Cyprus 0-1 Wales: Late goal from Gareth Bale goal puts Wales on the edge of European qualification

first_img1 Gareth Bale Gareth Bale scored a magnificent 81st minute header to put Wales on the brink of qualifying for their first major tournament since 1958.Wales thought they had taken the lead in the first half when David Edwards met Bale’s pinpoint cross, only for it to be mysteriously ruled out by the referee.Bale then popped up with a header as the game looked like it was finishing 0-0 after Jazz Richards curled in a cross.The victory means Wales can be qualified for the European Championships in France next year with a win over Israel on Sunday.Wales began like a team possessed, with Aaron Ramsey curling a right-footed shot inches over the bar after a majestic Bale run.Minutes later Bale showed the Cypriot crowd another of the weapons in his arsenal – firing in a bullet free-kick from 40 yards which was desperately saved by goalkeeper Antonis Georgallides.Wales got the ball in the net after 25 minutes when Bale’s cross was met by Edwards but it was disallowed by the referee, although what infringement he saw is unclear.After half-time Hal Robson-Kanu got on the end of Bale’s inch-perfect through ball before taking it around the goalkeeper, who brought him down while also palming away the ball. This time the referee made the right decision in waving play on.Cyprus grew into the game as the minutes ticked on but failed to fashion anything that would challenge Wayne Hennessey in the Welsh goal as Georgios Economides shot over.Wales had a chance to win it with 10 minutes remaining when Neil Taylor broke down the left hand side but Ramsey‘s shot was beaten away from Georgallides.Then, with 81 minutes on the clock, the Bale show began as he rose higher than the Cypriot defence to score with a thunderbolt of a header leaving the goalkeeper with no chance.The goal was Wales’ ninth in qualifying and the eighth the Real Madrid forward had either scored or assisted.The win meant Wales are unbeaten in qualification and will be assured of their place in France next year with one more win.last_img read more

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Carlisle 0-3 Everton: Kone, Lennon and Barkley fire the Toffees into the fifth round of the FA Cup

first_imgEverton cruised into the fifth round of the FA Cup after putting three past Carlisle United at Brunton Park.Arouna Koné, Aaron Lennon and Ross Barkley got their names on the scoresheet, in a comfortable victory over the League Two outfit.It took only 90 seconds for the Toffees to stamp their authority on the game, and striker Koné – getting a rare start ahead of Romelu Lukaku – got the first goal of the game.Aaron Lennon surged into the box on the right flank, squaring the ball to Koné at the back post, who had the simplest of openings to tap home.Carlisle striker Derek Asamoah could have equalised for the hosts after two fine opportunities, gifted to him by sloppy Toffees defending, but he lacked composure.But only a few minutes later, Everton doubled their lead when Lennon – turning from provider to finisher – got his name on the scoresheet.After sublime play from Ross Barkley and Bryan Oviedo, the latter delivered a cross to former Tottenham Hotspur winger Lennon, whose excellent touch took him away from Mark Ellis, providing the space to then slot the ball into the back of the net.Despite the scoreline, Carlisle kept plugging away, with Asamoah continuing to look dangerous, while Toffees errors at the back awarded the League Two side plenty of set piece opportunities.They weren’t able to grasp their chances, though, leaving Everton in firm control at the break.While some may have looked back at Bradford City’s Cup heroics at Stamford Bridge last season, when they came from two goals down to seal a 4-2 victory over Chelsea, to show that anything can happen in the FA Cup, in truth the tie felt virtually done and dusted at the break.The hosts did emerge from the dressing room eager to ruffle the feathers of their Premier League opponents, but Carlisle’s resolve was finally halted by Ross Barkley.The England international was causing plenty of problems and, with little over 20 minutes to go, his powerful effort from 20 yards deflected off the head of Ellis, leaving Mark Gillespie helpless to stop the strike from hitting the back of the net.To their credit, the Cumbrians searched for a consolation goal, but their attempts proved fruitless as Everton emerged from their Brunton Park test with a clean sheet.After a disappointing run in the Premier League and a controversial exit in the League Cup this week, Toffees boss Roberto Martinez could hardly have asked for more. 1 Everton cruised into the fifth round of the FA Cup last_img read more

