Real Madrid confirm the signing of Mallorca’s teenage star Marco Asensio

first_imgReal Madrid have completed the signing of fledgling Mallorca star Marco Asensio on a six year deal. They confirmed the news via a short statement on their website on Friday.  Sam Marsden The talented teenager was a target for Barcelona in the summer, although a deal was never struck between the Catalan club and Mallorca, with differing valuations and payment methods proving a problem. If not, Madrid will look for a Primera Division club to loan him to next season. It is written into the deal that he will not play for Castilla, Madrid’s B team. Upd. at 20:51 CET “The player will remain at R. C. D. Mallorca until the end of the current season.” Asensio, who has been compared to Spanish intetrnationals Isco and David Silva, was thought to be keen on a move to Barça, though, given he grew up as a fan of the club. “Real Madrid C. F. and R. C. D. Mallorca have reached an agreement for the transfer of Marco Asensio, who will join our club for six seasons,” it read.  05/12/2014 Asensio, 18, will cost the European champions €3.7million and if Mallorca can gain promotion back into la Liga this season, he will remain there for another year. last_img read more

Pakenham’s best of the best

first_imgBy Nick Creely The annual Pakenham Trainers Association Awards were held at the Pakenham Racing club on Thursday 1 February….[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Mallard’s Team of the Week —Kootenay Glacier Kings

first_imgThe Kootenay Glacier Kings stepped outside the province to challenge the best in the country at the Canadian Senior Games held last month in Sherwood Park, Alberta.Nelson’s Pat Severyn provided the heroics for the team, scoring the winning goal in overtime to power Team BC’s Kootenay Glacier Kings to a 3-2 victory over defending champion Ontario in the Gold Medal Final of the Men’s Ice Hockey event.Kootenay Glacier Kings opened with wins over Northwest Territories 14-1 and Lethbridge 3-1 before outlasting Calgary Buffalos 6-4. Mallard’s Source for sports would like to spotlight the Gold Medal performance of the Glacier Kings with Team of the Week honours.The team includes, Doug Thomson, Mike Grace, Terry Kirkham, David White, Eldon Wales, Dave Delong, Jim Bermel, Derek Spring, Ken Stroud, Pat Severyn, Mike Ramsey, Norm Deverney, Martin Ross, Ron Cox, Rod Guimont, Ken Manson and Frank Curiston.The team consists of players from throughout the Kootenay zone.The Canada Senior Gamespromotes physical, spiritual and mental wellness among Canadians 55 years of age or older and features competition in 24 events ranging from Track and Field to Scrabble.This four-day celebration of sport, culture, and social well being welcomed more than 2500 competitors to Alberta.The Glacier Kings qualified for the Senior Games by winning the Gold Medal at the 2013 BC Senior Games in Kamloops.last_img read more

