‘Means they can’t knock us out in the Last 16!’ – Arsenal fans react to being grouped with Bayern Munich in Champions League draw

first_imgThe Champions League draw has produced a sense of familiar foes for Arsenal fans.The Gunners will face Bayern Munich for the third time in four years in Europe’s primary competition after being drawn alongside the German giants in Group F.Arsene Wenger’s side will also play Olympiakos, another perennial opponent, and Dinamo Zagreb in their group as they bid to win their first European Cup.Arsenal fans took to Twitter as they reacted to the draw, but while you might expect a theme of dismay some seemed relatively upbeat about the news.Some of the best reactions can be found below: //storify.com/talksport/i-just-don-t-get-it-why-do-we-have-to-face-bayern-.js?border=false[View the story “‘I just don’t get it, why do we have to face Bayern every year!’” on Storify] 1center_img Pep Guardiola and Arsene Wenger last_img read more

Newcastle confirm Jack Colback will be out for six weeks

first_img Jack Colback 1 Newcastle United have confirmed midfielder Jack Colback will be sidelined for up to six weeks with a knee injury.The 26-year-old suffered the injury during the second half of Sunday’s Tyne-Wear derby at the Stadium of Light.Colback underwent further scans and assessments on Thursday and they confirmed the injury was not as bad as first feared.The former Sunderland midfielder has started nine of the Magpies ten Premier League games this season after he joined the club in June 2014.last_img

Chelsea fans demand Jose Mourinho brings this former Blues pair back to Stamford Bridge to help solve crisis

first_imgChelsea suffered their sixth Premier League defeat of the season at the weekend, as the reigning English champions plunged even further into a crisis that surely no one saw coming when they were crowned champions last May.  Many of the club’s supporters retain full support for beleagured boss Jose Mourinho, and are instead looking at alternative ways of addressing the current situation in west London.And a section of Blues fans want legendary pair Didier Drogba and Frank Lampard back at Stamford Bridge, even if they only train with Chelsea during the MLS off-season, stating that the dressing room is in dire need of the established experience, leadership and heart that the duo could provide.Have a read of what Chelsea supporters have had to say below… Chelsea fans want Didier Drogba and Frank Lampard back at Stamford Bridge 1last_img read more

Lee Bowyer tells warns Newcastle: ‘Don’t sack Steve McClaren!’

first_imgFormer Newcastle midfielder Lee Bowyer has warned the club against sacking manager Steve McClaren, asking the Magpies who they think can do a better job with their unruly squad.McClaren has suffered a disastrous start to his spell in the St James’ Park hotseat, with the Tyneside outfit looking set for a relegation battle following just two wins from 14 games.Reports on Friday suggested the Newcastle board have reached their limit with the side’s poor performances, and have given the ex-England boss just two games to save his job.And the ultimatum couldn’t have come at a worst time, with Newcastle playing Liverpool at home on Saturday, fresh from the Reds’ 6-1 League Cup thrashing of Southampton, before travelling to face in-form Tottenham at White Hart Lane next week.On paper, and if the rumours are to be believed, it seems McClaren’s time on Tyneside will soon be at an end, but Bowyer claims the club couldn’t find a better replacement in the current managerial market.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, he said: “Steve has got to expect this because of the way the Premier League is now, it’s a results business.“But the way I look at it is, if Newcastle do decide to get rid of Steve, who are they going to bring in?“Who is going to do a better job?”Asked where it’s going wrong for the Magpies, who have suffered eight league defeats this term, Bowyer added:“I just think it comes down to attitude. For example, they went 1-0 up at Crystal Palace and just folded, and ended up losing 5-1. The team’s attitude is just wrong.“They’re not the type of the players who are going to respond if Steve gives them a rollicking. I think he’s doing that already, but he’s just wasting his time because it’s not having an effect.”last_img read more

