Chelsea set to face Barca and Spurs to get Valencia, say CL draw calculations

first_imgCHELSEA are most likely to face Barcelona in the Champions League last 16, according to the calculations.The Blues ended their group stage campaign with a 2-1 win over Lille  and 11 points – but still managed to only finish second in Group G.4 The permutations for the Champions League last 16 draw4 Chelsea are most likely to face Barcelona in the Champions League last 16Credit: ReutersFrank Lampard’s side must now face a team who finished top of their group.And the calculations say Chelsea have a 23.28 per cent shot of landing the La Liga champions – the highest chance of any team to face any other team in the entire draw.The Stamford Bridge side cannot face Liverpool or Manchester City – who topped their groups – as rules forbid teams from the same nation being drawn together at this stage of the competition.Chelsea also can’t face Valencia, as they were in the same group together – giving them just five options in the last 16.ACCA WITH LADBROKES Pick up a whole load of acca features to help you land the big oneAlong with Barcelona, they could face Juventus (21.67 per cent), Bayern Munich (18.9 per cent), Paris Saint-Germain (18.18 per cent) or Red Bull Leipzig (17.98 per cent) – ensuring they have a tricky route to the quarter-finals.Meanwhile, Tottenham are most likely to land Valencia in the upcoming draw with a 22.61 per cent shot.Barcelona (22 per cent), Juventus (20.72 per cent), RB Leipzig (17.34 per cent) and PSG (17.33 per cent) complete their list.Amongst the other English teams, Premier League-leaders Liverpool are most likely to face Atletico Madrid – a 22.4 per cent likelihood.4MORE CHELSEA STORIESLive Blogblues newsChelsea news LIVE – Latest updates from Stamford BridgeGossipGOING DUTCHChelsea ‘to grab Mbuyamba on free deal’ with defender set to leave BarcelonaCOURT ORDERKante ‘ordered to appear in court’ in £3.4m legal battle with former agentBRIDGE OF SIGHSChelsea stars ‘bored’ and Hazard suffered under Sarri, says ex-No2 ZolaGossipBERN IT UPMan Utd, Arsenal and Chelsea on alert after Bernardeschi reveals Prem plansLive BlogBLUES NEWSChelsea news LIVE: Latest updates and transfer gossip from Stamford BridgeGossipSAMU’LL DOChelsea turn attention to Villarreal’s Chukwueze as United edge closer to SanchoJESUS HEISTChelsea talks with Jesus Corona confirmed as agent reveals ace open to transferGossipLIAN HEARTWillian wanted by PSG on a free with Arsenal in hunt ahead of deal running outPicturedBUL OVEREx-Chelsea man Bulka wrecks £200k Lamborghini in horror crash in Poland lockdownThe rampant Reds could also draw Real Madrid (21.58 per cent) Borussia Dortmund (20.62 per cent), Atalanta (18.44 per cent) or Lyon (16.97 per cent).Meanwhile, Man City are most likely to face Atleti too, also with a 22.4 per cent shot.Their numbers are identical to Liverpool for Real, Dortmund and Lyon – but they’re an 18.44 per cent shot to come up against Napoli.4Neymar wanted by Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool as trio join transfer battle for wantaway PSG starlast_img read more

