Liverpool fans can be a trigger-happy, unforgiving bunch and their latest wave of discontent is directed at Roberto Firmino.The Brazilian was largely anonymous again for the Reds as they played out a dreadful 0-0 draw with Sion – which ensured they finished top of Europa League Group B.Since demolishing Manchester City’s defence in tandem with compatriot Philippe Coutinho, Firmino has cut a frustrated figure and again looked unimpressive.In fairness to him, he wasn’t the only one in freezing conditions in Switzerland.Still, that didn’t stop Liverpool fans taking to Twitter to debate his worth: [View the story “‘Firmino quickly becoming another Bruno Cheyrou’” on Storify] 1 Roberto Firmino
2 Have a look at the next three fixtures of Leicester and their Premier League title rivals 2 Leicester pulled further clear at the top of the league when Tottenham and Arsenal settled for a point in the north London derby.Riyad Mahrez’s winner against Watford has them sitting five points ahead and here, talkSPORT looks at theirs, as well as their rivals’ next few Premier League games.Liverpool, Tottenham and Man United all have Europa League games to contend with in between, while FA Cup fixtures mean some domestic clashes are postponed. NEXT THREE LEAGUE GAMESLeicester: Newcastle (home), Crystal Palace (away), Southampton (home)Tottenham: Aston Villa (away), Bournemouth (home), Liverpool (away)Arsenal: West Brom (home), Everton (away), Watford (home)Man City: Norwich (away), Man United (home), Bournemouth (away)West Ham: Watford (home, postponed), Chelsea (away), Crystal Palace (away)Man United: Crystal Palace (home, postponed), Man City (away), Everton (home)AT THE BOTTOMSunderland: Everton (home, postponed) Newcastle (away), West Brom (home)Norwich: Man City (home), West Brom (away), Newcastle (home)Newcastle: Leicester (away), Sunderland (home), Norwich (away)And not that it matters, but here are Aston Villa’s:Tottenham (home)Swansea (away)Chelsea (home)
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! This country is justifiably proud of its press freedoms, but on one count – a federal shield law for reporters – an important guarantee is missing. ? Example A is the BALCO (Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative) case. Two (San Francisco) Chronicle reporters cited secret federal grand jury testimony to detail a world of drug use that taints baseball. Within months, the sport began a crackdown on the problem, a step that likely would never have happened had the steroid story remained secret. But the reporters faced prison time for refusing to name their source when (federal) prosecutors demanded their sources. ? It’s not an isolated case. The Newspaper Association of America found more than 40 reporters and media outlets were challenged in federal court to produce confidential material. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas City? (A shield) measure (now before the Senate Judiciary Committee) would oblige reporters to reveal a source in the name of national security or imminent danger, two acceptable exceptions. ? The shield measures would ? recognize (that) confidential sources are essential to reporting the news – and protecting the public’s right to know. – San Francisco Chronicle
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Iraqi police and hospital officials, who often overstate casualties, reported only 15 deaths including three children. Iraqi government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh said all the dead were civilians. Al-Dabbagh said on CNN that Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, a Shiite, had met with the U.S. commander in Iraq, Gen. David Petraeus, to protest the action. Associated Press photos showed the bodies of two toddlers, one with a gouged face, swaddled in blankets on a morgue floor. Their shirts were pulled up, exposing their abdomens, and a diaper showed above the waistband of one boy’s shorts. Relatives said the children were killed when helicopter gunfire hit their house as they slept. One local resident said some of the casualties were people sleeping on roofs to seek relief from the heat and lack of electricity. The Iraqi officials said 52 were wounded in the raid on the sprawling district. The U.S. military said it was not aware of any civilian casualties, and the discrepancy in the death tolls and accounts of what happened could not be reconciled. American commanders reported no U.S. casualties. IRAQ: Attack that some say killed children was part of a raid to capture a rogue militia chief. By Steven R. Hurst THE ASSOCIATED PRESS BAGHDAD – The U.S. military said its forces killed an estimated 49 militants during a dawn raid to capture an Iranian-linked militia chief in Baghdad’s Sadr City enclave, one of the highest tolls for a single operation since President Bush declared an end to active combat in 2003. The raid on the dangerous Shiite slum was aimed at capturing an alleged rogue militia chief, one of thousands of fighters who have broken with Muqtada al-Sadr’s mainstream Mahdi Army. The military did not say if the man was captured. He was also not named. The Shiite cleric has ordered gunmen loyal