Man United blow! Top target Muller not for sale, insist Bayern Munich

first_img1 Bayern Munich have ruled out selling Manchester United target Thomas Muller this summer.The Bundesliga giants have issued a hands-off warning for their World Cup-winning star after recent reports that the Red Devils had tabled a £60m bid for his signature.Louis van Gaal is a big admirer of the 25-year-old having worked with him during his time in charge of Bayern and is still keen to add a midfielder with striking prowess to his squad.However, Bayern officials have made it clear that the versatile Muller will not be leaving the club and could yet extend his current deal which expires in 2019.“We will need every player,” sporting director Matthias Sammer admitted.“I think there is nothing more that could happen [in the transfer market].” Thomas Muller last_img read more

Dinamo Zagreb 2-1 Arsenal: Ten-man Gunners beaten in Croatia

first_img Arsenal lose opening Champions League game 1 Olivier Giroud was sent off as Arsenal were beaten 2-1 by Dinamo Zagreb in their Champions League opener.Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s own goal gifted the home side a first-half lead and Giroud was dismissed five minutes before half-time for a second bookable offence.Junior Fernandes’ close-range header doubled the home side’s advantage 13 minutes into the second half before Theo Walcott pulled one back for the Gunners with 11 minutes remaining.But it wasn’t enough to prevent a damaging night for Wenger’s side and they now face an uphill battle to qualify for the knockout stages with two games against Bayern Munich to come.Perhaps with Saturday’s trip to Stamford Bridge in mind, Wenger made six changes to the side that beat Stoke City on Saturday. David Ospina replaced Petr Cech in goal, while Mathieu Debuchy and Kieran Gibbs occupied the full-back spots. Mikel Arteta made his first competitive start since November, Giroud replaced Walcott up front and Oxlade-Chamberlain replaced the rested Aaron Ramsey.Arsenal began their 18th consecutive campaign in the competition with plenty of possession. Their first chance came on 10 minutes when Santi Cazorla’s in-swinging corner found an unmarked Giroud but the Frenchman’s point-blank header was palmed away by Eduardo.The Frenchman squandered an even better chance eight minutes later when he met Oxlade-Chamberlain’s cross and was first denied by the post and before seeing the rebound clawed away by Eduardo.And the Gunners were made to pay for their early wastefulness. The visitors were caught on the break as El Arbi Hillel Soudani picked out Josip Pivaric down the left channel and the left-back’s effort was saved by Ospina but ricocheted into the net off Oxlade-Chamberlain.Giroud’s miserable evening was then brought to a premature end five minutes when he was shown a second yellow for a trip on Ivo Pinto.Arsenal should have levelled three minutes into the second half when Mesut Ozil combined with Gibbs but his tame shot was kicked away by Eduardo.The game was put beyond Wenger’s side on 58 minutes when slack marking at the front post allowed Fernandes a free header and the Chilean made no mistake, glancing past Ospina.Wenger introduced Walcott and Joel Campbell in an attempt to revive his team and Walcott gave Arsenal hope on 78 minutes as he broke the offside trap and slid home a cool finish.But the ten men couldn’t salvage enough energy to push for an equaliser and were beaten in their opening group game for the second year in a row. In the other game in Group F, Bayern Munich beat Olympiakos 3-0 courtesy of goals from Thomas Muller (2) and Mario Gotze.last_img read more

Wenger to throw him in at the deep end? Posible Arsenal line up v Swansea

first_img 12. Olivier Giroud (striker) 18. Nacho Monreal (left back) 4. Per Mertesacker (centre back): To see who we think Wenger will choose, click the arrow above to see the full line up, in order of squad number 11 28. Joel Campbell (right wing) Arsenal travel to play Swansea City tomorrow with the Gunners looking for a response to their shock mid-week loss to Sheffield Wednesday in the League Cup.A young side were thrashed 3-0 at Hillsborough, and manager Arsene Wenger suffered a further blow when English duo Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott went off injured.IWOBI BATTLING IT OUT WITH CAMPBELL FOR RIGHT WING PLACENeither will be fit to play in South Wales, meaning Olivier Giroud is likely to lead the line in attack against a side who have lost just once at home all season.However, Gunners fans will be confident of victory as Arsenal have won their last four Premier League games and scored a combined 13 goals.But with Oxlade-Chamberlain and Walcott joining Aaron Ramsey on the sidelines, Wenger has a selection headache.So who will he pick? Take a look at talkSPORT’s predicted XI in squad number order by clicking the yellow arrow above, right. 11. Mesut Ozil (attacking midfield) 11 24. Hector Bellerin (right back) 11 11 11 6. Laurent Koscielny (centre back) 33. Petr Cech (goalkeeper) 19. Santi Cazorla (centre midfield) 11 11 11 11 17. Alexis Sanchez (left wing) 11 11 34. Francis Coquelin (centre midfield)last_img read more

