Poll: Who should play at Wembley?

first_imgTottenham and Chelsea could both be allowed to use Wembley as a temporary home while their grounds are redeveloped, reports on Thursday claimed. The two clubs have a fierce rivalry on and off the pitch so the Drivetime team want to know if you think they should share a home for a season. 1 Tottenham and Chelsea last_img

Arsenal and Spurs news: English clubs offered to ‘shower’ Napoli star with money, claims agent

first_img Lorenzo Insigne 1 The agent of Arsenal and Tottenham target Lorenzo Insigne claims his client rejected “English teams who would have showered him with money”.The Italian has been hyped from a young age and, at 24, he is now fulfilling his promise for Napoli.However his agent, Fabio Andreotti, has evealed he could have left Naples during his academy days as English clubs came in with big-money offers.“Insigne has always been a symbol for the Azzurri, even in the youth teams,” Andreotti told Radio Punto Zero.“When he wasn’t yet under contract, there were English teams who would have showered him with money, but he chose to stay at Napoli.“He made the same choice after a year at Pescara, when there were so many teams interested. His is a nice story to tell.”last_img read more

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman blasts ‘ridiculous’ Christmas schedule

first_img Ronald Koeman 1 Southampton manager Ronald Koeman has slammed the Premier League’s festive fixture schedule as ‘ridiculous’.The Saints boss is seriously unhappy with the scheduling of his side’s matches and he is set to make a host of changes in-between fixtures against Arsenal on Boxing Day and West Ham two days later.Peripheral figures like on-loan Steven Caulker, Gaston Ramirez and Juanmi could get even get rare appearances as the Dutchman’s squad is tested to its limit.“It’s less than 48 hours (between the two Premier League matches),” he said. “That’s ridiculous.”“We play at 7.45pm [against Arsenal] and I think at West Ham we play at 5.30pm and it’s less than 48 hours.“Players need at least 48 hours [to recover] and I watch back to last season and I made four changes for the Boxing Day game at Crystal Palace and the Chelsea game on the 28th, and maybe I have to do more now because you need fresh people and you are not so fresh if it’s 45 or 46 hours after the first match.”last_img read more

‘There are bad decisions, there are sins, and then there is Raheem Sterling’s haircut’

first_imgMatch-winner Andy Carroll, who unveiled a Monica Geller from Friends inspired look in West Ham United’s victory over Southampton on Monday, has a little competition in the hairdo department.And it comes in the shape of his former Liverpool team-mate Raheem Sterling.As with Carroll, the Internet was quick to react to Sterling’s unavoidable new image.Take a look at the best reactions to the England international’s barnet… Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling 1last_img

Liverpool joined by Inter Milan in chase for Turkey defensive star

first_img1 Caner Erkin in action for Turkey Inter Milan have joined the race for Liverpool target Caner Erkin.The Fenerbahce defender has been watched by Reds scouts in the past and reports in Turkey have suggested that Liverpool are lining up a bid.However, they will face stiff competition for his signature from Italy with Inter now also keen on doing a deal for the talented left-back.Chelsea have also been credited with an interest in the 27-year-old, who is out contract in the summer, when he will be available on a free.But sources have suggested that the Premier League pair are currently behind front-runners Inter, who are said to be drawing up an offer to land him already.last_img read more

