Real Madrid star named in Wales squad for crunch Euro 2016 qualifiers with Bosnia and Andorra

first_imgGareth Bale has been named in the Wales squad for the crunch Euro 2016 qualifiers against Bosnia-Herzegovina and Andorra.The striker has missed Real Madrid’s last three games with a calf injury but is set to return against Atletico Madrid on Sunday.Wales manager Chris Coleman will be hoping the world’s most expensive player comes through the Madrid derby unscathed as his side need one point from their final two Euro qualifiers to end a 58-year wait to play at a major tournament – something they last did at the 1958 World Cup.Liverpool’s Joe Allen is available again after missing last month’s double-header against Cyprus and Israel with a hamstring injury, as is Crystal Palace midfielder Joe Ledley who was also sidelined for both those games with a similar problem.Wolves’ David Edwards, who started against both Cyprus and Israel, is included after recovering quicker than expected from a knee injury, while midfielder Emyr Huws features for the first time since last November following ankle trouble.Wales face Bosnia in Zenica on October 10 before hosting group minnows Andorra in Cardiff three days later.Wales squad: Hennessey (Crystal Palace), Fon Williams (Inverness), Ward (Liverpool); A Williams (Swansea, capt), Chester (West Brom), Gunter (Reading), Taylor (Swansea), Davies (Tottenham), Collins (West Ham), Henley (Blackburn), Richards (Fulham), Vaughan (Nottingham Forest), Huws (Wigan), Allen (Liverpool), Ledley (Crystal Palace), Ramsey (Arsenal), King (Leicester), Edwards (Wolves), J Williams (Crystal Palace), Cotterill (Birmingham), Robson-Kanu (Reading), Lawrence (Leicester), Bale (Real Madrid), Church (MK Dons), Vokes (Burnley). 1 Gareth Bale last_img read more

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Jose Mourinho has a ‘big problem’ after losing faith of Chelsea players, claims ex-Blues midfielder

first_imgJose Mourinho faces a ‘big problem’ because he has lost the faith of his Chelsea players, claims former Blues midfielder Andy Townsend.Chelsea have endured a torrid start to the season, losing half of their 12 games in all competitions and languishing in 16th place in the infant Premier League table.The 52-year-old was charged with misconduct by the FA after comments regarding referees in the wake of their defeat to Southampton at the weekend, just hours after he was given the dreaded ‘vote of confidence’ by the Blues’ board.Mourinho has publicly blasted a group of his senior squad members, threatening to introduce youth players at the expense of some of his more established stars, and Townsend believes the disharmony at Stamford Bridge is unprecedented compared to their previous years of success.“Clearly Jose is rattled. There doesn’t seem to be a tremendous amount of harmony at the moment in the squad,” Townsend told the Sports Bar.“One of the greatest strengths he’s always had – I remember speaking to players who weren’t playing under him and they always said he was top class, even those who weren’t getting the game time, they always conceded he was the best.“Now, I’m looking at this group and their relationship with the manager and I don’t see that.“Jose has a problem and the Chelsea players don’t believe in him as much as they used to. That is showing in both the results and the performances.”Despite Chelsea’s abject form, Townsend has backed his former side to turn their campaign around and secure a top four finish.He added: “I still think they can finish top four because I believe he [Mourinho] can still rein them in, but he has to start doing that pretty quickly.”last_img read more

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Coral Daily Download – Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea future in the balance after Bournemouth defeat

first_imgSimon Clare joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.The Coral PR manager brings us the betting fallout from another dramatic weekend of Premier League football, with Jose Mourinho’s future at Chelsea hanging in the balance after the Blues suffered an eighth defeat of the season against Bournemouth on Saturday.The sack race dominated Monday morning’s headlines and Mourinho is now even money to be sacked by January 1 and 8/11 to still be in charge following Chelsea’s latest setback.Meanwhile, the Blues are odds AGAINST (6/5) to finish in top six.Simon also brings us the latest odds on this week’s Champions League action, with it 7/1 for all four English teams to make it through to the knock-out stages.Man City and Chelsea are, of course, already through and Arsenal are 2/1 to join them, while Man United are 8/11 to go through to the last 16.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfastlast_img read more

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‘Liverpool must be desperate to get relegated’ – transfer rumour provides jokes

first_img1 Desperate times call for desperate measures, according to some Liverpool fans.So that is why the club have signed QPR defender Steven Caulker on loan for the rest of the season.In July, Southampton snapped up the centre-back on a season-long loan, but has not played for the club since 2 December when they were thrashed 6-1 by Liverpool in the Capital One Cup.However, with the Reds losing a number of senior defenders to injury, manager Jurgen Klopp is looking for reinforcements.Here is a selection of tweets from football fans responding to the rumour before the club confirmed he was a Liverpool player. Steven Caulker has not played for Southampton since December when the Saints were thrashed 6-1 by Liverpool last_img