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Ranieri: ‘The Leicester is easy, I just sit about playing Candy Crush!’* – parody translation

first_imgThe Foxes are flying, Leicester fans are in dreamland, and the mastermind behind the most audacious Premier League title bid of all time is Claudio Ranieri.He’s a manager famed for diverting pressure off his players, but perhaps there’s more to the Italian’s laid-back and modest demeanour than first meets the eye.At least, that’s what our translator thinks, as he interpreted this press conference to reveal the Leicester boss doesn’t have to lift a finger to get his team to perform! The only problem is – our translator only speaks English, so the subtitles on this spoof video may be a little inaccurate.For more fake translator videos, be sure to be subscribed to talkSPORT on YouTube!*DISCLAIMER: Like 5000-1 odds on winning the title, this video is simply unbelievable!last_img read more

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‘This won’t hinder us!’ Arsenal fans react to latest injury news

first_imgFrom the moment Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain clattered into Javier Mascherano in Tuesday’s 2-0 defeat to Barcelona, it didn’t look too good for the Arsenal star.Barcelona’s Argentine midfielder-turned-defender is made of tough stuff and the Englishman was sent spinning to the earth and rolled over, multiple times, while clutching his leg.The 22-year-old eventually picked himself up and carried on until the 50th minute when manager Arsene Wenger replaced him with Theo Walcott.But now the French boss has revealed Oxlade-Chamberlain will be out for several weeks with a knee injury, which was picked up in the first-half incident.Arsenal supporters, though, didn’t seem too concerned about the news and you can see their reaction below… Arsenal star Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain attempts to tackle Neymar 1last_img read more

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Bates resigns as LHH city manager

first_img 165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas City “I wish the Council, residents and our staff well, and look forward to the City’s continued success in delivering the best possible service to the residents of this fine City,” he stated. Before coming to La Habra Heights, Bates worked for 19 years as a city manager in Buena Park and Artesia before going into the private sector as a financial consultant. LA HABRA HEIGHTS – City Manager Ron Bates Wednesday announced that he was resigning, effective Nov. 19, to become the city manager of South Gate. Bates, a resident of Los Alamitos was the 13th city manager in the city’s 39-year history. He was hired in November 2005. “I am confident that the city team has taken a major step in making La Habra Heights one of the best functioning small cities in the country,” Bates stated in an e-mail sent to friends and city officials. “My one regret is not having a new fire station under construction,” he stated.last_img read more

