Wayne Rooney Wayne Rooney is confident of ending his Premier League goal drought against Liverpool this weekend after becoming England’s record goalscorer.The Manchester United captain surpassed his hero Sir Bobby Charlton in the scoring charts on Tuesday with a late penalty in England’s 2-0 win over Switzerland.Rooney has now scored nine goals in his last 10 England appearances, but for United, he has struggled of late.The 29-year-old has not scored in his last 10 Premier League games, but he hopes that will change on Saturday when Liverpool come to Old Trafford for Louis van Gaal’s biggest game of the year so far.“To achieve what I have, I would be lying if I said it didn’t put a spring in my step and make you want to carry on (scoring),” the United captain said.“I am very happy and grateful, but on Wednesday I go back to Manchester, get back into training and start focusing on Liverpool.“Hopefully getting two goals in the last two games will mean I continue scoring.”Rooney showed nerves of steel to fire a high shot past Yann Sommer in the 84th minute after Raheem Sterling had been fouled in the box.Having committed to play at least another three years for his country, Rooney will have many opportunities to go well beyond his current tally of 50 goals.The man himself is not prepared to estimate how many more international goals he has got left in him, however.“I won’t put a target on how many goals (I can score), but I am happy the record has gone,” he said.“It’s such a huge achievement, a great honour and it’s a night I will never forget.“Now I can continue playing for England without having to face questions about the record and I can continue to play and try and score more goals. Who knows where that will take me.” 1
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Here’s the top transfer-related stories in Tuesday’s newspapers…Real Madrid are eyeing Everton defender John Stones. Chelsea failed with numerous attempts to sign the young centre-back in the summer and could now face a battle with Real if they renew their interest with the Spanish giants planning a bid for Stones IF Manchester United pay their asking price for Raphael Varane. (AS)Steve Bruce is ready to let Ahmed Elmohamady leave for the Premier League. Leicester, Swansea, Everton and Aston Villa will fight to sign Hull’s £5million-rated winger when the January transfer window opens up. (Daily Mirror)Everton are to offer Brendan Galloway a lucrative new contract to reward his rapid rise into the first-team. The 19-year-old defender has made six starts for the Blues after breaking into the senior set-up at the end of last season. (Liverpool Echo)West Brom are giving a trial to Portuguese forward Ricardo Vaz Te. The 28 year-old former West Ham attacker left Turkish Super Lig side Akhisar Belediyespor at the end of last season and is a free agent. (Daily Mail)West Ham have completed the signing of Serbia Under 19 striker Luka Belic from OFK Beograd on a permanent deal. (Daily Mail)Angel Di Maria says his difficult relationship with Louis van Gaal was the ultimate reason he left Manchester United for Paris Saint-Germain in the summer. (Le Parisien)And here’s the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…Southampton midfielder expects January return to ItalyChelsea eyeing shock raid on Manchester United in January – reportI tried to sign Willian and Toni Kroos for Liverpool, reveals Steven GerrardHeurelho Gomes reveals he snubbed interest from Premier League club to remain at ‘ambitious’ WatfordReport: Bayern Munich rejected an £88MILLION offer from Manchester United for Thomas MullerArsenal transfer report: Gunners lining up £14m January deal for Anderlecht sensation
Anderlecht v Tottenham is live on talkSPORT at 6pm on Thursday 22 October.Following two tense legs, Tottenham lifted the UEFA Cup for the second time in their history when they saw off Anderlecht in the 1984 final.It was a third European trophy for the Lilywhites, who were the first British team to lift a piece of continental silverware (the 1963 Cup Winners’ Cup), and means they are still ahead of Arsenal in terms of UEFA tournaments won.Two 1-1 draws meant a penalty shoot-out would decide the encounter at White Hart Lane, with goalkeeper Tony Parks saving the decisive spot kick from Arnór Gudjohnsen.Spurs were without captain Steve Perryman, who was suspended while Glenn Hoddle and Ray Clemence were injured, but stand in skipper Graham Roberts claimed “there was no way” he was going to walk off the pitch without the trophy.“When we walked out that night, the supporters gave us that extra energy. It was a fantastic night,” he told tottenhamhotspur.com on the 30th anniversary of the win.And, playing on their home turf in Keith Burkinshaw, the manager’s final game in charge, it was all set for a fairytale finish having beaten the likes of Bayern and Feyenoord en route to the final. It was the first time Tottenham were victorious in Europe since winning the inaugural UEFA Cup in 1972.
