‘We bullied Liverpool, they didn’t fancy the fight,’ Watford star Troy Deeney tells talkSPORT

first_imgWatford captain Troy Deeney has told talkSPORT Liverpool were ‘bullied’ and ‘didn’t fancy the fight’ as the hungry Hornets claimed their fourth consecutive Premier League win on Sunday.Jurgen Klopp’s men were punished for their dismal display at Vicarage Road as the hosts netted twice in the opening 15 minutes and again after the break to seal a brilliant 3-0 victory On-loan Chelsea defender Nathan Ake opened the scoring after a mistake from Adam Bogdan with just two minutes on the clock, while Nigerian striker Odion Ighalo took his tally for the season up to 12 league goals with a fine brace.Joining Call Collymore following the triumph, striker Deeney said: “The most impressive thing about our performance today is that we bullied them. They just didn’t fancy the fight.“We scored after a few minutes which settled the nerves and then we dominated. Skrtel went off, he didn’t fancy it, and it was a great victory.“We’ve shown we’re not scared of anybody. We were written off by everybody at the start of the season. We’ve had all these questioned fired at us, ‘can we score goals, are we good enough for the Premier League, can we avoid relegation’, and we’ve answered them tenfold.”A hint of arrogance, maybe, but ultimately what Deeney said cannot be doubted – he and Ighalo ran the Liverpool defence ragged in a boisterous display.An unfit Martin Skrtel was forced off in the first-half with a hamstring problem, leaving midfielder Lucas to partner Mamadou Sakho – also only recently back from injury – in central defence and the Watford pair were all over them, and really should have made the scoreline even more embarrassing for the Reds.Not many would have expected a promoted team to boast 17 goals between their top frontmen, but his and Ighalo’s form comes as no surprise to Deeney.He added: “I’m not blowing my own trumpet, but me and Iggy are probably one of the strongest forward partners in the Premier League.“I’m surprised teams aren’t clocking on to the way we play, they’re still trying to play two centre-backs against me and Iggy. If you want to come tight on us, we’ll bully you and we can also run in behind.“Defences don’t like that nowadays, it’s all pretty passing football, they all want to play like Barcelona.”last_img read more

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Up the League – Saturday, January 16

first_imgWe reflect on the latest managerial changes in the Football League and get Matt Holland’s views on his troubled former club Charlton.Peter Ramage looks back on his career and we find out what it was like playing in the Indian Super League plus his recent move to Coventry.The floods in Cumbria caused untold chaos – we catch up with Carlisle United captain Danny Grainger who tells us about the role he and his team mates played in helping the local community.Ahead of their trip to Sheffield Wednesday, we put Leeds United in focus. Noel Whelan gives us the lowdown about his old club.And we rewind to last weekend where the FA Cup took centre stage as some of our clubs produced heroic displays and caused upsets.Whether it’s Championship, League One or League Two, we’ve got it covered. UpTheLeague with Geoff Peters at 6am on Saturday, January 16.You can also subscribe to the weekly podcast via iTunes.last_img read more

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Council expected to OK light at deadly intersection

first_imgLA PUENTE – With the results of a traffic study in, the City Council is expected to approve planning and design work tonight for a signal light at an intersection where a teen was killed last month, according to officials. A safety analysis found that a traffic light is needed at the intersection of Temple and Sunkist avenues, where 13-year-old Anthony Ray Gonzalez was struck and killed in September, Councilman Louie Lujan said. Gonzalez, of La Puente, was riding his bicycle near the intersection Sept. 6 when he was fatally struck by an SUV, sheriff’s officials said. The driver of that SUV is not facing charges. “We are going to do whatever it takes to help those people,” Mayor Lou Perez said. “That’s our job … it was a tragedy what happened there.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The traffic analysis, which compiled data from police reports, 24-hour traffic counts and speed data, found that within the last seven years, 23 accidents have been reported at that intersection, according to city documents. Of those 23 accidents, five occurred in 2000 and 2001, reports said. “In my opinion, they should have a light there,” La Puente resident Ralph Magdaleno said. “We need to protect our kids.” A traffic study in 1999 at the same intersection found a light to be unnecessary. “In the past, we’ve had a lot of people complaining about the area and the accidents and stuff, but we could not get a majority vote to get the signal up,” Councilwoman Lola Storing said. Based on changing circumstances, Lujan said he was not surprised to see a different outcome in the most recent study. “Given the fact that over the course of time, things need change, it made sense to me that the new study could quite possibly yield a different result,” he said. The study also found that if a traffic light is installed, it could encourage more traffic along Sunkist Avenue, City Manager Carol Cowley said. tania.chatila@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2109 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

