Video: Set-piece superstar Hakan Calhanoglu scores another brilliant free-kick

first_imgHakan Calhanoglu is one of the deadliest free-kick takers in the world so when Hannover gave away a foul 28-yards from goal they knew they were in troubleAnd the midfielder, once on the radar of Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, duly dispatched the set-piece with aplomb, helping his side to a 1-0.Former Manchester United goalkeeper Ron-Robert Zieler could do nothing about the strike, which keeps Bayer Leverkusen hot on the heels of Bayern Munich with two victories in two games.And you can see the super set-piece below. Bayer Leverkusen Hakan Calhanoglu 1last_img

Aston Villa starlet reveals shock at Premier League opportunity

first_img Jordan Lyden 1 Aston Villa youngster Jordan Lyden has revealed how surprised he was to be named in the most recent first-team squad.The Australian Under-20s star was called up by Remi Garde for the defeat to Arsenal last weekend – despite the struggling side making a raft of expensive signings in the summer.“I was speechless when I found out I was in the 18-man squad. I didn’t know what to think,” he continued.“I’d initially been with the Under-21s – playing the games and training with them. All of a sudden I was called in to train with the first team so that was obviously great.“I have trained with them every day for the last two weeks. I still didn’t feel I was in contention to be involved in a game – that was the last thing on my mind. I was focused on working hard.“But then once the squad got named and I was in there, I couldn’t believe it.“It wasn’t the best result but it was a proud moment for me. It felt surreal. To walk out at Villa Park and look around at all the faces was incredible. It didn’t feel real.“When I warmed up on the touchlines the fans gave me a lot of encouragement and support which really helped me.“The players have welcomed me in, too. I have felt comfortable, which is the main thing because it is quite daunting for a young player moving up into the seniors.“It’s been a real adventure for me. I have moved over from Australia and left my family – but ever since I was young I’ve wanted to a footballer and play in the Premier League.”last_img read more

PSG star to leave on a free transfer – Liverpool and Tottenham to fight it out?

first_img Ezequiel Lavezzi Liverpool and Tottenham target Ezequiel Lavezzi has decided to stay with Paris Saint-Germain until the summer.The forward’s contract with the French champions expires at the end of the season, meaning he will be able to leave on a free transfer.PSG were expected to cash in on the 30-year-old during the January transfer window after Juventus and Inter Milan made offers.Lavezzi though, according to reports in France, has rejected the approaches of the Italian clubs as they did not meet his wage demands.That leaves the door open for Liverpool and Tottenham, who have both scouted the Argentina international.Neither of the Premier League pair had been keen on a January move but snapping up Lavezzi on a free in the summer is likely to reignite their interest. 1last_img

West Ham defender joins Southend on loan

first_imgWest Ham defender Stephen Hendrie has joined Southend on loan for a month.The highly rated left-back, who arrived from Hamilton in a £1m move during the summer, is yet to feature for the Hammers’ first team.So now manager Slaven Bilic has decided to allow Hendrie to leave Upton Park on a 31-day loan to Southend.The Scotland Under-21 international has already linked up with Phil Brown’s squad and could make his debut against Peterborough this weekend.He told the Southend official website: “So far it’s been great, the boys have introduced themselves to me well.“I’m just happy to be here, and get some games under my belt and fire us up the league.” 1 Stephen Hendrie last_img

