2 Now that the transfer window is closed, it is time to dissect the summer’s business, or, in Arsenal’s case, the lack of it.So the Drivetime team want your help, what is more embarrassing – Arsenal’s transfer window (where they only signed Petr Cech) or Saido Berahino’s tweet (where he vowed never to play for the club as long as Jeremy Peace was in charge). Petr Cech 2
1 Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has called on his players to put their recent frustrations behind them by knocking local rivals Tottenham out of the Capital One Cup at White Hart Lane.The Gunners go into the north London derby on the back of successive defeats, losing 2-0 at Chelsea following the away loss in their Champions League opener to Dinamo Zagreb.Wenger believes his men were on the victims of some rough justice in both matches, seeing forward Olivier Giroud sent off in Croatia while there were controversial red cards for both defender Gabriel and midfielder Santi Cazorla at Stamford Bridge following Saturday’s fiery Premier League encounter.The Arsenal manager, though, hopes having another big showdown can help his players get back on track.“I believe we were unfortunate in Zagreb to have a man sent off, and at Chelsea as well, but you want your players to behave in a perfect way and not to show any response at all,” Wenger said on Arsenal Player.“We have shown our frustration a little bit in both situations and you cannot afford that.”Wenger continued: “We want to get back into winning habits and that is why the momentum is even more important for us.“Every single game that you play with Arsenal you want to win, especially this one which is a bit more special because it is always a big meaning.”Tottenham beat Crystal Palace 1-0 on Sunday to move into ninth place, and just a point behind Arsenal.Wenger has been impressed by the development of Mauricio Pochettino’s squad.“They had a slow start but since then they have had two good wins, so that will have boosted their confidence,” the Gunners boss said.“It makes you think it will be a very even game tomorrow.” Mauricio Pochettino and Arsene Wenger
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Holmes was sentenced to 18 to 40 years in prison after pleading guilty to attempted homicide and aggravated assault charges. Lee was sentenced to seven to 14 years after pleading guilty to the same charges Tuesday. ETC.: A Jamaican laboratory worker who analyzed toxicology tests on Pakistan cricket coach Bob Woolmer said in an inquest that one sample revealed low levels of a pesticide in his system, but another showed no sign of the potentially lethal chemical. The testimony from Marcia Dunbar, an analyst at the National Laboratory, cast doubt on claims by a government pathologist, Dr. Ere Sheshiah, who said the 58-year-old World Cup cricket coach was poisoned with the pesticide cypermethrin and strangled. Woolmer was found unconscious in his Kingston hotel room March 18, a day after his powerhouse team was ousted from the tournament by a humiliating loss to Ireland. Four days later, Sheshiah ruled he had been strangled, setting off a globe-spanning homicide investigation. But police called off their probe in June after foreign pathologists concluded the coach had died from natural causes, most likely heart disease.During the inquest this week, Sheshiah stood by his earlier findings indicating foul play. Other doctors have testified that he misinterpreted his own findings and said his medical techniques did not meet international standards. … Missouri basketball senior forward Darryl Butterfield was charged with peace disturbance, a misdemeanor, little more than a week after he was arrested following an incident in which he allegedly hit his girlfriend. Butterfield is scheduled for arraignment Oct.30. He faces a maximum penalty of six months in jail. Butterfield, a reserve, remains indefinitely suspended from the team. … The state Board of Higher Education settled a lawsuit with the NCAA over the University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux nickname, giving the school three years to get tribal approval to keep it. David Beckham is expected to make his final appearance of the year for the Galaxy in Carson against a team with quite a different set of stars. Beckham is scheduled to play for the Galaxy against “Hollywood United FC” in a fundraiser Nov. 4 at Home Depot Center. Proceeds will go to the American Red Cross and The Salvation Army to benefit those affected by the wildfires. From news services The gunman who wounded five Duquesne basketball players after a school dance last year pleaded guilty Friday and will spend up to 40 years in prison. William B. Holmes III, 19, of Pittsburgh, shot players Sam Ashaolu, Shawn James, Kojo Mensah, Aaron Jackson and Stuard Baldonado on campus on Sept.17, 2006. Holmes and some male friends had gone to the dance with two women. One woman flirted with some basketball players, leading to an argument after which Holmes and another man, Derek Scott Lee, 19, of Pittsburgh, opened fire. The Hollywood lineup is expected to include actors Anthony LaPaglia, Jimmy Jean-Louis, Costas Mandylor; musicians Steve Jones and Vivian Campbell; and former World Cup players Frank Leboeuf, Richard Gough, Joe-Max Moore and Eric Wynalda. Former Galaxy standouts Alexi Lalas and Mauricio Cienfuegos also are set to play. General admission will be $20. Diasuke Takahashi of Japan danced his way to victory in the short program at Skate America in Reading, Pa., the first event of the Grand Prix series. U.S. champion Evan Lysacek finished a distant second, heading into today’s free