Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho blasted referee Mark Clattenburg for dismissing John Terry during the Blues’ 3-2 win at West Brom, claiming he ‘made it really hard for us.’Mourinho’s charges earned their first win of the season after goals from debutant Pedro, Diego Costa and Cesar Azpilicueta were enough for the three points despite James Morrison’s brace for the Baggies.Terry was show a straight red card ten minutes into the second half for hauling down Salomon Rondon, and Mourinho felt Clattenburg made a mistake that nearly swung the destiny of the result.When asked about Terry’s sending off, he said: “I don’t want to speak about it. I don’t have a view.“West Brom and the referee made it really hard for us. We had a strong performance with 11 players but with ten men against West Brom it is difficult.”Pedro, a £21.4m signing from Barcelona earlier this week, was handed the man of the match award on his debut and took just 20 minutes to open his Chelsea account – much to the satisfaction of his manager.“A very good start. A goal, assist, work rate, personality – he gave us a lot,” added the Blues’ boss. read more
Paul-Georges Ntep Paul-Georges Ntep has revealed why he opted to stay at Rennes in the summer.The France international was heavily linked with a move to a top European side during the last transfer window, with Arsenal and Liverpool among clubs said to be monitoring the 23-year-old.But Ntep insists a move away was never on the cards as there were no big-money offers on the table.“If I had to leave, it would have been for a club that really wanted me,” he told beIN Sports.“If big clubs had put money on the table, we would have talked to them.“That was not the case. And the club did not have the desire to release me.” 1 read more
Andy Goldstein and Jason Cundy round up the highlights from the last week of Sports Bar shows.The boys welcomed a host of top guests this week, including Stoke striker Peter Crouch, who gave his thouhts on Tottenham’s Harry Kane.Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri also joined them to reflect on his side’s unbeaten start to the season, while England rugby star Alex Corbisiero looked ahead to the World Cup clash with Wales.
January can’t come quick enough for Sam Allardyce as he saw his Sunderland side battered 6-2 by Everton at Goodison Park.Even going with a back-three couldn’t save the Black Cats as a ruthless and efficient Toffees team cut their defence to shreds on the counter.It was Arouna Kone who played a star role for Roberto Martinez’s men, grabbing himself a hat-trick and a masterful assist. Gerard Deulofeu and Romelu Lukaku also notched for the hosts, while Sebastian Coates put the ball into his goal, and all despite a rally from their opponents which saw Jermain Defoe and Steven Fletcher give them hope.The Black Cats attacked from the off as they looked to carry on the momentum from their 3-0 victory over rivals Newcastle United and were nearly rewarded just four minutes in as Patrick van Aanholt hit the post.And as they continued to dominate play at Goodison Park, Sunderland were then denied the opener as in one scramble Tim Howard saved from Jermain Defoe, Adam Johnson struck the upright and Seamus Coleman flew in to block Steven Fletcher.After all their dominance though, manager Allardyce could only watch on as an exceptional Kone through-ball put Deulofeu in, and the impish ex-Barcelona man tore towards goal and slipped a cool finish between the legs of Costel Pantilimon.Everton were forced into a change moments later with the unlucky Bryan Oviedo replaced by Brendan Galloway due to injury but that didn’t stop them grabbing another goal.The dangerous Kone drifted inside the penalty area and after a swift one-two with Romelu Lukaku he bludgeoned the ball beyond the dismayed Pantilimon to make it 2-0.Sunderland were next to suffer an injury blow with Lee Cattermole trudging off and ex-Everton star Jack Rodwell taking his place, but they were handed a reprieve deep into added time in the first half.Defoe latched onto the ball outside the box and after flicking the ball over Ramiro Funes Mori’s sliding challenge and then hammered a deflected effort into the back of the net.After the break, with their tails up, Fletcher headed home for Sunderland with ease after beating Funes Mori in the air, but their own soft underbelly would be their undoing after 55 minutes.Moments after having a penalty appeal turned down, Deulofeu saw his dangerous cross diverted home by the unlucky Sebastian Coates, with Lukaku lurking.The Belgian striker would get his goal five minutes later though as he scampered behind the Sunderland backline, rounded Pantilimon and slotted the ball into the back of the net, after meeting Deulofeu’s fine pass.And just two minutes later it was 5-2 to the Toffees as Kone fired in following another swift counter and a smart assist from James McCarthy.With a breathless spell over, Martinez’s side slowed the pace of the game but continued their dominance, toying with a Black Cats side who were bereft of belief, although youngster Duncan Watmore will at least have cheered the away fans with his energetic display up top as a substitute.And, to round off a fine performance, Kone headed home his third of the math when he met a stunning outside of the boot cross from Lukaku, but Sunderland were still forced to play a further 14 minutes before the final whistle put them out of their misery. 1 Arouna Kone celebrates his hat-trick for Everton read more
1 Stoke are ready to challenge Liverpool for the signature of Fenerbahce defender Caner Erkin.As talkSPORT told you, Liverpool have been linked with a move for the full-back, who is out of contract this summer.However, Inter Milan are also keeping close tabs on the 27-year-old’s situation in Turkey and could be lining up a contract offer of their own.But now Corriere dello Sport has reported that the Serie A side are wary of interest from the Premier League and it’s not just from Liverpool.It has now been reported that Stoke City have joined the race for Erkin, and could be ready to snap him up on a free once his contract expires. Caner Erkin in action for Fenerbahce read more
DETROIT – Ford Motor Co. and Chrysler LLC are negotiating with the United Auto Workers over the amount they would put into a retiree health care trust and may not contribute as much as General Motors Corp. did, two people briefed on the talks said Friday.The issue is one of several differences that could derail the UAW’s plans to get Ford and Chrysler to match GM’s terms. They asked for anonymity because the negotiations are private. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas City160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! read more
