OLIVIER GIROUD sunk Spurs and made Frank Lampard look a bit foolish.The France frontman has been snubbed by his Chelsea boss for most of the season.2 Olivier Giroud opened the scoring for Chelsea.Credit: EPAEven when other Blues strikers were injured or misfiring, Giroud still could not get a look in.Well, it appears Lampard got it very badly wrong.The gaffer will be relieved a man after seeing his side claim their first Premier League win in five matches.He should also feel a bit sheepish as the victory was thanks largely to the man he has overlooked for so long.Indeed had Chelsea managed to sign a striker in January then Giroud would not even still be at the club.The Les Bleus ace had offers on the table from Inter Milan, Lazio and, ironically, Tottenham and Chelsea said he could leave if they brought in a replacement, which they did not.So Giroud was made to stay.To his credit he never once sulked or spoke out against his employer, despite his obvious frustration.And when he was handed just his fourth start of the season against Spurs he showed he is a class act on the field too.CHELSEA NEWS LIVE: Follow for all the latest on the BluesHe fired Chelsea ahead in the 15th minute with a stunning driven finish, which beat his France skipper Hugo Lloris at his near post by virtue of its power and precision.His tenacity in beating Toby Alderweireld to get his head to Cesar Azpilicueta’s thrown then led to Marcos Alonso scoring the hosts’ crucial second.And while most of the talk will be about Lampard getting one over his master Jose Mourinho, it was Giroud who actually made it happen.The signs were there when the forward came off the bench against Manchester United and scored a fantastic header which was ruled out by VAR.Not even technology could deny Giroud against Tottenham as replays showed he timed his run to perfection in the build up to his goal – his first in the Premier League for 325 days.2 Frank Lampard’s side are now four points clear of TottenhamCredit: AP:Associated PressMOST READ IN FOOTBALLTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’ExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for himREF RAIDChampions League ref Vincic ‘arrested in raid into drugs and prostitution ring’NICE RONCristiano Ronaldo goes on family bike ride with partner Georgina Rodriguez & kidsHe rightly received a standing ovation when he was replaced by Tammy Abraham in the 71st minute.If there is any justice Giroud will keep his place in Lampard’s line-up for Tuesday’s Champions League last 16 first leg tie at home to Bayern Munich.Although on this evidence you have to wonder why he was left out of the Chelsea team in the first place.
Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Tiger Woods adjusts his sunglasses before hitting from the seventh hole during the first round of the Hero World Challenge at the Albany Golf Club in Nassau, Bahamas, Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018. Woods now is No. 13 in the world as he hosts this holiday tournament for the 20th time. (AP Photo/Dante Carrer)NASSAU, Bahamas — Upon further review, Tiger Woods hit the ball more than once trying to escape from a palm bush.And under an 18-month-old decision in the Rules of Golf, he avoided a penalty Friday in the Hero World Challenge because PGA Tour officials — and Woods — could only see the violation through a high-definition replay in slow motion.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew The big fight: In Fury, Wilder faces true heavyweight equal After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk MOST READ The decision from May 2017 says that a player is not deemed to have broken a rule if it could not reasonably be seen with the naked eye.“I didn’t feel like I made contact twice,” Woods said. “In slow motion, you can see I did hit it twice. But in real time, I didn’t feel that at all.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college PGA Tour officials looked at the video and after a lengthy review determined that the ball struck the club twice.“We did determine that he made a stroke at it,” said Mark Russell, vice president of rules and competition, differentiating between spooning it. “And when he did that, Tiger said that he did not think he hit the ball twice. Looking at in the regular speed on a high definition television, you couldn’t tell that at all. But when you slowed it down to ultra-slow motion, high definition television, you could see where the club did stay on the clubface quite a bit of time, and it looked like he might have hit it twice.“But there’s no way he could tell that.”Woods walked out of the scoring area 25 minutes later with a smile, much different from how he walked in. Woods made double bogey on the last hole, dropping him to a 3-under 69 that left him eight shots out of the lead going into the weekend.Golf has been out front in the use of advanced video for the last five years, and it responded again a year ago in May to respond to increasing debates over television reviews in golf.