Apoel are in Luxembourg on Wednesday night, aiming to seal their passage to the third qualifying round of the Champions League, with the Cypriots holding a 1-0 advantage over F91 Dudelange from last week’s encounter in Nicosia.The Nicosia club did not manage to secure the big lead many thought they would have at the GSP Stadium seven days ago. In the end, they had to settle for just the solitary goal that arrived on 71 minutes from Facundo Bertoglio but it is an advantage that still makes them strong favourites to progress.Mario Been was able to test a number of his players over the weekend in a friendly match against Ethnikos Achnas, and some of those who featured at the Dasaki who did not play in the first leg could well be ready for Wednesday’s showdown.One of those is new signing Jesus Rueda. The Spanish centre-back appears fit to play after some initial fitness worries, while striker Mickael Pote also looked a lot sharper and could force his way into the lineup ahead of Igor de Camargo.Vander Vieira made a positive impact when he came off the bench in the first leg and played a big part in the game’s only goal, which could see the Brazilian get a starting role.Apoel press officer Nektarios Petevinos spoke to the media ahead of the team’s flight, saying that he believes his side will be more prepared than the first leg but that they need to do their talking on the pitch.“What I expect from the team is to show a higher level of readiness in comparison to the first game,” he stated. “Apoel are a better team than Dudelange and they must show that on the pitch.”He also revealed that 21 players have made the journey to Luxembourg, 18 of whom will make the manager’s final cut.Apoel are heavy favourites but Dudelange gave a good account of themselves in the first leg, leading to a fair amount of optimism from the minnows.Dudelange striker Bertino Barbosa said: “I believe that if we play like we did in the first game then we will go through”.“They did not know much about us before the first game and perhaps they thought it would be easy, so they might play a bit tougher this time. But we are also highly motivated and we will definitely be ready,” assured the Portuguese front man.In their last three Champions League home qualifiers, Dudelange have not managed to win, drawing their last two 1-1 Ludogorets and Qarabag, and losing by a single goal to Maribor in 2012. Their last victory of any kind in the Champions League was a 1-0 win over Salzburg on 17 July 2012.While the hosts’ record may not invoke fear, Apoel’s away record in the competition will not provide much of a confidence boost either, having won just three on the road in their last 20 attempts.The match kicks off at 7.00pm Cyprus time, and around 150 Apoel supporters have made the journey to back their side at the Stade Jos Nosbaum.
An early Luis Alberto goal and a late Ciro Immobile penalty gave Lazio a 2-1 triumph over Cypriots Apollon Limassol as the Europa League got underway on Thursday night, while their Group H rivals Marseille were beaten 2-1 by Eintracht Frankfurt.Elsewhere, a goal from Willian gave Chelsea a 1-0 win over Paok Salonika.The Brazilian winger tucked in a pass from Ross Barkley after seven minutes to get the Blues’ European campaign up and running in Greece.Steven Gerrard’s Rangers twice came from behind to draw 2-2 away at Villarreal.Carlos Bacca and Gerard Moreno twice had the hosts ahead but the Scottish side refused to buckle with Scott Arfield equalising first and then Kyle Lafferty scoring his maiden European goal.In Chelsea’s group BATE of Belarus beat Hungarians MOL Vidi 2-0 while the other game in Rangers’ section saw Rapid Vienna defeat Spartak Moscow 2-0.Ever Banega and Wissam Ben Yedder scored two apiece as Sevilla racked up a thumping 5-1 win over Standard Liege.The Spaniards top Group J from Krasnodar after the Russian side downed Turkey’s Akhisarspor 1-0.Dynamo Kiev were held 2-2 by Kazakhstan side FC Astana while an injury-time goal from Hatem Ben Arfa gave Rennes a 2-1 victory at home to Czech outfit FK Jablonec.Group I saw Besiktas sink Norwegians Sarpsborg 08 3-1 and Genk beat Malmo 2-0.
