Philippe Coutinho 1 Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho has withdrawn from Brazil’s squad for their World Cup qualifiers against Chile and Venezuela.The 23-year-old played the full 90 minutes of Sunday’s 1-1 Merseyside derby draw at Goodison Park.However, the Brazilian Football Confederation announced on Monday he has pulled out of their squad with an unspecified injury.His place in the squad has been taken by Kaka.
Whenever a microphone has been put in front of Paul Scholes recently, it seems he has taken the opportunity to criticise Louis van Gaal’s Manchester United.After describing the team’s play as ‘boring’, the focus of his latest scathing remark was Red Devils golden boy Anthony Martial.United legend Scholes – speaking while on punditry duty for BT Sport – blasted Martial’s body language during the 0-0 draw with PSV Eindhoven at Old Trafford on Wednesday night, where the Frenchman missed an easy chance.Scholes said: “He doesn’t look bothered if he misses a chance.“He doesn’t look bothered if he scores a goal. As a centre forward, all you live for is scoring goals, all you want to do is score goals.“He doesn’t look like one of those players to me and maybe they need to go into the transfer market in January for one of them.”Despite only arriving in the summer, Martial has quickly become a fans’ favourite, which led to a number of supporters turning on Scholes in their defence of the French youngster.Here are a selection of reactions to Scholes’ comments… Anthony Martial 1
One fan joked that this was Wayne Rooney’s heatmap in the game against Leicester Man United drew with Leicester 1-1 at the King Power Stadium and both teams’ strikers had very different evenings.While Jamie Vardy scored in his 11th straight Premier League game, Wayne Rooney struggled up front.In the end the Man United captain was taken off midway through the second half where he appeared to be injured and he was replaced by Memphis Depay.Here, talkSPORT looks at some of the reaction from supporters watching the game. 1
11 11 11 11 10. Philippe Coutinho (winger) 11 A win over Sunderland Wednesday night could catapult Liverpool up to seventh and within touching distance of the top four.Jurgen Klopp’s tenure, so far, has been mixed with wins over Manchester City and Leicester City being overshadowed by losses to Newcastle, Crystal Palace and Watford.But now, against a Black Cats side coming off the back of a Boxing Day beating at the hands of Man City, the Reds have the chance to end the year on a high.Three points would leave them with 30 for the season and five points off fourth placed Tottenham Hotspur, who are being tipped for a title tilt.Klopp will, though, have to face Sunderland without Divock Origi, Daniel Sturridge, Danny Ings, James Milner and Martin Skrtel, while Joe Gomez remains a long-term absentee.So who will the German pick to face Sam Allardyce’s men? Click the right arrow for talkSPORT’s predicted XI… 20. Adam Lallana (winger) 11 11 17. Mamadou Sakho (centre back) 11 11 11 2. Nathaniel Clyne (right back) – click the arrow above, right, to see the possible Liverpool line-up against Watford in squad number order 11 11. Roberto Firmino (attacking midfield) 9. Christian Benteke (striker) 18. Alberto Moreno (left back) 14. Jordan Henderson (centre midfield) 22. Simon Mignolet (goalkeeper) 6. Dejan Lovren (centre-back) 23. Emre Can (centre midfield)
It was only Exeter City, but last night provided Liverpool fans with a much-needed boost after a difficult and frustrating few weeks borne out of inconsistent results and a perplexing injury record.Why? Their kids proved they’re alright. The only blotch from the 3-0 FA Cup replay win was, yet again Christian Benteke’s performance, who has endured 180 goalless minutes against a League Two side.The brightest spark, however, was provided by 18-year-old Sheyi Ojo who duly became the club’s youngest ever FA Cup goalscorer with his beautiful 74th minute curler.Ojo, who had replaced Liverpool’s first goalscorer on the night Joe Allen, had only made his senior Reds debut in the initial tie 12 days previously and was arguably the most crucial figure across the two matches. Without his introduction at St James Park in the first game when Jurgen Klopp’s side were 2-1 down, Liverpool may very well have suffered the ignominy of a third-round exit.Instead, they welcome West Ham to Anfield at the end of the month.But who is Ojo? And can he have a big future?Full name: Oluwaseyi Babajide OjoPlace of birth: Hemel HempsteadAge: 18Squad number: 54Previous loan spells: Wigan, WolvesDid you know?– Liverpool paid £2m for his services in 2011 when he was just 14, beating off stiff competition from Chelsea.– He became the first MK Dons trainee to feature at international youth level. 