‘Chelsea didn’t deserve to go through’ – Mourinho in scathing assessment of Champions League exit

first_img1 A glum Jose Mourinho admitted his side did not deserve to progress in the Champions League as the unconvincing Blues were dumped out of Europe by Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday.PSG seemed to suffer an early blow when star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic was harshly sent off just 30 minutes into their last-16 second-leg at Stamford Bridge.But the Premier League side twice allowed the ten-man French champions to come from behind to draw 2-2, with the plucky visitors winning the ill-tempered tie on away goals.Both David Luiz and Thiago Silva’s headed goals were a result of Chelsea’s lacklustre marking from set-pieces, and Mourinho was scathing in his assessment of his side’s below-par performance.“We didn’t deserve to go through,” the Blues boss said.“When a team cannot defend two corners and concedes two goals, a team doesn’t deserve to win.“The individual performances were not good enough and when you concede two goals from two corners it’s about lack of concentration, lack of responsibility to cope with the markers and the space you have to control.“When a team cannot cope with the pressure of being one player more and playing at home… we couldn’t cope with that pressure.“We deserved to be punished with this draw, defeat.”Mourinho explained he will wait for the result to sink in before analysing the details with his squad, but insisted they must respond with a strong finish to their Premier League campaign as Chelsea continue their quest for a first top flight title in five years.“I want to know,” he added.“I told the players after the game that it’s not the moment to speak with them about it. [On Thursday] we will try to analyse that.“For me it was a surprise. So I’m disappointed, but I try always to be pragmatic and when the opponent was better than us the first feeling is we deserved to lose. Analyse the situation is the next step.“We need to react. We have the Premier League to win. We lost a competition where even if we had won today you have other important steps in front of you and other big teams to beat.“We have the Premier League to win and we are in a good situation. There’s no time to cry.“If we win the Premier League and Capital One Cup, this season is still a fantastic season for us.”The Blues are five points clear of second-placed Manchester City with a game in hand, and face Southampton at Stamford Bridge in their next league outing. Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho last_img read more

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Activists mobilize as South Dakota enacts abortion ban

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant The Legislature passed the bill last month after supporters argued that the recent appointment of conservative justices John Roberts and Samuel Alito have made the U.S. Supreme Court more likely to overturn Roe v. Wade. Rounds said he believes it would be better to chip away at abortion one step at a time rather than directly confront Roe v. Wade. But he said many abortion opponents want the direct challenge. “Personally I think this court will be more interested in looking at different aspects of Roe v. Wade rather than the direct frontal assault, but we’ll never know unless someone tries,” Rounds said. Under the new law, doctors could get up to five years in prison for performing an illegal abortion. Abortion opponents already are offering money to help the state pay legal bills for the anticipated court challenge, Rounds has said. Lawmakers said an anonymous donor has pledged $1 million to defend the ban, and the Legislature set up a special account to accept donations for legal fees. Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, said her organization will urge people across the nation to fight for their reproductive freedom. Some other states are considering similar bans on abortion, and the South Dakota legislation will have an impact in other states, she said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Mike Rounds signed legislation Monday that would ban most abortions in South Dakota, a law he acknowledged would be tied up in court for years while the state challenges the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion. The bill would make it a crime for doctors to perform an abortion unless the procedure was necessary to save the woman’s life. It would make no exception for cases of rape or incest. Planned Parenthood, which operates the state’s only abortion clinic, in Sioux Falls, immediately pledged to challenge the measure. The challenge could either be in court or by petition signatures to refer the measure to a statewide ballot in which voters would be asked to repeal the abortion ban. “We fully intend to challenge this law,” said Kate Looby, state director of Planned Parenthood. “It’s just a question of how.” last_img read more

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Have you seen Gianluigi Buffon’s message to Philipp Lahm? It was a nice touch

first_img1 Gianluigi Buffon posted a video tribute to Philipp Lahm following his retirement A number of people have been queuing up to congratulate Philipp Lahm on an excellent career, including Juventus and Italy no.1 Gianluigi Buffon.A message from the goalkeeper was shared by Bayern Munich, which you can see here where he reveals his delight in competing against him during their respective careers.Lahm came through the academy in Munich and went on to captain the club in title victories, Champions League successes and World Cup victory with Germany. The defender, who became a midfielder, played 517 times for Bayern and scored 16 goals. Wenn Legenden über Legenden sprechen…Große Worte von @gianluigibuffon an @philipplahm! 👏 #DankePhilipp pic.twitter.com/hZhRA3TqyR— FC Bayern München (@FCBayern) May 20, 2017//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js GREAT PLAYERS AND THE TROPHIES MISSING FROM THEIR GLITTERING CVSlast_img read more

