Manchester United star Ander Herrera with Daley Blind Manchester United fans have gone wild on Twitter after reports Ander Herrera will start their Champions League clash with Club Brugge.The Spanish midfielder is a firm favourite at Old Trafford but is yet to start a game so far this season.Supporters were clamouring for his inclusion following the 0-0 draw with Newcastle United and it appears their prayers have been answered as the Manchester Evening News report he will play the second leg of their play-off match in Belgium.You can see how Manchester United fans react to the news of Ander Herrera’s start below… 1
1 Bayern Munich and Thomas Muller continued their domination of the Bundesliga as Pep Guardiola’s men beat Schalke 3-1 on Saturday.The Bavarian giants remain unbeaten in domestic competition this season – having lost just once; against Arsenal in the Champions League – and have stretched that run to 12 wins and one draw following this weekend’s trip to west Germany.It was another straightforward victory for Bayern, who have blown sides away throughout the opening period of the campaign, and it provided another goal for star man Muller who capped the win with his 22nd goal in 23 games.Plus, the fixture was the 300th consecutive Bayern game to be played in front of a sell-out crowd – that’s both home AND away!Check out all the goals below…David Alaba opens the scoring after only nine minutes with deflected long-range strike: Thomas Muller Javi Martinez scores first goal in two years with fine header to put Bayern back in front: Schalke soon level as Max Meyer’s low shot beats Manuel Neuer: Thomas Muller rounds off victory with calm finish after electric run from Douglas Costa:
Lorenzo Insigne: Italian forward watched by Arsenal scouts – Napoli forward Insigne has scored seven goals in 15 Serie A games this season, operating as wide forward and central attacking midfielder. Calcio Mercato report that the 24-year-old has been watched by Arsenal scouts. However, his club will be reluctant to sell a player who still has four years left on his contract. 7 7 Alexis Sanchez: Guardiola wants his former player – According to Spanish outlet Don Balon, Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola wants to be reunited with Sanchez, who he managed at Barcelona. However, given the boss’ uncertain future in Germany, the report also claims Guardiola could wait until he knows where he will be next season. 7 Ruben Neves: A Sergio Busquets in the making? – Cristian Tello compared his Porto team-mate Neves with his former Barcelona pal Sergio Busquets. The 18-year-old midfielder’s passing, aggression and ball control have all been praised and Arsenal scouts have apparently been watching the player, along with other big European clubs. 7 Mauro Icardi: Inter striker to bolster front line? Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see more Arsenal transfer rumours – Injuries to midfielders may be mounting up at Arsenal, but there are also problems further forward. Both Theo Walcott and Danny Welbeck have been forced to watch from the sidelines this season, so the club have been linked with additional firepower like Icardi. 7 Olympiakos v Arsenal is live on talkSPORT at 7.45pm – click here to listen.Will Arsenal splash the cash in January?Gooners will certainly hope their manager isn’t planning to window shop again given the amount of injuries the first team has.PREDICTED ARSENAL LINE UP FOR OLYMPIAKOS GAMEA new physio might be the best signing the club could make, but talkSPORT is focusing on the players linked with winter moves.The agent of Celtic’s Nir Britton has rubbished speculation linking the player with a move, so who else is there?Click the arrow above, right, to see the latest. Ilkay Gundogan: Juventus to pip Arsenal to Dortmund midfielder? – According to Tuttosport, Juve manager Massimiliano Allegri will be given a £50m transfer kitty to bolster his faltering side as they try to defend their Serie A title. That could dent any hopes Arsenal have of adding the classy midfielder to their ranks. Daniele Rugani: Talented Juve stopper can go but he MUST ASK to leave – In Italy’s Gazzetta dello Sport it is being reported that Juventus will not sell the defender unless Rugani demands a transfer. Arsenal and Man United have both been linked with a move for him and the 21-year-old is highly-rated in Italy, but has been unable to land a regular first team spot. 7 Victor Wanyama: Pires loves ‘world class’ Saints man – Wanyama was said to be keen to move to Tottenham in the summer, but Southampton put their foot down and the midfielder remained on the south coast. Now former Arsenal forward Robert Pires has revealed he hopes to see the powerful Kenyan at the Emirates, as revealed in the London Evening Standard. 7
Carlo Ancelotti Zenit are trying to lure former Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti to Russia.The Italian was sacked by Real Madrid in the summer and he has since elected to take a year-long sabbatical.It has not stopped the 56-year-old being linked with jobs, though, particularly those in the Premier League.Ancelotti has been touted as a potential successor to Louis van Gaal at Old Trafford and Liverpool are said to have made contact with him before appointing Jurgen Klopp.However, according to Russian newspaper Izvestia, Zenit are ready to blow the competition out of the water with a huge offer.Current manager Andre Villas-Boas is expected to leave at the end of the season when his contract comes to an end.And to replace him Zenit have now offered Ancelotti a salary of £11m-a-year.The former AC Milan boss is reportedly yet to reply to the offer but he has discussed terms with the Russian club. 1
