December, 2019 Archive
Perfect qualifying record but England only FIFTH favourites for Euro 2016 glory – Coral Daily Download
Coral’s Dave Stevens joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.The main focus today is the Rugby World Cup, with Wales, Ireland and Scotland all bidding to reach the semi-finals this weekend.New Zealand, who face France in the last eight, remain the favourites to win the competition [5/4] but Stevens says there has been much support for Australia, Scotland’s opponents on Sunday, with the Wallabies now into 5/2 to lift the Webb Ellis trophy.Stevens also reflects on England’s perfect Euro 2016 qualifying campaign and says Roy Hodgson’s side, despite their 100 per cent record, are only the fifth favourites to win the tournament next summer.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast
Here’s the top transfer-related stories in Tuesday’s newspapers…Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola, the most wanted man at Manchester City and probably every other major English club, has said it is “boring” to stay at one club for too long. The Spaniard is in the final year of his contract at the Allianz Arena and his comments are likely to leave City on red alert. (Daily Mirror)Eden Hazard risks another dressing down from Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho for apparently ‘liking’ an online post suggesting he could move to Real Madrid. (The Sun)Arsenal have started talks to sign Bayer Leverkusen midfielder and Manchester United target Hakan Calhanoglu, according to reports. The Turkey star has caught the eye in the Bundesliga in recent seasons, earning a reputation for being one of the best set-piece specialists in Europe. (Metro)Sunderland will not be signing former West Ham captain Kevin Nolan with Sam Allardyce focused on bringing in another centre forward as doubts about Jermain Defoe’s future on Wearside intensify. (Daily Telegraph)David Moyes says he wants to stay at Real Sociedad, despite reports that he is being lined up to replace Tim Sherwood at Aston Villa. (Daily Star)Carlo Ancelotti insists he was not approached by Liverpool before the club decided to appoint Jurgen Klopp as their new manager. (Goal)Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Mousa Dembele is keen to establish his exact role at the club and is demanding talks with manager Mauricio Pochettino to resolve the issue. (Daily Mail)And here’s the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…Chelsea and Manchester City FAILED with summer bids for Paul Pogba, reveals Juventus chiefFrench clubs line up to sign West Ham castaway Morgan AmalfitanoJuventus chief confirms Liverpool interest in midfielder Claudio Marchisio but rules out moveJuventus join Chelsea and Man City in race for Monaco playmaker Bernardo Silva
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Manchester United have announced the return of Adnan Januzaj after the club ended his loan deal with Borussia Dortmund early.Januzaj was sent on a season-long loan to Dortmund in August to gain experience, but the 20-year-old has barely played for the German club.Reports on Wednesday suggested the Belgian could be heading back to Old Trafford prematurely, and the club confirmed the news on Thursday afternoon.The Belgium forward started just three matches – all in the Europa League – and his only playing time in the Bundesliga came off the bench.There was no release clause inserted into Januzaj’s loan contract when it was signed, but both clubs have agreed that it is in their best interests to terminate the deal.A United statement read: “Borussia Dortmund has agreed to cancel the loan agreement for Adnan Januzaj. Adnan will rejoin the first-team squad immediately.“He has returned to Manchester in order to clarify the details.”Januzaj’s return is sure to boost United’s ailing attack, and the club have until 5pm on Friday to register him for Saturday’s FA Cup third-round tie against Sheffield United.However, Januzaj has not played since Dortmund’s 1-0 defeat to PAOK Salonika on December 10, so Louis van Gaal may decide to ease the forward back into the first team set-up after a couple of games for the under-21 side instead. Adnan Januzaj 1
Liverpool v Man United is live on talkSPORT at 2.05pm GMT on Sunday 17 January – click here to listen.It’s the big one in the north west of England as two of the Premier League’s bitter rivals go head-to-head at Anfield.Jurgen Klopp will see how much Man United are disliked first hand when he takes charge of Liverpool for the first time against the Red Devils and ahead of the game, talkSPORT has 10 quiz questions surrounding the fixture for you to sink your teeth into.Before that, though, relegation strugglers Villa take on Premier League challengers Leicester on Saturday evening, which is also live on talkSPORT.Aston Villa v Leicester is live on talkSPORT at 5.30pm GMT on Saturday 16 January – click here to listen.About | Privacy | Terms Steven Gerrard was sent off moments after coming on for Liverpool against Man United in the 2014/15 season 1
1 Juventus are ready to beat Arsenal and Manchester United to the signature of Edinson Cavani with an ambitious summer swoop.The Italian champions looked at the possibility of signing the striker in the January transfer window, but their approach was rebuffed by Paris Saint-Germain.Arsenal and Manchester United are long-term admirers of the Uruguayan and have scouted him since his days at Napoli.However, according to Tuttosport, they may miss out on Cavani this summer as Juventus prepare to lure him to Turin.Manager Massimiliano Allegri is a big fan of the 28-year-old and believes he would bolster the club’s attacking options.Any move for Cavani could allow fellow striker Alvaro Morata to leave Juventus, with Liverpool and Tottenham monitoring the situation. Edinson Cavani
