Pedro – 5 – Click the right arrow for more ratings – Shows glimpses of promise but drifted in and out for large periods. Eden Hazard – 6 – Click the right arrow for more ratings – Was still some way short of his brilliant best but got himself a heavily deflected goal late on. What a difference a week makes.Chelsea were at the centre of a crisis last Saturday, now they’ve won back-to-back games 4-0 and 2-0 after they put Maccabi Tel Aviv and Arsenal to the sword.The fact the Gunners were down to nine men by the full time whistle no doubt aided the Blues, but there were improvements from Jose Mourinho’s men.So how did Chelsea’s stars rate? talkSPORT takes a look. 10 10 10 Diego Costa – 6 – Was smart to get Gabriel sent off and had a solid performance overall. Cesar Azpilicueta – 7 – Click the right arrow for more ratings – Excellent from the left-back who looks back to his best. Nemanja Matic – 6 – Click the right arrow for more ratings – Another player who seems to have improved after early poor form this season. 10 Gary Cahill – 6 – Click the right arrow for more ratings – Solid but unspectacular from the Blues masked man. Cesc Fabregas – 6 – Click the right arrow for more ratings – Great delivery for Zoumas header and his passing looked improved compared to recent weeks. 10 10 10 10 Oscar – 7 – Click the right arrow for more ratings – Brazilian midfielder worked well for the Blues in a tough match. Creative and intelligent throughout. 10 Asmir Begovic – 6 – Click the right arrow for more ratings – A number of decent saves from the Blues shot-stopper. Branislav Ivanovic – 6 – Click the right arrow for more ratings – The Serb held up well against Alexis Sanchez, despite his poor form in recent weeks for the Blues. 10
1 Patrick Vieira Sunderland are reportedly weighing up an approach for Patrick Vieira as Dick Advocaat edges closer to the exit door.Advocaat was persuaded to stay on as Black Cats boss in the summer after leading the club to Premier League safety last season on a short-term deal.But this term has been a disaster so far, with Saturday’s defeat at Manchester United leaving Sunderland bottom of the table and without a win in seven games.Advocaat has said he would be willing to step aside if the club can find a better candidate.And, according to the Daily Mirror, Sunderland chiefs are giving serious consideration to approaching Vieira about replacing the Dutchman.The Arsenal legend is currently coaching Manchester City’s development squad and is thought of highly by those within power at the Etihad.It remains to be seen whether he could be lured away from City, but the report claims Sunderland have put him at the top of their list to replace Advocaat should he depart.
Troy Deeney insists Watford would welcome Emmanuel Adebayor to Watford – if he knuckles down and does his job.The Hornets are being linked with a January move for the Togo striker, who is a free agent after leaving Tottenham in the summer.The 31-year-old is a proven Premier League performer, but he also has a reputation for being a disruptive influence around a club.And Deeney admits he would not someone to come in and upset the spirit at Vicarage Road.The Hornets captain told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast: “He’s a good player, but there have been question marks over his temperament.“Our owner’s not been naïve enough to bring in any bad eggs, so I’d like to think they would assess that angle before they did bring him in.“But his quality is there for everyone to see and, if you can get that out of him, you’ll have a top, top player on your hands.”
