Wilfried Bony showed pretty nifty ball skills during a Manchester City training session, which is probably to be expected given he cost the club £30million!
1 United dug out a 2-1 victory at Vicarage Road Manchester United forward Jesse Lingard believes the last-gasp winner against Watford on Saturday sent out a strong statement of intent to their title rivals.While Arsenal slipped up at West Brom and Manchester City were thrashed by Liverpool, United dug out a 2-1 victory at Vicarage Road thanks to an injury-time own goal from Troy Deeney.Deeney thought he had snatched a draw when he cancelled out Memphis Depay’s opener with an 87th-minute penalty, but the Hornets captain undid his good work by bundling in Bastian Schweinsteiger’s shot-cum-cross minutes later.Arsenal and City’s defeats mean Louis van Gaal’s side move second in the table, one point behind Leicester, and Lingard believes the gutsy win delivered a psychological blow in the race at the top.“It’s massive,” Lingard said.“It’s a bit of a statement to the other teams, who will look at this and see we’ve won.“It puts a bit more pressure on them, but it’s a good feeling to be back up there.“It was a great way to end the game. I thought it was a scrappy match overall, the conditions didn’t help, but we had to keep our concentration throughout and it’s great to get the win.“There are a lot of games coming up, we’ve got a lot of injuries at the moment and have to adapt to that, I thought we did that well today.“As long as we win as many games as we can over Christmas, I think we’ll be fine.”It has been an encouraging fortnight for Lingard, who has now started all of United’s last three matches as well as earning a late call-up to Roy Hodgson’s England squad for the game against France.The 22-year-old was lively on Saturday too, occupying Watford’s defence with a number of dangerous runs in behind while combining well with fill-in forward Depay.Van Gaal praised both players after the match but Lingard thought he should have put the game to bed before Schweinsteiger forced Deeney’s error.“We created a lot of chances, and personally I should have scored a couple of clear-cut chances,” Lingard added.“I’ve obviously got to work on that but it’s great to see Basti at the back post to stick one in at the end. It’s been a long time coming for him, and he’s deserved it.”
Sam Bird toasts victory in Buenos Aires 1 Sam Bird produced a brilliant performance to hold off the charge of Sebastien Buemi and claim the first Formula E win for the DS Virgin alliance.Bird started the race from pole and controlled the pack from the front, just using enough energy to keep Nico Prost (Renault e.dams) and then Team Aguri’s Antonio Felix da Costa at bay. While the Brit was untroubled at the front, from the back of the grid Buemi was giving his all to try to work his way up the order.The Renault e.dams driver pulled off an audacious four-wide move on the opening lap to ensure he vaulted from 18th to 15th in one fell swoop. From there on he meticulously carved his way through the pack, picking off his rivals one by one, so that he was into fifth place when the unfortunate da Costa’s car ground to a halt.The Qualcomm Safety Car was deployed and bunched up the field, and meant Buemi was now a realistic contender for victory. With Renault e.dams team-mate Prost running slowly as he entered the pits for the mandatory car swap, Buemi jumped into third, behind Bird and title rival Lucas di Grassi (Abt Schaeffler).Di Grassi knew his best chance of victory was to attack Bird right after the restart and set about chasing down the Brit. But in his effort to exert pressure he made a small but critical mistake. The loss of momentum allowed Buemi to get a run, draw alongside and steal away second place.
Hassan Bittar, goalkeeper for Lebanese side Al Ahed, produced an absolute howler during an AFC Cup clash with Altyn Astyn. Check it out above!
