Manchester City v Liverpool: Sergio Aguero BACK but key duo out for hosts

December 30, 2019

first_imgSergio Aguero has been passed fit to return for Manchester City against Liverpool.The Argentine striker has missed the last seven games with a hamstring injury but returned to training this week and will start at the Etihad on Saturday.It’s not all good news for City, however, with captain Vincent Kompany, playmaker David Silva and striker Wilfried Bony all ruled out.Kompany was withdrawn from Belgium duty last week due to a troublesome calf injury and is deemed not fit enough to feature.Silva is still not fully recovered from an ankle injury which has kept him out since the start of October, while Bony has a hamstring problem.City will also be without Samir Nasri, with the Frenchman facing up to three months on the sidelines.“Sergio is fit ready to come back,” said Manuel Pellegrini at his Friday press conference.“David Silva continues with some small pain in his ankle and it risk to play, but unfortunately Samir Nasri has an injury Wilfried Bony and Vincent Kompany are both injured.” 1 Vincent Kompany last_img read more

LVG latest: Dutchman set to QUIT Man United as Mourinho waits in wings

December 30, 2019

first_imgLouis van Gaal is on the brink of quitting as Manchester United manager, according to reports in Monday’s newspapers.The Dutchman was booed by supporters after United crashed to a 1-0 defeat to Southampton at Old Trafford on Saturday.It was the club’s sixth Premier League defeat of the season and has left them ten points adrift of leaders Leicester and five points off a Champions League spot.Van Gaal admitted after the latest loss, in which United managed just one shot on target, that he can fully understand the fans’ fury.And, according to The Sun, Van Gaal held talks about his future with executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward on Sunday.The 64-year-old accepts full responsibility for the club’s failings this season and is said to be ready to throw in the towel rather than wait for the sack.Jose Mourinho is being heavily linked with the job given his availability after his exit from Chelsea in December.Reports over the weekend that Mourinho wrote a six-page letter to United outlining his suitability to succeed Van Gaal were branded “totally absurd” by his agent Jorge Mendes.But the Portuguese boss is understood to be desperate to land the job and is the bookies’ favourite to be the next United boss. Louis van Gaal 1last_img read more

Pochettino poised for Man United job? Balotelli set for Liverpool return? Paper review

December 30, 2019

first_imgHere are the top transfer-related stories in Tuesday’s newspapers…Mauricio Pochettino could wreck Jose Mourinho’s dream of becoming Manchester United’s next manager. United chiefs have spoken to representatives of the Tottenham boss about succeeding Louis van Gaal. Similar conversations are on-going between Old Trafford chiefs and Mourinho, who is desperate for the job. But United also see Pochettino as a man who can lead them long-term and deliver trophies as well as good football. (The Sun)Juventus are ready to give Manuel Pellegrini a route out of Manchester City this summer – paving the way for Massimiliano Allegri to join Chelsea. (Daily Express)But Juventus chief executive Giuseppe Marotta has told Chelsea to forget about trying to make Massimiliano Allegri their new coach in the summer. Allegri has become one of the favourites for the post after Chelsea missed out on their first choice target Pep Guardiola to Manchester City. (London Evening Standard)Manchester United are ready to take on Manchester City and Juventus for Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Mahmoud Dahoud. (Daily Star)Mario Balotelli will return to Liverpool when his season-long loan spell at AC Milan ends. The Italian giants don’t want to keep the striker because he has scored just twice in 10 appearances since going back to Italy last summer. (Calciomercato)Dimitri Payet is caught in the middle of a row between West Ham and his agent, who has demanded a new deal worth £125,000-a-week. Club chiefs have been left staggered by the agent’s request, which represents a pay-rise of nearly £50,000-a-week — just eight months after signing the 28-year-old Frenchman. (Daily Mirror)Leicester are ready to give new deals to Kasper Schmeichel and Danny Simpson. The Premier League leaders have already tied England striker Jamie Vardy to a new contract and are now looking to do the same with other Foxes first-teamers. (The Sun)Cristiano Ronaldo has hinted he could leave Real Madrid when his contract expires in two years. The Portuguese has been linked with moves to Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United. (Daily Mirror) Alan Pardew has not given up hope of prising Mo Diame away from Hull. The Crystal Palace boss was interested in signing Diame last month, but did not bid because the Championship side were adamant the Senegal midfielder was not for sale. (Daily Mirror) Tim Howard could be in his final season of English football after strong interest in taking him back to the States. The USA international goalkeeper has become a major target for MLS side Colorado Rapids, who have first choice in signing any American star in the league’s draft system. (Daily Mirror)And here are the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…?Bayern Munich move to tie down Robert Lewandowski as Manchester United and Real Madrid lurkTransfer report! Manchester United FAILED with £23m move for Inter Milan star in JanuaryParis Saint-Germain ready to take on Pep Guardiola and Manchester City for Barcelona’s Sergio Busquets‘He preferred the Italian league’ – Claudio Ranieri on Leicester’s failed move for Sampdoria strikerBorussia Monchengladbach keen on permanent deal for Chelsea’s Andreas ChristensenBarcelona and Manchester City set for transfer battle over Paris Saint-Germain defenderHope for Manchester United? Defensive target Aymeric Laporte denies Barcelona agreementlast_img read more

