1 Chelsea picked up their first win of the Premier League season at West Bromwich Albion on Sunday, but it wasn’t without drama.The Blues conceded a penalty with the score at 0-0, which Thibaut Courtois saved, and proceeded to storm into a 3-1 lead by half-time.John Terry was then sent off before the Baggies pulled it back to 3-2, but the defending champions held on to take three points.Jose Mourinho wasn’t happy with the match officials, though (is he ever?) and after his side’s stuttering start to the campaign is already cranking up the siege mentality rhetoric.“Many people are disappointed with the result,” he claimed afterwards. “They love Chelsea to lose a game.”Is he right? Vote now! Jose Mourinho
Yannick Bolasie Yannick Bolasie says he is “delighted” to have agreed a new contract with Crystal Palace after a summer of speculation that he may leave the club.The explosive winger was linked with potential moves to Liverpool and Tottenham but decided to extend his current deal with the Eagles, keeping him at Selhurst Park until 2019.Speaking after Palace’s 1-0 win over Watford on Sunday, the Congolese international said: “I’m delighted to sign a new contract.“I think now it’s all about getting on the pitch and doing well for the team and replicating what I had done last season.” 1
Arsenal starlet Alex Iwobi 1 Arsenal prodigy Alex Iwobi has signed a new long-term contract with Arsenal.The 19-year-old, who is the nephew of Jay Jay Okocha, has starred for the club’s Under-21 side and even scored for the first team against Lyon at the Emirates Cup during the summer.Iwobi has been linked with a loan move away from the club this season but he has now ensured his long-term future remains at Arsenal after signing a new contract.The teen forward, who joined the club when he was still at primary school, has represented England at youth level but is currently on international duty with Nigeria.
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal believes Leicester City are serious contenders for the Premier League title this season.The Foxes are riding high at the top of the table after a flying start to the season under new manager Claudio Ranieri.Leicester have lost only once in their opening 13 games and, largely thanks to Premier League top scorer Jamie Vardy , they have scored more goals than any other team in the top flight – 28.The leaders are one point ahead of second-placed United ahead of the meeting between the two sides at the King Power Stadium on Saturday.And while there are few who expect the side to remain there for the rest of the campaign, Van Gaal believes there is a chance the underdogs could lift the trophy.“It is possible, I think,” the United manager said when asked if Ranieri’s high-flying team could win the league.“Normally these kind of clubs can be a long time competing, but normally at the end it’s more difficult.“But in England because of the quality of the teams, because every team has the money to buy players – and they have bought players – the difference in the Premier League between the clubs in level is not so high.”United must stop free-scoring Vardy if they are to move ahead of their opponents and top the table this weekend. The Red Devils are well aware of what the 28-year-old is capable of, having had a hand in all five of Leicester’s goals in the victorious eight-goal thriller at the King Power Stadium last season.Vardy was playing non-league football three-and-a-half years ago, but he is now the top marksman in the country and the former Fleetwood Town player last week equalled Ruud van Nistelrooy’s Premier League record of scoring in ten consecutive matches.Van Gaal described Vardy as a “nasty” and “great” player whom he also likened to Dennis Bergkamp.“He was already last season a very nasty player for us,” the Dutchman added.“He scored, won a penalty, and now he is scoring ten games in a row, then you are a great player.“I only know for example Dennis Bergkamp as a player who did the same with Ajax. It’s not so easy to do that.”When asked whether he would consider signing Vardy, Van Gaal gave a terse reply, saying: “That is not your business, I think.” Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri 1
Garry Monk 1 Under-fire Swansea manager Garry Monk has described club chairman Huw Jenkins as “extraordinary” in given him his full backing during the club’s poor run of form.Swansea have slipped from the top four to 14th and only five points above the relegation zone after winning just once in nine Barclays Premier League games.That run has put Monk under increasing pressure, with some reports over the last few weeks claiming the 36-year-old former Swans captain was on the brink of the sack.But Monk, speaking ahead of Sunday’s league visit to Liverpool, said Jenkins had full faith in what he was doing to bring about a change of fortunes at the Liberty Stadium.“The word trust is something that’s clear from him,” Monk said.“He trusts how I work and he’s seen the success, that what I’ve brought to the club has worked in the past.“He knows that we can get through this period if we’re all united.“He’s given me his full backing, he’s been extraordinary and he knows how it works.“He knows the process that we’re going through and he knows that unity is the only way through it.”Last term, in his first full season in charge, Monk guided Swansea to their best Premier League finish of eighth with a record points tally.He was even touted as a future England manager after Swansea climbed into the top four at the end of August by beating Manchester United 2-1 at home.But Swansea have been almost in free-fall ever since, with their only subsequent victory coming in a 2-1 win at bottom-placed Aston Villa in late October.Monk, however, insists his relationship with Jenkins remains as strong as ever, saying: “I speak to the chairman every single week.“We talk about performances, we talk about players, we talk about transfers.“I’ve had great communication with the chairman and, when I have my discussions with him, he’s extraordinarily supportive.“We wouldn’t be the first club to go through a difficult time, but it’s about trusting what I do here.”
