1 Rayo Vallecano have emerged as favourites ahead of Celtic to sign Real Madrid teen sensation Martin Odegaard on loan in January.The highly-rated Norwegian has yet to feature for Real’s first team this season and is reportedly keen on loan deal to secure regular playing time.Celtic had registered strong interest in the 16-year-old during the summer but Real were eager to keep hold of him for the opening months of Rafael Benitez’s reign.However, according to Periodista Digital, Rayo and Los Blancos and close to agreeing a deal which would see Odegaard move to the Campo de Futbol de Vallecas for the second half of the campaign. Martin Odegaard
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Arsene Wenger 1 Defiant Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes his side do have what it takes to win the Barclays Premier League title – and knows he would be “slaughtered” for saying they had no chance.The Gunners boss was forced to again defend the direction of his team when addressing the media ahead of Sunday’s showdown with leaders Manchester United at the Emirates Stadium.The 64-year-old batted down continued criticism of his team’s apparent lack of defensive cohesion as “very, very, very, very boring” following the on-going inquest into Tuesday night’s 3-2 home Champions League defeat by Olympiacos, and then threatened to end the press conference when quizzed on comments from Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho about pressures of the job.Wenger still sees great promise in his squad, which last weekend returned an impressive Premier League performance in the 5-2 win at Leicester, inflicting the first defeat of the season on the Foxes which left them only three points off the top of the table.When asked if he continued to believe in a sustained title challenge, Wenger said: “If I tell you now that we are three points behind Man United, playing Man United at home and I don’t believe that we can win the Premier League, what do you tell me? You will slaughter me.”The Arsenal manager sees plenty of reasons to stay positive.“I don’t see why we should be absolutely down, we are on the back of three or four good results in the Premier League,” he said.“We had a disappointment in the Champions League, we have to analyse it well.“It was disappointing to lose but overall every competition is different. You have to go in a different competition in a different state of mind and we have to be inspired by what we did at Leicester.”
Louis van Gaal wants to “manage expectations” at Manchester United and stressed there is no guarantee he will win silverware this season.United crashed out of the Champions League at the group stage on Tuesday when they suffered an embarrassing 3-2 defeat to Wolfsburg.Van Gaal’s critics again railed against the Dutchman in the wake of the defeat.Paul Scholes labelled United ”average” while his former team-mate Rio Ferdinand said dropping into the Europa League was ”an embarrassment”.But if United fans were looking for a rallying cry from their manager in the wake of the humbling defeat, they did not get one.Van Gaal was asked at a press conference on the eve of United’s trip to Bournemouth whether he could make up for the club’s Champions League exit by winning the Barclays Premier League.“No. It is difficult,” the United manager said.“You (the media) want to raise the expectations. We shall do everything to win something but it is very difficult.“For the fans it shall be like that. But I want to manage the expectation. It is not as easy as everybody thinks.“You can see what is happening in the Premier League every week. It is not so easy.”Van Gaal was criticised heavily for failing to lead Barcelona out of the group stages 18 years ago, and he responded by winning the Spanish league.To achieve the same feat in England with United will be harder according to the Dutchman, who thinks the gap is closing between the clubs at the top and bottom of the Premier League and across Europe.“The world has changed,” Van Gaal said.“In 1997 I was out of the group stages with Barcelona. They are also a big club, there was also a lot of criticism in the media. But then we won the title. That was minor criticism at that time.“Only one club can win the Champions League each season. It is not so easy to do that, now.“Then three or four clubs had great money. Now we have much more clubs who have the money.“It is the same in the Premier League. Next year, all the clubs in the Premier League have a bigger budget than most of the clubs in Europe.” Louis van Gaal 1
NHL: A night after losing to L.A., San Jose dominates. By Matthew Kredell Staff Writer The Kings’ longest layoff of the season could have been so much more satisfying. They could have had six days to bask in the glow of being a first-place team after recovering from an awful start to the season. Instead, the Kings will have plenty of time to think about the limited scoring opportunities they got Saturday in a 3-1 loss to San Jose in front of a sellout crowd of 18,118 at Staples Center. “We were pressing a little bit,” said Michael Cammalleri, the team’s leading scorer on the season. “We played a little more of an impatient game. It was a big game we were excited about and could have been a big win for us, so maybe that got us a little jumpy.” Playing the Sharks for the second night in a row in an early-season battle for first place in the Pacific Division, the Kings couldn’t sweep the home-and-home mini series. After moving a point ahead of San Jose on Friday, the Kings (7-8-0) were leapfrogged right back. They don’t play again until Saturday against Dallas. “We knew before the game that we captured their attention with how we played in San Jose,” Kings coach Marc Crawford said of Friday’s 5-2 win. “We knew they were going to be better. Our goal was to be better ourselves, but I thought tonight we had too many passengers.” San Jose (7-6-1) needed just over two minutes to get on the board when Joe Pavelski knocked in a one-timer on a bang-bang play off a pass from Joe Thornton on the power play. Brad Stuart, still second in goals among defenseman in Sharks history for the 5
