David Ball 1 Fleetwood Town’s David Ball is among the contenders for FIFA’s goal of the year prize.Ball has been shortlisted for an exquisite chip during his side’s League One clash with Preston in March.He is up against Lionel Messi for the Puskas Award, with the Barcelona superstar’s stunning solo strike against Athletic Bilbao in May earning him his spot on the ten-man list.Check out the strike from Ball here: And check out Messi’s stunning solo effort:
5 5. Leeds United’s away support – to find out the travelling armies that make Adrian’s top four, click the arrow above – Look at the numbers travelling compared to the achievements of Leeds in recent times. Amazing. 5 5 5 4. Newcastle United’s away following – They travel in numbers, they have a great time despite little reward and for some strange reason they get naked. 3. Peterborough United’s travelling fans – Our home support is apathetic. Away is a different story. A recent study confirmed Posh have the highest proportion of away fans compared to the home gate, which is incredible for a club that doesn’t regularly achieve much. Watch the YouTube video, below, of Posh fans at MK Dons last season. We lost 3-0 but you’d think we were the home team. In my experience of going to games as a reporter for talkSPORT, every weekend on Matchday Live, and as a fan actually sitting among groups of away fans, these five are the best of the travelling armies in English football.Take a look at the supporters I’ve selected in my top five, above, and share your thoughts on the subject. Join the discussion by leaving a comment below.Check out this footage of my team’s fans, Peterborough United, at MK Dons earlier this year, when the away side were 3-0 down…Tune into Adrian’s Drivetime show to hear the best sports discussion on the airwaves, 4pm-7pm GMT, Monday to Friday on talkSPORT 2. Arsenal’s away support – Without doubt the funniest fans. Some great songs sung and usually very supportive. I was in the away end when Arsenal won a League Cup tie at Reading 7-5 a few years ago. When the Gunners were 4-0 down, the fans made it into a joke, and as the comeback gathered pace they carried the team. Brilliant. 5 1. Manchester United’s away fans – Old Trafford is pretty lethargic these days but on the road United fans are loud and proud. I suspect the away followers have a higher percentage of genuine hardcore United fans than you see at Old Trafford. The best example is 90 minutes of constant support and singing during the 4-0 defeat at MK Dons last season.
Such reforms have been tried and implemented in other big cities, and have markedly cut down the drive time. The feds have recognized their effectiveness. In August, the Department of Transportation awarded millions through its Urban Partnership program to Miami, Minneapolis, New York, San Francisco and Seattle as a reward for coming up with imaginative plans to fight gridlock. L.A. wasn’t on the list. So why is the drafting and implementation of a comprehensive traffic plan a great taboo for Villaraigosa and city officials? The short answer is that it takes money, planning, and long hours of frustrating and thankless work to make any headway against gridlock. The long answer is that many elected officials regard transportation and traffic gridlock as a zero-sum game. Reform means stepping on the turfs of other cities and the county, ruffling the feathers and egos of other officials, and potentially making political enemies. It’s also virtually impossible to measure the success of drive-time reduction in numbers. When the Los Angeles Police Department mounts a big sweep on Skid Row streets or saturates an area to reduce the number of robberies of street vendors, the results are immediate, quantifiable and measurable. Police and city officials can hold press conferences and bask in the glow of public acclaim for cracking down on crime. But if traffic is speeded up a second or two by synchronizing traffic lights in a square-mile area, or 10 motorists are pried out of their cars and into a car pool, that’s not the stuff of photo-op sessions. Then there’s the horror of gridlock in a big, ever-sprawling city like L.A. The problem seems so big, overwhelming and intractable, that it defies an easy solution. It’s a tough, gritty fight that, frankly, city officials have not had the stomach to wage. The battle to end gridlock on L.A. streets goes far beyond the brusque personality, or lousy management style, of one individual. Jeff almost certainly had her faults. But one of them was not a failure to solve L.A.’s gridlock horror. If all it took was the firing of an individual to end the horror, there are other candidates for that dubious fate that are much more deserving than Jeff. They’re all still at City Hall. Earl Ofari Hutchinson, an author and political analyst, is a frequent contributor to the Daily News. He blogs at insidesocal.com/friendlyfire. 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.But who’s kidding whom? There’s little evidence of vision or movement in any direction from City Hall on ending gridlock. The brutal fact is that the blame for L.A.’s gridlock horror lies not with a manager who some say alienated staffers and had a brusque management style. (That was the big knock against Jeff.) It lies with a clueless mayor and city officials who have failed miserably to do what needs to be done to end the gridlock nightmare. And that’s to pound out a comprehensive, regional plan to tackle gridlock; then exert the political will to arm-twist Sacramento and the feds to get the money to implement it. Anything less than that ensures that Jeff’s replacement will flounder and ultimately fail, and, of course, wind up as the fall guy for the failure. The need for an effective, comprehensive transportation plan is not exactly the revelation of the ages. Transportation planners have been saying for years that that’s what the city needs and lacks. Their plea has fallen on deaf ears. Such a plan would include expanding light rail and busways. It would also require short- and long-term planning, and growth management to increase live-work-play communities that minimize drive time, promote telecommuting, provide tax incentives and credits to businesses to encourage employee commuting and ride