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Woods hit his tee shot right of the 18th fairway at Albany Golf Club barely into a palm bush. He took a stance with his right knee on the ground and his left leg extended to get an 8-iron around the ball, barely took the club back and punched — in real-time it looked more like a scoop — back to the light rough.Questions immediately arose, starting with whether Woods pushed, scraped or spooned the shot (Rule 14-1a). LATEST STORIES Decision 34-3/9 reads in part, “Video technology, especially the use of methods such as high resolution or close-up camera shots that can be replayed in slow motion, has the potential to undermine this essential characteristic of the game by identifying the existence of facts that could not reasonably be identified in any other way.”One incident that prompted the new decision involved Anna Nordqvist in a playoff at the 2016 U.S. Women’s Open when her club nicked the sand while she was playing from a fairway bunker. She was penalized for the violation, even though she could not have seen it with the naked eye.In Friday’s case, Russell said Woods would have received a one-shot penalty if it was clear from real-time TV that he hit the ball more than once. No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title View comments
Cllr. Moses Paegar, one of the lead lawyers for Senator Varney G. Sherman of Grand Cape Mount County indicted in the Global Witness bribery scandal yesterday clarified that there is no request before Criminal Court ‘C’ regarding televising the trial as being assured by Cllr. Fonati Koffa, head of the Special Presidential Task Force.Cllr. Paegar, who is also the president of the Liberian National Bar Association (LNBA) argued that there is not a single request from the court in that direction.“If they were interested in televising the entire case they would have done that by filing an application to the court of which a copy would be sent to us, lawyers,” Cllr. Paegar noted when he spoke with the Daily Observer via mobile phone.He added, “But, nothing has been filed so how would they inform Liberians that the case would be on television?”“We are not going to dignify or rebut it,” Cllr. Paegar emphasized.Prior to Cllr. Paegar’s assertion, Cllr. Koffa while being interviewed by Frontpage Africa newspaper said, “Our intent is to negotiate with the court to allow the public both locally and internationally to watch the trial in real time to ensure transparent justice during the course of the trial.”“This is part of transparent justice. The jury will be aware that the public is watching them and the international community also will be watching it live, while the trial is going on,” Cllr. Koffa assured.He added “We will be able to go to the taskforce’s website and watch the trial on national television.”However, under the law, and many local rules of court prohibit the photographing, broadcasting or televising of court proceedings.The rules against televising and photographing were adopted, and are almost universally accepted, as a guide to judges in their endeavor to assure every person of his right to fair trial, Cllr. Tiawan Gongloe told the Observer via mobile phone.“Even, if there were to be the televising of a case, that needs to meet the parties’ and judge’s agreement,” Cllr. Gongloe indicated.According to him, the opposing party has the legal right to object to the proposal.“Except as permitted by the individual judge, the use of cameras, television or other recording or broadcasting equipment is prohibited in a courtroom or in the immediate vicinity of a courtroom,” Gongloe emphasized, adding, “They have to obtain permission from the judge before making that public announcement.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The New Amsterdam Technical Institute (NATI) continued their dominant performance in the ongoing Berbice Cricket Board (BCB) Mogu Mogu sponsored Inter-School cricket tournament when they defeated their opponents by 32 runs.NATI, led by Garfield Benjamin, took on Berbice Educational Institute (BEI) at Young Warriors Cricket Club, Cumberland, Canje.Garfield BenjaminOpting to bat first on a fast outfield, NATI managed 136-8 in their allotted 30 overs. Leading from the front was the in-form Garfield Benjamin ,who played a responsible innings of 37 and got support from the former national Under-15 player Stephen Kamaludin, who scored 29. Berbice Under-19 all-rounder Keith Simpson chipped in with 21.BEI bowlers were disciplined with former Guyana Under-15 off-spinner Ricardo Ramdeholl picking 2-19 in 6 overs and B Dhani taking 2-13 in 4 overs.In reply, BEI top order batsmen looked confident with former national Under-15 players Ricardo Ramdeholl and Daniel Dharamdatt taking it to the NATI bowlers. Ramdeholl top scored with a solid 45 and Dharamdatt compiled an attractive 33. The NATI team, which consists of three left arm spinners, two leg spinners, and two fast bowlers were able to pick up wickets at regular intervals to halt the BEI batsmen’s scoring rate. Left-arm spinner Simpson picked up 3-18 in 4.3 overs, left-arm quickie Stephen Kamaludin claimed 2-17 in 6 overs while Benjamin had 2-23 in his 6 overs.
