Manchester United 3-1 Liverpool: Late Anthony Martial stunner piles the pressure on Brendan Rodgers

first_img Anthony Martial The world’s most expensive teenager Anthony Martial made the perfect first impression as he scored a brilliant goal to pile the pressure on Brendan Rodgers and Liverpool at Old Trafford.After a subdued first 45, the game shot into life as Daley Blind and Ander Herrera struck to give the hosts a much deserved lead.Christian Benteke then pulled one back late on with a stunning overhead kick but it was immediately cancelled out by a great goal by Martial.The win gives Louis van Gaal some justification for his ‘philosophy’ as United rise to second in the Premier League but it raises more questions about Rodgers and his.Manchester United dominated possession in the early stages and passing the ball to death but Simon Mingolet nearly gifted the Red Devils an opener after an awful throw ended up at the feet of Marouane Fellaini, but his dinked effort sailed over the bar.While the midfield axis of Michael Carrick and Bastian Schweinsteiger were able to dictate the pace of the play at their pleasure, but there was no killer instinct – perhaps to be expected of two teams who have only scored five goals between them all season.Ashley Young replaced Memphis Depay – who embodied United’s impotency in the first half – and immediately made something happen winning a foul deep in the Liverpool half after 48 minutes.From the resulting free-kick Juan Mata laid the ball back to Blind on the edge of the area who rocketed the ball into the top corner.David De Gea then proved he was worth every penny of his new contract making an acrobatic save from Danny Ings to make amends for a terrible clearance moments before.Blind was then the hero again after Ings deflected Martin Skrtel’s header towards the goal but the Dutchman blocked on the line to clear the danger.Then, in the 69th minute, Joe Gomez – who had been arguably Liverpool’s best player – dived into a challenge with Herrera in the box, leaving referee Michael Oliver with no option but to award the penalty.Herrera picked himself up to take the penalty and expertly dispatched it into the roof of the net to double the Red Devils’ lead.There was still time for Benteke to produce a moment of magic with an incredible bicycle kick in what is already a frontrunner for goal of the season.However, there was no frantic finish as £36m man Martial lit up Old Trafford with a mazy run and finish to seal the three points for his new side and condemn Liverpool to a seventh defeat in 14 Premier League games. 1last_img read more

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Championship: Bristol City 2-0 Nottingham Forest – Aaron Wilbraham brace lifts Robins off the bottom

first_img1 Two goals from Aaron Wilbraham were enough to lift Bristol City off the bottom of the Championship as they beat Nottingham Forest at Ashton Gate.The hosts were ahead within four minutes through the 35-year-old Wilbraham before he scored again after 11 minutes.Bristol dominated the game with a Henri Lansbury volley which rebounded off the bar all Forest could muster.And that was how it stayed as the Robins claimed their first win since August to move out of the relegation zone, while Forest remain in 14th place.It only took four minutes for Wilbraham to give Bristol City the lead after Jonathon Kodjia’s flick on from Elliot Bennett’s cross gave him the opportunity to calmly side-foot home.And barely five minutes later he had doubled the lead and his tally for the night.This time Forest made a mess of clearing their lines, allowing Derek Williams to deliver a pinpoint cross for Wilbraham to head into the back of the net.Forest had a brilliant chance to pull a goal back but Jack Hobb’s header was saved brilliantly by goalkeeper Frank Fielding.The Robins completely dominated the first half with a speculative Lansbury shot all Forest had to show for their journey to the West Country.Lansbury continued to be the visitors’ biggest threat after the break, first seeing his dipping volley go wide before rattling the crossbar with another looping volley after a lovely bit of control.However, with 15 minutes remaining it would have been 3-0 but for incredible goalkeeping from Forest’s Dorus de Vries as he made two smart stops in quick succession from Kodjia and Luke Ayling.De Vries was at it again moments later, this time twice denying Wilbraham his hat-trick from point-blank range.That was how it remained as Bristol City managed to survive some nervy moments to record only their second win of the season. Aaron Wilbraham last_img read more

