11 24. Gary Cahill – take a look at the full line up, in squad number order, by clicking right Chelsea managed their first win of the Premier League season last weekend as they beat West Brom 3-2 at the Hawthorns.The game, though, wasn’t all good news, as the leaky and ill-disciplined Blues still looked shaky following their poor early campaign form.Jose Mourinho will, at least, have been buoyed by the performance of new signing Pedro, who already looks like he will be a star player but he must replace the suspended John Terry who was sent off against the Baggies.So, who will the Portuguese boss name in his team to face Crystal Palace as Chelsea hunt for a morale boosting three points on Saturday afternoon?What team would you pick for the match? What do you think are the key selection issues? Share your thoughts and leave a comment below… 11 28. Cesar Azpilicueta – take a look at the full line up, in squad number order, by clicking right 19. Diego Costa – take a look at the full line up, in squad number order, by clicking right 5. Kurt Zouma – take a look at the full line up, in squad number order, by clicking right 17. Pedro – take a look at the full line up, in squad number order, by clicking right 11 11 11 11 21. Nemanja Matic – take a look at the full line up, in squad number order, by clicking right 11 11 11 2. Branislav Ivanovic – take a look at the full line up, in squad number order, by clicking the arrow above! And let us know what you think of our predicted team by leaving a comment below 10. Eden Hazard – take a look at the full line up, in squad number order, by clicking right 22. Willian – take a look at the full line up, in squad number order, by clicking right 11 13. Thibaut Courtois – take a look at the full line up, in squad number order, by clicking right 11 4. Cesc Fabregas – take a look at the full line up, in squad number order, by clicking right
Manchester United have offered goalkeeper David De Gea a new five-year contract to stay at Old Trafford, talkSPORT understands.The two-time Red Devils player of the year saw his move to Real Madrid breakdown on after the paperwork was not received by La Liga officials by the 11pm deadline.And now it seems as though De Gea could stay at United after all with his representative, super-agent Jorge Mendes, spotted arriving at the club’s Carrington training ground to meet Louis van Gaal and Ryan Giggs.The terms of the contract are believed to be £200,000-a-week with the pay rise back-dated a year, a substantial rise on his current contract which is thought to be between £40,000 and £50,000-a-week.There will also be a minimum fee release clause of €50m inserted into the contract in attempt to ward off any further interest from Madrid. There is no indication whether or not De Gea will sign the contract on offer to him, however.
1 Wayne Rooney Wayne Rooney took a step towards answering his critics with a late winner against CSKA Moscow to send Manchester United top of Group B in the Champions League.It was all United in the first half but despite all the possession there were no goals with Jesse Lingard and Marcos Rojo wasting the best of the chances.It was more of the same after the break and when it looked like it would be a fourth consecutive 0-0 for the Red Devils, Rooney popped up with a great header after many of the crowd called for his substitution only minutes before.The win is United’s second of the competition and after Wolfsburg lost 2-0 to PSV Eindhoven in the group’s other game, they go top with seven points.Rooney – who dropped into a more withdrawn position as Anthony Martial was restored to the centre – had the first chance of the night but his shot on the turn went slightly wide of the target.Juan Mata was the next to test Igor Akinfeev, but despite a fantastic run behind the CSKA defence, he couldn’t get the contact he desired from Daley Blind’s long ball.Rooney and Mata were again at the centre of the attack for United as they continued to pile forward but Lingard fired over after his captain’s dangerous cross.The Red Devils were dominating the possession and chances, this time Ashley Young’s deep cross being leathered wide by Rojo, as they continued to struggle for that goal which has eluded them in their last three games.Despite United having 73 per cent of possession and eight shots to CSKA’s zero, the teams trudged in at half time with the scores level and the pressure mounting on the home side who, if the scores remained goalless, would record four consecutive 0-0 draws for the first time in their history.And it was more of the same immediately after the restart as Rojo, unmarked and unchallenged, headed wide from a corner before the defender turned provider for Martial who headed straight at Akinfeev.Boos rang around Old Trafford after the hour mark as Louis van Gaal removed Martial, and not Rooney, as Marouane Fellaini entered the fray.If there was a sign United would not score during the game then it came as Rooney failed to sort his feet out from two yards out with an empty goal at his mercy.Michael Carrick was the next to try to break the deadlock with a stunning volley which whistled inches wide of the upright.Seydou Doumbia – a second half substitute – suddenly found himself through on goal was twice denied, first by a wonderful stop by David De Gea’s left boot and then by a world class block by Chris Smalling.As if buoyed by those defensive heroics, with ten minutes remaining, United went straight down the other end to score for the first time in four matches.It was a great team goal as Carrick picked out Lingard – the best player on the night – who volleyed first time across to Rooney to score with a great header.It sparked the Red Devils into life as Rooney pulled off a stunning flick to return the favour to Lingard, but his fierce volley was well blocked by the CSKA goalkeeper.But Rooney’s 273rd goal – which ties him level in second with Dennis Law on United’s all time goalscorer list – which was enough to secure a long overdue win for the Red Devils and put them in pole position to qualify for the round of 16.