11 Philippe Coutinho: Liverpool (midfielder) – Aston Villa may have been terrible, but you can only beat what’s in front of you and Coutinho happened to be brilliant for Liverpool. 11 11 11 Danny Rose: Tottenham (left back) – The left back was fantastic against Man City where Tottenham beat Manuel Pellegrini’s side 2-1. Troy Deeney: Watford (striker) – The Watford captain scored both goals in the 2-1 win at Crystal Palace. Jonas Olsson: West Brom (centre back) – He had Romelu Lukaku in his back pocket and was instrumental in West Brom’s goal against Everton where they won 1-0. 11 11 Tottenham and Liverpool had stand out wins at the weekend, though Spurs overcame title chasing Man City 2-1.The Reds, meanwhile, will not have an easier game this season with Aston Villa crumbling in front of their own fans in a 6-0 thrashing.Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech came to the rescue against Leicester, but Fraser Forster and Southampton have been unbeatable in their last six games.Here, talkSPORT has put together a Team of the Weekend, so click the yellow arrow above, right, to see the 11 players and let us know if you think we have missed someone more deserving out. 11 Pedro: Chelsea (forward) – He hasn’t played better for Chelsea since arriving last summer. 11 Giannelli Imbula: Stoke (midfielder) – Imbula cost £18.3m in January and has been fantastic for Stoke and put in a man of the match display in the 3-1 win at Bournemouth. 11 11 Cesar Azpilicueta: Chelsea (right back) – Quality at either right or left back. Willian: Chelsea (forward) – Willian scored one and created another as Chelsea thrashed Newcastle 5-1. The forward has been the Blues’ best player this season. 11 Lamine Kone: Sunderland (centre back) – Superb buy in the January transfer window. Mousa Dembele: Tottenham (midfielder) – Dembele was classy against Man City and bossed the midfield where the likes of Yaya Toure and David Silva were roaming. It was a man of the match performance. Fraser Forster: Southampton (goalkeeper) – Forster has not conceded in his last six games and you wouldn’t have guessed he has spent close to a year in the treatment room with a knee injury.
Sam Allardyce left the Hammers after four years at the end of last season 1 Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce will head back to Upton Park on Saturday insisting he will not be the last West Ham manager to find himself in the firing line.The 61-year-old left the Hammers after four years at the end of last season when he decided his time in management might be up at roughly the same time as the club opted not to renew his contract.He did so having weathered a storm of criticism from a section of the London club’s support over the style of football his team played, and with his head held high.Just what response he will get when he walks to the dug-out this weekend remains to be seen, but Allardyce, who admits to a tinge of regret about not leading the club into its new stadium, insists the brickbats simply come with the job.He said: “There’s always a small minority that shows some disapproval. West Ham is no different from any other club.“They make themselves heard more than others sometimes, but it’s not a Sam Allardyce thing. It’s a West Ham thing, so it’s not really me because all the others have had the same amount of stick I had over the years anyway.“If I was the manager at the time and they didn’t think I was doing well, it would be me, but before that it would be Harry Redknapp, before that it would be Alan Curbishley, before that it would be Alan Pardew, before that it would be Avram Grant, before that it would be…“Whoever has been the West Ham manager has had a bit of stick no matter who they are, so it’s part of the job.”Allardyce fulfilled his remit by dragging the Hammers back into the Barclays Premier League and stabilising them in the top division, but was persistently accused of not playing ‘the West Ham way’.He said: “I still think it’s more around passion for the club. It’s the East End and East Enders like to see you wear your heart on your sleeve. Billy Bonds told me that when I chatted with him there.“One of the reasons Billy Bonds was so popular at West Ham was the commitment he showed, the passion he showed for playing for West Ham, as well as his ability.“When they talk about ‘the West Ham way’, about how pretty do you play your football, I’m not so sure that’s exactly what everybody means. That perception has been brought on by the media as much as the fans.“The fans like to see a very talented, of course, but passionate player playing for West Ham.”Allardyce revealed on the day the parting of the ways was confirmed in May last year that he would take a break from management, and retirement was a genuine option.However, when Sunderland came calling in October, he could not fight the urge to return.He said: “I thought it was time for me to pack in management at this level. I thought I’d done enough and had been doing it long enough. Obviously it didn’t take too long before I found out I did want to come back.”