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A parting gift for Bourdais

first_imgLeading the field, pole sitter Will Power of Team Australia sped ahead on the first lap, extending his lead to nearly two seconds at one stage over fellow front rower Oriol Servia. On his first pit during a course yellow flag, Power hit the back of David Martinez’s car while coming out of the pits, falling back to 15th place with 20 minutes gone in the race. He went out of the race on the 18th lap after colliding with Katherine Legge. The Australian driver tried to cut inside Legge, hit the side of her car and careened backwards into the wall. Power’s demise continued a trend in the Australian race – only three pole sitters have won in its 17-year history – Nigel Mansell in 1993, Jimmy Vasser in 1996 and Dario Franchitti in 1999. The Australian also won the pole in 2006 but crashed out. “I can’t believe it, two years in a row,” Power said. “All we can do is come back next year and try it again.” The two American drivers in the field, both rookies, finished in the back of the field. Newman Haas Lanigan team member Graham Rahal, the 18-year-old son of three-time series champion Bobby Rahal, was 11th of 17 drivers. Alex Figge, a former Champ Car Atlantic driver now with the Pacific Coast Motorsports, finished 13th. Brazilian Grand Prix Felipe Massa took the pole for today’s decisive race, with overall leader Lewis Hamilton beside him in position to become Formula One’s youngest champion. Kimi Raikkonen and Fernando Alonso – Hamilton’s rivals for the title – will start in the second row, with Raikkonen third and Alonso fourth. Massa, the defending champion, drove his Ferrari around the 2.6-mile counter-clockwise Interlagos track in 1 minute, 11.931 seconds. The Brazilian was .151 faster than Hamilton and .391 faster than Ferrari teammate Raikkonen. Alonso, Hamilton’s McLaren teammate, timed 1:12.356. The Brazilian GP will decide the tightest F1 race for the championship in 21 years. The 22-year-old Hamilton has 107 points, four more than McLaren teammate Alonso and seven more than Raikkonen. A win is worth 10 points. Kroger 200 Mike Skinner sneaked into the lead and held off Jack Sprague for the final 66 laps, helped along by numerous cautions that made the Craftsman Truck Series race at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway look like a brawl. The race was red-flagged with seven laps to go after an accident coming out of Turn 4 that involved at least nine trucks and left wreckage and fluid strewn everywhere. It went back to green for a three-lap dash to finish, and with the trucks behind him jockeying, Skinner sailed off to his series-best fifth victory of the season. Fittingly, the final lap ended with one more pileup. Skinner, who started the race 14 points behind Ron Hornaday Jr. in the championship battle, moved 11 points ahead, the fourth time in the last five races the drivers have swapped the top spot.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! From news services Needing only to finish in 12th place or better, Formula One-bound Frenchman Sebastien Bourdais won today’s Lexmark Indy 300 in Surfers Paradise, Australia to clinch his fourth straight Champ Car drivers’ title. Bourdais took the lead for good with 20 minutes left in the 1 hour, 45-minute timed race and became the first driver to win the race twice in its 17-year history. Bourdais, who has clinched the driver’ championship in Australia the last three years, also won the Surfers race in 2005. “I can’t be any happier,” Bourdais said. “I pushed really, really hard to get there.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The 28-year-old, who will drive for the Toro Rosso team in F1 next year, held a 58-point lead over Justin Wilson going into the race. There is one event left in the Champ Car season – Nov. 11 in Mexico City. Wilson led for several laps while Bourdais pitted but finished second, 6.776 seconds behind Bourdais on the 12-turn, 2.8 mile temporary street course. Bruno Junquiera, despite stalling at the standing start in his 100th Champ Car race, was third, followed by Dutch rookie Robert Doornbos. Bourdais completed 61 laps of the circuit under sunny skies and in perfect racing conditions. While his pit crew hugged each other on the warmdown lap, Bourdais stopped to do several doughnuts on the track surface before being sprayed with champagne when he returned to the garage. “Sebastien did a wonderful job today, he deserves everything he gets,” team co-owner Carl Haas said minutes afer Bourdais crossed the finish line. last_img read more

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Maytag plant closure ends century of appliance making

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.A Maytag worker for six years, she was laid off in 2003 when the company was struggling to compete and was cutting costs and jobs. Last year, she was called back again by Whirlpool to help keep production on track until the final shutdown this week. During the three-year layoff, she earned a two-year degree in interior design and fashion. She, her husband, a truck driver for a construction company, and daughter learned to live leaner. She’s glad to be working when the final shutdown occurs, she said. “When somebody dies and you don’t see the body. How do you know they’re gone? Not being in there when they close the doors, you don’t have closure that you get this way,” she said. Factory workers develop close friendships, many co-workers become like family, she said. “It’s definitely a death of sorts. A death to a lot of people’s lifestyle … How can the people that allowed this to happen live with themselves?” she said. Many workers remaining have never worked anywhere else, and a large number of them have just a high school education. Finding a job that pays $30,000 to $40,000 with good benefits will be tough. Company officials said about 100 workers will stay in the factory for a little while longer to oversee the shutdown. A block from the town square, the former Maytag headquarters has 55 people left out of the 900 that once ran the nation’s third largest appliance manufacturer. Those who remain are responsible for the closure, a job expected to end in December. At its peak, Maytag had 4,000 workers in Newton, a town of 16,000 people 30 miles east of Des Moines. The closing is part of a larger plan to consolidate Maytag’s headquarters with Whirlpool’s in Benton Harbor, Mich., and shutter plants in Iowa, Illinois and Arkansas. It calls for cutting 4,500 jobs and chopping about $400million in operating costs. The machines once made by Maytag will be redesigned to fit on a Whirlpool chassis and built by workers in Mexico and a nonunion factory in Clyde, Ohio, where they earn significantly less than the union-represented workers in Newton. Whirlpool spokesman Jeff Noel said Whirlpool had little choice but to take some major steps to fix the broken Maytag business. That meant eliminating higher-cost factories and jobs. A mile north of the former Maytag headquarters is Newton Union Cemetery. There, in a family mausoleum, lies founder Fred Maytag. The washing machines will no longer be made here, but the Maytag legacy remains deeply rooted in Newton. Near the employee entrance a plaque in the shape of a cemetery headstone hangs on the fence that says “R.I.P.” A handwritten message is scrawled on the bottom: “We love you all.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NEWTON, Iowa The last washers and dryers were rolling off Maytag assembly lines here Thursday and the 550 workers who built them were preparing to leave the 2 million-square-foot factory for the last time, ending a century of appliance manufacturing in Newton under the iconic brand name. For many workers, it’s a sad parting with a company that has provided for their families over generations. Worries had mounted since May 10, 2006, the day officials at Whirlpool Corp., which bought Maytag last year, unveiled plans to close the Maytag corporate headquarters and the local factory that made washers and dryers, leaving about 1,800 local workers to find other jobs. One of the workers leaving Thursday was Tootie Samson, 47, of Baxter. last_img read more

