Don’t blame Raheem! Man City’s £49m man defended after Juventus misses

first_img1 Raheem Sterling Manuel Pellegrini refused to blame Raheem Sterling following Manchester City’s defeat to Juventus as he insisted his side did not get what they deserved.City went down 2-1 to the Italian champions in their opening Champions League group stage game on Tuesday night.Sterling was guilty of missing two good chances for the hosts, and his performance drew criticism from Liverpool teammate Steven Gerrard, who was acting as a TV pundit.Pellegrini admitted he was disappointed his side were not more clinical, but he was not prepared to point the finger at his summer £49million signing.He said: “I expect that when we have chances we must score. The differences are very slight, especially against a strong team like Juventus. Maybe Juventus didn’t create so many chances but they had a strong finish.“I don’t think this result is just because of Raheem. We controlled the game and didn’t have many problems but football is like that.“I don’t think we deserved to lose. We played better than Juventus and we had three clear opportunities to score.“Buffon made some very good saves but I think we were very unlucky. We never want to lose here at home, we never want to lose important points, but we have 15 points more to play for.”last_img read more

Klopp v Big Sam, glorious defeats and why Ireland have one team for rugby and two for football – the Warm Up with Max Rushden

first_imgListen to Max Rushden and Barry Glendenning as they talk about the wonderful world of sport while promoting a brand of crisps.Subjects tackled by Max and Barry include Liverpool and Sunderland’s new managers, Scotland missing out on the Euros when all the other Home Nations (plus the Republic of Ireland, Barry hopes) will be there and why Ireland has one rugby team but two football sides.The boys also suggest things for Scots to do next summer while everyone else is at the Euros, find out if Bournemouth’s Steve Cook is nice and chat with Blue Peter legend Zoe Salmon about Norn Iron’s Euro 2016 glory.Wizard!To get the Warm Up with Max Rushden podcast every week, click here and download from the iTunes store for freelast_img read more

Man United blow! Ronaldo rejects return rumours and vows to retire at Real Madrid

first_img1 Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo has cooled talk of a return to Manchester United by revealing he wants to retire at Real Madrid.The Portugal international has risen to superstardom since moving to the Spanish capital and recently became the club’s all-time leading scorer.Various reports over the past 12 months have linked the 30-year-old with a return to Old Trafford, where he scored over 100 goals in six seasons, after it was claimed he had become frustrated with life at Real.However, he has now poured cold water on those rumours and expressed his desire to see out his playing days at the Bernabeu.“My dream is to retire at Real Madrid,” Ronaldo told Marca.“If I can take care of myself I can play until 40; I want to play for at least five or six years more.“I feel good and useful in Madrid and I want to keep winning here.”last_img read more

‘I cannot stay like this!’ Swansea summer signing issues quit threat

first_imgSwansea defender Franck Tabanou says he will consider his future in December.  The 26-year-old only joined the Premier League club in the summer from Saint-Etienne for around £3.5m.However, the Frenchman has featured in just two Capital One Cup games this term and could be heading for an early exit.“I cannot stay like this. If this continues, we will make a decision in December,” Tabanou told L’Equipe.  “But, me, I am just asking for my chance. It is a club who has been following for more than a year.“They made a considerable financial offer for me, they must have discovered my abilities.” 1 Franck Tabanou last_img read more

SACKED! Former Man United boss Moyes’ Real Sociedad departure confirmed

first_imgDavid Moyes has been sacked as manager of Real Sociedad, the club have confirmed.The Scot has been shown the door almost a year to the day of his appointment at the San Sebastian club.He had enjoyed a promising start to his reign but the team have struggled this season, winning just two of their 11 La Liga games.Friday night’s defeat to lowly Las Palmas proved to be the final straw for Sociedad’s president Jokin Aperribay.Moyes discovered he was being axed on Sunday evening, according to Graham Hunter, while he was back in England for a short break.He returned to Spain on Monday and is understood to have met Aperribay for talks before his departure was officially confirmed.A Sociedad statement read: “Real Sociedad has taken the decision to rescind the contract of first team coach David Moyes. His assistant, Billy McKinlay, has also been relieved from his position at the club. “Real Sociedad would like to thank David Moyes and Billy McKinlay for the professional conduct, commitment and dedication which they showed during their roles in the running of the first team; at the same time, we would like to wish them all the best in their future ventures, both professional and personal.”Moyes had been hoping to rebuild his reputation at Real Sociedad after a disastrous spell in charge of Manchester United.The 52-year-old was axed by United in April 2014, just ten months into a six-year contract.He previously enjoyed 11 years at Everton, where he had established himself as one of the Premier League’s most respected bosses. 1 David Moyes last_img read more

