Stabaek chief executive Lars Hjorth has told talkSPORT the club will not stand in Bob Bradley’s way if Sunderland come calling.Bradley, who has been in charge of the Norwegian top-flight side for the past two years, has emerged as a surprise contender to become the Premier League strugglers’ new boss.Hjorth insists he has yet to receive an approach from the Black Cats to speak to the American but he says the 57-year-old, who led his national team at the 2010 World Cup, would have his blessing to make the move to England.“Bob is allowed to speak with anybody if he wants. That is the contract he made with us when he came to Stabaek,” said Hjorth, in an exclusive interview with Ian Abrahams.“Bob has done a tremendous job here, he is a fantastic person, and if he can make the step up in his career we would wish him luck.“We haven’t had an approach yet but if Bob got an offer from a club in the Premier League, we would be very happy for him.“I know that one of his biggest wishes is to train a club in the Premier League so if he gets an offer, we will wish him good luck, and we will be very proud as a small club in Norway to give him the chance to do that.”Jan Aage Fjortoft believes Bradley would be a good appointment for Sunderland, who have yet to win in the Premier League this season.Hjorth agrees with his fellow Norwegian, claiming the former USA boss would easily adapt to English football.“In my opinion he could take over any club in Europe without a problem, maybe apart from the biggest clubs,” he said.“He has experience of national teams with USA and Egypt. And knowing him for the last two years as a person, as a trainer, I’m sure he would get success in any league he went to.”
Check out this insane goal from University of Maine at Farmington’s soccer star Luke Sterling.Long throw-in king Rory Delap himself will be proud of this effort, the youngster looping the ball into the area and into the back of the net with a brilliant front flip throw.Normally disallowed, the freshman was fortunate to have a helping hand from a butterfingers goalkeeper, whose touch to send it in meant the goal stood.Check out the stunning footage above!
1. David de Gea – take a look at the full line up, in squad number order, by clicking the arrow above! And let us know what you think of our predicted team by leaving a comment below 28. Morgan Schneiderlin- take a look at the full line up, in squad number order, by clicking right 11 Manchester United have not enjoyed recent trips to Goodison Park, but a win over Everton on Saturday could see them go top of the Premier League.Louis van Gaal’s side have lost on their last three visits to the Toffees, and both of their league defeats this season have come away from Old Trafford.However, they sit third in the table and are just two pointsbehind leaders Manchester City, who face Bournemouth.United have won three of their last four games and will be confident of victory, but Everton are unbeaten in five and have lost just once in the league all season.So which starting XI will Louis van Gaal select?Take a look at our probably team by clicking the slideshow above and let us know what you think are the key selection issues by sharing your thoughts with a comment below… 36. Matteo Darmian 11 8. Juan Mata – take a look at the full line up, in squad number order, by clicking right 12. Chris Smalling- take a look at the full line up, in squad number order, by clicking right 9. Anthony Martial- take a look at the full line up, in squad number order, by clicking right 11 10. Wayne Rooney- take a look at the full line up, in squad number order, by clicking right 11 18. Ashley Young- take a look at the full line up, in squad number order, by clicking right 11 16. Michael Carrick- take a look at the full line up, in squad number order, by clicking right 7. Memphis Depay – take a look at the full line up, in squad number order, by clicking right 17. Daley Blind- take a look at the full line up, in squad number order, by clicking right 11 11 11 11 11 11
Danny Ings has all but given up hope on playing again for Liverpool this season, but has pledged to come back “extremely strong”.The 23-year-old striker was beginning to find his feet when his maiden season at Anfield was brought to a shuddering halt by a cruciate knee ligament injury.Ings sustained the injury during Liverpool training just days after making his England debut in October.It appears the initial six-month prognosis was a little too hopeful and the former Burnley striker accepts it is unlikely he will play for Jurgen Klopp this term.“When I got the injury I said straight away I will play again before the season finishes,” Ings told NBC Sports.“But I think with the advice I’ve had of the surgeons and physios, I know they won’t risk me and I don’t want to risk it myself.“This is all about the highs and lows of football. I was at the happiest point of my career and then, at the time of the injury, I felt like I was at my lowest point.“I just felt like I got my foot in the door.“I was becoming established here at Liverpool, playing games and scoring goals, keeping my place in the team and had made my debut for England, then somebody took that all away from me.“It is absolutely gutting because football has been my life. If I can’t do what I love doing then it is like someone having their kids taken away from them.“That is how I felt. I know that I am going to come back extremely strong.” Danny Ings 1
Nicolas Gaitan 1 Manchester United had another bid for Nicolas Gaitan rejected by Benfica in January, it has been revealed.United have made several attempts to sign the Argentine winger during the last few transfer windows but the player has remained loyal to the Portuguese club.The Red Devils’ bid was reportedly trumped by UAE side Al Ahli in January, but Gaitan reportedly turned down the move as he wants to remain in Europe.“We made an offer of €35million, which Benfica accepted, since it was higher than the €30 million offered by Manchester United,” Al Ahli coach Cosmin Olaroiu said.Atletico Madrid are also understood to be keen on landing the 27-year-old and Gaitan is apparently holding out for a move to the Vicente Calderon in the summer, when he can link up with compatriot Diego Simeone.
