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Everton and England starlet Ross Barkley Everton manager Roberto Martinez has thrown his weight into the ongoing debate over Ross Barkley’s role in the England team, and has urged Roy Hodgson not to allow his talent to go to waste.The 21-year-old was the stand-out performer during Euro 2016 qualifying wins against Estonia and Lithuania over the past week.But the opinions over the youngster’s role have been varied, with former Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp telling talkSPORT Hodgson should build his team around the midfielder, while Neil Warnock claimed his defensive weaknesses could be a liability.Barkley’s performances for England were a continuation of his Everton form this season and Martinez feels his place in the Three Lions fold should be a no-brainer.The Toffees manager said: “I think his best position is on the pitch.“When you’ve got that outstanding talent, you just need to fit it in a team. There’s no right answer, depending on what role you want him to do and what you want the team to do.“What is clear is he’s a sensational prospect, as we all know. He’s still a very young man.“I’m a bit surprised about the hype that has developed just because of the two performances with England. We’ve been seeing Ross hitting that level since the first day of the season.“He’s someone that has been through so much and it’s not just a sign of a potential player any more, he’s a very strong footballer with incredible quality.” 1
Watford’s Nigerian striker Odion Ighalo has challenged his teammates to prove the press wrong and stay in the Premier League this season.The 26-year-old joined the Hornets in 2014 and has scored five goals already in the Premier League this season – only Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy and Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero have scored more.Ighalo believes Watford have enough quality to fend off relegation this season, and says he is using the doubters in the media as motivation.“I think it will send a big message to the whole team because, as I said, they are flying at the moment and doing really well,” Ighalo told talkSPORT’s Warren Haughton.“I think every other Premier League team will sit up and take notice of us. Every team that came up from the Premier League from the Championship the press have written off.“Yes (it is all about survival) and they’ve already written us off, but if we want to remain in the Premier League we must fight on and prove them wrong.”
1 Harry Kane will captain Tottenham as the Premier League side take on Colchester United in the FA Cup fourth round – LIVE on talkSPORTTune in for LIVE commentary of Colchester United v Tottenham Hotspur (KO 12:45) HEREColchester currently lie rock bottom of the League One table, yet Mauricio Pochettino has named a strong side, with Kane startling alongside the likes of Christian Erisen, Erik Lamela and Nacer Chadli.But Spurs fans’ eyes will surely all be on Keven Wimmer, who will get his first real test as Jan Vertonghen’s replacement after the Belgium international suffered a serious knee injury against Crystal Palace last week.Meanwhile, Ryan Mason has still failed to recover from his ankle injury, so Tom Carroll and Nabil Bentaleb start in midfield, with England starlet Delle Alli starting on the bench.For Colchester, a late change of line-up sees top frontman Marvin Sordell start on the bench.Tottenham team: Vorm, Trippier, Dier, Wimmer, Davies, Bentaleb, Carroll, Lamela, Eriksen, Chadli, Kane. Subs: Walker, Alderweireld, Son, Dembele, Alli, Onomah, LlorisColchester team: Kean, Brindley, Eastman, Wynter, Vincent-Young, Ambrose, Gilbey, Garvan, Moncur, Sordell, Massey. Subs: Briggs, Edwards, Lee, Kent, Bonne, Parish Tottenham striker Harry Kane
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“This was a little rain flood,” Stevens said. “What happens if we get a big storm?” On Monday, bands of heavy rain dumped about 7 inches of rain on New Orleans and its suburbs, leaving many streets impassable and flooding some businesses and homes. The city’s system of pumps and drainage canals, while nearly back to its capacity before Hurricane Katrina hit on Aug. 29, 2005, couldn’t keep up. Mayor Ray Nagin shut City Hall early and schools were closed across the city. Waist-high water in parts of eastern New Orleans soaked businesses, some of which had only recently reopened after being damaged by Katrina. The Army Corps of Engineers had to close a floodgate on the Harvey Canal because of flooding fears. By Tuesday, most of the city was dry, but a few spots were still flooded. Officials declared the city’s efforts to fight the flood a success. “The system is solid,” said Robert Jackson, a spokesman for the Sewerage and Water Board. RAINFALL: Officials deem the response to their first test since Katrina a success. By Cain Burdeau THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW ORLEANS – With a shake of the head, Richie Stevens looked at the brownish, oil-streaked water surrounding his property Tuesday and wondered how so much of the city could be swamped by a rainfall not even associated with a hurricane. There were no reports of pump failures and flooding was minor in most places. It was the biggest test the city has had since Katrina in 2005, which dumped 13 inches of rain on New Orleans. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Such praise isn’t overblown or unfounded. In a coaching career that dates back to 1967 and spans more than 35 seasons, Ball has seen nearly every tennis prospect to come out of the area in the last 40 years. “She’s quickly becoming the best player I’ve had,” Ball said. “I think the potential of where she’ll go is pretty much unlimited.” The 15-year-old is currently seeded 26th in the SCTA 16-and-under division. In the last calendar year, she’s won two USTA amateur events and reached the finals of two others. So then why play for Bay League fourth-fiddle Redondo? “I’ve lived in Redondo my whole life. I could have gone to another high school, but I wanted to play for my city,” Taylor said. “When I joined Redondo, I knew that its team had good players and that it just needed a boost. I knew Redondo could be right there with the other schools.” While Taylor has yet to lead Redondo to a team win over a top-flight opponent, she and her sister, Elle, who holds down the team’s No. 2 singles spot, have been successful in closing what used to be a daunting distance between Redondo and the Bay League’s top brass. “High school tennis is a team sport played by individuals,” Ball said. “If Della wins all of her sets, we get three points and still lose the match. The players (who) want to play at Redondo have to make the other players better. Della bought into that right away.” One way Taylor has helped elevate the squad, aside from the W’s next to her name on the score sheet, has been by taking part in two-on-one drills with the school’s doubles teams. “It really helps my doubles team to get better because just about every ball they hit comes back,” Ball said. “If my doubles players want to get better and contend with the Peninsulas and PVs, they need to get used to playing against players like Della, and she’s always willing to do that.” Her willingness to better others on the team has not come at the expense of her own ambitions to preserve her unblemished record and cement herself as the best player in the area’s best league. Thursday’s 2:30 p.m. match at Palos Verdes could go along way to doing just that as could her potential matchup Monday with USTA national No. 7 Taylor Gibbs of Mira Costa. “Going into matches like that doesn’t intimidate me,” Taylor said “I know that if I just play my game, it’ll be a good match. Everyone’s beatable.” firstname.lastname@example.orgWant 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.A mark like that at this point in the season is hard to come by and even harder to overlook, but Redondo’s top singles player has seemingly done both. Maybe it’s because she has yet to develop a jaw-dropping power swing or that head-turning type of net play. Maybe it’s because she’s not winning matches for one of the Bay League’s Big Three. That doesn’t change the fact that she’s beaten the best Palos Verdes, Mira Costa and Peninsula have to offer. This season, Taylor doubled up Palos Verdes’ Brooke Schweyer (6-3) and cruised to a 6-1 victory over Mira Costa’s Krystal Langley. Last season, Taylor beat SCTA tournament travel partner Kathryn Webb of Palos Verdes. She even edged Daily Breeze Player of the Year Rika Tatsuno of Peninsula. “You have to play a pretty perfect match against Rika and she did,” Redondo coach Jim Ball said. “Before that, I couldn’t tell just how good she was. It was after that match when I realized that she was something special. “To beat a player of her caliber, that’s a pretty fantastic achievement for a freshman.” By David Saunders STAFF WRITER If you sat and watched five minutes of one of Della Taylor’s matches, her play might not leave an indelible impression. She doesn’t yelp or scream, boast or brag. She doesn’t possess a blistering serve or an overbearing forehand just yet. After all, she is just a sophomore. A sophomore who just happens to be 44-0.
The 30-foot-long Nigersaurus had a feather-light skull held close to the ground to graze like an ancient cow. Sereno described it as a younger cousin of the North American dinosaur Diplodicus. Its broad muzzle contained more than 50 columns of teeth lined up tightly along the front edge of its jaw. Behind each tooth more were lined up as replacements when one broke off. Using CT scans the researchers were able study the inside of the animal’s skull where the orientation of canals in the organ that helps keep balance disclosed the habitual low pose of the head, they reported. Nigersaurus also had a backbone made of more air than bone. “The vertebrae are so paper-thin that it is difficult to imagine them coping with the stresses of everyday use – but we know they did it, and they did it well,” Jeffrey Wilson, assistant professor at the University of Michigan and an expedition team member, said in a statement. The dinosaur’s anatomy and lifestyle were to be detailed in the Nov. 21 issue of PLoS ONE, the online journal from the Public Library of Science, and in the December issue of National Geographic magazine. The first bones of Nigersaurus were picked up in Niger in the 1950s by French paleontologists led by Philippe Taquet, but the species was not named at that time. Sereno and his team honored this early work by naming Nigersaurus taqueti after the nation where it was found and the French scientist.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! It’s not normally a good idea to have all the teeth in the front of the jaw – hundreds in this case. Sure, “it’s great for nipping,” Sereno said, “but that’s not where you want do your food processing.” “That was an amazing moment, we knew we had something no one had ever seen before,” Sereno recalled. Sereno, a National Geographic explorer-in-residence and paleontologist at the University of Chicago, said the first evidence of Nigersaurus was found in the 1990s and now researchers have been able to reconstruct its skull and skeleton. While Nigersaurus’ mouth is shaped like the wide intake slot of a vacuum, it has something lacking in most cleaners – hundreds of tiny, sharp teeth to grind up its food. WASHINGTON – A dinosaur with a strange jaw designed to hoover-up food grazed in what is now the Sahara Desert 110 million years ago. Remains of the creature that “flabbergasted” paleontologist Paul Sereno went on display Thursday at the headquarters of the National Geographic Society, where they will remain until March. Sereno and colleagues recovered, assembled and named the creature – Nigersaurus taqueti – that he said seems to break all the rules, yet still existed. “The biggest eureka moment was when I was sitting at the desk with this jaw,” he said. “I was sitting down just looking at it and saw a groove and realized that all the teeth were up front.”
