Nottingham Forest 1-0 Derby County: Nelson Oliveira’s strike hands Dougie Freedman’s Reds a much-needed win

first_img Nelson Oliveira wheels away after opening the scoring for Nottingham Forest Nelson Oliveira’s early strike eased the pressure on Dougie Freedman, when Nottingham Forest were deserving 1-0 winners at home to rivals Derby County on Friday.The form guide suggested Paul Clement’s Rams would ease to a victory on the back of a ten-game unbeaten run which has seen them go to fifth in the Championship.Meanwhile, Freedman’s side have not won in their last eight and the 41-year-old’s position has come under scrutiny.But, in derbies the form book goes out of the window and those Forest fears were soon eased as the Reds took a five-minute lead, when Oliveira’s 18-yard effort beat Scott Carson.Jamie Ward nearly added a second against his former club, while Dorus De Vries made some good stops at the other end, as Forest saw out a valuable three points.Nottingham Midfielders Henri Lansbury and David Vaughan returned for the home side after serving suspensions, while Derby’s George Thorne was also back from a ban and Tom Ince returned from injury to take a place on the bench.Oliveira went close early on as he dragged a shot past the post before finding an opening after five minutes to give the hosts a dream start to the East Midlands clash.After receiving the ball on the edge of the box, the Portuguese forward had his initial shot blocked. He was then patient before shifting the ball onto his left foot, shooting on the turn to send a low shot past Carson.Ward nearly doubled the hosts’ lead some seven minutes later when Carson pulled off a superb fingertip save, as Derby could not settle and show why they are one of the division’s form sides.Rams forward Jeff Hendrick soon went close as his curling effort hit the upright and Forest had a goal disallowed before the half-hour mark, when Matt Mills headed home from a corner, but referee Simon Hooper saw some pushing in the penalty area.Dutch goalkeeper De Vries made a good stop at the other end to keep out County’s Johnny Russell and the Forest shot-stopper had his angles covered when he watched Bradley Johnson’s shot sail over the bar.Derby tried to get back into the game by bringing Ince on to face former club Forest, where he had a two-month loan spell in 2014, before introducing former Premier League striker Darren Bent with ten minutes left on the clock.Young Reds midfielder Ben Osborn did well to create a chance on the wing, making a dangerous run to the byline before pulling the ball back and there was nobody in the box to convert his pass.An exciting finale saw Carson get down well to block Ryan Mendes’s shot, while Bent went close with a header at the opposite end, but Freedman could breathe a sigh of relief as Forest were victorious at the City Ground. 1last_img read more

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From Falcao to Townsend: 10 players who may demand a January transfer

