The best jokes after Arsenal 2-3 Olympiakos in the Champions League

first_img1 Arsenal’s 3-2 defeat at home to Olympiakos had plenty of Gooners crying, but for other fans it had them crying with laughter.Even though Arsene Wenger’s comedy coat didn’t make an appearance, there was still plenty of banter flying around on social media from rival fans of clubs like Chelsea (yes, even though they lost) and Spurs.Get stuck in to this lot… unless you’re an Arsenal defender, in which case don’t get stuck in, particularly if you’re playing in the Champions League this season. Arsene Wenger, not wearing his big puffy coat last_img read more

£42m striker, Ibrahimovic, England U21 ace and more Chelsea transfer rumours

first_img 5. Antoinne Griezmann (Atletico Madrid) – It seems this rumour will only perish if Chelsea actually complete the deal. Griezmann was heavily linked with a move to Stamford Bridge in the summer, and reports claim that he remains firmly on the Blues’ radar. With the Frenchman remaining Atleti’s biggest attacking threat, it’s little wonder their interest lives on. 6 6 6. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Borussia Dortmund) – With 17 goals in the Bundesliga this season so far, it’s unsurprising that Aubameyang has been linked with a transfer to Stamford Bridge. Chelsea, though, are not the only Premier League club interested, with Arsenal and Manchester United said to be considering an offer. According to reports, the Gabon international will cost a minimum of £42million, which could price Chelsea out of any deal – that is unless they sell one of their prized assets. 1. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Paris Saint-Germain) – click the arrow above to see more Chelsea transfer rumours – Ibrahimovic’s current deal at the Parc des Princes expires next summer, leaving the Swede eligible to negotiate a pre-contract agreement with a new club in January. And, according to reports, he is considering an offer from the reigning English champions. Mourinho is said to be keen on luring the striker to Stamford Bridge and has put a deal on the table. At the age of 34, it seemed the Premier League would miss out on the decorated forward, but if there’s one man capable of bringing him to England, it could be Mourinho. 4. Saido Berahino (West Bromwich Albion) – With Diego Costa becoming an increasing problem for Mourinho, and Loic Remy and Radamel Falcao simply not trusted to deliver the goods, Berahino has emerged as a target for the Blues. Reports claim the club are considering a £20million bid in January, but West Brom’s director of football Richard Garlick has insisted the England Under-21 striker is not for sale. 3. Alex Teixeira (Shakhtar Donetsk) – Teixeira recently revealed that negotiations have taken place with Chelsea and Juventus, suggesting he is looking to leave the Ukraine in the near future should a suitable offer come in. With 21 goals in 14 league appearances already, the 25-year-old is one of the hottest properties in Europe and would add to the growing Brazilian contingent in south west London. 6 6 6 6 2. Thomas Muller (Bayern Munich) – Manchester United were said to be have made a number of big-money bids for Germany international Muller in the summer, but the Red Devils had to settle for the one Bayern Munich star in Bastian Schweinsteiger. Now it seems Chelsea are interested in trying their luck. According to reports, Muller is the man Mourinho wants to replace Diego Costa – but as a player who often operates in the no.10 role, is he the attacker the Blues need? With Chelsea battling at the wrong end of the table, manager Jose Mourinho is expected to be busy spending Roman Abramovich’s money in the January transfer window.And following the bib drama involving Diego Costa at the weekend, a new striker seems to be a priority for the reigning Premier League champions.In light of this speculation, talkSPORT has taken a look at the latest rumours on Chelsea, with plenty of big-name players wanted to save the Blues from ending their season as it began.last_img read more

Man City on alert as Pogba admits he could work with Guardiola in the future

first_img1 Paul Pogba Chelsea and Manchester City target Paul Pogba has admitted he could work with Pep Guardiola in the future.The Juventus midfielder is currently wanted by all of Europe’s elite clubs and a bidding war is expected this summer.Chelsea and Manchester City are both desperate to land Pogba and have been linked with world-record bids.The France international insists he is currently happy in Turin, but confessed he would like to work with the future Manchester City boss Guardiola.“Guardiola has great experience and an immense philosophy of football,” Pogba told Sky Sport Deutschland.“I am a Juventus player now, but clearly the possibility of working with him in future could develop.“He is a coach who influences the squad and all the players respect him. You can only admire and try to learn something from him.“He is an icon of football and I’ve heard he manages to improve every player he has at his disposal.”last_img read more

