Month: December 2019

  • Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain: Arsenal squad are ‘happy’ with club’s summer transfer business

    first_imgArsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has revealed the Gunners squad are ‘happy’ with the club’s summer transfer business.Petr Cech moved across London from Chelsea in a £10m switch, but the Gunners failed to add to the goalkeeper signing and were the only team in Europe’s top five leagues not to recruit an outfield player during the window.Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger came under fire from the media and a host of ex-professionals for his thrifty approach, but Oxlade-Chamberlain is convinced the squad is in good stead for the season ahead.“We [the Arsenal players] are happy. Petr Cech is an amazing signing for us. In that Liverpool game [0-0 at the Emirates] he showed what an amazing keeper he is and what an asset he is to our squad,” the 22-year-old said at an England press conference previewing the national side’s game with San Marino.“We’ve got great depth in numbers and when you look at the likes of Danny Welbeck and Tomas Rosicky to come back from injury, we’ve got really good options.”Oxlade-Chamberlain is not a guaranteed starter for club or country, but the midfielder embraces the competition for places as England bid to complete Euro 2016 qualification over the next week.He added: “It’s not easy to get in the Arsenal or England team so you have to approach it in the same way.“You have to know what your qualities are and when you get the opportunity you have to produce them because if you don’t then someone else will.“Everyone is just as crucial within the [England] squad because we’ve had a lot of injuries. You look around and think everyone deserves to be here now and it’s down to some of them to stake their claim.”last_img read more

  • Manchester City hopeful De Bruyne will not be out for season with knee injury

    first_img Kevin De Bruyne Manuel Pellegrini is optimistic Kevin De Bruyne will play for Manchester City again this season despite suffering suspected medial ligament damage in Wednesday’s League Cup semi-final win over Everton.De Bruyne played an inspirational role against the Toffees after coming off the bench, scoring one goal and setting up another, as City clinched their place at Wembley with a 4-3 aggregate victory.But his night ended badly as he fell awkwardly on the turf in the closing stages and was stretchered off in some discomfort with his right knee strapped in a brace.Initial medical reports suggest the problem is not related to the cruciate ligament but still prompted plenty of concern on the City bench.Manager Pellegrini said: “We will see tomorrow. The doctor thinks he has a problem in his medial ligament but it is impossible to know before tomorrow.”Asked if De Bruyne could miss the rest of the season for quadruple-chasing City, Pellegrini said: “I hope not. It is very difficult to know in this moment but I am optimistic he will not be out for the rest of the season.”Meanwhile Everton goalkeeper Joel Robles has apologised to De Bruyne for attempting to pick the player up as he lay down in pain.Robles tweeted: “I would like to apologise to Kevin De Bruyne for my reaction to his injury. In the heat of the moment I didn’t realise he was badly hurt.“I wish him all the best and a speedy recovery.” 1last_img read more

  • Man United make Mourinho SOS call, Guardiola wants Real Madrid star at Man City?

    first_img Transfer rumours and paper review 1 Here are the latest transfer stories from the papers at home and abroad…Manchester United have made a desperate SOS call to Jose Mourinho – with Louis van Gaal on the brink of the sack. Struggling United’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward is believed to have contacted Mourinho’s agent Jorge Mendes on Friday morning to see if the former Chelsea boss is willing to take over from Van Gaal before the end of the season. (Daily Mirror)Louis van Gaal has lost the confidence of a group of senior Manchester United players and José Mourinho is their preferred option as his replacement. (Guardian)Pep Guardiola wants to take Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos, 26, to Manchester City in the summer. (AS)Manchester United have contacted Athletic Bilbao about signing Aymeric Laporte. But Bilbao are refusing to negotiate on price meaning the Premier League giants may have to stump up around £39m. (Daily Star)Mario Balotelli’s Liverpool career is over. The Italian striker, who is currently on a season-long loan at AC Milan, doesn’t feature in Jurgen Klopp’s plans for the future. A lucrative move to the Chinese Super League is a serious possibility for Balotelli with clubs in the Far East having already enquired about securing a deal for the 25-year-old. (Liverpool Echo)Javier Mascherano has opened the door to a possible Premier League return – and not just with Liverpool. (Daily Mirror)Chelsea are set to move for Roma midfielder Radja Nainggolan this summer. The classy Belgian, 27, is seen as the enforcer that the Blues lack, with the club set to restructure ahead of next season. (Daily Mirror)Sunderland failed in a bid for Fiorentina striker Khouma Babacar last month, the player’s agent has confirmed. (Newcastle Chronicle)And here are the latest transfer tales from…Arsenal told they have ‘no chance’ of signing Gonzalo Higuain from Napoli this summerManchester City transfer news: Borussia Dortmund respond to Ilkay Gundogan rumourCarlos Bacca unlikely to leave AC Milan for Chelsea, according to agentIlkay Gundogan to snub Barcelona in favour of Pep Guardiola and Manchester CityJose Mourinho to target Alvaro Morata should he take over at Manchester UnitedManchester United target £20m Napoli defender Kalidou KoulibalyManchester City news: Pep Guardiola to bring Douglas Costa with him to the EtihadManchester City on alert as Paul Pogba admits he could work with Pep Guardiola in the futurelast_img read more

