Roberto Martinez has once again reiterated Everton’s ‘not for sale’ stance on wanted defender John Stones, with the manager insisting he and the club have ‘great plans’ for the Chelsea target.The 21-year-old England international has kept his head down throughout the saga and, unlike many other players linked with big moves this summer, has remained in the line-up for all three of the Toffees’ opening three Premier League fixtures.But, following three failed bid from the Blues – the last for £30million – he finally submitted a transfer request to the Toffees this week, which Martinez swiftly rejected on Thursday following their extra-time 5-3 League Cup victory at Barnsley.Despite Stones asking to leave, the Spaniard is confident he can not only keep one of the club’s prized assets, but also persuade the player he has a vital role to play going forward.“During this tough period we are going to be there for him,” he said.“We have great ambition, desire and great plans for John. We want to be a winning team and we need to keep our best performers and clearly John is big part of our future.“We are a big football club with an incredible tradition and we will carry on giving him everything we can.“As a young man you are under massive pressure and you are going to get influences.“We are going to look after John. We are going to understand him.”Martinez has long opposed the rule which allows the transfer window, and the speculation that comes with it, to drag on for a whole month once teams have returned to competitive action, and again revealed he has sympathy for the players caught in the middle.“There is a bigger example for the football authorities. Up and down the country every dressing room has similar situations,” he added.“Are we going to end up with players feeling bad about themselves, not to be proud of representing their colours?“It becomes an unsustainable position. It needs to be changed. The players are human and human beings deserve the time to think about the next step of their careers – but that cannot be done when there is an official game.“I feel let down by the football authorities in this position. We should look after our players and we will make sure we will look after John.“Going away from John’s situation we have to understand when the window is open and there are official games we need to give some value to contracts.“We have contracts for players when they are injured but when they are well they can be moved around.“We need to bring a more serious touch to being a part of the football club and making sure contracts are important in order to fulfil your potential at a club and have a good future.” Roberto Martinez and John Stones 1
Chelsea have done it, Manchester United have done it, but none of them compare to this.Argentinian side Club Comunicaciones were the latest side to try the head tennis bucket challenge and it may be the best one yet.They involve all 11 players (plus two subs) and head the ball up and down the steps of their stadium.Check out the video for yourselves above!
*DISCLAIMER: Like Eden Hazard’s chances of winning the Ballon d’Or, this video should not be taken seriously.There were dramatic scenes at the post-Ballon d’Or press conference today as superstars Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo found themselves in a bitter argument on stage!At first sight in the video above, it may seem like these are two completely seperate press conferences that have been edited together by someone with nothing better to do, but don’t worry, the talkSPORT translator is fluent in Italian so he can definitely interpret what Argentinean Lionel Messi and Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo are saying here.TWEETS AND INSTAGRAM: FOOTBALLERS PAST AND PRESENT REACT TO MESSI’S WIN
Coral’s Simon Clare joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.Leicester travel to Arsenal on Sunday holding a five point lead at the top of the Premier League.The Foxes are the 9/4 title favourites and Clare says it would be “the biggest shock in betting history” if they go on to win the league.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast
SAN PEDRO – A marine biology research complex may be built as part of an effort to revitalize the Harbor Area’s economic and education base, according to a plan by Los Angeles port officials. The proposed 28-acre oceanfront laboratory at City Dock No. 1 would serve as a new home to the Southern California Marine Institute, which would likely share the space with government researchers, marine-related businesses or environmental groups, said port Executive Director Geraldine Knatz. Costs, construction timelines and potential tenants are being worked out as part of an ongoing “visioning process” funded by a $50,000 matching-fund grant from the Annenberg Foundation, Knatz said. “I’m like a clam at high tide, I’m so excited about it,” said Knatz, who is scheduled to announce her vision during a Thursday night meeting of the Los Angeles Harbor Commission. “We have an idea, and now we need to see if we can move this as a real concept.” SCMI – a consortium comprised of the University of Southern California, Occidental College and 10 California State University campuses – has studied marine biology at the Port of Los Angeles for about 50 years. However, the agency has outgrown the 11,000-square-foot Terminal Island space that it’s occupied for 25 years. “Simply getting a new facility at this point isn’t enough,” said Anthony Michaels, president of SCMI’s board of directors. “We need to think more boldly about what we can do with this opportunity and make sure it complements efforts to make this world a better place.” Michaels said he hopes to explore a variety of topics, such as global warming, pollution, biotechnology and how large cities with busy ports – such as Los Angeles – affect marine life. On a local scale, Knatz said she would like to see the facility grow into a learning center for residents and students. “The more we brainstorm, the bigger this gets,” Knatz said. The research facility would be built on land once occupied by Westway as part of a larger effort to revive San Pedro’s waterfront with commercial and recreational space. Storage tanks on the Westway property would