WATCH: Barcelona ace Neymar dazzles with amazing run in Club World Cup win

first_imgBarcelona superstar Neymar left a string of River Plate players red faced with this amazing run in the Club World Cup on Sunday.The Brazil ace was one of the stars of the show with two assists as the Catalan club claimed their fifth title of 2015 with a 3-0 victory over the Argentine side in the final in Japan.Luis Suarez scored twice and Messi the other, but it was Neymar who had fans out of their seats with his wizard-like footwork and dazzling ball control.Check out his silky skill in the video above – if only it led to a goal!last_img read more

Yaya Toure is not thinking about the future, insists Manchester City boss

first_img Yaya Toure 1 Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini insists Yaya Toure is focused on the Blues’ current push for silverware and not thinking about which club he might be playing for next season.Toure’s controversial agent Dimitri Seluk was this week quoted as saying of the midfielder, whose contract with City runs until 2017: “He will not move in January.“However, in the summer things can change. We are ready to listen to any offers that are on the table.”He also expressed his concern at Pep Guardiola’s potential summer appointment at the club.When asked about that on Friday, Pellegrini admitted “at the end of the season you never know what will happen with anyone”, while stressing how important it was for all players to “think in the present” rather than about the future.But he also said he was convinced Toure was absolutely of that mindset.“I don’t want to try to answer to every agent who talks about different things,” Pellegrini said.“I know what Yaya thinks. I think that Yaya is mentally absolutely involved in this season, and that he is not thinking about his future.“He wants to continue being the same important player that he has been for this team in other years.”Seluk has made remarks at various times in the past to suggest 32-year-old Ivory Coast international Toure may be set to leave City.One such occasion was at the end of last season, and when that was put to Pellegrini on Friday as he was asked how much of a problem Seluk’s comments were becoming, the manager said: “And what happened? Nothing – it was his opinion and nothing more.”last_img read more

Former Arsenal forward is tripling his wages with new club, says former boss

first_imgRoma boss Luciano Spalletti has revealed that former Arsenal forward Gervinho has tripled his wages by moving to China.The Ivory Coast international joined Hebei China Fortune earlier this week after they splashed out £12m for his signature.The winger’s move is one of several transfers to China, which has also seen Chelsea midfielder Ramires join Jiangsu Suning for £25m.And now Spalletti has revealed that Gervinho wanted to leave after being offered a huge pay rise.“To clarify, Gervinho wanted to leave at all costs,” said the Serie A giants’ boss.“[Stephan] El Shaarawy wanted to come at all costs, so El Shaarawy serves the team and not Gervinho. Gervinho is going to triple his salary. I told him ‘fine’.” Gervinho 1last_img read more

Student finds California condors had company

first_imgThe Page Museum’s collection contains thousands of the long-legged bones of birds of prey whose feet were caught by the dark morass. Because the tar pits ensnared creatures between 9,000 and 40,000 years ago – a period encompassing an entire ice age – the cache proved an ideal location for Prothero and his students to study how climate change affected animal species. Their work, Prothero said, suggests none of the animals changed in size because of the shifting temperatures. But it also had the added benefit of answering a long-standing question about the California condor’s past, showing they are a species all their own, rather than direct descendents of the larger Ice Age birds. In the near future, Prothero said, he plans to study ancient condor remains from other collections to learn if the La Brea species has been named before or is new – a prospect he considers likely. Whatever he finds, though, the condors won’t be biggest bird to have tangled with La Brea’s sticky depths. That honor, Harris said, goes to a bird called Merriam’s teratorn, which had a wingspan of 12 feet. (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4451160Want 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 giant La Brea condors lived alongside the saber tooth tigers, Ice Age lions, elephant-size ground sloths and massive dire wolves that ruled Los Angeles tens of thousands of years ago. Paleontologists have unearthed millions of fossils of these and more than 600 other species of animals and plants from their asphalt graves beside Wilshire Boulevard’s Miracle Mile. “The tar pits are one of the richest Ice Age fossil sites in the world,” said John Harris, chief curator of the George C. Page Museum at the tar pits. “They’re important not only because of the diversity, but because the fossils are very well preserved.” In particular, the pits are a gold mine for the bones of ancient scavengers like the condors. “One trapped horse may result in a couple of saber-toothed cats and some dire wolves,” Harris said. PASADENA – From the foul-smelling, belching black maw of the La Brea Tar Pits have come the bones of ancient beasts – and from these, a new understanding about condor history. Caltech undergraduate Valerie Syverson has found that the California condor once likely co-existed with a separate condor species – one even larger than the avian giants still alive today. “She looked at just about all the common elements of the wings and the legs and the skull,” said Donald Prothero, her advisor and an Occidental College paleontologist. “Sure enough, when you measure enough specimens and you plot them, boy they sure stand out like night and day.” The ancient condors, the team found, had longer, narrower skulls and were about 10 percent to 20 percent larger than their modern relatives which, with 9-foot-wide wingspans, are no small potatoes themselves. last_img read more

