Month: December 2019

CONFIRMED: Gourcuff rejects Everton and Watford to stay in France

first_img1 Yoann Gourcuff Yoann Gourcuff has snubbed interest from Everton and Watford to sign for Rennes.The midfielder was a free agent this summer and had been tracked by the Premier League pair.But, after leaving Lyon at the end of June, the 29-year-old has elected to stay in France, and Rennes president Rene Ruello has confirmed he will be joining them.“Yoann will be a Rennes player this season — for one year,” Ruello said.“At the moment he’s recovering from stress fractures, which are genuine and are in a bad place because they’re underneath the arch of his foot.“That will take a bit of time but he’s on the right track and is getting better and better. As soon as that problem is sorted out, he’ll be on the pitch with us to train and to play.”last_img read more

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Top 10 Champions League goal scorers revealed! Based on goals per game

first_img 10 10 2. Ferenc Puskas (second right): 0.88 goals-per-game ratio – Just one man has a better record in front of goal – Just like Di Stefano (pictured centre, above, with Puskas), he has scored seven goals in European Cup finals. The Hungary and Real Madrid icon, though, scored four in one game against Frankfurt in the 1960 final. 10 10 10. Romario: 0.63 goals-per-game – click the arrow above, right, to see more great goal scorers – When it comes to goals in Europe’s biggest football competition, it doesn’t get better than these 10 players. Romario, a World Cup winner with Brazil, spent time at PSV, Barcelona and Valencia during his time on the Continent. He beats current strikers Mario Gomez (0.59) and Karim Benzema and Robert Lewandowski (both 0.58). 7. Jean-Pierre Papin: 0.76 goals-per-game – click the arrow above, right, to see which striker edges him to sixth place – Papin played for Marseille, Milan and Bayern between the late 80s and mid 90s. He was joint top scorer in the 1989/90 with Romario (six goals), the 1990/91 season, with Tirol Innsbruck (six goals) and Benfica’s Sergei Yuran (seven goals in the 1991/92 season. 10 1. Gerd Muller: 1.00 goals-per-game ratio – Goal king – ‘Der Bomber’, the former Bayern Munich striker, won the European Cup three times. In addition, Muller won the World Cup and scored 68 goals in 62 games for West Germany. Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi’s fight for individual dominance is set to once again provide a highlight of the Champions League.Ronaldo faces Shakhtar Donetsk at the Bernabeu, while Messi travels to Rome with Barcelona. Both are the European goal kings, but where do they rank among the competitions’s greats?Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see the 10 players with the best goals-per-game ratio in both the European Cup era (1955-1992) and in it’s current Champions League format. 6. Ruud van Nistelrooy: 0.77 goals-per-game – The former Man United and Real Madrid striker is beaten to fourth by one of the best – Van Nistelrooy scored 12 times in the 2002/03 season for Man United and top scored in the competition the season before with 10, popping up again to top the goal charts in the 2004/05 season with eight. In total, the former Netherlands international scored 56 goals in the Champions League with PSV, United and Real Madrid. 10 10 8. Eusebio: 0.71 goals-per-game – click the arrow above, right, to see more European Cup goal machines – The late striker could not stop scoring for both Portugal and Benfica, who he played for between 1960 and 1975, winning the 1962 European Cup. 4. Alfredo Di Stefano: 0.84 goals-per-game – Just three men have a better goal ratio than the Real Madrid great – Di Stefano passed away in July 2014 and was remembered as one of football’s greats, winning the European Cup five times with Real Madrid and scoring seven times in finals. 5. Lionel Messi: 0.78 goals-per-game – Click the arrow above to see who has a better goal ratio than the Barca forward – Messi has won the Champions League four times, scored 77 goals and top scored in four consecutive seasons. 3. Jose Altafini (left): 0.86 goals-per-game – Click the arrow above, right, to see two more great goal scorers – The Brazilian spent seven seasons with Milan, winning the European Cup in 1963 at Wembley when he scored 14 goals along the way. 10 9. Cristiano Ronaldo: 0.67 goals-per-game – click the arrow above, right, to see the players with a better ratio than the Real Madrid man – Ronaldo, currently on 318 Real Madrid goals, is close to surpassing Raul’s club record of 323 goals in all competitions. In the Champions League, Ronaldo, along with Lionel Messi, has scored 77 times and in the 2013/14 season, scored 17 times en route to winning the competition. 10 10last_img read more