‘I’m actually liking this talk of Mark Hughes taking over at Chelsea’ – reaction to latest managerial rumour

first_img1 Mark Hughes has been linked with the Chelsea job From Pep Guardiola to Diego Simeone, a whole host of glamarous names have been linked with the permanent position at Chelsea.But the latest individual to allegedly have his name etched on their growing wish list is a tad more rugged.According to various reports, the reigning English champions are considering Stoke City manager Mark Hughes as a potential permanent successor to Jose Mourinho, with the Englishman having impressed for his recent transformation of the style of play at the Britannia Stadium.Ex-Chelsea coach Ray Wilkins, speaking exclusively to talkSPORT, believes there is a possibility that Hughes could move to south west London – but are the club’s supporters as optimistic over the speculation?Find out below…last_img read more

‘We’ll buy a team for the rematch!’ Klopp relaxed about Liverpool fixture congestion

first_imgLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp shrugged off the prospect of having to play yet another match after a goalless draw at home to West Ham meant an FA Cup fourth-round replay.A ninth match in 29 days forced the Reds boss, who is still managing a number of injuries, to make wholesale changes to his side but the younger players he brought in acquitted themselves well and should probably have won the game.As it is they will have to go to Upton Park the week after next, meaning they have lost the chance of a much-needed break with a seventh successive midweek now pencilled in.“There is nothing to say. It is how it is. I think the most important thing is everyone could see our line-up was not disrespectful to the FA Cup,” said Klopp.“It was the other way around. We thought this was the best chance for us to go through.“They have not played together often but this young team did really well.“We had a good structure. We had chances. We should have scored in one of the other situations. At the end it is a draw. Now we play again.“We have another game against Everton we have to find a place for (it has been moved because of Liverpool’s place in the Capital One Cup final).“With all the things we did until now the only things we have created are next games.”Klopp was asked whether the extra games would affect what business he does before Monday’s closing of the transfer window.“We buy a team for the rematch? Ten players or 11?” he joked.“It should not be the reason, one game more.“We could rest the team [who played against] Stoke so we will have fresh legs against Leicester (on Tuesday). That is good news.“It doesn’t feel brilliant in this moment but when we go to West Ham we will have the chance to go again into the next round.“Hopefully one of the players will come back from injuries in the next few weeks.”last_img read more

