Liverpool hero Steven Gerrard admits he could retire in 2016

first_img Steven Gerrard 1 Former Liverpool and England captain Steven Gerrard has dropped a huge hint that he may retire from football next year.The 35-year-old joined Major League Soccer side LA Galaxy in the summer after a club career that saw his play over 700 games for the Reds.Gerrard arrived in the United States halfway through the season, and while he enjoyed initial success, marking his debut with a goal for the first of two strikes in 14 games, his campaign eventually ended in disappointment.The Galaxy were knocked out of MLS the play-offs by Seattle Sounders last week, and Gerrard has revealed he is keen to hang up his boots with a piece of silverware in his grasp.“It could be my last season as a footballer. I certainly don’t want to feel like I’m feeling right now come next year,” Gerrard said on Galaxy’s website.“I’d love to go out on a high. It’s a long season and I only came here for the last four months, but I’ll certainly be better for the experience next year.”Gerrard, who is due back in England next week before returning to Los Angeles for pre-season training in January, admitted the experience of playing in the US was a learning curve.“Going on the road, playing on turf, playing at altitude, playing in humidity, those are the hurdles that I’ve had to face over the last three months that I wasn’t aware of.“Every away game has a different challenge.“At home, we’ve got no problems because we’re very strong and we play well. We’ll always win more than we lose.”last_img read more

Ex-Atletico Madrid and current Watford boss Quique Sanchez Flores excited for reunion with Manchester United’s David De Gea

first_img Ex-Atletico Madrid and current Watford boss Quique Sanchez Flores excited for David De Gea reunion 1 Quique Sanchez Flores has revealed that he is looking forward to a reunion with Manchester United’s David De Gea, having given the goalkeeper his break.Watford host United in the Premier League on Saturday, seven seasons after Sanchez Flores promoted De Gea into Atletico Madrid’s first team, and his former manager, now in charge at Watford, believes he has matured into the world’s best.De Gea was Atletico’s third choice when Sanchez Flores was appointed manager in October 2009 but he ended the season in the first team and close to making Spain’s victorious squad for the 2010 World Cup.Since then he has proved himself a suitable successor to Edwin van der Sar at United and been the subject of intense interest from Real Madrid, but Sanchez Flores – who the goalkeeper grew so close to he bought him a pocket watch as a present – believes he should remain in the Premier League, and is convinced that his experience in England has been vital to his development.“I gave David his debut. He was the third-choice ‘keeper and after one month he was first choice,” Sanchez Flores said.“He was amazing. You just need to focus on the training and watch how he is taking the ball and handling it.“For me he is probably the best goalkeeper in the world. I got a present after two years when we separated, it was a clock.“The watch is an antique, golden on a chain. You wear it in your pocket. It is very English. I don’t remember but I think there was an inscription. I still have it. I won’t wear it, that’s too much.“(But) he has everything, he is more than a goalkeeper. He can control everything, the ball in the air. He is good in the goal and out of the goal. For me he is the top three best goalkeepers in the world.“It would be perfect for the Premier League for him to stay and perfect for him. He needed to come here to learn.“I’ve talked a lot about De Gea but with his confidence it will be very difficult to score past him.“I have (a special relationship with De Gea). (And) with (David) Silva and (Sergio) Aguero, I wanted to wait until after the game because I don’t like to speak to opponents before the game. I try to respect.“I don’t like my players to see me having a relationship with other players, hugging them. I will wait in my dressing room, for sure. After the game, of course, I will spend time with him.”United visit Watford after a period in which they have been labelled boring by their own fans, owing to their predictability and lack of goals.Flores, however, does not agree with that verdict, and believes that not only is their ball retention “amazing” but that United will improve further.“It is amazing ball possession,” he said. “This is a process. (Their manager Louis) Van Gaal is doing a bit to respect the style of play, to keep the ball and after with the idea to (score). It is not boring. At the moment they are doing their first objective – to keep the ball.“The other part of the process is to be offensive, aggressive in the last third. Maybe at the moment they are not so aggressive in the last third but they are efficient, because they are shooting three and put three in the goal. So it is a process.”last_img read more