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Small businesses in quandary

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Alan and Kathy Hanagata, both 53, are packing up their 1,200-square-foot flower shop, family owned for 40 years, and heading to a new location, forced out by the property ownership change. “My husband and I were just crying on the phone,” Kathy Hanagata said. Alan’s mother, Flo Hanagata, opened Flo’s Flowers at 9016 E. Beverly Blvd., near the corner of Beverly and Rosemead. The shop also houses a paintball supply store. “People say we’re a landmark, we’ve been here so long,” Alan Hanagata said. Flo’s Flowers will move within sight of the old building, to 4524 Rosemead Blvd., because their building is scheduled for demolition. Business owners in Pico Rivera are being forced out of buildings they occupied for decades to make way for new development at the corner of Rosemead and Beverly boulevards. The owners say they were given little warning about the move, which they say will cost their businesses profits and customers. “We’re not being treated fair,” Kathy Hanagata said. The 3.27-acre property, which included a vacant commercial building once filled by Big Lots, Flo’s Flowers and a Union 76 gas station, was purchased by Agoura Realty and Management Inc. from the nonprofit Berger Foundation. The couple said they must leave by Nov. 15, according to representatives from the Berger Foundation and Agoura Realty who told them demolition of their building would begin on or about that date. Although the Hanagatas have found a new building to lease and are moving out of fear of being put out after the 15th, they say they have received no official notification of eviction. The deal is still in escrow, but Fred Wasson, principle with Agoura Realty, said the Berger Foundation was responsible for any eviction of tenants until the deal is closed. Wasson said he called Flo’s Flowers early in the summer to let them know that Agoura Realty planned to demolish the building, although they could not give legal notice because they did not own the property. “We just gave friendly notice to the tenants so that they would have plenty of time, with the holiday season,” Wasson said. Wasson said escrow is expected to close in the last days of the year or in January. According to Hanamata, the Berger Foundation offered to pay $2,500 to help the family relocate their business, but would not allow them any extension through the holidays, a busy season for their store. Hanamata estimates the move has cost $3,000 in lost business. The Hanamatas said they had repeated problems with the Berger Foundation in recent years. Two years ago, their monthly rent was doubled, from $400 to $800. Additionally, they said the Berger Foundation told them that Agoura Realty was responsible for their eviction. “Someone is lying here,” Kathy Hanamata said. Doug Vance of the Berger Foundation said he would not comment on the situation until escrow closed on the sale. Hamid Kianipur, 55, owned the Union 76 gas station and auto repair garage on the property for 18 years, but the Berger Foundation refused to renew his lease a year ago through Union 76’s parent company, ConocoPhillips. Kianipur’s lease was month-to-month, and he received word around the first of September that he would have to leave in 30 days, and the gas station would be demolished. He left on Oct. 1. “They just told me to pack my bags and go,” Kianipur said. “It was a big blow to me financially and to me personally.” Kianipur said he hopes to buy a new business like the one that has now been leveled, but that it will cost about $1 million. Out of desperation, he said he bought Bill’s Garage at 5135 Paramount Blvd. to make ends meet. “I really hustled to try and keep my business, but every door I knocked on, it just closed on me,” Kianipur said. According to Kianipur, who paid $9,000 per month in rent, he tried to buy his portion of the lot, but the Berger Foundation refused to divide the property and he could not afford the $6 million asking price. Wasson would not say how much Agoura Realty paid for the property. Wasson said Agoura Realty plans to keep the 32,000-square-foot building where Big Lots once was, and the company plans to attract a larger retailer or grocer for the spot. That business could arrive in 2008. Wasson said plans for the rest of the property had been made, and would not be carried out until after the remaining building is filled. Kianipur and the Hanamatas said they want to continue doing business in Pico Rivera, but that big development makes the task hard for local businesses. “Small people like me can’t make it around here,” Kianipur said. “It was my home for 25 years, and it was very sad to see it go.” airan.scruby@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029 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

