Month: December 2019

United linked with £29m PL ace and £51m striker but will LVG be there to spend the cash? Latest rumours

United linked with £29m PL ace and £51m striker but will LVG be there to spend the cash? Latest rumours

first_img 1. Robert Lewandowski – Red Devils ‘crazy’ about Bayern Munich striker – United have been heavily linked with the Poland international over the past week, and reports continue to emerge. The latest speculation claims United are ‘crazy’ about the centre forward, believing he is the man capable of sparking the club into life. Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo state the Red Devils are prepared to meet Lewandowski’s price-tag, which could be as much as £51m. 6 6 3. Toni Kroos – United to make move for unsettled Real Madrid midfielder? – The Germany international, signed for Los Blancos in July 2014, hasn’t quite settled into life at the Santiago Bernabeu as expected. It has been stated that Kroos is failing to see eye to eye with new manager Rafael Benitez and United will look to take advantage of his situation. With few options in midfield and only a year-and-a-half into a six-year deal, it’s difficult to envisage Florentino Perez agreeing to the midfielder’s sale, however. 6 2. Riyad Mahrez – £29m bid coming Leicester City’s way in January? – Mahrez has been in outstanding form for the Foxes this season, playing an imperative role in their position at the top of the table. As such, reports suggest Claudio Ranieri may have to ready himself for a handful of offers for the Algeria international, with the possibility of Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and United going head-to-head for his signature. Rumour has it that United will offer £29m next month, though Ranieri is adamant his prized asset is not for sale. 6 6 5. Louis van Gaal – defeat to Stoke City or Chelsea to be the final straw for the Dutchman? – Speaking of Van Gaal, will he be in charge of the club during the January transfer window? Reports suggest there is a high chance he might not be, if the club lose to Stoke City on Boxing Day or Chelsea on the 28th December. The Old Trafford faithful are becoming increasingly frustrated with the dreary style of play the Dutchman has coached his squad into performing, and patience could now be wearing thin from the board, too. The pressure is certainly on, particularly with a recently sacked manager in waiting… Manchester United are enduring their most difficult spell under manager Louis van Gaal, with back-to-back defeats to Bournemouth and Norwich City leaving many pondering whether they are a club in crisis.Given the current mood at Old Trafford, therefore, plenty are wondering if Ed Woodward could make some serious changes in the next few weeks.Is Van Gaal’s position now under threat? Is Jose Mourinho waiting to take over? Will they break the bank to bring in reinforcements in the January transfer window?To go towards answering such questions, talkSPORT has gathered the latest reports on the Red Devils, including rumoured targets and an update on Van Gaal’s future.Click the yellow arrow above, right, to get up to date on all things United. 4. Goncalo Guedes and Renato Sanches – LVG eyeing teenage Benfica pair – The Red Devils have reportedly been scouting a number of young players, including Fulham striker Moussa Dembele. The latest starlets Louis van Gaal is said to be interested in are Benfica pair Guedes and Sanches, with the former being described as the ‘new Cristiano Ronaldo’ and reports from Italy claim United are close to agreeing a deal. Meanwhile, Guedes’ team-mate Sanches is also a wanted man, with the 18-year-old impressing since establishing himself as a regular for the Portuguese outfit. 6 6. Jose Mourinho – sacked Chelsea manager to wait for United offer? – With Mourinho’s agent releasing a statement two days after his sacking, stating that his client will not be taking a break and is looking to return to work, attention is now firmly fixed on speculating his next move. According to reports, Real Madrid president Florentino Perez is prepared to reappoint Mourinho, despite his sour exit in 2013, but he faces a challenge in doing so; the former Chelsea boss has his heart set on Manchester United. Mourinho is said to be waiting to see if the Red Devils sack Van Gaal before making a decision on his future.last_img read more

Former FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke banned from football for 12 years

