Liverpool handed major boost with key duo in contention for Norwich game

first_img Daniel Sturridge 1 Liverpool forward Daniel Sturridge and captain Jordan Henderson could both make their comebacks in Sunday’s home clash with Norwich, Reds boss Brendan Rodgers has indicated.Sturridge has been back in full training since last week after recovering from a hip operation in May, while midfielder Henderson this week underwent a specialist procedure in the United States in an attempt to cure an ongoing heel problem.And Rodgers said on Friday: “Jordan will train today so we’ll see how he comes through that – he has obviously been away and had some work done on his foot, so hopefully all will be well with that but we’ll assess it over the next 48 hours.“Daniel has been training with the team now for a week or so and again we will assess that in relation to the game.”Rodgers believes Sturridge’s reintegration could help turn the Reds’ form around after successive league defeats, and is looking forward to seeing the England man strike up an understanding with Christian Benteke.“Daniel, on his game, is one of the best there is – there are not too many who can compare with him when he is at his level,” said the Ulsterman.“When he can stretch teams like he can with his pace and the wonderful variety in his finishing, you put Christian alongside that, [Philippe] Coutinho in behind that or to the side of it, then other players support that – it is a really exciting dynamic.“We have probably been waiting for that for quite a period of time but those types of players like Daniel, with that quality, can give a totally different perspective to your team.”last_img read more

David Beckham on Man United summer signings, Giggs as boss and his Old Trafford return – ABSB best bits

first_imgJohn Hartson was alongside Alan Brazil on today’s show and they were joined by a very special guest – David Beckham.The former England captain paid tribute to Cristiano Ronaldo after he hit his 500th career goal, backed Ryan Giggs to make a ‘perfect’ Manchester United manager, and discussed his impending return to Old Trafford for a charity match.Andriy Shevchenko also joined Alan and John and insisted Jose Mourinho will turn things around at Chelsea.last_img

Arsenal and Chelsea target rejected offers from ‘big clubs’ to stay at PSG, claims agent

first_imgThe agent of Arsenal and Chelsea target Blaise Matuidi claims his client had plenty of offers from big clubs in the summer.The 28-year-old established himself as one of the best midfielders in Europe last season as he helped Paris Saint-Germain to the Ligue 1 title.Both Arsenal and Chelsea were linked with the France international as a result, as were clubs in Germany.And now Matuidi’s agent, Mino Raiola, has revealed that several big sides came calling in the summer transfer window.“Blaise Matuidi stayed at PSG because his heart is Parisian,” Raiola told RMC.“Europe’s top ten wanted him. Today they do still, there would be no problem in terms of selling him!” PSG forward Blaise Matuidi 1last_img read more

Sturridge must learn difference between ‘serious pain and what is only pain’, says Klopp

first_img Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has told Daniel Sturridge to learn the difference between “serious pain and what is only pain”, after the striker suffered a fresh injury blow this week.The 26-year-old pulled out of the squad for Thursday’s 2-1 Europa League win over Bordeaux after reporting discomfort in his foot after a session.Sturridge has missed almost as many matches (68) as he has featured in (70) since joining the club nearly three years ago, and hip surgery in May has restricted him to just 252 minutes over three appearances this season.He featured in only 18 games in the previous campaign because of thigh, calf and hip problems and Klopp has yet to play him since taking over as manager in mid-October.The German has made allowances for the amount of time Sturridge has been sidelined, but admits the striker cannot be given an extended period to recover with the side still competing in three competitions at this stage of the season.“The situation is Daniel was very often injured in the last few months, and maybe years, so it is normal when you get back in training usually it is not the quality, but you need training,” he said.“Your body has to learn to adapt to new intensities of training and in this time you have to learn what is serious pain and what is only pain.“Everyone wants him back on the pitch but we all have to learn.“Now we can say [his latest issue] is not that serious but it is not possible to go on as before so we have to react to every situation – which is normal for injuries.“When Daniel comes back usually after this long break you would train five weeks in a row and play only in friendly games.“That would be the best, but of course we know the world is not perfect so we have to try the best and the quickest.“It is a really long period so now we have to stay patient I am sorry to say: sorry for you, sorry for me, sorry for him.”Klopp could not say whether Sturridge would be fit to be included in Sunday’s squad to face Swansea.However, he revealed captain Jordan Henderson, who has not played since the second match of the season after heel problems and then a broken bone in his foot, will not be considered until fully fit.The midfielder returned to training with the full squad this week and is keen to play, but his manager insists he will take it day-by-day with the 25-year-old.“He wants [to play] but we have to wait,” said Klopp.“I am waiting for him, that is what I told him. For a player like him he is always [knocking] on the door saying ‘Give me five minutes, ten minutes’.“I like this, but it is not always the best thing to do. He has a big step ahead of him now.“Everything we do is 120 per cent so you need to be prepared for this. Players like Hendo have to be fit, not only 50 per cent.“If he is in this shape we can use him and he can help us.”Klopp also questioned whether Christian Benteke, whose brilliantly-taken goal won the game against Bordeaux, is ready to start again after 90 minutes against the French club.“I don’t know in this moment if Christian is capable of playing two games in three days. We will have to decide,” he said.“But it is not the most difficult situation at this moment with the strikers because we have Christian, Divock [Origi] and Roberto [Firmino] who are good.“We need all of them for this big number of games.” 1last_img read more

