Poll: Who scored the Premier League’s best halfway line goal?

first_img1 Manchester United and England legend David Beckham On this day 19 years ago, David Beckham scored his famous long-range beauty for Manchester United against Wimbledon – but is it the best ever?Adrian and Goughie picked their favourite halfway line stunners to rival Beckham’s fabled strike, but what is your favourite?Have your say in the poll below!last_img

‘Real Madrid haven’t given up on De Gea deal but they will FAIL’, talkSPORT told

first_imgGraham Hunter expects David De Gea to remain at Manchester United despite Real Madrid still pushing to complete his signing.United agreed a deal to sell the goalkeeper to the Spanish giants on Monday but the necessary paperwork was lodged just moments after the deadline for European transfers had passed.An appeal has now been launched to FIFA to authorise De Gea’s move but Hunter told talkSPORT on Tuesday morning: “I think they will fail.“They are convinced this got far enough that the margin between error and success is thin enough that because they are Real Madrid they can say there were hold ups that shouldn’t prevent this deal taking place. But they will fail.”The late collapse of the deal for De Gea has seen United chief Ed Woodward come under severe fire.Hunter claims the Premier League side have handled the situation terribly, but he insists Real should not escape criticism for their role in the saga.“They are almost as culpable as Manchester United in this farce,” the Spanish football expert said.“This deal arrived at la Liga, where it has to be registered in terms of FIFA’s transfer market system, 28 minutes late. “Real knew for well over a year they wanted Casillas out and De Gea in, so they look stupid.“United come off worse, because they have a player who doesn’t want to be there.”last_img read more

Tottenham target Berahino set for return to West Brom starting XI

first_img1 Saido Berahino in action for West Brom Saido Berahino is in line for a West Brom recall on Boxing Day despite more speculation over his future.The striker has not started a game for the Baggies since October after his public outburst in the summer over the club’s refusal to sell him to Tottenham.Spurs are expected to make a new move for the 22-year-old in January but, with Salomon Rondon banned for the next three games, Tony Pulis will call on the striker over the festive period.“We have got a tough Christmas period so the players will be played,” said Pulis.“Given the way he has trained in the last couple of days, given the opportunity, hopefully he can show what he can do.“We have two games in three days so we would definitely rotate the squad. We will start with players at Swansea which we won’t start with against Newcastle. We will certainly rotate the side.”Albion are braced for further interest from Spurs in January but Pulis has insisted Berahino, who scored 20 goals last season, must knuckle down if he stays.He said: “How long have we got until the window opens? I am going to be talking about the same old, same old, same old all the time. If Tottenham come in and they do the deal, they do the deal.“If they don’t come in Saido has got to get his head down and recognise and realise he has got to work hard, get in our team and start scoring goals again.“I’m not going to tell Daniel Levy (Tottenham chairman) what to do and I’m not going to tell Jeremy (Peace, West Brom chairman), if he doesn’t want to sell, what to do.”last_img read more

‘How will Daniel Sturridge pass a medical?’ – Fans react as West Ham linked with crocked Liverpool star

first_img1 Daniel Sturridge has been linked with an £18m move to West Ham with rumours circulating that Jurgen Klopp has lost patience with the striker’s injury troubles.The England forward is no closer to returning to first team action with Liverpool, having played a grand total of six games in all competitions so far this season.Former Liverpool midfielder Dietmar Hamann told talkSPORT on Tuesday that Klopp had to come clean to the fans about Sturridge’s injury troubles and stop protecting the former Chelsea star. And according to reports, Klopp has decided to cash in on Sturridge with West Ham hoping to see him running ?out in claret and blue at the Olympic Stadium next season. See below for the best reactions on social media to news of another Sturridge injury and his possible move to east London! Daniel Sturridge last_img read more