Out: Christian Benteke (Liverpool) – £8.3m – Click the right arrow for more advice – Nobody knows how Jurgen Klopp intends to handle Daniel Sturridge’s return from injury. In midweek, Christian Benteke was an unused sub as the England man came back into the Reds side and scored twice. Those who have the big Belgian in their teams might want to prepare themselves should the same thing happen again on Sunday. In: Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool) – £10.1m – Click the right arrow for more advice – If you are looking to get rid of Benteke, perhaps you should look to buy his direct replacement. Everybody knows what Sturridge can do; its just a question of how long he can do it for until he next gets injured! Arsene Wenger left several Fantasy Premier League managers in a perilous position this week, as his decision not to rest Alexis Sanchez resulted in the £11.1m midfielder worsening his hamstring injury.The Gunners boss still refuses to be drawn on exactly how many matches Sanchez will miss, but the Chilean will without doubt sit out this week’s fixture as his national team’s manager Jorge Sampaoli confirmed the player returned to his home country for treatment this week.So, if you did have Arsenal’s midfield marksman in your side, you will now have £11.1m worth of free cash that needs spending. Well, look no further than here.Check out the Fantasy Premier League transfers you might need to make this week by clicking the right arrow above… 10 10 In: Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham) – £5.5m – Click the right arrow for more advice – For just £0.1m more, Spurs Belgian centre-back Toby Alderweireld seems a fantastic replacement for Fonte. With 18 points in his last two matches and Tottenhams next three fixtures being against West Brom, Newcastle and Southampton it seems inevitable that Alderweireld will continue to pick up points. Out: Marcos Rojo (Manchester United) – £5.5m – Click the right arrow for more advice – Marcos Rojo unfortunately dislocated his shoulder in training this week and looks set for an extended period on the sidelines. 10 10 10 10 Out: Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) – £11.1m – Click the right arrow for more advice – As mentioned below, it is probably not wise to keep more than 10 per cent of your budget wrapped up in an injured player who will likely not play again for a few weeks! In: Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) – £9.4m – Click the right arrow for more advice – The obvious replacement for Sanchez is his Arsenal team-mate Mesut Ozil. The German has not gone a game without recording either a goal or an assist since mid-September and this week faces Sunderland at home. In: Kurt Zouma (Chelsea) – £5.4m – Click the right arrow for more advice – One risky replacement for Rojo could be Kurt Zouma. On current form, Alderweireld seems the safer option, but Chelseas comfortable defensive display at Spurs last week appeared to show that some of their problems at the back may well have been solved. Out: Jose Fonte (Southampton) – £5.4m – Click the right arrow for more fantasy Premier League tips – Fonte missed the Saints midweek thrashing by Liverpool in the League Cup with a hamstring injury. Whether hell play this weekend is yet to be seen, however, with with just one clean sheet in his last nine matches, hes a very expensive defender regardless! 10 10 In: Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) – £8.4m – Click the right arrow for more advice – Coutinho missed Liverpools victories against Swansea and Southampton over the last seven days with a recurrence of a hamstring problem. He looks set to return this weekend, although bringing him in could backfire if he doesnt. Out: Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) – £8.0m – Click the right arrow for more advice – Santi Cazorla was also ruled out for Arsenal this week. The Spaniard looks to be facing up to three months out of action and so definitely needs replacing if hes in your team. 10 10
