Cardiff City 0-0 Bristol City: Severnside derby ends in stalemate in Wales

first_img Alex Revell The Severnside derby failed to spring to life as Cardiff and Bristol City played out a goalless draw in the Welsh capital.Elliot Bennett could have snatched it at the death for the visitors but his shot hit the woodwork, while Sammy Ameobi somehow fired wide from close in in injury time for Cardiff.The result leaves the Robins hovering over the Sky Bet Championship relegation zone, while the point puts Cardiff three points off the play-off places, but they will be left disappointed after spurning a host of chances.The Bluebirds controlled possession in the opening quarter, but it was the side from the over the bridge who had the best opportunities to break the deadlock.Home left-back Fabio was left exposed by wide midfielder Peter Whittingham which gave Bennett the freedom to flash menacing crosses across goal – but neither Aaron Wilbraham nor Luke Ayling could convert from close range.And the Robins lost one of their aerial threats to a hamstring injury after 24 minutes.Defender Nathan Baker was limping before he ignored a pass out from goalkeeper Frank Fielding and allowed Craig Noone a run and shot on goal which, luckily for Baker, was blocked. He was replaced by Joe Bryan.Whittingham played a neat one-two with Lee Peltier to find a pocket of space behind the Bristol back-three and deliver a teasing cross to the back post.Fielding made a mess of it and conceded a corner which was headed inches wide by Matt Connolly.But it was Steve Cotterill’s side who had the best chance to go in front just before half-time.Jonathan Kodjia came out with the ball from defence after a wasted Cardiff chance and fed the lively Bennett before continuing his run.He was found by an inch-perfect Bennett cross into the area but goalkeeper David Marshall reacted quickly to tip the ball over.Joe Mason had two chances to give Cardiff the lead in as many minutes after the break as the hosts came out firing.First he got his head to a looping Peltier cross but glanced wide, before Alex Revell found him with a low cross that he could only fire over the crossbar.Kagisho Dikgacoi was the next to get his head to a Whittingham cross but his weak effort allowed Bristol City to break and resulted in Aron Gunnarson picking up a yellow card.The Robins thought they had stolen the three points with 10 minutes remaining after Bryan stabbed a shot against a post and Kodjia poked the ball home, but the striker was offside.There was still time for late drama when Marshall pushed Bryan’s driven shot into the path of Bennett and he cracked the upright with a right-footed effort, while at the other end, Ameobi, who looked to be in an offside position, somehow missed from four yards. 1last_img read more

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Revealed! Every MLS club ranked by average attendance

first_img 3. New York City FC – Average attendance = 29,016 20 20 20 20 20. Colorado Rapids – Average attendance = 15,657. Find out the best of the rest by clicking the arrow above! 18. FC Dallas – Average attendance = 16,013 16. Columbus Crew – Average attendance = 16,958 15. Philadelphia Union – Average attendance = 17,451 1. Seattle Sounders – Average attendance = 44,247 12. New York Red Bull – Average attendance = 19,657 20 14. Montreal Impact – Average attendance = 17,750 2. Orlando City – Average attendance = 32,847 11. Sporting Kansas City – Average attendance = 19,687 20 20 20 20 20 9. Vancouver Whitecaps – Average attendance = 20,507 20 20 20 20 20 8. Houston Dynamos – Average attendance = 20,658 20 7. San Jose Earthquakes – Average attendance = 20,979 20 10. Real Salt Lake – Average attendance = 20,160 It’s boom time in America as the MLS broke several attendance records across the 2015 campaign.No longer the ugly sister to European and South American leagues, Major League Soccer is attracting interest at home and abroad.An influx of stars has helped the average attendance increase 12.7 per cent from 19,147 to 21,574 this year, although this was aided by new teams such as the Frank Lampard and Andrea Pirlo inspired New York City FC and Orlando City, who can count Kaka and Canadian starlet Cyle Larin amongst their ranks.Major League Soccer’s impressive growth also means it’s has the seventh highest average attendance of all leagues globally, above Ligue 1 and the Championship.But which teams across the Atlantic have the biggest crowds? talkSPORT takes a look.Click the right arrow above to see which MLS sides have the highest attendances… 5. LA Galaxy – Average attendance = 23,392 4. Toronto FC – Average attendance = 23,451 20 20 17. DC United – Average attendance = 16,244 19. Chicago Fire – Average attendance = 16,003 13. New England Revolution – Average attendance = 19,627 20 6. Portland Timbers – Average attendance = 21,142 last_img read more

