Villa star insists: ‘I’m as good as anyone in the England squad’

first_imgHave you noticed any changes in the way teams are playing in the league compared to before you left for Italy?“It’s not got any slower, I’ll tell you that much! Playing Palace the other week I had (Wilfried) Zaha to deal with then he goes off and (Jordon) Mutch comes on, and he’s rapid, too. I think it’s just an athlete’s game now – the quicker and stronger you are the more chance you’ve got in the Premier League. That’s why I rate players like Juan Mata, David Silva and Eden Hazard. They’re not particularly unbelievable athletes but they’re so technical and gifted that they don’t need to be.”You won so many accolades early in your career (City’s youngest captain, England’s youngest defender). What was it like to have all that come to you so young?“I know it sounds stupid but I felt no pressure at all.  When you’re young you don’t think about it, you just go out and play. It’s only the media that puts pressure on you. I believed if you were good enough then it didn’t matter how old you were, you’d play. I’m just gutted because when I got my injury (Richards had knee surgery in February 2008 which ruled him out for the rest of the season), and came out of the England side, it was at the same time that Wes Brown had a good season at Manchester United when they won the Champions League – every time I’ve been injured I’ve not been able to come back and take my chance again.”Do you think you can get back into the England squad?“I’m hoping if I do get the chance then I can take it because when I’m fully fit I believe I’m as good as anyone in the England squad. That’s not in a big-headed way, that’s just what I believe and I think I’ve proved that. I was 18 when I played for England and I’m a much better player now than I was then. It’s just how football is – people get certain chances and then everything changes. If Stuart Pearce was the manager now I’d probably be the first name on the team sheet, so it just depends. But I’m focusing on Villa now. I feel good and hopefully these niggly injuries are behind me.” Micah Richards That’s what convinced you to leave?“It was then that I thought yeah, it’s time to leave now. No matter how good City have been to me or how much money…it’s time to move on. I’m not a player who’s just going to stay for more money. I’m part of a team. I wanted to show everyone I’m not just a squad player and I’ve still got the ability everyone thinks I have.”What was it that convinced you to move abroad instead of to another English club?“I was close to joining a club in England but that didn’t materialise in the end, so it was just three days before the transfer window shut that I knew about Fiorentina. England had been up and down for me the last few years, so I thought, why not give it a chance? I’ve heard of players going abroad and having bad experiences but I was watching a programme on Sky with Les Ferdinand talking about going to play in Turkey when he was younger and he said it was one of the best experiences of his career. After watching that I thought, why not?”Having been a Manchester City player since you were 14, what was it like walking into a new club for the first time?“It was a little bit weird. It wasn’t just a new club it was a new language and new everything. When I first got there it was during an international break, so not all the players were there. And the players who were there didn’t speak any English so I thought; oh no, what have I done here? Once everyone came back though it got easier and easier. I really loved it in the end. In terms of the football I didn’t play as much as I wanted to, but it was an unbelievable experience and one of the most beautiful places I’ve been to in the world.”Has your time there left its mark on you as a footballer?“Definitely. In Italy you get so much time to play out from the back. Everyone is so composed on the ball and I think that has helped me in terms of coming out and wanting the ball. I’ve always been comfortable on the ball but I take more risks now. I’ll try to get the ball in different places where I wouldn’t have risked taking it before. Certain managers don’t really like centre-halves doing it in the Premier League because if you do make a mistake nowadays you get punished. But for the way the manager wants us to play at Villa, I think it’s perfect.” 