first_imgThe president of the Bulgarian Football Union (BFU) stepped down on Tuesday after the prime minister urged him to quit following racist abuse from Bulgarian fans towards black English players during their Euro 2020 qualifier.Prime Minister Boyko Borissov called for former goalkeeper Borislav Mihaylov to step down after Monday’s match was temporarily halted by the referee to tackle abuse from the crowd.“Today, the president of the Bulgarian Football Union Borislav Mihailov submitted his resignation, which will be presented to the members of the Executive Committee at the meeting on Friday,” the BFU said in a statement.“His position is a consequence of recent tensions: an environment that is detrimental to Bulgarian football and the Bulgarian Football Union.”The BFU announcement came only a couple of hours after a BFU spokesman said that Mihaylov would not resign because the state had no right to interfere in football.“The football union cannot be held responsible for the hooliganism of a group of people,” BFU’s spokesman Hristo Zapryanov had said earlier.Racist abuse cast a blight over the match at the Vasil Levski national stadium as the game was twice halted by the referee after monkey noises and chants from the crowd were aimed at black English players.A group of black-clad Bulgarian fans, some of whom were making right-wing salutes, were moved from an area behind the dugout at the stadium with home team captain Ivelin Popov appealing to the supporters in a heated discussion at halftime.The 56-year-old Mihaylov, part of Bulgarian team that reached the semi-finals at the 1994 World Cup in the United States, had been BFU president since 2005 when he replaced long-serving Ivan Slavkov, who was expelled from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) following allegations of corruption.Former Reading keeper Mihaylov, who also played at the World Cup finals in 1986 and 1998 as well as the European championship in 1996, has been heavily criticised by Bulgarian media and fans for failing to lead the BFU out of years of corruption and controversy.Bulgaria have failed to qualify for a major tournament since 2004 while Mihaylov’s tenure has been marred by cronyism allegations. There have been widespread reports of match-fixing in Bulgaria in recent years but little in the way of progress in holding anyone accountable.“After many years spent in the post and with his many contacts at a high international level, Mr. Mihailov expresses his firm readiness to continue to help the development of Bulgarian football in every way possible,” BFU said in a statement.last_img read more

first_img SUNRISE-SIX SELECTIONS 1. SWEET DESTINY 2. ZI BEAST 3. ANASO 4. FATHER PATRICK 5. CUSTER 6. LATE N DRAFTY SWEET DESTINY has not been in top form in recent weeks but gets the perfect distance tomorrow and will be hard to beat in the opening event of the Sunrise-Six. The six-year-old has shown himself to be somewhat of a specialist over 1000 metres straight and will not be inconvenienced by the poor draw. His last run over the distance suggests that the number one postposition will be no obstacle. On November 3 last year, the Steven Todd-trained gelding closed fast and lost out to Dr Banner by just half a length. Both were awarded the same time, 1:00.0. Only LET IT SNOW has gone faster (59.4) over the distance in recent months, but she will have matching speed throughout the event and will not be able to withstand the selection’s usual late rush. Race Two is also over 1000 metres straight, and ZI BEAST is the one they all have to beat. The five-year-old horse found splits of 22.2×44.3 just too fast against MR PANTHEON last November and ended up sixth by nine lengths in an eight-horse field. This is, however, a far easier assignment and ZI BEAST will not be caught coming from the advantageous outside draw in tomorrow’s race. The third is a knotty 1200 metres race for four-year-old maidens. SACRIFICE, PURE HEART, and LAZER LIGHT have all shown some degree of ability, but all three appear to be marking time at this level. PURE HEART actually passed the post first on November 3 but was disqualified. In four subsequent efforts, he has failed to really impress. ANASO, a lightly raced son of Distorted, appears to be the one to be on. In his only start last Boxing Day, the