Ancelotti poised to take over as Napoli coach

first_img0Shares0000Carlo Ancelotti is reported to be set to be appointed Napoli coach © AFP/File / MARCO BERTORELLOMILAN, Italy, May 23 – Former Bayern Munich manager Carlo Ancelotti is set to take over as Napoli coach, according to reports in Italy on Tuesday.Ancelotti, who was sacked by the Bundesliga champions last September, was reported to be holding talks with Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis in Rome on Tuesday night. The 58-year-old Ancelotti and Italian film producer De Laurentiis are finalising details of a three-year contract.Corriere dello Sport reported that everything was now in place for Ancelotti to take over the southern side, but only if Maurizio Sarri decides to leave the club.Contact between De Laurentiis and the former AC Milan and Real Madrid coach has been ongoing for weeks amid the indecision of Sarri, who has a contract with Napoli until 2020.Sarri indicated last Sunday that he was ready to leave the Serie A side he joined in 2015 after finishing runners-up for the second time in three seasons behind Juventus.Ancelotti, who also had spells in charge of Chelsea, Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain, has three Champions League titles to his name as a coach. He has also won the league in Italy, France, Germany and England.He was reported to have recently turned down the opportunity to coach the Italian national side to stay in club football.Sarri, meanwhile, has been linked with English side Chelsea.The 59-year-old former banker was also reported to have been contacted by Zenit Saint Petersburg, with the Russian club able to pay his eight-million-euro ($9.4 million) release clause.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Blow for Arsenal, Southampton and Sunderland! Celtic defender rules out move

first_imgCeltic defender Virgil van Dijk has rubbished claims he is set for a January transfer window move – insisting the Scottish Premiership side do NOT want to sell him.The Dutchman has been linked with Arsenal, Southampton and Sunderland but, so far, non of the Premier League sides have made an official offer.Should the defender stay at Celtic Park he would be free to face Dundee United in the final of the Scottish League Cup, after he helped the Bhoys to a 2-0 win over Rangers on his Old Firm debut.Asked about his future, Van Dijk said: “Interest is fine, it’s always good to have people watching you but I can do nothing with interest and it looks like Celtic don’t want to sell me so it looks like I’m staying here.“I’m happy here of course because Celtic is an amazing club and I love being here.” 1 Virgil van Dijk in action for Celtic last_img read more

‘Unhappy’ Sanches considering leaving Bayern Munich

first_img0Shares0000Renato Sanches has said he is unhappy about his lack of opportunity at Bayern Munich and is considering leaving at the end of the season © AFP/File / Odd ANDERSENBERLIN, Germany, Mar 21 – Euro 2016 winner Renato Sanches says he is considering leaving Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich at the end of the season because of a lack of playing time.The Portuguese midfielder joined the club as an 18-year-old in 2016 for 35 million euros  — a Bundesliga record for a teenager. “I’m not happy here,” he told magazine Kicker.Bayern signed Sanches to great fanfare after he helped Portugal win the European Championship title in France and was voted the tournament’s best young player.However, he has only ever been used sporadically by Bayern and spent last season on loan at Swansea, where he played only 12 Premier League games after labouring with a leg injury.Sanches has started just four Bundesliga matches this term under Bayern head coach Niko Kovac.“I do a lot of work, but I am not allowed to play,” complained Sanches, with Javi Martinez, Thiago Alcantara and Leon Goretzka above him in the pecking order.Sanches says he must decide “what is best for me. I want to play more, perhaps with another club. I have to give it some thought”.During the January transfer window, French giants Paris Saint-Germain expressed an interest in Sanches, but Kovac did not want to release him.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Captain’s responsibilities didn’t affect me, claims Kane

first_imgHarry Kane has told talkSPORT the responsibility of being Tottenham captain for the day didn’t have an adverse affect on his performance against Burnley.The Spurs star led the line and led out the team, who were missing Hugo Lloris and Jan Vertonghen.And as they stuttered to a 0-0 stalemate at Turf Moor some questioned Mauricio Pochettino’s decision.But, asked if he had felt any added pressure, he replied: “I don’t think so.“We’ve got a lot of leaders in the side. We’ve got a young side but everyone has their say and we’ve got the right focus for where we want to be.“I was honoured to be given the armband. For me personally I just want to do my best for the side and all the other players are trying to do the same.“It was a very proud moment for me and in my career. To lead the lads out is obviously a special day.“It was a disappointing performance but we move on.”last_img read more

