Euro 2016 qualifying play off draw revealed

first_img Euro 2016 qualifying play off draw The Republic of Ireland have drawn Bosnia and Herzegovina in the Euro 2016 qualifying play off round.Exact dates for the two-legged tie have yet to be confirmed, but it will take place between 12-17 November 2015, with the first leg in Bosnia, followed by the return in Dublin.The draw took place at UEFA’s headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland, and featured eight nations that finished third in the nine Euro 2016 qualifying groups (Turkey finished third in Group A, but qualified automatically with the best record of the nine third-placed teams).Perhaps the most eye-catching tie is the Nordic derby between Sweden and Denmark, while England’s Group E opponents Slovenia face Ukraine, and Norway take on Hungary.The Irish will be wary of Bosnia, who beat Wales 2-0 at home and drew 0-0 in Cardiff in Group B, but have every chance of securing qualification for the finals in France. 1last_img read more

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Liverpool star faces ANOTHER setback after suffering hamstring injury

first_img1 Daniel Sturridge Injury-plagued Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge has suffered another setback after being ruled out for a number of weeks with a hamstring problem.The 26-year-old has only just returned from a knee injury which delayed his availability for manager Jurgen Klopp, who took over at Anfield in October.Sturridge has made just three appearances for the German and the last of those, as a 62nd-minute substitute in the 2-0 defeat at Newcastle on Sunday, caused another injury.It is understood Sturridge had a scan on Tuesday after complaining of an issue with his hamstring at St James’ Park.The result of that scan has revealed a strain and as a result the striker will be sidelined for weeks rather than months.Only last month Klopp said Sturridge had to understand the difference between “pain and real pain” as he prepared to make his comeback.This latest setback could see the Sturridge miss the busy festive period and leave Klopp with Christian Benteke and Divock Origi as his strike options, as Danny Ings is likely to miss the entire season with a knee ligament injury.Sturridge missed most of the previous campaign with thigh and calf injuries which ultimately led to a hip operation in May in an attempt to clear up long-standing problems but sidelined him for four months.last_img read more

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Colchester land England youth international on loan from West Ham

first_imgWest Ham rookie Leo Chambers has joined Colchester on loan for a month.The England youth international has made three appearances for the Hammers, all in the Capital One Cup, but will now get the chance of some league action with the Essex club.Chambers, who joined West Ham at the age of seven, is a centre-back who has represented his country at under-16, under-17, under-18, under-19 and under-20 level.Colchester have suffered a string of defensive injuries and Chambers will help bolster their options at the back during his month with the club. 1 Leo Chambers in action for West Ham in pre-season last_img read more

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Local Hindus celebrate Diwali, the festival of lights, this week

first_imgHOLIDAY: Area families enjoy feasting, exchanging sweets and decorating their homes for Indian holiday. Diyas, tea lights, candles and strings of outdoor lights will give a festive and inviting glow to Hindu homes on Thursday during the celebration of Diwali, or the Festival of Lights. “This is our biggest holiday. We light up the whole house,” said Vandana Kumar, who grew up in Shimla in Northern India. “Diwali is such a big deal in India. There are lots of firecrackers, which of course we cannot have here. There is a big feast, plenty of good food and an exchange of sweets.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Kumar, a science teacher at Canoga Park High School, said she uses outdoor Christmas lights to decorate for Diwali. “The lights are for the celebration of Lord Ram, who returned from exile, and also for Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth, inviting her to come to our home,” Kumar said. And although Kumar is Hindu, she has no problem decorating her house with the lights associated with Christmas. “Diwali is like everybody’s holiday. It’s the equivalent of Christmas and in some ways almost like Thanksgiving,” said Kumar, who went to a Roman Catholic convent school. “These holidays are celebrations, and I think it’s OK for all of us to share.” Diwali gets its name from a Sanskrit word, Deepavali. “Deepa” means light and avali means row – thus, a row of lights. Small earthenware lamps called diyas – the symbol of Diwali – are filled with mustard oil and placed on ltars in temples and inside and outside homes. The lunar Hindu calendar determines the celebration of Diwali, so it may be observed in October or November. It always falls on the day of the new moon. The traditional story behind Diwali is found in the Ramayana, a Hindu holy book, in which the adventures of Lord Rama, an avatar of God, are told in epic style. Lord Rama, or Ram, was poised to become a ruler of his country but was instead ordered into exile for 14 years. The epic states that he lived in difficult circumstances and his courage was tested when he defeated a demon, Ravana. The people of his country lighted diyas to illuminate his triumphant way home when the period of exile was over. Lord Rama’s epic includes moral teachings that Hindus read about in the Ramayana on Diwali. This holy book teaches people devotion to God, the proper way of living and obedience to one’s elders. “Lord Rama was a righteous guy,” said Dinesh Mangilipelly, a student at Pierce and Valley colleges. “I think Diwali reminds us of good winning over bad and overcoming obstacles. There’s always a flip side, the bright side, to everything,”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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Iranians accused of arming Iraqi militias released by U.S.

