Mourinho’s time runs out at Chelsea

first_imgLONDON (AP): Jose Mourinho’s second spell at Chelsea ended prematurely Thursday with the team in decline only seven months after the Portuguese coach won his third Premier League title with the club. Although Chelsea are only one point above the relegation zone, the 52-year-old Mourinho had been defiantly insisting he was the right man to oversee the team even as it collapsed on the field with a succession of humiliations. Mourinho’s departure, characterised by Chelsea as “mutual”, came two and a half years after his return to Stamford Bridge and only four months into a new four-year contract. The worst-ever start for a defending champion team in the Premier League was compounded on Monday by a 2-1 loss at surprise leaders Leicester. After the match, Mourinho said he was “betrayed” by his players. The personal conduct of the self-styled ‘Special One’ was also proving damaging to Chelsea, with Mourinho engaging in public spats with referees, a television-rights holder and even the club’s doctor over the last year. Chelsea are engaged in an ongoing legal battle with Dr Eva Carneiro after she was publicly criticised and then demoted following Mourinho’s opening-day outburst. Now it is Mourinho leaving Chelsea, with Russian billionaire owner Roman Abramovich preparing for his 10th managerial appointment since buying the team in 2003 and transforming its fortunes with a huge injection of cash. “Both Jose and the board agreed results have not been good enough this season and believe it is in the best interests of both parties to go our separate ways,” Chelsea said in a statement. STILL ON GOOD TERMS “The club wishes to make clear Jose leaves us on good terms and will always remain a much-loved, respected and significant figure at Chelsea. His legacy at Stamford Bridge and in England has long been guaranteed and he will always be warmly welcomed back to Stamford Bridge.” Throughout weeks of turmoil, Mourinho retained the support of fans who loyally chanted his name. There was no immediate announcement about a replacement ahead of tomorrow’s home match against Sunderland. “The club’s focus is now on ensuring our talented squad reaches its potential,” Chelsea said. First hired by Chelsea in 2004, the Portuguese coach ended a 50-year league-title drought and defended the trophy among other successes before losing a power struggle three years later with Abramovich. He was brought back in 2013 by Abramovich in an attempt to restore unity to the club following the divisiveness caused by the appointment of Rafa Benitez as interim manager, who was regularly jeered by fans. Mourinho presented himself as a figure transformed from the fiery character who fell out with Abramovich in 2007, but it was not long before the combativeness returned. He survived a first trophyless season back at Stamford Bridge before cruising to the title in May. “All at Chelsea thank Jose for his immense contribution since he returned as manager in the summer of 2013,” Chelsea said. “His three league titles, FA Cup, Community Shield and three League Cup wins over two spells make him the most successful manager in our 110-year history.”last_img read more

Nicholson gives Boys’ Town first win

first_imgShamar Nicholson scored in his fourth successive match to give Boys’ Town their first win in five matches in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL), beating newcomers and former table-toppers Jamalco 1-0 at The Barbican Sports Complex, yesterday.The lanky striker, who scored in successive losing efforts against Harbour View, Montego Bay United and Portmore United, finally saw his goal give his team some much-needed points and he said there is more to come.”It’s a good feeling, knowing we lost our four games and to come and win the fifth game and get the MVP is a good feeling. You can’t imagine how I feel!” he told The Gleaner.The 19-year-old, who is in his third season in the RSPL, says he feels at home in the league, and with his team relying heavily on him to get goals and points, he expects to carry on his form and continue to deliver through the season.”I expected this performance because, throughout the pre-season, it was just hard work and this just don’t come like this. It takes hard work. My team is looking up to me a lot and I have been doing the job, but we have been making basic mistakes, but we are working on correcting those errors. So you can expect better from Boys’ Town,” he said.Boys’ Town started brightly and were rewarded for their early spark when Nicholson turned his marker and unleashed a well-placed shot past Levar Williams in the seventh minuteOVER THE TARGETJamalco eventually came into their own and created a few openings, the best of which fell to Akeem Henry on top of the area, but he placed his effort just over the target.Nicholson continued to be Boys’ Town’s biggest threat after the break, forcing Williams into a diving save from Xavian Virgo on 58 minutes, then curling a shot just wide minutes later, before heading just wide of the target from a corner. However, they held off wave after wave of attacks from the visitors, although goalkeeper Kirk Porter was rarely threatened despite Boys’ Town being on the back foot.Boys’ Town coach Andrew Price believes the win was long in coming and complimented his team on their collective work defensively.”I told them as long as we start getting clean sheets, we are going to start winning games … and we defended well collectively,” he said.He also praised Nicholson for stepping up, but issued a hands-off warning to local suitors who might be thinking of prying away the young striker in the January window.”He’s a big player. I told him that being the top striker on our team, he has to get goals. Every game he should get one goal, and if he can get two or three, which he should, then that would be a plus. But there are always going to be suitors (local), but we will only be looking at offers from overseas,” he said.last_img read more

