Aston Villa fans react to Tim Sherwood sacking and rumours of new boss

first_imgThe morning after Aston Villa suffered a sixth successive Premier League defeat, the Midlands club confirmed that they have parted ways with manager Tim Sherwood.Supporters were quick to react to the news, with a mixed response.Some claim that the Villans had no option but to dismiss the 46-year-old, while others suggest that he could feel hard done by following a summer in which two key players, Christian Benteke and Fabian Delph, were sold.Have a read of the best reactions to the news below… Tim Sherwood has been sacked by Aston Villa 1last_img

Arsenal and West Ham joined by Italian giants in transfer fight for £8m star

first_img Oguzhan Ozyakup 1 Arsenal and West Ham have been joined by Inter Milan in the race for Besiktas star Oguzhan Ozyakup.The midfielder has been in impressive form this season and scouts from across Europe have taken notice.The 23-year-old spent four years at Arsenal as a youngster, before joining Besiktas in 2012 for around £500,000.The Gunners are keen on bringing Ozyakup back to the Emirates, while West Ham also have an interest as current boss Slaven Bilic worked with the Turkey international during his time at Besiktas.However, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, the Premier League pair now face competition from Inter Milan.Manager Roberto Mancini is determined to bolster his midfield options in January and believes he could snap up Ozyakup for £8m.last_img

Video: More bad news for Manchester United fans as former star nets a hat-trick!

first_imgWhen it rains, it pours for Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal.The Dutchman watched his side lose 2-1 to Bournemouth on Saturday night and, at the exact same time, former Red Devils striker Javier Hernandez scored a hat-trick in Bayer Leverkusen’s 5-0 win over Borussia Monchengladbach.The Mexican, who was sold for £7.3million by Van Gaal, notched his treble in just 13-minutes and has now hit 10 Bundesliga goals in just 13 appearances.You can check out Javier Hernandez’s hat-trick below… 1 Bayer Leverkusen hotshot Javier Hernandez last_img

‘Crystal Palace are NOT interested in Charlie Austin’, insists Alan Pardew

first_img Queens Park Rangers striker Charlie Austin 1 Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew has hit out at his predecessor Neil Warnock for suggesting the club should sign Charlie Austin.Warnock, who managed Austin during his time in charge of QPR, told talkSPORT this week that he advised the in-demand striker to join the Eagles in the January transfer window.“I love Crystal Palace and I love QPR,” said Warnock.“I have said to him ‘for me Charlie, the way you play, you will get a lot of opportunities at Palace’.“They need a striker definitely and he would fit the bill he would score goals.”But Pardew ruled out any move for Austin and took a swipe at Warnock’s managerial record at Selhurst Park.“Neil Warnock? Neil Warnock was manager here and he didn’t do very well so I am not really interested in his opinion,” said Pardew.“Charlie Austin is of no interest to us.”last_img read more

CONFIRMED! Newcastle transfer target rejected £18m move to Magpies

first_img Alexandre Lacazette Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette has turned down an offer from Newcastle.talkSPORT told you last week about the Magpies’ approach for the 24-year-old, who was the top scorer in Ligue 1 last season.Newcastle offered Lyon £18m to snap up the France international this month, but Lacazette has now confirmed he snubbed the offer.“I read what is written by you in the media,” said Lacazette.“Now, I am at Lyon, I want to do a good second half of the season, so for me a departure is not on the agenda.“It is my agent, David Venditelli, who deals with that. He knows very well that I do not want to leave, so he rejected the offer.” 1last_img

Andy Goldstein’s Sports Bar Best Bits – February 6

first_imgAndy Goldstein rounds up the highlights from another brilliant week of Sports Bar shows. This week’s podcast includes studio guest and Queens Park Rangers club captain Clint Hill , Wednesday’s co-host and West Ham legend Alvin Martin, along with Stoke City chairman Peter Coates who discussed the Potters’ deadline day activity. We also had the return of DAVE LOVE!last_img

