1 Joe Hart Joe Hart was in inspired form as Manchester City came from behind to beat Borussia Monchengladbach in the Champions League on Wednesday. The England goalkeeper saved a Raffael penalty and produced a string of stunning saves during the first half before City claimed a late win courtesty of strikes from Nicolas Otamendi and Sergio Aguero. And after the win, City fans took to Twitter to thank their goalkeeper.
Dele Alli will take his England call-up in his stride.That’s the verdict of Karl Robinson, who nurtured the teenager through his early days in professional footballer at Milton Keynes Dons.The 19-year-old has adapted quickly to life in the Premier League with Tottenham at the start of this season, even though his elevation to senior international level may have come as something to surprise.But, after being named in Roy Hodgson’s squad for the Euro 2016 qualifiers against Estonia and Lithuania, he is being backed to cope with the rapid promotion.“There are always an awful lot of questions about players playing for a short period of time and then getting in the England squad almost immediately,” MK Dons boss Robinson admitted on Drivetime. “But he is someone we’ve always said will play for England.“He’s an exceptionally gifted kid and the way he’s conducted himself over the past three months has been quite remarkable, how he just seems to take everything in his stride.“And I think you’ll see that again. He’ll just conduct himself the same way he has all season.”
Lewis Grabban 1 Bournemouth have completed the signing of former striker Lewis Grabban from Norwich in a deal rumoured to be worth around £8m.Grabban played for the Cherries between 2012 and 2014 and returns to the club on a three-and-a-half-year contract having spent 18 months at Norwich.Following his £3m move to Carrow Road, Grabban helped the Canaries gain promotion in his debut season, scoring 13 goals in his time in East Anglia.Eddie Howe had three bids rejected for his former frontman in the summer but Alex Neil has now sanctioned the move, with the Norwich boss hoping to complete the signing of Steven Naismith from Everton for £8m.The news comes only 24 hours after the club confirmed the signing of Benik Afobe from Wolves for a club record £9m.“I think we’ll be getting a better Lewis Grabban, but he’ll realise that we’ve got better as well and he will have to adapt too. But we’re in no doubt we’re getting a good player back,” manager Howe told his club’s official website.“He’s also someone who was popular in the dressing room behind the scenes he’s a strong motivator and we’re delighted to be bringing him back.”
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PROPOSITION 34 is the gift state legislators gave to themselves back in 2000 – and it’s kept on giving ever since. Back then, politicians billed the measure as containing tough, new campaign-finance restrictions. They neglected to mention that it would replace tougher measures already on the books – thus loosening, not tightening, campaign-finance law. Seven years later, The Sacramento Bee has analyzed the impact of Proposition 34 and discovered that it’s arguably made the system more corrupt. Because the measure limited how much contributors could give to politicians, the special interests now funnel their money through the political parties instead. But the parties, which have become hotbeds of extremism due to gerrymandering, are probably an even greater obstacle to reform than the self-serving politicians themselves. They are institutions of obstruction, thriving on rancor and gridlock. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityLet voters learn from this one: Just because it’s called “reform” doesn’t mean it will make the government any better.
