West Ham star confident of early return after latest injury blow

first_imgWest Ham star Enner Valencia says he is on the comeback trail – but admits he feared the worst when he injured his ankle against Everton.Valencia has already missed three months of action this season after sustaining knee and ankle injuries against Astra in the Europa League back in July.He returned in October as a second-half substitute against Watford but disaster struck in just his second match back when he picked up an ankle injury after a tackle by Everton’s Seamus Coleman.He has been told by an ankle specialist that the problem will keep him out of action until the New Year – but Valencia says he is working hard to come back ahead of schedule.He told whufc.com: “Thank God the injury isn’t quite as bad as initially thought. I hope to be back as soon as possible.“I was worried when the injury happened. When I clashed with the Everton player I feared it might be the same problem (as before) but it wasn’t, it was a minor ligament issue.“I’m following all the doctor’s advice and despite wearing a boot, my aim is to get back as soon as possible.“The first injury I suffered here was the first serious injury in my career, it was very tough but I was very impressed by how good the medical team are here.“They do an amazing job and I was able to return three weeks earlier than expected. Now more than ever I need to put my faith in them, continue to work hard and hopefully not get many injuries in the future.” 1 Enner Valencia last_img read more

‘We have always had a good unity and stuck together,’ – Swansea City boss Garry Monk insists his job is safe

first_imgSwansea manager Garry Monk has moved to dismiss further speculation linking him with an exit from the Liberty Stadium.Monk guided Swansea to a record-high eighth-placed finish in the Premier League, but his side are currently on a bad run of form.The Swans, 14th in this year’s Premier League after 12 matches, have won just one of their last eight matches – and just three all season.Recent reports have suggested chairman Huw Jenkins is ready to bring in a more experienced boss.“Look, I’ve got a fantastic relationship with the chairman and he’s very supportive towards me, I’ve said this before,” Monk said, ahead of the return of club football after the international break, where Swansea host Bournemouth.“I am fully aware [of the pressure].“What you learn from management in recent years is that if you’re not getting results, it obviously creates pressure.“I don’t spend my time focussing on that, I focus on trying to put things right, to show your strength of character and how you feel about these situations with the players.“On the football pitch, you try to focus on the things we can improve from and try put that right.”After last season’s on-field success in the 36-year-old’s first full campaign in charge, Jenkins said Monk was the best manager in the South Wales side’s history and later in the summer he was being touted as a potential future England manager.Commenting about his understanding with Swansea and its board of directors, Monk added:“In terms of my relationship with the club and the situation we are in, of course I am well aware of it and things need to improve but the chairman, the fans, the club itself – we have always had a good unity, stuck together and been very supportive.“It gives you great confidence to try and go forward and make sure we progress as a club and a team in the next few games.”last_img read more

Watch: All the goals as Luis Suarez, Neymar and Barcelona humbled Real Madrid

first_img3-0 Andres Iniesta 1 2-0 Neymar Luis Suarez center_img Barcelona put in a performance to remember as they tore apart a poor Real Madrid 4-0 at the Bernabeu on Saturday evening.Luis Suarez scored either side of goals from Neymar and Andrea Iniesta while Los Blancos substitute Isco saw red for a terrible kick on Barca’s Brazilian superstar.See all the goals below and let us know what you think of them!1-0 Luis Suarez 4-0 Luis Suarezlast_img

Chelsea transfer gold: The Blues sign Ballon d’Or winner

first_img George Weah lifted the FA Cup with Chelsea 1 On 12 January 2000 Chelsea signed a Ballon d’Or winner on loan and he made an instant impact.George Weah had become the first African player to win the old version of the Ballon d’Or, when he was crowned European Footballer of the Year in 1995, as well as claiming FIFA’s World Player of the Year award that same year.After five years with AC Milan in Serie A, the Liberian was tempted to Stamford Bridge in January 2000 by the Blues’ Italian manager, Gianluca Vialli.And Chelsea fans didn’t have to wait long to find out if the 34-year-old Weah still had it, because he was given clearance to play for the club on the same day he signed, in a London derby with Tottenham.Vialli brought Weah on as a substitute with half an hour to play and he duly scored the only goal of the game with three minutes left.“It’s a good beginning,” said Weah. And it was soon to get even better, as he helped Chelsea reach the FA Cup final.Having scored five goals in 14 matches for the club, Weah started the FA Cup final against Aston Villa – the last final to be played at the old Wembley – and helped the Blues win 1-0.It turned out to be his last game for Chelsea, as Weah was snapped up by Manchester City later that summer.A spell with Marseille followed, before Weah wound down his career in the United Arab Emirates.Here’s a reminder of how good Weah was, as he scored the winner and created Chelsea’s other goal in a 2-1 win over Leicester, en route to FA Cup glory 16 years ago…last_img read more

