Theo Walcott Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will definitely be out of action for Arsenal until after the forthcoming international break, Arsene Wenger has confirmedThe Gunners’ attacking duo both limped out of Tuesday’s Capital One Cup fourth-round loss at Sheffield Wednesday.Oxlade-Chamberlain was replaced after five minutes due to a hamstring problem and, Walcott, who came on in his place, went off after 19 minutes with a calf problem.Wenger is still waiting for scans to determine the full extent of the injuries, but neither will return to action until after November’s international break.That means they will miss Saturday’s Premier League clash at Swansea, next Wednesday’s Champions League trip to Bayern Munich and the subsequent north London derby with Tottenham.The Frenchman said on Thursday: “Nothing has changed since after the game. They are out but the scans are today – it’s 48 hours afterwards.“We hope they are light injuries, but they are out until after the international break.”Arsenal, who are second in the Premier League, play at Swansea on Saturday before 1
Month: December 2019
A return to Real Madrid is a very real possibility for Jose Mourinho if he is sacked by Chelsea, former club president Ramon Calderon has told talkSPORT.The Portuguese coach is feeling the heat in the Stamford Bridge hotseat, with the defending Premier League champions currently 16th in the table after suffering seven defeats in their opening 12 games.It has been reported that Blues owner Roman Abramovich is prepared to be patient with Mourinho and will give him time to turn their season around, but that hasn’t stopped suggestions that he could be axed if results don’t improve soon.And, if he is given the boot by Chelsea, Calderon insists “you can’t rule out” seeing ‘the Special One’ in the Bernabeu home dug out again.Mourinho left Real in 2013 following a tumultuous three-season spell which saw the world’s most expensive side claim just one La Liga title and one Copa del Rey triumph, while his exit was marred by reports he had fallen out with a number of the club’s key stars.Yet, according to Calderon, current president Florentino Perez remains a big fan of the coach and would not hesitate to bring Mourinho back to the club in place of current manager Rafa Benitez.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, the ex-Los Blancos chief said: “It’s not a secret that the current Real Madrid president has backed Mourinho many times.“He likes him a lot and you can’t rule out seeing him again on the bench at the Bernabeu.“I know it seems strange, but if Benitez doesn’t have a good season and Mourinho gets sacked by Chelsea, I insist you can’t rule out seeing him here again.“I know that the president tried to have him here instead of Benitez, but Mourinho said he didn’t want it and that it wasn’t the right time to come back.“But after two or three years I can see him here again. It happened the same with Chelsea, they sacked him but then he came back. In football that is normal.“The current president has a lot of interest in Mourinho, he backed him a lot during his time at Madrid and Mourinho is his favourite coach.”
Alvaro Morata Arsenal and Tottenham have expressed an interest in snapping up Juventus star Alvaro Morata before the transfer window closes this month.The striker has struggled to hit the heights of last season after finding his spot in the team under threat by summer signing Paulo Dybala.The Spaniard found the net 15 times last term but he has struck just three times during the current campaign.And now, according to reports in Italy, both Arsenal and Tottenham have made enquiries about Morata’s availability.The Premier League duo believe the striker could be lured away from Turin this month as he looks to find his form ahead of Euro 2016 this summer.Interest in Morata is incredibly high and both Leicester and Sunderland also hold a feint interest in striking a deal. 1
Chelsea caretaker boss Guus Hiddink says the Premier League should help clubs playing in the Champions League and Europa League by planning fixtures accordingly.The European competitions return next week, with the Blues travelling to PSG on Tuesday night in the last 16 first leg before the home FA Cup fifth-round tie with Manchester City on the Sunday.The game will be televised live on Sunday, February 21, despite City expressing a preference for the Saturday.Quadruple-chasing City feel they are being penalised for their success with unnecessary fixture congestion during a critical 11-day spell in their campaign.The tie will take place the day before Pellegrini’s squad travel to Ukraine ahead of their Champions League game against Dynamo Kiev on February 24.That in turn comes just four days before the League Cup final against Liverpool at Wembley, and City then face the Reds again at Anfield in the Barclays Premier League three days after that.The club was said to be furious and boss Manuel Pellegrini has threatened to field a weakened team, with Hiddink admitting his sympathy for Pellegrini.“The Premier League must give the teams who are representing England in Europe a good schedule,” the Chelsea boss said.“The commercial broadcaster must also think about giving the teams involved the chance to play, for instance, when they have to play on Tuesday, play games if possible on Friday.“One day’s rest in this tough league is vital for the teams playing in Europe.” 1 Guus Hiddink