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‘Thank you!’ – French leaders thank England for ‘unbelievable show of support’

first_img1 French minister for sport Patrick Kanner and team manager Didier Deschamps were among those who thanked England for their support during Tuesday night’s friendly at Wembley Stadium in the wake of Friday’s devastating attacks in Paris.France and England players mixed together for pre-match photos and then stood around the centre circle as a minute’s silence was observed in memory of those killed in the terrorist attacks.Three Lions players and fans also joined in with the French national anthem La Marseillaise, while tributes to the victims were displayed around the stadium and throughout the game, as England won 2-0.But the real victors were the French players and the feeling of unity and support the evening presented, and Patrick Kanner believes the gestures sent out a powerful message of solidarity amid the growing unrest throughout Europe.“It was an unbelievable show of support from our English friends,” Kanner said.“There were French colours all over Wembley, and it was unbelievable to hear the Marseillaise all around the stadium, sung by 90,000 people.“Me, when I sung those words with Prince William and David Cameron, I was thinking about all of the young people massacred in our own country last week.“But we have to say that life goes on, we keep our heads up and tonight we were able to find our pride again.“We have shown we have the determination to put the cause of our society above all else.”Many England fans were seen wearing T-shirts with messages of support while Wembley’s iconic arch was lit up in red, white and blue, with France’s national motto ‘Liberte, Egalite, Fraternite’ displayed across the top of the entrance.“We would like to thank everyone for their statements and their actions of solidarity,” France manager Didier Deschamps said.“We feel very grateful because not just the people at Wembley, but the whole nation has supported us.“We have had this outpouring of communal grief and it has been good for us.”Deschamps admitted he and his players were particularly affected by a thunderous rendition of La Marseillaise before kick-off.“We felt very, very strong emotions, powerful emotions,” Deschamps added. “Everyone has their own way of displaying their emotions but it was certainly a moment where everyone came together.“It was heart-rending – you felt it deep down in your gut. It was a special, moving, grandiose moment.”While paying tribute to England, Deschamps singled out midfielder Lassana Diarra, who lost his cousin in the terrorist attacks.Diarra insisted on remaining with the squad and was given a standing ovation when he came on for Yohan Cabaye in the 57th minute.“I spoke at some length with Lassana and he said all along he would be more than ready to come on and feature if I needed him,” Deschamps said.“I really respected his choice of how he handled himself and carried himself throughout this difficult period, and his presence has been important for us.“For that reason alone I made the decision that for the last 20 minutes he was going to feature. Because of how he has been with us it was deserved.” England and France players observe a minute silence in memory of those who lost their lives in Friday’s terrorist attacks in Paris last_img read more

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Arsenal’s title hopes over? Their fans seem to think so after defeat to Swansea

first_imgDid the 2-1 defeat to Swansea end Arsenal’s hopes of winning the title? Gunners fans seem to think so. Three points dropped leaves Arsene Wenger’s men SIX points adrift of leaders Leicester, and it sets up for a big north London derby against Tottenham at the weekend. The French manager has been criticised for some of his decisions, such as substituting Joel Campbell as they were drawing at the Emirates on Wednesday, which gathered jeers by the home support. Leicester fans will have been delighted as Arsenal, Tottenham and Man City were all beaten. See some Arsenal fans’ reaction below: 1 Three points dropped leaves Arsene Wenger’s men SIX points adrift of leaders Leicester last_img read more

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Woman falls to death from balloon

first_imgACCIDENT: Pilot was trying to free the hot-air craft from a utility line in New Mexico. By Tim Korte THE ASSOCIATED PRESS ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – A California woman fell at least 70 feet to her death Monday and three other women were hospitalized, two with broken legs, after a morning joyride on a hot air balloon turned tragic, casting a pall over the city’s annual balloon fiesta. Paramedics tried to revive the woman, Rosemary Wooley Phillips, 60, in a dirt field where she fell. She was pronounced dead a short time later at University of New Mexico Hospital. Bill Birkley of Albuquerque was driving to visit a client when he saw the balloon flying low and fast, then getting snagged in the utility line “like a fish hook.” He stopped his vehicle and was standing about 100 feet from the trapped balloon when he saw Phillips fall. “She was screaming and flailing her arms,” Birkley said. “It was the most helpless feeling in the world. There she was, coming down through the air, and there wasn’t a thing you could do for her.” The balloon, meanwhile, came free and drifted across a road near Interstate 25. It crash-landed, inflicting injuries on the other passengers and a pilot. Bruno said two women had broken legs and another had minor bumps and bruises. The three, Sheryl Diaz, 60; Susan Simpson, 57; and Doris Currier, 52, were admitted to University Hospital, he said. The pilot sustained minor scratches and was treated at the scene. The women booked the flight through Rainbow Ryders, a concessionaire contracted to provide flights from the fiesta’s launch field. A company official, Scott Appleman, said pilot Tom Reyes had 30 years’ experience and more than 1,900 flying hours. Authorities were careful not to assign immediate blame on winds, saying an investigation was continuing. Yet hot air balloons are entirely subjected to the wind. “Wind is part of the unknown. Weather is part of the unknown, relative to hot air ballooning, all the time,” Appleman 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 MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityThe woman who died and the other three women were from Oceanside. “Our balloon community is a close-knit family, and a time like this is difficult for all of us,” said Gary Bennett, president of the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. The balloon – named Heavenly Ride – became caught on a utility line at 7:45 a.m. The pilot threw down a tether to a pickup truck on the ground in an apparent attempt to reel the balloon down and free it, a state police spokesman said. But the tether broke and the balloon bounced back up, causing its gondola to tip. The woman fell more than 70 feet. “It probably was a lot higher than that,” state police Sgt. Kevin Bruno said. “That’s just an estimate.” last_img read more

