Crystal Palace 0-1 Sunderland: Jermain Defoe pounces to give Black Cats victory

first_img1 Jermain Defoe celebrates his 79th minute winner A late Jermain Defoe strike saw Sam Allardyce’s Sunderland side beat Crystal Palace on Monday night and leave Selhurst Park with three valuable points.It was a poor first half as neither side was able to formulate a goalscoring opportunity, with the best chance coming after the break when Sebastian Coates saw his header cleared off the line.But as the game looked to be heading for a goalless bore draw, Defoe pounced on a lapse in concentration from the Palace defence to round Wayne Hennessey and tap into an empty net.Despite the win, Sunderland still remain in the bottom three, one point adrift of rivals Newcastle in 17th, while the Eagles miss the chance to leapfrog into sixth place.The first half was a fairly drab affair with Yohan Cabaye spraying passes around Selhurst Park without ever really finding a killer pass to unleash the likes of Wilfried Zaha or Yannick Bolasie.Sunderland were far more promising and positive than they have been in previous weeks, with their five at the back providing a sturdy base to attack from.Steven Fletcher linked with Defoe for the first chance of the game but the Scotland international spooned over the bar from his strike partner’s knockdown header.Former Chelsea left back Patrick van Aanholt had two good chances at either end of the first half, the first a wayward curling shot before he miscontrolled Lee Cattermole’s through-ball when he had the chance to beat Wayne Hennessey.Despite Zaha and Bolasie having some joy when they linked up down the right flank, Palace were unable to find an isolated Connor Wickham up front, as the teams trudged in at the break with the game goalless.The second half showed more excitement in the first five minutes than the previous half when Coates rose highest at the corner, only to see his downward header clearer off the line by Cabaye’s outstretched foot.Cabaye in turn then had a chance of his own, when his dipping shot from the edge of the area was well pushed away by Costel Pantilimon.Next to go close was Bakary Sako who broke from the right and unleashed a dipping, curling effort just wide of the far post as the game was finally injected with some life.Sunderland had a golden chance to take the lead with 15 minutes remaining but Billy Jones completely miskicked from Duncan Watmore’s cutback before Jeremain Lens’ shot was well saved by Hennessey.But, with ten minutes remaining, Defoe took advantage of a defensive mix up between Hennessey and Scott Dann to sneak between the Palace players as they left the ball to each other to tap the ball into an empty net. And despite Palace producing a more potent attacking threat as they pushed for the equaliser, they were unable to penetrate a solid Sunderland defence as they picked up a crucial victory to take back to the North East.last_img read more

Latest Man United rumours including £30m Bundesliga ace and a potential shock signing

first_imgManchester United have been quiet in the transfer window so far but are hunting the market to ensure they kick on from their one win in nine games against Swansea last week.A forward is top of the list for Louis van Gaal, whose own future is still in doubt, as he looks to halt United’s stuttering season.The Red Devils have been boosted by the return of Adnan Januzaj from Borussia Dortmund after the Belgian failed to make a Bundesliga start in his four months in Germany.So who will United turn to in order to make sure they are one of the teams who fill the Champions League places come the end of the season?Click the arrow above, right, to look at a selection of the latest transfer rumours circulating Old Trafford. 6 6 Eden Hazard – Click the arrow, right, for more Manchester United transfer rumours – Manchester United will turn their attentions to signing Eden Hazard after learning they have no chance of landing either Cristiano Ronaldo or Gareth Bale. The Red Devils will battle it out with PSG and Bayern Munich after the £65m-rated Belgian decided he would leave Chelsea in the summer. United are reportedly preparing a £250,000-a-week contract. 6 Ilkay Gundogan – Click the arrow, right, for more Manchester United transfer rumours – Machester United’s attempts to sign long-term target Ilkay Gundogan have been boosted with news Juventus have pulled out of the race for the German. The midfielder’s contract runs out in 18 months and it now appears to be a straight race between United and Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool for his signature. Ricardo Rodriguez – German publication Bild say United are preparing a £30m transfer for Rodriguez. The 23-year-old Swiss full back played against Man United and has built a good reputation in Germany. Romelu Lukaku – Click the arrow, right, for more Manchester United transfer rumours – The club will not make a move for Romelu Lukaku during the January transfer window but are preparing a £40m bid for the Everton forward in the summer. Lukaku is seen as the first part of chief executive Ed Woodward’s summer spending spree after manager Louis van Gaal opted against pursuing the Belgian last summer. 6 6 Felipe Anderson – Click the arrow, right, for more Manchester United transfer rumours – Lazio have urged Manchester United to formalise their interest in winger Felipe Anderson in January by submitting a £36m offer for the Brazilian. The 22-year-old’s transfer has become complicated due to bonus payments Lazio owe the player but it is believed he is keen on a move to Old Trafford. Ander Herrera – After Manchester United made it clear Marouane Fellaini would not be leaving in January, Juventus have turned their attentions to Ander Herrera. The attacking midfielder has struggled to impress Louis van Gaal enough to consistently start and is reported to be available for as little as £22.3m, according to reports in Italy. 6last_img read more

