Premier League team of the weekend: Do you agree with this XI?

first_img Goalkeeper – Tim Howard (Everton) – Click the right arrow to see who else makes our team of the weekend… – The veteran American shot-stopper drew criticism for his performance in the 2-0 defeat against Manchester City earlier this month. But he was back on top form against Spurs as impressive stops from Harry Kane, Ryan Mason and Toby Alderweireld at White Hart Lane earned Everton a valuable point. 11 It was another thrilling weekend of action in the Premier League.Crystal Palace, West Ham and Swansea picked up impressive wins, while Manchester City continued their faultless start to the season by comfortably dispatching new boys Watford.But which top-flight stars shone brightest? Click through our gallery to see talkSPORT’s team of the weekend… 11 11 11 Defender – Joel Ward (Crystal Palace) – Click the right arrow to see who else makes our team of the weekend… – The 25-year-old was one of Crystal Palace’s standout performers as the Eagles stunned Chelsea to claim a first win at Stamford Bridge since 1982. Not only did Ward keep Eden Hazard quiet, but he wasn’t afraid to get forward himself and capped an excellent individual – and team – display with the winning goal ten minutes from time. 11 Forward – Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) – Click the right arrow to see who else makes our team of the weekend… – Eyebrows were raised at the £49m fee City paid to lure Sterling away from Liverpool in the close season. But there’s no doubting the 20-year-old’s quality and he already appears to have made a big difference to Manuel Pellegrini’s side. Watford were unable to cope with his pace and trickery on Saturday as the England ace grabbed the first of what is sure to be many goals for City. Midfielder – Manuel Lanzini (West Ham) – Click the right arrow to see who else makes our team of the weekend… – Lanzini was likened to David Silva by Hammers boss Slaven Bilic when he arrived on loan from Al Jazira earlier this summer – and he certainly lived up to the comparisons with the Manchester City superstar at Anfield. The diminutive attacking midfielder scored the opening goal in the 3-0 win and didn’t give the Liverpool defence a minute’s peace with an outstanding high-energy display. Defender – Damien Delaney (Crystal Palace) – Click the right arrow to see who else makes our team of the weekend… – It’s not often defenders come out on top against Chelsea’s battering ram of a forward Diego Costa but Delaney did just that on Saturday. The 34-year-old was outstanding – along with the rest of the Palace defence – as he used all his experience to shackle and frustrate the fiery Spaniard. Defender – Ashley Williams (Swansea City) – Click the right arrow to see who else makes our team of the weekend… – The Welshman has been one of the Premier League’s most consistent defenders in recent seasons and was influential as Swansea claimed a 2-1 victory over Manchester United on Sunday. He played a key role in his side’s equalising goal before denying Wayne Rooney a late leveller with a brilliantly timed challenge. Midfielder – Dusan Tadic (Southampton) – Click the right arrow to see who else makes our team of the weekend… – Southampton have lost a host of top talents in recent seasons and could soon have a battle on their hands to keep hold of Tadic. The Serbian has started this season impressively and netted twice against Norwich on Sunday to help the Saints secure a first win of the campaign. 11 Midfielder – Fernandinho (Manchester City) – Click the right arrow to see who else makes our team of the weekend… – The underrated Brazilian midfielder has arguably been City’s player of the season so far. He was certainly the pick of their central midfielders in Saturday’s 2-0 win against Watford – capping an impressive, energetic performance with a terrific strike, just like he did against Chelsea earlier this month. 11 11 11 Midfielder – Yannick Bolasie (Crystal Palace) – Click the right arrow to see who else makes our team of the weekend… – Granted compassionate leave last week after the loss of his father, Bolasie returned to Alan Pardew’s squad to face Chelsea and made a sensational impact. Brought on for Wilfried Zaha ten minutes into the second half, the Congo winger tormented Branislav Ivanovic and played a key role in both of Palace’s goals in their stunning win. Forward – Andre Ayew (Swansea City) – Click the right arrow to see who else makes our team of the weekend… – The Ghanaian is proving to be one of the signings of the summer. A free transfer from Marseille, Ayew netted his third Premier League goal of the season to draw his side level against Manchester United on Sunday before setting up Bafétimbi Gomis with an exquisite pass to fire Swansea to victory. Defender – Aaron Cresswell (West Ham) – Click the right arrow to see who else makes our team of the weekend… – The former Ipswich full-back has been a revelation for West Ham since his move to Upton Park in 2014. Solid in defence and comfortable in possession, Cresswell played his part at both ends against Liverpool as the Hammers triumphed at Anfield for the first time in more than 50 years. 11 11last_img read more