Former FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke banned from football for 12 years

first_img1 Former FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke has been banned for 12 years for a number of offences including his part in a World Cup tickets scandal and using a private jet for personal reasons.The Frenchman, who was formally dismissed last month, has been banned from all football-related activity for 12 years and fined 100,000 Swiss francs (almost £71,000) by FIFA’s ethics committee.Valcke also negotiated to sell World Cup television rights for below their true value, according to a statement from the ethics committee.The statement said: “Amongst other things, the adjudicatory chamber found that a sports marketing firm had gained an undue advantage from the selling of FIFA World Cup tickets.“In this respect, not only did Mr Valcke do nothing to stop these activities, he even encouraged the persons responsible to do so. Furthermore, Mr Valcke repeatedly encouraged them to breach an agreement concluded between FIFA and the sports marketing firm.“Moreover, by travelling at FIFA’s expense purely for sightseeing reasons as well as repeatedly choosing private flights for his trips over commercial flights without any business rationale for doing so, Mr Valcke gained an advantage for himself and relatives.“In doing so, Mr Valcke acted against FIFA’s best interests and caused considerable financial damage to FIFA.”It added: “Concerning the issue of TV and media rights for the Caribbean, it was found that Mr Valcke attempted to grant the TV and media rights for the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cups to a third party for a fee far below their actual market value and had taken concrete preparatory action in this regard.“Furthermore, it was found that Mr Valcke deliberately tried to obstruct the ongoing proceedings against him by attempting to delete or deleting several files and folders relevant to the investigation, despite being aware of his duty to preserve all data and to collaborate in order to establish the facts of the case.” Jerome Valcke last_img read more

Live stream Man United v Arsenal on talkSPORT this Sunday

Live stream Man United v Arsenal on talkSPORT this Sunday

first_img1 Live stream Manchester United v Arsenal on talkSPORT this Sunday February 28 2016, kick off at 14:05 GMT.Arsenal are desperate for three points to keep leaders Leicester City within touching distance, but face a resurgent United at Old Trafford.CLICK HERE TO STREAM MAN UNITED V ARSENAL COMMENTARY ON TALKSPORTThe Gunners beat Leicester in their last Premier League outing, only for the Foxes to pick up three points yesterday and stretch their lead to five points.Arsenal, meanwhile, lost 2-0 at home to Barcelona in the Champions League in midweek, meaning their hopes for silverware are almost certainly down to the domestic front.The Red Devils followed up their Monday night FA Cup victory over Shrewsbury with progression to the Europa League last 16, where they will face Liverpool.That competition arguably represents United’s best chance of qualifying for next season’s Champions League, but Louis van Gaal remains hopeful of his side hauling in neighbours Man City for the Premier League’s fourth place.Victory over Arsenal would put United three points behind City, albeit having played a game more.Find out what happens at Old Trafford, with live commentary on talkSPORT – around the world on talkSPORT.com and in the UK on your radio (click here for details).last_img read more

Van Nuys? Lake Balboa? Where/what do folks west of 405 Freeway call home?

Van Nuys? Lake Balboa? Where/what do folks west of 405 Freeway call home?

first_imgThey are some of the questions pondered by great thinkers: Who am I? Why am I here? Do I exist? Well, the San Fernando Valley community of Lake Balboa got the answer Friday to at least one of those questions. It exists. Nearly a year ago, city functionaries discovered that – despite the unveiling of Lake Balboa’s blue neighborhood signs in 2002 – the community was never made official at City Hall. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityAnd when West Van Nuys residents petitioned to join Lake Balboa, the City Clerk’s Office threw into doubt the existence of the 4,000-person community. “I can find no indication that the City Council has previously recognized the Lake Balboa area as a community,” said a city memo written Oct. 16, 2006. Councilman Dennis Zine proposed the original name change, but the paperwork was not finalized. Then, the city changed the community name-change procedure, ensuring that Lake Balboa remained Van Nuys on city books. Councilman Greig Smith stepped in to resolve doubts and introduced a motion to confirm Lake Balboa as a neighborhood and make it legitimate. And that was approved Friday. “We do exist,” Lake Balboa resident Paul Fabre emphatically told the City Council. “Again, we’re just affirming here today that we already exist.” While Lake Balboa might exist now, some Valley residents question whether it should. Don Schultz, president of the Van Nuys Homeowners Association, complained that community name changes are divisive and are slowly carving up historic Van Nuys. But other residents want to escape the gritty image conveyed by the name Van Nuys in favor of the single-family home, Smalltown U.S.A. flavor of Lake Balboa. Under the proposed name change, the 40,000 Van Nuys residents west of the 405 Freeway would join Lake Balboa. The City Council is considering that name-change proposal. So for now, Lake Balboa residents can rest assured they exist. But West Van Nuys residents are continuing to ponder: Who am I? kerry.cavanaugh@dailynews.com (213) 978-0390160Want 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