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre The group included two men – identified by the military as Brujerd Chegini and Hamid Reza Asgari Shukuh – who were among five captured when U.S. forces stormed an Iranian government office in the northern city of Irbil in January. At the time, U.S. officials accused them of being members of Iran’s Quds Force, an arm of the Revolutionary Guards. Washington says the organization had been funding, training and arming Iraqi Shiite extremists to fight American forces. Iran said the five were diplomats preparing the Irbil site as a consular office. The building, along with another Iranian office in Sulaimaniyah, was shut after the Jan. 11 raid. Both offices – in Iraq’s semiautonomous Kurdish zone – reopened Tuesday as Iranian consulates. A U.S. military statement issued Friday said the nine Iranians were released after a “careful review of individual records to determine if they posed a security threat to Iraq, and if their detention was of continued intelligence value.” “All nine individuals were determined to no longer pose a security risk,” it said. In Tehran, a foreign ministry spokesman said he hoped the remaining three Iranians arrested in Irbil would also be freed, calling their capture an “abduction.” The U.S. military continues to hold 11 Iranians, including the three others from the Irbil raid, said Maj. Brad Leighton, an American military spokesman in Baghdad. “From the beginning … we said they were innocent. Now the U.S. military has confirmed it,” Mohammad Ali Hosseini told state radio, speaking of the nine released Friday.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BAGHDAD – In a possible break in the U.S.-Iranian standoff in Iraq, the U.S. military on Friday released nine Iranians no longer deemed a threat, including two accused of membership in an elite force suspected of arming Shiite militias. The handover – planned for several days – still leaves at least three high-profile Iranians in U.S. custody and doesn’t significantly ease the many disputes between Washington and Tehran in Iraq. But it could open the door for another round of groundbreaking talks between the two nations, which have been without diplomatic relations for 28 years. It also is seen as a possible gesture for Iran’s pledge to block suspected cross-border weapons shipments to armed Shiite factions, whose attacks have been sharply reduced. American soldiers delivered the nine men to the offices of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, where they were met by Iran’s ambassador, according to Iraqi government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh. The former captives arrived in Tehran later Friday, Iranian state TV said. last_img read more

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Everyone is pining over MB tree deal

first_imgA 40-foot-tall Italian stone pine tree that pitted neighbor against neighbor and prompted a lawsuit last year in Manhattan Beach will stay rooted. Under terms of two settlements reached recently, the city Wednesday trimmed back the tree and its owner will construct a retaining wall separating the Chestnut Avenue properties. Plaintiff Steven Zukotynski and his wife filed suit in August 2006 against next-door neighbor Marilyn Beaumont and the city of Manhattan Beach, claiming the tree’s thick roots prevented them from building on the lot next door. The Zukotynskis asked for damages, removal of the tree and a declaration that the city’s tree preservation ordinances are unconstitutional. In addition to funding the tree’s trimming, the city will pay an arborist to watch over it during construction, allow Zukotynski to follow his original building plans and ante up a $3,500 credit toward his building permit fees. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat Kings“Nobody wins,” said Richard Knickerbocker, an attorney for Zukotynski. “It’s a shame, the whole situation is a shame. It probably wasn’t a settlement that made either party really happy.” Under a separate deal, Beaumont must pay for a new retaining wall to run between her property and Zukotynski’s. Beaumont’s homeowners insurance will cover the costs, but she still felt caught in the middle of a larger dispute over a city ordinance and a tree that was planted long before she bought her home in 1983. “The stinky part was this was a result of the city, and I’m the one who ends up paying and getting screwed more or less,” she said. “All they had to do is give him their permits.” The lawsuit centered around a set of ordinances Manhattan Beach first established in 1993 that require city permits for landowners to remove any tree in town. After Zukotynski said Beaumont’s tree interfered with his home’s construction plans, Beaumont applied for a permit but was turned down. Zukotynski himself appealed the decision to the Planning Commission and City Council, which both upheld the denial. Staffers last year halted construction on the project after they said Zukotynski ignored their request that he pay for an arborist who would examine the tree and protect it and its roots during construction. But despite getting a good trimming Wednesday, the pine is still unsafe because of its size, age and location, Knickerbocker said. Tree protection ordinances like Manhattan Beach’s are growing more commonplace nationwide, and often value trees over people’s rights and safety, he added. “What’s going on with this tree thing across the country, I think, is a little crazy,” he said. Manhattan Beach City Attorney Bob Wadden acknowledged that Manhattan Beach’s tree protection ordinances are strong, but said they are by no means the most aggressive in the South Bay. “This case was a good example of conflicts between development and protecting trees,” he said. In a move unrelated to the suit settlement, the Manhattan Beach City Council on Tuesday headed toward stronger tree protection in town. The council increased fines for illegal removal or damage to trees, basing penalties on the appraised value of the tree with increases based on the number of offenses. The city also will investigate the possibility of licensing tree trimmers to ensure their qualifications, and improve education and outreach to the public about tree preservation. andrea.woodhouse@dailybreeze.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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Costa and Hazard out, so who starts for Chelsea? Predicted Blues line up v Villa