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DONEGAL ENTREPRENEUR QUERIES WHY MANCHESTER UNITED HAS NO WOMEN’S FOOTBALL TEAM

first_imgA Donegal businessman has contacted Manchester United FC to query why one of world’s biggest football clubs has NO women’s team.Ian Harkin, owner of the hugely successful Letetrkenny-based children’s doll company LOTTIE was perplexed when he discovered that Manchester United FC had no women’s football team. He was shocked to discover that a worldwide brand like Manchester United FC who also claim to have the largest fan base in the world, does not have a senior women’s team at the club.Manchester United, along with Tottenham Hotspur are the only Premiership clubs that don’t have a women’s senior team.The Moville based businessman decided to contact Manchester United and find out why they don’t cater for a women’s team within the infrastructure of the club.Harkin suggested that within the regulations of the UEFA licensing structure – ALL clubs should make it compulsory to have a women’s team as part of their licensing requirements. Which according to Harkin would provide female players with the same opportunities and legal rights which are afforded to male players.Harkin posted the following message on his LOTTIE Facebook page which includes a number of startling facts about the women’s game.“Manchester United a club which claims the worlds largest fan-base – does not have a senior women’s football team.Following the thrilling Women’s World Cup 2015 tournament, a resurgence in the popularity of women’s football has emerged, but did you know that in the early 1900’s, women’s football had attendances reaching over 50,000 for club matches, becoming so popular that it was perceived as a threat to the men’s game – and so was banned in England from 1921 to 1971?!We believe the UEFA club licensing needs to extend to women’s football, making it compulsory that each licensed club has a women’s team, affording female players the same opportunities and legal rights as the men’s game. At present only 7 countries have adopted this policy, Croatia, Estonia, Lithuania, Northern Ireland, Sweden, Hungary and Georgia. Advertisement What are your thoughts?Read More; http://www.independent.co.uk/…/why-is-it-that-theres-no-wom…Read our Lottie coaching tips for girls; http://lott.ie/womens-world-cup-2015 Advertisement DONEGAL ENTREPRENEUR QUERIES WHY MANCHESTER UNITED HAS NO WOMEN’S FOOTBALL TEAM was last modified: July 8th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:BusinessDoll ComapnyIan HarkinLottieManchester United FCnewsSportWomen’s teamlast_img read more

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EFL Trophy: New format confirmed, with involvement of Premier League academies

first_imgA revamped EFL Trophy next season, with the inclusion of Premier League clubs, will ‘rejuvenate’ the competition and help develop domestic talent, according to English Football League (EFL) chief executive Shaun Harvey.Sixteen top-category academy sides have been asked to join the 48 clubs from Leagues One and Two in what was known as the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy but is currently without a sponsor.Fifteen of those invited clubs come from the Premier League, with Newcastle getting the final invite as the next highest finisher in last season’s league pyramid.And in a move that has already attracted criticism from clubs and fans worried about the possible introduction of Premier League B teams into the EFL, those invited clubs will be able to field five players older than 21 in their starting XIs.“The new format is intended to rejuvenate this competition and also assist the development of the very best young players in English football,” said Harvey.“This will help us deliver more and better home-grown players which will deliver benefits to the national team and domestic league football at all levels.”The 64 clubs will be split into 16 groups of four, on a north/south regional basis, each containing an invited club; and they will play each other once, with the invited club playing one game at home.Teams will earn three points for a win and a point for a draw, but if the scores are tied after 90 minutes an extra point will go to the winner of a penalty shoot-out.The top two from each group will then proceed to a regional knock-out round of 32, with the rounds of 16, eight and four being free draws.These will all be single ties and will be settled by penalties after 90 minutes, although that may change for the semi-final and Wembley final.Approval of these changes came at last month’s EFL AGM in Portugal but it was far from unanimous, despite an extra £1m coming from the Premier League to more than double the prize fund.A Premier League spokesman said: “Participation for a selection of Premier League clubs’ (academy) teams in the EFL Trophy is an important part of a range of developments that both we and the EFL believe will help young, talented players progress physically and mentally on top of the technical aspect of their game developed in the academy system.“It is a progressive move by both leagues; one that we welcome.”The group stages will start in the last week of August, with the knock-out rounds beginning at the start of December and the final on April 2, 2017. 1 EFL Trophy: Barnsley were winners of the competition, previously the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy, in 2015/16 last_img read more

