Month: December 2019

‘World class!’ Arsenal fans hail Ozil and Walcott combination

first_img1 Theo Walcott and Mesut Ozil embrace Arsenal fans are getting a little bit excited as Theo Walcott and Mesut Ozil combine at the Emirates.England forward Walcott played in a central role for the Gunners against Stoke and grabbed a first half goal by latching onto his German team-mate’s pass.And the prospect of this blossoming partnership is getting the Gooners salivating.You can see what they make of the dynamic duo below…last_img

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Manchester United defender injury update as second surgery is expected

first_img1 Manchester United defender Luke Shaw is expected to have a second operation on his broken leg on Friday.Shaw was taken to the St Anna Ziekenhuis hospital on the outskirts of Eindhoven on Tuesday night after breaking his right leg in two places during United’s 2-1 defeat to PSV.The England left-back broke his tibia and fibula following a challenge by PSV defender Hector Moreno in the 15th minute.Two orthopaedic surgeons and a trauma specialist conducted an operation on Shaw’s leg on the night of the match.United declined to comment any further on the matter, but it is understood that Shaw will have a second operation at the Dutch hospital as part of his recovery on Friday.Shaw will remain in Eindhoven until United’s medical staff are happy for him to come home.United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward visited Shaw the morning after the match and the player’s parents are understood to be with him now.Shaw is said to have suffered a “clean break” of the right leg, which makes it more likely his recovery will be quicker.The player himself has not set a target for his comeback date, but Louis van Gaal said after the match that he could return by March.”I am not a doctor so I cannot say that, but when you have a double fracture it is I think until six months,” the United manager said.”It is about how it develops. You can never say that in advance.”He will not play in the group phase I think. I hope he can play again this season.”Former Coventry defender David Busst suffered a horrific leg break against United at Old Trafford in 1996 after colliding with Denis Irwin and Brian McClair and retired from the game a few months later.Busst needed 26 operations and contracted the MRSA virus but he is confident Shaw will make a full recovery.He told The Sun: ”It wasn’t the actual fractures that stopped me from playing, it was the infections.”But so long as it’s a clean break and there is no infection, there shouldn’t be a major issue for Luke.” Luke Shaw last_img read more

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‘We were lucky but deserved to win’ Bilic on West Ham’s 2-1 win

first_imgWest Ham manager Slaven Bilic was full of praise for his players following their 2-1 win against Man City.The Hammers took a 2-0 lead at the Etihad through Victor Moses and Diafra Sakho, with Kevin De Bruyne pulling one back for the hosts.With this win on the road, Bilic has now guided the east London club to wins away at Arsenal, Liverpool and league leaders Man City.However, Manuel Pellegrini’s men didn’t give up their 100 per cent Premier League record without a fight.“You look better when you are losing against City, he said.“Then they let you play, or when it’s 0-0, they don’t go wild.“But when you have that amount of quality and when they’re losing at home 2-0 or 2-1 they go at you all guns blazing.“And it’s hard, but we knew that. We deserved [the win]. Yes, of course, we were lucky, but we deserved that luck.“In every position we were fighting as a unit, we kept the ball when it was possible to keep it.”last_img read more

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‘New Adebayor’? Tottenham fans slam Spurs star

first_img1 Andros Townsend has been dropped by manager Mauricio Pochettino For his public display of petulance, winger Andros Townsend has been axed from the Tottenham first team.The 24-year-old was involved in a row with coach Nathan Gardiner during a warm down after Spurs’ 3-1 win against Aston Villa on Monday night.Manager Mauricio Pochettino said the player understands he made a mistake as well as his frustration at not playing as much, but discipline is important.“The staff need to show respect to the player and the player needs to show respect to the staff,” he said.Following the revelation, many Tottenham fans showed they are right behind the popular manager, with some citing an apparent team spirit they don’t want to see damaged.last_img read more