Wet floor ends exhibition game

first_imgFrom news services The NBA preseason game between the New Jersey Nets and Boston Celtics was canceled after one half Friday night because of damp court conditions at the DCU Center in Worcester, Mass. Boston led, 36-33, at halftime when the game was called because of condensation forming from ice beneath the floor. The 25-year-old city-owned facility is home to the AHL’s Worcester Sharks, an affiliate of the San Jose Sharks. “The players felt like they were risking injury by playing on the court,” said Danny Ainge, the Celtics director of basketball operations. “They didn’t feel like they could get any footing and they were slipping and sliding, so it was pretty unanimous among the players and the officials and the coaches that the game should be called.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.He said the dampness was noticed earlier in the day, when the outside temperature reached 71 degrees, but it seemed to improve before game time. Around the league Mavericks: Forward Josh Howard was suspended for the first two games of the regular season as punishment for a fight with Sacramento center Brad Miller earlier in the week. Howard was ejected from an exhibition Tuesday against the Kings after delivering a forearm to the back of Miller’s neck. He also pushed Miller, who had shoved Dallas guard Devin Harris to the ground. NBA executive vice president Stu Jackson said Howard escalated the confrontation by running across the court toward Miller and other Kings’ players. Kings: Police plan to send the findings of their sexual assault investigation of Sacramento Kings player Justin Williams to prosecutors, but said they do not know how long that might take. “We will do a complete and thorough investigation and then forward that information to the district attorney,” said Sgt. Matt Young, a spokesman for the Sacramento Police Department. “At that time, it will be up to them on how they’d like to proceed.” On Thursday, police announced they were investigating allegations by a woman in her 20s who said she was sexually assaulted by Williams at his home in the early morning hours of Oct. 12. The player’s attorney, William Portanova, issued a statement calling the allegations against his client “unfounded.” 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

Terror warning for L.A. malls is downplayed

first_imgLos Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Police Chief William Bratton on Thursday downplayed reports of planned terrorist attacks on shopping malls in Los Angeles and Chicago, saying the information was not credible and considered a low-level threat. At a news conference in City Hall, the mayor and chief said the FBI has received similar warnings every holiday season since 9-11. “We have very serious doubts about the veracity and source of this information,” Bratton said. “The information is unsubstantiated and uncorroborated.” Nevertheless, the LAPD and the Mayor’s Office reached out to mall owners to discuss the report. “Al-Qaida has made this threat with this intent of disrupting our way of life and damaging our local economy during the holiday season,” he said. “We have a responsibility to make sure they fail.” Laura Eimiller, an FBI spokeswoman, also played down the threat, saying raw intelligence is regularly shared with law enforcement, even when the value of the information is unknown. “In the post-9-11 era, sharing information is our top priority,” Eimiller said. “Al-Qaida messaging has clearly stated they intend to attack the U.S. or its interests. However, there is no information to state this is a credible threat. As always, we remind people to remain vigilant and report suspicious activity to authorities.” In the South Bay, shopping center managers and police said they were aware of the FBI alert. “We are committed year-round to maintain the safety of our guests and merchants and will continue to be vigilant through the holiday season,” said Laurie Koike, general manager of the South Bay Galleria. “Our comprehensive security program includes a complement of sworn officers as well as a security team that is capable of dealing with situations as they arise,” Koike said. Dave Crespin, a spokesman for the Torrance Police Department, which has jurisdiction over the Del Amo Fashion Center, one of the largest malls in the country, said officers are paying close attention to potential targets for terrorists. “Since 9-11, we’ve re-evaluated the safety of our schools, Torrance airport, our major shopping centers – such as the (Del Amo) mall, and our major businesses such as ExxonMobil,” he said. kerry.cavanaugh@dailynews.com larry.altman@dailybreeze.com City News Service contributed to this article. 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 Bratton and FBI Acting Director Pete Brust said the mall threat was contained in a routine intelligence information report when it was picked up by news agencies. The warning states that “as of August 2007 Al-Qaeda planned to strike U.S. shopping malls in Chicago, Illinois and Los Angeles, California, during the 2007 Christmas season. Al-Qaeda hoped to disrupt the U.S. economy and had been planning the attack for the past two years.” Brust said the FBI distributes thousands of such reports in a year, “in an abundance of caution.” “The good that will come of this release today is that the citizens of Los Angeles will remain vigilant and report suspicious activities to authorities as soon as possible,” he said. Villaraigosa added that the report shouldn’t scare Angelenos away from malls. last_img read more

