Jose Mourinho v Arsene Wenger: Chelsea boss renews war of words with Arsenal foe

first_img1 Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho Jose Mourinho appeared to launch an astonishing attack on Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger after Chelsea striker Diego Costa was retrospectively banned for violent conduct during last Saturday’s defeat of Arsenal.Costa is absent for the second game of his three-match suspension at Newcastle on Saturday after he was sanctioned by the Football Association for grappling with Laurent Koscielny in last week’s 2-0 win.The FA rescinded a ban for Gunners defender Gabriel, who was sent off for his exchange with Costa, but Mourinho refused to comment on the decisions.“If I answer I’m going to be suspended,” Mourinho said.“I don’t want to touch the theme and everything that surrounds this situation because I want to be on the bench.“I don’t comment and I tell you why: some managers can speak about the referee before the game and after the game and some others cannot. I am in the list of the ones that cannot.“An imaginary list, but clearly.”Mourinho was asked about the pressure on Steve McClaren, the boss of Newcastle, who have one win in 17 league games and none since the former England boss was appointed in the summer.He appeared to take the opportunity to wade into Wenger but, when when asked if he meant the Arsenal manager, declined to name the Frenchman, a long-time adversary.“I think in this country, only one manager is not under pressure,” Mourinho said.“Steve is under pressure, I am under pressure, Brendan [Rodgers, the Liverpool boss] is under pressure, [Manchester City’s Manuel] Pellegrini is under pressure.“We cannot lose matches, we cannot be below expectations.“There is one that for some reason is outside that list. Good for him.”Mourinho repeatedly declined to name the individual he believes to be the exception.“Just one out of 20,” he added.The Blues boss was asked for a name again and, although he would not name him, he appeared to be referring to Wenger, who pushed him in the Stamford Bridge technical area in October 2014. He has been Arsenal boss since October 1996.“You know,” Mourinho said.“He can speak about the referees before the game, can speak about the referees after the game, can push people in the technical area, can cry in the morning, can cry in the afternoon, nothing happens. Can be not achieved, keep the job, still the king. It’s a privilege.”last_img read more

Claudio Ranieri keen to keep in-form attacking duo for the long term

first_imgLeicester City boss Claudio Ranieri has told Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez they will not be leaving in January.The pair have been in stunning form this season and have smashed 26 Premier League goals between them.It has led to the duo being linked with big moves in January as clubs eye up their services.However, when Ranieri was asked if he had told Mahrez and Vardy they would be staying in January, Ranieri said:“Yes.“I don’t consider also [selling] them in the summer because in my mind the first thing I want is to keep them here.” 1 Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez last_img read more

