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first_imgLee Carsley’s reign at Brentford started with a defeat as Birmingham ran out 2-0 winners at Griffin Park to move up to fifth.Carsley, who took the Bees hotseat earlier on Tuesday after Marinus Dijkhuizen was dismissed, was unable to install a change in fortunes at the west London club against one of his former sides.Two second-half goals from Michael Morrison and Clayton Donaldson ensured Birmingham picked up their first win in four league games and inflicted a fifth league defeat of the season on Brentford.Elsewhere, Fulham’s emphatic 4-0 over London rivals QPR on Friday seems a distant memory after Wolves comprehensively ran out 3-0 winners at Craven Cottage.The game’s turning point came when the Cottagers were deservedly reduced to 10 men after Tom Cairney’s two-footed lunge on Adam Le Fondre.Le Fondre then dusted himself off to open the scoring just before the hour mark, while Sheyi Ojo and a brilliant James Henry free kick completed the scoring as Wolves picked up their first away triumph since the first day of the season. James Henry 1last_img read more

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first_img 5 5. Jack Wilshere (@JackWilshere) – 1,975million followers on Twitter – Click the right arrow above to find out which Arsenal star has the most… 5 3. Aaron Ramsey (@aaronramsey) – 2million followers on Twitter – Click the right arrow above to find out which Arsenal star has the most… Before the start of the current season, Roy Keane slammed Arsenal players for their obsession with ‘selfies and six-packs’.He claimed their pictures, which they regularly posted to Twitter, meant they were unlikely to win the Premier League.Now, though, despite an inconsistent start to the campaign, they find themselves second in the table behind Manchester City, after defeating Man United 3-0.So maybe their social media presence isn’t the worst thing in the world after all?Click the right arrow to see which Arsenal star has the most followers on Twitter… 5 1. Mesut Ozil (@mesutozil1088) – 10million followers on Twitter 5 5 4. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (@Alex_OxChambo) – 1,978million followers on Twitter – Click the right arrow above to find out which Arsenal star has the most… 2. David Ospina (@D_Ospina1) – 2,48million followers on Twitter – Click the right arrow above to find out which Arsenal star has the most… last_img read more

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first_imgSam Allardyce has warned there is much work to be done to transform Sunderland’s fortunes.The Black Cats recorded their sixth successive win over bitter rivals Newcastle at the Stadium of Light on Sunday to move off the bottom of the Premier League.The victory was Sunderland’s first in ten games this season and Allardyce, who replaced Dick Advocaat as manager earlier this month, was delighted to get off the mark.But the 61-year-old insists that there are still plenty of improvements to be made if the club are to retain their top-flight status.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, Allardyce said: “We’ve won six on the trot against Newcastle which will be written up in the history books. Hopefully, it is the start of more results to come from us because we have got a long way to go to get out of trouble.“I can guide the players, I know what’s needed [to stay up], but whether they can achieve that or not is going to be down to them.“The more we stick together, the more we work together, hopefully the results improve. It is a big relief getting your first win under your belt as a manager and an even bigger relief for the players to get the first win in the Premier League after so long.”The win over Newcastle was the first time Sunderland have kept a clean sheet this season and Allardyce admits he has been working solely on the defensive side of the game since his appointment.“I’m just working defensively and leaving the other side of it to Paul Bracewell [the assistant manager] and Robbie Stockdale [the first-team coach],” he said.“When I arrived they had conceded 18 goals in eight games and it simply was a case of if we didn’t put that right first we would have no chance of moving away from the bottom of the table.“We had a clean sheet yesterday and should have had a clean sheet against West Brom so that side of it is is getting better. The retention of the ball will hopefully come late on. Perhaps all the lads can all get a bit fitter too if they work harder.“We have started to put one end right – not be too open and not concede more goals than we can score and that is a good basis to start from. Where it goes from here is me encouraging the players to give that little bit extra and hopefully find the right balance and achieve what we want to now.”last_img read more