be dismantled and cleanup is expected to begin in about 18 months as part of a settlement the company reached last month with the city. “With the Westways agreement in place and the fact we now have the space on City Dock 1 available, we figured it was a logical place for the institute,” Knatz said. “It’s an ideal site with great views and plenty of space that’s accessible to the community.” Knatz, SCMI officials and executives with the San Pedro Peninsula Chamber of Commerce have been crafting the concept for several months with the hope of turning the idea into a “premier laboratory where the rest of the world comes for research,” said Camilla Townsend, chamber president and a former harbor commissioner. “It’s so appropriate for the largest port in North America to have a renowned marine research facility connected to it,” Townsend said. “It’s also an opportunity to bring sustainable jobs and a new work force to our community.” [email protected] (310) 543-6674160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
SCIENCE: In talk , LA BioMed chief says medical work must also pay off for patients. By Melissa Evans STAFF WRITER at CSU Dominguez Hills Research is great, but the public isn’t going to want to pay for it if cures and practical results aren’t kept at the forefront, the executive director of LA BioMed told a group of community leaders Friday. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“Frankly, Americans do not particularly care about the number of peer-reviewed articles a scientist has published,” said Ken Trevett, the keynote speaker at a luncheon at California State University, Dominguez Hills. Over the last several decades, researchers have been very successful in finding treatments for diabetes, cancer, AIDS/HIV and other diseases, Trevett said. But as money becomes more scarce, ethical issues surface, data becomes more complex and egos get out of control, structural reorganization of the scientific world is necessary so that “prospects for discovery are maximized,” he said. Trevett, who manages one of the largest independent research organizations in the state, spoke as part of the Distinguished Speakers series organized by the university’s College of Natural and Behavioral Sciences, formed in 2004. He drew chuckles from the audience of mostly professors, students and industry executives when describing what he sees as one of the most vexing problems in this field of science and research – genius run amok. “It is no secret that a small number of our most accomplished scientists, ones who are having a very constructive impact on the human condition through their research, are also eccentric, undisciplined in their personal behavior, insensitive to colleagues and subordinates, and egocentric to the point of being dysfunctional in an organizational setting,” Trevett said. Scientists and administrators need to display strong “humane values” to retain and promote their image in the public sphere, he said. Strong ethics in the face of business interests also needs to be maintained, Trevett said. Scientists, along with administrators who run research organizations, need to structure their working environment around results for patients, he said. “Pedestals are a poor substitute for character, and placing ourselves above others often leads to arrogance, and ultimately tragedy,” he said. More collaboration, instead of competition, needs to take place between academics and scientists, Trevett said – important for better results, and also funding. With an annual budget of $29 billion, the National Institutes of Health is one of the largest sources of cash for institutions like LA BioMed near Torrance. Political support for that money will remain strong if the research produces tangible results, he said. At the same time, scientists and researchers need to weigh in on controversial ethical topics such as stem-cell research, where the dialogue is dominated by arguments rooted in religion, he said. “The citizens of America have a right to determine science priorities, and it is our obligation, our ethical obligation, to vigorously assure that the priority-setting debate is thorough and factually based,” he said. The luncheon, held once a semester, was sponsored by the Southern California Biomedical Council, Schools Federal Credit Union and the Center for Teaching and Learning at CSU Dominguez Hills. [email protected] 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.No passengers will be aboard the super-jumbo jet, but the plane’s double-decked cabin is expected to be equipped with seats in first, business and coach classes this time around. A hollowed-out shell of the Airbus A380 – looking more like a cargo plane than a commercial jetliner – debuted at LAX on March 19, about 15 minutes after a fully equipped version of the plane landed at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City. The A380 is scheduled to take off from Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, landing at LAX’s newly renovated southern airfield at 2 p.m. Nov. 28, according to sources familiar with the trip. The next day, about 150 dignitaries, guests and journalists will board the plane for a demonstration flight over Los Angeles. The aircraft will then depart LAX at 8 a.m. Nov. 30 for Sydney, Australia. TEST FLIGHT: Airbus will return to ensure the airport can handle the super-jumbo jet. By Art Marroquin STAFF WRITER The Airbus A380 is scheduled to make a second test landing at Los Angeles International Airport next month to make sure the facility is ready to handle the world’s largest airliner. “I think it’s great, and I look forward to seeing it again,” said Los Angeles City Councilman Bill Rosendahl, whose 11th District includes LAX. Airport officials declined to comment on the landing because final details were still being worked out. The A380’s landing at LAX will be less complicated this time around because the plane will take off and land on the south airfield, which is now capable of handling the mega-jetliner, thanks to a $330 million renovation project. Entire sections of LAX had to be shut down in March, when the A380 landed on one of the northern runways and maneuvered its way to the south airfield. The plane is returning to LAX as a