Dismal Southampton crash out of Europa League before group stages

first_img1 Ronald Koeman Southampton crashed out of the Europa League before the competition reached the group stages after a desperately disappointing 1-0 second leg – and 2-1 aggregate – defeat to FC Midtjylland in their play-off tie.Saints, looking to return to Europe for the first time in over a decade, began brightly but will ultimately rue a series of spurned early opportunities.Morten Rasmussen struck the game’s only goal after 26 minutes to clinch victory for the Danish side, and Ronald Koeman’s charges failed to muster a clear-cut chance to equalise in an insipid second half.The result means Tottenham and Liverpool are the Premier League’s only representatives in Europe’s secondary club competition after Saints’ and West Ham’s failures in qualifying.Evenly poised at 1-1 from the first leg at St Mary’s, early signs suggested Southampton were in the mood to progress – particularly after captain Jose Fonte had a header cleared off the line.James Ward-Prowse then had an effort blocked by the dogged Midtjylland defenders, before Steve Davis shot straight at the home keeper when well placed.The hosts then struck the ultimate sucker punch halfway through the first half as Rasmussen turned Maya Yoshida and fired past Maarten Stekelenburg.The second half was a non-entity in terms of chances, but the visitors will feel aggrieved after Rasmussen appeared to handle Ward-Prowse’s free kick in the penalty area.last_img read more

Mixed news for Man City ahead of West Ham showdown

first_img1 Manchester City have been dealt mixed injury news after Sergio Aguero was passed fit but captain Vincent Kompany was ruled out of Saturday’s Premier League match with West Ham.Aguero has recovered from a knee problem that meant he couldn’t start the Champions League defeat to Juventus on Tuesday, but Kompany’s calf injury suffered in that game means he will also miss next week’s Capital One Cup tie with Sunderland.Playmaker Samir Nasri will rest after suffering a knock while full-backs Pablo Zabaleta and Gael Clichy, and midfielder Fabian Delph remain on the sidelines.Manuel Pellegrini’s side will be looking for a tenth consecutive home league win over the Hammers and hope to maintain their 100 per cent record so far this campaign.Provisional squad: Hart, Caballero, Sagna, Otamendi, Mangala, Demichelis, Kolarov, Maffeo, Silva, Navas, Sterling, De Bruyne, Toure, Fernandinho, Fernando, Aguero, Bony, Iheanacho, Roberts.You can listen to Manchester City v West Ham exclusively live on talkSPORT on Saturday from 5.30pm BST. Vincent Kompany last_img read more

Exclusive! Nicklas Bendtner: The Movie – first look at the trailer

first_imgReal Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo is releasing a movie this year, and the brand new trailer for his film is already proving a hit with fans around the world.So, not to be outdone, Wolfsburg and former Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner has also got in on the act, and released his own film to rival the Portuguese megastar.For more of the best sports entertainment on YouTube, subscribe to talkSPORT here!*DISCLAIMER: Like the chances of Bendtner winning the Ballon d’Or, this trailer isn’t to be taken seriously.last_img read more

Norwich manager Alex Neil rejects suggestions club are close to signing France U21 striker

first_img Sebastien Haller 1 Manager Alex Neil rejected suggestions Norwich were closing in on a deal for Utrecht striker Sebastien Haller, but confirmed advanced negotiations over the transfer of teenage defender Ben Godrey from York.The agent of highly-rated 21-year-old French striker Haller said there had been a visit to the club’s Norfolk training base earlier this week, with reports of an £6.5million fee having been agreed.However, there are other interested parties across Europe, while Neil also has other targets on his radar, including Steven Naismith from Everton.“You said his name, I am not saying his name,” Neil replied when asked directly about interest in Haller at a press conference ahead of Saturday’s Barclays Premier League trip to Bournemouth.“But yes, obviously we are trying to reinvest the money (from the sale of Lewis Grabban) and have a whole host of targets we are trying to attract to the club.“We have already done a bit of business, (Ivo) Pinto has come in, Matt Jarvis (on a permanent deal after a loan spell) as well, and Ben Godfrey is another we are trying to get across the line.”Everton boss Roberto Martinez has suggested it is now up to Naismith where he will move, with Swansea also reported to be an option.Norwich tried to sign the Scotland international in the summer.Neil said: “There was contact made through the clubs, but there is nothing to report at the moment.”The deal for Godfrey is expected to be in the region of £1million, and Neil confirmed the teenager was very much “a project” for the future.“We have made an approach and it is an advanced stages at the moment, hopefully we can get that across the line soon,” said Neil.“He is only 17, 18, but he has played first-team football for York and that in itself suggests his development is progressing really quickly.“He is a man already. His dad has history in rugby league so he is built like a man. He is a good athlete and we are hoping in the future he can blossom, introduce him into the development squad and gradually work him into the first team.”last_img read more

