1 Anthony Martial Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has admitted that the fee paid for teenage French striker Anthony Martial was “a ridiculous amount of money”, but added that it simply reflects the “crazy world” of football.Van Gaal said the 19-year-old, signed from Monaco for £36million up front and a possible total fee of £58.8million, had been signed for the club’s “next manager” – and suggested that would be his current assistant Ryan Giggs.Speaking alongside Giggs at an event in Manchester for executive United season ticket-holders, Van Gaal was quoted by The Times as saying: “I have not bought Martial for me – I have bought him for the next manager of Manchester United.”He added of Giggs: “I feel I am introducing the next manager of Manchester United.”Van Gaal said of the Martial fee: “It was a ridiculous amount of money, but it’s the crazy world we are in.”The Dutchman also claimed the Red Devils were quoted “£10million more” for a player than other clubs.He also rejected criticism of United’s recent style of football and results from former players, including Gary Neville and Paul Scholes, saying: “It makes me sick because they should know that it takes time.”Meanwhile, United said they did not wish to comment on a separate report in The Times that senior players have raised concerns with Van Gaal that his training methods were stifling their creativity.
Sacking Dick Advocaat would not solve Sunderland’s problems, according to Micky Gray.The Black Cats remain without a win this season after being thrashed by Manchester City in the League Cup on Tuesday night.That has turned up the heat on Advocaat and the Dutchman is the bookies’ favourite to be the first Premier League boss to be shown the door this term.But, according to Gray, the club’s struggles run far deeper than the manager and he believes the 67-year-old remains the right man for the job.“The performances just seem to be getting worse and worse,” said the former Sunderland star.“There are players at that football club that have been there too long. They are comfortable because they know they are going to play on a weekly basis without pressure.“The last players to come through the ranks at Sunderland were Jordan Henderson and Jack Colback. They used to give youngsters an opportunity. “Now, it is such a strange situation. You speak to some of the fans and they can’t put their finger on their problems.“I used to think it was the manager’s fault but I can’t put it down to Dick Advocaat because I think he is the right man. “For some reason, it frightens the players to play at the Stadium of Light.”
1 Roy Hodgson kept to his word and named an experimental England line-up for the glamour friendly against European champions Spain.With Wayne Rooney rested and in-form Jamie Vardy sidelined, Harry Kane leads the line and is supported by Ross Barkley, Adam Lallana and Raheem Sterling.Alongside much-improved Manchester United defender Chris Smalling in the centre of defence is Phil Jones. Jones always causes debate among football fans and, once the squads were announced, tonight was no different – see below… Phil Jones starts for England
1 Newcastle have been dealt a transfer blow after the agent of January target Kalidou Koulibaly revealed his client has no intention of leaving Napoli.Newcastle have been strongly linked with the towering Senegalese centre-back, who arrived in Naples from Genk last year.The 24-year-old has impressed over his first 40 Serie A outings and talk has already turned to an improved contract at the club.But it has been reported that the Toon Army were ready to test Napoli’s resolve to keep him by making a move for his services when the transfer window opens.But now Bruno Satin has told the north east giants to look elsewhere with Koulibaly keen to stay at Napoli for now.Satin told Tutto Napoli: “Napoli has always been the first choice of Kalidou. He wants to stay to reach great levels in Naples, and wanted to prove to coach to earn a starting role.“We are not concerned about his contract. He is doing well in the field, and he is happy and motivated.” Napoli centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly
Manchester United fans endured yet another miserable afternoon at Old Trafford on Saturday.For the FIFTH time in the Premier League this season, Louis van Gaal’s side failed to score at home as they crashed to a 1-0 defeat to Southampton.Boos rung around the ground following the latest horrow show, and many United fans took to Twitter to call for Van Gaal to be sacked and replaced with Jose Mourinho. [View the story “Louis van Gaal under-fire after Manchester United fail at Old Trafford again” on Storify] 1 Louis van Gaal
