Emergency services from across Donegal put their teamwork and training to the test today as part of a major emergency exercise which took place in the Clanree Hotel in Letterkenny. It was organised by the Northwest Regional Working Group for Major Emergency Management which includes the Principal Response Agencies (PRAs) of Donegal County Council, An Garda Síochána and the HSE (West).The event, which was code-named Exercise Neptune, involved around 100 participants and was based on a rapidly escalating flooding incident in the Finn Valley area with reported casualties and widespread property damage. It was a ‘table-top’ style exercise, i.e. one where team members meet in a workshop-style setting to discuss their roles and their responses to a particular emergency situation. A moderator then guided team members through the discussion using prompts or ‘injects’ as the scenario evolves.The overall objective of the exercise was to strengthen and develop the co-operation and co-ordination arrangements that exist between the PRAs and their partner agencies, namely the Defence Forces, the Irish Coast Guard, the Civil Defence and the Irish Red Cross, when responding to a major emergency brought about as a result of a severe weather event.Exercise Director, Kevin McGarvey, an emergency planning officer with Donegal County Council, said: “We have spent a number of months preparing for this exercise and it provided a valuable opportunity for the Principal Response Agencies and our partner agencies to test our plans, our inter-agency co-ordination and our preparations for a large-scale flood emergency response.“These types of flooding incident are becoming more and more commonplace and carrying out exercises of this nature will make a big difference to the potential outcomes should a real incident occur in County Donegal anytime into the future.” Pictured at the major emergency exercise in the Clanree earlier today are , Back Row L-R, Edel Flynn, Civil Defence Officer, Derek Flanagan, Irish Coast Guard, Michael Harrison, An Garda Síochána, Commandant John Anderson, Defence Forces, Martin McKinney, Irish Red Cross, Edel Quinn, HSE. Front Row, L-R: Kevin McGarvey, Donegal Fire Service, Garry Martin, Donegal County Council, Patrick Keaveny, Emergency Response Officer, HSE.Major emergency exercise tests Donegal’s reaction was last modified: September 27th, 2018 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)
24 April 2014 National men’s wheelchair basketball coach Franck Belen hosted a technical coaching course over the Easter weekend at Mandeville, near Johannesburg, to help grow the game in South Africa. He is also aiming to grow the sport on the African continent. Belen, the head coach of the Sasol-sponsored national senior men’s wheelchair basketball team, said the course, which covered areas including medical, hygiene, warm-up and warm-down techniques, wheelchair basketball equipment maintenance, and on-court match situation exercises, was the first of many to be held as part of a four-year plan to develop and empower coaches on the continent. Other areas covered during the coaches’ course included knowing how to structure a practice, knowing the basic rules of the sport, and understanding the role of Wheelchair Basketball SA and the International Wheelchair Basketball Federation.Beyond South Africa’s borders “With the Sasol SA national senior men’s team set to compete in a six nation international tournament in Agadir, Morocco, from 8 to 15 June, this creates another platform for a leg of the coaches course to be held in that country, so the knowledge can be spread well beyond the borders of South Africa,” Belen said in a statement. “The course covers a wide range of elements so that when the participants go home to rural or urban areas, they will be able to apply the knowledge to young athletes who wish to be as competitive as possible in the sport of wheelchair basketball.”Shortlist Following several national team training camps held earlier this year, at which the coach was able to access a large number of players invited to trials, a shortlist of 20 players is being formed from which the team to compete in Morocco will be selected. “The key focus for 2014 has been to create a squad of depth, from which a winning formula can be developed, so that the Sasol SA national senior team can compete and achieve success