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‘I’ve got tears in my eyes – the title is ours!’ Arsenal fans think they’re on the cusp of glory

first_imgIt only took one goal to turn the Premier League title race on its head again.Danny Welbeck leapt highest and flicked a Mesut Ozil free-kick beyond the powerless Kasper Schmeichel to hand Arsenal a 2-1 victory over Leicester City at the Emirates, ahead of Man City v Tottenham.Now, though, certain Gooners across the globe are getting a bit ahead of themselves.They’re excited, and understandably so, about their title prospects and many are saying the trophy is theirs already.You can see what Arsenal fans are saying about their chances of glory below… Arsenal players celebrate 1last_img

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Sunderland CEO Margaret Byrne resigns over Adam Johnson case

first_imgSunderland chief executive Margaret Byrne has resigned in the wake of the Adam Johnson child sex abuse case admitting “a serious error of judgement”.Johnson was suspended a year ago then allowed back into the team and played for the Premier League strugglers until his trial when he pleaded guilty to grooming and a sexual activity with a child.Pressure was put on the club after Johnson’s legal team told Bradford Crown Court the club was aware that he had told police he kissed the girl.The club had stated he had told them he intended to deny all the charges against him.Ms Byrne said in a statement: “Contrary to what has been suggested, I did not understand that Mr Johnson intended to change his plea at trial or at all.“I was astounded when he did plead guilty.“I accept that Mr Johnson should not have been permitted to play again, irrespective of what he was going to plead.“It was a serious error of judgement and I accept full responsibility for this.The chief executive said she recommended to the Sunderland board that Johnson should be allowed to play on last year because he was fighting the charges and was “innocent until proven guilty”.She said: “Mr Johnson’s victim has endured a terrible ordeal and for that I am truly sorry.“At no time was the failure to suspend him again intended to cause any harm or distress to her or her family.”Stepping down after nine years with the Wearsiders, she said: “I recognise that, as CEO, my involvement with Mr Johnson and the decision to allow him to continue to represent the club was a serious mistake.“I sincerely regret that this error has impacted on the victim, the club, its supporters and all those affected in such a devastating manner.”She was hurt by the criticism levelled at the club, saying: “To this end and for the long-term good of the club and its staff, I have stepped down as CEO with immediate effect.” 1 Margaret Byrne has resigned as Sunderland CEO last_img read more

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Polls have Kentucky singing bluegrass

