Arsenal ease to Europa victory in Sweden

first_img0Shares0000Off the mark: Nacho Monreal gives Arsenal the lead © TT NEWS AGENCY/AFP / Robert HENRIKSSONPARIS, France, Feb 16 – Mesut Ozil scored as Arsenal eased to a 3-0 victory at Swedish minnows Ostersunds in the first leg of their Europa League, last-32 tie on Thursday, while Michy Batshuayi snatched Borussia Dortmund a dramatic win over Atalanta.Left-back Nacho Monreal put Arsenal into an early lead with his fifth goal of the season, tapping in after home goalkeeper Aly Keita inexplicably let the ball slip from his grasp. The visitors were also gifted the second goal in the 24th minute as Ostersunds tried to play their way out of their own area, with Henrikh Mkhitaryan latching onto the loose ball and seeing a low cross diverted into his own net by defender Sotirios Papagiannopoulos.Ostersunds coach Graham Potter, a former defender for Stoke and West Brom in England, made two half-time changes in an attempt to change the flow of the game, but Arsenal all but ended the tie before the hour mark.Mkhitaryan played in Ozil, who jinked his way through and saw his shot burst through the hands of the hapless Keita and bobble into the net.Ostersunds were gifted a chance to at least add a memorable goal to their fairytale run, but after Tesfaldet Tekie was brought down by Hector Bellerin, David Ospina saved Tom Pettersson’s injury-time penalty.The comfortable win means that Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will be able to rest his key players for the second leg at the Emirates in a week’s time.“We did the job well, controlled the ball against a good side,” Wenger told BT Sport.“Overall we played a serious game, so job done. They looked very nervous and we took advantage of it.”– Red-hot Batshuayi rescues Dortmund –Two timer: Dortmund’s Michy Batshuayi scored twice for Dortmund in their win over Atalanta © AFP / PATRIK STOLLARZBatshuayi continued his good form with a late brace as Dortmund fought back to beat Atalanta 3-2 at Signal Iduna Park.Dortmund forged ahead on the half-hour mark through Andre Schurrle, but Josip Ilicic’s quickfire double after half-time put Atalanta ahead.Dortmund hit back midway through the second period, though, as Batshuayi slammed in his fourth goal in three games for the club since joining on loan from Chelsea in January.And the Belgian striker pounced in the first minute of added time to give the two-time runners-up a precious lead in the tie.“The really disappointing thing is we threw away a game that we shouldn’t have lost,” admitted Atalanta coach Gian Piero Gasperini.“After cradling the dream of winning, we suffered this disappointment in the final minutes. The second leg will not be easy.”Elsewhere, Atletico Madrid recovered from falling behind early on at FC Copenhagen to cruise to a 4-1 victory.Saul Niguez, Kevin Gameiro and Antoine Griezmann were all on the scoresheet as Diego Simoene’s La Liga title-chasers put one foot into the last 16.Serie A leaders Napoli have it all to do, though, after Germany international Timo Werner’s second-half brace led RB Leipzig to a shock 3-1 win in Italy.Patrick Cutrone and Fabio Borini scored as AC Milan claimed a 3-0 advantage over Ludogorets Razgrad to take back to the San Siro for the return leg.“I’m a bit angry, we could do a lot better. Having fast players they put us in trouble,” said a surprisingly disgruntled Milan coach Gennaro Gattuso.Mario Balotelli scored twice, but 10-man Nice blew a two-goal lead to lose 3-2 at home to Lokomotiv Moscow as Manuel Fernandes hit a hat-trick, while Valere Germain struck two goals as Marseille cruised past Braga 3-0.A 78th-minute winner from Callum McGregor gave former European champions Celtic victory over Zenit St Petersburg at Parkhead, and Lazio were beaten 1-0 by FCSB in Bucharest.Lyon, semi-finalists last season, impressively saw off Villarreal 3-1 with Nabil Fekir and Memphis Depay both finding the net.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Red Hughs U13 girls bow out of Division B Championship

