Some familiar faces were reunited as Real Madrid legends took on a selection of other former stars from around the world in a charity game on Saturday.The Los Blancos royalty took on a Laureus legends team that boasted the likes of Edgar Davids and Thierry Henry, with the rest of the world side claiming an entertaining 6-5 win.Dutchman Davids, who most recently acted as player manager at Barnet, was in particularly fine fettle, scoring two cracking long rangers as he inspired his team to victory.Claude Makelele, Cafu, Clarence Seedorf and Luis Figo all played for Madrid, with the latter two also finding the net.All the highlights from the encounter, including Davids’s declicious double, can be seen below: 11 Thierry Henry 11 11 11 Clarence Seedorf 11 11 Chelsea hero Claude Makelele battles former Tottenham rival Davids Luis Figo – click the yellow arrow right to see the great selection of images from the game 11 Thierry Henry and Clarence Seedorf embrace 11 The players pose with the trophy 11 Edwin van der Sar Pierre van Hooijdonk congratulates Edgar Davids 11 Fernando Hierro and Clarence Seedorf Edgar Davids celebrates his second goal 11 Cafu
Dele Alli 1 Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino is backing Dele Alli to be included in England’s Euro 2016 squad next summer.Alli made his senior international debut against Estonia last Friday and then came on as a substitute in the 67th minute of England’s 3-0 win over Lithuania.It has been a rapid rise to fame for the 19-year-old, who was playing in League One with MK Dons only five months ago.Pochettino had urged caution on pushing Alli into the England squad too soon but the Argentine believes the midfielder can keep his spot if he continues his current form.“If he follows in the same way that he’s played in the last few months then maybe he will have the opportunity to go,” Pochettino said.“It’s not because he’s young and 19 years old, football is about performance.“He is still young but very mature – on the pitch and off it – and he’s a great boy and we’re happy how he has adapted in the different levels, in a different league.“The Premier League is very tough and he came from League One and he adapted himself in a very good way.”
Brian Moore was joined by Andy Goode.They talk to Chris Foy – Daily Mail Rugby Correspondent – who reacts to Stuart Lancaster stepping down, Ed Slater, Leicester Tigers captain, reviews the European Champions Cup game against Stade Francais.Schalk Brits of Saracens and South Africa reflects on his World Cup experience and Saracens game against Toulouse on Saturday, Brian chats to England Rugby League head coach Steve McNamara, and much more.
Diego Simeone 1 Jose Mourinho’s future as Chelsea manager is the subject of fierce debate following a woeful start to the season for the Premier League champions.talkSPORT revealed on Wednesday that talks have been held at boardroom level over Mourinho’s position, with the club currently sitting just a point above the relegation zone.The back pages of Thursday’s national newspapers are dominated by Chelsea and the majority are saying Mourinho is almost certainly facing the axe, with a number of managers across Europe being considered to replace him.Here’s what the papers say…The SunChelsea want Pep Guardiola to name his price to become their next boss. Owner Roman Abramovich is considering getting shot of current manager Jose Mourinho with the club one point clear of the relegation zone. Guus Hiddink has been approached to be caretaker until the end of the season if Mourinho is sacked, a role the Dutchman filled in 2009. And Guardiola, who has told Bayern Munich he will leave next summer, would then be available to take over. Both Manchester clubs are in the frame for the Spanish superboss though and City will offer him a deal worth £84MILLION over four years, while Guardiola himself is understood to prefer a switch to United.The TimesJuande Ramos is the shock candidate being considered as a potential caretaker manager by Chelsea should they decide to sack José Mourinho before the end of the season. The club’s executives will spend today deliberating with Roman Abramovich over Mourinho’s future, with the discussions believed to centre on whether to dismiss the manager immediately or allow him to take charge for Saturday’s Barclays Premier League match against Sunderland.Daily TelegraphChelsea are considering offering Guus Hiddink a second short-term stint as Chelsea manager should owner Roman Abramovich sack Jose Mourinho with Diego Simeone their long-term target for next summer. Hiddink currently heads a long list of candidates to take over until the end of the season that Abramovich and the Chelsea board are looking at as they deliberate over Mourinho’s future. Replacing Mourinho with Hiddink or another out-of-work manager on a short-term deal would allow Chelsea to start work on trying to convince Simeone to agree to take the full-time job next summer.The GuardianJosé Mourinho took training at Chelsea on Wednesday morning but his job prospects remain fragile and the club’s owner, Roman Abramovich, continues to deliberate over whether to sack him. Pep Guardiola is expected to leave Bayern Munich at the end of the season and come to England but it is highly unlikely that he would be tempted by Chelsea. Manchester City would be the favourites to hire him and Carlo Ancelotti, a former Chelsea manager who the club would be open to welcoming back, is expected to replace Guardiola at Bayern. Guus Hiddink, another former Chelsea manager who is currently out of work after a disastrous spell in charge of Holland, appears to tick a lot of boxes but the prospects of him returning in a caretaker role are unclear. Most of the other potential targets are in jobs and unwilling to leave them in mid-season.The Daily MailCrisis talks are ongoing between Roman Abramovich, his closest aides and key executives at Stamford Bridge about how they might rescue this disastrous season and Jose Mourinho’s future has been part of the discussion. Abramovich would prefer not to go down the route of another interim appointment after his experience with Rafa Benitez. If he is to pursue a long-term manager, someone like Italy boss Antonio Conte or Diego Simeone of Atletico Madrid, it will take more time, which could mean more time for Jose Mourinho.