to him to put down their arms. But thousands of followers dissatisfied with being taken out of the fight have formed a loose confederation armed and trained by Iran. The U.S. operation was the latest in a series that has produced significant death tolls, including civilians, as American forces increasingly take the fight to Sunni insurgents, al-Qaida militants and Shiite militiamen. The intensity and frequency of American attacks and raids have grown since the arrival of the last of 30,000 additional soldiers on June 15.The reinforcements were ordered into Iraq earlier this year by Bush and have inflicted a heavy toll on militants on both sides of Iraq’s sectarian divide. American commanders credit the troop buildup for a sharp drop in the number of attacks and deaths of U.S. soldiers and Iraqi civilians. In the Sadr City raid, the U.S. military said forces killed “an estimated 49 criminals” in three linked attacks during an intelligence-driven raid to capture the rogue Shiite kidnapper who was partially funded by Iran. U.S. troops returned fire under attack from automatic weapons and rocket-propelled grenades from nearby buildings as they began raiding structures in the district, according to a statement. It said 33 militants were killed in the firefight. Ground forces then called in helicopter airstrikes, which killed six more militants. As American soldiers left the zone, troops were hit by a roadside bomb and continued heavy fire, killing 10 more combatants. A local resident who goes by the name Abu Fatmah said his neighbor’s 14-year-old son, was killed while sleeping on the roof. He “was killed by an airstrike and what is his guilt? Is he from the Mahdi Army? He is a poor student,” Abu Fatmah said. An Iraqi military spokesman, Brig. Gen. Qassim al-Moussawi, said the government would ask the Americans for an explanation of Sunday’s raid and stressed the need to avoid civilian deaths. The government has issued mixed reactions to the raids and airstrikes, particularly those that have targeted Sunni extremists. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
SHOPPERS are out in their thousands this evening – bringing traffic tailbacks in Letterkenny, Ballybofey and Donegal Town.After a miserable Christmas hit by the weather, it seems that everyone with any money left is out and about today spending it.In Ballybofey, McElhinneys Department store saw a brace of bargain hunters. But it was in Letterkenny where most people seemed to be shopping.There were queues into and out of the car parks around the town, particularly around Main Street and the Retail Park.And those weren’t the only queues – shoppers queued at the fitting rooms in fashion stores like Tempest where people were taking advantage of half price bargains.The sales boost could not have come at a better time for local businesses. BREAKING NEWS: MASSIVE TRAFFIC DISRUPTION AS SALES GIVE BOOST TO RETAILERS was last modified: December 28th, 2010 by gregShare 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)
Leicester went seven points clear at the top of the Premier League, as Wes Morgan scored the only goal in a 1-0 victory over Southampton.The centre-back headed past Fraser Forster after 38 minutes to hand the Foxes a tight lead, which they held onto for the rest of the game.Leicester were in control of the game straight after taking kick-off, taking advantage of Ronald Koeman’s decision to field a back-three.With the wing-backs pressed high up the pitch, Jamie Vardy, Riyad Mahrez and Marc Albrighton constantly moved into the wide positions, playing a number of crosses into the box. Shinji Okazaki was tasked with getting on the end of the deliveries, but he failed to put any of his attempts on target.The visitors from the South Coast were completely outplayed in the opening stages, failing to get out of their half for the first 15 minutes.However, they held firm, and managed to have their first real attack on the 20 minute mark. Graziano Pelle broke down the right, but his cross was put behind by Morgan for Southampton’s first corner of the game. It was a sign that the Saints were growing into the game – and they should have taken the lead.Pelle once again was involved in the build-up, setting up Sadio Mane with a perfectly timed through ball. The pacy forward took the ball around Kasper Schmeichel, but he rushed with his finish and hit the ball straight at the covering Danny Simpson.There were shouts for a penalty, as the ball hit Simpson on the arm, but referee Michael Oliver turned down appeals from the visitors.Jose Fonte had the next attempt. The centre-back picked the ball up 25 yards from goal, and his powerful attempt was flying into the back of the net. However, Schmeichel was up to the challenge, pushing the shot behind for a corner.It appeared as if Koeman’s men were taking control of the game, and Jordy Clasie also went close with an attempt from outside the box, but it was Morgan who popped up to hand the Foxes the lead.Christian Fuchs picked up the ball on the left-wing, and his perfect cross was met by an excellent header by the Leicester captain.The 32-year-old has played every minute of this Premier League season, establishing himself as one of the best defenders in the division, and he was well deserving of his first goal of the campaign. 