By Tim CoolingsSeveral of Manchester United’s major transfer window signings are set to make their debuts as the team seek a first competitive win under Louis van Gaal in Sunday’s Premier League visit of Queens Park Rangers.Colombia striker Radamel Falcao, a deadline day loan recruit from Monaco, Netherlands defender Daley Blind, signed from Ajax, and Argentina defender Marcos Rojo, brought in from Sporting Lisbon, are all expected to play against the promoted London club.With Spanish defensive midfielder Ander Herrera, signed from Athletic Bilbao, also returning after three weeks out with an ankle injury, United are hoping to kick-start their season after picking up two points from three league games and suffering a humiliating 4-0 League Cup exit at third-tier MK Dons.Club director Sir Bobby Charlton summed up the sense of anticipation at Old Trafford on Tuesday. “It’s going to be a great adventure of how we pull ourselves back around,” he told the club website (www.manutd.com).Dutch international striker Robin van Persie added: “I can’t wait to train and play with the world-class players we signed…“That feeling, that we are going to perform well, has only got stronger after the buying of players over the last weeks – I find it very exciting.”The United side is expected also to include Argentina winger Angel Di Maria, a 59.7 million pound British transfer record signing from Real Madrid and England left back Luke Shaw, signed from Southampton.The impending unveiling of United’s reshaped team for QPR’s visit eased fears on Tuesday about the fitness of defender Phil Jones, who limped out of England’s 2-0 Euro 2016 qualifying victory in Switzerland after 77 minutes on Monday evening.Jones was due to be examined by the medical staff in Manchester on Tuesday. If ruled out, he is likely to be replaced by Rojo, in the three-man defence used in manager Van Gaal’s 3-5-2 system.The arrival of Falcao roused most excitement. Spanish midfielder Juan Mata said the goal-scoring South American is “not just a player, but a fantastic striker whose ability to score is extraordinary.“I am sure he will give a lot to our group, as a person and with his goals.”United are 14th in the Premier League with two points and without a win while QPR are 12th with one win and three points.
Arsenal beat BATE Borisov 3-0 to reach the Europa League last 16 after a 1-0 first-leg defeat by the Belarus champions and were joined by Eintracht Frankfurt who earned a 6-3 aggregate victory over Shakhtar Donetsk on Thursday.Salzburg were also big winners as their 4-0 home rout of Club Bruges gave the Austrian side a 5-2 overall win while two goals from Iran forward Sardar Azmoun handed Zenit St Petersburg a thrilling 3-2 aggregate success against Fenerbahce.Napoli, winners of the UEFA Cup in 1989, had no problems beating FC Zurich 2-0 at home to advance 5-1 on aggregate.An early Zakhar Volkov own goal settled Arsenal’s nerves at the Emirates stadium as the defender turned a sharp low cross by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang into his own net in a frantic opening.The Gunners enjoyed a huge let-off several minutes later when Stephan Lichsteiner cleared a Stanislav Dragun shot off the line before Shkodran Mustafi made it 2-0 with a thumping header from a Granit Xhaka corner.Switzerland midfielder Xhaka delivered another impressive corner on the hour for substitute Sokratis Papastathopoulos to head home from six metres with his first touch of the ball.Following a 2-2 draw in Ukraine, Eintracht thumped Shakhtar 4-1 in an action-packed encounter with Sebastian Haller and Luka Jovic putting the German side in the driving seat before Junior Moraes pulled one back for the visitors.Marlos came within a whisker of an equaliser when he hit the woodwork before Haller netted his second and substitute Ante Rebic sealed the tie with a crisp low shot from 20 metres.Unfazed by Munas Dabbur’s early penalty miss, Salzburg wiped out a 2-1 first-leg deficit thanks to a clinical first-half brace by Zambian forward Patson Daka after Xaver Schlager opened the scoring in the 11th minute.Dabbur made amends for his blunder to make it 4-0 on the night in the 90th minute.Goals from Magomed Odzoev and Azmoun gave Zenit a 2-0 lead against Fenerbahce to put them on course for a last-16 berth after a 1-0 first-leg defeat in Istanbul.Their progress looked in peril after Mehmet Topal hauled the Turkish side back into the tie shortly before halftime but livewire Azmoun sealed the win in the 76th minute.Croatian champions Dinamo Zagreb thrashed Viktora Plzen 3-0 for a 4-2 aggregate win over the Czechs while a Kevin Gameiro goal gave Valencia a 1-0 win over 10-man Celtic who had Jeremy Toljan sent off in the first half.The result completed Valencia’s 3-0 overall defeat of the 1967 European Cup winners.