Around Whittier

first_imgThousands of titles and specials will be available for Members’ Only Night from 4 to 8p.m. Nov. 15. Membership may be paid at the door and is $5 per year for individuals, $7.50 for families and organizations. The sale opens to the public from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 16 and 17. Proceeds from the sale are used to support library programs, especially for children. Last summer, the Friends donated $75,000 to the Whittier Public Library, underwriting the Summer Reading Club, Lunch at the Library, and many other programs and activities. For information, call Caroline Hull at (562) 464-3450, Ext. 641. Church to host craft, bake sale LA MIRADA – The La Mirada Church of the Nazarene, 15575 E. Foster Road, will host the 17th annual Christmas Boutique from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Handmade gifts, baked goods and homemade tamales will be available, as well as free coffee for shoppers. Whittier seniors to give thanks WHITTIER – To kick off the holiday season, a Thanksgiving celebration will take place in Whittier at Parnell Park Senior Center, 15390 Lambert Road from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 16. The holiday seasonal event will feature a full traditional Thanksgiving meal, live music by the “Hepcats” and dancing. The celebration is co-sponsored by the city of Whittier Services Department and Prospect Medical. Tickets cost $6 for current Senior Center members and $8 for non-members. Due to limited seating, reservations are required. To make reservations or for information call the Parnell Park Senior Center at (562) 464-3350. Norwalk seniors to host craft fair NORWALK – The Norwalk Senior Center will host its annual Holiday Boutique from 9a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 17 at 14040 San Antonio Drive. The event is free and all ages are welcome. Local artists and craft-makers will be selling unique and fascinating items. Shoppers may also register for free prize drawings and enjoy live entertainment. Vendors of handmade crafts are also being sought for the event. Registration for vendors of all ages is now open. Participants more than 50 years old must pay $10 per table. Those younger than 50 must pay $20 per table. All vendors must register with the State Board of Equalization for a minimum of a one-day sellers permit. No commercial items are permitted for sale. For information, call Daniel Abrego at (562) 929-5580. – From staff reports 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.Entertainment will be provided by deejay Pate Esparza- Gomez. Sponsorships and tables are still available. For information or to make a reservation, call the chamber at (562) 949-2473. Friends of Library to sell used books WHITTIER – The Friends of the Whittier Public Library will host its semi-annual book sale Nov. 15-17 at 6703 Comstock Ave. PICO RIVERA – The Pico Rivera Chamber of Commerce will host its fifth annual Fall Business & Health Expo from 4 to 7 p.m. Nov. 7. This year’s theme is “The Chamber is Red Hot,” and will feature free blood pressure checks, glaucoma testing and free flu shots, as well as a salsa-tasting contest. The expo is open to all businesses and residents of Pico Rivera. Vernola Towing and Wells Fargo Bank are sponsoring the event. There will be a 50/50 raffle, business card drawings and prizes given away throughout the evening. last_img read more

Man’s body found in residential area

first_imgView Larger Map VALINDA – A man was found shot to death Thursday morning near the curb of a residential driveway, officials said. Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies got a call of a “person down” about 4 a.m. in the 16300 block of Maplegrove Street, near Valinda Avenue, said Ernie Bedoya, a sergeant with the sheriff’s Industry station. The man, who had not been identified, suffered one gunshot wound. Capt. Ed Winters of the Coroner’s Office said he could not identity the victim, other than to say he was a Latino adult. The victim’s next of kin has not been notified. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre He said authorities are trying to contact the man’s mother, who lives in Mexico. The body was found by the side of the road. Because witnesses reported hearing gunshots before the shooting, detectives believe the killing happened nearby, Bedoya said. By noon, there were no signs of a fatal shooting in the neighborhood: no detectives, no blood stains, no police tape. A clerk in a video store at the Maplegrove and Valinda Avenue said she had not seen authorities nor heard any talk of the crime. A woman who lives in the neighborhood said her sister had found the body, and minutes later sheriff’s deputies quietly came by to investigate. “I didn’t hear sirens or anything like that,” said the woman, who said she did not want to give her name for fear of reprisal. She said her teenage son had been approached by gang members on the block before. “It’s scary. I’ve been here in this neighborhood for 10 years now, and it seems like there are more problems,” she said. “You see gangs riding around all the time.” Deputies would not say whether the shooting was gang related. The killing was the sixth homicide in Valinda this year, according to reports. The other victims are: Pete Chavez, shot to death Jan. 1 in the 2700 block of South Azusa Avenue. Fidel Navarette Jr., 18, shot twice in the back of the head in the 700 block of Echelon Avenue. March 6 Jesse Rivera, 28, shot to death in the 700 block of Ashcomb Drive. April 5 Kedric Entena, 17, stabbed to death June 1 in the 16000 block of Malvane St. Paul Salazar, 31, shot to death at his home in the 15838 block of Fairgrove Avenue. Authorities later linked Salazar to the killing of “good Samaritan” Paul Robert Whitehead of Bassett. Whitehead was shot to death in 2006 when he confronted a group of taggers, including Salazar, outside his parents’ home. A second suspect in that case remains at large. July 22 dan.abendschein@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2105 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

Overindulgence of holidays triggers heart-attack season

first_imgWASHINGTON – Those lords-a-leaping and ladies dancing might want to consider the downside of the holidays: Heart-attack season has arrived. December and January are the deadliest months for heart disease, and many of the things that make the season merry are culprits: rich meals, more alcohol – and all that extra stress. But what might make the Christmas coronary more deadly than the same-size heart attack in, say, August, is a double dose of denial. It’s not uncommon for people to initially shrug off chest pain as indigestion. Research suggests they’re even more reluctant for a run to the emergency room when it means disrupting a holiday gathering, or if they’ve traveled to a strange city – so they arrive sicker. Minutes matter. “You have only a short window of opportunity to save heart muscle,” warned Dr. William Suddath of Washington Hospital Center in the nation’s capital. Why there’s a seasonal upswing is hard to pin down. Vanderbilt University cardiologist Dr. Keith Churchwell says a “hurricane of factors” can tip someone at risk of a heart attack over the edge. Consider: Busy revelers tend to skip their medications, forget them when traveling or be unable to get refills far from home. What dieter can resist holiday goodies? The few extra pounds so many people gain will haunt you long-term. Right away, a particularly heavy meal, especially a high-fat one, stresses the heart as it is digested. Blood pressure and heart rate increase. Too much salt has an even more immediate effect, causing fluid retention that in turn makes the heart have to pump harder. Alcohol in moderation is considered heart-healthy. But if a round of holiday parties leaves you tipsy, that, too, makes your heart pump harder to get blood to peripheral arteries. Worse is something called “holiday heart syndrome,” in which alcohol literally irritates the heart muscle to trigger an irregular heartbeat called atrial fibrillation.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

