WATCH: Unreal back-heel touch from Barcelona star Neymar

first_img1 Barcelona star Neymar “Neymar is electric… he was breathtaking”…Messi who?Barcelona manager Luis Enrique waxed lyrical about Brazil superstar Neymar after he starred in the Catalan club’s victory over Rayo Vallecano at the weekend.The 23-year-old mesmerised fans and his opponents with a simply sublime individual performance in the absence of the injured Lionel Messi, converting two penalties (having won both of them) and scoring twice from open play in a 5-2 victory.But it wasn’t his goalscoring exploits which grabbed the attention of football aficionadas of the online world, no, it was his trick-a-minute display and this magical rabona-style touch which had fans salivating.Don’t believe us? Check it out in the clip below!And see all of Neymar’s goals, with some brilliant link-up play with Luis Suarez, here:last_img read more


Liverpool to confirm Jurgen Klopp’s first Anfield signing on TUESDAY

first_imgLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is set make Marko Grujic his first signing at Anfield this week.The Serbian teenager arrived on Merseyside for talks over the weekend after the Reds agreed a £5.1million deal with Red Star Belgrade before Christmas.Grujic, 19, is now set undergo a medical on Monday before sealing the deal, which is expected to be announced on Tuesday.The youngster will rejoin Red Star on loan until the end of the season before becoming part of Klopp’s first-teamn plans next season.Liverpool fought off late interest from Russian clubs CSKA Moscow and Zenit St Petersburg, who were offering over £7m, to secure Grujic’s signature.The starlet is understood to have opted for a move to Merseyside after personal intervention from Klopp, who was advised about the Serbian Under-21 international by his Serbian assistant Zeljko Buvac.Klopp is also believed to be tracking Schalke defender Joel Matip, who is out of contract at the end of the season, but there is still plenty of work to be done to sign the German-born Cameroon international.However, despite their on-going defensive frailties any deal would be for Matip to join in the summer.According to Press Association Sport, there are at least two French clubs who are ahead of Liverpool in the running for the 24-year-old while Schalke have not given up hope the centre-back will sign a new contract. Jurgen Klopp 1last_img read more


Arsenal expected to name strong FA Cup team: Predicted XI for Sunderland clash

first_img 11 11 2. Mathieu Debuchy (right back) – click the arrow above, right, to see the possible Arsenal line-up against Sunderland in squad number order 21. Calum Chambers (centre midfield) 11 4. Per Mertesacker (centre back) 11 3. Kieran Gibbs (left back) 13. David Ospina (goalkeeper) 11 11 11 14. Theo Walcott (striker) Arsene Wenger is expected to field some of his big guns as Arsenal start their defence of the FA Cup with a home game against Sunderland.The Gunners are top of the Premier League and have a last-16 Champions League tie against Barcelona next month, but Wenger insists the FA Cup remains very important.After a nine-year trophy drought, Arsenal have now won back-to-back FA Cup’s and are aiming to be the first team since Blackburn Rovers in 1886 to win it for a third straight season.Wenger is expected to call upon the likes of Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Per Mertsesacker for tomorrow’s game, while Kieran Gibbs could be in line for a rare start.However, Arsenal still have a long injury list, which includes Jack Wilshere, Danny Welbeck and Santi Cazorla.Alexis Sanchez will also miss the game as he continues to recover from a groin injury.To see talkSPORT’s predicted XI click the above arrow, right. 11 11 11 11 16. Aaron Ramsey (centre midfield) 5. Gabriel (centre back) 15. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (winger) 28. Joel Campbell (winger) 45. Alex Iwobi (winger)last_img read more


