Capital One Cup: 10 players to watch out for in this week’s action

first_img 3. Jordan Rossiter – Liverpool – As a local lad, Rossiter is already a fan favourite. The England U19 international made his first senior appearance in this competition last year, and could be a regular on their Capital One Cup team-sheet this season. 2. Kelechi Iheanacho – Manchester City – The rather unknown 18-year-old hit the headlines after scoring the winner against Crystal Palace in the dying seconds of the match two weeks’ ago. With Sergio Aguero not firing, Iheanacho perhaps deserves his chance, and it’ll be interesting to see how he copes with the pressure at the Stadium of Light. 10 4. Andreas Pereira – Manchester United – The Brazilian midfielder is held with great regard in Manchester, but with Juan Mata, Ander Herrera and Bastian Schweinsteiger to compete with in LVG’s first-team, inevitably playing time is proving hard to come by. It’s perhaps a surprise he wasn’t sent on loan in the summer, and he’ll therefore be expecting a run in the Capital One Cup. 8. Leandro Rodriguez – Everton – The Uruguayan striker has been described as a ‘clinical street footballer’ and Toffees supporters are eagerly awaiting his debut. 10 9. Patrick Bamford – Crystal Palace (on loan from Chelsea) – Last season’s Championship Player of the Year has found playing time limited at Selhurst Park, having not yet been given a chance to prove his worth in the Premier League. He could be Alan Pardew’s first choice centre-forward in the League Cup, however. 10 10. Jamal Blackman – Chelsea – With Thibaut Courtois sidelined until the end of the year, Jose Mourinho may be tempted to rest Asmir Begovic for the League Cup, and hand reserve goalkeeper Blackman a very rare chance in the first team. 10 10 10 1. James Wilson – Manchester United – to see more, click the arrow above – With Radamel Falcao, Robin van Persie and Javier Hernandez leaving Old Trafford in the summer, Wilson may have been expecting to finally land a regular run in the senior side. The arrival of Anthony Martial, however, looks to have put an end to his chances this season. Nonetheless, such is his talent, that he could be the star of the Capital One Cup. 10 10 7. Tomas Kalas – Middlesbrough (on loan from Chelsea) – Kalas will be hoping for similar success as parent club team-mate Patrick Bamford on loan at the Riverside Stadium this season. With Chelsea’s shaky defence worrying Jose Mourinho this season, the Portuguese manager will have one eye on the performance of the Czech star. The League Cup gets underway for the juggernauts of English football on Tuesday night.This is the competition that Premier League managers typically allow their academy and reserve players their chance to impress on the main stage – and there are plenty of exciting faces to keep an eye out for.Title contenders Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City and United are expected to field a number of talented youngsters, while there are a few starlets in the Championship hoping to leave an impression.As such, we’ve listed 10 players to watch out for. Click the arrows below to find out who could excite this week. 10 5. Demarai Gray – Birmingham City – The teen has been a regular in the Championship and his performances really have caught the eye thus far this season. With his confidence high, he could be one of the most exciting performers in the competition. 6. Reece Oxford – West Ham United – Great hype still surrounds the 16-year-old after his performance against Arsenal – in which he dominated Mesut Ozil, Francis Coquelin and Santi Cazorla in midfield – on the opening day of the season. While he hasn’t featured too often since, supporters are excited for his possible return to the starting line up. 10last_img read more

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Sam Allardyce admits former Arsenal boss his inspiration as he bids to transform Sunderland

first_imgNew Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce will rely on his George Graham guidebook as he looks to transform the club’s fortunes.Graham was renowned for moulding defensively-strong sides during his managerial career and his success at Arsenal – where he won the first division title twice – owed much to a formidable back four.Allardyce, who played under the Scot at Millwall, now plans to copy the tried and trusted methods used by his mentor to improve a Black Cats defence that has shipped 18 goals in just eight Premier League games this season.The 60-year-old, appointed as Dick Advocaat’s successor on Friday, told talkSPORT: “The first thing that needs to be done is to stop conceding goals because that is the problem.“That is my first priority and if I can put that right then I’m sure we can win a few games.“A lot of my stuff comes from George Graham, who I worked with at Millwall many years ago. All the stepping up, pushing out, getting your hand up, dropping back, shuffling up.“A lot of that stuff I have taken with me in my time because we all know the importance of clean sheets at every level of football.”Sunderland have yet to win in the Premier League this season, and Allardyce’s predecessor, Advocaat, described the squad as ‘not good enough’ following his departure.But the former West Ham boss insists there is enough quality and experience within the club to turn things around.“There is good potential there and good Premier League experience,” he said.“John O’Shea, Wes Brown, Younes Kaboul, Billy Jones, Lee Cattermole, they have all played a lot of games, they all know what it is about. Hopefully, with my guidance, we will pull out of trouble as quickly as we can.”last_img read more