4 4 You spent some time in City’s academy system when you were young. How do you think life compares for any young English players who might be there now?“When I came through we had really good players coming in – not just to the Premier League but throughout the leagues. I wouldn’t say it was easier back then but I’d say we got a lot more chances because Championship sides coming up didn’t have enormous money to spend, so if you were good enough you got a chance. I believe the players who are there now are as good, but the chances are slimmer. I’m not saying they won’t get chances because I believe if you’re good enough then you will, but it’s just harder.”Why do you think that is?“I think the manager wants to bring youngsters through but his main aim at City is to win the league and do well in the Champions League. Bringing through players is a bonus but if (Manuel) Pellegrini brings through ten young players and finishes fourth, that’s not classed as a good season. So it’s hard for a manager to be at City and have the best of both worlds. The club hires a manager to win the league, not bring youth through, and I think that’s the difference nowadays.”How does Tim Sherwood compare to other managers you’ve played for?“Tim is a fantastic young manager and also a really good coach. People don’t give him enough credit for that – he’s hands on and he knows how he wants to play. He’s brought a lot of pace into the team, a lot of experience with Joleon (Lescott) and he knows what he wants. When he got the job at Villa I thought to myself he’d do well, and he will. It’s going to be hard – I’m not saying it’s not – but if he gets time then for sure he’ll do well because he knows what he wants. He’s right up there with the best managers I’ve worked with especially with how he approaches the game and his passion. But you know what football’s like – you need results. That’s what we will all be judged on and so me and the boys are working hard to do that – not just for us but for him as well.” This interview appears in the current edition of Sport magazine. Download the free iPad app here, and follow on Twitter @sportmagukAfter spending last season on loan at Fiorentina, Micah Richards is relishing his fresh start in the Premier League…You had offers from various clubs over the summer. Why did you decide to come back to the Premier League, and why to Aston Villa?“I did enjoy my time in Italy but there’s nowhere like home, and I think the Premier League suits my game better. Tim Sherwood was a massive part of my decision in coming back to England. After I spoke to him there was only really one place where I wanted to go. He just told me he believed in my ability and that I’d benefit from playing regular football, which was a massive thing for me. During the last couple of years I was at Manchester City I was on the bench all the time. It wasn’t normal for me. I didn’t know how to react to it. So to be playing regular football again is just perfect for me.”Was going back to Manchester City ever an option you considered?“I can’t thank City enough – they’ve made me the player I am. But I felt I needed to get out of the club because there was so much competition. It wasn’t that I didn’t back myself to play but I was picking up niggling injuries and because I couldn’t get a run in the team, I couldn’t get back to my full fitness. So I took the decision to leave for football reasons. It’s a shame I had to leave but I’m enjoying my time at Villa now so I’m glad it happened.”Was there a specific moment, or match, when it hit you that you were going to have to leave City for the sake of your career?“It was my last season there when they won the League. I didn’t even get enough appearances for a Premier League medal (Richards made two appearances in 2013/14 – both starts), and that hurt badly. The first title they won I was massively involved in  – I played 29 games in the league out of 38. I was first choice. But the second time I wasn’t really involved. When everyone’s holding the trophy and celebrating but you’re not really because you don’t feel a part of it, that’s hard.” 4 4last_img read more

