first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 13, 2015)–Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens got his 5,000 North American win Friday aboard the Richard Mandella-trained Catch a Flight in Santa Anita’s $58,000 allowance feature, as the Argentine-bred horse by Giant’s Causeway motored to a neck victory while covering       1 1/8 miles in 1:49.09.Stevens, a 51-year-old native of Caldwell, Idaho, who has also ridden full-time in England, France and Hong Kong, reached the 5,000 world-wide plateau in 2005, after which he retired from the saddle for seven years prior to returning to active duty at Santa Anita in January, 2013.A winner of three Kentucky Derbies, a record nine Santa Anita Derbies, four Santa Anita Handicaps and 10 Breeders’ Cup races, Stevens is considered one of Racing’s all-time greats–however his win Friday aboard 4-5 favorite Catch a Flight was not an easy one.“It’s very special,” said Stevens. “The owners, the trainers have been nice enough to put me on all these good horses through the years. It’s been a lot of hard work, a lot of fun and obviously, I love it or I wouldn’t be out there.”Group I stakes placed in Brazil, 5-year-old Catch a Flight was third, beaten 2 ½ lengths in his U.S. debut with Stevens, a one mile allowance on Jan. 19. Stretching out a furlong today, Catch a Flight rated kindly under Stevens and was a close fifth past the half mile pole, took command turning for home and had to call upon his class to hold off longshot Sammy Mandeville close home in a field of seven older horses.Catch a Flight paid $3.60, $2.60 and $2.40. Owned by Haras Santa Maria de Araras, Catch a Flight picked up his seventh win from 12 starts and with the winner’s share of $34,800, increased his earnings to $93,749–and quite possibly punched a ticket to the Grade I, $1 million Santa Anita Handicap at a mile and a quarter on March 7.“We’ll keep an eye on it,” said Mandella in reference to the Big ‘Cap. “He should improve with this race and with added distance. I’m not sure we’ve seen his best race yet.”As for the margin of victory, Stevens explained that Catch a Flight has waited on other horses in the morning and that he wasn’t surprised when he appeared to do it again today.“In the mornings, any time a horse has come up and sort of challenged him, he’s done exactly what he did here,” said Stevens. “(Sammy Mandville) is never going to get by him, even galloping out, he never did get by him. I’m not sure this is even far enough for him…He handled this just fine and it was racehorse time, but he’s going to enjoy a little bit further, I think.“I worked him back in November and I didn’t even know he had conditions, but I said ‘This might be our Big ‘Cap horse.’ We’re all kind of thinking along the same lines, but we’ll see how he comes out of it…He’s definitely a Grade I type horse.”Ridden by Kent Desormeaux, Sammy Mandeville sat a close third at the rail, just inside the winner past the half mile, swung four-wide turning for home and made the winner hustle late, although he never overtook him on the gallop-out into the Club House turn.Off at 8-1, Sammy Mandville finished 2 ¼ lengths in front of Motown Men and paid $5.60 and $4.40.Off at 30-1 with Felipe Valdez aboard, Motown Men paid $7.60 to show.Fractions on the race were 23.02, 46.86, 1:10.97 and 1:36.24.(Stevens, who became the 25th jockey to win 5,000 North American races, was joined in the Winner’s Circle by his wife, Angie and their 5-year-old daughter, Maddie. Stevens has won four Santa Anita Winter Meet titles and was leading rider three times at Santa Anita’s Oak Tree Meeting).First post time for a nine-race card on Saturday is 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m. ARGENTINE-BRED TO BE CONSIDERED FOR GRADE I, $1 MILLION SANTA ANITA HANDICAP MARCH 7last_img read more

