Dave Stevens joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.The Coral spokesman says England are 12/1 to win Euro 2016, and 5/1 to reach the semi-finals, following their faultless qualifying campaign.Stevens also reveals Tottenham striker Harry Kane is 33/1 to go on and beat Wayne Rooney’s England goal record, after the Manchester United man surpassed Sir Bobby Charlton’s haul on Tuesday night.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast
1 Daniel Sturridge returned to the Liverpool goal trail against Aston Villa with a brilliant brace, serving a reminder as to exactly what the Reds have missed in his long injury absence.The England striker’s previous goal came way back on 22 March, as he has struggled to find fitness and he started just seven Premier League games last season.But his double against Villa took his tally in the top flight to 37 Premier League goals for the Reds in just 57 matches, which is the most prolific strike rate of any Liverpool player since the top flight’s rebranding in 1992.Sturridge currently averages 0.65 goals per Premier League game, just ahead of Fernando Torres and Luis Suarez’s records for the Reds.Liverpool’s best Premier League goals per game ratios1. Daniel Sturridge: 0.65 goals per game (37 goals in 57 Premier League games for Liverpool)2. Fernando Torres: 0.64 goals per game (65 in 102)3. Luis Suarez: 0.63 goals per game (69 in 110)4. Michael Owen: 0.55 goals per game (118 in 216)5. Robbie Fowler: 0.48 goals per game (128 in 266)Considering Sturridge’s record, under pressure Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers will be delighted he can now call upon such a clinical finisher, if not concerned about how long he will stay fit.“It’s not rocket science,” said Rodgers following Liverpool’s 3-2 win at home to Villa. “The last time we scored three goals was when he [Sturridge] started against Tottenham here.“To compete at the top you have to have big quality and Sturridge has shown during his time here that he’s a really top talent.“When you miss that quality in your team you can suffer for it.”Could Sturridge be Rodgers’ saviour? Share your thoughts by leaving a comment below.All statistics correct on 27 September 2015 Liverpool FC news: Daniel Sturridge has a phenomenal goal scoring record in red
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger turned on the media on Friday morning, blasting their continued criticism of him and and his team as “very, very, very, very boring”.The Frenchman also threatened to walk out of the press conference when questioned about Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho.Wenger has taken flak from all corners this week following his side’s Champions League defeat by Olympiakos, with former Manchester United captain Roy Keane labelling the team as ”weak”, ”soft” and ”lacking winners”.In the aftermath of that setback he responded angrily to questions about his decision to leave out Petr Cech in favour of David Ospina, who subsequently dropped a corner over the goalline.And Wenger’s mood had not improved as he faced the press ahead of this Sunday’s Premier League showdown with Manchester United.“You come to the game, you judge the game and you assess if I am right or wrong. I never critiqued that, I accept your judgement of how the team played and your assessment, but I don’t have to give you all the information I have to make my decisions,” the Arsenal manager said.“If you have any interesting questions for Sunday’s game I can answer, but apart from that let’s not come back always to the same story.“You have not watched well the game on Tuesday night. You come always with that same story… you can put the goalkeeper you want in the goal, he can make a mistake, you have to accept that. It’s down to everybody. But if you have watched the game and you come down to the conclusion that we lost the game because of Ospina, I question your knowledge of football.“I make the decision that is right on the day and I am accountable on the results of my team and the way we play football.”And when asked to respond to Mourinho’s comments last week that only one manager in the Premier League not under pressure, Wenger replied: “Look, stop that story or we stop the press conference.“I think you lack a bit of creativity in the press at the moment, that you follow a bandwagon that is very very, very, very boring. I don’t go along with that.”
Leicester striker Andrej Kramaric Leicester City striker Andrej Kramaric says he cannot work out why he isn’t in the team.The Croatia international moved to the King Power from Rijeka in January after the Foxes shelled out a club record fee of £9m.However, since the arrival of Claudio Ranieri this summer, the 24-year-old has made just one Premier League appearance.And now Kramaric has revealed he cannot understand why he is continually being overlooked for a spot in the first-team.“I don’t know why I’m not playing,” Kramaric told 24sata.“The fans love me, they support me and they are sorry I get so few chances. I deserve to play more, it affects my confidence. I don’t know what’s going to happen.” 1
Memphis Depay will be a major player for Manchester United if given time, Dutch legend Ronald de Boer has told talkSPORT.The 21-year-old made a promising start to his Old Trafford career following his big-money move from PSV Eindhoven in the summer.But he has lost his way in recent weeks and Louis van Gaal has not started him in the Premier League since the 3-0 defeat at Arsenal on October 4.Depay has had his attitude questioned by Netherlands boss Danny Blind and there are already doubts over whether he will ever be able to fill United’s famous number seven shirt.However, former Ajax and Barcelona star De Boer is backing his fellow countryman to come good.“It is always difficult to come to a bigger team but it is also a different country, a different league, higher expectations and the boy is just 21 years old,” he said, speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“You need time to adjust. It takes time. We have to be patient because I still believe he has the exceptional qualities to make it for Man United.”