Burnley moved to the top of the Championship table as they came from behind to claim a 2-1 win over Bolton Wanderers.Liam Feeney put the Trotters ahead after 69 minutes as they thought they were going to snatch a win against the Clarets but Andre Gray scored a brace in the last 16 minutes to fire Sean Dyche’s side to the summit.Meanwhile, Middlesbrough moved up to second, ahead of Hull City, thanks to a 2-0 win over Fulham at Craven Cottage.A back post header from Albert Adomah got the visitors off to a good start after just three minutes and Grant Leadbitter’s penalty doubled their lead on the 20-minute mark.Richard Stearman was sent off late on for the Cottagers but the scoreline remained the same.Bristol City bounced back from a midweek hammering at the hands of Brighton as they beat Nottingham Forest 2-1 at the City Ground.Jonathan Kodjia’s strike four minutes before the break levelled for the Robins after Ben Osborn’s shot home after half an hour and Aden Flint headed home to hand them three vital points in their quest to avoid relegation.Cardiff City earned themselves a simple win 2-1 over Preston North End as they push for a play-off spot.Two penalties from Anthony Pilkington – one in each half – was all it took as they jumped to seventh, three points behind Sheffield Wednesday, even though Callum Robinson got a late consolation goal for Preston.Arsenal loanee Yaya Sanogo scored a hat-trick for Charlton but it wasn’t enough to save them from a 4-3 defeat at the hands of Reading.The two sides trades goals early on with Yann Kermogant and Sanogo both scoring and, nine minutes before the break, the former notched another for the Royals to make it 2-1 at the Valley.The Frenchman played a part in Reading’s third too as he laid the ball on for Ola John to smash home before Sanogo struck again to make the scoreline 3-2.But, just when the Arsenal striker thought he’d got the Addicks a point, Latvian striker Deniss Rakels rammed in a winner.Blackburn claimed a vital win as they look to avoid relegation to League One, beating fellow strugglers MK Dons 3-2.Ex-Aston Villa youngster Samir Carruthers’ first goal of the season put the Dons ahead at Ewood Park but loan star Jordi Gomez got Rovers’ equaliser in the second period.Elliott Bennet half-volleyed in a second for Paul Lambert’s side before Alex Revell slotted home another equaliser, but three minutes into added time Gomez grabbed his second and an all-important winner.Ipswich’s play-off hopes have been boosted as they grabbed a 1-0 victory over Huddersfield Town.The Tractor Boys took the lead through Ben Pringle and the Terriers were unable to get anything back as they look over their shoulders at the relegation zone from 16th spot.Rotherham moved to within three points of safety as they beat Brentford 2-1 on home soil.Matt Derbyshire got the struggling hosts ahead after 29 minutes but Alan Judge struck just before half-time as he slotted home the rebound from his saved penalty.The Millers, though, took home all three points at the final whistle as substitute Danny Ward struck low into the back of the net with 19 minutes remaining.Elsewhere, Queens Park Rangers beat Birmingham City 2-0 thanks to Tjaronn Chery and a Junior Hoilett penalty.Championship resultsBlackburn 3-2 Milton Keynes DonsBolton 1-2 BurnleyCardiff 2-1 PrestonCharlton 3-4 ReadingFulham 0-2 MiddlesbroughHuddersfield 0-1 IpswichNottingham Forest 1-2 Bristol CityQueens Park Rangers 2-0 BirminghamRotherham 2-1 Brentford 1 Burnley striker Andre Gray in action
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Led Zeppelin, one of the last major bands to resist digital distribution, is releasing its back catalog online. Led Zeppelin songs, including “Communication Breakdown,” “Whole Lotta Love” and “Stairway to Heaven,” will be available from online music stores Nov. 13. The band plans to release a two-CD retrospective, “Mothership,” the same day. “We are pleased that the complete Led Zeppelin catalog will now be available digitally,” guitarist Jimmy Page said Monday from London. “The addition of the digital option will better enable fans to obtain our music in whichever manner that they prefer.” The Beatles are the highest-profile digital holdouts. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Led Zeppelin has signed a separate deal with Verizon Wireless to offer its songs as ringtones and downloads to mobile phones. The band, which split up in 1980 after the death of drummer John Bonham, will reunite for a Nov. 26 concert in London. The lineup includes Page, singer Robert Plant, bass player John Paul Jones and Bonham’s son Jason on drums.
