first_img1 Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger hinted at frustration at the overloading of Alexis Sanchez during the international break, and hopes the Chile striker will return fighting fit ahead of Saturday’s Premier League trip to Watford.Sanchez was forced off late in the 3-0 drubbing of Manchester United with a slight hip problem, yet Wenger was powerless to prevent the forward meeting up with his national side.With the likes of Manchester City forward Sergio Aguero and team-mate David Silva both picking up injuries while away, Wenger was surely hoping his star man – who netted six goals in three games for second place Arsenal ahead of the break – would stay problem free.But Sanchez showed no signs of injury as he netted in a 2-0 victory over South America rivals Brazil before firing a brace and assisting two goals to seal a 4-3 win over Peru.And while Wenger praises the 26-year-old’s enthusiasm for his country, the Frenchman admits it also presents him with a ‘tricky situation’ as his club boss.“Overall the first step is to get everybody in a good shape because when you look around, you see some clubs lost players due to the international break,” Wenger said in a press conference ahead of Saturday’s trip to Vicarage Road.“Some of our players land today at 2pm so we have to check their fitness to see if there are no bad surprises,” said Wenger.“I cannot do a lot about it [Sanchez playing twice for Chile].“He came off as you have seen against Manchester United with a hip problem, a problem with the rotator muscle and he wanted to go.“He played in the last two games and we have to see how he comes back, but it is always a tricky situation. Chile are trying to qualify for the World Cup and he is an important player for them, but they will use him if they can.“Alexis is a guy that always wants to play so I knew that was always going to be a tricky situation.”Wenger added: “Let’s see what happens and how he comes back. We have to see if we have to protect him in our next game or not.”Aside from Sanchez’s likely participation, Arsenal have received one other boost ahead of the weekend with centre-back Laurent Koscielny, who has been out since the end of September with a hamstring injury, in line to make a return to first-team action.last_img read more

first_img1 Valencia have joined Arsenal and Chelsea in the race for Marseille hotshot Michy Batshuayi.The 22-year-old has emerged as one of the most promising centre-forwards of his kind in European football after hitting eight goals in just 13 Ligue 1 outings this term.His form has been even more remarkable considering Marseille are struggling in 16th place in the table – and he scored just nine in the whole of last season.Arsenal and Chelsea are big fans of the Belgian, who arrived in the south of France from Standard Liege in August of last year.Marseille paid under £5m for Batshuayi but they now insist they can net around £35m if they sell him in the current market.And, according to reports in Spain, Valencia have not been put off by the high asking price and are lining up a January bid to test the French club’s resolve to keep hold of the striker. Michy Batshuayi last_img read more

first_img1 Manchester United flop Bebe has admitted he initially thought it was a ‘joke’ when he heard the Premier League giants wanted to sign him.The Portuguese forward arrived at Old Trafford in 2010 in a notorious deal – the club reportedly paying Vitoria de Guimaraes £7million for the 20-year-old despite then-manager Sir Alex Ferguson’s admission that he’d never seen him play.He went on to make only seven appearances for the Red Devils, scoring twice, before – following a number of unsuccessful loan spells – leaving in 2014 for Benfica.Despite being considered one of the worst signings in the club’s history, though, Bebe insists he enjoyed the experience and that it was ‘insane’ to pull on the famous United shirt.“It all happened very quickly, a total surprise,” the 25-year-old, now on loan at Rayo Vallecano, said in an interview with Spanish newspaper AS.“One day I’m training and the next they’re telling me that I’m going to sign a five-year contract with Manchester United. I thought it was a joke. I wasn’t there long, but I enjoyed it.“It was insane. I was playing with the best in the world. It wasn’t easy, the first week I had to take a deep breath, but I got used to it. I adapted and tried to fit in.”He added: “I came there without much of a football education, just what I was born with: talent, speed, strength… but you needed more. If a big club signed me now it’d be different.”The forward has also raised some eyebrows after suggesting his game has similarities with that of United hero Cristiano Ronaldo.Being a Portuguese ex-United forward, the parallels between Bebe and global superstar Ronaldo would appear to end there.But when asked who his idol was, he said: “[Didier] Drogba, but also Cristiano because he’s Portuguese.“I have the same way of running, and the same shooting style, he’s definitely a favourite.” Former Manchester United forward Bebe last_img read more

