first_img0Shares0000Manchester United’s Romelu Lukaku (R) heads the ball past Bournemouth’s Dutch defender Nathan Ake to score during their match against Bournemouth at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on December 13, 2017 © AFP / Oli SCARFFMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Dec 14 – Romelu Lukaku’s 14th goal of the season got Manchester United back to winning ways in a 1-0 victory over Bournemouth on Wednesday following their derby defeat by Manchester City.United were far from convincing, but after Sunday’s loss to City and the ugly changing-room altercation that followed, they at least prevented Pep Guardiola’s Premier League leaders from increasing their 11-point lead. United took the lead after 25 minutes at Old Trafford, and largely against the run of play, as Lukaku scored just his second league goal since the end of September.Anthony Martial brushed off his marker and slipped a pass to Juan Mata, who launched a towering cross into the Bournemouth area.Lukaku easily outjumped Nathan Ake just outside the six-yard area, and headed goalwards, with visiting goalkeeper Asmir Begovic seeming to misjudge the ball’s flight as it looped into the top corner.United, for whom 21-year-old midfielder Scott McTominay made just his second league start, had clearly been suffering from the effects of Sunday’s intense disappointment and could have conceded first.On 20 minutes, Callum Wilson’s superb dummy from Ake’s pass played in Josh King, whose shot was well-blocked by Phil Jones.Then Charlie Daniels was allowed space to cut through midfield before unleashing a powerful shot that was kept out by David de Gea at full stretch.Ryan Fraser’s cross just eluded King, but Dan Gosling collected the ball, cut back to a better angle and saw a strong effort parried well by De Gea.As conditions deteriorated in the wind and driving sleet, United bought some breathing space with their goal.– Rashford rattles bar –Bournemouth’s goalkeeper Asmir Begovic jumps for a shot that rebounds off the post during their match against Manchester United in Manchester, north west England, on December 13, 2017 © AFP / Oli SCARFFBut Bournemouth were quickly back in their rhythm, a deflected shot from Junior Stanislas drawing yet another fine save from the diving De Gea.Simon Francis should have done better when presented with the ball, from a Fraser corner, but skied a shot high over the goal from 15 yards.That chance had come from an error by Lukaku — as, of course, had City’s winner in the derby — and the Belgian’s mixed fortunes continued before the interval when he was cautioned for a foul on Harry Arter.Bournemouth still might have gone in level at the interval, after Fraser’s injury-time cross-shot almost found De Gea out of position, only for the Spaniard to make a superb adjustment and bat it away.United sought to take better care of the ball after the restart.An early shot from Mata, set up by Lukaku’s selfless lay-off, was blocked before Martial missed a glorious chance to double his team’s lead on the hour.Lukaku’s close-range shot was well saved by Begovic and when the rebound fell to Martial, six yards out from an open net, he cleared the crossbar, albeit under slight pressure from Gosling.Coincidental or not, Mourinho soon replaced Martial with Marcus Rashford, who almost scored a remarkable second goal with a ferocious strike that struck the underside of the bar and bounced to safety.Bournemouth substitutes Jermain Defoe and Benik Afobe offered more threat after Eddie Howe threw them on and the latter was denied by De Gea’s legs when Adam Smith played him in.Bournemouth threatened to pinch a point deep into stoppage time, but Fraser could only drive a shot into De Gea’s body from a free-kick.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

first_imgIf only NBC could cancel this show as easily as it does all of its other losers. Three games may not be enough to judge a coach, but Charlie Weis supporters have to be alarmed. Weis proved in his first two seasons at Notre Dame that he can coach someone else’s talent on game day, but now it doesn’t look like he’s much of a recruiter. Weis succeeded the respected Tyrone Willingham, who is beginning to turn things around at Washington in his third season. Is it possible Willingham left the cupboard this dry, or did Weis fail miserably to recruit Notre Dame-caliber talent before and after his first two seasons? It’s too soon to tell, but according to one Sporting News source the Irish are shockingly weak on the offensive line. And that’s even with a quality center (John Sullivan) and tight end (John Carlson) recruited by Willingham. “That offensive line is the worst Division I line I’ve seen in a long, long time,” an AFC scout told Sporting News. Never fear, UCLA fans. No matter how bad the