WATCH! Gunnersaurus upstages Arsenal stars in charity challenge

first_imgArsenal have followed north London rivals Tottenham in having a go at the dizzy penalty challenge for Global Goals.Mikel Arteta and Theo Walcott were the club’s representatives before mascot Gunnersaurus had a go under the watchful gaze of Arsene Wenger.Check out how they got on above.. and click here to find out about the Global Goals campaign.last_img

Former Sunderland boss backs Sam Allardyce to replace Dick Advocaat

first_imgGus Poyet believes Sam Allardyce is the ideal candidate to inspire Sunderland in their battle against relegation.But Poyet has warned that the club require more than a change of manager to arrest their long-term decline.Allardyce is reportedly among the candidates under consideration to succeed Dick Advocaat after the Dutchman resigned just seven fixtures into a disappointing start to the season.Advocaat himself, however, only arrived at the club in March after Poyet had been sacked.Since Roy Keane’s departure in 2008 Sunderland have been consistently unstable, and Poyet, who impressed in leading them to Premier League survival in 2014 when relegation had appeared inevitable, is adamant that not only do they require the abilities Allardyce could provide but that their problems run significantly deeper.“Now there is (another) manager leaving and it is a little bit too many,” said Poyet, who was speaking at the Leaders Sport Business Summit.“So I think it is clear now that it is not the manager. Sometimes when a team is not working you change the manager and things go well and you can say ‘Good decision’, but when it happens four or five times, come on, be realistic.“I don’t think you can blame Martin O’Neill, Paolo Di Canio, Gus Poyet and Dick Advocaat. There is something that is not working there. If I knew what it was I would call the chairman tomorrow but I don’t. Fortunately it is not my job.“But they have to look somewhere else. They need to find where to look. They need to take an appointment and stick with it whatever results come in the next two or three years.“Sam Allardyce (should be Sunderland’s next appointment). (But) first of all I don’t know if Sam would like to go and maybe I’m putting it a little on Sam and he is going to kill me next time I see him.”There remain concerns that Sunderland’s fans would not accept Allardyce because of his previous eight-month spell with rivals Newcastle’s manager.But Poyet regards his knowledge of the Premier League, from which he has never been relegated, and experience of managing in the north-east as exactly what Sunderland require.“He had an experience before in the north-east,” Poyet said. “He knows the Premier League inside out and he knows exactly what a team needs to do to stay in the Premier League.“He has done it everywhere he has been so it’s not something new. That experience of being there for so long will definitely help.” 1 Sam Allardyce and Gus Poyet last_img read more

Carneiro’s Chelsea exit ‘put football back 30 years’, claims Blues legend Le Saux

first_img Former Chelsea first-team doctor Eva Carneiro 1 Chelsea legend Graeme Le Saux fears Jose Mourinho’s criticism of Eva Carneiro and the subsequent fallout will discourage women from pursuing a career in football.Former Blues and England defender Le Saux, who sits on the Football Association inclusion advisory board, suggested the game has “gone back 30 years” because of the saga.Club doctor Carneiro left her role with Chelsea following a clash with manager Mourinho after she and physio Jon Hearn ran on to treat Eden Hazard late in the draw with Swansea on August 8.Mourinho slammed his medical staff for temporarily reducing his side to nine men, calling his medical staff “impulsive and naive”.The manager, who is under pressure following a terrible start to the season for the Blues, was told last month he would face no action from the FA over allegations he made discriminatory comments towards Carneiro.However Le Saux believes significant damage has been inflicted on the game by the episode.He said in The Times: “What concerns me most, given the work I’m doing for the FA, is the impact Mourinho’s behaviour may have throughout the whole game.“We’re trying to deal with some very sensitive issues and to change the culture of the game.“Some good people at the FA have taken a kicking after concluding there was insufficient evidence to charge Mourinho, whilst the whole furore may also deter women from becoming involved in football, as well as discouraging clubs from employing them.“A lot of people are working very hard to get the game in a better place, but after the last few weeks it feels as if we’ve gone back 30 years.”World governing body FIFA said it would draw up a new code of practice for team doctors in the wake of the controversy, while Carneiro found support from the Football Medical Association.Heather Rabbatts, who heads the FA inclusion advisory board, recently declared herself ”seriously disappointed” with the FA’s handling of the case.Le Saux said: “As someone who was privileged to play for Chelsea for 12 years, I’m saddened that it has come to this. If what started out as a straightforward employer-employee issue had been handled differently, these negative issues would not have arisen.“The biggest disappointment for me is that Mourinho doesn’t seem to have reflected on the damage he has done to his own image, the reputation of the club and, more important, the reputation of the entire game.”last_img read more

