Eden Hazard has been linked with a PSG transfer 1 PSG v Chelsea is live on talkSPORT at 7.45pm on Tuesday 16 FebruaryAhead of Chelsea’s trip to PSG, Eden Hazard has revealed it would be hard to turn down a move to the French club. “[It is] difficult to say no to PSG, or to any of the teams capable of winning the Champions League,” he said.His manager Guus Hiddink has told the player to focus on showing his quality in a Chelsea shirt first and added France’s Ligue 1 is not as attractive as other European divisions, given that PSG are 24 points ahead of second place Monaco. “For me, I think big, big, big players always like to be in the biggest league, which is the Premier League, La Liga and also the Bundesliga,” the boss explained.Here, talkSPORT looks at how Chelsea fans reacted to the player’s comments.
1 Antonio Conte has agreed a three-year contract with Chelsea, according to reports in Italy.The 46-year-old has been heavily linked with taking over at Stamford Bridge in the summer as the permanent replacement for Jose Mourinho.Conte’s contract with the Italian national team expires at the end of Euro 2016, meaning he can leave without any club having to pay compensation.?And, according to Corriere della Sera, the former Juventus boss has now agreed to join Chelsea from the start of next season.Conte is said to have agreed a deal until 2019 which will be worth around £4.5m-a-year.The Italian is expected to bring a number of his staff with him to Stamford Bridge, but Chelsea’s current assistant first-team coach Steve Holland is likely to remain part of the set-up. Antonio Conte, the Italy manager
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.I’ll take “The Philadelphia Story,” but I might choose a different movie if you asked me again tomorrow. But cars aren’t movies, and most of us don’t get to choose another one tomorrow. If I had to pick a sport sedan for a 36-month lease, the C350 Sport would come in just behind the 335i and CTS. I loved driving the C350. I look forward to driving it again. But the 335i and CTS are just a little better in key areas. The deciding factors are fuel cost, a couple of unattractively wide gaps between exterior panels and the lack of a manual transmission with the C-class’ top engine. (In case you’re wondering, the clinchers for “The Philadelphia Story” are co-stars Katharine Hepburn and Jimmy Stewart, who just edge Rosalind Russell and Ralph Bellamy’s wonderful work in “His Girl Friday.”) Prices for the Mercedes C-class start at $31,200 for a C300 Sport model with a 228-horsepower 3.0-liter V6 and a six-speed manual transmission. The lowest-priced model with an automatic transmission is a $32,640 C300 Sport with Mercedes’ marvelous seven-speed gearbox. The C300 Luxury model offers the same engine, adds standard equipment including the automatic transmission and starts at $32,900. The top C350 Sport model starts at $36,500 and comes with a 268-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 and the seven-speed automatic, a marvelously smooth and precise gearbox. I tested a well-equipped C350 Sport with a $46,860 sticker price. All prices exclude destination charges. The omission of a manual transmission with the 3.5-liter will scratch the C-class from enthusiasts’ shopping lists. The 335i and CTS both offer six-speed manuals for drivers who want to maximize control and enjoyment. Neither of those sedans – nor lesser competitors like the Acura TL, Audi A4, Infiniti G35, Jaguar X-type and Lexus IS 350 – can match the automatic’s seven speeds, however. The Mercedes goes them all one gear better, but that advantage doesn’t translate into leading fuel economy or acceleration for the C-class. The C-class’ EPA fuel economy ratings of 17 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway plant it in the middle of the pack. That’s about the same as CTS with Cadillac’s 304-horsepower direct-injection V6, but the Cadillac has a clear advantage over the Mercedes and the rest of the class because it’s the only engine that recommends regular gasoline. The C350’s 6.3-second 0-60 mph time also falls around midpack, trailing the 335i, CTS and IS 350. Those figures notwithstanding, the C350 is an enjoyable car to drive, thanks to lightweight