The come-from-behind 3-2 victory at Burnley maintained a 100 per cent record for the new boss and his influence has certainly been felt within the dressing room. Former manager Neil Warnock was sacked in late December after just one win in 14. Crystal Palace defender Martin Kelly believes the experience of manager Alan Pardew has provided essential leadership for the players to follow. With on-loan Arsenal striker Yaya Sanogo making his debut, Palace appear to have plenty of options up front as they seek to maintain their move away from the relegation zone. “If you look across the dressing room it is full of characters but we’ve got good players as well and it takes a good team with a good set of lads and good character to come back from 2-0 down,” added Kelly. “All the players dug in and when we went in at half-time we were the better side and it was all about the first goal after half-time and we got that early on. “Once it was 2-2 it was full throttle for us and we felt we could go on and win the game “As long as we can keep the back four solid, which every team aims for, we have to rely on our strikers and we’ve got great wingers who put the ball into the box so it will be vital for us this season. “If you looked at Yaya for his debut he held the ball up brilliantly and Dwight and ‘Punch’ scored either side so it is brilliant.” Losing a match in which they led 2-0 against fellow strugglers was a huge blow to Burnley but manager Sean Dyche insists it will not affect his players. “You can’t win them all but they are a big reminder of what we have to do at this level,” he said. “I think we’ve only had two below-par performances this season and I’m not going to start over-thinking it. “You have to remember many people thought we’d need snookers by now so we are still in there.” The team drew two games while awaiting the arrival of Pardew from Newcastle, and he has overseen three successive wins – one over Dover in the FA Cup – since being appointed. “Alan has brought great experience to the club and it is that little push that the club and us players needed around us,” said Kelly. “We needed that key figure and he has brought that and what he has done in the couple of weeks he has been with us has been brilliant. “We are all enjoying our training, tactically we know what we are doing and we are showing that in games with the confidence we have got. “The two draws were key to confidence before Alan came in and the three wins we have under him now is showing in our play we have the confidence and it is a great dressing to be in.” That was reflected in the performance at Turf Moor where the Eagles found themselves 2-0 down inside 16 minutes as Ben Mee headed in a corner after losing his marker and then Danny Ings scored his third in four matches after Joel Ward failed to shepherd the ball out of play. Dwight Gayle, who was playing for Conference North side Bishop’s Stortford three and a half years ago, drove in James McArthur’s blocked shot to reduce the deficit before half-time and crucially swing the momentum Palace’s way. Soon after the break, Jason Puncheon ran 25 yards unchallenged to beat Tom Heaton from outside the area and, three minutes from time, Gayle converted an angled shot to complete the turnaround. Press Association
“That’s what I’m looking at and that’s what I want to do. I haven’t had any discussions on the political side with John or the FAI board at any given stage.” O’Neill, of course, was not employed by the FAI at the time of the game in France – Giovanni Trapattoni was the manager – and he admitted he had little knowledge of the agreement other than what he had read when the story first emerged last year. He said: “Not really. It had been made public knowledge, I think, about six or eight or 12 months ago, or something like that. It was out there in the public domain at the time, so I wasn’t any more aware than anybody else and it has all come to a head just at this moment. “But I haven’t had time myself to study it in any sort of depth and I am certainly not a European lawyer, so I won’t be taking any of that into consideration. “It’s come up here at a stage where you really do want to concentrate on what we are here about, myself as the manager, John as a player, and I think that is pretty important. “What I could say, I suppose, is that the FAI board gave me this opportunity to come and manage the team, I was delighted to take it and obviously wan to try to push that forward on the footballing side as much as I possibly can. “Naturally, this game and the Scotland game are taking my almost undivided attention.” Assistant boss Roy Keane insisted on Friday that the issue had barely been raised within the camp, although striker Jon Walters alluded to the situation in humorous fashion in a tweet after the players were allowed to leave their Portmarnock base to go out for dinner later that night. Walters tweeted: “Meal in Howth with the boys. What a view! The waiter was happy with the €5,000,000 tip.” O’Neill was in lighter mood when asked about Walters’ contribution to the debate. He said: “If Jon Walters has tweeted that, I wouldn’t mind