Win some, learn some

first_imgJapeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Kevin Ingreso fights off the challenge of two Vietnamese players in their match last Thursday night.—CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/LAGARDERE SPORTSHANOI—There have been tougher defeats in recent years, but for the Philippines, the semifinal exit in the 2018 AFF Suzuki Cup had a familiar feeling that came with the result.Vietnam was a different opponent from the Azkals’ three previous trips to the knockout stage, but the outcome remained the same for a side that will now have to wait two more years for a crack at Southeast Asian football’s biggest prize.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Valdez wants to capture Open crown at home “Obviously, we are all disappointed with the final result but every player really stepped up and played their hearts out,” said James.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READ ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom As the Vietnamese celebrated on the streets of Hanoi, waving flags, blowing horns and dancing to disco beats, following the home side’s 2-1 victory late Thursday night in the second leg, completing a 4-2 aggregate win, the Azkals were left to ponder what might have been in their hotel near My Dinh Stadium.The Azkals entered the tournament determined to at least reach the finals after getting to the semifinals in three of the last four editions of the Suzuki Cup.“The players left it all on the field, they can’t complain about that,” said defender Carlie de Murga. “It’s really hard to play like this after so many travels and changing hotels.”The Vietnamese also took the physicality to the Azkals, one of the perceived strengths of the Filipinos in the region. A 2-1 win at Panaad Stadium in Bacolod City last Sunday left the Azkals needing to replicate the Miracle in Hanoi eight years ago.But Vietnam also showed it was incisive and clinical when it mattered. The Azkals held their ground until the last 10 minutes when they conceded twice in quick succession, allowing the Vietnamese to seal the win before James Younghusband, playing his 100th match for the country, scored a consolation goal a minute from time.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? The period of evaluation will be quick with focus shifting immediately to the AFC Asian Cup in the United Arab Emirates a little less than a month away.But as far as the players are concerned, this year’s Suzuki Cup, with its new home-and-away format, should serve as an example that nothing less than the best preparation and the best ways to lessen the stress of traveling from one country to another should also be a priority.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“The players gave everything on the pitch tonight,” Azkals skipper Phil Younghusband told the Inquirer as he slowly walked to thank the Filipinos who showed up at My Dinh Stadium to support the team.“We expect to always be playing in these type of games. But if we want to take the next step, we have to be better in all aspects. The support has to improve. The quality of the team can only get us so far.” View commentslast_img read more

Man, 50, Found Floating in Gbain Creek in Bassa

first_imgThe body of farmer Alexander Scott, believed to be in his 50s, was recently found floating in the Gbain Creek between Moses Yarbah and Zean Zoegar Towns in District #3, Grand Bassa County.An elder of the area, Alexander Gardea, explained that Scott left home for a funeral in Moses Town, adding that Mr. Scott’s whereabouts could not be established after the burial, leading to residents from the two towns mounting a massive search to find him. He said during the search, they discovered his body afloat in the Gbain Creek, with his clothes found beside the creek. The elder said Scott’s body “had marks,” suggesting that he might have been murdered.“We saw bruises on Scott’s body!” a resident added at the crime scene.Another resident, a 2017 Representative hopeful for District #2, in an interview with the Daily Observer called on the government to provide protection for citizens of the district as the 2017 Presidential and Legislative Elections draw near.He also recommended that the government should search for the perpetrator(s) by either conducting a full scale investigation or engaging native doctors to find the doers of the act.Meanwhile, Scott’s remains were laid to rest in Zean Zeogar Town.The deceased is survived by his widow Gbarko Scott, a number of children and a host of other relatives and friends.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

$12 million Walmart expansion drives September Fort St. John building numbers

first_img35 permits were issued in September worth $21.555 million, more than 10 times more than $2.02 million from 25 last year. More than half of that was from the Walmart expansion, which will add approximately 30,000 square feet to the store once the renovations are done around mid-2014. The City’s revenue numbers are also nearly $400,000 ahead of last year at this time. The nine month 2013 total is $958,600, compared to $588,850 in 2012.- Advertisement –last_img

