Sheffield United close in on deal for Blackpool striker

first_imgSheffield United are closing in on a deal to sign Blackpool striker Steve Davies.The 27-year-old was left out of Blackpool’s squad which faced Birmingham on Wednesday night amid rumours of interest from United.Pool boss Lee Clark confirmed that Davies has requested permission to speak to another club and, according to reports, it is Sheffield United.Blades boss Nigel Clough is a big fan of the forward and tried to sign him last summer and then again during January.But now he could be close to finally getting his man with Davies’ time at Blackpool seemingly close to an end.The former Tranmere and Derby man arrived for £500,000 from Bristol City in 2013 but has managed just eight goals in 45 league appearances. 1 Blackpool striker Steve Davies last_img read more

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Five Azzurrini players that could trouble Gareth Southgate’s side

first_img 2. Marco Benassi – Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see more of the Italian players that Gareth Southgate’s side need to be wary of – The midfielder, wisely, opted not to brand his upcoming opponents as ‘overrated’ in a recent pre-match press conference. England certainly deserve respect, but so too do Italy. Benassi, who formed part of a new look three man midfield against Portugal, added much needed energy to his side’s ranks and fired a long-range shot at goal just 10 seconds into the game. Such a tactic highlights that his confidence is sky high and he will look to test Jack Butland in the England goal at every opportunity. Southgate’s side will need to work hard in the centre of the park as they are going to have a real battle on their hands. 5 1. Domenico Berardi – The striker has scored his side’s only goal of the tournament so far and will be desperate to improve his tally – Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see the full list of Italian players that Gareth Southgate’s side need to be wary of – The forward’s strike from the spot against Sweden represents Italy’s sole goal at the tournament thus far. Such a tally will need to be added to if they are to avoid an early plane home and the responsibility to provide an attacking impetus will rest on Berardi’s shoulders. The 20-year-old scored 15 goals for Sassuolo in Serie A last season and is pushing to be recalled by parent club Juventus. Finding a route past John Stones and co could persuade Massimiliano Allegri that the youngster is ready to step up. 5 4. Alessio Romagnoli – Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see more of the last Italian player that Gareth Southgate’s side need to be wary of – The 20-year-old is the youngest member of Italy’s squad, but is further along the development line than many of his peers. The central defender, who is also capable on the left flank as he is predominantly left footed, spent last season on loan with Sampdoria from Roma. Walter Zenga’s side recorded a seventh place finish in Serie A and the youngster made a total of 29 appearances. Capable with the ball at his feet and assured in possession, comparisons between Romagnoli and the legendary Alessandro Nesta have already been drawn upon. 5 3. Daniele Rugani – Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see more of the Italian players that Gareth Southgate’s side need to be wary of – The central defender was an ever present for Empoli in Serie A last season, which was an impressive achievement given his tender years. The 20-year-old, who is 6ft 2in, is an imposing presence and will relish an opportunity to stifle the attacking talent of Spurs striker Harry Kane. Expect the Englishman to be followed closely. the youngster’s form has persuaded Juventus to acquire exclusive rights to his services earlier this year and big things are expected of him. 5 England v Italy in the Under-21 European Championship is live on talkSPORT tonight, Wednesday 24 June 2015“The worst that can happen is gone,” quipped England Under-21 manager Gareth Southgate ahead of this evening’s group clash against Italy.Phew. At least the Young Lions won’t be coming home from this summer’s European Under-21 Championship without a point.Such a scenario would have been embarrassing, given the amount of established Premier League players that have travelled to the Cezch Republic.However, their passage into the knock-out stages of the tournament is far from assured.Luigi Di Biagio’s Italy, who are also in need of points to secure progression, may sit bottom of Group B but still have several dangerous players in their midst.Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see the Azzurrini players that England need to keep a close eye on in Olomouc this evening…. 5 5. Andrea Belotti – The 21-year-old Calcinate born forward one of the creative forces that England will have to stifle in Olomouc tonight. – The forward began his career in humble beginnings with Albino Leffe prior to a move to recently relegated Palermo. The youngster helped the Sicilians reclaim their Serie A status and featured in every single one of their league fixtures last season, scoring six goals. Paulo Dybala’s exploits saw him take most of the plaudits, and secure move to Juventus, but Belotti is also a promising talent. Gareth Southgate’s defence will need to be on top form to ensure he cannot make an impact.last_img read more

