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Colaiste Einde, Galway capture the ‘Charlie McGoldrick Cup’ and are crowned Connacht U15 Schoolboys…

first_imgOn a pleasant day for golf and an excellentlypresented Ballinrobe Golf Club on Thursday last, Connacht Golf staged itstwelfth edition of the its development Championships, Team and Individual forU15 Schoolboys. This is a handicap event played in stableford formatover 18 Holes. The aggregate best two scores from the teams of three boysdetermined the placings in the Team event. Scoring was very good on the day reflecting thetalent that currently exists at this age grouping in Connacht with the leading individualon the day returning 44pts and runner-up and third both returning 43pts.When the scores were counted up the Winner of theCharlie McGoldrick Cup, was Colaiste Einde, Galway who had an aggregate of80pts. This gave them a 3pt winning margin over the defending champions HolyRosary Secondary School, Mountbellew. St. Joseph’s College Garbally,Ballinasloe took third place on 74pts.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

Appointment of Justice Patterson should be quashed

first_imgDear Editor,Lying on one’s CV about one’s employment history is a cardinal sin, especially from a person who is supposed to embody the qualities of honesty, integrity and impartiality. This has now been excused by Justice Patterson as ‘a slip of the pen’.The Grenada Newsletter dated June 13, 1987 indicated that Justice Patterson was the Chief Justice in the Maurice Bishop case whereby 17 persons were convicted. The question before him then was the status of the Grenada Supreme Court. It would seem that he acted as Chief Justice is this single instance. However, this should have been stated in his resume. The CV should have indicated the period of employment and the fact whether he was acting or not in that capacity. The President should have questioned this omission; it is a grave error for Justice Patterson to simply state the he was the Chief Justice of Grenada. Furthermore, is it not strange that the newly appointed Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) Chairman could not recall when and for how long he was the acting Chief Justice? How could he fail to recall such a high profile case, as Maurice Bishop’s case?Furthermore, when Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo submitted the lists, the President would normally take weeks to ‘study’ the various CVs, but in this instance he just took a few hours to find that Justice Patterson was ‘fit and proper’ for the job. Why this insane haste to appoint and swear in Justice Patterson? Does it not seem as though the President already made his decision and the submission of the CV a mere formality?If a man is suffering from amnesia and cannot write a proper resume, is he ‘fit and proper’ to be the Chairman of GECOM? Therefore, this is not only about the unconstitutionality of the appointment but about a false CV.Two weeks after his appointment, Justice Patterson wants us to believe that his pen slipped. No his pen did not slip, it failed to write the fact that he acted as Chief Justice. He cannot even find a ‘fit and proper’ excuse. Is there a guarantee that his pen will not ‘slip’ during his tenure as the Chairman for GECOM?In conclusion, the appointment of Justice Patterson should be quashed or Justice Patterson on his own volition should do the honourable thing and resign immediately!Yours sincerely,Haseef YusufRDC Councillor,Region Sixlast_img read more

Israel to stay out of Palestinian fray

first_imgJERUSALEM – Israel’s defense minister vowed Thursday not to let Hamas’ near-takeover of Gaza spill over into violence against the Jewish state, but decided against taking action that would complicate the volatile situation, such as launching an invasion. Officials said that when Prime Minister Ehud Olmert meets President George W. Bush in Washington next week, he will instead recommend a policy aimed at preventing Hamas from capturing the West Bank. The Israeli officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue, said Olmert favors cutting contacts between the two Palestinian territories, which are separated by 25 miles of Israeli territory. Defense Minister Amir Peretz convened his top security officials to discuss possible Israeli reactions to the Gaza fighting but decided, for the time being, to stay out of the conflict. He issued a vague warning that Israel would not allow the violence to reach it, participants said. “If the Gaza Strip falls into Hamas hands this will have regional implications,” he warned earlier this week.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Security officials and analysts say Israel has nothing to gain from meddling in Gaza. “It’s too late for us to get involved. There is no aim we can achieve in a military operation,” said Reuven Pedatzur, an Israeli defense expert at the Center for Strategic Dialogue. “What are we supposed to do – take over the entire strip and hand it over to (Palestinian President Mahmoud) Abbas?” Some hard-line lawmakers propose just that – despite the fact Israel withdrew all its forces and settlers from the region two years ago. “It is high time for Israel to deliver a heavy blow to the Hamas terrorist network. If this will help Fatah regain control, I don’t mind, but we have to do it for our own sake,” said Yuval Steinitz of the hawkish Likud Party. Olmert has said he fears a Hamas victory, but ruled out Israeli support for the Fatah forces. Rather, he has floated the idea of deploying an international force on the Gaza-Egypt border. last_img read more