first_imgIt has become fashionable to knock the BCS and all its components – from the questionable bowl matchups to the weekly BCS standings that annually determine which two schools most deserve to play for a national title. And deservedly so. I mean, if you’re going to insist on a power-broker system that defies the will of the people and is intended to keep the elite bowl mega-money checks in the hands of a few conferences, then you might as well keep a stiff upper lip and take your ridicule like a man. As a college football fan who has been calling for a 16-game Division I playoff system since the ’80s, no one despises the whole concept of the BCS more than I do. My dream scenario every year calls for a half-dozen teams to have an equal right to claim they should be playing in the BCS title game, just so the powers that be can squirm a little when the spotlight shines on them in December. He could say the same about the BCS standings, but he understands that traditional perceptions supercede what’s taken place on the field when it comes to national rankings. “It is very hard anytime you’re trying to make a transition from a cellar-dweller to a contender and trying to go for a championship,” said Brooks, who learned all about that at Oregon. “There is always going to be a lag time. “For the programs everybody thinks are great teams, they think they’re great teams a lot longer than they are great teams. That’s just human nature.” Brooks is right on. Although naysayers love to blame computers for the BCS standings, the fact is two voter polls make up two-thirds of a team’s strength rating in the BCS. Thanks to those computers tweaking human nature, this week’s first BCS standings actually look a little less ridiculous than they might have in this crazy year of parity-driven upsets. Ohio State (7-0) is No. 1 in the polls and the BCS standings, which makes perfect sense. Thanks to the computers, South Florida (6-0) is deservedly No. 2 instead of Boston College (7-0). Either way, it is undoubtedly the least likely top three the BCS has seen in its brief history. There is no doubt whatsoever that these are not the three best teams in the nation. But don’t blame the BCS. Blame the voters and the year of the upset. Had it not been for the computers, Brooks would have even more to complain about. His Wildcats are No. 13 in the coaches’ poll and No. 11 in the Harris poll. USC, which has a loss to Stanford and two close calls against nondescript opponents, is No. 9 in both voter polls, but is where it belongs (No. 14) in the BCS. Just shows you, those computers know a big win and a big loss when they see one. The voters? Evidently, they haven’t been paying attention. Again. And you can’t blame that on the BCS. Aloha, baby: A little more than halfway through the season, six unbeaten teams can continue to dream about playing in the BCS title game. Besides the top three, the improbable unbeatens are No. 8 Arizona State (7-0), No. 13 Kansas (6-0) and No. 18 Hawaii (7-0). Of the five, only Hawaii would seem to have little chance to go all the way. ASU and Kansas will play the big boys eventually, but Hawaii’s schedule isn’t tough enough to sway the voters no matter how many victories it piles up. Big-time, big move: The insane importance major college institutions place on winning in football and basketball is the only way to justify Nebraska’s decision to fire Athletic Director Steve Pederson halfway through the football season. Bill Callahan doesn’t look like the best hire in the history of college football, but the chancellor didn’t seem to object during the offseason. Why not wait until the season is over to make a move that clearly means Callahan is history as well? If Callahan is fired, don’t feel too sorry for him. It reportedly will cost Nebraska more than $3 million to terminate his services. There are worse ways to be fired. jim.thomas@dailybreeze.com160Want 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.And yet, in the interest of fairness, this is a perfect week to point out that no ranking system – BCS or otherwise – will ever satisfy everyone. Don’t believe me? Just ask Rich Brooks. Brooks, of course, is one of the nation’s fine college football coaches. He’s proven that by transforming not one but two formerly stagnant programs into winners, first at Oregon (1977-94) and now at Kentucky. Now 66, Brooks may be doing the finest work of his career with the Wildcats, who were a perennial also-ran (in football, that is) when he got there in 2003. Kentucky, which last weekend shocked then-No. 1 LSU in one of the year’s great games, is 6-1 overall and 2-1 in the always-powerful Southeastern Conference. When Brooks woke up Monday, however, he found that LSU (6-1) was No. 4 in the first BCS standings released this season. His Wildcats were No. 7 despite beating the Tigers. Not only that, but Florida (4-2) is a touchdown favorite to beat Kentucky this week despite having an extra loss and being ranked No. 15 in the BCS standings. “Those guys in Las Vegas, I guess they don’t get fooled very often,” Brooks said Monday at his weekly media session. “Florida’s a 7-point favorite and we just beat the No. 1 team in the nation? How does that equate? It’s pretty interesting stuff.” last_img read more

