9 9 8. Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool) – PL goals per game ratio of 0.41 – In 153 games, Sturridge has scored 63 goals for and with his return to full fitness still to come, expect this figure to continue rising. 9 Joint 4th. Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) – PL goals per game ratio of 0.45 – In 413 games, the Red Devils skipper has netted 186 goals. Will England ever see another player like Rooney again? 9 9 9 9. Wilfried Bony (Manchester City) has a Premier League goals per game ratio of 0.39, the ninth best in the top flight – to find out which players have the best strike rates in the Premier League, click the arrow above – In 69 Premier League games, the Ivorian has netted 27 goals – with the majority of these finishes coming from his time at Swansea City. 9 3. Christian Benteke (Liverpool) – PL goals per game ratio of 0.46 – In 95 games, the Belgian has hit the back of the net 44 times. With such a record during his spell in England, can he become a Liverpool great? 9 Daniel Sturridge showed Liverpool supporters what they have been missing for the past 18 months with a brace against Aston Villa at the weekend.Following his two goals, stats revealed that the England international is the most prolific striker for Liverpool in the Premier League era – boasting a better goals per game ratio than former Reds heroes Fernando Torres, Luis Suarez and Michael Owen.In light of his stunning Anfield record, talkSPORT has unearthed the best Premier League goals per game ratios of current Premier League players, taking into account goals scored for any club (that is, not just those registered with a player’s current side).And with Christian Benteke joining Sturridge in the top nine, Reds supporters should be even more excited at the prospect of an Anfield goal glut, particularly with the latter still yet to return to full fitness.Find out the top nine by clicking the yellow arrow, right, above.All statistics correct up to 28 September 2015 7. Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) – PL goals per game ratio of 0.42 – In 104 games, the Frenchman has hit the back of the net on 44 occasions. Sadly for the striker, Theo Walcott looks to have taken his place as the first choice centre forward. 1. Diego Costa (Chelsea) – PL goals per game ratio of 0.66 – In just 32 games, Costa has found the back of the net on 21 occasions. He was sorely missed during Chelsea’s 2-2 draw with Newcastle, but he is yet to find his scoring boots this season. 6. Loic Remy (Chelsea) – PL goals per game ratio of 0.43 – In 63 games, Remy has scored 27 goals. With Radamel Falcao having joined Chelsea in the summer, the former QPR and Newcastle United striker’s playing time could dwindle even further, and he’ll struggle to maintain his impressive goals per game ratio. 2. Sergio Aguero (Manchester City) – PL goals per game ratio of 0.62 – In 127 goals, the Argentine has scored 79 goals. Despite an uninspired start to the season from Aguero, defenders must surely fear few other strikers. Joint 4th. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) – PL goals per game ratio of 0.45 – In 55 games, Kane has scored 25 goals. Despite these impressive stats, his form this season suggests he could quickly fall down this list. 9
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1 Republic of Ireland boss Martin O’Neill Republic of Ireland boss Martin O’Neill has vowed his side will be ready for whatever is thrown at them as they prepare for the Euro 2016 play-offs.O’Neill’s men will go into the hat for Sunday’s draw after losing their final qualifier in Poland 2-1 on Sunday evening to finish third in Group D.Grzegorz Krychowiak handed Poland a 13th-minute lead with a sweetly-struck effort from distance, but Walters gave Ireland fresh hope from the penalty spot just three minutes later.However, Robert Lewandowski’s powerful header – his 15th goal in six games – with three minutes of the first half remaining proved to be the difference between the teams on a night when striker Shane Long was carried from the field on a stretcher.They are unlikely to be seeded and will be without suspended duo John O’Shea, who was sent off for two bookable offences at the Narodowy Stadium, and Jonathan Walters, who collected his third caution of the campaign, through suspension for next month’s first leg.However, a bullish O’Neill, who saw defender Richard Keogh force a late save from Lukasz Fabianski, said: “Tonight was disappointing in the result but funnily enough for all of that, Richard heads the ball into the net with six or seven minutes left in the game and we’re in France. It’s that close.“Poland, who are a very, very fine side, went down at every opportunity, as you would expect them to, to cut the game.“The game was stop-start a lot of the match and in the second half, it was very much that case, so I will draw great solace and great determination from the players and their efforts.“We are still there and whoever we play, we will be as ready as we possibly can be.”
