Scotland [View the story “‘There’s no such thing as glorious failure!’ – Fans react to Scotland failing to qualify for Euro 2016” on Storify] 1 Northern Ireland have done it. England have done it. Wales and the Republic of Ireland will probably do it.But Scotland have not.Gordon Strachan’s men failed to qualify for Euro 2016 and look like they will be the only one of the home nations not crossing the English Channel to France next summer. Scotland drew 2-2 with Poland at Hampden Park after a late, late Robert Lewandowski goal summed up the misery of what looked like it could be a memorable Scottish night at one point.Republic of Ireland’s late Shane Long goal meant they had guaranteed themselves at least a play-off place, meaning Scotland cannot finish higher than fourth in Group D.The reactions on social media were a mixture of despair (from Scottish fans) and hilarity (from everyone else).See the best tweets below.
Trevor Sinclair says John Stones has the potential to be one of the greatest central defenders of all-time – and believes he would be an ideal addition for Manchester City.Stones, the subject of three failed bids from Chelsea in the summer, has been outstanding for Everton since making his Premier League breakthrough and impressed for England against France last month.Everton are determined to keep hold of the 21-year-old but City certainly have the money to make a tempting offer, and Sinclair believes he would be well worth a massive transfer fee.“Stones is potentially one of the best ever,” said the former City star, speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“The way he is playing, he is going to inspire a new generation of centre-halves who want to play, who don’t want to just hoof it, who want to get the ball down and have the confidence and the ability to get themselves out of tight situations and start attacks.“It would be great if they [City] could get someone like John Stones. [But] I’m sure Everton don’t want to let him go and I’m sure there will be a lot of big teams in for him because he is top drawer.”
Mousa Dembele scored against Sunderland Mousa Dembele is playing some of his best football right now.Having been out of action through injury lately he returned to the Tottenham first team against Sunderland where he scored in the 4-1 win.And Spurs fans love his skilful displays with his name being sung loud and proud from the White Hart Lane stands.Here, talkSPORT has gathered a selection of tweets from Tottenham fans who were watching him in action against the Black Cats. 1
Andros Townsend 1 Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino says Andros Townsend’s future remains unresolved amid speculation linking him with a move to Newcastle.Reports suggest the winger is in talks with the Magpies over a switch this month after struggling to force his way back into the Spurs team since he was dropped for disciplinary reasons in November.Pochettino, however, insists he is in the dark over any potential deal for the England international.“I am not involved in the negotiations with the club,” said Pochettino.“I am the head coach and it’s true that Andros is in a position where he doesn’t play too much for us but all the players are involved in our squad.“He hasn’t played in the last months and he wants to play. The decision is always from the club. Today nothing is clear.”
Man arrested after allegedly throwing lighter in FA Cup clash between Chelsea and Man City 1 A man has been arrested after allegedly throwing a lighter on to the pitch at Stamford Bridge during Chelsea’s 5-1 FA Cup fifth-round win over Manchester City on Sunday, the Metropolitan Police said.Chelsea vowed to support any criminal prosecution and ban any supporter found responsible after it appeared objects were thrown from the lower section of the Matthew Harding Stand as City celebrated David Faupala’s equaliser after 37 minutes of the match.And an individual was swiftly identified and taken into police custody.“On Sunday, 21 February, officers arrested a man (no further details) in connection with an incident that took place during the Chelsea and Manchester City match at Stamford Bridge,” a Met Police statement read.“The man was arrested for throwing a lighter onto the pitch and he currently remains in custody pending further enquires.“Officers continue to carry out enquires into incidents of coin throwing.”Referee Andre Marriner was at half-time seen collecting three objects from the corner of the pitch. The first appeared to be a coin.Chelsea interim boss Guus Hiddink said: “I condemn it strongly. Those people, those persons, they must not come into stadiums.”City boss Manuel Pellegrini was unaware of the incident until he was informed after the match.It was the second incident of coin-throwing in the FA Cup this weekend.West Brom’s Chris Brunt was struck by a coin thrown from the visiting supporters after his side’s loss to Championship side Reading on Saturday.
