The 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] 1 Pep Guardiola and Arsene Wenger
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.
Chelsea 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 1
Former 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.”
And, 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. firstname.lastname@example.org (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.
HORSE 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 1
SAN 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!
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!
The 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)