Man United team to play Southampton – a line up to get the best out of Martial and Rooney

first_img 9. Anthony Martial 11 Stream Manchester United v Southampton in the Premier League live on Sunday 20 September 2015 on talkSPORT.com if you are outside of the UK, kick off 16:00 BST.It is a great shame that former Southampton left-back Luke Shaw won’t be able to face his old club after breaking his leg in midweek, but Manchester United will be doing their utmost to claim three points in the absence of the 20-year-old England international.How will Louis van Gaal line up his team, with the impressive Shaw almost certainly ruled out for the season?Take a look at our possible starting line up, above, and let us know which XI you think United should start against Southampton, by leaving a comment below. 11 36. Matteo Darmian 11 8. Juan Mata 10. Wayne Rooney 10. Wayne Rooney 17. Daley Blind 11 11 28. Morgan Schneiderlin 7. Memphis Depay 11 11 11 31. Bastian Schweinsteiger 11 11 5. Marcos Rojo – take a look at the full line up, in squad number order, by clicking the arrow above, right! 11 1. David De Gea – take a look at the full line up, in squad number order, by clicking the arrow above! And let us know what you think of our predicted team by leaving a comment below last_img read more

Mourinho refuses to put boot in on Benitez after Real Madrid’s El Clasico humiliation

first_img1 Jose Mourinho Jose Mourinho insists he takes no pleasure in seeing Rafael Benitez struggle at Real Madrid.The pair have a famously fractious relationship and have regularly exchanged barbs over the years.Benitez has succeeded Mourinho at three different clubs and his wife recently joked that her husband tidies up the Portuguese’s messes.That prompted Mourinho to make a jibe about the Spaniard’s weight as relations between them hit a new low.But the Chelsea boss refused to put the boot in on Benitez when asked on Monday what he made of Real’s humiliating defeat to Barcelona, which has left his old rival on the brink.“I don’t enjoy other people losing matches. I enjoy my club winning matches,” Mourinho said.“I don’t smile with defeats from other teams, I smile with my victories.“That’s why I don’t smile a lot in the last four, five months.“In this moment I see so many people speaking especially about the clubs in trouble, it’s amazing the lack of respect.“If I speak about Real Madrid, I speak when they are winning, not when they are losing. From me, words about the Clasico. Nothing.”last_img read more

Benzema insists he has support of France boss Deschamps despite sextape scandal

first_imgKarim Benzema insists he is “not afraid” of missing out on Euro 2016 despite being embroiled in the ongoing blackmail case involving fellow France international Mathieu Valbuena.Real Madrid striker Benzema was interviewed by police in France on November 5 about an alleged attempt to extort money over a sex tape reportedly showing Valbuena and his partner.Benzema has denied playing a blackmail ‘game’, and his lawyers have insisted he has committed no wrongdoing.In an interview with broadcaster TF1, aired on Sunday morning, the 27-year-old said he retains the support of France boss Didier Deschamps and he “dreams of playing” in next summer’s tournament on French soil alongside Valbuena.“It is my wish and that of many people. (Valbuena) is a good player, France needs him, like me,” said Benzema.“I am not afraid (of not playing in the Euros). I got a message when (Deschamps) gave the selection. He is behind me, supporting me.” Real Madrid and France striker Karim Benzema 1last_img read more

Man killed on freeway

first_img 165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. 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. Authorities are still investigating. Lopez said he did not know why the man was walking on the freeway. MONTEBELLO – A pedestrian was struck and killed this morning on the westbound Pomona (60) Freeway near the Paramount Boulevard exit, officials said. The man, who has not been identified, was walking on the freeway at 4:10 a.m. when he was struck by a 1991 Honda Accord, said Conrad Lopez, a sergeant with the California Highway Patrol. He died at the scene, Lopez said. The driver of the Accord, a 50-year-old Covina man whose name was not released, was not injured. He does not face any charges, Lopez said. last_img read more