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Bryant shoots for top billing

first_img As legend has it, Mikan was greeted by his teammates before the game asking if they should wait in the locker room while he played one on five as advertised. A half-century later, after two transcendent games over the weekend, Kobe Bryant might deserve similar billing on the big board next to Staples Center and the 110 Freeway. As Lakers coach Phil Jackson put it after Saturday’s game, “We’re getting immune to his heroics at times.” Added Bryant: “Phil asked me with two minutes to go in the game (Saturday), he asked me if I needed a breather, just being funny. I said, `Coach, I’ve been shooting all jumpshots tonight. I’m not even tired.”‘ With his 45-point game against Memphis before the suspension, Bryant became the first player since Michael Jordan in 1990 to score 45 points or more in three consecutive games. The Indiana Pacers will get their crack at Bryant tonight, a game for which they sorely could use the suspended Ron Artest as a defensive stopper. The Pacers, who came into Sunday as one of the NBA’s top five defensive teams, could start out Stephen Jackson on Bryant. It is still a team game, but Bryant has accounted for nearly one-third of the Lakers’ scoring this season and remains on pace to become only the second player in the past 30 years (Jordan is the other) to take more than 2,100 shots in a season. “We know we’re going to have players step up and make big contributions,” Bryant said. “We’re not going to think about this as being a long-haul thing. We’re just going to take it game by game.” Bryant went 19 of 29 in Friday’s game and 17 of 41 Saturday, connecting on a combined 14-of-22 3-pointers in the two games. He moved from the backcourt to the wing in the triangle offense this season and has seized on the opportunity to be a scorer. The Clippers finally got the ball out of his hands in the fourth quarter, but only after committing Chris Wilcox or Elton Brand to double Bryant at the very start of possessions, leaving forward Brian Cook open for a 3-pointer and long jumper. “It’s just a matter of me stepping back into that zone,” Bryant said. “I’m just being aggressive, just attacking these guys, and us as a team, we’re doing a good job spacing. “And (Lamar Odom’s) doing an excellent job facilitating the offense. He takes a lot of pressure off me, where I don’t have to concern myself with playmaking because that’s what he does.” Odom, in particular, was effusive in his praise of Bryant. When Odom couldn’t stop Clippers forward Cuttino Mobley in the third quarter, Bryant went on his scoring barrage and kept the Lakers in a game they trailed by as many as 13. “I felt like him catching on fire like that, like he got my back,” Odom said, later adding, “He wills himself to victory. That’ll rub off on all of us.” Cook, meanwhile, was asked if he thought Bryant had affirmed his status at the NBA’s premier player. “He’s carried us a lot this season,” Cook said. “He gets the job done every night.” Ross Siler, (818) 713-3610 ross.siler@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! On the first page of the Lakers media guide this season, as part of a tribute to George Mikan, is a photograph of the marquee that greeted pro basketball’s then-biggest star when Mikan arrived Madison Square Garden for a game in December 1949. It read: WED BASKETBALL GEO MIKAN V/S KNICKS. center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson Bryant went ballistic in his return from a two-game suspension, following up a 48-point game against Philadelphia with a 50-point game against the Clippers. The 98 points were the most Bryant ever has scored in consecutive games in his career. And Bryant might topped it all with his explanation of the off-balance bank shot he hit with 11.4 seconds left Saturday night to beat the Clippers. “That’s H-O-R-S-E,” Bryant said. “Like when you’re a kid, you just play H-O-R-S-E in the backyard and you throw up all kinds of (stuff) and see if it sticks.” Bryant had 40 points in the second half against the Clippers, including the first 11 of the fourth quarter, and laid claim to the NBA scoring crown over the weekend. He has scored 40 points or more in nine games and is averaging 33.7 points this season. He set one franchise record by hitting seven 3-pointers without a miss against the 76ers and nearly set another with his 40-point second half against the Clippers. Bryant had 42 points in a half against Washington on March 28, 2003. last_img
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Benitez’s three goals leads Azusa

