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Luis Suarez celebrates with Neymar and Lionel Messi After scoring six in the Champions League against Roma, Barcelona put four past Real Sociedad in La Liga.Neymar scored twice, Lionel Messi got one at the end and Luis Suarez scored this beauty.It was goal no.12 for the season for the in form striker. 1
Dele Alli 1 Tottenham failed to close the gap on third-placed Man City as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Everton at Goodison Park.It was Everton’s fifth draw in ten matches, but Roberto Martinez will be pleased with his side’s defensive performance after criticism in recent weeks. Spurs will see it as a big chance dropped as Mauricio Pochettino’s side have been tipped for the title this week, but they are now six points behind Premier League leaders and bitter rivals Arsenal. The home team took the lead with their first foray into the penalty area as Aaron Lennon, formerly of Spurs, netted his first goal of the season. Dele Alli chested and volleyed on the stroke of half-time to draw Mauricio Pochettino’s side level. It was a good game of football which highlighted the young English talents in Ross Barkley and Alli, but the two could not find the late magic to snatch their team all three points. Spurs had good early opportunities as right-back Kyle Walker – who has been impressive in Pochettino’s side this season – crossed for England youngster Dele Alli, who could not convert.Minutes later Harry Kane fired across goal from 18 yards, his effort rattling the post before former Spurs man Lennon netted after 22 minutes.It was his first goal since joining the Merseysiders permanently from Spurs in the summer – although he scored twice while on loan at Goodison Park last season. A cross came in from the left and Lukaku rose highest to head a brilliant knockdown into the winger’s path. Lennon controlled with his chest before sending a looping volley past Hugo Lloris and into the far corner.Ben Davies nearly drew Spurs level eight minutes later after Spurs took a well-worked corner. The set piece was pulled back to the Welsh left-back, who unleashed a powerful rising shot from 20 yards, which beat Everton’s Tim Howard and ricocheted off the upright.The north Londoners got their equaliser before the break as Alli scored his fifth goal since joining the club from MK Dons in the summer. Toby Alderweireld’s long ball into the box was controlled and volleyed home by the 19-year-old midfield prospect.The second half was a much tighter contest as both sides were cautious not to slip to defeat.Alli tried his luck from 25 yards but American shot-stopper Howard got behind the ball well.The best chance of the second period fell to the home side, as Spurs failed to clear and the ball fell to Muhamed Besic on the edge of the box.The Boznia and Herzegovina international controlled with his chest and his 20-yard volley beat Lloris before dipping and smashing against the crossbar.Ramiro Funes Mori headed wide for the Toffees, who will have settled for a draw at the start of the day.
1 Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce expects striker Dame N’Doye to complete his move to the Stadium of Light shortly and hopes the Senegal international can have an instant impact on the club’s Barclay’s Premier League survival bid.Striker N’Doye, 30, sold by Hull to Turkish club Trabzonspor for £2.2million in August, was at the Academy of Light on Monday afternoon to finalise the move.“Dame N’Doye is going through the process,” Allardyce said. “He’s in the building at the moment.“We hope to pull off a deal until the end of the season with a view to a more permanent move.“He’s experienced the Premier League before with Hull City last season and scored five goals in 12 matches.“I hope he can emulate that for us or maybe do even better.”N’Doye joined Hull from Lokomotiv Moscow in a £3million deal in early 2015 and Allardyce feels the forward’s previous spell in the English top flight will help him settle in quickly as Sunderland bid to beat the drop.“Having had that experience last year, when Hull were struggling, and scoring on a regular basis, it can be very important for him settling in straight away and scoring for us,” said Allardyce, who hopes to further strengthen his squad.“We’ve been linked with 39 players since December and probably 30 of them have been wrong,” he said.Allardyce, whose side were knocked out of the FA Cup following the 3-1 weekend defeat at Arsenal, has quickly turned his attentions to Wednesday’s crucial match at relegation rivals Swansea and next Saturday’s lunchtime kick-off at Tottenham.Victory for the Black Cats, second bottom, would see them close to within a point of the Welsh side, who are one place and two points above the bottom three.Sunderland completed their first transfer window signing last week when they paid a reported fee of around £750,000 for former Bayern Munich defender Jan Kirchhoff and he could be involved at Swansea.“We’ll train him for the next couple of days and I think we’ll probably take him in the squad,” Allardyce added.“We’ll probably make a decision (on Tuesday) whether we go with him as substitute or whether he starts.“He’ll certainly be involved against Tottenham. Hopefully he can hit the ground running. That’s the hard bit for a young man who enters the Premier League for the first time at this time of year.“Can they hit the ground running and can he produce what we know he can produce straight away? That’s the hard bit.“But it’s the risk we had to take at this moment in time – one, with the quality of the player and two, with the position we’re in – because for me we’ve got to do something more to become more resilient defensively.” Dame N’Doye
