‘They’re like Pires, Henry and Bergkamp!’ Arsenal fans hail attacking trio

first_img Arsenal players celebrate Arsenal put in a stunning first-half performance against Manchester United as they went into the break with a 3-0 lead.Alexis Sanchez hit a brace thanks to assists from Theo Walcott and Mesut Ozil while, the latter teed up the former for the Gunners’ other goal in a breathtaking 20 minutes of football.The trio have always had the potential to combine so lethally but this is proof they could have the makings of a incredible attacking unit.And Arsenal fans are getting really excited, as you can see from their reaction on Twitter below… 1last_img read more

Liverpool maestro Coutinho eager to continue starring role after Chelsea brace

first_img Liverpool star Coutinho celebrates his goal against Chelsea 1 Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho hopes his two-goal display against defending Premier League champions Chelsea can kick-start his season.The Brazilian star had been below his best throughout the earlier stages of the season before his fine brace helped seal a 3-1 win at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.It gave new boss Jurgen Klopp the first Premier League victory of his tenure, and Coutinho hopes there is plenty more to come.He told the Liverpool website: “For me, it was great. I wasn’t playing so well and hadn’t scored for a while, so I was glad to score again and help the team.“I hope [it can be a turning point], I hope so. Sometimes when you play, things don’t always go well, but I always work hard.“I’m always looking to improve and I hope from now on I’ll continue improving; not only me, but the team, which is the most important thing.”last_img read more

Insider Trading: Suarez isn’t heading for Premier League, Pato, Berahino and more

first_imgWarren Haughton joins Hawksbee and Jacobs to round up all the latest gossip from the January window.He brings us the very latest on Alexandre Pato’s move to Chelsea. The former AC Milan striker is set for a medical on Wednesday evening – he says he is ‘so happy’ and Chelsea is his ‘new home’.Meanwhile, Warren says Andros Townsend’s impending £12m move to Newcastle will allow Florian Thauvin to go back to Marseille on loan.We have an update on wantaway forward Saido Berahino – West Brom insist the 22-year-old is not for sale and they have not had a conversation to suggest otherwise. But our man in the know thinks Spurs could still come in for him before the window shuts.Lamine Kone’s move to Sunderland is back on. The Lorient defender’s arrival would pave way for Sebastian Coates’ exit from the Stadium of Light.Everton’s Tim Howard is set to end his 13-year stay in England. The American goalkeeper is expected to return to the States. The Toffees have told the veteran his time at the club is up and have already begun their search for a new long-term shot-stopper.And finally, Watford have been dealt a cruel blow in their pursuit of Fiorentina midfielder Mario Suarez, as Valencia manager Gary Neville looks to hijack the move.Here are the latest transfer stories from talkSPORT.com:Leicester City transfer news: Foxes table £7.5m bid for Chelsea striker Loic RemyBarcelona fail with move for Spain star Nolito – Arsenal to pounce?Brendan Rodgers – Possible Liverpool return for Luis Suarez? ‘He loves the club and fans adore him, why not?’Lucas Leiva responds to Anfield exit rumours – talkSPORT exclusiveChelsea transfer latest: Alexandre Pato ‘so happy’ as Stamford Bridge move nears completionValencia boss Gary Neville wants to steal Mario Suarez from Watford’s clutchesTim Howard set for United States return in the summer – Everton begin hunt for replacement goalkeeperlast_img read more

