Watch out! Man City’s £25m battering ram ready to be unleashed

first_img Wilfried Bony 1 take a look at the credentials of Manchester City’s £25m man. For more Man City stats, check out news that Sergio Agüero is sidelined for the next month with a hamstring problem will have understandably come as a blow to Manchester City in their title bid. The City star looked to be returning to his best form following his five-goal haul in the 6-1 thumping of Newcastle at the beginning of the month, only to suffer the injury while on international duty. It’s a huge setback for both player and club.In his absence, the onus is on Wilfried Bony to provide the focal point to the City attack. Following his big money arrival at the Etihad Stadium, the powerhouse Ivorian has struggled for regular action, being forced instead to play second fiddle to Agüero. A lack of action has contributed to a poor goal return, with Bony netting just four goals in his 17 league appearances for the Citizens, though it’s worth noting a majority of those have been mere cameos. However, two of those four goals came in the 5-1 win over Bournemouth at the weekend. The Ivory Coast international gained the man of the match award in the victory with a perfect 10.A thumping win over a side that has now conceded more goals away from home (14) than any other team in the Premier League this season is hardly a telling indicator as to whether Bony is ready to spearhead the City attack in Agüero’s absence, but it certainly provided a glimpse as to what he can offer Manuel Pellegrini’s side. Given his physical stature and striking ability, the 26-year-old could still prove an ideal frontman to spearhead the attack in a 4-2-3-1 formation.His nine aerial duels won against Bournemouth was one of the best returns in a single Premier League match this season, with Bony providing the aerial threat required of a striker deployed as the lone frontman. Of course, with Agüero in attack, City’s approach alters somewhat, with the Argentina international a far better performer with the ball on the deck. However, with Bony a more capable frontman at bringing teammates into play, this benefits those behind him.Raheem Sterling in particular could begin to show his true worth with Bony leading the attack. The latter holding the ball up for the former could see Sterling make runs in behind the defence for Bony to find his English teammate. Then there is David Silva, Kevin De Bruyne and Jesus Navas, three attackers offering a differing approach in the final third, utilising City’s £25m-man in the process.Injuries have hindered his settling in at City, but Saturday’s showing against Bournemouth suggests Bony is beginning to find his feet at the Etihad Stadium. Pellegrini clearly has faith in the Ivorian having sanctioned the sales of Edin Dzeko and Stevan Jovetic to Roma and Inter, respectively.As City gear up for a crucial month without Agüero, which includes the upcoming Champions League meeting with Sevilla and Sunday’s Manchester Derby, the pressure is on Bony to grasp his chance to prove his worth to the City faithful. If he can replicate Saturday’s performance consistently during Agüero’s spell on the sidelines, Bony will go some way to proving his doubters wrong.For more stats on Wilfried Bony, click here to view his player pagelast_img read more


first_imgTwo contrasting photos most likely 1975/76 a County Board group with the key people from that period and a winning Finn Valley team and just to name those featured front l to R a very young Conor Mc Gonagle, Patsy, Harry Rocks, the Glenfin man Neil Martin and Lurgybrack’s finest Patsy Doherty.At rear l to R Ricky Rushe now in Boston, Kevin O Doherty currently working in China, Michael Crampsie a taxi driver now in Letterkenny. Michael Kelly Stranorlar and Castlefinn man Jackie Rushe.There have been so many phases to the journey and it is the intention to publish many of these in the months ahead obviously should anyone have any memorabilia its important to get it out there for historical purposes. Contact if you have material. FINN VALLEY AC’S CALL FOR BLASTS FROM THE PAST was last modified: November 24th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:FINN VALLEY AC’S CALL FOR BLASTS FROM THE PASTlast_img read more


first_imgLetterkenny runner Darren McBrearty booked his place in the 800m semi-final at the European Indoor Championships in Paris after finishing in fourth place in his heat.McBrearty’s time of 1:49.74 was enough to pip Austria’s Andreas Rapatz for a place in the semi.He was fourth fastest qualifier in the heats. The semi-finals are tomorrow afternoon and the whole county will be tuning in to support him.BREAKING NEWS: McBREARTY THROUGH TO SEMI-FINAL was last modified: March 5th, 2011 by gregShare 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)last_img read more

