Thierry Henry Set for FA Cup Bow with Arsenal – Report
Arsenal are believed to be close to agreeing a second consecutive January loan spell for former captain Thierry Henry, according to the Daily Mail. The 35 year old striker, who has 228 goals in 377 appearances for the club, earlier confirmed a desire to return to the Emirates . And the Gunners’ legend could, if all goes to plan, make a third Arsenal debut in an FA Cup tie against Swansea City on 6 January. The only point to be sorted out, it is understood, is the length of the loan. The Daily Mail reports Wenger wants his former star till the end of the season but the Frenchman’s parent club, New York Red Bulls are unwilling to lose their striker for so long. …MORE
LONDON – The U.K. season finale of The X Factor drew an average audience of 10.9 million, or 11.1 million when including the audience for a re-airing with a delay of one hour, down from the 13.1 million for the final episode of last season and 17.2 million for the 2010 season finale. It was the lowest-rated season finale of X Factor in the U.K. since an audience of 10.4 million, or 10.8 million when including delayed viewership, in 2006. But it was the year’s biggest U.K. TV audience since the closing ceremony of the London 2012 Summer Olympics.
Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has severely criticised his players following the 2-3 derby defeat to Premier League leaders Manchester United . The 164th Manchester derby was decided in dramatic fashion, after Dutch striker Robin van Persie scored a late free kick to silence the Etihad crowd. And the Italian, who is now six points behind Sir Alex Ferguson was particularly unhappy with strikers Mario Balotelli and Carlos Tevez, midfielder Samir Nasri and goalkeeper Joe Hart. A club insider was quoted by The Sun as saying the former Inter Milan and Lazio boss had an argument with the players in the dressing room after the match and told Hart, England’s No 1, “it’s your fault”. He then criticised Tevez and Nasri for failing to defend van Persie’s free kick properly
Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has severely criticised his players following the 2-3 derby defeat to Premier League leaders Manchester United . The 164th Manchester derby was decided in dramatic fashion, after Dutch striker Robin van Persie scored a late free kick to silence the Etihad crowd. And the Italian, who is now six points behind Sir Alex Ferguson was particularly unhappy with strikers Mario Balotelli and Carlos Tevez, midfielder Samir Nasri and goalkeeper Joe Hart. A club insider was quoted by The Sun as saying the former Inter Milan and Lazio boss had an argument with the players in the dressing room after the match and told Hart, England’s No 1, “it’s your fault”. He then criticised Tevez and Nasri for failing to defend van Persie’s free kick properly. “I don’t know why.
Search engine giant Google on Monday commemorated the 197th birth anniversary of Ada Lovelace, the world’s first computer programmer, with an intriguing doodle. Keeping to its tradition, Google welcomed users to its home page that squiggled the Google logo along with a picture hollering the importance of the day. Ada Lovelace, a mathematician and writer by profession, is known to the world through her work Analytical Engine, a proposed mechanical computer designed by father of the computer Charles Babbage. Inspired by her comprehensive mathematical knowledge, Babbbage invited Lovelace to translate an article written by Luigi Menabrea on his proposed Analytical Engine.
Latest data released by the Australia n Bureau of Statistics (ABS) on Monday had revealed that the number of new home loans in Australia grew just a pinch in October, which was well below industry expectations. According to the ABS, the number of loans allowed to build or buy houses and apartments improved a measly 0.1 per cent from September. Economists had forecast approvals to rise 3 per cent given the interest-rate reductions earlier made by the central bank in order to stimulate the Australian economy as well as advance the country’s housing market. The development, according to Tom Kennedy, JP Morgan economist, would only mean that the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) needs to further slash the prevailing cash rate. “The data today just reaffirms that there are numerous headwinds out there,” he said. “That’s another reason that really supports further rate cuts.” The RBA, at its December board meeting last week, had actually slashed the cash rate to three per cent. “This data is a lot more spotty than we had expected,” Richard Gibbs, Macquarie chief economist, said, pointing out the figures implied potential homeowners’ continued lack of confidence and fear.
U.S. software pioneer John McAfee, facing deportation from Guatemala to Belize to answer questions over the death of a neighbor, has bought himself some time with legal appeals, the Guatemalan government said on Sunday. McAfee’s lawyers have filed a request with a local court to grant him leave to stay in Guatemala until his legal appeals against deportation have been settled, which could take months. “The government of Guatemala respects the courts and we have to wait for them to make a decision,” said Francisco Cuevas, a spokesman for the Guatemalan government. The government initially said it would deport him straight away after rejecting McAfee’s request for asylum on Thursday. Guatemala has been holding the former Silicon Valley millionaire since he was arrested on Wednesday for illegally entering the country with his 20-year-old Belizean girlfriend. Officials in Belize want to question McAfee as a “person of interest” in the killing of fellow American Gregory Faull, his neighbor on the Caribbean island of Ambergris Caye.
Yahoo! Inc and NBC Sports Group said they will integrate and promote each others sports content on the Internet as well as on television in a move that would help both the companies draw on their respective strengths across both mediums. The collaboration will increase NBC’s digital presence as well as bolster its college and fantasy game coverage, while Yahoo will gain access NBC’s video content, live sports coverage and big name television personalities. The two companies will maintain separate websites and independent newsrooms, but will collaborate on big sports news stories as well as events coverage both online and on the air, the companies said in a statement late on Sunday. Yahoo has looked to increase its involvement with television content, it announced a major content sharing deal for financial news with CNBC in June. The sports news providers will also jointly develop made-for-web video programs that will appear on both Yahoo Sports and NBCSports.com as well as collaborate in how they provide advertising.
Asian shares touched a 16-month high on Monday as investors took heart from rising factory output growth in China and a falling unemployment rate in the United States that raised hopes about the outlook for the world’s top two economies. The positive mood was tempered by Chinese trade data that saw both exports and imports come in below forecasts, but equities and commodities such as copper and oil remained in the black. European shares were seen opening flat-to-higher. “At this point, bad data is not as much of a surprise for the market as good data is,” said Christian Keilland, head of trading at BTIG in Hong Kong. The euro was under pressure, having been knocked by the prospect of a recession in Germany and political uncertainty in Italy after Prime Minister Mario Monti, an investors’ favorite, said at the weekend he intended to resign early.