Questionable index studying broadband shows U.S. slipping

first_img“We’re now in the middle of the pack of developed countries,” said Dave Burstein, telecom gadfly and the editor of the DSL Prime newsletter, during a sometimes tense debate at the Columbia Business School’s Institute for Tele-Information. Burstein says the U.S. is lagging because of low levels of investment by the big telecom companies and regulatory failure.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NEW YORK – The United States is starting to look like a slowpoke on the Internet. Examples abound of countries that have faster and cheaper broadband connections, and more of their population connected to them. What’s less clear is how badly the country that gave birth to the Internet is doing, and whether the government needs to step in and do something about it. The Bush administration has tried to foster broadband adoption with a hands-off approach. If that’s seen as a failure by the next administration, the policy may change. In a move to get a clearer picture of where the U.S. stands, the House Energy and Commerce Committee on Tuesday approved legislation that would develop an annual inventory of existing broadband services – including the types, advertised speeds and actual number of subscribers – available to households and businesses across the nation. The bill, introduced by Rep. Ed Markey, D-Mass., is intended to provide policy makers with improved data so they can better use grants and subsidies to target areas lacking high-speed Internet access. He said in a statement last week that promoting broadband would help spur job growth, access to health care and education and promote innovation among other benefits. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The inventory wouldn’t cover other countries, but a cursory look shows the U.S. lagging behind at least some of them. In South Korea, for instance, the average apartment can get an Internet connection that’s 15 times faster than a typical U.S. connection. In Paris, a “triple play” of TV, phone and broadband service costs less than half of what it does in the U.S. The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development – a 30-member club of nations – compiles the most often cited international comparison. It puts the U.S. at 15th place for broadband lines per person in 2006, down from No. 4 in 2001. The OECD numbers have been vigorously attacked by anti-regulation think tanks for making the U.S. look exceedingly bad. They point out that the OECD is not very open about how it compiles the data. It doesn’t count people who have access to the Internet at work, or students who have access in their dorms. “We would never base other kinds of policy on that kind of data,” said Scott Wallsten, director of communications policy studies at the Progress and Freedom Foundation, a think tank that favors deregulation over government intervention. But the OECD numbers are in line with other international measures. Figures from the British research firm Point-Topic Ltd. put the U.S., with 55 percent of its households connected, in 17th place for adoption rates at the end of June (excluding some very small countries and territories like Macau and Hong Kong). last_img read more