Remi Garde warns Aston Villa players to behave over Christmas period

first_img1 Manager Remi Garde has cautioned Aston Villa’s players about letting their hair down at Christmas.The Villa Park chief wants his squad to be professional and focused ahead of a key period in their survival fight.They go to Southampton on Saturday 20th in the Premier League, seven points adrift from the safety line and Jack Grealish is still in exile from the first team after he was pictured partying following last month’s 4-0 defeat at Everton.Garde refused to confirm whether rock bottom Villa will have a Christmas party but insisted whatever his players do during the festive period they must behave.He said: “You think I should be worried?“I can’t imagine when you have opportunity to play in the Premier League, in a big club, big games, that you could be disturbed by this time of parties.“Even if it is Christmas.“You can have Christmas with family and be prepared to play this game. If you speak to every European player they would like to play Boxing Day, this time to play is fantastic.“You have to know this is our job, you do it in a way that you are prepared to be 100 per cent focused. Of course, it is a party time but not for us. That is it.”When asked whether Villa were having a party Garde said it was a “private issue”.Grealish will not feature at St Mary’s but Garde hinted the 20-year-old could be back with the first team on Monday.“It could be (fair to assume he is back on Monday),” he added.“The way Jack is playing is more important for me. Now we have to look at the performance of each player and in the forthcoming weeks – I am more focused on that than what he did.”last_img read more

Video: Greek football match interrupted by elderly lady!

first_imgCheck out this video from a youth match in Greece, which saw an unusual pitch invasion…last_img

Done deal or have Spurs been trolled? Fans tweet about potential deadline day transfer

first_img Saido Berahino scoring for West Brom Given that Tottenham loaned West Brom Alex Pritchard, some fans think the club could be about to land Saido Berahino.The 22-year-old forward is a long term Spurs target and it appears chairman Daniel Levy has thrown a sweetener in by allowing talented attacker Pritchard to move to the Midlands.Here, talkSPORT looks at what some of the White Hart Lane faithful have been saying about a possible last minute transfer for Berahino.Follow deadline day live here on talkSPORT. 1last_img

Teens placed in adult prison

first_imgRhode Island’s problems began last fall when Republican Gov. Don Carcieri’s administration realized the state faced what became a $450 million deficit. The Department of Children, Youth and Families was asked to cut 11 percent from its budget, or $20 million. DCYF Director Patricia Martinez suggested in a memo to Carcieri that the state could save $4million by sending 17-year-olds to prison instead of the State Training School, where DCYF oversees young offenders. The average annual cost of keeping someone at the Training School is $98,000, compared with $40,000 in the state prison. But DCYF Deputy Director Jorge Garcia said his staff thought the proposal wouldn’t pass so never consulted with prison officials. If they had, they would have learned 17-year-olds are put in protective custody, away from older, hardened inmates. That costs about $104,000 per year – a lot more than $40,000. At best, Garcia said he had a quick conversation with Department of Corrections Director A.T. Wall. Wall cannot remember that talk, his spokeswoman said. Carcieri’s office never consulted prison officials about the change, assuming DCYF had checked, Carcieri spokesman Jeff Neal said. Lawmakers on the powerful House Finance Committee are responsible for reviewing Carcieri’s budget. Rep. Carol Mumford, a Republican, said reviewing a $7 billion budget is an enormous undertaking. “Picture five telephone books, that’s how high it is,” Mumford said, referring to the budget documents. “We frankly do read the budget, but there are idiosyncrasies in there that we do miss.” Her committee received repeated warnings from child advocates and prosecutors who argued that teenagers are better served by rehabilitation than incarceration. A Family Court judge testified that Carcieri’s staff had not consulted with the judiciary. Attorney General Patrick Lynch said he doubted the governor had even spoken with prison officials. Wall, the corrections director, never testified about the DCYF proposal. He later said the governor had not consulted him, and he didn’t realize the proposal might pass. It did. College-bound teens arrested under the new law risk losing federal financial aid if convicted of a drug crime. Those looking for work will have to disclose a criminal record. If the 17-year-olds had been in Family Court, their records would be hidden from public view. Carcieri’s staff admits the original proposal was flawed, but the governor wants to see how much the policy costs before tinkering further, Neal said. Senate Majority Leader Teresa Paiva Weed, a Democrat, said she’s urging lawmakers in the House to adopt a bill that would send 17-year-olds back to the juvenile courts. The Senate has already approved the measure. Lawmakers could vote on it during a one-day special session tentatively scheduled for this month. But no date has been set, and lawmakers haven’t promised they will take it up.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PROVIDENCE, R.I. – When 17-year-old Dennys George was arrested this summer, allegedly for carrying 10 grams of crack, he was taken handcuffed and shackled to the state prison’s high-security wing – not a juvenile facility. George said he was strip-searched and spent the night in a cell with another teen. Though he didn’t have contact with older inmates, he wouldn’t shower because he was afraid of being near them. “They told me, `You’re going to spend some time with the big boys,”‘ George said, recounting a talk with police. “I was so stressed, I didn’t even know what was going to happen to me.” George is one of about 40 teens who have been jailed in the state prison under a new law that treats 17-year-olds as adults in the court system. Billed as a way to save money, youth advocates, judges and the attorney general sounded the alarm early that the proposal might actually be more expensive, and it could hurt children. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityNow, four months after the measure passed the Legislature, state officials admit their mistake: It’s unlikely to cut costs, it has created confusion in the court system, and it is imprisoning teenage offenders who might have been sent home with their parents instead. State officials say it happened because the chain of people responsible for the proposal – who drew it up, signed off on it, forwarded it to lawmakers and voted it into law – never thoroughly researched it and ignored warnings. Now, they’re pointing fingers and grappling with how to fix it. “Never underestimate the incompetence of government,” said Steven Brown, executive director of the state branch of the American Civil Liberties Union, who wants 17-year-old offenders back in Juvenile Courts. “I think there’s a lot of blame to go around.” Rhode Island is one of 14 states that try people younger than 18 in adult courts. Several of those are considering moving the age up. Besides Rhode Island, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New Hampshire, South Carolina, Texas and Wisconsin try 17-year-olds as adults, according to the National Center for Juvenile Justice. Connecticut, New York and North Carolina try 16-year-olds in adult courts, although Connecticut has raised the age of juvenile court jurisdiction from 16 to 18 for most offenses starting in 2010. last_img


