Falcao fires Monaco to brink of French title

first_imgMonaco lead the reigning champions by three points — and have a game in hand against Saint-Etienne on Wednesday — ahead of next weekend’s final round of matches, but their vastly superior goal difference all but guarantees them an eighth French league crown.“Before the match we needed four points. Now we need just one,” said Jardim, with the Portuguese leaving nothing to chance. “We’ll keep working hard until the end. On Wednesday we need to pick up the points to win the title.“We had to be careful (against Lille) and we were. Paris scored five goals and aren’t giving up. I’m asking for one final effort on Wednesday.”Falcao calmed any lingering nerves by handing Monaco the perfect start at the Stade Louis II when he headed in unmarked from Thomas Lemar’s left-wing cross after just six minutes.Kylian Mbappe tormented the Lille defence as he wriggled past Franck Beria to set up Silva for a simple tap-in on the stroke of half-time, with the teenager teeing up Falcao for his second on 69 minutes.Junior Alonso then turned a Lemar cross beyond Lille goalkeeper Mike Maignan late on as Monaco put their midweek Champions League semi-final defeat to Juventus behind them in convincing fashion.Edinson Cavani climbed up to 35 league goals this term with a brace as PSG demolished Saint-Etienne, ending the hosts’ outside shot of qualifying for the Europa League.– ‘Not enough this year’ –Lucas also scored twice for Unai Emery’s men while Julian Draxler added a fifth, but the capital club’s four-year reign in France is effectively over with just next Saturday’s visit of Caen to come.Paris Saint-Germain’s midfielder Lucas (R) is congratuled by teamat forward Edinson Cavani after scoring a goal on May 14, 2017 © AFP / PHILIPPE DESMAZES“Monaco have had a great season but they’re not yet mathematically champions,” said Emery, although his side’s goal difference of plus-56 trails well behind Monaco’s 73.“Congratulations to Monaco for the work they’ve done. This competition is good for French football,” he added. “With the number of points we have we could have been champions, but it’s not enough this year with the competition from Monaco.”Nice suffered a first home defeat of the campaign as goals from Angers skipper Cheikh Ndoye and Karl Toko Ekambi secured a 2-0 victory at the Allianz Riviera, while Marseille remain in control of their European destiny following a 1-1 draw at Bordeaux.Uruguay international Diego Rolan grabbed an early opener for Bordeaux, but Bafetimbi Gomis hit his 19th goal of the season to keep fifth-place Marseille a point ahead of the home side.Lyon bounced back from the pain of Thursday’s agonising Europa League last-four exit against Ajax with a 3-1 triumph at Montpellier, Alexandre Lacazette netting twice after Nabil Fekir’s opening goal.Dijon pulled clear of the relegation play-off place with a 2-0 win over Nancy, who dropped to the foot of the table following Bastia’s 2-0 victory over fellow strugglers Lorient.Caen also remain in a relegation scrap as a 1-0 home defeat to Rennes left them just a point clear of the bottom three.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Monaco’s forward Radamel Falcao celebrates after scoring a goal against Lille at the Louis II Stadium in Monaco on May 14, 2017 © AFP / Yann COATSALIOUPARIS, France, May 15 – Radamel Falcao scored twice as Monaco strode to within a point of the Ligue 1 title after Sunday’s 4-0 home win over Lille left them on the verge of dethroning Paris Saint-Germain.The Colombian striker netted either side of a Bernardo Silva goal before Junior Alonso bundled into his own net as Monaco reeled off a 10th straight league victory, although PSG’s 5-0 rout of Saint-Etienne prevented Leonardo Jardim’s side from officially securing the title.last_img read more

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Former Tottenham star joins Sherwood at Aston Villa

first_img Tony Parks during his time as Tottenham goalkeeping coach 1 Tony Parks has joined Aston Villa as goalkeeping coach as Tim Sherwood continues to revamp his backroom staff.The former Tottenham keeper has arrived from Norwich, where he had worked since 2014.Parks worked with Sherwood when he was in charge at Spurs and left following Sherwood’s exit from White Hart Lane in May 2014.The 52-year-old spent six years at Tottenham, training Hugo Lloris, Brad Friedel, Heurelho Gomes and Carlo Cudicini, and was goalkeeping coach of the year in 2013.Former Villa number two Kevin MacDonald returned to the club as assistant manager last week, joining new first-team coach Mark Robson and performance analyst Seamus Brady at Villa Park.Sherwood lost his first game in charge on Saturday as Villa went down 2-1 at home to Stoke to leave them second bottom of the Barclays Premier League.They go to Newcastle at the weekend having lost their last six league games.last_img read more

