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David Beckham reveals concerns for Unicef charity match after Paris attacks

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first_imgDavid Beckham has revealed the charity match he helped organise at Old Trafford was cast into doubt following the devastating attacks in Paris on Friday night.129 people lost their lives, while that number is set to rise with hundreds of people injured as a result of several coordinated attacks on the French capital, including a suicide bomb outside the Stade de France during a friendly between the French national side and Germany.The former Manchester United and England captain hosted an encounter between a plethora of British legends and overseas icons, including the likes of Ronaldinho and Zinedine Zidane, in aid of Unicef.GALLERY: 10 GREAT IMAGES AS MANCHESTER UNITED LEGENDS BECKHAM AND SCHOLES STAR IN CHARITY MATCHZidane pulled out of the event prior to kick off after the horrifying scenes in his home country, and Beckham fully appreciated his ex-Real Madrid team-mate’s decision.“There was a slight concern [the game would go ahead] obviously once the news hit last night,” said the 40-year-old.“It was obviously terribly devastating to see the scenes that we all saw.“I understood why Zizou [Zidane] took the decision not to play. He was very respectful to me and everything that he’d promised to come over and play.“He’s a friend and a very passionate man and being French meant I think that what happened last night hit him very hard.“On behalf of myself, the managers and the players we all send our condolences to people who have lost loved ones in Paris and our hearts go out to the people of France.”Beckham holds Paris close to his heart after a short, but successful, spell with Paris Saint-Germain at the end of his career, while the Stade de France was also the stage for his 100th England cap.He added: “I have great memories of Paris over the years. The support that I’ve had from the French people has been incredible. It’s always been a special place.”last_img read more

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Video: 10 Football Stadiums You Have To Visit In 2016

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first_imgEver wondered which football stadiums you should be visiting, as well as the best time of year to make the trip?We’ve compiled our top picks of grounds around the world that would make great sporting venues to visit this year.Some of these grounds have been chosen due to their atmosphere, others are celebrating debut seasons or hosting standout competitions. All of them have one thing in common – you should try to visit them in 2016!The video features stadiums from England, France and beyond, so make sure you get out your diary and fill in your travel schedule for the year ahead.Subscribe to talkSPORT on YouTube for more of the best sports entertainment.last_img

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Some think Man Booker prize nominee doesn’t measure up

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first_img 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 MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityThe rules for the Man Booker say the $101,720 prize will be awarded to the “author of the best, eligible full-length novel in the opinion of the judges.” The winner will be announced Oct. 16 at a ceremony in London. British author Ian McEwan defended himself against criticism that his book “On Chesil Beach,” which has been shortlisted for the Man Booker prize, is too short to count as a novel. At just over 200 pages, the book’s action unfolds over one evening as a newlywed couple embark on their honeymoon. “You allow yourself the possibility of writing in real time,” McEwan told an audience at the New Yorker Festival in New York. “It could never be a long novel.” He brushed off discussion in the British press whether “On Chesil Beach” was a novel or novella and questions over whether it should have been entered for the Man Booker prize. “That’s their problem, not mine, I think,” he said. McEwan has won the Booker once before, for “Amsterdam” in 1998, and he is the favorite to win again this year. But he told the festival audience: “I still feel I haven’t written the novel that I really want to write.” last_img read more

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Dodgers have some work to do

