Video: Premier League stars are helping the Belgians party

first_imgWhile you’re watching the Three Lions take on Switzerland next Tuesday, listening to the infamous England Supporters’ Band at Wembley, remember it doesn’t have to be this way.It’s pretty much a guarantee we’ll sit in our seats and grumpily moan about misplaced passes and another Wayne Rooney miss, or question why Jamie Vardy is starting.Instead, we should take a leaf out of the Belgians’ books.The Red Devils and their ‘Golden Generation’ are marching on in their quest for Euro 2016 qualification and they’re having a great time too.Here, in their official ‘aftermovie’, the Belgians show us how we should be enjoying international football, but instead we’ll probably waddle down Wembley Way mumbling about the price of a hotdog and asking ourselves how Fabian Delph gets in Roy Hodgson’s starting XI.See how the Belgians enjoy their football above…last_img read more

Where is it all going wrong for this Manchester United star?

first_imgAs Memphis Depay struggles to make an impact at Manchester United, football statistics analysts WhoScored.com take a close look where it’s all going wrong for the Dutch starlet. Check out more Man United stats at WhoScored.com.When Manchester United secured the services of Anthony Martial, most scoffed at the fee. The young Frenchman became the most expensive teenager in history when United signed him for an initial fee believed to be in the region of £36million on transfer deadline day. However, the doubters were quick to shelve their assertions. The 19-year-old swiftly went about his business with ruthless efficiency, netting three goals from just six shots in his opening four Premier League appearances for the Manchester giants thus far.Such form has seen him gain a WhoScored.com rating of 7.60, better than every United player. He’s quickly adjusted to the rigours of English football, which in turn has propelled the club up to 3rd in the table, two points behind title favourites and fierce rivals Manchester City. While Martial has had the desired effect, however, the same cannot be said of Memphis Depay. United and PSV came to an agreement over the transfer of the Dutchman back in May and after a stunning season – Memphis scored more goals (22) than any other Eredivisie player last term – big things were expected of the attacker upon his arrival at Old Trafford.Eight games in, however, and Memphis has more or less flattered to deceive. The Netherlands international has gained a WhoScored.com rating of just 6.62, that the 5th worst of players to start all eight league matches so far. After a series of fine performances in pre-season, the 21-year-old has initially struggled in England’s top-flight.One league goal to his name is certainly a disappointing return given his goalscoring exploits for PSV last season. The favoured approach of the winger is to cut onto his right foot from the left flank, similar to Cristiano Ronaldo, with a statistically calculated WhoScored.com strength of ‘long shots’ suggesting this approach worked in the Netherlands last campaign. However, this route to goal has failed in the Premier League thus far.A conversion rate of just 4% is one of the worst of all goalscorers in the Premier League this season. Given his total of 25 shots ranks among the top 10 players in the top tier of English football so far, it certainly makes for poor reading for the player and club. Nevertheless, this has clearly not had an adverse effect on Memphis’ confidence as he looks to make an impact in England’s top tier.Fortunately, his underwhelming start to life in Manchester has not had an adverse effect on the club’s performances. A 3-0 defeat at Arsenal prior to the international break was hardly ideal, but the likes of Martial and Juan Mata continue to excel, meaning the pressure is not on Memphis to rapidly turn his form around. Expectations, though, remain high on him to better his early-season performances sooner rather than later, in particular to add an end product to his game.Of all players currently at the club, only Martial (2.3) is averaging more successful dribbles per game than Memphis (1.4). He is still more than capable of beating his opponent when the opportunity presents itself. It’s his final delivery, though, that needs to be refined in order to be deemed a success in England.At his age, there is plenty of time for Memphis to develop and adjust accordingly to English football. He needs patience as he looks to make his mark in the Premier League and the player has certainly showed glimpses that he is capable of fulfilling his potential for United. The early displays have been disappointing, but that is no reason to write Memphis off as a flop after just eight league games in England.For more stats on Memphis Depay, click here to view his WhoScored.com player page Memphis Depay 1last_img read more