four-year-old colt came forward willingly in the straight after a poor start and was beaten by only four lengths while finishing fourth to Acapella. The more experienced SACRIFICE was just a length in front in third spot. The connections of ANASO have replaced the sparingly used Sadiki Blake with top jockey Richard Halledeen, and punters can expect a big effort tomorrow. Ian Parsard’s FATHER TIME and Philip Feanny’s GOD IS LOVE are set to fight for top spot in Race Four for three-year-old maidens over 1100 metres. Both have been working very well, but the former appears to have the edge at this time. On January 5, FATHER TIME breezed 1000 metres in 59.2 seconds while GOD IS LOVE did 1:00.2 for the same distance on the following day. Also in FATHER TIME’S favour is the fact that he is a half-brother to crack grade-one sprinter Crucial Appeal, both out of the winner-producing mare Late Appeal. Take Feanny’s CUSTER to lead his rivals all the way home in the fifth while the very light LATE N DRAFTY should close the Sunrise-Six.last_img read more

first_imgHere’s the top transfer-related stories in Sunday’s newspapers…Juventus are lining up a £20m bid for Tottenham midfielder Paulinho, 25, which could pave the way for Manchester United to sign Arturo Vidal, 27, from the Italian champions. (Sunday Telegraph) Real Madrid winger Angel Di Maria, 27, is set to reject the chance to move to Manchester United despite being offered a £150,000-per-week deal. (Sunday Express)Ecuador striker Enner Valencia, 25, has arrived in London to complete his £11m switch to West Ham from Mexican club Pachuca. (The Sun on Sunday)Manchester City are closing in on Porto’s France international central defender Eliaquim Mangala, 23, who Blues manager Manuel Pellegrini believes will form a new partnership with captain Vincent Kompany. (Mail on Sunday)New Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal, who is likely to be unveiled at Old Trafford on Thursday, is hoping to quickly sign a number of stars including Germany’s Mats Hummels and Marco Reus, both 25. (Sunday Express)Van Gaal, 62, has declared that Dutch winger Arjen Robben knows that he would be welcome to follow him to Old Trafford. (Sunday Telegraph)Newcastle have approached Monaco as they attempt to sign striker Emmanuel Riviere, 24. (Sunday Mirror)Dynamo Moscow want to make Wilfried Zaha, 21, their second summer signing from Manchester United, following their capture of Alex Buttner. (Sun on Sunday)Luis Suarez could lose as much as £3m of his £10m-per-year Barcelona salary if he bites another opponent. (Sunday People)And here are the latest talkSPORT.com transfer tales…PSG poised to land Toulouse defender after Arsenal drop interestValencia to hold talks with Chelsea over deal for RomeuLiverpool and Newcastle transfer blow: Atletico Madrid move for Juventus starTottenham and Everton transfer blow! Algeria World Cup ace closing in on Porto moveNapoli to target Premier League duo if they miss out on Liverpool midfielderFrance midfielder set to to disappoint Everton and make Benfica switchTottenham to miss out on Serie A defenderAC Milan rule out move for World Cup star on Arsenal’s radarNewcastle to beat Premier League rivals to France striker?Lyon to rival Roma and Liverpool in race for USA sensationMore good news for Gooners? Arsenal star reveals conversation with WengerMartinez wants Traore and Lukaku to return to EvertonAC Milan star’s move to West Ham is a no-goExclusive – Decision time as French star faces choice between Arsenal and Tottenham 1 Listen again to today’s Paper Review last_img read more

first_imgConstruction is scheduled to start in mid-2008 and take two years. alex.dobuzinskis@dailynews.com (818) 546-3304160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “This one is totally unique – the outside design, the crossing at the top floor connecting one to the other,” Weaver said. “I think it’s totally unique. It doesn’t exist anywhere around.” Peter Lauer, president of developer Intracorp, said he expects the building’s residents to be young professionals and seniors. The council voted unanimously to approve the environmental impact report for the project. But in a separate vote, Councilman Bob Yousefian was alone in opposing the project’s design and parking plan. Yousefian noted the project’s use of