Month: December 2019

Poll: Who is to blame for Scotland’s Euro qualifying mess?

first_img Scotland look dejected after Germany defeat 1 Scotland look certain to miss out on another major tournament after back-to-back defeats in Euro 2016 qualifying and Drivetime wants to know who Tartan Army fans blame.last_img

Video: Manuel Neuer nearly gave Bayern Munich and Pep Guardiola a heart attack earlier…

first_imgIt’s Manuel Neuer being Manuel Neuer.The Bayern Munich and Germany number one has made a habit of charging off his goalline and, invariably, it pays off.Against Wolfsburg earlier, however, his antics nearly came back to haunt him as the goalkeeper sauntered into the opposition’s half during their Bundesliga clash.Last season’s runners-up took the lead at the Allianz Arena through Daniel Caligiuri, before Pep Guardiola introduced Robert Lewandowski at half time and the Polish striker scored a quite sensational five goals in nine minutes. 1 Manuel Neuer center_img No prize for guessing whit the goalie is…”— David Bennett (@d_bennett999) September 22, 2015// read more

Watch: Al Ahli concede penalty in bizarre circumstances…but escape unpunished

first_imgA lucky escape if you’ve ever seen one.Qatari club Al Ahli were struck by a bizarre refereeing decision in their AFC Champions League match on Tuesday.Defender Salmin Khamis will certainly be thanking his lucky stars after his misjudgement, picking the ball up when he thought it had gone out for a goal kick, went unpunished.Al-Hilal were duly awarded a penalty after his error, but striker Carlos Eduardo could only slam the spotkick against the upright.last_img

Premier League Preview Show

first_imgIt’s derby weekend in the Premier League – with three high-profile clashes scheduled between local rivals. Tom Rennie is joined by two former Premier League stars to look ahead to all the action with Darren Eadie (Norwich City & Leicester City) and Matthew Etherington (West Ham, Tottenham & Stoke City).There’s the first Tyne-Wear derby for both Steve McClaren & Sam Allardyce as Sunderland take on Newcastle at the Stadium of Light. That’s followed by the Manchester derby with United hosting City at Old Trafford, looking to prove that they have what it takes to challenge for the title.There’s also a big derby in London on Saturday, as West Ham host their fierce rivals Chelsea for the final ever time at the Boleyn Ground.Also on the show, Emma Dodds from Dubai Eye (one of talkSPORT’s Global Audio Partners) plays the Predictor Game ‘Tom against the World’ & the former Arsenal man Adrian Clarke picks his ‘three to watch’.last_img read more

Video: New Valencia boss Gary Neville’s MNF banter highlights, featuring Jamie Carragher and Thierry Henry

first_imgMonday nights will never be the same…Manchester United hero and England coach Gary Neville was named the new head coach at La Liga side Valencia this week, where he will join brother Phil in the dugout.And while English coach making it abroad (never mind two!) is always a good story back home, the news hasn’t been too popular with everyone.Football fans up and down the country will now have a Gary Neville-shaped hope in their weekly schedules as they will watch Sky Sports’ popular Monday Night Football show without his famously shrewd and entertaining analysis.Never fear, though, the trusty folk at talkSPORT have uncovered this clip to help soften the blow.Check it out above!last_img read more