first_imgIt only took seven minutes for the two seniors to give Azusa a quick 2-0 lead after each scored an early goal. La Puente’s senior forward Venus Partida scored in the 24th minute to cut Azusa’s lead to 2-1. Benitez, who is a head taller than most of her opponents, scored on a great header from Campos after a corner kick to give Azusa a 3-1 lead. “We really understand each other and on corners she knows to kick it to my head,” Benitez said. La Puente (2-8, 1-3) also received a solid effort from senior goalie Ashleigh Sanchez, who made a couple of saves to prevent Azusa from putting the game away early. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Leading the way for Azusa was standout senior forward Brenda Benitez. She scored three goals and had an assist. Benitez, who transferred from Gladstone last year and didn’t play soccer, now has 14 goals on the season to lead the team and the league in scoring. AZUSA – The high school soccer season may only be half over, but the Azusa High School girls team is already making a statement in its effort to win a third consecutive Montview League title. The Aztecs remained undefeated in league play by following three narrow victories with an easy 6-1 win over visiting La Puente High School on Wednesday. center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa AnitaAzusa also received production from senior midfielder Adriana Campos, who had two goals and three assists. Second-year Azusa coach Stephanie Lemberg knows just how good her team is, but hadn’t seen the Aztecs have that one breakout game yet this season. “I think overall we have a great team and the best team in the league and I think we can win it if we stay consistent,” Lemberg said. If Benitez – who has attracted some Division I interest – and Campos stay consistent, Azusa (7-5, 4-0) should make it three in a row. “(Benitez and Campos) just work amazing together … and pass well together and find each other,” Lemberg said. last_img read more

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Three Donegal businesses win big at Independent Retail Awards

first_imgA local shop, cafe, and butchers have many reasons to celebrate today after winning in the 2nd Irish Independent Retail Awards 2019.Last night’s ceremony had ten Donegal businesses shortlisted for industry awards.The winners (pictured above) were:  Butcher of the Year: EWS Traditional Butchers in Donegal TownCafe of the Year: Honeypot Coffee House in LetterkennyIndependent Sports Retailer of the Year: Michael Murphy Sports & Leisure in LetterkennyThe awards were announced at a black-tie ceremony in The Crowne Plaza Hotel Blanchardstown. The awards acknowledged the contributions of the country’s independent retailers to the overall economy as well as the wide range of diversity that is present in this sector. They also recognised individuals that own smaller chains, whose work is often overshadowed in the bigger landscape. A spokesperson for the Irish Independent Retail Awards 2019, said: “These awards are the leading celebration of the independent retailers that work tirelessly to serve the Irish communities. The event provided a platform to showcase the ongoing commitment of those who treat every customer as a friend, stand as an important part of local communities, where their great service and value, result in the return of loyal locals to their retails.”Three Donegal businesses win big at Independent Retail Awards was last modified: August 15th, 2019 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:EWS Traditional Butchershoneypot coffee houseIrish Independent Retail AwardsMichael Murphy Sports & Leisurelast_img read more

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OH BEO A NIGHT – LETTERKENNY SCHOOLS ROCK IT OUT

first_imgMore than 300 people including pupils from schools across Ireland gathered in Letterkenny last night for the final of music competition BEO.The competition, arranged by Colaiste Ailigh, saw schools compete for a first prize of €5,000.Schools were tasked with the challenge of organising their own BEO concert while speaking a cupla focal Gaeilge. The schools who made the final included Gaelcholáiste Chill Dara, Pobalscoil Ghaoth Dobhair, Grennan College, Pobalscoil na Rosann, Bridgetown Vocational College and St Columba’s College.Held in the RCC the final proved a night of musical mayhem as a number of bands including Storyfold, More Than Conquerors and Jamaican Vampires rocked it out.But the real interest was who was going to walk away with the inaugural BEO trophy ….and €5,000!The announcement was made by the man many credit with discovering U2 – Hot Press writer Jackie Hayden. Making the announcement, Jackie said “If the wealth of talent here tonight is anything to go by then there is no recession in the Irish music business.”There was a huge reaction when Bridgetown Vocational School pipped one other school at the post.But the real winner on the night were the teachers and pupils of Colaiste Ailigh, Loreto Convent and St Eunan’s College for organising an amazing night. OH BEO A NIGHT – LETTERKENNY SCHOOLS ROCK IT OUT was last modified: May 11th, 2012 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:BeoColaiste AilighJackie Haydenlast_img read more

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