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Malaga pulled out of Balotelli race due to striker’s ‘astronomical’ wage demands

first_img1 Malaga tried to lure Mario Balotelli away from Liverpool this summer – but were priced out of a move due to his ‘astronomical’ salary.?The striker eventually left Anfield for Nice and he has gone on to score seven goals in nine appearances for the French side.However Malaga’s sporting director Francesc Arnau has revealed that they wanted to sign the Italian too, but he was just too pricey.“Balotelli was an option for us,” Arnau told Spanish radio station Cadena Cope.“His salary was astronomical, his agent was not aware whether or not clubs could pay it. He went to Nice because they have a strong project financially, with new owners who have invested.“There was absolutely no chance of bringing him here.” Mario Balotelli has returned to form since joining Nice last_img read more

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Confirmed by test

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesSo much for the overhyped claims of the LAUSD’s turnaround. District leaders have made some modest gains in recent years, but too modest — which is why L.A. is putting its hope in Villaraigosa to make a difference. THE latest Academic Performance Index numbers provide an interesting and important postscript to the debate over Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s partial takeover of the Los Angeles Unified School District.Throughout that debate, defenders of the status quo insisted that LAUSD schools were rapidly improving — even faster, they said, than the statewide average.It was a questionable claim even then. Yes, some LAUSD test scores were improving faster than the statewide average, but then they were starting from a much lower threshold — there was nowhere to go but up.But the claim doesn’t hold up in the latest numbers. For 2005-06, the average LAUSD API score was 658, up nine points from last year. That’s compared to the state average of 720 — an 11-point improvement. 160Want 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

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ISP Gives Safe Winter Driving Tips

first_imgThe posted speed limit may be more than twice as fast as the reduced speed drivers should travel to reduce the possibility of a collision or loss of control that puts a vehicle into a retaining wall, ditch or another motorist.Indiana code 9-21-5-1 specifies “Speed shall be restricted as necessary to avoid colliding with a person, vehicle, or other conveyance on, near or entering a highway.”  Motorists losing control of their vehicle or who are involved in a crash resulting in a police report should expect to be cited for this offense, which carries a maximum fine of $500.If you are involved in a crash, are uninjured and all vehicles are drivable, involved drivers should move to a safe place completely off the road, be it the next exit or to the parking lot of a business to await law enforcement response for a police report.It is important to remember crashes involving injury or lane blockage receive priority attention ahead of property damage crashes.  So, keep in mind, it may be an extended period of time before law enforcement arrives.  The reason and purpose for moving drivable vehicles off the road is to avoid secondary crashes of other inattentive motorists crashing into your scene or sideswiping you if you’ve only moved to the side of the road.Something else to keep in mind, crash scenes with vehicles disabled in the roadway and state police presence may have the state police vehicle facing the wrong way with emergency lights and headlights on.  This is to warn approaching motorists of impending danger.Remember, Indiana’s Move Over Law states motorists MUST change lanes away from the emergency or utility vehicle if they can do it SAFELY.  If not possible to move away from the emergency vehicle, motorists must SLOW DOWN and proceed with caution. Please give us room to work.  We are asking motorists to SLOW DOWN and/or MOVE OVER WHEN SAFE TO DO SO.Vehicles included in the Move Over law are: • Police vehicles  • Ambulances  • Fire trucks and rescue equipment  • Highway incident-response vehicles  • Highway work vehicles-including snow plows • Vehicle recovery equipment (tow trucks)The point of not calling police agencies for road information during snow emergencies cannot be overstressed.  Calling police departments about road conditions may delay action on critical life emergency 911 calls.Road conditions are likely the same for the area you want to know about as it is looking out your front window.Citizens calling state police facilities to ask for road conditions will be directed to either call the Indiana Department of Transportation’s Road and Weather automated system at 800-262-7623 or visit the INDOT traffic map at http://indot.carsprogram.org/main.jsf.The 800 phone service is voice activated and updated with timely road conditions across Indiana.  The INDOT web link allows users to check on specific locations for current closures and other road information.For Indiana County Travel Status Reports, visit this link:   http://www.in.gov/dhs/traveladvisory. Indiana’s next blast of winter weather is upon us.Warnings about hazardous driving conditions will be issued by city, county and state law enforcement as well as by local and national media.  Many will heed the warnings.  Many more will ignore the warnings.  With another major storm approaching, the Indiana State Police, again, remind motorists to limit travel when possible. If travel is not necessary, then stay home.  Most calls for service received by the Indiana State Police and other police agencies during winter storms are for crashes and motorists that slide off state roads and interstates.  It is important to remember that snow and ice covered roads do not cause crashes.The crashes are caused by unsafe driving on the snow and ice covered roadway.If you choose to drive during poor or hazardous driving conditions you must:1. Leave sooner and expect your travel time to be twice as long as normal2. Drive slower3. Increase the following distance between you and the vehicle in front of you by at least five times greater than normal4. Approach intersections with great care; other drivers not paying attention will slide through red lights5. Signal all lane changes and turning movementslast_img read more