Back in the public’s eye

first_imgHe first campaigned in 1980, and after 10 years of work and four lost elections, he finally took his seat in 1990, overpowering both incumbents in that contest. He would become the minority in a 4-1 voting bloc during his four years in office, but said he found ways to work with others despite the differences. “I never attacked their administration, so I was able to work with them somewhat,” Mercado said. He said the highlights of his term in office, which included one year as mayor pro tem, includes ordinances that regulated vendors, placed requirements on property maintenance, and allowed residents to use a great percentage of their lots to build homes and additions. Now, Mercado is lighthearted about some of his responsibilities, like chairing the Blue Ribbon Committee. “That’s the fun part,” Mercado said. “The biggest goal I have is just to keep everyone together and informed.” Mercado said he has similar goals for more serious issues within the Planning Commission and the Pico Water District. Among his plans for his term are newsletters for each to tell residents how decisions affect them. According to him, this is especially important for the water district. “People don’t know how serious the water situation is in California,” Mercado said. “I’m willing to have open meetings, public meetings, to get the word out.” Esther Celiz, who heads the Planning Commission and works on the Blue Ribbon Committee, said she enjoys working with Mercado because of that openness and willingness to help. “He’s my right hand,” Celiz said. “He helps me. He’s very informative. You can count on him, because he’s an honest intelligent citizen in our community who cares.” Mayor Ron Beilke said he expects Mercado’s comeback will be long-term, and may even extend beyond his current responsibilities. “He’s been more involved in a lot of other races, supporting candidates, especially on the north side,” Beilke said. “Who knows? He may make a run for council again someday.” airan.scruby@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PICO RIVERA – One former councilman in Pico Rivera is finding himself in the spotlight again as he returns to public life in new roles in his home city. Rick Mercado, 73, served in the Department of Public Works as a building inspector and later became a city councilman in 1990, but lost in the 1994 election to a challenger. Now, however, he is returning to city politics and activism with new goals for the expanding city. “It’s like a turnaround in my life that makes me very happy and excites me a lot,” Mercado said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsAppointed to the Planning Commission by Councilman Bob Archuleta in March, Mercado was elected to the Pico Water District’s Board of Directors this month, and was selected to head the Blue Ribbon Committee, which will plan the city’s 50th anniversary celebrations next year. Officials said they are excited to work with a man they consider a source of city memories and wisdom. “He’s definitely one of our elder statesmen, if not the elder statesman in Pico Rivera,” Mercado said. “I know that since I’ve been in office, I’ve turned to him many times for advice and direction.” Mercado and his wife, Lydia Mae, moved to Pico Rivera in 1965, buying the house they still live in on Bridgeview Avenue. In 1972, he got a job working for the city in Public Works, and after taking college courses and applying a few times, he got a job as a building inspector in 1979. “Then I decided I wanted to find out if I could go ahead and take a seat on the City Council,” Mercado said. last_img read more

Claudio Ranieri: ‘We are fighting; it’s a crazy league and anything can happen’

first_img1 Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri has urged the Foxes to take advantage of a ‘crazy’ season in the Premier League.The Italian has guided Leicester to the top of the table, much to the amazement of rival – and perhaps home – supporters.They host Newcastle on Monday with Rafa Benitez taking charge of the Magpies for the first time after Steve McClaren was sacked on Friday.Leicester’s five-point lead will be cut to two by Tottenham if Spurs beat Aston Villa on Sunday, but Ranieri knows it is an unpredictable year.“The league this year is crazy,” he said. “You know my ideas. I still have these ideas. Every decade or 20 years, something strange could happen.“For this reason, we are fighting because it’s a crazy league and anything could happen. We have to fight and at the end we can say, ‘We have achieved this’.“I said there were five games (for the international break this month) and then I can say what we can do. Now I am focused on Newcastle. The three points are very important for us.”Ranieri has consistently played down Leicester’s title chances, despite the Foxes being in the top four since October.They are now title favourites after being 5000-1 for the crown at the start of the season. Claudio Ranieri has guided Leicester City to the top of the Premier League table last_img read more

Job Vacancy: Leading vet requires dog groomer

first_imgA leading Co Donegal vet requires a dog groomer for an immediate start.The Old Church Veterinary Hospital in Ballyshannon is one of the leading vets practises in the North-West.Candidates must be qualified with at least 1 years experience in a salon environment. A passion, love and care for animals is a must with the highest standards of professionalism and presentation required.This is a full-time position.If you think this is the position for you then please email laura.doherty@oldchurchvets.com Job Vacancy: Leading vet requires dog groomer was last modified: August 29th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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:Ballyshannondog groomerjobOld Church VetVacancylast_img read more

MAMMY’S WINNING MATCHES! RORY LAYS ON LANZAROTE WELCOME (AND JIMMY) FOR MUM

first_imgSURE there’s a smile to the warm the heart of a proud mother.Rory Gallagher and Senegal Jimmy made sure Rory’s mum got the warmest of welcomes in Lanzarote this week.And they’ll all be cheering on Donegal from Rory’s pub on the island this Sunday. Suspect a certain song might get a good airing? MAMMY’S WINNING MATCHES! RORY LAYS ON LANZAROTE WELCOME (AND JIMMY) FOR MUM was last modified: July 17th, 2013 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)last_img read more