construction, a supple suspension, and confident steering and brakes. The 3.5-liter engine produces its maximum 258 pound-feet of torque at all engine speeds from 2,700 to 5,000 rpm, providing plenty of power for jaunts around town, racing through the countryside or high-speed passes on the highway. For a brand that’s traditionally described by words like solid and substantial – adjectives better suited to a bank vault than a sporty car – the C350 feels lithe and eager as it gobbles up highway miles and country curves. The C350 tips the scales at 3,615 pounds; nearly 270 less than the CTS and just 20 more than the lean and mean 335i. The C350 is also an exceptionally quiet and comfortable car. Road and wind noise are minimal, front-seat room is excellent, rear room is good and cargo space is about average, thanks to a 3.9-inch increase in length and a 1.7-inch boost in width. For all the passenger compartment’s comfort, it’s not an especially welcoming place. The materials trimming the doors and dash are high-quality and well-fitted, but less pleasant to the touch than the CTS’s soft curves. The color scheme in the C350 I tested was also rather somber: two shades of charcoal that were more reminiscent of an abandoned campfire than a warm, firelit reading room. The instrument panel is strikingly lovely though, with big, legible gauges displayed in a setting that looks like brushed steel. The exterior was a similar study in contrast. The front is simply gorgeous. The C-class’ wide stance, with big tires filling flared fenders, flows into a low, wide grille and a sculpted hood. The visual impact is that this is not a car to be delayed when it fills your rearview mirror. The C-class’ profile is not as strong. A beveled ridge flows diagonally from the front wheelwells to the rear fenders. It’s not objectively unattractive, but it reminded me of unfortunate cars like the Saturn Ion and Chrysler Sebring every time I approached the C-class. On the plus side of the ledger, the C-class gets the latest version of Mercedes’ Comand system, which eliminates dozens of buttons with an intuitive control system that uses a console-mounted wheel to run audio, navigation, mobile phone and other features. Standard safety equipment includes antilock brakes, stability control, front-seat side air bags and curtain air bags. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The 2008 Mercedes-Benz C350 is easily the best small sport sedan the world’s most revered luxury brand has ever built. It’s a tribute to how stunningly good today’s sport sedans are that that’s not enough to make the C-class the pre-emptive first choice in its class. With models that include the BMW 335i and Cadillac CTS, picking a sport sedan is like renting a Cary Grant movie: There aren’t many bad ones, just different degrees of good. “The Philadelphia Story”? “North by Northwest”? “His Girl Friday”? “Gunga Din”?
“Nope, it’s a BMW,” he said, handing me a key fob with no key. OK, I knew it was a keyless entry and a push-button start. But I spent a good part of that evening snuggled up with the owner’s manual, checking out the most interesting options. One of those is a head-up display ($1,200), which allows you to drive like a fighter pilot with details such as the car’s speed projected onto the windshield. The driver simply selects the information and the brightness via the 650i’s iDrive’s controller located in the center console. The information pops up in color on a 6-by-3-inch field on the windshield, just in line with the end of the hood. With it activated, I didn’t have to glance away from the road to make sure I wasn’t blowing through the speed limit. And the display doesn’t distract from the task at hand – driving. We liked that a lot. Then there is the Night Vision system ($2,200). BMW uses Far Infra-Red technology in a camera below the front bumper. It identifies objects that are hard to see in low-light conditions by using their heat signature. It’s powerful enough to pick up images about 1,000feet ahead of the car. This can be a dicey option to use, though. The information is displayed on a video screen between the driver and passenger, so you have to look away from the road to see what’s coming. The images are projected