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Fabregas and Van Persie? They’re not coming in! Celebrity Arsenal fan issues banning order

first_img1 J Hus Each week a leading band or musician takes our Starting XI Q&A. And in the hot-seat this time is rapper J Hus…Who would be the most rock ‘n’ roll signing your club could make?I’d say Zlatan Ibrahimovic. If your club was a song or a lyric, what would it be?‘I swear I love you and hate you at the same time’. (J Hus Lyrics)Which football stadium would you most like to play a gig at (that’s not your club’s home ground)?I’d rather perform at Wembley over anywhere.Which footballer has the most potential to be a rock star?Jack Wilshire, he’s abit reckless. LOL!Brit award or Premier League trophy?Arsenal have won the prem. Let me get the Brit award, lol.When you were a kid, which football and music posters did you have on your wall?Arsenal team (Invincibles) 2004. Didn’t have any musicians on my wallElvis was the king of rock ‘n’ roll, Michael Jackson the king of pop… Who’s the king of football?Ooh, I’ve got to say the Brazilian Ronaldo. He was my guy.If you were in charge of your club’s dressing room stereo, what tunes would you put on before a big game and why?“Eye of the Tiger”. It’s just that song.Which signing got you most excited and which player’s departure broke your heart?When Alexis Sanchez came I was excited, but when Henry, Fabregas and Van Persie left… boy!Which footballer would you refuse complimentary tickets to one of your gigs?Van Persie and Fabregas.What’s the best/worst football song ever recorded?Haven’t recorded one… yet! LOL…One of the most prolific and talked about new talents to emerge from the current Grime resurgence, UK sensation J HUS announces the release of his Internet smash ‘Lean & Bop’ via Black Butter Records. Watch the video herelast_img read more

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Leeds United’s executive director denies reports of legal action against Football League

first_img1 Leeds are not taking legal action against the Football League, according to executive director Paul Bell.Reports on Sunday said United were taking action in a bid to dismantle the collective selling of television rights and instead sell their own games.It was also reported that Monday’s clash with Middlesbrough is only going ahead after the League was forced to take out a legal injunction against Leeds to ensure they honoured the fixture.The club, and in particular owner Massimo Cellino, have been at loggerheads with the League and Sky Sports all season as a consequence of the amount of times they have been shown live on the network.The Boro game will be Leeds’ 12th live game of the season – the last time the cameras turned up at Elland Road for a game against Derby on December 29 they were locked out by Cellino.On that occasion he relented just five hours before kick-off and Sunday’s reports suggested a new rift had developed.But in a statement on Sunday night, Bell said: “Last Thursday I attended a meeting organised by the Football League on behalf of all its member clubs.“The meeting was organised, like all previous Football League club meetings, so that clubs could discuss matters together, privately and confidentially.“It is therefore disappointing to read inaccurate press reports this morning quoting ‘sources’ from within the meeting.“Given the nature of the article, I feel that it is important and necessary to set the record straight.“I would like to make it clear that Leeds United is not seeking, or taken legal action, to dismantle the collective selling of TV rights as has been suggested.“The club has, however, made it clear to both Sky and the League that it opposes the degree of control exercised by Sky over the league fixture list, and seeks transparency as to how these rights have been sold.“Today’s article seeks to position Leeds United as a lone, isolated voice. However, this is far from the truth and there is a growing number of clubs who now understand and share our desire for transparency.”Bell’s statement is unlikely to ease fan dissent against Cellino, though.The Italian – currently appealing a League disqualification for tax evasion – activated his legal team last week when unhappy fans paid for an advert to be put up outside Elland Road calling for him to sell the club.A large number of United supporters are unhappy at the 59-year-old’s running of the club and it is understood further demonstrations will take place ahead of and during the Middlesbrough game.Donations from supporters have tallied up at over £4,000, all of which has been spent on funding the latest protests, although Cellino is likely to be in Italy come kick-off.There has been no comment from the Football League. Elland Road Stadium last_img read more

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Civilian death toll in Iraq drops for Eid feast