1 Has Riyad Mahrez got the Player of the Season sewn up already?The Leicester attacker was on hand again to help his team out at Watford and scored to send them five points clear at the top of the Premier League.It was goal no.15 in the league and he has also created 11 for his team-mates. However, he has not been the only consistent performer this season.Tell us who you think should get the nod by voting below.VIDEO: 15 FOOTBALLERS TOO GOOD FOR THEIR CURRENT CLUB – AGREE? Has there been a better player than Riyad Mahrez? Vote below
HORSE RACING: Beloved gelding is put down at 32 after fighting illness. He raced until age 9, winning 39 times. By Kevin Modesti STAFF WRITER John Henry died at age 32 on Monday, but not before the legendary gelding put up a fight against illness that recalled his tenacity on the racetrack. “He stayed around longer than most (great thoroughbreds),” McAnally said. “What he did for racing at the age of 9 was incredible.” McAnally said he saw John Henry for the last time in September, when the trainer was in Kentucky for a horse auction. “He wasn’t doing well,” McAnally said. “I knew it was just a matter of time.” Reports made it sound as if John Henry could go at any time as he fought dehydration in the heat of mid-September. Horse Park staffers were said to have drawn an outline of his would-be grave on a patch of grass near his barn. When John Henry rallied, it surprised nobody who’d seen him race. Caretakers joked that their ornery patient wanted to defy predictions one last time. Horse Park spokeswoman Lisa Jackson said Monday that keeping John Henry alive any longer “wouldn’t have been fair to the horse.” “The next step would have been so hard on him,” Jackson told the Associated Press. “It wouldn’t have been comfortable.” John Henry’s career is barely summed up in his huge career numbers: 83 starts from 1977-84; 39 victories, including 16 in Grade 1 stakes on both dirt and turf; and $6,591,860 in earnings, a record that since has been eclipsed but remains the all-time best if adjusted for inflation. His local wins included the 1981 and 1982 Santa Anita Handicaps, the latter after Perrault was disqualified for interference. Perhaps his most famous win came in the 1981 Arlington Million, where he caught The Bart in a finish so close that the network televising the race ended its broadcast having said The Bart held on. It’s the way John Henry went from the scrap heap to the top that made him an icon of the last decade before various forms of off-track betting loosened the emotional tie between horses and their fans. A 1975 offspring of Old Bob Bowers and Once Double, John Henry wasn’t well-bred and lacked a champion’s physique and personality. His name, evoking the fabled “steel-drivin’ man,” came from an early talent for stomping feed buckets flat. He was gelded in an attempt to soften his disposition. John Henry had lost 10 races in a row when Sam and Dorothy Rubin bought him for $25,000 in 1978. Asked why he spent so much on a sub-stakes-level horse who had no breeding value because he was a gelding, Sam Rubin, a bicycle importer with little racing knowledge, famously replied: “Why? What color is a gelding?” Under the Rubins’ ownership, John Henry often switched circuits and trainers before having his best success in Southern California with McAnally. Among the jockeys he carried to stakes victories were Hall of Famers Bill Shoemaker, Laffit Pincay, Chris McCarron and Angel Cordero. John Henry’s last race – and last victory – came with McCarron in the October 1984 Ballantine Handicap on the Meadowlands turf course in New Jersey. An ankle condition kept him out of the inaugural Breeders’ Cup at Hollywood Park that fall and forced his retirement. In a statement released through the Horse Park on Monday, McCarron said: “John meant the world to my family and me. Everywhere he raced, his presence doubled the size of a normal racetrack crowd. He did so much for racing, even after he retired, that he will be impossible to replace.” firstname.lastname@example.orgWant 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 MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityJohn Henry was euthanized in Lexington, Ky., at the Kentucky Horse Park, where his stall in the Hall of Champions had been a tourist destination for racing fans throughout a 22-year retirement. A park spokeswoman said the two-time Horse of the Year declined over the weekend, and his kidneys failed. Park officials said they were planning a public memorial service. News of John Henry’s death hit hardest in California, where the refugee from the New York claiming ranks made the rags-to-riches climb of a modern Seabiscuit, winning the national Horse of the Year title in 1981 and again in 1984 at age 9 to become the sport’s oldest-ever champion. “It was a great run,” said Ron McAnally, John Henry’s trainer during the years of dominance that propelled both the horse and the horseman to the racing Hall of Fame. “He was a great part of our lives, both when he was racing and in retirement. “He meant a lot to racing people across the country.” McAnally, who heard of John Henry’s death in a phone call from the Horse Park to his Pasadena home on Monday, linked the horse’s popularity to the length of his career.
