Tottenham starlet Alex Pritchard is facing a lengthy period on the sidelines after undergoing ankle surgery.The forward struggled to shake off the injury sustained at the Under-21 European Championships in the summer and has made just one appearance for the first team this season.And now the north London club have announced the 22-year-old has gone under the knife and will be out for the remainder of 2015.Spurs had harboured hopes that Pritchard would make the step-up to the first team this term having enjoyed productive loan spells at Peterborough, Swindon and Brentford in the last three seasons. 1 Tottenham youngster Alex Pritchard
Giannelli Imbula Porto have slapped an £18.5m price tag on Arsenal, Chelsea and Southampton target Giannelli Imbula.The 23-year-old only arrived from Marseille in the summer but he has failed to settle in Portugal and could be on his way once again when the window opens.However, despite his stack falling following just nine league appearances for his new club, Porto will not sell him unless they can make a profit.They shelled out £14.75m to sign him in July, when he penned a five-year deal – and now they hope to make around £4m from selling him on.Premier League trio Arsenal, Chelsea and Southampton were all in the race to sign him during the summer and reports in Portugal have suggested that all three are still keen on him.However, it is currently AC Milan leading the chase, although they are not happy about his high asking price. 1
Sam Clucas 1 Goals from Abel Hernandez and Sam Clucas propelled Hull back into second in the Sky Bet Championship and ratcheted up the pressure on Cardiff manager Russell Slade.Saturday’s embarrassing FA Cup exit to League One strugglers Shrewsbury had reportedly left the Bluebirds boss on the brink, with online polls showing many fans want a new manager to be installed.The pressure on Slade will only increase after an uninspiring display at promotion-chasing Hull, who usurped Derby with a win more comfortable than the 2-0 scoreline suggests.It was a 10th home win of the season for Steve Bruce’s men and a result that always looked likely after Anthony Pilkington clipped over Cardiff’s best chance midway through the first half.Hernandez’s penalty five minutes before the break give Hull an advantage they would not relinquish, with Clucas volleying home the hosts’ second shortly after the restart to wrap up victory.It was meek response to the 1-0 home loss to Shrewsbury and a result that looked likely once Hull found their feet, with Bruno Ecuele Manga denying the dilly-dallying Hernandez an early opener.David Marshall should have been tested at the very least and the same went for Mo Diame shortly afterwards, with his curling effort flying well over the Cardiff goal.Only a timely Matthew Connolly block prevented Hernandez directing home an exceptional Clucas cross as City continued to control proceedings, with Cardiff finally mustering their first attempt after 27 minutes.A wonderfully-weighted ball from Craig Noone put Pilkington through on goal and the winger’s clipped effort rippled the net, only for it to quickly dawn on the travelling support it had landed on top of the goal.It was a great chance that Slade’s men were made to rue five minutes before half-time, when Lee Peltier wrestled Harry Maguire to the ground from a corner.Referee Scott Duncan pointed the spot and Hernandez converted, hitting a powerful effort out of Marshall’s reach.Hull’s lead never looked in danger from that point onwards and Marshall did well to prevent man-of-the-match Maguire scoring an unlikely effort at the far post shortly after half-time.Clucas’ free-kick created that danger and the winger himself soon added Hull’s second, keeping composed after his initial effort ballooned off a defender to volley home low past Marshall.Pilkington and Joe Ralls had efforts on rare voyages forward as Cardiff attempted to peg back Bruce’s men, but nearly went further behind when Diame and Hernandez linked up.Marshall did well to deny Clucas when Hull next attacked and substitute Tom Huddlestone twice tried his luck from distance.Marshall again denied Clucas in stoppage time and, much to the relief of the 162 visiting fans, prevented David Meyler making it three with the last effort of the evening.
