1 Crystal Palace have already been awarded three spot-kicks this season, and the Drivetime team want to know whether you think they will enhance their reputation as ‘penalty kings’ against Manchester City tonight… Yannick Bolasie
Manchester City moved top of the Premier League with a dramatic 2-1 victory over Swansea at the Etihad Stadium.Wilfried Bony put City ahead against his former club, heading home a Jesus Navas corner midway through the first half.Bafetimbi Gomis’ goal a minute from time looked to have secured the managerless Swans a deserved point.But a deflected Yaya Toure strike in injury-time snatched all three points for Manuel Pellegrini’s side, who were far from convincing throughout.City duly return to the Premier League summit, although Leicester and Arsenal could both be back above them come Monday.Swansea, meanwhile, remain a point above the relegation zone with their winless run now standing at five games.Crystal Palace moved up to sixth with a 1-0 victory over Southampton at Selhurst Park.Yohan Cabaye was the Eagles’ matchwinner, the Frenchman tapping home Yannick Bolasie’s cross seven minutes before the break.Alan Pardew’s side are now unbeaten in three, while Southampton are without a win in four and remain 12th.Watford are now just a point behind Palace in seventh after a 1-0 victory over Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.Odion Ighalo’s 10th goal of the season just four minutes in earned the Hornets a deserved win – their third in succession in the Premier League.Sunderland have now suffered back-to-back defeats and remain second from bottom, a point adrift of safety.West Ham and Stoke played out an entertaining goalless draw at Upton Park.The Hammers, without a host of key men through injury, dominated for long periods but couldn’t find a breakthrough.Mauro Zarate came closest for the hosts, hitting the post, while Marko Arnautovic also struck the woodwork for the Potters.West Ham drop to eighth while Stoke, who have now kept seven clean sheets in their last nine league games, stay 11th.In Saturday’s early kick-off, Norwich fought back to claim a 1-1 draw with Everton at Carrow Road.Premier League results:Crystal Palace 1-0 SouthamptonNorwich 1-1 EvertonManchester City 2-1 SwanseaSunderland 0-1 WatfordWest Ham 0-0 Stoke 1 Yaya Toure
‘He doesn’t fit our style of play’ – Liverpool fans react as Christian Benteke starts against West Brom
1 Jurgen Klopp named forward Christian Benteke in his starting XI to face West Brom on Sunday. The Belgian will lead Liverpool’s line at Anfield, despite a poor showing in the defeat at Newcastle last week. The £32.5million summer buy from Aston Villa has netted five times in 15 appearances, as well as struggling with injury for around a month earlier in the season. One of Liverpool’s most impressive wins under the German boss was in the 4-1 demolition of Man City – a game where the 25-year-old started on the bench, with Roberto Firmino starting as a ‘false nine’. Here is how both teams will line up on Merseyside:Liverpool: Mignolet, Clyne, Skrtel, Lovren, Moreno, Henderson, Can, Milner, Lallana, Benteke, Coutinho.West Brom: Myhill, Dawson, McAuley, Olsson, Brunt, Evans, Gardner, Fletcher, Morrison, McClean, Rondon. When the line-up was announced, Liverpool fans took to social media to react to Benteke’s inclusion. See below! Christian Benteke
Newcastle are ready to splash £18million on Lyon star Alexandre Lacazette.The Magpies are desperate to strengthen their attacking options this January and have already made an enquiry for Chelsea forward Loic Remy.Lacazette struck 31 goals in all competitions last season and was linked with summer moves to Arsenal and Liverpool.But now, according to L’Equipe, Newcastle are ready to beat their Premier League rivals and snap up the France international in January.The Magpies reportedly sent two delegates to Lyon last week to present the offer.That approach is now being considered by the French club’s president, Jean Michel Aulas, and an answer is expected this week. 1 Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette
1 Tottenham will be without English trio Dele Alli, Danny Rose and Eric Dier for Thursday’s trip to Borussia Dortmund.Mauricio Pochettino’s men face the Bundesliga giants in the first leg of the Europa League last 16.None of the three players have travelled to Germany as Alli is suspended, Rose felt cramp in his calf against Arsenal last weekend and Dier is being rested.The Spurs boss is likely to make changes with a Premier League game at Aston Villa to come on Sunday.Jan Vertonghen and Clinton Njie are both out with knee injuries.Provisional squad: Lloris, Vorm, Walker, Trippier, Davies, Alderweireld, Wimmer, Carter-Vickers, Winks, Dembele, Mason, Carroll, Bentaleb, Eriksen, Onomah, Lamela, Son, Chadli, Kane, Harrison. Mauricio Pochettinos men face the Bundesliga giants on Thursday
SLOWDOWN: The company will build fewer stores, and new centers will be smaller. By Marcus Kabel THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The world’s largest retailer is going on a diet. Wal-Mart’s share price took a hit from the slowdown in growth plans. But some analysts welcomed the move to focus on keeping more of the cash Wal-Mart generates rather than spending furiously on new stores. Increased free cash flow, or the money left over after a company pays its expenses including capital expenditures, could make Wal-Mart shares more attractive by funding higher dividends, new technologies or acquisitions, analysts said. “Strong free cash flow is the key to corporate flexibility and potential growth. The highest quality companies, in my opinion, are able to self-finance their future growth from their free cash flow,” said Patricia Edwards, managing director and retail analyst at Wentworth, Hauser and Violich in Seattle, which manages about $12 billion in assets and holds about 35,700 Wal-Mart shares. Wal-Mart said sales will continue to slow after years of strong double-digit growth. The retailer is struggling on several fronts. Its apparel and home decor businesses are still trying to find the right mix of merchandise. It’s also finding fewer places to build new stores, and it faces tougher competition from other retailers. Schoewe said sales growth will fall to 9percent this fiscal year from nearly 12 percent the year before and then be between 5 percent and 8 percent the next two years. Wal-Mart’s fiscal year runs through January. Schoewe said Wal-Mart is focused on using the tremendous cash flow generated by its U.S. and international stores more efficiently, including building fewer giant Supercenter stores and managing corporate costs better. Wal-Mart’s annual square footage growth will decline from 8.8 percent last year to around 6 percent this year and between 5 percent and 6 percent in the next two years, Schoewe said. In terms of Supercenters, the flagship of Wal-Mart’s U.S. business, executives said the retailer will build 195 this year, about 170 next year and 140 the following year, compared with a historical standard of around 280 a year. Capital expenditure will be between $13.5billion and $15.2 billion in the next two fiscal years after about $15 billion this year. 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 MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Beset by shrinking sales growth, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said Tuesday that it plans to build fewer and smaller stores as it cuts costs to help shore up profits. For the second time this year, Wal-Mart is trimming plans for capital expenditures to about $15billion from a June forecast of $15.5 billion in the face of continued decline in sales growth, Chief Financial Officer Tom Schoewe told investors and analysts at a conference. The original projection was $17 billion. Such efforts come as Wal-Mart’s customers are confronted with mounting financial worries that include not only higher food and gas prices but in recent months a widening credit crunch, which has hurt their ability to spend. “No doubt that our work has been made more difficult by the current economic environment,” said Eduardo Castro-Wright, head of Wal-Mart’s U.S. stores. He noted that Wal-Mart should be able to win by offering compelling merchandise and pursuing hot merchandising categories. The average size of new Supercenters will fall from nearly 195,000 square feet this year to around 180,000 in the next two years, operations executive Bill Simon added.
