The best playmaker in England?Juan Mata produced an inspired performance to help spearhead Manchester United’s crucial comeback victory over Wolfsburg in the Champions League on Wednesday night.United prevailed 2-1 to earn their first group stage points of the season, mainly thanks to the Spaniard’s penalty and a sublime piece of skill to set up Chris Smalling for the winner.Red Devils fans waxed lyrical about their number eight throughout the 90 minutes, and many of the best Twitter reactions can be found below: Juan Mata 1
1 The former England trio had all been set to be part of the Great Britain squad for the UNICEF match at Old Trafford Rio Ferdinand will no longer be teaming up with John Terry and Ashley Cole for Saturday’s charity game at Old Trafford.The trio had all featured in the Great Britain and Ireland line-up announced in October for the match against the Rest of the World, which is in aid of UNICEF.But Ferdinand’s name was then missing from an updated list of players to be involved which was released on Thursday, with the Guardian claiming the 37-year-old has a calf injury.Terry and Cole are still set to play.Terry received a four-match suspension after being found guilty by the Football Association of using abusive language towards Ferdinand’s brother Anton during a Premier League game in October 2011, while Cole gave evidence on Terry’s behalf at a magistrates hearing which saw the Chelsea captain cleared of a racial abuse charge over the same incident.Rio Ferdinand wrote in his autobiography that “three years later I find it impossible to forgive or forget the pain he (Terry) put my family through” and that he felt Cole had “betrayed” their friendship.The press release giving the updated lists on Thursday did not specify any reason for the ex-Manchester United and England defender’s withdrawal, simply saying: “Players who were originally scheduled to play including Rio Ferdinand, Andy Cole, Fabio Cannavaro, Alessandro Nesta and Massimo Ambrosini can no longer attend Saturday’s match.”The Great Britain and Ireland team will be managed by Sir Alex Ferguson, captained by David Beckham and feature his fellow former United players Phil Neville, Darren Fletcher, Nicky Butt, Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs, Michael Owen and Alan Smith.David Seaman and David James are the two goalkeepers in a 17-man squad, which is completed by Terry and Cole, Sol Campbell, Jamie Carragher, Trevor Sinclair, Gary McAllister and Peter Crouch.Carlo Ancelotti’s Rest of the World team will be captained by Zinedine Zidane and boasts Patrick Vieira, Luis Figo and Ronaldinho.Former Manchester United players Edwin van der Sar, Raimond van der Gouw, Mikael Silvestre, Park Ji-sung, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Dwight Yorke are included.GREAT BRITAIN & IRELAND: David Seaman, David James, Jamie Carragher, Sol Campbell, Phil Neville, John Terry, Ashley Cole, Darren Fletcher, Nicky Butt, Trevor Sinclair, Paul Scholes, Gary McAllister, Ryan Giggs, David Beckham (captain), Michael Owen, Peter Crouch, Alan SmithREST OF THE WORLD: Edwin van der Sar, Raimond van der Gouw, Cafu, Fernando Hierro, Fernando Couto, Mikael Silvestre, Maxwell, Luis Figo, Robert Pires, Christian Karembeu, Park Ji-sung, Clarence Seedorf, Patrick Vieira, Michael Ballack, Ronaldinho, Zinedine Zidane (captain), Dwight Yorke, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Patrick Kluivert, Landon Donovan
1 Kamil Glik Kamil Glik has ended any talk of a move to Manchester United by signing a new contract with Torino.The defender has been linked with a transfer to Old Trafford over the past 18 months after impressing in Serie A.However, the Poland international has now committed his future to Torino by signing a new deal.Glik’s previous contract was due to expire in 18 months and the Italian club have been trying to tie him down since the summer.The 27-year-old has now agreed to Torino’s terms and his new deal will see him stay with the Serie A side until June 2020.