“Republicans are brokenhearted that the administration has done a complete U-turn on this issue,” said John R. Bolton, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and an advocate of a tough approach to North Korea. But Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr., D-Del., the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and a candidate for the Democratic Party nomination for president, said the new intelligence was even more reason to take a diplomatic approach to North Korea: “To rein these guys inside a deal that has some transparency.” Several diplomats and administration officials representing both sides of the debate were interviewed on condition of anonymity because the intelligence about the Syrian site remained classified. The administration and the Israeli government have kept silent about the airstrike, but American and foreign officials with access to intelligence reports have said the target was a partly constructed nuclear reactor, apparently modeled on one North Korea has used to generate its stockpile of nuclear weapons fuel. They said it would have been years before Syria could have produced nuclear weapons fuel on its own. The Institute for Science and International Security, a private group in Washington, released a report Wednesday that pinpointed the site in a satellite image taken Aug. 10, nearly a month before the Israeli strike. “This looks like a reactor site,” said David Albright, president and founder of the institute and a former U.N. weapons inspector.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – A fight has erupted between conservatives on national security and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice over the Bush administration’s diplomacy with North Korea in the face of intelligence that North Korea might have helped Syria begin construction on a nuclear reactor. The debate moved to Capitol Hill on Wednesday, when Rice had a tense private meeting with Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida, the senior Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Just days earlier, Ros-Lehtinen was the co-author of an opinion article questioning the White House approach, which offers incentives to North Korea to dismantle its nuclear program. That article also criticized the Bush administration for what the article called the “veil of secrecy” surrounding intelligence that led to an Israeli airstrike in Syria last month on the suspected reactor site, and for the fact that only a handful of lawmakers have been briefed on the subject. Congressional officials said Ros-Lehtinen contended that if more lawmakers knew about the intelligence, more would be concerned about a pending nuclear agreement with North Korea. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Commercial satellite photographs have begun to circulate that appear to show a reactor possibly under construction at a site in Syria near the Euphrates River. The images were taken during the summer, a month before the Israeli raid. The White House now finds itself charting a course similar to the one for which it heaped criticism on the Clinton administration in 2002, accusing it of being too trusting. At that time, a diplomatic agreement with North Korea collapsed after the White House accused North Korea of secretly continuing work on a nuclear weapon. Now, the White House is trying to deflect criticism from fellow Republicans – including hawkish officials within the administration – that Rice is putting her desire for a diplomatic agreement above national security interests. One senior administration official, who has seen the intelligence about the Syrian site and advocates a tougher line against North Korea, said he was frustrated that even in light of possible North Korean help on a Syrian nuclear program, “we are shaking hands with the North Koreans because they have once again told us they are going to disarm.” Conservatives remain deeply suspicious of the Rice approach, fearing that it rewards North Korea. Bush was persuaded by Rice and his chief North Korea negotiator, Christopher R. Hill, that there was no other path. Hill acknowledged in a recent interview that the approach was a sharp reversal from the first term.
POMONA – A 40-year-old man was in custody today after police seized a half-pound of methamphetamines with an estimated street value of some $30,000 that he tried to discard during a possible drug sale in Pomona, authorities said. At 9:48 last night, members of the Pomona Police Department’s Major Crimes Task Force and Gang Unit responded to possible drug activity at 1142 W. 2nd Street, near South Hamilton Boulevard, said Sgt. Steve Congalton of the Pomona Police Department. When a suspect named Porfirio Gonzalez saw the officers, he ran out of a rear door and discarded a metal container in the trash can, Congalton said. The container was retrieved by officers, who found inside a half-pound of methamphetamines, $772 in cash and paraphernalia, he said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Gonzalez, who was out on bail for a previous drug charge, was arrested for possession of methamphetamines for sale, he said. The drugs have a wholesale value of some $5,000 and a street value worth roughly $30,000, Congalton added. Gonzalez was booked at the Pomona Police Department jail facility pending review of the case by the District Attorney’s office, he said. For news and observations about crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here.
