first_imgArsenal are keeping close tabs on Anderlecht sensation Youri Tielemans, according to reports.Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is eyeing a £14m January swoop for the teenager, who has risen through the ranks at the Belgian giants since making his debut as a 16-year-old.Having not added an outfield player to his Emirates squad over the summer, Wenger is keen to move quickly for Tielemans given the other interest in his signature.It has been revealed by Italian news outlet Calcio Mercato that the Premier League side are leading the race for the midfield star but Anderlecht are unwilling to sell their academy star on the cheap.Tielemans, 18, is being tipped to break his way into the Belgium squad ahead of Euro 2016 after starring at youth levels for his country. Youri Tielemans in action against Arsenal 1last_img read more

first_imgMundo Deportivo ‘leaked’ the 59-player shortlist for the FIFA Ballon d’Or award on Friday morning, and football supporters are in disbelief at some of the alleged contenders.While there’s no surprise at seeing Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Gareth Bale among the nominees, there are some bizarre inclusions from Bournemouth, Leicester City and Queens Park Rangers, as well as Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur, which have left fans scratching their heads.Have a read of the 10 shock contenders for the Ballon d’Or by clicking the yellow arrow above, right. 5. Carlos Sanchez (River Plate – winger) – The 30-year-old himself may wonder how he has earned a place on the list. 2. Massimo Luongo (QPR – midfielder) – Last season Luongo was playing in League One for Swindon Town and, despite his glamorous move to Loftus Road in the summer, his inclusion isn’t justified. 10 10 10 6. David Ospina (Arsenal – goalkeeper) – Ospina’s inclusion is one of the most bizarre of all, particularly when it’s noted that Champions League finalist Gianluigi Buffon has failed to make the cut. 7. Andre Ayew (Swansea City – forward) – Ayew has been excellent for Swansea City, becoming a key player under Gary Monk, but he’s no Ballon d’Or contender. 10. Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool – attacking midfielder) – There was huge uproar when the Brazilian was nominated for the PFA Player of the Year award last season, and it really is astonishing that he continues to be named alongside some of the game’s current greats, despite his Liverpool career having yet to take off. 9. Wilfried Bony (Manchester City – striker) – The Ivorian was great at Swansea City, but he is fast becoming a forgotten man at Manchester City. 10 10 10 10 3. Eduardo Vargas (1899 Hoffenheim – forward) – Vargas has been in inspired form over the past 12 months, but seeing his name on the shortlist is a shock. 8. Heung-Min Son (Tottenham Hotspur – forward) – The South Korean is quickly becoming a fan favourite at White Hart Lane after his £22m move in the summer; however, this honour is slightly out of reach. 4. Giovani dos Santos (LA Galaxy – striker) – It’s exciting to see a player from Major League Soccer getting a mention, but as talented as Dos Santos may be, the Ballon d’Or should be far out of his reach. 10 10 10 1. Christian Atsu (AFC Bournemouth – winger) – The Ghana international has been in excellent form for his country, but his club performances are hardly worth mentioning.last_img read more

first_imgJose Mourinho’s stadium ban for Saturday’s match at Stoke was imposed after the Chelsea boss unleashed an expletive-laden half-time attack on referee Jonathan Moss and then refused to leave the officials’ dressing room at West Ham’s Upton Park.The Football Association on Friday released the written reasons for the case which Mourinho opted not to contest, instead missing Saturday’s Premier League encounter at Stoke’s Britannia Stadium.Referee Moss’ testimony from half-time of the October 24 clash between West Ham and Chelsea was key, with Mourinho furious after Nemanja Matic had been sent-off for two bookable offences and the visitors denied two goals, one due to goal-line technology and the other due to offside.“When myself and my colleagues left the field of play at half time, as we entered the tunnel area to get to our dressing room, Mr Mourinho the Chelsea manager was waiting for us clearly agitated and began aggressively asking about first half decisions,” Moss says in the written reasons.“Rather than publically (sic) speak to him I asked him to step into the entrance of my dressing room escorted by Simon Sutton, the West Ham United security manager.“Mr Mourinho asked me about a tackle, an offside and a goal line clearance. I gave him brief answers to his questions. After this I asked him to leave the dressing room area.“He refused. I asked him again. After he refused again I asked Mr Sutton to escort him from the room. At this point Mr Mourinho became very aggressive and animated.“He shouted that you ******* referees are weak… (Arsenal manager Arsene) Wenger is right about you… you are ******* weak.“I advised Mr Mourinho not to take his position in the technical area for the second half due to his actions.”Reports from the assistant referees and fourth official corroborated Moss’ comments, the written reasons said.Mourinho was informed of the charge on October 26 and admitted it three days later before the sanction was announced on Monday.The Blues boss chose not to appeal, announcing his decision on Friday.