Sam Allardyce will steer relegation favourites Sunderland to Premier League safety, according to former West Ham midfielder Jack Collison.The Black Cats have yet to win in the Premier League this season and have shipped 18 goals in just eight games.But Collison believes Allardyce, his former boss at Upton Park, will transform their fortunes after being appointed as Dick Advocaat’s successor at the Stadium of Light.“I think he will keep them up,” said the Welshman, speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“He has got plenty of time, he has got the transfer window in January, and everybody knows what Big Sam is about.“He is going to go in there and bring his ideas across and I’m sure he will win the dressing room over. If I was a betting man, I would put a good amount of money on Sunderland staying up now.“It is important to have a foundation to build from and, knowing Big Sam like I do, he is very keen to get his defence functioning well and working together. That is going to be high on his priority list and if he can get his defence sorted they have got some exciting players.“If he can get the best out of [Jermaine] Defoe, [Adam] Johnson and [Fabio] Borini I am sure they will be a dangerous team once again.”
Dave Stevens joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.The Coral spokesman looks ahead to Thursday night’s Championship clash between Reading and QPR, revealing Neil Warnock is 16/5 to sign off as interim Hoops boss with a win.He also delivers the latest prices on offer for Capital One Cup glory, with the semi-finals pitting Everton against Man City and Stoke against Liverpool.Liverpool are into 6/4 after their stunning 6-1 victory over Southampton in the quarter-finals, but Manchester City remain the 13/10 favourites to lift the trophy, while Everton and Stoke are both 7/1.Stevens also reveals that Liverpool’s Premier League title odds have tumbled from 20/1 to 11/1 as a result of their outstanding performance at St Mary’s.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast
talkSPORT live from White Hart Lane 1 Tottenham Hotspur v Leicester City in the FA Cup third round is live on talkSPORT on January 10 2016.Join commentator Jim Proudfoot as he brings you coverage of Spurs v the Foxes live from White Hart Lane.Can the Lilywhites take a step closer to their first FA Cup success since 1991, or will Leicester repeat their feat of a year ago and knock Tottenham out of the cup?Tune in on talkSPORT, here: Tottenham v Leicester City live stream on talkSPORT
Marseille have rejected an approach from Stoke City for Michy Batshuayi.The striker has been in stunning form this season and has found the net 12 times so far.Newcastle and Tottenham have been scouting the Belgian, as have several other clubs from around Europe.Stoke were keen too but, according to L’Equipe, they have seen an approach for Batshuayi rejected.The Ligue 1 side are reluctant to part with their star striker this late in the transfer window.Marseille also believe they can command a higher fee for Batshuayi in the summer, when more clubs will be ready to spend. 1 Michy Batshuayi
Gianni Infantino succeeds Sepp Blatter at the helm of football’s world governing body Gianni Infantino is FIFA’s ninth president after being elected at the world governing body’s extraordinary congress in Zurich on Friday.The FIFA presidential election entered a second round of voting for the first time in 42 years after Infantino of Switzerland secured more backing than pre-vote favourite Sheikh Salman bin Ibrahim al Khalifa of Bahrain in the first round, when a two thirds majority was required to win.A simple majority of more than 50 per cent – 104 votes – was sufficient for victory in the second round.And Infantino secured 115 votes to Sheikh Salman’s 88 to become the second successive Swiss president, after Sepp Blatter.The 45-year-old lawyer is from Brig in the Valais region of Switzerland, less than six miles from Blatter’s hometown of Visp.FIFA has its first new head since 1998, when Blatter was appointed for the first time.Blatter was voted in on five occasions, including last May, but he stepped aside days later amid allegations which led to a six-year ban from football-related activity, which he is contesting.His resignation prompted the world governing body’s extraordinary congress in the most pivotal period of FIFA’s 112-year history.Infantino will serve the remaining term of office for which Blatter was elected last May, meaning there will be a further election in 2019.He told congress: “Dear friends, I cannot express my feelings in this moment. I told you I went through a journey, an exceptional journey, a journey which made me meet a lot of fantastic people, who love football and breath football and live football every day.“We will restore the image of FIFA and the respect of FIFA and everyone in the world will applaud us.“I want to work with all of you together in order to restore and rebuild a new era of FIFA where we can put again football at the centre of the stage.“FIFA has gone through sad times, moments of crisis, but those times are over. We need to implement the reform and implement good governance and transparency. We also need to have respect.“We’re going to win back this respect through hard work, commitment and we’re going to make sure we can finally focus on this wonderful game that is football.”The Football Association offered their backing earlier this month to UEFA general secretary Infantino. 1
Petr Cech in action for Arsenal 1 Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech will be sidelined for three to four weeks with a calf injury, manager Arsene Wenger has revealed.The veteran shot-stopper suffered the problem in the closing stages of the midweek defeat to Swansea.He will now miss a crucial run of games, including Saturday’s north London derby clash at Tottenham, the FA Cup fifth round replay with Hull and the last-16 Champions League tie at Barcelona.Cech’s absence is a huge blow for Arsenal as they bid to get their title bid back on track against Spurs.Wenger’s side go into this weekend’s White Hart Lane meeting on the back of two straight defeats in the Premier League, which has left them six points adrift of leaders Leicester.“[Cech will be out for] three to four weeks. It’s a serious calf injury,” said the Frenchman.“He had a groin alert on the first Swansea goal and maybe compensated a bit too much and provoked another muscular injury.”The Gunners will also be missing Laurent Koscielny against Tottenham with a calf injury, but the defender should be back for the visit of West Brom a week on Saturday.Wenger added: “It is what we call a grade one tear. I don’t think he will be available for Tuesday but should be OK for next Saturday.”