first_img1 Gary Rowett Birmingham insist Gary Rowett is staying at the club amid speculation linking their manager with the vacancies at Fulham and QPR.The Blues are currently sixth in the table, while Rowett led them to a 10th-placed finish last season after taking over from Lee Clark in October 2014.The 41-year-old, who also enjoyed success at Burton, is now a wanted man but Birmingham director Panos Pavlakis has issued a statement on behalf of the club’s board confirming they expect Rowett to stay.It read: “Birmingham City Football Club would like to put an end to recent speculation by confirming that Gary Rowett remains as manager.“Gary is fully committed to the Club and likewise the Club is fully committed to him.“We are all keen to put any uncertainty to bed and look forward to the continuation of the great work Gary has done since his appointment.“Fans can rest assured that everyone at the Club is together as one striving for further improvement and success, with Gary at the helm as manager.“The board will continue to fully support Gary in every way it can in trying to restore this great Club of ours to a position where we all want to be.”Rowett himself told talkSPORT last week that he is fully focused on leading Birmingham, and it now appears as though he is staying put.last_img read more

first_img 20. Adam Lallana (attacking midfield) 33. Jordon Ibe (attacking midfield) 9. Christian Benteke (striker) 24. Joe Allen (central midfield) 7. James Milner (central midfield) 11 11 11 11 11 19. Steven Caulker (centre-back) 11 6. Dejan Lovren (centre-back) Liverpool host West Ham in the FA Cup fourth round on Saturday evening – and you can listen to the game live on talkSPORT from 5.30pm BST.The Reds survived a scare in the previous round after eventually knocking out stubborn League Two side Exeter in a replay following a 2-2 draw at St James’ Park.The Hammers progressed a little more smoothly, edging past Wolves 1-0 at Upton Park thanks to a fine goal from Nikica Jelavic.Liverpool, albeit successfully, have the disadvantage of playing 120 minutes in midweek when they snuck past Stoke to reach the League Cup final, so some of their players may be given a rest, particularly considering they play Leicester in the Premier League on Tuesday night.So will Jurgen Klopp see the game at Anfield as an opportunity to rest a few players?Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see how we think the Reds will line up… 22. Simon Mignolet (goalkeeper) 2. Nathaniel Clyne (right-back) – click the yellow arrow above, right, to see the predicted line up in squad number order 53. Joao Teixeira (attacking midfield) 11 11 11 44. Brad Smith (left-back) 11 11last_img read more

first_imgNewcastle boss Steve McClaren looks set to lose his job after defeat to Bournemouth last weekend.The former England boss has had his press conference cancelled this week as the Newcastle board look to secure a replacement.The Magpies are currently in the relegation zone, one point from safety and, despite having a game in hand, are in serious danger of kicking off next season in the Championship.Should Mike Ashley cast McClaren aside, the two names being mentioned as potential replacements are David Moyes and Rafa Benitez.But who would suit the job of St James’ Park better? talkSPORT investigates.Premier League pedigree:Moyes:While at Everton, Moyes became the third-longest serving manager in Premier League history as he took the Toffees from relegation candidates to Champions League qualifiers. He built teams while on Merseyside and would almost certainly still be there had Manchester United not come calling. But they did, and his time there was nothing short of a failure with Moyes struggling with increased pressure, scrutiny and media attention.Benitez:Benitez has a great pedigree with both Liverpool and Chelsea, finishing second in his penultimate season as Reds manager and third in his only one at Stamford Bridge. His battles with Sir Alex Ferguson ultimately got the better of him at Liverpool as he finished seventh and was swiftly dismissed. Immediate impact:Moyes:Moyes took over Everton on March 14, 2002 with the Toffees in the relegation zone, very similar to the situation Newcastle find themselves in now, and guided them to safety. However his start at Manchester United was the worst in the club’s history.Benitez:Benitez had a slow start at Liverpool in both the league and Champions League – before famously going on to win it – and also at Chelsea. At the Blues he didn’t win his first league game for a month with his first three results ending in two goalless draws and a loss.Verdict:Moyes has the chance to do at Newcastle what he did at Everton with the club in a nearly identical position to that of the Toffees 14 years ago. However, it could all come down to who would work better with Mike Ashley, and Benitez has the experience of difficult bosses than Moyes is lacking. Last job:Moyes: Moyes was sacked after 364 days at Real Sociedad after making the brave decision to go abroad and learn what he could from La Liga. Did okay in his first season, beating Barcelona 1-0, but was dismissed after a poor start to his second season. He also failed, hilariously, to master the Spanish language.Benitez:Despite a strong start at Real Madrid (undefeated in ten) fans and players – most notably Cristiano Ronaldo – were not impressed with his style of play. That pressure eventually grew too much after the 4-0 defeat to Barcelona and trigger-happy president Florentino Perez sacked the Spaniard.Ability to work with a difficult owner (Mike Ashley):Moyes:Moyes has been fairly lucky with his chairmen and enjoyed a fantastic relationship with Everton owner Bill Kenwright during his time at Goodison Park. It was not as smooth at Manchester United due to Ed Woodward being new to the role and neither man able to persuade star signings to join them at Old Trafford.Benitez:Benitez has had experience with working with the most difficult owners/presidents in football in Tom Hicks and George Gillett at Liverpool, Roman Abramovich at Chelsea and Florentino Perez at Madrid. Madrid was the only obvious failure, as was his time at Inter Milan when he was sacked after five months after Massimo Moratti chose to sack him after Benitez’s ‘back me or sack me’ plea. Moyes and Benitez are old rivals from their time on Merseyside 3 3 3last_img read more