Odds stacked against Clippers

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“If I was a betting man,” Cassell said, “I’d count us out, too.” Well, it is with those words, and with serious injuries to Elton Brand and Shaun Livingston, that the Clippers start their season tonight at Staples Center against Golden State. It is not as if Cassell has a defeatist or negative attitude – quite the contrary. He just isn’t one to lie or stretch the truth or try to paint a different picture of how things really are. “Think about it: A betting man,” Cassell said. “Your key is out. “Let’s use the Lakers. With Kobe Bryant out, would you bet on the Lakers against anybody? If Steve Nash was out, would you bet on Phoenix against a good team?” But it’s not as if that was the entirety of Cassell’s point. “We’re the villain,” he said. “We’re the underdog. It’s a cool role to have. … Me, personally, I’m looking forward to this season. I’m looking forward to competing and seeing what happens. We have a lot of guys on this team with something to prove.” Other than Brand and Livingston, who are both expected to be out until at least February, the Clippers should have all of the players in their rotation fully healthy tonight. The starting lineup is expected to feature Tim Thomas in Brand’s power forward slot with Cassell, Quinton Ross, Corey Maggette and Chris Kaman. However, Coach Mike Dunleavy refused to say that would be the lineup and said he might often rotate his starters based on matchups. Regardless, Cuttino Mobley expects to be the sixth man, which is a new role for him. The nine-year veteran has been a regular starter for the past seven seasons. “It doesn’t matter to me,” Mobley said. “I’ll be in the game in the fourth quarter. Whatever it takes for us to win. I don’t think because I’m not starting that I’m not an important part of the team. “Everybody on the team knows that.” Last season, Dunleavy opened the season with Maggette as the sixth man, and although Maggette tried to embrace the role, it became obvious he didn’t like it. Back then, Mobley came out to say that he’d accept the sixth-man role in an effort to improve team chemistry. “I just want peace,” Mobley said. “Like I said, last year and the year before, when there was a little ruckus or whatever, I’ll come off and let whoever needs to start start. “Now, we can work it. When you have someone willing to do it, it breaks the ice.” Ross might have appeared like the obvious choice not to start, considering his lower offensive production. But he is the team’s defensive stopper and often is needed to guard the opposition’s speediest player. In addition, Dunleavy needs to have scoring with the second unit, and this season, the reserves look like they should have some firepower. “Our second group will have the ability to score points – for sure,” Dunleavy said. “A guy like Al Thornton – he had a big preseason for us. There will be nights where Cuttino will be there and different guys, based on what our needs are.” The starters have changed, and some key reserves have changed, too. The Clippers have added Thornton, a first-round pick, as well as veterans Brevin Knight and Ruben Patterson, all of whom are expected to get a lot of playing time. But the biggest difference with the Clippers this season remains the obvious one, that Brand – the team’s top scorer, rebounder and shot blocker – is out. Brand tore an Achilles tendon and is undergoing therapy on it. He vows to return this season, but playing this year is not a certainty. “It’s kind of surreal,” Brand said. “The season is about to start, and I won’t be a part of it. That’s the downside. But the upside is that I’m getting healthier.” Around the league Timberwolves: Al Jefferson, 22, decided he wasn’t worth a max contract when he signed a five-year, $65 million deal just before the deadline Wednesday night. At an average salary of $13 million per season that starts next year, however, Jefferson won’t be starving. Pistons: Guard Richard Hamilton missed the team’s season opener at Miami because of a family emergency, and former UCLA rookie Arron Afflalo started in his place. Hamilton could rejoin the Pistons in Orlando on Friday, Coach Flip Saunders said. Nets: As expected, New Jersey waived guard David Wesley in a salary cap move less than a week after the team traded for the 14-year veteran. Cavaliers: The club opted not to pick up the option on Shannon Brown’s contract. As a result, the former Michigan State star will not be guaranteed $1.1 million for his third NBA season (2008-09), but will be a free agent. Kings: Guard Beno Udrih signed with Sacramento, filling a hole in the club’s lineup while Mike Bibby is out with a thumb injury. Udrih, who has two NBA championship rings from his time with the San Antonio Spurs, was waived Monday by the Minnesota Timberwolves after they acquired him in a trade with the Spurs. He was cut for salary-cap reasons. The Associated Press contributed to this notebook.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By Joe Stevens Staff writer Maybe it was just honesty. Or maybe it was simply being realistic or practical. But on Thursday, Sam Cassell said a line that athletes don’t often say. last_img read more

Around Whittier

first_imgChurch offering MySpace seminar WHITTIER – A free, informative seminar “Are you lost in MySpace” will be offered from 7:30-9 p.m. on Wednesday at the Whittier Evangelical UMC, 10262 Colima Road. Orlando Flores will present the information and look at the Internet vehicle MySpace and similar sites and show why these sites are attracting so many young people. Flores will give an on-site demonstration of the sites and explain how it works and what parents may need to know to aid their children constructively. For information call (562) 944-8909. Talbot to perform Christian concert WHITTIER – John Michael Talbot, an Internationally known Christian music performer, will present a concert at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at St. Bruno Church, 15740 Citrustree Road. This tour celebrates the release of his 50th recording, “Living Water.” Tickets for the concert are $20 and will help fund the Youth Ministry of St. Bruno. For information call (562) 947-5697, Ext. 117. Members of Temple New Tamid will be holding a fund-raising event at 6 p.m. on Wednesday at the Golden Palace Restaurant, 9116 Telegraph Road, Downey. Donation is $16. For information call (562) 861-9276. Thanksgiving gathering planned WHITTIER – The 10th anniversary of the Whittier Area All Faith Community Thanksgiving will be at 5 p.m. Nov. 18 at First Friends Church, 13205 Philadelphia St. The annual service is sponsored by the Whittier Area Clergy Association and the Whittier Interfaith Council. There will be food, music and scriptures read by local pastors. All area residents are welcome. For information call (562) 947-6565. Intro to Judaism classes being held WHITTIER – Beth Shalom of Whittier, at 14564 East Hawes St., offers Judaism class for adults at 6:45 p.m. every Thursday. Classes will be taught by Rabbi Aaron Katz. The class studies different texts of the Bible. The class is bilingual. Parking for the temple is at 14579 Mulberry St. For information call (562) 941-8744. Free Alpha courses available WHITTIER – Whittier Evangelical United Methodist Church, 10262 S. Colima Road, is offering weekly Alpha courses at 6:45 p.m. Thursdays. There is no charge. For information call (562) 944-8909. Fellowship for all at the park WHITTIER – Hometown Christian Fellowship now meets at Guirado Park, 5798 Pioneer Blvd. There are ministries for all ages. While adults attend Bible study at 7:30 p.m. Fridays, children can enjoy movie night and the older children have game night. On Sundays at 9:45 a.m., school classes are offered for children and older youths while adults listen to a Sunday message. A couples’ Bible study meets at 6:30 p.m. the first Saturday of the month in the pastor’s home. This is a time to enjoy appetizers, dessert and a message from the pastor and his wife. Ladies’ Bible study is from 5-7 p.m. the third Saturday of the month. For information call (562) 291-0561 or visit Send religion announcements to Community News, Whittier Daily News, P.O. Box 581, Whittier, CA 90608; fax to (562) 698-0450; or e-mail in plain text to [email protected] or [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Dinner meeting Monday at Sizzler NORWALK – Women of Faith International Inc. will have a dinner meeting at 6 p.m. on Monday at Sizzler, 11835 Imperial Highway, Norwalk. Gemma Wenger, and international televisions and radio evangelist, will be the guest speaker. Cost is $11. For information call (562) 926-7920. Fall craft fair, boutique planned MONTEBELLO – Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Church, 820 N. Garfield Ave., is sponsoring its annual fall craft fair/boutique from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. There will be many vendors offering a variety of gift items, including jewelry, home-baked items, homemade articles, a silent auction and a raffle. All are welcome. For information call (323) 725-7578. Temple New Tamid schedules fundraiser last_img read more