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More than €100,000 announced for several Donegal sports groups

first_imgMore than €100,000 funding for Local Sports Partnerships to promote participation will be granted across the county – it was announced on Monday.Fine Gael Councillors Terence Slowey and Martin Harley confirmed grants for Local Sports Partnerships in Stranorlar, Killybegs, Ballyshannon and Maghery through Sport Ireland.Some €40,000 of the money will be channelled through Local Sports Partnerships into specialist sports hubs in Stranorlar, Killybegs and Ballyshannon and separately another €20,000 will be channelled in the same way in Maghery.” Councillor Harley said:  “This is an excellent result for the county.  The Community Sports and Physical Activity Hubs in these areas bring local people together and get the right information, support and advice to them and ultimately make it easier to get involved and get more active and live healthier lifestyles.“Another €15,000 has been earmarked in the county for the Local Sports Partnership to support people who volunteer in disadvantaged communities or to help people with disabilities get the support to go on to coach or referee or work as community leaders.“It’s about building confidence as well as skills.  And it will be hugely beneficial at a local level, getting people engaged and building team spirit.”Councillor Slowey added:  “I’m told the funding package also involves €30,000 to get more people from disadvantaged communities involved in outdoor adventure sports in towns through the Urban Outdoor Adventure Hubs. “This is all the more worthwhile as it seeks to create new opportunities for young people in disadvantaged communities and people with a disability.”Councillor Harley added:  “These programmes really do vital work to increase participation in sport and physical activity and to get young people in particular thinking and moving in the right direction.“It is good for health, good for people’s welfare and good for people’s all-round wellbeing.  At an individual level, it can encourage a big change but the community will also reap the rewards.”The money has been secured from the Dormant Accounts Fund.  It will be administered by Sport Ireland.Councillor Slowey said:  “This is about providing the much-needed money to engage people who might otherwise miss out on these opportunities. “It will promote the sport and physical activity in the community and make more and more people feel a part of local clubs and events.“We’d like to thank Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Brendan Griffin for his focus on this area of sports promotion.”More than €100,000 announced for several Donegal sports groups was last modified: December 10th, 2018 by Shaun KeenanShare 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:community fundingSport Irelandlast_img read more

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SOA: Hype Diminishes around SOA, but Usage Increases

first_imgA new report by Forrester Research finds that Services Oriented Architecture (SOA) is still alive and well.   SOA is a set of design principles based on the use of interoperable services for developing and integrating computer systems.   SOA had long been a focus of IT hype, but Cloud Computing, Mobile applications and Social Media have been the main occupants of IT headlines over the last couple of years.In January 2009, Anne Thomas Manes of the Burton Group declared SOA dead, and later clarified her meaning that the ‘architecture’ foundation of SOA was flawed, but that interoperable services will dominate the future.  In the months following her announcement, a furious dialog for and against the idea of SOA ensued.  Two years later, SOA has not gone away, in fact, usage of SOA has only increased.The Forrester report by Randy Heffner found that by the end of 2011, 71 percent of large enterprises will be using SOA within their IT infrastructure, and more than half of small and medium sized companies will be using it too.    The industry groups that are most fully using SOA include utilities, telecom, finance and insurance.   Of those companies using SOA now, 77 percent said that they are satisfied with it, and 31 percent said that SOA met or exceeded all of their expected goals.The report notes that  “many well-meaning people in the industry cast SOA as simply a way to do application integration, thus making it seem irrelevant to anyone whose integration problems seem to be under control.  Others make it sounds like SOA takes a huge investment to get started. Neither of these perspectives is true.”  Forrester recommends that companies recognize SOA as a strategic business investment in building best-practice IT infrastructure.  “…you can start small and evolve toward SOA maturity.”last_img read more