plaster on the outside of the building, saying it could crack in an earthquake. “For me, it’s a project that could have been better,” he said. “That’s why I didn’t vote for its design.” GLENDALE – As part of a drive to bring more residents into downtown Glendale, the City Council on Tuesday approved a 16-story, twin-tower condominium project. The 200-unit Alexander project is the first downtown development approved since last year’s City Council commitment to build more housing downtown and save residential neighborhoods from rampant growth. The project, at Wilson Avenue and Orange Street, will be built in the art deco style. A bridge will connect the white and silver-colored towers. Councilman Dave Weaver said he wants to see buildings downtown that set the city apart, and the Alexander project fits the bill. last_img read more

first_img1 Tottenham’s Toby Alderweireld is one of the Premier League’s best centre-backs Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has told any club wanting to buy Toby Alderweireld to ‘knock on the door of Daniel Levy’.The centre-back is reportedly a target for Inter Milan this summer as the Italian club look to spend the millions of their new Chinese owners.However, Pochettino has now told anyone trying to buy Alderweireld they must negotiate with Spurs chairman Levy if they want to lure him away from White Hart Lane.“I never speak about rumours. You’ve got to speak with Daniel and discover,” said Pochettino.“If some clubs are interested in some players, it’s very clear that they need to go and knock on the door of Daniel Levy.“The players that will leave the club is always our decision, the club’s decision. All the players today have contracts for the next 2 or 3 years minimum, and we’re not worried about the players.“I invite all the clubs that want players from Tottenham to come to the training ground and visit our chairman Daniel Levy.“I think Toby is playing and that is the second season at the club, nobody has doubts about Toby.”last_img read more

first_img“The decisions you and your cabinet make will be determinate as to whether or not a country succeeds that can govern itself, sustain itself and defend itself,” he told al-Maliki. Bush’s trip comes at a time when many Democrats – and some in his own party – are calling for a substantial number of American troops to be brought home by the end of this year. War anxiety has been the driving force behind Bush’s plunge in the polls and a cause of Republican distress about holding control of Congress in the November mid-tem elections. Bush spent just over 5 hours in Baghdad. It was his second unannounced visit in the three-year war. He met with American troops at Thanksgiving 2003 in a visit confined to the airport and limited to several hours. Bush slipped away from what had been billed as a two-day meeting at Camp David, Md., for a secret 11-hour overnight flight that brought him to his first direct talks with al-Maliki and members of the new government. His visit was accompanied by incredibly tight security. On the way out, lights were turned off both on the helicopters that took Bush and his entourage to the airport and on Air Force One itself. Only a handful of close aides knew about the trip in advance. Al-Maliki himself did not know the president was in Baghdad until five minutes before they met in the blue-domed palace once used by Saddam Hussein but which now houses part of the U.S. Embassy in the heavily fortified Green Zone. The Iraqi president had come to the embassy expecting to participate in a satellite video conference with Bush and aides from the presidential mountain retreat in Maryland. Instead, Bush sat beside him. The video conference went on as scheduled with the U.S. officials still at Camp David. “I’ve come to not only look you in the eye. I’ve also come to tell you that when America gives its word, it keeps its word – that it’s in our interest that Iraq succeed,” Bush told al-Maliki. Bush didn’t say whether he and the prime minister had discussed the timing or scope of a possible U.S. military withdrawal. There are now about 130,000 U.S. troops in the country. Al-Maliki, speaking in Arabic, thanked Bush for U.S. protection, but expressed a general hope for the day when American troops would be gone. “God willing, all of the suffering will be