Ray Wilkins insists Chelsea will still be a major force in this season’s title race. Jose Mourinho’s side have taken just four points from as many games in the opening month of the campaign and suffered a shock defeat at home to Crystal Palace last time out. Branislav Ivanovic’s dip in form as been highlighted during Chelsea’s stuttering start to the campaign, while midfielders Cesc Fabregas and Eden Hazard have also come in for criticism. The champions face a tough trip to Everton on Saturday lunchtime but their former midfielder and assistant manager, who is now working with Tim Sherwood at Aston Villa, is expecting Ivanovic, along with his team-mates, to rediscover their form against the Toffees. “Once they start kicking in I’m sure they’re going to be the same force as they have been over the last few years,” Wilkins told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast. “Jose [Mourinho] would have been a bit upset with how things have gone but he did state that they had a bit longer off in the close season than they normally do so we expect Chelsea to improving fitness-wise as the weeks go by.“I’m sure every player goes through that slight period each season. All of a sudden now the team aren’t doing so well, these things are highlighted. I’m sure Ivanovic will be back to his very best on Saturday because the game they have against Everton is one of the hardest away fixtures in the Premier League. It’s never easy going to Everton.”
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An England fan launched into a passionate rant on talkSPORT on Friday morning ahead of the national team’s ‘friendly’ with Spain.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, the brilliant caller agreed with co-host Ray Wilkins’ assertion that the game IS important and demanded that the Three Lions give their all in Alicante.“If we lose tonight, it is not OK,” he said.“Football is the one thing in life you have no control over. You’re born, you pay your taxes, you die, and you support who you support. “When I watch England, I want passion. If they don’t win, don’t pay them. If they don’t win against France, don’t pay them. If they don’t stand there and sing the national anthem, don’t pay them.“You play with passion, you play to win every time you play.”Listen to the brilliant rant in full above!
1 Liverpool’s FA Cup draw saw Jurgen Klopp make wholesale changes at Exeter City. The Reds twice came from behind to draw 2-2 with the Grecians and their injury crisis was clear to see. The Merseysiders have THIRTEN injuries to contend with, seven of those hamstring, and Klopp handed out numerous debuts, with only Adam Bogdan, Jose Enrique and Christian Benteke the more experienced starters. They ground out a result with thanks to Brad Smith’s second-half strike, and a few of the young players impressed Liverpool fans – but they were far from impressed with the senior pros. The average age of the side was 22 and, credit to the manager, he kept faith in his side, resisting bringing on Adam Lallana or Lucas Leiva. See below… Jose Enrique
Tottenham target Yunus Malli has revealed he could move to the Premier League in the summer.The Mainz star has attracted attention from clubs in England following some impressive displays in the Bundesliga this season.Borussia Dortmund failed in an attempt to land the Turkish international this month and Tottenham are expected to be among a number of English clubs to activate his £7m release-clause in the summer.And Malli has claimed he has already been in contact with some unnamed clubs from the Premier League.“There was interest from England, yes. It has now become a general knowledge that I have a release clause,” he told Bild. 1 Yunus Malli
CLEVELAND, Ohio — A gunman opened fire in a downtown high school on Wednesday, and five people were taken to a hospital, the mayor said. Mayor Frank Jackson said three young people and two adults were hurt. SuccessTech Academy had been secured and there was only one suspect, he said. “They have the shooter,” Jackson said. He did not elaborate. Ronnell Jackson, 15, said he saw the shooter running down a school hallway. “He was about to shoot me but I got out just in time,” he said. Another student, Doneisha LeVert, said she heard the principal say “Code Blue” over the public address system, and the students started running. She said she hid in a closet with some of her friends. Students stood outside the building, many in tears and on cell phones. Family members also stood outside, anxiously waiting for their children to be released. “I’m scared. I’m hoping no more people got hurt,” Jackson said. Tammy Mundy, 38, who has a son and daughter at the school, told The Plain Dealer of Cleveland that her daughter called when the shooting started. “She said, ‘Mom they’re shooting in here, kids are running out, I’m hiding in the closet,’” Mundy told the newspaper. Then she called her 18-year-old son, Darnell Rodgers, on his cell phone, and he told her he had been shot in the arm. “He said, ‘Mom I got shot,’” Mundy told the newspaper. The small, alternative high school is in the center of downtown across from the FBI’s offices and three blocks from where the Cleveland Browns play football. The school enrolls 240 students grades nine through 12 and emphasizes technology education. All the students are poor under federal poverty guidelines. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas City160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
