WATCH! Spurs flop storms to top of La Liga scoring charts

first_imgRoberto Soldado was ditched by Tottenham this summer for a cut-price fee just two years after costing the club £26million.The Spaniard admitted he lost all confidence at White Hart Lane, as he found the net just seven times in the Premier League in 52 appearances.But he has quickly rediscovered his goalscoring touch in Spain after joining Villarreal, the 30-year-old following up his debut strike against Real Betis by netting against Espanyol on Friday night to top the La Liga goalscoring charts.Soldado also claimed two assists in the 3-1 win to leave leaving watching Spurs fans bemoaning the fact he was unable to show his best form for them.last_img

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Arsenal hat-trick hero, United’s French stars, Chelsea boss who last beat Magpies – PL quiz

first_imgNewcastle v Chelsea is live on talkSPORT on 26 September at 5.30pm.Leicester host Arsenal, but how much do you remember about the clash between the two sides in 1997 when a marvellous hat-trick was scored?Elsewhere, Man United striker Anthony Martial will be hoping to continue his goal scoring form, so here, talkSPORT asks if you know your Old Trafford French stars.Click the start button below to try these 10 tough quiz questions.About | Privacy | Terms Which other French players have played for Man United? 1last_img

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Taco Bell takes its tacos to Mexico

first_img“One look alone is enough to tell that Taco Bell is not a taqueria,” the company said in a half-page newspaper ad. “It is a new fast-food alternative that does not pretend to be Mexican food.” It’s still a mixed message for Mexicans such as Marco Fragoso, a 39-year-old office worker sitting down for lunch at a traditional taqueria in Mexico City, because the U.S. chain uses traditional Mexican names for its burritos, gorditas and chalupas. “They’re not tacos,” Fragoso said. “They’re folded tostadas. They’re very ugly.” Taco Bell failed with an earlier, highly publicized launch in Mexico City in 1992, when it opened a few outlets next to KFC restaurants. Now, Yum Brands owns both KFC and Pizza Hut. But Mexicans were less familiar with foreign chains back then, and the economy was on the verge of a crisis. The North American Free Trade Agreement had yet to be signed. The restaurants didn’t even last two years. Since then, free trade and growing migration have made U.S. brands ubiquitous in Mexico, influencing everything from how people dress to how they talk. McDonald’s has modified its menu to offer eggs “a la Mexicana” and even hands out packets of jalapeno sauce with its hamburgers. In contrast, Taco Bell advises customers of offerings that are “spicy” instead of the Spanish “picante.” “Taco Bell wants to take advantage of the perception that if something comes from the United States, it tastes better, that a country that has been Americanized is willing to Americanize food that is central to its cuisine,” Monsivais said. “It is an absurd idea, and given that it’s so absurd, it may just be successful in upper-class areas.” With U.S. sales sluggish, Yum Brands has been expanding abroad. Its goal is to have 800 stores in its international division by the end of this year. Yum Brands reported Monday third-quarter profits rose 21percent in its international division and 28percent in China, while U.S. profits rose a scant 1percent. Same-store sales at company- owned Taco Bells fell 6percent for the three months ended Sept.8. In Mexico, other U.S. chains, such as KFC and Chili’s Grill & Bar, have been wildly popular. But one of the most successful has been Starbucks, which has expanded to more than 150 stores in five years, even though its venti chai latte costs almost as much as a day’s minimum wage. The Starbucks outlets are mainly in wealthier neighborhoods. Taco Bell is aiming at a different demographic – opening in the solidly middle-class Monterrey suburb of Apodaca, an area where residents might not have traveled to the U.S. “We want to appeal to consumers who haven’t tried Taco Bell, for whom this would be their first experience with Taco Bell,” said Javier Rancano, the company’s director in Mexico. Taco Bell is building its second store in another Monterrey suburb, and it plans to open eight to 10 more locations in 2008, with plans to eventually reach 300 stores, Rancano said. The first stores will be company-owned, while franchise opportunities will open up in later years.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MEXICO CITY – It sounds like a fast-food grudge match: Taco Bell is taking on the homeland of its namesake by reopening for the first time in 15 years in Mexico. Defenders of Mexican culture see the chain’s re-entry as a crowning insult to a society already overrun by U.S. chains from Starbucks and Subway to KFC. “It’s like bringing ice to the Arctic,” pop culture historian Carlos Monsivais complained. The company’s branding strategy – “Taco Bell is something else” – is an attempt to distance itself from any comparison to Mexico’s beloved taquerias, which sell traditional corn tortillas stuffed with an endless variety of fillings, from spicy beef to corn fungus and cow eyes. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityTaco Bell, a unit of Louisville, Ky.-based Yum Brands Inc., made its name promoting its menu to Americans as something straight out of Mexico. But it’s a very different dynamic south of the border. In Mexico, the company is projecting more of a U.S.-style fast-food image by adding french fries – some topped with cheese, cream, ground meat and tomatoes – to the menu at its first store, which opened in late September in the northern city of Monterrey. Other than the fries and sales of soft-serve ice cream, “our menu comes almost directly from the U.S. menu,” Yum Mexico Managing Director Steven Pepper said. Some of the names have been changed to protect the sacred: The hard-shelled items sold as “tacos” in the United States have been renamed “tacostadas.” This made-up word is a play on “tostada,” which for Mexicans is a hard, fried disk of cornmeal that is always served flat, with toppings. But while Mexicans eagerly buy many American brands, the taco holds a place of honor in the national cuisine. Mexicans eat tacos everywhere, any time of day, buying them from basket-toting street vendors in the morning or slathering them in salsa at brightly lit taquerias to wrap up a night on the town. Taco Bell has taken pains to say that it’s not trying to masquerade as a Mexican tradition. last_img read more