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.A forced withdrawal might take years to carry out, top FDA officials said. “We need to go back and review all these recommendations that we heard today and decide what the path forward might be,” Dr. John Jenkins, director of the FDA’s office of new drugs, said after the meeting. If the agency decides to adopt the committee’s recommendation, it must undertake a rule-making process that can “take anywhere from one to many years,” Jenkins said. While the panel voted 21-1 to ban over-the-counter pediatric cold products for use in children under 2, its vote to ban them for 2- to 5-year-olds was 13-9. The FDA usually follows the advice of its expert panels, but the closer the vote, the more likely the agency is to ignore it. Dr. Joshua Sharfstein, Baltimore’s commissioner of health and a co-author of a petition that led to the FDA’s review of the safety of the medicines, said drugmakers and the FDA should agree to a quick end to the marketing of cold medicines for children under 6. “After the advisory committee’s clear vote, there is no justification for formulations of these products geared at toddlers or depicting small children,” Sharfstein said. Whatever the outcome in the marketplace, the panel’s advice for parents was clear: They should not use over-the-counter cold medicines in young children. Jenkins’ own advice to parents was less forceful. “Parents as always should carefully follow directions,” Jenkins said. “They should pay close attention to ingredients to make sure they don’t use the same ingredients from multiple products.” The products under review include such common brand names as PediaCare, Robitussin and Triaminic, which are made, respectively, by Johnson & Johnson, Wyeth and Novartis. Some of these products are directly marketed for toddlers and other children under 6. Suydam told the panel that pediatric cold medicines are safe and effective, that many of the problems associated with the medicines come from unintentional overdoses and that an educational campaign could resolve most problems. The panel largely rejected these arguments, voting overwhelmingly that there is no evidence that over-the-counter pediatric cold medicines have any effect and that more studies must be done. Still, nine panel members voted against an outright ban in children ages 2 to 5, arguing that doctors and parents need something for ill children even if it has no proven effect. Amy J. Celento-Stamateris, a patient representative on the panel from Nutley, N.J., said she was worried that a ban would lead parents to give their children products intended for adults, increasing the risks of overdoses. “I’m not going to name names among my acquaintances, but people do use these medications to make their children get some sleep,” Celento-Stamateris said. But most panel members said if the drugs have not proved to be effective in young children, they should not be available. “Products for children under 2 were withdrawn from the market, and the world didn’t come to an end,” said Sean P. Hennessy, a panel member from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. There are about 800 pediatric cold products sold in the United States that use one or more of 39 different drugs. Parents spend around $500million every year buying nearly 95million boxes containing 3.8billion doses of medicine.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SILVER SPRING, Md. – A Food and Drug Administration panel of experts voted Friday to ban popular over-the-counter cold products intended for children under the age of 6. If put into practice, the vote could transform pharmacy shelves and change the way parents cope with the most common illness in young children. The vote comes a week after major manufacturers agreed to withdraw more than a dozen cold products labeled for use in infants and babies. But manufacturers said they would fight the new recommendations. “We believe these products will remain on the market,” said Linda Suydam, president of the Consumer Healthcare Products Association, an industry trade group. read more
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Recipients of national security letters, including Internet service providers, financial institutions and credit reporting agencies, are generally forbidden to disclose to the individuals under investigation that they have received letters requesting financial records. “Once again, the Bush administration’s unchecked authority has led to abuse and civil liberties violations,” ACLU Executive Director Anthony D. Romero said in a statement Sunday. “The documents make clear that the Department of Defense may have secretly and illegally conducted surveillance beyond the powers it was granted by Congress.” The Associated Press could not reach a spokesperson for the Pentagon on Sunday. Spokesman Maj. Patrick Ryder defended the letters in an interview with The New York Times in Sunday’s editions. Investigators could use the financial records, for example, to examine the assets of a military contractor who appeared to have sudden and unexplained wealth, he said. The Times first disclosed the military’s use of the letters in January, and members of Congress and civil liberties groups have said the practice conflicted with traditional Pentagon rules against domestic law-enforcement operations. Vice President Dick Cheney has defended the practice as a “perfectly legitimate activity” used to investigate possible acts of terrorism and espionage. Many of the 1,000 pages of letters and internal documents related to the program and obtained by the ACLU were partially or completely blacked out. But the legible information shows the Pentagon’s review of the program found poor coordination. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By Karen Matthews THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW YORK – A review by the Pentagon of hundreds of secret letters it sent out after the Sept. 11 attacks seeking financial records of individuals found that the program lacked coordination and oversight, according to newly released documents. The American Civil Liberties Union, which obtained heavily edited copies of Pentagon documents through a Freedom of Information Act request, said an analysis of 455 “national security letters” issued after Sept. 11, 2001, shows that the Pentagon collaborated with the FBI to circumvent laws and may have overstepped its authority to obtain financial and credit records. read more