New Southampton striker Charlie Austin has told talkSPORT Manchester United were there for the taking, after he netted on his Saints debut to seal a 1-0 victory at Old Trafford.A regular guest on the Sports Bar, host Andy Goldstein last week begged the forward – who moved to St Mary’s in a bargain £4million deal from QPR this month – not to score against his beloved Red Devils.But that’s exactly what he did, as his textbook header from a corner kick sealed a brilliant three points for Ronald Koeman’s men.READ MORE: Austin sings Southampton initiation ‘Stand By Me’ LIVE on talkSPORTUnited have now claimed only three wins in their last 13 games in all competitions, and asked if he felt the hosts were there for the taking when he entered the field as a late substitute, Austin said: “Yes.“We were strong all over the field and you know with Man United that if you frustrate them early in the game the fans will get on their back.“I’m not saying that played a part, but when you’re at Old Trafford and there are 75,000 people booing…well, they were certainly booing after I scored.“I just came on thinking, ‘be ready’. Neither side had a lot of chances in the game, so I knew if a chance did come my way I had to put it in the back of the net. Luckily enough Prowsey [corner taker James Ward-Prowse] put a great ball in and I did the rest.“We’ve got nine points in our last three games now and we’ve got a tough game coming up away at Arsenal, but we’ll go there full of confidence and will try to get a result.“We’ve just got to try and keep this unbeaten run going.”
Coral’s Dave Stevens joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.Leicester are five points clear at the top of the Premier League but the Foxes remain odds against [11/10] to win the title.Tottenham, sitting second, are 13/5 second favourites, while Arsenal and Manchester City are priced at 5/1.At the bottom end of the table, Aston Villa are 1/100 to be relegated as they sit nine points clear of safety, Norwich are 2/7 for the drop, while Newcastle are 4/7 and Sunderland are 8/13.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast
EMEK HEFER, Israel – With eight wives and 67 children, Shahadeh Abu Arrar has given new meaning to the term “family man.” Abu Arrar, 58, is a member of Israel’s impoverished Bedouin Arab community. But even in a traditional nomadic society where men commonly have several wives and many children, Abu Arrar is exceptional. “I’m thinking about a new wife, No. 9,” he told the Israeli daily Yediot Ahronot in a recent interview. “There are many women who wish to marry me and there is no lack of women.” Abu Arrar, whose oldest child is 37, was photographed by the newspaper in a long Bedouin robe and head cover, surrounded by a dozen or so of his kids. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.During a visit to his multistory home in central Israel, the AP spotted 17 of the children milling about, dressed in bright red, blue and green-embroidered Palestinian dresses and head scarves. Four veiled women, including two who said they were his wives, sat on the porch peeling vegetables. While Islam allows Muslim men to have four co-wives, it is a custom in Bedouin society to flout the already-generous ruling – and an Israeli ban on polygamy – by marrying women one at a time, divorcing them and marrying others. Culturally, it’s understood that the renounced wives are still married to Abu Arrar, the experts said. It’s unclear how Abu Arrar supports his massive family. Camels, goats and a cow were grazing on his property. Yediot said he also receives about $1,700 in government handouts each month. According to the Israeli Interior Ministry, Abu Arrar has 53 children registered as Israeli citizens. He has 14 other children born to Palestinian wives in the West Bank and who are not eligible for Israeli citizenship, his other wives said. Either way, his family size pales in comparison to the size of the average Israeli family: 2.3. Abu Arrar claims to remember all his children’s names, and says they are split almost evenly between boys and girls. Activists said Abu Arrar’s story showed the urgency of raising literacy and education among Bedouin women. Many are pressured into marriage or feel they have no other options beside raising children, said Khadra al-Sani, director of Sidra, a Bedouin women’s rights group.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.