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Man United already have the perfect replacement for De Gea, insists Steve Bruce

first_imgManchester United legend Steve Bruce believes the Red Devils can cope without David de Gea if the goalkeeper moves to Real Madrid, thanks to the form of summer signing Sergio Romero.The Spanish number one has long been linked with a move back to his homeland with European champions Real, though talk of the deal has cooled with the clubs seemingly at a standoff over a fee for the Red Devils’ two-time player of the year.De Gea – currently exiled from first-team affairs over the speculation – is keen on the switch and has turned down a new contract at Old Trafford, meaning he could leave for free next summer if a deal can’t be finalised before the September 1 deadline.If he does go, many have questioned if Louis van Gaal can find an adequate replacement in time, with Tottenham’s Hugo Lloris one of the players linked.But, with United yet to concede a goal in their first three Premier League games, Bruce believes Argentina No.1 Romero – a free signing earlier this summer – has proven himself capable.“Romero has been fabulous,” he told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast. “United haven’t conceded a goal in the league yet, he’s done great.“It [the De Gea saga] has dragged on.“For their player of the year for the past two seasons not to be in goal seems a bit ridiculous really.“I suppose [his proposed move to Real Madrid] will be happen before Tuesday.“The boy has one year left on his contract and obviously Manchester United want a decent fee for him, otherwise he’s not going.“There seems to be a bit of a stalemate, it’s not an ideal situation, but with the resources the club have and the goalkeeper they’ve got at the moment, they’ll be fine.”last_img read more

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Manchester United fans brand Stoke defeat ‘pathetic’ as pressure intensifies on Louis van Gaal

first_img1 Louis van Gaal Is this the end for Louis van Gaal?Manchester United fans certainly think so, and swarms of them weren’t afraid to express their dismay after a fourth successive defeat at Stoke on Boxing Day lunchtime.The 2-0 loss was appropriate after a shambolic first-half display, with both goals courtesy of slack United decision making in their defensive third.It was enough for those who were backing their under-fire manager prior to kick off to be silenced after another truly inept performance.Some of the best reactions from Twitter can be viewed below:center_img [View the story “Man United fans brand their side’s performance at Stoke ‘pathetic’” on Storify]last_img read more

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El Segundo tops Torrance

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityGirls volleyball Kristiana Tuaniga had 28 kills, three blocks, four aces and 10 digs in host Carson’s 22-25, 18-25, 25-14, 25-12, 17-15 win over King Drew (5-3, 3-3). Stefanie Mahaley had eight kills, four aces and 10 digs for Carson (7-1, 5-1). In another Marine League match . . . Narbonne 3, Banning 0: Robyn Ruelas had 10 assists and an ace as host Narbonne (5-2, 4-2) won, 25-6, 25-14, 25-10. Also in the Marine League . . . From staff reports Junior Nic Curcio and sophomore Beau Blacksten scored three goals each for defending CIF Division VI finalist El Segundo, which beat host Torrance, 11-7, in an Ocean League water polo match. Matt Kubeck had 15 saves for El Segundo (8-5, 2-1). In the Vellakamp Tournament … Palos Verdes 17, Crescenta Valley 1; Palos Verdes 8, Buena Park 7: Mike Katzer scored a combined nine goals as Palos Verdes (8-3) won its first two games at Whittier. San Pedro 3, Washington 0: Shannon Miller had 24 aces as San Pedro (6-0 in league) beat the winless visitors, 25-4, 25-3, 25-13. Girls tennis Palos Verdes defeated visiting Brentwood (6-5), 16-2. Kathryn Webb and Morgan Thomas swept in singles for Palos Verdes (9-2, 2-0). In the Western League . . . Westchester 5, LACES 2: Host Westchester (6-3, 4-3) swept in doubles, including an 8-7 (10) win by Allison Knox-Elize Biop.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Don’t expect much real change on abortion laws