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 need for an agreement with the Marines “is very evident. When we have emergencies like this and you want to put those assets to work, you want to make sure they can easily blend into the operation,” Padilla said. Under current rules, he said, Marine helicopters are not available during the early stages of fires, when quick action can mean the difference between limited damage and potential tragedy. State firefighters want the Marines to strike a formal agreement to battle wildfires in California, after confusion over the availability of military aircraft and flight rules left some helicopters grounded in the early days of last week’s deadly blazes. The California National Guard and Navy train each year with state firefighters, and the drills pay off when aircraft are called in to fight fires, officials say. But the Marines have no comparable agreement, even though the state for years has recognized the need to make improvements in the way its military aircraft are deployed in wildfires. The Marines’ Camp Pendleton base was close to the worst of the recent fires. “It would take time and effort, but it’s a commitment the Marine Corps should make,” said Mike Padilla, aviation chief for the state Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.
And education observers said they believe that if Brewer’s plan does survive, it will likely be a diluted version of the original to get the UTLA’s approval. “Reform at LAUSD has been consistently negotiated away,” charter school pioneer Yvonne Chan said. “I’ve been around for 15 years, and if you say reform, are you willing to take on those major challenges – including the union contract and giving schools financial autonomy?” But Brewer on Wednesday defended his plan. He said it is not yet complete and will eventually reflect input from all stakeholders when it is presented to the school board later this month. “This plan is not baked yet. We’re still in the process of working our way through this plan,” Brewer said. “Everybody’s got to take a deep breath here.” And perhaps offering a glimpse of what he might use for leverage, Brewer said the district is required to develop a restructuring plan under federal No Child Left Behind regulations. “Nobody can get around the fact that we’re under corrective actions because of NCLB and the state,” Brewer said. “That is a fact.” But the teachers union is strongly opposed to elements of Brewer’s plan that include merit pay for teachers, incentive pay for principals and scripted teaching at middle and high schools. And in meetings on the plan, teachers have been urging Brewer to provide resources so they can carry out individualized reform efforts – rather than pulling them into a district of low-performing schools. Trustee Richard Vladovic, who represents the San Pedro-to-Watts area, is waiting for Brewer to unveil his plan – scheduled for the Nov. 15 Committee of the Whole meeting – before rendering judgment, said chief of staff David Kooper. But Kooper said Brewer hasn’t reached out to enough stakeholders for input. Failing to gain support from UTLA could cause the plan to crumble, he added. “The whole process should be absolutely transparent, including to the unions,” Kooper said. “Everybody should be on board.” The dispute puts Brewer in a politically sensitive position trying to show results in his first year as the district’s leader. Meanwhile, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is in his third year at the city’s helm and facing his own pressure to perform, union leaders are jockeying for a February election, and a new school board is trying to make its own mark. In such a politically charged environment – with each of the key players driven by personal gain – broad agreements on LAUSD reform are difficult to attain. “What you’re seeing is political safeguarding, quantifying results and players thinking about taking something with them for the next political office,” said Jaime Regalado, director of the Edmund G. “Pat” Brown Institute of Public Affairs at California State University, Los Angeles. “They’re going to fritter away money on the parts and not on the whole. You’re going to have piecemeal approaches that will be more expensive in the long run than a unified approach.” Although education leaders note that Brewer has charisma, they also say the former Navy admiral is politically inexperienced and lacks a solid senior staff. They note that