Liverpool transfer target has NOT asked for Anfield move, insists Inter boss

first_img Andrea Ranocchia 1 Liverpool target Andrea Ranocchia has yet to hand in a transfer request at Inter Milan, according to manager Roberto Mancini.The former Inter skipper has struggled to force his way into Mancini’s plans this season, making just 10 Serie A appearances.Liverpool are are on the lookout for a defender and have been heavily linked with the 27-year-old since Jurgen Klopp took over in October.The Reds have apparently made contact with Inter over Ranocchia’s availability but Mancini insists there has been no hints from the player that he is angling for a move.“No player has come to me and asked for a transfer, including Ranocchia,” he told Sky Italia.last_img read more

LFC goalie target to try PL? Hazard keen to play for Zidane and more rumours

first_img1 Transfer rumours for Sunday 7 February Here are the latest rumours for fans of football gossip.Pep Guardiola has made Barcelona striker Luis Suarez, 29, his main target when he takes over at Manchester City. (Sunday Mirror)Barcelona striker Neymar, 24, and midfielder Sergio Busquets, 27, are both targets for Guardiola as he plans a £150m double swoop. (Mail on Sunday)Former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is “confident” he will be Manchester United manager by the start of next season. (Independent on Sunday)Newcastle are planning a summer move for Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge and Reds boss Jurgen Klopp will consider selling the injury-prone 26-year-old for £30m. (Daily Star)However, former Manchester City and Chelsea striker Sturridge is considering his future at Liverpool and wants a move back to London. (Sunday People)Tottenham will have first refusal on signing West Brom striker Saido Berahino, 22, in the summer following talks between Spurs chairman Daniel Levy and Baggies owner Jeremy Peace. (Sunday People)Inter have turned down a £23m bid from Manchester United for 22-year-old striker Mauro Icardi. (Sunday Express via Corriere dello Sport)A downturn in the global stock markets, along with Manchester United’s poor form, has seen £345m wiped off the club’s value. (Independent on Sunday)Paris St-Germain midfielder Ezequiel Lavezzi, 30, is set to turn down Chelsea and join Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua. (Sun on Sunday)Chinese Super League clubs will also target Fenerbahce striker Robin van Persie, 32, and Chelsea’s on-loan Monaco forward Radamel Falcao, 29, before the close of their transfer window on 26 February. (Times – subscription required)Pep Guardiola’s dad has branded the Premier League as “boring” and 84-year-old Valenti Guardiola added that it was little more than constant “long balls and running”. (Sunday Mirror)Chelsea striker Loic Remy, 29, is a target for Chinese Super League side Hebei Fortune. (Daily Star on Sunday via Football Insider)Crystal Palace co-owner Steve Parish has revealed the club did consider a deal for Remy in the January transfer window. (Croydon Advertiser)Meanwhile, Remy’s Chelsea team-mate Eden Hazard, 25, has said he would like to play under new Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane at some stage of his career. (London Evening Standard)Southampton striker Graziano Pelle, 30, has rejected several offers to move to China. (ESPN)Manchester City have joined rivals Manchester United in the race to sign Southampton striker Sadio Mane, 23. (Sun on Sunday)Bayer Leverkusen goalkeeper and Liverpool target Bernd Leno, 23, has hinted that he might be willing to move to the Premier League. (Metro via Sport1)Under-fire Valencia coach Gary Neville has denied that the last few days have been the worst experience of his football career and says he is confident he can turn things around at the La Liga club. (ESPN)Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri is being considered by Chelsea to replacement Guus Hiddink. (Mail on Sunday)Stoke defender Ryan Shawcross, 28, has told England rugby union coach Eddie Jones to “stick to what you know” after he made disparaging remarks about the “old Stoke City”. (Daily Express)In other news:LIVERPOOL FANS SLAM MIGNOLET AFTER REDS BLOW TWO-GOAL LEADRANIERI: ‘LEICESTER FANS CAN DREAM ABOUT TITLE BUT I’M STAYING CALM‘JAMIE VARDY SIGNS NEW LEICESTER CONTRACTPOCHETTINO ON TOTTENHAM PLAYERS’ BELIEF AFTER CLUB GO SECONDJURGEN KLOPP HAS APPENDIX REMOVEDFOR FUN: FINAL PREMIER LEAGUE TABLE SIMULATED BY FOOTBALL MANAGER!last_img read more

