Liverpool’s 2-1 defeat at home Crystal Palace exposed some familiar failings with the Reds.It may have been Jurgen Klopp’s first defeat as Liverpool manager, but it was the club’s third Premier League defeat in a row to the Eagles.And Liverpool fans were quick to lament recurring issues in their team. Liverpool lost 2-1 to Crystal Palace at Anfield 1
15 West Ham players Jimmy Greaves, Peter Grotier, Bobby Moore, Clyde Best and Harry Redknapp Malcolm Allison was one of the most charismatic people in football 15 These QPR players including Stan Bowles, Gerry Francis and Frank McLintock were unlucky not to win the 1976 First Division with Liverpool pipping them 15 A referee speaking to Bremner is something fans of this era will remember well 15 Arsenal won the league at White Hart Lane in 1971 and fans were on the pitch to celebrate Former Arsenal defender Terry Neill was the Tottenham manager between 1974 and 1976 before leaving to take over at Highbury Big Jack Charlton reading with the kids 15 15 Vidal Sassoon cuts Chelsea striker Peter Osgood’s hair 15 15 George Graham and Bill Shankly just before Arsenal are due to play Liverpool in the 1971 FA Cup final 15 George Best being George Best – click the yellow arrow above, right, to see more retro football pictures from the 70s Alan Ball (right) with Bert Mee after signing for Arsenal in 1971 15 15 15 Chelsea defender Ron ‘chopper’ Harris cuts down his grass Merry Christmas, everyone.If you have a few minutes to kill before going to see the rest of the family, have a look at some of these classic footy pictures from Britain in the 1970s. Alan Hudson doesn’t know what tie to wear 15 15 15 Leeds manager Don Revie presents Jack Charlton with the Player of the Month award just as he was about to have a bath with team-mates Allan Clarke, Billy Bremner, Mick Bates and Gary Sprake
Louis van Gaal says he does not expect Manchester United to make any additions to their squad in the January transfer window.The Red Devils have been strongly linked with a big-money moves for Lazio’s Felipe Anderson, as well as Southampton’s Saido Mane and many more players across Europe.Saturday saw a lacklustre performance in the FA Cup third round clash at Old Trafford, where Wayne Rooney’s injury-time penalty snatched the Dutchman’s side a fortunate 1-0 victory over League One outfit Sheffield United.Old Trafford fans sarcastically cheered in the second half after Memphis Depay made an attempt. The last ten fixtures at the Theatre of Dreams has seen Man United fail to score in the first half and they have been not excited fans on numerous occasions this season. They have made additions to their squad by recalling loan players Adnan Januzaj and Will Keane this month.But, when asked if he had a bid rejected for the Brazilian playmaker, Van Gaal revealed in the post-match press conference: “I don’t think that we shall do business in January.“We cannot say that because when there is a chance to make a selection better, we shall do it but I do not think we shall.“That is at this moment.”SEE HERE – Paul Scholes blasts Manchester United after FA Cup win: ‘They didn’t create a chance. In my eyes it’s not good enough’
FC Midtjylland director Cliff Crown has defended the club’s ticket prices for Thursday’s Europa League meeting with Manchester United.United supporters are fuming at being forced to fork out £71 – on top of travelling costs – to watch their team take on the Danish champions at the MCH Arena.It is a huge increase on the £22 Southampton supporters were charged when they made the trip to Midtjylland in the Europa League play-off round in August.Andy Mitten, author and editor of fanzine United We Stand, has accused the Scandinavian club of “ripping fans off” and protests are planned during the game.But Crown, who also serves as chairman of Brentford, told talkSPORT on Wednesday: “We are a very small club in a very small region in Denmark and this is our cup final so we have to make the most of our opportunity.”Midtjylland’s ground will see its capacity reduced from 11,800 to just 9,500 for the United clash because of UEFA restrictions.Crown added: “It is probably the biggest game in our history.“Everbody is really excited, the town is really up for it and we probably could have sold 40,000 tickets.”
