John Hill joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.Coral’s PR manager reveals Chelsea are out to 4/1 to win the Premier League after their slow start to the season, with Manchester City now the 11/10 favourites.But Hill says it is dangerous to write off Jose Mourinho’s side, particularly after the signing of Pedro and with John Stones expected to follow.He also looks at the likely relegation contenders, with Sunderland now 1/2 to drop into the Championship following their disastrous start.And he previews this weekend’s Premier League action, with Manchester United expected to ease past Newcastle, and City tipped to see off Everton at Goodison Park.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast
Juventus star Paul Pogba 1 Juventus rejected ‘formal proposals’ for Chelsea and Manchester City target Paul Pogba in the summer, according to club director Giuseppe Marotta.The midfielder was linked with all of Europe’s top clubs in the summer, including Spanish giants Barcelona and Real Madrid.Both Chelsea and Manchester City were also interested but no move took place during the transfer window.And now Juventus director Marotta has revealed that Juventus rejected several offers from big sides.“We received formal proposals from top clubs for Pogba, but we rejected them out of hand,” Marotta told Sport Mediaset,“This season we put more responsibility on his shoulders, so he has many more games to improve.”
1 Reports this week have claimed that Ruben Loftus-Cheek is seeking a loan move in the January transfer window having grown frustrated with his lack of first-team action at Chelsea.The 19-year-old is popular with the Stamford Bridge faithful, and many believe that he deserves his chance to play, particularly with Nemanja Matic, Cesc Fabregas and Oscar worryingly underperforming. WATCH: LOFTUS-CHEEK’S SUBLIME SOLO GOAL VS LIVERPOOL UNDER-21SJose Mourinho, however, has handed the midfielder just one Premier League start this season, and it’s perhaps unsurprising that the player could currently be assessing his future in west London.And while Loftus-Cheek cannot be blamed for wanting to experience regular first-team football outside of Chelsea, it seems that fans would be immensely displeased if he is allowed to do so, with Mourinho bearing the brunt of the frustration. Some even believe that if Loftus-Cheek leaves, the club’s Portuguese manager should follow.Have a read of the views of disgruntled Chelsea supporters below. Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek is said to be eyeing a loan move in January with playing time scarce under Jose Mourinho
1 Newcastle defender Mike Williamson has extended his loan at Wolves until January 16.The centre-back, who made 31 Premier League appearances last season, has fallen down the pecking order at St James’ Park and was shipped out to Wolves in late October.He has provided much needed experience for the Wolves backline and has made three appearances since his arrival at the Championship club.And now Newcastle have confirmed that the 32-year-old former Watford man will stay at Molineux for another two months. Mike Williamson
3 getty images Chris Martin This interview appears in the current edition of Sport magazine. Download the free iPad app here, and follow on twitter @sportmagukChris Martin once scored four goals in an FA Cup game. “Paulton Rovers away,” he remembers. “Not many people will have heard of them. I think they were the lowest-ranked team left in the competition at that time – I can’t remember what division they played in, to be honest. I just remember we won 7-0.”That was the 27-year-old’s first career hat-trick, for Norwich against the Bristol side then part of Southern League Division One South & West. The striker has gone from strength to strength since his conscious uncoupling from the Canaries. He has been Derby County’s top scorer in each of the past two seasons, and was instrumental in the Rams’ push for promotion last season. Indeed, the wheels kind of came off when Martin got injured in the second half of that campaign.On Friday night, Derby’s attention turns to the tantalising FA Cup fourth round visit of Manchester United. Sport spoke to Martin to get his thoughts ahead of the game…There’s a lot of talk about the ‘magic of the FA Cup’. Does it still feel special for the players?“For the occasion that we’re going to have on Friday – a team like Man United to come to our place – a lot of the players wouldn’t have played against the players we’re playing against. I think that’s what makes it special.”United aren’t exactly flying at the moment – you must fancy your chances of an upset?“I don’t know about that! We’re confident in the game. Obviously we’re not going through the best of spells at the moment ourselves [the Rams have won only once in their past six games] for the past three or four weeks. But they’re coming to our place, we’ll have a full house, and we’re hoping to give them a real good game. It can be a good measure for us, with us being a Championship team and playing against a real top Premier League team, to kind of see how far away – or how close, as the case may be – we are from them.” 3 How can Derby hurt United?“When we’re at our best, we play really good football. We can score all types of goals. We’re a decent, free-flowing, attacking side that will cause any team problems. Obviously trying to find weakness in a team as good as them is difficult. And, no matter how much people might say they’ve struggled, they’ve still got some fantastic players; they’re still a very good team. And I’m sure we’re gonna find it very difficult on Friday.”We’ve seen strikers from lower down the football pyramid excel in the Premier League. Does a game like this mean Derby players can showcase their skills to a wider audience?