Arsenal boosted their hopes of advancing from the Champions League group stages with a comfortable 3-0 win over Dinamo Zagreb at the Emirates.It puts Arsene Wenger’s men on six points in Group F, three behind second-placed Olympiakos going into the final round of matches next month.The clash was a must-win game for the Gunners if they were to stay in the competition.A Mesut Ozil header was followed by Alexis Sanchez’s double against a relatively poor Zagreb outfit, but there were positive performances to note, with the goalscorers and Joel Campbell putting in an impressive shift.Sanchez was provider for Ozil to head home from close range, before Leonardo Sigali’s defensive mistake lead to Nacho Monreal’s instinctive reaction to provide for the Chilean forward. He then added a third to all but confirm the win after good play by Campbell on the wing. Going into the final game at Olympiakos, Arsenal will need to be on form as head-to-head takes precedent over goal difference. Arsenal were beaten by the Greek side last time out in September and the next round of games takes place in two weeks’ time.Zagreb were without midfielder Arijan Ademi, who failed a drugs test after the previous match against Arsene Wenger’s men, where the Croatians won 2-1. He was subsequently banned for four years, with Wenger saying this week that UEFA ‘basically accept doping’.Arsenal started the evening not only hoping for a victory in north London, but in the hope that Olympiakos would lose heavily against Bayern Munich.In front of a far from full Emirates Stadium, the hosts had a lacklustre start, creating few chances and posing little threat.Santi Cazorla blazed a chance high and wide before Campbell was at the heart of a lively interchange after 11 minutes.The Costa Rican attacker led a passing move which saw the play move from the right to Sanchez on the left-hand side. The Chilean controlled, but his hesitation saw Zagreb men close in on him and the 26-year-old could not get a shot off.Arsenal grew further into the contest and Olivier Giroud missed the ball when he went for an ambitious overhead kick, moments before the hosts took the lead.You could almost feel the relief around the ground as Ozil converted. After Dinamo surged forward, the Gunners hit them on the couter and made them pay. The ball was quickly moved between the team before Sanchez’s pinpoint cross to the German playmaker, whose deft, controlled header beat Portuguese goalkeeper Eduardo after 29 minutes.Arsenal doubled their lead four minutes later when they capitalised on sloppy defending. Sigali’s clearance was poor, when Monreal intercepted on the edge of the box, surging into the area and crossing for Sanchez to coolly convert for his first Arsenal goal in over a month.The home side were comfortable in restricting the visitors. Campbell could have made it three when a good passing move involving Ozil, Sanchez and the 23-year-old, but Goncalo Santos’ clearance went up in the air. Campbell volleyed from 14 yards, but he made a poor connection and fired wide.Campbell did impress in the run up to Arsenal’s third goal after 69 minutes. He cut in from the right and his reverse pass cut open the Zagreb defence, Sanchez latching onto the ball before showing composure to beat Eduardo and fire into an empty net.More brilliant link-up player before Ozil and Sanchez saw a sumptuous ball dinked over the top by the latter, with the former heading past Eduardo and just past the post as Arsenal could afford to showboat with minutes remaining.There was also some additional positive news for Wenger, as Aaron Ramsey made his comeback from a hamstring injury, after over a month out.Elsewhere in Group F, Pep Guardiola’s Bayern Munich defeated Olympiakos 4-0 at the Allianz Arena. 1 The clash was a must-win game for the Gunners if they were to stay in the competition.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityOf course, the predicted 80 percent success rate for the cameras was probably too high given the limitations of the program. Glare, for starters, makes license plates unreadable 2 percent of the time. Plus, any time the driver of the car isn’t the registered owner, the LAPD can’t issue a citation. But the far bigger problem is the number of cars that have out-of-date registrations, or aren’t registered at all. And that points to the lack of serious leadership at all levels of government. Under state law, all cars must be registered, but in Los Angeles County, an estimated 25 percent are not. The reason, in no small part, is that to register a car, one needs insurance, and to get insurance, one needs a license. In L.A. we have many residents who can’t afford insurance, and many wealthier ones (like the city attorney’s wife) who simply neglect to get it. We also have an enormous population of illegal immigrants who can’t obtain licenses, and who thus take to our streets in uninsured and unregistered vehicles. Yet at the very time when unlicensed, uninsured cars drive up insurance rates for all and endanger lives, city leaders have pulled back from a policy of impounding their cars. In Washington, Congress has proved itself incapable of reforming the immigration system that fuels the problem. Ultimately, a significant part of what’s wrong with L.A.’s red-light program is the federal government’s failed immigration policies – as well as the state and the city’s inability to deal with them. Still, as City Councilman Tony C rdenas observes about the red-light camera program’s success rate: “Regardless if it’s at 60 percent or 80 percent, it’s a far cry from not having any police officer at the intersection.” Police credit the cameras with bringing traffic collisions down by 15 percent at 10 of the city’s most dangerous intersections. That’s a definite improvement, even if it’s less than what we could hope for, or what we were promised. But it’s nowhere near good enough.