Burnley blow! Clarets striker to miss majority of next season with serious injury

first_img Burnley striker Ashley Barnes Burnley have suffered a big blow for their hopes of securing an immediate return to the Premier League next season, with news striker Ashley Barnes is set to miss most of the upcoming campaign after suffering a serious knee injury.The Clarets have announced that the 25-year-old sustained anterior cruciate ligament and medial collateral ligament damage in Sunday’s final day Premier League victory over Aston Villa.Barnes, who will undergo surgery next week, is the fourth Burnley player to be struck by a cruciate ligament injury in the space of 14 months, following Sam Vokes, Kevin Long and Dean Marney into long-term rehabilitation.Manager Sean Dyche said: “To say this is bad luck is an understatement. They have been innocuous incidents that have ended up with four serious injuries, and it’s an incredible misfortune.“Obviously it’s a big blow and our thoughts are with Ashley, but the irony is that our ‘preventable’ soft tissue injuries have improved year-on-year. To then have four cruciate injuries, you just can’t believe it.“However, Ashley will be looked after. He will undergo surgery next week and we know what a tough lad he is, and he will be back on the road to recovery as soon as possible.“The positive side is that we are well rehearsed now in this type of injury. Ashley has Dean and Kevin just in front of him and they all have Sam to look to as someone who has recovered and is back playing again.”Barnes limped off the pitch 34 minutes into Sunday’s game after landing awkwardly following an aerial challenge with Fabian Delph.A club statement said: “Burnley Football Club can confirm that Ashley Barnes has suffered a cruciate knee injury that is likely to sideline him for much of next season.“Scans earlier today revealed that the Clarets striker, 25, suffered anterior cruciate ligament and medial collateral ligament damage during the 1-0 victory over Aston Villa on the final day of the Premier League season.” 1last_img read more

Arsenal WILL challenge for Premier League title, vows Koscielny

first_imgArsenal defender Laurent Koscielny has promised fans they WILL challenge for the Premier League title despite their stuttering start to the season.The Gunners drew 0-0 at champions Leicester on Saturday and remain winless after the opening two Premier League games, having lost their opener against Liverpool last week.Travelling supporters again turned on Arsene Wenger and his lack of spending following the match, with fans desperate for their club to sign a striker as the toothless visitors struggled to create clear chances against the Foxes.But defender Koscielny insisted the Gunners, runners-up to Leicester last season, will battle for the Premier League crown as they hunt their first title since 2004.“Always. We are Arsenal – we fight for the title. Every game we play we want to win the game,” he said.“This season will be very difficult because of the top clubs spending a lot of money on transfers, it’s unbelievable. But sometimes the collective can be better than individual players. So we want to keep our philosophy and play football.”The 30-year-old made his first appearance of the season at the King Power Stadium after returning to the Gunners late after helping France to the final of Euro 2016.Koscielny was part of the national side which lost 1-0 to Portugal and was not fit to play in last week’s 4-3 defeat to Liverpool, but said it is natural for players to need more time to recover.“You could see last week we lost Aaron Ramsey with an injury and now he’s out for one month,” Koscielny told arsenal.com.“When we have a summer tournament it’s the same for every other team, not just for Arsenal. I’m sure every other team is the same.“The players come back later and need more time to be fit, to be ready for the game. Last week [we didn’t play] because we weren’t fit and it was important to have one more week for training to be fit this week, and you can see, no one got injured.” 1 Arsenal defender and vice-captain Laurent Koscielny last_img read more

