Valencia have joined Arsenal and Manchester United in the race for Lazio star Lucas Biglia, according to reports in Italy.The midfielder was a target for both Premier League clubs in the summer after helping the Serie A side qualify for the Champions League last season.Lazio managed to hold onto their man, though, as the promise of European football was enough to keep him.However, according to Il Tempo, Valencia have now expressed an interest in bringing Biglia to La Liga.The Spanish club are confident of luring the 29-year-old to Spain during the January transfer window by offering him a significant pay rise.Lazio have no plans to sell the Argentina international, however, and have him tied down to the club until 2018. Lazio star Lucas Biglia 1
Monaco are ready to swoop for Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho, according to one of the French club’s shareholders.The Blues boss is under intense pressure at Stamford Bridge after a woeful start to the season for the Premier League champions.Saturday’s defeat to West Ham was Chelsea’s fifth of the season and Mourinho, sent to the stands at Upton Park, has faced criticism for his behaviour in recent months.Another defeat against Liverpool this weekend could spell the end for Mourinho at Stamford Bridge, according to widespread reports.And Monaco are ready to make their move if the ‘Special One’ does see his Blues reign brought to an end.Alessandro Proto, a shareholder at the Ligue 1 club, told Spanish newspaper Sport: “On Saturday night the first contact was made with Jose Mourinho about training Monaco.“We are still in a very early stage but we are convinced that Mourinho could train Monaco.” Jose Mourinho 1
1 Former Newcastle goalkeeper Pavel Srnicek has died following a cardiac arrest.The 47-year-old had been in an induced coma in the Czech Republic since collapsing while out jogging on December 20.His agent, Steve Wraith, said in a statement: “It is with deep sadness that I have to announce the passing of former Newcastle United player Pavel Srnicek.”Srnicek made 150 appearances for Newcastle between 1991 and 1998 and went on to have spells with Sheffield Wednesday, Portsmouth and West Ham before returning to St James’ Park in 2006.His release the following year brought an end to his playing career but he remained in the game and was working as goalkeeping coach at Sparta Prague when he collapsed.The statement continued: “Pavel suffered a cardiac arrest before the Christmas period in his home country and had been in an induced coma in hospital with his close family around his bedside.“Despite the best medical attention the final brain scans on Monday showed irreversible damage and the decision had to be taken to switch off the life support machine. Pav passed away on the afternoon of Tuesday, December 29 2015 with his family by his side.“Pavel, the goalkeeping coach at Sparta Prague, had recently been on a whistle-stop tour of Tyneside to promote his autobiography, ‘Pavel Is A Geordie’, something that he was very proud of.“My final conversation with him was about getting the entertainers team back together one more time for charity next year as it will be 20 years since that Newcastle team almost won the Premier League.“We will make that happen and celebrate this great man’s life together.”Tributes quickly began to pour in for Srnicek, one of Newcastle’s best loved recent characters.Alan Shearer wrote on Twitter: “So very, very sad to lose my friend and former teammate @PavelSrnicekUK My thoughts are with his family at this awful time. #NUFC #RIPPavel”Fellow goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel said: “It is with incredible sadness that I’ve have learned that Pavel Srnicek has died. A gentleman and a great sportsman. RIP my friend” Pavel Srnicek
We’re only 18 days into January, but have we already found the worst goal celebration of 2016?Not satisfied by emphatically smashing home a penalty kick, Pescara striker Andrea Cocco then proceeded to boot the advertising hoardings – Temur Ketsbaia style – and he instantly regretted it.Watch the video, above, to find out why!