It didn’t take Serra (7-1, 2-0) long to find its flow in this game. Winston, who rushed 25 times for 178 yards, capped an eight-play, 80-yard drive in the first quarter with the first of his three short touchdown runs. Serra extended its lead with a seven-play, 66-yard touchdown drive in the second quarter, capped when Winston scored again on a 1-yard run. He also added a 3-yard touchdown run to finish a 10-play, 80-yard drive in the third quarter. Serra limited Harvard-Westlake (5-3, 1-2) to 167 yards of total offense, but lost the shutout with 18 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter. Quarterback Ted Landers of Serra completed 10 of 16 passes for 173 yards with no interceptions. Serra committed seven penalties for 70 yards. Altenberg said he was pleased with how his team has developed. “We’re just a young team getting older and cutting down on certain mistakes,” he said. “The goal was to be a good team in November, and we’re 7-1 now, so we can’t complain.” [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Playing what Coach Scott Altenberg called one his team’s most complete games of the season, Serra remained undefeated in league play, compiling a mostly mistake-free game in a 31-7 victory Saturday night at Harvard-Westlake. Last year, Harvard-Westlake beat Serra, 24-7, in what was the Cavaliers’ only league loss. Serra’s victory on Saturday also snapped a two-year losing streak against Harvard-Westlake. “Last year, we had a terrible week of practice before playing (Harvard-Westlake),” running back Carl Winston said. “It was kind of embarrassing. This year, we had a great week of practice, we didn’t get ahead of ourselves and it showed.” Altenberg said he has Serra taking it one game at a time, which is a good tactic considering Serra hosts Bishop Montgomery next week before what would be a showdown between unbeaten league teams if St. Bernard beats Cathedral this week. “I’m the coach, I’ve got to lead by example,” Altenberg said. “We’re not going to go into Bishop Montgomery week thinking about anything but that. This was a great victory for us because we played a complete game, and that’s what you’re always looking for.” PREP FOOTBALL: Cavaliers overpower Wolverines to remain unbeaten in league play. By John Klima STAFF WRITER As Serra moves toward what looks like a Week 10 showdown at St. Bernard for the Del Rey League title, there was the matter of taking care of what the Cavaliers didn’t take care off last year.
When you’re looking to make a name for yourself, go after the biggest game you can. That seems to be the point of the Courage Campaign and its call for censure of California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, arguably the most popular Democrat in the state these days. The Courage Campaign sought this past weekend to get a motion passed by the Democratic Party Executive Board over Feinstein’s vote to confirm Michael Mukasey as U.S. attorney general. The proposal has been endorsed by organizations including Moveon.org amid growing anger by the far left over feelings that the party has not toed its political line. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Feinstein’s office would not discuss the issue and referred callers to the state party, where political director Bob Mulholland dismissed the effort. “It’s silly,” Mulholland said. “This is a huge mistake by people who are trying to make a name for themselves. It’s absolutely idiotic. Dianne Feinstein has been the Democratic Party for years and they are ignoring all the votes she has made against the Bush administration.” Feinstein has said she voted for Mukasey to prevent the president from making a recess appointment of an attorney general who would not be responsive to Congress or leave the Justice Department without leadership. As expected, the party leaders rejected the proposed censure easily, but that was enough for Courage Campaign officials to proclaim a victory in even having the matter considered. “While the censure resolution failed, the movement succeeded on the substance of the issue – namely holding elected officials accountable for their votes,” the organization noted on its report of the meeting. Talk about product placement. A bobblehead-doll version of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is being sold by the Southwest Voter Registration Education Project as part of a fundraising effort. The SVREP has been instrumental