over, and all of the soldiers will be able to return to their countries with our gratitude for what they have offered,” al-Maliki said. Before leaving Baghdad, Bush addressed a group of about 300 cheering U.S. troops assigned in supporting roles to the U.S. Embassy. He thanked them for their work and said a top U.S. priority was now to support the new government. “Our job is to help them succeed and we will,” Bush said. Several U.S. lawmakers briefed on Bush’s trip predicted that a phased withdrawal of U.S. troops might be accelerated following the presidential visit. Bush also met with other Iraqi leaders before leaving the country. Later, speaking with reporters for about 35 minutes on Air Force One, Bush said one of the Iraqi cabinet ministers asked him about the U.S. military’s conduct in terms of human rights of Iraqis. “I assured her any complaints she had, the ambassador is more than willing to listen and there will be full investigations.” He said he reminded the Iraqi officials that mistreatment of Iraqi prisoners by Americans at Abu Ghraib prison “is a sorry chapter in the Iraqi experience.” Sen. Carl Levin of Michigan, senior Democrat on the Armed Services Committee, told reporters afterward that Bush’s trip “is likely to lead to phased redeployments this year and continuing in the next year.” Bush’s visit came six days after a U.S. air strike killed terror chief Abu Musab al-Zarqawi and five days after al-Maliki completed his cabinet by naming the ministers of Defense and Interior – events the president’s advisers hoped would lead to political progress. But underscoring the dangers that remain, a series of explosions struck the northern city of Kirkuk on Tuesday, killing at least 16 people. And the new leader of al-Qaida in Iraq pledged to avenge predecessor al-Zarqawi’s death with horrific attacks, according to a statement posted on the Web.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 MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2“There’s a worry almost to a person that we will leave before they are capable of defending themselves,” Bush said. “And I assured them that they didn’t need to worry,” he said. “They are counting on us to continue to take the lead until such time as they are ready to take the lead.” Bush said that top U.S. military and policy officials would sit down with Iraqi officials in the days ahead “and devise a way forward.” The president also said he would step up pressure on other world leaders to do more to help Iraq. “I am going to call these leaders again and remind them that a stable and secure Iraq is part of a stable and secure Middle East,” Bush said. In a mission designed to both showcase U.S. support for the new unity government and to ease war concerns at home, the president said the United States would stand by the new government as it works to achieve stability. At the same time, he emphasized that Iraq must control its own destiny. BAGHDAD, Iraq – President Bush asked Iraq’s leader to join him in a Baghdad-Camp David satellite hookup to discuss the new government’s future. But he neglected to mention one thing: They’d be sitting right next to each other. Surprising officials in both the Iraqi capital and at the presidential retreat in Maryland, Bush made a secret overnight flight to Baghdad to sit at the table with Iraqi leaders – and to watch members of his own Cabinet still in Camp David on a television screen. While in Baghdad on Tuesday, Bush promised Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki the U.S. would stand by its commitment to help Iraq until the government can govern, sustain and defend itself. But he also said the country’s future is in Iraqi hands. Reflecting later on his secret mission while returning to Washington aboard Air Force One, Bush told reporters Iraqi leaders were fearful that the United States might pull out too soon. last_img read more

