1 Manchester United v Liverpool is live on talkSPORT this Saturday, 12 September 2015, but how will the Red Devils line up?Wayne Rooney has faced criticism this season having failed to scored in United’s first four Premier League games, despite bagging a Champions League qualifier hat-trick against Bruges.Fresh from breaking Sir Bobby Charlton’s England goal scoring record, Rooney is aiming to get on the Premier League score sheet for the first time since a 3-1 win at home to Aston Villa last April.The 29-year-old United skipper has been handed the role of centre forward by Louis van Gaal so far this season, as he did for England against Switzerland at Wembley.In the Euro 2016 qualifier, Rooney looked much more of a threat when reported United transfer target Harry Kane came on as a substitute, allowing the England captain to drop and play off the Spurs striker.With the Liverpool game coming up, could Van Gaal provide Rooney with support up front?Anthony Martial will make it ‘impossible’ for teams to shut down Manchester United, says ex-Red Devil and France internationalThe former Everton star has an underwhelming record against the Anfield side, scoring just five goals in 20 appearances against them, but Liverpool’s centre back pairing of Martin Skrtel and Dejan Lovren has looked vulnerable this season.With Rooney and another forward in attack, this could be the way for United to rattle their bitter rivals on Saturday.Take a look at this possible United starting XI and let us know what team you would pick for the Liverpool match by leaving a comment below. Manchester United v Liverpool: Could Wayne Rooney be joined by another striker in the starting line up?
Ewood Park, home of Blackburn Rovers Blackburn have announced they are now compliant with the Football League’s Financial Fair Play regulations and will have their transfer embargo lifted.Rovers had been unable to spend cash on players since last December when they, along with Leeds and Nottingham Forest, were found to have breached FFP rules.The Championship club sold Rudy Gestede and Tom Cairney for a combined sum of £9million over the summer, though, and managing director Derek Shaw last month revealed he was ‘relatively’ confident they would exit their embargo before the January transfer window.That news has now been confirmed by the east Lancashire outfit and new boss Paul Lambert will be free to spend next month should he desire. “Blackburn Rovers confirm that following discussions with the Football League the club is now compliant with the rules and regulations on Financial Fair Play,” read a statement posted on the club’s official website.“During the past 12 months, the board of directors and staff have worked hard to ensure that the necessary requirements have been put in place to satisfy the Football League.“This has been achieved through a number of measures being undertaken, most notably, the owners agreeing and implementing a loan conversion agreement, effective cost efficiency savings and player sales, which were limited to reflect the needs of the team and football management.“The owners and board of directors feel it prudent to proceed with restraint, in order to give the club the best possible environment to continue to be compliant in subsequent years.“However, all efforts will continue to be made to provide the manager, Paul Lambert, and football staff to work effectively and efficiently.”Lambert admits Rovers will not lavishly spend the Venky’s cash when the transfer window reopens and praised predecessor Gary Bowyer for helping to bring the club in line with the regulations during his two-and-a-half years at Ewood Park.“Everybody behind the scenes, especially the owners, deserve a lot of credit for the conversion of it,” Lambert comented on Thursday.“It’s a building block. It’s one little stage in trying to rebuild this club. “We won’t be able to go and do millions and millions now we’re out of the embargo. It’s with a steady hand.“You certainly don’t want to be in this position ever again. That’s why Gary deserves a lot of credit for stabilising it. Everybody can look to the future and say, ‘Where do we start now? Where does Blackburn Rovers actually begin to rebuild?’ Today’s the day to start that.” 1
Prior to Arsenal’s 2-0 win against Aston Villa, former Man United manager David Moyes managed to wind up quite a lot of Gooners.Talking to Sky Sports about Mesut Ozil, he said ‘the jury is still a little bit out’ on the playmaker, though he did acknowledge the superb season the German is having in terms of the chances his team-mates are getting as a result of his creativity.Naturally, he created another goal to bring his tally for the season to 13 Premier League assists as Aaron Ramsey made it 2-0 at Villa Park. Aaron Ramsey thanks Mesut Ozil for setting up his goal 1
1 Dimitri Payet West Ham could welcome back three of their injured stars – including Dimitri Payet – when they host Liverpool on Saturday.Midfielder Payet, defender Winston Reid and winger Victor Moses are all on course to return to the squad after spells on the sidelines.Payet was one of the Premier League’s most impressive performers until he suffered an ankle injury against Everton in early November, and his availability will be a major boost to manager Slaven Bilic.“Hopefully some of the players will be back now, against Liverpool,” said Bilic. “Payet, Reidy, Moses. It’s only Diafra Sakho who we will be without for another four or five weeks.“Dimitri started to train with the team on Sunday. He looks good, his ankle is very stable and the target is the game against Liverpool. I am delighted he is going to be with us for that game.”With Manuel Lanzini and Andy Carroll making their returns as substitutes against Southampton on Monday evening, West Ham’s injury crisis finally looks like easing.Carroll’s 79th-minute header secured a 2-1 win – the Hammers’ first victory in nine attempts – after Michail Antonio had cancelled out Carl Jenkinson’s first-half own-goal.But Bilic added: “I want to praise the other players who have been picking up points without them. That was crucial, but now with them back it should be better.“It’s good for me. It’s hard to drop the other players but it’s all about competition. If we want to be a big club, and if you want to get through periods like this with all the injuries, then you need a squad.“That’s the only way you can have the long-term success that the chairmen and the fans want.”