Another weekend, another three points for Leicester and ANOTHER starring role from Riyad Mahrez.The Foxes remain top of the league and thanks to Tottenham and Arsenal’s 2-2 draw, are five points ahead of Spurs.So Mahrez is in talkSPORT’s best 11 players from the weekend, but who else? Click the arrow above, right, to see the team and let us know who makes yours.SEE THE CURRENT PREMIER LEAGUE TABLE HERE 11 Attacking midfield centre: David Silva (Man City) 11 11 11 Goalkeeper: Kasper Schmeichel (Leicester) Defence: Charlie Daniels (Bournemouth) Defence: Virgil van Dijk: (Southampton) 11 11 Attacking midfield centre: Riyad Mahrez (Leicester) Attacking midfield left: Dimitri Payet (West Ham) Striker: Danny Welbeck (Arsenal) 11 11 11 Defence: Dejan Lovren (Liverpool) Attacking midfield right: Michail Antonio (West Ham) 11 11 Attacking midfield centre: Gylfi Sigurdsson (Swansea) Striker: Salomon Rondon (West Brom)
Surprising developers and housing advocates alike, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announced Wednesday that he wants to resurrect a controversial proposal that would require developers to include affordable housing in new residential projects. Speaking to the Los Angeles Business Council’s Mayoral Housing Summit, Villaraigosa said the city must consider mandatory affordable-housing programs, such as inclusionary zoning, to sustain the middle class and keep jobs in Los Angeles. “People can’t afford to live in the city of Los Angeles,” Villaraigosa said. “This is an opportunity for us to figure out a problem that has reached crisis proportions, and I’m prepared to lead that effort.” But the mayor is taking on one of the most politically sensitive issues in Los Angeles – one that combines density and higher construction costs in a way that galvanizes both homeowners and builders. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Inclusionary zoning laws typically require a developer to set aside 10 percent to 20 percent of units as affordable. Or a developer could pay a per-unit fee so affordable housing can be built elsewhere. Proposal defeated In 2004-2005, developers and neighborhood councils banded together to kill an inclusionary zoning proposal by Councilmen Ed Reyes and Eric Garcetti. Villaraigosa himself spoke in support when the inclusionary zoning law was proposed, but backed away during his campaign for mayor, saying he didn’t necessarily endorse the proposal on the table. This time, Villaraigosa said, he intends to draft developers, housing advocates and neighborhood council members to help craft an inclusionary zoning law that most people can support. He wants to appease developers by allowing them to build denser, with fewer parking spaces and fewer bureaucratic delays. “There are 110 jurisdictions in California, alone, that have (inclusionary zoning ordinances). This shouldn’t be that controversial,” the mayor said. But some of the most outspoken critics of the original inclusionary zoning ordinance are skeptical that the mayor can ease concerns. “I don’t think the climate has changed. People will still reject it,” said Charlotte Laws, a member of the Greater Valley Glen Council. She said community members and Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky are already revolting against the proposed density bonus law, which is a voluntary measure that would let developers build taller or denser if they include affordable units. “To bring up inclusionary zoning at a time when that’s happening is not a good move.” Others questioned why the mayor would choose to introduce a law that could raise the cost of development now, in the midst of a mortgage meltdown and tighter lending standards. “The economic picture has changed and it’s not for the better,” said Carol Schatz, president of the Central City Association, a business group. She said the business and development community could possibly support inclusionary zoning – with the right incentives so builders don’t bear the full cost of providing affordable housing. “That’s density and we know what happens when you say the D-word in certain areas of the city,” she said. “Are the mayor and council willing to push that issue?” Different mood But Reyes, who has been the leading advocate for inclusionary zoning, said Angelenos have felt the burden of high housing costs and are open to change. For example, last year developers built more than 14,000 units. Of those, 12,000 were affordable to families earning more than $135,000 a year. “I believe the middle class has felt such a blow in the rise of gas prices, in the stratospheric level of housing costs, in the quadrupling of college costs. A lot has changed,” Reyes said. Plus, he added, with a new planning director and the promise