Former manager George Graham claims Arsenal MUST sign a world class striker if they want to challenge for the Premier League title this seaon, but has warned boss Arsene Wenger he will have to spend big to land his targets before the window shuts.The north London side’s need for more firepower has been abundantly clear already this season, having scored just two goals in their opening three games, while they spurned a number of good chances in Monday night’s goalless draw with rivals Liverpool.Arsenal have been linked with a move for Real Madrid frontman Karim Benzema all summer, but they were dealt a blow in their long-term pursuit with the Frenchman insisting he will not be leaving his Madrid ‘home’.talkSPORT brought you news last week back in August that a move for Benzema was off the table with Real unwilling to sell, leading to the Gunners instead turning their attention to Paris Saint-Germain forward Edinson Cavani.Latest reports on Tuesday suggested Arsenal are now fully committed to their pursuit and are plotting a late swoop for the UruguayanAnd Graham, who won two First Division titles during his time in charge of the side, claims Wenger needs a 25 goal-a-season frontman to lead the Gunners’ title charge.Speaking on the Alan Brazi Sports Breakfast: “Arsenal need an out and out goalscorer.“They’re not making enough chances up front and they’re not taking their chances either“They need a striker who can get 25 league goals a season if they want to win the Premier League – but where are they?“We’re all looking around the country looking for the great strikers and great centre halves – they’re already with top clubs and they’re not available.”The ex-Gunners boss believes Wenger needs more than just a striker, however, adding that there are no Patrick Vieira-esqe personalities in the side to help with the ‘nitty gritty’ side of the game.“I don’t know whether there’s a lack of mentally strong players missing in teams nowadays,” he added.“It’s all lovely beautiful football, but sometimes you’ve got to dig deep and I just think Arsenal need a couple of payers in their side that need that mentality.”
AC Milan are ready to offer goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma a new contract to ward off interest from Manchester United, according to reports in Italy.The 16-year-old made his debut last month, becoming the youngest ever goalkeeper to start a Serie A match.Donnarumma is expected to have a big future and has already been compared to Italy legend Gianluigi Buffon.Manchester United have tracked the youngster for several years and they had been linked with a January move.But now, according to reports in Italy, Milan are ready to offer Donnarumma a new contract to ward off any interested clubs.The Italian’s current deal ends in 2018 and any new one is expected to contain a pay rise and an extension of a few years. Gianluigi Donnarumma has impressed AC Milan officials 1
Andy Goldstein and Jason Cundy round up the highlights from the last week of Sports Bar shows.This week’s podcast including the hilarious call from confused Chelsea fan Adam, one of Andy’s favourite Sports Bar moments EVER! What are you saying Ad?!
Liverpool have announced the loan signing of QPR centre-back Steven Caulker.Manager Jurgen Klopp was keen to bring in defensive reinforcements this month after hamstring injuries to Martin Skrtel and Dejan Lovren left him short of options.A deal for the 24-year-old, who had been on loan at Southampton, was finalised swiftly and the paperwork submitted ahead of the noon deadline, meaning he is eligible for selection to face Arsenal on Wednesday.Caulker is expected to train with his new team-mates on Tuesday afternoon after travelling from London.He has made just eight appearances for Southampton this season – the last of which came against Liverpool in last month’s 6-1 Capital One Cup quarter-final defeat – but only one of those was a Premier League start, back in August.On that basis his loan deal was cancelled, allowing him to make the move to Merseyside.Liverpool’s scouting department are more than familiar with the former Tottenham defender as he was a target for previous manager Brendan Rodgers.Kolo Toure (cramp) and Mamadou Sakho (knee) both look likely to be fit to face the Gunners, so the best Caulker can hope for is a place on the bench. Steven Caulker 1
Gary Neville insisted he would not resign as Valencia coach despite admitting he felt “helpless” during a humiliating 7-0 defeat to Barcelona on Wednesday night.Neville’s team were destroyed in their Copa del Rey semi-final first leg at the Nou Camp, as four goals from Luis Suarez and a hat-trick from Lionel Messi made the return match at the Mestalla next week an irrelevance.‘Gary Neville can’t ever tell Arsenal how to set up at Barcelona!’ Reaction as Valencia lose 7-0 at the Nou CampThe pressure on the England coach, who has failed to win any of his eight La Liga matches since taking charge of the club, is mounting.Asked outright at his post-match press conference if he would resign, Neville replied: “No.”Another reporter asked whether Neville thought it was “logical” that he could now be dismissed, and the Englishman’s blunt response was: “Next question.”Neville’s greatest concern was for the Valencia fans, who have jeered the team in recent games at the Mestalla.