Manchester City star plays down talk of La Liga return

first_img1 Jesus Navas Manchester City winger Jesus Navas has played down the possibility of a return to his former club Sevilla.City take on the Spanish side in the Champions League on Wednesday, with Navas expected to start against some of his old team-mates.The 29-year-old has struggled to make an impact in the Premier League since moving to the Etihad in 2013, sparking rumours he may be looking for a return to his native country.But when asked if he would consider another stint at Los Robjiblancos, Navas insisted his focus is solely on City.“It’s special, the affection is mutual and everybody knows this is a special match for me,” he said.“But I’m only thinking about City. I’m thinking about the present at the moment. Wednesday’s game is a very special one for me.”last_img read more

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Poll: Arsenal or Barcelona – who will reach the Champions League quarter-finals?

first_img1 Poll: Arsenal or Barcelona – who will reach the Champions League quarter-finals? Arsenal will meet Barcelona in the Champions League last 16 after the draw was made on Monday morning.The Gunners will be big outsiders to win through to the quarter-finals, with Barca boasting a formidable front three in Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar.But we want to know whether you think Arsene Wenger’s side can spring a shock…last_img

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Arsene Wenger: Arsenal v Chelsea is still a big game despite 19-point gap

first_imgArsene Wenger insists Arsenal’s meeting with Chelsea on Sunday remains a big game despite the travails of the Blues this season.Reigning Barclays Premier League champions Chelsea travel across London to the Emirates Stadium a massive 19 points behind the Gunners, who sit top of the table on goal difference.A 2-0 victory over Arsenal in September is one of just six league wins all season for last years’ title winners, with Guus Hiddink now at the helm following Jose Mourinho’s sacking.Wenger’s side have already proven they now have the steel to beat their main rivals – with victories over Manchester United, Manchester City and Leicester already secured.And the Frenchman believes the visit of Chelsea is another chance for his players to show Arsenal can win their first title in 12 years.“It’s another game where people look at us and see how we behave,” he said.“Even if Chelsea are not in the best position, look at their squad. It’s a big game because of the quality of the players on the pitch.“It has a big importance to us as well. We play at the Emirates and know how important it will be to win this game.” 1 Arsenal and Chelsea last_img read more

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Amazing Premier League club stats you need to know from the last round of games

first_img 10 2. West Ham have now gone 11 games unbeaten at home in the Premier League, their longest run since 1998, which was 14 matches long. 10 10 4. Mesut Ozil registered his lowest ever pass accuracy (69%) for Arsenal in the Premier League against Manchester United. 10 7. Leicester City have not conceded a goal at home in 478 minutes of football. 10 10 It seems every passing weekend sees milestones met and records broken in English football.This time, in the League Cup final and the Premier League numerous statistics stood out from the crowd as superstars and managers showed their best, and worst, sides.Whether it be goals, passes, tackles or even players ages, there is always something numerical going on.So what were the vital statistics from the latest round of action? Click the right arrow for some of the best facts and figures… 6. Louis van Gaal has given 23 players their Manchester United debuts. 10 10. No player has been directly involved in more Premier League goals in 2016 than Diego Costa (9) – click the right arrow above for another nine fascinating stats 1. Theo Walcott didn’t have a single shot on goal against Manchester United. 9. No Watford player made more passes than Heurelho Gomes’ 37 against Bournemouth. 8. Jurgen Klopp has now lost a cup final in four successive seasons. 5. Manchester United have won back-to-back home games for the first time since September. 3. Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez have scored more goals between them (33) than Norwich City have in total (30). 10 10 10last_img read more

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Stoke City news: Butland off crutches and making good progress following injury

first_img Jack Butland: The Stoke goalkeeper made 38 appearances for club and country before fracturing his ankle 1 Stoke and England goalkeeper Jack Butland has revealed he is off crutches as he continues his rehabilitation from injury.Butland was ruled out for the rest of the season and this summer’s European Championships when he fractured his ankle while playing for his country against Germany in March.The 23-year-old posted a message on Twitter on Monday which said: “On the way back from seeing the surgeon, walked in with crutches, walked out without them!“Fracture healing really well! Happy boy!”Butland then joked: “Just guna dust off my gloves and go and dive around in the garden, fit for the weekend!” Stoke host West Ham on Sunday but he added: “I’m kidding, that would be a miracle! This weekend and the Euros are still a no! But all focus now on being fully fit for pre season.”last_img read more

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SCAG: Transportation funding falls $132 billion short