Sky and BT announce March games with Manchester and Merseyside derbies on TV

first_imgSKY and BT Sports have revealed their televised Premier League fixtures for March.And there are plenty of juicy games for fans to anticipate – including the Manchester AND Merseyside derbies.2 The Manchester derby is one of the top games being shown on live TV in MarchCredit: ReutersThe first full March weekend kicks off sees Man Utd host City at Old Trafford in Sunday’s late kick-off.And it really is a Super Sunday with Everton visiting Chelsea earlier in the day.United have another big fixture a week later when they travel to Spurs.And Monday 16 sees Liverpool take on rivals Everton at Goodison Park in an 8pm kick-off.Man City then play Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in the early game on Saturday 21.MAKE YOUR DEBUT Bet £5 get £20 in free bets for new customers at LadbrokesBut Arsenal will have just one televised game on March 22 away to Southampton.It is sure to be a crucial month in the Premier League, with Liverpool getting closer to sealing their first-ever title in the competition.The Reds are already 16 points clear of Man City and even have a game in hand.So it may be the top four race where all eyes are fixed by the time March rolls around.Chelsea currently occupy fourth and are eight points behind third-placed Leicester.Sky and BT Sports live Premier League March gamesBT SPORTSSat March 7: Liverpool vs Bournemouth (12.30pm)Sat March 14: Watford vs Leicester (12.30pm)Sat March 21: Chelsea vs Man City (12.30pm)*SKY SPORTSSat March 7: Burnley vs Spurs (5.30pm)Sun March 8: Chelsea vs Everton (2pm)Sun March 8: Man Utd vs Man City (4.30pm)Mon March 9: Leicester vs Aston Villa (8pm)Sat March 14: Aston Villa vs Chelsea (5.30pm)Sun March 15: West Ham vs Wolves (2pm)Mon March 16: Everton vs Liverpool (8pm)Fri March 20: Spurs vs West Ham (8pm)*Sat March 21: Liverpool vs Crystal Palace (5.30pm)*Sun March 22: Leicester vs Brighton (2pm)*Sun March 22: Southampton vs Arsenal (4.30pm)**subject to FA Cup quarter-finalsMost Read In SportTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battle’I ACCEPT’McGregor accepts Silva fight at UFC catchweight of 176lbs in huge super-fightTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedA CUT ABOVEMike Tyson shows two-inch cut ‘picked up in training’ ahead of boxing returnPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidHowever, there’s just six points separating them from Man Utd, Spurs and Wolves.There’s just days remaining in the current transfer window.And all Champions League hopefuls are sure to be looking for reinforcements to help seal qualification for the continent’s top competition next term.2 The Merseyside derby will also be shown on the box in MarchCredit: PA:Press AssociationFA Cup 4th round TV games – Which matches are BT Sport and BBC showing live and what time do they kick off?last_img read more

Easter Sunday and market in Barcelona

first_imgWhile the fire mounted by the ex-vice president Emili Rousaud, from which the also resigners Maria Teixidor and Jordi Calsamiglia have also unmarked, the covers recover the ‘normal’ sport and dawn with future names this Easter Sunday, April 12 .Mundo Deportivo reports that, in addition to Neymar, Barça wants to strengthen three positions. In defense, he ensures that Laporte (Manchester City) is once again on the list (another left-handed central defender, a position where Lenglet and Umtiti are already). In the midfield, the favorites are Ndombele and Fabián. And it goes without saying that Setién’s favorite is the former Betis player. Up front, Barça will do it all for Lautaro, who has already offered, according to some sources, a contract until 2025 that can be extended to two more. Everything, with Neymar’s cherry. Bartomeu is willing to throw the house out the window to see the Brazilian back and, thus, Messi happy. The photo would go around the world Sport, meanwhile, focuses on bartering right-backs. Semedo would go to Manchester City and, instead, Cancelo would arrive. However, the option that cannot be ruled out and which is preferred by the technicians is the signing of the Emeticon Betic, of whom Barça has 50 percent.last_img read more