The club’s German playmaker Mesut Ozil tweeted: “Once you enchanted all of us — now I can only say: Thanks for everything! @ThierryHenry #ArsenalLegend.”English winger Theo Walcott, who inherited Henry’s number 14 jersey after the Frenchman left the club in 2007, said: “A true inspiration to me in my career. Thank you @ThierryHenry & good luck in your new path.”Henry, 37, became a world and European champion with France and won the Champions League at Barcelona, but it is for his record-breaking exploits with Arsenal that he will be best remembered.He won two Premier League titles and three FA Cups with the club, set a new club scoring record of 228 goals, and was honoured with a statue outside the Emirates Stadium in 2011.Having finished his career with the New York Red Bulls, Henry is due to return to London next month to work as an analyst and ambassador for Sky Sports.Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville, who will work alongside Henry at Sky, said: “We were blessed in this country to see Thierry playing at his peak.“He’s potentially one of the greatest players in the world and even if you supported another team, you couldn’t help but enjoy watching him play.”– ‘Joy and adventure’ –Former England striker Gary Lineker, now a BBC television presenter, wrote on Twitter: “Congratulations to @ThierryHenry on a truly wonderful career. One of the great footballers of our time and a top bloke. Bonne chance.”Meanwhile, Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge described Henry as “my hero and idol” and wished him a “happy retirement”.British television personality Piers Morgan, one of Arsenal’s most high-profile fans, tweeted: “Thank you @ThierryHenry for all the goals & trophies — and the sheer, majestic glory of the way you played football. What a career.”Writing in the Daily Telegraph, British football writer Henry Winter said: “He loved playing, dribbling, running, scoring, and his example suffused countless impressionable young fans with an awareness that the game should be about joy and adventure.”Henry’s time at Barcelona brought him the Champions League trophy that had eluded him at Arsenal, as well as two league titles, the Copa del Rey, the UEFA Super Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup.A message on the club’s website concluded: “Merci, Henry!”Not all of the reaction to Henry’s retirement was positive, however, owing to his handball in a World Cup qualifying play-off against the Republic of Ireland in 2009 that helped France qualify at Ireland’s expense.“There are a few greats who spoil that with what they do,” former Ireland midfielder Rory Delap told BBC Radio 5 Live. “I’m sure he regrets that. There is still a lot of feeling back home.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000LONDON, December 16- Present-day Arsenal stars led the tributes to club great Thierry Henry on Tuesday after the former France striker announced his retirement from professional football.Welsh midfielder Aaron Ramsey wrote on Twitter: “Congratulations on an outstanding career @ThierryHenry. Top player. Top guy. #Legend.”
