Magpies closer to capturing Cabella

first_img However, despite the emergence of reports from France quoting the selling club’s president Louis Nicollin claiming they and the Magpies have struck a deal, Press Association Sport understands there is still work to be done before manager Alan Pardew gets his man. Newcastle have been chasing the 24-year-old France international – currently on holiday following his return from the World Cup finals – since January when they attempted to sign him to replace Yohan Cabaye. Newcastle are edging closer to signing summer target Remy Cabella after holding productive talks with Montpellier. However, there were unable to reach an agreement then and Nicollin has since done little to encourage them in their ongoing pursuit. But it appears that a deal may now be there in principle, although sources on Tyneside on Friday evening were counselling that a decisive breakthrough may take more than 48 hours. The Magpies have opened discussions too with Dutch club Feyenoord over Holland full-back Daryl Janmaat as a potential replacement for Mathieu Debuchy should he complete his proposed move to Arsenal. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

BOXING: Briton too good for Uganda’s Katende

first_imgBuatsi showed no nerves as he took the bout to his more experienced opponent, 31, and was in complete control from the first bell.The Ugandan did open up a few times, but when he did Buatsi blocked him, and as Katende tired Buatsi went in for the kill.Buatsi said he had been tempted by the Ghana offer because he was desperate to get to the Olympics.“I wanted to get there so badly, but I needed these four years to develop. Four years ago I was not the fighter I am today.”Reflecting on the life-changing move as a child from his birthplace Ghana to London aged just nine, he said: “My parents were living in Britain so I went there to join them. I feel like I have been living there my whole life and everything I have learnt has been from London.“The trade and talent I’ve got I learned in England and this is where it has brought me so it has been a really good thing.”Buatsi’s demolition job made it a perfect start of four wins in four for British boxing in Rio.“It is good to keep the ball rolling,” said Buatsi.The Ugandan also has his own intriguing story, having fought for Sweden at the last Olympics, before returning to his motherland.After the fight, he posted a message to his fans on facebook.“A big thank you to everyone for all the support I have got during and before the Olympics. Its been a tough road and we made it here, too bad the trip ends here, but we never give up. Now everything lies in Gods hands to see what happens when I came home. Thanks again.”UGANDA’S SCHEDULE PAGE 2 (click here to read key facts about Team Uganda)Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2 Great Britain’s Joshua Buatsi (L) fights Uganda’s Kennedy Katende during the Men’s Light Heavy (81kg) boxing match at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Riocentro – Pavilion 6 in Rio de Janeiro . AFP PHOTORio de Janeiro, Brazil | AFP and Agencies | A light heavyweight prospect who chose Britain over Ghana to pursue his Olympic dreams clocked the first knock-out of the Rio Games boxing after pulverising his outclassed opponent on Sunday.Joshua Buatsi, 23, who was born in the Ghanaian capital Accra, simply had too much quality for Kennedy Katende of Uganda, sending a powerful warning of intent to the rest of the weight class.Buatsi capped an imperious performance when the referee stopped the fight in the third and final round to save the stumbling Katende from more punishment and Buatsi won by technical knock-out.It left his opponent slumped in his corner on a stall after the one-sided bout, rubbing the back of his head, and he was later seen with an ice bag on the injury and a doctor in attendance.The level-headed Buatsi is not the most prominent member of a Team GB boxing squad rippling with talent, but his first tilt at Olympic gold got off to the perfect start.“I noticed he was hurt from a right hand but the referee didn’t step in so I just kept applying the pressure and when I landed another right hand I knew he was hurt,” said Buatsi.“I didn’t want to hurt him like that. I am in there to win, not to hurt people, so I am glad the referee stopped it,” added Buatsi.“I had the chance to represent Ghana at 2012 (Games in London) but I chose not to and to represent Britain.“My trainers are British and they taught me my trade and they said, ‘Josh, hang on, a better opportunity will come.’“Now I can stand here and testify that it was good for me to listen to them because this is where it has brought me.”Katende: A big thank you to everyone for all the support I have got during and before the Olympics. Its been a tough road and we made it here, too bad the trip ends here, but we never give up.Keep the ball rollinglast_img read more