The moment the title race turned in Arsenal’s favour

first_img Danny Welbeck scores Arsenal’s winner v Leicester 1 An injury-time winner from substitute Danny Welbeck gave Arsenal a 2-1 victory over Leicester City at the Emirates Stadium as Arsene Wenger’s side closed the gap to just two points on Claudio Ranieri’s Foxes.Returning hero Welbeck’s winner came 25 minutes after Theo Walcott had levelled the match, cancelling out Jamie Vardy’s penalty – scored just before half-time.But it was Danny Simpson’s unnecessary dismissal which Leicester fans will be cursing long into the night, as the 29-year-old right back picked up two yellows in quick succession while his side were 1-0 up.The Gunners started brightly as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain surged down the right wing and won a corner for his side within the first minute. Alexis Sanchez headed the resulting set piece narrowly wide of Kasper Schmeichel’s right-hand post; however Chamberlain would continue to give Leicester left-back Christian Fuchs problems for the duration of the half.In the ninth minute, having beaten Fuchs, Chamberlain appealed for handball against N’Golo Kante, although referee Martin Atkinson’s decision to wave this appeal away seemed justified in hindsight.Leicester’s first real chance of the match came after 16 minutes as Jamie Vardy’s header forced a brilliant stop from Petr Cech. The Arsenal goalkeeper would later save his side’s blushes again as he clawed N’Golo Kante’s excellent curling effort away from the top corner of the Gunners’ goal.And then came the defining moment of the first half as Kante initiated a Leicester breakaway amid Arsenal appeals for a foul by Wes Morgan on Mesut Ozil. Kante was then harshly fouled himself by Laurent Koscielny, but play was waved on by Martin Atkinson as the ball fell to Jamie Vardy who burst into the penalty area and drew a silly challenge from Nacho Monreal.Despite the Spanish left-back’s desperate proclamation of innocence, referee Atkinson signalled for a 45th minute penalty.Vardy picked himself up, dusted himself down and smashed the ball past Cech to give the Foxes a vital lead with one of the last kicks of the half.Having not been able to respond straight after the goal, Arsenal started the second period as they’d started the first – at an electric pace. Efforts from Ramsey and Giroud threatened Kasper Schmeichel’s goal, with the problems Alexis Sanchez was causing Leicester right-back Danny Simpson helping to change the course of the game.In the 49th minute Sanchez drew a foul from Simpson, which saw Leicester’s right-back awarded a yellow card and, just five minutes later, Olivier Giroud did the same, sending Leicester down to ten men.Claudio Ranieri’s decision to replace Riyad Mahrez with defender Marcin Wasilewski temporarily appeared to have solved the problem as Leicester initially soaked up Arsenal’s pressure. But, in the 70th minute, Hector Bellerin’s ball in from the right was cushioned perfectly by Olivier Giroud into the path of Theo Walcott, whose side-footed finish levelled the game.From then on, it was 25 minutes of constant Arsenal pressure as Aaron Ramsey, Olivier Giroud and Per Mertesacker all missed fantastic chances to win the game for their side.With time running out, Arsene Wenger made the decisive call and introduced Danny Welbeck to the action after 83 minutes, for the Englishman’s first appearance after nine months on the sidelines.It looked as though Leicester would escape with a hard-earned point, when Arsenal were awarded a free-kick around 35 yards from goal. Mesut Ozil took this opportunity to float a perfectly-weighted ball into the area which Welbeck was able to head past a devastated Schmeichel.There were jubilant scenes at the Emirates as Welbeck and everyone connected with the home side celebrated what felt like a decisive moment in the title race.Only time will tell how important Welbeck’s goal will be in the context of this season’s top spot, but for now it leaves Arsenal just two points behind Leicester City.With 12 matches remaining, the title race is well and truly on.last_img read more

How Liverpool’s starting XI could look next season

first_img 11 11 11 Attacking midfield: Roberto Firmino – After a slow start to life at Liverpool, the Brazil star is gradually making a name for himself at Anfield and Klopp will be keen on helping the ex-Hoffenheim star reach his potential too. 11 Centre back: Joel Matip – The Schalke defender will join the Reds on a free transfer in the summer and should improve the team with his pace and ball-playing tendencies. He could prove a vital asset if he hits the ground running at Anfield. Goalkeeper: Marc-Andre ter Stegen – Click the right arrow above to see how Liverpool’s starting XI could look next season based on current rumours… – With Simon Mignolet’s form continuing to fluctuate, almost on a minute-by-minute basis, it’s likely the Belgian will either be ditched or benched next season, despite his new five-year deal. With Germany producing plenty of good goalkeepers, Klopp will have a decent idea about who to sign as his replacement and there are rumours surrounding Barcelona back up Ter Stegen. 11 Centre midfield: Granit Xhaka – The Swiss star has admitted on several occasions moving to the Premier League would see him fulfil a childhood dream, and Klopp could help do that if he decides to splash the cash on him in the summer. The Borussia Moenchengladbach star is valued highly and could cost up to £38m, mind you. His temperament may also be a worry in English football. 11 Right back: Nathaniel Clyne – The England full-back has been solid if unspectacular in his debut season at Liverpool. The changing of managers hasn’t disrupted him too much and he could well develop further with a pre-season under Klopp. 11 Centre midfield: Emre Can – The German international has been a real star for the Reds since joining in 2014 and should continue at Anfield under the stewardship of his compatriot. Right wing: Karim Bellarabi – He’s not quite hit the heights of last season but the German star is still a menace on the wing and could be a target for Klopp, who has openly admitted his squad lacks wingers. Reportedly rated at £15m, the Berlin-born star would need to score more than the two Bundesliga goals he’s got this season and weigh in with more than his current tally of three assists. 11 Left wing: Philippe Coutinho – Unless a huge offer is made for his services, the Brazilian is another man who is almost certain to stay with Liverpool for the time being. His creativity means he’s a vital component for the Reds and with improved firepower around him he could provide even more goals for the club next season. 11 11 11 Liverpool’s defeat to Manchester City in the League Cup leaves them on the verge of missing out on European football next season.The Reds are currently battling it out for a Europa League spot with several other teams, while they could qualify for the Champions League should they win the aforementioned competition, in which they are still competing.And Jurgen Klopp is currently preparing his transfer options for the summer as he looks to transform the Anfield side into top four challengers once again.If the German gaffer can inspire his side to qualify for Europe he should, with his reputation, have the pick of players to choose from, but it could get tricky if they don’t make it into a continental competition.Rumours are already making the newspapers about which stars could join Klopp’s Merseyside revolution as he looks to overhaul his squad.So, based on current speculation, what could Liverpool’s starting XI look like next season? Click the right arrow above to see… Centre back: Martin Skrtel – Injury has disrupted the Slovakian’s season, with a torn hamstring keeping him out for two months but Jurgen Klopp will probably want to keep the experience centre-back to help new boy Joel Matip through his first season on Anfield. Left back: Jon Flanagan – With captain Jordan Henderson advising the board to hand the full-back, 23, a new long-term deal and Klopp insisting the player is ‘in his thinking’, it’s likely the popular star will remain at Anfield. If foreign signings land at Liverpool it will be important to retain a local feel through someone like Flanagan. Forward: Mario Gotze – It’s ambitious but its not out of the question. The World Cup winning forward hasn’t had it all his own way since leaving Borussia Dortmund for Bayern Munich and could eventually be reunited with ex-boss Klopp. It’s believed the German boss will have plenty of money to spend in the summer so there is a good chance they could afford the £37m fee, but it would be another matter tempting him to a team who may not be in the Champions League.last_img read more

