Transfer rumours Here is a selection of the top news stories from Sunday’s newspapers…Arsenal are ready to make a star signing of sorts by offering Arsene Wenger a two-year contract extension to keep him until 2019. (Sunday Mirror) Tottenham could make a shock January bid for Leicester’s England striker Jamie Vardy. (Sunday Mirror) Chelsea are concerned Eden Hazard will be tempted to move to Paris Saint-Germain, with the French champions prepared to bid £75m. (Sun on Sunday) Real Madrid, Barcelona, Manchester City and Manchester United are all also pondering bids for Hazard. (Daily Star on Sunday) Jurgen Klopp wants to discuss Mario Balotelli’s future with the Italian striker’s agent Mino Raiola. (Daily Star on Sunday) Raiola is also Paul Pogba’s agent and he says, contrary to reports, the Juventus midfielder has not signed an agreement to join Barcelona, potentially paving the way for Chelsea or Manchester City to swoop. (Sunday Express reporting Le 10 Sport story) Jurgen Klopp feels many of his Liverpool players are too anxious about scoring goals. (Guardian) Klopp also feels many of his Liverpool players are too anxious about scoring goals. (Guardian) Spurs are interested in Birmingham’s teenage winger Demarai Gray. (Sun on Sunday) Tim Sherwood will find out before the start of next week if he will keep his job or get the sack. (Birmingham Mail) Arsenal scouted 19-year-old German talent Leroy Sane when he played for Schalke in the Europa League against Sparta Prague. (Sunday People) Poland striker Robert Lewandowski was anonymously reported to police for drinking champagne on the pitch while celebrating his team’s qualification for Euro 2016. (Mail on Sunday) Manuel Pellegrini has argued that playing the “right way” equals a successful season, as opposed to winning trophies. (Sunday Times)And here is a selection of the top stories on talkSPORT.com…‘Jose Mourinho is starting to look a bit like David Moyes’‘I feel for Mourinho’ – BilicLiverpool team news v SouthamptonLewandowski on target yet again – see his goal hereChampionship manager sackedLiverpool U21 star scores a screamer 1
1 Wayne Rooney receives a golden boot from Manchester United legend Bobby Charlton after breaking his all-time goalscoring record for England Manchester United have granted Wayne Rooney a testimonial following a campaign by supporters to honour the striker’s long service to the club.Rooney will play in a testimonial match for a Manchester United XI against a yet-to-be-named opponent at Old Trafford on August 3, 2016.Details of the players and managers who will be involved on the day are expected to be revealed over the next few weeks.The 30-year-old has vowed to donate all the profits from the match to the NSPCC, Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, Claire House Hospice, and the Manchester United Foundation through the newly-formed Wayne Rooney foundation.Rooney’s representatives said United awarded the striker the testimonial following a meeting between “like-minded individuals and Manchester United fans” who wrote to executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward asking that a testimonial be awarded following the player’s 11-year spell at the club.“I would like to thank everyone involved in making this testimonial become a reality,” the United and England captain said.“Most of all I want to thank the fans for all their incredible support for me and the team since I joined the club.“The match night will obviously be special for me and my family but I hope it will be a night of celebration for all involved and that we can also deliver one or two surprises.“Most of all I hope the fans will come out in force and help raise as much money as possible for these amazing charities, all of which are very close to my heart for different reasons.”Since joining United from Everton in 2004, Rooney has won the Premier League five times, the League Cup twice plus one Champions League title.The striker has also gained a host of individual accolades and is now just 13 goals short of Sir Bobby Charlton’s all-time scoring record.“I am delighted that United fans will be able to celebrate Wayne’s amazing years at the club in this way,” Woodward said.“From his sensational debut hat-trick to the latest of his 236 goals, he has been a central figure in what has been one of the most successful periods in the club’s history, winning everything from the Club World Cup, through the Champions League and League Cup to his five Premier League titles.“Wayne has selected good causes very close to his heart and the club is delighted to play its part, in providing Old Trafford as a fitting stage for such a game.”
