Olbermann won’t be ending ‘Countdown’

first_img“Countdown” has “put MSNBC back on the map,” NBC News President Steve Capus said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Much to Bill O’Reilly’s annoyance, Keith Olbermann will be a two-term news host on MSNBC. At least. NBC News announced Thursday that Olbermann had agreed to four more years at the MSNBC prime-time show “Countdown.” His contract was due to expire in March. Besides feuding with Fox News Channel’s O’Reilly, Olbermann has become a liberal hero. He has seen his ratings increase since launching a series of anti-President George W. Bush commentaries late last summer. Olbermann’s viewership in January was up 85 percent over January 2006, according to Nielsen Media Research. He’s still in O’Reilly’s shadow: The Fox show has averaged 2.4 million viewers so far this year while Olbermann, in the same time slot, has averaged 672,000. last_img read more

Wenger vows to fine Iwobi over partying

first_img0Shares0000Iwobi started as holders Arsenal were knocked out of the FA Cup by Nottingham Forest. Photo/COURTESYLONDON, United Kingdom, Jan 9 – Arsene Wenger will fine Alex Iwobi if claims the forward was partying less than 48 hours before Arsenal’s FA Cup defeat by Nottingham Forest are proved true.The 21-year-old has come under fire from fans after a video of him dancing and screaming at a flat in Soho in the early hours of Saturday morning emerged. Iwobi started in the Gunners’ shock 4-2 loss at the City Ground on Sunday and Wenger is ready to take action despite defending his player amid accusations of drug-taking at the late night party.“If that is true he will be fined,” Wenger said during his press conference ahead of Wednesday’s Carabao Cup semi-final first leg against Chelsea.“’It’s unacceptable. It’s impossible to go out 48 hours before a game. I will have to see him and see if that is right or not.”Although there is no suggestion Iwobi was taking drugs, tenants in neighbouring flats reported laughing gas canisters and a strong smell of cannabis coming from the party apartment, according to The Sun.READ: Wenger vows to fine Iwobi if he was partying until 3am on day before FA Cup defeat“It was 48 hours before the game,” Wenger added. “The night before the game we were in a hotel. I will speak to him.”“You have to be cautious with the news coming out – when you read what has been reported it is like he has taken drugs but he’s not involved in that.”“If he was at a birthday party, how long has he stayed? That is very important. After that I will decide what happens. If your neighbour takes drugs, what can you do about it? You are responsible for your behaviour.”Meanwhile, Gary Neville has waded into the debate on when players should be allowed to go out prior to matches.The former Manchester United and England defender took to Twitter to claim stars can enjoy themselves but only a week before a game.Neville tweeted: “It used to be 48 hours 25 years ago. I would suggest now 99% of players wouldn’t go out to a club 4-5 days before a game.  At United when I played towards the end I would say Saturday night is ok when you have a game the Saturday/Sunday after.”A source told The Sun that Iwobi and his group had been refused entry to a club, so rented an AirBnB flat in Soho.The partying kept residents awake for hours, and it is thought the antics went on for at least another hour after the video was shot.Arsenal fans were furious with Iwobi’s performance against Forest, describing him as ‘rubbish’ and saying he would be better suited to Championship level with Nottingham Forest.One fan wrote on Twitter: ‘Arsenal should suspend Alex Iwobi for his actions on Saturday night and Sunday morning, knowing he was a “senior player” on the Sunday against Forest. Sheer stupidity and naivety from him. Explains his poor performance too.’Another said: ‘Doesn’t deserve to start now don’t deserve to be at this club.‘We want him sold or contract ripped up and thrown away.’-By Daily Mail-0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Bush OK with congressional probe into spy program