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has appendix removed

first_imgLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has undergone a successful operation to remove his appendix, it is understood.The German was taken ill last night and club doctor Andy Massey diagnosed appendix problems on Saturday, after which he was driven to hospital and had surgery about 1.30pm.Klopp was informed of his side’s result – a 2-2 draw at home to Sunderland having squandered a two-goal lead with nine minutes remaining – after his operation at Aintree Hospital.First-team duties were undertaken by the remaining members of his backroom team, including assistant coaches Zelkjo Buvac and Peter Krawietz, first-team development coach Pepijn Lijnders and goalkeeping coach John Achterberg.Liverpool have an FA Cup fourth round replay at West Ham on Tuesday but it is not yet known how long Klopp will be unavailable for. Jurgen Klopp 1last_img read more

Liverpool FC team to play West Ham United

first_img 11 You can stream West Ham United v Liverpool live in the FA Cup fourth round on talkSPORT.com, as the Hammers and Reds replay for the right to face Blackburn Rovers away in the fifth round.Take a look at our predicted Reds line up, above.Here are some stats, ahead of the game tonight.West Ham are yet to beat Liverpool in seven FA Cup meetings (drawn three, lost four), with the most recent encounter prior to the 0-0 draw at Anfield coming in the 2006 final, which the Reds won on penalties after a 3-3 draw.The Hammers have won three of their last five meetings with Liverpool, including two league victories this season – a 3-0 win at Anfield back in August and a 2-0 victory at home in January.Liverpool are yet to score in three matches in all competitions against West Ham this season (270 minutes), while the Hammers are looking to keep a fourth clean sheet against the Reds for the first time in a single campaign.West Ham have lost just one of their last 10 FA Cup games at home (won five,  drawn four) – a 1-2 defeat to Arsenal in January 2010.The Reds are unbeaten in five away FA Cup games (won four, drawn one), but the 2-1 victory over Crystal Palace last year ended a run of three defeats away to Premier League sides in the competition.West Ham United mustered just one shot on target in the original match in this tie at Anfield. 4. Kolo Toure – see the full possible line up, in squad number order, by clicking the arrow above 53. Joao Teixeira 33. Jordon Ibe 35. Kevin Stewart 22. Simon Mignolet 11 19. Steven Caulker 11 54. Sheyi Ojo 38. Jonathan Flanagan 11 11 11 11 11 11 44. Brad Smith 11 9. Christian Benteke 11 21. Lucas Leiva last_img read more

Shrewsbury to pile further misery on Man United and LVG? Coral Daily Download

first_imgDave Stevens joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.Chelsea are now 3/1 favourites to win the FA Cup after beating Manchester City 5-1 in the fifth round on Sunday.Manchester United will bid to join the Blues in the quarter-finals on Monday night when they travel to Shrewsbury Town, and the League One side are 10/1 to pull off a shock win at New Meadow.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports BreakfasttalkSPORT has live and exclusive national radio coverage of Shrewsbury v Manchester United on Monday night, kick-off 19:45last_img read more