LSU has a ticket to the title game. Everyone else has a pretty good gripe.The latest chapter in this crazy, unpredictable college football season was written Sunday when LSU won the sport’s version of the lottery, being picked to play Ohio State for the championship and leaving about a half-dozen other candidates with plenty to complain about.The Tigers (11-2), ranked second in the latest Associated Press poll, will be the first team to play in the BCS title game with two losses.No. 1 Ohio State goes into the game, Jan. 7 at the Superdome in New Orleans, at 11-1. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat Kings“We always talk to our guys about the fact you better win all your games,” Ohio State coach Jim Tressel said. “We didn’t do that but we still have an opportunity in a crazy football season.”Missouri and West Virginia, which came into the weekend ranked 1 and 2, lost Saturday to blow their title chances. Missouri was left out of the BCS championship altogether.Why did LSU, which was seventh in the BCS standings heading into the final weekend, make the jump to No. 2 and into the big game, while Oklahoma, Southern California, Georgia and a number of others were left behind?The 174 poll voters and handful of computer nerds whose calculations make up the BCS rankings probably all have their own reasons. Among the best is that LSU was rewarded for winning the Southeastern Conference, which is traditionally viewed as one of the toughest leagues in the nation.“I don’t think in this year being such a different kind of year, so many teams with one or two losses, I don’t think it’s so much the system as it is the year,” SEC commissioner and BCS coordinator Mike Slive said during a conference call Sunday night. There’s also the argument coach Les Miles and athletic director Skip Bertman offered up Saturday night: The Tigers went undefeated in regulation this season – their two losses both coming in triple overtime.Paper-thin as that line of reasoning may sound, it’s as good as any in this topsy turvy season during which the top-ranked team lost four times, the second-ranked team lost six times since October and Nos. 1 and 2 lost on the same week three times in the last two months.“The brass ring was there for a lot of different teams to grab it,” Slive said. “Sometimes they did and sometimes they didn’t, and when they didn’t it allowed two teams that were seen as two of the better teams in the country early in the year to find their way back.”The rest of the BCS games are filled with teams that had every bit as good an argument as LSU for a spot in the title game.In the Sugar Bowl, Georgia will play Hawaii. The Bulldogs (10-2) were fourth and idle coming into the final weekend – behind Missouri, West Virginia and Ohio State – but didn’t automatically rise two spots the way coach Mark Richt thought they should. Richt felt even though the BCS rules state a team doesn’t have to win its conference to play in the national title game, the fact that the Bulldogs didn’t play for the SEC championship was held against them by poll voters and pundits in the media.“At least we shouldn’t have gotten disqualified before we got started,” he said.Hawaii (12-0) is the nation’s only undefeated team, but is penalized for playing a weak schedule in the Western Athletic Conference. The Warriors won’t complain. They just wanted to get a big-dollar bowl, make about $9 million for the WAC the way Boise State did last season, and get a chance to prove themselves against top competition.“It doesn’t feel real right now,” Hawaii quarterback Colt Brennan said. “It’s been a great ride and to get a BCS bowl berth is a true and great accomplishment.“Sugar is definitely sweet. We’re rolling in and we’re excited and we’re going to do it Hawaiian style.”Hawaii qualified automatically by finishing 10th in the final BCS standings. The Warriors needed to be in the top 12.The Fiesta Bowl will pit West Virginia (10-2) against Oklahoma (11-2). The Sooners beat top-ranked Missouri twice this season, including 38-17 on Saturday in the Big 12 title game.The Rose Bowl stuck with its traditional Big Ten-vs.-Pac-10 matchup, going with Southern California (10-2) against Illinois (9-3). USC, thought to be playing as well as anyone in the nation right now, was one of the two-loss teams that had a legitimate claim at the title game. A loss to 41-point underdog Stanford in October, however, probably doomed the Trojans.The Orange Bowl chose Atlantic Coast Conference champion Virginia Tech (11-2), also a two-loss team. Hurting the Hokies was that one of their losses was 48-7 to LSU back in September. Virginia Tech’s opponent will be Kansas (11-1), which leapfrogged Missouri for a BCS spot even though the Jayhawks lost to Mizzou 36-28 only a week ago.Logical?Of course not, though even in the most uneventful of years, the controversial practice of voting on bowl bids inspires debate among pundits, outrage among fans and outright indignation among coaches whose teams get spurned.Need it be said this would have been a perfect year for a playoff?There would have been no clear favorite.Ohio State has been roundly criticized since the beginning of the season, after