‘Finally Tottenham have signed a top player for top money’

first_img Son scored the winner for Tottenham against Crystal Palace talkSPORT is proving to be something of a lucky charm for Tottenham.After four games without a Premier League win, Spurs have won back-to-back games, both live and exclusive UK national radio commentaries on talkSPORT!But much as we’d like to take the credit, Tottenham fans have a more considered opinion on the reason why they’ve seen their side claim three points two Sundays running.Take a look at some of the reaction to Tottenham’s 1-0 win over Crystal Palace. 1last_img

‘Let’s pray for this Man United starting XI against Everton!’ Red Devils supporters discuss importance of ‘new Scholes’

first_img Manchester United players in training Not only did Manchester United blow their chance to go top of the Premier League again last weekend, they were dealt a thrashing by Arsenal, who leapfrogged the Red Devils into second.The international break means United don’t have another match until 17 October, when they travel to Everton.It’s another potentially tricky away day for the Red Devils, leading some fans to demand that manager Louis van Gaal rectifies his tactical and selection mistakes from the Emirates debacle.And that seems to mean one thing in particular: start Morgan Schneiderlin.Read some of the comments from United fans below, then share your thoughts by leaving a comment of your own at the bottom of the page. 1last_img

Paul Pogba’s agent reveals ‘doors are open’ to Barcelona, Bayern Munich and PSG

first_img1 Paul Pogba’s agent has revealed the highly sought-after midfielder could leave Juventus to join Barcelona, but refused to rule out a move to another big-money club.The 22-year-old was strongly linked with the Catalan giants over the summer but no deal was agreed.The player’s representative agent Mino Raiola now says there is still the possibility of the move happening, but that Juve would want €100million [almost £72m] for the star.“We’ll see what Barca’s project is, and what Paul’s project is. All doors are open to all clubs,” he told RMC Sport.“For now, the young man decided last summer to stay for a minimum of one year at Juventus. We should always respect the will of a player when he chooses with his heart.“We can’t give figures, but last year Juventus said no to offers of €85million. €100million? Juve have always said that’s the sum they want. It’s a way of saying he’s one of the best players on the planet.“When he left Manchester [United] for Juve he chose with his heart, and it will be the same with his next club.”Asked whether it was a straight choice between an English or Spanish club for his next move, Raiola added: “There are others who can afford him. Bayern Munich can afford him, Paris St Germain can afford him…” Juventus star Paul Pogba last_img read more