Screen siren Deborah Kerr dies

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences nominated Kerr a six times for best actress, but never gave her an Academy Award until it presented an honorary Oscar in 1994 for her distinguished career as an “artist of impeccable grace and beauty, a dedicated actress whose motion picture career has always stood for perfection, discipline and elegance.” She had the reputation of a “no problem” actress. “I have never had a fight with any director, good or bad,” she said toward the end of her career. “There is a way around everything if you are smart enough.” Kerr (pronounced CARR) was the only daughter of Arthur Kerr-Trimmer, a civil engineer and architect who died when she was 14. Born in Helensburgh, Scotland, she moved with her parents to England when she was 5, and she started to study dance in the Bristol school of her aunt, Phyllis Smale. Kerr won a scholarship to continue studying at the Sadler’s Wells Ballet School in London. A 17 she made her stage debut as a member of the corps de ballet in “Prometheus.” She soon switched to drama, however, and began playing small parts in repertory theater in London until it was shut down by the 1939 outbreak of World War II. After reading children’s stories on British Broadcasting Corp. radio, she was given the part of a hatcheck girl with two lines in the film “Contraband,” but her speaking role ended on the cutting-room floor. After more repertory acting she had another crack at films, reprising her stage role of Jenny, a Salvation Army worker, in a 1940 adaptation of George Bernard Shaw’s “Major Barbara,” and receiving favorable reviews both in Britain and the United States. She continued making films in Britain during the war, including one – “Colonel Blimp” – in which she played three different women over a span of decades. “It is astonishing how she manages to make the three parts distinctly separate as characterizations,” said New Movies magazine at the time. Kerr was well-reviewed as an Irish spy in “The Adventuress” and as the tragic girlfriend of a Welsh miner in “Love on the Dole.” She was invited to Hollywood in 1946 to play in “The Hucksters” opposite Clark Gable. She went on to work with virtually all the other top American actors and with many top directors, including John Huston, Otto Preminger and Elia Kazan. Tired of being typecast in serene, ladylike roles, she rebelled to win a release from her MGM contract and get the role of Karen Holmes in “From Here to Eternity.” Playing the Army officer’s alcoholic, sex-starved wife in a fling with Lancaster as a sergeant opened up new possibilities for Kerr. She played virtually every part imaginable from murderer to princess to a Roman Christian slave to a nun. In “The King and I,” with her singing voice dubbed by Marni Nixon, she was Anna Leonowens, who takes her son to Siam so that she can teach the children of the king, played by Yul Brynner. Her best-actress nominations were for “Edward, My Son” (1949), “From Here to Eternity” (1953), “The King and I” (1956), “Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison” (1957), “Separate Tables” (1958), and “The Sundowners” (1960). Among her other movies is “An Affair to Remember” with Cary Grant. Other notable roles were in “The Sundowners,” “Beloved Infidel,” “The Innocents” (an adaptation of the Henry James novella “Turn of the Screw”), “The Night of the Iguana” with Richard Burton and “The Arrangement” with Kirk Douglas. After “The Arrangement” in 1968, she took what she called a “leave of absence” from acting, saying she felt she was “either too young or too old” for any role she was offered. Kerr told The Associated Press that she turned down a number of scripts, either for being too explicit or because of excessive violence. She refused to play a nude scene in “The Gypsy Moths,” released in 1968. “It was when they started that `Now everybody has got to take their clothes off,”‘ she said. “My argument was that it was completely gratuitous. Had it been necessary for the dramatic content, I would have done it.” In fact she undressed for “The Arrangement,” even though the scene was later cut. “There the nude scene was necessary, husband and wife in bed together,” Kerr said. “That was real.” She returned to the stage, acting in Edward Albee’s “Seascape” on Broadway and “Long Day’s Journey Into Night” in Los Angeles. Her Broadway debut was in 1953, when she was acclaimed as Laura Reynolds, a teacher’s wife who treats a sensitive student compassionately in “Tea and Sympathy.” After a full season in New York, she took it on a national tour and recreated the role in a movie in 1956. Kerr was active until the mid-1980s, with “The Assam Garden,” “Hold the Dream” and “Reunion at Fairborough” all in 1985. She told the AP that TV reruns of her old movies have “kept me alive” for a new generation of film fans. In 1946 Kerr married Anthony Charles Bartley, whom she had met as a squadron leader in the Royal Air Force. They had two daughters and were divorced in 1959. A year later she married Peter Viertel, a novelist-screenwriter, with whom she lived on a large estate with two trout ponds in the Swiss Alpine resort of Klosters and in a villa in Marbella, Spain. Kerr is survived by Viertel, two daughters and three grandchildren.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Deborah Kerr, who shared one of Hollywood’s most famous kisses and made her mark with such roles as the correct widow in “The King and I” and the unhappy officer’s wife in “From Here to Eternity,” has died. She was 86. Kerr, who suffered from Parkinson’s disease, died Tuesday in Suffolk in eastern England, her agent, Anne Hutton, said Thursday. For many she will be remembered best for her kiss with Burt Lancaster as waves crashed over them on a Hawaiian beach in the wartime drama “From Here to Eternity.” Kerr’s roles as forceful, sometimes frustrated women pushed the limits of Hollywood’s treatment of sex on the screen during the censor-bound 1950s. last_img

Autopsy set for mother of rapper Kanye West

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Preliminary information indicated she died from “complications of surgery,” Lt. Fred Corral told The Associated Press. An autopsy was expected to be conducted by Wednesday, Corral said. The Kanye West Foundation referred calls to a publicist who did not immediately respond to messages for comment. Patricia Green, a consultant who has worked as a publicist for West in the past, had previously told news agencies that West died after cosmetic surgery. She backed away from those comments in later interviews with the AP, saying she was not sure of the cause because she had received conflicting information. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! An autopsy was scheduled for the mother of Kanye West after preliminary information suggested she died of surgical complications, a coroner’s investigator said Monday. What kind of surgery Donda West had was not immediately clear. West had approached a plastic surgeon months ago about a procedure, but he never performed it because she did not return with a medical clearance for a pre-existing condition that concerned him, the surgeon’s publicist said Monday. West died Saturday night at age 58 at Centinela Freeman Regional Medical Center in Marina del Rey, where paramedics took her after she stopped breathing at her home, according to Deborah Ettinger, a hospital vice president. “We tried to resuscitate her, but were unsuccessful,” Ettinger said, adding that she did not have surgery at the hospital. last_img read more