first_imgBUSINESS: Uptown Café, Letterkennys cosiest café, celebrates ONE year in business on 7th Dec – and to celebrate are having a week long party – sparkled with loads of special offers, and even more rewards for its loyal customers.Uptown Café is nestled at Scally Place just under the HSE Out Patients Dept with 100s of car park spaces available nearby and the busy main shopping street only a 100 yards away.  “Love your downtime” is the café slogan and indeed the café is proving to be a very popular meeting point with additional tables and seating now being added and a few leather couches for a more relaxing “downtime”.The friendly staff at Uptown Café pride themselves in making fresh tasty food from locally supplied produce with café baked breads and scones a speciality.The extensive menu includes filled wraps, crispy baquettes, bloomer bread sandwiches and the ever popular delicious hot plated lunch specials.The newly opened desert and cake counter offers mouth watering café created treats with lemon drizzle cake, Malteaser Cheesecake, Banana Bread, Bakewell Tarts, Caramel Squares, Fifteens, Rocky Roads, Chocolate Brownies to mention a few are always available. The extensive speciality coffee range is the ideal accompaniment for any cake or desert.The Uptown Café Loyalty Card is the new “must have” with an amazing €5 reduction on your café bill.The café is owned and managed by local businessman Manus Kelly, who told Donegal Daily, “We are delighted with the response of local people in supporting the café and we are proud of what we have achieved in our first year in business.“We have a loyal and hard working team of staff at the café and we work hard everyday to ensure that all our customers leave the Café happy and positive experience”.Love your down time! 🙂PARTY TIME – UPTOWN CAFE CELEBRATES ONE YEAR IN BUSINESS! was last modified: December 4th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:BusinessOne yearParty-timeSpecial offersUptown Cafelast_img read more

Jonas Gutierrez wins disability discrimination case against Newcastle

first_img1 Former Newcastle star Jonas Gutierrez has won his disability discrimination claim against his old club.Gutierrez alleged he was frozen out of the first team because of his diagnosis with testicular cancer in 2013.Newcastle rejected the claim, saying the midfielder simply did not feature in successive managers’ plans for the squad.The 32-year-old brought employment tribunal claim against his former club for disability discrimination after accusing management of ensuring he failed to make enough appearances on the pitch to trigger a lucrative one-year contract extension worth up to £2million.On Thursday the tribunal panel, delivering its findings in a 64-page document, said: “We concluded that the reason why the respondent managed the claimant’s selection was because they no longer wanted him at the club because of his cancer.”They added that the club “made a very rapid decision” after Gutierrez’s return following treatment at the end of 2013, “that they no longer wanted him, because of his cancer”.The panel also found there was then “a continuing course of conduct” by Newcastle to “remove” the midfielder from the club.Gutierrez, currently playing for Spanish side Deportivo La Coruna, spent seven seasons with Newcastle after joining the club in 2008, and underwent an operation to remove a tumour in his left testicle in October 2013.In his statement to the tribunal hearing last month in Birmingham, the midfielder said he was called into then manager Alan Pardew’s office in early December 2013 – when he felt he was returning to full fitness – to be told that he did not feature in Newcastle’s future plans and was free to agree terms with another club.A further claim that the club failed to make reasonable adjustments for Gutierrez succeeded.Two other claims of unfavourable treatment and harassment brought by the player failed.A remedy hearing is now due to be scheduled to determine Gutierrez’s compensation. Gutierrez alleged he was frozen out of the first team because of his diagnosis with testicular cancer in 2013 last_img read more