Gorillas

first_imgCalabasas I win again Re “More cops? Maybe not” (Nov. 7): A couple of weeks ago some of my friends and I started a pool. We each got to pick the name of one half-wit on the City Council who would come up with an idea to steal some of trash tax to balance the budget. The trash-increase money was sold to voters as a promise to be used for more cops, period. So much for the word of public servants. If our do-nothing mayor allows this to happen, then maybe he and any council member that is for this theft should be run out of office. As for Bernard Parks, and his ambition for higher office, there are quite a few of us who will donate as long as he runs for some office that is out of California. – George Timko West Hills Never enough Re “More cops? Maybe not” (Nov. 7): The city can never get enough money. Thanks for keeping us abreast of the latest spending and broken promises, Daily News. Could you do one thing more? Could you publish the city’s annual budget? It would be interesting to let the readers and citizens have a say or a poll in how the money is being spent. – David Crowley Tujunga The majority Re “Hospital project survives” (Nov. 8): I applaud the City Council for having the foresight to understand the importance of this issue. Taking a page from Councilman Richard Alarc n – sometimes good friends disagree. I know it is difficult to vote against another council member, especially when the vote involves that councilman’s district. But Alarc n needs to understand he was voted to office to represent the majority of us in Mission Hills. The Majority has spoken. – Tim Powell Mission Hills Writers strike I agree with Steve Allen when he said that Hollywood is a sewer. Screenwriters working in that degenerate environment can not expect to get much sympathy for their strike from the general public. Hopefully the strike will go on long enough so that the public tires of reality and news shows. If this causes some of the media executives to be fired, that would be a step in the right direction. Fortunately Steve Allen, who had good morals, is not around to see how low television shows have degraded themselves. – Sion Colvin Woodland Hills Van Nuys Re “Council OKs Lake Balboa expansion” (Nov. 2): There are those opposed to the name-change expansion approved on Nov. 2 on a 10-0 vote by the City Council who bitterly complain that this will create a hardship for those remaining in what remains as Van Nuys, and that it is a slap at the history of Van Nuys. As a resident of this community for over 54 years, it is more likely a slap at the politicians and illegal immigrants who have allowed this historical city to literally become a garbage dump. – William P. Mouzis Lake Balboa No doubts Re “It’s immoral” (Your Opinions, Nov. 2): It’s obvious to me that Nshan Rubenian missed the point of my letter regarding the passing by our Congress of a nonbinding resolution calling the murder of all those Armenians over 100 years ago a “genocide.” I cast no doubts that it happened; I never suggested we forget it or 9-11. My point was: What possible benefit will accrue to today’s Armenians, or anybody else, whether our Congress calls it genocide, holocaust, mass murder, ethnic cleansing, re-education (remember Cambodia?), atrocities, or any other politically correct name? When Congress passes these useless resolutions, they are not necessarily voicing the views of all Americans, but their own views as paid for by various lobbyists. So, why does it matter what name they put on the event? – Jerry Schwartz Granada Hills Humanitarian President Bush has vetoed a bill, and threatened to veto any subsequent bill, that would help to furnish health care to the children of this country “because it is too costly.” Yet, he is spending trillions of dollars and human lives on a war in the Middle East that has nothing to do with 9-11. Now that’s what I call a humanitarian. – Irving Leemon Northridge Veterans Day With approach of Veterans Day, I cannot help but reflect upon the daily receipt of mail solicitations from numerous worthy veterans-related organizations representing veterans of current, recent and past conflicts. It is a national disgrace that most of these entities, which support the basic needs of combat-disabled veterans (and the immediate families of those slain), are not overabundantly funded by the federal and local governments. This situation is repugnant when one considers the usual government waste compounded by the massive outlay of tax dollars directed to the welfare and education of illegal residents. A fraction of these resources could be diverted to these brave men and women who served our country for the good of all – position on the current conflicts notwithstanding. – Harris S. Goldman Tarzana `At the tone …’ Re “Untimely” (Your Opinions, Nov. 7): I agree, why take the Telephone Time Lady? I, my kids and my grandkids call on New Year’s Eve just to hear “At the tone the time will be. …” And who doesn’t call in on the morning after daylight saving? I don’t want to hear the name of the telephone company and the silly music. Bring back the familiar voice. – Judi DeBilzan Granada Hills Brief news I like the new daily briefing boxes in the Daily News. They are a good “brief” story of events “In a box.” It almost brings TV brief newscasting “In a box” to the newspaper. – Jack Botwin Sylmar More on outsourcing I have an idea. Why don’t we outsource the war effort in Iraq and Afghanistan to Blackwater USA Inc., and bring our troops home? – Terry Haney West Hills 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! West Hills Or fire engines The “Gorillas in our midst” (Nov. 8) pointed out a beautiful new exhibit in the Los Angeles Zoo, which will house a few gorillas who had lived for years in their previous exhibit. Our Los Angeles City Council voted for the expenditure of funds for this exhibit amidst a lot of controversy. I wonder if the citizens of Los Angeles, if they had the chance, would have voted for this new exhibit at a cost of $19million, or would they have wanted 76 new fire engines for the same price? Fire engines cost a reported $250,000 apiece. – Robert Bergstrom Re “Primates have new home at L.A. Zoo” (Nov. 8): Four years ago our gorillas were packed off to Denver Zoo to escape barren outdated grottoes. Now they are back to lush new digs, with hibiscus, palms, pomegranates, etc. At night they can retire to a private hotel behind the exhibit. Now, where is the private hotel for our homeless sleeping in the streets of our city? Can our homeless escape from barren outdated sidewalks? No. Can they have the care and help they need? No. Are our apes better treated than our homeless? Yes, they are! What’s next? Cardinal Roger Mahony performing a Sunday Mass at the zoo for the gorillas? – Dante Rochetti last_img

