Here’s the top transfer-related stories in Thursday’s newspapers…Manchester United have a great chance of signing Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid next summer, a leading journalist has claimed. (Metro)Manchester United are plotting a sensational swoop on Leeds for rising star Charlie Taylor. The left-back is being monitored by Louis van Gaal’s side and they could launch a move in January after Luke Shaw’s horror injury. (Daily Star)Manchester United must sign TWO centre-backs in January or they will continue to struggle in Europe, says Roy Keane. (Daily Star)Carlos Vela has admitted he considered leaving Real Sociedad during the summer and refused to rule out a departure when the transfer window opens again in January. Vela was linked with West Ham in the recent window. (Sport)Jurgen Klopp is ready to snub the Premier League to replace Pep Guardiola at Bayern Munich. The German has been linked with the Liverpool job and is the favourite to replace under-fire boss Brendan Rodgers but the former Dortmund chief wants to lead Bayern, with Guardiola expected to go next summer. (Daily Mail)And here’s the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…Anthony Martial should lead the attack instead of Wayne Rooney, says Manchester United great Ruud van Nistelrooy‘I want to follow in Kevin de Bruyne’s footsteps,’ says Chelsea flop Thorgan HazardTottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino reveals tearful phone call with stricken Manchester United star Luke ShawHugo Lloris insists he is happy at Tottenham as goalkeeper rubbishes transfer talkChelsea transfer report: Blues send scouts to watch Serbian starlet as Jose Mourinho weighs up January moveTottenham transfer report: Empoli fighting to keep starlet amid interest from Premier League sideLeicester transfer report: Valencia edge ahead of Foxes in fight to land Lisbon manArsenal transfer report: January move for Real Madrid star on cards?
Is this THE best own goal ever?Storms are often a disruptive force to the England non-league schedule, with countless games called off and postponed due to rain and strong winds.But rarely does a gale play so much havoc that it gets on the scoresheet…And that’s exactly what happened in this all-Essex clash as Thurrock took on Romford, when a defender and goalkeeper were left red-faced after an attempted clearance went horribly wrong.Check out the bizarre footage in the clip below!
Former West Brom manager Steve Clarke has told Saido Berahino to get back in shape in order to resurrect his goalscoring form.The striker has struggled to make an impact for the Baggies this season, with his form appearing to suffer from the disappointment of his failed move to Tottenahm in the summer.Spurs were keen to land the forward on the back of a prolific campaign which saw him net 20 goals, but he has failed to deliver the same output this season.Falling away from Tony Pulis’ plans after a row with the club over his snubbed Spurs move, Berahino has made just 23 West Brom appearances this term, scoring six goals.And Clarke believes Berahino has suffered physically from his new bit-part role.Asked what the likely problem is with Berahino, Clarke told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast: “That’s a great question – you should probably ask Tony.“He did well for me. He made his breakthrough into the first-team while I was manager at West Brom, and he was good. He’s a boy who just wants to play football.“There’s one thing I would say about Saido, and I saw it a little bit last night in the cup, is that he looks a little bit heavy to me.“He’s always had little ups and downs in his weight and I think the fact he’s not been playing regularly means he’s maybe just put on a couple of kilos.“It would certainly serve him better if he lost a little bit of weight.”