DDTV: Watch this clever tourism video which is designed to entice tourists to come and visit Letterkenny.It’s hard to capture everything you can do in Letterkenny in a 30-second video, but Letterkenny Tourism with the help of GA consultancy do their best with this excellent and innovative clip.This is just one of three videos that Letterkenny Tourism have made in an effort to bring more tourists to the county. Simply click on the vide above to play.DDTV: LETTERKENNY TOURISM VIDEO SHOWS YOU WHY IT’S A PERFECT LOCATION FOR A WEEKEND BREAK was last modified: February 6th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:BusinessDDTVFeaturesnews
IFFPG, the national farm plastics recycling scheme, teamed up with Tuam’s JFC Manufacturing at its recycling bring-centres this year to highlight to farmers the benefits of storing their farm plastics waste clean and dry. The promotion involved making farmers aware that they can reduce their recycling costs by up to a third by ensuring that farm plastics removed from silage is stored in a clean and dry manner.Farmers were encouraged to enter a free draw at bring-centres, with a prize of a JFC Tidywrap Recycling Bin on offer for the winner in each county. Massive progress has been made in recent years regarding farm plastics recycling in Ireland.IFFPG currently recycles approximately 25,000 tonnes of material annually. This represents a national recycling rate in excess of 70%, among the highest in the EU.The material is collected from farmers at over 200 bring-centres, which are held nationwide in the period April to July each year.For most Irish farmers, farm plastics recycling has become a mainstream activity, which they engage in either every year or every other year. However, due to our climate and current management practices a portion of what is collected at bring-centres is contamination in the form of rainwater.This moisture can increase the weight of the plastic by up to one third and unnecessarily adds to recycling costs of farmers at bring-centres.Farmers can minimise their recycling charges by simply ensuring that they put in place a system in the farmyard that results in silage wraps being stored in a dry location immediately after being removed from bales.One option in this regard is JFC’s Tidywrap Recycling Bin, which was recently launched on the Irish market (RRP €279).The bin allows farmers to store their farm plastics in a dry, clean and easy to use manner and then avail of cost savings at the bring-centre. For more information on farm plastics recycling visit www.farmplastics.ieLEARN HOW FARMERS CAN CUT FARM PLASTICS RECYCLING COSTS BY A THIRD was last modified: February 20th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:BusinessFeaturesNotices
Boeing Co. said Thursday it finalized a deal with British Airways, notching 790 orders for its long-awaited 787 Dreamliner plane during the past three years. British Airways’ order for 24 Dreamliners gives the plane one of the industry’s most successful launches ever – even though the airliner has yet to take flight. Boeing, which produces the C-17 military transport in Long Beach, is the city’s largest private-sector employer. The Chicago-based aerospace company expects to fly the first 787 around the end of the first quarter of 2008 and begin deliveries in late November or December. It expects to deliver 109 airplanes in 2009. The 787, Boeing’s first newly designed jet since the 777 in 1995, will be the world’s first large commercial airplane made mostly of light, durable less-corrosive carbon-fiber composites. Boeing says it will be cheaper to maintain and offer better fuel efficiency and more passenger comforts. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson 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 MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson Lakers coach Phil Jackson, meanwhile, was upset by defensive breakdowns in the fourth quarter. The Lakers twice tied the score in the last four minutes only to watch it slip away. Jackson was perplexed as Smush Parker and Devean George lost track of Utah guard Keith McLeod in a screen around the basket. McLeod was left alone by Parker and flipped in a layup with 1:17 remaining to put the Jazz in front for good. “It was a mistake, it was a big mistake,” Jackson said. “Smush automatically switched. You can’t do that when you’re that man. You have to get called to help.” Jackson even talked to his team about how their late-game decisions could translate to the choices they make in life, especially when it comes to evaluating risk and reward. But the Lakers found their defense lacking in the first game without Bryant, a 98-94 loss to Utah on Sunday. The Jazz came to Staples Center as the league’s 28th-ranked