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Transfer rumours and paper review – Sunday, April 12

first_img Transfer rumours and paper review Here’s the top transfer-related stories in Sunday’s newspapers…La Liga champions Atletico Madrid may target Everton’s 18-goal forward Romelu Lukaku, 21, if they lose Mario Mandzukic, 28, to Wolfsburg. (Sun on Sunday) Manchester United believe they have beaten Liverpool to PSV Eindhoven’s Dutch winger Memphis Depay, 21, who has an asking price of £25m. (Sunday Mirror) The Old Trafford club have also been put on alert that Bayern Munich could be willing to offload striker Robert Lewandowski, 26 and midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger, 30. (Daily Star Sunday) And United have opened talks with Paris Saint-Germain about a deal to sign striker Edinson Cavani, 28. (Sunday Express) United are also tracking FC Twente’s Dutch winger Bilal Ould-Chikh, 17, dubbed ‘the new Arjen Robben’ in his homeland. (Sunday People) Manchester City midfielder James Milner, 29, intends to wait until the end of the season before making a final decision on his future at the Etihad Stadium. (Mail on Sunday) Stoke City manager Mark Hughes plans to make a £6m summer bid for 27-year-old Sunderland midfielder Lee Cattermole. (Sun on Sunday)And here’s the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…Arsenal must pay £40m to land ‘new Ronaldo’Reports – Arsenal ready £25m bid for Serie A aceReports – Juventus still hold hopes of landing Manchester United starLiverpool and Man United miss out on Italian star PerinTottenham transfer news: Spurs set to miss out on top striker target Llorente?West Brom want Plea bargainJose Mourinho rubbishes rumours Chelsea made transfer record bid for Japan forward 1last_img read more

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Teacher on lam with boy arrested in Mexico

first_img“He’s OK,” said Raya, 47, of Yuma, Ariz. “I just told him to stay over there in Mexico and the FBI is going to take care of everything.” Dawson County Attorney Elizabeth Waterman said Saturday she knew about Fernando’s immigration status but did not know how it was going to affect her case against Peterson. “That’s one of the things we need to evaluate so I really don’t have an answer at this time. Peterson is charged with kidnapping, child abuse and contributing to the delinquency of a minor in Nebraska. She’s also faces federal charges of transporting a minor across state lines or a foreign border for sexual activity.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LEXINGTON, Neb. – A teacher accused of running away with a 13-year-old student planned a romantic life with him in his native Mexico, but she was near broke when they were captured there, authorities said Saturday. Their border crossing during a week on the lam may mean the teen, an illegal immigrant, will not be able to come back to the rural Nebraska town where he was an eighth-grader. The boy’s relatives told police he had called home asking for money, leading investigators to a shopping mall in the border city of Mexicali on Friday. Kelsey Peterson, 25, and Fernando Rodriguez, 13, were taken into custody without incident in the parking lot. Peterson, a sixth-grade math teacher and basketball coach at Lexington Middle School, fled with the boy after police began investigating whether the pair had an intimate relationship, authorities said. Court documents said the boy was last seen Oct. 26. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre An international hunt was under way after Peterson’s car was spotted crossing into Mexico on Tuesday. “They didn’t have a very well-defined plan, it was basically to continue driving into Mexico to hide,” said Alfredo Arenas, the Baja California state police official who detained Peterson. “This was a mutual agreement to flee after the story came out that they were having sex.” The Associated Press generally does not identify people who may be victims of sex crimes, but the boy’s name had been widely publicized as police searched for him. Peterson was turned over to the FBI early Saturday. The boy was turned over to relatives in Mexicali because he was an illegal immigrant in the United States and was not allowed to return. Fernando’s uncle, Pedro Raya, said he spoke to the boy Saturday and they agreed he would go to the family’s rural hometown in the southern state of Guanajuato, mainly because of his immigration status. last_img read more

