Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois is facing up to two months on the sidelines, according to widespread reports.The 23-year-old Belgian is understood to have suffered a serious knee injury in training.Having undergone scans on Thursday, he has been ruled out of Saturday’s trip to Everton and is not likely to return until October at the earliest.Jose Mourinho can call upon the experienced Asmir Begovic to deputise, but losing Courtois for an extended period of time will be a big blow for the Premier League champions.Courtois has been outstanding for the Blues since returning from a loan spell at Atletico Madrid and played a key role in their title triumph last season.The injury setback comes on the back of disappointing start to the campaign, which has seen Chelsea win just one of their opening four matches. Thibaut Courtois 1
Mathieu Flamini 1 Arsenal midfielder Mathieu Flamini dedicated his League Cup brace against rivals Tottenham to the fans who welcomed him back to the club.The Frenchman left Arsenal for AC Milan back in 2008 but he was re-signed in 2013 after using their training ground to maintain his fitness during a summer without a club.“The two goals were for them,” Flamini said. “They’ve always supported me, they’ve all been behind me and they’ve played a big role in my career.“It was important for me to celebrate with them and nobody else.“It was the first time I’ve scored two times in a game. [It’s good] to score against Tottenham in a derby in such an important game for Arsenal and the fans.“For me [it’s special] to play against Tottenham in a game that has always been important in my career. It was my first game when I came back to Arsenal and to score two goals was important for me.”
1 James Wilson Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal will not consider sending James Wilson on loan until December.Wilson is rated highly by United coaching staff but has not been handed any opportunities to impress this season.Having not been part of the squad to face Ipswich Town in the League Cup in midweek, there has been speculation that the 19-year-old could be heading out of Old Trafford temporarily.But Van Gaal told reporters on Friday he has doubts about loaning the England Under-21 and will keep Wilson at United for a few more months before deciding what to do with the youngster.“I have talked with him and I think we wait until December,” said the Dutchman.“I think he needs to play but Manchester United’s interests are always higher than individual interests, so I have doubts to let him go.“And maybe we have to wait until December that we know how it is with our club, (if) we are succeeding in the Champions League, the Capital One Cup, because maybe he shall receive minutes off me because I have to rotate.“You have seen what I have done against Ipswich Town. It can be done also in the other matches, so I have talked with him and I think that we wait until December.”
Dietmar Hamann and Steve Bunce were alongside Colin Murray for today’s show, as they discussed Jurgen Klopp’s impending move to Liverpool, the next Sunderland boss plus the week’s Euro 2016 action.
Ryan Giggs, Gary Neville and the rest of the ‘Class of ‘92’ will see their Salford City side take on League Two side Hartlepool in the FA Cup second round.Northwich Victoria, who took Boreham Wood to a replay, are the lowest ranked team left in the tournament and will face a trip to financially struggling Northampton should they progress.Other standout ties include Millwall at home to Wycombe and non-league Chesham United away to either Aldershot or Bradford.Ties will be played across the weekend of December 4-7 2015.Full draw for the second round of the FA Cup:Aldershot/Bradford v Chesham UnitedBarnet v Brackley/NewportPeterborough United v Luton TownPortsmouth v Accrington StanleyStourbridge v EastleighNorthampton Town v Northwich Victoria/Boreham WoodExeter City v Port Vale/MaidenheadCambridge United v Doncaster RoversGrimsby Town v Shrewsbury TownYeovil Town v StevenageRochdale v BuryWelling United v Carlisle UnitedLeyton Orient v Scunthorpe UnitedMillwall v Wycombe WanderersColchester United v AltrinchamFC United of Manchester/Chesterfield v WalsallSheffield United v Mansfield/OldhamSalford City v Hartlepool UnitedDagenham & Redbridge/Morecombe v WhitehawkBraintreee/Oxford United v Forest Green Rovers The FA Cup trophy with FA Chairman Greg Dyke 1