Everton boss Roberto Martinez admitted he was tempted to start dancing again after Stoke victory

first_imgEverton boss Roberto Martinez admitted he was tempted to start dancing again following his side’s impressive 3-0 victory at Stoke.The Toffees blitzed their hosts at a rain-lashed Britannia Stadium with first-half goals from Romelu Lukaku, Seamus Coleman and Aaron Lennon, and created several further chances to add to their tally after the break.The comprehensive win came only a day or so after footage had emerged showing Martinez producing some interesting dance moves at a Jason Derulo concert.And when asked if he had been tempted to do something similar at the end of Saturday’s match, Martinez said: “I thought about it, if I’m honest with you!“But I felt it would be difficult to beat the moves we had on the pitch.“I think today the likes of Tom Cleverley, Ross Barkley and Romelu Lukaku had the best moves of the game. I’m going to keep mine for another occasion!”Everton have been accused of underachieving this season, but this Premier League win strengthened the impression they are turning a corner as they moved up from 11th to eighth in the table.It was the first time they have registered back-to-back league wins in 2015-16, and also represented a third straight victory in all competitions, with each of them being 3-0 results.While frequently looking potent in attack, the Toffees have also had a habit of blowing leads this term.And Martinez said: “Overall, to come to the Britannia Stadium and get that scoreline with the controlling performance we had was very pleasing.“I think it shows how far we have come this season and how hungry the group is to finish the season really strong.“Being able to be mature with our performances has been a real enigma this season.“We are a team with a big amount of goals from open play, but managing scorelines has been a real problem.“Sometimes it has been a lack of maturity, sometimes a lack of focus.“But I think in the last three games we have shown a real understanding of what to do on a football pitch.“I’m looking forward to seeing how strongly we can finish the season.”Everton grabbed the lead in the 11th minute as Lukaku’s penalty, awarded for Jack Butland’s foul on Cleverley, took him to 20 goals for the season.A Coleman header extended the advantage in the 28th minute, and Lennon then punished a Philipp Wollscheid error with a slotted finish in the 42nd.Things could have got even worse in the second half for a lacklustre Stoke side, with the efforts of Butland – including tipping a Lukaku header onto the bar – key in ensuring they sustained no further damage.last_img read more

WATCH: Outrageous 35-yard free-kick goal from Colombian league

first_imgCheck out this absolutely sensational free-kick from Colombian midfielder Luis Carlos Arias!From fully 35-yards out, the 31-year-old stuns the goalkeeper with this rocket-like strike right into the top corner, giving Colombian top flight side Medellin a 2-0 lead over rivals Atletico Huila.Watch the goal in the video below! 1 Hit and hope? last_img

Hawthorne cop hurt on way to robbery call

first_imgThe injured officer’s name was not released so his family could be notified. Other officers handled the robbery call at Rite Aid about five blocks away on Hawthorne Boulevard. An alleged shoplifter began fighting with employees when they tried to stop him from leaving the store, Hawthorne police Lt. Jim Theriault said. Police arrived and arrested a man on suspicion of robbery. larry.altman@dailybreeze.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By Larry Altman STAFF WRITER A Hawthorne motorcycle officer rolling to a robbery call was injured Thursday when the unlicensed driver of a pickup truck collided with him. The officer was thrown into the street, and his injuries at first appeared serious, but X-rays at County Harbor-UCLA Medical Center proved negative. He was expected to be released from the hospital with minor injuries, Hawthorne police Lt. Julian Catano said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The wreck occurred as the officer made his way “Code 3” – with his lights and siren on – to a robbery call at 11:20 a.m., Catano said. The female driver of a midsize pickup truck was headed east on 136th Street when she collided with the officer at Hawthorne Boulevard. “It looks like the driver did not see the officer,” Catano said. Officers impounded the driver’s truck when they determined she was unlicensed, Catano said. The investigation briefly closed a portion of Hawthorne Boulevard. last_img read more

Tree trimmer killed while working

first_imgCERRITOS – A 31-year-old tree trimmer was killed while working on a 40-foot tree in Cerritos, authorities said today. Firefighters went to 13718 Lucas Lane, near Marquardt Avenue, at 8:23 a.m. yesterday in response to reports that a tree trimmer was stuck in a 40- foot tree, according to a Los Angeles County Fire Department dispatcher. The victim, who was strapped to the tree, was trying to cut the fronds when a whole clump of them slid down and pinned him to the trunk of the tree, L.A. County Fire Battalion Chief Chris Jackson told the Press Telegram. Rescuers at the scene heard a voice or grunt coming from the tree, but could not see the victim because he was hidden under the fronds, Jackson told the newspaper. 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 KingsTwo ladder trucks were brought to the scene but the victim was no longer communicating by the time firefighters reached him, the Telegram reported. Firefighters secured the victim with a harness, cut away his safety belt and lowered him by 11 a.m., Jackson told the newspaper. “He was wedged in there extremely tightly,” Jackson said. The victim, identified as Jose Angel Barajas of Anaheim, was pronounced dead at the scene, said Lt. John Kadas of the coroner’s office. last_img read more

