Leipheimer retains his lead

first_imgPHOTO GALLERIES: Tour | Tour, 2 | Family Ride Argentina’s Juan Jose Haedo won Saturday’s sixth stage of the Amgen Tour of California, but American Levi Leipheimer retained the overall lead with one day left. Leipheimer finished 25th in the main group and maintained his 21-second margin over CSC’s Jens Voigt of Germany. The Discovery Channel rider has led the race since winning the prologue last Sunday in San Francisco. “The other teams came out to crack the race leader,” Leipheimer said. “That’s expected. I’ve been on the other side of that before, so I know what it’s like. But there’s a reason why this team has won seven Tours de France. It knows what it’s doing.” Leipheimer was nearly involved in a crash about 5 miles into the stage when two of his teammates collided and went down just in front of him. He also lost his race lead during the stage to CSC rider Stuart O’Grady of Australia, who rode in a breakaway group of seven riders that gained a 2 -minute advantage. O’Grady began the day trailing by 1:20. But the lead group was caught about halfway through the last of three 3.5-mile finishing circuits. The 639.2-mile race concludes today in Long Beach with a 77.5-mile circuit race. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img Haedo emerged from a large pack to win the 105.4-mile run from Santa Barbara to Santa Clarita in 3 hours, 56 minutes, 5seconds. The CSC rider also won the second stage Tuesday in Sacramento. T-Mobile rider Greg Henderson of New Zealand placed second by less than a bike length. Current world road champion Paolo Bettini of Italy, who rides for Quick-Step/Innergetic, was third in the same time. last_img read more

Province contributes $37,400 to Treaty 8 Tribal Association

first_imgThe project is part of $1.5 million dollars that’s been allocated for brownfield renewal, and is funding 19 projects in 13 B.C. communities.Brownfields are underused or abandoned commercial, or industrial property that has strong redevelopment potential.In a release, Peace River North MLA Pat Pimm says, “The $37,400 being provided to the Treaty 8 Tribal Association through the brownfield renewal program will allow the Association to expand it’s offices and provide more services. This is a great investment that will benefit First Nations and other local residents.- Advertisement -Since being introduced in 2008, the brownfield renewal program has provided close to $6 million for 101 projects in over 50 communities.last_img read more

LED signs will warn of trains

first_img“People notice them. Sometimes people don’t see `no right turn’ or `no left turn’ signs because they’re used to making those turns. These stand out.” pat.aidem@dailynews.com (661) 257-5251160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA CLARITA – Flashing LED signs are being installed at nine intersections near railroad tracks, a move designed to alert motorists to passing trains. Two of the red-and-blue light-emitting diode signs flash when right turns are prohibited from eastbound Soledad Canyon Road to Oak Street, where a turn at the wrong time could mean a collision with a train, said Andrew Yi, Santa Clarita’s traffic engineer. “We just want to give additional warning to drivers when trains are coming,” Yi said. “It’s a safety feature near the railroad tracks. “It’s bright. You can’t miss it.” Metrolink applauds any measure that can keep motorists from turning in front of a 450-ton commuter train going 80 to 90 mph, spokeswoman Denise Tyrrell said. Santa Clarita has a relatively safe record along its tracks, with no fatal collisions with vehicles in the last five years, Tyrrell said. Still the threat is constant with several grade crossings along Soledad and San Fernando roads, two of the city’s busiest highways. “One of the things we’re seeing in incidents with motorists and trains is distracted drivers,” Tyrrell said. “Anything to alert people they’re close to a rail crossing is an enormous benefit. “The train is to your car what your car is to a soda can.” Yi said he’s seen the highly visible signs in other Southland cities. Los Angeles uses the signs to prohibit left turns during peak hours at intersections with no left-turn pockets. Long Beach has installed the signs along its Blue Line commuter rail. last_img