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityLONDON – Prime Minister Gordon Brown ruled out calling an early election Saturday, ending weeks of speculation that he would soon seek a stronger mandate from the electorate. Brown said he wanted his government, which has been in office for just over 100 days, to have time to show voters how it would transform public services and the economy. Opponents accused him of being afraid to face the public after a series of opinion polls suggested his electoral lead was evaporating. “I’ll not be calling an election,” Brown told the British Broadcasting Corp. “I have a vision for change in Britain, and I want to show people how in government we’re implementing it.” Brown replaced Tony Blair as prime minister in June, and does not have to call an election until May 2010. But there has been widespread speculation that he would call an early election to seek his own, five-year mandate and to increase the Labour Party’s majority in Parliament. VOTE: Some call the move a “retreat,” but the leader says he just wants more time. By Jill Lawless THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Conservative leader David Cameron said the decision not to face voters was “a humiliating retreat.” “I think the prime minister has shown great weakness and indecision,” he said. Brown’s reputation for staid competence, forged during a decade as Treasury chief, carried over into the first months of his premiership. The taciturn Scot enjoyed a comfortable lead in polls over the summer thanks to his sure-footed handling of several potential crises, including the failed car bombings in London and Glasgow, floods in England and an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease. Even during recent financial jitters, which prompted a run on deposits at mortgage lender Northern Rock PLC, few people blamed Brown. Brown scheduled a high-profile statement on Iraq to the House of Commons for Monday and a major Treasury announcement for Tuesday, leading many to initially suspect that he planned to announce this week that an election would be held in November. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Re “DWP: L.A.’s best jobs” (Sept. 30): Regarding DWP pay scales, the welfare and job satisfaction of the people who reliably bring water and electric power to my house and take less pleasant things away is important to me. If you are going to publish their pay scales, please also publish the pay scales of everyone at your newspaper, in the interests of fairness. – Mike Gockel Northridge AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityLike other folks I got back in town just in time to see our folks downtown grab, root and growl in figuring out ways to tax us once again. I am amazed that we just stand around and let it happen. I say tax the apartment dwellers $40 a unit instead of the homeowners because that’s where the gangs live. I say take $10 from every employee in the DWP and then go after every LAUSD employee who has a credit card and take it away from them. Audit their spending and charge them for personal expenses. Lastly, take away every vehicle that someone thinks they’re important enough to have and sell it. Pay them 45 cents a mile like most other people get. – Wynne Ritch Granada Hills Taking a stand Re “Deal misses DWP pay level” (Oct. 2): How long is it going to take Angelenos to realize we are being held hostage and the ransom is enormous? First, the DWP, whose equipment should have been replaced decades ago, gives their employees outrageous salaries. They are going to raise our rates, which the council will happily approve. On top of that, other city employees are demanding equally inflated salaries. Even if all demands are met, many bond issues will be on the ballot and the council will find ways to raise our property taxes. We live within our budget; why is it inconceivable to expect the city to do as well? If we don’t take a stand, the only change will be for more abuses. It is up to us. – Geraldine Thompson Los Angeles County seal Re “County seal issue may go to top court” (Oct. 3): In 1957, the Los Angeles County supervisors passed a decree requiring all county residents of the Muslim faith to affix a Christian cross to documents allowing them to own property. That same day, Jews who opened a new business found themselves having to stamp a cross on their fictitious business name statement. Hindu couples needed a symbol of Christianity on their marriage license. This un-American act was finally corrected in 2004. The Thomas More Law Center’s contortion of the Constitution is pathetic. I only hope they reimburse the taxpayers for their shameful and frivolous suit. – Martin Korn Valley Glen Traffic-light cameras Re “Red light, green light” (Our Opinions, Oct. 10): Another reality of not being able to ticket red-light runners caught on cameras is that license plates are required to make the system work. In our neighborhood, we have a family that ignores the motor vehicle code, which requires license plates on every vehicle. They have four expensive vehicles. Only one has plates (which were on them when they obtained it). The other three only have the “dealers ads” in place of the plates. The first was obtained new about three years ago, the second was obtained new about two years ago and the third was obtained about three months ago. Law enforcement needs to be more observant. Cameras or witnesses will never be able to supply the necessary license numbers if needed. – John Whitmore West Hills Keating obituary Re “Veteran of Irish war for freedom” (Obituary, Oct. 5): I was appalled to read a glowing obituary of Dan Keating, who was a radical member of a terrorist organization – the Irish Republican Army. Painting a glorified remembrance of a radical terrorist who died at the age of 105 is a complete act of disrespect to all of the victims of the terror campaigns and organizations that this criminal participated in. There is a moral and intellectual bankruptcy around attempting a moral equivalence around “one person’s terrorist is another’s freedom fighter.” Featuring an obituary of an old Irish terrorist who embraced the bloodiest and most