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Barca triumph without Messi, Dortmund pummel Atletico

first_img0Shares0000Rafinha (L) deputised for the injured Lionel Messi alongside Philippe Coutinho and Luis Suarez in the Barcelona attack © AFP / Josep LAGOPARIS, France, Oct 25 – Barcelona overcame the absence of an injured Lionel Messi to defeat Inter Milan 2-0 in the Champions League on Wednesday, while Borussia Dortmund signalled their intent with a 4-0 demolition of Atletico Madrid.Mohamed Salah scored twice as Liverpool strolled past Red Star Belgrade, but Paris Saint-Germain needed a superb stoppage-time equaliser from Angel Di Maria to rescue a point at home to Napoli. Barca collected a third win from three Group B outings as Rafinha, filling in for Messi after the Argentine star fractured his arm at the weekend, volleyed in the opener on 32 minutes at Camp Nou.Philippe Coutinho rattled the crossbar in the second half before Jordi Alba sealed the points seven minutes from time to leave Barca on the brink of a spot in the last 16.“We needed to step up given the absence of Leo,” Ernesto Valverde said. “It was in the head of us all.”“We have a certain style, then Messi gives us a touch of brilliance that is extraordinary. When he is not there we have to supply it in some other way,” he added.Bundesliga leaders Dortmund, who were missing in-form striker Paco Alcacer, delivered the performance of the evening as they handed last season’s Europa League winners Atletico their heaviest defeat under Diego Simeone.Axel Witsel fired Dortmund ahead shortly before half-time at Signal Iduna Park, with substitute Raphael Guerreiro netting twice in the final quarter-hour either side of a goal by teenage England international Jadon Sancho.Dortmund top Group A with a maximum nine points, although Atletico still remain favourites to progress alongside them after Thierry Henry’s Monaco and Club Brugge drew 1-1 in the other game.– ‘A draw is not a victory’ –Moussa Sylla raised hopes of Monaco ending an 11-match winless streak by opening the scoring just after the half-hour mark in Belgium, but Wesley struck for Brugge to secure a point.“We are a little less negative than at Strasbourg,” said Henry, after a defeat by Strasbourg in his coaching bow on Saturday. “But a draw is a draw, it’s not a victory.”At Anfield, Liverpool’s front three of Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane were all on target as Jurgen Klopp’s team swept Serbian champions Red Star aside 4-0.Firmino broke the deadlock on 20 minutes and Salah struck right before the interval.The Egyptian then converted a penalty just after the break to become the fastest Liverpool player to 50 goals, achieving the feat in just 65 games.He missed out on the chance for a hat-trick as he was substituted before Mane missed a second spot-kick, although the Senegalese forward redeemed himself when he stabbed home a Daniel Sturridge cross.– Spurs in deep trouble –Liverpool top Group C by two points from Napoli, who looked on course for an impressive win in France before Di Maria’s late heroics in a 2-2 draw at the Parc des Princes.Carlo Ancelotti’s visitors twice led through efforts from Lorenzo Insigne and Dries Mertens, but having levelled once through an own goal by Mario Rui, PSG salvaged a point with Di Maria’s marvellous curling 20-yard strike.“We can improve, it’s not possible to make errors because the opposition are very strong,” said PSG boss Thomas Tuchel.“I knew before it would be really complicated, and in my opinion we are not the favourites. This group is really difficult and we can’t be surprised.”Hugo Lloris’ red card proved costly for Spurs as PSV snatched a point late on in Eindhoven © AFP / JOHN THYSTottenham’s knockout phase hopes look bleak after conceding a costly late equaliser in a 2-2 draw at PSV Eindhoven.Hirving Lozano pounced on an error from Toby Alderweireld to put PSV in front on 30 minutes, but Lucas replied for Mauricio Pochettino’s side.Harry Kane nodded in from a Christian Eriksen cross to give Spurs the lead early in the second half, but Hugo Lloris was dismissed for a rash challenge on Lozano after an ill-advised sortie out of his area.PSV skipper Luuk de Jong hooked a mishit shot past Lloris’ replacement Michel Vorm on 87 minutes to leave Spurs five points adrift of second-place Inter in Group B.“In the end (it was) a draw and (it leaves us) with the minimum possibility to go to the next stage of the Champions League,” Pochettino told BT Sport.Iker Casillas saved a penalty for Porto in a 3-1 win away to 10-man Lokomotiv Moscow as the Portuguese two-time champions seized the initiative in Group D.Schalke are two points behind Porto following a 0-0 draw away to Galatasaray.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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‘Dropped three years too late’ – What United fans think of LVG’s decision

first_imgIt could be because Man United play Chelsea on Monday, but fans still raised their eyebrows when Louis van Gaal dropped Wayne Rooney.The manager decided to begin the match against Stoke at the Britannia without his captain, opting for Ander Herrera instead, while Marouane Fellaini replaced Morgan Schneiderlin in midfield.Here, talkSPORT looks at a selection of the online reaction from fans.Will Man United regret the decision to begin with Rooney on the bench? 1 Wayne Rooney is out of the Man United starting line-up against Stoke City last_img