at next year’s Paralympic qualifying matches,” said Belen. “A lot of the national team’s experienced players retired from the sport after the 2012 London Paralympics, and we are in a team re-building process with an eye towards the 2016 Rio Paralympics. Right now, the training camps have been of more value than playing international fixtures, as we look to build the confidence of several new faces on the fringe of team selection.”Rankings The South African team is currently ranked 12th in the world and second on the African continent. Sasol CA Sponsorship Specialist Dumisani Mbokane said wheelchair basketball is an action-packed sports package, conducive to family fun and entertainment, which Sasol, as a sponsor of the national senior men’s team, has been involved with since 2007. “Wheelchair Basketball SA needs to be commended for taking the initiative to roll out the Sasol Wheelchair Basketball Technical Excellence Coaching Programme which will benefit many aspiring coaches across the country,” Mbokane commented. “Following the trip to Morocco, the Sasol SA senior men’s team will host France in July this year, and we look forward to witnessing the South African sports-loving public coming out in support of the home side for this four-test series.” Source: Road to Rio
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GANGAAJAL: In Prakash Jha’s film, Ajay Devgan dons the uniform and plays an honest officer who takes on the baddiesViolence reverberates through the grimy, paan-stained corridors of Mumbai’s Directorate of Technical Education. Its majestic Indo-Saracenic central hall doubling as a post office after working hours is littered with broken furniture,GANGAAJAL: In Prakash Jha’s film, Ajay Devgan dons the uniform and plays an honest officer who takes on the baddiesViolence reverberates through the grimy, paan-stained corridors of Mumbai’s Directorate of Technical Education. Its majestic Indo-Saracenic central hall doubling as a post office after working hours is littered with broken furniture because Akshay Kumar in police uniform is trading filmi punches with Ajay Devgan.A biff and a bang later, director Rajkumar Santoshi yells “cut”, ending the pantomime on the sets of one of Bollywood’s biggest blockbusters, Khakee. The days Santoshi spent as chief assistant director to Govind Nihalani, tramping through the city’s police stations to recreate the filthy rooms and the rough police speak in the classic Ardh Satya, have stood him in good stead. The star-spangled Khakee, he promises, will be Bollywood’s closest look at the men in the force. Amitabh Bachchan is the honest IPS officer, Devgan the bad guy, Akshay is crooked and comic, and Tusshar Kapoor is the rookie. Trouble is there are a dozen films waiting in the wings, each promising to do just that. Not all of them have Khakee’s stellar line-up, but they collectively have more than Rs 100 crore riding on their back and a range of actors – from the Union shipping minister to a superbrat – in dust brown fabric packing a pistol. From Sunny Deol who grew a beard to play a rustic Sikh constable dispatched to New York in Jo Bole So Nihal to Nana Patekar playing a hardened encounter specialist in the Ram Gopal Varma factory’s Ab Tak Chappan. The call of duty has attracted even bad boy Salman Khan who, sample this for sheer irony, marched straight to the sets in starched uniform after being jailed for nearly a fortnight for mowing down a pavement dweller. Producer Sunil Mehta hasn’t decided what to call the Rs 25 crore film-Satyameva Jayate or Garv- but swears it is “Salman’s best performance till date”. Actors, evidently, are in short supply for such heavy duty acting. advertisementSATYAMEVA JAYATE Or may be Garv. The Khan brothers Salman Khan (right) and Arbaaz Khan team up as policemenShool’s steely officer Manoj Bajpai reprises the role in two films-Pankuj Parashar’s Inteqam and Mehul Kumar’s Jaago, based on the true story of a rape in a Mumbai local train. Three Khakee stars are doing double-shifts as law enforcers in other films-Devgan has just played Gangaajal’s upright officer while Bachchan hops sets to play policeman in Dev, Santoshi’s one-time mentor Govind Nihalani’s film. Akshay Kumar, who plays a conscientious officer in the Madhur Bhandarkar-directed Aan, sits in crisp uniform amid Khakee’s chaos and confesses with the frankness of a child