LaLiga: Sevilla 1-0 Atletico Madrid: Steven N’Zonzi’s winner sends Los Rojiblanc

first_img Former Blackburn midfielder Steven N’Zonzi scored the winner 1 Sevilla moved to the top of LaLiga after narrowly beating Atletico Madrid at the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán Stadium.The hosts opened the scoring with just over 15 minutes left when former Blackburn midfielder Steven N’Zonzi latched onto Luciano Vietto’s lofted through ball.Atleti’s chances of finding an equaliser were dealt a blow when Koke received his second booking before being dismissed.But the hosts held out to replace Diego Simeone’s side at the top of the table and now await Real Madrid’s result to see whether they retain their lofty position.Watch N’Zonzi’s goal below….last_img

Sportsday Podcast on talkSPORT 2: December 19, 2016

first_imgThis Monday morning on Sportsday we look back on all of yesterday’s Premier League action.Manchester City beat Arsenal 2-1 at The Etihad; there were also wins for Tottenham and Southampton against Burnley and Bournmouth.We also bring you the latest from day fourth of the fifth and final test between India and England and day four of the World Darts Championship.All brought to you by Will Gavin and the team.last_img

City’s Skid Row cleanup cluttered with red tape, harassment claims

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’Welcome to Los Angeles’ Skid Row. Lying on a flattened piece of cardboard next to a dirty curb strewn with trash and filth, 46-year-old Zachariah Hunter scratches the scabs that pepper his varicose-veined legs and mumbles somewhat incoherently about why he doesn’t feel well. Nearby, a boom box blares Santana’s “Black Magic Woman” as Hunter tries to sleep. “I just wanna forget,” he says. Who wouldn’t want to? Your first impression is the stench – intensified by the afternoon heat and the tragedy of human misery that quickly overpower the senses. Rotting food, discarded plastic cups and plates, yellow police tape and old newspapers litter the trash-lined streets. Decrepit buildings have been shuttered, and virtually all the local businesses are gone. On a week of spooks, goblins and Dia de los Muertos, it is all too tempting to call this a ghost town. Except that there are people milling about, broken and with nothing to do or seemingly to aspire to – people for whom dreams have faded, for whom these dysfunctional streets are symbolic of their littered lives. It is a snapshot of a drama that takes place daily at the doorstep of a gated, gray fortress that could be any heavily fortified U.S. Embassy abroad. Hunger, poverty, homelessness, addiction, depression, unemployment, lack of health care. Call them the seven deadly sins of a society some have described as a city with a dystopian future of palaces for the affluent and squalor for the poor – the expanding gap between the haves and the have-nots, conditions one associates with Mexico and many parts of Latin America, India and Asia. It is Hunter’s neighborhood. To some, Skid Row may look different, as it will from the picture windows of the designer lofts on the drawing board for many of the streets east of Los Angeles Street. In fact, it may be gone by then, or, at least, largely relocated – gentrified, sanitized or simply “cleaned up,” the politically correct term that has come into usage. “They want it cleaned up. Some of us, we’re feelin’ it,” Hunter says. “If they gimme more trouble, I’ll just go to the beach in Santa Monica. “I just need a place to sleep.” It goes by the name of the Skid Row Safer City Initiative, a program launched a month ago amid great political fanfare, with Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa promising to crack down on “the drug dealers and other criminals that prey on the homeless to reverse the culture of lawlessness on Skid Row, while leading those who need help to housing and services.” But the upshot of the program, in which the Los Angeles Police Department deployed 50 more police officers to Skid Row, is what the homeless themselves say has been a punishing campaign to keep the homeless from downtown – from the missions, the shelters and the streets they call home – during business hours. It begins every day, shortly after 6a.m., when the homeless leave their cots, their tents or their makeshift lean-tos. Almost immediately, they are confronted by LAPD officers, shooing them on their way, or worse. On a recent morning, James Wills stepped outside the Midnight Mission on Sixth Street – the imposing fortresslike building where he had slept the night before – to enjoy his first cigarette of the day. A few minutes later, he says, he was given an $85 citation. “They gave me a ticket for throwing away my cigarette butt,” says Wills, 52. “I said, `You can’t be serious,’ and the cop said, `Are you trying to be a wise guy?’ I thought they were gonna take me in. I don’t want that kind of trouble.” By 9 a.m., 45-year-old Denise Marquandt, who grew up in Simi Valley but now lives in a tent across the street from the Midnight Mission, says that she had been rousted from her bed no fewer than three times by police officers. “They said they were going to continue doing this until they got the results they wanted,” she says. “Can you imagine, where you live, being harassed by police three times before 9a.m. each morning?” Later that day, just across the street, another homeless man was pushing his red shopping cart down the sidewalk when two police officers confronted him. “You can’t have a Staples cart,” one of them told the man. Police then confiscated the buggy and emptied the trash bags containing the man’s worldly possessions. They found what they determined to be a crack pipe, then called for backup while they handcuffed and arrested him. Up the street, several red shopping carts – the Staples placards removed – were lined up against a cyclone fence. “If he had taken the Staples name off the cart, he wouldn’t have been stopped,” says Metra White, a homeless woman who had watched the arrest from a distance. “How can you target one area when you don’t target the rest of the city?” asks Wills, smoking another cigarette. “You can’t target Skid Row for breaking laws that you don’t enforce somewhere else.” White, originally from Phoenix, is even more to the point of what some homeless people think. “Someone in this city,” she says, “doesn’t want the poorest of the poor in the city.” LAPD denies harassment Los Angeles Police Department officials deny they are harassing transients on Skid Row, insisting their enforcement has been consistent and they are simply trying to address the problems unique to that area. Shopping carts bearing merchants’ names will always be confiscated and returned to the rightful owners, said Sgt. Lee Sands, a media relations representative. “We have focused on the (criminal) elements that prey on the homeless so that they don’t become victims,” he said. But Skid Row complaints about the cleanup initiative and the trashing of belongings they temporarily leave behind have reached City Hall, where the City Attorney’s Office last week issued a legal opinion on dumping the personal belongings of the homeless. The City Council also is studying how best to identify city streets that need cleaning up, as well as finding new places for the homeless to store their belongings. It would seem paltry action for a city that only 10 months ago Villaraigosa called “the capital of homelessness in the United States of America.” “It dwarfs the homeless problem anywhere in the state,” the mayor said in the wake of a report that estimated the number of homeless at more than 48,000, “and the city of Los Angeles is ground zero for it.” But today, the issue of homelessness borders on becoming a bureaucratic nightmare on top of a human tragedy. Last week, the Bush administration’s homelessness czar, Philip Mangano, criticized previous attempts to deal with Skid Row’s problems and called for “strategic solutions for those living on the sidewalks of the entertainment capital of the world.” City Council members complain that transients being flushed from Skid Row are showing up in the neighboring areas they represent. Villaraigosa himself says the 3,600 transients packed into the few square blocks east of downtown that compose Skid Row make it the “highest concentration of homelessness anywhere in America.” The mayor used the opening last week of a new housing complex for the homeless to call for “a new vision for Los Angeles to end homelessness starting at ground zero here on Skid Row.” Villaraigosa and other officials are convinced that the key to solving the problems of Skid Row is housing and public services, and his remarks that day at times resembled an evangelical prayer meeting with homeless residents in the audience voicing “amens” to his proposals. But just try telling that to the homeless looking for jobs, as Assembly Speaker Fabian Nu ez did when he arrived at the event – and got into a brief debate with a homeless man who insisted that having a job was more important to him than a temporary shelter. “I don’t care about the housing here,” said 67-year-old Jerry Bokassa, who was carrying a sign that read “I Want A Job.” “If I could find myself a good-paying job, I could find myself a decent place.” The inherent logic of what Bokassa says is missed most, though it’s the essence of what President Franklin Roosevelt and his New Deal used in the 1930s to fight the hunger, the unemployment and the economic depression that were then killing the spirits of men and women. `Each day, you start over’ Inside the Midnight Mission, they are simply seeking a bed for the night. They have begun to line up, like Harvey Moore, for the cots rationed out nightly. “If you’re lucky, you get one,” says Moore, 41, who has been homeless for three years. Then, each morning, Moore has to leave the mission, with all his belongings in tow and take them to a storage facility provided for the homeless several blocks away. That or find a place closer by to store them during the day. “You can’t leave your belongings on your cot or in the mission,” Moore says. “If you do, they get thrown out. “So each day, you start over. You take your things with you, store them, then retrieve them and line up hoping you’re one of the lucky ones who gets a bed for the night.” The really lucky ones are those like 52-year-old Kennie Walker, an ex-convict who has a full-time bed at the Midnight Mission because he’s enrolled in one of its substance-abuse recovery programs. “The Midnight Mission isn’t really for the homeless but for those in the drug-treatment programs,” Walker says. “But there’s so many homeless on the streets that it tries to help as many as it can by giving those a place to sleep.” Those who are even luckier than Walker are people