Wales out to inflict more semi-final woe on Portugal

first_imgIt will be virgin territory for Wales when they face Portugal in the Euro 2016 semi-finals yet their opponents could be forgiven a sense of deja vu as they step on to the pitch in Lyon on Wednesday.This will be Portugal’s fourth semi-final in the last five editions of the competition stretching back to 2000, but for all their success in reaching the latter stages of the tournament, there has been little glory along the way.Only once have they overcome the last-four hurdle and then they were beaten in the final by Greece as hosts at Euro 2004.If you include their defeat in the semi-finals of the 2006 World Cup and a loss at the Euros in 1984, they are becoming all too familiar with the pitfalls of this stage of major tournaments.Portugal’s conquerors in their recent last-four clashes have included football powerhouses France, at Euro 2000 and the World Cup in 2006, and Spain at Euro 2012.Should they lose to Wales, playing their first major tournament in 58 years and their first ever semi-final, it would be a devastating blow.Yet Wales are arguably the form team coming into the match.Chris Coleman’s side have revelled in their underdog status to win their group, which also included England, Russia and Slovakia, ease out British rivals Northern Ireland in the last 16 and sweep past heavy favourites Belgium in the quarters.Portugal are yet to win a match at the tournament inside 90 minutes, having drawn all three group games, beaten Croatia in extra time and squeezed past Poland on penalties.Things are yet to click for Portugal, and by extension for captain Cristiano Ronaldo, who has at times looked exasperated by his team mates’ attacking shortcomings.Yet Portugal are unbeaten in 12 competitive internationals since Fernando Santos took over as coach at the start of the Euro 2016 qualifying campaign.With Ronaldo’s Real Madrid team-mate Pepe marshalling an increasingly assured defence, they will be tough to break down.Especially for a Wales side deprived of one of their most talented creative influences in midfielder Aaron Ramsey, who will be suspended after picking up a booking in the win over Belgium.While Gareth Bale has been Wales’s attacking talisman, scoring three times to lift them out of their group, Ramsey has been arguably their most influential player, scoring one and producing four assists in the run to the last four.The match is likely to be billed as a contest between the two most expensive players in the world — Ronaldo, who will play a record third European Championship semi-final, and his Real Madrid team mate Bale.Perhaps ominously for Wales, Ronaldo has netted twice in each of his last two games in Lyon for club and country.last_img read more

Ex-England striker appointed first-team coach at Swansea

first_img1 James Beattie has joined Swansea as a first-team coach.The former England striker played with Swans boss Garry Monk at Southampton and has been drafted in to work alongside Kristian O’Leary and Alan Curtis on the staff at the Liberty Stadium.“James will come in as a first-team coach alongside Kristian O’Leary and Alan Curtis, but will be given specific responsibility to work on a technical level with our attacking players,” said Monk.“I’ve known James for a long time. He is intelligent, has a great knowledge of the game from his experiences as a player, coach and manager; plus he thinks about the game in the same way as myself.“He has some bright ideas and, despite already having a fantastic knowledge of the game, he is still looking to learn at every opportunity.“I’m constantly trying to create and improve all areas of the first team environment with young, talented and up-and-coming staff. That’s not just the playing squad, but the backroom staff as well.“James fits that criteria perfectly and with the experience he’s gained over the years, I’m sure the players will benefit greatly by tapping into his knowledge.”Beattie won five caps for England after making his senior debut for hometown club Blackburn in 1996 but he made his name during seven years at Southampton where he scored 76 goals in 223 appearancesHe completed a £6million switch to Everton in 2005 and later played for Sheffield United, Stoke, Rangers, Blackpool and Accrington.Beattie took his first steps into coaching at Accrington before becoming manager in May 2013 and the Lancashire club finished 15th in League Two in his first full season in charge before he left in September 2014.He was interviewed by both Mansfield and Burton for their managerial vacancies last season and admitted in January he was desperate to get back into football following his departure from Accrington.last_img read more