Dawson Creek RCMP respond to 495 complaints over last two weeks

first_imgOfficers with the Dawson Creek RCMP detachment were kept busy from May 3-May 17 as they received 495 complaints according to a report from Sergeant Ed Reinink. Among the calls were 46 driving complaints, 12 impaired driving investigations, five assaults, 12 break and enters, and a home invasion.On April 30 a residence was broken into in Rolla and a number of guns were stolen. Another home was broken into on May 5, this time in Dawson Creek and again firearms were taken. The following day a residence was broken into on the 700 block of 105 Avenue. The perpetrators pointed guns at two residents and stole prescription medication. A subsequent break in occurred on May 7 in Rolla once again as additional guns were taken.On May 7 officers pulled over a vehicle of an individual known to police. Officers stopped the vehicle as the 26 year old male driver was behind the wheel without a valid license. During the stop the officers on scene observed a hand gun in the glove box of the car, and both occupants were arrested.- Advertisement -Further investigation resulted in a search warrant being obtained for an apartment in the 600 block of 100 Avenue in Dawson Creek. The search turned up stolen firearms from break and enters going back to April 30. Further information indicated the arrested individuals may have been involved in the home invasion on May 6, and beyond that one of the individuals was a suspect in a sexual assault case also on May 6.The 26 year old male in the case was remanded in custody on firearms charges and will appear in court on June 2. Police are anticipating additional charges against this person, and others involved in the investigations.last_img read more

Spurs v Man United – the Twitter verdict: The perfect advert for a winter break!

first_imgThe Premier League programme kicked off at White Hart Lane at lunchtime as Tottenham welcomed Manchester United to north London.But, although there was plenty of huff and puff, there was precious little quality as the two sides struggled to cope with the demads of two games in three days.This is what Twitter made of it all… 1 Spurs v Man United – the Twitter verdict: The perfect advert for winter break! last_img

DONEGAL WOMAN WHO KILLED HUSBAND IS JAILED AGAIN AFTER KNIFE INCIDENT

first_imgA Co Donegal woman who killed her Gaoth Dobhair husband has been jailed again after trying to get into a nightclub with a knife in her bra.Madge Gillespie, 65, who is from Annagry, complained to Scottish police when she was turned away from The Shed nightclub in Glasgow.However, she was arrested when the blade was 
spotted under her clothes. Gillespie, a former primary school teacher, pleaded guilty to having the knife on January 12 this year.Her lawyer Garvey McArdle told Glasgow Sheriff Court that earlier that night she had visited a friend, who is a recovering alcoholic.She took the knife from him after he had threatened to stab someone if they came to his door.The court was told she was on her way to get a taxi when she decided to try to get into the club but was refused entry because she was too drunk.Sheriff Andrew Normand jailed her for eight months.Ms Gillespie was jailed for four years in 2005 for killing her construction worker husband Thomas Boyle, who she claims was violent to her, at their Giffnock home.But her jail term was later cut by a year after an appeal.She was initially charged with murdering Thomas – who bled to death after she stabbed him in the arm, severing an artery.But she was convicted of culpable homicide when the court accepted she was 
suffering from a depressive illness.She was initially held at the State Hospital at Carstairs while her psychiatric condition was assessed.In September, Gillespie was jailed for six months for driving the wrong way down the M8. She was also over the drink-drive limit.DONEGAL WOMAN WHO KILLED HUSBAND IS JAILED AGAIN AFTER KNIFE INCIDENT was last modified: November 25th, 2014 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:AnnagrydonegalGlasgowknifeMadge GillespieScotlandThomas Boylelast_img read more

Man who ’emptied’ sick brother’s credit card has ‘no recollection’ of how he spent money

first_imgA Donegal man who pleaded guilty to 22 counts of theft, amounting to over €5,000, from his Parkinsons-suffering brother’s credit card could not account for anything he bought ‘bar the clothes he was wearing and a George Foreman grill’.At Letterkenny Circuit Court, father-of-two Gerald Griffin (53) of Ballylast, Castlefin, pleaded guilty to 22 counts of theft relating to dates between January 18, 2016 and March 20, 2016, during which time the account in question ‘was emptied’. The card was used for withdrawals in Ballybofey and Strabane.Previously, Mr Griffin has served a five-month prison sentence in Northern Ireland relating to the use of the card in Strabane, where amounts totally €1,840 were withdrawn.The complainant, Mr Kenneth Griffin, of Ard McCool in Stranorlar, noticed upon his return from a vacation in Australia that the entire contents had been taken from the account. When he visited the Bank of Ireland’s Ballybofey branch, Kenneth Griffin was able to see the large number of withdrawals that had been made.Garda McCready said that Gerald Griffin attended Ballybofey Garda Station on April 9 2016 and admitted taking the card. Subsequently, he was arrested on June 21 and taken to Letterkenny Garda Station where he made a full admission.“He said he had no idea how many times he used the card or how much money he had withdraws. He said he had no recollection what he did with the money and that he had nothing to show for it,” Garda McCready said, adding that the accused – who doesn’t smoke, drink or gamble – could only show ‘the clothes he was wearing and a George Foreman grill that he bought’.The court heard that Gerald Griffin, who was using his brother’s house during tea breaks from his work, was looking for batteries in a press when the card, in the name of Kenneth Griffin’s daughter, and accompanying pin number fell out.“He was wrestling with himself whether to use it to not,” the court was told.“He said everyone in his family knew that he couldn’t be trusted with money.”Gerald Griffin, who has a previous conviction for theft from Stranorlar Chapel dating back to 1997, said he had credit card debts himself.A victim impact statement was read by Garda McCready on behalf of Kenneth Griffin, who said he noticed that the credit card was in arrears of €10,000 when he returned from ‘the holiday of a lifetime’ in Australia.The statement said: “We were devastated. When confronted, he admitted to stealing the money. He showed no remorse. We are still devastated.“I suffer from Parkinson’s and this was the last thing that we wanted. Why did he do this to me and my family? He is a cold, heartless thief and he doesn’t care about anyone other than himself.”The debt remains outstanding and Kenneth Griffin, the court heard, is ‘feeling pressurised’.Barrister for the accused Damien Crawford said that Gerarld Griffin’s co-operation has saved the State a three-day trialHe said: “He felt himself going out of control. He continued to use the card on an ongoing basis. There was a sense of fatalism about what he was doing. He was shocked to find out the amount. He was genuinely non-plussed about it.“He has served a prison sentence arising from the same crime and was released in March of this year. That experience was not good for him. He is substantially estranged from his family. His life is absolutely destroyed and he is deeply remorseful and ashamed. His relationship with his mother is asunder.”Mr Crawford said that his client and a partner of 30 years had broken up and said Gerald Griffin was ’trying to rebuild his life’.Judge John O’Hagan agreed to defer sentencing until the July 13 sitting of Buncrana Circuit Court.Man who ’emptied’ sick brother’s credit card has ‘no recollection’ of how he spent money was last modified: June 29th, 2017 by Staff WriterShare 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:Ballybofeycredit cardGerald GriffinKenneth GriffinStranorlarlast_img read more

