20 20 20 12. Stoke City are predicted to finish with 48 points 20 20. Sunderland are forecast to have 31 points at the end of this season by the Super Computer (and are currently calculated to have a 73.5% chance of getting relegated), putting them bottom of the table in 20th place. To find out where your team is predicted to finish, click the arrow above! 20 11. Leicester City are predicted to finish with 50 points 4. Chelsea are predicted to finish with 66 points (and are currently calculated to have a 39.3% chance of finishing in the top four) 20 14. West Bromwich Albion are predicted to finish with 42 points 20 2. Arsenal are predicted to finish with 78 points (and are currently calculated to have a 39.4% chance of finishing as champions) 1. Manchester City are predicted to finish with 79 points (and are currently calculated to have a 40.4% chance of finishing as champions) 20 20 10. Crystal Palace are predicted to finish with 52 points 20 20 20 15. Watford are predicted to finish with 39 points (and are currently calculated to have a 19.8% chance of getting relegated) 20 13. Swansea City are predicted to finish with 45 points 19. Bournemouth are predicted to finish with 33 points at the end of this season (and are currently calculated to have a 67.2% chance of getting relegated) 9. West Ham United are predicted to finish with 53 points 20 8. Everton are predicted to finish with 56 points (and are currently calculated to have a 3.4% chance of finishing in the top four) 5. Tottenham Hotspur are predicted to finish with 66 points (and are currently calculated to have a 35.5% chance of finishing in the top four) 16. Newcastle United are predicted to finish with 39 points (and are currently calculated to have a 20% chance of getting relegated) 20 20 The Premier League has paused for the November international break, and clubs are taking stock after 12 games of the 2015/16 season.The biggest story has been defending champions Chelsea, who are faltering badly in 16th place, with the title surely gone and fourth place currently 13 points away.Meanwhile, last season’s strugglers Leicester City are sitting pretty in third, Tottenham are eyeing up the Champions League places in fourth, and West Ham, Southampton and Crystal Palace are all ahead of Liverpool.Manchester City and Arsenal are level on points at the top, with Aston Villa, Sunderland and Bournemouth in the bottom third.So, how will the Premier League table look after 38 games?At this stage, no one can say with any certainty, but Stats.com have produced a predicted final table.A leading sports technology and data company, Stats use a complex aglorithm to determine ‘expected points’.Take a look at the latest predictions, above.Where do you think your team will finish? Share your thoughts by leaving a comment below. 20 20 6. Liverpool are predicted to finish with 64 points 20 3. Manchester United are predicted to finish with 76 points (and are currently calculated to have an 18.8% chance of finishing as champions) 7. Southampton are predicted to finish with 56 points (and are currently calculated to have a 3.6% chance of finishing in the top four) 20 18. Aston Villa are predicted to finish with 33 points (and are currently calculated to have a 61.8% chance of getting relegated) 17. Norwich City are predicted to finish with 37 points
The striker served three months of a 10-month prison sentence in 2012 Troy Deeney has invited six former prison mates to Vicarage Road on Saturday to watch him captain Watford against Manchester United.The striker served three months of a 10-month prison sentence in 2012 after admitting a charge of affray following a violent brawl in his home town of Birmingham which left four students injured.At what would have been the low point of his career, Deeney told his fellow prisoners that he would rebuild his life and for the first time reach the Premier League, even when there were few guarantees he would play again as a professional.Given that so many would regard captaining a team against United as the pinnacle, he has invited those friends to witness his proud moment, both to remind them of what he once told them and to say thank you to those who gave him the belief he required.“I’ve got people coming down from there, my cellmates,” said Deeney.“Six [friends].“I told them it’d all come true: I do my best work when people doubt me the most.“Friends [from that side of my life]. People that helped me get through and helped me get motivated when I didn’t really want to.“I knew what I was going to do [in succeeding as a professional footballer]. I can’t say whether a team’s gonna buy me or this team’s gonna keep me or we’re going to do this, [but] I know what I was going to do from that moment.“I have [proved people wrong] all my life. When people write me off that’s when I perform my best.“Just knowing that it ain’t gonna happen again [a return to prison]. No matter what, people can push my buttons, people can push me to limits, it’s not going to happen again, so… Most people talk, so why get angry about it? Just enjoy.”Deeney also recognises that, though he was only appointed in the summer, he also owes Quique Sanchez Flores.The Spaniard became Watford’s fifth manager in a year when he was appointed but he has since stabilised them and, while retaining Deeney, impressively developed a new-look team that ahead of hosting United are 11th in the Premier League after 12 games.