Liverpool bombshell! ‘Philippe Coutinho ready to quit Reds if Barcelona come calling’

first_img1 Philippe Coutinho Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho is keen on a move to Barcelona, according to reports in Spain.talkSPORT told you on Monday about the Spanish giant’s interest in the Brazilian, who made the Premier League Team of the Year last season.Barca are reportedly ready to shell out £22m for the 23-year-old as they look to strengthen their squad in January when their transfer ban is lifted.And, according to Sport, Coutinho is keen on a move to the Nou Camp if Luis Enrique’s side come calling.Liverpool are currently on the hunt for a new manager after Brendan Rodgers was sacked on Monday.However, it is said that the club’s hierarchy have no desire to sell Coutinho.last_img read more

DONE DEAL! Derby announce signing of Reading striker Nick Blackman

first_imgDerby have confirmed the signing of striker Nick Blackman from Reading.The 26-year-old’s contract at the Berkshire club was set to expire in the summer, when he could have walked away for free.So Reading have decided to cash in on the forward, who has hit 11 goals in 25 Championship appearances so far this term.The fee is officially undisclosed but reports have suggested the deal could be worth as much as £3million.And Derby hope the former Blackburn and Sheffield United ace can fire them into the Premier League, with Paul Clement’s side currently second in the table.The head coach told the club’s official website: “Nick Blackman has been in excellent form for Reading this season so we are delighted to bring one of the Championship’s leading goalscorers to the club.“There has been a lot of interest in him so we’re naturally happy that he has chosen to join us.“We’ve got a number of talented players in the attacking areas of our squad and Nick only enhances that.” New Derby striker Nick Blackman 1last_img read more

Ozil’s vision, Messi’s feet and Allen’s beard – the ultimate footballer?

first_img1 The ultimate footballer Is this the ultimate footballer?With Mesut Ozil’s vision, Lionel Messi’s feet and Joe Allen’s beard we think this player could go far.In addition he’s got Neymar’s brain and the combined power of Hulk and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.Let us know which footballers would form your ultimate player either in the comments below or on the talkSPORT Facebook page.Follow deadline day live with talkSPORT right here.last_img

Liverpool face transfer disappointment over Ajax starlet

first_img1 Anwar El Ghazi AC Milan are set to beat Liverpool to the signing of Ajax ace Anwar El Ghazi, according to reports in Italy.The 20-year-old winger has been on Liverpool’s radar ever since he broke through into the Ajax first-team, but they are not the only club circling.Milan have also held a long-term interest in El Ghazi and now it has been suggested that they are finally closing in on signing him.Ajax want around £8m for the sale and could be open to parting with their man him this summer.Tuttosport claim that Rossoneri scouts watched him in action for the Dutch club at the weekend and that El Ghazi has already agreed the terms on a five-year deal at the San Siro.Now all that is left is for the two clubs to agree a fee – however Liverpool may launch a late bid of their own to avoid missing out on him.last_img read more