first_img 10 10 10 7. Joel Campbell – Arsenal – At the end of October, in true fairy-tale style, Campbell was handed his first Premier League start and got on the score sheet for the first time in his Gunners career. However, this by no means suggests the Costa Rican has a future with the club. His playing time is expected to remain limited, and with Danny Welbeck set to return from injury in the New Year, it’s difficult to envisage many appearances for the striker. At the age of 23, it may now be time for Campbell to spread his wings outside of north London. In fact, it may be imperative if he ever wants his career to take off. 2. Kevin Mirallas – Everton – Mirallas himself recently stated, “in January, if my situation has not changed, I will ask questions and perhaps consider a departure.” The Belgium international has started just one Premier League match and two Capital One Cup ties; thus it’s unsurprising he is prepared to leave Goodison Park. His comments will have tested manager Roberto Martinez, but if the Spaniard remains loyal to those trusted in his starting line up, Mirallas could be on his way out of the club in two months’ time. 10 3. Andros Townsend – Tottenham Hotspur – Having not made a single start in the Premier League for Spurs this season, Townsend is expected to leave White Hart Lane in January. It now seems almost certain that this will be the case after the winger publicly fell out with fitness coach Nathan Gardiner. The pair were locked in a heated dispute after Tottenham’s clash with Aston Villa. Two seasons’ ago, the England international drew comparisons to Gareth Bale after starring for club and country, and while he hasn’t lived up to expectations, he has the potential to become a key player in the Premier League. A fresh start could be exactly what’s required. A number of Premier League clubs are likely to be bracing themselves for player exits in January.The transfer window is approaching and it is the perfect time for unhappy players to move on in search of first team football.Euro 2016 may be a factor in some of the European players seeking a new club in a bid to make their national side’s final squad, so here, talkSPORT looks at 10 Premier League aces who may be off in the New Year.Keep up to date with all transfer news by clicking right here. 10 5. Victor Valdes – Manchester United – The former Barcelona goalkeeper will surely be one of the first transfers of the Jan] window. After falling out with manager Louis van Gaal in the summer, it became clear Valdes would play no part for United in the new season. Many, however, may not have been shocked to learn that the illustrious Spaniard had not even be given a squad number for the new campaign. It is difficult to understand why the goalkeeper opted to remain at Old Trafford, and he must surely be regretting this decision. Reports have claimed Valdes could stay put in the Premier League, with Newcastle United having been heavily linked. 10 10 1. Radamel Falcao – Chelsea – Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see more players who could seek a January transfer – The Colombian’s decision to remain in the Premier League has proven to be a poor one, with his fortunes at Chelsea faring no better than at Manchester United. Granted, his playing time has been limited, but when on the pitch he has offered little threat to suggest he deserves a place ahead of Diego Costa or Loic Remy. The 29-year-old’s confidence is clearly at an all-time low, and the striker’s career looks to sadly be reaching its conclusion. Perhaps it is simply a case of the Premier League proving too much of a challenge. 6. Ruben Loftus-Cheek – Chelsea – Over the past week, reports have claimed the Chelsea midfielder is seeking a loan move in the winter window, having grown frustrated by his limited appearances in the first-team. The 19-year-old is popular with the reigning English champions’ fans, but appears to have failed in convincing manager Jose Mourinho he is ready for a regular run in his side. It would be a huge disappointment if Loftus-Cheek follows so many others who have failed to break into the senior squad in south west London, but who can blame him if he does seek a transfer? It would be a shock if Chelsea agree to a permanent deal, but a loan spell away is a possibility. 10 4. Ayoze Perez – Newcastle United – Perez has been a rare bright spark at St James’ Park, and his signature could consequently be in high demand in the New Year. Reports have claimed Arsenal and Man United prepared to go head-to-head over the 22-year-old and the right price could tempt the Toon into selling, though they will need a replacement for such an influential player. The Spaniard, meanwhile, will no doubt find such interest near on impossible to refuse. 8. Fraizer Campbell – Crystal Palace – Campbell has quickly become another of the Premier League’s forgotten strikers. The 28-year-old has been around the block in England, but has struggled to sustain a place at any one club, with his situation not differing since moving to Selhurst Park in July 2014. As with Patrick Bamford, Campbell has spent much of his time on the bench, with Alan Pardew not convinced by the pair. Depending on his level of frustration, therefore, the former Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur man could be on the move in January. 10 9. Nikica Jelavic – West Ham United – The Hammers have again got their season off to an inspired start, but Jelavic has had little influence on their excellent form. Manager Slaven Bilic has handed the striker just 75 minutes of domestic action, suggesting the 30-year-old does not fit in with the Croatian’s future plans. Jelavic had one successful campaign in the Premier League with Everton; however, it seems his time in England’s top flight is reaching its end. 10 10. Mathieu Debuchy – Arsenal – Had it not have been for his shoulder injury last season, Debuchy may well have remained Arsene Wenger’s first choice at right-back, ahead of Hector Bellerin. However, such has been the commanding form of Bellerin, that the former Newcastle United defender is now struggling for playing time. The Frenchman has made just two Premier League starts, and this figure isn’t expected to rise as the season goes on. His best chance at starting a game will be in the cup competitions, and this, understandably, may not sufficiently satisfy the 30-year-old.last_img read more

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Amazing stats you won’t believe from this week’s Premier League games

first_img 8. Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech has kept 170 clean sheets since arriving in England, the most in Premier League history. Click the right arrow for more stats… 9. With victory over Bournemouth, Arsene Wenger became the second manager, behind Sir Alex Ferguson, to beat 44 different opponents in the Premier League. 9 3. No Manchester United player scored more than the eight goals Juan Mata did in 2015 but the Spaniard has now gone 965 minutes without scoring or assisting for the Red Devils. 5. Andy Carroll has scored two goals in the Premier League this season. Both were headers in the 79th minute. 9 1. Chelsea’s draw with Manchester United saw John Terry earn ‘his’ 1000th point in the Premier League. Only Ryan Giggs, Frank Lampard and Paul Scholes have garnered more. 9 6. Eden Hazard hasn’t scored either a goal or made an assist in any of his last 11 Premier League appearances. 7. One positive for Manchester United is that they have kept 10 clean sheets this season, more than any other side. 9 9 Another busy day of Premier League action had the statisticians working overtime on December 28.Numbers were crunched, facts were checked, and figures were found using flummoxing formulas.Here at talkSPORT we love a stat so picked out some of the best numbers and nuggets of information from an exciting afternoon of English football.Click the right above above to see the best stats from December 28… 9 9 9 2. Since August 2004, only seven players have created in a single Premier League game more than the nine chances Mesut Ozil crafted for Arsenal against Bournemouth. 4. Guus Hiddink has already dropped four points since he took charge of Chelsea, one fewer than in his 13 Premier League games in charge back in 2009. 9last_img read more