Health officials warn of air risks

first_imgAnd, despite seemingly improved air quality in other areas, a health threat remains, Nichols said. “It’s not an acute exposure problem where you walk out of your house and take a deep breath and immediately experience the worst effects,” she said in a conference call with reporters. “It’s long-term exposure over a day or a couple days.” Residents with serious health concerns – such as severe asthma, emphysema or heart disease – should consider leaving the smokiest areas until air quality improves, state Public Health Director Dr. Mark Horton said. Meanwhile, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health maintained a warning issued Tuesday to residents to avoid strenuous outdoor exercise. The agency also urged schools to stop outside recess and sports; the elderly and individuals with sensitive health were told to stay inside. “The whole county has been impacted even if it doesn’t look like it,” said county public health spokeswoman Rachel Tyree. The air quality district urged residents to refrain even from indoor exercise. However, Horton said exercising inside would be safe if air-conditioners were turned on and set to recirculate indoor air, a measure the district recommended generally. Valley schools said they had ordered students to stay inside for recess, on the advice of the Los Angeles County Office of Education, which sent an advisory to superintendents in the county’s 80 districts. There was some concern that children would scoop up and play with ash from the fires, said Rick de la Torre, spokesman for the county office. Outside sports activities were also cancelled at area schools, and outdoor recreational programs were called off at county parks. melissa.pamer@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2110160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! • For full fire coverage vist the Special Section. Air quality in Southern California remained unhealthy on Wednesday, and officials were not certain when conditions would improve in the wake of this week’s wildfires. Though blazes in Los Angeles County have been mostly vanquished, ash continued to fall from the sky, which was smoky in areas. “It’s pretty much unhealthy everywhere, all over the Southland. The whole San Gabriel Valley is unhealthy,” said Tina Cherry, a spokeswoman for the South Coast Air Quality Management District. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Meteorologists with the district expect smoke that has been blown out to sea to be pushed back into the region by onshore breezes in coming days, Cherry said. That will keep at a high level the concentration of particulates that have caused public health warnings from county officials. Southern California, which has the overall worst air quality in the nation, this year had its least polluted “smog season” since the agency in 1976 began monitoring Orange County and most of Los Angeles, Riverside and San Bernardino counties, Cherry said. It’s unclear if the effects of the fires that began Sunday would alter that achievement, she said. The yearly smog season runs from May 1 to Oct. 31. Smoky air was worst Wednesday in San Diego County, according to state health and air quality officials. Large blazes in San Diego and Orange counties have continued to prove challenging for firefighters, while efforts to control fires in Malibu and Santa Clarita approached complete containment. Only 10 percent of the 47,000-acre Ranch Fire in Castaic was contained as of Wednesday evening. Unless weather patterns change unexpectedly, air quality in southern counties should remain dangerous until next week, according to Mary Nichols, chairwoman of the California Air Resources Board. last_img read more

