Former Liverpool boss Roy Evans has hailed James Milner’s start to life at Liverpool.The England international has quickly become a key man for the club following his free transfer switch from Manchester City in the summer and captained the team against Arsenal on Monday night.Milner produced a typically tireless and effective performance to help the Merseysiders claim a point, and Evans believes his signing has already proved to be a masterstroke by Brendan Rodgers.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, he said: “James Milner is one of those players who, in many fans’ eyes, will never be man of the match because you don’t really see what he does.“He is not flash but he keeps everything together. He closes people down, he gets the ball forward quickly.“James Milner is a great all-round footballer. Without a doubt he will be the best buy for us because he is the glue that brings everything together.”
1 If one team scores, the other runs… But if they miss, they do the running! 🏃⚽️ #s04 https://t.co/LalHF1k49L— FC Schalke 04 (@s04_en) August 25, 2015//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js Schalke It’s not quite your Sunday League ‘shoot at will at the goalkeeper’, but Schalke have introduced a simple yet brilliant training drill.The Bundesliga side, who look set to lose prize asset Julian Draxler to Juventus by the end of the transfer window, were put through their paces with a ruthless shooting game.It’s simple – if someone from your team misses, you run. If you score, the other team runs.Can we expect to see something similar in the Premier League soon?Here is the video of the drill:
After an inspired start to the season, predictably things have taken a turn for what could be the worse at Arsenal.The recent defeat to West Bromwich Albion saw Francis Coquelin leave the field with knee ligament damage, which has ruled him out of action for two months, and Santi Cazorla has since suffered a similar fate.The Spaniard limped off against Norwich City last weekend, and reports claim he will be sidelined for three months – meaning Arsene Wenger will be without his two first-choice holding midfielders over the busy festive period.News will have come as a huge blow to manager Arsene Wenger, with Coquelin and Cazorla finally offering essential balance in the centre of the park and helping to deliver belief among supporters that they really could challenge for the title this season.With Cazorla’s injury being one of many over the past few weeks, Gunners fans have been left understandly frustrated.Read their reaction, on Twitter, below. 1 Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla
Here is a selection of stories from Saturday’s newspapers and other media outlets…Rio Ferdinand has called on Manchester United to get the “best manager on the planet”, Pep Guardiola. (The Guardian) Sacked Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is keen to become the next United manager. (ESPN) United boss Louis van Gaal would like to sign Real Madrid’s James Rodriguez, who signed for the Spanish club for £63m in 2014. (The Metro) Van Gaal has outlined the situation that would see him recall James Wilson from his loan spell with Brighton: “When we are in trouble we can recall him. That’s a decision when it comes – maybe and maybe not.” (Manchester Evening News)Radamel Falcao could end his loan spell with Chelsea in January and return to Monaco, before moving to Major League Soccer in the summer. (Daily Mirror) Guus Hiddink is hotly tipped to be appointed intermin manager at Chelsea and has told the club to buy an English striker in January, with Leicester’s Jamie Vardy and West Brom’s Saido Berahino the main contenders. (The Sun) Swansea City want Loic Remy on loan from Chelsea. (Daily Mirror) Swansea fear that the prime candidate to become the club’s next manager, former Argentina coach Marcelo Bielsa, is reluctant to take the job. (South Wales Evening Post) Liverpool’s James Milner has not ruled out one day returning to his first club, Leeds United. (Yorkshire Post) And here are the top stories on talkSPORT.com‘I knew he’d be a Premier League beast!’ Celebrity Liverpool fan Charlie Sloth on Anfield’s best recent signingHull boss Steve Bruce: ‘What chance have we got, if people like Jose Mourinho are getting sacked?’Guus Hiddink the ‘perfect’ choice to take over from Jose Mourinho as Chelsea boss, says Ray WilkinsGuus Hiddink has told me he will be Chelsea’s next boss, says former Blues striker Mateja KezmanVideo: Santos forward Geuvanio scores one-on-one with amazing rainbow flick!Transfer rumours Thomas Muller ends talk of Manchester United move by signing new Bayern Munich contractAngel Di Maria claims Paris Saint-Germain CAN sign Barcelona legend Lionel Messi Arsenal line up shock move for ex-Manchester United striker Javier HernandezChelsea boost as transfer target Jonathan Calleri rejects Inter Milan moveChelsea flop Radamel Falcao lined up for Monaco returnLille keen on loan deal for Newcastle’s Emmanuel Riviere Transfer rumours and football stories 1
