Month: December 2019
We’ve seen some bizarre superstitions in football, but this is right up there.During Israel’s 0-0 draw with Wales on Sunday, Tal Ben Haim appeared to try his hand at witchcraft in an attempt to jinx Gareth Bale’s free kick.The Welsh maestro duly squandered the opportunity, begging the question – did it work?
1 Each week a leading band or musician takes the talkSPORT Starting XI. Presenting…Meridian DanWho would be the most rock ‘n’ roll signing your club could make?Lionel MessiIf your club was a song or a lyric, what would it be?Eiffel 65, by BlueWhich football stadium would you most like to play a gig at (that’s not your club’s home ground)?Wembley!Which footballer has the most potential to be a rock star?Zlatan Ibrahimovi?Brit award or Premier League trophy?Premier League TrophyWhen you were a kid, which football and music posters did you have on your wall?Paul Gascoigne, 2Pac, Biggie and Lil KimElvis was the king of rock ‘n’ roll, Michael Jackson the king of pop… Who’s the king of football? PeleIf you were in charge of your club’s dressing room stereo, what tunes would you put on before a big game and why?I would play only one song before the match to boost everyones confidence before the match – We Dem Boyz by Wiz Khalifa Which signing got you most excited and which player’s departure broke your heart?Excited about Erik Lamela. Robbie Keane and Gareth Bale both broke my heartWhich footballer would you refuse complimentary tickets to one of your gigs?Jack WilshereWhat’s the best/worst football song ever recorded?Ossie’s Dream by Chaz & DaveCheck out ‘Hot For Me Now’ on YouTube Meridian Dan
Ilkay Gundogan 1 Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored three goals as Borussia Dortmund beat Qabala 3-1 in the Europa League, but before that there was this delightful piece of skill from Ilkay Gundogan.The midfielder’s touch and run was deserving of a goal.
Per Mertesacker 1 Arsene Wenger was left berating an “extremely poor” defensive display as Bayern Munich thrashed his Arsenal side to leave their Champions League hopes dangling by a thread.Robert Lewandowski needed 10 minutes to head the hosts in front before a brace for Thomas Muller and goals from David Alaba and substitute Arjen Robben wrapped up a convincing 5-1 win for Bayern.Arsenal had a potential Mesut Ozil equaliser correctly ruled out for offside as Olivier Giroud pulled one back for the Premier League side but by that time they were four goals behind having been torn apart by a rampant Munich frontline.The result means Arsenal have lost three of their four Group F fixtures and sit bottom of the group – with wins in their remaining two matches not enough to guarantee progression.And Wenger was in no mood to sugar-coat his side’s deficiencies at the back as he saw Arsenal suffer their heaviest Champions League defeat in their history.“I believe first you have to give credit to Bayern for their quality and on top of that we made things quite easy for them with our defensive performance,” he said.“We were extremely poor defensively and were not at the races. The funny thing was that when we went forward every time we looked like we could create chances but with a defensive performance like that you are going nowhere.”Wenger stopped short of labelling the performance the worst defensive display of his lengthening tenure and admits progression into the knockout rounds is looking unlikely.“My memory is not good enough to tell you in 19 years if it is not the worst performance,” he said.“It will certainly not remain in my memory for anything positive.“There is still a chance to qualify, Olympiacos have to lose here, we have to beat Zagreb and then beat Olympiacos in Olympiacos, there is a small chance but it is a real one.“We have to realise with the kind of performance we have today that our chance is at a minimum.”
Daley Thompson and Danny Murphy were alongside Colin Murray on today’s show.The podcast includes Danny Murphy’s prediction that all four English clubs will qualify out of their group in the Champions League, Daley Thompson’s verdict on the latest IAAF allegations and the “curse of the co-commentator”.