James Tarkowski Brentford defender James Tarkowski faces internal disciplinary action after refusing to play in tonight’s Sky Bet Championship clash with Burnley.The Bees have issued a statement clarifying their stance, with the Clarets having reportedly bid for the 23-year-old earlier this week.The statement read: “James Tarkowski will be the subject of internal disciplinary action after telling head coach Dean Smith that he did not wish to play against Burnley in tonight’s Sky Bet Championship match.“Following discussions with Smith, Tarkowski declared himself unavailable for the fixture despite being selected in the starting line-up. As a result of these actions, he will be disciplined by the club.“Any resulting sanction will remain confidential and the club will make no further comment on potential punishment.“Tarkowski has been the subject of transfer bids during the current January transfer window but none have matched the club’s valuation of the player. In fact, all recent bids have been substantially lower than one that was rejected last year.”Tarkowski, valued at £5million by Brentford, is said to be keen on a move back to the north west and is aware of interest from the Clarets.He told Get West London on Wednesday: “It’s between the clubs. I can’t decide if I’m moving from club to club. It’s up to Brentford to decide where my future lies.” 1
Charlie Austin joined Andy Goldstein and Jason Cundy on the Sports Bar on Monday night and was talked into giving a rousing rendition of his Southampton initiation song!The striker, who moved to St Mary’s from QPR earlier this month, also reflected on his debut goal against Andy’s beloved Manchester United on Saturday.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityFor the anguished Chicago Cubs, it’s another cry of “Wait Til Next Year.” Chris Young homered on the game’s first pitch, Livan Hernandez wriggled out of several serious jams and Arizona beat the Cubs, 5-1, Saturday night to complete a three-game sweep of their first-round series. Next stop for the baby-faced Diamondbacks: a surprising trip to the NLCS. “Who would have thought that at the beginning of spring training or the season? I’m sure there were a lot of people thinking maybe .500 baseball,” Eric Byrnes said during a wild champagne celebration in the clubhouse. “We have guys who are ready to win. We’ve already exceeded expectations so far and we’re going to continue to do so.” Now, the Diamondbacks get four days to rest before hosting the NL West rival Colorado Rockies in Game 1 of the NLCS on Thursday. Colorado beat Philadelphia, 2-1, Saturday night to complete a three-game sweep. NLDS: Arizona finishes off Chicago, which must wait til next year again. By Rick Gano THE ASSOCIATED PRESS CHICAGO – Short on stars but brimming with young talent, the Arizona Diamondbacks pulled off a sweet playoff sweep and celebrated like October regulars. Showing no jitters before a raucous crowd at Wrigley Field, the Diamondbacks hit three homers and turned four double plays to back another strong pitching performance from Hernandez and three relievers. Byrnes and Stephen Drew, who finished the series 7-for-14, also homered as Arizona extended the Cubs’ streak of futility without a World Series championship to 99 years. “The young guys are taking us where we’ve gotten. We don’t do it without a concerted effort from everybody on our team,” Diamondbacks manager Bob Melvin said. “We can’t rely on three or four guys to shoulder the load. We’ve got to get it from multiple guys every day, and our younger guys showed up big.” Even a return to Wrigley Field couldn’t get Chicago’s bats out of a series-long slumber. “We knew that we’d have to try to take them out of it and take the momentum away, and Chris Young’s home run in the first inning went a long way with that,” Melvin said. Call it curses or bad luck or whatever, but on this sultry October night the Diamondbacks showed what was obvious since the series began – they were the better team, even though they had only four players on the first-round roster with postseason experience. “These guys are as talented a young group as I’ve ever seen,” Byrnes said. “It’s been fun to watch the maturation and watch them grow up.” Chicago’s best chance might have come in the opener, when Manager Lou Piniella made a move that will be questioned for years. He pulled Carlos Zambrano after six innings and only 85 pitches with the score 1-all because he planned to bring his ace back on three days’ rest in Game 4. The Cubs never got that far. Chicago went from worst-to-first in Piniella’s first season as manager, and the team’s long-suffering fans were ecstatic after a late surge to the NL Central crown. But just when they began to get excited about ending the championship drought, the Cubs went down in a first-round sweep. “This is just a start, fellas. We’re going to get better with this,” Piniella said. The NL West champion Diamondbacks were the first team to have a league’s best record and worst batting average since the 1906 Chicago White Sox.