‘This Liverpool fan favourite is no longer good enough to play for the club!’

first_imgLucas Leiva is stifling Liverpool as an attacking force, according to talkSPORT’s Merseyside correspondent Graham Beecroft. The Reds were well beaten by rivals Manchester United on Saturday, with Brendan Rodgers’ side offering little going forward. Liverpool were without key midfielders Jordan Henderson and Philippe Coutinho at Old Trafford and were dominated in the middle of the park. Lucas impressed in Liverpool’s goalless draw at Arsenal last month but Beecroft doesn’t think the Brazilian has the ability to hold down a place in the middle of midfield. “I’m not blaming him for the defeat, far from it,” he told the Weekend Sports Breakfast. “When a team goes out with a player like Lucas in the middle, I just think it has an effect on the others. “If I’m walking out on to the pitch I want to see match-winners in that team, not steady Eddys who won’t score a goal, don’t make tackles and give the ball away all too often.“There were too many players who didn’t seem to know what was going on. There didn’t seem like there was an overall plan or pattern and that’s a bit worrying for Liverpool supporters.”last_img read more

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Arsene Wenger criticises referee after Arsenal suffer Champions League defeat

first_img Arsene Wenger 1 Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger hit out at Romanian referee Ovidiu Alin Hategan for sending off striker Olivier Giroud after the Gunners fell to a 2-1 defeat in their Champions League opener at Dimano Zagreb.The France forward missed a couple of early chances before collecting two cautions in the first half, for dissent and then tripping Daniel Ivo Pinto.Wenger – who had made half a dozen changes with one eye on Saturday’s trip to Chelsea – criticised the official’s performance after the game but admitted his side were below par in Croatia. “We were a bit unlucky tonight,” the Frenchman said. “I believe the first goal is offside and after the sending off is very harsh.“We were not at our best, but nor was the referee tonight.“The first yellow is Giroud’s fault because he protested, even if it was not a foul against him. But after he should not have responded to the referee.“The second yellow card, he is unlucky to touch the guy – he did not see him. It was accidental completely, but it happened.“I don’t understand the referee. It has to be on purpose, a foul on purpose. Then the referee should have given many yellows tonight.”last_img read more

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‘Gary Neville he is walking into a volcanic atmosphere at Valencia’ – Expert view

first_imgGary Neville is a brave man to take on the Valencia job.That’s the view of La Liga expert Terry Gibson, who claims the former Manchester United star will be walking into a ‘volcanic atmosphere’ at the Mestalla.Neville has been placed in charge of the Primera Division side until the end of the season, with his brother Phil, who has been a coach at the club since July, working alongside him as his assistant.“It is going to be interesting to see how it all pans out,” said Gibson, an experienced, respected Sky Sports Spanish football pundit.“They have 25 league games to go this season and they are still in the Champions League so it is a massive job.“It is one of the most important clubs in Spanish football. He is walking into an atmosphere that is quite volcanic at the moment.“The supporters are against the owners of the club. There have been 27 first-team players accumulated in the last 18 months that all want to be starting and half of those are getting the hump every week.“It is a really, really tough job. It is brave form Valencia and even braver from Neville to take it on at the moment.”last_img read more

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Schalke star rejects new deal amid Liverpool interest

first_imgSchalke defender Joel Matip could be on his way to Liverpool next month, according to reports in Germany.Jurgen Klopp is understood to be eager to replenish his defensive options in the January transfer market, with the likes of Dejan Lovren and Mamadou Sakho yet to impress the German.According to Bild, Matip has rejected a new contract worth around £2.9m a year at Schalke and is keen to hear what Liverpool have to offer.Klopp is known to be a big admirer of Matip from his time in charge of Borussia Dortmund.The 24-year-old’s ability to operate as a defensive midfielder is another reason why the Kop Club are expected to make an offer.The Cameroon international has spent his entire senior career with Schalke after graduating from the club’s second string in 2009. Joel Matip [right] 1last_img read more

