The agent of Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli claims his client is not yet thinking about making his move to AC Milan permanent.The Italian moved to the San Siro on a season-long loan in the summer after struggling during his first year at Anfield.Since returning to Italy the 25-year-old has been rejuvenated and he scored a stunning free-kick during Milan’s 3-2 win over Udinese on Tuesday.It has led to claims Balotelli may make his loan move permanent but his agent, Mino Raiola, says they will not discuss that until the transfer window reopens.“For me, in addition to the goal, the important thing is that today in Italy they are discovering how many punches and knocks the player must put up with and stay quiet,” Raiola told Italian news agency Adnkronos.“For me the behaviour and attitude are important, and this is the most positive thing. Then the goal – if you have the class that Mario has, many more will come. The important thing is his attitude.“Will Balo stay at Milan? The transfer market isn’t open now, so that’s not a concern.” Mario Balotelli 1
Romelu Lukaku At his best he’s unstoppable – and Monday night was one of those occasions.Romelu Lukaku turned on the style as Everton forged an unlikely comeback to beat West Brom 3-2 after falling two goals behind just after half time.Lukaku, often an enigma, scored twice and set up Arouna Kone for the other in a barnstorming second half as the Toffees continued their impressive start to the season.And the words on my fans’ lips in the aftermath was just why struggling Chelsea let Lukaku escape through their clutches.Some of the best reactions to the Belgian’s imperious display can be found below: //storify.com/talksport/everton-fans-laud-romelu-lukaku-after-match-winnin.js?border=false[View the story “Everton fans laud Romelu Lukaku after match-winning display” on Storify] 1
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas City“The administration can’t have it both ways,” Sen. John D. Rockefeller IV, the West Virginia Democrat who is chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said in a statement after the president’s remarks. “I’m tired of these games.” In two separate legal opinions written in 2005, the Justice Department authorized the CIA to barrage terror suspects with a combination of painful physical and psychological tactics, including head-slapping, simulated drowning and frigid temperatures. The memorandums were written just months after a Justice Department opinion in December 2004 declared torture “abhorrent.” Administration officials have confirmed the existence of the classified opinions, but will not make them public, saying only that they approved techniques that were “tough, safe, necessary and lawful.” On Friday, the deputy White House press secretary, Tony Fratto, took The Times to task for publishing the information, saying the newspaper had compromised America’s security. “I’ve had the awful responsibility to have to work with The New York Times and other news organizations on stories that involve the release of classified information,” Fratto said. “And I could tell you that every time I’ve dealt with any of these stories, I have felt that we have chipped away at the safety and security of America with the publication of this information.” WASHINGTON – President George W. Bush, reacting to a congressional uproar over the disclosure of secret Justice Department legal opinions permitting the harsh interrogation of terrorism suspects, on Friday defended the methods, declaring, “This government does not torture people.” The remarks, Bush’s first public comments on the memorandums, came at a hastily arranged Oval Office appearance before reporters. It was billed as a talk on the economy, but after heralding new job statistics, Bush shifted course to a subject he does not often publicly discuss: a once-secret Central Intelligence Agency program to detain and interrogate high-profile terror suspects. “I have put this program in place for a reason, and that is to better protect the American people,” the president said, without mentioning the CIA by name. “And when we find somebody who may have information regarding a potential attack on America, you bet we’re going to detain them, and you bet we’re going to question them – because the American people expect us to find out information – actionable intelligence so we can help protect them. That’s our job.” Without confirming the existence of the memorandums or discussing the explicit techniques they authorized, Bush said the government’s interrogation methods had been “fully disclosed to appropriate members of Congress.” But his comments only provoked another round of recriminations on Capitol Hill, as Democrats ratcheted up their demands to see the classified memorandums, first reported Thursday by The New York Times. 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 MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Following the fire, the city undertook a $50 million plan to repair the park . By City News Service A Los Angeles City Council committee allocated an additional $1.655 million Monday to revitalize Griffith Park, which was scorched by a brush fire five months ago. The funding, approved by the Budget and Finance Committee, is subject to approval by the council. The brush fire broke out May 8, just east of the Hollywood sign, and charred more than 820 acres of the park. Authorities suspect the fire was started by a man smoking near dry brush. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