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BAGHDAD – The civilian death toll in Iraq fell to its lowest level in recent memory Saturday, with only four people killed or found dead nationwide, according to reports from police, morgue officials and credible witnesses. Saturday marked the beginning of the Eid al-Fitr feast for Shiites, the three-day capstone closing out the Ramadan month of fasting. Sunnis begin celebrating the holiday today. The daily number of civilians killed, not including those on days when there were massive casualties from car bombs, had climbed above 100 at the end of last year and the beginning of 2007. Saturday’s decline in deaths was in line with a sharp drop in September of both Iraqi civilian and U.S. military fatalities. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The four dead included three death squad victims found in Baghdad and the bodyguard of the Kirkuk police commander who was killed in a roadside bombing.last_img read more

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Government agencies owe residents billions

first_imgSACRAMENTO – The government wants you. That’s because the Internal Revenue Service is sitting on more than 5,000 refund checks – totaling over $5.7 million – that were mailed to Los Angeles County taxpayers this year but returned as undeliverable. “It’s only about 1 out of every 1,000 checks that don’t get into the hands of the taxpayers,” said IRS spokesman Victor Omelczenko. The agency also has 303 refund checks totaling $287,000 intended for taxpayers in Ventura County for their 2006 tax returns. A quick search of the lost property database turns up a range of famous names that shouldn’t be hard to locate – including Apple CEO Steve Jobs (who apparently is owed $37 from his own company). “Clearly the state of California has failed in ensuring the private property held by the state is returned to its rightful owners,” said Jon Coupal, president of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association. Garin Casaleggio, a spokesman for Controller John Chiang, said that in the early 1980s the state Legislature cut funding for a locator unit that would track down missing owners. The office has still done some cross-checking but has not had the resources to go much beyond that, he said. However, Chiang said he recently re-established a five-person unit that will resume that function. harrison.sheppard@ dailynews.com 916-446-6723 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 MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre When a check is returned to the IRS, the agency searches its own records to see if the original address was correct and to see if it has any other recent addresses on file for the same taxpayer. If the person cannot be located, the money is held by the U.S. Treasury indefinitely. Often, however, the check is sent to the taxpayer the following year, when the person files their next tax return with an updated address. Meanwhile, two California agencies are also holding property that belongs to residents who cannot be located. The California Franchise Tax Board has millions of dollars in unclaimed state tax refund checks. While the agency hasn’t yet compiled figures for the 2006 tax year, in the previous year more than $8 million in checks were returned as undeliverable. And the California State Controller’s Office is holding about $5.3 billion in 8.7 million accounts in unclaimed property that has accumulated over the years – ranging from the contents of safe deposit boxes to bank accounts and stock certificates. last_img read more

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Musharraf resistant to U.S. pressure as envoy visits

first_imgBut there were also some ominous signs, with the broadcasts of two major independent television news stations – Geo and ARY, both of which transmit from nearby Dubai – being cut. Both stations said Dubai took action in response to pressure from Musharraf. GEO broadcast a continuous video of a thunderstorm at sea, with its logo floating on the choppy waves. “The pressure was so intense from Gen. Musharraf,” Shahid Massood, Geo Group executive director, said from Dubai.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! ISLAMABAD, Pakistan – Pakistan’s military ruler faced intense U.S. pressure Saturday to end emergency rule and restore democracy, with Washington’s No. 2 diplomat personally delivering what many here see as a sharp warning from a once staunch ally. Whether President Gen. Pervez Musharraf was ready to listen was the question. He says the two-week long emergency – which has seen opponents jailed, judges purged and independent TV stations muffled – is needed to hold a peaceful vote in the country beset by an increasingly potent Islamic insurgency. U.S. Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte’s trip was seen as a last best chance to persuade him and avoid political turmoil in Pakistan, a key front in the War on Terror. The diplomat was expected to make his only public comment at a news conference scheduled for early today, just ahead of his departure. Negroponte met for more than two hours with Musharraf and Pakistan’s deputy army commander, Gen. Ashfaq Kayani, said an official in the president’s office, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk with the media. Kayani is widely expected to take over the powerful role of military chief in the coming weeks when Musharraf sheds his uniform and starts his second term as president in the coming weeks. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre The official said Musharraf told Negroponte the emergency was needed to hold a successful vote. He wouldn’t say what Negroponte had told Musharraf, and U.S. officials weren’t talking. But going into the meeting, senior Bush administration officials were clear on what they wanted: an end to the emergency, a date set for legislative elections in January, the release of opposition leaders and that Musharraf step down as army chief. “We want to work with the government and people of Pakistan and the political actors in Pakistan to put the political process back on track as soon as possible,” Negroponte said Friday during a stop in Africa. He arrived in Pakistan a few hours later and phoned former prime minister Benazir Bhutto, the highest-level U.S. contact with the Pakistani opposition leader since the emergency began. In their discussion, Negroponte underscored Washington’s opposition to the emergency and its desire to see her and other opposition figures free to peacefully take part in Pakistani politics, said U.S. State Department spokesman Sean McCormack. The conversation came just hours after Bhutto was released from house arrest, one of a number of face-saving measures the government took ahead of the senior American diplomat’s arrival. A prominent human rights activist was also released, and several opposition television news stations were allowed back on the air. last_img read more

