Dortmund’s improving defence boost chances against Juve

first_imgBy Karolos GrohmannBORUSSIA Dortmund’s must score at least once to overturn a 2-1 Champions League last 16 first leg deficit against Juventus on Wednesday (9.45pm) but are confident their watertight defence can hold firm and keep the Italians at bay.The improving Germans, who have recovered after a dismal first half to the domestic season that saw them anchored in last place as recently as last month in the Bundesliga, have kept a clean sheet in their last three league games, including a 0-0 draw against Cologne on the weekend.With Neven Subotic and Mats Hummels back fit in central defence, along with fullbacks Marcel Schmelzer and Lukasz Piszczek, Dortmund’s defence has been as solid as it has been all season.“Against Cologne we played another game without letting in a goal and that is something we can build on,” coach Juergen Klopp told reporters. “We want to advance to the quarter-finals and we can do this.”Dortmund boast a fine record at home in Europe having won 11 of their last 14 Champions League games at the Westfalenstadion.But in order to book a spot in the last eight they have to snap a losing run at home against Juventus, having lost all three previous encounters against the Italians in Dortmund.Klopp will be counting on goals from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who has scored five in his last seven outings and in-form Marco Reus, who has struck five times in eight games.Juventus are flying high in Serie A, edging closer to the Italian title with their first triumph away from home in over two months at Palermo, opening up a 14-point lead.“One less win needed to win the league,” Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri said, knowing he will now need to shift his focus to Dortmund and their attacking game.“We will need to take the lead there, maybe score more than one goal,” said the coach.They will, however, be without influential playmaker Andrea Pirlo who has yet to fully recover from a thigh injury suffered in the first leg.“He has made good progress but not enough to be in Dortmund,” the club said in a statement.last_img read more

Bale is fully committed to Real Madrid, insists agent

first_imgGareth Bale’s agent says the Wales international remains “100 per cent” committed to Real Madrid.Bale has been persistently linked with a move away from the Bernabeu this season, having hinted at such a switch after last year’s Champions League final and following reports of a disconnect between the 29-year-old and his team-mates.Former Tottenham man Bale played the full 90 minutes as Madrid were beaten 1-0 by Rayo Vallecano on Sunday, but head coach Zinedine Zidane later questioned whether he was fully focused.Agent Jonathan Barnett has responded to Zidane’s comments by telling BBC Wales Sport: “Gareth is 100 per cent committed to Real Madrid.”Referring to his past assertion that Bale wanted to spend the rest of his career with Madrid, Barnett added: “Nothing has changed.”Bale’s Madrid contract runs until 2022 and, while a move to Manchester United or a return to Spurs have been mooted, no clear suitors have emerged to sign a man whose £85.3million transfer from White Hart Lane in 2013 was a world record at the time.last_img read more

Woman remanded for narco trafficking

first_imgA woman who was reportedly caught with 341.8 grams of cannabis was on Monday remanded to prison when she appeared before Magistrate Judy Latchman.Michelle Moonwick, of Lot 226 Garnett Street, Kitty, Georgetown, denied the charge when it was read to her at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.The charge stated that on May 31, the 42-year-old woman was found with the illicit substance at her residence.Police Prosecutor Shawn Gonsalves objected to bail. The Prosecutor told the court that on May 31 about 16:00h, Police Officers were conducting a raid exercise when they swooped down on the accused’s house.A search was reportedly conducted in one of her bedrooms and the narcotics were found. Gonsalves disclosed that the defendant in caution statements, both written and oral, accepted ownership of the cannabis. The case will continue on June 26.last_img read more