first_img 11 22. Willian (left wing) 8. Oscar (attacking midfield) 13. Thibaut Courtois (goalkeeper) 14. Bertrand Traore (striker) 11 4. Cesc Fabregas (centre midfield) 11 11 11 17. Pedro (right wing) 12. John Obi Mikel (centre midfield) 24. Gary Cahill (centre back) 11 11 2. Branislav Ivanovic (right back) – see the full line up, in squad number order, by clicking the arrow above 11 11 Chelsea take on Aston Villa in Saturday’s early 12:45pm GMT Premier League kick off.The Blues, having endured an awful campaign, currently sit 10th with 41 points and are now in a position of competing simply for pride.On paper, Chelsea should comfortably romp to victory over the Villans, but results certainly haven’t been this simple for the reigning English champions. And they will be without top scorer Diego Costa (suspended) and Eden Hazard (injured) against their rock-bottom opponents.So who will Guus Hiddink start at Villa Park?Take a look at talkSPORT’s predicted Chelsea line up by viewing the slideshow above. 11 26. John Terry (centre back) 11 28. Cesar Azpilicueta (left back)last_img read more

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Manchester City team news: Confirmed XI v Paris Saint-Germain – Joe Hart starts!

first_imgManchester City take on PSG in the Champions League at 19:45, a game you can listen to live on talkSPORT.Manuel Pellegrini’s men are looking to take the upper hand in their quarter-final tie, netting an away goal and hopefully stealing a result at the Parc des Princes.They head into the game on the back of a resounding victory over Bournemouth, and the manager has opted to risk both Kevin De Bruyne and Joe Hart, who starts his first game since March 20th.The full line-ups are below:Paris Saint-Germain XI: Trapp; Aurier, Thiago Silva, David Luiz, Maxwell; Rabiot, Motta, Matuidi; Di María, Ibrahimovic, CavaniSubstitutes: Sirigu, Van der Wiel, Kurzawa, Marquinhos, Stambouli, Lucas, AugustinManchester City XI: Hart, Sagna, Otamendi, Mangala, Clichy, Fernando, Fernandinho, Navas, Silva, De Bruyne, AgueroSubstitutes: Caballero, Zabaleta, Demichelis, Kolarov, Delph, Bony, Iheanacho 1 Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart last_img read more

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Revealed: The 10 best selling shirts worldwide in the 2015/16 season