Westlake Village residents were on their way to electing one new City Council member and returning an incumbent, while two incumbents appeared to be holding onto their seats on the Agoura Hills City Council, preliminary results showed Tuesday. Incumbent Philippa Klessig, a businesswoman, and Ned Davis, a businessman, were leading in early returns. “Four years isn’t enough time to get things done,” Klessig said before the election. “There’s more on my to-do list. I want to make sure what I’ve done keeps rolling.” Jim Bruno, who was elected to the Westlake Village council in 2003, did not seek re-election, opening the seat for Davis. Edelston, who was elected to the council four years ago, said he believes the five-member council works well together and has been able to accomplish their goals, including the new park, two major bridge construction projects aimed at improving traffic conditions, and the restoration of the Community Emergency Response Team program. [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Davis said his years of community involvement and leadership, set him apart from the other candidates. “I have a lot of experience and time committed already in the things that are important in Westlake Village,” he said. “I wanted to step it up to a level that I have now where I can take on a job on the City Council. The others … don’t have that demonstrated, relevant experience at all.” Challengers Theodore Corwin, a physician, and Carol Kirschbaum, a retired risk manager were trailing the front runners. In Agoura Hills, incumbents John Edelston, a healthcare executive, and Los Angeles County public defender Dan Kuperberg were leading challengers Michael Forney, a businessman, and George Thomas, a newspaper publisher. Kuperberg, who’s been on the council 12 years, said he was looking forward to another term to take on new challenges, like the construction of a recreation center and the development of Agoura Village, a mixed-use project planned along Agoura Road and designed to be the city’s central hub.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. – When a presidential campaign contacted the Rev. Leith Anderson to ask for a meeting recently, the president of the National Association of Evangelicals said he had a bigger priority that day. “I had a wedding or a funeral, I can’t remember which,” Anderson said, sitting in his book-lined office at the suburban Minneapolis megachurch he’s led for 31 years. “Anyway, I don’t pre-empt a wedding or a funeral for a presidential candidate. Because I’m a pastor.” Indeed, Anderson still leads seven services a weekend at Wooddale Church. But the story of the spurned candidate, whom he declined to name, offers some insight into his vision for the NAE – an organization that represents 45,000 churches and 30 million members. “My life is not in Washington,” Anderson said. “I am not a politician. What evangelists are about is primarily faith, and not politics.” The NAE has never had aims as explicitly political as other evangelical groups like the Christian Coalition. But it does have a presence on Capitol Hill and tries to set an agenda for the broader evangelical movement, issuing “Statements of Conscience” to guide the community activism of evangelical congregations around the country. Prominent evangelical leaders like Pat Robertson and James Dobson became known for their dedication to passing laws cracking down on legalized abortion and same-sex marriage. By contrast, climate change is the policy issue most closely associated with Anderson. In March, when Anderson was still interim president of the NAE, a group of religious right leaders including Dobson, of Focus on the Family, and Tony Perkins, of the Family Research Council, wrote a letter to NAE leaders demanding that the organization fire its chief Washington lobbyist, Richard Cizik, for waging what they called a “relentless campaign” against global warming. They said it detracted from more pressing moral concerns. But Anderson stood by Cizik, and in August stepped up his own activism when he joined a delegation of evangelical pastors and scientists on a weeklong trip to Alaska to see firsthand the effects of climate change. “In terms of social issues, they relate to the sanctity of human life – before and after birth,” Anderson said. “So I would see issues like poverty, or the effects of climate change, as sanctity-of-life issues.” Anderson said concerns about abortion and same-sex marriage would always be important to many evangelicals. But he spoke of both in guarded terms, saying society has reached “something of a stalemate on abortion,” and noting that those concerned about the effect of gay marriage on the family structure should be just as focused on divorce and single-parent families. He said his broadening of priorities comes from increasing diversity among evangelicals, who he said have grown beyond a base of “white suburbanites” to include many blacks and Hispanics. “In the African-American community, there is a