Doping cloud over Peter-McCline bout

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityETC.: More than 55 years after he became an unlikely heavyweight champion, the late Jersey Joe Walcott is finally getting his day in his hometown. Camden, N.J., has declared today “Jersey Joe Walcott Day,” and a 4-foot granite monument of the boxer will be unveiled. The monument stands in Jersey Joe Walcott Park. Golf Jesper Parnevik followed his career-best 61 with a 5-under-par 65 to take a four-shot lead midway through the Texas Open in San Antonio. The 42-year-old Swede had a 14-under 126 total, the lowest 36-hole score on the PGA Tour this year and just a stroke off the tour record of 125 held by Tiger Woods, Mark Calcavecchia, Tom Lehman and Corey Pavin. Parnevik is seeking his first victory since taking the 2001 Honda Classic for his fifth tour title. Sweden’s Mathias Gronberg was second after a 65. Two other Swedes – Fredrik Jacobson (65) and Richard S. Johnson (66) – were 9 under, and Justin Leonard, the 2000 and ’01 winner, was 8 under after a 67. From news services Samuel Peter and Jameel McCline were set to fight for the heavyweight title at Madison Square Garden tonight while boxing authorities investigate a report that McCline received large amounts of steroids and other banned substances in 2005 and 2006. “So far everything’s OK,” New York State Athletic Commission chairman Ron Scott Stevens told The Associated Press on Friday. McCline had his prefight physical Thursday, Stevens said. The boxers will be tested for performance-enhancing and illegal drugs about an hour before the fight today and right afterward, with results coming about five days later, he said. ETC.: Lorena Ochoa shot 2-under 70 on the second day of the Longs Drugs Challenge in Danville, leaving her a stroke behind defending champion Karrie Webb (69) and Lorie Kane (69). … Loren Roberts capped a 4-under 66 with a 2-foot birdie for a two-shot lead over Scott Hoch at the midpoint of the Senior Players Championship in Timonium, Md. …Annika Sorenstam turned down her invitation to the Samsung World Championship, not wanting to cause hardship with any players who felt she might be taking their spot in the 20-player field. In an effort to upgrade the event, tournament organizers last week eliminated a criteria that had not been used in nine years – the option to exempt the U.S. Women’s Amateur champion – and replaced it with an exemption for an active Hall of Fame member. Tennis Top-ranked Justine Henin beat Elena Dementieva, 6-4, 6-4, and Svetlana Kuznetsova defeated Serena Williams, 6-3, 6-3, to advance to the semifinals of the Porsche Grand Prix in Stuttgart, Germany. Henin will play Jelena Jankovic, who made the semifinals when defending champ Nadia Petrova retired in the second set because of a hip injury. Kuznetsova will play Tatiana Golovin, who beat qualifier Kateryna Bondarenko, 6-3, 6-4. Gymnastics Olympic silver medalist Morgan Hamm had surgery to repair a torn pectoral muscle, and expects to be healthy in time for next summer’s Beijing Olympics. Hamm, twin brother of Olympic gymnastics champion Paul Hamm, tore the muscle on the right side of his chest while training on high bar Tuesday. The muscle was reattached at Ohio State, and he will be in a sling for five to six weeks. He will start physical therapy Monday and be back training in five months. Motorsports It took Dario Franchitti less than a straightaway to know he was in foreign territory at Talladega Superspeedway. The reigning IndyCar Series champion and Indianapolis 500 winner saw the green flag wave for the start of the ARCA RE/MAX 250, his stock car debut, and immediately ran out of room on the high-banked oval. “You can’t pass on the left in this kind of racing like you can in IndyCar and people checked up in front of me on the start and I had nowhere to go,” Franchitti said, grinning. “That was my first learning experience and it continued all day.” The 34-year-old Scot, driving his first race for Chip Ganassi, managed to stay out of trouble throughout the 94-lap event and wound up 17th. ETC.: Reigning series champion Todd Bodine took the pole position for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck race at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway, beating out three-time champion Jack Sprague in qualifying. Cycling Italian cyclist Luca Ascani could be banned for up to two years after backup tests confirmed he took a blood-boosting hormone at his national championships in June. He was suspended Aug. 2 by the Italian cycling federation pending a hearing. A date has not yet been set. College sports Washington State basketball player Taylor Rochestie will give up his scholarship his senior year so the Cougars can sign a highly touted recruit from Florida. Rochestie, a 6-foot-1 guard, is expected to start this season for the Cougars. He said he made the decision because his family can afford to pay the approximately $25,000 cost of going to the Pullman-based school. “When I first learned of this option to open up a scholarship by giving up mine, I thought it sounded great,” Rochestie said in a press release. “I am thankful that I was fortunate enough to be in a situation where I could help the team out.” Rochestie, a junior, will come off scholarship his senior season. That will free up a scholarship so the team can sign Marcus Capers, a 6-foot-4 guard from Montverde Academy near Orlando, Fla. ETC.: Michigan tennis player Brian Hung is the NCAA sportsman of the year. Hung, a native of Hong Kong, was the Wolverines’ captain last season. He was active at an Ann Arbor children’s hospital and mentored students in the local school system. The NCAA team sportsmanship award went to the Framingham State women’s soccer team. Against Bridgewater State last year, Framingham took a 1-0 lead in the 59th minute of the game. Several players said the goal entered the side netting and Coach Tucker Reynolds told his players to allow Bridgewater to score and tie the game. Bridgewater eventually won, 3-2, costing Framingham a postseason berth. “Five years from now, nobody is going to know or care what the score of the game was, but maybe somebody’s going to be talking to their child about ethics and sportsmanship because of that game,” Reynolds said. Deaths The Japan Sumo Association fired the trainer of a teenage novice who died after an alleged beating by fellow wrestlers. Police questioned stable master Tokitsukaze, 57, and the other trainees under his care after 17-year-old wrestler Tokitaizan collapsed following practice on June 26. Tokitaizan, whose real name was Takashi Saito, died later in a hospital. An autopsy showed his body had numerous bruises and wounds that did not appear consistent with those sustained in normal sumo training. Horse racing Diamond Stripes took the lead in midstretch and then survived a foul claim by runner-up Magna Graduate’s jockey to win the $500,000 Meadowlands Cup by a half-length. Jockey John Velazquez claimed Diamond Stripes and jockey Cornelio Velasquez interfered at the top of the stretch, but the stewards at the Meadowlands Racetrack found nothing wrong. The win in one of the last major preps for the Breeders’ Cup Championships later this month at nearby Monmouth Park may have earned Diamond Stripes a spot in either the Classic or the dirt mile. ETC.: Trainer Patrick Biancone was suspended for one year by Kentucky racing officials for violations of horse medication rules. 160Want 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

