Derek Adams 1 The Football League has supported Wycombe’s decision to fit their players with GPS-tracking devices during Saturday’s home defeat to Plymouth.Pilgrims boss Derek Adams complained in the tunnel before the game at Adams Park when he spotted Wycombe’s players wearing the performance monitors under their shirts and kick-off was delayed for six minutes.Wycombe provided match referee Tim Robinson with a letter from the Football League which authorised their use and the players were allowed to wear the devices, but Adams was critical of the decision after the match.Adams said: “It’s a hard object and a dangerous bit of equipment if somebody goes into the back of another player to head the ball.“I noticed in the tunnel and alerted the referee. I don’t think it should be allowed. I’m not sure what the ruling is but someone could head it, it could get pulled or somebody could even get choked.”But a Football League spokesman told Wycombe’s official website: “Following FIFA’s decision to permit players to wear Electronic Performance and Tracking System devices under the laws of the game, The Football League has also sanctioned their use in its competitions.“Clubs were notified of this rule change in writing before the start of the current season and the matter was explained to club managers at their annual pre-season meetings.“Any club seeking to use EPTS devices is required to notify the League and provide relevant details relating to how they will be worn and used. To date, 19 clubs, including Wycombe Wanderers, have registered their intention to use these devices.”
West Ham target Burak Yilmaz has reportedly handed in a transfer request at Galatasaray.The Turkey international has been subject to interest from a number of Premier League clubs this month but West Ham are the clear favourites to land him.Slaven Bilic has already gone on record to state his admiration for the striker and now, according to Milliyet, Yilmaz has told manager Mustafa Denizli he wants to leave the Süper Lig club.Yilmaz has scored nine goals in 19 appearances for Galatasaray this season and has been a key member of their squad since signing from Trabzonspor in 2012.But the 30-year-old’s desire to play in the Premier League is well-known and Gala’s fans have already accepted the player is likely to leave this month.West Ham are closely monitoring Yilmaz’s situation and are expected to make a bid for him by the end of the week. Burak Yilmaz 1
Stuart Pearce believes goalkeeper Petr Cech is the key to Arsenal’s success against Barcelona in their Champions League last 16 clash.The Gunners host the Spanish giants for the first leg on Tuesday evening and face the prospect of keeping in-form attacking trio of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar at bay.The ‘holy trinity’ have helped Barca blow opponents away at the Nou Camp this season, but they have not been such a prolific force away from home.Travelling to the English capital is not a good omen, either, with the high-flying Catalans failing to win in London over the past decade.And Pearce believes Arsenal have what it takes to keep that stat going, thanks in large to veteran glovesman Cech.Speaking on the Colin Murray show, the former England defender and coach said: “I think Arsenal have got a goalkeeper in Petr Cech who can keep them in the tie and win it for them over two legs.“They’ve got a world class, top quality goalie, and they haven’t had that in the past.“Barcelona haven’t won in London for ten years – in their last five games in London they’ve drawn two and lost three.“And I think they can definitely score. They’ve got Danny Welbeck back with a couple of games under his belt, and they’ve got Sanchez back with something to prove against his former team.“I definitely think they’ve got enough pace and power in offensive line to get a goal against Barcelona, but I think the tie over two legs will hinge on whether they concede at the Emirates – that will be what’s most important.”
Listen back to some of the highlights of another top week on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.David Ginola assesses where it has gone wrong for Newcastle, Paul Merson calls for Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal reign to be brought to an end, while Simon Mignolet discusses the Jurgen Klopp effect at Liverpool.Plus, Ray Parlour takes another trip down memory lane in Ray’s Retro Rewind, while the Geordie faithful react to Ian Abraham’s terrible impersonation skills.
SIRTE, Libya – Sudan’s government committed to a cease-fire in Darfur at the start of peace talks Saturday, but mediators and journalists outnumbered the few rebels who did not boycott the U.N.-sponsored negotiations, reducing hopes for an end to the fighting. The large government delegation said its cessation of hostilities was a sign of good will for negotiations aimed at ending more than four years of fighting in the western Sudanese region. But the pledge was not matched by the rebels, whose main leaders all refused to attend the talks. “The government of Sudan is proclaiming as of now a unilateral cease-fire in Darfur,” said Sudanese chief envoy Nafie Ali Nafie. “We shall not be the first ones to fire arms.” The U.S. special envoy for Sudan, Andrew Natsios, praised the government for its pledge, but cautioned that dozens of previous cease-fire declarations in Darfur have been broken by both government troops and rebel factions. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Some 20 rebels were present in the vast conference hall in the Libyan coastal town of Sirte. Ahmed Diraige, the head of an obscure faction known as the Sudan Federal Democratic Alliance, spoke on behalf of the rebels and stated that the groups present were also willing to consider a cease-fire. But with the absence of major rebels, hopes faded for a quick peace agreement. Mediators downplayed the conference’s goals, saying the focus would now be to “create conditions” for effective peace talks. Mediation spokesman Ahmed Fawzi warned it would be “a long process.” The host of the talks, Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, questioned what could be achieved in Sirte, saying the absence of the main Darfur rebel chiefs, Abdulwahid Elnur and Khalil Ibrahim, proved international mediation efforts were failing. “As long as they object to this conference, then there is no justification for the international community to intervene,” said Gadhafi. The Libyan leader called on Africans to solve their own problems without international pressure. Elnur, founder of the Sudan Liberation Army rebels, said immediately after the talks were announced that he would boycott until the U.N. and African Union have deployed a joint force of 26,000 peacekeepers in January. Ibrahim, the leader of the rival Justice and Equality Movement, had initially agreed to the talks, but on Friday announced he was also boycotting because the U.N. was inviting smaller, less representative rebel factions. Mediators insist they invited all factions to make sure the talks were inclusive. Diraige, the main rebel delegate present, later said he felt Darfurians could still count on Ghadafi, an influential player in the region. “He’s against international intervention, but not against solving the problems in Darfur,” he said. Chief U.N. negotiator Jan Eliasson and his African Union counterpart, Salim Ahmed Salim, told reporters several rebel leaders were expected to “trickle in” during the next few days. While slow to start, the talks aimed to build a dialogue that could lead to a more solid peace deal, they said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
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 California Highway Patrol has the driver in custody and is investigating. By The Associated Press TEMECULA – A firefighter was hit by a car while treating an accident victim, according to the Riverside County Fire Department. Paramedic Bob Genn was treating the victim of a traffic accident when he was hit by another car at about 2:45 a.m. Saturday. The driver also ran over and killed the person Genn was helping. Genn, 49, was admitted to Inland Valley Hospital with a collapsed lung, several broken ribs and numerous scrapes and bruises.