Iraqi women shot; guards are blamed

first_imgTuesday’s shooting deaths seemed likely to increase calls for limits on private security firms, which have come under intense scrutiny since the Sept. 16 shooting deaths of as many as 17 Iraqi civilians allegedly by guards with Blackwater USA, the largest firm protecting U.S. diplomats in Iraq. It was not clear what the Unity Resources Group convoy was doing Tuesday when the shooting occurred. The U.S. State Department said the convoy was not protecting American diplomats, but an embassy spokeswoman said an American nongovernmental organization may have been involved. The women killed were in a white Oldsmobile that drove into the intersection in the Karradah district as the convoy of three white and one gray SUVs was stopped about 100 yards away, according to a policeman who witnessed the shooting. The men in the SUVs threw a smoke bomb, apparently to warn the car against proceeding, said Riyadh Majid, the policeman. The woman driving tried to stop but was killed along with the passenger when two guards in the convoy opened fire, Majid said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Interior Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Abdul-Karim Khalaf said the Unity Resources Group had apologized after guards in four SUVs fired on a car carrying the women. Khalaf said the government and the company have begun investigations and that initial findings showed the guards fired 19 bullets. Unity Resources Group, which has operated in Iraq since 2004, employs security personnel from the U.S., Britain, Australia and New Zealand. A spokesman said there was a shooting involving one of its security teams and it was working with Iraqi authorities to determine the circumstances. Across Iraq on Tuesday, violence claimed the lives of at least 44 people, including 19 who died in coordinated suicide car bombings in the north that targeted a police chief and a Sunni sheik. WAR: Security firm involved was not escorting U.S. diplomats, State Department says. By Sameer N. Yacoub THE ASSOCIATED PRESS BAGHDAD – Guards in a security convoy opened fire on a car at an intersection in central Baghdad on Tuesday, killing two Christian women before speeding away, police said. The Iraqi government said a Dubai-based private security company was behind the shootings. last_img read more

Developer buying NBC site

first_imgBURBANK – NBC Universal plans to sell its entire 34-acre studio in Burbank to a development company that will inherit the right to build on the property, city and studio officials said Tuesday. M. David Paul and Associates will be the builder, with help from Stockbridge Real Estate Fund, officials said. The companies have created a joint entity – Catalina Media Development II LLC – to develop the remainder of the NBC lot. With NBC Universal set to move its operations to Universal City, the company reserves the right to lease the Burbank facility for several years while it makes the move. The daytime soap opera “Days of Our Lives” and “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” are among the shows produced at the Burbank studio. Under a 1997 agreement between NBC and Burbank, the new owner could build up to 670,000 square feet of office space for media companies, which is expected to bring both more jobs and more traffic. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat Kings“Certainly, NBC has the right to sell it,” said Burbank City Councilman Dave Golonski. “I think M. David Paul is an excellent owner who develops very high quality, nice projects. The projects he’s done in Burbank are all very good.” A representative of Santa Monica-based M. David Paul did not return repeated calls seeking comment. The company is already building a 14-story office tower on a nine-acre lot it bought from NBC in 2005 at Bob Hope Drive and Alameda Avenue, right across from the rest of the NBC lot. That project is slated to be finished in a year. Thomas Patrick Dore Jr., senior vice president for West Coast real estate for NBC Universal, wrote in a letter to city officials that Catalina would invest equity of $65 million in the project, and that Stockbridge would reserve $190 million in capital as support for its loan to buy the property. The financial aspect is important, because the Burbank City Council must sign off on whether the new owner has enough capital to undertake the project, city officials said. But under the 1997 development agreement, that is the only aspect of the transfer the council has jurisdiction over. The development agreement, which was approved by the City Council, allows for 1.8 million square feet of media-related office space to be built on the NBC lot, which fronts on Alameda and Olive avenues. But much of it is already developed, leaving only about 670,000 square feet left for development, officials said. Under the 1997 agreement, any company building on the remainder of the NBC lot would have to pay for traffic improvements on nearby streets, including restriping, new lanes and new signals. Since the NBC lot is next to the Ventura Freeway, development there would put fewer vehicles on city streets than it might in other parts of the city, said Mike Flad, assistant city manager. But officials still expect that when the new offices are built, it will bring more traffic to the area. “In terms of revenue for the city, it’s great news, in terms of the property tax and the addition of jobs to this community,” Flad said. In 2009, when Leno steps down, NBC Universal says, “The Tonight Show” will move to Universal City. In 2011, the company says, it will begin moving the rest of its facilities to Universal City, on a space near the MTA Red Line station. alex.dobuzinskis@dailynews.com 818-546-3304160Want 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

Man United, Chelsea and Man City dealt crushing blow in race for Barcelona star

first_imgIvan Rakitic has reiterated his desire to stay with Barcelona, despite interest from Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea.Although the midfielder is still yet to agree a contract extension at the Camp Nou, reports he wants to leave are wide of the mark. REVEALED targets Rakitic looks set to stay at Barca, despite Premier League interest LATEST The midfielder was in tremendous form for Croatia at the World Cup Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January LIVING THE DREAM RANKED Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade IN DEMAND targets center_img Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland 2 Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father The delay in signing a new deal over the summer sparked interest from Chelsea, City and United, who would be able to offer the Croatia international a huge pay rise.However, the 30-year-old has now revealed he is happy at Barcelona and not pushing for a new contract.“Yes I have stayed because I feel the people, I feel the football. The best thing for me to do is to defend this team and to play with them,” said Rakitic.“The president knows me very well. He knows that I am not expecting anything from him. The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star moving on 2 Latest Transfer News “If he calls me it is fine. If he doesn’t call me, it is fine too. He knows I am very happy going to training every day.“I just want to win many titles with Barca.”There could well be a scramble on instead for Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey, who looks set to leave the club after a decade.The player’s agents confirmed and then quickly deleted Tweets on Tuesday night that their client would be leaving the Emirates.last_img read more

