11 11 If you ever needed proof of the cliché “football is a game of two halves” then you need not look much further than Manchester United’s victory over Liverpool.The first half was as boring and as uninspiring as any game you would see but the second half was enthralling and dramatic throughout.Anthony Martial burst on the scene with a fantastic debut goal after Daley Blind and Ander Herrera put United ahead.There was also the small matter of Christian Benteke’s stunning, goal-of-the-season-contending, overhead kick late on.Click the arrow above, right, to see the best photos of the battle between England’s two biggest footballing heavyweights. 11 11 Anthony Martial gets a dream start after his record move … And look how much it meant to David De Gea. Real Madrid who? Daley Blind puts his body on the line to deny Roberto Firmino from equalising 11 11 Christian Benteke gave the Reds faithful something to remember with a phenomenal bicycle kick 11 Anthony Martial steps onto the Old Trafford turf for the first time as a Red Devil Ander Herrera doubled the lead from the spot 11 11 11 … and sets the Stretford End alight Daley Blind opens the scoring after a well worked free kick 11 Louis van Gaal and Brendan Rodgers perform their secret handshake prior to kick off The goal came three minutes after the restart Job done for Louis van Gaal and his philosophy
Gaston Ramirez Southampton flop Gaston Ramirez wants a return to Bologna, according to the player’s agent.The Uruguayan left the Italian club for St Mary’s in 2012 after Saints splashed out a record £12m fee to sign him.However, the 24-year-old has failed to make a significant impact at the club and Saints are expected to sell him in January rather than let him go for nothing next summer, when his contract expires.Bologna have been heavily linked with a move and now Ramirez’s agent, Pablo Betancourt, has revealed that would be his client’s preferred destination.“Ramirez has suffered from numerous physical problems in England and has also had to give up the national team and Copa America,” Betancourt told Radio Nettuno.“He wants to return to Italy, he’s constantly thinking about it, and when he talks about Italy he speaks of Bologna.“At Christmas, Gaston could be released and [Bologna sporting director Pantaleo] Corvino likes the player.“In Italy, Bologna is his preferred destination. It isn’t a matter of money, but the fact of being able to become an important player in a place he loves.” 1
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Jon Toral scored the only goal of the game 1 Steve Bruce lost 1-0 on his return to Birmingham as Hull City missed the chance to go top of the Championship.Arsenal loanee Jon Toral scored the only goal of the game after 14 minutes, as the Tigers stay second behind Burnley. The three points sends Gary Rowett’s side to within a point of the play-offs.A draw would have sent Steve Bruce’s side above Burnley at the summit but they handed a crucial advantage to the Clarets, who remain a point clear.Jake Livermore and Michael Dawson hit the woodwork for the Tigers but they stay level on points with third-placed Middlesbrough – who have a game in hand.Birmingham are now just a point behind the top six after their sixth clean sheet in eight games in an open match where they struck early.They held out in the face of late pressure after Toral grabbed the winner on 14 minutes.The 21-year-old, selected ahead of Diego Fabbrini, almost bamboozled himself as he spun past Dawson before regaining control 25 yards out.His shot initially lacked power and direction but it clipped former Birmingham defender Curtis Davies to fool Allan McGregor and creep in.It was the first goal Hull had conceded in all competitions in 387 minutes.The Tigers almost hit back within six minutes when Livermore rattled the post from 25 yards and soon after Dawson’s header clipped the top of the bar.Hull’s spirited response curbed any Birmingham threat as the title-chasing Tigers tried to recover.And they should have levelled after 31 minutes when Mo Diame found Sam Clucas and he ignored handball claims but could only drill at Tomasz Kuszczak with just the keeper to beat.Sixty seconds later McGregor turned Clayton Donaldson’s spectacular overhead kick away to deny the forward a stunning goal.The chances continued to flow and Toral almost grabbed a second on 37 minutes when his diving header dropped a yard wide.After the all-action first half, the second struggled to fire until Hull wanted a penalty when Abel Hernandez’s shot cannoned off Paul Robinson’s arm with 23 minutes left.Four minutes later Kuszczak pulled off a double save from Robert Snodgrass and Clucas as Hull piled on the pressure.Michael Morrison then denied Clucas with Birmingham pinned back and Snodgrass shot straight at Kuszczak with three minutes left but Hull failed to find a leveller.