5 2. Injuries – no more blaming it on bad luck – Its not bad luck. Its not unfortunate. And its not coincidental. Arsenal are hit with an injury crisis at almost the same point each season just before the festive period and its almost laughable to think that the root cause is the work of black magic. Is it their medical staff? Is it their training? Is it their post match recovery? Diet? Warm up? The continuity of their fitness problems suggests that the club arent sure and this isnt good enough. If the Gunners are to sustain a title challenge they cannot have key players missing for lengthy periods. Whether it means spending large sums on the finest sports scientists on offer or completely changing their training plan, then so be it. Their injury record is abysmal and it could continue to hamper their chances of title glory. It has to be rectified, fast. The excuses are no longer cutting it. 3. Not spending when it’s obvious where the team needs strengthening – Arsenals lack of movement in the respective transfer windows has largely been attributed to their business plan a refusal to be drawn into a financial battle. While this is understandable in some ways, it has reached the stage where it almost feels simply stubborn. Or, Wenger being stubborn. As one of the wealthiest clubs in England, who have further been boosted by the TV money being pumped into the Premier League, there can be no excuses for not chasing a marquee acquisition, as a message of intent in the most open title race in recent memory. Not only this, but now that the division as a whole has been strengthened financially, clubs such as Stoke City have illustrated their desire to move forward and this should worry the juggernauts of English football. Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil and Petr Cech were great, world class additions, but that should be the minimum expected of a club like Arsenal. With the title there for the taking, the club’s inability to strengthen where needed is disappointing. 5 5 Arsenal slid down to fourth place after their match at home to Southampton finished goalless.While most clubs are afforded the odd blip, at this stage in the campaign, the Gunners should be cementing themselves as serious title contenders.But, still, Premier League supporters remain unconvinced that Arsene Wenger’s side have what it takes to finally return the English trophy to north London.It feels like deja vu at the Emirates Stadium.What exactly needs altering or addressing, though?Take a look at five things talkSPORT believes need to happen at Arsenal, above, and let us know what you would like to see change – just leave a comment below. 5 5. Relying too much on Mesut Ozil – Ozil is great when he doesnt have to work too hard. He might well be closing in on Thierry Henrys assist record in Englands top flight, but who cares? Is this more important than silverware at the end of the season? Individual stats are meaningless unless they deliver results for the team. The Germany international is influential and, at times, the most mesmerising player in the Premier League. Alone, though, he appears to lack the mentality to turn things around to drag games, such as their recent goalless draw against Southampton, out of the gutter. Too often, in the more challenging fixtures of the campaign so far, Ozil alone has not been able to spark a result when most needed. Everyone knows he can create, but will Arsenal have enough in attack to finish, to take the title? 1. Arsene Wenger’s ‘dictatorship’ – read four more things that must be addressed at Arsenal by clicking the arrow above – While the Frenchman remains coy on his future in north London, at 66 years old, retirement is approaching. This leads to the question, are Arsenal going to be equipped to deal with the handover? The end of Sir Alex Fergusons reign at Manchester United and the lack of succession plan is still causing big problems at Old Trafford and that at a club where the outgoing boss left a title-winning team. Arsenal can’t risk a similar decline, and need to address Wenger’s power. Stronger, alternative voices at the club might also bring improvements before Wenger retires, maybe even the title. 5 4. The brittle back four – While Arsenal’s goalkeeping, midfield and attacking options have been noticeably strengthened over the past few seasons, their back line remains a concern. The Gunners’ defence seems to falter when they most need to stand firm. Laurent Koscielny, Per Mertesacker and Gabriel Paulista each have their qualities, but putting aside their ability, the one characteristic missing from their game is the fear factor. Its time the Gunners challenged for the signature of a centre back, or two, who can roll up their sleeves when the going gets tough, and keep the likes of Diego Costa at bay. A Tony Adams, a Martin Keown, a Sol Campbell figure.