He said it has nothing to do with the resignation last week of David Miranda from the Civil Service Commission, which handles personnel matters with city employees. Miranda, 43, a nephew of Councilwoman Rosie Vasquez, was sentenced last month to four years’ probation for his fourth drunken- driving conviction. Miranda, who could not be reached for comment, was appointed in March 2005. He also resigned last week from his job at the Montebello Unified School District. The terms of his probation include having his driver license suspended for two years, serving 15 days in county jail, and serving 18 months in an alcohol rehabilitation program. “It is purely a political agenda and witch hunt,” said Chavarria Halpern, spokesperson for Montebello Citizens for Honest Government and Miranda’s mother. She said he has been targeted for his involvement with her group’s recall effort of three council members for their part in exploring the county taking over the city’s fire services. Only Councilman Jeff Siccama will face recall Dec. 18. Councilman Bill Molinari said he was unaware of Miranda’s criminal cases. He was disturbed, however, why the resolution did not pertain to city employees and elected officials. “I have several concerns,” he said. “It should include everyone.” Narramore said the resolution was only the first step in reviewing and updating the city’s policy on background checks. Vasquez, who declined to comment about her nephew, said elected officials should be subject to the background checks. “We set the examples,” she said. Resident Catherine Torres questioned why this type of policy was not already on the books. Molinari concurred and said he was embarrassed that it wasn’t already in place. Vasquez said the protocol must be established, especially for employees in the Parks and Recreation Department since they come in contact with children. The resolution states that a commissioner cannot serve if he or she has been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor, unless it is not related to the position and poses no threat or risk to the city or to the public. The list of offenses includes, but is not limited to robbery, embezzlement, kidnapping, homicide, receiving stolen property, drugs or narcotics, intoxication, fraud, manslaughter, theft, forgery, assault, bribery and domestic violence. Narramore said he expects a policy concerning elected officials to come before the council at its next meeting. email@example.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MONTEBELLO – The City Council recently approved the first step in its evaluation of the city’s background-check policy for employees, commissioners and elected officials. The resolution, which passed unanimously, authorizes the city administrator and/or personnel director access to the criminal history for candidates for the city’s commissions. They are the arts and culture, civil service, golf course, parks and recreation, planning, traffic and safety, and youth commissions. “The city’s policies are not up to date,” said interim City Administrator Randy Narramore.
Donegal Labour Senator Jimmy Harte called for a 32-county solution to diesel laundering. “There is fuel laundering along the Border, from Derry to Dundalk and now as far south as Dublin,’’ he said.He added that there was a massive opportunity for people to make huge profits on a single tanker of diesel. Mr Harte told the Irish Times he knew of a case in Donegal where the garage owner was convicted but the garage continued to operate and everyone knew where the diesel was being laundered.“Some garages reopen the day after being raided,’’ he added. “These people are willing to lose the cost of one day’s trading for the massive profits.’’Mr Harte said smuggling had been going on since the Border was established.“Some people have made a lot of money out of it and criminals have used it to enrich themselves,’’ he added. “It will continue until we devise a solution.’’ Fellow Donegal Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill (FF) estimated that the annual cost of diesel laundering to the taxpayer was between €120 million to €150 million, although the figure could be much higher.He added it also had consequences for consumers who purchased laundered fuel in the belief they were getting value for money.“While they may be able to buy fuel at a lower price than that available at legitimate fuel suppliers, I know an individual in Donegal who had the engine of his car wrecked as a result of buying laundered diesel,’’ Mr Ó Domhnaill added.Minister of State for Finance Brian Hayes said Revenue had made action against illegal fuel-related activities one of its top priorities and had adopted a comprehensive strategy.“There is an intensified targeting, in co-operation with other law enforcement agencies on both sides of the Border, of fuel laundering,’’ he added. “That has been ongoing.’’ Mr Hayes said one of the objectives was to cause maximum disruption to laundering plants and networks and to prevent trading by stations operating outside the law.HARTE DEMANDS 32 COUNTY SOLUTION TO DIESEL LAUNDERING was last modified: May 24th, 2013 by StephenShare 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)