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Leuzinger alum Taylor leads Purdue’s charge

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Weber State 73, Portland State 68: The schools combined to set an NCAA all-division record for most points in a game. The previous record for most points by two teams was 136, set in 1968 when North Park beat North Central, 104-32, in a Division III game. The Division I record was 133, set in 2004 when San Jose State beat Rice, 70-63. Back in 1916, Georgia Tech beat Cumberland, 222-0, but that was before the NCAA kept track of records. Weber State’s Cameron Higgins passed for 334 yards and four touchdowns. Trevyn Smith ran for 225 yards for the Wildcats (3-5, 3-3 Big Sky Conference). PSU is 2-6, 2-3. Iowa 34, Michigan State 27: Third-string running back Jevon Pugh scored on a 1-yard run in double overtime, lifting host Iowa. Albert Young had 179 yards rushing and two touchdowns for Iowa (4-5, 2-4 Big Ten). Michigan State is 5-4, 1-4. Colorado 31, Texas Tech, 26: Cody Hawkins threw for 123 yards and two touchdowns and Colorado (5-4, 3-2 Big 12) intercepted Graham Harrell four times, returning one for a score in Lubbock, Texas. Terrence Wheatley made three of the interceptions, two on back-to-back Tech series in the fourth with Colorado up, 31-19. Wisconsin 33, Indiana 3: Backup Lance Smith ran for two touchdowns after P.J. Hill left with a “lower leg” injury, helping Wisconsin (7-2, 3-2 Big Ten) extend its home winning streak to 13 games. Indiana is 5-4, 2-4. Wake Forest 37, North Carolina 10: Kevin Maion returned a kickoff 98 yards for a TD, Josh Adams rushed for two scores and host Wake Forest (6-2, 4-1 ACC) routed North Carolina (2-6, 1-3). From news services Former Leuzinger High star Jaycen Taylor ran for a career-high of 157 yards and two scores to lead host Purdue past Northwestern, 35-17, Saturday. Taylor, in his second game back after missing four weeks with a broken left arm, gained 114 yards on 15 carries in the second half. Purdue is 7-2, 3-2 in the Big Ten. Northwestern is 5-4 and 2-3. Louisville 24, Pittsburgh 17: Brian Brohm threw for 236 yards and two touchdowns and Louisville (5-4, 2-2 Big East) used a late goal-line stand to escape visiting Pittsburgh (3-5, 1-2). Brock Bolen added 52 yards rushing and the go-ahead touchdown with 1:54 left. Clemson 30, Maryland 17: James Davis backed up his guarantee of a victory, running for 129 yards and a touchdown to lead the Tigers (6-2, 3-2 ACC) past mistake-prone Maryland (4-4, 1-3) in College Park, Md. Kansas State 51, Baylor 13: Josh Freeman threw touchdown passes on three straight possessions to open the second half, and receiver Jordy Nelson broke a school record with his 76th career reception for the host Wildcats (5-3, 3-2 Big 12). Baylor is 3-6, 0-5. Illinois 28, Ball State 17: Illinois (6-3) secured bowl eligibility for the first time since 2002, coming from behind to beat Ball State (5-4) behind 189 yards rushing and two touchdowns from Rashard Mendenhall in Champaign, Ill. Arkansas 58, Florida International 10: Darren McFadden scored on four short runs, and Arkansas (5-3) enjoyed seven turnovers by FIU (0-8) in Fayetteville, Ark. The Golden Panthers lost their 20th straight game. Florida State 25, Duke 6: Preston Parker caught a touchdown pass and scored on an end around to help boost host Florida State (5-3, 2-3) and hand the Blue Devils (1-7, 0-5) their 22nd straight Atlantic Coast Conference loss. Tulsa 29, SMU 23: Charles Clay caught a 51-yard touchdown pass from Paul Smith with 43 seconds left to lift host Tulsa. Trailing, 23-21, Tulsa (5-3, 3-2 C-USA) stopped SMU (1-7, 0-4) on fourth-and-goal at the Tulsa 1 with 1:56 left. The Golden Hurricane went 99 yards in nine plays to score the winning TD. Delaware 59, Navy 52: Joe Flacco threw four touchdown passes and Omar Cuff rushed for four scores to lead Delaware in Annapolis, Md. The Blue Hens (7-1), one of the top teams in the Championship Subdivision, rolled to 581 yards against the Division I Midshipmen (4-4). Vanderbilt 24, Miami-Ohio 13: Vanderbilt’s Earl Bennett became the leading receiver in SEC history, making eight catches to lift the Commodores (4-4) in Nashville. The junior has 215 catches, breaking Craig Yeast’s mark of 208. The RedHawks are 4-5. Memphis 28, Tulane 27: Duke Calhoun caught a 5-yard touchdown pass from Martin Hankins with 36 seconds remaining in New Orleans. The Tigers (4-4, 3-1 C-USA) rallied to win despite Green Wave running back Matt Forte having his fourth consecutive 200-yard rushing game. He carried a school-record 44 times for 278 yards and two TDs. East Carolina 41, UAB 6: Pat Pinkney passed for two third-quarter touchdowns and East Carolina (5-4, 4-1) continued its quest for a berth in the Conference USA title game with a win over visiting UAB (2-6, 1-3). 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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Man accused of fatally shooting brother-in-law following Thanksgiving feast