offensive team but totaled 53 points by halftime and too many easy baskets late. “We have to play a better defensive game,” Odom said. “I think we thought we were going to win that game just by beating them on offense. We can’t let them get 98 at home. We should be able to sit on this team a little bit and stop them.” EL SEGUNDO – As soon as Kobe Bryant was suspended by the NBA last week, Lamar Odom hit upon a theme for the Lakers in the two games they would play without their superstar guard, the league’s second-leading scorer. To win without their best offensive player, Odom reasoned, the Lakers would need to play their best defensive games of the season. “If you’re doing the same things in your life,” Jackson said, “you’re living a pretty scattered and hectic life and you’ve got to really take this opportunity to change.” The Lakers have lost their past four games by a combined 13 points. They are 5-8 in games decided by five points or less this season. “Our situation is that we’re still a team that’s sitting above .500 and we have to learn how to win close games because that’s what it comes down to in the playoffs,” Jackson said. They also have some history to avoid tonight in Salt Lake City. Not since March 6, 1994 has a Jackson-coached team lost five consecutive games. The Lakers twice suffered through four-game losing streaks in Jackson’s first tenure. Foul shooting: The Lakers missed 5 of 8 free throws in the fourth quarter Sunday and went 15 of 25 from the line in the game. Yet there was one bright spot. Forward Kwame Brown, shooting 46.8 percent from the line this season, sank both free throws when he went to the line in the second quarter. Jackson said he was told it was the first time all season Brown had done so. Also: Rookie center Andrew Bynum hasn’t played in the past five games. … Bryant attended practice Monday but still was feeling under the weather. Ross Siler, (818) 713-3610 [email protected] LAKERS at UTAH Tipoff: 6 p.m., Delta Center TV/Radio: Ch. 9; 570-AM, 1330-AM (Spanish) Lakers (15-15) update: The last time they were in Salt Lake City, the Lakers prevailed 105-101 at the end of a three-hour overtime marathon. Kobe Bryant drew a controversial foul with 0.4 seconds left in regulation and sank two free throws. Bryant fouled out with 2:07 remaining in overtime. Utah (15-16) update: The Jazz has won four in a row and could return to .500 for the first time since Nov. 14 with a victory tonight. Forward Andrei Kirilenko, who has missed 10 games this season, is averaging 18 points and 9.8 rebounds in four games since returning from back spasms. – Ross Siler 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
POMONA — Cal Poly coach Greg Kamansky is still waiting for his Broncos to play a complete game. In the meantime, he will settle for the kind of across-the-board production he got Friday night in Kellogg Gym. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson Last week, Cal Poly (6-4, 2-1) won a 101-98 sprint over Northwest Nazarene that had three Broncos register career nights in scoring. On Friday, the game was tied at 12-12 with 6:23 left in the first half with the Broncos trying to figure out how to take advantage of Cal State Los Angeles team that shot 25.9 percent from the field in the first half. “This was definitely more of our style of basketball,” said Kamansky, whose team will host conference-leading Cal State Bakersfield (7-2, 3-0) at 7:30 tonight. “We had some guys step up and have good games for us.” None of them had career nights, but it was enough to help the Broncos overcome a 10-of-21 effort from the foul line. Malone II went 3-of-4 from beyond the arc, and Kaelen Daniels and Kevin Neveu each collected seven rebounds. Billy Hofman collected nine points and eight assists in a slow-tempo game that will contrast tonight’s game against Bakersfield. The Broncos needed a boost from Cook just to take a lead into the half. “We needed some scoring,” Kamansky said. “It was a scoring drought for a while. But Dion took some good shots and made some good decisions.” Cook — who had his first career triple-double against Northwest Nazarene — obliged with a basket, a steal and then a two-handed, crowd-pleasing dunk that kicked off a 16-7 run and enabled Cal Poly to take a 28-19 halftime lead. It didn’t hurt that Cal State Los Angeles (4-6, 1-2) shot 25.9 percent from the field (7-of-27) and committed nine turnovers to the Broncos’ five. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! With foul shooting again iffy and offense at a premium, Cal Poly got 16 points from Dion Cook, 14 from Hervey Malone II and big minutes from bit players in a 67-60 win over Cal State Los Angeles. The Broncos’ current winning streak of two wins, though, had nothing in common.