Conservatives, liberals find agreement

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Think back to 2004, the “Year of the Values Voter.” The religious right claimed credit for Bush’s re-election and grabbed the word “values” the way they’d grabbed the word “life.” Headlines pronounced, “Faith, Values Fuel Win” and “Moral Values Drove Bush Victory.” It was the morals, stupid. It was the culture wars, dummy. This notion was driven by exit polls that let voters pick Iraq, the economy or moral values as their No. 1 issue. Anyone who considered war to be a moral issue was ignored. Anyone who wasn’t a member of the anti-abortion, anti-gay, fundamentalist right was, literally, de-valued. Two years later, despair over the war and dismay about scandals had widened the morals agenda. And Democrats had narrowed the so-called God gap. But at the Family Research Council gathering, Dobson’s famous child-raising book, Dare to Discipline, must have been required reading. This was a gathering of emeriti from Eagle Forum’s Phyllis Schlafly to Virtue Gambler Bill Bennett to Spurned Justice Bob Bork. They were grooving to the oldies, from abortion to gay marriage. From the sound of the panels – “The Impact of the Homosexual Agenda” – and the look of the T-shirts – “Pet Your Dog, Not Your Date” – you would think that nothing was changing among social conservatives. But many conservatives are taking steps across old borders. In retrospect, it was probably not the best way to reassure the faithful. When James Dobson, child psychologist turned political kingmaker, rose to speak at the Values Voter Summit dinner, he first complained about media reports that the religious right was dead. Then he cheerily announced, “Welcome to the morgue.” Yes, well, not yet. The much-reported news from last weekend’s gathering was that the honchos of the religious right are still wanted – dead or alive – by the Republican candidates. The candidates came, they saw, they pandered, though they didn’t exactly conquer. Mitt Romney flashed his family credentials so brightly you could hardly see his flip-flop footwear. Fred Thompson promised his first hour in the Oval Office would be spent praying. Mike Huckabee claimed, “You are my roots.” And even Rudy Giuliani offered the lame reassurance that “you have absolutely nothing to fear from me.” If the summit-goers did not meet in a morgue, they left in mourning for a candidate to call their own. But you don’t have to be a political pathologist to see the real message from the meeting. There are signs of ideological rigor mortis among the old guard. Step One: The Environment. Never mind that Dobson once described global warming worries as a vast distraction from the great moral issues. For the past several years, evangelicals have sounded more like environmentalists. Last summer, five prominent religious leaders, including Richard Cizik of the National Association of Evangelicals, and five scientists, including James McCarthy of Harvard, toured Alaska together. As Cizik said, “We dare to imagine a world in which science and religion cooperate – minimizing our differences about how creation got started, to work together to reverse its degradation.” Step Two: Family. The “values voters” applauded the presidential veto against extending children’s health care. A pamphlet explaining where the candidates stand on “Issues that Matter Most to Your Family” listed exactly two issues: abortion and gay marriage. But on family matters, there are some unusual connections between former untouchables such as Roberta Combs, head of the Christian Coalition, and Joan Blades of both MoveOn.org and MomsRising. “At the end of the day, it’s all about family,” says Combs, who favors paid family medical leave, an idea that was once anathema to conservatives. Step Three: Liberty. At the summit, OB-GYN and congressman Ron Paul put forth his most strident anti-abortion views. But on questions about overreaching government from torture to surveillance, this maverick reads like a chapter from progressive Naomi Wolf’s dire book, The End of America. The right’s American Freedom Agenda and the left’s American Freedom Campaign sound as similar as their names in alarm over assaults on the Constitution. I’m not suggesting that social conservatives and liberals are going to be singing in the same choir or chorus. The left got a three-year head start on the search for common ground. Now some on the right are moving onto this terrain. This leaves the “values voters” leadership boogieing like they did in 2004, stuck on their elevated summit far above the madding crowd ? of voters. The only thing that seemed to rouse their pre-Halloween spirits was the specter of that wicked witch, Hillary Clinton. The big laugh line of the weekend? “We put our `Run, Hillary, Run’ bumper stickers on the front of our cars.” Come to think of it, this is starting to look like a cold case. Ellen Goodman’s e-mail address is [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Trio re-arrested in Holloway disappearance