Earagail Arts Festival has partnered with Belfast Film Festival to bring back the extremely popular Drive-In at Ards Forest Park.Taking place over two nights, The Drive-In presents family adventure classic The Goonies on Thursday, 24th July. The screening on Friday, 25th July is the horror film Evil Dead 2, which was decided by members of the public who voted for their preferred film on the Earagail Arts Festival Facebook page.Gates open from 7.30pm each night, with the film starting at 10.00pm. €25 per car (max 5 people per car).Paul Brown, Festival Director told Donegal Daily, “It’s been three years since the last Drive-In at Ards Forest Park and such has been the demand for these great family events that we’re bringing back two nights of drive-in movies in the beautiful surroundings of Ards Forest Park.“We’re grateful to Belfast Film Festival for partnering with us on this very special event. Damien Connor of the Belfast Film Festival said, “It’s great to team up with EAF for the first time, we like what they do and are very pleased to be part of their festival.“Like us, they love to show films to people in unusual and exciting locations, giving the audience a different cinematic experience.Places are allocated on a first come first served basis.Patrons should note that FM radio is essential – if the car radio does not receive an FM frequency signal, drivers should bring a portable radio with them to be able to receive the film dialogue to their car.Access only to car park via main park entrance from 7.30pm. (follow signs N56 to / from Letterkenny / Dunfanaghy).No vans permitted and MPVs, 4x4s and Jeeps will be parked at the rear of the car park to ensure visibility of the screen from smaller vehicles. Earagail Arts Festival asks that all patrons co-operate fully with stewards and staff and respect the ecology of the park by using bins and waste disposal provided.For full details on the Earagail Arts programme visit www.eaf.ie Earagail Arts Festival is funded by The Arts Council of Ireland, Fáilte Ireland and Donegal County Council.DDTV: EARAGAIL ARTS FESTIVAL BRING BACK THE DRIVE-IN AT ARDS FOREST PARK was last modified: June 25th, 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:Ards ForestBusinessDrive-InEaragail Arts FestivalEntertainmentnews
Watch this outrageous bit of skill from Barcelona star Neymar!The Brazilian forward warmed up in style before scoring in the Champions League last-16 second leg against Arsenal.Have you seen much better? Watch the video and let us know!
Chelsea target – Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci 1 Future Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has made Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci his top transfer target.The Italian has worked with the centre-back during his time at Juve and the Italian national side.And now, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, Conte wants to link up with 28-year-old Bonucci again when he takes over at Chelsea this summer.The Italian manager has made defensive reinforcements a priority during his first transfer window at Stamford Bridge.Current captain John Terry is expected to leave while fellow centre-back Kurt Zouma is a long-term absentee due a knee injury.?And, as a result, Conte is ready to break the bank to land Bonucci this summer.
Barry Hearn has told talkSPORT that West Ham are getting the Olympic Stadium in a rent free deal which is ‘laughable’.The Hammers are set to move into the new ground at the end of this season, and details concerning the deal were revealed today, to a general sense of shock.Co-chairmen David Sullivan, David Gold and Karren Brady struck a deal which sees West Ham paying just £2.5 million per year in rent, with the same fee in force for the 99-year lease.The Hammers beat Leyton Orient in the race to move into the ground, and former O’s chairman Barry Hearn claims West Ham are effectively moving into the taxpayer-funded stadium in a rent-free deal.Speaking to Drivetime, the 67-year-old said: “That £2.5 million sees the stadium owners themselves paying for stewarding, turnstile operators, police, cleaning and ground maintenance.“When you add that together, you come to more than £2.5 million. Effectively, this is a rent free deal of a stadium which has cost the taxpayer £728 million. It’s a laughable deal, if it wasn’t so sad.”Moving into the Olympic Stadium makes the Hammers an attractive proposition for any future investors looking to buy a Premier League club, and Hearn also believes that the move has given Gold, Sullivan and Brady a ‘massive advantage’ should they look to sell the East London side.“Arsenal had to pay for their own stadium, commercial rates,” the Dagenham-born sports promoter added.“Tottenham are having to do the same. This is a massive advantage [for West Ham].“What happens if the West Ham shareholders sell the club, because clearly the value has rocketed off the back of this Olympic Stadium deal?”