Internet filters, screens to hit county libraries

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The county Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved more than $534,000 to install filtering software, privacy screens and other accessories on computers at county libraries to block access to pornographic Web sites. The panel approved the funds 3-0, with Supervisors Gloria Molina and Zev Yaroslavsky absent. The vote comes after county library officials studied how to better manage sexually explicit material online at its 88 locations. Fifth District county Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich ordered the study, prompted by complaints last August from a visitor to the Jo Anne Darcy Library in Canyon Country. The woman, accompanied by a child, was using a public computer when she caught sight of someone viewing pornographic Web sites on the next terminal. “We believe that today’s action will be a very positive step forward in creating an environment in our county libraries that is conducive to learning and safety for our young people,” said Tony Bell, an Antonovich spokesman. “The idea is to prevent the occurrence of children viewing graphic sexual content on the Internet.” The money includes $344,000 to purchase new monitors, finance the redesign of public computer layouts at 14 libraries to keep adult computers away from children, and additional filtering software. Another $190,162 will allow the county Department of Consumer Affairs to purchase new computer equipment. The monitors come with built-in privacy screens, which goes a long way in solving the problem, said Nancy Mahr, a county library spokeswoman. “The main problem – it’s related just to people inadvertently seeing something on another person’s computer,” she said. “That’s why we’re looking at a very basic filter as well as the privacy screens. “We’ve installed privacy screens that fit on the front of the monitors. They obscure vision a little bit, so people rip them out. We’ve found a monitor that has a built-in privacy screen that won’t interfere with vision.” It will take about six months to begin the program, Mahr said. Over the years, local libraries usually receive a few complaints from patrons about explicit material – most of which are handled locally. “(On the adult computers) there will be very basic filtering of explicitly visual sexual sites,” she said. “That’s all that will be blocked. If a site that has been blocked and a person needs to get it, we will lift the block on that computer for that person.” Asked whether the move constituted censorship, Bell said: “County taxpayers have no obligation to fund pornography in our county library. The county library will be implementing corrective measures to assure that county computers are not abused.” Though there are always concerns about content filters – they’re installed in fewer than 50 percent of the nation’s libraries, according to the American Library Association – the county’s policy is in step with current laws, in accordance with a 2003 U.S. Supreme Court ruling allowing the technology if it can be turned off upon request. “If they just turn off the filter, then they’re totally within the law, and the truth is we can live with that,” said Judith Krug, director for the Office of Intellectual Freedom at the association. “We hear from time to time that in response to a situation like what happened in L.A. County, that politicians will be making noises. But there has been very little follow-through on it, mainly because people get upset, and there are things like privacy screens.” Eugene Tong, (661) 257-5253 eugene.tong@dailynews.comlast_img read more

TOP FIVE: Watch the greatest ever non league goals

first_imgMany people prefer watching non league football to the professional game nowadays, but there is no doubting the quality is below that seen in the best leagues across the world.However, rare moments of quality do shine through – and the five goals seen in the video above would be world class scored at any level of the game.There are sumptious long-range strikes, a centre-back scoring a dipping volley, and a solo run and chipped finish Lionel Messi would be proud of!So, sit back and watch the video above to see the top five non league goals!last_img

Slaven Bilic urges Manuel Lanzini to fill Dimitri Payet’s shoes at West Ham

first_img The Argentinian midfielder has scored three goals against Crystal Palace Slaven Bilic has urged Manuel Lanzini to fill the void left by Dimitri Payet’s imminent West Ham walkout.France star Payet this week rocked the Hammers by telling them he wants to leave and is refusing to play against Crystal Palace.But Argentinian midfielder Lanzini has a handy knack of finding the net against the Eagles and can step out of Payet’s shadow at the London Stadium on Saturday.“Since I’ve been here we played Palace twice at Selhurst Park,” said Bilic.“Last year we won 3-1 and this year 1-0. Both of those were really good performances from us.“Lanzini has scored three goals against them. He scored in the first game last season, he scored in the 2-2 draw at Upton Park and he scored the winner in the 1-0 game this season.“Hopefully he is going to score again.”Bilic is hoping Payet’s actions will unite the rest of his squad.The Hammers boss has fought the 29-year-old’s corner all season, despite his dip in form following last term’s heroics and his sparkling displays at Euro 2016.So the sense of betrayal Bilic feels at Payet’s decision was palpable when the Croatian broke the news to the media on Thursday morning.Payet will be left in no doubt about the fans’ opinion when the match kicks off – the terrace chant ‘We’ve got Payet’ is expected to begin with a different, less favourable two words.But Bilic knows his players need to forget about their absent team-mate and concentrate on the task in hand, picking up three points to avoid being sucked back towards the relegation zone.“It’s going to be a demanding game in every sense,” he said. “Also it will be a nervous game from both teams, because of what’s at stake.“It’s a great opportunity for us to get back on the path in the league that we have shown in the last five or six games.“We haven’t got a big squad now left, we just have the players for this game. But we have enough players to put a strong team out and have good players on the bench.“It is the team that I am managing. Many times clubs have lost quality players but gained a team.” 1last_img read more

