December 30

‘Keep the winning formula!’ Arsenal fans divided on line up v Everton

first_img The injury to Aaron Ramsey against FC Bayern Munich mid-week in the Champions League has sparked a debate over whether Arsene Wenger should now play Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud in their next match against Everton. Arsenal vs Everton is live exclusively on talkSPORT from 5pm on Saturday 24 October. The injury to Aaron Ramsey against Bayern Munich mid-week in the Champions League has sparked a debate over whether Arsene Wenger should now play Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud in their next match against Everton. What’s more, earlier in the week, the Frenchman revealed his concerns over the fitness of Alexis Sanchez, suggesting the Chilean could thus start on the bench on Saturday evening. For the first time this season, therefore, Arsenal supporters are hugely uncertain over who Wenger may line up in the Premier League, and many have taken to Twitter to post their thoughts on who they believe should play.Have a read of the best comments below. 1last_img read more

December 30

Liverpool FC boss Klopp gets Mullered, best away fans and Wenger laughs at Mourinho

first_img2 BEST OF TALKSPORT.COM: NOVEMBER 2015As part of our build up to the new year, we reveal the most popular content on talkSPORT.com for every month of 2015 and today we look back at November. It was a month that saw Liverpool linked with an unlikely move for Bayern Munich star Thomas Muller, prompting us to mock up a picture (above) of Reds boss Jurgen Klopp getting ‘Mullered’… with a Muller fruit corner yogurt, naturally.Here’s the best of the rest.MOST POPULAR – RONDA ROUSEY KNOCKED OUTHolly Holm shocked Ronda Rousey with a second round knockout to take the UFC Women’s Bantamweight title at UFC 193 in Melbourne, Australia, in November.VIDEO: 10 THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT RONDA ROUSEYHolm landed a vicious head kick to record one of the biggest upsets in mixed martial arts history.MOST POPULAR FEATURE – TOP FIVE SETS OF AWAY FANS IN ENGLISH FOOTBALLAccording to talkSPORT presenter, Adrian Durham. Find out which fans make his top five, here. Klopp gets Muller 2 MOST POPULAR INTERVIEW – STAN COLLYMORE REACTS TO ONLINE TROLLS AFTER PICTURES RELEASED DURING VILLA V CITY MATCHCollymore, who was alongside Sam Matterface on talkSPORT’s live commentary game between Aston Villa and Man City, was captured in the press box sticking his thumb down when former Villan Fabian Delph came on for the visitors.A video was uploaded on social media and some fans tweeted their disagreement at Stan’s action, but the talkSPORT presenter hit back with a reasoned, passionate explanation: “When I put my hand out and give the thumbs down, that’s the supporter in me saying that I disapprove of this guy as a fan.“But with the words coming out of my mouth, when he’s playing football: ‘good pass from Delph, good challenge from Delph, poor pass from Delph’, I treat him the same as everybody else.”Check out Stan’s full explanation here.TALKSPORT.COM PICK OF THE MONTHOver on talkSPORT’s YouTube channel, this video mash up of Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho got plenty of thumbs up…last_img read more

December 30

Barcelona starlet will NOT be joining Tottenham on deadline day

first_imgBarcelona are unlikely to allow Sandro Ramirez to leave for Tottenham today.Spurs are in a hurry to land a striker before the window slams shut tonight and had been in regular contact with Barcelona and the player’s representatives throughout January.Ramirez has struggled to force his way into the Barca side this season, making just four starts in La Liga.But, according to Mundo Deportivo, Barca won’t part with the 20-year-old unless they sign a forward themselves.Tottenham are now expected to turn their attentions back to signing Saido Berahino from West Brom after their pursuit of Fulham’s Moussa Dembele broke down at the weekend. 1 Sandro Ramirez [left] last_img