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Obama set to appear on three TV talk shows

first_imgClinton, D-N.Y., is scheduled to attend a fundraiser Sunday at the home of director Rob Reiner, the entertainment trade newspaper Daily Variety reported on its Web site. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! In a similar poll conducted by Opinion Research Corp. for CNN April 10- 12, Clinton led Obama, 30 percent-26 percent. All three of the leading candidates in the Democratic presidential race are scheduled to be in the Southland over the next five days. Edwards is scheduled to speak the Democratic Party of Orange County’s 13th annual Harry S. Truman Awards dinner Friday in Anaheim and conduct a fundraiser Saturday at the Beverly Hills home of director Brett Ratner. Following trips to Nevada and Arizona, Obama is set to return to the Los Angeles area for three fundraisers and a town hall meeting in East Los Angeles Saturday. Sen. Barack Obama is scheduled to be in Southern California today to appear on three television talk shows, as he continues to try to overcome Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton’s growing lead in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination. Obama, D-Ill. will be on NBC’s “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” tonight, “The Tavis Smiley Show” airing tomorrow on the Public Broadcasting Service and the syndicated “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” on a yet-to-be announced date, according to representatives of the shows. In a poll released yesterday, Obama trailed Clinton, 51 percent-21 percent. Former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards was third with 15 percent, followed by New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson with 4 percent. No other candidate had more than 1 percent. The telephone poll of 485 registered voters who described themselves as Democrats or as independents who lean Democratic was conducted by Opinion Research Corp. for CNN between Friday and Sunday. The margin of error is plus or minus 5 percentage points. last_img read more

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Church catechism teacher jailed

first_imgAn anonymous tipster originally led police to the victims, Balian said. The victims were all willing to talk to police, he said. Allen is scheduled to be arraigned today in Burbank Superior Court. alex.dobuzinskis@dailynews.com 818-546-3304 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! GLENDALE – A 53-year-old man who taught catechism classes at two churches has been arrested and charged with molesting three children more than a decade ago, police said Wednesday. Donald Allen of Glendale taught at Glendale Holy Family Catholic Church and St. Dominic’s Church in Eagle Rock until his arrest, said Officer John Balian, a spokesman for the Glendale Police Department. So far, there has been no indication that Allen molested any of the children he met at church or through his volunteer work there, Balian said. The three victims Allen is suspected of molesting are now all adults, Balian said. When Allen knew them, the victims were between the ages of 5 and 12, the officer said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre “We’re hoping there are no other victims out there,” Balian said. “But maybe … (by) notifying the public of his arrest, we can have more victims forthcoming, and we can give them more closure by having him arrested and put behind bars for a long time.” Balian said he could not disclose how Allen met his victims because investigators want to hear from other potential victims who may have similar stories. Allen, who works as a medical technician, has been charged with 15 counts of sexual assault on a minor. Police say the assaults ended more than a decade ago. Allen remains jailed in lieu of $1.5 million bail. Since Allen’s arrest, the churches have ended his volunteer employment and they have cooperated with investigators, Balian said. Allen was arrested Oct. 23 but police did not immediately disclose the arrest because investigators were trying to determine whether there were additional victims, Balian said. last_img read more