Man United and Liverpool want £12m starlet, Chelsea and City join Neymar chase – paper review

first_imgHere’s the top transfer-related stories in Friday’s newspapers…Manchester United and Liverpool are hot on the trail of Germany’s new rising star Leroy Sane — Schalke’s £12m-rated pacy young winger. United boss Louis van Gaal wants more speed in his attack and his spies have been all over the 19-year-old in the last couple of weeks, while Kop gaffer Jurgen Klopp knows the starlet well from his time at Dortmund and is ready to pounce. (The Sun)Chelsea and Manchester City are ready to challenge Manchester United in the hunt for Neymar, according to reports in Spain. Neymar was on United’s shortlist this summer and they have been encouraged to move for him again this week after the Barcelona star’s father admitted he could leave due to a tax probe in Spain. The Premier League trio are all ready to pounce. (Daily Express)Manchester United outcast Victor Valdes is set to complete a switch to Espanyol after holding advanced talks about a January switch. (Daily Star)Belgium coach Marc Wilmots has urged Marouane Fellaini to leave Manchester United in the January transfer window. (Manchester Evening News)Chelsea have been told by Shakhtar Donetsk that it will take a bid in excess of £30million to sign Alex Teixeira. Teixeira is one of the Blues’ main targets for the January transfer window as they look to recover from their worst-ever start to a campaign. (London Evening Standard)Everton will be powerless to prevent Gerard Deulofeu re-signing for Barcelona next summer should the European champions activate a €9m (£6.3m) buy-back clause, Roberto Martínez has confirmed. (Guardian)Arsenal face a battle with Benfica for Italian centre-back Armando Izzo. The Gunners sent a scout to watch Izzo in action for Genoa against former club Napoli earlier this month. (Daily Star)Leicester City are giving a trial to promising Barwell midfielder Brady Hickey. The 18-year-old England schoolboy international has been hailed as non-league’s answer to Frank Lampard and has been watched by Middlesbrough, Leeds and Barnsley this season. (Daily Mail)Reading manager Steve Clarke has performed a shock U-turn and snubbed Fulham to stay at the Madejski. Clarke seemed set to take over at Craven Cottage after being given permission to hold talks with the Royals’ close Championship neighbours. But with the two clubs having agreed compensation, the switch broke down when Clarke failed to come to terms with the west Londoners. (Daily Mirror)And here’s the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…‘If John Stones doesn’t start at Euro 2016, I’ll slap Roy Hodgson with a wet fish!’Arsenal and Liverpool told Dortmund star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will cost £42m Arsenal transfer news: Players want Szczesny, Nolito latest and more rumoursArsenal and Tottenham to miss out on Roma star Alessandro Florenzi as Barcelona enter raceFenerbahce to beat Manchester United to sought-after Valencia star with January offer West Ham transfer report: Galatasaray open to selling Hammers target Burak YilmazEverton striker Romelu Lukaku wanted by Italian giants Juventus Alternatively, Roberto Martinez: Everton stars John Stones, Romelu Lukaku and Ross Barkley will STAY PUT in January Tottenham and Everton handed boost in Honda pursuit: ‘Maybe I should move to club that wants me’last_img read more

Arsenal FC team news: Predicted XI to face Manchester City in Monday’s top-of-the-table Premier League clash

first_img 11. Mesut Ozil (attacking midfield) – click the arrow above, right, to see Arsenal’s line-up against Man City, in order of squad number 11 11 14. Theo Walcott (right wing) – click the arrow above, right, to see Arsenal’s line-up against Man City, in order of squad number 12. Olivier Giroud (forward) – click the arrow above, right, to see Arsenal’s line-up against Man City, in order of squad number Arsenal face Manchester City on Monday night hoping to spend Christmas day in second place in the Premier League, behind surprise leaders Leicester.The Gunners are in the midst of an injury crisis at this crucial stage of the season, but they have been boosted as the likes of Aaron Ramsey, Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain have returned in recent weeks.Arsene Wenger remains hopeful about Alexis Sanchez’s chances of playing in the crunch match against the Citizens at the Emirates.The Chile forward has been missing since the draw at Norwich on November 29, when Wenger was heavily criticised for risking his star man, who had previously complained of a niggle.The 27-year-old returned to training earlier this week and is in contention to make a timely comeback for the Gunners, although Wenger may be tempted to start him on the bench.Midfielder Mikel Arteta could also be back following a calf injury, but Jack Wilshere (leg), Francis Coquelin, Danny Welbeck, Santi Cazorla and Tomas Rosicky (all knee) are absentees.However, these problems have been eased due to the sparkling form of Ramsey, Olivier Giroud and Europe’s top assist maker Mesut Ozil.Should Arsenal keep a clean sheet, Petr Cech will overtake David James as the Premier League’s all-time clean sheet holder with 170 after equalling the tally – in less games – last week.So who will make Wenger’s starting XI as he looks to move four points clear of Manchester City?Click the arrow above, right, to see who is likely to start for the Gunners. 11 11 4.Per Mertesacker (centre back) – click the arrow above, right, to see Arsenal’s line-up against Man City, in order of squad number 11 24. Hector Bellerin (right-back) – click the arrow above, right, to see Arsenal’s line-up against Man City, in order of squad number 11 16. Aaron Ramsey (central midfield) – click the arrow above, right, to see Arsenal’s line-up against Man City, in order of squad number 11 18. Nacho Monreal (left-back) – click the arrow above, right, to see Arsenal’s line-up against Man City, in order of squad number 11 28. Joel Campbell (left wing) – click the arrow above, right, to see Arsenal’s line-up against Man City, in order of squad number 33. Petr Cech (goalkeeper) 20. Mathieu Flamini (central midfield) – click the arrow above, right, to see Arsenal’s line-up against Man City, in order of squad number 11 11 11 6. Laurent Koscielny (centre back) – click the arrow above, right, to see Arsenal’s line-up against Man City, in order of squad number – Koscielny is set to return to Arsenal training ahead of schedule in November last_img read more

