Coral Daily Download – Liverpool still tipped to miss out on top four

first_imgDave Stevens joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.Liverpool beat Bournemouth on Monday night to make it two wins from two in the Premier League, but the Coral spokesman revealed the Reds are still outsiders to finish in the top four.Stevens also looked ahead to the first leg of Manchester United’s Champions League play-off clash with Club Brugge on Tuesday night and said Louis van Gaal’s side are 1/12 to qualify.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfastlast_img

Dynamo Kiev charged by UEFA over fans’ alleged racist attack during Chelsea clash

first_img1 Dynamo Kiev fans UEFA has launched disciplinary proceedings against Dynamo Kiev following disturbances at the Champions League match against Chelsea on Tuesday.The Ukrainian side have been charged with racist behaviour and crowd disturbances following an incident captured on camera by anti-discrimination network Football Against Racism in Europe at the Group G match, which finished goalless.Footage of the incident apparently shows a group of Dynamo fans attacking four black men after spotting them in a neighbouring section of the NSK Olimpiysky.FARE’s executive director, Piara Powar, confirmed to Press Association Sport: “Usually we do not go public with these sort of reports – but we thought the footage was so serious that it should be shared with the media.”UEFA’s Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body will deal with the case on Tuesday, October 27.Earlier this year, Dynamo were fined 15,000 euros by European football’s governing body following the racist behaviour of their fans during a Europa League match against Everton at the same venue.The Ukrainian side were also punished for setting off fireworks and for insufficient organisation during the 5-2 second leg win over the Toffees in March.UEFA also ordered partial closure of their home ground for the first leg of the quarter-final against Fiorentina the following month.last_img read more

Liverpool starting line up to play Bournemouth tonight – Klopp’s shock selection

first_img 11 11 11 11 11. Roberto Firmino 11 6. Dejan Lovren 27. Divock Origi 33. Jordon Ibe 24. Joe Allen 11. Roberto Firmino 34. Adam Bogdan 56. Connor Randall 11 32. Cameron Brannagan 11 Liverpool host Bournemouth in the fourth round of the League Cup on Wednesday evening, looking for their first win under Jurgen Klopp.Since replacing Brendan Rodgers as Reds boss, Klopp has seen his side draw three times – against Spurs and Southampton in the Premier League and Rubin Kazan in the Europa League.It will be the club’s third consecutive match at Anfield and, while some see an improvement in performances under Klopp, they are still yet to win under his stewardship.Liverpool are fortunate to still be in the competition though, after edging through on penalties against League Two Carlisle last time out, but Klopp will surely see the League Cup as an opportunity to win silverware in his first season on Merseyside.Klopp gave little clues of his starting XI in his press conference ahead of the match, but he will definitely be without the suspended James Milner, who received his fifth booking of the season in the Saints draw on Sunday.He also has a number of injuries to contend with, including captain Jordan Henderson and long-term absentees Joe Gomez and Danny Ings, while he says some of his squad are carrying minor problems picked up against Southampton.  Christian Benteke will miss out with a knee injury that could also make him unavailable for Saturday’s game away to Chelsea.Daniel Sturridge is still sidelined with a knee injury, after Klopp said he was making good progress but was not yet fit enough to be football training despite working in the gym with the physiotherapist.This will be Liverpool’s third match in six days, therefore Klopp said he would be making changes to his side.Rumour has it that the German will give a Liverpool debut to Academy graduate Connor Randall, at right back, while fellow youngsters Cameron Brannagan and Joao Texeira will also start the game, in midfield and attack, respectively.Bournemouth, meanwhile, will be hoping to return to winning ways after a 5-1 thrashing at home to Tottenham in the league on Sunday.They have already face Liverpool this season, in the Premier League, when the Reds were 1-0 winners at Anfield in August.So who will make the starting XI? Take a look at our predicted line up by clicking the yellow arrow above right, and comment below with the side which you would pick to face Eddie Howe’s men.Read in full here – Daniel Sturridge ruled out of Bournemouth clash as Jurgen Klopp refuses to set date for return 11 4. Kolo Toure – take a look at the full line up, in squad number order, by clicking the arrow above! And let us know what you think of our predicted team by leaving a comment below 11 53. Joao Texeira 11 11last_img read more

