Disgraced former FIFA vice-president Jack Warner has been banned for life by FIFA’s ethics committee and described as a “key player” involved in illegal payments.Warner, who is fighting extradiction from Trinidad to the USA on corruption charges, resigned from FIFA in 2011 following a bribery scandal and has not been involved since then.FIFA’s ethics committee opened an investigation into Warner earlier this year and has now banned him for life from football-related activities.A statement from the ethics committee said: “Mr Warner was found to have committed many and various acts of misconduct continuously and repeatedly during his time as an official in different high-ranking and influential positions at FIFA and CONCACAF.“In his positions as a football official, he was a key player in schemes involving the offer, acceptance, and receipt of undisclosed and illegal payments, as well as other money-making schemes.”The ban is effective from September 25, 2015, the date on which the present decision was notified.Warner claims there is no coincidence that his ban has been announced at the same time that Blatter and Michel Platini are themselves under scrutiny from the ethics committee.In an email to Press Association Sport on Tuesday he said: “I left the FIFA in April 2011 and if in September 2015 the FIFA wants to ban me for life without even a hearing then so be it. “I do not believe however that this will serve as the distraction to the FIFA’s present problems as the FIFA wishes it to be.“Given what is happening in Zurich with Blatter I wish to say that there is no such thing as coincidence.” 1 Former FIFA vice-president Jack Warner
Benfica are close to tying Manchester United target Nicolas Gaitan down to a new contract, according to reports in Portugal.As talkSPORT told you this week, Benfica boss Rui Vitoria is desperate to keep hold of the winger amid ever-increasing interest from Old Trafford.The 27-year-old signed a contract until 2018 last November, with a release clause of £25million included.However, Benfica want to boost that figure even higher and offer the Argentinian another pay rise in order to keep him happy.And now, according to A Bola, Gaitan’s agent Jose Iribarren is set to fly to Lisbon next week in order to thrash out a new deal with Benfica officials. 1 Benfica star Nicolas Gaitan (c)
Emre Can finishes from close range to put Liverpool back on level terms Emre Can scored the equalising goal to put Liverpool level against Rubin Kazan in the Europa League. The German midfielder could have had another and his all-round performance showed football fans alike why the Reds paid Bayer Leverkusen a reported £10million for his services. Former boss Brendan Rodgers played Can, 21, in various positions last season including on the right side of a three-man defence. But new manager Jurgen Klopp played him in midfield against the Russian side and he certainly impressed. Starting with former Red Djimi Traore, here is what some Liverpool fans had to say… 1
1 Stephen Tudor of TheDaisyCutter.co.uk explains why the Manchester derby is a test of Louis van Gaal’s cherished football philosphy…The much-discussed purist ‘philosophy’ that has been imposed upon Manchester United by Louis Van Gaal has finally brought moments of brilliance this season, not least the 44 passes that led to their decisive third away to Southampton last month.Three goals apiece against Liverpool and Everton are certainly not to be sniffed at either. Yet there remains legitimate concern that all too often the Dutchman’s possession-equals-control approach shackles spontaneity and at times is starkly reminiscent of that 1997 episode of The Simpsons that damned soccer for being deathly dull.You may recall the residents of Springfield were excitedly enticed to a former internment camp to watch Mexico take on Portugal to determine which nation is ‘the greatest on earth’.The feverish atmosphere, however, soon gives way to ennui as the South Americans listlessly knock the ball around their defence and briefly into midfield. Meanwhile, the commentating Kent Brockman slides into a comatose state as a riot ensues. The arrival of Anthony Martial has certainly electrified proceedings of late, adding some sorely needed end product to the ponderous assembly of safe passes that United are frequently guilty of hypnotising themselves with, but Van Gaal would be unwise in the extreme to rely on the 19 year old to singularly provide it this weekend.Not in a derby, a game that always