Arsene Wenger saluted Arsenal for emerging from another Britannia Stadium battle with a point that lifted them back to the Barclays Premier League summit.The Gunners arrived in Staffordshire with just one previous win in the Premier League era, for another instalment of a rivalry that was spawned by Wenger’s dislike of the Potters’ tactics under Tony Pulis.Mark Hughes has promoted a more aesthetically pleasing brand of football since succeeding Pulis, yet Wenger felt their hosts still presented a physical challenge that they were forced to overcome in a 0-0 draw.In a clash that featured few chances and no yellow cards, goalkeepers Jack Butland and Petr Cech took centre stage with brilliant saves from Olivier Giroud and Joselu in either half.“Overall it was a battle, an old-fashioned Stoke battle,” Wenger said.“They made the game very physical, the crowd were up for it, the players were up for it. They went for a very direct game and we had to show physical response, solidarity, fighting spirit, togetherness – which is what we did.“We lacked a bit of creativity to force the way through and on top of that we missed two or three good chances. They were really up for it, they really tried from the first to the last minute.“We of course wanted to win the game but, looking at the history we have here, it is a positive result. Looking at the results of the other teams that play at the top, it’s a positive result. But, overall we missed two points today.”
Andy Goldstein and Jason Cundy welcomed a special guest on Sports Bar on Thursday night as Chris Powell popped into the studio.In a wide-ranging chat, the former Charlton defender reflected on his 20-year playing career, which included five England caps.He also spoke candidly about his time managing the Addicks, gave his thoughts on the Championship club’s current struggles under controversial owner Roland Duchâtelet, and discussed the possible introduction of the Rooney Rule in English football.Click on the link above to listen to the full interview with Chris Powell on the Sports Bar.
A Man United transfer target? 1 Football statistics analysts WhoScored.com take a look at a rumoured big money Manchester United target. For more United stats, check out their WhoScored.com page.With rumours rife that Manchester United will look to cut ties with Louis van Gaal sooner rather than later, it has not stopped the club from reportedly making moves in the transfer market as they prepare for life after the Dutchman.Jose Mourinho remains the favourite to succeed Van Gaal at Old Trafford, with the Portuguese manager still out of work following his sacking by Chelsea.Nevertheless, Mourinho has been taking in action across the continent and was recently photographed at the Bundesliga meeting between Hertha Berlin and Borussia Dortmund.That heightened speculation that he is identifying potential targets if he succeeds Van Gaal, with Dortmund star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang believed to be high on the wishlist.The Gabon international has developed a statistically calculated WhoScored.com strength of ‘finishing’, and for good reason.Only Robert Lewandowski (21) has scored more goals than Aubameyang (20) in Germany’s top tier this term, with his goalscoring ability returning a WhoScored.com rating of 7.52.Perhaps crucially, however, is that the 20 goals scored have all been deemed clear-cut, more than any other player in Europe’s top five leagues this season.Naturally, Dortmund are keen to retain the services of one of their prized assets. Given they have lost Mario Gotze and Robert Lewandowski to league rivals Bayern Munich in recent years, the onus is to keep hold of the likes of Aubameyang, Marco Reus and Henrikh Mkhitaryan.However, if reports are to be believed that United are indeed lining up a £70m bid for the 26-year-old striker, Dortmund would be foolish to turn down the offer.Yet, the only way any transfer would make sense for United is if they move away from the patient approach adopted under Van Gaal. The style of play with the Dutchman at the Old Trafford helm is tiresome beyond belief at times, with the fans understandably eager to move away from the current system to a more aesthetically pleasing style.As such, it’s one that does not suit Augameyang’s game, with the striker favouring to play on the shoulder of the last defender rather than drop deeper to link with the build up play.United have