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Will this be West Ham’s team next season featuring Wilshere and Payet?

first_img 5 5 Goalkeeper: Lukasz Fabianski 5 5 West Ham need a safe pair of hands between the sticks after Joe Hart’s rather disastrous season-long loan at the club.And it seems like they’ve got a reliable keeper in Fabianski, who they signed for £7million from relegated Swansea. West Ham conceded 68 league goals in the league last season – an unwanted record they had to share with Stoke, – so changes are clearly needed at the back.Again, West Ham look like they have taken the necessary action with the acquisition of Fredericks from Fulham and Diop from Ligue 1 side Toulouse.West Ham fans will be hoping these players will tighten the defence up significantly next season. West Ham are on the verge of a massive coup in the transfer market as it has emerged Jack Wilshere is seemingly close to completing a move to the club. The midfielder has been looking for a new team since being told he was surplus to requirements at Arsenal by new boss Unai Emery. Defence: Ryan Fredericks, Issa Diop, Winston Reid, Aaron Creswell center_img Forwards: Marko Arnautovic and Andy Carroll Midfield (diamond): Cheikhou Kouyate, Mark Noble, Dimitri Payet, Jack Wilshere Wilshere has left the club he has been at since he was a boy If the Wilshere and Payet transfers go through, this could be a formidable midfield. Joao Mario doesn’t make this squad as a second loan spell in east London seems unlikely.Kouyate has become a fan favourite since signing in 2014, while Mark Noble is a permanent fixture in the starting XI. Arnautovic was the Hammers’ best player last season so is an automatic shoe-in for this team.He formed a good partnership with Manuel Lanzini, however, the Argentine sustained a long-term injury in the summer which means he could miss a great deal of the season.And while Javier Hernandez has had some good moments, he hasn’t made the impact that Hammers fans would have liked, so Carroll makes this XI. The Hammers have already wrapped up deals for Lukasz Fabianski, Ryan Fredericks and Issa Diop in the summer but it seems they are not willing to stop there.Rumours of a shock return for former player Dimitri Payet made the rounds earlier this week, an issue which has divided many Hammers fans.Whatever your stance on Payet’s relationship with the club there is no denying that West Ham have the potential to be a very formidable outfit if they can re-sign the Frenchman.So how might Manuel Pellegrini’s men line-up next season? Scroll down to find out… 5last_img read more

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School board hopeful advances

first_img Challengers Art Escobedo and Grisel Vasquez now have 1,289 and 1,046 votes, respectively. Villalba called the news exciting. “It’s been a roller-coaster ride,” she said. “I’m not going to be able to sleep at night. I’m up. I’m down. I’m up.” Duran said she is pessimistic about her chances. “I don’t feel that confident because this group of challengers did a real extensive absentee ballot campaign,” she said. “I’m just hanging in there.” In a third tight race in the area, El Rancho Unified School District board incumbent Rita Jo Ramirez’s 15-vote lead for a third seat on the board over challenger James Roybal grew by 18 votes. Ramirez now has 3,719 to Roybal’s 3,701 votes. mike.sprague@sgvn.com (562)698-0955, Ext. 3022160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NORWALK – Incumbent Ken Henderson vaulted into the lead in the contest for a third seat on the Whittier City School District school board after additional ballots were counted Friday. Henderson, who had been been 11 votes behind challenger Linda Small on Tuesday, now has 5,006 votes to Small’s 4,990 in the updated tally released by the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk’s Office. Incumbent Javier Gonzalez remains in the top vote-getter, with 6,004, and challenger Efrain Aceves has 5,525 votes, each securing one of the three open seats on the board. County election workers counted 86,010 ballots – 72,015 were absentee ballots – throughout the county Friday. An estimated 92,000 ballots still remain uncounted. Numbers were not available for individual races. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The final vote count and results will be completed and announced Nov. 28. Henderson said he is surprised by his new lead Friday because he had expected Small’s lead to grow. “I was certainly willing to concede that Linda had won and would make a tremendous member of the board,” he said. “Now, I will just have to wait and see. The nice thing about it is I’m perfectly comfortable with the outcome regardless of what happens.” Meanwhile, in the Los Nietos School District, incumbent Gloria Duran’s seven-vote lead over challenger Diana Villalba for a third seat on the board shrunk to two just votes ahead. Duran now has 840 votes to Violably’s 838. last_img read more

