10. Wayne Rooney (striker) 8. Juan Mata (right wing) Manchester United travel to Crystal Palace in the Premier League tomorrow as they aim to bounce back from their shock League Cup loss to Middlesbrough.Wayne Rooney, Michael Carrick and Ashley Young missed penalties in the shoot-out, which followed a 0-0 draw after 120 minutes.United’s league form has also slowed in the last month with just one win from three games although they have played Arsenal and Manchester City in that time.Louis van Gaal is facing calls from frustrated fans to drop captain Rooney, who has struggled in front of goal this season, but it is likely he will start at Selhurst Park.However, the Dutchman won’t be able to call upon Antonio Valencia or Memphis Depay, who miss the game through injury.To see who talkSPORT thinks will play, click the yellow arrow above, right. 11 4. Phil Jones (centre back) 5. Marcos Rojo (left back) 11 11 11 36. Matteo Darmian (right back) 11 11 11 28. Morgan Schneiderlin (centre midfield) 11 11 21. Ander Herrera (attacking midfield) 12. Chris Smalling (centre back) 1. David de Gea (goalkeeper): see who else makes the line up by clicking the arrow above 11 31. Bastian Schweinsteiger (centre midfield) 9. Anthony Martial (left wing) 11
Simon Clare joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.The Coral spokesman turns his attention to a defining period in the Champions League, with Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United all in action over the next 48 hours.Chelsea, City and United are all odds-on to qualify for the knockout stage, but Arsenal, currently bottom of Group F, are 11/8 outsiders to qualify ahead of their trip to Bayern Munich on Wednesday night.He says City are the English side expected to go furthest in the competition, while Chelsea are favoured to do better than Arsenal and United despite their domestic struggles.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast
Former Chelsea midfielder Bolo Zenden has backed Guus Hiddink to turn things around at Stamford Bridge, IF he is appointed as Jose Mourinho’s replacement.The Premier League champions were left searching for a replacement after parting company with their most successful ever boss following a dismal start to the campaign.A new man could be in place as early as this evening, talkSPORT understands. Two names in the frame for the role are Juande Ramos and Dutchman Guus Hiddink, who led the club to FA Cup success while in temporary charge in 2009, and ex-winger Zenden thinks his compatriot would be an ideal candidate.“He’s a great manager with people skills,” Zenden told Drive. “He’s capable of getting their heads right.“Where they want to finish this year, a possible target, that’s for Chelsea to decide but there’s not too many managers available which have certain qualities to get into the hot seat.“He’s had a hard time with Holland, we all know he got the sacked from the national team when results weren’t going our way but he could put himself into the frame.”Mourinho was sacked on Thursday after a torrid start to their title defence, as they are 16th in the Premier League table with a third of the season already played.Zenden, who spent three years at Chelsea from 2001 to 2004, admits the decision was inevitable but it still came as a shock. “The results have been bad from the beginning of the season, so you would have expected if they were to part ways, they would have done it earlier.“For that reason, yes it’s a surprise, but talks have been going on meaning it was time for a change.“But for me, it was a surprise.”
Klopp is confident that he can get the best out of striker Christian Benteke.The Belgium international swapped Aston Villa for Anfield in the summer after Liverpool met his £32.5million release clause, but he has recently come in for criticism for his performances.Klopp insisted it was natural that Benteke, who has netted five goals for Liverpool, would require time to feel totally comfortable in the side. The German manager said: “As a striker you always want to have five or six games in a row. At Aston Villa, I think when he was fit he played. Everything is different.“I have time to work. He played very good games for us, he made brilliant goals for us, so that’s not a problem.“I’m not sure anybody at Aston Villa saw the best Christian Benteke, so we have to work on it. He’s young enough to develop and that’s what we do.”THE £32.5M QUESTION THAT KLOPP NEEDS TO FIND AN ANSWER TO Liverpool striker Christian Benteke 1
1 Ramires Ramires has completed his move from Chelsea to Jiangsu Suning.The fee for the midfielder is undisclosed but is understood be around £20million.Ramires has signed a long-term contract with the Chinese Super League club, who are managed by former Chelsea defender Dan Petrescu.The 28-year-old had been at Chelsea since August 2010, when he arrived from Benfica in an £18m deal. He became a popular figure at Stamford Bridge and has won every major club honour during his time in London.In total, the Brazilian made 251 appearances for Chelsea, scoring 34 goals.