2 Similarities with Sterling and Ibe:Any young winger coming through the Anfield ranks will understandably be compared with Liverpool’s most recent success stories in that position; Raheem Sterling and Jordon Ibe.Sterling went from peripheral figure to first-team regular to £49m English record transfer in the space of 18 months, while Ibe is experiencing a similarly rapid trajectory. Ojo is certainly as eye-catching with the ball at his feet and his left-footed preference makes him a bit more of a joker in the pack than the other two. His goal last night also suggested a capacity for composure and, more importantly given Liverpool’s well-known profligacy, an end product.His performance levels at Wolves faded drastically towards the end of his loan deal in the Midlands, which indicates he may still be way off making a Premier League impression. Klopp, however, despite calling for patience with Ojo’s development, recognised his ‘importance’ to the side after essentially sparing their blushes across both ties.Ojo will hope the Reds can match his ambitions for the FA Cup this season, as it appears that is where he can thrive. Make an impact against West Ham next weekend and he could leave Klopp with little option but to consider him more regularly. Sheyi Ojo 2
We have some news – @Arsenal are going back to America this summer! https://t.co/dwgWNyIc6e— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) February 11, 2016 Arsenal will play a Major League Soccer All-Star team in a pre-season match in San Jose, California this summer, on 28 July.And they didn’t break the news in the most conventional of ways.Some of the Gunners squad teamed up with stars from MLS, including Giovani dos Santos and Kaka, in one of the most bizarre promotional videos ever.Check out the clip below and be sure not to miss out on Arsene Wenger’s cameo… Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger 1
While the City Council will put on yet another great show to pull the wool over our eyes and trick L.A. into taxing itself, expect them to hide behind the heroes – cops and firefighters – to make their case for them with more familiar claims of doomsday. What they don’t want you to concentrate on is their lifetime pensions that Proposition R gave them, their cars, staff or their ridiculous salaries. All of that comes from the general fund as well. How ’bout it, council members, are you willing to sacrifice? Yeah, I didn’t think so. And you guys wonder where our cynicism comes from? – Jim Alger Porter Ranch AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Phantom mayor We have the most devastating event occurring in California and our mayor is nowhere in sight. Doesn’t he realize this is the best possible opportunity for a photo op, or is it that he is not concerned as to what is happening? Oh, I forgot, he is out stumping for Hillary Clinton. When he comes up for re-election, let us not forget his concern – or should I say lack of concern. – Pat Dasse Chatsworth California on fire With all the press and attention that California is receiving as a result of the horrific fires, loss of homes, loss of life and the hundreds of thousands of displaced men, women, children and pets, I must ask, where is Al Sharpton, Roger Mahony, Gloria Allred, and where is our Mayor Antonio? – Stephanie Gossard Chatsworth Slap in the face I think Patrick O’Connor’s Wednesday cartoon was totally uncalled for. It is like a slap in the face of the people affected by the fires. In situations like these, he really should use a little more tact. I was not affected by the fires, but definitely feel for those who are and they are all in my prayers. – Rebecca Butler Sunland Global warming suit Re “California plans global warming suit against EPA” (Oct. 23): I applaud Jerry Brown in his decision (with the Terminator) to sue the feds, in order to implement a 2002 state law requiring greenhouse emissions to be reduced. I know that it’s tough to sue the feds, but this decision shows that there are some in government who will take a stance on the current issues rather than just sit back and pass a no-smoking law. Thanks, Jerry! I’m not a global warming fan, but your heart’s in the right place. If laws are proposed, they need some sort of closure. If laws are on the books, they need to be enforced. If laws aren’t needed, why pass them? – Gary Wittenberger Woodland Hills Incompetence Re “Ousted city manager to get payout” (Oct. 23): Based on the available information, Department of Transportation General Manager Gloria Jeff was fired due to incompetence. Many on the City Council supported her firing. If Antonio Villaraigosa, in his infinite wisdom, mishandled the firing, it just adds to one more of his many miscues. The taxpayers of the city of Los Angeles foot the bill yet one more time, this time to the tune of $95,000. When is this madness going to stop? – Sam Chaidez Mission Hills Reduce city spending Re “Ousted city manager to get payout” Oct. 23. So much for the fiscal emergency declared last week by the L.A. City Council. By awarding $95,000 to the ineffective and verbally abusive transportation chief (who was thankfully replaced by the mayor last month), the City Council has demonstrated its apparent lack of urgency to address our fiscal situation. If Angelenos knew that their personal incomes might drop soon, most of us would begin to reduce spending now. So should the City Council. In fact, city officials should be operating under the assumption that voters will reject the phone users’ tax on the Feb. 5 ballot and work to cut $270 million out of the city’s budget now. If the City Council can show that it is committed to reducing spending, the phone users’ tax will be an easier pill for taxpayers to swallow. – Brendan L. Huffman President Valley Industry & Commerce Association Our fires Thank God for our firemen and all those who are defeating these fires. And if there’s something good to say about this tragedy, it’s the charity of strangers coming together and helping each other. Neighbors really do become neighbors. – Ron Sellz Chatsworth160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
