1 While Manchester United were labouring to a 0-0 draw with PSV, a certain Red Devils outcast was in fine form for his new club.Angel di Maria had a torrid solitary season in Manchester but scored twice as PSG romped to a 5-0 win over Malmo to clinch qualification to the Champions League knockout stages.Adrien Rabiot, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Lucas were also in target in the emphatic win in Sweden, but it was Di Maria who stole the show.Below is his first goal, sweeping home Blaise Matuidi’s low cross: Angel di Maria
Real Madrid are considering an ambitious approach for Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas.The Spaniard has endured a difficult second season at Stamford Bridge and was booed by Chelsea fans on Saturday following the alleged part he played in Jose Mourinho’s sacking.Reports in Spain are claiming that the former Barcelona playmaker is on Real’s shortlist of summer targets, along with club team-mate Eden Hazard.According to Fichajes.net, Fabregas has fallen out with a number of his Chelsea colleagues and is now thinking about a move back to La Liga.Real are set for a huge summer spending spree to try and bridge the gap between themselves and arch-rivals Barcelona.And although playing for Real would be a moral dilemma for Fabregas, the 28-year-old is understood to be open to a move to Los Blancos. 1 Cesc Fabregas
Dave Stevens joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.The Coral spokesman looks ahead to the League Cup semi-final first leg clash between Stoke and Liverpool on Tuesday night, which you can listen to live on talkSPORT.The Potters have beaten Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United at the Britannia this season but are 2/1 outsiders to beat the Reds on home soil, with Jurgen Klopp’s men 6/4 for the win.Stevens also reveals some transfer specials, with Leicester sensation Jamie Vardy 6/1 to move to Chelsea and QPR hitman Charlie Austin 9/4 to join Crystal Palace.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast
Vincent Kompany in action for Manchester City 1 Roma have made Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany their top summer transfer target, according to sources in Italy.Kompany’s season has been hampered by a calf injury but he remains a key member of the squad at the Etihad.The Belgian is under contract until 2019 and new manager Pep Guardiola is not expected to move him on when he takes over in the summer.But that has not stopped Roma from putting him at the top of their wish list for when the transfer window opens.Manager Luciano Spalattei is a big fan of the centre-back and wants to build the team around him at the heart of his defence.
MALIBU – Two people were killed today and a third — a Los Angeles County firefighter — was injured in a fiery collision involving a gravel- hauling big rig and two other vehicles in Malibu, authorities said. The crash occurred about 10 a.m. at Pacific Coast Highway and Kanan Dume Road, said California Highway Patrol Officer Jose Nunez. The two victims died at the scene, Nunez said. Their names were not immediately released. According to Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Philip Brooks, the big rig driver was traveling illegally on Kanan Dume Road, which is off-limits to truck traffic. He noted that many truck drivers have been using Kanan Dume in the past several days because Malibu Canyon Road, the normal truck route, has been closed because of the brush fire in the area. According to Brooks, the truck driver was traveling at about 70 mph and could not stop as he traveled downhill on Kanan Dume, then ran through the red light at Pacific Coast Highway, slamming into two vehicles. The driver of the first car, a Mercedes, was killed on impact, Brooks said. Brooks said the driver likely panicked or could not read the signs in English.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. The truck also hit a vehicle being driven by a county firefighter on his way to work. The firefighter, who suffered a broken ankle, was trapped in his vehicle, but another driver pulled him from the vehicle before it broke into flames, Brooks said. After hitting the two vehicles, the truck smashed into an embankment, sending gravel flying into the air and killing the driver, according to Brooks. Chris Freeman of the county Fire Department said the injured firefighter was taken to UCLA Medical Center. Sheriff’s Deputy Oscar Butao said the firefighter was on his way to work when the accident occurred. That stretch of PCH was closed for about six hours, as was Kanan Dume Road from PCH to Mulholland Highway. Brooks said the collision occurred at the bottom of an 8-mile-long, 8 percent grade. He said there have been two similar fatal collisions involving trucks at the same location over the past decade, and like today’s crash, the drivers involved did not use a runaway truck lane at the site.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The federal government spent $3.2 billion more in the state than it had the year before but California saw only 11.9 percent of the government’s overall procurement spending, down from 12.6 percent the year before. “For a state that used to get a quarter of defense spending, that’s a remarkable change of events,” Ransdell said. Ransdell said it is the smallest share of spending since agencies began recording the statistics in 1981. With defense spending making up the bulk of procurement, Ransdell and other officials speculated that the Pentagon’s current Iraq needs are focused more on ground support than aerospace. “We don’t make much ammunition, we don’t make the tanks. We don’t make a lot of the equipment for the ground fighting,” said Jack Kyser, chief economist of the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp. “You have literally two hot wars going on, and they’re not heavy users of what we produce in California.” Long gone are the days when the U.S. government spent 18 percent of its defense funds in California. Yet while the share of money going to the state has slowly dropped for more than 20 years, Ransdell said the most recent dip is the biggest in years. “We thought we had hit the bottom of the valley,” he said, adding that he expects the decline to continue. Russell Goldsmith, CEO of City National Bank in Los Angeles, said he is concerned that the state’s needs in homeland security and transportation are not being met. “California continues to be getting an unfair share of federal spending based on the legitimate needs of a vibrant economy,” he said. Kyser also said he foresees the state continuing to give more to Washington than it gets back in federal tax dollars. He noted that replacement of the space shuttle will be done in either Florida or Texas. “It’s a fight,” he said. [email protected] (202) 662-8731160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – California’s share of federal spending has sunk to its lowest level in decades, the apparent result of war dollars shifting from air defense to ground weapons. New Census Bureau statistics for 2005, the latest figures available, show that the share of federal spending in the Golden State dipped to 10.8 percent from 11 percent. While it’s a tiny dip in percentage points, economists said it represents a significant symbolic drop. The waning numbers are being driven by a decline in the share of federal procurement funds being funneled to California, said Tim Ransdell, executive director of the California Institute for Federal Policy Research.