in gray and white, with white being the hottest. And the view is from such a low angle that when you pull up behind a car, its exhaust system is surprisingly bright. But the system does make humans and animals quite noticeable at night. “BMW Night Vision offers the customer particular benefits when driving over land, down narrow lanes, through gateways leading into courtyards, and into dark underground garages, significantly enhancing driving safety at night,” the company says. BMW also says its system looks out about twice as far as others, and the headlights from oncoming cars don’t interfere with it. The third whiz-bang feature is the park-distance control that comes standard on this model. It uses sonar from sensors in the front and rear bumpers. It activates automatically, and an outline of the car is displayed on the video screen with three distance zones – green, yellow and red – fanning out from the car in a cone. The system beeps as you approach an object and the color band changes. The band turns red, and the beeping turns into a constant tone when you are less than a foot of away from bumping into something. I liked this better than a camera that shows you what’s behind or ahead when parking. Inside the cockpit, there are things that please and frustrate the driver. The adjustable leather seats are firm. (Some drivers I’ve talked to used the words such as hard and uncomfortable.) And the interior is designed for driving, with the dash featuring BMW’s familiar analog gauges with orange night lighting. The steering wheel offers a nice thick grip, too. The iDrive controller is big, but it takes much getting used to. I never did in the week I had with the car. And we had to pull to the side of the road to figure out how to switch from an AM radio channel to a satellite station. This model featured a big glass roof, but the top just popped up and did not slide open. There is a back seat, but it is a better place to put stuff rather than adults. And the trunk is generous, with 13cubic feet of space. (It’s 12.4cubic feet in the convertible model with the top up and 10.6 when it’s down.) Both models have a pass-through opening into the rear seat to handle longer items. We liked the way the car looks with a muscular front that narrows at the passenger cabin. The Web site Edmunds.com refers to this model, and rightly so, as a high-dollar touring coupe. And it notes that there might be prettier options out there, such as the infinitely sleeker Mercedes-Benz CL550 and Jaguar XK/XKR. They are more expensive, though. “And while cost concerns are seldom of primary concern in this segment, when a car strikes that near-perfect compromise between coddling its passengers and thrilling its driver as the 2007 BMW 650i does, such a value proposition is hard to ignore,” Edmunds.com said. [email protected] 818-713-3743160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BMW brands its line as the “Ultimate Driving Machine.” Put some wings on the 650i and the German company would have a pretty good flying machine as well. Don’t scoff. This car can interact with a satellite and it has radar. I got that flying impression shifting into sixth gear as we powered north on Highway 101 – the big V-8 providing appropriate traveling music. Title the song “And Away We Go.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre The Beemer quickly scooted up to traffic speed, and a light tap on the accelerator signaled lots of reserve power remained. That’s not surprising, since BMW engineers are speed merchants as well as stylists. And when you pay almost $85,000, including a gas guzzler tax on some models, you expect features galore and the ability to put your troubles in the rear view mirror. The toe-tapping acceleration for this 2007 status gray metallic coupe came from a 4.8-liter, 32-valve V-8 aluminum block engine that could crank out 360horsepower if needed. And the dual exhaust hit sporty notes in all gears. The aviation analogy comes from technological gizmos normally found in jet fighter cockpits. So maybe BMW should include a class for users in the purchase price. When the delivery company dropped off the car at the Daily News, I asked the driver if there was anything special I should know.
