*DISCLAIMER: *Like Ed Woodward enquiring about Neymar’s availability, this is not to be taken seriously.Never ones to shy away from a controversial press conference, we got Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal and Real Madrid gaffer Rafa Benitez together and translated their every word.Watch the unbelievable video above to see former Liverpool manager Benitez and Van Gaal row about whose fault the deadline day debacle really was, and witness the Dutchman offer to lay the smackdown on his Spanish counterpart.We should point out that the talkSPORT translator can’t speak a word of Dutch or Spanish, but don’t let that spoil your enjoyment.To see what David De Gea had to say about the deadline day debacle yesterday, check this out…For more of the best sports entertainment on YouTube, subscribe to talkSPORT now!
1 The new FIFA World Rankings were released today and for the first time in their history, Wales were ranked ahead of England.So the Drivetime team want to know who is better – England or Wales? Wayne Rooney
1 Man City have been reported to UEFA for booing Champions League anthem Man City have been reported to UEFA following the booing of the Champions League anthem by fans.It is understood the matter was reported by a match delegate watching City’s victory against Sevilla at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday night.The club has now received notification from the European governing body over the issue and the case is set to be dealt with at the next meeting of UEFA’s disciplinary body on 19 November.But many football fans think the whole thing is pretty ridiculous, as you can see from some of the tweets below.
1 Newcastle goalscorer Ayoze Perez Newcastle United frantically held on to claim a narrow 1-0 victory at Bournemouth to rise out of the Premier League’s bottom-three.The injury-hit Cherries were by far the more dominant team at Dean Court, registering 20 shots against a Magpies side who continued to show little signs of improvement under Steve McLaren.But the hosts failed to convert their chances, landing just five efforts on target, and eventually paid the price as Ayoze Perez’s first-half goal against the run of play saw Eddie Howe’s side slip to a fourth straight defeat and into the relegation zone.Bournemouth started on the front foot and Newcastle survived a number of early scares, with match-winner Rob Elliot first saving well from Joshua King’s low shot.The Toon goalkeeper was in fine form all afternoon, but he was fortunate to escape with his clean sheet still intact in the early stages as, in a rush of blood to the head, he sprinted off his line to close down a Bournemouth break but miscued his challenge. Fortunately for the stopper, though, King was slow to react to the loose ball and Newcastle managed to clear.It was a frantic and scrappy opening 20 minutes from the visitors, who seemed unable to string more than a few passes together, but they suddenly found some rhythm shortly before the half-hour mark, and managed to opening the scoring with their first – and only – meaningful attack of the game.Finally gaining some composure on the ball, some patient passing from the back created some space for Georginio Wiljnaldum to drive forward and find Ayoze Perez on the edge of the box, with the 22-year-old Spaniard managing to hold off a challenge to slot in, the slippery ball ricocheting off Adam Federici’s gloves and trickling into the corner.It proved to be Newcastle’s only shot on target of the afternoon.It was a hammer blow to the Cherries, but to the home side’s credit they didn’t allow their heads to drop, as Adam Smith put Newcastle hearts in mouths with a fierce drive which skimmed the top of the crossbar after the visitors failed to clear from a corner.The one-way traffic continued after the break as Elliot was kept busy, the Republic of Ireland international pulling off a brilliant save to deny Matt Richie’s diving header early on.It was just the opposite for Bournemouth stopper Federici, who had little to do but to reflect on his costly mistake and watch his team-mates throw everything forward in search of the equaliser, but they were constantly thwarted by in-form Elliot, who singlehandedly kept Newcastle in front.His back-four were haphazard and the likes of Richie, Junior Stanislas, Dan Gosling and Harry Arter, who controlled the ball masterfully in midfield, repeatedly carving them apart, but the Cherries just couldn’t put the finishing touches to their flowing attacking moves.Goalscoring opportunities were few and far between in the closing stages, and while Bournemouth had their chances with a succession of corners and free-kicks, their set pieces failed to really test their opponents.Bournemouth stars seemed to be hoping for an intervention as the clock wound down and were screaming for a penalty when Newcastle defender Chancel Mbemba body checked Andrew Surman in the area, but their appeals were waved away by referee Lee Mason.Six minutes of added time – following an earlier break to treat an injured Stanislas – came and went for Bournemouth, who could have done little more to at least claim a share of the points, but Newcastle managed to hold on to claim their first away win of the campaign.