in registering new voters, particularly Latinos, around the western United States and has been seen as a critical factor in the emergence of Latino politicians. The dolls are being sold for $25, plus $5 for shipping. For information, go to www.svrep.org. Speaking of fundraisers, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger was hitting the circuit again last week to pay off his debts – some dating to the 2006 campaign against former Treasurer Phil Angelides, the Sacramento Bee reported. The governor was $2.6 million in debt after that race and has since raised more than $2.4 million to go toward paying off most of that. But aides said he also has accumulated more debt in the intervening months with his various campaigns. The fundraising events – last Tuesday in Sacramento – had been planned several weeks ago, but a spate of wildfires broke out across the Southland and Schwarzenegger canceled them to attend to his duties. Every city has its problems. But they all are looking at common cures. In Los Angeles, Councilwoman Wendy Greuel is paying for television cameras that have vocal warnings triggered by motion sensors to warn off graffiti taggers. The idea of the talking cameras drew the interest of officials in Palm Beach, Fla., where they have a nuisance of a different sort – sex on the beach. Officials in the city have asked Greuel’s office for information on the cameras and how they work to try to head off residents’ complaints about sex acts on the beach and people being propositioned for sex. While the next gubernatorial election is a long way off, politicos already are beginning to line up. Most speculation has centered around Mayors Antonio Villaraigosa and Gavin Newsom on the Democratic side, but there is also interest by Lt. Gov. John Garamendi and former Controller Steve Westley. Republicans, however, are finding it difficult to attract someone after the governor is termed out. So far, the leader is Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner, who is bankrolling a campaign against Proposition 93, which would institute term limits. Poizner also is circulating an initiative to crack down on unlicensed drivers. Both efforts are attempts to broaden his name identification across the state.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Vicky and Jenny have rejoined Patrick’s team.Patrick Gildea Hairdressers is not only a great place to get your hair styled – it is a obviously a great place to be stylist! Beautiful surroundings, world class training and a proactive and positive team of people to work with.And if you need proof of that – just ask Vicky Harris and Jenny Smyth. Vicky and Jenny, who worked with Patrick Gildea Hairdressing previously, have rejoined the team since the opening of the company’s “Centre Of Excellence.”Vicky said hairdressing is a passion she has had since she was in school.“I’ve always had a natural flow with art. It’s my 20th year in hairdressing and love it more than ever. I love the challenge of being creative in cutting and colouring. I love the satisfaction I get when the customer is happy with the finished result. I am very excited to be back working with Patrick and the team in the new salon as its taking hairdressing to the next level”And Jenny revealed “I’ve been working in hairdressing for 20 years, 10 of these spent with Patrick. I have returned to the salon as I missed the buzz of working with the Patrick Gildea Hairdressing Team. The staff are great. I also love the level of training provided and professionalism and high stand that Patrick works too. I’m excited to be part of the team again” It isn’t hard to see why staff love working with the Patrick Gildea Hairdressing team.Apart from the new luxurious salon they work in everyday, they continuously receive training which means they are always ahead of the pack.Last weekend, the team completed an amazing day course on customer service in the new salon with the world famous Julie Eldrett who flew in from the UK. Julie is a customer care consultant with over 35 years experience.Now the North West’s leading Salon is also benefiting. This will in turn benefit every customer that walks through the doors of the new Patrick Gildea Hairdressing Salon.Patrick Gilead Hairdressers employees 30 staff at the moment. The way the salon is expanding and innovating this could rise. Great news for Donegal!Check out Patrick Gildea and the team on their new website here www.patrickgildea.ie Chop chop!! Have you ever seen a more happy looking bunch of employees?!PATRICK’S FORMER STAFF ARE JUST ‘DYEING’ TO GET BACK WORKING WITH HIM! was last modified: June 28th, 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:donegalletterkennyPatrick Gildea HairdressersSalon
Leicester City are the Barclays Premier League champions after Tottenham failed to beat Chelsea, plus a preview of the Madrid Masters tennis and IPL cricket. Here’s the latest from Tom Macleod and the team on Tuesday, May 3.