Top ten Premier League players whose current contracts end in 2019

first_img LATEST TRANSFER NEWS Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ One of the nicest men in football, Mata’s career at the top seems to be winding down somewhat. After two and a half fantastic seasons with Chelsea, David Moyes convinced the Manchester United board to get the diminutive playmaker at any cost.Although his relationship with Jose Mourinho may not be as cosy as it appears on the surface, the Spaniard has always given his all when he has pulled on the United shirt.Adept at set-pieces and with a wealth of football intelligence, the 30-year-old would be a shrewd buy for a mid-table Premier League side. 10 10 REVEALED Like his Chelsea teammate Cahill, Giroud’s time at Stamford Bridge appears to be up. A January signing from Arsenal last January, the forward has led the line to the best of his abilities when called upon – even starting a handful of games at the start of the season.Yet it appears as though the younger and more mobile Alvaro Morata appears to have done just about enough to convince Sarri he deserves the chance to start up front. Either that or Roman Abramovich has warned the Italian his £60million investment needs to start getting some game time.Giroud will certainly have no shortage of suitors, with lucrative moves to MLS or China the most likely options for the veteran striker.Juan Mata The Tottenham defender was linked to Manchester United throughout the summer after failing to agree a new deal with Spurs. The north London side could trigger a one-year extension in the 28-year-old’s current contract, but that could result in them losing him for just £25million next summer if a transfer is sealed in the final two weeks of the transfer window.James Milner After Liverpool signed Naby Keita and Fabinho, many would’ve expected Milner to feature as a back-up for the Reds this season. However, he has started every Premier League game so far, and has been outstanding for Jurgen Klopp’s men. Surprisingly, he has yet to be offered a new deal.David Luiz RANKED IN DEMAND 10 Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti 10 It remains to be seen whether Fabregas will force his way into Chelsea’s plans under Maurizio Sarri this season. Mateo Kovacic, N’Golo Kante, Jorginho, Ross Barkley and Ruben Loftus-Cheek are all currently ahead of him in the central midfield pecking order and, with the 31-year-old on big wages, it would be surprise if he signed a new deal beyond 2019.Toby Alderweireld The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January If Kepa Arrizabalaga is worth £70m, De Gea’s value is mouth-watering. Only an administrative error prevented him from joining Real Madrid on deadline day in 2015. Manchester United are hopeful of tying De Gea down to a new long-term contract and have an option to extend his current deal by 12 months. But they have still not made any announcement on De Gea’s future and, as it stands, he is out of contract in 2019.Cesc Fabregas The Chelsea defender fell out of favour under Antonio Conte last season. He recently admitted he was close to leaving the club if Conte remained in charge. However, Luiz has become a key man once more under new boss Sarri and there is talk he is line for a new deal.Anthony Martial The veteran defender appears to have reached the end of his career at Stamford Bridge after six years of diligent service. Having won the Champions League in his first season and captained the Blues with distinction, Cahill will surely be fondly remembered by Chelsea fans.With Maurizio Sarri set on playing a high-intensity possession-based style of play, the 32-year-old seems out of his depth and appears to be hampering the progress of Andreas Christensen.While it is has not been confirmed he will leave the club, Serie A giants AC Milan are reportedly already eyeing up a potential move.Olivier Giroudcenter_img Tottenham’s Mr Reliable is confident his stay in north London won’t end when his current deal runs out. “My contract is expiring at the end of the season, but Tottenham have an option to extend it with one year,” he told Belgian media this week. “I think they will take up the option. We’ll see what happens.” Like teammate Alderweireld, Spurs are expected to keep Vertonghen for one more year – at least – but there has been no confirmation from the club yet. 10 Gary Cahill targets targets Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Another player who looked set for a move over the summer, Martial’s time at Manchester United has turned sour. Mourinho publicly criticised the out-of-favour winger for not returning to pre-season immediately after his wife had given birth and the relationship between the pair often appears frosty. United, however, will not lose their £50million man for nothing, and are likely to trigger an option to extend his current deal to 2019.Jan Vertonghen 10 Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father While billions around the world will be frantically getting in their Christmas shopping, football fans are eagerly awaiting the return of the January transfer window.Always entertaining and littered with bargains, bizarre deals and the occasional jumping of the gun (we’re looking at you Peter Odemwingie).For those whose deals expire next summer, they can negotiate a pre-contract agreement with a top European side.With Aaron Ramsey already set to run his contract down at Arsenal, picks out the ten best players whose contracts run out in 2019 and follow suit.David De Gea 10 LIVING THE DREAM moving on LATEST Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade 10 10 10 Cahill has been limited to appearances in the Europa League and Carabao Cup last_img read more