losing players from a team that was heavily favored in last year’s title game but flopped mightily in a 41-14 loss to Florida.The Buckeyes were ranked first in November, but surrendered that with a 28-21 loss to Illinois that only added fuel to those who said they weren’t deserving. But they backed into the BCS game without even playing, beneficiaries of the fact the Big Ten doesn’t play a title game while many other conferences do.Their opponents will be LSU, a program that appeared on the verge of losing its coach as late as a few hours before kickoff Saturday.That’s when Miles held an angry news conference and said reports he would be leaving the Bayou for Michigan were false. In fact, he said, he had agreed to a new contract to stay in Baton Rouge.Then, the Tigers went out and won. Later, they sat calmly and watched chaos reign for the rest of the day. On Sunday, they learned they were in the championship game for the second time in five years.Weird. Wacky. A roller coaster. Yes, it was all of that.Or, maybe it was the only fitting way to close out a very imperfect 2007 in college football.AP-WS-12-02-07 2135EST160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino will watch Leicester City’s game against West Ham United on Sunday, but insists he is not going ‘crazy’ hoping they will lose.Time is running out for Spurs to catch the Foxes, who are seven points clear at the top of the table with five games remaining.Tottenham will not play before the league leaders at any point during the run-in, including this weekend as they face Stoke on Monday, 24 hours after their rivals.The Argentine insists, despite himself and his players becoming Hammers supporters on Sunday afternoon, he will not be tearing his hair out.“It is important to be calm and have a clear idea what you need to do. We cannot affect what is going to happen on Sunday,” Pochettino said.“I will watch. It is not difficult. I am not a crazy man.“It is a healthy competition between teams that want to win and achieve big things and it is good in football.“It is true the opponent who plays Leicester, I push a little bit more for the opponent.”The Spurs players will train on Sunday morning and are free to watch the Leicester game together, but Pochettino said there is no plan in place.“Maybe after training we are on lunchtime yes, but it is not a rule,” Pochettino said.“We are not preparing to watch all together the game. They are free to go home after training, after lunch.”Tottenham’s composure was put to the test last Sunday, when they were made to stew over Leicester’s win over Sunderland as their kick-off was delayed due to Manchester United arriving late.An emphatic 3-0 victory, however, reduced the gap back to seven points and Pochettino says the win showed his team’s strength of character.“It was very important. Being the late game changed the habit and it was difficult to start the game, a bit slow,” Pochettino said.“You can feel all the people are disappointed, our players, the supporters too, but they were fantastic in the end.“We got 3-0 against United and the belief again for all the week to prepare for Stoke. We can dream again that it is possible that Leicester will drop points on Sunday.” 1 Spurs have struggled to keep up with the Foxes, trailing seven points behind the Premier League leaders in second
1 Chelsea youngster Dominic Solanke has demanded an incredible £50,000-a-week to sign a new deal, despite having played just 17 minutes of first-team football for the Blues.Solanke, 18, also wants assurances that he will be given first-team opportunities if he signs on again at Stamford Bridge.The England Under 21 international is well regarded by the club, but the club are likely to baulk at his demands, according a number of reports today.Solanke, who is on-loan at Vitesse Arnhem, earns £8,000-a-week and has one year remaining on his current deal, but talk over a fresh deal have stalled.He made his solitary appearance for Chelsea in last season’s Champions League, coming on with 17 minutes remaining with his side leading Slovenian minnows NK Maribor 4-0. The match finished 6-0.Last April, former Blues boss Jose Mourinho spoke in glowing terms about Solanke and predicted a bright future for him, as long as he remained in west London and wasn’t farmed out on loan.Mourinho said: “His experience this season has been magnificent.“In my opinion, next year, he has two ways to go. One would be a big mistake and another one is the correct direction.“To go on loan for a Championship team, or to another team in England or in Europe, would be a big mistake.“Staying at Chelsea, training with the first-team, having pre-season with the first-team, some periods cover to the main strikers, playing for the U21s and U18s every week.“I think he would never need to go out on loan and just go step by step here and in a couple of years he’ll be a first-team player.“When there is a player like Solanke or Loftus-Cheek, this kind of player that we know for sure they have potential to play for Chelsea one day, I think when they are so young it is better for them to stay and develop at Chelsea.” Solanke was a massive pay rise to stay at Stamford Bridge