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first_img Ryan Giggs After Garry Monk was sacked by Swansea, Dennis Bergkamp and Ryan Giggs have emerged as the leading contenders to replace him.Giggs, currently assistant to Louis van Gaal at Manchester United, would be welcomed back to South Wales, while Bergkamp is assistant to Frank de Boer at Ajax.But the Drivetime team want to know – who would make the better manager? 1last_img

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first_imgEverton manager Roberto Martinez believes if his side becomes more ruthless in front of goal they can be a force to be reckoned with in the Premier League.The Toffees drew 1-1 with Norwich at Carrow Road after Romelu Lukaku’s goal was cancelled out by Wes Hoolahan’s strike.In the first period Martinez’s men could have found themselves home and hosed had they scored from several good chances and the Spaniard believes they should have won and wants them to learn from the frustrating draw.He said: “Anyone who saw the game saw a team who performed a lot better than the home team and we deserved the three points. The reality is, though, the scoreline doesn’t reflect that.”Asked if the Toffees were drawing too many games they should be winning, Martinez added. “Yes. But we’re not losing and that is because we are performing well and when you perform well the results will come.“I think we’re still a very young group and days like today will allow us to become a ruthless team.“We feel devastated because we didn’t deserve to drop two points today and we didn’t deserve to drop two points on Monday (against Crystal Palace).“It is how we react as a team and as a football club. I think the fans have got a big role to play in helping our young players because if we get through this period with a lesson learned and become a better team then we are capable of anything.”last_img read more

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first_img1 Manchester United striker Anthony Martial has beaten Kingsley Coman and Hector Bellerin to the 2015 Golden Boy award, which celebrates the finest player under the age of 21 in Europe.The Frenchman got his Old Trafford career off to a blistering start, scoring four goals in his first five games for the club, but Arsenal supporters are not impressed that Bellerin did not pick up the accolade.The Spaniard has been outstanding for the Gunners since being handed his first start for Arsene Wenger’s side last September and was among the favourites for the prize.Take a look at what irritated Arsenal fans have had to say, on Twitter, below. Hector Bellerin and Anthony Martial last_img read more

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first_img Mauricio Pochettino’s side were 4-1 winners on aggregate in the Europa League round of 32 tie 1 Tottenham booked their place in the last 16 of the Europa League with a convincing victory at home to Fiorentina. The north Londoners were 4-1 winners on aggregate, with Ryan Mason, Erik Lamela and a fortunate own goal handing them a 3-0 scoreline at White Hart Lane on Thursday, days after being knocked out of the FA Cup by Crystal Palace.Boss Mauricio Pochettino paid tribute to his side’s display, but has quickly turned his focus back on their Premier League title tilt and Sunday’s clash with struggling Swansea.The 43-year-old told BT Sport/ESPN: “I’m very pleased, we showed character and played very well against a team that play very well. “We fully deserve the result, happy, I’m very pleased with the performance.“Now we need to recover because the competition never stops and we need to be ready for the next game because that is on Sunday against Swansea.“I think we have a big motivation in the Premier League and now we have two competitions. We are in a good position in the table, I think the motivation is fantastic.”Pochettino is disappointed star man Alli will be missing for the first leg of their next fixture in the competition, believing his caution was harsh.However, the Argentinian paid tribute to the young midfielder’s more mature performances against Crystal Palace and Fiorentina, after receiving much criticism for an apparent kick on Viola defender Nenad Tomovic in last week’s first leg.“For me it wasn’t a yellow card,” he said.“I’m very happy after last week in Florence, he was calm against Crystal Palace and today and was only focused on the play.“Another good performance from him.”last_img read more