Martin O’Neill suggests he will sign new Republic of Ireland deal

first_imgMartin O’Neill is open to extending his reign as Republic of Ireland manager.The 63-year-old is understood to have been offered an extension to the two-year deal he signed in November 2013 regardless of whether he steers the nation to the Euro 2016 finals via a play-off double-header against Bosnia-Herzegovina over the next few days.O’Neill confirmed the Football Association of Ireland wanted him to stay, and he plans to sit down with chief executive John Delaney to discuss a new deal.He said: “Absolutely, I am open to it. We had a conversation after Scotland and John was very supportive, felt as if this is the way we want to go forward, and that was very pleasing to hear.“We haven’t really talked about it since, but I haven’t been pressing because there are actually very important things to deal with.“If we could qualify, that would be great and we would go on to France – I would be delighted to do that if that’s the case. But if we didn’t qualify, we John and myself will sit down and see where we go.“I think John and the board would want it to continue and I have enjoyed it immensely. Sometime in the new year – probably the earlier, the better, maybe get Christmas out of the way – John and I would sit and have a discussion about it.”Skipper Robbie Keane insisted it would be “silly” for O’Neill’s services not to be retained, with he and assistant Roy Keane having overseen a campaign which could yet pay tangible dividends for the efforts over the last two years.The LA Galaxy striker said: “From the very, very start of the campaign, certainly as a group we have grown into it a lot more. It would be silly if the manager didn’t get a new contract – he has obviously done a great job.“But we certainly want to finish this campaign off now with qualification for France, because we started the campaign off having that goal in our minds and it would certainly be disappointing if we didn’t do it.”The Republic face Bosnia-Herzegovina in Zenica on Friday evening and then again in Dublin three days later. Having rekindled their qualification hopes with a shock victory over world champions Germany last month, defeat in Poland saw an automatic berth snatched from their grasp.O’Neill believes progress has been made, but knows there is still work to be done with senior men Shay Given, John O’Shea and front man Keane approaching the end of their international careers.He said: “There is a set of players here well into their thirties who need replacing – they will not mind me saying that – but we want to replace them with really top-quality younger players coming through who can take their place at international level almost immediately. That’s important.“In terms of progress, if we qualify, regardless of what people would say, that very obviously would be progression. But we will see.”O’Neill is still awaiting definitive news on Southampton striker Shane Long’s foot problem and is yet to rule him out of the first leg, but Newcastle keeper Rob Elliot will not travel as he continues to nurse a thigh problem and Sunderland defender O’Shea, who is suspended for Friday night’s game, is making progress.Keane is available for what might could yet prove to be his final two matches as an Ireland player, and he admits a coaching role with his country is something he might like to explore once his playing career has drawn to a close.He said: “Listen, I’d love to, of course. Certainly if something came up in the future to be involved somewhere, assistant manager or manager maybe longer down the road, it’s certainly something that I’d be very, very interested in. But certainly not at the moment.” 1 Martin O’Neill last_img read more

Man United fans to sing this song in tribute at Old Trafford tonight?

first_imgMan United play PSV at Old Trafford in the Champions League in what is likely to be an emotional night.Ten years ago, Old Trafford icon George Best died at the age of 59 having scored 179 goals in 470 games and dazzling thousands with his skilful displays.And it’s likely those watching the game will hear this popular fan song, as they pay tribute to their ‘spirit in the sky’.LISTEN: GEORGE BEST’S LAST EVER INTERVIEWBy coincidence, Best’s former team-mate and another legendary United figure, Bill Foulkes – who played 688 times for the club between 1950 and 1970 – also passed away on this date, in 2013.last_img read more