PSG playmaker Marco Verratti Paris Saint-Germain star Marco Verratti is on the verge of signing yet another new deal at the club to keep him out of the clutches of Chelsea.It was reported that Chelsea were ready to break the bank to land the tenacious midfielder, who is considered one of the best players of his kind in world football.But PSG have acted quickly to ward off the interest by handing the 23-year-old an extension on his deal including a bumper pay rise.Verratti is currently under contract until 2019 but his agent, Donato Di Campli, told the Corriere dello Sport that his client is set to sign a new deal which could extend that by another two years.He said: “It only lacks a few details, but here we are. We must still put everything in black and white, but we have found an agreement. He will stay a long time at Paris Saint-Germain, at least until 2020.“This is already his fourth contract extension here, and he is now demonstrating that he deserves these revaluations.”Verratti, who arrived from Pescara as a teenager in 2012, has racked up 100 Ligue 1 appearances already, scoring twice. 1
1 The meeting will be the Wenger’s 48th north London derby Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino believes Arsene Wenger is a “special” manager to have lasted so many years at Arsenal.Wenger has come under fresh scrutiny this week after consecutive defeats to Manchester United and Swansea left the Gunners six points adrift in the title race.Arsenal are also three points behind Spurs in the table but can scrub the gap with a victory over their fiercest rivals at White Hart Lane on Saturday.The meeting will be the Wenger’s 48th north London derby in his 20th season at Arsenal and Pochettino believes the Frenchman has earned his longevity.“It is about the special capacity that Alex Ferguson had and now Arsene Wenger,” Pochettino said.“I don’t know if the capacities of the managers (has changed) or because football has changed, it’s difficult to say.“Maybe they are special people. Maybe Fergsuon and Wenger are special people who are capable of keeping their job for so long. Maybe we aren’t too special.“It’s like Diego Maradona or Lionel Messi. It’s difficult for some players to appear every season like them no?“Maybe when we think of special people like Ferguson or Wenger, maybe it’s not the clubs who are special, maybe the managers are special to keep their jobs.”
A swelling tide of foreclosures could take a $2.6 billion economic bite out of Los Angeles and Orange counties, where thousands of homeowners are forecast to default on high-interest loans, a community group warned Wednesday. While foreclosure rates are already on the rise, more than 11,000 additional borrowers in the region are likely to default on high-risk adjustable loans issued just last year, according to a report by the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now. The Antelope Valley is expected to be among the hardest-hit areas in Los Angeles County, the group said, because 20 census tracts had the region’s highest percentage of subprime loans. But Los Angeles officials said the problem is hitting neighborhoods citywide, with clusters of foreclosures in the northeast San Fernando Valley, East Los Angeles and South Los Angeles. The Economic Research Center at California State University, Northridge, previously said foreclosures soared an annual 246.8percent in the greater San Fernando Valley during July. The foreclosure spike is the result of adjustable-rate loans being given to homeowners with spotty credit records. While their initial payments were low, they now can’t afford higher payments as interest rates rise. In all, 263 homeowners from Glendale to Calabasas lost their properties in July, compared with 47 a year earlier. ACORN said it conservatively estimates that lenders and investors could lose $1.4billion to foreclosures in Los Angeles and Orange counties, while local governments could lose $212.8million on properties that are abandoned before foreclosures are completed. Individual homeowners could lose as much as $80 million on foreclosures. The group noted that foreclosures depreciate the value of neighboring homes, which could amount to an economic loss of $887million. “Foreclosures – and the spike in crime and depreciating property values they cause – harm entire neighborhoods,” the ACORN report said. “Houses that become vacant tend to deteriorate in appearance … and those eyesores detract from the feeling of well-being in a neighborhood.” Switch risky loans The group recommended that lenders switch risky loans to 30- or 40-year fixed-rate mortgages, develop a streamlined approach to modifying the loans and increase outreach and counseling for homeowners. It urged local governments to pressure lenders to be more flexible with homeowners, require homeowners to maintain vacant properties and consider aid for homeowners. It also said Congress should regulate the mortgage industry to deal with “predatory” loans that place homeowners in jeopardy. And it urged a boost in federal funding for the mortgage counseling from $42million to $150million. City Councilman Richard Alarc n said he will introduce a resolution calling on Los Angeles County to include referrals to credit counseling agencies with tax-default notices sent to homeowners. Alarc n also has suggested that the city institute a loan program for homeowners – a proposal that is still being studied – but said that is a limited solution. “The real answer has to come from Congress that can take steps to reduce the interest rate and provide relief for these homeowners,” Alarc n said. email@example.com (213) 978-0390 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 MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“We could lose entire neighborhoods because of foreclosures,” said City Councilwoman Jan Perry. “Home foreclosures cannot be measured in dollars and cents. It represents a loss of stability to neighborhoods. When faced with a financial setback, it is essential we educate people.” In its report, Louisiana-based ACORN analyzed data from more than 360 lenders – including Bank of America and Countrywide Financial Corp. – representing about 70percent of all residential mortgages last year and nearly 51percent of the subprime market. Using data from the Center for Responsible Lending, it estimates that 19percent of the subprime loans made last year will default, resulting in foreclosures on more than 11,000 homes in Los Angeles and Orange counties. Foreclosure spike
