May 26

Leader Froome big winner but Martin takes time trial

first_imgBritain’s Chris Froome extended his overall lead in the Tour de France after finishing second in the stage 11 time trial behind hot favourite Tony Martin.German world time trial champion Martin, who suffered concussion in a mass crash on the race’s first stage, blasted round the flat 33-km course in 36 minutes 29 seconds.Froome, adorned in the race leader’s yellow jersey, was the last man down the start ramp and was two seconds quicker than Martin at 22km.But the Team Sky rider could not maintain the pace pedalling into a headwind over the latter part of the stage and finished 12 seconds down on Martin, with Belgian Thomas De Gendt third.Froome, the Olympic time trial bronze medallist, was the big winner of the day, though, gaining two minutes on his nearest rival in the race standings and now leads Spain’s Alejandro Valverde by 3:25.Bauke Mollema of the Netherlands remains third overall 3:37 back with twice Tour champion Alberto Contador fourth at 3:54.last_img read more

January 12

Wenger asks Gunners to lay Norwich marker

first_imgTo their credit, Wenger’s men responded with victory at West Ham ahead of the international break.And with Norwich, who lie second bottom, yet to secure three points this season, Arsenal have a good chance to force their way closer to the leading group.The Gunners will head to Norwich having been handed a lift this week with Jack Wilshere and Bacary Sagna making significant steps towards a full return after lengthy injury absences and Olivier Giroud netting a confidence boosting goal for France in Spain.Giroud had struggled to make an impact during the opening weeks of his first season at the Emirates Stadium following his £13 million move from Montpellier but opened his Premier League account with a goal at West Ham.And he admitted the added-time equaliser against Spain will help kick-start his career at his new club.“The goal in Spain is definitely in my top five,” he said. “It has also come at a time when I am looking for trust.“After the West Ham game I felt a weight had been lifted from my shoulders. I am convinced this last goal will also do me a lot of good.”Wilshere and Sagna, meanwhile, came through 90-minute appearances for the club’s under-21 team, although both are still at least two weeks away from a first team call-up.However, Theo Walcott who is likely to miss the next two games after injuring his ribs in England’s World Cup qualifier against San Marino.And Poland goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski faces a three-month absence with an ankle problem, meaning third-choice Vito Mannone remains the club’s only fit senior keeper until first choice Wojciech Szczesny returns in three weeks’ time.Mannone, though, is convinced Arsenal are destined to challenge for the biggest honours this season.“The team is doing great, we have had many of the big games already,” Mannone said.“We have started the Champions League well too, the team has got a good base to kick on from. I’m looking forward to some big achievements.“We have a good solid squad and I think we can go for it. I have no doubt that if we keep our focus and we keep our mentality, we are going to challenge for the title.”Norwich have so far failed to match the progress they made last season but winger Elliott Bennett insists it is too early to write them off.“People did not think we would stay up last season, but we did. The more people go against this team, the better we seem to be,” he said.“We will come out fighting – like a dog, you back us into a corner, we will always bite our way out of it.“If people keep doing that, then brilliant because we will hopefully prove them wrong, like we did last year.”After facing Liverpool and Chelsea, Norwich face yet another testing fixture but manager Chris Hughton said: “It’s a great opportunity for us.“We’re playing at home in front of a packed crowd and in what will be a great atmosphere.“We need to make sure that we stay in the game and are also a threat. It’s a home game for us and these are the type of games you need to look forward to, and I know my players are.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000NORWICH, United Kingdom, October 19 – Arsene Wenger knows Arsenal must not squander the chance to strengthen their Premier League title challenge when they face struggling Norwich at Carrow Road on Saturday.Wenger conceded his team had failed a major test when they claimed just one point from back to back meetings with Manchester City and Chelsea, and the Gunners boss was particularly critical of the performance in the home defeat to Roberto Di Matteo’s team.last_img read more

January 11

Giroud unconcerned about Arsenal future

first_img0Shares0000Arsenal’s French forward Olivier Giroud will be hoping to start for the Gunners in their game against Ludogorets in BulgariaPARIS, France, Nov 14- Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud is not breaking a sweat about his future at the club despite only having made eight appearances thus far this season.Giroud’s season began a little later than some of his team-mates due to Euro 2016, but to make matters worse, he suffered a toe injury in September and has subsequently been replaced by Alexis Sanchez. Even though Sanchez has excelled this season, scoring eight goals and notching up seven assists in 15 appearances, Giroud is optimistic that he will break into the starting XI again.“At this time, the coach has opted for the solution of Sanchez leading the attack, partly because of my injury, so I now hope to get more game time of course,” he told Telefoot.“The coach makes his own choices but I am counting on myself to come back strong and I will work hard to do so. I have no doubts over my Arsenal future.“As with each year, there is competition for places at the big clubs. There are a lot of attackers with different styles of play.“We have different profiles and can be used according to the team we are up against, but we can also be played together.”In the eight games he has played this season, Giroud has found the back of the net three times to go with two assists.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