skate. Four-time U.S. champs Tanith Belbin and Ben Agosto won the ice dance compulsories. Canada’s Jessica Dube and Bryce Davison took the pairs short program. Nikolay Davydenko, already at the center of a betting investigation, was fined $2,000 for lack of effort a loss at the St. Petersburg Open in Russia. The ATP said the fourth-ranked Russian was fined for lack of “best effort” in his 1-6, 7-5, 6-1 loss Thursday to Marin Cilic. The top-seeded Davydenko won the first set in 27 minutes, but drew a rebuke from chair umpire Jean-Philippe Dercq in the third set. Davydenko double- faulted four times in the second set and six times in the third. Second-seeded Andy Murray, Mikhail Youzhny, Fernando Verdasco and Cilic reached the semifinals. ETC.: Roger Federer cruised into the semifinals of the Swiss Indoors in Basel, his home tournament, by beating Nicolas Kiefer, 6-3, 6-2. In the semifinals, Federer will play 6-foot-10 Ivo Karlovic, who had 38 aces to edge fifth-seeded Tomas Berdych, 6-7 (5), 7-6 (2), 7-6 (13). Jarkko Nieminen and Marcos Baghdatis will be in the other semifinal. … Patty Schnyder routed top-seeded Anna Chakvetadze, 6-1, 6-0, to reach the semifinals of the Generali Ladies in Linz, Austria. Schnyder next plays third-seeded Marion Bartoli. Nicole Vaidisova and second-seeded Daniela Hantuchova are in the other semifinal. Soccer Figure skating Tennis Diana Taurasi scored 25 points to lead the U.S. select team into the gold-medal game of the FIBA World tournament with a 97-79 win at UMMC Ekaterinburg in Russia. The U.S. team will face CSKA Moscow, which the Americans beat, 81-72, in a preliminary-round game Wednesday. Senior Takais Brown, Georgia’s leading scorer last season was dismissed from the team for violating team policies. … Washington State’s Fabian Boeke has been banned from playing this season by the NCAA because he played on a professional team in Germany, the team said. … Brian Winters is out as head coach of the Indiana Fever after leading the team to Eastern Conference finals for the second time in three years. The Fever declined their option on Winters’ contract. Light welterweight Javier Molina and bantamweight Gary Russell both advanced in the World Boxing Championships in Chicago, moving within one victory of qualifying for the Beijing Olympics. Just one U.S. boxer had been eliminated from the competition by Friday afternoon. Basketball ETC.: Miscellany Deaths Former NBA player Eddie Griffin had more than three times the legal alcohol limit in his system when he crashed his sport utility vehicle into a moving train and died this summer, according to an autopsy report.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.Pedregon all but locked up the NHRA Powerade Drag Racing Series Funny Car championship Sunday afternoon by denying the daughter of his former team owner a page in the history books. Pedregon used a superior reaction time to defeat Ashley Force in the the finals of the ACDelco Nationals at the Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. When Pedregon returns to the Inland Valley next week for the Auto Club Finals at Pomona Raceway, he’ll have a commanding 91-point lead over Gary Scelzi. Pedregon, who won the 2003 championship for John Force Racing, was the only one of the four title candidates who survived the first round and can secure the title with one round victory. Robert Hight is third (-99) and hanging on by a thread while Ron Capps (-133) was eliminated. The remaining three pro classes will be a closer when the regular season ends at Fairplex. “Hot” Rod Fuller threw a headlock on the Top Fuel title, thanks to his win over Doug Kalitta. Fuller, who has been the points leader most of the season, has a 52-point edge over Larry Dixon, Brandon Bernstein is third (-61) and defending series champ Tony Schumacher is fourth, trailing by 67. MOTORSPORTS: He has Funny Car title in his sights. By Louis Brewster STAFF WRITER LAS VEGAS – Surely, the NHRA didn’t expect Chino Hills’ Tony Pedregon to take its Countdown to One so literally. Fuller covered the quarter-mile in 4.531 seconds at 327.82 mph against Kalitta’s 4.537 at 331.36, his first loss in eight runs. Pro Stock is the closest of the classes. Greg Anderson defeated fellow title hunter Jeg Coughlin – 6.731 at 205.04 to 5.771 at 204.39 – to assume a 34-point advantage. Dave Connolly, whose streak of 21 consecutive round wins was stopped by Coughlin in the second round, is third (-48) followed by Allen Johnson (-103), the only one of the four to lose in the opening round. It was the series-high eighth victory of the season for Anderson. In Pro Stock Motorcycle, Andrew Hines opened a 39-point margin on Chip Ellis, whom he defeated in the finals. 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 new data, from prescription benefit manager Medco Health Solutions Inc., indicate use of cholesterol-lowering drugs among people age 20 to 44, while still low, jumped 68 percent over a six-year period. The rate rose from 2.5 percent in 2001 to just over 4 percent in 2006 among Medco customers. That means roughly 4.2 million Americans in that age group are now taking cholesterol medicines. Meanwhile, use of blood pressure medicines increased 21 percent, from about 7 percent of 20- to 44-year-olds in 2001 to over 8 percent in 2006. That translates into about 8.5 million Americans in that age group taking drugs to lower their blood pressure. “It was a surprise to us,” said Dr. Robert Epstein, chief medical officer at Franklin Lakes, N.J.