ELECTION 2007 LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Mayor Waronek has: Protected Lomita by voting against reckless high-density developments. Promoted the forming of a General Planning Advisory Committee that developed guidelines and values, preventing misuse of our land and infrastructure. Brought back community pride with Founder’s Day, tree-lighting ceremonies and the best fireworks show in the South Bay. Understood the needs of our community by listening. Making himself available to all, he is able to better represent us, because he knows us. Waronek for council As a resident of Lomita, I feel a sense of community pride. We have a distinct advantage over our neighboring cities due to the scale in which we live. The people here are real, passionate and care about their city, but most of all they are friendly. This has been true up until the last couple of months. Something awful has spread through our community, something that we the people of Lomita are not used to. That something is dirty campaigning! It is shameful to see such a display of deceit. And to make things worse, your paper has given credence and looks to sensationalize a couple of misguided people who have been led astray by personal agenda. We are passionate, caring and friendly, but we are also very smart. We are able to discern the difference between candidates who are civil servants dedicated to protecting and providing a better quality of life, and politicians whose campaign platforms have been centered on spreading malicious lies and unfounded attacks to the end of their own gain. Truth matters to us. That is also why we are not swayed by political wrangling and inaccurate one-sided stories that you feel make good print. The truth of the matter is, Mark Waronek has been a true servant of the people. The facts speak for themselves: Been visionary. He is highly motivated and wants to promote Lomita and establish goals for the future and has restored strong, respectful leadership to the council. So, print what you will, give forum to the disingenuous, it matters not to us. We know that Mark Waronek is a great asset, a proven friend of Lomita, and on Tuesday our opinion is the only one that will matter. – JOE CINQUINA Lomita As a concerned citizen in Lomita, I have attended almost every City Council and Planning Commission meeting for a number of years. Over this same period, I have spoken about economic development and land use before these Lomita city meetings more often than any other citizen in town. I had the good fortune of meeting Mark Waronek when he was a Lomita planning commissioner. Since then, I have continued to interact with Waronek in his positions as a City Council member and mayor. In all the occasions I have testified before the Planning Commission and City Council, Waronek has always treated me with respect and listened attentively to my views. Even when a speakers’ views are different than his, they will be treated in a respectful manner by Mayor Waronek. Waronek has a proactive approach to his work with the City Council. Under his watch, much has been done to improve the quality of life in Lomita. He voted for additional sheriff’s deputies and other resources to keep Lomita safe. Our streets are now being repaired and plans are in place to handle the improvements needed for our aging infrastructure. During this same time Waronek has been instrumental in obtaining funds owed Lomita by Caltrans and also a grant for the expansion of our Railroad Museum. We now honor Lomita’s best teachers annually with the Golden Apple Awards, a program Waronek started. He also brought “Shakespeare by the Sea” to Lomita. These are just a few examples of how his hard work and dedication have helped our schools, library, park and all the citizens of our city in countless ways. Waronek is a hard-working family man who brings out the best in our city. It is the personal efforts of good people like him that help Lomita remain the “friendly city.” Your vote for Mark Waronek for City Council will ensure that our citizens are treated with respect and that our city will continue to improve. – GEORGE KIVETT Lomita Choices for Torrance There is an important election Tuesday in Torrance. The Torrance school board is the only issue on the Torrance ballot this year. As a parent and homeowner in Torrance, I am extremely concerned that people will not go out and vote. I urge our voters to do their homework, find out about the candidates and then vote. There is a direct correlation between the value of your home and the quality of our Torrance school system. I am voting for Terry Ragins. She has dedicated endless hours of her time to ensuring our children get the best possible education. As a PTA president, she displayed leadership and the ability to incorporate the suggestions of others when making difficult decisions. As a member of the school board, she sought fiscal responsibility from the district staff and has worked tirelessly to provide improved school facilities. I have worked as a volunteer with Ragins over the years. She is a dedicated public official with a big heart. Our school district currently faces challenges on a few different fronts. It will suit the residents of Torrance well to have Ragins’ steady hands on the wheel as we all work together and provide our students with the best educational experience possible and give our great teachers the tools they need to assist our children achieve. This is an important election. Please vote. – ADELE KAPLAN Torrance I am writing to wholeheartedly endorse Terry Ragins for re-election to the Torrance Unified School District Board of Education. I speak as a longtime Torrance resident who has been very actively involved in the education of my three daughters in Torrance elementary, middle and high schools. I have been actively involved in PTA at Adams Elementary and Torrance High School, and I am currently the president of the J.H. Hull PTSA. As such, I have had the pleasure of working directly with Ragins over the last several years. Her dedication to the students of Torrance is outstanding, as is her competency and knowledge of the complex issues facing our schools. Ragins’ opponent, Rick Marshall, by contrast, is directly responsible for the recent closure and relocation of J.H. Hull Middle School due to his ceaseless opposition to past bond measures and his frivolous lawsuit against the district. His lack of support for our schools is further shown by his earlier support of school vouchers, which divert money away from public schools, and his keeping his own children out of Torrance public schools. Ragins has done a great job for our students and our schools. She has also worked to improve the fiscal stability of our district and to improve school facilities. As such, she is clearly the best choice for continuing