Blaise Matuidi showcased his growing reputation with a brilliant double in France’s 2-1 win over Serbia on Monday night.The PSG midfielder delivered a bullet header and then a wonderful first-time volley to clinch victory for the French in a friendly in Paris.Newcastle striker Aleksandar Mitrovic bundled in a consolation for the visitors, but they couldn’t muster an equaliser.There was plenty of Premier League interest on show too, with Manchester City’s Bacary Sagna and Elaquim Mangala starting for the French alongside Manchester United’s Morgan Schneiderlin and Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud.And England’s top flight was also heavily represented by the Serbian team, with Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic and Nemanja Matic, Liverpool’s Lazar Markovic, Southampton’s Dusan Tadic all starting with Mitrovic leading the attack.
Louis van Gaal has vowed to walk away from Manchester United if he loses the dressing room.Should Van Gaal’s men drop into the Europa League after being handed a relatively easy Champions League group, it will come as a big blow to the Dutchman’s credibility.United may be third in the Premier League, but some supporters are not happy with the often dull style of play under the 64-year-old and rumours persist of unrest within the squad.Van Gaal insists he has a good relationship with his players, but should that change, he will leave his post.“The most important thing is the chemistry between players and staff,” Van Gaal said.“And when I have the feeling that the chemistry is there, I will always work to my utmost best.“But when I have a single feeling that it is not like that, I’m the first coach that quits and I have proved that already with my former clubs and former jobs.“Yes, of course because I always gave my clubs structure and I think structure is very important in a club, but also in a company, everywhere.”When asked about his relationship with his players, Van Gaal said: “It’s good.”As Van Gaal pointed out, he has walked away from clubs of his own accord during his 24-year management career.After falling out with a number of players, Van Gaal walked away from Barcelona during his second spell at the club and he left his role as Ajax technical director following a power struggle with then manager Ronald Koeman.Van Gaal also threatened to walk away from AZ Alkmaar in 2008 after finishing 11th in the Eredivisie, but was persuaded to stay on and led the club to the title the following year.And despite supporter opposition at some of his former clubs, Van Gaal believes he is still highly regarded wherever he has been.“I’m happy that when I’m gone, people are saying nice things about me,” he said.“It’s fantastic that people are saying when I’m gone, ‘Oh, he was very good, he gave structure and was the basis for other things’. But it’s not the most important thing for me. The most important thing for me as a trainer, coach and manager is the chemistry between me and my players and my board.“It should be good and otherwise I would be gone.” Louis van Gaal 1
Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka has promised to fight for his players and the club, insisting that he never wanted to leave the Riverside.The Spaniard looked to be heading for the exit last week, when he left a team meeting at the training ground in a surprising turn of events.Karanka was not in charge as Boro were defeated 2-0 by Charlton on Sunday, but the club announced on Monday evening that he would be returning to Teesside with immediate effect.The 42-year-old is now keen to put the episode behind him and get his side’s bid for promotion to the Premier League back on track.Karanka said: “They have been strange days for the people who have not been involved in the situation.“The club and me had everything clear. I want to make it clear that the club never thought to sack me and I never wanted to leave. It wasn’t the case, it’s not the case and I am going to fight for these players and this club as I have done to this moment.“When you hear something that was hurting – especially my family, because they are in Spain and it was difficult for them because they thought I hadn’t told them the truth because I wanted to protect them. When they found me calm at home, it was difficult for them.“But it’s the past. We have to look forward. We have an amazing month in front of us, we have some amazing fixtures, some amazing games at home, so we will keep going.”Middlesbrough host a top of the table clash on Friday evening, as second placed Boro take on third placed Hull City.A win for Karanka’s men would move them to within four points of league leaders Burnley, and would open the gap between themselves and the Tigers to five points as the season heads into its final stages. Aitor Karanka, the Middlesbrough manager 1
1 Lassana Diarra in action for France Tottenham are keeping tabs on Marseille midfielder Lassana Diarra.?The 31-year-old has rediscovered his best form this season and earned a recall to Didier Deschamps’ France squad.Inter Milan have scouted the former Arsenal and Chelsea man, as have Italian champions Juventus.However, according to France Football, Tottenham are now weighing up a summer swoop for Diarra.Spurs are in the market for a central midfielder at the end of the season and have already been linked with Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson.A move for Diarra would be significantly cheaper, though, and Tottenham may move for the Frenchman instead.