Ex-rivals lead effort to split Oxnard in two

first_imgOXNARD – While they were campaigning against each other for seats on the Channel Islands Beach Community Services District three years ago, Jonathan Ziv and Keith Moore met at a local deli to talk about their ideas for the board and found they had more in common than they thought. “I happened to mention my vision for a new city, and he said he’d been thinking about the same thing,” Ziv said. “We hit it off from there.” Three years later, Ziv and Moore are the driving force behind a proposal to effectively split Oxnard – Ventura County’s most populous city – by creating a separate city called Channel Islands Beach that would include high-priced homes on the sand but also low-income south Oxnard neighborhoods. It’s a potentially divisive political battle that in some ways mirrors the San Fernando Valley’s unsuccessful 2002 secession bid from Los Angeles. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre “The common theme between (our effort) and the Valley secession is the desire for local control,” said Ziv, who lives in Hollywood Beach, has a dental practice in Agoura Hills and who, like Moore, has lived in Oxnard since the 1980s. But another similarity is the flurry of critical, sometimes derisive, rhetoric from cityhood opponents. “A lot of people see it as a group of affluent individuals attempting to create a pure, pristine, elitist community motivated by protecting their property values and driven by racial, ethnic and economic reasons and not much else,” Oxnard activist Armando Vazquez said. Critics say the new city would leave Oxnard with less than half of its current population of 185,000 and financially strapped public services. “I’m not sure it’s feasible to try to create a new city by diminishing an already existing city,” Oxnard City Councilman Andr s Herrera said. “What they say they’re offering is a sense of a better city and better representation. “But it seems to me that the only thing they’re really trying to do is create their own fiefdom.” Those behind the proposal, however, have moved to squelch that kind of criticism by including much of south Oxnard in the new boundaries. The predominantly low-income Latino community has a high poverty rate, large pockets of immigrants and a gang injunction. “The joke around here is that they decided they needed minorities in this (new) city, and they came after us,” said retired city worker Joe Avelar, a Latino community leader on the city’s south side. In essence, what Channel Islands Beach backers have done is trade some of their dream community’s exclusivity for political clout – the ever-growing Latino voter bloc they hope to attract if they are to get a vote on the issue. And their common ground is long-standing gripes about lack of representation at City Hall, which the new-city campaign is addressing with individual council districts, an attractive incentive to voters who currently elect council members at large. New city leaders are hoping Latinos in the proposed Channel Islands Beach, as well as in Oxnard as a whole, will be like Avelar, who will be attracted to the idea of electing his own council representative. “If we could get (single-member) districts, I would vote for the new city, problems and all,” said Avelar, chairman of the Lemonwood Neighborhood Council in south Oxnard. The proposed city would stretch from Oxnard’s wealthiest areas in Mandalay Bay and River Ridge to its working-class neighborhoods of Southwinds and Lemonwood into south Oxnard. It also would include the unincorporated communities of Hollywood Beach, Hollywood by the Sea and Silver Strand. “What has motivated us is bringing forth new leadership into the community,” said Moore, an emissions technology engineer. “One of the things that I think was learned from the Valley secession was that, although it failed, it resulted in changes. The city (of Los Angeles) had to listen to the complaints that led to the secession attempt and to take a look at itself.” Ziv is even more direct in saying what he thinks is the problem in the current present city. “It’s an issue of local control,” he said. “The city of Oxnard is not exactly an example of local control as many people would like. My belief is that people in south Oxnard are no happier about local control than the people in other communities.” The phenomenon of poor community helping rich community is not lost on California Lutheran University political science professor Herbert Gooch, a longtime observer of Ventura County politics. “They are indeed very different kinds of groups, and single-member districts may be a great incentive for voting for the new city,” he said. “The irony is that by adding south Oxnard, the new city would grow to 121,000 people, and Oxnard would be left a smaller rump city but with industrialized areas and split up services. “My own sense is, it would be a stretch to create this new city. It’s a long, complicated process, and I think it would be very difficult.” The process would require a series of consultants, studies, evaluations and approval by county agencies, gathering 8,750 signatures – about 25percent of registered voters in the proposed city – and, ultimately, elections before both voters in the proposed city and Oxnard. It also would cost an estimated $300,000, new-city proponents said, for an election they concede could not take place before 2010. Critics call all of it a pipe dream. Oxnard City Manager Ed Sotelo said he is concerned about how the new city would pay for police, fire and other government services. Ziv and Moore maintain their city would provide more police, fire protection and other services without higher taxes – something they say they could do by focusing on existing sales, property and hotel taxes. Gooch said he thinks the cityhood issue in Oxnard is symptomatic of it becoming the fastest-growing city in the county. “You might describe Oxnard as the 800-pound gorilla of the county,” he said. “As there has been a big development of business and the economy, a number of areas feel left out and are feeling somewhat ignored.” The Oxnard City Council has not taken an official position on the proposal. But any doubt about where officials stand might have been erased by the director of development services, Matt Winegar, who accused new-city leaders of gerrymandering boundaries. “It’s a map,” Winegar said, “that would make a New Jersey politician proud.” The only certainty at the moment is that the issue is not going away, and some say it will likely gain steam as Ziv and Moore become politically shrewd in how they present their idea, particularly in south Oxnard. To that end, Vazquez said he is certain the new-city issue will soon become a topic of discussion and debate at his Caf on A Street, which works with at-risk Latino youths. “This began as a prima facie racist, economic mercenary idea,” he said. “There was a racial divide, an economic divide, and it was all quite political what they’ve done in including south Oxnard. “And what it’s all saying is that a lot of people on the City Council are not listening to the voices of the people.”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