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Letters to the editor

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre San Pedro Support Blue Star moms Another year has passed and we are again asking for the public’s support of our Blue Star Mothers South Bay Adopt-A-Soldier program. Donations of items and money for postage is needed to fulfill our goal of 1,000 packages. This year we are asking that people also donate Beanie Babies and small stuffed toys that our troops give to the Iraqi children. Some of these children have been instrumental in saving the lives of our soldiers. Our troops continue to need our support. Regardless of our political views of this war, by supporting our troops who are assigned to the war zones of Iraq and Afghanistan, we help boost their morale until they can return home safely. Donations can be dropped off at Postal Solutions in Torrance, Ship & Mail Express in San Pedro and Coast Christian School in Redondo Beach. For more information log on to www.bluestarsouthbayla.org. All donations and funds go directly to the troops, and all work is done by mothers and volunteers. Donations will go a long way to providing our men and women who are serving our country a little bit of comfort from home for the holidays. – ARNIE GOLDSTEIN Torrance Keller’s kindness recalled This is in response to the article about the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department paying tribute to Torrance Police Department’s Officer Thomas Keller who was killed while performing his duty (“Running for the fallen,” Saturday). I can’t measure up to the fine people who have praised Officer Keller’s fine character but I thought this small incident would also speak to Keller’s outstanding and thoughtful character. The year 1986 will indeed live in infamy for my family on so many levels. It was year that my family had lived in turmoil due to problems with a wayward child. At a loss of what to do because nothing seemed to be working with this child I called the Torrance police and just threw my arms in the air and pled for help. I was amazed not just that they really showed up but there were many and they were truly concerned and made every effort to help even though this was out of line with normal police work. Among the officers who responded to our plea for help was Officer Keller. He was attentive and made every effort to understand. There would be other occasions in 1986 when we would have contact with the Torrance police in reference to the wayward child. Sometimes other officers would respond and listen and offer solutions in a professional and caring manner and on occasion it would be Officer Keller, so we got to know him a little. To emphasize Officer Keller’s caring nature, one day shortly before that sad day I was sitting deep in thought about our kid when I heard a knock at my door and there stood Officer Keller. We just looked at each other, both at loss for words. I hadn’t called him, but there he was and he finally said that he had been thinking about me and was wondering how things were. We talked for a while as I filled him in on how things were going, and he said he would stay in touch and he left. Well, he couldn’t stay in touch because two days latter he was shot and killed. Officer Keller’s kindness at a truly rough time for our family will never be forgotten. This old Marine knows a good man when he sees one. His kind are few and far between and will be greatly missed. Semper fi, Officer Keller, and thanks. – JIM DAVIS Torrance In the dark about time? How do you save daylight? We just adjusted our clocks to conform with the new time to save daylight. I am confused and would like someone to explain how you can save daylight. Is there a savings bank somewhere that saves daylight or is it stored in containers or a building complex? Who is in charge and when is it going to be used? Is there a date somewhere in our future when it will all be used to have a few years of nothing but daylight? I personally will miss all the nights with the moon and stars. Nighttime romance will be a thing of the past. I don’t think this is what God meant when he said, “Let there be light.” I agree with Ernest King in his letter to the Daily Breeze on Tuesday to end the nonsense and eliminate daylight-saving time. Quit trying to save what is not savable and leave the clocks alone. Even my morning ritual is confused. – CHARLES “CHUCK” FULLER Torrance160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! While the rest of the nation is slowly starting to change their incandescent light bulbs for compact fluorescent lights, carrying canvas totes to the markets, unplugging cell phone chargers while not in use, etc., the city of Redondo Beach is planning an ice rink on the beach? (“Skate rink is put on ice,” Tuesday). Doesn’t anyone else see something wrong here? Is the city also planning to buy carbon offsets for this project that seems to be counter-intuitive? With all the beauty and natural resources available in Redondo, one would think an attraction that would work with the environment – not against it – could be created. – DARLENE ZAVALNEY last_img read more