#KicksStalker: Kyrie Irving, Kobe Bryant collaborate for Kyrie 3 ‘Bruce Lee’

first_imgMarcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ In a video uploaded on his Instagram account, Irving recalled how he wore the classic Nike Zoom Kobe V “Bruce Lee” kicks—patterned after the martial artist’ iconic yellow track suit—during the Nike Extravaganza event when he was 17 years old. #KicksStalker: A ‘homecoming’ for the Hyperdunk ’17 End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ LATEST STORIES View comments Teen gunned down in Masbate Kobe x Kyrie Bruce Lee. More tonight on youtube.— Pinoe (@Pinoe77) August 11, 2017Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving shares an affinity for retired legend Kobe Bryant and this transcends even to the shoe realm.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’The 25-year-old 4-time NBA All Star unveiled his latest Nike Kyrie 3 “Bruce Lee”  colorway on Friday (Saturday in Manila) as a tribute to the Laker great.ADVERTISEMENT Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Eight years later, the shoes remain one of Irving’s favorite and he decided to implement the vibrant colorway to his own signature line.“This is an honor and a blessing and I can’t wait to share it to the world,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcanolast_img read more

Montserrado, Maryland Advance to Semi-finals

first_imgAfter advancing to the second phase of the ongoing National County Sports Meet, Montserrado and Maryland counties yesterday booked their slots in the semi-finals of the competition at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium, with seven and four points respectively.The Harper Boys advanced to the semi-finals despite conceding 2-1 to Grand Cape Mount County in the day’s first encounter.Cape Mount took the lead in the first half following a controversial decision by referee Sam Kotie.Referee Kotie sounded his whistle and raised his arm indicating an indirect free kick, but the goal was scored through a direct free kick in the stoppage time of the first half.According to FIFA rules, a goal may not be scored directly from an indirect free kick, rather it must be touched by a second player before a goal can be scored.Despite going for the break and down from the controversial goal, the Harpers Boys returned with a high level of enthusiasm and applied pressure on their opponents.Their attacks resulted to a goal after Victor Allison smartly swung in a goal about 20 yards away, down the left wing of Cape Mount’s defense, in the 59th minute.But Cape Mount, in search of two goals, regained control – which led to the team’s second goal in the 80th minute.In the second game, Montserrado booked their space after defeating River Gee 2-0.The first half ended goalless with River Gee having the best of goal scoring opportunities.River Gee’s winger, Musa Kamara, had two opportunities in the 5th and 33rd minutes, the former struck with his left foot outside the 18-yard box that was prevented by the left goalpost.The latter chance was a one-on-one opportunity that Kamara failed to net home by kicking the ball directly to goalkeeper Koffa Nimely.River Gee continued their attacks upon returning from the break in search of win to qualify for the semi-final, but Montserrado finally secured the slot after a double substitution in the 64th minute.The introduction of the county’s lone goal scorer against Grand Cape Mount, Joseph Zayzay and striker Musa Kebbah brought a change in the team’s performance which led to Zayzay’s second goal as a substitute, four minutes after his introduction.Montserrado doubled their advantage to clinch their spot as semi-finalists after striker Musa Kebbah got the curtain raiser in the 73rd minute, with an assist from first goal scorer, Zayzay.Montserrado qualified for the next stage with seven points, three goals following a win against Grand Cape Mount and River Gee counties and a draw against Maryland County, who progressed with four points and a goal after defeating River Gee and securing a point against Montserrado County in their first game in the second phase.Musa Karama of River Gee earned a carton of books, football and cellcom T-shirts for being the Man of the Match by the Ministry of Youth and Sports, despite his team not qualifying for the semi-finals. The next two semi-finalists from Group “B” will be decided today at the ATS, when Nimba County goes against Lofa County, and Margibi County against defending champions Grand Bassa County.Margibi tops the group with four points, while Grand Bassa and Nimba counties share two points apiece, with Lofa in the bottom position with a point.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Man Utd striker Alexis Sanchez misses start of US tour because of visa issue

first_imgAlexis Sanchez has missed the start of Manchester United’s United States tour as he has been unable to get a visa.The Chilean striker, 29, accepted a 16-month suspended jail sentence in February for tax fraud in Spain.Under US law, no person found guilty of fraud can be granted a visa to enter the country.There is a waiver scheme and it is understood Sanchez is working with his lawyers in an effort to be granted access to the United States.However, the process is taking longer than he hoped.United open their pre-season campaign against Mexican side Club America on Friday (kick-off 03:00 BST).The Red Devils play further friendlies against Major League Soccer side San Jose Earthquakes, AC Milan, Liverpool and Real Madrid – the last three as part of the annual International Champions Cup tournament.Sanchez was a surprise absentee when United, without its World Cup players, left for Los Angeles on Sunday for the start of a five-match tour.United had posted pictures of Sanchez training at their Carrington base last week and further images emerged of him with friends in Cheshire on Sunday.Among the United players to have travelled to Los Angeles are midfielders Juan Mata and Ander Herrera plus defender Antonio Valencia. (BBC Sport)last_img read more