in a candy store, “I read both scripts at around the same time, both were exciting.” The film’s other hero, Union Minister for Shipping Shatrughan Sinha, had to seek prime ministerial approval, no less, to don greasepaint and khaki. But producer Firoz A. Nadiadwala believes his Weapon of Mass Distraction will be Paresh Rawal who sparked off laugh riots in Hera Pheri. His barbs as the bribe-taking constable are specially penned by Neeraj Vora. Bollywood, used to herd-mentality, is dumb founded by the khaki deluge. “This hasn’t happened in the industry before, but it is no trend,” says trade analyst Amod Mehra. “Santoshi, Varma and Nihalani are serious film-makers, not proposal makers.” Varma wanted to make a film on the encounter specialists in the Mumbai Police. “They get a strange sense of achievement in numbers,” he says, explaining his film’s title, Ab Tak Chappan. “But each statistic represents a dead criminal. It is macabre.” After the superlative Ardh Satya and Drohkaal comes Dev where Nihalani realises his “ambition to work with Bachchan”. He won’t call it the last of his police trilogy but a “story of two friends who happen to be policemen”. DEV: In his third police film, Govind Nihalani (centre) fulfils his dream of working with Amitabh Bachchan (left) and casts him opposite the peerless Om PuriAs an after thought, he says it may be “the Ardh Satya for the new millennium”. Anurag Kashyap, scriptwriter of Shool and Satya, who is to direct Black Friday, a police procedural film on the 1993 Bombay blasts, and Allwyn Kalicharan on a corrupt policeman, Anil Kapoor, in a dystopic Delhi of 2015, explains the police obsession: “It is a fascination for the cop- and crime-genre and people who have the power to do the unthinkable and change lives.”Mumbai policemen are a richly mined vein- encounter specialist sub-inspector Daya Nayak inspires characters in Aan, Ab Tak Chappan and Kagaar while Kay Kay plays Additional Commissioner Rakesh Maria in Black Friday. In these all-male films, women are adornments-recruited for oomph, as Lara Dutta is in Aan, or to play a suffering wife like Gracy Singh in Gangaajal. Unless, of course, it is a policewoman played by Sushmita Sen in Samay, a serial-killer flick. “She is the woman in control,” says director Robby Grewal. The khaki wave even promises to do the unthinkable-be authentic. Former police commissioner M.N. Singh, who had a hitlist of films that showed his department in poor light, had to eat his words when he mistook Akshay Kumar-sporting a close crop and in a uniform stitched by the Mumbai Police’s official tailor-for one of his men at the mahurat of Aan. Designer Anna Singh saw her home deluged with bales of brown fabric when she agreed to design uniforms, over a 1,000 of them, for Santoshi’s film. “He is a perfectionist and wanted all the policemen dressed in the same shade of khaki,” says Singh. Bachchan’s IPS uniform had to be aged by 10 years by washing it every day for two months. Onscreen, however, khaki is the newest hue.advertisement
Lamar Jackson (Louisville): 6-1 odds (Last year’s Heisman winner)3,543 yards passing, 30 TDs, INTs – QBR: 148.821,571 yards rushing, 21 TDsJalen Hurts (Alabama): 9-1 odds2,780 yards passing, 23 TDs, 9 INTs – QBR: 139.12954 yards rushing, 13 TDsJ.T. Barrett (Ohio State): 9-1 odds2,555 yards passing, 24 TDs, 7 INTs – QBR: 135.31845 yards rushing, 9 TDsJake Browning (Washington): 12-1 odds3,430 yards passing, 43 TDs, 9 INTs – QBR: 167.5245 yards rushing, 4 TDsDeondre Francois (Florida State): 14-1 odds3,350 yards, 20 TDs, 7 INTs – QBR: 142.10196 yards rushing, 5 TDsBaker Mayfield (Oklahoma): odds N/A3,965 yards, 40 TDs, 8 INTs – QBR: 196.38 (led NCAA)177 yards rushing, 6 TDsRudolph has a couple of things going for him. First off, he may have the best receiving corps in the nation. The Cowboys have probably 5-6 receivers that could probably be the No. 1 option on several teams.