first_imgSinn Féin Finance Spokesperson Pearse Doherty TD has said the government’s roadmap for growth was the latest in a long line of glossy reports that promised much but delivered little.He said the Medium Term Economic Strategy, published today, sets out business as usual but is based on economic assumptions from a government which had consistently mis-forecast growth projections.Deputy Doherty said: “This government is big into reports, but not into action. It’s easy to see that it paid external consultants €70,000 to advise them on this report because it is full of spin but vague on facts. “This is the seventh set of growth assumptions from this government and if it gets it right, it will be the first time. Nothing gives me hope that they will meet these targets because they are committing to pursue the same policies which will entail continuing with austerity, continuing to be hands-off on the mortgage crisis and failing to stimulate the economy with the reserves available to the State in the NPRF and other avenues.“For the hundreds of thousands that have been left on the dole queues from this government the message is cross your fingers and hope that you’re not one of the nearly 10% that will still be unemployed in five years’ time.“In addition, while this is a growth plan which is supposedly about addressing recovery, it does not address how it will fix what this government and the last has destroyed over the last six years. There is talk of keeping spending low and no further tax increases but there is no plan for fixing the ailing health service which will see more cuts in the New Year, nor of reducing the tax burden for low and middle income families.“Finally, the government still has its head in the sand when it comes to our unsustainable debt burden. The passing reference today to last year’s ‘game-changer’ shows that the government is not seriously pursuing the strategy to separate banking debt from sovereign debt. It is waiting for Europe to offer up a debt solution, but it is failing to press the issue and ensure Europe knows that the Irish people refuse to continue carrying this debt.”  GOVERNMENT ROADMAP FOR RECOVERY WILL NOT DELIVER – DOHERTY was last modified: December 17th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:government targetsPearse DohertySinn Feinlast_img read more

Confirmed: Remi Garde sacked by Aston Villa

first_imgAston Villa manager Remi Garde has left the club by mutual consent.The Frenchman was only appointed in November on a three-and-a-half-year deal, but has been unable to prevent their slide towards relegation.Villa sit bottom of the Barclays Premier League, 12 points from safety with seven games remaining.Villa said in a statement on Tuesday night: “The club would like to place on record its sincere thanks to Remi for all his efforts during a difficult period and wish him well in the future.”Eric Black will take over as acting manager until Garde’s replacement is appointed.Garde, a former Lyon boss, won just two league games after taking over from Tim Sherwood. Villa have lost their last six and conceded 18 goals in the process.They are nine points behind second-bottom Newcastle.Garde was understood to be unhappy with his failure to be backed in the transfer market in January, with Villa opting not to sign a player despite his personal efforts.The 49-year-old’s departure follows a shake-up of the Villa board since the turn of the year, with both chief executive Tom Fox and sporting director Hendrik Almstadt quitting in the past fortnight.Chairman Steve Hollis, who took over that role from club owner Randy Lerner in January, has been conducting an internal review.Former Football Association chairman David Bernstein and Lord Mervyn King, a former governor of the Bank of England, have recently joined the board, while ex-Villa manager Brian Little has been appointed as an advisor.Earlier on Tuesday former FA executive Adrian Bevington took up a role at the club, working with the board on the review into Villa’s season.Lerner has failed to find a buyer for the club after putting it on the market two years ago. 1 Remi Garde has left Aston Villa last_img read more

