Arsenal XI v Barcelona – Olivier Giroud dropped in favour of £16m man?

first_img 13. David Ospina (goalkeeper) 11 11 11 6. Laurent Koscielny (centre back) 14. Theo Walcott (right wing) 11. Mesut Ozil (attacking midfield) Arsenal are out to stage a shock comeback against Barcelona tonight, kick off 19:45 GMT, in the last 16 of the Champions League – and it’s live on talkSPORT.Luis Enrique’s men won the first-leg 2-0 at the Emirates, giving their Premier League opponents a mountain to climb at the Camp Nou if they are to seal progression.Defeat to Manchester United, Swansea City and an exit in the FA cup at the hands of Watford all followed the loss to Barca, in what has predictably been a period full of criticism to both Arsenal and Arsene Wenger.While this season has screamed déjà vu for the Gunners, the season is far from over – and there would be few better ways to silence doubters than a surprise victory over the La Liga giants.But who might Wenger call upon for such a clash? Will Danny Welbeck get the nod ahead of the underperforming Olivier Giroud?Take a look at talkSPORT’s predicted Arsenal line up v Barcelona by viewing the slideshow above. 11 11 34. Francis Coquelin (centre midfield) 11 17. Alexis Sanchez (left wing) 11 11 23. Danny Welbeck (striker) 4. Per Mertesacker (centre back) – check out the full line up, in squad number order, by clicking the arrow above 11 11 24. Hector Bellerin (right back) 11 18. Nacho Monreal (left back) 35. Mohamed Elneny (centre midfield)last_img read more

Southampton transfer news: Striker set for exit as Juventus eye deal

first_img Graziano Pelle Juventus have become the latest club to register an interest in wantaway Southampton striker Graziano Pelle.Southampton are ready to cash in on the Italian international after he reportedly fell out with the club’s coaching staff towards the end of last season, leaving Ronald Koeman with no choice but to leave him out of the side.However, Koeman is interested in bringing Pelle with him to Everton this summer, while Stoke have also tried to make contact with the player.But, according to Sportitalia, Juve could now be the favourites to land the 30-year-old by offering him Champions League football and a return to his homeland.The report suggests the Italian champions are lining up a £7m offer for Pelle, which is expected to be short of Saints’ valuation of the forward.But Juve have the financial muscle to up their offer if needed, with Southampton keen on pocketing at least £10m for him. 1last_img read more

Seven players to ‘energise’ Man United’s midfield with their power and vision

first_img Ince is a fan of Radja Nainggolan – As well as Pogba, Ince likes Roma and Belgium midfielder Nainggolan. Chelsea have been strongly with the player who could cost around £23m. It won’t be long before a big club swoops for Andre Gomes – Gomes’ energetic displays since moving to Valencia in 2015 have had scouts flocking to see the 22-year-old in action. He is comfortable on the ball, charging at defenders and much of the team’s play goes through him. Barcelona are also in the frame to sign him and he could cost as much as £30m, but Gomes and Man United manager Jose Mourinho share Jorge Mendes as an agent. 7 Paul Ince, the man who was once a driving force in the Man United midfield, says his old club were too light in the middle last season and believes they need someone to “energise” them in that area.Michael Carrick has a new one-year contract, while Morgan Schneiderlin is also on the books. It is thought new manager Jose Mourinho will sit down with Bastian Schweinsteiger to look at possible roles for him next season as the club are linked with younger and more dynamic midfielders.Here, talkSPORT looks at players with the capabilities of reinvigorating the midfield. 7 7 Paul Pogba has the ‘power and strength’ – click the arrow to see other players capable of reinvigorating the Man United midfield – Former Man United midfielder Paul Ince believes the club were too light in midfield last season and says they need someone to “energise” them in the middle. Here, talkSPORT looks at the players to do it, beginning with Pogba. “Without doubt he’d be one name who’d provide the answers for United,” Ince told the Manchester Evening News. “He is a fantastic player with the power and strength Mourinho must get back into that engine room.” 7 Jose Mourinho to chase Nemanja Matic? – It is rumoured Matic wants to reunite with Jose Mourinho, who is believed to be a big fan of the 27-year-old’s tenacious style of play. 7 Leicester’s energetic midfielder N’Golo Kante – Man United face stiff competition if they want to buy Kante. Leicester will play in the Champions League next season, something United cannot offer. They would have no trouble stumping up the reported £22m transfer fee though. 7 Marco Verratti: There are few midfielders better than him, says Xavi – Former Barcelona midfielder Xavi heaped praise on 23-year-old Verratti. “He’s one of the best midfielders in the world and plays a little bit in the same way as I tried to do with Barcelona and the national team,” he said. “He likes having the ball. He also has perfect mastery over long and short passing, he can play the final ball, and he doesn’t lose the ball that easily. He’s really a very high-class player.” 7 Real Madrid and Germany’s complete midfielder Toni Kroos – Kroos is one of the best in the business. He is Germany’s creative hub and was on hand to help his national side ease past Ukraine in their opening game at Euro 2016. Energy, vision, and passing – this man has the lot and more.last_img read more