Quiz: Can you name the Leicester City stars denied entry to a London club?

December 30, 2019

first_img Who is this Leicester City star? – Click the right arrow above to find out… Who is this Leicester City star? – Click the right arrow above to find out… 8 8 It’s Matty James! Who is this Leicester City star? – Click the right arrow above to find out… 8 8 It’s goalkeeper Ben Hamer! It’s midfielder Andy King! Leicester City might be top of the Premier League but their players still aren’t at the top of guest-lists after they suffered an embarrassing snub on Saturday night.Just hours after defeating Watford to give them a five-point cushion over title rivals Tottenham, four of their squad were denied entry to Drama Park Lane to celebrate Danny Drinkwater’s 26th birthday, with no-one seeming to recognise them.Spurs stars Hugo Lloris, Nacer Chadli, and Eric Dier had no problem getting access though and went straight into the club.But, can you identify Drinkwater and his Foxes team-mates? Click the right arrow above to see the players… 8 8 8 Who is this Leicester City star? – Click the right arrow above to find out… 8 It’s Danny Drinkwater!last_img read more

Blackwater bill passes House

December 30, 2019

first_imgAt the same time, all U.S. contractors are immune from prosecution by Iraqi courts. The bill’s passage came on the same day that a government minister told The Associated Press that the official Iraqi investigation said Blackwater security guards involved in the September incident face trial in Iraqi courts and the company should pay compensation to the victims. The White House and congressional Republicans said they support the intent of the bill, but thought it was drafted poorly. In a statement issued Wednesday, the White House said the bill would have “unintended and intolerable consequences for crucial and necessary national security activities and operations.” The statement did not explain further or give examples on how the bill would affect national security. The White House referred questions to the Justice Department, which declined to comment. Before passage, the House voted 342-75 to ensure the legislation would not affect intelligence operations. Rep. Chris Shays, R-Conn., accused Democrats of rushing the bill through Congress in a partisan bid to criticize the Bush administration’s handling of the war. “It is amazing to me the number of men in Blackwater that have lost their lives and we never hear it on the other side of the aisle,” Shays said. “Blackwater is evil. That’s the way it appears in all the dialogue.” Rep. David Price, who sponsored the bill, said the White House’s objections were unfounded and “should infuriate anyone who believes in the rule of law.” Blackwater founder Erik Prince told a House panel Tuesday that he supports expanding the law. “Beyond firing him for breaking the rules, withholding any funds we can, we can’t flog him,” Prince said of the intoxicated Blackwater guard. “We can’t incarcerate him. We can’t do anything beyond that.” State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said the FBI was assuming control of the Sept. 16 probe from the State Department’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security. The step was taken, in part, on the possibility that the investigation might lead to the case being referred to the Justice Department for prosecution.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 MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityDemocrats called the 389-30 vote an indictment of the incident, which left at least 13 Iraqis dead. Senate Democratic leaders said they planned to follow suit with similar legislation and send a bill to President Bush as soon as possible. “There is simply no excuse for the de facto legal immunity for tens of thousands of individuals working in countries” on behalf of the United States, said Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee, D-Texas. The FBI arrived in Baghdad Thursday to investigate the Sept. 16 shooting. Bush administration officials acknowledge they are unsure whether U.S. courts would have jurisdiction in the case or others like it. In a separate incident, a drunken Blackwater employee left a Christmas Eve party in Baghdad and fatally shot the guard of one of Iraq’s vice presidents. That contractor was fired, fined and returned home to the United States; no charges have been filed. The current law, called the Military Extraterritorial Jurisdiction Act, covers personnel supporting the mission of Defense Department operations overseas. But because Blackwater’s primary mission is to protect State Department officials, defense lawyers probably would argue the law does not apply. LEGISLATION: Senate will follow with a similar bill in response to Baghdad incident that left 13 Iraqis dead. By Anne Flaherty THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON – The House passed a bill Thursday that would make all private contractors working in Iraq and other combat zones subject to prosecution by U.S. courts. It was the first major response by Congress to a deadly shooting in Baghdad involving Blackwater USA security guards. last_img read more

