Here is a selection of the top news stories from Sunday’s newspapers…Liverpool have contacted representatives of Jurgen Klopp and Carlo Ancelotti. (according to the Sunday Express) Real Madrid want Chelsea’s Eden Hazard, 24 and Barcelona want Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho. (Sunday Times) Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal believes the intensity of the Premier League is behind the struggles of English clubs in the Champions League. (Daily Star Sunday)United are eyeing a deal for Charlton’s 22-year-old Welsh defender Morgan Fox, as a replacement for the injured Luke Shaw. (Sunday Mirror) Liverpool are potting a deal for Dinamo Zagreb and Croatia midfielder Marko Rog. (Sun on Sunday) Defender John Terry could soon return for Chelsea after the Blues defence conceded two goals against Newcastle on Saturday. (Mail on Sunday) The Football Association has denied Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino’s claim that Harry Kane is exhausted because he played for England him in the European Under-21 Championship in Czech Republic last summer. (Mail on Sunday) Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish has chosen to play for England rather than the Republic of Ireland because he wants a better chance of playing at major tournaments. (Sunday Express) Fifa president Sepp Blatter and Uefa president Michel Platini could be suspended by world football’s governing body, scuppering Platini’s hopes of succeeding Blatter. (Guardian)And here is a selection of the top stories on talkSPORT.com…Brendan Rodgers cannot fathom ‘hysteria’ surrounding his job at LiverpoolLouis van Gaal’s verdict on Manchester United going top of the table‘Get behind Rodgers and stop being moronic, Liverpool fans!’The potential at Tottenham is massive, says Spurs bossThis Arsenal star ‘has got it all’Massive Messi blow for Barcelona Transfer rumours 1
1 Blackburn scored twice in the opening six minutes Leeds were booed by their own fans after a terrible start as they lost to Blackburn in Steve Evans’ first home game as manager.Rovers were in front after only 17 seconds through Craig Conway’s opener before Jordan Rhodes doubled the lead five minutes later.The six minute double salvo was enough for the visitors who ended their run of three games without a win, during which they failed to score a goal.Evans meanwhile continues his poor start to life as Leeds manager with the Whites still yet to record a win at home this season.It took less than a minute for Leeds to fall behind as Conway found time and space in the box to lash the ball into the bottom corner after a poor header from Sol Bamba.If that hadn’t completely flattened the atmosphere at Elland Road then Rhodes’ sixth minute goal certainly did.Former Manchester United player Tom Lawrence waltzed his way through the shaky Leeds defence before Rhodes slotted away his eighth goal of the season as boos rang around the stadium.Blackburn, who hadn’t won away this season, were dominating the possession and chances, much to the visible displeasure of suspended chairman Massimo Cellino watching on from the stands.As the game began to turn flat Leeds finally gave their fans a moment to get them out of their seats as Tom Adeyemi got on the end of Luke Murphy’s cross, but his glancing header rebounded off the post.Leeds went off at half time to yet another crescendo of boos and came out after the break equally as poor as Lawrence and Rhodes combined to release Conway but the Scot couldn’t manage to get a shot away.Blackburn were down to ten men briefly during the second half, when Grant Hanley saw blood gushing from his forehead after a clash of heads with Murphy.There was barely a whiff of a comeback from Leeds, with a weak stab at the ball from Mirco Antenucci all the hosts could muster with the majority of the second half a non-event.
