Pep Guardiola could be out of contract next summer, should he opt not to sign an extension at Bayern Munich, and, unsurprisingly, this has alerted a number of clubs from the Premier League.Manchester City are strongly suspected to be keen on the Spaniard replacing Manuel Pellegrini, while Arsenal have also been linked with the former Barca boss.And now reports claim that Chelsea are monitoring his situation. Apparently, Roman Abramovich is lining Guardiola up as a replacement to Jose Mourinho, should the Portuguese manager leave Stamford Bridge this season.It must therefore be asked, how do Chelsea fans feel about this possibility?In an attempt to answer such a question, talkSPORT has taken a look at the thoughts of Blues supporters on Twitter.Read the best reactions below. 1
Arsenal’s 1-1 draw at Norwich meant the Gunners finished a poor month domestically with just two points in the Premier League in November.The Gunners drew with north London rivals Tottenham before they were beaten at West Brom last week and, thought they left Carrow Road with a point on Sunday, that figure could well have been zero.The Canaries clash brought other potentially bad news for Arsene Wenger, as Laurent Koscielny and Alexis Sanchez limped off with injuries. Fans were particularly infuriated to see their Chilean star pick up a problem, days after Wenger admitted the 26-year-old had the worry of a hamstring problem.Despite all the doom and gloom, the Gunners remain just two points behind leaders Manchester City and the title race appears to be relatively open, possibly providing Arsenal with a chance to end a 12-year spell without lifting the Premier League. After the Norwich draw, many fans took to Twitter to vent their frustration, while some stated their optimism. You can find some of the best reaction below…[View the story “Arsenal draw at Norwich” on Storify] 1 ‘Be patient!’ ‘Don’t renew his contract!’ – Optimism to negativity, a range of Arsenal fans’ reaction after Norwich draw
Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri has urged his players to enjoy their football and not be daunted by their place in the upper echelons of the Premier League ahead of Manchester City’s visit.The Foxes have had a superb first half of the campaign and will have the chance to end 2015 top of the pile with a win over City after Arsenal knocked them into second place with their victory over Bournemouth on Monday.Pressure will only increase as the second half of the season begins to tick down and Ranieri is keen to avoid a repeat of what he saw at Liverpool on Boxing Day, where his side were over-anxious.“You know my idea about this (the title) – we are dreaming,” said the Italian.“We are in good condition and in a good position with 38 points.“Now we can continue, but I want to see my players enjoy it. I don’t know why we were so nervous at the beginning. Why?“Play football, don’t worry. If you lose, lose. That’s it. We have the time.”Despite Ranieri’s assertions, City boss Manuel Pellegrini is convinced Leicester have what it takes to stay the course in the title race.Pellegrini has warned his players they must approach Tuesday’s trip to the King Power Stadium as they would any other top-of-the-table showdown.The Foxes’ loss at Liverpool was only their second defeat of a campaign in which City have already been beaten five times and Pellegrini does not believe one bad result will prompt a slump.Pellegrini, whose side moved within three points of Leicester by thrashing Sunderland 4-1 on Saturday, said: “Before that they beat Chelsea and drew against (Manchester) United.“We must consider Leicester not thinking that they lost on Saturday and could collapse, but as a team that will have options to be fighting for the title until the end. With that mentality we must try to play the game.“They are top of the table because they deserve to be. They have important players in a very good moment with high performance.” 1 getty Claudio Ranieri
