Dortmund, Bayern draw blanks in rehearsal

first_img0Shares0000BERLIN, Germany, May 04 – Borussia Dortmund ended Bayern Munich’s 14-match winning streak in the Bundesliga on Saturday as the warm-up for the Champions League final ended in a 1-1 draw.For the first time since December, Bayern, who finished the match with 10 men, dropped league points, but both sides fielded just a handful of first-choice players set to start the Wembley final on May 25 — six from Dortmund and four from Bayern. Although Bayern beat 1-0 Borussia in the German Cup quarter-finals in February, the Bavarians have failed to beat their rivals in six Bundesliga attempts — their last league win was back in February 2010.Bayern had already been crowned Bundesliga champions four weeks ago and with Dortmund all but guaranteed second place, there was nothing more than bragging rights to play for at Signal Iduna Park.An early goal by Dortmund wing Kevin Grosskreutz was cancelled out when Mario Gomez was left unmarked at the far post on 23 minutes and the Germany star headed Munich level.The game burst into life after the break as Dortmund were awarded a penalty when Munich centre-back Jerome Boateng blocked a shot with his hand, but Manuel Neuer saved Robert Lewandowski’s spot-kick.Bayern were reduced to 10 men for the final 25 minutes when right-back Rafinha was sent off.During his tussle down the right with Dortmund midfielder Jakub Blaszczykowski, the Brazilian thrust his elbow up into the Poland captain’s face for a straight red.Blaszczykowski was also shown a yellow for remonstrating with the referee, while a heated discussion flared up on the sidelines between Bayern’s director of sport Matthias Sammer and Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp.Third-placed Bayer Leverkusen sealed automatic qualification for the Champions League with a 2-0 win at Nuremberg.A first-half goal from defender Omer Toprak and a second-half penalty by Germany striker Stefan Kiessling sealed victory, while winger Sidney Sam fired a late penalty attempt wide for the visitors.The win means Leverkusen are guaranteed to finish at least third.Schalke 04 closed in on the Champions League play-offs with a 1-0 victory at Borussia Moenchengladbach on Friday which kept them fourth.Eintracht Frankfurt captain Alexander Maier kept his side in the hunt for fourth with two goals in their 3-1 win at home to Fortuna Duesseldorf on Saturday.With two games left, fifth-placed Frankfurt are three points behind Schalke and are all but guaranteed a Europa League spot ahead of their remaining games against Werder Bremen and Wolfsburg.Werder are still locked in the relegation battle after throwing away a 2-0 lead at home to second-from-bottom Hoffenheim with substitute Svenn Schipplock scoring two goals in the last six minutes to rescue a point.Already-relegated Greuther Fuerth picked up a shock win at 10-man Stuttgart — only their fourth victory of the season — as an own-goal from the home side’s Japan centre-back Gotoku Sakai and a late effort from Ilir Azemi sealed a 2-0 win.The hosts had defender Antonio Ruediger sent off for a foul in the area on 74 minutes, but Stuttgart goalkeeper Sven Ulreich managed to save the resulting penalty.In Saturday’s other game, Hanover 96 drew 2-2 with Mainz.On Sunday, Augsburg can escape the bottom three with just a point at Freiburg while Hamburg host Wolfsburg.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Barca to United: Keep off Fabregas