“It’s great,” said Rudolph on the problem of spreading the ball around. “It makes my job a lot easier with what we’ve got. It’s going to be a fun summer and a fun fall camp with so many targets out there. It’s on my shoulders to make sure I distribute the ball to all of them.”The importance of an actual running game cannot be overstated. We’ve seen in the past how defenses can key in on a one-dimensional OSU passing attack. With Justice Hill and an improving offensive line to keep them honest, the offense could open up even more.Numbers are important but they’re only part of the equation. Team success plays a massive role, as well. And if the Cowboys can come close to living up to their expected potential, it will be because of Mason Rudolph.Here’s a look the last four quarterbacks to win the Heisman and their team’s success that helped earn the award.Lamar Jackson (Louisville): 6-1 odds (Last year’s Heisman winner)3,543 yards passing, 30 TDs, INTs – QBR: 148.821,571 yards rushing, 21 TDsRecord: 9-4Rank: No. 21 in Final AP PollMarcus Mariota (2014 Heisman winner)4,454 yards passing, 42 TDs 4 INTs – QBR: 181.75770 yards rushing, 15 TDsRecord: 13-2Ranked: No. 2 in Final AP PollJameis Winston (2013 Heisman winner)4,050 yards passing, 40 TDs, 10 INTs – QBR: 184.80219 yards rushing, 4 TDsRecord: 14-0Ranked: No. 1 in Final AP Poll (National Champion)Johnn Manziel (2012 Heisman winner)3,706 yards passing, 29 TDs, 9 INTs – QBR: 155.301,410 yards rushing, 21 TDsRecord: 11-2Ranked: No. 5 in Final AP PollThe award is given out before bowl season but one thing all these quarterbacks shared was that team success. Aside from Jackson, the last five Heisman winners’ teams have finished in the top 5 nationally. Is Mason Rudolph going to have that on his resume? He’ll likely need it to earn an invite to New York.To get to that point, Rudolph and his Cowboys will likely have to beat Oklahoma twice. With the new format for determining the Big 12’s champion, the top two teams will take part in a rematch at the end of the season. Insert 13th data point. Subtract common sense.Can Rudolph win the Heisman?It will take an historic season from him, which seems reasonable. It will also take Oklahoma State exorcising their Sooner demons. If both can be accomplished and OSU finds itself atop the Big 12, Rudolph will have a chance. Last week, OSU’s athletic department sent out a cryptic tweet with a not so cryptic message. Mason Rudolph is the key. He’s the driving force to Oklahoma State’s offense and its team’s success.And he’s the No. 1 reason for optimism heading into 2017.“I think his success over a three-year period and his numbers kind of speak for themselves,” said Mike Gundy following OSU’s spring game. “He’s winning. He’s a great leader. We’re always a little tentative about that because I don’t want to put pressure on him, but I think it’s fair play that he’s earned that.”Gundy is right. Rudolph is winning; and at a pretty high clip. In his two years and some change, Rudolph is 22-6 as a starter. He’s beaten every Big 12 opponent except for Baylor and will get one more crack at them this fall.He’s the face of a perennial 10-win program but somehow the best-kept secret among Heisman candidates.Is this the year for Rudolph to finally shine?How plausible is Rudolph’s Heisman candidacy?The Heisman trophy is given to “the outstanding college football player whose performance best exhibits the pursuit of excellence with integrity … ” As of late, it’s become a QB-dominated award. The last 20 have gone to 14 quarterbacks, five running backs and one cornerback/punt returner (Charles Woodson). If we go last 15, it’s even more lopsided, with 12 of the winners coming from behind center.So, based on what recent history has told us and in an effort to compare apples to apples, let’s take a look at the seven QBs that currently have better odds (according to Bovada) to win than Rudolph.Baker Mayfield was excluded from Bovada’s odds but is included in this list since he will certainly be near the top once his disciplinary situation is revealed and because I don’t expect him to miss much time, if any.Here are Rudolph’s numbers from last year, followed by the seven other QBs ahead of him in the odds.Mason Rudolph (Oklahoma State): 16-1 odds4,091 yards passing, 28 TDs, 4 INTs – QBR: 158.9461 yards rushing, 6 TDsThe FieldSam Darnold (USC): 5-1 odds3,086 yards passing 31 TDs, 9 INTs – QBR: 161.07250 yards rushing, 2 TDs While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. 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Let’s take a look at some news from around the league over the last week or two.Take A Chill PillCommissioner Bob Bowlsby says to not worry about the Big 12 not being a playoff fixture over its first three years.