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Men’s Soccer Upsets MVC Leader and No. 32 Missouri State, 2-1

first_img Live Stats Evansville 10/21/2017 – 3 PM Full Schedule Roster Merideth scored the game’s first goal in the 34th minute (34:07). He took a pass from graduate transfer Jake Taylor (Whitefish Bay, Wis.) and buried his shot from five yards out to put the Bulldogs up 1-0. Sanchez scored his goal from 10 yards out from the middle of the field. Conor Ingram scored for the Bears in the 68th minute (68:28). Next Game: “This was an excellent performance and away win against the No. 32 ranked team in the country,” said head coach Gareth Smith. “Missouri State has been on a great run so to come here and take the three points is impressive and a credit to our guys. We very well organized defensively and dominated our 1v1 battles throughout the game on both sides of the ball. We displayed an exceptional work rate and showed good progress in our communication on restarts. I am pleased for Ryan and Antonio to get on the score sheet as they invested a lot into the game. Delighted with an excellent conference win on the road and a great three points heading into the fall break.” Drake redshirt freshman goalkeeper Caden McCullough (Evansville, Ind.) recorded four saves. Freshman Leroy Enzugusi (Marion, Iowa) finished with two shots on goal. Preview Sanchez scored the game winner in the 83rd minute (83:10) for Drake (4-9-1, 1-3-1 MVC), which earned its first MVC win of the season. Missouri State (8-2-1, 4-1-0 MVC) had a seven-match winning streak snapped and dropped its first league match. The two teams will play again to close out the regular season on Nov. 4 at the Cownie Soccer Complex in Des Moines, Iowa. SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Junior Ryan Merideth (East Moline, Ill.) and sophomore Antonio Sanchez (Coralville, Iowa) scored goals for the Drake University men’s soccer team in a 2-1 upset win at Missouri Valley Conference leader No. 32 Missouri State on Saturday night. Drake will return to the Cownie Soccer Complex to host Evansville on Oct. 21. First kick with the Purple Aces is set for 3 p.m. Prior the match, the Bulldogs will host their annual Senior Day.Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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Milford to get new fire appliance

first_imgDonegal is to get a brand new fire engine with the arrival of the appliance set for Milford fire station shorlty.The news has been welcomed by Deputy Pat the Cope Gallagher.This is the first new fire alliance purchased by Donegal since 2013, when Stranorlar was then delivered an appliance. Deputy Gallagher said the purchase of a brand new appliance is welcome news, as in the interim period from 2013, a practice of purchasing second-hand equipment had been adopted by the Department and Local Authorities, a practice he is most critical of.Pat the Cope added that this is very welcome news for the Milford Fire Station catchment area and the personnel who service in that district.The new piece of fire equipment, a 2017 Scania fire tender, is to be delivered today Friday and will be operational within a number of weeks.“This new equipment will ensure that the station is equipped to the highest possible standards in the years ahead. I am a firm advocate of investing heavily in the fire service, having previously served as a Minister with responsibility for fire services nationally.” Pat the Cope stated the fact, that this is the first appliance purchased as new since 2013 is worrying, we must continue always to ensure our fire service equipment is up to the highest possible standard – and that can only be guaranteed by investing in new and state of the art equipment at all times.“The fire services role is critical as front-line responders in times of fires, accidents and even flooding – there is an onus of responsibility on the Government of the day, to ring-fence and guarantee funding is provided and to further guarantee equipment is of the highest standard.“I will be raising the matter directly again with Department officials to ensure that the fire services remain a top priority moving forward concluded Pat the Cope.Milford to get new fire appliance was last modified: October 6th, 2017 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:fire tenderMilfordPat The Cope Gallagherlast_img read more

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Habitat’s Passivhaus Focus in Vermont