  • Aston Villa boss dismisses suggestions of dressing room unrest

    first_imgAston Villa manager Remi Garde insists there is no rift within his squad as they fight for survival. There have been suggestions of problems in the camp but Garde has strongly refuted the claims. Bottom side Villa go to Manchester City on Saturday eight points from safety and look certain to be relegated from the Barclays Premier League.But Garde insisted skipper Micah Richards came and spoke to him after Tuesday’s 3-1 defeat to Everton and assured him the players do not have issues with each other.“I’m surprised this kind of stuff goes out because I strongly believe it is not the case simply because I had the captain of the team, Micah, in my office after the last game,” he said. “We had a private chat. I don’t want to say exactly what was talked about but to sum it up it was the exact opposite of what you’re saying.“It’s strange that it came out now. Four or five weeks ago nobody was talking about that.“All of a sudden, when you lose a game in football everything is strange. To be fair, I don’t know exactly what has been coming out or what people are reading or listening.“But some of the stuff that has been reported is completely wrong. Once again this is football, when you lose games you have to deal with problems that don’t even exist.”Villa have lost five of their last six games – conceding 11 in their last three matches, including a 6-0 defeat to Liverpool – and Garde conceded spirits are low.“Enjoying is not the word when you’re bottom of the league,” he said. “Nobody enjoys it when you’re bottom of the league. I’m not enjoying it.” Remi Garde’s side go to Manchester City on Saturday eight points from safety 1last_img read more

  • TV/film writers get new backing from Teamsters

    first_imgThe Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, which represents networks and studios, sent a letter to craft unions representing electricians, drivers and other trades, reminding them of the “no strike” clauses in their contracts. “We expect each union to comply with this no strike obligation and order your members to work,” alliance president J. Nicholas Counter wrote. A strike by writers would not immediately impact TV or film production. Most shows have enough scripts in hand to get them though early next year. After that, networks might turn to reality shows, news programs and reruns to fill the airwaves.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.“As for me as an individual, I will not cross any picket line whether it is sanctioned or not because I firmly believe that Teamsters do not cross picket lines,” union local secretary-treasurer Leo Reed wrote. Members of the Screen Actors Guild have also voiced strong support for writers, but officials with that union have said its 150,000 members were obligated to report to work if writers strike. Meanwhile, negotiations resumed between the 12,000-member Writers Guild of America and the group representing producers. A federal mediator joined the talks in an effort to break a stalemate. A key issue involves giving writers more money from the sale of DVDs and the distribution of shows via the Internet, cell phones and other digital platforms. Early Tuesday, writers visited studio lots to distribute leaflets to Teamster truck drivers urging support of their cause. Major Hollywood unions were lining up behind TV and film writers Tuesday as last-minute contract talks resumed amid fears of a possible strike. A powerful branch of the Teamsters union told its 4,500 members they can honor picket lines if TV and film writers strike after their contract expires at midnight today. Teamsters Local 399 said in a Web posting that as a union, it has a legal obligation to honor its contracts with producers. But the local, which represents truck drivers, casting directors and location managers, said the clause does not apply to individuals, who are protected by federal law from employer retribution if they decide to honor picket lines. last_img read more