Premier League injury table: Who have the most players out?

first_img 5 4= Manchester United – Six players out injured – Click the right arrow above to see who have the most absentees… – Luke Shaw, Antonio Valencia, Marcos Rojo, Jesse Lingard, Phil Jones and Nick Powell. 5 5 2. Newcastle United – 10 players out injured – Vurnon Anita, Papiss Cisse, Mike Williamson, Massadio Haidara, Rolando Aarons, Tim Krul, Gabriel Obertan, Steven Taylor, Emmanuel Riviere and Curtis Good. 3. Arsenal – Seven players out injured – Danny Welbeck, Tomas Rosicky, Jack Wilshere, Francis Coquelin, Mikel Arteta, Alexis Sanchez and Santi Cazorla. 5 5 4= Aston Villa – Six players out injured – Jordan Amavi, Gary Gardner, Carlos Sanchez, Gabriel Agbonlahor, Adama Traore and Alan Hutton. Liverpool may have beaten Stoke City in their League Cup semi-final first leg clash at the Britannia Stadium, but at what cost?The 1-0 victory, thanks to Jordon Ibe’s first-half effort, may have seen the Reds stick one foot into the final but it also saw them lose an astonishing three players to injury.First Philippe Coutinho’s night was curtailed with just 18 minutes on the clock as he suffered a hamstring problem, while 16 minutes later Dejan Lovren was forced from the field for the same reason after sliding into a challenge.Then, just when manager Jurgen Klopp though they’d come through without another problem, Kolo Toure had to struggle through the final minutes with a knock.So, with Liverpool’s injury list added to, just which Premier League team has the most crocked players? talkSPORT takes a look.Click the right arrow above to see who has the most players out injured… 1. Liverpool – 11 players out injured – Dejan Lovren, Philippe Coutinho, Mamadou Sakho, Jordan Henderson, Divock Origi, Martin Skrtel, Jordan Rossiter, Daniel Sturridge, Danny Ings, Joe Gomez and Jon Flanagan.last_img read more