“In hindsight, I should have been a whole lot smarter about being invited into a room with a person who was forced to retire or be fired,” Mendez said. “We started getting into her evaluation and the South Whittier (college satellite center) site, including that she was cutting funding for it from $3million to $100,000,” Mendez said. “She knew how to press my buttons. Then \ started to get hot and heavy.” Mendez, who has been on the board since 1999, is up for re-election Nov. 6. He’s being opposed by Alma Martinez, who has been endorsed by the college’s faculty association and Joyce. Joyce, who still lives in the area, said she was disappointed that Mendez “continues to be deceitful and misrepresent the district for his own political gain. WHITTIER – Rio Hondo College officials said Wednesday they’re disappointed trustee Gary Mendez has resurrected the issues surrounding the college’s controversial summer of 2006, when he was stripped of his board president title and censured following a confrontation with now-retired President Rose Marie Joyce. Mendez, 38, has claimed that Joyce’s departure last December was not voluntary – an assertion disputed by his fellow board trustees. “It was a forced retirement, yes, due to an evaluation of poor performance,” Mendez said. “(The board) made a deal with her that she was going to be forced to retire. Or the other consequence would be for her to be released from her employment – or fired.” And the altercation he had with Joyce in June 2006 that resulted in his censure by fellow trustees wasn’t about him wanting to upgrade his hotel room on a Hawaiian conference trip – it was about her being upset about the retirement, Mendez said. “It’s a lie,” Joyce said. “It’s a matter of record that the board extended my contract. You’re not forced to retire if your contract was extended.” Trustee Garry Couso-Vasquez said he had no knowledge of any retirement deal with Joyce and has nothing but respect for the former president. “All I know is that she wanted to retire, she asked to retire, and there was something that went on with Gary but that was highly confidential,” Couso-Vasquez said. “I’m so sorry this has resurfaced. I know nothing about it. I’m happy for her in her retirement and I’m happy we have Dr. (Ted) Martinez (Jr.)” as the new college president. Couso-Vasquez did not vote for Mendez’s censure last year – he abstained because he said he was uncomfortable with the lack of sworn evidence against Mendez. Faculty members are also upset over Mendez’s allegations, said Jim Newman, president of the Rio Hondo College Faculty Association. “This makes the whole college look bad, and what’s the purpose of doing that?” Newman said. “I thought we’d put this behind us and now he’s raising it up again,” he said. “The fact is he was censured for bad behavior and bad language, and he was removed as president. “160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
1 Sepp Blatter Disgraced former FIFA president Sepp Blatter has taken his appeal against his six-year ban from football to the Court of Arbitration for Sport in an effort to have the sanction turned over.Blatter and UEFA president Michel Platini last month had appeal hearings after being punished with bans from all football-related activity in December over a £1.3million “disloyal payment” made to the Frenchman.Both deny wrongdoing. They claimed the £1.3million payment was made following a verbal agreement between the pair when the Frenchman worked for Blatter from 1998 to 2002, though not paid until 2011 – 13 years after the agreement.The pair’s suspensions were reduced from eight to six years, with their services to football a mitigating factor, but Platini took his case to CAS and Blatter has, as promised, followed suit.“Joseph S Blatter has filed an appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sport against the decision issued by the FIFA Appeal Committee on February 16, 2016,” a CAS statement read.“In his appeal to the CAS, Mr Blatter seeks the annulment of the decision taken by the FIFA appeal committee in which he was suspended from all football-related activities at national and international level for six years.“A CAS arbitration procedure is in progress. First, the parties will exchange written submissions and a panel of three arbitrators will be constituted.“The panel will then issue directions with respect to the holding of a hearing. Following the hearing, the panel will deliberate and at a later date, it will issue a decision in the form of an arbitral award.”The six-year bans began on October 8, 2015 and expire in October 2021.Blatter is aged 79 and the suspension effectively ends his hopes of returning to football, unless CAS rules in his favour.Platini would be eligible to return in time for the Qatar 2022 World Cup he championed.Meanwhile, criminal proceedings have been opened against former FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke, the office of the attorney general of Switzerland has announced.Frenchman Valcke was formally dismissed as FIFA secretary general in January and last month was banned from all football-related activity for 12 years and fined 100,000 Swiss francs (almost £71,000) by FIFA’s ethics committee.