Hawksbee and Jacobs daily – Wednesday, December 23

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Liverpool target £11m midfielder, Man United to rival Leicester for £19m hitman – paper review

first_imgHere are the top transfer-related stories in Friday’s newspapers…Manchester United have entered the race to sign CSKA Moscow striker Ahmed Musa. Leicester have had a £15.1million offer rejected and are expected to up their bid before the January window expires, but now face competition from United for the 23-year-old’s services. CSKA rate the hitman at around £19m. (Daily Express)Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is weighing up a move for Udinese midfielder Piotr Zielinski. The 21-year-old Polish international is on loan at Empoli this season and has caught the eye of several European giants. Klopp is keen to wrap an £11million move for the central midfielder and had been initially looking at securing his services this January. But Zielinski is thought to favour a move in the summer. (Daily Mirror)Barcelona superstar Neymar has admitted he would ‘love’ to play under Pep Guardiola. The Bayern Munich boss is widely expected to manage in the Premier League next season, after confirming he is leaving his post in Bavaria to seek a job in England. Manchester City have been reported as his most likely destination, and Neymar has revealed he is the one coach he wants to work with during his career. (Daily Mirror)Italy manager Antonio Conte has emerged as the leading candidate for the Chelsea job as the club close in on their search for Jose Mourinho’s long-term replacement. Conte is understood to have met with club officials before Christmas and is ready to leave the Italian national team to manage in England next term. (Daily Mail)Roma are considering a bid for unsettled Chelsea defender Gary Cahill before the transfer window closes. Cahill is concerned about his future just eight weeks after signing a new four-year contract. (London Evening Standard)West Ham are considering a shock move for Sunderland striker Steven Fletcher. (Daily Mirror)Monaco are rivalling Tottenham’s bid to sign Moussa Dembele from Fulham. (Daily Mirror)Norwich are waiting for an answer over their bid to sign Chelsea rising star Patrick Bamford on a permanent basis. (Daily Mirror)And here are the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…?Gary Cahill to leave Chelsea? ‘He would suit Liverpool’, Danny Murphy tells talkSPORTSlaven Bilic hoping West Ham can agree a deal to sign Emmanuel EmenikeNorwich City lining up a move for former Newcastle defender Davide SantonSwansea close in on Chievo striker Alberto PaloschiWatford close to completing deal for Mario Suarez, confirms Quique Sanchez FloresPorto hope to put off Stoke by slapping £38million price tag on midfield target Giannelli ImbulaTransfer report: Arsenal and Tottenham face disappointment over £6m starletlast_img read more