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first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityThat signals the unofficial beginning of an offseason that is starting way too soon for the Dodgers. The first order of business is an in-house evaluation of every player on the 40-man roster, plus a handful of prospects deemed close to being major league-ready. “We have to go through the club player by player,” Colletti said. “Some players take longer to discuss than others. There may be a position change or two, and there may be a role change or two that may need to be discussed.” Colletti wouldn’t get into specifics, but there is a reasonable possibility that fleet center fielder Juan Pierre will be asked to move to left field next season to make room for a stronger arm in center. That stronger arm could belong to Matt Kemp, who just completed his second year in the majors and whose potential remains off the charts, but who still is very much a work in progress. It also could belong to a yet-to-be-signed veteran, with Atlanta’s Andruw Jones and Minnesota’s Torii Hunter heading this winter’s list of free-agent center fielders. Or, it could be someone the club acquires in a trade. BASEBALL: Colletti and his staff will be busy for the majority of the offseason. By Tony Jackson STAFF WRITER After what passes for a week of rest and relaxation in the frenetic lives of Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti and his staff, the front office will get back to business this week when the club’s scouts and special assistants come to town for meetings. Likely American League MVP Alex Rodriguez, who is expected to exercise the escape clause in his New York Yankees contract, also could be on the Dodgers’ radar, especially given that third base is one of their biggest holes entering the winter. But Rodriguez will have no shortage of suitors, and he also will be expensive, commanding well in excess of his current annual average of more than $25 million. The Dodgers also will start looking at the list of potential six-year free agents – any player who has been in professional baseball for at least six years but isn’t presently on his organization’s 40-man roster – although those signings typically come later in the winter. Another major point on the agenda is the coaching staff. The contracts of every Dodgers coach expire this winter, and there will be changes. Interim hitting coach Bill Mueller is expected to return to the front office, and that position likely will be filled with an outside candidate. But there also could be other moves, and that is something Colletti and Manager Grady Little, who is signed for next year with an option for 2009, will need to resolve early. From there, Colletti and his staff must decide on three contract options for next season – although two of them really aren’t much of a decision. Infielder Ramon Martinez batted .194 this season, and with Tony Abreu, Chin-lung Hu and Wilson Valdez all in the fold to compete for utility roles, the club clearly won’t pick up Martinez’s $1 million option. And while pitcher Randy Wolf might be re-signed despite missing the second half of the season with a shoulder injury, it won’t be for anything close to the $9 million his club option calls for him to make if it is exercised. The other club option belongs to backup catcher Mike Lieberthal. Given that it’s a reasonable $1.5 million – just $350,000 more than Lieberthal’s 2007 salary – and given that Lieberthal might be the only man in baseball who won’t complain about catching so infrequently behind Russell Martin, it would seem a slam dunk that his option will be picked up. Those players must be told yes or no within five days after the end of the World Series. Colletti and Co. will travel to Orlando, Fla., in early November for the annual general managers’ meetings, an appetizer of sorts for baseball’s winter meetings a month later in Nashville, Tenn. Major deals are rarely consummated at the GM meetings, but the seeds for such deals are often planted through various conversations. Clubs also meet with agents for free-agent players to gauge whether the team is interested in the player and vice versa. “Looking over the potential list of free agents, it is a very thin list in many areas,” Colletti said. “As time goes on, that list is going to become thinner and thinner year by year. With revenue sharing, teams are signing players to long-term deals and locking them up. And if you go back to July and the trading deadline, that was something we had to consider in deciding whether to trade any of our young players, because how do you replace them?” tony.jackson@dailynews.com160Want 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

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Arcadia teen crowned Rose Queen

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first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PASADENA – Dusty Gibbs, a 17-year-old student at Arcadia High School was named this morning to preside over the 2008 Tournament of Rose Parade. She will be attended by princesses Zena Brown, 18, Alverno High School; Chloe Ghoogassian, 17, Pasadena High School; Kelsey MacDougall, 17, La Ca ada High School; Katie Merrill, 17, Pasadena High School; Courtney Rubin, 17, San Marino High School; and Gaelen Stanford-Moore, 17, South Pasadena High School. The 119th Rose Parade, themed Passport to the World’s Celebrations, will begin at 8 a.m. Jan. 1. last_img read more

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Barry Bonds indicted on perjury, obstruction charges