Some GM SUVs will now run on gas and electric power

first_imgWHITE MARSH, Md. – General Motors Corp. started production Monday of its two-mode gas-electric hybrid transmission systems that will debut in the 2008 Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid and GMC Yukon Hybrid sport-utility vehicles. Built at the automaker’s Baltimore Transmission plant, the hybrid system will help GM compete against Toyota Motor Corp., which sells hybrid versions of the Toyota Highlander and Lexus RX SUVs, and Ford Motor Co., which offers the Escape Hybrid SUV. GM officials said it was the first hybrid transmission to be developed in the U.S. and noted that three-fourths of its content came from U.S.-based suppliers. John Buttermore, GM Powertrain’s vice president of global manufacturing, said the hybrid systems were part of the company’s efforts to offer more fuel-efficient vehicles powered by an assortment of energy sources, including ethanol, electricity and hydrogen. 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 MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“We view this as an extraordinary opportunity, a chance, in essence, to reinvent the auto industry through technology and innovation and ultimately take the automobile out of the environmental debate,” Buttermore said. The two-mode hybrid system – developed jointly by GM, BMW AG and the former DaimlerChrysler AG – uses a computer to choose from thousands of combinations of running on electric motors and the gasoline engine. The vehicles are expected to have an overall fuel economy of about 21 miles per gallon, the same as the city fuel economy of the 4-cylinder Toyota Camry. It will provide a 30 percent increase in fuel economy compared with similar non-hybrid versions of the Tahoe and Yukon. Pricing has not yet been announced for the new hybrids, which are expected to arrive at dealerships in December.last_img read more