1 Salvatore Sirigu is reportedly on the hunt for a new club Everton and Liverpool will face competition from Fiorentina in their bids to sign Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu.Both Merseyside clubs are on the hunt for a new shot-stopper this summer and have set their sights on the out-of-favour Sirigu, who has lost his place to Kevin Trapp at the Parc des Princes.The French champions want to keep hold of Sirigu as they see him as a viable back-up to Trapp but the 29-year-old Italian is wary of jeopardising his place in the national squad if he remains in Paris.According to L’Equipe, Fiorentina are planning to lure Sirigu back to his home country but may not be able to compete with Liverpool and Everton’s financial power in the transfer market.Liverpool are keen to provide competition for Simon Mignolet next season, while Everton are on the lookout for a replacement for the MLS-bound Tim Howard and their respective pursuits of the 29-year-old are set to intensify in the summerBut the report claims Sirigu is keen on returning to Italy next term and is ready to snub big-money deals from the Premier League.
1 Marcus Rashford Roy Hodgson has included Manchester United youngster Marcus Rashford in a provisional 26-man squad ahead of this summer’s European Championship.The 18-year-old striker only made his debut for United in February but his impressive form has seen him fast-tracked into the international set-up.He is one of five strikers named in the group for the friendlies against Turkey, Portugal and Australia, along with Harry Kane, Wayne Rooney, Daniel Sturridge and Jamie Vardy.Andros Townsend, who won the last of his 10 caps in October, is included following Danny Welbeck’s knee injury, but there is no place for Theo Walcott.ARSENAL WINGER THEO WALCOTT SPEAKS OUT OVER EURO 2016 SNUB – READ MORE HERE Leicester’s Danny Drinkwater and Manchester City’s Fabian Delph are also included in the squad, as are Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere and Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson as the pair make their way back from injury.Phil Jagielka is the high-profile defensive absentee, with the Everton defender left out as Hodgson opted for a seven-man defence.There is no place either for his Toffees teammate Leighton Baines and Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick.Hodgson has until May 31 before submitting his final 23-man squad for this summer’s finals in France.Asked about Rashford’s chances of featuring in his final squad, Hodgson told a press conference: “He’s one of the contenders, of course.“The competition is quite strong, he’ll understand that. He deserves to be selected in this larger squad.“It will be interesting to see what he can do, it may only be for one week, but I am pleased that he has had such a good end to the season.“It’s great to be able to include him. There’s no reason why he can’t knock someone off their perch, but it will be harder than some people might expect.”England’s 26-man provisional Euro 2016 squad: Goalkeepers: Fraser Forster (Southampton), Joe Hart (Manchester City), Tom Heaton (Burnley)Defenders: Ryan Bertrand (Southampton), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Nathaniel Clyne (Liverpool), Danny Rose (Tottenham), Chris Smalling (Manchester United), John Stones (Everton), Kyle Walker (Tottenham)Midfielders: Dele Alli (Tottenham), Ross Barkley (Everton), Fabian Delph (Manchester City), Eric Dier (Tottenham), Danny Drinkwater (Leicester City), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Adam Lallana (Liverpool), James Milner (Liverpool), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Andros Townsend (Newcastle), Jack Wilshere (Arsenal)Forwards: Harry Kane (Tottenham), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool), Jamie Vardy (Leicester City)
SANTA MONICA – A minivan traveling on Pacific Coast Highway struck a motorcycle whose rider had been ejected in an earlier crash, then caromed into the garage of a beach front home, leaving the driver with non-life- threatening injuries, police said today. The accident in Santa Monica on PCH just south of the California Incline was reported at 10:26 p.m. yesterday, said Santa Monica police Sgt. Marty Fine. Like the man driving the minivan, the man riding the motorcycle was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries, he said. “A motorcycle and a car were traveling northbound in the No. 1 lane on PCH and somehow sideswiped one another,” Fine said. “We don’t know who was at fault at this point.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champThe motorcyclist then lost control and was ejected from his bike, which slid into a southbound lane, Fine said. A minivan traveling southbound on PCH then hit the riderless bike, causing the driver to lose control and crash into the garage area of a beach front home, striking a car inside, he said. The motorcyclist and the minivan driver both required hospitalization, Fine said, but the woman in the car that collided with the bike was not hurt, Fine said. The accidents were under investigation, he said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