Hollywood writers to strike

Hollywood writers to strike

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Still, alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers president Nick Counter released a statement indicating a strike could still be averted. “We are ready to meet and are prepared to close this contract this weekend,” he said. The strike, threatened to resolve a dispute over royalties, could cost more than $1billion in lost wages, experts said. “You could have a very localized recession,” said Jack Kyser, chief economist at the Los Angeles Economic Development Corp. But that’s only if the strike drags on for two or three months. David Smith, an associate dean at the Graziadio School of Business and Management at Pepperdine University, agreed. “It’s not a strong possibility right now but something to keep on the radar screen,” Smith said. A five-month strike like one in 1988, which cost $500million in lost wages, would easily amount to between $1billion and $2billion in lost wages now, Kyser said. A contract covering 12,000 workers expired late Wednesday night without a new deal. Members have already voted – by a 9:1 ratio – to let leaders call a strike if negotiations fail. In 2001, actors worked for two months without a contract, but it’s unclear whether writers will go that route. At issue is how writers will be paid for new media such as DVD sales and digital downloads and how writers for reality shows should be compensated. Both sides are gearing for a fight. If a strike comes, television viewers will immediately notice a difference. Late-night talk shows that feed off current events and require fresh writing will go dark immediately. Production of television dramas and comedies such as “Heroes” and “Ugly Betty” will grind to a halt, but studios that have stockpiled episodes will continue to shoot and air them. Reality shows and commercials, however, will continue uninterrupted. The motion picture industry is the third-largest employer in the county and a strike would reach far beyond a picket line of writers. The industry’s lucrative salaries mean that one entertainment job supports or creates 1.5 nonentertainment jobs. Businesses that feed off studio salaries, such as restaurants in Studio City and Burbank, are already hurting. The wait for a table at Lala’s Argentine Grill in Studio City, which is around the corner from CBS, has dropped noticeably. During the lunch rush, hungry diners used to wait 20 minutes. Now, it’s no more than five. “Three weeks ago or four weeks ago it slowed down really bad,” said manager Dario Sedani. “We are selling half of what we used to sell.” At Big Screen Cuisine in Burbank, owner Scott Floman is bracing for the worst. “If they strike, it’s going to definitely take a turn into our business,” Floman said. About 70percent of his catering sales come from feeding staffers on the set of movies and television shows. If a strike comes, Floman immediately will ask his head chef to “go lean and mean” with the staff, cutting back their hours so he does not have to let anybody go. Elected officials have mostly stayed away from the dispute. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa talked with both sides but has not intervened in any way, spokesman Gil Duran said. “The mayor does not want to see any kind of strike and he has offered to help in any way to mediate the differences,” Duran said. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger brushed off the strike, saying he does not currently plan to intervene. The negotiations fall under federal, not state, law under the National Labor Relations Board, said Schwarzenegger spokeswoman Sabrina Lockhart. “We are monitoring, but aren’t involved in any active role at this point,” Lockhart said. “This is an important industry and the administration hopes that both parties can work things out.” Staff Writers David Kronke, Harrison Sheppard and Rick Orlov and the Associated Press contributed to this report.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Television and movie screen writers said Thursday they will go on strike for the first time in nearly 20 years, which economists said could push the San Fernando Valley into a recession if it lasts for several months. Four writers told The Associated Press that Writers Guild of America President Patric Verrone made the announcement in a closed-door session Thursday night, prompting loud cheers from the crowd. “There was a unified feeling in the room. I don’t think anyone wants the strike, but people are behind the negotiation committee,” said writer Dave Garrett. Writers were expected to announce when the strike would begin sometime Friday. last_img read more