Torre to be introduced as new Dodgers skipper today

first_img“Few managers in the history of the game have accomplished what Joe has delivered,” general manager Ned Colletti said. “Throughout his career he has demonstrated the ability to turn a vision for success into results on the field and we welcome his passion and leadership. We have tremendous fans and they deserve no less.” Torre inherits a Dodger team that was in contention for a playoff berth until a late-season seven-game losing streak. The Dodgers ended the season 82- 80, finishing fourth in the five-team National League West Division. The Dodgers have won just one playoff game since their 1988 World Series championship. Their 19 consecutive seasons without a National League pennant is the second longest streak in the team’s 118-season history, one year behind the 20-season drought from 1921-40. Amid the euphoria over Torre’s hiring are questions about whether he can succeed with a team with a lower payroll than the Yankees. The Dodgers had baseball’s sixth-highest payroll in 2007, $108.7 million, while the Yankees led with $195.2 million. When Torre was hired by the Yankees before the 1996 season, he had an 894-1003 career record and one playoff berth in 14 seasons with the New York Mets, Atlanta Braves and St. Louis Cardinals. His hiring drew criticism from newspaper columnists, talk radio show hosts and fans. But their misgivings dissipated when Torre, in his first season, guided the Yankees to their first American League championship since 1981 and first World Series championship since 1978. The Yankees also won World Series titles under Torre in 1998, 1999 and 2000. However, postseason success eluded that Yankees after that, as they lost the World Series in 2001 and 2003, squandered a three-games-to-none lead against their hated rivals, the Boston Red Sox, in the 2004 American League Championship Series, and lost in the American League Division Series each year from 2005-2007. Torre played in the majors from 1960-77, was a nine-time all-star and the National League’s Most Valuable Player in 1971. Torre’s hiring by the Dodgers marks his return to Southern California. He was an announcer with the then-California Angels from 1985-90. 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 MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre The Dodgers’ managerial position officially became open Tuesday when Grady Little resigned after two seasons. The deal with Torre brings back to the Dodger dugout a measure of star quality that the team hasn’t had since the days of Tommy Lasorda, whose last season was 1996. “Joe Torre is one of the most respected men in the game of baseball,” owner Frank McCourt said in announcing Torre’s hiring Thursday. “As a player, a broadcaster, a manager and in his life off the field, Joe is a winner through and through. “As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Dodgers moving to Los Angeles, we will again have a Hall of Fame-caliber manager at the helm. Joe’s dedication, desire and ability will help lead the Dodgers to our ultimate goal – – a world championship.” Torre has a 2,067-1,770 lifetime record as a major league manager, ranking eighth in career victories. No manager has ever joined a new team with as many victories as Torre. His 76 postseason victories are the most by a major league manager, thanks in large measure to a third tier of playoffs beginning in 1995. Joe Torre is scheduled to be introduced as the new manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers today, four days after he was named to the position, sparking hope among fans that the future Hall of Famer would end the team’s 19 years of postseason futility. Torre, 67, will be introduced at a center field news conference at Dodger Stadium. The team is taking the rare step of holding an outdoor news conference because of the expected throng of media, both from Southern California and New York, where Torre managed the Yankees for the past 12 years, guiding them to 12 playoff berths, six American League pennants and four World Series championships. Torre’s hiring came two weeks after he turned down an incentive-laden contract with a reported $5 million base salary to remain with the Yankees. Terms of Torre’s three-year contract with the Dodgers were not disclosed. A report on Major League Baseball’s Web site,, estimated the deal was worth $14.5 million. last_img read more