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first_imgWE get all sorts of tourists in Co Donegal.We get Americans complaining about the TV reception in the rooms of the B&Bs. We get tourists of all ages, sizes, colours and creeds.But there’s no-one quite like Arthur McKeown…a car-driving Jack Russell.Click the video to play Arthur’s home video of his trip to Co Donegal!© 2011, all Rights Reserved The copying, republication or redistribution of Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on us on anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.comDDTV: VIDEO OF ARTHUR – THE CAR-DRIVING JACK RUSSELL ON HOLS IN DONEGAL! was last modified: November 25th, 2011 by BrendaShare 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:DDTV: VIDEO OF ARTHUR – THE CAR-DRIVING JACK RUSSELL ON HOLS IN DONEGAL!donegaldailytvlast_img read more


Cuba allowed to play

first_img Baseball’s first application was denied in mid-December by the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control, but the commissioner’s office and the players’ association reapplied Dec. 22 after Cuba said it would donate any profits it receives to victims of Hurricane Katrina. “The president wanted to see it resolved in a positive way,” White House spokesman Scott McClellan said in an e-mail to The Associated Press. “Our concerns were centered on making sure that no money was going to the Castro regime and that the World Baseball Classic would not be misused by the regime for spying. We believe the concerns have been addressed.” NEW YORK – The Bush administration is letting Cuba play ball. The Cubans will be allowed to participate in the inaugural World Baseball Classic after the U.S. government reversed course Friday and issued the special license necessary for the communist nation to play in the 16-team tournament. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card The license was required by 45-year-old American sanctions against Cuba designed to prevent Fidel Castro’s government from receiving U.S. currency. At the State Department, spokesman Sean McCormack said the initial rejection was based on concerns Cuban spies might accompany the team. “Working closely with World Baseball Classic Inc. and the State Department, we were able to reach a licensable agreement that upholds both the legal scope and the spirit of the sanctions,” Treasury spokeswoman Molly Millerwise said. “This agreement ensures that no funding will make its way into the hands of the Castro regime.” After the initial rejection, the International Baseball Federation threatened to withdraw its sanction of the tournament if Cuba was not allowed to participate. International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge said this week that any future U.S. bids to host the Olympics would have to ensure there would be no restrictions on participating nations. Paul Archey, a senior vice president of Major League Baseball International, and union lawyer Doyle Pryor went to Cuba on Jan. 10 and 11 to negotiate terms of Cuba’s participation that would be acceptable to the Bush administration. “Everybody involved in the tournament wanted the best teams in the world to be involved, and certainly Cuba is one of those teams,” U.S. manager Buck Martinez said. “Everybody feels pretty confident this is now really going to be a test of the best teams in the world.” center_img Puerto Rico threatened to withdraw as a host site if Cuba wasn’t allowed to participate. “We were always positive,” said Antonio Munoz, the promoter who paid millions of dollars to stage the first two rounds in San Juan. “There were some negative people, but they were wrong in the end.” The tournament, the first in which the world’s top players will participate on national teams, runs March 3-20. The other 15 teams submitted their 60-man preliminary rosters earlier this week. Cuba won the Olympic gold medal in 1992, 1996 and 2004, and the United States won in 2000. Olympic baseball initially was limited to amateur players, but even after professionals were allowed in for the 2000 Sydney Games, major leaguers didn’t take part because baseball doesn’t stop its regular season for the Olympics. Cuba’s roster is not expected to include defectors, such as Jose Contreras, Orlando Hernandez and Livan Hernandez. “With Cuba’s entry in the tournament approved, the World Baseball Classic promises to be an historic event and will guarantee our fans the greatest possible competition among the best players in the world,” baseball commissioner Bud Selig said. Barry Bonds, Alex Rodriguez and Roger Clemens are among the big-name players on the U.S. roster, and Manny Ramirez, Albert Pujols and Vladimir Guerrero are on the Dominican team. Puerto Rico, Venezuela and Japan also are expected to be top teams at the tournament. Cuba is in Group B with Panama, Puerto Rico and the Netherlands, playing its first-round games in San Juan. If they advance, the Cubans also would play their second-round games in San Juan. “Cuba will step up, of that I have no doubt,” said Ramon Enriquez, who was among baseball fans discussing the news at Havana’s Parque Central. “Those boys will play with that all-consuming courage.” Other first-round sites include Kissimmee, Fla.; Phoenix; Scottsdale, Ariz.; and Tokyo. Second-round games also will be played in Anaheim, and the semifinals and final will be in San Diego. U.S. Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart, a Florida Republican, called the Bush administration’s reversal “lamentable and unfortunate,” and said the Cuban players should defect once they reach Puerto Rico. “I hope that the Cuban players will use this opportunity to escape totalitarianism and reach freedom in the U.S.,” said Diaz-Balart, a Cuban-American. Associated Press writers Anne-Marie Garcia in Havana, George Gedda in Washington, Terry Spencer in Miami and Pedro Zayas in San Juan contributed to this report. 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