NCAA strips Arkansas of 2 track titles

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“The violations involved unethical conduct by the former assistant coach, as well as an admitted failure to monitor by the university,” said Josephine R. Potuto, chair of the Division I committee on infractions. “The underlying violations were not egregious in and of themselves, but in combination they formed a major case.” Pro football FIFA inspectors recommended Brazil’s bid to host the 2014 World Cup, saying the country is capable of staging an “exceptional” tournament. ETC.: Martin Jol, the manager of Tottenham, resigned to become the third Premier League coaching change this season. … U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati selected Wilmer Cabrera, a two-time World Cup player from Colombia, to coach the U.S. Under-17 men’s national team. The Arena Football League will be the first professional football league to allow defenses to use on-field communication devices, under a rule change approved by the league Board of Directors. The decision will allow one defensive player on each team radio communication with coaches. U.S. light heavyweight Christopher Downs’ victory at the World Boxing Championships was overshadowed by news that two Ugandan boxers and an Armenian fighter left their teams. It appeared the missing athletes left voluntarily and have been in phone contact with family and friends, said Chicago police spokesman John Mirabelli. The names of the missing boxers weren’t immediately available. Inside the ring, Downs, the oldest member of the U.S. team and a veteran of the Iraq war, stayed even with Ismayl Sillakh of Ukraine, one of the top-ranked light heavyweights in the world, throughout the fight. The two were tied at 23 with 30 seconds to go in the fourth round. Downs broke the tie with 10 seconds left as chants of “U-S-A” competed with cheers from a group of fans rooting for the Ukrainian fighter. He moved ahead with another scoring hit shortly afterward, and after the referee handed out penalties to both boxers in the final seconds of the match, Downs won, 27-25. Former All-Star relief pitcher Jeff Reardon was released from court supervision in West Palm Beach, Fla. a year after being found not guilty by reason of insanity for robbing a jewelry store. “I’m glad to have it behind me and just try to get on with my life,” Reardon said in a telephone interview. “I’m doing much better.” Roger Federer beat Juan Martin Del Potro, 6-1, 6-4, in Basel, Switzerland to advance to the quarterfinals at the Swiss Indoors, his home tournament. Federer next will play Nicolas Kiefer, who beat Stefan Koubek, 6-3, 6-2. ETC.: Top-seeded Nikolay Davydenko, involved in a suspicious match earlier this year, said he was warned for not playing hard enough by the chair umpire in his loss to Marian Cilic at the St. Petersburg Open in Russia. Davydenko won the first set in 27 minutes, but drew a rebuke from chair umpire Jean-Philippe Dercq in the third set before succumbing, 1-6, 7-5, 6-1. … Third-seeded Marion Bartoli beat teenager Tamira Paszek, 6-2, 6-1, to reach the quarterfinals of the Generali Ladies in Linz, Austria. Bob Estes birdied six straight holes in a 9-under-par 64 that left him tied for the lead with Tommy Armour III in the opening round of the Ginn sur Mer Classic at a soggy Tesoro Club in Port St. Lucie, Fla. Craig Kanada and Daniel Chopra were three shots off the pace at 6-under 67, while another group including Frank Lickliter II and Steve Flesch – a two-time winner this year – finished another shot back. Play was suspended at 6:39 p.m. because of darkness, keeping 22 players from finishing, Boxing Jurisprudence Tennis Golf ETC.: Cyclist Patrik Sinkewitz told the German cycling federation that doping occurred on the T-Mobile team after the 2006 Tour de France. Suzann Pettersen, who won in the cold and wind of South Korea days earlier, shot a 7-under 65 at steamy Siam Country Club in the heat of Pattaya, Thailand to take a two-stroke lead in the Honda LPGA. … Defending champion Jim Thorpe shot an 8-under 64 for a share of the first-round lead with Eduardo Romero in the Champions Tour’s season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship in Sonoma. Thorpe, also the 2003 winner at Sonoma Golf Club, took the last spot in the field Sunday, edging Tom Jenkins by $4,079 for 30th place on the money list. … South Africa’s Andrew McLardy and Ireland’s Gary Murphy shot 4-under 66s to share the early lead in the Mallorca Classic in Son Servera, Mallorca, with 60 players unable to complete the round because of thunderstorms. Soccer Cycling Sinkewitz, who tested positive for elevated testosterone levels earlier this year, gave detailed explanations of doping procedures at former teams T-Mobile and Quick Step during a six-hour hearing. Bowling Carolyn Dorin-Ballard rolled the first perfect game by a woman in the history of the United States Bowling Congress Masters in Wauwatosa, Wis. but was eliminated with a 758-757 loss to Chris Barnes. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! From news services The NCAA vacated two of Arkansas’ national championships in track and field Thursday and placed the school on three years’ probation after investigating violations involving sprint star Tyson Gay and a former assistant coach. Razorbacks coach John McDonnell has built one of the top college athletic programs in any sport over more than three decades with the school. Arkansas has won 40 national championships in track and field and cross country, not counting the two that were taken away from the 2004 and 2005 men’s outdoor track and field championships. Arkansas had self-reported violations committed by former assistant Lance Brauman, who was convicted last year of embezzlement, theft and mail fraud. Neither the university’s self-report nor the NCAA named Gay, who won the 100 and 200 meters at the world championships this year. But Brauman’s mail-fraud indictment identified the athlete, who transferred from Barton County to Arkansas. last_img read more