‘Villainous’ Diego Costa not to blame for Arsenal defeat, claims Gunners legend

first_imgArsenal legend Liam Brady has called Chelsea striker Diego Costa ‘a villain’, but concedes the Spanish hitman was not to blame for the Gunners’ 1-0 defeat on Sunday.The Blues made it nine games without defeat against Arsene Wenger’s men as Costa’s first-half goal claimed victory over the Gunners, who played more than 70 minutes with ten men after Per Mertesacker was sent off after an early tangle with the striker.Costa was at the centre of controversy the last time the two Premier League giants clashed in September, as Arsenal ending the Stamford Bridge encounter with nine men largely thanks to the forward’s theatrics with Chelsea winning 2-0.Gunners boss Wenger has again accused the former Atletico Madrid man of deliberately getting one of men sent off, after Mertesacker was shown red for a last-man challenge, though replays showed contact between the pair was minimal.But former midfielder Brady believes the call from referee Mark Clattenburg was the correct one.“Diego Costa was without a doubt the villain of the game at Stamford Bridge, but I don’t think you can blame too much on him yesterday,” he told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“It was a sending off, Costa was through on goal. If Mertesacker watches that again I think he’d feel he should have let Costa take his chance and let him go on goal. He had Petr Cech to beat and Koscielney would have put him under all sorts of pressure and he might not have scored.“With 11 men we could have won the game. The team played well in spells and with ten men we had a few great chances to score and get the draw.”The defeat meant Arsenal missed the chance to climb above Leicester City to the top of the Premier League standings, after the Foxes beat Stoke on Saturday to go three points clear at the summit.The Gunners remain tied on points [44] with second place Manchester City, while fierce rivals Tottenham are only two points behind in fourth, but Brady believes Wenger’s men still have a great chance to end their wait for a Premier League title.“If you look at the table, it looks like the title race is between four teams – the current top four,” he added.“If Arsenal can stay around the top for the next five or six weeks, get good results against Leicester, Spurs and Manchester United and win against the other teams, then I think we’re in with a great chance of winning the title this year.”last_img read more

Governor signs sex-abuse protection bills

first_imgSACRAMENTO – Governor Schwarzenegger has signed four bills aimed at increasing protections for victims of sexual abuse, incest and child abuse. One bill prohibits convicted child abusers from going within 35 miles of the child’s residence. Another increases from 45 days to 60 days the notice a sexual abuse victim must be given before the abuser is released from prison. The other bills tighten loopholes and expand the list of sex offenses for which victims can request their names to be withheld. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Schwarzenegger has until midnight Sunday to sign more than 300 bills still pending on his desk. 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

DirectTV profits off 14%; revenues jump on demand

first_imgThe increase was due mostly to higher prices for programming packages and fees for high-definition and digital video recording equipment, and an extra week of revenues from the company’s pro football broadcast package. Capital spending rose as the company increased the number of high-definition channels it offers and more customers leased digital video recorders. “Now, as we’ve said many times before, we view the increased costs for advanced product to be a value-creating investment, as the higher revenue generates a great return on that incremental investment,” DirecTV CEO Chase Carey said in a conference call with analysts. For the first nine months of the year, DirecTV’s earnings edged up to $1.1billion from $1.06 billion a year earlier. Revenue rose to $12.3 billion from $10.5 billion in the year-ago period. 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 DirecTV shares jumped 75c ents, about 2.9 percent, to $26.87. The company added 240,000 net subscribers at its core U.S. unit in the period, an increase of 45 percent. Gross subscriber additions rose 2.5 percent. Average monthly churn rate, a measurement of the pace of customer defection, fell to 1.6 percent from 1.8 percent last year. As of Sept. 30, the company’s U.S. subscriber count stood at 16.6 million, up 6 percent from the year-ago total. Average monthly revenue per subscriber rose 8.3 percent to $78.79, compared with $72.74 last year. Satellite broadcaster DirecTV Group Inc. of El Segundo said Wednesday that its third-quarter earnings slipped on higher costs, but revenue rose 18percent from more customers and demand for high-definition and digital video recorder services. For the quarter ended Sept. 30, the company reported net income fell 14percent, to $319million, or 27 cents per share, from $370 million, or 30 cents per share, in the same quarter last year. Revenue surged to $4.33 billion from $3.67billion in the year-ago quarter. Analysts expected a profit of 29 cents per share on revenue of $4.25 billion. last_img read more