Migne content with single point in Bahir Dar

first_imgWe missed some opportunities in the first half and after that it was difficult especially because we played against 12 players. The fans were amazing and the atmosphere made it difficult for sure,” the tactician said after the match.He added; “With the fans and the quality of the opponents also, I think we deserve a draw. It was a fair result. In the second half especially it was difficult.”The tactician has also admitted that it was difficult for the team to hold the defensive shape after Abud Omar’s injury with the Belgium based defender limping off early in the second half with a suspected groin strain.Nonetheless, Migne has lauded his players for putting up a fight and getting off with the point under difficult circumstances.-Good gameHarambee Stars duo of Eric Johannah and Ovellah Ochieng pair up on an Ethiopian player during their 2019 AFCON Qualifier at the Bahir Dar Stadium on October 10, 2018. PHOTO/Courtesy“The draw is a correct result for us. Maybe we should have had a penalty and maybe Ethiopia as well should have had a penalty, but I don’t know. The referee had a very good game and I think it was also good for the fans. Now we will try and win in four days’ time,” the Frenchman further stated.Basing on Sierra Leone’s fate in the group after their FIFA suspension, Stars might qualify for the Cup of Nations on Sunday with three points against the Walia Antelopes at Kasarani.Migne further added that the team has picked vital lessons from both their games against Ghana and Ethiopia and says he is happy with the improvement they have had.“We are a young team and maybe apart from Victor (Wanyama) we don’t have many players with big experience. But we are on the way to the high level and I am proud of my players. I told them before the game that the high level is about confirming the result. Not one game you play good and the other bad,” he noted.-Fill KasaraniHarambee Stars fans shout their support to the team during the African Cup of Nations Qualifier against Ghana on September 8, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluMeanwhile, the tactician has urged Kenyan fans to turn out in large numbers on Sunday at Kasarani and support the team as they bid to make it to the Cup of Nations. Against Ghana, about 18,000 fans turned up at the 60,000 seater Kasarani Stadium.“If I have one wish, I hope to have a full stadium next Sunday because its amazing to play in this atmosphere. It was amazing to play in this stadium and it will be important if we get the same in four days and I hope to beat you,” Migne said, answering a question from an Ethiopian journalist.Stars return to Nairobi on Thursday and will hit training immediately to sharpen up for the crucial return leg.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Harambee Stars head coach Sebastien Migne during a past training session at teh Kenya School of Monetary Studies. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 10 – Harambee Stars head coach Sebastien Migne says he was content with the single point picked from his side’s 0-0 draw with Ethiopia on Wednesday evening in a 2019 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier at the Bahir Dar Stadium.With the draw, Stars moved to the top of Group F with four points ahead of the return leg on Sunday at the Kasarani Stadium which the tactician has termed as a ‘Cup Final’.last_img read more