Woman guilty in husband’s fatal stabbing

first_imgMARTINEZ, Calif. – A suburban housewife serving as her own attorney was convicted Friday of fatally stabbing her therapist husband, ending a circus-like trial in which she cross-examined two of her sons and discussed her psychic powers. Susan Polk, 48, was convicted of second-degree murder in the October 2002 killing of Felix Polk, 70, at the couple’s home in Orinda, about 15 miles east of San Francisco. Polk wept slightly before the jury entered the standing-room-only courtroom, but did not when the verdict was read. After the jury left, Polk told Judge Laurel Brady that the case against her was built on “fabrication and suppression of the evidence by county officials.” She faces a mandatory term of 15 years to life in prison when she is sentenced July 14 in Contra Costa Superior Court. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Prosecutors had sought a first-degree murder conviction, arguing that Polk plotted to kill her husband so she could get his multimillion-dollar estate. But Polk countered that her husband died after she fought back in self-defense after years of abuse. Polk was a 14-year-old when she began seeing Felix Polk as her therapist. It took the jury three days to reach a verdict in the 14-week trial, which juror Kathy Sommese described as a struggle. Jurors did not think the killing was premeditated, but they had a hard time believing Polk. “We didn’t think Susan was credible,” said jury forewoman Lisa Cristwell. Sommese added that Polk was “delusional.” While on the stand, Polk discussed secret government experiments, psychic powers and the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, claiming she predicted the World Trade Center attacks but that her husband prevented her from alerting authorities. Polk was animated and often angry throughout the trial.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Ailing hotel guests leave their germs behind, study shows

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John Phillips“We know that viruses can survive on surfaces for a long time – more than four days,” said Dr. Birgit Winther, an ear, nose and throat specialist at the university who led the study. Its aim was to test the survival of rhinoviruses, which cause about half of all colds, especially in children. Researchers had 15 people with lab-confirmed rhinovirus colds spend a night in individual rooms at a nearby hotel and, after they checked out, tested 10 items they said they had touched. About one-third of the objects were contaminated with rhinovirus. “We were surprised to find so many,” Winther said. Virus was found on seven out of 14 door handles and six of 14 pens. Six out of 15 light switches, TV remotes and faucets tested positive, as did five of 15 phones. Shower curtains, coffee makers and alarm clocks also harbored viruses. Experts did not test items such as bedspreads because cloth dries out germs. Several months later, five of the 15 participants were asked to return to the hotel and visit rooms where certain items had been deliberately contaminated with their own mucus, which had been frozen previously when they had their colds. Because they had developed immunity to these germs, doctors could study how easily they picked them up without putting them at risk of getting sick. Each volunteer visited two rooms, and their hands were tested afterward for viruses. Results were positive on 60percent of contacts in rooms where mucus had dried for at least an hour, and on 33percent of those in rooms where mucus had dried overnight. The study was sponsored by Reckitt-Benckiser Inc., makers of Lysol, but did not test any products. Doctors with no ties to the company designed the study to lay the groundwork for future research on germs and ways to get rid of them. Some in the hotel industry say they have strict policies on how to disinfect rooms. “We do wipe everything down, from the remote control to the telephone,” said Michelle Pike, corporate director of housekeeping for Hilton brand hotels. Hilton, like many hotels, has taken steps to make common items easier to clean, like encasing phone books in plastic and replacing bedspreads with duvet covers than can be washed between each guest, she said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SAN FRANCISCO – Hotel guests leave behind more than just socks and old paperbacks: A new study found viruses on TV remotes, light switches and even hotel pens after cold sufferers checked out. The germ testing was done before the rooms were cleaned, so it likely overstates the risks that most travelers would face. Nevertheless, it shows the potential hazards if a hotel’s turnaround amounts to little more than changing the sheets and wiping out the tub. “You sure hope the cleaning people were good,” said Dr. Owen Hendley, the University of Virginia pediatrician who presented results of the study Friday at a meeting of the American Society for Microbiology. Besides hotel hazards, the findings point out things that people might not think to clean when someone has a cold. last_img read more