of more resident involvement, communities might be willing to accept more density in certain locations, such as near transit stops. Deputy Mayor Helmi Hisserich said the Mayor’s Office has had six “listening tour” meetings with developers, housing advocates and community activists to talk about an affordable-housing strategy and inclusionary zoning. She said once they understand the lack of affordable housing, they are willing to talk about solutions. “People understand it now because the middle class is abandoning Los Angeles,” Hisserich said. “A lot of it is about educating neighborhood councils and stakeholders about the issues and then having a real conversation about planning and about where we’re going to put density.” [email protected] (213) 978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
• For full fire coverage vist the Special Section. SAN DIEGO – Four charred bodies were found Thursday in an apparent migrant camp burned by one of the wildfires raging across Southern California, authorities said Thursday. If the fire was responsible for the deaths – which authorities said was not immediately certain – it would mean seven people have died in the flames that have consumed about 750 square miles and at least 1,800 homes since the weekend. Border Patrol agents on routine patrol found the bodies in an area near Barrett Junction, just east of San Diego, agency spokeswoman Gloria Chavez said. The area is near a major corridor for illegal immigrants who often walk hours or even days to cross into the country. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Authorities said they discovered the bodies Thursday afternoon but did not know how long ago the victims died. “They could have been out there a while,” said Paul Parker, a spokesman for the San Diego County medical examiner’s office. They were tentatively identified as three men and one woman. The area was burned by the Harris Fire, the same fire that claimed the life of 52-year-old Tecate man who refused to leave his house when the area was evacuated Sunday. The other two people killed directly by the wildfires also died in San Diego County. Despite the deaths, there were hopeful signs Thursday. President Bush surveyed the damage in the hard-hit community of Rancho Bernardo, where he draped his armed around a woman who had lost her home. “We want the people to know there’s a better day ahead – that today your life may look dismal, but tomorrow life’s going to be better,” said Bush, who earlier declared seven counties a major disaster area, making residents eligible for federal assistance to help them rebuild. Mandatory evacuation orders were lifted for most residential areas of San Diego and shelters emptied rapidly. San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders said an evacuation center at Qualcomm Stadium, which had housed as many as 10,000 people, would be closed at noon Friday. The president’s visit came just hours after rescue crews found the bodies of a married couple in the rubble of a burned home in Escondido. Like the previous death, the pair had been urged to evacuate. Neighbors told authorities they last saw the two around midnight Monday. They were reported missing sometime after that. San Diego County sheriff’s deputies on Wednesday had taken a cursory look around the couple’s home and found no one inside. When the two did not turn up during the day, a search-and-rescue team was sent to the site and found one body Wednesday night and a second set of remains early Thursday. They were identified as John Christopher Bain, 58, a mortgage broker, and his wife, Victoria Fox, 55, a teacher. A relative who did not want to be identified because she was too distraught to talk to other reporters confirmed the deaths to The Associated Press, and their names matched property records for the address where they were found. Officials have reported 10 deaths connected to the fires; seven died of causes other than flames. At least 40 firefighters and 35 other people have been injured. In the Los Angeles area, fire crews worked to tamp out many wildfires, including two that burned 21 homes and were now fully contained. But the focus shifted to flames still raging in Orange and San Diego counties, particularly in rural areas near the Mexico border where more evacuation orders were issued. The total burn area across California had expanded to more than 482,000 acres – about 753 square miles. Eight Indian reservations have been damaged, with evacuation centers set up for tribal members. San Diego officials said the number of homes destroyed had risen to at least 1,470, about 400 more than previously reported. That would bring the number of homes destroyed in the seven affected counties to at