Marilyn Manson may have to undergo deposition in lawsuit by former bandmate

December 30, 2019

first_imgA hearing on the law firm’s motion is set for Nov. 5. Bier’s lawyers also want to depose lawyer Allen Grodsky, a member Grodsky & Olecki.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.Bier’s attorneys say Manson is avoiding their deposition efforts and that they will travel on Halloween to Las Vegas, where the entertainer is scheduled to perform, in order to accommodate his tour schedule while deposing him. Manson’s lawyers argue that all routine gathering of information — including the taking of depositions — in preparation for trial of the lawsuit is halted because of an earlier dismissal motion filed by former attorneys for Manson and Bier who are also defendants in Bier’s lawsuit. Olaf J. Muller, an attorney for Bier, told Stern previously that he and his colleagues want to take Manson’s deposition to help them oppose the law firm’s dismissal motion. The motion by the law firm of Glovsky & Olecki asks that the firm be dismissed as defendants. The firm’s court papers state that comments by one of its members about Bier were made in an attempt to try and discourage him from suing and therefore cannot be the basis for claims against the law firm that include breach of fiduciary duty. Marilyn Manson likely will not know before Monday whether he will have to undergo a deposition in a lawsuit brought by his band’s former keyboardist because a judge today took the request under submission. Stephen Gregory Bier Jr., better known by the stage name Madonna Wayne Gacy, filed a breach of contract suit on Aug. 2 against Manson, whose real name is Brian Warner. Bier, who is seeking more than $20 million, alleges the shock rocker used money from their former band partnership to buy items ranging from Nazi paraphernalia to a $150,000 engagement ring for ex-wife Dita Von Teese. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael L. Stern said today he wanted more time to think about the request by Biers’ lawyers to depose Manson and will likely have a ruling by Monday. last_img read more

Golden State Freeway reopens in Arleta

December 30, 2019

first_imgAll lanes of the southbound Golden State (5) Freeway near the Hollywood (170) Freeway have reopened after crews shut them down to fix an overhead sign that was damaged by a passing dump truck, officials said. The truck hit a pole and broke an overhead sign about 8:50 a.m., said Officer Anthony Martin, California Highway Patrol spokesman. Caltrans officials determined the sign needed to be replaced and a series of alerts to drivers were issued beginning about 9:35 a.m., followed by a full closure about 2 p.m. The lanes reopened about 3:45 p.m. For more news and observations about 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 MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat Kingslast_img read more

SIR GERRY ROBINSON: ‘I WOULDN’T HAVE MOVED BACK TO DONEGAL IF I’D KNOWN TAXES WERE SO HIGH’