Missing RPV man suffers from schizophrenia

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champ A 42-year-old man who suffers from schizophrenia was being sought by sheriff’s deputies this morning. Chong Yi Lee, who lives on Crest Drive in Rancho Palos Verdes, was last seen at 11 a.m. Saturday leaving his residence, according to the Sheriff’s Department. Lee is 5 feet 10 inches tall, 165 pounds and has black hair and brown eyes. He was wearing a short-sleeved shirt, gray shorts over brown pants and gray tennis shoes. Anyone with information was asked to call sheriff’s detectives at (323) 890-5500. 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

Missing children return home safe

first_imgPACOIMA – As soon as Ameer Hack spotted his mom at the door of the van, his eyes lit up. “Mommy, Mommy!” the 4-year-old cried as his mother, Lucrecia Castillo, wrapped her arms around him. Tears streamed down Castillo’s face at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, when she saw her two children – Ameer and Elaine, 8 – for the first time since early Sunday. They were reunited in the parking lot of the LAPD’s Foothill Community Police Station, ending a bizarre three-day stretch that began when the children disappeared with their baby sitter and neighbor, Bertha Galvan, 60, and ended when Galvan and the kids walked into a California Highway Patrol station 115 miles away. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson Police were trying to decipher Galvan’s explanation for the ordeal – that she missed her exit on the Golden State Freeway and kept driving north until she ran out of gas. “There are still more questions than answers,” Los Angeles police Capt. Jerry Szymanski said. “How did a person drive an extra 100 miles? That’s a good question. We don’t know yet.” It was 1:30 a.m. Sunday when Castillo asked Galvan to drive the children to Galvan’s Tujunga residence from a house in South Los Angeles. Castillo was visiting friends there and wanted to stay longer. She told Galvan she would pick the kids up in the morning. When she arrived at Galvan’s house at 7 a.m., though, nobody was home. Tuesday, Galvan told police she had been driving the children home and missed her exit on Interstate 5. Confused, she kept driving north until she ran out of gas in a McDonalds parking lot in Buttonwillow, near Bakersfield. She told police she and the children had stayed inside the car for the previous two days. Tuesday morning, a passerby recognized the car from news reports about the missing children. The stranger bought them breakfast at McDonalds and gave them money for gas, then led them to the closest California Highway Patrol station. “CHP immediately recognized them from everything that we’ve given them and everything that’s been on the news,” LAPD Detective David Escoto said. Galvan and the children did not suffer any injuries, Escoto said. Just an hour before the three arrived at the CHP station, Castillo spoke to reporters, pleading in Spanish for help finding her children. She broke down in tears and was helped out of the room at the LAPD’s Foothill station. She would not speak to reporters after being reunited with the kids. “She’s very depressed,” said Jose Garcia, a family friend. “She (needed) her kids to come home.” Los Angeles Police Department detectives interviewed the children and Galvan on Tuesday afternoon, but Galvan had not been charged with a crime, Szymanski said. Josh Kleinbaum, (818) 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