Job concerns? 2 options

first_img“If the boss has been told to cut 10 percent of staff, he probably wants some distance while he thinks it through,” Challenger said. Whether a worker tries to stay or jump ship, he or she should work at building bridges inside and outside the company. “This is not a time to hide under your desk,” Challenger said. “Make sure you have relationships in good shape up and down the company, that you have support, especially from the boss. … You want your defenders.” Meanwhile, start networking with professional organizations, community groups, alumni associations and the like, he said. “Take 10 percent of your time … to be more engaged in building relationships outside of work, because you may need them,” he said. Deborah DeCamp, regional director for Manpower Professional, a division of the Manpower Inc. employment service company in Milwaukee, suggests workers keep their resumes updated at all times – not just when a job situation looks shaky. “You don’t want to update it in a panic,” she said. “If you update it regularly, you won’t forget major projects, and it will better reflect the kind of person you are.” For those who want to try to stay with their current employers, she suggests steps to become more valuable. “Any opportunity you have to cross-train or work with other departments through a project is a good thing,” DeCamp said. That’s because the trend in recent years has been for companies to retain multiskilled people, for example a human resources manager who also can handle benefits. “Getting involved in projects where you draw expertise from several departments gives you the opportunity to gather more experience and it gives you a bigger picture, not only within your company but possibly within the industry,” DeCamp said. Workers who want to test the job market but don’t want word to get back to their current employers should probably avoid posting their resumes online. “Anytime you have your resume posted and your supervisor finds out, you’re going to have to explain yourself,” she said. A better strategy would be doing some research into a company that interests you and approach the hiring manager for a confidential chat, she said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! STRATEGIES: Experts say you can make yourself more valuable to your employer or look to better your position elsewhere. By Eileen Alt Powell THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW YORK – In the fall, many companies take stock of how they’re doing on projects, sales targets and budgets; if the numbers aren’t agreeable, it could mean job cuts. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityWorkers may want to adopt strategies ahead of time, either to try to save their jobs or be prepared to find new ones. Studies by Challenger, Gray & Christmas Inc., an outplacement firm based in Chicago, have found there are more layoffs in the September-December period than any other time of the year. “Employers adjust staffing when they see how current-year projects have gone, and they adjust staffing in advance of next year’s budget,” said John A. Challenger, the firm’s CEO. “That means a worker has to be on his or her toes, especially if they’re seeing layoffs in other parts of their industry.” Another sign could be a boss who suddenly becomes more distant, Challenger said. Or a worker is passed over when it comes time to staff teams he or she was part of in the past. last_img read more