Zenit goalkeeper Yuri Lodygin didn’t see this coming when Hulk lined up to take a penalty in training.The club were in Doha for some warm weather training and the Brazil striker decided to have some fun.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.That’s why we must reform this presidential-nomination system that has finally run itself amok. This column will propose the one reform that can make us all relevant again – without giving any regionally based candidate an overwhelming regional advantage. It’s called “time zone” primaries and caucuses. And we’ll get to how they work – after we review just how amok things have been run. Here’s what has happened: A few politicians in a handful of states have decided to play a political game called Campaign Calendar Leap-Frog. Just to make themselves and their states seem important, they have leaped their state’s caucus/primary dates ahead of the original dates for the two traditional first contests – the Iowa caucus and the New Hampshire primary. The Calendar Leap Froggers to date: Florida, Michigan, South Carolina and Wyoming. So Iowa leaped still earlier; its first presidential caucus will be Jan. 3, 2008 – and it may be in 2007! New Hampshire will leap any day now, to either the beginning of 2008 or end of 2007. Seven states will vote in January. On Feb. 5, 2008, there will be 22 state primaries and caucuses. But it will be a hodgepodge and nightmare for candidates, as California and New York will be voting that day and candidates will be stretched too thin, having to crisscross the nation in a gigantic waste of the precious resources of special interests that lobbyists have stuffed into their piggy (see also: pork) banks. We will almost surely have our two major-party presidential nominees chosen before winter has waned. And they will have eight long months when the candidates will be trash talking, attacking or boring the bejabbers out of us before Election Day. By Martin Schram You may think that this is the election when you’re finally going to be a gung-ho political activist. A stir-’em-up conservative. A shake-’em-up liberal. A straight-ahead independent. Ready to volunteer to work the phones or the blogs. Whatever it takes to help your presidential candidate carry your state. But you are so gung-ho that you don’t realize that you’ve just been gung-had. In the 2008 presidential sweepstakes, you have been banished to the ranks of the Silent Majority. Make that the Silenced Majority. The System is saying the presidential nominees will be chosen earlier than ever – way before you and your state ever get to vote. This may be even worse: With caucus/primary season starting Jan. 3 or (insert your own expletive) in December 2007, candidates will be campaigning desperately through the holiday season. Conjure this: slash-and-burn attack ads pouring out of the TV, sandwiched between “Silent Night,” “God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen” and “Dreidel, Dreidel, Dreidel” (that Hanukkah hit by the Three Tops). True believers will be tugged from campaign negativity to the Nativity. By day, shopping mall Santas will be asking children if they always tell the truth; by night, politicians will be on the tube, making the kids look saintly by comparison. It’s time to reform. The National Association of Secretaries of State has endorsed a system in which Iowa and New Hampshire would go first, followed by four regional state primaries/caucuses – Northeast, South, Midwest and West – on the first Tuesday of March, April, May and June. The date when each region votes would be selected in each election year. But this has one major negative: A candidate who is strong regionally but weak nationally could have a huge advantage if her or his region votes first. But there is a way to avoid that built-in regional bias: design the regions according to time zones. With the states grouped according to time zones, there would be no traditional regional bias. For example, no Southern regional vote. Georgia and South Carolina would vote with Pennsylvania, New York and Maine. So, too, Minnesota and Texas. New Mexico and Montana. California and Washington state. If this notion seems a bit familiar to some loyal readers, it may be because this columnist has been pushing the idea since 1988 – which gives a reader an accurate insight into this column’s powerful influence. But the time for reform is today. In fact, it was yesterday. This year it looks like we are in for a holiday of glad-handing, glib-promising candidates trying desperately to march in step with the Little Drummer Boy’s pa-rum-pum-pum-pum. Martin Schram writes political analysis for Scripps Howard News Service. His e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.orgWant 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 