Sympathy for the she-devil

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.I know you’ve seen them. Maybe you’ve even uttered them, quietly to another sympathetic liberal, after Coulter so thoroughly set you off. Bitch, bimbo, slut, blond bubble-head, fembot, bulimic and many others so offensive they can’t be printed in the newspaper. I can’t say I agree with any view espoused by Coulter, being one of those very liberals about whom she makes buckets of money talking baseless smack. And I would never defend any of her positions. She’s a big meanie pants who seems to delight in making people feel bad. And she probably got years of practice perfecting that skill in the strict caste society that is grade school. Worse still, she is one of the people I hold personally responsible for bringing the principles of professional wrestling to public discourse. Can it be too much longer before we have political commentators with gaudy costumes and monikers like “The Liberalator” or “Dr. GOP” whose success in a debate is measured in loudest voice and meanest snarl? But as a woman in the mostly male world of opinion, I can’t help but cringe every time I hear or read someone gleefully insulting Coulter’s looks, her age, her body shape, her supposed frigidity. “That’s not her worst feature,” I want to yell. It’s her words, stupid. Coulter would probably hate that I have empathy. But I have been there, and it’s hard not to feel the injustice that as a woman opinion-maker an assessment of our attractiveness often accompanies the rebuke of our ideas. This is on purpose, no doubt. From a very young age, girls learn that the most potent measure of their worth as a person is based on what they look like, or rather what other people think they look like. For men, their sense of self-worth and the value judgments of others have little to do with how good they look and stems from their intellect or business acumen. That’s why you see beautiful women with squirrelly men like Woody Allen, but rarely see gorgeous men with brilliant but homely women. As a man, you have to be obese like filmmaker Michael Moore to get the fat jokes. But Britney Spears, one of the fittest young moms in the history of all time, was mercilessly mocked for her embarrassing performance at the MTV Video Awards for being fat because she actually filled out her glittery bikini. It’s not just Coulter and Spears who are hit with inappropriately personal and often sexual comments. In March, Joan Walsh, editor in chief of the online magazine Salon, wrote about the culture of abuse against women in the blogosphere, specifically one that erupted in the Bay Area when a female software programmer had to shut down her blog after an avalanche of verbally abusive, sexually explicit and outright threatening comments. In the article, Walsh said that the controversy caused her to face something she didn’t want to think about: the level of online abuse toward women writers. “Ever since Salon automated its letters, it’s been hard to ignore that the criticisms of women writers are much more brutal and vicious than those about men – sometimes nakedly sexist, sometimes less obviously so; sometimes sexually and/or personally degrading,” she wrote. I’ve known that for years, ever since I moved from being a reporter to the editorial side and the readers’ comments became much more personal and graphic, both from fans and foes. I was shocked; how does my appearance have anything to do with the validity of my argument? Does New York Times columnist Tom Friedman have to deal with reader letters making fun of his mustache? What set me off this time was a graphic of Coulter done up with insulting comments about her body parts set on top of a photo of her on (the online home of the skanky men’s magazine). I found it through the meaner-than-ever, which added its own nasty comments. Instead of feeling self-righteous, I felt something terrible: a kinship with the most odious woman in America. It’s easy for those of us targeted by Coulter’s hateful polemics to ignore (and, lets be honest here, maybe enjoy) the personal insults against her. And many will say that Coulter is actually asking for it, what with her deliberately repugnant words and her provocative dress. Yeah, asking for it. Where have we heard that before? Mariel Garza is a columnist and editorial writer for the Los Angeles Daily News. She blogs at Write to her by e-mail at [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! I feel bad for Ann Coulter. No, really. The conservative commentator known for her outrageous quips about all things liberal is back in the news with her anti-Jewish remarks, surely calculated to stir up interest in her new book “Why Liberals Are Stupid. Plus Evil,” or something like that. And with the new round of Coulterish rantings (why do people continue to take this woman seriously?) came something worse – at least to me. The ugly, ugly names. last_img read more

Foundation grants $10 million to South Bay hospitals, organizations

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Thanks to the grant, patients who would normally have to wait up to a year for an appointment with a specialist at County Harbor-UCLA Medical Center can get in to see one at Little Company of Mary in about two weeks, said Jim Tehan, director of community programs for the hospital. Little Company also received $130,000 to support community health workers who will be stationed at the new Vasek Polak Health Clinic set to open Dec. 3 in Hawthorne. Another grant recipient was County Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, which received $560,000 to provide home health visits, assistance with transportation and coordination of health care for up to 68 Latino and African-American high-risk infants. Other programs that received funding included mental health and counseling services for high-risk youths at the Airport Marina Counseling Services Center in Westchester, health promotion at the Alzheimer’s Association, and stroke prevention at Centinela Freeman Medical Center. The grant money, announced late last week, is administered through the foundation as part of a settlement agreement reached between the state and Centinela Hospital Medical Center in Inglewood when it was sold to a for-profit corporation. By Melissa Evans STAFF WRITER The California Community Foundation has awarded more than $10 million in grants to hospitals and health organizations in the South Bay. The largest grant went to Little Company of Mary-Torrance, which received $2.1 million to extend a three-year program that provides specialty care for 5,000 uninsured clients of South Bay Family Health Care Center. The Centinela Medical Funds must be used to promote health and wellness in areas that the hospital served, including Hawthorne, El Segundo, Lawndale and Inglewood. 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