However, discounts still brought in early morning shoppers. “I’m trying to spend a little bit less because money is definitely a little tighter, but I like to get people what I think they’ll enjoy so I’ll probably end up spending as much anyway,” Kristina Morrison told NBC4 as she shopped at a Lakewood Target store. Black Friday is not the biggest shopping day of the Christmas season. That distinction goes to the Saturday before Christmas, when procrastinators finally turn out to buy last-minute gifts. The day after Thanksgiving earned the designation Black Friday because it helps retailers go into the black, the accounting term for profit. The frenzy surrounding Black Friday has prompted the Vancouver, British Columbia-based anti-consumerist group, the Adbusters Media Foundation, to declare today “Buy Nothing Day.” The self-described United Elves Guild of Greater Los Angeles will picket near the Farmer’s Market and The Grove on 3rd Street and Fairfax Avenue to both promote “Buy Nothing Day” and the new anti-shopping documentary, “What Would Jesus Buy?” 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 KingsBusiness on Black Friday was a bit slower this year, said Jackie Fernandez, a retail partner with Deloitte & Touche, a international consulting firm which tracks holiday sales. A 3.5 percent to 4.5 percent sales increase is expected this year, compared to a 6 percent increase last year, Fernandez said. “Last year was very robust, this year it’s low, it’s not as crowded as it was last year,” she said. The sales increase will be the smallest since 2002, according to the Washington-based National Retail Federation, the nation’s largest retail association. The smaller increase is a result of the downturn in the real estate market, near-record gasoline prices and the recent Southern California wildfires, Fernandez said. Amid predictions of a smaller increase in sales than a year ago, shoppers rushed to Southland malls and stores today, taking advantage of discounts and incentives on what has been dubbed Black Friday, the traditional start of the Christmas shopping season. “We had hundreds of people lined up,” said Janet LaFevre of the Glendale Galleria, where some stores opened at midnight. “It was a very festive mood. We had a singing Santa entertaining people and retailers brought out their A game for the holiday season this year.” Aeropostale, which opened at midnight, offered discounts of 50 percent until 11 a.m. Mervyns enticed early customers with $10 gift cards for the first 250 people in the store and a $10 reward card for every $50 spent between now and Sunday. Up to 10 percent of all shopping purchases is said to occur over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.
5. Hopes of FA Cup glory can keep them on track in the Premier League – Click the right arrow above to see why West Ham can qualify for the Champions League… – One game away from a Wembley semi-final with Everton, West Ham have the opportunity to win silverware in their final season at Upton Park. To show off the famous trophy on the pitch to a packed stadium after an open topped tour of east London would be the perfect way to leave the place which has been their home for 112 years. A replay with Manchester United comes between a clash against Premier League leaders Leicester City and a London derby with Arsenal, which should get every player and fan fired up. If they make it past the Red Devils we wouldnt put it past them to storm into the final leg of their campaign and push Man City, Man United and Arsenal hard for a spot in the top four. 5 5 5 As the season approaches it’s curtain call, Manchester United, Arsenal and Man City are all fighting it out for a spot in the top four.That’s sounds pretty par for the course, but one of them is likely to miss out with Leicester City and Tottenham sitting in the top two.And coming hard on the outside, West Ham have an excellent chance of making two of those three clubs fail to qualify for the Champions League.It was a season which started fairly ignominiously as the Hammers crashed out of the Europa League qualifying stages to Romanian side Astra Giurgiu, after scraping past Maltese outfit Birkirkara.Those performances are well in the past though and Slaven Bilic’s side are slugging it out with the Premier League’s elite as they look to leave the Boelyn Ground with a bang.Sitting fifth with eight games to go and just four points off third spot it’s all to play for.So why will West Ham finish in the top four? Click the right arrow above to see our top five reasons… 4. Arsenal and Manchester City are out of form while Man United are unreliable – If the Hammers sneak into the top four there is a good chance it will be in place of one of the three teams above. The Gunners have only won three of their last ten in all competitions, the Citizens have only won two in the same amount of time, while the Red Devils have claimed five victories in ten. The Hammers, meanwhile, have only lost one match and beaten high-flying Tottenham. If they maintain this form they will sneak into the qualifying spots. 2. Players are returning from injury – The Hammers have shown some real mettle in recent weeks given their recent injury problems and Slaven Bilic has also shown tactical nous to combat the issue too. With several defenders in the treatment room and no available senior right-back, the Croatian switch to back-three as they down fierce rivals Spurs. Now, though, players are returning to fitness and will soon in theory be getting back to their best. Manuel Lanzini is beginning to show his top form, along with Payet, while the returns of James Collins and James Tomkins will put West Ham at full strength and ready for the run-in. 5 1. Dimitri Payet – One of the signings of the summer, for sure, Payet has East Londoners hanging on his every caress of the football. The stocky attacking midfielder eight goals and eight assists dont quite tell the full story. This season, whatever the Frenchman has pulled from his sac magique has wowed his audience and, more importantly, has Hammers fans believing their side can mix it with the big boys. Hooked from the moment he scored two goals in a pre-season friendly with Southend. The 28-year-olds performances are inspiring his team-mates and supporters. If he can keep his displays at the highest level then West Ham could well be playing Champions League football in the Olympic Stadium next season. 5 3. Cheikhou Kouyate is one of the Premier League’s underrated stars – Midfielder Kouyate has proved a superb acquisition from Anderlecht since his move to east London in 2014. The £7m fee has proved to be one of the best bits of business by a Premier League sides in recent memory and if he can continue to dominate for the Hammers they could find themselves qualifying for the Champions League a competition where the Senegalese has already racked up 12 appearances. Kouyate is an excellent all-round player and has made more tackles per game than any other Hammer, while his showings against Tottenham and Chelsea in recent weeks highlight his ability.