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‘John Stones is the BEST ball-playing defender in Europe’ – Roberto Martinez EXCLUSIVE

first_imgEverton boss has hailed John Stones as ‘the best footballing centre-half in European football’ and reiterated that the club will NOT sell the England starlet purely for financial gain.Stones has emerged as one of the country’s most promising talents since moving to Goodison Park from Barnsley in 2013, with the 21-year-old now an England regular and approaching 80 club appearances.The youngster has been praised for his ball-playing ability from the back, though it has also proved his downfall at times this season having found himself under fire after a string of costly defensive mistakes.Stones has been out of the spotlight in recent weeks, missing the Toffees’ last three matches with a niggling hamstring injury.And the boss has no doubt Stones will prove his quality on his return.“You’re talking about a group of young players who have the potential to become something very special, but they need space, they need time, they need to play games and they need to be able to makes mistakes on the pitch, that’s very clear,” Martinez exclusively told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“John Stones will be a great player. But he’s a young man, he’s only 21, he’s only played 78 games in the Premier League and sometimes we’re so quick to judge a footballer and that’s unfair.“A young man deserves to play 100 games before he can be judged.“I’ve been managing him now for three seasons and I think John Stones is, without a doubt, the best footballing centre-half I’ve seen in European football.”Stones was the subject of three rejected bids from Chelsea last summer, with the final offer thought to be around £30million, but the Toffees resisted the temptation and kept hold of their man.And Martinez again insisted the club will NOT be tempted to part ways with any of their players unless doing so would help the team move forward.The Spaniard added: “Any bid that comes in which is not in the benefit of the team [will not be accepted]…we will never be making decisions purely for financial reasons.“That doesn’t mean that we’ll never sell players, but that if we do sell a player, it will be in the benefit of the team and being able to move it forward.”last_img read more

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Moon mission taught us it’s hard to leave Earth

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityThere was another lucky outcome of Sputnik. Two years earlier, President Eisenhower had proposed “Open Skies” under which the U.S. and Russia would permit spy-plane overflights so each would know the other’s military capabilities. The idea was to reduce mutual uncertainty and strengthen deterrence. Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev rejected the idea out of hand. The advent of the orbiting satellite circumvented the objection. By 1960, we had launched our first working spy satellite. But our greatest luck was the fact that the Soviets got to space first. Sputnik orbiting over the United States – and Eisenhower never protesting a violation of U.S. sovereignty – established forever the principle that orbital space is not national territory but is as free and open as the high seas. Had we beaten the Russians into orbit – and we were only a few months behind – Khrushchev might very well have protested our presence over sovereign Soviet territory and reserved the right to one day (the technology was still years away) shoot us down. Sputnik and the Space Age it launched had one other curious, wholly unexpected effect. Before Sputnik, while still dreaming about outer space in science fiction, we always assumed that one step would create the hunger for the next – ever outward from Earth orbit to the moon to Mars and beyond. Not so. It took only 12 years to go from Sputnik to the moon, on which we jumped about for a brief interlude and then, amazingly, abandoned. There are technological, budgetary and political reasons to explain this. But the most profound is psychological. It’s cold out there. “In the Shadow of the Moon” is a magnificent new documentary of the remembrances of some of those very few human beings who have actually gone to the moon. They talk, as you’d expect, about the wonder and beauty and grandeur of the place. But some also recall the coldness of that desolation. One astronaut tells how on the moon’s surface he was seized with the realization that he and his crewmate were utterly alone on an entire world. Fifty years ago this week, America was shaken out of technological complacency by a beeping 180-pound aluminum ball orbiting overhead. Sputnik was a shock because we had always assumed that Russia was nothing but a big, lumbering and all-brawn bear. He could wear down the Nazis and produce mountains of steel but had none of our savvy or sophistication. Then one day we wake up and he beats us into space, placing overhead the first satellite to orbit the Earth since God placed the moon where it could give us lovely sailing tides. At the time, all thoughts were about the Soviets overwhelming us technologically. But the panic turned out to be unwarranted. Sputnik was not subtle science. The Soviets were making up for their inability to miniaturize nuclear warheads – something that does require sophistication – by developing massive rockets. And they had managed to develop one just massive enough to hurl a ball into Earth orbit. We had no idea how lucky we were with Sputnik. The subsequent panic turned out to be an enormous boon. The fear of falling behind the communists induced the federal government to pour a river of money into science and math education. The result was a generation of scientists who gave us not only Apollo and the moon, but the sinews of the information age – for example, ARPA that created ARPANET that became the Internet – that have assured American technological dominance to this day. On Earth, you can be wandering a forbidding desert but always with the hope that there might be something human over the horizon. On the moon there is nothing but dust and rock, forever. And then – just about all the astronauts talk about this – you look up and see this beautiful blue marble, warm and fragile, hanging in the black lunar sky. And you long for home. The astronauts brought back that image in the famous photo “Earthrise” and, with it, that feeling of longing. That iconic image did not just help spur the environmental movement. With surpassing irony, it created at the very dawn of the Space Age a longing – not for space but for home. This is perhaps to be expected for a 200,000-year-old race of beings leaving its crib for the first time. We will, however, outgrow that fear. It was 115 years from Columbus to the Jamestown colony. It will take about that same span of time for a new generation – ours is too bound to Earth – to go out and not look back. Charles Krauthammer’s e-mail address is letters@charleskrauthammer.com.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