Antonovich presents plan for extra sheriff’s deputies

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson “What you need to have is some kind of rotating system where you spend time in the jail and then go out on the streets for a while and then back into the jails,” Antonovich said. “That would help morale.” In an effort to bolster the number of law enforcement officers available to assist people in the event of a disaster, Commissioner Charles Parks urged Antonovich and his fellow supervisors to create a Retired Police Officers Reserve Corps. “We have literally tens of thousands of retired police officers in this basin and should we have a catastrophe like a tsunami or a big earthquake, regular law enforcement officers would be totally committed to the safety of the public,” Parks said. “Many of these guys have retired at age 50 or 55 and their resources could be applied much like military reserves.” Antonovich also discussed the future of the troubled King-Drew Medical Center in South Los Angeles, which faces a review this month by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. If the hospital fails to pass the audit, the county health department, already facing a nearly $900 million deficit by 2008, would lose $200 million in federal funding. This would force the supervisors to decide whether to close the hospital and contract out with a private hospital to care for MLK’s patients, or convert MLK to an outpatient facility. In his first speech this year as “mayor” of Los Angeles County, Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich on Thursday proposed ways to boost the recruitment of hundreds of sheriff’s deputies. Antonovich made the comments to the Citizens Economy & Efficiency Commission, established in 1964 to allow its 21 leaders in public service, business and academia to study how to improve government and to target waste, fraud and abuse. The Sheriff’s Department wants to hire as many as 1,000 additional deputies this year, and Antonovich suggested that retired sheriff’s personnel could go to community colleges and high schools to encourage students to become deputies. He also suggested changing the current system in which rookie deputies have spend three to five years working as jail guards before being transferred to patrol jobs. Antonovich is this year’s chairman of the Board of Supervisors, but chooses to use the title of “mayor” instead. He explained Thursday that on the East Coast and in Washington, D.C., many bureaucrats think of the city of Los Angeles as the West Coast counterpart to New York City. “New York City and Los Angeles County are comparable in many of our responsibilities because we provide many services to the region,” Antonovich said. “Many of the people in Washington are from the East Coast and think Los Angeles does the work of Los Angeles County and we lose many of our resources as a result. Funds are siphoned off.” Troy Anderson, (213) 974-8985 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


first_imgParents, teachers and community groups are being urged to attend a public meeting in Carndonagh next week to which will address the future of local schools.Charlie McConalogue TDUnder plans by this Government, schools with less than 85 pupils are facing severe cutbacks to resources while schools with 50 pupils or less are at risk of closure or forced amalgamation, claim Fianna Fail.The party is kicking off a national campaign against the closure of small schools next Monday, 09 December in Carndonagh. The meeting takes place at 8pm upstairs in Túl Na Rí. It’s organised by local TD and Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Education Charlie McConalogue and Fr John Joe Duffy will be a guest speaker.Deputy McConalogue explained, “Communities across Inishowen are at serious risk of losing their local school under plans being spearheaded by the Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn.“The loss of any of our local schools in Inishowen would be felt right across the community. It’s time that we all pull together and stand up against this highly damaging policy, that will essentially amount to the loss of yet another vital local service in this region.”The Fianna Fáil Education Spokesperson will be touring the country in the new year as part of his ‘Save Our Schools’ campaign. He has described the Government’s attack on small schools as ‘the latest in a series of attacks on rural communities’.“Donegal has the highest proportion of small schools in the country. In Inishowen alone, there are 17 schools at risk of severe cuts or forced amalgamation. We also have a higher proportion of minority faith schools and gaeltacht schools, which are naturally smaller in size.“Once again, this county is being forced to bear a disproportionate level of cuts to our local services. Many of these schools are the heart of the local community and they add much more to local life than traditional teaching during school hours. The ongoing uncertainty over their future is a threat in itself, as parents feel nervous about enrolling their children in a school that may soon face closure.“The Government is going about its attack on small schools in the sneakiest way possible. A series of cuts to resources coupled by deliberate uncertainty is all adding to the threat of what is a vital local service.“I am urging parents, teachers, community groups and public representatives from all sides to come to this meeting on Monday and stand up for their local school.” FF HOLD PUBLIC MEETING TO ‘SAVE LOCAL SMALL SCHOOLS’ IN DONEGAL was last modified: December 3rd, 2013 by StephenShare 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:Charlie McConaloguedonegalschoolslast_img read more


