Month: December 2019

Manchester City blow! Vincent Kompany ruled out of Champions League clash

first_img Vincent Kompany 1 Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany has been ruled out of Wednesday’s Champions League trip to Borussia Monchengladbach.The defender has missed City’s last three games with a calf injury and will not travel to Germany with the rest of the squad. Fellow centre-back Eliaquim Mangala (groin) also remains on the sidelines.However, there was better news for manager Manuel Pellegrini as goalkeeper Joe Hart, David Silva and Yaya Toure were all included in the travelling party for a game City will feel they have to win if they are to progress to the knockout stages.last_img

Christmas jumpers and more great presents for sport fans

first_img 8 More ‘ugly sweaters’ – NFL style! Click the arrow above, right, to see more gift ideas for the sport fans in your life – If NBA isn’t your thing then check out the Chrimbo jumpers on offer from NFL teams. In fact, NFL UK are having an Ugly Jumper day on 6 December if you can’t wait until 25 December to open yours. Have a look for your team here  and keep your eyes peeled for #NFLXmasJumperDay Subbuteo salt and pepper grinders plus bottle opener – click the yellow arrow above, right, to see more ideas – This is one bottle opener that definitely won’t go missing, while you can pass the salt and pepper with ease at the dinner table on Christmas day. And you don’t have to worry about ironing any table cloth!  Have a look at them at Thatbo here. 8 Football Christmas jumpers! Click the arrow above, right, to see more gift ideas for those sport fans you know – Stuck on a present to buy the sport fan in your life? Then read on for some suggestions beginning with the classic Christmas jumpers, like these Arsenal ones from the club’s Christmas shop. And if you don’t want to don the Gunners’ colours, then most other teams have their own. Give Jose a home this Christmas – Click the arrow above, right, to see more Xmas pressie ideas – Mourinho’s job as Chelsea manager may be safe for now, but with Roman Abramovich as your boss, who knows what can happen. And if he does get the chop, then the Chelsea fan in your life can always remember him with this cardboard cut out from Kitbag. For the little fans in your life! – So now you’ve treated yourself, it’s time for your kids or little brother and sister. And if they’re a football nut, you can’t really go wrong with a bag shaped like one. Or you can create a football career for them with this personalised children’s football book. Head over to prezzybox for more info. 8 8 8 Seeing as it’s now December, you better start thinking of what to buy for Christmas.Here, talkSPORT attempts to help… 8 St. Pauli Advent calendar – click the arrow above, right, to see how you can make a Subbuteo fan very happy – St. Pauli, Germany’s ultra cool club with their skull and crossbones logo might not win much, but they have devoted fans all over the world. Being the type of club they are, we can only imagine the joys each window of this Advent calendar will bring. Probably chocolate, but you can dream – check out NBA ‘ugly sweaters’ – Click the arrow above, right, if basketball isn’t your thing – That’s what they’re called and the ‘ugly’ merchandise is growing in popularity. They may be bright, but they feel great and are a better bet than those sleeveless shirts during the winter months! Check out your team’s jumper at the NBA shop here. 8 Hang Maradona… from your office/bedroom wall – Click the arrow above, right, to see the ultimate Christmas gift for a football hipster – If you think your office needs some football colour, then spruce up the walls with a few footy prints. They’re not hugely expensive and as well as the ones above, by Kieran Carroll, there are loads more, so check out box2boxfootball, who also have some lovely vintage football shirts, for more. 8last_img read more

French starlet on verge of joining Tottenham after undergoing medical

first_img1 Moussa Dembele Fulham striker Moussa Dembele is undergoing a medical at Tottenham and is expected to complete his move to White Hart Lane, according to reports.Under the terms of the deal, the teenager is set to stay with the Championship strugglers for the remainder of the current campaign before joining Spurs in the summer.Mauricio Pochettino has been searching for another striker to ease the burden on Harry Kane and has cash to spare after selling Andros Townsend to Newcastle for £12million.Dembele joined Fulham from Paris St Germain in 2012 and has scored 11 goals all in competitions this season but his contract at Craven Cottage is due to expire in the summer.The deal could cause some degree of confusion as it comes just one day after unrelated midfielder Mousa Dembele signed a new three-year deal with the London club.last_img read more