As UNMIL Drawdown Continues, Security Sector to Receive Substantial GOL Funding

first_imgFinance Minister Amara M. Konneh has disclosed plans by the government of Liberia (GOL) to increase funding for the national security sector in the coming 2014/15 fiscal year. According to Mr. Konneh, the security sector needs strong support to train, acquire logistics and deploy across the country to provide law enforcement for citizens as the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) drawdown program continues. Speaking at the graduation ceremony of new police recruits at the National Police Training Academy (NPTA) in Paynesville on Saturday, Mr. Konneh declared that by the instruction of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the Executive Branch has appropriated over US$94 million to the security sector. The security sector compromises mainly of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL), the Liberia National Police (LNP), the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization (BIN), amongst others. In the current 2013/14 fiscal budget, the security sector’s budget envelop is about US$82 million. Konneh told the 288 new LNP recruits that a total of about US$20.5 million will be allocated to the LNP alone. Currently, the total allocation for the LNP in the 2013/14 fiscal budget is about US$15.2 million. Many police officers complain of low salaries and benefits, but the Finance Minister assured the young graduates that the government is doing everything within its powers to address their concerns. Mr. Konneh also disclosed plans by the government to beef up the strength of the LNP to approximately 8,000 within the next years to fill the security vacuum being created as a result of UNMIL departure. “We have committed ourselves to doubling the size of the Liberia National Police to 8,000 trained officers deployed throughout this country with the required logistics,” he said. The Liberian treasury boss noted that in order to achieve this goal, the government has put together an ambitious work program that requires training and deployment of 900 officers yearly, beginning July 2014. UNMIL came to Liberia in 2003, significantly supporting the provision of security throughout the country. After 11 years of their service in Liberia, UNMIL has begun to pull out their troops from Liberia and has vacated 12 camps in Grand Cape Mount, Gbarpolu, Grand Bassa, Lofa, Bong, Grand Kru, Nimba, Sinoe and Rivercess counties each. This big reduction in the presence of UNMIL, Konneh observed, leaves Liberia’s security institutions, specifically the LNP, with the major task of deploying adequate manpower in those areas vacated by UN troops, to provide security for our country. “But as it is,” he observed “the LNP is constrained in both manpower and logistics, and we must invest in effectively deploying officers to these areas, to minimize any negative impact of the UNMIL drawdown on cross border trade between Liberia and her neighbors (Sierra Leone, Guinea and Ivory Coast), and other law enforcement issues.” He assured the new LNP recruits that a further testament to the government’s commitment to improve and sustain the quality of LNP’s service to the Liberian people, GOL has opened an escrow account in the amount of US$2 million to fund its program with the LNP. According to the Minister, funding for the completion of the training of the new recruits dubbed Class-42 and the organization of the program was been sourced from the US$2 million account.Minister Konneh, however, challenged the graduates to insist on their moral responsibility to change the image of the police by upholding the core principles of honor, integrity, humility, selflessness, fairness, courage and obedience to authority.“As you operate in adherence to these principles, without even knowing it, you will be building an institution that the public will come to respect,” he said. For his part, Police Director Col. Chris Massaquoi thanked the graduates for mounting the courage to join the force in order to serve their country. Col. Massaquoi however warned officers of Class-42 to stay away from corruption and protect the image of the police.“If are caught in corrupt act, you will be prosecuted and if found guilty, you will be dealt with in lines with the law and the police manual,” Col. Massaquoi said in a strong word.Earlier, UNMIL Police Commissioner Gregory Hinds thanks the GOL for training more strong officers to fill the security vacuum being created as a result of UNMIL drawdown.Commissioner Hinds challenged the new recruits to serve their country well and not compromise their own integrity.Earlier, Acting Justice Minister Cllr. Wheatonia Barnes saluted the recruits challenged them to be more professional.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Mere subterfuge and deception

first_imgDear Editor,There has certainly been a buzz around Guyana since the discovery of oil in commercially exploitable quantities.  Every day you can read something about Guyana internationally, be it in the Oil & Gas Journal, the New York Times, and so on.  But no one speaks about the Guyanese economic prospect of the high risk of wasting all these funds because of corrupt ruling politicians and weak national institutions.When President Granger spoke from the Parliament Buildings on May 16, 2015, he said, “Let us now put past rivalries behind us and work in unity to banish poverty, ignorance, fear, and hatred. We assemble here today to witness the swearing in, not of a party leader, but of the President of all the people. I shall be a good President for all the people”. Editor, what do you think of his rhetoric now?Between the rhetoric and the reality, all we got from Team Granger so far was a fairy tale after they spent some $1.1 trillion of taxpayers’ money.One is struck by the complete lack of commitment and competence by Team Granger toward this concept of the “good life”. After four (4) years of Grangerism, the road to a new Guyana appears littered with the wreckage of the usually empty PNC messages from the past. These messages – “the good life”, “a Government of national unity”, “the opportunity to offer democratic renewal”, and so on, were all offered by Mr Granger personally.But since that offering, all that Team Granger has done was embark on a massive administrative disaster fuelled by high levels of policy paralysis and gross incompetence. This situation is nothing but a bad omen for the Guyanese people.They have delivered very little of what they promised after these four (4) years. It was Team Granger who promised to “free the people from the shackles of racism” but yet in every single appointment they have made, the evidence reveals a ratio of them choosing, 9 out of 10 times, people who are “kith and kin” (Hoyte’s words) and “PNC people” (Volda’s words).These people promised to solve the endemic problems of corruption, nepotism and crime but they have not. It was Mr Granger himself who promised to “protect our citizens” using his military training to guide policies to allow the Guyanese people to feel safe.  Today every woman, man, and child are at a greater risk of being robbed, murdered or physically harmed at the hands of domestic terrorists (drug-infused-kick-down-the-door armed bandits included).Thus, if one reflects on these Granger phrases, they appear as mere subterfuge and deception.  All that talk on the foyer of the Guyana Parliament on May 15, 2015, were really a smokescreen for the real agenda, which Team Granger pursued diligently since coming to the office.The rational middle not was fooled because regardless of how you dress up Team Granger, it is nothing but the same old PNC with its nepotism, political intolerance, major acts of conflict of interest, executive incompetence and financial squander.That is their legacy.  The Granger legacy!  The PNC legacy!Regards,Sasenarine Singhlast_img read more