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! There are two complementary explanations for the unimpressive performance of the cameras that the city of Los Angeles has installed at key intersections to catch red-light runners. One is inflated expectations; the other is unserious political leadership. The $15 million system let four in 10 violators off the hook in 2006 because the drivers couldn’t be identified, according to the Los Angeles Daily News and Police Department records. That’s a far cry from the 70 percent to 80 percent success rate city leaders predicted. And every car that doesn’t get cited is lost revenue for city coffers and another reckless driver on the streets. As of April, unissued citations have cost the city at least $1.1 million.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityIn addition, whether accurate or inaccurate, gossip can bring pain and stress to anyone whose name is included in the banter. And further, being known as the company gossip does not do much to advance an employee’s credibility, reputation or career. Rather than merely trying to stop the verbiage, you need to act more assertively. The next time she approaches you with one of her tales, tell her you are not interested, and then ignore her comments and continue whatever you were doing. By making a gossip feel ignored and unimportant, you are removing some of the most important rewards for a gossip. This might or might not stop her gossiping, but it should stop her gossiping to you. Q: I have an employee who is performing well, but she complains constantly about our benefits. As a company, our pay is above average, and our benefits are average for this industry, and that’s all we can afford. This employee keeps saying that benefits were better at four of her previous jobs. How do I get her complaining to stop? A You may be dealing with a card-carrying complainer whose glass is always half empty unless it is a glass of complaints, in which case it is full. If you take care of one source of dissatisfaction for this type of person, she is likely to find another. Q: One of my co-workers is a big gossip. She is always talking about what other people are doing or not doing. I have tried to get her to stop, and I have even told her that our manager says he wants us to focus on our work and not on gossiping. She says she is not gossiping because what she is saying is the truth. Is she right? A Your fellow employee is wrong on two counts. First, gossip is idle chatter and about the affairs of other people, regardless of whether such drivel is fact or fiction. Secondly, your employee is wrong by acting in a way that contradicts what your manager has said. When employees immerse themselves in gossip, the outcome is a no-win situation. The company loses because time that should be spent on work-related matters is wasted or disrupted by inane conversations. However, this does not mean there are no solutions. For example, it may be helpful to provide this employee with more information on the costs of the benefits, as well as a clearer picture of your company’s pay scale. Some companies are leaning toward “open book management,” which provides employees with considerable financial information about the company, and that may also be worth considering. You can also let this employee know that you are open to her suggestions. If she has ideas or referrals that might help, let her know you are interested in hearing them. If she does provide them, be sure to provide fair consideration and feedback. Although this employee is quick to compare your benefits with those at her previous jobs, the fact that she has gone through four previous employers would lead one to believe that she had complaints about them, or they had some about her. Q: I told another manager a piece of confidential information that required his input. I said the information cannot go any further, and he agreed. Later that day, another employee approached me and asked about this very matter. She said she heard about it from someone who is friends with the manager that I originally told. Should I go back to him and express my concern, or should I never tell him anything confidential again? A Some people try to make themselves appear big and powerful by revealing confidential information, but the reality is that they are revealing their big powerful personal insecurities. It would be nice to never share anything confidential with this manager again, but if there are matters that require his input, it sounds like you cannot permanently shut him out. You should meet with him to express your concern. In this meeting, do not fill your comments with “you” words, such as, “How could you?” or “Why did you?” You are likely to have a more productive conversation if you use “I” words, such as, “I am puzzled how the confidential information we discussed fell into so-and-so’s hands.” The next step is to listen. If he proffers up an acceptable explanation, the case is closed. If he falls short, you should express your concern and dissatisfaction, and then