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita In Louisville, Bush hosted a casual, town hall-type event reminiscent of his campaign stops. Bush paced, with microphone in hand, like a talk show host in front of signs that left no doubt about the administration’s message of the day: “Winning the War on Terror.” Bush’s approval rating bumped up slightly to 42 percent in December, but it remains low, with 40 percent of Americans approving and 59 percent disapproving of the way he’s doing his job, according to the latest AP-Ipsos poll conducted the first week of January. After his opening remarks, Bush fielded about 10 questions from the audience of invited groups. White House press secretary Scott McClellan said the questions were not prescreened. Bush said no topics were off-limits, and even invited a question about Iran, but nobody asked one. Instead, the audience wanted to know about the war, terrorism and a host of domestic issues, including health care, education and immigration. Bush acknowledged differences over Iraq. “Whether you agree with me or not, we’re doing the right thing,” Bush said, adding that terrorists or insurgents fighting democratic reform in Iraq are “not going to shake my will.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LOUISVILLE, Ky. – After initial reservations, President George W. Bush said Wednesday that he isn’t bothered by congressional hearings into his domestic spying program as long as they don’t aid the enemy. “That’s good for democracy,” Bush said, provided the hearings don’t “tell the enemy what we’re doing.” In the days after the secret wiretapping without warrants was revealed, Bush cautioned against hearings, saying that congressional leaders had been privately consulted and that he had worked within the law to authorize eavesdropping on Americans with suspected ties to terrorists. Senate Judiciary Chairman Arlen Specter, R-Pa., has promised hearings on the issue, and the Senate Intelligence Committee could also investigate. House Democrats have asked their Intelligence Committee for hearings, and Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee plan to hold a forum on the monitoring program’s legal ramifications on Jan. 20. last_img read more

Celtic 2-1 Astana (3-2 agg): Bhoys through after injury time Dembele penalty

first_imgMoussa Dembele’s first Celtic goal gave the Hoops a dramatic last-gasp 2-1 win over Astana and booked them a place in the Champions League play-off.The third qualifying tie had swung towards Brendan Rodgers’ side after the 1-1 draw in Kazakhstan and striker Leigh Griffiths, who levelled in the Astana Arena, scored from the spot on the stroke of half-time before substitute Agim Ibraimi levelled with an opportunist long-range effort.However, in stoppage time, French forward Dembele, on for James Forrest, slammed in a penalty after he had been tripped by Igor Shitov, who was sent packing by Romanian referee Istvan Kovacs for a second booking, with Dmitri Shomko following him amid the mayhem.It was a crazy end to the match but the Scottish Champions go into Friday’s play-off draw looking for a favourable tie which will see them into the competition proper for the first time in three seasons.Rodgers had some selection dilemmas and although there was little surprise that much-criticised Efe Ambrose was dropped from central defence, the Nigeria international was not even on the bench.Right-back Saidy Janko came into the team with Mikael Lustig moving inside to partner 20-year-old Irishman Eoghan O’Connell.Defender Kolo Toure started on the bench and the 35-year-old’s fellow new signing Dembele was also dropped from attack for James Forrest with Griffiths leading the line.The visitors were soon on the back foot. However, the minutes ebbed with visiting keeper Nenad Eric seeing little action although a 20-yard snap-shot from Griffiths midway through the first-half cleared the far post but not by much.Celtic suffered a blow on the half-hour mark when winger Patrick Roberts went off after picking up an injury to be replaced by midfielder Stefan Johansen with Forrest moving to the right and Armstrong switching to the left.Three minutes from the break the former Dundee United midfielder found a yard of space in the Astana box but his drive from 12 yards was smothered by Eric, before defender Yuri Logvinenko blocked a goal-bound Griffiths effort.However, with the last kick of the first-half amid some drama, the home side got the breakthrough.When defender Abzal Beysebekov clumsily fouled Tierney inside the box as they challenged for a bouncing ball, Romanian referee Kovacs pointed to the spot.After a delay, Griffiths took great delight in smashing the spot-kick past Eric, who dived the wrong way.The goal lifted the home crowd and they went for number two from the restart.Only a perfectly-timed tackle from Shitov foiled the hosts but slowly the Kazakh club began throwing players forward in search of an equaliser.Roger Canas had the ball in the net in the 56th minute but the assistant’s flag was up to the relief of the Hoops fans but there was despair around the corner.On the hour mark Toure replaced Armstrong to make his debut but moments later it was all square.Gordon raced outside his box to head clear a through ball and although it went a decent distance, Ibraimi, on for Azat Nurgaliyev controlled the ball and quickly sent it soaring into the empty net.The game stretched further. Dembele replaced Forrest after Junior Kabananga had flashed a shot wide of Gordon’s right-hand post.Shitov, booked in the first half, was lucky to escape punishment after a foul on Griffiths but he got his just reward for a trip on Dembele who became the Parkhead hero by despatching the crucial penalty. 1 Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers last_img read more