January 6

Transfer rumours and paper review – Tuesday, November 18

first_imgHere’s the top transfer-related stories in Tuesday’s newspapers…Arsene Wenger sent scouts to watch Croatia midfielder Marcelo Brozovic as Arsenal consider making a £5m bid. (Daily Mirror)Arsenal are also monitoring Porto pair Jackson Martinez and Juan Fernando Quintero. (Daily Star)The Gunners, meanwhile, face stiff competition from Inter Milan in the race to sign Sevilla’s £24million star Grzegorz Krychowiak. (Daily Express)Bayern Munich are expecting to receive a January bid for Xherdan Shaqiri, with Liverpool, Chelsea and Tottenham among those interested. (Daily Star)Southampton will ask Tottenham Hotspur to include Andros Townsend or Harry Kane in any deal for Jay Rodriguez. (Daily Mail)David de Gea is aware of rumours linking him with a move to Real Madrid but insists he feels ‘very loved’ by Manchester United. (Daily Mail)Crystal Palace and Sunderland are among the clubs monitoring Senegal international midfielder Stephane Badji. (Daily Mail)And here’s the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…Exclusive – Arsenal don’t need Cech! Seaman wants Wenger to keep faith with SzczesnySimeone distances himself from Manchester City moveBlow for Arsenal and Man United! West Ham star going nowhere, claims GoldSunderland star insists he is happy at Black Cats despite Napoli linksBenitez denies Napoli are eyeing Liverpool flopAtletico Madrid defender dismisses Manchester United transfer talkMan United blow? Sneijder set to seal Serie A returnI know nothing! Sevilla star plays down Arsenal transfer linkTottenham facing fight to keep Lloris as Roma line up swoopMarseille man in demand as Arsenal and Liverpool joined in transfer chaselast_img read more

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

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 28

The perfect alternative to Jamie Vardy – Arsenal’s new signing assessed

first_imgArsenal have had a productive end to the transfer window, signing striker Lucas Perez, as well as Shkodran Mustafi. Here, WhoScored.com reveal what sort of player the Gunners could be getting in the Spanish forward.It may have taken until the penultimate day of the summer transfer window, but Arsenal on Tuesday finally announced the capture of a striker. The Gunners have long been linked with a host of frontman in recent months, with Jamie Vardy, Gonzalo Higuain and Alexandre Lacazette either turning down a transfer to the Emirates or moving elsewhere before confirming the arrival of Lucas Perez from La Liga side Deportivo La Coruna.Perez may not be the headline grabbing frontman fans craved when they heard of Arsenal’s solid interest in him, but that doesn’t mean he can’t be an effective capture for the Gunners. Deportivo netted just 45 league goals last season. The 27-year-old was directly involved in 25 of those (17 goals, 8 assists), while he’s scored or assisted more goals (27) than any other Spanish player in La Liga since the start of last season. Deportivo’s loss is evidently Arsenal’s gain.After the move for Vardy broke down, it’s little wonder Wenger sought out Perez. The England international thrives on a counter attacking approach, hanging on the shoulder of the last defender to capitalise on any opposition break down in play. It’s an approach that served the player and Leicester well. Only Harry Kane (25) netted more goals than Vardy (24) in the Premier League last season as the Foxes secured domestic glory.News of Arsenal’s interest in Vardy ultimately suggested a change in tact for the Gunners, who in recent years have deployed a possession-based approach under Arsene Wenger. Yet, a more direct style of play isn’t completely alien to Wenger, having implemented this approach in the earlier years of his reign. The capture of Granit Xhaka also hinted that this was a possibility. The Swiss averaged more accurate long balls per game (7.4) than any other outfield player in the Bundesliga last season.Xhaka has the vision and technique to help spring rapid attacks, which suits a player of Vardy’s ilk. With Perez, the Gunners boss will now hope the new arrival can transfer his fine La Liga form to the Premier League, but much of that hinders on how Wenger sets his side up from now. No team scored more counter attacking goals than Deportivo (7) in La Liga last season, four of which were courtesy of Perez.Only Cristiano Ronaldo (19) had more shots from counter attacking situations than Perez (10) in Spain’s top tier last term. With last season largely being Perez’s first as a striker, it proved to be a hugely effective one for the Spaniard and presents Wenger with another attacking option or a possibility to alter the shape of the team entirely, with Perez deployed behind Olivier Giroud. 60 key passes from open play was the fourth highest return in La Liga last season and reinforced his statistically calculated WhoScored.com strength of ‘key passes’.Should Wenger keep with a 4-2-3-1 formation, there is the possibility of fielding Perez, Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez in behind Giroud, though a 4-3-1-2 formation would perhaps suit the former better, with Ozil behind Perez and Giroud.While he may not have been Wenger’s number one striking target this summer, Perez could prove to be an astute pick up should the Arsenal boss feel the need to revert to a direct style of play. He won’t grab the headlines as much as the signing of Higuain or Lacazette would have done, but the uncapped Spaniard can make a lasting impact in the Premier League provided his new manager plays to his strengths.For more stats on Lucas Perez, click here to view his WhoScored.com player page Lucas Perez in action for Deportivo La Coruna 1last_img read more