first_imgARRANMORE lifeboat crews have evacuated a child from the island as part of a medical emergency.The incident happened at 9pm last night when a child became in need of treatment.The crews were able to take the child to Burtonport in a matter of minutes.   CHILD EVACUATED FROM ARRANMORE IN MEDICAL EMERGENCY was last modified: July 25th, 2013 by John2Share 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:CHILD EVACUATED FROM ARRANMORE IN MEDICAL EMERGENCYlast_img read more


first_imgA new book on the ‘Traditional Cottages of County Donegal’ by Joseph Gallagher & Greg Stevenson will be launched in Ionad Teampall Chróine, Chapel Road, Dungloe tomorrow, Friday, December 14 at 7 p.m.The launch and illustrated presentation is open to the public and everyone is welcome to attend. One of the most enduring images of Ireland is the traditional rural cottage. County Donegal is home to one of the greatest concentrations of surviving traditional cottages in Ireland.This book provides a detailed photographic record of regional vernacular architecture in the county as well as outlining the history and evolution of Donegal’s traditional cottages.It reveals the distinctive architectural details that make these buildings unique and contains information on indigenous building materials and methods of construction. The book also highlights the contribution that these buildings make to the cultural landscape of northwest Ireland.The 180-page hardback book contains over 270 photographs and is published by the authors and Under the Thatch Ltd. with part-funding from The Heritage Council under the Heritage Education, Community & Outreach Grant Scheme. Copies of the book will be available at the special launch price of €20. Copies can also be ordered by e-mail at:  HOUSE ABOUT THAT? NEW BOOK TO BE LAUNCHED ON DONEGAL COTTAGES was last modified: December 13th, 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:book launchdungloeTraditional Cottages of County Donegallast_img read more

Coffee and céad míle fáilte for Syrian families as Loreto students lead the way

first_imgStudents from Loreto Convent are to hold a coffee morning in the Regional Cultural Centre on Friday to help provide ‘Welcome Packs’ for families from Syria who will make Letterkenny and Ballybofey their new home.The Transition Year students would like everyone to enjoy a free coffee and, if possible, bring along a donation for the ‘Welcome Packs’.Spokesperson for the Young Social Innovators group, Liena Yousif, said: “The packs are to make the families feel welcome and to show that the people of Donegal care. “Our group, F.R.E. E. (For Refugees Entering Éire),have been working on this for a while and we’ve had a great response already.“Our ‘Welcome Packs’ will include gifts for the home and a board game translated to Arabic from our colleagues in the mini company Hotspots.”The students are also hoping to include a bus tour of Donegal for the Syrian families as well as holding a Culture Week.Donations for the Welcome Packs must be in New or Nearly New/Excellent condition. They would like: cuddly toys, candles, money, framed artwork, and any other gifts for the home.The Coffee Morning takes place this Friday, March 16th, at the Regional Culture Centre from 11am – 1pm. Everyone is welcome. Coffee and céad míle fáilte for Syrian families as Loreto students lead the way was last modified: March 13th, 2018 by John2Share 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)last_img read more