first_img0Shares0000LONDON, England, July 20- Barcelona vice president Josep Maria Bartomeu has warned Manchester United that Cesc Fabregas is not for sale.United have tabled a bid for the former Arsenal midfielder as David Moyes looks to lure him back to the Premier League. The Red Devils have made Fabregas one of their top targets this summer as they aim to add some creativity to their midfield.Moyes revealed earlier on Friday that he was waiting to hear soon on the club’s bid for Fabregas as he tries to make his first big-name signing at Old Trafford.However, Bartomeu has moved to quell any talk of an imminent transfer for Fabregas by insisting they will not entertain any offers for the Spain international.“Barcelona can assure you we will not entertain any offers for Cesc,” Bartomeu was quoted by Spanish daily Sport. “It is totally ruled out, he’s not for sale.”Fabregas has always repeatedly said he wants to stay at his hometown club and it appears Barcelona have no plans to lose the 26-year-old this summer.The player’s stance was reiterated by Barca boss Tito Vilanova on Tuesday as he said: “It’s normal to receive offers for our players from other teams. We have very good players, and we have to be very happy to have Cesc with us.“I am conscious that he has received offers for other teams, but I had a conversation with him and he let me know that we wanted to stay here, and his dream is to be successful here.“So he is not thinking about any other club, not even for money or for minutes, even if he knows all the competition he has here with Xavi, Iniesta and also this year against Sergi and Roberto, but he told me that his dream is to be here. I’m not worried at all.”Regarding the offer for Fabregas, Moyes had said: “I couldn’t tell you exactly where we are with that, but I will hopefully know a little bit more in the next day.“I might have a little bit more information about how it’s going.”Chief executive Ed Woodward left United’s pre-season tour ahead of schedule on Wednesday in order to return to Europe to carry out urgent transfer business, with it understood to concern a player arriving at Old Trafford.He was due to return home on Sunday and his decision to cut short his trip to the Far East indicates the urgency of the situation requiring his attention.-By Football365.com0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Liverpool loanee ‘not ready’ to make Premier League debut

first_img Tiago Ilori Liverpool defender Tiago Ilori is still not ready to make his Aston Villa debut after signing on a season-long loan.The Portugal Under-21 ace was on international duty in the summer and has turned out for Villa’s youth side.But the 22-year-old is still not in contention to make his Premier League debut for Tim Sherwood’s team.“Tiago is not ready,” Sherwood said ahead of his side’s clash with West Brom at the weekend.“He’s a young lad who played in the U21s Championships and he’s played his first 90 minutes since then the other evening against Brighton in the U21s.“It’s probably a bit early for him to start coming into the reckoning.” 1last_img read more

Euro 2016: Girls react to Paul Pogba’s hairstyles

first_imgWe’ve seen what girls thought of footballers and their shocking haircuts before, including players such as Marouane Fellaini, Arturo Vidal and Ronaldo.But we’ve never been able to do a video based soley around one player and his various bizarre trims, until now…Paul Pogba’s frequent style changes provided us with several images to present to the ladies of Paris – and their verdicts are quite something!You can check out their reactions in the video above.For more of the best sports entertainment on YouTube, subscribe to talkSPORT here.last_img read more

COLM IS FIRST TO SIGN UP FOR NORTH-WEST 10K

first_imgOldtown native Colm McDaid was the first runner to register on Monday evening at Letterkenny Community Centre for Sunday’s North West 10k.Colm is pictured with NW 10k committee members Grace Boyle, Bridgeen Doherty and Rosemary Foy. Up to 3,000 walkers and runners are expected to take part in Sunday’s event with many charities expected to benefit as a result.The three men in power sign up for the North-West 10K!The three main charities are the Friends of Letterkenny Hospital, the Donegal Mountain Rescue and Snap (Special Needs Playpark).The sponsors of this year’s event are Donegal Daily and Brian McCormack Sports.Walkers and runners are reminded to register early to make sure they get their hands on one of the new-look t-shirts which is included with the race entry. Although Colm McDaid may be going for a personal best running time, many will be happy just to get around the course.Among those wlaking the route will be Letterkenny Mayor, Cllr.Dessie Larkin and County Manager Seamus Neely who signed up at County House in Lifford for the event yesterday.Sponsors Stephen Maguire of Donegal Daily, Lee Gildea of Donegal Creameries and Brian McCormick of Brian McCormick Sports with Grace Boyle from the North West 10kCOLM IS FIRST TO SIGN UP FOR NORTH-WEST 10K was last modified: April 30th, 2013 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:Brian McCormick SportsColm McDaidDonegal DailyNorth West 10kt-shirtslast_img read more