Riordan backs charter school

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.miss achievement at LAUSD high schools. The independently operated charter called the New Millennium Secondary School, would open in September 2008 with no more than 150 ninth-graders. If more than 150 students apply, the school would schedule a lottery to award slots. Eventually, organizers said, 10th, 11th and 12th grades will be added. The school – operated by a five-member board – plans to pay teachers more than Los Angeles Unified and will layer technology into classroom lessons. “Every child deserves a high quality education, and every parent deserves to choose the best school for their child,” Riordan wrote in an e-mail. “I am supportive of the New Millennium Secondary School and the plan to provide a new, high-quality school choice to Carson parents.” CARSON: Among the selling points are higher teacher pay and smaller class sizes than LAUSD. By Paul Clinton STAFF WRITER Former Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan has signed on with a group planning a start-up public charter high school in Carson to offer students an alternative to the crowded hallways and hit-and- Organizers plan to submit their application to Los Angeles Unified in November. The school’s goal to assign each student a computer would give it a technological edge over LAUSD high schools. As another selling point, classes would typically have no more than 25 students so teachers could spend more one-on-one time with them. For the 2006-07 year, Carson High averaged 30.4 students per class. Offering teachers a higher salary than the $43,000 paid to first-year fully credentialed teachers in LAUSD has brought a chilly response from the district and United Teachers Los Angeles. “What we clearly see in these charters is a high turnover rate and a deprofessionalization of the profession,” said A.J. Duffy, UTLA president. “We know in a lot of charters, teachers are asked to work eight to 10 hours a day and on weekends. The money does not offset the amount of work they’re being asked to do. And if they don’t do the work, they’re fired.” Rebecca Bunn, the project’s coordinator, said the school wouldn’t prevent teachers from forming a union and said the board would negotiate a collective bargaining agreement with them if they did. “Our goal is not to burn out teachers,” Bunn said. “We plan to pay them well and give them a lot of resources to do their job. We’re giving them the working conditions they say they want.” While Riordan won’t accept a seat on the board, he could give financial support. He has provided funding to charter operators Green Dot, the Alliance for College Ready Public Schools and KIPP. At least one local educator, Walter Clark, is expected to earn a seat on the board. Clark is the community services director of Carson-based Bridges Community Economic Development Corp. Tony Kline, the deputy to former U.S. Ambassador to Uruguay Frank Baxter, is also expected to be named to the board. The school’s organizers are pitching the school as a more efficient learning environment than LAUSD schools. “Three of the high schools in that area are in the bottom 10 percent of the state (academically),” Bunn said, referring to Carson, Gardena and Compton high schools. Nevertheless, officials who discussed the school at an Oct. 16 City Council meeting have yet to embrace it. “You can’t just put out a notice and say we’ll pay you more money,” said Mayor Jim Dear, a substitute teacher in LAUSD. “That’s not really the right approach.” Council members Lula Davis-Holmes and Mike Gipson, a UTLA organizer, hosted a town hall meeting on Oct. 3 to announce the idea to the community. Riordan spoke about the school then. Gipson said he hasn’t made up his mind. “My position is we want to make sure charter schools coming up include a collective bargaining agreement,” Gipson said. “It serves a great purpose for teachers to be represented.” The school would lease space when it opens, then look to build a permanent school in the city, Bunn said. A location hasn’t been identified. Operating with the LAUSD charter would give it autonomy to dictate how curriculum is taught, but students would still be required to learn California academic standards. Charter schools in the LAUSD attendance boundary have averaged 680 on the state’s 1,000-point achievement scale compared with 644 for LAUSD high schools. After four years, organizers say, enrollment would top out at no more than 600 students. The roll-out mirrors the approach taken by the Port of Los Angeles High School, a charter mounted by San Pedro civic leaders now in its third year. Some local students and parents have embraced Carson’s idea at the same time that their education leaders are turning their heads. “I think it’s necessary because the (existing) schools have so many students,” said Lorena Lopez, whose eighth-grade son Paulo attends Carnegie Middle School. “Maybe another school would have more space.” Joje Santomin and C.J. Medina, Carnegie eighth-graders who live in northeast Carson, said they’ll apply for intra-district permits to attend Torrance High. If they’re not accepted, they said they’d consider the charter school. “It would be like a Catholic school,” Santomin said. “Carson High School is too crowded and has too much violence.” Carson High School (3,466 students) offers the lone public option for parents within city limits. Depending on where they live, however, they may also attend Banning High in Wilmington or Narbonne High School in Harbor City. As a third public option on the horizon, Los Angeles Unified plans to build an 1,809-seat high school at Santa Fe Avenue and Carson Street in Long Beach for Carson students. The school would open for the 2011-12 year. paul.clinton@dailybreeze.com 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