Chelsea legend rubbishes rumours he is set to hang up his boots

first_img Chelsea legend Didier Drogba Didier Drogba says he is still in discussions with Montreal Impact over his future, saying a report that he had retired from playing to rejoin Chelsea as assistant to Guus Hiddink was premature.Chelsea declined to comment on a report by French sports daily L’Equipe on Wednesday night which stated Drogba was quitting playing in Major League Soccer to return to London.And the 37-year-old, who has a year to run on his contract with the Canadians, said discussions were ongoing over his future.Drogba wrote on Twitter: “Lovely to receive these messages but I have not yet announced my retirement & am still in discussion with @impactmontreal about my future.”Montreal would be reluctant to let their talisman leave, but he has emotional ties to Stamford Bridge, where he enjoyed two spells. He is highly thought of at the club by players and staff, with some suggesting his absence was a contributor to their poor form this season after his summer departure. He has been repeatedly linked with joining the Blues for a third time since Hiddink was appointed interim boss last month after Jose Mourinho left Chelsea for a second time.The former Ivory Coast striker, who watched the first match since the departure of Mourinho alongside Hiddink and owner Roman Abramovich against Sunderland on December 19, has a rich history with Chelsea.Drogba scored 164 goals in 381 appearances for the Blues, 157 of the strikes coming in 341 appearances in his first spell, which concluded with the 2012 Champions League victory in Munich.He left Chelsea for two seasons after his silverware-laden eight-year spell and has won four Premier League titles, four FA Cups and three League Cups with the Blues.Drogba had joined Chelsea in the summer of 2004 from Marseille and had short spells with Shanghai Shenhua and Galatasaray in between his stints at Stamford Bridge.He returned in opposition with the Turkish side in March 2014. 1last_img read more

Arsenal’s possible starting XI, with £42m of new signings and fit again midfield stalwart

first_imgArsenal could add to their signing of Mohamed Elneny before the January transfer window slams shut.Reports claim Arsene Wenger has his eye on two new forwards and a young defender, as the French manager looks to strengthen his side’s title challenge.So, could the Gunners challenge for the Premier League trophy with a line up featuring some notable changes?Take a look at Arsenal’s possibly starting XI after the transfer window closes by clicking the yellow arrow above, right. 10. Left wing: Alexis Sanchez – Sanchez made his return in Arsenal’s defeat to Chelsea, and while the result was one to be forgotten, his performance certainly lifted the mood of Gunners faithful. The Chilean will be lacking match sharpness, but it isn’t expected to take too long for him to return to full fitness. Walcott, Oxlade-Chamberlain and Campbell will be both frustrated and pleased to see the former Barcelona winger back in action. 8. Right wing: Theo Walcott, Andriy Yarmolenko or Joel Campbell – Wenger isn’t short of options out wide, which makes his job all the more difficult. And if Yarmolenko makes a surprise move to the Emirates in the next few days, with reports claiming a £23m fee has been agreed, there will be many fighting for a place on the flank. Alexis Sanchez, when fully fit, is a certain starter on the left, but what about the right? Yarmolenko has been in fine form for Dynamo Kiev, while Walcott and Campbell are also challenging for a spot. The former’s arrival could be devastating news for Oxlade-Chamberlain. 2. Right back: Hector Bellerin – Mathieu Debuchy has been forced to address his future this month as a consequence of Bellerin’s commanding form. The 20-year-old enjoyed a breakthrough 2014/15 campaign, and his performances are only improving in north London. 11 3. Centre back: Gabriel Paulista – Per Mertesacker has often been preferred ahead of Gabriel, who arrived in January 2015, but the former’s red card against Chelsea may come as a blessing in disguise for Arsenal. The Germany international’s lack of pace has often left his side exposed at the back, and while his current ban lasts for just one match, he could face a battle to get back into the starting line up. 1. Goalkeeper: Petr Cech – to see the XI that Wenger could start after the January transfer window click the arrow above – The former Chelsea goalkeeper has proved to be one of the signings of the summer. Cech’s influence on the team has been clear, with his confidence breathing new life into a Gunners side that has so often struggled to maintain a title challenge. Top spot is still within reach, despite defeat to the Blues in their last league outing, and Cech’s experience will be crucial over the next few months. 11 4. Centre back: Laurent Koscielny – Of Arsenal’s four senior centre backs, Koscielny is arguably the most superior. While the Frenchman does deliver the odd poor performance, he is one of the first names on the Gunners team sheet. It’s deciding his partner that is most problematic, with Gabriel Paulista and Per Mertesacker competing for the remaining spot. 11 7. Centre midfield: Aaron Ramsey – Ramsey started the campaign off on the right flank, pushed away from his favoured central role to accommodate Coquelin and Santi Cazorla. Injury to the pair, though, has allowed the Welshman to step inside and his performances have impressed Wenger. The major concern with the 25-year-old in this position is his defensive naivety, but as Coquelin looks set to return to action before Cazorla, a new midfield partnership could thrive. 6. Centre midfield: Francis Coquelin – Coquelin has been on the sidelines since November, recovering from knee ligament damage, but he is nearing his return. The Frenchman is back in training, and is set to be thrown into action in the Gunners’ FA Cup clash with Burnley this coming Saturday. He faces competition from new signing Mohamed Elneny, but so long as his confidence hasn’t been affected, Coquelin will be Wenger’s first choice in a holding midfield role. 11 11 11 11 11 5. Left back: Nacho Monreal or Ben Chilwell – Monreal has been excellent for Arsenal – with his reputation in the Premier League having risen tremendously over the last season and a half. Reports, however, claim that Leicester City left back Chiwell could be heading to the Emirates to inject further youth into Wenger’s back line. If the Gunners can seal a deal before the close of the January window, it’s unlikely the 19-year-old will be thrust straight into action, but as Bellerin has shown, experience isn’t everything. 11. Striker: Olivier Giroud or Nolito – After an uncertain start to the campaign, Giroud has again become Wenger’s first choice striker, with the Frenchman grasping the opportunity to impress during Walcott’s absence through injury. He could, however, have some new competition to contend with in the shape of Celta Vigo’s Nolito. The Spaniard, who has eight goals and five assists this season, could be the subject of a late bid from Arsenal, strengthening an already impressive attack at the Emirates. 11 9. Attacking midfield: Mesut Ozil – Often deployed out wide in his first two seasons at the Emirates, the Germany international has flourished in his favoured no.10 role, registering 16 assists in the Premier League already. This tally is expected to rise, with Thierry Henry’s record of 20 in a single campaign well within his reach. Upon his return to full fitness, Jack Wilshere will be eyeing Ozil’s position, but it’s almost impossible to see any other player stepping in if his form continues. 11 11last_img read more