sharing. And it would need to be coordinated with smaller cities and the county. WE can do the he-said, she-said number all day and we still won’t know who’s right – much less whom to blame – in the tiff between ousted city transportation head Gloria Jeff and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. But there’s no he said, she said about L.A.’s gridlock horror. It’s worse than a grade-B horror tale. And there’s no sign of an end to it. The firing of Jeff will do absolutely nothing to help end it. Los Angeles’ gridlock horror is by every account the runaway worst in the nation. Recent studies show that L.A. motorists spend more dead time in parking-lot type crawls on freeways and streets than motorists in any other big city. L.A. drivers loudly say that tackling the city’s traffic and transportation ill is at or near the top of their wish list for change. Gridlock, they say, outside of crime, is the single biggest factor that drags down the quality of life in the city. Villaraigosa and city officials are not tone-deaf to motorists’ shouts to do something about the horror. Villaraigosa has intimated that a big reason he dumped Jeff was that he wanted to move in a new direction and faster in the fight against gridlock. L.A. City Councilwoman Wendy Greuel, the head of the council’s transportation committee, said pretty much the same thing when she defended the Jeff firing.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“It’s not officially confirmed, but widely suspected, that in the case of the Malibu fire power lines were blown down” and ignited the fire, Chairman Zev Yaroslavsky said. “We can’t underground all the power lines. It’s exceedingly expensive. But beyond that, what can we do to better secure those lines? This isn’t the first time this has happened, or the second time, but the 18th time fires have been started because of downed power lines.” The supervisors directed Fire Department and other officials to examine why power lines may have failed and to determine what measures can be taken to strengthen them. But beyond the expense of putting power lines underground, funding for such efforts is heavily restricted. Certain sources of funding, for example, may not be combined with other funds to pay for putting lines underground. L.A. COUNTY: Suspected cause of the Malibu blaze brings call to consider change. By Troy Anderson Staff Writer Concerned about the role power lines may have had in last week’s wildfires, the county Board of Supervisors directed officials Tuesday to investigate strengthening lines most susceptible to collapsing during high winds. Yaroslavsky said such restrictions should be lifted in areas deemed high fire hazard zones. Supervisors also directed officials to assess the county’s response to the recent fires and whether it offers any new lessons. “The Fire and Sheriff’s departments worked extremely collaboratively to evacuate and save thousands of lives and property,” Supervisor Mike Antonovich said. “A large part of their success in managing this disaster is the result of lessons learned from prior disasters and ongoing emergency preparedness exercises.” [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
HAPPY HOUR: FUEL PRICES SLASHED: Kelly’s Centra Mountain Top are at it AGAIN!Management at Kelly’s Centra Topaz Mountain Top have got into the festive spirit a week early by slashing fuel prices.They’ve already done it on TWO occasions already in December, but management have yet again decided to slash fuel costs by hosting their HAPPY HOUR.The HAPPY HOUR starts again today at 4pm and lasts until 6pm. Remarkably the price of Diesel, Petrol and Kero will drop by 5c per litre.This is their way of saying Happy Christmas to their customers.So make sure and keep an eye out over the next few days as this may not be the last time prices will drop between now and Christmas.Mairtin Kelly told Donegal Daily, “We’ve had to put on extra pump attendants due to the success of the last happy hour promotion – this will help get people in and out quickly. “Christmas is an expensive time of year for many families, so we’re slashing the fuel costs to help the pocket a small bit, and to say a big THANK YOU to our loyal customers for their support throughout the year.“Checkout the signage on the roads for the most up to date HAPPY HOUR times. CHRISTMAS COMES EARLY AT KELLY’S CENTRA MOUNTAIN TOP AS THEY SLASH FUEL PRICES was last modified: December 18th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BusinessFeaturesnewsNotices
West Ham striker Andy Carroll Slaven Bilic believes Andy Carroll should be turning out for England, following his excellent hat-trick against Arsenal on Saturday.The 27-year-old striker has scored two goals in nine games for the Three Lions, but he has not appeared for Roy Hodgson’s team since 2012.He has rarely been considered for a future call-up due to his ongoing fitness issues, and the prolific form of the likes of Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy.However, Carroll is a completely different forward to the other England strikers, and Hodgson could look to him as a more physical option for the European Championship this summer.Following his goalscoring exploits, and the talk of Carroll potentially making it back into the England squad, Bilic revealed his thoughts on the matter.“I’ve said my opinion about a few of our players,” the Croatian boss said.“Mark Noble, Aaron Cresswell, and Andy Carroll is definitely in the category that he has to make you think about him because there are not many players capable of doing what he is doing. But it’s Roy’s decision.”The clash with Arsenal was Carroll’s eighth Premier League game in a row, the longest run he has managed this season without injury, and it finally appears as if the towering forward is over his long running issues.“His problem is not consistency in terms of little injuries,” Bilic added. “A lad who is six foot whatever and with so many kilos – he needs to be fit. Now he is fit we hope he is going to last like this for years.” 1
Weekend Extra Time host Tom Latchem brings you the best interviews from his show.This week he is joined by former Newcastle United and Blackpool striker Nile Ranger to talk about his career and his battle with his demons…Listen above!