MAYOR ANNOUNCES €30,000 FOR 42 GROUPS FOR THE GATHERING FESTIVAL

first_imgThe Mayor of Donegal Cllr. Frank McBrearty has welcomed further funding for a range of community groups and festivals in Donegal who are hosting events during the Gathering 2013.This funding which was made available from Failte Ireland and administered by Donegal County Council will see a total of €30,000 being allocated to 42 groups from various parts of the county.The Mayor says he welcomes this funding and believes that this funding will provide an added impetus for groups who are hosting a diverse range of Gathering events in 2013. To date, there are 133 events planned for Donegal in 2013 and all of these events are featured on both the national Gathering Ireland website and the local Donegal Gathering website www.donegalgathering.com .Mr. Seamus Neely, County Manager and Chair of Donegal Tourism congratulated the various groups and organisations who were successful in their applications for funding stating that “it is very encouraging to see the level of community interest in the whole initiative and the time and effort that has been put into the organisation of events for the betterment of communities in all parts of the county”.Mr. Neely also welcomed the opportunity for Donegal County Council to work in close co-operation with Failte Ireland and all the groups not only in regards to the grants but in terms of the overall Gathering Ireland initiative.List of successful Groups/Festivals: Group / Organisation FestivalLár Chomhairle Paróiste Ghleann Cholm Cille Teo The ‘In Through’ GatheringInver Community Centre “Miles of Memories” A trip down memory lane in the Parish of InverBallyshannon 1980’s School Reunion Committee Ballyshannon’s 1980’s School ReunionO’Donnell Clan Association O’Donnell Clan Gtahering Glebe School Reunion Glebe School ReunionThe Gillen Clan Gathering The Gillen Clan GatheringLaghey Blast Festival Committee Laghey Blast FestivalBallyshannon Fisherman’s Memorial Erne Estuary Fishermen Monument Dedication Glencholmcille Folk Village Relive Ireland of 1750’s, 1850’s and 1950’sBundoran Community Development Group Pictures of Change Old & NewDrimarone School Reunion Committee Drimarone Schools’ GatheringThe Glen of Glenties Gathering Committee The Glen of Glenties Gathering CommitteeAn Fálcarrach le Chéile Siúlóidí Thullach BeaglaighFalcarragh Le Cheile The Evil Eye FestivalCommarchumann na Noileán Beag Gola Island FestivalComharchumann Forb, Ghoath Dobhair Féile Chnoc Fola’Gweebarra Fishing Club The GweebarraThe Johnny Doherty Festival The Johnny Doherty FestivalFalcarragh Tourers and Traders FestifalBurtonport Summer Festival Burtonport Summer FestivalInishowen Traditional Singers’ Circle It’s a Fine Thing to Sing, Inishowen Traditional Singers’ Circle Seminar, Workshops & Session SeriesMuff Youth and Sports Festival Muff Festival 2013 – The HomecomingDesertegney Community Hall Group Desertegney Community GatheringThe Charles Macklin Autumn School The Charles Macklin Autumn SchoolNewtown Focus Group Newtoncunningham Homecoming FestivalThe Cairn Cavanaghs of CarrowhughSixties Festival Group Come Gather Round People (Come Together – a festival of Sixties MusicAmazing Grace Festival Amazing Grace Festival 2013Ulster Canada Initiative Laurentic Conference and CommemorationColgan Heritage Colgan Heritage WeekendFeile Grianan Ailigh Feile Grianan Ailigh, Awakening of the HorsemenLennon Festival Ramelton Ramelton’s 44th Annual Lennon FestivalRathmullen Regatta Gathering Committee Rathmullen Regatta GatheringFéile Carraig Arts & Culture Féile Carraig Arts & Culture 2013Dackview Ltd SeaFest Lough Swilly 2013Letterkenny Athletic Club The Letterkenny Athletic Club, a Minute Mile Challenge and the official Opening of the Danny Mc daid Athletics TrackO Doherty Doagh Beg Clan O’Doherty, Droaghbeg ClanMervagh Ramblers Walking Club Mervagh Ramblers Walking FestivalFinn Valley Agricultural Show 21st Annual Finn Valley Agricultural ShowDonegal Federation I.C.A I.C.A. Displays & Demonstrations of Traditional Arts & craftsDrumkeen Old School Reunion Drumkeen Old School ReunionTwin Towns Gathering Working Group Twin Towns GatheringMAYOR ANNOUNCES €30,000 FOR 42 GROUPS FOR THE GATHERING FESTIVAL was last modified: January 28th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:000 FOR 42 GROUPS FOR THE GATHERING FESTIVALMAYOR ANNOUNCES €30last_img read more