radical of the Irish terrorist organizations is irresponsible and clearly not newsworthy. Just as we didn’t highlight and praise the convictions and actions of Zarqawi when he was killed, we should not honor this terrorist. – Ron Mechsner Stevenson Ranch160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Construction crews are replacing a 93-foot section of the ceiling of the 530-foot tunnel and replacing melted reinforcement bar and 4 inches of concrete on 160 feet of the eastern wall, a Caltrans engineer said. The fire within the tunnel burned as hot as 1,500 degrees Fahrenheit, causing structural damage and turning the trucks into twisted steel skeletons. The roadway through the tunnel was destroyed and will be repaved with concrete, more durable than the mix of asphalt and concrete it replaces. Lighting also will be upgraded, and Caltrans is considering dropping the advisory speed limit from 55 mph to 45 mph, spokeswoman Judy Gish said. Other repairs will be made to the guardrail, drainage and landscaping. Initially, the entire freeway was shut down because passenger lanes cross over the tunnel, and there was concern the bridge had been damaged. Within days, the lanes reopened but southbound truck traffic continues to mix with passenger traffic while the bypass tunnel is closed. Trucks are separated from regular traffic through the Newhall Pass for safety over the grade. The mix causes the morning commuter traffic to back up more than usual, with heavy traffic starting two miles farther back, California Highway Patrol Officer John Lutz said. As part of the project, Caltrans has closed the southbound Golden State Freeway connector to the northbound Antelope Valley Freeway.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 timing is good for travelers heading out of town for the Nov. 22-25 Thanksgiving weekend. Last year, almost 3 million Southern Californians took to the roads over the holiday. While this year’s survey isn’t complete, much the same traffic is expected, said Marie Montgomery, spokeswoman for the Automobile Club of Southern California. Meanwhile, a special investigative unit of the California Highway Patrol continues to probe what went wrong, Sgt. Mark Garrett said. All the drivers who escaped their burning vehicles have come forward and have been questioned, he said. “A lot of these guys had to fly home. Their trucks were destroyed,” Garrett said. “They went to their truck companies and we were contacted.” NEWHALL – The Newhall Pass tunnel – where dozens of trucks piled up in a fiery crash earlier this month – will reopen by Thanksgiving weekend or possibly earlier, officials said Tuesday. Under terms of an $11 million contract, Oxnard-based Security Paving Company Inc. began work this week on the two-lane truck bypass tunnel where three people died Oct. 12. The pileup involved 30 trucks and a car that slammed together, triggering explosions and a roaring fire that burned through the night. In drafting the contract, Caltrans included a bonus of up to $2.9 million if work is finished by Nov. 15. Security Paving faces a $150,000 penalty for each day it falls behind schedule.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Glendora officials said the city has since tried to reverse the conditions that led to the award. “That’s water under the bridge,” City Manager Chris Jeffers said. “We’ve made a tremendous effort to make government more open and accessible.” The nomination for the award came from Gil Aguirre, a San Dimas resident who sued Glendora in 2006 for failing to provide documents related to a street lighting proposal that would have affected apartment buildings he owns. “It was like running into a bureaucratic buzz saw,” Aguirre said of his efforts to get records from City Hall employees. “Clearly they are not inclined to follow the law. They have to be forced to follow the law.” The lawsuit resulted in the city changing its policies after some resistance to a judge’s ruling in Aguirre’s favor. Officials say public records are now easier to obtain since a request form is no longer required. And the city has lowered its copy fees from 25 cents to 15 cents. Additionally, there has been turnover in City Hall. The hiring of Jeffers and City Clerk Kathleen Sessman in the past year were “a huge victory for the people,” Aguirre said. Jeffers wrote a three-page letter to the coalition that stated he was “not taking issue with past perceptions or mistakes.” But Jeffers said things had changed and referred to efforts made to update the city’s record-keeping system and to make available streaming video of city meetings, among other improvements. He called the new attitude “a very remarkable effort being made to not only live by the letter of the law but also its spirit.” One of CFAC’s board members who helped select the city for the award from a number of nominees acknowledged that things are different in Glendora now. But the award should be a warning to all municipalities, said Mel Opotowsky, CFAC treasurer. “We hope that this award would alert cities that they just can’t stiff people. They have to follow the law,” Opotowsky said. The award was announced Oct. 26 at the group’s annual assembly, held this year at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication. [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2110160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! GLENDORA – A statewide free-speech group has bestowed upon the city the annual “Darkness Award,” saying that officials blocked access to public records and violated state open-government laws. The city earned the dubious distinction from the California First Amendment Coalition, a nonprofit organization based in San Rafael that advocates for free speech and accountability in government. The award is given each year to cities, government agencies or individuals that CFAC says have limited public access. “It was given to Glendora because of a chronic history of bad behavior, for systematic disregard of the requirements on cities of the Brown Act and Public Records Act,” said CFAC Executive Director Peter Scheer, referring to state laws requiring open public meetings and access to public documents.