Not even mud stands in the way of a Classic

first_imgHORSE RACING: Loaded field chasing Horse of the Year honor. By Richard Rosenblatt THE ASSOCIATED PRESS OCEANPORT, N.J. – This could be a Classic for the ages, even on a rainy day over a muddy track. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Kentucky Derby winner Street Sense, Preakness winner Curlin and leading older horse Lawyer Ron top a star-studded field for today’s $5 million Classic at Monmouth Park, a race that will determine Horse of the Year honors. “The great thing about this Classic is everybody involved in championship honors is here,” said trainer Todd Pletcher, who has two of the nine horses in the Classic, favorite Lawyer Ron and Any Given Saturday. “What better place to decide it than right here on the racetrack?” The first two-day Breeders’ Cup, featuring 11 races worth $23 million, began in the rain Friday with Maryfield the upset winner in the $1 million Filly & Mare Sprint. With Elvis Trujillo aboard, Maryfield rallied from seventh over the sloppy track to defeat Miraculous Miss by a half-length. Nownownow won the $1 million Juvenile Turf, and Corinthian upset favorite Discreet Cat to capture the $1 million Dirt Mile. The eight traditional Breeders’ Cup races are today, highlighted by the 11/4-mile Classic (2:35 p.m. PDT post time). Wet weather again is in the forecast. “There are so many types of wet tracks, we’ll just have to wait and see what it’s like,” Pletcher said. Twice before in the 24-year history of the Breeders’ Cup has the track come up muddy, the most recent when Cigar won the Classic at Belmont Park in 1995. Lawyer Ron, with victories in the Whitney and the Woodward, and Haskell winner Any Given Saturday should handle a wet track, Pletcher said. Street Sense jockey Calvin Borel says “the more it rains the better he’ll like it.” Curlin, who defeated Lawyer Ron in the Jockey Club Gold Cup, and Goodwood winner Tiago have never run on a wet track, while Hard Spun has won over a sloppy track. Bob Kulina, Monmouth Park’s general manager, said a heavy rain could force the track crew to pack the dirt surface down to keep out water. If that’s the case, the conditions might favor front-runners like Lawyer Ron and Hard Spun. No matter what the track conditions, Curlin trainer Steve Asmussen says “in such a competitive field, Curlin’s going to have to run a very sharp race. We have a lot of horse going in.” The rest of the field includes George Washington, Awesome Gem and Diamond Stripes. Despite the bleak forecast, officials still expect 45,000 to fight traffic and show up at the track on the Jersey Shore, which underwent major renovations to get ready for its first Breeders’ Cup. Lawyer Ron, leaving from the No. 1 post under John Velazquez, and Hard Spun, leaving from the No. 8 post under Mario Pino, are expected to set the early pace. Street Sense, out of the No. 2 post, should be tucked in behind the leaders near the rail, with Curlin and perhaps Diamond Stripes in pursuit, followed by the rest of the field waiting to make a run around the final turn and into the stretch. The Classic field features the first three Derby finishers – Street Sense, Hard Spun and Curlin – for the first time, as well as seventh- and eighth-place finishers Tiago and Any Given Saturday. The 3-year-olds have taken turns beating each other the past few months, and have defeated older horses as well. “You just can’t get a better field put together,” Street Sense trainer Carl Nafzger said. “You got speed, you got closers. They’ve been beat but they’ve been beat by each other, but not anybody has really ever buried anybody in this field. I’m just glad to be part of it.” George Washington tried the Classic last year, but was bumped around the turn for home and finished sixth in his only visit to America. He was retired after the race, but brought back for a 4-year-old campaign after a failed attempt as a stallion. So far, he’s 0-for-3. “I know the 3-year-olds in America are very good, but they’ve been knocking heads all year,” said George Washington jockey Mick Kinane. “Hopefully they’ve knocked each other out.” Three-year-olds have won the Classic seven times, and in 1994 and 2000 they swept the first four places. In 2000, it was Tiznow, Giant’s Causeway, Captain Steve and Albert the Great. A few other championships are on the line, too. In the $2 million Juvenile, unbeaten War Pass (3-for-3) would clinch the 2-year-old championship with a win over the likes of Tale of Ekati and Wicked Style, who is also 3-for-3 but has yet to run on a dirt track. The $3 million Turf features the world’s top-ranked horse in Dylan Thomas, who is coming off a victory in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. The 4-year-old colt trained by Aidan O’Brien has four Group 1 wins in Europe. Also in the field are defending champion Red Rocks and the 2004 winner Better Talk Now, along with America’s top hope, English Channel. Nashoba’s Key comes into the $2 million Filly & Mare Turf a perfect 7-for-7, all in California. The 4-year-old filly will be ridden by 17-year-old Joe Talamo. “I can remember last year watching the Breeders’ Cup on TV and hoping and praying I could get here one day,” Talamo said. “Here I am in my first year of riding and actually in it. It’s really a dream come true.”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