‘Arsenal fans are RIGHT to be angry. When WILL we win the league?’ – Alan Smith

first_imgFormer Arsenal striker Alan Smith has told talkSPORT it will be difficult for Arsene Wenger to stay at the club if the mood within the Gunners camp doesn’t begin to improve – and soon.Supporters staged a mass protest by staying away from Thursday night’s Premier League clash at home to West Brom.TV cameras showed noticeable areas of empty seats inside the 60,000 capacity Emirates Stadium, where Alexis Sanchez scored a brace to seal a much-needed 2-0 win.Reports in the build-up to the game claimed as many as 2,500 season ticket holders had returned their tickets for resale, in protest of their side’s collapsed league title bid.Manager Wenger issued a plea to fans following the game, calling for them to support their team and ‘see quality football’ in their last remaining games of the campaign.But Smith, who scored over 100 goals in a Gunners shirt, understands the supporters’ plight, and suggests they could eventually force Wenger to leave the club. “You can understand their frustration,” Smith told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“It looked like this was their year. They were in a fantastic position. With Chelsea and Man United out of the picture, it all looked set up for the Arsenal and the fact it has fallen flat in this way, it’s just so disappointing it’s untrue.“You can understand the fans, they probably look at it now and think, ‘when are we going to win the league?’“You’ve got Chelsea with a new manager, Man City with Guardiola, Jurgen Klopp’s doing well at Liverpool and Man United might have a new manager.“There’s going to be optimism and excitement at those clubs, but if things carry on in the way that they are, that is not going to be the case at Arsenal. It’s going to be very flat there.“The fans will decide. If it carries on like this and the mood gets worse, it will be very hard for Arsene Wenger to stay there, I think.” 1 Arsenal fans displayed their frustration with the team during Thursday’s clash with West Brom last_img read more

TRANSFER FIGHT! Manchester United and Liverpool to compete for Portuguese star

first_img Jaoa Mario, pictured here scoring against Bayer Leverkusen in the Europa League 1 Manchester United may have to stave off competition from Liverpool for Portuguese starlet Joao Mario.talkSPORT told you last month that Jose Mourinho is planning on swooping for the Sporting Lisbon midfielder IF he is given the United job this summer, but it now looks like the player has alternative options.Should Louis van Gaal keep his place in the Old Trafford hotseat, then a switch to Anfield could be on the cards for Mario, according to Record.The 23-year-old has shone for Sporting this season, scoring six goals and laying on a further 11 assists in 32 league appearances.Mario’s performances have earned him a regular starting berth in the Portugal national team and both Liverpool and United will be keeping a close eye on his displays at Euro 2016.last_img read more

Pep Guardiola: Lionel Messi will NOT be signing for Manchester City

first_img1 Lionel Messi and Pep Guardiola enjoyed remarkable success at Barcelona Pep Guardiola has downplayed any suggestions Lionel Messi will be signing for Manchester City, claiming the 29-year-old will remain with Barcelona for the ‘rest of his career’.It was Guardiola who turned Messi into the player he is today, and together they won a wealth of silverware on both the domestic and European stage.Since the 45-year-old agreed to take charge of the Citizens, it has been suggested he could try to tempt Messi to Manchester, making him the marquee signing of this new-look era at the Etihad.However, when asked whether he will be signing Messi, Guardiola replied with a definitive no.Speaking at a Q&A session with City supporters, the former Bayern Munich boss said: “He’s not a bad player, this guy, but I am sorry Messi has to stay in Barcelona for the rest of his career.”Guardiola has arrived in the Premier League after four years in LaLiga and three years in the Bundesliga, and he revealed that the chance to test himself in England was one of the main reasons he accepted the City job.“That is why I am here,” he added. “I proved myself where I was born in Barcelona and after I proved myself in Germany and I want to prove myself here.“To try, every game, every weekend that Manchester City play, that the people can be proud and enjoy our way to play. At the end, we will see what is our level to achieve our prizes, our titles. “last_img read more

Chelsea transfer news: AC Milan planning move for Blues outcast

first_imgAC Milan are ready to make their move for Chelsea outcast Juan Cuadrado, according to reports in Italy.The flying winger arrived at Stamford Bridge for £26.1m back in February 2015 but has managed just four Premier League starts since his arrival.He was sent out on loan to Juventus for the whole of last season and the former Fiorentina man impressed back in Serie A, scoring four goals in 28 league appearances for the eventual champions.Juve have been strongly linked with a permanent move for the 28-year-old this summer but now it has been reported that AC Milan have joined the chase.According to Il Milanista, the Rossoneri will approach Chelsea about a season-long loan deal with a purchase agreement in place for next July.Alternatively, Milan may opt to buy him outright this month using the funds they would glean from selling Carlos Bacca to West Ham. Juan Cuadrado in action for Colombia 1last_img read more