Hull City manager Steve Bruce 1 Hull City closed in on the automatic promotion places, defeating Bristol City by a 4-0 scoreline at the KC Stadium.Curtis Davies scored the opening goal for the Tigers, as they put their dominance on show early in the game. Robert Snodgrass provided the opener, and then got himself on the scoresheet, doubling the lead after 39 minutes. Mohamed Diame further extended the margin of victory, with Sone Aluke grabbing a fourth in the final 10 minutes, as Steve Bruce’s men moved within four points of the top two.Bolton went a man down against Reading after Rob Holding was dismissed midway through the first half, leaving the Royals to dominate the game. They managed 22 shots against Wanderers, but it took until injury time for Ola John to break the deadlock with an exceptional strike – securing all three points for Brian McDermott’s side.Steve Evans saw his former side Rotherham beat his current Leeds United team, with Lee Frecklington netting the opening goal after 27 minutes. Matt Derbyshire’s red card midway through the second half put their lead under threat, and the Whites capitalised, with Luke Murphy’s deflected long range strike tying the game. However, the Millers fought back, and Greg Halford won the tie with an injury time penalty scored past Giuseppe Bellusici – who replaced dismissed goalkeeper Marco Silvestri in the Leeds net.Jon Toral scored after 32 minutes to give Birmingham the lead against relegation threatened Charlton, but Johann Berg Gudmundsson brought the Addicks level just six minutes later. The second bottom team then gave themselves a massive boost to their survival chances, as Jorge Teixeira scored an injury time winner to close the gap to safety.Derby were beaten by Cardiff at the iPro Stadium, dealing a blow to the Rams promotion chances. Bruno Ecuele Manga netted the opener for the Bluebirds late in the first-half, but Chris Martin pulled the game level at the start of the second period. Stuart O’Keefe restored Cardiff’s lead, securing all three points for the Welsh club. The Rams, who are hoping to win promotion to the Premier League this season, end the day eight points away from the automatic places.Alan Judge assisted Lasse Vibe’s opening goal on his 100th game for Brentford, as they eased past Nottingham Forest. Nico Yennaris netted the second, before Eric Lichaj picked up two yellow cards in the space of five minutes to find himself sent off. Sergi Canos rounded off the win, bagging the third goal of the game with just minutes remaining.A drab first-half ended scoreless, but Ross McCormack broke the deadlock after 54 minutes in the bottom of the table clash between Fulham and MK Dons. The Dons pulled one back through Josh Murphy, but wonderkid Moussa Dembele put the Cottagers back in front with 15 minutes remaining. The victory moved Slavisa Jokanovic’s men four points clear of the Dons – and the bottom three.Fernando Forestieri scored a late winning goal for Sheffield Wednesday, picking up all three points against Huddersfield. Good work from Lucas Joao on the wing set up the chance for Forestieri, who converted to keep Carlos Carvalhal’s promotion chasing side in the top six with a tight 1-0 win in this Yorkshire derby.Wolves held Ipswich to a 0-0 draw at Molineux, despite the visitors having the majority of the chances. The Tractor Boys are hoping to move into the play-off places, but this draw leaves them six points off the top six.Preston came from behind to defeat Blackburn Rovers, thanks in part to Gary Bowyer’s men being reduced to 10 men. Elliot Ward handed Rovers the lead, but Shane Duffy was dismissed after 24 minutes for handling Joe Garner’s shot on the line. Garner converted the resultant penalty, and Jordan Hugill secured the victory just prior to half-time.Michael Keane scored an injury time equaliser to extend Burnley’s unbeaten run to 16 games, with Brighton unable to move into the top two with just one point. Dale Stephens and Anthony Knockaert netted either side of Andre Gray’s 23rd goal of the season, and when it appeared as if the Seagulls would move ahead of Middlesbrough, Keane headed home a corner to secure a share of the spoils.Results in full:Blackburn 1-2 Preston North EndBrighton 2-2 BurnleyBolton Wanderers 0-1 ReadingCardiff 2-1 DerbyCharlton 2-1 BirminghamWolves 0-0 IpswichHuddersfield 0-1 Sheffield WedHull City 4-0 Bristol CityNottingham Forest 0-3 BrentfordRotherham 2-1 Leeds UnitedFulham 2-1 MK Dons
Johann Berg Gudmundsson in action for Iceland against France at Euro 2016 1 Burnley have made Icelandic midfielder Johann Berg Gudmundsson their first summer signing.As talkSPORT reported on Monday, the Clarets agreed a fee of £2.5m with Charlton for the 25-year-old earlier this month.The Premier League side were waiting on Gudmundsson to return to England to finalise the deal after he took a short break following Iceland’s Euro 2016 exploits.He has now penned a three-year deal at Turf Moor with the option of a further year.Gudmundsson made 81 appearances for Charlton, scoring 16 goals, after joining them from AZ Alkmaar in 2014.He was a key part of the Iceland side which enjoyed a sensational run at Euro 2016, starting every game as they reached the quarter-finals of the competition.Burnley boss Dyche said: “Johann, we feel, is a quality player who we saw last season playing at Charlton in a tough time and we liked the quality he showed.“It helps to see a player in the European Championships with that kind of company and he did well there so it was one we all agreed would be a good acquisition for the club and we look forward to working with him going forward.”Gudmundsson is set to be followed from The Valley to Turf Moor by Nick Pope.Charlton accepted an offer of around £1million from Burnley for the goalkeeper late last week and the 24-year-old has undergone a medical.