first_imgOne of the women filed a lawsuit a week ago against Alexander. Natalie Pack, 32, said at a news conference that she has been devastated and unable to work since the alleged attack in October 2004. Alexander, who is being held without bail, is also under investigation by authorities in Dallas, Houston, New York and Massachusetts. He could face life in prison if convicted of the charges in the indictment. According to the India-born, New York-based designer’s Web site, he has won numerous fashion awards, including a 2002 People’s Choice for “Best New Designer” and a 2002- 03 Fashion Week of the Americas “International New Star.” He was a profiled designer on the TV show,”America’s Next Top Model,” in 2003. Newsweek once described him as a “party boy in Miami in the 1990s … who as a Parsons-trained designer launched his first line at New York Fashion Week in 1999 and has gone on to dress the likes of Paris Hilton.” For the latest news and observations on crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here.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 MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The indictment includes all 18 alleged victims from a 46-count criminal complaint that had been filed earlier this year against Alexander, along with two additional alleged victims. Seven are from California, with the remainder from eight other states and two other countries, according to the District Attorney’s Office. He is accused of setting up a fledgling design business and using it to lure aspiring models to Los Angeles to sexually assault them. “We think that there was collusion,” one of his defense attorneys, Anthony Brooklier, said earlier this month about the alleged victims. “We think this is made up whole-cloth, the entire case.” Beverly Hills police launched an investigation in March after a woman reported she had been sexually assaulted by Alexander at his Beverly Hills apartment. Fashion designer Anand Jon Alexander has pleaded not guilty to charges of sexually assaulting 20 teenage girls and young women he allegedly lured to Los Angeles to model for him. The 33-year-old Alexander is being held without bail, but a bail review hearing has been scheduled for Nov. 7. Alexander, 33, was indicted Sept. 27 on 54 felony and five misdemeanor counts, including forcible rape, sexual battery by restraint and lewd acts upon a child. The charges also include sexual penetration by a foreign object, using a minor for sex acts, forcible and attempted forcible oral copulation, assault with intent to commit a felony, possession or control of child pornography and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. According to the indictment, which had been sealed after it was handed up Sept. 27 following a nine-day hearing with 23 witnesses, the alleged crimes occurred between November 2002 and this March. last_img read more