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsThe 30-year transportation plan, which includes a regional report card, outlines all projects eligible for funding and explains how to pay for them. Some Los Angeles leaders said the region has no choice but to explore new ways to raise money for transportation projects – and they think voters can be convinced. “People understand that we need to do more, and that years of neglect and years of lack of vision have put us in the situation where we are really behind the eight ball in having a public transportation system that works,” said Los Angeles City Councilwoman Wendy Greuel, who heads the council’s transportation committee. “People are willing to look at things they never looked at before.” Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who has championed the westward extension of the Purple Line – or the “Subway to the Sea” – has his office analyzing funding schemes for that project and other major mass transit expansions in the city. The region’s transportation system is so clogged that Southern California residents and businesses will have to pay up if they want swifter freeways and efficient transit systems, according to a regional plan released Thursday. Current funding falls far short of the estimated $545.3 billion needed to upgrade and expand the transportation system throughout the six-county Southern California area. And with $132billion needed to fill the gap, the region should pursue pay-to-use programs including toll roads, benefit-assessment districts and cargo container fees, according to the plan by the Southern California Association of Governments. “It’s time to recognize the infrastructure problems that we’re facing,” said Alan Wapner, an Ontario City Council member who helped oversee the plan. “We’ve never really placed a value on private transportation.” “All options are on the table to fund that investment,” spokesman Matt Szabo said. SCAG Executive Director Mark Pisano said most of the proposed innovative financing schemes have been used before – Orange County has toll roads, and railroads pay users fees’ along the Alameda Corridor. “We are suggesting we learn from the lessons of the past and move them forward,” Pisano said. “The reason we haven’t moved forward is the state has been unwilling to give us the authority to do more of these types of projects.” Yet many of the concepts are politically unpopular. Critics deride toll roads as “Lexus Lanes” that get the wealthy out of traffic. And some lawmakers and state employee unions are wary of government partnering with private firms to develop roads or transit lines. “We are hopeful the public realizes the importance of raising the dollars,” said Gary Oviatt, a San Bernardino County supervisor and president of SCAG. “We see that the state is continually taking (transportation) dollars and putting them in other parts of the budget to balance it. Therefore it’s important that we try the tolling and some of these other efforts in hopes that this is the right time.” While existing local, state and federal dollars make up $413billion – the bulk of money needed for the 30-year transportation blueprint – the plan suggests 12 options that could generate $132billion to fill the gap. Those include: Raising the state and federal gas tax by 20cents per gallon, which would generate $17million. Benefit-assessment districts along the planned extensions of the Gold and Purple lines in which businesses and developers pay a tax for the “benefit” of sitting alongside them. Such districts could generate $3.7billion. The first phase of the Red Line from Union Station to MacArthur Park levied a tax on nearby businesses that will have generated $130million when it expires in 2009. But efforts to tax businesses during later phases of the Red Line through Hollywood were shot down. Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority CEO Roger Snoble said his agency will consider benefit-assessment districts and any other funding mechanism to pay for subway and light-rail expansions. “The fact is we need to generate a new source of revenue if we are to have a prayer of keeping up with the problems of this region,” Snoble said. Highway tolls on new projects, such as a proposed tunnel under South Pasadena connecting Interstate 710 to Interstate 210. Tolls could generate $26billion. Public-private partnerships in which a private company would finance and build roads or a transportation line under a lease agreement, which could generate $8.4billion. For example, a private firm has proposed building a Maglev-like train that could carry freight from LAX and the harbor to Ontario. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and some Republican lawmakers have been pushing for more public-private partnerships on infrastructure projects, but some state employee unions and Democratic lawmakers have resisted amid labor-related concerns. Schwarzenegger said he plans to introduce more proposals for partnerships in his 2008 State of the State address next month. “To keep our economy moving, we have to do everything that we can in order to create the infrastructure faster, cheaper and better, and I think that we can do that with the public-private partnership,” Schwarzenegger said during a speech in Los Angeles last week. “It’s just that right now it is such a new concept for our legislators that they’re not there yet 100percent.” Last year, Democratic leaders authored a bill that would allow four new public-private partnerships, two in Southern California and two in Northern California. “The speaker believes they’re worth looking into, but they’re not a panacea,” said Steve Maviglio, spokesman for Assembly Speaker Fabian Nu ez, D-Los Angeles, who proposed the pilot project bill. But some Republicans and private companies are concerned the bill requires legislative approval for individual projects – meaning they could be renegotiated with more provisions that dilute some of the economic benefits or change the original terms of the bid. Sen. George Runner, R-Lancaster, who is carrying legislation to expand the use of such partnerships, said he hopes to convince the unions that public-private partnerships will not mean layoffs. “We see these as job opportunities,” Runner said. “These are going to be projects that just won’t happen unless we have that private investment there backed up by some kind of a toll or some kind of a user fee that then helps provide the payback for the investor.” The 2008 Regional Transportation Plan is now under review, and SCAG will approve the final draft next year. Staff Writer Rick Orlov contributed to this story. kerry.cavanaugh@dailynews.com 213-978-0390160Want 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

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Longtime LA sportscaster Stu Nahan dies at 81

first_imgLongtime Los Angeles sportscaster Stu Nahan, also familiar to movie fans for his appearances in the series of “Rocky” films, has died at 81. His daughter, Kathy Derington, says Nahan was surrounded by family members when he passed away Wednesday at his home in Studio City. He had battled lymphoma since being diagnosed with that form of cancer in January 2006. A former minor league hockey goalie, Nahan had been a sports anchor for three different television stations in Los Angeles. He retired from TV in 1999, and most recently did pre- and post-game radio shows for the Los Angeles Dodgers. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson160Want 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

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Job Vacancy: Browne Printers seek Print Finisher and Sign Maker

first_imgJob Vacancy: Browne Printers is the leading printing company in the North-West. With over 25-years of experience, our company produces the highest quality in printing services whilst offering value for money. We design and print all types of bespoke signs, branding and stationary Nationwide. We are currently seeking to recruit a Full-Time Print Finisher & Sign Maker. The Print Finisher & Sign Maker’s main duties will include: Operation of booklet makers, guillotine, folder and all types of print finishing equipment. Operation of large format printers and finishing of sign making equipment. The ideal candidate will have: Previous experience in a similar role (would be an advantage but not essential); A good eye for detail & quality control; A willingness to learn and develop skills; The ability to work as part of a team; The ability to work to given deadlines; Excellent customer service skills.  Browne Printers welcome all applications and ask that applicants submit their CV together with a short cover letter explaining why they are applying for the position by email to darren@browneprinters.com   Closing date is 5pm, Friday 7th July 2017. All applications will be dealt with promptly and in the strictest of confidence. Browne Printers Ltd. is an equal opportunities employerJob Vacancy: Browne Printers seek Print Finisher and Sign Maker was last modified: June 23rd, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:BROWNE PRINTERSEmploymentjobVacancylast_img read more

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