Charlie Austin has revealed he turned down a move to the Premier League this summer – even though he knew it could cost him a spot at Euro 2016.The Queens Park Rangers striker attracted much interest following the Hoops’ relegation to the Championship after firing 18 goals in the top-flight last season, with Newcastle, Leicester and Tottenham among a clutch of clubs eyeing the £15m-rated hitman.It was therefore a major surprise when a move away from Loftus Road did not materialise before the transfer window closed.But Austin insists it was his decision to stay put at QPR, telling talkSPORT: “I turned down a move [to the Premier League] which wasn’t right for me and my family.“I didn’t feel it was right for me to go, so I stayed at QPR.”Austin was happy to remain with the Championship side, but he is fully aware that his decision is likely to rule him out of contention for England selection for next summer’s Euros.The 26-year-old was called up by Roy Hodgson for the friendly clash with Ireland in June but was left out of the squad for the recent qualifying double-header against San Marino and Switzerland.“I have had no contact [from Roy Hodgson] but that was not really expected,” he said.“I knew what my chances were of getting in the England squad when I stayed in the Championship. There are others players doing it week in, week out in the Premier League.“It is something I have had to take on board with my decision in the last three weeks.“For me now, I am getting my head down and that is at the back of my mind. I try to score as many goals as I can and perform to the best of my ability and help QPR achieve our goal, which is promotion come May.”
Gonzalo Higuain 1 The agent of Gonzalo Higuain claims his client is happy at Napoli – despite growing talk of interest from Arsenal and Liverpool.The striker was heavily linked with a move away from Italy in the summer after his side failed to qualify for the Champions League.However, the 27-year-old elected to stay with Napoli and see what life had to offer under new boss Maurizio Sarri.And after six games of the new season Higuain’s agent and brother, Nicolas, claims the Argentinean is settled in Naples.“He’s happy with Sarri,” Higuain told Radio Crc.“Everyone wants to play football, and the important thing is that he’s calm, he’s realised what Sarri wants and now he just has to remain calm and focused.“It’s been a major change and he’s responding well to the demands of the coach. Gonzalo is doing the maximum with Sarri.”
Former Aston Villa coach Ray Wilkins has backed Jack Grealish to bounce back from his first-team exile, insisting the team will miss his match-winning talent.The 20-year-old has been banished to the club’s Under-21s side by manager Remi Garde after he was caught in a Manchester nightclub just hours after the Villans’ heavy defeat to Everton last weekend.Garde criticised the player for his ‘unprofessional behaviour’, and dropped Grealish from his squad ahead of Saturday’s crucial Premier League clash with Watford.But former coach Wilkins, who worked as Tim Sherwood’s assistant during his stay at Villa Park, insists the youngster has the ability to bounce back into first-team contention.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, Wilkins said: “I know him very well and, believe me, he’s a really, really nice young man.“Tim had loads of chats with him and he was getting on the straight and narrow. He trained fantastically well.“The only thing I would say to Remi Garde is: try and find a solution.“This young man can play, he’s a footballer and somewhere along the line the manager is going to have to bring him back in.“The game against Watford is so big that he is the type of player who can produce something on the day. Obviously Remi isn’t going to use him, but I hope that doesn’t last for too long.“Jack will go back to the Under-21s and he’ll have his head between his legs, but he has the talent, the ability, to bounce back.”It’s not the first time Grealish has been reprimanded for his off the pitch antics, with incriminating pictures of the player from a wild holiday during the summer emerging online and in newspapers.The forward was hailed as a one of the Premier League’s brightest new stars following a string of impressive performances for the Villans last term, and Wilkins has issued a warning about the affects overhype can have on young players at the top level. “We always have to watch for that,” he added. “Like with Dele Alli at Tottenham. When he scored that goal at Wembley the other night, all of a sudden he’s the next Steven Gerrard or Frank Lampard. We have to stop all this.“Alli’s just started his career, give him a break! Let him evolve, let him develop, let him perform.“It’s the same with Jack. He’s a fantastic talent and that has to be handled the right way, and Remi obviously feels he’s doing it the right way.”