11 7. Memphis Depay (left wing) – see the full line up, in squad number order, by clicking the arrow above 11 11 8. Juan Mata (attacking midfield) 30. Guillermo Varela (right back) 35. Jesse Lingard (right wing) 11 12. Chris Smalling (centre back) 11 11 9. Anthony Martial (striker) 28. Morgan Schneiderlin (centre midfield) 11 21. Ander Herrera (centre midfield) 11 11 11 11 Manchester United suffered a shock defeat to FC Midtjylland in the first-leg of their Europa League round 32 clash seven days ago.With their reputation in Europe and the Premier League having taken a beating this season, the Red Devils must bounce back, particularly given success in the competition could be their best hope of qualifying for the Champions League.But they will have to do so without a string of key senior players.David De Gea, Matteo Darmian and Wayne Rooney, to name but a few, remain on the sidelines, while Chris Smalling is doubtful.So, who could Louis van Gaal turn to?Take a look at talkSPORT’s predicted United line up by clicking the yellow arrow above, right. 49. Joe Riley (left back) 20. Sergio Romero (goalkeeper) 17. Daley Blind (centre back)
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By City News Service Wind gusts of up to 65 miles per hour raked Southern California on Sunday as the first Santa Anas of the fall spread one small fire near San Fernando, and prompted parking restrictions in the Hollywood Hills. A wind gauge at Laguna Peak near Point Mugu clocked a 65-mph gust, and a gauge in the hills above Malibu clocked a top speed of 57 mph early Sunday morning. But by midafternoon, winds had diminished somewhat. The National Weather Service extended its Red Flag warning until 11 p.m. Sunday, and warned that lingering very low humidities may extend the red alert into today, even after the winds die down. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityThe city of Los Angeles warned Hollywood Hills residents that it could enforce its new Red Flag Tow-Away zone rules if Red Flag conditions persist. Certain narrow and steep roadways there are posted as tow-away zones during Red Flag situations, and the designation went into effect Sunday morning but was lifted by 9 p.m. Hundreds of sailboats at Catalina Island’s Two Harbors Resort were able to sail home Sunday afternoon after 35-mph gusts in the Catalina Channel subsided and a small-craft warning expired. Waves described as “snotty” by one mariner had spoiled the sail over for the island’s popular “Buccanneer Days” party. “You had to be a real pirate to get here Friday, that ocean was terrible,” said Two Harbors employee Mary Brye.
From news services Brandon Tate scored on a 54-yard end-around in a spurt of 27 points to start the game and Connor Barth kicked four field goals to lead North Carolina past Miami, 33-27, giving Coach Butch Davis a victory against his former program in Chapel Hill, N.C. Anthony Elzy ran for 95 yards and a score for the Tar Heels (2-4, 1-2 Atlantic Coast Conference), who turned in a dominating performance to take a 27-0 lead at halftime then hung on as the Hurricanes (4-2, 1-1) twice rallied to within a TD in the second half. Michigan 33, Eastern Michigan 22: Mike Hart ran for 215 yards to become Michigan’s career rushing leader, and matched a career high with three scores to lead the Wolverines (4-2) in Ann Arbor, Mich. The Eagles fell to 2-4. Florida State 27, North Carolina State 10: Michael Ray Garvin’s 43-yard interception return for a score snapped a halftime tie and sparked host Florida State (4-1, 1-1) to its fourth straight win. The Wolfpack fell to 1-5, 0-3. Auburn 35, Vanderbilt 7: Ben Tate rushed for 96 yards, Brad Lester ran for 77 yards and two touchdowns in his season debut following a suspension, and host Auburn (4-2, 2-1 Southeastern Conference) earned its third consecutive victory. Vanderbilt is 3-2, 1-2. Arkansas 34, Chattanooga 15: Felix Jones rushed for 141 yards and two second-half touchdowns, and Darren McFadden ran for 122 yards for host Arkansas (3-2). Chattanooga is 1-4. Northwestern 48, Michigan State 41: C.J. Bacher threw for a school-record 520 yards and five touchdowns, including the game-winner in overtime in East Lansing, Mich. Northwestern is 3-3, 1-2 in the Big Ten. The Spartans are 4-2, 0-2. Indiana 40, Minnesota 20: Bryan Payton rushed for a career-high 90 yards and three TDs, and Austin Starr tied a school record with four field goals to lift host Indiana (5-1, 2-1 Big Ten). Minnesota (1-5, 0-3) lost its fourth straight. Wake Forest 41, Duke 36: Receiver Kenneth Moore rushed for two touchdowns and Wake Forest withstood Thaddeus Lewis’ four-TD performance