-based Medco. “Maybe the fact that we’re seeing more young people with high cholesterol and blood pressure is indicative of the epidemic of obesity and overweight that we’re seeing in this country.” Among people 65 and older, use of blood pressure drugs increased only 9.5 percent and use of cholesterol drugs by 52 percent. That’s because half the seniors were already taking blood pressure drugs and more than one in four were taking cholesterol drugs in 2001. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! TRENTON, N.J. – Use of cholesterol and blood pressure medicines by young adults appears to be rising rapidly – at a faster pace than among senior citizens, according to an industry report being released Tuesday. Experts point to higher rates of obesity, high blood pressure and high cholesterol problems among young people. Also, doctors are getting more aggressive with preventive treatments. “This is good news, that more people in this age range are taking these medicines,” said Dr. Daniel W. Jones, president of the American Heart Association. Still, he said many more people should be on the drugs that lower cholesterol or blood pressure and which have been shown to reduce risks for heart attack and stroke.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsChristmas cards for soldiers sought Veterans from recent and past conflicts are asking Americans to add two addresses to their holiday card lists. Members of the nonprofit Disabled Veterans Business Alliances are asking that residents send a holiday greeting to men and women recovering from their wounds at armed forces hospitals: A Recovering Marine or Sailor WHITTIER – Whittier High School will host a holiday fair and swap meet with new and used items from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at 12417 E. Philadelphia St. More than 30 vendors will be selling such items as crocheted purses, scrubs for nurses, used books and DVDs, custom woodcraft and holiday wreaths. The swap meet is sponsored by the Puente Program, which supports students by exposing them to colleges and universities and encouraging higher education. Vendors will be there regardless of the weather. C/O U.S. Naval Hospital 8901 Rockville Pike Bethesda, MD 20889 A Recovering American Soldier C/O Walter Reed Army Medical Center 6900 Georgia Ave. NW Washington, D.C. 20307 Cards should include simple thanks and get-well messages for the holidays. For more information, call (916) 446-3510 or visit www.cadvbe.org. Brickhouse dance on Dec. 14 LA MIRADA – The La Mirada Community Gymnasium will host a “Holiday Ball” Brickhouse from 7 to 10 p.m. Dec. 14. Middle school-age students can hang out and dance with friends before the winter break. Tickets cost $5, and need to be purchased before the day of the event. Tickets can be bought at the La Mirada Community Gymnasium, Resource Center or Activity Center. Participants must bring their school ID and their Brickhouse cards to the dance. For more information, call (562) 902-2938. Rose Parade outing offered LA MIRADA – The city will host an excursion to the 2008 Tournament of Roses in Pasadena. Family and friends will get a first-hand look at the tradition of floral floats, marching bands and pageantry. This year’s theme, “Passport to the World’s Celebrations,” will feature designs from all over the world. Participants are asked to meet at the La Mirada Resource Center no later than 6:15 a.m. on New Year’s morning. The trip will last until 1 p.m. The $75 fee includes bus transportation and grandstand seating on Colorado Boulevard. Participants may bring a sack lunch or purchase snacks from vendors on site. Space is limited. For more information or to register, call La Mirada Community Services at (562) 943-7277. Dental screenings available Friday LA MIRADA – Free dental screenings for persons ages 50 and older are being offered at the La Mirada Activity Center by doctors from New Age Dental. Screenings take place 10-11 a.m. the first Friday of each month. The next screening is scheduled for Friday. The screening is offered to help identify tooth decay, large cavities, gum disease or the need for dentures and crowns. Registration is required. To register or for more information, call (562) 902-3160, or visit cityoflamirada.org. The Activity Center is at 13810 La Mirada Blvd. at the Civic Center. – From staff reports 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
1 Marcus Rashford, the Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford will not be called up by Roy Hodgson for England’s senior squad heading into the upcoming international break, as he will be representing the Three Lions’ Under-20 side.The 18-year-old forward has risen from unknown to wonderkid in the space of a few weeks, and his form for Manchester United had many calling for his inclusion into Hodgson’s next England squad.However, the teenager will be forced to wait for his debut senior call-up, as he has been named in Keith Downing’s Under-20 squad for their clash with Canada.That almost certainly means he will not be part of Hoddgson’s plans for the upcoming friendlies with Germany and the Netherlands.Rashford rose to prominence when he started the Europa League tie with FC Midtjylland in place of the injured Anthony Martial.The youngster scored twice, following that up with a brace in the Premier League victory over Arsenal just days later.Rashford has been called-up to the Under-20 side alongside United teammate Ashley Fletcher, who is currently on loan at Barnsley.Fellow Red Devils Cameron Borthwick-Jackson and RoShaun Williams have been named in the Under-19 and Under-18 squads respectively.Hodgson has earlier suggested that the forward could force his way into the England squad for Euro 2016 this summer.
