Adam Lallana 1 Liverpool were denied a vital win after a late Bordeaux equaliser cancelled out a bit of Adam Lallana magic.Liverpool struggled in the first half with the only chance of note coming from a thunderous effort from Philippe Coutinho, which rattled the post.Lallana scored midway through the second half to put the Reds ahead but, with ten minutes left, Jussie levelled for the French side.A draw away to Bordeaux cannot be seen as a bad result although it will do nothing to ease the pressure on Rodgers.Coutinho nearly gave Liverpool a dream start as he and Divock Origi linked on the edge of the Bordeaux area but the Brazilian dragged his shot just wide of the left-hand post.Down the other end, Bordeaux had the best chance of the game when they broke quickly to catch Joe Gomez out of position only for Diego Rolan to lift the ball over Simon Mignolet and also the bar.There was another chance for the hosts as Nicolas Maurice-Belay made the most of Jordan Ibe’s lack of tracking back to find Wahbi Khazri, whose left-footed shot whistled past the post. Origi had the chance to take the lead for the Reds but he scuffed his shot wide when through one-on-one. Fortunately for the Belgian an offside flag saved his blushes.On the stroke of half time Coutinho almost scored a trademark long-range piledriver but his shot thundered off the post with the goalkeeper beaten.Bordeaux missed a golden chance to take the lead on 65 minutes when Enzo Crivelli failed to react quickly enough and missed an open goal – and what a costly miss it was.Liverpool went straight down the other end to score as Lallana nutmegged one before calmly slotted the ball into the corner.It was his first goal of the season to give the Reds the lead, albeit somewhat against the run of play.Bordeaux looked to get back in it and an acrobatic Crivelli volley would have done it but, fortunately for Rodgers’ men, Mignolet was equal to it.But they could not hold on when Crivelli was given far too much time to juggle the ball in the box before laying off to Jussie who slammed the ball into the roof of the net in the 81st minute.And despite the best efforts of both sides to nick a winner, that is how the game ended, with Liverpool heading back to England with a hard-earned point.
In: Matt Targett (Southampton) – £4.1m – Click the right arrow for more advice – Maybe like Mr Targett. The young Saint is enjoying an extended spell in the side due to Ryan Bertrands injury and is a solid player to have on your bench at this moment in time given the fact hes likely to start their next few games. 12 12 12 12 In: Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) – £8.9m – Click the right arrow for more advice – The ex-Liverpool man faced more criticism for his finishing on Tuesday night as he missed two good chances against Juventus but we reckon his pace against West Hams backline could be pivotal and net him and few points and possibly a goal too. Clashes with the pedestrian Tottenham and Newcastle defences are coming up too so hell be a good long-term buy. 12 In: Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City) – £6.3m – Click the right arrow for more advice – Hes too cheap not to have. The Algerian has been the star of the Premier League season so far and is a must for your team simply on the basis that 44 per cent of players have him. Dont get left behind. Out: Luke Shaw (Manchester United) – £5.7m – Click the right arrow for more advice – The left-back had been in brilliant form and probably would have been a tip to add to your team but, sadly, he suffered a broken leg in midweek and now faces six months out. 12 Out: Pedro (Chelsea) – £9.5m – Click the right arrow for more advice – The spritely Spaniard has taken a knock and, after the Blues Champions League clash with Maccabi Tel Aviv, Jose Mourinho is sure the player will miss their clash with Arsenal. Hes too expensivee to be an absentee. 12 12 12 12 Out: Per Mertesacker (Arsenal) – £5.4m – Click the right arrow for more advice – The big German is doubtful for the weekend and the Gunner will face Chelsea, Leicester City and Manchester United in the next few weeks if he is fit, so we reckon he wont get too many points. Leave him out until Arsenals form picks up. 12 In: Christian Benteke (Liverpool) – £8.5m – After that stunning overhead kick against Manchester United, the Belgian could be about to go on a goal spree. Out: Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) – £10.3m – Click the right arrow for more advice – The striker is doubtful for Manchester Uniteds match with Southampton so its wise to keep him out of your thinking until hes got at least one more Premier League goal to his name. Out: Willian (Chelsea) – £6.9m – Click the right arrow for more advice – Another injured Blues star to drop from your team. A good point-scoring start to the season saw many of you throw him into your squad but its wise to ditch him now. 12 Last week was an excellent reminder it’s not always the household names who get all the points in Fantasy Premier League.The team of the week included just one player who finished in the top four last season (Daley Blind), while players like Ritchie de Laet, Wes Hoolahan, Steven Naismith and Odion Ighalo mopped up the points.It’s a wake up call to those persisting with stars from Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United, and may mean you’re lagging behind your rivals.If so, talkSPORT’s crack team of Fantasy Premier League minds have put together this list of six players you need to get this week, and six you should be looking to ditch!Check out the Fantasy Premier League transfers you might need to make this week by clicking the right arrow above… Out: Angelo Ogbonna (West Ham) – £5.0m – Click the right arrow for more advice – A hamstring injury means the Italian centre-back could miss around four games for the Hammers. Hes hardly been a spectacular point scorer so wont be missed too much and it will give you an opportunity to bring in a cheaper player who gets more In: Aleksandar Kolarov (Manchester City) – £5.9m – Click the right arrow for more advice – The stern-faced Serbian has been getting points left, right, and centre this season. Manchester City have some decent fixtures coming up too and should continue to keep clean sheets, if he can get the odd assist too then youll be laughing. In: Joe Gomez (Liverpool) – £4.8m – Click the right arrow for more advice – Surprisingly, more teams have opted for Nathaniel Clyne than Joe Gomez out of Liverpools defenders. The English youngster is dirt cheap and getting plenty of points, so pick him up as a cheap alternative. The Reds face Norwich and Aston Villa at Anfield in their next two games so he should get at least one clean sheet, we reckon.