Electricity also was turned off in Long Island, in the southeastern part of the Atlantic archipelago. Nassau International Airport closed but was expected to reopen today. Only one of 10 cruise ships arrived on schedule. Rescuers in Dominican Republic took off in helicopters and boats to reach isolated residents for the first time in three days. Hundreds of volunteers joined Dominican civil defense forces to help stranded residents, as rescue teams left at dawn Thursday – many in boats loaned by private owners. “We will go to each point where there have been people affected who require the government’s help … so that we can return to a normal situation in the shortest amount of time possible,” said Dominican President Leonel Fernandez. More than three days of heavy rain caused an estimated $30 million in damages to the Dominican Republic’s rice, plantain and cacao plantations, said Minister of Economy Juan Temistocles Montas. Government officials will request loans from the Inter-American Development Bank to help with the recovery. Rescuers in Hispaniola, the island shared by the Dominican Republic and Haiti, found a rising toll of death and damage: at least 66 dead in the Dominican Republic and 40 in Haiti, where the majority of bodies were found in and around the capital of Port-au-Prince. One person was killed in Jamaica. Fernandez declared a state of emergency and asked for international help, especially rescue teams and helicopters. At least 62,500 Dominicans fled their homes, said Luis Antonio Luna, head of the Emergencies Commission. In Haiti, civil protection crews confirmed 16 more deaths, boosting the national toll to 40, said Marie Alta Jean-Baptiste, director of Haiti’s civil protection agency. At 8 p.m. EDT, Noel’s center was 115 miles north-northeast of Nassau, Bahamas. It was moving toward the north-northeast about 17 mph. A tropical storm warning and watch for parts of southeastern Florida were canceled, and officials said coastal communities from the Georgia border south to Miami were largely spared major damage. But several dozen structures up and down the Florida coast were threatened. In St. Johns County, at least a half-dozen homes were in danger after beaches washed away, leaving little barrier between them and the waves. The city of Fernandina Beach near the Georgia border declared a local emergency Wednesday, and waves continued Thursday lapping at the foundations of several homes and at least one motel in Brevard County.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 MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Cuban soldiers went door-to-door in low-lying areas and evacuated about 24,000 people, according to state radio and television reports. At least 2,000 homes were damaged by floodwaters, but there was no official word of deaths. In Ciego de Avila province in central Cuba, flooding wiped out nearly 2,000 tons of corn, potato, banana, cucumber and tomato harvests, said Jose Ramon Machado Ventura, a vice president. The storm brought a record 15 inches of rain to the Bahamas, Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham said. Flooding killed at least one man in the Bahamas and forced the evacuation of almost 400 people. Ingraham said the majority of the evacuees were from the northeast Bahamian island of Abaco. Residents of Andros Island, one of the least-developed in the Bahamas, hunkered down as Noel’s winds howled and rain pelted windowpanes. “The walls were rattling, but we rode it out pretty well,” said Angela Newton, who was waiting Thursday for the power to come back on. NASSAU, Bahamas – A powerful Caribbean storm drenched the Bahamas and Cuba on Thursday, while rescue workers in the Dominican Republic headed out in boats and helicopters to reach dozens of communities isolated by floods and mudslides. The death toll rose to 108. Noel was upgraded to a hurricane Thursday evening, after doing most of its damage as a tropical storm and becoming the deadliest tempest of the Atlantic region this year. Hurricane Felix, a devastating Category 5 storm, killed 101 people when it lashed the Caribbean and slammed into the Nicaraguan and Honduran coasts in early September. By midevening as it moved away from the Bahamas, Hurricane Noel’s sustained winds had increased to 75 mph, just strong enough to be rated a Category 1 hurricane, the National Weather Service said. Earlier Thursday, muddy rain-swollen waters overflowed a dam in Cuba, washing into hundreds of homes, over highways and knocking out electricity and telephone service. Dozens of small communities were cut off.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LANCASTER — An unlicensed driver with an arrest warrant for domestic violence refused to pull over for Glendale police and led law enforcement officers on a nearly hourlong chase Tuesday that ended in Lancaster when the pickup truck he was driving ran out of fuel, police said. Erick Castillo, 30, of Lancaster, was spotted in a white pickup with expired plates at Colorado and Glendale boulevards about 1:45 p.m., but he refused to pull over when an officer tried to stop him, said Glendale police Agent John Balian. Castillo apparently ran because there was a $50,000 warrant for his arrest, charging him with domestic violence, Balian said. The laborer had no driver’s license or registration, but Bailan said the most serious charge would be felony evading and reckless driving. Bail was set at $75,000, he said. Castillo ran two red light before getting on the westbound 134 Freeway, he said, then . Castillo then heading north on the Golden State Freeway, taking detours on the Ronald Reagan and the Foothill freeways before returning to the northbound I-5, Balian said. The chase reached speeds of about 100 mph as Castillo weaved in and out of freeway traffic, California Highway Patrol Officer Anthony Martin said. Castillo was arrested at gunpoint but without a struggle near 210th Street West.