He may have retired two years ago, but Paul Scholes doesn’t appear to have lost any of the ability which made him a Manchester United legend.The 40-year-old scored an absolute screamer while playing in Hong Kong for a Premier League All Stars’ XI. Check it out above!
1 FIFA latest: Presidency candidate excluded from election after failing integrity test The election for FIFA presidency has been reduced to six candidates after it was revealed one of the runners was excluded from the vote after failing integrity checks.FIFA’s electoral committee has announced that Liberian FA chief Musa Bility has not passed the test and is not eligible to stand, but is not making the reasons for his exclusion public.Asian Football Confederation president Sheikh Salman Bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa has passed the checks despite claims from human rights groups he was involved in a crackdown on pro-democracy protesters in his home country Bahrain.The other candidates cleared are Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein of Jordan, former FIFA official Jerome Champagne from France, UEFA’s general secretary Gianni Infantino from Switzerland, and Tokyo Sexwale, the former anti-apartheid activist from South Africa.The electoral committee will not carry out integrity checks on Michel Platini, the UEFA president who is currently suspended for 90 days pending an ethics committee hearing into a £1.3million payment he received from FIFA in 2011, until the disciplinary process is complete.The election of the successor to Sepp Blatter, who is also under a 90-day suspension, takes place on February 26.FIFA said in a statement: “The integrity check included a review of corporate records, litigation cases, bankruptcy proceedings, potential regulatory actions taken against the candidate and a review of media reports concerning potential red flags (fraudulent behaviour, match manipulation, human rights violations, etc.).“Each candidate was then asked to comment on the content of the detailed report produced.“The ad-hoc electoral committee did not admit the candidature of Musa Hassan Bility, in view of the content of the integrity check report relating to him. For reasons of protection of personality rights, the committee – while it has explained its considerations in detail to Musa Hassan Bility – will not comment publicly on the specifics of its decision.”The decision can be appealed at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).
Leeds United are among the clubs hopeful of agreeing an emergency loan deal for Norwich outcast Kyle Lafferty.The 28-year-old has made just one Premier League appearance all season – as a 77th-minute substitute in Norwich’s 2-1 defeat to Leicester in October – and looks no closer to securing a regular place in Alex Neil’s first team.The striker is a key member of the Northern Ireland team and wants to play first-team football in the lead up to the summer’s European Championships – but failed to secure a move away during the January window.However, it is now likely that he will move away once the loan window opens next week and there are no shortage of clubs hoping to land the talented striker.Lafferty, who has already spent time at FC Sion, Palermo and Rizespor during a nomadic career, is a target for Leeds boss Steve Evans and the Yorkshire side are reportedly lining up a loan offer. Northern Ireland star Kyle Lafferty 1
Arsenal stars Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott have been relegated to the bench for Saturday’s highly-anticipated North London Derby against Tottenham.The afternoon clash at White Hart Lane has been ramped up as the biggest North London Derby EVER, with second-place Spurs the rare favourites ahead of the game with Arsenal making wholesale changes to their side.With an injured Petr Cech on the sidelines, David Ospina starts in goal for the Gunners as one of four changes to the side which was beaten 2-1 by Swansea on Wednesday.Danny Welbeck is preferred to start up front over out-of-form Giroud, who is without a goal in his last ten games.Walcott is also dropped to the bench along with Joel Campbell, while Mohamed Elneny has been given his first Premier League start.Meanwhile, Spurs also make four changes from their 1-0 defeat to West Ham, with first-choice full-back duo Kyle Walker and Danny Rose returning, and Mousa Dembele and Dele Alli also back in Spurs’ solid midfield.Tottenham v Arsenal teams (kick-off 12:45pm):Tottenham starting XI: Lloris, Walker, Alderweireld, Wimmer, Rose, Dier, Dembele, Eriksen, Alli, Lamela, Kane.Subs: Son, Mason, Vorm, Trippier, Chadli, Carroll, Davies.Arsenal starting XI: Ospina, Bellerin, Mertesacker, Gabriel, Gibbs, Elnenny, Coquelin, Ramsey, Ozil, Sanchez, Welbeck.Subs: Giroud, Walcott, Monreal, Flamini, Chambers, Campbell, Macey. Arsenal forwards Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud 1