PICTURE SPECIAL- FOURTH FÉILE CARRAIG ARTS & CULTURE FESTIVAL A MASSIVE SUCCESS

first_imgLocals and tourists gathered in Carrigart last weekend to enjoy workshops, exhibitions, music and tours at the fourth annual Féile Carraig Arts & Culture festival.The core objectives of Féile Carraig Arts & Culture are to boost community morale by promoting social inclusion, raising the profile of local artists and to boost the local economy through arts.These were achieved through a wide range of events catering for all ages. The festival began with a tea dance at the Mevagh Day Centre where locals gathered to dance and share stories of times gone by.Over the weekend hundreds of people visited the Hay Hall where local artists displayed their finest work for the duration of the festival; such a variety of artistic talent was seen and highlighted just some of the hidden talent that lies within the parish of Mevagh.With all workshops free of charge it was inevitable they would fill up quickly. Participants enjoyed creative writing, outdoor photography, Irish dancing, storytelling, a puppet show, drawing, toddlers, juniors and teen arts and trad school lessons including tin whistle, accordion and fiddle workshops at Teach John Mickey Bans, the Mevagh Family Resource Centre, the Parochial Hall, Doe Castle and the Bewglass Centre.Workshops for both adults and children were held over Friday and Saturday and had a full attendance. Emma Lou Kerr and Art Farms art workshops allowed children, toddlers and teenagers to explore their artistic skills, each leaving with their own piece of art for pride placing at home.Martin Fleming’s outdoor photography workshop taught participants how to capture a perfect sunset overlooking Tramore Beach.Wayne O’Connor’s Revolting Rhymes workshop brought Roald Dahl’s stories alive in a reimagined and suitably revolting way in the Bewglass Centre.The Open Mic Night of music, song and poetry on Friday night in Logue’s Bar unveiled even more local talent and offered a platform for local and visiting performers to share their talent with a packed and enthusiastic audience.It was hosted by John McNutt who kept the night flowing with music. On Saturday morning a group of Ramblers braved the hills of Carrigart to enjoy a 8k walk and take in the stunning scenery.Many continued their day at Doe Castle joining Geraldine Murray’s drawing day to capture the stunning view.Afterwards The Trial of Ogma Family Treasure Hunt took place in Mulroy Estate where families explored the surroundings and hunted their treasure in the mystical, magical candlelit Mulroy Forest.Marina Anderson, originally from Glen, also held a solo exhibition in the Olde Glen Bar for the duration of the festival and continues until Friday 29th August. On Saturday afternoon children were delighted with the ‘Monsters & Things’ Puppet show by magician Jay Ryan who amazing his crowd with magic tricks!Locals were also given the opportunity to learn or practice their tin whistle, fiddle or accordion playing skills in Teach John Mickey Bans at Trad School, a new event for the festival based on last year’s feedback.Everyone proudly played their new skill for the crowds at the end of the workshop.On Saturday and Sunday talented artists took to the streets of Carrigart with crafts stalls displaying and selling their fine craftsmanship’s to eager crowds who also enjoyed music sessions on the main street organised by Jasmine Carney.Other musical highlights included Patsy Dan the King of Tory, DD and the Delta Boys, Stray and the Hot Tamales.Music enthusiasts gathered from all over the world to hear the King of Tory and his guests in the Carrigart Hotel on Saturday night, a traditional session was enjoyed by all and Patsy was delighted to be back playing in Carrigart for the festival for the third year running.On Sunday afternoon Eve McGettigan’s Irish dancing workshop saw groups of children learn to dance in just under two hours.Another highlight of the festival was the Church Crawl led by Bruce Campbell around the Presbyterian Church, the Holy Trinity Anglican Church and then St John the Baptist Catholic Church in Carrigart.Large crowds gathered to take advantage of the unique talk.Afterwards a popular craft beer tasting workshop in Logue’s offered participants the chance to taste craft beers from around the world.A family fun day in the Strand Park also took place on Sunday afternoon. Parents brought their children to enjoy bouncy castles, falconry, face painting and balloon modelling.The strand park was the perfect location for such an event, overlooking the stunning surrounding views.For the first time Féile Carraig Arts & Culture organised their own Sea Themed Carnival Parade.Both locals and tourists participated in a colourful and creative display of all things ‘maritime’.Children and adults dressed up in colourful costumes before taking to Carrigart Main Street to bring a spectacular close to Féile Carraig Arts & Culture 2014 in front of hundreds of people who lined the streets in awe.The festival committee were overwhelmed once again with attendances at this year’s festival.Awareness of the festival is continuing to grow year on year and they are already very excited for next year’s event!Locals are beginning to take more interest in the festival and the committee would like to invite any feedback or people wishing to get involved to contact them either on Facebook or by calling 085 136 0837.The festival has been described by locals as a unique one, which has inspired them to develop their creative and artistic skills.The key to its growth is to keep the emphasis on ‘local’.A raffle draw will take place in the coming days where locally donated prizes will go to several lucky winners who purchased raffle tickets over the weekend.The festival committee have expressed their gratitude to everyone who participated, volunteered or donated to this year’s festival; they sincerely hope everyone had an enjoyable weekend in Carrigart and look forward to seeing you all again next year.PICTURE SPECIAL- FOURTH FÉILE CARRAIG ARTS & CULTURE FESTIVAL A MASSIVE SUCCESS was last modified: August 27th, 2014 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:FeaturesFéile Carraig Arts Festivalnewspicture speciallast_img read more