Arsenal miss penalty, Spurs’ hat-trick hero – FA Cup replay moments (quiz)

first_imgIt’s FA Cup weekend and you can catch it live on talkSPORT – click here to listen.There has been a lot of talk about scrapping FA Cup replays to trim the fixture list in an already bulging calendar.How much do you know or remember about replays?Here, talkSPORT has put together 10 questions to test your knowledge.Up first on talkSPORT is Arsenal v Hull at 12.45pm (GMT) on Saturday 20 February.About | Privacy | Terms 1 Ryan Giggs scores against Arsenal in the 199 FA Cup semi-final replay last_img

Crystal Palace v Liverpool live stream – Premier League football on talkSPORT

first_imgCLICK HERE TO STREAM CRYSTAL PALACE V LIVERPOOL LIVE ON TALKSPORT TODAY, KICK OFF 13:30 GMT.Liverpool bounced back from their League Cup final heartache to thrash Man City 3-0 in the Premier League, to give themselves a glimmer of hope of making the top four.But the Reds have a wretched record at Selhurst Park. Check out some of the key stats ahead of the game, which is live on talkSPORT around the globe and on national radio in the UK.– Crystal Palace ended Tottenham’s hopes of the treble with an unexpected 1-0 win at White Hart Lane that took them into the FA Cup quarter-finals.– An unlikely goal on a rare start for Martin Kelly, coupled with a vastly-improved overall performance, proved enough to secure a victory that will lift the mood that had been settling at Palace and inflict a rare disappointing note on Spurs so-far promising season. – With Tottenham also challenging for the Premier League title and Europa League, manager Mauricio Pochettino chose to again rotate his team from that which had drawn 1-1 at Fiorentina on Thursday.– Harry Kane, Kyle Walker, Danny Rose, and Eric Dier were recalled to his starting XI, while goalkeeper Michel Vorm retained his place in the absence of the injured Hugo Lloris and there were also rare starts for Josh Onomah and Nabil Bentaleb as Christian Eriksen and Toby Alderweireld were rested.– Palace’s only victories in 2016 had come in the Cup. They had lost to Spurs in the Premier League only a month ago, and after this week taking his team to Spain for a training camp to prepare for this fixture, manager Alan Pardew surprisingly set his team up in a 4-4-2 formation, pairing Connor Wickham with former Spurs striker Emmanuel Adebayor in a front two and recalling the fit-again Joe Ledley.– As far as solutions to poor runs go – they had last won in the league on December 19 at Stoke – it was far from inspirational, but even then it surprised when Kelly began to emerge as the possible match-winner. – The full-back last played at former club Liverpool in November and was only selected in the absence of the suspended Pape Souare, though will know the in-form Spurs could easily have built an early lead.– Yohan Cabaye blocked a Dele Alli header off the line in the opening minutes, and though Walker almost headed an own goal over Vorm in the 14th minute – requiring the goalkeeper to recover and palm clear – Spurs’ threat remained greater.– If the hosts were then fortunate, they were far less so with another effort from Alli in the 23rd minute. Son Hueng-Min broke down the left wing, and after Damien Delaney dispossessed him, Alli collected the loose ball before curling against the far right post, watching the ball roll along the line before hitting the other and then being cleared off the line by Joel Ward.– On the stroke of half-time, however, shortly after Kane had tested Wayne Hennessey with a 30-yard free-kick, Palace’s, and Kelly’s chance arrived almost from nowhere.– Wilfried Zaha drew Rose out of position, and with Kelly overlapping on the right-wing, played the full-back into the area from where he impressively and powerfully struck high inside Vorm’s near post. – Though Spurs could do without further fixtures in their already busy schedule – and a replay was surely the last thing Pochettino wanted – he turned to substitutes Eriksen, Nacer Chadli and Ryan Mason in his pursuit of victory.– Yannick Bolasie, who had been missing since December 19 with a hip injury, returned as a second-half sub for Palace, creating a chance which was disallowed after the offside Wickham turned it into the net. They thereafter defended resiliently, securing the clean sheet which took them into the competition’s last eight. 1 talkSPORT brings you live coverage from Selhurst Park last_img read more