Bush did not answer a question about whether the United States would have reacted militarily if those captured had been Americans. The president said he supports British Prime Minister Tony Blair’s efforts to find a diplomatic resolution to the crisis, now in its second week. Bush would not comment about Britain’s options if Iran does not release the hostages, but he seemed to reject any swapping of the British captives for Iranians detained in Iraq. Britain, however, appeared to be easing its stance, emphasizing its desire to talk with Iran about what it termed a regrettable situation. “I think everyone regrets that this position has arisen,” British Foreign Secretary Margaret Beckett said at a European Union summit in Bremen, Germany. “What we want is a way out of it.” CAMP DAVID, Md. – President George W. Bush on Saturday said Iran’s capture of 15 British sailors and marines was “inexcusable” and called for Iran to “give back the hostages” immediately and unconditionally. Bush said Iran plucked the sailors out of Iraqi waters. Iran’s president said Saturday they were in Iranian waters and called Britain and its allies “arrogant and selfish” for not apologizing for trespassing. “It’s inexcusable behavior,” Bush said at the Camp David presidential retreat, where he was meeting with the president of Brazil. “Iran must give back the hostages. They’re innocent. They did nothing wrong.” It was the first time that Bush had commented publicly on the captured Britons. Washington has taken a low-key approach to avoid aggravating tensions over the incident and shaking international resolve to get Iran to give up its uranium-enrichment program. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
The paper said that the payments from Barca represented 71.5 percent of the foundation’s revenue between 2013 and 2016.The foundation says on its website that it “was created in 2007 with the wish that all children should have the same opportunities to make their dreams come true, and to promote equality in education and health.”Between 2010 and the official registration of the foundation in June 2013, the club reduced the corporate tax they paid on the money by 35 percent, in line with rules on donations to charities.Those payments raised the suspicions of the authorities which, in January 2016, began to investigate whether the money had been “remunerative” and evaded corporate and income tax. In April 2016, tax investigators visited the Barcelona offices — not for the first time in recent years.After the official scrutiny began, the club stopped making the deductions from their donations and started withholding 45 per cent for taxes suggesting, the newspaper said, that the payments “were considered part of the salary” of the Argentine star.El Mundo said that the club had urged Messi, already being investigated for a 4.1 million-euro tax fraud relating to his image rights, to “regularise the donations to his foundation”. In the image rights case, Messi and his father, Jorge, were found guilty in 2016.El Mundo said that, by law, 70 percent of a charity’s revenue should be spent on the aims for which it was created but a report in another Spanish newspaper, ABC, found the foundation’s accounts were full of gaps but included large sums spent on external consultants, rent and refurbishing its offices or transferred to its branch in Argentina.According to documents examined by El Mundo, a tax settlement was paid to the Spanish treasury, in theory by Messi but ultimately by Barca, which made up the amount in a complex transaction days before the player signed a new contract last November.That contract, which runs until 2021, will pay Messi more than 100 million euros a year including salary and image rights according to information published on Friday by the European Investigation Collaborations, which includes El Mundo.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Barcelona’s Lionel Messi in action against Celta de Vigo during a Spanish King’s Cup match on January 11, 2018 © AFP / LLUIS GENEMADRID, Spain, Jan 13 – Spanish tax authorities are investigating whether payments from FC Barcelona to Lionel Messi’s foundation were used to help the player evade taxes, Spanish daily El Mundo reported on Saturday.The newspaper, which has acquired Football Leaks documents, reported that the club gave the foundation “at least 12.7 million euros ($15.5 million) between 2010 and 2016”.