great deal of emphasis on issues of justice and poverty,” he said. “In the Hispanic community, there is a high concern over immigration and comprehensive immigration reform.” Anderson’s attempt to widen the movement’s priorities has raised concern, even inside the NAE. Jerald Walz, an NAE board member and the vice president of the Institute for Religion and Democracy, joined in the criticism of Cizik’s global warming activism. He says now that he’s willing to give Anderson a chance, but “at the same time I’m chagrined because if we lessen our emphasis on our main issues that would be unfortunate. Evangelicals have not won the battle on life, and it would be unfortunate to shrink back from that at this point.” Anderson said he is willing to meet with presidential candidates – assuming there are no weddings or funerals at Wooddale that day. But he shows no concern at the idea that the evangelical movement will be less overtly political. “I am far more concerned about our spiritual influence rather than our political influence,” Anderson said. Those who know Anderson say he means it. “In all the years I’ve known him, I have not once ever known which candidate he voted for in any election,” Brushaber said. “He keeps that private.”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 Anderson, who moved from interim president to president of the NAE in October, brings both his biblical focus and a wide-ranging set of concerns about the environment and human rights to the leadership of the NAE at an unsettled time. His predecessor, Ted Haggard, resigned last year in a sex-and-drugs scandal. Meanwhile, evangelicals have been finding it difficult to settle on a Republican presidential candidate who is seen as viable and opposes both abortion and same-sex marriage. Anderson, 63, is among a group of evangelical leaders who are “just as orthodox in their theology” as leading conservative Christians but think that relating faith to culture is more complex than just a couple of issues, said George Brushaber, president of the evangelical Bethel College near St. Paul. “He wants the church to be part of the conversation in the public square, and not be owned by any narrow base,” said Brushaber, who has known Anderson for several decades.
At the Pentagon, meanwhile, the top Marine general told reporters Wednesday that he has set aside his proposal to shift Marine forces from Iraq to Afghanistan, reflecting opposition from Gates. “After discussion with the secretary and with my colleagues on the Joint Staff, there is a determination that right now the timing is not right to provide additional Marine forces to Afghanistan,” said Gen. James T. Conway, the Marine Corps commandant. 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 MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsGates, who met with commanders in Mosul before heading to Baghdad for talks with Iraqi leaders, acknowledged the new challenges in the north. “What I heard them say was that they … did need some additional forces … particularly west of the river,” said Gates, who appeared at a press briefing with Iraqi Defense Minister Abdul-Qader al-Obeidi. He said that as military operations in Baghdad pushed al-Qaida north, there was a “resulting increase in terrorist activities in Mosul and surrounding areas as al-Qaida tried to establish a new foothold.” Gates, who is using his latest unannounced trip to Iraq to assess whether the downturn in violence in parts of the country can be sustained, also said he believes a stable Iraq is within reach. “In many parts of the nation, the positive developments have led to a growing sense of normalcy and hope,” said Gates. BAGHDAD – U.S. military commanders in northern Iraq told Defense Secretary Robert Gates here Wednesday that they need more troops to battle increased attacks by al-Qaida terrorists who have fled north after being pushed out of the Baghdad region. The call for the movement of Iraqi and U.S. forces into the north comes as Gates hailed the improved security in Baghdad and said a stable Iraq is within reach. Just before Gates spoke in the heavily fortified Green Zone, however, a car bomb exploded across the Tigris River in a largely Shiite Baghdad neighborhood, killing at least 14 people, police said. Up in Mosul, Army Col. Tony Thomas, deputy commander of U.S. forces in the north, told reporters traveling with Gates that commanders would like more U.S. troops, as well as the return of 1,400 Iraqi troops who were sent to Baghdad as part of the military buildup there earlier this year. The plan could shift extra troops from other areas of the country that are more secure. Thomas would not say how many troops are needed or where they would be deployed, but he said the U.S. needs more combat power to help stabilize a number of areas – including Diyala province, Mosul and Samara – to help counter an uptick in violence, including suicide bombings. He said military leaders are still discussing the issue, and have made no final decisions.