“That’s a really short window,” Bowlsby said. “It get a little tiresome, because I know we play at a very high level, and I know that, top to bottom, we’re the best in the country in terms of balance. And I know that the method by which we conduct our championships and conduct our regular season is the most difficult.” [ESPN]AdChoices广告To Bowlsby’s point, the Big 12 is really close to three for three (getting in):And the Big 12 hasn’t played well in big non-conference games. Last season, OU probably would have made the playoff had it beaten either Houston or Ohio State; instead, the Sooners lost both. In 2014, Baylor probably would have made the playoff had it played a representative non-conference schedule; instead, the Bears played SMU, Northwestern State of Louisiana and Buffalo, and the playoff committee elevated Ohio State past Baylor. [NewsOK]Which leads us to the last piece, just win.We’ve debated for years the Big 12’s value. That debate needs to end. Ask not what your conference can do for you, ask what you can do for your conference. And the answer is, OU can beat Ohio State. West Virginia can beat Virginia Tech. OSU can beat Pittsburgh. TCU can beat Arkansas. Texas can beat Southern Cal (well, you know what I mean). And if a team makes the playoff, win once it gets there. [NewsOK]Buy Low on BillPick the K-State Wildcats to finish in the middle of the pack at your own peril.His Wildcats have returned a full-time starting quarterback six times in the past 20 years. In those six seasons, his teams have won 11 games five times and nine on one occasion. He won 11 games with Michael Bishop in 1998, 11 in 2000 with Jonathan Beasley, 11 in 2002 and ’03 with Ell Roberson and 11 in 2012 with Collin Klein. The latter two included Big 12 titles and BCS bowl bids, too. In 2014, Snyder won nine games with Jake Waters. Add it up and you’ll find that Snyder’s teams have gone 64-17 since 1998 when returning a full-time starting quarterback. [SportsOnEarth]Given health concerns and age, you could see the Wildcats striving to send a legend out on top.”You could make a great case for Bill Snyder being 1 of the 10 best college coaches of all-time” – @JBradEdwards— Paul Finebaum (@finebaum) July 24, 2017 While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Keeping Up with the JonesBerry Tramel made the trip to West Virginia and was surprised by what he found.What is the most fascinating or interesting information you learned about West Virginia’s athletics department during your recent visit?How West Virginia is really not in the arms race. The Mountaineers have solid facilities and are constantly upgrading, but they’re not trying to build the palaces you see in Lubbock and Stillwater and Waco and Norman and Fort Worth and Austin. WVU is not recruiting against Texas A&M and Alabama. WVU is largely recruiting against Pitt and Maryland and the like. [NewsOK]West Virginia’s isolation must really put them in a different place from a recruiting perspective. Looking at their classes, Ohio River Valley and Florida are honey holes they dip into and the expectations must be different for the football-rich Texas players the rest live off of.In defense of the Mountaineers, they are trying.The new video board is coming along nicely at Milan Puskar Stadium. (P.S. Only 6️⃣6️⃣ days until @WVUfootball is back!) pic.twitter.com/BBq2bbFFjt— Anjelica Trinone (@AnjelicaTrinone) June 29, 2017 Quick HittersFox analyst Joel Klatt says Texas killed the Big 12OSU at Tech and Bedlam made this list for the Ultimate Big 12 Road TripBig 12 players want to expand and add Houston (per a survey at media days)An unnamed Texas Tech football player allegedly beat up handful of people at a barBarry, Kevin Williams and Leslie O’Neal made this Big 12’s best in the NFL teamKU will be younger in the frontcourt with a grad transfer leavingFrank Mason shared Big 12 male athlete of the year with a Texas swimmer.Tech joins the arms race with this pretty fly indoor facility.New Carpet – (Indoor) Sports Performance Center, Texas Tech Football ? pic.twitter.com/vXUIJxuxJb— Dal Watson (@DalDubya) July 24, 2017 Kool KliffFacing one of college football’s hottest seats, Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury was cool at Media Days.Never mind the questions about Kingsbury’s job status at Texas Tech, or the 16-21 record the past three seasons, or a defense that has been dreadful even graded on the Big 12 