11 11 8. Oscar (attacking midfield) 11 4. Cesc Fabregas (centre midfield) 11 11 14. Bertrand Traore (striker) 11 11 11 11 13. Thibaut Courtois (goalkeeper) 24. Gary Cahill (centre back) 11 11 12. John Obi Mikel (centre midfield) 28. Cesar Azpilicueta (right back) 22. Willian (right wing) 2. Branislav Ivanovic (right back) – see the full line up, in squad number order, by clicking the arrow above Chelsea and Everton go head-to-head at Goodison Park in the quarter-final of the FA Cup on Saturday 12 March, kick off 17:30 GMT, and it’s live on talkSPORT.After being dumped out of the Champions League by Paris Saint-Germain on home soil mid-week, Guus Hiddink and his troops will be even more fired up to progress to the semi-finals of the historic competition.The Dutchman, however, was hit with a double injury blow in the defeat to PSG – Diego Costa and Eden Hazard limped off in the second half at Stamford Bridge, and it’s expected the pair will not feature this weekend.So, who could take their place? And will Hiddink opt to rest others?Take a look at talkSPORT’s predicted Chelsea line up by viewing the slideshow above.POSSIBLE EVERTON TEAM HERE 17. Pedro (left wing) 16. Kenedy (left back)
Historians believe Philip owed debts to the Templars and used the accusations to arrest their leaders and extract, under torture, confessions of heresy in order to seize the order’s riches. The publishing house said the new book includes the “Parchment of Chinon,” a 1308 decision by Clement to save the Templars and their order. Frale said the 3-foot-wide document probably had been ignored because a catalog entry in 1628 was “too vague.” “Unfortunately, there was an archiving error, an error in how the document was described,” she told The Associated Press in a telephone interview from her home in Viterbo, north of Rome. “More than an error, it was a little sketchy.” The parchment, in remarkably good condition considering its 700 years, apparently had last been consulted at the start of the 20th century, Frale said, surmising that its significance must not have been realized then. Frale said she was intrigued by the 1628 entry because, while it apparently referred to some minor matter, it noted that three top cardinals, including Pope Clement’s right-hand man, Berenger Fredol, had made a long journey to interrogate someone. “Going on with my research, it turned out that in reality it was an inquest of very great importance,” she said. Fredol “had gone to question the Great Master and other heads of the Templars who had been segregated, practically kidnapped, by the king of France and shut up in secret in his castle in Chinon on the Loire.” Jacques de Molay, Grand Master of the Templars, was burned at the stake in 1314 along with his aides. The surviving monks fled. Some were absorbed by other orders, and over the centuries, various groups have claimed to be descended from the Templars. As for Clement, he “was a hostage in French territory” on the eve of what historians would call the Avignon period of popes, Frale said. She said the parchment reveals the cardinals reached the conclusion the Templars were guilty of abuses but not “a real and true heresy. There were a lot of faults in the order – abuses, violence … a lot of sins, but not heresy,” she said. Philip had “confiscated all the wealth of the order, which he used to pay his debts,” said Frale, who has written three books about the Templars. “Had the (order) survived, it’s clear that Philip … would have had to give back all” the wealth. “But the king of France had already spent it,” she said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! VATICAN CITY – It’s not the Holy Grail, but for fans of “The Da Vinci Code” and its tantalizing story line about the Knights Templar, it could be the next best thing. Ignored for centuries, documents about the heresy trial of the ancient Christian order discovered in the Vatican’s secret archives are being published in a limited edition – with an $8,377 price tag. They include a 14th-century parchment showing that Pope Clement V initially absolved the Templar leaders of heresy, though he did find them guilty of immorality and planned to reform the order, according to the Vatican archives Web site. But pressured by King Philip IV of France, Clement later reversed his decision and suppressed the order in 1312. Only 799 copies of the 300-page volume, “Processus Contra Templarios,” – Latin for “Trial against the Templars” – are for sale, said Scrinium publishing house, which prints documents from the Vatican’s secret archives. Each will cost $8,377, the publisher said Friday. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.An 800th copy will go to Pope Benedict XVI, said Barbara Frale, the researcher who found the long-overlooked parchment tucked away in the archives in 2001. The Knights Templar, which ultimately disappeared because of the heresy scandal, recently captivated the imagination of readers of the best-selling novel “The Da Vinci Code,” which linked the order to the legend of the Holy Grail. The new Vatican work reproduces the entire documentation of the papal hearings convened after Philip IV of France arrested and tortured Templar leaders in 1307 on charges of heresy and immorality. The military order of the Poor Knights of Christ and of the Temple of Solomon was founded in 1118 in Jerusalem to protect pilgrims in the Holy Land after the First Crusade. As their military might increased, the Templars also grew in wealth, acquiring property throughout Europe and running a primitive banking system. After they left the Middle East with the collapse of the Crusader kingdoms, their power and secretive ways aroused the fear of European rulers and sparked accusations of corruption and blasphemy.