in Durham, N.C. Moore caught 11 passes for 100 yards and rushed four times for 84 yards, with scoring runs covering 21 and 53 yards for the Demon Deacons (3-2, 2-1 ACC). Duke is 1-5, 0-3. Mississippi State 30, UAB 13: Running back Anthony Dixon, who lost his starting job this week, rushed for 152 yards and three second-half touchdowns for host Mississippi State. The win gives the Bulldogs (4-2) four victories in a season for the first time since 2000. The Blazers are 1-4. Mississippi 24, Louisiana Tech 0: Seth Adams threw for two touchdowns and the struggling Mississippi defense notched the Rebels’ first shutout since 2003 in Oxford, Miss. Ole Miss (2-4), which came in allowing 33 points per game, snapped a four-game losing streak while holding the Bulldogs (1-4) to 301 yards of total offense. Army 20, Tulane 17: Host Army (3-3) completed an improbable comeback in overtime on Owen Tolson’s 25-yard field goal. The Black Knights tied it as time expired on a deflected 36-yard pass to Mike Wright from backup Kevin Dunn. Tulane is 1-4. Virginia 23, Middle Tennessee 21: Chris Gould kicked a 34-yard field goal with eight seconds left to lift the visiting Cavaliers (5-1). MTU is 1-5. Colorado 43, Baylor 23: Demetrius Sumler scored three TDs and Kevin Eberhart kicked four field goals longer than 40 yards for visiting Colorado (4-2, 2-0 Big 12). Baylor is 3-3, 0-2. UTEP 48, Tulsa 47: Trevor Vittatoe’s 14-yard touchdown pass to Joe West with 58 seconds left led Texas-El Paso (4-2, 2-0 C-USA) to a comeback win at home. Tulsa is 3-2, 1-1. East Carolina 52, Central Florida 38: Chris Johnson returned a kickoff 96 yards for a TD to spark a 28-point third quarter as East Carolina (3-3, 2-1 C-USA) rallied in Greenville, N.C. UCF is 3-2, 1-1. Around the nation: Chadron State running back Danny Woodhead broke the NCAA all-divisions career rushing record, passing R.J. Bowers by running for 208 yards in a 21-0 victory over Western New Mexico in Silver City, N.M. Woodhead got the 121 yards he needed to pass Bowers’ mark of 7,353 by the third quarter. Woodhead pushed his career total up to 7,441 yards.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 MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityPenn State 27, Iowa 7: Anthony Morelli threw for 233 yards and a TD, Rodney Kinlaw ran for a career-high 168 yards and two scores and Penn State (4-2, 1-2 Big Ten) shut down the Hawkeyes (2-4, 0-3) at State College, Pa. Maryland 28, Georgia Tech 26: In his first career start, Chris Turner threw for 255 yards, and Lance Ball ran for three touchdowns as Maryland (4-2, 1-1 Atlantic Coast) held on in College Park, Md. Travis Bell sent a 52-yard field-goal attempt wide right with 54 seconds remaining. Andrew Gardner was whistled for holding on the previous play, knocking the Yellow Jackets (3-3, 1-3) back 10 yards and preventing them from what would have been a 40-yard try. Texas Tech 42, Iowa State 17: Texas Tech’s Michael Crabtree set an NCAA record for receiving TDs by a freshman in his sixth straight multiple-TD game, in Lubbock, Texas. Crabtree scored three times against the Cyclones (1-5, 0-2 Big 12), giving him 17 for the season. The Red Raiders’ receiver broke the freshman record of 14 TD catches by Jabar Gaffney (Florida in 2000), Mike Williams (USC in 2002) and Davone Bess (Hawaii in 2005). Tech is 5-1, 1-1. Texas A&M 24, Oklahoma State 23: Jorvorskie Lane rushed for two touchdowns and had his first TD catch as host Texas A&M (5-1, 2-0) matched its largest comeback ever, rallying from 17 points down to to take over first place in the Big 12 South. OSU is 3-3, 1-1. Alabama 30, Houston 24: John Parker Wilson threw for two TDs and ran for a third, but it took an end-zone interception by Simeon Castille for Alabama (4-2) to put away Houston (2-3) on the final play in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
A day after Los Angeles Unified released dismal test score results, the Board of Education issued its verdict on Superintendent Ruben Zacarias during his first year on the job: an “A” all the way. After evaluating Zacarias in five areas, the board in closed session concluded that the superintendent’s emphasis on instruction had moved the Los Angeles Unified School District on a path of increased student performance. “The fundamental culture of this district has changed to a focus on achievement,” the board concluded in a written statement. “We are confident that together we can effect even greater change than this first year.” The board’s strongest recommendation for improvement urged the superintendent to define a clear vision for the district, and a plan to implement