By Rachel Jones STAFF WRITER Volunteers with Little Sisters of the Poor are holding their annual holiday boutique today, with proceeds going toward their home for the elderly in need. Though the boutique has changed from a two-day event to just one day, organizers are confident that it will still be a success. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“We pray for the best and see what happens,” said Sharyn Bolivar, the Little Sisters of the Poor bookkeeper. “It’s always packed. There’s a long line at 10a.m. to get in.” Bolivar said the boutique usually brings in close to $50,000 with the sales of donated items. Each month the Sisters have a rummage sale with donations from the community, and they take the more valuable items to save for the boutique. “There’s crystal and silver china and some really nice stuff,” Bolivar said. There are also handmade items crafted by volunteers or Little Sisters residents. There will also be a raffle at the boutique, and those who buy the $1 tickets will have a chance to win $1,500 cash, a 20-inch flat-screen television or a $200 gift certificate to Henry’s Farmers Market. This year the group is revamping the format that the boutique has had for the past 10 or 15 years, reducing it to one day and adding an Italian dinner. “Sunday was always kind of slow, so we decided to cut the days,” Bolivar explained. The spaghetti meal will be served throughout the day. In addition to the boutique and monthly rummage sales, the Little Sisters have several other fundraisers throughout the year, such as a dinner-dance in June that raised $260,000. “We survive on donations,” Bolivar said. [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
About 25 residents of a Rancho Palos Verdes condominium complex were allowed back into their homes late Thursday after workers repaired a natural gas leak. An electrical arc in a vault damaged the 1-inch gas line near the complex in the 27900 block of Ridgebluff Court about 7:40 a.m., Southern California Gas Co. spokeswoman Denise King said. County fire Inspector Frank Garrido said gas flowed through plumbing and into residents’ condominiums. Evacuees sought shelter in the complex’s clubhouse. 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 As crews worked to repair the line, colleagues aerated the soil to allow gas to rise and dissipate, King said. Residents returned to their homes in the afternoon, but crews planned to work into the evening to restore gas and electrical service, King said. City officials said gas service would be restored before the electricity returned. The power outage disabled traffic signals on Hawthorne Boulevard at Granvia Altamira and Highridge Road.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre The two planned to go to dinner and a movie after putting down their picket signs. “It’s all about solidarity, right?” Delizia said. For many, the only thing more difficult than making it big in Hollywood is finding true love there. Organizers of the singles picket thought writers should take advantage of their newfound free time while demanding a better contract from producers. Unlike other picket lines, the strikers at Fox chatted instead of chanting and ambled outside the studio gate instead of marching in a circle. Striking writer Hunter Covington said he was looking for “someone to be broke with” when he came up with the idea for a picket line for singles. “I’m looking for a low-maintenance female who doesn’t enjoy the finer things in life,” he joked Thursday outside the Fox studio gate in Century City. The writer for NBC’s “My Name is Earl” was joined by about 50 other people for the impromptu event dubbed “Singles’ Strike.” Charles Heit, a writer for the Sci Fi Channel’s “Painkiller Jane,” said he was dreading picket duty until he met Cara Delizia, a petite actress. Then it didn’t seem so bad. “It’s kind of like a grade-school dance,” said Stacey Traub, 35, a mother of two and a producer-writer of the show “Notes from the Underbelly.” “You walk by, sort of eyeing each other. But I don’t know how you make a move besides hitting them with your sign,” she said. Traub suggested drinks and dim lighting to improve the atmosphere on the sidewalk. Other women pondered how to look cute while wearing the same Writers Guild of America T-shirt every day. Some writers said the strike could last a long time and allow relationships to develop. “By the time this strike is over, we’ll be married with kids,” said Erik Oleson, 34, a writer who was working on a pilot for Fox before the strike. Writer Kristin Newman said her personal ad might go something like this: “Single picketer with splinters from holding a sign all day seeks soft hands to hold.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!