Chelsea fans think this player should be told to fight for his place when he returns from injury

first_imgAfter four miserable months, Chelsea’s mood has finally been lifted after victory over Norwich City was followed by a convincing defensive display in the goalless draw with Tottenham Hotspur at the weekend.And there is further positive news for the Blues.Thibaut Courtois, who has been sidelined for the past three months since undergoing knee surgery in September, could be available for selection against Bournemouth on Saturday evening.However, while his return will strengthen the reigning Premier League champions, many supporters are not so keen on the Belgium international instantly returning to the starting line up with Asmir Begovic having been superb in his absence.Have a read of what Blues fans have had to say, on Twitter, below. Thibaut Courtois and Asmir Begovic 1last_img

Fox opens up on immigration and more political hot potatoes

first_imgThe former president calls his former energy secretary and successor, Calderon, “a man with character” and “good political experience.” And he calls Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez a “demagogue” and “a dreamer, but in the wrong sense: He dreams of becoming the Castro of the 21st century.” Fox also believes the U.S. Constitution should be changed to allow immigrants to run for the White House, specifically Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. “I wish he would have the opportunity to become a candidate for president of the United States,” Fox said. But while protesting that immigration reform should not be “left in the hands of the xenophobic,” Fox is eager to share many of his opinions on the consistently explosive issue: — On the Dream Act, which would open financial aid to illegal-immigrant students: “Anything that has to do with bringing equal opportunity to everyone in the U.S is more than welcome – granting driver’s licenses, opening up equal opportunity to go to college, universal access to hospitals, access to schools.” Fox adds that he believes such legislation, like the California Dream Act vetoed by Schwarzenegger on Saturday, is “humanitarian, very fair and honest, especially for those who contribute to this economy.” — On whether law enforcement agencies should be determining the legal status of suspects: “The problem is that this is a federal issue … It’s getting more and more complicated because of the lack of action and decision-making by the U.S. Congress.” — On whether illegal immigrants who commit crimes, including gang activity, should be deported: “They should be jailed as well as any other U.S. citizen.” — On whether it is in an immigrant’s best interest to learn English upon arriving in the United States: “Absolutely, yes, and they are doing so. We are focusing on those who don’t speak English. I see most of them learning English; (their) kids are in school.” — On the 138,000 letters sent by the government to employers in 2006 – including 35,474 in California – advising companies that they had workers with suspicious Social Security numbers: “I don’t know any case of using different Social Security numbers. I hear people say this and many other things. I don’t know why we have to generalize that my people would be doing that. “Many, many, many companies – construction, farmers, ranchers, apple producers in Washington, hospitals, schools, NGOs – all of them hire people that work here and contribute to this nation.” — On whether America should have an open border with Mexico: “I’m not for open borders; I’m not for breaking the law.” As anti-illegal-immigration groups planned another protest today at the United Church of Christ in Simi Valley, Fox also weighed in on the sanctuary movement that allows migrants facing deportation to take refuge in participating churches. “It’s not that they try to hide (people) or try to break the law,” Fox said. “The human rights of these people are being violated. … I think it’s OK (to shelter them) for humanitarian reasons.” Fox, whose book press release calls him “a historic figure of democracy, peace and social justice who has frequently been compared with Mikhail Gorbachev, Lech Walesa and Nelson Mandela,” is unlikely to vanish from the headlines with the L.A. conclusion of the “Revolution of Hope” tour. He says CNN’s Lou Dobbs has agreed to debate him on immigration, and also to visit the San Cristobal ranch that has captured the attention of the Mexican press. Arguing that the United States can’t be a “great nation isolated behind a wall,” he promises to continue to press for immigration reform. “I’m telling this nation you need these people,” Fox said. “Who’s going to harvest the vegetables in California?” [email protected] (818) 713-3702 IF YOU GO: Vicente Fox, Mexico’s former president, will speak about his new book at 8 p.m. Tuesday at Beckman Auditorium, California Institute of Technology, 332 S. Michigan Ave., Pasadena. The event is free; no tickets or reservations are required.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! No longer muzzled by concerns of fragile diplomacy and political alliances, former Mexican President Vicente Fox has recently begun seizing the opportunity to speak out. In his new book, “Revolution of Hope: The Life, Faith, and Dreams of a Mexican President,” Fox details everything from his opposition to an “American Berlin Wall” on the southern border to his feelings about President George W. Bush. Replaced by Felipe Calderon late last year, Fox is now traveling across America to promote his biography. And in anticipation of a Tuesday speech at California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, Fox spoke with the Daily News from a hotel in Dallas. Hardly the first world leader to stake out a personal mission after returning to civilian life, Fox’s message is like that of an immigration evangelist. And he says “the main purpose (of his book) is to address the U.S.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.His biography, which debuted Monday, has not yet been released in Spanish or in Mexico. Under criticism at home for what is viewed by many as an excessively opulent San Cristobal ranch, Fox is here painting a rosy picture of Mexico, stressing that by 2040, the republic will be the “fifth largest economy in the world.” When not preaching the gospel of speedy immigration reform – “Manana, manana, manana is not helping anybody” – Fox comes across as an ambassador for the land of his birth, pitching his ties to the land of his ancestors. His paternal grandfather, Joseph Louis Fuchs, immigrated to Mexico from Cincinnati and, as Fox stresses, “was not persecuted, was not harmed” for his immigrant status. Fox also lauds Mexico’s business opportunities and tries to counter the country’s lawless reputation. “People think of Mexico as violent and crime-ridden,” he said, “but it’s comparable to the U.S.” last_img read more