County issues health alert due to smoky air

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m. Sensitive individuals at greatest risk include those with heart disease or lung diseases, including emphysema, asthma and chronic lung problems. These individuals should monitor their condition and be vigilant about taking their medicines as prescribed by their doctor. If their symptoms worsen, they should contact their doctor. In addition, the elderly are more susceptible to the effects of smoke and dust and should be contacted to be sure they are not feeling any ill effects and understand how to limit their exposure. Individuals with asthma should keep their “as needed” inhalers with them at all times. Residents outside these affected areas should be aware that the presence of smoky odors and ash are not necessarily cause for health concerns. However, sensitive individuals should continue to monitor their condition and consult their physician if their symptoms worsen. Staying indoors can somewhat reduce exposure to smoke and dust, and keeping doors and windows closed while running the air conditioner is a good idea. Residents should check the filters on their air conditioners and replace them regularly. Indoor air filtration devices with HEPA filters can reduce the level of particles that circulate indoors. For more detailed information about air quality related to the wildfires, visit the South Coast Air Quality Management District’s website at www.aqmd.gov or call 1-800-CUT-SMOG (288-7664). The Department of Public Health is committed to protecting and improving the health of the nearly 10 million residents of Los Angeles County. Through a variety of programs, community partnerships and services, Public Health overseas environmental health, disease control, and community and family health. Public Health comprises more than 4,000 employees and an annual budget exceeding $750 million. To learn more about Public Health and the work we do, please visit http://www.lapublichealth.org. The Los Angeles County Health Officer is issuing a health alert due to the smoke and associated air pollution from fires in Malibu Canyon, Canyon Country, and the Santa Clarita area. Smoke from these fires includes small particles and gases that can cause health problems. “Despite significant efforts toward fire containment, air quality in some parts of the County is being adversely affected by the fires,” said Jonathan E. Fielding, MD, MPH, Director of Public Health and County Health Officer. “Small air particles carrying through Los Angeles County can have adverse health effects, and will be particularly unhealthful for sensitive individuals. Those individuals should avoid strenuous outdoor activities.” Health officials recommend that “all individuals exercise caution and avoid unnecessary outdoor activities, and sensitive individuals limit prolonged exertion in smoke impacted areas. Schools in these areas should take care to assure that sensitive students also limit their outdoor physical activity such as engaging in strenuous team sports.” In addition, due to strong Santa Ana wind conditions in the passes and canyons in Los Angeles County, concentrations of dust particles may also cause unhealthy air quality. All individuals are urged to exercise caution and minimize outdoor activities and sensitive individuals should limit prolonged exertion in the dust impacted areas as well. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Focus on the Family taking steps for life after Dobson

first_imgThat kind of peer-to-peer connection is central to Focus on the Family’s efforts to reach a younger audience. An example is a Webzine called Boundless.org that invites young adults ages 18 to 34 to talk to each other in moderated forums about everything from dating and courtship to the ethics of playing online poker. “This generation, Gen Y and even Gen X, they are skeptical,” said Motte Brown, 39, who oversees the Boundless `zine as family formation ministry manager. “They’ve been marketed to their entire lives, so they look to their peers and they reject anything with an authoritarian tone. They are looking for truth, but look to their peers for that.” Brown acknowledges that hunger poses a challenge for an institution founded on one man’s vision. Young adults on the online forums revere Dobson, he said, but also want to hear each other’s voices. The ministry also is customizing content to adapt to an on-demand world, said Glenn Williams, 44, a senior vice president. Dobson’s radio show is now available through podcast, audio-stream and video-stream. The ministry’s movie reviews, one of its most popular products, can be delivered by text message. An initiative called “My Family” allows Web site visitors to customize their home pages. The flagship Focus on the Family magazine was too general for the times, so now five versions based on different life-stages are published. “Focus for a long time took a shotgun approach: Let’s throw out a topic today and talk about it, and if it touches someone’s heart, we’ll respond,” Daly said. “Now, people are just too busy. They say, `I don’t have time to find it. I need you to feed it with me … That’s a huge change between the leadership (at Focus on the Family).”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.“With (Dobson’s) interest in public policy, we have quite a strong bicep in that arena,” Daly said. But, he adds, “94 percent of our budget goes to marriage and parenting, the bread and butter stuff. We don’t have to reduce the muscle in the public policy area. We just need to start doing curls in the other area in the public square.” Dobson stepped down as Focus on the Family president in 2003 but remains the board chairman and the ministry’s public voice on its flagship radio broadcast. While Dobson has not hinted at retirement, the board has been plotting succession for years. Passing up a better-paying corporate job at a paper company, Daly joined Focus on the Family in the late 1980s and rose through the ranks. Daly is not heir apparent to the radio show because, he acknowledges, that isn’t his strength. He views himself as an administrator and delegator. Daly’s public profile is growing, however, illustrated by the release of his first book, “Finding Home,” in which he describes growing up in foster care after the deaths of his alcoholic parents and the joys of raising his own kids. The message: Parents can consider Daly a peer rather than an authority figure in the mold of Dobson, a child psychologist. COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – James Dobson has become synonymous with the empire that is Focus on the Family. Tourists clamor for photos of the group’s founder when he’s not taping a radio show, talking about the presidential race on a TV news show or writing another child-rearing book. Some staff confess to asking “What Would Dr. Dobson Do?” when faced with a dilemma. But out of public view, a new generation of executives is laying the groundwork for sustaining the conservative Christian group as a cultural and political force once the 71-year-old Dobson has left the scene. And most of their efforts are concentrated not in the political realm, but in finding new ways to deliver marriage and parenting advice to a younger generation of families, many of whom distrust institutions or dislike evangelical engagement in politics. Consider Jim Daly, the group’s 46-year-old president and chief executive officer. He shares Dobson’s conservative evangelical beliefs about marriage and the culture wars. But Daly is more likely to talk or blog about his troubled childhood or the challenges of raising his own kids, ages 5 and 7, than stage voter-registration rallies. last_img

