Simon Clare joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.The Coral spokesman assesses some of the upcoming FA Cup fourth round ties after the draw was made on Monday.He also looks ahead to Tuesday’s Premier League action, with Newcastle v Manchester United the pick of the games. Louis van Gaal is under severe pressure going into the game and the Magpies are 15/4 for the win, while United are 5/6.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast
Arsenal’s team sheet for the Leicester game is in and it features Herr Mertesacker.It’s no secret the Foxes’ superb form this season has been largely down to the supreme pace they have on the counter attack.Cue, response from Arsenal fans to Mertesacker’s inclusion (scroll down to the bottom for full team news). 1 Jamie Vardy and Per Mertesacker Arsenal line up: Cech, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Bellerin, Monreal, Coquelin, Ramsey, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Sanchez, Ozil, Giroud.Leicester City line up: Schmeichel, Morgan, Huth, Simpson, Fuchs, Drinkwater, Kante, Albrighton, Mahrez, Okazaki, Vardy.
1 Jordan Henderson in action for Liverpool Jordan Henderson insists Liverpool still have plenty of work to do to book their place in the Europa League quarter-finals.The Reds will take a 2-0 lead into the second leg of their last 16 tie with Manchester United after outplaying their domestic rivals at Anfield on Thursday night.But Henderson is wary of complacency creeping in and has warned his teammates they will have to produce a repeat performance at Old Trafford to ensure they progress.“It is only half the job done. Anything can happen in football and I have seen stranger things happen,” said the Liverpool captain.“It is only half-time so we have to make sure in the second half at Old Trafford we play like that again because it will be very difficult.”It was a well deserved victory against a poor United side – described as shambolic by Paul Scholes after the game – and gave Liverpool a third straight win in all competitions.“It was a good team performance,” added Henderson. “You have to concentrate on performances and I feel in the last few weeks performances have been good and results follow.“We have built some momentum and confidence and hopefully we can continue that until the end of the season.“This (result) give us another boost.”
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre The three-way confrontation at the beginning of a lengthy debate reduced the other Democratic presidential hopefuls on the debate stage to the uncomfortable role of spectator, yet it perfectly captured the race for the party’s nomination. Clinton leads in the nationwide polls, but recent surveys in Iowa show she is in a virtual dead heat with Obama and Edwards. For Richardson, Sens. Joseph Biden of Delaware and Chris Dodd of Connecticut and Rep. Dennis Kucinich of Ohio, the opening moments were frustrating – and they repeatedly tried to break in. “Oh, no, don’t make me speak,” Biden said in mock horror when moderator Wolf Blitzer called on him roughly 15 minutes into the proceedings. New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, who has campaigned in Nevada more than any other presidential hopeful, took verbal shots at Clinton and her two closest pursuers in the polls. “Let’s stop the mudslinging,” he said. LAS VEGAS – Under pressure in a feisty debate, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton accused her closest rivals Thursday night of slinging mud “right out of the Republican playbook” and leveled her sharpest criticism of the campaign at their records. “What the American people are looking for right now is straight answers to tough questions, and that is not what we have seen from Senator Clinton on a host of issues,” said Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois in the opening moments of a debate seven weeks before the first contest of the race for the Democratic presidential nomination. “There’s nothing personal about this,” said former Sen. John Edwards of North Carolina, who joined Obama in bluntly accusing Clinton of forever switching positions on Social Security, driver licenses for illegal immigrants and other issues. “The American people know where I stand,” said Clinton, turning aside the suggestion that she was seeking to hide her positions. Long an advocate of universal health care, she said Obama’s current proposal leaves millions uncovered and that Edwards did not support health care for all when he first ran for president in 2004. Yet Richardson, who has campaigned in Nevada more than any other presidential hopeful, took verbal shots at Clinton and her two closest pursuers in the polls. He said Edwards is engaging in class warfare, Obama was trying to start a generational war and Clinton, “with all due respect with her plan on Iraq doesn’t end the war. All I want to do is give peace a chance.” Richardson was in the minority when the candidates were asked whether human rights could ever trump national security. He said it could; Clinton said it could not, and Dodd said “obviously national security.” Obama challenged the question, saying “the concepts are not contradictory.” Clinton, her standing as the front-runner at risk, seemed intent on redeeming what even she conceded was a sub-par performance at the previous debate, turning aside criticism from her rivals and answering questions with practiced ease. Asked whether she was guilty of playing the “gender card” in her drive to become the first female president, she said she had not. “They’re not attacking me because I’m a woman. They’re attacking me because I’m ahead,” she said to loud applause. Obama was the first to challenge Clinton, saying it took two weeks to “get a clear answer” on whether she supports or opposes issuing driver licenses for illegal immigrants. “The same is true on Social Security,” he said. For the first time in a debate since the campaign began, Clinton swiftly answered in kind. “When it came time to step up and decide whether