1 Arsenal’s 3-2 home defeat to Olympiakos marked one of the worst nights in the club’s modern European history.Champions League knockout stage mainstays since 1998, not since 1999 have the Gunners failed to get past the first group stage, but that fate is a distinct possibility this season.After losing their first two Group F matches, Arsenal now face back-to-back games against the might of Bayern Munich, a club they have lost two home games to in recent seasons, in the process of being knocked out twice by the Bundesliga champions.The pressure is on manager Arsene Wenger to master a remarkable turnaround in the club’s European fortunes, but can he did it?Here is a selection of the reaction from supporters who aren’t backing Wenger to come up with the goods.Take a look, then share your thoughts by leaving a comment below. Arsenal news: Arsene Wenger is under intense pressure
Former Everton manager Joe Royle believes Roberto Martinez can lead the Toffees to a fourth-placed Premier League finish this season.Everton currently sit fifth in the table having beaten Manchester City and face arch-rivals Liverpool in the Merseyside derby on Sunday, live exclusively on talkSPORT.And Royle thinks that if his former side can stay injury free and have a consistent starting XI, then Everton will be realistic challengers for the fourth Champions League place.“If we can get a settled side – and I’m sure the manager has in mind what his best side is at the moment and what he would like to play – I think we have a great chance of challenging this year (for the top four),” Royle, who also played for Everton, told Drivetime.“I looked at the start we had which included Southampton away, Man City, Spurs away, Chelsea – it looked a hard start.“If you’d had told me at the start of the season that we were going to be fifth at this stage, I would gladly have accepted that.”
Shkodran Mustafi Bayern Munich have joined Manchester United in the race for Valencia defender Shkodran Mustafi, according to reports in Spain.The former Everton man has impressed in La Liga this season and clubs around Europe have expressed an interest.Barcelona, Manchester United and Real Madrid were all linked with moves in the summer but Valencia stood firm.However, according to AS, Bayern Munich have now joined the hunt the for the 23-year-old and will look to tie up a deal in January.Manager Pep Guardiola is a big fan of the Germany international and believes he can be tempted by a move to the Bundesliga.Mustafi has a release clause of £37m but it is claimed that Valencia could part with the centre-back for around £22m. 1
Alaixys Romao [right] in action for Marseille Sunderland are interested in Marseille midfielder Alaixys Romao, according to reports in France.The Black Cats have endured a tough start to 2016, conceding nine goals in their last three matches.Sam Allardyce is on the lookout for reinforcements and he has been alerted to 32-year-old midfield anchorman Romao.The Togo international has the offer of a two-year contract extension at the Ligue 1 side available to him, as well as offers from Toulouse and Al-Alhi.But Sunderland hope to tempt him to the Premier League ahead of a tough run of fixtures against Manchester City, Liverpool and Manchester United in the first half of February. 1
DETROIT – The United Auto Workers union reached a tentative four-year contract with Chrysler Wednesday, hours after going on strike and the same day General Motors workers ratified a separate four-year pact. Next up: Ford. A person with knowledge of the Chrysler LLC agreement said it includes some guarantees that vehicles will be produced at U.S. factories, a company-funded union-run trust that will pay much of Chrysler’s $18 billion in long-term retiree health care costs, and a lower wage scale for some newly hired workers. The person, who requested anonymity because the contract has not been ratified by union members, said the new vehicle guarantees are not as extensive as those given by General Motors Corp. Gettelfinger wouldn’t release any details of the contract, but Chrysler said the tentative agreement includes the retiree health care trust. The newly private company didn’t say how much money it will contribute to the trust. “The national agreement is consistent with the economic pattern and balances the needs of our employees and company by providing a framework to improve our long-term manufacturing competitiveness,” Chrysler Vice President and Chairman Tom LaSorda said in a statement. Chrysler’s national UAW contract covers about 45,000 workers and 78,000 retirees and spouses. Brett Ward, a material handler at Chrysler’s Sterling