2 2 Wes Morgan celebrates scoring for Leicester The first-half ended with just three shots on target, despite a wealth of attacking football, and the Saints ruing Mane’s missed chance as they found themselves behind to the league leaders.The second period started much more evenly than the opening of the game, although Southampton were lucky to not find themselves a man down after just seconds.Victor Wanyama lost possession of the ball straight from kick-off, and as Jamie Vardy broke through the centre, the Kenyan midfielder brought him down. He was the last man, but escaped a dismissal, coming away from the incident with only a yellow card.The Foxes almost went two ahead after 60 minutes, with Fonte’s clearance flying into the back of Forster’s net. However, the England international made a flying save to push the ball away from the corner.Koeman’s half-time substitution of replacing Matt Targett with Dusan Tadic made the Saints much more solid defensively, and allowed the Serbian midfielder to break down the left-wing. He put in a number of threatening crosses, but Morgan and his defensive partner Robert Huth stood firm.It was from the left-side that Southampton had their best chance of the second half. Ryan Bertrand broke into the box, but his low shot only found its way into the side netting, as they looked to get back into the game.Leicester had another great chance to grab a second, but Simpson’s close-range attempt was somehow kept out by Forster. The full-back found himself just yards out following a cut-back from Vardy, but he placed his shot in the middle of the goal as the stopper dived back that way to pull off a fantastic save.The game became increasingly frenetic as the 80 minute mark passed, with Leicester’s defensive line sitting deep and the Saints dominating possession.They were putting in a number of crosses for Charlie Austin – who came on after 73 minutes – but Morgan and Huth continued to clear, and Ranieri’s men broke with pace time-and-time again.Leonardo Ulloa and Vardy had chances with five minutes left, as Southampton’s defence was pulled apart, whilst Danny Drinkwater and N’Golo Kante were driving forward with the ball whenever they won possession.Koeman’s men continued to press as the game entered injury time, but they failed to find the back of the net, as the Midlands side picked up their fifth 1-0 win in their last six games to move seven points clear of Spurs in the Premier League.
Is there a better advert for footballers having too much time and money on their hands than a bad tattoo?Well, Alberto Moreno would appear to have more time on his hands for monkeying around than most judging by his latest instagram post.The Liverpool full back – who is covered in ink as it is – shared the result of his latest trip to the tattoo parlour earlier in Ape-ril.Moreno is a popular member of Liverpool’s squad but he is sure to be gibbon some stick from his primates teammates for this effort.So what do you think? Are you going ape for the tattoo or is he just totally bananas?See below for the best reactions – and far better puns – to Moreno’s new tattoo! Alberto Moreno’s latest ink is splashed across his right thigh 1
11 4. Manchester United have won 63 trophies – The Red Devils are the most successful club in England, with 20 top flight titles, including 13 in the Premier League era. United have won a joint record 12 FA Cups, four League Cups and a record 20 Charity/Community Shields. In Europe, they have won three European Cups/Champions Leagues, plus the Cup Winners’ Cup and UEFA Super Cup. United are the only English club to win a treble of Champions League, domestic title and main domestic cup, and are the only English club to win any global titles. In 1999 they won the Intercontinental Cup and in 2008 claimed the Club World Cup. 11 3. Bayern Munich have won 65 trophies – The kings of German football, Bayern have won the Bundesliga title a record 26 times and the German Cup on a record 18 occasions. They also won the now defunct German League Cup six times and the German Super Cup four times. Outside Germany, Bayern boast five European Cups/Champions Leagues, including three-in-a-row in the mid-1970s. They have won every European trophy, with one Cup Winners’ Cup, UEFA Cup and UEFA Super Cup triumph to their name. Bayern have also won the Intercontinental Cup twice and one Club World Cup, and are the only German club to complete the treble. 