Stan Collymore and Mark Saggers muse over the sacking of Brendan Rodgers and discuss Liverpool’s next move.
Aston Villa legend Dwight Yorke believes he is the ideal man to take charge at Villa Park following the departure of Tim Sherwood.Former Tottenham coach Sherwood was axed as boss after Saturday’s 2-1 defeat to Swansea left the Villans bottom of the Premier League table.The 46-year-old oversaw just six wins out of 23 matches in charge – the shortest spell of any permanent Aston Villa manager.Brendan Rodgers, David Moyes and former Lyon boss Remi Garde have all been linked with the vacancy, but Yorke has urged the club to give him a chance.The ex-Villa and Manchester United striker claims his intimate knowledge of the Midlands outfit will help him turn the Villans’ season around, despite his lack of managerial experience.“People are going to say I’m crazy for putting my name in the hat,” he told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast. “But I’ve been involved in football for a very long time and, having played for Aston Villa for ten years, I’ve looked at the club and seen the direction they’re heading in – it’s a dire situation.“Yes, Tim was sacked yesterday and that’s very sad, but it’s a situation that’s been ongoing for around five years now.“You look at the way Villa have spent their time in the Premier league, avoiding relegation just by the skin of their teeth. They’re bottom of the league now and it’s a very worrying time for the club.“You look at their squad and think they should be doing much better than they did under Tim, but the most worrying thing is that their main rivals in the table, the likes of Leicester, West Brom and Stoke, they all have better squads and for me that is absolutely crazy!“Aston Villa are supposed to be the biggest club in the Midlands, but they’re nowhere near. They think they are a big club but the reality is that Villa, certainly in the last five or six years, have been deteriorating rapidly and that’s why they’re at the bottom of the table.“People will say I don’t have any experience, but we’ve seen people with experience go in there and struggle to do a job. I know that club inside out and I’ve looked at the squad, there’s enough in there to get them out in this position and there’s enough time as well.“It’s whether the owners are prepared to give an aspiring young manager an opportunity.”Yorke believes he offers his former side something the other managers currently available do not.The ex-frontman, who was discovered in the West Indies by then-manager Graham Taylor and went on to score close to 100 goals in over 250 appearances for Villa, says his passion for the club and relationship with the fans will help bring a ‘spark’ back to Villa Park.He added: “You look at the managers available now, it’s a merry-go-round. In the 30 years I’ve been involved in football it’s been the same people getting job after job, so why are young managers doing all their coaching badges but not getting that opportunity?“There are young people ready to break into management and I don’t see any reason why I shouldn’t put my name in the hat.“Villa need something to really spark them up right now. I spent ten years there, I had a fantastic relationship with the fans there and I just feel when I look around at the managers up for grabs at the moment that they need something a bit more exciting to come in and really lift the place.”
Remi Garde says he is aware of the huge task he faces to keep Aston Villa in the Premier League after the top flight’s basement side were thrashed 4-0 at Everton.Doubles for Ross Barkley and Romelu Lukaku embarrassed the Midlands club at Goodison Park as the Villans remain without a victory since August.The heavy defeat leaves Villa five points from safety, but Garde called for solidarity within the club as they look to stage an unlikely escape.“I knew that the task and the mission was very difficult but nobody will let it down,” said the Frenchman.“The players know that. We are all in the same boat and we are going to stick together because we have no other solution.”Villa’s chances in the game were, in truth, over by half time after the Toffees opened up a three-goal lead, and Garde recognised the huge gulf between the two sides.He added: “I think today the difference between the two teams was probably too high.“I was disappointed after the first goal. The second half was a bit better but we were already 3-0 down.”