Heights assembly plant, said Wednesday night he had not been given details of the agreement. But he feared that it would have a lower-tier wage structure for new hires that was similar to what the union negotiated with GM. In the next contract, he’s afraid Chrysler will negotiate wages downward for all workers similar to a deal between the UAW and troubled auto parts supplier Delphi Corp. “They made it one tier again, but a much lower, undesirable one,” said Ward, a member of Soldiers of Solidarity, a group often critical of the union. Kevin Bork, a senior designer at a Chrysler technical center, said his primary concerns are health care and stopping the outsourcing of jobs. “I’m very happy that the strike didn’t last very long and we’ll all be returning to work,” he said. “Now it’s just a matter of seeing what the offer is.” The UAW said its historic contract with GM, which also includes a retiree health care trust, was approved by 66 percent of production workers and 64 percent of skilled trades workers.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.The guarantees, which translate into job security for union workers, are in many cases only for the life of current products, the person said. GM made guarantees at many factories that include the next generation of cars, trucks and parts. The new lower wage scale, the person said, covers new hires who would replace Chrysler Mopar parts transportation workers. Buyout and early retirement offers would be made to current workers in an effort to get them to leave, the person said. The lower wage scale is similar to the one negotiated by GM, the person said. UAW President Ron Gettelfinger said the strike against Chrysler, which is 80.1 percent owned by private equity firm Cerberus Capital Management LP, would end immediately and workers should report for their next available shift. “This agreement was made possible because UAW workers made it clear to Chrysler that we needed an agreement that rewards the contributions they have made to the success of this company,” Gettelfinger said in a statement.
Osborne met with university chancellor Harvey Perlman on Tuesday morning to discuss the job, and Osborne agreed to serve until the chancellor hires a permanent athletic director. Osborne said he took the job because he cares about Nebraska athletics. He’ll stay on as long as it takes Perlman to hire a permanent athletic director, and his pay will be based on a $250,000 annual salary. Perlman said Osborne would be given “full authority” to make decisions about football and other athletic matters. Callahan said earlier that he has no plan to resign. If Callahan is fired, the university would be forced to buy out his contract for more than $3 million. Callahan was not available after the team’s practice to comment on Osborne’s hiring. During his weekly news conference earlier in the day, Callahan said his confidence in his own abilities hasn’t been shaken. “I know in my heart of hearts I’m doing an excellent job, a good job,” Callahan said. Soccer David Beckham is healthy, having recovered from his wrenched left ankle and sprained right knee that have kept him sidelined since late August, but how he’s integrated into the lineup with the Galaxy chasing a playoff berth will be determined by how the team is playing. “If we’re winning and doing great, why would you want to upset that?” said Galaxy coach Frank Yallop, whose team plays New York on Thursday. “Obviously, we want to get David into our team because he’s a great player, a world-class player. But you’ve got to be careful of not ripping out the heart of the team.” The Galaxy have won five in a row to creep back into the playoff race and if they win their two remaining games – against New York and Sunday at Chicago – they’ll automatically clinch a postseason spot. But Yallop, who now has Beckham and a number of other former starters returning from injury, is reluctant to make changes with so much at stake. “The group that took us to five wins in a row – no one deserves to lose their spot,” Yallop said. And that applies to Beckham? “At this point, sure,” he said. Tennis Roger Federer played his first match on tour in more than five weeks, defeating American Robby Ginepri, 7-6 (2), 6-4, in the second round at the Madrid Masters. Federer, the defending champion, was tested in the first set before winning his first match since capturing his fourth straight U.S. Open on Sept. 9. His only competition since the Open were two singles matches in the Davis Cup. David Nalbandian and Ivo Karlovic won first-round matches and Nikolay Davydenko withdrew because of an injured right elbow. Nalbandian rallied