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first_imgThe ruling IOC executive board’s next meeting is scheduled for Dec. 10-12 in Lausanne, Switzerland. Under statute of limitations rules, the IOC and other sports bodies can go back eight years to strip medals and nullify results. In Jones’ case, that would include the 2000 Olympics, where she won gold in the 100 meters, 200 meters and 1,600 relay and bronze in the long jump and 400 relay. The standings normally would be readjusted, with the second-place finisher moving up to gold, third to silver and fourth to bronze. Standing to inherit Jones’ gold medal in the 100 would be Greek sprinter Katerina Thanou, who finished second in Sydney in 11.12 seconds. Thanou and fellow Greek runner Kostas Kenteris were at the center of a major doping scandal at the 2004 Athens Olympics. They failed to show up for drug tests on the eve of the games, claimed they were injured in a motorcycle accident and eventually pulled out. Both were later suspended for two years. Without firm evidence or an admission that Thanou was doping at the time, there may be no legal way to prevent her from getting the gold if it’s taken from Jones. “It’s very unfortunate,” IAAF spokesman Nick Davies said. “The second place (finisher) is a convicted drugs cheat.” Jones now admits she took “the clear” – the steroid THG – for two years, beginning in 1999, and that she got it from former coach Trevor Graham, who told her it was flaxseed oil, the Post reported. In her letter, Jones said she didn’t realize she’d used performance-enhancing drugs until she stopped training with Graham at the end of 2002, the newspaper reported. “If the reports are accurate and if she does in fact acknowledge steroid use at the Sydney Olympic Games then that’s a good thing,” Australian Olympic Committee chief John Coates said. “But it’s still very, very disappointing for all of the athletes that competed against her. … I don’t think an acknowledgment now will ever right the injustice for those other ladies.” “I would hope the medals would be taken away,” he said. Jones also could face a long competition ban from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency. The IAAF said it was waiting for official notification from USADA setting out the details of Jones’ reported admission. If she admits to having been on drugs during a specific period, the IAAF could strip Jones of all her medals and results from the world championships and other events from that time. “Our rules are clear,” Davies said. Jones won a gold (100 meters) and bronze (long jump) at the 1999 worlds in Seville, Spain, and two gold (200 and 400 relay) and a silver (100) at the 2001 championships in Edmonton. Under IAAF rules, athletes busted for doping also can be asked to pay back prize money and appearance fees. It’s unclear whether this would be applied to Jones, who would have earned millions in prizes, bonuses and fees from meets all over the world, including a share of the $1 million Golden League jackpot in 2001 and 2002. British sprinter Dwain Chambers, who admitted using designer steroid THG, had to pay back a reported $230,615 before he was allowed to return to competition after a two-year ban. What would happen to the U.S. relay team medals won by Jones is also uncertain. After a long legal case, the Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled in 2005 that only Jerome Young should be stripped of the gold medal won by the United States in the 1,600 relay in Sydney. The IOC, IAAF and World Anti-Doping Agency had pushed for the entire team – including Michael Johnson – to be stripped of the victory. Young tested positive for steroids in 1999 but was cleared by a U.S. panel on appeal and allowed to compete in Sydney. He ran in the preliminaries but not the final. 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 MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityJones was scheduled to appear Friday afternoon in U.S. District Court in White Plains, N.Y. to plead guilty to charges in connection with steroid use, a federal law enforcement source told The Associated Press. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation is ongoing. Jones also sent family and close friends a letter in which she said she used steroids before the Sydney Games, The Washington Post reported Thursday. Bach said the IOC would work in tandem with track and field’s governing body, the International Association of Athletics Federations, to determine whether Jones should have her medals and results taken away. “We can move quite quickly,” said Bach, a German lawyer who leads the IOC’s three-man panel investigating the Jones case. “With the admissions, the facts are quite clear. I think it can be finalized by the end of the year.” LONDON – The IOC is ready to move quickly to strip Marion Jones of her five Olympic medals following her reported doping confession – although her most prized gold could wind up going to a runner involved in a major drug scandal herself. The International Olympic Committee said Friday it will step up its investigation into the Jones case and the possible removal of her three gold and two bronze medals from the 2000 Sydney Games. “We welcome that there is now some light to be shed on the whole affair,” IOC vice president Thomas Bach told The Associated Press. “Now, with this admission, we can accelerate and speed up the procedures.” The IOC opened its investigation in December 2004 after Jones was implicated in the BALCO steroid scandal. The American runner – the only female track and field athlete to win five medals at a single Olympics – repeatedly denied any wrongdoing, and the IOC had little firm evidence to go on until now. last_img read more