Governor signs 97 bills, vetoes 58

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.In his signing message, Schwarzenegger said he understands the technology is not perfect, but hopes it will give police a new tool in solving violent crimes. Under the gun bill, every semiautomatic handgun sold in California will have to “microstamp” each bullet cartridge in two locations whenever it is fired. The stamp would identify the gun’s make, model and serial number. The law will take effect in 2010. It does not affect revolvers, rifles or shotguns. It targets only semiautomatics, which the bill’s author, Assemblyman Mike Feuer, D-Los Angeles, said are used in the majority of homicides committed with firearms. Schwarzenegger’s most high-profile veto blocked the so-called Dream Act, a bill that would have made illegal immigrant students who graduate from California high schools eligible for college aid. The governor had vetoed similar legislation last year, but this year Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama drew attention to it, saying Schwarzenegger would compound the immigration problem if he vetoed it. Student groups also had rallied repeatedly on the steps of the Capitol and elsewhere around the state in recent weeks. The measure was authored by Sen. Gil Cedillo, D-Los Angeles. Under current law, California already allows illegal immigrants to pay in-state tuition if they’ve attended a California high school for at least three years and apply for legal status. The governor’s actions leave 153 bills remaining on his desk. He has until Sunday at midnight to sign or veto the remaining legislation. If he takes no action, the bills become law. Schwarzenegger also signed bills on: CONDORS: Hunters will be barred from using lead-based ammunition in areas inhabited by endangered California condors, an area that encompasses most of the state’s central coast. Scientists consider lead poisoning a leading cause of death among the scavengers, which often feed on bullet-ridden carcasses of other animals. There are only about 127 condors flying freely in the southwestern United States and about 70 of them are in California. More than a dozen deaths have been linked to lead poisoning. Opponents of the bill said the alternative, copper bullets, may be no better for the birds. Glenn Olson, executive director of Audubon California, praised the governor’s decision. In a statement, he called the lead ban a creative solution allowing wildlife protection and hunting to coexist. KANGAROO SKIN: California will end its unique ban on importing or selling kangaroo-skin products. Schwarzenegger favors exotic-skin cowboy boots and owns snakeskin and alligator boots, but proponents said the bill was not about fashion products. Kangaroo leather is lighter than other leathers and is most often used in law enforcement gear and high-performance soccer cleats, although soccer megastar David Beckham is among those who have switched to synthetic leather. The measure would continue the state’s prohibition on products made from protected kangaroo species, but allow the use of leather from more plentiful species. SEXUAL ORIENTATION: Schools will be barred from discriminating based on a student’s sexual orientation and teachers and administrators will be required to enforce anti-bias laws to protect gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender students. Some family values groups lobbied against the bills saying they would encourage teaching about homosexuality. SPERM CLEANSING: Men with HIV will be allowed to donate sperm to a willing, HIV-free spouse or other recipient if the sperm has gone through a process to minimize infectiousness. DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: Victims of domestic violence will be allowed to ask judges to grant protective orders for their pets under a bill authored by Sen. Sheila Kuehl, D-Santa Monica. STUDENT VOTING: State colleges and universities will be required to try to boost voter participation by giving students the opportunity to register to vote when they sign up for classes. TEEN TANNING: Parents must consent in person to teens using tanning salons in an effort to reduce the number of children exposed to the potentially dangerous ultraviolet light. GIFT CERTIFICATES: Consumers can cash in unspent gift certificates worth less than $10. An estimated $8 billion in gift cards went unspent nationally in 2006. BOTTLED WATER: Bottled water will have to come with labels revealing the source of the water beginning in 2009. SCHOOL FOOD: Elementary and middle schools will have to remove food with artery-clogging trans fats from cafeteria menus and vending machines. The governor also vetoed: INTERROGATIONS: A bill that would have forced police investigators to record interrogations of suspects in homicides and violent felonies. Proponents said the measure would have eliminated disputes about what actually happened during interrogations. In his veto message, Schwarzenegger said that while reducing the number of false confessions was a laudable goal, recording every interrogation would put unnecessary restrictions on officers. “I cannot support a measure that would deny law enforcement the flexibility necessary to interrogate suspects in homicide and violent felony cases when the need to do so is not clear,” he wrote. ABANDONED BABIES: Legislation that would have given new mothers up to 30 days to anonymously drop off unwanted babies at places such as fire stations and hospitals. The current law allows such drop-offs within 72 hours of birth. It was the second consecutive year Schwarzenegger vetoed the measure and he cited similar concerns, saying the law would put newborns in greater risk by keeping them in an unsafe environment longer. IDENTITY THEFT: A bill that would have required stores responsible for data breaches to repay banks for the cost of replacing compromised credit and debit cards. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SACRAMENTO – Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Saturday signed 97 bills and vetoed another 58, creating new laws on everything from the sale of kangaroo skin to protecting endangered condors while halting lawmakers’ efforts on dozens of other fronts, including giving college aid to illegal immigrants and requiring warning labels on cloned food. Arguably his most controversial decision, Schwarzenegger signed a bill requiring semiautomatic handguns made and sold in the state to have technology to microstamp each bullet fired from the gun. Supporters say the microstamping requirement, the first in the nation, will help police track down criminals. Opponents, including the National Rifle Association, argued that the technology is unreliable and could be used to implicate innocent people if criminals leave behind stamped cartridges from other guns at crime scenes. last_img read more