created just 29 clear-cut goalscoring opportunities in the Premier League this season, while the team have played just 218 key passes in England’s top tier this term, fewer than the likes of Crystal Palace (223), Swansea (238) and Bournemouth (257).United boast the creative personnel to overcome any team, but the players are restricted by Van Gaal’s authoritarian management, meaning they are struggling to realise their potential.A new manager would likely offer a new lease of life to this stagnating team. With Aubameyang spearheading the attack, the club would stand a much stronger chance of re-establishing themselves as a force to be reckoned with, both at home and abroad.Of course, United would have to spend big in order to convince Dortmund to cash in on Aubameyang, but a player of his striking quality could prove to be well worth the price.However, that would be dependent on United bringing in a manager who will know how to bring out the best in the Gabonese frontman.For more stats on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, click here to view his WhoScored.com player page
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Sometimes they were homeless, sometimes they were kicked out of their homes. The students decided that they wanted to do something constructive. They founded Stepping Stones for Women, meant to be a resource for single mothers and their children. The students found that there was a gap between traditional maternity homes, where the mother just went to have her baby and usually gave it up, and foster care, where just the child went into the system without the mother. What if the mom wanted to keep her child and learn to care for and support him or her? A mentoring program matches the mothers with other mature women to help them overcome loneliness and give spiritual support and encouragement. The Mission Statement reads: Stepping Stones for Women is a program that changes lives by creating a safe, nurturing environment where formerly homeless women learn the necessary skills to become physically, emotionally, intellectually, and spiritually healthy through mandatory classes, training, and employment. Students and children may remain at the facility for up to two years, working on the skills of education, getting a job, learning to adjust to the workplace and how to keep a job. They are also learning life skills, such as budgeting, using a checkbook, basic cooking and mentoring. There are those who teach parenting skills to the new moms. Then, there can be a third year, which is a transitional year, out of the shelter and into an independent life for mom and child. At the moment, there are five families living on site in Covina, from age 18 to 44. In addition, single mothers who do not need the shelter component of SSFW can also participate in the supportive services that the program provides. There are lots of areas where a volunteer could make a difference: basic positive parenting, life skills literacy (that includes financial planning and physical wellness), confident interpersonal communication, perserverance through completing educational goals and sustaining employment, and faith values. Choices are to volunteer in the office, become a mentor, provide transportation or child care, help with fundraising, teach a life-skills class, or other ways you can think of that fit in with the curriculum. Gifts-in-kind are also welcome; paper goods, cleaning supplies, grocery-store gift cards, bus passes. An SSFW representative would be happy to come to speak to your church or civic group to talk about the work of the organization. To volunteer, call LaRynda at (626) 974-1162. Send information about your organization to firstname.lastname@example.org; call (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! One out of three girls in the U.S. will become pregnant while still a teen. Of those, about a third will complete high school. Eighty percent of unmarried mothers end up on welfare. On any given evening, more than 90,000 people are homeless in Los Angeles County. The fastest-rising population among the homeless is led by single mothers. Welfare provides financial aid, but leaves most recipients below the poverty line, emotionally bruised, and lacking in self-worth. About five years ago, two students attending Azusa Pacific University became aware of the struggle that many young women had when they became pregnant in bad situations.