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The loss of support is a major setback to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Democratic leaders on Capitol Hill, who have fiercely defended the resolution to Republicans and the Bush administration as a moral imperative in condemning the World War I-era killings of up to 1.5 million Armenians by Ottoman Turks. President Bush called Pelosi on Tuesday to ask her not to call for a House vote on the resolution. “The president and the speaker exchanged candid views on the subject and the speaker explained the strong bipartisan support in the House for the resolution,” Pelosi spokesman Nadeam Elshami said. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., told reporters Tuesday that the plan remained to vote on the measure before Congress adjourns by the end of the year. But, he added, “there are a number of people who are revisiting their own positions and we’ll have to determine where everyone is,” he said. POLITICS: Some Democrats drop support over concern about Turkey’s reaction. By Anne Flaherty THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON – A House vote to label the century-old deaths of Armenians as genocide was in jeopardy Tuesday after several Democrats withdrew their support and sounded alarms it could cripple U.S. relations with Turkey. The most notable Democratic challenge mounted this week came from Rep. John Murtha, an anti-war ally of Pelosi, D-Calif., and chairman of the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee. Murtha fought against a similar measure 20 years ago. “From my discussions with our military commanders and foreign policy experts, I believe that this resolution could harm our relations with Turkey and therefore our strategic interests in the region,” Murtha, D-Pa., said in an e-mailed statement Tuesday. Also this week, at least six Democrats withdrew their sponsorship of the bill and two other Democrats, Reps. Alcee Hastings of Florida and John Tanner of Tennessee, asked Pelosi to forgo the vote. Hastings, who has voted against combat funding for Iraq, and Tanner, a member of a conservative Democratic coalition known as the Blue Dogs, said they feared backlash from Turkey would cut off U.S. access to a critical air base.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
SACRAMENTO – A consumer group demanded Thursday that the state insurance commissioner fire one of his top attorneys, saying the department lawyer tried to help insurers avoid paying $300,000 in court costs stemming from a fight over auto insurance rates. The Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights said it obtained a series of e-mails showing that William Gausewitz secretly collaborated with insurers to file a declaration in court. It says the document supported the insurers’ claim that court costs should be paid by the state, not them. Gausewitz is a former insurance industry lobbyist who is senior counsel to Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner. “The documents obtained by FTCR show that Mr. Gausewitz continues to work closely with, and on behalf of, the insurance industry, albeit in a covert fashion – conduct that is utterly incompatible with your pledge of an independent and open administration,” the foundation said in its letter to Poizner. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.It was signed by Harvey Rosenfield, the group’s founder, and Doug Heller, its executive director. A spokeswoman for Poizner, Jennifer Kerns, said the foundation’s criticism is unfounded. “While Harvey’s work is admirable, he’s just plain wrong on this,” Kerns said. “The fact is, it is not uncommon for the Department of Insurance to submit statements of fact on particular issues, which is what Bill Gausewitz did in this case.” The dispute involves a lawsuit filed by the insurance industry in 2006. It sought to overturn regulations that limited use of motorists’ ZIP codes in setting their auto insurance rates. Consumers groups favored the regulations, saying rates should be based primarily on driving records and not on where people live. Several groups, including the Santa Monica-based foundation, joined the attorney general in successfully defending the regulations. They then urged a Sacramento County Superior Court judge to order the insurers to repay them for their court costs. Jeff Fuller, a lobbyist for the Association of California Insurance Companies, sent Gausewitz an e-mail on Aug. 24 asking the department to give the judge a declaration the industry had drafted. “We believe that the court should be aware of the information contained in the declaration and that (a) signature by the insurance commissioner or someone else in the Dept. of Insurance is appropriate,” Fuller wrote in an e-mail obtained by the foundation under the California Public Records Act. Gausewitz asked that the declaration be rewritten and returned to him. “Send the draft declaration, in Word format, to me alone,” Gausewitz told Fuller. “Please don’t talk about this to other folks until we have talked about it further.” Gausewitz subsequently sent a copy of the declaration to several people, including an attorney for Consumers Union, another of the groups involved in defending the regulations. Gausewitz said the declaration provided historical information about the department’s payment of consumer group court costs from a fund set up to enforce Proposition 103. That initiative, passed by voters in 1988, governs auto insurance rates. He said in the e-mail to the Consumers Union attorney and others that the declaration was “provided to give factual information only. No (department) position is implied by or should be inferred from this declaration with respect to any legal issue before the court in this litigation.”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 man took her to his home near 60th Street West and Avenue L, where he tried to get her to engage in sex with him, Dunn said. The girl eventually persuaded the man to let her go, Dunn said, and she went to a nearby home and told the people there what happened. One of the people she told called 911, Dunn said. “She was not injured,” he said. “She’s doing OK.” The victim led deputies to the man’s home, where he was taken into custody, Dunn said. Paramedics took the man to a hospital, but they did not say why, other than it was to be treated for something unrelated to the crime, Dunn said. LANCASTER – A man who bumped a girl with his car, then drove her to his home and tried to have sex with her has been arrested on suspicion of kidnapping and attempted rape, a sheriff’s sergeant said Saturday. The suspect’s name was not immediately available, but he was taken into custody about midnight Friday, said sheriff’s Sgt. Brian Dunn of the Lancaster station. The victim was a 17-year-old girl. Dunn said the girl was walking about 9:20 p.m. when the kidnapper bumped her with his vehicle. The girl, who was unhurt, was ordered to get in and, out of fear, she agreed, the sergeant said. The man will be booked on suspicion of kidnapping and attempted rape, he said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!