Liverpool ‘secret’ arrival, Wenger retirement, United January deal, City £25m signing – Sunday paper rumours

first_img1 Here is a selection of the top news stories from Sunday’s newspapers…Manchester United scouted 23-year-old Porto defender Bruno Martins Indi at the Champions League win v Chelsea. (O Jogo via Sunday Express) Liverpool could dismiss manager Brendan Rodgers if they lose to Everton in today’s Merseyside derby (Sunday People) and the club are ‘secretly’ setting up a home in Formby for a ‘surprise guest’ to use for an extended stay from November. (Sun on Sunday)Dick Advocaat is expected to leave Sunderland in the next few days. (Sunday Telegraph) According to Paris St-Germain defender David Luiz, Philippe Coutinho will not stay at Liverpool next season if the Reds do not qualify for the Champions League. (Sunday Express) Arsene Wenger says he will make an “impulsive” decision on retirement. (Sun on Sunday) Manchester United goalkeeper Victor Valdes may join Sevilla in January on a free transfer. (Mundo Deportivo) Everton, Liverpool and Southampton are interested in signing £12m-rated 20-year-old Ajax winger Anwar El Ghazi. (Sunday People) Manchester City are favourites to sign Benfica’s 20-year-old Brazilian midfielder Victor Andrade who is valued at £25m by the Portuguese club. (Sunday Mirror) Sam Allardyce is keen to succeed Dick Advocaat as Sunderland manager. (Sunday Times) Nigel Pearson and Sean Dyche are favourites to replace Advocaat. (Star On Sunday)And here is a selection of the top stories on…‘Mourinho is so competitive he is trying to beat Liverpool boss to the sack!’How Liverpool perform with and without SturridgeArsene Wenger admits to wearing women’s clothing (spoof)‘Throw another chariot on the barbie, mate!’ Reaction to England’s World Cup catastrophe Transfer rumours and paper review last_img read more

TRANSFER REPORT! Eden Hazard is Real Madrid’s number one target to replace Ronaldo

first_img Eden Hazard 1 Real Madrid will turn to Chelsea ace Eden Hazard should they sell Cristiano Ronaldo to Paris Saint-Germain, according to reports in France.Hazard has come in for criticism during Chelsea’s miserable start to the season, which has left them languishing 15th in the Premier League.Now it has been suggested that Madrid will offer the 24-year-old Belgian an escape route if PSG complete a world-record deal for Ronaldo in the summer.As reported by talkSPORT, the Portuguese superstar supposedly told PSG boss Laurent Blanc he would love to work alongside him – and the French club could make their move in June.That would leave a gaping hole in the Madrid first-team squad and it has now been reported that Hazard will be at the top of their hit list of potential replacements.The forward arrived from Lille in 2012 and he has helped Chelsea to a Premier League title, the Europa League and a League Cup since his arrival.But it has turned sour this term – with the Belgian only netting once in 11 appearances – and Madrid are monitoring his situation.last_img read more