“I think so, yeah. The success of the people in the Premier League who have come from our league and the leagues below – I think it just reminds people that there is a lot of talent across the leagues. It shows that, once people are given a chance to impress, they can do special things. Obviously it’s difficult to get that chance, but from our point of view it’s a chance to showcase ourselves on the telly against a massive team. If we’re able to compete well with them it could stand us in good stead for the rest of the season.”How did you feel when United came out in the draw?“I was really excited. I think most of the lads were, to be honest with you. At this moment in time for us, the league is the priority – most people will stress that, and that’s perhaps where people have been saying that maybe the magic has gone out of the cup. Regardless of what team plays on the night though, we want to go through. So we’ll be giving our everything.”The manager made nine changes in the previous round, a 2-1 win over Hartlepool (below). Do you expect to field a stronger XI this time?“It’s an interesting one. It’s obviously down to what the manager sees fit. But, with it being a team like Man United, obviously he’s going to have everyone putting their hands up to want to play.” 3 What kind of impact has Paul Clement had since he’s come in as manager? He boasts a great CV, with experience as a coach at both PSG and Real Madrid.“He’s given us a little bit [extra] – he tells us a few stories of what he’s learned and what the different characters were like who he’s worked with. That can obviously help us. He’s told us that it’s no different at that level – the most successful and the best players are generally the hardest workers. There’s no special recipe for success at the top level – it’s much the same. People have got the talent, but they also match that with higher work rate, and that’s how they’re successful.”Would you take a draw tonight and a replay at Old Trafford?“I’m not sure we need any more games, really! We have enough games in the Championship. You can’t be too choosy, but I think our ideal scenario would be to win it on the night.”
“What it will do is automatically allow us to generate calls to your land line or cell phone,” Melendez said. “It could go to your e-mail. “And it will consistently send out telephone messages to your land line and cell phone until you pick it up. It can recognize whether it goes to voice-mail or not, too.” Los Angeles County Fire Department Inspector Ron Haralson said the county’s current system was very effective this week. “The important thing is for residents to heed the call of the warning, whatever the means of the warning is,” Haralson said. “That’s the biggest issue.” County Chief Executive Officer Bill Fujioka said he toured the Santa Clarita area during the fires and that officials there said better communication systems are needed. “Supervisor Antonovich has asked me to hold an after-fire incident session so we can go through the lessons learned and see what we can improve,” Fujioka said. “At the shelter, evacuees had no idea what happened to their homes and property. We need to provide that communication.” In Santa Clarita, Communications Manager Gail Ortiz said the region used its Reverse 911 system to send evacuation messages to about 5,500 homes. “It worked out great,” Ortiz said. “We created a one-minute message, blasted it out and within an hour were able to get verified information from the city about their evacuation.” firstname.lastname@example.org (213) 974-8985 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.“We are (evaluating the reverse 911 system) not because we feel our system failed, but because this is a more efficient way of notifying residents. But that doesn’t mean you still won’t have law enforcement officers going out and notifying people.” In San Diego County, the Reverse 911 Emergency Notification System allowed the city to send telephone notifications to thousands of homes and businesses to tell them to evacuate. An operator using the system can identify the affected neighborhoods or regions, record a message that describes the situation and automatically calls listed and unlisted phone numbers. In 2003, wildfires in San Diego claimed 16 lives. Since installing the new system recently – although the fires are still burning – officials say just six deaths are associated with the blazes. Gregory Melendez, deputy chief information officer for Los Angeles County, said the new system is expensive but will be a vast improvement over the current system. Even as San Diego County touts its use of a “Reverse 911” system to send out automated evacuation phone calls to thousands of residents, Los Angeles County relied on personal evacuation notices by hundreds of sheriff’s deputies and other officials. That’s because Los Angeles County hasn’t purchased the new system yet, although officials say requests for proposals have been issued and they are evaluating the bids. But while some are questioning why Los Angeles County hasn’t taken better advantage of new technologies, county officials are defending their handling of the evacuations. “We feel the Fire Department and the Sheriff’s Department did a tremendous job in terms of spreading the word in terms of voluntary and mandatory evacuations,” said Kathryn Leibrich, chief of staff to Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich.