Champions League-winning boss wanted by Aston Villa’s new owner

first_img Roberto Di Matteo 1 Aston Villa are expected to step up their move for Roberto Di Matteo after Chinese businessman Tony Xia completed his takeover.Villa confirmed in a statement that former owner Randy Lerner’s reign had finally come to a close following the deal with Xia’s Recon Group.A club statement read: “Aston Villa Football Club is pleased to announce that an agreement has been signed today for the sale of 100 per cent ownership by Randy Lerner to Recon Group owned by Dr Tony Jiantong Xia subject to the approval of the Premier League and the Football League.”Xia has reportedly already been in contact with representatives of former West Brom and Chelsea boss Di Matteo over taking up the role vacated by Remi Garde – although other contenders remain in the frame.Di Matteo, who won the FA Cup and Champions League during an eight month spell in charge of Chelsea, has been out of management since leaving Schalke last summer.In the statement Villa said Xia developed his love of the game after playing as a striker whilst at college – and that he had become a fan of Villa “many years ago”.It added: “Dr Xia’s immediate objective is to return Aston Villa to the Premier League and then to have the club finish in the top six, bringing European football back to Villa Park. He plans to make Aston Villa the most famous football club in China with a huge fan base.”His ambitious plans will be welcomed by Villa fans who had become increasingly disillusioned with Lerner’s reign, staging protests at a number of games this season.A supporters’ group began an ‘Out the door on 74’ campaign, where some fans left during the home matches against Everton, Tottenham and Chelsea, making a stand after 74 minutes of play to symbolise the club’s formation in 1874.Lerner, who first signalled his intention to sell the club in 2014, penned a long and bizarre open letter to supporters on the club’s website once the sale was confirmed, in which he likened their relegation campaign to “Bannockburn”.He wrote: “It was my hope that ownership and custodianship of the club would have been transferred some years ago when I knew that personal and professional matters made it impossible for me to contribute the time I did in my first five years at the club.“Still, fates are fickle in football so that we could claw back to safety last season, end up at Wembley at a cup final sitting amongst old friends, and then spend the 2015/16 campaign at Bannockburn!”last_img read more

All the United gossip: Ibrahimovic hope, £60m blow and Mata seeks assurances

first_img 1. United hopeful Mourinho can lure Zlatan to Old Trafford? – The Telegraph report their understanding that the Red Devils are interested in signing the out of contract Ibrahimovic. While the striker’s agent has insisted no decision has been made over his future, United are reportedly confident they have the right manager at the helm in Mourinho to lure the superstar to Old Trafford. 3. Juan Mata wants assurances over his future? – Mata was sold by Mourinho at Chelsea in January 2014 and there is doubt over his future at Old Trafford now the Portuguese has taken over. The Spaniard’s advisers, the Daily Mail report, will speak with Mourinho over what role their client will be given next season. 5. Long-term target Kroos commits future to Real Madrid? – In March, the Daily Star claimed the Red Devils were planning a £40m bid for Kroos in the summer transfer window. The Germany international, however, appears to have ended hopes he may be available by saying he doesn’t ‘have any worries’ over his future at Real Madrid. 5 2. Antonio Conte won’t consider selling Willian? – Before Mourinho’s appointment was confirmed, reports claimed the Portuguese was planning a £60m raid on former club Chelsea for Willian. The Daily Mail have since stated the Blues’ incoming manager Antonio Conte will not listen to offers for the Brazilian, knowing the decision might upset the club’s supporters. 5 5 5 4. United told to buy John Stones by former player – Ex-Everton and United defender Phil Neville has encouraged Mourinho to bid for Toffees defender John Stones. Speaking to FullTimeDEVILS, Neville said, ‘He’d cost a lot, but forget the cost. I was at Everton when he signed from Barnsley, and straight away I thought, ‘he’s a Man Utd player’. It looks as though it’ll be another summer of heavy spending for Manchester United.Now Jose Mourinho has been confirmed as the club’s new manager, Ed Woodward is expected to hand the Portuguese a large transfer kitty to transform Louis van Gaal’s struggling squad.But who is being linked with the club? Is there any more news on possible target Zlatan Ibrahimovic?Check out the latest transfer rumours on Manchester United by clicking the arrow above, right. 5last_img read more