December 30, 2019

first_imgBUSINESS guru Sir Gerry Robinson has admitted he wouldn’t move back to Donegal from the UK if he was doing it today – because of the high taxes here.The Donegal-born businessman, a former boss at Granada and a TV business advisor, appeared on last night’s edition of RTE’s Prime Time.He and Eddie Hobbs found themselves going head-to-head with union officials on the collapse of the Croke Park II Agreement. Union members yesterday voted down the deal – which means the Government may now implement a 7% pay cut for all public sector workers in a bid to save €300M this year.Dunfanaghy-born Sir Gerry, who set up home in Raphoe more than 15 years ago after a glittering business career, said that governments were ‘useless’ when it came to examining the spending of the State.He said he found when he was doing a BBC programme on the British National Health Service that staff were employed to collect data that was never used – and never intended for use.Referring to the €300M, Sir Gerry told Pat Kenny: “It’s a shame (Croke Park No vote) because there has been a lot that has happened in Ireland which has been good. “The debt that Ireland is accumulating is enormous and the idea that you can somehow buy yourself out of that problem by creating a false economy – what have we learned?“That’s precisely what we did before. And it’s precisely why we are in the position we are in now.“You have to have real money; you have to have costs under control.”He said if wages were too high in the public sector then it needed to be addressed.“But you cannot address it in one go,” said Sir Gerry. “It has to be addressed over a period of time. Governments are just lousy at finding real savings. €300M sounds like a lot of money but in the context of things it really isn’t.“There has got to be hundreds of ways where we are doing things in Government that frankly don’t contribute anything.”Pat Kenny asked the Donegal man if there was a better way then for saving money.“Governments are not very good at looking at the fundamentals – like asking do we need to do that?,” said Sir Gerry. He gave the British NHS example of millions of pounds being wasted there with people employed doing things that weren’t needed.“It is that kind of saving that governments need to look at and we need to do that here over a long period of time,” said Sir Gerry.The Donegal man said he was delighted with a member of the firefighters union who had proposed cuts to management to help make savings.Ireland has 60 fire chiefs and 370 assistant fire chiefs. The North has one fire chief and four assistants.“That is precisely what should happen,” said Sir Gerry at the suggestion of the involvement of workers.“You always find the best solutions to doing things more effectively, more cheaply and more energetically if you actually manage to get the people at the sharp end involved in the process.”Eddie Hobbs rejected the idea that there should be more taxes.Sir Gerry said: “I moved back to Ireland 15 years ago and I am now paying at least two and a half times the tax I was paying back then.“And I have to tell you if I was having to make the decision about living in Ireland now – as opposed to then – I wouldn’t live in Ireland.“So the idea that you pick out a few people and beat the living daylights out of them and that is going to cure the economic problem is just not true. It’s tempting – but it’s just not true.”SIR GERRY ROBINSON: ‘I WOULDN’T HAVE MOVED BACK TO DONEGAL IF I’D KNOWN TAXES WERE SO HIGH’ was last modified: April 17th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:SIR GERRY ROBINSON: ‘I WOULDN’T HAVE MOVED BACK TO DONEGAL IF I KNEW TAXES WERE SO HIGH’last_img read more

Bad news for Man United? ‘PSG approach Jose Mourinho to become their next boss’

December 29, 2019

first_imgParis Saint-Germain have contacted Jose Mourinho about becoming their next manager, according to reports.The club’s mega-rich Qatari owners are understood to be considering ending Laurent Blanc’s reign.Blanc has led PSG to three successive Ligue 1 titles and only signed a new long-term contract in February.But he has been unable to improve their record in the Champions League, with defeat to Manchester City earlier this month sending them crashing out at the last-eight stage for the fourth consecutive season.Their latest European failure now looks likely to cost him his job, with PSG keen for Mourinho to take his place.PSG chairman Nasser Al-Khelaifi is understood to have already made contact with Mourinho’s agent, Jorge Mendes, to gauge his interest in the position.Mourinho has an impressive record in the Champions League – he has won it with both Inter Milan and Porto – and Al-Khelafi sees him as the ideal man to boost the club’s chances of success in Europe.The 53-year-old, who was sacked by Chelsea in December, is eager to return to management but is set to wait until the summer before making a decision on his future.Mourinho is said to favour remaining in the Premier League and has been heavily linked with the Manchester United post, with current boss Louis van Gaal under pressure.But United may have to move fast if they want the Portuguese coach with PSG now planning to offer him a mega-deal to replace Blanc. Jose Mourinho 1last_img read more

Liverpool could be facing a fight to keep Coutinho as Euro giants plot £45m bid

December 29, 2019

first_img Philippe Coutinho 1 Paris Saint-Germain are ready to splash £45m on Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho, according to reports in France.The Ligue 1 champions are on the hunt for a marquee signing this summer after Zlatan Ibrahimovic revealed he would be leaving.The likes of Chelsea playmaker Eden Hazard and Napoli forward Gonzalo Higuain have already been linked with a move to the French capital.But – according to Le10 Sport – PSG have set their sights on luring Coutinho away from Anfield.The French club have reportedly already sounded out the player’s entourage and they are ready to submit a bid of £45m.Liverpool, however, are adamant that Coutinho is not for sale at any price and will fight tooth and nail to keep him for the long-term.last_img read more