Man United could appoint Mourinho before March, boost for Man City’s Pogba chase and MORE!

first_imgHere are the top transfer-related stories in Monday’s newspapers…Manchester United could appoint Jose Mourinho before the end of the month, with reports claiming they could sack under-fire Louis van Gaal and hire the ex-Chelsea boss before their next league game against Arsenal on February 28. (The Sun)It is also claimed the Dutchman has taken a short-term lease on a new home in Manchester as uncertainty over his future continues. (The Sun)Manchester City’s chances of signing 22-year-old Juventus star Paul Pogba have been boosted after financial restrictions forced Barcelona to pull out of an £85million deal to sign the France midfielder. (Daily Mirror)Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola has denied claims his client had his heart set on a move to the Nou Camp. (Daily Express)Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has said he had to convince the club’s board to sign 31-year-old German midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger last summer. (ManUtd.com)David Moyes has warned his successor as Manchester United boss Van Gaal that failure to qualify for the Champions League will not be accepted by the club. (Sky Sports)Newcastle might sack manager Steve McClaren because owner Mike Ashley does not want to risk being relegated. (Bleacher Report)And here are the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…??‘There is a God and Danny Welbeck is an angel!’ Arsenal fans hail their match-winner‘I feel humiliation’ – Remi Garde blasts Aston Villa after 6-0 embarrassment against Liverpool‘Tottenham could win a league title before Gareth Bale!’ Supporters react to their win over Man CityManuel Pellegrini blasts referee Mark Clattenburg after Manchester City are beaten by TottenhamArsenal FC: ‘I’ve got tears in my eyes – the title is ours!’ Fans think they’re on the cusp of glory‘It’s too early to start speaking about the title’, says Tottenham’s Mauricio Pochettino after Manchester City victoryAston Villa FC news: Joleon Lescott apologises for ‘accidental’ tweet following 6-0 defeat to LiverpoolGuus Hiddink: Chelsea must make ‘wise decisions’ with John Terry’s fitness ahead of Paris Saint-Germain clashJamie Vardy: The Movie – Fairytale film plans ‘in place’, reveals Leicester strikerlast_img read more