Bond worries some in Lennox

first_imgBy Laura E. Davis Staff Writer Nearly a decade after Lennox voters overwhelmingly approved the community’s only school bond measure, officials are pushing another one on Tuesday’s ballot to help the struggling district. The $11 million measure would provide funds to improve the charter high school and bring technology advancements to all seven campuses in the Lennox School District, but some residents are worried they won’t be able to afford the tax increase to pay for it. But Jose Luis Nuno, whose two children attend Lennox schools, said the tax is an unnecessary burden in the largely lower-income, immigrant community. “The way the economy is right now, people are losing their houses,” he said. “At this point, if you have a kid, every penny counts.” Elba Ceja, who has a child at Jefferson Elementary, said she can’t afford to pay more than the $800 she now pays for rent. “The rent is more expensive for me, so I don’t think this is a good idea,” she said. “I need to be saving more.” Nuno said he thinks the district already has enough money to spend. “They say it’s for rainy days,” he said. “Today is a rainy day.” Money from the bond measure would increase Lennox Academy’s capacity from 450 students to more than 600, McDaniel said. The school will get more classrooms and new science labs and support facilities after it moves to the Huerta Elementary campus when the new Wayland school opens in summer 2008. “Students will have more opportunity to select Lennox Academy as an option,” McDaniel said. “We have a waiting list every year.” In addition, he said, all schools in the district will get new computers and other technology upgrades. McDaniel said the bond measure would also qualify the district for financial hardship funds from the state and allow it to meet a January application deadline for an overcrowding relief grant that would fund new construction. If the measure passes, the district will have to sell three bonds over several years because of Lennox’s limited assessed valuation. McDaniel said the plan calls for bonds to be sold in 2008, 2012 and 2016. Lennox passed its previous bond measure in 1998. The $10 million Measure A passed with 86 percent of the vote. Measure L needs 55 percent to pass. The Lennox Teachers Association has taken a neutral position on the measure. “We didn’t have an overwhelming number of school sites that wanted to endorse it,” said Yesemia Alvarez, president of the union. “We had some staff that supported it and wanted to endorse it, but some were neutral about it.” McDaniel said a survey of the Lennox community indicated the bond measure has strong support. But Nuno, who lives on Buford Avenue between Lennox Boulevard and 111th Street, said he asked his neighbors if they were contacted by the school district for a survey, and all of them said no. “They only asked a group of people they know that support them, and that group of people is really small,” he said. “All the people who came up with this idea, they don’t live in my neighborhood.” [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Measure L would produce nearly $11 million for a district that has lost more than $5 million in state funds over the past five years due to declining enrollment, Superintendent Bruce McDaniel said. If the bond measure passes, property owners would pay an estimated $22 more in taxes annually per $100,000 of assessed valuation. The average single-family residence in town has an assessed value of about $150,000, which means the average property owner will pay about $33 more a year if the measure passes, said McDaniel, who is optimistic about its chances. “It’s really a benefit to all residents because if schools are well-maintained and are successful in meeting student needs, it increases property values for everyone,” he said. last_img read more