least 1,800. The Santa Ana winds that had fueled the flames were all but gone by Thursday, but San Diego County remained a tinderbox. Firefighters cut fire lines around sections of the major blazes, but none of the four fires was more than 40 percent contained. More than 8,500 homes were still threatened. Towns scattered throughout the county remained on the edge of disaster, including the apple-picking region around Julian, where dozens of homes burned in 2003. Authorities also evacuated Jamul, an upscale community of about 6,000 in a hilly region about 20 miles east of San Diego. David and Brandy Hradecky, who defied evacuation orders with their daughters, said a small percentage of residents stayed in Jamul and worked with firefighters to save their neighbors’ homes. David Hradecky said he spent 2 days using his bulldozer to create firebreaks around seven homes. He said his young daughters even used 5-gallon buckets to put out hot spots and quench the thirst of farm animals that had been left behind. “Where are you going to go? They were evacuating the evacuee places. We know what to do. We took care of all the people’s houses,” said Brandy Hradecky. To the north, crews were battling a 35,000-acre fire in northern San Diego County that was burning on Palomar Mountain. Fred Daskoski, a spokesman for the state fire department, said there was no immediate threat to the mountain’s landmark observatory, which housed the world’s largest telescope when it was completed in 1908. In the Lake Arrowhead area, fire officials said 16,000 homes remained in the path of two wildfires that had destroyed more than 300 homes. Both fires remained out of control, but were being bombarded by aerial tankers and helicopters. A 23,000-acre blaze in Orange County has been declared arson. Five people in San Diego, San Bernardino and Los Angeles counties have been arrested on suspicion of arson, but none has been linked to any of the major blazes, authorities said Thursday. A sixth man, Russell Lane Daves, 27, of Topock, Ariz., was shot to death by San Bernardino police Tuesday after he fled officers who approached to see if he might be trying to set a fire.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. 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160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA ANA – Orange County officials have begun an audit of the Sheriff’s Department after Sheriff Michael Carona was indicted last week on corruption charges. The county’s audit oversight committee met Wednesday and decided to look at 21 department accounts, Supervisor John Moorlach said. Auditors also will examine Carona’s travel expenses. Carona said earlier this week he will take a two-month leave of absence to fight federal charges that he and others took nearly $700,000 in bribes and kickbacks. “There is no indication by reading the indictment or through other sources that there’s any nefarious activity in the Sheriff’s Department,” said county Auditor-Controller David Sundstrom, who added the probe was precautionary. Carona, 52, has pleaded not guilty to a count of conspiracy, four counts of mail fraud and two counts of witness tampering after a federal indictment was unsealed last week. His wife, Deborah Carona, pleaded not guilty to one count of conspiracy and Debra Hoffman, a woman identified in court papers as his mistress, pleaded not guilty to one count of conspiracy, four counts of mail fraud and three counts of bankruptcy fraud. Moorlach also suggested that Carona should be prohibited from using a county credit card while he’s on leave. Carona’s spokesman, Michael Schroeder, said the sheriff did not have a card in his possession. Carona will be paid $33,166 during his leave. For the latest news and observations on crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here.
1 Alex Iwobi playing for Arsenal Arsenal take on Watford this afternoon in the Premier League, looking to keep their slim title hopes alive.The Gunners are currently 11 points behind league leaders Leicester City, and having dropped out of every other competition, Arsene Wenger is fighting for this final piece of silverware.They take on the Hornets, who defeated them at the Emirates just weeks ago. Quique Sanchez Flores’ impressive side beat Arsenal 2-1 in the FA Cup, although their league form has faltered since the start of 2016.Here are the confirmed line-ups:Arsenal XI: Ospina, Bellerín, Gabriel, Koscielny, Monreal, Elneny, Coquelin, Sánchez, Özil, Iwobi, WelbeckSubstitutes: Gibbs, Mertesacker, Giroud, Walcott, Chambers, CampbellWatford XI: Gomes, Nyom, Cathcart, Prödl, Aké, Suárez, Watson, Abdi, Capoue, Deeney, IghaloSubstitutes: Britos, Jurado, Amrabat, Guédioura, Pantilimon, Berghuism, Anya