The average rent for all dwellings in the private rented sector in Co. Donegal in the second quarter of this year was €474 according to the Residential Tenancies Board. This was up €7 when compared to the average rent in Q1, 2016, when the amount was €467, and was up €27 when compared to a year earlier, in Q2, 2015.This data comes from the RTB’s Quarterly Rent Index which is compiled by the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) on behalf of the RTB. It is the most accurate and authoritative rent report of its kind on the private accommodation sector in Ireland. This is because it is based on 22,103 new tenancies which commenced in April, May and June this year, and which were registered with the RTB.It reflects the actual rents being paid, according to the RTB’s records, as distinct from the asking or advertised rent.On an annual basis, nationally, rents were 9.9% higher than in Q2, 2015; up from €869 to €956. Nationally, rents for houses were 9.3% higher annually in Q2 (up from €850 to €929), while apartment rents were 11.7% higher than in the same quarter of 2015 (up from €908 to €1,014.Annual growth in the Dublin market was also strong, up by 9% (from €1,251 to €1,364). Dublin house rents were up by 7.5% (€1,388 to €1,492) and Dublin apartment rents were higher by 9.8% (€1,246 to €1,368). Annual growth in rents for the market outside Dublin recorded increases of 10.6% when compared to Q2, 2015; up from €669 to €740. Again the performance differed by property type. Monthly rent for houses outside Dublin increased by 9.9% (from €688 to €756), while apartments outside Dublin experienced an increase of 12.7% (€647 up to €729).The Rent Index shows that, nationally rents peaked in Q4, 2007, before declining by 25.4% to their trough in Q1, 2012. By Q2, 2016 rents nationally were 5.7% lower than their peak. While the peak-to-trough in the Dublin market was similar to that experienced nationally, the strength of the rent rises in Dublin means they are now 3.9% higher than their previous peak in Q4, 2007. In contrast, the market outside Dublin has experienced more subdued growth, with rental levels now 11.2% below their peak levels.Commenting on the latest Rent Index findings, the Director of the RTB, Ms. Rosalind Carroll, said: “While the previous two quarters have shown a slowdown in the rate of increase in rents, the Q2 2016 results show the rate of growth in rents increasing again, particularly in the Dublin market. Adding to the underlying supply and demand imbalance is the return of net inward migration as confirmed by the Central Statistics Office last month (+3,100) for the first time since 2009”.Ms Carroll said the RTB now has a total of 323,271 tenancies registered, representing 172,121 landlords and 704,332 occupants.“The trend in new tenancy registrations also reflects the supply shortage. Annual tenancy registrations peaked in 2013, with nearly 112,000 tenancies registered in that year, but that has dipped consecutively in 2014 and 2015, while our overall numbers of registered tenancies have increased. This suggests that tenants are staying longer in their properties”. The RTB website www.rtb.ie (click on “rent index”) also contains an Average Rent Dataset which enables people to check the average rent being paid for five different categories of dwelling types throughout the country, in both urban and rural areas. This means people can check what is the actual rent being paid for, say, a semi-detached house or a two-bed apartment in their neighbourhood, or in other parts of the country.All landlords are legally obliged to register tenancies with the RTB and the number of new registrations with the RTB in Q2, 2016, was 22,103.The PRTB Index is of assistance for a range of Government purposes, including housing policy generally, and informing the Department of Social Protection’s Rent Supplement scheme. It is also an important reference document in landlord/tenant disputes on rent.Average rent up across Donegal for second quarter of 2016 was last modified: September 15th, 2016 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)
Olympic athlete Brendan Boyce’s mother has revealed she never thought he would fulfill his dream – after he was diagnosed with a cancer aged just 5.Margaret Boyce revealed her horror when she found a tumour on her son’s back when he was just a child.Brendan, from Milford, was rushed to hospital and had the cancerous lump removed from his spine. Two months later he was given the all-clear and never looked back.Mum Margaret told Highland Radio she found it hard to believe her son was competing in the 50k walk around the streets of London last weekend.“I was just thinking back how far he’d come and I was very proud of him,” she said.Brendan said he never dwelled on his life-saving operation as a young boy. “I didn’t know too much about it. I don’t dwell on that at all. It happens to a lot of people and you just get on with it,” he said.Brendan smashed his own personal best time by two minutes to finish in 29th place and will now concentrate on the next Olympic Games in 2016 in Brazil.“My plan is to improve and by time Rio comes around I should be more competitive at the front of the field,” he said. OLYMPIC STAR BRENDAN OVERCAME CANCER SCARE REVEALS MOTHER was last modified: August 14th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Brendan Boycecancertumour