ask how you can work with him to prevent this from happening again. Regardless of his pronouncements, you should be extremely discreet in what you say to him for the foreseeable future. If he develops the reputation of an individual who cannot keep confidences, he may well find that management loses confidence in him. Ken Lloyd is an Encino-based management consultant, coach and author who specializes in organizational behavior. He is the author of “Jerks at Work: How to Deal With People Problems and Problem People.” Write to him at firstname.lastname@example.orgWant 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.Media companies Walt Disney Co., Viacom Inc., CBS Corp., NBC Universal and News Corp. joined Internet companies Microsoft Corp., MySpace, Veoh Networks and Dailymotion to issue the guidelines, which would require sites to use filtering technology to block copyrighted clips from being posted without permission. The incentive for the coalition’s Web sites and others to comply is the media companies’ promise not to sue if any copyrighted material sneaks past their best efforts to block it. “Today’s announcement marks a significant step in transforming the Internet from a Wild West to a popular medium that respects the rule of law,” NBC Universal president and CEO Jeff Zucker said in a statement. “By recognizing the mutual benefits of a technology-based framework to control piracy, technology and content companies have laid the foundation for the lawful growth of video on the Internet.” Web companies being sued by content owners might be reluctant to join such coalitions, especially when other coalition members are seeking compensation for past violations, said Internet attorney Andrew Bridges of the San Francisco firm Winston & Strawn. “In general, it’s not a surprise that companies in litigation can be reluctant to join something that may be only a partial resolution to an overall dispute,” Bridges said. Bridges called Thursday’s guidelines more of a treaty than a contract, noting that the coalition members specifically stated that the guidelines do not preclude any company from seeking legal remedies in a dispute. “These principles may be a noteworthy attempt to reach some common ground that could minimize friction and minimizing friction is good for everybody except the lawyers,” Bridges said. The guidelines, which do not apply to search engines, e-mail or browsers, are designed for sites that host user-generated clips – such as YouTube. YouTube, which is being sued by Viacom for allowing copyrighted videos to be posted on its site, announced its long-awaited filtering technology Monday. That technology would identify unauthorized content after it is posted on the site, then take steps to remove it. In contrast, Thursday’s guidelines require that sites use technology to block offending clips before they are posted online. The guidelines also require Web sites to identify Web sites that repeatedly try to upload unauthorized content and either block those sites or remove links to them. Media representatives who asked not to be quoted said that Google had initially participated in discussions, but later decided not to participate in the coalition. YouTube issued a statement Thursday that reopened the door for cooperation. “We appreciate ideas from the various media companies on effective content identification technologies,” Jeremy Doig, YouTube director of engineering, said. “We’re glad that they recognize the need to cooperate on these issues, and we’ll keep working with them to refine our industry-leading tools.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By Gary Gentile THE ASSOCIATED PRESS A coalition of major media and Internet companies Thursday issued a set of guidelines for handling copyright-protected videos on large user-generated sites such as MySpace. Conspicuously absent was Google Inc., whose YouTube Web site this week rolled out its own technology to filter copyrighted videos once they’ve been posted.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Staff Writer Television and movie screenwriters said Thursday they will go on strike for the first time in nearly 20 years. Four writers told The Associated Press that Writers Guild of America President Patric Verrone made the announcement in a closed-door session Thursday night, prompting loud cheers from the crowd. “There was a unified feeling in the room. I don’t think anyone wants the strike, but people are behind the negotiation committee,” said writer Dave Garrett. Writers were expected to announce when the strike would begin sometime today. HOLLYWOOD: Walkout announcement is expected today. Late-night television talk shows would immediately go dark. By Julia M. Scott Still, Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers president Nick Counter released a statement indicating a strike could still be averted. “We are ready to meet and are prepared to close this contract this weekend,” he said. At issue is how writers will be paid for new media such as DVD sales and digital downloads and how writers for reality shows should be compensated. Both sides are gearing for a fight. If a strike comes, television viewers will immediately notice a difference. Late-night talk shows that feed off current events and require fresh writing will go dark