he initially said he wanted to get rid of ineffective teachers, but a year later now says professional development is the answer. But Brewer vows that he is committed to moving forward in a district that has had its hopes raised often in the past, only to see them dashed. “There’s so much cynicism in L.A., and one of the challenges I have is to build confidence in our ability to change,” Brewer said. [email protected] 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.Brewer, who proposed creating a special district of 44 low-performing schools, has already had to eliminate 10 of the sites and still faces opposition from teachers over the remaining schools. And new rumblings have surfaced that union leaders and teachers in the proposed schools intend to kill the plan. “This plan of his – which was created in a vacuum by noneducators in a think-tank environment – is bad for students, it’s bad for education, and we are going to oppose this with all of our will,” said A.J. Duffy, president of United Teachers Los Angeles. “If he tries to bring this plan about, we will organize actively against it.” The discord between the union and new superintendent is raising questions about whether reforms that challenge long-held collective-bargaining agreements can be implemented at the beleaguered school district. REFORM: Union is reportedly planning to fight the proposal to group low-performing schools. By Naush Boghossian Staff Writer Just two weeks after announcing an ambitious effort to reform Los Angeles Unified middle schools, Superintendent David Brewer finds his plan already foundering amid fierce opposition from the politically powerful teachers union.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat Kings I do support Richardson’s making the hanging of nooses a crime because I think it’s an expression of hate. It should be a crime. – VIRGINIA CICORIA Rancho Palos Verdes When they used to hang nooses and (hang) horse thieves and other criminals in the country, they had a (lower) crime rate. More than likely, they’re just trying to bring this up because they can find race in anything. – DUANE CONELY Today we publish answers to our Question of the Week. We’ll ask another question Sunday. This week’s question: “South Bay Rep. Laura Richardson supports making the hanging of nooses a crime under certain conditions. Is this a good way of deterring expressions of hate, or an assault on protected freedoms?” I don’t see her saying anything about all the Mexican flags that are flying all over town. And what about the Halloween hate crime in Long Beach? Richardson, Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton and now Oprah are in fact creating white racists. How very sad. – TOM BALL Culver City El Segundo Our society has enough laws already. More laws will not improve anything. We need to define what we really stand for and then stand. – ANITA THOMAS Torrance It’s incredible that someone at this level of government would even place something like this on the docket. It will be interesting to meet her, and when I do, I’ll certainly let her know my feelings also. – GUY HOCKER Hawthorne 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
21. Angelo Ogbonna (centre-back) 8. Cheikhou Kouyate (midfield) 16. Mark Noble (midfield) 11 11 28. Manuel Lanzini (midfield) 30. Michail Antonio (right-back) 11 11 11 15. Diafra Sakho (forward) 29. Emmanuel Emenike (forward) 2. Winston Reid (centre-back) – Click the arrow right, to see the full predicted Manchester United XI in squad number order On Saturday, West Ham will be hoping to put an end to a ten-year winless run against Arsenal at Upton Park. A home win against the Gunners last came in November 2006, when Marlon Harewood scored the only goal of the game. But, with victory in the reverse fixture at the Emirates, Slaven Bilic’s men will be quietly confident.The Hammers were handed a mid-week boost when they successfully appealed Cheikhou Kouyate’s red card against Crystal Palace.A win is vital if West Ham want to keep their hopes of a top-four finish alive. And with Dimitri Payet in form, any thing is possible.The French midfielder capped off a fine week on international duty with France by netting an outrageous free-kick in the Eagles draw. In terms of team news, Bilic has the luxury of a fully-fit squad for the early kick-off.Defenders James Collins and Sam Byram were due to train on Friday following spells out injured, and although they are unlikely to be thrown straight back in their return means the east Londoners have an empty treatment room for a change.Who will start for the home side? Click the arrow, above right, to see our predicted XI in squad number order. 3. Aaron Cresswell (left-back) 11 13. Adrian (goalkeeper) 11 11 11 27. Dimitri Payet (midfield) 11 11