Arsene Wenger felt Arsenal would have beaten Tottenham had Francis Coquelin not seen red at the start of the second half.Aaron Ramsey gave the Gunners the lead in the first half but goals from Toby Alderweireld and Harry Kane after Francis Coquelin’s red card put the home side ahead.Alexis Sanchez saved ten-man Arsenal with 15 minutes remaining and Wenger was pleased with the result, given the position his side found themselves in.He said: “In the circumstances it was a point well earned, but looking at the game it is two points dropped because we would have won this game with 11 vs 11.“When you see how we played with 10 vs 11 you can see how we dropped points today.“I’m very proud of our performance and of course frustrated a little bit with the fact we made a mistake in an important moment of the game and dropped two points.”
There is no minimum age for handlers, but those under 18 must be accompanied by an adult on visitations and the registration form must be signed by a parent or legal guardian. The dog must accept friendly strangers. It must be tested around medical equipment, such as a wheelchair, crutches, cane, walker or a respirator. The dog will be around IVs and can’t get tangled. The dog must have up-to-date vaccinations and be in perfect health, and it must have had a bath within 24 hours of each visit. The dog must accept petting from strangers of any age, gender, nationality, or ethnicity. The dog must be behaved on or off a leash and must obey on the first command. The dog may not react to another dog or other pet. TDI had more than 15,000 dogs registered in 2006 with about 13,000 handlers. There are volunteers in all 50 states and some in Canada. Our local connection is Terri Lattanzio. She said that while any breed is fine, really only about 5 percent of dogs have the necessary combination of disposition, calmness and friendliness. She said that many dogs try hard to please their owners, but that because the job is so stressful, with hospital smells and sounds, many dogs are unhappy. Sometimes, canines make requested visits at end-of-life situations. Both the dog and the handler must be totally reliable at all times, in all circumstances. These are not just friendly pets, these are working dogs and must be considered as such. They are nationally certified. The dogs must be considered “bomb-proof” – nothing can bother them. They cannot be “wiggly or giggly.” They must be willing to solicit attention, calmly. They will be grabbed, sometimes not very gently, by hands that might not have very good control. Lattanzio said that most teams fail because of handler problems, rather than dog problems. To schedule an evaluation appointment with Lattanzio in Whittier’s Adventure Park, call (562) 714-4959. Send information about your organization to firstname.lastname@example.org, (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2252; or fax to (626) 856-2758. ——— >VOLUNTEER NOW160Want 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 MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre TDI was formed so that dogs could be certified, insured, and registered as volunteer therapy dogs. Beware of any organization that charges for canine visits. TDI’s goal is to unite and increase the number of available therapy dogs, give them recognition, and to alert hospitals and other institutions to their availability and importance. There are several therapy dog organizations, but TDI is the oldest and the largest. If you join, you get a list of facilities that are familiar with the program. It costs $35 a year for the first dog to join TDI and $30 a year to renew. Any breed or multi-breed dog may become a therapy dog. Age is important only in that the dog needs to be settled and predictably calm. All dogs must pass the Canine Good Citizen Test, developed by the American Kennel Club. Dogs must be at least 1-year-old to be tested, it must be healthy, and the handler must be of good character. Elaine Smith was a registered nurse working in England. She noticed how the patients reacted to the daily visits of the chaplain and his companion, a golden retriever. Upon returning to the United States in 1976, Smith was determined to bring the concept of pet therapy to health-care facilities here. Therapy Dogs International, which is located in Flanders, N.J., was founded in 1981. Studies have shown that holding or petting an animal will cause a lowering of blood pressure, the release of strain or tension, and can help a person draw out from loneliness and depression. The dogs increase emotional well-being and improve the quality of life for the people being visited.