“Tonight for some reason we went back a big step,” he said.“The Valencia fans did not deserve that and I feel most for them. It’s their club and they are the ones that have been with this club all their lives and they’re suffering very badly.“My positivity is immovable in life but when you have moments like this you don’t enjoy them at all,” he added.“I felt helpless, trying to change things in some way but knowing the tide of the game was against us.“That scoreline is unacceptable. The reality of me is that I last had doubts as a player 18 years ago and from that moment onwards I developed a mechanism to deal with moments like this.“I’ve just said to the players in the changing room now – ‘forget the defeat, everything in your mind now shifts to Real Betis.’ Be absolutely clear, we have to deliver on Sunday.”Neville was asked what he would have made of that performance in his former role as a television pundit.“I would have been critical of the performance,” he said.“That is a really poor performance from us. Forget the scoreline, when you give the ball away in areas like we did against a team like that you leave yourself open to be counter-attacked.” Valencia boss Gary Neville 1
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“It showed that neighborhood councils can come together to act in a political way, to act like it’s a campaign,” he said. “That doesn’t come from passing resolutions. It’s about joining coalitions and showing it’s not business as usual.” Others said they have been able to get long-sought community improvements. Joe Banuelos with the Watts Neighborhood Council recently persuaded the city to pave the dirt alleys in his neighborhood. “It helped being on the council because I know which people in the city to call,” said Banuelos. Down the hall at the convention center, neighborhood council members debated the proposed Department of Water and Power rate increases, which will be considered by the City Council this week. Neighborhood councils are leading the opposition to the rate hikes – although two councils have supported the plan to raise electrical rates by 9percent over three years and water rates 6percent over two years. During the ninth Congress of Neighborhoods on Saturday, the question was not how the city’s 89 neighborhood councils can get power, but how to wield their increasing influence. Some 350 people attended workshops at the four-hour convention on themes ranging from how to get what you want from city departments to how to craft a media message – signs that neighborhood councils are getting more sophisticated and flexing their political muscles. Coastal San Pedro Neighborhood Council President Doug Epperhart said some neighborhood councils are ready for graduate-level workshops on empowerment. This year, his group rallied to support the Sunland-Tujunga Neighborhood Council to oppose a Home Depot in that community. Now three neighborhood councils in his area have banded together to fight a major development. Still, Woodland Hills Neighborhood Council members said activists can take credit for persuading the DWP to change the rate structure so residents in the hot, dry Valley aren’t penalized for using their air conditioning. “We did a real-world evaluation of the rate increases,” said Stephen Naczinski. “And this big behemoth did listen. They listened and they changed (the rate structure) without us being threatening or being adversaries.” [email protected] (213) 978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Today we publish answers to our Question of the Week. We’ll ask another question Sunday. This week’s question: “Will the Dodgers regain a commitment to winning next year now that the franchise has hired former Yankees manager Joe Torre?” As far as the Dodgers go, I couldn’t possibly care less about them. I was born and raised a Dodger fan. I was about 9 years old when they moved out here and followed them faithfully for years. When they dumped Mike Scioscia and treated him like dirt (one of the classiest guys ever to be on that team, by the way), I gave up the Dodgers. I gave them up for Lent, I gave them up for good. I love Mike Scioscia. I’m so happy to see what he’s done with the Angels, but as for the Dodgers, I don’t think anything can save them. The team is disjointed. I think their heyday is gone and that’s fine with me. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre – MARY BURR Torrance I am just so glad they finally got rid of (former manager Grady) Little. I’ve been saying for two years they should get rid of him. I am a season ticket holder, and I am just delighted that Joe Torre is coming in. I just hope that he gets those players in top form. He just needs to get them in shape. – TERRI PESNER Rancho Dominguez The Dodgers’ hiring of Joe Torre as manager is a start to the commitment of winning next year. Now all the team needs is reliable starting pitching and a middle-of-the-lineup hitter and not put all the payroll in the A-Rod (Alex Rodriguez) basket. – MIKE REYNOLDS Redondo Beach In my opinion, the hiring of Joe Torre alone will not necessarily mean a winning season or championship. It is, however, a good start. Now the Dodgers will have to get some needed RBI men and much better starting pitching. In other words, (Dodgers owner Frank) McCourt, get out your checkbook! – ROCKY ROCHESTER Rancho Palos Verdes 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Patrick GildeaAfter a very successful year of awards Patrick from Patrick Gildea Hairdressing Team has been nominated for the “Best Hair Stylist In Ireland” award by RSVP Magazine.Representing Donegal Patrick has been listed as one of the Top Ten Hair Stylists in Ireland which is an absolutely amazing achievement.We do of course want to see him to reach the top spot but we can’t do it without your help! Let’s help Patrick bring this award to Donegal!Patrick said “I am so honoured to be nominated for this award and from looking at the other nominations there are some amazing people on this list.