Leeds Fans United: RWC winner Mike Tindall vows to get involved

first_imgMike Tindall has vowed to support Leeds Fans United’s bid to buy the club.Owner Massimo Cellino has said he is willing to sell his majority stake in the Elland Road to supporters and will forgo any profit.And 2003 Rugby World Cup winner Tindall told talkSPORT he would be prepared to get involved in LFU’s takeover attempt.When asked if he would support the bid with a monetary donation and also by putting his name towards it, he said: “I definitely would do that. Thinking back to when I did go and watch them play it was always packed and always a joy to watch. The atmosphere was always fantastic to be a part of.“It has been a shambles off the field, as well as on the field. Having six managers in however long it was, it’s just a bit of a joke and it would be good to get some stability back in there and support the fans. They’ve earned it.“We were talking before about ‘what is a big club, what makes a big club?’ And everyone always says Leeds is a big club, so they deserve to have some sort of footing where the fans are happy because they are part of why it is a big club.”last_img read more

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Watch: Arjen Robben’s stunning breakaway goal for rampant Bayern Munich

first_img Arjen Robben Bayern Munich are enjoying themselves at the moment and they made it nine goals in the space of three days with a convincing 4-0 win over Stuttgart on Saturday.After demolishing Arsenal in the Champions League on Wednesday night, four goals in the first half helped the Bavarians open up an eight point lead at the top of the Bundesliga – and it’s only just November.Arjen Robben is back from injury and appears to be firing on all cylinders – as shown by this breathtaking goal to open the scoring at the Allianz Arena.Can anyone stop them? 1last_img

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TRANSFER REPORT: Liverpool leading chase for Belgian wonderkid

first_imgLiverpool have stepped up their interest in Belgian wonderkid Samuel Bastien, according to reports in Italy.The 19-year-old Anderlecht starlet has been on the Reds’ radar ever since he broke into the club’s first team last season.The midfielder is currently on loan at Serie B side Avellino, where he has scored twice in 24 appearances and Juventus, Roma and Fiorentina are all currently considering a move to sign him this summer.However, Calciomercato have claimed that the trio of Italian sides are currently trailing Liverpool in the race to snap him up.Reds scouts have frequently watched the Belgium Under-21 international and it has been suggested that the Merseyside club are ready to stump up the £5.2m asking price to land him when the window opens.Bastien would join a strong contingent of Belgians at Anfield with Simon Mignolet, Christian Benteke and Divock Origi already first-team players under Jurgen Klopp. Samuel Bastien [right] in action for Anderlecht 1last_img read more

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Screenwriters vote to strike

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“The next step is for us to get a serious response to our opening proposals, which we still don’t have,” said David J. Young, executive director of the West Coast guild. The guilds are asking that residual payments for films and programs sold on DVD be sharply increased, and that pay schedules be set for new outlets such as the Internet and cell phones. Company representatives have refused the first demand, and have said they are not prepared to address new media until their place and value in the entertainment marketplace are better understood. J. Nicholas Counter III, president of the producers alliance, called the authorization vote “a pro forma tactic,” in which union leaders typically win overwhelming support. “Our focus is on negotiating an agreement,” Counter said. A walkout would be Hollywood’s first major work stoppage since writers struck for five months in 1988. Screenwriters, by a sizable majority, authorized their leaders to call a strike against Hollywood’s producers as early as Nov. 1, in votes disclosed Friday. Meanwhile, bargainers for both sides this week felt their way toward something missing from their stalled talks: the kind of unofficial conversations that led to deals in the past. In mail balloting and at Thursday night meetings on both coasts, members of the Writers Guild of America East and the Writers Guild of America West granted strike authority with 90.3percent approval, representatives of the guilds said. About 5,500 of the roughly 12,000 writers covered by the unions’ contracts cast votes. Given historically low turnout rates in guild elections, the tally was a strong show of support for the tough stance taken by guild negotiators in their discussions with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Bruins put on Pac-10 front