PORTSALON GOLF CLUB NOTES

first_imgPortsalon Golf ClubDonegal Links ClassicThe Donegal Links Classic which is staged over three of Donegal’s most prestigious links golf courses Ballyliffen, Portsalon and Rosapenna golf courses tees off on Monday 4th June and continues through Tuesday and Wednesday. The Donegal Links Classic is one of the longest running team events in the golfing calendar year and is well worth a visit for anyone interested. The format as in previous years is a team of four (gents or ladies). There is a host of prizes on offer daily team and individual prizes on each of the course on a daily basis and the overall prizes for the three days golfing. In order to ensure your place in this magnificent golfing event contact Ballyliffen Golf Club on 074 9376119 FixturesOn Saturday 2nd June the course is reserved for a team classic for Rathmullen Celtic FC. On Sunday it’s a members competition. On Monday 4th it’s a gents open competition . A time sheet is in operation for all competitions at Portsalon Golf Club, contact 074 91 59459 for your tee time or go online at www.portsalongolfclub.com ResultsThe winner of the Wednesday open was past captain : Donal Callaghan (13) 38 points Runner Up: Aeneous Conaghan (23) 37 points, Gross: Cathal Canning (9) 26 points Third: Diarmaid Coll (16) 36 points BOT Visitors: Frank Mc Breartry (18) B&S 35 points. The CSS for home based players was 35 points and away players 34 points. On Saturday the winner of the open gents competition was Winner: David Deeney (16) 37 points BOT Runner Up: Andy Boland (13) 37 points Third: Donal Mc Cafferty (16) 33 points. The CSS was 34 pointsTeam NewsOn Sunday last Portsalon Golf Club was the venue for the GUI Junior Cup qualifier. Playing in ideal weather conditions as the sun blazed across the golden ‘’Banks’’. The top four teams were Portsalon, Donegal, Rosapenna and Letterkenny golf clubs. Portsalon will now play Donegal in the next round in Ballybofey while Rosapenna play Letterkenny at Portsalon. The Donegal League team will swing into action and will play our neighbours Otway golf club on Friday evening at Otway golf club. The Donegal minor league team advance to the next round following their return match in Redcastle during the week. The Ulster fourball team entertained Malone golf club on Saturday and came away victorious. The Pierce Purcell team were defeated in their play off match at GreencastleMixed FoursomesThe team captain of this season’s mixed foursomes has arranged competitions each Friday evening at 6.30.On Line Booking Members and visitors to Portsalon Golf Club should note that on line booking is now available for all competitions at Portsalon at the flick of a button go to portsalongolfclub.comDivot BagsMembers and visitors please note that divot bags are now available on entry to the first tee box. Please ensure that you pick up a bag and assist with the coPORTSALON GOLF CLUB NOTES was last modified: May 30th, 2012 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:Portsalon Golf Club Noteslast_img read more