9. Tottenham 0-0 West Ham (6 December, 1999) – Attendance = 36,233 – Spurs couldnt muster a winner against their London rivals, despite the Hammers only having ten men for the second half. Steve Lomas received two bookings for tackles on Jose Dominguez, but the Lilywhites didnt manage to beat an in-form Shaka Hislop, even with David Ginola working his magic. 10 10 2. Tottenham 2-1 Arsenal (2 October, 2011) – Attendance = 36,274 – Spurs beating the Gunners is always a special moment and a bumper crowd saw Rafael van der Vaart and Kyle Walker down them at White Hart Lane, despite Aaron Ramseys equaliser. 10 10 10 10 10. Tottenham 2-1 Bolton Wanderers (5 February 2011) – Attendance = 36,197 – Click the right arrow above to see Spurs’ highest Premier League attendance… – Niko Kranjcar was the hero for Spurs as he blasted home a late winner against the Trotters. The Croatians strike gave the hosts all three points and kept them level on points with fourth-placed Chelsea. The thrilling game also saw Rafael van der Vaart score from the penalty spot, while Daniel Sturridge netted for Bolton. 5. Tottenham 2-0 Newcastle (31 December, 2005) – Attendance = 36,246 – Spurs made light work of them in this New Years Eve clash as they kept up their Champions League bid. Finnish star Teemu Tainio netted his first goal for the club, while Egyptian star Mido also got on the scoresheet. Robbie Keane will have been feeling exasperated though as he saw three goals ruled out for offside. 8. Tottenham 0-0 Aston Villa (21 January, 2006) – Attendance = 36,243 – Spurs fans know the story all too well. Goalkeeper produces stunning display to halt their good form. It happens at least once a campaign and here it was Thomas Sorenson who stopped them going six points clear of Arsenal in the battle for fourth spot. 10 3. Tottenham 2-0 Fulham (13 May, 2012) – Attendance = 36,256 – Goals from Emmanuel Adebayor and Jermain Defoe saw Spurs seal a fourth place finish. Unfortunately, Chelsea, who had finished sixth, pipped them to a spot in the Champions League as they beat Bayern Munich in the final of the same competition six days later. 6= Tottenham 3-2 Sunderland (3 December, 2005) – Attendance = 36,244 – A rare Michael Carrick goal handed Spurs a victory in the five-goal thriller at White Hart Lane. His strike 13 minutes from time spared the blushes of Robbie Keane who had missed an earlier penalty. 4. Tottenham 2-0 Everton (15 October, 2005) – Attendance = 36,247 – Two headers from Mido and £8m summer signing Jermaine Jenas gave Spurs all three points in this early season clash. It briefly put Martin Jols men in second position in the Premier League. 10 10 6= Tottenham 2-1 Newcastle (9 February, 2013) – Attendance = 36,244 – Gareth Bale blasted a brace past Tim Krul at White Hart Lane to keep Spurs top four bid on track. His goals sandwiched an equaliser from Yoan Gouffran, but the Magpies were powerless to stop the Lilywhites on home soil. 10 The 2016/17 season is likely to be Tottenham’s last ever Premier League campaign at White Hart Lane.Spurs are building a 61,000 new stadium on the land right next to their current ground and will spend one year away from north London as they complete the project.It will be sad to leave such a historic site but it could propel Tottenham up to new heights as they look to challenge English football’s elite clubs and compete in the Champions League on a regular basis.The huge new ground will see their current Premier League era attendance records smashed, but what are their best numbers since 1992?Click the right arrow above to find out… 1. Tottenham 1-0 Sunderland (19 May, 2013) – Attendance = 36,763 – On the last day of the 2012/13 season, Spurs were still in the hunt to steal fourth place from fierce rivals Arsenal. Sadly the Gunners beat Newcastle 1-0 so Gareth Bales brilliant winner on 90 minutes wasnt good enough for Andre Villas-Boas men. It was also to be Bales last Premier League match with the club before he joined Real Madrid.