December 30

Manuel Pellegrini on Raheem Sterling: ‘I don’t understand why Liverpool boo him’

first_img The Manchester City boss thinks Anfield should welcome back the 21-year-old 1 Manuel Pellegrini claims he does not understand why Liverpool fans would abuse Raheem Sterling.The Manchester City boss thinks Anfield should welcome back the 21-year-old as he makes his first return to his old stomping ground since last summer’s acrimonious £49million switch to the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday.Sterling rejected a new contract offer from Liverpool last year – with his agent controversially claiming he would not re-sign for £900,000 per week – to force through a move to City.Reds fans made clear their disdain for the player during Sunday’s Capital One Cup final at Wembley and the Anfield rematch is unlikely to witness anything different.But Pellegrini said: “I do not understand why the Liverpool fans boo him because I think (James) Milner was very well received here in a similar situation.“It’s not the best but I prefer to have those boos from the other team than from your own fans.“It’s difficult for any player but all of them are prepared to do it without any problem. I don’t see Raheem worrying about that. I don’t have any problems trusting him.“He will maybe receive the same treatment when he arrives at Anfield but I’m absolutely sure he can play without any problem.”Sterling had a poor game when the sides met at Eastlands in November but he performed much better – one poor miss in front of goal aside – at the weekend.Pellegrini has had no thoughts of pulling his player out of the firing line.He said: “I don’t know which will be the starting XI on Wednesday but one player I am sure will start is Raheem Sterling.“It is important for him to play under pressure. I have 100 per cent trust in Raheem.”City prevailed on Sunday after extra time and penalties. Pellegrini expects both sets of players to be tired but hopes the joy of Wembley glory will put an extra spring in his side’s step.The Chilean said: “It was a very long game, but for both teams. I think both teams will arrive with the same hours of resting – but every time you win it is more easy to recover.“I don’t know how they (Liverpool) will react. It’s the revenge, its another comp, they are at home, so we are sure it will be a difficult match to win but we will try to do it from the first minute.”City have breathed fresh life into their season in the past week with an impressive Champions League win at Dynamo Kiev as well as their cup final success.Prior to that they had hit problems with back-to-back defeats to Leicester and Tottenham threatening to derail their title bid before a controversial FA Cup loss at Chelsea.Confidence is now high they can get their league campaign back on track.Pellegrini said: “The complete squad are confident they can win the title, especially as they have the experience.“The first (Premier League) title that this club won – that year, they recovered eight points on Manchester United. With three minutes of the final game to go, United were the champions, but in three minutes football changed.“The whole squad is concentrating on closing that gap. If we can do it sooner, that is better, but while we have chances we’ll continue.”last_img read more

December 30

Campaign to recall Weiss ends as signatures fall short

first_imgAn effort to recall Los Angeles City Councilman Jack Weiss was abandoned Monday after organizers said they are unable to collect the number of signatures needed from registered voters to force an election. In a letter to City Clerk Frank Martinez, the Committee to Recall Jack Weiss said it is several thousand signatures short of the 23,000 that are required to be submitted Thursday. “While we expect several hundreds of additional signatures to come in over the next several days, it is our belief we will not be able to gather sufficienct signatures to qualify for the ballot,” wrote Kevin Singer. The recall effort focused on what the group said was Weiss’ support for development in the district – which includes a portion of the south San Fernando Valley – and the resulting increase in traffic. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.However, the group appeared to be centered in the West Los Angeles area of the district and was unable to gain traction in other regions. Weiss had no comment Monday. But Weiss’ campaign consultant, Larry Levine, said they were never worried about the recall. “We had raised some money, I think it was about $68,000, just in case, but stopped all that when he saw they were several thousand dollars in debt,” Levine said of the recall group. “Did we take it seriously? We did in the sense that Jack continued to do his job. There is that buzz out there that he changed, but his schedule looks the same to me as it always did.” Weiss, who was elected to a second term last year, has announced he plans to run for city attorney in 2009 when his current term expires. Singer said the Committee to Recall Jack Weiss decided not to extend its efforts to Thursday’s deadline. “The committee … would like to take the honorable course of action and save the citizens and taxpayers … the cost and expense of counting and verifying the signatures,” Singer said. But Singer added that he believes the recall effort has resulted in making Weiss more responsive to community concerns. “It is amazing how much more responsive he is,” Singer said. “It’s a shame it took a recall to wake him up. We can only hope he stays awake.” Monique Kogan, an aide to former Councilwoman Ruth Galanter and one of the recall backers, said the campaign also made more people aware of the city. “I’m proud of the position I took to question and challenge someone I believe was irresponsible,” Kogan said. “This recall opened the eyes of so many people who just did not understand what was going on.” rick.orlov@dailynews.com (213) 978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