Former Newcastle United manager Chris Hughton has given Steve McClaren his full backing to remain in the St James’ Park hotseat, despite a poor start to the season.McClaren and members of his first team squad – notably captain Fabricio Coloccini – were reportedly involved in a training ground bust-up, with the former England manager blasting his players’ attitude.And Hughton, who is now manager of high-flying Championship side Brighton, is confident that although the Magpies are currently in the middle of a tough period, McClaren is the man to lead the club up the table.He told Drivetime: “There is no doubt there are difficult times at the moment.“Steve is a top quality coach and manager and probably when you are going into a job and you’ve got to change a fair amount of what you think is right there then sometimes that takes a little bit of time.“Sometimes you receive a few knocks along the way but ultimately, your aim is to get there and certainly, in Steve, they have the right person to do that.”
1 John Terry has missed their last six games due to a hamstring strain Chelsea could have John Terry back for tomorrow’s FA Cup quarter-final at Everton, Guus Hiddink has revealed.The Blues captain, whose future at the club is still up in the air, has missed their last six games after picking up a hamstring strain against Newcastle last month.But Hiddink is set to include the 35-year-old defender in his squad for the trip to Merseyside if he comes through a final training session today.“He worked rather well in the past days, and he will be included in the list for travelling today,” said Dutchman.“Of course, he has not practised a lot in recent weeks and days, but it was intensified in the last two days.“Today I will see if he’s had a big reaction to yesterday’s training. I’d like him to travel to Liverpool anyhow.”
WHITTIER – Students in grades first through 12th are being asked to participate in the 12th annual Pasta Tales writing contest sponsored by Olive Garden. Through Nov. 30, Olive Garden restaurants will accept essays between 50 to 250 words that answer the question, “What is your favorite family activity and what makes it so special?” The winner will receive a trip to New York, dinner at the Olive Garden in Times Square and a $2,500 savings bond. Winners will also be named in each grade category, receiving a $500 savings bond each. The event is free to all parents and high-schoolers from Calderon’s district, which includes Montebello, Pico Rivera, Whittier and La Mirada. The fair will feature representatives from 30 colleges and universities, admissions information, a random drawing for scholarships, and financial aid workshops in English and Spanish. Guests are asked to RSVP with Carlos Illingworth at (562) 692-5858 or [email protected] iPod for innovators WHITTIER – Local high-schoolers are being encouraged to use their skills in a nationwide Voices of Innovation video contest. Participants are asked to submit a 45-second video that answers the question, “How can you improve your world through innovation?” The top 20 teams of students will receive Apple iPod Shuffles, as well as Apple’s current iLife and iWork software. Deadline for registration is Friday and videos must be submitted by Nov. 2. For information or to submit entries, visit http://edcommunity.apple.com/innovation If you have an event or notice deserving attention, write us! Send your notice to Tracy Garcia, education reporter, at 7612 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier, CA 90602. You may call the office at (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051, or send e-mail to [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.Entries can also be submitted online at www.olivegarden.com/company/community/pasta_tales.asp. Submissions are based on creativity, adherence to theme, organization, grammar, punctuation and spelling. For information call (954) 776-1999, Ext. 240. Assemblyman to host college fair LOS ANGELES – State Assemblyman Charles Calderon will host a college fair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 27 at Cal State LA’s Golden Eagle Conference Center, 5151 State University Drive.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Apparently trying to exit at Anaheim Street, he crossed all lanes, traveled down the off-ramp and slammed into a concrete wall, Kim said. The man was not wearing a seat belt. His name was not immediately released pending notification of relatives. From staff reports A 44-year-old man was killed when his car slammed into a concrete wall on a Harbor (110) Freeway off-ramp in Wilmington, authorities said Wednesday. The Wilmington resident was pronounced dead at the scene of the 7:40 p.m. crash Tuesday on the Anaheim Street off-ramp, California Highway Patrol officer Peter Kim said. The crash occurred as the motorist traveled south on the freeway in the No. 1 lane. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By The Associated Press Hockey equipment, furniture, clothing and a jukebox were among the items sold by Wayne Gretzky at an estate sale Saturday that raised over $200,000 for two schools. “People started lining up at 5:30 a.m. and when the doors opened at seven there were hundreds of people waiting to get in,” said Tom Konjoyan, vice president of development at Oaks Christian School, where the sale was held. “There were hockey sticks signed by Wayne that were gone within the first two minutes.” All proceeds from the sale will go toward building a new baseball stadium at Oaks Christian and various programs at nearby Carden Conejo School. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Konjoyan said there was so many items for sale – including bicycles, video games and an off-road vehicle – they filled two gymnasiums. Also sold was couture clothing owned by Gretzky’s wife, Janet, including Prada shoes and Vera Wang dresses. Gretzky and his wife recently sold their home in Ventura County, about 55 minutes west of Los Angeles, and relocated their five children to the Phoenix area, where Gretzky coaches the Phoenix Coyotes.