Jurgen Klopp says he is delighted Liverpool have been drawn against Manchester United in last 16 of the Europa League.The Premier League rivals will meet in European competition for the first time and the German is relishing the upcoming battle over two legs.Liverpool lost 1-0 to United in Klopp’s first match against them at Anfield in January, but he insists they hold no fear for him and his side.“It’s great. We deserve these games,” Klopp said.“Obviously it is not easy but you can ask my staff but when they asked me yesterday who I wanted, I said ‘Man United’.“I think we have to clear something. We had a good game when we lost 1-0 but it was not what we deserved.“It gives us a chance to make it better and that is what we will try to do.”Klopp, who is preparing his side for the Capital One Cup final against Manchester City at Wembley on Sunday, admitted there were no comfortable options in the draw.“There were no easy games in this round so there was no chance for an easy game. Man United – cool,” he added.“With the draw today it seems like it is Liverpool against Manchester – like always – but now in really important games.”Klopp is well aware of the rivalry between the two clubs and cities but his quip about Manchester when talking about his preparations for Sunday’s final was probably not meant as a dig at their north-west neighbours.“I should not talk here about tactics – I think even in Manchester they have televisions so that is not for the press conference,” he said to laughter from the assembled media, who read far more into the German’s comment than he probably realised. 1 Jurgen Klopp shares a laugh with Adam Lallana during Liverpool training
7 7 7 7 1. Arsenal – 30.174% chance of finishing fourth in the Premier League – Its the Gunners who are deemed most likely to finish fourth by sportsclubstats.com, but its a result, which, if it occurs, wont be much cause for celebration among fans at the Emirates Stadium. 3. West Ham – 18.663% chance of finishing fourth in the Premier League – The Hammers hopes of qualifying for the Champions League were given a real boost thanks to their comeback against Everton and Manchester Uniteds defeat to West Brom. Can they leave Upton Park in style and make the top four? 7. Leicester City have a 1.586% chance of finishing fourth in the Premier League, according to stats boffins (see explanation below) – Find out which clubs are most likely to finish fourth by clicking the arrow above, right… – With the Foxes favourites for the title its unsurprising to see their chances of finishing fourth so low. 7 4. Manchester United – 9.062% chance of finishing fourth in the Premier League – A defeat to West Brom on Sunday was a huge blow to the Red Devils top four hopes. They shouldnt be written off just yet, though. 5. Tottenham – 7.2% chance of finishing fourth in the Premier League – A 2-2 draw with north London rivals Arsenal has dampened title talk at White Hart Lane but they are odds on to qualify for the Champions League and most likely finish higher than fourth. 7 6. Liverpool – 5.173% chance of finishing fourth in the Premier League – The late, and controversial, win over Crystal Palace on Sunday has kept Jurgen Klopps top four hopes alive – only just though. 2. Manchester City – 27.344% chance of finishing fourth in the Premier League – Manuel Pellegrinis men have got a game in hand which, if won, would take them above Arsenal and keep them in the title hunt. The extra game at this stage also means theyre predicted more likely to finish in third place rather than fourth at this stage. The Premier League title race is one of the most exciting and enthralling for several years but there is another battle brewing just a few spots down.As West Ham and Liverpool find form, they’ve become contenders for the fourth and final Champions League qualification place, along with Manchester United.But do any of these clubs have the best chance of finishing fourth?We wanted to know which club was in pole position to claim fourth place at the end of the season and the boffin behind Sports Club Stats, might be able to give us an idea.Using a complex algorithm, involving millions of simulated fixtures – explained here – the website analyses the chances of a team finishing in each position.And it’s thrown up some interesting numbers, which you can see by clicking the right arrow above.Of course, no one knows for sure how the table will end up, but it’s fun to discuss.Who do you think will finish fourth this season? Share your thoughts by leaving a comment below. 7