U-23 Lone Star Bows 3-1 to BYC

first_imgThe national U-23 soccer squad lost its first practice derby to local football giant BYC I, in preparation for the 2015 CAF Cup first qualifying round against the Black Meteors of Ghana in Accra on Sunday, April 26.The reigning football champions hammered the U-23 Lone Star 3-1 at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium during their early morning practice.The U-23 Lone Star, dubbed the Satellites, drew with ELWA United, 1-1 and whipped LPRC Oilers 2-1.BYC’s striker Mark Paye raised the curtain in the 26th minute through a diagonal pass from Abraham Cokies. The 50 minutes first half ended 1-0 in favor of the Go-Blue boys, owing to an inconceivable penalty missed by central defender Alvin McCorneh.Despite the goal difference, both sides controlled the ball equally.BYC has a corner, four (4) throws; three shots (2) on target and three (3) off target; committed 12 fouls which resulted in three (3) yellow cards and a penalty.The U-23 team has two (2) corners, five (5) throws; shots three (3) on target and three (3) off target; committed 16 fouls and got a yellow card.Fifteen minutes into the second stanza, BYC hit man and goal-hero, Larmine Jabateh, increased the tally through an assist from Molley Gray. Three minutes later (68th minute), Karleo Andersson ended a pass from Blamo Nimely to 3-0. Later, in the 89th minute, Abraham Darbeh decreased the tally 3-1.Meanwhile, on Saturday the U-23 Lone continue its practice training games against Nimba United in the morning and engage Jubilee FC in the afternoon.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Serbia’s Kolarov given boxy Lada for World Cup goal

first_img0Shares0000Serbia defender Aleksandar Kolarov scored the winning goal against Costa Rica and got a Russian car as a present © AFP / MANAN VATSYAYANAMOSCOW, Russian Federation, Jun 18 – Serbia’s Aleksandar Kolarov had a good day in Samara: he scored a magnificent World Cup goal and was presented with a Lada by the governor.The Roma defender struck a thunderous second-half free-kick that clinched Serbia a 1-0 victory over Costa Rica on Sunday. “Kolarov scored a wonderful goal and we gave him a prize — a certificate for a Lada 4×4,” acting governor Dmitry Azarov was quoted as saying by the Izvestia newpaper.“He was very happy and the entire team celebrated the news.”There was no comment from any of the Serbian players about what they thought of the gift.The no-frills brand has been trying to improve its image after spending much of its history being the butt of jokes for its unreliability and outdated design.Lada was called Zhiguli in the Soviet era and is still produced in the Samara region by the VAZ factory.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Amazing Arsenal story! Does Arsenal Wenger know this happened? Title winner tells shocking tale on talkSPORT

first_imgArsene Wenger may be an old hand when it comes to the Premier League, but there was a time when he considered a revolutionary breath of fresh air.When the Frenchman arrived at Arsenal in 1996, he inherited a talented squad of mostly English players, with a core group that had won titles and cups galore under the management of George Graham.Wenger set about signing class French players like Patrick Vieira, Emmanuel Petit and later Robert Pires and Thierry Henry, to supplement the famous Graham backline of Seaman, Dixon, Winterburn, Adams, Bould and Keown.The Arsenal manager also implemented what was considered a more scientific approach to player preparation, overhauling the training and dietary approach at the club.But old habits die hard, and as former Arsenal midfielder-turned-talkSPORT presenter Ray Parlour explained to us, the English contingent didn’t suddenly become mineral water-drinkers… and the French players weren’t exactly paragons of health themselves.Check out the video above to hear Ray’s brilliant Arsenal story.last_img read more

