Here’s how close it is at the top of La Liga, plus remaining games

first_img2 2 Following Barcelona’s shock home defeat to Valencia at the weekend, which could be heard live on talkSPORT 2, the Spanish Liga was blown wide open.It was the club’s third straight league loss and came just as Real and Atletico put together victories, meaning before the midweek fixtures, just a point separated the teams with five games to go.But then Barcelona thrashed Deportivo 8-0. The only problem is that Real and Atletico Madrid also won, beating Villarreal and Athletic Bilbao respectively.Have a look at the table and the remaining fixtures in Spain’s top flight. BARCELONALa Liga: Sporting Gijon (home) – 23 April (for commentary, check out talkSPORT 2 from 7pm)La Liga: Real Betis (away) – 30 AprilLa Liga: Espanyol (home) – 8 MayLa Liga: Granada (away) – 15 MayCopa del Rey final: Sevilla – 22 MayATLETICO MADRIDLa Liga: Malaga (home) – 23 AprilChampions League: Bayern (home) – 27 AprilLa Liga: Rayo Vallecano (home) – 30 AprilChampions League: Bayern (away) – 3 MayLa Liga: Levante (away) – 8 MayLa Liga: Celta Vigo (home) – 15 May  REAL MADRIDLa Liga: Rayo Vallecano (away) – 23 AprilChampions League: Man City (away) – 26 AprilLa Liga Real Sociedad (away) – 30 AprilChampions League: Man City (home) – 4 MayLa Liga: Valencia (home) – 8 MayLa Liga: Deportivo (away) – 15 May Have a look at the Liga table following Barca’s hammering of Deportivo last_img read more

Team of the Weekend featuring Premier League and FA Cup players

first_img 11 Cedric Soares (Southampton, right back) David De Gea (Man United, goalkeeper) – click the arrow above, right, to see the best XI and let us know the players who form your team Cesc Fabregas (Chelsea, central midfield) 11 11 11 11 Lamine Kone (Sunderland, centre back) Christian Fuchs (Leicester, left back) Riyad Mahrez (Leicester, right wing) Riyad Mahrez capped his day off by winning the Players’ Player of the Year award in what has been an outstanding season for the Leicester and Algeria ace.In a 4-0 win against Swansea, Mahrez opened the scoring as the club moved eight points clear of Spurs, who play on Monday night.Here, talkSPORT looks at the best players from the weekend’s Premier League and FA Cup action, so let us know if you agree with the selection.Click the arrow above, right, to see the XI. 11 11 Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace, central midfield) 11 11 11 Eden Hazard (Chelsea, left wing) Younes Kaboul (Sunderland, centre back) Anthony Martial (Man United, striker) 11 Kelechi Iheanacho (Man City, striker)last_img read more

Podcast: Sportsday on talkSPORT 2, June 21

first_imgThis Tuesday morning on Sportsday we looked back on last night’s Euro 2016 action as England slumped to a disappointing 0-0 draw with Slovakia to finish second in Group B, while Wales beat Russia 3-0 to finish in first place. We also looked ahead to today’s action as Northern Ireland go up against world champions Germany and previewed the first ODI between England and Sri Lanka at Trent Bridge All brought to you by Tom Macleod and the team.last_img

Poland winger eyed as a potential signing by new Everton manager Ronald Koeman

first_img The winger pictured in action for Rennes last season 1 Everton have expressed an interest in signing Poland international Kamil Grosicki, who is also a target for German side Bayer Leverkusen.The Rennes winger is currently on international duty with his country at Euro 2016, having helped Poland qualify for the last 16 in France.New boss Ronald Koeman is apparently a long-term admirer of the 28-year-old having tried to sign Grosicki during his time in charge at previous club Southampton.However, with added finances being made available for the Dutchman at Goodison Park, Koeman may be finally set to land his man.Grosicki enjoyed a fruitful campaign for Rennes last season, bagging nine assists and providing three assists.His current deal is due to keep him in France until 2020, yet it is thought that an offer from a Premier League club could tempt him away from the Ligue 1 club.last_img read more