Power ranking! Top 10 best 2015 signings of the Premier League season

first_img 4. Kevin De Bruyne: Signed by Manchester City for a club-record £55m from VfL Wolfsburg in August 2015 – Having failed to impress in the Premier League for Chelsea and moving to the Etihad Stadium in a record £55m deal, De Bruyne had to hit the ground running in Manchester. That he has done. The Belgium international picked up from where he left off at VfL Wolfsburg, scoring seven goals and registering three assists in his first 10 games for the Citizens in all competitions. He has settled in with ease and, still only 24-years-old, he should get even better. 10 10 5. Yohan Cabaye: Signed by Crystal Palace for £10m from Paris Saint-Germain in June 2015 – Alan Pardew has worked wonders with the Eagles since swapping St James’ Park for Selhurst Park in January 2015, and signing Cabaye has been one of the best pieces of business for any Premier League club in recent seasons. Despite it being a record fee for Palace, £10m seems a bargain for the classy France international, who has taken no time at all to settle back into the rhythm of England’s top flight after a brief spell away at the Parc des Princes. 10 1. Petr Cech: Signed by Arsenal for £10m from Chelsea in June 2015 – Oh how Chelsea could have done with their former vice-captain in their dispirited dressing room this season. While continuous reports that Cech was unwilling to play second fiddle to Courtois left supporters unsurprised when the Gunners sealed a £10m deal for the Czech Republic stopper in June 2015, it was still a difficult transfer to take in south west London. Arsenal, however, remain delighted by the deal, with the 33-year-old not only finally bringing assured hands (and feet) in between the posts, but adding some much needed experience to the side that could prove crucial at the end of the season should they be in contention for the title. 7. Manuel Lanzini: Signed by West Ham United on season-long loan deal from Arab Emirates club Al Jazira in July 2015 – Lanzini is another of Bilic’s classy summer signings, with four goals to his name so far this season. The West Ham manager has previously likened the midfielder to Real Madrid’s Luka Modric, and the signs are certainly promising. The Argentine was expected to fill the void left by Payet but, sadly, the 22-year-old has joined his team-mate in the Hammers’ injury room. They are two players difficult to replace. 10 9. Etienne Capoue: Signed by Watford for a club-record £6.3m from Tottenham Hotspur in July 2015 – After a slow start to his career at Vicarage Road, Capoue, signed from Tottenham Hotspur for a club-record £6.3m fee, has become one of the first names on Qique Flores’ teamsheet. Watford supporters have been delighted by his recent performances, with a sublime piece of skill against Manchester United illustrating his confidence at present. 10 2. Toby Alderweireld: Signed by Tottenham Hotspur for an undisclosed fee from Atletico Madrid in July 2015 – Spurs have lost just one game this season – on the opening day to Manchester United – and much of their formidable defensive record can be credited to the arrival of Alderweireld in the summer. After impressing in the Premier League on loan from Atletico Madrid at Southampton the previous campaign, the Belgian was in high-demand and there will be plenty of clubs kicking themselves for not making an offer of their own. Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen have quickly emerged as one of the best defensive partnerships in England, as Mauricio Pochettino builds an exciting Tottenham squad. 2015 is coming to an end, and after summer filled with business, attention is now turning to the January window.Only a few months’ ago, Chelsea legend Petr Cech swapped southwest London for the north of the capital in joining rivals Arsenal, while Manchester City broke their club-record fee twice in the summer market on Raheem Sterling and then Kevin De Bruyne.But have such signings as these impressed?talkSPORT has taken a look at which newly-signed players have delivered so far, listing the top 10 summer signings of the season. Find out who has made the cut by clicking the yellow arrow above, right. 8. Asmir Begovic: Signed by Chelsea for £8m from Stoke City in July 2015 – How Chelsea have needed the Bosnia stopper this season. Injury to Thibaut Courtois has seen Begovic don the no.1 jersey more often than anyone at the club may have expected, which only added to the frustration felt following Cech’s departure to rivals Arsenal. Without the former Potters goalkeeper, though, the Blues might be even further down the Premier League table, making his £8m transfer a crucial piece of business for Jose Mourinho. 10 10 10 10. Nicolas Otamendi: Signed by Manchester City for £32m from Valencia in August 2015 – There were a few raised eyebrows when City agreed to pay Valencia a hefty £32m for the Argentine, particularly after the disappointment of also £32m signing Eliaquim Mangala the previous summer. With much of the work of defenders going unnoticed in comparison to forward-thinking players, it’s difficult for supporters to agree with such a price-tag, but Otamendi is slowly becoming key for Manuel Pellegrini’s side, moving ahead of Mangala and Martin Demichelis in the pecking order. His arrival has been even more important amid Vincent Kompany’s fitness concerns. 10 6. Morgan Schneiderlin: Signed by Manchester United for £25m from Southampton in July 2015 – The Red Devils have been hugely disappointing this season, despite sitting just three points off top spot, with their crashing out of the Champions League at the group stages after defeat to VfL Wolfsburg only adding further frustration over Louis van Gaal’s philosophy in Manchester. One player that has quietly gone about their job, though, is Schneiderlin. While his Old Trafford career started quietly following his £25m move from Southampton, few can criticise the performances of the Frenchman over the past couple of months; it’s their creativity that is the issue. 3. Dimtri Payet: Signed by West Ham United for £10.7m from Olympique de Marseille in June 2015 – Slaven Bilic, who replaced Sam Allardyce in the summer, has set out to mastermind an exciting style of play for the Hammers and the summer signing of Payet has helped to deliver just this. The France international has been one of the standout performers of the season, evoking chants of ‘he’s better than Zidane!’, with only Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil creating more chances. West Ham have lacked a game-changer for the past few seasons, and Payet has finally instilled confidence in the club’s fans that they can compete with the quality of the very best in England. It’s certainly frustrating that a poor tackle has sidelined the midfielder until February, hopefully this doesn’t damage his form or confidence. 10last_img read more