0Shares0000Eliud Kipchoge and Gladys Cherono after winning the Berlin Marathon (AFP / Getty Images) © CopyrightNAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 1 – Kenyan athletes were once again in their imperious form in 2018, ruling all the major races both on road and cross country, arguably the biggest of them all being Eliud Kipchoge’s World Record run at the Berlin Marathon in September.-Men’s Half Marathon In March, Geoffrey Kamworor won his third consecutive title at the IAAF World Half Marathon Championships in Valencia. The race didn’t start particularly fast as athletes battled strong winds, but Kamworor threw in a 13:01 split between 15 and 20 kilometres to break apart the field.Ethiopians Shura Kitata (L) and Lelisa Desisa (2ndR) run ahead with Kenya’s Geoffrey Kamworor(C) and Festus Talam (R) during the 47th running of the New York City Marathon on November 4, 2018 in New YorkHe went on to win in 1:00:02 with Bahrain’s Abraham Cheroben taking silver in 1:00:22.Eritrea’s Aron Kifle took bronze in a personal best of 1:00:31. Ethiopia didn’t have any individual medallists in the men’s race but they claimed the team gold as their leading trio placed fourth, fifth and sixth individually.Valencia returned to the spotlight seven months later when Abraham Kiptum broke the world half marathon record.The 29-year-old Kenyan clocked 58:18 to take five seconds off the mark set by Eritrea’s Zersenay Tadese in Lisbon in 2010.It was Kiptum’s fourth half marathon of the season and followed on from the 59:09 PB he set in Copenhagen in September. He also ran two marathons in 2018, winning in Daegu and finishing second in Abu Dhabi.Ethiopia’s Jemal Yimer produced two notable performances among his five half marathons. The 22-year-old clocked 59:00 in Ras Al Khaimah in February and 58:33 for second place behind Kiptum in Valencia.Japan-based Kenyan Bedan Muchiri won in Ras Al Khaimah in 58:42, the third fastest time of the season. Kenya’s Erick Kiptanui won in Berlin in April in 58:42 and Ethiopian Abadi Hadis was the fifth athlete under 59 minutes in 58:44 in Valencia.-Men’s MarathonKenya’s Eliud Kipchoge stands next to a clock displaying his time after winning the Berlin Marathon setting a new world record with 2h01m39s on September 16, 2018 in Berlin.At the Berlin Marathon, Kipchoge chopped an unprecedented one minute and 18 seconds off the previous world record of 2:02:57 set by compatriot Dennis Kimetto in 2014.In an era when record increments are usually narrow, this was an unbelievable achievement.The last time the men’s marathon world record was improved by this much was back in 1967 when Australia’s Derek Clayton clocked 2:09:36.4 to win the Fukuoka Marathon, bettering Morio Shigematsu’s 2:12:00 from 1965 by more than two minutes.Before his triumph in Berlin, Kipchoge had started his season with a 2:04:17 win at the London Marathon, his third win in three races in London and his ninth consecutive marathon victory, a streak that dates back to 2013.Once again, the strength in depth in the marathon improved. The times achieved by the 10th (2:04:40), 20th (2:05:30) and 50th (2:07:30) fastest runners this year are easily the best ever.The marathon with the best depth in 2018 was Dubai in January. In the one of the tightest races ever, the first six athletes finished between 2:04:00 and 2:04:15.-Other men’s road eventsRhonex Kipruto clocks 27:08 in New York (NYRR/organisers)Teenager Rhonex Kipruto came close to breaking fellow Kenyan Leonard Komon’s world 10km record of 26:44 from 2010. The 19-year-old won in Prague in 26:46, becoming only the second athlete to cover 10km within 27 minutes.Kipruto also produced the second fastest time of the season, winning in 27:08 in New York in April. On the track he won the world U20 10,000m title in Tampere.Uganda’s Commonwealth 10,000m champion Joshua Cheptegei clocked a 27:16 national 10km record in Durban in October.-Men’s cross countryUganda’s Jacob Kiplimo was the runner to beat in cross country races this year. The 18-year-old finished second in Elgoibar and Seville in January, but the last four races of the cross country season ended in a clear victory for the youngster.In February he won in San Vittore Olona, then three races in November in Atapuerca, Soria and Alcobendas.Kiplimo, the world U20 cross-country champion, will be one of the big favourites to win at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships Aarhus 2019. Born in 2000, he could still race in the U20 category, but he has the potential to win the senior race.Eritrea’s Aron Kifle finished second in Atapuerca and Alcobendas in November and appears to be the closest rival to Kiplimo right now.