Arsenal team to play Bayern Munich today – starting XI to throw Gunners Champions League lifeline

first_imgArsenal are bottom of Group F with zero points and face a serious challenge to progress to the next round of the elite European competition.Their clash with the formidable Bayern Munich is therefore a must-win for the Gunners.And after the defeat to Olympiakos last time out, a major talking point ahead of the game is, understandably, their possible line up.Arsene Wenger’s team selection against the Greek outfit – a side that should comfortably have been beaten – caused considerable upset.Petr Cech, the club’s first-choice goalkeeper, was dropped in favour of David Ospina – a decision that was questioned before the game and slammed at the final whistle. Could the Frenchman repeat any such calamitous decision when they take on Robert Lewandowksi and co. at the Emirates Stadium on Tuesday night?Find out what talkSPORT thinks by clicking the yellow arrow above, right, to see our predicted Arsenal line up. 18. Nacho Monreal (left back) 5. Gabriel Paulista (centre back) – to the complete line up, click the arrow above! 33. Petr Cech (goalkeeper) 6. Laurent Koscielny (centre back) 11. Mesut Ozil (attacking midfielder) 19. Santi Cazorla (centre midfield) 11 16. Aaron Ramsey (right wing) 11 11 17. Alexis Sanchez (left wing) 11 11 11 14. Theo Walcott (striker) 11 11 11 11 24. Hector Bellerin (right back) 11 34. Francis Coquelin (centre midfield)last_img read more

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Chelsea fan view: ‘When did being a winner become negative?’ – reaction to Abramovich reports

first_img1 Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone is a target for Chelsea Chelsea’s managerial wish list remains the subject of much debate.Massimiliano Allegri is said to be a top target for the defending Premier League champions, but recent reports are also linking Diego Simeone.Roman Abramovich, according to the Daily Mail, is interested in the Atletico Madrid coach’s availability, though he is concerned by the playing style he may bring to Stamford Bridge.The Argentine is more defensive in his approach and this is rumoured to be putting the Blues owner off from making an offer.So, what do Chelsea fans make of this?Find out below…last_img read more

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LAWNDALE MAKES AN ARTISTIC STATEMENT

first_imgLawndale’s first public art project, Portraits of Lawndale, was installed over the weekend. Residents painted 20 plywood panels during summer community workshops at the city’s library. The panels were hung from the construction fence around the future county library site at City Hall. Hollywood artist Gayle Gale oversaw the workshops. Most of the panels, painted to look like pages of a book, were drawn by local children. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.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

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1991 crash underscores need for LAX improvements

first_imgThe first sign of trouble aboard USAir Flight 1493 came as the plane touched down on runway 24L at LAX.The plane bounced a couple times, a boom sounded throughout the cabin and flames rose from the left side of the Boeing 737.The flight that originated in Syracuse, N.Y., had smashed into a SkyWest commuter plane waiting on the same runway to take off for Palmdale Regional Airport. The two planes slid hundreds of feet down the runway and veered into an unoccupied airport fire station, where they burned into flames.A total of 34 people were killed in the crash on Feb. 1, 1991 – 20 passengers and two crew members on the USAir jet, and all 10 passengers and two crew aboard the SkyWest turbo-prop. The FAA also recommended that arriving and departing aircraft be segregated on different runways to reduce the potential for future runway incursions – a problem that continued, with 34 reported from 1999-2002.Trying to resolve the problem, Los Angeles World Airports, the city agency that operates LAX, spent $5 million in 2001 to improve signing and lighting on the airfield.It also launched a $333 million safety improvement project, which included the demolition and relocation of runway 25L, and the construction of a parallel taxiway between the two south airfield runways. The runway reopened last spring, and the rest of the project is scheduled for completion in late 2008.While noting that the 1991 crash was attributed to controller error and not the layout of the airport, LAWA officials said the disaster underscored the need for improvements.“After the accident, a number of measures were taken to assure passenger safety, including relocation of the airport tower to give it more of a view of the landing areas,” LAWA spokesman Tom Winfrey said Tuesday.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 Miraculously, 77 people were able to escape the burning wreckage of the jet.“I thought we were going to die,” said Laurel Bravo, of Cleveland, who had boarded the jet at a stopover in Columbus, Ohio.“We just saw smoke. It was black. It just got smokier and we couldn’t breathe. We stayed low to the ground and somehow we found a door … and we had to jump off the wing.”After an eight-month investigation, the National Transportation Safety Board concluded the crash was the fault of the air-traffic controller who had mistakenly cleared the USAir flight to land on the runway where she’d positioned SkyWest Flight 5569 for takeoff.The NTSB also criticized national and local air traffic control managers, saying they’d failed to ensure the LAX control tower was appropriately staffed and to provide adequate oversight.last_img read more