Prescott Passive House Saga Continues, with a Discount

first_imgWith its recent certification for Passivhaus performance and a LEED for Homes Platinum certification that it landed earlier in the year, the Prescott Passive House in Kansas City, Kansas, has wrapped itself in some hefty green-credential vestments. The problem is, these articles of high greenness still aren’t enough to offset whatever reservations prospective buyers might have about the neighborhood or the house, whose original, $180,000 asking price has been dropped 11.6%, to $159,000.GBA cited the marketing woes of the three-bedroom, 1,700-sq.-ft. Prescott Passive House back in July, noting that the $180,000 price of the house – the sixth residential project of the University of Kansas School of Architecture and Urban Planning’s design-build program, Studio 804 – wasn’t high enough reflect the true cost of labor and materials, but was calculated to merely keep school program solvent while targeting prospective buyers earning 80% or less of the area median income.Studio 804 noted that it collaborated with Community Housing of Wyandotte County and the Prescott Neighborhood Group to produce a home that would serve as “as a catalyst to both educate the homeowner and the community.”The best house on the blockThat mission may still be intact, but some of the lessons being learned are not necessarily the intended ones. The house has met its performance and sustainability goals, and became the first residence in the state designed to meet the Passivhaus standard. From a technical perspective, it was a worthy teaching tool for students participating in Studio 804, which is led by Dan Rockhill, a professor at the School of Architecture and Urban Planning. It seems that roughly half the commenters on the various websites that have posted items about the house (including GBA) like the way it looks; the rest don’t, or point out that the building seems out of character for the neighborhood.The neighborhood may in fact be an excellent place to nurture construction of high-performance homes, but it also presents sales challenge. “It’s going to take a certain kind of person who’s going to want to live there,” Rockhill told the Lawrence Journal World & News this week, noting that Prescott Passive House was intentionally placed in an area that’s struggling economically in an effort to revitalize the neighborhood.And that appears to be the rub.The average residential listing price in Kansas City is $125,789, and the median sales price in the area is $65,000, according to real estate search service Trulia. The average listing price for homes in the neighborhood that includes Prescott Passive House, according to Trulia data for September through November, is about $59,830, although the average sales price is somewhat higher, at about $61,200 – still a major price disparity between Prescott Passive House and the local average. So, it seems, the tension between the ambitions to revitalize the neighborhood with a high-performance home and the realities of the current real estate market will be difficult to overcome.last_img read more

Andy Murray given wildcard for Queen’s Club Championships

first_imgA wildcard has been reserved for former world number one Andy Murray to play at the Queen’s Club Championships in June but the Scot has been given time to confirm his participation, organisers said on Tuesday.Murray, a three-time Grand Slam champion, has not played competitively since his first round exit at the Australian Open in January. He has since undergone hip resurfacing surgery.The 31-year-old said last month he was pain-free but under no pressure to return and that he would attempt to make a comeback only if his body allowed it.”A wildcard is being held for five-time champion Andy Murray, who will confirm closer to the time if he’s fit enough to compete,” organisers said in a statement. The tournament’s main draw begins on June 17.The Queen’s Club Championships, where Murray last won the title in 2016, has traditionally been a warm-up tournament for Wimbledon.Organisers said in February that defending champion Marin Cilic would take part this year while Kevin Anderson, Juan Martin del Potro, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Stan Wawrinka have also confirmed their participation.Also Read | No pressure to return, will do it when body allows: Andy Murraylast_img read more