punitive moves directly target Iranian organizations and people the U.S. accuses of supporting terrorism or spreading weapons of mass destruction, but the main effect is likely to fall elsewhere – on European and other overseas banks and firms that do business with oil-rich Iran. “As awareness of Iran’s deceptive behavior has grown, many banks around the world have decided as a matter of prudence and integrity that Iran’s business is simply not worth the risk,” Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson said. There has been grumbling, mainly in Europe, about earlier U.S. financial sanctions on Iran that overseas bankers found heavy-handed, but Paulson is right that some of Iran’s former financial partners have already distanced themselves from Tehran under hardline President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Paulson and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice announced the penalties together, a recognition that a year-old effort to levy unilateral Treasury sanctions has had far greater effect than the diplomatic channels Rice has pursued with Iran. “Unfortunately the Iranian government continues to spurn our offer of open negotiations, instead threatening peace and security,” through its nuclear program and export of ballistic missiles, Rice said, along with what she charged is backing for militants in Iraq, Afghanistan, Lebanon and the Palestinian territories. WASHINGTON – The United States announced harsh new penalties on the Iranian military and state-owned banking systems Thursday, raising pressure on the world financial system to cut ties with a regime the West accuses of bankrolling terrorism and seeking a nuclear bomb. The U.S. sanctions on elements of Iran’s vast armed forces and its largest bank are the most sweeping since 1979, when the takeover of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran ruptured diplomatic, business and military ties. The sanctions are the first of their type imposed by the United States specifically against the armed forces of another government. They are part of the Bush administration’s two-track approach to its chief adversary in the Mideast that offsets diplomatic overtures with sanctions, bellicose rhetoric and the implicit threat of military action. U.S. officials insisted Thursday that the new moves do not hasten war and that the United States remains committed to finding a way to talk Iran out of a nuclear program the U.S. claims is hostile. The latest sanctions will cut off more than 20 Iranian entities, including individuals and companies owned or controlled by the powerful Revolutionary Guard Corps, from the American financial system. State-owned Bank Melli, Bank Mellat and Bank Saderat were named supporters of global terrorist groups for their activities in Afghanistan, Iraq and the Middle East. Any assets found in the United States belonging to the designated groups must be frozen. Americans are also prohibited from doing business with those designated organizations. Bank Melli is Iran’s largest. The United States says it provides services to Iran’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs. Bank Mellat serves the state Atomic Energy Organization and Bank Saderat routs money to terrorist or militant groups, the administration said. The administration did not lay out any new evidence for the allegations. The designations put companies outside the United States on notice that doing business with the designated groups could put them at risk of U.S. financial penalty.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
BALTIMORE – A grieving father won a nearly $11 million verdict Wednesday against a fundamentalist Kansas church that pickets military funerals out of a belief that the war in Iraq is a punishment for the nation’s tolerance of homosexuality. Albert Snyder of York, Pa., sued the Westboro Baptist Church for unspecified damages after members demonstrated at the March 2006 funeral of his son, Lance Cpl. Matthew Snyder, who was killed in Iraq. The federal jury first awarded $2.9 million in compensatory damages. It returned in the afternoon with its decision to award $6 million in punitive damages for invasion of privacy and $2 million for causing emotional distress. Snyder’s attorney, Craig Trebilcock, had urged jurors to determine an amount “that says don’t do this in Maryland again. Do not bring your circus of hate to Maryland again.” 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 defense said it planned to appeal, and one of the church’s leaders, Shirley Phelps-Roper, said the members would continue to picket military funerals. Church members routinely picket funerals of military personnel killed in Iraq and Afghanistan, carrying signs such as “Thank God for dead soldiers” and “God hates fags.”