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Bush eases air traffic for the holidays

first_imgWASHINGTON – Ahead of the holiday travel crunch, President George W. Bush ordered steps Thursday to reduce air traffic congestion and long delays that have left passengers stranded. The most significant change is that the Pentagon will open unused military airspace from Florida to Maine to create “a Thanksgiving express lane” for commercial airliners. It will be open next week for five days – Wednesday through Sunday – for the busiest days of Thanksgiving travel. Officials said the chief benefit would be to speed takeoffs from New York airports, particularly during bad weather. Bush called holiday travel “a season of dread for too many Americans.” He said the problems with delayed flights are “clear to anybody who’s been traveling. Airports are very crowded. Travelers are being stranded and flights are delayed, sometimes with a full load of passengers sitting on the runway for hours. The president said other steps were under consideration to reduce crowded skies, such as charging airlines higher landing and takeoff fees at peak hours, and auctioning off landing and takeoff rights to the highest bidder. Transportation Secretary Mary Peters acknowledged that airlines would pass along to passengers some of the costs of the higher fees and penalties. Domestic carriers are expected to fly roughly 27 million passengers worldwide over 12 days beginning Friday, with planes about 90 percent full, according to the Air Transport Association. Several airline executives, testifying before the House Transportation Committee Thursday on holiday travel prospects, said they were preparing to care for passengers in the event of weather or air traffic control-related delays. Bush, on Sept. 27, announced that his administration was looking at ways to reduce air traffic congestion.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 “These failures carry some real costs for the country, not just in the inconvenience they cause but in the business they obstruct and the family gatherings they cause people to miss,’ the president said. “We can do better.” The new plan also will be in effect for the Christmas travel season. White House press secretary Dana Perino said the Federal Aviation Administration was imposing a holiday moratorium on nonessential maintenance projects, allowing all FAA personnel and equipment to be focused on keeping flights on time. Further, the Department of Transportation will propose doubling the bump fee that airlines must pay to travelers who buy tickets but wind up without a seat. The penalty now is $200 or $400, depending on long the passenger has been inconvenienced. The proposed increase would make the fee $400 to $800. Perino said that rule, if it becomes final, wouldn’t be in place until next summer’s travel season. Further, officials said the FAA would take other steps to increase efficiency such as rerouting airspace, using technology to fill unused space in the air and on the ground, and using more precise routes for takeoffs and landings. Another proposed rule would make airlines liable for penalties for chronically delayed flights. last_img read more

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Suspect runs over, seriously injures LAPD undercover officer

first_imgAn undercover police officer who tried to arrest a man and was run over during a narcotics investigation was in serious condition today and the suspect was in custody after turning himself in, police said. Officer Tony Salazar, 37, suffered two broken legs, facial and head injuries and was recovering at a hospital, police said. Several officers investigating a drug sale tried to arrest a man identified as Joe G. Ortiz Jr., 23, of Boyle Heights, when the suspect got in a white Mazda, police said. The officer tried to stop Ortiz, 23, who “swerved his car and we believe in a deliberate act, struck our officer,” Diaz said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre The officer fired his weapon at the Mazda as the car sped off, he said. A female passenger was seen in the vehicle, and Diaz urged her to contact police. Ortiz could face possible charges of attempted murder on a police officer. For more news and observations about crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here. 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