past Arnaud Clement, 5-7, 6-2, 6-4, and Karlovic served 17 aces in beating Marat Safin, 6-3, 6-4. The 6-foot-10 Karlovic had one serve that reached 136 mph. ETC.: Serena Williams retired with a sore right thigh while trailing Patty Schnyder of Switzerland, 6-0, 3-0, in the first round of the Zurich Open. Trailing 3-0 in the first set, Williams had the tape on her right thigh removed. She won only nine points in the set, five on her serve. Someone forgot to tell Padraig Harrington this is supposed to be a working vacation. The PGA Grand Slam of Golf felt much more like work in Tucker’s Town, Bermuda with the British Open champion grinding so hard to keep control of his game that he barely noticed the turquoise coastline below the Mid-Ocean Club on his way to a 3-under-par 67 and a one-shot lead. U.S. Open champion Angel Cabrera nearly caught him until his 15-foot eagle putt came up short on the 18th hole, giving him a 68. Masters champion Zach Johnson and Jim Furyk each had a 71 in rounds that looked nothing alike. ETC.: Tiger Woods will have his own brand of sports drink next year under an endorsement deal announced with Gatorade that marks a couple of firsts for the world’s No. 1 golfer – his first U.S. deal with a beverage company and his first licensing agreement. A Jamaican hotel maid described finding the Pakistan cricket coach’s body in a disheveled, blood-splattered room as an inquest began in Kingston, Jamaica into what caused Bob Woolmer’s death during the World Cup. The maid, Bernice Robinson, told an 11-member jury she noticed blood on the pillow, an overturned chair and an odor that smelled of a mix of alcohol and vomit when she entered the room to clean it March 18. Then she noticed a man’s leg sticking out from a bathroom door, which she could not open because the 58-year-old coach’s body blocked it from the inside. Robinson called for help, setting off one of the largest investigations in modern Jamaican history as authorities tried to determine how Woolmer died a day after his team was eliminated. ETC.: Former Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Rodgers is hoping for a full pardon 37 years after robbing a Lincoln gas station. The ex-Nebraska football star has thought about seeking a pardon for years, but he decided to move forward after considering limits on felons in business ventures, Rodgers’ lawyer said. Former Dallas Cowboys running back Ron Springs has been hospitalized in a coma, more than seven months after receiving a kidney donated by ex-teammate Everson Walls. The Washington Redskins said that cornerback Shawn Springs, son of the 50-year-old Springs, has left the team to be with his father. “(Shawn) has flown down there – it’s a very tough time for them because I think it’s very, very serious,” Redskins coach Joe Gibbs said. It wasn’t immediately clear what caused Ron Springs, who has diabetes, to lapse into a coma or when he was hospitalized. Calls to the family weren’t returned. ETC.: Sebastien Bourdais walked away from a high-speed crash during a promotion involving a rally car. Bourdais, who needs to finish in 12th place or better Sunday in the Lexmark Indy 300 race to clinch his fourth straight Champ Car series title, flipped a Subaru WRX on its roof during a test drive at a race center at Pimpama, about 18 miles from the Surfers Paradise, Australia street circuit. The 28-year-old Bourdais was helped out of the car but was uninjured, race officials said. Instructor Simon Elliott, who was in the passenger seat, also wasn’t hurt. The WNBA will announce today that it has awarded a franchise to Atlanta, a person familiar with the deal said. Atlanta real estate executive Ron Terwilliger will be the sole owner of the team, which will begin play in 2008, according to the person familiar with the deal, who requested anonymity because the new franchise hasn’t been officially announced yet. Golf Jurisprudence Miscellany Basketball Football The Arena Football League will relocate the Las Vegas franchise to Cleveland, where former Browns quarterback Bernie Kosar will run the team as its president. 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.