“It is clear from both the letter from Mr Mourinho and his submissions that he regrets the incident and to his credit he made an early admission,” the written reasons said.“His behaviour was in the opinion of the commission unacceptable and he showed a total lack of respect for the match officials and the sanctuary of their changing room.“That is a most serious matter and has to be dealt with accordingly.”The three-man commission argued a financial penalty “has little or no impact upon his behaviour” after assessing his previous disciplinary matters. He was, though, fined £40,000.The commission also determined a touchline ban would be insufficient, given he would still have access to the tunnel area.A stadium ban was therefore considered the appropriate penalty.Mourinho on Friday accepted the punishment, having failed in an appeal against a suspended one-match stadium ban and £50,000 fine for a separate offence for comments made about officials following the loss to Southampton.The Chelsea boss said: “I decided to give up. I know the result of that appeal already.“It’s stupid to fight a fight that you know you have already lost.” The FA have released the written reasons stating why the Portuguese manager was handed a stadium ban 1last_img read more

first_img Mauricio Pochettino Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino admits his players are finally starting to believe they can win the Premier League title.Pochettino’s men moved up to second in the table after a second-half strike from Kieran Trippier sealed a 1-0 win over Watford at White Hart Lane.It is Spurs’ fourth consecutive victory in the league and means they now sit one point above third-placed Manchester City and five behind surprise front-runners Leicester.Tottenham have not been so high in the league with 25 games played since 2012 and Pochettino says his team are now daring to dream.“You can see in their eyes, the feeling, the energy, that they believe,” Pochettino said.“In football belief is the most important word. If we believe, anything can happen. I believe in my squad and they believe too in the way we play. This synergy is very important for the future.“But it is better not to speak too much, only to show, to work hard.“This is the better way to show we are ready to compete and after, we see what happens. But the most important thing is to do rather than speak.”Pochettino’s men took to the field shortly after Leicester had stunned Manchester City with a 3-1 win at the Etihad Stadium.Spurs visit City next while Leicester travel to Arsenal in what could prove to be a crucial weekend in the title race. Tottenham have not been crowned champions since 1961.“It’s real we are in a very good position but we need to keep working and not think too much about the future,” Pochettino said.“For me, historically Tottenham is one of the biggest clubs in England. It is not a surprise we are in a good position.“Maybe in the last few years, but in the past Tottenham showed they are one of the best clubs in England.“Leicester fully deserve their position and how they won the game they completely deserved it because they were better than Manchester City.” 1last_img read more

first_imgWest Ham booked their place in the quarter-final of the FA Cup when they came from behind to beat Blackburn 5-1 at Ewood Park. Ben Marshall gave the home side a deserved lead in the first half before Victor Moses soon drew Slaven Bilic’s side level. A sublime free-kick from Dimitri Payet put the Premier League side ahead before they added to their tally in the second half when Emmanuel Emenike opened his Hammers account with a fine double.Payet then grabbed his second of the match as he scored West Ham’s fifth in added time.Both sides ended the fixture with ten men as Chris Taylor and Cheikhou Kouyate dismissed by referee Jon Moss.The opening exchanges were fairly dull as far as cup ties go, with talkSPORT’s Micky Gray – formerly of Blackburn Rovers – describing West Ham as ‘flat’ and poor.The Championship side took the lead when a corner was cleared to Marshall, who feigned a shot to beat Payet before striking low from 20 yards into the bottom corner past Darren Randolph, a star performer in the previous round.It took the Hammers just six minutes to reply when Moses was allowed space to run through the middle, with the on-loan winger pulling a shot across goal past Jason Steele with a cool finish from the edge of the box.Bilic’s side pressed for another goal as Kouyate struck over before they did eventually double their tally with thanks to Payet’s fantastic set piece. Their star man, who signed a new contract at Upton Park earlier this month, curled the ball home from around 25 yards.James Collins and Moses missed further chances before the break as West Ham started to pick up the pace.The Premier League side were given a further boost as their opponents were reduced to ten men after 55 minutes. Taylor was tracking back and Moses ran across the former Oldham man, who stuck out a foot and Moss had no choice but to show him a second yellow card.With loan striker Danny Graham cup-tied, Rovers struggled in the final third with man a man down as they struggled to find an opening. With that in mind, Paul Lambert introduced January signing Simeon