immediately. Production of television dramas and comedies such as “Heroes” and “Ugly Betty” will grind to a halt, but studios that have stockpiled episodes will continue to shoot and air them. Reality shows and commercials, however, will continue uninterrupted. Writers and actors have been fighting for years to reverse what they see as a huge mistake made at the dawn of home video, when no one was sure if selling movies on VHS cassettes would ever make money. The unions agreed to ignore the first 80 percent of revenue from the tapes and later DVDs, assuming most of the money represented the cost of manufacturing and distribution. Writers settled for just 1.2 percent of the remaining 20percent, a figure that amounts to about 3 cents on a DVD that retails for $20. Writers are now asking for their share to be calculated on 40 percent of revenue and argue the same formula should be used for digital distribution because studios have almost no costs associated with that technology. Studios argue that it is too early to know how much money they can make from offering entertainment on the Internet, cell phones, iPods and other devices. The impact of a strike could be substantial. It could cost more than $1 billion in lost wages, experts said. “You could have a very localized recession,” said Jack Kyser, chief economist at the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp. But that’s only if the strike drags on for two or three months. David Smith, an associate dean at the Graziadio School of Business and Management at Pepperdine University, agreed. “It’s not a strong possibility right now but something to keep on the radar screen,” he said. A five-month strike like one in 1988, which cost $500million in lost wages, would easily amount to between $1billion and $2billion in lost wages now, Kyser said. A contract covering 12,000 workers expired late Wednesday night without a new deal. Members have already voted – by a 9-to-1 ratio – to let leaders call a strike if negotiations fail. In 2001, actors worked for two months without a contract, but it’s unclear whether writers will go that route. The motion picture industry is the third-largest employer in the county and a strike would reach far beyond a picket line of writers. The industry’s lucrative salaries mean that one entertainment job supports or creates 1.5 nonentertainment jobs. Businesses that feed off studio salaries, such as restaurants in Studio City and Burbank, are already hurting. At Big Screen Cuisine in Burbank, owner Scott Floman is bracing for the worst. “If they strike, it’s going to definitely take a turn into our business,” Floman said. About 70 percent of his catering sales come from feeding staffers on the set of movies and television shows. If a strike comes, Floman immediately will ask his head chef to “go lean and mean” with the staff, cutting back their hours so he does not have to let anybody go. Staff Writers David Kronke, Harrison Sheppard and Rick Orlov and The Associated Press contributed to this story.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 The Fed’s quarterly survey of senior loan officers found that 60 percent of the banks that offered nontraditional mortgages had tightened lending standards, up from 40 percent in the July survey. The Fed’s definition of nontraditional mortgages covers such products as interest-only loans and “Alt-A” mortgages that require limited verification of income. The survey found that 56 percent of banks still offering subprime mortgages tightened standards in the latest survey. However, the survey said 40 of the 49 banks surveyed said they are no longer offering subprime mortgages. Of the nine banks that are still providing such loans, five said they had tightened standards while four said lending standards were basically unchanged. The current credit crisis began with rising defaults in the market for subprime loans. Those defaults have already cost billions of dollars in losses and are expected to exact an even higher toll. Financial markets have been roiled since August with worries about how much bigger the losses will become. Citigroup Inc., the nation’s largest bank, announced on Sunday the departure of Charles Prince, its chairman and CEO, and estimated that it would take additional losses of $8 billion to $11 billion. More banks have tightened lending standards on home mortgages, the Federal Reserve said Monday in the latest sign of fallout from a spreading credit crisis. The Fed said many banks reported tighter standards for traditional prime mortgages, nontraditional mortgages such as “interest only” loans and for subprime mortgages, those offered to borrowers with weak credit histories. The Fed survey, conducted in early October, found that 41 percent of banks responding said they had tightened loan standards either “considerably” or “somewhat” for prime residential mortgages, those offered to borrowers with strong credit histories. The 41 percent figure was up from about 15 percent of banks that said they were tightening standards on prime mortgages in the previous survey, in July. The Fed’s survey covered 49 banks, including many of the nation’s largest. These banks account for about 75 percent of all residential real estate loans on the books of commercial banks. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!