curve.Kingsbury still looked the part of the next-generation coach, one just as comfortable on TMZ as ESPN.Three days’ worth of stubble? Yep.A funky gray suit and brownish tie combo that few coaches could pull off? You bet.A relaxed attitude? Definitely. [SportsDay]Kingsbury is probably under more pressure (to save his job) than any Big 12 coach. He cites a third-year defensive coordinator and convincing his team to be confident as his motives in being cool. But have we ever really seen a hot seat coach behaving neurotically?He is comfortable talking about some things.Texas Tech HC Kliff Kingsbury’s still got it ? @TTUKingsbury @TexasTechFB pic.twitter.com/B1ELOTD1Qf— The Will Cain Show (@WillCainShow) July 20, 2017
PSG PSG have €222m in the physio’s room! – Marseille’s Garcia gloats after Neymar injury Dom Farrell Last updated 1 year ago 03:21 28/2/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) PSG Coupe de France PSG v Olympique Marseille Olympique Marseille Neymar Videos The Brazilian suffered a cracked metatarsal during a 3-0 win over PSG’s Classique rivals, leading Garcia to suggest their spending was useless Marseille boss Rudi Garcia mocked Paris Saint-Germain’s transfer policy and reliance on Neymar ahead of Wednesday’s Coupe de France showdown at the Parc des Princes.PSG beat their rivals 3-0 in Ligue 1 on Sunday but the victory was soured by Brazil star Neymar suffering a broken metatarsal.Garcia told a news conference ahead of the rematch that his opposite number Unai Emery still had plenty of options when it came to hurting Marseille but suggested the world-record spend on Neymar might have left PSG short in other areas. Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp “If there is no Neymar, there will be [Angel] Di Maria,” he said. “We will see if [Kylian] Mbappe and [Edinson] Cavani play when there is the Real Madrid game the week after.”It is a team built to win the Champions League. If they do not, it will be failure.”They have invested €400million, including €222m that is in the physio’s room.”PSG captain Thiago Silva accused Marseille midfielder Dimitri Payet of saying he wanted to hurt Neymar before the latter’s injury in a challenge with Bouna Sarr.Marseille defender Adil Rami insisted he had sought to stay away from such controversy after Sunday’s match.”I don’t know if the media are talking too much about Neymar. When I get home, I start my Playstation,” he said.”Without him, PSG will be another team but they remain a great team with a big bench. We cannot celebrate the misfortunes of a player.”
Transfers What else should I have done? Dembele defends Dortmund strike Dom Farrell 19:13 2/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(4) Getty Images Transfers Barcelona Borussia Dortmund Primera División Bundesliga Ousmane Dembélé The France international winger says he could not stand to see his dream potentially go up in dust Ousmane Dembele has defended his decision to go on strike in a bid to force through a mega-money move from Borussia Dortmund to Barcelona.France winger Dembele completed a €105 million switch to Barca after refusing to train during his final days with the Bundesliga club.The 20-year-old’s actions drew widespread criticism but, back in Ernesto Valverde’s first-team plans and attempting to salvage an injury-plagued debut season at Camp Nou, Dembele asked critics to put themselves in his shoes. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp “What else should I have done? If Barcelona cancelled their interest for the second time that would have been impossible for me,” he told Onze Mondial, referencing Barcelona’s initial interest during his breakthrough campaign at Rennes.”I’d like to know how the people who criticise me would have behaved if they had been in my position.”I had the impression that I would miss the fulfilment of my dream, which is why I behaved like that. That’s what I stand for.”Dembele made his seventh La Liga appearance on Thursday when he came off the bench for the last 15 minutes of Barcelona’s 1-1 draw at Las Palmas.Much of his first season in Spain has been troubled by a hamstring injury, which saw him miss almost the entire calendar until Christmas. Thereafter, he suffered a further muscular injury that prevented him playing for a month, and it is from that problem that he is currently being eased back into regular action.