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first_imgToday, ask this question about the financial services you receive: How much is that in dollars? The answer can be unnerving. A percentage charge like 1 percent to 2 percent of assets seems reasonable. But the actual cost in dollars can be an incredible bargain – or a monstrous overcharge. It all depends on how much money you have invested. Suppose you have an IRA account with $10,000 invested in mutual funds. Invested in a mutual fund with an annual expense ratio of 1percent, the charge for providing management, accounting, custody and reporting services is all of $100 a year. At the far extreme, a $10,000 investment in Vanguard Wellington fund, with an expense ratio of 0.3percent, costs $30 a year or $2.50 a month. That’s less than a Starbucks latte. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.But suppose you have $50,000 invested. Then you’re paying $500 a year at 1 percent expenses, or $1,000 a year at 2 percent. Accumulate still more, say, $250,000, and the dollar figures rise to $2,500 and $5,000. So the further you go up the assets-under-management scale, the more you need to forget about the percentage charge. Instead, ask different questions. How much is that in dollars? What are you getting for those dollars? The dollar differences offer two very distinct opportunities. One is the opportunity to learn and invest for yourself, saving those dollars. The other is to divide the services you buy into asset management and personal financial advice. Do it yourself. Today’s index funds make it possible to build a diversified portfolio at very low cost. With a combination of mutual funds and exchange-traded funds, you can build a portfolio for an average cost of about 30 basis points, or three-tenths of 1 percent. If you are approaching retirement with a portfolio of $250,000, you can save $1,750 a year over a 1 percent annual charge from a manager, or $3,750 over a 2 percent annual charge from a manager. If you pay yourself $50 an hour, you’ll be able to devote 35 to 75 hours a year to investing your money. And it’s probably a wild overstatement of the time required. Remember, you can construct Couch Potato Building Block portfolios in a few minutes, and the returns compare nicely with managed funds. At the end of September the year-to-date return on the 10 Speed Portfolio was 11.8 percent and the return on the Margarita Portfolio was 11 percent. Unbundle your services. The second option is easier. Pay separately for asset management and personal finance advice on questions about taxes, when to take Social Security, home mortgages, etc. If you’re paying 2 percent of assets for an ill-defined service that really only manages your investments, the difference between 2percent and 1percent on a $500,000 portfolio is a whopping $5,000. That $5,000 will buy 50 hours of advice at $100 an hour, or 25 hours of advice at $200 an hour. Very few people need 25 hours of high-priced advice every year. Questions about personal finance and investments may be sent by e-mail to scott@scottburns.com or by fax to 505-424-0938. Check the Web site: www.scottburns.com.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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first_img• For full fire coverage vist the Special Section. SAN DIEGO – A merciful easing of the winds fueling Southern California’s sprawling wildfires finally gave firefighters a chance to fight back against some blazes Wednesday, and weary residents could take solace in an overriding sign of hope: Just one person has died from the flames. That contrasts to 22 dead from a fire of similar magnitude four years ago, and while the final toll has yet to be tallied from this week’s fires, officials were crediting an automated, reverse 9-1-1 calling system that prompted the orderly evacuation of more than a half-million people. That was 10 times the number evacuated four years ago. “They are more determined that people leave,” said Steve Levstik, who got his call 15 minutes before flames swept through his Rancho Bernardo neighborhood. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“It was very intense. On the call, it was like, `This area, go! This area, go!’ In 2003 there was less guidance. It was like, `Just pay attention to the news and if it looks bad, leave.”