“I don’t want to be someone who micromanages, watches over people’s shoulders,” Osborne said. “If they want me to come to practice or go to meetings, I’ll go. If they want me to stay away, I’ll stay away.” It was 10 years ago that Osborne finished a celebrated 25-year coaching career that culminated with three national titles in his last four seasons. But the program has fallen on hard times – by Nebraska standards – having lost no fewer than four games a year in four seasons under Callahan. The Huskers have lost their last two games by a combined score of 86-20, and their defense is one of the worst in the country. Osborne, who was in the stadium for last week’s 45-14 loss to Oklahoma State, didn’t seem as panicked as some of the Huskers’ fans about the team’s play. “It’s worth pointing out that we’re 4-3. We’ve won more than we’ve lost,” he said. “There are other programs – some pretty good programs – that haven’t won more than one game. But we’d like the intensity level to pick up to what we’re accustomed to.” From news services The future of Nebraska football is in the hands of its patriarch. Hall of Fame coach Tom Osborne returned to Nebraska on Tuesday as interim athletic director, a day after the firing of Steve Pederson. The 70-year-old Osborne will determine whether Bill Callahan stays or goes as Nebraska coach, but he won’t make the decision until after the season.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre The USC-California game featured the conference’s two-best teams, not to mention two best stories with the Trojans’ success and wide receiver DeSean Jackson’s mouth captivating the nation. Instead, Oregon and Arizona State turned out to be the Pac-10’s pivotal game. And if you’re looking for a culprit, from USC’s vantage point, it might be the Trojans’ wide receivers. USC’s offense remains a work in progress after nine games. Sure, you can try to pin the blame on quarterback injuries, but the Trojans consistently seem incapable of rolling up big numbers unless they face an inferior opponent (hello Notre Dame!). Even quarterback John David Booty’s much-anticipated return disappointed because of spotty receivers and high passes. “We took a step back in the overall catching of the ball,” USC coach Pete Carroll said Sunday night. “You have to hit stuff. We missed a lot of balls that we hit all week long in practice.” Carroll counted four dropped passes against Oregon State but it did not matter with the defense completely shutting down the Beavers. After nine games, it’ s apparent USC’s preseason hype depended on an offense that could sometimes match the defense. COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Booty’s return disappoints because of shaky receivers and high passes. By Scott Wolf Staff Writer This was supposed to be the week the Pacific-10 Conference decided who would represent it for a chance at the BCS national championship game. People assumed Booty could put up big numbers like last year, when he threw for 406 yards against Oregon State and 391 against Michigan. But they forgot who Booty would throw to. USC no longer offers a Steve Smith or Dwayne Jarrett to frustrate a secondary. And even now, it’s hard to zero in on one receiver as the main threat besides tight end Fred Davis. Is it Patrick Turner? Vidal Hazelton? USC has always enjoyed a strong receiving corps the previous five seasons, but this year’s group has been noticeably different. “I feel we’re still the best team in the country, but the games we’ve lost were because of turnovers,” Hazelton said. That view might be shared by Carroll, but he also said he was perplexed some of Booty’s passes were high, although maybe he forgot the Washington game, which occurred before he broke his finger. “We were high with a couple balls,” he said. “Hopefully, we knocked the rust off.” Ironically, the receivers said they thought Booty’s accuracy was just fine. Turner said he did not notice any difference, and Hazelton echoed him. “I couldn’t tell. He seemed accurate to me,” Hazelton said. Technically, the Trojans (7-2, 4-2) remain in contention for the Rose Bowl, but the luster’s largely off their season while Cal (6-3, 3-3) went into full meltdown last month with three straight losses. Even usually cautious USC coach Pete Carroll could not talk up the Bears on Sunday night. “I’m surprised they are where they are now,” Carroll said. “They had some great players returning. It’s just the conference (parity). That’s the first time I can remember them losing three games in a row since I’ve been around.” The Bears also seem to have the Trojans’ respect. “Every game with them is physical, it doesn’t really matter what the score is,” linebacker Brian Cushing said. Notes: Offensive tackle Sam Baker (hamstring) worked out Sunday but remains doubtful for this week. Trainers told Carroll not to play tailback Stafon Johnson at the end of the game, but it was merely a preventive measure to avoid aggravating his sprained foot. … Fullback Alfred Rowe suffered a high-ankle sprain. Carroll did not know if cornerback Vincent Joseph would play this week. That’s because Joseph was suspended by athletic director Mike Garrett accumulating too many negative points by missing class and tutoring sessions.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