‘If Leicester knock Spurs out it will only save Arsenal doing it later!’

first_img Tottenham got a late penalty decision in the FA Cup against Leicester Tottenham got out of jail against Leicester as a controversial late penalty decision allowed Harry Kane to equalise in an FA Cup third round tie at White Hart Lane.The Foxes had come from behind to lead 2-1 with minutes remaining, only for Kane to score from the spot after referee Richard Madley punished Nathan Dyer for a handball.It’s 25 years since Tottenham last won the FA Cup, which at that time was an all-time record eighth success in the tournament.Since then, their great rivals Arsenal have won the trophy seven times to take their tally to a new all-time best of 12 FA Cup final victories.And with the Gunners aiming to seal a hat-trick of FA Cups this season, as well as the Premier League title, while Tottenham have also been looking like a much improved side, the North London rivalry looks set to become even fiercer.It was no surprise, therefore, to see Arsenal fans commenting on Tottenham’s FA Cup drama… and taking the mick! 1last_img read more

PSG ready to take on Pep Guardiola and Manchester City for Barcelona star

first_img1 Sergio Busquets in action for Barcelona Paris Saint-Germain are lining up a big-money summer move for Manchester City target Sergio Busquets.It has been reported that incoming City manager Pep Guardiola is hoping to make the Barcelona linchpin one of his first signings in charge at the Etihad.But now Spanish newspaper El Mundo Deportivo claim that the Premier League title chasers will face competition for his signature from French heavyweights PSG.It has been suggested that the French capital club would be willing to make Busquets one of the most expensive players in football history by offering £77.2m to land him.The 27-year-old has firmly established himself as one of Barca’s key players since he broke through into the first team back in 2008.He has made 233 league appearances, won five La Liga titles, three Copa del Reys and three Champions League trophies for his club.Meanwhile, at international level, Busquets was part of Spain’s World Cup winning team in 2010 and the side that won the 2012 European Championships.last_img read more

Brilliant talkSPORT caller! Man City fan rages at Kolarov and Pellegrini haters

first_imgDrivetime’s day was made on Monday as a Manchester City fan launched into a passionate rant in reaction to the Blues’ FA Cup exit at the hands of Chelsea.Joining Adrian Durham and Darren Gough, Pete from Middlesbrough raged at City flops Aleksandar Kolarov – “He’s not worth two bob, mate!” – and Fernando – “He’s got a touch like a baby elephant!” – as well as criticism over Manuel Pellegrini’s team selection for Sunday’s cup clash.Pellegrini fielded a young team, handing five teenagers their first-team debuts as he rested his top stars ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League clash at Dynamo Kiev.But the call backfired as the inexperienced side were thumped 5-1 at Stamford Bridge.Former City defender Danny Mills slammed the boss’ decision, but Pete disagrees and insists the Pellegrini – “the guy is an absolute gentleman” – did City a favour.Listen to the brilliant rant in full above! And Pete? Have a lie down, mate!last_img read more