KKK fliers found near Knight High in Palmdale

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The incident follows protest marches alleging racism in the arrests of three students and a parent in connection with a Sept. 18 lunchtime scuffle with a white school security guard about a dropped cake. Protest organizers, led by Los Angeles-based civil rights activist Najee Ali, have planned another rally Nov. 19 and say Sharpton is scheduled to attend. Palmdale city officials, community leaders and school officials have said they do not appreciate outsiders coming in and interfering in a local issue. Two of the students arrested claimed their wrists were fractured and that the guard called one of them a “nappy-head.” A sheriff’s investigation has found the guard did not use excessive force, that the two girls at no time indicated they had been injured, and that no witnesses heard the racial slur. PALMDALE – Fliers depicting two prominent black activists hanging from a tree and signed “KKK” were found in a neighborhood near Knight High School, the site of a racially charged fracas about spilled birthday cake, officials said Saturday. Investigators were trying to determine the source of the fliers, several of which residents found this past week on cars and on the ground. “It depicts two images of the Rev. Jesse Jackson and the Rev. Al Sharpton, hanging from a tree and says, `Nappy headed pimps, don’t come to the Antelope Valley,’ with `KKK’ underneath it,” said Darren Parker, president of the Antelope Valley Human Relations Task Force. The KKK acronym is a common term for the Ku Klux Klan, a white supremacy group. Sheriff’s Detective Chris Keeling, who investigates hate crimes and incidents, said the fliers were distributed either late Oct. 14 or early the next day. Parker said the FBI is investigating the incident. “It’s unfortunate that anyone would promote hate in any way, shape or form,” Parker said. [email protected] (661) 476-4586160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Just like the 1600s

first_img“Of course, we’ve also taught the students how this is a time for giving thanks,” Mendoza said. “Because Thanksgiving is all about how the Wampanoag (American Indians) helped the Pilgrims when they first got here. “And giving thanks is what Thanksgiving is all about.” [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051160Want 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 “Their life was pretty different – they couldn’t just go to Target or Ralphs to get more food or clothes,” said Gaxiola, who played a Pilgrim Tuesday in her class’s Thanksgiving play. And that’s exactly the point Hoover’s kindergarten teachers were trying to make. From mending socks to baking pumpkin bread, the school’s three kindergarten teachers spent the past week teaching students about life in the 1600s – and whenever possible, showing them what it was like. “For instance, they had to study by candlelight, so we talked about electricity,” said teacher Letty Mendoza. “And there were no washing machines, so some of them said their grandmas told them they used to wash clothes by scrubbing them in a bucket.” Mendoza’s class performed a Thanksgiving play on Tuesday – and on Wednesday, they gathered with the two other kindergarten classes to eat soup before being dismissed early for the long holiday weekend. • Photo Gallery: Annual Thanksgiving play WHITTIER – Pilgrims and American Indians had it pretty tough back in the old days, according to Hoover Elementary School kindergartners who stepped back in time this week to learn about the first Thanksgiving. If their socks had holes, the Pilgrims had to mend them, said 6-year-old Zoey Gaxiola. And if they were hungry, they made their own meals from food they had planted and grown. last_img read more