Arsene Wenger is hopeful that both Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil will be fit for Arsenal’s clash with Chelsea.The Gunners welcome Guus Hiddink’s side on Sunday as they look for their first Premier League win over the Blues since 2011.Ozil missed last week’s match with Stoke due to a groin problem, while Sanchez has been out since the end of November with a hamstring strain.But Wenger is confident that both should return for this weekend’s showdown at the Emirates.“The good news is that Ozil certainly will be available,” said Wenger.“Sanchez, the next two days will be decisive but, this time, I think he will make it for selection.”The Gunners boss also gave an update on the rest of the club’s injured stars, and brought fans encouraging news.“Francis Coquelin is back in full training today, ahead of schedule,” the Frenchman added.“Danny Welbeck will be in full training next week. So those are positive news. Rosicky I think will play for the under-21s tomorrow night.“A few players are coming back. We’re going into a very important period now, so to have people available is important for us.“We have done extremely well during all this period when we had big players out, but it’s just a good opportunity to have everybody back.”While Sanchez is back in contention after recovering from a hamstring problem suffered at Norwich, Wenger has been wary about throwing him back in but feels he is now ready for a return.“The doubt is about him having been out for a long time, and the risk of a setback,” Wenger said.“To be clear on all the tests is one thing. To be clear after training is another. But the intensity of a big game you can never replicate in training, but you can make the risk minimal.“I’m cautious with him because we cannot afford a setback, which would mean a very long period out. We don’t want to take this risk. The signs he’s shown in training this week are positive.” Arsenal duo Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez 1
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.But consider this: When the ULI panel visited San Pedro in 2002, there were no loft projects even on the drawing boards. The so-called “H-2” lot at Centre Street between Sixth and Seventh? That was still just a 30-year-old dusty, vacant lot. Love it or hate it, the downtown is definitely taking on a new look. Walking around the area on a recent morning, I was struck by the sounds and sights of construction, especially at the Vue, a 16-story luxury condominium development that should be fully framed by the first of 2008 with move-ins slated for early next fall. I’ll be curious to see what the next five years bring. It was a sad day at the Knoll Hill Off-Leash Dog Park last Sunday afternoon, the final day before the park would be dismantled and relocated to a smaller parcel at the bottom of the hill. I covered the park’s August 2002 opening day ceremonies. A happier bunch of dogs I’ve seldom seen, with howls and games of chase amid billows of dust commencing as soon as the gates were finally opened. It was the culmination of literally years of work (and not a small amount of frustration) on the part of volunteers who never gave up their dream of starting an off-leash dog park in San Pedro. They deserve our gratitude for all the dedication they put in to making the park a reality. It wasn’t easy and wouldn’t have happened without them – or without the support of Councilwoman Hahn and the Port of Los Angeles. So being there on the last day was especially poignant, as everyone took one last look and walk around the quiet hilltop grounds overlooking Los Angeles Harbor. Sure, it was only temporary. The port said so from the beginning and everyone understood (or should have understood) those ground rules. Still, it’s funny how rooted you can become to a place, how hard it is to let go of something you and your dogs considered to be a home away from home. Many dog owners use the park daily, with others making it up there on weekends only. But it’s always fascinated me to observe and be part of the eclectic and unlikely group of dog park “regulars.” It’s admittedly a fragmented and disorganized little community, but they represent such a cross section of both new and old San Pedro: dockworkers, attorneys, stay-at-home moms, professional housekeepers, business owners, marina boat “live-aboards,” medical workers, school teachers, journalists, Coast Guard and Air Force enlistees, you name it. One couple, both widowed, met at the dog park a couple of years ago and since have married. Many others who never would have met otherwise have become good friends, getting together for parties or other social outings – yes, even without the dogs. The good news is there’s still an off-leash dog park in San Pedro and for that dog owners should be thankful to the Port of Los Angeles. But again, it’s only temporary – and for real, this time, three years max. So a permanent place still needs to be found in San Pedro for dog owners to take their pooches. I’m convinced that the need won’t go away. In fact, I believe it will only grow with so many of the new loft residents – many of whom will have dogs that need outdoor exercise