first_img LATEST FOOTBALL STORIES Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Karamoko Dembele has more league winners medals than steven Gerrard— Kevin (@kevinjoyce1888) May 20, 2019 How good was young dembele when he came on today? 16 years old and was a quality wee watch. 🍀— Gibby (@gibbythetwit) May 19, 2019 ADVICE K Dembele looks a talent. boy Henderson looks a special special talent— ricky hendry (@erln01) May 19, 2019 Wee Karamoko Dembele showed many older professionals a thing or two today. He gets fouled but gets back up; compare this to in particular the behaviour of a vastly experienced Englishman and a Colombian who behaves like a toddler. Embarrassing.Well done young man, bravo!— JoeyJoJoJnrShabadoo (@Jedbob67) May 20, 2019 Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Karamoko Dembele made his Celtic bow aged 16 years and 86 days Karamoko Dembele has played 45 minutes of senior football and still has more league winners medals than Steven Gerrard 🤣— Scott Robbie (@Scott25567) May 19, 2019 Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT LATEST He single handedly lifted the crowd today too. The atmosphere first half was pretty meh…as was the performance, until young Dembele appeared after half time. I’m genuinely excited about his future.— Brian Gerard 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 (@BrianBirdieBhoy) May 20, 2019 Getty Images I think young Dembele has a great future after today. I didn’t thing he was strong enough for the tackles in the top flight. He proved me wrong. Well done youngster— Darrin Patterson (@darrinp2013) May 20, 2019 Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Dembele has the making of a special winger. Just what we need. Along with Johnston today there is evidence of two great young players.— David Gibson (@Meikle_Seggie) May 19, 2019 2 REVEALED We’ll be lucky to get 2 seasons out of Dembélé as a regular starter before he gets snapped up.— Kelly 🍀 (@LiviBhoy88) May 19, 2019 Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card shining tense 2 Dembele looking exciting today, Mikey too, Toljan I don’t think will cut it in the team, how he played for Dortmund I dunno. We need experience next weekend on the pitch, I hope the team is strong and completes this historic achievement HH #8inArow— Malcolm Cameron (@malkybhoy84) May 19, 2019center_img deals Karamoko Dembele could be the best talent to come out of Scotland since spring water honestly some talent at Celtic— Larry (@LarryCrean) May 20, 2019 “The kid is 16 and we just want to develop him in the right way. He has been training with the first team and I had no hesitation giving him 45 minutes.”And with the youngster handed a league winners’ medal at the end of the match as Celtic celebrated their eighth title in a row, plenty of fans couldn’t help but rib Rangers manager Steven Gerrard as they hailed their new hero, as you can see below… Karamoke dembele has more league title medals than Steven Gerrard. #Levels— Paul G 7-1 csc🍀 (@Paul_gall1967) May 19, 2019 Karamoko Dembele looked so promising when he came on. I think this kid if gonna live up to the hype. Looked like a small child had strayed on mind.— Declan Taylor (@DecTaylor) May 19, 2019 Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Karamoko Dembele lights up Celtic’s title celebrations as 16-year-old makes his debut in 2-1 win against Hearts on final day of the season pic.twitter.com/kgizN94EZj— Lilian Chan (@bestgug) May 20, 2019 huge blow Excited to see what the future holds for Henderson, Johnston and Dembele in a Celtic shirt – the new era of academy 😍😍— C.olleen (@Al0homora_) May 20, 2019 Dembele received a winners medal at the end of the match with Hearts Karamoko dembele has won more leagues than steven gerrard hahaha! 🏆 champions again, good nite 😘— Ciaran Dowling (@CiaranDowling93) May 19, 2019 His opponents struggled to deal with his speed and skill, while he certainly wasn’t shy about getting a shot a way.“He is the type of player that you want at Celtic,” manager Neil Lennon said of Dembele.“He gets the crowd off their feet with his football intelligence. Obviously we need to keep a lid on it, but it’s great that the fans have seen the glimpse of the future. Celtic fans are going wild after getting the chance to watch 16-year-old wonderkid Karamoko Dembele in action.The Bhoys youngster came on for the second half of their 2-1 victory over Heart of Midlothian, replacing Oliver Burke, and proved a lively customer. gameday cracker Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won REPLY Karamoko Dembele is 16 years old and he put some of the first team to shame when he came on yesterday— RM😎 (@mathers1888) May 20, 2019 no dice What a player wee Dembele is btw, the futures bright!