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 City STATE Assembly Speaker Fabian Nuñez seems perturbed by scrutiny into his lavish spending of the millions he received in campaign contributions. Fancy restaurants, jaunts to Europe and swanky shopping sprees aside, he insists he’s just living the middle-class lifestyle. Doesn’t everyone drop thousands of dollars at Louis Vuitton for office expenses? That’s the big lie, of course, of all elected representatives – on city councils, in Congress, etc. – who say that they’re just like us. Once they are accepted into the folds of big power and big political contributors, with luxury travel and entertainment as the norm, they cease to resemble the people they represent. Nuñez, once a working-class boy from San Diego, knows this as well as anyone. And if he won’t say how his spending furthers his job, or where the money came from, then he should at least stop trying to feed us the same big lie. 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.Forbes said the celebrities on the list, posted Monday, earned a combined $232 million in the past 12 months. NEW YORK – Elvis Presley is still the King. Presley, who earned an estimated $49 million in the past 12 months, has reclaimed the No. 1 spot on Forbes.com’s list of Top-Earning Dead Celebrities. He last topped the list in 2005. John Lennon ranks second with earnings of $44 million, followed by Charles M. Schulz ($35 million), George Harrison ($22 million), Albert Einstein ($18 million), Andy Warhol ($15 million), Theodor Geisel (Dr. Seuss) ($13 million), Tupac Shakur ($9 million), Marilyn Monroe ($7 million), Steve McQueen ($6 million), James Brown ($5 million), Bob Marley ($4 million) and James Dean ($3.5 million). Presley died in 1977. His estate continues to generate millions from music royalties, DVDs, licensing deals and tourism at Graceland, the rocker’s mansion in Memphis, Tenn. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
A family of 11 visiting from Fortaleza, Brazil, and on their way to Las Vegas were in a van that crashed. Nine of them were injured and taken to Antelope Valley Hospital with broken arms, legs and lacerations, a family member said. “All my family was in this van, all 11,” a sobbing Fernando Amaral Pontes, 46, said. Markan Rios, a passenger in the van, was visibly shaken as he waited next to the crumbled van for someone to take him and Pontes to the hospital. “I couldn’t see anything. It was too much and too quick,” Rios said. “I was coming in, and I saw the sand, and we slowed down, but the truck in front of us had stalled and we couldn’t stop.” Anthony Valdespino, who drives through the area daily, told KCAL Channel 9 “everybody just came to an abrupt stop. There were people that were speeding, and unfortunately I don’t know if they made it through or not.” Valdespino recalled the sound of brakes screeching all around him. “I’ve never seen dust like that,” he said. “I’ve lived out here most of my life, and I’ve never seen dust that thick like that before.” The accident happened just west of Edwards Air Force Base and at the northern edge of Los Angeles County. It was about 40 miles northeast of the site of a fiery truck pileup Friday night in a tunnel on the Interstate 5 freeway in Santa Clarita. The cause of that crash, which killed three people and injured 10, is still under investigation. Authorities said 31 vehicles, including one passenger car and dozens of big rigs, piled up in a chain-reaction crash inside the tunnel that carries truck traffic through the area toward Los Angeles. Tuesday’s crash left big rigs and passenger cars scattered and bent on the pavement and dirt center divider. The CHP closed all northbound lanes of Highway 14, causing traffic to back up for miles. It reopened about five hours later.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! L.A. COUNTY: Winds lead to wrecks that involved 15 vehicles on Highway 14. By Gillian Flaccus THE ASSOCIATED PRESS AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m. Over a dozen vehicles slammed into one another when a blinding sandstorm surprised motorists Tuesday in the high desert north of Los Angeles, killing at least two and injuring 16. Two of the injured were in critical condition after the crash that left vehicles scattered across Highway 14, Los Angeles County Fire Inspector Ron Haralson said. The pileup was reported around 1:40p.m. during a sandstorm whipped by winds gusting up to 55 mph, the National Weather Service said. About 15 vehicles were involved in three separate collisions, said California Highway Patrol Officer Henry Ross. He said the cause of the crashes were under investigation but that poor visibility and high winds “didn’t help matters at all.”