WASHINGTON – House Democrats pushed through a $50 billion bill for the Iraq war Wednesday night that would require President Bush to start bringing troops home in coming weeks with a goal of ending combat by December 2008. The legislation, passed 218-203, was largely a symbolic jab at Bush, who already has begun reducing force levels but opposes a congressionally mandated timetable on the war. And while the measure was unlikely to pass in the Senate – let alone overcome a presidential veto – Democrats said they wanted voters to know they weren’t giving up. The White House pledged to veto the bill, and Republicans said they would back the president. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre In addition to infringing upon the president’s constitutional authority as commander in chief, the bill would mandate a precipitous withdrawal of troops that could increase the probability that American troops would have to one day return to Iraq to confront an even more dangerous enemy,” an administration statement said. The bill represents about a quarter of the $196 billion Bush requested for combat operations in the 2008 budget year, which began Oct 1. It would compel an unspecified number of troops to leave Iraq within 30 days, a requirement Bush is already on track to meet as he begins in coming weeks to reverse the 30,000 troop buildup he ordered earlier this year. It also sets a goal of ending combat by Dec. 15, 2008. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Fianna Fáil Deputy Charlie McConalogue has called on the government to address the alarming rise in the number of electricity disconnections across the North West.New figures released by the Energy Regulator show that nationally, more than 20,000 homes had their electricity or gas cut off last year because they cannot pay their bills.According to Deputy McConalogue, this signals a ‘growing crisis’ among lower and middle-income families who have recently found unable to pay their basic bills. “Last year alone, there was an 82% in homes that had their gas supply cut off. In addition to this, 14,650 households across the country had their electricity disconnected. The fear is that those numbers will be much higher again this year as homeowners are hit with property taxes and families suffer yet more cuts in state support,” Deputy McConalogue said.“How serious does this have to get before the government starts to take notice? I have spoken to many Donegal families who have always paid their household bills without fail, but have recently been unable to cope with extra taxes, cuts in child benefit, cuts in maternity benefit, cuts to the Back to School allowance and other state supports, increases in education costs and often crippling mortgage debt.“The pressure on ordinary families seems to be growing month on month. On top of everything else, property tax bills will double next year and water charges will follow. Something has to give.“The very least the government can do is ensure that basic household bills, like gas and electricity, are affordable. Fianna Fáil has repeatedly called on Minister Pat Rabbitte, who has responsibility for the energy sector, to take more of an interest in spiraling energy costs for households and to raise concerns with the Energy Regulator. Electricity prices rose by 9% last year, with gas prices increasing by 12%. The onus is on Minister Rabbitte and the Regulator to put real solutions in place to help customers in genuine difficulty,” said Deputy McConalogue. ALARMING INCREASE IN ELECTRICITY DISCONNECTIONS, SAYS DONEGAL TD was last modified: June 10th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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)
1 Aymeric Laporte in action for Athletic Bilbao Athletic Bilbao are ready to offer Aymeric Laporte a new contract in order to ward off interest from Barcelona and Manchester City.The 21-year-old is regarded as one of the hottest prospects in European football.Barcelona enquired about the defender last summer, while Manchester City were linked with a big-money swoop during the January transfer window.However, according to Sport, Athletic Bilbao are planning to fight off interest in Laporte by offering him a new contract.The France Under-21 international is currently tied to the club until 2019 after signing a new deal last summer.That contract also contains a release-clause of around £39m and it is likely Athletic Bilbao will look to increase that amount when they discuss fresh terms.