‘How has it come to this at Liverpool?’ Fans react to news Reds’ star player could be signing for Champions League giants

first_img Liverpool transfer rumours: Phillipe Coutinho is linked with a move to Barcelona 1 Reports on Tuesday emerged that Barcelona are considering a January swoop for Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho when their transfer ban is lifted.Further misery was then heaped on the Anfield faithful when current Camp Nou superstar Neymar described his international team-mate as having the ‘Barca style’. Having sold Luis Suarez and Raheem Sterling in the past two summers, Liverpool supporters will be desperate not to see another superstar depart Merseyside; however, some supporters believe that Coutinho’s move to Luis Enrique’s side could now be inevitable. Take a look at the best tweets, below, and leave your thoughts on Coutinho’s Liverpool future by leaving a comment…last_img read more

League Cup round-up: Liverpool need penalties, Arsenal claim North London bragging rights, plus wins for Manchester United and Chelsea

first_img Mathieu Flamini 1 Liverpool needed penalties to overcome League Two Carlisle United at Anfield as the pressure mounts on Brendan Rodgers.Adam Lallana and Philippe Coutinho both missed their spot kicks but Adam Bogdan was the hero, saving three of Carlisle’s penalties.The Reds took the lead in the first half through Danny Ings but they were pegged back as Derek Asamoah levelled to make it 1-1, which it stayed until the shootout. Mathieu Flamini scored twice, including a stunning volley, as Arsenal beat arch-rivals Tottenham in the North London derby.Flamini, who was ridiculed by Arsenal and Spurs fans alike when announced in the starting XI, opened the scoring in the first half as he followed in Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s shot.Calum Chambers put through his own net in the second half to level but Flamini popped up with a breath-taking volley with 10 minutes remaining to send the Gunners into round four of the League Cup.Newcastle were stunned at home 1-0 by Sheffield Wednesday as Steve McClaren’s woes as Magpies manager continued.It was a dull game and looked to be heading to extra-time but Lewis McGugan drilled the ball into the back of the net with Tim Krul needing to do better to save.Wayne Rooney moved to within 15 goals of Sir Bobby Charlton’s Manchester United goalscoring record as the Red Devils beat Ipswich 2-0 at Old Trafford.The second was scored by exciting youngster Andreas Pereira with a delightful free-kick on his full debut for Louis van Gaal’s side, while Anthony Martial got his fourth goal in three games.Chelsea followed up their win against Arsenal with a 3-1 victory away to Walsall with goals from Ramires, Loic Remy, Kenedy and Pedro all scoring.Wednesday’s League Cup results:Crystal Palace 4-1 CharltonMK Dons 0-6 SouthamptonNewcastle 0-1 Sheffield WednesdayNorwich 3-0 West BromTottenham 1-2 ArsenalWalsall 1-4 ChelseaLiverpool 1-1 Carlisle (Liverpool win 3-2 on penalties)Manchester United 3-0 Ipswichlast_img read more

It could be well into the New Year before the real Eden Hazard returns – Five things learned from Chelsea’s mid-week Champions League result