Dortmund strike late, beat Madrid to top spot

first_img0Shares0000Real Madrid’s goalkeeper Keylor Navas (2ndR) looks at the ball after Dortmund’s midfielder Marco Reus’ goal (L) during the UEFA Champions League football match Real Madrid CF vs Borussia Dortmund at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium on December 7, 2016 © AFP / JAVIER SORIANOMadrid, Spain, Dec 8 – Marco Reus’s dramatic equaliser two minutes from time ensured Borussia Dortmund beat holders Real Madrid to top spot in Champions League Group F with a pulsating 2-2 draw on Wednesday.With both sides already qualified, a double from Karim Benzema looked to have Real well set to leapfrog Dortmund and secure a home tie in the second leg of their last-16 tie. However, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang reduced the arrears before turning provider for substitute Reus to slide home the leveller.“Borussia Dortmund games are great, but they are very nerve-racking,” said Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel.“We made too many wrong decisions, but ultimately it was a great finish to the game for us.”A point does at least ensure Madrid match a club record 34 games unbeaten in all competitions, while Los Blancos are now also ensured of avoiding the likes of Bayern Munich, Manchester City or Paris Saint-Germain in Monday’s draw.“We gave the game away by missing chances to score the third goal,” said Real coach Zinedine Zidane.“We tried everything we could to get first place, but in the end we couldn’t achieve it.”Madrid can now face Leicester City, Monaco, Arsenal, Juventus or Napoli in the next round.Real Madrid’s forward Karim Benzema (L) vies with Dortmund’s defender Lukasz Piszczek during the UEFA Champions League football match Real Madrid CF vs Borussia Dortmund in Madrid on December 7, 2016 © AFP / JAVIER SORIANOAnd Zidane has no doubt over who he wants to avoid.“Juventus, for two reasons,” said the former Juve midfielder.Zidane kept his promise to go for victory despite the possibility of an easier draw by remaining in second with Casemiro and James Rodriguez coming into the side in only two changes from Saturday’s Clasico.Dortmund goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller was busy early on as he parried a Benzema drive before denying Rodriguez twice in quick succession.Benzema wasn’t to be denied on 28 minutes when he bundled home Dani Carvajal’s low cross at the back post.Real only went in ahead at the break, though, thanks to a mixture of good goalkeeping from Keylor Navas and wayward finishing from the visitors.American wonder kid Christian Pulisic wasted a great chance when his weak effort was placed too close to Navas before the Costa Rica international produced a brilliant stop to turn Andre Schuerrle’s free-kick behind.Another dangerous break moments later saw Gonzalo Castro burst through on goal, but he tried to square for Aubameyang and overhit his pass.– Ronaldo frustrated –Dortmund were even more profligate at the start of the second period as Ousmane Dembele and Castro fluffed their lines from point-blank range.Benzema should have got his second of the night when Weidenfeller produced a brilliant save to parry the Frenchman’s volley.Real Madrid’s forward Cristiano Ronaldo gestures during the UEFA Champions League football match Real Madrid CF vs Borussia Dortmund on December 7, 2016 © AFP / PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOUHowever, Benzema only had seconds to stew on that miss as moments later he bulleted home a header from Rodriguez’s inch-perfect cross.Just when Madrid looked in control, Dortmund finally took one of their chances when captain Marcel Schmelzer’s run wasn’t tracked and his low cross was gratefully tapped home by Aubameyang for his 19th goal in as many games this season.Cristiano Ronaldo’s week had been dominated by unwanted headlines off the field surrounding allegations he stored millions of euros from image rights in tax havens.And there wasn’t much for the Portuguese to shout about as he was held scoreless for a fourth straight Champions League game by more Weidenfeller heroics to turn a rising drive headed for the top corner behind.Ronaldo then seemed in disbelief as he struck the base of the post with just Weidenfeller to beat.And that miss proved costly as Aubameyang stormed past Sergio Ramos and produced the perfect cross for Reus to slide home the equaliser.“Auba was world-class with his pass and I was happy to get on the end of it — the goal was 99 percent him and one from me,” said Reus.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

New operating structure at Alliance Pipeline expected to result in fewer employees

first_imgCALGARY, A.B. – One of the two Calgary-based pipeline companies that own Alliance Pipeline Ltd. says there will be an unspecified number of job cuts as the partners move to end its standalone management structure.Alliance says 50-50 partners Enbridge Income Fund, a division of Enbridge Inc., and Pembina Pipeline Corp. will manage Alliance through an “owner-operator model,” with implementation to be completed during the summer.Enbridge spokeswoman Suzanne Wilton says “some workforce reductions” are expected but declined to give details. She says Enbridge is to manage Alliance’s operations and Pembina will be responsible for commercial and finance functions.- Advertisement -According to a filing last year, Alliance had 294 employees in Canada and 56 in the United States as of the end of 2016. Wilton says the current total is about 360.Alliance president and CEO Terrance Kutryk left the company in December and was replaced by co-presidents Jason Wiun from Pembina and Mark Fiedorek of Enbridge.Alliance operates a 3,800-kilometre pipeline system that transports liquids-rich natural gas from Western Canada and North Dakota to the Chicago market. The pipeline came into service in late 2000 and currently delivers an average of 1.6 billion cubic feet per day to the Aux Sable natural gas liquids extraction facility.Advertisement (THE CANADIAN PRESS)last_img read more