first_imgRed Hughs Club notes 1/11/2016Lotto & 100+ Club Results 27/10/2016Numbers Drawn 4,5,1,7,6,3,8There was no winning sequence, Lucky Dip winner Betty Gallagher Monellan €30Next week’s jackpot is €2050This week’s winner of the 100+ Club was number 90 Quinn Fuels Ballybofey €100Thanks to everyone for your continued support. U13 GirlsOur u13 girls bowed out of the divB championship in a defeat to st nauls in mouncharles on Monday morning, having reached the semi final is an achievement in its self bearing in mind this u13 team consists of girls born in 2003,2004 , and even 2005 . The girls gave 210% today and we couldn’t ask for more from them and hopefully each and everyone of them will be back next year to play for the club in their respective age groups . We would like to thank the parents, friends and club members who travelled to support us today and to st nauls for the great game and lovely tea afterwards and good luck to them in the final . Team line up was Helen Bradley , Aoife Bradley, Orla Mcelchar ,Ciara Gallagher, Emma Neeson, Elin Gallen -O Dwyer ,Aine Irwin,Caitlin Geary, Chloe Coyle, Serena Meritt, Aimee Lafferty, Niamh Browne, Jessica Mc Bride , Lucy Catterson , Ella McConnell, Aoibheann McMenamin ,Alissah Cullen and Ellen O Brien . The future for these girls looks bright .Junior Strictly Come DancingThe Junior Strictly that took place on Friday turned out to be a great success with thirteen couples taking part and a massive crowd attending. Congratulations to winning couple Cathair and Caitlin. We would like to thank everyone for there support and of  course anyone who helped out in any way. Underage MeetingUnderage club meeting will take place on Sunday, November 6th at 7pm. All current club underage coaches are asked to attend. Anyone interested in getting involved in coaching are also welcome.Online ShopRed Hugh’s online shop is now available to all in time for the Christmas shopping. More styles will be added as O’Neills update their range for the coming year.…/…/ireland/red-hughs.html  Red Hughs U13 girls bow out of Division B Championship was last modified: November 1st, 2016 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:GAARED HUGHS.Sportlast_img read more