Jackson to the fore, a player he knows from his time at Norwich.But it was the Hammers who got the next goal. Moments after Kouyate’s close-range conversion was ruled out for offside, January loan addition Emenike tapped home after Kouyate’s generous ball across goal to send their 7,185 travelling fans into hysterics.Kouyate was soon dismissed after a last-ditch foul on Adam Henley, who was about to burst into the box.It was game over with five minutes left on the clock as Emenike doubled his Hammers tally, drawing Steele out of his goal before beating him with multiple step overs and finishing well. With the wind in their sails, it was nearly five as Emenike missed out on a hat-trick, rattling the woodwork from an acute angle.Payet completed the scoring two minutes into added time as he finished coolly past Steele.But after coming from behind, West Ham rather comfortably ensured their name was in Sunday’s quarter-final draw. Blackburn 1-3 West Ham United: The Hammers book their place in FA Cup quarter-final 1last_img read more

first_img Lucas Leiva in action for Liverpool in the League Cup final Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva is facing up to six weeks on the sidelines, manager Jurgen Klopp has confirmed.The Brazilian suffered a thigh strain taking a penalty – which he missed – during his side’s shootout defeat to Manchester City in the League Cup final.He subsquently missed the midweek 3-0 win over City at Anfield in the Premier League, and Klopp has revealed he is unlikely to return to action until the middle of April.“It is really unfortunate and a little bit more serious as I’ve never heard of an injury like this with a penalty,” said the German, ahead of Sunday’s trip to Crystal Palace.“I don’t know exactly how long but he’ll be out for five to six weeks.”But there is some good news for Liverpool, with striker Daniel Sturridge fit to start against Palace.The striker was rested for the win over City along with midfielder Philippe Coutinho, who is also expected to return to the starting XI at Selhurst Park. 1last_img read more

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.But Tuesday at Staples Center, the Kings built on the momentum of a dominant first period and cruised to defeat the Nashville Predators, 6-0, in front of an announced crowd of 14,076, to earn their third victory in their last four games. “We have really put together a good string of games this past week,” Kings coach Mark Crawford said. “This was a strong effort and great way to start our homestand.” The Kings outshot Nashville, which has lost six straight games after winning its first two, by 14-3 in the first period and struck when Michael Cammalleri scored the first of his two goals, which gave him an NHL-leading 10 this season. The center gave the Kings the early lead when he redirected a Rob Blake wrist shot past Predators’ goalie Chris Mason 6:09 into the game. “(Cammalleri) wants to score,” Crawford said, when asked if 25-year-old can keep up his scoring pace. “He will continue to be a guy who pursues the puck and with that will come more goals.” About 10 minutes later, defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky scored on a slap shot from just inside the blue line, also assisted by the veteran Blake. The Kings increased their lead when Derek Armstrong, with a stickless Nashville defenseman Greg Zanon hanging on him to draw a delayed penalty, powered past the blue line into the slot and slid a centering pass right on the stick of Ratitis Ivanans to put the King up, 3-0, with 12:58 left in the second period. Almost three minutes later Alexander Frolov scored on a power play to extend his team-high point streak to six games, with assists from Ladislav Nagy and Brad Stuart, prompting Nashville coach Barry Trotz to replace Mason (2-6) with backup goaltender Dan Ellis. The Kings (4-6) also made many solid defensive plays, including one by a diving Blake, who broke up a 2-on-1 Nashville attack with a sprawling poke check midway through the second period, when the Kings were up, 2-0. But, Blake isn’t quick to say that a strong win like this is a reason to think the Kings have fully recovered from a slow start. “It’s going to take time,” Blake said. “It’s great to get a win like this, but there are things we still have to work on to keep this up.” Goalie Jason LaBarbera (2-2) also played well for the Kings, making 16 saves on the way getting his first shutout of the of the season. “We didn’t lose a single puck battle and we didn’t turn pucks over. We just did a great job of supporting each other,” LaBarbera said. “It was awesome to watch out there.” “Tonight gives Jason a great deal of confidence,” Crawford said. “He moved the puck well behind the net.” [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NHL: Cammalleri scores two more goals and LaBarbera faces only 16 shots for a shutout. By Justin Frank STAFF WRITER Despite winning only three of their first nine games, the Kings are no strangers to getting off to a quick start. The youthful team has held multiple-goal leads in five of those games, two of them losses. last_img read more

