George Graham has predicted Arsenal will end their Premier League title drought THIS season.The Gunners missed the chance to move top on Boxing Day as they suffered a humiliating 4-0 defeat at Southampton.The loss lead to heavy criticism of Arsene Wenger and his players, with some fans suggesting they don’t have the ‘bottle’ to be major trophy winners.But Graham is convinced Wenger will have the last laugh and lead the club to glory to title glory for the first time since 2004.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, the legendary former Arsenal boss said: “The others teams that are fancied are not up to the task.“Manchester City defensively are poor, Manchester United are having a bad time and Chelsea won’t win it.“Leicester are top just now, but I think Arsenal will definitely win it this year.“Southampton were outstanding, both with the ball and without the ball. They were fabulous and were in Arsenal’s faces right from the off.“They put them under pressure and it was a bad all-round team performance from Arsenal. But I just think, forget it lads, and let’s get back to where what we were doing before the Southampton game.”
LAS VEGAS – British entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson said Monday he had all but given up hope that explorer Steve Fossett would be found alive. Speaking on NBC’s “Today” show, Branson described his friend Fossett as a remarkable individual who touched the lives of those he knew. Fossett, 63, disappeared Sept. 3 after he took off from a western Nevada ranch in a single-engine plane on a search for suitable sites to attempt a new land-speed record. “I think the chances are that he’s no longer with us,” Branson said. “I think everybody involved has pretty well given up hope, sadly.” 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.Branson said Fossett’s wife, Peggy, had written to him to say she was returning to Nevada for one final search but the likely fate of her husband was “beginning to sink in.” Fossett had previously survived a nearly 30,000-foot plunge in a crippled balloon and a dangerous swim through the frigid English Channel. Branson paid tribute to Fossett’s record-breaking prowess. He said Fossett had set 125 world records since the age of 55 “Incredible individual,” Branson said. Fossett, who made millions as a commodities broker in Chicago, also completed the 1,165-mile Iditarod sled-dog race, scaled some of the world’s best-known peaks, sailed and flew around the world, and set more than 100 aviation and distance records.
The rain also made it more difficult to clean up the mess. “Spills like this are a big problem in the rain because materials can get washed down into the gutters,” DuRee said. Workers were slipping and sliding over the wet surface as they brought in sand and other absorbent material to mop up the spill. “It’s like an ice skating rink out there,” DuRee said. [email protected] Staff writer Samantha Gonzaga contributed to this report. By Kelly Puente STAFF WRITER A traffic accident and oil spill on the rain-slicked bridge connecting Terminal Island and Long Beach caused hours of backed-up traffic Wednesday morning. The accident on the Gerald Desmond Bridge involving two cars and a tractor-trailer occurred about 7:30 a.m. on the westbound side of the bridge near Pier E, said Capt. Mike DuRee of the Long Beach Fire Department. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The oil tank in the tractor-trailer was perforated, spilling oil and diesel gas over a 250-yard area on the downhill slope of the bridge. A driver in one of the cars had minor injures and was taken to St. Mary Medical Center in Long Beach, DuRee said. Traffic was diverted onto the Terminal Island (47) and Long Beach (710) freeways, authorities said. The remaining traffic stuck on the bridge was escorted off so the bridge could be shut down. The spill was cleaned up, and the bridge reopened around 3 p.m., said officer Robert Miller of the Long Beach Harbor Patrol. Wednesday morning’s light rain made the road extra slippery and was the likely cause of the accident, DuRee said.
POMONA – Spending a day at the races – and out of school – is an idea Sandy Franco could grow accustomed to. Franco, 15, a sophomore at Nogales High School, spent Friday along with 29 other students at Fairplex in Pomona watching drag racing. More importantly, she also received advice from professional racers about the importance of education, setting goals and making positive decisions. The National Hot Rod Association’s Youth & Education Service program attracted 5,400 students from 90 schools in Los Angeles, Orange and San Bernardino counties. The YES program was created in 1989 as a vehicle to connect students with careers in auto racing. For the last seven years, the U.S. Army has partnered with the NHRA in presenting this educational program that 50,000 students from across the country participate annually. Gonzalez, a senior, has come to the YES event for four years and is still thrilled by the prospect of meeting drivers and seeing race cars. Teachers also see the event as an educational experience for students. “I’ve been teaching auto shop for 18 years and I’ve been bringing kids here for 17,” said Tom Blair, an automotive technology instructor at Pioneer High School in Whittier. “I bring them to get them excited about automotives and auto shop – and it’s the one place they’ll come and they won’t forget what they see and hear,” he said. “These are the big boys who come racing here.” Phillip Jelinek has been taking auto-shop students at Monrovia High School to the event since 1989. He said one of the most thrilling aspects for students is always getting to interact face-to-face with the drivers and crews. “It’s the only motor sports venue that allows you to walk right up there in the pits and get within five to 10 feet of them.” Jelinek said the event also opens the students up to the many job opportunities available in racing – from marketing and graphics to cooking and sales. “Most of the kids don’t know what they want to do. This is just planting seeds, giving them ideas of what they can do,” he said. “There is just a myriad of careers associated with drag racing besides just working on cars.” Staff writers Cortney Fielding and Tracy Garcia contributed to this story. [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2108160Want 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 MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Friday’s agenda included remarks from racing pros Tony Schumacher and Angelle Sampey about setting goals. Then the students watched the qualifying runs of drivers for the NHRA’s Auto Club Finals. Additionally, students looking for a bit of physical activity stopped by the U.S. Army tent to compete in a push-up and football throwing contest. The diminutive Franco is a life-long racing fan who wants to pursue a career in veterinary medicine. She knows the value of a good education, Franco said, and having the opportunity to experience a competitive race in person was a treat. “I get to be out of school and see drag racing!” she said excitedly. David Muro and Jasmin Gonzalez, students at California High School in Whittier, were also excited to spend the day out of class and around cars.