NEW YORK – In investing, like sports, the numbers can be compelling but don’t always tell the whole story. Athletes and stock pickers alike can hit cold streaks or lose their rhythm when conditions change, so a solid long-term record is what really burnishes a reputation. Rookie funds are at something of a disadvantage, knowing that investors like to see a history of performance, so many of these funds will calculate what their results would have been had they been around longer. But while the numbers that come from so-called backtesting can be helpful, investors should remember there is a difference between a scrimmage and a regular game. “There’s no reason you can’t test for liquidity and trading costs and commissions. But it takes more effort,” Kinnel said. “You have to make it realistic. And that involves realistic costs.” It’s not that funds are likely trying to use misleading data, analysts say. It can simply be difficult to account for all the variables that could have affected how a fund performed. Indeed, if a fund isn’t following an index and is instead run using a strategy it can be hard to pinpoint what move fund managers might have made. Fund companies know that investors rely heavily on past performance – often too much so. But not all fund managers believe in using backtesting to give an indication of how a fund would likely have done. “It can be confusing to the average investor,” said Gerald Sullivan, portfolio manager of the Industry Leaders Fund, of backtested results. He said he isn’t comfortable with them. “It’s very easy to predict what will have done well in the past.”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 MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat Kings“It isn’t the same thing as real results,” said Russel Kinnel, a mutual-fund analyst at investment-research provider Morningstar Inc. “I think you certainly have to keep it in mind when it is backtested,” he said of investors considering young funds. And even if everyone agreed backtested figures carried as much weight as a log of a fund’s actual performance, investors would be wise to remember the boilerplate statement that’s as much a part of mutual-fund ads as tags on new mattresses or FBI warnings on movies: Past performance doesn’t guarantee future results. Backtesting is often used by funds that mirror an index. If a fund follows an index, the thinking goes, it’s possible to go back and plot how the fund would have traded by looking at how the index did. But in some cases, even tracing an index back through time can present problems. Kinnel has concerns about backtesting with funds that invest in small-cap stocks, where limited supply and demand can make it harder to buy and sell. Some poorly constructed models might even fail to add in trading costs that over the long term would depress returns.
1 Arsenal are keeping a close eye on Red Bull Salzburg midfielder Naby Keita with a view to making a summer offer.The Gunners, who opted against signing an outfield player last summer, are being urged by their fans to splash the cash this year as they aim to keep up with the league’s big spenders.And, according to Austrian outlet Sportnet, Arsenal’s scouts were in attendance for Salzburg’s victory over Mattersburg before the international break to check on the progress of Keita.The Guinea international, 21, joined Salzburg from French club Istres in 2014 and has been a big hit in the Austrian Bundesliga.Considered a box-to-box midfielder, Keita has proven he has potential to score goals from midfield, having already hit double figures this season.Arsenal are expected to continue to scout Keita until the end of the season before deciding whether to make an offer for him. Naby Keita playing for Red Bull Salzburg
1 Leicester are so close to the title and you can find out if they are crowned champions at Old Trafford, live on talkSPORT CLICK HERE FOR A LIVE ONLINE STREAM OF COMMENTARY FROM MANCHESTER UNITED V LEICESTER CITY IN THE PREMIER LEAGUE ON 1 MAY 2016No matter where you are, you can follow Leicester City’s remarkable bid to make English football history, live from Old Trafford, on talkSPORT.In the UK we have exclusive live radio coverage as the Foxes take on Manchester United. Click here for details of how to tune in.And if you’re outside the UK, we can also bring you live coverage from Old Trafford, on talkSPORT.com here or via our Apple app or Android app.Will Leicester get the three points they need to be crowned champions for the first time in their history? Find out, live on talkSPORT!