  • Video: Lazio 1-4 Roma: Giallorossi thrash rivals in Derby della Capitale

    first_img Roma star Alessandro Florenzi celebrates scoring against rivals Lazio Roma demolished rivals Lazio 4-1 at the Stadio Olimpico in Serie A as they kept chase with second place Napoli.The Giallorossi’s impressive display in the Eternal City gives them a chance to catch the Naples outfit, who blew the opportunity to go three points behind leaders Juventus by losing 3-1 to Udinese.Stephan El Shaarawy got the opener with a first-half header and Edin Dzeko put clear daylight between the two Derby della Capitale foes with a goal midway through the second half.Marco Parolo did get one back for Lazio, but hometown hero Alessandro Florenzi notched his first derby goal to settle the contest, while Diego Perotti added late gloss to the result.Lazio’s response to the heavy defeat was to sack head coach Stefano Pioli and replace him with their former striker Simone Inzaghi, the younger brother of Filippo.And you can see all the goals from Lazio 1-4 Roma below…Lazio 0-1 Roma – Stephan Al ShaarawyLazio 0-2 Roma – Edin DzekoLazio 1-2 Roma – Marco ParoloLazio 1-3 Roma – Alessandro FlorenziLazio 1-4 Roma – Diego Perotti 1last_img read more

  • Paul Pogba signing: Man United v Real Madrid – what will decide his destination

    first_imgJose Mourinho faced the media on Tuesday for the first time as Manchester United boss and new signings were firmly on the agenda.Eric Bailly and Zlatan Ibrahimovic are the only two to have officially signed, although Mourinho insisted he had made three signings, with Borussia Dortmund’s Henrikh Mkhitaryan expected to be confirmed this week.The Portuguese said he wanted four signings, and with those three sealed, he and Ed Woodward are turning their attentions to the fourth.Mourinho’s teams have always been built on a strong spine and having already secured a centre back, an attacking midfielder and a striker, a central midfielder is his final piece in the puzzle.That midfielder is expected to be former youth product Paul Pogba for what could be a world-record fee.The Frenchman is expected to leave Juventus this summer amid interest from the Red Devils and Real Madrid, but who are the frontrunners? talkSPORT investigates. 3 3 Why it is unlikely …The lack of Champions League football is the reason United have to pay extra in wages and is also the reason Mats Hummels chose Bayern Munich over the Red Devils this summer. If Mourinho is able to persuade Pogba this absence from Europe’s premier competition would only be for a season, then the transfer suddenly becomes very realistic. Real Madrid:Why it is likely …Real Madrid seem the obvious choice for Pogba. They are the Champions League holders, the richest club in the world and boast arguably the most talented squad in Europe. Pogba would be the perfect ‘galactico’ signing this summer after a fine Euro 2016 with France. He would slot perfectly into a midfield triumvirate with Luka Modric and Toni Kroos and have the likes of Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo in front of him. There is also the lure of working under one of France’s greatest ever players in Zinedine Zidane.Why it is unlikely …There is also a lot of uncertainty around Madrid. Would they be willing to fork out a world-record transfer after being found guilty of receiving millions of pounds in illegal state funding? Furthermore, with a trigger-happy President like Florentino Perez, there is no guarantee how long Zidane would remain as boss for. If Pogba wants stability as he aims to progress to Ballon d’Or-winning level, MadridManchester United:Why it is likely …The Mourinho factor is a huge lure for prospective transfers with the majority of European players eager to play under such an illustrious manager. Manchester United have an embarrassment of riches and would not hesitate to break the transfer record currently held by Bale or offer wages higher than those earned by Wayne Rooney. Pogba is a former United player and knows the area, as well as speaking the language, and would surely settle quicker in Manchester than in Madrid. Pogba’s star is among the brightest in Europe right now and he would be the main man at United, even ahead of Ibrahimovic, given his age. At Madrid he, like Bale and the others, would have to live in the large shadow cast by Ronaldo. Paul Pogba has impressed for France in Euro 2016 3last_img read more

  • Feinstein’s bill would aid contract fire pilots

    first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champBut the senator also wrote the legislation to extend even further back – to 1976 – to encompass all crashes listed in reliable records. “These contract pilots and crew members assume the same risks (as government firefighters),” she said. “Yet they are denied equal benefits if they are killed or injured in the line of duty.” Statistics from Associated Airtanker Pilots indicate Feinstein’s bill would encompass as many as 100 pilots’ families. The U.S. Forest Service and Cal-FIRE are two of the largest customers of air tanker contractors. After the death of Wells-Groff’s husband, the state set up a benefits program for the pilots it contracts with to fly government-owned air tankers – but did not make it retroactive. Wells-Groff has taken her federal denial-of-benefits lawsuit to the U.S. Supreme Court, which has not yet decided if it will review the case. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SACRAMENTO – U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein has introduced a bill to end “unfair” government denial of benefits to the families of about 100 firefighting pilots killed in crashes since 1976. The bill, which has bipartisan support in both the Senate and House, would extend federally financed death benefits to contract pilots killed while on firefighting missions for the government. They currently receive none because they work for private firms that are under contract to government agencies. Feinstein’s aides said she learned of what she called the “loophole” in government treatment of the pilots after a Daily News story on a California widow’s plight. The measure would extend retroactively to include Christine Wells-Groff, whose husband crashed at a north-state blaze in 2001. last_img read more