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MediaNews acquires 4 McClatchy papers

first_imgDENVER – MediaNews Group Inc. acquired three newspapers in Northern California and one in Minnesota from McClatchy Co. on Wednesday in a $1 billion deal. The deal puts Denver-based MediaNews, which owns the Los Angeles Daily News and seven other newspapers in Southern California, among the top four newspaper chains in the country by total daily circulation, surpassing The New York Times Co. and Dow Jones & Co., publisher of The Wall Street Journal. “It feels great,” said William Dean Singleton, MediaNews chief executive and publisher of The Denver Post, adding, “I don’t expect that we’ve quit growing.” Singleton spoke Wednesday in the newsroom of the San Jose Mercury News – the biggest of the four papers being acquired – and sketched a vision of newspapers transformed by information technology. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event“Newspapers are uniquely positioned to own their local markets, in every aspect … whether it be print, online or search,” said Singleton, according to the Mercury News. He raised the possibility of partnering with companies such as Google or Microsoft. “One way or another, newspapers need a technology plan in order to do this right,” he said. Singleton said no job cuts were planned as a result of the deal, but added that “those decisions are based on local conditions” at each newspaper. Singleton’s deal with McClatchy comes a month after McClatchy bought Knight Ridder Inc. for $4.5 billion plus $2 billion in debt, triggering a dramatic realignment of the newspaper industry. MediaNews, previously the nation’s seventh-largest newspaper publisher and owner of The Denver Post, will also acquire the Contra Costa Times in Walnut Creek as part of a long-term strategy to cluster newspapers and business operations in the San Francisco Bay Area. MediaNews owns a number of newspapers in the Bay Area, including The Oakland Tribune. Separately, New York-based Hearst Corp. will acquire two other papers from McClatchy: The Monterey County Herald in Northern California and the St. Paul Pioneer Press in Minnesota. Hearst will swap those papers with MediaNews for an equity stake in MediaNews’ assets outside the San Francisco Bay Area. “We believe that MediaNews is a very well run company,” said Paul Luthringer, a Hearst spokesman in New York. “A minority investment is very attractive, and that’s why we consummated the deal.” Hearst owns the San Francisco Chronicle. The $1 billion figure encompasses the entire deal for the four newspapers. Individual dollar values of the newspapers were not disclosed. Gannett Co., the nation’s No. 1 newspaper publisher, and Stephens Media, based in Las Vegas, also contributed capital because of pre-existing partnerships with MediaNews. Jody Lodovic, president of MediaNews, said the deal’s structure helps ease anti-trust concerns. If the deal fails to pass regulatory muster, MediaNews would purchase the two papers from Hearst directly, Lodovic said. The three-way deal is expected to close by midsummer and requires regulatory review. At the deal’s closing, MediaNews would have a daily circulation of 2.7 million and a Sunday circulation of 3 million – with 53 newspapers nationwide, the company said. The four papers are being sold by publicly traded McClatchy, which agreed to acquire 32 papers last month from Knight Ridder Inc. of San Jose. After agreeing to that deal, McClatchy said it would sell 12 papers that did not mesh with its strategy. Lodovic called the four papers that MediaNews bought “by far the best assets” McClatchy had up for bid. He also left open the possibility of bidding for other McClatchy papers up for sale. Larry Grimes, president of W.B. Grimes, a media investment bank in Gaithersburg, Md., described Wednesday’s purchase of the four papers “as a logical move” for MediaNews. “It’s a great add-on for them,” Grimes said. “It strengthens their position in California.” Before the deal, MediaNews owned 22 papers in California. MediaNews paid 11.5 times 2005 EBITDA – a measure of cash flow that calculates earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization.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

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Why Rashford is exactly like Rooney, Chelsea are all right and Klopp matches AW

first_img 2. Everton have set a new club record for most points in their first five matches of a Premier League season as victory over Middlesbrough took them to 13. 10 8. West Ham have managed just five headers on target this season, all by Michail Antonio and all of them have been goals. 10 1. Marcus Rashford needed 23 matches to score his 10th goal for Manchester United. The same amount of games as Wayne Rooney needed to get his 10th goal for the Red Devils. 10 7. Stoke have conceded four goals in six of their last 11 Premier League games. 10 10 4. Nacer Chadli is the first West Brom player to be directly involved in four goals in a single Premier League match. 5. Jurgen Klopp is the first manager since Arsene Wenger, all the way back in 1997, to win his first two Premier League visits to Stamford Bridge as a manager. Normal. 10 3. Kelechi Iheanacho becomes the first teenager to score 10 goals in the Premier League for Manchester City. 10 10 10 Another weekend of Premier League action, another boatload of statistics to mull over.It seems we can’t go a week without records being broken and milestones being reached, while we’re also witnessing some intriguing quirks too.Gareth Barry’s 600th Premier League appearance was one of the main moments of the weekend, when it comes to facts and figures, but we’ve got plenty more to float your boat.So, to see our favourite ten facts from the weekend, click the right arrow above… 10 9. Since his Premier League debut in August 2014, Daryl Janmaat has provided 11 assists in the Premier League, more than any other defender. 6. All 10 of Chelsea’s Premier League goals have been scored with a right foot strike this season. 10. Sunderland haven’t won any of their last 24 Premier League matches in either August or September. This includes nine draws and 15 defeats.last_img read more