SAN FRANCISCO – For years, rumblings have surfaced on the Internet, conjecture about her casual references to “sexual orientation” and “respect.” Now, Dear Abby is ready to say it flatly: She supports same-sex marriage. “I believe if two people want to commit to each other, God bless ’em,” the syndicated advice columnist told The Associated Press. “That is the highest form of commitment, for heaven’s sake.” What Jeanne Phillips, aka Abigail Van Buren, finds offensive and misguided are homophobic jokes, phrases like “That’s so gay,” and parents who reject or try to reform their children when they come out of the closet. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityHer views are the reason she’s being honored this week by Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, a national advocacy group that provides support for gay people and their families. The original Abby, Phillips’ 89-year-old mother, Pauline, helped put PFLAG on the map in 1984 when she first referred a distraught parent to the organization. Jeanne Phillips, who formally took over the column when her mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease five years ago, has continued plugging the group, as well as its affiliate for parents with children who identify as transgender, and a suicide hot line aimed at gay teenagers. “I’m trying to tell kids if they are gay, it’s OK to be gay. I’ve tried to tell families if they have a gay family member to accept them and love them as they always have,” she said Friday. PFLAG director Jody Huckaby said Abby is the perfect choice for the first “Straight for Equality” award, part of the group’s new campaign to engage more heterosexuals as allies. “She is such a mainstream voice,” Huckaby said. “If Dear Abby is talking about it, it gives other people permission to talk about it.” Alert “Dear Abby” readers may have noticed that the youthful attitude Phillips promised to bring to the column includes a decidedly gay-friendly take on most matters. In a March 2005 column that touched a nerve with some readers, for instance, Phillips came down unequivocally on the side of scientists who say sexual orientation is a matter of genetics, not personal choice. She advised a mother who had cautioned her 14-year-old daughter to keep her feelings for other girls secret to “come to terms with your own feelings about homosexuality.” Last year, addressing a groom whose gay brother refused to serve as best man or even attend the wedding because he did not have the right to marry, she made it clear her sympathies lay with the boycotting brother. “Accepting the status quo is not always the best thing to do,” she wrote. “Women were once considered chattel, and slavery was regarded as sanctioned in the Bible. However, western society grew to recognize that neither was just. Canada, Belgium, the Netherlands and Spain have recognized gay marriage, and one day, perhaps, our country will, too.” Phillips, who lives in Los Angeles, said she isn’t worried that aligning herself with gay rights advocates will cause newspapers to censor or cancel the column, which appears in about 1,400 newspapers. Phillips realizes not everyone agrees with her on gay rights; she and her husband “argue about this continually,” she said. He thinks civil unions and domestic partnerships “would be less threatening to people who feel marriage is just a religious rite.” She thinks anything less than full marriage amounts to second-class citizenship.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
None could be reached for comment Thursday. Among the plaintiffs are Redondo Beach resident Rhonda Castillo, who was out $16,000 to Ivy House and was forced to scramble to find another location for her Sept. 22 nuptials. A local catering company ultimately threw Castillo a gratis reception at Redondo Beach’s historic library, but, nearly two months later, she’s still seething. “We got robbed,” the 46-year-old day-care provider said. “I still didn’t end up with so many things we’d planned for at the Ivy House.” None of Lebow’s clients has received a refund on their deposit or an explanation from Reyna or Crawford, she said. The complaint alleged that Ivy House owners failed for months to notify its clients, with whom they had signed contracts, that the city of Inglewood would not renew the facility’s business license. Even after they closed the business, proprietors still did not notify clients, the suit charged. Many brides, some of whom had paid deposits just days before, heard of the closure only through word-of-mouth and media reports, the complaint stated. After long providing decorations at the Ivy House, Reyna apparently took control of the business in October 2006 as a means of settling a debt with longtime owner Crawford. But a change of ownership jeopardized the facility’s status as an existing nonconforming business, thereby threatening its eligibility for a business license, the suit claimed. The squabbling Ivy House owners and ensuing debacle have cast a pall over what jilted bride Aja White expected to be a blissful time as a newlywed. After losing $21,000, she managed to reschedule her Sept. 15 wedding, but it wasn’t the same, White said. “It’s weird,” the Long Beach resident said. “It’s kind of like, you’re happy because you’re married, but at the same time you’re not happy because you’re still hurting.” [email protected] 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 60 years, the Ivy House abruptly closed Sept.11, leaving dozens of brides-to-be without a wedding venue, an explanation or a refund on their deposits. Lebow believed its proprietors left up to 100 couples without an altar and made off with nearly $1 million in deposits. “Many of the brides had gone into debt or handed over their life savings in order to have their wedding at the Ivy House Gardens,” her complaint stated. On behalf of five named plaintiffs, the suit seeks compensation for their deposits, reimbursement for the costs to hold their weddings elsewhere, compensation for emotional distress, and punitive damages, Lebow said. Named in the suit are Ivy House owner Christel Reyna, as well as her husband, her father, and John Crawford, the facility’s longtime previous owner. Brides who lost thousands of dollars when an Inglewood wedding facility abruptly closed two months ago have filed a lawsuit against its owners. Los Angeles attorney Cynthia Lebow filed the suit Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court seeking class-action status against proprietors of the Ivy House Gardens. The suit claims breach of contract and fraud, among other allegations. After hosting weddings at the renovated Victorian-style home for nearly