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DONEGAL COUNCILLOR ACCUSES RTE OF ‘ENTRAPPING’ HIM IN BOGUS CASH FOR FAVOURS INTERVIEW

first_imgIndependent John O’DonnellEXCLUSIVE: Embattled Donegal county councillor John O’Donnell has accused RTE of ‘entrapping’ him during an investigation in which they claim he asked for money for help with a wind farm development.The Independent councillor will feature in RTE’s Investigates Standards in Public Office television documentary which will be aired at 9.30pm tonight.The Kilmacrennan politician is filmed bring interviewed by a bogus wind farm company ‘Vinst Opportunities’ which was set up by an RTE investigation team as part of a programme into requests for payments by councillors. In a statement to Donegal Daily, Cllr O’Donnell has accused the national broadcaster of entrapping him by offering him cash as part of what he described as a “gross deception.”Cllr O’Donnell said he is now seeking legal advise on the sting operation with the bogus company set up by RTE which took place in Letterkenny’s Radisson Hotel last month.The Donegal politician revealed “I was contacted on the 3rd of November 2015, in my capacity as a businessman and a pubic representative by a lady who told me that her name was Nina Carlsson.“I understood from Ms. Carlsson that I was being contacted, primarily, in my capacity as a businessman, and, secondly, in my capacity as a public representative. “My clear understanding was the so-called ‘Vinst Opportunities’ whom Ms. Carlsson purported to represent were looking to invest ‘millions’ in Donegal and that they would be incurring expenditure of between €25 – €30 million per wind energy site for identified for development.“Firstly, I would like to state my that I was shocked and disappointed to learn of the deception that had been visited upon me by the means of a person who turns out to be an undercover reporter for the RTE Investigations Unit falsely signifying to me that she was a representative of a foreign investment vehicle that was considering investing ‘millions in County Donegal on behalf of several investors, when, in fact, the investment vehicle in question was a fiction conceived by the RTE Investigations Unit with the clear intent of tricking me as a businessman.”“Secondly, I take grave exception to clear effort of RTE to mislead me into engaging in behaviour that they describe as being potentially ‘inconsistent with the proper performance of my functions as a county councillor for Donegal County Council, and with the consequential wasting of my time, when I attended, what I assumed was going to be a serious business meeting on the 5th of November at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Letterkenny, and one that I had every reason to believe could potentially be of significant benefit for the county, of which I’ve been very proud, as a Donegal man, to represent since my election, as an independent local councillor in May 2014.”“I take very seriously my role as a public representative, having entered local politics with a view to seeking to bring my business experience, in particular, to the council for the purpose of improving the local Donegal economy for the benefit of all who reside in the county.”“Moreover, in my opinion, the people of my constituency know my background, and the work that I do and voted me on the County Council as an independent against all the big parties, such that I was elected to the second seat out of ten in my area, notwithstanding that it was the first time I ran for the position. “To say therefore, that I’m disappointed by the underhand behaviour of the national broadcaster in this matter would be a gross understatement of my view of RTE’s efforts to unsuccessfully entrap me into improper behaviour by dangling in front of me the prospect of a massive, but regrettably wholly fictitious, investment, in the local economy.“It beggars belief that RTE/Vinst Opportunities stated that they were aiming to identify wind opportunities in Ireland for its investors when it was a pure sham whose investors appear to be nothing more than the clearly over-fertile imaginations of the members of the RTE Investigations Unit.“It is of little comfort to County Donegal, which has huge unemployment, and virtually no industry, that the national broadcaster sanctions so called ‘undercover’ reporters to come to Donegal to dissimulate to public representatives that there might be a large-scale investment in the local economy.“Perhaps it would be a better use of the public’s resources to programme some of the positive features of Donegal to assist in generating economic interest in the region. “I would add, that since being elected, any motion that I have put forward at local authority level, or any motion I supported, has been done only in the public interest and same was of no benefit to me personally or to any of my business interests. I have furnished to RTE a full copy of all motions brought by me to support this position.“Furthermore, I would like to record, I am wholly supportive of any inward investment opportunity for County Donegal, and will work tirelessly to ensure that the right projects, were they are genuine rather than purely fictional (as with the sham that is Vinst Opportunities), materialize. As a businessman, I’m open to real opportunity, but any eventual participation by me in same would always be completed strictly in accordance with the guidelines and any obligations that pertain to me as a local public representative under and pursuant, in particular, to Part 15 of the Local Government Act 2001.“In particular, I’m satisfied that I have at all times complied with my obligations under the said Part 15 of the 2001 act, and especially under section 168 of the same act, which sets out the general standard of integrity, were under it is the duty of (among others) county conc to “Maintain proper standards of integrity, conduct and concern for the public interest.” Furthermore, I have at all times complied, and continue to comply, with my obligations under section 170 (1) of the 2001 act, which specifically excludes, among others) county councillors from seeking, exacting or accepting any remuneration, fee, reward or other favour for anything done or not done by virtue of his membership of office.”“I reserve all of my legal rights in relation to this matter, and in particular to seek damages from RTE for my financial losses.“Furthermore the deception of Ms. Carlsson, authorised by RTE, coupled with their refusal to furnish me with copies of the unauthorised and, in my view, illegal filming and recording of the meeting, flagrantly breached and continues to breach my right to privacy.“I intend to raise this matter with the office of the Data Protection Commissioner, whilst reserving all of my legal rights to sue RTE for breach of my constitutional and EU Law Rights to Privacy.“As the matter is currently with my legal team, I will not be making any further comment until the legal process has concluded.” DONEGAL COUNCILLOR ACCUSES RTE OF ‘ENTRAPPING’ HIM IN BOGUS CASH FOR FAVOURS INTERVIEW was last modified: December 7th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:bogusentrapementJohn O’DonnellpaymentsRTEwindfarmslast_img read more