Mr Seamus Neely, Chief Executive addressed today’s meeting of Donegal County Council and referred specifically to reports in some national and local media in relation to the financial position of the organisation.Donegal County Council are insolvent.A report published during March 2015 by the Local Government Audit Service and entitled “Overview of the work of the Local Government Auditors”, was recently commented upon in some national and local media with specific reference to the financial performance associated with Local Authorities during the financial year 2013.Mr Neely noted that the specific details included in this report prepared by the Local Government Audit Service on this Local Authority are accurate and consistent with the details previously presented to the members of Donegal County Council. However, he noted that there has been inaccurate interpretation of aspects of the report particularly in relation to comments around the financial solvency of the Council.In his address Mr Neely stated that “I can confirm that there is no question with regard to the solvency of the Council in that the Council has and will continue to trade in a solvent manner and in line with required governance and financial management processes”.He added “it is factually incorrect, to suggest that any business whether public or private sector and which happens to have a revenue deficit at the end of a particular year in it’s balance sheet is insolvent. This misrepresents the position of any such business to it’s stakeholders including in the case of Donegal County Council, it’s elected members, it’s employees, it’s customers, those businesses that provide goods and services to the Council, amongst others. In this context I can give full assurance to all of the stakeholders of the Council of fullest confidence in the ongoing financial management of the organisation and rejects any notion or suggestion that the organisation is insolvent or any connotations associated with such a term”.Mr Neely also stated that “it is useful to reflect at this time on what the most recent financial outturn is indicating, for the period ending 31st December 2014. These accounts reflect the merged position of the County and the former Town Councils and for the first time reflect the net joint position of these various authorities”. He added “I am pleased to report that the provisional figures for the year end position has improved by some €785,000 in respect of the County Council alone and as a result of the merge with the Town Councils (and on a once off, exceptional basis) by a further €2.045 million. This, in net terms, will see the 2013 deficit being reduced by some €2.83 million to a reduced deficit figure of less than €15 million.In addition to this, the Council’s financial statement also includes a credit position on our specific revenue reserve, amounting to some €3.375 million at the end of 2014. When netted off against the general revenue deficit this €3.375 million would reflect a net deficit position of approximately €11.6 million”.Mr Neely referred to the prudent approaches taken when reviewing the application of appropriate provisions for bad debt and how those bad debts are dealt with and stated “I am confident in our approach in that it is fair and equitable and strikes a good balance between the needs of the Council in continuing to trade in an appropriate manner and those of the customers that it serves while acknowledging the ongoing challenging financial and economic environment and the need to collect monies to allow the Council to provide the necessary services”.He concluded that “the Council will continue to work diligently to ensure that it can continue to provide the maximum range of services across our areas of responsibility in line with our financial capacity in a manner that does not expose the organisation to financial loss”.“THERE IS NO QUESTION OVER SOLVENCY OF COUNCIL” – CEO SEAMUS NEELY was last modified: April 13th, 2015 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)
If you do not know about the famous Icelandic Viking clap at Euro 2016, where have you been?Along with THAT song about Northern Ireland’s Will Grigg, one of the most popular off-field moments has been the Iceland’s fans getting behind their team.We saw it after their shock win over England in Nice, led by captain Aron Gunnarsson, and more footage has emerged of thousands of fans doing it in their homeland – by the looks of it, the whole of Reykjavik.After the minnows crashed out of Euro 2016 at the quarter-final stage against France, celebrate their achievements and excellent support by watching the Viking hand clap/chant, above.