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DONEGAL SEAFOOD COMPANIES GET GRANTS OF €500,000

first_imgDeputy Joe McHugh TD, welcomes today’s announcement by the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney TD, on the awarding of €2.4 million in grant aid to 20 seafood processing companies across Ireland.Joe McHugh TDFour Seafood Processing Companies in Donegal have received grants of up to €540,758.Commenting on today’s announcement, Deputy Joe McHugh TD, “I welcome today’s announcement by Minister Coveney of €2.4 million in grant aid to 20 seafood processing companies, under the 2014 Seafood Processing Business Investment Scheme. This scheme plays a vital role in the fishing industry and ensuring the continued growth of a key sector in Ireland. “There are four Donegal-based companies which will each receive funding as part of this scheme, over half a million in total, and highlights the important role that these processing companies, and the seafood industry in general have to play in a county like Donegal, where an emphasis has remained on our natural resources.“This scheme, which works in conjunction with private investment, will total almost €8 million in 2014 and benefit 20 companies throughout Ireland. Under schemes like this, the Government are recognising and reaffirming their commitment to the Seafood Industry in Ireland and aims to support these companies who are doing such pivotal work to local communities, employment and the economy.”The four Donegal companies to receive grants are :Proseail An Clochan Liath Teo, Co. Donegal – € 175,801 Charles Vial (Fish Merchant) Ltd –  €35,554Earagail Eisc Teo – € 312,450Arctic Fish Ltd – € 16,953 DONEGAL SEAFOOD COMPANIES GET GRANTS OF €500,000 was last modified: May 2nd, 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:donegalgrantsjoe mchugh tdseafoodlast_img read more

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Hillsborough inquest verdict: 96 Liverpool fans ‘unlawfully killed’