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre “It was totally an intentional act to kill the woman. It was the driver’s way of settling the dispute. It was a horrific act,” said Deputy Police Chief Charlie Beck. Blanche, 22, was four to five months pregnant and had learned only last week that she was expecting a girl, said her stepmother, Diane Williams. “They called me and told me my baby was laying in the streets,” said Williams, who rushed from her home in Las Vegas to Los Angeles after authorities told her of her stepdaughter’s death. She said Blanche had returned from New Orleans about three hours before she was killed. She had gone there to attend her grandfather’s funeral, Williams said. “She was a wonderful, wonderful person, a wonderful child,” Williams said. A pregnant woman who had just returned from her grandfather’s funeral was killed when another woman deliberately rammed her car into a crowd during a street brawl involving about three dozen young women, police said Tuesday. Shontae Treniece Blanche of Los Angeles, was killed and two other women were injured in a confrontation stemming from a love triangle between the car driver and another woman, said Officer Matthew Gares. One of the injured, whose names were not released, was in critical condition but it appears doctors were able to save her badly injured leg, he said. The driver of the car, Unique Bishop, 21, fled after Monday afternoon’s fight but later turned herself in to authorities and was booked for investigation of murder, police said. She was being held in lieu of $1 million bail. Police planned to forward the case to prosecutors Wednesday and recommend that Bishop be charged with murder and attempted murder. The fight started about 2:30 p.m. Monday in South Los Angeles. Two women fighting over the same man met at a gas station to settle the dispute, Gares said. “The girls said they were supposed to show up and talk about it, it wasn’t supposed to escalate into this physical, violent situation,” Gares said. At one point, as many as 30 women were involved in an ensuing fight, with some possibly trying to break it up. After the fighting, four women including Blanche and a woman involved in the love triangle dispute with Bishop began walking away. Bishop became “upset” and got behind the wheel of a 1999 Chrysler belonging to someone else and drove it into the group of four, Gares said. One of the victims was pinned against another car and it appears Blanche was dragged by the vehicle, police said. By late afternoon about two dozen family members and friends gathered around a makeshift shrine of balloons, flowers, candles and cards at the site where Blanche was killed. A woman who identified herself as Blanche’s aunt said relatives were shocked she had somehow gotten caught up in the violence. “She was always good, that’s why we don’t understand this. She was good,” said the woman who would only give her first name, Jasmine.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
1 Struggling football club Leyton Orient live to fight in court another day after a judge adjourned a winding-up bid.But fans say Orient, bottom of League Two and at risk of dropping into the National League, remain in ‘mortal danger’.Bosses at an events management firm said on Monday they were owed about £18,000 and wanted to launch a winding-up application.The judge, Registrar Nicholas Briggs, said he would adjourn Central Circle Event Management’s application until June 12 after hearing of plans to inject £1 million into Orient.He analysed the case at a Bankruptcy & Companies Court hearing in London.The judge was told club bosses also owed other people money.He heard a council was owed about £35,000 and a photographer about £6,000.Tax officials had launched a winding-up application.But they abandoned their bid after a lawyer told the judge that tax owed had been paid.Organisers of the Leyton Orient Fans Trust said after the hearing that they feared for the future.Adam Michaelson, the trust’s legal adviser, said he suspected the total debt was much bigger that the figures which emerged in court and added: “This club is still in mortal danger.”Barrister Andrew Shaw, who represented Orient, had urged the judge to adjourn the hearing to another day.He said the club’s owner, Italian businessman Francesco Becchetti, planned to inject £1 million into its coffers in the near future.Outside court, fans said they would like to see Orient under new ownership.Kelly Kaye, 39, who works for a charity and has been a fan for 32 years, said: “It would be good if the club could be sold.”She added: “I would like it to go to somebody who can actually take care of it and look after it properly. We’ve got a great history.” Leyton Orient: The crisis-hit League Two outfit say £1m will be injected into the club soon
