first_imgThe Drivetime boys want your views after the Capital One Cup draw threw up these clashes… 1 Poll: Which is bigger – Villa-Birmingham or Arsenal-Spurs? last_img

first_img Which area of the pitch would you rather see the Gunners improve on? Arsenal have just a few days left if they want to strengthen their squad before the transfer window closes.Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema has ruled out a move to the Gunners, however, they are still reported to be in the market for a new striker, as well as a midfielder.Edinson Cavani and Aleksandr Kokorin are two names linked, but do you think reinforcing up front is vital? Arsenal have also been linked with Bayer Leverkusen’s defensive midfielder Lars Bender, with scouts said to have watched the 26-year-old Germany international.Let us know which player you’d like to see Arsenal sign? 1last_img read more

first_imgMarseille were offered Tottenham flop Emmanuel Adebayor just hours before the transfer window shut.Spurs were desperate to shift the striker before Tuesday’s deadline, with Aston Villa and West Ham both keen.No deal was struck, though, and the former Arsenal man will now train with the under-21s until January.However it has now been revealed, according to La Provence, that Marseille were also in the running to to sign Adebayor.Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy reportedly offered the Togo star to the French club with just hours left in the window.But, given the lack of time and the 31-year-old’s wage demands, Marseille refused to enter negotiations. Emmanuel Adebayor 1last_img read more

first_img 11 6. Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal – centre back) 1. Hugo Lloris (Spurs – goalkeeper) – to see more of our combined XI, click the right arrow above! Agree or disagree with our line up? Let us know by leaving a comment below 11 11 15. Eric Dier (Spurs – central midfielder) 11 11 11 11 11. Mesut Ozil (Arsenal – attacking midfielder) 11 16. Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal – right winger) 10. Harry Kane (Spurs – striker) 11 19. Santi Cazorla (central midfield) 24. Hector Bellerin (Arsenal – right back) 11 18. Nacho Monreal (Arsenal – left back) 5. Jan Vertonghen (Spurs – centre back) 17. Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal – left winger) 11 Supporters are eagerly awaiting the kick off of the first north London derby of the season when Tottenham and Arsenal go head-to-head at White Hart Lane, on Wednesday night.In light of the fixture, talkSPORT has picked the best players from Arsene Wenger and Mauricio Pochettinio’s squads.Will it be Harry Kane or Olivier Giroud up front? Petr Cech or Hugo Lloris? Mesut Ozil or Christian Eriksen?Find out by clicking the arrow above, right.Agree with our XI? Let us know by leaving a comment below…last_img read more