this work and expanding the gains of the last several years. If you care about the future of our children and our city, please vote on Tuesday to re-elect Terry Ragins. – NICKI GERDES Torrance I disagree with your recommendations for the Torrance school board (Our Views, Oct. 28). The two main issues in the 2005 school board election were one, a school bond and, two, what to do about Hull Middle School. Two years later we have the same issues. In the interim, the state restored the funding it cut and the school board found plenty to spend it on, just not Hull Middle School or maintenance of the other schools. In 2006 and 2007 we saw: A 6.5 percent increase for teachers, management, supervisors and classified employees – 170 or more employees reclassified up in salary, costing approximately $500,000. Approval of several new positions such as public information officer starting at $5,708 per month. The Personnel Commission budget expanded to $406,000 for 2007-2008. The Personnel Commission director’s salary increased 11 percent to $99,000 in 2007-2008. An estimated accrued but unfunded workers’ comp liability of $6.5 million remains. We need board members who don’t go on spending sprees while letting our schools go down the drain. We need board members who don’t rely on school bonds to fix the schools, but set aside some of the budget they already have for this purpose. We need less “experience” and more accountability. That is why I support Irmi Lake and Rick Marshall for school board. They will question, investigate and decide matters based on what is best for the students, not the ever-growing bureaucracy. Join me in voting for them. – RACHELLE TOTI Torrance I am writing to urge residents in Torrance to vote for Torrance school board member Terry Ragins and former Torrance City Councilman Don Lee on Tuesday. Both will continue the tradition of keeping the Torrance Unified School District among the best in California. Ragins’ performance on the school board has been excellent. Approximately four years ago, TUSD was in dire financial straits and on the verge of bankruptcy. Now, with the help of Ragins’ leadership, TUSD has regained a positive financial status and its general fund reserve has been restored. Standardized test scores are excellent and have improved each of the last four years. TUSD now ranks in the top 20 percent of all school districts statewide. As a former Torrance councilman, Lee has shown leadership, accountability and vision in helping to steer Torrance during his time on the council. He consistently fought for and voted for balanced budgets while on the City Council. After leaving the council, Lee continued to engage in community service and did a fantastic job as a former president of the Torrance Chamber of Commerce. Both Ragins and Lee have the experience and proven record to lead the TUSD. Torrance schools will be in good hands with Terry Ragins and Don Lee at the helm. – TED W. LIEU Assemblyman, 53rd District Torrance I urge all Torrance voters who are concerned about the school district to vote for Terry Ragins on Tuesday. Ragins has dedicated endless hours of her time and worked tirelessly to ensure that our children get the best possible education. Our school district currently faces challenges on a few different fronts. She worked with me during the June 2006 school bond effort and showed enthusiasm and passion for the work necessary to provide our students with improved school facilities. As a member of the TUSD school board the past four years, she has sought fiscal responsibility from the district staff and has provided leadership to help make the difficult decisions necessary to get us through a true financial crisis. Her knowledge of education and governance issues shows that she is prepared to deal with whatever future challenges come along. Residents of Torrance are well-served by Ragins. Her steady hands on the wheel will guide us as we our work together to provide our students with the best educational experience possible and to give our great teachers the tools they need to help our children learn and achieve. Vote to re-elect Terry Ragins on Tuesday. – BETH WILSON Torrance Editor’s note: Beth Wilson is a former Torrance school board member. De la Rosa for PV board Please join me in voting for Dora de la Rosa on Tuesday for Palos Verdes Peninsula school board. De la Rosa is responsible for bringing into our school district millions of dollars. As chairwoman of the Measure K campaign, she brought in $72million including state matching funds. Measure P, again under her chairmanship, brought in $15 million in local funds. As a member of the board, she advocated finishing the projects needed for our schools and students and voted to place Measures R and S on the ballot. Indeed, her active encouragement of support for passage of these critical measures resulted in state matching funds again coming into our district. This past spring, recognizing the need for further financial support for programs and the need to attract and retain highly qualified teachers, she again supported a local measure that renewed our parcel tax. In addition, as a Peninsula Education Foundation trustee, de la Rosa served for two years during which more than $2 million was raised. Her efforts and ability to oversee the influx of millions of dollars and now to have been instrumental in oversight and sound decision-making in the expenditure of those monies have truly earned her my vote. I consider this community fortunate to have someone of de la Rosa’s ability, foresight and business sense willing to volunteer for a position as a member of the board for four more years. Vote for Dora de la Rosa on Tuesday. – SUE TOZAKI Rancho Palos Verdes Tucker for HB council Every two years the same people who delight in lowering the debate in Hermosa Beach elections use the same tiresome tactic of mudslinging against anyone who is not their chosen candidate. They insult the intelligence of the voters with their baseless attacks that use hate mail that contains fuzzy photos and strategic fictions. This time the target of their political snipe hunt is Councilman Peter Tucker. We urge you to consider the credibility-challenged source of the attack ads, follow the facts and vote with your eyes wide open. Tucker is a good man. He has served the city as a volunteer for more than 20 years. Every good cause, from toy drives to community pancake breakfasts to beach cleanups to education foundation fundraisers to Little League baseball, has Tucker’s active participation. He has served admirably for the last four years as our councilman and mayor as a voice for fiscal responsibility and as a leader for positive change. Pete Tucker deserves to be re-elected on Tuesday. – EMMIE SCHILLHAHN Hermosa Beach160Want 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