Diouf and Gerrard didn’t see eye to eye during his time in the Premier League Unpopular former Premier League striker El Hadji Diouf has gone on a verbal rampage, saying Steven Gerrard’s famous slip against Chelsea was karma and calling Jamie Carragher ‘a f*****g loser’ in an explosive interview in France.The ex-Senegal international was derided by fellow players and fans for his spitting habits and dirty challenges, and it seems he hasn’t lost his loud mouth after this astonishing attack on his former Liverpool teammates.Diouf didn’t see eye to eye with many at Anfield but least of all Gerrard. The former Reds captain claimed in his autobiography the striker was one of the worst signings in the club’s history, while Diouf retorted by accusing the former Reds captain of ‘never liking black people’ in a radio interview last year.And it seems Diouf wasn’t done there, while also revealing he attacked ex-Sunderland team-mate Anton Ferdinand with a smashed glass in a club in Manchester.Speaking to So Foot magazine in an interview due to be published in France on Thursday, Diouf said: “The difference between Jamie [Carragher] and me is that I am a world-class player and he is a s**t.“The type of s**t that writes a book and mentions me all the time. Me, in my book, he does not warrant one phrase: he’s a f*****g loser.”And on his spat with former skipper Gerrard, he added: “Do you think Gerrard means it when he says that El-Hadji Diouf is not a very good player?“I carried the national team for many years, 14 million fans on my shoulders. When we won, it was thanks to me. When we lost, it was my fault.“What I represented for Senegal, he [Gerrard] never managed 100th of that for England. He has never done anything in the World Cup or the Euros.“When I arrived at Liverpool, seeing as I just did what I wanted, he thought that I did not respect the club.“But he downright killed his team by slipping against Chelsea. If Liverpool has never won the Premier League, it’s no accident. What goes around, comes around.”Diouf also launched an expletive-laden storm on his ‘crap’ former Sunderland teammates, and Anton Ferdinand in particular, who he called ‘the number one w****r’ at the Stadium of Light and who he apparently fought with on numerous occasions.The striker, who played for the Black Cats for ‘six s****y months’ in 2008, said: “We were not fighting, I sorted him out, before we were separated.“I said to him, ‘Let’s go to the gym, I will take you on.’ He did not want to. I said, ‘You are like your brother… you walk like him, you eat like him – write your own story.’“Inevitably, it was difficult in terms of atmosphere, I spent six s****y months there. We were not a team. There were little w*****s in the group who thought they were the best but they were crap. Anton, he was the number one w****r.”On crossing paths again in a Manchester nightclub, he added: “I ignored him; that must have bothered him, so he came over to test me.“I’m a man, I can defend myself. If there is a crazy guy who wants to take me on, I’ll show him that I’m crazier than him. The first of his friends who came too close to me, he ended up running away.“Since I was drinking champagne, I broke my glass and I attacked them… I came out unscathed, and since then, the club now uses plastic glasses.” 1
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The decision means that Helen Louise Golay, 76, and Olga Rutterschmidt, 74, could each face a maximum sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole if convicted of first-degree murder in the deaths of Kenneth McDavid and Paul Vados. McDavid, 50, was run over in an alley in the 1200 block of Westwood Boulevard in Westwood on June 21, 2005, while Vados, 73, was run over in an alley in the 300 block of North La Brea Avenue in Hollywood on Nov. 8, 1999. The women, who are jailed without bail, are charged with two counts each of murder and conspiracy to commit murder. Golay and Rutterschmidt also face special circumstance allegations of murder for financial gain and multiple murders. At a hearing in March, a state investigator testified that Golay was paid more than $1.8 million in connection with insurance policies the defendants took out on the two men, and that Rutterschmidt received more than $922,000. The women, who had earlier waived their presence for routine court proceedings, did not appear in court for Wednesday’s hearing. Golay’s attorney, Roger Jon Diamond, told Los Angeles Superior Court Judge David S. Wesley that his client needs thermal underwear. “Every time I see her, that’s all she talks about,” Diamond told the judge, noting that in jail she is “so uncomfortable she can’t sleep.” Wesley said Golay will need to see a doctor and get a doctor’s order in order to get thermal underwear. Attorneys are due back in court Nov. 29 for a pretrial hearing, with the trial tentatively scheduled to begin Jan. 17. Deputy District Attorney Shellie Samuels said she expects the case to take about three weeks.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! COURTS: Women are accused of killing men to collect life insurance. By Terri Vermeulen Keith CITY NEWS SERVICE The prosecution announced Wednesday it will not seek the death penalty against two women accused of killing two homeless men they befriended in order to collect more than $2.8 million from life insurance policies.