Within minutes of the carjack, the same Nissan was involved in a traffic collision near Lemarsh and Romar streets. The suspects ran off before police arrived, but the spree continued into the night, as two more people were robbed of their wallets as they sat in the drive thru of a restaurant by the same suspects at 11:40 p.m. in the 16800 Devonshire Street, police said. At around midnight, three more people were approached by the group of five, this time at a gas station in the 14700 block of Devonshire Street. Police said the suspects were armed with two handguns, and forced their way into a 1994 Mitsubishi SUV. The driver and his two passengers were forced to drive a short distance from the gas station. They were robbed, and then let out of the car. The suspects left in the SUV. Based on information obtained by the LAPD’s Mission Area Gang Enforcement Detail, police believed that the suspects where likely gang members from the Pacoima area. Police found the group and the stolen Mitsubishi near Laurel Canyon and Paxton Boulevard where the Pacas Trece and Pacoima Brownstone gang members are known to hang out. -Daily News Wire Services Police arrested three adults and one 14-year-old boy and are searching for a woman in connection with an hour long, Saturday night crime spree in the San Fernando Valley that involved eight victims and charges ranging from robbery and assault to carjacking and kidnapping. The spree began at 11:10 p.m. Saturday, when a group of three males, including the teen and two women, assaulted and carjacked three people in the 16900 block of Devonshire Street. The suspects drove off in one of the victim’s 1998 Nissan Altima, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The suspects led officers on a short pursuit before abandoning the Mitsubishi and running in different directions. The three adults have been identified as Jesse Augustin, 24, of Lake View Terrace, Armando Mendoza, 18, of Arleta and Agapita Aguirre, 19, of Sylmar. The, 14-year-old boy, from San Fernando was also taken into custody. All four were arrested on suspicion of carjacking and face additional charges of kidnap, felony hit and run, and assault. The fifth group member, a Hispanic female, with a partially shaved head was able to get away, but police believe she will be captured soon. “The Mission Area Gang Enforcement Detail did a phenomenal job of monitoring the radio, devising a plan to capture these armed and dangerous suspects, and following up on the information they had gathered. Their hard work resulted in the arrest of four very dangerous individuals,” said LAPD Sgt. Daryoush Sameyah. “It is fortunate that we were able to take them off of the streets before they could do any more harm or cause anymore damage.” -Daily News
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 KingsThe occupants of two other cars hit as a result of the collision suffered minor injuries, according to investigators. Along with vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence, the girl is accused in a Juvenile Court petition of one felony count each of evading an officer causing death, evading an officer causing injury, and reckless driving causing specified injury. She also is charged with a misdemeanor count of speed contest causing injury. The girl, who was treated at San Gabriel Valley Medical Center for minor injuries, is being detained at Eastlake Juvenile Hall. For more news and observations about crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here. A teenage girl accused of racing with another driver and leading San Gabriel police on a high-speed chase that ended with the death of a 19-year-old woman will be arraigned today on vehicular manslaughter and other charges. The 17-year-old Rosemead girl, whose name is not being released because of her age, will be arraigned in Eastlake Juvenile Court in Los Angeles. She is accused of racing a white Ford Focus against another driver in a black Scion, then accelerating to about 80 mph as a San Gabriel police officer tried to stop the two cars just before 12:15 a.m. Sunday. The teen allegedly ran a red light at the intersection of Las Tunas Drive and Rosemead Boulevard and broadsided a Lexus ES300 driven by Angela My Chung, who died of severe head trauma and internal injuries, police said.