“He is a tremendous athlete,” Sula said. “When we had them stopped, he was able to make something out of nothing. His team looks to him to make plays and that’s what he did. That’s why they were able to stay close for so long.” Carson (6-2, 3-0) only trailed for 1 minute, 42 seconds in the game, but couldn’t manage to put a lot of distance between it and Washington over the game’s first three quarters. They seemed poised to do so with first-and-10 on the Washington’s 12-yard line and less than a minute left in the third quarter. But instead of a touchdown to give the team a 14-point advantage, a scrambling Blackman saw his pass to Keenan Smith deflect off a defender’s helmet, over Smith’s right shoulder and into Kingdwayne Solomon’s awaiting arms. But Carson’s defense made sure Washington’s last gasp was a short one. On the first play of the drive from Washington’s 1-yard line, defensive tackle Poti Amisone recovered a Shawn McCoy fumble to give set up Carson with first-and-goal from the 2-yard line. Sula promptly ran in the ball for the first of Carson’s three fourth-quarter scores. “That fumble was really important because it was a short margin in points between us,” Sula said. “Whenever we’re in the red zone we expect to score and when that didn’t happen, our defense had to step up and they did.” [email protected] 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.“We were atrocious,” Carson coach Mike Christensen said. “I know that sounds strange after you score 56 points, but we have high expectations of ourselves, maybe too high, and we didn’t live up to them.” Quarterback Dominique Blackman completed 13 of 20 passes for 274 yards and three touchdowns. Running back Jack Sula had 134 yards and five touchdowns on 25 carries and an interception on defense. But he seemingly couldn’t have been less satisfied on a career-scoring day. “We started off on the wrong foot and took our opponents too lightly and they made us pay for it,” Sula said. Regardless of sentiment, Carson did win the game despite the struggles of its defense to stop the big play and the man who had a hand in nearly all of them. Washington quarterback LaVail Littleton finished 13-for-24 for 252 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran six times for 31 yards and two touchdowns and even recorded a 31-yard reception. Four of Littleton’s plays were for more than 30 yards for Washington (4-3, 1-2). MARINE LEAGUE: Colts’ win does not meet their high standards as they fail to contain the Generals’ Littleton. By David Saunders STAFF WRITER Rarely do you hear coaches and players uniformly lambaste a 28-point victory, but that’s exactly what happened after Carson’s 56-28 Marine League win over host Washington.
The Shandon Hotel.The reopening of a well-known Donegal landmark hotel has taken a step closer after a drinks license was sought for the premises.The Shandon Hotel and Spa in Portnablagh was sold recently for approximately €800,000 at auction in Dublin.The hotel was once valued at €6 million at the height of the property boom. Solicitor Brendan Twomey applied for a drinks license for the hotel this morning.Mr Twomey said his client, a Mr McCarthy, had been called to England on urgent business.He added that the sale had only been completed last week.Judge Paul Kelly said he would need to hear evidence from the new owner in court and adjourned the matter until May 20th. Receivers were called into the Shandon in 2012, and the hotel was subsequently closed which resulted in multiple job losses.The Shandon had recently invested €1.5 million in a state-of-the-art Spa facility prior to its closure that was regarded as one of the best in Ireland.The news that the hotel has now been bought will be a welcome boost to the hotel industry in Donegal.The Shandon hotel overlooks the beautiful Marblehill beach in Portnablagh and is a just stone throw from the buzzing seaside village of Dunfanaghy.The hotel will now be expected to re-open in the next number of weeks, and it is hoped will give another boost to the tourism industry in the locality. FAMOUS DONEGAL HOTEL TAKES A STEP CLOSER TO REOPENING was last modified: April 15th, 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)Tags:donegalDRINKS LICENSEPortnablaghshandon hotelsold