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WATCH! Chelsea starlet does a David Beckham with stunning halfway line goal

first_imgChelsea youngster Ola Aina will struggle to score a better goal than this for the rest of his career.Collecting the ball just inside his own half during an Under-21 clash with Tottenham, the 19-year-old found the net with an incredible strike from the HALFWAY line.Take a bow, son, take a bow!last_img

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Kids deserve smoke-free cars

first_imgThis legislation has gained the support of countless health advocates, several local governments, and columnists and newspaper editorial boards statewide. Organizations from the American Lung and Heart associations to the American Cancer Society and the California Medical Association support this important legislation. SB 7 addresses an issue that is among the highest of priorities: protecting those that cannot protect themselves. These supporting groups have argued that it is not only appropriate for the government to act, it is an obligation. More than ever, the public is aware of the serious health risks involved. According to a June 2006 Surgeon General’s Report, those exposed to secondhand smoke at home or work increase their risk of developing heart disease by 25 percent to 30 percent and lung cancer by 20 percent to 30 percent. It only makes sense that a greater level of protection should be given to our most vulnerable and defenseless – California’s children. Numerous other studies have shown that the still-developing lungs of children are especially at risk. Exposure has been shown to cause irreversible health problems, trigger asthma attacks and affect cognitive and developmental growth. Add recent conclusions in separate clinical studies at Harvard and Stanford universities and it becomes clear – the problem becomes even more severe than first thought. That data showed the average particulate concentration of cigarette smoke in vehicles is up to 10 times greater than the average particulate concentrations found in the homes of smokers. Ten times ? Another recent study, this one published by the Journal of Adolescent Health, concluded that exposure to secondhand smoke even lowered student test scores. Instead of telling a teacher, “The dog ate my homework,” they might say: “Mom lit up while dropping me off on the way to school this morning.” Seriously, the dangers are too great for government not to act. A few people may argue that the government should not be stepping into these types of issues. Unfortunately, this thinking ignores the real problem: Exposure to secondhand smoke is a form of child abuse, and the safety of a child must come first. In the same mind-set as government-required seat belts or mandating child safety seats, sometimes it is necessary for laws to protect the defenseless. It is worth noting that my measure, despite nationwide news coverage, has not received any formal opposition. None. If signed into law, an adult smoking in a car with minors would be cited only under a secondary infraction, meaning that the smokers could not be ticketed solely for smoking in a car with kids present; they would have to have violated another law to have been pulled over. The law carries a modest $100 fine. Clearly, my goal is not to profit – but to raise public awareness. I ask you to join me in supporting this much-needed effort to protect California’s quality of life, especially the lives and health of our children. State Sen. Jenny Oropeza, D-Carson, chairs the Senate Revenue and Taxation Committee. 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 MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityNow, imagine you are a child strapped – dare we say trapped? – in a car filled with cigarette smoke ? Do children really have a choice in making an adult put out that dangerous cigarette? When California banned smoking in the workplace and, most notably, at restaurants and bars, the idea was to ensure that people were not forced to be exposed to a harmful environment. That is because among the most important obligations of government is to protect its residents. But how broad and how far that protection extends is at the center of many policy debates we have in America. Earlier this year, I introduced Senate Bill 7, which would prohibit someone from smoking in a vehicle with a minor present. After careful thought and discussion, this bill has made its way through the California Legislature and now sits on the governor’s desk. He has until Oct. 14 to sign it, veto it or allow it to become law without his signature. By Jenny Oropeza How many times have you ever had to hold your breath while walking out of a building because of a cloud of cigarette smoke? Some may argue that you have the freedom to walk a different direction. Or what about the type of hotel room you stay in? Yes, you can opt to stay in a non-smoking room if available. last_img read more