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsHundreds of volunteers, Aruban soldiers, police and FBI agents spread out across the island for the missing teen. Later efforts would include divers, Dutch F-16 jets equipped with search equipment, and specially trained dogs. No trace was ever found of her. Van der Sloot and the Kalpoe brother had previously been detained on suspicion of taking part in her death, but they denied involvement and a judge released them for lack of evidence. Van der Sloot, 20, was re-arrested in the Netherlands, where he was attending university. The Kalpoe brothers – Deepak is 24, Satish, 21 – were taken into custody in Aruba. Authorities “ordered their renewed arrest because further investigation into the disappearance has led to new incriminating evidence,” the office said. Hans Mos, chief prosecutor in Aruba, declined to discuss the new evidence or any other details about the case. “Our intention is to keep them in detention for a longer period,” he said. Van der Sloot’s mother, Anita, denied her son was arrested and said he was only taken into custody for more questioning. She said he wasn’t put in handcuffs. “What they want to do with Joran is to bring him to Aruba for a final reconstruction,” Anita van der Sloot said by telephone from the family’s home in Aruba. She said her family and that of the Kalpoe brothers had also been questioned in recent weeks. The brothers were expected to make an initial appearance in an Aruban court Friday, at which point prosecutors were expected to present the new evidence to a judge. A court date in the island had not yet been set for van der Sloot. Wim de Bruin, a spokesman for the Dutch national prosecutor’s office, said van der Sloot could be sent to Aruba without an extradition hearing and the transfer would occur “within several days.” In April, investigators from the Netherlands dug around the home of van der Sloot’s family for two days without revealing what prompted the search. Then in May, Dutch and Aruban investigators visited the home where Deepak and Satish Kalpoe live with their parents for what authorities termed an “inspection,” without revealing details. Vinda de Sousa, an attorney Dave Holloway, Natalee’s father, said she has left a message for the family but has not talked to them and is not privy to the new evidence. “I’m as excited as the Holloway family can be,” she said. “Anything new in this case, or any development, just gives you rekindled hope that one day this will be solved. I know the investigation never stopped.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! ORANJESTAD, Aruba – Three young men previously detained as suspects in the 2005 disappearance of American teenager Natalee Holloway were re-arrested Wednesday, the Aruban public prosecutor’s office said, citing new evidence in the case. Dutch student Joran van der Sloot and two Surinamese brothers, Satish and Deepak Kalpoe, were arrested on suspicion of involvement in voluntary manslaughter and causing serious bodily harm that resulted in the death of Holloway, the prosecutor’s office said in a statement. However, van der Sloot’s mother insisted her son had not been arrested but was only detained for more questioning. Holloway, of Mountain Brook, Ala., was last seen leaving a bar with the three men on May 30, 2005, hours before she was scheduled to board a plane home with high school classmates celebrating their graduation on the Dutch Caribbean island. She was 18 at the time. last_img read more