GAA NEWS: LETTERKENNY GAELS CLUB AGM FIXED FOR THE 7TH OF DECEMBER

first_imgLetterkenny Gaels Club NotesThe GAA National Draw tickets are now on sale and can be purchased from any club member. This is a great fundraiser for the club as all proceeds from the sale of these tickets stays with the club.The Club AGM is fixed for the 7th of December at Errigal Collage at 2pm. Nomination & Motion forms can be downloaded from the club Webpage. All club members are invited & encouraged to attend. The football presentation night for U-13 to U-16 boys & girls is on this Friday 28th at 7pm in the A7. Tickets are €10 each to include meal and disco until 10.30pm.Underage football coaching continues this Friday for U-6 (6-6.45pm) & U-8 (6.45-7.30pm) in the hall at Woodlands School & U-10 & U-12 is in the Aura from 7.30-8.30pm. New members welcome.Indoor Camogie continues every Monday evening at the Aura Leisure Centre from 7-8 pm for 5th & 6th class girls and Wednesday evenings at the LYIT sports hall from 6-7pm for 4th class & younger. Contact 086 8163605 for information. New players welcome.Our Club Dinner Dance will be held on the 28th December at The Radisson Hotel. In light of the clubs success this year this should be a memorable and enjoyable night. Hurling training for U-6, U-8, U-10 and U-12 continues every Thursday at the Aura from 6.30pm-7.30pm. This is open to boys and girls from 4 to 13 years. Please contact Dan Harnett 0867392780 or Sharon Harnett 0868405785 to book or for more information.Lotto numbers for week ending 23/11/14 were 5, 7, 12 & 21. Lucky dip Anthony McDaid, Friends of the Gaels.For regular club updates and photos see our club web page, Facebook page or follow us on Twitter @LetterkennyGael  GAA NEWS: LETTERKENNY GAELS CLUB AGM FIXED FOR THE 7TH OF DECEMBER was last modified: November 25th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:AGMGAALetterkenny GaelsNoticesSportlast_img read more

ANGER AND FRUSTRATION AS REMAINING WHALES LEFT TO DIE ON BEACH

first_imgAustrian woman Antonia Leifner watches agonisingly as the 5 pilot whales slowly die on the beach at Ballyness Bay, Falcarragh, Co. Donega. (North West Newspix)Locals reacted angrily yesterday after five Pilot Whales, which were part of a larger pod, were allowed to die over several hours on a scenic beach in Falcarragh.The whales were part of the pod of 13 whales which beached at Ballyness Beach in the early hours of Monday morning.The whales were saved on two occasions in an operation involving dozens of people and a local man using a JCB to drag the whales back out to deep water. However seven of the whales which were successfully ushered back out to sea beached again an hour later just before 5pm on Monday afternoon.Yesterday there were distressing scenes as the five surviving whales lay dying on the beach about a kilometre from the original beaching.Earlier in the day a total of seven of the whales were buried in a ten foot deep mass grave and covered in lime.A young Austrian woman, who is spending the summer, in Donegal was visibly upset. Antonia Leifner, 24, made numerous journeys to the water’s edge to gather water to pour on the dying animals.She said “I am so sad. I do not see why these beautiful creatures should be allowed to suffer like this.“This is not right. This is not humane. They should be put to sleep humanely,” she said.Other families walking on the beach were also visibly upset by the whales struggling to breath.Workers from the National Parks and Wildlife Service were on scene. Earlier in the day they had pleaded with people not to visit the beach to allow the whales to die in peace and not to interfere with machinery burying the animals.Regional Manager of the National Parks and Wildlife Service, Mr Dave Duggan, said he appreciated people were upset.He revealed the NPWS normally had two options to dispose of such animals including lethal injection and by firearm.“They are the two normal options but they were just not available to us. “Using an injection requires a very specialist chemical and we did not feel it was appropriate using a firearm on a public beach with members of the public about.“We appreciate it was distressing for passers-by but we had no option but to let the whales pass away naturally,” he said.Local county councillor Seamus O’Domhnaill, who has attended the scene for the past two days, said he appreciated that people were upset when they heard the dying whales gasping for air.“Of course it is upsetting but that is part of the reason why the NPWS asked people to stay away.“Hopefully the remainder of the pod will pass away and we can bury them humanely,” he said.A spokesman for Donegal County Council, who oversees the disposal of the dead whales said “In the interest of minimising potential environmental damage, it has been agreed to bury the carcasses at the beach.”All 12 of the beached whales have now died while there were also unconfirmed reports last night that another whale, believed to be the last remaining in the pod, had beached.ANGER AND FRUSTRATION AS REMAINING WHALES LEFT TO DIE ON BEACH was last modified: July 9th, 2014 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:beachCllr Seamus O DomhnaillDave DuggandonegalFalcarraghwhaleslast_img read more