El Segundo park plan steps ahead

first_imgBy Andrea Woodhouse STAFF WRITER El Segundo’s goal of turning a 55-acre parcel of Los Angeles city-owned land on its western border into parkland is picking up steam. Residents will have an opportunity today to hear the city’s proposal and sound off on the plans, which would make the property stretching from Imperial to about Grand avenues legally accessible to residents. Taking control of the property will legitimize these activities and allow El Segundo police to better patrol the property, said Peter Lewis, a resident who helped launch the project about a year ago. “In my heart of hearts, I believe it’s a win-win,” he said. “We don’t have to share the exact same vision, but we can have a common vision.” But despite city promises to step up police presence should El Segundo pursue the idea, some residents have already expressed safety concerns about allowing people on property so close to sensitive sites like Scattergood and Hyperion. “Unless the pathway visitors are prescreened and other proactive measures implemented, I will not support unfettered access, as it represents too great a threat to my family and neighbors,” resident David Burns, the city’s former emergency services coordinator, wrote in a letter to the editor in the Daily Breeze last year. Burns did not return several telephone messages for comment this week. El Segundo has estimated costs to rehabilitate the property – including fencing off an oil derrick and installing a remote-control-operated gate for police access – at about $450,000, Busch said. Those costs do not include fees to lease the property from DWP, said Busch, who would not reveal initial figures. “It’s a good chunk of money; however, in return, our city gets access to (a) stretch of land that some residents currently go into illegally,” he said. With no identified funding source or City Council approval, the project is at least a year from realization, Busch said. El Segundo is no stranger to turning leftover land into parks through lease agreements, having long leased land from Southern California Edison for use as Freedom Park for a $1 fee, Busch said. [email protected] 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.El Segundo has so far received an initial OK from Los Angeles Department of Water and Power executives about leasing the 3/4-mile stretch of property running between its Scattergood Generating Facility and the city’s western corridor, said Councilman Eric Busch. A DWP spokesperson did not return telephone calls for comment Tuesday. Officials at Hyperion Treatment Plant, which abuts the property, also approve of the project. “We are fine with whatever is determined regarding that right-of-way,” said Lauren Skinner, spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Public Works Department. “We don’t think it poses a security concern for us.” For years, sneaky residents have squeezed through holes in fencing surrounding the property to catch a glimpse of Malibu or the Hollywood sign, to walk dogs or just find a quiet moment. last_img read more