Man United fans react to Van Gaal’s subs: ‘Baffling, bizarre, nonsensical’

first_img Darmian, Valencia and Schweinsteiger all came off the bench 1 Manchester United’s season came to an abrupt halt against Liverpool on Thursday night as Jurgen Klopp’s side dumped the Red Devils out of the Europa League.Anthony Martial’s penalty gave United a glimmer of hope following last week’s 2-0 defeat at Anfield in the first leg, but Philippe Coutinho’s equaliser put the tie out of reach.And Louis van Gaal came under fresh scrutiny for his terribly predictable substitutions.Needing three goals to progress, the Dutchman replaced full-backs Guillermo Varela and Marcos Rojo with Antonio Valencia and Matteo Darmian before bringing on Bastian Schweinsteiger for Michael Carrick as his final roll of the dice.These negative changes did not go unnoticed by Manchester United fans on social media as they blasted Van Gaal for his poor decisions.See below for the best reactions to the substitutions!last_img read more

Astronaut is grieving, with no way home

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champTani has been on the space station since late October and had been scheduled to return to Earth as early as Monday of this week aboard space shuttle Atlantis, but fuel gauge problems delayed the Dec. 6 launch until January. A Russian Soyuz spacecraft is docked at the space station but must be reserved in case the two Americans and one Russian aboard need to evacuate the outpost in an emergency. Tani’s mother was struck and killed by a train in Lombard, Ill., on Wednesday. Police said she was stopped behind a school bus at a railroad crossing and decided to drive around the vehicle and the lowered gate. “It’s a unique situation to be on orbit, without a ride home maybe, for a long time and something this tragic happens in your family,” said the Rev. Rob Hatfield, a minister at the elderly woman’s church. NASA prepares for all sorts of contingencies, and bad news from home is one of them. All astronauts are asked whether they would want to know about family emergencies right away or whether that information should be held back if they are preparing for an intense task such as a spacewalk, said Dr. Sean Roden, Tani’s flight surgeon. Tani, like nearly all his colleagues, wanted to know immediately, Roden said. Many have said they wouldn’t want their family to go through the grief alone, he added. NASA offered to let Tani take some time off, but he decided to carry on with his normal duties, including checking on science experiments, and “he’s doing remarkably well for the information he’s been given,” Roden said. Family, friends and counselors were just a call away on a private Internet phone line astronauts are allowed to use throughout their mission, NASA said. “Everyone’s dedicated to making sure that Dan has everything he needs,” NASA spokeswoman Nicole Cloutier-Lemasters said. The Tani family has not announced when the funeral will be held. Once that happens, NASA said, it will help Daniel Tani participate in any way he can, perhaps by a video or telephone linkup. Cloutier-Lemasters said NASA is not at all concerned that Tani’s grief could hinder his work or put his two crewmates in jeopardy. The space agency chooses astronauts with the emotional stability to handle tragedy, especially on long missions. While no other U.S. astronaut has lost a close relative in space, several have had to be told about accidents or major illnesses involving their families, said Dr. Smith Johnston, another NASA flight surgeon. Every astronaut is assigned a psychological support group that helps him or her prepare for the anxieties of spaceflight, including missing family events big and small, said astronaut Clayton Anderson, Tani’s predecessor aboard the space station. He said he was asked who he would want to notify him if something bad happened on Earth, and he chose his wife.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! HOUSTON – Daniel M. Tani’s 90-year-old mother died in an auto accident this week, but he has no way of getting home until late January. He must grieve from more than 200 miles away – in orbit, aboard the International Space Station. It’s a heartbreaking situation no other American astronaut has experienced. And it’s made all the more tragic by Tani’s devotion to his mother, Rose, who raised him and his siblings alone in suburban Chicago after their father died when he was 4. “He is obviously pretty sad,” the astronaut’s brother, Richard Tani, said in Thursday’s Chicago Sun-Times. “He was pretty close to her. We are all close to her. She was loved by everyone.” Tani’s wife and a flight surgeon on the ground broke the news in a video conference call with the 46-year-old astronaut. But phone calls and e-mails from space are as close as Tani can get to the loving embrace of his family. last_img read more