first_imgWhen leads dry up or the truth is murky, LAPD detectives end up here, on the fourth floor of downtown’s Parker Center, headquarters of the Polygraph Unit. In these tattered 10-by-10-foot rooms, lies were exposed that cracked a Manson murder case and opened a trail to a stolen $3.5million Stradivarius cello. Interrogators have pinned down child abusers and caught felons in their own fibs. In the end, few people can really lie. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat Kings“The pen is mightier than the sword. That is the case here,” said William Bergner, a veteran polygraph interviewer among 12 investigators in the unit. The modern day lie-detector machine, with its distinctive zigzag lines measuring heart rate, breathing and sweat, resembles little more than a computer hooked up to a blood-pressure gauge and a few wires. But for detectives, even the threat of the test can quickly alter the focus of a case. Vic Pietrantoni, a 23-year Los Angeles police homicide detective, said he has seen plenty of cooperative suspects clam up and ask for a lawyer, while others have been cleared. It was Harish Kumar’s willingness to take a polygraph in May 2002 after police found his wife, two children and mother brutally strangled and burned in their Hollywood Hills home that helped Pietrantoni and his partner quickly clear Kumar from the list of suspects. “You can talk to five or six detectives, and they will give you different perspectives,” he said. “Regardless of your feeling of a polygraph, sometimes it’s just the mention of the poly as a tool that can be used to ascertain truthfulness.” Many of the polygraph examiners are former officers injured on the job. Others are former private investigators. But all say their primary responsibility is to those on the hot seat and, ultimately, the truth. “We all get into police work to put bad guys and bullies away,” Bergner said. “Here we get to ask the questions that will never get answered (otherwise).” The catch is that the exams aren’t admissible in court, so they still spark debate about their reliability and accuracy. “It’s got a whole cultural mystique, the idea of the machine that gets inside our brain,” said Jennifer Mnookin, professor of law at the UCLA School of Law. “I believe it’s fallible. It’s better than random, but it’s certainly not foolproof.” Typically, the questioning in criminal exams lasts less than 15 minutes. Much more time is spent explaining to a suspect just what is going to be asked so there are no surprises. On a recent morning, examiner and former school police Officer Michael Hurley sat down with a homicide suspect, explaining the process for more than 30 minutes. The young man wore baggy jeans and a blue shirt. Homicide detectives watched on a satellite television in the other room as the suspect sat alone, at first fidgeting while Hurley probed the detectives for details on the case. It’s Hurley, not detectives, who determines what questions are asked. There are never more than about eight, and each one is measured in 25-second increments. They are all “yes” or “no” inquiries. When Hurley returns to the interview room, he reads each of the questions he is going to ask before the test actually begins. The testers point out that unlike police interrogators, they are not taking an accusatory tone or trying to get suspects to slip up using trick questions. Their goal is to get the truth. When it comes down to test time, the young man stares straight ahead to a gray carpeted wall. Suspects aren’t allowed to look at their examiner. The room is so quiet, you can feel your heart beat. The questions are asked three times, so any patterns or unusual responses are easily identifiable. When the test is done, Hurley concludes the man is telling the truth. He runs it by Bergner, who agrees. “He just said that he wants to return to his wife and kid,” Hurley said. On most days, the unit spends only a fraction of its time cornering would-be criminals, instead focusing on police recruits. Before 2001, the Polygraph Unit was made up of four examiners, and only officers seeking posts in sensitive units such as narcotics were tested. But now everyone goes through the test. Now, about 20 LAPD applicants go through the unit a day. And with the department trying to grow its force to 10,000, that means the unit is open all day and night, six days a week. “There is a saying,” Bergner says. “What is, is. Trust your charts.” [email protected] 818-713-3741160Want 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_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsIn the contentious atmosphere, the union had bombarded the DWP with grievances and unfair labor claims that slowed green-energy projects and critical water pipeline reconstruction. But Nahai, who was nominated for the job by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, is expected to be more willing to negotiate with D’Arcy and already has met with him to seek a deal on the most controversial pending issue – contracting out infrastructure work for the utility’s $1billion power reliability program. Deaton, who retired last week from the DWP, said that as Nahai takes on the general manager job, he needs to understand all the consequences of each decision on employees and ratepayers. “Do the best for the citizens, and it’s important to do the best for the employees as well,” he said. “At the end of the day, he is in the unenviable position of having to be the judge of both of those.” Nahai, a real estate attorney who has served two years on the DWP board, declined to comment