Listen back to the highlights of Friday’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast. Danny Kelly, in for Alan Brazil, and Ray Parlour were joined on today’s show by Mark Bosnich and Jason McAteer.
1 Arsenal star Jack Wilshere Another week, another piece of injury news from Arsenal and it’s Jack Wilshere – once again.The midfielder has quickly taken up the departed Abou Diaby’s crown as physioroom king with a hairline fracture to his ankle ruling him out for the first few weeks of the season.Now, with just five games of the new season gone, it’s being reported he may be out until Christmas as he undergoes surgery on the problem, which shows no sign of abating.The update has infuriated Gooners everywhere as their injury woes show no sign of clearing up, which is exacerbated by their thin squad.You can see how they reacted on Twitter below…
Simon Clare joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.The Coral spokesman looks ahead to this weekend’s Premier League action.Leaders Manchester City look set to welcome Sergio Aguero back against Liverpool and the Argentine striker is 7/2 to open the scoring at the Etihad Stadium.Arsenal, level on points with City in second, take on West Brom at the Hawthorns and are 8/15 favourites to triumph.He also reveals a special offer for new Coral customers if they back Manchester United to beat Watford at Vicarage Road.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast
Terry Butcher believes Euro 2016 will come too soon for Roy Hodgson’s new-look England team.The Three Lions will arrive in France next summer on the back of a 100 per cent qualification campaign, but Butcher doesn’t expect that to translate into glory.The former Ipswich Town and Rangers star, who played 77 times for England, told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast: “We hit a bit of a Spanish roadblock in the first friendly game [last week], but they were a lot better against France, although you don’t know what state France were in to play the game [following the Paris atrocities]. But, having said that, you can only beat what’s in front of you.“And England were very good [against France]. [Eric] Dier was very good in midfield, and I like [Dele] Alli. I liked the combination of the England team. It was a lot better, a lot more effective, and at the back [John] Stones is just excellent, isn’t he? He has to play. I thought he was different class.“England are shaping up alright. I don’t think they will go all the way at the Euros, far from it, but it’s a lot better.”Terry Butcher will be managing a team at the St George’s Park football tournament in aid of the Sir Bobby Foundation. For full details, and to bid to play against the talkSPORT team, click hereAnd for full details of the other prizes you can bid for, visit www.sirbobbysauction.com
PSG forward Ezequiel Lavezzi Roma are lining up a summer move for Chelsea and Tottenham target Ezequiel Lavezzi.The 30-year-old Argentine forward is on the radar of both English clubs and had looked set to leave Paris Saint-Germain this month with his contract up in June.However, has decided to stay put in the French capital until the end of the season when he will choose who to join on a free transfer.Now reports in France have revealed that Roma are ready to join the race to sign him amid interest from London and Barcelona.Inter Milan are also understood to be keen on luring Lavezzi back to Serie A but it is Roma who are said to be the Italian club currently in pole position to sign him. 1
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.But the pull to get back to normal was even stronger. “Sure I’m worried about breathing that stuff up there,” he said. “It’s not cool, but everyone is dying to get back home.” Residents staying in areas with bad air were advised to avoid exerting themselves both indoors and outside. Children and those with heart and respiratory conditions were urged to stay indoors with the windows and doors closed and the air conditioner on. Among the main health threats with fires are fine particles invisible to the naked eye. Those particles can get into the lungs and make breathing an even greater struggle for people with asthma, bronchitis and emphysema. Many schools across Southern California remained closed. Al- though school was in session at the Los Angeles Unified School District, the nation’s largest with more than 708,000 students, children were monitored closely when they went outside. LOS ANGELES – As the wildfires die down and residents return home, lingering dust and soot-laden air is making it difficult for many to breathe even a sigh of relief. Air quality remained poor in the central San Bernardino Mountains and parts of the San Bernardino Valley as well as swaths of Orange and Riverside Counties. In San Diego County, where only one of four major fires was more than 50 percent contained, the air was especially dismal Friday. Satellite pictures still showed a thick haze of smoke over the entire region, affecting schools, events and the health of Southern California residents. Joe Flynn, 48, worried about air quality as he prepared to return home to Ramona, northeast of San Diego, after a stay at Qualcomm Stadium, where thousands of evacuees sought shelter this week. Miles from any of the fires, smoke and dust from surrounding areas continued to hang like a heavy fog over the port city of Long Beach, making the sun appear a deep orange. Late this week a sea breeze pushed some of the polluted air inland improving conditions and finally allowing schoolchildren to venture outside. “Here in California, we’re not accustomed to being inside for too long,” said Chris Eftychiou, spokesman for the Long Beach Unified School District. In Irvine, Velvet Revolver canceled a Friday concert with Alice In Chains at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater because of the bad air. A press release also cited concerns that the hard rock fans’ safety could be compromised with county resources spread so thin. In San Diego, where fires still raged, the UC San Diego Medical Center saw an increase in patients with breathing troubles they believe were related to air pollution, but they didn’t have statis- tics available, said spokeswoman Jackie Carr. However, classes at San Diego State University were scheduled to resume next week, and Mayor Jerry Sanders said the Chargers would play Sunday’s game scheduled at Qualcomm. The stadium can seat more than 70,000 fans. 