Arsenal have been handed a huge boost in their pursuit of Karim Benzema, with Real Madrid accepting an offer of £48million for the France striker, according to Rodney Marsh.Arsene Wenger is on the hunt for a top class frontman as he looks to build a side capable of challenging for Premier League titles.Many believe a striker is the missing piece in an otherwise strong Gunners team, with club legend Thierry Henry telling talkSPORT Arsenal can end their wait for a top flight title by signing Benzema this summer.And, having monitored the 27-year-old all summer, Wenger may have finally landed his man, a reliable source has told Sports Bar regular Marsh.He said: “I had a phone call from a mate of mine, and he’s been right on many things, and he said that he believes Real Madrid have accepted a bid somewhere in the region of £48million for Benzema from Arsenal.“In the past this guy has always been right, he’s never been wrong yet, so we’ll have to wait and see.”
Kevin De Bruyne 1 Manchester United are reportedly trying to pip rivals Manchester City to the signing of Kevin De Bruyne.Having lost out to City in their pursuit of defender Nicolas Otamendi, United want to get one over on their neighbours by making a late swoop for the Wolfsburg midfielder.According to Sport1, the Red Devils are willing to stump up a fee of around £55m for De Bruyne as Louis van Gaal attempts to add one more big-name signing to his ranks.City are still interested in the Belgian international but may have to return with an improved offer if they are to get the man they have been chasing all summer.
Remi Garde made a positive start to his Aston Villa tenure after his side produced a stoic defensive display to neutralise a toothless Manchester City at Villa Park.The Premier League leaders were reduced to half chances throughout, with Brad Guzan’s reaction save from Raheem Sterling after the break their first opening.Kevin De Bruyne was wasteful and Fernando headed against the crossbar in injury time but City, who moved a point clear of Arsenal and Leicester at the summit for the time being, never truly worried Garde and the hosts.The former Lyon manager took the opportunity to reinstate four of the French-based players recruited over the summer who had been reduced to bit-part roles in recent weeks, with Jordan Amavi particularly impressing at left-back.After a largely non-eventful first half which, aside from a pitiful Sterling dive when looking for a penalty, passed by without any incident, Guzan pulled off a brilliant save to deny the Englishman.Sterling found himself completely unmarked at the back post but his header was instinctively saved by the American from point-blank range.While Villa were offering nothing in an attacking sense they were defending stoutly, although Garde’s side were fortunate when De Bruyne inexplicably tried to flick home Jesus Navas’s low cross when a simple tap in was required.Substitute Leandro Bacuna provided a rare burst of imagination for the hosts but his run into the box was snuffled by Joe Hart.Fabian Delph was then introduced to become the pantomime villain after his dramatic transfer U-turn in the summer which saw him leave Villa for City, with the England midfielder greeted with inflatable snakes by sections of the home crowd.Rudy Gestede, a late substitute for Jordan Ayew, then flicked a Villa corner onto the roof of Hart’s net before Fernando rattled the home crossbar in stoppage time to leave City without a win in three away league games. Remi Garde 1
20. Aston Villa have a combined EA SPORTS PPI score of 1985, putting them bottom of this table, which may not be surprising considering their terrible form, but there are a few surprises in the rest of the ranking (hint: Arsenal aren’t top!). Click the right arrow above to find out which team is ranked the highest… – The EA SPORTS Player Performance Index rates players on six key indices, which sees them earn points for goals, clean sheets, assists, shots on target, tackle clearances, and many more. Here. we present the Premier League table if it was based on PPI points earned. 20 3. Tottenham Hotspur – Combined EA SPORTS PPI score = 3823 20 13. Watford – Combined EA SPORTS PPI score = 2792 10. Stoke City – Combined EA SPORTS PPI score = 2845 20 20 7. Manchester United – Combined EA SPORTS PPI score = 3151 9. Liverpool – Combined EA SPORTS PPI score = 3000 16. Norwich City – Combined EA SPORTS PPI score = 2521 20 20 14. West Brom – Combined EA SPORTS PPI score = 2653 20 20 8. Crystal Palace – Combined EA SPORTS PPI score = 3139 20 12. Chelsea – Combined EA SPORTS PPI score = 2794 20 11. Southampton – Combined EA SPORTS PPI score = 2819 20 With 20 matches gone in the Premier League season, the table is finally starting to take shape.Arsenal and Manchester City are the main contenders for the title, while everyone from Leicester City down to Liverpool are battling for a spot in the top four.Elsewhere, it looks grim for Aston Villa, Sunderland and Newcastle United in the bottom three.But the Premier League don’t just rank teams on points won, they’ve also ranked them using the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index.The Index rates players on six key indices, which sees them earn points for goals, clean sheets, assists, shots on target, tackle clearances, and many more.And you can see which Premier League team’s stars have earned the most points collectively by clicking the right arrow above… 15. Bournemouth – Combined EA SPORTS PPI score = 2640 20 20 20 20 5. Everton – Combined EA SPORTS PPI score = 3356 20 17. Newcastle United – Combined EA SPORTS PPI score = 2460 20 18. Swansea City – Combined EA SPORTS PPI score = 2433 20 4. Leicester City – Combined EA SPORTS PPI score = 3684 1. Manchester City – Combined EA SPORTS PPI score = 3917 20 20 2. Arsenal – Combined EA SPORTS PPI score = 3901 19. Sunderland – Combined EA SPORTS PPI score = 2207 6. West Ham – Combined EA SPORTS PPI score = 3225
Take a look at the Arsenal academy’s latest star – Omari Hutchinson. Great feet, skills and fast – a future Gunners legend maybe? Arsenal have produced a whole host of promising talents in recent years, but fans may have to wait a while to see this star in the making. He is currently in the club’s Under-12s – see above!