for this story. But he has said previously that he wants to have a close, productive relationship with D’Arcy. “I certainly hope the unions, including IBEW, would view me as a person they could work with,” he said. D’Arcy did not return phone calls. IBEW Local 18 is considered Los Angeles’ most powerful union, able to disrupt water and power service with a strike. Its members have the richest civilian city employee contract, and they earn nearly 20percent more than the average city employee. The IBEW contract can be reopened next year to reconsider wages, but outsourcing will likely be the first big issue for Nahai in the interim general manager post while he awaits confirmation. Nahai will shepherd a five-year, $1 billion program to replace and repair the city’s aging power system and hire 337 employees to do the work. The City Council now is considering raising electricity rates by 9percent over the next two years to help pay for the power system program. DWP also has proposed raising water rates by 6percent over the next two years. But training programs for linemen, splicers and other specialized employees needed to upgrade the power system take three to four years. And the graduation rate is just 50percent. So DWP leaders have said they must hire outside workers to get the work started. “We cannot come back in a year or two or four and say because of delays we don’t have the money to do the construction we said we were going to do,” said Nick Patsaouras, president of the Board of Water and Power Commissioners. “I want to make sure if outsourcing is needed to deliver our promises to our ratepayers, we’re going to outsource.” Patsaouras said a meeting last week with D’Arcy and Nahai went well and the union agreed in concept to hiring some outside workers until the DWP hires its own specialized employees. But the utility’s desire to use private crews has been a contentious issue. The union fought the DWP’s efforts to hire contractors to build large water pipelines, which utility managers said would be cheaper and faster than hiring and using in-house crews. As board president, Nahai helped negotiate a compromise that would let the DWP contract out most water trunk line projects if the utility agreed to hire a third, 20-person in-house crew. The trunk line project was the subject of one of 35 grievances filed by the union that were set for arbitration during 2005 through the middle of this year when the union and DWP management clashed. The union also filed six unfair labor actions against the department. During the previous two years, there had only been one arbitration and no unfair labor actions. Observers said the clash was part ideological and part personality. Ron Deaton was appointed by former Mayor James Hahn at the end of 2004 at a time when the DWP was mired in scandal, including an investigation into inflated billings by a public-relations contractor. As the city’s longtime chief legislative analyst, Deaton was a powerful City Hall insider who was seen as a strong personality that could stand up to D’Arcy, whose own influence within the utility had grown stronger in a DWP leadership vacuum. “We sent a strong negotiator over there, and he faced an uphill battle. Mr. Nahai faces the same problems,” said Councilman Greig Smith, who said D’Arcy “scares a lot of people around here.” Patsaouras has also raised concern about D’Arcy and the union’s influence. “They have to have the last word. Every time we sneeze, we have to get their blessing. You can’t run a $4billion operation if every time you want to do something, you have to kiss the pope,” Patsaouras said. But Deputy Mayor Nancy Sutley said Nahai has the strength and tenacity to stand up to D’Arcy and others. “He will be fair and open and keep the lines of communication open,” she said. And City Council President Eric Garcetti said Nahai is tough when he needs to be. “I have never seen him as a lackey to either side,” he said. [email protected] 213-978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! When H. David Nahai takes the helm today at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, expectations are high that he will improve significantly the rough relations with the powerful union boss who represents more than 90 percent of the utility’s employees. Still, inside City Hall a number of city leaders are wondering whether Nahai will be able to stand up to the powerful union and might compromise too much in the name of labor peace. “The labor leadership at the DWP is exceedingly strong and powerful and is absolutely a major key player in how that department is run. There’s no argument about that,” City Controller Laura Chick said. “I would want to be reassured to know that the DWP is run by strong management that works closely with labor, but not run by labor.” Over the past two years, Brian D’Arcy – head of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 18 – frequently had battled with former general manager Ronald Deaton, who had tried to reduce the union’s influence and often refused to meet with D’Arcy. last_img read more

first_imgA light-hearted look at the weekend’s action with comedy duo Jon Richardson and Matt Forde.The guys look at Newcastle’s relegation from the Premier League, as well as discussing Sheffield Wednesday’s playoff hopes with Jon McClure of Reverend and The Makers.last_img