Manchester City starlet Kelechi Iheanacho’s attempts at juggling a ball as he warmed up ended in embarrassment as he managed to kick himself in the face. Check out the video above.
Ray Wilkins has backed Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein bid to run for FIFA presidency, telling talkSPORT the ‘squeaky clean’ Jordan chief is the perfect man to bring around change at the governing body.The 39-year-old has formally submitted his candidature for the role, saying there is now an “opportunity for change” after Sepp Blatter was suspended for 90 days by FIFA’s ethic committee.And Wilkins, who worked under the prince during a spell as manager of Jordan’s national team, believes he should team up with former Manchester United and Football Association executive David Gill to clean up FIFA following Blatter’s notorious reign.“Prince Ali is a difference class,” Wilkins told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“He’s squeaky clean, and that is what FIFA needs at the moment.“He’s the ideal man to take on the role and, this is just my feeling, if he took David Gill alongside him you would have the perfect couple to run FIFA.“FIFA should certainly take Prince Ali on board.”Gill was formerly Britian’s FIFA vice-president and sat on the FIFA Executive Committee, but left the role after just two months in protest of Blatter’s re-election as president in May.
1 Manchester United are eyeing up a move for Zlatan Ibrahimovic, according to reports in Spain.The striker’s contract expires at the end of the season and he has been linked with a move away from Paris Saint-Germain.Clubs in the MLS and Middle East have expressed an interest as the 34-year-old considers his options.But now, according to fichajes.net, Manchester United have joined the race for the Sweden international.Attacking reinforcements are a priority for United boss Louis van Gaal and Ibrahimovic is said to be high on his list of targets.While he could be secured on a free next summer one potential stumbling block is the player’s wages, which are currently £230,000-a-week. Zlatan Ibrahimovic
A long time ago in a stadium far, far away…we found some footballers who look very similar to characters from Star Wars.To celebrate the release of the new film this week, we’ve found 12 football stars who wouldn’t look out of place on the Millennium Falcon.Watch the video above to get yourself in the mood for both the film, and the weekend’s footballing action!And if this video hasn’t quenched your thirst for Star Wars content, why not check out what these Chelsea fans thought about the club signing some ‘footballers’, who were actually Star Wars characters!For the best sports entertainment on the internet, subscribe to talkSPORT here!
5 5 Swansea City 1-0 Norwich CityNorwich face an uphill task to avoid relegation as they were beaten 1-0 by fellow strugglers Swansea at the Liberty.It was always going to be a close contest, but Norwich never looked like winning. Swansea were again without manager Francesco Guidolin, who has been in hospital with a chest infection.In his absence they won at Arsenal in midweek and they did under Alan Curtis’ leadership once again. Gylfi Sigurdsson scored the only goal of the game as he calmly got on the end of Leroy Fer’s through ball. 5 Newcastle United 1-3 BournemouthThe pressure on Steve McClaren was increased as Newcastle were beaten 3-1 at home to fellow relegation rivals Bournemouth.Under-fire boss McClaren was publicly backed by his players before kick-off, but they did not appear to be behind him judging by their performance at St. James’ Park.The Cherries took the lead after 28 minutes when Josh King’s cross from the left was turned past Rob Elliot by the Magpies’ Steve Taylor.The atmosphere turned sour on Tyneside as poor defending allowed Bournemouth to double their tally. King found space on the right-hand side of the box and he finished brilliantly past Elliot into the roof of the net. With ten minutes to go, Jonjo Shelvey sent a pinpoint ball through and Ayoze Perez coolly past Artur Boruc.Hopes of a last-minute comeback were dashed as Charlie Daniels netted a third, while chants of ‘sacked in the morning’ followed the full-time whistle.Chelsea 1-1 Stoke CityMame Biram Diouf’s late strike rescued Stoke a 1-1 draw with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.Bertrand Traore, starting just his second Premier League game for the Blues, repaid Guus Hiddink for the faith showed in him by opening the scoring in west London.The 20-year-old, from Burkina Faso, netted his fourth goal in five games. With 39 minutes on the clock, he turned and sent a stunning effort from the edge of the box past Jack Butland.Mark Hughes’ Potters were back on level terms six minutes from time as Mame Birame Diouf was quickest to react to Thibaut Courtois’ clearance, finishing past the Belgium shot-stopper. 