Scott Dann’s late strike subjected Jurgen Klopp to his first defeat as Liverpool manager, with Crystal Palace leaving a soaking Anfield 2-1 winners. The Merseysiders have showed good progress since the German came in to replace Brendan Rodgers, but the defeat ends their 12-game unbeaten run in all competitions while Alan Pardew’s Palace climbed to eighth after winning their second successive game in the north west. The visiting side started brightly, Pardew’s men were intent on pressing Liverpool high up the field and they got their rewards after 20 minutes, when Yannick Bolasie punished the Reds for some poor defending by powering a shot past Simon Mignolet.Bakary Sako had a strike ruled out for offside, after another defensive error, and the hosts were back on level terms before the interval.Philippe Coutinho, who scored two stunners in the win at Chelsea last week, added his fourth goal of the campaign with a well-crafted finish following a good move by Klopp’s side.With 81 minutes played, the game could have gone either way and Dann headed Palace’s winner after reacting quickest to head home the rebound and hand Palace another victory at Anfield.Klopp made four changes to the side which beat Rubin Kazan in midweek, with goalscorer Jordon Ibe keeping his place and Martin Skrtel, Adam Lallana and Philippe Coutinho coming into the side, along with Lucas Leiva who acted as captain in James Milner’s absence. Palace made two changes from their draw with Manchester United,with Pape Souare replacing Joel Ward and Dwight Gayle was missing with a hamstring injury, with Sako taking his spot.With club legend Steven Gerrard watching in the stands, the Reds showed some sloppiness in the opening exchanges, with their 4,000-mile round midweek trip to Russia in the Europa League taking effect.Palace started on the front foot, playing Liverpool at their own pressing game and Mamadou Sakho was nearly caught out and punished for a mistake at the back, but he made amends by sliding the ball away from Bolasie in the box.The Eagles got their reward on a wet and windy Merseyside when they opened the scoring.Alberto Moreno was caught out of position and their left side was exposed. Wilfried Zaha sent in a low cross, Emre Can miscontrolled in the box and it fell kindly to the Congolese international, who fired through a crowd of bodies past the helpless Mignolet from 12 yards.Liverpool’s best chance came shortly after the half-hour mark when former Palace man Nathaniel Clyne zipped the ball to Adam Lallana, the former Saints captain showing a deft touch on the right-hand side of the box. He pulled the ball across the box for Christian Benteke, who was reaching behind him and he failed to get clear contact on the ball.It looked like Sakho had to be replaced after picking up an injury and Dejan Lovren was ready to come on. The Frenchman opted to continue and he instantly gifted the ball to Bolasie, who buried the ball into the bottom corner of the net but the goal was ruled out for offside and the defender limped off minutes later.The Reds were level shortly before the break as Brazilian playmaker Coutinho continued his good form. The cross came in from the right and Lallana’s flick to the corner of the six-yard box saw the 23-year-old finish neatly under Eagles’ keeper Wayne Hennessey. Benteke squandered a good chance early in the second half, shooting over as the contest became increasingly end-to-end.Summer signing Sako nearly put the London side back in front as he fired into the side-netting from an acute angle and an instant counter-attacking move saw Benteke head just over the bar from point-blank range at the other end.The decisive strike went to Pardew’s Palace with less than ten minutes left on the clock.From the corner, childhood Reds supporter Dann rose to head on target. Beligan stopper Mignolet saved but he parried into Dann’s path and the defender turned home to hand the Eagles all three points. Scott Dann netted a late winner for Crystal Palace 1
1 Jurgen Klopp Jurgen Klopp has dismissed suggestions from Sam Allardyce that he is to blame for Liverpool injury’s crisis.In an exclusive interview with talkSPORT on Wednesday, Allardyce offered his thoughts on the Reds’ injury woes, which has sidelined 10 first-team players.The Sunderland boss claimed that the “high-tempo pressing game” implemented by Klopp at Anfield left his players fatigued and susceptible to muscle strains.Allardyce, who recently branded his rival manager a “soft German”, said: “I don’t think Jurgen has realised just how ferocious our league is at this period of time and because he has asked for that extra high-energy, that extra ten yards, these lads are fatiguing now with so many games in much a short period of time and are picking up these muscle strains.”Klopp, who is likely to travel to their FA Cup tie with Exeter with no senior central defenders – hit back at the Black Cats manager and rejected his claims.“I am glad for Sam, such an experienced manager, that he has time to think about Liverpool’s problems – I don’t have time to think about this,” he said.“I knew about the Premier League, the fixtures, the intensity of the football here.“There is no time for training, only recovery, the game is our only session in the week to be honest.“We know about our situation, we know in most of the cases about the reason.“One injury at the wrong moment is a problem for the whole squad because other players have to play too much but you have to react to this.“Two weeks ago we never knew we would have a problem with centre-halves.”Since arriving in mid-October, Brendan Rodgers’ replacement Klopp has regularly corrected what he sees as misconceptions about his methods – particularly the high-intensity gegenpressing tactic which he employed with such success at Borussia Dortmund.“The problem is now people speak about the intensity of my style – I didn’t create a style, how could I? I am not a genius,” he added.“We play only football and a team like Liverpool, with the ambitions the club have, we have to find a way to be successful.“For this you need players, a little bit of luck with injuries but we haven’t had too much of this.“Maybe the first game against Tottenham was more intensive than the other games and now we make a few sprints more but not 500 more.“It is completely normal, average running – football is not all about more, it is more about thinking quicker and being quicker in the right position.“As long as you are not quick enough in mind then you have to run a little bit more.”