COURTS: Some are fighting for a piece of the benefits going to those who have the strongest ancestral link. By Mark Niesse THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WAIMANALO, Hawaii – In Hawaii, where blood and ancestry matter as in no other state, a legal challenge is posing this question: Who is sufficiently Hawaiian? AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.In Hawaii, ancestry is more than just a matter of ethnic pride. Under a program created by Congress in 1921, Native Hawaiians with strong bloodlines can get land for a home for $1 a year. Those with more mixed ancestry still receive many other benefits, including low-interest loans and admission for their children to the richly endowed and highly regarded Kamehameha Schools. The help is designed to make amends for the 1893 U.S. overthrow of the Hawaiian kingdom, the annexation of the islands, and the hundreds of thousands of deaths caused by foreign disease. In a federal lawsuit filed in 2005, Native Hawaiians with at least 50 percent islander blood want exclusive control over state programs currently open to everyone with some Native Hawaiian blood. In a separate dispute that could also be headed for court, state residents with no Native Hawaiian ancestry are questioning why they can’t join a Hawaiians-only voter registry. The two cases are just the latest in a string of challenges over the special treatment accorded Native Hawaiians. About 400,000 people claim Native Hawaiian ancestry nationwide, two-thirds of them in the Hawaiian islands, making them a minority in a state of 1.2 million. Roughly 60,000 of those who consider themselves Hawaiian claim at least half Hawaiian blood. Proving Native Hawaiian ancestry is a big deal. Without it, you can be born in the islands but can never call yourself Hawaiian. No blood or DNA test exists to determine who is or isn’t Hawaiian. Instead, people have to prove their ethnicity through birth certificates, marriage licenses, census records, family trees or newspaper obituaries. The state Office of Hawaiian Affairs spends millions a year on programs to benefit Native Hawaiians, promoting the Hawaiian language and pushing for federal recognition of Hawaiians. Most of the money comes from revenue generated by leasing out to farmers, developers and harbor users the land that once belonged to the Hawaiian kingdom. In the federal lawsuit, people with at least 50 percent Hawaiian blood contend that the money derived from their ancestors’ land should be spent only on them. “These are the closest relatives to the people whose lands were taken from them unjustly,” said their attorney, Walter Schoettle. “If you’re less than 50percent Hawaiian, you’re more something else.” But the state of Hawaii argues that it is committed to trying to raise the quality of life for all Native Hawaiians. “It is impossible to improve the conditions of 50 percent Native Hawaiians in isolation,” said Clyde Namuo, administrator for the state office. Shannon Kahalepauole, 25, lives on property designated under the 1921 federal law for people with at least half Hawaiian blood. But she said all people of Hawaiian ancestry should be treated the same. “If you’re Hawaiian, you’re Hawaiian,” she said as she and nine other Hawaiian women prepared for a dance exhibition today in seaside Waimanalo. “Hawaiian is not just blood. It’s culture and attitude.” Another dancer, Oriana Coleman said that she is 47 percent Hawaiian and that it is rare to find people who are more than 50percent. Hawaiian programs “should be opened up for all Hawaiians,” she said. In 2000, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a Hawaii law that permitted only Native Hawaiians to vote in trustee elections for the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, citing the constitutional ban on racial discrimination in voting. As for the 6.700-student Kamehameha Schools, they have so far survived lawsuits from students who were denied admission because they were not at least part Native Hawaiian.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.“The plan is to see, after having the ads in the paper, to hold a meeting and decide how we want to proceed.” The movement was triggered by three Santa Clarita families who approached Obermeyer to help establish the new congregation. He plans a meeting next month. Anglican Mission founding members are primarily former Episcopalians angered over that church’s acceptance of gay priests, same-sex unions and women in the priesthood. And while there have been women Episcopal priests for more than 30 years, the ordination in 2003 of openly gay Bishop V. Gene Robinson in New Hampshire galvanized conservative forces. The Rev. Lynn Jay, pastor of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Santa Clarita, said the move to establish an Anglican Mission parish in the area is driven by a “very conservative few.” “This is the history of people,” said Jay, a woman who was ordained 25 years ago. “We get upset at something and we start the Church of Bob. And then the Church of Bob will break up and we go to the Church of Charlie. “Most of us simply stay and duke it out with God in the church.” The rift eased in recent weeks when the Episcopal Church agreed to temporarily halt pro-gay actions, though leaders said they will not move backward and vowed to protect the civil rights and dignity of gays. The statement came just before the Sept. 30 deadline set by Anglican leaders who will meet in February in Tanzania for their biannual leadership conference. Nevertheless the Anglican Mission is growing in numbers across the nation. Locally, the fledgling congregation plans Bible studies, regular services and support for parents who home-school their children, Obermeyer said. Home-schooling allows parents to instill Christian values while controlling outside influences, he said. [email protected] (661) 257-5251160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA CLARITA – A worldwide rift in Anglican churches over the ordination of a gay Episcopal priest is being felt in Santa Clarita, where plans are under way to establish a conservative offshoot. The African-based Anglican Mission in America is advertising locally to see how much interest there is in the church, a breakaway from the more liberal Episcopal denomination. Both are under the umbrella of the Anglican Communion, the third-largest Christian denomination in the world. “A number of families are interested in starting a new parish,” said the Rev. Jim Obermeyer, an Anglican priest now on sabbatical in Phoenix.