Rasshan could go back to QB

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityIt became an issue after starter Ben Olson was knocked out in the first quarter, forcing red-shirt freshman walk-on McLeod Bethel-Thompson into action. “I talked to Coach Dorrell and he said he didn’t put me in the game because I didn’t get any (practice) snaps,” Rasshan said. “(Dorrell) said we’ll go in and get a blue print and see how everything is going. I think I have the most experience at quarterback, so I definitely think I can help the team there.” Dorrell said the availability of Olson, who has a left knee injury, and Patrick Cowan (knee) will be assessed. Using Bethel-Thompson, true freshman Chris Forcer and Rasshan are also options. “I don’t have all the answers today, so don’t ask me today,” Dorrell said. “But those are the things we’ll have to consider over this weekend and move forward.” The quarterback situation was dire after Olson was hurt while being sacked by the Irish, and may not improve in time for Cal. Olson, who was on crutches but declined comment after the game, will undergo an MRI to determine the severity of his injury. Cowan tore the medial collateral ligament in his right knee two weeks ago against Washington, and has not practiced since. By Brian Dohn and Jill Painter STAFF WRITERS UCLA coach Karl Dorrell said the coaching staff will spend the next day or so deciding what to do with its quarterback situation, but Osaar Rasshan will be involved in it. Rasshan, who moved to receiver in the offseason, said he was told by Dorrell after UCLA’s 20-6 loss Saturday to Notre Dame he would return to quarterback during practice and could be the starter when the Bruins return from a bye and host California on Oct. 20. “We think all (Olson’s) ligaments are intact, and in pretty good shape,” Dorrell said. “We need to make an evaluation at some point over the weekend.” Bethel-Thompson completed 12 of 28 for 139 yards, was intercepted four times, sacked four times and fumbled three times, one of which was returned for a touchdown. Home sweet home Notre Dame freshman quarterback Jimmy Clausen completed 17 of 27 passes for 84 yards in the first victory of his college career. Notre Dame continued to enforce a policy that freshman players can’t talk to the media, even though this was the former Oaks Christian star’s homecoming and Notre Dame’s first victory. “He was pretty fired up because this is his home turf,” Weis said. “He managed the team and did what we asked him to do. He’s a freshman, and this is the first time as a starting quarterback that he’s won. So, he’s as happy as anyone right now.” No Moline UCLA junior defensive tackle Chase Moline did not dress for the game because of migraine headaches. He practiced during the week. Who’s watching? When the deal was signed 14 years ago, it seemed like Notre Dame’s first trip to the Rose Bowl in 83 years would be a big deal. ABC picked up the game, but not many people saw it. The game was slated to go to only 18 percent of the nation. The rest of the country was to get Ohio State at Purdue. Odds and ends Senior left guard Shannon Tevaga, a four-year starter, played for the first time since injuring his knee Sept. 15 at Utah. … UCLA reserve linebackers Shawn Oatis and John Hale each missed the second half because of concussions. … Bruins receiver Dominique Johnson suffered a left ankle sprain.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

As usual, Sun Devils heat up in 2nd half

first_imgGAME OF THE DAY: ASU falls behind Cal, 13-0, then dominates the rest of the game to get to 8-0. By Andrew Bagnato THE ASSOCIATED PRESS TEMPE, Ariz. – Arizona State has taken an unusual road to national title contention. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The seventh-ranked Sun Devils have made a habit of falling behind early, then burying their opponents in the second half. They followed that script again on Saturday night, spotting No. 18 California a 13-point first-quarter lead before rallying for a 31-20 victory to remain unbeaten. Dimitri Nance ran for three touchdowns and Rudy Carpenter threw for 219 yards and a touchdown as the Sun Devils (8-0, 5-0 Pacific-10) overcame a double-digit deficit at home for the third time. “We know how to deal with adversity,” Carpenter said. Arizona State took sole possession of first place in the Pac-10 and set up a high-stakes showdown with No. 5 Oregon (7-1, 4-1) next week in Eugene – a game that will have national title implications. “It’s big because people keep doubting us,” Carpenter said. “We never doubted ourselves. Our confidence keeps growing.” Students rushed the field to celebrate ASU’s first victory over a ranked opponent this season. “It was obviously an emotional ride,” said first-year coach Dennis Erickson, who improved to 27-15 against the Top 25. Erickson and his staff have become noted for their halftime adjustments, and they made the right ones on Saturday night as Arizona State shut out the Golden Bears in the second half. The Sun Devils have outscored opponents, 153-29, after halftime. “I knew in the second half we were going to win this game,” Carpenter said. Nate Longshore threw for 261 yards and a touchdown and also threw two interceptions for the Golden Bears (5-3, 2-3), who dropped their third straight. Cal has plunged from No. 2 in the country to sixth in the conference in 21 days. “We need to stay together,” Cal coach Jeff Tedford. “We need to just evaluate and we need to correct the mistakes and get the thing going in the right direction. We’ve got to keep working at it. We’re not going to give up on it.” The Sun Devils spotted Cal a 13-0 lead after one quarter. The Golden Bears struck first when Rulon Davis sacked Carpenter, forcing a fumble. Freshman Cameron Jordan recovered it and returned the ball 13 yards for a touchdown. Jordan Kay (Peninsula High) kicked two field goals, from 41 and 22 yards, to make it 13-0. No problem. The Sun Devils have been there before. “It’s a 60-minute game,” ASU receiver Kyle Williams said. “13-0 in the first quarter means nothing to us.” ASU gave Colorado a 14-0 first-quarter lead before storming back for a 33-14 victory on Sept. 8. Two weeks later, ASU trailed Oregon State, 19-0, after one quarter before rallying for a 44-32 victory. “We seem to come out early and dominate the game,” Erickson said with a snicker. “I don’t know what it is with us, but I’ll take the last part of it. We keep fighting back and keep making plays.” This time, the rally began with a defensive stop. Arizona State held Cal to a field goal on first-and-goal at the 5 late in the first quarter, and instead of facing a 17-0 deficit, the Sun Devils trailed only 13-0. The stop inspired the offense, which shook off some early struggles and marched 59 yards on its next possession. Nance scored on an 11-yard run to cut the lead to 13-7 early in the second quarter. California answered with an 89-yard march. The Bears scored touchdowns on consecutive plays. The first was called back on offensive pass interference on DeSean Jackson, who then caught a 22-yarder to make it 20-7 on the next play. Nance scored again from 2 yards out to make it 20-14 late in the first half. The play capped a 12-play, 65-yard drive. The Sun Devils opened the second half by stopping Cal at midfield, then marching 91 yards in nine plays. On fourth-and-1, Nance scored on an 8-yard run to give ASU a 21-20 lead. The Sun Devils went 67 yards in 10 plays to set up a 47-yard field goal by Thomas Weber, his 15th consecutive successful field goal. ASU clinched the victory with fourth-quarter interceptions by Justin Tryon and Robert James and a 12-yard touchdown pass from Carpenter to Kyle Williams.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