-Women’s half marathonKenya’s Joyciline Jepkosgei (L), pictured in April 2017, ran 10 kilometres in 29min 43 sec, breaking her own women’s 10k road recordIn arguably the best ever year for the event, Kenyan runners dominated the women’s half marathon and provided new entries at second, third, fourth and sixth on the world all-time list.The top race came early in the year on 9 February in Ras Al Khaimah where world record-holder Joyciline Jepkosgei, despite running 1:06:46, finished fifth, almost two minutes behind the sprint for the win where Fancy Cherono held off Mary Keitany, Caroline Kipkurui and Joan Melly.All of the top four women lowered their PBs and were close to Jepskosgei’s world record of 1:04:51. Chemutai missed it by one tantalising second, Keitany by four seconds, Kipkirui by 16 seconds and Melly by 45 seconds.Just two months later in Prague, Melly came even closer – just 13 seconds – when winning in 1:05:04 to move into fourth place on the world all-time list.However, despite their depth, Kenya had to make do with the silver and bronze medals at the World Half Marathon Championships in Valencia on 24 March when Ethiopia’s Netsanet Gudeta set a women-only world record.After the Kenyan contingent had pushed the early pace, Gudeta took off alone with seven kilometres to go and won by almost three quarters of a minute in 1:06:11, in the process taking 14 seconds off the women’s-only world record that had stood since 2007.In the autumn there was another flurry of times in the 1:05 to 1:07 range, topped by Sifan Hassan’s triumph in Copenhagen.Sifan Hassan takes the London mile ahead of Kenya’s Hellen ObiriTwo weeks after running 3:59.41 to finish third in the 1500m at the IAAF Diamond League final and one week after clocking a world-leading 8:27.50 in the 3000m at the IAAF Continental Cup, the Dutch runner clocked a European record of 1:05:15 to win in the Danish capital, moving to eighth on the world all-time list.Ten years ago there were no performances within 1:07.Six years ago there were two sub-1:07 runs by two different women, while three years ago there were five sub-1:07 runs from four women. This year the numbers have risen to 28 sub-1:07 runs from 20 women.-Women’s marathonThe women’s marathon world records might not have been seriously threatened, but 2018 can be billed as the best ever year for women’s marathon running.Sub-2:20 performances were achieved by 11 women, six of whom also went sub-2:19. Both tallies obliterated the previous records (six sub-2:20s in 2012 and three sub-2:19s in 2017).The year started with an Ethiopian bang in January as they occupied the top 12 positions in Dubai with seven finishing inside 2:22 and four under 2:20, headed by Roza Dereje’s 2:19:17.They still had enough remaining depth to achieve a 1-2 finish at February’s Tokyo Marathon, the first World Marathon Majors race of the year, through Birhane Dibaba (2:19:51) and Ruti Aga (2:21:19), and for Meskerem Assefa to win in Nagoya in March in 2:21:45.Boston, the second World Marathon Major, in mid-April had appalling weather conditions and Desiree Linden’s 2:39:54 ultimately proved sufficient to win by more than four minutes.Kenya’s Vivian Cheruiyot crosses the finishing line to win the women’s race at the 2018 London MarathonBut then the Kenyans got going and they dominated in London by filling four of the top five places with Vivian Cheruiyot scoring a decisive win in 2:18:31.Kenya also had April winners in Paris (Betsy Saina 2:22:56), Rotterdam (Visiline Jepkesho 2:23:47) and Vienna (Nancy Kiprop 2:24:18).With no global championship this summer, the top marathon runners rested during the summer months and returned invigorated in the autumn. In the shadow of Eliud Kipchoge’s breath-taking 2:01:39 in the men’s race, the women in Berlin produced a brilliant race.For the first time ever, the top three finished inside 2:19 as Gladys Cherono won in 2:18:11 from Ruti Aga (2:18:34) and Tirunesh Dibaba (2:18:55).Kenya continued their winning ways in the two remaining World Marathon Majors with Bridgid Kosgei winning in Chicago in 2:18:35 and Mary Keitany winning in New York by more than three minutes in 2:22:48, having covered the second half in 1:06:58.Kenya’s Ruth Chepngetich produced one of the big surprises of the road-running season when winning in Istanbul in November in 2:18:35, moving to seventh on the world all-time list.Ethiopia, however, produced another impressive mass finish in Frankfurt in October with Meskerem Assefa winning in 2:20:36 followed by five compatriots finishing inside 2:23.There is no clear-cut answer as to which nation was the 2018 marathon market leader. Kenya amassed the most significant wins but Ethiopia had the greater depth with 11 of the top 15 on the year list.-Women’s cross countryAgnes Tirop takes the victory at the 2018 TCS World 10k in BengaluruWith 2018 being an even year, the cross-country season missed the focus of a World Championships so the major international encounters were few and far between.However, the trio of Agnes Tirop, Lilian Rengeruk and Ruth Jebet took turns winning on the IAAF Cross Country Permit circuit in January.Rengeruk finished one second ahead of Tirop in San Giorgio su Legnano on 6 January.Jebet triumphed ahead of Tirop and Rengeruk on 14 January in Elgoibar, and one week later it was Tirop on top followed by Rengeruk with Jebet in 4th beaten also by Hellen Obiri.The top Ethiopians were not as active but two-time world U20 cross-country champion Letesenbet Gidey demonstrated her exceptional ability by dominating the classic Cinque Mulini race in early February. Gidey has also started off the 2018/2019 season with two clear wins in Europe.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