5 5 Manchester City 4-0 Aston VillaManchester City showed their title credentials as they put on a stunning second-half performance to pile more misery on Remi Garde’s Aston Villa with a 4-0 scoreline at the Etihad. After a goalless first half, title-chasers City made up for it in the second. Yaya Toure opened the scoring after 48 minutes following neat link-up play between David Silva and Sergio Aguero.Argentinian hitman Aguero was on the score sheet two minutes later as Micah Richards’ attempted clearance hit the striker and rolled into the back of the net.Aguero doubled his tally when he latched onto Silva’s ball, firing past Brad Guzan at the near post. Raheem Sterling showed improvement in front of goal as he displayed composure to finish a fourth after Jesus Navas’ neat through ball.Aguero could have had a hat-trick when City were awarded a spot-kick, but the former Atletico Madrid frontman struck the post.City bounced back from their heavy defeat at Liverpool in style as they try to catch up with top two Leicester and Tottenham. Everton 2-3 West HamWest Ham staged a stunning second-half comeback to beat ten-man Everton 3-2 at Goodison Park.Seventeen-year-old Reece Oxford, who started the season so well under Slaven Bilic, was handed his first Premier League start since August, following a number of injuries to United’s back four.The home side were ahead after 13 minutes as Romelu Lukaku’s low shot across goal beat Adrian. The Belgium forward now has eight in eight against the Hammers.Kevin Mirallas was booked twice in 20 first-half minutes but it did not make a difference initially for the home side.The Toffees made it two-nil shortly before the hour mark as Lukaku turned provider. Aaron Lennon scored his sixth goal in ten games as he slotted under the Spanish goalkeeper.Everton had the chance to make it three as they were awarded a penalty. Muhamed Besic skipped past Alex Song on the edge of the area and the ex-Arsenal midfielder fouled Besic in the box. Lukaku stepped up and his spot-kick was poor, Adrian diving the right way. West Ham were soon back in the game thanks to two quick-fire goals. First, former Nottingham Forest man Michail Antonio headed home from close range, then three minutes later Diafra Sakho got on the end of Antonio’s cross to level the east Londoners.As the clock passed the 90-minute mark, West Ham won it in incredible fashion as Sakho’s flick fell to star man Payet in the box, who finished to secure the win. Dimitri Payet strikes late on at Everton Southampton 1-1 SunderlandSouthampton rescued a point with an injury-time equaliser to hold Sunderland to a 1-1 draw at St. Mary’s.The home side were reduced to ten men with 11 minutes remaining as Jose Fonte was shown a second yellow card. Sam Allardyce’s men soon capitalised on the man advantage as Jermain Defoe netted late on, sweeping home inside the box.Of all people to draw the Saints level four minutes into added time, it was Virgil van Dijk, whose first-time finish beat Vito Mannone at the near post.Earlier on Saturday, north London rivals Tottenham and Arsenal drew 2-2 at White Hart Lane in another feisty encounter.Leicester City remain top of the table and their clash at Watford is live on talkSPORT from 5:30 – click here for live commentary
Observant Jews in the Southland will light candles at sundown tomorrow to mark the first day of Hanukkah, the eight-day “Festival of Lights” commemorating the Maccabees’ victory over a larger Syrian army in 165 B.C. Once the Jews defeated the Hellenist Syrian forces of Antiochus IV at the end of a three-year rebellion, the temple in Jerusalem, which the occupiers had dedicated to the worship of Zeus, was rededicated by Judah Maccabee, who had led the insurgency launched by his father, the high priest Mattathias. Maccabee and his soldiers, who wanted to light the temple’s ceremonial lamp with ritually pure olive oil as part of their rededication, found only enough oil to burn for one day. But, in what was regarded as a miracle, the oil burned for eight days. Hanukkah — it means dedication in Hebrew — is observed around the world by the lighting of candles in a Hanukkah menorah each day at sundown for eight days, with an additional candle added each day. In the United States, the tradition of giving children Hanukkah “gelt” (the Yiddish word for money) has evolved into a gift-giving holiday to prevent Jewish children from feeling left out of Christmas gift-giving. Unlike the High Holy Days of Rosh Hashana, the Jewish new year, or Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, observant Jews are permitted to work and attend school during Hanukkah, which, in Judaism, is regarded as a relatively minor holiday. 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 MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsThe reason for the lights is so passers-by should see them and be reminded of the holiday’s miracle. Other Hanukkah traditions include spinning a dreidel, a four-sided top, which partially commemorates a game that Jews under Greek domination played to camouflage their Torah study, and eating foods fried in olive oil, such as potato pancakes and jelly doughnuts. Hanukkah’s official acceptance in the United States has grown in recent years, with the U.S. Postal Service issuing the first in a series of Hanukkah stamps in 1996. A Hanukkah menorah — it is called a Hanukiah and differs from a traditional menorah by having nine branches, instead of seven — was first lit in the White House in 2001, which now has become an annual practice.