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‘One of the best worst games I’ve ever seen!’ – Twitter reacts to Liverpool’s crazy 5-4 win at Norwich

first_img Jurgen Klopp What an utterly ludicrious game.Both defences left more than a little to be desired, but Liverpool’s miraculous 5-4 win at Norwich really was pure entertainment.Goals from Roberto Firmino, twice, Jordan Henderson, James Milner and substitute Adam Lallana in the dying seconds were enough to spark wild celebrations from the visitors at the final whistle.That was after Dieumerci Mbokani, Steven Naismith, Wes Hoolahan and Sebastian Bassong looked to have earned the Canaries at least a point, if not all three after establishing a 3-1 lead at one stage.The internet, understandably, went crazy at the result and some of the best reactions are below: 1center_img [View the story “Twitter reacts to Liverpool’s mental win at Norwich” on Storify]last_img

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Gregory van der Wiel asks to leave PSG – Man United poised to sign full-back?

first_imgManchester United have been put on red alert after reports suggested that Paris Saint-Germain full-back Gregory van der Wiel is planning to leave at the end of the season.The Dutchman has made just 15 appearances for the French champions this term and is said to be unhappy about a lack of playing time.Following the suspension of first-choice right-back Serge Aurier last week, Van der Wiel spoke to manager Laurent Blanc to seek assurances that he would now get a regular starting berth.However, Blanc refused to rule out alternative options to Van der Wiel and now the defender has asked for a summer move.According to France Football, Van der Wiel has ordered his agent to begin the search for a new club and the 28-year-old is understood to be keen on a move to Old Trafford. 1 Gregory van der Wiel last_img read more

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Ruben Loftus-Cheek signs new five-year Chelsea contract

first_img1 Ruben Loftus-Cheek Chelsea starlet Ruben Loftus-Cheek has penned a five-year contract, the Premier League club has announced.The 20-year-old has only made 13 appearances for the Blues, despite making his debut in December 2014.But now the midfielder has penned a fresh deal to stay with his boyhood club through to 2021.The England Under-21 international delighted to secure his future at Stamford Bridge.‘The club have done so much for me since I started here as an under-eight and now I want to repay the faith they have shown in me with my performances on the pitch,” he said.last_img

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State’s environmental fate rests in governor’s hands

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas City“He has great command of the subjects in a speech-making kind of way. Environmentalists see him, unlike with (former Gov.) Pete Wilson, as `there’s always a chance with Arnold that you might get a bill signed.’ He is a centrist.” Last year, Scwharzenegger won worldwide attention for signing AB32, a law requiring California to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 25 percent by 2020. An end run around the Bush administration, that measure was opposed by the state’s oil industry, utilities and other business groups. Yet he also disappointed environmentalists by vetoing a bill that would have set a $30 fee on shipping containers coming into Los Angeles and Long Beach to fund programs to clean up diesel smog. The trucks and ships in the ports make them the largest stationary source of diesel pollution in California, linked to severe respiratory problems in thousands of people. This year, there are roughly 15 bills on environmental issues that have reached the governor’s desk. “We hope that the governor is going to want to reinforce his environmental reputation by signing some of these key bills,” said Bill Magavern, a lobbyist for the Sierra Club. Environmentalists and industry officials alike are holding their breath, waiting for Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to act on a stack of environmental bills in the next few days that would do everything from require green building standards on new homes and commercial buildings to banning a controversial type of chemicals in children’s toys. Schwarzenegger has until Sunday to sign or veto all the bills that the state Legislature sent him this year. And as in years past, Schwarzenegger is keeping both supporters and opponents of many of the top environmental issues guessing right until the end. His actions are harder to predict than previous governors, they say. “Arnold is a celebrity. He loves some of these environmental issues,” said John White, executive director of the Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Technologies, an environmental group in Sacramento. The bills include: AB 1108, by Assemblywoman Fiona Ma, D-San Francisco, which would ban chemicals called phthalates in toys and child care products designed for children under 3 years old. The chemicals, which are used to soften plastic, have been linked in some studies to early onset of puberty, testicular cancer and liver problems. Opponents of the bill, including the American Chemistry Council, say that without phthalates, toys would become brittle and could pose a choking hazard. They also argue the studies showing health risks were done by giving rats massive doses – far more than children would receive through pacifiers, baby bottles and other products. AB 821, by Assemblyman Pedro Nava, D-Santa Barbara, which would ban lead bullets for hunters in the range of the California condor, which extends roughly from the Bay Area to Los Angeles. Recent studies by toxicologists at UC Santa Cruz have shown that condors, a highly endangered species, have suffered lead poisoning after eating bullet fragments left in deer and wild pigs killed by hunters. Many hunting groups oppose the bill, saying that copper bullets cost more and don’t fly as true. AB 1470, by Assemblyman Jared Huffman, D-San Rafael, which would create a $250 million annual subsidy for solar hot water heaters with the goal of installing 200,000 by 2017. The money would come from a surcharge on monthly utility bills that would be set by the California Public Utilities Commission. The bill is modeled after Schwarzenegger’s “Million Solar Roofs” program, and is designed to cut natural gas use by encouraging people to install solar devices that heat the water for their homes. One area of controversy is green buildings. There are three bills that would require green building standards. They are: AB 888, by Assemblyman Ted Lieu, D-El Segundo, which would require that starting in 2013, new commercial buildings over 50,000 square feet would have to meet the “gold” standard of the United States Green Building Council. The rule would affect everything from office buildings to supermarkets. AB 1058, by Assemblyman John Laird, D-Santa Cruz, which would require the state Building Standards Commission to set green building standards for new homes by 2010. AB 35, by Assemblyman Ira Ruskin, D-Los Altos, which would require the state EPA to set sustainable building standards by 2009 for the construction and renovation of state buildings so that they meet the `silver’ standard of the US Green Building Council. Supporters include most of the major environmental groups in Californis who argue that better insulation, more efficient lighting and other measures reduces energy use. Opponents include the California Chamber of Commerce and the other business groups. “We’re very supportive of green building,” said Bob Raymer of the California Building Industry Association. “The problem here is that all three of these bills reference national guidelines, and each of them are put together by private sector groups. They don’t go through any public scrutiny or comment process.” Raymer said that California is unique – with lots of earthquakes, landslides and fires – and should design its own standards. This year, many of the top environmental measures stalled or died in the Legislature, particularly in the Assembly Appropriations Committee. They include measures to require 33 percent of California’s electricity to come from renewable sources, the $30 fee on shipping containers to reduce ports smog, and AB493, by Ruskin, which have would set fees of up to $2,500 on the sale of new vehicles that guzzle gas and emit high levels of carbon dioxide. The money would have funded rebates of up to $2,500 for people who purchase low-emission, fuel-efficient cars. The bill was defeated in the Legislature after intense lobbying from car dealers. “Last year was clearly a better year,” said Magavern of the Sierra Club. “It helps us when it’s an election year.” progers@mercurynews.com (408) 920-5045 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img
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`Halo 3′ sales give Microsoft a boost