By Art Marroquin STAFF WRITER Security screeners at Los Angeles International Airport missed about 75 percent of simulated explosives during 70 tests conducted two years ago by undercover federal agents passing through checkpoints, Transportation Security Administration officials confirmed Thursday. The findings, cited in a classified report leaked to USA Today, also found that TSA screeners failed to spot about 60 percent of 75 fake bombs hidden inside carry-on bags at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.TSA spokesman Nico Melendez declined to directly respond to the report, noting that such audits are not usually released to the public. However, Melendez said some of the tests involved contraband as small as a pen cap, adding that the high failure rate might actually assist federal authorities in plugging up security holes at the nation’s airports. “The tests we’re running are designed to identify our shortcomings,” Melendez said. “The numbers aren’t necessarily a bad thing. It shows we have a commitment to testing our people and getting the best out of them.” Some 40,000 security tests are conducted every two weeks at airports across the country, each one increasing in difficulty over time, Melendez said. Screeners who fail the tests receive additional training. “When we reach a certain pass rate, we raise the ante to see what happens,” Melendez said. “If we got 100 percent on every test, there wouldn’t be anyplace for us to go.” Officials at LAX declined to comment on the findings, stating only that the airport has more than 2,000 TSA screeners who each undergo four hours of security training every week. Jack Keady, an aviation consultant based in Playa del Rey, suggested that conducting random secondary searches on airline passengers may be inconvenient, but would be the best way to keep a tragedy from occurring. “Every terrorist knows the contents of their bags will be seen on a television screen, so they are being more clever about concealing devices in smaller places,” Keady said. “The average screener won’t notice something like that, so you either randomize secondary searches, or you increase training for the screeners.” Keady said that although terrorists may consider using a homemade explosive, it is unlikely that they would bring bomb parts to assemble on an airplane. “Terrorists know that passengers will report anyone or anything that remotely looks suspicious, so they won’t attract attention by assembling a bomb in the cabin,” he said. “That idea is just ridiculous.” Federal Express pilot Capt. Bill McReynolds, who sits on the national security committee for the Airline Pilots Association, said he believed heightened, more intense training may be the best option for security screeners. “In Israel, each screener on every shift is tested so they can identify vulnerabilities more quickly,” McReynolds said. “I think there’s always room for improvement, but you get more bang for your buck in seriously training individuals who really know what to look for on machines.” Melendez agreed that frequent testing keeps screeners alert and pointed to success at San Francisco International Airport, where screeners missed about 20 percent of fake explosives during 145 tests conducted two years ago, according to the classified report. “San Francisco did better because we increased the amount of tests, sometimes every day during every shift,” Melendez said. “Since then, we have implemented that method nationwide, and we believe that it has significantly increased a screener’s ability to detect suspicious objects at checkpoints.” However, the classified report’s findings may be skewed in San Francisco, where screeners work for a private security company, not the TSA. TSA officials and Covenant Aviation Security compromised nearly a year’s worth of tests by using surveillance cameras to track undercover agents at SFO, according to a separate report released last year by the Office of the Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Security officials notified SFO screeners when the agents approached checkpoints, oftentimes detailing the agents’ method to conceal contraband and fake explosives, according to the report. email@example.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
A lawyer for Walter Alexander, a former golf buddy of Simpson’s who plans to testify against him, said he hasn’t been in trouble in a decade. But he and Cashmore have histories of run-ins with the law. Cashmore, 40, who said he will plead guilty to being an accessory to robbery, was charged with felony theft in a 1996 embezzlement case in Provo, Utah, pleaded guilty and bargained the charge to a misdemeanor and probation. Alexander, 46, said he will plead guilty to conspiracy to commit robbery. He was arrested in Los Angeles in 1987 for kidnapping and assault with a deadly weapon, but the charges were dismissed because a witness refused to identify the culprit, court records show. Charges against Simpson and three others include kidnapping, armed robbery, assault, burglary and conspiracy. A preliminary hearing for them is scheduled Nov. 8 and 9. Cashmore and Alexander waived their right to a preliminary hearing. Their brushes with the law will be fodder for cross-examination, as will their roles in the Sept. 13 confrontation in a Las Vegas hotel room where Simpson has said he went to retrieve items that belonged to him from a group of memorabilia peddlers. Simpson’s Las Vegas attorney, Gabriel Grasso, said he wasn’t surprised that some of Simpson’s co-defendants are getting reduced charges to testify against the athlete-turned-actor. “I never thought this would be anything but an O.J. case and only O.J.,” he 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 MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The question will be whether prosecutors can build a strong enough case against Simpson on the words of his cohorts or whether the testimony will be eroded through contradictions and cross-examination targeting the unsavory background of his co-defendants. “It’s a defense lawyer’s dream to cross-examine these witnesses,” said Laurie Levenson, a professor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles and a former federal prosecutor. “You can put someone up before a firing squad, and the squad members can start shooting at each other.” At this point, prosecutors appear to have the upper hand. Two of Simpson’s co-defendants, one a former friend, agreed to testify against him in return for drastically reduced charges. “It’s always a prosecutor’s strategy to go after the little fish to get to the big fish,” said lawyer Edward Miley, who represents defendant Charles Cashmore. “In this, it seems to be that O.J. Simpson is the big fish.” COURTS: But a legal expert says the former athlete’s defense will try to pick apart the men’s credibility. By Linda Deutsch THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Two men who cut plea deals Monday in a Las Vegas heist that authorities say O.J. Simpson masterminded could hamper the former football star’s defense, but the men’s dubious backgrounds could give prosecutors problems.