“One of the things hampering us is the continuing fire,” said Will Kempton, director of the California Department of Transportation. “Our goal is to get the roadway open as quickly as possible.” The intensity of the fire prevented authorities from entering the tunnel until Saturday afternoon. They recovered the bodies of two victims, but said they might find more bodies as they explore the charred wreckage in the 550-foot-long tunnel. “This is going to take a long time,” said Warren Stanley, head of the California Highway Patrol. “We have to work very slowly and methodically.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA CLARITA – A fiery chain-reaction crash of more than a dozen cars and tractor-trailers in the Newhall Pass tunnel closed Interstate 5 indefinitely Saturday, killing at least three motorists and injuring 10 others. The crash at 10:41 p.m. Friday involved about a half-dozen tractor-trailers and several cars that barreled down the dark, rain-slick highway and into the concrete tunnel, setting off a thunderous series of explosions and a fire that shot flames 100 feet into the air, authorities said. “I could hear trucks hitting – bang, bang, bang – and I got out,” Tony Brazil, a motorist who managed to escaped the inferno, told KCBS-TV. “It looked like a bomb went off” said Los Angeles County firefighter Scott Clark, one of about 300 firefighters who battled the stubborn blaze overnight. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.After the crash, about 20 people managed run out of the tunnel, including the 10 who were hurt. They were treated at local hospitals, most for burns and neck and back injuries. Traffic backed up for miles along the stretch of the Golden State Freeway that carries an average of 269,000 motorists each day. Streams of tractor-trailers and cars poured off on-ramps against traffic after being stuck for hours on the freeway, clogging the surface streets in suburban Santa Clarita. Enrico Servito, 53, of Vallejo was driving his wife to a 1 p.m. seminar in Los Angeles when they got caught up in the miles-long backup. After crawling in traffic for hours, they got off the freeway and stopped to rest at the Denny’s restaurant in Santa Clarita. “I’m more concerned about the crash,” Servito said. “We have somewhere to go, but we have to think of people in dire consequences.” Officials said they hope to reopen the southbound lanes sometime Tuesday morning, but could not estimate when motorists will again be able to use the northbound side of the freeway – or the critical truck route.
WASHINGTON – Fewer people think the U.S. is adequately thwarting terrorists, meeting its objectives in Iraq or achieving other goals overseas, according to a poll that shows a deepening skepticism about the country’s foreign policy. The survey also shows people in the U.S. have flagging hopes that a range of strategies and policies – from improving intelligence operations to showing more respect for other countries – can do very much to keep the nation safe. “We are reaching a point where the public seems to be questioning not just whether current policies are working, but whether the United States can have an effective foreign policy at all,” said a report accompanying the survey, conducted in the U.S. last month for Public Agenda, a nonpartisan public policy group, and the journal Foreign Affairs. The poll also found little taste for a military confrontation with Iran, though there was slightly more interest than earlier this year. Tensions with Tehran have risen over its nuclear program and aid to fighters opposing U.S. troops in Iraq. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Sixty-five percent said they preferred economic or diplomatic moves against Iran, compared to 19 percent who favored military action or threats. When the question was asked in March, 13 percent chose threatened or actual military steps. The public’s increased militancy might reflect that the poll was conducted during Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s recent visit to New York and the U.N., when he received a mixed reception, the report said. Asked to assign grades to the U.S. for meeting foreign policy goals, 48 percent awarded As or Bs for giving terrorism the attention it deserves. The number giving those grades was 10 percentage points lower than when the question was asked in 2005. Twenty-five percent gave those highest grades when asked how well the U.S. was succeeding in Iraq, down 14 points from 2005. There were similar dropoffs in top grades for meeting U.S. objectives in Afghanistan, spreading democracy in the world, resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and having good relations with Muslim nations. 