Nonprofit group financially supports governor’s travel

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champ“The purpose is always to lessen the burden on state government,” said Larry Dicke, chief financial officer for the chamber and volunteer treasurer for the foundation. “I can’t recall us ever saying no” to an expense approved by the Governor’s Office, Dicke said. Open government advocates said the memos expose an arrangement between Schwarzenegger and the nonprofit that benefits the governor directly and therefore runs counter to the spirit of state disclosure laws. The group keeps its spending on Schwarzenegger’s office off standard gift reports by classifying the expenses as gifts to the Governor’s “Office,” and not directly to him. “The regulation was not designed to exempt the governor from disclosing all of this,” said Bob Stern, president of the nonpartisan Center for Governmental Studies and a former general counsel at the California Fair Political Practices Commission. Stern explained that the provision was intended for instances when a boss directs a state employee to travel to conferences and other events paid for by an outside group. SACRAMENTO – A secretive nonprofit funded by some of the state’s richest businessmen has spent more than $1.6 million for chartered jets, luxury hotels and private motorcades to ferry Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and aides around Asia, Europe and Mexico in the name of promoting California trade. The expenditures – some dating back to Schwarzenegger’s first full year in office in 2004 – haven’t been broken down until now because the nonprofit and the Governor’s Office decided to stop classifying the expenses as gifts to the governor. That move kept the bills off standard conflict-of-interest reports reviewed by journalists. Schwarzenegger’s office on Monday released memos offering a rough outline of the travel expenses paid by the California State Protocol Foundation, which Schwarzenegger has fundraised for and is run under the auspices of the California Chamber of Commerce. The memos reveal, among other expenses, that the foundation paid over $353,000 for a chartered jet for Schwarzenegger to fly to China in 2005, and over $4,000 a night for his hotel room. On that trip, the foundation also paid $96,306 for airfare and $140,538 for lodging for the governor’s 15-member entourage. “It’s for when a staff member is going and that isn’t the same person determining the trip and benefiting from the gift,” said Stern, who reviewed the memos at the AP’s request. “But here the governor is in charge. He is the one responsible for making the decision to go. He benefits and everybody knows that all along. That’s why they are giving money.” Aaron McLear, Schwarzenegger’s press secretary, stressed that aides in the Governor’s Office – and not Schwarzenegger – make decisions about which staffers go on the trips. He also pointed to an advice letter the foundation requested from the FPPC in 2004 that indicated travel expenses could be considered gifts to an office, and not the office holder. “This is not a gift to the governor, personally, the governor does not benefit personally from these gifts,” McLear said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

The end of an antique era is near

first_img The councilwoman said although the city has done nothing official to designate the area as an antique district, it just evolved that way, and losing Penny Pinchers would be a blow. “The antique store owners are all friends, they are all in the same business and they kind of worked together,” she said. “People come from out of town to go there.” Williamson recalled finding a huge mirror with beveled glass years ago almost hidden in a remote corner of the store. “Now everybody who comes to my house says, ‘Oh my gosh, where did you get that mirror?”‘ Sharon Ruedy of Chatsworth, the owner of Shop Around the Corner, an antique store down Valley Fair, said Simi Valley’s antique shops attract customers from throughout the region. “We’re all very sad about (the Penny Pinchers move) because the more antique stores makes it a destination and gives people more variety,” she said. “It’s going to impact us. … Kathy established an antique center here years ago, and the other stores opened up.” She said Simi Valley has even attracted antique dealers who have shops in other cities but come here looking for bargains they can resell. Since the news of Ervin’s move was announced before Christmas many things for sale were marked down as much as 50 percent and she and the other vendors there sold thousands of items, leaving the shelves increasingly bare. Still, it’s almost impossible to imagine what’s available: antique china, stuffed animals, old-fashioned skis, a Columbia phonograph record player from the early 1900s, an antique wheelchair, English-style riding hats, an outboard motor, spinning wheels and early Disney character dolls. Ervin has used part of the store to sell her own items and rented space to other vendors to sell theirs. The variety in merchandise is astonishing, said customer Doug Wardlaw of Camarillo. “You almost can’t come here without finding something,” he said. Ervin recalled a case in the 1960s when a man brought her an old metal tray he wanted to sell for $8, and she put it up for $35. But it was purchased by another person who learned it was an antique tray once used in performing circumcisions. It was worth $10,000. Liz Kirby of Simi Valley was there recently looking at the half-price bargains. “I really only buy old stuff,” she said. “This place has a lot of variety but not a lot of high-end things. Every once in a while you find something that is dear.” Eric Leach, (805) 583-7602 eric.leach@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “It’s been wonderful. I’ve loved every minute of it and I’m not ready to retire,” said Ervin, 77. “I love the people I meet through the business, the customers and my vendors.” Simi Valley City Councilwoman Barbra Williamson said she has been shopping at Penny Pinchers for years, an experience she described as a journey back in time. “You go in there and you see your past, things from your childhood and your mother’s past,” she said. But it is natural as Simi Valley grows bigger and more prosperous for property to change hands, selling for higher prices and bringing higher rents, she said. “I am so sorry to hear Kathy is having this problem,” Williamson said. “I think it’s a sign of the times.” SIMI VALLEY – Antique hunters are waiting to see what will become of Penny Pinchers, a huge emporium in the middle of Simi Valley where shoppers enter a time warp, unsure of what they will find. Kathy Ervin, who traded thousands of goods from the past in her sprawling 17,200-square-foot complex, has to move by the end of the month because the building was purchased by a man who wants to use the space for his mortgage and real estate business. Some of her supporters hope she can move nearby because the neighborhood has become Simi Valley’s unofficial antique district. Since Penny Pinchers, at 4265 Valley Fair St., opened in the late 1960s, several antique stores have settled around Valley Fair and Los Angeles Avenue near Tapo Street. last_img read more

THE MULLADUFF BAND PLAY THE GENERATIONS GAME!

first_imgThe Old Mulladuff Band can certainly count on tradition.Last Sunday no less than four generations of the same family played in Annagry. James Bonner, his son Hugh with his son Conal, his daughter Pauline Bonner Sweeney with her daughters Alanna and Bronagh and Allana’s son Ultan made it a real family occasion.And throw in their Cousin Paddy Bán for good measure standing in the background and it gets even bigger.It certainly prtoved a very proud day for James with his son, daughter, his grandchildren and great grandson in the band.THE MULLADUFF BAND PLAY THE GENERATIONS GAME! was last modified: April 22nd, 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:AnnagryBonnersMulladuff Bandlast_img read more