TOKYO – A robot math whiz breezes through a Rubik’s Cube, using metal hands to twist and turn the colorful toy. A panda robot uses sensors to detect when people are laughing, and joins in. A dentistry student peers into the mouth of a new patient – a humanoid practice robot with a complete set of pearly white teeth. Japan showed off its cutting-edge robots Wednesday at the country’s largest robotics convention, a dazzling display of the technologies that make it a world leader in both service and industrial robotics. The dental training robot, dubbed Simroid for “simulator humanoid,” has realistic skin, eyes and a mouth fitted with replica teeth that students practice drilling on. A sensor fitted where the nerve endings would be raises the alert when they drill too close – triggering a yelp from the robot. “Ow, that hurt!” a female robot squeaked, narrowing her eyes as a young dentist drilled on her replica teeth. “Now, I’m OK,” she said as the dentist eased off. 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 MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsAcross the hall, Kawasaki Heavy Industries’ Mr. Cube robot used built-in color sensors and a pair of dexterous hands to solve a Rubik’s Cube, then raised the completed puzzle in glee to show off to spectators. Mr. Cube is no match for his human counterparts, taking up to five minutes to solve a typical puzzle while the human world record is 9.77 seconds. Still, the sensors’ ability to quickly detect and differentiate between colors is a breakthrough in industrial robotics, said Kawasaki engineer Masafumi Wada. “We hope to employ this technology to robots working in factories, so they can distinguish parts by color, as well as size and shape,” Wada said.
1 Max Kruse [left] in action for Wolfsburg Tottenham have been put on red alert after Max Kruse handed in a transfer request at Wolfsburg.The 28-year-old only arrived at the club this time last year but endured a mixed first season, scoring just six goals in 32 Bundesliga appearances.He missed out on a place in the Germany Euro 2016 squad and now wants out at Wolfsburg, according to Kicker.The German news outlet have reported that Kruse has handed in a transfer request and is plotting a move abroad, which could tempt Spurs into a bid.The north London club are in the market for attacking reinforcements this summer and could turn back to their long-term target this summer.Any move would bring to an end a tempestuous spell at Wolfsburg, who reportedly fined him £20,000 when he accidentally left £60,000 of poker winnings on the back seat of a taxi.
2 Cristiano Ronaldo hit the post with a second-half penalty Portugal are still searching for their first win of Euro 2016 after they were held by Austria in Group F. Fernando Santos’ side drew with Iceland in their opener on Tuesday, while the Austrians were hoping to bounce back from defeat to Hungary.It was an action-packed game, the Portuguese having over 20 shots once again but they could not find the breakthrough.Nani hit the post with a first-half header, while Cristiano Ronaldo failed to find the back of the net with a number of chances – the Real Madrid forward missing a penalty in the second half before having a header ruled out for offside on his record-breaking 128th appearance. A goal for the Portuguese forward would make him the first player to score at four European Championship finals – but he could be pipped to the achievement by Sweden’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic. It was an exciting start to the match at Parc des Princes, the Austrians very nearly taking the lead after four minutes. Marcel Sabitzer lost Pepe in the box to meet Martin Harnik’s cross, heading it wide when he should really have been hitting the target. Robert Almer was in for a busy night and he was called into his first piece of action on 12 minutes, first stopping Vieirinha’s deflected shot before making an excellent save to deny Nani in a one-on-one.Ronaldo had a relatively quiet half and he was furious with himself after missing a great chance for Santos’ side, meeting Nani’s cross from the left, letting the ball run across his body and side-footing the ball past the near post from eight yards.On the half hour Nani – recently linked with a return to Manchester United – headed a cross against the post, Portugal’s best chance of the half and the rebound was smashed over from 20 yards by Andre Gomes – another reported target for United and Chelsea.Austria continued to look dangerous on the attack, Bayern Munich left-back David Alaba marauding forward and he was fouled on the edge of the area on the right-hand side. The angle for the resulting free-kick was too acute to shoot from and the resulting cross fizzed across goal, Vieirinha eventually heading it clear off the line.As Ronaldo operated in a wider position early in the second half with Nani central, the Real Madrid legend sent a 25-yard, left-footed drive towards goal – Almer saving again. From the following corner, the 31-year-old headed on target but it was straight at the ever-present goalkeeper.Portugal piled on the pressure after the break, Ronaldo failing to hit the target with a couple of trademark free-kicks.The star man was then fouled in the area by Martin Hinteregger and he stepped up to take the resulting spot-kick, with the continent expecting him to set the record ahead of Man Utd-bound Ibrahimovic. But he dragged it wide from 12 yards, rattling the frame of the goal.The Madrid man soon started celebrating as he finally headed past Almer, but this time he was denied by the flag. It was not his day and not Portugal’s, as Austria settled for a hard-earned point ahead of their final group match with Iceland.Here is how Group F looks going into the final round of games: 2