Strikers to hold rally outside Fox studios

first_imgMovie and television writers will hold a rally outside Fox studios today to mark the fifth day of their strike. Among the scheduled speakers are Writers Guild of America, West, President Patric M. Verrone and Screen Actors Guild President Alan Rosenberg. Singer Tom Morello from Rage Against the Machine and AudioSlave will perform an acoustic mini-set at the rally, which is being held on the fifth day of the writers strike. Leaders from the industry’s top five talent agencies met in secret with guild leaders at the Writers Guild of America’s office in the Fairfax District yesterday to offer help and share a litany of concerns about how the strike was affecting their clients, five people with knowledge of the meeting said. 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 MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Talks between writers and major studios broke off Sunday, mainly over payments for shows that are rerun on the Internet and other new media. Negotiations have not resumed. Eager to jump-start that process, top agents from William Morris, International Creative Management, Creative Artists Agency, United Talent Agency and Endeavor met yesterday with top guild leaders, including chief negotiator David Young and union President Patric M. Verrone. Among other things, agents offered to be a “collective resource to the union,” lending their expertise to help frame the issues that are at the center of the dispute with studios. last_img read more

PAT THE COPE FIGHTS FOR NEW SPECIES QUOTAS FOR WHITE FISH VESSELS

first_imgDonegal MEP Pat the Cope Gallagher has tabled amendments on boar fish and for whitefish vessels fishing off the North West Coast including under 15 metres.On 05 April next, the European Parliament will vote principally to extend the existing transitional technical measures under the Common Fisheries Policy to January 2013.The European Commission is anxious to roll over the Regulation. However, Pat the Cope Gallagher MEP is aiming to amend this important regulation  so as to introduce an appropriate mesh size for the fishery targeting boarfish and separately to enable whitefish vessels and small boats under 15 metres to fish stocks other than cod off the North West coast of Ireland.MEP Gallagher stated “EU Ministers for Fisheries agreed in December to grant Ireland 67% of the TAC for boar fish.“However, the existing rules under the Common Fisheries Policy do not recognise this type of fish, which is caught in nets with a mesh size in the range 32-54mm.“Therefore, I decided to use the Regulation on technical measures as a vehicle to introduce the appropriate mesh size. Thus avoiding the need introduce new legislation, which would take too long.”  “The European Parliament’s Fisheries Committee strongly supported my amendment in February and I am confident that the plenary will formally adopt. The 27 governments are also supportive.”“I have also submitted amendments to allow whitefish and small boats under 15 metres to fish off the North West coast in Area VIa. Regrettably, the other political groups in the Parliament failed to support the amendments at Committee”.“Area VIa is effectively closed for whitefish with a significant loss of income due  to unworkable technical measures introduced two years ago for cod recovery.These vessels do not catch cod however the rules under the Regulation make it virtually impossible to catch other species such as megrim, monkfish, haddock and hake.“I am very concerned for the financial viability of vessels involved if these measures are not amended without delay.” “In addition particularly for vessels under 15 metres, there is an important health and safety concern which needs to be addressed as quickly as possible. The current mesh size effectively means that fishermen must steam approximately 80km out from their ports into dangerous waters in order to make a living.”ENDSPAT THE COPE FIGHTS FOR NEW SPECIES QUOTAS FOR WHITE FISH VESSELS was last modified: March 29th, 2011 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:fishing rights DonegaklPat The Cope Gallagherwhite fishlast_img read more