Search on for missing 32-year-old man

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsAnyone with information on his whereabouts should call (323) 890-5500. For more news and observations about crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here. WHITTIER – Sheriff’s detectives asked for the public’s help today in locating a 32-year-old Whittier man who suffers from diabetes and hypertension and hasn’t had contact with his family since Oct. 10. Anibal Martin Romero lives on Magnolia Avenue and was last seen at Imperial Highway and Firestone Boulevard. Romero is 5 feet 5 inches tall, 140 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. He was wearing blue jeans and a black sweater with a horizontal gray stripe across the chest. He has tattoos, including a Chinese character and an Aztec tribal band on the upper right arm, and another tribal band on the upper left arm. 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

FA chief Martin Glenn urges England fans to forget violence ahead of Wales game

first_imgFootball Association chief executive Martin Glenn has written to England supporters warning them further disorder at Euro 2016 will not be tolerated.Glenn has urged fans in France ahead of Thursday’s game against Wales “to act in a positive and respectful way”.England have been warned they could face expulsion from the tournament if the violence which has surrounded their early involvement continues.Ugly scenes involving supporters in Marseille dominated the build-up to last Saturday’s game against Russia.English supporters have also been the victims of violent attacks from Russian supporters, including inside the stadium. That has led to Russia being given a suspended disqualification from the tournament by organisers UEFA.There have been repeated calls for calm, and for increased security, ahead of the Wales game in Lens.In a letter to members of the England Supporters Travel Club, Glenn wrote: “We recognise that some of you were subjected to acts of violence from rival supporters in the stadium last weekend. It was truly appalling behaviour but you reacted admirably in difficult circumstances. We acknowledge UEFA’s ruling against the Russian Football Union today.“Turning towards ourselves, you will be aware that UEFA has warned us of our fans’ contribution to the anti-social and violent scenes in Marseille leading up to the Russia match. It is something we take very seriously and while tens of thousands of you acted impeccably, there was a minority that did not.“Like the England team, you represent the badge and I urge you to act in a positive and respectful way.”He added: “Anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated and we will work with the relevant authorities to identify those supporters involved and issue sanctions where appropriate to our members.“UK police also will monitor any such behaviour and those committing offences could face arrest or additional sanctions such as football banning orders when they return home.“I ask you all to take heed of the advice being given and to continue to respect our hosts in France.”With Russia playing on Wednesday in nearby Lille, where many England fans are staying, a high-level security meeting has been held between UEFA, French authorities, UK police and the FAs of England and Wales.Glenn says this will result in a “larger, more visible police presence in both Lens and Lille”. Glenn also points out that a series of restrictions regarding the sale and consumption of alcohol will also be imposed. England fans prepare for the game against Wales 1last_img read more

Lyon star set to SNUB Sunderland interest and remain in France

first_img Clement Grenier in action for Lyon Clement Grenier is planning on staying put at Lyon this summer despite interest from both Sunderland and Palermo.The gifted midfielder has been a long-term target for Newcastle, but it is their fierce rivals Sunderland who have now emerged as contenders to sign him.According to sources in France, the 25-year-old, who started just 10 Ligue 1 games last term, is not part of the club’s plans next season so is expected to leave in the next month.But L’Equipe has reported that Grenier, who is under contract until 2018, is currently not convinced by Sunderland or Palermo, while a mooted move to Russia is also not in his plans.So it appears as though the Frenchman is ready to stay and fight for his place at Lyon, the club he joined as an 11-year-old in 2002. 1last_img read more