that vision. “This vision must pull together training, resources and appropriate intervention if we are to reach the superintendent’s goal of an increase of 8 percentile points (on test scores) by the year 2000,” the board statement said. Zacarias said he was pleased by the positive evaluation and gave credit to his management team, principals, teachers and parents who “rallied to the call of student achievement.” But the superintendent acknowledged that with test results that show students ranking in the bottom third of the country in reading, math and language, the LAUSD “had a long ways to go.” “I don’t want to make excuses or give explanations, we have to focus on what to do about the scores,” Zacarias said. “I will focus on two things: early literacy and language acquisition. If we do those two things, we’ve succeeded.” Zacarias said those priorities defined his vision for the district. He conceded that in his first year, he did have some problems with furthering his education plan. “The board gave me 21 goals and I think as of two weeks ago I had met 19 of those goals – it was a full plate,” Zacarias said. “The board has acknowledged that they need to cut that down so I can focus on instruction.” As noted in the board’s evaluation statement, Zacarias has led the fast completion of more than 1,400 projects under the $2.4 billion Proposition BB schools repair and improvements. And he oversaw the lowering of class sizes in kindergarten and third grade. When he became superintendent, Zacarias had hoped to avoid those types of responsibilities by hiring an outside financial expert to act as “business czar” and oversee those divisions. But the district lost its business czar in January, after he had spent only two months on the job. Since then, Zacarias’ attention has at times been taken away from instruction and focused on business matters. In addition, the key instruction post was allowed to remain vacant for months. The board’s evaluation stressed the need for Zacarias to “implement a better method for the timely filling of critical vacant positions.” Zacarias said he would choose a replacement for Hugh Jones by the end of the week. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
“We needed a break, a diversion,” said Dolan, a Chargers season-ticket holder. “It was a battle – we still weren’t sure last night when we went to bed whether we’d come.” Regular fans also worried about the lingering smoke, including Diana Morris, who said she almost didn’t make the hourlong trip to Qualcomm from her home in Orange County because she has asthma. “We didn’t know what the air quality would be like, but it’s OK,” said her husband, Dick, a retired teacher, as they shared a picnic lunch with friends outside a stadium gate. The disaster wasn’t forgotten by the team or its corporate sponsors. They arranged to have volunteers collect cash donations at each stadium entrance. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By Allison Hoffman THE ASSOCIATED PRESS SAN DIEGO – Thousands of tailgaters packed into Qualcomm Stadium’s parking lot Sunday, replacing the cars and camping tents that housed wildfire evacuees all week with a field of blue-and-yellow Chargers sunshades. Smoke from blazes still burning to the east stained the sky over the coliseum, but the rich meat-scented haze rising from hundreds of charcoal-briquet barbecues erased any lingering wildfire smell. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“Someone was probably living in this stall all week in a tent,” said Jarred Pellegrini, 20, as he unloaded an Igloo cooler from the back of his dad’s sport-utility vehicle. Nothing was left of those tents, which were carted away Friday, along with hundreds of cots and blankets used by more than 10,000 people who called the stadium home after fleeing their neighborhoods. People who were still under evacuation orders or whose homes were destroyed were sent Friday to the Del Mar Fairgrounds 20 miles away after city officials decided to close relief operations at Qualcomm. About 130 remained at Del Mar on Sunday, according to Red Cross officials. “I guess a football game is more important,” evacuee Tami Swartz, 41, had said Friday as she made plans to return to her home in hard-hit Ramona, even though at the time water had not been restored there. But other evacuees said Sunday they welcomed any semblance of normalcy. Janis Dolan, 43, decided to leave her two sons with friends and head to the game with her husband Paul, even though they were still living in a hotel, waiting for power to be restored to their otherwise unscathed street in Poway a week after they fled.