Best president for nation might not be dream date

first_imgIn 2004, it was all about blogs and online videos, particularly that one from the Swift-boat vets. But this time around, the technology hasn’t really leapt so much as slipped into something a little more comfortable. As such, 2008 may be remembered, at least to me, as of the year of online candidate dating. I’d like to take a strong stand here and say that I unequivocally will not vote for a candidate who has one of those staples of the members of Generation Text, the MySpace page. One has to have principles. But I can’t do that, otherwise I’d have no one left to vote for. Even crazy ol’ Ralph Nader has one, on which there is a startling amount of “friend comments” that include video or pictures of busty chests. Everyone’s hip to this revolution of the Internets nowadays, and its very inclusiveness brings me to this profound thought: Ew. There’s something sadly desperate about those vying to lead this once-great country pandering to youngsters who rarely vote by “speaking on their level” and getting all personal. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to know that Mitt Romney is a Pisces who likes to listen to Roy Orbison and Garth Brooks. Or that the slender Mike Huckabee plays the bass guitar to unwind, when he’s not catching up on “The Sopranos” season three or reading the Holy Bible. Or that two of Leo Barack Obama’s three favorite movies are from the “Godfather” trio (found on the Spanglish MyGrito.com). The mistake that campaigners have is that the older people who actually vote, like me, don’t want a president to hang out with and watch videos. I certainly don’t want someone like me running the country, because I know that someone like me would lose the keys to the White House, impetuously push the nuclear launch codes to hit France or Costa Rica just to see what would happen and possibly restart the Cold War with Russia. That Putin really ticks me off. What I want is a candidate, and a president, who is smarter than me. A candidate whom I can respect; not one I want to date. Mariel Garza is a columnist and editorial writer for the Los Angeles Daily News. She blogs at www.insidesocal.com/friendlyfire. Write to her by e-mail at mariel.garza@dailynews.com.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 Gravel, though, is a real person. He’s a former senator from Alaska from 26 years back who fought against the war and seems to have single-handedly held back the dark forces of the draft against the evil Republicans. I know this because Gravel has a Web site on which I can read all about it. Plus a link to a MySpace page, a Facebook profile and Gravel’s own YouTube channel, on which one can watch a video of the 77-year-old huff it up the stairs of the Philadelphia Museum of Art in a re-creation of the famous scene of “Rocky,” or a rocking anti-war video with 36-year-old footage of a young and handsome Gravel crying over the loss of life in the Vietnam War. Wow. That’s my kinda man, I mean, candidate. If it seems like presidential politics has become another form of Internet dating, that’s because it’s looking a lot like one. The lightning leaps of technology in just the last 15 years have shaped the presidential campaign season into very technologically distinct years. In 1992, the rise of the cable news brought much more round-the-clock coverage of the candidates, and surely played a role in Ross Perot’s unprecedented success as a third-party candidate. In fact, he announced his campaign on Larry King’s CNN show. Then the Internet showed up. In the 1996 race, just having a Web site was a very big deal, provided you could remember the address. Who is Mike Gravel, and why do I suddenly want to date him? I thought I was keeping up with the presidential primary races until I took ABC’s Match-O-Matic, a strictly nonscientific online political quiz that hooks you up with your ideal candidate based on his or her past performance and your political preferences. It operates not unlike an online dating site. I was sure I’d be paired with Hillary, or maybe even Dennis Kucinich, that wild and crazy peace-loving, UFO-seeing candidate. No, it seems my dream candidate isn’t someone I’d even heard of. According to Match-O-Matic, Mike Gravel is the guy for me. (I don’t even want to talk about Match-O-Matic’s third choice for me, John McCain.) To this I replied as any informed voter might: “Huh?” At first, I wondered if this Mike Gravel person wasn’t just a put-on. Maybe this “quiz” was a well-disguised and elaborate advertising campaign for a new eponymous made-for-TV movie about a lovable but tough-as-nails senator and his antics in the cutthroat world of presidential primary campaigns. You just couldn’t make up a better name. last_img read more