A day after finishing off the Diamondbacks, 6-4, in Game 4 at Coors Field, the Rockies took Tuesday off to relax – and, quite possibly, to recuperate from the celebration that followed the first NL pennant in the franchise’s 15-year history. “There’s nothing wrong with a break,” reliever Matt Herges said. “We played to end the series quickly.” The Rockies will reconvene at Coors Field for a workout this afternoon and will take Thursday off. But will this long layoff leave the Rockies, losers of just one game since Sept. 16, out of sync? “They asked us the same question after the last layoff,” Helton said of the four-day break that separated Colorado’s playoff sweeps. “We’re going to relax and enjoy this for a while and then we’re going to refocus and play who we have to play.” A six-day pause sapped the magic from the Detroit Tigers’ rush to the title last October, when they lost to the underdog St. Louis Cardinals in five games, leaving players and fans lamenting the interruption. “I don’t know if it was a factor,” Tigers right-hander Jeremy Bonderman said. “We just didn’t execute.” In Colorado’s champagne-soaked clubhouse early Tuesday morning, the possibility of rust corroding the Rockies’ run was the least of their concerns. “No,” pitcher Josh Fogg said, “we’re not worried about anything right now.” Reliever LaTroy Hawkins said the team’s heavily worked bullpen was thrilled this series didn’t go any longer than it had to. “Right now, the most important thing is we are in,” Hawkins said. “At this time of the year, a pitcher can use a break. Guys like Jeremy Affeldt, who had 70 or so appearances, need one. The bullpen got a use down the stretch. A lot of guys contributed.” Tigers closer Todd Jones, who used to pitch in Colorado, suggested the Rockies would be wise to catch some sun in the Arizona desert while waiting for the first World Series in the Rocky Mountains. “The Rockies should travel to their instructional site where they can get out of the weather and get some at-bats off live pitchers,” Jones wrote in an e-mail to The Associated Press. “The only problem you run into is some minor league kid, who gets all jazzed up facing Matt Holliday and Holliday could get hit. But, he could get hurt working out in the cold weather and pull a hammy in Denver just as easy.” The Rockies haven’t determined their schedule beyond today’s workout. Team spokesman Jay Alves said a trip to the club’s spring training complex in Tucson “would be considered if it’s something we determine is appropriate” should the warm weather in Denver take a turn for the worse. Major League Baseball added an extra day off in the middle of the league championship series this year to avoid starting the World Series on Saturday, which isn’t good for television ratings. No team has had to wait more than six days for a World Series to start and only 10 have had as much as a five-day break, although seven of those 10 teams won it all. Three times a team has waited six days for the Fall Classic to commence. In 1995, Atlanta beat Cleveland after a six-day wait, and the following year, the Yankees beat the Braves after a similar delay. The Tigers weren’t so lucky last year, when their pitchers set a series record for errors – which might have been the result of them losing their rhythm during the long delay. “There’s nothing you can do about it,” Bonderman said. “We threw some, fielded some and had some batting practice. That was about it, and I don’t think we could’ve done anything differently. It’s not like you can play a game.”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.The Rockies swept through their playoff bracket with such speed that their reward was a record eight-day wait for the World Series, by far the longest layoff in history. Having won 21 of 22 games, Todd Helton and his teammates hope they don’t lose their momentum or this mojo. Still, that’s sure to be the question over the next week – rest or rust? The World Series starts Oct. 24, when Cleveland or Boston hosts the Rockies, the charmed champions of the National League. Colorado has won 10 in a row overall, with sweeps of Philadelphia in the opening round of the playoffs and Arizona in the NL Championship Series. “We’ll probably scrimmage ourselves,” outfielder Ryan Spilborghs said. “And it’ll be the first time in a while we’ll lose.” BASEBALL: After their sweep in the NLCS, they must sit for eight days. By Arnie Stapleton THE ASSOCIATED PRESS DENVER – So, now what for the Colorado Rockies?