like Tyrone Taylor, 57, who have moved from temporary shelters to the newly opened 87-unit Rainbow Apartments, aimed at housing transients who have kicked past addictions. Kathy Stewart is trying desperately to become one of those. She is unusual on Skid Row because she is one of the few who are upbeat and confident of a better future. “I want to be famous,” she says. “One day, I’m going to be president of the United States.” Stewart, 30, admittedly has been an alcoholic and drug addict since age 10, when her mother first offered her cheap booze. She says she now has been clean and sober for two months, so maybe there’s still something intoxicated about her outlook. Then again, she’s an actress. She claims to have had a speaking part in “The Fan,” which starred Robert De Niro and Wesley Snipes. And a Kathy Stewart indeed is listed among the film’s credits. “I could have joined SAG (the Screen Actors Guild),” she says, “but I used the money on drugs.” Now, Stewart is trying to turn it around, for the sake of her three children, who live with a relative. She says she attends Los Angeles City College, wants to make something of herself, and – remember those lofts they’re building with Skid Row in the shadows? “I’m trying to improve myself,” she says, “and we have some nice lofts coming in down here.” Told those lofts will be expensive – a 480-square-foot studio condo in Bunker Hills Towers not far from Skid Row listed for $399,000, and the average price for a new home in the city is $545,000 – and likely not affordable by anyone who has recently been homeless, she remains euphoric in her hopes. She is also not alone in seriously eyeing those lofts. Several residents of Skid Row also mention the lofts and allude to two Nov.7 ballot initiatives – Proposition 1C and Measure H – whose provisions for helping the homeless with housing has been convoluted into a belief that the upscale housing planned nearby is for them. “There’s Section 8 you can use (for the lofts),” Stewart says, referring to the federal program of housing assistance to low-income renters and homeowners but in specifically designated areas and housing costs. But then, there are reasons that many of the homeless now find themselves on Skid Row. Bad luck for one. Emotional issues sometimes. Substance addiction in most instances. Addicts try to recover Around the corner from the Midnight Mission, the Union Rescue Mission sits on San Julian Street next to several hotels and shelters housing tenants in drug and alcohol recovery. Peggy June May, 51, who moved to Los Angeles from Dublin, Ga., three months ago, wanders the street, having been recently put out on restrictions by the Midnight Mission. “I threw a crack pipe at police,” she says, but doesn’t want to elaborate. Up the street, at the Angelus Inn, dressed all in blue with her long raven hair neatly parted, Johnnie Stutts looks like an aging country music queen. “I’m a recovering addict,” says Stutts, 59, a former security guard from East Texas. She has lived at the Angelus Inn for eight months, but she says she lives under no illusion. “Is it dangerous down here? Yes, of course,” she says. “I’m all for bringing the cops here, but they should also bring them here at night. That’s when it’s truly dangerous. “This is the worst thing I’ve ever seen in my life.” Outside on San Julian, you have to watch the puddles on the street. They appear to be puddles of water, but a passer-by stops to warn: “Watch where you step. Those are puddles of urine.” You keep coming across Harvey Moore, who is surprisingly eloquent in talking about the dreams he had when he came to Los Angeles from Massachusetts in 1995, and how a layoff from a switchboard operator job and a subsequent eviction led to a downward personal spiral. “Emotionally, the way you deal with being homeless is a lot of praying and a lot of personal willpower,” he says. “You keep thinking there will be a big break, but it never comes along, just as it doesn’t for many others who are homeless.” Back in front of the Midnight Mission, James Wills is still smoking and fuming about the littering ticket he got that morning. It may be that the citation was a fruitless exercise for the police. A City Attorney’s Office spokesman said the courts will usually waive the fines for people who can prove they are indigent, or allow them to do community service. With Wills is his pal, devoted Dodger fan Eddie Lopez, 55, who says he fears reprisals if he talks but then goes ahead and speaks his mind. “They don’t want people to live on the streets, but they won’t build any more shelters.” Told there are more shelters in the planning stages, he shakes his head. “Do you know how many homeless there are on the streets?” Across the street, the only business open in the area, the Nam Nam Food Mart & Restaurant, is suddenly barraged by a group of homeless people seeking a snack to hold them until they can scrounge up dinner somewhere. The female cashier flashes a smile of gold-capped teeth as she greets one regular and then focuses on a question she has been asked. “What’s it like to work here?” she says, repeating the question. Then, flashing the gold once more, she throws her head back and erupts into a hysterical, almost eerie laugh. “Don’t forget,” Johnnie Stutts says. “You’re in Skid Row.” tony.castro@dailynews.com (818) 713-3761160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