Arsenal intersted in Philipp Ochs but 19-year-old could cost a lot – Ochs has only played 13 Bundesliga games and is currently on international duty with Germanys U19 side. The 19-year-old is his nations top scorer with three goals, all of which came against Portugal. Hoffenheim, though, are not keen to sell a player who has a promising future ahead of him and are likely to demand a large fee. Milan waiting to see if Arsenal show real interest in Carlos Bacca – Bacca scored 18 Serie A goals last season, but is looking to leave in order to play European football. West Ham have been linked with him, but Italian news outlet Gazzetta dello Sport say Milan are waiting to see if Arsenal shore up their reported interest in the 29-year-old. 11 Joel Campbell wants to fight for Arsenal place – Campbell is still not a regular at Arsenal and has been consistently linked with a move away from the club. However, he told the official website he is looking forward to pre-season training after his holiday. I will fight with everything to have the opportunity to play and to show what I can give. Arda Turan priced at around £20m – Spanish news outlet Sport say Turans future is still up in the air and could sell the midfielder if a club offers Barcelona £20m. Arsenal have been linked, though Sport also say talks between player and club about his future have been planned. Leicester still waiting on Riyad Mahrez – As revealed by talkSPORT’s Transfer Insider, both Arsenal and Chelsea are monitoring Mahrezs situation at Leicester. The Premier League champions are fighting hard to keep him and have offered a massive contract to the Algerian, which has been there since there the end of last season no response yet, however 11 11 11 11 Zinedine Zidane doesn’t quite confirm Alvaro Morata’s future is with Real – Speaking about Moratas future, Real Madrid manager Zidane said: “He is an academy product, who knows what Real Madrid is and truthfully we are happy to have him with us. Later we’ll see. The 23-year-old recently returned to Spain after two years at Juventus and it is still uncertain where his future lies. Both Arsenal and Chelsea have been linked with the player. Man City eyeing Hector Bellerin – Spanish news outlet Mundo Deportivo say Man City are interested in Hector Bellerin, Arsenals 21-year-old right back. He is happy in London and wants to stay in the Premier League, but is said to be open to the idea of linking up with Pep Guardiola given their Barcelona connection. 11 11 11 Rob Holding: Bolton defender heading to London for medical – The 20-year-old Bolton defender (above, left) is on his way to Arsenal in a reported £2m deal. Holding is a centre-back who can also play as a full-back and played 30 times last season and won the club’s Player of the Year prize. 11 Jason Denayer to leave Man City for Arsenal? – Denayer, one of the Belgium players who was sold a dummy by Wales Hal Robson-Kanu during the Euro 2016 quarter-final clash, is said to be on Wengers shortlist, say the Sun. The 21-year-old may leave if theres a chance to play first team football regularly, which is looking unlikely at Man City given the link to Leonardo Bonucci. Denayer is worth about £15m and Arsenal have also been linked to Dortmunds Matthias Ginter. 11 Gonzalo Higuain is too expensive for Juve – click the arrow above, right, to see more Arsenal transfer rumours – Juventus will NOT pay the reported £78.5m release clause for Napolis top scoring striker Higuain, says Juve chief exec Giuseppe Marotta. This is good news for Arsenal who have maintained an interest in the 36-goal striker. However, he has also proved too expensive for the Gunners and now it is said Napoli are preparing a bumper new contract for Higuain. Wellington Silva is off (yes, he was still there) – He didnt appear once for Arsenal and has re-joined Brazilian side Fluminense on a four-year deal. Silva, 23, arrived in 2010 and appeared to be one for the future but spent time on loan in Spain and also at Bolton. Who else will Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger bring in during the summer transfer window?Gooners will tell you a new striker is a must, so here, talkSPORT has rounded up the latest rumours involving the club.REASONS FOR ARSENAL FANS TO BE HAPPYClick the arrow above, right, to see more Arsenal transfer rumours.To remain up to date with all the latest transfer news, click here. 11
Didier Drogba: The Ivorian wrote himself into the history books with some important strikes Drogba v Manchester United, FA Cup, 2007 Drogba v Barcelona in the Champions League, 2012 On July 19 in 2004, Ivory Coast and Marseille striker Didier Drogba agreed a move to Chelsea. The following day, he completed his £24million transfer to Stamford Bridge and the rest is history. Now 38 and playing for Montreal in the MLS, the forward enjoyed the best days of his career in west London, playing nine seasons across two different spells.He won four Premier League titles, three League Cups and four FA Cups with the club, but perhaps his best moment in a Blues shirt was his dramatic late equaliser in the 2012 Champions League final.It was a goal which eventually saw Chelsea finally crowned European champions and cemented his place in the club’s history books. Take a look back at four key moments of Drogba’s Chelsea career below!Drogba v Bayern Munich in the Champions League final, 2012 1 Drogba fires v Tottenham in the FA Cup