“I am so proud to represent Donegal in this prestigious award and would be so grateful if the people got behind me and voted. On behalf of our team I would like to thank you for all your support this year so far.”The good news is that you can vote by clicking herehttp://rsvpmagazine.ie/poll-who-is-the-best-hair-stylist-and-beauty-therapist-in-ireland-2015/ He added “The award would be a great reflection on our team and the small business community in the North West. Thank you for your support!”If you would like to see this Donegal team win “ Best Hair Stylist In Ireland” simply vote here: http://rsvpmagazine.ie/poll-top-ten-best-in-hair-2015-as-voted-by-you/.Don’t forget to share it with your friends!PATRICK OUT TO PROVE HE IS A CUT ABOVE AT TOP AWARDS was last modified: October 29th, 2015 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) Tags:donegalPatrick GildeaRSVP
Robbie Brady celebrates scoring the Republic of Ireland’s winner against Italy 1 Robbie Brady says scoring Republic of Ireland’s winner against Italy at Euro 2016 felt like an ‘out of body experience’.The midfielder’s 85th-minute header earned his side a dramatic 1-0 victory in Wednesday night’s final Group E clash and booked the Irish a last-16 showdown with hosts France.The Norwich ace said: “I can’t really explain the feeling. People who have scored these type of goals, they speak about it and say it’s like an out-of-body experience and I was lucky enough to experience that tonight.“I’m stuck for words really, I don’t know what to say. My head’s still a bit all over the place, but I’m absolutely delighted with it.“I sort of lost myself a little bit in the celebrations, but I couldn’t help it. It’s what dreams are made of. It was a proud night for myself and fantastic for the team.”Brady’s big chance came just seconds after substitute Wes Hoolahan had passed up a glorious opportunity to win the game, but it was he who provided his team-mate with the perfect cross from which to write himself into Irish football’s folklore.The match-winner said: “I think the chance Wes had before, it all came so quickly. It was a massive moment and it just got caught under his feet a little bit.“But it just shows the character and the playmaker he is to go and pick the ball up two minutes later and put it exactly where I ran, so all the plaudits to Wes Hoolahan as well.“It was a fantastic ball. He put it right on my head and I would have done well to miss, I think.”Manager Martin O’Neill, who became the first man to guide the nation to the knockout stages of the European Championship, joked that Hoolahan might have had questions to answer after the game had he not made amends.O’Neill said: “You make a very good point, to keep his head, because he may well have lost it in the dressing room had he not have done.“It was a great cross. I am delighted for him because he might have rued that miss. It was a great chance for us and I must admit while I am incredibly positive, I was concerned that we might not create as good a chance again.“I know I don’t look it, but I’m absolutely thrilled. I haven’t got an ounce of energy left.”
WASHINGTON – Broadcasters along the U.S.-Mexico border fear they will be at a competitive disadvantage when the U.S. switches to digital television in 2009 because residents can still pick up Mexican stations on old TV sets. On Feb. 18, 2009, tens of millions of televisions that are not equipped to receive digital signals will no longer be able to receive programming. People in the U.S. with old televisions will have to buy converter boxes or subscribe to cable or a satellite service to get programming. But along the U.S.-Mexico border, Americans with old sets still can get free Mexican stations, and U.S. broadcasters fear they will choose not to convert to digital sets, costing them viewers. “The U.S. is cutting off all analog broadcasting. Mexico is not,” said Barry Friedman, a lobbyist who represents the Spanish-language broadcasters in south and west Texas. “Mexico will continue to transmit an analog signal receivable by everyone who hasn’t got rid of their old analog set. That will provide a competitive advantage to the Mexican stations.” 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 MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonLike their Mexican counterparts, U.S. Spanish-language stations offer news in Spanish that usually includes more coverage of Spanish-speaking countries than regular stations. They also offer Spanish-language soap operas known as telenovelas, soccer games and comedies. Nielsen said Hispanic viewers in the U.S. have risen from 22.2 million in 1992-1993 to 38.9million in 2005-2006.