As Jurgen Klopp attempts to turn around his misfiring Liverpool side, it’s understandable there are going to be all sorts of transfer rumours.The Reds have already landed centre-back Steven Caulker on loan as they look to strengthen their creaky defence.And now there is speculation over who could be drafted into Klopp’s forward line, with Liverpool being linked with Southampton striker Shane Long.The Irish star has scored five goals in the Premier League this campaign but is also well known for his hard work off the ball.But some supporters aren’t as keen as Klopp might be on the forward. Check out the social media reaction below… Shane Long 1
Felix Valle, 24, started as a member of the crew in 2002. After two years as a member, he was hired by a larger wildland firefighting group, the Kern Valley Hotshots. Because the work is seasonal, Valle can spend his spare time teaching the Rio Hondo trainees. “It was a great learning experience,” Valle said. “That’s why I came back to volunteer my time to help out. I enjoyed what the college was doing.” Though the crew does not put out house fires or live in a firehouse, they are prepared for the kind of massive blazes currently plaguing the Southland. The Roadrunners are called out to prevent fires with shovels and chain saws by laying down fire breaks, as well as filling positions left behind by those fighting on the front lines. Once, the crew even journeyed to Texas for NASA to help recover pieces of the space shuttle Challenger. Hours for the crew are sporadic and difficult. Most Roadrunners are paid $14 per hour, and work 14- to 16-hour shifts when they are called to a situation, generally for 14 consecutive days. Sometimes these assignments can extend to 21 days. “They need the support of their family and friends to be successful,” Bennett said. Valle said his parents worry when he is out fighting wildfires. “My parents end up getting worried during the season,” Valle said. “You hear about the fatalities.” While they are deployed, crew members sleep in tents they carry on their backs, shower and eat in temporary firefighting camps, and spend most of their time at the front lines of danger, protecting homes and lives. The work is difficult, and Bennett said the closeness of the group is important to ensure the happiness and safety of the team. “It helps if you kind of like the people you’re stuck in a bus with for 14 days,” Bennett said. [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029160Want 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.The Roadrunners are a group of wildland firefighters fresh from graduating an intense one-semester program at Rio Hondo College. After taking the course, students are selected to become part of the group, which provides a stepping stone into the competitive world of fire prevention and firefighting. Bennett, who spent 28 years with the U.S. Forest Service before retirement, said he has been teaching in the program since its inception in 2000. Bennett, 58, said Crew 77 allows new firefighters the chance to gain experience through part-time work and helps them find jobs. Most of those employed through the program stay for one or two years, although they are allowed to stay up to four. “It’s just not a lifetime career,” Bennett said. “We’ve had 88 hired from the program into the field.” The age of those in the program ranges from 18 to around 26. • Video: Fires in Castaic• For full fire coverage vist the Special Section. SANTA FE SPRINGS – The fires burning around Southern California bring danger and destruction, but for one group of young firefighters, the flames also bring a chance to learn. Rio Hondo College’s Crew 77, known as the Roadrunners, were sent out by bus on Tuesday to the Ranch Fire near Castaic. “It could very easily be very taxing,” Rio Hondo instructor John Bennett said of the fight ahead of the 20-member crew.