I-5 truck tunnel set to reopen today

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre “It will be open for the evening commute,” Bonfilio said. Oxnard-based Security Paving Company Inc. will be paid $11 million for the work plus the bonus for finishing early. The contractor Security Paving had faced a $150,000-a-day penalty if work ran behind schedule. It was a rainy night Oct. 12 when a truck near the exit of the southbound tunnel skidded out of control, igniting a pileup involving 30 trucks and a car. Two truck drivers and a boy traveling with his father were killed. NEWHALL – The freeway truck tunnel in which three people died last month in an explosive chain-reaction collision will reopen this afternoon, a week ahead of schedule, Caltrans officials said Wednesday. Spurred by a $2.9 million incentive for an early opening, contractors finished repairs to the Newhall truck bypass tunnel on the Golden State Freeway well ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday rush, said Jeanne Bonfilio, a Caltrans spokeswoman. “We’re really happy to open this early and open it safely,” Bonfilio said. State Department of Transportation engineers inspected the work this afternoon and gave their OK for a 5 p.m. opening today. Cargo loads exploded in flames that burned overnight as hot as 1,500 degrees Fahrenheit and caused extensive damage to the structure, melting some of the steel reinforcement. There was initial concern that the main freeway lanes that run over the tunnel were compromised, but within days the lanes were deemed safe. Security Paving replaced part of the tunnel wall, a section of ceiling and the pavement. Lighting was added and railings replaced. The investigation into what went wrong is being conducted by a special California Highway Patrol team and is not complete. Caltrans is now studying a series of recommendations from the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors to improve safety. Those include adding a control system to block traffic from the tunnel should a fire alarm sound, installing ventilation and emergency lighting and providing a water source outside for firefighting. The tunnel closure resulted in big rigs sharing the freeway with passenger lanes, a mix that clogged the road more than usual. Caltrans was hoping to reopen the tunnel – thus taking trucks off the passenger lanes – in time for Thanksgiving traffic. Last year, almost 3 million Southern Californians took to the roads over the holiday. pat.aidem@dailynews.com 661-257-5251160Want 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

Arrests made in separate incidents of men impersonating law enforcement

first_imgGLENDALE – Two men are in custody for allegedly impersonating law enforcement officers, Glendale police reported today. The most recent arrest occurred early this morning, where a man pointed a replica handgun at people standing outside a 7-Eleven store at Montrose and La Crescenta avenues, said Glendale police Sgt. Tom Lorenz. Lowell Rottenberg, 28, of Glendale, pulled up in a silver Mercedes-Benz equipped with flashing lights on the dashboard similar to those used by law enforcement officers, Lorenz said. “He was wearing an FBI hat, and a (protective) vest, and had a badge,” Lorenz said. “He pulled out a replica handgun, dropped it, and then picked it up and aimed it at the victims and ordered them over to his car.” He was released after posting bail, according to the sheriff’s department. These cases follow that of two other similar ones. Officials announced Nov. 7 the arrests of two people accused of posing as sheriff’s deputies – complete with khaki colored clothing, “Sheriff’s” cap, realistic-looking badges and replica gun – who allegedly detained day laborers this summer in the San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles and Orange County and made off with cash. Steve Leo, 34, and Sabrina John, 32, were arrested in October, and have been charged with three counts of robbery and two counts of attempted robbery, officials said. For news and observations about crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here.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 Someone called police, and officers arrived and arrested Rottenberg without incident, Lorenz said. Police seized a number of items, including handcuffs, that were in his possession, the sergeant said. Rottenberg was booked on suspicion of impersonating a law enforcement officer, kidnapping and robbery, Lorenz said. He was held on $150,000 bail, according to the sheriff’s department. Kenneth Vanorden, 47, of Los Angeles, was arrested about 2:40 p.m. yesterday in the 3400 block of Montrose Avenue, where he allegedly pulled over a vehicle and displayed a badge. The motorist did not believe Vanorden was a police officer and called 911, Lorenz said. Officers went to the scene and booked him on suspicion of impersonating a police officer. last_img read more