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Former Manchester United star making comeback at age of 45

first_img1 Edwin van der Sar during training Edwin van der Sar is to end his near five-year retirement to play for the club with which he started his career.The 45-year-old goalkeeper has not played since the 2011 Champions League final between Manchester United and Barcelona, his 820th club match.But on Saturday he is set to play for VV Noordwijk against Jodan Boys in the Hoofdklasse – the second highest amateur league in the Netherlands and the fourth overall.Van der Sar spent five years with Noordwijk before moving to Ajax, with whom he began a glittering professional career.He has answered an injury SOS to play for them and told De Telegraaf: “I was discovered here by Louis van Gaal and the ball started rolling, then I joined Ajax.“I was asked ‘would you like to help us in this situation?’. I considered a lot of things but I would like to do it for Noordwijk.”Speaking about the goalkeeper to De Bollenstreek, club director Peter Vink said: “We are thrilled Edwin wants to help out. After deliberation he agreed to keep goal next Saturday against Jodan Boys.“We assume that it is basically only for one game.”last_img read more

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Gianni Infantino latest: UEFA offices raided by Swiss police

first_img FIFA president Gianni Infantino 1 UEFA’s offices were raided by Swiss police on Wednesday after its former secretary general, and now FIFA president, Gianni Infantino became embroiled in the Panama Papers affair.So soon after his appointment as the new FIFA boss, Infantino has said he is “dismayed” and “will not accept” that his integrity is being doubted after a leak of a television rights contract bearing his signature.The 46-year-old Swiss-Italian, in his former role as UEFA director of legal services, co-signed a television rights contract in 2006 with two businessmen who have since been caught up in football’s corruption scandal, according to the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists which is analysing 11 million leaked files.Infantino and UEFA deny wrongdoing, but Swiss authorities raided the Nyon offices of European football’s governing body on Wednesday, it confirmed.UEFA, who are fully cooperating with police, said in a statement: “UEFA can confirm that today we received a visit from the office of the Swiss Federal Police acting under a warrant and requesting sight of the contracts between UEFA and Cross Trading/Teleamazonas.“Naturally, UEFA is providing the Federal Police with all relevant documents in our possession and will cooperate fully.”Prior to voting in Infantino as president on February 26, FIFA agreed to a reform package designed to address issues of governance, accountability, transparency and diversity.But its troubled past continues to cast a shadow and provoke awkward questions.Infantino has been urged to use his place in the Panama Papers affair to show his commitment to implementing change.Conservative Damian Collins MP, a founder of the group New FIFA Now which campaigned for reform under Infantino’s predecessor Sepp Blatter, said the new president must show his commitment to reviving FIFA is unwavering following his election on February 26 as the crisis refuses to subside.Collins told Press Association Sport: “The question many people ask is: so far what’s changed? FIFA agreed on reforms, but where is the implementation?“There’s been a change of style, but has there been a change of substance and when is that going to come through?“On issues like this Infantino needs to stand up and be counted, try to persuade people that he will drive through the reforms without fear or favour and radically change the culture and practices of world football.“For FIFA’s sake he’s got to. If he’s unable to do that convincingly in the next few months, the crisis that has engulfed FIFA will not go away.“If he is unable to lead the change that it needs – not just in terms of the statutes, but the culture of the organisation – then there will have to be a much more radical overhaul of FIFA.“His election was a step in the journey to reform, but only a small step and a lot more needs to be done.”last_img read more