Everton will have John Stones fit to face Leicester on Saturday and Roberto Martinez might also be able to call on James McCarthy.Stones suffered ankle and knee injuries during last weekend’s 1-1 draw with Norwich at Carrow Road.But there’s been no lasting damage and the young defender has been pencilled in to start against the Premier League leaders at Goodison Park.“In the last two days John has been able to do his normal work,” Martinez said.“He’s rejoined the group. There has been no reaction. He twisted his ankle in the warm-up at Norwich and then got a knock to his knee, but he’s had no effect from that – he’s in perfect condition for the weekend.”Midfielder McCarthy, is battling to be fit for Saturday’s game having returned to training following a three-game absence due to a muscle problem.“James McCarthy has started running on the pitch,” said Martinez. “We will assess him today and tomorrow then make a final decision if he can be involved in the squad against Leicester. He’s not too far away. If it’s not Leicester, it will be one of the games around Boxing Day.” 1 John Stones
Ayoze Perez Ayoze Perez has signed a new five-and-a-half-year contract with Newcastle.The Spanish forward has been an impressive performer for the Magpies since arriving from CD Tenerife in June 2014.He has made 63 appearances for the club, scoring 12 goals, and has featured in 21 of Newcastle’s 23 Premier League games this season.“It’s a special day for me, a big day for me,” the 22-year-old told the club’s official website.“The truth is I’m really happy here, so it’s a good thing for me – and I hope it’s the same for the Geordie family.“Newcastle gave me everything and I’m really pleased to sign this new contract.”Newcastle manager Steve McClaren added: “I am delighted that Ayoze has signed a new deal.“He is a very good player with huge potential and someone we believe has a very big future at Newcastle United.“We are building this club for the long-term and Ayoze is a very important part of that.”The announcement of Perez’s new deal came shortly after Newcastle confirmed the loan signing of striker Seydou Doumbia. 1
10. Left wing: Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) 11. Striker: Danny Welbeck (Arsenal) 11 11 11 1. Goalkeeper: Petr Cech (Arsenal) – click the arrow above to see the remaining 10 players that make our combined XI 3. Centre back: Chris Smalling (Manchester United) 11 4. Centre back: Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal) 5. Left back: Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) 11 11 Manchester United and Arsenal go head-to-head at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon, kick off at 2.05pm, and it’s live on talkSPORT.The Gunners are embroiled in the chase for the title, while their old Premier League rivals hope to reduce their six-point gap on the top four.The pair have experienced different fortunes this season, but, together, they could form a pretty impressive side, right? talkSPORT has assessed the squads of each side and put together a combined XI, crucially, based on current form and fitness.Take a look at the line up by clicking the arrow above. 11 11 9. Attacking midfield: Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) 7. Centre midfield: Morgan Schneiderlin (Manchester United) 11 2. Right back: Hector Bellerin (Arsenal) 11 8. Right wing: Jesse Lingard (Manchester United) 11 6. Centre midfield: Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal)
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The plea agreements up the ante in the prosecution of Simpson. Cashmore can testify that guns were involved in the Sept. 13 confrontation with two sports memorabilia dealers at a Las Vegas casino hotel room, his lawyer said. “He can establish who was in the room, what was said, who had guns, who didn’t have guns, potentially who may have seen guns, who didn’t see guns,” attorney Edward Miley said outside court. “I think he wishes he would have never met O.J.” Simpson and his lawyers have denied guns were in the room at the Palace Station hotel-casino. His lawyers did not respond Monday to requests for comment. Both Alexander and Cashmore waived their preliminary hearings. Las Vegas Justice of the Peace Joe Bonaventure Jr., set both men’s arraignments for Oct. 23. Cashmore faces up to five years in prison. “In District Court, he’ll be pleading guilty to accessory to robbery,” Clark County District Attorney David Roger told Bonaventure. “He’s agreed to provide truthful testimony.” Outside court, Cashmore said he thought he’d done the right thing, but declined additional comment. Cashmore was initially arraigned on nine felonies and a gross misdemeanor, charges that included kidnapping, armed robbery, assault with a deadly weapon and conspiracy. A kidnapping conviction alone could have resulted in a sentence