“Can I win the title? I think it can be done based on the season, but we will see. I have to perform on the day,” said Dacres. “In terms of distances, I have been hitting the distances that I want, and in terms of consistency, I have been better than I even thought I would be, so it shows that I am in good form and, hopefully, something good will happen for the rest of the season,” he added. Dacres says he is looking forward to experiencing the London Olympic Stadium at today’s meet and learning as much as possible ahead of the World Championships, which takes place inside the same venue. “It’s nice to have a pre-meet to see how the ring feels and adjust if you need to, so it’s a nice experience and, hopefully, I can do something special here,” Dacres said. IT CAN BE DONE LONDON, England: Leading Jamaican discus man Fedrick Dacres is not getting ahead of himself despite attracting the praises of analysts all across the world following a number of high-class performances this season on the circuit. The national champion is, however, confident that he can turn his form into a medal at this year’s championship event and is looking to continue his improvements. Dacres, who will compete in a keen contest with Daniel Stahl and Piotr Malachowski at today’s Muller Anniversary Games – the London Diamond League, is responsible for the second, third and sixth-best distances in the event this season – 68.88m, 68.67m and 68.36m – leaving many pundits across the world to tip him as the favourite for the event at next month’s IAAF World Championships. However, Dacres, while looking ahead to today’s competition, says he is not getting too excited by the results so far this year, knowing very well that he will have to produce the distances when they matter most, when he returns to London in a few weeks. “It’s going to be a great meet because the competition will be fierce. With Daniel (Stahl), who threw 71 metres the other day is in the field, it will be interesting, and we will see what happens,” he said about his Diamond League clash. “It’s a nice little back-and-forth thing with us. The most I can say is that Sunday’s event will be interesting. I know he is a fighter and so am I, so it will definitely be fun. “As far as the World Championships is concerned, for me, anyone can win, so the predictions don’t make any difference in my head. On the day, I have to go there and perform. It’s nice to know that you have people behind you and that they believe in you and all that, but on the day, anyone can win,” Dacres added.
The leadership of the Yana-boys Association of Liberia has complained of constant harassments from officers of the Liberia National Police (LNP) and those from the Monrovia City Corporation (MCC). They also accused those working with the Paynesville City Corporation (PCC) of harassments.Yana-boys Association president, Prince Kollie, made the assertion to reporters yesterday at the Ministry of Labor in Monrovia.Mr. Kollie said the actions by the LNP, Monrovia City Police, and the PCC against marketers, petty traders and Yana-Boys has become “very visible in all facets.”“This situation is getting worse day after day because it is difficult to understand the extent such harassment has taken because there are too many police officers, either from the LNP or the city police that are constantly involved in arresting and taking away goods from our marketers,” Kollie claimed.He said goods seized by any of the officers are only partly – or sometimes never – returned to the owners.He said it appears as though the police have found this act of constant harassment the most effective means of getting items from the marketers without purchasing them.Mr. Kollie wondered as to what becomes of the goods or markets seized from “our members by these security officers? Are the goods reported to government? We need answers to these questions from the heads of these agencies because our members are tired being victimized by the LNP and the City Police.”He emphasized that many of the street sellers or marketers are indebted to the bank that loaned them the money they put into their businesses. “We call on the government to put in place measures that will lead to relocating street sellers, because we are tired of being harassed by the LNP and the City Police,” he stated. Mr. Kollie meanwhile cautioned the LNP, MCC and PCC to advise their officers to desist from constantly harassing marketers, who are out there finding means to sustain their families.Kenneth Harris, Director of City Police, when contacted, said goods confiscated are not returned because marketers are in the habit of selling in the streets and in the drive ways without regard to the rights of others.He then warned the marketers to desist from selling in the streets and other places and must rather return to selected market sites.For his part, Sam Collins, LNP spokesman said he could not comment because he was not knowledgeable of the information.Efforts through phone calls and three visits to the Paynesville City Cooperation (PCC) for their response to the Yana-boys’ allegations did not materialize.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
