1 Benik Afobe Wolves have confirmed Benik Afobe will not be leaving the club this summer – despite reported interest from Norwich City.The former Arsenal striker has been linked with a move to the Premier League after scoring 32 goals for MK Dons and Wolves last term.Afobe, 22, has also hit two goals in his opening three games this season, raising speculation he could be on the move to a top-flight club.But in a statement released today, the Championship club said: “Neither Benik nor any of Wolves’ first team forward players will be sold this season.“Benik has developed into a player of key importance to Wolves and the club’s plans for this campaign.“Wolves have previously resisted the opportunity to sell other key first-team players in this and other recent transfer windows.“As far as the club is concerned there is no need for any further comments or speculation about this issue.”
Peter Crouch paid tribute to Wayne Rooney on talkSPORT after the Manchester United forward became England’s all-time leading marksman.Rooney scored from the penalty spot against Switzerland on Tuesday night to surpass Sir Bobby Charlton’s long-standing haul of 49 goals Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast on Wednesday, Stoke striker Crouch said of his former international teammate’s achievement: “It’s incredible.“The fact he has stayed at the top for so long is the most amazing thing.“He is a class player. We have probably got two or three world class players and he certainly came into that category when I was in the squad.“He has got so much ability and it is not just the goals he brings to the team, it is the all-round performances as well.”
Dave Stevens joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.The Coral spokesman looks at the contenders to succeed Tim Sherwood as Aston Villa manager and reveals there has been much support for Gus Poyet, with the former Sunderland boss now into 5-1 to take the job.He also previews tonight’s League Cup action, including talkSPORT’s live game between Sheffield Wednesday and Arsenal, with the Gunners 2/5 to beat their Championship opponents at Hillsborough.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast
FIFA’s ethics committee is seeking a lifetime ban for Michel Platini, his lawyers have confirmed.UEFA president Platini and outgoing FIFA president Sepp Blatter will have formal hearings into allegations of FIFA’s ethics code breaches later this month over a £1.3million payment made to the Frenchman in 2011.A spokesman for Platini’s lawyer Thibaut D’Ales confirmed the recommendation from the ethics committee’s investigatory chamber was for a lifetime ban if the charges are proved.It is expected that a similar sanction will be sought against Blatter, but there has been no confirmation from his legal team, while FIFA’s ethics committee refused to comment.French sports daily L’Equipe reported D’Ales as saying the recommended lifetime ban was a “pure scandal” and “disproportionate” and claimed that it had been deliberately leaked to further damage Platini’s hopes of running for the FIFA presidency.D’Ales added: “This ban is subject to corruption being proved but it is clearly a disproportionate punishment.“In releasing this, there is clearly a desire to harm. The masks are slipping one by one in FIFA, the electoral calendar is being manipulated and there is a strategy to eliminate Platini as a candidate.”Hans-Joachim Eckert, the German judge who heads the adjudicatory chamber of FIFA’s ethics committee, opened proceedings against the pair on Monday after studying reports from investigators and a decision is expected before Christmas.Blatter and Platini – who are both provisionally suspended for 90 days – are facing Charges of four ethics code breaches: mismanagement, conflict of interest, false accounting and non co-operation with or criticising the ethics committee.Other senior FIFA figures previously to receive lifetime bans include Jack Warner (Trinidad and Tobago), Chuck Blazer (USA), Mohamed Bin Hammam (Qatar) and Manilal Fernando (Sri Lanka). 1 Michel Platini
Zinedine Zidane is in line to replace Rafael Benitez as Real Madrid boss, the club’s former president Ramon Calderon has told talkSPORT.Benitez has endured a difficult start to his Bernabeu reign after replacing Carlo Ancelotti in the summer.He has overseen a humiliating defeat at the hands of bitter rivals Barcelona and Real are currently five points adrift of the La Liga leaders.President Florentino Perez is reportedly weighing up whether to ditch the ex-Liverpool boss and Calderon says, should he do so, then Zidane will almost certainly be his successor.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, he said: “Benitez is having problems. “Ancelotti was doing well and the players were backing him. Now with results not as expected people are starting to get fed up [under Benitez] and the players seem not to be very happy.“Having Benitez from the beginning was a problem. We knew this could happen if the results weren’t right. If he leaves, the man who will come in will be Zidane.”One of the club’s greatest ever players, Zidane’s appointment would be popular with the Bernabeu faithful.But Calderon believes Spain boss Vicente del Bosque, who enjoyed great success in charge of Real from 1999 to 2003, should be Perez’s top target.“Del Bosque proved to be a fantastic coach. He was with us all his life as a player and a coach. He won two Champions Leagues, he won the World Cup and the European Championship with the national team, so he would be the perfect manager,” he insisted.“I know the president doesn’t like him but, for me, he would be the right one. He knows the club well, he knows how things work. He did perfect at the time he was with us. He would be the right manager, no doubt.“It is too early [for Zidane]. He has been coaching the second team in the second division – he lacks experience. But it seems that the president has decided to have him on the bench if Benitez leaves.”