Josh Rees Nottingham Forest have sent Josh Rees on loan to Torquay.The 22-year-old midfielder, who came through the youth ranks at Arsenal, signed for Forest back in 2013.He made his first-team debut – and first ever senior appearance – in May 2014 as a second-half substitute in Forest’s 2-1 defeat against Brighton.He played eight times during a loan spell at Nuneaton last season and will now get the chance to play more Conference football with Torquay.Rees has only just recovered from a hernia injury but will hope to put that behind him during the spell on the coast, which will last until the summer. 1
The Scottish Cup Paul Hanlon’s stoppage-time equaliser earned Hibernian a Scottish Cup fifth round replay as the Championship side came from two goals down at Tynecastle in the Edinburgh derby.Arnaud Djoum and Sam Nicholson had put Premiershoip Hearts in control with goals in the 32nd and 44th minutes.But a Jason Cummings header gave Hibs a lifeline with 10 minutes remaining, and they sent the away fans delirious when Hanlon turned home the equaliser following a corner. 1
Arsenal host Hull City on Saturday 20 February and you can listen to the game live on talkSPORT from 12:45pm GMT.FA Cup holders Arsenal continue their quest to win the trophy for the third time in a row.The north Londoners slipped past Burnley in their previous tie, but it’ll be no easy task to brush Championship title contenders Hull City aside, even if Steve Bruce does rest some of his first team.Arsene Wenger is also expected to make a number of notable changes to his line up with key players such as Petr Cech, Mesut Ozil and Olivier Giroud likely to be rested, but who could deputise in their absence?Could Alex Iwobi get another chance to impress? Will new signing Mohamed Elneny make another appearance?Take a look at talkSPORT’s predicted Arsenal line up v Hull City by clicking the yellow arrow above, right. 11 11 35. Mohamed Elneny (centre midfield) 3. Kieran Gibbs (left back) – click the arrow above, right, to see the possible Arsenal line-up against Hull in squad number order 11 6. Laurent Koscielny (centre back) 21. Calum Chambers (right back) 14. Theo Walcott (left wing) 11 13. David Ospina (goalkeeper) 23. Danny Welbeck (forward) 11 15. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (right wing) 11 11 4. Per Mertesacker (centre back) 11 11 11 45. Alex Iwobi (attacking midfield) 11 34. Francis Coquelin (centre midfield)
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“I lay on my side on this iron table with no padding. … My arm is over my head, and my leg is curled under me. The technician has made some black marks on my skin; I was told they are tattoos to line up the radiation each time I come in. This is horrible. I wouldn’t wish this on my worst enemy.” While waiting for Jenny, I had the opportunity to speak to some of the patients. The majority were in their 40s and 50s. “Sue” was told for two years that the spot on her mammogram was fatty tissue. By the time the doctors diagnosed her, she had to have a mastectomy followed by chemotherapy and radiation. The doctors want to put her on a drug after radiation, but she isn’t sure she wants it. One of the possible side effects is liver cancer. “Lisa” and “Mary” were back for their second time. Both had cancer reappear in the other breast. Mary said that the receptionist told her this year they are seeing more and more women back for a second time. “Joyce” never had a mammogram and stopped doing self-exams because she never found anything. One night she accidentally discovered a lump in her breast. After two mammograms, two ultrasounds, one MRI and a needle biopsy, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. OCTOBER may be breast cancer awareness month, but I didn’t need the reminder this year. In August, a close member of my family, “Jenny,” was diagnosed with breast cancer. Jenny was taken aback. Her mother and grandmother did not have the disease. There was no history in the family. Her comment was, “How did I get it?” Jenny’s next trip was to the medical oncologist and then to a radiation-therapy center here in the San Fernando Valley. The center is a stand-alone building with a brick exterior and large parking lot. I had been past the place 1,000 times and never noticed it before. Now I’m taking Jenny there Monday through Friday for seven weeks. On our first day, we are greeted by the receptionist and asked to sit in the waiting area until the nurse called us. Jenny is first interviewed by the nurse and then the doctor. Each one explains the procedure, but no one can describe it better than Jenny. All the women said, “Why me? I ate right, took vitamins.” Except for Sue, no one had breast cancer in their family. Most of the people I saw at the radiation center were women, but not all. “Bob” had prostate cancer two years ago and had his prostate surgically removed. Recently, the cancer reappeared in the same spot as where the prostate was, a very rare occurrence. Bob can’t have another surgery so his only option is radiation therapy. Another lady I knew had a strong family history of breast cancer. She developed cysts that had to be drained every three months. It was extremely painful to go through this process not to mention very worrisome that she would be diagnosed with breast cancer. With small children to raise, she made the decision to have her breasts removed and reconstructed. For her it was the right decision. My trips to the radiation-therapy center are sobering and instructive. If there is a moral to this difficult experience, it is that women should do monthly self-exams, have a yearly mammogram and men should have a blood test to check for prostate cancer followed by a medical exam. If cancer is caught early, it is treatable. Maxine Flam lives in North Hollywood.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