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.Her weight-loss regime advocated eating one type of food at a time. The Beverly Hills Diet told dieters to avoid combining carbohydrates and proteins in the same meal and called for eating only fruit for the first 10 days. Mazel who opened a Beverly Hills clinic where she counseled as many as 250 dieters a week, counted herself among her clients. She claimed to have lost 72 pounds and to remaining a “svelte 108,” according to her Web site. The book was a best seller and included celebrity endorsements from actress Linda Gray of “Dallas” and singer Engelbert Humperdinck. Mazel became something of a celebrity and frequent guest on TV talk shows. Even California first lady Maria Shriver admitted she used the diet while trying to break into television when People magazine asked in 2005 how she lost 25 pounds. “I couldn’t get a job, so I went on the Beverly Hills Diet, where you ate watermelon one day and cheesecake the next. It worked,” she said. “That was the last diet I ever went on.” By The Associated Press Judy Mazel, who wrote a 1981 best-seller The Beverly Hills Diet that was praised by celebrities and criticized by nutritionists, has died. She was 63. Mazel died Oct. 12 from peripheral vascular disease at St. John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, said close friend Victoria Marechal. Mazel had been a longtime resident of Pacific Palisades. Mazel, who had no formal training in medicine or nutrition, came up with a theory about food enzymes and the digestive system that she turned into a complicated diet plan. She became interested in weight loss while recovering from a broken leg, reading books on nutrition and eventually studying with a nutritionist for several months. Medical experts, however, called the book fiction, and it made a nutritionists’ list of top 10 classic fad diets.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner on Tuesday put up $1.5million of his personal fortune and took control of the effort to defeat an initiative to loosen legislative term limits – a move that also could bolster an expected run for governor in 2010. Poizner, the telegenic, media savvy multi-millionaire Silicon Valley entrepreneur and moderate Republican, called Proposition 93 a “naked power grab” by lame-duck legislative leaders to extend their time in office. His involvement gives the campaign a ready cash flow that could bring in as much as $5 million. And it also provides visibility – for both the opposition effort and himself. Poizner, elected as insurance commissioner last November – the highest ranking California Republican politician other than Gov. Arnold Scwharzenegger – denied using the ballot measure campaign for his own political future. [email protected] (916) 441-2101160Want 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 “I can’t stop all the speculation about a possible gubernatorial run,” he said at a news conference. “But I won’t let that speculation stop me from doing the right thing. The fact is, I’m an elected statewide official and voters are counting on me to play a role in informing them when they’re about to get deceived or hurt.” Former Insurance Commissioner John Garamendi, now lieutenant governor and potentially a Democratic gubernatorial candidate in 2010, criticized Poizner for straying from what he said was Poizner’s elected duties. “Today our state is still recovering from last month’s devastating Southern California fires where nearly 2000 people lost their homes,” Garamendi said. “I would expect that our Insurance Commissioner would be focused on helping our fellow Californians rebuild their lives, not playing politics. There will be plenty of time for politics tomorrow.” Poizner’s contribution came just one day after an additional $1.5 million contribution from Virginia-based U.S. Term Limits one day earlier – the kind of cash that ensures that voters will get a full dose of advertising as the campaign heats up. The $3 million infusion of cash also puts the opposition camp – now called the Alliance for California Renewal – ahead of the Proposition 93 campaign in the chase for money. The Committee for Term Limits and Legislative Reform has $644,000 on hand, after spending $2.7 million to get the measure on the Feb. 5 ballot.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Livingston was shot in the head while driving his silver Chevrolet Camaro north on the Harbor Freeway around Manchester Avenue. Moorer was arrested in July 2005 in connection with the killing and has remained jailed since then. Shorts, who was jailed in San Bernardino County on unrelated charges, was charged in August 2005 with Livingston’s murder. 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. One of two men charged in the gang-related shooting death of a 20- year-old man on the Harbor (110) Freeway in March 2005 has been convicted of first-degree murder. D’andre Keyshaun Moorer is facing life in prison without the possibility of parole when he is sentenced Dec. 21 by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Rand S. Rubin. The alleged gunman, Donald Ray Shorts, is awaiting trial. D’andre Keyshaun Moorer, 29, was charged with first-degree murder, along with the special circumstance allegation of murder by discharging a firearm from a motor vehicle and a separate gang allegation. Jurors deliberated for about a day before announcing yesterday they had reached a verdict. Moorer, who allegedly was driving the car, faces a maximum of life in prison without the possibility of parole if convicted. The alleged gunman, Donald Ray Shorts, 27, is still awaiting trial. The two are charged in the March 29, 2005, killing of Michael Ryan Livingston of Long Beach, who was attending a community college and working toward his real estate license. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!