first_imgIts now been over 24 hours since Chelsea’s goalless draw with Dynamo Kiev in the Champions League.Having allowed another uninspiring result from the struggling Premier League champions to sink in, we’ve listed five key things that we learned from the fixture. Find out talkSPORT’s top lessons learned by clicking the yellow arrow above, right.  5 5 3. Chelsea need more than Diego Costa up top – Diego Costa has been an effective nuisance this season, yet has failed to deliver goals at the intimidating rate he did last season. And despite netting against Aston Villa, he again offered little in Ukraine. A major issue is that Jose Mourinho has no effective Plan B in attack. Arsenal proved in their victory over Bayern Munich just how crucial a strong bench can be, with Olivier Giroud entering the field late on to score the first of their two goals. Radamel Falcao and Loic Remy, despite sharing the substitute role, do not appear to have the trust nor the confidence of their Portuguese manager, and arguably rightly so. Mourinho may need to urge Roman Abramovich to open his wallet in the January transfer window; at this stage, it’s difficult to see Costa reaching 20 goals this term, but some new competition could ignite his prolific touch. 2. Nemanja Matic looks to have benefitted from his axing – Of the Chelsea players that have been underperforming, Jose Mourinho has made Nemanja Matic the most high profile – with the Serb becoming somewhat of a scapegoat in recent weeks. Since suffering the humiliation of a double substitution during the defeat to Southampton, the midfielder has been in and out of the side, but was thrown back into the startling line up against Kiev. And his absence from the field seems to have served him well. He looked at ease, reminding Blues supporters of his calm ability to break up play, and had the confidence to burst forward. He remains some way off his best, yet the signs are promising. 1. Eden Hazard has a long way to go this season – Click the arrow to find out four more things we learned from Chelsea’s failure to beat Dynamo Kiev – Dropping Eden Hazard against Aston Villa and slamming his work-rate was a hugely risky move by Jose Mourinho, and one that supporters could lament come the summer if he decides that he wants out of west London. A reality check, however, could be considered necessary. Hazard was neither at his best nor his work in Ukraine, but in what has been missing from his performances this season, he seemed desperate to get on the ball, and to make something happen. He confirmed, nonetheless, that his influence has dwindled, and it could be well into the New Year before the Hazard we all know and love returns to the field. 5 4. Jose Mourinho must stop whining and concentrate on results – Jose Mourinho’s blameless attitude is now wearing thin to the extent that his post-match comments have become predictable, and therefore unnecessary to listen to. From attacking his players to criticising the performance of the officials: it has to stop. Not only does it reaffirm his reputation as a manager too arrogant to admit his own wrongdoing, but the negative connotations of his comments will no doubt have had, and continue to have, an effect on the dressing room. After the goalless draw with Kiev, Mourinho labelled the referee ‘weak and naïve’ for failing to award a penalty following a foul on Cesc Fabregas. Such statements are of absolutely no use to Chelsea, and it’s high time he put an end to it – unless, that is, he really is itching to get sacked. 5 5 5. The result will have no bearing on the Blues’ Premier League form – OK, Chelsea kept a clean sheet and threatened a little, but they weren’t facing a European giant such as Barcelona, Real Madrid or Bayern Munich. They were up against a Ukrainian side that any Premier League champion – whether in form or not – should be brushing aside. Their performance was far improved from the weekend’s victory over Aston Villa; however, their display offered little inspiration to frustrated supporters, and isn’t likely to have any huge impact on moral ahead of the weekend’s visit to the in-form West Ham United. The fact remains that Chelsea are unpredictable and may have to continue to rely on luck to lift them out of their league slump.last_img read more

‘Man United reach an agreement with Barcelona over Neymar – they agree it will never happen!’ Fans react to transfer rumours

first_img Barcelona star Neymar 1 Don’t believe everything you read, is the age-old advice.Football fans in particular are reluctant to place their faith in the words of another, preferring to wait for official confirmation rather than place trust in speculation.When The Sun reported both Manchester United and Man City have made Neymar their no.1 target next season, with the two sides willing to pay his £144million buy-out clause, supporters were quick to dismiss the news.And even when it was revealed the Barcelona star could be willing to quit the Spanish side to further his career and come out of the shadow Lionel Messi casts at the Nou Camp they couldn’t be tempted to trust the reports.You can see what they made of the Neymar transfer rumours below…last_img

Justices toss suit against the CIA

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityThe Supreme Court rejected without comment an appeal from Khaled el-Masri, effectively endorsing Bush administration arguments that state secrets would be revealed if courts allowed the case to proceed. El-Masri, 44, a German citizen of Lebanese descent, says he was mistakenly identified as an associate of the Sept. 11 hijackers and was detained while attempting to enter Macedonia on New Year’s Eve 2003. He claims that CIA agents stripped, beat, shackled, diapered, drugged and chained him to the floor of a plane for a flight to Afghanistan. He says he was held for four months in a CIA-run prison known as the “salt pit” in the Afghan capital of Kabul. After the CIA determined it had the wrong man, el-Masri says, he was dumped on a hilltop in Albania and told to walk down a path without looking back. The lawsuit against former CIA Director George Tenet, unidentified CIA agents and others sought damages of at least $75,000. “We are very disappointed,” Manfred Gnijdic, el-Masri’s attorney in Germany, told The Associated Press in a telephone interview from his office in Ulm. “It will shatter all trust in the American justice system,” Gnijdic said, charging that the United States expects every other nation to act responsibly but refuses to take responsibility for its own actions. El-Masri’s claims, which prompted strong international criticism of the rendition program, were backed by European investigations and U.S. news reports. The U.S. government has neither confirmed nor denied el-Masri’s account and, in urging the court not to hear the case, said that the facts central to el-Masri’s claims “concern the highly classified methods and means of the program.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SUPREME COURT: Rejection seems to endorse argument that U.S. secrets were at risk. By Mark Sherman THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON – A German man who says he was abducted and tortured by the CIA as part of the anti-terrorism rendition program lost his final chance Tuesday to persuade U.S. courts to hear his claims. last_img read more