City considers ‘clean’ builder breaks

first_img160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BURBANK – Burbank could become the first city in the country to offer incentives to building contractors who use cleaner, more environmentally friendly equipment on municipal projects. While the specifics are still being worked out, the city is considering offering builders a financial break if they supply cleaner construction equipment than current state regulations require. “The intent of the program would be to motivate contractors to clean up or replace their equipment faster than what current legislation requires,” said Bob Van Hazelen, the city’s assistant public works director. The national nonprofit Environmental Defense Fund applauded the efforts, saying if Burbank goes ahead with the plan it could be the first of its kind nationwide. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventNew York, Boston and Los Angeles International Airport are making similar pushes for cleaner equipment. “Burbank’s approach is unique,” said Mel Peffers, the air quality program manager for Environmental Defense, which introduced the idea to the City Council in November. “Instead of requiring a specific piece of equipment, what it does is it gives preference to cleaner contractors and cleaner equipment.” jason.kandel@dailynews.com (818) 546-3306last_img read more

PL round-up: Niasse gifts Hull crucial win, King hits hat-trick, Everton cruise

first_img1 talkSPORT rounds up all of Saturday’s Premier League action Hull City 2-1 Swansea CityHull earned a crucial win in their bid to avoid the drop as Oumar Niasse struck twice to gift Marco Silva’s side a precious three points.The Tigers came into the relegation encounter without a win in their last three games and four points adrift of Crystal Palace in 17th place.After a goalless first half, Niasse broke the deadlock with just over 20 minutes to play and doubled his tally less than 10 minutes later with an almost identical strike.The Swans pulled a goal back through Alfie Mawson after guiding home a Gylfi Sigurdsson free-kick, but it proved to be a consolation goal for Paul Clement’s side.The result leaves Hull within a point of safety while Swansea remain in 16th place.AFC Bournemouth 3-2 West HamBournemouth edged past West Ham despite missing two penalties to ease their relegation worries at the Vitality Stadium.A hat-trick from Josh King ensured the Cherries were not made to pay for their wayward spot-kick attempts as the midfielder cancelled out strikes from Michail Antonio and Andre Ayew.King wasted his chance to put Eddie Howe’s side in front with less than 10 minutes played as his penalty attempted skidded past the right post after sending Darren Randolph the wrong way.Antonio immediately put the visitors ahead with a well taken strike before King levelled the scores just past the half-hour mark.Benik Afobe was next to endure misery from the spot as he watched Randolph save his tame penalty attempt.King struck again at the start of the second half before Ayew looked to have rescued a dramatic point for Slaven Bilic’s side.But King’s goal in the final minute of normal time helped the Cherries move eight points clear of the drop zone.Everton 3-0 West Bromwich AlbionEverton returned to winning ways as they eased past West Brom at Goodison Park thanks to goals from Kevin Mirallas, Morgan Schneiderlin and Romelu Lukaku.The Toffees saw their momentum to secure a European place take a hit last time out against Tottenham but Ronald Koeman’s side made light work of a disappointing Baggies outfit.Belgian forward Mirallas was the quickest to react in the penalty area as he dispatched the ball into the back of the net to give the hosts a deserved lead approaching the interval.Schneiderlin added his name to the score-sheet after linking up with Lukaku before smashing past Ben Foster.And Lukaku completed the scoring with less than 10 minutes to play as he converted Ross Barkley’s measured cross.The result see Everton move within two points of sixth placed Manchester United, while West Brom stay in eighth despite suffering back-to-back defeats.last_img read more