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office said it couldn’t judge how long ago those victims – tentatively identified as three men and a woman – died. “They could have been out there a while,” said Paul Parker, a medical examiner’s spokesman. The area was burned by the Harris Fire, the same blaze that killed a 52-year-old man who refused to leave his house in nearby Tecate Sunday. About 24,000 homes remained threatened Thursday, as several major fires were no more than 30 percent contained in San Diego County and the Lake Arrowhead mountain resort area. Still, tens of thousands of people evacuated earlier were allowed home. Mandatory evacuation orders were lifted for most residential areas of San Diego. Evacuees responded by abandoning emergency shelters. Qualcomm Stadium, which had housed as many as 10,000 people, would be closed as an evacuation center today, San Diego’s mayor said. SAN DIEGO – On a day when firefighters methodically beat back several of the wildfires menacing Southern California and thousands of evacuees were allowed home, authorities said Thursday they had found the bodies of six people burned by the flames. The discoveries in the ashes of two fires that ravaged the San Diego area highlighted the contrasts: While shelters were emptying and threatened homes were spared, the full extent of destruction is still being tallied and several new areas were evacuated ahead of blazes that firefighters hadn’t corralled. Sheriff’s deputies found the bodies of a couple in their hilltop home in suburban Escondido. Later in a day that included a visit from President George W. Bush, Border Patrol agents found four charred bodies in what was believed to be a migrant camp east of San Diego, near the Mexican border. A mandatory evacuation order was lifted for Ramona, where 10,000 homes had been evacuated, after homeowners pressured officials, reasoning that the danger had passed. The concern had been an insufficient water supply, said San Diego County Supervisor Dianne Jacob – fleeing residents had left on their sprinklers and hoses, draining a local reservoir. During a visit to one of the hardest hit areas, Bush put his arm around Kendra Jeffcoat, one of the many people who had lost their homes. “We want to let you know that the American people care for people like you who are suffering,” he said as Jeffcoat fought back tears. “We appreciate your spirit, we really do. I think all of us who met you were very impressed by your determination to deal with this tough moment in your life and rebuild your lives.” As Bush spoke in San Diego County’s suburban Rancho Bernardo area, firefighters aided by calmer winds and cooler temperatures continued to fight fires that have raced over 487,000 acres – about 761 square miles – since they began breaking out late Saturday. Firefighters already have contained several large Los Angeles County blazes. Meanwhile, some areas remained off limits. And evacuation orders were being issued, including in an area south of San Diego where rural communities on the Mexican border were under threat. At their height, this week’s fires forced more than 500,000 people to flee, the largest mass evacuation in California history. In the Lake Arrowhead resort area, where two wildfires had destroyed more than 300 homes, fire officials said 16,000 homes were still threatened Thursday. Both fires remained out of control, but were being bombarded by aerial tankers and helicopters. The bodies of John Christopher Bain, 58, and his 55-year-old wife, Victoria Fox, were discovered hours apart, on Wednesday and Thursday, in the rubble of their Escondido home. Neighbors told officials they last saw the couple around midnight Monday when they told them to evacuate.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

first_imgThree years after withdrawing its pain medication Vioxx from the market, Merck has agreed to pay $4.85 billion to settle 45,000 lawsuits by people who claim they or their family members suffered injury or died after taking the drug, according to a person with direct knowledge of the matter. The settlement, one of the largest ever in civil litigation, comes after nearly two dozen trials in states from New Jersey to California. After losing a $253 million verdict in the first case, Merck has won most of the rest of the cases that reached juries. The settlement does not end the government investigations that Merck faces, which include both federal and state inquiries. But the settlement will put to rest any fears that Vioxx lawsuits might bankrupt the company, which has already spent almost $2 billion defending itself, or even have a significant financial impact. While eye-popping, the settlement payment represents less than one year’s profits for the company, the third-largest American drug maker. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre For plaintiffs, the settlement will provide a measure of vindication and financial relief. But the amount is far smaller than Wall Street analysts and lawyers predicted when Merck withdrew Vioxx, and especially after the verdict in the first case. Merck withdrew Vioxx in September 2004, after a clinical trial proved that it increased the risks of heart attacks and strokes. But internal company documents showed that Merck’s scientists were concerned about the risks of Vioxx several years earlier. The settlement vindicates Merck’s risky decision to take cases to trial rather than agree to a quick, early settlement. By aggressively defending itself, Merck exposed the weaknesses in many plaintiffs’ cases. Some plaintiffs could not prove they had taken the drug, and others had many other risk factors for heart attacks. 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

first_img Edwin van der Sar in action for VV Noordwijk Manchester United legend Edwin van der Sar saved a penalty on his return to football with Dutch amateur side VV Noordwijk.The 45-year-old agreed to come out of retirement and play for his former team after they suffered an injury crisis.Former Fulham, Juventus and Ajax man Van der Sar managed to pull off a save from a spot-kick but couldn’t keep opponents Jodan Boys at bay all game as Mo Bellachen put the ball past him.VV Noordwijk weren’t to be denied though and managed to nab an equaliser in injury time to make the score 1-1 in the Dutchman’s one-off appearance.You can see Edwin van der Sar’s penalty save below…15 FUNNY PHOTOS OF VAN DER SAR LOOKING TERRIFIED OF FOOTBALLS 1center_img De Champions League-finale herbeleefd bij @vvnoordwijk: Van der Sar stopt een strafschop tegen @jodanboys #noojod— Haniff Harharah (@haniff1986) March 12, 2016last_img read more