Jurors to consider life in prison or death in case of convicted gangster and killer of three

first_imgWhile behind bars, McGhee punched and kicked a guard at the California Youth Authority, incited two riots in jail and was caught possessing a razor blade and other potential weapons, according to the prosecutor. Chun called McGhee a “man who’s shown you that he’s dangerous — out of custody and in custody.” One of McGhee’s attorneys, Franklin Peters Jr., countered that the defense had tried to show jurors “the complete Timothy McGhee.” “… Over and over again, you were told that he’s a wonderful father … a wonderful stepfather,” Peters said about a number of relatives who gave glowing accounts of McGhee’s interactions with the children. “That tells you something about the heart of the man.” The defense lawyer told jurors he didn’t expect them to forget about McGhee’s conduct, but said their decision to convict McGhee of the murders ensures that his client will die in prison. “The only question is `How will he die?’ Will his heart be stopped by lethal injection or poison or will he die at his appointed hour?” McGhee’s attorney said. During the trial’s penalty phase, Olivia McGhee said she was working virtually all the time after her son was born and said her son’s father went to Alaska to work on an oil pipeline and rarely called to check on his children. “He (Timothy McGhee)’s a good father, not like the one he never had,” she said of her son, telling jurors that he played with his children, went to the video store, the park or out to pizza with them. McGhee’s aunt, Becky Katz, told jurors, “I love him despite the fact that people are saying these horrible things. I know a good side of him … He was always able to give back.” Katz, who works as a deputy probation officer, said she prayed that jurors would realize McGhee is being held accountable for his actions and that he has redeeming qualities. During the prosecution’s portion of the trial’s penalty phase, Emily Martin called her son, Ronald, a “good person” who “brought a lot of happiness to us all.” “He didn’t deserve to be killed like this,” she told jurors, noting that her son’s death has “devastated the whole family.” The same panel being asked to recommend McGhee’s sentence convicted him on Oct. 25 of first-degree murder for Martin’s Oct. 14, 1997, slaying, along with the the June 3, 2000, slaying of Ryan Gonzalez; and the Nov. 9, 2001, killing of Margie Mendoza. Jurors also convicted McGhee of four attempted murder charges, including two involving Los Angeles police officers who were led into gang territory by other gang members and fired upon by McGhee. The officers escaped injury. McGhee — also known by the monikers “Huero” and “Eskimo” — had been named to the U.S. Marshals Service’s “15 Most Wanted Fugitive List” before his February 2003 arrest in Bullhead City, Ariz. He was taken into custody by about 25 members of the Los Angeles Police Department, Bullhead City police and federal officers and has remained jailed without bail since then. 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 MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre “He killed for thrills and ego,” the prosecutor said. “When they (the defense attorneys) ask for mercy, and they will, remember what his responses were,” Chun said during his closing argument. McGhee told one of his victims, Ronald Martin, to “die like a man,” the prosecutor said, noting that 27 shots were fired at the victim. The prosecutor noted that the defense put up a series of photos of McGhee as a baby and young child and said that the prosecution was not trying to execute a chubby, curly haired 9-year-old boy, but “one of the leaders” of a local gang who had spent two-thirds of his adult life behind bars. McGhee chose the “the life of gangs and murder” over his role as father to three children and a promising job as an electrician, Chun said. A jury will hold its first full day of deliberations today in the penalty phase of the trial of a gang leader found guilty of murdering three people — in 1997, 2000 and 2001. Before the issue went to the panel yesterday afternoon, a prosecutor urged jurors to recommend a death sentence for the defendant, but a defense attorney insisted that his client is a father of three whose life is “worth saving.” The eight-man, four-woman panel is being asked to recommend whether Timothy Joseph McGhee should be sentenced to death or life in prison without the possibility of parole. “I don’t expect it to be easy to impose the death penalty … But we’ve got to do the right thing,” Deputy District Attorney Hoon Chun told the Los Angeles Superior Court jury, noting “the number of murders and the amount of violence” committed by the 34-year-old Atwater Village gang leader. last_img