1 John Still John Still is back as Dagenham manager for the third time.The 65-year-old has signed a contract with the League Two strugglers which runs to the end of the 2016/17 season.Still ended his last spell as Daggers boss in February 2013 to take charge of Luton Town.He went on to lead the Hatters into the Football League after a five-year absence but was sacked earlier this month after almost three years in the job.Now he has taken charge of Luton’s League Two rivals, replacing Wayne Burnett, who was axed after a run of one win in 16 games left the Daggers in the relegation zone.Still told www.daggers.co.uk: “I’m delighted. The club has been important to me since I was 15 years old. I’ve spent a lot of time here as a supporter, player and manager.“We’re in a difficult position so it’s really important we can try and do some things that can keep us in the Football League.”Still first managed Dagenham in 1992 and spent two years in the job before leaving for Peterborough.His second spell at the club lasted from 2004-2013, during which he guided the Daggers from the Conference to League One.
Lloyd Dyer Ipswich Town are closing in on the signing of Lloyd Dyer, who left Watford last week.The 33-year-old made 14 appearances during the Hornets’ promotion-winning campaign last season but did not manage a single outing this term.His contract was terminated by mutual consent earlier this month, leaving him free to join another club as a free agent.Now it is being reported that Dyer is on the verge of agreeing a short-term deal with Ipswich.Mick McCarthy’s side are once again in the hunt for promotion back to the Premier League and sit just two points outside the Championship play-off spots. 1
A light-hearted look at the weekend’s action with comedy duo Jon Richardson and Matt Forde.
No. 24 CS Dominguez Hills 2, CS Stanislaus 1: Yvonne Vasquez scored in the 73rd minute to lead the host Toros. Kelly Matosian gave CSDH (12-2-3, 7-2-2 CCAA) the lead just 18 seconds into the game. Corrie Horikawa (North Torrance High) assisted on both Toro goals. Adrienne Sorenson scored the lone goal for the Warriors (9-7-2, 7-3-2) in the 24th minute. Women’s volleyball Christal Morrison racked up 17 kills and 10 digs as No. 5 Washington swept No. 4 USC, 30-26, 30-28, 30-19. Stevie Mussie added 13 kills and 13 digs for the Huskies (18-1, 9-1 Pac-10). Asia Kaczor led the Trojans (17-3, 6-3) with 14 kills, while Jessica Gysin chipped in 10 kills and 16 digs. Taylor Carico (Mira Costa High) had 36 assists for USC. No. 7 UCLA 3, Washington State 0: Kaitlin Sather posted 17 kills and 10 digs as the visiting Bruins earned a 33-31, 30-18, 30-23 sweep. Rachell Johnson added 16 kills for the Bruins (16-4, 6-3 Pac-10), while Ali Daley chipped in 10 kills and 14 digs. Tara West led the Cougars (9-14, 0-9) with 11 kills. Long Beach State 3, UC Santa Barbara 0: Alexis Crimes racked up 15 kills and nine digs as the host 49ers cruised to a 30-14, 31-29, 30-17 victory. Ashley Lee added seven kills and 15 digs for Long Beach (13-5, 7-1 Big West). Lauren McLaughlin (South Torrance High) had nine kills and seven digs for the Gauchos (7-13, 2-6), while Rebecca Saraceno (Redondo High) posted three kills and 10 digs. CS Monterey Bay 3, CS Dominguez Hills 1: Brittany Etchings had 14 kills and 13 digs as the visiting Otters won, 30-19, 30-26, 22-30, 31-29. Sophia Lopes racked up 24 kills and 21 digs for the Toros (2-21, 1-11 CCAA). Christine Ricketts added 15 kills for CSMB (9-15, 6-6). Men’s soccer Humberto Lopez snapped a scoreless tie in overtime as No. 17 Cal State Dominguez Hills defeated visiting Cal State Stanislaus, 1-0, giving Coach Joe Flanagan his 200th career win. The Toros (13-3, 9-2 CCAA) held a clear advantage in shots, 20-5, against the Warriors (12-5, 8-3). UCLA 4, Oregon State 1: The visiting Bruins erupted for three goals in the second half. Mike Zaher scored in the 15th minute for UCLA (6-5-2, 2-1-1 Pac-10) before Mason Webb tied the game in the 37th minute for the Beavers (4-8-0, 1-3-0). Jason Leopoldo snapped the tie with a goal in the 54th minute. Maxwell Griffin and David Estrada added insurance goals. San Francisco 2, Loyola Marymount 1: Bryan Burke scored in the 70th minute to give the visiting Dons the victory. Brad Stisser scored the lone goal for the Lions (2-8-1, 0-4-0 WCC). Jeff Russell scored the first goal for San Francisco (5-6-0, 1-3-0). Men’s water polo Colin Mello scored with 19 seconds left to lift No. 9 UC Irvine to a 7-6 home victory over No. 6 Long Beach State. Mello, Tim Hutten and Cole Bitter each scored two goals for the Anteaters (9-7, 2-1 MPSF). Ash Blythen scored three goals for the 49ers (13-7, 0-2).