England manager Roy Hodgson has revealed which players he thinks offer the best chance of winning Euro 2016.It is always a huge talking point and provides people with a chance to discuss and usually moan about the lack of players from their team.‘HODGSON’S A FOOL!’ – FANS REACT TO THE MANAGER’S PICKSHere, talkSPORT has a bit of fun at the players’ expense and for more great videos, you can check out the talkSPORT YouTube channel here.How far do you think this group of players team can take England at Euro 2016?
1 French police have arrested 36 people after violence erupted in the streets of Lille ahead of England’s Euro 2016 clash with Wales.Flares and bangers were lit as officers charged at chanting fans, spraying tear gas in an attempt to disperse the crowds.Police used pepper spray against an England fan who ran towards them, as fights appeared to break out among Three Lions supporters.Authorities said 16 people have been treated in hospital but gave no details about their injuries.The two home nations will face each other at the Stade Bollaert-Delelis in the nearby city of Lens at 2pm UK time.Many fans are staying in the much larger city of Lille and despite bars being shut, some supporters defied a ban on drinking in the street the evening before the match.Some were seen climbing road signs and while English police – sent out to help with the security operation – urged fans to behave, French police charged at them repeatedly.Late in the evening, two groups of about 250 English fans each merged just as thousands of French fans were streaming out of the fan zone where they had been watching France beat Albania.Several hundred riot police formed a human barrier between the two groups. Some fireworks were fired from the French side and a few bottles were thrown from the English side.The police then charged in the direction of the English, spraying tear gas and causing a stampede, with people sprinting into side streets.Supporters of Slovakia and Russia were also in the city after their game in the city on Wednesday. Earlier in the evening, a small group of people wearing Russian Ultra T-shirts threw a flare at a large group of England fans who then surged towards them.The Russians left the scene and the remaining British fans were tear gassed, prompting them to hold their shirts over their mouths as they left the scene rubbing their eyes and spitting.In footage posted online by talkSPORT’s Stan Collymore, one man wearing a green hat was seen smashing wing mirrors off cars parked on the street.Collymore said: “Somebody threw a, not a grenade, something that went bang, towards some England fans and the England fans have just run.”MUST LISTEN: Stan Collymore’s first-hand account of Euro 2016 fan violence in LilleHe later pointed to a man who was pinned down in the road by police, and said: “You were throwing bottles. Yes.”French authorities said the arrests on Wednesday included six Russians involved in violence last Saturday in Marseille.Another five people were arrested for public drunkenness on a train from London that was stopped before it got to Lille and then allowed to continue.Away from the main square a group of England fans, who were comparatively quiet, were surrounded by police as they drank outside Cafe Oz. The officers parked more than 10 vans and a police bus in the square around them.A large number of fans congregated outside one of the bars near the Lille Flandres station, with dozens of police officers carrying riot shields standing guard.The crowd chanted God Save The Queen and England Til I Die, as well as singing “Where were you in Marseille?” towards the assembled police.Elsewhere a group of England fans outside the railway station in Lille were penned in by police when one of them lit a flare and began to wave it as they chanted.A statement from Euro 2016 organisers UEFA read: “UEFA regrets the skirmishes which occurred in Lille last night. Police forces made several arrests and were quick to restore order and keep the situation under control.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champThat’s theoretical, of course, but it’s all the more reason to embrace school reform. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A newly study released quantifies the problem of school dropouts in terms of stark social costs, particularly with respect to public safety. The study, “School or the Streets: Crime and California’s Dropout Crisis,” concludes that there is a direct correlation between the dropout rate and violent crimes such as homicide and aggravated assault. Among the study’s conclusions are that high-school dropouts are 3