Following the utterly ridiculous events that unfolded on Saturday lunchtime in the 5-4 win at Norwich, Liverpool could do worse than turn to the transfer market to remedy some clear deficiencies.Their weaknesses, particularly in defence and in goal, were exposed emphatically yet again with the Reds now conceding seven goals from the last eight shots they’ve faced in the Premier League.The five goals at Carrow Road papered over some cracks in attack too, with the Merseysiders managing just 30 goals in 23 Premier League games so far this campaign.The January transfer window is usually a more anticlimactic event than the summer version, and Liverpool’s two recruits so far – Marjo Grujic and Steven Caulker on loan – support that theory.So will they choose to re-enter the market with a week to go?talkSPORT rounds up all the latest Liverpool gossip – click the yellow arrow above, right, to scan the rumours… 3. One goalkeeper in, one goalkeeper out? – The goalkeeping situation at Anfield is an interesting one. Simon Mignolets new five-year deal was greeted with mixed reviews to say the least, with many feeling he was signed on to protect his resale value. The Reds are still very much monitoring Barcelona stopper Marc-Andre Ter Stegen, who is eyeing a Nou Camp departure to enhance his Euro 2016 hopes with Germany. The Sunday Mirror believe the Reds could make a late move in January to avoid increased competition for Ter Stegen in the summer. That would mean bad news for Adam Bogdan, who is already contemplating his Anfield future just six months after arriving, according to The Sun. Bogdan has looked out of his depth in his fleeting appearances this season and has failed to depose Mignolet from the number one spot. 4. Reds boost after Real Madrid approach is rejected – Liverpool have reportedly been put on red alert after Real Madrid were rebuffed by Partizan Belgrade following an approach for 19-year-old sensation Andriya Zivkovic. The Spanish giants were unsuccessful with an £11m bid for the youngest Serbian international in history after Zivkovics father rejected the move because he felt it would ruin his sons career. Liverpool and Manchester City are subsequently now the frontrunners for the striker. 5 5. Jerome Sinclair looks to leave Anfield before the end of January – One player seemingly on his way out of Anfield is Jerome Sinclair, who has been linked with a move to Watford and several La Liga clubs. Considering Sinclairs age hes only 19 the club would be entitled to compensation if he were to leave when his contract expires in the summer, but only if he departs for another English club. The Telegraph claim Sinclair will tell the Reds he wants his exit to be finalised quickly, preferably before the end of the month. 5 5 5 1. Liverpool send scouts to watch Marseille duo – find out about four more Liverpool transfer stories by clicking the arrow above – In terms of their summer plans, Liverpool are actively looking at the Ligue 1 market. The Daily Mail believe the Reds sent scouts to watch £25m-rated Michy Batshuayi in Marseilles win at Lyon on Sunday, with the Belgian striker also attracting interest from Manchester United and Arsenal. The Guardian claim Liverpool were also keeping an eye on Georges Kevin-Ndoulou who, like Batshuayi, has starred for Marseille this season. 5 2. Conflicting reports on Alex Teixeira negotiations – Liverpools pursuit of Alex Teixeira shows no signs of slowing down despite the Reds having a second bid in the region of £28m rejected last night, according to the Daily Mail. The gap in valuations between themselves and Shakhtar Donetsk looked like causing issues over any deal for the 26-goal striker, but reports this morning from ESPN Brazil suggest Liverpool are now willing to meet the Ukrainian clubs demands. That means Teixeira, who Shakhtar rate at £38m, could usurp Andy Carroll as the Merseysiders record signing
Chelsea have made contact with Real Madrid over the availability of defender Dani Carvajal, according to reports in Spain.The right-back has made just 14 appearances for Los Blancos this season, with summer signing Danilo emerging as the preferred choice for new manager Zinedine Zidane.According to Fichajes, Chelsea have been monitoring Carvajal’s situation at the Bernabeu and want to step up talks with Real before the transfer window shuts.However, with just four days remaining until the window slams shut, Chelsea are content on waiting until the summer to land the 24-year-old if their negotiations with Real stall this month.Carvajal returned to Real in 2013 after a short spell at Bayer Leverkusen and was a regular under Carlo Ancelotti.But he was often rotated by Rafael Benitez and it appears Zidane is also keen to see whether Danilo can hold down a starting berth for the remainder of the campaign. 1 Real Madrid defender Dani Carvajal
RIGHTS: Bush fights Texas to halt Mexican’s death in test of power. By Mark Sherman THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON – To put it bluntly, Texas wants President Bush to get out of the way of the state’s plan to execute a Mexican for the brutal killing of two teenage girls. Texas argues strenuously that neither the international court nor Bush, his Texas ties notwithstanding, has any say in Mede- llin’s case. Ted Cruz, the Texas solicitor general, said the administration’s position would “allow the president to set aside any state law the president believes is inconvenient to international comity.” The Supreme Court will hear arguments in the case Wednesday. Medellin was born in Mexico but spent much of his childhood in the United States. He was 18 in June 1993, when he and other members of the Black and Whites gang in Houston encountered Jennifer Ertman and Elizabeth Pena on a railroad trestle as the girls were taking a shortcut home. Ertman, 14, and Pena, 16, were gang-raped and strangled. Their bodies were found four days later. Medellin was arrested a few days after the killings. He was told he had a right to remain silent and have a lawyer present, but the police did not tell him that he could request assistance from the Mexican consulate under the 1963 treaty. Medellin gave a written confession. He was convicted of murder in the course of a sexual assault, a capital offense in Texas. A judge sentenced him to