Two gangsters get prison terms for killing teen protecting disabled friend

first_imgFast-forward to Aug. 13, 2005. Sammy was walking down an alley with Juan Pedroza, who had a distinctive limp from a childhood car accident, according to court documents. Diaz, Vega and Betancourt were nearby at a party when they spotted the two. Diaz asked if Pedroza was the “fool who ratted on Clumsy.” It’s unclear if they thought he was Victor Pedroza and mistakenly targeted him. “Let’s (mess) him up,” Betancourt said before he charged toward Pedroza. Betancourt threw the first punch, then Vega jumped in. Pedroza, who had a metal plate in his head, had little use of one arm. Sammy jumped in, trying to fend them off. Moments later, Diaz pulled out a gun and shot him in the head. During Thursday’s hearing, a bald-headed Diaz shot glances at rows of red-eyed relatives and smiled a few times while Vega kept his eyes focused ahead. Diaz’s attorney, Robert Schwartz, said trial witnesses contradicted each other, and his client was not involved in the shooting. “For my client to be convicted under this evidence is a miscarriage,” he said after the sentencing. But when Vega’s attorney asked the judge to reconsider his stiffer sentence, she said, “It’s one arrest after another. If he isn’t a perfect example of recidivism, I don’t know what is.” The lead investigator on the case, Los Angeles police Detective Steve Castro, called the outcome “a great day for justice. Gangs like to intimidate; they don’t like people speaking against them, making crime reports,” said Castro, who attended the sentencing. “It weakens their gang.” Bravo, a housekeeper, sat in the back of the courtroom as the judge spoke. Her stomach knotted. Her heart felt as if someone stepped on it. “It has been hard on me,” she said. “Since that day, I am not the same person anymore.” Afraid of retribution, she and her 13-year-old daughter moved from their North Hollywood home with the help of law enforcement. She was even escorted to her car Thursday by sheriff’s deputies for protection. At home, she keeps a candle burning next to her son’s photograph in her living room. Every birthday, every holiday, the sorrow begins anew. On that August night two years ago, she knew something was wrong. She had just arrived in California the year before after escaping an abusive husband in Texas and had tried so hard to protect her son from violence. “I felt something in my heart,” she said, recalling how she went searching the neighborhood for Sammy that night. “When I went to go look for him, I saw a lot of ambulance and police. They already had him in the bed. I was running and crying and they didn’t let me close to him.” At the hospital, she watched as he clung to life. “I told him how much I love him and I didn’t want to miss him, and not to go,” she said. He died 10 minutes later. [email protected] (818) 713-3741160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The day Leticia Bravo’s 15-year-old son was shot to death by gang members for trying to protect his disabled friend is the day her own slow death began. “They killed my son, but they killed me,” she said, tears welling in her eyes. “You don’t die immediately. The pain goes on and you die day by day.” Thursday, when a judge sentenced the two North Hollywood Boyz members to more than 40 years in prison each for killing Sammy Salas, Bravo said she had at least ended the most painful chapter of her life. “I hope some day they will be sorry,” she said. “I don’t know why they did it. It is nothing Sammy did to them.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Van Nuys Superior Court Judge Darlene Schempp sentenced Enrique “Serio” Diaz, 32, to 40 years to life in prison for shooting Sammy in the head. Sammy had intervened when several other gangsters were beating up his disabled friend, Juan Pedroza, whom they considered a snitch for talking to police about another case. Luis “Wicked” Vega, 28, who participated in the killing, was sentenced to 55 years to life because he had a prior “strike” under the state’s “three strikes” law for using a cane to beat someone. Both maintain their innocence and will appeal, their attorneys said. Another defendant, Marcos “Shyster” Betancourt, who was 14 at the time and struck a deal with prosecutors to testify against Diaz and Vega, is awaiting sentencing. He likely will be sent to the California Youth Authority and be released when he is 25. Prosecutors called the case a classic example of gang intimidation and revenge that ended in the worst way. A few months before the killing, Pedroza’s brother Victor was harassed by Roberto “Clumsy” Fletes, a parolee and North Hollywood Boyz member. Fletes demanded Pedroza pay “taxes” because he believed he was selling drugs on the gang’s turf. But Victor Pedroza refused and went to the police to file a report against Fletes, eventually testifying against him at a parole hearing. last_img read more