necessitates its own unique narrative and rules; a game that would keep even Kent Brockman glued to the edge of his seat. This was something Sir Alex Ferguson understood implicitly and, quite frankly, so too should Van Gaal after bossing countless fiery local affairs in Holland, Spain and Germany.Yet at the Etihad last November his team selection was at odds with the combative demands of a neighbourly dispute, his deployment of Januzaj over Carrick a blatant attempt to go like-for-like with a side in City whose model of play was already deeply embedded.A Manchester derby is no time for experimentation and inevitably United’s brittle ideals unravelled before them, that split-second for each player to consider their roles a split-second too long as Toure and Milner clattered into them urged on by a fanatical home crowd. Fast forward five months to the corresponding Old Trafford clash and lessons had been learned, but only after an opening ten minute spell of dominance from the visitors that left United chasing shadows seemingly unprepared with their shirt sleeves still rolled down.What we witnessed there, on the ten minute mark, was a rare occurrence: the Iron Tulip acknowledging this game above all others is requiring of passion and fight as much as philosophy, abandoning his beloved folder, and allowing his players to let rip.Fellaini was stationed out wide for a combustible tussle with Zabaleta, long balls were launched, and United went hell for leather.This is nothing like as straightforward as long ball over possession football, but rather an acceptance that in war lofty intentions will always be found trampled in the dirt. United are a very different beast to last season and in Schneiderlin and Schweinsteiger they possess two of the best midfielders around in mixing things up, while Rooney will surely be turned up to 11 as is customary for this game. Will Van Gaal utilise the uglier elements he has at his disposal or be too proud to once more put a scowl on the face of his philosophy even just for ninety minutes? Hubris can be costly and especially so in the searing confines of a local derby.If he is intent on sending his team out to pass and win ‘pure’ this Sunday it could very well be costly indeed.To read more from Stephen Tudor, follow @TheDaisyCutter1 on Twitter Louis van Gaal
1 Romelu Lukaku is fit to lead the Everton line at Manchester City after recovering from an ankle problem.Defender Ramiro Funes Mori is also available despite needing 10 stitches in a head wound at the weekend while Tim Howard will return in goal after making way for Joel Robles in the cups.But midfielder Tom Cleverley (ankle) is rated 50/50 and full-back Seamus Coleman will be out for a couple more weeks with a calf injury.Provisional squad: Howard, Robles, Stones, Jagielka, Funes Mori, Galloway, Gibson, Osman, Mirallas, Lennon, Kone, Baines, Besic, Pienaar, Barry, Barkley, Deulofeu, Oviedo. Romelu Lukaku
Ray Stubbs was joined by Tony Evans and Andy Dillon to cast their eye over the main sporting stories, including another weekend of action-packed football.
11 13. Adrian (goalkeeper) 11 11 27. Dimitri Payet (left wing) 11 29. Emmanuel Emenike (striker) 11 11 11 30. Michail Antonio (right back) 3. Aaron Cresswell (left back) – click the arrow above, right, to see the predicted West Ham line up v Tottenham in squad number order 11 16. Mark Noble (centre midfield) 11 19. James Collins (centre back) 14. Pedro Obiang (centre midfield) 11 28. Manuel Lanzini (right wing) 21. Angelo Ogbonna (centre back) West Ham United certainly aren’t leaving Upton Park quietly, having gone unbeaten in east London since August – and now they have the chance to derail Tottenham’s Premier League title bid.Spurs go into the game knowing a victory will take them top but the Hammers faithful will want their men to do anything in their power to put a stop to that.Slaven Bilic, though, faces a selection headache at the Boleyn Ground after Sam Byram was ruled out through suspension due to his 10th yellow card of the season.This means the Croatian is without a senior right back, while possible deputies James Tomkins, Winston Reid, Joey O’Brien are all absent through injuries. Enner Valencia also remains on the sidelines.So what will the West Ham XI look like against Tottenham? Click the right arrow above to see our prediction… 11 8. Cheikhou Kouyate (centre midfield)