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.Valerie Henderson had four saves for UCLA. The Cardinal (10-2-1, 1-1-0) could only muster eight shots on goal. Freshman Christen Press (Chadwick High) had one of those shots. No. 10 USC 3, No. 19 California 0: Marihelen Tomer scored in the 29th minute to put the visiting Trojans ahead for good. Karter Haug and Lauren Brown added goals for USC (11-1-1, 3-0-0 Pac-10) in the 42nd and 57th minutes, respectively. The Golden Bears (8-4-0, 0-2-0) mustered just two shots, both by Caroline Lea. No. 18 San Diego 3, Loyola Marymount 1: The host Toreros scored three unanswered goals in the second half to end the Lions’ nine-game winning streak. Jamie Bell scored in the eighth minute for LMU (9-4-1, 1-1-0 WCC). San Diego’s defense then held the Lions to just four shots, while the Toreros (11-1-2, 2-0-0) got goals from Leigh Ann Robinson, Amy Epsten and Ashley Shoughro. Cal State Fullerton 1, Long Beach State 0: Jenae Gibbens scored on a throw-in in the 62nd minute to give the visiting Titans the win. Gibbens threw the ball in from the 15-yard line and it went untouched past 49er goalkeeper Liz Ramos. Fullerton (8-6-1, 3-2-0 Big West) had eight shots, while Long Beach (10-5-1, 3-1-0) had 13. From news services Lauren Cheney scored on a penalty kick in the 37th minute as the top-ranked UCLA women’s soccer team defeated No. 2 Stanford, 2-0, in Palo Alto on Friday night. Cheney was tripped up in the goal box, and she blasted a shot past goalkeeper Kira Maker for her 14th goal of the season. Christina DiMartino added an insurance goal in the 75th minute for the Bruins (10-1-2, 3-0-0 Pacific-10). Cheney picked up an assist.
USC offensive tackle Drew Radovich (sore back) participated in Friday’s walk-through and should be able to start today against Oregon in Eugene. Offensive tackle Sam Baker (hamstring) and offensive guard Chilo Rachal (sore calf) also will start. Injury update Boise runs over Fresno Jeremy Avery led Boise State’s dominant running game with a career-high 124 yards and three touchdowns, and the Broncos avenged their only conference loss in the last half-decade with a 34-21 victory over Fresno State in Fresno. D.J. Harper had a career-best 153 yards and a score for the five-time Western Athletic Conference champion Broncos (7-1, 4-0), whose sole loss in their last 44 WAC games was a 27-7 defeat in Fresno in 2005. Boise State controlled its latest trip to the Central Valley with 282 yards from its relentless ground game. With Ian Johnson sidelined by a bruised kidney, the Broncos’ freshman ball-carriers patiently wore down the young Bulldogs. Clifton Smith returned a punt 65 yards for a score for Fresno State (5-3, 4-1), which hoped to signal its return to the national stage with another win over last season’s BCS darlings.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! From staff reports It was bad, and Rodney Van knows it. Washington State picked on Van mercilessly, and UCLA’s cornerback was beaten for three touchdowns, and several other big plays before he was yanked from the game. By himself. Today in Pullman, Wash., Van believes he can exact a measure of revenge when the Bruins face Washington State. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“I’m playing with a little chip on my shoulder this game,” Van said. “That’s definitely what it is. It’s not a chip to the point where it’s going to distract me from our goal as a team, but there is a little chip. I have to perform. I have to prove myself again, to myself.” Unlike a year ago, when Van was a starting cornerback, most of his snaps today will be when UCLA is employing its nickel package (five defensive backs), which is expected to be a lot since the Cougars like to spread out defenses and throw the ball. “I’ve been in the film room a little more this week,” Van said. “The team that beats you the baddest … every year every player has a game they probably wish they could have back, and that was my game.” Washington State junior receiver Brandon Gibson scored two touchdowns against Van last season at the Rose Bowl, and Van should get a shot at stopping him. Gibson missed the game at Oregon two weeks ago because of a heel injury, but he is expected to play. The quarterback who picked on Van, Alex Brink, is also back. Brink threw for 405 yards in the meeting.