of life in prison with parole. Simpson and the others, Clarence “C.J.” Stewart, Michael McClinton, and Charles Ehrlich, are due in court for a preliminary hearing on Nov. 8 and 9. Bonaventure will decide then whether there is enough evidence to send the case to trial in state court. If asked, Cashmore will testify if asked at the preliminary hearing that Alexander and McClinton were armed when they entered the room with Simpson, Miley said. Simpson claims at least some of the items taken from collectors Alfred Beardsley and Bruce Fromong belonged to him, and his lawyers have maintained that no guns were used. Simpson and the others are charged with kidnapping, armed robbery, assault, burglary and conspiracy. Cashmore was introduced to Simpson and most of the others in the group for the first time minutes before the alleged robbery, Miley said. “He didn’t know anyone. He didn’t know what was going on,” Miley said. “He didn’t have a gun.” Cashmore, a journeyman laborer, bartender and disc jockey, surrendered to authorities six days after the encounter, and after police released images from hotel security videotapes showing him carrying a box from the room at the hotel. Cashmore didn’t look at everything in the box, but said some items included lithograph prints of football great Joe Montana, his lawyer said. Cashmore should have immediately gone to the police and turned over the items he carried out of the room, Miley said. “He should have done something, but he didn’t,” Miley said. In 1996, he plea bargained a felony theft charge to a misdemeanor and received probation in an embezzlement case in Utah. Alexander’s lawyer, Robert Dennis Rentzer, declined to say whether Alexander had a gun in the room, but expressed doubt Cashmore could say Alexander was armed. McClinton’s lawyer, Bill Terry, did not respond to requests for comment. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LAS VEGAS – A second co-defendant in the O.J. Simpson armed robbery case said Monday that he will plead guilty to a reduced charge and testify against Simpson and four others in the alleged hotel room theft of sports collectibles from two memorabilia dealers. Walter Alexander, 46, of Mesa, Ariz., told a judge he will plead guilty to conspiracy to commit robbery, a felony. He could face between one and six years in prison. Outside the courtroom, Alexander and his lawyers declined to say what testimony he will provide. Earlier Monday, Charles Cashmore, 40, of Las Vegas, told the same judge that he would plead guilty to a felony and testify for the prosecution.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“With our understanding of the worries of the Turkish friends, we are ready to undertake urgent negotiations with senior Turkish officials to discuss all points of disagreement,” he said. The two countries signed a security agreement last month to work together to combat violence by the PKK, which is considered a terrorist organization by the U.S. and the European Union. But the accords specifically denied Turkey the right to cross into Iraq, even in cases of “hot pursuit.” Kurds in northern Iraq have been generally sympathetic to the separatist aspirations of the rebels and unmoved by pleas from the central government to restrain them. The Turkish parliament is expected to vote Wednesday to approve the motion, which would authorize the Turkish military to make as many entries across the Iraqi border as necessary for one year. BAGHDAD – Tensions mounted along the Iraqi-Turkish border on Monday as the Turkish government sought parliamentary approval for military raids into northern Iraq. The vote in parliament would permit Turkish armed forces to cross the border in pursuit of Kurdish rebels who launch attacks into Turkey from Iraqi Kurdistan. The rebels, members of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, known as the PKK, have taken refuge in mountain redoubts on the Iraqi side of the border. They are separatists who want an autonomous Kurdish region in the far eastern part of Turkey. The Iraqi government urged Turkey on Monday to seek a diplomatic solution. Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki called for his top advisers to meet today to discuss the developments. He also called on Turkey to allow more time for a security committee made up of Iraqis, Turks and Americans to work toward a solution. The Iraqi government will look at every possible way to solve the crisis with Turkey, Maliki said in a statement. “We will never accept a military solution to the differences between Turkey and Iraq,” he said, adding that he was committed to stopping the PKK attacks. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