Romo becomes face of Cowboys

first_img Bills to start Losman Around the league Saints: A sports marketer has filed a lawsuit against running back Reggie Bush and his parents that seeks to recoup nearly $300,000 in cash and gifts they allegedly accepted during Bush’s sophomore and junior seasons at USC. The suit filed Tuesday in Superior Court claims Bush and his family received $291,600 in cash, living arrangements and other benefits from Lloyd Lake between November 2004 and January 2006. The suit comes nearly two years after allegations first surfaced and has prompted the NCAA and Pac-10 to launch their own investigation. Lake and partner Michael Michaels have said they provided money to Bush’s family as well as a home for which his family had failed to pay more than $50,000 in rent. Lake’s attorneys said they plan to meet with NCAA investigators Friday. Redskins: Washington placed cornerback Carlos Rogers (knee) on injured reserve. Eagles: The oldest son of Philadelphia coach Andy Reid, Garrett, 24, was taken into custody again after failing a drug test, prosecutors said. Reid has acknowledged he had used heroin when he ran a red light and hit another car in January. He and his younger brother Britt are to be sentenced Thursday in separate cases. The 22-year-old Britt Reid, is already in jail in an unrelated case after violating his bail conditions. He was charged in August with driving under the influence and drug violations. Police said they pulled over Britt Reid for suspicion of drunken driving and found painkillers, amphetamines and antidepressants when they searched him and his vehicle. At the time, he was awaiting sentencing for a road-rage incident that happened the same day as his older brother’s crash. Packers: With its roster exemption from the NFL for Koren Robinson expiring, Green Bay added the reinstated wide receiver, making room for him on the 53-man roster by placing DeShawn Wynn, its leading rusher, on season-ending injured reserve. Coach Mike McCarthy said Wynn has “a significant shoulder injury.” Raiders: Oakland waived struggling wide receiver Mike Williams, becoming the second team in six months to cut ties with the former USC standout who was the 10th pick of the 2005 draft. Hall of Fame: Cornerback Darrell Green and receivers Cris Carter and Herman Moore were among 124 modern-era players, coaches, and contributors on the preliminary list of nominees for the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2008. 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.Romo is signed through 2013, which means he’ll be the face of the franchise when it moves into a $1 billion, 100,000-seat stadium in 2009. “The best feeling by far is to know the organization, the Jones family and our coaches and everyone say, `Hey, you’re our guy,”‘ Romo said. “That means everything, more than the money ever could. I’m just excited to be here for a long time.” Romo replaced Drew Bledsoe at halftime of a Monday night game against the New York Giants last October. His first start came the following game, on Oct. 29, 2006; a year to the day later, he agreed to a contract that gives him the third-highest annual salary for an NFL quarterback, behind only Peyton Manning and Carson Palmer. Bills quarterback J.P. Losman will start Sunday against Cincinnati. The team announced that Trent Edwards needs additional time to recover from a sprained right wrist. Bills coach Dick Jauron said in a statement that it’s unclear whether Edwards will practice at all this week. Edwards hurt his throwing hand in the third quarter of Buffalo’s 13-3 win at the New York Jets last weekend. Losman took over with the game tied at 3 and produced two scoring drives, sealing the win with an 85-yard touchdown pass to Lee Evans. The game against Cincinnati will be Losman’s first start since he sprained his left knee during the first series of a 38-7 loss to New England in Week 3. From news services Add Tony Romo to the list of Dallas Cowboys franchise quarterbacks, right after Don Meredith, Roger Staubach and Troy Aikman. Having already inched his way toward such elite company by winning 12 of his first 17 starts, often in spectacular fashion, Romo’s spot in the team’s hierarchy was secured Tuesday with the signing of a six-year, $67 million contract of which $30 million is guaranteed. “He’s the man for the 2000s,” team owner Jerry Jones said. “I wouldn’t have done this if I didn’t think he gives us a chance to win Super Bowls.” last_img