or not he would support universal health care coverage he chose not to do that,” she said of Obama. She added his plan would leave 15 million people without coverage – the population of Iowa and three other early voting states in the nominating campaign. Edwards was next to accuse Clinton of trying to have it both ways – with the war in Iraq, Social Security and defining the scope of President George W. Bush’s power to use military force against Iran. “She says she will bring change to Washington while she continues to defend a system that does not work, that is broken, that is rigged, that is corrupt,” added the former North Carolina senator. “I’ve just been personally attacked again,” Clinton broke in. “I don’t mind taking hits on my record on issues, but when somebody starts throwing mud at least we can hope it’s accurate and not right out of the Republican playbook.” The debate unfolded on a stage at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas. The focus on Clinton from the debate’s opening moments was hardly surprising. The senator herself has conceded she turned in a sub-par performance at the last debate, when she stumbled on a question about driver licenses for illegal immigrants.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 Subprime mortgages are home loans to borrowers with tainted credit histories. Such loans caused credit markets to seize up in August on concerns about plunging home prices and missed mortgage payments. Nearly 2.3million subprime mortgages are projected to reset at higher rates, and correspondingly higher monthly payments, through the end of next year. Many fear that those loans will result in foreclosures that will drag down property values. With the housing market continuing to sink, investors are bracing for more write-downs at financial institutions, which have already written down tens of billions of dollars this year. This month, major banks including Citigroup Inc., Merrill Lynch & Co and Morgan Stanley have revealed massive losses on investments linked to the U.S. mortgage market. John Casesa, managing partner for the Casesa Shapiro Group, an auto-industry financial-advisory firm, said there’s no question the mortgage woes will spill into car and truck financing. “The only question is how big a worry it is,” he said. If the spillover continues, it could further drive down auto sales, Casesa said, because as adjustable-rate mortgages go higher, there will be less liquidity available to buy cars and other big-ticket items. Loan delinquencies could also result in tighter credit by the auto companies’ financial units, Johnson wrote.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! DETROIT – Rising delinquency rates on car and truck loans have some industry analysts concerned that subprime-mortgage troubles could spill into the automotive-finance business. In a note to investors Monday, Lehman Brothers analyst Brian Johnson said his analysis of auto-loan-backed securities sold by Ford Motor Credit Co. and GMAC Financial Services showed some higher delinquency rates for October and September compared with recent years. “As unemployment remains low, this deterioration in the auto ABS credit conditions may be evidence of a likely spill over of the mortgage woes onto the auto credit world,” Johnson wrote. Spokeswomen for both Ford Motor Credit and GMAC said they experienced slight increases in delinquencies in the third quarter, but those were unrelated to the subprime-mortgage problems.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat Kings160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NORTH HOLLYWOOD – Artwork believed to be worth up to $1 million was taken from a gallery this morning in North Hollywood, police said. Two robbers entered the NoHo Art Gallery in the 5000 block of Lankershim Boulevard at 10:30 a.m., and roughed up the gallery worker before taking 15 oil paintings, according to television news reports. Information about the two suspects was unavailable.
PREMISES IN Letterkenny are amongst empty properties for which the IDA is spending more than €3.57 million a year on rent, the organisation has admitted.In fact half of all properties leased by the taxpyaer-funded state organisation are vacant.The most expensive lease the agency holds for a vacant unit is the €424,000 a year it pays for a premises in Athlone, Co Westmeath, to local developers Michael O’Sullivan and Aidan Kelly. This is part-occupied. The agency is also paying €390,000 a year to Hibernia Life for an empty unit in Tallaght, and €375,000 to Irish Life for the use of premises on Foley Street, Dublin, which is occupied. Twelve units in the Airways Industrial Estate in Santry, Dublin are leased by the agency, which pays annual rents ranging from €340,000 down to €87,000. Three apiece are owned by the Galway-based companies DH Burke Group and DM Properties. Eight of the Airways units are empty.Multiple units are also lying vacant in industrial parks in Newbridge, Letterkenny, Waterford and Cork. Property developer Ken Rohan is paid €232,500 a year for a vacant premises at Poppintree, Finglas, through his company Minas Ltd.The leases were all entered into in the first half of the 1980s and run for 35 years, according to the details supplied under freedom of information to www.thestory.ie.An IDA spokesman confirmed yesterday that about half the buildings it was leasing were vacant but pointed out that most have only a few years to run. He was unable to say if the leases were subject to upward-only review. “This is a legacy issue, and one which will expire with the leases in the coming years,” he said. In total, the agency pays €7.4 million a year in rent to private landlords.endsLETTERKENNY PREMISES INCLUDED IN LIST OF EMPTY PROPERTIES LEASED BY IDA FOR €3.5M was last modified: March 31st, 2011 by gregShare 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)