Telling secrets an art

first_img160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WALNUT CREEK, Calif. – Maryl Kunkel stared at the blank notecard. For three days, she searched for the courage to give voice to her secret, a fear she has about her relationship, and how it affects her family. Finally, after much introspection, she wrote it down. And felt remarkably better. Her confession is one of dozens in Cal Secrets, a UC-Berkeley exhibit featuring anonymous secrets written by students. Its goal is to reveal buried fears, regrets and wishes in the hope of promoting healing and connecting the community. Inspired by the immensely popular PostSecret.com, it features a range of admissions, from “I play Sudoku during lectures” to this haunting revelation: “Sometimes I have this nagging feeling that I’m not good enough. Actually, that’s most of the time.” Kunkel calls the process liberating. “You have your secret out there, and no one knows it’s you, but you’re able to get it off your chest,” she says. “That’s the first step to self-discovery.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Some call it a step; others, a catharsis. Be it silly, sexual, dark or wistful, what was once a private piece of information reserved for only the closest of confidants is now community property in the hyper-personal online world. In many ways, the experience of online releasing and relating is the new group therapy. Grouphug.us has collected nearly a half-million confessions since its launch four years ago. Visitors to Absolution- Online.com can confess their sins, Catholic-style. And those who divulge secrets on DailyConfession.com must brace themselves for responses in the Talk Back section. Greg Fox, a former Walt Disney producer, started DailyConfession.com in 2000. Fox now receives hundreds of anonymous confessions a day – from abuse and adultery to flushing the toilet with your foot – for a grand total of 300,000. While there’s value in writing down emotions, the repercussions can be damaging – especially when the form is YouTube or MySpace, which is packed with photos and other identifiers – says Larry Rosen, a psychology professor at Cal State Dominguez Hills. The millions who’ve participated in the PostSecret.com project may disagree. Founder and Cal alum Frank Warren, a suburban father and medical document supplier, passed out postcards to people asking them to jot down a secret, decorate it, and send it in. Three years later, the postcards are still coming. He’s received nearly 200,000 pop art renditions of scandalous confessions (“I have been planning my husband’s funeral for 24 years”), tragic revelations (“My mom put me on my first diet when I was 6”) and goofy admissions (“I pee in the shower”). The last is the most common confession.last_img read more