1 Martin O’Neill has challenged the Republic of Ireland to follow in Leicester’s footsteps as they attempt to spring a surprise at Euro 2016.O’Neill’s former club are currently defying the odds as they continue the most unlikely of Barclays Premier League title charges, heading the table by five points with just seven games remaining.While he does not believe that necessarily means one of the smaller nations could surge unheralded to European glory this summer as Greece did 12 years ago, the 64-year-old is confident Ireland can call upon a similar spirit in an effort to emerge from a tough group and make an impression on the continental stage.Asked about the example currently being set by the Foxes, with whom he won two League Cups as manager, O’Neill said: “They are the standard-bearers there for the smaller side. I just think they have given people hope now that you can compete – and not only compete, actually be successful.“If they go on and win the league, does that mean that a smaller nation goes on and takes the European Championship? I’m not terribly sure about that.”When the draw was made for the finals back in December, a month after Ireland had secured their passage with a play-off victory over Bosnia-Herzegovina, their hard work was rewarded with a testing group which will pitch them into battle with Sweden, Belgium and Italy.But while qualification from the group will prove difficult, O’Neill, who will sent his side into friendly battle with Switzerland in Dublin on Friday evening, has no qualms about assuming the role of underdog, particularly after their 1-0 win over world champions Germany on the road to France.He said: “After Germany, the players feel as if they are capable of dealing with that. Do you want to go in as underdogs? I think we will naturally anyway, but I don’t genuinely think it will bother us.”Asked if he would be happy to see opposition teams underestimate his players, O’Neill replied:”Absolutely, absolutely. I don’t think they will. As Leicester are proving this year, you underestimate teams at your peril.”O’Neill will use the Switzerland game and the friendly against Slovakia which follows it on Tuesday to run the rule over some of his fringe players, with Blackburn defender Shane Duffy and Brentford midfielder Alan Judge likely to be the main beneficiaries.There will be a start in one of the games for Newcastle goalkeeper Rob Elliot, but skipper Robbie Keane and Cardiff midfielder Anthony Pilkington will miss the game against the Swiss with minor injuries.O’Neill admits it will take some effort for a player to emerge from the pack to make the squad as James McClean did four years ago, but has reminded his hopefuls that a new World Cup qualifying campaign is just around the corner.He said: “Let’s be fair about it: the players who are coming in late here have a bit to do, I must admit, just at this stage here to go and cement something. Everything would probably have to go pretty well for them individually.“But it’s not impossible and it’s happened before, and that’s why I’d like to open the door for them, to feel as if they have got a chance. And for instance, one or two of them – let’s say they didn’t make it – they know they are right maybe for the World Cup campaign coming up almost immediately.” Martin O’Neill believes former club Leicester City can be ROI’s inspiration
11 14. Gabi (centre midfield) 11 11 11 11 6. Koke (left midfield) 2. Diego Godin (centre back) – see the full line up, in squad number order, by clicking the arrow above 20. Juanfran (right back) 7. Antoine Griezmann (right attack) 11 Wednesday’s second-leg quarter final between Atletico Madrid and Barcelona in the Champions League is live on talkSPORT 2. For details on how to retune your radio, click here.Luis Suarez scored twice to seal a comeback win for Barca in the first leg, but the tie remains firmly in the balance with Atleti getting the crucial away goal at the Camp Nou.Fernando Torres was the scorer for Diego Simeone’s underdogs before being dismissed for a second bookable offence – so who could take the Spaniard’s place?Take a look at talkSPORT’s predicted Atleti XI by viewing the slideshow above. 16. Angel Correa (striker) 3. Filipe Luis (left back) 13. Jan Oblak (goalkeeper) 11 17. Saul Niguez (right midfield) 11 11 11 11 21. Yannick Carrasco (left attack) 19. Lucas Hernandez (centre back)