1 Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes the signing of Joel Matip on a free transfer has saved the club millions in their search for a commanding centre-back.The Cameroon international has agreed to move to Anfield when his contract with Schalke expires in the summer and the Reds boss believes their swift action has landed them a top-quality player.Klopp said only Germany’s top four clubs would have been able to afford the defender, who has a Cameroonian father and German mother, but the player’s desire for a new challenge outside the country of his birth played into their hands.“It is clear there were a lot of other clubs [interested]. In Germany a player of this quality without a contract is really rare,” said Klopp.“Schalke are a big club; they played the last four or five years in the Champions League and they made big offers to keep this player.“We have maybe four clubs who can get a player like Matip when he is at Schalke – only Borussia Dortmund, although that is not possible (as their arch-rivals), Bayern obviously, maybe Leverkusen and maybe Wolfsburg.“The rest have no chance. Then you think about other countries and we were early enough. He was an easy choice.“I know in England it is difficult to bring in a player without paying a transfer fee but I thought it should not be a reason not to take him only because you cannot write a number behind his name.“Ask in Germany what other clubs would have paid for him and whether there would have been a contract [offer].”Matip has made almost 250 appearances for Schalke since his debut in 2009 and has played 44 times in Europe, of which 28 were in the Champions League.Klopp believes he has bought a centre-back ready-made for the Premier League who can help provide a solution to their defensive weaknesses which have been exposed so many times this season.“He is a high-quality centre-half. You cannot play in a club like Schalke for six years always in the starting line-up without having big quality,” he added.“He made big steps in his development in the last few years and became a really experienced centre-half: tall – 198cms – but flexible and quick.“He is a perfect header and makes four or five goals per season.“For him it is good because he knows I know him and it is not coincidence or that he comes here and finds a manager he has to show special things to.“He has to work and improve of course but it is a really good base and he can be a really good centre-half in the Premier League.”Matip is Klopp’s second signing after the capture of Red Star Belgrade youngster Marko Grujic, who will also join at the end of the season. Joel Matip
Coral’s Nicola McGeady joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.Premier League leaders Leicester were held at home by West Brom on Tuesday and are now out to 11/4, from 7/4, to win the title.Tottenham, who can go top with a win at West Ham on Wednesday night, are the new favourites to win the league, with Mauricio Pochettino’s side priced at 15/8.Arsenal are also ahead of Leicester in the betting, at 5/2, while Manchester City are 5/1 for the title.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast
By Betsy Blaney THE ASSOCIATED PRESS MIDLAND, Texas – The 18-month old girl pulled from a backyard well two decades ago is now a young wife and mother – one waiting to collect donations given to her during her ordeal that are expected to total $1 million or more. The anniversary of Jessica McClure’s rescue passed Tuesday like almost every other day in the 21-year-old’s life, with no public comment from her about the event that once captivated viewers around the world. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The young wife and mother is living quietly in this West Texas oil patch city, the same one where she fell into the backyard well. “Jessica’s just been a wonderful, wonderful mother,” said her father, Chip McClure. “That’s always been Jessica’s dream, to be a stay-at-home mom.” In 3 years, however, her quiet existence might change when all the donations sent to her when she was a baby mature into a payment of $1 million or more. Many of the sympathetic strangers who remained glued to television coverage until Jessica was freed from 22 feet below the ground showered her family with teddy bears, homemade gifts, cards and cash. It will remain in a trust fund until she turns 25. Her father says Jessica is a happy and active woman, and doing “all the normal stuff” with her year-old son, Simon. A woman who answered the phone at a listing for Jessica McClure’s husband, Daniel Morales, identified herself as Jessica but told an Associated Press reporter she had reached a wrong number. Richardo Morales, Simon’s uncle, said Jessica has talked about the windfall and has plans “to put it into a fund for Simon.” In 1987, Chip and Cissy McClure were poor teenagers struggling to make ends meet during the depths of the oil bust. Cissy McClure left Jessica in her sister’s yard while she went to answer the phone. Moments later, Jessica happened upon an 8-inch hole and innocently touched off a global event. When rescuers brought her to the surface 2 days later, her head was bandaged, she was covered with dirt and bruises and her right palm was immobilized to her face. The image was ingrained in millions of people’s memories and won a Pulitzer Prize for Odessa American photographer Scott Shaw. Chip McClure remembers being “absolutely floored” by the media coverage once the family got to the hospital with Jessica. Vice President George Bush and his wife, Barbara, former Midland residents, visited. President Ronald Reagan called. “At the end of the day, she went through a lot, and was loved by millions and millions,” said Chip McClure, 38, who sells real estate in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Jessica has no memory of the ordeal, the loss of part of one foot, and the 15 operations that followed the 2 days she spent wedged all alone in the well, singing about Winnie the Pooh. Jessica talks often about having another child, Chip McClure said. “We encourage her to wait a little while,” he said.