‘Curve Of The Earth’, the new Mystery Jets album is out now www.mysteryjets.com Each week, a leading band or musician takes our Starting XI Q&A. Please welcome… Kaps from Mystery Jets…Who would be the most rock ‘n’ roll signing your club could make?Man United have had some footballers that would give the biggest rock stars a run for their money, whether it’s George Best or Eric Cantona. I think a lot of the rock ‘n’ roll has been stamped out of the game now but someone outspoken who comes to mind is Zlatan Ibrahimovic…. purely for his 1990s WWE ‘The Rock’ style one-liners.If your club was a song or a lyric, what would it be?Seeing as they just put our single “Telomere” on the Old Trafford playlist (a personal career highlight if you can call this a career) it’s got to be the lyric: “One thing they can’t take away…IT’S IN YOUR BLOOD”.Which football stadium would you most like to play a gig at (that’s not your club’s home ground)?I was born and raised on the mean streets of Wembley so a homecoming gig at Wembley Stadium would be kinda amazing. We’ll get Fat Les as first on.Which footballer has the most potential to be a rock star?Good question…dare I say it… Luis Suarez.Brit award or Premier League trophy?I have always dreamed of lifting the Champions League Trophy, actually. Can I have that instead…?When you were a kid, which football and music posters did you have on your wall?I was a total dork and had pictures of the likes of Jeff Porcaro and Cozy Powell, plus the whole United squad. I remember taking my first lady friend up to my room and she took one look at all the posters of men and bounced! I realised it was time to take them all down.Elvis was the king of rock ‘n’ roll, Michael Jackson the king of pop… Who’s the king of football?There are loads, and everyone would give a different answer, but I would like to say Sir Alex Ferguson. I’d love to meet him one day.If you were in charge of your club’s dressing room stereo, what tunes would you put on before a big game and why?How about this for a playlist…? The Shoes – “Vortex of Love” (featuring Blaine Harrison on vocals). It’s being used by the French national football team for Euro 2016. Happy Mondays – “Kinky Afro” (for the class of ’92). Stone Roses – “Fools Gold” (for the class of ’92). Blur – “Song 2” (To get everyone hyped up…FIFA vibes). Supergrass – “Caught By The Fuzz” (Lad rock). Wu Tang Clan – “Triumph” (You got to have something for everyone)Which signing got you most excited and which player’s departure broke your heart?Angel di Maria – on both accounts!Which footballer would you refuse complimentary tickets to one of your gigs?Probably John Terry.What’s the worst football song ever recorded?Carlos Tevez – “Piola Vago” Have you heard it? It’s just terrible… (if you haven’t heard it, you can ‘enjoy’ it here – Ed) Mystery Jets 1
If there’s an upside, it’s in the hope that these sports stars will become anti-role models, teaching kids what not to do by their example. As Jones put it, “Making the wrong choices and bad decisions can be disastrous.” About that, we can surely believe her. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MARION Jones says she’s sorry, and we want to believe her. She says she didn’t mean to take steroids; a trainer passed them to her, saying they were flaxseed oil. We want to believe this, too. We also want to believe that Jones lied to authorities only because she was in a fix, not because she had something to hide. The problem is, we’ve wanted to believe Jones – the former Thousand Oaks track-and-field phenom – for a long time, and it keeps getting harder. We wanted to believe her in 2000 when her then-husband was busted for failing a steroids test but Jones said she was clean.And we wanted to believe her when her name came up in connection with the Balco steroids ring, and she vehemently professed her innocence. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CitySo now that Jones, in copping a plea with federal prosecutors, has admitted lying about past steroid use, it’s hard to take new explanations and apologies at face value. There’s no easy way to rebuild battered credibility, especially when confessions are prompted not by the heart, but by a prosecutor. Still, even if our brains tell us not to believe Jones, our hearts still want to. We want to believe her not just because she’s a local standout who went on to Olympic glory. We want to believe her because she’s likable and because we want to believe that some member of the sports pantheon really isn’t just a mortal after all. As a society, we make heroes of athletes. We admire their extraordinary physical abilities and discipline, and we have a hard time realizing that they can be as weak morally as the rest of us – maybe even weaker, given the raft of temptations they must face. But then we get Michael Vick. Barry Bonds. Floyd Landis. Bill Belichick. And now Marion Jones.