NHL NOTEBOOK Waddell’s head now on block

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.As he did back in 2002 after firing Curt Fraser, the only other coach in Thrashers history, Waddell took over as coach, too, while searching for a suitable replacement. Without more success, and soon, Waddell’s job could be the next one in jeopardy. “Since the day I was hired, my job is on the line,” he said. “You are brought in here to have success. We started building something. I think we have something good going and I still believe that.” That begs the question, will there be any coaching candidate Waddell feels more comfortable with than himself? “Our schedule is a little bit hectic right now,” Waddell said. “There are some days off where I’ll be able to concentrate. On day games my attention has got to be on preparing this team. If I’m going to do it, I have to make sure I do the coaching end of it. “The timetable for me is not as important as making sure I get the right guy for this job.” From news services Don Waddell is back behind the Atlanta Thrashers bench, maybe for a lot more than the 10 games he spent there a few years ago. As the only general manager the Thrashers have known, Waddell has overseen seven seasons of mostly losing hockey. Atlanta reached the playoffs for the first time last spring after winning the Southeast Division, but was gone in a fast four-game sweep at the hands of the New York Rangers. That flameout, filled with curious goaltending decisions, was the beginning of the end for Coach Bob Hartley, who was dismissed this week after the Thrashers got off to an 0-6 start. His first stint as coach produced a 4-5-1 mark. Waddell didn’t rule out staying in the job this time for the remainder of this season. It is an interesting time for the Thrashers in an unsettled Atlanta sports landscape that is still rattled by Falcons quarterback Michael Vick’s legal troubles in a dogfighting scandal and extended down times for the NBA’s Hawks. “We are trying to do what we can to win hockey games,” said Waddell, his team a 5-3 victor over the Rangers on Thursday night in his latest debut. “I just felt we had to do something to get us back on track.” It was 50 years ago Friday that Montreal Canadiens star Maurice “Rocket” Richard became the first player in the 40-year history of the NHL to score 500 goals. Since then, 38 others have accomplished the feat – 14 all with the same franchise like the Rocket. The most recent member of both clubs is Dallas’ Mike Modano, who got there last season. Remembering Rocket Straka injured New York Rangers center Martin Straka broke a finger on his right hand blocking Zdeno Chara’s slap shot in the first period of the game against the Bruins on Saturday in Boston. It is unknown how long he will be out.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