Two men found guilty of raping Donegal student after night out

first_imgA jury has found two Donegal residents guilty of raping a student after bringing her to their flat after a night out.Boakye Osei (29) of Tooban, Burnfoot and Kelvin Opoku (33) of Cill Greine, Letterkenny had pleaded not guilty to rape of the woman in a Donegal town in February 2015. After a five week trial, a jury of seven men and four women took just over two hours to return unanimous guilty verdicts.During the trial the woman, who is now aged in her 20s, testified that she had been out drinking with her friend in a local nightclub and she was drunk and finding it difficult to walk home.She said the men were in a car and offered them a lift home. She said the men brought them back to a flat and offered them drink.She told the jury she remembers lying on a bed and someone heavy on her and then something “inside her”. She said that the men swapped over and the second man raped her.The woman said she was “blind drunk” and could not and did not consent to any sexual activity.Her friend gave evidence that she was kissing and touching Osei while Opoku was having sex with the victim on the same bed. She said she told Osei she didn’t want to have sex and he went over to her friend and had sex with her.Osei denied any sexual activity between him and the complainant. When shown evidence that his semen was found on her underwear he replied “no comment”. His lawyers argued the semen traces could have come from cross-contamination.Opoku told gardaí that he and the woman had sex which she consented to. He said he didn’t believe she was too drunk to consent.Gardaí later showed him mobile phone footage taken by the victim’s friend in which the victim is staggering around the apartment and later falling on the bathroom floor, exposing her underwear, before the two men hold her up. Opoku said she wasn’t in that condition when they had sex.He and the victim’s friend told gardaí that the victim was saying “harder” and moaning during the sex. Cross-examined on this the victim said she may have been dreaming and had a history of talking and moaning in her sleep.“I was half way between sleep and drunkenness. I felt like I didn’t know what was happening. I didn’t know if it was a dream or it was actually happening. I was just so drunk,” she said.Justice Alex Owens ordered a Probation Service report for both men and certified them as sex offenders.He also ordered a victim impact statement to be prepared for a sentence date on January 13, next. He remanded the two Ghanaian nationals in custody to that date.Two men found guilty of raping Donegal student after night out was last modified: November 6th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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

Chelsea linked with move to sign Spain ace who flopped at Liverpool

first_imgTuttomercatoweb report on Chelsea’s interest in Suso, with La Liga side Atletico Madrid also claimed to be keeping tabs on the 24-year-old.Suso is best known in England for the spell he spent with Liverpool, first joining the club as an academy player in 2010.Despite spending two-and-a-half years with the Reds, Suso played just 21 times for their first-team, scoring his only goal against Middlesbrough in a League Cup clash. He’s made over 100 appearances for Milan, scoring 18 goals and creating a further 33 along the way, and his form this season has been remarkable: Suso has played a role in 10 goals (three goals and seven assists) in just 11 matches.The forward’s rise to prominence in Milan has seen him previously linked with big-money moves to some of Europe’s most famous clubs, including Real Madrid, Napoli, and even former side Liverpool.Suso has a contract running until June 2022, but Milan are hoping to tie him down for a further year. The player himself is happy at the club and also wants to pen fresh terms with the Rossoneri. Suso has enjoyed a superb start to the season Milan’s move for Suso is regarded as something of a coup given just how well he has performed in Italy 2 RANKED Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade three-way race Chelsea are keen on signing former Liverpool winger Suso, according to reports.The Blues are said to be looking at the Spain international, who has a release clause worth around £34million (€38m) written into his Milan contract. The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland targets TOP WORK REVEALED Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti IN DEMAND LATEST Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer While contracted to the Merseysiders, Suso also spent a season on loan at Almeria in his homeland, netting three times in 33 La Liga appearances.Milan swooped for the wantaway winger in January 2015, and after a slow start in Italy, he’s gone on to establish himself as one of Serie A’s best and most consistent performers. Latest transfer news moving on 2 Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ LIVING THE DREAM targets Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? last_img read more