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Man in custody in cabbie kidnapping case

first_imgMONTEBELLO – A man was in custody today after allegedly kidnapping a taxi driver during a ride that ended in Montebello, authorities said. The man was picked up late last night and began threatening the “Fiesta Taxi” driver, said California Highway Patrol Sgt. John Williams. Around 10:30 p.m., the taxi van was traveling eastbound on the Pomona (60) Freeway and exited on Paramount Boulevard, Williams said. When the driver saw a crowd of people near Arroyo Drive, he immediately fled from his van for safety, he said. Witnesses reported hearing the driver shout, “Hey, help me, help me! This guy is crazy.” 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 The passenger also fled on foot but was caught by CHP officers, Williams said, adding that the suspect was under the influence of drugs but did not have any weapons on him. It was not immediately clear when or where the passenger was first picked up, but the driver did not realize he was being kidnapped until the suspect refused to get out of his van, Williams said. “The driver was scared to death and in fear for his life,” Williams said. He said the suspect was apparently very belligerent and made death threats. The driver hit his emergency alert button and Fiesta Taxi dispatchers alerted authorities that a problem had developed , he said. 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.last_img read more

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Keane could have a Euro 2016 role with Republic of Ireland – O’Neill

first_imgMartin O’Neill has admitted he could take Republic of Ireland skipper Robbie Keane to the Euro 2016 finals even if he does not make it into the squad.The 35-year-old LA Galaxy striker has returned to his club after failing to shake off a niggling knee injury and will play no part in Tuesday night’s friendly against Slovakia at the Aviva Stadium having missed Friday night’s 1-0 victory over Switzerland.Keane, Ireland’s record goalscorer with 67 in 143 appearances for his country, will do everything within his power to make the 23 for what seems certain to be his final major tournament as a player, but manager O’Neill may consider including him in the party anyway.The 64-year-old said: “I haven’t thought about that, I must admit, but I think Robbie would be thinking he would want to try to make the 23 first and foremost, and then we will see how things develop after that.“But he has been very influential in the group, he’s been very supportive the whole time he has been here and even when he hasn’t started in matches, he’s still with the team, so, yes, that is a thought, I must admit.”Keane, who is currently studying for his coaching badges, has revealed previously that he would love one day to be a part of the Ireland coaching set-up.However, he has been equally adamant that he will not hang up his boots until he is convinced he has nothing left to offer and although his legs may not now move quite as quickly as they did at the start of his 18-year senior international career, he still knows where the net is.His current injury is a concern with the finals less than three months away, although O’Neill is convinced there is no lasting damage.He said: “He [Keane] thought it might have been a little bit of a knock and of course when that’s got going away immediately, then you start getting a bit of a concern.“He feels as if, at worst, he might just get it ‘scoped and have a little look around to see what it is, and in this day and age, that doesn’t take too long. He’ll let us know what happening in the next couple of days, but no, I don’t think he is overly concerned.”While injury is currently hampering Keane, it could also have opened the door for fellow stalwart Shay Given, who will hope England counterpart Jack Butland’s misfortune might open the door for him to get back into the Stoke side after recovering from his own knee problem and in turn, stake a claim for a place in the squad.Given, who celebrates his 40th birthday next month, is back in training, although O’Neill plans to speak to him to get an update on his fitness.He said: “Jon Walters was just filling us in and saying he felt he was just getting back to really full training now, so if this is a spur to him now to feel as if he has got a chance, well done. But I will get an opportunity now to speak to him in next 24 hours.” 1 Robbie Keane is currently studying for his coaching badges last_img read more