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Phil Neville has backed former club Everton to break the top six stranglehold at the top of the Premier League having done the ‘best business’ of all clubs this summer.Speaking to talkSPORT’s Ian Abrahams at the Star Sixes event, Neville praised the Toffees’ work in the transfer market, which has seen them bring in eight players – five of whom should be guaranteed first-team starters.Losing their best goalscorer, Romelu Lukaku, to Manchester United is a real blow to Ronald Koeman, though he has invested the transfer funds received in a group of players who can emulate his goalscoring feats.Wayne Rooney, Sandro Ramirez and Davy Klaassen will all improve the Toffees in the final third, while Everton are still hoping to tempt Gylfi Sigurdsson to Goodison Park, despite having seen a £40m package for the Iceland midfielder rejected by Swansea in recent days.Everton ended last season eight points behind sixth placed United, having threatened to break into the top six at times during the campaign, and Neville believes they are well placed to go one better in 2017/18 and actually secure a top six finish.He said: “Everton have done the best business.“I think if any club are probably going to break the stranglehold of the top six now, you think [it would be] Everton. They were closest last season and fell a little bit short, but with the young players breaking through coupled with the signings they have made, Everton could be the team to watch this season.“They spent good money on the boy from Malaga, Sandro. He is an outstanding player; I watched a lot of him last year for Malaga. He’s young, probably needs time to settle in.“Look, I think they probably might do it with them being in the Europa League as well, but if you’ve got Rooney, Klaassen, maybe Sigurdsson, Sandro, you have enough attacking flair there to score goals. Because you need goals from all areas, not just one person like Lukaku in the last four years.”The signings made by Koeman continue his undertaking of building a squad of talented signings combined with Everton academy products such as Tom Davies, Dominic Calver-Lewin and Mason Holgate.That trio all made appearances for Everton’s first-team last term, and Neville expects further youth players to break into the senior squad under Koeman.He added: “They [young players] will definitely get game time if they are good enough; that was always drummed into me.“Tom Davies is good enough, [Ademola] Lookman – from what I saw at the Under-20 World Cup – will be good enough, Jonjo Kenny the right back will be good enough and get opportunities, Mason Holgate [as well].“Ronald Koeman is not daft and he knows he’s got to keep these youngsters coming through, Everton have some of the best [youngsters], and with so many games they have the platform to do it. What I will say is they have got to perform.”
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) _ The suspect in the slaying of JonBenet Ramsey said he loved the 6-year-old beauty queen ”very much” and is ”very sorry for what happened.” In an exclusive interview with The Associated Press, John Mark Karr said that he contacted JonBenet’s mother, Patsy, before she died of cancer in June to express his remorse for the killing. ”I conveyed to her many things, among them that I am so very sorry for what happened to JonBenet,” Karr said as U.S. and Thai authorities escorted him from his Bangkok hotel, where he spent over an hour packing his belongings. Karr said it was his understanding that Patsy Ramsey read letters that he sent to her. He said JonBenet’s death was ”an accident.” ”It’s very important for me that everyone knows that I love her very much and that her death was unintentional,” said Karr, who sweated and stuttered occasionally as he spoke in a quiet voice. Karr, 41, was arrested Wednesday, halfway around the world from Boulder, Colo., where JonBenet’s body was found beaten and strangled in her parent’s basement on Dec. 26, 1996. He declined to disclose the nature of his supposed relationship to the Ramsey family, or how he may have known JonBenet. Asked for details of how she died, Karr replied: ”It would take several hours to describe _ to describe that.” ”There’s no way I could be brief about it. It’s a very involved series of events,” said Karr, who speaks with a thick Southern accent. ”It’s very painful for me to talk about.” Earlier in the day, Karr spoke briefly to reporters after a news conference by American and Thai authorities. ”I was with JonBenet when she died,” he told reporters. Asked if he was innocent, he said: ”No.” Karr will be taken within the week to Colorado, where he will face charges of first-degree murder, kidnapping and child sexual assault, said Ann Hurst of the Department of Homeland Security, one of several officials who accompanied the suspect back to his hotel. In the run-up to Karr’s arrest, U.S. authorities had rented rooms at The Blooms, the budget hotel where Karr was staying in a central Bangkok neighborhood of massage parlors and travel agencies catering to expatriates and sex tourists. The hotel offers rooms for as little as three hours _ for $8 _ and monthly stays starting at $170. Karr was staying on the top floor of the nine-story hotel in a small single room. U.S. and Thai authorities wearing plastic gloves sorted through his possessions, which were wheeled away on a luggage rack, and included a laptop computer and two suitcases. Dressed in a baggy turquoise polo shirt and khaki pants, Karr said that JonBenet’s death was ”not what it seems to be,” though he declined to elaborate. ”In every way,” he added, as authorities bundled him into a waiting vehicle. ”It’s not at all what it seems to be.”