EL MONTE – Three sting operations netted 37 arrests Tuesday night and early Wednesday on a variety of charges, authorities said. Offenses ranged from purchasing liquor for minors to prostitution to drug possession. The largest block of arrests, 19 misdemeanors, came from a “shoulder-tapping” sting where three minor volunteers asked adults to buy alcohol for them, according to El Monte police Lt. Santos Hernandez. Additionally, police impounded seven cars from people who were driving without licenses or had arrest warrants. The “shoulder-tap” operation ran from 5 to 11 p.m. at 20 liquor and grocery stores throughout the city. At the same time, on Garvey Avenue, police arrested seven women suspected of prostitution. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat Kings“These were all career prostitutes with previous records,” said Hernandez. El Monte officials lately have focused on combatting prostitution. The City Council last week passed an ordinance that allows police to arrest convicted prostitutes who are standing on a street corner. The ordinance takes effect next year. Early Wednesday morning, police carried out an operation at a homeless encampment along the Rio Hondo River wash next to Rosemead Boulevard. They made 11 arrests and issued 10 citations for narcotics. One of the arrests, on suspicion of possessing speed, was a felony. The rest were misdemeanors, said Hernandez. All 11 suspects remained in police custody Wednesday afternoon. Police plan to clean out local homeless encampments by removing left-behind junk and periodically making arrests, said Hernandez. “We made arrests today, but people will be back there tonight to sleep,” he said. “It will take a few weeks to clear the place out.” [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2105 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Tom Fox has been CEO since August 2014 1 Tom Fox has resigned as chief executive of Aston Villa.The American joined the club in August 2014 after leaving his role as chief commercial officer at Arsenal but cited a change in his role following a board restructuring at Villa Park for his decision to step down.He said in a statement on avfc.co.uk: “Joining Aston Villa was a huge privilege for me and, while I’m bitterly disappointed by results this season, watching the club compete at Wembley in the FA Cup final last year is a memory I’ll cherish.“Aston Villa is a proud and storied club which deserves to be among the elite in Europe and I have every confidence that it will once again find its way back.“Regarding my resignation, the owner made it very clear last summer that he and I would seek to recruit a board that would put the club in a stronger position in the event that a sale didn’t happen.“As the board has taken shape, however, it has become clear that my role also has changed. While I am supportive of where the board is trying to take the club, it is my feeling that, given the changes they are making, it makes sense for me to seek another challenge.“I have accepted the board’s invitation to remain available during a period of transition to ensure a smooth handover.“I would like to thank the many among the Villa family that have been very kind with their time and support and generous to me on a personal level during my time with the club.”Chairman Steve Hollis has been conducting an internal review at the Premier League’s bottom club and former Football Association chairman David Bernstein was appointed to the board last week, with ex-Villa boss Brian Little an advisor.Sporting director Hendrik Almstadt left the club on Tuesday as the shake-up continued.Hollis, who has only been at the club for two months, will become executive chairman while a search is conducted for Fox’s permanent replacement.Hollis said: “The board would like to place on record its appreciation to Tom for his many contributions and commitment over the last 18 months.“While the results this season have been disappointing, he and his team have worked hard to put in place many changes necessary to put the club on a more sustainable path for the future. He leaves with our best wishes for the future.”