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Boeing has new head of sales team

first_imgBoeing announced that Larry Dickenson has been named to lead the Boeing commercial airplanes sales team as vice president, sales, reporting to commercial airplanes President and CEO Scott Carson. Dickenson, 63, replaces Carson, who was named president and CEO in September. Dickenson will have responsibility for sales of commercial airplanes and related services to airline customers and leasing companies around the world. His replacement in Asia/Pacific sales will be named shortly, the company said. “Larry has been a proven leader in building and maintaining strong relationships with our customers,” Carson said. “He understands our customers and knows how to bring our resources together to meet their needs. We look forward to Larry bringing his leadership and experience to the entire sales organization.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’Dickenson has led the commercial airplanes Asia/Pacific sales organization for more than 20 years, where he was responsible for sales operations in China, Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand and other markets in the region. Prior to his career at Boeing and beginning in 1983, Dickenson was vice president of aircraft programs at Texas Air Corp., which at the time was the parent company of Continental and Eastern Airlines. Previously, he was vice president of commercial sales for Europe, Middle East and Africa at McDonnell Douglas, beginning in 1978. Dickenson holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from California State University, Fresno, and also attended The Advanced Management Policy Institute at the University of Southern California. 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

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Diego Maradona brawls with opposition fans after losing play-off

first_img huge blow Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Así Maradona en el partido de @Dorados y @AtletideSanLuis pic.twitter.com/Mp5YH7pRCK— Guillermo Cabrera (@MemoCS_) December 3, 2018Dorados went into the second leg 1-0 up against Atletico San Luis and took the lead to make the aggregate score 2-0.San Luis pulled a goal back on the stroke of half-time before Dorados restored their two-goal aggregate lead to put them on the brink of the title.However, the home side scored two goals in ten minutes to force extra time and Argentine Leandro Torres scored the only goal to secure the win.Maradona was raging after the game – a fiery end to what has generally been a brilliant season on the field for him. Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Maradona humiliated himself at the World Cup for his ‘drunken’ antics Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Although Maradona is regarded as one of the best footballers of all time, he is never far away from controversy, with some of his most recent ones including an anti-England rant as well as excessive celebrations during Argentina matches at the 2018 World Cup.And the Argentina legend was in a foul mood when Dorados threw away a first-leg advantage in the Ascenso MX play-off final.Maradona watched the game from the stands as he received a suspension for threatening to punch the opposition manager in the first leg.He was even spotted swigging beer during the game. Latest Football News Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade MONEY 2 REVEALED BEST OF Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Maradona helped himself to a bottle of beer during the game REVEALED ADVICE He took charge of Dorados in September when they were joint-bottom in the Mexican second tier after six league games.They hit brilliant form and managed to qualify for the play-offs but fell at the final hurdle of their promotion bid. Diego Maradona appeared to throw a punch at a crowd of people after his side Dorados lost the Mexican second division play-off final.He was walking through a group of what looked like opposition fans when he swung his arm before being ushered away by security personnel. no dice RANKED 2 Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red cardlast_img read more

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Strachan must play right hand this time from limited Scotland pack