In battle to save his life, man gains by losing – 450 pounds

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Last week, after his second lengthy hospital stay, physical therapy, intensive care for his gaping skin wounds and careful nutrition – but no bariatric surgery – Jimenez left Huntington Hospital on his own two feet, 450 pounds lighter. For Jimenez, it is only the first step in his journey back to health. But by telling his story, he said, he hopes he can give strength to others who have their own challenges to overcome. By the time Jimenez arrived at Huntington Hospital 61/2 months ago, things were pretty bad. “When I got there, they gave me a 50 percent chance of living,” he said Friday from the house where he lives with his family and two Chihuahuas, Grande and Tequila. Although he had already shed 200 pounds, during his first hospital stay he developed six huge pressure ulcers, he said, the largest of which was big enough to fit a hand. PASADENA – When Oscar Jimenez checked into the emergency room near his home in Wilmington on Nov. 14, 2006, he weighed 1,057 pounds. By that point, Jimenez, 30, had been bed-bound for more than three months following a painful fall on his bathroom floor. To get him to the hospital, firefighters had to cut a hole in his bedroom wall, and take out the picture window in the living room. Because he didn’t fit into an ambulance, they lifted him with a tarp onto the bed of a pickup truck. “One of the problems that he had was that he had a very serious skin infection,” said Jeffrey Tavis, one of Jimenez’s doctors. “The infection, if it got too bad, it could have overwhelmed his body and he would have died.” To make matters worse, Jimenez said, “when I got there I was malnourished – low cholesterol, low iron, my hemoglobin was all whacked out.” Although he had been under the guidance of a doctor and nutritionist, Jimenez “wanted to lose weight faster, so I ate even less than they told me,” he said. “It was too strong of a diet.” Without the proper nutrition, his body was less able to repair itself. For the next six months, it took a large team of doctors, nurses and staff to get Jimenez back on his feet. During the first part of his stay, surgeons cut dead tissue from his wounds daily. Infectious disease specialists took samples to decide what antibiotics would best fight the nasty bacteria. A suctioning device called a Wound VAC (for Vacuum Assisted Closure) was positioned over his sores to clean out the dead tissue and suck out excess fluids. “I’ve got to say, every day with the wound care – I was crying sometimes,” Jimenez said. He was also put on a strict – but nutritious – diet 1,200 to 1,500 calories a day (most people require between 1,500 and 2,000 calories). Then there was the regular physical therapy, led by Margo Boss. Though only 5 feet 4 inches tall, Boss was by no means a pushover. “She does let you know – she’s a little drill sergeant, but she gets it done, she gets results,” Jimenez said fondly. After more than three months of work, Jimenez progressed from lying down to sitting up for short periods of time, and finally – with the help of a sling – standing and walking. By that point, it had been more than a year since his last steps. He can now walk almost the length of two football fields, using only forearm crutches for support. “While this is an extreme case, I think it also offers you a lot of hope for people that feel that this can’t change, this can’t be gotten under control,” said Nicholas Jauregui, a palliative care doctor who treated the pain from Jimenez’s sores from the massive weight burdening his skin, bones and joints. “A lot of people say `Well, this is just Oscar’s fault,’ but it’s just not true. It’s an illness like any other illness,” he said. “He has a responsibility for treating that and getting better, but it’s an illness like any other illness.” Last Wednesday, Jimenez was discharged from Huntington and left on his own two feet. “When I saw him the other day, walking, I just wanted to cry,” said Penny Raile, executive director of the El Cucuy Foundation. The foundation, started by Ramon Almendarez Coello, better known as one of Los Angeles’ most-popular morning radio personalities El Cucuy, had taken up Jimenez’ cause more than a year ago and helped him navigate the red tape of Medi-Cal to get treatment. “I remember the Oscar that was so scared to do anything. He was scared to take that first step because he said, `I haven’t walked in so long, it’s going to feel weird,”‘ Raile said. The first thing his mother did, even before going home from the hospital, was take him to church to say thanks. Still, there is much more progress for Jimenez to make. “I still have some wound care, but compared to what I had before, it’s a cake walk,” he said. He will continue to make weekly trips to Huntington for physical therapy, treatment of his sores and checkups with Tavis, and is attending a bariatric support group. “Oscar has to have a persistent drive to make the changes he has to do,” Tavis said. “He has to make that conscious choice, every day.” “Now I think I’ve got what I need and I know what to do,” said Jimenez. “My family’s informed of it so I don’t forget, and I have them to fall back on in case I forget. I think I’ve got it all written down, so somebody will remind somebody.” elise.kleeman@sgvn.com (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4451160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Griffen puts his speed to use