Centinela hospital is bought by chain

first_imgHEALTH: Inglewood center is now owned by a group known for saving troubled hospitals from financial failure. By Melissa Evans Staff Writer A growing hospital chain that has taken heat for its business practices will assume ownership of the financially strapped Centinela Hospital Medical Center in Inglewood today – a deal that surprised everyone from union leaders to county officials to patients. A spokeswoman with the California Association of Health Plans, a trade association representing insurance companies, said its members would be happy to negotiate – as long as consumers aren’t put in the middle. “Our goal is to negotiate fair prices on behalf of our members in order to keep health care costs down for the consumer,” said Nicole Evans, who wasn’t aware of the recent sale. Those in the health care industry are familiar, however, with Reddy. He built Victorville’s Desert Valley Hospital, which received much praise for its quality of care, and quickly acquired eight other hospitals, at least two of which were facing bankruptcy. In addition to Desert Valley, Prime Healthcare owns the Grossman Burn Center at Sherman Oaks Hospital and Chino Valley Medical Center, which it acquired through bankruptcy proceedings. A controversial deal to buy the struggling Anaheim Memorial Medical Center for $50 million was recently nixed by the U.S. Attorney General’s Office, but Reddy said he still plans to pursue the facility. In its promotional material, Prime Healthcare describes itself as an entity that “purchases and salvages failing hospitals, providing critical patient care access and services” to communities. Despite his hard-line approach with insurance companies, Reddy, along with executives from Centinela, said the sale is a positive development for an area of Los Angeles County that has been left with few health care options following several hospital closures. “This is very good news for us and the community,” said Von Crockett, former CEO of Centinela Freeman Health System, who will take over as CEO of Centinela Hospital Medical Center. Prime Healthcare will invest $20 million immediately to make improvements, including reducing emergency room wait times and increasing capacity to handle the fallout from the closure of Robert F. Kennedy Medical Center in Hawthorne and Martin Luther King Jr.-Harbor County Hospital in Willowbrook. Centinela also closed its emergency room at Daniel Freeman Memorial Center in December. The sale appears to be “very good news if they follow through,” said Cathy Chidester, acting director of the county’s Emergency Medical Services Agency, who was unaware of the deal. “Every little bit helps.” Reddy said the hospital will absorb as many emergency patients as possible, which has also been part of his business strategy in the past. Without contracts dictating reimbursement rates, the hospital can charge insurance companies full price for services until the patient is transferred or released. Reddy said it costs a minimum of $2,000 per day, per patient to provide care. Depending on the contract, insurance companies can reimburse less than half of that. Patients who are covered by Medi-Cal, Medicare and those who have PPO insurance won’t be affected by the sale; those with PPO will even have their co-pay waived by the hospital, Reddy said. According to the state’s most recent records, Centinela Hospital Medical Center lost $9 million in 2006. The losses, not unique to Centinela, were due to a number of factors, including the high number of uninsured patients in the Hawthorne/Inglewood area, and poorly negotiated contracts, said Deborah Ettinger, vice president of business development for Centinela Freeman Health System. The system was formed in 2004; physicians and other equity partners chipped in to buy the three hospitals from Tenet Healthcare Corp. Centinela officials made changes to cut costs, including closing the emergency room at Daniel Freeman, streamlining services such as obstetrics and gynecology and reducing administrative overhead – measures that “certainly helped,” Ettinger said. “But it wasn’t enough.” Centinela’s financial situation was no secret, but the announcement of the sale came as a shock to stakeholders who were contacted Wednesday. A spokeswoman for the California Nurses Association, one of two unions that are in the midst of contract negotiations with the hospital, was livid. “This is pretty outrageous,” said Jill Furillo, a union leader. Reddy said contract negotiations with the nurses association and the Service Employees International Union will move forward as planned under the new leadership. The hospital, he said, plans to hold meetings this week with union leaders, along with open forums for doctors, nurses and other employees today and Friday. An extensive outreach plan is set for the coming weeks, officials say. Prime Healthcare representatives touted the chain’s record of providing quality care, and said they plan to invest heavily in the local community. They were under no obligation to reveal details of the sale before it was made public because Centinela is a for-profit corporation. Patients, meanwhile, are confused and worried about the future. The constant changes, including closures and acquisitions, have been stressful and traumatic, said Ross Strange, a Centinela patient who has lived in Inglewood since 1968. “All these promises and promises we citizens have listened to, none of them have come true,” Strange said. “It’s very tiring. I’m thinking not only just for myself, but I’m thinking all the people that will be affected by this.” 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 MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The 369-bed hospital was sold to Victorville-based Prime Healthcare Services Inc. for an undisclosed amount. Two other facilities run by Centinela Freeman Health System – a hospital in Marina del Rey and the Daniel Freeman Memorial Hospital in Inglewood – won’t be affected, officials said. Centinela patients won’t be affected immediately, either. Prime Healthcare executives, however, say they will scrutinize contracts with five major HMO insurance providers to see whether the reimbursement rate they pay for services can be renegotiated. If not, the contracts may be cut, which means patients with Blue Cross, Blue Shield or other HMO insurance may not be able to use Centinela for non-emergency care in the future. Dr. Prem Reddy, a cardiologist who founded Prime Healthcare six years ago, said health insurers aren’t paying their fair share, a factor in the financial demise of Centinela and other hospitals. “They are trying to undervalue the services we provide,” Reddy said Wednesday. “They are trying to pay less than the cost.” Insurance companies have vehemently opposed the tactics Reddy uses to renegotiate contracts. last_img read more


first_imgSinn Féin Finance Spokesperson Pearse Doherty TD has stated the Government is refusing to deal with the mortgage crisis.Deputy Doherty was speaking following the release of new figures from the Central Bank which show that there are still 90,343 mortgages in arrears of ninety days or more.He said “It is frightening to think that the financial pressure created by this situation is negatively impacting more lives than the number of people who filed into Croke Park to watch the All-Ireland Football Semi-Finals at the weekend. That is the scale on the crisis at it stands. It cannot be hidden by the government spinning a slight reduction as a success. “The reality is that here are no grounds for celebration in these figures. They confirm once again that this government will play no hand in solving the mortgage crisis. Minister Noonan will not step in to make banks pass on interest rates or cut excessive pay and he will not step in to tell them to get real about the mortgage crisis.“This government is content to let the mortgage crisis unwind at the pace of the banks’ choosing. The increase in long term arrears points to this fact.“Last month the Oireachtas Finance Committee produced a report following exchanges with the banks and mortgage holders’ groups. That cross-party Report contained 47 recommendations on how the Mortgage Arrears Process could be improved. There is no evidence that any one of those recommendations has been implemented.”  GOVERNMENT IS REFUSING TO DEAL WITH MORTGAGE CRISIS – DOHERTY was last modified: September 2nd, 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:donegalmortgagesPearse DohertySinn Feinlast_img read more