I volunteer to teach city officials

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsEven 14 members of Councilwoman Janice Hahn’s office got in on the altruism-at-taxpayers’-expense act, “volunteering” full- and half-days on salaried time to help build houses. Has volunteerism ever been more profitable … for the volunteer? According to my American Heritage Dictionary, the No. 1 definition of volunteer is “a person who performs or offers to perform a service of his or her own free will without pay.” That definition is followed by a dozen more, none of which mentions being paid for services rendered. Not one. A volunteer who gets paid is not a volunteer, no matter what kind of spin city officials put on it. Mercedes Marquez, general manager of the Housing Department, justifies all this faux volunteerism by saying her employees’ work on the project was relevant to their regular duties and, thus, an appropriate use of staff time. Wrong! We, the taxpayers pay city workers to stay in the office and push papers, not to be on the Habitat job site pulling electrical wiring. There’s a time-tested Army saying: Never volunteer; it usually means doing an extremely hazardous or dirty job. Then there’s Tennessee, which is known as the Volunteer State. Maybe we should send our “volunteering” city workers there. The city doesn’t have a clear policy on employees’ volunteering their services for charitable work. Nor does it have any way of keeping track of which employees actually volunteered for the Habitat for Humanity project, how many hours they worked, or if they even showed up to work, opting instead to go to a movie or spend the day in bed. If I could afford it – which I can’t, because of all my tax money city officials have wasted – I’d race to the nearest book store and buy every one in City Hall an unabridged Oxford English dictionary along with a Roget’s Thesaurus. The politicians’ assignment would be to memorize five new words and their definition every day. They must start with “legal” and “volunteer.” Sand Sandy Sand is a resident of West Hills, a freelance writer and former editor of the Tolucan. Write to her by e-mail [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! What part of “volunteer” don’t our city officials understand? While rationally understanding anything doesn’t seem to be part of their job description, frankly I don’t understand how they cannot understand what “volunteering” means. Pay me to volunteer, and I’ll volunteer all day long, and so will every member of my family. Hell, I’ll even “volunteer” the dog’s services to be hitched to a supply wagon and follow me while we’re being “paid volunteers.” As the result of former President Jimmy Carter’s visit to Los Angeles in October for a weeklong Habitat for Humanity project in South Los Angeles, the city’s Housing Department encouraged employees to volunteer. And they did – on the taxpayers’ dime. last_img read more


first_imgSinn Féin Spokesperson on Finance Pearse Doherty has welcomed the Government’s commitment to reverse the cut to the Minimum Wage – but then claimed that Fine Gael are using this promise as a political cover for wage cuts on the lowest paid.Speaking at Leinster House the Donegal South West Deputy said he welcomed the new Government pledge.However he went on to claim: “Fine Gael have also made clear their intention to cut the wages of hundreds of thousands of low paid workers.  The European Commission and IBEC are pressurising the Government to force down the cost of labour by slashing the wages of the lowest paid – those covered by the Joint Labour Committee agreements and Registered Employment Agreements. “The JLC and REAs cover more than 300,000 of the very lowest paid workers in our society.“They are based mainly in services industries, hospitality and trades, many of whom are part-time and the majority of whom are women.“Many of these workers are living on or below the Governments own poverty line. These are the people who Fine Gael, supported by IBEC and the European Commission, want to target in their quest to drive down wages.”Mr Doherty said it was clear to him that the reversal of the minimum wage cut, although welcome is being used by Fine Gael as political cover for wage cuts on the lowest paid. He said he expected such a policy from Fine Gael – but not Labour.“Workers have a right to know where Labour leader Eamonn Gilmore stands on this issue and I would ask him to make his position known,” he said.“Driving down the wages of the lowest paid will push thousands of families further into poverty. It will also create poverty traps and in some cases a disincentive to work. Crucially it will also damage the economy, as people will have less money to spend in the local economy, resulting in even more unemployment.”He added: “If  Fine Gael are serious about protecting the low paid they will not only reverse the cut to the minimum wage but will also protect the wage rates agreed under the JLCs and REAs.“However if they proceed then it is up to the Labour Party to stand by working people, do the right thing and stop the race to the bottom in terms of wages. “For our part Sinn Fein will continue to campaign alongside trade unions and other campaign groups to make sure that the already poor wages and conditions of low paid workers are protected from further attack.”DOHERTY CLAIMS MINIMUM WAGE PLEDGE WON’T STOP CUTS TO LOWEST PAID was last modified: April 13th, 2011 by gregShare 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)Tags:Donegal South West TDminimum wagePearse Dohertylast_img read more