Single staph infection case shuts 23 Kentucky schools

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PIKEVILLE, Ky. – An eastern Kentucky school district with one confirmed case of antibiotic-resistant staph infection plans to shut down all 23 of its schools Monday, affecting about 10,300 students, to disinfect the facilities. The project will involve disinfecting classrooms, restrooms, cafeterias, hallways, locker rooms, buses and even external areas such as playgrounds and sports fields, said Roger Wagner, superintendent of Pike County schools. “We’re not closing schools because there’s been a large number of breakouts, but as a preventive measure,” Wagner said. One Pike County student was diagnosed with in September with MRSA, or methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. The bacterial strain can be treated with other antibiotics, but without treatment it can be deadly. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The bacteria was blamed for the death of a 17-year-old Virginia high school senior and a 12-year-old New York City middle school student this month. At least seven students on New York’s Long Island were recently diagnosed with MRSA, as were 10 members of an athletic team at Iona College in New Rochelle, N.Y. However, a government report has estimated it may sicken more than 90,000 Americans each year. last_img read more

Grandpa had the last word

first_imgWhen she finally cracked open the faded cover, she found an action-packed tale of cowboys and cattle barons, shootouts and watering holes, soft-spoken but hard-fisted heroes and chaste women ever in need of protecting. She also found the desire to connect with the man who wrote the book. “I read the novel. Now I wanted to get to know him better,” said Laurie Powers, 49 and living in San Pedro. “It was just something I needed to know.” She searched the Internet and discovered a vast archive of Western books at Syracuse University, including several by her grandfather. She made arrangements to visit and view the collection. “I thought I’d find five of them, but when I got there, there were 80,” she said. More research revealed that Paul Powers had also written under pseudonyms, including Ward M. Stevens. In fact, Wild West Weekly, a popular pulp magazine, published 430 of his rambling tales. As part of her research, Laurie reached out to her aunt, Pat Binkley of Garden Grove, who turned over the box containing her late brother’s personal possessions. “I opened these plastic bins,” Laurie recalled. “In the bottom was his memoir. This is it. This is what I’ve been looking for.” Appropriately titled “Pulp Writer: Twenty years in the American Grub Streets,” the book chronicles Powers’ life as a writer during the Great Depression. “He was an anti-conformist,” Laurie Powers said. “He wanted to live life his way. He made money as a writer. That’s pretty amazing. Every time I get a phone call about the book, I wish he were here to enjoy it.” [email protected] 310-543-6638160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! He was a mean old cuss, a drunkard and a drifter, with a penchant for threatening suicide during his frequent dark moods. Although he vanished from her life before she turned 10, memories of her grandfather – mostly bad – haunted Laurie Powers. Still, somewhere in the shadows, there were tantalizing and exciting memories that tugged at her own sense of failed ambition as an author. Paul S. Powers was a prolific “pulp” writer, spinning Wild West yarns for magazines and cranking out novelettes from 1928 to ’43 before publishing a novel, “Doc Dillahay,” in 1949. Laurie had had a copy of the book since childhood but anger and resentment toward her grandfather prevented her from reading it until after his death in 1971. last_img read more

He MUST stay! Spurs star says club can do ‘something special’ with Pochettino

first_img Jan Vertonghen embraces Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino 1 Jan Vertonghen says Tottenham can achieve huge success in the coming years – if they keep hold of head coach Mauricio Pochettino.Pochettino has helped turn Spurs into genuine Premier League title contenders in only his second season at the helm.The Argentine is drawing admiring glances from other clubs, but Vertonghen believes he is on the cusp on producing ‘something special’ at White Hart Lane.“For me it is vital [that Pochettino stays],” said the Belgian. “To keep this thing going, he has to stay.“I think everyone wants him to stay and he feels that – that we want to fight for him and that this team is the best thing for him so I hope he stays.”He added: “If you feel the spirit in this team, it is something special at the training ground, in between the players. It’s everywhere.“If you feel the buzz around the club, it’s something I haven’t experienced before in this way.“I am extremely excited. It is something I have never experienced before and we have to keep this together.“Not just the players, the squad as well, the crowd and then nice things can happen.”Sunday’s 3-0 defeat of Champions League hopefuls Manchester United saw Tottenham consolidate second place in the Premier League.They remain seven points adrift of leaders Leicester, but the north Londoners are not giving up on the title with five games left to play.“We have to believe,” said Vertonghen. “I think we showed belief on the pitch and obviously Leicester, compliments to them, but we have to try and chase them.“For us, personally, it is important to win these games, to show the rest of the Premier League that we don’t give up.“That we’re there and we’re ready for next season as well. We will try to compete on every level and I think this team is capable of doing that.”last_img read more