1 Geoff Cameron Stoke defender Geoff Cameron will be available for Tuesday’s League Cup semi-final against Liverpool after having the red card he received against West Brom rescinded.The USA international was sent off for apparent violent conduct as the Potters slipped to a 2-1 defeat the Baggies on Saturday.Cameron was facing a three-match suspension for pushing Claudio Yacob in the back of the neck during the Hawthorns clash.But the Potters announced on Monday they were appealing, and a subsequent statement from the Football Association said referee Lee Mason’s decision to show red for violent conduct was the wrong one.“Geoff Cameron has had his three-match suspension withdrawn with immediate effect after his wrongful dismissal claim was successful,” the statement read.“An Independent Regulatory Commission found that the match referee had made an obvious error in dismissing the Stoke City player for violent conduct during the game against West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.”The 30-year-old was given his marching orders in the final ten minutes of the game after he responded with the push on Yacob to a challenge from the Albion midfielder.Stoke boss Mark Hughes said in his post-match comments that he felt the Baggies man over-reacted to ensure the visitors were left with ten men.And before the news of the appeal being successful came through, Hughes added on Monday: “We thought he [Cameron] was a little bit hard done by.“We think Yacob made a meal of it and was hoping there would be a sanction for Geoff. We didn’t feel it warranted a red card.“Having seen the incident back again, we weren’t quite sure the referee got a clear view of it because there were people in his way.“I felt a couple of the West Brom players didn’t cover themselves in glory to be honest.“From our point of view, yes, there are certain situations where you have to be careful and you don’t react to them, but then you also have to hope the referee sees it for what it is.”
1 Eden Hazard and Diego Costa are in contention to play for Chelsea at Arsenal after returning to training following injury.Playmaker Hazard has missed the last three matches with a groin injury sustained at Crystal Palace, while striker Costa sustained a bruised shin in last Saturday’s last-gasp draw with Everton.Chelsea interim boss Guus Hiddink said: “The last two days he [Hazard] was in full commitment with first-team training, so he is available.“We have to be careful, because he has fallen into some injuries recently.“I’m not sure whether he can play a full 90 minutes yet. We have to consider whether it’s best (for him) to start or to come in.”Costa had scans immediately after the draw with Everton, with the results showing no fracture and just bruising.The Brazil-born Spain striker returned to training on Thursday.Hiddink added: “He [Costa] was in yesterday. He was in today. So he will be available as well.” Diego Costa and Eden Hazard
FIFA’s ethics committee handed the duo eight-year bans in December Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini have had their bans from all football-related activity reduced from eight years to six years, world governing body FIFA has announced.Former FIFA president Blatter and UEFA chief Platini had their appeal hearings last week after being punished in December over a £1.3million “disloyal payment” made to the Frenchman.A FIFA statement read: “The FIFA appeal committee, chaired by Larry Mussenden (Bermuda), has partially confirmed the decisions taken by the adjudicatory chamber of the independent ethics committee on 17 and 18 December 2015 regarding Joseph S Blatter and Michel Platini respectively, whose bans have been reduced from eight to six years.”Blatter intends to take his case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport and Platini is expected to follow.Blatter said in a statement through his spokesman: “I am very disappointed by the appeal committee of FIFA and I will take it to the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne.”An appeal lodged by the investigatory chamber for life bans to be imposed was also dismissed, while among the mitigating factors taken into account were the pair’s services to football.The six-year bans began on October 8, 2015 and expire in October 2021. Blatter is aged 79 and the confirmation of the suspension ends his hopes of returning to football, unless CAS rules in his favour.Platini would be eligible to return in time for the Qatar 2022 World Cup he championed.The statement added: “While agreeing with the principles and arguments presented by the adjudicatory chamber in its calculation of the sanction, the Appeal Committee determined that some strong mitigating factors for Mr Platini and Mr Blatter were not taken into account when establishing the sanction.“In this sense, amongst others, the Appeal Committee considered that Mr Platini’s and Mr Blatter’s activities and the services they had rendered to FIFA, UEFA and football in general over the years should deserve appropriate recognition as a mitigating factor.”Blatter must also pay a fine of 50,000 Swiss francs (£36,000), while Platini has been ordered to pay 80,000 Swiss francs (£58,000). Both sums are due within 30 days. 1