Cause of fiery I-5 underpass crash blamed on wet pavement

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.California Highway Patrol officers have been tight-lipped about the cause of the wreck, which also include a single car. Authorities have refused to identify the trucker whose rig hit the guardrail and came to a stop just south of the tunnel. He worked for Saia, Inc., a nationwide trucking company. Coroner’s investigators have declined to identify the dead, two men and boy, saying they were working to confirm their identities via dental records. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Friday’s 30-truck pileup and inferno that killed three people on the Golden State (5) Freeway may have been triggered by a trucker who lost control of his rig on wet pavement just past the tunnel-like underpass. The southbound big rig struck a guardrail — hurling its engine block into northbound lanes — and came to a stop about a third of a mile south of the tunnel just before 11 p.m., investigators close to the probe told. The mangled truck caught fire, and the spectacle apparently slowed traffic in both directions, with drivers steering around the burning truck and the debris for several minutes. Then, the chain-reaction collisions began in the 550-foot-long underpass. last_img read more

LAUSD plans to charge for use of school grounds

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre “The involvement of the focus group stakeholders helped us come to these recommendations that the superintendent has implemented,” said Tim Bower, director of Beyond the Bell, which oversees after-school programs at LAUSD. “This was the result of listening to the community and developing the very best plan we could.” While some groups will be exempt, most will fall into two for-pay categories, depending on whether they can show they serve LAUSD students. Groups will either be charged $10 an hour for use of facilities or $25.50 an hour – in addition to a $5 daily charge and a $77.10 permit valid for four months. To determine which fee category applies to different groups, the school district is developing a questionnaire to assess whether groups are within the district’s boundaries and serve its students. LAUSD is one of the few school districts that doesn’t charge for use of its facilities, which it says costs the district about $3.8million a year for utilities, maintenance and other costs. Hundreds of nonprofit youth groups in the San Fernando Valley and across the city will have to pay to use LAUSD facilities and athletic fields starting in March. Saying the Los Angeles Unified School District’s lean financial outlook requires the move, Superintendent David BrewerIII will institute a three-tiered fee structure to offset annual facilities costs of $3.8million. The move comes just two years after district officials abandoned similar efforts after a broad public outcry that it could force youth groups to cancel thousands of worthwhile after-school events. LAUSD officials said the final fee structure was the result of meetings with representatives of various organizations and is in line with fees charged by the city as well as other school districts. Katheryn Friedman, manager of civic center permits, said a survey of about 15 surrounding school districts showed that even the $25.50-an-hour charge is a competitive rate. “Everyone charges but L.A. Unified,” Friedman said. But nonprofits argue that the fees are too high for their tight budgets and that they will be forced to pass on the costs to parents of children in the groups. Drew Bracken, vice president of Northridge City Little League – which has about 650 youths on 50 teams that each practice up to four hours a week – said the charges are excessive. The league will have to pay at least $2,000 a week for its 12-week season. “I don’t think it’s right. We’re a nonprofit organization doing our best to keep kids active, keep kids focused, keep kids making good decisions,” he said. “And what are our tax dollars going for? “At the end of the day, it’s going to come back to the parents who are going to have to pay this fee. “My question to L.A. Unified is, `Where is the breakdown of what our taxes go toward?”‘ Under the final plan, the Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts as well as parent-teacher associations – who use indoor facilities – will be exempt from charges. The Girl Scouts of the San Fernando Valley, which launched a fierce campaign opposing the fees and appealed to school board member Tamar Galatzan, said the group will be able to continue using LAUSD facilities for meetings. “If we had had to pay fees, it would have bankrupted the troops that meet there,” said Melanie Merians, chief development officer for the Girl Scouts of the San Fernando Valley. At best, the average troop has an annual budget of about $800, she said. “I really understand that the budget needs to be balanced, but I don’t think doing it on the backs of the girls is how you’re supposed to do it,” Merians said. “I feel really appreciative that the school district agreed that groups like the Girl Scouts would not be appropriate to charge. We just don’t have that kind of money.” Galatzan – who appealed directly to the LAUSD after-school program department in the wake of a group’s opposition – said she thinks the final plan is fair. She said groups that use the athletic fields and cause wear and tear will be charged a reasonable amount, and those that use classrooms or library space will pay less. “The plan that the district came up with really was the best we could do during the budget crunch,” Galatzan said. “I’m glad that common sense ruled the day at L.A. Unified. Providing after-school meeting space for community groups that work with our kids is too important.” The LAUSD issues about 2,850 permits annually to youth organizations. The district’s facilities are used about 55,000 times during the course of a year. Bower said the district cannot yet predict how much the new fees will bring in because it’s unclear how many organizations will continue to use district facilities and which categories they will fall into. The deadline is Jan. 15 to apply for permits for the first four-month period, which begins in March.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img