How war-torn Kosovo can stun England and continue their remarkable run

first_imgIn fact, Bernard Challandes’ men briefly overtook England at the top of Group A on Saturday before the Three Lions beat Bulgaria 4-0 at Wembley.Earlier that day, the Kosovans stunned the Czech Republic with a 2-1 victory to record the most significant win in their short history as a competitive nation.The team were only accepted by UEFA and FIFA three years ago, due to the ongoing political tension in the former Serbian province.Kosovo declared its independence in 2008, a move which Serbia still rejects, and relations remain tense.At the 2018 World Cup, Xherdan Shaqiri and Granit Xhaka, both of Kosovar Albanian descent, performed a nationalist ‘Albanian Eagle’ gesture after scoring for Switzerland against the Serbs. Kosovo has been gripped by political tension and war following the break up of Yugoslavia on target Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman Kosovar Albanians were the victims of cultural oppression from the Serb-led regime throughout the nineties, which culminated in the Kosovo War of 1998/1999.More than 13,000 people were killed and millions of ethnic Albanians displaced during a bloody civil war which brought the country to its knees and eventually saw NATO intervene.Serbia still does not recognise Kosovo as an independent nation, nor do several United Nations members – or many within UEFA.Arsenal’s Xhaka and Liverpool’s Shaqiri helped bring a petition to FIFA in 2012 asking permission for Kosovo to compete in friendlies, and 18 months later they played their first recognised match, a 0-0 draw with Haiti in March 2014.Two years after that, Kosovo were narrowly accepted into UEFA, by 28 votes to 24. There was strong opposition from Serbia and Russia, as well as countries such as Spain and Ukraine, who have their own individual states which desire independence, like Catalonia. England are expected to continue their European Championship qualification cakewalk on Tuesday when they welcome Kosovo to St Mary’s – but the visitors should not be underestimated.Despite their infancy on the international stage, Kosovo have already established themselves as worthy opponents for any nation. Kosovo are the surprise package in Group A Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Find out whether Kosovo will shock England on talkSPORT on Tuesday, as we bring you live commentary of the Euro 2020 qualifier at St Mary’s (kick-off 7.45pm) 4 4 4 What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas AFP – Getty Liverpool transfer news live: Star man wanted by Real Madrid, Mbappe latest and more deals Getty Images – Getty statement Can Kosovo continue their incredible run against England? center_img targets BIG PRESENTS UP TOP LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship As recently as Saturday, eight Czechs were arrested for flying a banner which read ‘Kosovo is Serbia’ in protest against their UEFA membership.Kosovan football is the very product of the country’s violent recent past. Most of the squad which will line up against England on Tuesday are former refugees, raised outside their homeland, while none of them play domestic football in Kosovo.The match-winner against the Czech Republic, Mergim Vojvoda, was brought up in Belgium after his family fled from the conflict, while the team’s star player, Swansea forward