first_imgAmong the most important benefits of homes that merge affordability with ambitious energy efficiency standards are, of course, satisfied homeowners and their reduced carbon footprint. But another, far-reaching potential upside is that such projects can illuminate potent strategies and techniques for future projects.That is where things seem to be headed in northwest Vermont, where Green Mountain Habitat for Humanity is collaborating with a number of businesses and agencies on plans for a three-home development on a three-acre parcel in Charlotte, where the first home will incorporate standards set by the Passive House Institute US.A template for the future?Green Mountain Habitat’s executive director, David Mullin, recently told the Burlington Free Press that, for the first home, the affiliate is drawing on technical support from institutions such as the nonprofit Vermont Energy Investment Corporation; Civil Engineering Associates, in South Burlington; Charlotte-based Passive House consultant Peter Schneider; and Passive House specialists J. B. Clancy of Albert, Righter & Tittmann Architects, in Boston. Construction on the house is expected to begin this summer.The second home, the story points out, will be designed by Vermont architect Eric Morrow, while the configuration of the third will be determined after the first two houses are completed.Mullin said the building envelopes will be designed to create a “village look” rather than row-house regimentation. No doubt the homes will be sources of considerable pride and comfort for the families who help build and eventually own and occupy them. But the development of these homes to unusually high performance standards could be even more significant for future projects, whether they’re managed by Green Mountain Habitat, other Habitat affiliates, or, perhaps, many other affordable-housing builders.“Green Mountain Habitat will gain a great deal of experience during the design and construction of the first two homes, which will act as a powerful teaching tool,” Schneider noted. “The lessons learned will guide the design for the third home and possibly many future Habitat for Humanity homes.”last_img read more

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Unnao rape case: Yogi Adityanath assures firm action against criminals ‘no matter how influential they are’

first_imgFacing severe flak over the delay in taking action against his party MLA who has been accused in the Unnao rape case, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on April 13 said his government had not deviated from its zero-tolerance policy on crime and that it would firmly deal with criminals, no matter how influential they might be.Mr. Adityanath’s remarks came amidst criticism by political parties and a public outcry, demanding the arrest of the legislator of Bangarmau in Unnao district. The Allahabad High Court also directed the Central Bureau of Investigation on April 13 to arrest MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar, the accused in the alleged rape case of a minor girl in 2017.“As soon as the matter came to the notice of the government on April 9, we immediately constituted an SIT (Special Investigation Team) and initiated action in the matter…The policemen and doctors found guilty in the SIT report were suspended,” the Chief Minister told reporters in Chitrakoot. “We have referred the matter to the CBI… our government will not compromise on the zero-tolerance policy it has followed against crime and corruption since the beginning. We will firmly deal with criminals, however influential they might be,” Mr. Adityanath said.Senior State Minister and spokesperson of the U.P. government, Siddharth Nath Singh, said the law will take its own course and lashed out at the Opposition for “shedding crocodile tears” on the issue of safety of women. The process of recommending a CBI inquiry was promptly completed, the central probe agency had already taken over the case and detained the accused MLA for questioning, he pointed out.On the Opposition accusing the U.P. government for “delaying the MLA’s arrest”, Mr. Singh alleged that former Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav had “shielded rape-accused minister” Gayatri Prajapati. He also referred to Samajwadi Party patron Mulayam Singh Yadav’s remarks that “should a rape accused be punished with hanging? Boys are boys, they make mistakes”.Mr. Singh also said, “Those who are raising a hue and cry are shedding crocodile tears for women… those who held a candlelight march last night should remember that the ‘tandoor case’ had taken place during their government and what all were done by their men.” He was referring to Congress president Rahul Gandhi taking part in a candlelight vigil in New Delhi on April 12 night to protest the growing incidents of violence against women. The infamous “tandoor case” involved former Youth Congress leader Sushil Sharma, who is serving a life term for the murder of his wife, Naina Sahni, in which the body of the victim was disposed of by putting it in the tandoor of a restaurant in the national capital in 1995.last_img read more

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Leopard injures seven in Pune

first_imgAs many as seven people, including a child and an elderly woman, were injured after a stray leopard entered an under-construction building in Mundhwa in Pune on Monday.Those injured are said to be out of danger while the leopard, who was caught and tranquilised after over a two-hour struggle, was sent to the city’s Katraj Wild Animal Rescue and Rehabilitation Center.According to sources, the animal entered the 14-storey building of the ‘Vertical Infra’ society in Keshavnagar after 6 a.m. The densely-populated area has a number of unfinished housing projects and completed residential colonies.The animal allegedly attacked a seven-year-old child and injured three other labourers who rushed to rescue the minor. Frightened labourers raised an alarm and personnel from the police, forest department and the fire services reached the spot.The feline panicked on seeing the crowd and fell into a duct, and was trapped. Officials managed to tranquilise it and quell the mob. “A policeman, a forest guard and a member of the Katraj animal rescue centre suffered minor injuries,” a forest department official said.Earlier last month, the National Defence Academy (NDA) in Khadakwasla had issued a cautionary note to its staff and cadets following several leopard sightings.A similar incident occurred in a crowded locality in Nashik city a little over a week ago, when a leopard injured four persons, including two media persons and a Shiv Sena corporator before being caught by forest authorities.last_img read more

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