Danny Murphy has told talkSPORT Jurgen Klopp has a major rebuilding job on his hands at Liverpool.Klopp ruled out a January spending spree earlier this month as he vowed to give the current crop of players every chance to prove themselves.But Murphy insists reinforcements are badly needed at Anfield after he witnessed his former club crash to a 3-0 defeat at Watford on Sunday.The loss leaves Liverpool without a win in their last three Premier League games and ninth in the table, five points adrift of the Champions League places, and Murphy offered a damning assessment of the squad on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show on Monday.The ex-England midfielder said: “Mignolet and Bogdan aren’t good enough. Lloris helped Tottenham get that win [at Southampton] and I have seen that so many times this season because he is a fantastic goalkeeper who makes very good saves at the right times. Liverpool don’t have that.“Added to that, the centre-halves aren’t good enough. Skrtel is good enough when he is at it but he is nearing the end of his prime. Lovren has not hit the heights and Sakho is a nightmare waiting to happen so they need a centre-half. You could also argue the left-back is too attacking.“But the biggest problem, for me, is the creativity in midfield. Where is Cazorla, where is Carrick, where is Yaya Toure? Where is somebody who can play and control the tempo in the middle of the park?“Emre Can is not bad, he is young and could do it maybe, but he is a bit erratic. He is always picking up yellow cards and chasing all over the place. Lucas has been a good player but he is nearing the end and Henderson and Milner are too similar.”
Sept. 30 that DWP employees’ salaries average $76,949 a year and the workers earn nearly 20 percent more than the average Los Angeles municipal worker. Examination of the DWP’s payroll costs was triggered by a DWP board decision to seek higher rates for water and power. Two years ago, the IBEW won a five-year contract guaranteeing raises of 16.8 percent, and up to 28 percent depending on inflation. As part of the Daily News review, DWP employees’ names, job classifications and salaries were obtained from the city under a California Public Records Act request and were posted on www.dailynews.com. They remain on the Web site. The IBEW is seeking a court order enjoining DWP officials from releasing the salaries of employees represented by the union, according to the filing. It also says the union will seek to bar the Daily News from publishing the names, job titles and “individually identified” salary information of union-represented utility employees. The union’s complaint disputes an argument that there is a public-interest value in releasing and publishing workers’ salaries. “Union-represented employees are not upper management and they do not make any fiscal, management or policy decisions,” the complaint says. [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LOS ANGELES: Daily News finds that agency’s employees earn more than others in city. By Beth Barrett STAFF WRITER The union representing nearly all 8,500 Los Angeles Department of Water and Power employees sought a temporary restraining order Tuesday against the Daily News over online publication of the workers’ names, salaries and positions. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityAlso named in the court filing by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 18, was the city of Los Angeles and the DWP Board of Commissioners. Notice of the filing was sent to the Daily News’ corporate headquarters in Denver. The newspaper, which is a sister paper of the Daily Breeze, was given 30 days to respond. However, the City Attorney’s Office said a hearing on the request was set for 8:30 a.m. today in Department 85 of Los Angeles Superior Court. “This is quite strange,” Daily News Editor Ron Kaye said. “Just six weeks ago the state Supreme Court ruled unequivocally that these kind of records are public information, especially when they contribute to the public’s ability to have oversight of how government operates and spends their money.” The Daily News reported