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WATCH: Tottenham and Man City stars score as Belgium beat Italy

first_imgJan Vertonghen and Kevin De Bruyne were among the goalscorers as Belgium came from behind to beat Italy 3-1 in Friday night’s friendly clash in Brussels.Antonio Candreva had fired the Italians into an early lead before Tottenham defender Vertonghen headed his side level from a De Bruyne corner.The Manchester City star then put Belgium ahead before substitute Michy Batshuayi added a late third for Marc Wilmots’ team.last_img

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QPR make move for former AC Milan defender

first_img1 Kevin Constant QPR are in talks with former AC Milan defender Kevin Constant, according to reports in France.The left-back is currently a free agent after leaving Turkish side Trabzonspor towards the end of last year.Saint-Etienne and Toulouse are also keen on the Frenchman as clubs look to bolster their squad during the January transfer window.QPR, according to L’Equipe, are the latest side to contact Constant and the Championship side are hopeful a deal can be struck.The 28-year-old is expected to fly to England to discuss terms this week, before hearing proposals from other clubs in Europe.last_img read more

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The next Rooney? Watch Everton starlet score stunning goal

first_imgKieran Dowell is viewed as one of Everton’s most promising prospects.The 18-year-old midfielder is being tipped to follow the likes Wayne Rooney and Ross Barkley in progressing from academy hopeful to Toffees star.And he underlined his huge potential with a stunning goal for Everton’s Under-21 side against their Southampton counterparts on Monday night.Check out the strike above.last_img

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Racing long a problem

first_img• Photo Gallery: Dangerous intersection in El Monte• Video: Tragedy in El Monte EL MONTE – Street racing is nothing new to residents along Parkway Drive. Many say the revving of engines and the squeal of tires is a nearly daily occurrence along the wide, straight roadway on the southeastern edge of town. But that fact did not lessen the horror of what occurred on this busy residential street Monday night, when 41-year-old Dora Groce and her two children, Robert, 8, and Catherine, 4, were killed in a fiery collision allegedly caused by street racers. “It’s a good place to race,” said Anthony Metranga, who lives one house away from the intersection of Parkway Drive and Elliott Avenue, where the deadly accident took place. “It’s a straightaway, there are hardly any officers around and no speed bumps. I am telling you, it’s scary.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityPolice are still seeking El Monte resident Martin Morones, 21, suspected of driving a light brown Honda Accord involved in the accident. Another El Monte man, 19-year-old Robert Canizalez, is being held on $3 million bail at El Monte City Jail. Investigators believe Canizalez was driving a red Ford Mustang that slammed into Groce’s car, causing it to crash into a Ford F-150 pickup truck and burst into flames. Both men are expected to be charged with three counts of murder today, with an additional felony hit-and-run charge for Morones, said Lt. Ken Alva of the El Monte Police Department. Police have not determined the speed at which Canizalez and Morones were allegedly driving. But Alva said witnesses have given estimates of between 60 and 70 mph. Parkway Drive has a 25 mph limit. Racing is not only commonplace on Parkway Drive, but even on the narrow streets of the adjacent Brookside Mobile Country Club, where the Groces and Moroneses both lived. Stephen Groce, 44, who lost his wife and two children, in Monday’s accident, has seen races throughout the neighborhood, and worried about it. “They race each other on Alpine,” Groce said, pointing to the small street in front of his double-wide mobile home. “They do it all over the place here. It’s moronic.” Groce never imagined street racing would lead to the loss of his wife and children. A memorial service will be held for the Groces at 10 a.m. Saturday at Pierce Brothers Mortuary Chapel at 1136 E. Las Tunas Drive in San Gabriel. Police have records of only three complaints about excessive speeding along the stretch of Parkway Drive between Elliott Avenue and Magnolia Drive, said Alva. There have been five major traffic accidents along the same stretch of roadway over the past two years, Alva added. But a random sampling of residents in the neighborhood suggested that problems with racing on the street have been a constant issue for years. Several residents of the neighborhood between Elliott Avenue and Klingerman Street said they had witnessed races and called in complaints to the police. Mayor Ernie Gutierrez said the City Council plans to examine the street racing issue at its meeting Tuesday. City traffic engineers are looking at the area to determine what can be done, and Gutierrez has suggested the creation of “Traffic Watch” groups based on the Neighborhood Watch concept – with residents trained to spot racers, take down their license plates and pass the information on to police. The council also will consider issuing a reward for the capture of Morones, Gutierrez said. A bank account has been established by friends and family of the Groces to help cover funeral costs and other expenses. Those interested in donating should call the Bank of Eastern Oregon at (541) 676-9125 or write to Bank of Eastern Oregon, P.O. Box 39, Heppner, Ore., 97836. fred.ortega@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2306160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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U.S. enacts sanctions against Iran