Ousmane Dembele in action for Rennes Liverpool and Manchester City target Ousmane Dembele has not agreed to join Borussia Dortmund.Reports had claimed that the Rennes winger was set for a summer move to the German club after holding talks this week.Demebele has been in stunning form this season and his tally of 12 goals has attracted interest from the likes of Liverpool and Manchester City.The Premier League pair appeared to have missed out when it was reported that the 18-year-old would join Dortmund in the summer.But now Dembele’s agent, Badou Sambague, has rubbished talk that his client has agreed any move.“I deny categorically any agreement with Borussia Dortmund or whoever it might be,” Sambague told Foot Mercato.“Ousmane is finishing his season. If there is a lot of speculation about him, as with many players, it remains speculation.“The journalists are doing their job, everyone is doing their job. But there is no agreement between Ousmane and another club for next season.” 1
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson UCLA (11-2, 1-1), ranked No. 11, shot a season-low 36.7 percent from the field (18 of 49) and was especially let down by its guards, who needed to take charge in a game that featured Cal’s Powe and DeVon Hardin, two of the best post players in the Pac-10 Conference. But it didn’t happen for the Bruins. As expected, the big Bears mucked things up in the paint defensively. and the Bruins’ shooters had no answer. Jordan Farmar, who played despite a sprained ankle, missed nine of 11 shots. Josh Shipp, still not 100 percent after hip surgery, missed six of nine and Arron Afflalo scored 19 points but made just one of five shots in the second half. Despite all this, the Bruins had a good chance to win. Neither team led by more than six points until Ayinde Ubaka made two free throws to put Cal up 58-51 with 2:34 left. The Bruins hung tough until a crucial error cost them. Cal led 62-60 with about 40 seconds left when Afflalo stripped Ubaka of the ball. UCLA’s Darren Collison had a chance to grab the ball but seemed to hesitate, and Ubaka took it back and drove in for a layup and a 62-58 lead with 37 seconds left, a basket that essentially clinched the victory. UCLA handled Leon Powe pretty much the way it hoped to on defense, as the Bruins held Powe, Cal’s leading scorer this season, to one field goal and 5 points Saturday afternoon. Only one, not-so-slight problem – the Bruins didn’t do much else right, and even their attempt to slow Powe didn’t really turn out that well, since Powe simply turned into a facilitator. “Darren made some great plays today, but he needed to be more aggressive there,” Afflalo said. “I feel like if we had picked up that ball, we would have had some momentum on offense.” That’s something the Bruins never really accomplished, thanks in part to Powe, who had 12 rebounds, 11 on the defensive end. Powe’s five points were a season low. The Bruins double-teamed him aggressively every time he touched the ball, but the Bears stayed patient. Cal’s four other starters combined to make 18 of 29 shots and Ubaka finished with 19 points, including two free throws that gave Cal a 64-59 lead with 21.5 seconds left. “You really get tested when things don’t go your way,” Farmar said, “so this will be a good test for us going forward.” Rich Hammond, (818) 713-3611 [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 young and hobbled Bruins, flummoxed by the combination of Cal’s tenacious defense and ultra-patient offense, couldn’t make enough big plays down the stretch as the Golden Bears took advantage to earn a surprising 68-61 victory over the Bruins in front of 10,129 at Pauley Pavilion. “They took it to us physically,” UCLA coach Ben Howland said of Cal, which earned its first two-game sweep in Southern California since 2000. “They beat us on the glass. We seemed to be a step slow.”
The stressed areas are the ones where buyers are stretching their finances the most to get into a house. Stepped-up scrutiny means lenders could be asking for more financial information from borrowers and seeking more detailed appraisals of property. Ela says it also means consumers now need to do more homework to find out whether they might be buying in a stressed area. The company’s site offers free education information and sells other information such as valuation reports. John Karevoll, an analyst at La Jolla-based DataQuick Information Systems, said this does not signal a major market turn. “This just means that more loans are now being flagged for further scrutiny than was the case six or nine months ago,” he said. “The loan applications may go through just fine.” Gregory J. Wilcox, (818) 713-3743 [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 MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita The risk is based on a scale of 1, the lowest, to 100, the highest. At 6.72 the risk is highest in the Hanford and Corcoran area. The lowest is 0.80 in Orange County and San Diego. The risk factor in the Los Angeles, Long Beach and Glendale area is 1.44, and in Oxnard, Thousand Oaks and Ventura it is 1.12. The biggest jumps came in the Salinas and Santa Cruz-Watsonville areas, while the trend was down in rural areas north of Sacramento such as Chico and Yuba City, the company said. “While the levels may not look excessive, you have some markets where the risk is on the rise,” Ela said. Mortgage lenders in California are more critically scrutinizing loan applications now because of higher default risk resulting from a shift in sales patterns as the real estate market nears the end of its boom cycle, an industry tracker said Monday. During the second half of 2005, risk levels for new mortgages statewide increased 28.6 percent across California from the prior six months, said San Juan Capistrano-based HomeSmartReports.com. The risk factor is lowest in coastal Southern California and the Bay Area, the company said. The highest risk factor is in rural Central Valley communities. This is the first time the company issued a risk report, so a historical comparison is not available, said company President Mike Ela. Previously, this information was only available to the industry.