Dow revamping to slice 1,000 jobs

first_img160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! DETROIT – Dow Chemical Co. said Tuesday that it is cutting 1,000 jobs, or about 2.3 percent of its work force, as part of a plan to rid itself of underperforming businesses and boost its global efficiency. The Midland-based company, one of the nation’s biggest chemical makers, said it will exit the automotive sealers business within the next nine to 18 months in North America, Asia and Latin America. It will look at options in its European operations. Other cutbacks include idling a styrene plant in Camacari, Brazil, on Jan. 1 and closing a cellulose manufacturing facility in Aratu, Brazil, in the first quarter of next year. Wholly owned subsidiary Union Carbide Corp. will shut down its polypropylene facility in St. Charles Parish, La., before Dec. 31, and the company will reduce research and development and other functions at a facility in South Charleston, W.Va. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat Kings“Today’s announcement reflects our commitment to prune businesses that are not delivering appropriate value and tackle tasks more efficiently across the entire organization … freeing up capital and resources that will be redirected toward value-creating growth opportunities,” Andrew N. Liveris, Dow’s chairman and CEO, said in a statement. Dow expects the cuts will result in a charge of $500 million to $600million for write-downs and severance packages in the fourth quarter of 2007. The company said it expects to save $180million a year once the moves are made. Dow reported a 21.3percent drop in profit in the third quarter due to changes in German tax laws, higher domestic tax rates and charges for research and development. It posted net income after paying preferred dividends of $403million, or 42cents per share, compared with a year-earlier profit of $512million, or 53cents per share. The company employs about 43,000 people worldwide. Dow Chemical shares fell 49 cents, to $41.05, at the close of trading Tuesday.last_img read more

West Ham handed boost in pursuit of Besiktas star

first_img Hammers target Gokhan Tore 1 West Ham have been put on alert after Besiktas vice-president Ahmet Nur Cebi revealed he would be willing to sell Gokhan Tore for ‘the right price’.The Hammers have been tracking the winger’s progress since Slaven Bilic took over last summer with a view to landing him during the upcoming transfer window.And they will be encouraged by Nur Cebi’s latest comments, claiming he will be willing to negotiate with a club who tabled an appropriate offer.“If they give €30m we would have to think about it, we have to think about business as well,” he said.Tore spent two years at Chelsea as a youth player but failed to make the grade at Stamford Bridge and moved on to Hamburg.Since then he has completed a short spell at Rubin Kazan before joining Besiktas on a permanent deal in 2014.Tore made a positive impression under Bilic in the one season they worked together and the Croat now wants to bring the Turk to east London.last_img read more