CHATSWORTH – An early morning fire caused at $250,000 damage to a financial business operating in a two-story strip mall on the 21000 block of W. Devonshire Street, authorities said. The blaze started about 2:30 a.m. this morning on the top floor of the Devonshire Center Complex in an office occupied by America’s Lending Group, a fire department spokeswoman said. Investigators are determining the cause of the fire, which took firefighters about 45 minutes to put out. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
In 2006, H&M’s sales were $68.4billion, up from $61.2billion the year before. The new store is next to Macy’s on the northwest side of the mall. The opening, originally planned for spring, was pushed back because of construction delays. H&M’s opening buzz will help drive foot traffic to the west side of the mall, which has become quieter since a $500million wing opened in October on the east side, Westfield spokeswoman Sarah Richardson said. “It’s more than just a specialty store,” Richardson said. “It really is a traffic driver, and it’s a special concept that people come out and see. It’s a destination.” Rick Wong, a co-manager at the shoe and accessories store Journey’s, said he welcomed H&M with open arms because they share similar customers. Both stores carry trendy clothes that appeal to a younger crowd. “I think it’s going to bring a lot more business,” Wong said. “I’m pretty stoked.” H&M joins a slew of upscale retailers such as Coach, Burberry and Nordstrom and discount retailers such as Target and Payless ShoeSource. Still, the mall is known for its high-end atmosphere, which includes a full-service concierge, valet parking and a food court so fancy it’s called a dining terrace. Soon, H&M will be neighbors with the creme de la creme, Neiman Marcus. Neiman is rebuilding the old Nordstrom and is slated to open in late 2008. But the low-budget H&M isn’t worried about its proximity to haute couture or the hefty price tags. Plenty of H&M customers shop at top-tier stores and vice versa, H&M spokeswoman Lisa Sandberg said. “They are really into mixing and matching. They have a sense of their own style. From the beachgoers to the A-listers, you really have an array of people.” firstname.lastname@example.org (818) 713-3735160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Customers waited in a line that looped down and back along a mall corridor while fresh-faced H&M employees threw down their best dance moves. In tight black T-shirts and pants, H&M clerks cheered one another on as a DJ mixed tracks. A high-pitched buzz has accompanied the retailer’s openings in Pasadena, at the Beverly Center and at the Irvine Spectrum. In all three cases, eager customers camped out overnight to buy $29 purses, $24 capri pants and single-digit accessories. The scene was no different at Topanga. Apostol was the first in line for the Topanga opening. At 9:30p.m. Wednesday, her group spread out blankets to sleep in front of the two-level store with 22,000square feet of floor space. The store carries H&M’s full line of clothes for men, women and children. The retailer is known for churning out clothes from initial conception to the finished floor product in weeks. CANOGA PARK – Sherrlyne Apostol spent the night on a hard floor to be among the first shoppers to rifle through racks of clothing at cheap-yet-chic Swedish retailer H&M, which opened Thursday at the Westfield Topanga mall. For her long night stay, the 17-year-old – along with her sister and two friends – received a gift bag with a T-shirt, lunchbox and notebook. The first 100 people in line also received gift cards worth $10 and $200. “It’s all the trendy type of style clothes for a cheaper price,” Apostol said minutes before H&M’s doors opened. The popular Swedish retailer, which has successfully marketed discount clothing to high-end consumers, drew about 200 shoppers for the opening of its fourth Southern California store.