The Los Angeles Kings will begin their annual food drive at tonight’s game against the Stanley Cup champion Anaheim Ducks at Staples Center. Non-perishable food items and money will be collected at all entrances to Staples Center. The drive will benefit the Midnight Mission, which provides the homeless with goods and services. Fans making donations will receive a raffle ticket for every item or dollar donated for a drawing for a team-autographed replica jersey. The drive will conclude at Saturday’s game against the Phoenix Coyotes. 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 MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “D Squared. They’re designers that I really love. I put them in my video. They’re fierce.”— Fergie on who designed her dress black mini dress for the red capet.“I think I was having a nervous breakdown. I was in this business for a long time. I was a little girl with big dreams. And tonight, one of those big dreams came true.”— Fergie on the surprise of her win as pop-rock female artist.
Joe McHugh TDDeputy Joe McHugh, T.D., following a meeting with the Minister for Agriculture, Food and Marine, Simon Coveney, has welcomed confirmation from the Minister that the payment of grassland sheep will continue under the new Rural Development Programme.This existing payment will be in addition to the single farm payment, said the Donegal TD.“I welcome the Minister’s confirmation that the grassland sheep payment will be protected under the new Rural Development Programme. I also raised the issue of penalties under the single farm payment digitisation system, arguing that natural woodlands, which are meant for cattle and horses, should not be excluded from the area based payment system. “In addition to this, I also raised the challenges in the bull beef market presently, where factories have begun closing their gates on 24 month old bulls. This is putting considerable pressure on beef farmers who are ready to sell finished animals. The Minister has agreed to raise this issue directly with the factories. I also highlighted that farmers who are selling to the factories are getting as low as €3.30 per kilo which is roughly €700 less than the price for a similar animal this time last year.“I congratulate the Minister on the recent Cap Pillar II funding negotiations, which have been very positive for the Agriculture sector in Ireland and specifically Co. Donegal. However, I want to emphasise the need to protect small holdings that are under considerable pressure at the moment.“I have been liaising closely with farmers in addressing the challenges they are facing and while I am encouraged by the recent developments, both through the CAP Pillar II funding but also through the positive response from the Minister, I feel we have to acknowledge that there are still serious challenges the farming industry faces in Donegal and I intend to work closely with farmers in addressing these challenges.” GRASSLAND SHEEP PAYMENTS TO STAY: McHUGH was last modified: February 6th, 2014 by John2Share 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) Tags:Joe McHughSheep Payments
Gary Neville has been sacked by Valencia after only four months in charge.The former Manchester United and England star took his first steps into management by taking control of the La Liga side in December, but he failed to replace outgoing boss Nuno adequately.Neville took charge of 28 games, overseeing only 10 victories, and he managed to pick up just 14 points from 16 La Liga fixtures.The 41-year-old only had a contract until the end of the season, and it was expected that he would leave in the summer anyway, but owner Peter Lim has decided to cut Neville loose with eight games of the campaign left.Fans took to Twitter to react to the news that Neville had been sacked, with people calling for him to either be named Manchester United manager, or return to his punditry role with Sky Sports.We collect some of the best responses below… Gary Neville has been sacked by Valencia 1
1 England captain Wayne Rooney insists he “still has a few years left” at international level despite the form of his striking rivals.Manchester United forward Rooney has been out with a knee injury since February and has watched on as Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy have staked their claims for Euro 2016.Both scored in the 3-2 friendly victory over Germany last weekend while Vardy added another in the Three Lions’ 2-1 defeat by Holland on Tuesday.Tottenham striker Kane is currently top of the Barclays Premier League scoring charts with 22 while Leicester forward Vardy is second on 19 and questions have been raised over Rooney’s place in Roy Hodgson’s starting XI in France this summer.However the 30-year-old, England’s all-time record goalscorer, believes he is still capable of performing at the highest level.“I’ve still got a few years left, I feel,” said Rooney, speaking to the PFA’s 4 The Player magazine.“I’ll keep trying to, first and foremost, help the team be successful and if I can score the goals to help achieve that then that’ll be great.“Over the last two years my form for England has been really good, I’ve scored a lot of goals.“It’s a young team and obviously as captain you want to get a strong bond between everyone and I really feel there is that at the moment, everyone gets on really well.“There isn’t a massive age gap from the oldest to the youngest player – I think us and Holland were the youngest teams going through qualifying – and I think that shows and helps the younger lads relax around everyone.“You have myself, Joe Hart, Gary Cahill who are a little bit older and are there to help with anything but we’re all together all the time and I think the squad is in a very good place right now.”Rooney burst onto the international scene at Euro 2004, scoring four goals before a metatarsal injury put paid to his – and England’s – hopes against Portugal in the quarter-finals.The former Everton striker admits his game, and temperament, has changed since his teenage years.He said: “I think I’m a different player now to what I was then so I don’t compare myself – I’m always just thinking about what comes next and making sure I’m at my best for the summer.“I feel I’m a lot more patient now in my play, when I was younger I could be impatient and I’d end up in positions I didn’t really need to be in.” Wayne Rooney celebrates scoring for England