Lottery goes Hollywood to up the ante

first_imgSACRAMENTO – For the first time in the 22-year history of the California lottery, officials are trying to boost lagging sales by partnering with Hollywood and offering gamblers an opportunity to appear on the big screen. One player in the new scratch-off ticket game “Mad Money” – linked to an Overture Films production of that name opening nationwide Jan. 18 – will win a cameo role in one of the company’s future movies. The move kicks off next week and comes as Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, a former actor, continues to promote public-private partnerships and is seeking to lease the lottery operation to a private firm. For their part, lottery officials are trying to increase lottery proceeds, a third of which are used to fund education needs under a voter-approved initiative. But while analysts said the state lottery’s new strategy seems clever, it raises questions on how far partnerships should go. “This is a disturbing move by the state to tie the state lottery to the movie industry,” said Melissa Michelson, a political science professor at California State University, Hayward. “What’s next, renaming the state Capitol, maybe, the Google Government Building?” “Selling off naming or advertising rights blurs the distinction between public and private entities and suggests the government is for sale,” Michelson said. “Private industry should do their own advertising, and government officials should stick to the business of selling lottery tickets for the benefit of our schools, not for the benefit of movie stars and executives,” said Michelson. Lottery spokeswoman Olga Gallardo said there are fun parallels between the movie’s plot and the lottery as both are about sudden riches. But that’s where the comparison ends. While the lottery involves odds, the movie is about three Federal Reserve employees plotting to steal money that is about to be destroyed. The promotional scheme will “bomb,” predicted David McCuan, a political science professor at California State University, Sonoma. “Linking Scratchers to movie promotions, when fewer and fewer folks go to the movies, means another half-hearted attempt to pump up sales when we know that the end game here is to lease the lottery to large out-of-state entities,” McCuan said. “Maybe as part of the marketing effort here to improve lottery sales, we can regionalize lottery Scratchers – Silicon Valley promos, Wine Country wine coolers free with purchase of lottery tickets, San Diego Padres promotions,” he said.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 MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat Kings“When people think of California, they think of Hollywood, which is why the California Lottery is thrilled to enter into a new partnership with friends in the movie industry, Overture Films,” said Lottery Director Joan Borucki. “`Mad Money’ is a great tie-in for our products.” The tie with “Mad Money” – starring Diane Keaton, Queen Latifah and Katie Holmes – is intended to be a good deal for both the lottery and the studio, backed by Liberty Media and Starz. In the trade-off, the movie gets unique advertising and the lottery saves cash since the game comes with a host of secondary gifts from the studio – including two trips to Overture premieres in Los Angeles, a visit to a movie set, “Mad Money” DVDs, autographed posters and a Starz subscription. The Scratchers will still cost $1 but offer good odds for winning anywhere from $10 to $1,000. Overall odds of winning are 1 in about 5. last_img

Mattel makes tiny treasures of rescue fleets

first_imgThe El Segundo City Council this week approved designs for the Fire Department vehicles, and the tiny cars will hit toy-store shelves in the spring, said Michele Sturdivant, a Mattel spokeswoman. El Segundo police and fire will be able to purchase the cars at cost for marketing purposes, which Smith thought was invaluable. “It’s a sense of pride to be immortalized, but it’s going to be something very special that we can give out to young people in the community,” he said. And Smith, who said he enjoyed playing with the toys as a child, just might let his staff get away with some on-the-job Matchbox play. “I would imagine these things would be popular with firefighters,” Smith said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! There’s hardly a child who hasn’t played with one of those tiny die-cast Matchbox cars, and now El Segundo is poised for a spot in those happy memories of childhood play. Hometown toy giant Mattel will immortalize the city’s police and fire vehicle fleets in a new special-edition series of the miniature motorcars. “It’s definitely representative of the El Segundo Fire Department, and no one else,” Fire Chief Kevin Smith said. Children everywhere could soon be vrrrroooming three shrunken Fire Department vehicles: a tiny replica of a sport utility vehicle the department uses as a command vehicle, a firetruck and a fire engine. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsAnd the miniature cars won’t be basic copies with just an El Segundo city seal slapped on their doors. A team of about eight Mattel designers came to the station a few months ago to crawl through the vehicles and make sure their drawings were exact, Smith said. “They asked us about our rigs, looked through them inside and out, and talked to our staff about the different applications,” he said. “They’re interesting people. They really get into this stuff.” And Mattel hasn’t forgotten about El Segundo’s police fleet, either – a tiny squad car will be included in the series, Capt. Max Phipps said. This isn’t the first time El Segundo police cars have been immortalized, though: A few years ago, Mattel made a series of vintage El Segundo police cars from the 1930s and 1940s, Phipps said. last_img read more