Some take extreme commutes

first_imgFor Sparky Cohen of Simi Valley, at least once a week the daily commute means climbing aboard his mountain bike before dawn to pedal his way to his job at Calabasas City Hall. In charge of building safety and code enforcement, the 45-year-old Cohen pushes his way up and down steep trails through Las Virgenes Canyon for almost two hours before even getting to work. Using a portable camping shower that he props on the roof of his car – which he typically leaves parked overnight at work – Cohen cleans up and dons slacks and a tie for work. “I don’t mind to stop and smell the roses when I do my commutes,” said Cohen. “I see foxes, deer, coyote, bobcats, roadrunners. I see it all.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsCohen is among 3.4 million Americans who the U.S. Census Bureau says endure “extreme” commutes of 90 minutes or more. But he also falls into an even more unusual category, previously unidentified by transportation statisticians: those who take on extreme commuting because they love it. Breathtaking commute For Bill Halstead, that means a commute that starts about 4:30 every morning when he pulls out of his driveway at 5,600 feet above sea level in the middle of Los Padres National Forest. By any measure, Halstead’s 87-mile commute to Beverly Hills is a long haul. But it’s still shorter than his wife Zandra’s commute: a 95-mile trek to Pasadena for her management job in accounting. “When I tell people how far I commute, they think I’m nuts. Sometimes I have to agree with them,” said Bill Halstead, a stockbroker. “But then I show them pictures of where I live – the snow, the icicles and the spring. And then they say, `Oh, I see why.”‘ Living in the quaint, woodsy, private community of Pine Mountain Club for 17 years, the Halsteads have considered moving closer to work to save time and money. Zandra’s car is two months old and already has logged 10,000 miles. Their combined gasoline bill is about $1,000 a month. But they’ve found nothing as spectacular as the 1.75million-acre national forest that surrounds them and supports their love for the outdoors. Sy Cohn, a Claremont-based driving therapist, said those who intentionally shoulder long commutes generally lead less-conventional lives and don’t see the world – or lengthy commutes – in rigid terms of good vs. bad. “There’s a hell of a lot of gray between the black and white,” he said. “Whatever things people can carve out of their lives, when people are open to it, they’re so much happier.” Living away from all the people Extreme commutes also speak to the desire some people have to live farther from the city, said Paul Mason Fotsch, a professor at California State University, Northridge, and the author of “Watching the Traffic Go By: Transportation and Isolation in Urban America.” But most people still depend on urban economic hubs for jobs, creating a long-standing contradiction embedded in the U.S. history of urbanization, Fotsch said. “These people are exceptional that they have the resources to do these types of extreme commutes,” Fotsch said. “It’s not like others don’t desire these same things. Many people desire these lifestyles.” Experts said voluntary extreme commuters are realizing intangible emotional and psychological benefits from their adventures. Their methods of getting to work reflect what they like to do rather than an imposition of what they have to do, said Tim Lomax, research engineer for the Texas Transportation Institute. “Commuting isn’t necessarily about the hour you spend on the road,” said Lomax. “It’s about where you live, where you work or where you get to play on the weekends.” And with Angelenos, whether in cars or on public transit, spending extra time stuck in gridlock – an estimated 72 hours a year – some have taken their extreme commutes to the skies. From plane to skateboard to car After piloting his aircraft into Whiteman Airport from Fullerton each day, Jason Vivo then jumps onto a skateboard to ride about 150 feet through the parking lot to his car that he leaves parked there overnight. From there, it’s a five-mile drive to his job at United Parcel Service of America, where he delivers packages all day long on a 50-mile route between Sylmar and Burbank. At the end of the workday, he reverses the entire 45-mile routine back to his home in Cypress. “I just love looking down and flying over rush-hour traffic and going 125 mph,” Vivo said. “It feels great.” Flying to work is helping the 30-year-old accumulate the 700 hours of time he needs to log to fly jets professionally. But recently his plane needed engine repairs, and Vivo was forced to return to his old commuting ways – driving through rush hour on the Golden State Freeway, motoring along at 15 mph. Sitting in the sea of brake lights night after night made Vivo appreciate his freedom in the air even more. And it gave him time to ponder another change to his commute. “There’s a plane that I want to get that goes twice as fast,” Vivo said. “So my commute would be 10 minutes instead of 20.” [email protected] 818-713-3746160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img