  • Horse patrols add cheer and safety

    first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champThe posse members – with 11 horses, some sporting Santa hats, reindeer antlers and bells – are ambassadors with badges. In addition to being a security measure, the mounted patrol adds to the mall’s festive atmosphere during the holidays, said Jalina Warner, the mall’s marketing director. “It’s an amenity to the customer,” she said. Vic Monroe, a two-year volunteer with the posse, gives kids candy canes from a stocking hanging from his saddle. “We are doing this for the community,” said Monroe, who lives in Castaic. His horse, Skip, a 13-year-old chestnut Appaloosa, doesn’t flinch when kids stand close and pet him. Horse and rider receive event-specific training to get them acclimated to sudden noises and movements. If the mounted patrols spot anything suspicious, they immediately notify nearby deputies. Posses help prevent crime because riders are sitting up on that high vantage point, said Peter Burnstein, who oversees the seven posses, 30 sworn officers and 100 civilian volunteers with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. “We are so visible that the bad guys watch their steps and stay away,” Burnstein said. Although they are large animals, horses have a calming effect on people. When he rides in a patrol car, Burnstein said, gang members will usually avoid law enforcement. All that changes when he is on his horse, a 13-year-old gelding named Ranger. “I will have gangbangers ask me politely, `Can I pet your horse?”‘ Burnstein said. In addition to patrolling shopping malls, posse members participate in parades, ceremonies, funerals, search and rescue, and crowd control. Lynn Barrow, an eight-year volunteer with the Santa Clarita posse, says being at the mall is a chance for kids to see the softer side of police work. Barrow and her 19-year-old mare, Missy, are easy to spot and hear with those matching green bells around their necks. During this shopping season, they make sure packages and cars aren’t stolen. They have helped at least 10 shoppers find their cars at shopping malls in Valencia and Palmdale, Barrow said. “We are just keeping everyone safe for the holidays,” she said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! VALENCIA – Five-year-old Clarissa Sitko was on her way to visit Santa Claus at Westfield Valencia Town Center until she spotted a horse. So much for Santa. Clarissa forgot all about the jolly old man for a few minutes so she could pet one of the horses in the Santa Clarita Valley sheriff’s station’s reserve and volunteer posse. The horses and their riders have been patrolling the mall during the holiday season. “I am not scared of horses,” said Clarissa, visiting from Las Vegas. “I like horses.” last_img

  • Six Flags workers to eye accord

    first_imgVALENCIA – A threatened strike by Six Flags California’s Magic Mountain roller-coaster maintenance workers may have been averted by a tentative agreement between union leaders and the park owners. The tentative pact, reached early Saturday between Six Flags Inc. and International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers representatives, will be voted on by workers today in a secret-ballot vote, said IAMAW union representative Don Whitaker. Had an agreement not been reached, workers had planned to strike at 12:01 a.m. today. “(Negotiations) were very, very tough,” Whitaker said Saturday. “As of last night, we thought we’d have a strike.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson Details of the tentative agreement were not made public, but Whitaker said, “It’s not everything we wanted, but it’s a lot more than the company was willing to give.” Union maintenance workers at Magic Mountain are paid up to 30 percent less than their counterparts at Disneyland and Universal Studios theme parks, he said. The union wants to lift Six Flags workers’ pay to what he called “industry standards.” Six Flags public relations manager Sue Carpenter said she was “very optimistic that the agreement will be ratified.” “If it’s not, we are fully prepared to operate as normal, with trained, certified and experienced workers from other Six Flags parks,” she said. Replacement workers have been brought to Valencia and “we’re prepared to keep them as long as necessary,” Carpenter said. Magic Mountain is the only Six Flags park in the United States currently open; the company’s other amusement parks do not begin operations until late spring, she said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more