first_imgCOLLEGE FOOTBALL: After losing to Notre Dame, UCLA upsets Cal to stay unbeaten atop conference. By Brian Dohn STAFF WRITER In the lower rows of sections 21 and 22, nestled in the Southwest corner of the Rose Bowl, where fans were chanting to “Fire Dorrell” two weeks ago, fans were screaming wildly, eight-clapping in delight and celebrating a first-place team. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Dorrell’s five-year tenure at the helm of the Bruins is exemplified by UCLA’s last two games, and the latest emotions of joy and giddiness were topped with content and confidence. Behind a superb defensive effort and the workmanlike running of Kahlil Bell, UCLA pushed aside the embarrassment of losing to Notre Dame and rallied to upset No. 10 California, 30-21, in front of 83,494 Saturday at the Rose Bowl. Alterraun Verner, who grew up in Carson, returned his second interception 76 yards for a touchdown with 1:33 remaining to secure the win, and move the Bruins (5-2, 4-0) into a first-place tie with idle Arizona State in the Pacific-10 Conference. “People are probably going to think we got lucky, or Cal was still down from (losing) last week,” UCLA strong safety Chris Horton said. “But the game should show for itself, that we came out and we won the game. “That’s all that matters to me.” The standings say UCLA is a conference contender, but its losses scream otherwise. The Bruins are still trying to pull away from the awful perceptions created by a 38-point loss at Utah, and a 14-point defeat to the Irish two weeks ago. If not for those two games, the Bruins would be in the thick of the national championship race, instead of explaining why they really are serious contenders for the Pac-10 title, and a BCS berth. “The two games we lost were almost like freebies,” said Bell, who ran for 142 yards on 22 carries. “Now, it is all Pac-10 games. “Everything we play for from now on will have consequences for where we’re going to play in late December, or hopefully, January. Our coaches have done a great job of drilling it into our heads that our destiny is in our hands.” Meanwhile, Cal’s season has imploded. The Bears (5-2, 2-2) were poised to be the nation’s top-ranked team if they defeated Oregon State last week. Instead, Cal is looking at a second-tier bowl after seeing its running attack shut down and quarterback Nate Longshore, who did not play against the Beavers because of an ankle injury, intercepted three times en route to a season-low in points. “Longshore is hurt, and they didn’t want to put the game in his hands, and they didn’t,” UCLA defensive end Bruce Davis said. “We were getting after him, and his offensive line was a little shaky. I kind of took it as disrespect, they wanted to just go (with) five-man protections. “You’ve got a hurt quarterback, can’t move, and you want to go five-man protections? I don’t know. That’s on them. When they turn the film on, they’re going to wish they did seven-man the whole game.” Cal’s Justin Forsett was held to 76 yards on 25 carries, and the Bears’ passing game was limited mostly to short passes as Longshore completed 22 of 34 for 232 yards. He threw three touchdowns, but two of his three interceptions came in UCLA territory. “(Forsett) is the heart of that team,” Davis said. “He really makes them go, and if you shut him down, you shut that team down.” Whereas Verner’s first interception ended Cal’s third-quarter drive at the UCLA 23-yard line, the second one ended Cal’s chance to win the game. UCLA led, 23-21, after Kai Forbath’s 27-yard field goal with 3:08 to play, but Cal returned the kickoff to the Bruins’ 35. After two Forsett runs for five yards, Longshore attempted to connect with DeSean Jackson in the left flat, but Verner stepped in front for the interception, then raced 76 yards for a touchdown and a 30-21 lead. “We saw that route so many times in practice this week and on film,” Bruins cornerback Rodney Van said. “Verner remembered that play, when DeSean motions down he’s coming back outside 90 percent of the time. “Verner stuck with the percentages, jumped the route and made a play for the team that we needed.” UCLA quarterback Patrick Cowan was 18-for-27 for 161 yards, managed the offense well and didn’t turn the ball over. UCLA’s nicest pass came from receiver Brandon Breazell, who took a hand-off and connected on a 29-yard score with Dominique Johnson when UCLA went ahead 20-14 in the third quarter. It was Breazell’s second touchdown pass of the season. “I’m a natural quarterback,” said Breazell, who played quarterback through junior high. After the Bears took a 21-20 lead on Jackson’s 2-yard reception with 2:06 remaining in the third quarter, UCLA used its offensive line to move the ball into field-goal range. Bell, who has been bothered by a bruised right shoulder the last two games, set up UCLA’s first touchdown with a 64-yard run, but wasn’t a big factor in the fourth quarter. When the Bruins were prodding along en route to Forbath’s go-ahead kick, the carries were shared by Bell, Chris Markey and Chane Moline. “We weren’t perfect, but it was a good enough game to show what our capabilities are,” Dorrell said. “This was our best game, in terms of playing a high-caliber game.” brian.dohn@dailynews.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Intruder wielding hammer attacks two in Ladera Heights

first_imgTwo people were attacked in a Ladera Heights home today by an intruder who hit them on the head with a hammer, authorities said. Call all in black, the male intruder entered the home on 5008 Shenandoah Ave., near Pendleton Court, at 1:32 a.m., said Sgt. Dondra Cullins of the Los Angeles Sheriff Department’s Marina del Rey Station. Two victims, a male and female, were hit on the head with a hammer, Cullins said. No information about the victims’ conditions was immediately available. 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 MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre The assailant, who was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, fled the scene, Cullins said. A hammer that may have been used in the attacks was found in the driveway of a home nearby, according to an On Scene camera crew. “At this point it is unclear whether this was a home invasion but an investigation is under way,” Cullins said. For news and observations about crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here.last_img read more