December 30

Improved 101-405 crossing marks end of decade-long battle to ease gridlock

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“If we continue to work together as one team, we can fix a lot of traffic problems all over the state of California,” Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said. Friday’s grand-opening ceremony drew Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Caltrans officials, Los Angeles City Council members and others to the Sherman Oaks Galleria rooftop for the announcement. It was also the third high-profile transportation event in Southern California this week for Schwarzenegger, harshly criticized this summer for diverting $1.3billion from a special gas-tax fund to help ease a state budget deficit. On Monday, Schwarzenegger spoke in San Diego County at the groundbreaking of an eight-mile car-pool-lane project at the 5 and 805 interchange in San Diego County. The project is receiving $24.5million from the $20billion, voter-approved Proposition 1B. On Tuesday, he was aligned with Villaraigosa and Assembly Speaker Fabian Nu ez, D-Los Angeles, to announce a $150million boost from Proposition 1B for traffic-signal synchronization in Los Angeles. SHERMAN OAKS – Promising to slash 11,000 combined hours each day off commutes through one of the nation’s worst interchange bottlenecks, the new-and-improved intersection of the San Diego and Ventura freeways was unveiled Friday. The two-year, $46million undertaking extends a lane on the northbound San Diego Freeway past the Greenleaf Street off-ramp to smooth the transition to the Ventura Freeway. It jettisons the old, nerve-racking way of crossing several lanes to access the connector that created unruly traffic snarls. It also reconfigures nearby on-ramps. And the unveiling marked the end of a decade-long battle to try to ease gridlock in the area, first detailed in 1997 by the Daily News. But Steve Maviglio, spokesman for Nu ez, said the governor’s appearance at the transit events conflicts with his actions on the state budget. “It’s ever so slightly disingenuous to position yourself as a champion of transportation,” he said. “But that’s what governors do.” Although $1.9billion of this year’s state budget went toward transportation – a $700million increase from last year – the decision to divert the gas-tax money eliminated 40percent of the money transportation officials thought they could spend this year. Critics called the move a bait-and-switch by shifting gas-tax money to the general fund and then relying on voter-approved propositions to fund transit projects. But Schwarzenegger spokesman Aaron McLear said the governor is a strong supporter of transportation funding, as evidenced by his proposing and successfully campaigning for Proposition 1B. “The governor is a champion for infrastructure in this state,” McLear said. “He campaigned hard for the infrastructure bonds last year that were ultimately passed by the voters.” The governor also has to consider the needs of the entire state – from real estate to a growing deficit, said Bob Stern, president of the Center for Governmental Studies, a Los Angeles-based nonpartisan research organization. “And everyone is concerned about traffic – particularly voters,” he said. Emily Rusch, consumer advocate at the California Public Interest Research Group, said that while Schwarzenegger is committed to attacking global warming, he needs to be equally devoted to new transit projects. “Obviously the next test for the governor will be whether or not he fully funds transit in next year’s budget,” Rusch said. Even as officials gathered atop the Sherman Oaks shopping center for the announcement Friday, morning traffic below crept along the southbound 405. The clog caused some commuters to question what kind of traffic improvements they should expect with the busy interchange. “It’s still bumper to bumper,” said Marie Patak of Woodland Hills. “There are too many cars.” About 580,000 cars and trucks pass through the interchange each day. To ease congestion, the Sepulveda Boulevard on-ramp was reconfigured to separate the 101 connector on-ramps from the northbound 405 on-ramps. The project also closed the on-ramp from eastbound Ventura Boulevard and constructed a bypass on Dickens Street. Despite the recent changes to the well-traveled freeways, the popular area that the interchange presides over also attracts many people. And that also adds to the perpetual bottlenecks in the area, said Ray Morales of Santa Clarita. “I thought there would be an improvement,” said the 27-year-old Morales. “That’s not the case.” sue.doyle@dailynews.com (818) 713-3746160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