ALCS: Veteran’s off-speed mastery silences Boston’s bats until Cleveland breaks out. By Tom Withers THE ASSOCIATED PRESS CLEVELAND – Hang tight, Colorado Rockies. There’s another team roaring through October. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.And you just might see them in the World Series. The Cleveland Indians, relying on a throwback pitcher who looks as if he stepped out of their 1948 team photo, moved one win from another crack at winning an elusive championship. Pumping his arms with an old-school windup, Paul Byrd blanked Boston long enough and Casey Blake homered to start Cleveland’s seven-run rampage in the fifth inning as the Indians beat the Red Sox 7-3 Tuesday night for a 3-1 lead in the AL Championship Series. “We want to put them away here,” Byrd said. “That’s a great team over there. They can easily come back and win three. We’re taking absolutely nothing for granted. We’ll enjoy the win for now, but we want to put them away.” Just like those rockin’-and-rollin’ Rockies, who are awaiting their next opponent, these Indians are soaring like a team of destiny. Everything is falling Cleveland’s way, and with a victory in Game 5 on Thursday night, the Indians will have another chance to bring this title-starved town something it hasn’t seen since the Browns won it all in 1964. The Indians, who knocked out the New York Yankees and their monstrous payroll in the first round of the playoffs, now have the free-spending Red Sox on the ropes. Even three straight homers couldn’t rally Boston. After a day off, the Indians will turn to ace C.C. Sabathia, their left-handed leader. Boston’s Josh Beckett, who beat Cleveland in Game 1 at home, will try to send the series back to Fenway Park. “To be in a position to put us in the World Series is unbelievable,” Sabathia said. “I’m going to go out and have fun.” The Indians haven’t been to the Series since 1997 and haven’t won a title since ’48, when they beat the Boston Braves. Cleveland’s 59-year drought is only eclipsed by the Chicago Cubs, those lovable losers whose futility now extends to 99 years this fall after an early-October flame out. While these Indians are burning brightly, the Red Sox are on the verge of being extinguished. “The scene switched in a blink,” Boston second baseman Dustin Pedroia said. “Everything is kind of slipping away, but we’re still playing. If we don’t win, we go home. We’ve got to get to the ballpark and get a win.” Blake homered leading off the fifth against Boston knuckleballer Tim Wakefield, whose now-you-see- it-now-you-don’t pitch had Cleveland’s hitters flailing at air for nearly four innings. But in the fifth, helped by a dropped foul pop and a ball seemingly headed for an inning-ending double play that tipped off Wakefield’s glove, the Indians blew it open by hanging a seven spot on the scoreboard – just as they did in the 11th inning at Fenway Park to win Game 2. “It’s one of those innings that everybody exploded,” Blake said. Cleveland batted for 35 minutes in the fifth, and the down time seemed to hurt Byrd, who gave up back-to-back homers in a seven-pitch span to Kevin Youkilis and David Ortiz to open the sixth before Indians manager Eric Wedge rescued him. As Byrd walked to the dugout in favor of rookie Jensen Lewis, Cleveland’s towel-twirling fans saluted the 36-year-old, who instead of trying to blow pitches past hitters, uses off-speed stuff to fool them. “My goal was to move the ball in and out,” said Byrd, who used the same strategy to beat the Yankees in the Bronx last week. “I really didn’t strike anybody out. I was hoping to jam some people.” Byrd even found an extra mile or two on his fastball. “I hit 90 mph,” he joked. “That happens a few times a year.” Lewis replaced Byrd and gave up a homer to Manny Ramirez, who posed to admire his 451-foot shot, as the Red Sox became the first team in ALCS history to hit three straight homers. They came too late as the Red Sox missed a chance to even the series. “We’ve definitely got our work cut out for us,” third baseman Mike Lowell said. “But I don’t think we should look at it as we’ve got to win three games in a row. We’ve just got to win two days from now.” Rafael Betancourt needed just six pitches to get through Youkilis, Ortiz and Ramirez in the eighth, then the righty finished off the Red Sox in the ninth. Blake’s leadoff homer in the fifth must have stirred painful memories across Red Sox Nation. It was on the same date that New York’s Aaron Boone opened the 11th inning of Game 7 of the 2003 ALCS with a series-clinching homer – off Wakefield. Blake, Cleveland’s clutch third baseman, drilled an 0-and-1 pitch over the wall in left. Franklin Gutierrez followed with a single and Wakefield plunked Kelly Shoppach. A groundout moved up Gutierrez, and Asdrubal Cabrera followed with a foul pop toward the photographer’s pit next to Boston’s dugout. Youkilis, the first baseman, seemed to have it under control, but the ball squirted from his glove. Cabrera then hit a liner – a possible double-play ball – that Wakefield deflected and trickled behind the mound. “It was hit right at me, but Wake stuck out his glove,” Pedroia said. “Things like that kind of happened all night. But we’re still alive and still playing. The opportunity is there.” Wakefield was pulled after 4