death in October 1994. Medellin did not raise the lack of assistance from Mexican diplomats during his trial or sentencing. When he did assert that his rights had been violated, Texas and federal courts turned him down because he had not objected at his trial. Then, in 2003, Mexico sued the United States in the International Court of Justice in The Hague on behalf of Medellin and 50 other Mexicans on death row in the U.S. who also had been denied access to their country’s diplomats following their arrests. Mexico has no death penalty. Mexico and other opponents of capital punishment have sought to use the court, also known as the World Court, to fight for foreigners facing execution in the U.S. The international court ruled for Mexico in 2004, saying the sentences and convictions should be reviewed by U.S. courts. Medellin’s case was rejected by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The Supreme Court agreed to hear his appeal. 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 MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityBush, who allowed 152 executions as governor of Texas, wants to halt the execution of Jose Ernesto Mede- llin in what has become a confusing test of presidential power that the Supreme Court ultimately will sort out. The president wants to enforce a decision by the International Court of Justice that found the convictions of Medellin and 50 other Mexican-born prisoners violated their rights to legal help as outlined in the 1963 Vienna Convention. That is the same court Bush has since said he plans to ignore if it makes similar decisions affecting state criminal laws. “The president does not agree with the ICJ’s interpretation of the Vienna Convention,” the administration said in arguments filed with the court. This time, though, the U.S. agreed to abide by the international court’s decision because ignoring it would harm American interests abroad, the government said.
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.Bloom, who starred in the “Pirates of the Caribbean” films, was driving a black 2003 Toyota Matrix registered to Dariusz Wolski, director of photography of the films, according to TMZ.com. Officers at the scene of the accident said neither speed, nor drugs or alcohol were factors, according to TMZ. HOLLYWOOD – Actor Orlando Bloom was involved in a car accident today in Hollywood, police said. The accident occurred about 2:15 a.m. near Fountain Avenue and Vista Street, said Los Angeles Police Department Lt. Roger Mora. Authorities did not immediately have details on any injuries. The celebrity news Web site TMZ.com reported that one of two women in the back seat of the vehicle Bloom was driving was injured when it slammed into a parked Porsche Cayenne. Based on a preliminary investigation, police believe Bloom “might have been cut off,” Mora said.
It could also be that dining together allows parents to set a better eating example for their kids. And mealtime is often the only chance parents have to actually look over their busy teenagers, catch up on their lives and visually assess behavioral or physical changes that might signal problems.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 importance of the family meal has been shown mainly in studies from the University of Minnesota, Harvard and Rutgers that have looked at family eating habits of nearly 40,000 middle-school students and teenagers. The research has shown that those who regularly have meals with their parents eat more fruits, vegetables and calcium-rich foods, ingest more vitamins and nutrients, and consume less junk food. Some of the research has shown that kids who regularly sit down to eat with their families are at lower risk for smoking and drug and alcohol use. But, as is the case with all studies in which people are observed over time, the big question is whether the family meal really leads to healthier habits. Could kids from happier, more health-conscious families simply be more likely to sit down to a family meal? University of Minnesota researchers have sought to answer that question by looking at “family connectedness,” which essentially measures the psychological health of a family. Children from highly connected families have been shown to eat healthier foods, get better grades and have lower risk for smoking and drug and alcohol use. But in the Minnesota research, whether the family was connected or troubled was less important than whether family members regularly dined together. One study, published in The Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine in 2004, found that even after controlling for family connectedness, kids who had seven or more family meals a week were far less likely to smoke, drink alcohol or use marijuana than those who had just one family meal or none. Why a family meal can make such a difference isn’t entirely clear. Parents might simply put better food on the table when everyone gets together. People dining alone tend to eat pizza, for instance, while families who order pizza together tend also to put vegetables or a salad on the table, Feldman noted. Television viewing has long been linked to poor eating habits. So when University of Minnesota researchers embarked on a study of family meals, they fully expected that having the TV on at dinner would take a toll on children’s diets. But to their surprise, it didn’t make much difference. Families who watched TV at dinner ate just about as healthfully as families who dined without it. The biggest factor wasn’t whether the TV was on or off, but whether the family was eating the meal together. “Obviously, we want people eating family meals, and we want them to turn the TV off,” said Shira Feldman, public-health specialist at the university’s School of Public Health and lead author of the research. “But just the act of eating together is on some level very beneficial, even if the TV is on.” The research, published this month in The Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, is the latest testament to the power of the family meal. While many parents worry about what their kids are eating – vegetables or junk food – a voluminous body of research suggests that the best strategy for improving a child’s diet is simply putting food on the table and sitting down together to eat it.