Month: December 2019

first_imgPeter Reid believes Everton are making a mistake in hanging on to John Stones.Stones has been told he will not be sold this summer after he handed in a transfer request in an attempt to force through a move to Premier League champions Chelsea.But former Goodison midfielder Reid feels that it may be better all-round if the Toffees allow the 21-year-old to go.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, he said: “If footballers are not happy they do not play their best football.“I always think footballers are in control of the situation. I am delighted Everton have said no, but does he want to play for Everton? No.”Asked what he would do if he was in charge, he added: “You get him out.“I’m not saying he is a bad apple. But if you are at a club and you are not happy, you have to go. I say that with a heavy heart.”last_img read more

first_imgIt might have been a friendly but Argentina weren’t messing about when they took on Bolivia in America.The South America nations clashed in America, Texas to be precise, and the 2014 World Cup finalists wowed the crowd with a stunning performance and a 7-0 win.Sergio Aguero was the star of the show nabbing two goals and creating three more, while Lionel Messi also hit a brace, including a header (yes, you did read that right).Paris Saint-Germain star Ezequiel Lavezzi hit another two of the strikes, while Atletico Madrid’s Angel Correa also scored.Meanwhile Premier League sides Tottenham and Everton were represented by Erik Lamela and Ramiro Funes Mori.You can see all the goals in the video above…last_img

first_img Cristiano Ronaldo 1 Paris Saint-Germain are reportedly preparing a stunning £250m package in an attempt to lure Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo to the French capital, according to the Sunday Times.The whole deal, broken down into a world-record £109.2m transfer fee and the rest in wages, is an improved offer after the French champions had an £87.3m bid for the 30-year-old rejected in the summer.If the deal materialises, it would make Ronaldo the first £100m player and would be a major blow for Manchester United after their well-documented pursuit of their former pin up boy.Ronaldo is already the sport’s highest paid player with an annual salary north of £15m after tax, but PSG are allegedly ready to improve his earnings to finalise any move.It remains to be seen whether the Portuguese striker, who has been with Madrid since 2009, is weighing up the idea.last_img read more

first_img Arjen Robben in action for Holland against England in 2012 England will take on the Netherlands in a friendly at Wembley in March, the Football Association has announced.After being handed an easy Euro 2016 qualification group, the FA and England manager Roy Hodgson vowed to line up strong opposition in the friendlies prior to the tournament in France.The FA had already announced friendlies against Spain, France and Germany and they will now tackle the Dutch on March 29.It will be the 20th meeting between the Three Lions and the Oranje. The last encounter took place in February 2012, when Arjen Robben scored a stoppage time goal to give the Dutch a 3-2 win.Unlike England, who won all 10 qualifying matches, Holland failed to qualify for Euro 2016.Despite finishing third in the 2014 World Cup, they could only manage a fourth-placed finish in their European Championship qualifying group behind Czech Republic, Iceland and Turkey.England’s next friendly is against Spain in Alicante on November 13. Four days later they host France at Wembley. They travel to Berlin to play Germany on March 26 before hosting the Dutch. 1last_img read more

first_imgAndy Gray has urged Aston Villa owner Randy Lerner to pick an experienced Premier League boss to succeed Tim Sherwood.Lerner is reportedly ready to hand Frenchman Remi Garde the reins at Villa Park, but Gray believes it would be a big mistake to appoint someone who has not managed in England.Villa are sitting bottom of the table, four points adrift of safety, after a run of six successive defeats, and Gray told talkSPORT on Thursday: “In the situation they are in, they need an experienced head, a cool head, someone who knows the league. Someone who can turn things around quickly, who can get things done.“Aston Villa can definitely not take a gamble now. They are detached already after ten games at the bottom of the league.“Villa are going to have to win three or four games in a six-game spell to get out of the bottom three. That looks a long way from happening right now.”Dwight Yorke told talkSPORT earlier this week that he wants to be given the chance transform Villa’s fortunes, despite his complete lack of managerial experience.Gray believes the former Villa striker COULD have a role in the new set-up – but only working alongside an experienced figurehead.He added: “He loves the club, he has got his coaching badges, he is young, he is fresh… but not on his own.  “Along with an experienced head, then maybe it could be the type of combination that could get Villa out of it.”last_img read more