Callender’s serving up savings with pies

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.iPOD NANO iSALE: just reduced the prices for its refurbished iPod Nanos. 2GB, $70 (originally $149), 4GB, $99 (orig. $199) and 8GB, $149 (orig. $249). These are for the second-generation Nanos, not the new ones that just came out. The Nanos come with a one-year warranty. Go to for the link. FREE FRIES AT ISLANDS: The burger chain Islands is giving away a free basket of french fries when you buy an entree. Food from the kids menu and appetizers don’t count. Print the coupon at Expires Oct. 31. NICKEL BOOZE: Buy any bottle of wine and get a second bottle of the same wine for a nickel at BevMo. Online, 195 bottles are listed as part of the sale, and in stores the sale wine is clearly marked. The deal also includes some hard alcohol. BARGAINS IN YOUR INBOX: If you want to get the bargains posted daily on my blog, send me your e-mail address and I will sign you up for the Bargain Hunter Daily Digest. It goes out once a day with all the new deals and discounts. For some readers this is easier than visiting the site. E-mail me at [email protected] if you are interested. Thanks! PIE TIME: Through Halloween, pies at Marie Callender’s are $5 if you eat in or $6 for pickup. Normally they are $9 to $13.50. My favorite pies are chocolate, key lime and apple, but I am tempted by the Kahlua cream cheese pie and the “razzleberry” pie, which has raspberries and blueberries. GOOD JEANS: Premium Denim Jeans, which travels around the country selling brand-name jeans way below retail, will set up shop this weekend at Pasadena City College. Go to to RSVP for a discount on admission. Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. it is $15 if you RSVP or $20 at the door. From 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. it is free if you RSVP or $3 at the door. Sunday doors open at 10 a.m. and it is free if you RSVP or $3 at the door. Parking is $2 per car. Communal dressing rooms for men and women. Visit the Pasadena City College Community Education Center at 3035 E. Foothill Blvd. in Pasadena. TARGET 10% OFF: Target has a 10 percent-off coupon good on most purchases. It shaved a few dollars off a purple wrap sweater, a Kitchen Aid mixer and a Hello Kitty two-way radio online. Go to for the code. Doesn’t look like it works in the store. Expires Dec. 31, but good deals like this don’t always last. Wahoo! URBAN DRINKS: Found myself a Lincoln Lunch at the newly opened Urban Eats on Magnolia Boulevard in Burbank, a few blocks down from the renowned Cuban bakery Porto’s. I ordered a small salad – you choose between mesclun or romaine lettuce plus three toppings and dressing – for $4.25. A large is $6.50, and you get two additional toppings. I picked corn, mushrooms and red onions with cilantro lime dressing, which was tangy but didn’t zap my taste buds. It looked big when it came, but two hours later I wished I had also ordered a side of focaccia bread for $1.50. But the salad is not the best deal at Urban Eats. All draft beers are $2 (normally $4.25) in October. They have Anchor Steam, Carlsberg Pilsner, Pyramid Hefeweizen and Urban Eats Honey Blonde on tap. Visit Porto’s at 3501 W. Magnolia Blvd., Burbank. (818) 848-1106. Save a buck at 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