City files suits against South L.A. properties to shut down gang

first_imgCivil lawsuits were filed against three property owners and four Rolling 30s Crips gang members today in an effort to shut down three buildings that are allegedly harbors for drug-related violence. The lawsuits target the Rolling 30s, a primarily black street gang whose 750 members have committed murders, armed robberies, aggravated assaults and vandalism in an area bounded by Jefferson Boulevard, Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Crenshaw Boulevard and Normandie Avenue, City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo said. “Since 1973, the Rolling 30s Crips have waged a deadly campaign of terror on the residents of Los Angeles and the neighborhood of Jefferson Park,” Delgadillo said. A lawsuit was filed against Hye Won Lee, an Orange County resident who owns 2318 Jefferson Blvd., which includes a bakery and four apartments. The property is occupied by Jerrod “Baby Mac” Baptist, a Rolling 30s gang member who is also named in the lawsuit, according to the city attorney. 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 MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Actions were also taken against 3417 Fourth Ave., owned by Erma Colon, and 3418 Fourth Ave., owned by GRP Loan LLC, and the buildings’ occupants Timothy “Nutty Joe” Riley, 20, Denote Riley, 22, and Michael “Cadillac” Riley, 39. “For too long, these three locations have been used by the Rolling 30s to control narcotics trafficking and strengthen their vice-like grip on this neighborhood,” Delgadillo said. The city is seeking the termination of the tenancy of the gang members and implementation of a number of improvements to the properties, including additional lighting and the removal of structural barriers installed by gang members to limit the Los Angeles Police Department’s ability to serve search warrants. If those improvements are not made, the city will seek a one-year closure of each building. For more news and observations about crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here.last_img read more

‘Pace, strength and vision. Impressed!’ Fans on Man United target’s Euro showing

first_imgREAD MORE: Arsenal fans hail new signing Granit Xhaka after Switzerland beat Albania 1-0 in opening Euro 2016 game Breel Embolo came on as a second-half substitute for Switzerland on Saturday and sent Manchester United fans into meltdown. As Vladimir Petkovic’s side got their Euro 2016 campaign underway with a 1-0 victory over Albania in Group A, Red Devils fans saw it as a good opportunity to scout one of the club’s transfer targets.As talkSPORT reported on Friday, German newspaper Leipziger Volkszeitung believe United have trumped RB Leipzig’s £15m offer and have opened talks with Embolo and his representatives.The 19-year-old forward bagged 12 goals for Swiss Super League side FC Basel last season and his displays caught the attention of clubs across Europe.Following rumours Jose Mourinho is closing in on his second Old Trafford signing – after securing Eric Bailly’s services this week – Red Devils fans were split, some getting excited and some writing him off already. Embolo came on after 62 minutes, replacing Admir Mehmedi – see some of the best Twitter reaction, below: Breel Embolo center_img 1last_img read more