The Can’t Pay, Won’t Pay campaign has accused Donegal County Council of misleading the public on the numbers who have paid the Household Tax and has challenged the Council to issue a breakdown of their figures.Francis McCafferty of the campaign steering committee said the boycott of the Household Tax remains solid almost halfway through the year with nearly two thirds of households in Donegal still having paid the charge.“Not for the first time Donegal County Council has sought to mislead people by claiming earlier this week that 45% had paid the charge. This is nonsense and we challenge them to give a breakdown of their figures and explain how they arrived at this figure. “We note that while they gave their figures to a number local news outlets, they have not published an official statement on their website which can be subjected to public scrutiny.”He added the 2011 Census figures are very clear. There are 84,356 housing units in Donegal. From this we can subtract the 3,572 local authority properties and a generous estimated 700 exempted properties in other categories.“This leaves around 80,000 properties subject to the charge.“Gary Martin, Director of Finance with Donegal County Council, confirmed our figures when he told the Shaun Doherty show on Highland Radio on March 29th that the Council hoped to get around € 8 million Household Tax from 80,000 households in the county.” “Even by the Council’s own figures that 29,000 have paid the charge, this still leaves a massive 51,000 households, or 64%, who are boycotting the Household Tax. With such huge and determined opposition, there is no realistic possibility for the local authority to make us all pay. They should stop trying to do Hogan’s dirty work and stop trying to mislead us.” COUNTY COUNCIL ARE MISLEADING PUBLIC ON HOUSEHOLD CHARGE NUMBER – CLAIM was last modified: June 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:Can’t Pay Won’t PayDonegal County CouncilHOUSEHOLD CHARGE
1 Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone Diego Simeone is considered one of the best managers in world football, and he put on a coaching masterclass on Wednesday evening as Atletico Madrid defeated Bayern Munich.The La Liga side netted an early goal, and Atleti played the rest of the game to defensive perfection to ensure they head into the second leg of their semi-final clash with the advantage.Watching fans were impressed, and Arsenal supporters made it clear that the Argentine is the man they want to replace Arsene Wenger as manager of the Gunners.You can see the best responses below…
Arsenal fans made their feelings about Arsene Wenger known 1 Arsenal recorded a run of the mill 1-0 win over Norwich City on Saturday evening, but the game was memorable for a different reason.The increasing frustration with Arsene Wenger came to the fore, as a number of fans held up banners and signs with an anti-Wenger message.It was not the entire stadium, with many fans still backing the Frenchman, but it is evident that support for Wenger is decreasing with every passing week.The protests were not missed by social media users, and we collect some of the best reactions below…
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champBut Pandit’s career on Wall Street has been mostly behind-the-scenes, and neither Pandit nor Bischoff have significant experience with the consumer side of banking. After spending five weeks waiting for Citi to name a new captain and watching the similarly embattled Merrill Lynch & Co. nab the famous turnaround specialist John Thain, investors remain worried that Citi has problems that are unmanageable. “The biggest question mark is why, for neither one of those jobs, did you not get anyone from the outside?” said Anton Schutz, president of the investment advisory firm Mendon Capital Advisors, which has 210,000 shares of Citi in its funds. “They’re already on a ship that has leaks in it. Maybe no one wanted to come on board.” Bischoff, 66, had been Citi’s acting CEO and replaced Robert E. Rubin. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NEW YORK – In naming two insiders as CEO and chairman after a five-week search, Citigroup Inc. proved to a skeptical Wall Street that it was unable – or unwilling – to snag a financial superstar with a bold new vision from outside the troubled banks’ walls. The new CEO, Vikram Pandit, earned his investment banking chops at the brokerage Morgan Stanley, and Citi nabbed him earlier this year when they bought his hedge fund for $800 million. And the new chairman, Win Bischoff, became the head of Citi’s European operations after several years as chairman of the British investment bank Schroders PLC. To be sure, the two men have compelling investment banking credentials – certainly more so than their law school-trained predecessor, Charles Prince – which could help them face the fact that Citigroup must unsnarl itself from up to $17.5 billion in write-downs of soured mortgages this year.