Bersant Celina, grew up in Norway.Xhaka and Shaqiri have both previously suggested they would play for Kosovo, rather than Switzerland, if the team existed earlier in their careers.Who says politics has nothing to do with sport?The Kosovans now embark on their first attempt to qualify for the Euros, and unlike their disastrous World Cup qualifying campaign, this is going rather well. rookie error latest stalemate Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ Shaqiri, who was born in Kosovo, sparked a storm at the 2018 World Cup Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta Kosovo 4-3 Latvia (13/11/17)Kosovo 1-0 Madagascar (24/03/18)Kosovo 2-0 Burkina Faso (27/03/18)Kosovo 3-0 Albania (29/05/18)Azerbaijan 0-0 Kosovo (07/09/18)Kosovo 2-0 Faroe Islands (10/09/18)Kosovo 3-1 Malta (11/10/18)Faroe Islands 1-1 Kosovo (14/10/18)Malta 0-5 Kosovo (17/11/18)Kosovo 4-0 Azerbaijan (20/11/18)Kosovo 2-2 Denmark (21/03/19)Kosovo 1-1 Bulgaria (25/03/19)Montenegro 1-1 Kosovo (07/06/19)Bulgaria 2-3 Kosovo (10/06/19)Kosovo 2-1 Czech Republic 07/09/19) Two wins and two draws see them enter the clash with England just one point behind their hosts, although they have played a game more.But their unbeaten run extends way further than the qualifying campaign, all the way back to October 2017.Kosovo are undefeated in their last 15 international matches – a run which saw them top their Nations League group in the lowest tier of the competition.It could be argued that, on form, Kosovo represent England’s toughest opponents in Group A.Take a look at their remarkable run below: Kosovo’s incredible unbeaten run 4 AFP – Getty last_img read more

Celtic and Hearts name teams for Murrayfield semi-final

first_imgThe teams are in for the first of Sunday’s League Cup semi-finals.With skipper Scott Brown, striker Leigh Griffiths and defenders Jozo Simunovic and Dedryck Boyata amongst those unavailable, Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers has been forced to reshuffle his pack.Hearts counterpart Craig Levein is missing key men of his own after John Souttar and Uche Ikpeazu joined Christophe Berra on the sidelines.Here we run through both line-ups:Back: Kris Ajer (left) returns for Celtic, while Scott Bain is in goals for the semi-final. SNS Celtic team: Bain; Lustig, Ajer, Benkovic, Tierney; Kouassi, Ntcham; McGregor, Forrest, Rogic; Edouard.Start: Peter Haring (right) is back in for Hearts, while Steven Maclean leads the line. SNSLevein has decided to take a chance on the fitness of influential midfielder Peter Haring.The Austrian returns to start in place of teenager Harry Cochrane for the Jam Tarts despite an ongoing hernia problem.Olly Lee also takes his place in the starting 11 in the only other change from the team which swept aside Dundee.Team: Zlamal, Smith, Dunne, Dikamona, Mitchell; Lee, Djoum, Haring, Bozanic; Naismith, MacLean. Celtic have been boosted by Kris Ajer’s return from injury for the Murrayfield match.With Simunovic and Dedryck Boyata unavailable, Rodgers had looked short of options at the back.But Ajer has been passed fit to start in the centre of defence, alongside Filip Benkovic, who has also had recent injury problems.Elsewhere, James Forrest returns after missing the midweek loss to Leipzig through suspension and Tom Rogic is back as the main source of supply for striker Odsonne Edouard.last_img read more