An average of 5 percent of riders on Metro Rail and Orange Line buses aren’t paying for tickets during the week – and as much as 10 percent of Sunday riders are riding for free, according to a study released Thursday. Meanwhile, nearly 11 percent of Orange Line passengers did not have valid fares to ride the bus at night during the week, the study found. About 8.9 percent of Saturday-night revelers and 10 percent of Sunday-night riders do not have valid tickets to ride, according to officials from Transportation Management and Design Inc., the Carlsbad-based group commissioned by Metro to review ridership. Overall, 5 percent of riders during the week, 6 percent on Saturdays and 7 percent on Sundays do not have proper tickets to ride, according to a nine-day sampling of passengers during the past two weeks. Opponents have long argued that the costs of gates and the staff to maintain them would exceed money lost from fare evasion. “It’s a huge waste of money to gate,” said Richard Katz, Metro board member. “People still evade with gates.” Katz said that, instead, more deputies should staff stations at night and on weekends to catch passengers looking for free rides. The transit agency is also using the report as it prepares to shift to a new system called Tap, in which riders tap special cards on fare boxes to pay rather than dole out cash. The program may start by the end of 2008. email@example.com (818) 713-3746160Want 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 MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Metropolitan Transportation Authority officials are expected to report in November on how much fare-skippers are costing the mass transit system. The report comes as the board is considering gates and barriers for its rail lines to prevent fare evaders. It’s also reviewing its security contract and could reduce the number of sworn officers patrolling lines to 100 and add about 250 security officers to check fares. “This gives us a base of knowledge in making these decisions,” said Roger Snoble, Metro CEO. Each month, there are about 272,000 boardings on Metro’s five rail lines. Last month, the Orange Line had about 25,000 boardings. The report’s estimates are slightly higher than those by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, which previously estimated about 3 percent of riders were evading fares. Fare evasion has created a persistent struggle among Metro board members, who are divided about installing gates to prevent it. Right now, Metro runs on an honor system, with deputies and security doing random checks for tickets. An analysis on gates and fencing and their costs for all Metro rail lines is also expected at the November meeting.
The average price of gasoline in Los Angeles County rose for the ninth consecutive week this week, but seasonably light demand kept the increase down despite record oil prices, the Automobile Club of Southern California said today. The 3.7-cent increase since last Friday put the average price of a gallon of unleaded regular at $3.16, 20 cents more than last month and 75 cents more than at this time last year, but 32.7 cents below the record high of $3.487 registered on May 9. The average rose 3.8 cents from Oct. 19-26; 9.1 cents from Oct. 12-19; 1.9 cents from Oct. 5-12; 1.4 cents from Sept. 28-Oct. 5; 2.9 cents from Sept. 21-28; 7.5 cents from Sept. 14-21; 9.2 cents from Sept. 7-14; and 3.2 cents from Aug. 31-Sept. 7 after dropping 15 of the previous 16 weeks. Area Regular Change Record Price Los Angeles – Long Beach $ 3.160 + 3.7 cents $ 3.487 (5/9/2007) Orange County $ 3.146 + 5.1 cents $ 3.479 (5/8/2007) San Diego $ 3.189 + 2.3 cents $ 3.503 (5/8/2007) Santa Barbara – Santa Maria – Lompoc $ 3.281 + 2 cents $ 3.614 (5/15/2007) Riverside – San Bernardino $ 3.161 + 4 cents $ 3.486 (5/8/2007) Bakersfield $ 3.172 + 6.5 cents $ 3.489 (5/7/2007) Las Vegas $ 2.949 + 4 cents $ 3.209 (5/29/2007) 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 MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The Orange County average price also rose for the ninth consecutive week, increasing 5.1 cents to $3.146. It increased 3.3 cents from Oct. 19-26; 8.6 cents from Oct. 12-19; 2.8 cents from both Oct.5-12 and Sept. 28-Oct. 5; 1.1 cents from Sept. 21-28, 8.8 cents from Sept. 14-21; 10.6 cents from Sept. 7- 14 and 2.7 cents from Aug. 31-Sept. 7 after dropping 15 of the previous 16 weeks. “Although the price of a barrel of oil has increased more than 30 percent since September 1, gasoline has increased about 14 percent,” Auto Club spokeswoman Carol Thorp said. “To date, seasonally light demand seems to be keeping the higher price of oil from fully being felt at the pump.” The price of a barrel of crude oil for December delivery rose to a record $96.24 in overnight electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange before closing at $93.49. The Auto Club provided this breakdown of gasoline prices in selected portions of California and Nevada as of today: One-week