WHITTIER – The Whittier League of Women Voters will hold a forum at 1 p.m. Thursday at the board room of Rio Hondo College, 3600 Workman Mill Road, for the two candidates vying for one open board seat in the college’s Trustee Area 4. Alma Martinez is challenging incumbent Gary Mendez for his open seat in Area 4, which includes the Los Nietos, Santa Fe Springs, South Whittier and North Norwalk areas. Candidate information is available at smartvoter.org. For more information, call the league at (562) 947-3634. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas City 165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. 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 KingsIn the survey, 87 percent of CEOs said they expected their sales to hold steady or increase during the next six months. That’s down only slightly from 88 percent in the previous survey in September. On the hiring front, 78 percent said they expected to hold payrolls at current levels or boost them. That’s up a bit from 74percent in the earlier survey. Meanwhile, 86 percent said they would hold capital investment steady or increase it. That compared with 85percent in the previous survey. One of the reasons behind executives’ good outlook is that they expect overseas demand for their products and services to remain strong, said the group’s chairman, Harold McGraw III, president and CEO of The McGraw-Hill Companies. Another reason: executives are not seeing a retrenchment by U.S. consumers, McGraw said. Still, consumer behavior is being watched closely, he said, because it shapes overall economic activity in the U.S. Health care and energy topped executives’ concerns about costs. “For the last four consecutive years, health-care costs, which impact virtually all Roundtable companies, have been cited as the top pressure. But now, with oil approaching $100 a barrel, energy costs have risen to the top concern in CEOs’ minds,” McGraw said. For all of next year, the executives said they expect the economy to grow by 2.1 percent, which would mark slower growth than forecast for this year. The White House and the Federal Reserve have lowered their forecasts for economic growth next year because of fallout from the housing and credit markets. The housing slump is expected to drag on well into 2008. To prevent these problems from pushing the economy into a recession, the Federal Reserve has sliced a key interest rate twice this year. Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke hinted last week that another rate reduction could come when the central bank meets next Tuesday. The Fed’s key rate, now at 4.50percent, could be lowered by at least one-quarter percentage point, some analysts said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – The country’s top corporate executives foresee pretty good business prospects even as the economy gets squeezed by a housing collapse, a credit crunch, Wall Street turmoil and high energy prices. A survey by the Business Roundtable, released Tuesday, showed that most executives expect sales, capital investment and hiring to remain at current levels or even improve in the coming months. While the economy’s problems have caused consumer confidence to tank, the survey’s results suggest that corporate executives’ assessment is that the business climate remains generally healthy despite all the strains. The economy, which logged its fastest growth in four years during the third quarter, is expected to slow to a pace of just 1.5percent or less in the October through December period.
How’s this for an anti-smoking message?This football fan got a bit of a shock, and a sore head, at a Danish Superliga game at the weekend.Appearing just about to spark up a cigarette in the stands, an errant thumping shot flew past the goal and hit he straight in the face – serves her right I suppose!Check it out in the clip below! 1 LOOK OUT!
1 Jamie Vardy: The 29-year-old was sent off the draw with West Ham Jamie Vardy will miss Leicester’s potentially title-clinching game against Manchester United on Sunday after being hit with an additional one-match ban, the Football Association has confirmed.The Foxes will be crowned Premier League champions if they win at Old Trafford.The 29-year-old England striker has already sat out one game for his red card in the Foxes’ 2-2 draw with West Ham last week, missing the 4-0 win over Swansea.But after accepting a Football Association charge of improper conduct, an independent regulatory committee has handed down a further game’s suspension.It means Vardy will miss his side’s trip to Manchester, where victory would seal an astonishing title triumph after Tottenham dropped points in Monday’s 1-1 draw with West Brom.An FA statement read: “Following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing, Jamie Vardy has been given a one-match suspension with immediate effect, fined £10,000 and warned as to his future conduct.“The Leicester City forward had accepted an FA charge of improper conduct following his second half dismissal against West Ham United on Sunday 17 April 2016.”The England international saw red against West Ham in controversial circumstances after receiving a second yellow card for diving from referee Jon Moss, who was then confronted by a furious Vardy.That angry reaction earned him the charge of improper conduct, which he accepted but requested a personal hearing in a bid to try and persuade leniency.Vardy, who has also been fined £10,000 by the FA, will be available for Leicester’s final two games of the season against Everton and Chelsea.It means he WILL be present for the title-winning moment if Claudio Ranieri’s men fail to get the job done against United on Sunday.