“He’s the best I’ve worked with, and I’m not just saying that because we’re doing well at the moment. I think the overall package, he’s very good,” Deeney said.“Just how he is as a person. I am not going to say it is nothing to do with his managerial skills because that would feed into his managerial skills, but he is so good as a person.“He can have serious conversations with you and then he can have a laugh and a joke with you – but you always know he is the boss.“It is good to have a conversation with him. But he keeps you so close that you still feel like you would do anything for him.“He can also go ‘you’re not doing that right or you need to do whatever extra’ and you know he is the boss so that is probably the best thing about him.” 1
10 2. Neymar (Barcelona) – 36.1million followers on Instagram Some footballers are more than happy to let us into their world and give us a glimpse of their private lives.Snaps of training, artistic edits of them in action and personal snaps of their family and friends have helped bridge the gap between players and fans.But who are the most followed stars on Instagram? talkSPORT takes a look.Click the yellow arrow above, right, to find out which players have the most followers…You can follow talkSPORT on Instagram here 9= Marcelo (Real Madrid) – 8.2million followers on Instagram 3. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) – 29.9million followers on Instagram 10 5. Gareth Bale (Real Madrid) – 11.2million followers on Instagram 10 9= Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) – 8.2million followers on Instagram 1. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) – 38.6million followers on Instagram 7. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Paris Saint-Germain) – 9.8million followers on Instagram 10 8. Luis Suarez (Barcelona) – 8.3million followers on Instagram 6. David Luiz (Paris Saint-Germain) – 11million followers on Instagram 10 10 4. James Rodriguez (Real Madrid) – 16.5million followers on Instagram 10 10 10 10
While the 2012 Irish Budget is still a few weeks away, speculation is already escalating with regard to the tax changes that we might encounter this year.A proposal to further reduce tax relief on pension contributions is expected to be implemented on a phased basis over the coming years. Other changes include the possible introduction of a household tax of €100 and an increase in carbon taxes.The National Recovery Plan has also indicated a possible increase in the VAT rate from 21% to 23%.Michael Coll from Donegal company thetaxclinic.ie says now is the time to try and claw some cash back from the Government.“The likelihood is that we will be exposed to some fairly significant changes following the December 6th Budget. “The good news is that thetaxclinic.ie can help lessen the impact on your pocket by helping you claim back any taxes you may be owed from the last 4 years. With the average Irish tax refund at €880, can you afford not to apply?“There is only weeks left to claim back any taxes you may have overpaid in 2007, so act now and the Taxman could make it a very merry Christmas,” he said.To find out more log onto www.thetaxclinic.ie or contact the company’s new offices at 40 The Port Road Letterkenny.TIME TO CLAW BACK SOME CASH BEFORE BUDGET was last modified: November 23rd, 2011 by StephenShare 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:letterkennyMichael CollThe Tax Clinic
1 Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp with defender Mamadou Sakho Mamadou Sakho has admitted Jurgen Klopp’s appointment as Liverpool manager changed his career at Anfield.The France defender made just three Premier League starts under former boss Brendan Rodgers this season before his sacking in early October.Since then he has become a regular name in the first-team; making 14 league starts in an injury-hampered campaign, playing in the Capital One Cup final and every minute of the club’s four Europa League knockout ties to date.“It’s nice to be in the team. With the Liverpool coach [Klopp] it is going differently for me,” he told French radio station RMC.“The former coach [Rodgers] made his choices. I accepted them. I was always myself and smiled in training.“In football, a lot can happen off the field. The most important thing is to stay focused and serious.”While Sakho was on the fringes of the team there was plenty of speculation about him potentially leaving, but the 26-year-old insists that was never a consideration.He added: “Honestly, no. I’ve always felt good at Liverpool. When I was in France, I didn’t understand the real depth of this club’s history.“Once I set foot inside, it was fabulous. There’s a lively atmosphere. The team is young and talented.“I really like this city, these fans and this magnificent stadium. I am someone who likes stability, so it suits me perfectly.”