In its statement, Unity Resources said that according to its initial information, the car had approached the convoy “at speed” and failed to stop in response to hand signals and a warning flare. “Finally shots were fired at the vehicle and it stopped,” the company said. The episode’s connection with the U.S. Agency for International Development is one of several parallels to the Sept. 16 shootings, in which the Iraqi government says 17 Iraqis died and 27 were injured. The Sept. 16 episode began when a convoy operated by Blackwater USA, an American private security company hired to protect the aid agency’s officials, entered Nisour Square in central Baghdad and fired several bullets toward a car the guards apparently considered a threat. In Tuesday’s shooting, like the one on Sept. 16, the car drifted forward after the initial burst, prompting guards to unleash a barrage of gunfire. And there were no government officials or policy experts in either of the convoys: The Nisour Square convoy was controlling traffic as part of a larger operation, and the convoy in Karada was on a routine movement that involved only security guards, according to American officials. Although the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad has said almost nothing about the Nisour Square episode while an American investigation grinds on, the Iraqi government has said its own investigation concluded that the shootings were an act of “deliberate murder” and called on the Blackwater guards to be prosecuted. Ali Jafar, a traffic policeman posted near the Karada shooting, said he thought the similarities between the two cases were undeniable. “They are killing the people just like what happened in Nisour Square,” Jafar said. “They are butchering the Iraqis.” The new shootings happened at an extremely difficult time for the State Department, which relies heavily on Blackwater to protect its diplomats whenever they work outside the fortified Green Zone. As a result of new restrictions placed on Blackwater after the Nisour Square shootings, the State Department’s numerous programs for rebuilding Iraqi government and technical institutions have been seriously hampered. Embassy officials have vowed to continue their operations even as they increase oversight of Blackwater operations.. Tuesday, the convoy of white SUVs was stopped in the eastbound lane of Karada Street at an intersection with an alley lined with low concrete homes, witnesses said. A man who works at a plumbing shop, who gave his name only as Muhammad, said the Oldsmobile was approaching the convoy from behind. He said he heard no warnings. “They shot from the back door,” he said. “The door opened and they fired.” Two witnesses said they heard a single shot first, which apparently punctured the Oldsmobile’s radiator, spilling coolant onto the street about 50 yards from where the convoy was parked. As the car continued rolling, the guards opened up with a barrage of sustained automatic fire. The car finally came to a stop about 10 yards from the convoy at a point that, three hours later, was marked by blood stains, broken glass and tufts of brown hair. The plumber said the convoy moved out right away, without checking to see what damage had been done or to offer medical help. The Oldsmobile was towed to a nearby police station. The priest and relatives near the scene identified the driver as Maruni Uhanees, 59, and the dead passenger as Jeniva Jalal, 30. As twilight set in, Armenian family members gathered beside the car in a dirt alley outside the police station, staring at the blood and hair on the inside of the windshield. A brother-in-law of the driver, Hrair Vartanian, said Uhanees was the mother of three grown daughters. As he spoke, one of the daughters arrived and looked at the bloodstains, crying softly.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BAGHDAD – Two women died here Tuesday when their white Oldsmobile was riddled by automatic gunfire from private security guards, just weeks after a similar shooting that strained relations between the United States and Iraq. The guards in Tuesday’s shooting were linked to the same United States government agency whose security agents sprayed bullets across a crowded Baghdad square in September, an episode that caused an uproar among Iraqi officials and is still being investigated by the United States. On Tuesday, as many as 40 bullets struck the car, killing the driver and the woman in the front seat on the passenger side. A woman and a boy in the back seat survived, according to witnesses and local police officials in the Karada neighborhood, where the shooting took place on a boulevard lined with appliance stores, tea shops and money changers. American government officials said the guards had been hired to protect financial and policy experts working for an organization under contract with the U.S. Agency for International Development, a quasi-independent State Department agency that does extensive aid work in Iraq. The organization, RTI International, is in Iraq to carry out what is ultimately a State Department effort to improve local government and democratic institutions. But a Bush administration official said that the State Department bore no responsibility to oversee RTI’s security operations. “AID does not direct the security arrangements of its contractors,” the official said. “These groups are contractually responsible for the safety and security of their employees. That responsibility falls entirely on the contractor.” A priest and relatives near the scene said all of the people in the car were Armenian Christians, who make up a small minority group in Iraq. The Oldsmobile was shot once in the radiator, witnesses said, in front of a plumbing supply store as it approached a convoy of white sport utility vehicles 50 yards away. As the car kept rolling, a barrage of gunfire suddenly tore through the hood, roof and windshield and the passenger side of the vehicle. The guards who were in the convoy work for Unity Resources Group, an Australian-run security firm that has its headquarters in Dubai and is registered in Singapore, according to a statement by the company. Unity Resources was hired by RTI to provide security in Iraq.