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UCLA fires coach Dorrell

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat Kings160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! UCLA football head coach Karl Dorrell was fired during a meeting with athletic director Dan Guerrero this morning after leading the Bruins to a 6-6 record in his fifth season in charge. Dorrell, a former UCLA receiver, won 35 games and lost 27 as coach. “This was a very difficult decision for me,” Guerrero said in a statement issued by the school. “Karl has represented this program with dignity and class. He is a true Bruin and I respect what he has accomplished in his five years as our head coach, particularly off the field. But, at the end of the day, the focus has to be on results and I felt that a change was in the best interest for the future of our program.” A national search for his replacement will begin immediately. Dorrell has been given the option to coach UCLA in its game against BYU on Dec. 22 in the Las Vegas Bowl, but he has not made a decision yet. If Dorrell, 43, declines to caoch in the Las Vegas bowl, interim coach possibilities are defensive coordinator DeWayne Walker and academic advisor Ed Kezerian. During his tenure, UCLA’s off-the-field image, which took a beating under coach Bob Toledo, was cleaned up. But on the field too many inconsistent performances did in Dorrell, who was 1-4 against USC, including Saturday’s 24-7 loss at the Coliseum. “I want to thank Dan Guerrero for the opportunity to coach at my alma mater,” Dorrell said in a statement released by the school. “I know that the program is in much better shape than when I inherited it, and I believe that it is ready to flourish. “I am proud of what the program accomplished during my five years, especially in the areas of academics, citizenship and recruiting. I think a great foundation has been laid and I will be pulling for the young men I recruited into the program to be successful in the future. Among potential candidates to replace Dorrell, as reported here Sunday, are Boise State coach Chris Petersen, Texas Tech coach Mike Leach, former Detroit Lions and San Francisco 49ers coach Steve Mariucci, and former Colorado and Washington coach Rick Neuheisel, who is the offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach for the Baltimore Ravens. Walker, who is also in the running for the open job at Washington State, is expected to be interviewed for the UCLA position. Before UCLA’s final four games this season, Guerrero said he would be “very interested” to see how UCLA did, which put Dorrell on the coaching hot seat. UCLA lost three of those games but beat a Dennis Dixon-less Oregon team to become bowl eligible. Dorrell was an assitant coach with the Denver Broncos for three years before becoming UCLA’s head coach. He was a longtime assistant coach in college and was an offensive coordinator at the University of Washington and University of Colorado. He implemented the West Coast offense at UCLA, which has been criticized as too difficult to master at the college level. “I want to thank all of the players, coaches and staff for their efforts in building our program,” Dorrell said. “They always worked hard, both on and off the field, no matter what adversity we faced, and I want them to know how much I appreciate them.” Dorrell’s biggest victory came last year when UCLA ended a seven-game losing streak to USC with a 13-9 upset win at the Rose Bowl. Staff Writer Jill Painter contributed to this report.last_img read more

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BROCHURE PUSHING LETTERKENNY’S INDUSTRY HUB TO BE LAUNCHED

first_imgA brochure pushing Letterkenny as County Donegal’s centre for business, commerce and industry is to be launched next week.The brochure is the brainchild of Letterkenny Town Council in conjunction with Donegal County Council and Donegal County Development Board.The brochure showcases the benefits of Letterkenny as a setting for industry, in particular its status as a joint gateway with Derry under the National Spatial Strategy. It will also include testimonials from industry leaders which further underlines Letterkenny’s credentials as a place to do business.The brochure will be officially launched by Mayor of Letterkenny Dessie Larkin next Tuesday, July 31st at 5pm in the Letterkenny Town Council offices. BROCHURE PUSHING LETTERKENNY’S INDUSTRY HUB TO BE LAUNCHED was last modified: July 26th, 2012 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:brochureDonegal County CouncilLetterkenny Town Councillast_img read more

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WATCH: Olivier Giroud nets classy finish v the Netherlands

first_imgFrance secured a 3-2 victory over the Netherlands on Tuesday evening, as they continue preparations for the European Championship this summer.Their opponents failed to qualify for the tournament, but the Dutch still put up a fight on the day on which they were remembering legend Johan Cruyff.Antoine Griezmann gave Les Bleus the lead after just 6 minutes, before Arsenal star Olivier Giroud doubled the lead with a classy first-time finish from inside the box.The Dutch fought back to 2-2 through Luuk de John and Ibrahim Afellay, but Didier Deschamps’ men prevailed, as Blaise Matuidi netted the winner minutes from time.Giroud’s goal was one of truly quality, and you can watch the strike below… 1 Olivier Giroud celebrates scoring for France last_img

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