Northridge Buyer beware Re “Valley’s politics look a bit blue” (Nov. 26): Tony Castro’s article reads like a marketing piece for the San Fernando Valley progressive movement. But, buyer beware. What Castro writes about with pride and glee demonstrates precisely why Los Angeles continually gets the short end of the stick from both Sacramento and Washington, D.C. The fact that “progressives,” the politically correct term for bleeding-heart liberals these days, run wild in the San Fernando Valley is not something Angelenos should boast about. In general, these ultra-liberals represent an out-of-touch, highly yuppified constituency that may generate big campaign dollars and vote for progressives, but the area and its political views are largely overlooked because the voters and electeds are so highly partisan that they get taken for granted by the Democrat Party’s establishment. – Matthew N. Klink Studio City Paid volunteers Re “Getting paid to volunteer” (Nov. 17): Finally! The public, particularly apartment owners, gets to find out why the Los Angeles Housing Department is failing to comply with time limits required in city ordinances. While the department pays salaries from our taxes, and fees extracted from owners and tenants, it encourages its employees to skip their regular work load so they can “volunteer” to work for Habitat for Humanity. The Rent Stabilization Ordinance requires owners to notify tenants at least 30 days in advance of collecting half of the registration fee in the month of June. But the Housing Department fails to provide owners a copy of the annual Statement of Registration by May 1, and is even more egregious meeting other deadlines. – Victor N. Viereck Valley Village Anti-Mexico What is the reason or logic for this anti-Mexico movement going on throughout the country. Our Senate denied immigration reform twice, presidential candidates campaign against further immigration from south of the border, a great wall might be built spanning 3,000 miles across California to Texas. We must ask ourselves, “Do we really want to make a lifelong enemy of Mexico?” a country that has been a lifelong economic and political partner. – Charles A. Guerrero Mission Hills Madison dollar Re “A flop” (Your Opinions, Nov. 25): Ruth Fairrington’s letter in the Sunday paper about the gold Madison dollar is in error. If you look on the edge of the coin, it does indeed say “In God We Trust.” – Shirley Shimek Sunland He’s changed? Re “A flop” (Your Opinions, Nov. 25): Ruth Fairrington objects to the omission of “In God We Trust” on this new coin. Perhaps it is because He has proven untrustworthy. – Morris Schorr Woodland Hills Front page Regarding the war in Iraq, where are your front page articles on the recent U.S. successes? All we see are cartoons of criticism and words of a so-called lost war. – Emil Henen Valencia160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Re “Valley’s politics look a bit blue” (Nov. 26): My main reason some years ago for switching from the downtown paper to the Daily News was that your news coverage was distinct from your editorial opinions. Alas, this distinction seems to be eroding. Specifically, today’s “Valley’s politics look a bit blue.” It takes only one paragraph to determine reporter Tony Castro’s bias. He compares “old guard conservatism” to “progressive activism.” The implied images are aged, rich, white, foot-dragging Republicans vs. young, healthy, diversified, forward-looking Democrats. The remainder of the story reinforces the premise. Especially telling is the absence throughout of the dreaded L-word. A while back it was deemed that “liberal” had too many bad connotations, while “progressive” sounded cool. – Gary Brandner
1 Crystal Palace’s Yohan Cabaye has revealed the malaise at Newcastle United led to him believing he would never play in an FA Cup final.Saturday’s showpiece at Wembley represents a significant transformation in the careers of Cabaye and manager Alan Pardew, given the opportunity it presents and the contrast from their time with the MagpiesPardew swapped St James’ Park for Selhurst Park seven months before Cabaye made the move, and the former has this season prioritised the FA Cup in a way Cabaye previously could not at a club which was recently relegated to the Championship.It is no secret Pardew was discouraged from pursuing glory in cup competitions and to prioritise only the league, and having witnessed that attitude during his two and a half years there, Cabaye recognises he has been given a chance he believed was beyond him.“To be honest, no,” Cabaye, 30, answered when asked if he ever thought he’d play in the cup final.“At Newcastle the cup runs were very bad and now I have the opportunity to play in a big game.“The FA Cup semi-final (win over Watford) was fantastic, the atmosphere was very good and yes, I am disappointed I didn’t get that with Newcastle.“The cup has always been important (to Pardew), even at Newcastle. Maybe the group mentality is different.“All the players now know how important the cup is, to get a trophy. We have had a fantastic run, we have beaten four Premier League teams (to reach the final) and now we are in the final. All the players are focused and determined to win.” Cabaye will take to the field at Wembley this Saturday as the Eagles take on Manchester United