Rangers youngster wins first Scotland call-up

first_imgRangers midielder Lewis Macleod has been given a first Scotland call-up by Gordon Strachan for the European Championship qualifier against Republic of Ireland and the friendly against England, both at Celtic Park.The 20-year-old has been capped at every level from under-16s to under-21s and has impressed Strachan with his his performances for the Ibrox club in the Championship this season where he has so far scored seven goals.Stoke City full-back Phil Bardsley has been recalled to the squad in the absence of the injured Allan Hutton while Sheffield Wednesday striker Stevie May retains his place and Celtic’s Charlie Mulgrew returns from injury and suspension.Martin O’Neill’s side visit the home of Celtic, where he, like Strachan, was once manager, on Friday, November 14 with the England match taking place four days later.Republic of Ireland are behind Group D leaders Poland on goal difference with seven points from three games while the Scots are in fourth place behind Germany on goal difference with both teams on four points.Strachan said Macleod need only look at left-back Andy Robertson to see that he is “not only there to make up the numbers”.As a Scotland Under-21 player at Dundee United before his move to Hull City in the summer, Robertson was invited to a training session with the senior team and was soon promoted, making his debut against Poland in a friendly in March before becoming an established member of the squad.Strachan said: “If things go well this week you never know what might happen.“Young Andrew Robertson joined us for an afternoon and played against 11 versus 11 to work on certain things.“After the game finished I asked the coaches (their opinion on) who played well and, apart from Scott Brown and James Morrison, he was man of the match.“I am looking forward to seeing him (Macleod) and working with him.“I saw him in the first game of the season and I caught up with videos and obviously other people watch games.“So it is easy to find out if a player is playing well. We think it will be good for us to have him along.” 1 Lewis Macleod last_img read more

Wenger reveals Arsenal January transfer plans and gives Welbeck injury update

first_img1 Arsene Wenger has no plans to make any further January signings bolster his Arsenal squad in the closing days of the transfer window. The north London club, who are three points adrift of Leicester as they bid to win their first Barclays Premier League title in over a decade, signed Egypt international Mohamed Elneny earlier this month.But Wenger, speaking ahead of his side’s FA Cup fourth-round tie against Burnley on Saturday, is anticipating a quiet deadline day at the Emirates Stadium.Asked if any more players could arrive before the window closes, Wenger said: “No, not at the moment.“We have 23 players in training – and plus two is 25 – so unless people go out we are not on the verge of bringing anybody in.”Francis Coquelin, sidelined since November with a knee problem, and Tomas Rosicky, yet to play this season, could feature against Burnley on Saturday.Danny Welbeck, who has not played in 10 months following a knee issue, is also closing in on a first-team return after resuming full training.“It has to be gradual, and he has to go through under-21 games,” said Wenger of the England forward.“Danny has not played since April and we are now in February so that is very long for a top-level competitor. That means you have to accept that he goes through small steps and one of them is to play in the under-21s for the first 45 minutes.“He is basically fit but now he has to absorb the competition, the intensity of the competition, and that becomes the next step for him.”Wenger’s side are aiming to win a third straight FA Cup and will be looking to bounce back from their disappointing 1-0 defeat against Chelsea on Sunday.Arsenal were reduced to 10 men after Per Mertesacker up-ended Diego Costa with 19 minutes gone before the Spain international scored the only goal of the game moments later.“Ideally I don’t want anyone to make a mistake but that is part of defending as well,” Wenger said.“We were caught on the counter-attack and we were of course in a bad position.“When you are down on the pitch it happens all so quickly that if you are caught in a bad position for a fraction of a second it is impossible to correct and you have to accept that and live with it.“We forget as well the number of times Mertesacker saves a goal that didn’t happen. The risk is part of the game and you have to feel comfortable with that.”Regarding his own future, Wenger, who has 18 months to run on his current contract, added: “I am completely focused on doing well and give everything until the end of the season and then go for the next season hopefully.“I don’t imagine at this moment to manage anywhere else. Will I stop working once I stop managing at a competitive level? No, I will always try to work if I have health and try to be useful.“Maybe it will be a different level. It could be managing kids or developing young players but I will not run for FIFA.” Arsene Wenger last_img read more