Alternative circuses with big-top dreams

first_img“I think of it as `omnitainment,”‘ said Robbie Kowal, a San Francisco disc jockey and music promoter who helps put on the Bohemian Carnival. “There are very few firsts left in music. The answer is visual stimulants.” Erin Shrader gave up a job touring with the Florida-based Clyde Beatty Circus to try her luck with the fledgling San Francisco troupe Vau de Vire Society. It allows her to be more creative and spontaneous than a conventional circus, she said. “I’m always challenging myself to see if I can take it a step further. Whether it’s costuming, makeup or dramatic expression, I’m always asking myself `How can you be as daring as possible without going too far?” said Shrader, 27, a hula-hoop whiz who goes by the stage name Shredder. Along with co-hosting the Bohemian Carnival, 3-year-old Vau de Vire has performed with the San Francisco Symphony, toured with the Boston-based punk rock duo the Dresden Dolls and appeared at parties for Silicon Valley corporations. Five members of the group, which has a core of 12 to 14 performers, have been invited to study at Cirque du Soleil’s school in Montreal. A longtime aerial performer with Cirque, Angelo Rodriguez, frequently appears with Vau de Vire. “We are becoming almost like a band. We have a following, which is why promoters are willing to bring us in to headline,” said Mike Gaines, 36, who started the company with his wife, Shannon, and describes it as a cross of cabaret, circus and dance. Dream Rockwell, who founded the Lucent Dossier Vaudeville Cirque two years ago, also has built her troupe more around amateurs than seasoned professionals. The company, whose members range in age from 4 to 53, appeared in a circus-theme music video with the electronica band Panic! At the Disco, which won MTV’s video of the year. It also did a commercial for Farmer’s Insurance and has been hired to entertain at the official Grammy Awards post-party in February. “I wanted to start something where it was possible for people who were unusual, who didn’t have the right training or the right body or the right look (for Hollywood) to achieve their dreams,” said Rockwell. “Every child has some kind of strange fantasy to grow up and join the circus or carnival and run away.”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 KingsInspired by Cirque du Soleil and possessed of an advanced sense of the absurd, young adults who got their first taste of trapezes, tightropes and red noses at Burning Man or other indie art festivals are joining a growing number of small, alternative circuses with big-top dreams. San Francisco, with at least 15 groups, appears to be the American center of the nouveau circus movement – a form that owes more to buskers and burlesque than Barnum and Bailey and already has swept Canada, Australia and parts of Europe. Los Angeles, home of the Mutaytor-affiliated Cirque Bezerk, the Stilt Circus and the Lucent Dossier Vaudeville Cirque, also has a thriving indie circus scene. Seattle boasts a few companies, including Pure Cirkus, whose novelty is performers getting strung up with hooks piercing their flesh. St. Paul, Minn., and Grand Rapids, Mich., also have homegrown troupes. “There are always people who see themselves outside the cultural box. Circus hits those archetypes really well,” said Cypher Zero, who founded a New York-based aerial acrobatics group and two years ago opened the city’s first dedicated circus school for adults, the New York Circus Arts Academy. Explaining what separates the urban circus subgenre from a traditional circus or the stylized drama of Cirque du Soleil can be difficult. Unlike Ringling Bros., there are no animal acts. The big top’s trademark three rings are abandoned for compact spaces where dancers, bands and acrobats do their thing simultaneously, or open-air venues where stilt-walkers and aerialists suspended from oversize sculptures mingle with the crowds. SAN FRANCISCO – The DNA Lounge was a real circus the night The Mutaytor came to town. The band looked like a bunch of clowns. Young contortionists folded their limbs like fortune cookies above and around the stage. There were no complaints from the 500 or so cognoscenti who paid $20 each to watch acrobats and aerialists on ropes perform to a live percussive beat. Once a month, the techno dance club hosts the Bohemian Carnival, an informal gathering of troupes from the Bay Area’s underground circus scene and a bellwether of a subculture trend taking hold in a city near you. “People are ready to be entertained on a much more visceral and darker level. There is this hunger to see something fancier,” said Mutaytor front man Buck Down, explaining why the group made clown costumes, fire spinners and jugglers part of its trance music act. “It pushes a button, and it’s a very primal button.” last_img