Distinguishing the enemy in Iraq isn’t easy

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityPATROL BASE HAWKS, Iraq – When U.S. sentries fatally shot three guards near an Iraqi-manned checkpoint south of Baghdad, they thought they were targeting enemy fighters planting roadside bombs, according to the American commander of the region. The shootings, which are still under investigation, underscore a new dilemma facing U.S. troops as former fighters join forces against extremists and Iraqis are increasingly forced to take up arms to protect themselves – how does one distinguish them from the enemy? The U.S. military said the American troops shot the three civilians Thursday near a checkpoint manned by local members of a U.S.-allied group helping provide security in the village of Abu Lukah, near Musayyib, a Shiite-dominated town 40 miles south of Baghdad. Maj. Gen. Rick Lynch, commander of the 3rd Infantry Division that controls territory south of Baghdad, stressed the investigation was continuing but said initial results showed that U.S. troops fired on the checkpoint after spotting what appeared to be enemy forces planting roadside bombs. “We are not looking to see who made a mistake but rather see what we can learn from that particular event,” Lynch told The Associated Press on Saturday during a whirlwind tour of patrol bases in the area. Lynch said it’s critical to “better coordinate between coalition forces, Iraqi security forces and concerned citizens,” as he calls the vigilante-style groups that have sprouted up across the country to fight extremists. The comments reflect rising concerns about possible friendly fire killings that could threaten to undermine the U.S. strategy of seeking alliances with local Sunni and Shiite leaders to fill the vacuum left by a national police force that has been plagued by corruption allegations and infiltration by militants. Incidents of shooting of civilians at checkpoints has drawn allegations by many, in Iraq and beyond, that U.S. troops and contractors are quick to fire and ask questions later. Such criticism was widespread after the March 2005 fatal shooting of an Italian intelligence officer at a checkpoint near Baghdad airport. The officer was traveling at night shortly after securing the release of a kidnapped Italian reporter, who was wounded along with an Italian driver when a U.S. soldier opened fire. The U.S. military has said the soldier acted appropriately in the incident. After the Abu Lukah shooting, the so-called North of Hillah Awakening Council staged a three-day strike to register its anger over the loss of three of its members, but guards resumed their posts on Sunday. “Such acts will create a gap between us and the Americans. We are trying to restore security in the area while the Americans are killing us,” Nabil Saleh, 37, said as he stood with his AK-47 slung over his shoulder at his post in Abu Lukah. Jabar Hamid, a 33-year-old Shiite from the village, said the U.S. military had paid $2,500 to each family of the three men killed. “It is a tragedy and regrettable thing,” he said. In a bid to distinguish the recruits from potential militants, the groups have been given vests with reflective stripes, similar to those worn by traffic police in many countries. Others wear brown T-shirts with Iraqi hats similar to those worn by the national army. Capt. John Newman, 31, of Columbus, Ga., said the soldiers believe they can discern volunteers from the insurgents. “We’ve given them their road guard vests,” Newman said. “So, he’d better be wearing that vest if I see him carrying an AK-47.” Lynch stressed the Americans are not arming the groups because the men already have weapons, primarily AK-47s that are legally permitted in Iraqi households. “We are allowing the people of Iraq to secure their own areas and they are using their personal firearms to do that,” he said. Iraqi volunteers – both Sunnis and Shiites – mostly watch over their neighborhoods, guard mosques and man checkpoints.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! DILEMMA: Shootings have led some to say U.S. forces too often fire first and ask questions later. By Katarina Kratovac THE ASSOCIATED PRESS last_img read more