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Tottenham 2/5 to beat West Ham and close to within one point of Chelsea – Coral

first_imgCoral’s Simon Clare joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.Struggling West Ham and title-chasing Tottenham clash on Friday night in a big Premier League showdown.In-form Tottenham, who have won their last nine league games, are big favourites to win at 2/5 despite being away from home.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfastlast_img

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Is this how Manchester United will line-up to face Brighton?

first_img 2 How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? Mourinho’s squad is still far from full strength smart causal impact Manchester United travel to Brighton on Sunday and is still without six first-team regulars.However, Jose Mourinho will be delighted by the return of several World Cup stars who will be in much better condition after more time bakc in training. Romelu Lukaku, who featured as a substitute in the 2-1 victory over Leicester, is expected to start, while last season’s first-choice left-back Ashley Young is also in contention.Jesse Lingard and Phil Jones are available, but may be forced to settle for a place on the bench.Club captain Antonio Valencia remains sidelined with a calf injury, which means Paul Pogba will continue with the armband on Sunday despite reports of a bust-up with Mourinho.The United boss took the opportunity to rubbish those reports in his press conference yesterday.Diogo Dalot, Marcos Rojo, Nemanja Matic, Ander Herrera and Sergio Romero join Valencia on United’s lengthy injury list.Here is’s predicted XI: gameday Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack highlights Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes LATEST FOOTBALL NEWScenter_img NEW ERA ALTERED Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade possible standings How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures 2 silverware Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies wonlast_img read more

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first_imgMet Eireann has warned that the freezing conditions and snowfalls of the past 24 hours across Donegal are far from over.The national weather forecaster said the coming week is going to be extremely cold with day time temperatures ranging from just 1 to 6 degrees on many of the days.And those temperatures are expected to plunge to as low as -6 degrees at night. It has also once again warned that more snowfalls are on the way.“Severe frost and ice will develop at night with temperatures dropping as low as – 6 or -7 degrees in some areas. There’ll be sleet and snow at times with significant accumulations possible in places. In these very cold conditions, any snow will lie on the ground,” said a spokesman.Many parts of Donegal escaped last night’s snowfalls.However, other parts of the county including Letterkenny, Glenties, Milford, Churchill and Ramelton encountered heavy falls of snow. Drivers have been warned to take extra care while driving across the county over the next  week.The public is advised to check the council’s weather website at www.donegalcocowinterweather.ieThe following is the forecast from Met Eireann for the week ahead.Sunday night will be cold with rain, sleet and snow moving northeastwards across the country giving some significant accumulations. Lowest temperatures of -2 to +2 degrees.There’ll be further outbreaks of sleet and snow on Monday, but some dry periods too. Temperatures will range from 1 to 4 degrees in general, but will reach 5 or 6 degrees in the southwest. A severe frost and icy patches will develop on Monday night. Tuesday will be dry in many areas, but scattered sleet and snow showers will develop in many coastal areas. Again, a severe frost will develop at night.On Wednesday, rain sleet and snow will move eastwards across the country.Thursday will be brighter with some scattered wintry showers of rain, hail or sleet.More rain, sleet and snow will move in from the west on Friday. MORE MAJOR SNOWFALLS FORECAST THROUGHOUT WEEK was last modified: January 19th, 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:donegalforecastMet Eireannsnowlast_img read more



first_imgDONEGAL could be headed for a unique double-header with Dublin – in TWO All-Ireland semi-finals at Croke Park.The Minors will play the Dubs in their semi-final on August 31.And if Donegal can get past Armagh this weekend; and Dublin beat Monaghan, it could mean we take on Dublin twice at Croker in a unique double header! Donegal’s Minors beat Roscommon at the weekend in Sligo to book their semi-final berth.Jim McGuinness takes his side to Croker this Saturday (TI 4pm) to take on Armagh. DONEGAL MINORS TO PLAY DUBLIN AT CROKE PARK – COULD IT BE A DUB DOUBLE HEADER? was last modified: August 4th, 2014 by John2Share 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:Croke ParkdonegalDouble-headerlast_img read more