Real Madrid ready to make £112million offer for Chelsea star Eden Hazard

first_imgChelsea are, though, resigned to losing goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois to Real this summer, after he entered the final year of his contract.Courtois talked up a move away from Stamford Bridge throughout Belgium’s World Cup campaign and is said to be nearing a £35.5m move to the Spanish capital – where his two children and their mother still live. Real Madrid are planning to submit a £112million bid for Chelsea forward Eden Hazard, according to reports. Will Eden Hazard seal a move to Real Madrid this summer, or remain at Chelsea? 3 After selling Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus, Real are said to be ready to step up their interest in the Belgium international in the coming weeks.It follows months of speculation over The Belgian’s future.Hazard rocked Stamford Bridge during the World Cup by indicating his desire to leave Chelsea.The 27-year-old has made it no secret of his wish to join Real Madrid, but has insisted it is up to Chelsea whether he stays – by offering him a new, bumper contract – or is sold.Hazard is apparently valued at £200million by the Premier League club, with his already high worth surely increasing even more after a brilliant World Cup – where he captained Belgium to third place.After beating England in the bronze medal match in Russia, the Blues star said: “After six wonderful years at Chelsea, it might be time to discover something different. You know my preferred destination.” Is Thibaut Courtois set to join his children in Madrid? center_img Hazard has made over 200 appearances for Chelsea since 2012 – but could he leave this summer? 3 3 And, according to the London Evening Standard, Bernabeu chiefs will test Chelsea’s resolve by making an opening offer of £112million for the 27-year-old.It is suggested Chelsea officials are “very relaxed” about the situation.However, reports from French outlet Le10 Sport claim Real Madrid have already agreed to sign the Belgium ace in €190million (£169m) deal.The European Champions are said to be so confident of getting their man that they have reserved the No.7 shirt vacated by Cristiano Ronaldo especially for Hazard.last_img read more

Ex-Liverpool defender: ‘I only meant to break one of Man United striker’s legs’

first_img Former Liverpool defender Neil Ruddock said he loved ‘playing’ against Andy Cole and in one bruising encounter, the man known as ‘Razor’ broke both of the Man United striker’s legs Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move BEST OF 2 no dice Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions “It was excellent because he let the ball run past him and I absolutely destroyed him. Again, I know it’s not big and it’s not clever, but it was great.”Asked if there was a particular reason why he didn’t like Cole, he said: “I’m great friends with Teddy Sheringham and if Teddy Sheringham didn’t like him, then I don’t like him.”It’s true, the former Man United team-mates don’t get on and in 2010, Cole told the Independent, “I would rather sit down and have a cuppa with Neil Ruddock than with Teddy Sheringham, who I’ve pretty much detested for the past 15 years.” Most Popular In Football MONEY shining RANKED Ruddock celebrates Liverpool’s 1995 League Cup success with Jamie Redknapp REPLY REVEALED Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ getty ADVICE Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Neil Ruddock admits his horror tackle on Andy Cole, which broke both of the former Manchester United striker’s legs, was a tad strong – but he loved it all the same.The defender played for United’s great rivals, Liverpool between 1993 and 1998 and won the League Cup with the Premier League club in 1995.And speaking to talkSPORT in 2010, the man nicknamed ‘Razor’, revealed he relished facing Cole.“Basically, I loved kicking Andrew Cole,” he said. huge blow Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade 2 REVEALED “I know this is not big and it’s not clever, but in one tackle I did break both of his legs,” he explained in reference to a reserve game between Liverpool and Manchester United in 1996.At the time the Liverpool stopper protested innocence, though not many people believed him, including Cole, who was not impressed by his opponent’s recklessness.It meant Cole, who joined United in January 1995, would have to spend the first few months of the season on the sidelines, though he still managed to play 20 games of the 1996/97 season and score six Premier League goals.“I didn’t mean to break both of his legs if I’m honest,” Ruddock continued. “I only meant to break one… it wasn’t even a free-kick, it was ‘play on’. Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester starslast_img read more