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Antonovich still resists Las Lomas project

first_imgLos Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich is continuing his opposition to the Las Lomas project in a Tuesday Nov. 13 letter to Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.The proposed project would be built north of the intersection of the Golden State and Antelope Valley freeways, adjacent to Santa Clarita. Los Angeles is currently processing the developer’s application to annex the property to the city.“I strongly encourage the city to consider opposing the annexation, which would effectively terminate the project as proposed,” Antonovich wrote in his letter.County zoning would allow only about 200 to 250 residential units on the 555-acre Las Lomas property, while the developer – seeking to build under city rules – is proposing 5,800 dwelling units, nearly 3 million square feet of commercial, industrial and retail uses, and a 300-room hotel. on 555 acres. 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 Antonovich also cited environmental and traffic concerns.Santa Clarita City Council members were expected to pass a resolution Tuesday night opposing the project.last_img read more

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Parking accident kills Van Nuys woman

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat Kings VAN NUYS _ A bizarre accident apparently claimed the life of a woman moving a pickup truck this afternoon. The Los Angeles Fire Department received a call at 2:37 p.m. indicating there was a person stuck in between two cars in a parking structure beneath an apartment in the 15100 block of Sherman Way. Crews rushed to the scene to find a woman, possibly in her 60s, pinned between a compact pickup and another vehicle. “We arrived to discover her sadly beyond our help and she was declared dead at the scene,” said Brian Humphrey, a fire department spokesman. “She was pinned between the two vehicles as if one of them had moved unexpectedly… a cursory exam shows she may have been involved in moving one of the vehicles that was parked in tandem.” Fire crews did not find any other drivers at the scene. Coroner’s investigators and the Los Angeles Police Department’s Valley Traffic detectives are en route to investigate the cause of the accident. 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

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Teen surrenders in brawl slaying

first_imgSTEVENSON RANCH – An 18-year-old from Stevenson Ranch surrendered Wednesday to sheriff’s officials in the slaying of another young man in a weekend brawl. Michael Stephens, who attended Hart High School and now works in construction, turned himself in after an arrest warrant was issued Tuesday, said his attorney, Richard Hirsch. Hirsch and a private investigator hired by Stephens’ family declined further comment. No charges had been filed Wednesday as sheriff’s homicide investigators continued piecing together the events that led to the violent death of Joshua Pipho, 20, of Canyon Country. Rosendberg said the incident should serve as a warning for young people who drink and party to realize trouble can break out and they could face tough consequences. pat.aidem@dailynews.com 661-257-5251 Staff Writer160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A friend of Pipho’s, Chad White, 20, also was attacked – stabbed 17 times – and remained hospitalized. Investigators searched the Stephens family’s home Tuesday afternoon, said sheriff’s Lt. Dan Rosendberg, noting the teen’s father was devastated, yet cooperative. “It’s the absolute worst nightmare I can imagine,” Rosendberg said. “This could happen in Stevenson Ranch or in any affluent neighborhood.” Pipho died early Saturday in the parking lot of a condominium complex where a fight broke out when one youth’s truck was being vandalized. Investigators believe a party was going on and spilled outside. One young man indicated he was leaving, but drove back and rammed his car into Pipho, then got out and stabbed him several times before running him over with the car, witnesses said. Rosendberg would not say if Stephens was that driver. Stephens does not live in the condo complex where the fight broke out, but in a nearby neighborhood, Rosendberg said. The lieutenant also said authorities expect to make additional arrests in the case. last_img read more

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