first_imgAnybody who hasn’t got a ticket for Donegal’s red-letter day at Croke Park have been advised to get moving after GAA officials admitted the game is already on the verge of being sold-out.Croke Park bosses are increasingly confident that the All-Ireland SFC semi-final between Dublin and Donegal will deliver the GAA its first sell-out of 2011.With a frenzy of ticket interest emerging from both competing counties, Croker chiefs believe we could be looking at our first 82,300 capacity crowd of this recession-hit summer. “We are heading in the direction of a sell-out already, nine days out from the semi-final,” confirmed GAA communications manager Alan Milton today.Depending on the extent of Dublin county board’s ticket request, you may even find there are no more tickets available after this weekend.The Donegal county board has requested 15,000 tickets, 22,000 have been sold via the GAA’s ticket office, and other outlets by last Tuesday and 10,000 corporate seats are also set to be snapped up.“The Tyrone win has captured the imagination of Dublin supporters,” Milton confirmed. “Also the semi-final is a big day for neutrals because they cannot buy tickets for the final.”Presuming the 80,000 barrier is breached, it will signify a major upsurge on the 52,661 crowd for Dublin’s quarter-final demolition of Tyrone.The highest attendance of the season was 58,723 for a Leinster SFC semi-final double-header in June, when Dublin and Kildare were the headline act.DONEGAL AND DUBLIN GAME ALREADY ON VERGE OF BEING A SELL-OUT ADMIT GAA CHIEFS was last modified: August 20th, 2011 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:Croke Parkdonegalticketslast_img read more


first_imgDonegal Junior LeagueResultsSaturday 31-01-2015 Old Orchard Saturday Division OneArranmore United P v P Donegal Town ReservesGlencar Celtic 3 v 3 Glenea United ReservesGlencar Inn Saturday Division Two Ramelton Mariners 1 v 3 Mulroy CelticTullyvinney Rovers 0 v 1 Strand RoversDowntown CupErne Wanderers 2 v 0 Fintown Harps AFCSt. Catherines Reserves P v P Drumbar F.C. Drumoghill F.C. Reserves 1 v 2 Curragh Athletic ReservesCastlefin Celtic Reserves P v P Orchard F.C.Milford United Reserves P v P Cranford United ReservesSunday 01-02-2015 K.O. 2 p.m. (Unless Stated) Brian Mc Cormick Sports Premier DivisionMilford United v Drumoghill F.C. REVERSED The MossRathmullan Celtic P v P Lifford CelticSt. Catherines P v P Kildrum TigersWatson Hire Division OneCurragh Athletic 3 v 1 Gweedore UnitedWhitestrand United v Keadue RoversCopany Rovers v Lagan Harps (K.O. 2.30 LAKESIDE)Dunkineely Celtic v Kerrykeel ’71 F.C. (K.O. 12)Castlefin Celtic P v P Kilmacrennan CelticCT Ball Division TwoDunlewey Celtic v Bonagee UnitedLetterbarrow Celtic P v P Deele HarpsBallybofey United P v P Convoy ArsenalDONEGAL LEAGUE: RESULTS, POSTPONEMENTS AND FIXTURES was last modified: February 1st, 2015 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)last_img read more