Heck, blame it on the goofy interview with Mr. Taco Bell just as Game 2 was starting to grab our attention. But don’t blame Holliday and the Rockies, who tried their best but simply may be in over their heads against this Red Sox team. The first World Series game ever played in this mile-high city began ominously enough when Jacoby Ellsbury led off with a swinging bunt for a single. By then, Rockies fans had already cheered themselves hoarse, perhaps figuring it wouldn’t be long before they had nothing to cheer about. The rest of America likely wasn’t nearly as interested because, well, it was Saturday night and they already had their free tacos cinched. Ellsbury took care of that himself in Game 1, eliminating much of the suspense from a Series now so lopsided that even an offer of free burritos and nachos won’t be enough to get anyone outside the Red Sox Nation to tune in for the official coronation in Game 4. The Rockies added a little drama late, drawing to within 6-5 on Holliday’s home run. But, just like that, the Red Sox came back to score three in the eighth. And just like that, this World Series is about to mercifully come to an end. Not that many will notice, because a fall classic watched regularly in 42 million homes just 25 years ago is now lucky to get a third of those households today. Even those who invested nearly four and a half hours of their life in the game had to battle to stay awake as it neared 1 a.m. on the East Coast. Those who did know it wasn’t rust or the magic of Fenway Park that cost the Rockies the first two games, spoiling the prevailing theories among Colorado fans. They can’t figure out how a team that won 21 out of 22 to get in the Series could look so bad once the opening pitch was thrown. So let’s try theory No. 3 – these Red Sox are just that good. They have to be. The only other possible explanation is that the Rockies have long since used up their entire ration of baseball luck getting here. For those keeping score at home, the Red Sox have now won six straight, beginning with a 7-1 win over Cleveland that was the first baby step in crawling out of a 3-1 hole and winning the American League pennant. Even more impressive is the way they’ve gone about their business. The formula on this night was much the same as the previous five games, with a starting pitcher going deep and a team built for power scraping together enough hits at just the right time to score in bunches. The bullpen wasn’t as good as advertised, but in the end it didn’t need to be. The stats tell the tale. They always do in baseball. Josh Beckett’s ERA is minuscule, David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez always seem to get the clutch hits, and once the ball is turned over to Jonathan Papelbon the game is over. The only stat you really need to know, though, is this: In six games, the Red Sox have outscored two awfully good teams, 55-12. Actually, take away the Yankees, that silly curse talk, and countless years of heartbreak, and it looks a lot like 2004 all over again. This is a different Red Sox team, of course, with just seven players from the ’04 team on the roster. But it has taken a very similar route to success as the team that rallied from a 3-0 deficit to the Yankees to sweep St.Louis in the World Series. Soon, the champagne will flow, and tacos will be free across the land.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! COMMENTARY: Colorado hasn’t choked. Boston made this a one-sided World Series. By Tim Dahlberg THE ASSOCIATED PRESS DENVER – Three hours into a Rocky Mountain snoozer, something happened Saturday night that might make millions of Americans think twice next time about turning off their television sets and tuning out the World Series. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.No, it wasn’t another free taco offer. But this was nearly as good. The Colorado Rockies almost did something to make the Series worth watching. Matt Holliday made it happen with a three-run screamer that warmed up and woke up the home fans, who were just starting to come to grips with the fact that their team’s magical run was soon going to end. He gave them hope, along with a chance to stand up and thaw out their frozen hands and feet in a game that, at times, seemed it was never going to end. Ultimately, it came too late and wasn’t nearly enough. Then again, that’s the story of a postseason that has gone long and late but ultimately failed to deliver. Blame that on the late starts and the extra days off demanded by television. Blame it on a series of mismatches followed by a World Series that is a mismatch.