The district has lost nearly 1,600 students and $9 million in revenue over the last three years. As a result the board two years ago considered closing Dulles Elementary School and in May voted to close Delores Huerta Elementary School. Deal, 48, LeGaspi, and Morrison, 55, all said they don’t want to close schools, but said they may have to in order to save money. Another issue was the level of administration, with Hunter said is too high. But the incumbents said the district already is lean. email@example.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The three winners had a substantial margin over the other three. Deal received 2,404 votes or 22 percent; Morrison, 2,264 votes or 21 percent; Neal, 2,198 votes or 20 percent; LeGaspi, 1,625 votes or 15 percent; Hunter, 1,568 votes or 14 percent; and Covarrubias, 979 votes or 9 percent. Neal, 42, a teacher, credited her victory to telling people her message. “We went out and campaigned and told people how we want to improve and change things.” A major issue in the race was declining enrollment and the possibility of school closures. Special Section: Get the latest elections news and vote tallies NORWALK – Voters in the Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District went with the union label Tuesday, in electing teacher-endorsed candidates incumbents Pauline Deal and Karen Morrison and challenger Lorraine Neal. In doing so, they defeated two-term incumbent Richard LeGaspi, 44, of Norwalk. Also defeated were Moses Covarrubias, 38, and Greg Hunter, 37, both of La Mirada.
WHEN Los Angeles City Hall needed money for new cops, it raised trash fees to pay for them. When the Department of Water and Power needed money to balance a budget out of whack from its years of extravagant employee paychecks, it raised user rates. When the city needed to recoup lost revenues from an illegal phone tax, it placed a new phone tax on the upcoming ballot. Every time City Hall needs more money, it looks to the public. It’s time for a little fee equity to spread the pain around. For starters, how about developers begin paying their fair share? A Daily News review found that taxpayers subsidize more than half the costs of new-development applications for projects in Los Angeles. The city has hired a consultant for $150,000 to figure out whether the fees are too low. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre We can save the city the money by saying, unequivocally: Yes, they are. Taxpayers should not be forced to subsidize even one penny of the costs of new buildings in Los Angeles. It should be no problem for the City Council, which is always keen to endorse new fees for the public, to simply approve a new fee schedule for development applications. It should be, but many of the city’s elected officials are extremely cozy with L.A.’s developer class and possibly wary of making their monied friends mad. If they are serious about balancing the budget, though, then they must see this serious fee inequity and set it right. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
1 Graziano Pelle ended a 12-game goal drought with a fine brace to lead Southampton to a 2-1 victory over Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium.The Italian striker scored twice in the first-half, finding the net after a long wait with a flicked header and a neat low finish.It was game on early in the first-half when Marko Arnautovic pulled a goal back for hosts Stoke, but it wasn’t enough for Mark Hughes’ side.Pelle opened the scoring after just 12 minutes, though his goal was cruel on young English goalkeeper Jack Butland.The Stoke glovesman first denied Pelle with a brilliant one-handed save, as the striker’s thumping nodded effort looked destined for the top bin. But he was beaten from the following corner as Pelle ghosted in front of him and glanced a header into the net.It was 2-0 on the half-hour mark, as Pelle latched onto Dusan Tadic’s cross to fire a low shot past Butland.Tadic could have made it three and made the points safe before the break, but paid the price for his own hesitance.He simply HAD to score after being played clean through, but he cut back on his favoured right foot and just took too long to let fly, allowing Geoff Cameron to fly in with a perfectly timed tackle.Arnautovic gave Stoke hope of a comeback with a goal shortly after the re-start. A good move fed in Ibrahim Afellay on the left wing, and his cross was well met by the Austrian forward ,who slammed in at the near post.Stoke came forward in search on the equaliser, but couldn’t find their way past the Saints’ solid back-four, with Virgil van Dijk proving a rock at the back.Is was the Dutch centre-back’s brilliant last-gasp challenge which denied Mame Biram Diouf a chance from a wide open position, while Fraser Forster was forced into his first real save to palm away a strong Arnautovic drive.But the Saints had their chances too, with James Ward-Prowse hitting the crossbar with a fine free-kick attempt.Southampton found themselves down to ten men when substitute Sadio Mane was dismissed for an elbow in stoppage-time, but luckily for them it was too late for it to have an impact as the visitors held on. Southampton striker Graziano Pelle celebrates his return to goals