Former district attorney now helps world with his photos

first_imgHe’s been way too busy bringing these moving images to the world to waste time looking back on his 32 years as an L.A. prosecutor who rose to the top of his profession only to be toppled by angry voters after the O.J. trial. The past is over, Garcetti says. Nothing he can do about it. It’s the future he’s been working on since leaving office. No, nothing O.J. does surprises him, he says. Certainly not that he’s sitting in another courtroom now facing felony charges for assault and robbery. That’s his problem, Garcetti says. He’s moved on to more important things. He put all those expensive suits he wore on his old job in the closet and grabbed a pair of jeans and a camera. Finally, he was going to put those four years he spent taking photography classes at Reseda High Night School as a young man to use. Back then there were no dreams of becoming a lawyer. He grew up in a little house at 63rd and Estrella streets in South Central Los Angeles – the son of a barber and Mexican-American mother who worked as a meatpacker. “All the guys in my neighborhood wanted to be garbagemen because it was such a macho job back then,” he said. “But we had a career day in high school and I met this man who was all dressed up nice wearing shiny jewelry. “He said he was a lawyer. I didn’t want to be a garbageman anymore.” A few months after leaving the D.A.’s Office, Garcetti said he was driving by the site where the new Disney Hall was being built and he pulled over to watch ironworkers walking high in the sky on steel beams. “It was fascinating to watch them,” he said. “I asked the supervisor of the construction company if I could come on the site to shoot pictures of them. He said no.” Garcetti called an official of the ironworkers union who had been one of his campaign contributors. “He took my call and the first thing he said was, `Hi, Gil, I’ll send you a thousand bucks.’ I laughed and told him I wasn’t calling about politics anymore.” The ironworkers invited Garcetti to shoot all he wanted, which led to the publication of his first well-received photography book “Iron: Erecting the Walt Disney Concert Hall.” Another well-received book followed in 2006 called “Dance in Cuba,” capturing the spirit and energy of the Cuban people who don’t have much but still enjoy life. But it is his latest photo book, “Water is Key: A Better Future for Africa,” that has captured his real passion, he says. Every dime he makes from the sale of his book is going to the NGOs trying to bring clean water and sanitation to a region where 70 percent of the people don’t have safe water to drink, he says. “I figure I have 20 good years left, and I have no doubt that ultimately I will be remembered for my photography and taking on projects I feel passionate about,” Garcetti said. “I want to be an inspiration for people in their 60s and 70s that there is still a lot you can do, not for yourself but for other people in the world.” That, and not O.J. Simpson, is the legacy Gil Garcetti wants us to remember him by. Dennis McCarthy’s column appears Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. [email protected], (818) 713-3749160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! While his old nemesis O.J. Simpson sat in a Las Vegas courtroom Wednesday, Gil Garcetti sat on a concrete bench outside UCLA’s Fowler Museum in Westwood waiting for a class of elementary schoolchildren to arrive. The former Los Angeles County district attorney, now a successful photographer, had a two-gallon bucket of water with him to help the kids understand what it’s like for children living on the other side of the world in poor West African villages. For young girls who never get the chance to go to school or visit a museum because their days are spent walking miles in scorching heat and dust storms carrying large jugs of contaminated water on their heads. Dying from thirst is a certainty in these villages without this contaminated groundwater. Dying from drinking it is only a risk. There are no other choices. Not yet, anyway. That’s why Garcetti is here. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre When the last line on his life is written, the 66-year-old former prosecutor wants it to be about his work with NGOs – nongovernmental organizations – to bring safe water and sanitation to these poor villages where young girls are treated as chattel. He doesn’t want the line to be about the D.A. on whose watch Simpson walked away from murder charges. “A full jug of water can weigh 40 pounds,” Garcetti said, waiting for the kids to arrive so he could give them a tour of his black-and-white photo exhibit, “Women, Water and Wells.” “Imagine little girls carrying that much weight on their heads. How painful it is to their necks and shoulders. I want these kids to feel how tough it is just carrying around a bucket with only two gallons in it.” Since being voted out of office in 2001, Garcetti has rekindled his passion for photography, spending months traveling throughout West Africa in the last five years, taking vivid pictures of poverty and disease in villages with no safe water to drink. last_img

Paul Pogba: PSG expected to beat Chelsea and Man City to France star’s signature

first_imgParis Saint-Germain have overtaken Chelsea and Manchester City in the race for Paul Pogba after holding preliminary talks with the player.The midfielder has shone for Juventus once again this season and several clubs are chasing his signature this summer.Chelsea and Manchester City are both keen on the 23-year-old, while Manchester United hold a faint hope of bringing him back to Old Trafford.However, according to France Football, PSG are now leading the race after holding talks with Pogba.The Ligue 1 champions reportedly met with the France international last week ahead of a summer bid.Juventus still want to keep hold of Pogba, but it is believed that if they receive a world record offer of over £80m then they will sell. 1 Paul Pogba in action for Juventus last_img

‘He changed the game’ – Ronald de Boer pays tribute to Johan Cruyff on talkSPORT

first_imgJohan Cruyff was a ‘superstar’ who changed the game of football, former Netherlands international Ronald de Boer has told talkSPORT.Cruyff, arguably the best player of his generation and a visionary coach, passed away on Thursday at the age of 68 after a battle with lung cancer.A three-time Ballon d’Or winner, he won a host of major honours with the likes of Ajax and Barcelona during his lengthy playing career and was the standout star of the Netherlands team which pioneered ‘total football’.He went on to become a hugely successful coach and is credited with shaping Barcelona’s enduring football philosophy.De Boer was among those directly influenced by Cruyff having made his professional debut under him at Ajax, and he says his fellow countryman’s legacy will live on forever.“He changed the game and you still see it in the Ajax philosophy and especially in the Barcelona philosophy,” said De Boer, who won 67 caps for the Netherlands and, like Cruyff, represented both Ajax and Barcelona.“He had a huge impact on me. He was the manager of the first team [at Ajax] and he took me as a year 17-year-old boy to a home game and I made my debut under him. I scored on my debut so it was a very special moment. “I remember two days later he picked me up by my arm and said, ‘listen, a lot of people will have an interest now in you. Some have good interest, some have bad interest. For example, shoe brands will want to have something with you. Don’t think about money now, just play your football. Play on the shoes you like, don’t choose because somebody gives you a little bit of money. It is not important in this moment’. That little bit of advice shows how he was like as a person.“He was a very humble person. He was a superstar. He made time for everybody else and that also makes him special.”last_img read more