Henrikh Mkhitaryan could be snapped up for free next summer Borussia Dortmund playmaker Henrikh Mkhitaryan has snubbed the chance to extend his contract, amid reported interest from Arsenal.The 27-year-old bagged 23 goals last season, while he also weighed in with a staggering 32 assists in all competitions.That from has sparked interest from Arsenal, who have been tracking the attacking midfielder since January.And now the Gunners have been given a boost in their pursuit as, according to Bild, Mkhitaryan is refusing to sign a new contract at the Westfalenstadion.The Armenian’s current deal expires in a year’s time and Dortmund are desperate for him to pen an extension.If Mkhitaryan won’t agree a new contract than the German club may be forced to sell him this summer – or risk losing him on a free next year. 1
Alan Smith has talked up England’s chances of European Championship glory this summer, claiming there is far more to come from Roy Hodgson’s men.The Three Lions have performed well enough at Euro 2016 thus far to convince the former Arsenal striker there is a real case for optimism, despite finishing behind Wales in Group B.Smith, who won 13 caps for England, told talkSPORT: “I’ve been really pleased with the way that they’ve played. It’s easy to forget how they’ve been over the last few tournaments. How many times have we said we can’t keep possession?”“We’ve tried to take the game to the opposition, we have dominated possession, but we just haven’t been able to finish it off.”A 0-0 stalemate against Slovakia on Monday ensured that England would finish second in their group, having won only one of their three group games. They must now face a resilient Iceland side on Monday in their last 16 clash.Yet Smith has issued a rallying cry to supporters, insisting that the best may still be yet to come.He continued: “I don’t think we should get too down, yes it is a blow to not finish top of the group and it hurts even more that Wales have finished top!“We’ve got to be positive and if we can continue playing like that and we can find that edge to our play then we are going to be a force to be reckoned with.”
JAGUARS40 TITANS13 JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Jacksonville avoided another slow start and gained some much-needed momentum for the postseason. The Jaguars did it in surprising fashion, too, not needing a comeback thanks to the early work of David Garrard. The Jaguars scored 27 points in the first half for their eighth win in the last nine games. Although all eight victories came against teams with losing records, this one felt much different than others in recent weeks. After trailing in the second half in each of the last four games, Jacksonville (12-4) scored touchdowns on its first two possessions, took advantage of two turnovers and essentially sealed the victory on Derrick Wimbush’s 6-yard TD run with 4:11 remaining in the second quarter. The Jaguars already had clinched the No. 5 seed in the AFC playoffs and learned early in the game they will play at two-time defending champion New England (10-6) on Saturday night. Tennessee finished 4-12. KEY NUMBER: 102 Yards rushing Sunday for Jaguars running back LaBrandon Toefield, a career high. MISC: The Titans committed a franchise-record 18 penalties for 140 yards, and rookie cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones was benched by coach Jeff Fisher after he argued with an official during a timeout. BROWNS20 RAVENS16 CLEVELAND – Dennis Northcutt’s 62-yard punt return helped the Browns win their sixth game under first-year coach Romeo Crennel. Earlier this season, Northcutt twice brought back punts for TDs that were nullified by penalties. After his third-quarter jaunt, he checked to be certain there were no penalty flags and waved his arms like an official. It was the first win in the AFC North for the Browns (6-10), who were embarrassed 41-0 by Pittsburgh a week ago. They finished with two more victories under Crennel than they had in 2004. The Ravens (6-10) had won their two previous games, leading owner Steve Bisciotti to say coach Brian Billick would be back next season. KEY NUMBER: 11 Consecutive losses on the road for the Ravens MISC: Deion Sanders, Baltimore’s fleet-footed “Prime Time” cornerback, may retire at the age of 38, ending his career as one of the game’s most gifted and flamboyant personalities. JETS30 BILLS26 EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Justin Miller returned a kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown with 5:58 remaining, and Ty Law had three interceptions. After Buffalo went ahead on Rian Lindell’s 36-yard field goal, Miller took the ensuing kickoff and tiptoed down the sideline, finally providing the special teams score the Jets (4-12) lacked all season. Buffalo (5-11) had one final shot with 47 seconds left, but Law intercepted Kelly Holcomb’s deep heave. Bills owner Ralph Wilson promised changes after the loss leaving general manager Tom Donahoe’s job in jeopardy. When asked about the job Donahoe has done, Wilson skirted around the topic. “I’m disappointed with the whole season, and I’m going to address it,” Wilson said. “I’m not just going to say, ‘Gee, I hope we get better next year.’ ” KEY NUMBER: 2002 Last season the Bills allowed a kickoff return for a touchdown, when they allowed two in an overtime loss to the Jets. MISC: Buffalo’s Willis McGahee had 22 carries for 113 yards and went over 100 yards for the first time in eight games. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Kansas City Chiefs gave Dick Vermeil a near-perfect goodbye gift. They couldn’t give him what they really wanted, though – one more game as their head coach. The Chiefs were unstoppable on offense and stifling on defense in Sunday’s win. But Pittsburgh’s 35-21 victory over Detroit kept the Chiefs (10-6) from reaching the AFC playoffs, meaning Vermeil’s decision to retire at the end of the season takes effect immediately. “I think they’ve demonstrated that they are a playoff-caliber football team,” Vermeil said. “We just didn’t get some things done that we had to get done at the time we needed to get them done.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson Only Shayne Graham’s first-quarter field goal kept the Bengals (11-5) from being shut out for the first time since 2001, and the AFC North champions take a two-game losing streak into their first playoff appearance in 15 years. But at least they get to go, as the No. 3 seed hosting Pittsburgh in the first round Sunday. Larry Johnson ran for 201 yards and a career-high three scores on 21 carries, his ninth straight 100-yard game, and broke Kansas City’s single-season rushing record with 1,750 yards. KEY NUMBER: 4 Including the 2005 Chiefs, teams that have finished with a 10-6 record and failed to make the playoffs since the NFL expanded the postseason field to 12 teams. MISC: Cincinnati’s Rudi Johnson and Chad Johnson are only the third set of teammates to set franchise rushing and receiving records in the same season, joining Dallas’ Emmitt Smith and Michael Irvin (1995), and Houston’s Domanick Davis and Andre Johnson (2004).
With the Rose Parade set for today and the big game on Wednesday, local officials had plenty of time to indulge themselves. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa planned to spend the first day of 2006 traveling around the city and working at a shelter for battered women. In doing so, he passed up an invitation to attend the second-term inauguration of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who attended Villaraigosa’s inauguration. For City Council President-elect Eric Garcetti, considered one of the council’s wonks, it was participating in the 25th annual Renaissance Weekend in South Carolina, the event started by former President Clinton to bring together different sorts of folks to mull public policy issues. Garcetti was assigned to talk about how to make cities more livable and to come up with some political predictions. Speaking of politics and presidents, a Democratic candidate for the state Assembly seat being given up by Fran Pavley might have the endorsement of perhaps the nation’s most popular former president. Kelly Hayes-Raitt has picked up the backing of outgoing President Jed Bartlett. Well, OK, it’s actor Martin Sheen – who might have more political opposition than the character he plays on the “West Wing” – but it’s still an endorsement. Hayes-Raitt said she met Sheen in 1993, and the two have worked together on various issues involving the homeless and living wages. The district she is running for includes portions of the West San Fernando Valley and Ventura County. The beginning of the year marks a time for starting with a clean slate. Jim Alger, the neighborhood activist and Democratic candidate for state Assembly, issued a statement recently to try to clear up what has been a whispering campaign against him. Alger said he had been convicted 10 years ago for incorrectly filling out a driver’s license and the charge was later dismissed. Alger said the problem occurred because he had been adopted and legally changed his name. He failed to check a box that he had a driver’s license under another name. “Everything I did was done legally except in filling out a form in haste and making this seemingly innocuous mistake,” Alger said in the statement. “The conviction was later set aside and dismissed by the California Superior Court. “While most people in my life are aware of this mistake, now at the very beginning of the campaign seemed like the appropriate time to put this matter where it belongs, in the past.” Alger is running for the seat centered in Granada Hills that is being vacated by Republican Assemblyman Keith Richman. Rick Orlov, (213) 978-0390 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The