Manchester United snatched a share of the spoils in injury time against Everton, as they continue their unbeaten run in the Premier League.The Red Devils drew 1-1 at Old Trafford thanks to Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s strike form the penalty spot, following an Ashley Williams handball.This is the fourth time Jose Mourinho’s men have scored in second half stoppage time this season, having done so against Hull City, Stoke, and Middlesbrough previously.But which Premier League sides leave it late the most? talkSPORT asked the statisticians at OPTA and they provided all the information, which you can see below… Zlatan Ibrahimovic scores against Everton 2 2
Ballyshannon Marlin’s Swimming Club member Mona McSharry has won a bronze medal at the European Short Course Swimming Championships in Glasgow – in an Irish record time – in her first ever senior meeting.The 19-year-old from Grange, Co Sligo, recorded a time of 29.87 from lane eight in the 50m breaststroke. McSharry came in behind Italian duo of Martina Carraro, who placed second, and winner Benedetta Pilato.“I don’t know how I made it to get a medal on an outer lane,” she said afterwards. New Irish record and European bronze for Mona McSharry was last modified: December 4th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare 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)
Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card BEST OF Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Steven Gerrard’s infamous slip helped gift the title to City in 2013 Latest Football News Will Pep Guardiola be smiling come May? 4 RANKED Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions 5. Even Jurgen Klopp fancies Man City“Only City can stop City to be honest. We have to play our own game and get as many points as possible,” Klopp said.And he’s right. On their day, nobody can stop City, not even one of the best Liverpool teams in the club’s history. They just have too much quality.That said, if the Reds were to win on Thursday night and stretch their lead to ten points, I’m sure Klopp would change his tune. Here’s the thing: Liverpool have made the best start to a Premier League season in the club’s history, with 54 points from a possible 60 and an unbeaten record after 20 games.With a record like that, they should, in theory, run away with the title. Sky Sports Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? ADVICE Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade no dice 4 REVEALED Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury huge blow REVEALED Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade 4 City have been without two of their star players for much of the season Vincent Kompany and co. have been here before 4 3. Man City know the drillPep Guardiola has a squad full of players who have been there and done it.In fact, they’ve been in this exact scenario before, when they overtook Liverpool to seal the 2014 title despite the Reds being overwhelming favourites.They’ve had their wobble now, whereas Liverpool are yet to experience a crisis of any sort. 4. Liverpool struggle to get over the lineConversely, Liverpool really don’t know how to get the job done at all.Only twice in the last ten years has a team failed to win the Premier League after being top at Christmas… and it was Liverpool both times (2008/09 and 2013/14).We all remember Steven Gerrard’s infamous slip as Brendan Rodgers’ grip on the title began to loosen, and Jurgen Klopp faces the ominous-looking visit of Chelsea during his team’s run-in. MONEY Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move 2. Sergio Aguero and Kevin De Bruyne are backInjuries can change the dynamic of a title race. Liverpool have been incredibly fortunate thus far, while Man City certainly haven’t.They are better suited to deal with the loss of a big player than Liverpool: prolonged injuries to Mohamed Salah or Virgil van Dijk would spell panic at Anfield.But City have managed to stay in touch despite their injury crisis, and once De Bruyne and Aguero are firing on all cylinders, expect them to be unstoppable once more. But here’s why Manchester City will retain their Premier League crown and continue the Reds’ endless wait for top-flight glory.1. Seven points could become four on Thursday – and that’s nothingDespite three defeats in four games, including shock losses to Crystal Palace and Leicester, City could still find themselves just four points adrift of Liverpool with victory on Thursday night.Given Liverpool have enjoyed their best ever start and City are supposedly crumbling, that really isn’t a big margin.
Gordon Strachan believes Scotland will learn from the “hard lesson” they have been handed out in successive friendly defeats to France and Italy.The Dark Blues – wearing pink – suffered a comprehensive 3-0 defeat to Les Blues in Metz on Saturday evening, with goals from Arsenal duo Olivier Giroud and Laurent Koscielny.But despite the poor standard of performance in both games, following on from last week’s 1-0 defeat to Italy, Strachan insisted the fixtures were worthwhile, plotting the way forward.He said: “We have had four friendly games, we had to experiment, we have experimented and we take a lot of information from that which is great and we will de-brief and see what is the best way to go forward. “I do believe after the performances in the qualifiers, we do know that we are better than some teams in it and definitely as good as some teams that are in it.“We have chosen to play some of the best teams in the world in the last four games to find out what we can do.“Sometimes you have to take a hard lesson which we have. But I emphasise this, those guys kept plugging away, it would have been easy to fold.“So we get that, we know from the last Euro qualifiers that we can play football and score goals and play attractive football. “We will now try and improve with the information we have got.”