1 Everton head coach Roberto Martinez Everton fans are starting to lose patience with head coach Roberto Martinez, following their defeat to Arsenal.The Toffees lost 2-0 at Goodison Park after a shocking first-half display, with Danny Welbeck and Alex Iwobi netting for the Gunners.With the Merseyside club needing goals, Martinez opted to bring on John Stones at half-time, a decision which the fans did not agree with.They improved slightly in the second period, but never really threatened David Ospina’s goal in what turned out to be Everton’s eighth home defeat of the season.The Toffees have the 18th worst home record in the Premier League, and fans of the club are voicing their criticisms of Martinez after every game.We collect some of the best tweets concerning Martinez below…
Rafa Benitez has revealed what he wants to see from his players, as Newcastle prepare to take on Swansea City in the Premier League this weekend.The Magpies host their Welsh opposition at St James’ Park on Saturday, with Benitez hoping to pick up his first win as manager of the Tyneside club.In four games he has claimed just a single point, leaving the club six points off safety, with only six fixtures remaining.Performance levels have not really improved since Benitez replaced Steve McClaren as manager, but the Spaniard has urged his players to give their all against the Swans in search of a much-needed victory.The former Liverpool boss said: “The only thing that I’m asking the players is that they have to give everything and finish the game without regret that they left everything there.“I think everybody expects that. The fans will be behind them if they do that.”The Magpies have had to deal with a host of injuries this season, and they host Swansea without Daryl Janmaat.The Dutch full-back is one of the best players in Benitez’s squad, but he broke two fingers after punching a wall following the 3-1 defeat to Southampton last week.He was willing to play on despite that problem, but the 26-year-old has since been ruled out of the game due to a groin injury.“Because he’s injured, we can’t do anything,” Benitez added.“He’s ready to take the risk, if he has to do it, with his hand, but we still have to find a solution to his groin problem.” 1 Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez
Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo has been passed fit for the second leg of the Champions League semi-final against Manchester City, coach Zinedine Zidane has confirmed.The Portuguese forward has missed Real’s last three games – including the goalless draw in the first leg at the Etihad Stadium last week – with a thigh injury.But he has played a full part in training ahead of Wednesday’s Bernabeu clash and Zidane says he is ready to return.Speaking at his pre-match press conference, Zidane said: “Cristiano is okay. He is 100 per cent. He trained this morning and he will be there tomorrow.”Zidane insisted there was no risk attached to playing Ronaldo, who has struck 16 times in 10 appearances in the Champions League this season, and is the competition’s record goalscorer.The Frenchman said: “The whole week, little by little, Ronaldo has been recovering. That’s how it is with this player. He’s very quick, he looks after himself a lot, and tomorrow he will be 100 per cent.”But he delivered less optimistic news about two other key players, as the Real boss confirmed both forward Karim Benzema and defensive midfielder Casemiro would miss out.Benzema was withdrawn at half-time in Manchester with a hamstring injury and Casemiro has since suffered a blow to the hip.Zidane said: “Karim and Case are different. Karim still had a doubt and we don’t want to risk it, and the same goes for Case. It is not an injury, just a bit of a problem.“But we have another squad list and so everybody else can play.”There was also what once would have seemed an unlikely moment at the press conference as Zidane was asked for his thoughts on Leicester City, the new Premier League champions.The World Cup winner smiled and said: “I think they have had a wonderful season. [Claudio] Ranieri, their coach, did a wonderful job. I am really happy for them.“It is the first time they are champions – it is something to be admired very much. For me it is no miracle – it is what this team deserves.” 1 Will Man City cope with returning Ronaldo on Wednesday?