first_imgA GROUP of 12 ambitious seafood entrepreneurs from County Donegal have become the first in the North West region to benefit from a new intensive business development programme, writes Kitty O’Mara.The official graduation ceremony took place yesterday in the Villa Rose Hotel, Ballybofey.The Donegal Seafood Development Programme was introduced in the North East region after a similar syllabus was made available to participants in coastal communities in West Cork and Wexford. Aimed at both start-up and existing seafood enterprises, the course was co-ordinated by BIM, the Seafood Development Agency, in conjunction with Donegal County Enterprise Board. Training and mentoring support was delivered by James Burke and Associates. The course is target driven and tailored to each of the company’s specific needs, providing the companies with the necessary tools to achieve their business objectives.Participants were mentored in core areas of business development including strategic planning, market trends and distribution and route to market. The entrepreneurs were also given a talk from one of Ireland’s most well known business men and entrepreneurs, Bobby Kerr (chief executive of Insomnia and one of the dragons on RTE’s Dragons’ Den).To get to grips with what is required to run a successful seafood business, the participants were given a tour of seafood businesses in Howth, Co Dublin. The group were given an insight into merchant seafood retailing from some of the famous seafood retailers in Howth including Nicki’s Plaice. To learn more about distribution in the retail market, the group visited Oceanpath, one of Ireland’s most successful seafood processors and met Lenny Fearon, executive chef from the Convention Centre Dublin, to understand the quality demands for seafood at larger functions.Donal Buckley, business development and innovation manager BIM, believes that the new programme has ensured that local seafood companies are fully-prepared for the opportunities and challenges of a contemporary marketplace: “We’re confident that the Donegal Seafood Development Programme will mean a boost for local seafood companies that are determined to strengthen their entrepreneurial skills and strategically develop their businesses. Donegal is renowned for its quality seafood and the fishing industry is vital to the local economy. The demands of the marketplace mean that businesses in the region have to rethink and reposition themselves to ensure the products they are offering are innovative and value-added. After nearly ten months’ intensive training, it is exciting to see that some of the companies have used what they have learnt on the course to develop a number of new products which, if brought to market, will generate sales and jobs for the Donegal area.”As a next step, BIM are in consultation with Letterkenny IT to develop a Seafood Innovation Hub in the northwest which will offer companies product development facilities and access to trained graduates to assist in growing their business capabilities.BUSINESSES MAKE MOST OF THE DONEGAL CATCH was last modified: October 27th, 2011 by BrendaShare 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:BallybofeyBIMGreencastleKillybegsLetterkenny ITlast_img read more


first_imgJoanne Sweeney-Burke has qualified for the final of TV3’s The Apprentice.The Donegal businesswoman put in another solid performance to end up on the winning side.She may not have known much about her task in selling cars but her organisation skills proved she still has plenty to offer millionaire car dealer Bill Cullen. And the Downings woman proved she’s a real diamond after Bill sent her and her team-mates Eugene and Noel to jewelry giant Boodles.And Joanne even came away with a little present.But the real present for Joanne was reaching the final four of the competition.Joanne will now go forward with Eugene, Noel and Maurice to the final and the chance to become Bill’s new partner in business. A source close to Joanne said everything is there for the taking.“She is in the final and that’s where she wanted to be form the start.“Donegal can be very proud of Joanne and she will certainly give the lads a run for their money next week.”But will Joanne hear the golden words “You are hired’ from Bill next week?Only time will tell. IT’S CHAMPAGNE FOR JOANNE AS SHE REACHES THE FINAL OF THE APPRENTICE was last modified: December 13th, 2011 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)last_img read more

Dream rides stun drivers

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson The show’s organizers expect 1 million visitors to stroll through the Los Angeles Convention Center during the 10-day event, with as many as 75,000 arriving Friday. While they wandered around, car fanciers could observe everything from the new Toyota Yaris subcompact to Lamborghinis and Ferraris that have waiting lists years long and price tags comparable to small houses. “It’s a great day for dreamers today,” said Thomas Lucero, a Whittier truck driver who brought his two young children to examine Land Rovers. “They’ve been getting in every car they can. They’ve already informed me what they want to drive, so I’ll get myself something I can enjoy for the next few years until they start driving.” Lucero had a somewhat practical side to his dreaming, pricing cars and comparing features without the pressure of a sales-room environment. After seeing the latest Land Rover Discoveries, he decided he’d try to find a used one to take on camping trips. In the next hall over, where silver-skinned Porsches took up a showroom of their own, Kurt Hammell had far less realistic ideas in mind. The construction estimator drove in from Yorba Linda with no misconceptions that he’d ever be able to take any of the exotic beauties home – and he didn’t seem to mind at all. “I have high-end tastes without the pocketbook to go with it,” he said. “No family-friendly vehicles, not in my garage. The Ferrari F 430 Spyder’s pretty nice, but I’d have to sell the house and live in the car.” Brent Hopkins, (818) 713-3738 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! In the eye of an enthusiast, a new Cadillac’s not just a car, but a four-wheeled vision of a better world. Fernando Meza, an X-ray technician from Moorpark, drove his Ford pickup to the Greater Los Angeles Auto Show on Friday, the first day of public viewing, to check out new models with a pair of young friends. Though he considers himself more of a truck guy, he soon was behind the wheel of a Cadillac XLR convertible, his ponytailed head nearly poking above the top of the windshield. “Everyone’s trying to outdo everyone else,” he said, stepping out of the sleek black droptop to marvel. “It’s totally different in here – no beat-up cars like we have. Everything’s so nice and shiny.” That’s why people come to goggle over the pristine new rides, to run their fingers over wooden gear shift nobs and kick impeccably shiny tires. Whether eyeing a $40,000 Saleen S331 sport truck or a $380,000 Maybach 57 S, car lovers looked at the exotic rides and envisioned themselves behind the wheel. last_img read more