‘ On Wednesday, winds dropped to 21 mph to 36 mph, considerably less than the fierce gusts of up to 100 mph that whipped fire zones earlier in the week. As the fire threats diminished, authorities began allowing tens of thousands of people to return to their homes. “The vast majority of the city is now open for people to return,” San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders told a news conference late Wednesday afternoon. San Diego County Sheriff Bill Kolender said the priority now is getting people back into their homes and back to their businesses. The improving weather also allowed for a greater aerial assault on the flames and helped firefighters beat back the most destructive blazes. Within hours of returning to the sky, helicopters and air tankers dropped 30 to 35 loads of water on two fires that have burned hundreds of homes in the San Bernardino Mountains, near Lake Arrowhead. The Slide Fire, which has consumed more than 200 homes, more than doubled in size Wednesday to more than 10,100 acres. Still, it appeared to consume only a few houses Wednesday, and stalled on the mountainside on the northeast side of Highland. The Grass Valley Fire, after destroying at least 113 homes in and around Lake Arrowhead, slowed significantly, allowing firefighters to get it 30 percent contained. “They’re taking it down considerably,” said Dennis Bouslaugh of the U.S. Forest Service. Authorities said they had largely contained many of the fires north of San Diego, and all five fires in Los Angeles County were 50 percent contained or more. The death toll from the most recent blazes may rise as authorities return to neighborhoods where homes turned to piles of ash, but displaced homeowners and authorities were relieved that early reports were so low. The San Diego County medical examiner officially listed six deaths connected to the blazes, but he included five who died during the evacuation who were not directly killed by the fire. In 2003, all but a handful of the 22 dead succumbed to the flames. Terry Dooley, who was ordered out of his home with his wife and three sons Monday, said authorities learned important lessons from Hurricane Katrina and the 2003 California fires that wiped out 3,640 homes and blackened 750,000 acres during a two-week period. “They learned how to get things done more quickly,” Dooley said as he waited at a roadblock Wednesday to return home to San Diego’s upscale, densely populated Rancho Bernardo area. In addition to the reverse-911 system, authorities also shut down schools, halted mail delivery and urged people to stay home if they were not in danger. In 2003, only 50,000 people were evacuated in San Diego County. This week, more than 500,000 people were ordered to evacuate in San Diego County alone. Unlike many of the poor neighborhoods flooded by Hurricane Katrina, the hardest-hit areas in California were filled with upscale homes, with easy access to wide streets. Less wealthy areas – including rural enclaves and horse farms that stretch through the mountains east of San Diego – benefited from easy road access and small crowds. Despite Wednesday’s progress, none of the six major blazes in San Diego County was more than 15 percent contained, and those fires threatened more than 8,500 houses. The top priority was a fire in San Bernardino County that threatened 6,000 homes and continued to rage out of control. This week’s fires have destroyed about 1,500 homes since they started late Saturday and triggered the largest evacuation in California history. The flames have burned about 674 square miles, across five counties, from Ventura in the north all the way into Mexico. Property damage has reached at least $1 billion in San Diego County alone, and President Bush signed a major disaster declaration for California. The president was scheduled to visit the region Thursday. On Wednesday, about two dozen people gathered at a police barricade in Rancho Bernardo, which was one of the hardest-hit areas, hoping to retrieve medications and belongings – or simply to see if their homes were intact. What awaited many was an apocalyptic scene: entire streets leveled, charred hulks of metal that once were cars sitting in driveways of homes with only chimneys left standing. House after house, 29 on one street alone, were reduced to piles of blackened concrete and twisted metal. At one point, police officers lifted a barricade into the neighborhood only to turn residents away several hundred yards down the road at a second barricade. Some of the homeowners cursed at the officers. “You let us in just to send us back out,” one angry man yelled from his car. Dooley knew his home was OK because his home answering machine still worked. Six of San Diego County’s 42 evacuation centers were full Wednesday but there was plenty of space at Qualcomm Stadium, home to the NFL Chargers, where 10,000 people sought refuge. People rested on cots that lined covered walkways circling the bleachers and quietly watched television as National Guard troops watched. There were no bathroom lines. “One happy consequence” of the 2003 fires is that people remember that fire can be very unpredictable, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said Wednesday in an interview. “All but the most unlucky people can see the fire coming,” he said. “There’s no reason you should have loss of life, certainly for civilians.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img