La Liga: Real, Barca in tricky home fixtures on match-day 8

first_imgReal Betis vs EibarEstadio Benito Villamarin, SevilleFriday, 04-10-2019 @10pmReal Betis will be looking to bounce back to form after suffering a 5-1 drubbing at Villarreal last week. Although the defeat was a heavy one, Betis did have their chances in the game and the scoreline ultimately was probably a bit harsh.Visitors Eibar arrive on the back of two straight wins in La Liga after beating Sevilla and Celta Vigo at home. Can they produce a similar performance on their travels though?That’s definitely the big question mark when it comes to Eibar. From 19 away games last season, they won a mere 2. They’re winless away from home so far this campaign too and Real Betis will see this as a good opportunity to gain three points.The hosts have won 7 of their 8 points so far this season at the Benito Villamarín Stadium with their last game there being a 3-1 victory against Levante, so they will be happy to be back at home. They’ve also beaten Eibar 3 of the last 4 times they have faced them on their own patch.An incredible 14 of the last 15 Real Betis home league games have seen both teams score. 6 of their 7 league games this season have seen both teams score also.Eibar are hardly prolific away from home but the stats do offer hope of them at least getting a goal. They managed two in the away defeat to Atletico Madrid who are extremely tough to score against at home and they’ve scored at least one in 10 of their last 16 La Liga away games.Leganes vs LevanteEstadio Municipal de Bertaque, LeganesSaturday, 05-10-2019 @2pmLa Liga’s bottom-of-the-table strugglers Leganes will host the side with the worst away record in La Liga this Saturday. La Liga’s early kick-off sees Levante travel to Leganes. Leganes will see this weekend’s game as an opportunity to get some much-needed points on the board.Meanwhile, Levante will be hoping to put an end to their poor run of away form. Levante have had a decent start to the season. They are yet to lose a single home game, after playing 4. However, Levante have lost all 3 games they have played away from home thus far.Levante will have no better opportunity to get their first away points of the season than this weekend’s game. They will face a Leganes side who are yet to win a single game all season. Leganes have managed to pick up just 2 points so far this season.Neither of these sides have been prolific in front of goal this season. Leganes are La Liga’s lowest scorers. They have managed to score just 3 goals from their opening 7 games of the season.Levante have similarly struggled in front of goal. They have scored less than 1.5 goals in 4 of their 7 games this season. They will not have an easy time in front of Leganes’ goal this Saturday.Despite being at the bottom of the table, Leganes have not exactly been leaking goals. They have conceded more than once in a game in just 2 of their 7 games. They have not been involved in high-scoring affairs this season. They have had three 1-0 losses, and two 1-1 draws.On top of their current form, this fixture has historically not produced a lot of goals. This game has been played 4 times in the last 2 seasons. Leganes have scored just once in those 4 games. Meanwhile, Levante failed to score in 2 of those 4 games.Both teams have not scored in this game in any of their last 8 meetings. The last time both teams scored in this fixture was April 2002.Real Madrid vs GranadaEstadio Santiago Bernabeu, MadrisSaturday, 05-10-2019 @5pmThis Saturday, the Santiago Bernabeu will host a meeting between La Liga’s top two teams at the moment. Surprise second-placed Granada will travel to take on Real Madrid in what should be an exciting encounter.Newly-promoted Granada will be as surprised as everybody else to find themselves in second place at this point.However, they have impressed on the pitch this season, even picking up a 2-0 win over Barcelona. Their opening 7 games put them among Spain’s big 3 at present. They currently sit just ahead of Atletico and Barcelona on the table.This game will not be a walk in the park for either of these two sides. Granada have really impressed with their defensive solidity in their early games. They have kept a clean sheet in 4 of their opening 7 games. This gives them the best clean sheet record in La Liga at present.Real have also been impressive defensively this season. They have conceded the same amount of goals as Granada have this season. Real have managed just 3 clean sheets from their opening 7 games. However, they have kept all 3 clean sheets in their last 3 La Liga games.Both of these