Bruins looked Saturday in Salt Lake City, they will win again this season. And soon. How can I be so sure? Simple. They have an Oct. 6 home game against Notre Dame on their schedule. As shocking as the Bruins’ performance was in a 44-6 loss to previously winless Utah, it doesn’t compare to the incredibly pathetic 0-3 start turned in by Notre Dame. The Irish aren’t just off to a three-game start duplicated only once before in their proud history, they haven’t even been competitive. If they had Appalachian State instead of Michigan State on their schedule this week, they’d still be 14-point underdogs. When they face USC later this season, they will be 35-point underdogs. At least. It says something that true freshman Jimmy Clausen is already starting at quarterback and Demetrius Jones has already decided to transfer because he felt betrayed by Weis. That means that prior to the previous two seasons, Weis was unable to recruit a quality athlete ready to step in when Brady Quinn moved on to the pros. That’s alarming, given that Weis’ expertise is on offense and he should have had the nation’s top prep quarterbacks just dying for a chance to go to Notre Dame. Give Weis credit for one thing, though. He showed character, setting a good example for his players and the program, after the Michigan debacle. By all accounts, he stuck around after the beating and answered all the negative questions for as long as reporters could dream them up. There aren’t many coaches who would do that, but Weis showed he at least understands the big picture – and what it means to be the coach at Notre Dame. “Justifiably so,” Weis said after the 38-0 loss to Michigan. “After you lose a game like that, the scrutiny that you come under after a game like that has to be expected. “It just comes with the territory.” The Irish haven’t scored a touchdown on offense this season. Under Weis, known as an offensive guru, the Irish are last in the nation in total offense (115 yards per game), scoring (4.3 points) and net yards rushing (minus-14). Those who hate the Irish are undoubtedly enjoying this. Those who resented what Clausen did as a 19-year-old senior at Oaks Christian High may manage a smile. For everyone else, however, it’s a sad day for college football. Notre Dame isn’t Notre Dame and that diminishes the sport. There’s no way UCLA or USC fans can feel the same sense of excitement, or accomplishment, when they watch their schools pound the Irish this season. Ratings silliness: Because the BCS continues to ignore the public outcry for a Division I playoff system, the top-25 rankings take on a seriousness and finality they don’t deserve. Want proof that not everyone who votes is either qualified or takes the time to carefully consider each spot in the rankings? Consider that UCLA deservedly fell out of the rankings after losing at Utah, but still garnered votes in both the AP and coaches’ polls this week. Consider that Michigan also fell out of the rankings, but still garnered some votes even after losing its opener to Appalachian State. Are you kidding me? A team worthy of the top 25 doesn’t get drilled by an 0-2 team starting its backup quarterback. A team worthy of the top 25 doesn’t get beat at home by a team that’s not even in Division I-A. What that means, basically, is that whoever voted for UCLA or Michigan just didn’t have time to figure out if unranked teams they weren’t familiar with deserved to crack the top 25. And considering this stuff has a bearing on the BCS bowl games, that’s not good enough. Watch out this fall: Here’s a stat that indicates Weis hasn’t done the job, recruiting-wise, entering his third season. And it’s a warning sign for teams that figure to be playing the biggest games in December and January. Florida, tremendously impressive and already ranked No. 3 by AP and the coaches, is starting 11 freshmen and sophomores. Fifty-seven of its 85 scholarship players are freshmen or sophomores. That’s amazing. Coach Urban Meyer appears to be right up there with USC’s Pete Carroll as the best coach and program builder in America. Rule change review: The NCAA was only trying to add a little excitement to what was becoming a boring ritual – kickers booming the ball out of the end zone – when it moved the ball back to the 30-yard line for kickoffs. But it should pay close attention to injuries if they begin to pile up from one of football’s most dangerous plays. An extra 5 yards for the kick-cover team to build up speed and sacrifice their bodies could be a dangerous thing. USC sophomore kick returner Vincent Joseph was hurt in Nebraska, and you can certainly make the case it was just a freak play that left him with a throat injury, but it’s a warning sign of what may be coming. jim.thomas@dailybreeze.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