first_imgDonegal North East Fianna Fáil TD Charlie McConalogue has said that the decision to frontload a 2% increase in VAT will put serious pressure on businesses in border towns and villages.Despite the Taoiseach’s assertions that currency fluctuations have a greater impact on cross border trade rather than the 2% VAT increase, Deputy McConalogue has said that we are at the mercy of global economic factors when it comes to currency fluctuations but we do have complete control over our own domestic VAT rate.“Local businesses on this side of the border have been aggressively pursuing price cuts and competitive business strategies for the past number of years leading to better value for money for shoppers.  Prices are well down on what they had been.  This 2% VAT hike is an insult to their efforts to remain competitive. Worse still, it could be the final nail in the coffin for many local businesses. “The 3% differential between us and Northern Ireland will naturally lead to a migration of shoppers faced with higher shopping bills to the North at a time when we can’t afford to be losing any business or spend on this side of the border.  It will put businesses here under enormous pressure to stay afloat.“The Fine Gael/Labour Government clearly have not thought this through properly. Frontloading a VAT hike will stifle businesses and entrepreneurship at the very wrong time in our recovery. There is no doubt that this will cost jobs in border communities. I am appealing to the local Government Deputies to fight for our communities and seek a reverse of this damaging decision.”VAT RISE WILL HAMMER DONEGAL, SAYS TD was last modified: November 21st, 2011 by BrendaShare 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:deputy charlie mcconaloguelast_img read more

Agbonlahor axed from Villa squad for TWO WEEKS to undergo fitness programme

first_img Gabriel Agbonlahor 1 Aston Villa forward Gabriel Agbonlahor is to undergo a ‘personal fitness programme’ and will not be considered for selection for two weeks.Agbonlahor, the crisis club’s captain, has scored just once in 18 appearances this season.He was suspended at the start of this month after pictures emerged of him partying on holiday in Dubai during the recent international break.The 29-year-old was subsequently omitted from the squad to face Chelsea on April 2.He was welcomed back into the fold following the 4-0 defeat but called in sick ahead of their clash with Bournemouth last Saturday and missed the 2-1 reverse.Now Agbonlahor has been ordered to train partly with the Under-21s as the struggling club, who could be relegated from the Premier League at Manchester United on Saturday, try to get him fit. Caretaker manager Eric Black said: “After last week I sat down with Gabby on Monday and we agreed to put in place a fitness regime to get him up to speed.“I can only control the elements I can control. I have to try to get the best out of the squad I have got and we agreed he wasn’t in a condition to be involved.“I can only assess people in training and in matches, I can only control those elements.“I can’t do the running, that’ll be up to Gabby, it’s his responsibility. In the last 10 days I have identified various things and that’s one of them. When I’m in this position I’m going to treat it the way I want to, if they don’t want to train properly, be part of the group or be ready to perform that’s the only sanction I’ve got.“We’ve come to the conclusion we need to move forward with it and he’s not at the level to contribute the way he should.”Rock bottom Villa go to Old Trafford 15 points from safety with just five games left and will be down before they kick off if Norwich avoid defeat at home to Sunderland in the early game.The club have lost their last eight games and have won just three times in the league all season. Black added: “The preparation won’t change. Our preparation is to beat Manchester United. This has been a slow thing. This won’t be a fall off the cliff ‘Oh my, Aston Villa have been relegated’ moment, this has been happening for some time.”Jack Grealish (ankle) is a doubt after suffering an injury in the under-21s game on Monday while Jordan Amavi (knee) is out but Alan Hutton is available after suspension.last_img read more

Liverpool defender ‘90 per cent certain to leave’ this summer, reveals agent

first_imgThe agent of Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel has revealed centre-back is ’90 per cent certain to leave’ the Merseyside club this summer.The Slovakia captain has fallen out of favour at Anfield under new boss Jurgen Klopp this season, with Mamadou Sakho, Dejan Lovren and Kolo Toure all preferred over him throughout the campaign.And while the Reds will miss Mamadou Sakho for a part of next term due to a drugs ban, the arrival of Schalke centre-back Joel Matip is likely to put Skrtel further down the packing order.The 31-year-old has started just one Premier League game for Jurgen Klopp’s side since December and is thought to be considering his future at Anfield.And his agent, Karol Csonto, recently admitted the defender is likely to leave the club when the transfer window opens, with Turkey a possible destination.“Besiktas is one of those interested in Martin, but we’re haven’t reached a point where I can confirm Martin is going there, or anywhere else,” Csonto told TV Markiza in Slovakia.“I can say that it is 90 percent sure Martin will leave Liverpool, but it is far from closed.” 1 Martin Skrtel has fallen down the pecking order at Liverpool last_img read more