Exceptional Donegal guesthouses earn Georgina Campbell Awards

first_imgTwo of Donegal’s best hospitality businesses have been honoured with much-respected Georgina Campbell Awards for 2018.After a nationwide search for excellence, the recommendations of the independent hospitality guide were announced yesterday in Dublin.Castle Murray House in Dunkineely and Muldowney’s B&B on Arranmore Island were selected for prime places in Georgina Campbell’s Ireland independent hospitality guides, and Ireland’s most popular independent hospitality and travel website www.ireland-guide.com. Marguerite Howley and Peter Lawler of Castle Murray HouseThe Georgina Campbell Awards are Ireland’s longest-running food and hospitality awards, and highly respected by the industry.Castle Murray House Boutique Accommodation was selected as Hideaway of the Year 2018. Marguerite Howley and Peter Lawler’s beautifully located clifftop property at St. Johns Point is described in the guide as a relaxing hideaway with a well-deserved reputation.Castle Murray HouseAfter the famous restaurant closed in January 2017, the hotel’s stylish accommodations remain, boasting sea and coastal views. Plus, it’s pet-friendliness makes it a destination of choice for travellers seeking somewhere with an ‘away-from-it-all atmosphere.’Ireland’s B&B of the Year 2018 went to Muldowney’s B&B on Arranmore. The guide praises the active experience guests can enjoy on Donegal’s Wild Atlantic Way if they visit Muldowney’s. Muldowney’s B&B“Jim and Noreen Muldowney offer excellent accommodation at their immaculate 4* B&B but there is more to it than that, as what they really offer their guests is a genuine slice of island life“And that includes bird watching, diving and snorkelling, or outings on Jim’s boat, the Elsie Jayne; his trips are so professional, there’s even a break for tea and some of Noreen’s homebaked scones – and how often do you get a chance to catch your own fish, and eat it at the end of the trip. Walkers will love it too – visitor information and walking map provided,” the guide says.Speaking about the ongoing search for excellence, Ms Campbell said, “Through our programme of anonymous assessment we’re always keeping a sharp eye out for those exceptional establishments which are right on top of their game and going the extra mile for customers.“Once again this year, we have found plenty of new ones worthy of recommendation, especially in urban areas, and it is always exciting to see newcomers to the hospitality industry who understand the importance of standards and want visitors – domestic and from abroad – to enjoy Irish food and hospitality at its best. What we seek is not perfection but real food and hospitality with real heart, and we’re continuing to find it in clusters of excellence all over the country.”Accolades from Georgina Campbell Guide will be a source of encouragement and boost for Donegal’s businesses, as well as setting a benchmark for others in the industry who are determined to achieve a similar level of excellence. Exceptional Donegal guesthouses earn Georgina Campbell Awards was last modified: October 4th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:castle murray housegeorgina campbell guidesMuldowney’s B&Blast_img read more

Alexis & Lukaku fire Man Utd to easy win

first_imgManchester United 2 Swansea City 0: Lukaku joins Premier League 100 club Joe Wright Last updated 1 year ago 23:53 3/31/18 RomeluLukaku - cropped Getty Images Goals from Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez gave Manchester United a 2-0 Premier League win over Swansea City. Romelu Lukaku’s 100th Premier League goal helped Manchester United to a 2-0 win over Swansea City on Saturday.The Belgium international’s milestone effort, followed by an Alexis Sanchez strike, were enough to seal all three points at Old Trafford and move United back above Liverpool into second place in the table.Swansea had only lost on two of their previous five visits to United in all competitions, but they never recovered from Lukaku’s fifth-minute opener, as Jose Mourinho’s side, for whom Paul Pogba was restored to the starting line-up, produced a largely commanding performance to claim their fourth league victory in a row. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Sanchez, whose last goal came in the 2-0 win over Huddersfield Town in February, deservedly doubled the lead after 20 minutes of arguably his best performance in a United shirt.Carlos Carvalhal’s visitors improved after the break, with David de Gea making fine saves to keep out Tammy Abraham efforts, but they rarely looked likely to snatch a draw that would have lifted them four points clear of the relegation zone.United’s win takes them two points above Liverpool, having played a game less, and back to within 13 of league leaders Manchester City ahead of their trip to Everton.5 – Romelu Lukaku is the fifth youngest player to score 100 Premier League goals.Michael Owen (23y 134d)Robbie Fowler (23y 283d)Wayne Rooney (24y 100d)Harry Kane (24y 191d)Romelu Lukaku (24y 322d)Flourish. https://t.co/s47U4jwMl5 — OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) March 31, 2018 United were rewarded for a bold start with just five minutes played. Nemanja Matic, Jesse Lingard and Sanchez combined to tee up Lukaku 12 yards out, whose shot deflected off Alfie Mawson and flew high into the net.The home side looked in authoritative mood, with Lukasz Fabianski denying Lukaku a second, but they had only to wait until the 20th minute to double their lead, with Sanchez rifling into the bottom-left corner after Lingard’s pass split Swansea’s haphazard defence.Passion   pic.twitter.com/XegneBDNGX — Manchester United (@ManUtd) March 31, 2018 Sanchez celebrated with gusto and, like his team-mates, looked to be enjoying himself against a Swansea side who failed even to muster a shot in a dismal first half, with only the offside flag denying United a third through Lingard before the interval.United missed two clear opportunities early in the second half for a third goal, with Sanchez nodding onto the roof of the net and Juan Mata volleying Pogba’s fine pass, but De Gea was called into action twice in quick succession to deny substitute Abraham.Lukaku spurned a great chance for his second, chesting down in the box before shooting straight at Fabianski, but Mourinho will have been pleased enough with his side’s performance ahead of next weekend’s showdown with City at the Etihad Stadium, where they will look to postpone Pep Guardiola’s title celebrations. Key Opta stats: – Romelu Lukaku became the 28th different player, first Belgian and fifth youngest player to score 100 Premier League goals.- Manchester United have won all three meetings with Swansea in all competitions this season, scoring eight goals and conceding none.- Jose Mourinho is unbeaten in all 10 of his previous meetings with Swansea in all competitions, beating five different managers in that time (W8 D2).- The Swans had as many shots on target in this game (2) as they’d managed in their three previous Premier League away games combined.  read morelast_img read more