L.A. Bridges puts kids on right path

first_imgCarlos Padilla was one of those youths. When he moved to Reseda from over the hill, he barely got by in school. He spent a year in Bridges, bumped up his grades and went onto Canoga Park High School. Now 16, he’s got a job at a movie theater and aspirations to study journalism. “They gave us fun things to do, not just going home to watch the TV,” he said, miming pressing the button on a remote. “I used to get C’s and D’s and hung out with the wrong people. But I made new friends here.” Critics of the program – and the city’s overall gang strategy – have said there’s little accountability for the public funding. Crandall acknowledged the difficulty of quantifying success but said her office had begun tracking graduates and maintaining regular contact to document their progress. Directing youthful aggression into more constructive pastimes comes with a price, said Tremayne Noles, program monitor with the Community Development Department, but one that pays off as they move onto adulthood. “It captures them at a critical time in their youth,” he said. “If you reach a kid at that age, if they’re involved in delinquency or gangs, that’s when you can get to them. They want guidance. They want leadership.” That goes beyond just teaching kids to throw a football or strum a guitar, but giving them a sense of community. Luvicy Frank Noah, whose son joined the program when the two relocated to Los Angeles after Hurricane Katrina, said the program gave her a sense of family. “When we came here, we were displaced and lost,” she said. “We’ve made this almost like our second home.” As the families, some whose kids had graduated years before, dined on turkey with the staff and volunteers, Eckard took the microphone. She’d been skeptical like the rest, wondered why her school even needed a gang-prevention program. But the kids won her over, she said, and the program thrived. “We did it,” she said, voice wavering with emotion. “We touched so many kids’ lives … and we did it together.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre But the community was not always so supportive. “It scared the daylights out of people,” said Ellen Eckard, liaison between the program and the school for the past 10 years. “Parents called the school, wondering, `What the heck is going on?”‘ At first, the program drew six or seven families to nighttime events. Then a dozen, then 20, then 50. At the recent event, several hundred people watched the Bridges Band play old punk music and cheerleaders wave pompoms. Annually, the city spends $9.4 million, centered around 27 middle schools and serving 6,866 students. At Sutter, that translates into 170 kids and their families. Unlike other programs linked to grade-point averages, Bridges engages students at all levels of academic achievement. “Every youth – every person – needs to feel like they matter,” said program coordinator Crystal Crandall. “They have to feel like they’re part of something.” CANOGA PARK – The students sang, cheered, jammed, sank free throws, went on trips, did their homework – and stayed out of trouble. Ten years ago, the city installed the L.A. Bridges gang-prevention program at Sutter Middle School and three other San Fernando Valley sites, aiming to steer youths from delinquency into more wholesome pursuits. Nearly 3,000 kids at Sutter have used it to brush up on their studies, learn to grow up and fill the gap between school’s final bell and their parents’ return from work. Last week, parents, children and graduates packed the school’s cafeteria to celebrate the program’s successes over the past decade. last_img


first_imgKILLYBEGS today took another step towards diversifying its world-reknowned port by announcing ambitious plans to expand.The town is hoping to attract more offshore energy companies, renewable energy projects and cruise ships.The Donegal County Development Board has supported the the publication of a brochure highlighting Killybegs expertise in the offshore supports business. The brochure was developed in partnership with Killybegs and District Chamber of Commerce, Killybegs Community Council and local business representatives.The Mayor of Dongal Cllr. Cora Harvey said: “The publication of the brochure signals the beginning of a concerted effort by everyone to promote Killybegs as an offshore support base.“Killybegs is a port ready for the 21st century.”She added: “Offshore energy exploration will not only benefit the port and its immediate environs, but also the wider county with opportunities for new job creation and training.” KILLYBEGS LOOKS TO THE FUTURE WITH POSITIVE VIEW was last modified: April 6th, 2011 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) Tags:Cora HarveyKillybegsoffshore oil industrylast_img read more



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TEAM NEWS – Barca vs Arsenal: Mertesacker dropped, Welbeck starts

first_imgThe teams are in for Arsenal’s Champions League crunch match in Barcelona. Arsene Wenger’s Gunners head into the Nou Camp clash trailing by two goals and they face an uphill task if they want to make the last eight. The match is live on talkSPORT (7:45 kick-off) – click here to listen live – and here are tonight’s starting XIs: Barcelona: Ter Stegen, Alba, Mathieu, Mascherano, Alves, Busquets, Iniesta, Rakitic, Messi, Suarez, Neymar.Arsenal: Ospina, Bellerin, Koscielny, Gabriel, Monreal, Elneny, Flamini, Iwobi, Ozil, Sanchez, Welbeck.Alternatively, you can listen to Bayern Munich vs Juventus, live on talkSPORT2, as the tie is currently levelled at 2-2. 1 Arsene Wenger’s men trail by two goals last_img


Celta Vigo 2-1 Granada: Ex-Liverpool striker continues good form

first_img Iago Aspas: The former Liverpool forward hit a double to help his side to victory 1 In-form Iago Aspas took his tally for the season to 18 goals with a fine double as Celta Vigo moved to fifth in La Liga with a 2-1 victory over Granada. Live on talkSPORT2, the former Liverpool man put the home side ahead from the spot before Youssef El-Arabi hit back in the second half to draw Granada level. Aspas doubled his tally with 14 minutes left on the clock, as Celta overtake Athletic Bilbao in the league standings. Granada, meanwhile, remain in 17th with just three wins in their last ten. You can listen to live La Liga commentary on talkSPORT 2. For details of how to retune your radio, click here.last_img