first_imgLouise Doherty (Glencolmcille), Megan Ryan (Milford), Eimear Alcorn (Termon) and Ellie Barron (St Mary’s Convoy) close in on Mayo player during their game in Swinford on SundayLADIES GAELIC ROUND-UP: Donegal Senior Ladies staged a remarkable comeback to overcome Westmeath in the opening round of the Division 2 National League as an Amber Barrett goal double helped seal the winThe hosts led 0-07 to 0-02 at the break, aided by a stiff breeze.But the Donegal ladies came flying back to tie the game mid-way through the second half as Milford’s Barrett netted and Eilish Ward kicked an equalising point. New captain Niamh Hegarty was in superb form as she drove her side to victory with Barrett and Yvonne McMonagle adding two more goals to seal a 3-04 to 0-08 victory.Elsewhere the county U16s had a good win over Down in Newry in a challenge match, whilst the U14s travelled to Swinford to record a victory over Mayo in a friendly.Lidl Ladies National Football League Division 1:Cork 0-7 Mayo 2-8Dublin 2-14 Kerry 1-6 Lidl Ladies National Football League Division 2:Meath 2-12 Sligo 1-9Westmeath 0-8 Donegal 3-4Cavan 6-10 Kildare 1-10Laois 1-4 Clare 4-9Lidl Ladies National Football League Division 3:Waterford 0-18 Tipperary 2-11Roscommon 3-10 Offaly 4-5Down 0-9 Wexford 1-7Lidl Ladies National Football League Division 4: Derry 1-7 Louth 8-18Wicklow 1-15 Antrim 3-6Mya Alcorn (Termon) wins the ball, watched by Ciara McGuire (Glencolmcille) in their U14 game v MayoDONEGAL LADIES COMEBACK STUNS WESTMEATH was last modified: February 1st, 2016 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)Tags:donegalDonegal ladies gaelicDownMayoWestmeathlast_img read more

Scotland to remain at Hampden Park, the SFA announce

first_img impact Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures possible standings Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move ADVICE Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? A £5million deal will see the Scotland football team remain at Hampden Park after Queen’s Park agreed to sell their stadium to the Scottish Football Association.The governing body had been considering moving major internationals and Scottish Cup semi-finals and finals to Murrayfield, home of the country’s rugby team, following an offer from the Scottish Rugby Union.But a deal has been struck with League Two side Queen’s Park, who have owned the Glasgow stadium since it was opened in 1903.An SFA statement read: “The Scottish FA today announced that it is going to remain at Hampden Park and as part of that has agreed terms to buy the stadium from Queen’s Park FC, when the existing lease of Hampden expires in summer 2020.“The decision follows a lengthy and rigorous process that saw Hampden Park competing with BT Murrayfield to be the home of Scottish football, following the UEFA European Championships in two years’ time.“The Scottish FA will now work with Queen’s Park FC to complete the agreement, which will see the ownership of Hampden Park transfer to the Scottish FA for a cash price of £5m. This sum will allow Queen’s Park FC to adapt Lesser Hampden to become its new registered licensed ground for all its matches.“Ownership of Hampden Park will enable the Scottish FA to control the future of the stadium. It will open up opportunities to continue to develop the infrastructure and create a national stadium that will inspire the next generation of football fans.” MONEY England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won silverware Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Most popular football news RANKED highlights REVEALED smart causal Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade BEST OF The SFA confirmed that Glasgow businessman Lord Willie Haughey, a former Celtic director, had pledged half of the purchase cost.But chief executive Ian Maxwell promised improvements at the venue in future years.The former Queen’s Park player said: “Our mission is to inspire a nation to love the game and having a home that we can call our own is an important part of that. It will enable us to drive investment into the game and give us the best chance to improve football in Scotland.“While we are now committed to Hampden Park we also recognise that it needs to change.“We have heard the fans’ views throughout the process and agree with them that we need to improve access, transport links and the overall experience. We are committed to doing that.“With all the commitments that have been made to the Scottish FA and Hampden Park Limited throughout this process, taking ownership of the Hampden Park site will create the potential to transform the home of Scottish football for the benefit of Scottish football fans. Ownership really will change the game.“We look forward to working with all interested parties to achieve an exciting and fan-friendly vision for Hampden Park.“With that in mind, we need all of Scotland to pull together to make it Scotland’s national stadium. We have heard many voice their support for the stadium. We need collective action, driven by the Scottish FA, to ensure it remains the beating heart of Scottish football.”The stadium was known for the ‘Hampden Roar‘ and its incredible attendances in the 20th century. When Scotland met England in 1937, 149,415 people officially entered the ground, although estimates suggest another 20,000 got in without tickets.As late as 1970, 136,505 supporters saw Celtic beat Leeds in the European Cup semi-final, but in 1999 the old stadium was replaced with a new 52,063 capacity ground.last_img read more