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1 Louis van Gaal Louis van Gaal dominates the back pages of Monday’s newspapers as speculation over his future as Manchester United manager intensifies.The Premier League giants have failed to win any of their last seven games and, according to many of the papers, the Dutchman is a dead man walking.Van Gaal admitted he could quit after the Boxing Day defeat at Stoke and it is being widely suggested that the 64-year-old will do just that if United are beaten again by Chelsea on Monday night.Here’s what the papers are saying about Van Gaal…The Daily Telegraph:Louis van Gaal will lead Manchester United against Chelsea tonight but the match could prove to be the Dutchman’s last as manager after it emerged that he has serious doubts over whether he can continue in his position. Van Gaal has spoken with United’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward since Saturday’s 2-0 defeat at Stoke City, the club’s fourth loss in a row, and took training at Carrington on Sunday. Woodward is believed to have told Van Gaal that he still has the support of the club, urging him to tough it out through a difficult run of results, yet the Dutchman has genuine concerns over whether he can turn their season around. As a result, it appears inevitable that Van Gaal is approaching the end of his stormy reignThe Guardian:Louis van Gaal says he is still capable of lifting his Manchester United players but knows that defeat against Chelsea on Monday evening at Old Trafford will likely result in his sacking. Following Boxing Day’s 2-0 loss at Stoke City, Van Gaal, 64, suggested he could resign, but the decision may be taken for him by Ed Woodward, the executive vice-chairman, if Chelsea win. It is believed the pair held talks over the weekend regarding the Dutchman’s future.The Times:Manchester United have told Louis van Gaal that they still believe in him for now, even though the manager is considering resigning after losing faith in his ability — and that of his players — to arrest the club’s alarming collapse. Van Gaal is understood to have held talks with Ed Woodward over the weekend, during which United’s executive vice-chairman urged the Dutchman to persist with the job despite the growing crisis at Old Trafford after Saturday’s 2-0 loss away to Stoke City. But Van Gaal is worried he is fighting a losing battle.The Daily Mail:Louis van Gaal has spent the weekend locked in crisis talks on his future with Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward. Sportsmail can reveal the United manager has shockingly lost faith in his own ability to arrest a run of four successive defeats and has discussed with his employers the option of walking away from the club. It is understood, however, that Woodward has implored the man he appointed 18 months ago to stay on until at least after Monday evening’s home game with Chelsea.The Daily Mirror:Louis van Gaal is on the brink at Manchester United after admitting he does not know if the players still believe in him. Van Gaal also conceded he does not know if he can motivate his squad any more, after United slumped to a fourth straight defeat against Stoke on Saturday. He is expected to be in charge for Chelsea’s visit to Old Trafford on Monday night, despite admitting he could quit United before he is axed.The Sun:Louis van Gaal admits he is powerless to prevent Manchester United’s catastrophic slump. The Red Devils boss faces the axe today if his side lose at home to Chelsea following four straight defeats. And United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward will have a conference call with owners the Glazer family after tonight’s clash to discuss Van Gaal’s future.
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Stoke want Berahino at the Britannia – The Mirror report that Stoke manager Mark Hughes wants Berahino and could be prepared to pay in excess of £21m. However, the club are also considering Marseille’s Michy Batshuayi as an alternative, but the Potters are also said to be in need of defensive reinforcements. Porto midfielder Giannelli Imbula is one player being looked as is Spurs defender Federico Fazio, so which is the area in greater need of strengthening? 3 3 Newcastle to go higher than £21m? Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see the latest Saido Berahino transfer news – Newcastle chairman Mike Ashley is willing to splash the cash, report the Sun. They could offer closer to the £25m mark as they are reportedly keen to land two strikers. Roma’s Seydou Doumbia is said to already be on Tyneside and Berahino could complete the Magpies’ front line. Tottenham loan West Brom Alex Pritchard – front runners? – Berahino would like to move to Tottenham, say the Mirror and chairman Daniel Levy will enter what could be a three-way transfer battle with Stoke and Newcastle. Spurs fans, however, are confident the 22-year-old will move to White Hart Lane after the club’s talented attacker Alex Pritchard, 22, was loaned to West Brom. West Brom manager Tony Pulis thinks Saido Berahino has “wasted three or four months” of his career.The 22-year-old Baggies striker was close to joining Tottenham in the summer, but saw his move blocked and has again been linked with a transfer out of the Hawthorns.Since then he has started eight times with the majority of his appearances coming as a substitute.Here, talkSPORT looks at the latest news surrounding a potential deadline day move where three clubs are interested. 3