first_imgManchester United youngster Andreas Pereira is hoping to break into the first-team after impressing in an Under-21 clash against Tottenham.The 20-year-old Belgian starred in the 3-1 win, scoring twice including this brilliant strike direct from a corner kick.Check out the goal in the video above!last_img

first_imgFormer Chelsea defender Filipe Luis saw red for Atletico Madrid for this horror challenge on Lionel Messi.The left back raked his studs down the knee of the Ballon d’Or winner at the Camp Nou as Atletico trailed 2-1 as half time approaches.Fortunately Messi managed to get up and carry on as the La Liga champions looked to pull three points clear at the top of the table.Check out the video below and let us know what you think! Felipe Luis 1last_img

first_imgChelsea v Manchester City in the 2016 FA Cup fifth round is available to live stream on talkSPORT, this Sunday February 21.CLICK HERE FOR A LIVE COMMENTARY STREAM.We are live from Stamford Bridge with coverage and commentary as the 2015 Premier League champions host the 2014 title winners, for the right to progress to the Cup quarter-finals.Click here for live commentary on and, if you are in the UK, you can tune in via AM radio, DAB or on your television – details here. Live from Stamford Bridge 1last_img

first_img1 Juan Mata is sent off for Manchester United against West Brom Juan Mata has issued an apology to Manchester United fans after being sent off in Sunday’s defeat at West Brom. The midfielder was shown his marching orders for the first time in his career after receiving two yellow cards inside the opening half hour of the Premier League clash.United were level at the time of his dismissal but went on to lose 1-0, dealing a big blow to their hopes of top four finish, and Mata admits he let everyone at the club down.“After almost 500 games as a professional player, this Sunday I was sent off for the first time in my career. As you can imagine, it’s not easy for me to write these lines,” the Spain international wrote in his blog. “The truth is this is a new and strange situation for me, not easy to assimilate, but we learn from everything.“I know that, in football, we see things like these every week, but obviously what hurts more is that my team-mates had to fight with 10 men for a long time.“I have the feeling that both decisions were rigorous; that, in many occasions, we see more serious fouls that are not penalised in such a way, but at the same time I could have avoided them and I take responsibility.“It also leaves me with a bad taste for the supporters who travelled to the stadium, and for those who were watching the game from home, but I must carry on as always and from now on I’m already focused on the next game, the derby against Liverpool in the Europa League.“In this sport there’s no time for celebrations or moaning, and after last Wednesday’s joy for the win and the goal against Watford, now I have to go through a more bitter experience. That’s the way it is. What matters is to move forward and to always learn from each situation. And so I will.”last_img read more