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Team news: Key duo miss out for Liverpool’s trip to Watford

first_img1 Simon Mignolet looks to have played his last game for Liverpool Liverpool are without goalkeeper Simon Mignolet for the trip to Watford – a match you can listen to exclusively live on talkSPORT from 1.30pm BST.The Belgian shot-stopper, who has come in for some criticism in recent weeks after a series of uninspiring performances, has a hamstring problem and is replaced by Adam Bogdan.James Milner also missed out for Jurgen Klopp’s Reds, with the German opting to field Roberto Firmino in an unorthodox forward role.It’s a return to the setup that comprehensively destroyed Manchester City at the Etihad last month.Watford, meanwhile, are looking for a fourth straight win and remain unchanged from the side that won 1-0 at Sunderland last weekend.Watford team: Gomes; Nyom, Britos, Cathcart, Ake; Capoue, Watson; Abdi, Deeney, Jurado; IghaloLiverpool team: Bogdan, Clyne, Skrtel, Sakho, Moreno, Lucas, Henderson, Can, Lallana, Coutinho, Firminolast_img read more

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How Liverpool’s players rated v West Ham: Find out who ‘floated like a butterfly and stung like one’

first_img 12 Emre Can – 6 out of 10 – Hit the bar in first half stoppage time. 12 Philippe Coutinho – 4 out of 10 – Could have played this match 100 times and still wouldn’t have scored one of his long range shots. Nathaniel Clyne – 4 out of 10 – Too easily beaten by Michail Antonio at the back post for the first goal. Roberto Firmino – 4 out of 10 – Floated like a butterfly and stung like one. 12 12 Mamadou Sakho – 4 out of 10 – Bossed by Andy Carroll. Liverpool’s 2-0 defeat at West Ham was a woeful way for the Reds to kick off 2016.Few, if any players in a white shirt at the Boleyn Ground could walk away having had a good game.We’ve rated the starting XI and substitutes out of 10. Take a look at the ratings in the slideshow above, and let us know your verdict by leaving a comment below.Check out our match report of West Ham v Liverpool here 12 Alberto Moreno – 4 out of 10 – Allowed the cross for West Ham’s second. 12 Lucas Leiva – 5 out of 10 – Off the pace, but almost scored, only for Mark Noble to clear his header off the line. 12 12 Christian Benteke – 4 out of 10 – Poor performance that gave ammunition to his critics, following back-to-back match-winning displays. Jordon Ibe – 5 out of 10 – Started well, nearly scored, but faded as the match went on. Dejan Lovren – 6 out of 10 – Awful against West Ham at Anfield, Lovren was the best of a bad bunch at the back. Simon Mignolet – 6 out of 10: Click the arrow above to find out how the rest of Liverpool’s players rated, and leave a comment below to let us know how you rated each player – Beaten twice, but didn’t do much wrong. 12 12 12 12 Subs: Adam Lallana – 6 out of 10, Brad Smith – 6 out of 10, Joe Allen – 4 out of 10 – Lallana added some thrust to the attack after coming on for Firmino, Smith was an improvement on Moreno, while Allen missed an absolute sitter of a header that would have made it 2-1.last_img read more

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Worried you’ll miss the match? United hero’s cunning plan to avoid that scenario

first_imgNo football fan wants to miss a big match, but sometimes it seems almost unavoidable.Step forward Rio Ferdinand with a disguise even more cunning than a whipped in Juan Mata free-kick.The Manchester United hero and Champions League-winner appears in an advert in which he undergoes a remarkable transformation to help a friend get out of work and see the match.Ferdinand doubles up as an office worker and attends a meeting with his mask in place, but nearly blows his cover with a line about a Brazilian footballer.Check it out, above.last_img read more

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Villaraigosa crafting his own hit pieces