More than 500,000 flee fires

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“This is the largest mass evacuation of a natural disaster in California history,” said Daniel Berlant of the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. In San Diego County, authorities placed evacuation calls to more than 346,000 homes, said Luis Monteagudo, a spokesman for the county’s emergency effort. The county estimates, based on census tracts, that approximately 560,000 people were ordered to leave, said Ron Roberts of the San Diego Board of Supervisors. To the northeast, fires in the San Bernardino mountains forced the evacuation of entire communities surrounding the resort area of Lake Arrowhead. Thousands of people, including hospital patients, were forced to flee advancing flames that leaped through the mountains, burning one home after another, destroying at least 300 and threatening as many as 10,000 more, said U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman Gina Sampson. In neighboring Orange County, a fire chief lashed out at state officials, saying air support, such as tankers, might have helped control fires early on, before they burned homes, if it had been available. By Allison Hoffman and Gillian Flaccus THE ASSOCIATED PRESS SAN DIEGO – Deadly, wind-whipped wildfires have triggered the largest evacuation in state history, prompting more than 500,000 people to flee ahead of flames that destroyed more than 1,300 homes and continued Tuesday to threaten tens of thousands more. The number of people joining the mandatory exodus – and the number of homes destroyed – was expected to grow as new fires started and others continued to burn a path toward the sea – through populated communities. “There is not enough resources to go around ? because of the number of fires that are going on in our state right now,” said Orange County Fire Authority Chief Chip Prather. He said a dozen firefighters battling blazes in the Irvine and Lake Forest areas had to deploy emergency shelters, a last resort when they are surrounded by flames, or take cover in buildings. “They should not have had to do that,” he said. “If we’d had the resources earlier to take care of those lines with hand crews, we wouldn’t have been in that situation.” Prather’s comments came minutes before Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, touring fire damage in Lake Arrowhead, promised more help, including more people and equipment. When asked about the fire chief’s critical remarks, the governor said: “I’m not aware of that.” Berlant defended his agency’s actions, saying it had gone on high alert late last week and shifted resources to the San Diego area in advance of the forecasted Santa Ana winds. Meanwhile, in San Diego County, site of the only death so far, another 530 homes were reported damaged. Besides the one person killed by the flames, the San Diego Medical Examiner’s Officer listed four deaths as connected to the wildfires. Three were people in their 90s who died from natural causes; the fourth was a woman who died after falling at a restaurant. All are considered fire-connected deaths because they occurred during or after evacuations. The fire victim was identified as Thomas Varshock of Tecate, a town on the U.S. side of the border southeast of San Diego, the San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office said. Authorities had told him to evacuate, but he didn’t leave and authorities left to take care of other evacuations, the Medical Examiner’s Office said. There were 45 injuries reported throughout Southern California, including at least 21 firefighters. The University of California, San Diego Medical Center Regional Burn Center was treating 16 patients from the San Diego County fires, including three firefighters and four others in critical condition. With some 410,000 acres, or 642 square miles, ablaze, President Bush declared a federal emergency for seven Southern California counties, a move that will speed disaster-relief efforts. He also scheduled a visit to the region on Thursday. Meanwhile, the Department of Defense agreed to send six Air Force and Air National Guard water- or retardant-dropping planes. Fire crews and fleeing residents described desperate conditions that were sure to get worse. Temperatures across Southern California were about 10 degrees above average and approached 100 degrees Tuesday in Orange and San Diego counties where Santa Ana winds gusted in some areas to 65 mph. The fires were exploding and shooting embers before them in all directions, preventing crews from forming traditional fire lines and greatly limiting aerial bombardment. In Orange County, flames tore through Modjeska Canyon, destroying homes after forcing firefighters to take cover. By Tuesday evening, some 50,000 people in San Diego were being allowed to return home, Roberts said. Many returned to two evacuated neighborhoods in San Diego – Del Mar Heights, near the ocean, and Scripps Ranch – as well as an evacuated portion of the city of Poway. At Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, about 40 aircraft that included F-18 fighter jets, C-130 cargo planes and Marine helicopters were evacuated to other bases in California and Arizona. Schwarzenegger, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator R. David Paulison and other officials toured burn areas in San Diego and the evacuation center at Qualcomm Stadium before holding a brief news conference. “If the weather cooperates, maybe we can turn the tide (Wednesday),” Chertoff said, adding “hopefully the wind will die down,” so firefighting aircraft grounded by strong gusts could return to the skies. State insurance commissioner Steve Poizner said he was taking steps to combat the fallout of the fires, including sending his department’s numerous services experts and fraud teams to the region and working with insurance companies to accelerate payments. Agriculture Undersecretary Mark Rey, who oversees the Forest Service, predicted Tuesday that the fires could cost federal, state and local governments more than $100 million. Full containment of the San Diego fires may not occur before Nov 1.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Food drive kicks off season of giving