“We have to play eight matches in 28 days, so he will start in two or three matches. For every competition there is no difference, so I am really very confident with him.“He has started a lot of matches. Not in Premier League, but by chance, it is not a problem for him to start a Premier League match, he is ready.“But I can only play with two wingers, we have [Eden] Hazard, Pedro, Willian. Probably in the near future he will start in 75 or 80 per cent of matches.” Getty huge blow Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move talkSPORT is your home of live football! Here’s what’s coming up on talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2… Chelsea starlet Callum Hudson-Odoi will stay at the club and start ‘75-80 per cent of matches in the near future’, manager Maurizio Sarri has predicted.The talented 18-year-old winger, who recently made his full England debut, is yet to start a Premier League game for the Blues despite increasing pressure from fans. Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ BEST OF LIVE on talkSPORT ADVICE West Brom vs Birmingham (Friday, 8:00pm) – talkSPORT 2Brighton vs Southampton (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2West Ham vs Everton (Saturday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORTMiddlesbrough vs Norwich (Saturday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORT 2Portsmouth vs Sunderland (Sunday, 2:30pm) – talkSPORT 2 2 RANKED Maurizio Sarri expects the winger to feature more in the coming weeks Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card REVEALED no dice REPLY Hudson-Odoi is reportedly determined to leave Chelsea LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS His future at Stamford Bridge remains a constant source of speculation after Chelsea rejected several January bids from Bayern Munich, who are expected to renew their interest this summer.The teenager is yet to agree a new deal with the west London club and his current contract expires next year.He reportedly wants more assurances over playing time, and speaking ahead of Sunday’s Premier League clash with Cardiff, Sarri offered some clarity on Hudson-Odoi’s progress at Chelsea. REVEALED “I know very well the situation. Last season Callum was only 17 and he played three or four matches,” Sarri said.“This season he is very young, at the moment he has played, I don’t remember, 19 or 20 matches.“The evolution is the right one. Probably he will play 30 or 35 matches next season. With Callum we are in the right path. 2 Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Manchester United and Barcelona are also rumoured to be plotting summer bids for Hudson-Odoi, who Chelsea are desperate to keep.Reports emerged earlier today suggesting the Blues are willing to offer the winger £100,000-a-week to persuade him to sign a new deal.It is understood the club will refuse to sell Hudson-Odoi even if it means letting him leave for free when his contract runs out, and Sarri reaffirmed that view on Friday.When asked if Hudson-Odoi will be a Chelsea player next season, he said: “I think so.“I can’t say if he is going to sign a new contract with us, but I think he is going to stay with us regardless.”
Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Marega has netted 11 league goals this season, a big decrease on his 22-goal haul last term Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City 1 getty Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move LATEST Charlton vs Doncaster (Friday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Manchester City vs Watford (Saturday, 5pm) – talkSPORT Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Marega will leave Porto in a deal worth just over £30million (€35m), which is the value of the release clause written in the contract he signed last September.Manuel Pellegrini is known to want to improve his attacking options this summer, with reports earlier this week linking West Ham with Maxi Gomez, the Celta Vigo forward, after failed January approaches for the Uruguay international. Record claim Porto have agreed to cash in on the 28-year-old Mali international this summer, after two relatively prolific seasons which have yielded 45 goals in less than 100 appearances for the Liga NOS club.It is said West Ham tried to sign Marega last summer but failed with their approaches, though the striker’s ‘fate’ this time around is reported to still be the Hammers – despite interest from other parties. Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ West Ham are set to sign Porto striker Moussa Marega in a £30million deal, according to reports.Marega, the forward, has long wished to play in England, and it appears he is close to securing his dream transfer to the Premier League. tense ADVICE Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January talkSPORT is your home of live football! Here’s what’s coming up on talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2… REPLY LIVE ON talkSPORT deals gameday cracker REVEALED no dice LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS huge blow shining Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Aleksandar Mitrovic, who was recently relegated from the Premier League with Fulham, is understood to be another target. The Serb netted 11 league goals in 2017/18 despite Fulham’s consistently poor performances.