McGlynn Named Bulldog Student-Athlete of the Week

first_imgMcGlynn, a forward for the Drake men’s basketball team, averaged 9.0 points and 5.5 rebounds per game on the week. He shot 57.1 percent from the field and was 10-of-12 (.833) from the free throw line. Of his 11 rebounds on the week, five were on the offensive glass. Nick McGlynn, a sophomore from Stoughton, Wis. has been named this week’s Bulldog Student-Athlete of the Week, presented by Drake Graduate and Professional Programs.  Academically, McGlynn holds a 3.65 grade point average and is majoring in digital media production. About Drake Graduate & Professional ProgramsDrake University offers graduate and professional programs in business, law, health care, leadership, education, public administration, counseling, executive education, and communication. At Drake, students discover proven outcomes, flexible scheduling for working professionals, and career advancement. Learn more about how Drake’s graduate and professional programs can take your career to the next level at www.drake.edu/graduate Print Friendly Versioncenter_img At DePaul on Nov. 30, he had nine points and seven boards, five on offense and added a steal in 17 minutes. Against Fresno State on Dec. 3, McGlynn posted nine points, four rebounds and two steals. McGlynn and the men’s basketball team return to the Knapp Center on Dec. 10 to host Jackson State as part of the Missouri Valley/ Mountain Valley Conference Challenge. Tipoff is scheduled for 2 p.m. and the contest will broadcast on on Mediacom MC22/The Valley On ESPN3 as well as radio coverage provided by ESPN Des Moines 1350-AM.last_img read more

FUFA Big League: Proline thrash Kireka to retain Rwenzori Group top spot

first_imgProline players celebrate on of the goals against Kireka on Friday (Photo by Shaban Lubega)FUFA Big League 2018/19Proline 3-0 Kireka UnitedStarTimes Stadium, LugogoThursday, 22-02-2019  LUGOGO – Proline returned to the top of the FUFA Big League-Rwenzori Group thanks to a comprehensive 3-0 win over Kireka at the StarTimes Stadium in Lugogo.In one of the two games played on Thursday, Shafick Bisaso’s charges dominated proceedings from the word go en-route to a 9th victory of the season.Goals by Isma Kabugu, Samuel Othieno (og) and Hakim Kiwanuka did the damage for the Lugogo based side who are on course of an immediate return to the top flight after suffering relegation last season.After a barren first 45 minutes, former Nairobi City Stars’ striker Kabugu put Proline 1-0 up within four minutes of the second (half).With Kireka gaining momentum, they had themselves to blame for kissing the contest goodbye as defender Othieno put through his own net to hand the home side a healthy 2-0 lead.In additional time, Kiwanuka added a third to ensure the game ends 3-0 in favour of Bisaso’s side.The win for Proline takes them back atop the standings in the Rwenzori Group with 29 points from 13 games. They are now two points clear of second placed Kansai Plascon who defeated Bumate United 2-0 on Thursday.For Kireka, they remain in the dog fight to fend off relegation with 13 points from as many games.In the other day’s game played at the Nelson Mandela National Stadium, Kira United overcame visiting Kitara 1-0.Michael Ssenyonjo’s fifth minute goal was all that Kira required to take all three points.This was the second loss for tactician Richard Makumbi under his tenure at Kitara following last week’s 1-0 loss to Kyetume in the Stanbic Uganda Cup.Kira United now moves to eight points from 13 matches, good enough to displace Ntinda United from the 9th position. For Kitara, they remain 5th on 21 points.Meanwhile, the FUFA Big League returns on Sunday with one game as League debutants Nebbie Central play host to Light S.S at the Luo stadium in Nebbi district.Three clubs shall be promoted to the Uganda Premier League by the close of business in May 2019.The top club from each group (Rwenzori and Elgon) qualifies directly to the UPL whilst the third side will be determined via a four team play-off.Upcoming game:Sunday 24th February 2019–Nebbi Central Vs Light SS – Luo Stadium – 4 PMComments Tags: FUFA Big League 2018/19Kira UnitedKireka UnitedKitraproline fcShafick Bisasolast_img read more

San Jose Sharks 2019-20 preview: Serious questions on the blue line

first_imgSAN JOSE — The Sharks are entering their 2019–2020 season with a similar team that played Game 6 of the 2019 Western Conference Finals. Although some core pieces have departed — salute, Joe Pavelski — most of the core remains.In this three-part series, we will analyze the various aspects of the team, examining whether  GM Doug Wilson did enough to address issues in each area.Today’s focus: DefenseErik Karlsson: The star Swedish defensemen did not have a dream start to his career as a Shark. …last_img

Report: Former A’s closer signs eight-figure deal to join Dodgers bullpen

first_imgSAN DIEGO — Former A’s closer Blake Treinen discussed a possible reunion with Oakland this offseason, but the right-hander ultimately elected to pitch elsewhere next year.Treinen and the Los Angeles Dodgers reportedly agreed to a one-year deal worth $10 million for the 2020 season. Jeff Passan of ESPN first reported the signing.Treinen was non-tendered by the A’s earlier this month after posting a 4.91 ERA in 57 appearances this season. The Dodgers are betting on Treinen’s ability to regain …last_img