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 MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre The victory left USC with a 7-2 record, expectant of inching up in the polls and clinging to its fragile, blurred BCS dreams. In their old world, the one where they were the Mighty Trojans and seemed incapable of walking without annoying swagger, they would have run over the Beavers, leaving them like so much road kill. In this world, winning a fairly business-like game will do just fine. The Beavers came in having won three consecutive games. They had the same 3-2 conference record as the Trojans. And were emboldened by the knowledge they had just beaten USC last season. The Beavers were no longer some automatic victory on the USC schedule, but a team to offer concern. It mattered not one twit, the Trojans riding to victory behind an absolutely sterling defensive effort and an offensive stretch in the second quarter that saw them score touchdowns on three consecutive possessions. It was a game they very much needed after last week’s sobering loss in Oregon and it left them hopeful that if they’re able to win their last three games – Cal, Arizona State and unpredictable UCLA – they may yet at least resemble the Trojans of yore. “We’ll see how we come through our last four games,” USC coach Pete Carroll said. “And we’ll see who we are.” Saturday they were a team that relied on a dominating defense, one that harassed poor Beavers quarterback Sean Canfield until he probably wasn’t certain which sideline to head. The Trojans sacked Canfield nine times, and pressured him several others. Carroll had compared him favorably to Matt Leinart prior to the game, and at least he’s left-handed. He was also 11-for-25 for 85 yards and an interception. “The game was clearly dominated by what we did defensively,” Carroll said. “We just kept coming after them. “It was an overwhelming night for our defense. The defense has been playing well all season, and games like this should pop up.” The night also featured John David Booty’s return as the starting quarterback. Coming off his broken finger, he wasn’t exactly sharp, but played well enough to secure his position and quell any would-be noise by Mark Sanchez supporters. The USC receivers, showing there remains plenty of room for improvement, continued to drop several passes, but Booty completed 19 of 33 for 157 yards and two touchdowns. “He was a little rusty like you would expect from someone who’s been out three weeks,” Carroll said. “John David has to play better and we have to do a better job of catching the ball.” The running game was good enough, but it was the defense that clearly carried the Trojan night. A defense that was supposed to be the great force behind this team finally fully arrived, playing even more impressively than when it shut out an offensively inept Notre Dame team. “The great strength of our team is defense,” Carroll said. “If you play great defense and don’t turn the ball over, it can be tough to lose games. “I think this can really be a formula for us.” That would be, unfortunately, a reflection about both the defense and offense. This is sort of what this season has unexpectedly become for the Trojans, anyway, finding a way. Looking to establish an identity isn’t what they had in mind by the ninth game of the season, but it is their new world. Saturday made for a nice enough win, a little something to build on as USC goes about this strange “grind time” at the end of its season. Certainly some things went right for the Trojans that were outside their control. Second-ranked Boston College was exposed as another good team that had played an unimpressive schedule by falling to three-loss Florida State. With Oregon also knocking off previously unbeaten Arizona State, the Ducks should climb to third in the polls this week. Now if either Ohio State or LSU falters, Oregon is in strong position to move into the BCS title game. Which would free the Pac-10’s No. 2 to play in the Rose Bowl. USC has to win out, and simply see how the rest of it all plays out. A Rose Bowl berth is still a possibility, and there’s even a remote chance at the Fiesta. Of course, there is also the possibility of the Sun Bowl, or much less. It’s all very uncertain, all unlike anything the Trojans have known in the past few years, and very much where they’re at. On the plus side, at USC Carroll is now 21-0 in November. It’s what he calls “finish time.” Hope remains, however, even if it’s strange not to be more powerful than a locomotive. They don’t have to tower over teams, just beat them. Like Saturday. In this new land, that’ll be taken as progress. firstname.lastname@example.orgWant local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Into their new world they strode, where bullets did not bounce off their chests and teams did not cower at their sight. The Trojans understood exactly what was going on, calling it unknown territory, that foreign land of two-loss teams. In this land you survive, do whatever necessary to keep moving forward, leaving the more grand aspirations to others. And the Trojans did enough on a cool, hazy Saturday evening at the Coliseum, overcoming Oregon State, 24-3, basically on the strength of their defense and an impressive offensive second quarter.