beyond the routine neighborhood leash walks – moving into town over the next couple of years. Donna Littlejohn can be reached at [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! It’s sometimes hard to see change when you’re in a place day in and day out. Take downtown San Pedro. While it’s hardly enjoying the full bloom of a genuine renaissance, there have been some significant changes since the Urban Land Institute visited five years ago at the invitation of Los Angeles City Councilwoman Janice Hahn. Among the major recommendations the San Pedro panel made to improve the area was to bring residential units – 3,000 of them, to be exact – into the downtown and waterfront districts. Granted, things haven’t moved as quickly as many had hoped with regard to the waterfront or the downtown. And the nationwide real estate housing slump isn’t helping. Talk about bad timing.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsIn a long-term care facility, certain methods of operation develop for the convenience and efficiency of the facility which may conflict with the needs of individual residents. Yet residents may be unable to express their particular needs without assistance from others or with limited assistance due to loss of hearing or speech, sight, mental impairment, depression, or inaccessibility of staff. There is also the fear of retaliation, sense of isolation, loss of confidence, fear of upsetting the family and unfamiliarity with staff. The Older Californians Act of 1965 states, “The office shall investigate and seek to resolve complaints and concerns communicated by, or on behalf of, patients, residents, or clients of any long-term care facility.” Responding to and resolving complaints are a primary part of an ombudsman’s job, and one that at times can be difficult. The ombudsman program investigates and reports violations. If we cannot reach an acceptable resolve to a major problems, we then report that to the California Department of Health Services, who are the enforcers. They can set fines, etc., even to the extent of closing a facility. Long-term Care Ombudsman First, that name! The word “ombudsman” is Swedish and translates as a spokesperson from the masses to the power, advocating for citizen rights. In this case, the ombudsman is a volunteer advocate for resident rights in licensed long-term care facilities, skilled nursing homes, assisted living, adult day care centers, adult day healthcare centers, Alzheimer’s facilities, mental health facilities for the elderly, or in other words, any facility licensed by the state that administers long-term care for seniors. (The word can be applied to other ombudsman programs, including those for libraries, colleges, children in foster care and prisons.) There are very specific categories to look for from having access to eyeglasses, hearing aids, or false teeth to having access to privacy and the right to vote. Cleanliness is very important. The residents are in a facility that should be considered their home and should have all of the comfort that applies. They are not “in jail,” not in a hospital, nor are they under the control of any of the staff members. California is divided into sections, which are further divided into regions. The East San Gabriel Valley, Region No. 6, has 9,000 skilled nursing beds. The number of open cases that need investigating is overwhelming. Each volunteer receives 36 hours of training so that they know exactly what to look for in each situation. A new trainee commits to 16 hours a month, which usually breaks down to at least four visits a month. Plus, they must attend a two-hour monthly meeting. Volunteers are certified by the California Department of Aging. Visits can take place at any time of day or night and new trainees will be given as much partnering and mentoring as they require from staff and long-term volunteers until they feel comfortable assuming the responsibilities of the program. Most training occurs Monday through Friday, during daylight hours. Applicants will be fingerprinted and give permission to allow a background check. They need to be adults and if they drive, must have a valid driver license and insurance. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer ombudsman, please call Susan Osborn, Region 6 manager, or Sally Wieck, ombudsman trainer, in the San Dimas office at (909) 394-0416. The territory extends from Claremont to Rosemead and Whittier. Send information about your organization to [email protected], (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2252; or fax to (626) 856-2758.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
1 Manchester City have been handed a major boost, as they face Real Madrid in the first leg of the Champions League semi-finals without Cristiano Ronaldo. The Portuguese star has been ruled out of the Etihad clash after failing to recover from a thigh problem, despite travelling to England. Manuel Pellegrini’s men, without Yaya Toure, will now go into one of the club’s biggest ever games with added confidence. Zinedine Zidane’s side could look to Gareth Bale in Ronaldo’s absence – the Welsh forward scored two as Madrid came from behind to win at the weekend. The teams are in: Man City: Hart, Sagna, Kompany (C), Otamendi, Clichy, Fernando, Fernandinho, Navas, Silva, De Bruyne, Aguero. Subs: Caballero, Mangala, Zabaleta, Kolarov, Delph, Sterling, Iheanacho Real Madrid: Keylor Navas, Carvajal, Pepe, Sergio Ramos, Marcelo, Casemiro, Kroos, Modric, Bale, Lucas Vázquez, BenzemaSubs: Casilla, Varane, James Rodríguez, Kova?i?, Jesé, Isco, DaniloWATCH: The best of Ronaldo, Bale and Benzema – Can Man City stop the Real Madrid trio? Cristiano Ronaldo: The Portuguese star has failed to recover from a thigh problem