teams have also been in good form in front of goal this season. With 13 goals, Granada currently have La Liga’s 3rd best attack. Real have scored just 1 less than Granada.Real have been kept scoreless just twice this season. Only Atletico Madrid and PSG have managed to keep a clean sheet vs Zinedine Zidane’s side. Granada have also been difficult to keep quiet this season. Only Sevilla have kept a clean sheet vs Granada.Despite Real’s good defensive record in La Liga of late, we feel that there will be goal-scoring opportunities there for Granada to take. Real conceded 2 at home in the Champions League vs Club Brugge in midweek. Real have also scored in 9 of their last 10 home games.Both of these teams have enough attacking quality to hurt the other team.Valencia vs Deportivo AlavwsEstadio Mestalla, ValenciaSaturday, 05-10-2019 @7:30pmValencia are set to host Deportivo Alaves at the Mestalla for this Saturday’s La Liga clash. These two teams are separated by just 1 point in La Liga’s table at present. We anticipate this fixture to provide a closely contested match.Alaves’ supporters haven’t exactly been treated to plenty of high-scoring fixtures this season. Alaves have been one of La Liga’s lowest-scoring sides. They have managed to score just 4 goals from their opening 7 games. This is just 1 more than the league’s lowest goal-scorers, last-placed Leganes.To compensate for their lack of attacking quality, Alaves have had to batten down the hatches at the other end. Alaves have conceded just 7 goals this season. They have kept 3 clean sheets from their opening 7 games.Either Alaves, or their opponents have been scoreless in 6 of Alaves’ 7 La Liga games. This statistic is indicative of Alaves’ style of play this season. They don’t create many clear-cut chances at all. However, they are very good at holding onto the lead when they get it.They are a solid defensive side, and Valencia will not have an easy evening.Alaves will not be going to the Mestalla to score a lot of goals. Alaves have averaged 7.3 shots per game in La Liga this season. This is the second-lowest amount of shots per game in La Liga.Alaves have also kept the lowest percentage of possession in La Liga in their opening 7 games. They have averaged 43.7% of possession this season.Alaves have picked up just one point away from home this season, from 3 away games. Meanwhile, Valencia are undefeated in all 4 of their home games this season, winning 1 and drawing 3.Valencia have won their last 6 games vs Alaves in all competitions. They are also undefeated in 16 of their last 17 home matches.Osasuna vs VillarrealEstadio El Sadar, IruneaSaturday, 05-10-2019 @10pmVillarreal will travel to take on Osasuna for this Saturday’s late La Liga kick-off. These two teams are separated by just 3 points at this stage in the season. We feel that this Saturday’s game between these two sides will be closely contested.This game promises to be an interesting tactical encounter. Following last weekend’s 5-1 win over Real Betis, Villarreal are by far the top-scorers in La Liga, with 18 goals. Conversely, Osasuna are currently one of the lower scoring teams in La Liga. Los Rojillos have only managed to score 5 goals from their opening 7 games.Osasuna, however, have thrived at the other end of the pitch this season. They currently have the joint 3rd best defensive record in La Liga, having conceded just 6 goals. Only Athletic Bilbao and Atletico Madrid have conceded less goals than Osasuna at this point in the season.Osasuna have only conceded more than 1 goal in a game 2 times this season. They drew 2-2 with the Catalan giants, Barcelona, and they lost 2-0 at the Bernabeu. Osasuna managed to keep an impressive 3 clean sheets in their other 5 games. Osasuna have kept a clean sheet in 2 of their 3 home games.We feel that, despite their goal-scoring record, Villarreal will find it difficult to break down Osasuna this Saturday.Villarreal have managed to score more than 1 goal in just 1 of their 3 away games this season. This was when they traveled to face bottom-of-the-table Leganes, and beat them 3-0.Villarreal have scored almost 3 times as many goals at home as they have away from home this season. We feel that this game is unlikely to deliver a lot of goals.There have been under 2.5 goals scored in 6 of Osasuna’s 7 La Liga games this season. We feel that this game is also likely to deliver under 2.5 goals.Villarreal’s away form, in terms of results, hasn’t been outstanding this season. Both of Villarreal’s La Liga losses have come away from home. Osasuna, on the other hand, are undefeated at home this season. They