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IPL 2014: Key Players from Mumbai Indians

first_imgRohit Sharma will play a crucial role for Mumbai in the IPL 2014 Total Money Spent(including retention): Rs 59.95 croreSquad: 21 players including 13 Indian and 8 overseas.Players to watch out for:Corey Anderson: The 23-year-old New Zealand player was known for his powerful hitting but his record-breaking 36-ball ODI hundred made him an overnight star across the globe. With the ability to clear the ropes at regular intervals, Anderson is just the guy you need to take the game away from the opposition. Apart from his batting prowess, Anderson is a more-than-handy seamer with a knack of picking wickets at crucial intervals. His all-round abilities also earned him a whopping Rs 4.5 crore after Mumbai Indians secured the services of the Kiwi sensation during IPL 2014 auction. The Christchurch batsman will surely be one of the most influential players in the IPL this year.Lasith Malinga: The biggest reason why Mumbai are feared by their opponents are Malinga’s toe-crushing yorkers. He was pivotal with 20 scalps in 17 games in Mumbai India’s victorious 2013 IPL campaign. He will continue to lead the bowling and will hope the batsmen can keep up their end of the deal this time around.Kieron Pollard: The 26-year-old Trinidadian cricketer has been one of the most influential players for Mumbai over the years. A prolific batsman, wicket-taking bowler and an absolute livewire in the field, Pollard has the right mix of being a successful limited-overs specialist. The right-hander slammed 420 runs and took 10 wickets to lead Mumbai to their first-ever IPL title last season. Kieron Pollard will need to continue his good run if Mumbai intend to successfully defend their title this year.advertisementMichael Hussey: The 38-year-old Australian run-machine was sensational at the top-order for Chennai Super Kings last season. The left-hander was the tournament’s leading run-scorer with 733 runs in 17 matches, a reason why Mumbai Indians paid a whopping Rs 5 crore to secure his services. He will play a crucial role in stabilising the innings for early in the batting-order for Mumbai.Rohit Sharma: While he faced a lot of criticism for his performances in an Indian shirt, Rohit Sharma has been an absolute sensation with the bat for Mumbai Indians. The right-handed batsman has amassed over 2500 runs and took 14 wickets in 97 games for Mumbai in his IPL career. He was also the leading run-scorer with over 500 runs for Mumbai Indians in their victorious 2013 IPL season. The Mumbai skipper will face stern test in defending the team’s title against arch-rivals this season.last_img read more

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Shuttler Kidambi Srikanth defeats fellow Indian Sourabh Verma to progess to QF of Hong…

first_imgAdvertisementAfter a thrilling victory over compatriot Sourabh Verma, Kidambi Srikanth has qualified for the quarter-finals in the Hong Kong Open, on Thursday. With PV Sindhu’s early exit at the hands of world number 18 Busanan Ongbamrungphan from Thailand, Srikanth remains Indian’s only hope in the $400,000 tournament.Former world number 1 Srikanth, who went down to the 13th spot in the latest BWF rankings this week, beat Verma in the men’s singles second round with a score of 21-11, 15-21, 21-19. The last time he was in the quarter-finals, was during the Singapore Open earlier this year. The ace shuttler from Guntur, received a first-round bye from the top seeded Kento Momota of Japan, and will face Olympic gold medallist Chen Long of China next.Sindhu on the other hand, had to leave the competition early, disappointed, as she went down 18-21 21-11 16-21 against her Thai opponent Busanan Ongbamrungphan in 69 minutes. The Indian superstar, continues her dismal run in international circuit with early exits from China, Korea and Denmark Open as well.Meanwhile, H S Prannoy and Parupalli Kashyap also got knocked out in the second round. Prannoy lost 12-21, 19-21 to Indonesian Jonatan Christie and former Commonwealth Games champion Kashyap fought hard before ultimately going down by a score of 21-12 21-23 10-21 to world number 2 Chou Tien Chen of Chinese Taipei in an hour-long match.In the mixed doubles, Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Ashwini Ponnappa lost 21-19 21-12 in 42 minutes to the fourth seeded Japanese pair of Arisa Higashino and Yuta Watanabe.Advertisementlast_img read more

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