1 Leicester City have achieved the impossible this season.But their greatest achievement is not in winning the Premier League title. No, their greatest achievement is making people fall back in love with football.I’m talking about those of us bored and slightly sickened by the sight of feted footballers dripping in bling and sipping from £3,000 bottles of Cristal, posting inappropriate messages on social media and swanning off to party in the likes of Dubai at every opportunity, while the fans in the stands sometimes struggle to raise the price of a pre-match pint and a ticket to the game.I have been very lucky to make a living from watching football and writing about it for almost 30 years. When the Premier League was conceived in 1992 I was 23 years old and Chief Feature Writer at Shoot magazine.For a young man who had grown up living and breathing football and aspiring to be a journalist, it is no exaggeration to say it was the dream job, travelling the length and breadth of the UK, and often Europe, to chat to the game’s biggest stars.I joined in a training session with Manchester United captain Bryan Robson and some competition winners; took penalties against Shaka Hislop at St James’ Park; interviewed David Beckham when he was a virtual unknown; was given a personal tour of the Anfield trophy room by Ian Rush; had a kick around with Paul Ince at a deserted San Siro and his young son, who grew up to be a professional footballer himself, Tom Ince. And much, much more.I imagine there are very few people working in this industry in their early 20s now who will be able to say similar things in 20 years’ time. The game has changed. And, in my opinion, not for the better.At the top level, I’ve fallen out of love with it. Back in the early 90s, I could have named pretty much every player in England’s top-flight. Now you could march half of them through the talkSPORT office and I wouldn’t be able to pick them out of a line-up.I always know what’s happening, who’s winning, who’s playing well, who’s being linked with which club, my job dictates that. But I don’t watch Match of the Day. I don’t rush home from the office in the evenings to watch Champions League football. Live games on Sunday afternoons play out behind me in the pub as I share a pint with friends.But Leicester City have changed all that this season. They have rekindled my romance with the Premier League.Hundreds of thousands of words have been written about their remarkable story and, with apologies to Nottingham Forest fans, this IS the greatest achievement in the history of English football.What Forest achieved in the late 1970s was truly amazing. But what Leicester have managed is off the scale.When Brian Clough was working his magic at the City Ground there were no Russian oligarchs or Middle East sheikhs changing the landscape with their billions of roubles and petrodollars. It might not have been an altogether level playing field, but it was certainly a lot more even than it is now.If the Premier League big guns had their way, I suspect the likes of Leicester wouldn’t even be in it, let alone winning it. They would welcome a closed shop.Money talks, so thanks for coming Bournemouth and Swansea, but we’re going to invite Leeds and Sheffield Wednesday to the party. Need another team in claret and blue? Sorry Burnley, you’re out. Welcome back Aston Villa.That’s what it was designed to be, and why the achievements of the likes of Barnsley, Wigan and Bournemouth busting their way in have been so widely celebrated.And now we have Leicester, the 5000-1 outsiders who have confounded all the odds.Claudio Ranieri has done an extraordinary job to mould a collection of rejects and second-raters into a squad capable of beating the best. And beating them easily. This was no fluke.Joyless critics bemoan their direct style but, if you’ve got a lightning fast striker spearheading your attack, why wouldn’t you play to that strength?And, of course, there is much more to them than that. Four of their players – Wes Morgan, Riyad Mahrez, N’Golo Kante and Jamie Vardy – were named in the PFA team of the year, and Mahrez and Kante particularly will be much coveted this summer.Allied to that sprinkling of stardust was an organisation, a work ethic and a collective will to win that placed them ahead of their much vaunted rivals this term.Everyone has by now, I’m sure, seen the pictures of the Leicester squad celebrating Chelsea’s point against Spurs on Monday night that clinched the title as they gathered at Vardy’s house ‘for a party’.Danny Simpson, one of the largely unsung heroes, tweeted on Monday night: “I swear to god I f*****g love this team. You don’t understand. No one does.”And he’s right. No one knows what went on in that dressing room. We can guess how much it means to them, but we can never know.But here’s what I do know. They have captured the public’s collective imagination, and held it, in a way the Premier League has been unable to do for many, many years.And for that they should be saluted, and celebrated.Leicester City – we love you for making us love football again. Leicester City fans celebrate their title success