first_imgNew Aston Villa owner Dr Tony Jiantong Xia is considering plans to rebrand Villa Park upon completion of his takeover of the club, according to a report in the Beijing Times.The Chinese businessman, 39, this week bought Villa from American Randy Lerner, who had been looking to sell since 2014.As part of the drive to try to get Villa promoted back to the Premier League as soon as possible, Xia is considering changing the name of the Villa Park – the club’s home since 1897 – possibly to incorporate his health food business.He told the Beijing Times: “One of the things we have thought about is using the Lotus Health name to rebrand Villa Park.“Villa Park is a very historical stadium, so we will not simply and callously destroy a club’s history.“We want to use Villa’s history and its’ substantial fan base around the world to also promote Lotus Health products and services globally.“The ideal scenario would be for fans to enjoy Lotus Health products at Lotus Villa Park, it would be a great advert for both brands.”Any such change to the name of Villa Park could run the risk of angering supporters and the report also claims that Xia will try to get fans on side by promising major investment in the transfer market.Meanwhile, following Xia’s takeover Villa are expected to step up their attempts to persuade Roberto Di Matteo to become the club’s new manager. 1 Villa Park will host Championship football in 2016/17 last_img read more

first_img1 Fenerbahce are ready to break the bank for former Newcastle United flop Hatem Ben Arfa.The playmaker had his contract at St. James’ Park terminated in January 2015, but he is back to his best at Nice.The Frenchman bagged 18 goals for the Ligue 1 side last season and is now being linked with the likes of Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain.However, according to L’Equipe, Fenerbahce have joined the race for Ben Arfa by offering him a lucrative contract.The 29-year-old will be a free agent this summer after refusing to sign a new deal with Nice.Clubs are now preparing contract offers and, while Ben Arfa is expected to have proposals from Europe’s elite, Fenerbahce believe he can be lured to Turkey by a mega pay-packet. Hatem Ben Arfa has revived his career with French side Nice last_img read more

first_imgThe city began negotiating in September with the Placerita Land and Farming Co., formed by Treinen and another former SDI owner. The company was sold in 1998 and relocated in 1999 to Moorpark. Following an investigation that began in 1999, SDI was accused of violating procedures for handling hazardous waste – zirconium potassium perchlorate in particular. The highly volatile chemical compound was used for the tiny explosives the company manufactured for use in ejection seats in fighter planes and later to activate air bags in cars. DTSC investigators said at the time pyrotechnics were being burned without permits and left chemical-laden ash on the ground. There were no lingering health threats, their studies showed. Nevertheless, in 2001, the new owners were ordered to pay a $1.5 million federal criminal fine.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 MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champThe site is eyed as a piece of the ring of wilderness planners hope to preserve around the city, said Barbara Stoll, acquisition specialist for Santa Clarita. The initial payment would come from the city’s new open space assessment on property owners. “There’s a lot of good habitat up there and some connectivity to the forest and wildlife corridors,” Stoll said. The region is home to deer, bobcats, skunks and mountain lions. If the purchase is approved by the council, terms of escrow would include removal of any structures, Stoll said. Thomas F. Treinen Sr., a former SDI owner who now co-owns the property, said in written comments relayed by his lawyer that the only remnants of SDI operations on the property are an old wooden water tank and some access roads. DTSC spokeswoman Carol Northrup said if the parkland is established, the state would prohibit the use of groundwater and the construction of any enclosed buildings. Restrooms with open air ceilings would be allowed. SANTA CLARITA – The city plans to buy 140 acres of wilderness on the edge of the Angeles National Forest, land once contaminated by toxic waste left years ago by a defense contractor. The Santa Clarita City Council will vote tonight on a plan to spend $2.5 million for the former Special Devices Inc. property on Placerita Canyon Road and Sand Canyon Road. Meanwhile, the state Department of Toxic Substances Control is awaiting results due in January on what is expected to be a final groundwater test from monitoring wells on the property, Ken Payne, the DTSC project manager for the SDI site, said Monday. “There’s really nothing there any more,” Payne said. “It’s going to be a nice hiking park for the city.” last_img read more