La Liga: Athletic ease pain of Europa League exit with victory over Malaga

first_img Goalkeeper Gorka Iraizoz put in a top class display for Athletic 1 You can listen to live La Liga commentary on talkSPORT 2. For details of how to retune your radio, click here.An Athletic Bilbao team unable to call upon top scorer Aritz Aduriz managed to secure a tight 1-0 win over Malaga at La Rosaleda Stadium.Aduriz, unavailable due to injury, missed the La Liga victory which eases the pain of the Basque club’s exit from the Europa League last week.The victory tightens Bilbao’s hold on the qualification places for next season’s edition of the tournament, and keeps them in with a shot of qualifying for the Champions League.Raul Garcia headed the only goal of the game after 53 minutes, but goalkeeper Gorka Iraizoz took all the plaudits for the win, pulling off a number of fine saves to secure all three points.The hosts dominated the game, managing 17 shots to Athletic’s six, but Iraizoz saved a number of efforts from Juanpi and Chory Castro to keep the clean sheet.last_img read more

Is Ozil the league’s most creative player? Top 10 creators per season ranked!

first_img 2. Frank Lampard (Chelsea) – 134 chances created in the 2008-09 season – Lampard’s mammoth total from the 2008-09 total was 17 more than anyone else for so long and looked unlikely to be surpassed. 1. Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) – 137 chances created in the 2015-16 season to date – Ozil’s total this season is staggering as he overtook Lampard’s record during the Gunners’ disappointing 0-0 draw with Sunderland on Sunday. It will take some player to beat this total. 9 3. Florent Malouda (Chelsea) – 117 chances created in the 2010-11 season – Perhaps a surprising player to make the list but the Frenchman’s form in 2010-11 was outstanding despite the Blues surrendering the title back to Manchester United. =4. Leighton Baines (Everton) and Cesc Fabregas (Arsenal) – 116 chances created each, in the 2012-13 and 2006-07 seasons respectively – Baines (2012-13) and Fabregas (2006-07) are joint fourth on the list. While the Spaniard makes his second appearance on this list, Fabregas has yet to replicate this kind of creativity at Chelsea. Baines, meanwhile, has probably seen his best days in the blue of Everton. 8. Mikel Arteta (Everton) – 108 chances created in the 2006-07 season – The Spaniard’s form in the 2006-07 season helped Everton qualify for the UEFA Cup as he won the club’s Player of the Year and was ranked the sixth-best player in the league. 7. Cesc Fabregas (Arsenal) – 112 chances created in the 2007-08 season – The third Spaniard on the list, Fabregas’ form during the 2007-08 season led to him being named the Arsenal captain for the following season. 9 9. Christian Eriksen (Tottenham) – 107 (to date in the 2015-16 season) – Eriksen has been one of the most creative players in the Premier League this season, already manufacturing 107 chances for his teammates as Spurs look set for a best-ever finish in the Premier League era. 9 The top assist makers of a season is always a good reflection of how well a player has performed but can also be slightly misleading.Assists, obviously, are only registered if a goal is scored and is therefore just as much down to the shooter as it is to the passer.A much fairer reflection of the most creative players is by ranking them by the number of chances created in a single season.Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil has the most assists in the league this season with 18 but how does his tally of chances created rate against the best in Premier League history?Click the arrow above, right, as talkSPORT rank the Premier League’s top chance creators in a single season. 9 6. Frank Lampard (Chelsea) – 114 chances created in the 2009-10 season – The first of two appearances Lampard makes on this list comes during Chelsea’s double winning season of 2009-10, but he was surprisingly overlooked for a place in the team of the season. 9 9 10. David Silva (Manchester City) – 104 chances created in 2012-13 – click the arrow, right, to see who is at number one – In City’s title defence of the 2012-13 season, Silva chipped in with a huge 104 chances created for his teammates despite rivals Manchester United reclaiming the title. 9 9 9last_img read more