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REGULATOR WANTS MORE CASH FOR BANKERS!

first_imgFinancial regulator Matthew Elderfield has called for the bank pay cap to be reviewed so that Irish banks can hire in “fresh blood”.Speaking to the MacGill Summer School in Donegal, the Central Bank head of regulation said the banking pay cap could be keeping talented bankers from considering positions in Ireland. He said this fresh talent could reinvigorate the banking system.AIB has been searching for a chief executive officer for months but has yet to appoint anybody. The bank has claimed it is difficult to find the perfect candidate because of the €500k pay cap. Elderfield said that EU processes allowed for less restrictive pay policy by banks.“Irish taxpayers are probably going to own all the banks and in order to refresh and bring in some fresh talent I think it is going to be important to bring in some outsiders to the management.“If we own the banks we want to get our best value out of them. Not having any barriers to that is going to be important, so looking at the remuneration structures for the banks is going to be important.”The regulator refused to be drawn on what he believed the pay cap should be. REGULATOR WANTS MORE CASH FOR BANKERS! was last modified: July 26th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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DONE DEAL! West Ham agree terms with Spanish youngster

first_imgWest Ham have agreed the signing of teenage striker Antonio Martinez from Valencia.The 18-year-old, a Spain Under-17 international, will officially join the Hammers on a three-year contract on July 1 but is already training with his future team-mates.Martinez, a prolific goalscorer for Valencia’s youth team, will initially link up with West Ham’s development squad but hopes to break into the first team and run out at the Olympic Stadium next season.He told the club website: “For me, it’s a great opportunity to be here and I hope to make the most of being at such a big club.“I joined West Ham because of the progress that the club is making. The decision to come here was made because it is a brilliant opportunity to join an interesting club in the Premier League.“The prospect of playing in front of 60,000 people next year really catches my attention, and it is a stadium that has so much history.“I am hoping to be able to get the opportunity to do that and I hope that it will be soon.” Antonio Martinez is already training with his new team-mates 1last_img read more

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Premier League Preview Show

first_imgThis week, Tom Rennie is joined by the former Leicester City striker Iwan Roberts to reflect on the Foxes winning the Premier League title on Monday… and to ask where they go from here?Kevin Watson, the former Tottenham midfielder, who covered the Chelsea game on Monday reflects on the ‘Battle of the Bridge’ which saw NINE Spurs players booked.The former Charlton & Southampton striker Jason Euell looks at the relegation picture at the bottom of the league… and predicts that Sunderland will be the team to survive.And Jack Collison joins Tom to look ahead to the final two matches EVER at the Boleyn Ground, Upton Park, before West Ham move to the Olympic Stadium.last_img

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‘We could all see the strain on Van Gaal…it was unbearable’ – Van der Kraan

first_imgDutch football expert Marcel van der Kraan has told talkSPORT the pressure in the Manchester United hotseat ‘was absolutely unbearable’ for axed boss Louis van Gaal.Though there still no official announcement from United, it is widely understood that Van Gaal has been relieved of his duties as Red Devils manager.Saturday’s FA Cup final win – the club’s first silverware since the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson in 2013 – was largely overshadowed by fresh reports that Jose Mourinho was set to replace the Dutchman.The celebrations barely had the chance to subside at Wembley before the manager was quizzed about his long-term future at Old Trafford and Van der Kraan, who was at the post-match press conference, said the strain on the boss was plain to see.“We could all see the strain at Wembley,” the Telegraaf journalist told Hawksbee and Jacobs.“I attended his last press conference and you could tell then that the pressure he was under was absolutely unbearable.“He expected to stay. He was not under the impression that he would be sacked. He thought he had the authority and the capability to turn things around. He said, ‘I need that third year and I’m convinced I’m going to do it’.“He thought he would have the backing and that’s probably going to be his biggest disappointment of all, in the Manchester United board and owners.“He also expressed a number of times over the last few weeks that his authority has been undermined by all the reports about him getting the sack.”Van Gaal is well known for his prickly relationship with journalists, having fallen out with the press during his reign in charge at Barcelona as well as the Dutch national side.The British press have been treated to some amusing moments with Van Gaal during his two-year Premier League spell, but we have also seen his other, more brooding, sarcastic and snappy side.But Van der Kraan believes he found the British press to be the worst of the lot.“I dare say he’ll see his relationship with the British media has been the lowest and the worst of his entire career,” he added.“I have attended his press conferences in Spain, which were not always friendly and joyful, and I’ve see him with the Dutch national press – in both cases when he left he had blazing rows with the media.“But the press conference that completely eclipses all the others was the one on Saturday [after the FA Cup win] when he shouted at the media: ‘thank you for the congratulations!’“That’s where I could tell he was completely frustrated with the treatment he’s received in England.”last_img read more

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