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Villaraigosa doesn’t see it that way. Few politicians actually want to ask the people to support a tax increase on themselves. So politicians give tax increases different names and package them in clever ways to obscure the reality. But what Villaraigosa is really doing is drafting a “hit piece” on himself that will assuredly come back to haunt him in future elections – such as when he runs for governor. A “hit piece,” in politics, is a mailer or TV spot that defines a political candidate negatively on an important issue. In this case, it would be that Villaraigosa supports tax increases. Are we really getting our money’s worth out of the city? Are the critical services really getting the attention they need? How many more cops have been added to the streets of L.A., particularly in the San Fernando Valley, where gang problems are a constant and growing threat? What about improving upon the aging infrastructure we hear so much about? But the absurdity and hit-piece writing don’t end there. Villaraigosa is also exploring putting a different tax increase on the ballot and selling it as a tax cut. Boy, this sounds familiar. Remember the “reform” term-limit ballot measure we just voted on that actually increased the amount of time City Council members can serve? That measure was purposefully crafted to confuse the voters into thinking they were supporting tough term limits and good government. What many mistakenly did was vote to give politicians greater job security. RAISE your hand if you think you aren’t paying enough taxes. Too bad. You don’t have a vote in the matter. That’s what Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and the City Council are telling you, anyhow. The city of Los Angeles is suing you, the people, in an effort to take part of the Department of Water and Power’s revenue stream and use it for non-DWP-related expenses. And Villaraigosa is leading the charge. The problem with this strategy, other than the fact that our city is suing us for doing nothing wrong, is that such a maneuver is tantamount to a tax increase. And according to Proposition 218, approved by the voters in 1996, it should be voted on by the people. Similarly, Villaraigosa is exploring a ballot measure that would preserve the much-despised telephone utility users tax we pay at a lower level, then calling it a tax cut. But this tax will likely go away altogether after an upcoming court ruling, meaning any attempt to keep even a portion of it would really become a tax increase. If the mayor really believes the city needs more revenues, he should pursue pro-growth strategies that countries the world over are pursuing. In France, for instance, President Sarkozy is cutting taxes to stimulate economic investment, which will in turn create more profitable businesses, which comes back to government in the form of more tax revenues. It worked when Bill Clinton cut capital-gains taxes in the 1990s, and when the Bush tax cuts were passed in the early part of this decade. In both instances, government revenues rose. Los Angeles is a high-tax, expensive place to do business. It makes sense to cut taxes and encourage investment and job creation. Instead, Villaraigosa has started down the road of taxing and spending without admitting it. By using such cynical campaign tactics that suggest one thing but really are another, Villaraigosa thinks he’s being crafty and clever. But what he fails to realize is that he’s unwittingly writing his own campaign hit pieces. Garrett Biggs and Todd Blair are partners in the Los Angeles-based political consulting firm, Blair-Biggs Campaigns. Write to them by e-mail at info@blairbiggs.com160Want 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

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Boeing profits soar 61% on deliveries

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.That news sent the company’s shares down during most of trading Wednesday, but analysts said they were still pleased by the company’s better-than-expected third- quarter performance. “Obviously it was a very solid quarter driven by the commercial aircraft division, but investors are more focused on the outlook for 2008 and beyond,” Edward Jones analyst Matt Collins said. “The $100 billion question is when can they deliver the 787.” Boeing, which operates its Satellite Development Center in El Segundo, announced earlier this month that it would delay its first delivery of the 787 by six months to November or December 2008 because of problems it has encountered assembling the first few planes. Executives said Wednesday that customers were frustrated by the delay, but orders for the plane continued at a steady clip. The company inked 73 new orders for the plane during the third quarter, bringing total firm orders to 710. For the quarter ending Sept.30, Boeing’s profit rose 61percent and amounted to $1.44 per share, up from $694million, or 89 cents per share, a year ago. Boeing delivered 109 planes and booked 354 gross orders during the quarter. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By Ashley M. Heher THE ASSOCIATED PRESS CHICAGO – The world’s No. 2 commercial airplane maker posted its best profit in nearly four years Wednesday as higher commercial airplane deliveries helped Boeing Co. earn $1.1 billion in the third quarter. The results beat Wall Street expectations, but the company cautioned that a six-month delay in the launch of its new 787 Dreamliner plane would cut into its 2008 revenue and cause it to push 35 plane deliveries from 2008 into 2009. last_img read more