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One goal every 70 minutes? Why Man United transfer target should be snapped up

first_img1 Zlatan Ibrahimovic: Man United-bound? Football statistics experts WhoScored.com assess the merits of Manchester United making a move for Zlatan Ibrahimovic. For more Man United stats, check out WhoScored’s Red Devils page.PSG’s disappointing Champions League exit at the hands of Manchester City means the French giants have only domestic duties to focus on between now and the end of the season. More a procession to trophies rather than a real challenge, Laurent Blanc’s side are expected to win both the Coupe de France and the Coupe de la Ligue this term as they look to end the campaign with another domestic quadruple under their belt.PSG will be forced to make do without a Champions League trophy for another year at least, and chances are it was also striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s last shot at European glory with the Parisian giants. The Sweden international is out of contract with PSG in the summer and is widely expected to depart for the Premier League. The lengthy list of potential suitors comes as little shock, with Ibrahimovic’s WhoScored.com rating (8.16) the third best in Europe’s top five leagues this season.Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United have all been strongly linked with a move for Ibrahimovic, though it’s the latter who appear to be in pole position to lure the frontman to England. However, a move will only be possible if United rid themselves of Louis van Gaal first, with the Dutchman reportedly against any move for the 34-year-old. Given Van Gaal’s preference to maximise youth, one understands why the United boss would veto any deal for Ibrahimovic, but the PSG star’s record this season speaks for itself.No player has scored more goals in Europe’s top five leagues this season than Ibrahimovic, with his tally of 30 just nine fewer than United have netted in the Premier League (39) in total. Having made just 26 appearances in Ligue 1 this season, Ibrahimovic’s minutes per goal return (one goal every 70.7 minutes) is the best return across the top five divisions of European football of those to score 10 or more league goals this term.Indeed, his influence in the attacking third would come as a benefit to any team. It’s for this reason why there is a lengthy list of admirers in the hunt to secure his services. Despite his age, Ibrahimovic would instantly improve most sides and with the Swede supposedly open to a move to Old Trafford, should Van Gaal’s time at United be cut short this summer, it’s possible that the Manchester side will welcome Ibrahimovic this summer.With Jose Mourinho the frontrunner to succeed Van Gaal should he be sacked, it will come as a boost to the club in their pursuit of Ibrahimovic, with the pair enjoying a fine working relationship following their time together at Inter. If Mourinho, as rumoured, takes over the United reins, he could comfortably build his attack around the powerful striker.Given the rapid offensive performers for United – including Anthony Martial, Memphis Depay and Jesse Lingard – Ibrahimovic would be the ideal frontman to help bring out the best in the trio, among others. 11 league assists and an average of 1.4 key passes per league game this season is a very commendable return. One of Ibrahimovic’s statistically calculated WhoScored.com strengths is ‘holding on to the ball’, highlighting his ability to comfortably hold off opposition defenders and bring others into play, allowing him to exert his creative qualities.If United are presented with the chance to secure Ibrahimovic’s services, then they would be foolish to turn down the opportunity to do so. While he is in the twilight years of his career, his good form has proven he is still capable of plying his trade in the big leagues and he could easily spearhead United’s attempts for domestic dominance once more.For more stats on Zlatan Ibrahimovic, click here to view his WhoScored.com player pagelast_img read more

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