have drawn all 3 of their home games thus far.Mallorca vs EspanyolIberostar Estadi, Palma de MallorcaSunday, 06-10-2019 @1pmDetails to follow shortlyCelta Vigo vs Athletic BilbaoAbanca-Balaidos, VigoSunday, 06-10-2019 @3pmWe don’t expect this game to be the most exciting one of this weekend. Neither of these two sides have been involved in goal-fests this season. There have been under 2.5 goals scored in Celta Vigo’s last 6 league games. Similarly, there have been under 2.5 goals scored in Athletic’s last 8 La Liga games.Athletic Club have had the best defensive record in La Liga this season. They have conceded just 3 goals from their opening 7 games. They have kept a clean sheet in 4 of their opening 7 La Liga games. This means that Athletic Club haven’t conceded more than once in any game this season.This doesn’t bode well for a Celta Vigo side who have struggled in front of goal this season. They have only scored 4 goals this season. This leaves them with a goal tally just 1 goal higher than bottom-of-the-table Leganes. They have only scored 1 goal in their last 4 La Liga games.Athletic Club have been in inspired form this season. Last weekend was their first loss of the season. Meanwhile, Celta Vigo have failed to win more than just 1 game this season.We feel that Athletic Club will bounce back from last week’s loss to secure all 3 points vs Celta Vigo. Given Celta Vigo’s poor goal-scoring record, as well as Athletic Club’s defensive record, we feel that Athletic Club have a good chance of winning this match to-nil.Athletic are yet to win away from home this season. They have gotten 3 draws from their 3 away games. We feel that they will narrowly win this weekend’s game.Athletic Club have also been relatively poor in front of goal this season. They have scored just 7 goals from their 7 league games. They have scored just 2 away goals this season.Celta Vigo have been relatively good defensively, considering their league position. They are in 17th place, but they have the best defensive record in the bottom 6. They have conceded 9 goals from 7 games. Athletic Club won’t be scoring freely this Sunday.Athletic have scored more than 1 goal in just 2 of their 7 games this season.Real Valladolid vs Atletico MadridEstadio Municipal Jose Zorilla, Valladolid Sunday, 06-10-2019 @5pmThird-placed Atletico Madrid will travel to take on Real Valladolid in this Sunday’s La Liga action. The two teams above Atletico in the table, Real Madrid and Granada, play each other this Saturday. Atletico will know the result of their game by Sunday. With a draw in that game, Atletico will have the opportunity to go top of the table this Sunday.Valladolid will try to stand in Atletico’s way of achieving their 5th win of the La Liga season. However, stopping an in-form Atletico Madrid side will be no easy task for Valladolid.Atletico have lost just 1 of their 9 games in all competitions this season, vs Real Sociedad. They are undefeated in their last 5 games in all competitions. Meanwhile, Valladolid secured just their second win of the season last weekend, as they beat struggling Espanyol.In the absence of Antoine Griezmann, who joined Barcelona in the summer, Atletico have struggled in front of goal. Diego Simeone’s side have, as a result, had to rely on their renowned defensive solidity more than ever.Atletico’s defense has been in excellent form this season. They have kept a clean sheet in their last 4 games in all competitions. Atletico currently have the best clean sheet record in La Liga. They have only conceded a goal in 2 of their 7 La Liga games. Atletico also have the second-lowest amount of goals conceded in La Liga, with just 4.Breaking down Atletico will be difficult for a Valladolid side who haven’t been scoring freely this season. Valladolid have scored 7 goals from 7 La Liga games. They have been kept scoreless twice this season, by Villareal and by Levante.Atletico have fared well vs Valladolid in their recent encounters. Atletico have come out on top in their last 8 meetings. Atletico have also kept a clean sheet in 4 of their last 6 fixtures vs Valladolid.We feel that Atletico are likely to win this Sunday’s game. We feel that an Atletico win to-nil has a good possibility of occurring this Sunday.Valladolid kept their first clean sheet of the season last weekend vs Espanyol. This will give them confidence coming up against an Atletico side that have struggled in the final thrid. Atletico have scored more than one goal in just 4 of their 9 games in all competitions this season. Real Sociedad vs GetafeReale Arena, San Sebastian Sunday, 06-10-2019 @7:30pmReal