Julia Humphries never expected to play goalkeeper at Oaks Christian School of Westlake Village, especially after her first venture in net nine years ago resulted in a ball rolling between her legs and across the line for a goal. Oaks Christian coach Jan Hethcock didn’t know if he could find an athlete capable of replacing Katie Lorier, a three-year starter in goal for the Lions’ girls’ soccer team. In Humphries, a 17-year-old senior, Hethcock might have discovered an even better one. “When Katie graduated, I told Julia I needed a goalie, and she agreed to play there, even though she was a field player on JV as a freshman,” Hethcock said. “Her attitude is, ‘I’ll do what I need to do to help the team.’” Despite several injuries playing soccer and softball in high school, most recently a dislocated left kneecap, Humphries has continued to bounce back to add to her legacy as one of the school’s most revered athletes. “Julia’s probably the most gifted all-around athlete that’s ever played at the school,” Lions softball coach Pete Ackermann said of his starting second baseman. “She might not always get the recognition, but her teammates know how valuable she is.” In five previous varsity seasons – two in soccer, three in softball – Humphries reached five Southern Section finals and was part of four championship teams, two in each sport. She also had a profound impact on the success of the school’s junior-varsity track and field team as a freshman. Following softball practice one day, Ackermann recalled Humphries walking up to the stadium in her tennis shoes and winning the triple jump. She had never before competed in the event. Her victory led Oaks Christian to an upset of Nordhoff of Ojai, which had captured the JV title in the Frontier League for several years without a loss. “Julia asked how far she needed to jump to win, and the coach drew a line in the pit, and she jumped past that line,” Ackermann said. “She wanted to do something to help her friends on the track team. Those are the types of kids you love to coach.” Hethcock, who has coached numerous all-section and all-state players at Christian High in San Diego and Oaks Christian, considers Humphries one of the best he’s ever coached. “You don’t get very many kids like this in your coaching career. She’s one of a kind,” said Hethcock, whose team brings a 24-game league unbeaten streak into today’s Frontier opener at rival Nordhoff. “I don’t know very many kids who have the tenacity she does. She has a huge commitment to her team because she doesn’t want to let them down.” Humphries has demonstrated her dedication on several occasions this season, most recently in Friday’s 2-0 victory over Rio Mesa of Oxnard. She returned to play for the Lions (8-2-1) less than 48 hours after a doctor took X-rays to determine if she had suffered a torn meniscus in her left knee. “(My mom, Jill) made me go to the doctor, and the doctor said I shouldn’t play,” said Humphries, who has 61 saves and 69 takeaways in nine games this season. “But the doctor said it wasn’t torn, so my attitude was, ‘I’ve already played this far, so I’m not doing anything I haven’t already done.’ I figure it can’t get much worse.” Humphries suffered the injury in the first half of a 2-0 nonleague loss Dec. 6 against Buena of Ventura. Despite playing on one good leg during the final 40 minutes, she still finished with 10 saves and eight takeaways. “It all happened so fast. There were like three shots in a row, and I tried to get up and walk, and it was really painful,” Humphries said. “That was like the worst day ever. It was horrible.” It wasn’t the first time Hethcock thought he might have lost Humphries for an extended time, if not the season. During the 2004 Southern Section Div. V soccer semifinals, Humphries hyperextended her back after landing awkwardly following an acrobatic save against Marymount of Los Angeles. The game was stopped for 10 minutes, but Humphries continued in goal to help the Lions to the division final. “I’ve learned that Julia is going to have to be broken to not play,” Hethcock said. “Her approach is ‘It’s going to hurt whether I play or not, so why not play.’” That spring, she tore both groin muscles during softball season, although she fought through the pain and continued to play. Last year, she suffered a concussion in a soccer game against Alemany of Mission Hills and had to be taken off the field. She dislocated her left thumb in practice earlier this season. “If you get an injury, you’re thinking as long as you can walk it off, it’s fine,” said Humphries, who is Oaks Christian’s all-time leader in takeaways (361) and second in career saves (228) and shutouts (34). “Sometimes, it’s not always perfect. My thumb is almost down to its normal size, and my knee doesn’t hurt at all, as long as I don’t straighten my leg.” Through it all, Humphries – who carries a 3.7 grade-point average – said she wouldn’t trade the bumps, bruises and battle scars for anything. “I’m out there because I love playing with the girls, and I love the game,” Humphries said. “I never want to sit and watch. It kills me to not be out there playing.” Erik Boal, (818) 713-3607 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! 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