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 In another scheme, Schiefer installed malware on zombie computers running Microsoft operating systems, causing them to disgorge usernames and passwords from a secure storage area known as the PStore. Schiefer and his co-schemers caused the zombie computers to send that account access information to computers that Schiefer and his co-schemers controlled. Once again, Schiefer located Paypal usernames and passwords among this data and used that authentication information to access victim bank accounts. Finally, Schiefer acknowledged defrauding an Internet advertising company with his botnets. Schiefer signed up as a consultant with a Dutch Internet advertising company and promised to install the company’s programs on computers only when the owners gave consent. Instead, Schiefer and two co-schemers installed that program on approximately 150,000 computers that were infected with their malware. To avoid detection by the advertising company, Schiefer instructed his associates to moderate the number of installations so it appeared that the installations were legitimate and not the result of a malicious computer program that was propagating itself. Schiefer was ultimately paid more than $19,128.35 by the advertising company. Schiefer has agreed to make an initial appearance in Los Angeles on November 28 and to be arraigned on December 3. Once he pleads guilty to the four counts, Schiefer will face a statutory maximum sentence of 60 years in federal prison and a fine of $1.75 million. For the latest news and observations on crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here. In the first prosecution of its kind in the nation, a well-known member of the “botnet underground” was charged today with using “botnets” – armies of compromised computers – to steal the identities of victims across the country by extracting information from their personal computers and wiretapping their communications. John Schiefer, 26, of Los Angeles, has agreed to plead guilty to four felony counts: accessing protected computers to conduct fraud, disclosing illegally intercepted electronic communications, wire fraud and bank fraud. The criminal information and plea agreement filed this morning in United States District Court in Los Angeles outline a series of schemes in which Schiefer and several associates developed malicious computer code and distributed that code to vulnerable computers. Schiefer and the others used the illicitly installed code to assemble armies of up to 250,000 infected computers, which they used to engage in a variety of identity theft schemes. Schiefer also used the compromised computers to defraud a Dutch advertising company. In his plea agreement, Schiefer acknowledged installing malicious computer code, or “malware,” that acted as a wiretap on compromised computers. Because the users of those compromised computers were unaware that their computers had been turned into “zombies,” they continued to use their computers to engage in commercial activities. Schiefer used the malware, which he called a “spybot,” to intercept electronic communications being sent over the Internet from those zombie computers to www.paypal.com and other websites. Once in possession of those intercepted communications, Schiefer and the others sifted through the data to mine usernames and passwords. With Paypal usernames and passwords, Schiefer and the others accessed bank accounts to make purchases without the consent of the true owners. Schiefer also acknowledged in the plea agreement that he transferred both the wiretapped communications and the stolen Paypal information to others. It is the first time in the nation that someone has been charged under the federal wiretap statute for conduct related to botnets.
That was when he was still the guy who, through sheer force of promotional will, could make such hard-sell flicks as “Vanilla Sky” and “Collateral” gross more than $100million domestically. He’d rarely known failure since bursting onto the scene in 1983’s “Risky Business.” From there, it was a stellar run that included “Top Gun,” “Born on the Fourth of July,” “A Few Good Men,” “The Firm,” “Jerry Maguire,” “Mission: Impossible” and its sequel, “Interview With a Vampire,” “Minority Report” and on and on. But Tom’s world has changed, and he is now operating in it as damaged box-office goods after the poor performance of “Mission: Impossible III” in summer 2006. “M:i:III” suffered from his off-screen antics while promoting “War of the Worlds” a year earlier. He dissed Brooke Shields for taking meds for post-partum depression and, in doing so, alienated many of his female fans. Then there was the couch-jumping on “Oprah” and a general over-exposure surrounding his romance with Holmes and being publicly dumped from the Paramount lot that he had called home for a decade. Cruise is now at United Artists, which is releasing “Lambs.” I saw the movie, also starring Robert Redford and Meryl Streep, and it will remind people of what a good actor the three-time Oscar nominee is. I was riveted during every one of the scenes between him and Streep. But with Cruise no longer the movie star he once was, I think the movie will be hard-pressed to achieve a top-five finish. I predict a $12 million bow in this very crowded marketplace. AN EARLY X-MAS: A real contender for first place, if it can knock the blockbuster “American Gangster” out of the top spot, is the Vince Vaughn holiday comedy “Fred Claus,” which should debut with a gross in excess of $25 million. It bows in a whopping 3,600 locations and will only have Jerry Seinfeld’s “Bee Movie” fighting with it for family business. ENCHANTING OFFER: Are you planning to see the Disney movie “Enchanted,” which hits theaters Nov. 21? Well, if you are also planning to buy the DVD of Disney’s animated hit “Ratatouille” or a game based on the movie, you can get a free movie certificate from Bestbuy.com worth up to $7 and good from Nov. 21 through Dec. 31. I saw about 20 minutes of “Enchanted” on the Disney lot this summer, and it looks like a winner with its combination of animation and live action and a cast that includes Amy Adams, Patrick Dempsey, James Marsden and Susan Sarandon. [email protected] 818-713-3758160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Tom Cruise is, once again, in movie promotion overdrive. In recent weeks, it’s been: Tom in Germany! Tom in London! Tom kissing Katie Holmes at the finish line of the NYC marathon! Tom getting honored at a gala dinner! Tom on the red carpet with Will Smith at the ArcLight in Hollywood! To promote the political thriller “Lions for Lambs,” which opened in 2,200 theaters today, Cruise even made an appearance on MTV’s “TRL.” And if not for the writers strike, he surely would have dropped in on Letterman and Leno, too. Does Cruise think this is 2004 or what?