest of the world.As an individual with a conscience, you can resign now to protect what’s left of your integrity, credibility and your political and professional career. In a few short months, this Government will be forced to debit office and Guyana will be under new management. But you don’t have to go down like rats on a sinking ship to avoid being called a “traitor” and other derogatory names, you have a duty to put Guyana first. And with a clear conscience, justify your resignation from Government as your patriotic duty to the pledge you took as a Member of Parliament.Sincerely,Harry GillPPP/C Member ofParliamentlast_img read more

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Drogba China signing boosts crowds

first_img0Shares0000SHANGHAI, China, September 21 – Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua are reaping the rewards after signing former Chelsea star Didier Drogba — with crowds at home games up 30 percent even as questions swirl over his future.The Ivory Coast striker joined the club in mid-July, just weeks after scoring the winning goal in the European Champions League final, for a reported $300,000-plus a week, making him the highest-paid player in China. Attendances have swelled to around 20,000 people for home games when he plays from 15,000 previously, the Oriental Morning Post said, quoting a club official.The player — dubbed “Devil Beast” by fans — started for Shenhua last week and scored their final goal in a 3-0 win.But despite his impact, a boardroom dispute could still see the departure of the club’s foreign players, whose contingent also includes former France international Nicolas Anelka.Chief investor Zhu Jun, a flamboyant online gaming tycoon, has reportedly threatened to withhold the foreign players’ salaries he is bankrolling unless he is granted majority control.Speaking at a fan event on Thursday, Drogba spoke of “difficulties” faced by the club but gave no details.“Although we are now facing some difficulties, we will become stronger,” Drogba said, according to a transcript posted on government-backed media website Online Shanghai.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Exclusive – Parish hopes to make Palace appointment next week, but laughs off Pulis talk

first_imgCrystal Palace chairman Steve Parish has laughed off reports Tony Pulis could make a sensational return as manager.Pulis made a shock exit from Selhurst Park just two days before the start of the Premier League season but there have been whispers he could be heading back, with bookmakers receiving a flurry of bets on the 56-year-old taking on the job again.That is news to Parish, however, who spoke to talkSPORT’s Ian Abrahams ahead of Palace’s clash with West Ham.Asked about the Pulis rumours, he said: “I saw that, 6/1 second favourite, wasn’t he? I think that’s probably unlikely. I would put the odds probably slightly bigger than that!”Parish is under pressure to make an appointment.Malky Mackay had been tipped to take the job, but was ruled out of the running amid damaging allegations surrounding his departure from his previous club, Cardiff.Tim Sherwood had also been seen as a leading contender but has withdrawn his candidacy.Parish admits finding a replacement for Pulis is no easy task, but insists he is working overtime to get the right man in and hopes to make an appointment early next week.“I’ve seen very few people. I’ve probably seen two people but spoken to other people about people and being doing background and due diligence,” he said.“We have got a profile of a manager that we think we need to carry the club forward based on what I’ve experienced over the last four years. Finding the right person isn’t easy.“A lot of managers are in jobs and they are not going to leave their clubs at this stage of the season, so it is a difficult situation. We have got to get the right answer and it’s an ongoing process.“I hope to try and have somebody in early part of next week because we have got the transfer window. We buy the players the manager wants at this football club.“The manager has the decision on who comes to the football club and we’ve got a week of the transfer window left, so it’s really important [we get someone in].”last_img read more

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Hull City 2-1 Southampton: Robert Snodgrass inspires Tigers’ fightback

first_img Hull City’s stars celebrate Michael Dawson’s winning goal Hull finally enjoyed the winning feeling again as they ended a six-game losing streak in the Premier League with a 2-1 success over Southampton.The Tigers had endured a wretched run that left them without a win since August but goals from Robert Snodgrass and Michael Dawson in the space of two second-half minutes stopped the rot and gave boss Mike Phelan a first three points since being named permanent manager.Whether the win was deserved is another matter, as Southampton controlled the majority of the game and Hull’s goals came from their only two shots on target, but it was enough to see them draw level on points with 17th-placed West Brom.Saints boss Claude Puel will be left scratching his head at just how they lost this game as they were 1-0 up and cruising thanks to Charlie Austin’s early penalty before being hit by Hull’s two-punch combination, while they also laid siege to Hull’s goal late on. It was Austin’s fifth goal in seven Premier League games and might make Gareth Southgate sit up and take notice when he names his England squad later today. The striker’s chances of a call-up would have been even further enhanced had he managed to convert three late opportunities to rescue a point.Austin had started the game in better fashion as he gave Saints a sixth-minute lead. Maya Yoshida burst into the box and was wiped out by Curtis Davies, with Austin converting coolly from the spot.Hull’s plight was not helped by suffering more injury woe as they lost front two Abel Hernandez and Will Keane to injury inside the opening 20 minutes and it severely restricted their creativity, with Fraser Forster not tested at all in the opening 45 minutes.Instead, it was Southampton who continued to dominate and pushed for a second, but Tigers goalkeeper David Marshall made good saves to deny Jordy Clasie twice and then Austin again.The start of the second half saw no let-up in the away pressure and Virgil van Dijk headed on to the top of the crossbar from a corner as Southampton searched for a decisive second.Yet, despite being in total control, somehow Southampton found themselves losing just after the hour as Hull hit them with a two-goal salvo in the space of two minutes.Snodgrass drew them level in the 61st minute when he fired home from 12 yards after good work down the left by Sam Clucas.And then Snodgrass turned provider immediately afterwards as he delivered an inviting free-kick which Dawson headed past a helpless Forster.Suddenly Southampton found themselves chasing the game and they came close to levelling when Austin found space on the edge of the area, but his low drive was met by the firm hand of Marshall.Austin had further efforts – another saved by Marshall and one blocked by Dawson – but this was not to be Southampton’s day as Hull held on for a rare win. 1last_img read more