Radja Nainggolan: Roma midfielder to add aggression in the middle? Click the arrow above, right, to see the players on Chelsea’s transfer shortlist – Now Antonio Conte has officially been unveiled as the new Chelsea manager, a number of footballs best players have been linked with summer moves. Nainggolan is one of those consistently linked, but the 27-year-old midfielder has gone out of his way to deny he has spoken to Chelsea, using Twitter at the end of March to do so. Nainggolan is just one of many players on the transfer shortlist as Chelsea look to build a quality side under Conte, so have a look at the others by clicking the arrow above, right. 12 Antonio Rudiger: Chelsea looking at new defenders starting with Stuttgart man – Rudiger joined Roma for a season-long loan from Stuttgart in August and the Serie A side reportedly have a 13m option to sign him permanently having already paid 4m to secure his services on a temporary basis. In addition, his Roma team-mate Kostas Manolas has also been linked. The pair have built a good relationship at the back during the Germans loan spell in Italy and after beating Lazio 4-1 recently, Rudiger said the understanding is better than before. 12 Alessio Romagnoli: Top rated Milan defender on the radar – The Milan stopper turned 21 in January and has many clubs around Europe keeping an eye on him. Chelsea are among them even though he only joined Milan from Roma in a 25m transfer last summer. Gonzalo Higuain: Striker to continue goal scoring at Chelsea? – A striker is likely to be a priority for Conte as there are still rumours circulating about Diego Costa going to either Atletico Madrid or PSG, while Radamel Falcao will not have his loan extended. Higuain is one goal getter linked having scored 30 Serie A goals in 31 games this season. However, the 28-year-old is in the middle of a title fight with Juve and Napoli will likely be playing Champions League football next season, so will Chelsea be able to persuade him even with all that cash? Miralem Pjanic: Jewel in Roma’s crown already been spoken to? – Even before the Conte announcement, there were reports the club had already been handed a list of targets by the Italian and in March it was reported the club had held talks with Pjanics representatives. A 40m fee has been mentioned, but the midfielder is held in high regard in Rome. 12 12 12 Romelu Lukaku: Everton striker identified to sort goal problem up top – Evertons 22-year-old Belgian striker has been linked with a return to Chelsea, the club he left in 2014. However, this could be tricky considering Lukaku said the next step for him is Champions League football. I am 23 this summer. I have been playing since I was 16 and never had a taste of the Champions League, he explained in an interview last month, adding that playing every three days is something he enjoys. But what if Chelsea offer a fat contract? Now it has been confirmed Antonio Conte will take over as Chelsea manager in the summer, the excitement over transfers can begin.The Italy boss will start his new job after Euro 2016 and a host of top names have since been linked.‘CONTE HAS EVERYTHING TO BE GREAT SUCCESS AT CHELSEA’Gazzetta dello Sport on how a team could look in Conte’s 3-4-3 formation… 12 12 12 Juan Cuadrado: Winger to give life at Chelsea another go? – Cuadrado is currently on loan at Juve from Chelsea, but there are reports he could be recalled by Conte when he starts his job after Euro 2016. The player says he is at ease now he is back in Italy, having left Fiorentina for the Blues in January 2015, adding he feels he is getting better, but admitted his future is not up to him. We will see in the summer. 12 12 Paul Pogba: ‘One of the best midfielders’ to join Conte at Chelsea? – Dont be surprised if Chelsea sign Pogba, former Juve sporting director Alessio Secco said. Due to the players incredible value, not many clubs can afford him, so he can see the Blues actually making a move now Conte is there. We are talking about one of the best midfielders [in the world] so I wouldnt be surprised if [Conte] went for him. Leonardo Bonucci: Juventus defender to continue relationship with Conte? – Conte has worked with the defender at both club and international level and apparently Bonucci is his top target as he looks to strengthen defence considering John Terry is on the way out. Conte will have been fearful recently when Bonucci was stretchered