SCANNING THE AREA GARDENA Shooting kills 33-year-old man A man was fatally shot in Gardena on Wednesday afternoon, according to the Sheriff’s Department. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Los Angeles resident Gemora Jawana Knoxs, 33, was shot around 3:15 p.m. in the 1000 block of 130th Street, near Vermont Avenue and the border of Los Angeles, Deputy Denise Fuchs said Thursday. He was declared dead at the scene. No other details were released. AREAWIDE Sobriety checks set for tonight Law enforcement will conduct sobriety and drivers’ license checkpoints tonight. Police will be out from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. Saturday on Artesia Boulevard at Aviation Way in Redondo Beach. In Carson, deputies will conduct checkpoints from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. Saturday on Figueroa Street north of 223rd Street and on Avalon Boulevard north of Carson Street in Carson. SAN PEDRO Workingwomen’s lunch is Sunday The San Pedro-based Harry Bridges Institute will honor seven local labor organizers Sunday at the group’s sixth annual Working Class Women’s Luncheon in Long Beach. The lunch is from noon to 4p.m. at the Coast Long Beach Hotel, 700 Queensway Drive. Primary sponsorship is provided by the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, but the honorees are selected by Harbor Area unions. A fashion show depicting working women through history also will be featured, with vintage clothing provided by Lyz Bryant of Threads of Time in San Pedro. Being honored are Ruth Brown of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 13; Cathy Familathe, a marine clerk nominated by the ILWU Pensioners; Debbie Karmelich of the ILWU Local 63; Mary E. Knoebel of the Pile Drivers Union Local 2375; Bernadette Martinez of the ILWU Local 94; Yvonne Rizzo of Carpenters Local 630; and Catherine Zamora of the Ironworkers Union. Tickets are $50 at the door. Call 310-831-2397.160Want 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 MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – A woman convicted of killing her 3-year-old son by plunging him into scalding water as punishment for soiling his diaper was sentenced Friday to 60 years in prison. Valerie Kennedy, 32, was convicted last month of manslaughter and child abuse in the death of Jaquez Mason. Authorities said she plunged her son into the water on Christmas Day 2005. The boy suffered severe burns and went a week without treatment before dying.
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A third day of negotiations to end the Writers Guild of America strike is scheduled today, and a late-night talk show that went off the air because of the work stoppage was set to resume production. The two sides met Monday and again yesterday in their first round of talks since the strike began Nov. 5 over pay for work distributed via the Internet and other new media. The guild and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, which represents the movie studios and television networks, have agreed to a news blackout on the talks. The strike has sent late-night talk shows into reruns. It has also halted production on most scripted television series and could bring about an increase in unscripted and competition series and news magazines in primetime. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsNBC’s “Last Call With Carson Daly,” will resume production today, according to published reports and the Writers Guild of America West. A study to be released today by the UCLA Anderson Forecast estimates the strike could cost the local economy $380 million if it lasts as long as the 22-week walkout by writers in 1988. The Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp. had estimated roughly a $1 billion loss. The International Affiliation of Writers Guild, an international body representing guilds of professional screenwriters, has declared today International Solidarity Day, with demonstrations in support of the striking WGA writers planned in London, Paris, Berlin, Amsterdam, Dublin, Montreal; Auckland, New Zealand; and Sydney, Australia. Picketing is also planned outside NBC in Burbank.
Nicklas Bendtner during Denmark training 1 Wolfsburg are seeking to cancel Nicklas Bendtner’s contract 15 months early.The 28-year-old has endured a miserable time at the Bundesliga club since arriving from Arsenal in 2014.He has scored just nine goals in 47 appearances and has twice been fined this season for disciplinary issues.Bendtner has been training on his own in recent weeks and has now been told to stay away from the training ground, as Wolfsburg look to finalise his departure.“The current situation is unsatisfactory for everybody and it cannot endure,” Wolfsburg’s director of sport Klaus Allofs said on his club’s website.“For this reason, we sat down again on Wednesday and, together with his agent, we discussed solutions.”
Gary Bowyer has been appointed the manager of League Two side Blackpool. The 44-year-old former Blackburn boss has penned a one-year rolling deal at Bloomfield Road and he replaces Neil McDonald, who left the club following relegation last month.A statement on the club’s website read: “Blackpool Football Club is pleased to announce the appointment of Gary Bowyer as manager on a one-year rolling deal.”Bowyer has been out of work since leaving Ewood Park last November.He led Rovers to eighth and ninth-place finishes in the Sky Bet Championship during his two full seasons in charge. Gary Bowyer was sacked by Blackburn in November 2015 1