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Angels GM to step down

first_imgANAHEIM – Bill Stoneman is expected to announce today that he is stepping down as general manager of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim to become a consultant with the baseball team. Tony Reagins, the Angels’ director of player development, is expected to be named today to succeed Stoneman. The team has called a morning news conference to make what is described as “a major announcement.” Tim Mead, the Angels’ vice president of communications, declined to elaborate. Stoneman, 63, was named as the Angels’ general manager in November 1999, hired Mike Scioscia as manager and built the team that won the 2002 World Series. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The Angels have reached the playoffs three of the past four seasons, but were swept by the Boston Red Sox in both 2004 and 2007. Stoneman has drawn criticism from sports columnists, sports talk show hosts and fans for his refusal to trade prospects for veteran players, especially a power hitter. Reagins, 40, a Cal State Fullerton graduate, joined the Angels as an intern in the baseball operations department in 1992, was named a marketing assistant in 1994 and returned to the baseball operations department in 1998. Reagins, who is black, would join Ken Williams of the Chicago White Sox and Omar Minaya of the New York Mets as the only minority general managers in Major League Baseball. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Stop signs get green light

first_imgAfter 2 years of waiting and lobbying for help, residents in unincorporated Whittier will finally receive two stop signs at an intersection prone to accidents and speeders. The stop signs will be installed on Ben Hur Avenue at the intersection with Light Street, to create a four-way stop. The announcement came Thursday at a neighborhood watch meeting, from L.A. County Supervisor Don Knabe’s field deputy, Joe Matthews. Bill Ashley has lived near the intersection for three years, in a house that belonged to his mother since 1975. He is optimistic about the new signs. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“I’m not a guy to count my chickens before they hatch, but it sounds great,” Ashley said. Ashley has spearheaded the effort to have signs or speed bumps installed because, he says, the speeding poses a serious risk. “Since the day I moved in it’s been a problem,” Ashley said. “We don’t want someone to die out here, God forbid.” Matthews said the change is part of wider improvement in the community, including dropping crime rates and stronger traffic enforcement. This was made possible, Matthews said, by increases in funding for county areas. “The priorities are different,” Matthews said. “There’s more money in the till.” Sgt. Tonya Edwards said the unincorporated areas in the county will also receive more attention from the Sheriff’s Department, beginning with the recent purchase of three new patrol cars. Barbara Stevens, 76, has lived in her house on the corner for more than 50 years. She also attended neighborhood watch meetings out of concern about speeding on the corner. Stevens said she and her daughter, who lives in the house with her, are glad to hear that change will occur. “We’re elated,” Stevens said. “The traffic has really increased and it really has been a serious problem.” Stevens and other residents said they believed nothing would be done until a serious accident occurred on the street, and were surprised by the county’s promise to install the signs. “We get a lot of near misses,” Stevens said. “We see a lot of things that aren’t reported.” David Sommers, press deputy for Knabe, said the signs should be installed no later than Jan. 8. Sommers said the Public Works Department must still receive approval from the Board of Supervisors for the change, but expects it will be approved. “If residents want it and CHP is recommending it, there is no reason it shouldn’t be installed,” Sommers said. Sommers said he did not know what the cost of the project would be, and he did not have an estimate on what stop sign installation typically costs. According to California Highway Patrol spokesman Joe Zizi, that intersection has just one reported collision this year, when a resident pulled out of a driveway and was broadsided by an oncoming car. Farther down Ben Hur at its intersection with Reese Street, an additional crash was reported, caused by unsafe speeding. Last year, there were four crashes reported on Ben Hur. Zizi said more accidents may have occurred, but were not reported. Ashley said there have been at least five or six fender-benders on his street in the last five months. “When we did look at the statistics, we noticed that those four on Ben Hur … are an increase over the previous years,” Zizi said. Zizi said the residents of Ben Hur Avenue who worked to fix their area should serve as an example for others who see problems in their neighborhoods. “If they do see a potential danger in their neighborhood, give us a call,” Zizi said. “We’ll send the cops to monitor speed.” airan.scruby@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Limits on public comments lifted