2 Jamie Vardy was sent off for diving 2 There was contact but the way the 29-year-old exaggerated his fall to the ground was enough for Jon Moss to reach for his cards, meaning Vardy will miss the Swansea match next week.And West Ham nearly took advantage of their numerical advantage just after the hour mark but Winston Reid’s flicked header rebounded off the post, much to the relief of the Foxes in attendance.However, with six minutes remaining referee Moss made another unpopular decision when he awarded West Ham a penalty after punishing Wes Morgan for holding on to Reid at a corner.Andy Carroll stepped up and sent Schmeichel the wrong way for his fourth goal in three games.And two minutes later the Hammers were ahead when Cresswell picked up the ball on the edge of the area and volleyed it beautifully into the top corner.However, in the 94th minute Jeffrey Schlupp went down and was given a controversial penalty, which Ulloa gratefully converted to steal a point. Leonardo Ulloa’s 94th minute penalty saved Jamie Vardy’s blushes as Leicester snatched a draw with West Ham to move eight points ahead of Tottenham in the Premier League title race.The striker gave the Foxes the lead midway through the first half after a great breakaway move to stun West Ham but Vardy’s day was turned on his head when he picked up a second yellow card for diving.Then West Ham scored twice in the final ten minutes through an Andy Carroll penalty and an Aaron Cresswell screamer to turn the game on its head.But there was yet more drama as the Foxes got a penalty in the final seconds of the game.The King Power stadium was bouncing prior to kick off but West Ham nearly managed to silence it after only two minutes when Dimitri Payet’s whipped free kick was met by Cheikhou Kouyate, who saw his header hit both posts and roll across the line into Kasper Schmeichel’s grateful clutches.At the other end Robert Huth had a golden chance of his own when his header from Shinji Okazaki’s free kick grazed the outside of the post.Then on 20 minutes, the inevitable happened as the Foxes broke rapidly with Riyad Mahrez laying on to N’Golo Kante who found Vardy to smash the ball home and add another chapter to Leicester’s fairytale season.It was the Englishman’s 22nd Premier League goal of the season to level with countryman Harry Kane’s total.After half time Vardy was inches away from doubling the lead but he couldn’t quite reach Okazaki’s dangerous cross.But minutes later Vardy’’s game was over when he was judged to have dived under a challenge from Angelo Ogbonna and was shown his second yellow card of the game.
11 11 11 Centre midfield: Miralem Pjanic – The Bosnian has been linked with a move to Old Trafford and the Roma president failed to rule it out this week, admitting if United pay the release clause Pjanic will leave. This is significant because he did rule out the departures of Radja Naiggola and Antonio Rudiger. 11 Right back: Matteo Darmian – The Italian struggled in his first Premier League season but Mourinho knows how to organise a defence and Darmian will be one of the main beneficiaries from that. Centre back: Eric Bailly – United look set to sign 22-year-old Bailly from Villarreal for £30m as he fits the quick and strong prototype that Mourinho looks for in a centre back. 11 Left back: Luke Shaw – Shaws return from a broken leg will be like a new signing and if he is able to recapture his form prior to his injury, he could be one of the players of the season. 11 11 Centre back: Chris Smalling – One of the few shining lights for the Red Devils last season and will look to continue that after establishing himself as a senior member of the squad. 11 11 Centre midfield: Andre Gomes – Gomes is valued at £35.2m by Valencia and reports in Italy suggest United have made a bid for the Portuguese, with Jorge Mendes agent of both the player and Mourinho playing a key role in the move. Left forward: Anthony Martial – Martials development will continue from the left next season and expect even more goals than he managed last term as he gets accustomed to the Premier League. 11 Right forward: Marcus Rashford – Mourinho is keen to keep Rashford in the first team picture and that could be done with the England forward as part of a front three. Jose Mourinho made his first trip to Old Trafford since becoming Manchester United manager to watch the UNICEF Soccer Aid game.Next time he is there watching a match however, he will be in the dugout rather than the stands and the make up of the home side will be very different.It will also be very different from the side predecessor Louis van Gaal fielded in his last home game as boss of the Red Devils.No new names have been brought in yet but there have been plenty of rumours regarding who could be there next season, while you can also expect a number of departures with the likes of Juan Mata and Daly Blind likely to be disposed of.Based on these rumours, talkSPORT have put together a potential Mourinho XI which could be gracing the Premier League once the transfer window has closed at the start of the season.Click the arrow above, right, to see the XI in a 4-2-3-1 formation! Centre attacking midfield: Wayne Rooney – Rooney will remain United captain but likely in a more withdrawn role as he looks to complete his transition into a midfielder. Goalkeeper: David De Gea – Click the arrow, right, to see the potential Manchester United XI for next season – De Gea looks set to stay at Old Trafford and avoid the Real Madrid saga of last season after stating he and Mourinho are winners who want to reclaim titles for United. 11 Centre forward: Zlatan Ibrahimovic – Ibrahimovic has reportedly agreed a one-year deal with the club and is expecting to play a key role. The move could be announced as early as this week, prior to the start of the European Championships.