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsPolice were continuing the investigation. The suspect, whose identity has not yet been released, turned himself in around 2 a.m., Smith said. Formal murder charges were pending, Smith said. For more news and observations about crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here. A 27-year-old man turned himself in to police early this morning after allegedly shooting his brother-in-law to death following a Thanksgiving celebration, according to a detective. Mario Gutierrez, 37, died after being shot in the chest around 8:40 p.m. as he left a family gathering in 4400 block of Verdemour Avenue in El Sereno, said Los Angeles Police Department Detective Scott Smith. Gutierrez was declared dead at the scene, Smith said. The shooting followed a dispute that took place as the victim was leaving the party, the detective said. 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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Norwich boss to consider future at the end of the season

first_img Norwich City Alex Neil moved to Carrow Road in January 2015 1 Norwich manager Alex Neil is disappointed by the departure of the club’s chief executive and says he will assess his own position at the end of the season.David McNally announced his resignation following the Canaries’ loss to Manchester United on Saturday, which left the team four points adrift of safety with two games left to play.Norwich play Watford on Wednesday, with the future of Hornets head coach Quique Sanchez Flores increasingly uncertain, but Neil’s side will be relegated regardless if Sunderland beat Everton.Asked if he would consider his own future should Norwich go down, Neil said: “I’ll certainly look at my contribution this season, look at my team individually in terms of their contribution and the bigger picture in terms of the club and what we’ve managed to do on the field and off the field.“Recruitment is a part of that, a whole load of things needs analysing.“I’ll speak to the powers that be and the board but I don’t think anything is ever off the table in football. We spoke about Quique Flores earlier on.“At the end of the season I’ll be judging how I’ve performed, how other people have performed and I’m pretty sure people will be judging me. That’s normal in the Premier League.”Asked he still wants to be at Norwich, Neil said: “Of course, this is a club I’ve been given the task to help.“Unfortunately we’re not in the position I’d like us to be but we need to crack on and see where it takes us.”McNally was a key figure in appointing Neil as manager in January 2015 and had been at the club since 2009, when the Canaries were languishing in League One.“I’m disappointed he left the club, I had a real good relationship with David,” Neil said.“He showed trust and faith in me, he helped bring me to the club. I’m surprised, disappointed. I think we’ve lost a really important figure for us.”last_img read more

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