first_img The Hillsborough memorial at Anfield Hillsborough families emerge from the Unlawful Killing verdict and outside court sing You’ll Never Walk Alone. pic.twitter.com/pGLvhb4xuU— David Conn (@david_conn) April 26, 2016 1 The 96 Liverpool fans who died in the Hillsborough disaster were unlawfully killed, the inquest’s jury has concluded.The jurors were told they could only reach that determination if they were sure of four “essential” matters concerning the deaths at the 1989 FA Cup semi-final.It was also ruled that fan behaviour did not contribute to the Sheffield tragedy.Jurors had to be convinced that overall match commander Chief Superintendent David Duckenfield owed a duty of care to those who died in the disaster, and that he was in breach of that duty of care.Thirdly, they would need to be satisfied that his breach of duty caused the deaths and, fourthly, that it amounted to “gross negligence”.They concluded it was unlawful killing by a 7-2 majority.The conclusion was greeted with sobbing and cheers at the hearing in Warrington.The jury also ruled that fan behaviour did not cause or contribute to the tragedy.The Hillsborough disaster unfolded during Liverpool’s cup tie against Nottingham Forest on April 15 as thousands of fans were crushed at Sheffield Wednesday’s ground.Mr Duckenfield gave the order at 2.52pm to open exit Gate C in Leppings Lane, allowing around 2,000 fans to flood into the already packed central pens behind the goal.The jury also found that both the police and the ambulance service caused or contributed to the loss of lives in the disaster by an error or omission after the crush in the west terrace had begun to develop.After the key conclusions were delivered, someone in court shouted “God bless the jury”. The jurors were given a round of applause as they left the courtroom.Lawyers acting for relatives of the victims said the jury’s conclusions had completely vindicated the bereaved families’ tireless 27-year fight for justice. Justice finally. #JFT96— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) April 26, 2016 AT LAST!!!!!!! https://t.co/vSdxX4dtVI— John Aldridge (@Realaldo474) April 26, 2016 The jury of six women and three men gave their decisions on an emotionally charged day for relatives of the 96, many of whom were at court for the conclusion of the longest jury proceedings in British legal history.Last Wednesday the jury indicated to the court in Warrington that unanimous decisions had been reached on every question apart from question six – unlawful killing.They were given a majority direction yesterday and quickly indicated they had reached a majority decision on the outstanding question.The fresh inquests began on March 31, 2014, in a specially built courtroom in Warrington.The 1991 accidental deaths verdicts from the original inquests were quashed following the 2012 Hillsborough Independent Panel report after a long campaign by the families of the dead.Dozens of relatives of the victims have attended each of the more than 300 days the court has sat at Bridgewater Place on the Cheshire town’s Birchwood Park business park.At the start of the inquests, the coroner said none of the victims should be blamed for their deaths.Emotional tributes to each of the 96 were then delivered by family members in the form of personal portraits.As families left the building they were met with applause from crowds who had gathered outside the court in support.Many had arrived wearing Liverpool Football Club scarfs and holding posters and banners of loves one.Labour MP Andy Burnham, who has supported the families’ campaign, said: “This has been the greatest miscarriage of justice of our times.“But, finally, it is over.”The victims’ families hugged each other and broke down in tears after emerging from the court.One man shouted “Justice” while two men held up a red scarf that also read “Justice”.Features of the design, construction and layout of the stadium considered to be dangerous or defective caused or contributed to the disaster, the jury decided.Jurors also found the safety certification and oversight of the stadium also caused or contributed to the tragedy.They reached the same conclusion in relation to Sheffield Wednesday’s management and/or preparation for the semi-final tie and the dangerous situation that developed at the Leppings Lane turnstiles and in the west stand.However, the jury concluded that the club’s conduct on match day may only have caused or contributed to the same situation.The club’s then consultant engineers, Eastwood & Partners, should also have done more to detect and advise on any unsafe or unsatisfactory features the stadium which caused or contributed to the disaster.last_img read more

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Plymouth 1-0 Portsmouth (agg 3-2): Injury time winner sends Pilgrims to Wembley

first_img Peter Hartley heads in Plymouth’s winner 1 Defender Peter Hartley snatched a dramatic late winner as Plymouth booked their place in the Sky Bet League Two play-off final with a 1-0 second-leg win over Portsmouth at Home Park.Hartley rose to head home Graham Carey’s corner in the second minute of time added on to seal a 3-2 aggregate victory.Portsmouth started brightly and winger Kyle Bennett cut in from the left wing and let fly with a right-foot shot that ran down the outside of the side-netting.Pompey forward Marc McNulty spun on the ball 30 yards out and tried his luck with an audacious effort that also flew high and wide.The first flashpoint of the game came when Argyle defensive midfielder Carl McHugh was booked for a foul on Gareth Evans, who limped off to be replaced by Adam McGurk after 31 minutes.For the second time in the half, Jake Jervis was put in on goal but his shot on the run was deflected for a corner.Home goalkeeper Luke McCormick had to be quick off his line to field a through ball bound for McGurk as he skipped through the middle of Argyle’s back four.Bennett continued to be a threat down the left but when he cut inside again after 37 minutes his shot flew well wide from the edge of the box.The final chance of the half fell to Jervis as home skipper Curtis Nelson nodded down Kelvin Mellor’s free-kick from the halfway line. The ball bounced invitingly across the face of goal but Jervis hit the ball on the rise and it flew over the crossbar.Striker Gary Roberts caused panic as he broke into the Argyle penalty area at the start of the second half and Hartley had to scramble the ball away.McGurk’s 25-yard shot on the run was gathered by McCormick as Portsmouth started the second half in the ascendancy, with Ben Davies sending a 20-yard free-kick skimming inches wide.Plymouth responded with Jervis firing just wide from the right as he latched on to Gregg Wylde’s far-post cross and targetman Jamille Matt smashed a thumping rising drive just over.Matt then powered a header just wide from Carey’s near-post corner in the 65th minute and and 10 minutes later substitute Ben Close cleared Carey’s header off the line.In the 88th minute a measured header from Jervis came back off the post from substitute Craig Tanner’s cross and another Matt header was scooped over the bar to earn the corner from which Hartley snatched the winner.last_img read more

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