Maruca said Hawkins was fired from his job at a nearby McDonald’s this week and had recently broken up with a girlfriend. Police received a 911 call from someone inside the mall, and shots could be heard in the background, Negron said. By the time officers arrived six minutes later, the shooting was over, she said. The Omaha World-Herald reported that the gunman had a military-style haircut and a black backpack, and wore a camouflage vest. “Everybody was scared, and we didn’t know what was going on,” said Belene Esaw-Kagbara, 31, a Von Maur employee. “We didn’t know what to do. I was praying that God protect us.” Mickey Vickory, who worked at Von Maur’s third-floor service department, said she heard shots at about 1:50 p.m. She and her co-workers and customers went into a back closet behind the wrapping room to hide, then emerged about a half-hour later when police shouted to come out with their hands up. As police took them to another part of the mall for safety, they saw the victims. “We saw the bodies and we saw the blood,” she said. Keith Fidler, another Von Maur employee, said he heard a burst of five to six shots followed by 15 to 20 more rounds. Fidler said he huddled in the corner of the men’s clothing department with about a dozen other employees until police yelled to get out of the store. Witness Shawn Vidlak said the shots sounded like a nail gun. At first he thought it was noise from construction work at the mall. “People started screaming about gunshots,” Vidlak said. “I grabbed my wife and kids we got out of there as fast as we could.” Shortly after the shooting, which came three weeks before Christmas, a group of shoppers came out of the building with their hands raised. Some were still holding shopping bags. Police told people to park their cars at businesses across from the mall and to wait for their loved ones, then directed them to an Omaha hotel to await information. President Bush was in Omaha on Wednesday for a fundraiser, but left about an hour before the shooting. “Having just visited with so many members of the community in Omaha today, the president is confident that they will pull together to comfort one another,” White House press secretary Dana Perino said. The Von Maur store is part of a 22-store Midwestern chain. The sprawling, three-level mall has more than 135 stores and restaurants. It gets 14.5 million visitors every year, according to its Web site. It was the second mass shooting at a mall this year. In February, nine people were shot, five of them fatally, at Trolley Square mall in Salt Lake City. The gunman, 18-year-old Sulejman Talovic, was shot and killed by police.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 MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat Kings He was found dead on the third floor with a self-inflicted gunshot wound, and his victims were discovered on the second and third floors, police said. “My knees rocked. I didn’t know what to do, so I just ran with everybody else,” said Kevin Kleine, 29, who was shopping with her 4-year-old daughter at the Westroads Mall, in a prosperous neighborhood on the city’s west side. She said she hid in a dressing room with four other shoppers and an employee. Sgt. Teresa Negron said the gunman killed eight people, then apparently killed himself. Authorities gave no motive for the attack and said they did not know whether he said anything during the rampage. Hawkins lived for a little more than a year with a friend’s family in a house in a middle-class Bellevue neighborhood. “When he first came in the house, he was introverted, a troubled young man who was like lost pound puppy that nobody wanted,” said Debora Maruca, who owns the home. OMAHA, Neb. – A man opened fire with a rifle at a busy department store Wednesday, killing eight people before taking his own life in an attack that made holiday shoppers run screaming through a mall and barricade themselves in dressing rooms. Five more people were wounded, two critically. The gunman left a suicide note that was found at his home by his mother, said a law enforcement official who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak. TV station KETV reported that the note said he wanted to “go out in style.” The official identified the gunman as Robert A. Hawkins, age 20. Witnesses said the gunman fired down on shoppers from a third-floor balcony of the Von Maur store. One witness told a TV station that he shot up a teddy bear as he sprayed fire on shoppers.
Pettigo-based Road recycling company RoadTeam Ltd scooped the overall Donegal Business of the Year award at the Donegal Enterprise Board’s Annual Business Awards in Ballybofey last night.RoadTeam scooped the Business of the Year AwardThe company who restore road surfaces to original conditions reusing the existing road materials was established in 2008 as a road maintenance alternative for the public and private sectors.Their goal is to provide a cost effective solution for road repairs. They were one of five award winners on the night.Letterkenny restaurant Stateside won the Business Achievement Award, while Castlefin Partnership Initiative won the Community Business Award.Lone Star State Ltd, a publisher of Transmedia Content based in the CoLab at LYIT won the Emerging Business Award.Meanwhile a special award was also presented on the night to Lough Derg for their outstanding contribution to the economy in Donegal. ROADTEAM SCOOP DONEGAL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR AWARD was last modified: March 23rd, 2013 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) Tags:businessesDonegal Enterprise BoardLone Star StateRoadTeam