Stuttgart star Daniel Didavi The Bundesliga always delivers when it comes to brilliant goals but today it came against Bayern Munich rather than for them.Daniel Didavi already knows he will be leaving Stuttgart in the summer after negotiating a move to Wolfsburg, but that wasn’t stopping him from scoring a spectacular goal – while sitting down.With his team 2-0 down against the German league leaders, Didavi tumbled in the box while attempting a shot. The ball, though, bobbled back to him and, while seated on his derrière, he swept the ball into the top corner beyond Manuel Neuer.It didn’t help Stuttgart claim a result as they eventually lost 3-1, with Douglas Costa also scoring an excellent goal, but it at least meant the German side didn’t hit a completely bum note.You can see Daniel Didavi’s goal for Stuttgart against Bayern Munich below… 1
Roy Hodgson has included Marcus Rashford and Daniel Sturridge in his England squad for this summer’s European Championship, with Andros Townsend and Danny Drinkwater the men to miss out.The Three Lions boss had to cut three players from his provisional 26-man squad by Tuesday evening.Hodgson had already confirmed Manchester City midfielder Fabian Delph would not travel to France after picking up an injury.Now, following a two-week training camp and friendly games against Turkey and Australia, he has also decided to omit Drinkwater and Townsend.Manchester United starlet Rashford is one of five strikers named in the travelling party – continuing the 18-year-old’s stunning rise.Rashford only made his professional debut in February but has made a stunning impact for United and netted on his international debut against Australia last Friday.Hodgson has also included Sturridge despite concerns over the Liverpool forward’s fitness.Sturridge has missed the past two friendly games with a groin problem but resumed training on Monday and is deemed a gamble worth taking.Ross Barkley’s place had appeared to be under threat after a disappointing end to the season with Everton and a below-par cameo performance against Australia.But the 22-year-old has been preferred to defensive-minded Leicester star Drinkwater and is one of several central midfield options, along with fit-again duo Jack Wilshere and Jordan Henderson.With Hodgson opting to take an abundance of central midfielders – and five strikers – Newcastle winger Townsend also misses out.England face Portugal in their last warm-up match on Thursday before heading to France to kick off their Euro 2016 campaign.The Three Lions are in Group B and will take on Russia in their opening game on June 11, before facing Wales on June 16 and Slovakia on 20 June.England’s 23-man squad for Euro 2016:Goalkeepers: Joe Hart (Manchester City), Fraser Forster (Southampton), Tom Heaton (Burnley).Defenders: Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Chris Smalling (Manchester United), John Stones (Everton), Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur), Ryan Bertrand (Southampton), Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur), Nathaniel Clyne (Liverpool).Midfielders: Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur), Ross Barkley (Everton), Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Adam Lallana (Liverpool), James Milner (Liverpool), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Jack Wilshere (Arsenal).Strikers: Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur), Jamie Vardy (Leicester City), Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United). Ross Barkley, Andros Townsend, Danny Drinkwater, John Stones and Marcus Rashford 1
1 Antonio Barragan Middlesbrough’s busy summer has continued with the acquisition of Valencia defender Antonio Barragan on a three-year deal.The 29-year-old right-back, who spent time with Liverpool as a teenager, is the sixth player to move to the north east in this window as Aitor Karanka shapes his squad ahead of their return to the Premier League.Barragan has joined Victor Valdes, Viktor Fischer, Bernardo Espinosa, Marten de Roon and Jordan McGhee in Karanka’s ranks and Boro hope his old Valencia team-mate Alvaro Negredo can follow too with the clubs working on an initial loan deal.Barragan left Liverpool in 2006 and played for Deportivo and Real Valladolid prior to joining Los Che, whom he made over a century of appearances for.“I am really pleased he has signed,” Karanka told www.mfc.co.uk.“He is a player we know a lot about and he is a good addition to the squad. He is a good lad, and he has played a lot of games for Valencia.“He knows this country as well because he was at Liverpool as a young player. He is a good signing for us.”
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! TUJUNGA – A 21-year-old man who was found shot to death on a Tujunga sidewalk over the weekend was identified as Ronnie J. Burgess. He was found dead from a gunshot wound to the head at 7:40 Sunday in the 10100 block of Samoa Avenue, police said. Witnesses told police the man had been shot by someone from a moving car, the description of which was not immediately available. Anyone with information is asked to call the Los Angeles Police Department’s Foothill Division detectives at (818) 834-3115. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champ For more news and observations about crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here.