being in that restaurant last night. I wouldn’t mind washing the dishes. “The players went out – I gave them the time to go out because they were bored with my company. They wanted to head out and they headed to, apparently, a very nice restaurant. “Well, if they got a 5million euros tip, well done to them. They should be closing tomorrow and opening up in Spain, I think.” Indeed, the 34-year-old defender insists all he and his team-mates would have asked for in the wake of their Thierry Henry-inspired exit at the hands of France in November 2009 was a replay. The suggestion, as the Football Association of Ireland’s deal with the game’s governing body was made public this week, came from then France coach Raymond Domenech, but cut little ice with O’Shea, who played in the Stade de France that night. John O’Shea has described as “ridiculous” claims that the Republic of Ireland’s players should have been handed a share of FIFA’s 5million euros loan in compensation for their World Cup play-off heartache. He said: “For the French manager from that time to come out and say that now, it’s easy from his point of view. To come out and say that the players [should claim a share], it’s ridiculous. “You are talking about what the players would have been looking for from that point of view. Ultimately, it was done and dusted, the game was over, but if there was going to be anything from it, it would have been, say, a replay. “It wouldn’t have been a case of monetary benefits from that point of view. But look, the game was done and dusted and these things happen, as they say.” O’Shea’s comments came after the FAI published a copy of the confidentiality agreement it signed with FIFA, which describes the cash payment as an “inducement”. The document includes the paragraph: “On or before January 15, 2010, FIFA and FAI have entered into a loan agreement over 5million euros as an inducement for the FAI to enter into this agreement. Further, the FAI will receive an additional Goal Project in the amount of 400,000 US dollars than the one executed in 2009.” Details of the arrangement have simply added to the furore surrounding FIFA in the wake of president Sepp Blatter’s re-election and subsequent announcement of his resignation, with the FAI and, in particular, chief executive John Delaney finding himself cast into the limelight. However, within the Irish camp, there has been a concerted effort to circle the wagons with manager Martin O’Neill and his players, who face England in a friendly at the Aviva Stadium on Sunday and Scotland in a crucial Euro 2016 qualifier on June 13, refusing to be drawn into the brewing row. Asked if Delaney enjoyed his full support, O’Neill said: “John Delaney brought me into the FAI. He brought me in, wanted me to manage the side – I was delighted to do so, delighted to have the opportunity, and I would like to see that through. Press Association
New Chelsea signing Asmir Begovic insists he has no desire to play second fiddle to first-choice goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois. Begovic joined the Blues from Premier League rivals Stoke on a four-year deal earlier this month following the departure of Petr Cech to Arsenal. The move has raised questions of Begovic’s motives, with Courtois firmly establishing himself as Chelsea’s number one custodian in their Barclays Premier League title triumph last season. However, Begovic, who had been Stoke’s first-choice keeper for the past four seasons, is keen to press his claims at Stamford Bridge this term. “I want to test myself against Thibaut, he’s one of the best goalkeepers in the world but I believe in myself. I want to try and get as many games as I can,” he said in several national newspapers. “Hopefully every time I can show everybody what I’m all about and ultimately help this team. We all have to play our part and at a club like this I think you get to do so. “There have been no guarantees. The challenge that’s here, the manager and players was what attracted to me and that was a big part of my decision. “I’ll back myself, absolutely. I’ll be keeping my head down and working hard to see how I can help this team in the future.” Begovic, who ended a five-and-a-half-year association with Stoke, has already noticed the jump in quality on his arrival at Chelsea. “Even after the first week you can see the quality here and how they can improve you with the levels and demands here,” he added. “It was difficult to leave Stoke after such a long time because of all the ties and relationships I had there. But this is definitely a step up.” Press Association