With over 15,000 votes cast, talkSPORT listeners voted overwhelmingly in favour of Ibrahimovic despite the Swede being five years older than Vardy and having zero Premier League experience.Let us know if you agree with the result and why in the comments section below! Zlatan Ibrahimovic could join Man United while Jamie Vardy is a target for Arsenal 2 Two of Europe’s top marksmen from last season look set to be on the move in the next few days with Zlatan Ibrahimovic ready to join Manchester United and Jamie Vardy close to becoming an Arsenal player.Ibrahimovic has been linked with a reunion with Jose Mourinho since before the Portuguese was announced as the Red Devils’ new manager and is keen to complete the move before Euro 2016 begins.The Sweden captain is a free agent after opting to leave Paris Saint-Germain when his contract ran out at the end of the season.JOSE MOURINHO’S POSSIBLE MANCHESTER UNITED XI FEATURING ZLATAN IBRAHIMOVIC AND ALL NEW CENTRE MIDFIELD PAIRINGArsene Wenger has responded to that with a move for a new striker of his own as he looks set to activate Vardy’s £20m release clause which would see the England striker leave Premier League champions Leicester City.This could also be completed before Euro 2016 begins in France with Three Lions boss Roy Hodgson keen to have Vardy completed concentrated on the tournament.ARSENAL’S STUNNING POSSIBLE 2016/17 STARTING XI WITH FOUR NEW SIGNINGS INCLUDING JAMIE VARDY So with these two on the move, talkSPORT asked you which striker you would prefer your club signed – 29-year-old Vardy or 34-year-old Ibrahimovic? 2
Axel Witsel: The 27-year-old is set to leave Russia after four years Stoke City have been given a boost in their pursuit of Axel Witsel after the player’s agent revealed Roma are yet to make an offer.The Belgian is expected to leave Zenit St Petersburg this summer after spending four years in Russia.Stoke are very keen on the midfielder and they have been linked with a bid for the 27-year-old during the current transfer window.Roma are sniffing around Witsel too but his agent, Riccardo Napolitano, has admitted that they are yet to make an approach.“Witsel is a player that [Roma boss Luciano] Spalletti knows very well, as he coached him when they worked together at Zenit St Petersburg,” Napolitano told Rete Sport.“This is an advantage for Roma. The departure of [Miralem] Pjanic leads us to believe that the Belgian could be signed, but so far there have been no official offers.“The Giallorossi’s problem is certainly related to the financial aspect, considering the economic problems at the club. Witsel is worth more than €40m for Zenit.” 1
1 Transfer rumours and paper review Here are the top transfer-related stories in Saturday’s newspapers and online…Henrikh Mkhitaryan is on the verge of completing his £26m move to Manchester United from Borussia Dortmund, with the deal expected to be done at the weekend. (Daily Mail)Manchester City are prepared to pay up to £50million to land John Stonesand are confident they will sign the Everton defender despite interest from rivals Manchester United. (Daily Telegraph)Everton have agreed a club record deal believed to be worth up to £30m with Zenit St Petersburg for the transfer of Belgium midfielder Axel Witsel. (Squawka)Ashley Fletcher is poised to join West Ham on a free transfer after he rejected a new contract at Manchester United. (Manchester Evening News)Former Arsenal and Manchester United striker Robin van Persie has been put up for sale by Fenerbahce just a year after joining the Turkish side. (London Evening Standard)Arsenal will resist interest from Bayern Munich in defenderLaurent Koscielny after it emerged the defender is on a longer contract than first thought. (London Evening Standard)Crystal Palace have agreed a £12.5million fee for West Ham defender James Tomkins. Palace boss Alan Pardew has long been an admirer of the versatile 27-year-old, a product of West Ham’s Academy. (Daily Mail)Stoke have made a £16million bid for West Brom’s Saido Berahino. The 22-year-old striker is set to hold talks with the Baggies next week as they have not yet responded to the offer from the Potters which was made around ten days ago. (Daily Mirror)Watford have been forced to turn down a £37.5million bid from Shanghai SIPG for Odion Ighalo – because the striker does not want to go to China. (Daily Mirror)Burnley have offered Michael Keane a new four-year deal that would make him one of the highest paid players in the club’s history in a bid to ward off interest from Leicester City. (Lancashire Telegraph)Fulham have told Championship rivals Sheffield Wednesday to stump up a club record £15million for striker Ross McCormack. (Daily Mirror)And here are the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…?DONE DEAL! Manchester United confirm the arrival of Zlatan IbrahimovicChelsea transfer news: Antonio Candreva to force through transfer to Inter MilanManchester United transfer news: Latest on Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Paul Pogba, Raphael Varane and moreSunderland FC news: Transfer blow as top target Edin Dzeko snubs interest from Black CatsWest Ham FC transfer report: Hammers WILL sell Dimitri Payet if they receive €50m offer for France starLeicester City transfer news: Juventus join chase for Foxes sensation N’Golo Kante