Valley home sales slow to another record low

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsSales have now fallen from their year-ago level for a record 25 consecutive months dating back to September 2005. The prior mark was a 23-month decline from April 1989 to March of 1991. The association’s records begin in 1984. “We’ve been through downturns before and this one, too, eventually will turn around,” Jim Link, the association’s executive vice president, said in a statement. Condominium sales in the Valley fell 48.6 percent in October to 128 transactions and the median price declined an annual 7.3 percent to $380,000. In the Santa Clarita Valley, home sales fell an annual 42.3 percent to 116 properties and the median price slipped 3.5 percent to $555,000. Condominium sales here fell 52.3 percent and the median price fell 16.2 percent from a year ago to $310,000. Home sales in the San Fernando Valley hit a record low for the second consecutive month in October, plunging 54 percent from a year ago as mortgage industry turmoil continued to roil the market, a trade association said Wednesday. Last month 354 previously owned houses changed owners, 417 fewer than sold last October and down eight sales from the previous record low of 362 in September, said the Van Nuys-based Southland Regional Association of Realtors. The third lowest total is 391 sales in February 1991, the association said. October’s median price slipped an annual 3.3 percent, or $20,000, to $590,000 and was off $33,700, or 5.4 percent, from September, the association said. From Toluca Lake to Calabasas, Valley home sales took a bigger hit last month than both Los Angeles County and the state. Sales in the county fell 42 percent last month and the median price, the point at which half the units cost more and half less, declined 8.6 percent to $533,070, according to the California Association of Realtors. In Ventura County, the median price slipped an annual 3.1 percent to $650,570 and sales plunged 52.6 percent. Statewide sales fell 40.2 percent and the median price fell 9.9 percent to $497,110. In the High Desert, which includes the Antelope Valley, sales plunged 60 percent and the median price fell 19 percent to $265,880. Jack Kyser, vice president and chief economist at the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp., said that the sales numbers are looking like they did in the early 1990s, the last time the market made such a big turndown. “I think people quickly forget how bleak it was in the early ’90s, but this is going to be a rough period,” he said of the months ahead. Kyser noted that some analysts are not looking for recovery until 2010 in many areas, though some markets will recover sooner. At the end of last month there were 7,730 properties listed for sale in the San Fernando Valley, a 16-month supply, slightly more than three times the stockpile of a year ago. This represents how long it would take to deplete the inventory at the current sales pace. The record high is 23 months in February and the record low was one month in March 2004. Association president Winnie Davis said that the market malaise is not surprising given all the bad news in recent months. She said that the economy is still sound and interest rates remain attractive, but buyers still seem to be betting on big sales price reductions. “Waiting may not mean they will get a better deal down the road,” she said. [email protected] 818-713-3743160Want 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

Premier League top scorer update: Close call in Golden Boot battle

first_img1 Two goals for Harry Kane means he is the top scoring striker in the Premier League this season, along with fellow England international Jamie Vardy.However, the race for the Golden Boot is far from over…1. Harry Kane (Tottenham) and Jamie Vardy (Leicester): 19 Premier League goalsKane also has two goals in the Europa League, though Vardy can pull away against Newcastle on Monday night.2. Romelu Lukaku (Everton): 18 Premier League goalThe 22-year-old also has three goals to his name in the FA Cup so far.3. Sergio Aguero (Man City): 16 Premier League goalsDespite being injured for a number of games it is a good return for Aguero, who has also scored twice in the Champions League.4. Riyad Mahrez (Leicester): 15 Premier League goalsThe Leicester ace is storming the goal and assist charts (11 so far), while he scored once in the League Cup, too.5. Odion Ighalo (Watford): 14 Premier League goalsIghalo helped his club beat Arsenal in the FA Cup by scoring the first in a 2-1 win. It was his second goal in the competition this season, and his Premier League tally of 14 goals isn’t too shabby, either.There are eight games left for most teams in the Premier League, so who do you think will win the Golden Boot this season? Harry Kane moved up to 19 goals for the season with a double against Aston Villa last_img read more