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Los Angeles Superior Court Judge David Workman signed the judgment against Snipes on Sept. 13. Snipes states in a declaration filed Oct. 3 that he was unaware of the judgment against him until shortly after it was signed. “I had absolutely no idea that UTA had commenced formal legal action against me until after I heard about the judgment,” Snipes states, and adds that he never tried to evade service. “It is my regular practice to promptly address legal issues when they arise,” his declaration says. Snipes says in his court papers that he spent part of 2006, when the suit was filed, in Namibia, Africa, shooting the film “Gallowwalker.” He says his primary home is in Florida but that he spends most of his time at his Geneva, Switzerland, apartment when not working. Snipes acknowledged he saw an Internet tabloid posting in July 2006 stating that UTA had made “some sort of claim against me,” but “took it for rumor and nothing more.” According to UTA’s lawsuit, Snipes and the company entered into a verbal agreement in November 2002 in which the agency was to be paid 10 percent of any money the actor received for movie roles that UTA obtained for him. The plaintiffs said Snipes received $13 million for his role in “Blade III.” Four former talent agents with the company were principally responsible for him getting the role, the suit alleges. The firm claims it also helped Snipes land parts in the movies “Chaos,” “Middle Man” and “The Shooter,” but the actor did not pay the commissions he owes for those performances either. After UTA was unable to serve Snipes with notice of the lawsuit personally, the company says it obtained approval last May from Commissioner Barry D. Kohn to publish a summons giving notice of the litigation in two newspapers. The summons was published in May and June in the Daily Journal, because Snipes has done business in Los Angeles, and in The Record in Fort Lee, N.J., near where Snipes has a home, the UTA court papers state. Snipes also is facing trial early next year in Ocala, Fla., on tax charges that carry a potential 16-year prison term. He has denied that he fraudulently claimed tax refunds of $12 million and claimed he is being made a scapegoat. His trial in the tax case was to begin Oct. 22. But shortly before then, Snipes fired attorney Billy Martin, whose clients include Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick and Idaho Sen. Larry Craig. Snipes said in court papers that Martin was too busy working on Vick’s behalf to give proper consideration to his case. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Wesley Snipes is asking a judge to set aside a $1.7 million default judgment to the talent agency that formerly represented the “Blade” trilogy star and claims it’s owed commissions for getting him movie roles. Lawyers for Los Angeles-based United Talent Agency Inc., which brought the suit against the 45-year-old actor, filed papers yesterday stating the company wants the issue decided at trial. UTA attorney Bryan J. Freedman said he is happy to see Snipes “engaged” in the litigation rather than continuing to ignore it. A hearing on the motion is set for Nov. 14. UTA filed suit against Snipes in Los Angeles Superior Court in July 2006, four months after parting ways with the actor, alleging breach of oral contract. He did not respond to the suit, though a summons was published in two newspapers, according to UTA’s court papers.
La Ni as typically peak in winter and last between 12 and 18 months, Bell said, though because this one is still strengthening, meteorologists do not know how long it will endure. Some climate models have suggested it will remain a moderate event, others that it will become even stronger. Either way, the news does not bode well for firefighters. In the Angeles National Forest, the fire danger rating “remains at extreme, which is level five (of six), indicating there is a likelihood of catastrophic fires,” said Stanton Florea, the forest’s fire information officer. “There’s going to be extreme fire danger until we get significant rainfall.” In fact, Florea said, at a meeting of officials from Southern California national forests, “everybody agreed that the fuel moisture level is consistent with critical level six,” but the danger rating was lowered because of improved weather conditions and fire crew availability. The Angeles National Forest reopened at midnight today, two weeks after tinder-dry vegetation and gusting Santa Ana winds forced a temporary emergency closure. There could be some cause for optimism, though, for those who believe in mythology. Legend holds that oak trees become laden with acorns before a winter of heavy rain, Patzert said. “I’ve had a huge fall of acorns, it was like being in a hail storm some evenings, so many acorns,” he said. “If you have to put some money on it, go with the science,” Patzert said, “but I’ve kind of got my fingers crossed the acorns are right.” [email protected] (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4451160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LA CANADA FLINTRIDGE – No relief is in sight for bone-dry Southern California. For months, the trade winds have been blowing east across the Pacific, churning the ocean and bringing cold, deep water to the surface – the hallmark of a La Nina event. With La Nina will likely come another mild winter, meteorologists say, without the rainfall needed to refill depleted reservoirs and dampen fire-prone wilderness areas. “Because most of our rainfall occurs in December, January and February, this is definitely going to impact us,” said Bill Patzert, a JPL meteorologist. “It’s not a good forecast.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre In Pasadena, Patzert said, four out of every five La Nina events bring unusually low rainfall totals. The dry conditions are expected to stretch across the entire southern United States. “There is an extreme drought in the southwest, but we have an exceptional drought in the southeast, so this is definitely not good news for them,” Patzert said. La Ni as, the near opposite of El Nino events, occur every three to six years, said Gerry Bell, a climate forecaster for the National Weather Service. “La Ni a keeps the jet stream further north, up toward Oregon, Washington and Canada,” Bell said. “The jet stream dips southward much less, and so therefore you don’t get as many storms” over Southern California. The Pacific Northwest, by contrast, will likely have a wetter-than-normal winter.