Bus drivers articulate their joy

first_imgThey often rise before dawn and go to sleep before sunset, dealing all day with Angelenos’ worst nightmare: nothing but driving. The men and women who will navigate the Orange Line spend their lives on the move. All through the night, through each rainstorm, each negligent driver, each 105-degree scorching day, they sit behind the wheel. They get up at odd hours and drive long distances just to spend more time driving. To pilot its new fleet of 30 Metro Liner trailer buses, the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority will rely on its most seasoned personnel. Drivers from all over the agency bid for a shot at the $633,000 machines, considered a plum assignment in one of the most desirable areas. The 150 operators who made the cut then underwent even more rigorous training, spending time in the classroom, then at the helm of the 57-passenger behemoths. They are the tops in their profession. They’ve spent their entire careers working odd hours and enduring a grinding, stressful job so they now have a chance to be part of history. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week For Robert Higbee, a 33-year pro who works a 5 a.m.-to-2 p.m. shift every weekday, missing the end of the Lakers game each night and skipping breakfast each morning has just become part of life. And he loves it. “It’s up in the morning, into whatever uniform I can get into,” he said, detailing a day that begins with a 4 a.m. commute from Thousand Oaks. “I pour my own coffee into a Thermos, then go … grab your key, get in the bus and you’re ready to go. I’m headed for the Orange Line in a brand new 60-foot bus, so I’m feeling better than a lot of those guys who’re in the old, clapped-out buses.” The 56-year-old Higbee, who started driving buses before the MTA even existed, has always been drawn to scenic routes. He drove the 161 route to Thousand Oaks, the Malibu run, the Balboa line up to Sylmar where some streets still don’t have sidewalks. He calls the Orange Line “a jewel in a metropolitan jungle.” He had quite a bit of competition for the chance to cruise that jewel. Bidding for the job, awarded to the most senior drivers, was intense for a chance to get onto the unusual new line. Not only were operators eager to get a chance to play with the articulated machines that look like the Jetsons’ idea of an armored dinosaur, they relish the chance to drive on a dedicated busway unhampered by other drivers who cut in front of them or try to squeeze in between the huge vehicles and their bus stops. “There was a lot of clamoring to be one of the first,” said Gary Spivack, an MTA division transportation manager. “Most of the operators are senior operators with 10 years of service or more. They’re in love with the vehicles.” North American Bus Industries of Anniston, Ala., built the three-door mammoths especially for the Orange Line, with 170 more on the way for use in Rapid lines throughout the MTA system. They’re pushed by a six-cylinder, 8.9-liter Cummins compressed natural gas engine. Though the engine generates only 320 horsepower, less than a Chevy Suburban, that’s still 25 percent more than a standard bus engine. And with all fares handled at the station, rather than aboard, drivers now have one less thing to distract them from the road. For a bus driver, this is pretty close to nirvana. “It’s easy, just like pulling a trailer,” said Gerardo Perez, who’ll make the 11 a.m.-to-8:15 p.m. run Sundays through Thursdays. “You feel a little nervous, the first time you get on, but in a couple streets, it’s like second nature.” At 40 years old, he’s put in nearly 17 years of service with the MTA. He used to run the Red Line trains, so he’s used to handling big vehicles. Perez lives near remote Frasier Park; the trip takes him an hour and 20 minutes each way to work every day. After spending all day cruising city streets and dealing with traffic, he says he needs the fresh air and nature to get away. Before he gets into a vehicle each morning, he runs five or six miles. And after he finishes that morning workout and long commute in, he’ll be passing Shakana Contreras, who’s working 3 a.m. to 11 a.m. from Wednesday to Sunday. She’s a rarity on the Orange Line, with just five years with the agency. At 28 years old, the Palmdale resident wasn’t even born when guys like Higbee pulled their first assignment. Contreras, who lays out her uniform before her 6 p.m. bedtime the day before, then starts her commute at 1 a.m., relishes the opportunity to try out the new hot rod mostly reserved for senior drivers. She traded a clerical job in a windowless office in a Target store for one that lets her see the sun rise five days a week. Impressed by the Metro Liner’s bulk at first, now she slides easily behind the controls. “It feels like driving a big rig – you just don’t have that little thing you pull for the horn,” she said, laughing. “It’s our brand new toy in the yard. Everyone wants to test it out.” Before she got posted to the new line, she did just about every route in the West Valley. Now, she knows she’s part of something different, something historic. “It feels pretty good,” she said. “They want people out there who’ll be cautious and careful. I’m glad to be a part of it.” Brent Hopkins, (818) 713-3738 [email protected] 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

Alex Kerfoot explains why he chose the Avalanche over the Sharks

first_imgDENVER — Alexander Kerfoot, in his second season with the Avalanche, says he nearly signed with the Sharks in August 2017.Kerfoot, 24, was drafted in the fifth round by New Jersey in 2012 but elected not to sign with the Devils after four seasons at Harvard. He thus became a free agent on Aug. 16, 2017 and was reportedly targeted by a handful of teams, with the Sharks, New York Rangers, New York Islanders, Vancouver Canucks and Avalanche becoming his five finalists.Kerfoot, a Hobey Baker …last_img

Expert Labs: Can an Outside Incubator Turn Government Tech-Savvy?