first_img160Want 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.The next president probably will have an opportunity to significantly shape the court, which has frequently divided 5-4 on important questions, including abortion issues. But regarding abortion, the reasonable response to this fact from residents of many, perhaps most, states, and especially from Californians, should be a shrug of a question – “So what?” Suppose Giuliani or some other Republican becomes president and responds to a court vacancy the way all the Republican candidates promise to, with a nominee similar to Scalia, Thomas, Roberts and Alito. And suppose a case gives the court an opportunity to overturn Roe v. Wade. And suppose it does so. This third supposition is somewhat dubious, because one of the justices who thinks Roe was improperly decided might nevertheless reason as Chief Justice William Rehnquist finally did concerning the “Miranda rights” of arrested persons – the right, arising from a 1966 ruling, to be notified of their right to counsel and their right to remain silent. Rehnquist repeatedly and strongly argued that the Constitution, properly read, did not require the ruling, which he thought impeded effective police work. But when in 2000 a case gave the court an opportunity to overrule Miranda, Rehnquist wrote the majority opinion in a 7-2 decision upholding it. He wrote: “Miranda has become embedded in routine police practice to the point where the warnings have become part of our national culture. While we have overruled our precedents when subsequent cases have undermined their doctrinal underpinnings, we do not believe that this has happened to the Miranda decision.” So, the overturning of Roe might not result from a Republican president’s alteration of the court’s balance. But suppose it did. All it actually would do is restore abortion as a practice subject to state regulation. But because Californians are content with current abortion law, their legislature probably would adopt it in state law. George Will’s e-mail address is georgewill@washpost.com. Almost 35 years have passed since the Supreme Court decided to end America’s argument about abortion. Because of the court’s supposedly therapeutic intervention in the nation’s supposedly inadequate democratic debate about that subject, the issue still generates an irritable irrationality that was largely absent prior to 1973. Then, America was operating under a regime of moral federalism. In the absence of ukases from the federal judiciary that generate continentwide eruptions of tension and anger, many states were re-examining their abortion regulations, and many were relaxing them. To sample today’s confusions, consider California. There the electorate so strongly supports abortion rights that no right-to-life candidate for governor, U.S. senator or president has won in California since 1988. This is so in spite of the fact that a governor, U.S. senator or president has only slight relevance to the status of Californians’ abortion rights. Nevertheless, it is said that if the Republican Party wants to be competitive in California in presidential politics, it must nominate a pro-choice candidate, of which there is only one – Rudy Giuliani. This is almost certainly true. It certainly is irrational because pro-choice Californians have next to nothing to fear – just as pro-life Californians have next to nothing to hope for – from a right-to-life president. The practical consequences of such a president concerning abortion would not differ significantly from Giuliani’s consequences. Here is why. Abortion policy is almost entirely in the custody of the U.S. Supreme Court, and will remain so unless or until the court decides to restore moral federalism regarding the issue. When the next president is inaugurated, the court will have one justice in his late 60s (David Souter, 69), four justices in their 70s (Steven Breyer, 70; Anthony Kennedy and Antonin Scalia, 72; Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 75) and one 88-year-old, John Paul Stevens. The two who will be oldest, Ginsburg and Stevens, are strong supporters of a constitutional right to abortion. The three who will be youngest – John Roberts, 53; Samuel Alito, 58; Clarence Thomas, 60 – seem unsympathetic to the court’s abortion jurisprudence. last_img read more

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BUNBEG POST OFFICE SAVED FROM CLOSUURE – FOR NOW

first_imgSinn Féin election candidate for the Glenties Electoral Area, John Sheamus Ó Fearraigh has welcomed today’s announcement by An Post that they have awarded a temporary contract to the assistant postmistress in Bunbeg Post Office, averting its closure next week.Mr Ó Fearraigh said: “Today’s announcement is a step in the right direction and is a direct result of the camapign by the local community to have their voices heard on this issue.“Last month when I organised a public meeting on the potential threat to the post office over 200 people turned out to highlight their concern, with an action committee formed to lobby to retain this post office. Hundreds of locals made submissions to An Post during the consultation period and a petition was signed by over a thousand people. “This effort of the local community has sparked a review of the case and an extension of the contract to consider the huge volume of correspondence received in support of the retention of the post office, however it is important to note that the future of the Post office remains uncertain.“The appointment of a temporary postmistress on a three month contract is a welcome development but we must keep the pressure on to ensure that the long term threat that still hangs over this post office is removed.“I want to commend all of those who rose to the challenge of campaigning to keep our local post office, it is clear that our efforts have not fallen on deaf ears and should act as encouragement for us to continue until the future of the post office is secure.”BUNBEG POST OFFICE SAVED FROM CLOSUURE – FOR NOW was last modified: March 7th, 2014 by John2Share 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)last_img read more