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Schwarzenegger guilty of intellectual negligence

first_imgGov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s administration has sometimes been called corrupt, as when he was accepting millions in fees from body-building magazines while serving as governor, and even now as his top staffers are paid more from his special-interest-financed political committees than from their state salaries. It has been called a Teflon administration, as when he promised to hire a private detective to investigate his own admitted past sexual misbehavior, but never did – and there were no consequences. But on at least two of the hot issues Schwarzenegger himself has pronounced most urgent for California, it might be better to call his the Ostrich Administration. For he’s clearly got his head deep in sand, or something, when it comes to both greenhouse gases and universal health care. On greenhouse gases, the final budget Schwarzenegger sent legislators this year would have cut out Williamson Act subsidies to farmers, a program that keeps more than 16 million acres of farmland from being developed. That farmland removes at least 1.75 million tons of carbon dioxide from the air each year, far more than any other state program now existing or envisioned. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Legislators eventually put it back in the budget and Schwarzenegger later left it there, lamely claiming that, “I’m glad they put it back in.” Like an ostrich with hidden head, he had not looked at what his proposed cut would mean to his own cherished ideal, one which he has advocated before countless world leaders. Just as egregious is his failure to examine the details of his plan to impose universal health care coverage in California, forcing even those who don’t want insurance to buy it. Problems here include those two key D-words: deductibles and doctors. Schwarzenegger and his aides have virtually ignored the problem of high deductibles, which could make health care premiums a worthless expense for the working poor, if they or their families don’t have major health problems in any one year. That difficulty, however, could likely be dealt with by raising premiums paid by the wealthy to make up for costs of lower deductibles for those buying the most rudimentary catastrophic coverage. But the doctor problem won’t be so easy. Schwarzenegger proposes to add a minimum of 900,000 patients to the state’s Medi-Cal rolls, paying for this in part with additional available federal matching funds and with a tax on hospitals that now treat the uninsured in emergency rooms, often without getting paid for their services. The hospitals are willing to go along with this because they figure a guarantee of payment will more than make up for any tax they’d pay. But who would treat those patients? Currently, only 35,000 of the state’s almost 65,000 practicing physicians accept Medi-Cal patients, and for most of them the indigent on the program make up just a small part of their practices. Add 900,000 patients to Medi-Cal’s enrollment and you’d need a minimum of 650 doctors to treat them, assuming each doctor has a practice of 1,200 patients and all are Medi-Cal recipients. The average California doctor’s practice includes about that many people, but almost none is exclusively Medi-Cal. There is a reason barely half of all the state’s doctors take Medi-Cal and why most of those who do see its members don’t see many of them: Payments from Medi-Cal are so low doctors can’t afford to pay for office rent, insurance, staff and supplies if they see mostly Medi-Cal patients. In a salient commentary published this fall, Fresno County surgeon Linda Halderman noted that breast cancer specialists receive $24 for a patient consultation no matter how long they spend with a patient, while a two-hour breast-preserving cancer operation and the 90 days of after care that goes with it bring the doctor only $253. Any other medical plan would pay almost double those amounts and physicians who refuse to accept any HMO patients charge far more than that. Those payment levels won’t cover much of any doctor’s expenses. Yet, Medi-Cal is slated for a 10 percent cut in payments next year. Halderman said she treated such Medi-Cal breast cancer patients at a loss for four years before she stopped taking them this fall. Many doctors don’t stick it out that long. And unless Medi-Cal payments rise considerably under the new program, it will be impossible to find the equivalent of 650 more doctors willing to accept an entirely Medi-Cal population for their practices. But Schwarzenegger doesn’t discuss these dismal facts as he travels the state plumping for his program. Maybe he just hasn’t bothered to look into the details of what he’s doing, just as he didn’t bother checking on the consequences of his attempt to eliminate the Williamson Act. It’s plain that he’s acting like an ostrich and depending on his old-reliable Teflon to keep from suffering any consequences. Tom Elias wrote The Burzynski Breakthrough: The Most Promising Cancer Treatment and the Government’s Campaign to Squelch It, which is now in its third edition. His e-mail address is tdelias@aol.com. 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

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