first_imgLong-time blogger and tech executive Anil Dash announced today at the Web 2.0 Expo New York that he’s leaving publishing software company SixApart and will head a new technology incubator called Expert Labs. Expert Labs will be dedicated to connecting technology innovators ready to build tools with government officials who can put those tools to use in the public interest. It’s a vision that differs from what some other technologists are focused on with regards to the government.Dash is best known as a blogger for his articles like this 2007 explanation of LOLCat grammatical structure and this 2009 explanation of the real-time web. Can the man who’s explained so much to the rest of us help the US government adopt new online technology? That’s quite a task. The organization’s website reads in part as follows:Expert Labs is non-profit and non-partisan but we’re moving with the speed and passion of true believers. We’re providing funding and resources to help create some of the coolest new technology on the web, and as part of the largest general scientific society in the world, we have access to the smartest minds around. Put those together with your help, and we’ll be making our country better in no time.Expert Labs will be a part of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and funded by the MacArthur Foundation, Caroline McCarthy reports at Cnet.Dash wrote this Summer that “I think the most promising new startup of 2009 is one of the least likely: The executive branch of the federal government of the United States.” We’ve been far more critical here at ReadWriteWeb of the Obama Administration’s efforts. The much anticipated, for example, was so unexciting in its implementation that watchdog group the Sunlight Foundation launched a competitor to it.The web changes very fast and government tends to change very, very slowly.Dash’s Vision Appears Different From Tim O’Reilly’sThe organization will aim to facilitate production of applications to serve government. Those apps will be cloud-based. This is a different kind of approach, I’d say, than the one that Web 2.0 Expo founder Tim O’Reilly is taking in trying to build a “government as a platform.” Expert Labs says it has “a mandate to help policy makers in the U.S. Federal Government tap into the expertise of their fellow citizens.”O’Reilly, on the other hand, advocates a “government as platform” that would supply raw digital data and other forms of support for private sector innovators to build on top of. “How do you think like a platform provider?” O’Reilly asked in an interview with us this Summer.“We’ve moved our government from a lean vehicle for collective action, and over the last 200 years it has become so strong that it’s now 40% of GDP. I want to go back to the original vision of the role of government: a convener of things that we as individuals and companies can’t do alone. Standard setting, pilot programs; government providing enabling technologies for citizens to serve themselves.”Dash’s incubator will help technologists help the government; O’Reilly’s vision is to help the government help technologists. These two visions may be complimentary, but they certainly seem different. Which will be more effective at changing the world? Government can be a slow enough mover that it’s hard to say. Both are thought provoking, but neither vision will be easy to make real.Photo graciously licensed as Creative Commons by Joi Ito. marshall kirkpatrick A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#news#politics#web center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

Lingard – I believe in this team

first_imgManchester United forward Jesse Lingard has urged his team-mates to replicate their last season victory at the Etihad by claiming all three points in Sunday’s Manchester derby.Jesse Lingard is fired up and ready for the Manchester derby, challenging his United teammates to produce another classic performance at the Etihad.In recent years, United have a strong record at City. They have won 7 of their last 15 away games and they have not lost there since November 2014.Jose Mourinho’s side pulled off an incredible comeback victory at the Etihad last season after trailing 2-0 at half-time, to win 3-2 at fulltime.“The win last season there was a mad feeling and, hopefully, we can do it again,” Lingard told MUTV.“We’ve done well there and it’s just about fine margins sometimes. We kept our mental state last season and got the win in the end.norwich city, manchester city, premier leagueReport: City are stunned by Norwich George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Manchester City was stunned by Norwich City in todays Premier League clash.Much has been made in recent days of the potential impact of Aymeric…“The way the fans were supporting us, even at 2-0 down, they stayed with us and backed us throughout the game and that spurred us on.”“I think these big games are what you play for.“The more pressure there is, you fire off that pressure. They’re the games you want to be involved in, like everyone else.“The most important thing is to believe, in ourselves, that we can do it. I believe in this team.”last_img read more

Chilavert slams CONMEBOLs president

first_imgFor the Chilean legend, Alejandro Dominguez is under FIFA’s control and does whatever Gianni Infantino tells him to doFormer Chilean goalkeeper and football legend Jose Luis Chilvert has slammed CONMEBOL’s president Alejandro Dominguez.The verbal attack comes after the football governing body made a full of itself in the weekend during the second leg of the Copa Libertadores Final.“I have known for a long time that is inadmissible that Dominguez is the president of Conmebol, he is a nefarious person, he is endorsed by [Gianni] Infantino”, Chilavert was quoted by Marca.Just in: Brazil squad is released and Neymar is in George Patchias – August 16, 2019 Tite has released his Brazilian national team squad for the upcoming round of international friendlies.Just released by ESPN is the Brazilian national team squad….“What happened in River Plate is a problem in all of Latin America, it’s a matter of education.”“Anyone with education does not do this, they’re all delinquents,” he said.“Dominguez does not have the authority to define the situation; for me, the title should be given to Boca Juniors.”last_img read more