first_imgThe famous Ford of Fishers on Fanad Head in the hands of Kelvin Keys and Kevin Gallinagh at the Topaz Donegal Rally. Photo Brian Mc DaidThe Donegal International Rally has been dealt a huge blow after sponsor Topaz announced it will not be renewing its sponsorship after this year’s event, which takes place in June.The news will be a huge blow to the famous rally which has enjoyed a great relationship with Topaz for the past six years.Paul Candon, Marketing and Corporate Services Director at Topaz, said the Company’s sponsorship of the event had been of tremendous benefit to the Topaz brand and indeed the Rally. “We have enjoyed a very fruitful relationship with the Rally and the Donegal Motor Club over the last six years. As an Irish owned and managed Company we were delighted to support an event which enjoys huge support from the people of Donegal and the rallying community all over Ireland.“The Sponsorship of the Donegal International Rally played a huge part in assisting us with establishing our brand in the North West and Northern Ireland. I would like to thank the DMC, the drivers and their support teams, the thousands of volunteers who help out with the Rally every year and the people of Donegal for their tremendous support for the Rally and Topaz over the years. As well as seeing some fantastic rallying, we also made many friends and visited some beautiful parts of the country” Candon said.Candon also pointed out that in order to facilitate the Donegal Motor Club in its search for a replacement sponsor it would not be insisting on branding of the event this year.Damian Crawford, Chairman of the DMC thanked Topaz for their wholehearted support of the Rally over the last six years. “Our experience with Topaz has been fantastic. Their involvement has led the Rally to a professional standard, and developed its standing internationally. It now stands as the pre-eminent event in the Irish Motorsport calendar, the only three-day International Rally in Ireland, and one of only two in the British Isles.”“We’re happy that the Donegal International Rally has played its part in establishing the Topaz brand, and that Topaz chose the Rally as part of that process. We’ve learned a lot, in particular the commercial opportunities the Rally provides, and their flexibility on the branding of this year’s Rally is greatly appreciated.”“We are now in contact with interested parties for the future, and everyone in Donegal Motor Club, and all who enjoy the Donegal Rally, will want to join me in thanking Topaz for their sponsorship and enthusiasm. They’ve been a joy to work with.” Crawford said. HUGE BLOW FOR DONEGAL INTERNATIONAL RALLY AS TOPAZ PULL OUT was last modified: March 29th, 2013 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:sponsorshipTopaz Donegal International Rallylast_img read more

first_imgDonegal businessman James Gallagher is pleased to announce that he is now a ‘Commissioner for Oaths’ as appointed by Mr. Frank Clarke, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, alongside his established Independent Property Valuation practice in Letterkenny.Gallagher will now be able to serve Co. Donegal verifying affidavits, which are statements in writing and on oath, and other legal documents.James Gallagher Independent Valuer Office – 12a Port Road, LetterkennyTo have legal documentation such as affidavits etc witnessed please call to the office at 12a Port Road, Letterkenny (just above and adjacent to the Grill Nightclub) where a most confidential,  prompt, and private witnessing service is guaranteed. James offers mobile service throughout County Donegal where legal documentation can be witnessed in the privacy of a person’s own home. He can call to workplaces, and is available seven days a week and at evenings and weekends.He is readily available to call for witnessing to the practices of Solicitors/Auctioneers on request.Seven-day week service available, contact James Gallagher ‘Commissioner for Oaths’ on 087-7517755James Gallagher Independent Valuer and Commissioner for OathsSponsored Post Donegal’s Independent Property Valuer becomes a Commissioner for Oaths was last modified: December 5th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:Commissioner for OathsIndependent Property ValuationJames Gallagherlast_img read more

first_imgALAMEDA — The Jon Gruden-Mike Mayock Raiders quarterback tour is complete, providing plenty of fodder for speculation. The psyches and skill sets of Kyler Murray and Dwayne Haskins have been sufficiently probed.Many with access to a microphone or laptop are convinced meetings with the Heisman Trophy winner from Oklahoma and prolific passer from Ohio State serve as evidence that starter Derek Carr is on his way out.For what it’s worth, Carr ducked the Murray issue entirely while fielding …last_img read more