off against Germany, but it appears he will miss just one game. However, there is no guarantee the player, who will be 29 in May, will want to leave a club in the Champions League for a team unlikely to play any European football in the summer, or that Juve will even sell. So other defenders are also being looked at 12 12 Edinson Cavani: PSG striker another option up front – Cavani would not cost as much as Higuain as the player is likely to leave PSG in the summer after an unhappy season where his dad has even suggested he should leave the club. The 29-year-old has scored 14 Ligue 1 goals so far this season, but maybe Cavani will instead fancy following Ezequiel Lavezzi to China for the football on offer there Antonio Candreva: No Cuadrado, no problem with Lazio ace also in the frame – An alternative to Cuadrado could be Candreva even though the 29-year-old has had better seasons in his career. Conte reportedly tried to sign the midfielder when he was in charge of Juventus and with rumours about the player wanting out of Lazio refusing to go away, he has been linked to Chelsea. Click the arrow above, right, to see the rumoured shortlilst, which is long, but the ambition will certainly please Chelsea fans.Keep up to date with all transfer rumours on talksport.com by checking in here.
12 12 11. Erik Lamela (right wing) 12 Tottenham Hotspur go into Sunday’s Premier League clash with Manchester United knowing they haven’t beaten them at White Hart Lane in 14 attempts.It just so happens, last weekend’s draw with Liverpool means this match is now a must-win game for Spurs if they are to keep within touching distance of table-toppers Leicester City.The last time Tottenham did beat the Red Devils in north London, it was in 2001 as they ran out 3-1 winners, thanks to Willem Korsten’s brace and a long range Les Ferdinand strike. 1. Hugo Lloris (goalkeeper) – click the arrow above, right, to see the predicted Tottenham line up v Manchester United in squad number order 27. Kevin Wimmer (centre back) New heroes will have to emerge if this season’s title challenge is to carry on, and a trio of fitness boosts will delight Mauricio Pochettino.Winger Erik Lamela has shaken off a knock he received on international duty, while Jan Vertonghen and Clinton N’Jie could also make their first appearances after long-term injuries.He will, though, have to do without Nabil Bentaleb who is out for the rest of the season.So, who will start the crunch clash on Sunday afternoon? Click the right arrow to see Tottenham’s predicted XI against Manchester United… 3. Danny Rose (left back) 12 12 19. Mousa Dembele (central midfield) 20. Dele Alli (attacking midfield) 12 4. Toby Alderweireld (centre back) 10. Harry Kane (centre forward) 2. Kyle Walker (right back) 12 15. Eric Dier (central midfield) 12 12 12 23. Christian Eriksen (left wing) 12 12
Mauro Icardi: Prolific Inter striker to score the goals next season? Click the arrow above, right, to see more players Arsenal are targeting – Arsenal have fallen behind rivals Tottenham this season, though there is still a chance they may finish above their neighbours. However, to ensure there isnt a permanent shift in power in north London, the Gunners have been linked with a number of players including Inter striker Icardi, who has scored 15 goals so far this season. Last term he shared the top scorer gong with Luca Toni for the 22 he bagged and the thought of Icardi getting on the end of Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez passes should fill fans with delight. 5 Lucas Hernandez: Atleti’s young French kid (above, right), to inject youth into the back line? – Arsenal have reportedly been checking on Atletico Madrids 20-year-old centre-back Lucas Hernandez as they seek reinforcements at the back. According to the Mirror, the focus has been on youth and other young defenders on the shortlist include Leicester left-back Ben Chilwell, 19, and Fulham’s Ryan Sessegnon, the 16-year-old Arsenal attempted to land on the previous deadline day. 5 Alvaro Morata also on the Gunners’ radar – Icardi is not the only striker in Italy Arsenal are said to be looking at. Juves 23-year-old striker Morata is also being watched, though it is also being reported that Real Madrid, who sold him in 2014, are looking at the possibility of bringing him back, having inserted a clause in the agreement allowing them to buy him back for a higher fee. 5 How can