“What do they know about NASCAR that we don’t?” said Dr. David Weber, a professor of medicine and public health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Weber said everyone should be up to date on standard vaccinations, but he saw no need for special vaccinations to visit a health-care facility or a NASCAR event. Debbie Crane, a spokeswoman for the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, said such shots are recommended for “general health” for all adults – but not for any specific circumstance. “The very idea of immunization is laughable,” said Lowe’s Motor Speedway President Humpy Wheeler. “It’s like taping your ankles to go to the mailbox.” He noted that no NASCAR event has ever sparked an outbreak – “other than a few headaches because somebody’s favorite driver ran out of gas, or maybe a morning hangover.” There are lots of voters at the track, and that makes politicians of both parties regulars at NASCAR. There’s no doubt the crowds trend Republican, but that hasn’t stopped Democrats from seeking support at the races. In the days leading up to the Bank of America 500, Lt. Gov. Beverly Perdue held a political reception near the track’s Turn 4. Among those hosting the Democratic gubernatorial candidate were Wheeler, NASCAR president Mike Helton, and team owners Rick Hendrick and Felix Sabates – both registered Republicans. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By Mike Baker THE ASSOCIATED PRESS RALEIGH, N.C. – It got the GOP’s engines revving – a Democratic official suggesting staffers get immunized for several diseases before heading south from Washington and into the Red State wilds of NASCAR country to conduct research at a pair of races. The reaction on both sides illustrates just how valuable candidates for elected office consider the votes of NASCAR fans who pack grandstands by the thousands every weekend and the donations of business leaders who spend millions to sponsor the sport. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.It started last month, when an official with the House Committee on Homeland Security suggested that staff aides get immunizations before visiting health facilities at Alabama’s Talladega Superspeedway and North Carolina’s Lowe’s Motor Speedway, where the Bank of America 500 was run Saturday. In an e-mail, a staffer who works for committee chairman Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., noted an “unusual need for whomever attending to be vaccinated against hepatitis A and B,” as well as “the more normal things – tetanus, diphtheria, and of course, seasonal influenza.” The note didn’t explain why the committee saw such concern. It didn’t mention NASCAR or the races at the tracks at all. But the implication was enough to draw a snarky complaint from Republican Rep. Robin Hayes, whose district includes Lowe’s Motor Speedway. “I have never heard of immunizations for domestic travel, and … I feel compelled to ask why the heck the committee feels that immunizations are needed to travel to my hometown,” wrote Hayes. Thompson responded to Hayes that such immunizations “are recommended for public safety professionals working in areas such as hospitals, holding areas and similar locations.” But the staffers were only scheduled to visit a few health-care facilities – not work at them.
Cal State San Bernardino 3, Cal State Dominguez Hills 0: Ashley Clark had 10 kills as the visiting Toros (2-25, 1-15 CCAA) lost, 30-19, 30-23, 30-13. Women’s soccer Lauren Cheney and Danesha Adams scored first-half goals as top-ranked UCLA overpowered visiting Arizona State, 3-1. Lauren Barnes added an insurance goal in the 52nd minute for the Bruins (13-1-2, 6-0-0 Pac-10). Kyleyn Felts scored the lone goal for the Sun Devils (9-8-1, 3-3-1) in the 73rd minute. Valerie Henderson had three saves for UCLA. No. 11 USC 3, Arizona 1: Alyssa Davila scored in the 66th minute to snap a 1-1 tie and propel the host Trojans to victory. Analisa Marquez scored in the 59th minute to put the Wildcats (6-11-1, 1-5-1 Pac-10) ahead before Ashley Nick tied it up just two minutes later. Amy Rodriguez added an insurance goal in the 75th minute for USC (12-2-2, 4-1-1). Long Beach State 3, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo 1: Freshman Lindsay Bullock (Mira Costa High) was one of three different 49ers to score. After Bullock scored in the 12th minute, Mariko Strickland scored the eventual game-winner in the 63rd minute for host Long Beach (12-6-0, 5-2-0 Big West). Men’s soccer Maxwell Griffin’s goal in the 66th minute wasn’t enough as UCLA (5-4-5, 2-2-2 Pac-10) lost at Stanford, 2-1.160Want 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 For the first time since 2005, the Bruins (16-7, 6-6) have lost three consecutive matches. “It seemed like we couldn’t consistently stick with our game plan,” said UCLA’s Rachell Johnson, who led the Bruins with 14 kills. “After Game 1 we got comfortable and didn’t execute like we could.” Alli Hillgren had 31 digs and Jessica Gysin added 15 kills for USC. For the Bruins, Ali Daley had 11 kills and 19 digs while Nellie Spicer had 45 assists and seven kills. “We feel really good but we can’t look ahead, we have to go one match at a time,” Urango said. “I think we wanted it more.” Long Beach State 3, Cal State Bakersfield 0: Alexis Crimes had 17 kills as the host 49ers (17-6) cruised to a 30-12, 30-17, 30-24 victory. From staff reports The sixth-ranked USC’s women’s volleyball team constantly had an answer for No. 9 UCLA on Friday night at the Galen Center. When UCLA attacked, USC pounded in something bigger and better, as the Trojans stormed to a 24-30, 30-27, 30-26, 30-24 victory. Asia Kaczor landed a match-high 21 kills for USC (20-3, 9-3 Pacific-10) while freshman Geena Urango added 17 kills and 12 digs. Taylor Carico (Mira Costa High) chipped in 52 assists, 14 digs and seven kills.