9. Inter have won 39 trophies – The only Italian club to win the treble, Inter won five trophies alone in 2010, including the Champions League, Serie A, Italian Cup, Italian Super Cup and Club World Cup. Overall, they have won three European Cups/Champions League, 18 Serie A titles, seven Italian Cups, five Italian Super Cups, three UEFA Cups, two Intercontinental Cups and one Club World Cup. 1. Barcelona have won 85 trophies – The most successful club based on number of trophies won, Barcelona are the only club to win the treble twice. They boast five European Cup/Champions League victories, to go alongside four wins in the Cup Winners’ Cup, three in the old Fairs Cup and five UEFA Super Cup triumphs. In Spain, Barca have been crowned champions 24 times, won the Spanish Cup a record 28 times, the Spanish Super Cup on 11 occasions and the Spanish League Cup twice. They have also claimed the Club World Cup three times, and in 2009 became the first club to win six trophies in a calendar year. 11 11 11 8. Arsenal have won 43 trophies – Arsenal jointly hold the record for the number of FA Cups won, with back-to-back successes in 2014 and 2015 taking their tally to 12 in the oldest football competition in the world. They can boast 13 English top flight titles, and share the record for most domestic doubles with Manchester United, having clinched both league and cup success in the same season on three occasions. They have won the League Cup twice, including as part of a double with the FA Cup in 1993, plus 14 Charity/Community Shields. In Europe, Arsenal’s first trophy came with the Fairs Cup (a forerunner of the UEFA Cup/Europa League) in 1970, and they claimed the Cup Winners’ Cup in 1994 (pictured above). 7. AC Milan have won 47 trophies – Milan are second only to Real Madrid when it comes to European Cup/Champions League victories, having been crowned champions of Europe on seven occasions. Their first success in the competition came in 1963, while their most recent Champions League final victory was in 2007. Milan remain the last club to successfully defend the European Cup, winning back-to-back trophies in 1989 and 1990. Additionally, they won two Cup Winners’ Cups, five UEFA Super Cups, three Intercontinental Cups and one Club World Cup. On the domestic front, Milan boast 18 Serie A titles, five Italian Cups and six Italian Super Cups. 11 11 11 2. Real Madrid have won 80 trophies – The most successful club in the history of the European Cup/Champions League, Real Madrid have won the tournament on 11 occasions, including the first five editions and five more in the Champions League era. The Spanish giants won back-to-back UEFA Cups in the 1980s and also boast two UEFA Super Cups on their honours list. Madrid claimed the Intercontinental Cup three times and won the Club World Cup in 2014. In Spain, they have a record 32 titles, plus 19 Spanish Cups, nine Spanish Super Cups and one victory in the defunct Spanish League Cup. 11 11 6. Liverpool have won 59 trophies – The most successful English club in European football, Liverpool have won five European Cups, putting them level with Barcelona and Bayern Munich in the all-time list. The Reds have also claimed three UEFA Cups and three UEFA Super Cups. On the home front, Liverpool have won 18 top flight English titles, seven FA Cups, a record eight League Cups and 15 Charity/Community Shields. The only trophies of note to elude them come on a global stage, having lost two Intercontinental Cup finals in the 1980s and the Club World Cup in 2005. They also lost the 1966 Cup Winners’ Cup final to Borussia Dortmund, so cannot complete the full set of UEFA competitions. 10. Atletico Madrid have won 28 trophies – Atletico have been very successful in recent years, winning seven trophies since 2010. Their 2014 triumph in La Liga took Atleti’s Spanish title count to 10, the same number of times they have won the Spanish Cup, with two Spanish Super Cups for good measure. In 1962 they won their first European honour, the Cup Winners’ Cup, followed by Europa League and UEFA Super Cup doubles in 2010 and 2012 respectively. The European Cup/Champions League has eluded them, despite being seconds away from winning two finals, as well as contesting a shoot-out in the 2016 final, but they did win the 1974 Intercontinental Cup the predecessor to FIFA’s Club World Cup when European Cup holders Bayern Munich declined to take part. Atletico beat South American champions Independiente over two legs to be crowned world champions. Real Madrid’s 2016 Champions League final victory marked the club’s record 11th success in the European Cup.It’s Real’s second Champions League win in the past three seasons, as they succeed rivals Barcelona as European champions.But Real have claimed just one Spanish league title since 2008, while Barca have won six in that time, and the Catalan club scooped the domestic double this season.So which club is Europe’s most successful in terms of trophies won?Elsewhere around Europe this season, Bayern Munich claimed the German league and cup double, while Juventus did likewise in Italy.In England, Manchester United won their first major honour since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement, lifting the FA Cup, but can any of these clubs claim to be the most successful in Europe?We wanted to know which club has won the most trophies in European football.It’s not exactly a straightforward question to answer, because opinions differ over what should constitute a trophy.For example, by most people’s assumptions Arsenal failed to win a trophy in the season just passed, but the Gunners actually lifted the Community Shield last August, so does that success go on their honours list?In the past, one-off contests such as the Shield have been dismissed when it comes to