Conjoined twins’ outlook improves after separation

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO – Formerly conjoined twins have “excellent” chances of survival after a grueling separation surgery, and one of the toddlers is even breathing on her own, doctors said Friday. Two-year-olds Yurelia and Fiorella Rocha-Arias of San Jose, Costa Rica, were conjoined at the chest and abdomen and shared an oversize liver until Monday, when doctors in Palo Alto separated them during a nine-hour surgery. Fiorella – who has always been slightly larger and stronger than Yurelia – was taken off her ventilator Wednesday and has been breathing on her own for two days. “We are very happy with the outcome so far,” said lead surgeon Dr. Gary Hartman of Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital. “These are two very strong little girls.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Although Yurelia is still on a ventilator and heavily sedated, the twins’ cardiovascular intensive care physician said chances for survival are higher than the 50-50 odds doctors gave them earlier this week. 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

Bandits targeting Baja visitors

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsThe recent attacks, though, have been particularly harrowing, involving carjackings by heavily armed men who held their victims hostage for as long as several hours. Most took place at night along a 190-mile stretch of coastline between Tijuana and San Quintin. Lori Hoffman and her boyfriend, surf school owner Pat Weber, were robbed in October at a beach south of Ensenada within sight of 30 campsites. The couple evacuated their Encinitas home during recent wildfires and were in a recreational vehicle when they were attacked by two men wearing masks and combat boots. The attackers shot up the RV when Weber initially refused to open the door and then terrorized the couple. Hoffman said she was sexually assaulted in front of her boyfriend before the men fled with $8,000 worth of laptop computers, jewelry, tools, and Weber’s guitar. “These guys were not novices,” Hoffman said. LOS ANGELES – Masked bandits have attacked and robbed Baja California tourists at least seven times in recent months, acting with paramilitary precision and making off with cash and expensive vehicles, it was reported Saturday. It was unclear whether the attacks represent a trend in the popular vacation area, but they have worried some surf club owners enough to cancel operations. In one case, a woman said she was sexually assaulted in front of her boyfriend and in another, a family was held at gunpoint. U.S. authorities have long warned Americans to be careful when visiting Mexico because of threats ranging from kidnappings to drug-related violence. “Criminals have been known to follow and harass U.S. citizens traveling in their vehicles, particularly in border areas,” said an October warning issued by the U.S. State Department. 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

FARMERS UNFAIRLY HIT IN CUTBACKS, CLAIMS SENATOR

first_imgThe fundamental changes to the Disadvantaged Areas Scheme will result in the most vulnerable farmers in the North West suffering severe cuts to State supports, according to Fianna Fáil Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill.Senator Ó Domhnaill has hit out at the Government for once again targeting the most disadvantaged for the bulk of Budget cutbacks this year. Under measures announced in last month’s Budget, 7,877 Donegal farmers could potentially have their payments under DAS either cancelled or radically reduced.The Donegal Senator has appealed to the Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney to reconsider his moves to completely undermine DAS and REPS 4. “Minister Coveney has cut €30 million from the Disadvantaged Areas Scheme this year,” said Senator Ó Domhnaill.  “The changes in minimum stocking requirements could prevent thousands of farmers from qualifying for the same DAS payments they got last year. For instance, farmers on mountain grazing land are prevented from increasing their livestock under commonage framework plans. How can they be expected to meet the increased livestock requirements to qualify for the payments they need?“Minister Coveney has also sought to restrict the amount of land that can qualify for DAS. Under the current system, a farmer with part of their lands on Disadvantaged Areas and part that’s not gets a DAS payment based on their full holding. Under Budget changes introduced last month, this is no longer the case. Only that proportion of the disadvantaged land will qualify. For example, a farmer with 60ha in total and 20ha Disadvantaged will see a reduction of 66% in their Disadvantaged Areas payment this year compared to last year.“It is unfair for the Government to target more vulnerable and smaller farmers in this way. I have submitted alternative suggestions to the Minister that would protect smaller farmers who are in the DAS and REPS schemes. I am appealing to him to take another look at my suggestions and avoid drastic cuts to the most at risk farmers.”  FARMERS UNFAIRLY HIT IN CUTBACKS, CLAIMS SENATOR was last modified: January 18th, 2012 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)last_img read more