Victim identified in fatal hit-and-run

first_imgLA PUENTE – Officials have released the name of a 70-year-old Rosemead man who was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver last week. Roman Urrutia was pronounced dead at the scene, said Los Angeles County coroner’s investigator Jerry McKibben. Urrutia was crossing northbound across Amar Road at Aileron Avenue about 7:30 p.m. when he was fatally struck by a vehicle driving west on Amar Road, said California Highway Patrol Officer Kevin Porter. The suspect vehicle pulled over briefly but then sped away, said Porter. 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 MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsWitnesses gave conflicting accounts of the hit-and-run driver’s vehicle, Porter said. One described is as dark-colored Honda-type vehicle, while another said it was a large, black vehicle. The vehicle would have minor to moderate damage on its front end and hood from the impact, Porter said. Anyone with information about this crash should contact the Baldwin Park office of the CHP at (626) 338-1164. – Staff Reportlast_img read more

‘Man United have made a mistake… Ryan Giggs should be MANAGER’ – Ex-Red Devil

first_imgManchester United have made a mistake overlooking Ryan Giggs for the manager’s job, according to Clayton Blackmore.Giggs is leaving Old Trafford after 29 years as a player, coach and assistant manager.The Welshman was keen to land the top job after Louis van Gaal’s sacking last month but was snubbed in favour of Jose Mourinho and has decided not to stay on at Old Trafford in a new role.And Blackmore, the former United defender, admits he is disappointed by the club’s failure to give the 42-year-old a go in the hotseat.Speaking on the Weekend Sports Breakfast, he said: “The club have had their chances to give Ryan the job… but they have brought in David Moyes, Louis van Gaal and now Jose Mourinho.“For me, the club have made a mistake. They should have given him a chance. He deserves that chance.“He has done so much for the club in the last 30 years. He knows everything about the club – how we won all those games [under Sir Alex Ferguson].“Now it is going to be a while, if ever, when he does get the chance to manage Man United.”last_img read more

McGrady lifts Rockets past LeBron, Cavaliers

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! As long as Tracy McGrady’s back doesn’t give out, he’ll gladly carry the Houston Rockets. McGrady scored 34 points, Juwan Howard made two late jumpers and the getting-healthier-by-the day Houston Rockets got their second straight quality road win, 90-81 over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday night. McGrady surpassed 30 points for the fourth game in a row as the Rockets, who are without center Yao Ming and have been beaten, bruised and battered with injuries all season, followed up a win at Washington by handing the Cavaliers just their fourth loss in 17 home games. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson Derek Fisher made two free throws with 1:46 left to get Golden State within 91-89, before Jackson scored and was fouled on the other end but missed a free throw. center_img McGrady outdueled LeBron James, who had 32 points, nine rebounds and five assists but couldn’t prevent Cleveland from falling to 1-1 since learning that guard Larry Hughes could miss two months with a broken finger. Pacers 99, Warriors 89 : Stephen Jackson had 27 points, five rebounds and three assists and Indiana jumped to a quick lead it nearly relinquished in the waning moments of a victory over Golden State. last_img read more

Gruden not yet satisfied with year

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Thanks in no small part to an infusion of young talent on offense, the Bucs (11-5) went from 5-11 in 2004 to winning the NFC South title this season. They will end a two-year hiatus from the playoffs when they host Washington (10-6) today in the NFC wild-card round. The game also marks the Redskins’ postseason return under Joe Gibbs, the three-time Super Bowl winner who came out of retirement two years ago to resuscitate a team that made the playoffs once during his 11 seasons away from the NFL. TAMPA, Fla. – Jon Gruden rejects the notion that his surprising Tampa Bay Buccaneers have already had a successful season. “We don’t want to have that loser’s mentality about, `Gee, we over-achieved in some people’s eyes,’ or `Hey, we’ve had a good year.’ Baloney,” Gruden said. “You’re not playing in this organization for any other reason than to compete for championships and we want to make the most of our opportunities.” center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonBoth clubs are excited about their prospects in what’s generally regarded as a wide-open bracket in the NFC. “I think every year there are dark horses that jump onto the scene. It’s just fact,” Gruden said. “I don’t really think that anybody thought New England, in their first Super Bowl season, was going to go from 5-11 to 11-5 and win the Super Bowl with a backup quarterback. I don’t think anybody thought we were going to do it either. There are some interesting teams in the field.” One of the keys for Tampa Bay will be containing Clinton Portis, who rushed for 144 yards in the mid-season meeting. Washington also is concerned about not letting rookie running back Carnell “Cadillac” Williams have a big day on the ground for the Bucs. Gibbs noted Williams, voted NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year this week, was not healthy the first time the teams played and was limited to 20 yards on 10 carries. last_img