Only Arsenal fans will fail to see the hilarity in this pictures

first_img 12 Those happy Palace fans were also singing: “Arsene Wenger, we want you to stay” 12 12 Before and after: Sam Allardyce arrives at Selhurst Park and then celebrates the 3-0 win afterwards – By now, you’re probably aware Arsenal lost to Crystal Palace and Gooners are not happy. They probably won’t enjoy these pictures, but plenty of others might. And one more Wenger isn’t popular among Arsenal fans but very well liked at other clubs (they sing about him a lot) “You’re not fit to wear the shirt” is what Arsenal fans screamed at their own players 12 Even Christian Benteke was given confidence to try the flash stuff – PICTURES: The pictures to make Gooners yearn for a time when Wenger was brilliant Yohan Cabaye enjoyed his goal to make it 2-0 12 By now, you’re probably aware Arsenal lost 3-0 to Crystal Palace and Gooners are not happy.They probably won’t enjoy these pictures, but plenty of others might.ARSENAL PLAYERS RATED AND SLATED AFTER DEFEATThe club are now seven points behind fourth place Man City and pressure is growing on manager Arsene Wenger to reveal his plans for the future.PICTURES: The pictures to make Gooners yearn for a time when Wenger was brilliantOPINION: “It looks like the Arsenal players have chucked it.” 12 12 Former Tottenham winger Andros Townsend looks very happy with his goal in the win And another… Here’s a picture of Steve Bould and Arsene Wenger… Palace moved six points ahead of the relegation zone, while Arsenal are seven points behind fourth-place Man City Arsenal have now lost their last four Premier League away games and conceded three goals in each game 12 12 12 12 12last_img read more

Lovren will be shouting to Moreno: ‘You’re going to put me in the Championship’

first_imgFormer Liverpool star Dean Saunders has delivered a withering assessment of Alberto Moreno’s defensive qualities and claimed Dejan Lovren will be fearing for his Premier League future if he continues to play alongside him.Lovren came in for criticism for his role in Sevilla’s opener in Wednesday night’s 2-2 draw at Anfield when the centre-back failed to clear a low cross, allowing Wissam Ben Yedder to pounce.But Saunders believes left-back Moreno was at fault for failing to be positioned correctly behind him and he claims the Spaniard – not Lovren – is the major weak link in Liverpool’s team.Speaking to Jim White on talkSPORT, Saunders said: “If I was Lovren, I would be shouting to him: ‘you are going to get me in the Championship! I am going to be in the Championship if I keep playing alongside you. You keep running away, leaving me on my own.’”Moreno was severely criticised by supporters last season but has kept his place in the team this term despite the summer arrival of Andrew Robertson and has drawn praise from boss Jurgen Klopp for his performances in recent weeks.But Saunders has warned the Reds boss he will come to regret at the end of the season if he continues to stick with Moreno.“He is going to cost Liverpool,” insisted Saunders.“When you get to the latter stages of tournaments and it comes to the crunch at the end of the season, you are at the top of the league, you can win it if you get results, you have got to stop Hazard, you have got to stop Costa, you have got to stop all these great players, you have got to have a defence which stops them players otherwise you can’t beat them.“Moreno overlaps brilliantly, he gets forward. He made a goal last night with a brilliant one-two with [Jordan] Henderson but if he plays up against a right winger with a football brain who watches things happening on the other side of the pitch before him, he is never going to stop him. They are going to lose goals.”last_img read more

Donegal co-driver to be part of Motorsport Ireland Rally Academy

first_imgCONVOY MAN Dean O’Sullivan has been selected as one of seven co-drivers who will be under the MI Rally Academy until the end of 2020.O’Sullivan has emerged as one of the leading navigators in recent years and has had success mainly calling the notes for Letterkenny’s Marty Gallagher. The pair built up a fine partnership.O’Sullivan will now receive tuition from the MI Rally Academy in all aspects of co-driving. The seven will get to make notes with a current top-level driver and sit in for a test in an R2 & an R5 car as well as being invited to the Billy Coleman Award Development Days to avail of media and fitness guidance.Crucially, the successful 7 will also get first option of any opportunities that may come available and receive ongoing mentoring/support from some of Ireland’s most experienced and respected co-driverAfter an exhausting selection process which took place last Sunday in Athlone, 24 co-drivers were whittled down to the final group.The selection process took a number of factors into account including; their application forms, incar footage supplied by the applicants, an exam on the rules of the sport, their pacenote writing ability, a media interview and a more in-depth interview from experienced co-drivers. The Motorsport Ireland Rally Academy is funded by former Irish Rally Champion John Coyne, through the Team Ireland Foundation.Donegal co-driver to be part of Motorsport Ireland Rally Academy was last modified: September 24th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare 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)last_img read more