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsBut a deal struck last week between a big Mexican retailer and China’s First Automotive Works Group serves as a reminder that it’s only a matter of time before Chinese cars are sold in the United States. Major milestone Mexico’s Grupo Salinas announced recently that it had formed a venture with FAW, one of China’s leading vehicle manufacturers, to sell Chinese-built cars in Mexico early next year. The partners also are investing $150million to build a plant in the western Mexican state of Michoacan. It will have an initial capacity to produce 100,000 FAW cars a year by 2010. If production gets under way on time, the FAW cars may be the first Chinese vehicles assembled in the North American free-trade zone comprising Mexico, Canada and the United States. Several Chinese automakers and North American importers have devised plans to bring Chinese-made cars into the region – and some of them have already collapsed, including the first such scheme announced by U.S. entrepreneur Malcolm Bricklin in 2005. One of China’s Big 3 Founded in 1953 with help from Soviet engineers, state-owned FAW is one of China’s most established automakers. It is one of the country’s original Big Three, along with Dongfeng Motor Co. (formerly Second Automotive Works) and Shanghai Automotive Industry Corp. FAW produces more than 1million vehicles a year through ventures with Mazda Motor Corp., Toyota Motor Corp. and Volkswagen AG, and its own domestic operations. Its best-known model is the FAW Red Flag executive sedan. For now, FAW’s venture with Grupo Salinas does not appear to be targeting U.S. customers. The cars, sold through Grupo Salinas’s Elektra appliance stores, will be priced between $5,990 and $7,720 to appeal to Mexican entry-level buyers. The U.S. automakers might feel the competition at the low end of the models they sell in Mexico. The Chevrolet Corsa and Ford Ka cars cost only slightly more than the vehicles FAW will be selling. It’s not a big concern – at least not yet.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Within the past month, two high-ranking Chinese officials – China’s ambassador to the United States and a senior auto executive – told audiences in Detroit that Chinese automakers would not be shipping cars to the United States in large numbers anytime soon. That’s what global auto experts have been saying, too – that the Chinese aren’t ready to compete in the U.S. market and that they know it. Chrysler LLC officials recently disclosed that their Chinese partner Chery Automobile doesn’t have a car now that meets their requirements. And a slew of recalls of defective toys and other products made in China seems to have pushed back the prospect of Chinese car imports even further.
1 Nicky Clark and Harry Forrester celebrate Rangers will be playing top flight football next season after clinching the Ladbrokes Championship with a narrow 1-0 home win over Dumbarton.After re-emerging at the bottom tier of Scottish football in 2012 in the wake of their financial meltdown, the Govan club’s trek to the Premiership ended with a second half goal from right-back James Tavernier in front of a packed but often subdued Ibrox.The Gers fans, who have stuck by the club in huge numbers throughout the lower league campaigns deserved to cheer long and loud into the Govan night although it was less than thrilling fare they were served up.Last season’s failure to get out of the second tier was embarrassing for a club whose wage bill has dwarfed every team they have played in the three lower leagues but boss Mark Warburton ensured the remit he was given when he arrived last summer was achieved.The former Brentford boss and his players will face much tougher opponents next season, although they will get a chance to gauge their level sooner than that, as they face traditional rivals Celtic in the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final at Hampden Park on Sunday week, following the Light Blues’ Petrofac Cup final against Peterhead at the national stadium.But for the supporters, the title win was to be enjoyed.