first_imgThe Army Bomb Disposal unit has arrived from Finner Camp to deal with the jeep which was targeted in this morning car-bomb in Letterkenny.The unit has pushed back the cordon surrounding the area even further for safety. Garda Inspector Pat O’Donnell told Donegal Daily earlier that they want to make sure there are no other devices in the car or in the locality.A number of army experts are currently examining the jeep at the centre of the alert.The front of the vehicle is badly damaged and it’s two front tyres and blown up.LETTERKENNY BOMB LATEST: ARMY BOMB DISPOSAL TEAM ARRIVE ON SITE was last modified: November 22nd, 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:Army Bomb Disposal teamletterkennylast_img read more

Computers knocked out on busiest mail day

first_imgCustomers were directed to the tiny post office branch at 829 W. Palmdale Blvd. or to a contract station on 10th Street East and Sierra Highway, Postmaster Robert Montanez said. “You can’t control what happens when you have an accident that hits the power lines,” Montanez said. “We just deal with it, like the rest of the (Edison) customers.” Palmdale resident Patricia Fleming and her son David arrived at the post office with about a half dozen boxes of candy and cookies to send to her son-in-law, an Army sergeant stationed in Iraq. “I expected it to be busy but I didn’t expect the computers to be down,” she said. (661) 267-7802160Want 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: John Jackson greets a Christmas that he wasn’t sure he’d seePower was restored in most areas within an hour of the incident, but the outage triggered a computer crash in the post office at 2220 E. Palmdale Blvd., which had opened at 7 a.m. It was about 11 a.m. when the post office computers were up and running again. The Monday before Christmas is traditionally the year’s busiest mailing day. The U.S. Postal Service projected that its total postmarking volume would reach 2.8 million Monday, more than double its 1.3 million average. “This is the busiest day of the year, and then this happens,” Palmdale resident Earline Fontennette lamented. “When I walked in, I thought the line was very short for mailing Christmas packages, but then I found out why,” Lancaster resident Kate Laferriere said. “I’ve been on lines where I had to wait an hour or more to send Christmas packages, so it doesn’t seem that busy, but many people are getting turned away.” PALMDALE – Snail-mail chaos met high-tech disaster Monday in Palmdale’s busiest post office at the most inopportune of times. On what the U.S. Postal Service calls the year’s busiest mailing day, a power line pole felled by a hit-and-run driver triggered a computer system crash at the east Palmdale post office, leaving customers waiting for hours to send holiday gifts. Law enforcement officials said witnesses told them that a man apparently in his mid-20s crashed a car into a pole on 41st Street East and Palmdale Boulevard, then fled in another vehicle. The incident, which occurred about 7:30 a.m., caused a power outage in parts of east Palmdale. last_img read more

Jordan Jones: Rangers speculation led to dip in form

first_imgKilmarnock winger Jordan Jones says he was glad to see the back of the January transfer window as speculation regarding his future had affected his performances on the pitch.A strong start to the campaign saw the English attacker become sought after by a number of clubs, with Rangers amongst those showing interest.The Ibrox club tabled a bid for the 23-year-old in January but it was thrown out by their Rugby Park counterparts.Jones says he struggled to deal with the attention that was coming his way, but was happy to stay at Killie after a sit down with manager Steve Clarke. Asked how he had handled the Rangers rumours, Jones said: “I think my performances dipped because of everything that was going on in the press.“I’ve never really been in that situation, next time I’ll be able to handle it better.“I sat down with the gaffer in January and we agreed this was the best place for me.“He’s been brilliant with me so far, he’s helped me through it. “I don’t think there is a manager in Scotland I could learn more off than Steve Clarke.“Once the window shut, I just put it to the back of my head and tried to prove why teams are looking.”Jones added: “It had never really happened to me before, when I left Middlesbrough there wasn’t a whole lot of teams looking at me.“Going from that to having a lot of teams linked with you in the press, it’s draining in a way.“You are getting told things and it’s hard to just concentrate on your football. “When January was done with I was actually delighted as I could just concentrate on my football.”“I think Hibs are probably the hardest team we’ve played, as a team. “When we played them at home we done really well but got beat 3-0 and then away I thought they were very hard to beat.”last_img read more