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.He grabbed his camera and headed to the shore, where he saw the couple holding each other near the surf. His photo, titled “Tragedy by the Sea,” appeared on the newspaper’s front page the next day. Pulitzer judges called it “poignant and profoundly moving.” Despite the honor, Gaunt’s daughter said the image “was hard for him to bear.” He had a 3-year-old child of his own at the time, and although he didn’t know the couple he knew others who did. According to the Times, Gaunt was born June 4, 1924, in Syracuse, N.Y., and his family moved to Southern California when Gaunt was an infant. A Redondo Union High graduate, Gaunt grew up in Hermosa Beach. He worked on the school newspaper and contributed photographs to the Daily Breeze. By The Associated Press DESERT HOT SPRINGS – John L. Gaunt, a retired Los Angeles Times photographer who won a Pulitzer Prize for his heartbreaking picture of a young couple embracing by the sea after discovering their 19-month-old son had drowned, has died of congestive heart failure. He was 83. Gaunt died Friday at a hospice, his daughter Jane Gaunt said. According to the Times, Gaunt was at his Hermosa Beach home on April 3, 1954, when he heard a neighbor shout, “Something’s happening on the beach.” Gaunt, known as “Jack” to friends and colleagues, worked at the Times for 38 years until retiring in 1988. Had he still been working, he told his daughter earlier in the week, he would have hoped to be photographing Southern California’s wildfires. Gaunt is also survived by another daughter, Abigail Gaunt of Cleveland.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
“We never were told that,” Hahn said. “Our intent was to have a measure the city could enforce.” She said she would seek a change to allow the city to monitor the hotels. A statement from the hotels said they are in full compliance with the law. [email protected] 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 MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.But the council’s Trade, Commerce and Tourism Committee was told it has limited enforcement authority because the hotels changed the name of the fees for conventions and large meetings from “service” to “facility” charges. “It sounds to me like the hotels are up to their old tricks to get around the law,” Councilwoman Janice Hahn said. “They are spending a lot of money to avoid doing the right thing.” Council members adopted the tip law last year as a compromise in exchange for dropping a living-wage ordinance they had wanted to impose on the six hotels around LAX. “This is just another game by the hotel owners,” Councilman Bill Rosendahl said. The panel asked for recommendations on available options within a month. But it was also told that the city regulation has no enforcement provision and that it is up to the workers to sue if hotels are not following the law. By Rick Orlov STAFF WRITER New complaints over hotels near Los Angeles International Airport withholding tips from workers prompted a city panel Wednesday to call for toughening laws on employers. The City Council recently approved a law requiring hotels around LAX to pay tips to their workers.
11 18. Jordi Alba (left back) 9. Luis Suarez (striker) 11 14. Javier Mascherano (centre back) 11 5. Sergio Busquets (centre midfield) 11 11. Neymar (left wing) 4. Ivan Rakitic (right midfield) 11 6. Dani Alves (right back) 11 11 3. Gerard Pique (centre back) – see how we predict Barcelona will line up against Real Madrid, in squad number order, by clicking the arrow above 11 You can listen to Barcelona v Real Madrid live on talkSPORT2 at 19:30 (BST), Saturday, April 2. For details of how to retune your DAB radio, click here.The second La Liga Clasico of the season is now upon us with Luis Enrique’s table-topping Blaugrana ten points ahead of their fierce rivals.Victory at the Nou Camp will put Barcelona a step closer to winning the title but they will be wary of Real’s firepower.Los Blancos have outscored Barca this season – albeit only by one goal – meaning Enrique’s defence will have to be at it’s best to deny Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale.But, in case you had forgotten, Barcelona have a decent triumvirate of their own, with Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar ready to wreak havoc.The trio came through the international break unscathed but what about the rest of their team-mates?Well, they all appear fit and well, but Rafinha, Douglas and Adriano are all absent.So who will start the match? Click the right arrow above to see our Barcelona predicted XI to face Real Madrid….You can listen to La Liga and Copa Del Rey matches until the end of the 2017-18 season on talkSPORT 2. For details of how to retune your DAB radio to receive talkSPORT 2, click here. 11 10. Lionel Messi (right wing) 11 11 13. Claudio Bravo (goalkeeper) 8. Andres Iniesta (left midfield)