Marcus Rashford has scored eight goals in 18 games for Man United since making his debut in February 1 Marcus Rashford has signed a new long-term contract with Manchester United, the Premier League club has announced.The 18-year-old striker has enjoyed a sensational breakthrough at club and international level over the past few months.And the Red Devils have rewarded the impressive youngster with a new deal, worth a reported £20,000-a-week, which runs until 2020 with the option to extend for a further year.He had just one year remaining on his previous youth contract.READ: MARCUS RASHFORD’S RISE FROM ROOKIE TO ROCK STARRashford only made his senior debut in February but went on to score eight goals in 18 games for United, including braces on his debut against FC Midtjylland in the Europa League and in his following game against Arsenal in the Premier League.His goal record and no-fear displays quickly led to a call-up to Roy Hodgson’s England squad, and Rashford again took little time to settle and scored his first Three Lions goal just 138 seconds into his international debut.He is now considered to be in contension for a place in England’s Euro 2016, just 13 weeks after bursting onto the scene.“I am delighted to have signed a new contract,” the England international told manutd.com.“I have always been a Manchester United fan so to be playing in the first team really is a dream come true. I am grateful for having the chance to prove myself.“To be able to play football at the biggest club in the world means everything to me and my family.”United have also moved to tie up the long-term future of a fellow academy graduate Cameron Borthwick-Jackson, who has penned a similar deal.The 19-year-old defender, who also came through the academy ranks to make his first-team debut against West Brom in November, made 14 appearances and was named United’s under-21 player of the year.“I have grown up at United and have enjoyed every minute of being here,” he said.“Last season was an incredible experience to make my first-team debut and a dream come true for myself and my family.“I feel it stands me in good stead for continuing my development as a Manchester United player.“I will continue to work hard and take advice from the manager and his coaching team to improve with every training session.”
Jermain Defoe has extended his stay at Sunderland until 2019 after his goals helped to keep the club in the Barclays Premier League.The Black Cats confirmed on Thursday that the 33-year-old striker has signed a one-year contract extension, his reward for a remarkable return of 18 goals in all competitions last season in a side which struggled for much of the campaign.Manager Sam Allardyce said: “Jermain is one of the greatest goalscorers in the history of the Premier League and is a player that every manager would want to have in their team.“He proved that beyond doubt last season by scoring 15 league goals, he is in fantastic physical condition and we are very pleased that we have been able to extend his stay with us.” 1 Jermain Defoe netted 15 goals as Sunderland avoided relegation last season
GLENDALE – Grand View Memorial Park, accused of improperly disposing of thousands of cremated remains, has repeatedly been cited for discharging foul odors and smoke, documents show. Inspectors with the South Coast Air Quality Management District, which enforces air-quality laws in Southern California, paid dozens of visits to the cemetery between 1998 and 2003, after nearly 60 complaints from residents about foul odors, records show. As a result, the AQMD imposed strict conditions on operations and required $37,000 in equipment upgrades. “They were causing a lot of problems. There were a lot of complaints,” said Mohsen Nazemi, the assistant deputy executive officer of engineering and compliance for the AQMD. “We did make a lot of visits.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson The citations, obtained through a California Public Records Act request, are unrelated to complaints by the state Consumer Affairs Department, which found the cremated remains of some 4,000 people in storage rooms, a trash bin, on the floor and mixed with other remains. Officials also allege shoddy record-keeping, and said they believe cemetery President Marsha Lee Howard, secretary Moshe Goldsman and two trustees resold grave sites and “loaned” themselves $40,000 from the cemetery’s endowment care fund, which was set up for grounds maintenance, records show. As a result, officials halted new business in November and are taking the operators to court Jan. 19 for a permanent resolution to the case. In the meantime, the operators have been ordered not to sell new graves, and Howard, who lives on the property, was removed from day-to-day operations. Howard; her Woodland Hills attorney, Myles Mattenson; and Goldsman did not return calls Wednesday. Kevin Flanagan, a spokesman with the Consumer Affairs Department, said he was not surprised by the AQMD citations. “If they’re not following cemetery and funeral rules properly, why would they follow air-quality rules?” he said. In April 2000, inspectors responded to residents’ complaints of black smoke and were greeted by Howard, who said, “I was wondering when I was going to hear from you,” according to the documents. An afterburner for one of the five crematory ovens broke down during a cremation cycle, she told investigators, and the fire department had responded. “So far, Ms. Howard has received three (notices of violation) and one order of abatement and the complaints keep rolling in,” inspector Don Hopps wrote in his notes. In response to the Consumer Affairs allegations, residents who have loved ones buried in Grand View have filed a lawsuit alleging that remains were removed from graves, grave-site markers were discarded and graves meant for one person were re-used for other burials. Milton Friedman, a senior legal administrator overseeing the case, said his office has been sending out questionnaires to potential victims in advance of a Feb. 17 court hearing, when attorneys will ask the judge for permission to inspect the property and videotape grave sites. “We’ve had quite a few people call us,” Friedman said. “Most of the calls have complained about the lack of maintenance, the look of the cemetery. It gets emotional sometimes because there’s some family members who’ve received cremated remains from the cemetery, but now question whether those are the actual remains.” Jason Kandel, (818) 546-3306 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!