Q: How long has my favorite magazine, Consumer Reports, been around? – N.F., Santa Rosa A: In May 1936, a 24-page magazine called Consumers Union Reports hit the newsstands, with the cover story: “Grade A Versus Grade B Milk.” Other articles scrutinized the effectiveness of Alka-Seltzer, argued that credit unions were better than banks and discussed the use of lead paint in toy manufacturing. The name change to Consumer Reports occurred in 1942. Did you know ? Actress Claudette Colbert’s real name is Lily Claudette Chauchoin? Colbert was her paternal grandmother’s maiden name. Q: On the TV show “Cheers,” what was the name of the restaurant that was above the watering hole? – V.L.K., Palm Beach, Fla. A: Melville’s Fine Sea Food. Q: When was NASCAR organized? What was the first NASCAR event to run 500 miles? – B.K., Knoxville, Tenn. A: William France Sr. founded the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) on Feb. 21, 1948, in Daytona Beach, Fla. The first NASCAR-sanctioned race, scheduled for 500 miles, was the Southern 500 in 1950, held at Darlington Raceway, near Darlington, S.C. Q: In August 1969, the Woodstock Music and Art Fair was held on Max Yasgur’s dairy farm in Bethel, N.Y. What happened to Max afterwards? – M.K.L., Santa Fe, N.M. A: Max Yasgur sold the farm less than two years after the festival. He died of a heart attack in 1973 at the age of 53. Q: In the movie “Smokey and the Bandit,” starring Burt Reynolds, Sally Field, Jackie Gleason and Jerry Reed, what were the names of the characters played by Reynolds and Gleason? – L.T.R., Wall, S.D. A: Jackie Gleason portrayed Sheriff Buford T. Justice, while Burt Reynolds played Bo Darville, aka Bandit. His partner was Cledus “Snowman” Snow (Reed). Bandit and Snowman are CB handles. The film was released in 1977. Q: What is the smallest number that is equally divisible by all the digits from two to 10? – V.S.E., Fairhope, Ala. A: I don’t know of any number smaller than 2,520. Q: What is the most popular participant sport in the world? – J.T., Flint, Mich. A: I can’t find an answer to this, but I would say fishing. Does anyone have another idea? Q: What does the name Venezuela mean? – G.R., Columbus, Ohio A: First, a mini-history lesson. Christopher Columbus became the first European to visit Venezuela in 1498, during his third voyage to the New World. The following year, more explorers came. One of those, Alonso de Ojeda, admired the stilted houses that Indians constructed above Lake Maracaibo. Impressed, he named the country Venezuela, meaning “Little Venice” in Spanish. Q: Our church will soon be celebrating its 150th anniversary. Fifty years ago, we celebrated the centennial anniversary and in 50 years, we will celebrate our bicentenary anniversary. What do you call the 150th anniversary? – M.T.T., Santa Rosa, Calif. A: Your church will be celebrating its sesquicentennial. Send your questions to Mr. Know-It-All at firstname.lastname@example.org or c/o United Feature Syndicate, 200 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10016160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Question: My father never talked much about his experiences during World War II. He spent most of the war in Europe. He did talk about a German counterpart to Japan’s Tokyo Rose. – C.T., El Paso, Texas Answer: He was probably referring to Mildred Gillars (1900-1988) – better known as “Axis Sally.” Born Mildred Elizabeth Sisk in Portland, Maine, Gillars aspired to be an actress, but met little success. She dropped out of Ohio Wesleyan University and moved to Germany to study music in 1935. While there, she accepted a job as an announcer with Radio Berlin, where she remained until Germany fell in 1945. (Her last broadcast was May 6, 1945.) Captured and returned to the United States in 1948, she faced charges of treason. Found guilty on one count, Gillars was sentenced to 10 to 30 years in prison. After her parole in 1961, Gillars moved to a convent. She taught English and German at a Catholic prep school and returned to Ohio Wesleyan, where she earned her degree. She died of natural causes at the age of 87. Q: How many years and how many episodes of “The Ed Sullivan Show” aired? The show was also titled “Toast of the Town.” When was the name changed? AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre – H.G., Cortland, N.Y. A: “Toast of the Town,” a television variety show hosted by entertainment columnist Ed Sullivan (1901-1974), hit the airwaves in 1948. The program changed its name to “The Ed Sullivan Show” in 1955; it came to an end in 1971 – after 1,087 episodes. Q: In the movie “Absence of Malice,” what was the name of the newspaper that employed Sally Field? – P.N.L., Walker, La. A: Megan Carter, the character played by Sally Field, was a reporter for the Miami Standard in the 1981 film.
Toyota were top selling car for January in Donegal.Donegal is showing signs of recovery if new care sales are anything to go by.Figures just released show a total of 755 new cars were registered in January – up 25% on the same period for 2014.The top selling car with 130 was Toyota followed by Volkswagen with 96 cars and then Hyundai with 79, Skoda with 48 and Ford with 45. There is also expected to be another surge in the second half of the year with the new upgraded 151 plate.DONEGAL CAR SALES FOR JANUARY SUGGEST WE’RE ON THE ROAD TO RECOVERY! was last modified: February 6th, 2015 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)