December 30

EXCLUSIVE: CHRISTMAS CHEER AS 200 NEW JOBS FOR DONEGAL GAELTACHT

first_imgThe Donegal Gaeltacht is set for a massive 200 jobs boost, donegaldaily.com can reveal.The posts will be created out of €2.9m of government funding awarded to development body Udaras na Gaeltachta to fund 55 projects in Gaeltacht areas across Ireland.More than 90 of the jobs will be based in existing companies in Derrybeg and Dungloe. Donegal Fianna Fail senator Brian O’Domhnaill said the jobs would be a major boost to the local economy.He also said it was further evidence of the government’s commitment to protecting Ireland’s heritage.Senator Brian Ó’Domhnaill has confirmed that Údarás na Gaeltachta will create 193 jobs this year. The significant funding will be provided to the following projects:– Bainistíocht Áras Ghaoth Dobhair Teo, Mín an Iolair, Doirí Beaga€30,000 to assist in the provision of additional services. – Machaire le Chéile Teo, An Mhachaire, An Clochán Liath:€10,044 to assist with further development of Ionad an Mhachaire and provide additional facilities and services.– Comharchumann Forbartha Ghaoth Dobhair, An Chrannóg, Doirí Beaga:€9,900 to assist in the promotion of its development plansSenator Ó’Domhnaill has described the announcement as a major boost to the local economy and further evidence of the Government’s commitment to protecting our heritage.“I am delighted that Donegal has secured almost half of the new positions provided to Gaeltacht areas around the country. Of course it is a welcome boost to local communities, but this should also be recognised a significant jobs announcement nationally.“It re-emphasises the importance of the enterprise functions of Udarás na Gaeltachta and I welcome the Government’s decision to protect these functions.”“Through my work at Údarás and with the Government, I am committed to ensuring that the needs of our Gaeltachta are put at the top of the national agenda. I wish to pay tribute to those who work tirelessly to support the economy and culture of these areas. I am delighted that such worthy projects have been granted the support they need to achieve this important goal,” concluded Senator Ó’Domhnaill. EXCLUSIVE: CHRISTMAS CHEER AS 200 NEW JOBS FOR DONEGAL GAELTACHT was last modified: December 15th, 2010 by gregShare 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

December 30

MCELHINNEYS TO HOST FUNDRAISING EVENT FOR DONEGAL BRANCH OF DIABETES IRELAND

first_imgMcElhinneys Department Store will be holding an awareness and fundraising day for the Donegal Branch of Diabetes Ireland.The fundraising events takes place this Saturday, the 8th of November and a large crowd is expected to descend on the popular store to support such a great cause.In-store there will be lots of great activities to raise awareness and fundraise for Diabetes Ireland. 1 in 20 people in Ireland have diabetes, and 1 in 8 people over the age of 60 being effected.Diabetes Ireland is very close to McElhinneys heart, as one of their valued team members has a daughter Lucy Parke (13) from Raphoe who has been suffering with diabetes since she was three.Lucy has been involved immensely in raising funds over the last few years, in September this year Lucy wrote the song “Just One Day Free”, the song is about living with diabetes and how it won’t stop her following her dreams.Lucy’s CD has been a great success and has raised such vital funds for this charity. Whats going on in-store?• McElhinneys will have two Diabetes nurses available from 11am – 3pm providing free screening and offering confidential advice.• There will be a coffee morning instore from 11am – 12pm.• From 12pm Gerard Gallagher who is a senior Chairman of Donegal Diabetes branch will be available to offer information or answer any questions.• Lucy Parke will also be instore selling her CD for €5 along with making her debut appearance singing her single “Just One Day Free”. All proceeds from the CD go to Donegal Diabetic Branch. Come along for great coffee and delicious treats and get your diabetes screen free of charge.All proceeds on the day will go to the Donegal Diabetic Branch.This promises to be a great day, with lots of fun activity and all for such a worthwhile cause.MCELHINNEYS TO HOST FUNDRAISING EVENT FOR DONEGAL BRANCH OF DIABETES IRELAND was last modified: November 3rd, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:BusinessDiabetes Irelandfundraiserhome-page featuresMCELHINNEYSnewslast_img read more