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Food banks feel the pinch

first_imgFood banks face dwindling supplies of Thanksgiving meals as lawmakers debate the merits of a bill currently stalled in the U.S. Senate that could help. The proposed legislation, which has already passed the House, would increase the minimum food stamp payment and hike the amount of money the federal government gives food banks from $140 million to $250 million. But Senate Republicans and Democrats were unable to reach an agreement on several unrelated amendments before the holiday recess, leaving the bill in limbo. Without the extra money, food banks must make up the difference, said Jeff Dronkers, director of programs and agency relations at the L.A. Regional Food Bank. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre “Back in 2002 we were averaging 10 to 12 USDA commodities (food items) in our food baskets to clients; this year we are down to three – apple sauce, tomato sauce and whole kernel corn,” said Dronkers. That means agencies that provide food to the needy have to use more of their limited resources to purchase additional items, leaving less funds for specialty items – such as Thanksgiving Day turkeys. “I have never heard of an agency having enough turkeys to give out,” said Dronkers. “This year, very few turkeys are going to be distributed at all.” While food banks have been receiving $140 million in bonus foodstuffs from the U.S. Department of Agriculture since the last time the farm bill was renewed in 2002, rising prices have meant less food to give out, said Dronkers. “The $140 million got us 24 million pounds of food in L.A. County in 2002,” he said. “In 2006 it got us 12 million pounds and for this fiscal year, we are on track to get only 9 million pounds.” Upping the federal contribution to $250 million would not bring the county back up to 2002 levels, but it would make up “a good chunk” of what the county has lost in the last five years, Dronkers added. The dwindling resources strain smaller food pantries like the Episcopal Church’s Our Saviour Center in El Monte, said Dorris Dann, the center’s executive director. “It is a very serous problem, because the food bank right now has very limited resources and we depend on those (federal funds),” said Dann. The amount of people who are food-insecure – who don’t know where their next meal will come from and are most likely to seek assistance from food pantries – has risen throughout the state and the county, according to two recent studies. The county Department of Public Health’s “L.A. Health Trends” report, released in September, showed that the number of food-insecure people in households earning below three times the federal poverty level rose from 402,000 in 2002 to 471,000 in 2005, a nearly 5 percent increase. The percent of food-insecure households in the San Gabriel Valley rose by about 1 percent, to a total of 54,000 households, over the same period. Three times the federal poverty level would equate to a family of four making less than $56,500 per year, according to U.S. Census Bureau statistics. Poorer households with children have been particularly hard-hit, according to the county study. About 30 percent of households with children that earn below three times the federal poverty level – roughly 282,000 – are forced to choose between paying for food or covering other basic necessities such as rent or healthcare. And a nationwide survey by America’s Second Harvest, the largest charitable hunger relief organization in the U.S., revealed this month that one in five California children – 2 million total – are food insecure. With food sources in such a precarious state and the farm bill stalled, food pantries are resorting to alternate methods to get their clients fed, said Kim McCoy Wade, executive director of the California Association of Food Banks. “Some are fundraising to purchase more food, and some are diversifying their food sources by purchasing more produce,” said McCoy Wade, whose group runs a program that provides donated or below-market produce to food banks throughout the state. “Moving toward more produce is a good thing, but you can’t make a holiday meal with lettuce and strawberries,” she added. “So if Congress can’t provide some additional relief before next fall, the next holiday season will be worse even than this year.” Democrats failed to get the 60 votes needed to cut off debate on the farm bill last Friday. California Senators Diane Feinstein and Barbara Boxer have supported the measure, but Senate Agriculture Chairman Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, said last Thursday in a statement that the bill might have to wait until after next year’s November elections. The House version was supported by Rep. Hilda Solis, D-El Monte, but opposed by San Dimas Republican Rep. David Dreier. Dreier’s spokeswoman, Jo Maney, said the congressman opposed the bill because of its unrelated amendments. “Mr. Dreier remains opposed to the farm bill because it contains a huge tax increase that threatens American jobs,” said Maney in an e-mail. fred.ortega@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2306last_img read more

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Jack Wilshere to make Arsenal first-team return on Sunday, reveals Arsene Wenger

first_imgArsenal manager Arsene Wenger is planning to include Jack Wilshere in his squad for Sunday’s trip to Sunderland.Wilshere has not played a single minute for the first team this season after breaking his fibula in August.But the 24-year-old has been back in training since the start of April and is now nearing full fitness after three appearances for the Under-21s.He scored in his most recent outing for the development side, against West Brom U-21s on Monday, and lasted the full 90 minutes.And, while Wenger will not rush Wilshere back for Thursday’s visit of the Baggies, he is ready to consider the midfielder for selection against Sunderland three days later.“He has had no setbacks and is getting better. He will be available after West Brom,” the Frenchman said.“He absorbed well his first obstacle, that means getting games and finally getting 90 minutes.“The positive is that he had no setbacks and as well in every game he was sharper, so that means he has a good fitness base.“Overall the progression now should be normal. He is available for selection – I don’t think for tomorrow – but from the next game on it is a question of do I select him or not?” 1 Jack Wilshere last_img read more

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