first_imgThat’s exactly what the Trojans wanted when they lured Griffen from Avondale, Ariz., as an addition to a rotation with Jackson and the other starter, Kyle Moore. But it’s safe to say that even with the speed he possesses, there are a lot more nuances to learn about playing the defensive line. “When he learns to use his talents to his advantage, he’s going to be a great player,” nose tackle Sedrick Ellis said. “That’s the only thing that separates older players from young players – older players learn how to use what they have to their advantage. Some players are fast, some are stronger. I think Everson is starting to realize he’s a speed guy and he’s starting to use it to his advantage. “I knew when he figured it out he was going to be just fine.” Against the Beavers, it happened suddenly. USC had just scored to take a 10-3 lead when OSU began a drive at its 17-yard line. On first down, Griffen trapped quarterback Sean Canfield for a 4-yard loss. Two plays later, he pummeled him for a 5-yard loss. After a punt, it took USC only four plays to score again and it was 17-3. “I felt a big momentum change,” Griffen said. “And our offense got the opportunity and scored on that drive.” In the third quarter, Canfield had just completed a 19-yard pass near midfield. On the next play, he was victimized by Griffen again, killing another drive. Early in the fourth quarter, Griffen came from the left, Jackson from the right and they combined to end another possession with an 8-yard sack, the Trojans’ ninth of the game. “He’s made a drastic improvement,” Jackson said. “Tonight was probably the biggest because he was running into guys a couple of times. “With that kind of speed, you don’t have to run into anybody, you just have to run around them and he did that.” Griffen, who entered the game with one sack to his credit, may lack the patience of a veteran, though. “It took so long to have a game like this,” he said. “The ninth game. … It took me all season, but I finally got it.” Baker hurting USC offensive tackle Sam Baker might also miss next week’s game after sitting out against Oregon State because of a torn hamstring, sources said. Baker suited up and participated in pregame warmups, but did not play Saturday. However, the three-time All-American’s status for next week is also questionable, sources said. He hurt his hamstring earlier this season and then reinjured it against Oregon. Baker said he wants to play against California next week. Joseph suspended Cornerback Vincent Joseph was suspended for the game by Athletic Director Mike Garrett because he accumulated too many negative points. Athletes earn negative points for missing class or tutoring sessions. Johnson status USC coach Pete Carroll said trainers put tailback Stafon Johnson on a “do not use” list at the end of the game. Carroll said he was unsure if Johnson was hurt or merely needed to be rested. What drops? Wide receiver Vidal Hazelton said he was not sure what Carroll meant when he complained about dropped passes. “I have no clue,” Hazelton said. “I just know when the ball came to me, I did my thing.”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 two defensive ends aren’t too far apart in size, with Jackson at 6-foot-5 and 270 pounds and Griffen at 6-3, 265. But when there’s a race to the quarterback, Griffen has the means to get there before anybody. After his ninth collegiate game, he seems to be understanding that. Griffen had three sacks of his own and shared another with Jackson to lead a defensive onslaught for the Trojans in their 24-3 win over Oregon State at the Coliseum. “I finally started listening to (defensive line coach Nick Holt) and I ran off the ball,” Griffen said. “And good things happen when you listen to the coaches. “I’ve always been fast my whole life. I’ve always been big and fast.” By Phil Collin and Scott Wolf Staff Writers When fifth-year senior Lawrence Jackson caught up with true freshman Everson Griffen on the USC sideline Saturday night, Jackson had a quick word of advice. “I told him he better call his mom and dad and tell them thank you for making him fast,” Jackson said. last_img read more