1 Romelu and Jordan Lukaku celebrate Premier League sides must be sweating.Everton and Belgium star Romelu Lukaku has been dominating defences all season, bagging all manner of goals and terrorising centre-backs.Now, though, there’s another Lukaku on the scene as his brother Jordan – a left-back in their homeland with Oostende – curled over a wonderful cross for his big brother to nod home against Portugal.The Belgians may have lost 2-1 to Cristiano Ronaldo and co but it was a promising moment between the brothers, who want to play together at club level.You can see Romelu Lukaku’s goal against Portugal below…
Here are the top transfer-related stories in Thursday’s newspapers and online…Manchester United and Chelsea are both interested in Antoine Griezmann this summer, although there are fears over his Premier League suitability. Griezmann has been the subject of intense Premier League interest over the past two years and at 25, he is now pondering a move away from Spain. (Daily Mail)Brendan Rodgers wants assurances about his budget before taking the Swansea job. Former Liverpool boss Rodgers is in line to make a sensational return to the Swans after being targeted as the Welsh club’s first choice to be their next boss. Rodgers is in pole position and the Swansea players believe he is likely to come back this summer, four years after leaving for Anfield. (Daily Mirror)Hatem Ben Arfa is set for a sensational return to the Premier League with Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool. The German boss is set to hand French international Ben Arfa another shot in the English top flight after a torrid time at Newcastle and Hull. (The Sun)Liverpool will launch a £35million bid to sign Callum Wilson and Aaron Cresswell. Bournemouth striker Wilson would cost £20m and West Ham defender Cresswell £15m. (The Sun)Klopp has also personally instructed his scouts to monitor Borussia Dortmund teenager Christian Pulisic. The 17-year-old has broken into the Dortmund first team this season, making 10 appearances in total for the German club. And Klopp has put Pulisic on Liverpool’s long-term radar, viewing him as one of the premier talents in Europe. (Daily Mail)Tottenham are ready to offer Andre Schurrle a return to the Premier League. Winger Schurrle only joined Wolfsburg from Chelsea just over a year ago, but is already unsettled at the Bundesliga club. (Daily Mirror)Victor Wanyama is continuing to stall on a new deal at Southampton. The defensive midfielder is holding out for a move to title-chasing Tottenham this summer with just a year left on his contract. (Daily Mirror)Claudio Ranieri has made a last-ditch attempt to hijack Francesco Totti’s move to America. It looked as if Leicester were about to fail in their audacious bid to land the Italian icon — after it emerged that the star preferred a switch to the States to join New York Cosmos. But boss Ranieri has personally phoned the World Cup winner in a bid to convince him to head to Leicester instead. (The Sun)Stoke and Leicester scouts have been tracking Paris Saint-Germain youth midfielder Yakou Meite. (Stoke Sentinel)Eddie Howe was in Leeds watching teenager Lewis Cook on Tuesday as Bournemouth gear up to renew their interest in the midfielder this summer. (Daily Mail)And here are the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…??Exclusive – Invincible Lauren insists Arsene Wenger is still the ‘right man’ for ArsenalArsenal Invincible tells talkSPORT: ‘I don’t want to see Tottenham lifting that Premier League trophy!’ Arsenal FC: Funny clip – Ray Parlour forgot which country his Invincibles team-mate is fromAly Cissokho set to start Aston Villa exodus after relegation by making Besiktas switchManuel Neuer quashes Manchester City speculation by signing new long-term Bayern Munich contractLiverpool transfer report: Reds send scouts to watch Colombia ace Marlos Moreno at US tournamentBorussia Dortmund beat Liverpool to highly-rated French starlet Ousmane Dembele – reportsNewcastle to reignite interest in French midfielder Clement Grenier, but Lyon admit ‘he is not in a good place’Fenerbahce snubbed £8m deal for Riyad Mahrez last summer to sign Liverpool flop Lazar MarkovicTRANSFER FIGHT! Leicester, Liverpool AND Tottenham want Serie A star Josip Ilicic