Moussa Sissoko in action for Newcastle 1 Liverpool, Tottenham and West Ham have expressed an interest in Newcastle midfielder Moussa Sissoko.The France international has been at St James’ Park for four seasons, having arrived from Toulouse in 2013 in a £1.5m deal.He has impressed for the Magpies but is ready to leave the club after they lost their Premier League status.Liverpool, Tottenham and West Ham, according to L’Equipe, have now all expressed an interest in signing Sissoko this summer.The trio believe they could land the 26-year-old for a cut-price fee as Newcastle look to raise funds following theor drop into the Championship.Sissoko is also attracting interest from Italy too, where AC Milan and Napoli have both made enquiries.
2 The cast is excellent – who doesn’t completely love Sue Johnston (Brookside, Waking The Dead), excellent as Doreen behind the bar? And Diane Morgan (aka Philomena Cunk) excels as Mandy – another one of those characters we’ve all come across at some point in our lives. The actress Brigit Forsyth’s appearance links it nicely to one of the most awesome British comedies of the 1970s Whatever Happened To The Likely Lads?, in which she starred. Both sitcoms have similar comic timing, and equally well-defined characters. The script is smiling subtlety intertwined with sledgehammer funny.I reckon you’ll find it hilarious. If you’ve been in and around a club at that level, then you’ll REALLY get it. And as much as you’ll laugh at the characters, I also think you’ll find yourself wanting to have a pint of Moody Goose with them in the bar on matchday, before watching a pile of “sh*te” from the Stanley Bell End. Love it! Rovers is full of hearts of gold as well, as you’ll see. But Club Shop Ronnie could give you nightmares…Oh, and I’m in it as well. Briefly, but I’m in it. And here’s a question: my character Owen Niblock – is he all that? Rovers is a six part comedy series and starts Tuesday, 24 May at 10pm on Sky One We all love a good comedy show on TV, right? But there are very few over the years that have made me laugh out loud: I mean proper belly laugh, struggling to catch your breath, that kind of comedy. The laughs that bring tears to the eyes.Only Fools and Horses used to do it – the chandelier episode in particular is legendary. A lot of Alan Partridge stuff worked for me too – The Day Today was outstanding, as well as Steve Coogan’s subsequent work with Partridge. And then The Inbetweeners came along and I found myself having to pause the TV because I was struggling for breath laughing so much at the scene in which Jay tells the preposterous story of the guy who got his head stuck in a bottle bank.Funny stuff.So watching the first few episodes of Sky One’s new comedy Rovers I was hopeful. And I found myself laughing out loud. A lot. This is a genuinely funny comedy series. If you’ve been to a club way down the non-League pyramid, then Redbridge Rovers, where this TV show is set, will ring so many bells for you. The writers, David Earl and Joe Wilkinson (who play the characters Bruce and Lee), researched it extensively, visiting non-league Burgess Hill Town several times to get a real grasp of the subject.The Office has a place in my list of favourite comedy shows as well, and the cringe aspect of the David Brent character is in evidence in Rovers. (Earl starred in Derek with Ricky Gervais).Craig Cash (Royle Family, Early Doors) plays the main character stunningly well. We all know a Pete Mott – a bloke who seems unconvincingly, naively happy with his lot, and gets his kicks from the prospect of Redbridge possibly moving up to 16th in the table. You feel sorry for him, but not as much as you laugh at him. He immerses himself in that non-League world, oblivious to the opportunities life beyond the rusty crush barriers and corrugated rooves at most non-League grounds can offer. He’s thrilled and excited by tales of club legends (the Lobster), cup runs of yesteryear (why was the first team manager arrested??????) and the dreams (imagine playing Nantwich Town!), and those stories are told with the right balance of pathos and p**s take. Only clever writing, good acting and brilliant delivery can ensure stuff gets the right level of laughs. Pete’s facial expressions every time Tel and Mel are in the vicinity are a thing of artful beauty and joy. Mott devotes himself to Redbridge Rovers because life hasn’t been kind to him. The club is his constant. Win, lose or draw, the club is always there for him, whereas other things in his life have been a disappointment. For that reason, your heart goes out to him. 2 Craig Cash and Sue Johnston play Pete and Doreen in Rovers