Former Chelsea winger Gael Kakuta joins the list of players heading for China

first_img Gael Kakuta 1 Gael Kakuta has become the latest player to move to the Chinese Super League, with the former Chelsea winger joining Hebei China Fortune.The 24-year-old swapped west London for Sevilla in the summer having failed to make his mark at Stamford Bridge and spent loan spells with six different clubs.Sevilla reportedly had to pay 3.5million euros (£2.5million) compensation for the out-of-contract Kakuta – a fee they are reported to have nearly doubled by selling the Frenchman onto China.Former Chelsea team-mate Ramires, Liverpool target Alex Teixeira and Colombia striker Jackson Martinez have all made big-money moves to the Chinese Super League in recent weeks.Kakuta now joins former QPR midfielder – and Sevilla team-mate – Stephane Mbia at Hebei China Fortune, where ex-Arsenal forward Gervinho is now plying his trade.Kakuta moved to Chelsea as a teenager in 2007 and became a prominent player for the Blues’ youth team, graduating to the senior squad after two years in west London.However, in September 2009, FIFA banned the player for four months and placed Chelsea under a transfer embargo due an alleged breach of contract with former club Lens.The transfer ban and suspension were successfully appealed against, but Kakuta would struggle for first-team action and went on loan to Fulham, Bolton, Dijon, Vitesse Arnhem, Lazio then Rayo Vallecano.last_img read more