first_imgRecent history plays heavily on the minds of the Tartan Army. Failure to reach this summer’s expanded festival of football in France means Scotland will have spent a minimum two decades on the outside looking in at major international competitions. A study, carried out by CIES Football Observatory, showed that at 29-years-old Strachan’s side was, on average, older than any of the other top 50 sides in the world in 2015. Kieran Tierney made his Scotland debut earlier this year. SNSIn response the likes of Kieran Tierney, John McGinn, Jack Hamilton, Callum Paterson, Oliver Burke and Barrie McKay have been brought into the fold, but for some revolution not evolution should have been the order of the day.Asked if he felt a responsibility to oversee the transition to a new generation over the course of the road to Russia, Strachan made his feelings clear.“No I don’t. I think at times people have asked that question, why. They’ve not been good enough yet. They have proved to us on and off the pitch that we can rely on them. Like a new season, a fresh qualification campaign is meant to bring about a renewed sense of optimism.However Scotland’s 27-man party for their opening 2018 World Cup qualifier was as notable for the list of absentees as the inclusions.With captain Scott Brown announcing his international retirement and many untested players getting the chance in friendlies against European royalty in France and Italy, the pool selected would give the best indication of how the manager viewed the next 15 months.The absence of Shaun Maloney, who scored five goals in the last campaign, and Ross McCormack, Aston Villa’s £12m summer buy, were mostly keenly felt by supporters desperate for signs for optimism ahead of next month’s trip to Ta’Qali. “And we hope over the next year or so they will progress at their clubs and that will help us out.”After a surreal party following a 6-0 win over Gibraltar in Faro, the Scottish FA were left with the decision over whether to stick or twist with the current boss and opted for stability in the form of a new two-year deal. This country is no stranger to being split down the middle on a big decision and yet, just as in other areas of public life, the ramifications of that call continue to frame how subsequent events are viewed.Robert Snodgrass is back in the Scotland fold after injuries. SNSThose remaining optimistic point to a blend of youth and experience in Strachan’s pool with the returning Robert Snodgrass set to prove a pivotal figure once more, providing service to red-hot Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths.Then there’s the little matter of two clashes with Auld Enemy England, themselves going through a period of self reflection following their humbling by Iceland and the appointment of Sam Allardyce. Victory at Wembley would thrill the nation and could prove to be the perfect springboard for a real tilt at reaching the World Cup.Others fear more of the same in store for a squad lacking defensive strength, especially at centre back as well as a large void left by Brown’s early exit from the international stage.Craig Levein’s Scotland tenure was over after a poor start to World Cup 2014 qualifying. SNSScotland’s current predicament seems eerily similar to the start of Craig Levein’s second campaign, where he was charged with trying to secure passage to the World Cup in Brazil. That bid ended after only four games with a 2-1 defeat to Wales a particular sore spot. It’s not impossible to imagine a poor start against Malta and Lithuania coupled with a bad result in London could spell a similar outcome.After the last campaign, which saw defeat to Georgia and only one away win, trying the same again in terms of personnel and system would be madness. Having spent the spring lamenting the country’s lack of a world-class player, there’s a realisation that Scotland are operating with a certain level of talent.Five English Premier League players make up the party to Malta along with 14 English Championship players, seven representatives from Scotland’s top flight and one from our second tier. Citing another 10-12 alongside McCormack who could be entitled to feel aggrieved at their exclusion, Strachan must recognise the onus falls on him to make better use of the players at his disposal.The relative success of limited but organised collectives like Hungary, Albania and Northern Ireland should have given plenty of food for thought. First though they must find a plan to deal with Malta before moving onto the double header with Lithuania and Euro 2016 entrants Slovakia.Start well and the feel good factor last experienced towards the end of 2014 could carry Scotland on to new heights. Wobble early on and the questions over the manager and his selections will only grow louder.last_img read more

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Paoli Baseball Team in Crash Saturday in Shoals

first_imgFour people were injured in a crash on US 150 Saturday afternoon that involved the Paoli High School baseball team. At approximately 5:20 P.M., Bart C. Drew, 41, Washington, was traveling westbound on US Highway 150 in his black Chevrolet Trailblazer. After passing Panhandle Road, Drew lost control of his Chevrolet in the curve due to the wet roadway and collided with a 15 passenger Ford bus.The bus, driven by Jeremy S. Ashley, 37, Paoli, belonged to the Paoli Community School Corporation and was carrying Ashley, a coach, and six members of the Paoli High School baseball team.Drew was extracted from his vehicle by the Shoals Fire Department and was airlifted to University of Louisville Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky.Drew’s two passengers, Chase, 15, and Grace, 9, both suffered minor injuries and were transported to Memorial Hospital in Jasper.Connor Blair, 17, Paoli, suffered minor injuries as a passenger on the bus. He was transported to IU Health in Paoli.The crash remains under investigation. Indiana State Police were assisted by West Baden Police, Martin County Sheriff’s Department, Shoals Fire Department, IU Health and Martin County EMS.Investigating Officer: Trooper Stephen Sexton, Reconstructionist: Sergeant Philip Hensleylast_img read more

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