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The Metropolitan Water District serves 18 million people in six counties throughout the Southland, but droughts, growth and climate change are placing a growing strain on the state’s water supply. Problems with the ailing Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, the hub of the state’s water supply, are worsening. A low snowfall year in the Sierra left many reservoirs below normal. And now, water officials said, firefighters are pumping out hundreds of thousands of gallons a day. “Our first priority is lives. But we’ve got all kinds of implications that can emanate from this disastrous fire,” said Brad Hiltscher, the water district’s representative in Washington, D.C. Earlier this month, state lawmakers missed a deadline to strike a compromise on a $9 billion bond measure to fix the state’s water system. The governor and some lawmakers want to put the measure on the Feb. 5 primary ballot, arguing that problems with the state’s water supply are urgent. WASHINGTON – As wildfires continued to rage in parts of Southern California Wednesday, water officials warned that the blazes may threaten the state’s long-term supply. “We are rapidly draining our reservoirs,” Jeff Kightlinger, general manager of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, told congressional aides and lobbyists at a Capitol Hill briefing. He and others said unequivocally that California has more than enough water to combat the fires, which have raged across the state for four days. But, Kightlinger noted, “The question is, how do we replace it? Everyone is out there with a hose trying to blanket everything with water. We are watching our reservoirs just plummeting right now.” Republicans and Democrats have sparred, however, on whether reservoirs or a mix of conservation and underground storage represent the best method of saving the supply. Kightlinger called the gridlock “unfortunate,” but said he remains hopeful that the legislature will resolve its differences. In the meantime, he and others urged Congress to continue funding desalination and other water-recycling projects. A spokesman for Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger declined to comment Wednesday on concerns that the wildfires are affecting the state’s water reservoirs. “California’s short- and long-term water supply is critical, and a top priority for the governor,” Bill Maile said. “Right now he is focused on the aggressive response effort.” [email protected] (202) 662-8731160Want 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 MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Deputy District Attorney Hoon Chun said prosecutors would seek to retry the penalty phase, in which jurors can recommend the death penalty or life in prison without parole. McGhee, the leader of the Toonerville gang in Atwater Village, was found guilty of three counts of first-degree murder and four of attempted murder. His autobiographical notebook of gang lyrics, in which he boasted about his crimes, proved vital in the conviction – which is not affected by the mistrial in the penalty phase. Defense attorney Franklin Peters Jr. said he believes the two jurors who opposed execution might have been moved by testimony that McGhee has raised three children and five stepchildren. “(They) felt there were some redeeming qualities of the defendant that deserves a verdict other than death,” Peters said. The murder convictions were for the Oct. 14, 1997, killing of Ronald Martin; the June 3, 2000, slaying of 16-year-old Ryan Gonzalez; and the Nov. 9, 2001, slaying of Margie Mendoza, the girlfriend of a rival gang member and a 26-year-old mother of three. In addition to his conviction of attempting to murder LAPD Officers Thomas Baker and Carlos Langarica, McGhee was found guilty of trying to kill Duane Natividad and Erica Rhee. He was acquitted of attempting to kill Pedro Sanchez and Juan Cardiel. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Convicted multiple killer Timothy Joseph McGhee might have received a reprieve on a date with the death penalty Friday when a mistrial was declared in the penalty phase of his trial. Deadlocked at 10-2 in favor of execution, an eight-man, four-woman jury concluded after almost three days of deliberations that it was deadlocked. McGhee, 34, one of Los Angeles’ most feared gang leaders with a penchant for writing rap lyrics about his killings, was convicted Oct. 25 of murdering rival gang members for control of a lucrative drug trade. In declaring a mistrial in the penalty phase, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Robert J. Perry scheduled a Dec. 12 hearing to determine how to proceed.