December 25

Hillsborough trial: Jury fail to reach verdict on match commander David Duckenfield

first_img no dice LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Hillsborough match commander David Duckenfield is facing a retrial after a jury were unable to agree whether he was guilty or not guilty of manslaughter by gross negligence.The six men and six women found former Sheffield Wednesday secretary Graham Mackrell, 69, guilty of failing to discharge his duty under the Health and Safety at Work Act, but they were unable to reach a verdict on Duckenfield. REVEALED 2 Retired chief superintendent Duckenfield denies the gross negligence manslaughter of 95 Liverpool fans who died at the 1989 FA Cup semi-final.The prosecution in the case had alleged Duckenfield, 74, had the “ultimate responsibility” at the ground for the match between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest on April 15, 1989.Under the law at the time he was not charged over the death of the 96th victim Tony Bland, as he died more than a year and a day after the disaster.The court heard he ordered the opening of exit gates at the Leppings Lane end of the ground at 2.52pm, eight minutes before kick off, after the area outside the turnstiles became dangerously overcrowded.More than 2,000 fans entered through exit gate C once it was opened and many headed for the tunnel ahead of them, which led to the central pens where the crush happened. Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City ADVICE talkSPORT is your home of live football! Here’s what’s coming up on talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2… REVEALED Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Jurors were discharged on Wednesday, their eighth day of deliberations, at Preston Crown Court. The CPS has indicated it will seek a retrial for Duckenfield.About 60 family members gathered at the Cunard building in Liverpool gasped as the jury foreman told the court they could not reach a verdict for Duckenfield on which they were all agreed.There were cheers as the guilty verdict for Mackrell was announced.The jury retired to consider their verdicts on Monday, March 25, after a 10 week trial and after a week of deliberations were given a majority direction, meaning verdicts on which at least 10 of them agreed would be accepted.They had deliberated for 29 hours and six minutes. gameday cracker Liverpool fans display a banner in reference to the Hillsborough disaster during the Barclays Premier League match with Blackburn at Anfield in April 2009 Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won A jury were now unable to decide whether Duckenfield was guilty or not guilty of his charges Richard Matthews QC, prosecuting, told the court in his closing speech that Duckenfield, who was promoted to the role less than three weeks before the match, should have had the knowledge to make “key lifesaving decisions” on the day.He said many of the failures alleged by the prosecution had been admitted by Duckenfield when he gave evidence at inquests Into the 96 deaths in Warrington in 2015.Benjamin Myers QC, defending Duckenfield, told the jury those comments were made with the benefit of hindsight and some of the questioning did not take into account his memory of the day.He argued the case was “breathtakingly unfair” and said Duckenfield had “tried to do the right thing”. huge blow BEST OF shining LIVE ON talkSPORT Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ 2 REPLY tense Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Accrington Stanley vs Sunderland (Wednesday 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Southampton vs Liverpool (Friday, 8pm) – talkSPORTNorwich vs QPR (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORT 2Huddersfield vs Leicester (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2Manchester City vs Brighton (Saturday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORTCoventry vs Bristol Rovers (Sunday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2Watford vs Wolves (Sunday, 4pm) – talkSPORT Duckenfield’s defence case lasted just 74 minutes and consisted of read evidence from Bernard Murray, the late superintendent who worked as ground commander and Duckenfield’s deputy on the day.Mackrell, who was safety officer for the club at the time, was accused of failing to take reasonable care particularly in respect of ensuring there were enough turnstiles to prevent unduly large crowds building up.The court heard there were seven turnstiles for the 10,100 Liverpool fans with standing tickets.Mackrell did not give evidence either but Jason Beer QC, defending him, argued the build up outside was caused by other factors, including a lack of police cordons and the unusual arrival pattern of fans.The case was adjourned at Preston Crown Court until 2pm.last_img read more