first_imgPENALTIES: The move targets the military and government banking institutions. By Anne Gearan THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON – The United States announced harsh new penalties on the Iranian military and state-owned banking systems Thursday, raising pressure on the world financial system to cut ties with a regime the West accuses of bankrolling terrorism and seeking a nuclear bomb. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The U.S. sanctions on elements of Iran’s vast armed forces and its largest bank are the most sweeping since 1979, when the takeover of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran ruptured diplomatic, business and military ties. The sanctions are the first of their type imposed by the United States specifically against the armed forces of another government. They are part of the Bush administration’s two-track approach to its chief adversary in the Mideast that offsets diplomatic overtures with sanctions, bellicose rhetoric and the implicit threat of military action. U.S. officials insisted Thursday that the new moves do not hasten war and that the United States remains committed to finding a way to talk Iran out of a nuclear program the U.S. claims is hostile. The punitive moves directly target Iranian organizations and people the U.S. accuses of supporting terrorism or spreading weapons of mass destruction, but the main effect is likely to fall elsewhere – on European and other overseas banks and firms that do business with oil-rich Iran. “As awareness of Iran’s deceptive behavior has grown, many banks around the world have decided as a matter of prudence and integrity that Iran’s business is simply not worth the risk,” Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson said. There has been grumbling, mainly in Europe, about earlier U.S. financial sanctions on Iran that overseas bankers found heavy-handed, but Paulson is right that some of Iran’s former financial partners have already distanced themselves from Tehran under hardline President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Paulson and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice announced the penalties together, a recognition that a year-old effort to levy unilateral Treasury sanctions has had far greater effect than the diplomatic channels Rice has pursued with Iran. “Unfortunately the Iranian government continues to spurn our offer of open negotiations, instead threatening peace and security,” through its nuclear program, export of ballistic missiles, Rice said, along with what she charged is backing for militants in Iraq, Afghanistan, Lebanon and the Palestinian territories. The latest sanctions will cut off more than 20 Iranian entities, including individuals and companies owned or controlled by the powerful Revolutionary Guard Corps, from the American financial system. State-owned Bank Melli, Bank Mellat and Bank Saderat were named supporters of global terrorist groups for their activities in Afghanistan, Iraq and the Middle East. Any assets found in the United States belonging to the designated groups must be frozen. Americans are also forbidden from doing business with those designated organizations. Bank Melli is Iran’s largest. The United States says it provides services to Iran’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs. Bank Mellat serves the state Atomic Energy Organization and Bank Saderat routes money to terrorist or militant groups, the administration said. The administration did not lay out any new evidence for the allegations. The penalties, some of which have been long expected, were announced an hour before Rice faced scathing questions from congressional Democrats on Iraq, and in the midst of embarrassing revelations about lapses in the State Department’s management of private security guards in Iraq. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Rationing, price hikes are ways to save water

first_imgThese bans can be enforced by using “water cops,” or hot lines where neighbors “rat out” each other or even putting on a flow-restrictor for “egregious” offenders, Hill said. Raising rates also can reduce demand, he said. “This has been shown to have an immediate effect on reducing demand but sometimes you get angry people,” he said. As a last resort, agencies could ration water. It could range from a flat percentage to allotments by house or people in the home, or a combination of some of these, Hill said. Whittier-area water officials called the conference informative, but none committed themselves to any of the suggestions. In fact, Garry Hofer, spokesman for Suburban, said his company has no plans for any rationing in the short-term future. “Suburban is somewhat insulated from the drought,” Hofer said. “We have six different sources of supply from different agencies.” But Bob Noonan, an Orchard Dale board member, said his district, which could face cutbacks, needs to get prepared. “The future is here,” Noonan said. “We’re going to look at doing all of these things.” Tom Lopez, assistant director of public works for Santa Fe Springs, said many of the suggestions already are on the books in his city. But it’s been more than a decade since they were passed, and they need to be reviewed again, Lopez said. mike.sprague@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022 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 “(You need to) develop a plan for what you’re going to do if we end up in a dry year,” Stuart said. Officials from Central Basin, a water wholesaler and member of the Metropolitan Water District that serves the southeast area of Los Angeles County, suggested a variety of ways to reduce demand for water. While any plan should begin with a public-information campaign, as the situation gets worse tougher measures may be needed, said David Hill, water resources manager for Central Basin. Restrictions can be placed on how water is used, Hill said. The city of Long Beach already has 14 restrictions, including banning restaurants from automatically serving water to customers, or homeowners from watering their lawn between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., or washing driveways with a hose unless it’s a water-conserving pressurized cleaning device, said Matt Lyons, director of planning and conservation for Long Beach’s Water Department. NORWALK – Local plans to ensure that water keeps flowing amid the driest period in California history could include everything from public information to price increases to actual rationing, regional water officials said Thursday. Officials from Central Basin Municipal Water District and others presented ways for local agencies to deal with the drought Thursday in a morning conference at the Norwalk Arts and Sports Complex. About 30 people from 14 agencies, including the cities of Norwalk and Santa Fe Springs, Orchard Dale Water District and Suburban Water Systems, were present. “We’re praying for rain, but planning for dry water conditions,” said Mark Stuart, chief of the southern district for the state Department of Water Resources. last_img read more