Aston Villa take no further action against Agbonlahor over Dubai smoking row

first_img Gabriel Agbonlahor missed Saturday’s game against Chelsea after being caught smoking on holiday 1 Aston Villa have confirmed they will take no further action against striker Gabriel Agbonlahor following his conduct on a recent holiday in Dubai.The 29-year-old was pictured apparently smoking a shisha pipe, and was not considered for Saturday’s match against Chelsea as the club carried out an investigation. However, Villa tweeted on Tuesday: “Aston Villa Football Club has completed its investigation into Gabby Agbonlahor’s trip to Dubai over the international break. The Club will be taking no further action.”Club captain Agbonlahor was pictured alongside defender Micah Richards, but the defender was involved against Chelsea.Agbonlahor is Villa’s longest-serving current player, although he has only made 15 Premier League appearances for the bottom club this season.He signed a four-year contract in 2014 but has scored just once this season.Villa lost 4-0 at home to Chelsea and relegation is seemingly inevitable. They are currently 15 points below fourth from bottom Norwich, with just six matches remaining.last_img read more

Juventus to scupper Arsenal’s pursuit of Borussia Dortmund star

first_img Henrikh Mkhitaryan (right) celebrates with Borussia Dortmund team-mate Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang 1 Juventus are planning to rival any attempt made by Arsenal to prise Henrikh Mkhitaryan away from Borussia Dortmund in the summer.Mkhitaryan is stalling on a contract renewal with Dortmund despite numerous meetings with the club’s directors.And his future with the German side is now doubt after reports last week suggested the Armenian star has been house hunting in London ahead of a proposed switch to the Emirates.However, according to Tuttosport, Juventus will match any offer Arsenal make for the playmaker and are confident of beating the Gunners to the signing due to their close relationship with Mkhitaryan’s agent Mino Raiola.The 27-year-old has enjoyed a fine season for Thomas Tuchel’s side, scoring ten goals and providing 16 assists in 28 league appearances.last_img read more

Manufacturing growth slows

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson The index “may not be increasing enough to support job growth” in manufacturing, said Frank Nothaft, chief economist at Freddie Mac, the government-sponsored mortgage company. The ISM’s index of prices paid by manufacturers for raw goods fell to 63 last month from 74 in November, in part because supply disruptions brought on by hurricanes last year have been ironed out. Also, less demand for raw goods among manufacturers could have lowered prices. Meanwhile, the Commerce Department reported Tuesday that construction spending hit an all-time high in November amid government spending on schools, highways and sewer systems. Total building activity in November rose to a record $1.146 trillion at an annual rate, up 0.2 percent from the October pace. Private construction rose by 0.2 percent to an all-time high of $892.4 billion even though home construction was unchanged. There was a 0.5 percent increase in nonresidential construction in November, reflecting big gains in construction of offices, hotels and a category that includes shopping malls. Government construction spending was up 0.3 percent to a new record of $253.9 billion. Analysts said part of this probably reflects rebuilding efforts in Gulf Coast areas devastated by a string of 2005 hurricanes. The spending growth for public construction in November was led by a 9.2 percent jump on sewers and other waste-disposal projects and gains of 1.6 percent in highway construction and 1.3 percent for school construction. “The overall momentum in construction remains solid,” said Brian Bethune, an economist at Global Insight. “We expect this pattern to continue, with public and commercial construction taking the leadership baton in 2006 as housing starts to ease back moderately.” – AP Economic Writers Martin Crutsinger and Jeannine Aversa in Washington, D.C., 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! NEW YORK – Manufacturing grew at a surprisingly slower pace in December, a month after construction spending jumped because of increased sewer, highway and school building, as well as projects apparently tied to recovery efforts in states hurt by 2005’s deadly hurricanes. A private industry group that surveyed business executives said manufacturing slowed in December as prices for fuel and raw materials fell. The Institute for Supply Management said the reading on its manufacturing index remained above 50 last month, indicating the sector was still expanding, but fell to 54.2 from 58.1 in November. “Overall, still quite strong, but a bit disconcerting nonetheless,” Ian Shepherdson, chief U.S. economist at High Frequency Economics Ltd., said in a report about the ISM index. Shepherdson said he does not believe the index drop marked the start of a sustained softening, but another “softish report next month would be worrying,” he added. last_img read more