first_imgThe new Raphoe Playground will open later today.After four years of planning and fundraising, Raphoe will finally open its new community playground today.The opening, which takes place at 2pm, will be a hugely proud moment for organisers Jean Laird and the rest of the hardworking committee.The new state-of-the-art playground is located beside the community’s local boxing club after Donegal County Council donated the land. After the land was donated, the hard-working committee set about fundraising for all the playground equipment.Last night former Mayor of Donegal and local councillor Frank McBrearty paid tribute to all those involved in the project.Cllr McBrearty will officially open the new playground later today.He said “I would like to congratulate the hard working committee that have made this project possible and to the community of Raphoe and further afield for their help in supporting all the fund raising events. It was an honour for me to be part of this and its great to see what can be achieved when a community comes together.”  IT’S CHILD’S PLAY FOR RAPHOE AS RIBBON TO BE CUT ON SUPERB NEW FACILITY was last modified: April 19th, 2014 by StephenShare 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:donegalFrank McBreartyplaygroundRaphoelast_img read more

Saddam confirms ordering Shiite trial

first_imgBAGHDAD, Iraq – Saddam Hussein said in a defiant courtroom confession Wednesday that he ordered the trial of 148 Shiites who were later executed, and arranged for the flattening of their palm groves and farms. But he insisted he had the right to do so because they were suspected of trying to kill him. “Where is the crime? Where is the crime?” Saddam asked. “If trying a suspect accused of shooting at a head of state – no matter what his name is – is considered a crime, then you have the head of state in your hands. Try him.” The dramatic speech came a day after prosecutors presented the most direct evidence against him in the four-month trial: a 1984 presidential decree approving the death sentences for the 148, with a signature said to be Saddam’s. Saddam did not admit or deny approving their executions, but stated outright that he was solely responsible for their prosecution, adding that his seven co-defendants should be released. The five judges will be able to take Saddam’s confession into account when they rule in the case. It will be up to them to decide whether Saddam’s actions were illegal, since there is no jury. After Wednesday’s session, the trial was adjourned to March 12. 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 MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant “If the chief figure makes things easy for you by saying he was the one responsible, then why are you going after these people?” he said. The deaths of the Shiites are one of the main charges against the defendants, who could face execution by hanging – the same fate as most of the 148 – if convicted. They are on trial also for torture and imprisonment of the Shiites, as well as the razing of their farmlands, in a crackdown launched after a July 8, 1982, assassination attempt against Saddam in the town of Dujail. The prosecution has argued that the imprisonment and executions were illegal, saying the 148 were sentenced to death in an “imaginary trial” before Saddam’s Revolutionary Court where the defendants did not even appear. The crackdown, they argue, went far beyond the actual attackers. They have presented documents that show entire families – including women and children as young as 3 months old – were arrested, tortured and held for years. Those executed included at least 10 juveniles, one as young as 11, according to the documents. last_img read more