El Camino College student sexually attacked outside the gym

El Camino College student sexually attacked outside the gym

first_img Detectives will speak to her in the next few days and ask her to meet with a sketch artist. Although the attacker’s face was covered, police hope the artist can extract something from the woman’s memory to create a drawing, Port said. Police officers, meanwhile, increased their presence on campus and spread word of the attack through e-mails to all students and employees. They also posted fliers around campus. Port said police did not want to create hysteria, but detectives needed to scout for witnesses and students had to be cautioned. Police urged students to be aware of their surroundings, walk with friends, keep their keys in their hands while walking to their cars, and remember that they can be distracted by MP3 players and cell phones. Officers encouraged students to learn the location of “code blue” emergency telephones situated around the campus and to use a police shuttle service from 6 to 10:30 p.m. Police suggested that night students and faculty park in busy areas so groups can walk together to their cars after dark. HOW TO HELP Anyone with information about the crime is asked to call campus police at 310-660-3100. For news and observations about crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here.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 MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre The assailant was described as 5 feet 8 inches tall, in his 20s, wearing black sweat pants, a hooded sweat jacket and ski mask, and one dark-colored glove. His race was unknown. Port said officers are looking for witnesses, particularly anyone walking through the campus who saw the man in black before he put the ski mask on. “He could have been in some degree of lesser disguise prior to the crime,” Port said. Port, who was formerly chief of police in Hawthorne, spoke to the victim’s father Wednesday. She spent Tuesday night in the hospital but was home the next day. A man dressed in black clothing and a ski mask accosted a 20-year-old student at knifepoint on the El Camino College campus and sexually assaulted her, police said Wednesday. The assailant ran after the Tuesday night attack outside the women’s gym, leaving his victim crying on the ground. Police said she dialed 911 to summon help. A campus public safety officer found her in tears. “The commission of the crime is so savage, we just think this guy is perhaps a habitual offender,” said El Camino College Interim Police Chief Steve Port. The man somehow committed the crime undetected on a 6-foot-wide path on the west side of the gym. The attack occurred at 7 p.m., a busy time on campus, so police believe someone might have seen something that can help investigators, Port said.last_img read more

Around Whittier

Around Whittier

first_img LOS ANGELES – Sentencing was continued to Jan. 4 for a man who pleaded no contest to the attempted murder of a teen and the wounding of that teen’s 12-year-old brother. Vontrell Gonzales, 18, was scheduled to be sentenced Wednesday at Los Angeles Superior Court but the matter was continued. On Nov. 1, Gonzales pleaded no contest to the unpremeditated attempted murder of Larry Peraza and to assault with a semiautomatic firearm against Peraza’s then 12-year-old brother, Steve. Prosecutors had charged Gonzales as an adult. He was 17 at the time of the Feb. 5 shooting in the 500 block of Walnut Avenue in Montebello. Police said Larry Peraza was the intended target of the driveby. Steve Peraza was taking out the trash when he was shot in the abdomen. City Council meeting canceled WHITTIER – The City Council meeting scheduled for Tuesday has been canceled. The next meeting is scheduled for Dec. 11. For information call (562) 945-8200. City changes fees at senior centers SANTA FE SPRINGS – The City Council approved changes Tuesday to annual fees for its Senior Fitness Centers. Adult residents 50 years and older will go from paying a $40 annual membership fee to paying nothing. Non-residents will continue to pay a $150 annual membership fee. City staff has the authority to reduce or waive the fee in the case of significant financial hardship. Senior center game rooms were converted into fitness centers in 2006. They opened without charging usage fees. In August 2006, the City Council approved the annual fee structure. For information call (562) 868-0511. Eat breakfast with some veterans PICO RIVERA – VFW Post 6315 is hosting a breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at 4865 Durfee Road. Breakfast includes pancakes, eggs and sausage. Tickets are $4 for adults and $2 for children. All proceeds benefit veterans. For information call (562) 695-0029. – From staff reports 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 MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre She attributes the win to the teams’ long hours of practice. Santa Fe High School finished second in the song category with an average score of 87 and California High School placed third with an average score of 85. Second place in the cheer competition went to Cal High with an average score of 92 and third place went to Whittier High School with an average of 91. Sentencing set for Jan. 4 SOUTH WHITTIER – The La Serna High School Cheer and Song teams placed first at the annual Band Jamboree on Monday. The six-member cheer team earned an average of 94 points of a possible 100 for choreography, execution and showmanship. The 10-member song team earned an average of 92 points of a possible 100 points in the same categories. “This is such a big deal for our program,” said Elena Klock, adviser for the two teams. “We finally beat Cal High after so many years.” last_img read more

‘It was angry love’ – a completely different take on the Costa/Barry incident

‘It was angry love’ – a completely different take on the Costa/Barry incident

first_imgListen to Max Rushden and Barry Glendenning tackle the important – and utterly trivial – sporting matters of the day.The boys had an interesting take on the Diego Costa ‘biting’ incident, while guests this week included West Ham fan Tommy Walsh, Arsenal supporter Jimi Charles Moody and Tottenham fan and comedian Dan Louw.In addition they found out if Richard Chaplow is nice.To get the Warm Up with Max Rushden podcast every week, click here and download from the iTunes store for freelast_img

NXT returns to UK in June – will there be another WWE clash with Wayne Rooney?