Highland Motors present sensational Renault 181 offers this Open Week

first_imgHighland Renault has announced its unmissable offers for 181 which give real value to customers, designed at reducing the cost of ownership over three years. Available now at Highland Motors, the 181 Renault PC offer includes 3% APR, 3 years servicing and 3 years road tax.The simple, straight-forward offer applies to all cars across the range – All-New KOLEOS, the All-New Mégane range which includes the New Mégane Sport Tourer and New Mégane Grand Coupé, All-New Scénic, All-New Grand Scénic, New Clio and the ever-popular Kadjar and New Captur crossovers. You can check out all these models at the Highland Motors Renault Open Week from 20th – 25th November 2017. Visit the Mountain Top showroom to view the range during these best days to visit, because for every test drive completed at Highland Motors, they will donate €10 to Renault’s charity partner Pieta House.With the recent Government Budget announcement on electric vehicles (EVs) and 0% Benefit-in-Kind (B.I.K.), Highland Motors is matching the zeros by offering 0% HP finance on the zero emissions 100% electric ZOE which has the longest range of any mainstream electric vehicle (400km NEDC) and an estimated 300km in real-life driving conditions. Renault ZoeHighland Motors is offering 3% APR Representative on Renault’s popular and award-winning van range which includes Master, Trafic and Kangoo.Renault KangooThe shockingly affordable Dacia, which celebrates five years in Ireland this year and boasts strong resale values, continues to maintain its popularity with Irish motorists and is offering finance at 4.9% APR and zero deposit at Highland Motors across the range for 181 including new facelifted Duster, Sandero, Stepway and new Logan MCV Stepway.These offers are available through Renault’s very own bank, Renault Bank, offering customers lower interest rates and further savings versus high street commercial banks. A Renault Bank branch is available at Highland Motors, offering 2-hour decision times and approval rates of 80%.Renault MeganePatrick Magee, Country Operations Manager, Renault Group Ireland: “Renault Group is looking forward to 2018 at Highland Motors. With the youngest model range, we continue to stay away from the gimmick offers on the market and instead show ‘real’ offers designed to reduce the customer’s cost of ownership over 3 years.“Our own bank, Renault Bank, has now lent €190 million year-to-date and our network is the 3rd biggest in Ireland. We are really looking forward to a successful 2018.”If you would like any further details on any of the offers detailed above or the Renault/Dacia Range please contact Highland Motors on 074 91 28777.Check out more on www.renault.ie Sponsored PostHighland Motors present sensational Renault 181 offers this Open Week was last modified: November 23rd, 2017 by Staff WriterShare 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:Highland MotorsOpen weekrenaultlast_img read more

Round-up: Signings close for Chelsea and QPR

first_img Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook Bertrand Traore has completed a move from Chelsea to Lyon.The Burkina Faso international, 21, joined Chelsea in 2013 and impressed when given a chance in the first team.However, he did not feature under Antonio Conte, spending last season on loan at Ajax.Forward Traore has signed a five-year contract with the French champions, who have paid Chelsea around £8.8m. Bakayoko signing closeEmbed from Getty ImagesChelsea are close to completing the signing of France international Tiemoue Bakayoko from Monaco.The 22-year-old midfielder is among Chelsea’s top transfer targets this summer and is expected to finalise his move in the coming days.Bakayoko joined Monaco from Rennes in 2014 and made his France debut in March. England Under-19 squad namedEmbed from Getty ImagesSix Chelsea players have been named in England’s squad for next month’s European Under-19 Championship in Georgia.They include Reece James (pictured), who was part of the squad that won the Toulon Tournament earlier this month.Trevoh Chalobah, Jay Dasilva, Jacob Maddox, Mason Mount and Dujon Sterling have also been called up, as have Fulham’s Ryan Sessegnon and Tayo Edun.England will begin their Group B campaign against Bulgaria on Monday 3 July and will also face Netherlands and Germany. Scowen agrees terms with QPRJosh Scowen has agreed personal terms with QPR.The midfielder, 24, is available on a Bosman free transfer and looks set to complete a move to Loftus Road when his Barnsley contract expires at the end of the month.Rangers recently offered a contract to Scowen, who is keen to move this summer.He has accepted the offer, paving the way for a return south after two-and-a-half years with Barnsley.The Hertfordshire-born Scowen joined the Tykes from Wycombe in January 2015 and has made 96 league appearances for them, scoring 10 goals. Talks over Bowler continueEmbed from Getty ImagesQPR and Everton remain in talks over the possible sale of Josh Bowler.West London Sport recently revealed that Rangers had turned down an offer from Everton for Bowler, subsequently revealed that they would offer him a new contract and later that their offer had been rejected.Bowler’s refusal to sign a new deal left Rangers resigned to losing the 18-year-old winger and talks with Everton have therefore continued.He is under contract until the summer of 2018, having signed an 18-month deal in February this year.Sky Sports News HQ, meanwhile, believe a deal is close to being agreed. R’s looking to offload BorysiukEmbed from Getty ImagesQPR are looking to tie up a deal for Ariel Borysiuk to leave on a permanent basis. The Poland international, signed from Legia Warsaw last summer, failed to impress R’s boss Ian Holloway and was made available in January.He returned to his former club Lechia Gdańsk on loan for the remainder of the season. They appear to be interested in keeping him, while other clubs have been made aware of his availability.Rangers are in talks with Blackburn over the potential sale of Ben Gladwin, while a number of clubs are interested in Michael Doughty, including Peterborough United.Gladwin, Doughty and Borysiuk were all left out of the QPR squad that travelled to Portugal at the weekend for a pre-season training camp.last_img read more