10 10 10 10 7=.Josip Drmic (Switzerland) – 5 points – Drmic’s three goals were crucial as the Swiss finished behind England comfortably. 7=.Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Sweden) – 5 points – The PSG striker netted eight times and is still brilliant on the international stage but the Swedes require a play-off to reach next summer’s finals. 7=.Joel Pohjanpalo (Finland) – 5 points – Finland might have been denied qualification but Pohjanpalo’s three goals nearly provided a platform to unlikely success. 2=.Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) – 7 points – The Real Madrid goal machine is just as potent on the international stage, scoring five goals as Portugal easily topped their group. Euro 2016 qualfiying, aside from the play-off ties, has finally drawn to a close with three of the home nations earning places in next summer’s finals in France and the Republic of Ireland hoping to make that four.It’s been a memorably flawless campaign for England, while Wales and the Northern Ireland will have even more cause for celebration after securing progress to a major tournament for the first time in generations.Qualifying has seen some of the world’s elite players come to the fore to propel their countries to glory, with some proving more valuable than others.talkSPORT has composed the ten players whose goals earned their nations the most points throughout the campaign.Amazingly, Poland’s in-form hitman Robert Lewandowski – the competition’s top scorer – doesn’t feature, with many of his goals proving ultimately inconsequential to the scoreline.Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see the rankings… 10 10 10 4=.Marc Janko (Austria) – 6 points – Janko scored seven times and twice as runaway Group G leaders Austria thrashed Liechtenstein in their final game. 10 10 10 1. Thomas Muller (Germany) – 8 points – The ultimate poacher. Muller netted nine times and his anticipation and positioning make him one of the most clinical finishers of modern times. 7=.Artem Dzyuba (Russia) – 5 points – Dzyuba scored seven times as Russia reached their 11th major tournament finals. 4=.Marek Hamsik (Slovakia) – 6 points – The Napoli midfielder proved his nation’s saviour in the final game, scoring twice against Luxembourg to clinch qualification and five times overall. 4=.Kyle Lafferty (Northern Ireland) – 6 points – A reserve for Norwich but a giant for the Northern Irish, Lafferty’s seven goals were invaluable. 2=.Gareth Bale (Wales) – 7 points – The Welsh maestro was involved in an amazing nine of his nation’s 11 goals in qualifying – scoring seven times.
He’s Donegal best-known cartoonist and now he wants to pass his secrets onto children.Artist Jarla has been drawing cartoons for local and national newspapers for more than a decade.But the well-known Letterkenny man isn’t a snob – he’ll draw a cartoon on anything from a wall to the back of a fag box! And he believes that most people can learn how to draw anything from their favourite Disney character to their local Donegal county councillor.Now Jarla is starting an five week, one hour a week course to teach children how to learn how to draw.There are just a few places left so we would advise you to get dialing. PICTURE THIS – A NEW GENERATION OF JARLAS! was last modified: November 6th, 2012 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:cartoon courseJarla
Federico Bernardeschi in action for Italy 1 Manchester United are ready to swoop for Chelsea target Federico Bernardeschi if they cannot tie up a deal for Inter Milan winger Ivan Perisic.United have been tracking Perisic since the end of the season and they are prepared to part with £26m to sign him.That amount, though, is some way short of Inter’s £44m valuation and they are refusing to lower their demands.It means United are being priced out of a move for the Croatian and, according to reports in Italy, they could swoop for Bernardeschi instead.The forward was in fine form for Fiorentina last season and he is already a target for Chelsea and Juventus.Bernardeschi does have a price tag of close to £40m, but given the fact he is 23 United may feel he is better value for money than a deal for the 28-year-old Perisic.