Sociedad will welcome Getafe to the Anoeta Stadium this Sunday for a La Liga fixture. Sociedad have enjoyed an impressive start to the season. They are currently sitting in 5th place, level on points with Barcelona and just 2 away from leaders Real Madrid.While Sociedad are currently in 5th place, Getafe finished last season in 5th place. They have not enjoyed as successful a start to the season as they would’ve hoped for following last season’s success. They have picked up just 7 points from their opening 7 games. This leaves them 2 points above the relegation zone.Getafe have worryingly managed to win just 1 of their opening 7 La Liga games. Sociedad on the other hand, have won 4 of their 7 La Liga games this season.Sociedad have performed well versus La Liga’s struggling sides this season. Their only two losses this season have come versus Sevilla and Athletic Club. They have won all 3 games they have played versus teams who are currently in the bottom half of the table.As well as that, Sociedad’s home form has also been excellent this season. They have won both of their home games so far this season. Meanwhile, Getafe are winless away from home, after playing 3 away games.Sociedad’s impressive home form stretches back into last season. They have won their last 4 home games. Getafe have also been poor away from home since last season. They have lost all 8 of their last away fixtures.As well as being undefeated, Sociedad are yet to concede a single goal at home this season. They have kept 3 clean sheets overall from their 7 La Liga games.Sociedad scored at least 2 goals in their last 4 home matches. In contrast, Getafe have conceded at least 2 goals in their last 3 La Liga games. Barcelona vs SevillaEstadio Camp Nou, BarcelonaSunday, 06-10-2019 @10pmBarcelona endured a relatively poor start to the La Liga season by their high standards. Fortunately for them, their poor start to the season hasn’t been punished too badly by their title rivals.Barcelona are currently just two points away from league leaders, Real Madrid.This weekend, Barcelona will have the opportunity to make their way up the table. 1st placed Real Madrid take on 2nd placed Granada on Saturday. With at least one team guaranteed to drop points, Barcelona will be determined to take all 3 points this Sunday.Sevilla will attempt to stand in Barcelona’s way of moving up the table this weekend. These two teams are level on 13 points at present. This Sunday evening game is likely to deliver an exciting end to this weekend’s La Liga action.Sevilla had a low-scoring start to the season. They appeared to be suffering in the absence of Yassin Ben-Yedder and Pablo Sarabia, who left the club last summer. They managed to score just 5 goals from their opening 5 La Liga games.However, Sevilla’s goal-scoring fortunes have taken a turn in the past couple of weeks. Sevilla have scored 5 goals in their last 2 La Liga games. They have doubled their goal tally for their opening 7 games, in their last 2. This is encouraging for them ahead of their trip to the Camp Nou.Barcelona haven’t been very solid defensively this season. They kept their first La Liga clean sheet of the season last weekend vs Getafe.However, they have still conceded a total of 10 goals from their opening 7 games. This is the most of any of La Liga’s top 7 teams at present. They have conceded at least 3 more goals than the next worst defense in La Liga’s top 7.There have been over 2.5 goals scored in Barcelona’s last 4 home games in all competitions. This fixture has also delivered over 2.5 goals 10 of the last 11 times it has been played. We feel that this game is likely to deliver goals at both ends.Sevilla have never enjoyed their trips to the Camp Nou. Barcelona are impressively 15 games unbeaten at home vs Sevilla. The last time Sevilla won at the Camp Nou was January 2010.Barcelona have scored at least 2 goals vs Sevilla 11 of the last 12 times they’ve played Sevilla in all competitions.Comments Tags: barcelonareal madridSpanish La Ligatoplast_img read more

San Jose Sharks cut two players prior to preseason finale

first_imgSAN JOSE — The look of the Sharks’ roster for opening night came into greater focus Saturday after the team announced two more cuts, assigning center Antti Suomela and defenseman Jake Middleton to the Barracuda of the AHL.The moves leave the Sharks with 15 forwards, nine defensemen and two goalies in camp, although forward Manuel Wiederer (upper body) and defensemen Radim Simek (knee) and Artemi Kniazev (upper body) are all recovering from injuries.Simek, who had reconstructive knee surgery …last_img read more