Michail Antonio has scored an impressive 12 goals in his debut Premier League season West Ham manager Slaven Bilic insists ‘quality’ forward Michail Antonio has got what it takes to play for England.The 26-year-old has enjoyed a fine debut season in the Premier League after arriving at Upton Park from Nottingham Forest last summer.Antonio has been filling in at right-back for the injury-hit Hammers during the latter stages of the campaign, but has still managed to score 12 goals this term, with his latest coming in Tuesday’s 3-2 win over Manchester United.Antonio revealed back in March that he rejected the chance to play for Jamiaca in favour of chasing a Three Lions call-up.And with Danny Welbeck ruled out of Euro 2016 through injury, Bilic feels England manager Roy Hodgson could do worse than check out the Hammers wideman.“He’s quality, the way he is playing, the big impact that he’s had on our game and also on the Premier League,” said the West Ham boss.“I’m saying as his club manager he’s scored some goals, he’s made some assists, he’s defending really well.“Of course Roy Hodgson has got a good team, he’s not struggling for names. England qualified with ten out of ten wins so it’s very hard for some players to break in – somebody has got to get injured or somebody has to lose a place in his club long term.“But if you ask me does he have enough to offer? Yeah, definitely. He’s a player who when he’s one against one, he’s got pace, he’s got strength, he’s got the quality of going up and down, he’s dangerous on goal. He’s a great player for us.“So does he have potential? Definitely.” 1
Sylvain Distin heads a list of six players leaving Bournemouth this summer, with boss Eddie Howe praising the veteran defender as a “vital part” of the Cherries’ maiden Premier League campaign.French defender Distin will officially leave Dean Court when his contract expires next month, along with Stephane Zubar, Josh Carmichael, Josh Wakefield, Mason Walsh and Jon Muleba.Distin joined Bournemouth last summer as manager Howe eyed experience to underpin the club’s first top-flight foray.Howe believes 38-year-old Distin’s guidance and calming influence proved pivotal to Bournemouth securing a second season in the Premier League.“Sylvain was a vital part of our squad throughout the season,” Howe told the Bournemouth Echo.“Going into the Premier League, we felt bringing someone with vast experience and knowledge of the division would be hugely beneficial to our squad and give them someone to lean on.”Former Everton, Manchester City and Portsmouth defender Distin boasts more than 450 Premier League appearances.The evergreen centre back set a new Premier League appearance record for a foreign player in his Bournemouth spell, with manager Howe consistently impressed by his professionalism and dedication.“Sylvain played that role perfectly, but he also played his part on the pitch and was involved in some pivotal games. It was a really good experience for the other players to have worked with him for a year and I would like to thank him for his efforts.”Ryan Allsop has completed a new two-year deal with Bournemouth, the 23-year-old former Leyton Orient goalkeeper is now on hand at Dean Court until 2018.Allsop made his top-flight debut in Bournemouth’s first Premier League campaign, and is now targeting more regular first-team action with the Cherries.“I am really pleased to have it sorted,” said Allsop.“It’s a weight off my shoulders to get it over the line. I love living in Bournemouth and love the club, so I am delighted to be staying for another two years.“To make my Premier League debut was massive, but that has just given me a taste of it. I want to play as many games as I can at the top level.“I have learned loads from Artur Boruc and Adam Federici this season, but I don’t want to just make up the numbers. I want to push as hard as I can.” 1 Sylvain Distin in Bournemouth