He was pronounced dead at 12:38 a.m. His attorneys had sought clemency from Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and reprieves from state and federal courts, claiming the man, who was mostly blind and deaf and suffered from diabetes, was too old and sick to be put to death, that a lethal injection amounted to cruel and unusual punishment. “The death penalty is always wrong, but tying a blind 76-year-old man to a chair and injecting him with poison is grotesque,” Terry Davis, Europe’s top human rights watchdog, said in a statement after the execution. Davis chairs the Council of Europe, where the death penalty is outlawed. Medical records show Allen was indeed ailing, and prison officials don’t dispute his condition. However, some observers saw a man in better condition than he had been portrayed. Assemblyman Todd Spitzer, R-Orange, witnessed the execution as a member of a legislative committee debating a moratorium on the death penalty. “He did not appear to be as infirm as news accounts portrayed him. For 76 years old, he looked to be in remarkably good shape,” Spitzer said. Allen died wearing a beaded headband, a medicine bag around his neck and a ceremonial eagle feather on his chest. Two American Indian spiritual advisers visited with him in the hours before the execution. He released a last statement read by Ornoski saying he enjoyed his last meal – a buffalo steak, fried chicken, Indian pan-fried bread, a pint of black walnut ice cream and sugar-free pecan pie. But Allen had proclaimed his innocence, and his final words never mentioned the 1980 hit job that resulted in the murders of a 17-year-old girl and two men, ages 18 and 27. The family of one of Allen’s victims, Josephine Rocha, said in a statement that Allen “abused the justice system with endless appeals until he lived longer in prison than the short 17 years of Josephine’s life.” The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected Allen’s last-minute appeal. “It went smoothly, it went as it was planned, and I believe ultimately, Mr. Allen received the justice he deserved for the murders he committed,” state prosecutor Ward Campbell said. 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 MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Anticipating a possible replay of his September heart attack, Allen had asked prison authorities to let him die if he went into cardiac arrest before his execution, a request prison officials said they would not honor. “At no point are we not going to value the sanctity of life,” said prison spokesman Vernell Crittendon. “We would resuscitate him.” Crittendon explained that executions are scheduled for one minute after midnight because the death warrant is only valid for that day, giving authorities time to treat an inmate’s ailments, then kill the prisoner without having to seek another order. Allen suffered cardiac arrest four months ago, but was revived and returned to death row. Yet his heart proved strong enough Tuesday, forcing prison officials to administer a second shot of potassium chloride to stop it. “It’s not unusual; this guy’s heart had been going for 76 years,” said Warden Stephen Ornoski. SAN QUENTIN, Calif. – In the end, California’s oldest condemned inmate wasn’t as feeble and frail as his attorneys portrayed in their futile efforts to spare his life, describing a man who would have to be carried into the death chamber. With the help of four large correctional officers, Clarence Ray Allen shuffled from his wheelchair to a gurney in San Quentin State Prison early Tuesday morning, a day after his 76th birthday. Though legally blind, Allen raised his head to search among execution witnesses for relatives he had invited, mouthing “I love you.” “Hoka hey, it’s a good day to die,” Allen told the warden in a last statement nod to his Choctaw Indian heritage before being led into the chamber. “Thank you very much, I love you all. Goodbye.”