December 25

Grealish urged to quit Villa, Man United’s transfer needs revealed, Spurs latest

first_img 2 Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:21Loaded: 46.92%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:21 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen Jack Grealish has been urged to leave Aston Villa by former Birmingham midfielder Robbie Savage. The midfielder has scored three goals in his last five games, including a stunning effort against Manchester United last weekend. The Red Devils have been linked with a move for the 24-year-old, who signed a long-term contract at Villa Park last year. (FULL STORY)Tottenham are willing to listen to offers of less than £40million for Christian Eriksen. The Denmark playmaker was heavily linked with big-money moves to Manchester United and Real Madrid in the summer, but remained in north London. Eriksen has failed to start in Jose Mourinho’s first three games in charge and with his contract expiring at the end of the season, Spurs could sell the 27-year-old to avoid losing him on a free transfer. (Evening Standard)Former Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino wants to succeed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Manchester United. The Argentine has been heavily linked with the job since being sacked by Spurs two weeks ago. And pressure continues to mount on Solskjaer with the Red Devils sitting ninth in the Premier League after 14 games. (Manchester Evening News) ‘Bayern Munich? What the f**k?’ – Pep Guardiola forgets he’s Man City manager in hilarious press conference momentManchester United legend Gary Neville admits he ‘fears’ for Solskjaer’s Old Trafford future. The Red Devils, who were held at home in a disappointing 2-2 draw with newly-promoted Aston Villa last time out, face Tottenham and champions Man City in their next two games. In addition, Neville insists Solskjaer needs to sign an experienced midfielder and striker in January to help United’s young players. (FULL STORY)Manchester United assistant manager Mike Phelan is adamant the club still want to sign big-name players. The Red Devils brought in youngsters such as Daniel James and Aaron Wan-Bissaka in the summer in what appeared to be a change in their transfer policy. However, Phelan wants there to be a ‘blend’ of experience and youth in the United team going forward. (FULL STORY)Manchester City have joined Barcelona in the race to sign Inter Milan star Lautaro Martinez. The 22-year-old has netted an impressive 13 goals in 20 Serie A and Champions League games so far this season. Inter will be desperate to keep the Argentina forward with Antonio Conte’s side a point ahead of second-placed Juventus after 14 matches. (Sky Sports Italia via Calciomercato)Zlatan Ibrahimovic has confirmed he is moving back to Italy. The 38-year-old is a free agent after leaving LA Galaxy and has been linked with a return to Milan. The former Sweden striker says he wants to join a team that wants to win. (FULL STORY)Olivier Giroud is set to hold talks with Chelsea chiefs over a January exit. The 33-year-old has started just two Premier League games this season due to the emergence of Tammy Abraham, who has netted 10 Premier League goals so far. Giroud has publicly spoken of his disappointment over his lack of game time, but failed to take his chance when starting in the 1-0 home defeat to West Ham last weekend. (Evening Standard) Millwall vs Nottingham Forest (Friday, 19:45) – talkSPORT 2Everton vs Chelsea (Saturday, 12:30) – talkSPORTHuddersfield vs Leeds (Saturday, 12:30) – talkSPORT 2Tottenham vs Burnley (Saturday 15:00) – talkSPORT 2Manchester City vs Manchester United (Saturday, 17:30) – talkSPORTWest Brom vs Swansea (Sunday, 12:00) – talkSPORT 2 Premier League clubs will have to pay more than £20million in compensation to Chinese Super League side Dalian Yifang to hire Rafael Benitez. The Spaniard has been linked with the West Ham job, with manager Manuel Pellegrini under pressure at the London Stadium. Benitez let his contract run down at Newcastle and joined Dalian Yifang on a £12million-a-year deal in the summer. (Mail)Arsenal have contacted former Valencia manager Marcelino about becoming their new head coach. The Gunners are looking for a new boss after sacking Unai Emery last week following the club’s worst start to a season since 1992. Freddie Ljungberg is in temporary charge and led the team to a 2-2 draw against relegation-threatened in his first game in the hotseat. Marcelino has been out of work since controversially being sacked by Valencia in September, despite guiding them to a top four finish in LaLiga and the Copa del Rey last season. (FULL STORY) LIVE on talkSPORTcenter_img talkSPORT.com rounds up all the latest transfer news and football gossip from Wednesday’s papers and online… AFP or licensors Mauricio Pochettino is reportedly keen on managing Manchester United Check out all the live commentaries coming up across our network this week… 2last_img read more

December 24

Scotland secure back-to-back wins after 29-18 triumph over France

first_imgAfter the Scots had struck back with fine tries from Hogg and Taylor, France responded right before the break through Fickou.Tim Visser had the crowd on their feet after the interval after touching down from man of the match Hogg’s pass and another penalty from Laidlaw helped Cotter’s men to back-to-back wins for the first time in three years. Scotland brought France’s Six Nations title hopes to an end with a thrilling 29-18 victory at Murrayfield.Tries from Stuart Hogg and Duncan Taylor gave Vern Cotter’s side their second win of the championship and helped build on the momentum created by their win over Italy last time out.Captain Greig Laidlaw was on form with the boot once more as the hosts held off a powerful display by Les Blues.France needed a victory to keep their battle with England alive and they scored early through captain Guilhem Guirado.last_img read more