At Thursdays Connecting the Wild Atlantic Way Tourism Conference was Seamus Neely, Donegal County Council, Fiona Monaghan, Failte Ireland, Barney McLaughlin, Donegal County Council and Joy Harron, Donegal Tourism.Almost 200 delegates attended Donegal County Council’s ‘Connecting the Wild Atlantic Way’ Digital Marketing Conference in Solis Lough Eske Castle yesterday.Organisers of the conference, Donegal County Council in association with Failte Ireland and Donegal Tourism Ltd were delighted by the turnout and response to the event.Those who attended were hoping to gain an insight into digital marketing activities and how the Wild Atlantic Way touring route can increase visitor numbers in Donegal. Andrew Weld Moore from Facebook speaking at Thursdays Connecting the Wild Atlantic Way Tourism Conference organised by Donegal County Council, Failte Ireland and Donegal Tourism.The innovative conference got off to an interesting start as attendees and businesses discovered a range of simple cost effective online marketing tips that could be applied to businesses to ensure positive growth.Crowds heard from an expert panel of speakers presented at the conference including representatives from Google, Facebook and two of Ireland’s leading digital agencies. Wolfgang Digital and Ambition Digital gave insightful and invaluable information on digital marketing and social media for businesses.The conference also featured practical case studies from Donegal businesses in the tourism sector that feature the Wild Atlantic Way in their marketing campaigns with great success.Speaking at the conference Donegal County Council’s Chief Executive Seamus Neely said tourism is a hugely important to our economic growth and development in the county. “The Wild Atlantic Way is the perfect marketing tool to promote our fantastic county. This is reflected here today in the turnout of businesses who want to learn how to incorporate the Wild Atlantic Way into their marketing strategy to ensure lasting results for their tourism business. The information received here today is invaluable and we are keen to continue to work with businesses in the tourism sector to help increase visitor numbers to our county”.Speakers from Thursdays Connecting the Wild Atlantic Way Tourism Conference organised by Donegal County Council, Failte Ireland and Donegal Tourism. Left to right Seamus Neely, Donegal County Council, Fiona Monaghan, Failte Ireland, Alan Coleman, Woolfgang Digital, Charlie Boyle, Customer Service Excellence, Cllr. Nicholas Crossan, Donegal County Council, Andrew Weld Moore, Facebook and Jill Robb, Ambition Digital. COUNCIL’S WILD ATLANTIC WAY DIGITAL CONFERENCE GOES VIRAL! was last modified: September 26th, 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:Donegal County CouncilSEAMUS NEELYWild Atlantic Way Digital Conference
1 Shkodran Mustafi is being tracked by a number of clubs in Europe Juventus have made contact with Valencia over a move for Liverpool target Shkodran Mustafi.The Germany international is being tracked by a number of clubs in Europe and Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has apparently made it clear to the club’s owners that he wants the defender at Anfield next season.However, according to Tuttosport, Juventus also want to add Mustafi to their ranks this summer and are prepared to offer Roberto Pereya to Valencia as part of the deal.Having already bought Joel Matip from Schalke, Klopp is planning on further defensive reinforcements this summer and sees Mustafi as one for the future.However, Juventus are now clear favourites to land Mustafi as they can offer him Champions League football next season and the player is understood to be eager on a return to Italy, having spent two years at Sampdoria.
James McCarthy in action for Ireland James McCarthy is confident he will be fit for the Republic of Ireland’s Euro 2016 opener against Sweden after bouncing back from a fitness scare.The 25-year-old midfielder feared the worst when he reported for duty having picked up an injury to the groin and hamstring area in Everton’s final-day victory over Norwich, and alarm bells started ringing when he was unable to train with his team-mates at all ahead of last Friday night’s 1-1 friendly draw with Holland.However, he was eased back into action from Monday after the squad had re-assembled in Cork and has gradually stepped up his work this week to the point where he was able to train with the rest of the group on both Thursday and Friday.Asked if he would be ready to line up against the Swedes at the Stade de France of June 13, McCarthy said: “Yes, I should be fine.“I’ve trained with the team the last couple of days and hopefully now I can step it up. It’s obviously good to be back training again with the squad and hopefully now I can kick on and step up the fitness.”Manager Martin O’Neill has kept his fingers crossed with McCarthy a key member of his team, and his return to fitness will have come as a relief.He initially told the media the player’s injury was a thigh problem, although it has since emerged that was not the case.The midfielder said: “It’s hamstring, groin – it’s a bit of both, to be honest – but as I say, I am back training and delighted to be back with the squad.”McCarthy’s return to the fold has been the one piece of good fitness news for O’Neill this week with the tournament fast approaching.Skipper Robbie Keane and fellow striker Jonathan Walters were both spectators once again at the Fota Island Resort on Friday morning as the rest of the squad went through its paces, both of them nursing calf problems.But Keane took to a mountain bike as his recovery is carefully supervised, although he is not expected to work with the group again until the middle of next week at the earliest, by which time the Republic will have taken up residence at the finals base at Versailles.Ireland will head for France on the back of a first defeat in six matches with a virtual second string side having performed poorly to lose 2-1 to Belarus at Turner’s Cross on Tuesday evening, much to the annoyance of assistant manager Roy Keane.They will do so determined to improve upon their showing Poland four years ago when they returned home having not managed to take a single point from their three games.However, there is little danger of the players being allowed to get ahead of themselves.McCarthy, who ruled himself out of contention for the squad in 2012 after his father was diagnosed with cancer, said: “There’s a massive excitement about the place, but we’ll take it a game at a time and we won’t get too carried away.“Obviously the boss and the likes of Roy and the backroom staff, they know how important it is to not look too far forward.“We have got a tough group, don’t get me wrong, but we’ll take it a game at a time. Each and everyone one of us who is going on the plane and travelling to France, we know it’s going to be tough, but there’s a real excitement about the place and we are looking forward to it.” 1