Sing along to Jewish tunes at XM’s Radio Hanukkah

first_imgThink the holiday radio waves are all about red-nosed reindeer? Don’t kvetch. It’s time to get your klezmer on. For the second year, XM Satellite Radio is celebrating the Festival of Lights and all that is Jewish with round-the-clock programming at Radio Hanukkah (XM Radio Channel 108). The temporary micro-channel will launch at 2 p.m. today with a live White House candle-lighting ceremony and will wrap up at midnight Dec. 12. Don’t have XM Radio? Even children have a playlist on “Hanukids,” a program with dreidel-spin-worthy sing-alongs. Contrary to mainstream belief, there are thousands of Hanukkah songs, Washington, D.C.-based program director Mike Abrams says. “We just don’t hear them because there’s no outlet,” he said. Radio Hanukkah is not a Jewish jukebox, Abrams says, but a who’s who of Jewish music, arts and culture. There’s comedy for mature audiences on “Oy! No Vey!” and the best of Israeli music, hosted by Israel’s own David Broza on “Radi-O Y’Israel.” At 5 p.m. daily in every time zone, join celebs such as Dr. Ruth and Matisyahu to light the menorah candles. [email protected] 925-943-8155 MediaNews160Want 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 KingsYou can sign up for a free trial at Download the Radio Hanukkah schedule at Hear the classics at “Alter Cockers Corner.” Explore modern Jewish rock on “Rockin’ with the Rebbe.” And catch cantorial masterpieces during “Shul,” the soundtrack for Shabbas. It’s all there, from the “Mental Yentl,” Sally Fingerett’s musical celebration of Jewish mothers, to Neil Sedaka’s exploration of Yiddish folk music on “Yiddishkeit.” last_img read more


first_imgA Donegal businessman who has been given 100 days to save his 100 year old business says his customers have given him a massive boost of confidence by spending more at his shops.Danny Lafferty (foreground) ponders the future as he receives huge support from locals in CreesloughDanny Lafferty’s three businesses went into examinership last week plunging the small village of Creeslough in into crisis.Mr Lafferty employs 40 people in the village which has a population of just 300. Locals fear the closure of Mr Lafferty’s businesses – the Corncutter’s Rest Bar, the Vivo supermarket and the Shell Service station – will end the economic life of the village.More than 500 people attended an emergency meeting of the village last Monday night to find ways of saving the businesses.At the meeting, Mr Lafferty appealed to people to spend a few more euro at his businesses to save the 40 jobs.Mr Lafferty has now confirmed that footfall at his shop is up and he is determined to remain open. “It’s early days yet but we have noticed more customers coming into the shops and they are spending a few more euro.“We are working to try and sort the creditors and suppliers and sort things out.“I have said that if people spend an extra €20 or €30 locally each week then we will have a real chance of surviving and holding those 40 jobs.“We still have a long way to go but the meeting last Monday night showed the huge amount of goodwill that is there for us.“We have won the first battle but this is a war and we have a lot of battles still to win,” he said. Mr Lafferty will go before the High Court in May to prove that his business is still a viable venture and he can pay back suppliers and operate a profit.BUSINESSMAN SAYS CUSTOMERS HAVE GIVEN HIM HUGE BOOST TO SAVE HIS SHOPS was last modified: March 7th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:businessesCreesloughDanny Laffertylast_img read more