— Marky (@MarkyMcC67) May 19, 2019 Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Watching today’s game just now after work. Mikey Johnstone, Henderson and Dembele all played well today. The future is looking very bright for the Hoops with these guys including KT , Forrest and Mcgregor. Get a top manager in , we have the finance to do 12, 13 in a row?— Tommy (@Cesar_67HH) May 20, 2019 Cracking day today, not the best game but Dembele and Johnston were bright sparks, looking forward to the cup final and a big summer for Celtic #8InARow #CelticFC 🍀🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🥇 pic.twitter.com/2CxJAMcCoo— Alex Milobinder (@Yossarian_sco) May 19, 2019 Hopefully dembele gets plenty of call ups next season, player with a bit of flare that actually takes people on! Futures bright for Celtic some talent coming through— Jonathan Campbell (@J19Campbell) May 19, 2019last_img read more

first_img https://twitter.com/FrankKhalidUK Speaking exclusively to The Sun, Mr Khalid revealed how he and Kante met through his West London restaurant – and the player even visited him after a heart operation last year.He said: “We became friends when I was introduced to him by a friend and he came to my restaurant Chak89.“I invited him and originally he couldn’t attend because of his commitment to the French national team, but because of his injury he messaged me saying he was coming.“My family and myself are very close to N’Golo and he was one of the first people to visit me when I had my triple bypass surgery operation in April 2018. “He stayed till the end and was so nice to everyone and signed autographs and took selfies with the guests.“My daughter’s name is Henna Khalid and her husband is Raheel Malik. He is an amazing person with a golden heart.”Kante has shown off his generous side before, visiting a mosque unannounced in London before going back to a fellow worshipper’s house to watch Match of the Day and enjoy a curry. 3 N’Golo Kante made this Chelsea fan’s day by turning up to his daughter’s wedding N’Golo Kante cemented his reputation as the nicest man in football after visiting the wedding of a Chelsea fan’s daughter on Sunday.The World Cup winner missed the 2-2 draw with Sheffield United on Saturday, but even managed to get up on stage during his surprise appearance.Blues supporter Frank Khalid revealed how the devout Muslim mingled with guests and posed for pictures. Kante mingled with guests and happily posed for pictures center_img https://twitter.com/FrankKhalidUK https://twitter.com/FrankKhalidUK Kante even got up on stage at the service on Sunday 3 3last_img read more

first_imgRockets drop to 5-6 in Cloverbelt EastBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterGILMAN — Gilman held Spencer to 27 percent shooting and defeated the Rockets 58-39 in a Cloverbelt Conference East Division girls basketball game Friday night at Gilman High School.Gilman (5-9, 2-9 Cloverbelt East) led 31-20 at halftime and outscored Spencer by eight in the second half to win by double digits.The Rockets (7-7, 5-6 Cloverbelt East) made just 14 of 47 shots from the field and were outrebounded 40-23 in the loss.Liz Endreas scored 11 points to lead Spencer.Spencer hosts Rib Lake in a nonconference game Monday.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Pirates 58, Rockets 39Spencer 20 19 – 39Gilman 31 27 – 58SPENCER (39): Liz Endreas 4-12 3-4 11, Lexi Baehr 1-11 5-6 8, Kaily Northup 3-6 0-0 7, Sabrina Vircks 2-6 0-0 4, Jessica Becker 2-3 0-1 4, Courtney Buss 1-3 0-0 3, Shaelee Neitzel 1-3 0-0 2, Mckenna Brecht 0-0 0-0 0, Katie Hall 0-1 0-0 0, Claire Drews 0-1 0-0 0, M. Burt 0-1 0-0 0. FG: 14-47. FT: 8-11. 3-pointers: 3-9 (Buss 1-2, Baehr 1-3, Northup 1-3, Burt 0-1). Rebounds: 23. Turnovers: 16. Fouls: 18. Fouled out: none. Record: 7-7, 5-6 Cloverbelt East.GILMAN (58): Kayla Chause 5-7 2-2 13, Cooper Sherfield 6-10 0-0 12, Grace Grunseth 4-8 2-6 11, Evelyn Fryza 3-7 2-3 8, Taylor Hendricks 3-10 2-3 8, Camryn Skabroud 2-5 0-0 4, Amanda Wisocky 1-1 0-0 2, Lydia Syryczuk 0-0 0-0 0, Hannah Baker 01 0-0 0. FG: 24-49. FT: 8-14. 3-pointers: 2-10 (Chause 1-1, Grunseth 1-2, Fryza 0-1, Hendricks 0-3, Skabroud 0-3). Rebounds: 40 (Sherfield 15). Turnovers: 18. Fouls: 11. Fouled out: none. Record: 5-9, 2-9 Cloverbelt East.last_img read more