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“All these charges add up. If it were just 3 percent, nobody would be jumping up and down,” said Soledad Garcia, who heads the Neighborhood Council Oversight Committee, which has opposed the rate increases. But the DWP interim general manager, Robert Rozanski, said the utility has made no secret of the surcharges. He said he has warned ratepayers that – rate increase or not – bills will rise next year simply because of the surcharges. “Everything is going up in cost,” he said. Last year, the DWP reactivated the energy cost adjustment factor, a surcharge that lets the utility pass along the high cost of natural gas. The ECAF surcharge also funds the utility’s efforts to develop more green power to meet Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s mandate that the utility buy 20 percent of its power from renewable sources by 2010. The ECAF alone is expected to increase rates by 12 percent over three years. The utility also levies surcharges to cover the extra cost of buying imported water. This year, with record-low rainfall, the DWP has to buy 70 percent of its water, up from just 30 percent in previous years. That extra cost amounts to a $71 million increase from last year, pushing up the purchased-water surcharge passed on to ratepayers. “Customers have a pretty big increase just associated with the low rainfall. That’s beyond our control,” Rozanski said. But even with the surcharges, ratepayers in Los Angeles still pay less than customers in surrounding cities, he said. “At the end of the day, look at our rates, compare them to other municipal utility rates, and we’re still better than most. You look at the investor-owned utilities, and we’re way better,” he said. At the City Council’s first hearing on the proposed rate hikes Tuesday, members signaled they are willing to approve increases if they can ensure the money is spent on much-needed infrastructure upgrades. Council President Eric Garcetti said the DWP must produce a plan with benchmarks and deadlines to show the utility is using the new dollars to replace power poles, upgrade circuits and hire electrical specialists. “If we can show our ability to do this, then we can look our ratepayers in the eyes and say, trust us. But right now I need that trust,” Garcetti said. Councilman Greig Smith introduced a motion calling for creation of a citizens oversight committee to ensure money raised through the proposed rate increases is used only for infrastructure – and not transferred to the city’s general fund. Smith’s motion would address a major complaint of neighborhood councils: Some 7 percent of money raised through rate increases goes to the city’s general fund to pay for streets, police and city services. “If this is really for infrastructure and replacement issues, let’s do it and not use it as a way to increase the transfer (to the general fund),” Smith said. The council also is considering a DWP proposal to divide the city into two temperature zones in which residents in the hotter San Fernando Valley are charged less for electricity than residents in the rest of the city. DWP officials said many utilities in the state already stagger rates based on temperature zones. But some City Council members said they are concerned with making residents south of Mulholland Drive subsidize the electricity bills of Valley residents. Others asked for more elaborate temperature zones to ensure fair rates. “Somebody living on the north side of Mulholland Drive in the hills compared to someone living in Boyle Heights – I bet it’s probably cooler there,” said Garcetti, who asked for more detailed maps. “If we’re trying to truly be fair, that reflects both temperature and politics, as opposed to just temperature.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Even as the Los Angeles City Council weighs a proposed DWP rate hike, surcharges for natural gas, renewable energy and imported water are expected to push ratepayer bills even higher. While the surcharges pass along the fluctuating costs of power and water purchases and are already in place, they are expected to increase again next year. And the charges come on top of the Department of Water and Power’s base rates, which are proposed to increase 9 percent over three years for power and 6 percent over two years for water. Factoring in the surcharges, power rates are expected to increase more than 15 percent by 2010. Anticipated water rates, including the surcharge for purchased water, were not available Tuesday.