Leftover notes on the FSU-OSU game

first_img• Nolan and I have always talked about the last play FSU ran as it relates to basketball. Why do teams not just throw it 50 feet in the air and let the clock bleed out with four seconds left?[1. Especially with a shot clock that’s working against you!] Jameis basically did the football version of that on Saturday and it was brilliant.• Somebody on Twitter had a great comp for Walsh: @pistolsguy Walsh’s throwing motion reminds me of Furyk’s golf swing, except Furyk’s swing is effective— Tyler Riddle (@TRiddle1983) August 31, 2014• I wasn’t super impressed by Jameis. That’s not to say he isn’t a monster but he missed some easy passes and at times wasn’t even the best QB with the initials JW on the field…• Another way — a more pessimistic way — to look at this game is that Gundy can’t close. He mentioned this afterwards.“The disappointing part of it is that that’s the third game in a row we’ve lost with five minutes to go we had a chance to win. Same thing in the Cotton Bowl, same thing Oklahoma. So we have to find a way to finish. As coaches, we got to look, we got to research, come up with a way — myself. Starts with me, staff, and all the way down to the players. But I’m very proud of our team, the way they competed; and they didn’t back down from anybody.”• Oh my gosh, what happened??Sideburn don’t care who cuts it! @TomahawkNation RT @PJFNYC: Jimbo HATES sideburns! #Noles— Wolfe (@fsutanker) August 15, 2014• One of my favorite moments of the night was the big screen showing a smiling Weeden and Zac raising a Coors Light toast to him off to the side. It was perfect.• I love how OSU utilizes the pooch kickoff. FSU should have done that more. Also, OSU hid Tyreek on kickoffs to the point that I wondered if the other dude out there could even catch the ball.• I watched the QBs warm up on the field (I saw Daxx live!) and here are my arm power rankings:1. Daxx2. Rudolph3. Me4. WalshI’m partly kidding but I’m partly not. It was tough to watch Walsh throw. He’s just not very good at it.• John Kolar — OSU’s 2015 QB recruit from Norman — was sitting on the front row on the OSU side.• Jason Ray is growing a beard and looks a little bit like James Harden.• OSU won the uni matchup in a second-round TKO. It wasn’t close.• The atmosphere in Jerryworld was tremendous. I didn’t think being on the field and in the press box would be as much fun as it was but I had an absolute blast. FSU fans were loud, OSU fans were (at times) louder, and I was smack in the middle of it all.An amazing night (despite the loss).Totally Tickets is your source for Oklahoma State football tickets. USATSI_8058740_154512258_lowresI decided to move my leftover notes to another post because I was approaching a Bill Simmons number of words on my 10 thoughts on the FSU game. Here’s everything that didn’t make it into that post:• Gyasi Akem is one of the biggest humans I’ve ever seen in person. I watched him on the field during the pregame and I was shocked.• The FSU intro video was better than the OSU intro video to a degree that I’m not sure I can fully explain on here. It was stunning.• I asked Emmanuel Ogbah if he’d ever heard of the Gramaticas. I botched it by mentioning the wrong one but he said he hadn’t regardless. • I got to watch Berry Tramel half-run half-lope to what I believe was Jameis Winston’s presser. It was an experience I’ll never forget.• Has any school ever had a worse history with forward progression calls than OSU? Ever?• I just want to have a moment for myself here and confess how difficult it was for me to not cheer. I gasped audibly at one JW pass to Jhajuan Seales but that was as close as I got to breaking the press box’s oldest rule. I felt my soul being slowly and excruciatingly crushed the deeper into the game OSU went.• This was the greatest:• FSU’s unis were not tight. I don’t know what was going on but they should be ashamed for ruining such a classic.• Does Dez think he’s an honorary coach? He sure roams the sidelines like he does.• Well it certainly wasn’t the worst call of the game but it wasn’t good.• Ashton Lampkin’s hold and the ensuing “I still run this place” run from Jameis was the retrospective dagger to me. It certainly wasn’t out of reach but that made it 27-17 as OSU was trying to turn the tide. It was killer.• Everybody hates the plays and playcaller when they aren’t working.Are you kidding me with this playing calling….. C’mon man…— Thurman Thomas (@thurmanthomas) August 31, 2014• They probably weren’t tonight but will Kevin Peterson + Ahston Lampkin end up being better than Kevin Peterson + Justin Gilbert?• Yikes.¯_(ツ)_/¯— Michael Shamburger (@mshamburger1) August 31, 2014• Was FSU’s slightly-depleted run game just not that great or was that all the OSU defensive line? Probably a combo, right? FSU averaged 3.4 yards/rush after going 5.6 per rush for the entirety of last year.That’s not all losing seniors.• A perfect tweet.Pretty generous that Georgia Tech let FSU borrow their uniforms.— Ryan Nanni (@celebrityhottub) August 31, 2014• The David Glidden TD was incredible. I asked Yurcich after the game if he was setting that up in the first half and he gave me an answer about how he’s always trying to set stuff up but that thing was a long time coming. FSU forgot 13 was even out there! If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more