1 Michy Batshuayi has scored 13 goals and provided nine assists for Marseille this term Roma have joined Tottenham and West Ham in the race for Marseille star Michy Batshuayi.The striker has caught the eye in Ligue 1 this season and has 13 goals to his name, as well as nine assists.Tottenham and West Ham are both monitoring the Belgian’s situation ahead of the summer transfer window.But, according to Corriere dello Sport, the Premier League pair have been joined by Roma in the fight for Batshuayi.The Italian club are ready to finance the move by selling current striker Edin Dzeko, who only arrived last summer from Manchester City.The forward has only managed seven league goals this season and Roma are ready to move him on to bring in Batshuayi.
Chelsea interim manager Guus Hiddink believes a revitalised Eden Hazard can prove the difference for incoming Blues boss Antonio Conte.Hazard won numerous individual awards for his stunning individual displays in Chelsea’s Premier League and Capital One Cup double last season but – like his team – has suffered an alarming decline in form this term.It took the Belgian playmaker until April to notch his first Premier League goal of the season, but he seems to have put his dark days behind him with four goals in his last four games for Chelsea – including the striker which sealed a draw against Tottenham to hand Leicester City the title.The 25-year-old, who has been troubled by a hip and groin problem, is finding form just the campaign comes to a close, but Hiddink has tipped Hazard to find top form again next season.“I’m pleased for this moment, but I would have been more pleased if it could have happened in February,” Hiddink said.“After his splendid season before, he has had a difficult season.“It was not just physically a problem for him but in a mental part. It’s frustrating when you’ve been the player of the year and the next year you are almost out.“We brought him back with care, starting with a full-time game against Bournemouth and then, in a more intense game, half against Spurs, and he responded very well.“So, it is important for him and for Chelsea that he’s almost back on his level where he can play and he’s enjoying it.“That’s good for the future, for himself, for the Belgium team and for Chelsea.“He has come back to his level. He can be improving as he gets more game rhythm in the upcoming time.“He’s one of the key figures in Chelsea. He can be on top of a very well organised foundation, he can be the man who can make a lot of difference in the game.” 1 Back-in-form Eden Hazard has scored four goals in four games for Chelsea
1 Juan Mata admits Manchester United go into their rearranged final Premier League game with a bad taste in their mouths after missing out on a top four spot.United needed neighbours City to lose their last game at Swansea on Sunday to have any hope of claiming a spot in the Champions League.But City drew 1-1 at the Liberty Stadium meaning that, barring a improbable 19-0 win over Bournemouth at Old Trafford on Tuesday, United will have to make do with a place in the Europa LeagueConsequently the Bournemouth clash, which was called off on Sunday because of a bomb scare, now has little riding on it for United.They could still climb above Southampton from sixth to fifth but the players’ attention may already been turning to Saturday’s FA Cup final against Crystal Palace.Midfielder Mata wrote in his blog for manutd.com: “We will have to close the Premier League season on Tuesday. It’s going to be a bittersweet farewell to Old Trafford, now that we know we won’t be playing the Champions League next season.“It leaves us with a bad taste because, even if we enjoyed good moments together throughout the season, we weren’t consistent enough to qualify for the top European competition.“It’s true that we found many difficulties along the way, especially if we talk about injuries (up to 15 players in several weeks, as far as I remember), but Manchester United must be ambitious and always fight for everything.”Events at Old Trafford on Sunday, which saw the stadium evacuated in a full-scale security alert, took attention away from speculation over United manager Louis van Gaal’s future.Van Gaal has been under heavy scrutiny for most of the season and there have been reports his position was dependent on whether United reached the top four or not. It remains to be seen whether Tuesday now proves to be his final game at Old Trafford or whether he continues, or if the FA Cup final may yet have a bearing.Victory for Bournemouth, whose first season in the top flight has been a success, would lift them two places to 14th.Van Gaal may now field a different side from that intended as he prepares for Wembley, but midfielder Marouane Fellaini is suspended.Fans who were at OId Trafford for the original game on Sunday have been offered a refund and free entry to the rescheduled fixture, a gesture that it is estimated will cost the club £3million. Juan Mata in action for Manchester United
Real Madrid are set to turn down loan offers for Liverpool target Mateo Kovacic – and will only sell him for £24m.The 22-year-old only arrived at the Bernabeu last summer but has struggled to establish himself as a regular first-team player.The midfielder made just eight La Liga starts last term and reports in Italy have suggested that a loan back to Serie A could be on the cards.Roma are very keen on luring the Croatia international back following three impressive seasons at Inter before his Real switch.And it has been reported that Kovacic could be open to the move with game time so short in Spain – which has come as a blow to Liverpool.The Reds have kept tabs on him for some time now and they have also been heavily linked with a summer offer.But now the Gazzetta dello Sport claim that Madrid do not want to loan Kovacic out next season and that they will only consider letting him go permanently if somebody is ready to cough up.They paid Inter €30m (£24m) to sign him this time last year and it is said that they will only sell him should they receive the same fee in return. Mateo Kovacic in action for Croatia 1