Transfer rumours and paper review – Friday, April 24

first_imgHere’s the top transfer-related stories in Friday’s newspapers…Jordan Henderson has urged Raheem Sterling to follow suit after committing his long-term future to Liverpool. (Liverpool Echo)Bayern Munich would like to extend Pep Guardiola’s contract as coach beyond the summer of 2016, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, the club’s chairman, has said, a move that would deliver a considerable blow to Manchester City’s plans to recruit the Catalan. (The Times)Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti is eyeing an escape to Manchester City. The Italian is fast becoming City’s best option if they decide to axe Manuel Pellegrini. (The Sun)Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood will move for Hull’s Jake Livermore if the Tigers are relegated. (Daily Mirror)Chelsea have been knocked back by Real Madrid after inquiring about stars Gareth Bale and Raphael Varane. The Blues were ready to use the Premier League TV windfall to make a £100million summer swoop for the Bernabeu pair. (The Sun)Paris Saint-Germain are set to battle it out with Manchester United for Galatasaray’s Wesley Sneijder. (Metro)Mauricio Pochettino has denied speculation that Hugo Lloris is considering his future at White Hart Lane, telling a news conference: “He is happy here and wants to reach the Champions League with Tottenham.” (ESPN)Newcastle are ready to offer Marseille forward Andre Ayew a lucrative four year contract to move to Tyneside. (Daily Mirror)West Ham are planning to move for Real Madrid’s European goal hero Javier Hernandez as part of an extensive summer recruitment programme. (Daily Mail)West Ham United have made a fresh move to try to secure an agreement from David Moyes to succeed Sam Allardyce as their next manager. (Daily Telegraph)Manchester United are confident of making Memphis Depay their first summer signing. The Red Devils have been linked with a £25m move for the PSV starlet (Manchester Evening News)And here are the latest talkSPORT.com transfer tales…Exclusive – Hull boss Steve Bruce insists big boys should hold no fear for TigersTony Pulis on talkSPORT: The West Brom boss on his epic charity challenge and the Baggies’ tough run-inAlan Pardew rubbishes reports linking Crystal Palace with Newcastle starReports – Chelsea face battle for Marseille midfielderlast_img read more


first_imgThe warm weather is set to continue across Donegal today with a high of up to 25 degrees forecast by Met Eireann.The slightly bad news is that there will be a little more cloud than yesterday but it still promises to be very warm with some good prolonged spells of sunshine throughout. Gardai and the emergency services have warned member of the public to observe bathing signs.The ESB has also asked the public not to swim in their freshwater reservoir at Assaroe in Ballyshannon.The following is Met Eireann’s forecast for today for ULster including Co DOnegal.“Dry again tomorrow, Wednesday with mist and low cloud becoming confined to coastal parts in the morning. It will be sunny and warm generally with highest temperatures of 20 to 25 or 26 degrees, warmest in southern parts of the province, though values will be a few degrees lower in coastal parts. Winds will be light to moderate north to northwesterly.” ANOTHER HOT, HOT DAY FORECAST FOR ACROSS DONEGAL was last modified: June 18th, 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:donegalforecastMet Eireannsunshinelast_img read more

Table Tennis: Ankita Das wants to step it up in London lympics

first_imgThe odds she battled only toughened her and catapulted her to greater heights. Ankita Das is 18 but left the national stalwarts like Poulomi Ghatak and Mouma Das behind in making the cut for the London Olympics.In 2010, the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) had identified two young players from India for a scholarship programme to prepare them for the 2016 Olympics. They were Ankita and Sauymajit Ghosh, the other paddler from India to have qualified for the Olympics. While Saumyajit honed his skills at the famous Peter Karlsson academy in Sweden, Ankita could not go for the long overseas training due to family constraints.That, though, did not crush the spirits of the teenager and she put all her energy at the academy in her hometown Siliguri, run by former national champion Mantu Ghosh. “I was feeling very down for not being able to train in Sweden. My coach ( Mantu) supported me and said you can learn everything even at home if you are willing to work hard. I took it in my stride and doubled my effort,” said Ankita.Ankita’s graph has risen steadily since her cadet days. She has been the national champion cutting across all age groups and won gold at the World Cadet Championship in 2007. But the big break came when she made it to the quarterfinals of the Junior World Championship last year as an unseeded player, upsetting some big names. She lost a close battle to world No. 10 China’s Ruochen Gu.”That tournament instilled a lot of confidence in me and I thought that I can also make it big,” said Ankita.advertisementThough Ankita has never competed at the international events like the Asian Games or the Commonwealth Games, she is not overawed by the grand stage. “It cannot get bigger than the Olympics. It feels great to have got my first big break in the Olympics. Of course there will be pressure on us, but as my coach says you can be a good player only if you are able to play with an amount of pressure. I know medal will be tough, but I want to leave a mark so that I can look back at my performance with pride.”Ankita became the part of the Indian team for the South Asian qualifiers after beating veteran Mouma Das in the Olympic trials. K Shamini and Poulomi Ghatak were the top two paddlers from the country at the Hong Kong event, but Ankita walked away with the honours.After finishing third in her pool, she was pitted against an experienced Shamini, a clash that was to eventually decide the Olympic berth. “I was tensed. I had beaten Shamini before, but she had a better record against me. I called Mantu di (coach) and she calmed me down and asked me to play my natural game. When I beat Shamini, I was in a state of shock for a few minutes. I stood near the table in disbelief before the coach shook me from the trance,” said Ankita.What waited for her on reaching Siliguri was unthinkable. “It was crazy. A huge crowd had gathered. Saumyajit and I were taken in a procession.”last_img read more