WASHINGTON – Michigan’s senators and lawmakers supporting more fuel-efficient cars established a tenuous consensus Thursday that environmentalists complained could hurt California’s quest to tighten emissions, and hinder the EPA from regulating greenhouse gases in the future. Sens. Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., refused to vote for an energy bill to move forward unless Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., agreed that the tough new fuel efficiency standards in the bill would not be undercut in the future by actions by the Environmental Protection Agency on global warming. Feinstein has been the chief proponent of fuel efficiency standards in the Senate, while Levin and Stabenow are the auto industry’s chief champions in the chamber. Since cars and trucks are a significant source of the carbon dioxide that causes global warming, any attempt to regulate greenhouse gas emissions could result in the need for even stricter fuel efficiency standards than the landmark 35mile-per-gallon fleetwide level in the bill that passed the Senate on Thursday evening. 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 MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champAutomakers, who are currently developing new vehicles that won’t appear in showrooms for several years, have said they need certainty in the requirements and would face hardships if the requirements change. Before a key vote on the energy bill Thursday, Levin, Feinstein and Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee, signed onto a so-called “colloquy” – a conversation among lawmakers that’s entered into the congressional record and can be used to determine congressional intent. In the colloquy, the three lawmakers specified that all federal regulations in the future would be consistent with the fuel efficiency standards in the bill. California wants to implement tailpipe emissions standards that would require the auto industry to build vehicles that produce 30 percent less greenhouse gas by 2016.
A Co Donegal-headquartered technology company has been acquired by Silicon Valley-based Druva Software for an undisclosed sum.CloudRanger is an enterprise back-up and disaster recovery solution provider for Amazon Web Services (AWS), the world’s largest cloud platform.The Letterkenny-based company, which employs 13 people, was established by Dave Gildea in 2013. The start-up has more than 300 customers including HP, NASCAR and MetLife and it has experienced 300% growth in revenues over the last 12 months. CloudRanger last year completed a $1.1 million (€942,500 )seed round, with investments from Enterprise Ireland and several private investors in both the US and here.The company was named start-up company of the year at the Irish tech excellence awards in 2017. It was also recognised as an AWS hot start-up byAmazon last year.CloudRanger’s flagship product provides visual server management, automated scheduling and backups for enhanced disaster recovery and business continuity.Druva, which provides data protection and governance solutions for public and private clouds in an enterprise, last year secured $80 million in late-stage financing to bring its total market funding to $200 million. The company employs 400 people and it has more than 4,000 customers worldwide, including Shire, PwC, Cabot, Coty and Allergan.“This is an important step in achieving our vision to provide a solution that addresses the challenges our customers face as part of the very real and necessary journey of moving workloads to the cloud,” said Jaspreet Singh, Druva’s founder and chief executive.“With CloudRanger, we provide a holistic end-to-end solution that builds a bridge between data management for traditional and modern cloud infrastructures that customers are seeking. Both CloudRanger and Druva employ a cloud-native architecture that allows us to immediately integrate and enhance what is already an industry-leading, unified platform for backup and disaster recovery for our customers,” he added.Letterkenny IT company snapped up by Silicon Valley giant was last modified: June 6th, 2018 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:Clud RangerCoLabDruva Softwareitpurchased
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