Lettermacaward Post Office will not now close.There had been fears that the pending retirement of postmaster Brian Cannon would see a downgrading of postal services in the area.A recent meeting of locals saw hundreds of people turn up to show their opposition to any proposed move. However Junior Minister Dinny McGinley has now been informed by An Post management that the closure will not now take place. PEOPLE WIN FIGHT TO KEEP LETTERMACAWARD POST OFFICE OPEN was last modified: June 5th, 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:Lettermacaward Post Office
2 2 Hull strengthened their grip on fourth place in the Sky Bet Championship table with a 2-0 home win over Brentford as fans called for owner Assem Allam to quit the club.Before the game a large section of Hull fans had held up red cards at the KC Stadium and chanted for Allam to leave. It comes after the 76-year-old added to his unpopularity by introducing a membership scheme for next season after unsuccessfully trying to change the team’s name to Hull Tigers.On the pitch a Harlee Dean own goal and Mo Diame’s bundled finish, both in the first half, secured the points for Hull to put them three points clear of Derby in fifth. While the visitors remain tenth in the table following a defeat where they rarely threatened the Hull goal. A Harlee Dean own goal and Mo Diame (above) secured the points
PASADENA – The streak is history, and so too is USC’s claim on the title “greatest of all time.” Vince Young made sure of that when he strutted 8 yards into the end zone with 19 seconds left to give Texas a 41-38 victory over the two-time defending champs in the Rose Bowl on Wednesday night. For the second consecutive year, Young turned college football’s most storied bowl game into his own personal showcase. “This was a night for champions, a championship night,” USC coach Pete Carroll said. “Two teams battled all night and did a phenomenal job. … If you have to hand it over, step aside for somebody. That’s a heck of a football team.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonIn a Bowl Championship Series title game that was for once as high on drama as it was on hype, the Longhorns (13-0) erased a 12-point deficit with two touchdowns in the final 4 minutes, 3 seconds to snap USC’s 34-game winning streak and keep the Trojans from becoming the first team ever to win three consecutive Associated Press national titles. Texas’ national title is the fourth in school history and the first since 1970 when it shared the crown with Nebraska. And it gives Young the redemption he coveted after finishing second to USC tailback Reggie Bush in the Heisman Trophy vote. Young completed 30 of 40 passes for 267 yards and rushed 19 times for an additional 200 yards. He ran for three touchdowns on runs of 14, 17 and 8 yards. USC tailback LenDale White ran for 124 yards on 20 carries and scored touchdowns on runs of 4, 3 and 12 yards. But the bruiser came up a yard short on his final run of the game, a 1-yard blast on fourth-and-2 that gave Texas the ball with 2:01 to play. firstname.lastname@example.org (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2239 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
“We got to get back to where we were in understanding how important (defense) was to us when we were winning games,” Floyd said. “… We were working on everything going back to Day 1, and that starts with defensive transition.” The USC defense will be put to the test against Washington, which has the No. 1 scoring offense among NCAA Div. I teams at 90 points per game. “I know everyone is nervous because when we watch film on this team it’s like the Harlem Globetrotters,” Stewart said. “They get out and score in such big bunches. You don’t see too many teams in the nation do that.” Recruit update: Floyd said Tuesday that forward Kasey Cunningham, who has signed a letter of intent to attend USC in the fall, tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his knee while playing for his high school team. However, the Albuquerque (N.M.) Tribune reported Wednesday that Cunningham was hopeful the injury wasn’t a tear. Cunningham, who plays for Cibola High in Albuquerque, was scheduled to undergo an MRI on Wednesday. Floyd said he expects Cunningham to be with USC next season, regardless of the extent of the injury. Matthew Kredell, (818)713-3607 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 MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita “I’ve been praying and everything to get a win,” Stewart said. “Like how everyone takes the UCLA-USC games so seriously here, that is how I feel about the (Washington) game because that’s where I’m from.” Stewart knows many Washington players and is good friends with standout guard Brandon Roy, who leads the Huskies with 19.1 points per game. He took a lot of grief last year after Washington beat USC by 30 and 25 points. “When we hang out in the summer, they bring it up all the time,” Stewart said. “It’s kind of embarrassing but kind of funny at the same time because I know all of them. Hopefully this year, I’ll get the bragging rights for when I go home.” Back to basics: USC spent the first two days of practice this week going back to early defensive drills in an effort to correct what went wrong last week, when both Arizona and Arizona State made over 50 percent of their shots against the Trojans. “I apologized to the team, and everything’s all right now,” Stewart said. “We’re moving past that.” Stewart is relieved that he will be able to play today against Washington, his hometown team. Tim Floyd decided not to further discipline Lodrick Stewart, who was back at practice Wednesday after being kicked out of Tuesday’s practice for elbowing a teammate. Stewart and Floyd met briefly before practice Wednesday, and Stewart addressed the team.