Turning a Smartphone Into a Thermal Imaging Device

first_imgIts exact specs haven’t been publishedDavid Meiland, a builder in Washington State and a frequent contributor to Green Building Advisor forums, said that Flir is a “dominant” manufacturer of infrared equipment. But he cautioned that an imager in this price range may not have the resolution or thermal sensitivity of more expensive devices, so its usefulness would be somewhat limited.Meiland, who has been using an $8,000 Fluke imager for the last four years, says there are times when detecting temperature differences of as little a .05 degree Celsius are important. But in other situations, measuring minute temperature differences wouldn’t be critical. Suppose, for example, that a builder suspects that a hidden heating duct has split, spilling warm air into a wall or ceiling cavity. “In those circumstances, low resolution and a slow processor and a small image would probably give you the same result,” Meiland said.Flir posts the range of temperatures that the One will detect, but not the temperature sensitivity — the minimum difference in temperature in adjacent surfaces that would appear in the image. Nor does the website list the resolution of the image. The Flir sales office in Boston said it didn’t have the information, and that technical inquiries would be handled by e-mail.As useful as thermal imagers can be in tracking down elusive information about buildings, Meiland said they’re not magical. “The real issue with infrared is getting an incorrect diagnosis,” he said. “It’s really easy to look at something and say, ‘Oh, here’s what’s going on.’ And then you check it with other tools and you realize, ‘Wait, that isn’t what’s going on. There’s more going on.’ You can get all kinds of incorrect conclusions out of infrared. That’s where the risk is. Sometimes I still have to get out a Sawzall, look inside the wall.”If you want to read more about thermal imaging, read this blog by GBA senior editor Martin Holladay. An Oregon company has introduced a $349 gadget that turns an Apple iPhone into a thermal imaging device capable of detecting heating and cooling leaks in buildings.Flir introduced the Flir One at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on January 7. The company said it would start selling the device worldwide this spring. The Flir One fits on an iPhone 5 or iPhone 5S, the most recent models.A Flir-equipped iPhone displays an image showing heat rather than visible light, so it can show heat loss through walls or around windows. That could help builders and remodelers see areas where insulation or air-sealing need to be improved. Among other uses, the company said, are spotting water damage and detecting intruders at night.The device has its own rechargeable battery good enough for two hours of operation, and it boosts the iPhone’s battery life by as much as 50%, the company says.Flir, based in Wilsonville, Oregon, said that the thermal imager is the first of its kind designed specifically for consumers. Pro models can cost thousands of dollars.last_img read more

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‘Khadse has cleared an acid test’

first_imgSenior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders on Tuesday congratulated former Revenue Minister Eknath Khadse, claiming that he had received a clean chit in an alleged land grab case, prompting speculation of his return to the Cabinet.“We are happy Mr. Khadse has cleared an acid test. He plays a key role in the functioning and development of the BJP,” said Revenue Minister Chandrakant Patil. Mr. Patil did not comment whether Mr. Khadse would make a comeback to the Cabinet ahead of next year’s elections.Mr. Khadse’s sharp criticism of his own government, such as exposing the ‘rat scam’ in Mantralaya, has cornered the BJP. He has also indicated his discontent with the party leadership. Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leaders have hinted that they will welcome the “strong” OBC leader if he chose to quit the BJP. Sources within the BJP said the decision on Mr. Khadse’s return is with Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. A senior leader, on the condition of anonymity, said, “One should realise that the actual ACB report has not been made public. If [the CM] has to take a call to induct him in the Cabinet, the entire report will be analysed to avoid any embarrassment in future.” Activist Anjali Damania said on Tuesday that this is an example of how the BJP saves its corrupt ministers. “I had given all the proof in the Bhosari land case to the ACB on August 17. Despite this, if the ACB has given him a clean chit, I will challenge it in the Bombay High Court,” said Ms. Damania.last_img read more

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