first_imgBEIJING – China has secretly issued an order banning those the government considers a threat from next year’s Olympics – a group that includes terrorists, Falun Gong activists, some media workers and frequent traffic-law violators, an overseas monitoring association said Friday. China’s leaders view the Beijing Olympics as a way to project a positive image of the country, but the games also offer a rare opportunity for protesters to air their grievances against China’s government and the ruling Communist party. The order from the Ministry of Public Security bans those who fall into broad categories such as “antagonistic elements,” “members of illegal organizations,” and “non-government organizations engaging in activities that can pose a real threat to the Olympic Games,” according to the China Aid Association, based in Midland, Texas. Others who are banned included terrorists, criminals under surveillance and followers of the Falun Gong spiritual movement, which China considers a cult, the association said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre The group, which advocates for religious freedom in China, also said the ban targeted religious extremists, “media employees who can harm the Olympic Games” and “dangerous elements … and other people who have serious grievances against the Party.” It was not clear whether the order reportedly issued in April applied to visitors or participants, although the association said the security ministry called for strict examinations of athletes, Olympic Committee members, media and sponsors. The association cited government sources as the basis of its report. The group’s founder, Bob Fu, did not immediately respond to an e-mail from The Associated Press asking to see the original government document. Preparations for the Beijing Olympics, such as venue construction, have hummed along at a record pace, but the high-profile event has opened China to accusations of human rights violations, not doing enough to fight pollution and willingness to overlook Sudan’s actions in its violence-ridden Darfur region in return for gas and oil. 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_img160Want 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 MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Kurniadi was being held at the Los Angeles County Jail on charges including identity theft, grand theft and filing a false credit application, Baello said. Bail was set at $100,000. Baello said the suspect’s husband, whom she met and married five years ago when she came to the U.S., had no idea his wife was leading an alleged double life on the Internet, using his sister’s stolen ID information to buy thousands of dollars in jewelry and reselling it for cash, Baello said. She apparently told her husband that she was going to Indonesia to visit family and then return. “I don’t think she was going to come back,” Baello said. Apparently she was in charge of the family bills, Baello said. The family truck was about to be repossessed, Baello said. For news and observations about crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here. PANORAMA CITY – A 39-year-old Indonesian national was about to catch a plane to her home country with her three young daughters Oct. 31 when police intercepted her and took her into custody in connection with stealing her sister in law’s identity and using it to purchase thousands of dollars in goods online including $2,000 plane tickets to Indonesia, police said this morning. The woman identified as Dina Kurniadi was arrested after 3 p.m. on Halloween, about eight hours before her scheduled flight out of Los Angeles International Airport, said Los Angeles Police Detective Juan Baello. After learning about the theft, and the possibility that the woman was fleeing to Indonesia, which has no extradition treaty with the United States, police had to work quick. But when police cancelled the tickets, she bought new ones using cash and moved her departure date up two weeks, Baello said. Before she was arrested she had just returned to her rented home from the Indonesian Embassy and asked police to come back the next day. “She had no idea that I knew she was going to catch a flight to Indonesia,” Baello said.last_img read more

first_imgEmmet Rushe of Rushe Fitness who will highlight why health and fitness are vital to business successs at the Friday event ‘Eyes on the Prize,’ pictured with the Head of Enterprise in Donegal, Michael Tunney.Donegal businesses have been urged to come to events during Business Week in Donegal 23rd-27th March and learn from the experience of others so they can grow stronger themselves. The week-long event has a packed programme as usual and Head of Enterprise in Donegal, Michael Tunney, says that missing out will mean missed opportunities for Donegal businesses.“There is no doubt for instance, that there is much to be gained from hearing how other businesses in Donegal have worked to overcome obstacles and grow stronger and Monday’s ‘Pride of Donegal’ event with Gerry Moan will be a fantastic learning opportunity. Five successful Donegal businesses will take part in the discussion with Gerry who has been deeply involved with start-ups and growth businesses, and because their learning has been huge, there is much for others to gain from the lessons they have to share.”Of course, he added, sourcing finance is also often a major concern for small businesses, regardless of their stage of development and Mr Tunney said Thursday’s workshop with Lar Burke of companymatters.ie will be of tremendous benefit.“Lar Burke advises business owners on raising finance and getting support from banks, investors and development agencies and his event on Thursday is without question one that every business should be seeking to get a place on.”Meanwhile the Head of Enterprise in Donegal also suggested that being in business is as much about being ready to take opportunities when they arise as it is about buying and selling. “When you act on those opportunities people will sit up and take notice, but to be able to do all that you first need to look after your health and that’s why Friday morning’s ‘Eyes on the Prize’ event is another that people should try to snap up one of the limited places on, before they are all gone.Friday’s event will hear from Susan Hayes on the steps a business should be taking to ensure it can be ready to make the best of opportunities that come along.Deirdre McGlone will explain how to make the best of the opportunities that do arise by getting your business noticed and building links that will lead to further growth.At the same event, Emmet Rushe will highlight why health and fitness are vital to any business success, explaining how the less attention you pay to your health, the more of your time and energy it will rob!”The week long programme commences at 10am on Monday 23rd March with the ‘Pride of Donegal’ event and anyone wishing to see the full programme and book a place should visit the website – www.localenterprise.ie/donegal Local Enterprise Office Donegal is funded under Ireland’s EU structural and Investment funds programmes 2014-2020 and co-funded by the Irish Government and the European Union.ACTION PACKED PROGRAMME OF EVENTS PLANNED AT DONEGAL BUSINESS WEEK was last modified: March 18th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:BusinessEnterpriseInnovationjobsnewsProgrammeWeeklast_img read more