Damage from fires could cost more than $1 billion

first_imgAs Southern California fire crews began to get a handle on more than a dozen blazes that scorched the region, experts said damage costs will soar past $1 billion and could make it one of the costliest fire seasons in state history. In Los Angeles County, eight wind-driven wildfires that raged through the area since last weekend were mostly contained by Wednesday – and for the most part were out. The cumulative local toll: 24 homes and two businesses destroyed; 21 outbuildings ruined; 12 homes and five businesses damaged; two empty trailers torched; and 40 vehicles and two bulldozers up in smoke. And 97,071 acres blackened. In all, five firefighters and three other people were injured. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“We’re looking really good,” said Inspector Ron Haralson of the Los Angeles County Fire Department. “Our percentages of containment are way up. We have a really good upper hand on almost all fires in Los Angeles County right now.” Costs rising What began Saturday in a remote canyon north of Castaic eventually exploded into a firestorm of separate blazes across seven counties, each driven by galloping Santa Ana winds. In San Diego County, officials said damage to more than 2,000 homes and businesses has topped the $1 billion mark. The cost of L.A.-area fires also continued to rise, with the four-day price tag for the 52,000-acre Ranch Fire in the Angeles National Forest estimated at $5.5 million for more than 700 firefighters from multiple agencies, and four aerial units. The total costs of the Canyon Fire in Malibu and the Buckweed Fire in the Santa Clarita and Castaic areas by Wednesday had reached $10 million for about 2,100 firefighters, helicopters and other equipment deployed. Overall, the cost of battling the blazes that have consumed more than 400,000 acres, killed one and injured 45 from San Diego to Ventura counties was expected to climb to about $100 million today, said Dave Hillman, deputy director of the state Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, or Cal Fire. The fire has cost $15 million to $18 million per day during the heavy Santa Ana winds, but as more aircraft are able to fly that tab is expected to rise even higher. Candysse Miller, executive director of the Insurance Information Network of California, a nonprofit insurance trade association, said the firestorms are reminiscent of the 2003 Southland fires. That year, the Cedar Fire in central San Diego County destroyed 2,200 structures and the Old Fire in San Bernardino County claimed 1,100, for a total insured loss of nearly $2 billion. Damage from this week’s fires will far outstrip those of the Laguna and the Topanga-Malibu fires of 1993. In Laguna, 441 structures were lost, with $350 million in insured losses; in Topanga-Malibu, 323 structures were destroyed with $375 million in insured losses. The most destructive fire in state history was Oakland Hills in 1991 when 2,900 homes were lost and $1.7 billion was paid in insurance claims – about $2.6 billion in today’s dollars. Hillman said most of the costs for the nearly 9,000 firefighters and 100 aerial units from across the country will be borne by Cal Fire and the U.S. Forest Department. Los Angeles County Fire Department spokesman Sam Padilla said that in addition to ground crews, up to a dozen helicopters dumped water onto the Canyon Fire; at another time, a half-dozen were dousing the Buckweed blaze. Staff Writer Susan Abram contributed to this report. beth.barrett@dailynews.com (818) 713-3731160Want 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

CROOK FRANCOIS: I’M INNOCENT, HONESTLY!

first_imgCROOK FRANCOIS de Dietrich today issued a statement from his secret hideaway – but didn’t say if he would be handing himself into the cops.The on-the-run French fraudstar swindled millions of euros out of investors in a dodgy scam.The UK Financial Services Authority swooped on more than €20M of that cash last year. And the convicted criminal once based in Ballybofey is facing 18 months behind bars for repeated contempt of a Belfast court order for failing to reveal his worldwide assets. A warrant has been issued for his arrest.There’s just one problem – the crook is in hiding!Today he issued a statement via his lawyers in Belfast in which he claimed he was innocent of any dodgy activity….and DISCRIMINATION!!!And he said that nothing was his fault – it was all the fault of the FSA!!! The fraudster said: “In response to continued media speculation surrounding our ongoing dispute with the FSA we now wish to make the following facts known to interested parties.“Our position in relation to this matter has not changed since the charges were first levied against us. We stand firm in strenuously denying the claims of the FSA which have been magnified in various quarters, not least the media.“We are actively pursuing our defence to the allegations, and the negative implications these have had on a number of levels.“We are extremely confident that in due course, the FSA and sections of the media will themselves have many questions to answer.“We are acutely aware that there may be a racial motive behind this entire investigation – an INVESTIGATION ONLY, which has resulted in harassment, defamation of character, libel, slander, innuendo not to mention serious financial hardship for so many. “Far from hiding and refusing to deal with the issues, as portrayed in sections of the media, we are at present actively conducting our own intensive investigations.“This has a twofold strategy. Firstly, we are adamant that we will continue to fight back vigorously against the sanctions imposed by the FSA.“And secondly, we have established our own course of action to commence proceedings against certain journalists, media outlets and others who have inaccurately reported aspects of this case.“We also feel it important to reveal the truth about our relationship with the FSA. Contrary to the image being portrayed via the media, we are not in fact being elusive and uncooperative. “In fact, we would like the public to know that ETIC Solutions, through our team of representatives, have actually made countless attempts to meet with, cooperate with, and even make additional funds available to, the FSA, so that this matter may reach a more rapid conclusion in the best interests of all stakeholders.”The crook went on to make a number of defamatory claims about respected staff at the FSA which donegaldaily.com cannot repeat for legal reasons.He did add: “We conclude by stating to anyone with an interest in this matter, that we will leave absolutely no stone unturned in our own attempts to bring a satisfactory resolution to this entire case.”The fraudster made no mention of his prison sentence.CROOK FRANCOIS: I’M INNOCENT, HONESTLY! was last modified: March 23rd, 2011 by gregShare 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)last_img read more