Claudio Ranieri has refused to rule out selling Jamie Vardy but insisted it would take megabucks to tempt Leicester. The Foxes boss also admitted he would be powerless to stop any player leaving the King Power Stadium if they wanted to quit. Vardy is the Barclays Premier League’s seven-goal top scorer and started England’s final Euro 2016 qualifier, a 3-0 win in Lithuania, on Monday. Press Association He cost Leicester £1million from Fleetwood in 2012 but is now hot property after his dramatic rise from non league to the top flight. Ranieri insisted the 28-year-old is happy at the club but conceded they may not turn down a huge offer. “If I am the owner, a lot, a lot, a lot,” he said, when asked how much Vardy would cost. “Do you want Jamie? Give me a lot of money. “We want to keep him and we want to keep hold of all our best players but if there are some teams who want to spend money ‘Ok’, we’ll re-start and we’ll see another good player. At this moment we’ll enjoy with Jamie. “Our project is very, very good. I understand players want to achieve something early. “I think for Jamie, not only for Jamie but all of the players, it’s important to do what they feel, what their heart, soul and brain says. “I can say ‘you stay here’ or ‘you go’ – no. I want only happy players, that is my philosophy. I don’t want to keep somebody who doesn’t want to stay. Jamie is so happy.” Vardy is contracted to the club until 2018 after signing a four-year deal last year and has scored five goals in his last four Foxes games. Leicester go to Southampton on Saturday with in-form Vardy expected to lead the line and Nathan Dyer (knee) fit again but Ranieri admitted Vardy’s form cannot continue forever. He said: “At this moment he is scoring goals and for him it’s a great moment. It’s not possible for him to continue it for 10 months, it’s not possible. I hope (he can) but for now he continues and when we arrive at that moment we’ll keep calm and continue to fight.”
Officials confirm that former President Jimmy Carter was released from Emory University Hospital in Atlanta on Wednesday following a to relieve pressure on his brain. Carter was admitted to the Georgia hospital on Nov 11. to undergo surgery to relieve pressure to his brain caused by bleeding from his recent falls.He was hospitalized twice last month for two falls in his home in Plains, Georgia.The former president received 14 stitches above his brow after his first fall when he hit his forehead “on a sharp edge.”He later received treatment for a minor pelvic fracture after his second fall.The 95-year-old spent more than two weeks at the hospital recovering from brain surgery before he was discharged on Wednesday.Carter is the oldest living president in U.S. history.Related content:Jimmy Carter Falls Again, Fractures Pelvis
This could be the final day of the impeachment saga. Florida Senator Rick Scott said last night that he believes the senate will vote by tonight to acquit President Trump. The Florida Republican says people are tired and ready to get this over with and do something positive. He also says if the senate agreed to call more witnesses, this will never, ever end.So what about witnesses? It appears likely Senators will vote against calling additional witnesses at the impeachment trial of President Trump.Democrats needed four Republicans to join them to ensure they could issue subpoenas for additional evidence.So far, they have two.Utah’s Mitt Romney will vote for witnesses, a member of his staff confirmed this morning.Maine’s Susan Collins said yesterday she would vote for witnesses.Alaska’s Lisa Murkowski is expected to announce her decision this morning.Tennessee’s Lamar Alexander announced last night that he thought the House managers proved their case, but says he will not vote for witnesses.If the vote ends in a 50-50 tie, Chief Justice John Roberts could cast a deciding vote, but most expect him to decline to do so.
A couple from Ohio is issuing a warning to the public about taking social distancing measures seriously after the father and their newborn became ill will the coronavirus.Sean and Dawn Clancy say they gave birth to their son on March 23rd without any complications and were allowed to return home, however, 12 days later they were back in the hospital after the couple noticed their son was exhibiting signs of the coronavirus.Sean told reporters that he was not feeling well and noticed that his newborn son also seemed to be under the weather:“I was down for the count, and then a few days later, Eli was,” Sean Clancy said. “Eli was really lethargic; he wasn’t acting how he had been normally acting; his eyes weren’t really opening.The couple rushed the child to the hospital where both father and son tested positive for the coronavirus.Fortunately, the family is recovering well considering the situation, but Sean says the whole thing was eyeopening for him:“We can’t explain to him what’s going on,” he said. “It was a helpless feeling that here I have this brand-new son and I can’t do anything for him; she can’t do anything for him.”They are also warning others about taking the social distancing seriously.The couple says they followed the social distancing rules but decided to allow their stepdaughter to visit the child when they brought him home. The couple believes that though the stepsister did not show any signs of the virus, she may have passed it on to them.As for now, the couple is sleeping in separate bedrooms, using different bathrooms, and wearing face mask until test show that Sean is no longer contagious:“Just stay home, keep your distance, two weeks at home is better than a month in the hospital,” Sean said.