Corrupt ‘Duke’ to prison

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant The judge credited Cunningham for his military service and for standing in front of courthouse in November and taking responsibility for his crimes and resigning from Congress. Looking at Cunningham, the judge told him: “You weren’t wet. You weren’t cold. You weren’t hungry and yet you did these things.” “I think what you’ve done is you’ve undermined the opportunity that honest politicians have to do a good job,” the judge said. “The amount of money involved emasculates prior bribery crimes.” The judge recommended the sentence be served at a federal prison in Taft, Calif., subject to the approval of the Bureau of Prisons. The judge said Cunningham would be eligible for good behavior reductions of as much as 15 percent of the sentence. Cunningham was immediately led away. He was to be taken to the Metropolitan Corrections Center in downtown San Diego and to undergo a medical exam on Wednesday. SAN DIEGO – Former Rep. Randy “Duke” Cunningham, who collected $2.4 million in homes, yachts, antique furnishings and other bribes in a corruption scheme unmatched in the annals of Congress, was sentenced Friday to eight years and four months in prison and was immediately taken into custody. Cunningham, who resigned from Congress in disgrace last year, was spared the 10-year maximum by U.S. District Judge Larry Burns. The defense had asked for a six-year term. “Your honor I have ripped my life to shreds due to my actions, my actions that I did to myself,” Cunningham said before the sentence was announced. He also asked to see his 91-year-old mother before going to prison. Cunningham, 64, was ordered to pay $1.8 million in restitution for back taxes. He also must forfeit an additional $1.85 million for cash bribes he received, plus the proceeds from the sale of his mansion. Burns said Cunningham must pay the restitution at a rate of $1,500 a month while in prison and $1,000 monthly when he’s released. Prosecutors were satisfied with the sentence, Assistant U.S. Attorney Jason Forge said outside court. “It’s not what we wanted, but it was very close,” he said. Cunningham pleaded guilty to accepting bribes from defense contractors and others in exchange for steering government contracts their way. They included a Rolls-Royce, a yacht, homes, travel, meals, Persian rugs valued at $40,000 each and various antique furnishings. Among Cunningham’s acquisitions was a 7,628-square-foot mansion in Rancho Santa Fe, one of America’s wealthiest communities. Cunningham also was ordered to forfeit his share of proceeds from the sale of the home, bought with the help of bribes from defense contractors, which sold in December for $2.6 million. The exact amount has not been determined, but is likely to be hundreds of thousands of dollars. Cunningham, a Republican, represented San Diego-area districts for 15 years. The scale of his wrongdoing surpasses anything in the history of Congress, according to official Senate and House historians. “In the sheer dollar amount, it’s unprecedented,” Deputy House Historian Fred W. Beuttler said Friday. In arguments over sentencing, Assistant U.S. Attorney Phil Halpern told the judge that just as Cunningham’s crimes were unprecedented, “so too should be his punishment.” While the congressman was living the good life, “he was squandering precious tax dollars for, among other things, systems the military didn’t ask for, didn’t need, and frequently didn’t use,” Halpern said. Defense attorney Lee Blalack contended that a 10-year term would amount to a death sentence, based on survival projections taking into account Cunningham’s age and history of prostate cancer. “This man has been humiliated beyond belief by his own hand,” Blalack said. Prior to Friday, the longest sentence imposed on a current or former member of Congress in the past four decades were the eight-year terms imposed on both Rep. Mario Biaggi, D-N.Y. and James Traficant, D-Ohio, according to court documents. The sentence reverberated in Washington, D.C. “It is my hope that Congressman Cunningham will spend his incarceration thinking long and hard about how he broke the trust of the voters that elected him and those on Capitol Hill who served with him,” House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., said in a statement. Democrats have sought political advantage from Cunningham’s indictment along with the corruption scandal involving disgraced Republican lobbyist Jack Abramoff. They tapped Francine Busby, the Democratic candidate to replace Cunningham in an April 11 special election, to deliver the party’s weekly radio address today. Cunningham pleaded guilty Nov. 28 to charges of tax evasion and a conspiracy involving four others. Defense contractor Mitchell Wade pleaded guilty last month to plying Cunningham with more than $1 million in gifts over four years. The remaining three co-conspirators have been identified as Brent Wilkes, a San Diego defense contractor; New York businessman Thomas Kontogiannis; and John T. Michael, Kontogiannis’ nephew. In Congress, Cunningham pushed for stiff sentences on criminals. In 1995, the Republican congressman was an early sponsor of the “No Frills Prison Act” that had it passed would have ensured no federal money went to state prisons where inmates were allowed porn, unmonitored phone calls or TVs and hot plates in their cells. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. 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