December 29

Remi Garde exit IMMINENT after Aston Villa slump to 21st league loss of season

first_img Remi Garde Remi Garde is expected to be leave his post as Aston Villa manager this week.The Midlands club suffered their 21st league defeat of the season on Sunday, going down 1-0 at Swansea, to leave them 12 points adrift of safety at the bottom of the Premier League.Garde, who has won just three matches since replacing Tim Sherwood, held extensive talks with new board member David Bernstein last week with chairman Steve Hollis reviewing the club’s dire situation. The pair met at former Football Association chairman Bernstein’s home and spent two-and-a-half hours together, with Bernstein believed to have been impressed with Garde’s professionalism.Hollis has refused to offer any guarantees over Garde though and the former Lyon boss’ future looks bleak.Bernstein is heading up the club’s new football board, which includes ex-Villa boss Brian Little, ex-governor of the Bank of England Mervyn King and a new head of football operations, who is yet to be appointed. It is part of Hollis’ restructure of the club’s board with owner Randy Lerner eager to sell Villa having put them on the market over two years ago. Chief executive Tom Fox and sporting director Hendrik Almstadt both left last week as the club prepare for next season in the Championship.Garde is understood to be unhappy with his failure to be backed in the transfer market in January, with Villa opting not to sign a player despite the Frenchman’s personal efforts. The 49-year-old tried to tempt Seydou Doumbia to join on loan from Roma but the forward joined Newcastle instead while a deal for goalkeeper Lovre Kalinic collapsed after he was refused a work permit. Garde was downbeat during his press conference on Thursday and is understood to have met resistance from senior players over his training methods since he replaced Tim Sherwood in November.He has openly questioned some of his squad’s commitment in recent weeks while he has also refused to defend long-serving Gabby Agbonlahor with the striker under the spotlight for his performances for the club.Nigel Pearson, the former Leicester City boss, is the frontrunner to replace Garde should he be shown the door. 1last_img read more

December 29

Kevin Phillips exclusive: This is the ‘ideal’ manager for Sunderland next year

first_imgKevin Phillips has told talkSPORT that Sam Allardyce should remain at Sunderland next season, if the Black Cats are relegated to the Championship.The Wearside club are four points behind Norwich City, who sit in the final safe place in the table, ahead of the clash between the two sides this weekend.Allardyce’s men also have a game in hand over the Canaries, but should they lose, it is hard to imagine the Black Cats will remain in the top flight at the end of the campaign.If they are relegated, there are doubts as to whether Allardyce will remain in charge of the club, as he has a good enough reputation to take a Premier League job.He could look to leave to further his career, and Sunderland themselves could consider getting rid of the 61-year-old if they want a clean break and the chance to rebuild in the Championship.However, Phillips, who scored 130 goals in 235 games for the Black Cats, believes Allardyce is the ideal man to lead the club back to the top flight if they are relegated this term.Speaking to the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, Phillips said: “In terms of Big Sam, I think he’ll be the ideal guy to stay at the football club.“He’s got pedigree of bringing a club out of the Championship with what he did at West Ham.”The 42-year-old, who is currently assistant coach at Derby County, also believes Allardyce is the perfect manager to fix the underlying problems at the Stadium of Light, which have been dominating the club for the past few seasons.“There are certainly problems there,” Phillips added. “They’ve been fighting relegation for three or four seasons, and it’s not healthy for the football club.“Behind the scenes, there are problems, and they need to be sorted. With Big Sam in charge, he would take full control of that and hopefully restructure the club and get it right.”last_img read more