TRANSFER FIGHT! Chelsea and Man City joined by Napoli in chase for Serie A star

first_imgNapoli are the latest club to join the chase for precocious Bologna star Amadou Diawara, who is wanted by Chelsea and Manchester City.Both Premier League sides, as well as Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain, have kept a close eye on the teenager since he broke into the Bologna first team last season.But now, according to the Gazzetta dello Sport, it is fellow Serie A side Napoli who are ready to make the first approach to Diawara’s employers.And it has been reported that Napoli reckon the offer of two players in exchange for the 18-year-old midfielder might tempt them into selling this summer.Napoli, fronted by free-scoring striker Gonzalo Higuain, finished second in the table last season but they appear ready to shake up their squad as they attempt to go one better next term.One of those who could leave is striker Manolo Gabbiadini, who started just four league games last term, and is a target for Bologna.So the offer of a swap deal including Gabbiadini – and his Napoli team-mate Mirko Valdifiori – could be lodged in a bid to prise Diawara away from the Stadio Rento Dall’Ara. Amadou Diawara in action for Bologna 1last_img read more

Dele Alli must watch his behaviour, claims Spurs teammate Ben Davies

first_img Dele Alli’s temperament has been called into question whilst playing for Spurs Wales defender Ben Davies believes Tottenham team-mate Dele Alli has to tread carefully in Lens.Alli made a huge impression in his first Premier League campaign last season, playing a key role in Tottenham’s title bid, breaking into the England team and being named PFA Young Player of the Year.But the 20-year-old’s temperament has also been called into question, with Alli missing the final three games of Spurs’ season after punching West Brom midfielder Claudio Yacob in the stomach.Spurs full-back Davies says he is a huge admirer of Alli, but admits he runs the risk of being caught up in the atmosphere of Euro 2016’s British derby at the Stade Bollaert-Delelis on Thursday.“He has to be careful,” said Davies.“With what he has done this season people are going to be looking at him now, not just for the quality of his football but will be scrutinised for his behaviour as well.“But that’s part and parcel of his game, it’s what makes him the player he is.“If he didn’t have that fight in him then he probably wouldn’t be doing what he’s doing at 20 years of age.“You can have a laugh about it after it’s happened but he’s probably been fortunate that it hasn’t affected his game.“But he’s also won us games as well and we’re lucky at Spurs to have him.”Alli won his ninth cap as England opened their Euro 2016 campaign with a 1-1 draw against Russia in Marseille on Saturday evening.Just hours earlier Wales got their tournament off to a winning start with a 2-1 victory over Slovakia.Those results have ramped up the pressure on England ahead of their first meeting with Wales since 2011.“We’ve got players who play at the very top level on a regular basis so nothing should faze us,” said Davies.“I don’t think we can afford to think of ourselves as underdogs.“People can say what they want and look at it whatever way they like, but we are a confident group and we’ll put every effort into doing well.”England had five Spurs players in their starting line-up for the Russia game, including Danny Rose, Davies’ rival for the left-back spot at White Hart Lane.But Davies believes that familiarity within the England team will not give them an advantage in Lens.“There are 11 players on the field, not five. That’s the best way for us to look at it,” said Davies.“We gelled pretty well throughout the qualifying with only one or two from the same team. I’m not too worried if they go down that route.“If Chris Coleman (Wales manager) asks me about them I will speak, but there’s so much analysis done on players now that they will know as much as I do from the analysis which is done these days.“The rise of these young players has changed things for England.“We’ve seen them in games look like world-beaters, but it’s not a squad that we haven’t played against before.“We’ve played top sides and done well. England are another top side and we will just have to do it again.” 1last_img read more

Sahin set for Liverpool return? Galatasaray also interested in Dortmund misfit

first_img1 Nuri Sahin has played just 16 Bundesliga games over the past two seasons with Borussia Dortmund Galatasaray are lining up a loan approach for Nuri Sahin, amid speculation that he may return to Liverpool.The Turkish midfielder had a forgettable loan spell at Anfield back in the 2012/13 season, and made just seven Premier League appearances for the club.Since his return he has struggled to establish himself back in the Borussia Dortmund team and has played just 16 Bundesliga games in the past two seasons.Now speculation that the 27-year-old former Real Madrid man could be on the move again, with some suggestions that Jurgen Klopp wants a reunion with his former Dortmund favourite.But Turkish newspaper Sabah has suggested that Galatasaray are ready to firm up their long-standing interest in Sahin with a bid.Despite being born in Germany, Sahin is a Turkey international but has never played in the Super Lig.So Gala are hoping he might want to try his hand with them.last_img read more

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