Atletico Madrid v Bayern Munich live stream and confirmed team news

first_img Atletico Madrid take on Bayern Munich in the Champions League 1 CLICK HERE TO STREAM ATLETICO MADRID V BAYERN MUNICH LIVE COMMENTARY ON TALKSPORT, KICK-OFF 19:45BST.Diego Simeone’s men host Pep Guardiola’s Bundesliga giants at the Vicente Calderón this evening, with both teams looking to take the advantage in the first-leg of their Champions League semi-final clash.Atletico reached this round by eliminating Barcelona in the quarter-finals, while Bayern – considered favourites for the tournament – overcame Benfica.Fernando Torres, with five goals in his last six games, starts upfront for the hosts, while Guardiola has named an exceptionally strong starting XI, although Thomas Muller and Franck Ribery are only on the bench.Confirmed line-ups:Atletico Madrid XI: Oblak; Juanfran, Gimenez, Savic, Filipe Luis; Saul, Gabi, Augusto, Koke; Griezmann; TorresSubstitutes: Moya, Gamez, Lucas, Oliver, Thomas, Correa, ViettoBayern Munich XI: Neuer; Lahm, Martinez, Alaba, Bernat; Vidal, Alonso, Thiago; Coman, Lewandowski, CostaSubstitutes: Ulreich, Tasci, Benatia, Ribéry, Götze, Müller, Kimmichlast_img read more

James Tavernier signs new contract with Rangers

first_img James Tavernier and Martyn Waghorn James Tavernier has become the latest Rangers player to sign an extended contract.The right-back has added a year to his current deal to commit himself to Ibrox until the summer of 2019.The 24-year-old hit 15 goals for Rangers last season after joining from Wigan and netted on Saturday as Mark Warburton’s team opened their campaign with a 2-0 League Cup win at Motherwell.Goalkeeper Wes Foderingham and defender Rob Kiernan also signed extensions this week – following the lead of skipper Lee Wallace earlier this summer.And Martyn Waghorn is also expected to follow suit in the coming days.The business sees Warburton continue making long-term plans for Rangers after completing his ninth summer signing this week when he brought in Joe Dodoo from Leicester.The 21-year-old striker could make his debut when Rangers face East Stirlingshire in the League Cup on Friday night.Warburton – who will make a number of changes at Ochilview after the 2-0 win over Annan – said: “Joe is a young player with lots of qualities, lots of attributes, and if he trains well and makes an impression he will get his chance.“That has to be the case. There is no pre-agendas. If a player comes in and works hard and delivers in training, they will get their opportunity.“We’ve lost eight players and brought in nine – with maybe a couple more to come in – but there still has to be a pathway to the first team.”Even if Warburton fails to land the extra striker and centre-back he is looking for, he says his recent business has been more than satisfactory.“So far it’s been an outstanding summer in terms of getting that balance right,” he said.“We’re looking for that depth, that quality, that spark we may currently lack. But we’re delighted. The players are starting to gel and the fitness levels are starting to fall into place.“What we won’t do is just add numbers for numbers sake. They have to have something we don’t currently possess.”The Rangers boss believes one of his signings, Josh Windass, has already proven his worth.The 22-year-old former Accrington midfielder made an immediate impression on his debut against Motherwell with his driving runs and was equally as impressive against Annan.Warburton said: “If you look back at last season, not many fans would have heard of Tav, Waggy, Rob Kiernan or Wes Foderingham before they came here.“But they came and made an impression. So I think you have to give credit to our scouting department in terms of looking at our young talents.“Josh has already shown his quality. He’s got a change of pace, a dynamism in the final third and he’s clever on the ball.“So with him, I think you will see another young player – just as you will with Joe Dodoo and Jordan Rossiter – pushing really hard.“They haven’t come here to make up the numbers. Josh is a really exciting talent. We’re delighted with his progress so far. It’s early days and he knows what he has to do but we believe there is a real player there.”Meanwhile, Warburton has confirmed Matt Crooks is still three weeks away from returning to action after ankle trouble. 1last_img read more