1 Jamie Vardy will steal the headlines after scoring in 11 consecutive Premier League games, but it was a great team performance by Leicester as they drew with Man United.At the start of the season, not many would have billed this as a top of the table clash, but that is exactly what it was.In fact, the last time Leicester faced Man United, the Foxes were bottom of the Premier League, but this time they began the game at the summit and were also chasing their fifth straight league win.And Vardy did not disappoint the home fans, who turned up in their thousands hoping to see him make history as he finished an excellent counter attack, which began with Kasper Schmeichel.Dealing with a United corner, the Leicester goalkeeper threw the ball to Christian Fuchs, who surged forward and gifted Vardy a wonderfully precise ball to latch onto and shoot beyond David De Gea.In doing so, the striker has beaten Ruud Van Nistelrooy’s long standing record and there was even a tweet from the former United striker congratulating Vardy.However, Man United fought back to end what was a fast paced 45 minutes, level courtesy of Bastian Schweinsteiger, who headed in Daley Blind’s corner.The second half was not as frantic as the first, but Man United looked the more threatening initially as they searched for a second, but Leicester always looked dangerous on the counter. Leonardo Ulloa was unlucky not to have scored as the game entered the final 20 minutes.As United pushed for a goal, manager Louis van Gaal, to many fans’ surprise, took captain Wayne Rooney off and replaced him with Memphis Depay.The England man appeared to have picked up an injury, which was probably fortunate for him considering he struggled to make an impact.Leicester kept pushing for another goal, but were almost undone in the end by Matteo Darmian, whose shot from the edge of the area sailed narrowly over the bar.When the final whistle sounded, though, all focus was on man of the match Vardy and Leicester, who drop to second, level on 29 points with Man City. Jamie Vardy celebrates against Man United
Alexis Sanchez has been ruled out of Arsenal’s clash with Liverpool on Wednesday – but he could return to face Stoke this weekend.The Chilean forward has been on the sidelines since the end of November after suffering a hamstring injury against Norwich.He is now not far away from a comeback, but Wenger says he will not be risked for the trip to Anfield.“For Sanchez I think the Liverpool game comes too soon,” said Wenger.“He has a chance to be available for Sunday against Stoke. He is going really well.” Alexis Sanchez 1
Counter declined a request by The Associated Press for further comment. Among other media giants, the alliance represents CBS Corp., NBC Universal, a unit of General Electric Co., and The Walt Disney Co. owner of the ABC network. The negotiations began in July and were joined this week by a federal mediator. Verrone said the union was open to negotiating over the weekend. “We are committed to seeing this through and are willing to engage in any further discussions if the studios so desire,” Verrone said. The statement from the producers alliance did not say if it would agree to weekend negotiations. The first casualty of the strike would be late-night talk shows, which are dependent on current events to fuel monologues and other entertainment. “The Tonight Show” on NBC will go into reruns starting Monday if last-ditch negotiations fail and a strike begins, according to a network official who spoke on condition of anonymity because the person lacked authorization to comment publicly. Garth Brooks and Tommy Lee Jones were the scheduled guests. Comedy Central has said “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” and “The Colbert Report” would likely go into repeats as well. A message left seeking CBS comment on plans for “The Late Show with David Letterman” in New York was not immediately returned Friday evening. During the 1988 writers strike, Letterman, then host of NBC’s “Late Night,” and longtime “Tonight Show” host Johnny Carson initially went off the air but later returned as the walkout dragged on for 22 weeks and cost the industry about $500 million. Daytime TV, including live talk shows such as “The View” and soap operas, which typically tape about a week’s worth of shows in advance, would be next to feel the impact. The strike will not immediately impact production of movies or prime-time TV programs. Most studios have stockpiled dozens of movie scripts, and TV shows have enough scripts or completed shows in hand to last until early next year. There could be widespread disruptions in Hollywood as other unions support the writers. Officials with the Screen Actors Guild have told members they must report for work but encouraged them to join picket lines during their off-time. A similar message came from the head of a local Teamsters union. However, those workers were told they were protected by law from employer retribution if they honored strike lines. John Bowman, chief negotiator for the writers guild and the producer on an upcoming TBS show “Frank, TV,” said he would not cross picket lines, even if it cost his job. “Unfortunately we have to inflict as much damage as we can as soon as possible in order to get this thing over,” he said. The economic impact of a strike is hard to estimate because not all production will be halted at once, economists said. “There definitely will be pain,” said Jack Kyser, chief economist for the Los Angeles Economic Development Corp. The entertainment industry contributes about $30 billion a year to the Los Angeles economy, or about $80 million a day, he said. Talks between writers and producers will likely impact upcoming negotiations between the studios and unions representing actors and directors. All those unions believe revenue from content offered on the Internet, cell phones and other platforms will grow tremendously in the years ahead, even though it’s now minuscule compared to DVD sales. Consumers are expected to spend $16.4 billion on DVDs this year, according to Adams Media Research. By contrast, studios could generate about $158 million from selling movies online and about $194 million from selling TV shows over the Web. Studios argue that it is too early to know how much money they can make from offering entertainment on the Internet, cell phones, iPods and other devices. Producers are also uncertain whether consumers prefer a pay-per-view model over an advertising-supported system. They want the economic flexibility to experiment as consumer habits change in reaction to technology. Writers and actors have been preparing for several years for difficult negotiations. Unions representing both those groups hired executive directors with extensive union experience rather than having their own members go up against seasoned studio negotiators. In addition, both unions elected presidents who vowed to be more aggressive during bargaining. The strike was first announced Thursday night at a meeting attended by 3,000 union members whose moods ranged from defiant to somber. Janis Hirsch, a veteran TV writer, said she had voted against a strike. “It’s sad, but I’ve got to support my union,” she said. ‘At this point it makes sense.” — AP Television Writer Lynn Elber contributed to this story.