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The formal committee was established in the 1970s, and money and donations are collected year-round for the event. The committee even operates a small thrift store at 5018 Passons Blvd., which is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Now, the group gives away far more than 20 boxes of food each year. Saturday’s event, along with proceeds collected throughout the year, will raise enough money and supplies for at least 850 boxes of food, assisting between 2,000 and 3,000 people. Navarro said the group will have more food than needed for those who come forward to be given a box, which includes canned goods, fresh foods donated by charities, toys for children age 11 or younger and a Christmas ham. Committee President Virginia Geary said she enjoys her volunteer work, which includes supervising the thrift store all year, organizing Trick or Treat for Hunger and assembling and distributing baskets. In Pico Rivera, Christmas giving starts with Halloween tradition. The Pico Rivera Christmas Basket Committee kicked off its yearly food drive Saturday with the 11th annual Trick or Treat for Hunger Day, an event designed to get residents to donate canned goods and non-perishables without even leaving home. “We always have a lot of food,” committee Chairwoman Mary Lou Navarro said. “We’re still collecting. I got three calls today that food didn’t get picked up.” Last Saturday, Pico Rivera residents left bags or boxes of food on their doorsteps for volunteers to collect. Gathering boxes of food for needy Pico Rivera families began in 1950, when a handful of women put together about 20 boxes in an effort to make Christmas brighter for the poor. “I had just retired not too long before I got started,” Geary said. “I like working with the needy. I really believe in doing this.” To Geary, the thrift store itself is able to help the community. “We help the homeless,” Geary said. “We help the people who walk in for warm clothes. It’s very rewarding.” According to Geary, most of the committee’s 23 members are past retirement, and are becoming too old to lift the heavy boxes they give away each year. “To me it seems that we’ve gotten to the point that if we don’t get new people in here, we could fold up, and I don’t want to let this go,” Geary said. El Rancho High School students who helped collect food on Saturday were treated to pizza, soda, burritos and dessert when they returned to Smith Park with their bags and boxes, and Pico Rivera City Councilman Bob Archuleta spoke about the importance of volunteerism. “It was a great time for the kids in the community to come together and extend a sincere feeling of giving,” Archuleta said. To volunteer with the committee or to make a donation, call Navarro at (562)942-7857. airan.scruby@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Fall time change is a killer, researchers find

first_imgThe risk for pedestrian deaths at 6p.m. is by far higher in November than in any other month, the scientists said. The danger declines each month through May. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety of Arlington, Va., in earlier studies, found that the switch from daylight saving time to standard time increased pedestrian deaths. Going to a year-round daylight saving time would save about 200 deaths a year, the institute calculated, said spokesman Russ Rader. “Benjamin Franklin conceived of daylight saving time as a way of saving candles,” Rader said. “Today we know it saves lives.” The risk at 6p.m. in November, after daylight saving time ends, is 11 times higher than the risk for the same hour in April, when daylight saving time begins, according to the Carnegie Mellon researchers. Fischbeck and Gerard used federal traffic fatality data that they’ve incorporated into a searchable database for different risk factors. Their analysis was not peer-reviewed, nor is it being published in a scientific journal. But it does jibe with other peer-reviewed studies that looked at raw fatalities. A 2001 study by John M. Sullivan at the University of Michigan looked at national statistics from 1987 to 1997 and found that there were 65 crashes killing pedestrians in the week before the clocks fell back and 227 in the week after. Fischbeck and Gerard found that the increase in fatality risk after the end of daylight saving time is only for pedestrians. No such jump was seen for drivers or passengers in cars. Once everyone “springs forward” to daylight saving time in April, there is a 78percent drop in risk at 6p.m., they said. But overall for the evening rush hour, turning the clock back is a killer. In seven years there have been 250 more deaths in the fall and 139 fewer deaths in the spring. “This clearly shows that both drivers and pedestrians should think about this daylight saving adjustment,” Gerard said. “There are lives at stake.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – After clocks are turned back this weekend, pedestrians walking during the evening rush hour are nearly three times more likely to be hit and killed by cars than before the time change, two scientists calculate. Ending daylight saving time translates into about 37 more U.S. pedestrian deaths around 6p.m. in November compared with October, the researchers report. Their study of risk to pedestrians is preliminary but confirms previous findings of higher deaths after clocks are set back in fall. It’s not the darkness itself, but the adjustment to earlier nighttime that’s the killer, said professors Paul Fischbeck and David Gerard, both of Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Fischbeck, who regularly walks with his 4-year-old twins around 6p.m., is worried enough that he’ll be more cautious starting Monday. “A three-times increase in the risk is really dramatic, and because of that we’re carrying a flashlight,” he said. Fischbeck and Gerard conducted a preliminary study of seven years of federal traffic fatalities and calculated risk per mile walked for pedestrians. They found that per-mile risk jumps 186percent from October to November, but then drops 21percent in December. They said the drop-off in deaths by December indicates that the risk is caused by the trouble both drivers and pedestrians have adjusting when darkness suddenly comes an hour earlier. The reverse happens in the morning when clocks are set back and daylight comes earlier. Pedestrian risk plummets, but there are fewer walkers then, too. The 13 lives saved at 6a.m. don’t offset the 37 lost at 6p.m., the researchers found. last_img read more