Kids need more milk, sun and exercise

first_img“There’s some early data showing that even a 10 percent deficit in your bone mass when you finish your adolescent years can increase your potential risk of having osteoporosis and fractures as much as 50 percent,” says Dr. James Beaty, president of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Already there’s evidence that U.S. children break their arms more often today than four decades ago – girls 56 percent more, and boys 32 percent more, according to a Mayo Clinic study. Kalkwarf’s hospital recently found that kids who break an arm have lower bone density than their playmates who don’t. That suggests the fracture rise isn’t due solely to newer forms of risky play, like inline skates. And last year, government researchers found overweight children were more likely to suffer a fracture, even though theoretically their bones should be hardier from carrying more weight. Maybe they have poorer balance; maybe they fall harder. Kalkwarf says there even are hints that fat itself may produce bone-harming substances. Doctors have long known that less than a quarter of adolescents get enough calcium. But strong bones require more than calcium alone. Exercise is at least as important. Consider: The dominant arm of a tennis player has 35 percent more bone than the nondominant arm. And Canadian researchers recently reported that postmenopausal women who had exercised more as teens had 8 percent stronger bone decades later than their more sedentary counterparts. Yet childhood exercise is dropping as obesity rises. Likewise, the body can’t absorb calcium and harden bones without vitamin D. By some estimates, 30 percent of teens get too little. It’s not just that they don’t drink fortified milk. Bodies make vitamin D with sunlight. With teen computer use, urban youngsters without safe places to play outdoors and less school P.E., it’s no wonder D levels are low. Because skin pigment alters sun absorption, black children are particularly at risk. Rickets marks the worst deficiency, where bones become so soft that legs literally bow. Rickets was once thought to have been eradicated with milk fortification, but “I am now treating rickets in a way that I never treated it 20 years ago,” says Tosi, who diagnoses rickets or super-low D levels in children every month at a bone clinic she runs for mostly inner-city children. Doctors who’ve never seen rickets can miss it. Charlene Bullock repeatedly asked her 5-year-old’s doctor why his leg was bending inward and he could no longer run with his playmates. It took a trip to Tosi’s special clinic to learn Na-shun had rickets – the once energetic child had quit running because his bones ached like an old man’s. Fortunately, rickets caught early is easily cured with high-dose infusions of vitamin D and calcium, and Bullock’s son quickly rebounded. “He’s doing everything with that little leg.” It’s the kids whose low vitamin D hasn’t gotten quite bad enough for symptoms that Tosi most worries about. They may never get treated.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – Too little milk, sunshine and exercise: It’s an anti-bone trifecta. And for some kids, shockingly, it’s leading to rickets, the soft-bone scourge of the 19th century. But cases of full-blown rickets are just the red flag: Bone specialists say possibly millions of seemingly healthy children aren’t building as much strong bone as they should – a gap that may leave them more vulnerable to bone-cracking osteoporosis later in life than their grandparents are. “This potentially is a time-bomb,” says Dr. Laura Tosi, bone health chief at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington. Now scientists are taking the first steps to track kids’ bone quality and learn just how big a problem the anti-bone trio is causing, thanks to new research that finally shows just what “normal” bone density is for children of different ages. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsDr. Heidi Kalkwarf of the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital led a national study that gave bone scans to 1,500 healthy children ages 6 to 17 to see how bone mass is accumulated. The result, published last summer: The first bone-growth guide, just like height-and-weight charts, for pediatricians treating children at high risk of bone problems. Next, the government-funded study is tracking those 1,500 children for seven more years, to see how their bones turn out. Say a 7-year-old is in the 50th percentile for bone growth. Does she tend to stay at that level by age 14, or catch up to kids with denser bones? If not, is she more prone to fractures? Ultimately, the question is what level is cause for concern. “I don’t know if we’re raising a population that’s going to be at risk” for osteoporosis, Kalkwarf cautions. “It’s really hard to know what the cutoff is, how low is too low.” But almost half of peak bone mass develops during adolescence, and the concern is that missing out on the strongest possible bones in childhood could haunt people decades later. By the 30s, bone is broken down faster than it’s rebuilt. Then it’s a race to maintain bone and avoid the thin bones of osteoporosis in old age. last_img read more

Arsenal’s strongest XI? Predicted Gunners line up v Watford

first_img 11 6. Laurent Koscielny (centre back) 11 11 11 23. Danny Welbeck (striker) 11. Mesut Ozil (attacking midfield) 17. Alexis Sanchez (left wing) 24. Hector Bellerin (right back) 11 11 33. Petr Cech (goalkeeper) 11 11 11 5. Gabriel Paulista (centre back) – check out the full line up, in squad number order, by clicking the arrow above 34. Francis Coquelin (centre midfield) 18. Nacho Monreal (Ieft back) 11 11 Arsenal host Watford in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon, kick off 3pm. The Gunners will hope to kick on from their previous victory over Everton and take advantage of the Hornets’ recent domestic slump.Arsene Wenger’s injury list remains lengthy for the Emirates clash, but Petr Cech could make his return having been absent since picking up a calf injury in the defeat to Swansea City at the beginning of March.But who else might start? Olivier Giroud or Danny Welbeck? Per Mertesacker or Gabriel Paulista?Take a look at talkSPORT’s predicted Arsenal line up by viewing the slideshow above. 35. Mohamed Elneny (centre midfield) 45. Alex Iwobi (right wing)last_img read more