trophy tallies, but these events – often known as ‘Super Cups’ – appear to be growing in prestige across the continent.For the purposes of simply counting the number of trophies won, we have included such competitions, although debate will continue to rage as to their relative merits.Additionally, we have restricted our ranking to clubs from the top four league competitions in Europe: England, Spain, Germany and Italy. These countries are historically the most dominant in European competition and, therefore, we have adjudged their domestic competitions to be the toughest to win.If we left it open to clubs from any European league, the result would see Scotland’s Rangers come out on top, with Northern Ireland’s Linfield in second and Scotland’s Celtic in third. But we are more interested in finding out who’s the cream of the cream.So take a look at the ranking above to see which clubs feature and let us know your thoughts by leaving a comment below.Competitions included: All UEFA competitions bar the Intertoto Cup (but including the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup), the Intercontinental Cup, the FIFA Club World Cup, domestic top division titles, main domestic cups and League Cups (now defunct in Germany and Spain and never competed for in Italy, but held since the 1960s in England), and domestic ‘Super Cups’ (known in England as the Community Shield).All statistics correct on 29 May 2016. 5. Juventus have won 60 trophies – Ahead of both Inter and AC Milan, Juventus are the most successful Italian club in total number of trophies. Juve have won 32 Serie A titles, by far the most in Italy despite being stripped of two championships for match-fixing. They have also claimed 11 Italian Cups and seven Italian Super Cups. In Europe, the Old Lady has the complete set of honours: winning two European Cups, three UEFA Cups, one Cup Winners’ Cup and two UEFA Super Cups. Juve have also been crowned world champions twice, winning the Intercontinental Cup in 1985 and 1996. 11 11. Chelsea have won 26 trophies – to find out which clubs make up Europe’s 10 most successful sides from the strongest leagues, click the arrow above – The Blues have won five top flight English titles, seven FA Cups, five League Cups and they are the only English club to have won every European trophy. In 2012 they became the only London club to win the Champions League, adding the Europa League a year later to complete the continental set, along with two victories in the now defunct Cup Winners’ Cup and one in the UEFA Super Cup. They have also won four Community Shields. The Blues had racked up 11 trophies prior to Roman Abramovich’s arrival, but have since won 15 in 13 years.
Check out this hilarious video of Wales’ players performing the haka in the changing room!Midfielder Joe Ledley has been the one busting the moves for the Welsh side for the majority of Euro 2016 but now it seems the rest of the squad have had a go.Players such as goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey, Neil Taylor and Dave Edwards paraded around the Welsh dressing room in their underwear, doing an impression of the New Zealand rugby team.Watch the video above!
Hotelier Tommy Gallen and the team at Villa Rose Hotel in Ballybofey are celebrating the success of being named one of Ireland’s Top 10 hotels by leading travel site TripAdvisor.Listed as one of the Top Hotels in Ireland for the third year in a row, the popular 4 star, Villa Rose Hotel & Spa now ranks number 2 in County Donegal and number 9 in Ireland alongside a number of award-winning properties such Killarney Park and Ashford Castle.The Traveller’s Choice Awards, as announced last week, are determined based on millions of reviews and opinions collected in a single year from TripAdvisor travellers worldwide. The Gallen family and the management team behind the Villa Rose believe that their staff are what makes the customer experience stand out ahead of the rest. The hotel strives to maintain their high standards whilst always putting the customer first. Hotel owner Tommy Gallen attributed this accolade to his hard-working and dedicated team.Leona McGee, Senior Sales & Marketing Manager for the hotel said “We are incredibly proud of our Tripadvisor ranking. Donegal has so much to offer visitors in terms of tourism. The newly formed Donegal East Tourism group will help to highlight all that our area has to offer, from Oakfield Park to Beltany Stone Circle and everything in between.”Last year got off to a busy start as the Villa Rose acquired the neighbouring Jackson’s Hotel and have been creating the same great customer focused experience there.The team are looking forward to a busy season ahead and wish to thank all their loyal customers for their continued support. DonegalWoman.ie captured all the romantic displays at the Villa Rose and Jackson’s Wedding Fayre last Sunday, view the galleries here:Events: Wedding dreams come true at Villa Rose & Jackson’s HotelsTeam Villa Rose thank customers for another top TripAdvisor success was last modified: January 31st, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:BallybofeyJackson’s HotelTommy Gallenvilla rose hotel and spa