Iceland 1-1 Hungary: Late own goal breaks Icelandic hearts in Marseille

first_img1 Hungary scored a late equaliser to draw 1-1 with Iceland at Stade Velodrome.Gylfi Sigurdsson opened the scoring from the penalty spot in the first half, before an own goal in the 87th minute resulted in the Group F meeting in Marseille ending level. Both sides made an impression in their opening game, with Iceland sealing a surprise 1-1 draw against Portugal and Hungary easing to a 2-0 victory over FIFA’s 10th ranked side Austria.Twenty minutes in and it was hard to believe that Iceland had contained Cristiano Ronaldo only a few days ago.They looked vulnerable defensively, with Hungary comfortable in possession, easily finding time and space on the ball.Balázs Dzsudzsák was growing in influence – the architect for his side going forward – but Hannes Þór Halldórsson was yet to really be tested.Despite their dominance, it was Iceland who had the first real opening on goal in Marseille. Tamás Kádár was outmuscled off the ball by Jóhann Berg Guðmundsson, who subsequently found himself one-on-one with the goalkeeper after what appeared to be a harmless passage of play. The Charlton Athletic winger’s shot, however, lacked conviction and was comfortably cleared.Iceland’s confidence grew following the chance and, against the run of play, moments later they took the lead in the 39th minute.Goalkeeper Gábor Király weakly dealt with a corner, dropping the ball, before being adjudged to have fouled Ragnar Sigurdsson, resulting in the referee pointing to the penalty spot. Swansea City midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson stepped up and calmly finished to send his side into the dressing room ahead.The opening 15 minutes echoed the first half, with little threat on goal as Iceland appeared content on sitting back, soaking up the pressure.Their tactic was working; despite their lack of possession, Hungary had failed to make an impact in the final third and it seemed Iceland’s resoluteness had rattled their opponents.With it looking as though the three points had been wrapped up, Eiður Guðjohnsen, 37, came on with only a few minutes remaining to help see out the game.The victory, however, wasn’t to be. Substitute Nemanja Nikoli? combined excellently on the right flank, before sending a low cross into the box. Guomundur Savarsson turned the ball, agonisingly, into the back of his own net to see the Group F meeting end 1-1 in Marseille. Swansea City midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson opened the scoring from the penalty spot last_img read more


first_imgDaniel O’Donnell’s wife has revealed he hides in the wardrobe when they have an argument!Majella O’Donnell says the millionaire singer is a practical joker and is a master of defusing the situation when the couple fall out.“A lot of people don’t see the real Daniel. “He is full of fun and does the silliest of things. If we fall out he might have gone into the wardrobe and he’ll say ‘Can I come out now?’“It defuses the situation and he certainly knows what buttons to press with me,” said Majella.Daniel, who turned 50 last week, admits that he almost lost his wife after the couple split up for a while when they were dating.“We broke up for a wee bit. Majella was getting a divorce and I thought ‘can we go on with this? “After we broke up I would find myself saying ‘would Majella like this?’ I thought to myself – why am I fighting this battle when I don’t need to.“I figured out whatever obstacles there would be that we would be able to overcome them and we did,” he said.The couple admit that they also leave little love notes for eachother around their house whenever they are separated for long periods of time.Daniel, who has never smoked or drank alcohol, said he is not bothered about reaching half a century.However he admits he lost a few days off his life when he was breathalysed by the Garda for the first time earlier this year “I was going across a bridge in Kilkenny and there they (the Gardai) were. They looked into the window and they saw me and asked me to blow into the bag.“I was so nervous bowing into it. I was thinking to myself ‘what if this goes wrong?” he laughed.DANIEL’S WIFE REVEALS HE HIDES IN WARDROBE AFTER ROWS! was last modified: December 22nd, 2011 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:daniel o’donnellMajella O’Donnelllast_img read more


first_imgAn innovative approach to fundraising for a worthwhile cause came in the form of 6,000 crepes made by Harveys Point Hotel key staff raised the amazing amount of €1,200 for Donegal Action for Cancer Care.The hotel made the tasty bites at the Taste of Donegal Festival and asked people to make a donation to a charity of our choice for our Help the Community Program.This time around the hotel decided to donate the funds to DACC a well worthy voluntary group in recognition of their ongoing work for cancer services in Donegal. Harvey’s Point this year alone has raised much needed funds for Donegal Hospice, RNLI , Down Syndrome Ireland, Bluestack Challenge & Drimorane community centre, DACC and many many more. We endeavor to help many more local charities in the future.“At any food festival over the years Harvey’s Point have made complimentary crepes which are very tempting and very popular. Harvey’s Point famous . Crepes are a must at our Sunday Carvery. We endeavor to help many more local charities in the future,” said Sheila Russell.DACC were delighted that their ongoing work in the county & at National level for cancer services is being acknowledged with the likes of the good people at Harveys Point.“We were delighted when Sheila contacted us, it was a positive light and helped re-energise us to keep going in these very difficult times of many major cuts to health services. Thank you Harveys Point,” said Betty Holmes of DACC.  6,000 CREPES FROM HARVEY’S POINT HELPS DONEGAL BATTLE CANCER was last modified: October 24th, 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:Betty HolmescrepesDONEGAL ACTION FOR CANCER CAREharvey’s pointlast_img read more