first_imgUnder fire from critics who questioned the legality of rules limiting how often the public can speak at meetings, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to drop the restrictions. Previously, residents were limited to speaking once every three months during public comment at the end of the board’s weekly Tuesday meetings. Also, only five people were allowed to address the board during those meetings. All of the restrictions, in place since 1992, were lifted. “That’s the most restrictive rule I’ve ever heard of,” said Peter Scheer, executive director of the California First Amendment Coalition. “The law does permit legislative bodies to prescribe reasonable regulations to allocate the available time among speakers. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat Kings“… However, it certainly strikes me that restricting a speaker to only once every three months – that a court would likely view that as overly restrictive, unreasonable and therefore a violation of the Brown Act.” Open government advocate Karen Ocamb, who as the former head of the Los Angeles Press Club Sunshine Committee helped urge the board to pass motions making county government less secretive, said the supervisors rarely hear directly from their constituents. “I’m glad they are finally recognizing that more input from the public is better,” Ocamb said. “It’s like a form of censorship to restrict free speech that way.” The county, often criticized for deciding matters behind closed doors and not complying with open meeting laws, decided to make the changes after the County Counsel’s Office, Executive Office and District Attorney’s Office reviewed the board rules and identified several sections that raised legal questions, said Tony Bell, spokesman for Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich. Jennifer Snyder, assistant head deputy in the District Attorney’s Office Public Integrity Division, said the action was first prompted by a complaint her office received. “We urged the County Counsel’s Office to drop the ordinance because it didn’t serve a legitimate purpose regulating public comment,” Snyder said. “The law says you can only regulate the time, place and manner so an agency can continue to do its business.” The motion by board Chair Zev Yaroslavsky also gives the chair the discretion to let fellow board members speak up to 10 minutes on an agenda item, instead of the current three to five minutes. And it changes the official name of the board chair from mayor to mayor/chair. In addition, members of the public in the past who wished to address the board on an agenda item had to submit a request before the meeting. Under the new rules, people must only submit the request before the item is called. Now Ocamb said she hopes the supervisors will follow the City Council’s lead in passing a resolution that actually requires them to listen to people who address them. “I’d like to see something similar addressed before the Board of Supervisors because too often people go and speak, they have spent their whole day, spent time getting down there, spent money on parking, spent time waiting for their turn to speak,” Ocamb said. “… Oftentimes they are on the phone, looking at papers or doing something else and that is just rude.” troy.anderson@dailynews.com 213-974-8985 Staff Writer160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Championship strugglers Charlton call for fans’ backing amid protests

first_img1 Championship strugglers Charlton have released a statement following protests by home fans marred Sunday’s 2-0 victory over Middlesbrough.Supporters held a mock funeral before the clash at the Valley, while a large number of beach balls were thrown onto the pitch during the match.Addicks fans were voicing their displeasure at the way they feel the club is being run by owner Roland Duchatelet, with Charlton currently 23rd in the Championship table, five points adrift of safety.In a statement addressed to the fans, Charlton have said some individuals “want the club to fail” and have called on supporters to back the team as they bid to retain their Championship status. The statement said: “Last Sunday, some individuals did not come to the Valley to watch the game and support the team, but came to create disorder on the pitch and interfere with the players and the game. Disorder which is, allegedly, needed to drive change in ownership and management.“Whom would they expect the club to be sold to? How long would a sales process take? Is it easier to sell the club when it is in League One rather than Championship?“Some individuals seem to want the club to fail. This is a confused approach, since following this logic leads to exactly the opposite of what we all want: staying in the Championship.“We have nine games left in which we have to get six points more than our competitors. The team just got seven points out of three games.“We still have the chance to make it happen with the support of the fans until the very last game. We must believe it is still possible. Every football fan knows the 12th man is a crucial factor in the success on the pitch.” Addicks fans voiced their displeasure at the way owner Roland Duchatelet is running the club last_img read more

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Van Gaal: Attack on Man United team bus had ‘influence’ on defeat to West Ham

first_imgLouis van Gaal claimed the attack on Manchester United’s team bus before their game with West Ham on Tuesday night may have influenced their performance.There were shameful scenes ahead of the Hammers’ Upton Park farewell as a number of supporters threw missiles at the United coach, causing significant damage and delaying kick-off by 45 minutes.United went on to lose a thrilling encounter 3-2 to leave their top four hopes hanging by a thread and, while Van Gaal was keen not to make excuses, he insisted events ahead of the match had undoutedbly distracted his players.“We cannot cope with the circumstance before the match, that’s unusual. I’ve had that experience, but my players have not so it has an influence,” he said.“I have a long experience in football, but there are players who don’t have that experience. It can have an influence, but we cannot look for excuses.“You can make your own opinion. The images will tell everything. We live in this world. We know it can happen. It’s not the first time it’s happened.“The emotion worked for West Ham. I said it beforehand and you have seen it. The fans were supporting from the first minute, which was a big influence. But as Manchester United you have to cope with that.”The defeat means United’s bid to qualify for next season’s Champions League is out of their hands.They must beat Bournemouth at Old Trafford on Sunday and hope Manchester City slip up at Swansea to finish fourth.But Van Gaal is refusing to be downbeat about their chances.“In the last match of the season we can still pass over Manchester City,” said the Dutchman. “They can lose and we can win. You can count I think. In this league it happens a lot. Swansea are on a good run.“We have fought the whole season for qualification for the Champions League. Still we are fighting till the end. On the last day we can finish fourth, but now we depend on Man City. Before it was in our own hands so that’s a big difference.“It’s a mental blow for the players, but against Bournemouth we have to give everything. We cannot give Man City a free trip to the Champions League.”West Ham promise life bans for those involved in disgraceful attack on Manchester United team coach – READ MORE HERE 1 Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal last_img read more

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