joint venture with Australian airline Qantas, which will be the first to offer A380 service out of LAX beginning in October 2008. “Qantas has always been at the forefront of aviation innovation and we are pleased to be able to continue that tradition by being the first airline to operate the A380 from Los Angeles International on our flights to Australia later next year,” said Wally Mariani, senior executive vice president of Qantas Airways’ operations in the Americas and the Pacific. The Airbus A380 boasts a wingspan that stretches nearly the length of a football field, a fuel capacity of about 82,000 gallons and the ability to hold more than 800 passengers, all while landing and taking off more quietly than smaller jetliners. Listing price for the Airbus A380 is about $300 million. “This multibillion-dollar investment in the A380 will allow us to offer our customers a revolutionary new approach to in-flight services and passenger comfort, so we can take customer experience to the next level,” Mariani said. To better prepare for the arrival of mega-jetliners at LAX, the Los Angeles City Council signed off on a $1.2 billion plan in August to build the Midfield Concourse adjacent to the Tom Bradley International Terminal. The project calls for building up to 10 new gates large enough to handle the A380 and the Boeing 787 by 2012. “We’re getting ready for an entire fleet of the Airbus A380s to land at LAX,” Rosendahl said. “We’re excited about this trip, and what it’s going to do for the future of the city and the airport.” [email protected] 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 combination of factors led investors to pull back sharply from Wednesday’s rally, in which the Dow climbed 137 points after the Fed said the economy had weathered the summer’s credit crisis. “Wall Street is in love with the idea of a rate cut, and realized that the Fed said inflation is still a concern – that lowered the chances of a cut in December,” said Ryan Detrick, a senior technical strategist with Schaeffer’s Investment Research. “We’re now feeling the pain now that investors have slept on it, and figured out what they said.” Christopher Cordaro, chief investment officer at RegentAtlantic Capital, said Wall Street remains anxious about the possibility of recession. He also believes the market is devoid of enough positive news “to have any type of sustained rally.” Investors were unswayed when the Fed pumped $41billion into the U.S. financial system, one of its largest cash infusions since the credit crisis began in the summer. This increases the amount of money banks have to lend, and helps improve liquidity. In the past, such an action helped soothe the market, but that was not the case Thursday. With the market growing pessimistic about the economy, the Labor Department’s report on October jobs creation, scheduled to be released this morning, will be taking on even more importance than it usually has. The data are expected to show that unemployment remained steady in October, with payroll growth of 85,000 new jobs, compared with 110,000 in September. NEW YORK – Wall Street plunged Thursday, pulling the Dow Jones industrial average down more than 360 points as investors found themselves confronted by two uncomfortable prospects: an end to interest rate cuts and a slowing economy. Mindful of a warning from the Federal Reserve on Wednesday about inflation, the market nervously watched the price of oil, which passed $96 a barrel overnight for the first time before dipping on profit-taking. The Fed, which cut interest rates a quarter point, said in a statement that inflation remained a concern, and oil’s ascent to another record raised the possibility not only that the Fed might stop cutting rates, but that it might even consider raising them if inflation accelerates. Meanwhile, Wall Street also had to contend with concerns about a slowing economy. A report from the Commerce Department indicated that consumers scaled back their spending in September as worries mounted about a worsening housing market and further credit-market turmoil. And a trade group reported that manufacturing in the U.S. grew in October at the weakest pace since March. The Dow fell 362.14, or 2.60percent, to 13,567.87. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index was off 40.94, or 2.64percent, at 1,508.44. The Nasdaq composite index dropped 64.29, or 2.25percent, to 2,794.83.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Gonzalo Higuain showed just why he is being coveted by Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United on Friday night.The Napoli striker, who finished the Serie A season with a record-breaking 36 goals in 35 games, continued his sensational run of form with a brilliant strike for Argentina against Honduras.Collecting a pass on the edge of the box, the 28-year-old left an Honduran defender in his wake with a quick turn and change of direction before expertly chipping home. Check out the super strike above!
Alan Stubbs: The former Everton defender leaves his role as head coach of Hibernian Alan Stubbs has been appointed manager of Rotherham United on a three-year deal. The Championship side have been without a boss since Neil Warnock’s departure at the end of the season and John Doolan follows him to the AESSEAL New York Stadium as assistant manager. The duo leave their roles at Scottish Championship side Hibernian, where they oversaw a Scottish Cup final win over Rangers last month.News broke on Tuesday night that Stubbs had agreed to turn his back on Hibs despite having a year left to run on his contract, but the announcement was delayed after negotiations over compensation dragged on for almost 24 hours.And after a package could not be agreed between the two clubs, Stubbs and Doolan were forced to quit their positions at Easter Road in order to force the move through.Hibs initially rejected Rotherham’s advances last week but – after meeting with their manager on Monday – “reluctantly” allowed him to open discussions before further digging their heels in over compensation.Stubbs, 44, made over 500 professional appearances for the likes of Everton, Bolton and Celtic as a central defender before taking his first job in management at Easter Road in 2014. 1