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BREAKING NEWS: Crossmaglen 2-9 0-10 Naomh Conaill

first_imgCROSSMAGLEN’S experience proved too much for Naomh Conaill in the Ulster Senior Football final in Cavan today.The brave Glenties side did lead at half time, but when Cross were reduced to 14 men it was the Armagh side who seemed to have the extra advantage – Oisin McConville scoring a goal for Rangers within seconds of the sending off.The Donegal champions had dominated the first half, but the wiser heads of the Armagh side slowly edged into the lead before shutting up shop and holding out for a deserved win – although they were flattered that the margin was five points. READ JOHN GILDEA’S FULL MATCH REPORT ON OUR SPORTS LINK AT THE TOP OF THE HOME PAGEBREAKING NEWS: Crossmaglen 2-9 0-10 Naomh Conaill was last modified: December 12th, 2010 by gregShare 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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MANCINI PLOTS ROMA LOAN MOVE FOR SHAY GIVEN

first_imgMAN CITY manager Roberto Mancini will let Shay Given go out on loan next month – but he prefers if he goes to Italy.Italian giants Roma are understood to want the Lifford man until the end of the season on loan with a possible purchase.It’s understood Mancini would prefer if Given did go abroad, so he doesn’t end up in goals for a Premiership club. Aston Villa is the latest in a list of clubs to enquire about Given – with Arsenal, Celtic, Liverpool and even Manchester United linked to the player.A move back to Newcastle has also been mentioned.MANCINI PLOTS ROMA LOAN MOVE FOR SHAY GIVEN was last modified: December 27th, 2010 by gregShare 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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Breakfast Buffet with a Twist at Ale & Compass at Disney’s Yacht Club

first_imgShare This!One secret about Floridians–they love brunch. I mean they really, really love brunch. The number of restaurants around who are only open through lunchtime is astounding. When it comes to dining at Walt Disney World, when a restaurant has a really good brunch option, it’s hard to keep it a secret. Many years back, my family would go to Captain’s Grille at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort. After it closed down for renovations and reopened as the Ale & Compass, it took us a while to get there. This may be one of the hidden secrets for breakfast dining value at Walt Disney World. Although you can order entrees a la carte at a very reasonable price, I was eager to try the breakfast buffet. First things first–the breakfast buffet would be a tough sell by itself. It’s quite a bit smaller in selection than the old one at Captain’s Grille. Still, there’s some nice options available including pastries, Parker House rolls and jams antipasto, cheeses, smoked trout dip, smoked salmon, and fresh fruit. But what I really liked is that for $23 you get the breakfast buffet, and your choice of entree, and a non-alcoholic drink (coffee, tea, juice). And for you tea drinkers out there, they use the higher-end gold-labeled Twinings teas. For my husband and I, we got one sweet entree and one savory entree.The sweet entree I chose was the Dark Chocolate Waffles with dried cherry compote, espresso-mascarpone cream, chocolate shavings, and choice of bacon or sausage. This is actually one of the cheaper entrees, but how can you resist chocolate waffles?The waffles were crunchy on the outside, fluffy on the inside, and weren’t overly sweet. Hidden under the mounds of mascarpone topping was a thin layer of delightfully tart cherry compote. Basically this was eating Black Forest Cake for breakfast–I’d gladly get this again, and again, and again.At the server’s recommendation, my husband went with the breakfast flatbread with sunny-side egg, applewood-smoked bacon, ham, provolone, and arugula.This was an extremely hearty breakfast–the flatbread crust is simply delicious. (Part of me wishes I had asked if I could buy a few plain flatbread crusts to go!) The toppings are well balanced, but the one caution I will give is that the ham is large chunks of salty “country ham”. If you’re not a fan of very salty ham, it may be a bit much for you. For me, this dish would have been too rich, but my husband ate a good amount of it.What’s really neat about Ale & Compass is that you get the best of both worlds–a really solid entree, but you don’t have to wait after you get seated to eat. The food on the buffet itself was fresh and well prepared. This is a great option if you’ve got a dining party where some people are light eaters (and could then just get an entree) and more robust eaters (who could get their money’s worth from the $23 price).Overall, the meal was delicious, service was incredible, and the meal felt like a good value for our Sunday brunch. We certainly will be back–and judging by the conversations we heard around us, we aren’t the only locals who have found this spot.Have you eaten at Ale & Compass? What are your thoughts? Let us know in the comments.last_img read more

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