first_imgA few weeks ago, Anthony Spezza and a colleague helped a shopper at the Best Buy in Torrance purchase a high-definition television and associated equipment. After the HDTV was delivered and installed at the buyer’s home, his wife returned to the home-electronics chain with a page-and-a-half letter of thanks from her husband. She also hugged the two salesmen. “I’ve had customers bring cookies,” said Spezza, the store’s home theater supervisor. “I would say excitement is one of the words to use. I mean, who’s not excited about high-definition televisions?”That excitement has caused a major shift in consumer trends and altered how retailers, content providers and pay-television services do business. Consumers are expected to buy 20.7million HDTVs this year, up from 60,000 units in 1999, according to the Consumer Electronics Association, an Arlington, Va.-based trade group. In June, the CEA released a study that found 30percent of U.S. households had HDTV, with that figure likely rising to 36percent by next month. Furthermore, nearly a third of HDTV households owns more than one, the study said. The trade group estimates that by 2011, the cumulative number of HDTVs sold in the United States will reach 170million. That will represent about one unit for every two people. In a sign of how retailers are adjusting to the new reality, Best Buy announced in October that its 1,200 stores had stopped selling analog televisions. Other retailers soon will follow. Several factors lay behind this trend to HDTV, beyond the gee-whiz effect of the technology. Congress has mandated that by Feb.17, 2009, all full-power television broadcast stations must broadcast in digital format rather than the older analog format. Digital format is more efficient and allows for improved picture and sound quality, and more programming options through multiple broadcast streams. For example, instead of just Channel 7, think Channel 7 and 7.1, 7.2, 7.3 and so on. By switching to all-digital broadcasting, analog frequencies can be reserved for public-safety uses such as police and fire, and for commercial wireless services. As a result, many people with analog televisions who receive their signal through over-the-air antennas will have to either acquire a digital-to-analog set-top converter or switch to a digital television. That switch is sending consumers to stores such as Best Buy in search of digital televisions. Once in the store, consumers find themselves drawn to HDTVs, which have a clearer, more defined picture than regular digital TVs, CEA spokeswoman Megan Pollock said. “They could just buy the digital TVs. But many are buying a high-definition set,” Pollock said. “When a consumer goes in and sees those flat panels, the crystal-clear (picture), they want that. They say I want the best.” The upgrade is more affordable now, with many HDTVs costing only several hundred dollars more than a standard digital TV. The growing number of shows in high definition also has lured consumers to pay extra for an HDTV, Pollock said. Many football, basketball and other sporting events are routinely broadcast in high definition. The same is true for prime-time scripted shows. “Most prime-time shows – “Lost,” “House,” “24” – are in high definition,” Pollock said. “That has been a driving force, as well as many sporting programs. A lot of programs have been publicized as being in HD.” Cable and satellite pay-television services also are offering more high-definition channels to appeal to the ever-growing number of HDTV households. In October, El Segundo-based DirecTV Group, the nation’s biggest satellite television service, said it had begun offering 72 national high-definition channels, more than any other television provider. DirecTV said it would have up to 100 high-definition channels by December. “It will become more important as more and more people buy HD sets,” said Derek Chang, DirecTV’s executive vice president in charge of content strategy and development. “Now is going to be an interesting period to test whether customers will gravitate to the guys with more HD. Clearly our belief is the answer is yes. If you’re going to go buy an HDTV for $1,000 or $2,000, the last thing you want to do is not get HD content. You don’t buy a Porsche and then put regular gas into it.” Yet, that is what many HDTV owners are doing, with only 44percent of them receiving high-definition programming, according to the CEA study. These people bought the devices to improve their movie and gaming experiences, with DVD players and game consoles having kept up with the high-definition craze. The CEA study also found that high-definition content is not causing pay-television subscribers to migrate from one provider to another. It’s unclear if this dynamic will change as HDTV becomes a wider part of American television viewers’ home entertainment experience. In fact, such channels can help set providers apart from the competition, said Jimmy Schaeffler, senior analyst at The Carmel Group in Carmel. “If you can differentiate yourself in a positive way in front of the consumer, then not only is it the assumption but the practice that they choose your service,” Schaeffler said. With providers adding more high-definition, consumers may expect the increased competition to lower the price. But that may not be the case, Schaeffler said. “You’re getting into the whole thing about whether these multichannel operators want to engage in a price war. And that’s one of the last things they’ll do,” Schaeffler said. “When you can offer things like HDTV in a differentiated fashion, you don’t have to differentiate yourself using prices. You give people more channels of HD, and you give them an HD digital video recorder with it, and you rent it real cheaply every month.” At the Best Buy in Torrance, shoppers are greeted just inside the door by several HDTVs. The main HDTV area, which also has DVD players, speakers and special cables, takes up 35percent to 40percent of the store, said Spezza, the home theater supervisor. Standard digital televisions occupy only two store aisles. Analog televisions, which had dominated home-viewing for decades, have no shelf space. In a viewing room at the Best Buy, Hector Lopez sits in a leather recliner while watching the “Spider-Man 3” movie on a 71-inch LG plasma HDTV. The television’s price tag is $14,999.98. Lopez, a 23-year-old tow-truck driver from Downey, says the giant set is worth the price if you can afford it. Last Christmas, Lopez bought his first HDTV for his living room. He bought another one for his bedroom two months later. Lopez uses his TVs mostly to watch sports and play video games with his Xbox game console. Now he encourages his friends to purchase HDTVs. Lopez said he would never return to anything less than HDTV. “That’s kind of hard to picture a situation like that,” Lopez said. [email protected] 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