Federal parks including: Franklin Canyon Ranch, Paramount Ranch, Solstice Canyon and Cheesebro/ Palo Comado Canyons. For more information, call (805) 370-2301. Pepperdine University’s Malibu campus. Sources: Los Angeles County Office of Education; Los Angeles Unified School District; Simi Valley Unified School District; National Park Service.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Topanga Canyon Elementary School. Several Los Angeles County Office of Education probation camp school sites: Camp Gonzales School in Calabasas, with students moved to Camp Miller School in Malibu; Camp Munz-Mendenhall Schools in Lake Hughes, with students moved to Challenger Youth Center in Lancaster; Camp Scott-Scudder Schools in Saugus, with students moved to Nidorf Juvenile Hall School in Sylmar. Santa Clarita Community Day School. Viewpoint School at 23620 Mulholland Highway in Calabasas. All schools in the Simi Valley Unified School District. Some of the closures expected today in the region: All schools in the Newhall, Saugus Union and Sulphur Springs Union school districts. The Malibu Post Office. Malibu public schools: Cabrillo Elementary, Malibu High, Malibu Middle, Point Dume Marine Science Elementary and Webster Elementary.
From staff reports Chadwick’s 35-14 Prep League football loss to visiting Viewpoint on Saturday seemed to be a rerun of the previous week’s loss to Flintridge Prep. Similar to last week’s game, Chadwick gave up more than 320 yards rushing and 35 points, while quarterback Andy Magee threw for more than 330 yards. Chadwick, once again, scored a season-low number of points and lost George Mavredakis, its leading scorer, to injury. Mavredakis, not anticipated to play at mid-week, came off the bench to catch five passes for 85 yards but suffered a strained ligament in his leg to add to the deep muscle bruise he sustained last week. The final dagger came when Chadwick was unable to stop the Viewpoint ground game on a drive that lasted more than 10 minutes, giving the ball to Chadwick with barely more than one minute left in the game. Magee completed 25 of 43 passes for 366 yards with one touchdown and one interception. But it was not enough to counter Viewpoint’s 329 rushing yards. Jamie Wheeler Silverman paced Viewpoint with 247 yards rushing and two touchdowns on 20 carries. Silverman had 115 yards by halftime and scored on a 77-yard fake reverse late in the third quarter for the Patriots’ final points. Bernsen completed only 3 of 5 passes but two completions went for touchdowns of 33 and 43 yards to Soroudi and Daniel Winters, respectively. Chadwick closes regular-season play against Rio Hondo next week. – Kent Johnson 8-man football Andrew Frisina’s four touchdowns weren’t enough for Rolling Hills Prep in a 34-27 loss to host Windward in the Harbor League championship game. Frisina carried 12 times for 122 yards and three touchdowns and added a receiving touchdown. Windward (7-1, 3-0) was led by running back Blayr Jimmerson, who scored three touchdowns on runs of 3, 5 and 33 yards. Frisina scored late for RHP (7-1-1, 2-1) on a 1-yard run with a little more than three minutes left in the game, but the Huskies were unable to get the ball back to go for the tie.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 The game started on a positive note for the Dolphins. Chadwick’s Greg Roth intercepted a pass and returned it to the Viewpoint 28. But a fumbled snap from center resulted in a Viewpoint recovery and ensuing 54-yard touchdown drive. Chadwick (7-2, 2-2) responded by marching 65 yards on 11 plays, culminating with a Magee 7-yard touchdown run. With Viewpoint ahead 15-14, the momentum began to change. Viewpoint’s David Winters returned a kickoff 56 yards to the Chadwick 33. On the next play, Viewpoint’s Harrison Bernsen completed a 33-yard touchdown strike to Aria Soroudi for a 21-14 lead, which Viewpoint (4-4, 1-3) would never relinquish. Chadwick once again tried to respond by mounting a drive starting from its own 35. But on fourth-and-inches from the Viewpoint 8, a Magee completion to Mavredakis resulted in a 2-yard loss with a minute left in the first half. “We were in the red zone a lot and couldn’t finish (because of) a lot of penalties and small things,” Chadwick running back Josh Goldstein said. “I don’t think the team had enough energy to finish the game.”
West Ham were denied victory in the final FA Cup game at Upton Park before the club move to the Olympic Stadium.Man United were the villains, with Marcus Rashford and Marouane Fellaini scoring in a 2-1 win, with James Tomkins getting one for the Hammers.Rashford’s goal was the pick of the bunch, though, and he will be key as his club search for a first FA Cup triumph since 2004.“He is very focused on his work, I admire that,” manager Louis van Gaal said. “When you are so young and with so much attention, it is not easy and he is scoring so many important goals.”WATCH MARK NOBLE CARRY ANDER HERRERA OFF THE PITCH 1 Marcus Rashford’s shot flies past Darren Randolph (watch it below)