Police have discovered that three infants who were all abandoned at the same apartment complex in Orlando, Florida in three separate years are related.Orlando Police say last summer, an infant was found on a doorstep in the apartment complex with a note: The mother feared her baby’s father and the harm he could cause them both.In 2016, and in 2017 two infants were also left at the same apartments.Detective Ghena Luker requested DNA testing for the newborn found in July of 2019. Luker said she then learned of the two infants who were abandoned in similar cases, one born in 2016, and another in 2017, and that’s when she believed the cases were all related.“I submitted DNA from all three children and learned they shared the same mother and father,” Luker wrote in the memo, submitted in March and made public this month. “Several additional familial matches were also discovered through the DNA testing.”Police are currently working to identify the parents of the infants. Officials say the safety of the mother is their top priority.
A federal judge has ruled in favor of Walt Disney World, after a disability advocate from the Orlando area sued the company on behalf of her adult autistic son.Donna Lorman, who serves as president of the Autism Society of Greater Orlando, sued Disney in 2014 to get her son immediate access to the FastPass lines at the theme parks.“Disney Parks have an unwavering commitment to providing an inclusive and accessible environment for all our guests. We are pleased with the court’s decision,” Disney spokeswoman Andrea Finger said in a statement.Lorman filed the lawsuit came after Disney World changed its policy seven years ago in response to reports of tourists hiring people with disabilities and terminally-ill children to help them skip long lines and ride multiple times.Disney subsequently created its new system the Disability Access Service Card, or DAS, which allows people with disabilities get return times for rides, similar to a FastPass, so they do not need to wait in a line.When filing her complaint, Lorman said she wanted 10 passes to the Magic Kingdom, so her son could ride his favorite attractions quickly by getting directly into the FastPass line.Otherwise, he would have had to get an advance reservation to come back later.The extra waiting was difficult for her son, who did not understand the concept of time, according to his mother.She accused the parks of not accommodating his disability.However, Disney argued that it is not required to provide unlimited, front-of-line passes for every ride under the Americans with Disabilities Act.Federal Judge Sides with Disney in Disability Lawsuit #disneyworld #wdw https://t.co/Ve4AsbQaoQ pic.twitter.com/QM4RrSWRq1— Inside the Magic (@InsideTheMagic) July 1, 2020 If disabled guests received two more re-admission passes, the standby line at Magic Kingdom’s popular Seven Dwarfs Mine Train coaster would increase by 39 minutes, from 69 to 108 minutes, the company argued in court documents.In a decision reached June 22, U.S. District Judge Anne Conway sided with Disney, ruling that it was “unreasonable” for the company to give such access to Lorman’s son. It would make Disney’s system ripe for abuse again, he wrote.“Requiring the modification, based on the history of the former system, would lead to fraud and overuse, lengthen the wait times significantly for non-disabled guests, and fundamentally alter Disney’s business model,” Conway explained.Conway said Disney could “recover its cost of action.”“To say that I am disappointed would be an understatement. I really truly believe in what I was fighting for,” Lorman wrote to a reporter after the ruling.During the trial, she testified that her son, who was 22 when she filed the lawsuit, has moderate to severe autism that makes communication difficult and following a routine essential.Otherwise, her son could melt down. For example, he needed to visit the Disney rides in a particular order, she said.In response, Disney’s defense team said Lorman should have planned her visit better, in order to adjust to the new rules.
Florida’s tax holiday for school supplies is set to begin on Friday continuing through Sunday.Items that will be tax-empt include; clothing, footwear, school supplies $15 or less, and more.Check out the full list of what is eligible for the holiday, click here.