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Everton considering deal for £15m-rated Marseille starlet

first_img Marseille starlet Georges-Kevin N’Koudou Everton are eyeing up a summer swoop for Marseille starlet Georges-Kevin N’Koudou.The winger only moved to the Stade Velodrome last summer after being sold by Nantes for around £1m.Since the switch, the 21-year-old has impressed and his displays have caught the attention of several sides.And, according to Le 10 Sport, Everton are particularly keen on N’Koudou and are considering making a move.The Toffees have watched the France under-21 international on several occasions and scouts have returned with glowing reports.Marseille, though, are reluctant to sell and could demand around £15million for N’Koudou’s signature. 1last_img read more

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Liverpool make bid for Alberto Moreno replacement, confirms Lorient president

first_img1 Raphael Guerreiro is also wanted by Borussia Dortmund Lorient vice president Alex Hayes has revealed that Borussia Dortmund and Liverpool are two of four clubs who have made bids for Raphael Guerreiro.The left-back is likely to leave this summer after putting in a number of impressive performances in Ligue 1 last season.Arsenal have already been linked with the 22-year-old as speculation grows that Kieran Gibbs may be sold.However, Hayes has now revealed that four clubs are chasing Guerreiro – with Dortmund and Liverpool right in the mix.“No one wants to see Raphael leave, especially the president,” Hayes told Ouest France.“He will only be transferred if a club makes an offer that we can’t refuse. For the moment four major foreign clubs, including Dortmund and Liverpool, have made an offer.“The fourth one shouldn’t take too long to be made [officially] but for the moment none of them satisfy us. We’re calm. We don’t need to sell to balance the books.”last_img read more

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The 10 Manchester United players set to star at Euro 2016 (maybe 11?)

first_img Marcus Rashford (England) – Rashford was the big shock selection of the England squad but after scoring on his debut his pace and lack of fear could propel him towards the first option off the bench should the Three Lions be chasing a goal. 10 10 10 10 10 Chris Smalling (England) – Smalling is set to be rewarded for a fine season with Manchester United with a starting berth for the Three Lions. The main debate is who will be lining up alongside him, Everton’s John Stones or Chelsea’s Gary Cahill. 10 Wayne Rooney (England) – Rooney will be captaining his country this summer and although manager Roy Hodgson has guaranteed United’s skipper will start, there is plenty of debate as to where. Rooney has been playing as a midfielder for the Red Devils but is likely to start behind Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy for England. 10 10 Paddy McNair (Northern Ireland) – Despite only playing nine times for United, McNair has been an ever-present in the Northern Ireland squad and is likely to start at centre back for Michael O’Neill’s side. David De Gea (Spain) – De Gea is arguably the best goalkeeper in the world at the moment but that is not clear to Spain coach Vicente del Bosque who still seems to have not made up his mind about his number one. Captain Iker Casillas has been a mainstay in the team since 2000. Bastian Schweinsteiger (Germany) – A knee injury ruled Schweinsteiger out of the end of the Premier League season and despite fitness concerns – and omitting Marco Reus for that reason – Joachim Low decided to pick his captain in the 23-man squad. 10 10 Jose Mourinho will be keeping a close eye on Euro 2016, not only to scout for signings but to also see how well his Manchester United players are faring in the tournament.The Red Devils have ten players playing in the tournament in total with the likes of Phil Jones, Michael Carrick, Adnan Januzaj, Juan Mata, Ander Herrera, Luke Shaw and Ashley Young missing out.So who will be hoping to impress Mourinho with their performances for their country this summer?Click the arrow above, right, to see the full list of the ten* Manchester United players competing at this summer’s European Championships.*It could soon be 11 Manchester United players if Zlatan Ibrahimovic joins the club in the next few days. Anthony Martial (France) – click the arrow, right, to see all the Manchester United players representing their country at Euro 2016 – Martial is not a certain starter for the hosts and will be battling with West Ham’s Dimitri Payet to play on the left of the front three. Olivier Giroud is almost certain to start through the middle with Antoine Griezmann and Kingsley Coman in contention on the right. Marouane Fellaini (Belgium) – Fellaini may have had an underwhelming season for United and could be facing the chop under new manager Mourinho but is likely to start for his national team, who are also nicknamed the Red Devils. Morgan Schneiderlin (France) – Schneiderlin was not initially picked in the 23 to go to the Euros but was the beneficiary of an injury to Lassana Diarra’s left knee. As a result he could see himself thrust into the first XI alongside Paul Pogba and Blaise Matuidi. Matteo Darmian (Italy) – Darmian is one of only six defenders picked in the Italy squad by Antonio Conte and should be given the right back slot having won 22 caps since his debut in 2014.last_img read more

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