UC’s Board of Admissions and Relations with Schools (BOARS) wants to change the admission rules to the 10 UC schools, including lowering the minimum high school grade-point average to 2.8 and removing the requirement of two SAT Subject Tests. Current policy makes the top 12.5 percent of each senior class – based on a minimum 3.0 GPA, their scores on either the SAT Reasoning Test or the ACT with Writing, and their scores on two SAT Subject Tests – eligible for admission to a UC school. But a large percentage of poor, black and Hispanic students, according to BOARS, never take the SAT Subject Tests, shutting them out from eligibility. Lowering the GPA and dropping the requirement for two SAT Subject Tests increases the number of students eligible for admission, giving the universities a larger, more minority-laden pool from which to choose. Yet this proposed policy adversely affects students, many of them Asian-American students (formerly known as minorities). And doing away with the SAT Subject Tests – where students pick their two best subjects from a variety of tests in English, history, mathematics, science and language – inflicts the most damage. Contrary to the expectations of critics, in the years following California’s Proposition 209 – which outlawed the use of race as a factor in university admissions – the numbers of blacks and Hispanics in the UC system remained the same. Fewer blacks and Hispanics attended the most competitive campuses like UCLA and UC Berkeley, but more attended UC Riverside or UC Irvine. One more point: Does attendance at an elite school determine one’s success? Economist Robert J. Samuelson writes, “Going to Harvard or Duke won’t automatically produce a better job and higher pay. Graduates of these schools generally do well. But they do well because they’re talented. Had they chosen colleges with lesser nameplates, they would (on average) have done just as well.” Researchers at Princeton and at the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation examined the earnings of students admitted into elite schools like Yale. They compared the salary histories of those students admitted and attended, against those admitted but who chose to attend a less prestigious school. Samuelson explains: “Suppose that Princeton and Podunk accept you and me; but you go to Princeton and I go to Podunk. On average, we will still make the same.” The result held for blacks and whites. The elite grads initially received more lucrative jobs, but over time, ability won out. Ability means not just scholastic aptitude, but real-world qualities that contribute to success: perseverance, responsibility, humor, leadership skills and optimism. Broadening the admissions eligibility pool allows UC to use subjective criteria such as overcoming “hardship” or “disadvantage.” What about a middle class student from a divorced family? Is that student more “disadvantaged” than a kid coming from a lower class, but with a nuclear, intact family? Answering these questions requires almost divine judgment, something few mortals possess. Ultimately, it comes down to whether taxpayers deserve admissions standards that allow students to apply on as equal footing as possible. Lowering standards makes the process more, not less, unfair. Larry Elder is an attorney, syndicated columnist and national radio talk-show host. He can be heard from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday on KABC-AM 790 (e-mail: email@example.com). 160Want 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 MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champUsed since 1926, with revisions over the decades, Scholastic Aptitude Tests try to make sense out of different grades, given by different teachers, in different classes, in different schools. How do we know the A given by Mr. Anderson in Texas equals the A given in another class by Mrs. Tyler in New Hampshire? Answer: The SAT. As for the SAT Subject Tests (called Achievement Tests until 1994, and SAT IIs until 2005), each subject has a one-hour test, and a student can take up to three Subject Tests in one day. Critics of the SAT argue that grades remain the best predictor of success in college. Agreed, provided we take into consideration grade inflation or watered-down standards – precisely why most colleges, despite no government mandate, still require that applicants take the SAT. Admitting students with lowered standards hurts the very kids that race coordinators claim to protect. In a groundbreaking study, UCLA Professor Richard Sander – a longtime affirmative action advocate – found that law school minority students admitted with lower criteria suffered from this “academic mismatch.” After the first year of law school, 51 percent of black students were likely to be in the bottom tenth of their class, compared with 5 percent of whites. These mismatched students were twice as likely to drop out or fail the bar on their first try. Sander concluded that if schools and students were better matched, we’d have many more black lawyers. A student entering school without preferences stands a far greater chance of competing and succeeding. Why? Preferences place a student on a much faster track. A less-competitive track provides the less-prepared student time to grasp the material, making on-time graduation more likely.