Trevor Brooking: It’s great these three players have signed West Ham contracts

first_imgWest Ham legend Sir Trevor Brooking believes it is great that Manuel Lanzini has become the latest star player to sign a contract with the Hammers.It was confirmed by co-chairman David Sullivan that Lanzini has agreed a permanent move to Upton Park following his impressive season with the east London side.A four-year deal has been signed, with the option for two further years, and the 23-year-old playmaker looks set to continue establishing himself as a key player under the management of Slaven Bilic.Lanzini is the latest player to tie his future down with West Ham, having also seen Dimitri Payet and Cheikhou Kouyate agree contract extensions, and Brooking is delighted with the moves his former club are making.When asked about Lanzini’s contract, Brooking said: “It’s great. I was asking the two Daves if they had sorted Lanzini out just a couple of weeks ago.“He was outstanding until he got injured earlier this season. Then he came back and he and Dimitri Payet together are great. It’s good to sort him, Payet and Kouyate out for the next few years.”The former midfielder, who played 647 times for the club, also believes West Ham are creative a formidable side, with only a few more signings needed to push them to the next level.He added: “With three or four new players, the right sort of people, I think they can be very dangerous next year.” 1 Manuel Lanzini has agreed a permanent move to West Ham last_img read more

Live stream Chelsea v Manchester City on talkSPORT this Saturday

Keep up to date on the Premier League clash with talkSPORT 1 CLICK HERE TO LIVE STREAM COMMENTARY OF CHELSEA V MANCHESTER CITY ON TALKSPORT TODAY FROM 17:30BST.With nothing to play for, Chelsea’s season is effectively over, but the same can’t be said for Manchester City.The Citizens are through to the semi-finals of the Champions League – in which they have drawn Real Madrid – and are looking to end the season strongly in the Premier League.It’s been a challenging campaign for Manuel Pellegrini’s side, having struggled for consistency, consequently falling behind Leicester City, Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal in the title race.They dispatched three without reply in the reverse fixture mid-August, though Chelsea have rediscovered their confidence in the second half of the campaign under interim manager Guus Hiddink.Stay tuned to talkSPORT to hear the match unfold! read more

Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool have lessons to learn after Chelsea draw

first_img1 Jurgen Klopp has urged his Liverpool players to have more faith in their abilities.The Reds snatched a point against Chelsea at Anfield on Wednesday night with a dramatic last-gasp Christian Benteke goal in their penultimate Premier League fixture of the season.But they were second best for long periods of game and Klopp believes there was a lack of confidence – and patience – all round.“In the first 15 minutes we were great, playing wonderful football without scoring,” said the German.“There was not enough faith in our own quality and so we lost patience – and when you lose patience it is always difficult – and we lost formation.“There were a lot of moments when we shot and we should have passed.“If you don’t think you need to score in each situation then you can celebrate other situations.“I love this stadium, I love this atmosphere but everyone lost patience tonight and the crowd did too.“You see we all don’t trust finally our quality and that is what we have to learn in the future – and we will.“We had the most offensive formation what we could have in the last 15 minutes; each striker and offensive midfielder was on and there was a wonderful cross from Sheyi Ojo and Christian was where he has to be.“That was great for the night, celebrating with the families and crowd, it was wonderful that we didn’t lose.“We have to build on these positive signs that the boys gave us in the last few months.” Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp last_img read more