Sweeping changes set as energy bill advances

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champThe energy bill, which also calls for a huge increase in the use of ethanol as a motor fuel and requires new appliance efficiency standards, was approved by the House 314-100 after clearing the Senate last week, 86-8. “This is a choice between yesterday and tomorrow” on energy policy, declared House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., who was closely involved in crafting the legislation. “It’s groundbreaking in what it will do.” In a significant shift to spur increased demand for nonfossil fuels, the bill requires refiners to use 36 billion gallons of ethanol by 2022, a six-fold increase over today’s ethanol production. And it imposes new energy efficiency standards for refrigerators, dishwashers and other appliances as well as lighting, federal buildings and construction of commercial buildings. While some GOP lawmakers criticized the bill for failing to address the need for more domestic oil and natural gas production, 95 Republicans joined Democrats in support of the bill. Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada acknowledged that they didn’t get all they wanted – unable to push through a tax package that would have rolled back $13.5 billion in tax breaks for oil companies and used the money to help spur wind, solar and biomass energy development and conservation programs. WASHINGTON – It was in response to the early 1970s energy crisis and gasoline lines that Congress in 1975 directed automakers to improve the fuel efficiency of their cars. That wouldn’t happen again for more than three decades – not until Tuesday. Congress sent to President Bush a truncated, although no less dramatic, energy bill that will require an increase in the fuel efficiency of cars, SUVs and small trucks by 40 percent to 35 miles per gallon by 2020. President Bush will sign the legislation at the Energy Department today. The House passed the tax provisions, but the Senate fell one vote short of getting it through under threat of a presidential veto and a GOP filibuster. “Were going to be back and get the vote quicker than you think,” Reid said at a news conference with Pelosi. But Democrats said those shortcomings shouldn’t take away from the importance of the approved bill. “This legislation is a historic turning point in energy policy,” said Majority Leader Steny Hoyer of Maryland because it will cut demand for foreign oil and promote nonfossil fuels that will cut greenhouse gases linked to global warming. It increases energy efficiency “from light bulbs to light trucks,” said Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich., a longtime protector of the auto industry who was key to a compromise on vehicle efficiency increases. Many Republicans denounced the Democratic-crafted bill for failing to push for more domestic production of fossil fuels and for mandates some GOP lawmakers warned will not be possible. “What we have here is a mandatory conservation bill,” said Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas. He argued that the auto fuel efficiency requirements and the huge increase in ethanol use may not prove to be technologically or economically possible. Democrats disagreed. The legislation takes measured and concrete steps that are achievable, said Dingell. The Senate passed the bill last week after discarding billions of dollars in higher taxes on oil companies and a solar and wind power mandate that opponents said would raise electric rates in the Southeast. President Bush and Senate Republicans opposed those measures. The centerpiece of the bill remained the requirement for automakers to increase their industrywide vehicle fuel efficiency by 40 percent to an industry average of 35 mpg by 2020 compared to today’s 25 mpg when including passenger cars as well as SUVs and small trucks. Congress has not changed the auto mileage requirement since it was first enacted in 1975. Democrats said the fuel economy requirements – when the fleet of gas-miser vehicles are widely on the road – eventually will save motorists $700 to $1,000 a year in fuel costs. They maintain the overall bill, including more ethanol use and various efficiency requirements and incentives, will reduce U.S. oil demand by 4 million barrels a day by 2030, more than twice the daily imports from the volatile Persian Gulf. The automakers have repeatedly fought an increase in the federal fuel standard, known as CAFE, maintaining it would limit the range of vehicles consumers will have available in showrooms and threaten auto industry jobs. Bush also has argued against an arbitrary, numerical increase in the fuel efficiency requirement, preferring instead legislation to streamline the federal requirements and market incentives to get rid of gas guzzling vehicles. But the automakers have accepted the political shift toward a tougher requirement. After the Senate approved the legislation last week, the White House immediately said Bush would sign it once it reaches his desk. “While the president’s alternative fuel standard and CAFE proposal would have gone farther and faster, we are pleased that Congress has worked together on a bipartisan way that provides the chance for the president to sign a bill that does not include tax increases.” said White House press secretary Dana Perino. The bill requires a massive increase in the production of ethanol for motor fuels, outlining a ramp-up of ethanol use from the roughly 6 billion gallons this year to 36 billion gallons by 2022. After 2015, the emphasis would be on expanded use of cellulosic ethanol, made from such feedstock as switchgrass and wood chips.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