RARE BMW CAR WHICH WON 1975 DONEGAL RALLY TO BE AUCTIONED – FOR €200,000

first_imgTHIS is the car raced to the chequered flag at the Donegal International Rally in 1975 – and is up for auction with an estimated value of between €180,000 and €220,000!The BMW 2002 on offer next month was the second of just two cars built by BMW Motorsport in 1974/75 and fitted with a modified M12/7 Formula 2 engine.The current owner first remembers seeing the car in June of 1975 where it competed in and won the Donegal International Rally with the drivers Warmbold/ Davenport. The car was entered into that event by a company called KWS Autotechnic based in Kobenz with sponsorship from Radio Luxembourg….and went on to win. “It still looks resplendent in this white and green ‘radio Luxembourg’ colour scheme and is finished in what only can be described as excellent general condition,” said a spokesman for auctioneers Coy’s from Surrey, England.The sister car was purchased by Max Heidegger of Liechtenstein and was successfully raced in Europe including the 24hr Le Mans, even taking a win over a factory CSL. It was subsequently destroyed in a racing accident leaving the Donegal rally car the only one of its kind in existence.Rallied in period by Warmbold the car was notably driven by Bjorne Walldegaard and Ari Vatanen was also co driven on many events by Jean Todt, the current president of the FIA.In 1976, the car was purchased by the BMW importers of the time for Northern Ireland, Isacc Agnew Ltd. of Belfast, who purchased the car from the German Rally Champion Achim Warmbold; it was driven sparingly by the owner’s son until the current vendor purchased the car in 1978 with a recorded mileage of just over 9,000kms. The car was rallied by the current vendor and his brother in local Tarmac stage rallies. The vendor even recalls using it once for his journey to work when he worked for the Ministry of Agriculture in the North!! The car was always very reliable, despite having 285bhp at 10,000rpm when required!!In 1980 the vendor decided to store the car on his local farm near Glenavy, Ireland. The car remained in storage until 1993 when it then became the subject of a restoration. This has almost now been completed, and culminated in an engine rebuild by arguably Europe’s best BMW M12 specialist Mr Lester Owen of Telford.“The vendor makes it quite clear to us that due to the length of time the car has been in his tenure its restoration is over 90% original,” said Coys.“Interested parties should note the car is accompanied by documentation from BMW Motorsport GmBh- most notably these two cars were the first project BMW motorsport as a standalone division under the capable instruction of Jochen Neerpasch.“Finished to ‘museum type’ quality this highly important piece of BMW history is one of a kind. For the BMW collector this is a once in a life time opportunity to acquire the only remaining example and an important part of BMW racing history. Eminently eligible for a huge variety of events.” Still interested?The Estimate: €180,000 – €220,000This car is going under the hammer at Coys forthcoming Auction – at the AVD Old Timer Grand Prix, Nurburgring Germany August 9th 2014.If you’ve got that sort of cash you can bid by calling 00442086147888 RARE BMW CAR WHICH WON 1975 DONEGAL RALLY TO BE AUCTIONED – FOR €200,000 was last modified: July 28th, 2014 by John2Share 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:1975 donegal rallyBjorne WalldegaardBMW 2002last_img read more