Arsenal come back stronger next season to ensure Tottenham do not completely pass them by?Rivals Spurs have had a good campaign as they challenged Leicester for the title, though the Gunners are still within touching distance with three points separating the two.The answer is simple really: buy better players and replace those leaving. According to some reports the club are looking to buy a new no.2, a defender, midfielder and a more prolific striker.Here, talkSPORT looks at the transfer targets. N’Golo Kante: Arsenal make contact with player’s agent – Arsenal are set to lose Mikel Arteta, Tomas Rosicky and Mathieu Flamini, so strengthening the midfield will be a priority and the club are believed to have made contact with Kantes agent. The 25-year-old has been a key player in Leicesters Premier League title win. Granit Xhaka: Monchengladbach captain to start bossing the Arsenal midfield next season? – Xhaka has earned a big reputation for himself and has only enhanced it this season through his performances in the Bundesliga. The 23-year-old captain has been at the heart of the Borussia Monchendgladbachs engine room, with the club currently fourth in the league. He’d certainly fill that hole in the middle of the park. 5 5
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger 1 Arsene Wenger believes his players will remain professional even if a decision over his future as Arsenal boss is not made until the end of next season.The Gunners boss has just one year remaining on his current contract and on Friday he denied reports he was set to sign a two-year extension.Instead he said, has he always has, that he will at least honour his current deal before making up his mind over whether he will extend what will be a stay of over two decades.This season, Wenger has seen growing unrest among supporters, with a number of fans’ groups calling for an end to his reign as the 12-year wait for a Barclays Premier League title continues.But he could yet decide to remain in the Emirates Stadium hot-seat, although nothing is likely to happen until late next season.“I will wait very late, yes,” he replied when asked if he would wait until the end of the campaign.“It’s not about me, it’s about the club. My role is just to serve the club as well as I can and after see where I stand and where the club is.“I have to forget about myself even if people who want to create unrest don’t. I will continue to give my absolute best to do well next season and then after that, we’ll see.”Wenger confirmed he does not anticipate talks with the board during next season and said there would be no impact on his players, or his own work, over the course of the year.“My appetite is stronger than ever,” he said.“I believe I am a professional man who respects his contract and stays until the end, whether it is one year or two years or three years – that doesn’t change.“Even if I decide in January that I will not extend my contract, that will not affect my attitude.“You know you have not, before the season starts already, to look for excuses. We want to be committed.“It can (affect the players) yes. But the players are like me – they are professional.“When you are a professional, you sign a contract, you never know. To be professional is to give your best as long as you have the contract. It is for one penny or £200million, it is exactly the same.“When I sign a contract and I agree the money that I work for, I will give my best until the last minute of the season.“And I never re-negotiated any contract that I signed because that is the way I have behaved my whole life.”Wenger’s last contract was signed just a month before its expiry in 2014 after he ended a nine-year wait for a trophy by delivering the FA Cup.Prior to that, Wenger has penned an extension a year before the expiration date but that does not seem to be the case this time.Despite campaigns and protests against both Wenger and those on the board at Arsenal, the manager’s name was chanted during Sunday’s 2-2 draw at Manchester City which sealed a 19th consecutive season in the Champions League.And if Wenger gets a similar reaction during the lap of honour after their final game at home to Aston Villa on Sunday, he will go into the summer still uncertain of his own decision, with the 66-year-old saying he would take the fans’ input into consideration: “What you want is for your supporters to be happy. That is why you work very hard.”