Transfers Raiola urges Napoli to move for ‘bargain’ Balotelli Sacha Pisani 13:55 3/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Getty Images Transfers Napoli Mario Balotelli Nice Ligue 1 Serie A The agent invited the Serie A leaders to target his soon-to-be free agent client, who has flourished with Nice in Ligue 1 Mario Balotelli would be “ideal” for Napoli and his agent Mino Raiola has urged the Serie A leaders to sign the Nice star.Maligned Italian forward Balotelli is set to leave Ligue 1 outfit Nice at the end of the season, with his contract due to expire.The 27-year-old has flourished in France, where he has enjoyed two strong campaigns, with 21 goals scored across all competitions this term after having struggled at Liverpool and AC Milan. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Balotelli has been tipped by Raiola to return to the Serie A or the Premier League and the agent has invited the Italian leaders to target his client when he becomes available. “It’s obvious that whoever takes Mario on a free transfer will be getting a bargain,” Raiola told Radio Kiss Kiss Napoli. “If I were Napoli I’d take him, he’s one of the best strikers around. [Maurizio] Sarri has had an enormous growth and he’d be ideal for the Naples environment.”Balotelli is explosive on the pitch, he’s made strides forward with his behaviour. Napoli would be fantastic for a player with his characteristics and his character.”There are players who are afraid to come to Naples, but clearly not him. They have to believe to take him, but it would be a bargain.”Mario wouldn’t suffer with the expectations from the fans, he’s already been at the biggest clubs in the world. The passion of the fans only does good for him, just like [Zlatan] Ibrahimovic.”Raiola also reiterated his desire for Italy international goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma to leave AC Milan.Donnarumma signed a new four-year deal in July after the 19-year-old star appeared set to leave the San Siro.Raiola, who has endured a difficult relationship with Milan’s hierarchy, said Donnarumma must move on to a bigger club.”He’s not yet the best goalkeeper in the world,” Raiola added. “But he’ll become that if he makes the right choices in his career. He has to go to a top club next year, I’ve already said that. That’s my idea.”
Manchester United Man Utd youngster McTominay earns first Scotland call-up Nicholas McGee 20:30 12/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Manchester United Scotland Premier League Having opted against representing England, the midfielder has been named in Alex McLeish’s first squad having replaced Gordon Strachan in February Manchester United midfieder Scott McTominay has earned his first Scotland call-up for their upcoming friendlies with Costa Rica and Hungary.The 21-year-old is eligible for both Scotland and England, with his emergence under Jose Mourinho leading to much conjecture over which nation he should choose to play for. Lancaster-born McTominay has previously stated he sees his international future with the country of his father and reportedly pledged to represent Scotland this month following a meeting Alex McLeish. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp And he is in line to make his debut for Scotland after McLeish included him as one of six new faces in his first squad since being re-appointed as manager in February.Jon McLaughlin, Barry Douglas, Dylan McGeouch, Scott McKenna and Oliver McBurnie also receive their first call-ups.Newcastle United winger Matt Ritchie, Fulham captain Tom Cairney and Rangers’ Russell Martin have been recalled to the squad.Scotland face Costa Rica on March 23 at Hampden Park before travelling to Budapest to take on Hungary four days later.McLeish was appointed for a second time after Gordon Strachan was unable to lead them to the World Cup finals. Scotland have not featured at a major tournament since the 1998 World Cup, where they were eliminated in the group stage.Scotland squad: Jordan Archer (Millwall), Allan McGregor (Hull City), Jon McLaughlin (Hearts); Barry Douglas (Wolves), Grant Hanley (Norwich City), Russell Martin (Rangers), Scott McKenna (Aberdeen), Charlie Mulgrew (Blackburn Rovers), Callum Paterson (Cardiff City), Andy Robertson (Liverpool), Kieran Tierney (Celtic); Stuart Armstrong (Celtic), Tom Cairney (Fulham), James Forrest (Celtic), Ryan Fraser (Aberdeen), Kevin McDonald (Fulham), Dylan McGeouch (Hibernian), John McGinn (Hibernian), Callum McGregor (Celtic), Kenny McLean (Aberdeen), Scott McTominay (Manchester United), Jamie Murphy (Rangers), Matt Ritchie (Newcastle); Ryan Christie (Aberdeen), Jason Cummings (Rangers), Oliver McBurnie (Barnsley), Matt Phillips (West Brom).