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RECORDS SMASHED IN DONEGAL WEEKEND CHRISTMAS SHOPPING FRENZY!

first_imgTRADERS IN the county reported a record shopping weekend as better value and the good weather combined to make it a mega-shopping weekend for Donegal!After a fortnight of snow and ice, traders were reporting huge trade throughout the county -with traffic chaos at times in Letterkenny and Donegal Town.The slide in the euro also meant more people stayed at home to shop this year – and with new weather warnings for later this week, many people were taking advantage of the thaw. Shopping fever replaced cabin fever – and temperatures of +10C…25 degrees higher than on some nights last week.In the new Dunnes in Letterkenny and in Tesco in the town, there was evidence of panic-buying as shoppers loaded trolleys with turkeys, brussel sprouts and booze.Predictions of the return of the Big Chill next week also had thousands of shoppers queuing to buy presents at many stores on Main Street and in the Retail Park.“Christmas shopping was delayed this year so we had expected to see an influx of customers to Letterkenny this weekend,” said Toni Forrester, boss of the Letterkenny Chamber of Commerce. “There is great value and top brands in Letterkenny this year and it was also great to see some shoppers from the North enjoying what Letterkenny has to offer.”RECORDS SMASHED IN DONEGAL WEEKEND CHRISTMAS SHOPPING FRENZY! was last modified: December 13th, 2010 by gregShare 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)last_img read more

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MacLOCHLAINN LASHES OPPONENTS OVER A5 ROAD ‘DEBACLE’

first_imgDonegal North East Sinn Féin TD Pádraig Mac Lochlainn has launched a broadside at political opponents in the county, accusing them of double-dealing over the A5 road project.He insisted that the British Government as co-signatories of the St Andrews Agreement must meet their responsibilities to the A5 project. He called on the Irish Government to engage with their British counterparts on how all parties to the St Andrews Agreement can collectively deliver this essential peace process commitment.But it was his call for ‘genuine political unity’ in the county which will rile opponents. Deputy Mac Lochlainn said: “There is no doubt that the Irish Government have reneged on their promise on the A5 to the people of Donegal and the North West in terms of the St Andrew’s Agreement which sought to bridge the gap of inequality between our region and the rest of the Island.“However, I am conscious that the British Government also signed up to the St Andrews Agreement and the two Governments now need to discuss how they can work together to address this issue. To date, this has been the elephant in the room in all of this.“The Irish Government have to repay a loan of billions of pounds sterling with interest back to the British Government as part of the bail out package agreed a year ago. Britain’s banks were bailed out rather than the Irish people. At the very least, the Irish Government should seek to engage with their British counterparts around how the A5 project could be slotted into that arrangement”.He continued: “I also repeat my call for genuine political unity across the North West on this issue as has been the case down the years. “It has been very noticeable that some local representatives are all over the place on this A5 issue, bizarrely seeking to blame Sinn Féin in the North and when that backfired, forming political alliances that exclude Sinn Féin, then spurning those alliances and remarkably stating that there are no other options outside the island of Ireland for funding this project.“This is not political leadership. It is irresponsible opportunism. I appeal to all political leaders in the region to quit the messing around and start singing from the one hymn sheet again.”© 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldaily Follow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailySell anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.comMacLOCHLAINN LASHES OPPONENTS OVER A5 ROAD ‘DEBACLE’ was last modified: November 22nd, 2011 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)Tags:a5 road projectDeputy Padraig MacLochlainnlast_img read more

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