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 MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m. “The studios made it clear that they would rather shut down this town than reach a fair and reasonable deal,” Patric Verrone, president of the western chapter of the guild, said at a news conference. The union said it will stage its first pickets in New York and Los Angeles after strike captains meet Saturday to finalize details. J. Nicholas Counter, president of the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, called the strike “precipitous and irresponsible” in a prepared statement. Producers believe progress can be made on other issues but “it makes absolutely no sense to increase the burden of this additional compensation” involving DVDs and the Internet, he said. Last year alone, members of the western chapter of the guild were paid $56 million in additional compensation from DVD residuals, he said. A federal mediator has called for an 11th hour negotiating session between Hollywood writers and producers in a last-ditch effort to head off a TV and movie writers strike scheduled to begin Monday. The Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers said the Sunday meeting will take place at a neutral location to be determined. The writers announced Friday they planned to strike on Monday for the first time in two decades to break what has become a high-stakes stalemate with the world’s largest media companies over profits from DVDs and programming on the Internet. Writers Guild of America board members voted unanimously Friday to begin the strike at 12:01 a.m. unless studios offered a more lucrative deal with a bigger cut from video sales and shows sold or streamed over the Web.
Striking Writers Guild of America members are expected to be joined today by members of other unions in a march and rally intended to show labor strength and solidarity. Members of the Service Employees International Union, California Nurses Association and the Teamsters will participate in the “Solidarity with Writers” event, which will consist of a rally followed by a march on Hollywood Boulevard, according to the WGA. Scheduled speakers include “Grey’s Anatomy” actress Sandra Oh and Los Angeles City Council President Eric Garcetti. Members of the Screen Actors Guild, television production assistants, disabled writers, members of other unions and more than 100 members of the SAG/AFTRA/EQUITY Performers with Disabilities Committee joined striking members of the Writers Guild of America, West, in walking picket lines yesterday. The strike has forced late night talk shows into reruns and halted production of many scripted primetime series. “I’m an actor, I’m a … father, a husband. I’m a lot of things, but I also am a man with a disability,” SAG member Robert David Hall told ABC7. “And there are very, very few people with disabilities actually working in Hollywood, so one of the things I care deeply about is seeing performers with disabilities get auditions. You know, nobody wants a handout, you just want a chance to work. And without writers working, we’re not gonna work.”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 writers deserve our support and encouragement as we continue to work together towards improved inclusion of people with disabilities in the industry,” said Danny Murphy, national vice chair of the Screen Actors Guild’s People with Disabilities Committee. Later yesterday, organizers said that more than 250 assistants and “below-the-line” employees, many of whom have been laid off, joined striking writers on the picket line at 20th Century Fox Studies in Century City. “This was a chance for us to show the writers we support them,” said organizer Andrew Goldberg, who was laid off Nov. 7 from his job as an assistant to producer Seth MacFarlane for Fox Broadcasting’s primetime animated comedy “Family Guy.” The Writers Guild of America began its strike Nov. 5 against the movie studios and television networks in a dispute over residual payments from shows distributed over the Internet and other new media. There have been no negotiations since the strike began. However, both sides announced Friday that talks will resume next Monday.
A jury Thursday found a 32-year-old convicted burglar guilty of the February 2001 stabbing deaths of a West Hills couple. Gregory Douglas Miner was convicted by a Van Nuys Superior Court jury of the murder of 76-year-old William Lasky and his 73-year-old wife, Bertha. The jury also found Miner guilty of committing robbery and burglary, special circumstances that could have qualified him for the death penalty if prosecutors had pushed for it. Instead, he faces life in prison. The family of the victims, frustrated by years of court delays, had four words after the verdict: “Thank goodness, thank goodness,” said Beth Lasky of West Hills, one of the Laskys’ three children. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsThe Laskys were killed inside their home in the 7200 block of Pomelo Drive during a home-invasion robbery. The killers, after stealing their car, returned later to set the house on fire. William Lasky, a World War II veteran known as Bill, emerged from a back bedroom to confront the burglars as they tore apart his living room. He was taken hostage at knifepoint. When Bertha Lasky, known as Bert, returned from a shopping trip, she also was detained. The intruders stabbed Bert, then Bill, in their master bedroom. Shellie Samuels, a deputy district attorney for major crimes, said she was “very pleased” with the verdict. “It’s just a shame. It’s a very sad case. Both murders were really brutal.” Miner, a part-time electrician who had served a four-year sentence for burglary, faces life behind bars without parole. His sentencing is set for Dec. 18. During the trial, jurors watched a 6