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first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre In August, when the 43-year-old Bonds passed Hank Aaron to become the career home run leader, he flatly rejected any suggestion that the milestone was stained by steroids. “This record is not tainted at all. At all. Period,” Bonds said. But while San Franciscans cheered his every swing and fans elsewhere scorned every homer, a grand jury quietly worked behind closed doors to put the finishing touches on the long-rumored indictment. Bonds is by far the highest-profile figure caught up in the steroids probe, which also ensnared track star Marion Jones. She pleaded guilty in October to lying to federal investigators about using steroids and faces up to six months in prison. Bonds finished the year with 762 homers, seven more than Aaron, and is currently a free agent. In 2001, he set the season record with 73 home runs. SAN FRANCISCO — Barry Bonds, baseball’s home run king, was indicted for perjury and obstruction of justice Thursday and could go to prison instead of the Hall of Fame for telling a federal grand jury he did not knowingly use performance-enhancing drugs. The indictment, culminating a four-year investigation into steroid use by elite athletes, charged Bonds with four counts of perjury and one of obstruction of justice. If convicted, he could be sentenced to a maximum of 30 years in prison. Shortly after the indictment was handed up, Bonds’ personal trainer, Greg Anderson, was ordered released after spending most of the past year in prison for refusing to testify against his longtime friend. “During the criminal investigation, evidence was obtained including positive tests for the presence of anabolic steroids and other performance enhancing substances for Bonds and other athletes,” the indictment said. Late in the season, the San Francisco Giants told the seven-time National League MVP they didn’t want him back next year. Bonds could not immediately be reached for comment. One of his attorneys, John Burris, didn’t know of the indictment before being alerted by The Associated Press and said he would call Bonds to notify him. “I’m surprised,” Burris said, “but there’s been an effort to get Barry for a long time. I’m curious what evidence they have now they didn’t have before.” Bonds’ defense attorney, Mike Rains, declined comment because he hadn’t seen a copy of the indictment. “However, it goes without saying that we look forward to rebutting these unsupported charges in court,” Rains said. “We will no doubt have more specific comments in the very near future once we have had the opportunity to actually see this indictment that took so long to generate.” Bonds is scheduled to appear in U.S. District Court in San Francisco on Dec. 7. He has never been identified by Major League Baseball as testing positive for steroids. The Giants, the players’ union and even the White House called it a sad day for baseball. “This is a very sad day. For many years, Barry Bonds was an important member of our team and is one of the most talented baseball players of his era. These are serious charges. Now that the judicial process has begun, we look forward to this matter being resolved in a court of law,” the Giants said. Union head Donald Fehr said he was “saddened” to learn of the indictment, but cautioned that “every defendant, including Barry Bonds, is entitled to the presumption of innocence unless and until such time as he is proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.” In Washington, White House spokesman Tony Fratto said: “The president is very disappointed to hear this. As this case is now in the criminal justice system, we will refrain from any further specific comments about it. But clearly this is a sad day for baseball.” Commissioner Bud Selig withheld judgment, saying, “I take this indictment very seriously and will follow its progress closely.” Bush, who once owned the Texas Rangers, called Bonds to congratulate him in August when the Giants’ outfielder broke the home run mark. “You’ve always been a great hitter and you broke a great record,” Bush said at the time. Former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell, who is investigating drug use in baseball, declined comment. So did Hall of Fame vice president Jeff Idelson. Bonds was charged in the indictment with lying when he said he didn’t knowingly take steroids given to him by Anderson. Bonds is also charged with lying that Anderson never injected him with steroids. “Greg wouldn’t do that,” Bonds testified in December 2003 when asked if Anderson ever gave him any drugs that needed to be injected. “He knows I’m against that stuff.” Anderson’s attorney, Mark Geragos, said the trainer didn’t cooperate with the grand jury that indicted Bonds. “This indictment came out of left field,” Geragos said. “Frankly I’m aghast. It looks like the government misled me and Greg as well, saying this case couldn’t go forward without him.” Prosecutors promised Bonds they wouldn’t charge him with any drug-related counts if he testified truthfully. But according to the indictment, Bonds repeatedly denied taking any steroids or performance-enhancing drugs despite evidence to the contrary. For instance, investigators seized a so-called “doping calendar” labeled “BB” during a raid of Anderson’s house. “He could know other BBs,” Bonds replied when shown the calendar during his testimony. Asked directly if Anderson supplied him with steroids, Bonds answered: “Not that I know of.” Bonds even denied taking steroids when he was shown documents revealing a positive steroids test for a player named Barry B. Bonds said at the end of the 2003 season, Anderson rubbed some cream on his arm that the trainer said would help him recover. Anderson also gave him something he called “flax seed oil,” Bonds said. Bonds then testified that prior to the 2003 season, he never took anything supplied by Anderson – which the indictment alleges was a lie because the doping calendars seized from Anderson’s house were dated 2001. Bonds has long been shadowed by allegations that he used performance-enhancing drugs. The son of former big league star Bobby Bonds, Barry broke into the majors with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1986 as a lithe, base-stealing outfielder. By the late 1990s, he’d bulked up to more than 240 pounds – his head, in particular, becoming noticeably bigger. His physical growth was accompanied by a remarkable power surge. Speculation of his impending indictment had mounted for more than a year, but the specter of steroid allegations have shadowed him for much longer. The government’s steroids probe went public in September 2003, when federal agents raided the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative (BALCO) – the Burlingame-based supplements lab that was the center of a steroids distribution ring. Bonds joins a parade of defendants tied to the BALCO investigation, including Anderson, who served three months in prison and three months of home detention after pleading guilty to steroid distribution and money laundering. BALCO founder Victor Conte also served three months in prison after he pleaded guilty to steroids distribution. But Conte has long insisted that Bonds didn’t get steroids from his lab. — Associated Press Writer Chris Weber in Los Angeles contributed to this report.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

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The Press Pass – Sunday, March 27

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first_imgRay Stubbs was joined by Neil Ashton and Darren Lewis to cast their eyes over the main sporting stories.They look over the weekend’s international football action, covering England, Wales and Northern Ireland, while also paying tribute to the great Johan Cruyff.last_img

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‘I tried to help Agbonlahor…but it fell on deaf ears’, reveals ex-Villa coach