GLENDORA – Speed limits will decrease on portions of six city streets for safety reasons, officials said. The City Council voted Nov. 13 to drop permitted speeds by 5 mph on part of Route 66 and five major feeder roads. The limit on a portion of Amelia Avenue was increased from 25 mph to 35 mph. “It’s all about traffic safety,” said Public Works Director Dave Davies. Accidents were a major factor in the decreases, Davies said. On Route 66, there have been 33 accidents in the past three years, including one fatality, he said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre The speed changes come after a traffic survey earlier this year that monitored driver behavior. The survey is required by state law every five years in order for police departments to monitor speeding. The last survey was in 2003. “We’re just doing what we need to do to be able to enforce reasonable speeds on our streets and have it stick legally,” Councilman Doug Tessitor said. Speeds will be lowered on portions of Route 66, Base Line Road, and Bennett, Glendora, Grand and Sierra Madre avenues. The survey showed that speeds could be safely increased on portions of four streets – Route 66, Foothill Boulevard, and Bennett and Lone Hill avenues – but due to the history of accidents there and other factors the city chose to maintain current speeds on those roads. When considering speed-limit changes, the city also looks at pedestrian traffic and the number of residential homes, parks and schools along the roads. City streets have had increased traffic since the 210 Freeway extension opened in 2002, Councilman Mark Kelly said. When the freeway is backed up, many drivers use Glendora’s east-west arterials as an alternative, he said. “Foothill Boulevard, Route 66 and Arrow Highway are now becoming major corridors for people to travel to Pasadena and get onto the freeway farther down,” Kelly said. The city has received complaints about drivers going too fast, city officials said. But, despite pressure from residents, changes in speed limits must be determined by interpreting data that comes from speed surveys, Davies said. Considering all the extenuating factors is more tricky than it sounds, he said. “Traffic engineering is more artistic than scientific,” Davies said. [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!
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat Kings-Daily News LONG BEACH – A 4-year-old Nova Scotia Duck Trolling retriever from Northridge proved to be the top dog in an agility contest Sunday during the seventh annual AKC/Eukanuba National Championship at the Long Beach Convention Center. Terry and Kim Simons watched their dog, Slyder, take the first prize in the 16-inch class agility event, which also features such prestigious awards for Best in Breed and Best in Show. The show, one of the largest in the nation, is attended by some 20,000 visitors, and draws top dogs from around the world to compete for $225,000 in prizes. The AKC/Eukanuba championship is billed as one of the most highly competitive events in dogdom. As the dog show directly run by the 123-year-old American Kennel Club, it also offers the world’s highest cash prize to some of the nation’s most finicky dog owners. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Shinji Okazaki’s wonderful overhead kick pushed Leicester five points clear of the top of the Premier League and condemned Rafa Benitez to a defeat in his first Newcastle game as manager.Okazaki gave the Foxes the lead after 25 minutes as another ‘Vardyquake’ erupted at the King Power Stadium.Leicester then shut up shop as the game progressed with N’Golo Kante playing a starring role.The win puts Claudio Ranieri’s side five points clear of Tottenham and 11 clear of Arsenal while Benitez will have his work cut out to claw Newcastle out of the relegation zone.Newcastle made a bright start to life under Benitez, with Ayoze Perez and Jack Colback both having early efforts on the Leicester goal.However, the Foxes quickly woke up with Jamie Vardy running dangerously and Riyad Mahrez’s lively shot being well blocked.And it was Leicester who made the most of their bright spells when Vardy did brilliantly to beat Colback in the air before Okazaki acrobatically bicycle-kicked the Foxes ahead.Minutes later the league leaders almost doubled their lead as Marc Albrighton ran at a retreating Steven Taylor before firing his shot inches wide of the target.Perez had another effort before the break but Kasper Schmeichel was equal to it to keep the home side ahead at half time.Kante was arguably Leicester’s best player on the night as he frustrated the Magpies by snuffing out every attack they tried to muster.Moussa Sissoko had a great chance to equalise but made the wrong choice when he chose to cut the ball back to nobody rather than take a shot on himself.Benitez will be buoyed with the improvement in possession Newcastle made as the game wore on but they were unable to create anything clear-cut as Leicester held on to go five points clear with eight games remaining.Newcastle meanwhile are still one point off safety with Sunderland having a game in hand ahead of the Tyne-Wear derby this weekend. 1 Okazaki scored a wonderful overhead kick