first_img 6. Paris Saint-Germain have sold 2.212 million shirts worldwide in the 2015-16 season 9. Juventus have sold 1.678 million shirts worldwide in the 2015-16 season 10. AC Milan have sold 1.287 million shirts worldwide in the 2015-16 season – check out the top 10 in full by clicking the arrow above, right 1. Barcelona have sold 3.637 million shirts worldwide in the 2015-16 season 7. Arsenal have sold 2.055 million shirts worldwide in the 2015-16 season 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 2. Bayern Munich have sold 3.312 million shirts worldwide in the 2015-16 season 5. Real Madrid have sold 2.866 million shirts worldwide in the 2015-16 season 4. Manchester United have sold 2.977 million shirts worldwide in the 2015-16 season The football shirt business is a mighty one.In the modern game, shirts have become hugely significant in boosting a club’s income and despite their rising prices, supporters continue to part with their hard-earned cash for the latest kits.EVERY RUMOURED AND OFFICIAL 2016/17 PREMIER LEAGUE KITWith this in mind, sports marketing company Euromericas has taken a look at the top 10 best selling shirts globally – and there could be a few surprises over who comes in top for the Premier League.Check out the clubs leading the charts by viewing the slideshow above.REVEALED: THE FOOTBALL ‘RICH LIST’ 3. Chelsea have sold 3.102 million shirts worldwide in the 2015-16 season 10 10 8. Atletico Madrid have sold 1.977 million shirts worldwide in the 2015-16 season 10last_img read more

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Revealed! The most entertaining stadia in the PL this season for goals scored

first_img 17 4. Southampton – 61 goals at St Mary’s – Only one side scored more at home than the Saints’ 39 goals, but they conceded 22 as well. 6. Bournemouth – 57 goals at the Vitality Stadium – The Cherries enjoyed a fantastic season but conceded far more goals (34) than they scored (23) at home. 15. Sunderland – 43 goals at the Stadium of Light – Sunderland managed to outscore their opponents at home, netting 23 times and conceding 20 times. 17 =17. Arsenal and Crystal Palace – 42 goals at the Emirates and Selhurst Park respectively – The Gunners are low on the list but it is down to their fantastic defensive record as they conceded only 11 times, while managing to score 31 goals of their own. Palace, though, saw more goals conceded (23) than scored (19). 12. Aston Villa – 49 goals at Villa Park – Villa conceded more (35) and scored less (14) than any other team at home. 17 11. Tottenham – 50 goals at White Hart Lane – White Hart Lane would be higher if not for Spurs’ good defensive record which saw them concede 15 goals while scoring 35. 17 17 17 19. Watford – 39 goals at Vicarage Road – The Hornets have scored 20 goals but conceded 19 1. Manchester City – 68 goals at the Etihad Stadium – In stark contrast to their neighbours, City scored a league-high 47 goals at home but also conceded 21. 17 The Premier League season has thrown up many twists and turns on the way to Leicester City eventually being crowned champions and Aston Villa, Norwich and Newcastle being condemned to the Championship.Many fans have called it the most exciting season ever (unless you’re a Manchester United fan), even down to the last day where Tottenham threw away second place to rivals Arsenal.But which Premier League grounds were the most exciting to watch a match, and which were more likely to send you to sleep rather than jumping up and down?talkSPORT have compiled a table based on the number of goals scored by both the home side and the visitors at every stadium in the league.Click the arrow above, right, to see where the most (and least) entertaining grounds were this season! 17 17 10. Leicester – 53 goals at the King Power Stadium – Finally a table where the Foxes aren’t top as they scored 35 times and conceded 18. 17 17 17 17 17 18. Swansea City – 40 goals at the Liberty Stadium – The Swans have scored as many as they have conceded at home – 20 goals each 17 9. Liverpool – 55 goals at Anfield – The Reds scored 33 goals and let in 22. 20. Manchester United – Old Trafford has seen only 36 goals this season (click the arrow, right, to see the most entertaining Premier League stadia) – Anyone surprised? Red Devils fans have seen their side score a measly 27 but concede a league-best nine goals =14. West Brom and Stoke City – 46 goals at the Hawthorns and Britannia respectively – The Baggies’ record looked like this: 20 goals for and 26 against, while Stoke’s was 22 for and 24 against. =8. Newcastle United and Norwich – 56 goals at St James’ Park and Carrow Road respectively – Relegated Newcastle scored 32 times and conceded 24 while the Canaries will join them in the Championship after scoring 26 and conceding 30. 3. Chelsea – 62 goals at Stamford Bridge – Usually tight at home but this season saw Chelsea concede 30 goals and score 32 times at home. 5. West Ham – 60 goals at the Boleyn Ground – In their final season at Upton Park, the Hammers saw 34 goals scored for their side and 26 against. 2. Everton – 65 goals at Goodison Park – A disappointing season for the Toffees but an entertaining one nonetheless as they scored 35 and conceded 30 at home. 17 17last_img read more

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