Around Whittier

first_imgbut I believe the voters were misled.” The City Clerk’s Office is expecting to get verification from the county by Tuesday. Conservancy to mark 20th year WHITTIER – The Whittier Conservancy is celebrating its 20th anniversary at 6 p.m. today at the historic home of Mary Sullens, 6235 Bright Ave. Members of the conservancy, founded in the aftermath of the 1987 Whittier Narrows Earthquake, will reminisce and celebrate 20 years as a force in preserving the historic charm and character of the community with “its historic buildings, tree-lined streets and pristine undeveloped hillsides.” The night’s festivities include citing examples of historic preservation and community enhancement projects and giving recognition to the people behind them. Admission at $25 per person includes a dinner catered by Crepes and Grapes Restaurant. There will also be a silent auction. Proceeds will help with the conservancy’s annual operating costs. Gardens at Whittier sets Oktoberfest WHITTIER – The Gardens at Whittier, 8101 S. Painter Ave., is hosting an Oktoberfest event from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday. The event will include plenty of food. Entertainment will be provided by Joe Tater. For more information and reservations, call (562) 698-0696, or go to Weekly movie showings to begin LA MIRADA – The La Mirada Activity Center, 13810 La Mirada Blvd., welcomes families to its At the Movies program at 1 p.m. every Saturday, starting today. Today’s movie is “The Haunted Mansion.” Free popcorn and punch will be served. You are advised to come early to get a good seat. The entire schedule is: “Everyone’s Hero” (Oct. 13), “The SpongeBob Squarepants Movie” (Oct. 20) and “Monster House” (Oct. 27). The movies are sponsored by Movie Express, 15775 Imperial Highway. For more information, call (562) 902-3160, or visit the Web at Chamber plans network luncheon PICO RIVERA – The Chamber of Commerce is hosting a network luncheon at noon Tuesday at Casa Gamino, 9060 Slauson Ave. The event, sponsored by Banco Popular, will include lunch, an opportunity to meet new people and promote your business and a presentation by guest speaker Monica Contreras of Banco Popular. The cost is $10 for members and $20 for non-members. There will also be a members-only cash drawing. The winner must be present. For more information, call (562) 949-2473. – From staff reports 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 MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CitySiccama was targeted by the public action group Montebello Citizens for Honest Government in a petition drive last April in response to efforts to explore the county taking over the city’s fire services. On Aug. 22, the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder’s Office verified 5,028 signatures of registered voters of the 6,717 total signatures filed. At least 4,713 verified signatures were required to trigger a recall election. “I support the right of the voters and the democratic process,” Siccama, 46, said in a prepared statement after the election was announced. “I do not question the validity of the signatures themselves, MONTEBELLO – Two individuals filed nomination papers Thursday in the recall election of Councilman Jeff Siccama, the City Clerk’s Office announced. Leo Rodriguez and Mary Anne Saucedo’s papers have been submitted to the Los Angeles County Registrar’s Office for verification, said Debbie Kosareff, Montebello deputy city clerk. Rodriguez is running in the Nov. 6 council election, and Saucedo is a former council member. The recall election is set for Dec. 18. It’s the first in the city since 1932, according to city officials. last_img read more

Suit over Virginia massacre possible

first_imgBy The Associated Press ROANOKE, Va. – As the sixth-month anniversary of the Virginia Tech massacre approaches, a lawyer representing 20 people killed or injured in the April shootings has begun notifying the town and the state about possible lawsuits. Blacksburg Town Attorney Larry Spencer said he received notices Friday from Peter Grenier, a personal injury lawyer in Washington, D.C., of possible lawsuits claiming negligence by the town and its employees. A spokesman for the state Attorney General’s Office said it received notice Friday from Grenier’s law firm of a possible lawsuit on behalf of injured student Kevin Sterne. Tucker Martin said he could not say whether it was a possible lawsuit against Virginia Tech or the state itself. 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 MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.No lawsuits have yet been filed stemming from the shootings on the university’s Blacksburg campus, where mentally disturbed student Seung-Hui Cho killed two people in a dormitory and 30 in a classroom building before taking his own life. last_img read more