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Bayern Munich star wants Alexis Sanchez to QUIT Arsenal for German giants

first_imgArturo Vidal is hopeful his Chile teammate Alexis Sanchez will join him at Bayern Munich this summer.Sanchez has been a key man for Arsenal since moving to the Emirates from Barcelona in 2014 and has scored 39 goals in 88 appearances.His form has dipped slightly this season but he is still rated highly across Europe and Carlo Ancelotti, who will replace Pep Guardiola as Bayern boss at the end of the season, has reportedly earmarked the 27-year-old as one of his first signings.And, asked if he is keen to see a deal come to fruition, midfielder Vidal said: “Hopefully!“We have played together since playing for the Under-20s, so it would be nice to play with him again.”Arsene Wenger will be desperate not to lose Sanchez this summer.But with Arsenal set to miss out on major silverware this season, the forward could consider his options in the summer – and Bayern’s interest is likely to worry Gunners fans. 1 Alexis Sanchez in action for Arsenal last_img read more

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Bobby Moore and the best players associated with football shirt numbers (video)

first_img#FootballShirtFriday made an appearance on Twitter as the Bobby Moore Fund attempted to raise funds to beat bowel cancer.Fans have been encouraged to wear their shirts to work on Friday 22 April and if you want to donate then you can through the cancer research page.Former England and West Ham captain Bobby Moore, who lost his battle against bowel cancer in 1993, will forever be linked with the no.6 shirt and the Hammers have even retired it.Here, talkSPORT looks at other football tops and the players linked with those special numbers.last_img

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Governor unveils 2006-07 budget

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita “This budget continues California on the path toward fiscal responsibility and economic recovery,” Schwarzenegger said during a midday news conference. Details of the budget plan were emerging, but the big winners appear to be public schools and health and human services agencies. Weeks ago, Schwarzenegger proposed a $4.3 billion boost in funding for kindergarten through 12th grade education and community colleges. Education groups said they will seek even more money once the budget gets submitted to lawmakers, yet the increase has succeeded in partly defusing some of Schwarzenegger’s most vocal critics. Education groups attacked Schwarzenegger last year after he floated proposals about merit pay and teacher tenure, and failed to repay billions of dollars educators said he owed to public schools. Education spending accounts for about half the state’s annual budget. Schwarzenegger also pledged to halt student fee increases in the California State University and University of California systems. Students have faced five fee increases in a row under a deal the universities reached with Schwarzenegger. But Democrats and student groups said the increases amounted to a tax increase on the middle class and lower-income residents. The governor also has tempered fears that he would neglect spending on social services as he sought to placate education groups with a huge spending boost. On Monday, he proposed spending $72 million to enroll more children in the Medi-Cal and Healthy Families programs. The additional money is expected to provide medical services to about 300,000 uninsured children and is part of a $1.2 billion funding increase in health and human services programs. By proposing increases in school and health funding, Schwarzenegger seeks to avoid an extended budget confrontation with the Democrats who control both houses of the state Legislature. Such a skirmish could complicate his re-election campaign and distract him from pushing the $222.6 billion public works spending plan he announced last week. As part of that plan, he wants voters to approve about $25 billion in bonds this year.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SACRAMENTO (AP) — California’s tax revenues are surging ahead of expectations, giving an election-year jolt to the state budget and providing more money for public schools, health services and higher education. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Tuesday proposed a $125.6 billion spending plan that does not raise taxes, a 7 percent boost over last year. It also marks the first time in several years that the state projects enough tax revenue to cover spending without significant borrowing, a reversal from budget deficits that reached into the billions before Schwarzenegger took office. The 2006-2007 budget proposal from the governor includes $97.9 billion in general fund spending and $25 billion in spending from special funds, which is money such as a gas tax that is dedicated to specific programs such as highway repairs. The rest of the spending, $2.7 billion, is to repay bonds.last_img read more

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BIKERS SAY FOND FAREWELL TO PAUL PONSONBY

first_imgTHE NEXT charity motorcycle ride in Donegal will have one less bike, mourners at the funeral of popular Letterkenny man Paul Ponsonby were told on Sunday.There was standing room only at St Eunan’s Cathedral as family and friends attended Requiem Mass for Mr Ponsonby who passed away after a battle with illness at the Donegal Hospice on Friday.Father Eamonn Kelly told the congregation that Paul was a well-loved individual who had worked for BB Buses, at Unifi and as a breadman during his life. A member of The Rascals motorbiking club, bikers from all over the North West lined their bikes up outside the Cathedral.Paul’s helmet and gloves were carried to the altar during the offertory.As his coffin were carried from the church, he tune of Danny Boy was played.Mr Ponsonby was laid at New Lake Cemetery.  BIKERS SAY FOND FAREWELL TO PAUL PONSONBY was last modified: November 5th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BIKERS SAY FOND FAREWELL TO PAUL PONSONBYlast_img read more

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