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first_imgFormer Aston Villa assistant Ray Wilkins has told talkSPORT his attempts to help off-the-rails striker Gabriel Agbonlahor get back to match fitness ‘fell on deaf ears’.Agbonlahor, the club’s longest-serving player, has seen his career come to an abrupt halt in a season of turmoil in West Midlands.The 28-year-old forward has been in and out of the squad all campaign, scoring just one goal, has received two club suspensions this season over his conduct off the pitch and has been placed on a fitness plan by caretaker boss Eric Black.Wilkins – number two under ex-boss Tim Sherwood –  is saddened by the ex-England international’s plight and claims he did his best to steer him back onto the straight and narrow.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, Wilkins said: “It’s very sad to see. You attempt to help out these guys.“I had words with Gabby when I was at the club earlier this season about his physical condition, but he said he could get himself in nick and do it on his own. “Asked if Agbonlahor said so in an arrogant way, Wilkins replied: “In a controversial manner, yes. He told me not to worry about him.“I thought to myself at the time, ‘now come on, we need you and we need to get you back on track’.“But obviously my words fell on deaf ears.” 1 Gabby Agbonlahor has endured a disastrous campaign at Aston Villa last_img read more

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Man City transfer report: Guardiola keen on signing ‘Argentina’s future No.1’

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first_imgPep Guardiola is eyeing a swoop for Real Sociedad goalkeeper Geronimo Rulli when he takes over at Manchester City this summer.Rulli, 23, is coming to the end of a two-year loan spell at Sociedad and is expected to return to his Uruguayan parent club, CD Maldonado, next month.However, Real are keen on landing the goalkeeper on a permanent deal but are wary of City’s interest and know they may not be able to financially compete with the Premier League club should a bidding war take place.According to AS, Guardiola has closely watched Rulli in action this season and sees the goalkeeper as a long-term replacement for Joe Hart at the Etihad.Rulli has made over 60 appearances during his two seasons in Spain and was recently called up to Argentina’s senior squad for their World Cup qualifiers. Manchester City target Geronimo Rulli 1last_img read more

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Wal-Mart sends shiver

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first_imgNEW YORK – Tepid December sales at Wal-Mart Stores Inc. made Wall Street uneasy Tuesday, but many analysts don’t expect disappointing results from other retailers – most merchants are expected to meet their modest holiday expectations. “Clearly, there are some overtones for the industry, but I think largely Wal-Mart has some of its own issues,” said Bob Buchanan, an analyst at St. Louis-based A.G. Edwards. “I think they are still very sloppy with store-level execution.” Michael P. Niemira, chief economist at the International Council of Shopping Centers, agreed. He noted that Wal-Mart is still “behind the curve,” despite its efforts in improving its merchandise offerings. Nonetheless, given Wal-Mart’s size and reach, the estimated December same-store sales increase of 2.2 percent the retailer announced Saturday will hurt the overall industry’s sales for the month. Wal-Mart’s forecast is based on stores open at least a year, considered the best gauge of a retailer’s strength. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson Merchants report their December results on Thursday. Wal-Mart’s news sent many retail stocks sliding Tuesday. Wal-Mart was off 1.22 percent, or 57 cents, to close at $46.23 in regular trading, and lost another 13 cents in after-hours trading to $46.10. Wal-Mart’s shares have traded in a 52-week range of $42.31 to $54.60. Target Corp., slipped 25 cents, to $54.72 after trading in a 52-week range of $45.55 to $60. Kohl’s Corp. shares fell 2.53 percent, or $1.23 to $47.37, having traded between $43.63 and $58.90 over the past 52 weeks. Because of Wal-Mart’s disappointing December sales, “the overall holiday picture doesn’t seem as bright as it did last week,” said Niemira. He now expects the International Council of Shopping Centers-UBS December same-store sales tally for the 70 stores it tracks to be up 3 percent, instead of 3.5 percent. Niemira believes December’s losers and winners will follow the same trend from the past year: Wholesale clubs and luxury stores will have the strongest gains, but apparel stores and department stores will have mixed results. The tepid results from Wal-Mart – which were at the low end of its 2 percent to 4 percent forecast – were surprising considering that the discounter was more aggressive with its discounting and marketing compared with the 2004 holiday season. Analysts polled by Thomson Financial expected a 3 percent increase. Wal-Mart had a solid start to the season in November, beating rival discounter Target. But Target appears to have gained strength; last week, it said it still expects a December same-store sales gain between 4 percent to 5 percent after posting a modest 2.6 percent increase in November. A big question is how profitable the fourth quarter, which ends in late January, will be for retailers. That depends in part on how much gift card redemption takes place this month and whether shoppers will use these cards to buy regular-priced merchandise, the most profitable in retailers’ inventory, according to Ken Perkins, president of Retail Metrics LLC, a research firm in Swampscott, Mass. 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

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