NORTH HOLLYWOOD – A motorist suffered major injuries today in a crash on a Hollywood (170) Freeway onramp in North Hollywood, authorities said. “A person was seriously injured in this solo vehicle crash and it could be a possible fatality,” said California Highway Patrol Officer Alex Gonzalez, adding that the identity and condition of the victim was not immediately available. The accident on the Burbank Boulevard onramp to the northbound Hollywood (170) Freeway was reported at 12:39 a.m., he said. The cause of the accident was not immediately determined. Los Angeles City Fire Department paramedics were called to the scene at 12:43 a.m., according to the CHP. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre The wreck caused the onramp to be shut down for more than two hours, according to the CHP. For news and observations about crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
FOLLOWING SEVERE WEATHER PERIOD – DONEGAL COUNTY COUNCIL WATER SUPPLY UPDATEDemand for water remains high throughout the County affecting storage. As a result water supply will be restricted tonight in the areas noted below,Whilst these are planned shut downs to conserve water – the public are reminded that other areas may be interrupted at anytime to facilitate repairs to mainsWater supplies will be restricted in the following areas from 10:00pm until 8:00am(these restrictions arise from burst watermains which are being repaired) Water Service staff are currently responding to burst water mainsin the Gortahork area which will affect local service until later inafternoonNo Planned overnight restrictions to water suppliesWater supplies will be restricted in the following areas from 6:00pm until 8:00amConvoyCastlefinRaphoeLiffordBallinacorTievebrackGleneelyPlanned overnight restrictions to public water supplies (Saturday 1st January 2011) GLENTIES ELECTORAL AREALeittermacaward to DungloeArdara to KilclooneyDONEGAL ELECTORAL AREASTRANORLAR ELECTORAL AREA Ballybofey and Stranorlar – supply will also be turned off to the Twin Towns from midnight until 8.00am each nightNo Planned overnight restrictions to water supplies There may be interruptions in the Quigley’s Point / Drung / Iskaheenareas where demand remains very high.Water Service staff continue to check locally for losses. That said thereis presently no planned restrictions to supplies in that area overnight. Water Service staff are currently responding to burst water mains in theCarrigans area which will affect local service until later in the dayNo Planned overnight restrictions to water supplies The important message here is that we wish to continue our appeal to the public to help eliminate wastage and conserve water we are seeking key holders of all types of properties where water may be lost to return and check for lossesINISHOWEN ELECTORAL AREALETTERKENNY ELECTORAL AREAWater Conservation AppealThe Council are very actively involved throughout the county responding to bursts on watermains, however the sooner we get that level of buy-in from the public the sooner we can reduce the exceptional demand for water and return to normality We suspect the increased demand for water arises fromtaps left runningburst mains which have not yet been locatedleakage in private propertiesThe Water Service in Donegal wish to appeal to the public to help us eliminate such wastage. This will help save water stored in reservoirs and avoid further shortages throughout the county .With the experience from the widespread disruption last winter we are highlighting the following areas in particular where the public can help eliminate wastage of the public water supply:Running taps – please avoid leaving taps running. This is counter productive and will run down available water in storage Burst mains / leakage – any suspected leaks on watermains or wastage should be reported to the County Council at your local public services centre.Vacant properties – please continue to check vacant properties where internal plumbing may be damaged by freezing conditions. Ideally the water supply to vacant buildings should be turned off and systems drained of all water, e.g. where members of the public who are going on holiday during the coming months, we would recommend that they turn off the water supply to their premises and drain all water out of the system before leaving the property.Farming Community – we ask that you check all field connections and turn off leaking drinking troughs. This has proven to be a serious problem in rural areas in recent years. We also ask for your assistance in checking for burst pipes in farm buildings and burst hoses laying over ground. Essentially anywhere on the farm that water may be lostCaravan Parks – another area that is often remote where plumbing may be exposed and water losses can be slow to appear, we appeal to all caravan park owners to turn off the water supply to eliminate wastage.Once again the co-operation of every community is required if we are to avert widespread shortages in water supplies.DONEGAL WATER SUPPLY DISRUPTIONS FOR SATURDAY PM/SUNDAY AM was last modified: January 2nd, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)