first_imgSEATTLE – Microsoft Corp. said its fiscal first-quarter profit rose 23percent as brisk sales of the new “Halo 3” video game, Windows and Office helped the software maker breeze past Wall Street’s expectations. Investors cheered, sending shares up from $31.99 to $35.16, about 10percent, in after-hours electronic trading. For the quarter ended Sept.30, the software maker’s profit climbed to $4.29billion, or 45cents per share, from $3.48billion, or 35cents per share, during the same period last year. The results handily beat Wall Street’s predictions. Analysts, on average, had forecast a profit of 39cents per share, according to a Thomson Financial poll. Revenue grew 27 percent to $13.76billion from $10.81billion in the year-ago quarter, beating analysts’ forecast by more than $1billion. Sales of the “Halo 3” video game and the Xbox 360 consoles it is played on pushed the company’s entertainment and devices division to a profit of $165million in the quarter – the Xbox division’s second time in the black. Revenue rose to $1.93billion, nearly twice last year’s quarterly sales. The division responsible for online advertising posted a loss of $264million, hurt by the company’s acquisition of aQuantive in the quarter, as well as heavy investments in Web search, premium content and data centers.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.Microsoft has sold 85million copies of the Windows Vista operating system since the newest operating system went on sale in January – and 25million since the end of July – said Colleen Healy, general manager of investor relations for Microsoft. The business unit responsible for Vista contributed $4.14billion in revenue in the quarter, 25percent more than a year ago. Healy said Microsoft booked 27percent more annual license agreements for Windows than in the year-ago quarter, a sign businesses are committed to following Microsoft into the Vista era. Sales from the unit that makes the Office 2007 software suite rose 20percent to $4.11billion. Strong personal computer sales worldwide in the quarter boosted both operating system and productivity software sales, but Healy said those divisions also benefited from customers choosing higher- priced premium versions of Vista. last_img read more

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Ex-coach pleads in Torrance sex case

first_imgButler left the YMCA a year ago after working about five years at the Sepulveda Boulevard facility, where he ran sports leagues, worked with officials and coaches and organized schedules. He left as a walk-on coach at the Torrance Unified School District in February when the basketball season ended. denise.nix@dailybreeze.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By Denise Nix Staff Writer Former South High School boys basketball coach Leonard Butler pleaded no contest Monday to criminal charges arising out of sexual relationships with two teenage girls. Butler, 48, will return to court Dec. 13 for sentencing by Torrance Superior Court Judge Mark Arnold. He could be sentenced to probation or up to three years in state prison, according to Deputy District Attorney Christine Von Helmolt. Butler pleaded no contest to one count of oral copulation with a person under the age of 16, and one count of oral copulation with a person under the age of 18. Butler was originally charged in May with the acts against a 16-year-old, whom he met when he was a youth sports director at the YMCA in Torrance. A second victim came forward after his arrest and additional charges were added. Neither girl attended South High. last_img read more

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