dustup last week over whether Dodgers owner Frank McCourt was trying to undercut the organized effort to bring professional football back to Los Angeles has strengthened the delicate coalition backing use of the Memorial Coliseum. Even as McCourt and other Dodgers officials insisted that they, too, are behind the Coliseum effort, the leak of memos outlining a potential bid for an NFL team at a new Chavez Ravine stadium served to energize local officials – and also expose the ongoing problem with the National Football League. The league likes parity on the football field. It likes competition for the right to get a franchise. Those are among the reasons Los Angeles has been without professional football for 10 seasons and why the city is constantly used as a bargaining chip against other cities. It was the case when the league was able to drive up the costs for a Houston franchise by using Los Angeles as a competitor. It is the case now, as the NFL debates the future of the New Orleans Saints beyond next season. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson In the most recent effort, the NFL has been delaying a decision on Los Angeles for months as it has looked at other local venues, from Carson to Pasadena to Anaheim. All of which has resulted in high anxiety among Los Angeles officials, who were close to having some dramatic in-fighting until the McCourt memos surfaced. But the McCourt revelation allowed officials to bang the drum for their efforts at the Coliseum and, at the same time, beat up on McCourt and the Dodgers. And, if McCourt wants to win his way back into the good graces of local officials, his best efforts are probably not with football: He will get all sorts of accolades if the Dodgers start winning. How did you spend your New Year’s Day?
Brooks is starting anew after transferring last summer to Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks, hoping to embark on another title run with the Knights, ranked No. 6 by the Daily News. “Coming to Notre Dame,” he said, “was the best decision I’ve ever made in my life.” Pierce Brooks has seen plenty in two years of high school basketball, more than most experience in a four-year career. There have been highs – a City Section championship with Taft of Woodland Hills as a freshman in 2004 – and lows, as when he failed to meet lofty expectations last season when he was a sophomore with the Toreadors. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson But Brooks will readily admit he was part of something special at Taft. Playing on the same court with Jordan Farmar, a McDonald’s All-American who has gone on to become UCLA’s starting point guard, was an invaluable experience. Brooks, Matt Cooke, Calvin Haynes and Jabarri Samuel were role players who worked often in Farmar’s shadow, but their roles were critical for the Toreadors, who became the first San Fernando Valley team to win a City Section title since 1964. Farmar graduated, leaving Brooks behind to shoulder the offensive burden. The pressure was immense at times, and Brooks was unable to match the hype, struggling to be the superstar many outsiders envisioned him to be. “We tried to give him the opportunity, and he wasn’t ready,” Taft coach Derrick Taylor said. “Our style wasn’t conducive for him. Notre Dame is a better fit. “He looks very comfortable there. That’s all that matters. We root for Pierce. We want him to have success in the worst way.” Things appear to be heading in the right direction. Notre Dame (9-4) has put together a seven-game winning streak and captured the San Fernando Valley Tournament title in mid-December. Brooks scored a game-high 16 points in the 48-47 championship-game victory over Oak Park and was selected the tournament’s Most Valuable Player. “Basketball is fun again,” Brooks said. The 6-foot-7 small forward is shooting 50 percent from the field and averaging 16.3 points, 6.5 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 2.2 blocks and 1.3 steals per game heading into tonight’s Mission League opener against Loyola of Los Angeles. “Honestly, having Pierce here has been huge for us already,” Notre Dame coach Bill Bedgood said. “He’s made a good name for himself in the basketball community. He brings some legitimacy to this program. “This is his breakout year. He’s as versatile as they come and can play every position on the floor. The sky is the limit. Sometimes a player just needs a fresh start.” Brooks has received recruiting interest from Arizona, California, Oregon and Iowa State, but he isn’t planning to make a decision anytime soon. He’s got other, more pressing goals – and two years to fulfill them. “My teammates always want to see my championship ring,” Brooks said. “They want to experience what it’s like to win one. We can do it here. Winning one is a possibility.” Sean Ceglinsky, (818) 713-3607 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!