Top teams featured

first_img Five counties: Mike DiCato (171) and Dunn (125 after missing the 119 limit by three-tenths of a pound) led performances by Royal in the 41st annual Five Counties Tournament at Fountain Valley. Both advanced to the third round of the championship bracket on the opening day, when the Highlanders had six championship-bracket victories. Jon Quezada (140), Brian Stockton (152) and Miguel Rivera (215) also posted first-round wins for Royal. First-year coach Richard Carrillo – he directed Chatsworth to the 2004 City Section championship – was pleased with his team’s effort in a meet that is annually one of the toughest in the state. “We don’t come in here expecting to rule it,” said Carrillo, whose Highlanders are defending Southern Section Div. V Dual Meet champions. “But we want to come in here and do a good job, get some experience against some higher-level wrestlers and see how we’re doing.” Marmonte crucial: No. 6 Thousand Oaks (17-3) takes a 3-1 Marmonte League record into its home match against No. 5-ranked Simi Valley (4-0, 4-0) Thursday, one of the biggest league clashes of the season. “The winner probably will go to the (Southern Section Div. V) Dual Meet tournament,” said Thousand Oaks coach Kerry Lyne, whose Lancers tuned up by going 6-2 and finishing second in the Bobby Loughridge Tournament. Dave Shelburne, (818) 713-3609!dtpost end!DAILY NEWS TOP 10 1. Royal 2. San Fernando 3. Crespi 4. Highland 5. Simi Valley 6. Thousand Oaks 7. Agoura 8. Antelope Valley 9. El Camino Real 10. Birmingham 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Defending champion Highland High of Palmdale and four other teams ranked in the Daily News top five are in the field for Saturday’s Sam De John wrestling tournament at San Fernando. Fourth-ranked Highland, coached by former San Fernando wrestler Mike Young, has won its Bobby Loughridge Tournament, the Quartz Hill Rebel Classic and the Eagle Invitational at Lancaster this season. The Bulldogs come in with seven wrestlers with at least 20 season victories, including two-time Golden League champion Josh Purpus at 125 pounds. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita St. John Bosco of Bellflower, which won the Sam De John title in 2004, defending City Section champion Bell and area City teams El Camino Real of Woodland Hills, Chatsworth and Birmingham of Lake Balboa also are in the field. The Sam De John Tournament is named after the late San Fernando coach who helped wrestling become a sanctioned City sport in the 1960s. The Tigers, now coached by Fernando Gonzalez, share the City record with 10 titles. Highland’s Young, who has excelled as a coach and teacher – he has a state-best 601 career victories and was the Antelope Valley School District teacher of the year for 2004-05 – has fond memories wrestling for De John, who died in 2003, at San Fernando. “He was a man who really changed my life and the lives of a lot of other people, and he’s someone I really miss,” Young said. “He’s the one who inspired me to go into coaching and to go for my Master’s degree.” Saturday’s competition begins at 9 a.m. The first of 14 weight-class finals is scheduled to start about 6 p.m. center_img Top-ranked Royal of Simi Valley has the state’s third-ranked 119-pounder in Kevin Dunn, a junior who is a two-time Masters Meet participant. No. 2 San Fernando has three City Section champions – 2005 City winners Ruben Saenz (now 140) and Mike Solis (now 152) and Santos Delgadillo, the 2004 City heavyweight titlist who won that weight class at the West Covina tournament last week. No. 3 Crespi of Encino has a three-tournament winner in Lamar Reed (152) and defending Sam De John heavyweight titlist Sione Fua, who has won two tournaments this season. No. 5 Simi Valley has a two-tournament winner in Mikey Murphy (125). last_img read more