The Metro [email protected] project should be approved in a configuration that maximizes capacity and job generation, but with reasonable concern and thoughtful mitigation of local impacts. Bob Scott is chairman of the Valley Industry and Commerce Association, as well as a past president of the Los Angeles City Planning Commission.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! THE San Fernando Valley sits at a crossroads. We have the opportunity to finally get our fair share of “smart economic growth” that generates quality jobs and promotes the unique attributes and industries of the San Fernando Valley. The recently announced Metro [email protected] television and production center at the Universal City Metro Station is being planned to house the West Coast headquarters of NBC News, the NBC Network News’ Los Angeles Bureau, KNBC, KVEA, and “Access Hollywood.” Other cities would give their eye teeth to attract these world-class, wealth-producing economic engines. Metro [email protected] is planned to be a transit-oriented, smart-growth development with a huge economic and fiscal impact for the region. What is being proposed will quickly become the model for these types of developments in other parts of Los Angeles, developments that complement public transportation hubs and job centers. Transit-oriented developments are a sensible way to provide additional jobs and needed economic growth while minimizing impacts on adjacent communities. That is what was anticipated when we invested tens of billions of taxpayer dollars in the Red Line subway – precisely this type of development. But despite the overall benefits of this project, a vocal few still stand in opposition. Some are well-intended, and others simply cling to the hope that they can turn back the clock. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsChange is a fact of life. Those who do not share in a vision for the future are destined to have one thrust upon them – one without rhyme or reason, built of random bits and piecemeal entitlements that do not contribute upgrades or take advantage of our ever-growing transportation network. The San Fernando Valley simply cannot afford to stagnate, continuing to allow well-paying production jobs to be exported to other cities in the U.S. and abroad. We cannot afford to continue to build farther and farther out from our centers, out from where people live and work. That is a recipe for gridlock. Instead we must embrace the new vision for creating job centers along transit corridors, including – as here – accessible to our subway stations. We must reward local employers, who actively choose to invest in our city’s keeping jobs here in town to benefit our growing population. And we must embrace responsible economic and community development, without hiding behind the overused complaint that any development diminishes our quality of life. Thomas Properties Group, the developer, has committed $750 million plus to this project, currently one of the largest, if not the single largest private investment in the San Fernando Valley. Once completed, the complex is expected to result in more than $9 million annually in new property tax revenue alone – money that goes to pay for community services and schools without raising taxes. And the Valley will get an employment center for upward of 3,200 well-paying jobs, strengthening the entertainment industry cluster and helping to attract new state-of-the-art entertainment companies. Let’s not miss this opportunity for the Valley to maintain its leadership in this all-important industry. The time has come to embrace “smart economic growth” and at the same time enhance the quality of life in Studio City and the San Fernando Valley.
The IDA didn’t create a single new job in new companies in Co Donegal last year.Donegal North East Fianna Fáil TD Charlie McConalogue has said that IDA figures confirmed to him by the Minister for Jobs Richard Bruton clearly reinforce the need for a greater effort to attract foreign direct investment to the North West. Deputy McConalogue was commenting following confirmation that none of the new IDA client firms that invested in Ireland for the first time in 2011 were located in the North West region.Our picture shows one empty unit in Letterkenny.“While I very much welcome the fact that 61 new IDA client firms invested in Ireland last year, it is a great disappointment that not one of these was located in the North West,” he said today.“This clearly demonstrated the need for a greater focus on this region and reinforces the importance of having the North West Regional Manager based in Letterkenny. I believe that this is particularly relevant given Letterkenny’s status as one of the 9 Gateway towns as designated in the National Spacial Strategy. “There are 12 IDA companies in Donegal employing 1,870 people. Between them they created 249 jobs in 2011. This is particularly strong growth in the current climate. The strong performance of existing IDA client companies in Donegal proves the value of this sector to the local and wider economy.“These firms continue to do well and provide sustainable employment. Their success shows that it is not only possible to do business in the North West, but it is also attractive for investors.”The TD added: “I am again appealing to the Minister for Jobs Richard Bruton to take an active role in ensuring that every effort is made to attract more client companies into the North West.”More than 245 jobs were created in current IDA-supported companies in the county.LEAVE YOUR COMMENT BELOW© 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights Reserved The copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailySell anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.com TD’S ANGER AS FIGURES SHOW NO NEW IDA JOBS IN DONEGAL IN 2011 was last modified: January 23rd, 2012 by BrendaShare 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)