NXT returns to UK in June – will there be another WWE clash with Wayne Rooney?

first_imgWest Ham fan Levesque – who defends his WWE World Heavyweight title against Roman Reigns at Wrestlemania this Sunday – also made public five subsequent additional dates in Belfast, Dublin, Liverpool, Bournemouth and Plymouth, but did not indicate whether other cities will be part of the sports entertainment giant’s fourth trip to the UK in eight months.However, if another TakeOver special broadcast is held over here, NXT should avoid a fixtures collision with the meeting between home nations in Euro 2016. Frequently mounted mid-week and in the evening (local, rather than US time), another TakeOver is unlikely to go up against England’s mid-afternoon, second appearance of the championships against Wales.Any potential scheduling crossover with England’s first round schedule probably won’t prove an own goal for the live event planning department, though – as Levesque noted during a conference call yesterday, NXT particularly appeals to and ‘super-serves’ the most die-hard of wrestling fans, even though 2015’s TakeOver in London was characterised by adapted footy chants. You can’t put on a successful tour without great partners. Thank you @LiveNationUK and thank you Dave. pic.twitter.com/HAU4S7MhjG— Triple H (@TripleH) December 16, 2015 Further British interest for July’s Global Cruiserweight Series was also confirmed with the unveiling of the first seven participants for the 205lb weight limit tournament.The hotly-tipped Kent-born ace Zack Sabre Jr and Ayr marvel Noam Dar will join Rich Swann, Tommaso Ciampa and Johnny Gargano of NXT, China’s Ho Ho Lun and Japan’s Akira Tozawa for the 32-man competition format.Former Port Vale and Crewe Alexandra goalkeeper Stuart Tomlinson – better known in WWE’s development program as the polka dot trunks-wearing Hugo Knox – is not expected to drop muscle weight to take part, however.Wrestlemania 32 is live on Sky Box Office, Sky Box Office HD and the WWE Network this Sunday night at 1am– Subscribe to Gorilla Position, talkSPORT’s WWE podcast, on iTunes here – and check out the GP archive by having a poke about here Thank you Ozzy and Sharon…amazing @BlackSabbath show last night @TheGarden! @StephMcMahon pic.twitter.com/5gK2WGRQCL— Triple H (@TripleH) February 26, 2016 All smiles with Wayne Rooney – but could Triple H’s NXT be battling for English eyes during the Euros? WWE’s hottest stars could be set for another clash with Wayne Rooney – this time with the rest of the England squad as back up – as company chief Paul ‘Triple H’ Levesque confirmed NXT will return to the UK in June. Three Lions captain Rooney dished out a ringside slap to Brit brawler King Barrett last November during a taping of Raw at the Manchester Arena – and with yesterday announcement’s the critically-acclaimed WWE Network brand is set to debut at this year’s Download Festival, football and sports entertainment could be going head-to-head again.Although Levesque did not reveal timings for the unspecified amount of shows NXT will mount at the Donington Park rock event in the second week of June, his developmental standouts could face competition for fans’ eyes from England’s first Group B match against Russia if they perform on the Saturday night.And with Black Sabbath – a personal favourite of metalhead Levesque, for whom rock icon Lemmy previously performed entrance themes – topping the main festival bill that same evening, a bizarre triple threat battle for live crowd attention take place if NXT’s highly-engaged, typically-male adult fans in the UK feel their loyalties are more divided than WWE’s on screen McMahon family. 1last_img read more

‘Old Trafford official attendance of 75,000: were 30,000 fans dressed as seats?’

‘Old Trafford official attendance of 75,000: were 30,000 fans dressed as seats?’

first_img Old Trafford was far from full for the visit of Crystal Palace 1 The official attendance at Old Trafford for Manchester United’s 2-0 win over Crystal Palace last night was given as 75,277.Pull the other one!In a stadium with a capacity of 75,635, there was certainly more than 358 empty seats.Not that Louis van Gaal would agree. “I have not seen a lot of empty seats,” claimed the Dutchman.“But you have seen it because you want to see it.”Or perhaps because our eyes work properly, LVG.Check out some of the chat on social media about United’s empty seats…last_img