Pay increases

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsThanks, officials Re “Salaries still soaring for L.A. officials” (Nov. 16): Watch what you vote for! Voters more than a decade ago agreed to automatic pay raises for the City Council. I just knew those of us on Social Security should not have accepted our $2-a-year raise. Now, the City Council wants to keep up with us by accepting a slightly larger “windfall” raise. Thanks, “City Fathers.” – Beverly Triggs Re “Salaries still soaring for L.A. officials” (Nov. 16): Automatic pay raises for all elected officials is a joke. The City Council is a sneaky bunch. They sneaked in a third term in the last election. Now they get a raise along with the Superior Court judges. Are they holding court on the side? They will more than likely refuse this raise now. Next year when they get another increase they will automatically receive the one they turned down and any other increases in between. They should get increases based on their performance as is done in the private sector. If this was done, there would be some who would not get one. – Richard Laborico Lake View Terrace Granada Hills Their option Re “Salaries still soaring for L.A. officials” (Nov. 16): We’ve all heard it said that “Politicians work for us.” If that be the case, elected officials should be awarded raises only by a vote of the people. If politicians object to this process, then they have the option of resigning. – Clovis Kerr Castaic Five people Regarding your Nov. 15 story about the LAPD dropping plans to map Muslims, it occurs to me that Michael Downing, the head of the department’s counterterrorism unit, may better spend his time honing his math skills. He says there are a half-million Muslims in L.A., Orange, and Riverside counties and he believes that “99.999 percent of our Muslim population are integrated and healthy and spirited and align with us in protecting American values.” He certainly put an elaborate plan together to locate only five people – none of whom, perhaps, lives in this city. – Ronald Guilbert Tarzana Spinning Re “Good people must take stand against `Redacted”‘ (Viewpoint, Nov. 18): Bill O’Reilly … chairman of the New Film Review Board, the hypocritical arbiter of what’s right and wrong. Now he’s telling us, based on hearsay (since he hasn’t actually seen the film) that we “good people” must actively picket showings of “Redacted,” in order to “take a stand.” Then what do you know! What shows up on his TV show, “The O’Reilly Factor,” but a commercial for what? “Redacted”! Outrageous. “No Spin Zone,” huh? – Arnie Moore Sherman Oaks Britney In order to protect Britney Spears’ children, a judge has ordered her not to drive with her kids in the car. But what about protecting my children, and the children of all parents in our community from this irresponsible and dangerous driver? Britney should not be allowed to drive. Period. – Michael Wiener Encino Two good things Two good things happened in Reseda this last week. The first one was seeing that the beautiful holiday decorations now grace downtown Reseda thanks to the Reseda Neighborhood Council and Revitalize Reseda. They even got the trees trimmed so the decorations would be visible. The second good thing was that horrible mural on Rainbow Liquor was painted over. A mural there would be nice if it were pleasing to all who could see it, but that mural made one feel that gangs and taggers were being idolized. The artists could have showcased their talents by painting a mural that would be a positive thing for the community. – Jo Ann Okelberry Reseda160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Premier League young team of year: The best 11 players under 23 this season?

first_img Harry Kane: Tottenham (striker, 22) 11 Dele Alli: Tottenham (central midfield, 20) 11 Nathan Ake: Watford (left back, 21) Jack Butland: goalkeeper (23 years old) – click the arrow above, right, to see an XI featuring the best young players this season – talkSPORT thinks this would be a pretty decent young team going on performances this season. Players who were 23 at the start of the season have been selected and as you will see, it is quite an attacking team. Hopefully plenty of goals here… 11 Philippe Coutinho: Liverpool (wide forward, 23) 11 11 11 11 Eric Dier: Tottenham (central midfield, 22) Kevin Wimmer: Tottenham (centre back, 23) Raheem Sterling: Man City (wide forward, 21) 11 John Stones: Everton (centre back, 21) Hector Bellerin: Arsenal (right back, 21) 11 Now the PFA have announced the shortlist for Young Player of the Year, talkSPORT looks at who would make an XI featuring the youngsters.Players must be 23 at the start of the current season to be considered and in addition, the Football League have also announced their three-man list for Young Player of the Year, with Fulham’s Moussa Dembele, Leeds’ Lewis Cook and Walsall’s Rico Henry forming the trio.Click the arrow above, right, to see the Premier League team and let us know who you would take out and add. Warning: may contain Tottenham players. 11 11 Romelu Lukaku: Everton (striker, 22)last_img read more

Shaquille O’Neal makes AMAZING celebration video for Northampton Town

first_imgShaquille O’Neal is a legend in the world of basketball, but the NBA great is not a name many would associate with football.However, it turns out he is a surprising fan of Northampton Town, who have recently secured the League Two title.Cobblers’ chairman Kelvin Thomas has been in business with Shaq, and the 2000 MVP pledged his support for Chris Wilder’s men earlier in the season.It turned out to be a good decision for O’Neal, who has seen his adopted team clinch the League Two title, securing promotion to League One.In celebration, the NBA great decided to make a video of himself singing a rendition of Queen’s 1977 hit ‘We Are the Champions’ – and it has gone down a storm.You can watch the ridiculous video above…last_img